Friday, February 19, 2010

Panel discusses whether science and religion can coexist

This year’s Kennedy Lecture Series on Feb. 18 consisted of a panel discussion exploring the roles of science and religion in people’s lives and whether the two disciplines can coexist. The event drew a spirited discussion involving the panelists and those in attendance.
OU-C Head Librarian Allan Pollchik (left) moderated the forum. Panelists included Michael Zimmerman of Butler University, recent OU-C graduate Julie Van Hoose and OU-C Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Robert Moats.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Programs allow high school students to get jump on college career while enrolled in high school

Ohio University-Chillicothe is involved in several programs and partnerships that allow area students to gain college credit and experience while they are still enrolled in high school.
“These programs provide opportunities for area students to begin their college degrees even before they graduate from high school. There are several options to appeal to a range of students, depending on their interests. Not only do they introduce students to the college experience, but they provide substantial cost-savings to students and their parents by allowing them to gain college credit for little or no cost,” OU-C Manager of Student Recruitment TJ Eveland said.
The options include:
POST-SECONDARY OPTION. Approximately 30 students are enrolled in this state-funded program, which allows students to take college courses on a part-time basis. The goal is to augment, rather than replace, the high school experience.
SENIORS TO SOPHOMORES. This is the second year for OU-C’s participation in the statewide program. The Chillicothe Campus partnered with 8 Ross County schools in the Early Adopter program last year. In the on-campus option, 10 Ross County high schools students are getting an early jump on their college careers by taking classes on the OU-C campus. The participating students will earn approximately 45 college credits during the academic year. They can also remain engaged in high school activities as their schedules allow.
Additionally, during 2009-10, OU-C and Southern State Community College partnered with Chillicothe and Zane Trace high schools to offer a pilot program that allows students to take classes for college credit at their high schools during the regular school day. Each high school has approximately 15 participants, which is the maximum number for the program. Similar options for the upcoming year are being discussed.
“By helping to offer these opportunities to high school students we are fulfilling the campus’ mission of making higher education accessible to area residents,” Eveland continued. “Students who are interested should contact their high school guidance counselors for more information. Or, area residents who are interested in pursuing a college education, whether at OU-C or elsewhere, can contact me, and I would be glad to speak with them.”
Several students who have been enrolled in these programs while in high school have continued their college careers on the Chillicothe Campus.
“The post-secondary programs I enrolled in helped to prepare me for college. By the time I graduated from high school last year I was a sophomore in college, and after this winter quarter I will be a junior,” said Unioto High School graduate Kandice Valentine, a former Seniors to Sophomores student who found the opportunity to be a good fit for her aspirations. “Also, I was able to save a lot of money for college and get all of my general classes out of the way. I was able to change my perspective of life.”
Taylor Corcoran, a fellow Seniors to Sophomores student from Unioto High School, said, “Being a high school student, it helped me to prepare for the college atmosphere. I attended college full-time as a high school student, so I became aware of what to expect when I would actually become a college student. The advantages are that you get used to the environment and you are way ahead of the rest of your class. All of my friends were finishing their senior year while I was doing that plus finishing my freshman year of college. It’s a great feeling knowing that I am going to have a year done, and it’s all paid for, so my parents saved money, also.”
For more information, Eveland can be reached at (740) 774-7721 or evelandt@ohio.edu.
Photo cutlines: Kandice Valentine (left) and Taylor Corcoran (right) both began their college careers while in high school and have continued their collegiate pursuits on the OU-C campus.

University Research and Creative Activity Expo seeks entrants

Ohio University students now can register online for the 2010 Student Research and Creative Activity Expo at http://www.ohio.edu/studentexpo. All undergraduate, graduate and medical students and postdoctoral fellows interested in presenting their research, scholarship and creative activity must sign up at the site to participate in this year's event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 at the Convocation Center. Students can win up to $300 in prize money if they choose to have their projects evaluated by a panel of faculty judges. For a list of frequently asked questions about participating in the event, please visit http://www.ohio.edu/studentexpo and choose "presenters." The deadline for registration is Sunday, March 21. For more information, contact Roxanne Male-Brune at 597-1227 or male-bru@ohio.edu. Last year, two teams of Ohio University-Chillicothe student researchers placed highly at the event. Jessika Holmes and Paul Fairbanks placed second among undergraduate psychology presenters for their research poster, “The Effect of Morality and Social Capital on Retributive Justice.” Also, Shawna Barr and Krystal Payne placed second among regional campus presenters for their poster, “Emotions Used to Better Understand Sarcastic Comments.” OU-C Assistant Professor of Psychology Ann Rumble mentored the students.
Photo cutline: Last year, Paul Fairbanks was among OU-C students who presented award-winning research projects at the expo.

Speakers, reader boards are part of Emergency Mass Communication System

As part of the campus’ Emergency Mass Communication System, speakers and reader boards are being installed in all campus buildings. Along with the speakers recently installed atop Shoemaker Center, these devices will be activated with the appropriate messages and instructions should there be a crisis situation on campus. “The campus is committed to doing what we can to provide a safe atmosphere, and these steps are part of our ongoing effort so that we are prepared in the event of an emergency and can take all available steps to best protect campus members and visitors,” Director of Facilities Management Dave Scott said.

Upcoming Campus Events

• Academic Council meeting at noon on Feb. 23 in Bennett Hall room 105 • Opening reception for Tolerance III art exhibit at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18 in Patricia Scott Art Gallery in Bennett Hall {Rescheduled from Feb. 6} • 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 • MLA and APA citation workshop from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 24 in Stevenson Center Writing Center • “Lunch and Learn” with Tony Hunt at noon on Feb. 26 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. Topic: “A Year After – Obama and Holding on to Hope.” • Discussion regarding the craft of storytelling from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 4 in the Quinn Library. Part of the Salon Series. • OU-C theater program presents The Quick-Change Room at 8 p.m. on March 19 & March 20 in the Bennett Hall auditorium