Wednesday, May 12, 2010

SOAR sessions give incoming students insights they need to begin their college careers

Get the insights from current OU-C student Ashley Beatty and Manager of Student Recruitment TJ Eveland on the value of SOAR sessions on the campus’ YouTube channel at: The SOAR student orientation program is designed to help incoming students take the first step toward successful college careers. SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) events introduce the newest members of the Ohio University-Chillicothe community to the resources and information they need to not only survive, but to thrive, and to make the most of their time on campus. SOAR is tailored to OU-C and to the success of its students. The sessions are concise and focus on relevant information that is most pertinent to incoming students. The next SOAR session is scheduled for Friday, May 14, for students who plan to begin their college journeys this summer. Among activities during each one-day session, incoming students meet with academic advisors who help the students establish a class schedule for the upcoming quarter; learn about OU-C’s academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings including student organizations; establish their campus e-mail accounts; tour the campus; receive a campus ID card; check on their financial aid status and more.

Talk by OU-C faculty member to focus on relevance of politics to everyday life

OU-C political science faculty member Nicholas Kiersey will discuss “Debating Politics Through Science Fiction” at noon on May 27 in Bennett Hall room 105. His talk is free and open to the public. “My basic hope with this event is to try to show our students that political analysis can be fun and interesting in all kinds of unexpected ways,” Kiersey explained. “In the talk, I will make two arguments. The first point is that, although politics seem to be a kind of aloof and abstract phenomenon that has no immediate bearing on our lives, political culture actually creeps into many aspects of our everyday, ordinary existence - often in ways we least expect, such as in science fiction shows. Second, in turn, that while sci-fi shows can appear to be rather passive, uninteresting things to the student of politics, they can actually play a profound role in educating us (for better or for worse) about what to expect from political life.” Kiersey, assistant professor of political science, elaborated on the basis of his talk and the science fiction theme. “That is, while they may appear to us as set in a far flung future with no relation to our own time and place, they often do bring thought to bear upon issues that we do, in our own time, recognize as ‘political.’ The question, however, is how they chose to describe these issues and how they resolve them. In this talk I'll be looking at the show Battlestar Galactica to make a point about how the show leads us to think about the politics of technology in a certain way, and thus encourages us to share its views on the best solutions to the dilemma of our modern, technological life.”

Barbara Trube named assistant dean for College of Education & Human Services

OU-C Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education Barbara Trube has been named Assistant Dean for Academic Engagement and Outreach for Ohio University’s College of Education and Human Services, effective July 1. Her responsibilities will include working with the college’s faculty and administrators to formulae, implement and monitor strategies on behalf of the college’s engagement and outreach mission. “During her time at Ohio University-Chillicothe, she has proven to be a true colleague who engages individuals across campus with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints toward the common goal of providing our students with an exceptional educational experience,” OU-C Dean Bebee said. “Her experience on the Chillicothe Campus, which is focused on serving its students and serving its region, should be of particular value in her new role with the university. Read the complete story on Barbara Trube’s new appointment at:

Weekend shows scheduled at equestrian center

Two upcoming shows are scheduled at the Ohio University-Chillicothe Charles & Daisy Black Equestrian Center. An Open Fun Horse Show will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 14. The public may attend and bring horses to participate. The Daisy Black Memorial Show will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 15. The show is for special needs riders only. The Pioneer Boosters will have a food booth at the event. The equestrian center is located at 32505 U.S. Route 50, just west of Londonderry. For further information, contact equestrian center coordinator Amy Sims, (740) 253-3848.

Reception planned for Counselor Education Program graduates

The Counselor Education Program will host an informal graduation reception in honor of OU-C students who are earning Master’s in Counselor degrees prior to the campus’ Recognition of Graduation event June 11. Graduates and their families are welcome to attend the event from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Hall 134. Students may stop in between these hours and enjoy light refreshments (sandwiches, veggies, fruit, etc.).

'Giving them the business'

Tom Breeden, an executive with Glatfelter, recently shared insights of business etiquette with students in faculty member Tom Brown’s Technical and Applied Studies seminar. The event was organized by students Jason Atkins, Alana Beverly, Abby Sullivan and Barbara Davis as part of his capstone project for the class. Upcoming sessions will include a mock job interview and proper etiquette for business dinners. Students in the class arrange the sessions, including identifying experts in their field to share important viewpoints. “This is a pilot program and is part of an ongoing effort to help prepare our students for the workplace, both in terms of landing that first job and in making a positive impression once they are on the job,” Brown explained. “Our students work hard to earn their degrees, and it is important they are ready to successfully compete for job openings and pursue rewarding careers.”

OU-C finishes second in ORCC softball tourney

OU-C’s softball team finished second in the recent Ohio Regional Campus Conference tournament, which was held May 7-8 at Marten’s Park in Lancaster. After losing the opening game to OSU-Newark, 6-2, on Friday, the Hilltoppers advanced through the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament, defeating Miami-Hamilton, 8-4, later that day behind an 11-hit attack and the pitching of Jessie Hart. On Saturday, OU-C scored four runs on five hits with two outs in the eighth inning to beat OU-Lancaster, 6-2. The Hilltoppers then won a rematch with OSU-Newark, 12-10, in eight innings. The Hilltoppers rallied from a 6-3 deficit in the seventh inning to force the extra inning, and then pushed across 6 more runs in the eighth inning. The win forced a second straight game for the championship, which OSU-Newark won, 7-5. OU-C fought back from a 7-1 deficit with two runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh inning, and had two runners aboard when the game ended. On the final day, Stephanie Wright and Hart picked up pitching wins. Wright had six hits, including three triples. Courtney Bloomfield and Tiffany Dyer each had six hits while Becky Perkins had five hits. Hart had four hits including two doubles and a triple, Bethany Bloomfield had four hits including a double and a triple and Andrea Morgan added four hits. OU-C ends its season with a 16-7 record in finishing as the conference tourney runner-up. “The ladies played great ball at times. With the returning players and new players next season, we look for another good season in 2011,” coach George Beck said.

Upcoming Campus Events

• 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 105 • OU-C theater program to present Barrymore at 8 p.m. on June 4 & June 4 • Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on June 11 in the Shoemaker Center; Nursing pinning ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Submission deadline approaching for annual OU-C Student Art Show

This is a reminder that 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 three 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.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Reception planned for Counselor Education Program graduates

The Counselor Education Program will host an informal graduation reception in honor of OU-C students who are earning Master’s in Counselor degrees prior to the campus’ Recognition of Graduation event June 11. Graduates and their families are welcome to attend the event from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Hall 134. Students may stop in between these hours and enjoy light refreshments (sandwiches, veggies, fruit, etc.).

Early childhood education students visit retirement village residents

OU-C early education students in faculty member Jamie Harmount’s Creative Experience class recently visited residents of Traditions of Chillicothe Retirement Village to share flower vases and cards the students created, many with a Mother’s Day theme. The mementos were made largely of re-used items, combining an environmentally-friendly motif with the community service theme. “Opportunities such as this help to instill the importance of community service in these future teachers,” Harmount explained. “This is a quality they can then pass on to their students. This is all part of our goal to develop graduates who are outstanding professionals in every sense of the word. We are fortunate that so many of our students have a passion for helping their communities and their neighbors. This type of event builds upon that trait. More than just technical expertise, to be a good teacher, you have to care.” The visit helped to brighten the day for many of the retirement village residents and was a positive experience for the OU-C students. “Any time we can get experience being involved in the community is helpful. It is always beneficial to learn from the experiences of other individuals,” said Abby Roe, a Greenfield McClain High School graduate. Laura Richardson, a Washington Court House graduate, said, “We can learn a lot from elderly individuals. They have interesting stories to share, and it is good to learn from them. Kyle Frankel, a Zane Trace High graduate, said, “Residents in a nursing home do not always have their family around as much as they would like. Hopefully, this visit brightens their day. I know it is a good experience for us students.”