Thursday, December 12, 2013

OU-C bookstore, Hilltop Café adjust hours of operation during semester break

The OU-C bookstore will observe the following hours of operation during the semester break:

•    Week of Dec. 16: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•    Week of Dec. 23: Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•    Dec. 25 through Jan. 1: Closed

•    Jan. 2: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

•    Jan. 3: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•    Week of Jan. 6: Monday through Thursday, 9:30 .m. to 5:30 P.M.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also, the Hilltop Café will be closed beginning Dec. 16 and will resume operations with the opening of spring semester on Jan. 13, 2014.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Caution and judgment are urged during times of inclement weather

With the onset of wintry weather, it is an appropriate time to remind individuals of the campus’ policy on adverse weather and how it relates to campus operations. Campus faculty and staff members will make every attempt to maintain normal campus operations. Generally, the campus remains operational unless Ross County is under a level 3 weather emergency. Listen to local radio stations, view listings on TV programs and check the Chillicothe Gazette and OU-C Web site for closing information.

In situations when the weather is threatening but the campus remains open, members of the campus community are urged to exercise their judgment and to not imperil their safety. Please notify those who are affected by your absence – students, faculty, co-workers or your supervisor -- so accommodations can be made. All faculty members should notify the Dean’s Office if they are unable to hold class.

It is recommended that faculty members include in the course syllabi for winter quarter how they will communicate with students should class be cancelled because of weather conditions.

University procedures are in place for employees who are unable to travel to campus or who need to leave early.

Further, students are urged to register for text messages regarding campus closings to be sent to their telephones through the ‘Mobile Text Alerts’ section of the NBC 4 TV Web site (in the ‘Red Box’ section and ‘NBC4 Alerts’):

Human Services Technology faculty members deliver presentation at professional conference

By OU-C student public relations writer Megan Valentine

OU-C Human Services Technology faculty members Barbara Mahaffey and Mary Jane Preece delivered presentations at the recent 30th Annual All Ohio Counselors Conference hosted by the Ohio Counseling Association and the Ohio School Counseling Association.

Mahaffey was the sole presenter of a workshop entitled "Couples Counseling: A Creative Model to Identify Issues and Promote Insight, Catharsis, Disclosure, and Problem Resolution," which focused in on a model of miscommunication that she developed. Her preparation for the event involved creating a PowerPoint, handouts and an exercise for the conference attendees, which she then used to work with the audience on creating a personal version of the model that could be applied to improve their communications with others.

“I teach this model to counselor education majors, students and counselors so that they can help families and couples to understand events, traits and other situation factors that can create miscommunication…the participants enjoyed receiving a copy of my model and an explanation of how to help clients when using [it].” she says.

Mahaffey earned her bachelor’s degree in communication, her master’s degree in education in community counseling from Ohio University, taking courses at OU-C, and her Ph.D. in education with a major in counselor education from the Ohio State University. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor with supervising counselor credential. Mahaffey’s specialty is marriage, couples and family counseling. Mahaffey joined the OU-C faculty in June 2005 and is associate professor and regional coordinator of the Human Services Technology program.

Preece was the sole presenter of a presentation entitled "Social Anxiety Disorder in Children and Adolescents," which focused on the recognition and early detection of social anxiety disorder among young people who might otherwise be considered simply shy. Children and adolescents with social anxiety disorder may be at a high risk for dropping out of high school, leading to lifelong difficulties with career advancement. Preece provided an array of interventions to help community mental health and school counselors in their work with this group.

She also currently serves as a board member for the Ohio Mental Health Counseling Association and participated in a presentation entitled "Ethical Issues and Managed Care." The focus was to educate counselors about the ethical dilemmas they may face when working with managed care organizations. In addition, the board led discussions related to the upcoming changes in the healthcare laws and how this might impact the counseling profession.

Preece received her bachelor's degree from Capital University with majors in psychology and criminology. She earned her master's degree from Ohio University in community mental health and rehabilitation counseling and her Ph.D. in counselor education from Ohio University as well. She joined the Chillicothe faculty in 2010. She has dedicated much of her professional work to helping people with disabilities and is passionate about helping them reach their potential. Further, she has an extensive background working with individuals with PTSD and those impacted by domestic violence.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saturday OU-C performance of Sylvia will be performed

As scheduled, the Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will perform the heart-warming romantic comedy Sylvia at 8 p.m. today (Dec. 7) in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Friday’s scheduled performance was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The play involves Greg and Kate, a middle-aged couple who move to the city after 22 child-raising years in the suburbs, and the street-smart dog who turns their worlds upside-down.

Sylvia the dog soon becomes the centerpiece in their lives, for better or worse, adding excitement at a time that Greg and Kate are looking to wind down.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday performance of Sylvia cancelled; Saturday show will go on

Due to inclement weather, the Friday (Dec. 6) Ohio University-Chillicothe theater production of Sylvia is cancelled. The Saturday performance at 8 p.m. in the Bennett Hall auditorium is still scheduled.

OU-C dinner cancelled

The dinner scheduled at 6 p.m. today (Dec. 6) in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery at Ohio University-Chillicothe has been cancelled due to the inclement weather. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

OU-C faculty members share insights about creativity during initial ‘Coffee with Colleagues’ event

Three Chillicothe Campus faculty members, who represent a range of academic disciplines and perspectives, shared their insights about the creative process during the recent inaugural “Coffee with Colleagues” event on campus. The luncheon, which included approximately 50 individuals, engaged campus students, faculty, adjuncts, staff and community members in a dialogue that is focused on further fostering scholarship and creativity on campus through scholarly productivity and teaching.

“We hope to remember who we are and to support each other through collegial interaction,” Associate Dean Brenda Phillips said in introducing the event. “We also look to embrace the joy and the moment of inspiration, when we are inside that moment of creativity. Creativity and inspiration often arise from sharing insights with our colleagues and learning from their insights.”

English faculty member Debra Nickles, who also serves as Writing Center coordinator, spoke on
being “creatively charged.” She spoke of using restlessness as an impetus for exploring new horizons and the inspiration she derives from working with students. She also talked of the importance of trusting one’s own individual creative process.

Nickles has been an avid supporter of showcasing creativity on campus. She spearheaded the launch of the Writing Center’s writing contests and Glass Enclosures, the campus’ literary publication that showcases outstanding writing by OU-C students and other campus members.

Nicholas Kiersey, a political science faculty member, discussed how the creative process is involved
in compiling a book. “The creative process can be our best friend and our worst enemy,” he said in explaining that it is challenging to be creative on demand. “The trick is to capture the moment of creativity.” Among other topics, Kiersey also discussed the impact of technology on creativity, how technology shapes our lives and involving others in a creative world.

Kiersey co-edited Battlestar Galactica and International Relations, a collection of 10 essays from scholars who explore the namesake show's far-reaching influence. Iver B. Neumann, research director at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, is the other co-editor.

Art faculty member Darren Baker, who also serves as curator of campus art exhibits, talked about
“See. Imagine. Create.”

Baker integrated a hands-on aspect to his talk, testing audience members’ artistic skills and viewpoints in how they perceived a series of circles. He discussed the artistic process and creativity, including how he puts creativity into action. “We see what something is, imagine what it can be and then create the work of art,” he said in reminding the audience “there is play and humor in creativity.”

Faculty and staff members were encouraged to invite students to the discussion. More similar events are planned. To best meet the interests of campus members, participants in the first event were asked to share their suggestions for future events.

Nursing program continues to serve campus’ mission of serving students and regional residents

Events on a recent day highlighted both the popularity and the impact of Ohio University-Chillicothe’s nursing program.

Approximately 100 prospective nursing students were recently on campus for an orientation session. These students will enter the associate degree nursing program during spring semester.

Also, several students in the campus’ associate degree nursing program were involved in an outreach effort to help ensure good health for campus community members. The students gained valuable practical experience through blood pressure screenings as well as smoking, diabetes and nutrition information displays.

The nursing program is one of the campus’ most popular academic disciplines, and it supports OU-C’ objectives of serving its students and serving its region by preparing students for an emerging career field in the region and helping to ensure that area residents have access to high-quality health care.

The Chillicothe Campus offers an associate nursing program, an LPN-RN transition program and  both accelerated and traditional bachelor’s degree programs in nursing.

Future educators identify regional learning resources

Students in the Family, School and Community class taught by Assistant Professor Jamie Harmount recently developed community asset maps. The maps identify resources that are available in area communities, and the project helps prepare the students for their future careers by encouraging them to consider assets they can use in enhancing the learning experience for students.

As the future educators proved, area communities offer a wealth of possibilities, such as historical landmarks, community activities and individuals, to bolster the learning environment.

The class emphasizes how teachers can interact with various stakeholder groups, such as families and community members, to enrich their classroom teaching.

Chillicothe Campus students discuss outlook for finals and long-awaited semester break

We regularly speak with OU-C students to gain their perspective on campus life. This week, we asked some students about their prospects for finals week and plans for break.

“I have done well this semester, so I feel good about finals,” said Heather Wells, a nursing student from Oak Hill High School. “I am not stressing. I look forward to break and will spend much of it planning my wedding, which is scheduled for August.”

“For finals, I want to take them and finish off this semester,” said fellow nursing student Amber Emerson, a graduate of Unioto High School. “It has been a tough semester. I look forward to enjoying my break, preparing for next semester and finishing my Christmas shopping.”

“I want to be finished, and I am not worried. It looks like I will pass all of my classes,” said Amanda Bryan, a nursing student from Jackson High School. “As for break, I look forward to resting. It has been a time-consuming semester.”

“Finals look pretty good right now. I am somewhat of a procrastinator by nature, so I am a little
behind right now,” said Joel Benson, a computer science major from Southeastern High School. “It is coming down to the wire but nothing I cannot work through. I will just have to stare at a computer screen for a while. Break looks great. I look to get a lot of work at a movie theater where I have a job and with an internship in Hillsboro.”

“Things look good,” said Johnny Lancaster, a computer science major from Southeastern High
School. “Everything is under control for finals, and I should not be too busy during finals week. During break, I will work at Tri Motors in Circleville, where I work during the summers.”

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

OU-C hosting dinner event prior to upcoming theatrical performance

Theater patrons can dine with former Ohio University-Chillicothe actors during “Influence of the Stars: Past and Present” event at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 in the Bennett Hall Patricia Scott Art Gallery. Diners can then attend the latest OU-C theater production, Sylvia, at 8 p.m. in the auditorium.

Former stars of the OU-C stage will be on hand to share their insights of the campus’ theater endeavors. Cost of the meal is $25 per person or $46 per couple, and reservations are due by Dec. 2 by contacting Joyce Atwood at or (740) 774-7732. The meal includes chicken breast, redskin potatoes, vegetable blend, salad, pie and coffee or iced tea.

Admission for the play is free as part of a “preview night” for the Friday night performance. The play, which was written by A.R. Gurney and was first staged in 1995 in Manhattan, involves Greg and Kate, a middle-aged couple who move to the city after 22 child-raising years in the suburbs, and the street-smart dog who turns their worlds upside-down.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

OU-C theater program is not dogging it with upcoming performance of Sylvia

As usual, Sylvia (played by Jennifer Adams) is in the middle of Greg (Ben Roark) and Kate (Gwenndolyn Aume) relationship during a recent rehearsal at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The OU-C theater program will present the play Sylvia on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

Doggone it, the Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program is presenting the heart-warming romantic comedy Sylvia at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

Admission is free as part of a “preview night” for the Friday night performance. Tickets will be available for sale at the box office outside of the auditorium prior to the Saturday performance. Tickets for that performance 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, which was written by A.R. Gurney and was first staged in 1995 in Manhattan, involves Greg and Kate, a middle-aged couple who move to the city after 22 child-raising years in the suburbs, and the street-smart dog who turns their worlds upside-down.

Sylvia the dog soon becomes the centerpiece in their lives, for better or worse, adding excitement at a time that Greg and Kate are looking to wind down.

While Greg is quickly overcome by the charms of the canine who earns the reputation as man’s best friend, Kate sees the dog as competition. As with any good tale involving a character with a tail, Kate later has a change of heart through a transformation that is bound to draw a laugh from even the cat-lovers in the audience.

“I always say that, instead of choosing the plays, the plays find us, and that is certainly true again with Sylvia,” said director Ken Breidenbaugh. “Each semester, a group of actors shows up, and we find what best fits them.”

“We have done this play before, and it is a real crowd-pleaser. This is, indeed, a play about a dog and a person’s relationship with man’s best friend. It also explores the dynamics of marriage and what happens when a new creature is brought into the mix,” Breidenbaugh said.

The canine aspect of the play makes it especially appealing.

“The audience quickly becomes caught up in the play. Many people have pets and realize how attached an individual can become to an animal, so it is easy to identify with Sylvia,” Breidenbaugh said.

The student-actors are quickly warming up to the production.

“I think, for a lot of men, their dog is like a child to them, especially after their own children have grown up,” said Ben Roark, a Unioto High School graduate who plays the role of Greg. “But, it is more than just a story of a man and a dog. It is about the connection individuals have with their pets.”
Roark likes the role he has in the play.

“It is really active and not boring, to say the least. The main thing is to sell to the audience the relationship Greg has with his dog,” Roark said.

Gwenndolyn Aume, a post-secondary option student from Logan Elm, plays the role of the wife, Kate.

“She is very likable but, at the same time, she can be short with her husband and she gets frustrated with the dog,” Aume explained.

Kate’s feelings toward the pooch change over time.

“She grows to accept the dog, especially when she realizes Greg still cares about her. It makes it seem that Kate really does have a heart, “Aume said.

Jennifer Adams has the difficult cross-species task of playing the role of Sylvia. “I have always been a pet person, and it has been an adventure to channel my inner dog,” said Adams, a Chillicothe High School graduate.

“Since I am not wearing the costume or makeup to appear as a dog, it is more of a mentality than overall physical appearance,” she explained in assuming a canine persona. “It is more in the mannerisms. There is an opportunity to hear the dog vocalize its thoughts. Sometimes, they are deep thoughts and, at other times, the dog is just sniffing stuff.

As would seem appropriate, this particular play has become a pet project of all who are associated with the OU-C theater program.

“It is a lovely story, and I like to think of it as an early Christmas present to our theater patrons,” Breidenbaugh said.

Current photo exhibit on Chillicothe Campus features work by Benjamin Montague

By public relations student writer Megan Valentine

The photo exhibit “Militainment and Insects” by Benjamin Montague is currently on display in the Patricia Scott Gallery in Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Bennett hall through Dec. 24. Montague is a faculty member at Wright State University.

According to the artist’s website his work on these particular collections evolved as he realized how the topics were surprisingly connected.

“It began as an escape, an exercise to see how light passed through and around [the insects’] bodies.  I was like a child peering through a microscope for the first time,” says Montague. “Soon, though, [they] began to take on a deeper meaning as I realized how intertwined the photos were with my imagery of war. The fragile, temporal corpses of these imperfect specimens are like memories, a beautiful fleeting reminder of life and death.”

The pieces in the “Militainment” portion of the gallery play off of the images featured in his “Images of Conflict” collection. He zoned in on America’s current fascination with interactive military simulations and video games and the rising demand for such commercialized entertainment.

“Since 9/11, we have seen the demand for battlefield style, first-person shooter war games rise dramatically… This work attempts to explore the space between realism/authenticity and entertainment in the military gaming industry.  I am intrigued by this symbiotic relationship, and visually explore this through my images,” he says of the photos.

According to Montague these pieces explore the question of whether these types of games allow young people to developing an emotional connection to ongoing wars and the individuals fighting in them or if they are simply creating a culture desensitized to violence.

Montague is an associate professor of photography at Wright State. He earned his MFA degree from the University of Delaware and his bachelor’s degree from Marlboro College. He has exhibited his work widely and is currently represented by Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, N.M., and Works on Paper Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa. He has won several grants, including an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. His work is included in collections of the Columbus Museum of Art and the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe.

Book by OU-C administrator chronicles true impact of volunteer services on homes and people’s lives

Brenda Phillips sees first-hand up how organization repairs homes and lives

What began as a project focusing on organizational effectiveness became a book and a life-changing experience for an Ohio University-Chillicothe administrator.

Brenda Phillips, Ph.D., associate dean at OU-C, is the author of a new book titled Mennonite Disaster Service:  Building a Therapeutic Community after the Gulf Coast Storms.  The book, which was recently released, chronicles the experiences of both volunteers and homeowners, who were impacted on the Gulf Coast after hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike.

To write the book, Phillips spent a year in 2010, the fifth-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, conducting research which included “participatory observation,” working alongside members of the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The experience allowed her to gain an inside understanding of the group, their efforts and those they impact. She interviewed 162 people, mostly low-income individuals, whose homes had been badly damaged or destroyed by storms.

“I wanted to know the organization from the ground up, so I spent a year on the research and working as a volunteer. MDS has a reputation as being the best at what they do, and I wanted to learn what they are doing right that makes them so effective,” she said. “MDS is known for going to the ends of the earth and focusing their efforts on people who are least like to recover from a disaster, such as the elderly, people with disabilities and low-income families.”

Originally, Phillips set out to evaluate the organization and help them understand how they can better perform their duties. It soon became much more.

“It began as an evaluation of MDS so they could know what they need to do better. Also, I wanted to know how they do such an outstanding job with volunteer labor,” she said. “As I observed the work that was taking place and its impact, the larger message is what is the meaning of volunteer service and what do both the recipients and the volunteers get out of it?”

“This type of volunteer work is a life-changing experience for all involved. Beyond the building of homes, it is about building a therapeutic community and seeing how healing these things can be for people.”

Although the MDS consists of expert builders whose work routinely exceeds building codes, at the heart of their efforts is a genuinely caring approach to others.

“I learned that they work really hard at relationships. Homeowners who were helped by MDS talked mostly about the kind of people who came to build and repair their houses rather than the projects themselves,” Phillips said. “People would often start crying when I spoke with them. The most common word they used to describe the volunteers was ‘family.’ Part of the Mennonite theology and belief system is that you practice what you preach, and the MDS certainly personifies that.”

As one homeowner explained, “I had no idea these kind of people was in the world. They didn’t look down on you, they made you think you was somebody. The volunteers came from all over the world, Canada, Pennsylvania, the Amish. You have to lose everything to know. They felt our hurt and were there with open arms, somebody to care about you … you have to go through tragedy to know how nice people can be.”

The feeling was mutual, as expressed by MDS members.

One volunteer said, “These folks love their way of life.  Their livelihood came from fishing, shrimping, oystering.  They did not want to leave the bayou.”  Volunteers also felt connected to those they served, "It made all the sweat, heat, and manual labor was well worth it to see the joy in her face.” 

Phillips, herself, was moved by what she observed.

“It was very emotional, and trying to be a good analyst and researcher was sometimes difficult.”
MDS members are very adept at communication and organization.

“It is amazing what they do with all-volunteer labor,” Phillips said. “They are very well organized, with members of long-term crews organizing short-term teams or people such as those on mission projects.”

It was also a convergence of cultures. “With Mennonites, mainly from the northern region of the nation and across Canada, helping Cajuns in the bayou, it was a real blending of cultures,” Phillips said.

For Phillips, whose expertise is in disaster recovery, the writing of the book was therapeutic for her, as well.

“It is a very nice, positive story, which is a welcome break from my usual research, much of which focuses on the human and physical devastation of disasters,” she said.

Phillips, who joined OU-C in July, earned her bachelor’s degree from Bluffton College (now Bluffton University) and both her master’s degree and doctoral degree from The Ohio State University.

The book is published by Lexington Books, part of Roman and Littlefield publishers. Phillips is available to give talks focused on the value of community service. She can craft her talk to speak to congregations, mission teams, civic clubs, youth groups or others. She can be contacted at (740) 774-7297 or email at

Nicholas Kiersey’s ‘Battlestar’ book highlighted in Ohio University research publication

Those keeping a clear perspective appreciate the high level of scholarly activity occurring on the Chillicothe Campus.

In fact, an upcoming issue of Perspectives, which highlights research, scholarship and creative activity at Ohio University, includes an article about OU-C faculty member Nicholas Kiersey’s role in co-editing Battlestar Galactica and International Relations, a collection of 10 essays from scholars who explore the namesake show's far-reaching influence.

The article is available online at

Kiersey, assistant professor of political science, joined the OU-C faculty in 2008. His expertise is in comparative theories of empire, international relations and foreign policy. He holds a Ph.D. in planning, governance and globalization from Virginia Tech.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in European public affairs from the University of, Limerick (Ireland), a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Ireland and a second master’s degree in international politics and social science research methodology from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

OU-C hosting community screening of movie about nuclear power

A community screening of the moving “Pandora’s Promise” will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 26 in the Bennett Hall auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The public is invited to attend, and admission is free, courtesy of USEC.

The Chillicothe Campus is sponsoring the documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Robert Stone, which examines the role and future of nuclear power.

According to press information, the film “asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty. In his controversial new film, Stone tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have undergone a radical conversion from being fiercely anti to strongly pro-nuclear energy, risking their careers and reputations in the process.”
A trailer for the film is available online at

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Storytelling guild to host inaugural meeting

In response to student enthusiasm for puppetry arts as a result of participation in the EDEC 2100 Literature & Storytelling class, a Storytelling Guild is being launched to create a place for everyone who loves puppetry to share stories and expand their craft as storytellers for children. 
Interested individuals are invited to attend the inaugural meeting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the OU-C Child Development Center.

Please RSVP to or 772-7370.

The agenda will include a catered dinner (cost $5), sharing storytelling experiences, learning how to use sock puppets for impromptu prosocial stories, and  making a sock puppet.  Each participant will receive 2 story scripts.  Those in attendance will also discuss the best day and time for future guild meetings.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Campus, community members commemorate shared legacy during annual Heritage Day event


The Chillicothe Campus celebrated its shared legacy during the annual Heritage Day event on Nov. 14 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. The event, which uniquely serves as a homecoming on a commuter campus, allows the campus to renew its bonds with alumni and community members.

Approximately 125 individuals, the largest crowd in the six-year history of the event, were in attendance.

“As they say, a rising tide lifts all ships, and that is certainly true for the Chillicothe Campus and this region we are fortunate to serve,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said in noting that OU-C derives much of its character from the area residents who attend the campus.

“The same qualities that make this region such a wonderful place to live and raise a family make OU-C a great place to pursue a college degree. There is a real feeling of support, and people genuinely care for each other,” the dean said. “Those qualities are a result of enrolling students who are largely from this region and who learned those qualities in their homes and schools.”

A new addition to the occasion this year was the awarding of Heritage Community Service Awards. These awards recognize current students and recent graduates who are making a special impact in their communities, both locally and globally.

Current student recipients included:
•    Chelci Borland.
•    Human Service Association student club

Recent alumni recipients were:
•    Kylie Jordan Frankel
•    Abby Hartley
•    Bill Showman
•    Tammy Simkins

Details about the recipients’ accomplishments are available in a previous campus news blog story at:

Also, Jean C. Romero, who attended OU-C in 1947 when classes were offered at the former
Chillicothe High School, was recognized. After completing her degree on the Athens campus of Ohio University, as was customary at that time, she pursued a career as an educator in the Huntington School District. Also in attendance was Viola Lightle, a student in 1946, when OU-C first opened its doors.

“Section 8,” a student a cappella group from the Athens campus, provided musical entertainment.

Heritage Day began in 2008 as a way to tailor the traditional homecoming event, most often associated with a residential campus, to a commuter, regional campus. Over the years, revisions have been made to best fit the Chillicothe Campus and its constituencies.

OU-C faculty member Mary Barbara Trube participates in professional advancement activities

By public relations student writer Megan Valentine

OU-C faculty member Mary Barbara Trube was recently involved in two significant professional advancement achievements.

Prof. Trube and Beth VanDerveer, a faculty colleague from the university’s Athens campus, recently presented their research on mentoring engaged scholars at the 6th Annual Mentoring Conference. The event was held at the University of New Mexico’s Mentoring Institute and focused on the impact and effectiveness of developmental relationships.

Trube and VanDerveer’s peer-reviewed paper, “Developmental Mentoring Constellations: Sustaining
Engaged Scholarship,” was published in the conference proceedings. Their paper presents data from an exploratory qualitative study conducted at a Midwestern university for the purpose of identifying mentors’ perceptions of developmental mentoring constellations while involved in mentorship relationships with engaged scholars.

In conceptualizing the work of an engaged scholar, the research by Trube and VanDerveer recognizes the interrelationships among teaching, scholarship and service and how all three aspects contribute to strong partnerships and meaningful outcomes in communities beyond the immediate university. Each of the participants of the study received an invitation to be interviewed because they had great experience with both the mentor and mentee elements of the relationship.

Participants were asked to discuss various topics including the support they received, the functions, roles and characteristics of effective mentors and any knowledge or skills they gained in the process. They were also asked to explain whether or not the term “developmental mentoring constellations” resonated with them as a way to sustain engaged scholarship.

Also, Prof. Trube coordinated a panel presentation at the Ohio Confederation of Teacher Education Organizations (OCTEO) Fall 2013 Conference in Dublin, Ohio. In a lecture format a group of five educators, which included Qiuping Cao of the Lancaster campus and Paula McMurray-Schwarz of the Eastern campus, discussed the potential of e-education (electronic education) and technology in classrooms to help younger students in their acquisition of language. They each presented examples of their work to promote deeper understanding of academic language and documentation, including capturing and sharing academic literacy strategies through e-education formats.

The conference focused on the topic of “e-Education: Innovations and New Directions in P-20 Teaching and Learning.”

Each of the presenters has played an active role in preparing teacher candidates to meet the demands of the classroom during their careers. According to their proposal “teacher candidates are addressing learners’ 21st century skills [such as] communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving … through common core state standards.”

Trube is professor of education on the Chillicothe Campus. She earned her associate degree from Tyler (Texas) Junior College; a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin University; a master’s degree in health and physical education, and a master’s degree in early childhood education, both from the University of Texas at Tyler; a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin; and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin. She has also completed an Adult International Teachers of English as a Foreign Language Certificate at the University of Cincinnati. She joined the OU-C faculty in 2002.

Kevin M. Garrett Nursing Endowment opens doors of opportunity for future students

A new scholarship endowment at Ohio University-Chillicothe pays tribute to the perseverance of a former student by opening doors of opportunity for future students. The Kevin M. Garrett Nursing Endowment has been established by his wife, Jessica Garrett, and parents, Kevin L. and Sherry Garrett, in memory of the late OU-C nursing student.

Kevin Garrett was diagnosed with cancer shortly after earning his Associate of Applied Nursing Degree from OU-C in 2010 and then achieving licensure as a registered nurse. Despite his prognosis, he continued to pursue his profession and fulfilled his lifetime goal by working at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

He passed away on May 22, 2013.

The scholarship will be awarded each year to a full-time student enrolled in the first year of the undergraduate nursing program. Kevin Garrett was not eligible for financial aid, and the scholarship will benefit similar students. Preference will be given to male nursing students with a grade point average of at least 3.0.

Endowments produce interest income, which funds the scholarships and ensure the gifts have long-lasting benefits.

This gift is part of The Promise Lives Campaign, Ohio University’s capital campaign which seeks to raise $450 million by June 30, 2015. The campaign has raised more than $429 million in support of students, faculty, programs, partnerships and select facilities at Ohio University.
Funds raised for the Chillicothe Campus will support scholarships and the construction of a planned Academic Success Center, which will connect Bennett Hall and the Stevenson Center, tying together academic and student services resources. These projects support the campus’ mission of offering area residents access to a well-rounded, quality educational experience that prepares them for lives of impact. Learn more at 

Campus members’ support of capital campaign is investment in our students’ success

Chillicothe Campus faculty and staff members,

Chillicothe Campus faculty and staff members bring a wide range of viewpoints, professional skills and backgrounds to campus. On this diverse campus, a key to our success has been a common purpose of putting our students first. This is the focus of our long-term plans and, most importantly, the daily actions by individuals across campus.

I am asking you to again display that dedication. In the near future, you will receive a letter from me requesting your participation in The Promise Lives Capital Campaign of Ohio University. Participation is more important than the size of the contribution. In fact, we are striving for 100 percent participation.

This type of effort will demonstrate the campus’ full commitment to our students and will continue to distinguish the Chillicothe Campus among other campuses and colleges at the university. Further, this type of participation is important in securing gifts from outside individuals and organizations. As you understand, they often want to see that we our supportive of our own efforts before committing their resources.

I understand that economic times are tough, and many campus members have other causes to which they already donate their resources. However, this is a unique time to make an impact on our campus and our students. I trust you will consider a donation to be an investment rather than just an expense. The letter you will soon receive explains various ways to make your gift that best fit your preference.

All of the funds raised on our campus will stay on campus and support the educational pursuits of Chillicothe Campus students. The two main objectives are support of scholarships and an Academic Success Center that expands facilities to enhance student learning and includes a connector between Stevenson Center and Bennett Hall. Together, these initiatives will allow us to continue to offer students the opportunity to pursue successful college careers. Again, the upcoming letter will share details.

Thank you for your consideration, and I appreciate your efforts each day to offer our students an exceptional educational experience.


Martin T. Tuck, Ph.D.
Dean, Ohio University-Chillicothe

Chillicothe Campus students discuss their plans and aspirations

We regularly speak with OU-C students to gain their perspective. This week, we asked our forward-thinking students what they want to do when they grow up.

“Well, I am a nursing major, so, hopefully, I will be an RN,” said Kristin Reisinger, who graduated from Miami Trace High School. “I would definitely like to live in the country or a suburb, but not in the city. Plus, I would like to have kids someday.”

“I want to be a physical therapist. Beyond that, I plan on just winging it and going with whatever happens,”
said Britney Reader, a physical therapy major from Western High School.

“I am going to be a middle school math and science teacher,” said Dallas Drury, middle education major from Southeastern High School. “I also want to live in Tennessee. It is pretty there, and I want to move from Ohio.”

Kristin Waltz, a child development major from Teays Valley High School, said, “I want to be a teacher. Other than that, I don’t know. I will probably live in Grove City.”

“I want to be an athletic trainer with either an NFL or major league baseball team. Or, I would like to be a professional baseball player myself,” said Scott Cawood from
Lynchburg Clay High School in Highland County. Cawood, who is undecided on his academic major, is a member of the OU-C baseball team.

“I am not really sure. I would like to have a job in accounting and live in South Carolina. The weather is nice and there are cool things going on,” said Chris Preston, an Alexander High School major who is undecided
in terms of his academic major.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Community service award recipients will be recognized during upcoming OU-C Heritage Day event

Chillicothe Mayor Everson recognized OU-C's state championship volleyball team during the 2012 event

Heritage Day crowds continue to grow over the years.

A new twist is being added to an annual campus and community event.

This year, service awards will be presented to current and former students who are making a special impact in their communities, both locally and globally, when Ohio University-Chillicothe (OU-C) commemorates Heritage Day beginning at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

“These awards capture the spirit of Heritage Day and the Chillicothe Campus’ mission of preparing students for lives of impact who pursue not only rewarding careers but also meaningful lives beyond the workplace,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. 

The awards honor both current students and recent alumni, who attended the Chillicothe Campus within the past five years. Recipients were nominated by campus and community members, and final selection was made by a committee comprised of a student, faculty and staff members.

Heritage Day is designed to offer a homecoming-style event that is tailored to a regional, commuter campus. It offers an opportunity for former students to visit campus and meet with past classmates and faculty members, as well as for the campus to further engage with the region it serves.

The occasion is intended to serve as a homecoming-style event on a commuter campus and connect with community members, many of whom are former students. The event is free, and members of the campus and area community are invited to attend. The occasion will include refreshments and entertainment by Section 8, an a cappella student group from the Athens campus of Ohio University.

The new awards include:


These awards recognize current students (either individuals or groups) who are actively involved in efforts such as community outreach, volunteer activities and/or philanthropy efforts, either formally or informally.

Recipients include:

Chelci Borland. As part of a church mission team, Borland gave up the comforts most teen-agers take for granted. Instead, she spent three months in the summer of 2010 living in primitive conditions and helping to improve the quality of life for impoverished residents of a village in Bulgaria, where electricity, phones, running water and food are all in scarce supply. Much of her work involved rigorous tasks such as rebuilding fences for livestock and cleaning litter off of streets. She also taught English to the children, building a communication bridge that allowed her to then teach math skills to youngsters who would never have the opportunity to attend school.

Human Service Association student club. HSA student club members have spent hundreds of hours devoted to community service by planning and organizing events, gaining donations as well as supporting social services agencies and communicating their services. Through various fund-raisers, the group has secured donations to the Ross County Mental Health Association, which awards scholarships to OU-C students. The group’s signature event is the annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza, which provides a safe, family-friendly event for area children. This fall’s event attracted approximately 2,000 individuals. Further, the event obtains donations for the Children’s Clothing Bank and the Good Samaritan Network food pantry. This year, 727 pounds of food was donated to the food pantry.


These awards are designed to recognize individuals who have attended OU-C within the last five years and now they have demonstrated outstanding service to their local communities or the global community through efforts such as volunteer activities, participation/leadership in civic organizations, philanthropy, engagement with OU-C and other service projects, either formally or informally.

Recipients include:

Kylie Jordan Frankel. Frankel, a kindergarten teacher at Adena Elementary School in Frankfort, is also strongly involved in volunteer activities. She has organized and planned the Zumba for Alzheimer’s fund-raiser and is currently a member of the Ross County Committee for Alzheimer’s. She saw a need to raise money for research when her grandfather was diagnosed with the disease. She also participates in the Alzheimer’s Walk, as well as the March of Dimes Walk and Bowling for Kids’ Sake event. Further, Frankel is a 4-H club advisor and has been an assistant or head coach with an eighth grade team and the Zane Trace High School team as well as coach of the Spike Town club team.

Abby Hartley. Hartley graduated from OU-C with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Her passion for helping children led beyond the traditional classroom and to an orphanage in Haiti, where she made a profound impact on the lives of these children. Hartley taught children in an orphanage called Ruuska Village, located in a small town just outside of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Hartley first visited Haiti in July 2008 with others from her local youth group. She returned to Haiti the following March and continued to visit twice a year. She is currently a third-grade language arts teacher at Huntington School, her alma mater.

Bill Showman. Showman is active in several volunteer and community service activities in the community. He is an advocate for drug-dependent individuals, helping them access treatment and finding employment opportunities. He is also a volunteer for Pioneer Center fund-raisers and is involved with the League of Women Voters Garden. Further, Showman delivers presentations on veterans’ issues to various mental health professional organizations, and he also serves as a story-teller for tours of Chillicothe’s historic buildings. He earned a bachelor’s degree in technical and applied studies and a master’s degree in education through classes on the Chillicothe Campus.

Tammy Simkins. While an OU-C student, Simkins was active on campus as a co-founder of the Gender Equality Solidarity Society (GESS), which flourished under her leadership. She also helped to organize a Take Back the Night rally against violence and a fashion show to raise funds for a domestic violence shelter. Simkins has continued this spirit of advocacy since graduation. She has worked as a supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment, traveling to several states and delivering numerous speeches in support of its cause. She also is active as an organizer for political campaigns. Simkins earned her associate degree in 2011 and her bachelor’s degree in specialized studies in December 2012.

Military veterans continue to pursue ambitions, add to campus life on Chillicothe Campus

The Chillicothe Campus was founded in 1946, largely to allow veterans of World War II to utilize the GI Bill to pursue a college education and the American dream they risked their lives to preserve. With Veterans Day on the horizon, it seems appropriate that several members of the military continue to make OU-C their college home.

They bring special skills, commitment and a maturity level to campus, adding to the vitality of the student body.

For Jeff Allen, who spent his first six years out of high school in the Army Reserves and is still on
Jeff Allen
inactive reserve status, his military experience gave him a fresh perspective on college life.
“If I had attended college straight out of high school, I probably would not have tried very hard. I was not the best student at that point,” Allen said. “Being in the military instilled a strong work ethic in me. Now, whatever I do, I try to do to the best of my abilities.”

“Since experiencing the military and how difficult it can be, school is a break more than a chore,” Allen said. “Obviously, I have to concentrate on schoolwork, but it is a lot more laid back than the military.”

The adjustment to college life has its challenges.

“When I first started, it had been a while since I had been in school, and one of the big things is getting back into the swing of education,” Allen said. “I had not had a math class in seven years, so that adjustment was brutal.”

Allen, who is in his first semester at OU-C, is majoring in computer engineering and will eventually relocate to the Athens campus.

“A lot of training I did in the military did not transfer directly to the civilian side, so instead of taking a job, I decided to go to college. I like computers and worked on them some in the Army,” Allen said.
“I think the biggest thing for me is finding a routine,” said Zachary Ott, who spent 10 years in the Coast Guard and remains in the Coast Guard Reserves.

Ott sees advantages to his military background in the college setting, such as “the ability to commit 100 percent to the curriculum.”

Ott, who is majoring in Law Enforcement Technology and Criminal Justice, plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Associate Dean Brenda Phillips inducted into security and emergency hall of fame

By public relations student writer Megan Valentine

OU-C Associate Dean Brenda Phillips was recently inducted into the International Network of Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame. The award honors women who have led innovation in the fields of civil defense and emergency services. Professional
Brenda Phillips is a pioneer in her field.
colleagues and former students nominated her for the award, which she says made it even more meaningful.

“Beyond the personal impact, it is important to remember that women have shattered glass ceilings in a historically male-dominated field.  The women inducted into the hall of fame represent individuals who serve as role models not only for emergency management and homeland security but for other professions as well,” she added.

Phillips was recognized for becoming one of the first women in the world to earn a full professorship in the field of emergency management when she accepted a position in the Fire and Emergency Management Program at Oklahoma State University in 2004. She also served as the graduate student coordinator for more than100 master’s and doctoral degree candidates and was the advisor for the first three students to earn a Ph.D. degree in the program.

In addition to her work in emergency management, Phillips has earned a number of grants for academic research and contributed to several books and articles. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and history with minors in Spanish and social work from Bluffton University and completed her master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology at The Ohio State University.

This was also where Phillips first realized her passion for emergency management. After she was offered an assistantship at OSU’s Disaster Research Center by one of her professors she traveled to the sites of various natural disasters and analyzed the impacts they had on different groups of people.

She found that certain demographics faced far more challenges when working toward recovery.
“During that time, I grew to understand that disasters are not equal opportunity events…I came to specialize in what we call ‘socially vulnerable’ populations, people who tend to experience higher risks of injuries, deaths and property loss because of their economic circumstances.  Since then, I have researched these populations and tried to find practical solutions that reduce their risks,” says Phillips of her experiences.

Barb Russo, Ph.D., and Karen Blackwood introduced Phillips at the ceremony and commended her for her professionalism, dedication and compassion. They added that her enthusiasm for her career is very evident to all who meet her and that she is a true example of “a caring citizen in a global community.”

“Homeland security and emergency management allow you to make a difference every day that you go to work.  You get to meet people on the worst day of their lives, rising to the occasion and helping not only themselves but others. You get to stand in that gap between despair and hope and be part of the bridge that brings others comfort and security,” commented Phillips.

Phillips has been able to continue her work in the field as OU-C’s associate dean by coordinating efforts to re-invigorate OU-C’s continuing education opportunities in fire and emergency services. In addition, she has used her research on the heightened risk of women affected by domestic violence during disasters to collaborate with others on awareness and prevention events. Her newest book Mennonite Disaster Service, which focuses on faith-based community relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina and other severe storms in the Gulf Coast, is set to release in November.

The annual gala, which is hosted by the International Network of Women in Emergency Management (inWEM), took place in Reno, Nev., at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino on Saturday Oct. 26.

Entrepreneurship panel discussion to be held on Chillicothe Campus

The PORTSfuture project will host an entrepreneurship panel discussion from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the Bennett Hall Auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The event is free and open to the public.

To attend this event, RSVP to 740-597-1460 or

The occasion is being held in collaboration with Ohio University’s TechGROWTH OHIO program, the Ross County Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio and OSU South Centers.

During the event, aspiring business owners will hear from a roundtable of experienced entrepreneurs with widely diverse business models about their path to success, learn about regional resources and network with experienced and new entrepreneurs.

At 5:30 p.m., a complimentary dinner will be served and participants can meet the panelists, hosts and business assistance providers. At 6 p.m., PORTSfuture’s entrepreneur roundtable will discuss common business start-up challenges, how to create a business, how to pitch
your idea, how to attract loans and equity capital and pointers on avoiding common entrepreneurial pitfalls.

The roundtable participants will also make themselves available for audience questions. Attendees can engage with the panelists on any topic: how they were funded, why they started their businesses, and what challenges they faced. Panelists who have already “been there, done that,” will be able to offer expert opinions.

The second part of the program will feature regional business assistance and funding entities. A brief overview of their offerings will be presented and participants can speak one-on-one with resource providers, collect information, and set up further appointments at the end of the evening.

The PORTSfuture project, in collaboration with the extensive regional network of service providers, is dedicated to aiding local entrepreneurs and businesses and encouraging job growth.

More information is available at The PORTSfuture project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office.

Anessa Decker named administrative assistant at OU-C

Anessa Decker has been named administrative assistant in the nursing office at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective Oct. 21.

In this role, she serves as a first-line liaison to internal and external contacts, performs office duties, supervises student employees and provides clerical and administrative support to administrators, faculty members and students.

Decker has held this position on a temporary basis since July 2011. In this role, she also helped promote the OU-C nursing program to area high school students. She also serves as an ACT college entrance test proctor on campus.

Decker earned an associate degree in applied science from Ohio University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the university, while taking classes on the Chillicothe Campus.

Café, bookstore announce Thanksgiving week hours

During Thanksgiving week, the Hilltop Café will close operations at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, and the bookstore will close on Wednesday Nov. 27. Normal hours will resume Monday, Dec. 2.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A cappella group to provide musical backdrop for OU-C’s annual Heritage Day event

“Section 8,” Ohio University’s original male a cappella singing group, will provide the musical entertainment during the annual Ohio University-Chillicothe Heritage Day event beginning at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. The event is free, and members of the campus and area community are invited to attend. Wine, other beverages and heavy snacks will be provided.

Founded in 1991, Section 8 began as an eight-member collegiate a cappella ensemble, born out of the Singing Men of Ohio, the Ohio University Men’s Glee Club.  Section 8 has grown over the year from eight to 17, to now 15 members.    The group released their first CD, “We May Be Disturbed…” in October 2003 and another in 2012 called “That’s Okay Here.”

“We are fortunate to have such a quality group performing on campus, and I look forward to hearing Section 8 perform,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said.

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.

A new feature of this event will be the announcement of community service awards to recognize current students and recent alumni who are making a positive difference in their communities.
“These awards capture the spirit of the event. Preparing our students for lives of impact is certainly the heritage of the Chillicothe Campus,” Tuck said. “We emphasize the importance of our students using the skills and insights they gain during their college days to pursue lives of impact. I look forward to honoring individuals who especially personify those values.”

Classes began at OU-C in 1946 with 281 students at the former Chillicothe High School building. Students later took classes at First Presbyterian Church when daytime classes were introduced in 1960. This current campus site became operational in 1966 with the completion of Bennett Hall.

Campus, community join together to dedicate new venue for memorial stone to recognize victims of domestic violence

A ceremony was recently held on campus to rededicate a memorial stone for local victims of domestic violence. The stone, which includes the names of a dozen individuals who died between 1986 and 1996, has been relocated to the area between Bennett Hall and Stevenson Center, a more prominent location in its former place near Stevenson Center.

Chillicothe Mayor Jack A. Everson, who presented a proclamation, said, “The stone that we
rededicate today contains the names of valued residents of Ross County.  They were wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts. They were people with hopes and dreams, with futures.  They were women who would have made contributions to our community. We rededicate ourselves and our community to raise awareness about domestic violence. We rededicate ourselves and our resources to ending violence against women. We draw the line, here and now, and say no more.”

Mari Todd, a domestic violence survivor and OU-C alumnus, shared her story of courage and resiliency and discussed the support she received in this region. “I wanted to be a success. If not for the teachers on the Chillicothe Campus, I never would have made it this far,” she said. “I sought education to make myself better understand {domestic violence} … If you have goals, reach for them, and do not wait for someone to take them away.”

OU-C faculty member Debra Nickles said, “We pledge to rededicate ourselves to ending domestic violence in our communities. Today, and tomorrow, we pledge to continue our advocacy resources and education to ending domestic violence.”

Mandy Sullivan-Dyke, executive director of the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence,
shared information about services offered by her organization as well as causes for ongoing domestic violence.

OU-C students, faculty members and community members also participated in the ceremony.
The event was part of an endeavor to raise money for a new memorial stone. Plans are to add the names of additional local victims to the new stone and to dedicate the updated stone at the new site in April.

Other events during the day included a memorial walk, bake sale and silent auction. There is also a display outside of the Quinn Library in the Stevenson Center featuring a quilt commemorating local victims of domestic violence, on loan from the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, as well as the display of relevant research and published materials by OU-C faculty members.

The various events centered on the common theme of campus and community leaders coming together toward a common cause that involves remembering past victims and focusing on addressing present circumstances.

The current memorial stone was noticed by OU-C faculty members who were not aware of its origins. Research determined it was created by the OU-C FOCUS Program, which found that many area lives were touched by domestic violence and focused on giving victims of this violence a second chance through the pursuit of a college education.

Scholarship breakfast recognizes students and those who support their college dreams

The role that supporters play in helping OU-C students realize their dreams was the theme of the recent Recipients and Donors Scholarship Breakfast on campus. The annual event allows the campus to acknowledge the outstanding students who have earned competitive scholarships as well as the donors whose generosity made the scholarship opportunities possible.

OU-C Associate Dean Brenda Phillips recognized both students and donors in delivering opening remarks while providing the framework for the occasion.

“To the donors, your generosity makes dreams come true.  You have reached out financially to our students through critically needed and valued scholarships,” she said. “Your generosity and compassion help launch students on a journey to their dream profession, to making contributions in their workplaces and to helping them support their families now and in the future.”

“To the students, thank you for choosing OU-C. You are the reason why we all get up every day and go to work. And, you are the reason why people you do not even know took a leap of faith with their own dollars … Students, these donors have invested in you and your future. They believe in you … It is through the kindness of strangers that your journey moves forward. It is through their kindness that they seek to influence the future.”

The associate dean reminded the students to carry on the spirit of the occasion and the Chillicothe Campus and to “pay it forward,” using the benefits from their college careers to help others in the future.

“You are following in the footsteps of countless former OU-C students who have gone before you and who have used their education to contribute to their professions and their communities,” she said. “Do the same yourselves. Repay the investment in you, and fulfill your promise.”

Keynote speaker Stephen Gary echoed those sentiments. Gary, president and CEO of the Savings Bank in Circleville, is the longest tenured CEO in the bank’s 101-year history. He is also an Ohio University-Chillicothe Distinguished Alumni award recipient.

“This campus is a place that will always have a special place in my heart,” Gary said. “I owe much of my success to my college education and the people who influenced me while I was in college.”
“Having a college education has meant the difference between having an OK job and having a career where I can follow my dreams,” he said.

Gary encouraged the students to not take shortcuts and to model integrity in their professional and personal pursuits.

“Work hard, persevere, keep your faith, and you will be successful,” he said. “I have found that the harder I work, the luckier I get … Always do the right thing. You will never regret it.”

Management Leadership Series webinar to feature insights from enterprising business owner Greg Morris

Entrepreneur business founder Greg Morris will share personal insights during the webinar, “Harnessing Growth Through Innovation,” which will be hosted from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Nov. 13 in in the Ohio University-Chillicothe Technology and Business Development Center, 22 S. Pohlman Rd., Chillicothe.

The webinar is free and includes a breakfast that begins at 8 a.m. To register, phone (740) 289-2071, ext. 222 or email
Morris was a lading principal and CEO for Morris Technologies, Inc., and principal of Rapid Quality Manufacturing. Both companies became fast adapters and leaders in additive manufacturing production before they were acquired by General Electric in 2012.
Morris will share his own journey from recognizing an opportunity, starting and building his own company. His blueprint for success includes established standards, self-assessment, fast adapting, empowered leadership and motivated teams.
The webinar is part of the Management Leadership Series and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Ohio Department of Development. Other sponsors include the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, Ohio University-Chillicothe, the Ohio State University South Centers and the state of Ohio Small Business Development Center.
The upcoming webinar is the first edition in the second season of the series.
A webinar series captures the spirit of the Technology and Business Development Center in which the series is held. The Management Leadership Series features insights from experts with various viewpoints and is designed to help individuals, particularly small business owners, gain the practical insights they need to succeed.
A central purpose of the center, which became operational in January 2012, is to provide students and area residents access to the insights, resources and support they need to put their concepts in motion and possibly launch their own business ventures. In this manner, the facility upholds its mission of serving its students and serving its region by stimulating the regional economy and supporting job growth.

OU-C students discuss plans if they reigned over Chillicothe Campus for a day

 We regularly speak with OU-C students to gain their perspective on campus. This week, we asked random students what steps they would take if named queen or king of the campus for a day. Following are responses from these prospective members of OU-C royalty.

“I would take control of campus funds and use them for my own purposes,” said Chris Hahn, who
has an eye on the royal treasury. “There is nothing I dislike badly enough to change,” said Hahn, a graduate of Southeastern High School, who is majoring in middle childhood education.

“I would like to have a parking spot up front and not have to walk
very far. It would also be nice to have free food for a day,” said Baileigh Meeker, a journalism major from Zane Trace High.

Her friend Ciara Smith also would seek parking privileges as part of
her reign. “I want a padded parking spot so no one could ding my car. I would also have no charge for printing papers, which I find a little annoying,” said Smith, a psychology major from Zane Trace.

Ryan Miller, a Logan Elm graduate, would not make any wide-
ranging changes. “I like it as it is. Maybe I would make more printers available in Bennett Hall and more available computers,” said the middle childhood education major.

Gwenndolyn Aume, a Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program
(PSEOP) student who attends Logan Elm High School, would focus on the royal kitchen. “I would definitely have more culturally diverse food, such as Indian, Thai and French foods. Other than that, I would not make any sweeping changes. As a PSEOP student, I am not particularly attached to campus,” said Aume, who has lived in France as an exchange student.

Ashley Waugh would like address the royal appetite with her first decree, along with looking to form stronger social-academic bonds. “I would have different offerings from the café available one day a week so that we can taste the different foods and see what we like. Also, it would be good if professors formed study groups that would give us the opportunity to socialize more and meet people outside of class,” said Waugh, a biology/pre-professional major from Southeastern High School and
Pickaway-Ross Career Center.

Her friend, Samana Smith, also a Southeastern High grad, seconds the motion about study groups. “I would like to know people outside of classes. Having study groups in our academic area would give us a chance to meet more people.”

Students chew over concerns with Dean Tuck

Chillicothe Campus Dean Martin Tuck recently broke the bread with several OU-C students during a “Dine with the Dean” session. The opportunities allow the dean to discuss topics and concerns of interest to campus students.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ceremony, events scheduled to rededicate domestic violence memorial stone at OU-C

A memorial stone, which was too often overlooked, has become the centerpiece for an endeavor to ensure that victims of domestic violence do not suffer the same fate.

A rededication ceremony for a memorial stone recognizing local victims of domestic violence will be held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the area between Bennett Hall and Stevenson Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The ceremony is part of efforts to display the memorial stone to a more prominent place on campus, near the sidewalk and bench area between the two buildings. The stone was recently moved from its original place near the Stevenson Center.

Members of the campus and local community will speak at the event, and Chillicothe Mayor Jack Everson will present a proclamation. The ceremony is sponsored by the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and OU-C. Other events that day include a memorial walk at noon, a bake sale of high-quality items and a silent auction of items donated by local businesses and others. The bake sale and silent auction will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be an information table regarding domestic violence and avenues for assistance.

There is also a display outside of the Quinn Library in the Stevenson Center featuring a quilt commemorating local victims of domestic violence, on loan from the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and relevant research and published materials by OU-C faculty members.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The 1 p.m. memorial ceremony will begin with the poem Another Woman by Carol Kaplan and close with And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou.

“The event is designed to flow from desperation to hope,” said OU-C Associate Dean Brenda Phillips, a coordinator of the event. “The purpose of the day’s events is to remember the past effects of domestic violence in the lives of community members and to also focus on the current situation.”
The effort has been a true community and campus collaboration.

“The stone and updated stone are important to the community because these are victims of domestic violence who have died at the hands of their abusers,” said Mandy Sullivan-Dyke, executive director of the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence “The victims were one of ours as a community and we should remember and honor them. October is domestic violence awareness month, and it is a time not only to remember and honor but to also raise awareness that this is a problem that still exists in our community. Domestic Violence is physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse. It is about one person having power and control over another.”

The endeavor also looks to raise money for a new memorial stone. The current stone includes the names of a dozen individuals who died as a result of domestic violence between 1986 and 1996. Plans are to add the names of additional local victims to the new stone and to dedicate the updated stone at the new site in April.

Registration for the memorial walk will begin at 11:30 a.m. outside of Bennett Hall, with the walk slated to begin at noon. The route will extend throughout campus and will include information about domestic violence and signs created by OU-C student groups.

The current memorial stone was noticed by OU-C faculty members who were not aware of its origins. Research determined it was created by the OU-C FOCUS Program, which found that many area lives were touched by domestic violence and focused on giving victims of this violence a second chance through the pursuit of a college education.

“The utilization of education to improve the lives of regional residents aligns with the mission of the Chillicothe Campus, which makes these efforts all the more appropriate,” Phillips said. “This is a prime opportunity for campus and community members to join together for a common cause. The only way to effectively combat domestic violence is for influential organizations to stand together against the violence.”

Those wishing more information about the Oct. 29 events or who wish to donate to the silent auction and/or memorial fund, should contact Phillips at (740) 774-7207 or