Thursday, May 14, 2009

Scholarship continues Kathryn Fowler’s legacy of helping others pursue their goals

Long-time Ohio University-Chillicothe employee Dennis (Denny) Fowler has established a $50,000 endowment to honor his late wife and assist future students pursue their educational goals at OU-C. The first scholarships will be awarded to students beginning their college careers in the fall of 2009 with interest income from the Kathryn S. Fowler Scholarship fund supporting four $500 scholarships. The scholarship fund will increase accessibility by assisting students who do not qualify for financial aid. “This scholarship fund is an appropriate way to honor Kathryn, and I know it is something she would support. My wife was a big believer in education and was always interested in helping people. She realized that you need a college education to get a good job,” said Dennis Fowler, a visual coordinator who has been employed by OU-C for 26 years. Kathryn died in January. She and Dennis were married nearly 27 years. They first met while working in a local public library. Kathryn Fowler served as executive director of Goodwill Industries of Ross County for five years. She was previously a planner and grant writer for job training programs with Private Industry Council #17 for nine years. Kathryn also worked part-time as a job coach for Integrated Service Systems and taught American government and communications at Southeastern Business College. Kathryn was co-valedictorian in 1978 at Chillicothe High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Ohio University in 1982 and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Ohio University in 1997. Kathryn was a member of the Altrusa Club of Chillicothe and Rotary Club. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Interagency Employees Corp Child Care Center. Their son, Benjamin, is a student at OU-C and works at the Information Desk in the Stevenson Center. “With our affiliation with the university and the fact that our son is attending OU-C, this endowment seems especially appropriate,” Dennis said. “The university has been very good to me, and I appreciate the opportunities it has given me. This is a way to show that appreciation.” “Kathryn was a very caring, very giving person who was always in a good mood. I think it is wonderful that this scholarship fund will help others. That is a great way to honor her memory,” Dennis said. “The Chillicothe Campus is extremely grateful for this extraordinary gesture, which will make it possible for future students to pursue their goals and dreams on our campus. It seems fitting that Denny would remember his beloved wife by establishing a scholarship fund that will assist others. It is apparent they shared a passion for helping others,” said OU-C Dean Richard Bebee. “Throughout his career at OU-C, Denny has proven himself as an individual who will always go the extra mile to help others, and he is known for both his expertise and his upbeat manner. These same attributes are evident in his son Benjamin.” To contribute to the scholarship endowment fund, contact Joyce Atwood at (740) 774-7200 or

OU-C Charles and Daisy Black Equestrian Center serves as valuable laboratory for students

The OU-C Charles & Daisy Black Equestrian Center serves as a valuable laboratory for students in a variety of academic pursuits. OU-C Instructor of Geography Gary Haynes recently took a map-reading class on a field trip to the Ohio University-Chillicothe Charles & Daisy Black Equestrian Center. “The farm serves as an outstanding laboratory and offers a great opportunity for students to gain hands-one experience in a number of areas. We are very fortunate to have this resource,” Haynes said. “I have taken previous map-reading classes to the farm to study aerial photographs of land use patterns, landform analysis with topographic maps and the use of compasses and GPS units. I have also led field trips there in the past as part of the environmental education program for area school teachers.” Plans are being finalized to install interpretative signs and maps at various locations on the farm to enhance usage of the farm for nature studies and environmental education. Schools in the area have also expressed interest in the farm site as a land lab for fieldtrips. The 268-acre farm contains a variety of environmental settings such as a 100-acre hardwood forest, stream corridor, floodplain, upland meadows and agricultural cropland. Charles and his late wife, Daisy, purchased the farm on State Route 50 near Londonderry in 1950 and built the farm’s 20-stall horse barn in 1958. In 2002, Charles Black donated the horse farm and its riding facilities to OU-C. Several horse shows are held at the farm, including programming for children with disabilities, a passion that Charles and Daisy Black shared. “The OU-C campus is very grateful for the generosity of Daisy and Charles Black. The property continues to provide an invaluable resource for OU-C students and others in the area,” OU-C Dean Richard Bebee said.

Reception to commemorate publications by OU-C faculty members

A reception will be held to recognize and share the publications of Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty members from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 20 in the Quinn Library inside of the Stevenson Center. The focus is on both current and past publications. The event is free and open to the public. During the formal portion of the event, faculty members will be asked to share the background story of their research that led to the publication. The publications will then be housed in a glass display case to share with the campus and local communities. “This type of event highlights the type of research in which our campus faculty members are engaged and further supports the sense of a learning community on campus,” OU-C Head Librarian Allan Pollchik said. “We look forward to hearing the faculty member discus the background of their research. Often, the stories of the artistic journey are of particular interest to readers.”

OU-C nursing students involved in community outreach programs

Students enrolled in the nursing program at Ohio University-Chillicothe are involved in outreach programs in the community during spring quarter. “These types of opportunities allow the students to gain practical experience in their career field and also provide a valuable service to area residents” said Charlotte McManus, associate director of the OU-C Nursing Program. “This type of outreach ties directly to the campus’ focus of utilizing higher education to impact the region.” The students are discussing a range of general health issues, such as nutrition, stress management, self-esteem, dental care and fire & gun safety. The effort began with 21 OU-C nursing students sharing their insights with fourth and fifth grade students at Court Street Elementary School in Circleville on May 11. Upcoming events include:
  • Atwater Elementary School in Circleville from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 14
  • Health fair at Glatfelter in Chillicothe from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 20
  • Health fair at Vinton County Middle School from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 22.