Thursday, May 5, 2011

Registration is now underway for Kids in College summer program for youth

The popular Kids in College program will again offer area youth the opportunity to combine fun and education while pursuing their hobbies and interests this summer. The schedule for the 2011 sessions is June 13-17 and June 20-24 at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

Please note that the registration deadline is early this year (May 27). Register early to secure a spot in the most popular classes!

The program is open to students who have completed grades kindergarten through the sixth grade with some classes designed for students through the eighth grade. For more than 20 years, the popular program has offered enrichment learning opportunities for youngsters.

Registration is underway. Flyers have been distributed to all schools in the Ross County and Chillicothe City school systems. They are also available at the Ross County Schools Office and the Bennett Hall Information Desk in Bennett Hall. To register, go to either website or For additional information, contact Janet Fink at (740) 774-7226.

Registration is $30 plus any material and lunch fees for each weeklong, half-day session.

June Allred-Smith of the Ross County Educational Service District coordinates the instruction and classes.

“The Kids in College program offers an opportunity for students to become involved in summer enrichment activities in a safe, vibrant learning environment. The students have fun and learn at the same time. Allred-Smith said, “The teachers are the heart of the program. Most are veteran classroom teachers who look forward to becoming involved in the hands-on teaching that is the hallmark of this program. We offer a wide range of classes for learners with various interests. Some of the classes have an academic base, while others are related to creativity and recreation.”

Among the classes are swimming, tennis, CSI (Cool Student Investigators), beginning cartooning, advanced cartooning, gooey gooey science, Harry Potter and the end, Camp Olympus, Egypt, spectacular sports and games, and a walk on the wild side.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Academic Majors Fair helps position students for successful college careers

OU-C students had the opportunity to survey the academic and career paths that are available to them during the second Academic Majors Fair, which was recently held on campus. Representatives from the Chillicothe and Athens campuses of Ohio University were on hand to answer questions and share insights about their offerings.

In addition to offering a marketplace of potential majors for those who are undeclared in this area, the event also allowed students to further investigate their chosen academic pursuits.

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.

The Academic Majors Fair supports the campus’ student-focused approach, particularly in the areas of retention and career-preparation by bringing together individuals from across campus and the university in a way that best serves OU-C students.

OU-C to host ORCC tennis tournament

Ohio University-Chillicothe will host the Ohio Regional Campus Conference (ORCC) Tennis Tournament beginning at 10 a.m. on May 7 on the OU-C courts behind Shoemaker Center. In case of inclement weather, the tournament will be held in the Chillicothe Fitness and Racquet Club.

Competing teams will represent OU-C, OU-Lancaster, Miami-Hamilton and Miami-Middletown. Approximately 48 players will participate in round-robin play with trophies awarded to first- and second-place teams and winning singles players and doubles teams.

Last year, the OU-C women’s team won first place, with wins in second singles, first doubles and second doubles.

OU-C Success Makers Plus Leadership Skills Program encourages students to live to their full potential

Students from schools in Ross County gathered in an Ohio University-Chillicothe Shoemaker Center classroom on Friday, April 29, as part of the last installment in the OU-C Success Makers Plus Leadership Skills Program.

The program, presented by OU-C, aims to encourage students to be peer leaders in their communities by presenting them with inspirational speakers and teaching them practical skills to implement into their daily lives. Students have gathered at OU-C for four Fridays since Feb. 25 to discuss topics such as character-building, responsible decision-making and goal setting.

Participants included 11 seventh-and eighth-grade students and 15 sophomores and juniors.

The morning’s speakers included OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff and retired coach and high school educator Jon Creamer.

Dean Burgraff spoke to students about her experience rock climbing in Colorado as a part of a leadership program as a Kellogg National Fellow. She explained to students how excited she was to make it to the top of her climb, but also how grateful she was to have a belayer hooked to her in case she fell. “When I reflect on my successes in life, I try to remember my belayers as well—those who helped me make it to where I am today,” said Burgraff.

Creamer gave an encouraging speech about how marathon running changed his outlook on what he is capable of achieving. He also showed a clip of father-and-son duo Rick and Dick Hoyt, who have successfully completed marathon and Ironman competitions all over the world. The clip shows Dick Hoyt pushing his son Rick, who was born with cerebral palsy, for 26.2 miles during the last leg of the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. As he closed his speech, Creamer asked students one final resounding question, “Now, just what can’t you do?”

Other speakers at the final program included Scott Johnson, ESPN remote director; Jeff Shaw, retired major league pitcher; and Dale Lynch, former athletics director and coach.

‘Recognition of Graduation’ event salutes students

Ohio University-Chillicothe will recognize students who have earned their college degrees during the 2010-11 academic year during the annual “Recognition of Graduation” ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 10, in the Shoemaker Center. This event will honor students who have earned associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Admission is free, and the public is invited.

“I encourage all members of the OU-C community to participate in or attend this event. This type of festive occasion captures the spirit of our campus by saluting students for their efforts and recognizing those who have supported them along the way,” campus Dean Donna Burgraff said.

A reception for the graduates and their families will be held afterward in the Shoemaker Center. A reception for faculty, staff and Regional Coordinating Council members will be held prior to the ceremony, at 6:30 p.m. in Shoemaker rooms 215 & 217. Further details, including the names of special speakers and other participants, will be released at a later date.

A pinning ceremony for graduates of OU-C’s nursing program will be held at 6 p.m. on June 9 in the Shoemaker Center.

Formal commencement activities are held on the Athens campus.

OU-C faculty member Nicholas Kiersey addresses local League of Women Voters

OU-C Assistant Professor of Political Science Nicholas Kiersey, Ph.D., recently addressed the Chillicothe/Ross County League of Women Voters on the topic of “Singing, Listening, Seeing; The Art of Being a Global Citizen.”

Kiersey was invited to speak by program director Bart Henshaw as part of the group’s focus on the discussion of civil discourse. The event was well received and included a lengthy question-and-answer session after the talk.

“I was delighted to be asked to do this and to participate in this valuable occasion to serve our wider community,” Kiersey said.

Ohio University to offer graduate program in education on Chillicothe Campus

Ohio University’s College of Education plans to offer at Ohio University-Chillicothe a master’s degree program for teachers beginning in the fall of 2011. This program, Teacher Leadership, is designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers who wish to remain in the classroom and become even more effective leaders among their school’s faculty.

Informational sessions will be held in OU-C’s Bennett Hall room 131 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 12 and May 17. Anyone who is unable to attend one of the informational sessions but is interested in the program can contact program coordinator Cindy Hartman at or (740) 593-4464.

The program will provide students with an enhanced understanding of leadership, coaching, mentoring and other curricular/instructional/learning/assessment matters. The program will be taught by both full-time faculty members of Ohio University and current or retired expert practitioners from public schools. All instructors will work to assure that course work is relevant to participants’ schools, classrooms, and teaching endeavors. The students in this program will meet as a cohort every other Saturday during the school year and weekdays during the summer, completing the program in five consecutive quarters.

Panelists to discuss impact of bullying on students

The OU-C Stray Cats Club and the OU-C Health & Wellness Committee have partnered with Quinn Library to host a panel discussion on anti-bullying on May 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Bennett Hall auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The panel discussion is open to students and the community.

The panel will consist of OU-C professors Jamie Harmount and Ronald Vance. Dr. Lisa Kovach from University of Toledo will be a guest at the panel discussion. Kovach is author of School Shootings and Suicides: Why We Must Stop the Bullies and specializes in bullying in schools.

With the recent emphasis on the impact of bullying on students, including online bullying, this conversation is particularly topical.

Upcoming Campus Events

•“An Evening with the Shuffles” at 8 p.m. on May 6 in the Bennett Hall auditorium

• “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 17

• 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