Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Upcoming OU-C production of ‘The Butter and Egg Man’ has Chillicothe connection in Jazz Age setting

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 Coonrod 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 Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present a comedy with a local twist with the staging of The Butter and Egg Man at 8 p.m. on Dec.7 and Dec. 8 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Tickets are available at the OU-C Box Office on the evenings of performances. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and free for OU-C students. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.

The play, written in 1925 by George Kaufman, features a character named Peter Jones, who hails from Chillicothe, Ohio. Jones brings Midwestern naiveté and cash to New York along with his intentions to invest in a theatrical production. Those qualities provide an irresistible combination for two shady big-city tycoons from Gotham, who are all too willing to separate Jones from his savings.

“The term ‘Butter and Egg Man’ refers to anyone who boasts of making a quick buck,” explained director and OU-C faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh. “Chillicothe is the archetype for the typical Midwestern town. George Tyler, a producer from Chillicothe, worked with Kaufman, who wrote the play, and that undoubtedly influenced the use of ‘Chillicothe’ in the play.”

“The premise involves two producers who are attempting to salvage a very bad play,” Breidenbaugh explained. “The production is quite delightful and a lot of fun. It is a very Jazz Age play and is about the theater which is always enjoyable. The audience enjoys being brought into the controlled chaos of the theater. In this case, that includes parts of the play beyond the stage, such as actors, financiers, hangers-on, waiters and others.”

Cast members are enjoying the production, which hearkens another era.

“The play is especially cool because it is set in the 1920s, and there is an old-school texture to the play,” said Lauren Scharfetter, who plays the role of Bernie Sampson. “This is about how theater use to work in the olden days, and it offers a kind of history lesson. It forces us to think about how people would react in a different setting and time period. For example, without social media, newspapers were the primary way of spreading news, and reviews meant everything in regards to the success of a play.”

Rachel Abbott, who plays the role of Fanny Lehman, likes the pace of the production. “It moves fast like a shotgun,” she said. “There is a wide range of cast members in terms of age and experience, and that brings a lot of energy to the play.”

Tommy Culver plays the role of a waiter. “People may not pay much attention to him, but he always adds his opinion to the conversation. He plays attention to what goes into the production of plays and has the attitude of working in the rough world.”

Jessica Akers gets to step out of character in her role as Peggy Marlow. “I get to play the role of a naughty showgirl, which is fun. The time frame in which the play is set will take people back to a different time. It seems like things were simpler back then, and the old-fashioned values add another dimension to the play.”

Dinner Theater Event Scheduled for Dec. 7

A dinner will be held prior to the opening performance at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7. Cost is $25 per single and $45 per couple, which includes a ticket for the play. Proceeds after expenses will go to the Ohio University-Chillicothe Giving Circle. For reservations make checks payable to OU Foundation, OU-C 101 University Dr., Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 Attention: Joyce Atwood, by Nov. 30.

The featured attraction will be a brief talk by OU-C faculty member William “Tom” Thomas, whose ongoing quest to record the instances that Chillicothe has been mentioned in literature and in film is the subject of an exhibit on campus. “Chillicothe in Story and Song,” currently on display in the Stevenson Center near the Quinn Library entrance, includes the fruits of Thomas’ labors to track the mention of Chillicothe’s name in various forms. OU-C theater students, portraying key characters in costume described in Thomas’ exhibit, will join the dinner guests.

With a heavy reliance on word of mouth and tips from others, Thomas has uncovered nearly 100 instances of Chillicothe being mentioned in films, books, movies, cartoons and even this Broadway play. This display, which contains approximately 60 examples of Chillicothe being referenced in various forms and venues, was recently moved from its previous home at the Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library. A document detailing the project is available online at

Trick or Treat Extravaganza celebrates 10 years of engagement with the local community

By public relations student writer Jasmine Garcia

The Trick or Treat Extravaganza (TOTE) celebrated its 10th year with a bang as 2,000 people turned out for some Halloween fun at OU-C’s Shoemaker Center in late October.

The purpose of TOTE is to provide a safe and fun place for children, said Barbara Mahaffey, Associate Professor and Regional/Program Coordinator of Human Services Technology. The Human Services Association student club hosts the event each year.

“We realized we had children among us who could not go other places for Halloween - some who live on country roads or families with children who should not be out in the weather - and we gave them a place to come,” said Mahaffey.

“Also, families who have relatives in wheelchairs who might otherwise have an access problem with traveling to other homes with their children are better served with the TOTE event,” said Mahaffey.

This year, children were pleased to leave with pumpkin baskets filled with candy and prizes donated by Walmart. The City of Chillicothe Fire Department brought a fire truck so that children could see how it works. The event also featured three bounce houses, four game stations and a larger arts and crafts area in the gym.

The event also featured a ‘treat alley’ this year with 30 tables that were sponsored by student organizations and business owners. Also in attendance were the local Adena Pediatric group, Ross County Sheriff, Ross County Banking Center employees, Goodwill, The Ross County Job and Family Services and other community individuals, each bringing stacks of bags of candy to distribute.

With the overwhelming amount of community involvement, Mahaffey was pleased with the turnout.

“What struck me as a happy moment was when I realized that I had three past presidents and many of the past alumni of the Human Services Association student club bring children (with some of them volunteering to help work the event),” said Mahaffey.

“It is so nice to see past and present Human Services Technology students and Human Services Association members come together to support the community and OU-C,” said Mary Jane Preece, Assistant Professor in Human Services Technology at OU-C, who has participated in TOTE for the past three years. “It is sort of like a reunion as well as a wonderful way to support our local community.”

This event wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for all of the hard work done by the HSA student club.

“I am so proud of our students, both past and present, and proud of the work Dr. Mahaffey does to help coordinate this event,” said Preece.

The HSA student club held bake sales this year and last year and a car show to raise money to buy candy and ended up purchasing $900 worth of candy and spent more than $400 for prizes, said Mahaffey.

However, the club still needed donations. Admission was $2 per person at the door, but the HSA student club allowed families who brought four canned goods per person a pair of blue jeans or a coat to exchange these items for admission.
“I heard from some parents that they enjoyed being able to role model helping behaviors and teach their children how to give back by donating clothing items to the event,” said Mahaffey.

Two food pantries, the Good Samaritan Network from Ross County and Bridge Haven from Pike County, benefited from the food donations (each supplied a truck for retrieving the food). The First Presbyterian Church clothing bank, housed on Fourth Street in Chillicothe, was the recipient of the donated clothing.

“As far as I know, the children left happy,” said Mahaffey. “I have heard from many people how nice they said it was and how much their children enjoyed participating.”

Campus, community members encouraged to attend OU-C Heritage Day activities

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.

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.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Call for papers for Convocation on Gender, Media and Body Language to be hosted at OU-C in the spring

Executive Vice President & Provost Pam Benoit has called for Ohio University to become a transformative learning community, and the Salon@Quinn Library on the Chillicothe campus has carried this vision forward by hosting events ranging from an international conference to a human library – the first ever in Ohio. The upcoming event hosted by the Salon@Quinn Library is a Convocation on Gender, Media, and Body Image; Provost Benoit will be one of the featured speakers. Below is the Call for Papers for the event in April:

Call for Papers

Convocation on Gender, Media, and Body Image

April 5, 2013 @ Chillicothe campus of Ohio University

Because issues of race, class, and sexual identity are feminist issues, Third Wave Feminists sometimes face a crisis of focus. Voting rights and equal opportunity were clear rallying cries for earlier feminists, but how does one rally the increasingly diverse group within the feminist camp?

Amy Richards suggests rallying around the issue of body image. Body image cuts across categories of race, class, sexual identity and age; the resulting emotional and physical disorders are very much a product of the ubiquitous images of young, thin, able-bodied people presented by the media.

As a place to rally our resources, on April 5, 2013 the Salon@Quinn Library is hosting a Convocation on Gender, Media and Body Image. Part of Quinn Library’s mission is to create opportunities for transformative intellectual and cultural exchange, so the Chillicothe campus of Ohio University is pleased to invite scholars, both faculty and undergraduates, to gather and examine Gender, Media, and Body Image. We encourage diverse thought from a variety of perspectives and disciplines; the following is not an exhaustive list of possible entry points into the larger discussion.

• Examine how media-generated images create, reinforce, and challenge traditional  notions of gender
• Explore how marginalized groups respond to media’s often narrow concepts of beauty
• Consider how media images of the “normal” body may impact intimate relations between partners
• Research the ways in which scholars and citizens are actively resisting corporate-driven ideologies promoting homogenous body types
• Elucidate connections between body image issues, emotional health, and wellness
• Theorize possible links between media-generated expectations and a growing culture of violence
• Discuss the role of technology in both the production and consumption of media images

Deadline for Proposals: January 25, 2013

Proposal Format: Please submit a one-page proposal explaining your topic, the research and theoretical base on which you will draw, and your plans for the structure of your article. Please include your full contact information. Please send your proposal electronically (in MSWord format) to any of the


Susan Fletcher Assistant Professor of
Communication, Hocking College
Dr. Allan Pollchik Quinn Library Director,
Ohio University-Chillicothe
Debra Nickles Assistant Professor of English,
Ohio University-Chillicothe

The Convocation will feature a morning panel of guest presenters; the afternoon
will focus on the accepted papers.

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Pam Benoit, Executive Vice-President & Provost, Ohio
Dr. Heidi Lewis, Keynote Speaker, Assistant Professor of Feminist
& Gender Studies, Colorado College
Christopher L. Hayes, Publisher, Outlook Media.
Dr. Phyllis Gorman, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Ohio
Registration Fee (includes breakfast and lunch):
Student $7
Regular $20  

Older students returning to college teach life lessons to younger learners

By public relations student writer Jasmine Garcia

Deciding to go back to college is a big commitment. But it’s one that many adults such as Traci Hall are deciding to pursue.

“I think if [non-traditional students] want to come back to school, more power to them,” said Kaitlyn Reed, a traditional college student majoring in nursing. “I think they have more to say, they have experienced life and I’m just a 19-year-old right out of high school. They have more input and insight.”

Having class with students who have experienced the real world is an invaluable resource to students who have recently graduated from high school.

“The older students have many life experiences they can share, and this offers traditional students a wider view of the world that we would otherwise not be exposed to in college,” said Kristen Smith, a traditional college student majoring in early childhood education.

“More than likely the administrators for whom I work will be older, and I have been able to develop the ability to hold a conversation and feel comfortable around people of this age, which will help me in my career,” said Smith.

Dona Pelletier, a non-traditional student majoring in health services administration, says she tries to give traditional students the benefit of her life experiences. This experience with someone of an older age will be important for these younger students when they graduate and enter the workforce.

Having a mix of students creates a more realistic picture of what the real world looks like, as well.
“The blend of traditional and non-traditional students adds diversity to the campus,” said Robert Weaver, a traditional student majoring in psychology. “There is a big difference between older and traditional students in terms of what the non-traditional students have seen and experienced.”

With age often comes a level of wisdom and non-traditional students set a great example for younger students.

“They bring a certain maturity to class discussions, said Weaver. “The older students tend to carry themselves differently, and we, as younger students, can learn from that.”

However, younger students sometimes take on the teaching role when helping non-traditional students with technological skills. The younger students also help to reassure their older classmates that they are on the right track and able to succeed.

“The traditional students who I work with in the tutoring center tell me you know this, you are just confusing some things and you’ve totally got this,” said Traci Hall, a non-traditional nursing student, who added that her peers can face challenges in finding their footing after being out of the classroom environment for so long, and this is something important for faculty members to realize.”

“We relate to our professors a little bit differently depending on what the subject matter it. But other times, for instance, such as when I work in the library where many of the students are so much younger, we all joke and find the same types of things funny, so it’s not awkward in that type of setting,” Hall said.

Although the age difference might raise eyebrows, at the end of the day age is just a number, and non- traditional and traditional students are regular people striving to earn a degree.

 “Some of the younger students are asking me what made me want to come back and we’re finding that we have similar interests, said Hall. “It’s kind of cool because it kind of makes us feel we are all the same even though we are two different types of students.”

Bookstore adjusting hours to coincide with academic calendar

The OU-C bookstore will be closed on Nov. 21 and will reopen after Thanksgiving, on Nov. 26. The bookstore will begin reduced hours during winter break on Dec. 17, with hours of operation of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. The bookstore will resume longer hours the week before classes and will have extended hours the first two weeks of spring semester.