Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Heritage Day commemoration celebrates spirit of OU-C and community

OU-C continues to serve as a gateway to success for regional residents
Ohio University-Chillicothe will celebrate its storied history and promising future during the annual Heritage Day commemoration on Oct. 7. Among public events are a tour of campus facilities at 2 p.m., a community reception in the amphitheater behind Bennett Hall at 7 p.m. and a 7:30 p.m. event in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons featuring the Renaissance Singers and “Friday Night at the Movies.”

Members of the campus and local communities are invited to participate.

“As the first regional campus in the state, the Chillicothe Campus has a long legacy of serving its students and serving the region,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “It seems appropriate to pause and invite members of the community to commemorate this partnership between the campus and the region. We have a shared vision that includes upholding the quality of life for residents of this very special part of the state.”

Founded in 1946, the Chillicothe Campus is marking its 65th year this fall. Although OU-C is approaching typical retirement age, it shows no signs of slowing down. The campus experienced record enrollment during 2010-11, and the future looks promising as the 2011-12 academic year unfolds.

“Our strengths include sound financial health, strong enrollment, excellent educational facilities, a positive and respected reputation in the community and most importantly quality faculty and staff,” Tuck said. “With the advantages of a small-college setting and the resources and reputation of a great national university, Ohio University-Chillicothe offers an affordable well-rounded educational experience. I am convinced that we are poised for continued success in offering students a quality education that prepares them for rewarding careers and fulfilling lives.”

OU-C faculty members receive promotion and tenure

Three Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty members earned promotion to the rank of associate professor and tenure during the previous academic year.

Those individuals are:

• Robert Knight, Mathematics. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from California State University, Sacramento; and his master’s degree and doctorate, both in mathematics, from the University of California, San Diego. Knight joined the OU-C faculty in 2004.

• Barbara Mahaffey, Human Services Technology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication, her master’s degree in education in community counseling from Ohio University, taking courses at OU-C, and her Ph.D. in education with a major in counselor education from the Ohio State University. Mahaffey joined the OU-C faculty in 2005.

• Ann Rumble, Psychology. She earned her associate degree from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I; her bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.; and both her master’s and doctoral degrees, both in experimental psychology, from Washington State University. Rumble joined the OU-C faculty in 2005.

“I congratulate these faculty members on this noteworthy accomplishment,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “The hallmark of the OU-C educational experience is a student-focused approach, and that begins with outstanding teaching.”

Anti-Bullying panel scheduled for encore performance

University of Toledo author joins OU-C faculty members
for engaging dialogue to discuss topic from various perspectives

In an encore performance, experts will share their insights about the problem of bullying from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 in the Bennett Hall Auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The event includes a panel discussion and is designed to engage the audience and allow for questions and remarks from those in attendance.

The event is free and open to the public. The discussion is co-sponsored by the OU-C Stray Cats student organization and is part of the Quinn Library salon discussion series.

This event continues May's discussion into bullying
Panelists include University of Toledo faculty member Lisa Kovach and OU-C education faculty member Jamie Harmount and nursing faculty member Ronald Vance. This same panel discussed the issue of bullying in May.

Kovach is the author of School Shootings and Suicides: Why We Must Stop the Bullies and specializes in bullying in schools. She shared her insights about her interest in bullying and what she has learned from her research.


While watching Columbine unfold on CNN, I kept wondering what drove students to want to kill their classmates. I then immediately collected all of the information I could on Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Luke Woodham, Michael Carneal and all of the nation's school shooters and found that one of the factors they shared in common was that they had all been bullied throughout their childhood - by their classmates. I then spoke to a woman, Brenda High, whose son, Jared, had committed suicide upon being bullied incessantly by one of his classmates. She told me the names of so many others who had died this way. So, I decided to shift gears and stop doing research on infant attentional processes and begin looking at how we can prevent bullying and its related deaths.


Lisa Kovach
Some victims internalize their pain and suffer somatic issues (e.g., headaches, intestinal problems), anxiety, depression and at its worst, suicide. Others externalize their pain and becoming increasingly hostile and aggressive. The worst end result with those who externalize is that they perpetrate a school shooting.


Typically, bullies come from one of two types of households: authoritarian or permissive. Authoritarian parents rule with an iron fist. They follow the “do as I say because I said so” model of parenting. Their children fear them and inevitably feel powerless and unable to explain any mistakes they make. These children, as a result, want to feel powerful at school and exert power over other children through bullying behaviors. They come to think that it will get them what they want because, in fact, it gets their parent(s) what they want.

The other parenting style related to bullying is permissive. It is typical to see relationally aggressive females coming from permissive homes. Their parents never tell them they do anything wrong and, in fact, excuse all of their transgressions. As a result, these kids do not develop empathy and think nothing of hurting someone else.


I would like to add that we need to fix the broken system in many of our schools in which we often reward students for academics and athletics only. There are so many children with other talents that go unrecognized. To complicate matters, if some of those we reward are also the bullies, we see victims becoming increasingly frustrated to the point where they feel there is no end in sight. These increasingly frustrated children are those who end their lives or others’ tragically. We need to address bullying at every grade level. Prevention through the teaching of acceptance of all others is the key.

Harmount, a dedicated educator, also shared her thoughts on in her interest in this topic.

“Bullying is hatred and, most importantly, it’s senseless and preventable,” Harmount said in discussing the need to break the cycle of bullying. “We have to look at the children who are being bullied, but we must also look at the bullies and see what we can do for both sides. I had several people come up to me after the first panel discussion on bullying and tell me that our discussions helped them in dealing with situations they were facing. My hope is that our discussion will once again help to educate others about bullying.”

OU-C Head Librarian Allan Pollchik, who is coordinating the discussion, said, “Bullying is not restricted to the schools, but if we can identify possible bullies and victims when they are young, they do not carry that behavior into their adult lives. Victimhood and bullying are both harmful styles of life. Victims continue to be passive and accepting of situations that are destructive to them. The problem with bullies and victims is they are sometimes hard to identify. This is especially true with children. We might see a child avoiding school by ‘getting sick,’ but the real problem is they are a victim. Our panelists present helpful hints on identifying these children.”

Glass Enclosures literary publication showcases works of gifted OU-C student writers

In an attempt to create greater awareness for Ohio University Chillicothe’s talented student and alumni writers, the OU-C Writing Center has recently released Glass Enclosures, a literary publication featuring a collection of poems, short stories, academic essays and digital artwork created by OU-C alumni and OU-C students of all ages, grade levels and majors.

Lisa  Southwick and Matt Givens
“This is our very first publication and we are just thrilled with the quality of the writing and the design,” said OU-C Writing Center Coordinator Deb Nickles. “I'm glad that OU-C is able to offer another creative venue for all of the talented writers on campus,” she added.

The creation of Glass Enclosures was sparked by one of the Writing Center’s main goals, to encourage students to build writing confidence in all writing projects across their curriculum.

“I think published works are a huge encouragement for students to continue writing or to begin writing if they haven’t already,” explains Writing Center tutor Cortney VonLoh, whose photograph is featured on the cover of Glass Enclosures. “Confidence certainly comes with publication and undeniably encourages the author to continue to work at enhancing his or her skill,” VonLoh said.

Matt Givens, designer of Glass Enclosures, agrees with VonLoh, explaining that it is encouraging for student writers to have their work read by other OU-C students. “The word ‘writing’ is almost taboo in some circles here at OU-C—some students seem to find it a little daunting, even the ones who are really passionate about it—so a little recognition goes a long way,” said Givens.

Glass Enclosures features a variety of literary works, including excerpted academic essays, which can be viewed in full on OU-C’s local gallery website,, a part of The National Gallery of Writing sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). All OU-C students are encouraged to publish their writings to this website, and select submissions may be featured in upcoming OU-C Writing Center publications.

Nickles is excited to begin working on the next issue of Glass Enclosures, which will be released in the spring of 2012. “I truly have a gifted set of tutors who continually inspire other students, each other, and me as well. The English faculty members are simply superb in their support of our work and this work wouldn't be possible without the collaborative effort of so many folks on campus. This has been a great experience for all involved,” said Nickles.

Lisa Southwick, a tutor at the Writing Center and contributor to Glass Enclosures, is extremely satisfied with the way the publication has been received by the OU-C community. “We worked hard on the project and are incredibly proud of the end product. I really feel we have showcased some of the most talented people in the OU-C community.”

Free copies of the first edition of Glass Enclosures are currently available at the Writing Center on a first-come, first-serve basis. Submissions for the Spring 2012 edition of Glass Enclosures may be submitted electronically by emailing, or in hardcopy to the OU-C Writing Center by April 13, 2012.

This story was written by OU-C Office of Communication student employee Rebecca Reif.

‘she sleeps, she dreams’ features work by OU-C art professor Margaret McAdams

The current exhibit in the Stevenson Center Gallery at Ohio University-Chillicothe includes work from OU-C Professor of Art Margaret McAdams, “she sleeps, she dreams” features mixed media on paper and mixed media collages that McAdams created when she was 29 and 30 years of age.

“In recent months, I have been looking through my stacked, wrapped artworks from years past and found these,” she says in the artist statement. “Much of my early work was generated from dreams, and often I would wake up at night and make small notations or sketches in the dark to remind me of a vivid dream. At times, I dreamed an entire show of artworks.”

“I continued to return to making marks on paper … I believe that rapid arm movements and layers of marks best convey my thinking and my vision as I work,” she added.

Some of the works are being exhibited for the first time while others were shown at an invitational show at Wichita State University in 1985.

Chillicothe Campus students share their goals for fall quarter

We regularly speak with random OU-C students to keep our finger on the proverbial pulse of campus. We recently asked students about their goals for fall quarter, and here is what they shared.

Jacob Wilson of Westfall High School has goals for three areas of his life: His academic career, part-time job and his car. “I want to get straight A’s, finish my training as shift manager at Arby’s in Circleville and fix up my car.” Wilson, a freshman, plans to pursue a business major.

Fellow Westfall High grad Ryan Koch said, “I want to get a new car, be to class on time, get good grades and keep up with my homework.” Koch, a freshman Law Enforcement Technology major, also attended Pickaway-Ross Career and Technical Center.

Four recent Huntington High School graduates -- Scottie Perkins, Taylor Shewalter, Brody Colegrove and Jevon Campbell – included academics and making the adjustment to campus life among their objectives.

“I want to get good grades, pass my math class and get ready to play baseball for OU-C,” said Perkins, a nursing student.

“I want to get my best grades so I can get into the nursing program,” Shewalter said.

Colegrove, who looks to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering, said, “I want to get good grades and make new friends.

Campbell, a nursing student, kept it simple. “I want to make it to school every day,” he said.

Jordan Thornsberry, a sophomore from Eastern High School in Pike County, takes a forward-looking approach. “I look to get a lot of the tougher classes out of the way before semesters begin (in fall 2012). Hopefully, I will do well in classes,” said Thornsberry, a physical therapy/biology major.

Reanell Tisdale, a sophomore pre-nursing major from Southeastern High School, looks to balance school and family responsibilities. “I am trying to get classes for the pre-nursing program finished, keep up my GPA and help my kids with their schoolwork.”

Teddy Compston’s goals will lead him to the university’s main campus. “I look to get my education courses finished, and then transfer to the Athens campus,” said Compston, a freshman from Wellston High School who is undecided about his choice of academic majors.

Jessica McIntosh, a sophomore mathematics statistics student from Jackson High School, is also balancing academics and jobs, and her goals include both areas. “I am trying to make the Dean’s List and I am going to try hard to bring up my overall GPA. I also want to improve my time management skills since I work two jobs (retail and child-care).

Fall quarter writing contest has a haunting theme

The fall quarter writing contest, sponsored by the OU-C Learning Center, has a spirited theme that should appeal to all of those who think they have a ghost of a chance of winning. “Haunts, Spooks and Specters” is the title of this quarter’s contest.

Current OU-C students are encouraged to submit any work of fiction or non-fiction (1,200 words maximum) that demonstrates creativity, originality, resourcefulness, voice and/or vision on the spectacular themes of the incorporeal world.

The contest is open to all genres of writing including, but not limited to, academic essays, research papers, traditional prose poetry, fables, fairy tales, science fiction, romance, action-adventure, horror, comedy, satire and collage.

First prize is a $75 gift card.

Submissions are due in hard copy by 4 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Learning Center in Stevenson Center. Entry forms are available at the Learning Center. There is a limit of two entries per student.

For more information, contact Writing Center Coordinator Deb Nickles at or (740) 774-7779.

OU-C cheerleader tryouts scheduled

Ohio University-Chillicothe cheerleader tryouts will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sept. 24 in the Shoemaker Center gymnasium. Tryouts are open to all OU-C students. Individuals should come dressed to cheer, and no prepared materials are necessary. Tumbling is preferred but not required.

For more information, contact cheerleading coach Sandra Lawless, (740) 222-4637 or (740) 708-6322.

Open gym sessions set for prospective women’s basketball players

Open gym and conditioning sessions for OU-C students interested in playing on the 2011-12 women’s basketball team will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 and at noon on Sept. 29 in the Shoemaker Center gymnasium. For more information, contact women’s basketball coach John Milliken, (740) 701-3093.