Thursday, September 27, 2012

Information session scheduled for OU-C women’s basketball players

An information session for students interested in participating on the 2012-13 OU-C women’s basketball team will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 in the Shoemaker Center. If interested and unable to attend, call coach John Milliken at (740) 701-3093.

Campus’ faculty instructional support efforts emphasize integration of technology & teaching

As part of the campus’ continual emphasis on providing the best learning environment for it students, OU-C is ramping up its efforts in regards to faculty instructional support (FIS). That effort includes creating two part-time positions to assist faculty members in integrating technology into their instruction to best connect with students.

Patty Griffith, who recently retired as director of information and technology services, has been named to the part-time position of director of faculty instructional support. She will begin these new duties around Oct. 1, in time to help with the development of spring semester classes. Her office will be located in the former IRIS Center in the Bennett Hall basement.

Also, recently retired faculty member Jan Schmittauer will fill the role of instructional design specialist. In this capacity, she will work on a project-based manner to develop online classes as needed by faculty members.

“The creation of these two part-time roles aligns with the campus’ multi-year strategic personnel plan and positions the campus well for the future,” Associate Dean James McKean said. “When a member of the campus community retires, we perform a functional analysis to look at the activities and tasks related to that position. We then determine how we can best re-engineer the position in moving forward to best support the campus’ strategic plan and, accordingly, best meet the needs of current and future students.”

“The two positions complement each other and provide the type of instructional support that is needed on a campus with faculty members who bring a range of expertise and technical expertise,” McKean said. “They will provide support to both the approximately 40 full-time (Group I and Group II) faculty members as well as the approximately 125 adjunct faculty members. As a campus focused on strong teaching, it is incumbent upon us to offer the type of support to enhance the classroom experience, whether in an actual classroom setting or through online learning.”

Griffith and Schmittauer will help faculty members integrate technology into their teaching methods for traditional classroom sessions, online classes and blended environments that combine both classroom and online instruction.

Griffith will establish regular office hours for faculty members to drop by for one-on-one instruction in addition to offering professional development workshops.

Schmittauer’s efforts will work with faculty members who wish to take their classroom instruction to an online format. “The faculty members understand their context expertly and Jan supplies the technical expertise. She has been instrumental in the online teaching efforts on campus, so Jan has an ideal background and also brings a faculty member’s perspective and understanding of their needs,” McKean said.

In moving forward, faculty members will be surveyed to gain insights on further refining and strengthening the efforts of these positions.

Hilltopper volleyball team off to strong start for 2012 season

OU-C’s volleyball team is off to a fast start this season with a 10-3 record through the first part of the schedule. This season, the Hilltoppers field an experienced squad with good team chemistry.

“I love coaching these players. They are very disciplined and are fundamentally sound all the way around,” coach Tara Bethel said. “They expect to win and do not just want to win.”

“A lot of the girls played club volleyball together, so they know each other. It really is a family atmosphere; they care about each other.”

The players represent many of the top high school volleyball programs in the region. “Many of the elite players from the SVC (Scioto Valley Conference) are here, as well as some other Ross County players,” Bethel said.

Merrilee Dresbach, a freshman outside hitter from Southeastern High School, echoed her coaches’ thoughts on team cohesiveness. “I played with nearly all of the other girls in club sports, and that helps in that we know each other and how to work together,” said Dresbach, a biology major.

Playing volleyball has been helpful as Dresbach adjusts to life as a college student. “This makes life a lot busier and I need to be more disciplined, which has helped with my studies.”

Maddie Davis, a right side hitter and setter from Unioto High School, transferred to OU-C after playing volleyball at Kent State last year. “This is more laid back, with people playing for the love of volleyball,” said Davis, who is majoring in a nursing and human services administration. “I only have one chance to play a team sport such as volleyball on a competitive level such as this, and I wanted to make the most of the opportunity while I am in college.”

“It’s pretty cool to play against teams from other regions of the state and to see how we match up with them,” Davis said.

Davis, along with her teammates, is learning skills that will serve her well beyond her athletics career.

“From playing volleyball, I learn responsibility, time management and how to be a team player. These are important attributes when applying for jobs,” she said.

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. The campus athletics program adds to the vibrant campus atmosphere and allows students to continue to pursue competitive sports beyond the high school and club levels while developing skills and friendships that last beyond graduation.

OTEC internships provide practical experience and career preparation for students

Shown are some of the OTEC students currently involved in internships.

By OU-C public relations student employee Jasmine Garcia

Eleven current OTEC students at OU-C are gaining valuable practical experience through internships to help them pursue careers and gain essential job skills.

Office Technology (OTEC), an Associate of Applied Business degree program on campus, teaches students administrative professional skills for careers in a variety of service or manufacturing business settings including desktop publishing, reception, payroll accounting, business analysis, medical and legal administrative assisting, and office supervision.

In addition to the course work needed to earn this degree, OTEC students are required to complete a 75 to 80 hour internship. During these internships, students get experience working in environments in their chosen career fields, while developing on-the-job skills outside of the classroom.

“I feel like the majority of jobs use computers, and Microsoft Office is used almost everywhere. So knowing how to do those helps a lot,” said Jessie Lambermont, an OTEC student. Lambermont interned at the Adena Regional Medical Center in the accounting office, where she was able to get hands-on experience working with financial spreadsheets and business office transactions.

“I learned a lot about human resources,” said Courtney Clever, an OTEC student, who interned in the Human Resources department at the Chillicothe Correctional Institute. “I just thought it was a really good experience to get to see before I go into the workforce.”

The skills these students have received by completing an internship are something that will make them stand out to employers when entering the workforce.

Allison White, assistant professor and program coordinator for OTEC, said that the internships give students a strong addition in the employment section of their resumes by showing they have experience in their chosen career field.  This, in conjunction with an Ohio University degree and a variety of certifications earned along the way will make them strong contenders. She added that students receive an evaluation letter from their internship site supervisors upon completion of their hours, and many times these evaluations come in the form of a letter of recommendation.

White also added the importance of the connections formed during these internships that help students who are just starting their careers develop strong networks.

“It is certainly my hope and theirs that by introducing themselves to the community they are building a network, and it gives them the chance if they have had no job experience at all or perhaps no experience in the business field to get something on their resumes that says I’ve done this, I’ve built this skill,” said White.

Clever will be graduating in the spring and has started to look back to her internship and her internship supervisor, Bonnie Hall, as a resource.

“I really would like to get a full-time job at CCI,” said Clever. “I’ve been talking to Bonnie and learning all the different things she does.  I would like to do something along the lines of what she did; she has inspired me to see all the different kinds of tasks they have to do daily, the multitasking and everything.   I thought her job just seemed really interesting.

Many students who complete internships set their goals higher and plan on building upon their associate degrees and also pursuing their bachelor’s degrees.

Lambermont plans to attend Franklin University and earn her bachelor’s online with an emphasis on forensic accounting.

“I’m hoping to take my education further and obtain my bachelor’s degree in business management,” said Angie Conkel, an OTEC student who interned with the Ross County American Red Cross. “My husband and I have discussed several times opening up a small restaurant, a ‘mom and pop’ type of business.” 

With the amount of success these students have achieved during their internships, they hope to inspire other students who wish to continue down a similar education path.

“I think that [the internship] helps you in every way possible, and it opens you up to a lot of different opportunities,” said Clever.

While the program can be challenging, students feel that the hard work pays off in the end.

 “I wouldn’t say it is simple because there are hard things about it, but you can pretty much do anything customer service wise, rep wise, be an administrative assistant or secretary. There is so much you can do with this degree and there is so much you can learn,” said Lambermont.

OTEC students serving internships this semester and their internship sites include: 

  • Courtney Clever - CCI Human Resources
  • Angela Conkel - American Red Cross Ross County
  • Chris Anderson - WKKJ Clear Channel
  • Cynthia Gillenwater - OUC Athletic Department
  • Chrystal Dixon - Adena Dermatology
  • Sharon Ward - Adena Billing and Coding
  • Jessica Lambermont - Adena Finance and Accounting
  • Holly Love - Gadson Law Office
  • Michael Wachovec - Ross County OFA Campaign
  • Heather Speakman - Westmoreland Place
  • Cherice Brown - Westmoreland Place

OU-C freshman Luke Benning has large shoes to fill…his own

By OU-C public relations student employee Cara Truesdell

Business student, testing center proctor, Eagle Scout, scholarship recipient; all of these are impressive titles for an incoming freshman.

Luke Benning started his time at Ohio University-Chillicothe with a well-rounded resume, and could not be more thrilled to start his college career off right. “I’m confident that my decision to attend OU-C will make me into a better student, and will help with my future ambitions,” Benning said. “I wanted to make the most financially responsible decision, and being able to attend OU-C while living at home was definitely it.”

When asked what he is most proud of, Benning responds with “My involvement within my youth group -- I play drums in our band, and I spend a lot of time working with my church.”

Benning has much to be proud of, given that he has received awards such as The United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Water Resources Research and The Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.  

Despite widespread recognition, Luke Benning is a modest, humble, hard worker who doesn’t expect praise for all that he does. Instead Benning recognizes his parents’ involvement and support when it comes to the success he has achieved. His dedication to anything he sets his mind to is impressive. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at 17, five years after he started, a rather rapid rise compared to others in the troop.

Even through the Benning family has lived in five different states, and moved every few years, Luke has remained grounded. He accredits his focus and determination to his faith in God and the support that the Tabernacle Baptist Church has given him.

It seems as if hard work really does pay off. During his four years at Zane Trace High School he held a 100 percent attendance record. In total, he did not miss a day of school in six years. His attendance and focus while at school landed him in the top 15 percent of his graduating class. 

Benning says he is focused on getting good grades, and will plan on getting involved in outside organizations later in the year once he is more adjusted.

Tickets for Bobcats' Homecoming football game are available to Chillicothe Campus members

Ohio University alumnus and former Bobcat football player Dave Stout of Chillicothe has purchased 100 tickets for members of the campus community to attend Ohio University’s Homecoming football game vs. the University of Akron at 2 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Peden Stadium in Athens. Stout, a 1965 Ohio University graduate, was a member of the Ohio University team that played in the 1962 Sun Bowl.

Each member of the OU-C campus community may obtain 2 tickets by presenting a campus ID at the Bennett Hall Information Desk during business hours. Tickets are available on a first-come basis.