Friday, May 20, 2011

Goodwill donation drive scheduled on campus

A Goodwill donation drive will be held on May 25 and May 28 with drop points in the Ohio University-Chillicothe parking lot in front of Bennett Hall. Individuals are encouraged to donate gently-used clothing and household items. The donation drive helps the community by offering training for individuals with disabilities and also lessens the strain on landfills.

The donation drive is sponsored by OU-C Student Senate and OU-C student organizations.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

OU-C student hopes to “deliver hope” to those within and outside of local community

Drew (Andrew) Willison is a husband, a father, and a man with a mission. Several years ago, Willison, a nursing student at OU-C, and his wife, Jaime, started Delivering Hope Inc., a non-profit organization that focuses on homeless outreach in the Chillicothe area. Delivering Hope Inc. seeks to provide ways for people to make a difference in the lives of those who need hope.

It wasn’t until last February, when Willison visited Ethiopia for the first time, that he realized he needed to deliver hope in a whole new way, to a culture and community different than his own.

“They were living in the city dump,” said Willison, speaking about the Korah Dump community inside the Ethiopian capital. “There were children and families, about 75,000 people total, living where the city’s trash was disposed of every day.”

Willison first encountered the Korah Dump community while he was staying in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, during a trip to pick up his son, Mamo, who he was adopting from Ethiopia. During his visit, Willison was inspired by many of the people and families that he encountered in the village of Korah, and felt an overwhelming need to share his experience with others.

“Ethiopia is rich with culture,” said Willison. “The people are so vibrant and alive — they have a different way of connecting with each other.”

Ten days after arriving, Willison left Ethiopia with his newly adopted son, Mamo. As he left the country, he knew that his first visit wasn’t going to be his last. Soon after returning to the states, Willison began preparing for his second trip to Africa. This time, Drew’s wife Jaime took his place, and returned to Ethiopia in August of 2010 on behalf of Delivering Hope Inc. During this trip, Jaime focused on making contacts with local organizations and setting up small programs in some of the villages.

When planning his next trip, Willison began to see a need for a bigger call to action. He had a burning desire to share with others the life-changing interactions he had with people inside the Korah community during his previous visit to Ethiopia. From this, Willison developed the idea of filming a documentary to show the day-to-day life of those living in the Korah village.

“I want my documentary to be a story of the resiliency of the human condition,” said Willison. “The people there are so happy to be alive and happy to be together; they realize that things could be worse.”

Willison plans to shoot a “guerilla-style” documentary, and he plans to be as invisible as possible while shooting the film. He hopes that by sharing the stories of the people living in the Korah community, it will inspire people to take action both inside and outside their own communities. “It is a story that has been told over and over again, yet there are still needs that need to be met. I try to live my life with the mindset that if basic human needs are met, then everything else is extra,” said Willison.

Willison is returning to Ethiopia on May 25 and staying until June 4 to shoot his documentary. He received a $500 grant from the Grey House Production Company to help cover his equipment and software costs. He will be shooting the documentary with a Canon EOS and a HD Sony Handycam. Willison’s wife Jaime and his two sons, Mamo and Cole, will be accompanying him on his trip.

Group hosts jewelry event to support OU-C students

The Women in Philanthropy OU-C Giving Circle is hosting a Silpada Designs Jewelry collection show from 10 a.m. to noon on May 21 at the home of Joyce Atwood, 10 Overlook Drive in Chillicothe.

A portion of proceeds from the event will support the OU-C Giving Circle. The giving circle was formed to promote the arts, encourage philanthropic education, and provide career mentoring and other activities that support the OU-C educational experience.

Information on the OU-C Giving Circle is available online at

Upcoming Campus Events

• Nursing pinning ceremony at 6 p.m. on June 9 in Shoemaker Center

• Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on June 10 in Shoemaker Center

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

20th Annual Student Art Show features more than 50 entries

The 20th Annual OU-C Student Arts show is currently on display in the Bennett Hall Patricia Scott Art Gallery through June 3. This year’s show features 56 artworks by 23 students.

“This annual exhibition was established to recognize the vast array of creative pursuits in visual arts being explored by Ohio University-Chillicothe students,” OU-C Professor of Art Margaret McAdams said in her welcome statement. “Nineteen students in the annual show have taken at least one studio art course at OU-C, and most are not majoring in art … The study of visual art … encourages the creative exploration of ideas and materials.”

Darren Baker, Associate Artistic Director at the Southern Ohio Museum and an established artist, selected the Best in Show and other awards in this year’s show. Award-winners include:

• Best in Show: Sarah Strausbugh, In Flight

• First Place: Kimberly Roush, Moving Ahead

• Second Place: Winda Joseph, Al

• Third Place: Karalea Lane, Untitled

• Honorable Mentions. Crystal Detty, Pieces; Sarah Strasbaugh, Untitled; Kristen Hurless, Angels Among Us

Discussion to address smart financial tips

“Personal Finance 101,” a workshop to address how individuals can save smartly for the future and obtain financial freedom, will be held at noon on May 26 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Curt Scott, MBA, a financial advisor with New England Financial, will conduct the session.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the OU-C Health & Wellness Committee, which encourages financial health as well as physical fitness.

Illegal parking carries hefty price tag

The rate charged by the towing company under contract to the campus has increased from $50 to $85 per car that is towed. OU-C will look for a less-expensive option in the future. In the meantime, and always, it is advised to not park illegally in campus parking lots. Those who do not follow traffic regulations are subject to a possible tow and paying the $85 fee. Also, illegal parking presents possible driving hazards for others, including emergency vehicles.

Monday, May 16, 2011

OU-C women’s tennis team wins ORCC tourney for second straight year

OU-C’s women’s tennis team won the recent Ohio Regional Campus Conference tournament for the second straight year. The Hilltoppers’ No. 1 singles player, Tiffany Bowlby, placed second and No. 2 singles player Hannah Reed finished first. The No. 1 doubles team of Ashley Montgomery and Dakoda Collins placed third and the No. 2 doubles team of Cara Thaxton and Taylor Corcoran placed second.

The men’s team placed fourth. No. 1 singles player Adam Frump placed fourth, and the doubles team of David Collins and Jason Henry also placed fourth.

“I’m happy we can celebrate another successful tennis season,” coach Ellen Clark said. “I’m proud of the ladies for finishing first place in our conference. It has been my pleasure to mentor these athletes and to see the tennis program at OU-C grow. We had many beginners to the program this year. I’m hoping for many of these student athletes to be back next year as they see the benefits of playing a collegiate sport.”