Friday, November 19, 2010

Finals week stress relief

OU-C Student Senate sponsored a Fall Finals Week Relax and Refreshment event in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons on Wednesday.

The purpose of the program was to help students relieve some finals related tension and prepare themselves for successful completion of exams. Free chair massages were available to students as well as make-your-own Finals Week Survival Kits where students were invited to create goody bags with chewing gum to help with focus, peppermints for memory, Play-Doh for stress relief and tactile learning, tea for soothing relaxation, and #2 pencils for tests.

Also available were flyers with tips on memory skills and surviving finals weeks. Healthy fruit and water were available for students as an alternative to the quick and unhealthy meals students tend to eat during this busy time of year.

Additionally, the Health and Wellness Center is offering free classes and workouts during this week and the Hilltopper Café is offering free coffee refills for finals week only.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

OU-C volleyball team has successful 2010 season

The Ohio University-Chillicothe volleyball team had a successful 2010 season, with an overall record of 17-5 and a second-place finish in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference regular season and tournament. The Hilltoppers were unbeaten in non-conference games, and four of their five losses were to conference and state tournament winner Miami-Middletown.

Toshia Zimmerman, a sophomore from Huntington High School, was named first-team all-ORCC. She averaged 14 kills per conference match and had 75 digs and a 94 percent serving percentage. “Toshia is a player who can control the net. She is an effective blocker and typically puts the ball on the floor for a kill when she touches it. She isn't very tall, around 5-foot-6, but plays the middle hitter position and is very hard to defend,” head coach Tara Bethel said.

Earning second- team all-conference recognition were freshman Megan Purdin, junior Tara Knauff and junior Kari Rodgers.

Purdin, an Adena High School graduate who played the libero position, averaged 20.8 digs per conference match and had a serving percentage of 95 percent. “Megan is all over the floor. She plays the middle back position and makes it look effortless. My back row was strengthened greatly by having her on the team this year. Megan doesn't let many balls touch the floor,” her coach said.

Knauff, a junior from Adena High School, played the left back defensive position and left side hitter. She averaged 6.3 kills and 12.3 digs per match with a 95 percent serving percentage. “Tara is one of the smartest players in the league. She is very tough to defend because she knows where the defense is at and she will find a hole on the floor for the kill,” Bethel said.

Rodgers, a junior from Westfall High School, was a setter and left side/right side hitter. She averaged 11.8 assists and 11 kills per game with an 85 percent serving percentage. “Kari is very knowledgeable of the game. She knows when her hitters are on and she knows when to tip the ball to the center of the floor for a kill,” Bethel said.

“Overall, our team did very well, and 17-5 is a record to be proud of. They really came on strong mid season and were determined to get their job done. We won some tough games against quality opponents including early wins against Miami-Middletown, OSU-Marion, and OSU-Newark. We also beat a very tall Clark State in a tight match at Clark State,” Bethel said.

OU-C community has opportunity to help local individuals during holidays

Once again during the holiday season, the Chillicothe Campus is collecting canned goods to help local families that need extra help. Canned goods are being accepted in the Bennett Hall lobby through Dec. 10. Also, cash donations can be dropped off with Norma Jean Beverly in the Financial Aid office. The canned goods will go to a local food pantry, and the cash will be used to purchase gifts for a needy family that will be identified by The Child Development Center.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wine-tasting workshop planned to get people in the spirit

A wine-tasting workshop will be held in the Scott Gallery at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Bennett Hall from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 3. Thomas Van Creasap of Shamrock Vineyard will host the informative event, which will help those in attendance learn how to select the ideal wine for upcoming holiday gatherings.

Cost is $30 per individual or $55 per couple. Registration is required and individuals can register by email at or by calling (740) 774-7226.

The event will include the opportunity to taste new wines. Coffee, cheese and crackers will be served. The event is sponsored by OU’C’s Office of Continuing Education, Training and Development.

Upcoming Campus Events

• ACT prep course from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 20

• OU-C basketball vs. Wright State-Lake at 1 p.m. on Nov 20 (men only)

• OU-C basketball vs. OU-Lancaster at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 24

• Zumba Extravaganza to benefit United Way from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 27 at Shoemaker Center

• OU-C basketball vs. OSU-Newark at 1 p.m. on Nov. 28

• OU-C fall theater production at 8 p.m. on Dec 3 & 4 (Rescheduled from Nov. 12 & 13 and Nov. 19 &20)

• Wine-tasting workshop in Bennett Hall Scott Gallery from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 3.

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

• OU-C basketball vs. Kentucky Christian at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 6

John Reiger included in Who’s Who in America 2011

Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty member John Reiger is included in the Marquis Who’s Who in America 2011 (65th edition).

According to correspondence from the publisher, “Each year the Marquis Who’s Who staff researches people from all walks of life who merit inclusion in Who’s Who in America. Beginning with the inaugural edition in 1899, which featured such luminaries as Thomas Edison, Buffalo Bill Cody and Clara Barton, Who’s Who in America has consistently represented the most current snapshot available of the professional and cultural landscape of the country.”

Reiger, professor of history, is author of The Passing of the Great West: Selected Papers of George Bird Grinnell and American Sportsmen and the Origins of Conservation.

Reiger is a nationally recognized expert in the history of the conservation movement in the United States and the role of hunters and anglers in promoting conservation. He is the first individual interviewed for “Sierra Sportsmen,” a Web site the Sierra Club recently launched to reach out to hunters and anglers.

As that story noted, “Dr. Reiger literally ‘wrote the book’ on the history of American sportsmen and conservation, called American Sportsmen and the Origins of Conservation.” The book was originally published in 1975 and was revised in 2001.

When he taught at the University of Miami (Fla.), Reiger became one of the first in the country to introduce a course in American environmental history, which he has now brought to the Chillicothe Campus. Further, before he joined the faculty at OU-C in 1988, Reiger spent five years as executive director of the Connecticut Audubon Society.

Reiger earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Duke University his master’s degree in history from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University.