Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Human Services Technology students sponsor car show to raise money for scholarships

Human Services Association, a student club at Ohio University-Chillicothe, sponsored a car show on July 14. This car show was planned to assist the Ross County Mental Health Association with raising money for scholarships to be awarded during the 2012-2013 academic year. This event was chaired by Cheryl Morris, Human Services Association president.

Major co-sponsors included Ross County Auditor Stephen A. Neal, Chillicothe Mayor Jack Everson, Ross County Sheriff George Lavender, Purple Heart Foundation, Clary Trucking, AutoMark, Mid-Ohio Psychological Services Inc., O'Reilly Auto Parts, Pepsi, Velvet Ice Cream, Herrs, Chillicothe and Union Township Fire and EMS, Chillicothe Police Department, Shawnee Valley Campgrounds, Tents for Events, WKKJ and others.

The students were amazed with the many people and businesses who donated items as well as all the volunteers who sacrificed their time to help with the show. The Best In Show winner was Gary DeCamp with his 1933 Ford Coupe Street Rod.

The event, in addition to having antique vehicles, also offered pulled pork dinners, an ice cream stand, and live music by John Parker, a new student and the Dillows.

Barbara Mahaffey, a member of the Ross County Mental Health Association and program coordinator of the Human Services Technology program at OU-C noted, “The Ross County Mental Health Association has been a supporter of scholarships for deserving students who are training to be case managers. Our group is truly grateful for the support of the students, the RCMHA members, alumni, and friends of the program from the community."

The effort raised more than $1,000 for the HSA organizatin, which will be used for support of scholarships.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Chillicothe Campus production of The Perfect Party offers a humorous summer theatrical interlude

Actors (from left) Kameron Webb, as Lois Lumkin; Douglas Mead, Wes Wellman; Anthony Sommers, Tony and Todd; and Mandy Coonrod, Wilma Wellman; rehearse a scene from The Perfect Party, an upcoming theater production at Ohio University-Chillicothe.
The Ohio University-Chillicothe program will offer a mid-summer night’s chuckle with the presentation of the comedy The Perfect Party at 8 p.m. on Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Tickets 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.

The play involves a college professor who decides to throw a party so flawless that he even invites a reviewer from the New York Times to cover the event. Alas, the party falls well short of expectations, and the resulting punch lines refer more to the ensuing comedy than the refreshments that are offered.

“The event becomes a disaster, in which the host tells a lie, then is forced to cover it the rest of the party,” director and OU-C faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh explains. “It is an ideal comedy for summer. The play is funny, fast, clever and smart. The Perfect Party is set in New York City in the 1980s and is written by the same playwright who authored Sylvia, a play that we before presented to great acclaim.”

The actors in the upcoming OU-C production have become fans of the play. “It is an interesting, witty play with a dry sense of humor,” said Anthony Sommers, who plays the role of sophisticated, upscale Tony and his fake brother Todd. Sommers, a Unioto High School graduate, is a psychology major at OU-C.

“It’s hilarious and it has been so much fun to work with all of these wonderful people,” said Kameron Webb, who plays the part of Lois Lumkin a “kind of mean” reporter from New York who hopes for the worst so she can author a scathing review. Webb is attending Wright State University and taking classes at OU-C this summer.

“It is a good comedy that is based on the idea of trying to put on the ideal party,” said Douglas Mead, who plays the role of Wes Wellman, a neighbor of Tony’s, who tries to help salvage the event. Mead, a Miami Trace High School graduate, will enroll at OU-C this fall.

“I love this show, and working with Ken (Breidenbaugh) is a blast,” said Mandy Coonrod, who plays the role of Wilma Wellman, a speech therapist and very loving wife and mother. Coonrod, a Paint Valley High graduate, is a pre-nursing student at the Chillicothe Campus.

Lauren Scharfetter, a communication studies major who graduated from Chillicothe High School, is the fifth cast member and plays the role of Tony’s long-suffering wife. This show has been a blast to work on, and I have had many great moments working with the other cast members. This is my first OU-C play, and Ken is a great guy to work with. I hope that I can get another opportunity to do another show before I graduate. I love the theater and enjoy being on the stage,” she said.