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:

STUDENT COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS

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.

RECENT ALUMNI SERVICE AWARDS

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.

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