Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Well-known newscaster Colleen Marshall to deliver OU-C ‘Recognition of Graduation’ keynote address

Colleen Marshall, well-known TV newscaster with NBC 4 in Columbus, will deliver the keynote address at the Ohio University-Chillicothe “Recognition of Graduation” event at 7:45 p.m. Friday, June 12, in the Shoemaker Center. This event will honor students who have earned associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Marshall is co-anchor of NBC 4 at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. with Cabot Rea. She started at NBC 4 as a general assignment reporter in 1984 and was promoted to anchor of NBC 4’s weekend news in 1987. Marshall worked as a news anchor and general assignment reporter at stations in Wheeling, W.Va. She was also the news director/anchor/reporter at a radio station in Weirton, W.Va., and writer/producer/editor at a Pittsburgh radio station. Marshall earned a bachelor’s degree from Point Park College in Pittsburgh and graduated from the Capital University School of Law in Columbus in 2004. At Capital, she was the recipient of a Trustee's Scholarship, was named to the dean's list and was a member of the National Moot Court Team. “I look forward to speaking with the graduates and sharing insights and advice for their future. I have a special appreciation for the perseverance that many of the OU-C students have shown in earning their degrees,” Marshall said. “In many ways, my life experiences are similar to those of the OU-C graduates. I understand that several have balanced the demands of family, work and academic responsibilities. I faced similar challenges in earning my law degree. Further, I grew up in a rural part of western Pennsylvania that is similar to the Chillicothe area. Also, as a first-generation college graduate, I have a special appreciation for the value of higher education.” Marshall has received many honors, most recently the Media General reporting award in 2007 for reports on Ohio's Death Row. In the report, Colleen again interviewed a death row inmate who she first interviewed nearly a decade ago and is still awaiting execution. The report examined the lengthy and costly appellate process. She was nominated for an Emmy for the same report. Marshall won a regional Emmy Award for “Fight For Ohio,” which previewed the 2004 presidential election. Her most memorable story was being in New York City for a week, covering the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. She and her husband, Gary, have two children. Their daughter is a sophomore business major at Ohio University, where she is a member of the women's track and field team. Rehearsal for faculty and staff members participating in the ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Shoemaker Center. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Shoemaker room 215 for faculty and staff. A reception for the graduates and their families will be held after the ceremony in the Family Service/Child Development Center. A pinning ceremony for graduates of OU-C’s nursing program will take place at 2:30 p.m. the same day in the Shoemaker Center. Formal commencement activities are held on the Athens campus.

OU-C students place highly at university student research activity expo

Two teams of Ohio University-Chillicothe student researchers placed highly in the recent Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo, which was held on the Athens campus. Jessika Holmes and Paul Fairbanks placed second among undergraduate psychology presenters for their research poster, “The Effect of Morality and Social Capital on Retributive Justice.” They are determining the effects a person’s morals and perceptions of safety have on that person’s desire to punish another for criminal behavior, defined by the term retributive justice. Decisions about retributive justice are based on two main influences: one’s social capital and moral foundation, Holmes and Fairbanks noted. Shawna Barr and Krystal Payne placed second among regional campus presenters for their poster, “Emotions Used to Better Understand Sarcastic Comments.” The project is about how miscommunication can influence cooperative behavior. Often, in electronic communication, miscommunication seems to lead to reductions in cooperation when used badly. “I am extremely proud of these students. They are undertaking research that is of an extremely high quality and complexity for undergraduate students,” said OU-C Assistant Professor of Psychology Ann Rumble, who mentored the students. “They have done an outstanding job of understanding and presenting topics that are very complicated.” Their posters will be exhibited in the bulletin board case on the second floor of Bennett Hall. The students previously had their posters accepted for display at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting in Chicago. Barr is a junior, while Fairbanks, Holmes and Payne are seniors.

OU-C spring theater production promises to be a real ‘Smash’

The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present “Smash” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, in the Bennett Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for groups of six or more and free for all students. Tickets are available at the Bennett Hall Information Desk during business hours and at the OU-C Box Office the evenings of performances. “Smash” is a play based on George Bernard Shaw’s novel, An Unsocial Socialist as adapted by Jeffery Hatcher. Set in 1910, the play involves an idealistic young millionaire who leaves his bride to fulfill his dream of overthrowing the government. After going incognito on the grounds of a school for well-bred women in an attempt to supplement the school’s curriculum with his own teaching, things do not go as planned for young Sidney Trefusis, and he finds himself questioning his beliefs about life, politics and women. “This play is terrific, it has it all,” according to Ken Breidenbaugh, OU-C theater director. “It has comedy, drama, a bit of farce and, more importantly, topics which are about as current as you can get. Which will it be: socialism or capitalism, and what, really, is the difference between the two? Also, it’s a real reminder of the role of women in society at the turn of the last century and their struggle for voice and purpose in man's financial world. It is a great choice for our spring show.”

Three OU-C faculty members receive promotions and/or tenure

Three Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty members recently earned promotion and/or tenure from the university. They include:
  • Camille Leadingham earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor of nursing from assistant professor. Leadingham joined the OU-C faculty in September 2003. She earned her associate degree from Hocking College, her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bellarmine College and her master’s degree in nursing from Otterbein College. Leadingham is board-certified as a Certified Nurse educator and a medical-surgical nurse and is an adult nurse practitioner.
  • James McKean earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor of Law Enforcement Technology from assistant professor. He joined the OU-C faculty in September 2003. He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement Technology and a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree from OU-C and a master’s degree from Ohio State University. He is currently a graduate student in Ohio University's College of Education and is pursuing a doctorate degree in counseling and higher education.
  • Hamid Shahrestani was promoted to professor of economics from associate professor. He joined the OU-C faculty in September 1982. He earned tenure in 1986 and was promoted to associate professor in 1989. Shahrestani earned a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in Canada and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.
“I congratulate these three faculty members on their accomplishments. Strong, capable faculty members who engage and inspire students are the hallmark of the OU-C educational experience,” OU-C Dean Richard Bebee said.

OU-C construction update

Following is a rundown of ongoing or recently-completed construction projects on campus:
  • Work is complete on installing a wooden plank floor with 6-inch baseboards in the Bennett Hall art gallery
  • Taps have been installed in the Shoemaker Center to accommodate extending the chilled water air conditioning system to the center. Trenching will begin this week with the target completion date of early fall quarter
  • Pre-construction will begin this week for the Parkway Project with the development of a schedule for the project, which is on target to begin by June
  • A temporary air conditioning system will be installed in the Continuing Education classrooms and offices in Shoemaker Center until the permanent air conditioning system is installed
  • Carpet will be laid in the Student Services area of Bennett Hall after 5 p.m. each evening
  • Windows have been installed in the IRIS Center in Bennett Hall basement
  • A system to mentor and advise Human Services Technology students who are learning interviewing and advising techniques will be installed with work to begin this week on Bennett Hall first floor