Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hilltop Café seeks student employees

The OU-C Hilltop Café, located in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons, is seeking student employees. Working in the café offers an opportunity to develop customer-relation skills and other attributes that are valued by employers as well as earning spending money with the convenience of working on campus.

A link to the job posting is available at:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Submission applications are being sought for annual OU-C employee arts, crafts and hobbies show

OU-C employees are encouraged to submit their creative work for the 2013 Faculty & Staff Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies Show. The fourth annual show will be held in the Patricia Scott Gallery from Feb. 4 through March 1, 2013.

Individuals who have a talent or a hobby they would like to share with the OU-C campus community are invited to showcase their work in the show. In addition, the Ohio University Board of Trustees will be holding a meeting on campus Feb. 7-8, and board members will be able to view the talents of our faculty and staff members.

Submissions of any type, whether it is a wall or floor piece, are sought for the show. Carvings, written work, artwork, scrapbooking, sculpture, wall hangings, photography, cross-stitch, quilts and other types of creative expression will be accepted.

Those who would like to participate should complete and turn in a submission application to Beth Tilley at the OU-C Information Desk in Bennett Hall prior to Feb. 1. Submitted works will be accepted at the Information Desk until that date.

Contact Beth Tilley at or (740) 774-7200 for more information.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Facebook post shares student’s OU-C experience

By OU-C public relations student employee Jasmine Garcia

Christine Norris didn’t feel required to post a positive comment about her campus experience on the OU-C Facebook page, but did anyway, sharing a little positive message highlighting the campus.
Her original post stated:

“I have grown since coming to OUC, I've enjoyed my time here, and getting to know all the professors I've had over the past 3 years. It's been great.”

“I didn't feel obligated to write anything on Facebook about OU-C, I just wanted people to know that it is a nice campus,” said Norris, a non-traditional student pursuing degrees in Health Services Technology and Social Work.

Norris stressed the community aspect of OU-C that made returning to school a lot less of a challenge.

“OU-C has brought me together with a great group of people, and made my life richer, as far as being able to listen to other people who may be having problems with the school and putting them with the right people,” said Norris.

Part of her reason for posting on the Facebook page was that the professors she’s had have been a joy to her by listening and answering her questions freely.

“Barb Mahaffey who is in charge of HST, is great,” said Norris. “She's a caring lady who wants her students to go far and she encourages us to continue our education. I have had many others who have helped me the past two and a half years that I've been there as well such as Mary Jane Preece and Donna Burgraff.”

Being a student at OU-C has offered Norris an opportunity to grow by being able to work at a job full time and school full time.

“I’ve been listening more to other people and to people that are trying to do the same as me,” said Norris.

“Encouragement from one of your classmates means a lot when you may be having a bad day, or you don't think you have understood an assignment they want done, and I try to say something nice to everyone I'm around,” said Norris.

Norris has been an active voice in promoting the campus through her great personal experience at OU-C.

“Everyone I meet I let them know that I'm attending OU-C and about the many programs they offer,” said Norris. “OU-C can benefit anyone who is trying to get an education, or further their education, they have all sorts of programs available, to assist with whatever someone wants to go into.”

Campus members discuss student success initiatives

The Student Success Center emphasizes a student-center approach to learning.

Members of the Chillicothe Campus community, including OU-C English faculty member and Writing Center coordinator Deb Nickles, Associate Dean Jim McKean and student-tutor Liberty Bell, recently were guests on the WBEX radio “Sounding Board” public affairs program.

The three campus members discussed the Student Success Center and the Supplemental Instruction program, which are two initiatives that are designed to help ensure that OU-C students have the resources they need to succeed and get the most out of their college careers.

The programs are part of OU-C’s strategy to assist students who possess various levels of college preparedness and confidence so that they can invent (or reinvent) their futures and realize their potential.

These programs are integral to the campus’ access mission. In this way, that mission involves more than just enrolling students in college but goes the next step in offering access to the opportunity to complete academic programs, earn college degrees and pursue careers and lives of purpose.

A podcast of the radio interview is available online:

Information about the Student Success Center is available in the campus news blog at:

Details about the supplemental instruction program are explained in a campus news blog story at:

Ohio University plans to offer Master of Education in Counseling program at OU-C

Depending on student interest, Ohio University hopes to partner with the Patton College of Education on the Athens campus to offer a Master of Education in Counseling program on the university’s Chillicothe Campus beginning fall semester 2013. It will combine clinical mental health and school counseling programs. Plans are to offer courses on weekday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. with the possibility of including Saturday classes.

An information session regarding the program will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2013, in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

The degree prepares students for occupations that are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, with large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations. Ohio University program graduates are employed throughout the country and abroad in a variety of positions devoted to service and leadership. The program's faculty, graduates, and students contribute to their own professional development and the growth of the profession by their leadership in national and state professional counseling organizations.

Further, the Counselor Education Program at Ohio University has a strong reputation and a rich history.  It was established in 1948 by George E. Hill, a national leader in Counselor Education.  Ohio University’s programs are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).  Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling have been designated as Bright Outlook Occupations by O*NET, the government source for occupational information.

More information is available online at

Application forms for graduate programs at Ohio University may be obtained from the Ohio University Graduate College:

For further information, contact Christine Suniti Bhat, program coordinator, at or OU-C Associate Dean James McKean at The programs will only be offered if there is a minimum number of students.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Hooray for Hollywood

William "Tom" Thomas discusses his ongoing project

Danni Sutherland depicted Judy Garland from The Harvey Girls
Chillicothe met Tinseltown and points in between during a recent dinner on campus. OU-C faculty member William “Tom” Thomas shared with individuals his ongoing quest to record the instances that Chillicothe has been mentioned in literature and film. Thomas’ project, “Chillicothe in Story and Song,” has uncovered nearly 100 instances of Chillicothe being mentioned in films, books, movies, cartoons and even the Broadway play, The Butter and Egg Man, which the OU-C theater program presented this past weekend.

Brandon Fox played the role of Dick Dastardly from the Wacky Races cartoon series
The dinner had an added bit of spice in the form of several OU-C student-actors portraying characters in various shows, plays and the like that have included a mention of Ohio’s first capital city.