Sunday, January 13, 2013

Martin Tuck named dean of the Chillicothe Campus

Martin Tuck, Ph.D., has been named dean of Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective Jan. 10. He has been serving as interim dean of the campus since May 2011.

The announcement was made by Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and interim Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education James Fonseca.

Benoit and Fonseca note that Tuck is a thoughtful and effective leader who has gained the respect of Chillicothe students, faculty, staff and community members. 

“I was impressed with the ways in which Marty understood and articulated the tremendous possibilities that exist for the Chillicothe Campus,” Benoit said. 

Fonseca noted that “it is exciting for the Chillicothe campus and for all of Regional Higher Education to announce that the search for the dean has been completed. I anticipate that Marty’s leadership will be key not only to the campus but to the development of the regional campus mission across the state.”

Dean Tuck looks to continue his efforts to position the campus for future success.

“It is a pleasure and an honor to be selected as dean of the Chillicothe Campus,” Tuck said. “I have been impressed with the campus’ students, faculty and staff, and I have greatly enjoyed becoming a member of the community. The future is extremely bright for further growth and success, and I look forward to continuing to be part of the future of both the campus and local communities.”

“During my time on the Chillicothe Campus, I have developed a great affinity for the mission of regional campuses, particularly OU-C’s connection to this region,” Tuck said. “The Chillicothe Campus is a unique learning community with a student-focused approach and an emphasis on maintaining the quality of life for area residents. It is important that we continue to provide access to the type of quality learning experience that prepares students for lives of impact.”

The Chillicothe Campus dean has put this emphasis on students and the community into action. During his time on campus, Tuck has placed a premium on offering academic programs that respond to strong student interest, align with emerging career fields in the region and support the campus’ mission.

“This is the type of outcome-focused approach which will help to ensure that we continue to serve our mission of utilizing higher education to open doors of opportunity,” Tuck said. “During my time in the community, I have been impressed with how many individuals in this region have earned their Ohio University diploma while taking classes at OU-C.”

Tuck has been a faculty member and academic administrator at Ohio University for more than 25 years. He is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry on the Athens campus and was chair of the molecular and cell biology program for eight years. He also represented the College of Arts and Sciences in Faculty Senate. For three of the years he spent as a senator, Tuck served as secretary on the Executive Committee of Faculty Senate.

Tuck is known as a dedicated and effective instructor who continued to teach while serving as an administrator. The College of Arts and Sciences recognized his work in the classroom with a Jeanette Grasselli Faculty Teaching Award and the Dean's Outstanding Teaching Award.

During his time at Ohio University, Tuck also served the institution as the associate provost for academic affairs for seven years. In this capacity, he managed a significant administrative portfolio, which included serving as the university's chief accreditation liaison, handling promotion and tenure issues, resolving faculty grievances and overseeing the academic program review process. 

Tuck earned his baccalaureate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his doctorate from the University of Tennessee. He later completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Fels Research Institute of the Temple University School of Medicine. He joined Ohio University in 1986 as an assistant professor of chemistry before being promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 1995.

His research has received funding from prestigious organizations such as the American Cancer Society and centers on the molecular basis of cancer formation. His professional memberships include the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society, as well as many other honorary societies.

OU-C freshman sets sights on participating in four sports

By OU-C public relations student writer Cara Truesdell

Volleyball, basketball, softball and baseball are all on Hannah Miller’s radar. As an Ohio University-Chillicothe freshman she aims to participate on all four teams during her college career.

The Unioto High School graduate played all four sports during her high school career and hopes to continue her involvement for Hilltopper athletics as a freshman.

Miller had hopes of playing basketball at a large university, but she found that OU-C is the ideal choice for a student such as herself who seeks an especially active college experience. The array of sports the Hilltoppers have made OU-C an obvious choice for the dedicated athlete. “When I realized that I had an opportunity to make all of these teams I went for it,” Miller said. “The reason I chose to play all four sports at this level is because I’ve played them most of my life, and didn’t want to stop now.

This type of endeavor requires a strong personal commitment.

“To be able to play several sports, you have to be in shape, be dedicated and have love for the games. If you want to do it, you have to try and make it happen,” Miller said.   

“Sports are a big commitment to me. I hate losing so I’m in the gym every day, working out and preparing for practices and games. I’m the kind of player that goes to the gym when I’m bored or between classes. I basically live there. I know I would be a completely different person if I weren’t involved in sports. Athletics are an escape for me; they allow me to lay my heart on the floor and have fun,” Miller said. 

This fall, Miller participated on the volleyball team that won its first-ever Ohio Regional Campus Conference State Tournament title. “It was incredible to be on a team like that; I learned so much and made new friends,” Miller said. 

Immediately following the end of the volleyball season, Miller moved onto the basketball court for the Hilltoppers.

Over the years, Miller says that people have questioned her participation in baseball when she could play softball like most other girls. As for why Miller would want to play both sports she says “The fact that I grew up with several brothers, I was always around boys so I was put in baseball at a very young age and have loved it ever since. To be honest, I’d rather play baseball because it’s a challenge for me, and it’s not something that most girls do.” 

Juggling a part-time job and four different sports can be challenging while keeping up with the demands of her nursing curriculum, but Miller accredits her love of sports for keeping her committed and focused “Sports play a huge part in my life. Most of my time is consumed by sports,” Miller said.
Her father has played a central role in her development at as athlete. Sports and the Miller family have a long history as her father played both basketball and baseball in high school and when on to play baseball in college.

“I really thank my dad for most of it, for being my biggest influence when it comes to sports. He pushed me hard ever since I was little and it hasn’t stopped yet,” Miller said. 

As much as her father helps with her athletic skills, her mother assists her with her mental game.
“My mom is a huge mental influence for me, she is always there when I have a bad game, she never lets me pout, just pushes me forward to the future,” Miller said.   

The combination of support from her parents, coaches, teammates and her love for athletics has led Hannah Miller to shine during many different sports through her high school and college career.

William Modzelewski named director of information and technology services at OU-C

William Modzelewski has been named director of information and technology services at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective Jan. 2.

Modzelewski has a broad technical background in higher education that includes all aspects of desktop support operations, faculty instructional and technical support, as well as previous experience in interactive media. He has worked for 22 years at Hocking College in a variety of technology positions, most recently as the director of information technology operations for three years. Among his previous positions at Hocking College were academic computing coordinator for the Office of Information Technology and technical specialist for the Office of the Vice President.

He was previously assistant director of learning resources, and director of instructional services at Amarillo (Texas) College and has done consulting work. Additionally, Modzelewski has a strong record of community service, including serving as a web master for several organizations.

“We are pleased to have Bill join the Chillicothe Campus community. He has a strong and diverse professional background, with much useful experience in higher education and supporting faculty and other efforts, which should be of particular value in this present position,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said.

Modzelewski earned his bachelor’s degree in media arts from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., and his master’s degree in educational technology from Kent State University.

College Goal Sunday event offers insights to complete FAFSA forms for college financial aid

Area prospective college students can receive assistance in completing FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Ohio University-Chillicothe in the Advising Center on the second floor of Bennett Hall. The free event is part of “College Goal Sunday,” a statewide effort sponsored by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA).

The FAFSA is the federal application that is required to receive federal financial aid including the Federal Pell Grant and student loans as well as the need-based state grants. The FAFSA is often the key to funding a college education and helping families overcome financial barriers that otherwise prevent students from attending the institution of their choice.

Families are encouraged to register for the free event at or by calling 1-800-233-6734. While walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. The OU-C contact is Ashlee Digges, (740) 774-7229 or Volunteers are also needed to assist with the event and can use either the web site or contact Digges to participate.

Students and parents should bring their tax returns, if completed, and 2012 W-2 forms.

“College Goal Sunday is an opportunity for high school seniors, individuals returning to school, and other prospective students to come and receive assistance while completing the FAFSA,” OU-C Director of Student Services John Fisher said.

“Completing the FAFSA can be an overwhelming process for many people and College Goal Sunday gives prospective students and their families a chance to submit their FAFSA in a supportive, helpful environment,” Fisher said. “This event underscores OU-C’s mission of serving as a gateway to a college education and the opportunities it offers for area residents. No matter where individuals from this region pursue their college career, we hope they feel comfortable contacting OU-C for insights about the admissions process.”

The idea behind College Goal Sunday is to get students motivated to complete their FAFSA prior to the scholarship deadlines that most schools set for the upcoming fall term because a requirement for most scholarship applications is that the student have a completed FAFSA on file.

“This event offers an opportunity to get professional help completing your FAFSA so you feel assured that it is done correctly,” Fisher said. “It is held at OU-C which is convenient for most students in Ross County and accessible for students in Pike, Vinton and Pickaway counties where there is no college goal Sunday site,” Fisher said.

OASFAA is a non-profit, professional organization for individuals actively engaged in the administration of financial aid within the State of Ohio for higher education. As an educational organization, OASFAA strives to offer resources to students, families and high school advisors to promote higher education and increase awareness of financial aid opportunities.

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 weekday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. with the possibility of including Saturday classes.

This is a reminder that an information session regarding the program will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

The degree prepares students for occupations that are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will have 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. 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 ONET, 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.