Friday, July 15, 2011

OU-C Dean Tuck interacts with campus, community members at reception

OU-C recently hosted a reception for members of the campus and local community so they would have an opportunity to meet Martin Tuck, who began his duties as dean of the Chillicothe Campus in late spring.

“I have been on the job for a total of 46 days and, already, we have worked together to accomplish much,” Dean Tuck said. “As an educator I firmly believe that students are our most important constituents, and we must never lose sight that we are primarily here to serve our students.”

“In making an early assessment, it is apparent that this is an incredibly strong campus with a clear mission of serving our students and its region. It is important that we continue to get everyone to work together and that we remain dedicated to our mission,” Tuck said. “Ohio University’s regional campuses, and OU-C in particular, are connected to our communities. To accomplish our mission, we must remain connected to the region and the expectations of area residents in terms of offering the type of educational experience that they seek.”

The Chillicothe Campus dean noted that, along with opportunities, there are looming challenges, such as the declining number of college-age students and reduced staffing in some areas because of individuals taking advantage of university retirement packages.

“However, I remain convinced that we can meet any challenges before us by making smart, informed decisions and remaining focused on our mission,” he said.

John Robertson shares insights as part of OU-C speaker series

John Robertson, CEO of Infosight Corp., discussed the secrets to success that he has learned throughout his career during a recent talk at Ohio University-Chillicothe. In his talk, “Getting There,” Robertson emphasized the value of hard work as well as perseverance, synergy and luck.

The talk was attended by OU-C students, community members and civic leaders.

Robertson grew up in suburban Chicago. After earning his doctoral degree, Robertson joined the research department at Mead and later formed Telesis in 1970.

Robertson’s talk is part of the business forum series at OU-C. The series highlights the expertise of local individuals. Previous speakers for the business forum included Bob Green, Chris Shoemaker and Pat McAllister.

Upcoming speakers include:

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

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

The series is sponsored by OU-C’s Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more information, contact OU-C Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Mike Green at (740) 774-7230 or greenm3@ohio.edu.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Walkway project builds connections on campus

A project is currently underway to construct walkways that will better connect the campus. The walkways will be built from Bennett Hall to Shoemaker Center, and from Shoemaker Center to the Technical Sciences Building, as well as tying in the Bennett Hall parking lot to the Shoemaker Center. Further, a shelter will be constructed between Bennett Hall and Shoemaker Center so that individuals can relax and enjoy the campus setting.


The project is scheduled to be complete by the beginning of fall quarter.

The tree-lined walkways will include high-efficiency LEC lantern-type illumination.

“This project continues OU-C’s emphasis on fostering a sense of community throughout campus and adds to the beautiful campus setting we have,” Director of Facilities Management Dave Scott said.

Associate Dean Jim McKean shares thoughts on ‘Sounding Board’ radio program

OU-C Associate Dean Jim McKean recently shared his thoughts on a recent “Sounding Board” public affairs program on WBEX Radio in Chillicothe. As a former student, McKean has a unique perspective on the Chillicothe Campus educational experience.

He discusses short-term initiatives and a long-term vision for the campus in how it can continue to innovatively meet its mission of serving it students and serving its region.

A podcast of the interview is available online at http://www.wbex.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=WBEX_SoundingBoard

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

John Robertson to speak at business forum

John Robertson, CEO of Infosight Corp., will speak at noon on July 14 in Bennett Hall room 134 as part of Ohio University-Chillicothe’s “Secrets to Success in Small Business” forum series this summer. The talk, which includes a question-and-answer period, is free and open to the public.

The series allows local business leaders to share their insights and experience.

Previous speakers for the business forum include Bob Green, Chris Shoemaker and Pat McAllister.

Upcoming speakers include:

• Jennifer Mikus, Owner, Mind and Matter Organizing, Bennett Hall room 131, July 27
• Carvel Simmons, President, Trio Trucking, Bennett Hall room 131, Aug. 10

The series is sponsored by OU-C’s Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more information, contact OU-C Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Mike Green at (740) 774-7230 or greenm3@ohio.edu.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Public invited to reception to meet OU-C Dean Martin Tuck

Members of the campus and area community are invited to meet new Ohio University-Chillicothe Dean Martin Tuck at a reception from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 15 in the Patricia Scott Memorial Gallery in OU-C’s Bennett Hall.

The event will offer an opportunity to meet the new dean as he shares his vision for the campus and its role in the region. Since beginning his tenure as the campus leader in late May, Dean Tuck has emphasized the importance of a student-focused approach and the institution staying connected with the region.

Tuck has a strong background as an educator and administrator. Since 2004, he has served as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs for Ohio University.

Tuck has been a faculty member and academic administrator at the university for 25 years. He is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry on the Athens campus and was graduate chair of the Molecular and Cellular Biology program for eight years. He also represented the College of Arts and Sciences in Faculty Senate.

Tuck received a doctorate at the University of Tennessee in 1982. He later completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Fels Research Institute of the Temple University School of Medicine. He joined Ohio University in 1986 as an assistant professor of chemistry before being promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 1995.