Friday, April 29, 2011

Dinner event scheduled for ‘Evening with the Shuffles’ at OU-C

Ohio University-Chillicothe is hosting an Italian dinner in collaboration with the musical event “An Evening with the Shuffles” on May 6, with proceeds benefitting the Alan Gough Art Scholarship fund for students taking courses in the visual arts, art history, music or drama.

The dinner-and-theater event is $20 per person or $35 per couple. For reservations or more information contact Joyce Atwood at atwoodj@ohio.edu or (740) 774-7732. Reservations are due by May 3. The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in Bennett Hall and will feature a lasagna meal. Featured guests will include characters from OU-C theater productions over the years.

General admission for those attending only the Shuffles concert is $7, and student admission is free.

After the meal, individuals can attend “An Evening with the Shuffles,” which features internationally-acclaimed theatrical and vocal talents John and Nancy Shuffle, at 8 p.m. in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

Vocalists John, a baritone, and Nancy, a soprano, will present several music theater and light opera selections. The husband-and-wife duet brings more than 40 years of musical experience to the Bennett Hall stage.

John Shuffle, a classically-trained singer and violinist, has performed in such classics as Merry Wives of Windsor, Marriage of Figaro and La Boheme. Nancy Williams Shuffle, an accomplished singer and actress with more than 60 productions to her credit, has appeared as Catherine of Aragon in Rex, as Maria in The Sound of Music and as Anna in The King and I. She has also had a recurring role as Sister Mary Amnesia in the Nunsense musicals.

“Evening with the Shuffles” to feature music theater and light opera selections

Ohio University-Chillicothe will present “An Evening with the Shuffles,” featuring internationally-acclaimed theatrical and vocal talents John and Nancy Shuffle, at 8 p.m. on May 6 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Admission is $7, and proceeds will benefit the Alan Gough Fine Arts Scholarship at OU-C. Tickets may be purchased the evening of the event.

John, a baritone, and Nancy, a soprano, will present a vocal concert of music theater and light opera selections. The husband-and-wife duet brings more than 40 years of musical experience to the Bennett Hall stage.

John Shuffle, a classically-trained singer and violinist, has performed in such classics as Merry Wives of Windsor, Marriage of Figaro and La Boheme. Nancy Williams Shuffle, an accomplished singer and actress with more than 60 productions to her credit, has appeared as Catherine of Aragon in Rex, as Maria in The Sound of Music and as Anna in The King and I. She has also had a recurring role as Sister Mary Amnesia in the Nunsense musicals.

In addition to the performance, the Shuffles will conduct a vocal workshop for OU-C theater students the afternoon of the performance.

“This concert performance by the Shuffles will be an exciting and entertaining evening, complete with lots of everyone's favorite Broadway show tunes, a bit of light opera and, who knows, a musical surprise or two,” said Ken Breidenbaugh, OU-C theater director and theater professor. “We've scheduled the evening as a benefit for the Alan Gough Fine Arts Scholarship fund, which was begun in 2009.”

Breidenbaugh noted that it is fitting that the exhibition of Gough’s oil sketches and studies will continue to be on display in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery in Bennett Hall the evening of the performance. “It is a great show and illustrates the depth of Alan’s engagement with the area,” Breidenbaugh said.

Upcoming Academic Majors Fair helps position students for successful college careers

To help students have the best information before them in the most convenient fashion, OU-C is hosting its Academic Majors Fair from noon to 3 p.m. on May 4 in Bennett Hall.

“Because of its long-lasting impact on a student’s college career and professional career, the selection of an academic major is one of the most important decisions a student can make,” OU-C Academic Advisor Cristy Null said. “This event is designed to give our students all of the resources and perspectives they need to make the best decision.”

Major representatives from the Chillicothe and Athens campuses are invited to participate in the event. The goal is to have a wide range of academic disciplines represented, including those at OU-C and at OU-Athens. “An advantage of attending OU-C is the opportunity to relocate on the Athens campus and to have access to their academic resources and programs,” Null said. Those wishing to participate should contact Null at nullc1@ohio.edu.

In addition to offering a marketplace of potential majors for those who are undeclared in this area, the event also allows students to further investigate their chosen academic pursuits. New to the fair will be a “What-if” DARS station. At this station students or advisors will be able to print what-if DARS for students so accurate and specific information can be given to the students about the courses they have had and how they fit in to a possible new major.

“Students will have time to take an in-depth look at their academic majors and the various options that are available to them within each academic discipline,” Null said.

The Athens campus holds a similar event in the fall. OU-C chose to wait until spring quarter so that first-year students have a broader perspective before selecting a major.

“Often, students are focused on making the transition to college during the first quarter or two and are not ready to focus on the outcome of their college experience,” Null explained. “At this point in the academic year, their focus often begins to turn from surviving college to making the most of the opportunity, and they are better prepared for this decision. We realize that many students feel obligated to declare an academic major before they are certain about what academic program they really want to pursue.”

It is not uncommon for a student to be uncertain of an academic major. There is an average of 90 students each quarter that begin as undecided students.

A new addition to the days programming will include a presentation by David Manley from the Career Services Office in Athens at 2 p.m. in Bennett Hall room 134. In conjunction with OU-C Career Services Advisor Martha Tanedo, Manly will present information about the “FOCUS” test. This test is an on-line career and interest assessment that is tied to Ohio University information so students can see what programs would best suit their interests and explore what majors the university offers that are related.

“This event is an important step in further supporting the campus’ retention and career-preparation efforts,” Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “It builds on the student-focused approach of the Advising Center in bringing together individuals from across campus and beyond in a way that best serves our students and our region by putting today’s students on the right path toward becoming proficient professionals, often in area communities.”

Each participating student who receives at least four signatures from representatives on his/her “passport” will be eligible for door prizes.

In addition, Student Senate will have popcorn on hand for attendees and Hilltopper Advising Center representatives will be distributing Fall DARS.

Upcoming Campus Events

• “Alan Gough: The Early Years, 1958-1972” exhibit in Patricia Scott Art Gallery through May 7

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

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

• 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

Thursday, April 28, 2011

OU-C students share their college experience through blogs

To give individuals a first-hand look at the OU-C experience from the most reliable sources, several Chillicothe Campus students are sharing their thoughts in regular blog postings. These postings can be found line at http://www.oucstudentblog.com/.

The OU-C student bloggers include Kelsey Post, a pre-veterinarian major from Jackson, who plans to continue her 4-H activities after graduation; Brittany Leeson, a two-sport star from Southeastern High School who is pursuing an associate degree in Deaf Studies Interpreting and a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and looks to work with children; and Stephen Flautt, who is majoring in history and political science and who plans to become a university professor.

The use of student blogs supports the campus’ focus on utilizing social media and traditional media to communicate with its various stakeholder groups in a manner that best resonates with them. For example, the campus’ Facebook page has more than 1,000 followers, mainly current and prospective students. In this way, OU-C is able to segment its audiences and tailor its messages.

This approach also allows individuals, particularly students, to connect with each other through social media. In this manner, the close-knit feeling that is a key part of the OU-C experience is maintained through these emerging venues.