Thursday, November 5, 2009

Nursing students gain practical experience, provide community service at annual health fair

A recent health fair at Ohio University on Nov. 3 gave campus members and area residents an opportunity to take steps to improve their well-being. It also offered an opportunity for OU-C nursing students to gain practical experience that will help to prepare them for their profession and to become actively involved in community service. The annual health fair offered free blood pressure screenings, as well as information on topic such as stress relief, women’s health and nutrition. Through the event, OU-C nursing students can apply lessons they learn in a practical setting that benefits residents of the region. “This offers a chance to gain more experience working with people. From this health fair, we learn more about what we will encounter in the real world,” said Kelly Herring, a Logan High School graduate. “Being able to talk with people allows us to learn from experiences beyond the classroom.” Rhonda Payne, a nursing student from Waverly, said, “As a nurse, we will have to answer questions from patients and their families on various topics, and this experience helps prepare us for that.” Lauren Gard, a Hillsboro High School graduate, said, “This is very helpful. We are able to interact with people as they share their experiences and health concerns with us.” “This helps to apply in the real world what we have learned in the classroom” said Brenden Magee, a Vinton County High School graduate. “It is a great chance to learn about patient care and how to talk with people. Much of the information we share at the health fair is the same as we would provide at the bedside of a patient.” Kaitlyn Massie, a Wellston High School graduate, said, “This experience helps to make us more competent in knowing the information and being able to explain to individuals what they need to do. We also have the opportunity to offer a community service by making individuals aware of signs and symptoms to look for and steps to take in response to those symptoms. Further, this helps us learn how to work with people.” video

Hilltop Café experiencing success as part of campus gathering spot

The Hilltop Café is experiencing an increase in sales and traffic this fall that seems to mirror its Learning Commons location’s increasing popularity as a hub of campus activity. The second week of fall quarter saw 741 customers satisfy their hunger at the café, compared to 476 customers the year before, an increase of more than 55 percent “I think the main reason we have seen such an increase is that we truly strive to meet the students’ needs, particularly in terms of our offerings, prices and location. We strive to offer the service and convenience that appeal to students with busy schedules. We want the café to support campus life and to be viewed by our students as a resource,” Hilltop Café manager Ellen Clark said. “As with other operations on campus, our first priority is to serve our students.” Recent innovations include adding menu items such as the “early riser” breakfast sandwich, warm cinnamon rolls and the especially popular pizza slices from Hooks on the Hill Pizza. By doing this, the café is bringing food the students crave right to campus. To further meet the needs of students and others, the café has added a credit card machine, and 20 percent of sales are currently being charged. More than just providing nourishment or a quick snack, the café adds to the Learning Commons’ atmosphere as a central gathering place on campus. “It seems to provide an added part of the overall college experience in fostering a sense of community,” Clark said. “With the ongoing Parkway Project and particularly high enrollment this fall, there is more of a sense of a campus environment and more students on campus. The goal is for the café to add to that student-centered environment

Local quartet to perform at ribbon-cutting ceremony;Kimberly Bowers to deliver student address

The local quartet “4-A-Lark” will sing the National Anthem and Kimberly Bowers, an office technology major from Zane Trace High School, will deliver the student remarks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for OU-C’s Parkway Project on Nov. 12. The Unioto High School Marching Band will perform at 3 p.m., followed by the singing of the National Anthem, and the speakers at 3:30 p.m. Speakers include OU-C Dean Richard Bebee, Chillicothe Mayor Joe Sulzer, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis and Bowers. The ribbon-cutting event is part of OU-C Day. The event expands on the annual fall student mixer and includes other activities to celebrate the spirit of the Chillicothe Campus. All campus and community residents are invited to attend all or portions of the day’s activities. The schedule for the day includes:
  • Scholarship Breakfast (by invitation) at 8:30 a.m. for scholarship donors and recipients
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fall Mixer (includes lunch)
  • 3 p.m. Unioto Band Performance
  • 3:30 p.m. Parkway Ribbon-Cutting
  • Alan Gough Art Exhibit in Patricia Scott Gallery
  • Campus Tours
  • Rare Book Display in Stevenson Center Library

Author Karen A. Patterson to discuss World War II memoir during Quinn Library discussion

Author Karen A. Patterson, an adjunct faculty member at Ohio University-Chillicothe, will discuss her book Allies Forever: The Life and Times of an American Prisoner of War from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the casual reading area of the Stevenson Center Quinn Library at OU-C. Her discussion is free and open to the public. Military veterans and their families especially encouraged to attend. The author will describe her book, followed by an open discussion with those in attendance. The memoir is a personal account of her own family and how World War II impacted a young bride and her husband, who was shot down during a bombing mission over Germany on Christmas Day 1944. The story describes his daily struggle to survive a prisoner-of-war camp and the challenges of returning to civilian life as not only a husband but also as a father to a child who was born while he was at war. Her parents were married only five weeks before her father was called to war, and the sudden adjustment to civilian life posed difficulties upon his return.
“The creative non-fictional work spans 70 years, beginning with my father growing up in Pittsburgh in 1923,” Patterson said. “I look to share my father’s story, including the physical and psychological wounds he had after the war. I hope there are veterans present who can share their own stories.”
Her talk commemorates Veterans Day and is the first of the “Salon at Quinn Library” series that is planned at OU-C to help further cultivate a sense of intellectual community with both the campus and local communities. “The traditional definition of a salon is that of a venue to host discussions and share insights, and we hope to capture that spirit,” OU-C Head Librarian Allan Pollchik said.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Donations are being accepted to assist local need family

Members of the OU-C campus community have the opportunity to make the holidays a little brighter for an area family. For the second year, donations are being accepted to help a needy family, which will have a child who attends the Child Development and Family Service Center on campus. Both cash and canned goods are being accepted. Cash donations should be directed to Norma Jean Beverly in Student Services, and canned good donations are being collected in the Dean’s Office. Last year, members of the campus community contributed more than $800 to purchase gifts for a family with four children

Submissions are sought for campus employee Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Show

OU-C employees are encouraged to submit their creative work for the initial campus Faculty/Staff Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Show, which will be displayed in the Bennett Hall Scott Gallery from Jan. 4 through Jan. 26, 2010. “We are looking for submissions of all types, such as poetry, other literature, artwork, carvings and other types of creative expression,” OU-C staff member Beth Tilley said. “There are many creative individuals on campus, and this offers an opportunity to showcase some of those hidden talents and to share them with the campus community.” Those who wish to submit an entry or who have questions should contact Tilley at or stop by the Bennett Hall Information Desk. She looks to begin compiling a list of items to be exhibited.

OU-C basketball teams to tip off 2009-10 seasons

The OU-C men’s and women’s basketball teams have released their 2009-10 schedules. The men open their season against the Rio Grande junior varsity at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Shoemaker Center. The women’s team tips off its season Nov. 11 at Ohio Christian University, and the first home game is against Ohio Christian at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17. OU-Chillicothe Women’s Basketball 2009-10 Schedule 11/11 Ohio Christian University 6:00 PM Circleville, OH 11/17 Ohio Christian University 6:00 PM Shoemaker Center 11/19 Kentucky Christian 6:00 PM Shoemaker Center 11/21 Asbury College 2:00 PM Shoemaker Center 11/25 OU-Lancaster 5:30 PM Shoemaker Center 11/29 OSU Newark 1:00 PM Newark, OH 12/1 OSU-Lima 5:30 PM Lima, OH 12/4 Asbury College 7:00 PM Asbury College 12/9 UC-Clermont 5:30 PM Shoemaker Center 12/12 Miami-Middletown 1:00 PM Middletown, OH 12/13 Miami-Hamilton 1:00 PM Hamilton, OH 12/19 Oakland City University 1:00 PM Oakland City, IN 12/22 Akron Wayne 6:00 PM Shoemaker Center 12/29 Sinclair Community College 5:30 PM Dayton, OH 1/8 OU-Zanesville 6:00 PM Zanesville, OH 1/9 Akron Wayne 1:00 PM Orrville, OH 1/13 OU-Lancaster 5:30 PM Lancaster, OH 1/16 OSU-Lima 1:00 PM Shoemaker Center 1/17 OSU-Eastern 2:00 PM Shoemaker Center 1/23 Miami-Middletown 1:00 PM Shoemaker Center 1/30 UC-Clermont 1:00 PM Batavia, OH 2/6 Miami-Hamilton 1:00 PM Shoemaker Center 2/13-2/14 ORCC Tournament TBA Hamilton, OH 2/20-2/21 ORCC Tournament Final 4 TBA Middletown, OH OU-Chillicothe Men’s Basketball 2009-2010 Schedule 11/5 Rio Grande JV 7:00 PM Shoemaker Center 11/13 Rio Grande (Tournament) 8:00 PM U of Rio Grande 11/14 Taylor or Union (KY) 1:00 PM U of Rio Grande 11/19 Kentucky Christian 8:00 PM Shoemaker Center 11/25 OU-Lancaster 7:30 PM Shoemaker Center 11/29 OSU-Newark 3:00 PM Newark, OH 12/1 OSU-Lima 7:30 PM Lima, OH 12/9 UC-Clermont 7:30 PM Shoemaker Center 12/12 Miami-Middletown 3:00 PM Middletown, OH 12/13 Miami-Hamilton 3:00 PM Hamilton, OH 12/16 Cincinnati Christian College 7:00 PM Shoemaker Center 12/19 Oakland City University 3:00 PM Oakland City, IN 12/22 Akron Wayne 8:00 PM Shoemaker Center 12/29 Sinclair Community College 7:30 PM Dayton, OH 1/8 OU-Zanesville 8:00 PM Zanesville, OH 1/9 Akron Wayne 3:00 PM Orrville, OH 1/13 OU-Lancaster 7:30 PM Lancaster, OH 1/16 OSU-Lima 3:00 PM Shoemaker Center 1/17 OU-Eastern 3:00 PM Shoemaker Center 1/23 Miami-Middletown 3:00 PM Shoemaker Center 1/30 UC-Clermont 3:00 PM Batavia, OH 2/6 Miami-Hamilton 3:00 PM Shoemaker Center 2/13-2/14 ORCC Tournament TBA Zanesville, OH 2/20-2/21 ORCC Tournament Final 4 TBA Middletown, OH

Upcoming Campus Events

  • Author Karen A. Patterson to discuss Allies Forever: The Life and Times of an American Prisoner of War from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 10 in Quinn Library
  • OU-C Day on Nov. 12. Will include scholarship/donor breakfast, Parkway Project ribbon-cutting and other activities.
  • Fall theater production of Fall Collection at 8 p.m. on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21 in Bennett Hall auditorium
  • Alan Gough art show through Dec. 4 in Bennett Hall Patricia Scott Memorial Gallery
  • OU-C Faculty/Start Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Show from Jan. 4 – Jan. 26, 2010, in Bennett Hall art gallery