Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tickets available for Bobcat football game, thanks to former player Dave Stout

Ohio University alumnus and former Bobcat football player Dave Stout of Chillicothe has purchased 100 tickets for members of the campus community to attend Ohio University’s football game vs. the University of Connecticut at 7 p.m. on Sept. 5 at Peden Stadium in Athens. Stout, a 1965 Ohio University graduate, was a member of the Ohio University team that played in the 1962 Sun Bowl. Each member of the OU-C campus community may obtain 2 tickets by presenting a campus ID at the Bennett Hall Information Desk during business hours. Tickets are available on a first-come basis. “We are grateful to Dave for his generosity and his support of Bobcat athletics. Having the opportunity to root on our own Division I athletic teams is one of the benefits of being part of a great national university,” OU-C Dean Richard Bebee said.

ARC grant partnership serves goal of further improving learning environment

Twelve months after receiving $142,900 in grant funds from the Appalachian Region Commission (ARC), the changes around the Stevenson Center are as apparent as the eye can see. Through the grant, Ohio University-Chillicothe is partnering with ARC to better prepare regional residents for the current and future job market. In order to reach this goal, OU-C has worked to bring together information and technology in a way to more effectively and efficiently deliver a quality educational experience. With the grant money, which became available to use on July 1, 2008, the focus has been on updating the Quinn Library side of the Stevenson Center so that it matches the atmosphere of the highly popular Learning Commons that were opened in fall 2006. Some additions that have been made include new Macintosh and PC computers, columns to house the computers, personal study carrels, new desks for library classrooms and dividers to create group study spaces. Director of Information and Technology, Patty Griffith, explained that she tried to observe how students gather and work together before making decisions and purchases based on the observations. “We want to give students an opportunity to work how they want,” said Griffith. An example of this are the large dividers placed between groups of furniture in the back corner of the library. Griffith noticed that students preferred some individualized personal work spaces in a more quiet area in the library and made the purchase accordingly. Another high-tech purchase that will soon be implemented is a SMART board. Similar to a high tech projector, the SMART board is an interactive whiteboard with the additional functions of a computer. One of the many ways technology can be used at OU-C is by Writing Center tutors who want to draw out storyboards or outlines of papers and then save the files to the computer. “These technology additions allow us to support our students outside of the classroom,” said Griffith. The grant initiative allows the campus to provide a type of one-stop shopping opportunity where students have access to information and other resources such as tutors and computer support. With the addition of comfortable, study-friendly furniture the Learning Commons now also provides an opportunity for community on campus. This type of environment is essential to a campus that does not include residential areas. “This grant has allowed us to provide the tools, the services and the environment needed for a positive and enriched learning experience,” said Griffith. Student employment has also increased in the Learning Commons as the additions draw more students and usage of the building grows substantially. Since the fall of 2007, the number of paid part-time employees has risen from 38 to 61. This exhibits a key element of the grant and how it helps support OU-C’s dedication to serving the Ross County region. In the final six months that the grant money is available for use, more changes will be made around the Learning Commons. New furniture for the Library side will continue to be added, more software programs will be purchased for the computers and laptops will be available for student check-out. “We are literally putting the newest and best technologies in the hands of our students,” said Griffith. “That kind of access to technology doesn’t always happen to folks in this region.” Many other additions are still being discussed. If you would like to suggest some changes for the Learning Commons, email Patty Griffith or leave a comment with the news blog.

Allison White joins OU-C as Office Technology faculty member

Allison White of Bainbridge has been named assistant professor of Office Technology at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective fall quarter 2009. White has strong academic and professional experience. Since 2006, she has held the position of functional systems analyst with American Electric Power in Columbus, and she was previously a business analyst in Marketing and Customer Service with AEP from 1987 to 1997. She was an instructor in several computer science classes at Southern State community College from 2004 to 2006 and a computer science instructor at Paint Valley High School in Bainbridge from 2002 to 2004. A former OU-C student, White earned her associate degree in secretarial technology from Ohio University, her bachelor’s degree with a dual major in business administration and marketing from Franklin University and a master’s degree in technology education from Wright State University. The Office Technology associate degree program prepares students for entry-level administrative assistant and office positions. “With her broad and progressive background, Allison is a proven educator who can share real-world applications in her classroom teaching. As an area resident and former OU-C student, she also has a special affinity for this region and understanding of the campus’ mission in serving our students and serving our students. We look forward to her joining the campus community and helping to prepare OU-C students for rewarding careers,” Chillicothe Campus Dean Richard Bebee said.

Annual campus planning session continues emphasis on strategic planning for long- and short-term goals

OU-C will hold its annual strategic planning session on Aug. 24 at Deer Creek State Park. The session allows for the sharing of ideas and perspectives from campus and community members as the campus develops its strategic priorities. All Group I and II faculty members, administrators, Regional Coordinating Council members, student representatives and select community members have been invited to attend. A separate meeting will be held with Classified Staff members at 2 p.m. Aug. 27 in Bennett Hall room 105 to gain their input since their work schedules and duties prevent most of these employees from attending the Aug. 24 event. This year’s goal is to draft a strategic plan, “Vision 2020,” which will serve as a blueprint to guide the campus’ decision-making and priorities over the next year and beyond. The planning document that will result from these meetings will be fluid and allow for continual evaluation and revisions. Among specific areas of discussion are faculty resources, student needs and infrastructure requirements. The focus will be on identifying where the campus now stands, both in terms of reality and perception; how it should look in 5 to 10 years to best serve its mission, and what steps must be taken to achieve those objectives. OU-C faculty and staff members will lead discussions. Speakers will include Ohio University Executive Dean of Regional Campuses Dan Evans, OU Provost Pam Benoit and Ohio Board of Regents Vice Chancellor Barbara Gellman-Danley, who will deliver the keynote address. “These annual planning sessions allow us to gain broad-based input as we strategically set OU-C’s priorities for the upcoming year and beyond,” OU-C Dean Richard Bebee said. “This approach underscores the campus’ emphasis of setting and implementing practical priorities. Having a focused effort allows the Chillicothe Campus to continually move forward. At OU-C, strategic planning is more than a catchphrase or slogan. Rather it is how we go about serving our students and serving our region on a daily basis.”

Long-time campus and community supporter Charles Black marks 94th birthday

Long-time area resident Charles Black marked his 94th birthday on Aug. 1. He has been a fixture in Ross County for a number of years, breeding and training saddle bred horses for riders and horse shows.
His love of horses is legendary, as is the genuine concern that he and his late wife Daisy shared for residents of the region, especially children with special needs. They were instrumental in giving horse shows that financed the beginning of the Pioneer School here in Chillicothe. After moving to Chillicothe in 1934, the Blacks purchased a 268-acre horse farm outside of town in 1950 and built the farm’s 20-stall horse barn in 1958.
In 2002, Black donated the horse farm and its riding facilities to Ohio University-Chillicothe. The horse farm continues the Blacks’ heritage of contributing to the community. The facility includes programming for children with disabilities, a passion that Charles and Daisy Black shared.
The farm hosts several horse shows each year, including several events for children with special needs.
Among other possible future uses for the horse farm are equine studies, outdoor biology and horticulture laboratories, outdoor education courses and recreational purposes.
“The Chillicothe Campus is grateful for this gift, which provides a valuable resource for OU-C students and others in the Ross County area. In so many ways, the farm continues the commitment of Daisy and Charles Black to helping others and making a positive impact on the region,” OU-C Dean Richard Bebee said.
Black has spent his entire life around horses and has exhibited a deft touch with dealing with horses and in contributing to the Chillicothe and Ross County area. Black worked for 60 years as a horse trainer, traveling extensively with Daisy to attend nearly 50 horse shows and sales a year during his career.
Born in Myra, W.Va., Black received his first horse at the age of 6 and followed in the footsteps of his father, R.L. Black, who taught riding classes at Marshall University.
He later worked with horses at the Kellogg Arabian Horse Farm and Warner Bros. Studios and as a solider in the Remount Service of the Army, training mules for pack trains going to India. He served in the Army for four years, including a stint with the First Cavalry Quarter Master Remount in Fort Bliss, Texas. Charles was with General Patton during maneuvers in Louisiana.
The Charles and Daisy Black Scholarship has been created at OU-C for freshman students entering education in the field for special needs students. Individuals may contribute to the scholarship by making the check to Ohio University Foundation, attention Joyce Atwood, 101 University Drive, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601.