Thursday, July 22, 2010

Campus offers new academic offerings for students

July 22, 2010
Dear Student:

I am excited to tell you about new opportunities at Ohio University-Chillicothe. To meet the needs of our students and our region, we are working tirelessly to offer new programming and additional educational opportunities.

Students now have two new educational opportunities: the Health Services Administration bachelor’s degree and a history sequence this Fall, Winter and Spring applicable to Ohio University’s pre-law and history programs.

The Health Services Administration program at Ohio University prepares students for administrative management positions in settings such as hospitals, physician practices, managed care organizations and other health delivery systems. This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a growing career field.
Also new for this academic year is an intensive history track through the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. Students interested in completing a history degree, a pre-law program or a bachelor of specialized studies should seriously consider completing this challenging and exciting sequence.

Alicia Gray named interim director of Teays Valley Center

Alicia M. Gray has been named interim director of the Teays Valley Center, effective July 1. As director, her primary duties include serving as first contact for the center and responsibility for all administrative and academic support operations of the center to ensure that students taking classes at the center are provided with a first-rate learning environment.

Among her responsibilities are coordinating classrooms’ usage; ensuring that classrooms, labs and offices are fully functional for students and faculty members’ needs; and making sure the center is properly supported.

The center is the result of a partnership between Ohio University-Chillicothe and Teays Valley High School, which was signed in June. Nursing courses are being relocated from Berger Health System to take advantage of the recently-renovated space at Teays Valley High School. Beginning July 26, deaf studies and interpreting classes will be offered at the center for the second summer session of courses at OU-C.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mary Jane Preece named to Human Services Technology faculty position at the Chillicothe Campus

Mary Jane Preece has been named assistant professor in Human Services Technology at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective fall quarter 2010.

Preece has a strong background as both a professional practitioner and as a classroom instructor. She is a licensed clinical counselor with supervising counselor credential and a certified rehabilitation counselor. Preece owns a small private counseling practice. She has also served as a counselor for the Domestic Violence Intervention Project in Athens and as a crisis intervention specialist at New Horizons Youth and Family Center in Lancaster, Ohio.

She has served as a board member for the Ohio Mental Health Counseling Association and is currently the treasurer for the Ohio Rehabilitation Counseling Association and president-elect of the Southeast Ohio Counseling Association.

Monday, July 19, 2010

One-day seminar course focuses on common-sense financial practices

Robert L. Lawson, Ed.D., will teach a one-day course, “Dare to be a Millionaire,” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 31 in the Bennett Hall auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The seminar course can count toward college academic credit.

The class is based on a book by the same name that Lawson has authored. “The class and the book stress a common-sense approach to saving money that is relevant to individuals of all ages and wages,” Lawson said. “Rather than a ‘get rich quick’ scheme, we will discuss practical ways to reduce debt, develop savings habits, set up a budget, generate more income and develop a strategy for reaching financial goals.”

Class space is limited. For more information or to register for the course, contact Janet Fink in the OU-C Office of Continuing Education, at (740) 774-7226 or In addition to the class, Lawson will sign copies of his book from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on July 27 in the OU-C bookstore, located in the Bennett Hall basement. The book will be available for purchase at the signing.

“The seminar will help those in attendance develop a 20-year plan and will emphasize how they can pursue their passions and their interests toward attaining greater financial prosperity. These are proven methods. As with the book, the seminar emphasizes processes and philosophies that have been utilized by others who have acquired wealth,” Lawson said.

According to material for the course, the seminar will include insights from others who have found success, the importance of self-motivation and how to develop a long-term financial game plan.

“The seminar and the book are designed to provide individuals with a goal-achievement strategy for acquiring money and following their own dreams to achieve financial independence,” Lawson said.
A Portsmouth resident and an OU-C adjunct faculty member, Lawson earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rio Grande, a master’s degree from Marshall University and a doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Ceramics pieces by OU-C student, faculty members are accepted for show in Portsmouth

OU-C art student Whitney Bland and art professors Margaret McAdams and Dennis Deane had ceramics works accepted into the biennial juried art exhibition, “Cream of the Crop,” at the Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth. Jurors Mary Gray, director of the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, and Ken Emerick, Ohio Arts Council director of Individual Artists programs and services, chose 133 works by 77 artists from more than 300 works that were submitted. Professor McAdams received an Honorable Mention for “Contemplating a Foot Race” from her Aesop’s Fables series. The exhibition is on display through July 31.