Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bookstore to close at 4 p.m. on Oct. 16

The campus bookstore will close at 4 p.m. on Oct. 16 for textbook inventory and will resume regular business hours the following day.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Personal vigilance is encouraged in wake of recent reports of theft

A number of thefts have recently been reported on campus, mainly involving items such as purses, backpacks and personal computers from campus buildings and vehicles in the parking lot. A suspect has been apprehended by the Chillicothe Police Department.

Personal vigilance is the best deterrence to theft. Campus members and visitors are advised to not leave personal items of value unattended and to lock their vehicles and offices, even when stepping out for a relatively short time.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

OU-C hosting events to help students find their academic and career pursuits

Ohio University-Chillicothe is hosting a series of events to help students determine the academic majors and career paths that best fit their talents and interests. An academic Majors Fair will be held Oct. 23. This event will allow students to explore the academic offerings of both the Chillicothe and Athens campuses of Ohio University. Faculty members and other representatives will be on hand to discuss their academic programs, including the career paths with which they are aligned and the types of students who are most often drawn to those fields.

The Majors Fair will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. More than 40 academic majors will be represented as well as services such as Career Services, Education Abroad and ROTC. On this day, the Hilltopper Advising Center will be distributing DARS reports for spring semester advising, but will also be able to print “What-if” DARS reports for students as they explore possible majors. Also, a $500 tuition waiver will be offered as a door prize.

Workshops are being held on campus prior to the academic Majors Fair to help students make the most of the opportunity by narrowing their focus. “Let’s Make a Major Decision Together” workshops are available at noon on Oct. 12 in Rm. 110 and Oct. 17 in Rm. 205 of Bennett Hall.

During the workshop, students will complete a short assessment, which will help them understand how their personality aligns with various academic and career options.

“Our goal is to have students that are better prepared for the Majors Fair so that they can ask more informed questions about a major they find interesting. I hope that having students with a greater understanding of self, as it relates to a possible career path, will allow them to think critically about possible majors. In this way, it should be a more meaningful experience for our students,” Hilltopper Advising Center Coordinator Cristy Null said.

“This is part of our ongoing emphasis to help our students succeed in their college and future careers. OU-C is a campus with a mission that emphasizes access and opportunity, and that emphasis extends throughout the students’ college careers and beyond. Therefore, it is important that we help our students find academic majors and career pursuits allow that align with their interests and skills.”

Nominations open for Classified Employee of the Month

OU-C students, faculty and staff can show their appreciation to a Classified staff member for a job well done by nominating that individual for the Ohio University Classified Employee of the Month honor.

More information and nomination forms are available online at

Criteria include employees who are dependable, punctual and productive, possess a positive attitude, show initiative, take on additional responsibility and serve as role models.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Vendors can reserve space for antique and craft show

The annual Community Antique and Craft Show at the Shoemaker Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 17. Vendors who wish to display items can reserve space for $35 by contacting George Beck at (740) 779-9260 or

Proceeds benefit the Ohio University-Chillicothe softball team.

Current OU-C art exhibit features work of Ross County art teachers

The show features the multi-dimensional talents of area art teachers.

“Awakening the Artist Within,” an art show featuring the work of Ross County art teachers, is currently on exhibit through Oct. 18 in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery in Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Bennett Hall.

Teachers from Adena, Bishop Flaget, Chillicothe City, Southeastern, Unioto, Paint Valley and Zane Trace school districts have various 2-D and 3-D media in the show.  

The purpose of the show to is to promote the arts in the schools of Ross County and the role that art fills in offering students a well-rounded educational experience.

“Art teachers are constantly trying to awaken the artist within their students and often do not have time for their own art. This show features the wide range of diversity of the art teachers because they teach it all,” said Suzi Cunningham, the show’s designer. “Media used to create their art includes photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, mixed media, illustration and ceramics. The major focus of the show is to advocate the importance of visual arts in our schools by showcasing the art teachers' creations.”

Cunningham taught art in area schools for 30 years and now works with students a Bishop Flaget School.

The show, which is free and open to the public, is on display through Oct. 18 and will conclude with a public reception from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the gallery. Many art teachers will be on hand to explain their artwork.

The show is sponsored by the OU-C Giving Circle.

Chillicothe Campus students describe the college campuses of their founding

We regularly speak with our students to gain their insights and perspectives. This week, we asked some students what they would include if they were designing their own college campus.

“I would have a nice library so there is a good supply of books and definitely have food. Since I am a pizza person myself, it would have pizza,” said Cody DePugh, an art major from Southeastern High School. “Also, it would have free Internet service so you can look up information quickly.”

“I would definitely have a cafeteria that is removed from the study area,” said Elizabeth Kirk, a middle childhood education major from Teays Valley High School. “It would also have housing for students and some sort of free indoor recreation area.”

“It would include a cafeteria, and there would be a big lounge space similar to the Learning Commons,” said Ashley Ashmore, a health services administration major from Vinton County High School. “It would also have computer labs.”

Tyler Wessel, a law enforcement technology major from Western High School in Pike County, would build a college campus that is par for the course. “I would have a golf course, as well as a library and dorms.”

Kala Hall would begin with “the usual. Plus, maybe a gaming area. And, valet parking would be nice,” said the early childhood major from Western High School.

“I would include a babysitting service,” said Cherice Brown, an office technology major from Chillicothe High School. “Actually, I think this campus is equipped well. However, I would include vending machines on every floor and offices for all instructors.”

Paul Gillum, a computer science technology major from Jackson High School, would have a college that balances work and play on his own college campus. “It would have a real good learning center, similar to what we have here. It would also have a nice gym where you do not have to pay to use it and lots of tutors on hand.”