Thursday, April 19, 2012

Authoring an event to celebrate poetry

Members of the Chillicothe Campus community gathered for the recent annual Earth Day and Poetry event at the Stevenson Center. Following a picnic that featured musical selections, English faculty member Stephen Morrow was the emcee for the poetry segment, which included students and others sharing their favorite selections.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Writing contest winner sees socially awkward aspect of modern networking conventions

OU-C Dean Martin Tuck (left) presents  Jennifer Ellis with a gift certificate for her winning entry
 in the Writing Center winter quarter contest. The deadline for the spring contest is looming.
In her entertaining and insightful piece, OU-C Winter Quarter Writing Center contest winner Jennifer Ellis examines social media’s frequent and sometimes pervasive presence in our everyday lives.

Ellis, 41, a non-traditional student, takes a unique approach to the growing popularity of social networks in her piece “Social Networks: An Old Broad’s Opinion.”

“I really think social media is a generational phenomenon,” said Ellis, who writes in her paper, “I managed to get through most of my adult life not expressing my every thought and action to mass amounts of people. I never had to check in on Foursquare, and my teenage antics never got over a thousand hits on YouTube.”

The theme of the winter quarter writing contest was “Facebook, iPhones, and the Xbox: Technology in Flux,” and Ellis seized the moment with pen in hand. For her efforts, she was awarded a $75 gift card.

Her paper began as a class assignment. “It is based on my personal observations of the behavioral patterns of people using social networks,” Ellis said. “I have always been an observer and have been fascinated by human behavior.”

Ellis believes social media offers new possibilities to those who are socially inept.

“Social networking has opened a whole new world for bored adults. With friend lists and followers from every school they went to, suddenly the socially awkward are on top of the world … They have finally arrived.”

In her paper, Ellis categorizes social network users and takes a witty look at one group in particular.

“Then there is the group I like to call the ‘pay attention to me’ group. They post about how their washer just broke, the dog is sick, their grandma is unwell, and how their lives (are overall) miserable … When the first catastrophe has ended, another will always occur. Without fail, their lives will always be hell.”

Despite the cynicism and wry humor exhibited in her paper, Ellis acknowledges, “I realize there is a good side to social media. It allows children who may be shy or withdrawn to connect to people on their terms.”

Ellis, a nurse for 16 years with LPN licensure, returned to college to pursue her associate degree in nursing, so she can become a registered nurse (RN) and pursue a bachelor degree in nursing. She grew up in Chillicothe and now resides in Circleville.

“Jennifer possesses that rare thing we abstractly call ‘voice.’ When it is there, it’s unmistakable,” commented one of the contest judges, according to Writing Center Director and faculty member Deb Nickles.

Submissions for the spring quarter writing contest are being accepted through 4 p.m. on May 18 in the Stevenson Center Learning Center. The spring contest, “Inspired: Writing to Awaken,” focuses on what inspires, energizes or awakens the soul. The contest is open to all genres of writing. For more information contact the Writing Center at (740) 774-7779 or email Nickles at

OU-C library director Allan Pollchik publishes article discussing successful salon discussion series

An article written by Allan Pollchik, director of the Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe, was published in the April 5 edition of Library Journal, a trade publication for librarians. The article, “As Anchor Institutions, Academic Libraries Build Social Capital,” discusses the Quinn Library’s role in furthering a sense of engagement, both on campus and in the community at large and often linking individuals from the Chillicothe Campus and the region it serves in intellectual discussions of mutual interest.

Pollchik referenced the successful salon series as an example of this type of engagement. The monthly salon series events engage campus and community members in discussions that are particularly topical and underscore the campus’ commitment to serving as a relevant resource for the region.

As Pollchik notes in the article, “… Quinn Library on the Chillicothe campus of Ohio University made the choice to turn outward, physically and philosophically, and act as an anchor institution in order to build social capital.”

As Pollchik further elaborates in the article, “... as an anchor institution we needed to have ownership by our off-campus community” and “Collaboration between the university and the community is a mutually beneficial process …”

Beyond engaging members of the OU-C and larger community, the salon series also supports the sense of a learning community on campus by encouraging students to become more active in their intellectual pursuits. “Another unexpected benefit occurred with our students. They became more participatory in class discussions and in directing their education in general,” Pollchik wrote.

The Library Journal, with a circulation of 100,000, claims the highest circulation of any journal related to the library profession.

Pollchik, who joined the OU-C campus community in 2005, earned his bachelor’s degree from UCLA, and his master’s and doctoral degrees, both in psychology, from Vanderbilt University. He later earned a master’s degree in library and information science from Kent State University.

Benefit spaghetti dinner scheduled in memory of OU-C student

The OU-C Human Services Association Club along with community volunteers will host a spaghetti benefit dinner in memory of Tracy Broughton from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 28 at the Salvation Army, 171 E. 4th St., Chillicothe. Broughton, an OU-C student majoring in Human Services Technology, recently died, and the event will help the family with burial and related expenses.

Price of a meal will be $7, with children 3 years and younger free. Take-out orders will be available. In addition to the dinner, a silent auction and raffle drawing will be held.

‘Recognition of Graduation’ event salutes students

The Recognition of Graduation event pays tribute to students
 who have pursued their college aspirations on the Chillicothe Campus
Ohio University-Chillicothe will recognize students who have earned their college degrees during the 2011-12 academic year during the annual “Recognition of Graduation” ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, in the Shoemaker Center. This event will honor students who have earned associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Admission is free, and the public is invited.

“I encourage all members of the OU-C community to participate in or attend this event. On the Chillicothe Campus, we are focused on helping students attain success, and this type of festive occasion captures that spirit by saluting students for their efforts and recognizing those who have supported them along the way,” campus Dean Martin Tuck said.

A reception for the graduates and their families will be held afterward in the Shoemaker Center. A reception for faculty members will be held prior to the ceremony, at 6:30 p.m. in Shoemaker rooms 215 and 217. Further details, including the names of special speakers and other participants, will be released at a later date.

A pinning ceremony for graduates of OU-C’s nursing program will be held at 6 p.m. on June 7 in the Shoemaker Center.

Formal commencement activities are held on the Athens campus.

Chillicothe Campus students gaze 10 years into their personal crystal balls

OU-C is an innovative campus with forward-thinking students. Accordingly, it seems appropriate in this week’s “person on the street” interviews to ask random students about where they see themselves 10 years from now.

Stephanie Meyerin is a student with a forward-looking plan. “Ideally, I will win the lottery. Also, I would like to be an RN or BSN at Grant Hospital in Columbus since it has the best trauma center in the state,” said Meyerin, a nursing student from Teays Valley and, hopefully lucky person when it comes to games of chance.

Juan Cuellar, a nursing student from the Lone Star state of Texas, said, “My goal is to become a nurse practitioner and to live in the Chillicothe area.”

“I would like to be a psychologist and to own a bigger house for my two children. I would also like to live somewhere warm, such as South Carolina,” said psychology major Stephanie Tyler, an Illinois native who graduated from Unioto High School.

“I see myself being involved in the family business. Other than that, I am not certain,” said Gabrielle Pitzer, a Hillsboro High School graduate. Pitzer is undecided on an academic major but is leaning toward communication studies. To help learn the family diner business, she is currently working as a waitress. “I hope to become more involved with business operations,” she said.

“To have a job would be nice and hopefully doing something related to psychology. I also will hopefully be out of my parents’ home by then,” said Emily Gearhart, a psychology major from Zane Trace High School.

Matthew Diehl of Zane Trace High is undecided on a major. “I see myself, in whatever major I choose, having a job and a nice house in the country.”

Sarah Campbell, a biology/pre-professional major from Washington Court House High School, said, “Hopefully I will be a practicing veterinarian. I want to pay off my school debt and to be living on my own. I would like to live in Tennessee and maybe have kids.”

Nuclear and systems safety engineer Tulanda Brown to discuss working in the nuclear field

Tulanda Brown, a project manager with Fluor-B&W Portsmouth LLC, will discuss “Working in the Nuclear Field” at 12:30 p.m. on April 27 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.

Brown is a professional nuclear and systems safety engineer with more than 15 years of experience at various Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. She is a published expert in nuclear safety regulation development and implementation, as well as ensuring environmental, safety and health controls for facilities undergoing decontamination, decommissioning and environmental restoration. She has been responsible for remediation of more than 148 waste sites.

Brown earned a 2006 Black Engineer of the Year Award and eight DOE Special Act Awards.

She achieved her bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Cincinnati and is pursuing an MBA from the University of Findlay.

Brown’s talk is part of the “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.

Free webinar to discuss forward-thinking business strategies

A webinar discussing forward-thinking leadership and management strategies that are especially relevant in the current and emerging economic landscape will be held in the Ohio University-Chillicothe Technology and Business Development Center from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 26. The cost is free and includes breakfast at 8 a.m. To register, phone (740) 289-2071, ext. 222 or email

“Roaring out of the Recession: Business Strategies for the Road Ahead” features Ken Schmidt who, as former communications director for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, played a key role in one of the most celebrated turnarounds in corporate history.

The webinar offers participants an opportunity to learn new concepts that are instantly applicable in daily business operations and to connect with individuals of similar business backgrounds and interests.

The webinar, part of the management leadership series, is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Ohio Department of Development. Other sponsors include the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, Ohio University-Chillicothe, the Ohio State University South Centers and the state of Ohio Small Business Development Center.