Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Information sessions are scheduled for Kitchen Collection training program

The Kitchen Collection, LLC, which is headquartered in Chillicothe, and Ohio University-Chillicothe are forming a partnership to establish a training program to provide paid career opportunities for OU-C students. The training positions will begin in July and will provide hands-on exposure to various aspects of the company such as marketing, sales, human resources, distribution and procurement.

The training program is open to students of all academic majors and is especially relevant to individuals studying for business-related and human resources careers. A specific area will be identified for each participant’s career development, based on interest and skills.

Targeted individuals will include approximately 4 or 5 recent OU-C graduates and/or students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees.

Information sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on May 22 in Bennett Hall room 110 and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on May 23 in the Technology and Business Development Center room 147. Representatives of The Kitchen Collection and OU-C will be available at the information sessions to answer questions and provide insights.

For further information, contact Student Support Coordinator Martha Tanedo at tanedo@ohio.edu or (740) 774-7733.

The Kitchen Collection, LLC includes Kitchen Collection and Le Gourmet Chef outlets in 44 states in addition to two virtual online stores (www.kitchencollection.com and www.legourmetchef.com). The company employs approximately 100 individuals at its headquarters on Water Street and at its distribution center on Chambers Drive.

“This training program offers an invaluable opportunity for students to begin exciting careers right here in Chillicothe,” Tanedo said. “We are fortunate to have a company with a national scope that is headquartered in Chillicothe and that has such a strong interest in helping area residents in their career pursuits.”

OU-C adjunct faculty member Maryjo Flamm-Miller earns statewide award for community leadership

Maryjo Flamm-Miller, an adjunct faculty member in education at Ohio University-Chillicothe, was recently recognized as the recipient of the 2012 Irene Bandy-Hedden Community Leadership Award from the Ohio Department of Education.

The award, named after the former associate superintendent of the Ohio Department of Education and a pioneer in the field of early education, recognizes outstanding contributions to early childhood education and care.

Nominated by the early childhood therapists at The Pioneer Center School, Flamm-Miller received the award during a recent event in Columbus. In introductory remarks, it was noted that “Maryjo works tirelessly to create and led community programs for families that enhance young children’s well-being and relationships within families. She is innovative, excited, professional and a self-starter. Maryjo actively engages community partners in creative and fun programming for young children and their families.”

When asked about her thoughts on receiving the award, Flamm-Miller spoke about the influence of early childhood education partnerships in the region.

“The award certainly brings the spotlight to shine on all of the wonderful collaborations taking place in Ross County for the benefit of children and families,” Flamm-Miller said. “I am proud to have been nominated by the early childhood therapists at Pioneer Center and am grateful for the opportunity to partner with them on many endeavors at our Child Development Center. Together, we are enlivening the region.”

In addition to teaching classes at OU-C, Flamm-Miller is a program specialist at Discovery Tree Family Resources in Ross County. She is past coordinator of the cultural arts program at Adena Elementary School, the former head of school at Southern Hills Academy and a past administrator at Cincinnati Waldorf School.

Flamm-Miller, who has been an educator for 34 years, earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Edgecliff College in Cincinnati and her master’s degree in education from Xavier University.

Ambitious OU-C freshman learns valuable skills by managing small business

By OU-C public relations student employee Rebecca Reif

When Ohio University-Chillicothe freshman Taylor King starts on a new painting project, it isn’t for a college art class.

King, a Health Services Administration major, is an intern with College Works Painting, a fully licensed and insured organization that helps undergraduate students manage their own painting business.

“My job gives me the opportunity to learn leadership and organizational skills by making estimates, booking jobs and supervising painting sites,” said King. “I’ve learned how to manage my time better and improve my communication skills.”

King first heard about the job when she attended Ohio State University in the fall.
“A student in my class passed out flyers for the internship and it sparked my interest. My only prior work experience was working at Dairy Queen and babysitting, but I decided to apply anyway. I went through a series of interviews, then spoke with the vice president of the company and he offered me the job.”

In addition to learning business skills, King’s job allows her to engage with members of the local community.

“When I do home estimates, I really enjoy talking with homeowners and learning about them. I’ve met a lot of good people in the Chillicothe area because of my job.”

The internship experience doesn’t come without its challenges, however.

“Closing the estimate and booking the job is a necessary, but challenging part of my job,” says King. “Calculating the estimate sheet can also be tricky—there is a lot to pay attention to.”

“Juggling a 20-hour work week with a fulltime class schedule can also be difficult, but the time and effort I’m putting into this job is totally worth the experience,” she adds.

King receives guidance from a mentor, who is also an intern at College Works Painting.

“My mentor, Josh Yontz, and I talk on the phone everyday and meet once per week. He is a senior at Ohio State and was the number one intern for the company last year, so I’ve definitely learned a lot about the business from him.”

Unlike some students her age, King maintains a mature outlook on her internship responsibilities.
“I’m 19 years old and I’m running my own business. I can’t run late anymore!” says King.

Interns at College Works Painting earn a percentage of the sales they make to put toward college expenses. This summer, King plans to work a 40-hour week since classes won’t be in session.

Annual Spring Fling offers chance to relax and enjoy

Chillicothe Campus community members will have the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon and evening of relaxation and entertainment during the annual “Spring Fling” on May 17.

The event begins with Dean Martin Tuck hosting a cookout at 2 p.m. and wraps up with “Movies on the Lawn” at 8:30 p.m. The event will be held on the lawn between Bennett Hall and Shoemaker Center, with the Shoemaker gym serving as the back-up site in case of inclement weather.

The annual event is a staple of the OU-C educational experience and allows students, faculty and staff members to celebrate the upcoming conclusion of another academic year and to enjoy the close-knit atmosphere that distinguishes the Chillicothe Campus.

The event is sponsored by Student Services and features a student-focused approach with student organizations spearheading much of the planning and implementation of activities and students voting on the movie of choice through the campus’ Facebook page.

Further details will be posted on the campus’ Facebook page and throughout campus as they become available.

Art faculty members’ works are on display

OU-C Art Instructor Darren Baker’s MFA thesis exhibition, “This is a book. This is not a book,” is on display May 8 through May 19 at the Ohio University Art Gallery, Seigfred Hall, in Athens. Baker is teaching graphic design and photography courses at OU-C this term.

Art Professor Margaret McAdams’ “Just wait, Aesop's Fables” ceramics was accepted into the “Best of 2012” show at the Ohio Craft Museum May 6 through June 24. The Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s 29th Annual juried members competition was juried by Lloyd E. Herman, founding director of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. A total of 100 works were chosen from more than 300 entries. The show will travel to the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster from July 12 through Aug. 18 and to Fitton Center for the Creative Arts in Hamilton from Sept. 14 through Nov. 9.