Thursday, August 11, 2011

OU-C theater program to present thought-provoking play Copenhagen

The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present Copenhagen at 8 p.m. on Aug. 26 and Aug. 27 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, free for OU-C students. Tickets are available at the OU-C Box Office on the evenings of performances. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.

The play, by Michael Frayn, is based on a 1941 meeting between physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenbergan in Copenhagen. The plot revolves around trying to determine the reason the two physicists actually met in Copenhagen and if they had moral objections to scientists working on nuclear weapons or whether the use of atomic weapons in World War II was inevitable and they were, in fact, actors in a larger play.

Copenhagen debuted in London in 1998 and opened on Broadway in 2000, running for 326 performances.

The OU-C theater program has established a legacy of offering interesting, thought-provoking performances that add to the cultural life on campus and in the community. Participation in the theater program also contributes to the campus’ emphasis on offering its students a well-rounded educational experience in which they can explore areas of interest outside of the classroom.

Ohio University partners with Adena to offer nursing initiative

Ohio University has secured a $750,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a federal government agency, to support the launch of the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing: Accelerated Direct Entry Second Degree Education (BASE) Nursing program.

With the help of the grant, Ohio University and Adena Health System have partnered to offer this innovative program and address the health-care needs of southern Ohio. The program focuses on clinical leadership, evidence-based nursing practice and culturally relevant care utilizing dynamic teaching/learning strategies and simulation.

Students who currently hold at least a bachelor's degree can complete the requirements for the accelerated BSN in five semesters, spanning 20 months. That includes graduate nursing credit hours that may later be applied to a master's degree. Upon completion of the BASE program, graduates are eligible for licensure as a registered nurse and entry into professional nursing practice.

The BASE program is designed to increase the number of registered nurses in Ohio. Currently, a 29 percent nursing shortage is projected by 2020 in the state.

“This program supports OU-C’s mission of serving its students and serving its region,” said Joyce Zurmehly, Associate Professor and principal investigator for the HRSA grant. “It offers an opportunity for students to efficiently build on a previous degree and pursue a dynamic and rewarding career in nursing.”

“Our partnership in this program means more nurses to care for patients most in need,” added Denise Minor, Adena’s Chief Nursing Officer. “Nurses are our first line of health care providers, so strengthening our nursing workforces benefits our region.”

Accelerated classes will be offered in the PACCAR Medical Education Center on the campus of the Adena Medical Center, as well as on the main campus of Ohio University and OU’s Ironton campus. The long-term goal also is to offer classes in Lancaster and Zanesville.

The program is tentatively scheduled to begin fall 2012, with student screening beginning in January 2012. For more information, contact the OU-C Nursing Office at (740) 774-7282.

Carvel Simmons stresses importance of seizing the moment for business success

Carvel Simmons stressed the importance of timing and seizing the initiative during recent talk at OU-C.

“Sometimes opportunity comes in strange ways, and you have to be ready to seize the moment. You need to get through that window of opportunity while it is still open. Timing is everything in a lot of things,” said Simmons, president of Trio Trucking and a member of OU-C’s Regional Coordinating Council.

Simmons emphasized the need for individuals to set goals, and then pursue their objectives.

“You have to take a moment to sit by yourself in a quiet room with a tablet and write down what you want to do in life,” he said. “Entrepreneurs who have done anything have had a strong purpose and vision. If you have a passion, you need to follow it.”

Simmons also talked about the importance of personal qualities as well as business acumen.

“You must have two qualities – patience and perseverance – to do any job well. Also, you need to have credibility. Your reputation in the industry is what keeps you in business,” he said.

Simmons also discussed the ‘people’ factor in business.

“Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you are. Swallow your pride. Having these types of individuals makes you smarter. You cannot be everything to everyone,” he said. “I do not think that any business will survive without having the right people involved.”

As Simmons noted, change is the only constant in business.

“Do not be afraid to make change to make the company better. Change is difficult but inevitable. You need to be adaptable,” he said.

Simmons’ talk was the finale in OU-C’s “Secrets to Success in Small Business” series, which allowed area business professionals to share their insights. Previous speakers for the series 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.

Cari Steinbrook looks to continue Hilltop Café’s student-centered approach

Cari Steinbrook has been named manager of the Hilltop Café. She replaces Ellen Clark, who is pursuing a career in the field of engineering.

“I am looking to continue and further strengthen the café’s student-focused approach,” Steinbrook said. “In speaking with people, it is apparent that students spend a great deal of time in the Learning Commons, and we want to tailor our offerings to their tastes and preferences. For example, I am looking to offer more variety with the menu and healthier options.”

Steinbrook, owner and operator of Polished Comfort, graduated from Chillicothe High School and Ohio University, with a degree in communications. She attended OU-C for a year while earning her bachelor’s degree.

The Hilltop Café, located in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons, has increasingly become a campus resource as the Commons continues to serve as a hub of campus life and a gathering place for students to study and socialize in between classes. To better meet the busy schedule of students, consideration is being given to offering more prepared items for customers in a hurry.

“Cari has her own catering business and has done work for our campus, so we are aware of the quality of her work,” Director of Information and Technology Patty Griffith said. “She brings a lot of energy and new ideas as we strive to grow and support our campus community.”

Tryouts scheduled for OU-C softball team

Tryouts will be held for students interested in participating on the Ohio University-Chillicothe softball team at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 and 6 p.m. Sept. 2 at the VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe. To pre-register, players should provide their full name, phone number, email address and student Personal Identification Number (PIN) to Head Coach George Beck at or by phone at (740) 649-8804.

The tryouts are open to all individual who will be students who are enrolled at OU-C during the 2011-12 academic year. Players should plan to arrive at the stadium 30 minutes prior to the schedule start time.