Thursday, July 28, 2011

Jennifer Mikus talks about building a career and balancing time with family

Jennifer Mikus, owner of Mind and Matter Organizing, talked about how she started her own business so that she could pursue a career while spending time with her children, during a recent talk at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Her discussion was part of the “Secrets to Success in Small Business” speaker series this summer.

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.

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 of 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

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Campus employment opportunities available for students

Several fall quarter student employment positions on the Chillicothe Campus have recently been posted on the Ohio University job search Web site, To find and apply for jobs at OU-C, clock on ‘Search positions’ in the upper left-hand corner. Under search criteria, include ‘Chillicothe’ as the campus and ‘Student hourly’ in Job category.

Beginning in the spring, the Chillicothe Campus has taken measures to make the student-employee experience more meaningful for students so that it better supports the campus’ career-preparation emphasis, as well as more efficient. Recently-enacted initiatives include the development of a hiring pool, a process for formal evaluations and the development of job descriptions for all student work positions.

“We want to make sure that student-employees have a campus work experience that prepares them for their future careers,” Manager of Accounting and Human Resources Jonna Depugh said. “For example, the hiring process and evaluations mirror what students will experience in their careers. Also, the evaluations offer important feedback so students can improve and be better prepared for their professional pursuits.”

The initiatives also help the campus make the best use of the important resources that student-employees provide by matching students with positions that best fit their skills and career aspirations.

“Mentoring student employees is one illustration of how we can work together as a college campus to support our students,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “A distinguishing feature of the Chillicothe Campus should be our desire to offer our students an exceptional educational experience that extends beyond the classroom and to take the success of our students seriously.”

The Chillicothe Campus employs approximately 140 students, including about 60 whose positions are funded through the Federal Work Study program as part of their financial aid package, and the rest are campus-funded positions.

Part-time employment opportunities on campus offer OU-C students an opportunity to gain valuable professional experience within the framework of a schedule that balances their academic demands. Student employees, in turn, provide the campus with talented, skilled and enthusiastic employees in several key areas.

Students are often on the front line of customer relations, and having a current student represent the campus offers an opportunity for the students to gain valuable customer-relations skills, which are important in any profession. Also, students have an insider’s perspective of OU-C and can provide valuable information to campus visitors.