Thursday, November 8, 2012

Informational session scheduled for Master of Social Work program

An informational session regarding the Master of Social Work degree program at Ohio University will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 in Bennett Hall room 110 at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Judi Haberton, chair of the MSW program on the Athens campus, will be available to answer questions and will be joined by a graduate student in the progam.

The session is especially relevant for current junior and senior students at OU- as well as college graduates who are working the social welfare arena and who are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in social work. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP (by noon on Nov. 19), contact OU-C faculty member Ken Larimore at (740) 774-7213 or

Part-time job opening available at local radio station

Chillicothe’s local Clear Channel radio stations have a part-time opening that is particularly suited for students who are interested in careers in communications. Responsibilities will include board operations for remote broadcasts and ballgames; news and sports reporting, and production of commercials.

Hours include weekends and evenings as needed. Training will be provided. For more information or to apply for the position contact Mike Smith, PO Box 94, Chillicothe, OH 45601 or email

Women’s basketball team seeking more players

The OU-C women’s basketball team is looking to add additional players to its roster for the 2012-13 season. Interested students should contact head coach John Milliken at (740) 701-3093 or assistant coach Brittany Leeson at (740) 804-3211. Participating in athletics often adds much to the college experience and develops skills such a teamwork that employers value. The Hilltoppers strive to structure practice and games schedules to not interfere with academic and other responsibilities. OU-C competes with similar campuses in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

OU-C Heritage Day, scheduled for Nov. 19, celebrates campus, community qualities

Ohio University-Chillicothe will commemorate Heritage Day at 6 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. The event is free, and members of the campus and area community are invited to attend.

The specially named Heritage Quartet, comprised of faculty members from the Ohio University School of Music, will provide music, and OU-C Dean Martin Tuck and Chillicothe Mayor Jack A. Everson, himself a former OU-C student, will deliver brief comments. Wine, other beverages and heavy snacks will be provided.

The Heritage Quartet will be joined by professional bassist Steven Heffner. The ensemble performs standard and contemporary jazz, fusion, flunk, Latin and original compositions. Quartet members have performed with such artists as Phil Collins, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and many others.

A highlight of the event will be recognition of the OU-C women’s volleyball team, which recently won the Ohio Regional Campus Conference state tournament.

Heritage Day is designed to offer a homecoming-style event on a commuter campus and connect with community members, many of whom are former students.

“Heritage Day captures the spirit of this campus and this community, and it allows an opportunity to celebrate the campus-community partnership that is such an integral part of the OU-C experience,” Dean Tuck said. “As the first regional campus in the state, we have a legacy of serving our students and serving our region. It is appropriate to set aside time to mark the qualities that distinguish this area and, in doing so, celebrate our heritage.”

“Much has changed over the years as OU-C continues to strive to best meet the needs of its students and community, but our core values of offering a student-centered educational experience and access to an Ohio University degree for area residents remain intact. I would venture to say that is definitely a cause for celebration,” Tuck said.

Classes began at OU-C in 1946 with 281 students at the former Chillicothe High School building. Students later took classes at First Presbyterian Church when daytime classes were introduced in 1960. This current campus site became operational in 1966 with the completion of Bennett Hall.

Event pays tribute to scholarship-recipients and generosity of campus supporters

The role that the support of others plays in helping to make a quality educational experience accessible for area students was a key theme of the recent Recipients and Donors Scholarship Breakfast on campus.

The annual event allows the campus to acknowledge the outstanding students who have earned competitive scholarships through hard work and academic achievements, as well as the donors whose generosity made the scholarship opportunities possible.

City of Chillicothe Law Director Sherri Rutherford was the keynote speaker. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University while completing much of her course work on the Chillicothe Campus and later earned a law degree from Capital University.

Rutherford talked about “Mapping career journeys.”

“As you go along, your journey unfolds,” she said. “My advice is to keep moving forward so that when you decide what you want to do, you are in position to do it.”

She encouraged students to become lifelong learners and to be open to new experiences.

“I am constantly learning new things to do my job better,” Rutherford said. “I have had to switch gears throughout my career and, in doing so, I am able to draw upon experiences I have had and people I have met. The big thing is to keep moving forward and build on your experiences.”

Dean Tuck echoed those sentiments.

“The key is to be a critical thinker so that you can do anything you want,” the dean said. “You began a journey to become an educated person, which will open doors for you along the way.”

Dean Tuck also emphasized the importance of partnerships.

“Education is a journey that no one walks alone, and that is especially evident today as we salute the donors who make scholarships available to blaze trails of opportunity and the student-recipients who are applying themselves and pursuing these paths of opportunity during their college journeys,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “At OU-C, we are fortunate to have generous supporters who recognize the importance of a college education as well as students who work hard to make the most of their college educational experience and the opportunity it represents.

For both groups of individuals, we are extremely grateful.”

The campus dean also challenged the students to use the skills and insights they gain during their college careers to help others and benefit their communities in the future.

“You are following in the footsteps of countless former OU-C students who have gone before you and who have used their education to contribute to their professions and their communities

Do the same yourselves in your daily lives and careers. In this way, you continue the legacy of this event, this campus and this community,” Dean Tuck said.

Fall sports athletes and coaches are recognized

Chillicothe Campus athletes and coaches were recognized during a recent event to honor the campus’ fall sports teams of women’s and men’s tennis as well as women’s volleyball.

The volleyball team won its first-ever Ohio Regional Campus Conference state championship this year.

Four volleyball players and two tennis athletes earned first-team all-conference honors. The volleyball players include: Merrilee Dresbach, Maddie Davis, Hannah Halcomb and Cara Thaxton. Members of the tennis team who earned all-conference recognition are Dakoda and Alley Collins.

OU-C Dean Martin Tuck noted the sacrifices, as well as the benefits, of participating on the campus’ athletics teams.

“Participating in athletics requires a great deal of sacrifice and dedication, and we appreciate the effort put forth by both the student-athletes and their coaches,” he said. “As the individuals in this room realize, athletics can be an important part of the college experience for many students who have the talent and who are willing to invest the necessary time and effort.”

The athletics program helps prepares participants for success in their future endeavors.

“Athletics serves as part of the overall campus effort to prepare students for their careers and lives after graduation,” the dean said. “The qualities of time-management, maintaining poise in a pressure situation, teamwork and coming together for a common goal are assets that are especially found in athletics. These are attributes that will be important to you throughout your lives, particularly in your professional careers. I also appreciate your serving as ambassadors of OU-C and how well you represent our campus as members of our sport teams.”

OU-C offers a robust athletics program that allows its student-athletes the opportunity to refine skills such as teamwork, effort and perseverance, and these are qualities that benefit these individuals throughout their academic and professional careers.

The Chillicothe Campus 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.

OU-C men’s basketball team to rely on depth and up-tempo style of play

By public relations student employee Cara Truesdell

The Ohio University-Chillicothe men’s basketball team looks to again employ a fast-paced style of play this season. The quick play was successful in the past, and the Hilltoppers hope to deploy the same strategy for the 2012-2013 season.

OU-C opened its season at Clark State on Nov. 3, and will face off against Southern State Community College for the season home opener on Nov. 14.

“We plan to play the same type of ball as last year and try to keep the tempo up. We try to push ourselves to get the most effort out of their minutes on the court,” said Coach Rick Uhrig, “We look to use all 11 players on the roster and use our depth to our advantage. I feel as though every player has something different to contribute.”

With no returning players, the roster includes several freshmen who are expected to step up during the 31-game season. Four players have played college basketball elsewhere, lending some experience. Casey Shaw played at Mt. Union University, while Desean Benson, Antwaun McDaniel and Layton Martin played at Rio Grande University. Coach Uhrig looks to these players to add skill and leadership both on and off the court.

“I really like the work ethic of this basketball team, and I am extremely happy with their attitude and effort. The kind of players we hope to attract are those who are willing to work hard and have a real love of the game,” said Coach Uhrig. “Teamwork and team chemistry are especially important. The aim is to outwork every opponent we face.”

“I expect the league (Ohio Regional Campus Conference) to be tremendously tough again. We are setting our sights on developing the type of program that can win league championships,” Uhrig said.

This season holds high expectations despite tough competition and a strong schedule. Player development will be necessary for the Hilltoppers if they expect to be competitive for the 2012-2013 season.

Women’s basketball team relying on returning players and up-tempo game

By public relations student employee Cara Truesdell

The Ohio University-Chillicothe women’s basketball team will look for a more up-tempo approach this season to take advantage of their versatility.

“We will try to run and shoot a little more this season with more of an up-tempo style of offense,” Coach John Milliken said. “We need for all of our players to be able to handle the ball and shoot the ball.”

The Hilltoppers opened the 2012-13 season in a tournament at Ohio Christian University on Nov. 2-3. Their first home game is Nov. 14 against Southern State community College, and OU-C opens Ohio Regional Campus Conference play with a home game Nov. 21 against OU-Lancaster.

With only seven players on the roster the team will rely on three returning starters from last season – senior Taylor Corcoran, sophomore Taylor Mullins and junior Cara Thaxton – to provide leadership.

“We have some experience with three starters back, and we will rely heavily on those three returning players at the beginning of the season,” Milliken said. “All three players are flexible and can handle the ball well.”

Both Thaxton and Corcoran are projected to reach 1,000 career points by the end of the current season.

“Our lack of numbers means we must use our rotations and timeouts wisely. All of our players are good athletes so they’ll be able to make adjustments,” Milliken said.

“I hope that experience is a strong point of ours,” Coach John Milliken said. “We look to shoot the ball well. Right now, we have a lot of shooters. We are looking to see if we have a lot of shot-makers.”

The Hilltoppers faced a hurdle early on, as the success of the volleyball season left the women’s basketball team short-handed in preseason practices. Both Hannah Miller and Thaxton are members of both the OU-C volleyball and OU-C basketball teams.

“With a short preseason, we’ll have to play our way into shape and make some modifications along the way,” Milliken said. “We have most of our offense in. Right now, we are about where I think we ought to be at this point.

Former player, Brittany Leeson a 1,000-point career scorer, graduated and joined the coaching staff for the 2012-13 season. She has added valuable input from the conditioning standpoint.

PechaKucha event strengthens bonds between campus and community

By OU-C public relations student employee Jasmine Garcia

The first annual PechaKucha Night, which was recently held at the Park View Gallery in downtown Chillicothe, was a big hit in further strengthening campus and community bonds.

Allan Pollchik, Quinn Library director and founder of PechaKucha Chillicothe, was delighted with the overall turnout. The event attracted nine presenters, including individuals from OU-C and the region it serves, and approximately 80 guests.

“I was once again pleased that, given the opportunity, ‘regular’ people can be very creative,” said Pollchik.

PechaKucha is designed to give people a chance to network and showcase their businesses, artistic flair, craftiness or just themselves.

“The energy evoked by the presentations left guests and presenters wanting more,” said Pollchik. “I have been approached by several folks who want to be presenters at the next PechaKucha Night because it was such fun.”

According to Pollchik, partnership is part and parcel of the mission, vision and values of Quinn Library.

This event included collaborations by the Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library, the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce, and A[GA+ME] a student club on the Chillicothe campus. Pictures of the event, including the costume contest, can be seen on the Park View Gallery Facebook page.

PechaKucha involves presentations of 20 PowerPoint slides of 20 seconds or less apiece. It was created in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network and display their work in public.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Former President Bill Clinton makes campaign stop at OU-C

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton recently spoke at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Shoemaker Center while campaigning for President Barack Obama. His appearance was sponsored by the OU-C student organization “Organizing for America.”

President Clinton had previously spoken in the Shoemaker Center as Chillicothe continues to serve as a crossroads on the political landscape. These opportunities allow OU-C to fulfill its role in serving both its students and its region by providing facilities that can host events of this magnitude. In this way, area individuals, as well as OU-C students, have an opportunity to become more engaged in the political process while continuing to lift the profile of the campus and community.

You can read more about President Clinton’s stop at OU-C in the Chillicothe Gazette story, which is available online at

Local leaders discuss transition to political arena

Local political activists Bart Henshaw and Nancy Ames discussed “Steps to Leadership” during a recent talk at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The speakers talked about moving through various careers before landing on the political doorstep.

Their talk was 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.

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.

Nancy Ames 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.

Upcoming speakers include downtown business owner Liz Corzine and other women in the business arena on Feb. 22, 2013.

Current art exhibit captures spirit, historical richness of Chillicothe

The new art exhibit, "CHILLICOTHE: A CROSSROADS", is currently on display in the Patricia Scott Gallery in Bennett Hall, Ohio University-Chillicothe, through Nov. 21. The show consists of work by four women artists who form pARTners: Polly Campbell Boles, Barbara Finegan Harsha, Maryjo Flamm-Miller and Dawn Zarbakhsh. One of the sculptural pieces features the calligraphy of Kevin Coleman, a local artist and historian.

The exhibit showcases the past and present of our town, one that is rich in history. Chillicothe was a crossroads where Native Americans congregated and white settlers passed through on their way westward. Today it is a town with many distinct features; a town of which to be proud.

Everyone is invited to enjoy the exhibit and meet the artists during a wine & tapas reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 8.

Chillicothe is a crossroads of geology, history and people. Before it was Ohio's first capital, this region of the heartland attracted Native Americans, trappers and tradesmen. The land is ripe with rivers, flora and fauna. This show gives a glimpse of the rich story of Ohio's earliest meeting place.

This exhibit was first installed at the Columbus Statehouse in May and was well received by the public and featured in the Columbus Dispatch. pARTners was asked to mount the show locally and is happy to present it here on the OU-C campus for the community.

‘Take 5’ initiative aimed at helping students complete college careers in most efficient manner

In an effort to encourage Chillicothe Campus students to complete their academic pursuits in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, Student Services is rolling out a “Take Five” initiative to coincide with registration for spring semester.

The effort emphasizes the importance of OU-C students taking five, 3-credit-hour courses each semester.

“We want students to complete their academic programs, earn their degrees and enter their career fields as quickly as possible,” Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “Further, it costs the same for a full-time student to take 15 hours as 12 hours. Consequently, by ‘taking five’ the students can best get their money’s worth out of their college education and avoid accumulating unnecessary debt that can hamper them after graduation.”

The emphasis is part of the campus’ ongoing Quarter-to-Semester (Q2S) transition process.

“As we continue with the transition, this is the logical next step,” Fisher said. “After spending much of last year discussing the ‘big picture’ aspects of the transition, we are now focusing on the practical steps within the semester framework.”

With the new academic calendar comes a new way of looking at course loads and different terminology.

“With the switch from quarters to semesters, it seems that many students are in the habit of taking four courses, which was typical in the quarter system where courses usually counted as four academic credit hours apiece. In the semester system, it is more logical to take the five courses, at three hours apiece.”