Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rotary Club of Chillicothe, Jimmie & Barbara Williams endow scholarship funds for OU-C students

A local organization and area couple are helping area students realize their college dreams through the endowment of scholarships at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

The Rotary Club of Chillicothe has established the Chillicothe Rotary and Robert Schaefer Scholarship Endowment, and revenue from the endowment fund will provide scholarships to continuing, full-time OU-C students. Scholarship recipients must be Ross County residents, and will be chosen primarily on the basis of academic performance and achievements as well as financial need. The Rotary has supported scholarships for several years for Chillicothe Campus students.

Robert Schaefer is a former publisher of the Chillicothe Gazette. He established a scholarship fund in 1987 for Chillicothe High School students. He and his wife, Genevieve, were strong civic supporters who provided funds for many organizations and projects in Ross County. Both Robert and Genevieve Schaefer are deceased.

Also, Jimmie L. and Barbara J. Williams of Vinton County have established an endowment to support the Williams Nursing Scholarship, which will be awarded to a nursing student from a single-parent household who has met the requirements for the last year of study in the Associate Degree Nursing program. The Williamses have funded scholarships to nursing students for the past several years, and by endowing a scholarship, they are assured of creating a legacy that will impact students, and the region, for the long term.

“We are grateful to the local Rotary Club, as well as Jimmie and Barbara Williams, for funding these scholarship endowments,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “Through their generosity, students will have the opportunity to attend college on the Chillicothe Campus and pursue their dreams and ambitions. In this way, they are making a positive difference for years to come.”
Endowments produce interest income, which funds the scholarships and ensures the gifts have long-lasting benefits.

“By endowing scholarships, donors can make a lasting impression by supporting our students and supporting our region, which is the mission of Ohio University,” Resource Development Coordinator Joyce Atwood said. “Ohio University-Chillicothe has endowments that support scholarships each year, and many students from Ross and surrounding counties benefit from these endowments. Donors can determine the program and selection criteria for the awarding of the scholarships.”

Horse show commemorates Charles Black 96th birthday

A birthday celebration will be held for Charles Black during a horse show at the Ohio University-Chillicothe Charles & Daisy Black Equestrian Farm from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., on July 30, with a special recognition at 1:20 p.m. The public is invited to attend the horse show and birthday celebration at the equestrian center, located at 32505 U.S. Route 50, just west of Londonderry.

The open horse show will begin at 10 a.m. The show includes 35 categories, and stalls are available for $20. Entry fee is $4, and all proceeds benefit the equestrian center. Admission is free. For information, contact the equestrian center, (740) 253-3848.

Black will mark his 96th birthday on Aug. 1. He has been a fixture in Ross County for a number of years, breeding and training saddle bred horses for riders and horse shows. His love of horses is legendary, as is the genuine concern that he and his late wife Daisy shared for residents of the region, especially children with special needs. They were instrumental in giving horse shows that financed the beginning of the Pioneer School here in Chillicothe.

After moving to Chillicothe in 1934, the Blacks purchased a 268-acre horse farm outside of town in 1950 and built the farm’s 20-stall horse barn in 1958.

In 2002, Black donated the horse farm and its riding facilities to Ohio University-Chillicothe. The horse farm continues the Blacks’ heritage of contributing to the community. The facility includes programming for children with disabilities, a passion that Charles and Daisy Black shared.

The farm hosts several horse shows each year, including several events for children with special needs.

Among other possible future uses for the horse farm are equine studies, outdoor biology and horticulture laboratories, outdoor education courses and recreational purposes.

“The Chillicothe Campus is grateful for this gift, which provides a valuable resource for OU-C students, faculty and others in the Ross County area. In so many ways, the farm continues the commitment of Daisy and Charles Black to helping others and making a positive impact on the region,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said.

Black has spent his entire life around horses and has exhibited a deft touch in dealing with horses and in contributing to the Chillicothe and Ross County area. Black worked for 60 years as a horse trainer, traveling extensively with Daisy through the tri-state area to attend nearly 50 horse shows and sales a year during his career.

Born in Myra, W.Va., Black received his first horse at the age of 6 and followed in the footsteps of his father, R.L. Black, who taught riding classes at Marshall University.

He later worked with horses at the Kellogg Arabian Horse Farm and Warner Bros. Studios and as a soldier in the Remount Service of the Army, training mules for pack trains going to India. He served in the Army for four years, including a stint with the First Cavalry Quarter Master Remount in Fort Bliss, Texas. Charles was with General Patton during maneuvers in Louisiana.

Jennifer Mikus to speak at business forum

Jennifer Mikus, owner of Mind and Matter Organizing, will speak at noon on July 27 in Bennett Hall room 131 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.

Mikus earned a bachelor’s degree in paper science and engineering from Miami University and worked for several years in the paper industry before staying home to raise her children. Looking for a professional outlet that offered a flexible schedule, she began to plan her organizing business in 2005 and took on her first client in 2007. Currently, she is the Ohio Chapter vice president of the National Association of Professional Organizers. She resides in Chillicothe with her husband, Lance, and their two children.

The speaker series allows local business leaders to share their insights and experience. Previous speakers for the business forum include Bob Green, Chris Shoemaker, Pat McAllister and John Robertson. The final speaker in the series will be Carvel Simmons, President, Trio Trucking, who will speak at noon on Aug. 10 in Bennett Hall room 131.

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

“We have several successful business leaders in this region who have valuable information to share from their experiences, and this speaker series allows us to tap into these resources,” Green said. “The series has been very well-received, and I appreciate these individuals taking time out of their busy schedules to participate in this series, which emphasizes OU-C’s connection to the region it serves.”

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

OU-C volleyball team to host 4 on 4 tourney

The Ohio University-Chillicothe women’s volleyball team will host a 4 on 4 Twilight Tourney for high school students and older at 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 in the OU-C Shoemaker Center. Cost is $60 per team, and registration will begin at 6 p.m. the evening of the event.

Each team must have at least one female player on the court at all times. Winners will receive t-shirts. For more information contact Tara at (740) 253-5167 or