Friday, September 18, 2009

Title IX training scheduled for Chillicothe Campus members

Members of the university’s Institutional Equity Office will present Title IX training for members of the Chillicothe Campus at 3 p.m. Sept. 23 in Bennett Hall room 105. The training is required by the university for all OU-C full-time employees. The goal of the meeting is to provide information to help prevent situations that are perceived as harassing or discriminatory and to help employees understand the university’s internal harassment/discrimination grievance process.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Karen Freeman, Terri Hood-Brown join nursing faculty

Karen Freeman and Terri Hood-Brown have joined the Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty as assistant professors of nursing, effective Sept. 1. Freeman earned her associate degree from Shawnee State University. She then attended OU-C as an undergraduate student and earned both her bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing from Ohio University. She has been a staff nurse on the Same Day Surgery Staff at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe since 1989 and has been a nursing clinical instructor with the OU-C nursing program since 2003. Freeman has been employed with Adena since 1976, previously as a nursing assistant, staff nurse and head nurse with the recovery room staff. She earned a mentorship award from Adena in 2008 and published an article in the December 2008 issue of Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. Hood-Brown earned her associate degree from the University of Rio Grande, her bachelor’s degree in health education/biology from Ohio University and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix. Since 2005, she has been a patient care manager in the Maternity and Family Center and pediatrics at Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis. She was previously on the staff of the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children in Orlando, Fla., from 1993 to 2005 as a nurse, manager for a 48-bed unit, assistant nurse manager and nurse clinician/unit educator. She belongs to several professional organizations, including the Southeastern Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives.

OU-C professor acknowledged by renowned historian

OU-C Professor of History John Reiger has been recognized publicly by renowned presidential historian Douglas Brinkley. Reiger proofread the first nine chapters of Brinkley’s book The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America (HarperCollins Publishers, 2009), which has made the top 10 of the New York Times’ Best Seller List. Brinkley has mentioned Reiger’s work in recent interviews, including on C-Span 2, during which Brinkley said that “Professor John Reiger … is the [George Bird] Grinnell scholar at Ohio University-Chillicothe. He proofread my chapters on Grinnell.” Since the book’s release, Brinkley has referred to Reiger in his book as “the leading scholar on George Bird Grinnell” and as one of his “guardian angels” who “carefully read chapters and offered their expertise.” Brinkley cites both Reiger and his books, The Passing of the Great West and the third edition of American Sportsmen and the Origins of Conservation, in the text as well as the Notes of Wilderness Warrior. At Reiger’s request, Brinkley has donated an autographed copy of his book, dedicated to the students of the Chillicothe Campus, to the OU-C library. Reiger served as a paid consultant, providing rare photographs and documentation, for the Ken Burns’ documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” a six-night series that will begin airing September 27 on PBS.

Deadlines announced for applying for graduation

The deadline for applying for graduation for students who plan to graduate fall quarter is Sept. 30. This applies to students earning associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Students can apply for graduation online at There is a $50 graduation application fee. Application deadlines for graduation deadlines for the 2009-10 academic year are:
  • Fall quarter, Sept. 30, 2009
  • Winter quarter, Jan. 25, 2010
  • Spring quarter, April 20, 2010
  • Summer quarter, July 29, 2010
For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office, (740) 593-4196.

OU-C offers ACT preparation course

Ohio University-Chillicothe is sponsoring an ACT (American College Test) preparation course to help area high school students and Ohio University College of Education students study for the ACT, America's most widely accepted college entrance exam, which is required for admission to various colleges and programs. Enrollment options include registering for the class as non-credit ($50) or registering for one-hour Ohio University credit ($139). Information about fee waivers is available at OU-C’s Continuing Education Office and at the Student Enrollment Office. Applications are available in area high school guidance counselor offices and in OU-C’s Continuing Education office or the Student Enrollment Office. Space is limited. For more information, call (740) 774-7226, (740) 774-7230 or 1-877-462-6824, ext. 226 or 230. The course will meet on two Saturdays, Oct. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Oct. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Bennett Hall at OU-C. Students need to make their own arrangements for lunch, scheduled approximately from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This ACT preparation course utilizes experienced instructors who have achieved certification in their respective fields to provide an in-depth review of the math, science, English, and reading comprehension sections of the ACT. Students will also receive extensive instruction on the optional writing portion of the ACT, and information, hints, and techniques for coping with test anxiety and taking the test.

OU-C campus smoking policy

With the opening of fall quarter, it is appropriate to again address the campus’ tobacco policy. OU-C is committed to promoting a healthy environment. In 2007, the campus expanded its non-smoking zones to 20 feet from structures. Smokers are urged to utilize receptacles that are in place. The measure is in place to protect the health of campus community members and to ensure that the campus is in compliance with the state law that prohibits smoking near public areas. As we possibly move toward a tobacco-free campus, comments from the campus community are welcome. Make your voice heard by posting suggestions on this story site on the news blog.

Campus members urged to not park in neighborhood

As a courtesy to neighbors, campus students, faculty and staff are urged to utilize campus parking and not park their cars on neighborhood streets. During construction, additional parking spots have been added near Shoemaker Center.

Session to address the stress-relieving benefits of laughter

The “World Laughter Tour” will stop at OU-C when Piccola Bloomingdale leads a Laugh Club brown bag lunch session at noon Sept. 25 in Bennett Hall room 134. Bloomingdale is a certified laugh leader and professional clown. The session, which is presented by the OU-C Wellness Committee, is free and open to the public. Her presentation is no laughing matter but has serious benefits. Bloomingdale will help those in attendance learn to laugh off stress, release tension, feel relaxed and energized, and have an overall uplifted attitude. According to Piccola, laughter has several benefits, such as strengthening the immune system; improving breathing, blood flow, digestion and sleep; burning calories; reducing pain and better getting along with other people.

Introductory sessions slated for faculty to learn about Blackboard

Faculty who are considering using Blackboard course management systen in their classes or just want to learn more about Blackboard can learn more about it during sessions from noon to 1 p.m. or 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 22 in the Quinn Library computer lab. The introductory session will include such topics as loading a syllabus (bring a syllabus on a jump drive), creating an announcement, adding staff information and making the course available. The session will also offer an overview of the newer features of Blackboard 7.3.

Upcoming Campus Events

  • Academic Council at noon on 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
  • Blackboard introductory course at noon and 4:45 p.m. in Quinn Library computer lab
  • 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
  • “World Laughter Tour” brown bag lunch at noon on Sept. 25 in Bennett Hall room 134. Open to entire campus community
  • 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