Monday, November 19, 2012

Chillicothe Campus and community celebrate spirit of this region during annual Heritage Day fete

Members of the campus and local community celebrated their shared tradition during the recent annual Heritage Day celebration in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. 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.

The event was well-attended, with approximately 85 individuals enjoying the evening.
The specially named Heritage Quartet, comprised of faculty members from the Ohio University School of Music, provided music.

Mayor Everson poses with members of the OU-C volleyball team
A highlight of the event was Chillicothe Mayor Jack A. Everson, himself a former OU-C basketball player, presenting a proclamation to the Hilltopper volleyball team in recognition of winning the Ohio Regional Campus Conference state championship this fall.

“When I first here as a student, I evaluated who I was coming out of high school,” Mayor Everson said. “When I became indoctrinated to the campus, something happened, and it was for the good. OU-C made an impact in helping me move my direction and what I wanted to accomplish in life. I now read an average of two books a month, and I got that from here; the curiosity and motivation that have served me through my life. I consider this home and have a lot of great memories of my time at OU-C.”

Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit also attended the event and shared remarks. “This event goes to the heart of Ohio University and what we do,” she said. “There is a strong ‘can-do’ attitude. People feel they have a contribution to make, and they are eager to make it. Although we serve several communities, there are values that are shared across the university, such as putting students first and having an appreciation of diversity and respect for others.”

OU-C Dean Martin Tuck emphasized the spirit of Heritage Day.

“In the midst of our daily activities, it seems appropriate to pause and reflect on the qualities that define this campus and this region, and to realize how fortunate we are to be a part of this community,”  Dean Tuck said. “As a regional campus, the fortunes of the campus and the communities it serves are intertwined.”

Ohio University faculty members provided
a jazzy musical interlude
The dean emphasized the importance of OU-C remaining engaged with its community. “In this way, we are truly a campus of this region and not just a regional campus,” he noted.

“The qualities that make this region of south central Ohio such a great place to raise a family make the Chillicothe Campus a special place to pursue a college education,” Dean Tuck said. “Many of the people in this room brought that community spirit with them to this campus as students, and they then carried the spirit of the Chillicothe Campus forward with them in their homes and workplaces.”