Thursday, June 10, 2010

OU-C forms partnership to offer classes at Teays Valley High School

Ohio University-Chillicothe is entering into a partnership with Teays Valley High School to expand the campus’ outreach mission of making higher education accessible to area residents. Beginning June 21, OU-C will offer nursing courses and support courses at the high school, which is located in Ashville, in northern Pickaway County. Deaf studies and interpreting classes will be added this fall.

The nursing classes are being relocated from Berger Health System, where they are currently being offered.

The Pickaway Center as part of OU-C will hold classes in space that was recently renovated to accommodate projected growth in the Teays Valley School District. The partnership will be reviewed annually.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Student speakers are namedfor OU-C’s ‘Recognition of Graduation’ event

See and hear OU-C student speakers Jody Wilson and Liza Tackett share insights about their college experiences on the campus’ YouTube channel at:
Student participants and faculty marshals have been named for the upcoming Recognition of Graduation event at Ohio University-Chillicothe. OU-C will salute students who have earned their college degrees during the 2009-10 academic year at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 11, in the Shoemaker Center. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.
Jody Wilson, who is earning an associate degree in human services technology, will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance. Wilson is retired from the United State Air Force after a 23-year career. A graduate of Columbus East High School, he resides in Chillicothe and aspires to become a social worker or counselor.
Liza Tackett, who is earning a bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education, will share her reflections. Tackett was chosen based on the strength of a paper she submitted. Tackett, a graduate of Aurora (Ohio) High School, now resides in Chillicothe. Her career goals include obtaining a master’s degree and teaching young adults to become lifelong learners.
Faculty marshals include Allison White, associate degree students; Jan Schmittauer, bachelor’s degree students; and Barbara Mahaffey, master’s degree students.
Music will be provided by the Great Seal of Ohio Band.
As previously announced, Jim Lungo, the recipient of the initial Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership Award, will deliver the keynote address.
Approximately 160 students are expected to participate in the ceremony on the OU-C campus. In all, more than 400 students earned degrees from Ohio University this academic year while attending the Chillicothe Campus.
A pinning ceremony for graduates of OU-C’s nursing program will take place at 2:30 p.m. the same day in the Shoemaker Center.
A reception will be held at 6:30 pm. in Shoemaker room 215 for faculty and staff members, and for members of the platform party. A reception for the graduates and their families will be held afterward in the Family Service/Child Development Center.
Formal commencement activities are held on the Athens campus.

Career Services staff member discusses dining tips for professional gatherings

Kristine Hoke, assistant director of Career Services at Ohio University, presented a workshop on dining etiquette to students in Technical and Applied Studies seminar, an OU-C capstone class taught by faculty member Tom Brown.
“This event was very helpful, especially to students who are about to begin their careers and will soon be involved in the job hunt or are already involved in the process,” said Jason Atkins, a student in the class. It was a successful workshop, and everyone who attended received valuable information that will help them when the time comes for them to use their new skills to impress any business professionals they may interact with in the future.”
Fellow student Barbara Davis said, “Kristine did an excellent job of guiding the students through each course of the meal and offering tips and ‘do’s and don’ts’ as they appertain to etiquette, good manners and professional conduct. The event was well attended and well received. The students asked many questions and appreciated the knowledge and insights that Kristine shared with the class.”
“Kristine talked about items such as who should be seated first, who should pay the bill, where to place your napkin when leaving the table, what you should do if your food is not satisfactory, what order to use your silverware, and the purpose of each piece of the table setting just to name a few,” Davis said. “The meal was catered by Celebrations and they did a very fine job and provided us with meals consisting of tossed salad, soup, dinner rolls, grilled chicken breast, and green beans with drink choices of coffee, tea or water.”
Besides Atkins and Davis, other students who planned the event are Abby Sullivan and Alana Beverly.

Green Day activities emphasize practical steps toward environmental responsibility

Several OU-C students recently sponsored a “Green Day” to emphasize practical steps that can be taken to support environmental responsibility.
“We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Green Day project. We were able to educate many of our fellow students on the importance of doing our part to improve the state of our environment,” OU-C student Rhonda Cook said. “We would like to especially thank Walmart, Community Market and Kroger for donating reusable shopping bags.”
Nearly 50 students took an online survey to assess their environmental footprint score, with Chillicothe Campus students ranking lower than most area residents, according to Cook.Despite a driving rain much of the day. Walmart Tire and Lube Express employees Duane Powell and Matt Knight checked the tire inflation of more than 40 students’ vehicles in the parking lot.
“Underinflated tires can cause a car to use an extra 144 gallons of gas in a year and emit one and a half times more carbon dioxide than cars with properly inflated tires,” Cook said.
The group also collected 108 cans and 107 bottles in recycling bins that were set out between Bennett Hall and Stevenson Center.

Upcoming Campus Events

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