Friday, April 8, 2011

OU-C softball team opens season with twinbill sweep

The Ohio University-Chillicothe softball team traveled to Circleville for a doubleheader against Ohio Christian University to start their 2011 season. This non-conference opponent is an early season regular on the Hilltoppers’ schedule and the trip proved to be a success.

OU-C won the first game, 13-4, behind the pitching of Stephanie Wright. Offensively the Hilltoppers pounded out 16 hits along with 5 walks en route to the season-opening win. Courtney Clever and Bethany Bloomfield each had 3 RBI in the game. Courtney Bloomfield went 3 for 4 with 4 runs scored and doubled in the 6th inning. Andrea Morgan was also 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI. Every batter in the lineup had a hit in the game. Wright struck out 4 batters and walked 2 for her season opening win. The Hilltopper defense played a solid game, committing only one error in the second inning.

Game two was a 5-inning game, by agreement, due to the late hour and cold weather. OU-C prevailed, 5-3, with freshman pitcher Courtney Clever earning her 1st career win. Courtney scattered 5 hits with only 1 walk while striking out 5 of the Ohio Christian batters. She also led the way on offense going 2 for 3 with a double in the third inning. Carolyn Reiter also doubled and drove in a run in the 4th inning.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Internships highlight career-emphasized focus of Office Technology program

See and hear Melony Shewalter discuss her internship experience on the campus’ YouTube channel at

Several students in the Office Technology (OTEC) program at Ohio University-Chillicothe are gaining valuable career preparation through internships. These experiences allow the students to gain practical experience in their fields and earn college credit while working with an employer in their career field.

“Internships allow students to apply concepts and knowledge they gain in the classroom in a real-world setting,” OTEC Program Coordinator Allison White said. “They also help to provide a well-rounded educational experience for our students and prepare them for their future careers by giving them an edge when looking for jobs. Employers value this type of experience when interviewing prospective employees.”

For example, Kelley Knisley recently completed an internship at Lighthouse Youth Center Paint Creek, a juvenile correction center in her hometown of Bainbridge, where she created a database using MS Access, a database software currently used by many organizations.

“During my internship I gained office experience and understanding of working in an office environment,” said Knisley, a Paint Valley High School graduate. “This will help me in my career because I will know what to expect while working in this field. I also received experience of working within deadlines. Some of my employers needed my work completed by a certain times. I gained multitasking skills by working with several different people, and doing multiple tasks and projects at one time.”

“My internship applies to the lessons I have learned in class by being hands-on learning as well as classroom learning,” Knisley added. “All of the technology I am working with in my classes, I was using in the workplace. In my classes I have learned stress management, interviewing techniques and professionalism qualities, as well as many more traits that I was using on a day to day basis. The classes that I have taken, and am continuing to take have contributed to my experience in my internship.”

After completing her associate degree, Knisley plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the near future.

Jackie Doles, a Chillicothe High School graduate, completed an internship at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center during the spring of 2010. Among her duties were entering journals and magazines into a new database, then assisting library technicians in getting the medical library operational after being closed for remodeling.

“The internship allowed me to put my computer skills to use. That is why they chose me to fill the position,” Doles said. “I was a volunteer at the V.A. and already had computer access. It was nice to get back into a work environment with assigned responsibilities and a goal, to meet many new and interesting people, and to get the feel of a hospital environment. It gave me the confidence to get back into the workforce after being in an academic environment for the past couple of years. It gave me the itch to get out there and put those new skills to work.”

“By being in an actual work environment for a three-month period, I was able to see places in the process where improvements could be made,” Doles said. “It was fun to have the opportunity to do that. I worked in a very nurturing and encouraging environment in the library. I was able to help them get back into operation after a huge remodeling project and I feel that there is a small piece of me in that project. I continue to volunteer in the library and the social work services departments.”

Her future goals include finding a challenging and rewarding administrative position within the local medical community.

Melony Shewalter
Melony Shewalter honed her professional skills at her alma mater, Huntington High School, where she assisted the administrative assistant.

“Fortunately, I have already had the opportunity of working as an administrative assistant in several jobs before attending OU-C, but I have never had the opportunity to work in a school system so this was a great opportunity for me to experience the administrative assistant’s job in a school system,” Shewalter said.

Her classroom learning prepared her well for the internship.

“The computer classes are the most important (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher) along with the business communications class. These classes are what the administrative assistant’s job is mostly about,” Shewalter said.

In discussing her career goals, she added, “I would like to pursue a job in the school system due to also being a volleyball coach. Another interest is working in a corporation office job at Glatfelter.”

Jess Howard worked in three different areas of the hospital during her internship with Adena Health System. Among her duties, she developed PowerPoint presentations for use in new employee orientation sessions. Again, the classes she took during the OTEC program served as a good foundation for her work experience.

“While majoring in the OTEC program I have completed many office -style classes,” Howard said. “These classes have helped me better understand what is expected of an administrative professional. While completing my internship at Adena Health System I applied my knowledge and skills that I have gained through the OTEC program. “

She is a fan of internship experiences for all of her classmates.

“I believe students in all majors should take the opportunity to complete an internship. … You never know what job offers could come from an internship,” Howard said. “Internships also open up doorways to get to know people who you could potentially one day work with. I mean, let’s be honest, in today’s job market in order to get a job you have to have the skills and know someone to be considered.”

Howard says she would like to pursue a career at Adena following graduation.

Students who complete OTEC program earn an Associate of Applied Business Degree in Office Technology. The program is designed to prepare students for careers as an office manager or administrative assistant in the legal, medical and general business fields as well as office positions in information processing and accounting. Other possible career fields are digital marketing specialist, desktop publishing, banking and accounting, and data entry clerk. OU-C also offers certificates for medical and legal administrative professionals.

Staff members join OU-C, have change in job status

Some staff members have recently joined the Chillicothe Campus community or have had a change in their job status. Those individuals include:

Mary Boyer
Mary Boyer, a temporary employee, began her duties as Administrative Assistant to the Dean in February. She previously worked for Crane Plastics in Columbus for 24 years and for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, also in Columbus. Boyer, a resident of Ashville, graduated from Bishop Hartley High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Ohio Dominican University.

John Daniels
John Daniels transferred to OU-C as a maintenance employee in February. He previously worked on the Athens campus and has been employed with the university for 22 years. Daniels graduated from Alexander High School in Albany and attended ITT in Dayton, studying HVAC systems.

Sue Fernandez
Sue Fernandez was named full-time Records Management Assistant in Admissions, effective in April. She had been a contract employee at OU-C since August of 2009. Fernandez, an Illinois native, graduated from Peoria Central High School. She attended Illinois Central College.

Ann Holmes
Ann Holmes began work as a full-time employee as Administrative Associate to the Associate Dean in January. She began as a contract employee in January 2009. Holmes, a Chillicothe High School graduate, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from OU-C.

Beth Tilley
 Beth Tilley was promoted from Office Assistant to Administrative Associate, effective January. She joined the Chillicothe Campus in March 2007. Tilley, an Amanda-Clearcreek High School graduate, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Specialized Studies in biology and consumer studies from OU-C.

“We are pleased to have these individuals as members of the Chillicothe Campus community,” OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff said. “They bring a range of professional skills and experience to their positions. Although they have diverse job responsibilities, they all share a focus on ensuring our students have an exceptional educational experience.”

Oak Hill High School standout Jessica Humphreys intends to attend OU-C

Jessica Humphreys, a senior at Oak Hill High School in Jackson County, Ohio, has announced her intention to attend Ohio University- Chillicothe and participate on the women’s fast-pitch softball team. She will join the softball squad in the fall of 2011 and play during the spring 2012 season.

Humphreys was named All Southern Ohio Conference (SOC) during her freshman and sophomore seasons and was first team All-SOC her junior season, in addition to being named Southeast Ohio all-district softball team her first three years in high school. She batted .439 and had 32 stolen bases during the 2010 season.

“She is a gifted athlete with speed and quickness that will greatly improve the OU-C softball team. Her ability put the ball in play and move runners as well as her defensive prowess are quite impressive. We’ve had our eye on her for a couple years and are pleased that Jessica has decided to continue her academic and athletic career at the OU-Chillicothe campus,” OU-C softball coach George Beck said.

Shown at the recent ceremony at Oak Hill High School are: Front row (from left) Paula Humphreys (mother), Jessica Humphreys, Jared Humphreys (brother) and Dave Humphreys (father); Back row (from left) Oak Hill Principal Doug Hale, OU-C head softball coach George Beck and Oak Hill Athletic Director Norm Persin.

OU-C has a well-rounded athletics program and fields 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.

OU-C to host 5-K run/walk event to support anti-bullying effort

A 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) Run/Walk for Diversity and Against Bullying will be held at Ohio University-Chillicothe at 10 a.m. on May 7. The race will begin at 10 a.m. below the Shoemaker Center pedestrian bridge.

The suggested fee is $15, and all participants will receive commemorative medals. Proceeds will benefit an anti-bullying panel on campus May 12.

Registration is available online at For information, call Brandon Houseman at (740) 774-7203. The race is sponsored by the OU-C Stray Cats Club, Quinn Library and the OU-C Health & Wellness Committee.

Reminder about designated smoking area

With the start of spring quarter, it is an appropriate time to remind members of the campus community that a smoking area has been established on the exterior east side of the Stevenson Center. The area’s perimeters are marked by red lines, and it includes receptacles for disposing of cigarette butts.

This area gives smokers a comfortable venue with steps on which to sit and an overhang for protection against inclement weather. It also enhances safety by not placing individuals near vehicles in the parking lots.

The focus is to create a space that offers a safe venue for smokers, with an emphasis on protecting non-smokers from second-hand smoke and keeping the campus litter-free in terms of cigarette butts, especially the pedestrian parkway in front of Bennett Hall.

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

• Earth Day picnic and poetry reading beginning at noon on April 21 at Stevenson Center

• 5-K Run/Walk for Diversity and Against Bullying at 10 a.m. on May 7 near Shoemaker Center

• Anti-bullying panel at 4:30 p.m. on May 12 in Bennett Hall auditorium

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

OU-C Learning Center currently accepting applications for student-produced literary magazine

Have you ever wondered what it is like to have a story, poem, or artwork published? If you have, you don't have to wonder any longer. The OU-C Learning Center is currently accepting applications for their first-ever literary magazine!

OU-C students and alumni are encouraged to submit fiction or nonfiction stories, poems, and artwork to be considered for selection and publication in the literary magazine. This is a great way for students to showcase their talents and creativity, and all students are encouraged to apply. If selected, assistance will be available to students who may need help with editing their piece before it is published.

Applications may be picked up in the Learning Center. The application deadline is this Friday, April 8th, at 4 p.m., so students are encouraged to apply soon!