Friday, January 15, 2010

Foothill Folk Society to perform at OU-C

The Foothill Folk Society will present a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Bennett Hall auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The event, which is sponsored by the O-C Culture Committee, is free and open to the public. The Foothill Folk Society consists of musicians and other artisans from Ross and surrounding counties seeking to advance creative efforts of area residents. The organization is interested in supporting the culture of this unique region.

Cultural arts performers and supporters discuss artistic craft during ‘Thoughtful Thursday’ event

More than 40 individuals from the campus community and the region discussed what inspires artists and musicians as well as the ups and downs of an artist’s life during the “Thoughtful Thursday Salon Series” event Thursday, Jan. 14, in the Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Stevenson Center. The event allowed for an insightful and lively discourse that focused on the local, vibrant arts community with many area individual sharing their own experiences and learning from each other’s viewpoints. Participants included both practicing artists/musicians and those with an interest in these cultural pursuits. The “Thoughtful Thursday” series is intended to offer area residents the opportunity to engage in informal, intellectual discussions covering a range of topics and strengthen the learning community that exists on campus and in the region. The series is coordinated by the campus’ Cultural Events Committee.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

OU-C faculty member Nicholas Kiersey featured as guest editor of academic journal

Ohio University-Chillicothe Assistant Professor of Political Science Nicholas Kiersey, PhD., has been published in a special issue of the British academic journal Global Society, in which he is featured as a guest editor. Global Society is a leading journal in the field of international relations. Volume 23, Issue 4 features papers from eight academics examining the impact of the French philosopher Michel Foucault on the discipline. The papers gathered in this special edition were all originally presented as working papers at the 50th annual convention of the International Studies Association in New York City in February 2009. Also, Kiersey completed a 10-week summer research trip to Bolivia this summer, where he studied the impact of globalization on the institution of citizenship in the new Bolivian Constitution. The trip, funded by a $4,300 grant from the OU-C Faculty Research Fund, produced helpful data that will be included in the final chapter of Kiersey’s ongoing book project entitled Empire’s Citizenship; Subjectivity and Democracy in Contemporary Global Capitalism. Kiersey was recently on OU-C Junior Faculty leave. While on leave, he spent time as a visiting researcher at the University of Bristol. He also made research trips and gave talks at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, and the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Central European University in Hungary. During this time Kiersey conducted research under the project title “Consciousness of Crisis: Neoliberalism as a Theory of Security and Deterritorialization.” This time away is funded by a $4,700 grant from the OU Regional Higher Education Faculty Development Committee. Upon his return, Kiersey expressed his appreciation for the support he had received in making these trips, noting that it had helped him grow as a teacher. “One of my constant goals in the classroom is for students to grasp the importance of embedded culture in the policy-making process,” he said. “There has probably never been a more important time for us to study the connection between economics, politics, and culture” he added, noting the impact of the current global economic crisis on OU-C students and the wider region.

OU-C students discuss their goals for the year 2010

We regularly talk with OU-C students to get their views on relevant topics. This week’s topic involves goals for the year 2010. Below are what some of the campus’ students had to say.
When scanning the 2010 calendar, Matt Sahr is keeping his focus and looking to maintain a balance between academic pursuits and family interaction. “I just want to take a full course schedule every quarter except during the summer and keep working toward my nursing degree,” he said. “I want to use the summer to reunite with my family and maybe do some camping.” The 42-year-old resident of Fairfield County is in his second quarter at OU-C and also took some courses on the Lancaster campus.
Ben Frost, a Zane Trace High School graduate, also has an academic focus this year in addition to pursuing an intriguing pastime. “I would like to catch up with my studies and improve my GPA. I am working weekends but am academically-oriented and focused on my studies. Personally, I would like to continue with biblical fictional narrative writing.” Frost, who is majoring in psychology and human service technology, picked up this unusual hobby when his interest was piqued during a psychology class at OU-C that discussed people’s belief in being pursued by demons.
“I want to finish my degree as soon as possible,” said Tessa Barnes, 28, an early childhood education major from Unioto High School. Barnes, who looks to earn her diploma after fall quarter 2011, took a five-year break from college and feels the change of pace made her a better student. “The break was a good thing. I came back more motivated and more aware of what I want to do with my degree.”
Allison Wellman, a pre-nursing student from Jackson High School, is keeping it simple. “Right now, my goals are pretty basic. I want to get good grades and get into the nursing program.” Although she is planning her upcoming wedding, her focus remains on academics, Wellman said.
A relative academic newcomer is exploring his options. “As a freshman, I want to get good grades and decide on my major,” said Kyle Adams, an undeclared major from Westfall High School who is in his second quarter on campus. “Fall quarter went by quickly. I was leaning toward majoring in the arts, but I an uncertain.”
“My goal is to graduate and get out of here,” said Bobbi Davis, a human service technology major from Waverly, who is charting her future plans in the classroom and beyond. “I plan to get a bachelor’s degree in social work at either Ohio State or the Athens campus. Over the next few years, I would like to get a decent job and build a house.”
In addition to her academic obligations, Raeshell Matney’s schedule gives a whole new meaning to the term “homework.” “I need to finish some mini-projects such as painting rooms in my house. I would also like to spend more time with my family,” said Matney, a human services technology major from Zane Trace High School.”
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Ohio University Provost Pam Benoit to visit campus

Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit will visit the Chillicothe Campus on Jan. 27 and will host an open forum at 3 p.m. in the Bennett Hall art gallery. All member of the OU-C campus community are invited to attend. “We appreciate the provost taking such an active interest in regional higher education and in the Chillicothe Campus, in particular. This visit follows her participation in the campus strategic planning session in August,” OU-C Dean Richard Bebee said. “The fact that she is willing to take time out of her busy schedule to travel to our campus speaks highly of her interest in the role that regional campuses play in making the Ohio University educational experience available to area residents in a manner that best meets their needs. Throughout her academic career, Provost Benoit has focused on academic quality and access, and these qualities certainly describe OU-C’s focus. I know that she is looking forward to having a conversation with campus members so that we can share with her our viewpoints and also learn from her perspective.”

Reception planned for OU-C faculty & staff creative works exhibit

A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 22 in conjunction with the current Faculty, and Staff Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Show in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery in Bennett Hall at Ohio University-Chillicothe.
The reception, which is sponsored by the campus’ Cultural Committee, is free and open to the public. The exhibit continues through Jan. 26.
The exhibit showcases the work of various members of the Chillicothe Campus community and includes approximately 30 pieces featuring an array of artistic and creative expression such as paintings, pencil sketches, prose, woodwork, both textured and standard photography, paper piecing and oak & clay works. The artworks capture images from the region and around the globe.
“We have many individuals on campus who have talents beyond what they use in the workplace, and this show offered an opportunity to display these talents,” said staff member Beth Tilley, who coordinated the event. “Visitors have been impressed by the quality of work.”

Upcoming Campus Events

• Academic Council meeting at noon on Jan. 26 and Feb. 9 & 23 in Bennett Hall room 105 • Musicians and artists discuss their craft as part of “Salon Series” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 14 in Quinn Library • OU-C women’s basketball game vs. OSU-Lima at 1 p.m. on Jan. 16 in Shoemaker Center • OU-C men’s basketball game vs. OSU-Lima at 3 p.m. on Jan. 16 in Shoemaker Center • OU-C women’s basketball game vs. OU-Eastern at 2 p.m. on Jan. 17 in Shoemaker Center • OU-C men’s basketball game vs. OU-Eastern at 3 p.m. on Jan. 17 in Shoemaker Center • Classified Group meeting at 9 a.m. on Jan. 19 and Feb. 9 in Bennett Hall room 105 • Foothills Folk Society in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 in Bennett Hall auditorium • Administrative Council meeting at 9 a.m. on Jan. 21 and Feb. 11 in Bennett Hall room 105 • Faculty and Staff Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Show reception at 6 p.m. on Jan. 23 in Bennett hall art gallery • OU-C women’s basketball game vs. Miami-Middletown at 1 p.m. on Jan. 23 in Shoemaker Center • OU-C men’s basketball game vs. Miami-Middletown at 3 p.m. on Jan. 23 in Shoemaker Center • SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) brown bag lunch at noon on Jan. 27 in Bennett Hall room 105. Presented by campus Health & Wellness Committee • OU Provost Pam Benoit to speak with campus community at 3 p.m. on Jan. 27 in the Bennett Hall art gallery • Opening reception for Tolerance III art exhibit at 6 p.m. on Feb. 5 in Patricia Scott Art Gallery in Bennett Hall • OU-C women’s basketball game vs. Miami-Hamilton at 1 p.m. on Feb. 6 in Shoemaker Center • OU-C men’s basketball game vs. Miami-Hamilton at 3 p.m. on Feb. 6 in Shoemaker Center • Michael Zimmerman delivers Kennedy Lecture on compatibility of Darwin (science) and religion at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 in Bennett Hall auditorium. Reception at 6 p.m. in Patricia Scott At Gallery • “Lunch and Learn” with Tony Hunt at noon on Feb. 19 in Stevenson Center Learning Commons. Topic: “A Year After – Obama and Holding on to Hope”