Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Exemplary OU-C Social Psychology student takes polished presentation overseas

Hear and see Zach Schumacher talk about delivering a presentation at an international conference on the campus' YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/ouchillicothe

Zachary Schumacher isn’t your average social psychology undergrad. This past July, the Ohio University-Chillicothe junior traveled to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he gave a presentation at the 14th Annual International Conference of Social Dilemmas.

“I have always been interested in social psychology,” said Schumacher, “but my interests in the field increased significantly when I was a student in Dr. Ann Rumble’s social psychology class. During that time, I developed the idea that if individuals are presented with group interaction, our actions will conflict with our own notion of self-interests,” he explained. “After enrolling in Dr. Rumble’s Psych 221 class, I was given the tools to develop a study to test my ideas of group interaction, which led to my presentation, ‘The Use of Incentives Within a Hierarchy’.”

Only 66 percent of the presentations submitted to the conference were accepted; and among 150 presenters that spoke at the conference, Schumacher was the only undergraduate student. While at the conference, Schumacher had the opportunity to meet many notable figures in his field.

“At the conference, Zachary had the opportunity to meet Dr. Marilynn Brewer, a retired Ohio Eminent Scholar from The Ohio State University and one of the top social psychologists in the world. After hearing Zachary’s presentation, Dr. Brewer told me that she was very impressed with both Zach and his work,” said Rumble, assistant professor of psychology at OU-C and Zachary’s mentor for the project.

“Meeting Marilyn was truly amazing and my presentation was successful largely because of her help,” Schumacher commented. “Thanks to her advice, when I told the conference attendees that I was an undergraduate student, they didn’t believe me at first.”

In addition to attending classes, Schumacher also works as a psychology laboratory assistant in Rumble’s lab at OU-C. Matt Abbott, a fellow research assistant in Rumble’s lab and one of Schumacher’s best friends, also contributed to success of his research project and presentation.

“Matt Abbott played a huge role in the success of this experiment and presentation, and for that I am forever grateful. He was not able to attend the conference with me, but he was there in spirit along with everyone else who helped me throughout this process,” said Schumacher.

Also playing a large part in the success of his project and presentation was Professor Rumble.

“After advancing to the research methods class taught by Dr. Rumble, I was given a chance to bounce my ideas off my peers and professor Rumble herself. I am truly grateful for all the help and guidance she has given me. Because of Dr. Rumble, I found myself giving a presentation to a room full of individuals that I had first read about in my textbooks for her classes.”

“Zach did an excellent job, not only with his talk, but he also networked with and impressed many colleagues in our field, most of who thought he was an advanced grad student,” said Rumble.

“Both Zach and Matt have reached a level of achievement, and have an understanding of the empirical research in the field of social dilemmas that rivals graduate students in this area,” Rumble continued. “They are both extraordinary students who actively engage in their education and take it very seriously, which sets a positive example for all of our students to follow.”

Schumacher and Abbott continue to work on their project, and hope to present their latest findings at next year’s conference. As he reflects on this year’s success, Schumacher remains optimistic for the future.

“This opportunity has motivated me to a level that I thought was not possible and I will continue to further my investigation all thanks to the wonderful people around. All thanks to my family for their love, all thanks to my friends for their support, all thanks to my peers such as Matt, and lastly all thanks to Dr. Ann Rumble who has pushed me and still is.”

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

Job-shadowing experience helps prepare OTEC students for careers

Office Technology students in the Administrative Procedures Class at OU-C are gaining real-life insights into their future careers by “job-shadowing” professionals on the Chillicothe Campus.

“This type of experience complements what the students study in the classroom and allows them see what they will be expected to do on a daily basis once they embark on their careers, “ said Allison White, assistant professor and coordinator of the Office Technology (OTEC) program. “Working professionals are in the best position to share this perspective. Further, this job-shadowing experience allows our students to benefit from the professionalism and experience of OU-C staff members.”

Among applicable lessons the students learn from the OU-C professionals are office procedures, qualifications for administrative positions, professional attire, the importance of personal and communication skills, office workflow, how to interact with people in a professional setting and the importance of patience and tact.

“This type of experience is helpful,” said OU-C student Chrystal Dixon, a graduate of Summer County (W.Va.) High School, who was learning the ropes from Megan Carpenter, administrative coordinator in the Nursing Office. “This type of experience is focused toward my major and shows the different steps of what we are learning in the classroom. It offers more of a hands-on feel for what we are studying.”

“From this I better realize what we will actually be doing in the workplace and the types of experiences we will have so we are better prepared for them,” said Ashley Detillion, an Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) graduate. “Since I have limited experience in this setting, this type of experience is especially helpful.”

Angela Hutson, a graduate of Wirt County (W.Va.) High School, and Lindsey Kempton of Waverly High School both received tips from Margret Clifton, accounting assistant in the Dean’s Office.

“I was able to learn more about people skills and how to interact with individuals in the workplace,” Hutson said. “I also saw the different roles of an administrative position.

“This helps to learn more of the specifics of the job and what skills will be needed in the workplace,” Kempton said.

Student Senate continues to gain traction; Upcoming elections are on tap

Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming elections the current OU-C Student Senate leaders are looking to continue the momentum of this past year in establishing the organization as a voice of the campus students.

Rae “Marlene” Fout, interim president, and Robert Weaver, interim vice president, are both running for re-election in the upcoming fall elections.

Campaigning is currently taking place and will continue through Oct. 20. A “Meet the Candidate” event is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. on Oct. 12 in Bennett Hall room 131 and is open to all students.

All current OU-C students are invited and encouraged to participate in the elections.

Elections will be online from Oct. 17 through Oct. 20, and a short bio will be provided for each candidate on the ballot. Students should watch for notices throughout campus advertising the election website. The winners will be announced via email on Oct. 21.

“We want to be the voice of the students and be able to take student concerns forward so that we can try to address them,” said Fout, a communications studies major from Chillicothe High School.

“I see the role of Student Senate as a voice of the student body and to represent the students as a whole,” said Weaver, a psychology major who was home-schooled in high school.

Student Senate meets at 12:15 p.m. each Wednesday in Bennett Hall room 131, and both Fout and Weaver encourage students to attend and participate.

“We are trying to get representatives of campus clubs to regularly attend the meetings so that we can work together toward common goals and keep the lines of communication open,” Fout said. “In this way, we can be aware of various events, including those that complement each other and offer opportunities for collaboration.”

Weaver said, “It is important for Student Senate to grow and that more people make their opinions known so we can better serve as the voice of the students. I have learned that we can accomplish things if suggestions and concerns are brought to our attention.”

Student Senate currently has five active committees addressing the following topics:

• Compilation of an apartment (housing) booklet
• Update of the Student Senate Constitution
• Fund-raising, with an emphasis on the Larry Cox Memorial Scholarship
• Student activities
• Student concerns

Opinion piece: OU-C realizing its dream

A recent opinion piece in the Chillicothe Gazette lauded the Chillicothe Campus for its remaining true to its mission of making higher education accessible to regional residents. The article, “OU-C realizing its dream,” traces the history of the Chillicothe Campus and notes how OU-C continues to change with the time and remain relevant. The article is available online: http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20111009/OPINION01/110090310/OU-C-realizing-its-dream

Heritage Day events pay tribute to campus’ enduring values

Ohio University-Chillicothe celebrated its bright past and promising future during the recent annual Heritage Day commemoration. Events included a lunch in the Learning Commons for many of the campus’ pathfinders, a tour of campus facilities, an evening reception in the amphitheater and a concert by the Renaissance Singers.

“As the first regional campus in the state, the Chillicothe Campus has a history of blazing a path,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck told the luncheon gathering. “Founded in 1946, OU-C is marking its 65th year of serving its students and serving its region. And, although the Chillicothe Campus is nearing typical retirement age, it shows no signs of slowing down.”

“Today’s occasion is intended to commemorate the qualities that make our campus and our community such a great place to learn, live and work,” Tuck said. “On a college campus, it seems that the one constant is change, and at OU-C that is definitely true. At OU-C, we have changed and adapted over the years to both survive and to thrive, depending on the circumstances.”

Also speaking at the luncheon were long-time OU-C faculty and staff members Stephen Phillips, Bobby Christian and David Harding, who shared their remembrances and perspectives on the Chillicothe Campus experience.

Stephen Phillips
“It was a family … whatever needed to be done, you did it. … we had the ability to get along even when we had disagreements,” shared Phillips, former associate dean, in recalling the transition to Bennett Hall. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to be associated with OU-C and the community.

Bobby Christian
Christian, former athletics director, shared, “It has been a great ride, and we have come a long way … Chillicothe is a great place to raise children and a great place to live … I am a Hilltopper all the way.”

David Harding
“To me, it’s about people,” said Harding, who was the driving force behind the launch of the campus’ Law Enforcement Technology program. “What I loved about this place is we had the freedom to do so many things, and we had some of the best people you can think of to work with. We got things done.”

Classes began at OU-C in 1946 with 281 students at the former Chillicothe High School building. Students later took classes at First Presbyterian Church when daytime classes were introduced in 1960. This current campus site became operational in 1966 with the completion of Bennett Hall.

The same mission of serving its students and serving its region, which has been an integral part of the campus’ heritage, continues to guide OU-C’s future.

“And, as we continue to move forward in a way that best meets the needs of our students and this region, it is important to embrace the core values that make the Chillicothe Campus such an exceptional learning environment,” Tuck said.

Ohio & Erie Canal tour offered for OU-C students

The OU-C Giving Circle is sponsoring an Ohio & Erie Canal Tour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 15. There is no cost for OU-C students, who must register by contacting staff members Ashlee Rauckhorst or Joyce Atwood. For more information, call (740) 774-7732 or (740) 774-7229.

The tour will be narrated by Martha Gerber Rittinger, and participants will view the canal route from the Erie Canal to Three Locks Road. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the underground river that travels underground through Chillicothe.

Participants will need to bring a brown bag lunch. Soft drinks and water will be provided.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Recent events put OU-C’s mission into motion

The following op-ed article by OU-C Dean Martin Tuck was published in the Oct. 9 edition of The Chillicothe Gazette.


Op-Ed Submission
Martin Tuck, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Ohio University-Chillicothe

It has often been said that actions speak louder than words. This axiom especially rings true in regards to two recent events that speak more eloquently than a volume of speeches ever could when it comes to discussing the essence of Ohio University-Chillicothe’s role in this region.

The first event, College Night, emphasizes the Chillicothe Campus’ mission of providing a gateway to promise for area residents. On a recent evening, OU-C’s Shoemaker Center was packed as area high school students surveyed the options of more than 40 colleges and universities, including the Chillicothe and Athens campuses of Ohio University.

College Night, in so many ways, emphasizes OU-C’s access mission in helping area residents utilize higher education to realize their ambitions. No matter what campus they may eventually attend, we hope that our neighbors will feel comfortable beginning their college careers on the Chillicothe Campus. We are here to answer questions about the admissions and financial aid processes so that students can get off on the right foot with their college journeys.

If they select OU-C as their college home, we are happy to support these students throughout their college careers. We are also here to offer the resources for students who want to get a good foundation at an affordable price, and then relocate to another campus. And, we are also happy to assist those students from the area who decide to follow their college ambitions elsewhere by addressing general questions they have about the admission process. That type of good neighbor approach is part of the role of a regional campus.

The other event, Heritage Day, allowed for the campus to celebrate its legacy of engagement with the region. It was refreshing and enlightening to speak with individuals from the community who have been such a large part of OU-C’s success. When we celebrate the good fortune of the Chillicothe Campus, we are actually toasting this entire region.

As I have often shared, since joining the campus community, I have been impressed by how closely aligned the campus and community are. For 65 years, the Chillicothe Campus and this region have been part of a successful partnership to uphold the quality of life for area residents. In many ways, this partnership defines OU-C.

We want to be a regional campus in every sense of the word. Most of our students are from this region, and many eventually return to their hometowns as proven professionals and community leaders after graduation.

While 65 is generally considered retirement age, that rule does not hold true for the Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus. Buoyed by the vibrancy and energy of this region, this campus shows no signs of slowing down.

In moving forward, our actions, more than our words, will continue to define Ohio University-Chillicothe and the region it serves as we put our mission into motion.