Friday, June 8, 2012

Speed series event scheduled at Black Equestrian Center

The second speed series event of the season will be held on June 9 at the Ohio University-Chillicothe Charles & Daisy Black Equestrian Center, located at 32505 U.S. Route 50, just west of Londonderry. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the competition at 10 a.m.

There will be competition in 12 categories. Buckles and prizes will be awarded in four divisions at the end of the series. The first event was held May 5, and upcoming events in the series are July 14 and Sept. 1.

Entry fee is $5 and stalls are available for $15 each.

Events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amy Withrow at (740) 804-6132.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Comic relief on tap with weekend stage productions

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.”

Bookstore adjusts hours of operation for summer

The campus bookstore is adjusting its hours of operation after the close of spring quarter.

During the week of June 11, the bookstore will be open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During the first week of summer session, hours of operation will be Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beginning the week of June 25, the bookstore will begin regular summer hours of Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

OU-C to offer bachelor’s degree programs in social work beginning fall semester 2012

Ohio University-Chillicothe will offer bachelor’s degree programs in social work, beginning with fall semester 2012. Students will be able to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) or a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.

“This is a major advancement for the Chillicothe Campus in that this program aligns with both strong student interest over the years in offering a bachelor’s degree program in social work and good career opportunities, especially in our service region,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “In fact, because of these factors, the possibility to offer a bachelor’s degree in social work was identified in the marketing plan that was crafted last year. In many ways, these programs support both the mission and the strategic direction of the Chillicothe Campus.”

The BASW degree includes a two-year foreign language requirement, while the BSW degree program does not.

“The language requirement is the main difference between the two programs. Because we do not teach as many foreign language courses on the Chillicothe Campus as are offered on the Athens campus, I would expect most students to opt for the BSW program,” Tuck said. “We anticipate that the bachelor’s degree programs will be especially attractive to Human Services Technology students, and many students will earn an associate degree in that discipline, and then use that degree as a springboard to a bachelor’s degree. I expect to see much synergy between the two programs.”

This advancement is made possible by the Ohio Board of Regents recently approving the offering of the two bachelor’s degrees on Ohio University’s regional campuses. The degrees have been offered on the Athens campus for a number of years.

“This is an occasion when the stars aligned. About a year ago, the social work program was relocated to the university’s College of Health Sciences and Professions, making the BSW program possible, and interim chair of Social Work and Public Health Warren Galbreath is also a faculty member on the Eastern campus, so he is an advocate for offering this type of program on the regional campuses. I give him much credit for making this all possible,” Tuck said.

Program accreditation requires the availability of two social work faculty members, and Kenneth Larimore and Nina Lewis are both qualified.

“Most people who want to be social workers are those who want to work with people and to advocate for the oppressed,” Larimore said. “Social work offers a career with meaning, action, diversity, satisfaction and an abundance of options. Social workers are found in public agencies, private businesses, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, private practices, police departments, courts and countless other workplaces.”

Current and/or prospective students with an interest in the program should contact OU-C faculty members Kenneth Larimore at or Nina Lewis at

Student speakers are named for OU-C ‘Recognition of Graduation’ event

Student participants and faculty marshals have been named for the upcoming Recognition of Graduation event at Ohio University-Chillicothe. OU-C will salute students who have earned their college degrees during the 2011-12 academic year at 7:30 p.m. on June 8 in the Shoemaker Center. Admission is free.

Nakia Mickey, an Associate Degree in Human Services Technology student, will serve as the associate degree representative and will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance. Karissa Carroll, who is earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, is the bachelor’s degree student representative and will share her reflections.

Karissa Carroll
Carroll, who graduated from Southeastern High School, plans to pursue a teaching position in Ross County or the surrounding area. “Much of what I learned during my OU-C educational experience occurred beyond the scope of the classroom and cannot be measured simply in terms of grades,” Carroll said. “I was able to remain in the local community and become part of the learning community on the Chillicothe Campus. The lessons I learned will continue to benefit me long after graduation, and the friendships I made will last a lifetime.”

Faculty marshals for the graduation event include Allison White, associate degree; Lisa Wallace, bachelor’s degree; and Cindy Matyi, master’s degree.

Music will be by the Great Seal of Ohio Band.

As previously announced, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown will deliver the keynote address. Also, local business professional, agricultural advocate and historian Martha Gerber Rittinger will receive the Richard Bebee Alumni Leadership Award.

A total of 512 students earned their associate, bachelor’s and masters degrees from Ohio University while attending the Chillicothe Campus this academic year, and approximately 260 students are expected to participate in Friday’s event. Both numbers are the highest in the 11-year history of the “Recognition of Graduation” event.

A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Shoemaker room 215 for faculty and staff members, Regional Coordinating Council members and platform party participants. A reception for the graduates and their families will be held afterward in the Shoemaker Center.

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

Formal commencement activities are held on the Athens campus.