Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dean, Dining and Discussion

OU-C Dean Martin Tuck recently chewed the fat (not literally) with campus students during an informal “Dine with the Dean” event. The activity, which is sponsored by Student Senate, gives the dean and opportunity to share insights with students.

Among topics that were discussed were the upcoming quarters to semester change, parking, campus life, the role of regional campuses, efforts on the Chillicothe Campus to keep a college education affordable and how associate degree programs can offer a springboard to bachelor’s degrees.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Dedication events are scheduled for OU-C Technology and Business Development Center

Dedication events will be held for Ohio University-Chillicothe’s newly renovated Technology and Business Development Center from Feb. 21 through Feb. 23. The building, which became operational with the beginning of winter quarter classes Jan. 3, serves as a milestone in supporting OU-C’s mission of serving its students and serving its region.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 21. Speakers include Martin Tuck, dean of the Chillicothe Campus; Richard Bebee, dean emeritus of OU-C; Gary Cates, senior vice chancellor for innovation and enterprise development, Ohio Board of Regents; Marvin Jones, president and CEO, Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce; and Lynn Gellermann, director of the Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship and executive director, TechGROWTH OHIO.

Local business leaders and OU-C Regional Coordinating Council members Larry Gates and Carvel Simmons will share their insights during a free lunch for OU-C students at noon on Feb. 22 in the center’s conference room. During the lunch, students will have the opportunity to interact with these local business professionals and entrepreneurs and learn from their experiences.

On Feb. 22 and Feb. 23, a “Quick Pitch” session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and a “Money, Management and Marketing” business development workshop will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

The “quick pitch” is designed for OU-C students who are interested in starting their own business to share their ideas and gain insights from representatives of SCORE and the Ohio State University South Center.

The workshop will focus on “How to start a business” and will feature relevant insights from individuals with SCORE and the OSU South Center.

OU-C students interested in participating in any or all of these events should contact Winda Joseph by e-mail at

The center is the result of a 8,200-square-foot addition to the Technical Studies Building that increases the building’s total size to approximately 13,900 square feet. Ground was broken for the addition on June 28, 2010, and total cost was $2 million.

Law Enforcement Technology classes are being held in the building’s classrooms as well as classes related to Business Management Technology, Technical and Applied Studies, and the Applied Management degree programs, as well as other business and technology classes. The facility includes simulation training areas and other enhancements to provide students in the popular LET program the training they need to become top-flight professionals to protect area citizens. The LET program’s labs and offices were lost when the structure that housed them was destroyed by a storm in the fall of 2008.

Additionally, the building provides flexible space for OU-C students and regional residents to have access to the resources they need to put their own concepts in motion and launch their own business ventures.

Also, this structure is the first LEED (Leadership in Environment and Energy Design) certified building on any of Ohio University’s regional campuses. This certification confirms that the Chillicothe Campus is modeling best-practices methods in terms of conservation and sustainability.

Current Chillicothe Campus members are selected to fill staff positions

Two Chillicothe Campus employees have been selected to fill staff positions with the campus, with Beth Tilley being named building services coordinator and Neeley Clary being named student recruitment coordinator. Both positions are important to the campus, in terms of ensuring smooth operations of campus facilities and an effective recruitment and retention strategy for students.

“After thorough searches, it was determined that the individuals best-suited to fill these positions are already members of the campus community,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “We have exemplary staff members who prove their mettle on a daily basis, and it is particularly fulfilling to give individuals the opportunity to take on new responsibilities. I have every confidence in both Beth and Neeley, and I look forward to their continued contributions to campus.”

Beth Tilley named building services coordinator

OU-C staff member Beth Tilley has been named to the newly created position of building services coordinator, effective. Jan. 24. In this position, Tilley is responsible for helping to ensure that the campus’ facilities are most efficiently utilized, including the scheduling of events on campus.

Tilley, who joined the Chillicothe Campus in 2007, was previously an Administrative Associate at the Bennett Hall Information Desk, where many of her duties include the use of rooms in Bennett Hall and other campus spaces for hosting events. She will continue in this capacity.

“This is an important position in helping to make sure we smartly and effectively use our space in the best way possible and requires much interaction with individuals from across campus and the community. It is important to balance the needs of various groups while also staying focused on the campus’ academic needs and mission,” Director of Facilities Management Dave Scott said. “Beth has proven herself in working collaboratively with a wide range of individuals and making choices that are based on the campus’ strategic priorities, and those skills will serve her well in this position.”

Tilley, an Amanda-Clearcreek High School graduate, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Specialized Studies in biology and consumer studies from Ohio University, taking her classes at OU-C. Prior to joining the Chillicothe Campus, she was an account clerk at Ohio State University from 2003 to 2007.

Neeley Clary named student recruitment coordinator

Neeley Clary has been named to the permanent position of student recruitment coordinator in the Student Services Office. She has held this position on a temporary basis since July 2011.

Her main duties involve the recruitment, enrollment management and marketing efforts for prospective and new students.

“Following a search, it was determined that Neeley was the best-qualified candidate for this position, and we are delighted to have her as a member of our staff on a full-time basis,” Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “During this interim period, she has advanced the campus’ student-recruitment efforts, particularly in regards to further strengthening relationships with guidance counselors at area high schools and representing OU-C at off- and on-campus recruitment events. Further, as a recent college graduate who attended both the Chillicothe Campus and an area high school, she is able to connect with prospective students and offer relevant insights about campus life at OU-C.”

Clary, a former OU-C student, earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Ohio University in the spring of 2011. During her college career, she was active in Student Senate and was a student employee in Student Services. She also completed an internship with Adena Health System. Clary also graduated from Adena High School in Ross County.

Renowned professor to deliver Black History Month address at Ohio University-Chillicothe

Amritjit Singh, Ph.D., the Langston Hughes Professor of English at Ohio University, will speak on “Challenges of Migration and Citizenship: African Americans and Asian Americans, 1850-1925” at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the Bennett Hall auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The talk, which is sponsored by OU-C’s cultural committee to celebrate Black History Month, is free and open to the public.

The time period that Singh will address is an era of internal migration of African-Americans from the South, from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance. These experiences will be compared with the legal and immigration challenges Asians faced in their search for “home” and U.S. citizenship during the same period.

The speaker is an internationally respected poet and published scholar on African American, South Asian, and diverse cultural and literary politics.

Based on the premise that 9/11 has crystallized the need in our country for developing a more inclusive narrative of U.S. citizenship and understanding of race, the talk will include the migratory patterns of non-immigrant groups and the often forced internal migrations of native peoples. Dr. Singh aptly reminds us that, as American citizens, “since 9/11, we’re all in this together.”

OU-C students share their spare-time pursuits

We regularly talk with OU-C students to gain their perspective on campus life. This week, we asked random students how they spend their spare time when not in the classroom.

“Outside of the class, I keep up with news and politics,” said Ryan Glispie, appropriately a political science major from Vinton County High School. “Right now, I am also trying to get ready for mid-terms. Also, when the weather is warm, I like to run and get other exercise.”

“I used to play cards a lot; I was a big poker player. Now, with a full-time job as a sales associate, I spend time between classes studying and writing papers,” said Ronald Meyer, a nursing student from Wayne Westland Christian Academy in Michigan.

“I do my homework and study. I also like to hang out in the Learning Commons,” said Kirsten Conley, a nursing student from Circleville High School.

Friends Becky Lee, Ashley Montgomery and Luke Scott regularly meet in the Learning Commons for discussions. “I like to hang out with my cohorts and discuss politics and current events,” said Lee, a political anthropology and archaeology major from Southeastern High School. “Of course, I also do some studying, especially around the time of mid-terms.”

“I like to play tennis,” said Montgomery, who is a member of the campus’ team. “I try to work out and stay active.” The Chillicothe High School graduate is studying sociology and criminology.

Scott, who is president of Wellston City Council and council member for the third year, spends much of his time at the Wellston City Building.

Teressa Masters, a nursing student from Southeastern High, says that she spends much of her free time on Face book, listening to music and studying.

Art exhibit features mosaic works by Phil Evanoff

A remarkable exhibit of mosaic pieces by local artisan Phil Evanoff is now on exhibit in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery in Bennett Hall through Feb. 23. Evanoff, a 96-year-old retired chemist, has created more than 600 mosaic art pieces. A story about Evanoff’s artwork was recently published in the Chillicothe Gazette and is available online at:

Radio spots highlight OU-C’s features as a college choice for prospective students

OU-C Dean Martin Tuck discusses the Chillicothe Campus’ unique advantages as a college home in radio spots that are aired as part of WBEX Radio’s “Friday Night Scoreboard Show” that recaps the results of area high school basketball games. A clip of Dean Tuck’s spots is available on the OU-C YouTube page at:

Members of the Chillicothe Campus community are well aware of what makes OU-C such a great place for students to pursue their college educational pursuits. The radio spots allow the dean to share that message with a broader audience.

The placement of the spots on the basketball scoreboard show is especially strategic in reaching the targeted audience of high school students and their parents. Also, the posting of the spots in the campus’ YouTube page, as well as OU-C’s Facebook page, utilizes the ability of the campus’ social media venues to connect with current and prospective students on their terms.

Upcoming Campus Events

• “Dine with the Dean” at noon on Feb. 9 in Bennett Hall room 105

• 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. The event is free and open to the public.

• Amritjit Singh will speak on “Challenges of Migration and Citizenship: African Americans and Asian Americans, 1850-1925” at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18 in the Bennett Hall auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The talk, which is sponsored by OU-C’s cultural committee to celebrate Black History Month, is free and open to the public

• Phil Evanoff mosaic art exhibit on display in Bennett Hall Patricia Scott Art Gallery through Feb. 23

• Ribbon-cutting event for Technology and Business Development Center at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 21