Thursday, September 3, 2009

Opening session on Sept. 8 kicks off 2009-10 academic year

Dean Richard Bebee will address the campus’ strategic priorities for the 2009-10 academic year during the opening session at noon on Sept. 8, in Bennett Hall room 110. Members of the campus community are invited to attend, and lunch will be available. The opening session is designed to provide the campus community with the insights they need for a successful year. In addition to discussing the year’s goals and objectives, the session will provide an opportunity to introduce new campus employees, reflect on recent accomplishments and share useful information about campus initiatives and programs of note. Fall quarter classes begin the same day.

Chillicothe Campus sets strategic priorities for upcoming year and beyond

Ohio University-Chillicothe set its strategic priorities for the upcoming academic year and beyond during its annual planning session on Aug. 24. Approximately 45 individuals participated in the planning session at Deer Creek State Park. Those in attendance included Group I and Group II Faculty members, administrators, Regional Coordinating Council members and student representatives. A separate meeting was held with Classified Staff members since their work schedules and duties prevented them from attending the planning session. “The annual planning session captures the strategic approach that distinguishes our campus,” OU-C Dean Richard Bebee said. “We were able to obtain broad-based input, and then draft plans to guide our decision-making. The plans and priorities that were developed will serve as a framework to guide our decision-making. As we move forward to gain more detail and implement these plans, we will seek input from Academic Council and other groups and individuals who will be responsible for their implementation.” “This year, we looked not only at this year’s goals but discussed the campus’ future over the next 5 to 10 years with a theme of ‘From Campus to College’ as we move forward in all phases of operation,” Bebee said. “These plans serve as a road map and are fluid in their design to allow for regular evaluation and revisions.” The strategic priorities that were identified for this year and beyond are listed below. Point persons are being identified and task forces are being developed to guide the implementation of specific initiatives. • Academic Programming. The Chillicothe Campus will be looking at areas such as forming partnerships to give its students access to academic programs that meet emerging career fields and possibly increasing online offerings. • Capacity. A task force will look at areas such as: current capacity in areas such as student enrollment, classroom space, physical plant, faculty and staffing levels. It will also look at how to move forward in terms of how many students we can anticipate enrolling and how we best meet their needs. Among points of discussion are the possible offering of more online courses and/or campus housing in the future. • Flexible Scheduling. The Chillicothe Campus looks to position itself to best meet the needs of its students as the university makes the transition from quarters to semesters in 2012. Among points of emphasis will be to look at scheduling classes at the days and times that best meet our students’ needs. • Student Support/Customer Service. To best meet the needs of current and future students and support retention, the campus will be looking for further collaboration between Student Services and Academic Affairs to improve academic advising and to support retention efforts. Consideration will be given to how the Student Services staff can be most effectively organized, both in terms of physical space and staff members’ responsibilities, to meet the needs of current and future students. A look at how technology can best be utilized is intertwined in all of these objectives. In addition to the strategic objectives, another area of emphasis this year is campus-wide communication and engagement of individuals across campus in working collaboratively to seize opportunities and meet challenges. “With the ongoing Parkway Project and particularly high enrollment, these are exciting times on the Chillicothe Campus,” Bebee said. “With this type of smart, strategic approach, we can capture that vibrancy and continue to offer an exceptional educational experience to current and future students. As we look for innovative ways to move forward, we will remain focused on our core values of serving our students and serving our region.”

Phase 1 of Parkway Project nearing completion; East lot open for start of classes

Phase 1 of the Parkway Project is being completed, and the refurbished parking lot on the east side of Bennett Hall will be open when fall quarter classes open at Ohio University-Chillicothe on Sept. 8. Lights and curbs are being installed, and striping will be complete by Tuesday. Landscaping, including planting of trees and shrubs, will take place later in the fall. Other Phase 1 projects include a temporary lot east of Shoemaker Center. In addition the Shoemaker Center lot will be open. There will be limited parking in the lot west of Bennett Hall. In all, approximately 425 parking spaces will be open. Prior to construction, there were 452 spaces, and the Parkway Project will create a total of 486 spaces. All campus entrances – from Pohlman Road, Fifth Street and University Drive – will be open when classes begin. Campus members and visitors are reminded to not block neighbors’ driveways. The Parkway Project is scheduled to be completed in November. The project creates a major transformation to the campus and includes a parkway, plaza and other renovations to reflect the vibrancy of the OU-C learning environment.

New faculty and staff members join OU-C community

Several new faculty and staff members have joined OU-C and are in place for the 2009-10 academic year. These individuals bring strong backgrounds to their faculty and staff positions and should add to the student-focused approach that exists on campus. New faculty and staff members include: • John Fisher has been named director of student services at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective July 13. He was former director of enrollment services and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Cincinnati Clermont, roles he has held since January 2008. He was previously director of branch colleges and pre-release director at Wilmington College. He was also on the faculty at Wilmington College, Edison State Community College in Piqua, Texas A&M University in College Station and Union University in Jackson, Tenn. He earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Marshall University, and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. All three degrees are in history. Fisher is a native of Ironton, Ohio. • Brandon Houseman has been named Senior Library Associate, effective Sept. 1. Houseman, a former student-employee in the library, is completing his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ohio University. He is a graduate of Greenfield McClain High School. • Sally Timmons began her duties as administrative associate in the Child Development and Family Service Center on July 27. She earned an associate degree in child development from OU-C in 2008 and holds a preschool teaching certificate. She has a strong background in early childhood education. She has been a preschool teacher at the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center, a preschool teacher and early childhood curriculum advisor with the local Academy for Kids and a program director/child care administrator with the Ross County YMCA. • Suzette Wells has been named interim manager of Accounting/Human Resources at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective Sept. 1, while the search continues to fill the position on a full-time basis. Associate Dean Michael Lafreniere has served in this capacity since Nancy Harris’ retirement on May 30. An education major, she is completing her bachelor’s degree this summer. She is a graduate of Chillicothe High School. • Allison White of Bainbridge has been named assistant professor of Office Technology at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective fall quarter 2009. 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. 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.

Campus disc golf course temporarily closed

Due to safety concerns during the current campus construction project, the disc golf course at Ohio University-Chillicothe will be closed until further notice.

Upcoming Campus Events

• Fall quarter opening session at noon on Sept. 8 in Bennett Hall room 110 • Academic Council at noon on Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 in Bennett Hall room 105 • Classified Group at 9 a.m. on Sept. 22 and Oct. 13 in Bennett Hall room 105 • Title IX Training at 3 p.m. on Sept. 23 in Bennett Hall room 105 • Administrative Council at 9 a.m. on Sept. 24 and Oct. 15 in Bennett Hall room 105 • Ohio University Human Resources meeting at 3 p.m. on Oct. 20 in Bennett Hall room 134 • OU-C Day on Nov. 12. Will include scholarship/donor breakfast, Parkway Project ribbon-cutting and other activities. Details to be announced