Friday, May 13, 2011

Campus discussion event focuses on issue of bullying

A large crowd of campus and community members heard a panel of experts discuss the problem of bullying and the impact it has, particularly on students, during a recent event in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

Panelists included Lisa Kovach of the University of Toledo and OU-C faculty members Jamie Harmount and Ronald Vance.

Kovach is author of School Shootings and Suicides: Why We Must Stop the Bullies and specializes in bullying in schools. She has shared her knowledge at the international, national, and local levels. Kovach is currently working on a research study that examines the psychological ease with which cyberbullying takes place.

The Chillicothe Gazette story about the event can be found online at http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20110513/NEWS01/105130304/Speaker-Schools-need-stop-bullying?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFrontpage

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

This type of experience helps to define the Chillicothe Campus as a true learning community by continuing the educational process beyond the classroom walls and involving members of the local community in the discussion. The campus welcomes the opportunity to host events such as this that engage individuals in a discussion of issues that are both newsworthy and noteworthy.

The event was sponsored by the OU-C Stray Cats Club, the OU-C Health & Wellness Committee and Quinn Library.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Workshop offers insights on finding the right career path and free lunch

As part of the class capstone project, students in Technical and Applied Studies Class 451 are offering a career assessment workshop from noon to 1 p.m. on May 18 in room 19 of the Quinn Library in the Stevenson Center. Free lunch will be provided.

“The workshop is especially valuable for students who are unsure of what career path they want to follow, particularly in terms of finding a career that matches their interests,” said Jody Wilson, one of the students sponsoring the session.

The workshop will include a skills assessment test, tips on how to find the right career and insights from OU-C staff member Christi Null.

Students coordinating the session also will provide assistance for taking the Ohio University Career Focus Assessment Tool.

Interested students should reserve a spot by contacting Sage Sill at (740) 412-9963 or sagesill@yahoo.com.

Besides Jody and Sage, other students in the class project are Sarah Bost, Cheyenne Hight and Patty Beatty.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Workshop designed for small business owners

As part of a class Technical and Applied Studies 451 capstone experience, OU-C students are hosting a small business workshop from noon to 1 pm. on May 18 in Bennett Hall room 105. For more information and to RSVP email gp304309@ohio.edu

Featured speakers include Bob Green, owner of BBB Music Center, and Douglas Shoemaker, vice president and general manager of Huntington National Bank in Chillicothe.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Spin those vinyl records; Upcoming dance offers flashback to 1980s music

The Ohio University-Chillicothe Student Senate is sponsoring a “Flashback to the ‘80s Dance” from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on May 14 in the Shoemaker Center. Tickets are free for OU-C students with an OU-C ID and are $10 for community members. Tickets are available at the Bennett Hall Information Desk.

The Flashback to the ‘80s Dance is open to all OU-C students, staff, and faculty as well as the greater Chillicothe community. With parents or guardians in attendance, teens aged 13-17 are also invited. Dance goers are also encouraged but not required to dress in their favorite styles from the 1980’s. Door prizes will be awarded, and refreshments and other entertainment will be provided, including a Michael Jackson impersonator.

Proceeds from ticket sales and donations benefit the Officer Larry Cox Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will benefit a student Law Enforcement Technology program. Student Senate has been raising money for this endowed scholarship for several years. This scholarship is especially significant because not only does it keep the memory of Chillicothe’s fallen hero, Larry Cox, recent, but it also benefits a student who is following in Officer Cox’s footsteps.

Equestrian Center to host ‘Salute to Veterans’ horse show

A “Salute to Veterans Horse Show” will be held at 11 a.m. on May 21 at the Ohio University-Chillicothe Charles & Daisy Black Equestrian Center, located at 32505 U.S. Route 50, just west of Londonderry.

All military veterans are invited to attend the show, which is designed for special needs children who participate in therapeutic riding. Veterans are encouraged to show their support for these riders who are honoring those who have served our country in the military.

The event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the equestrian center at 740-253-3848.

Romance that began at OU-C in 1948 continues today for Chillicothe couple

When Dorcie and Bill Jones attended Ohio University-Chillicothe in the 1940s, they were looking for a college education. They received that but, equally as importantly, found each other. The result has been a marriage of more than 50 years that includes great experiences, wonderful memories and a family of four children, 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

It all began with a car ride involving their siblings. “Bill’s brother gave my sister a ride home from Athens. I thought he was attractive, but he had a girlfriend,” Dorcie explained. “Then, I found out that he has a brother who would attend the branch. When I recognized Bill because he looked like his brother, I introduced myself, and he didn’t have a chance.”

As Bill puts it, “I like to say that she chased me until I caught her.”

Dorcie, now 81 years old, and Bill, 83, first met in 1948, just two years after OU-C opened its doors at what was then Chillicothe High School. Bill was typical of many of the campus’ first students, in using the GI Bill to pursue his education after returning from service in World War II. After six years of courtship, Dorcie and Bill were married in 1954.

Interestingly, Dorcie first became enamored with her future husband when he broke a date to take care of his mother. “I was unhappy, but my father told me that if he takes care of his mom, Bill will take care of his wife. I thought that over, and it made sense.”

In fact, Bill did not even meet the criteria Dorcie had set for her future husband. “I always said that whoever I married would be a good dancer and a good swimmer, and Bill does neither.”

For Bill, recognizing the girl he wanted to marry was much simpler. “I knew she was the one early on. We just seemed to hit it off,” he said.

Their college career was similar to that of many other students on the regional campus at the time.

Then, as now, OU-C’s focus was on providing educational opportunities for the region.

Bill, a Southeastern High School graduate, and Dorcie, a Chillicothe High graduate, were typical of the student body at the time. “There were students from almost every county school in Ross County and from the city school,” Bill said. “There was a good cross-section of students. I knew some of the students fairly well from competing against them in high school sports, and got to know many of them better in college.”

Dorcie earned a two-year degree in general education, mainly secretarial courses. Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce. “OU-C only offered two-year degrees at the time, and you had to complete classes for a bachelor’s degree in Athens,” Bill said.

A typical date would include an evening at Ben’s, a local restaurant and bar. “It was a popular hangout. Dorcie was a good dancer, and she even got me to dance sometimes,” Bill said. They also were active in the OU-C Club, an unofficial group of college students who would gather above Anderson’s Restaurant downtown for meetings and dances.

There was also a connection to the Athens campus. “Our English professor was from Athens, and he involved us in many events on that campus, which was great,” Dorcie said.

During his last two years of college, Bill worked nights in a laboratory at the Mead plant, then drove to Athens four days a week to take classes. “He would come by my house for an hour or so each night, and then leave for his job at Mead,” Dorcie said.

After graduation, Bill pursued a career in human resources with Nationwide Insurance in Columbus. His time with Nationwide also led him to Syracuse, N.Y., Butler, Pa., and, finally, to Canton before he retired in 1990. There was also a stint as an industrial engineer with Westinghouse in Columbus.

She worked as an administrative assistant with the Secret Services’ offices in Columbus and Pittsburgh, Pa.

After retirement, the Joneses returned to Chillicothe, where they grew flowers commercially on their property east of town for five years.

Many people in the community recognize them from Bill’s role with the Chillicothe Country Club, including his friendly demeanor and ability to make any stranger to the club feel like a long-lost friend. He served as general manager of the club for nine years, beginning in 2001 and was previously president and vice president of the club’s board of trustees.

The Chillicothe Campus takes pride in preparing students for rewarding careers and fulfilling lives, and Dorcie and Bill Jones have set a high standard to meet in that regard.

Chillicothe native and former NFL star Garin Veris to speak at OU-C ‘Recognition of Graduation’ event

Former pro football player and Chillicothe native Garin Veris will deliver the keynote remarks at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on June 10 in the Shoemaker Center on campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, will honor students who have earned associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees during the 2010-11 academic year.

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.

“I am extremely excited to address the outstanding students at the 2011 Recognition of Graduation ceremony,” Veris said. “To have been born and raised in Chillicothe and to witness the growth of Ohio University-Chillicothe over the past 30 years, it will be an honor to speak to the students who will make Ohio University, Chillicothe, our state and our country proud. Ohio University-Chillicothe has provided many of my childhood friends an opportunity to continue their educational desires and to achieve their highest goals."

One of the greatest all-around athletes in Ross County history, Veris is a 1981 graduate of Chillicothe High School, where he was a first-team all-state selection in three sports: football, basketball and track and field. He was a high school All-America in football and track and a two-time Ohio high school state champion in the discus and shot put. He was later elected to the Ohio High School Track and Field Hall of Fame.

After high school, he then attended Stanford University on a football scholarship. At Stanford, Veris achieved second-team All-America and first-team All-Pac 10 Conference recognition as a defensive end. He was subsequently elected to the Stanford University Department of Athletics Hall of Fame.

He was drafted in the second round by the New England Patriots and was named to the NFL All-Rookie team in 1985. He also played in Super Bowl XX in 1986. Veris played in the NFL from 1985 to 1992 with the Patriots and from 1992-1993 with the San Francisco 49ers.

Veris has demonstrated a commitment to higher education in advancing his career beyond the playing field. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford and a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston College Law School.

In his professional career, Veris has served as director of the Blue & Gold Fund and as director of major gifts at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. He was also appointed by Mayor Thomas Menino as director of recreation for the City of Boston and was on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Greater Seacoast chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Veris served as director of athletics of Haverhill High School in Massachusetts before returning to the region approximately one year ago. He has since been involved in community activities, including helping to spearhead renovations to Chillicothe High School’s Herrnstein Field.

“Through his accomplishments, both in the sports arena and beyond, Garin Veris exemplifies many of the qualities that distinguish the Chillicothe Campus,” OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff said. “This is particularly evident in his utilizing higher education as a gateway to opportunity, then using his abilities and insights to ‘pay forward’ and help others. Throughout his athletic career and his academic pursuits, Garin never forgot his hometown roots. He understands the values that make this a special region, and I look forward to his sharing those insights with OU-C’s graduating students as they prepare to go forward in their careers.”

Formal commencement activities are held on the Athens campus.

Anti-bullying event welcomes faculty and guest to share insights at panel discussion

The OU-C Stray Cats Club and the OU-C Health & Wellness Committee has 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.

The panel will consist of OU-C professors Jamie Harmount and Ronald Vance. The University of Toledo’s Dr. Lisa Kovach 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. She has shared her knowledge at the international, national, and local levels. Kovach is currently working on a research study that examines the psychological ease with which cyberbullying takes place.

“Bullying affects everyone in the community. There are reasons why people bully, why people allow themselves to be bullied, and why many people don't try to stop bullying when they see it happening. The speakers and panel discussion will look at some of the causes of bullying and possible solutions,” said Harmount, a member of the panel and a faculty member in education at OU-C. “It is important for people in our community to talk about bullying because bullying kills.”

The panel discussion is open to students and the community. With the recent emphasis on the impact of bullying on students, including online bullying, this conversation is particularly topical.

“We want these salons to be discussions. The members of our community have opinions, and they want other people to hear them. We have found that panels, as opposed to a single speaker, promote discussion. We do not want to promote misinformation, so we try to have panelists that are acknowledged experts on the topic,” said OU-C Head Librarian Allan Pollchik. “Dr. Kovach and our faculty have the correct credentials to create interesting discussions.”

Hilltopper softball team wins first-ever ORCC crown

OU-C’s softball team won its first-ever Ohio Regional Campus Conference title by winning four straight games in the double-elimination tournament in Lancaster on May 6-7.

After dropping its first game to Miami-Hamilton, 4-3, on Friday, the Hiltoppers blanked OU-Lancaster, 35-0, that afternoon.

OU-C opened play Saturday with an 11-2 win over OSU-Newark, then beat Miami-Hamilton, 16-0, and 8-0 in the championship games.

“The tournament was kind of a reflection of this year’s team as a whole,” OU-C softball coach George Beck said. “They got down early, but they picked themselves up. WE tell the players all the time that we don’t have problems; we have challenges … Our players have other things going on in thieve lives, and I’m proud to see the way they can juggle everything and still have this kind of success. That’s what’s rewarding to see … We want to be a draw for the school and the community. The players are still learning the lessons you learn from playing sports, such as relying on other people and having people relying on you.”

OU-C students to provide stress-reduction tips as part of capstone experience

Students in the Technical and Applied Studies program will host an event to address stress reduction from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 25 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. The event, which is a class capstone project, is free and open to the public. It is particularly geared toward students and the stress they may be facing with courses and other responsibilities.

This offers an opportunity to drop by the Learning Commons, have a few laughs and obtain tips regarding time management, stress reduction, nutrition, and more.

Special guests include:

• Meg Scott, who will speak to us regarding laughter yoga and then conduct a laughter yoga session at 3 p.m. She has been featured in the Columbus Dispatch.

• Larry Pahl, a licensed massage therapist, who will conduct a question-and-answer session regarding stress and nutrition.

• Petland of Chillicothe employees will bring pets to help reduce stress.

Snacks and drinks will be provided.



Class members coordinating the event include Kirk Stephens, Shawna Spindler, Michelle Gilmore, Ben Rittinger and Winda Joseph.

OU-C golfers prepare for upcoming ORCC match

The OU-C golf team will open play in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference meet Friday and Saturday on OSU-Lima’s home courses. OU-C placed fourth in the ORCC regular season.

Brayden Stocklin made second team all-ORCC with a 78.857 average. Clint Brown averaged 79.857 and barely missed making the honor squad.

“We are optimistic going into the state tournament,” OU-C golf coach Larry Thompson said. “It only takes two good rounds. In 2004, we were in a similar position and won the tournament.”

Upcoming Campus Events

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

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

Monday, May 9, 2011

Anti-bullying event welcomes faculty and guest to share insights at panel discussion

The OU-C Stray Cats Club and the OU-C Health & Wellness Committee has 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.

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. She has shared her knowledge at the international, national, and local levels. Kovach is currently working on a research study that examines the psychological ease with which cyberbullying takes place.

“Bullying affects everyone in the community. There are reasons why people bully, why people allow themselves to be bullied, and why many people don't try to stop bullying when they see it happening. The speakers and panel discussion will look at some of the causes of bullying and possible solutions,” said Harmount, a member of the panel and a faculty member in education at OU-C. “It is important for people in our community to talk about bullying because bullying kills.”

The panel discussion is open to students and the community. With the recent emphasis on the impact of bullying on students, including online bullying, this conversation is particularly topical.

“We want these salons to be discussions. The members of our community have opinions, and they want other people to hear them. We have found that panels, as opposed to a single speaker, promote discussion. We do not want to promote misinformation, so we try to have panelists that are acknowledged experts on the topic,” said OU-C Head Librarian Allan Pollchik. “Dr. Kovach and our faculty have the correct credentials to create interesting discussions.”

Hitting their stride to support campus event



A 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) Run/Walk for Diversity and Against Bullying was held at Ohio University-Chillicothe on May 7. Proceeds from the event support an anti-bullying panel on campus May 12.

More than 60 individuals took part. The race was sponsored by the OU-C Stray Cats Club, Quinn Library and the OU-C Health & Wellness Committee.

Learning from the experts

Internationally-acclaimed theatrical vocalists John and Nancy Shuffle presented a vocal workshop for Chillicothe Campus students prior to their performance of “An Evening with the Shuffles” on May 6 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

The event offered an opportunity for OU-C students to learn from professionals in the field, as the Shuffles shared the insights they have gained from their stage careers.

John, a baritone, and Nancy, a soprano, have combined for more than 40 years of musical performance experience.

Theater characters add spice to dinner event

Actors dressed as characters from OU-C theater productions over the years were the featured guests at a recent dinner-and-theater event on campus, prior to “An Evening with the Shuffles” performance in the Bennett Hall auditorium.
Proceeds from the event benefitted the Alan Gough Art Scholarship fund for OU-C students, and those in attendance had the opportunity to view the local artist’s exhibition in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery.

The OU-C theater program has produced more than 50 performances over the years. Since presenting its first performance in March 1997, OU-C’s theater program has become a staple of campus life and has continued to support the cultural life of the campus and community as well as the vitality of life on campus.

Further, theater offers an opportunity for many students to discover and develop their creative abilities. Their time on stage makes them better students and better professionals after graduation.