Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stevenson Center discussion event focuses on the American family

The American family was the focus of a recent discussion in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

Featured speakers included Lucia Stanton, the Shannon Senior Historian at Monticello, the home of President Thomas Jefferson; and OU-C student John Harding, a descendant of Jefferson.

The discussion event is part of the Salon Series that strives to engage members of the campus and local communities in noteworthy topics. It is also part of the Kennedy l.ecture Series, which brings esteemed speakers to campus, and is partly sponsored by the David Nickens Heritage Center.

Chillicothe Campus students share their plans and ambitions

To keep our finger on the pulse of campus, we periodically speak with OU-C students to gain their perspective. This week’s question involves ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’ Their responses shed light on the range of career and personal ambitions of students on the Chillicothe Campus.

Steve Flautt, a graduate of Unioto High School, looks to make his passion for history into his profession. “I would like to be a professor of history, preferably at Virginia Military Institute or Bowdoin (Maine) College,” he said, in naming a pair of institutions that played a role in developing Civil War officers. “I have always enjoyed history. We can learn a lot about the present from looking at the past. History teaches why we got to this current point.”

Accounting major Michelle Romey also looks to follow her interests in her professional pursuits. “I like business concepts and have always enjoyed working with numbers,” said Romey, a graduate of Westfall High School.

Sarah Akber, a nursing major from Waverly High School, has ambitious plans for her career in health care. “I want to become a registered nurse, then, after I have gained more experience become a nurse practitioner.” Nurse practitioners, she explained, assist physicians and can see patients but not prescribe medications.

Zach Schumacher and Nicholas Valentine are both majoring in psychology. “I want to be a professor at a university and run a psychology lab,” Schumacher, a Unioto High School grad, said. “I enjoy the whole concept of social psychology and the opportunity to analyze data to see how it benefits society.”

“I want to work in a children’s hospital and learn to use empirical data and scientific research to determine why people act the way they do,” Valentine said. It was love at first psyche for the Logan Elm graduate. “I became interested in taking psychology when I took introductory psychology.”

Emily Trace looks to use her nursing degree in the operating room as an anesthesiologist. “I first became interested in the profession while job-shadowing at Adena (Regional Medical Center) while I was a senior in high school, and I really enjoyed it,” the Wellston alumnus explained.

Wesley Ruth has found his professional calling working with children. The Washington Court House graduate is pursuing a major in elementary education and looks to work with children in grades three and four. “I grew up attending a church camp and later became a counselor at the camp,” he said in explaining his interest in his future vocation.

Bobby Pfeifer of Waverly is majoring in video production and looks to make his living behind the camera. “I enjoy working a camera. I find it as a different type of art form that combines art and technology,” he explained.

Calley Murray, an elementary education major from Waverly High School, is in her first quarter on campus en route to a future career as a kindergarten teacher. “I think it would be very fulfilling,” she said. “In my current education class, we are observing and assessing children to learn how they think and how they grow.”

Laura Oberley, a pre-nursing major from Circleville High School, looks to work in either a hospital or a doctor’s office. “I chose nursing because you have the opportunity to care for a patient and to know that you are doing something good every day,” she said. Oberley tentatively plans to become a traveling nurse while she is young to see other parts of the country.

Upcoming discussion event commemorates Women’s History Month

Jeanne Golliher, director of the Cincinnati Development Fund, will headline a list of speakers for the “Tea & Discussions in Celebration of Women” event at 3:30 p.m. on March 3 in the Stevenson Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

The event, which commemorates Women’s History Month during March, is free and open to the public.

Golliher will discuss “A woman’s way with power.” After she speaks, there will be break sessions led by Huntington Bank official Cathy Dresbach, “Women and money;” OU-C Director of Information and Technology Patty Griffith, “Being a role model;” OU-C student Karalea Lane, “Time management;” and OU-C Women in Philanthropy member Joanna River, “Women and philanthropy.”

Former President Jimmy Carter proclaimed March as National Women’s History Month as a time to honor and celebrate women’s historic achievements. “Our history is our strength” is this year’s theme, which pays tribute to the millions of women who helped create a better world for the times in which they live as well as for future generations. Ada Deer, the first woman to be appointed as assistant secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, said, “Women’s issues are all of our issues. We all need to understand we are all people on this planet.”

Golliher has served as executive director of the CDF since 1998. In this position, she is responsible for the overall operation of the organization. Prior to joining CDF, she spent 16 years in community lending and advocacy as vice president of community development for KeyBank.

The Cincinnati Development Fund was created by Cincinnati-area financial institutions as a mechanism to share risk and cost-effectively invest in community development lending. CDF oversees the creation and administration of funds to stimulate real-estate development in underserved markets in the Greater Cincinnati area.

“The OU-C event is in honor of women in our region and provides them with the knowledge to think larger and more boldly in a challenging society,” Griffith said.

The discussion event is sponsored by OU-C’s Quinn Library, the American Association of University Women and the Gender Equality Solidarity Society.

Moe Pfeifer to lead talk about time management

Renowned speaker Maurice “Moe” Pfeifer will lead a discussion about time management entitled “Stop Clowning Around … It’s Time to get Motivated” at noon on March 3 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The event is free and open to the public.

Pfeifer has spent more than 20 years in the field of education as a teacher, coach, guidance counselor and high school administrator. He currently provides leadership and motivational seminars throughout the country for business, industry and education systems.

The event is sponsored by the campus’ Health and Wellness Committee.

Day of Dialogue examines community-building in the 21st century

Public speaker Johnathan Holifield led a discussion during the Day of Dialogue event in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons on Feb. 23. The event commemorated Black History Month and was designed to examine how Chillicothe can continue to fulfill its role as a principal town, as its name indicates.

Holifield led a discussion to reflect on the key challenges and opportunities facing our economy in the 21st century. OU-C Student Senate Vice President Jody Wilson introduced the speaker.

Holifield noted that it is important that communities nurture their strongest assets, which are people. He also said that it is incumbent that we work together and create the type of community we want, including providing the type of educational experience that offers opportunities for individuals to grow and develop.

Upcoming Campus Events

• “Day of Dialogue” discussion led by Johnathan Holifield at noon on Feb. 23 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons

• “The American Family” discussion at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. Event is part of the Salon Discussion Series and Kennedy Lecture Series

• Irish music singer Mossy Moran will present a concert from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the Bennett Hall auditorium

• Maurice “Moe” Pfeifer leads discussion about time management at noon on March 3 in Stevenson Center Learning Commons

• “Tea & Discussion in Celebration of Women” at 3:30 p.m. on March 3 in Stevenson Center

• “A Walk in the Garden” exhibit by artist Lynn Carden in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery from March 8 through April 8

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

OU-C project’s role as economic driver featured in regional magazine

A story about the addition to the Technical Studies Building was published in the December 2010 edition of Over the Back Fence magazine.

The article, which was written by Jenny Pavlasek, emphasized how the addition supports the campus’ role as an economic driver for the region. As Ohio University-Chillicothe Dean Donna Burgraff noted, “We want to show {existing local businesses} that we can assist them with their training needs – big or small.”

The campus dean also elaborated on how OU-C is working with area civic and business groups such as the Economic Development Alliance and the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce.

“In these lean times, we don’t want to compete with each other for resources,” Burgraff is quoted in the story.

The ongoing construction project is scheduled for completion in June. The 8,200-square-foot addition has a two-pronged objective. In addition to its business-related focus, it supports the campus’ Law Enforcement Technology program with the construction of simulation training areas that provide students with the modern facilities they need to receive critical hands-on training to prepare them for careers in the field of law enforcement.

As noted, other space can be utilized by the Office of Continuing Education & Workforce Development and other offices to provide training opportunities and other support for area employers and individuals. In this way, the addition upholds the campus’ mission of serving this region by acting as an economic driver.

Over the Back Fence has a readership of more than 50,000 individuals in southern Ohio. It is a quarterly publication that is devoted to the lifestyle and communities of this region and reaches a region of approximately 30 counties.