Friday, May 28, 2010

The art of sustainability

An outdoor exhibit in the area between Bennett Hall and Stevenson Center shows the artistic properties of reusable items. Designed by students in an OU-C art class taught by Margaret McAdams, it combines the disciplines of both art and conservation and shows the beauty of sustainability and preserving the planet.
The project came about as a group effort in the studio concepts class and was inspired by the efforts of Ohio University’s President’s Advisory Council for Sustainability Planning.
The students held discussions concerning how to present materials found on campus in an “art” context. The materials used in the project were found on campus during spring quarter or collected from the wooded area immediately behind Bennett Hall. These included aluminum cans, plastic soda bottles, cigarette butts and other commonly discarded waste items.
The installation consists of two separate but related exhibits. The first, entitled “Plastic Landscape,” is the outdoor exhibit. Plastic and tin waste materials were used to create a small landscape of organic and growing forms. The second installation, “Found on Campus,” is located in the gallery space at the entrance to the main hall of Quinn Library. This was ultimately conceived as an installation to bring a more selective focus and attention to the everyday presence of waste materials that are often only casually considered or completely ignored. The installation in the gallery will be on display through Friday.
Students involved in the class project include Kurrie Boddorf, Rachel Bowers, Daniel Jalbuena, Marcus McGuire, Kimberly Roush, Sarah Strausbaugh and Seth Tippie.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Upcoming OU-C theater production rescheduled for July

The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program of Barrymore, originally scheduled for June 4 and 5, has been rescheduled for the weekend of July 9 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. The play is about great stage and film actor John Barrymore. Further details will be released close to the date of the production.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Winners announced for annual OU-C Student Art Show

Award-winners have been announced for the 19th Annual OU-C Student Art Show. The show is on display in the Patricia Scott Gallery in Bennett Hall through June 4. A reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 28. The event awards are sponsored by the OU-C Cultural Committee.
The judge is James Allen, artist and professor of painting, photography and criticism at the University of Rio Grande.
Winners include: Best of Show ($65 prize): RG McGlone, 3 ceramic spheres
First Place Award: Nicole Pickerrell, Bi lo, photograph
Second Place Award: Sarah Strausbaugh, Self Portrait, painting
Third Place Award: Whitney Bland, Corn for Dinner, artist’s book
Honorable Mention Awards: Whitney Bland, Process of Aggression, painting on panel; Kimberly Roush, Ocean Shape, ink of vellum; Anna Goen, Warrior, ceramics; Ashley McAfee, Nature Conquers All, ceramic and acrylics.
Patricia Scott Award of Excellence for a Body of Work: Whitney Bland ($75 award is selected and funded anonymously)

Class capstone project focuses on career preparation

See and hear OU-C student Angela Haithcock discuss the benefits of the career planning workshop on the campus’ YouTube channel at:
As part of a capstone assignment, students in a Technical and Applied Studies seminar class recently coordinated a career planning workshop. OU-C academic advisors Cristy Null and Martha Tanedo were among those who shared insights on topics such as the job interview, choosing a career that fits a student’s interest and current job projections.
“As seniors, we are planning to enter the career world soon, and we felt that this information would be especially beneficial and relevant,” said Angela Haithcock, a Washington Court House graduate and one of the students who organized the workshop. “This was helpful information in helping students understand how to project a professional image and to be more confident, especially when entering a situation, such as a job interview. From this workshop, I know I am better able to talk with someone who may be my future boss and better understand what potential employers are looking for in a job candidate.”
Other members of the student group organizing the workshop include Natashia Resinger, Josh McFarland, Terry Hale and Brad Stallman.
The class is taught by faculty member Tom Brown.

Upcoming Campus Events

• 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 • Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on June 11 in the Shoemaker Center; Nursing pinning ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

Monday, May 24, 2010

OU-C students continue to distinguish themselves

May 24, 2010
Members of the Chillicothe Campus community,
While I am always aware that we have outstanding students at Ohio University-Chillicothe, certain events will occasionally serve to especially illustrate the high caliber of students who make the Chillicothe Campus their college home.
Two recent events particularly bring to light the fact that our students measure up with those on any campus around the nation.
The first example involves a group of OU-C psychology students won prizes for their research poster presentations at the Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo, which was recently held on the Athens Campus.
Zachary Schumacher and Nicholas Valentine won first prize in the Psychology II Division with their research poster, “A cross-cultural study on the impact of relational mobility on punishment and reward.” Further, Shawna Barr and Matthew Abbott earned second place in the Psychology I Division for their research poster, “Punishing the punisher: How we perceive those who punish.”
With these achievements, our students prove that they stack up against the finest scholars from across our university. I applaud them for this fine accomplishment. I also congratulate Ann Rumble, their faculty advisor for this project, who provided the strong mentorship and inspiration that allows students such as these to realize their talent and fulfill their ambitions.
The other recent example of student achievement is the story of OU-C freshman Lindsay Binegar, a freshman who is majoring in early elementary education, and whose smart financial planning and good judgment have gained international acclaim. She was first highlighted in a story that was featured on the front page of the Columbus Dispatch Metro and State section on May 17.
“Hog Wild? Not this girl” details how the student from Greenfield used money she earned from her winnings in 4-H hog competitions to buy a house that she leases to others. And, she accomplished this feat while still a teen-ager and prior to setting foot on a college campus.
She also appeared on CBS’ The Morning Show on Friday, May 21, in a segment that was viewed by an estimated 2.9 million households. The segment is available online at;photovideo
The story has been picked up by media outlets internationally. At last count, it has appeared in more than 140 publications, Web sites and blogs, including, which had 1.4 million hits. Further, video clips of Lindsay on the campus’ YouTube site have generated more than 2,300 and 1,400 hits, respectively. Also, the Dispatch article received more than 1,100 reader comments, most which were glowing, and individuals from as far away as Botswana and United Arab Emirates have sent e-mail messages noting how they were inspired by Lindsay’s story.
These and other stories of what takes place on a daily basis to make OU-C such a dynamic place can be found on the campus’ news blog:
These two examples are among the success stories being written by our students every day as they make their mark on campus and in their communities.
Are these ordinary students? By no means. Then again, there are no ordinary OU-C students.
Have a great spring.
Richard Bebee, Dean
Chillicothe Campus