Friday, July 13, 2012

OU-C to host youth volleyball clinic

A youth volleyball clinic will be held for girls ages 7 through 11 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on July 31 at the Shoemaker Center gymnasium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Cost is $40 and each participant will receive a drawstring cinch pack. For more information and to register contact OU-C volleyball coach Tara Bethel at or (740) 649-0589.

OU-C volleyball players will serve as instructors. The clinic is designed for girls with little experience or who are new to the game of volleyball and will stress fundamentals of the game. Parents are invited to arrive at noon and watch the girls demonstrate the skills they have developed.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Staff member Joe Triplett named faculty member in computer science technology

Chillicothe Campus staff member Joe Triplett has been named assistant professor and program coordinator of computer science technology at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective with the opening of fall quarter 2012.

Since 1997, Triplett has served as an information technology support specialist on campus, managing and maintaining the campus’ local area network and providing support for students, faculty and staff members. He has also been an adjunct faculty member in computer science technology since 2001, teaching an array of courses.

“Joe brings an excellent background of practical and classroom experience, and he brings innovative ideas, such as the offering of special topics classes, to help prepare our students for careers in this fast-changing career field,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said.

Approximately 90 students are enrolled in Computer Science Technology, an associate degree program.

Triplett will continue in his staff position through the summer, and it will be determined how to best fill the position based on campus staffing and operational needs.

Triplett earned an associate degree and bachelor’s degree from Shawnee State University and a master’s degree in computer information technology from Regis University. He has stayed current in the informational technology field through professional development by participating in training workshops and conferences. He has also been active in several campus committees and was a communications specialist with the Ohio Army National Guard. He has been a founding member and treasurer of the Scioto County Homeless Shelter, community planner and grant writer for the Ohio Valley Regional Commission and a member of the social service staff of the Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority, assisting in program and grant development.

OU-C sponsoring physical science course as part of USEC skills development program

Ohio University-Chillicothe will offer a physical science course as part of the Skills Development Training Program developed by the Ohio South Consortium for Training and Education for the American Centrifuge Facility, a division of USEC. The course will include fundamental concepts of chemistry and basic physics and is designed to provide students with knowledge that is applicable to the job setting.

Not only will individuals who complete the entire 240 hours of training be prepared to work at USEC Inc.’s American Centrifuge Facility, but will also be among the first in Ohio to earn certification from the national Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, indicating they possess the core skills and knowledge companies demand of their employees in the 21st century.

The 15-week course will be offered from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Aug. 30 at the OSU South Centers in Piketon. The deadline to register is Aug. 16. Cost is $935, and the instructor is OU-C faculty member Roger Smith. As a prerequisite, students must successfully complete the algebra general section of the Compass placement test.

For more information or to register, contact Continuing Education & Workforce Development, Ohio University-Chillicothe, (740) 774-7226.

Winners announced in semester transition plan drawing

Brad Pfeifer (left), shown with OU-C Dean Tuck, is the grand prize winner.
Brad Pfeifer is the grand prize winner of the Transition Degree Completion Plan drawing, which was held during spring quarter, and will receive a priority parking pass for the 2012-13 academic year. Cara Nickell won a $500 tuition waiver and Charles Parrett was the lucky winner of a $50 OU-C bookstore gift card.

Winning $25 iTune gift cards were Erica Eyre, Tim Marcinek, Ryan Welch and Brandi Grate, and the winner of an OU-C t-shirt is Mary Ryan.

Several other students’ names were drawn as Frisbee winners.

Names of students who have completed their TDCP’s by May 25 were entered into a drawing for cool prizes.

Useful information about the transition is available on the Q2S (Quarters to Semesters) Web site, which can be accessed through the OU-C Web site:

Monday, July 9, 2012

Luncheon event sets tone for OU-C portion of university’s capital campaign

The Paint and Main Barbershop Quartet provided harmonious entertainment.
A recent luncheon in the Shoemaker Center helped to kick off the Chillicothe Campus’ portion of the Ohio University “The Promise Lives” capital campaign. “Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Ohio University-Chillicothe, where the Promise Lives” was the theme of the local event, which engaged approximately 80 individuals, including alumni and friends of the campus, as well as OU-C and university members.

“The current capital campaign the university has undertaken has a simple goal in terms of the Chillicothe Campus,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck noted in opening remarks. “The funds raised in this endeavor will help to ensure that future students have the same quality education at an affordable price as pursued by previous and current students. In this way, we can continue to prepare area residents for rewarding careers and fulfilling lives.”

Dean Tuck noted that, while change is a constant on a university campus, OU-C continues with the same sense of purpose as when the Chillicothe Campus was founded as the first regional campus in the state in 1946.

“While the changing face of campus will be a constant topic of conversation, I want to assure you that the core values that have distinguished this campus for 66 years remain intact,” Dean Tuck said. “Serving our students and serving our region -- since Ohio University Chillicothe’s founding as the first regional campus in the state, that phrase has defined our mission in both long-term planning and daily actions. In all that we do, that mission is emphasized by preparing students for lives of significance, and we encourage our students to ‘pay forward’ and use the skills they acquire during their college careers to impact others.”

“That same spirit has been a compass by which many of you have led your lives. I would like to think that your experience on this campus has influenced you in that regard,” the dean added. “The real value of an Ohio University-Chillicothe is measured in how we impact the quality of life for area residents.”

Dean Tuck explained that the main thrusts of the OU-C portion of the capital campaign are support of scholarships and the development of an Academic Achievement Center, which will bridge, both figuratively and literally, academic and student services areas in Bennett Hall and the Stevenson Center, while integrating technical services. The two projects will help to ensure that the Chillicothe Campus continues to offer students a well-rounded educational experience that is attainable and positions students for success during their college careers and beyond.

OU-C Campaign Chair Bob Gallagher echoed the dean’s sentiments, noting that the Chillicothe Campus continues to serve as a place of opportunity, where area residents can pursue their ambitions by attaining a quality education at an affordable price.

“As the people in this room realize, Ohio University-Chillicothe is all about helping people from this region get a start to realize their potential and fulfill their promise,” Gallagher said. “As a former regional campus student, I can relate to the experiences of a young person who is coming out of high school and not knowing what he wants to do but knowing he does not want to throw away money trying to figure it out.”

As Gallagher noted, supporting OU-C represents an investment in the region.

“Most of the students at Ohio University Chillicothe are from this area and, many will eventually return to this region to become contributing members of their communities,” Gallagher pointed out. “So, you see, when we invest in Ohio University Chillicothe, we are really investing in our own region and upholding the qualities that distinguish this very special place. The success of this campaign captures the spirit of this region by helping to make sure that the promise continues to live for future generations.”

Ohio University Vice President for Advancement Bryan Benchoff also spoke on how the campus' campaign is part of the university-wide effort to ensure that Ohio University students continue to receive a quality education and make an impact on their region. An advantage of attending the Chillicothe Campus is the opportunity to earn a diploma from Ohio University, which is nationally known and respected.

Besides Gallagher, other members of the OU-C campaign committee are Marilyn Carnes, Wayne Holland, Dr. Jean Kerney, Rick Marriott, Tim Colburn, Linda Madison, Sharon Manson, Sue Schwartz, Beth Tilley, Tom Brown and Joyce Zurmehly.