Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Performance of 'The Butter and Egg Man' in rehearsal

Rehearsing for the upcoming Ohio University-Chillicothe theater production of “The Butter and Egg Man” are (from left) Tommy Culver as the waiter, Ben Roark as Peter Jones, Jennifer Adams as Mary Martin, Anthony Sommers as Mr. Peterson, Mandy Coonod as Jane Weston, Bill Bonner as Mack, Daniel Jalbuena as Lehman, Jessica Akers as Peggy Marlow and Christopher Mays as Bernie.

Dates of the performance are Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. The production has a strong local angle. Details will be released closer to the date of performance.

Volunteers Needed for Trick or Treat Extravaganza

The Trick or Treat Extravaganza sponsored by the Human Services Association student club at Ohio University-Chillicothe is seeking volunteers to provide candy, face painting, arts and crafts, and help with ensuring the safety of children in bounce houses for this event, which is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 in OU-C’s Shoemaker Center gym.

The OU-C students have been working for months to prepare and improve the event for lots of children (no age limit) who want a safe place to come for treats and lots of fun.

Interested businesses and individuals are encouraged to contact Barbara Mahaffey by email at or by calling (740) 774-7287. Tables and chairs will be provided for those interested in bringing sealed bags of store purchased candy.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

OU-C Volleyball team clinches first ORCC state title in school history

By PR student employee Cara Truesdell

OU-C won the Ohio Regional Campus Conference (ORCC ) state volleyball tournament this past weekend, defeating Miami Middletown in five sets in the championship match by a score of 25-17, 14-25, 23-25, 25-20, and 15-13. The volleyball state title was the first in school history for the Hilltoppers.

The Hilltoppers came out firing during the tournament, defeating defending champion Akron Wayne in five sets in the semi-final match to advance to the championship.

“This is the biggest and most intense match that I have been apart of in my five years at OU-C,” said Head Coach Tara Bethel.

The Ohio University-Chillicothe women’s volleyball team had a tough mindset going into the tournament and refused to lose. The determination was felt throughout the gym when Miami Middletown was up two sets to one in the final.

In addition to the tournament victory, OU-C player Hannah Halcomb was named to the all-tournament team and teammate Merrilee Dresbach was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Bethel attributes the team’s 18-5 record to team chemistry, which was developed during the summer, with many of the athletes playing together on club volleyball teams. Three of the five losses were decided in the fifth set.

When Bethel started at OU-C five years ago and has seen the program grow tremendously during that time. “Since I’ve started here, each team has built off the past, getting us to where we are today,” Bethel said.

Coming off of the most successful season in OU-C volleyball history, Bethel hopes to keep the momentum rolling in the months to come.

Upcoming PechaKucha event continues Quinn Library’s emphasis on engaging campus and community members

By PR student employee Jasmine Garcia

Calling all creators and thinkers. The Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe is partnering with community organizations to bring PechaKucha nights to town, with an upcoming event scheduled from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the Park View Gallery, 12 W. Water St., Chillicothe.

PechaKucha involves a presentation of 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds, which keeps presentations concise and the audience engaged. Presenters are encouraged to share their ideas, works, thoughts and interests. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. Those wishing to present should contact OU-C head librarian Allan Pollchik at

The night will also include free live music and refreshments. In the spirit of the season, individuals are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. There will be a $100 prize for best costume and two $50 prize for second place.

“The thing about Halloween is when people put on a costume, they are more likely to open themselves up,” said Pollchik. “So, in fact, networking and discussions happen more easily when people are in costume.”

The PechaKucha event is an offshoot of Quinn Library’s popular Salon Series. These events have engaged members of the campus and community in intellectual discussions of various topics over the years and are meant to foster relationships between students of the OU-C campus and Chillicothe community members.

“We are trying to create a transformative learning community where we include the campus and off-campus people and organizations at these events,” said Pollchik.

Pollchik stressed the importance of creating an environment that promotes conversation.

“The whole intention is that individuals attending these events, because of the interaction in the event will somehow transform into something larger,” said Pollchik. “Their life is then enriched because of their attendance at these events.”

“Americans are more separated now, they’re more disjointed; we don’t get together and talk,” said Pollchik. “We don’t have community meetings where we talk about the issues that are important to our community.”

Pollchik wants to reverse that trend and instead get people together face to face and network. PechaKucha is designed to give people a chance to network and show off their business, art, craft or just themselves.

“This means artists can present their work, business professionals can present their work, and a thinker can present his work, said Pollchick. "Everybody can talk about what makes them excited if there is a place where we can have that networking going on."

PechaKucha night was created in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and display their work in public. It has now spread rapidly worldwide, with new nights forming globally. There is no theme or topic. Therefore, the presenter has complete creative freedom.

Other sponsors of the upcoming PechaKucha event include Chillicothe/Ross Chamber of Commerce, Park View Gallery, Chillicothe and Ross County Library and the A[GA+ME] club of OU-C.

Producer of political documentary to speak at Ohio University-Chillicothe

Grace Lee, director of the documentary, “Janeane from Des Moines,” will speak at 11 a.m. on Oct. 18 in the Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Her talk is free and open to the public.

The documentary concerns a conservative Iowa housewife’s personal and political convictions are severely tested as she seeks answers from the Republican presidential candidates leading up to the 2012 Iowa Caucuses.

Following a presentation of the movie, Lee will discuss her experience producing the documentary.

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.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Supplemental instruction program utilizes peer approach to student success

Student-tutor Liberty Bell interacts with students during a recent tutoring session.

Emphasizing the value of peer-to-peer interaction in student success, the Chillicothe Campus has launched a supplemental instruction program this fall that is designed to help students succeed in their academic pursuits. In this program, student-tutors attend classes, and then hold small-group tutoring sessions outside of classroom hours for their fellow students.

The program is based on a similar effort on Ohio University’s Athens campus and supports OU-C’s commitment to student success and retention.

“We started investigating a similar program on the Athens campus this summer and replicated many aspects of that program, while adding our own twists to tailor it for the Chillicothe Campus,” said faculty member Deb Nickles, who is coordinating the OU-C initiative. “We have taken concepts that have been proven to be successful and have developed a regular, ongoing, systematic approach to tutoring.”

The program aligns with OU-C’s student-focused approach and priorities.

“The entire campus is in the midst of a renewed focus on student success and increasing retention rates,” Associate Dean James McKean said. “This particular program is a collaboration between the campus administration and the Recruitment and Retention Committee. As a campus whose core values include access and opportunity, it is important that we extend that beyond the admissions process. Rather, we need to take steps to help ensure that students are positioned to make the most of this educational opportunity and achieve academic success.”

“This utilization of student tutors is similar to the approach employed in the Academic Success Center, and, based on her experience and success in the center, Deb Nickles is a natural to lead this effort,” McKean said.

The OU-C supplemental instruction initiative has used a strategic approach in identifying courses that historically have relatively low rates of student success. Faculty members then identified students who had excelled in these courses, and these students are taking the lead as tutors for the courses.
The student- tutors, classes and cooperating faculty members include:

• Zach Schumacher, Statistics, Ann Rumble
• Liberty Bell, Accounting, Tanya Hire
• Brooke Hawthorne, Chemistry, Roger Smith

The student-tutors attend classes, and then schedule time to meet with members of the class on a volunteer basis in small groups.

“The tutors are cream of the crop. They have already taken the class and understand both the material and the faculty member’s expectations,” Nickles said. “We are utilizing the theory that students who have been successful in a particular course are then in position to help other students how to succeed by sharing insights such as study habits. The peer aspect is very important. As fellow students, the tutors come at the topic from a common experience and speak a common language as those they are assisting.”

According to the student-tutors and supervising faculty members, the program has been a hit.

 “I think that the tutoring sessions are not so intimidating to many students since not all eyes are on them as in the classroom,” said Liberty Bell, a student tutor for faculty member Tanya Hire in accounting 1010. “The students are more relaxed, and they can talk on a different level than addressing a faculty member during class. I try to make it as fun as accounting can be. I think it is working well. Everyone who has attended regularly did well on the first test.”

Her supervising faculty member, Tanya Hire, realizes the value of the tutoring sessions.

“Much of the value of this program is for the students to hear the material more than once and having it presented in a different way,” Hire said. “The real benefit is the repetition of the material. It is demonstrated and discussed differently than by a faculty member in class. Plus, a lot of the students are familiar with Liberty, and I think that helps.”

The tutors themselves reap benefits of the program.

“The tutors can increase their command of a subject that is often their academic major since these tutors often learn best when they are teaching others. Their participation in this program also is a great resume-builder, looks good for graduate school applications and allows them to secure letters of reference.”

As a pilot program, the supplemental instruction program will be evaluated on criteria such as pass rates, course completion and retention rates. Results will then be analyzed and adjustments made before moving forward.

College Night event illustrates the mission of the Chillicothe Campus

The following op-ed piece, which was recently published in the Chillicothe Gazette, illustrates how the College Night event on Oct. 17 not only offers an opportunity for area students and their parents to compare the offerings of several campus settings but also underscores OU-C’s role in the region by serving as a gateway to higher education.

By Martin Tuck, Dean of the Chillicothe Campus

The fortunes of the Chillicothe Campus of Ohio University and the region it serves are intertwined. As a regional campus, it is our mission and purpose to serve this region and further strengthen the quality of life for its residents.

As such, it is important to put into practice our motto of “Gateway to Your Promise.” More than just a slogan, this phrase underscores our commitment to this purpose and serves as the guiding principle in both our planning and our programming. An important way in which the Chillicothe Campus upholds that commitment in a very practical manner is by hosting the upcoming College Night event.
This event puts OU-C’s commitment to our community into action in a very relevant way by truly serving as a gateway to higher education.

Representatives of more than 40 colleges and universities will be present at College Night, which will be held in the Shoemaker Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p .m. on Oct. 17. This free event offers a golden opportunity for area students and their parents to explore a diverse range of higher education offerings.

This type of event can be invaluable in helping students decide if they want to attend college and, if so, what type of college experience best fits their interests.

No matter where area students pursue their college dreams, it is the role of the Chillicothe Campus to serve as the first step of that journey. Beyond College Night, it is our role to serve as a community resource and to offer insights on topics such as the college admissions and financial aid processes as well as finding a career that allows students to turn their passions into their professions.

A unique feature of the Chillicothe Campus is the flexibility it allows students. Many area students and their parents are realizing the benefit of students beginning their academic career at OU-C. As a commuter campus, we have especially affordable tuition of approximately $5,000 per academic year for a full-time student. This allows students to take many of their foundational courses on our campus without incurring substantial debt. They then have the option of completing an associate degree or bachelor’s degree at OU-C, relocating seamlessly to the Athens campus of Ohio University and have access to more than 250 academic programs, or pursuing their college degrees at another university.
And, although we are not a residential campus, OU-C is not lacking when it comes to campus life.

Our students enjoy a well-rounded experience outside of the classroom with activities such as student organizations, athletics teams, a health and wellness center, cultural activities and a beautiful, small-campus setting.

OU-C was founded as the first regional campus in the state in 1946, largely so that military veterans returning from World War II could utilize the GI Bill benefits they earned. In holding fast to our founding principles, we are committed to continuing to offer opportunity, in terms of access to higher education and its lifelong benefits, to area residents. For more than 60 years that has been our mission, and it is as true today as when the campus was founded.

OU-C students describe the traits of a truly cool faculty member

We regularly speak with OU-C students to gain their perspective on campus life. This week, we asked students to describe the traits of a truly cool faculty member. Of course, their answers were more than purely academic.

“One of the big things for me is that the instructor allows students to talk with no strings attached, and we feel comfortable talking with the faculty member,” said Phillip Lowe, a business major from Logan Elm High School. “Also, the teacher has to know what he/she is talking about.”

“I like someone who is easy-going and who explains things in a way that we can understand it,” said Heaven Elkins, a post-secondary student from Huntington High School. “Also, the good teachers are nice. So far, I have not met any who are mean at OU-C.”

“I like a teacher who is always on top of things and who knows what is going on with the class,” said Trevor Woods, a Chillicothe High graduate who is undecided about his academic major. “I like a faculty member who is understanding and tries to reach you on a personal level.”

For Leslie Abreu, a nursing student who attended high school in Japan, it’s about accountability. “I like an instructor who responds to email and is willing to answer questions. It is also important to then take students’ feedback into consideration and who is invested in willing to help you succeed.”

Punctuality is an important trait in Amanda Seymour’s vision of the ultimate cool faculty member. “It is important to show up on time. They also need to enjoy what they are teaching and that, more than just give answers, they help students learn concepts. In our profession, that is especially important,” said the nursing student from Piketon High School.

“I find interesting the ones who base their class on the students’ personal experiences and allow us to give our own opinion,” said education major Martha Morlan, who matriculated at Logan Elm High. “I like an informative professor who is well-organized.”

“I like a faculty member who takes the class seriously, but not to the point where it is not fun or interesting. The teacher should be interested in the students’ work,” said Zach Detty, a psychology student from Zane Trace High School.