Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Increased number of students choose Chillicothe Campus as their college home



OU-C serves as gateway to higher education for regional residents

The Chillicothe Campus of Ohio University continues to experience record-setting enrollment. The numbers for fall quarter 2010 show that OU-C enrolled 2,558 students during that term, an increase of 39 percent over the 1,836 students enrolled on the Chillicothe Campus three years earlier, during fall quarter 2007.

Additionally, the campus’ Full Time Equivalent (FTE) enrollment grew from 1,316 to 2,008 during that same three-year span, an increase of 53 percent. FTE indicates the approximate number of full-time students on campus. It is calculated by dividing the total number of credit hour that students are taking by 15.

In terms of both headcount and FTE, this is the highest enrollment on record at OU-C, making it the largest of Ohio University’s five regional campuses.

“We are pleased that more students are choosing the Chillicothe Campus as their college home,” OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff said. “With a small-campus setting and the resources of a great national university, the Chillicothe Campus offers the best of all worlds. In moving forward, we will continue to focus on offering the type of educational experience that prepares students for emerging career fields.”

The Chillicothe Campus offers 11 associate degrees and nine bachelor’s degrees. Among the most popular academic programs are Nursing, Education, Law Enforcement Technology and Human Services Technology.

“Interestingly, all of these programs and the corresponding career paths are directly linked to the quality of life for area residents. This especially supports our mission of serving our students and serving our region,” Burgraff noted. “Most of our students are from this region and many return to their hometowns to become contributing professionals and civic leaders. That really captures what we are about as a campus.”

The Chillicothe Campus offers academic and student services programs for students directly out of high school and students who have been out of the classroom for some time. “Many of our students are looking for a career that aligns with their interest while others or are looking to advance in their current professions or train for new career fields,” OU-C Manager of Recruitment and Admissions TJ Eveland said. “When quality, affordability and accessibility are especially important factors, it appears that many students are drawn to OU-C.”

Since its founding in 1946 as the first regional campus in the state, OU-C has established its legacy through its current and past students.

STUDENT-FOCUSED APPROACH

Kelsey Post, a pre-veterinary major from Jackson, found her college home at OU-C.

“Once I stepped on campus for the first day of classes, I was certain that I had made the right decision,” Post said. “My favorite part about attending the Chillicothe Campus is how friendly everyone is, both the students as well as faculty members. Most of the students are from this area, and that gives the campus a hometown feeling. Because of the proximity of campus, I am able to stay connected with family and friends from Jackson as well as activities I have been involved with.”

The Chillicothe Campus is home for learners of various backgrounds and ages.

“As a veteran learner, I appreciate the flexibility that OU-C offers for students who are balancing the rigors of academics with other demands in their lives,” said Jody Wilson, who enrolled at OU-C after a 23-year career in the Air Force. “When looking for a college home, I needed to find a place where a non-traditional student such as me would feel comfortable and not out of place among younger students. I have found that place at OU-C.”

Jamie Harmount understands the faculty-studentrelationship from both perspectives and over time.

“When someone asks me what makes OU-C distinct, I immediately think of faculty and staff,” said Harmount, faculty member and interim coordinator of the Early Child hood Education Program. “As a previous student, I remember the caring attitude that staff showed me during registration for classes many years ago. The OU-C faculty care about their students. The small class size makes the faculty-student relationship closer and more meaningful. Faculty and staff are welcoming to students and care about the individual student’s future. Faculty members genuinely care and want students to succeed.”

OU-C GRADUATES CONTINUE LEGACY

Ohio University-Chillicothe gave Steve Neal, the longest-serving auditor ever in Ross County, the skills and perspective to prepare him for a career in public service.

“I feel that I got a better education at OU-C than I would have at another campus with just traditional-age college students. I interacted with students of various backgrounds and ages and with different life experiences. That made be better able to deal with people of all ages. That experience was especially valuable to me when I began managing people.”

As a community member, Neal still holds the Chillicothe Campus in high regard.

“It is a jewel of the community,” he said. “Having a college campus such as OU-C is one of the reasons why Chillicothe is the envy of southern Ohio. OU-C is a big part of the whole culture here in Chillicothe.”

Spring quarter sparks optimistic refrain from students

We like to regularly speak with OU-C students to gain their perspective on life on campus and life in general. Chillicothe Campus students are an upbeat lot by nature and, with spring quarter beginning and the promise of the season, we asked them about the source of their optimism.

“I am optimistic about my classes and, definitely, the weather,” said Denver Karshner, a history major from Logan Elm High School. “I am also optimistic that I have good choices for my classes.”

Shawn Lowe, a graduate of Huntington High School, echoed Karshner’s sentiments about the advent of warmer weather and said that he, too, is looking forward to his new classes.

“With a whole new quarter, I get a new start and maybe a new job,” said Adam Drury, an electrical engineering major from Chillicothe High School. “I am looking forward to having a better attitude and getting good grades.”

“It looks like it will be a good quarter. I look forward to bringing up my GPA and the political science classes I am taking,” said Thomas Hollis, a pre-law major from Zane Trace High School.

Many students continued the meteorological refrain.

“I am ready for nicer weather so I can get out and about. I also am ready to get classes started and get good grades,” said Matt Hurles, a Law Enforcement Technology major from Waverly High School.

“I am pumped about my classes. They look to be interesting,” said Brittany Morton, a Health Services Administration major from Southeastern High School.

Wesley Brown, a Human Services Technology major from Eastern Local High School, is looking forward to a change of pace, having enrolled in college after spending time in the military and owning his own business. “Being my first quarter, this represents a new beginning for me. I am still motivated and ready to go,” he said.

“Seeing that this is the beginning of spring quarter, I get a start on advanced classes and see what I worked for the past two quarters pay off,” said Steven Chethaun, a Southeastern High School graduate. “I am making headway and look for further progress.” He plans to pursue a career in computer-aided game design.

Jaclyn Finch of Jackson High School looks forward to delving more deeply into her major of Early Childhood Education. “I look forward to beginning classes that are in my major and walking to class in the nice weather. I would also like to get a 4.0 {GPA}.”

For three nursing students, this quarter is one of promise. “I am pumped up for this quarter. This is our ‘baby’ quarter,” said Sarah Wallingford, explaining that she will have the opportunity to study obstetrics. “I also look forward to clinicals,” said the Unioto High School graduate.

Megan Harkness and Samantha Boyer, who are both nursing students from Westfall High School, agreed, adding that they can see the “light at the end of the tunnel” with three quarters remaining before graduation.

OU-C golf team opens 2011 season

Ohio University Chillicothe recently began its 2011 golf season in the Shawnee State Invitational tournament. The Hilltoppers posted a two-day total score of 672 and finished 6th behind winner Cedarville University, Spring Arbor University (Michigan), Point Park University (Pittsburg), Shawnee State University and Capital University.

Freshman Luke Williams led OU-C with a total of 166 followed by Taylor Scott’s 167. The OU-C golf team begins ORCC league play April 8 with a full conference match at the Chillicothe Jaycee’s golf course and travels to OU-Lancaster the following day for a full conference match at Valley View.

Upcoming Campus Events

• OU-C softball vs. UC-Clermont at 4 p.m. on April 8

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

• Academic Council meets at noon in Bennett Hall room 105 on April 5 &19 and May 3 & 17

• Classified Group meets at 9 a.m. in Bennett Hall room 105 on April 12 and May 3

• Administrative Council meets at 9 a.m. in Bennett Hall room 105 on April 14 and May 5

Monday, March 28, 2011

Environmental Club continues to move forward and seeks new members

On March 16, the OU-C Environmental Club held its second meeting in the Learning Commons of Stevenson Center. Eight members were in attendance as well as club advisors Gary Haynes and Roger Smith. The club elected its officers during this meeting. Jessica Lowe was elected president, Keisha Chaney was elected secretary and Melissa Hayden was elected treasurer. The club constitution and bylaws were passed unanimously.

Club members also discussed future activities. The club's most immediate plans include partnering with the Ohio University – Chillicothe Library to hold an Earth Day celebration. Members also discussed ways to promote recycling around campus. More events and activities will be discussed in the club’s next meeting.

The OU-C Environmental Club plans to hold its next meeting on Thursday, March 31, at noon in Bennett Hall room 110. All students are welcome to come and see the exciting things the club plans to do. Interested students who are not able to attend the meeting should e-mail Gary Haynes (haynes@ohio.edu) or Roger Smith (smithr4@ohio.edu).