Friday, October 1, 2010

Chillicothe Campus continually looking for a greener approach to resources

The Chillicothe Campus is committed to environmentally-conscientious measures and is continually looking for new ways to make the best use of resources.

“It’s important to take strides to improve the environment because it reflects our commitment to building a more energy-efficient campus, which will be beneficial to the environment and OU-C in the long-run,” Director of Facilities Management David Scott said. “Plus, it shows students that we care and share their commitment to smart energy use and conservation.”

Students can take a lead role when it comes to helping the environment.

“Students need to be thinking green because they are the future,” Scott said “They are in a position to be the driving force when it comes to mapping the future of energy conservation. For example, there has been much interest expressed in a more robust recycling program. We currently have a large recycling bin in the southeast side of the Bennett Hall parking lot, and individuals can deposit newspapers, magazines and papers. Ideally, we would like to have a campus-wide effort, where all recyclable material is regularly sorted in all campus offices and public spaces.”

“However, the current challenge is finding a refuse-handler to serve the campus that also recycles. We are looking for options to address this situation and welcome campus input. If there are campus community members who have ideas and are willing to spearhead the effort over the long term, I welcome their participation.”

On a larger scale, the current project to construct an addition to the Technical Studies Building is the first LEED (Leadership in Environment and Energy Design)-certified building on any of the university’s regional campuses.

“This certification confirms that the Chillicothe Campus is modeling best-practices methods in terms of conservation and sustainability. As an educational institution it is important that we are good stewards of our environment,” Scott said.

The campus has had other measures in place in terms of daily operations for years. For example, OU-C continues its quest to be a ‘green’ campus by stressing energy conservation when adding anything new to the campus in terms of facilities.

“We try to build in anything green when working on a new construction project,” Scott said. “In fact we have been doing this for years with an emphasis on both saving money and wisely using energy. Luckily, it worked out for the best of both worlds.”

Scott is able to control all of the latest energy-efficient items that have been installed throughout the OU-C campus from his very own office and computer by remote control. This technology system allows Scott to monitor and control the air sensor systems throughout the campus to make sure that nothing is going to waste.

Occupancy sensors are installed in Bennett Hall, which automatically turn on lights when individuals enter the room and turn off lights when the room has emptied and no movement or heat is detected.

“Installing the sensors is just one more thing we can do to save energy,” Scott said. “But more importantly, it helps to save the environment and increase energy efficiency on campus as well.”

The university has taken other steps to make the campus ‘greener’ to save on energy costs and conserve energy, which include the installation of a building-management system that utilizes outside air to cool both Bennett and Stevenson halls when possible and the installation of variable-speed drives that adjust to allow heating and cooling systems to run on demand, instead of operating constantly.

Other energy-efficient initiatives include: the installation of T-8 energy-efficient light bulbs and electronic ballasts, which use less mercury than the traditional bulbs; the use of carbon dioxide sensors to control air flow in larger rooms; and the replacement of sidewalk lighting fixtures with energy-efficient metal halide bulbs.

According to Scott, even the simplest change can make a big difference when it comes to helping the environment. Try some of his following suggestions next time you are in the ‘green’ spirit.

These include: carpooling if you commute to school; walking or bicycling to your destination instead of driving, which is also a great way to get exercise; request paper bags at the grocery or bring your own cloth bags; recycle as much paper as possible and reuse plastic bottles.

“People don’t realize that little things go a long way,” Scott said. “It’s a culture change that needs to happen and I am proud to be part of a community that is trying to make a difference.”

OU-C students share how they describe the Chillicothe Campus to their friends

To gain an insider’s look, we regularly speak with Chillicothe Campus students to gain their perspective on campus. This week’s question is “How would you describe OU-C to your friends?” Feel free to add your own insights in the ‘comments’ section of the story.

Joshua Walter, a nursing student from Unioto High School, said, “I would say it is very social. I think it’s a very friendly environment. There are tutors who know what they are doing and really helped me get through math. I love the library. I have been here since 10 a.m. and do not have class until 3 p.m.”

Cindy Robbins likes the age diversity and the friendliness among classmates. “It is well-rounded. There are a lot of older students here and a lot of resources to help with studying or with writing papers. Students here work together well and help each other,” said Robbins, a psychology major who lives in Wellston and graduated from Oak Hill High School.

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“It is generally a small-town campus where professors give you attention,” said Michael Ledbetter, a social work major and Paint Valley High School graduate. “There is one drawback in that there is not enough time to go to the designated area and smoke a cigarette between classes.”

“It is friendly-oriented, although some faculty members can be hard-core, while others are more easy-going. In all, it is a good campus,” said Crystal Ledbetter, Michael’s wife, a fellow Paint Valley graduate who is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Technical and Applied Studies degree with an emphasis on deaf studies and interpreting.

Andy Ramsey, a freshman from Chillicothe High School, has found the transition from high school a little too seamless. “It was not much of a transition as I expected bigger class sizes and more rigorous work.” Ramsey is pursuing a degree in middle school education and social studies.

His friend Erika Selby, who is studying Spanish and Arabic, agreed. “Sometimes I feel it is too easy and I breeze through classes. I do like the setting of the Learning Commons. It is laid back, and I always see about a half-dozen people I know. It is a good place to hang out.”

“It is a normal college campus and everybody is nice and sociable,” said Chase Shanton, a freshman from Zane Trace High School who is undeclared in regard to his academic major.

“It is a pretty good place for undergraduate work. There are good, small classes, it is not too far to walk between classes or buildings,” said T.J. Hollis, a freshman from Zane Trace who is pursuing a pre-law course of study.

Tanner Liston, a freshman nursing student from Unioto High School, also likes the casual setting of the Learning Commons. “I spend about five hours each Tuesday and Thursday in the Learning Commons. There are available computers, and it is a great place to relax.” Liston plans to relocate to the Athens campus and appreciates that is academic credits will transfer with him.

“I would say to people that it is a small campus but a great place,” said Kenneth Roberts, a sophomore science major from Chillicothe High School. “The classes are usually small and the professors like to help people. Overall, it is a nice place. The only problems I see are I would like to have more course offerings, more outreach and volunteer programs and more club activities.”

Fifty-seven runners and walkers hit the pavement in inaugural Hilltopper Challenge race

A total of 57 individuals participated in the Hilltopper Challenge 5K (3.1 mile) race and 1-mile fun run on Sept. 25. Chris Edwards was the overall winner with a time of 16 minutes and 17 seconds and Dr. Scott McCallum finished second in 17:18. Natalie Byrd was the female champion with a time of 19:40, and OU-C student-athlete Brittany Leeson was second in the women’s division with a time of 20:18.

Proceeds from the race go toward scholarships for students enrolled in the OU-C Health Services Administration Program in 2011.

“We had great success with the initial race and look for even bigger results next year,” said race coordinator Kim Lafreniere, OU-C Health & Wellness coordinator.

Upcoming Campus Events

• Academic Council meets at noon in Bennett Hall room 105 on Oct. 12 & 26

• Classified Group meets at 9 a.m. in Bennett Hall room 105 on Oct. 12

• Administrative Council meets at 9 a.m. in Bennett Hall room 105 on Oct. 14

• College Night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the Shoemaker Center

• Induction of OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff on Nov. 5

• OU-C fall theater production at 8 p.m. on Nov. 12 & 13 and Nov. 19 &20

• Ohio University-Chillicothe Community Antiques, Collectibles & Crafts Show from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 4 in the Shoemaker Center

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Chillicothe Campus reflects beauty of fall season in southern Ohio

With the arrival of fall, the Chillicothe Campus reflects the beauty of a small-campus setting in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Ohio.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Vendors can reserve spaces for annual Community Antiques, Collectibles & Crafts Show

The annual Ohio University-Chillicothe Community Antiques, Collectibles & Crafts Show will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 4 in the Shoemaker Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Individuals, organizations and businesses that wish to reserve a space for $35 should contact George Beck at 779-9260 or email

Proceeds benefit the OU-C softball team. Plans are to also host a canned food drive to benefit a local food bank in conjunction with the crafts show.