Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Upcoming meeting offers opportunity to gather together as campus community

Members of the Chillicothe Campus community are invited to attend an all-campus meeting at noon on April 4 in Bennett Hall room 134. During the session, campus Dean Martin Tuck will introduce new faculty and staff members who have recently joined the campus community, address recent advancements on campus, share relevant information and reflect on the campus’ strengths, opportunities and challenges in moving forward.

Lunch will be provided.

“One of the strengths of Ohio University-Chillicothe is the small-campus setting and close-knit culture on campus,” Dean Tuck said. “In this age of social media, it is appropriate to occasionally gather together as a campus community while sharing pertinent information. I look forward to this opportunity.”

Michael Lafreniere recognized for expertise in incorporating technology into the curriculum

OU-C faculty member Michael Lafreniere was recently selected to be a Technology Power User by Cengage Learning, based on his expertise with incorporating Enhanced WebAssign (EWA) into his mathematics and engineering instruction. The Technology Power User program brings talented instructors, who are experienced Enhanced WebAssign (EWA) users, into contact with instructors who are just beginning to use EWA and need training on how to use the program itself and coaching/advice on how to integrate it into the teaching of their course.

Lafreniere has incorporated technology into the curriculum in a “collaboratory” approach that is designed to produce a more engaged learning environment for students. Interested individuals can follow his collaborator efforts on Twitter at

Lafreniere, assistant professor of environmental engineering technology and mathematics, joined the OU-C faculty in 1994. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and his master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, both from the University of Florida. Currently, he is working on a doctoral degree in mathematics education from Ohio University to improve the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) offerings available to students.

Further information on this award is available online at:

Class project offers practical lessons to prepare OTEC students for the workplace

Ohio University-Chillicothe students in the OTEC (Office Technology) Administrative Procedures II class received a dose of real-life application during a winter quarter class’ final project. Students posed as job applicants and members of the search committee, such as the hiring manager, while other students delivered presentations in a professional setting.

“Experiences such as the mock business meeting are intended to simulate professional settings and offer our students the opportunity to gain valuable experience that should prepare them for their future careers, OTEC program coordinator Allison White said. “Beyond learning technical skills, I want our students to be well-versed in professional acumen and to have the ability to thrive in a business environment.”

Student Stephanie Goss, a Trenton, N.J., native, played the role of a job candidate and answered questions from classmates who were part of the mock interview panel. The experience offered Goss valuable insights.

“I dressed in professional attire as I would for an actual interview and prepared for possible questions that I may have been asked,” Goss said. “It was a good learning experience. We critiqued each other and learned from that. The other students offered constructive criticism and feedback on things that I could improve. Since we had been in class together for 10 weeks, we were comfortable with each other, and it was a great learning experience.”

“I think it did a good job of preparing us for real interviews. Once you complete a project in that class, you learn what you need to succeed,” said Goss, who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business management or administration after completing her associate degree in office technology.

Ashley Detillon was among students who delivered a presentation on telecommunications based on a tour they had taken at Adena Regional Medical Center.

“From this I learned about giving presentations in front of groups of people and was able to gain experience, especially in terms of public speaking,” she said. “One of the things I learned is that you not only need to be prepared, but you may have to improvise. For example, we had a technical problem and that can happen in the workplace, so it is important to be able to think on your feet.”

“I have taken a lot from the class, from getting a job to knowing what I need to do when I am on the job. The OTEC classes are very applicable to the workplace. I definitely learned a lot and feel that I am prepared for the workforce.”

OU-C golfers win Hilltopper Invitational

Ohio University Chillicothe won the recent Hilltopper Invitation Golf Tournament at Jaycee Golf Course with a score of 309. The Hilltoppers were led by Ryan Muncy’s 73 which was the low round of the tournament, and Brayden Stocklin’s 77. Clinton Brown had a 79 and Ryan Welch finished with an 80 for the 309 total. Second place went to Shawnee State University with a 315 total and third place went to Cincinnati State at 325. Other school scores were Miami Hamilton 337, Miami Middletown 355, and OU- Lancaster 372. OU-C entered a second team, to round out the eight-team event, which posted a 362 total led by Taylor Scott’s 83.

OU-C golf team opens season in nine-team tournament

Ohio University-Chillicothe opened its 2012 golf season March 16-17 at the Shawnee State University Invitational at the Elks Golf Club near Portsmouth. The states of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and West Virginia were all represented in the nine-team tournament.

OU-C posted a two day total of 309-311 = 620 which was sixth, 24 strokes behind first place finisher Cedarville University. Capital University finished second at 608 followed by Shawnee State at 609, Spring Arbor University at 613 and University of Pikeville at 614. OU-C individual scores were:

Brayden Stocklin 76-74 = 150
Ryan Muncy 78-78 = 156
Ryan Welch 79-78 = 157
Clint Brown 76-81 = 157

The next several matches will serve as springboard event to the conference season which starts April 13.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

International executive Deborah Russell to open “Conversations with Successful Women” series at OU-C

Deborah Russell, who enjoyed an international career in engineering and management, will speak on “Working at the International Corporate Level” at 12:30 p.m. on March 30 in the Technology and Business Development Center room 147 at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Her talk is free and open to the public. Individuals are asked to bring their own lunch. Drinks and desserts will be provided.

Russell’s talk is part of a “Conversations with Successful Women Series” at OU-C that allows individuals who have attained particular career success to share their experiences and insights with OU-C students and area residents. The series is sponsored by the Ohio University-Chillicothe Giving Circle.

Russell worked for Eli Lilly and Company in several engineering and operations/manufacturing management positions. She then focused her career in the medical device industry with the Guidant Corporation, where she held various management positions in operations, sales/marketing, regulatory and clinical research. Her work led her to travel and live abroad. While in Ireland, she started up and managed a new manufacturing and worldwide distribution operation. She has lived in New Zealand and Australia, where most recently she was the vice president of Guidant Corporation.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee and attended the University of Michigan’s Executive Program.