Friday, December 7, 2012

Plans are in works for regional student career event

Plans are underway to host a career event specially designed for regional campus students of Ohio University. Prior to the university-wide career fair on Feb. 19, 2013, there will be an opportunity on Feb. 18 for regional campus students involving career coaching, resume assistance and the opportunity to network with employers who are in town early for the fair.

To help the Career and Leadership Development Center best prepare for the event, interested students are asked to complete the following survey:

Further information and details will be shared as plans are finalized.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Career services efforts focus on aligning college choices with students’ professional aspirations

By OU-C public relations student employee Cara Truesdell

In connection with OU-C’s student-focused approach, new resources have been implemented to make career services more student friendly, including the use of a BlackBoard computer technology site to further engage students.

“I wanted something that would be accessible to the students when the students wanted it. Most students utilize BlackBoard daily as part of at least one class each term, so it seemed like a perfect match,” Coordinator of Student Support Martha Tanedo said.

“The site is fluid and updated daily. I receive many job listings throughout the week and the jobs posted on BlackBoard are current openings only.”

The site, which became operational with the opening of fall semester, is a repository of useful information regarding career preparation.

“Beyond job postings, students can find resources on writing resumes, writing cover letters, professional etiquette and links to different business sites that can assist students in their job or internship search,” said Tanedo.

Students who do not already have a BlackBoard account can contact Tanedo through university catmail at to establish an account.

This strategic approach is intended to increase student involvement and help make OU-C students more competitive during the job search. The establishment of the BlackBoard site is also part of a larger campus initiative to ensure that students have the opportunity to realize the benefits of a college education in providing them with the insights and resources for rewarding academic and professional careers. In this way, OU-C’s access mission is fully put into action.

“We are attempting to get students to see the big picture in terms of career preparation. I understand that career preparation may not be the top priority for incoming freshmen as they adjust to college life. However, we are trying to get students to think in terms of outcome earlier on,” Tanedo explained. “Most of our students are pursuing a college degree to obtain a first job or to get a better job. With that in mind, it is important they take the right steps to position themselves for the competitive job market and finding careers that align with their interests and passions.”

“Through collaboration with program coordinators we aim to provide further information about majors as well the types of careers stemming from them,” Tanedo said. “We want students to realize that, to be successful in pursuing a career, it usually takes more than earning a college degree. This type of career advice is particularly important at OU-C, where many of our learners are first-generation college students who are paving their own way.”

It is intended to give students perspective in terms of the challenges associated with career preparation so that they take the right steps during their college careers to position them for the job search and success in their careers.

“We are trying to get students more focused on the outcome of their educational careers, to get them to select the right academic path, choose the correct courses and get involved with the activities that make them most marketable once they graduate,” Tanedo said. “In this way, they are in position to pursue careers that are rewarding and in which they can find success and personal fulfillment.”

“In short, we want to help OU-C students gain an understanding that they need to take steps that will set them apart from the crowd,” Tanedo said. “Employers realize that past behavior is a good predictor of future performance. Therefore, they want to know about a student’s academic record and whether he or she chose classes just to get an easy grade or to acquire useful skills.”

Additionally, Tanedo teamed up with Student Senate in an effort to make student services more valuable for those seeking an internships or full-time employment. Plans are in place to host a series of events such as resume critique workshop, a live demonstration of professional dress with tips on how to dress for less and mock interviews with professional in the community. The next workshop on resume critique will be held on Jan 31, 2013. Further details will be released early spring semester.

OU-C reference librarian Shelly Miller has article published in research journal

OU-C reference librarian Shelly Miller has had an article accepted for publication in the research journal Library & Information Science Research. The article, “A study of emotional labor in librarianship,” was co-written by Miller and Miriam Matteson, the lead researcher on an on-going project that the two began two years ago while Miller was pursuing her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University under the tutelage of Matteson, a faculty member at Kent State.

Library & Information Science Research is a refereed journal that focuses on the research process in library and information sciences.

The article deals with emotional labor, or the expectation that workers manage their emotions while on the job in a way that meets organizational expectations, especially when interacting with the public.

“This concept has been discussed in other service-focused professions and is a critical component in librarianship. It is important that we acknowledge what we can be doing,” Miller said. “Through the research that supports this paper, we are looking to establish baseline measures and develop strategies that are most effective in our profession.

As noted in the abstract, “Librarianship, like many occupations, requires emotional labor, which is an awareness of job requirements for emotional expression and the strategies used to express those emotions. Research on emotional labor suggests that performing emotional labor results in both positive and negative effects of individual outcomes, such as job satisfaction and burnout.”

The extensive research paper included survey data involving librarians in 46 states from public, academic and other libraries.

They had a similar article accepted for publication in Library and Information Science Research last spring, and the current paper, which is more extensive and academic, builds upon that article in increased depth and breadth.

Miller earned her bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College, and master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University and the University of Edinburgh

CAT scholarships available for future math and science teachers

Current and future Ohio University-Chillicothe students who plan to pursue careers teaching math or science to students in grades 7 through 12 in this region may be eligible for Choose Appalachian Teaching (CAT) scholarships, valued at $2,500 annually.

Those receiving the scholarships must be Ohio residents who are willing to make a three-year commitment to teaching in a school district in Appalachian Ohio upon graduation from college. The program includes several features, such as a structured three-year professional induction program and annual research symposia.

More information about the program and an application are available online at,  by contacting project manager Mary Harmison at or OU-C representative Joyce Atwood at or (740) 774-7732. The early-decision application deadline for fall 2013 is March 1, 2013. Applications postmarked by this date will receive notification by the end of April, while those postmarked by June 1, 2013, will receive notification in July.

The CAT program is a scholarship project that is intended to help develop an increased number of talented mathematics and science teachers in southern and eastern Ohio. Participating institutions include Ohio University-Chillicothe and the other regional campuses of Ohio University, Ohio University’s main campus in Athens, Marietta College, Muskingum University, Shawnee State University and the University of Rio Grande.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Information sessions are scheduled for spring semester internships with Kitchen Collection

The Kitchen Collection, LLC, which is headquartered in Chillicothe, and Ohio University-Chillicothe have formed a partnership to establish internship opportunities for OU-C students. These positions provide hands-on exposure to various aspects of the company such as marketing, sales, human resources, distribution and procurement.

Information sessions regarding spring semester internship opportunities will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 10 a.m. Friday on Dec. 7 in Bennett Hall 105. Interested students are encouraged to bring resumes. Interviews will take place the week after final exams, and decisions will be made quickly.

This opportunity is open to students of all academic majors. Compensation will be determined based on students’ abilities.

For further information, contact Student Support Coordinator Martha Tanedo at or (740) 774-7733.

The Kitchen Collection, LLC includes Kitchen Collection and Le Gourmet Chef outlets in 44 states in addition to two virtual online stores ( and The company employs approximately 100 individuals at its headquarters on Water Street and at its distribution center on Chambers Drive.

“This training program offers an invaluable opportunity for students to begin exciting careers right here in Chillicothe,” Tanedo said. “We are fortunate to have a company with a national scope that is headquartered in Chillicothe and that has such a strong interest in helping area residents in their career pursuits.”

OU-C faculty member conducting orchestra for “White Christmas” production at Majestic Theater

Allen Richmond, an adjunct music faculty member at Ohio University-Chillicothe, will conduct the orchestra for the Chillicothe Civic Theater’s production of the award-winning musical “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” at the Majestic Theater in Chillicothe. Show times for the production, which is presented by the Chillicothe Civic Theater, are 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 through Dec. 8 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 9.

Richmond, who joined the OU-C faculty in 2009, earned his bachelor’s degree of music in theory/composition, cum laude, from Ohio University and his master’s degree in orchestral/choral conducting, summa cum laude, from the Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has conducted, performed and taught both nationally and abroad. This past summer, Richmond studied organs and cathedral music throughout Europe.

The Chillicothe Civic Theater (CCT) Orchestra is an all-volunteer ensemble comprised of musicians from Chillicothe, Ross County and several surrounding counties.

“With musicians of various backgrounds and experiences, it is my privilege and joy as conductor to bring these people together musically to support the cast and crew of CCT in live musical theater,” Richmond said. “It is very gratifying to me to be able to take a number of people from all kinds of musical backgrounds and shape them into a performing ensemble worthy of their accolades. I like to think of myself artistically as a musical facilitator: I guide musicians through the joys of learning and translating written musical symbology -- the notes, rests and instructions of music -- into a living, memorable collaboration, and then sharing that experience with our audiences.”