Thursday, February 2, 2012

Writing contest winner Anthony Kaltenbach uses everyday experiences in essay

Writing Contest winner Anthony Kaltenbach (left) is congratulated by OU-C Dean Martin Tuck

By OU-C public relations student employee Lindsay Shirk

Through his collection of everyday experiences with his daughter, Anthony Kaltenbach won the OU-C Writing Center fall writing contest for his essay Rituals.

“I molded together activities that my daughter and I do every day…typical things,” said Kaltenbach, a language arts major. “I simply started writing. I used personal experiences and tried to somehow make it fit the genre of a ghost story.”

Each quarter, the Writing Center hosts the writing contest. This fall quarter, the contest theme was “Haunts, Spooks and Specters.” Kaltenbach’s writing was encouraged by his English professor in particular.

“Jan Schmittauer, a professor in an online English class, pushed me to write more and saw that I have a knack for writing … she was very supportive,” he said.

More than a dozen entries were received for this quarter’s contest, but Kaltenbach’s proved to “haunt” judges the most.

“For this particular contest, Rituals is very well written and has what one judge describes as a true ‘haunting’ quality about it. The strong imagery and nostalgic tone allows readers to visualize the scene and Tony keeps the focus and tension well-balanced in the 1,200 word limitation,” said Deb Nickles, coordinator of the Writing Center.

The Writing Center has hosted the event since 2008. Contest winners receive a $75 gift certificate to the college bookstore. Last year, the center published an OU-C literary journal, Glass Enclosures, comprised of undergraduate and alumni literary works.

“We hope to build a community of writers through these combined efforts and promote better writing as a whole on campus,” said Nickles.

OU-C also has published several works in an online gallery through the National Gallery of Writing. Students and faculty can submit works to the public gallery called “The Fishbowl at the OU-C Writing Center.” The gallery can be viewed online at: http://galleryofwriting.org/galleries/2374953.

Submissions for the winter quarter writing contest are being accepted through 4 p.m. on March 9 in the Stevenson Center Learning Center. The winter contest, “Facebook, iPhones and the Xbox: Technology in Flux,” focuses on the impact that personalized technology has made in changing American culture and the benefits and harmful effects of these changes. The contest is open to all genres of writing. For more information contact the Writing Center at (740) 774-7779 or email Nickles at nickels@ohio.edu.

Sarah Strausbaugh senior art show now on exhibit

The current senior art show in the Stevenson Center gallery allows Sarah Strausbaugh to creatively express thoughts that have been on her mind.

“Do you ever have a reoccurring thought that will not leave your mind? Sometimes it even gets to the point that it consumes other thoughts,” she asks in the artist statement. “Eventually these obsessive thoughts find their way into their work. As a result, creating artwork seems to be the only way to make them subside.”

The exhibit includes the media of acrylic paint on canvas, oil pastel/colored pencil/paint on paper, and photo collage on canvas. It is on display through Feb. 4.

“For me, making art is a way of getting lost in the process and conveying an idea,” Strausbaugh said. “Life is all about chance; each action you make affects the final result. If we never had repetitive thoughts, would we contemplate anything?"

Strausbaugh, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fine art, graduated from Zane Trace High School.

Upcoming salon discussion event to feature romance writers

Romance writers will share insights about their craft and compete for the title of “Hottest New Romance Writer” during “The Romance Factor” from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, in the Stevenson Center Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The event is free and open to the public.

Romance writers Macy Beckett, Gabrielle Edwards, Jess Granter, Athena Grayson, B.A. Knight, Diane J. Reed and Christina Wolfer will read selections from their latest novels.

Their presentations will be reviewed by guest judges Beth Spielman, professor of English at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y.; Debra Nickles, coordinator of the OU-C Writing Center; and Ann Holmes, OU-C staff member and an avid reader of romance fiction. Audience members will vote on their favorite writer, and also have a chance to win gift certificates to Book World.

The event is part of the Salon Series at Quinn Library, which looks to engage members of the campus and local community in dialogues concerning topical events of particular interest.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Upcoming salon discussion event to feature romance writers

Romance writers will share insights about their craft and compete for the title of “Hottest New Romance Writer” during “The Romance Factor” from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, in the Stevenson Center Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The event is free and open to the public.

Romance writers Macy Beckett, Gabrielle Edwards, Jess Granter, Athena Grayson, B.A. Knight, Diane J. Reed and Christina Wolfer will read selections from their latest novels.

Their presentations will be reviewed by guest judges Beth Spielman, professor of English at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y.; Debra Nickles, coordinator of the OU-C Writing Center; and Ann Holmes, OU-C staff member and an avid reader of romance fiction. Audience members will vote on their favorite writer, and also have a chance to win gift certificates to Book World.

The event is part of the Salon Series at Quinn Library, which looks to engage members of the campus and local community in dialogues concerning topical events of particular interest.

Meeting slated for interested golf team members

A meeting for the OU-C golf team will be held at 4 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the upper level lounge area of the Shoemaker Center. Anyone interested in playing golf this spring for the campus golf team is encouraged to attend. If you cannot attend the meeting and have interest please contact golf coach Larry Thompson by email: leuthom@yahoo.com or phone 614-325-4143. Practices will begin soon.

Bookstore adjusting hours of operation to meet students’ schedules

To better meet the needs of its student-clients, the OU-C bookstore is adjusting its hours of operation. Beginning Feb. 6, the bookstore will open and close 30 minutes earlier on Monday and Thursday. This adjustment is in response to the expressed desire of many students to have access to the bookstore earlier in the morning. The new hours of operation are:

• Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

OU-C students encouraged to take proactive approach, long-term vision toward transition to semesters

A QtoS resource fair in th Stevenson Center helps students gain the insights they need for the most seamless transition in their college careers

In line with its role as the first regional campus in the state, once again, the Chillicothe Campus has established itself as a leader in higher education initiatives. OU-C’s forward-thinking approach to the Quarter to Semester (QtoS) transition, particularly Associate Dean Jim McKean’s use of podcasts to efficiently offer students important background information, is featured as part of a Compass online newsletter series on the transition. The article is available online at:
http://www.ohio.edu/compass/stories/11-12/1/Q2S-technology-2012.cfm


OU-C students should continue to take a proactive approach in charting their academic future in preparation for Ohio University’s switch from quarters to semesters for its academic calendar, beginning fall term 2012.

“I strongly advise students to contact their faculty advisor to complete a Transition Degree Completion Plan (TDCP) if they have not already had that conversation,” Academic Advisor Cristy Null said. “This plan provides a road map by outlining courses the student needs to take to complete his or her academic degree program. Further, it serves as a guarantee to the student in case something unexpected happens, such as a course not being offered as scheduled because of unforeseen circumstances. If a student has completed an approved TDCP, the university has pledged to make accommodations such as offering a substitute course. Without that guarantee, the student faces further challenges.”

Null also advises students to take a long-term plan in regards to their academic plan and discussions with their faculty advisors.

“It is important to take into account lifestyle circumstances that may impact an academic career, such as the possible need to arrange for transportation for children who may not yet be in school,” Null noted. “There may also be financial aid implications for students looking to take summer classes to streamline their college careers, and those concerns must be addressed.”

“Students should consider what the rest of their academic careers look like and how they can continue to balance academics with family, job and other responsibilities. It always helps to have a plan,” Null said.

Useful information about the transition is available on the QtoS (Quarters to Semesters) Web site, which can be accessed through the OU-C Web site: http://www.chillicothe.ohiou.edu/Q2S/index.htm.

Also, a QtoS Resource Fair was held in the Stevenson on Feb. 1 to offer students further insights on what steps they should be taking for the most seamless transition.