Friday, September 16, 2011

Credit union members will be on campus

Representatives of the Ohio University Credit Union will be present in the Bennett Hall lobby from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 20 to discuss potential benefits of the credit union.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Dean emphasizes collaborative approach, student-centered focus during opening session

Ohio University-Chillicothe Dean Martin Tuck outlined his vision for the campus during remarks at the recent annual opening session in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

The dean emphasized a collaborative approach toward a shared mission.

“As I mentioned during my introduction address to the campus last June my approach as dean of our campus will be student-centered,” Tuck said. “We as faculty and staff of OUC are here to serve our students. And if I am doing my job correctly the decisions I make as dean and we make collectively as a campus will provide our faculty and staff with the resources that you need in order to provide our students with the best education possible.”

“The mission of Ohio University-Chillicothe is to serve our students and our region, and I take this mission very seriously. As we work together, every decision will be made to support our mission.”

He also emphasized OU-C’s role as a gateway to success for area residents in providing access to the benefits of higher education, whether they pursue all or a portion of their college career on the Chillicothe Campus.

“During my welcome at each of the new student orientation sessions over the summer, I described Ohio University Chillicothe as their ‘Gateway to Success.’ Whether that gateway is graduating with an associate or bachelor’s degree in their chosen discipline, which leads directly to a career, or spending a year or two at OU-C which will allow these students to successfully relocate or transfer and graduate from another institution, OU-C will become our student’s gateway to success,” the dean said.

This begins Dean Tuck’s first full year as the leader of the Chillicothe Campus. He officially began his duties in late May.

Although a relative newcomer to campus, the dean hearkened to OU-C’s traditional strengths and the importance of the campus’ mission in both short- and long-term decision.

The dean also noted some of the campus’ particular strong points.

“Our strengths include sound financial health, strong enrollments, excellent educational facilities, a positive and respected reputation in the community and most importantly quality faculty and staff,” Tuck said.

In going forward, the dean emphasized the need for the entire campus to take a vested interest in the campus’ success, using enrollment as an example since it impacts OU-C’s vitality.

“As enrollment is any campus’ lifeblood, maintaining our student population will always require attention,” Tuck said. “I am a firm believer that it is the job of the entire campus community, faculty, staff and students, to be recruiters for our institution; even if this is doing our job well and being positive ambassadors for our campus. While never enough, do not underestimate how much a student centered approach in doing our jobs well can positively affect our campus recruitment efforts.”

The dean also noted individuals “whose accomplishments have set our campus apart from many others.” Among them are:

• In the spring of last year OU-C Associate Professor Lisa Wallace was awarded one of the 2011 Presidential Teacher Awards and is only the second regional campus faculty member to win this most prestigious teaching award.

• In the summer, Joyce Zurmehly, Associate Director of Nursing was awarded a $750,000 national grant to develop a novel accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing which will be unique to our institution.

• Assistant Professor Mike Lafreniere has been awarded an Ohio University 1804 grant to development a “collaboratory,” which will utilize technology to engage faculty across the curriculum with students in an interactive way that enhances our student’s learning experience.

He also recognized new employees and faculty members who recently earned tenure and promotion to the rank of associate dean last academic year:

• Barbara Mahaffey, Human Services Technology

• Ann Rumble, Psychology

• Robert Knight, Mathematics

Employees take on new roles with Chillicothe Campus

As announced by Dean Martin Tuck at the recent opening session, there are several new employees who have been recently hired and individuals in new roles for the 2011-12 academic year.

Those individuals include:

Neeley Clary. Recruiter in Student Services. Clary, a former OU-C student, graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies in the spring of 2011. During her college career, she was a student employee in Student Services.

Margaret Clifton. Accounting Assistant. Clifton officially holds the title for the position she has contracted since December 2009. Margaret earned her associate degree in business management technology from OU-C. While in college, Margaret began with the Dean’s Office in 2008 as a student employee.

Karen Corcoran. Middle Childhood Education Program Coordinator. Since 2008, she has assisted the Chillicothe Campus as Regional Coordinator of Professional Internships in Teaching for Ohio University’s Patton College of Education and Human Services. Corcoran earned her bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences from Ohio State University and her master’s degree from the College of Mount Saint Joseph.

John Daniels. Maintenance Employee. Daniels previously worked on the Athens campus and has been employed with the university for 22 years. John graduated from Alexander High School in Albany and attended ITT in Dayton, studying HVAC systems.

Mike Green. Director of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. He is also supervising the Health and Wellness Center. Mike is a Kellogg Foundation Fellow who has extensive experience in community relations, non-profit organizations and business development.

Ann Holmes. Full-time status as an Administrative Associate to the Associate Dean. She previously was serving in a contract position. Holmes, a Chillicothe High School graduate, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from OU-C.

Jim McKean. Interim Associate Dean. Jim, who joined the OU-C faculty in 2003, is associate professor and program coordinator of the Law Enforcement Technology program. McKean recently completed his doctorate in higher education from Ohio University. A former OU-C student, he earned an associate degree in Law Enforcement Technology and a bachelor’s degree, both from Ohio University. He also earned a master’s degree from Ohio State University and a recent doctorate in Higher Education from Ohio University.

Kim McKimmy-Kelly. Administrative Coordinator in the Dean’s Office and Athletics Director. As Administrative Coordinator, she has returned to a role she held for several years. A Chillicothe High School graduate, she joined the campus in 1989 as a switchboard operator. She has also worked in Student Services, with the area of Development and in the Dean’s Office from 2004 to 2010.

Vicky Parker. Regional Campus Coordinator of the Health Services Administration Programs. Parker, who joined the OU-C faculty in 1993, earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ohio University and master’s degrees in nursing and in family nurse practitioner from Wright State University. She obtained her Ph.D. in health care administration from Capella University.

Dennis Ray. Math Success Center Coordinator. Ray has been an adjunct faculty member on the Chillicothe Campus since 2009. He was previously a math teacher at Chillicothe High School for 30 years. Ray earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Wooster and his master’s degree in mathematics education from Ohio University.

Rich Uhrig. Men’s Basketball Coach. Uhrig was previously boys’ basketball coach at Huntington High School for 10 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rio Grande and a master’s degree from Marygrove College.

Students can survey possible options during upcoming College Night event

Area high school students and their parents can explore the offerings of approximately 40 colleges and universities during the annual College Night event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 6 in the Shoemaker Center on the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus. Both the Chillicothe campus and Athens campus will be among those represented at the event.

Last year's College Night event drew a large crowd
“This event offers an opportunity for prospective students and their parents to investigate a number of potential colleges in one evening,” OU-C Student Services Recruiter Neeley Clary said. “At OU-C, we are focused on providing a gateway to opportunity by utilizing higher education to open the doors of opportunity and impact the quality of life for residents of the region, and this occasion emphasizes that commitment.”

Those attending College Night will be able to explore various post-high school options and ways to fund those endeavors. Besides the various educational institutions, there will be representatives of some branches of the Armed Forces and various scholarship and loan programs.

“We want to ensure that area students are aware of the advantages that OU-C offers, including the friendliness of a small campus and resources of a national university. More than that, it is important that that our area students realize the opportunities that are available to them,” OU-C Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “For some students, it will be their first contact with a college representative. For others, it will offer a chance to further investigate some schools and ask follow-up questions.”

The local Kiwanis Club chapter and OU-C are sponsoring the event.

Those with further questions can contact Clary at 740-774-7721 or claryn@ohio.edu.

Vendors can reserve space for antique and craft show

The date of the annual Community Antique and Craft Show at the Shoemaker Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe is scheduled for Nov. 19. Vendors who wish to display items can reserve space for $35 by contacting George Beck at (740) 779-9260 or beckg@ohio.edu.

Proceeds benefit the Ohio University-Chillicothe softball team.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Students can survey possible options during upcoming College Night event

Area high school students and their parents can explore the offerings of approximately 40 colleges and universities during the annual College Night event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 6 in the Shoemaker Center on the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus. Both the Chillicothe campus and Athens campus will be among those represented at the event.

“This event offers an opportunity for prospective students and their parents to investigate a number of potential colleges in one evening,” OU-C Student Services Recruiter Neeley Clary said. “At OU-C, we are focused on providing a gateway to opportunity by utilizing higher education to open the doors of opportunity and impact the quality of life for residents of the region, and this occasion emphasizes that commitment.”
 Those attending College Night will be able to explore various post-high school options and ways to fund those endeavors. Besides the various educational institutions, there will be representatives of some branches of the Armed Forces and various scholarship and loan programs.

“We want to ensure that area students are aware of the advantages that OU-C offers, including the friendliness of a small campus and resources of a national university. More than that, it is important that that our area students realize the opportunities that are available to them,” OU-C Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “For some students, it will be their first contact with a college representative. For others, it will offer a chance to further investigate some schools and ask follow-up questions.”

The local Kiwanis Club chapter and OU-C are sponsoring the event.

Those with further questions can contact Clary at 740-774-7721 or claryn@ohio.edu.

Artist shares insights with OU-C students

Artist Jim Allen, whose work is currently displayed in the Bennett Hall Scott Art Gallery, recently spoke with OU-C art students. Allen discussed the creative process toward developing an artwork and other insights that allowed the students to better understand his craft.

The opportunity to learn from professionals in the field is of special value and enriches the learning environment for Chillicothe Campus students.

Allen’s exhibit, “Works by Jim Allen,” is on exhibit through Sept. 29. The mixed media exhibit 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.

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