Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Staff member Brandon Houseman recognized with university-wide outstanding classified employee award

OU-C staff member Brandon Houseman, senior library associate in the Quinn Library, has been recognized as Ohio University Classified Employee of the Month for December. He was honored during a recent reception on campus, when representatives of Classified Senate presented Houseman with a plaque.

The purpose of the Classified Employee of the Month award is to acknowledge and recognize those who are setting the standards for excellence and innovation that has the greatest impact on the university by promoting unity, community, continuity, and visibility. It is intended to recognize individuals whose performance of their jobs and other related duties that has considerable impact within and beyond their own offices and whose efforts have inspired and supported the achievement of others.

In his letter of nomination, OU-C Library Director Allan Pollchik noted of his colleague, “His commitment to quality improves the performance of the entire unit. Everyone sees the standard he sets for himself, and they have become more conscious of their own product. He not only does great accurate work, but he does lots of it.”

“Daily, Brandon serves the scholarship needs of our students. He circulates the floor of the library, offering individual research help and answering the other general questions posed by students,” Pollchik added in his letter.

Beyond his regular work duties, Houseman has been a driving force in the Quinn Library Salon Discussion Series, which engages members of the campus and local communities in conversations about particularly relevant topics. Further, he is advisor of Stray Cats, a gay-straight alliance on campus, and Houseman is helping the group organize anti-bullying training for our campus and community.

Houseman, who earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ohio University, was a student-employee in the library as a student at OU-C. He joined the campus community as a temporary staff member in the spring of 2009 and was elevated to a full-time employee in September 2009.

OU-C student Jordan Clark continues to follow her musical aspirations and career

Ohio University-Chillicothe student Jordan Clark is looking to turn her passion for singing into her professional pursuit. Clark, 20, recently recorded her first CD, and she plans to take her ambitions to Nashville and see how they play out.

“I am going to go to Nashville this summer and see what it’s all about. I will have my first album out by then,” said Clark, who recorded the album, “L-O-V-E,” at the Recording Workshop in Massieville. “While at the recording studio, I became friends with some people from Nashville who can help point me in the right direction.”

Clark is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration. “Studying for a business degree combines my passion for music and my familiarity with business,” said Clark, who has already started her own business, Lacarre Productions, LLC, to distribute her CDs, t-shirts and other related promotional items. “I hope to meet other musicians and use the business to help them in their careers. I have always been interested in the business side of the music industry.”

Clark began her vocal career at a young age, singing the national anthem at Chillicothe Paints games “when I was six or seven years old. I am glad I began singing when I was that young because it gave me an opportunity to learn from my mistakes.”

For Clark, her musical career has hit all of the high notes.

“It’s what I want to do the rest of my life. When you find what it is you love, you pursue it, and that’s how it is for me and singing. It brings me a lot of happiness to know that people want to hear me sing. It’s fun to see people enjoy what I love to do.”

Attending college while pursuing her musical pursuits can pose a challenge, but the Zane Trace High School graduate takes it all in stride.

“The key is to keep a good notebook to schedule appointments. Plus, I would rather be running around and kept busy rather than having nothing to do. It’s unusual to attend college with everything else going on, but it works for me,” Clark said. “Going to college and pursuing a music career is kind of crazy, but it fits my style.”

As with the pursuit of her music career, attending college also aligns with the singer’s goals, and she is a student with a purpose.

“All my life I have told my parents that I was going to go to college. I feel that you can never stop learning and the more you know the more you can care,” Clark said. “It is important to me to attend to better myself and to support myself. I have always wanted to do well for me, and I have never had a thought to have another to support me. I guess this comes from growing up in a family with strong independent women but, I want to better myself through an education. And since OU-Chillicothe is so close to home it makes it the perfect place for me to go.”

According to Clark, the sometimes hectic schedule and balancing act in terms of her schedule are worth the challenges in the end.

“This is my passion. I have had to make sacrifices, especially in terms of time, to make it happen, but it’s worth it. I figure I only get one shot at this. I just have to meet the right person at the right time.”
A clip of Clark performing is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ySV1dvIDsE

Campus employment opportunities available for students

Several spring quarter student employment positions on the Chillicothe Campus have recently been posted on the Ohio University job search Web site, https://www.ohiouniversityjobs.com/.  To find and apply for jobs at OU-C, click on ‘Search positions’ in the upper left-hand corner. Under search criteria, include ‘Chillicothe’ as the campus and ‘Student hourly’ in Job category. Students should check the page frequently as most jobs are posted for only two weeks, at which time they are usually filled.

Positions in the campus’ technology services area, Central Processing Center and Hilltop CafĂ© often require that new positions are added each term to accommodate students’ schedules. 

Part-time employment opportunities on campus offer OU-C students an opportunity to gain valuable professional experience within the framework of a schedule that balances their academic demands. Student employees, in turn, provide the campus with talented, skilled and enthusiastic employees in several key areas. 

The Chillicothe Campus employs approximately 140 students, including about 60 whose positions are funded through the Federal Work Study program as part of their financial aid package, and the rest are campus-funded positions. 

Students are often on the front line of customer relations, and having a current student represent the campus offers an opportunity for the students to gain valuable customer-relations skills, which are important in any profession. Also, students have an insider’s perspective of OU-C and can provide valuable information to campus visitors.

Open forum slated to discuss potential oil and gas leases

An open forum will be held at 2 p.m. on March 12 in Bennett Hall room 145 at Ohio University-Chillicothe to seek input from campus faculty, staff, students and the general in regards to potential oil and gas leases on Ohio University Chillicothe Campus land.

Ohio House Bill 133 requires public universities in Ohio to conduct an inventory of all properties to determine their eligibility for potential oil and gas leasing. The Board of Trustees of Ohio University has asked for a report to assist in making this determination. Open forums will be held on each campus, providing individuals an opportunity to comment on whether they believe Ohio University should enter into oil and gas leases on the campus where the forum is held, not on Ohio University lands in general.

Speakers at the forum will be asked to sign in and will be allowed 3-5 minutes to speak. The forum is an opportunity to provide input; it is not a debate. Notes will be taken and written comments also will be collected. All comments will be compiled for presentation to the Ohio University Board of Trustees.

Chillicothe Campus students plan to work and play over upcoming spring break

We regularly speak with Chillicothe Campus students to gain their perspective on the college experience. This week we asked students about their plans for the upcoming spring break.

“Hopefully, I will find a job. I would like to find a part-time job over spring break that can eventually lead to a full-time job during the summer. Other than that, I do not have any real plans other than I look to relax a little,” said Chelsea Stout, a business major from Paint Valley High School.

Chris Mays, a communication studies major from Chillicothe High School, is looking to combine work and pleasure. “I will probably work on finding a story for the Gazette,” said Mays, who is a correspondent for the local newspaper. “I want to do something such as ‘This day in history.’ Beyond that, I will probably just hang out.”

Cole Addy, a Huntington High graduate, will continue is part-time job in the fast-food industry. “I will work at McDonald’s, where I already have a job and try to get some money saved up so I do not have to work so much during school next quarter.”

Ryan Foster, an interpersonal communications major from Washington Court House, will be a traveling man over the break, visiting spots in the Southeast. “I am going to Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head and some other locations,” he said.

Robert Byrum, a computer science major from Chillicothe High, is heading north for a spring break outing with his family. “I am going to go to the Great Lakes and do some fishing. It’s kind of a family tradition, but we have not been able to do it for a while,” he said.

“Kyla Cox of Alliance High School, who is undeclared in terms of an academic major, is looking to relax and connect with her buddies. “I plan to stay at home and talk to friends over Xbox,” she said.

Call for interested women’s golf team members

Any students interested in playing on the OU-C women's golf team are asked to contact Larry Thompson at 614-325-4143 or email at leuthom@yahoo.com

Monday, March 5, 2012

Factors to consider when choosing your college home

The following op-ed piece by OU-C Dean Martin Tuck was recently published in the Chillicothe Gazette and reinforces the Chillicothe Campus’ role as a gateway to higher education, and its lifelong benefits, for residents of this region. In this way, OU-C puts into action its mission as a regional campus of serving its students and serving its region.

With seniors reaching the homestretch of their high-school careers, many students, along with their parents, are focusing on the next phase of their lives. As these young people look to begin making their mark on the world, there is a real sense of anticipation. As a long-time educator, and as a father, I understand that these are times that are both very exciting and -- let’s face it -- somewhat unsettling. Change is never easy, and moments such as this tend to run the gamut of emotions.

But, change is inevitable, and this time in life offers an opportunity for students and their parents to thoughtfully consider their student’s aspirations and how to reach them. I would imagine that many area students are considering college as a possible next destination, and I would like to offer some tips on selecting the right college fit.
First, I urge upcoming high school graduates to seriously consider attending college, as higher education has proven to open a large variety of career opportunities. Attending college allows you to take time and ponder what career best fits your interests, abilities and personality. It also allows individuals who are undecided about their career choice to sample various academic disciplines and to see which future professional pursuit makes them look forward to going to work each day.

I also firmly believe a college education, by completing courses and activities outside of one’s academic major, can foster interests in areas such as the arts, music, literature and history that can enrich a person’s life after graduation. In all, the college experience offers a great opportunity to form your interests in life, reflect on what you want to do, particularly in regards to a career, and develop a plan to reach your destination.

One of the great things about this region is the variety of college options. No one size fits all, and that is certainly true when it comes to selecting your college home. One factor to consider is size. Some people like a bigger campus while others prefer a smaller setting. Often the best way to know what works best for you is to visit a campus and see if it feels right. Or, if you know others who have recently gone on to college, ask them for their insights, especially if their personality is similar to yours.

Another consideration involves the type of campus. There are those who prefer to live on campus. Others would rather attend as a commuter student while maintaining some of the activities they are already involved with and/or holding a job while attending college. Again, it’s a matter of personality and each family’s personal and financial situation.

There are also other factors to take into account, not the least is the types of academic programs the student is seeking, distance from home, and, of course, affordability. Once again, there is no “one size fits all” to any of these considerations. Rather, they all add up to the right “fit” for each student.

On the Chillicothe Campus, we are fortunate to offer the resources and reputation of a nationally-renowned university along with the close-knit feel of a small campus community and quality academic programs. Since nearly all of our students are from this region, it is easy for area residents to feel at home on our campus. While we are not the only choice, I hope many students will seriously consider us as a college option.

No matter where you decide to pursue your college education, feel free to contact us as you begin your college journey; we are here to help. As a regional campus, it is our mission to make higher education accessible to area residents so that this time of change can also become a time of anticipation and looking forward to the opportunities that a college education offers.