Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Annual fall opening session slated for Sept. 12

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.

Among topics of discussion will be:

• Preliminary fall semester enrollment projections
• An overview of the recent campus planning meeting, including strategic priorities and the process for moving forward and implementing the objectives
• New hires and other personnel information
• The transition to semesters

“This offers an opportunity to gather together as a campus community and share useful information so that we are better-informed and, consequently, can better do our jobs,” Dean Tuck said. “The end result is always to provide the best possible educational experience for our students.”

Brenda Miller named chemistry faculty member at OU-C

Brenda Miller has been named assistant professor of chemistry at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective with the opening of fall semester 2012-13.

Miller has been an adjunct instructor in general chemistry at Zane State College in Zanesville and a lecturer in the Chemistry Department at the Ohio State University. She was previously an instructor for the Summer Institute in Science and Mathematics at Capital University, an adjunct instructor at Ohio Dominican University and a teaching assistant with Ohio State and the University of Missouri.

Miller earned bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biology from the University of Missouri and her doctoral degree in chemistry from Ohio State. She also has conducted research at the University of Missouri.

“I am pleased that Brenda Miller is joining our faculty,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “She has an excellent background as a classroom teacher and in research, and she should add to the already strong faculty on the Chillicothe Campus.”

Miller won the Ohio State University Department of Chemistry 2011 Albert L. Henne Research Competition. She has had articles published in several professional publications and delivered a presentation at the ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C.

She belongs to the American Chemical Society and Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemical fraternity.

Chillicothe Campus students discuss their expectations for fall semester

We regularly speak with OU-C students to gain their perspective on the Chillicothe Campus. With the opening of fall semester, we asked some students in the Learning Commons about their expectations for the academic term.

“I am looking for good teachers and interactive discussions,” said Kelsey Stevens, a nursing student from Logan Elm High School. “I like teachers who actually show you how to do things.”

Megan Dettwiller has a simple goal. “I want to pass my classes and to have a better experience than I did at my previous college. I am looking for a close-knit atmosphere on campus,” said Dettwiller, who is in her first academic term at OU-C. The Greenfield High School graduate plans to pursue a career in the Air Force.

“I hope to have a relatively easy semester because I am both working a job and going to college,’ said Rikki Bigham, a nursing student who works full-time at a nursing home in her hometown of Jackson in addition to attending classes at OU-C.

“I would just like to get through accounting and get a GPA of at least 3.5,” said Tyler Cooper, an OU-C student who hails from Western High School in Pike County.

Sarah Rowell, a first-semester freshman from Westfall High School, looks to continue what has, so far, been a fairly easy transition to college life. “I want to do well. It has not been a big adjustment so far,” said Rowell, a business management major.

Cheerleader tryouts scheduled for interested OU-C students

Tryouts will be held at 4 p.m. on Sept. 7 in the Shoemaker Center for students interested in being members of the Ohio University-Chillicothe cheerleading squad during the 2012-13 academic year.

Being an OU-C cheerleader offers the opportunity to make new friends, to be part of the campus life and to make the college experience more memorable. The co-ed squad cheers for basketball games and participates in college and community events.

For more information, call Sandra Lawless at 740-222-4637.