Thursday, July 7, 2011

Emergency Services Academy, Fire Training Academy relocating from OU-C to Pickaway-Ross CTC

Initiative underscores importance of collaboration;
Continues to meet needs of regional residents

Ohio University-Chillicothe is transferring the resources of selected professional certificate programs to Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center, effective July 1.

Programs being transferred include the Southern Ohio Emergency Services Academy and Southern Ohio Fire Training Academy. Those programs will now fall under existing programs offered by Pickaway-Ross’s Adult Education division.

The move is being made to effectively meet the needs of regional students.

“This action illustrates the power of collaboration and aligns with OU-C’s mission of serving its students and serving its region. Pickaway-Ross has the resources to offer these programs, and by collaborating with our colleagues at Pickaway-Ross, area residents have access to high-quality programs in a way that best utilizes available resources,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “Pickaway-Ross shares our vision of offering programs that prepare students for emerging career fields. Plus, these technical/career programs better fit the educational mission of Pickaway-Ross, which is a major reason why they are being transferred to the career center.”

“Pickaway-Ross is pleased to offer these valuable public safety services for our community as we have for more than 35 years,” said PRCTC Superintendent Dennis Franks. “We pride ourselves on being responsive to local community needs and look forward to a continuous collaboration with OU-C, as we investigate innovative ways to give our community the best value for its students and businesses.”

Included in the transfer will be the certificates for the Emergency Services Academy and Fire Training Academy programs, which allow graduates of those programs to achieve the appropriate professional accreditation.

Students currently enrolled in classes at OU-C can seamlessly transfer to Pickaway-Ross at no additional cost beginning fall quarter.

The programs have been offered in the Technical Studies Building and surrounding grounds on the OU-C campus. Future plans for that space will be used to support the Chillicothe Campus’ academic offerings and workforce development activities.

Kim McKimmy-Kelly returns to Dean’s Office role; Mike Green supervising Health & Wellness Center

Kim McKimmy-Kelly has been named administrative coordinator in the Dean’s Office at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective July 1. She will be returning to a role she held for the campus for several years before assuming the duties of administrative coordinator in the Health & Wellness Center since January.

“Kim brings a wealth of administrative expertise and campus knowledge. Her understanding of campus operations is especially beneficial in providing continuity,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “I appreciate the strides she has made with the Health & Wellness Center. At this time, her talents can best be utilized in this role, which impacts many facets of campus.”

Mary Boyer has served in this position on a temporary basis.

“I appreciate Mary’s good work and contributions to campus. She has been a real asset during this transitional time,” Tuck said.

McKimmy-Kelly has also been named athletics director, effective July 1. She has been transitioning into this position since March and replaces Jason Smith, who recently resigned as men’s basketball coach and athletics director to return to coaching high-school basketball. As athletics director, Kelly is responsible for game-day operations, scheduling of games and other duties while providing the support and resources for a successful athletics program.

She joined OU-C in October 1989 as a switchboard employee and has also worked in Student Services, with the Associate Dean and Dean for Development, and in the Dean’s Office from 2004 to 2010.

Mike Green, director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, will assume the additional duties of supervising the Health & Wellness Center.

“We look to reinforce the Health & Wellness’ Center role in the total student experience on campus,” Tuck said. “On the Chillicothe Campus, we take pride in offering an educational experience that goes beyond the classroom, and this center is a big part of that effort. Mike has the insights and skills to help align the center’s programming with the campus’ priorities.”

Rick Uhrig named OU-C men’s basketball coach

Rick Uhrig has been named men’s basketball coach at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective July 1.

He was previously boys’ basketball coach at Huntington High School for 10 years compiling a record of 137 wins and 80 losses. His teams won one Scioto Valley Conference championship, three sectional titles and were district runners-up twice.

Uhrig was twice SVC coach of the year (1998-99 and 2007-08) and twice district coach of the year (1997-98 and 2007-08). He was the school’s athletics director for 10 years and was the recipient of the SEOIAA (Southeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association) Award of Merit in 2009.

Uhrig earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rio Grande and a master’s degree from Marygrove College.

“At OU-C, athletics can play an important role in the student-athletes’ overall college experience, and I look forward to the new challenge at OU-C and molding a fine group of returning players, well as new players, into a team that can contend for the Ohio Regional Campus Conference championship on a regular basis,” Uhrig said.

He replaces Jason Smith.

The Chillicothe Campus has a robust athletics program and fields women’s teams in volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis; and men’s teams in basketball, golf, baseball and tennis. The Hilltoppers compete against similar campuses in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference.

Environmental Club members visit the Wilds conservation center

Members of the OU-C Environmental Club recently took a trip to the Wilds, a wildlife conservation center that covers nearly 10,000 acres in Cumberland, Ohio.

Club members experienced an open air safari tour around the beautiful park grounds. Animals such as rhinos, giraffes and ostriches were seen from the safari bus. The tour had two stops, one at a lakeside rest area (where trumpeter swans and catfish waited to be fed) and another at the Mid-Sized Carnivore Conservation Center. At the Carnivore Center, students saw cheetahs (including some born last November), the endangered Dhole and African Wild Dogs.

After the safari, club members enjoyed a quick lunch at the Johnson Center, located in the park.

The OU-C Environmental Club will meet again this summer but has yet to set a club meeting date. If you are interested in joining the club, or would like to be included in the club’s mailing list, please send an email to