Wednesday, June 15, 2011

OU-C theater program to present The Zoo Story

Actors Tyler Stewart (left), as Jerry, and Dan Jalbuena, as Peter, rehearse a scene from The Zoo Story. The OU-C theater program will present The Zoo Story at 8 p.m. on June 24 and June 25 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present The Zoo Story at 8 p.m. on June 24 and June 25 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, free for OU-C students. Tickets are available at the Bennett Hall Information Desk during business hours and at the OU-C Box Office on the evenings of performances. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.

The one-act play was penned by American playwright Edward Albee in 1958. It involves two characters, Peter, a middle-class executive and family man, and Jerry, who is a troubled and disheartened individual. Peter is resting on a bench in Central Park when Jerry, desperate for conversation, engages him in a discourse that involves Jerry sharing much of his life’s story.

The Zoo Story blends ironic humor and drama, with a shockingly surprising ending.

The Zoo Story is a major work of 20th century American theater. It defined Albee’s edgy style and sharp dialogue, and has that quality of odd suspense for which his plays are known,” said Ken Breidenbaugh, OU-C theater director. “This one-act play, about a random encounter between two New Yorkers, is a great acting vehicle. Actors Tyler Stewart and Dan Jalbuena are perfect for the roles, and a joy to direct. It's fun, too, to design and construct a bit of Central Park on the Bennett Hall stage,” Breidenbaugh said.

Forum series focuses on business success tips from area individuals

Ohio University-Chillicothe will host a business forum series this summer. “Secrets to Success in Small Business” will involve four hour-long lunchtime discussions featuring area individuals sharing their insights and perspectives.

The series includes:

• Ed Kunzelman, Chairman of Petland, Bennett Hall room 131, June 22

• John Robertson, CEO, Infosight Corp., Bennett Hall room 134, July 14

• Jennifer Mikus, Owner, Mind and Matter Organizing, Bennett Hall room 131, July 27

• Carvel Simmons, President, Trio Trucking, Bennett Hall room 131, Aug. 10

Each forum will begin at noon and will include a question-and-answer period. The series is sponsored by OU-C’s Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

The forums are free and open to the public. For more information, contact OU-C Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Mike Green at (740) 774-7230 or

“These forums highlight the wealth of business knowledge and expertise we have in our own region. This allows an opportunity to highlight local business success stories and to hear from those who have achieved notable success,” Green said. “The purpose of these forums is to create awareness regarding the opportunities and resources available to create small-business success or in any organization.”

“The forums are designed to be beneficial to OU-C students and individuals from the community. In this way, we are supporting the campus’ mission of serving our students and serving our region in a very practical way. We are constantly looking to partner with area individuals and organizations to determine how OU-C can best serve as an economic driver for the region,” Green said.

‘Achieving College Success’ partnership designed to multiply math success

Ohio University-Chillicothe is offering opportunities this summer to help prepare students to better succeed in college math courses. The “Achieving College Success Program” is being offered to incoming OU-C students whose COMPASS scores placed them in basic math classes. The COMPASS test is used to test students’ proficiencies in math, writing and reading so that students are placed in the proper level classes.

The program is a partnership between OU-C, McGraw Hill Publishing Company and the Ohio Board of Regents.

There are several options for students to best fit their schedules and interests:

• Week-long “boot camps” are offered June 13-17 and Aug. 15-19. This course is an intense, 12-hour program.

• Self-paced ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) online programs that begin June 20 and lasts six to eight weeks.

• Five-week face-to-face classes that utilizes the ALEKS software. This course offers additional instructor support as well as the online program. These courses will be offered June 20-July 23 and July 25-Aug. 26.

• A five-week program for entering nursing students that is offered both online and in the classroom. The first class began June 20 and the second class begins July 25.

Many college students find math classes particularly challenging, and the Achieving College Success Program supports OU-C’s mission of serving as a gateway to higher education and the opportunities it presents for area residents by providing the support and resources for students to achieve success in college. In this way, mathematics does not become an obstacle to students’ ability to achieve success in their academic and professional careers.

The goal is to see an increase in students’ scores so they can move directly into credit-bearing college math courses.

McGraw-Hill has provided the ALEKS units to the campus at no charge through an arrangement with the Board of Regents. It is part of an effort by the two organizations to study ways to increase the number of students who are ready to enter college and take credit-bearing math courses. OU-C is also partnering with the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center on this project.

ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine what a student knows and does not understand in a course and helps to tailor a pathway for the student to proceed in the course, including periodic assessments to ensure the retaining of knowledge and concepts.

OU-C Student Ambassadors will contact qualifying students about the program. For more information, contact Patty Griffith at (740) 774-7267 or, or Joyce Atwood at (740) 774-7732 or

Danielle Puckett of Circleville plans to play softball at OU-C

Recent Circleville High School graduate Danielle Puckett has announced her intention to attend Ohio University-Chillicothe and play softball beginning in the fall of 2011. Puckett has been a four-year varsity starter for the Circleville High Tigers and is a scholar athlete. This Tiger Pride Award winner was the Tigers’ starting shortstop and was selected first team All-District for 2011.

Puckett hit a solid .343 with a .443 on-base percentage and led her high team in RBI while adding four home runs during her senior season. She also plays summer travel ball for the Vikings Elite which is “one of the things we look for in our softball recruiting” says OU-C head coach George Beck. “Travel ball experience is important to maintaining a quality softball program.”

The Chillicothe campus competes in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference and fields women’s teams in volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis.

Puckett is planning a career in the field of law enforcement. The Ohio University-Chillicothe campus offers an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement Technology.

Hilltop Café has adjusted summer hours

OU-C’s Hilltop Café in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons has adjusted summer hours. From June 20 through Aug. 29, the cafe is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and is closed during breaks from June 13-19 and Aug 29-Sept. 5.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Ceremony honors graduating OU-C students

Ohio University-Chillicothe honored the class of 2011 during the recent Recognition of Graduation ceremony in the Shoemaker Center. Nearly 420 students earned associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio University while attending the Chillicothe Campus during the 2010-11 academic year. Approximately 165 students participated in the graduation event.

Keynote speaker Garin Veris, a Chillicothe native and former professional football player, urged the graduates to defeat their fears with great preparation.

Reflections speaker Chelsea Thornton spoke of the rich diversity that exists on the Chillicothe Campus, particularly in regards to the various backgrounds of members of the student body, which is anything but traditional, as she noted.

Beverly Gray received the Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership Award to recognize her 30-year career as an educator, in which she helped countless area students find their promise. Family members of Police Officer Larry Cox were present to receive the Community Hero Award, which was presented to the former OU-C student posthumously.
In his charge to the graduates, OU-C Dean Martin Tuck urged the students to carry on the spirit of the Chillicothe Campus and to “pay forward. You have earned a good education. Be mindful that you use your skills and insights to help others. Maybe someone you encourage along the way will earn his or her degree from OU-C, and you will be in the audience to support that individual.”

“Wherever your dreams take you, we hope you will stay close in spirit to Ohio University-Chillicothe.”

A nursing pinning ceremony was held on June 9.