Thursday, August 23, 2012

Campus members discuss strategic framework for 2012-13 academic year during annual planning session

OU-C Dean Martin Tuck will discuss the campus’ strategic priorities, current initiatives and other useful information relevant to the 2012-13 academic year during the campus’ annual fall term opening session at noon on Sept. 12 in Bennett Hall room 110. Members of the campus community are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Members of the Chillicothe Campus community recently discussed the campus’ priorities and strategic direction for moving forward during the annual planning session. Approximately 40 individuals participated in the session at the Adena Mansion. Those in attendance included OU-C campus members, as well as Regional Coordinating Council members.

“OU-C in 2016: Strategic Planning for the Future of the Campus” was the theme of the meeting.

“I want us to look a number of years down the road and make this not just a one-year plan,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said in laying the groundwork for the meeting. “Things change rapidly, and higher education is on the forefront of change. Therefore, we must be able to adapt to changing situations.”

“Strategic plans are not static but are very much fluid documents that position the campus to change with the circumstances,” the dean said.

Dean Tuck took stock of the campus’ current set of circumstances. He noted that OU-C had a record number of more than 500 graduates earning their degrees during the past academic year. With the switch to semesters in fall term 2012, it was anticipated that there would be a particularly large number of graduates last year. While that raises concerns about sustaining enrollment numbers, those concerns have been somewhat allayed by strong numbers at summer orientation sessions. “This is a result of individuals across campus working together,” Dean Tuck said.

Among other positive developments are all hiring searches for the upcoming academic year were successful and an attractive, well-maintained campus. “I am glad that deferred maintenance is not in our vocabulary,” the dean said.

Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education Jim Fonseca, who participated in the conference, addressed the state of regional higher education and current initiatives. “Enrollment looks solid and finances are sound,” Fonseca said. “We are looking to expand degree offerings and, with the switch to semesters, we have been able to retain a number of classes that meet twice a week, which is especially appealing to our commuter students. We are looking to facilitate an even smoother transition for students looking to relocate from regional campuses to the Athens campus. Further, there will be a continued emphasis on maintaining the quality of on-line classes.”

The four points of emphasis for OU-C at the campus planning session included:

• Academic Mission
• IT Plan/Facilities
• Communication Plan
• Budget Process

Breakout groups were formed to discuss each area of emphasis and suggest overarching objectives to be pursued in each area, laying the groundwork for the drafting of strategic action plans for the near future.

“This is the first step in the strategic planning process, and we are taking broad brush strokes at this time,” Dean Tuck said. “With rapid changes in the job market, it is important that we provide a well-rounded education for our students. We need to focus on making them well-educated individuals rather than just train them for particular careers.”

Further conversations will be held as more specific plans are drafted, implemented and evaluated.

The dean also shared his goals and priorities for the 2012-13 academic year in a PowerPoint presentation.

Among his priorities for the upcoming academic year are:

• Support existing academic programs
• Student recruitment and retention
• Continued recruitment of faculty and staff members
• Programs and functions of the Technology and Business Development Center
• “The Promise Lives” capital campaign
• See the campus strategic planning process to completion

“What we have done today is just a beginning step in the strategic planning process,” Dean Tuck said. “This is a living document. Rather than something that sits on a shelf and gathers dust, this is meant to be relevant and serve to guide the functioning of the campus, and we will continue to review and revise plans as we move forward.”

Welcome Week activities emphasize student-centered focus to beginning of fall semester

The Office of Student Services and the Presidents Club have several activities planned for a Welcome Week to greet new and returning Chillicothe Campus students for the beginning of fall semester.

“The events are designed to set the tone for a successful fall term and are similar to the type of activities offered on residential campuses,” Coordinator of Student Activities Ashlee Rauckhorst said. “Students are at the heart of all that we do, and we want to welcome them to campus and show them what OU-C has to offer. In fact, the impetus behind Welcome Week is a suggestion by a student, so the entire concept is especially student-focused.”

Activities the week of Aug. 27 include:

• Monday, Student Activities Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside of Bennett Hall, includes a cookout at noon at live music from “A Guy and A Girl” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Student organizations will host informational tables, as well as athletics teams and local organizations.

• Tuesday, Welcome tables inside of Bennett Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Wednesday, Comedy show featuring Lori Graves at 7 p.m. in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Graves, a well-known local comedienne, is an OU-C alumnus. The show is intended for audience members 18 years and older.

• Thursday, Ice cream social and “Movie Under the Stars” featuring The Avengers at 8:30 p.m. in the lawn between Bennett Hall and Shoemaker Center. The movie will be shown on a huge, inflatable screen complete with a sound system. OU-C campus members are encouraged to bring family members, as well as lawn chairs and/or blankets, to the event.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Orientation session offers faculty members insights for successful fall term

A fall semester orientation session was recently held for faculty members on the Chillicothe Campus. The focus was on providing faculty members with the information they need for a successful fall term. Among points of emphasis were the role and availability of the math and writing centers within the Stevenson Center Student Success Center, other resources offered within the library Central Processing Center and Student Services, safety procedures, and nuances associated with the switch from quarters to semesters.

Good teaching is the lifeblood of the Chillicothe Campus, and this orientation session, which was coordinated by Associate Dean James McKean office, underscores the Chillicothe Campus’ commitment to offering an outstanding classroom experience by offering full-time and part-time faculty members the support they need to succeed.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Current exhibits at OU-C feature range of artistic expression

A pair of art exhibits will be on display at Ohio University-Chillicothe beginning Aug. 27, the first day of fall semester, and continuing through September.

University of Rio Grande faculty members Kevin Lyles (sculptor) and Benjy Davies (graphics and printmaking) will display “True Stories,” a show of printmaking and sculptural works in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery in Bennett Hall.

According to Lyles, “The works in this show all have some sort of representative narrative within them for the viewer to see.” The pieces include prints, drawings and mixed media sculpture.

“My work is molded by a myriad of influences,” Lyles noted in his artist’s statement. “More often than not I am inspired by things I see in nature. Often inherent in nature are patterns, contrasts, textures and contradictions. When creating sculpture I combine these natural properties with the element and principles of design to create work that both interests and challenges me.”

Lyles has been a professor of art at Rio Grande since 1990. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Bradley University. His work is in private and public collections both regionally and nationally.

Davies said in his artist statement, “My work is a running commentary on the absurdity, tenderness, fear and confusion that characterize my life with small children” in describing fatherhood. “Much of the work is inspired by the unpredictable imagination and irrational fears of childhood, which serve as an allegory for the unpredictable imagination and irrational fears of adulthood.”

Elisabeth Murphy of Columbus will display her drawings and paintings in the Stevenson Center gallery as part of an exhibit, “The Resurrection Portraits: Icons of Women’s History.” Her works include 12 selected portraits, including six oil works and six that are mixed media, primarily chalk with a bit of charcoal and pastel.

Murphy, who has been painting portraits of women in history for more than 20 years, blends historical authenticity with artistic flair in this captivating show.

A brief biography will be displayed next to each portrait. Some of the subjects are well-known, such as Emily Dickinson and Georgia O’Keeffe, while others were once famous but have since fallen into obscurity.

In her artist’s statement, Murphy notes, “As an artist I enjoy the freedom to re-create history by researching and painting women who were once well-know, but who have since been forgotten … Each picture is composed using reference photographs, drawings of objects taken from life, models, written descriptions and props … Each picture is a window through which the viewer is encouraged to time-travel to a place where history is fascinating.”

A video clip showing an abbreviated version of the hanging of the "True Stories" exhibit can be viewed at

Chillicothe Campus to offer SHRM course

An SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) Learning System course will be held at Ohio University-Chillicothe from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on six alternating Fridays beginning Sept. 7 and ending Nov. 16. Cost is $995, and registration deadline is Aug. 24. To register contact the OU-C Office of Continuing Education, Training & Development at (740) 774-7226 or online at For more information, contact Janet Fink at

The human resource certification preparation course is designed primarily for individuals seeking a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be prepared for the PRH or SPHR exam, and the course counts toward 3.5 CEU’s of classroom instruction. The course includes the Online Resource Center, which provides a wealth of supplemental study materials.

The course instructor is Neville Gayle, the president and founder of Executive Invention, LLC, a training and development company that specializes in facilitating customized training solutions.