Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bennett Hall plaques commemorate OU-C’s leaders and donors

To commemorate the campus’ heritage and its supporters, plaques of campus leaders and important dates in Ohio University-Chillicothe history are being installed in the back hallway of Bennett Hall, and plaques to recognize donors to OU-C over the years will be displayed in the Information Desk entrance to the building. The effort is part of the campus’ ongoing efforts to celebrate its rich history and promising future while strengthening ties with its supporters.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Chillicothe Campus women’s tennis team wins conference tourney

In just its second season since being rejuvenated as a competitive sport, the OU-C women’s tennis team won the Ohio Regional Campus Conference championship, which was held in Cincinnati on Saturday, May 1. OU-C won the women’s tournament with 6 points, followed by Miami University-Hamilton, OU-Lancaster and Miami-Middletown. The women’s team compiled a 5-1 record this year. Team members included No. 1 singles player Jessica McComis, No. 1 doubles teammates Caitlin Keaton & Tiffany Bowlby, and No. 2 doubles team Ashley Montgomery & Rachel Metcalf. The men’s team was represented by the first doubles combo of Jordon Dewitt and Jesse Bissell. This is only the second season of competition since the campus tennis program was re-started last year. “I was very proud of the ladies and how well they played in the tournament, especially Caitlin Keaton and Tiffany Bowlby. It came down to their match with MUH, which was decided in a tie-breaker. They played very well in the tie-breaker to give OU-C a win. This is when mental toughness and determination becomes a factor in determining the outcome,” OU-C tennis coach Ellen Clark said. “I’m also proud of how well all of the team members demonstrated excellent sportsmanship throughout the season. They represent OU-C well. Many of these athletes have busy lives and are juggling many schedules. I'm glad that OU-C gives them an opportunity to participate in collegiate sports. It's a nice outlet for them as well as a way to make new friendships and be involved with other students.” “We have two graduating seniors on the women's team, Jessica McComis and Caitlin Keaton. Both of them have been leaders on the women's team with winning records for the two years they played for OU-C. They were friends and team mates at Unioto High School. It’s nice to see these friendships continue on into college,” Clark said. Cutline: Coach Ellen Clark (left) and members of the women's tennis team celebrate their conference championship.

‘Recognition of Graduation’ event salutes students

Ohio University-Chillicothe will recognize students who have earned their college degrees during the 2009-10 academic year during the annual “Recognition of Graduation” ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 11, in the Shoemaker Center. This event will honor students who have earned associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Admission is free, and the public is invited. “I encourage all members of the OU-C community to participate in or attend this event. This type of festive occasion captures the spirit of campus by saluting students for their efforts and recognizing those who have supported them along the way,” campus Dean Richard Bebee said. A reception for the graduates and their families will be held afterward in the Family Service/Child Development Center. A reception for faculty members will be held prior to the ceremony, at 6:30 p.m. in Shoemaker rooms 215 & 217. Further details, including the names of special speakers and other participants, will be released at a later date. A pinning ceremony for graduates of OU-C’s nursing program will be held at 2:30 p.m. that day in the Shoemaker Center. Formal commencement activities are held on the Athens campus.

Class project emphasizes practical steps to help the environment

Several OU-C students are emphasizing environmental responsibility as part of a class project. As a capstone group project, students in faculty member Tom Brown’s Technical and Applied Studies seminar, the students are sponsoring “Green Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12 in the Stevenson Center computer lab, patio and parking lot in front of the building. “We are looking to educate and motivate our fellow OU-C students to ‘go green’ by following quick and easy suggestions that will not only save them money but will help conserve and improve the state of our environment,” Rhonda Cook explained. “We want to encourage students to become the leaders in standing up for our community by making it a healthier and safer place to live.” A key feature of the day’s events is the emphasis on practical steps that individuals can take to become more environmentally-friendly. The project has a three-pronged approach. Participating students will be asked to take a quick online survey to assess their environmental footprint. They will then receive an index score to indicate what impact their lifestyle is having on the environment and a list of actionable steps to lower the score. Students in the class project will also emphasize the importance of having properly-inflated auto tires by checking the tires of cars in the parking lots and providing material on how much mileage can be saved and how carbon dioxide levels can be lowered by having properly-inflated tires. Walmart Tire and Lube Express employees will be on hand to assist with the inflation project. Also, recycling bins will be placed throughout campus for one week. “We were looking for a class project that focuses on the social services aspect of the Bachelor’s of Technical and Applied Studies program, and we wanted to implement one final service project that will help our fellow OU-C students and community,” Cook said. Besides Cook, other classmates leading the Green Day project are Carol Chester, Heather Hill, Techia Potter and Brittany Price. All students who participate in the project will receive free “green” items such as pine seedlings, reusable shopping bags and energy-efficient light bulbs. Also, all participants will be eligible to win a drawing for a basket of “green” prizes. The projects undertaken in this course tie together various themes. “The course is designed for students to design and deliver a ‘service learning’ project. The learning is ‘layered’ to emphasize several concepts such as teamwork (working together as a team to plan and deliver a meaningful product or service), project management (working as a team to manage a product including timelines, budgets and accountability) and new content knowledge (throughout the project, students learn new and important content such as professional conduct in the workplace or the economic viability and practical implications of recycling),” Brown said. As Brown shared, the capstone projects offer valuable practical learning opportunities. “This is an interesting method of learning and surely offers a fertile environment for education. The best part is that some of the most important ‘learnings’ are ones we failed to anticipate. Because there is decidedly more fluidity in this process (versus standard classroom processes) the student and professor has to be ‘on their toes’ and willing to flex and adjust to unanticipated problems and opportunities.”

Academic majors fair gives students further insights for charting their academic careers

OU-C Academic Advisor and a current student lend their insights and perspectives about the Academic Majors Fair on the campus’ YouTube channel at
The Bennett Hall hallways were crowded the afternoon of Wednesday, May 5, with students attending the first-ever Academic Majors Fair.
Representatives of various academic programs on the Chillicothe and Athens campuses of Ohio University were on hand to share information and insight with OU-C students. An advantage of attending OU-C is the opportunity to relocate on the Athens campus and to have access to those academic resources and programs.
“Because of its long-lasting impact on a student’s college career and professional career, the selection of an academic major is one of the most important decisions a student can make,” OU-C Academic Advisor Cristy Null said. “This event is designed to give our students all of the resources and perspectives they need to make the best decision.”
In addition to offering a marketplace of potential majors for those who are undeclared in this area, the event also allows students to further investigate their chosen academic pursuits.

Campus earns Community Landscaping Award

Ohio University-Chillicothe has been presented with the 2010 Community Landscaping Award from the Chillicothe Tree Commission. The award is presented annually to a business or organization that has shown special attention to landscaping and preserving the city’s urban forest during a renovation project.
“At OU-C, we strive to be caretakers and good stewards of the natural resources found on our campus. In fact, we want the Chillicothe Campus to offer place for area residents to enjoy the beauty of this region,” OU-C Dean Richard Bebee said in accepting the award at a recent ceremony in Yoctangee Park. “More than just an educational institution, we want to offer a relaxing setting for people to go jogging, take a walk or just sit and enjoy the scenery. This approach supports our mission of serving the residents of this wonderful region of the state.”
“The recent Parkway Project has greatly enhanced the campus’ appearance, and features such as the amphitheater capture this area’s natural beauty.” Bebee said. “I commend Director of Facilities Management Dave Scott, who was the driving force behind this project, and the members of his crew who do such an outstanding job of maintaining the campus’ grounds on a daily basis and in all types of weather. It is important to have an attractive campus that makes a good first impression and reflects the quality of the OU-C educational experience.”

OU-C students attend art event in Columbus

OU-C art students Dan Jalbuena, Karalea Lane, Marcus McGuire, Kim Roush, Sarah Strausbaugh, Crystal Detty, and professors Margaret McAdams and Dennis Deane attended “A Conversation with Mark Bradford and Aminah Robinson” at the Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University on May 3. Bradford, a Los Angeles artist, and Robinson, a Columbus-based artist, are both recipients of MacArthur genius awards. They talked about the relationships between their lives and communities and their art. Wexner Center Director Sherri Geldin moderated the conversation.

OU-C cheerleading tryouts scheduled for May 22

Tryouts will be held for the 2010-11 Ohio University-Chillicothe cheerleading squad from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in the Shoemaker Center gymnasium. All OU-C students are eligible to try out. Those who are trying out should come dressed to cheer. No prepared material is necessary. For further information, contact Sandy Lawless at (740) 222-4637 or

Upcoming Campus Events

• “Chicago: The Loop” photo exhibit by Ken Breidenbaugh exhibited in the Bennett Hall Scott art gallery through May 7 • Administrative Council meeting at 9 a.m. in Bennett Hall room 105 on May 13 • Academic Council meeting at noon in Bennett Hall room 105 on May 18 • Campus ‘Spring Fling’ on May 19. Details will be forthcoming • OU-C political science faculty member Nicholas Kiersey to discuss “Debating Politics Through Science Fiction” at noon on May 27 in Bennett Hall room 10 • Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on June 11 in the Shoemaker Center; Nursing pinning ceremony at 2:30 p.m.