Thursday, March 25, 2010

Upcoming event will explore the art of wine-tasting

Individuals can learn the art of wine-tasting during a “Water & Wine Tasting” event at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the Patricia Scott Gallery at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Bennett Hall. The cost is $30 per individual or $55 per couple. Thomas Van Creasap of Shamrock Vineyards in central Ohio will lead the session, which will include the “wine aroma wheel,” which will help those in attendance describe the different types of wines. Lighter catering, including cheese crackers and breads, and coffee will be available. To participate in the event, contact interim Coordinator of Continuing Education, Training & Development Karen Virgin at (740) 774-7230 or

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Campus hosts Job Expo

Approximately 385 individuals visited the recent Job Expo that was held in OU-C’s Shoemaker Center on March 23. The event included approximately 75 employers and other organizations. The job expo was a real community effort. In addition to OU-C, other sponsors were Ross County Veterans Council, Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Pickaway & Ross JOBS One-Stop.

Chillicothe Campus students lead volunteer drive for area organizations

Ohio University-Chillicothe students Kelly Oyer and Heather Evans are coordinating a donations drive for area non-profit organizations. The donation drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 10 in the parking lot of Sam’s Club on North Bridge Street in Chillicothe. The effort will benefit the Ross County domestic violence shelter, Community Action men’s shelter and the Sojourners Care Network. The drive is targeting items such as toiletries, hygiene items and baby-care products. “We held a similar drive about a year and a half ago that was quite successful, and we hope that this one turns out as well,” said Oyer. Both Oyer and Evans are Chillicothe residents who are pursing bachelor’s degrees in the social service track of Technical and Applied Studies. Both previously earned associate degrees in Human Services Technology. Volunteerism has been an ongoing theme for both Oyer and Evans throughout their OU-C careers, and both are among several OU-C students who have gone out of their way to help neighbors in need. The two students were recognized by the Red Cross with a Group Hero Award in spring 2008 for their efforts in leading the charge to help Ross County residents rebuild their lives and households after damage from a fire. As Oyer says, “In the human services area, that’s what we do. Plus, this is all about helping neighbors.” Evans said, “Volunteering has been a rewarding, uplifting emotion that I cannot explain.”

OU-C students earn honors at Pump House art show

Several current and former OU-C students fared well at the Spring Open Show at Chillicothe’s Pump House Gallery. Pam McGinnis, a ceramics continuing education student, won first place in the 3-D category. Christy Conkel's ceramics wall piece won third place in 3-D. Former art student, Charlie (Umphries) Jones won third place in 2-D with a painting.
Also, former OU-C student Sidney Brown is exhibiting paintings in Different Similarities at the Fresh A.I.R. Gallery in Columbus from March 31 through April 30.
Cutline: Pam McGinnis poses with her winning entry.