Thursday, October 7, 2010

Considering their college options

Representatives of more than 40 colleges and universities were on hand for the recent College Night event in OU-C’s Shoemaker Center. Several members of the campus’ Student Services staff, including some current students, shared their insights about the Chillicothe Campus and what distinguishes the OU-C educational experience. An estimated 300 high school students from Ross County had the opportunity to consider their many options after graduation. The event underscores the Chillicothe Campus’ commitment to serving as a gateway to higher education and the opportunities it presents for residents of this region.

Campus Convocation

Chillicothe Campus students, faculty and staff shared pizza, conversation and some games during the recent Fall Festival on campus. The event offered an opportunity to gather together as a campus community as students unwind from their students and mid-term exams.

OU-C student club partners with YMCA to host Trick or Treat Extravaganza

The Ohio University-Chillicothe Human Services Association has again partnered with the YMCA of Ross County to hold the OU-C Trick or Treat Extravaganza from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the YMCA, 600 Mill St., Chillicothe.

The annual event features safety-minded activities for children and their families such as the trick or treat alley, a costume contest, face-painting, bounce houses, arts & crafts, food and more. Tickets are $2 in advance of $4 at the door and are available at the Bennett Hall Information Desk at OU-C and the YMCA. In lieu of tickets, individuals can make a donation of four cans of food or a gently-used or new coat.

Local businesses are invited to provide candy for the trick or treat alley. For more information, contact Sage Sill at

This is the ninth year of the popular event, which drew nearly 1,000 individuals last year.

“This is a great opportunity for students in the Human Services Technology program to gain experience working with the community and providing a valuable service,” said Sage, who is spearheading the event. “Beyond the enjoyment of being involved with this type of activity, planning and executing the event provide outstanding professional experience.”

OU-C revises admissions procedures for Associate Degree Nursing Program

Following is a copy of a communication that was recently sent to students in OU-C’s pre-nursing program regarding new admissions procedures for the nursing program, which leads to an associate degree in nursing.

October 1, 2010

Dear Student:

Thank you for the interest in the Ohio University-Chillicothe Associate Degree Nursing Program. Currently we are revising our procedures for admission into the Nursing Program. The next term for which students will be admitted into the program is Spring Quarter 2011. The deadline for submitting application materials for spring quarter admission is December 1, 2010.

Beginning Fall Quarter 2011, we will admit students once a year. We are currently accepting approximately 40 students a quarter, or 120 students a year. With the change to once a year admission we will be increasing our enrollment to approximately 150 students each year. Consequently, completed student files that were submitted for Winter Quarter 2011 will be automatically reviewed for Spring Quarter. The yearly admissions process will consider students every fall for admission into the Nursing Program at Ohio University-Chillicothe and at the Teays Valley Center every Fall Quarter.

This new admission procedure will not delay the completion of the degree program for students. Rather, it is designed to offer a more student-focused approach that will create a more definitive admissions process and will allow students more flexibility in scheduling classes and clinical experiences. Further, the new procedures will help to facilitate the university’s upcoming transition from academic quarters to semesters in a more seamless manner, which will help to ensure that students graduate in a timely fashion.

In order to be eligible for review for the Spring 2011 or Fall 2011/12 Quarter, you must have a minimum GPA of 2.75, have completed a course in Algebra, Biology, and Chemistry with a grade of C or better, along with completing the COMPASS Placement exam placing in English 151, a Tier I Math, and receiving an 80 or higher in Reading (or taking course equivalencies), and complete the Evolve HESI Assessment Exam receiving a 75% in the required areas (Math, Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading Comprehension, and Critical Thinking). You must also return an application (with the non-refundable $20.00 application fee), High School transcripts or GED scores, College Transcripts, a one-page typed Autobiography, and Postcard.

Enclosed is an informational sheet regarding the Evolve HESI Assessment Exam which must be taken before the December 1, 2010 deadline.

If you have any question or concerns, please feel free to contact the Nursing Office at 740-774-7282.


Joyce Zurmehly, PhD, DNP (c), RN

Berger Health System Distinguished Professor

Associate Director, AD Nursing Program OU-C

Associate Professor

Upcoming Campus Events

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

• “Natural Family History” art exhibit by John Hancock in the Bennett Hall art gallery through Oct. 25

• OU-C home volleyball matches vs. Miami Middletown at 1 p.m. on Oct. 9; vs. Clark State at 6 p.m. on Oct. 13; vs. Miami Hamilton at 1 p.m. on Oct. 16 vs. Southern State at 6 p.m. on Oct. 18

• 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

• “A Discussion of Vampires” at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the Quinn Library. Event is part of the campus’ salon discussion series

• 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

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Exhibit at OU-C by Virginia artist John Hancock combines history and genealogy

Virginia artist John Hancock displays his interests in history and genealogy in the current exhibit, “Natural Family History,” at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The exhibit is on display through Oct. 25 in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery in Bennett Hall.

“The title says quite a bit about the exhibit. In many ways, it represents the intersection of natural history, which is the study of people in a place, and family history,” the artist explained.

The exhibit includes approximately 10 images that build a theme.

“This is a visual collage, and while the image is coherent in structure, no image is intended to be a single view of something. Rather, they are images that can float in and out of each other. It is more an overlapping of parts that meld into each other and sometimes collide,” Hancock said of the large images that comprise the exhibit.

His media for creating the work include traditional drawing materials such as India ink and other ink, graphite, and pencil on a Mylar.

“The exhibit includes diagrams, landscapes, and family portraits. These are elements that probably have more meaning to me than people would recognize immediately,” Hancock said. “For example, one image has part of my father’s American background and my mother’s Irish background. There is a lot of personal symbolic imagery combined with visual elements drawn from natural history.”

Hancock resides in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and is a full-time artist while teaching part-time at Bridgewater College. A former full-time college faculty member, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University in Georgia and his master’s degree from East Carolina University. His work has been shown throughout the United States and in England.

“Landscape Revelations,” his second in the Stevenson Center Gallery, includes mixed media paintings on panels. He also visited with OU-C students in art classes to share his expertise while recently on campus, offering an opportunity for students to learn from a professional in the field.

Playing for volleyball team yields net gains for OU-C student-athletes

View OU-C student-athletes Brittny Strawser and Megan Purdin discuss their college volleyball careers on the campus’ YouTube channel at

OU-C volleyball Coach Tara Bethel is flanked by players Megan Purdin (left) and Brittny Strawser. She is also joined by her 3-year-old son Dawson Skinner, the unofficial assistant coach.
 Participating in sports can become an important part of the college experience for many OU-C students, as members of the campus’ volleyball team can attest. Playing for the volleyball team allows the student-athletes to continue to pursue competitive team sports beyond high school and offers a change of pace from the rigors of academics.

The Hilltoppers are in the midst of a successful season with a 10-2 record. Their next home match is Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Shoemaker Center against Miami Middletown, which is the only team to defeat OU-C this season.

“For me, playing volleyball has been an important part of my college experience,” said assistant coach and former OU-C player Jessica Rodgers, a senior middle childhood education major from Westfall High School. “I have had the opportunity to continue to play volleyball while meeting people, make new friendships and have the opportunity to travel.”

For Toshia Zimmerman, a freshman nursing student from Huntington High School, playing volleyball is a good study break. “Having the opportunity to come out and do something physical is good therapy for me and a good release. It is a good change of pace and gives my brain a break from studying. I have played volleyball my whole life. I was happy for the chance to continue playing in college. My teammates are almost like a second family for me.”

Competing in sports at OU-C allows the student-athletes to develop skills that benefit them during their college careers and after graduation.

“You need to develop good time-management skills,” Zimmerman said.

“Playing volleyball forces me to become more organized and focused on taking care of my assignments. I have learned to study during the day so that I have time for volleyball in the evening,” said Kari Rodgers, Jessica’s sister and a senior nursing student.

“I really love the sport, and it relaxes me to be able to come in a play a game and exercise. This helps to stay in shape and offers a good outlet” said Megan Purdin, a sophomore nursing student from Adena High School. “Being on a team, you learn the importance of responsibility and teamwork. You have to get along with others and work together. These are skills that are important in any career.”

“Volleyball offers life lessons,” coach Tara Bethel said. “My players commit to volleyball, school, and all of them work so they juggle that as well. Time management is a valuable skill that all of my players have had to develop. Other skills they acquire through volleyball are leadership, confidence, and most importantly the ability to cooperate with those they are working with. Communication is a huge part of the game.”

OU-C offers women’s teams in volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis, and men’s teams in basketball, golf, baseball and tennis. The Chillicothe Campus competes in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference.

The OU-C volleyball team reflects the quality of student-athletes at area high schools.

“Our area is one that is rich with volleyball tradition coming out of local high schools. Many players in the area are starting around age 10, joining local clubs such as SOVC, Southern Ohio Volleyball Club. Volleyball becomes part of life for these girls. OU-C offers players from our area a chance to continue to play competitively even if they do not want to go away from their homes to do so. I have players from Adena, Westfall, Huntington, Chillicothe and Waverly,” Bethel said.

“One thing that I have found beneficial as a coach is our summer program. We have developed a ‘friendship’ with the Huntington and Chillicothe high school teams and have shared time in the gym throughout the summer, as well as Westfall and Waverly. This has enabled myself and my players to be in contact with high school girls and so when they are seniors and choosing a college, they know that we are an option. I love that my players are local athletes. I think it says a lot for the area high school coaches and the traditions they have built. The success they have experienced for sure carries over to the next level,” Bethel said.

Upcoming home matches:

Saturday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. vs. Miami Middletown

Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. vs. Clark State

Saturday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. vs. Miami Hamilton

Monday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. vs. Southern State

ORCC State Tournament on Oct. 23-25 at the Lancaster Tournament