Thursday, September 1, 2011

Emergency blood drive scheduled on campus

Chillicothe Campus community members have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and contribute to a good cause. The Red Cross will host an emergency blood drive on campus Sept. 1. The organization’s supplies are strained by Hurricane Irene’s impact on the East Coast.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

OU-C offering some nursing classes at PACCAR Medical Education Center

Ohio University-Chillicothe will offer some nursing classes at the PACCAR Medical Education Center at Adena Health System during fall quarter 2011. Plans are to also offer courses at PACCAR during winter and spring quarters.

“Adena is known for its high quality training outcomes and simulation equipment, and this offers an opportunity for our students to train on the most current technology in nursing education. Plus, our students also gain exposure to an actual health-care setting. In this way, we continue to offer the type of educational experience that best prepares our students to become successful health-care professionals,” Director of the OU-C Associate Degree Nursing Program Joyce Zurmehly said. “For example, PACCAR has a virtual hospital with a high-fidelity lab and debriefing area that support education at all levels, from beginning through advanced.”

“Also, students are exposed to professional role models in a health-care setting. This type of practical experience is invaluable in their career preparation. Nursing students have indicated they are very excited about this opportunity.”

The PACCAR Medical Education Center is located as part of Adena Health System campus at 446 Hospital Road, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601.

For further information, contact the OU-C Nursing Office in Bennett Hall.

Campus community members discuss strategic direction for the 2011-12 academic year

Members of the Chillicothe Campus community discussed the campus’ strategic direction during the campus’ recent annual planning session. Approximately 45 individuals participated in the session at the Christopher Inn.

Those in attendance include OU-C students, faculty members, staff members and Regional Coordinating Council members.

“I am very pleased with the outcome of the strategic planning session and the active participation of those in attendance,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “More than a monologue, I looked for the session to serve as a dialogue with an exchange of ideas. The format was designed to encourage individuals to share their perspectives, and it was very successful in that regard, with many valuable suggestions being put forward.”

“As campus dean, I am focused on bringing together individuals with various perspectives and talents toward the common goal of offering our students an exceptional educational experience. This type of endeavor sets the tone by engaging individuals throughout campus and in the community,” Tuck said. “I am confident we are setting a positive tone for the upcoming academic year.”

Faculty member Tom Brown shared a study that the marketing committee has drafted; smaller groups engaged in breakout sessions; interim Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education Jim Fonseca shared his thoughts; and Dean Tuck closed the proceedings by sharing his early perceptions of campus and goals for the 2011-12 academic year.

As Brown explained, the marketing study is designed so that campus decisions can continue to be made in a thoughtful manner, while aligning the campus’ core values and competencies with the needs of OU-C’s service area.

Fonseca spoke to the impactful nature of regional higher education, stating, “Remember that we are here for our students and to help them by giving them an opportunity to change their lives. Many of our students are first-generation college students, and I hope we can make a difference in impacting the quality of their lives.”

In his closing remarks, “How I spent my summer; Thoughts from the dean,” Tuck took stock of the campus’ strengths, upcoming challenges and other developments.

Among OU-C’s strengths that he highlighted are:

• Strong enrollment

• Sound finances

• Excellent facilities

• Quality/dedicated faculty and staff members

• Excellent reputation with the community

• Academic programs that connect with and benefit the student population within the region

• Clear mission of serving regional students and the region itself

Among challenges for the upcoming academic year:

• Replacement of faculty and staff members within the framework of university hiring restrictions

• The university’s quarters to semesters conversion for fall 2012

• Implementation of the PeopleSoft Student Information system software

• Campus training for the BobcatBuy purchasing system

• Maintaining the campus’ record high enrollment

In moving forward, Tuck emphasized the importance of having a data driven strategic approach to decision-making so that the Chillicothe Campus is most effective in fulfilling its mission of serving its students and serving the region.

“As we look into the future, we need to look at what other academic programs best fit into OU-C’s mission and strengths, be of interest to our students and have employment opportunities,” Tuck said.

Enterprising OU-C student creates book-bartering web site

See and hear OU-C student Derrik Willett describe the genesis behind his textbook-sharing web site on the campus’ YouTube channel at

Ohio University-Chillicothe student Derrik Willett’s recent endeavor in taking a concept to reality is a textbook example of enterprise, creativity and, well, textbooks.
While walking the halls of Bennett Hall, Willett noticed the large numbers of bulletin board postings regarding students either looking to buy or seeking to sell used textbooks.

“I thought to myself that there has to be a better way to buy and sell books; one that is more in tune with today’s standards,” Willett said.

Willett, a veteran web designer, developed, a Web site dedicated to the trade of books used in classes at OU-C. Prospective buyers and sellers can make connections through the site, exchange phone numbers and/or email addresses and work out details of the transition on their own. There are areas for both buyers and sellers, plus nearly 30 categories, grouped by academic discipline. The service is free.

For Willett, a computer science technology major, the endeavor blends his expertise in computer design with his creative bent. “I am the type of person who needs to be creative,” he explained. “When I have an idea, I feel a need to chase it down until I can implement it or it is proven that the concept cannot be done.”

Willett, 28, is a former Marine who served in Iraq after graduating from Southeastern High School.

A sophomore, Willett plans to follow his entrepreneurial spirit after graduating from OU-C. “I like to have an idea and make it work. I would prefer to not work for someone else.”

Wesley Ruth overcomes medical hardship to pursue degree

OU-C student Wesley Ruth is especially looking forward to the first day of fall quarter on Sept. 6 when he can focus on his academics and not the diagnosis of cancer and the ensuing chemotherapy treatments.

His college experience has been a life-changing experience. The Washington Court House native began his college career at Wright State University, but had a rough start when he continually became sick in early 2009, which impacted his academic performance.

Ruth’s sickness was diagnosed as leukemia. After approximately 2 ½ years of chemotherapy treatment, he is back on track and looking forward to the upcoming academic year.

“Aug. 3 was my last date of taking chemotherapy, and I’m proud to say that I’m done with chemo, a sophomore in good standing and eligible to apply to the Patton College of Education and Human Services at the end of fall quarter,” Ruth said.

As expected, Ruth, 25, was stunned when he found out that his lack of energy was because of cancer. “When I heard the diagnosis, I did not know what to think. I did not expect to hear that.”

Ruth then dropped out of Wright State during spring quarter 2009 to focus on the chemotherapy treatments, which he underwent in Columbus. Once he adjusted to the chemotherapy treatments, Ruth eventually transferred to the Chillicothe Campus, enrolling fall quarter 2010.

“I transferred to OU-C mainly because of the location, affordable tuition and because the campus offered a major I was interested in,” said Ruth, who is majoring in middle childhood education with a concentration and math and science.

“I was only able to manage taking one or two classes at a time because I still did not have much energy,” Ruth explained. “Fortunately, people on campus were very helpful. My advisor, Martha Tanedo, was always willing to see me, and instructors were cooperative and worked with me if I needed to leave early to go to an appointment. Everyone on campus was very understanding, flexible and supportive.”

“If it weren’t for several professors and Martha Tanedo, I wouldn’t have been able to finish one quarter in college, be in good standing academically or get back on my feet academically.”

Tanedo, coordinator of student support, said, “Despite his challenges, Wes constantly creates a positive attitude for himself. He overcomes barriers and never gives up. He has never been one to complain. Instead, he is very stoic, cheerful and pleasant.”

Ruth has seen his perspective change through his ordeal.

“Before, I went through life kind of jokingly, but this put things in perspective. I am better able to visualize goals, and I am more serious now,” he said.

Chillicothe Campus’ upcoming opening session sets tone for 2011-12 academic year

Dean Martin Tuck will discuss the Chillicothe Campus’ strategic vision for the 2011-12 academic year during the campus’ annual opening session at noon Sept. 13 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. Members of the campus community are invited to attend, and lunch will be provided.

The opening session is designed to provide the campus community with the insights they need for a successful year.

In addition to discussing the year’s goals and objectives, the session will provide an opportunity to introduce new campus employees, reflect on recent accomplishments and share useful information about campus initiatives and programs of note.

“This event allows us to gather together as a campus community and reflect on the features that make OU-C such an outstanding learning community and how we can move forward in a way that we continue to offer our students an exceptional educational experience,” Dean Tuck said.

Tryouts scheduled for Ohio University-Chillicothe softball team

Tryouts will be held for students interested in participating on the Ohio University-Chillicothe softball team at 6 p.m. on Sept. 2 at the Chillicothe High School field, located next to Mt. Logan Elementary School, 841 E. Main St., Chillicothe. Players should arrive by 5:30 p.m. to register.

For additional information, contact Head Coach George Beck at or by phone at (740) 649-8804 or (740) 779-9260.

The tryouts are open to all individual who will be students who are enrolled at OU-C during the 2011-12 academic year.

Registration opens for OU-C disc golf tourney

Registration is now open for the OU-C Hilltopper Open disc golf tournament, which will be held on the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus Sept. 24. A printable entry form, listing of entry fees and registration information is available online at and under the ‘Events’ tab.

The tournament is a PDGA-sanctioned C-tier event. For more information, contact Jeff Melton, (740) 412-5286.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sheltered existence for campus pedestrians

The finishing touches are being completed on a shelter as part of the project to construct walkways that better connect campus. The shelter, located between Bennett Hall and Shoemaker Center, will allow a place for individuals to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Chillicothe Campus.

The walkways will be lighted and landscaped. They 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.