Wednesday, October 31, 2012

‘Lunch and Learn’ session focuses on retirement strategies

Planning for retirement will be the theme of a “Lunch and Learn” session at noon on Nov. 7 in Bennett Hall room 131. The session, which is sponsored by the Ohio University Credit Union, is free, and lunch will be provided. The event is open to credit union members and non-members.

RSVP to Beth Tilley at (740) 774-7200 or by Nov. 5.

Danette Carr, OUCU financial services representative, will lead the discussion that is focused on retirement options.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Campus Dean Martin Tuck breaks bread with OU-C students

OU-C campus leader Martin Tuck recently met informally with several students over lunch as part of the “Dine with the Dean” events that allow students an opportunity to speak informally with Dean Tuck.

Among topics of conversation were the role of adjunct faculty members; financial aid; and how to change academic majors.

The dean also asked students to share the Chillicothe Campus’ particular strengths and areas where OU-C could make improvement. Among strengths the students mentioned were the close-knit campus community and the helpfulness of faculty members. More convenient parking and fewer miscellaneous fees were among topics of concern.

Southern Ohio Police Training Institute prepares cadets for careers as law enforcement officers

A total of 20 area individuals are currently receiving training to prepare them for careers defending their communities in the Southern Ohio Police Training Institute (SOPTI) Peace officer Basic Training Course. The program, which provides practical instruction with an emphasis on professionalism, began in August and continues through late December.

Once cadets complete the six-month, 600-hour program, they are eligible to take the test for certification as Ohio Peace Officers.

The academy serves as an important community resource in ensuring that individuals who work for area agencies have the best training and, therefore, are qualified to provide the highest quality of service to area communities.

The academy program is open for two types of students: (1) those associated with or employed by a qualifying law enforcement agency and (2) open enrollment students, who are not currently associated with a law enforcement agency, but have career goals to seek employment as peace officers.

The current class of cadets includes 15 open-enrollment students and five who are employed by agencies in Ross, Highland and Pickaway counties.

Rigorous Curriculum Prepares Students

“This is a difficult academy, and purposely so,” Commander Christopher Jones said. “We are preparing the cadets for challenging careers, and therefore, the academy is difficult by design. When cadets graduate from our academy, they know they have accomplished something. Also, area law enforcement agencies recognize the quality and rigor of the academy, and graduates of our academy are especially marketable.”

The academy’s reputation is a drawing card for the cadets in the program.

“This is by far the best academy in Ohio and produces more police officers than any other program in the state,” said Adam Steele, an open-enrollment cadet in the academy. “The program has met the high expectations I had for it.” Steele would like to work in the area of narcotics.

Beyond being prepared to take the test for accreditation as an Ohio Peace Officer, graduates can receive up to 17 semester hours of college credit towards an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement Technology at Ohio University.

“Having the LET degree is a wonderful piece to add to a resume and gives individual extra credentials,” Jones said. “Basically, an individual can get much of the first year of the associate degree out of the way in six months. Some individuals choose to earn their LET degree, then begin the academy and graduate around the time they are 21 years old, when they are eligible for a career as a peace officer.”

The academy attracts cadets in various states of their law enforcement careers.

“It is good for those starting a career and also for individuals who are making a career transition,” Jones said.

Relevant, High Quality Instruction

Defining aspects of the academy are the quality and relevance of the instruction.

“Our instructors have all proven themselves in the field and most are currently in the law enforcement field, practicing the latest techniques, so they are able to share insights that are of particular value,” Jones said. “Our faculty members come from all walks of the legal profession, such as the BCI, State Patrol, local law enforcement agencies and the prosecutor’s office.”

The program includes classroom instruction and training outside of the classroom in areas such as knowledge of the Ohio Revised Code and other legal aspects; firearms; driving; traffic stops; investigations; Homeland security; and physical conditioning.

“We cover virtually all aspects of the law enforcement profession to give the cadets a well-rounded education,” Jones said.

The cadets agree the program is demanding and thorough, and their reasons for attending the academy are as varied as the law enforcement profession.

Students Pursue Diverse Career Paths

Elizabeth Barger earned bachelor’s degrees in organizational communication and business from Ohio University while attending classes at OU-C. She is now an auxiliary officer with the Jackson County Probation Department and looks to expand her career options. “Someday, I might want to work with the BCI. I enjoy the camaraderie between members of various agencies.”

“It is manageable but time-consuming, and I am confident this is good preparation for my career,” said Sam Taczak, a member of the Chillicothe Police Department who wants to become a road officer.

“I am going through the academy for the second time to renew my commission,” said Shane Holton. “I can now focus on the major components instead of trying to absorb all of the information at once.”

Earl Johnson is looking to earn his certification toward his eventual goal of becoming a detective.

“I work in a jail right now, but I want to gain my certification and become a road officer,” said Cody Griffin, who works with the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Local political leader Bart Henshaw joins Nancy Ames for upcoming discussion at OU-C

Bart Henshaw will join Nancy Ames to 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.

Henshaw replaces Dottie Fay, who is unable to speak due to unforeseen circumstances.

Henshaw has been a member of Chillicothe City Council, where she served as chair of the Safety Services Committee, and has been involved as vice president of the local League of Women’s Voters. Before entering the political arena, Henshaw had a career for more than 30 years with the Chillicothe City School District. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Centre (Ky.) College and her master’s degree in counseling from Xavier University.

She will be joined by Nancy Ames, who was first elected to Chillicothe City Council in 2007, and still 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 free and open to the public. Drinks and desserts will be provided, and individuals are asked to bring their own lunch.

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 and other women in the business arena on Feb. 22, 2013.

Management Leadership Series webinar designed to improve company innovation

A webinar that is focused on building a company-wide culture that energizes the workplace and results in better customer relations will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Nov. 8 at the Ohio University-Chillicothe Technology and Business Development Center, 22 S. Pohlman Rd., Chillicothe, 45601. Cost is free, and registration and breakfast begins at 8 a.m.

The event is designed to help employers better articulate their value proposition to their customers and make it easy for clients to do business with them. Participants should be better able to connect with other business professionals, comprehend new business strategies and implement the knowledge they gain.

Libby Gill, who is well¬-known for her “clarify, simplify and execute” strategy will be the speaker for the webinar, which will be broadcast from Cincinnati. Gill, executive coach, brand strategist and author, will address how to shift the organizational mindset to one of innovation.

For more information or to register, call (740) 289-2071, ext. 222 or email

The webinar, part of the management leadership series, is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Ohio Department of Development. Other sponsors include the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, Ohio University-Chillicothe, the Ohio State University South Centers and the state of Ohio Small Business Development Center.

Caution and judgment are urged during times of inclement weather

With the onset of wintry weather, it is an appropriate time to remind individuals of the campus’ policy on adverse weather and how it relates to campus operations. Campus faculty and staff members will make every attempt to maintain normal campus operations. Generally, the campus remains operational unless Ross County is under a level 3 weather emergency. Listen to local radio stations, view listings on TV programs and check the Chillicothe Gazette and OU-C web site for closing information.

In situations when the weather is threatening but the campus remains open, members of the campus community are urged to exercise their judgment and to not imperil their safety. Please notify those who are affected by your absence – students, faculty, co-workers or your supervisor -- so accommodations can be made. All faculty members should notify the Dean’s Office if they are unable to hold class.

It is recommended that faculty members include in the course syllabi how they will communicate with students should class be cancelled because of weather conditions.

University procedures are in place for employees who are unable to travel to campus or who need to leave early.

Further, students are urged to register for text messages regarding campus closings to be sent to their telephones through the ‘Mobile Text Alerts’ section of the NBC 4 TV Web site (located approximately halfway down the Web page under ‘Storm Team 4’ heading):

OU-C students describe traits of those who most benefit from campus experience

We regularly talk with our students to learn more about the Chillicothe Campus experience from the experts. This week, we asked about the qualities of students who make the most of the OU-C educational experience.

Ronald Meyer did not hesitate in listing the top quality of a successful OU-C student. “It is a person who does not procrastinate,” said the nursing student from Michigan. “Also, it is somebody who is responsible and shows on time as well as a person who is outgoing and not afraid to meet people.”

“It would be a person who is a hard worker and has devotion. The ideal student at OU-C would also have a good attitude and would not be stuck up,” said Meyer’s sidekick, Kelsey Stevens, a fellow nursing student who hails from Logan Elm High School.

“It is a student who goes deeper than just studying and pursues activities outside of the classroom,” said Josh Newman, a law enforcement technology student from Vinton County High School. “It would also be someone who shows up to class regularly.”

Callie Berry, an education student from Logan Elm, is focused on a student who is not afraid to work. “People who would do well are not slackers. They need to do the work, and they have to be on time. If you are a procrastinator, you are going to have a difficult time in college.”

Travis Schrake, an education student from Unioto High School, said, “An OU-C student needs to be dedicated to his studies and able to expand upon the research. It is important to have enthusiasm to be here and to have a reason to participate in class and other activities.”

Stefanie Scott focused on the small-campus setting and how that impacts the OU-C college experience. “The person who does best would be someone who likes small classes and does not like to be in a city. It also would be someone who enjoys individual attention,” said Scott, a nursing student who graduated from Southeastern High School.

Shandan Hitchens, a computer science technology major from Waverly High School, echoed the small-campus theme. “It has to be someone who likes small classes and has the ability to ask questions of the teacher. It also needs to be someone who likes the commuter campus experience.”

OU-C faculty member Veena Kasbekar chairs panel at Shakespeare conference

Veena Kasbekar chaired a panel on Macbeth and Coriolanus at the 36th annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference in Marietta on Oct 19. The conference theme was “Extreme(ly) Shakespeare(an).”

Kasbekar, professor of English, joined the OU-C faculty in 1980. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English (with a minor in British History) from Bombay University, her master’s degree from Mt. Holyoke College, and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

Women’s basketball opener to be broadcast online

OU-C sports fans can listen to a radio broadcast of the women’s basketball season-opening game Nov. 2 online at

The Hilltoppers’ game vs. Ohio Christian University is being broadcast online by Ohio Christian’s radio station. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. from Ohio Christian’s campus near Circleville.

Hilltop Café closing at 11 a.m. today

The Hilltop Cafe is closing at 11 a.m. today (Oct. 30) due to the inclement weather. The café is scheduled to resume regular hours of operation Wednesday.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hilltop Cafe features seasonal offerings

BRRRR! Stop by the café this week & warm up with some soup or a Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha, Pumpkin Latte or Warm Carmel Apple Cider! Try a Turkey Club on Ciabatta w/ chips this week for $4.50 & for a healthy snack, Carrots & Ranch are only $1!