Friday, May 18, 2012

Campus gathers for annual Spring Fling

Members of the Chillicothe Campus community celebrated another successful year during the annual Spring Fling and Faculty, Staff, and Student Appreciation Day.

Among events were a cookout, live music and a dunk tank that featured OU-C Dean Martin Tuck, among other campus celebrities. There were also games for children and a Movie Under the Stars on the Lawn.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Former OU-C student Martha Gerber Rittinger named Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership Award Winner

Long-time business and civic leader Martha Gerber Rittinger has been named the recipient of the Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership Award and will be acknowledged during Ohio University-Chillicothe’s “Recognition of Graduation” event at 7:30 p.m. on June 8 in the Shoemaker Center.

The award recognizes former OU-C students who exemplify service to the university, philanthropic support, recognition in their professional field and service to the community. The award is named in honor of Richard Bebee, who was dean of the Chillicothe Campus from 2001 to 2010.

Past winners include Jim Lungo in 2010 and Beverly J. Gray in 2011.

Rittinger earned a Bachelor’s Degree in commerce from Ohio University in 1955, a Master’s Degree from the Ohio State University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Capital University Law School. For 58 years she has co-operated two family businesses, Maple Monte Farms and Gerber Construction Company. She is a retired attorney-at-law.

In addition, Rittinger received the Special Recognition Plaque from Ohio Agri-Woman for her work in serving as Legal Concerns Chair of the American Agri-Women for 26 years and as a delegate and seminar presenter at the first (1994) and second (1998) International Conferences for Women in Agriculture, Women’s Division, United Nations. Rittinger earned the Ohio Farmers Master Farmer Award in 1998 and the organization’s Conservation Award in 2010. She was featured in an Ohio University alumni publication in 1986.

Rittinger understands the rich heritage and natural beauty of this region. She has authored History of Springbank and Yellowbud Community and Ohio and Erie Canal Motor Tour from Chillicothe to Circleville. She has given tours of the local canal since 1968 and is a member of the Ohio Canal Society Board. She received the United Methodist Historical Society’s Ohio’s Historian of the Year Award in 2000.

Rittinger has served Ross County as a member of the Ross County Planning Commission, Ross County Thoroughfare and Smart Growth Committees, and as an elected Democrat Committeeman for the past 38 years. She also participates in many local civic, historical and agricultural organizations. Additionally, she supports current Chillicothe Campus students through her participation in the OU-C Giving Circle.

Rittinger was named a distinguished alumnus of Ohio University-Chillicothe in 2011.

The 2012 class of OU-C distinguished alumni includes four individuals who will be recognized during the June 8 ceremony. Biographical sketches listing their accomplishments will be displayed in the Bennett Hall hallway, joining past years’ recipients. The 2012 distinguished alumni include:

Michael MacCarter earned his Master of Arts degree in school administration from Ohio University in 1979. He has dedicated his career to education, working with the Chillicothe City School District for 30 years. McCarter began his teaching career at Mt. Logan Junior High School and later became assistant principal. He was then named assistant principal of Chillicothe High School and, in 1984, he returned to Mt. Logan Middle School as assistant principal and helped develop the middle school concept. He was later principal of Chillicothe Smith Middle School. After his retirement from Chillicothe City Schools, he served as secondary supervisor for Ross County Schools from 2004 to 2006. He later became involved with the Ross County Christian Academy Project to establish a private Christian school in Ross County. He has since taught mathematics and algebra classes as well as volunteering as business director and chief financial officer for the school.

Marvin E. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Ohio University in 1971. He then pursued a journalism career at The Chillicothe Gazette, serving as city editor, reporter, and business and sports editor. He became managing editor in 1981 and won the Ohio Associated Press General Excellence Award four times. He also won the Associated Press investigative reporting award twice. In 1994, Jones became editor and publisher of the Gazette and received the President’s Award from the Ohio Newspaper Association in 2001. Remaining in a role that impacts the region, Jones became president and chief executive officer of the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce in 2002, leading the chamber through many initiatives that impacted the community and region. Additionally, Jones serves on several area boards, and is past chairman of the Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce and past chairman of the Ohio University-Chillicothe Regional Coordinating Council.

Douglas J. Shoemaker earned an Associate Degree of arts and humanities from Ohio University in 1995, and he is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Ohio Christian University. Shoemaker has made his mark on the local financial field. His career includes 15 years in banking with 13 of those years at Huntington Bank. He is currently community president and the branch general manger in Chillicothe. He has also been actively involved in the community through his participation in local community service organizations. Shoemaker has been involved with the United Way, has taught courses for the Junior Achievement program and has served on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He has also earned the Kiwanis Distinguished President Award. He continues his connection to the Chillicothe Campus, speaking to business management classes and taking part in opening events for the Technology and Business Development Center.

Christi Simmons earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Ohio University in 1975, a master’s degree from Xavier University and a doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. She has been connected to the Chillicothe Campus as a student, faculty member and administrator. Simmons began her career in education as a high school English and speech teacher at Waverly High School and later became high school assistant principal at Washington Court House. In 1985, she joined the Chillicothe Campus as a student teacher supervisor and director of Academic Challenge as well as Continuing Education, Training and Development, as well as a faculty member in business management technology. She stepped into the interim associate dean position during the 2010-11 academic year. She was the first female president of the Chillicothe Kiwanis Club and earned the Ross Pride Award from the local Chamber of Commerce.

Chillicothe Campus students identify qualities they would include in their own colleges

We regularly speak with OU-C students to gain their insights on relevant topics. This week, we asked a group of students in the Learning Commons about what features they would include if they were going to design their own college. As you see, the answers are more than just academic.

Shane Cosgrove, an education major from Unioto High School, was quick with a reply, identifying “a bigger parking” lot as the distinguishing feature of Cosgrove University.

Matt Newland, a computer science and math/physics major from Zane Trace High School, identified “a courtyard for everybody to sit outside and meet, covered pathways so students can stay dry when it is raining and more labs.”

Olivia Muntz, a middle childhood major from Adena High School, noted that her college would have “more parking, probably a bigger food court and a concert band.”

Courtney Lindsey, a physical therapy/psychology major from Hillsboro High School, said, “definitely a food court, a nice gym and more class offerings.”

Brandon Smallwood, a computer science major from Pickaway-Ross Career Center, would include in his college “more specialty labs such as those for computer science majors. I would also have an entertainment room with a pool table, Wii, Xbox and air hockey.”

Jaclyn Finch, an early education major from Jackson High School, suggested, “a food court and, since I am an education major, a larger center for education classes. I would also like to have academic sororities.”

Zach Schumacher, a psychology major from Unioto High, would include more parking for students at Schumacher Technical Institute. “I would also like to have more involvement by upper-level students as tutors for students in lower-level classes. I would also probably have group advising so that students can collaborate with friend and classmates in the same majors in planning their class schedules.”

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Veterans Open House designed to showcase educational, career resources

Ohio University-Chillicothe, in conjunction with Veterans Services offices and other area career and social services agencies, will host an open house for military veterans beginning at 1 p.m. on Flag Day, June 14. The purpose of the open house is to help make veterans aware of the educational opportunities, career services and veteran support services that are available in the region.

The event will be held in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons and will include representatives of OU-C and organizations such as the Veteran Services offices of Fayette, Jackson, Pickaway, Pike and Ross counties; Disabled American Veterans; JOBS One-Stop; and the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce.

The schedule includes:

• 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Campus Tours
• 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information Tables
• 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Application Information Session
• 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Financial Aid Workshop

For information or to register for the event, contact OU-C Coordinator of Student Enrollment Jaime Lowe at (740) 774-7241 or

“We are grateful for the service military veterans have made and understand the skills they bring to the classroom and workplace,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “This event is designed to offer an opportunity for veterans to have convenient access to the resources that are available as they make this transition. This event underscores the Chillicothe Campus’ core values. OU-C was founded in 1946, largely to meet the needs of veterans returning from World War II and to help them utilize the GI Bill to pursue the American dream they risked their lives to protect. That same spirit continues today and is captured in this event.”

Registration is now underway for Kids in College summer program for youth

The popular Kids in College program will again offer area youth the opportunity to combine fun and education while pursuing their academics and interests this summer. The schedule for the 2012 sessions is June 11-15, June 18-22 and June 25-29 at a new location, Chillicothe City Middle School due to additional class offerings.

The program is open to students who have completed grades kindergarten through the sixth grade with some classes designed for students through the eighth grade. For more than 21 years, the popular program has offered enrichment learning opportunities for youngsters.

Registration is underway. Flyers have been distributed to all schools in the Ross County and Chillicothe City school systems. They are also available at the Ross County Schools Office and Information Desk in Bennett Hall. To register, go to either website or For additional information, contact Janet Fink at (740) 774-7226.

Please note that the registration deadline this year is June 1. Register early to secure a spot in the most popular classes. Registration is $30 plus any material and lunch fees for each weeklong, half-day session.

June Allred-Smith of the Ross County Educational Service District and Joyce Atwood of Ohio University-Chillicothe coordinate the instruction and classes.

“The Kids in College program offers an opportunity for students to become involved in summer enrichment activities in a safe, vibrant learning environment. The students have fun and learn at the same time. Allred-Smith said, “The teachers are the heart of the program. Most are veteran classroom teachers who look forward to becoming involved in the hands-on teaching that is the hallmark of this program. This year we have Dean Tuck and other University Instructors offering classes. We offer a wide range of classes for learners with various interests. Some of the classes have an academic base, while others are related to creativity and recreation areas.”

Among the classes are water fun, tennis, disc golf, ooey gooey science, stand out with technology, crime lab, crazy chemworks, Harry Potter and the End, Camp Olympus, Egypt, Fitness Fun including Wii Fit, and a walk on the wild side.

OU-C to offer academic minor in coaching education

Ohio University-Chillicothe will offer an academic minor in coaching education beginning fall semester 2012. The Coaching Education Minor is open to any Ohio University student with an interest in coaching, whether at the volunteer youth level or varsity-sport level.

The coaching education minor will provide students interested in athletic coaching (e.g., youth, interscholastic or intercollegiate) with the opportunity to gain applied experiences and knowledge in the profession. Students with a coaching minor will strengthen their skills and knowledge to be able to assist head coaches and increase their potential for eventually earning a master's degree in coaching education.

The minor is open to all students regardless of their chosen major. Education majors are especially encouraged to consider the option.

Students will typically complete requirements over a two-year period. Interested students should consult with their academic advisor or contact athletics director Kim McKimmy at or (740) 774-7222 for more information on the program and course offerings.

Annual Spring Fling offers opportunity for fun and relaxation under the sun and stars

It’s time to celebrate another successful year at OU-C, and members of the campus community are invited to join together on May 17 for food, fun, and plenty of entertainment at OU-C’s Annual Spring Fling and Faculty, Staff, and Student Appreciation Day.

Beginning at 2 p.m. behind Stevenson Center and Bennett Hall, individuals will find delicious food at the cookout, learn about campus opportunities at the Student Organizations Fair and Pizza Rally, bring a few dollars to Dunk the Dean and Soak the Staff in the dunk tank, enjoy some local music by A Guy and A Girl from the Gypsy Jug Band, bring your kids campus to play a game of kickball, and bring some blankets to enjoy a Movie Under the Stars on the Lawn featuring Academy Award nominated movie, The Help. Families are welcome. Further details are available on campus and OU-C’s Facebook page, which can be accessed through the campus’ web site (

Whitney Henness of Unioto High School plans to attend, play softball at OU-C

Whitney Henness (front, center) is shown with her parents, Lisa (left) and Jerry Henness.
In the back are OU-C team captains Stephanie Write (left) and Andrea Morgan (right), as well as
OU-C softball coach George Beck.
Whitney Henness, from Unioto High School in Chillicothe, has announced her intention to attend the Ohio University-Chillicothe (OU-C) campus and play softball beginning in the fall of 2012. Henness has been a varsity starter in high school, sporting a battering average of more than .400 during her sophomore and junior seasons.

She is a high quality, versatile player, having spent time at third base and the outfield and she has experience catching. Also, Henness has played four years of travel ball for the Chillicothe Chill which is “one of the things we look for in our softball recruiting” says OU-C head coach George Beck. “Travel ball experience is important to maintaining a quality softball program.”

Importantly, she is also a scholar-athlete and has been awarded the Robert E. Shaeffer Scholarship at OU-C.

The Chillicothe campus competes in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference and fields women’s teams in volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis, as well as men’s teams in basketball, golf, baseball and tennis.