Thursday, October 25, 2012

Virginia Taynor displays individuality in winning OU-C spring writing contest

Virginia Taynor (left) receives a certificate from OU-C Dean Martin Tuck

By OU-C public relations student employee Cara Truesdell

Non-traditional student Virginia Taynor won the Ohio University- Chillicothe Spring 2012 Writing Contest by submitting a work she had composed for a poetry reading at OU-C.

Encouragement from both family and faculty members played a part in her contest entry. “This was the first time that I had shared my work with anyone other than Professor Pam Kraft,” Taynor said. The lack of experience did not discourage Taynor, as she saw themes of inspiration pertaining to a rocking chair in both the contest and her own piece, “As I Ponder …”

“That concept is that we all end up in a rocking chair, per se. Writing helps me see things from a different perspective and provides an outlet for me,” Taynor said. Taynor hopes to explore the endless possibilities associated with creative writing, she added.

At age 51, the Chillicothe resident was able to reflect on her own experiences as a basis for her winning poem. Taynor, a social work major, said that she realizes she has a lot of living left to do, and this realization prompted her to think of life’s journeys. She was then able to reflect on her own experiences as a basis for her poem.

For the fall semester writing contest, unique pieces are being sought that capture the theme, “Tell this story.” Entries must be less than 1,200 words and be connected to the writing contest theme while demonstrating creativity, originality and thoughtfulness. Three different options are given that can lead to three very different stories. Entries will be accepted in the Student Success Center, located in Quinn Library, until 4 p.m. on Nov. 30. First prize is a $75 gift card.

For more information, contact the Student Success Center at (740) 774-7779.

The writing contest is intended to encourage creative writing by Chillicothe Campus students. “We want to encourage student writing and offer students a venue to share their work, said Cortney VonLoh, a Success Center student writing tutor. “We are looking to provide encouragement and initiative for students to express themselves creatively.

When asked where this year’s inspiration came from, VonLoh said, “I chose these specific images because I feel they would inspire some very interesting writing by giving students some direction without stifling any creativity.”

Upcoming talk at OU-C features perspective of local women in the political arena

Two local individuals who have forged careers in the political arena will lead an upcoming topical talk at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Dottie Fay and Nancy Ames will discuss “Steps to Leadership” at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 2 in Bennett hall room 134 at OU-C. A focus will be on moving through various careers before landing on the political doorstep.

Their talk is free and open to the public. Drinks and desserts will be provided, and individuals are asked to bring their own lunch.

Fay is former chair of the Ross County Democratic Party in 2011-12. A former school teacher, she was a labor relations consultant with the Ohio Education Association and is currently a public relations consultant for the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University.

Ames, a Republican was first elected to Chillicothe City Council in 2007, and she remains on council. She is also employed by Bishop Flaget School as a librarian and is active in a number of community organizations. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and has done graduate work in literature at Ohio University, Ashland University and Fresno Pacific University.

Their 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 downtown business owner Liz Corzine on Feb. 22, 2013.

Former OU-C student making second appearance on Food Network program ‘Cupcake Wars’

Ohio University-Chillicothe alumnus Alyssa Logan will appear on The Food Network’s show “Cupcake Wars” on Nov. 1. This will be the second appearance on the show for Logan, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University this past spring.

“The program is a baking competition just for cupcakes,” explained Logan, 29, who had to beat out thousands of others entries for the spot on the show, which is filmed in Los Angeles. This is the second time for Logan on the program.

The key to appearing on the show is quality and uniqueness, according to Logan, who operates 83sweets, a bakery delivery business out of a kitchen near Dayton.

“Being unique is important. The fact we operate an ‘80s-theme baker is very original. Plus, we use quality, homemade ingredients and make our product from scratch,” she said. “I come from a family of four generations of bakers, and baking tips have been passed down through the generations.”

Logan graduated from Northwest High School near Lucasville.

Students explore options during Academic Majors Fair

The Chillicothe Campus recently hosted an Academic Majors Fair in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

The event allowed students to explore the academic offerings of both the Chillicothe and Athens campuses of Ohio University. Faculty members and other representatives were 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.

More than 40 academic majors were represented as well as services such as Career Services, Education Abroad and ROTC. Also, the Hilltopper Advising Center distributed DARS reports for spring semester advising as well as “What-if” DARS reports for students as they explored possible majors.

The event is part of OU-C’s ongoing emphasis to help 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.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Video clips discuss campus events, resources

A series of videos, “A Moment with the Dean,” feature OU-C Dean Martin Tuck discussing campus information and initiatives. The first video has been posted on the campus YouTube channel at:

The video clips allow the dean to communicate with OU-C students about the campus, such as campus initiatives, upcoming events and resources that are available to students. Appropriately, the videos are produced by OU-C students.