Friday, September 9, 2011

Technical Studies Building parking lot in use

The parking lot adjacent to the Technical Studies Building on the east side of campus is operational. Students and others can use this lot rather than park in the grass.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

OU-C retention efforts offer students a blueprint for college survival, success

At each graduation ceremony it is evidenced that earning a degree is a team effort that requires a strong support system composed of family, friends, faculty and staff. And with the recent increases in enrollment experienced by OU-C over the last several years, campus personnel have devoted more time and attention to student retention and graduation.

According to John Fisher, Director of Student Services, “a good retention program begins at the beginning.”

“A hallmark of the Chillicothe Campus is a student-focused approach in all that we do, and that includes putting students in a position to both survive and to thrive,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “In taking a holistic approach to student success and putting it into action that includes programs that support student retention and career preparation so that we remain engaged with our students’ success from recruitment through graduation.”

EFFORT BEGINS PRIOR TO STUDENT’S ENROLLMENT

While many students don’t realize it, the path to a degree begins well before the first day in the college classes. At OU-C faculty and staff members aim to provide realistic expectations for prospective students. They discuss how a student can make education a tangible aspect of their lives, including the time and commitment a college education requires. They as also offer prospective and current students assistance with the application, advising and financial aid process.

Once students enroll at OU-C, they are required to attend orientation where they receive important college information and personal assistance with academic advising, setting up their ID, registering online for classes and completing the financial aid process.

EMPHASIS ON STUDENT FOCUS


In the enrollment services and financial aid areas, there are now established computer kiosk areas to better support students with fulfilling their registration and other academic needs. Jaime Lowe, Coordinator of Student Enrollment, pointed out that “so much student interaction with the university now takes place via the internet and email, that it is critical to have computers available for our students where the professional staff can assist them.”

Additionally, OU-C provides support to enrolled students with documented disabilities. These services may include note takers, readers, more time for tests or assistive technology to enhance individual learning styles. This allows these students an opportunity to attain a college education in a way that might not have been accessible to them otherwise.

ADVISING SETS STAGE FOR SUCESS

The Hilltopper Advising Center and Student Support, along with academic affairs, have added more courses that focus on improving academic computing skills and college preparedness as well as a UC Course Coordinator position to better manage support courses.

The OU-C Advising Center provides walk-in advising availability and hosts the annual majors fair to help undecided students explore majors. It also hosts “DARS Days” every quarter to get students their DARS report and give them an opportunity to interact with student services staff and faculty. Along with a quarterly newsletter addressing advising issues, the Coordinator of the Advising Center, Cristy Null, created a “college term dictionary” that is distributed to students at orientation.

SUPPORT SYSTEMS OFFER ROAD MAP

Throughout their academic career, if students do struggle academically, the Office of Student Services provides structure and support. Students who are placed on academic probation attend success workshops where they complete an assessment which identifies factors contributing to poor academic performance. In addition, suggestions for regaining and maintaining good academic standing at Ohio University, as well the requirements to remain a student at the university are outlined in a contract. After the workshop the factors that the student identified as contributing to poor performance, as well as their academic probation status, are shared with the student’s advisor. The advisor remains in contact with the student throughout the quarter to encourage and support them.

The Coordinator of Student Support, Martha Tanedo, has established a number of programs that aim at identifying students who may need support as well as assisting those who may already be on probation or dismissed due to academic reasons.

One of these programs is the Student Success plan. Students who are dismissed for academic reasons and then are reinstated must identify three behaviors that led to their dismissal, three short term goals to succeed in their first quarter back, and an agreement to attend academic success workshops. These students also meet with Tanedo throughout the quarter so she can monitor their progress.

Tanedo also implemented an Academic Alert System which enables a faculty member to alert the Coordinator of Student Support to attendance issues and suggestions for additional help for the student. Instruction on this and other pertinent “student support” matters is shared with new faculty members at their orientation to encourage them to take advantage of this service.

These programs allow Tanedo and OU-C faculty to work closely towards a common goal of helping struggling students persevere through the challenges of higher education, and ultimately, towards graduation.

The results of the efforts by OU-C faculty and administration are obvious as students are able attain their degrees and even find educational opportunities not considered before.

PATHWAY TO STUDENT SUCCESS

OU-C’s Erin Canter is working toward her Bachelor of Health Services Administration degree as well as completing Pre-Med requirements. After almost 18 years as a practical nurse, she decided to return to OU-C to work towards a career on the administrative side of the field, but by working with her advisors she found even more to pursue.

“With the encouragement of my advisors, I also began to explore my original pre-professional goals from 21 years ago. The staff at OU-C has played a huge role in helping me to see what goals are obtainable for me. Otherwise, I may have limited myself greatly.”

As a mother, grandmother, minister and active volunteer in the Chillicothe community, Canter speaks highly of her smooth transition back to OU-C after beginning her journey 21 years ago. “I absolutely love being a student at OU-C and am enjoying the learning experience in a new way.”

In some instances, time, changing life situations and the help of others can make all of the difference.

“Seven years ago I came to this college as a freshman and did not realize how hard I would have to work to achieve my goals,” said Gloria Satory, an office technology major from Zane Trace High School. “Now that I have returned to school three kids later, I have a better perspective on how to achieve my goals. With the help of Martha Tanedo, I have made it off of academic probation and have actually gotten straight A’s.”

FURTHER BUILDING SENSE OF CAMPUS COMMUNITY

Finally, OU-C’s academic support systems have been developed alongside a renewed emphasis on the creation of a campus community and giving students a greater voice in their educational experience. Recently, the Coordinator of Student Activities Ashlee Rauckhorst led the revival of the Student Senate, the establishment of more student organizations such as the Gender Equality Solidarity Society, College Republicans and an Environmental Club, and she is assisting with the scheduling of more student activities such “Diversity Discussions” and “Dine with the Dean.”

By beginning with clear expectations and goals, utilizing a strong support system and faculty members, then nurturing the experience with a variety of student organizations and a solid campus community, OU-C is able to enroll students and also retain and guide them through to graduation day.

Continuing OU-C students share advice for freshmen; New students talk about adjusting to college life

We regularly speak with OU-C students hanging out in the Learning Commons to gain their perspective on campus life. With the opening of fall quarter, we asked continuing students what advice they would offer to new students. We also caught up with a couple of new students to see what their biggest adjustments to college life are.

Seth Ebert’s advice to new students involves a matter of priorities. “Bury your nose in the books and worry about your studies before anything else. Also, look for economical book textbook prices,” said the middle childhood education major from Logan Elm High School.

“Do not skip classes and do not be afraid to use office hours to ask questions of faculty members if you do not understand any concepts. They can be very helpful,” offered Ashlee Causey, a former senior-to-sophomore student from Unioto High School, who is now attending Ohio State University.

“Keep your focus and put classwork first,” said Zech Lambert, a sophomore computer science major from Western High School in Pike County. “If I have learned anything, it’s to avoid distractions and give everything you have to school while you are a student. The time flies by.”

Bethany Johnson, a freshman psychology major who was home-schooled, had very specific advice. “Go to class, take notes and be attentive. You can learn a lot by listening to the instructors. Also, study with your classmates.”

Amanda Graves, a sophomore middle childhood education major from Vinton County, emphasized aspects inside and outside of the classroom. “Enjoy being in college. It is going to be short, so have fun before beginning a career. Join as many activities as you can and study. It is important to stay on top of your classes.” Graves is a transfer from Wright State University.


Two incoming freshmen will undoubtedly learn from the sage advice of these and other upper-class students during their college days. In the meantime, they discussed the adjustments they are facing.

“The whole college scene,” was the answer of Justin Ross, a freshman from Jackson High School. “There is a lot more responsibility than in high school. You have to go to class on time and keep your focus outside of class. You have to be serious to succeed. It takes a lot of drive and preparation.”

“Waking up,” was the biggest adjustment noted by fellow Jackson High graduate Cameron Patrick. “The challenges of taking blended classes and the time commitment that is involved are other adjustments.”

Artwork by Rio Grande Professor James Allen on display in Scott Gallery at OU-C

An exhibit by University of Rio Grande Professor of Art James Allen will be displayed in the Scott Gallery in Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Bennett Hall from Sept. 6 through Sept. 29. The exhibit, “Works by James Allen,” is a mixed media exhibit that includes 11 pieces, including photos and drawings.

“These are works from the last 10 years of my career, and many deal with personal issues that individuals may face such as the topic of hubris,” Allen said.

A highlight of the exhibit is a full-panel drawing, “The Hubris of Nebuchadnezzar,” which tells the story of the Old Testament figure.

The artist will deliver talks in the gallery to OU-C art students at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 12. Both talks are open to the public.

Allen has been on the faculty at Rio Grande for 25 years and directs the Greer Museum of Art on Rio Grande’s campus. He has also served as the judge for the OU-C Annual Student Art show in the past.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in art education from Ohio State University and his master’s of fine arts degree in painting from Bowling Green State University. Allen has taught in public schools and at Malone College near Canton, Ohio, and at Asbury College in Kentucky.

Karen Corcoran named coordinator of Middle Childhood Education Program at Ohio University-Chillicothe

Karen Corcoran has been hired as coordinator of the Middle Childhood Education Program at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective Sept. 1.

In addition to teaching classes, Corcoran’s duties include student advising, recruiting, scheduling classes and working with the associate dean to supervise adjunct faculty. She will also serve as the University Site Supervisor for Professional Internships in Teaching for OU-C middle childhood education students.

Since 2008, Corcoran has assisted the Chillicothe Campus as Regional Coordinator of Professional Internships in Teaching for Ohio University’s Patton College of Education and Human Services. In this position she maintained student records, made field placements to match interns with licensure concentrations, collaborated with school principals and cooperating teachers during internships and led professional topics for interns.

She previously was a family and consumer sciences teacher at Bishop Flaget School in Chillicothe and Paint Valley High School in Bainbridge, Ohio. She also has additional administrative experience as an educational consultant for Gallia Vinton Educational Service center and was a member of the faculty at the University of Rio Grande.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences education from Ohio State University and her master’s degree from the College of Mount Saint Joseph. Corcoran has earned continuing education credit from Ohio University and the University of Rio Grande.

Dennis Ray named Math Center Coordinator at OU-C

Dennis Ray has been named Math Center Coordinator at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective with the beginning of fall quarter.

In this position, he supports student success in the areas of basic math, algebra, statistics, geometry and calculus. The center is located in Quinn Library and is continually looking to expand services in ways to help students achieve success.

Ray has a strong background in mathematics education. He has been an adjunct math faculty member at OU-C since 2009. He was a secondary math teacher at Chillicothe High School for 30 years, where he taught algebra, geometry, precalculus and advanced placement calculus, before resigning in 2008. Also, he was a member of the Ohio Department of Education committee for the writing of new state mathematics standards in 2001.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Wooster and his master’s degree in mathematics education from Ohio University.

OU-C offers ACT preparation course

Ohio University-Chillicothe is sponsoring an ACT (American College Test) preparation course to help area high school students and Ohio University College of Education students study for the ACT, America's most widely accepted college entrance exam, which is required for admission to various colleges and programs.

The course is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 and Oct. 8. Students need to make their own arrangements for lunch, scheduled approximately from noon. to 1 p.m.

The ACT Preparation course will provide an in-depth review of the math, science, English and reading comprehension sections of the ACT. Students will also receive extensive instruction on the optional writing portion of the ACT, and information, hints, and techniques for coping with test anxiety and taking the test.



The course is being offered as non-credit only ($90 for early-bird special or $100 after Sept. 16). Applications are available in area high school guidance counselor offices and in OU-C’s Continuing Education office. Space is limited. For more information, call (740) 774-7226, (740) 774-7230 or 1-877-462-6824, ext. 226 or 230.

Hilltop Café going social to connect with customers

The Hilltop Café in Stevenson Center is using social media to reach its customers. Follow @OUCHilltopCafe at twitter.com for menu updates, soup of the day and specials. Then check in at the “Hilltop Cafe on foursquare.com to unlock badges, points & keep an eye out for deals there as well.

Interested golf team members can soon get in the swing

Ohio University-Chillicothe students interested in participating on the campus’ golf team should contact coach Larry Thompson at (614) 325-4143 or leuthom@yahoo.com. Thompson looks to organize some practice rounds or matches to introduce new golfers to the program.

Golf is a spring sport. OU-C finished fourth in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference last year. Participating in extracurricular activities such as athletics allows students to pursue interests outside of the classroom and enhances the overall college experience.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Offering a helping hand



Members of the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus community, including students, faculty and staff members, were on hand at a welcome table on Bennett Hall on Tuesday to help students locate classrooms and answer questions. Tuesday marked the first day of fall quarter for the 2011-12 academic year.

Much reason for optimism as fall quarter begins

Following is a fall quarter greeting from OU-C Dean Martin Tuck to the Chillicothe Campus community:

Sept. 6

Chillicothe Campus members,

I would like to welcome everyone to campus for fall quarter and the official beginning of the 2011-12 academic year. The beginning of fall quarter is a time of special excitement and anticipation on any college campus, and that is certainly true at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

I offer a special greeting to our students, who are the lifeblood of the Chillicothe Campus. As I have said since first stepping on campus as dean, I look to emphasize a student-focused approach in our long-term planning as well as our daily operations and decision-making. With the students returning in full force, we are reminded of our true mission. At OU-C, we take the success of our students seriously and personally. Our faculty and staff members are ready to help however we can, and do not be afraid to ask for assistance. That’s why we are here.

To our faculty, I hope that you have had a relaxing and productive summer, and I look forward to our first academic year working together.

As you see, the campus has taken on a slightly new look over summer, with a walkway project that connects Bennett Hall with the Shoemaker Center, Child Development Center and Technical Studies Building. Since this project ties together buildings and people across campus it is, in many ways, a symbolic gesture of the sense of community that exists on campus.

Also, the Entrepreneurship and Technology Center, an addition to the Technical Studies Building, will open within the next couple of weeks. This new facility will offer modern facilities for the popular Law Enforcement Technology program and will provide business and entrepreneurship programs to serve our students and community members.

These are exciting times for the campus. I trust that you will enjoy being part of such a vibrant campus that is moving forward.

Since its founding as the first regional campus in the state in 1946, OU-C has been a campus with a vision. And, we have good reason for an especially optimistic vision in the beginning of the academic year. These have been banner years for OU-C with record enrollment and physical enhancements to campus. As we move forward, the Chillicothe Campus has several strengths that position OU-C for continued success.

Among the campus’ particular points of pride are strong enrollment, sound finances, excellent facilities, quality faculty and staff, a strong reputation in the community, academic programs that connect with emerging career fields, and a clear mission of serving our students and serving our region. I hope other members of the campus community share my excitement about the campus’ proven accomplishments and promising future.

I offer only the best wishes for a successful fall quarter and academic year.

Cordially,

Martin Tuck, Dean
Ohio University-Chillicothe