Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Collins siblings bring family atmosphere to Chillicothe Campus tennis team

Alley (left), David and Dakoda Collins compete together on the OU-C tennis team.
The Chillicothe Campus prides itself on having a family-type atmosphere, and that virtue is epitomized by the tennis-playing Collins siblings. David, Dakoda and Alley Collins were all members of the 2012 OU-C tennis team, continuing a family tradition for the Huntington High School graduates who can now include college tennis as their latest sports-related racket.

The siblings have always been close and have used sports as a mutual pastime, from riding bikes on the family farm to playing high school and recreational sports together. It was a natural progression that they would attend the same college campus, pursue the same major of biological sciences and participate together on the co-ed OU-C tennis team.

David and Dakoda, who are both seniors, have played on the OU-C tennis team for two years after taking a physical education class in tennis. Alley, a freshman, just completed her first season. “I saw David and Dakoda playing last year, and it looked like fun,” she explained.

The college tennis experience taps into both their cooperative, and their competitive, sides. “We draw out the competitive nature of each other, and we are not afraid to offer each other advice. Fortunately, we all take constructive criticism well,” David said. “However, when we practice against each other, it gets competitive, of course.”

David compiled a 2-0 singles record and 4-1 doubles mark, placing second in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference tournament, while Dakoda and Alley played doubles together, in addition to Dakoda winning the ORCC tourney at No. 1 singles and Alley claiming the No. 2 singles title.

Playing doubles is a natural for the sisters. “We know what the other one can do, and we anticipate each other’s moves,” Dakoda said. “We know how to push each other and get better.”

“It helps a lot in doubles to know your partner so well,” Alley said. “I feel a lot more comfortable playing with her.”

Their kinship extends beyond the tennis courts.

“Our parents raised us as a close family,” Alley said. “When I first came to school, it was great having my siblings here. I felt instantly comfortable.”

“They are my best friends,” Dakoda said. “With my brother and sister here, I always have a study partner.”

Both Dakoda and Alley were valedictorians of their high school graduating classes.

The OU-C campus setting feels comfortable to the Collins siblings.

“Being from a close-knit family, I love the atmosphere on campus, David said. “Faculty members know you and say ‘hi’ to you when you pass them on the sidewalk.”

The Collins siblings made an impression on the rest of the OU-C tennis team.

“They are great kids from an outstanding family,” OU-C tennis coach Ellen Clark said. “They get along so well, and they have an enthusiasm that carries over to the other team members.”

With siblings who are entering the sixth grade and senior year of high school next year, the Collins family tree continues to grow.

Theater program to present doubleheader of comic entertainment

The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present a doubleheader of comic entertainment with scenes from Hat Tricks and the one-act play Art at 8 p.m. on June 8 and June 9 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Tickets for the performance are available at the OU-C Box Office on the evenings of performances. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and free for OU-C students. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.

Hat Tricks, a play by Dori Appel, has been described as an exciting compilation of scenes and songs from the comedic to those that are more thoughtful and poignant. Appropriately, every scene and song includes the presence of a hat.

Art was originally a French language play written by Yasmina Reza. The comedy raises questions about art and friendships and involves three long-time friends who are split over their differing opinions on what defines “art.”

Art is a particularly big deal, and is an important, honest, funny and respected play,” director Ken Breidenbaugh said of the Tony Award-winning play. “The three-man onstage argument is fast and furious, and the cast is terrific. I am enjoying the script immensely. The ‘what is art anyway?’ question is always interesting, and is in fact how I begin all of my fine arts classes each academic term, whether freshman or senior level. Ceiling frescoes and cereal boxes do, when you get down to it, have a place in the same aesthetic conversation. And, yes, I will take the frescoes.”

OU-C librarian Shelly Miller co-authors article that addresses topic of emotional labor

OU-C reference librarian Shelly Miller has had an article accepted for publication in Library and Information Science Research. The article, “Emotional Labor in Librarianship: A Research Agenda,” was co-written by Miller and Dr. Miriam Matteson, the lead researcher on an on-going project that the two began two years ago while Miller was pursuing her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State under the tutelage of Matteson, a faculty member at Kent State.

The article deals with emotional labor, or the expectation that workers manage their emotions while on the job in a way that meets organizational expectations, especially when interacting with the public. “We’ve probably all seen this happen—a store clerk or a server at a restaurant has to maintain a happy, helpful face even when customers are grumpy or rude,” Miller said.

“The article describes the concept of emotional labor, why we think librarians are prone to it, how we suggest it could be studied and why,” Miller explained. “Research suggests that the strategies an individual uses to cope with emotional labor can impact the individual, both physically (increased heart rate and blood pressure) and psychologically (decreased job satisfaction or increased emotional exhaustion) as well as their organization (changes in job performance and perceptions of service quality).”

“This is especially relevant for libraries in general, but particularly for one as service-oriented as the Quinn Library.”

Miller earned her bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College, and master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University and the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) before earning her master’s degree in library science from Kent State.

Registration looms for summer STEM Academy, which allows students to earn college credits

The registration deadline is approaching for the upcoming STEM Academy at Ohio University-Chillicothe this summer. Fluor-B&W Portsmouth, in partnership with OU-C, is sponsoring the academy from June 18 to July 12, which will introduce rising junior and senior high school students to careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics while allowing participants to earn college credit.

Application packets are available by contacting high school guidance counselors, the OU-C Recruiting Office at (740) 774-7721 or OU-C Resource Coordinator Joyce Atwood at (740) 774-7732. Deadline to register is June 8.

Eligible students must be juniors or seniors in fall 2012 who are ranked in the top 20 percent of their class and reside in Fayette, Jackson, Pickaway, Pike, Ross and Vinton counties. Students who are accepted into the program will be able to enroll in two college courses, for a total of eight quarter hours, at no cost to the student.

Classes will be offered in “Introduction of Probability and Statistics,” and “Environmental Geography.” The classes meet from 8 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Monday through Thursday and are taught by OU-C faculty members Dywayne Nicely and Gary Haynes. A session will be held June 29 to explore STEM careers, and the students will tour the former Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon on June 6.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Retirees reflect on time on Chillicothe Campus and their plans for the future

A reception was recently held for three long-time campus employees who are retiring – faculty members Ruth McClain and Hamid Shahrestani and staff member Patty Griffith. They shared some of their thoughts on their OU-C careers.


When did you first join OU-C?

I worked here from 1977-83; and 1988-present

What has kept you coming to work on a daily basis?

The students! I really love the interactions I have had with all of our students. They come from so many backgrounds, and have some amazing stories. Working with technology, I have always loved the challenges of learning new things. I have always found this exciting. I really love offering our Tech Tuesday sessions for faculty.

What are your plans for the future?

I have worked my entire life, raised my three daughters and I am really looking forward to having some time to do more things that I have always wanted to do. I intend to play more tennis, am learning to play golf, and I also want to do a few projects at home. Oh, and did I mention, I have two grandsons I hope to be able to visit more frequently. I am already scheduled to visit both of them. I have my airline ticket to go to Ireland with some friends which will be wonderful! My youngest daughter is now engaged, so I will be planning another wedding as well, this time, probably in Denver. I will be back in the fall doing some teaching. I am not ready to stop working totally, so I am excited to have this opportunity.

Any other thoughts?

After 30 years, I do have mixed feelings about leaving. Many here (past and present) have shared a lot with me in my life. I have gone through some pretty difficult times and some wonderful times. I am very thankful to all for the support that has been given to me. Our community is fortunate to have this campus here, and I am very thankful I had the opportunity to be a part of it! I will miss this place, but I believe the time is right for me to enter the next phase of my life.


When did you first join OU-C?

After 38 years of public and private teaching, I came to OU-C in 2000 full time. I was an adjunct faculty member for several quarters before that. I'm finishing 50 years of teaching--where did the time go!!!

What has kept you coming to work on a daily basis?

The thing that I most enjoy about teaching is the research I do for class preparation. It's the digging deeply into the social, cultural, and historic elements of the literature that is exciting and then disseminating that information to students in a logical way so that they clearly understand. I could be quite content as a researcher for the rest of my life.

What are your plans for the future?

The question that people who retire are always asked is about future plans. It's an impossible one to answer. I'd prefer to say I'm just changing roles. I have no specific plans but just to take one day at a time and enjoy it. The only thing I know I do NOT want to do is grade student essays. I've enjoyed the years I spent at OU-C and the faculty and students with whom I have worked. Whatever the next phase of my life brings, I hope to enjoy it just as much.


When did you first join OU-C?

Dr. Shahrestani joined the OU-C faculty in 1982.

What has kept you coming to work on a daily basis?

The dynamic character of the University helped me to learn something new every day, and the success of my students is what I enjoyed the most.
What are your plans for the future?

I will be teaching and continue with my research interest.

Importance of making a good impression

Lance Gilbert (left) and Zach Ray take tire impression marks
to determine the brand of the tire. Both are Law Enforcement Technology students
who graduated from Chillicothe High School.
Kayla Smith (left), originally from Zephyrhills, Fla., and Tyler Ray
of Chillicothe match shoe prints they have taken with the appropriate bran
of shoe. Smith is a Law Enforcement Technology student,
 while Ray is undeclared in terms of his academic major.
Students in Law Enforcement Technology faculty member Sonja Rawn’s class are learning the importance of making a good first impression.

Students in the LET 145 Criminalistics lab this quarter are making impressions of tires, toolmarks and shoes and thus learning how to use this crime scene evidence to determine more specific information about a crime.

Rawn explained that it is so important for the students to gain hands on experience while they are still in college. Impression evidence if a very important part of a crime scene and can be overlooked without proper training. Other laboratories this quarter included glass, blood spatter, latent prints and DUI.

Spring luncheon salutes spring sports participants

The Chillicothe Campus’ student-athletes and coaches were recognized during the recent spring sports luncheon at the Chillicothe Country Club.

Associate Dean James McKean applauded the participants for investing their time and effort to represent the campus on the courts and playing field. He also noted that OU-C’s athletics program is part of the campus’ emphasis on offering students a comprehensive educational experience that extends beyond the classrooms and labs.

“Participating on sports teams allows students to enjoy a challenging, competitive setting that provides a change of pace from the classroom and is part of a well-rounded college career,” McKean said. “Athletics serves part of the overall campus effort to prepare students for their careers and lives after graduation.”

“The qualities of time-management, maintaining poise in a pressure situation, teamwork and coming together for a common goal are assets that are especially found in athletic competition. These are attributes that will be important to you throughout your lives, particularly in your professional careers,” McKean said.

OU-C has a robust athletics program and fields women’s teams in volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis; and men’s teams in basketball, golf baseball and tennis. The Hilltoppers compete against teams of similar campuses in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference.

Highland High School player Tyrand Cumberland plans to attend OU-C and play basketball

Highland High School senior Tyrand Cumberland recently announced that he plans to attend Ohio University-Chillicothe and play basketball for the Hilltoppers. Below is a link to a story in the Highland County Press: