Friday, July 9, 2010

Martha Tanedo named coordinator of student support at Ohio University-Chillicothe

Martha Tanedo has been named coordinator of student support at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective July 1.

In this Student Services position, her focus will include activities involved in various aspects of student success such as the retention, counseling, advising of students and career services activities. Among her responsibilities are supervising the campus testing services center, providing counseling to students with special needs and those on academic probation status.

Since September 2009, Tanedo has served as an academic advisor at OU-C, with an emphasis on the areas of student advising, career services, retention support and assisting with entrance placement-test procedures.

She has a strong background in education. Tanedo is a former substitute teacher at Bishop Flaget School in Chillicothe, a former board member and president of the Bishop Flaget School Board and is a current member of the Chillicothe High School Parent Advisory Committee.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Ohio State University and was a territory sales manager for Wyeth Laboratories in Philadelphia, Pa. She then was managing director of First Capital enterprises in Chillicothe from 1988 to 1992. In this position, Tanedo was responsible for coordinating employment opportunities for area residents, including developmentally disabled individuals.

“With her educational background and professional experience, Martha has ideal credentials for this position,” OU-C Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “As an OU-C staff member, she has proven to be an outstanding colleague who truly cares about the success of our students. With the campus’ current high enrollment, our emphasis is continually increasing in all areas of student success, especially advising, retention and career preparation. I am confident that Martha will successfully lead the effort in these important areas.”

Thursday, July 8, 2010

OU-C student Charma Brown uses accident as opportunity to pursue opportunities

Charma Brown’s approach to life illustrates the importance of perspective. Where others may view a situation as a challenge, Brown sees an opportunity.

Brown, 29, earned her associate degree in human services technology from Ohio University-Chillicothe this spring after overcoming a hiking accident in 2006 that left her paralyzed.

“After the accident, I saw it as an opportunity to take classes and to pursue an education,” the Chillicothe resident said. “While the accident left me paralyzed, it also gave me an open door. So, since I had that open door, I decided to walk through it.”
She sustained the accident after falling off a cliff while hiking in the Hocking Hills. While the incident impacted her mobility, Brown’s spirit remains intact.

“Since the accident, I have had some ups and downs. It seems weird to say but, in many ways, I think my life is better,” she said. “It has opened doors to opportunities to do things that I would not have been able to do before. I can tell my story to others who may find it inspiring. Because of the accident, I have had the opportunity to meet new people and talk with them.”

Brown’s educational journey has had its share of twists and turns. Her family moved often while she was growing up, and she never had a “home” school. Instead, Brown earned her GED (General Education Development) degree when she was 21 years old. “I wanted to be able to have a job I really wanted,” she said.

Following the hiking accident, Brown enrolled at OU-C at the age of 27. She intends to continue her education this fall to work toward a bachelor’s degree. She intends to eventually earn a master’s degree in education and become a counselor. “It helps to know the troubled side of life and how to overcome challenges so that I better understand the struggles that people have with certain difficulties,” she said.

She is enjoying her college experience.

“College means more to me now than it probably would have at another time,” Brown said. “When you are younger, you do not have a sense of exactly what you want to do and may tend to take things as important as education for granted. Being nearly 30 years old, I better understand the importance of what I am doing.”

“So far, my OU-C experience has been great. The fact that it is more of a community-based campus and there is more interaction with instructors and classmates makes it more comfortable,” Brown said.

Brown has inspired others through her attitude and her actions.

“Charma is an active student, not only in the classroom but in the community where she volunteers extra time for social service causes as a member of the Human Services Association,” OU-C faculty member Barbara Mahaffey said. “She is an inspiration to me as Charma encouraged me to be more energetic. As an example, I will remember how she effectively handed out more candy while beating me around the parade route for the Halloween Parade in Chillicothe. In classes she contributes with thoughtful and insightful presentations I would expect to see in a doctoral program.” Mahaffey is an assistant professor and coordinator of the Human Services Technology program.

Her hobbies include spending time with her dog Dexter (“He is like a child to me”), photography, attending church and spending time with her family and friends.

“I really enjoy life as it comes to me and try to not miss one of those precious moments that seem to slip by you more and more the older you get and the faster life gets,” she said.

Dywayne Nicely named as math faculty member at OU-C

Dywayne Nicely has been named assistant professor of mathematics at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective fall quarter 2010.

He is currently on the faculty at the University of Charleston (W.Va.) and was previously a faculty member at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla., and a graduate teaching assistant at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.
Nicely earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, each in mathematics, from Marshall and a doctoral degree from Baylor.
He is a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Nicely has delivered presentations at several professional conferences and has authored articles for scholarly publications.

“I am pleased that Dywayne Nicely is joining the faculty on the Chillicothe Campus. He has strong academic credentials and extensive classroom experience that should serve him well in this position,” OU-C acting Dean Michael Lafreniere said.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

OU-C summer theater program offers a stage for summer entertainment

Daniel Jalbuena (front), who plays the role of John Barrymore, and K. Aldridge, who plays the role of the prompter/manager, rehearse a scene from this summer’s theater production at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The OU-C theater program will present Barrymore, a play about the great stage and film actor, at 8 p.m. on July 16 & July 17 and Aug. 13 & 14 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, free for OU-C students. Tickets are available at the Bennett Hall Information Desk during business hours and at the OU-C Box Office on the evenings of performances. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.

“The play focuses on Barrymore’s efforts to reignite his career on stage one last time, despite alcoholism and general extravagance,” said OU-C faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh, who directs the play. “It is set in 1942, the year preceding his death. It is a wildly entertaining and moving production, and it is full of theater history and lore.”