Friday, September 21, 2012

OU-C to offer course on financial literacy

A workshop course on “Financial Literacy in the 21st Century” will be offered at Ohio University-Chillicothe from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 28 and Oct. 19, as well as 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 and Nov. 9. The course is sponsored by OU-C’s Office of Continuing Education.

The course addresses effective financial decision-making and money management strategies to build a secure financial future, with an emphasis on saving and investing plans, credit practices and financing major purchases. Maurice “Moe” Pfeifer will teach the class, which is offered in a blended format, combining face-to-face interaction with online learning.

Pfeifer, a Certified Financial Planner has been nominated for the 27th edition of “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry” and, during his business career, was recognized as being in the top 1 percent of sales for a Fortune 500 company.

For more information or to register, contact OU-C’s Office of Continuing Education at (740) 774-7226 or

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bachelor’s degree programs in social work are off to a strong start during fall term

The bachelor’s degree programs in social work, which Ohio University-Chillicothe is offering for the first time this fall semester, are gaining momentum.

“Not only are the classes much larger than similar classes that were offered last spring, but the students are excited to be there, they are energized and they participate. There is energy and exchange,” said faculty member Nina Lewis. Lewis and fellow Assistant Professor of Social Work Kenneth Larimore are the lead faculty members for the campus’ social work offerings.

Enrollment in classes related to the social work degree is strong, and a significant number of the students are social work majors, as well as a large number of Human Services Technology (HST) associate degree students, as anticipated. As an example, the Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare class, a required foundational course for social work majors, is at enrollment capacity, with the majority of students being HST and social work majors.

Students are finding that the social work offerings allow them to follow careers that fit their personal attributes and professional ambitions.

“For me, it seems that social work is not just a career, but it is a passion,” said Susan Priest, a Greenfield McClain High School graduate who is enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program. “I have always gotten along well with my social work professors and I was impressed by what they shared from their work. I want to work with chemically-dependent people, and I think I might want to work in a hospital setting.”

Courtney Stanley, a freshman from London High School in Madison County, was drawn to the profession through a family connection. “I have an aunt who works for Children’s Services in Franklin County, and it looked like an interesting profession. I have always enjoyed helping people, so this fits my personality. I think I would like to work with children, but, in this profession, I can go into nearly any field.”

April Kuykendall of Morrow County is pursuing an associate degree in HST on her way to the bachelor’s degree in social work. “I like to help people, especially children. A lot of children need guidance to get on their way to a better future. I will hopefully end up with a master’s degree, and I would eventually like to start my own business.”

OU-C students are able to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) or a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The BASW degree includes a two-year foreign language requirement, while the BSW degree program does not.

“As with the consideration of all academic programs, these programs meet the criteria of aligning with student interest and good career opportunities, especially in our region,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said.
The social work degrees have been offered on the Athens campus for years, and the programs were approved for the university’s regional campuses last year, paving the way for their introduction this fall at OU-C.

To help promote the program, faculty members Lewis and Larimore have been involved in community activities and are staying engaged with their faculty colleagues on the Athens campus.

OU-C student athletes aim to make the grade both on the court and in the classroom

By OU-C public relations student employee Cara Truesdell

In an initiative to bolster retention and help to ensure that student-athletes find success on the court and in the classroom, Ohio University-Chillicothe put plans in place to boost scholastic success for members of its athletic teams.

As of spring 2012 it is required for OU-C athletes to complete a minimum of seven hours per week in the Student Success Center. These study tables are intended to heighten GPAs for struggling students as well as help students in good standing reach their full potential.

“This program was developed out of a campus-wide effort to promote academic success and retention for students,” said Kim McKimmy, athletic director. “We are looking to create a structure so these students can apply the same discipline that is needed for athletic success to their studies.” Student athletes can either sign in to work independently, or they are able to receive assistance from one of the tutors located in the Student Success Center.

The OU-C staff is guided by the principle that individualized academic attention leads to greater achievement. This is part of an effort to increase retention rates across campus.

“Athletics are an important part of the campus experience for many OU-C students. They play an important role in adding to the sense of community on campus, and they also allow students to take their skills to a new level as well as continue to pursue an activity they were involved with in high school. Some students even look to athletics to be an outlet for some of the demands of college,” McKimmy said.

McKimmy hopes to see a GPA increase of student athletes by the end of the semester. The current efforts will be evaluated throughout the term, as to better define techniques to promote a higher degree of success.

OU-C has a robust athletics program and fields women’s teams in volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis; and men’s teams in basketball, golf, baseball and tennis. The Hilltoppers compete against similar campuses in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference.

Trailblazer Robin Knab to discuss her career in the field of rehabilitation and corrections

Robin Knab will discuss her career advancements with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 in Bennett Hall room 134 at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Her talk is free and open to the public. Drinks and desserts will be provided, and individuals are asked to bring their own lunch.

Knab has more than 25 years of supervisory and leadership experience with the ODRC, beginning her career in the record office of the Chillicothe Correctional Institution (CCI). She has been a trailblazer throughout her career. In 2003, Knab became the first female to be named Chief of Ohio Penal Industries and, in 2007, she accepted the position as the first female warden at CCI, the largest adult male facility in Ohio.

She later became a deputy director with the ODRC in 2001, assuming responsibility for six institutions and the Office of Prisons located at the Operations Support Center. Knab is a member of several professional organizations and holds leadership positions with many of these organizations.

Knab earned an associate degree in human services and corrections technology from Hocking College and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University, with a concentration in management and ethics.

Her talk is part of the “Conversations with Successful Women Series” at OU-C that allows individuals who have attained particular career success to share their experiences and insights with OU-C students and area residents. The series is sponsored by the Ohio University-Chillicothe Giving Circle.

Upcoming speakers include political leaders Nancy Ames and Dottie Fay on Nov. 2, and downtown business owners Linda Brown and Liz Corzine on Feb. 22, 2013.

Chillicothe Campus students discuss how they invest their time outside of class

We regularly speak with our students to gain their insights on the Chillicothe Campus. Our learners have class, but this week, we asked the students how they spend their spare time when not in the classroom.

“I work as a cashier as Menard’s, and I usually study during my free time on campus. And, I am constantly cleaning out my car from fast-food wrappers that come with constantly being on the go,” said Shelby Hunt, a nursing student from Circleville High School.

Miki Hollingsworth, a social work major from Logan Elm High School, also spends much of her spare time at a part-time job, working at the Dairy Queen in Circleville. “I also study with my friends or watch movies,” Hollingsworth said.

Kelsey Stevens, a nursing student from Logan Elm, tells a similar story. “I work at Dairy Queen and, in fact, I helped Miki get her job. I also hang out with friends and occasionally attend a tractor pull event.”

Justin Diehl, a business management major from Paint Valley High School, spares his time in literary pursuits. “I like to read a little bit of everything. Right now, I am reading Lord of the Rings,” he said. “I also like outdoor activities like hunting, fishing and archery.”

Patricia McCambridge, an undeclared major from Waverly High School, likes to relax “by watching TV or singing in the church choir.”

“I like to play card games or any games in general, mostly video games. I also like to spend my time watching TV and relaxing,” said Hien Nguyen, a health services administration major from Chillicothe High School.

Andrew Rinehart, a freshman nursing student who attended Huntington High School, can be found fielding flies in the outfield and orders behind the counter. “I like to relax in the Learning Commons. I also play baseball and plan to play on the OU-C team in the spring. I also work in the Hilltop Cafe,” he said.

Cole Addy splits his time between fast food and fast breaks. “I work at McDonald’s and play recreational basketball,” said the nursing student from Huntington.

Meagyn Davis of Jackson High School is undecided on her academic major but certain about her part-time activities. “I work at LaRosa’s restaurant in Jackson, hang out with friends and attend church,” she said.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tax information sessions scheduled at OU-C

The Ross County EITC Coalition will provide free information sessions regarding income tax information from noon to 1 p.m. daily on Sept. 24-27 in Bennett hall room 133 at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Lunch will be provided. The sessions will help to inform individuals on various tax opportunities that are available to help them save money. To register call Traci at (740) 773-3280.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Students can survey possible options during upcoming College Night event

Approximately 300 students and parents attended last year's College Night event.

Area high school students and their parents can explore the offerings of approximately 40 colleges and universities during the annual College Night event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 17 in the Shoemaker Center on the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus. Both the Chillicothe campus and Athens campus will be among those represented at the event.

“This event offers an opportunity for prospective students and their parents to investigate a number of potential colleges in one evening,” OU-C Student Recruitment Coordinator Neeley Allen said. “At OU-C, we are focused on providing a gateway to opportunity by utilizing higher education to open the doors of opportunity and impact the quality of life for residents of the region, and this occasion emphasizes that commitment. This is a great opportunity for high school juniors and seniors as well as their parents.”

Those attending College Night will be able to explore degree options, transfer options, admission requirements, college costs and financial aid options. Besides the various educational institutions, there will be representatives of some branches of the Armed Forces and various scholarship and loan programs.

“We want to ensure that area students are aware of the advantages that OU-C offers, including the friendliness of a small campus and resources of a national university. More than that, it is important that that our area students realize the opportunities that are available to them,” OU-C Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “For some students, it will be their first contact with a college representative. For others, it will offer a chance to further investigate some schools and ask follow-up questions.”

The local Kiwanis Club chapter and OU-C are sponsoring the event.

Those with further questions can contact Allen at 740-774-7721 or