Friday, October 7, 2011

College Night event packs Shoemaker Center

Approximately 300 area high school students and their parents surveyed the offerings of more than 40 colleges and universities during the recent annual College Night event at OU-C’s Shoemaker Center. The event underscores the Chillicothe Campus’ role as a gateway to higher education for area residents. It is part of OU-C’s mission to serve its region by helping people utilize higher education to realize their ambitions and pursue careers that align with their passions.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

OU-C Writing Center contest winner shares with readers carefree ‘Childhood Memories’

Writing contest winner Alisha Schreck is shown with OU-C Dean Martin Tuck
In her lighthearted piece about growing up in the “good ole days,” Alisha Schreck delights readers with “Childhood Memories,” the winning story of the Spring 2011 Writing Center Contest at OU-C.

In “Childhood Memories” Alisha shares with her readers fond memories of visiting her grandmother’s farm in Chillicothe. Her carefree account opens with “When my life seems too difficult to bear, I travel back in time and remember my grandma’s house.” From there, she takes readers on a journey through farm life, introducing them to family members and farm animals along the way.

“I felt it was important to share some of my favorite childhood memories, because I’m part of the last generation to have such a simple upbringing,” Schreck said, explaining the inspiration behind her story. “Times were different back then—my mother never worried when I rode my bike to Grandma’s, and I didn’t do chores to receive an allowance, I did them to help out my family,” she explained.

“Childhood Memories” was selected as the winner of the 2011 OU-C Spring Writing Center Contest, themed “Travel Writing at Home and Abroad.” Schreck originally wrote her piece for the English 151 course she was taking in the spring.

“What I liked best about Alisha’s piece is that it developed from a simple writing assignment,” said Writing Center Coordinator, Deb Nickles. “I hope more student writers will consider creatively shaping and submitting their class writing assignments to this quarter’s contest. For Schreck, she took a visit to her grandmother's house and turned it into a commentary on the joys of traveling at home.”

Schreck, a Chillicothe native, is pursuing her degree in Human Services Technology. She has three children and five grandchildren, and is eagerly anticipating her oldest son’s return from Iraq. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and doing jigsaw puzzles in her free time.

Any OU-C student interested in having work published, the Writing Center invites submissions of up to two essays, research papers, poems or prose about a “haunting experience” to the 2011 Fall Writing Center Contest: Haunts, Spooks and Specters. Entry forms may be picked up at the Learning Center in Stevenson and are due no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11. The first place winner will be awarded a $75 gift card and their winning piece will be featured on the homepage of the OU-C Writing Center’s online gallery.

This story was written by Office of Communications PR student-employee Rebecca Reif

Activities that are on the horizon commemorate OU-C’s access and community engagement missions


Area high school students and their parents can explore the offerings of more than 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 through higher education, 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 information about 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


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 it 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 things look 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 a 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 student is active participant in politics

Equipped with an ambitious attitude and an unwavering determination, OU-C student Heather Wingo is stanch in her efforts to become engaged in the political process.

After attending the May 1 “Power to the People” rally presented by The Ohio Movement Building Project, Heather made the decision to get and stay informed about Senate Bill 5.

Senate Bill 5, signed into law by Ohio Governor John Kasich on March 31, limits the collective bargaining rights of public workers. The law was made into a referendum in July after Ohio public advocacy groups worked together to collect 1.3 million signatures, only 231,149 which were required, from Ohio voters who opposed the law. As a result, Senate Bill 5 will appear as Issue 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Wingo, a 26-year-old single mother of two children and full-time OU-C student, was previously involved with the leadership of the local group “Stand Up for Ohio—Ross County Movement Builders,” one of 10 similar groups across the state. This past summer, she traveled to Texas where she received training  on how to effectively rally people together to move towards a goal, so that goal can be achieved.

“I’ve learned a lot about the bill and how it will affect the future of my family.” said Wingo.

Wingo is an OU-C senior working towards her bachelor’s degree in art and certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Aside from school, work and taking care of her children, volunteering her time with local community and political campaigns is something Wingo is passionate about. In addition to her work for the Ross County Movement Builders, Wingo is also campaigning for local candidates.

“Getting involved in my local community has really paid off,” said Wingo. “I have had the chance to meet numerous people who hold strong positions in my community and all around the U.S.”

Wingo’s dedication to political and public policy campaigns has not only strengthened her community relationships, but it has also strengthened her character.

“I have learned how to keep myself informed and how I can motivate others around me to get involved and stay involved,” said Wingo. “I’m working as hard as I am today for my children’s tomorrow.”

This story was written by Office of Communications PR student-employee Rebecca Reif

OU-C students hit the books at home and on campus

We regularly speak with OU-C students for a snapshot of campus life. This week we inquired about their study habits, such as their favorite times and venues for hitting the books.

Sarah Akber and Yvonne Elliott, a pair of nursing students, prefer the relative quiet of the Stevenson Center Learning Center when they need to study. “I like the atmosphere. Sometimes it gets a little loud, but it’s not too chaotic,” said Akber, a Waverly High School graduate.

“I like the laid-back atmosphere. My favorite time to study is between classes,” said Elliott, a Unioto High School grad.

Derek Woodall, a Law Enforcement Technology major from North Adams High, also prefers the Learning Commons. “I usually come here to study between classes. I like to study in longer blocks of time. It helps to make the material stick better.”

Adam Clark, a middle childhood education major from Southeastern High School, said, “I usually do my studying during breaks between classes or when I go home in the evening. My habits depend on how much work I need to get done and how much time I have to do it.”

Cody Moore tends to take his homework back home with him. “I usually study at my house since there’s nothing to do a lot of times. I also like the Learning Commons with the computer availability and wireless access for my laptop,” said Moore, a Law Enforcement Technology major from Westfall High School.

Brooke Shanton, a nursing student from Unioto High, has to work her studying around her work schedule as a waitress. “I study any hours of the day I can, usually at night until five in the morning. I like to study in the Learning Commons or at my apartment. I need a place that’s quiet or with students who have similar classes.”

Her friend Brenna Daniels, a nursing student from Jackson High, finds there’s no place like home. “It’s quiet with no distractions. I usually study in the evening since I am at school during the day.”

Kenneth Roberts, a science major from Chillicothe High School, also prefers the comforts of home for his studying pursuits. “I am more comfortable there. My usual time for studying is late at night or in the evening and usually for 30 minutes to an hour at a time.”

‘Teach with Technology’ sessions are scheduled

The campus’ Technology-Rich Learning community is hosting several “Teach with Technology” workshops during October to assist individuals become more comfortable with incorporating technology into the curriculum. The sessions are free and open to campus community members.

Teach with Technology

Wednesday, October 12 Noon – 1 p.m., Stevenson, room 19

Adobe Connect: Kellie Adams

Are you interested in hosting live meetings or classes from offsite? How about office hours? Are you interested in connecting with your students when they are off campus? Adobe Connect is a video conferencing system that supports this and more! Come see an example of how a nursing class is using this system.

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor.

Monday, October 17 Noon – 1 p.m., Stevenson, room 19

Audacity: Jan Schmittauer & Patty Griffith

Are you looking for a better way to respond to your students? Do you want to enhance your Blackboard site to include audio files? Come and learn how to create these files that can be loaded in Blackboard or sent as attachments in emails.

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder.

Thursday, October 27 Noon - 1p.m., Bennett, room 273

Creation of a Collaboratory: An Active, Engaging, and Effective Learning Environment: Michael Lafreniere

Every student can “come to the board” in a collaboratory without ever leaving their seat (or coming to campus). Across many disciplines, current technology exists to create and incorporate collaboratories into an active, engaging, and effective learning environment. This proposal will lead to the creation of a campus collaboratory using existing campus computer lab resources in conjunction with tablets and interactive classroom software that facilitates student participation, formative and peer assessment, and enhances a student’s contribution to the learning experience.

Hilltop Café supporting cancer organization

Stop by the Hilltop Café during the month of October to purchase & personalize a pin-up in recognition of any & all cancers affecting our community. They are $1 each with proceeds going toward the Southern Ohio Survivors, a local organization helping cancer survivors during and beyond their diagnosis.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Panel discussion focuses on impact of bullying

OU-C Dean Martin Tuck (right) talks with panelists (from left) Ronald Vance, Jamie Harmount and Lisa Kovach prior to the recent bullying discussion on campus.
A full house of OU-C students, employees and community members attended the recent discussion about the problem of bullying, particularly in regards to schools, in the Bennett Hall Auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

Panelists included 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.

The panel discussion is part of the campus’ Quinn Library salon discussion series, which endeavors to engage campus and community members in discussions about relevant topics.