Friday, June 4, 2010

Limited Kids in College registration still available

The Kids in College program at Ohio University-Chillicothe has limited enrollment for classes in grades kindergarten through the eighth grade for the week of June 21-25; tennis lessons the week of June 29 to July 2 and for Red Cross babysitting training with certification classes on June 30 and July 1. The extended deadline is June 10. Contact Janet Fink at (740) 774-7230. Most offerings are designed for students who have completed grades kindergarten through the sixth grade with some classes designed for students through the eighth grade. The program allows area youth to combine fun and education while pursuing their interests.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

OU-C to host event designed for adult prospective students

Ohio University-Chillicothe will host an Adult Application Fair at 6 p.m. on June 17 in Bennett Hall room 134 on campus. The event is designed for non-traditional students, and the focus will be on the steps to take to enroll in OU-C for fall quarter, which begins Sept. 7. “This is tailored for students who are not attending college straight out of high school and who have not been in a classroom setting for some time,” OU-C Manager of Student Recruitment TJ Eveland said. “We are looking to address their particular concerns. Much of the time will be spent answering their questions. Beyond learning from OU-C Student Services staff members who will be on hand, those in attendance can learn from their fellow non-traditional students.” “Since many of these individuals have been in the workforce for a number of years and have family responsibilities, much of the focus will be on how to make the transition to a college student. For example, we will discuss the resources that are available on campus to help them succeed, such as financial aid options and academic support programs,” Eveland said. “We will discuss the basics of enrolling in college, such as completing an application and applying for financial aid. We realize that adult learners have special concerns, and we want to answer their questions and serve as a resource. It is part of OU-C’s commitment to serving as a gateway to higher education for regional residents.” Those attending may bring their children. Orientation for fall quarter begins June 25 and continues throughout the summer. The session is expected to last about an hour.
For more information, contact Eveland at (740) 774-7721 or

OU-C softball players earn all-conference recognition

Several OU-C softball players earned All-Ohio Regional Campus Conference recognition for the 2010 season. Earning first-team honors were Jessie Hart a pitcher/catcher from Unioto High School; Andrea Morgan, first baseman from Sheridan High School; Stephanie Wright, pitcher/catcher from Unioto High School; and Becky Perkins, a third baseman from Wellston High School. Courtney Bloomfield, a second baseman/shortstop from Zane Trace High School, was named second-team and Tiffany Dyer, an outfielder from Huntington High School, was an honorable mention selection.

Ashlee Rauckhorst named coordinator of student affairs at Ohio University-Chillicothe

Ashlee Rauckhorst has been named coordinator of student affairs and academic advisor at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective June 2.
In this position, she will be involved in several facets of the Office of Student Services that impact student enrollment and retention. Her duties involve advising students, working with Student Senate and other student organizations as well as coordinating the financial aid and scholarship processes.
Rauckhorst, a native of Wadsworth, Ohio, earned her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in education from Bowling Green State University and her master’s degree in education with a certificate in women’s studies from the University of Georgia.
While at the University of Georgia, she gained broad-based experience in student services functions. She was a graduate assistant with the university’s alumni association, advising Student Alumni Council members, including the coordination of leadership development events. She was also a graduate intern with the Freshman College Summer Experience program and a practicum student with the Center for Student Organizations. She also was a graduate assistant with the Office of Student Affairs at the University of Georgia at Gwinnett in Lawrenceville.
She served as a program director with the Akron Area YMCA Rotary Camp. In this position, Rauckhorst recruited, hired and supervised seasonal staff members to work with children with special needs.
“I am pleased that Ashlee is joining our staff. She has a strong, well-rounded background in student services and a passion for working with students of all ages to help them find their niche and find success during their college careers,” Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “During this time of outstanding growth, it is important to have the right people in place to help ensure our students have exceptional college experiences and that we are meeting the needs and expectations of our students.”

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

James Lungo to deliver keynote remarks at OU-C Recognition of Graduation event

Former OU-C student named recipient
of initial Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership Award
James Lungo has been named the recipient of the initial Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership Award and will deliver the keynote remarks at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on June 11 in the Shoemaker Center on campus.
The award recognizes former OU-C students who exemplify service to the university, philanthropic support, recognition in their professional field and service to the community.
The award is named in honor of outgoing OU-C Dean Richard Bebee, who has led the Chillicothe Campus since 2001.
“With his distinguished professional career and service to others, especially the local community, Jim Lungo exemplifies the spirit of the Chillicothe Campus,” Bebee said. “He obviously understands how higher education opens doors of opportunity and the importance of using the skills and insights he developed during his college career to help others. I look forward to hearing his talk as he shares his experience with this year’s graduates. I am confident they will benefit from his insights.”
Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend the event.
A local native and Chillicothe High School graduate, Lungo pursued his college career on the Chillicothe Campus. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University in 1963 and a master’s degree in education from the university in 1964. His graduate work focused on secondary education.
Lungo then pursued a professional career in education and business, both locally and abroad.
During his 30-year career in education, Lungo taught in Ross County schools, Defense Department schools in Turkey and Germany, and Chillicothe City schools. During his 24-year tenure with the Chillicothe City Schools, Lungo was a leader in developing district professional development programs that impacted student performance and introduced media as part of the instructional delivery in the classroom.
After his retirement, Lungo returned to spearhead the alumni funding for the $1.2 million library renovation and expansion at Chillicothe High School.
Not only was Lungo well known for his work in the field of education, but he is well respected in the business arena. He was one of the early board members and store owners of Petland of Chillicothe. Lungo also worked with Mead, Kenworth and Chillicothe Correctional Institute, furthering media usage.
Later, he opened Bavarian Toy Works, which was noted for unique toy offerings.
Community service is another important aspect of his life. He was active in the Downtown Redevelopment Committee. Further, Lungo served as president of the Ross County Children’s Services Board, president of Design and Review Board, and on the Juvenile Detention Review Board. Lungo also served on the Ross County Library Board as well as other community committees.
Upon retirement, Lungo moved to Naples, Fla., but returns to his home in Circleville, Ohio throughout the year. He still is active in the Florida Homeowner’s Association, and he has served as president of the Homeowners’ Association in Florida and in Ohio.
He and his wife, Kay, have two Shelties, Tracy and Teddy, which occupy most of their time. When not caring for their pets, they enjoy biking.
A reception for the graduates and their families will be held after the ceremony 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 and 217.
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.
Lungo is one of 10 distinguished alumni of Ohio University-Chillicothe who will be recognized during the ceremony. Biographical sketches listing their accomplishments will be displayed in the Bennett Hall hallway. Other distinguished alumni include:
Kenneth A. Breidenbaugh earned his bachelor’s degree in theater from Ohio University in 1975 and his master’s degree of fine arts in 1986. Breidenbaugh then earned his doctorate from Ohio University in 1995. He currently is assistant professor in the comparative arts/theatre department at OU-C. In addition to his teaching duties, Breidenbaugh has been the driving force in the theater program on campus. Since presenting its first performance in March 1997, OU-C’s theater program has become a staple of campus life and has supported the cultural life of the campus and community as well as the vitality of life on campus. In the fall of 2009, he produced his 50th play at the Chillicothe Campus.
Todd Burkitt earned his degree in education from Ohio University in 1996 and his master’s degree in education from the University of Dayton in 1997. In 2002, Burkitt earned an educational specialist degree in educational administration at the University of Dayton. Burkitt earned a doctorate in education from the California Coast University in 2004. While working on his graduate degrees, he taught fifth/sixth grade science at Western Local School District. From 1998-1999, Burkitt was an occupational work adjustment instructor and high school mathematics teacher at Pike County Career and Technology Center. In 1999, he began his career at Scioto Valley Local Schools. He was principal at Jasper Elementary and then became director of school improvement coordinating curriculum, EMIS and assessments. Currently, Burkitt is superintendent of the district.
Shad Caplinger earned an associate degree in applied science from Ohio University in 2001. He pursued a career in law enforcement and was a member of the Ohio State Highway Patrol 134th Academic Class, graduating in December 1999. Caplinger was promoted to sergeant, assistant post commander in August 2007. Caplinger has received many professional awards. In 2004, Caplinger was named the Circleville Post Trooper of the Year, District 6 Trooper of the Year, and State Trooper of the Year. Other Ohio State Highway Patrol awards include the Field Training Officer and Technical Crash Investigator in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 (two). Also, the Ace Award for Auto Larceny was awarded to Caplinger for six years: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. He has also received community awards by MADD and Local VFW Post.
Patricia Griffith earned her bachelor's degree in sociology in 1974 from the University of Cincinnati and her master's degree in education, with an emphasis in microcomputer education, from Ohio University in 1993. She began her career in 1977 in the library of Ohio University - Chillicothe, and left for a career in sales and marketing. She rejoined the university staff in 1988, as the director of Computer Services until 2006, and she currently is the director of Information and Technology Services. In addition to her administrative duties, Griffith has taught several classes at Ohio University-Chillicothe, conducted credit and non-credit workshops and served as an instructor in undergraduate and graduate workshops. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of the OU-C Learning Commons.
Cynthia (Lieurance) Henderson earned her bachelor’s degree in education, cum laude, from Ohio University in 1977. She has completed work toward a master’s degree in public relations/administration. Henderson began her professional career as a teacher at Huntington Elementary in Ross County and taught elementary students for seven years. Henderson changed her career and has been a pharmacy franchise owner for the past 20 years. She is the owner of the Pharmacy and Home Medical Companies in Chillicothe and Lancaster. Since her graduation, she has served Ohio University-Chillicothe in several capacities. Henderson has been involved with OU-C Student Senate, and she recently completed her term as a member of the campus’ Regional Coordinating Council. Henderson supported and contributed to the Ross County/Ohio University-Chillicothe Child Development and Family Service Center. Further, she served on Chillicothe City Council as an at-large member and was finance chair for 10 years.
Kathy Maybriar earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Ohio University in 2001. She was a member of the first OU-C class of graduates in the communications program. Her professional work experiences over the past 21 years have been both at the local and state levels. Since 2009, she has been the Rapid Response program administrator for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services which is responsible for Ohio’s Rapid Response program for dislocated workers. She previously was One-Stop coordinator for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and was the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program administrator for Pickaway and Ross County Job and Family Services. While working for the local workforce development system, Maybriar has continued developing and strengthening partnerships between workforce development providers (including Ohio University-Chillicothe) to improve access to employment and training services to local residents.
Stephen A. Neal was selected as the Outstanding Student in the College of Business while earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio University in 1977. His educational background provided the foundation for his work in retail sales and management for eight years, Chief Deputy Ross County Auditor for two years, and Ross County Auditor for 25 years. He is the longest serving county auditor in Ross County history. He has been involved in the Planning Committee and Financial officer for the Construction of the OU-C Early Childhood Center. Neal has been very active in the community. He served in various capacities for the Ross County United Way and, most recently, he was vice president for the Administration Committee. He has served as a board member, past president and treasurer for the Good Samaritan Network of Ross County and is current treasurer and past president of the Ross County Community Improvement Corporation.
Donald Raymond Pollock II earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio University in 1994, and earned his master’s degree in fine arts (fiction) from Ohio State University in 2009. He has made his name as a well-known author who relies on his upbringing in rural Ross County for much of his inspiration. His first book, Knockemstiff, a collection of short stories, was named one of the top books of the year in 2008 by Publisher’s Weekly and Amazon. He was awarded the Pen/Bingham Fellowship for Emerging Writers in 2009 and the 2009 Devil’s Kitchen Award for Prose. On April 9, 2010, he received news that he had been awarded an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Pollock has read for the Kennedy Lecture Series at the Chillicothe Campus in April 2008. He read at the CEAO Spring Conference at OU-Chillicothe in April 2009, and he has shared his insights with OU-C students in Professor Ron Salomone’s American Fiction class.
Dr. Gregory E. Weisenberger earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, summa cum laude, from Ohio University in 1976 and a degree in medicine and public health from Ohio State University in 1979. He served in the U.S. Army, completing his internship at William Beaumont AMC in El Paso, Texas, and attending the Army flight surgeon course at Fort Rucker in Alabama. He served three years as a flight surgeon and general medical officer in West Germany and was chairman of the U.S. Army Child and Spouse Abuse program in Germany. Weisenberger completed an internal medicine residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center. He has been in private practice since 1986 at Reynoldsburg Internal Medicine and has been on the staff at Mount Carmel East Hospital and on multiple hospital and medical staff committees. Weisenberger is a member of St. Matthew Parish in Gahanna, the Columbus Medical Association, and the Knights of Columbus and is past member of the Bishop Hartley Advisory Board.