Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Computer Science Technology program equips students with skills to succeed in changing job market

By public relations student writer Jasmine Garcia

OU-C’s associate degree in Applied Business Degree in Computer Science Technology supports the campus’ emphasis on offering academic programs that align with market demands and prepare students for emerging careers. With an increase in computer usage in the professional world, companies require trained specialists to operate their advance computer systems, and OU-C’s computer technology program prepares students for these positions.

“There is, and will continue to be, growth in the job market for those with the ability to absorb and apply technical skills to solve critical business and community problems,” said Joe Triplett, assistant professor and program coordinator for the Computer Technology program.

OU-C’s program trains individuals to become not only technically-competent but able to apply the critical thinking skills that prepare them for a changing job market.

“The university experience adds value to what is traditionally thought of as a vocational-oriented degree by giving the student skills to be able to communicate, problem solve, and to work knowledgably within the sphere of the modern business and community domain,” said Triplett.

And, OU- C students appreciate the application education they are receiving.

“Any knowledge you can get to use technology and computers will be of great help in any business,” said Joshua Jordan, a current computer technology student. “It's a gateway towards newer technologies that come out in the future, allowing you to have a base of understanding and makes learning the newer technologies easier.”

With technology rapidly going through transformations, the skills sets students learn will be continually evolving throughout time.

“The technical world changes daily,” said Triplett. “The most important skill we can give a technical student is the ability to independently and efficiently learn new things.”

Typically, a degree in computer technology attracts people who are naturally interested in technology, have a curious nature and are not afraid of a little hard work, said Triplett.

Computer technology may also appeal to those who enjoy the changing dynamic field of technology and enjoy the continuing cycle of learning and evaluating the newest things.

However, those individuals who already have a degree such as working professionals may be interested in this career path if they are looking to add some “technical” tools to their existing skill set.

“I chose to follow through on a computer tech degree for a couple of reasons,” said Jordan. “At the time I chose computers as a field, the job field was good with plenty of possibilities and the other reason was I had a pretty decent start already from high school.”

After completing this program, students usually enter the workforce or pursue a Bachelor’s degree in BTAS or other complementary fields.

“We can’t forecast what the next new thing will be, but we can give the student the skills to be able to analyze, evaluate, and appropriately apply technology in context of their business and community needs,” said Triplett.

Char Miller named associate director of OU-C nursing program

OU-C nursing faculty member Char Miller has been named associate director/division coordinator of the Ohio University-Chillicothe Nursing Division, effective Dec. 1.

Miller joined the OU-C faculty in 2004. Her areas of research are innovative teaching strategies, improved health-care access and quality for older adults.

Miller, an associate professor of nursing, earned her Associate and Baccalaureate degrees in nursing from the University of Rio Grande and her Master of Science degree in nursing and Adult Nurse Practitioner from Otterbein College. She is a board-certified nurse practitioner and has earned the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) designation.

She replaces Joyce Zurmehly, who recently resigned from the OU-C faculty.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nursing student Leslie Abreu brings global perspective to OU-C academic pursuits

By public relations student employee Cara Truesdell

After years of living in Japan, the Middle East and various locations in the United States, Leslie Abreu’s travels led her to enroll in the nursing program at Ohio University- Chillicothe.

Abreu moved to Kadena Air Force Base in 1996 when her father was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. She spent nearly eight years consistently on base, and then moved on a regular basis occasionally returning to live in Japan.

“When I left, I always missed the genuine attitudes of the Japanese citizens. People are always friendly and willing to help over there,” said Abreu.

Japan became her comfort place, where she felt secure and accepted. “Anytime I was in a rough place I would head back to Japan it feels like home,” said Abreu. Although she does not speak Japanese, she feels an extra sense of acceptance when she returns to Okinawa.

“I loved living on the coast, Kadena is a great location and growing up on the base provided a sense of community and security,” said Abreu.

In 2007 Abreu moved from California back to Okinawa where she joined the United Services Organization. The following year she was transferred to Kuwait, where she later met her husband on the same base. When Abreu and her husband returned to the United States, they settled in Chillicothe because of its close proximity to his family.

Abreu is now well on her way to completing her degree in nursing, and she found her calling in the emergency room. She accredits the values instilled during her time on the base as to why she chose her future profession. ”I’ve always liked helping people, and nursing is the best way I have found to share my passion,” said Abreu.

She has moved so many times, that it was an easy adjustment to a Midwest way of life. “It’s been a real change to live in Ohio, but it’s nice to have a consistent place to live,” said Abreu. She is content with her location, and the opportunities that Chillicothe has provided her, but eventually plans to return to Japan. Wherever she ends up, she’ll pursue her passion of helping people in the healthcare industry.

Students weigh in on switch to semesters

We regularly speak with our students to gain their insights about life on the Chillicothe Campus. With the switch from academic quarters to semesters, this is the first time in years the OU-C campus has been in full swing after Thanksgiving break, and we used the opportunity to fine how the switch is working for these students.

“It is hard to get used to but, in the long run, I think it will be more beneficial to students,’ said Sheila Benson, a nursing student who graduated from Vinton County High School. “I feel that information is not as crammed as it was with quarters, but is more spread out. But, change of any kind can be difficult.”

“As far as academics, there has not been a hitch,” said Tina Burns, a fellow nursing student who graduated from Southeastern High School. “When you are used to quarters, you adapt to that schedule, and the transition can be difficult in that regard. Being used to 10-week terms, I am ready to move on.”

“This is my first term here, so I do not know it any differently,” said William Viney, a computer science major from Zane Trace High School. “I do not mind them, and I have had no real problems.”

Chelsea Brannon, a Human Services Technology and social work major from Logan Elm High School, sad, “So far, it is pretty god, but there are some adjustments. I like the pace of quarters but I honestly have not felt a change of pace with semesters. I feel that we are not fully in the swing of things, including both students and faculty members.”

“I have not yet decided if I like it,” said Justin Diehl, a business management major from Paint Valley High School. “Semesters are long and sometime seem to be dragging on. I see the real advantage in being able to transfer to other schools, if that is your plan.”

“This is my first term, so it has not really affected me,” said Kristen Sarver, a graduate of Waverly High School, who is undeclared in terms of her academic major. “I think it is feel and do not feel that it is dragging on too badly.”

“I do not prefer them (semesters) personally,” said Ben Lewis, a Jackson High School graduate who plans to relocate to the Athens campus and study engineering. “With quarters, classes take less time. It really depends on how you schedule and getting good advice.”

Kaleb Wolfe, a Law Enforcement Technology major from Zane Trace High School, said, “It has been pretty good, actually. I have more time to study and shorter class periods, and I like that.”

Monday, November 26, 2012

Farewell ‘wake’ scheduled for Brandon Houseman

Campus members are invited to attend a mock farewell “wake” for senior library associate Brandon Houseman at 4 p.m. on Nov. 27 in room 19 of the Quinn Library. Brandon is departing OU-C for a position with Franklin University in Columbus. His last day on the Chillicothe Campus will be Wednesday.

As head librarian Allan Pollchik, organizer of the event explains, a wake acknowledges a loss but also celebrates life and, in this case, Houseman’s OU-C career. Attendees are invited to put two wishes in an envelope to share with Houseman. Those who cannot attend can drop off their wishes with Pollchik.

‘Home for the Holidays’ exhibit to feature paintings by Chillicothe native Michael McGinn

"The Warmth of Snow" is among the works of artist Michael McGinn, a native of Chillicothe.

The Ohio University-Chillicothe Patricia Scott Art Gallery, in cooperation with Hammond Harkins Galleries, will present “Home for the Holidays,” an exhibit by Chillicothe native Michael McGinn from Dec. 3-21 in the Bennett Hall gallery. An artist’s reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 15 in the Scott Art Gallery.

The exhibit includes more than 50 paintings of oil on canvas or oil on panel. Most of the paintings are urban nightscapes and include scenes from Columbus, New York City, New Orleans, Chicago, Martha’s Vineyard and Ireland.

“What intrigues me most about painting urban night landscapes, or urbanscapes, is the literal play between warm and cool colors ... or temperature,” McGinn said. “Artificial light has many temperatures, many colors that play with one another as they bounce off the horizontal, vertical and angular planes around them. The night atmosphere is energized. Moisture and temperature absorb and reflect. As realistic or detailed it may appear to be, for me it is but an orchestration of shape, color and temperature. I’m not so much worried about making the painting believable as I am about making the atmosphere inside the painting believable.”

The title of the show, which includes paintings he has completed over the last six years, captures the spirit of the event for McGinn, a 1976 graduate of Bishop Flaget High School.
“The idea of ‘Home for the Holidays’ as a title seemed appropriate in that I'm bringing my work home for all to see,” McGinn explained. “I want to share myself with my old friends. I want them to see what I'm all about, and what I do.”

Many of McGinn's works capture urban night landscapes.
After graduating from high school, McGinn worked in the printing industry before attending Ohio University, and then transferring to Columbus College of Art and Design, where he majored in illustration and advertising. He then continued work in the graphic and printing industry before starting painting full-time in 1998.

His work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions at several shows in the Columbus area as well as Chillicothe, New Jersey and Massachusetts. He was commissioned to paint a Columbus skyline for the cover of America West Magazine. Further, McGinn was the selected artist for the 2001 Greater Columbus Arts Council Business Arts Partnership Luncheon.