Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Orientation session tailored to students transferring from other campuses

The Chillicothe Campus recently held a student orientation session that was tailored for transfer students who will begin their OU-C careers during winter quarter 2012. This was the first student orientation session that was specifically designed for students who began their college careers on other campuses, and approximately 65 incoming students participated in the event.

The student orientation session included many of the trappings of a traditional student orientation session but also focused more on topics of concerns to these students who are already veterans of a college learning environment.

“The purpose of these orientation sessions is to position new OU-C students for success during their college careers, and by adjusting a session to meet the unique needs of this group of learners we are better able to meet that objective,” Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “This also underscores our mission of serving as a gateway to higher education for area residents. Whether individuals are beginning or redirecting their college careers, it is important that they view the Chillicothe Campus as the launching pad for the next step in their higher education journey.”

Senior art exhibit features work of Karalea Lane

“A Senior’s Work,” an appropriately named senior art exhibit by OU-C student Karalea Lane, is now on exhibit in the Stevenson Center Art Gallery through Jan. 20.

The show includes paintings and drawings in both colored pencils, and some of the works utilize markers.

The show is more of a display of the media types I prefer to use. The great thing about the work I have done toward getting my degree has been the chance to study and make many different types of art. It helped me learn what media work with each other and what I prefer to use,” Lane said in describing the show.

In discussing the inspiration behind the show, Lane said, “Most of these pieces were made for a class, but the assignments were very open. One of my favorite pieces is the drawing of myself. At the time I was taking multiple English classes and it seemed as if words were everywhere around me. I wanted to convey that feeling while still meeting the assignment of drawing something on my head. The drawing turned out so much better than I had hoped.”

“Most of my art happens by accident. I'll go in intending to draw something very specific on the canvas, and the paintbrush gets a mind of its own. The best stuff comes that way.”

Lane, a graduate of Lancaster High School, will graduate this spring with a bachelor’s degree in art.

Campus’ social media efforts are designed to connect with current, prospective students

As the campus news blog continues to see traffic and content growth since its launch in the spring of 2009, Ohio University Chillicothe keeps pace by expanding its presence on various social media platforms. By extending the campus communication efforts beyond traditional mediums, OU-C is better able to reach current and prospective students and faculty in ways most convenient to them.

Ohio University-Chillicothe actively maintains a Facebook page with updates about events happening around campus, highlights recently posted YouTube videos and links to important news or updates. It is a place where campus members can connect with one another outside the classroom or traditional learning environment.

The OU-C Facebook has recently been updated to feature a “welcome page” to introduce new visitors to the page and help them find the information they may be seeking such as the OU-C website or address. This is just another example of how social media can help current and prospective campus members to find the information they need in a quick and efficient manner.

Further, OU-C creates YouTube videos from prerecorded discussions first played on local radio channels. These videos not only provide accompanying imagery to highlight the theme discussed, but they also provide access to the information beyond the physical constraints of the radio platform. There are also various videos posted featuring faculty and student interviews that allow the content to be shared beyond an article or a few quotes. It allows the audience to visualize the subject and connect with the topic beyond a base level.

OU-C can further work towards its mission of serving its students and serving the region by providing access to the messaging on all platforms of communication.

“As I said when I began my tenure at OU-C, I am interested in having a strategic, student-focused approach in all we do on the Chillicothe Campus, and that includes our communication efforts,” Dean Martin Tuck said. “Perhaps a prospective student hears the beginning of a radio spot on his/her drive to school but for whatever reason they miss the whole thing. By posting the same ad on the YouTube channel, they have an opportunity to hear the complete message. Or, perhaps someone does not listen to the radio at all, but it extremely active online. This allows OU-C get the message to the audience in whatever form is best for them.”

While the social media efforts originally began as a means to further communicate with OU-C students and faculty, it is proven to be a key tool for recruitment and retention. These efforts allow prospective students get a window into the on-goings of the campus beyond the traditional campus information session and get a “peek” at all the conversation surrounding campus stories and events. In terms of retention, social media allows campus officials to communicate directly with students.

Further, at the crux of any social media platform there is a community. The purpose of these platforms is to unite people with common interests and backgrounds. And while the OU-C campus often breaks the barriers between traditional and nontraditional education, tools such as Facebook, YouTube and blogging help unite campus members and the entire Chillicothe region.

“Social media provides the unique opportunity to connect the Chillicothe Campus on another level and truly foster a community environment beyond the walls of our campus buildings,” Tuck said.

The upcoming year holds an exciting potential for more social media interaction and involvement at Ohio University Chillicothe as the campus and these platforms continue to grow. Visit the Facebook page to “like” OU-Chillicothe and subscribe to the YouTube Channel for easy access to all current and upcoming content.

RCC member Sharon Manson named president of Ohio School Boards Association

OU-C Regional Coordinating Council member Sharon Manson was recently installed as president of the Ohio School Boards Association. Among her duties in this role are presiding over various meetings, serving as the state’s delegate at the National School Boards Association’s annual conference, appointing ad hoc committee members and serving as the association’s spokesperson when appropriate.

Manson, a Waverly resident, has served as a member of the Waverly City Board of Education for 24 years, including two years as board president and 12 years as vice president. She also serves on the Pike County CTC Board of Education. Manson has been very involved in the Waverly community, serving on several community and civic organizations. She was awarded the American Red Cross Volunteer Award for 2010.

Manson has retired from Ohio Valley Electric Corporation and now serves as the executive director of the Pike County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“We are pleased that Sharon has earned this position. She brings to the state school boards presidency a wealth of experience and a passion for education and the impact it makes on the quality of life for residents of this region, which is evident from her participation on our Regional Coordinating Council,” said OU-C Dean Martin Tuck, who attended Manson’s recent installation ceremony along with fellow staff member Joyce Atwood. “Her involvement on the Waverly City Board of Education and community initiatives provides her with a perspective that is especially valuable as a Regional Coordinating Council member.”

Manson earned her associate degree from Shawnee State University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio University.

Faculty member Michael Lafreniere’s initiative featured in news media

OU-C faculty member Michael Lafreniere’s “collaboratory” initiative, which involves the use of technology to further engage students and enhance the classroom experience, has been featured in the area news media. Lafreniere’s work, which is funded by an 1804 Grant from Ohio University, was the subject of a front-page story in the Chillicothe Gazette, and Lafreniere served as the “Sounding Board” public affairs program guest at WBEX radio.

The newspaper story is available online at:

A podcast of the radio interview is available at:

Salon discussion event, concert to focus on secret language of music

A discussion focusing on “Inside the Secret Language of Music” will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday Jan 26 in Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Musicians Kraig B. Gregg of Baltimore and local musical artist b.t. lore will lead the talk, which is part of the Quinn Library Salon series. The series looks to connect the campus and local communities in discussions about relevant topics.

Also, please join The Foothill Folk Society for a concert in the Bennett Hall Auditorium at OU-C at 7 p.m. on Friday Jan. 27.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Discussion to address Seasonal Affective Disorder

Dr. Jim Hagen will discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), including its symptoms and how to address the malady, during a discussion at noon on Jan. 24 in Bennett Hall room 130 at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Campus Health, Wellness and Safety Committee.

SAD is a mood disorder in which individuals have normal mental health during most of the year but experience depressive symptoms at specific seasons. It is also known as winter depression or the winter blues. Individuals sometimes suffer from symptoms of depression that are related to SAD such as fatigue, lack of interest, social withdrawal, craving certain foods and weight gain.

Meeting scheduled for interested tennis players

An informational meeting will be held for OU-C students who are interested in playing on the campus men’s and women’s tennis teams at 11 a.m. on Jan. 27 in the upper level of the Shoemaker Center. Matches are played in April, and students with all levels of ability are welcome. For more information, contact Ellen Clark at (740) 649-0495 or or Brad Seymour at (740) 649-3588.

Coalition to provide tax preparation help for qualified OU-C students

The Ross County EITC Coalition will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 26, Feb. 4 and Feb. 18 in the Stevenson Center to help Ohio University-Chillicothe students prepare their taxes. Students who earned less than $50,270 in 2011 qualify for this free tax-preparation program and should call (740) 779-CASH to make an appointment.

Those participating in the program should bring a photo ID; Social Security card; W-2, 1098-T and 1099-INT forms (if applicable) and statements from daycare providers showing amount paid and daycare EIN (if applicable).

After completing tax returns, students can then complete FAFSA forms.