Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Campus reflects on 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

Photo courtesy of Department of Defense
Today marks a significant milestone in our country’s history, the 75th anniversary of the attacks at Pearl Harbor. We, as a university founded on service to our World War II veterans, would be remiss to not take the time to honor and remember this day.

As many woke up that fateful day to go about their normal duties, a horrendous attack was underway that would forever change the course of history. The United States lost many great lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor and thousands more as World War II played out across the world. But we, as a country, came out of that war victorious over our enemies and have since marked this day as the day that will live in infamy.

Ohio University – Chillicothe was founded in 1946 at the conclusion of WWII to serve returning veterans who were seeking an education in Ohio. Thus, we became the first regional campus for Ohio University, proudly providing educational opportunities for those who had given their all, in defense of our freedom. Seventy percent of the first class at OUC were veterans, who had earned educational benefits under the G.I. Bill and were looking to expand their educational horizons post-WWII.

“Had it not been for the branch many of us would not be in college today,” the OU-C Independent wrote in May 1947. “Ohio University accepted the challenge and provided adequate facilities so each of us might have the opportunity to continue our education.”

This quote, written so many years ago, truly captures the spirit of what we strive to be at OUC – an institution committed to providing access to education for the south-central Ohio region and serving our community.

Today, we maintain a large veteran presence on our campus and we are indebted to them and their service just as we are to the great men and women who served our country during the second world war. Today, we honor them and may we never forget this day or the legacy of the brave service members who fought for us in that time. 

(Video courtesy of Department of Defense)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

OUC Celebrates Student Achievements at Graduation Reception

Ohio University – Chillicothe will celebrate the accomplishments of its graduates on Dec. 8, 2016 during a formal reception in their honor.

Students who completed their degree programs in either the summer or fall of this year will be recognized by faculty, staff and fellow students.

“We are immensely proud of and happy to celebrate the accomplishments of our students who have worked diligently over the past few years to achieve this goal,” said Dr. Martin Tuck, Dean of Ohio University – Chillicothe. “Their education consists of much more than completing classes, assignments and earning a degree. Rather, we hope to have prepared them to pursue lives of impact and effect positive change in the world. I am excited to see what their futures hold.”
Graduates will be recognized at OUC with the faculty and staff and are also encouraged to participate in Fall Commencement at Ohio University in Athens on Dec. 10.

Family, friends and community members are welcome to attend. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Stevenson Center.  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Two OUC Women's Hilltoppers Score Career 1000th Point in November

Ohio University – Chillicothe seniors Jennifer Grigsby and Brittany Reader scored their career 1000th point with the Hilltopper women’s basketball program in November.  

Grigsby and Reader, both 5-foot 9-inch guards hailing from Frankfort and Chillicothe respectively, achieved their athletic milestones on during two separate games Nov. 16 and 23 .

Grigsby earned her coveted 1000th point during the OUC versus Miami University - Hamilton game and Reader during the OUC versus Ohio University - Lancaster game.

“I was finally able to score my 1000th career point for OUC and it has been one of my personal goals since high school,” described Reader on a photo captioning the moment. “I was finally able to achieve it.”

Grigsby is studying Early Childhood Education and Reader is majoring in Physical Therapy. Both have been instrumental in the success of the women’s basketball program at OUC.  

OUC Student Theater Organization brings together community, students for “The Laramie Project”

The Ohio University – Chillicothe Student Theater Organization will be bringing to life the iconic play, “The Laramie Project” on Dec. 3, 2016 in Bennett Hall Auditorium.

“The Laramie Project,” a play by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project, details the life in the town of Laramie, Wyoming after the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project spent a year in Laramie interviewing more than 200 people and developed a performance that portrays the different views of townspeople, the media and the interviewers in short scenes.

OUC’s version of the play, directed by Sophomore Ernest Herman, joins together community members with theater program students to elicit conversations about being connected and understanding and celebrating differences.

 “I picked ‘The Laramie Project’ because I believe it is more than just a play, it’s cause for discussion which is hard to find in the world of contemporary drama these day,” said Herman, a Waverly native majoring in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Theater. “I think one thing that this play, and Matthew, can teach us is that we are all connected, we all have different views and beliefs. I hope this [play] is a chance for people to understand and embrace their differences instead of using them for hate.”

Cast members will take on the arduous task of playing 10 different roles throughout the entirety of the show, but Herman is confident in their ability to pull it off.

I think the best part of the process has been working with the cast which is made up of nine people - three community members and six OUC students. It’s been an absolute joy to work with these talented actors and see them bring this story to life.”

The play was originally slated to be a table read with the audience, offering a chance for exposure to the popular play but once Herman read the script, he knew it needed to be a full production.

Upon the conclusion of the show Saturday, a talk back session with the cast and director will be held to answer questions and discuss responses to the production.

The show will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and doors will open 45 minutes prior to show time. Admission is $5 for everyone with all proceeds going toward funding students attending the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Montclair, N.J.