Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dean Tuck visits with students in Learning Commons

Chillicothe Campus Dean Martin Tuck recently stopped by the Learning Commons in the Stevenson Center to visit with students. The Learning Commons has become a hub of campus activity, offering OU-C students a comfortable venue where they can study, relax or spend time with friends between classes. The center features a student-focused approach in its design and helps to support the vibrant learning community that exists on campus.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New employees join Chillicothe Campus community

Several individuals are joining the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus community as new employees with the beginning of 2012 winter quarter. Some individuals had already begun their duties while others officially joined OU-C when classes began Jan. 3.

• Kellie Adams, Assistant Professor of Nursing. Her teaching duties include classroom and clinical situations. Adams, a registered nurse (RN), has served as an adjunct faculty member with OU-C and Wright State University. Adams has extensive experience in a number of capacities with Adena Health System, most recently as interim director of the Medical Surgical Nursing unit. She earned an associate degree from Shawnee State University, a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree from Mount Carmel College of Nursing. All three degrees are in nursing.

• Bruce Blackburn, Director of the Health and Wellness Center. Blackburn, who was recently named OU-C’s baseball coach, will be responsible for operations of the Health and Wellness Center, located in the Shoemaker Center. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sports administration at Shawnee State University.

• Rebecca Borland, Nursing Lab Coordinator. In this position, she works with nursing faculty members to implement student experiences in the labs, assists with students working on lab activities and develops a remediation program for nursing students. Borland has served as a clinical instructor at OU-C and an instructor for the LPN program at Pickaway-Ross Career Center. Additionally, she was a nurse at the Ambulatory Surgical Center in Circleville. She earned an associate degree, bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, all in nursing, from Ohio University, taking her associate degree courses at OU-C.

• Karen Corcoran, Visiting Faculty Member in Middle Childhood Education. Beginning fall quarter, she has served as coordinator of the campus’ Middle Childhood Education Program. 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. She previously was a family and consumer sciences teacher at Bishop Flaget School in Chillicothe and Paint Valley High School in Bainbridge. She also has additional administrative experience as an educational consultant for Gallia Vinton Educational Service Center and faculty at the University of Rio Grande. Corcoran 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.

• Tanya Hire, Assistant Professor of Business Bachelor Applied Management. She is teaching accounting and other business-related courses in support of the Bachelors of Applied Management degree the campus is now offering. Hire has been an employee in the Controller’s Office of Ohio University since 1999, currently as a project manager of information systems and business processes. She has regularly taught introductory courses for incoming freshmen at the university since 2004 as both a volunteer and paid instructor. Hire earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in accountancy from Ohio University and has completed all but her dissertation toward a Doctorate in Higher Education from the university.

• Leighanne Johnson, Advisor for Nursing. In this role, Johnson is responsible for providing nursing academic advising and counseling for OU-C nursing/pre-nursing students and will work with both the nursing program and Student Services. Johnson has most recently been a mental health specialist with Integrated Services of Appalachian Ohio and a physician billing specialist with Adena Health Systems. She has also counseled internships with Adena Local Schools and the Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center and is a member of the Ross County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in mental health counseling and school counseling, both from Ohio University.

• Kenneth Larimore, Assistant Professor of Social Work. Larimore has been an adjunct faculty member at OU-C and a visiting professor of social work on Ohio University’s Athens campus as well as an adjunct member at other colleges/universities, teaching courses in areas such as social work, sociology and counseling. He was previously an adjunct professor at Trinity College of the Bible & Seminary in Newburgh, Ind. Larimore has presented numerous workshops and seminars in addition to having articles published. He also has a strong background in social work as an administrator, social worker who does counseling and case manager.

• Shelly Miller, Reference/Instruction Librarian in Quinn Library. In this position, she will deliver library instruction and assist students with research. She previously was employed by Kent State University conducting and evaluating literature searches as well as assisting with grant applications, presentations, proposals and publications. She was also a special projects cataloger for Tiffin University and a library aide for the Bliss Memorial Public Library in Bloomville, Ohio. Miller earned her bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College, master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University and the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State.

• Ilene Seitz, Custodial Worker Classification 1. She was previously a cook in Dining Services and performed housekeeping duties in Facilities Management on the Athens campus. Prior to that experience, Seitz was employed by Ratzlaff Construction Company of Chillicothe.

• Ashley Shoemaker, Administrative Assistant in Nursing. Shoemaker’s main responsibilities will include serving as a receptionist and liaison to internal and external contacts as well as maintaining department files and databases. She most recently was an assistant at Mid-Ohio Psychological Services, completing counseling under the supervision of a Licensed Practical Clinical Counselor, and worked as a student employee in Financial Aid while a student at OU-C. Shoemaker earned an associate degree in Human Services Technology, a bachelor’s degree in Technical Applied Studies and a master’s degree in Educational Counseling, all from Ohio University and while taking courses on the Chillicothe Campus.

• Jennifer Smallwood, Assistant Professor of Nursing for the Accelerated BSN Program. She has previously served as dean of academic operations for Chamberlain College of Nursing in Columbus and as a perinatal educator with the Ohio State University Medical Center. She has additional professional experience as an education consultant with the Ohio Board of Nursing, a staff RN with Doctors West Hospital and Mount Carmel East Hospital, a Medicaid health systems specialist with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and public health nursing with the Franklin County Board of Health. Smallwood earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Capital University and a master’s degree in nursing from the Ohio State University. She is a registered nurse (RN) and is a certified nurse midwife.

OU-C students share their goals for the new year

To keep our finger on the pulse of campus, we periodically gather OU-C students’ thoughts on various subjects. This week’s topic involves what new year’s resolutions they may have made.

Kyle Bethel, a communication major and Zane Trace High School graduate, is following his continuing theme of “in general, live life to the fullest. I always try to do my best. In school, I look to get my assignments done on time.”

Dallas Kochenour, a childhood education major who also attended Zane Trace, echoed a similar theme. “I am always looking to improve, and I am looking for overall improvement from last quarter in terms of grads. I also want to stay healthy and hit the gym as often as possible.”

Teddy Compston, a part-time rapper as well as a nursing student from Wellston High School, has fairly broad aspirations. “I really do not have any resolutions other than to finish school.”

Alie Pierce is also looking to further improve her healthy living. “I want to eat healthier and to exercise more while not sitting around as much,” said Pierce, a Unioto High grad who is undecided about her academic major.

“I want to improve my grades, especially my math skills. I would also like to comprehend all material better,” said Logan Bowles, who is also undecided and hails from Unioto High.

Steven Thompson, a nursing student from Vinton County High, said, “My resolution would be to get all A’s in my classes and to be more productive.”

Daniel Gardner, a post-secondary student from Paint Valley, said, “just to get good grades.”

Taylor Shewalter, a nursing student from Huntington High School, is very focused on her goal, “to do well in my upcoming test.”

Her friend, fellow Huntington High graduate Jaimi Reisinger, said, “I want to start working out more and to figure out my college future.”

OU-C faculty member Allison White proving benefits of volunteerism at upcoming event

OU-C faculty member Allison White will be waiting tables for a good cause that supports the campus’ emphasis on community engagement. White, the Office Technology Program Coordinator, will be participating in the Celebrity Waiter Fund Raiser along with other community leaders at Tumbleweed restaurant in Chillicothe from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, with proceeds benefitting Special Olympics.

This event has very practical implications. Beyond offering White an opportunity to represent the campus in serving the region, her participation also sets an example for her students in developing skills that will benefit them in their career pursuits.

“I believe that we at OU-C do an excellent job of getting involved with the community, and I want to do my part.” White said. “Activities that promote growth as a professional are a must for faculty, staff and students. This is an excellent opportunity for me to serve as a role model and encourage OTEC students to get involved in their communities. Interpersonal skills are reinforced throughout the OTEC program. As the initial contact point person in most companies, administrative assistants must hone these skills. Community service opportunities offer one way to develop these skills, and I want to encourage this type of participation by our students through my own actions.”

Reception planned for Faculty & Staff Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Exhibit

A reception for the annual OU-C Faculty & Staff Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Exhibit will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 20 in the Patricia Art Gallery in Bennett Hall. The event is sponsored by the Stevenson Center Quinn Library and is free and open to the public.

The annual exhibit, which is on display through Jan. 27, showcases the works of various members of the Chillicothe Campus community and includes an impressive array of artistic and creative expressions such as painting, photography, woodworking and literature.

“I am always impressed by the work and creativity of my colleagues. This show offers an opportunity for campus members to display talents they have. It is always interesting to see the hobbies that our co-workers pursue outside of the workplace and the talents they have,” said staff member Beth Tilley, who coordinated the third annual event.

Article highlights vibrant OU-C theater program

An article about the Chillicothe Campus’ theater program and how it adds to the vibrancy of campus recently was posted in the “Music & Arts” section of the WOUB web page. The placement of the article allows individuals on the Athens campus and beyond to realize the robust learning environment that exists at OU-C. The story can be found online at:

Silent auction to benefit United Way of Ross County

The United Way of Ross County and Ohio University-Chillicothe are partnering to host a silent auction from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 12 in the Bennett Hall Patricia Scott Art Gallery at OU-C. The event will benefit United Way.

The public is invited to attend and participate.

Community members are encouraged to donate goods or services, particularly non-perishable items and redeemable certificates. Donations can be dropped off at the Bennett Hall Information Desk.

The campus’ United Way campaign for 2011-12 ends Jan. 13. Forms were distributed in mailboxes during winter break and can be returned to Jonna Depugh. Individuals who did not receive a payroll donation form may pick them up from her.