Thursday, February 23, 2012

Irish music concert scheduled at OU-C

‘Musicali’ will present a concert of Irish music at 2 p.m. March 3 in the Bennett Hall auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The event, which is sponsored by the OU-C Cultural Committee, is free and open to the public.

Musicali is a group of four trained musicians from Akron. They play the violin, oboe, guitar and keyboard. Their repertoire for their appearance at OU-C will focus on traditional Irish songs and jigs. As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, their performance will evoke the passion and exuberance of the Irish cultural tradition.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Public ribbon-cutting ceremony is held for Technology and Business Development Center

Larry Gates (left), Richard Bebee, Martin Tuck and Lynn Gellermann cut the ceremonial ribbon.
An initiative that underpins Ohio University-Chillicothe’s mission of serving its students and serving its region was officially christened during a public ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Technology and Business Development Center on Feb. 21. The center went online with the opening of winter classes in January.

Law Enforcement Technology classes are being held in the building’s classrooms. Classes related to Business Management Technology, Technical and Applied Studies, and the Applied Management degree programs, as well as other business and technology classes are also being held in the facility. 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.

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.

“As a regional campus, Ohio University-Chillicothe is in the business of helping dreams become reality while supporting the quality of life for area residents,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “As you understand, that is an undertaking that requires an enterprising spirit. That same spirit, which has served the campus well since its founding as the first regional campus in the state in 1946, is alive and well with this endeavor.”

“Over the years, some OU-C students have expressed a desire to develop their own businesses,” Tuck continued. “It is our vision that this project will provide these students with the resources they need to create their own jobs which, in turn, has the potential to stimulate the local economy and lead to further job creation.”

OU-C Dean Emeritus Richard Bebee, who was a driving force behind the center’s development, returned to campus to see the fruition of those efforts.

“The field of education is more challenging than ever before, and it is important to envision what the world will look like in 50 years. Anticipating the demands of an increasingly complex business community will serve our students well,” Bebee said. “The programs supported by this facility will give OU-C students a sustainable advantage.”

Other speakers included Marvin Jones, president and CEO of the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce; and Lynn Gellermann, director of the Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship and executive director of TechGROWTH OHIO.

“Ohio University’s campus here in Chillicothe is a vital asset to the community that sometimes can be overlooked,” Jones said. “The university can count among its graduates many of today’s leaders in local businesses. Over the years, OU-C has maintained the pulse of the community, anticipating what jobs would be in demand, two, five and 10 years in the future … Today, a new emphasis is being applied to those students who want to take advantage of the new wave of entrepreneurialism.”

Gellermann said, “Entrepreneurship covers a lot of ground and speaks to a lot of people. There is no better time than now to be an entrepreneur in Southeast Ohio. Buildings are fine, but what matters are what you do with it.”

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. Total cost was $2 million.

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.

Dedication ceremony slated for plaque to honor Officer Larry Cox

A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 24 to dedicate a plaque to Larry Cox in the Law Enforcement Technology classroom of the Ohio University-Chillicothe Technology and Business Development Center. OU-C Dean Martin Tuck and others will speak, with a reception following the ceremony.

Cox, an OU-C alumnus and member of the campus’ basketball team during his time on campus, lost his life in the line of duty in 2005. He was an officer with the Chillicothe Police Department and the DARE officer for the Chillicothe City Schools and Bishop Flaget.

He was the posthumous recipient of the Community Hero Award, in addition to being recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus, during the campus’ graduation ceremony in June 2011.

“It is appropriate to dedicate the Law Enforcement Technology classroom in Larry’s memory and to honor a life dedicated to serving others,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “Through his selfless devotion to others, Larry epitomizes the highest qualities of the law enforcement profession and the very best in human nature. We are honored to count him as

Ohio University faculty member to deliver keynote address at educators’ conference in Japan

Ohio University faculty member Dianne Locke McCune, Ph.D., will deliver the keynote address at an upcoming international educational leadership conference. McCune will speak on “Breaking Walls to Build Dreams” at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Spring Conference in Japan on March 3.

McCune is an adjunct faculty member in education at Ohio University’s Athens, Chillicothe and Lancaster campuses.

The title of her presentation is “A Dream with Broken Wings Cannot Fly.” As McCune explains in her abstract, she will take attendees on a reflective, life journey that will reveal the three “puzzle pieces” of success.

“These simple techniques will enable educators to equip students with the skills to break through brick walls, achieve their goals and maximize their potential,” said McCune, an international literacy consultant. “The students in our classrooms have their own dreams, yet some are becoming discouraged as life throws major obstacles in their paths. We, as educators, can help young people achieve success in the 21st century by first recognizing students’ dreams, and then providing them with the skills to break through life’s brick walls.”

Founded in 1943, the ASCD is dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. The association includes 160,000 members in 148 countries and is comprised of professional educators from all levels and subject areas.

In addition to delivering the keynote address, McCune will also help lead discussions at breakout sessions on inquiry-based learning.

She has developed an inquiry-based teaching approach that is designed to transform students from mere consumers of information into active information-producers. McCune has established her professional reputation in the field of gifted children but has taught children of all ages and ability levels, including gifted and special needs students.

She has given numerous presentations and has articles published in several professional and scholarly journals.

Among McCune’s awards and honors are earning the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from the Ohio Association for Gifted Children; induction into the Ohio University Governor’s Scholars Hall of Fame; being named to the State Superintendent of Ohio’s Advisory Council for Gifted Education; serving as director of the Olympics of the Mind World Championship team for two consecutive years; authoring four teacher resource books; and earning the Outstanding Educator Award, Lifelong Learning, from Ohio University.

McCune, a native of Athens, began her 40-year career as an educator in Athens County, as a Head Start teacher at Federal Hocking School District, then as a first-grade teacher at Trimble and later as a teacher with Athens City Schools.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, her master’s degree in education with an emphasis on talented and gifted children, and her Ph.D., with an emphasis in gifted education, all from Ohio University.

Our students have class and they know what makes it cool

We regularly speak with OU-C students to get their take on campus life. This week’s question involves the characteristics of a really cool class.

“It’s a really hands-on experience with a good, personable instructor and a small class size,” said Justin Ross, a video production major from Jackson High School. “It’s also important to have a friendly environment with students who share a common interest in learning.”

Brandon Smallwood, a computer science major from Chillicothe High School, said, “It is something that is hands-on and not fully book-based. It is nice to experience what we are trying to learn.”

Zach Ousley, a computer science major from Jackson High School, said, “I want to be able to have a conversation with the professor and actually be able to talk with the instructor. I also like to have a class discussion rather than have the professor lecture at us.”

“I prefer something that is hands-on since you can learn more when you are in the element,” said Zech Lambert, a computer technology major from Western High School in Pike County. “It’s good to be doing in class what you will do in your career field and to have a professor who knows his stuff and does not have to rely solely on reference material.”

Fonda Menikheim of Baltimore, Md., who is pursuing a master’s degree in special education, said, “I like it when the teacher models the concept and makes the class fun.”

“Maybe if the professor is laid back and not very intense and there is a good group of students,” said Rebecca Irvin, a social work major from Unioto High School.

Ashley Thornsberry, a nursing major from Eastern High School, said, “I like a faculty member who is laid back, not too serious and is willing to help you when you need it.”

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Call for entries: Updated OU-C Hilltopper mascot logo

The Chillicothe Campus marked the 65th anniversary of serving its students and serving its region this fall, and OU-C remains a vibrant campus after all these years. In that spirit, Student Senate has proposed that it would be appropriate that the campus’ athletic mascot, the Hilltopper, would reflect the forward-looking approach that exists on campus.

Consequently, a contest is being held to design a new mascot that blends elements of the current mascot but with a fresher, more current look. In this way, the mascot reflects the campus’ legacy as the first regional campus in the state and its visionary future.

A $200 gift certificate to the OU-C bookstore will be awarded to the creator of the winning submission. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges representing the art department and other facets of the campus, with OU-C’s athletics coaches making the final decision. Entries will be judged on artistic value and how well the mascot is representative of the campus and its athletics teams. The redesigned mascot will be used in several promotional efforts such as being reproduced on the Shoemaker Center gymnasium wall, on the campus’ web site, on game programs, shirts, hats and other promotional items and other uses and venues.

For more information, contact OU-C athletics director Kim McKimmy at

Criteria for the contest include:

• The contest is open to current OU-C students, faculty and staff members and former OU-C students

• Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on April 6 (email:

• Entries should be submitted in PDF or jpeg formats (minimum of 300 DPI)

• The design must continue to reflect the ‘Hilltopper’ motif

• Design should be in a vertical format

• Must be reproduced in black & white and/or grayscale and no more than one other color

• Ohio University-Chillicothe will retain copyright and ownership of the winning submission.

OU-C students have artwork accepted for Ohio University exhibition

Brandon Fox
Sarah Strausbaugh
Ohio University-Chillicothe art students Karalea Lane, Sarah Strausbaugh and Brandon Fox had artworks accepted into the Undergraduate Student Juried Exhibition on display through March 10 in the Ohio University Art Gallery, Seigfred Hall. Lane’s untitled paintings received a Community Arts Award. Sixty-four works were accepted of around 300 works entered.

The jurors were Gary and Lisa Mesa-Gaido, Professors of Art at Morehead State University and Terri Kern of Terri Kern Studio. This is the first time OU-C art students have submitted art for this annual art show in Athens.

OU-C offers ACT preparation course

Ohio University-Chillicothe is sponsoring an ACT (American College Test) preparation course to help area high school students and Ohio University College of Education students get ready for the ACT. The ACT, America's most widely accepted college entrance exam, is required for admission to various colleges and programs.

The preparation course will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 24 and March 31. Students need to make their own arrangements for lunch, scheduled approximately from noon to 1 p.m.

The ACT preparation course will provide an in-depth review of the math, science, English and reading comprehension sections of the ACT. Students will also receive extensive instruction on the optional writing portion of the ACT, and information, hints, and techniques for coping with test anxiety and taking the test.

The course is being offered as non-credit only ($90 for early-bird special or $100 after Feb. 24). Applications are available in area high school guidance counselor offices and in OU-C’s Continuing Education office. Space is limited. For more information, call (740) 774-7226, (740) 774-7230 or 1-877-462-6824, ext. 226 or 230.

Speaker to address careers in social work

Adrienne Gavula of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) will speak about careers in social work in faculty member Ken Larimore’s class

Spring quarter book orders looming

Faculty members are asked to have their book orders for spring quarter to the bookstore by March 5 so that textbooks will be available the first day of the quarter. Orders can be turned in to the bookstore or posted on course offerings.