Thursday, October 22, 2009

Students voice their opinions on splitting timebetween campus life and their other pursuits

During recent conversations, several students have remarked that, on the Chillicothe Campus, students live a sort of split life, with their focus split between being a student and their pursuits as a family member, employee and community member. This week’s question concerns the students’ perspective on what it is like to have that dual focus and how they combine the two worlds, including managing their time. “Balancing life as a student and holding a job can be difficult,” said Becca Gahm, a middle childhood education major from Latham. “School takes a lot of time. I have full days of classes on Monday and Wednesday of each week, and I work on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I try to finish my schoolwork as best I can on the days I am on campus, and then also do my homework after work and other days.” Christina Harms, a middle education major from Vinton County High School, has some practical time-management tips. “Since I live an hour away, I try to make good use of that time by practicing speeches for my public speaking class while in the car. Also, I don’t watch TV when I have a tough assignment to gain time and keep my focus. I work four days a week. It is especially difficult when I work late on Sunday and don’t get off work until 11:30 p.m., then have an 8 a.m. class on Monday.” Mindy Edmiston, a nursing student from Olentangy High School who is married and has a stepson, commutes to OU-C from her home in Waverly. “I enjoy having a campus life and a home life separate from each other. Both are enjoyable, but one is a good break from the other. As for time management, my life revolves around my daily planner.” Rachael Hughes, an education major from Vinton County High School, also likes the break from campus life. “It is good to go home at night. I like it that my lives as a student and outside of campus are separated.” “It is a good change of pace, but I don’t like the five-hour break between classes. However, it does give me a chance to shop for music and get some things done. It’s a good change of pace,” said Michael Yates of Jackson, who plans to study mortuary science. “I can leave school here when I leave campus,” said Paige Sanders, a nursing student from Circleville. Russell McFadden, a nursing student from Circleville, sees the benefit of blending his outside life with his student pursuits. “I like this setting. It keeps you more in touch with reality instead of in our own world. Usually, when I am stuck on campus there’s not a whole lot to do, so I spend my time hanging out with friends.” “If I stayed on campus all day, it would drive me crazy,” said Brock Moats, a nursing student from Zane Trace High School. “I have to work to afford school, and this fits my style.” Feel free to add your insights by posting a comment on to this story.

Writing Center seeks writing contest submissions

The OU-C Writing Center is calling for submissions for its fall quarter writing contest. All current Ohio University-Chillicothe students are encouraged to submit any type of work, either fiction or non-fiction, that addresses an aspect of the theme, “Turning Points.” The winner will receive a $75 gift card to the Campus Bookstore. Entries may be no longer than 1,200 words. Submissions can be in any genre of writing including, but not limited to, academic essays, research papers, traditional prose, fables or others. All traditional media will be accepted, in addition to any contemporary media such as graphic design projects (limit size to 36”x24”), short film (limit of six minutes and a script must be included), blog excerpts, online Web sites (links must be provided), comics or other forms of materials. The theme, Turning Points, is meant to be both provocative and open to the writer’s interpretation. All submissions are due in hardcopy by 4 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the Learning Center in the Stevenson Center. Contest submissions are limited to two per student. Entry forms are available at the Writing Center. Writing tutors and their immediate families will be exempt from this series. Applicants should list only their PID numbers on each page of the entries in either the header or footer. For additional information please contact Debra Nickles, Writing Center coordinator, at or (740) 774-7779.

OU-C student clubs partner with community to host Trick or Treat Extravaganza at local YMCA

The Ohio University-Chillicothe Human Services Association, along with other student clubs on campus, has partnered with the YMCA of Ross County to hold the OU-C Trick or Treat Extravaganza from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 30 at the YMCA, 600 Mill St., Chillicothe. Tickets are $2 in advance and $3 at the door and are available at the YMCA and the Bennett Hall information desk at OU-C. In lieu of a ticket, donations of gently used or new coats, four cans of food or a new pack of children’s underwear or socks is also accepted. The annual event again features safety- minded activities for children and their families and will again feature a Trick or Treat Alley, costume contest, face-painting, bounces houses, arts & crafts, food and more entertainment. Local businesses and social service agencies are needed to sponsor Trick or Treat tables. If you are willing to donate candy or safe trinkets and safety information, please contact Sage Sill by email at or by phone at (740) 412-9963 or Barbara Mahaffey at (740) 774-7724.

Art show by Margaret McAdams on display at Rio Grande

“Clay Forms,” a one-person art show by OU-C Professor of Art Margaret McAdams, is on display through Nov. 6 at the Esther Allen Greer Museum Gallery at the University of Rio Grande. The show includes 18 ceramic pieces that McAdams made between 2002 and 2009, 15 photographs from 2008 and 8 mixed-media works on paper that were created between 1988 and 1990. Gallery hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. She will give a demonstration/workshop for Rio Grande art students on Nov. 4.

Writing Center to host MLA & APA citation workshop

To further assist students in their academic writing endeavors, the Writing Center will host a MLA & APA citation workshop at noon on Oct. 28 in Room 19 (the computer lab) at the Stevenson Center. Current students are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch, their current research project and their reference sources to the workshop session. Members of the helpful Writing Center staff will answer questions and provide guidance through the difficulties of proper citation.For more information contact the Writing Center at (740)774-7779.

Construction update

The Parkway Project continues to move forward. A total of 267 spruce trees are being planted on the southern edge of campus to provide a partition between the campus and houses in the adjacent neighborhood. Further, structures for brick columns at the University Drive and Fifth Street entrances have been erected, and signage will soon be added. Brick pavers have been laid at the west entrance to Bennett Hall, and both Bennett Hall entrances are now accessible. A bursar’s station and work-station partitions are being built in the Student Services area of Bennett Hall. An outdoor classroom at the Child Development/Family Service area is in the design stage. Also, repair work continues on heating water lines to Stevenson Center.

Upcoming Campus Events

• Fall Foreign Language Regional Workshop on campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 22 • Jose’e Vachon in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 in Bennett Hall auditorium • Academic Council at noon on Oct. 27 in Bennett Hall room 105 • MLA & APA citation workshop at noon on Oct. 28 in Stevenson Center room 19 • OU-C Trick or Treat Extravaganza from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Ross County YMCA, 600 Mill St., Chillicothe • OU-C Day on Nov. 12. Will include scholarship/donor breakfast, Parkway Project ribbon-cutting and other activities. Details to be announced • Alan Gough art show through Nov. 30 in Bennett Hall Patricia Scott Memorial Gallery