Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hometown activities become part of college experience for many OU-C students

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A distinguishing feature of the OU-C educational experience is that many students are able to remain connected to activities they began prior to enrolling in college while pursuing their college degrees on the Chillicothe Campus. Instead of giving up these activities, these pursuits become a part of the students’ overall college experiences.
Kelsey Post, who has been actively involved in 4-H, continues to travel regularly to fulfill her duties at Jackson County Fair Queen while attending OU-C. Post plans to become a veterinarian and will eventually relocate to the Athens campus to complete her pre-veterinary degree.
“It was really important to me to continue my involvement with 4-H while attending college,” Post said. “I have been able to keep my commitment to 4-H and my connection to Jackson County while attending OU-C.”
She is also able to maintain her connection with her best friend Allison Wellman, a fellow OU-C student and Jackson High School graduate. Both play flute in the local Southern Ohio Symphony Orchestra.
“We are both busy but find time to hang out together,” said Wellman, a nursing student. “It is nice that I am able to stay in touch with friends from Jackson. I am not as involved in activities back home as I used to be, but I am still able to maintain some connections.”
Lindsay Binegar, an elementary education major from Greenfield McClain High School, gains practical experience by helping out in an elementary classroom in her hometown on a weekly basis.
“I love working with the children, and it is great career-preparation,” Binegar said. “I look to return to Greenfield after graduating from college, and this experience will hopefully help me in that regard. OU-C is just the right distance from home. I chose to stay close to home so that I am able to continue doing things I enjoy, and these activities become part of my college experience. I like the close-knit, fairly quiet feel of campus.”
Katie Penwell, an early education major from Washington Court House, remains active in a church youth group in her hometown while pursuing her college goals at OU-C. “I have been involved in the group since I was in middle school, and it is a big deal to me. My family also means the world to me, and it is important to be able to go home in the evenings and see them. This helps me get through the week in a positive manner.”
For Jason Atkins, 37, he is able to maintain his family connections while pursuing a Bachelor’s of Technical and Applied Studies degree. “When I have spare time, I usually spend it hanging out with my family or friends. It is good that I can relax and spend time with them. It makes for a nice balance with going to college, and I didn’t want to give that up. For example, in a couple of weeks I will be taking a camping trip to Michigan to go mushroom-hunting. I like it that I can arrange my schedule to balance schoolwork and other things I enjoy doing.”
Cutlines: Katie Penwell enjoys staying active with her hometown youth group, while former Jackson High classmates Kelsey Post and Allison Wellman have maintained their friendship while attending OU-C.

Current photo exhibit by Ken Breidenbaugh captures the sights of the Windy City

A current exhibit at Ohio University-Chillicothe by faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh captures the vibrancy of Chicago. “Chicago: The Loop” includes nearly 70 photos that Breidenbaugh took while on a trip to the Windy City in mid-March. The exhibit is on display through April. The photos offer an authentic, candid view of Chicago.
“The subjects are meant to be straight-forward arrangements of architecture, structures, colors, textures and light that I find appealing in a city whose constant visual complexities – and simplicities – are so alluring,” Breidenbaugh, assistant professor of comparative arts, art history and theater, said in his artist statement that accompanies the exhibit. Toward that end, Breidenbaugh allows only his camera to come between the city and those viewing the photos.
“There is no Photoshoppping, cropping or other manipulation. The result is reasonably close to those first through-the-lens views,” he said.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Article spotlights campus teen leadership partnership program

A recent article in the Chillicothe Gazette focused the spotlight on the OU-C Leadership Skills Program, particularly the leadership of Moe Pfeifer and what inspired him to become involved with this initiative. The story is available online at: The program is a partnership between the campus and schools in Ross County, and students who meet attendance and participation standards can qualify for partial scholarships from OU-C to offset the gap between financial aid and actual costs for about two academic years. The leadership program, which began in 2000, promotes the importance of sound decision-making and other skills with prospective college students from throughout Ross County. The program is a partnership between Ohio University-Chillicothe and Ross County middle schools and high schools. It involves two components, one for seventh- and eighth-grade students, and the other for high school sophomores and juniors. This year, 27 Ross County students are participating in the program, with 12 seventh- and eighth-grade students, and 15 high school students. The students come to campus four times from February through May and explore the importance of leadership, character-building and responsible decision-making, in addition to other skills that will help them in college.

Submission deadline approaching for annual OU-C Student Art Show

Submissions will be accepted for the 19th annual Ohio University-Chillicothe Student Art Show on the following dates: • May 10, noon to 1 p.m. • May 11, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. • May 12, noon to 1 p.m. Submissions should be delivered to the Patricia Scott Art Gallery in Bennett Hall. Entry forms will be available in the gallery. If these dates and times are inconvenient, contact OU-C Professor of Art Margaret McAdams at to make arrangements. Dates of the show are May 17 through June 4. University of Rio Grande Professor Jim Allen will serve as this year’s judge. Awards will be presented during the reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 28. Any currently enrolled OU-C student may submit up to 3 original art works in the following media: drawing, painting, watercolor, fiber, sculpture, ceramics, digital imaging, photography, printmaking and mixed media. All works must have been completed in the past two years, after high school graduation, and not shown in any previous Annual OU-C Student Art Show. Two-dimensional works must be wired and framed for hanging. Wet paintings are not eligible. No art may be removed from the gallery prior to the close of the exhibition.

OU-C Charles & Daisy Black Equestrian Center announces 2010 schedule of shows

The Ohio University-Chillicothe Charles & Daisy Black Equestrian Center has listed its schedule for 2010 shows. The equestrian center is located at 32505 U.S. Route 50, Chillicothe – just east of Chillicothe and west of Londonderry. For all horse shows, there will be a food booth on the equestrian center grounds. All proceeds from events benefit the Ohio University-Chillicothe Charles & Daisy Black Equestrian Center, unless otherwise specified. Hunter/jumper classes have been added to all shows this year, and year-end awards will be given in six categories. All shows will include classes for riders with disabilities. For further information, contact equestrian center coordinator Amy Sims at (740) 253-3848. APRIL Spring Open Fuzzy Horse Show – Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m. * MAY Friday Night Open Show – Fun Show – Friday, May 14, 6:30 p.m. Daisy Black Memorial Special Equestrian Horse Show – Saturday, May 15 JUNE Open Horse Show - Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m. * Open 4-H Horse Show – Sunday, June 13 Stay for both days – overnighters welcome (Primitive or Self Sufficient, sorry no plug-ins, no fires) JULY Open Horse Show - Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m. * AUGUST Hunter Jumper Horse Show, Saturday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m. * SEPTEMBER Fall Open Horse Show – Saturday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. * Special Olympics/Special Equestrian Event – Sunday, Sept. 12 *Denotes shows that count toward-year end awards. Awards will be given to champion and reserve in the following categories: English, over fences, western, gymkanna, most improved rider and versatility.

Applications being accepted for program to help area math teachers incorporate technology in classroom

Applications are being accepted through May 31 for the QUANT (Quantifying Uncertainty and Analyzing Numerical Trends) program, which is designed for math teachers of grades 8 through 12. The year-long program is based at Ohio University-Chillicothe and includes a weeklong workshop from June 14-18 and a 2-day workshop on Aug. 5-6 in addition to online instruction. The application is now available online at Participants in the QUANT program will receive $500 worth of materials, access to additional resources, plus food and stipends. Optional graduate credit will be available at a reduced tuition rate for participants. The goal of the program is to develop content knowledge, pedagogical expertise and skill in using technology for data analysis, probability and statistics. Participants will explore these concepts in-depth using TI-nspire handheld computers and data-collection devices as tools for teaching and learning. The QUANT summer program will be followed by ongoing online support and daylong Friday workshops on Oct. 1, 2010, and March 4, 2011. The QUANT program strives to help mathematics teachers create a class for students that is distinguished from the pre-calculus or calculus classes that many seniors are now encouraged to take by incorporating data and technology into the classroom in meaningful ways, which benefits students pursing any field.

Upcoming Campus Events

• “Chicago: The Loop” photo exhibit by Ken Breidenbaugh exhibited in the Bennett Hall Scott art gallery through end of April • Academic Council meetings at noon in Bennett Hall room 105 on May 4 & 18 • Classified Group meetings at 9 a.m. on May 4 • Administrative Council meetings at 9 a.m. in Bennett Hall room 105 on May • Picnic & Poetry Day at 11:30 a.m. on April 22 at Stevenson Center Learning Commons and patio • Campus ‘Spring Fling’ on May 19. Details will be forthcoming • Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on June 11 in the Shoemaker Center; Nursing pinning ceremony at 2:30 p.m.