Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Carvel Simmons to speak on ‘Secrets to Success in Small Business’

Area business owner Carvel Simmons will share some of the secrets to his success during a talk at noon on Aug. 10 in Bennett Hall 131 at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Simmons’ talk is the final installment in the “Secrets to Success in Small Business” series at OU-C this summer.

Simmons, president of Trio Trucking and a member of OU-C’s Regional Coordinating Council, has made his mark as a business leader and through his involvement in the community. He is a native of Frankfort, Ohio, in Ross County.

“Carvel is a very genuine person who is very committed to the community,” said OU-C Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Mike Green. “He serves on a number of boards and is active in several community organizations. “Carvel is from this region, and he often refers to the lessons he learned while growing up, particularly the teaching of his parents. He exemplifies the values of hard work and taking a strategic business approach."

OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said, “As his participation on the Regional Coordinating Council demonstrates, Carvel is committed to the campus and to the success of our students. I appreciate him taking time to share his insights, and I look forward to his talk.”

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, John Robertson and Jennifer Mikus.

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

New Student Orientation sessions designed to set stage for success

OU-C’s New Student Orientation sessions are designed to position incoming students for successful college careers.

“We want to do all we can to make sure that students get off on the right foot and that the orientation sessions set a positive tone for their academic careers at OU-C,” Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “This type of approach is intended to support our retention efforts by being cognizant that a good beginning can lead to further success.”

Six sessions are being held this summer for students who will begin their college careers during fall quarter. The next session, Aug. 12, is already full, with 100 registered students. The next available session is Aug. 26.

“We limit the sessions to 100 students. With this number, we are able to provide the level of personal service that distinguishes the Chillicothe Campus to the incoming students. This personalized touch is an important part of the orientation sessions,” Fisher explained.

“A real value of the sessions is to have the opportunity to meet with many students one-on-one,” Coordinator of Student Support Martha Tanedo said. “In this way, they can ask the questions they need to pose. We feel that we can address their needs on a more personal level at orientation.”

The newest OU-C students are also introduced to the services that help them succeed.

“Students can learn about the resources that are available to them, such as tutoring and the library,” Tanedo said.

The orientation sessions are streamlined so that all important topics are covered in the most time-effective manner. The sessions begin with check-in at 8:30 a.m. and are finished by noon. Among activities, incoming students meet with academic advisors who help the students establish a class schedule; learn about OU-C’s academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities; establish their campus e-mail accounts; receive a campus ID card; check on their financial aid status and arrange for accommodations if they require disability services.

“After completion of the orientation session, each student is prepared for the first day of class,” Fisher said.

The sessions are of particular importance to students who are uncertain about the academic and/or career path they wish to pursue.

“The incoming students have the opportunity to interact with faculty members who describe their programs. This helps the students get a better idea of what academic major they want to pursue,” Tanedo said.

In all, the focus is on helping the students have successful college careers.

“We have found that students tend to do better, academically, if they attend orientation. We want to provide the insights that are necessary for them to achieve success,” Tanedo said.

Neeley Clary hired as temporary student recruiter

Neeley Clary has been hired in a temporary position as a recruiter in the Student Services Office.

Clary, a former OU-C student, graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies this spring. During her college career, she was a student employee in Student Services.

Much of her focus will be on the recruitment of high school students, including duties such as maintaining a presence at the upcoming Ross County Fair and visiting area high schools, employment centers and businesses. Clary is a graduate of Adena High School.

“With her knowledge of the Chillicothe Campus and the area of Student Services, Neeley has an outstanding background for this position,” Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “Plus, as a recent graduate who attended both OU-C and an area high school, she is able to connect with prospective students and offer insights about campus life that are most relevant to those individuals.”

Clary is helping to fill some of the duties performed by former Manager of Recruitment and Admissions TJ Eveland, who resigned from OU-C in June to accept a position with DeVry University.

Four faculty members announce retirement from OU-C

Four long-time OU-C faculty members have announced their retirements.

“Good teaching is the lifeblood of the Chillicothe Campus, and we greatly appreciate the contributions made by these individuals,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “Although they represent various academic disciplines and brought different approaches to the classroom, a common thread is their passion for students and dedication to their profession. The Chillicothe Campus is fortunate to continue to attract faculty members who take seriously the success of our students.”

Faculty members who are retiring include:

Sandra Christman joined the OU-C faculty as an adjunct member in 1974 and was named an instructor in the fall of 2005. She also taught in the Chillicothe City Schools system for 31 years. Christman earned her bachelor’s degree from Bluffton College, which is now Bluffton University, and her master’s degree from Kent State University.

Kathleen Davies, assistant professor of English, joined the OU-C faculty in 2000. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and both her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Lisa Kauffman joined the OU-C faculty as a nursing instructor in 1994. She earned a Diploma in Nursing from Holzer Hospital School of Nursing in Gallipolis, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ohio University and a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis on nursing education and community nursing from Wright State University.

Jan Schmittauer, associate professor of English, joined the OU-C faculty in 1990. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the Ohio State University, her master’s degree from Hollins College in Virginia and her Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from Ohio State.

Scholarships available for incoming freshmen students at OU-C

The Chillicothe Chapter of the South Eastern Ohio Officials for Athletics (SEOOA) is offering $375 scholarships to two (one female, one male) incoming freshmen at Ohio University- Chillicothe.

Eligible students must be a graduate of Adena, Chillicothe, Huntington, Paint Valley, Piketon, Southeastern, Unioto, Westfall or Zane Trace high school; have maintained a ‘B’ average or better during their senior year of high school, completed a Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) form; and show financial need. Preference will be given to students who participated in high school athletics.

Applications are due to OU-C Athletics Director Kim McKimmy-Kelly by Oct. 31. For more information, contact McKimmy-Kelly at

Steps continue on campus walkway project

Work continues on the project to construct walkways that will better connect the campus. The walkways are being 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.

To best accommodate pedestrians, the walkways follow the footpaths that have been established by pedestrian traffic.

Further, a shelter will be constructed between Bennett Hall and Shoemaker Center so that individuals can relax and enjoy the campus setting. Also, the lighted, landscaped walkways will include high-efficiency LEC lantern-type illumination.

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