Friday, February 8, 2013

Ohio University Board of Trustees meets on the Chillicothe Campus

The Board of Trustees of Ohio University is meeting on the Chillicothe Campus Feb. 7-8. The board annually holds its winter meeting on the university’s regional campuses, reinforcing he bond and shared mission between the various campuses of the university.

“We are six campuses, but one university,” President Roderick J. McDavis said at a Thursday dinner in the Child Development-Family Service Center. “It is evident that the Ohio University vision is alive and well on its regional campuses.”

President McDavis emphasized the role that regional campuses such as OU-C play in serving their communities, noting that mission captures the spirit of the university since its founding in 1804.

“I am always impressed by the connection that the regional campuses have to their communities. We are part of Appalachia. That is whom we are; it is part of our DNA,” President McDavis said.

President McDavis noted that the main campus in Athens and the five regional campuses are drawn together by a shared mission.

“The single most important thing we do at Ohio University is educate students. That is job one,” he said.

OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said that the Child Development-Family Service Center illustrates the essence of the Chillicothe Campus’ ties to its community.

“This center illustrates the power of having campus and community partners with a shared goal and vision. With the Child Development Center, that common vision has always been about improving the quality of life for families of this very special region,” Dean Tuck said.

The center, which opened in January 2007, has been an extremely successful partnership with approximately 300 children and five local agencies utilizing the facility.

“The center’s programs allow these children and their families to see the value of education,” Dean Tuck said. “It would be very fulfilling if, in the future, several of these youngsters would return to campus as college students pursuing their goals at OU-C.”

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Reception scheduled to celebrate dean’s appointment

A reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Bennett Hall to celebrate the official appointment of Martin Tuck as dean of the Chillicothe Campus.

Wine and light appetizers will be served. Campus and community members are invited to attend. RSVP Joyce Atwood at or (740) 774-7732.

The reception also serves as a prelude to OU-C’s theatrical production of The Butter and Egg Man in the Bennett Hall auditorium at 8 p.m.

HST students turn passion for helping others into their professional pursuits

Former HST students share insights with current OU-C students during a recent class
devoted to mentors and mentees. From left are former students Roxanne Thomas and Christine Norris, current student Brian Lannan and Program Coordinator Barbara Mahaffey.

By OU-C public relations student employee Jasmine Garcia

The Human Services Technology program at Ohio University-Chillicothe has long been molding students to lend a helping hand to those who need assistance with the everyday curveballs life throws. Students in this field are typically described as empathetic and able to relate to the struggles of individuals.

“I have always been a people person and enjoy being able to help others,” said Ann Hamilton, a current HST student. “If I can help someone to have a better life, then my life is also better.”

Other students need clarification from a trusted professor to reassure their choice of an HST major.

“Early in my first quarter, our professor asked us which of us were the ones our families and friends go to when they needed advice and help and most of the class raised their hands,” said Adam Young, an HST alumnus. “That helped me understand why I gravitated towards that program in the first place.”

With the unstable economy, the Associate in Applied Science degree in HST is very valuable, said Barbara Mahaffey, Ph.D., Associate Assistant Professor and Regional Coordinator/Program Coordinator of Human Services Technology. The program at OU-C is staffed by two full-time faculty members, Barbara Mahaffey and Mary Jane Preece, who hold doctoral degrees, well as adjunct faculty members who are practitioners in the field.

“The job market is expanding throughout the United States,” said Mahaffey. “I have heard from various college representatives from counseling and social work programs who want to recruit the graduates of HST.”

Mary Jane Preece, is one of two full-time HST
faculty members who hold doctoral degrees.
The HST program has courses designed to provide a general education for helping professionals. Students learn crisis and intervention strategies, case management skills, group dynamics, ethical, legal, and professional expectations, behavior management, and chemical dependency intervention techniques. During their second year, students also spend two semesters in “practicum” and work in human and social service or corrections facilities for on the job training.

“I feel that the HST degree will give me the training and direction that I need to be more marketable in the job market,” said Hamilton.

“It gave me the opportunity to get out and sort of feel it a little more through the practicum hours that we had to do,” said Young. “Through that experience, I got to volunteer at the women’s shelter, the domestic violence office actually and the men’s homeless shelter.”

The Human Service Technology students are encouraged to become community minded from the start.

“They set a goal of completing a community service project per term when the Human Services Association student club started in fall 2005,” said Mahaffey. “The students have held fund raisers and community awareness events for veterans and social service agencies that serve children and adults.”

“I volunteer at a woman and children shelter two days a week,” said Hamilton. “Our HST organization did a spaghetti dinner fund raiser for one of our student’s family after her unexpected death to help cover her funeral expenses.”

The projects have varied over the years which have included events such as car shows and game days while others have involved community clothing, food, and household belongings collections.

“Our HST program just had our annual OU-C Trick or Treat Extravaganza (TOTE) and it was very successful,” said Hamilton. “We donated all of the canned food we took in for admission to local food pantries and coats to those in need.”

“Students have supported each other by raising awareness for mental health services and the advocacy needs for children,” said Mahaffey. “For example, students gave over $ 1,000 to the Ross County Mental Health Association who then in turn, will award those monies in the form of two scholarships to the Human Services Association sophomore students.”

“I make a point in life, no matter where I’m at, to help people,” said Deborah Honea, another honor student currently enrolled in the HST program. “I’m about paying attention to people and doing everything I can to benefit others.”

Students in the Human Services Technology program earn an Associate in Applied Sciences degree and are encouraged by the HST faculty to continue for additional college degree. Students typically continue to complete these four-year degree paths: Social Work, Technical Applied Studies, Specialized Studies, Health Services Association, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology and Communication Studies. Some students are advised to continue on for a Master degree in Education in counseling or Social Work.

There are more than 60 different job titles and many career paths which include Chemical Dependency Counselors, Social Work Assistants and other degree progressions that eventually lead to possible certificates or licensure in counseling or social work.

I’ve always wanted to work with kids so I thought that [an HST degree] was the best path to get there,” said Young. “HST gives you the building the blocks for no matter which direction you want to go.”

Throughout all of the schooling, students remember the reason they chose this career path is to make a difference.

“I make a point in life, no matter where I’m at, to help people,” said Honea. “I’m about paying attention to people and doing everything I can to benefit others.”

OU-C theater program to present encore performance of The Butter and Egg Man

Rehearsing a scene from the second act of The Butter and Egg Man are 
Rachel Abbott (left), Jennifer Adams, Michael Benner, Sue Colley, and Jessica Akers. OU-C will stage the performance at 8 p.m. on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present an encore performance of The Butter and Egg Man at 8 p.m. on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Back to the stage by popular demand, this is a repeat performance of the comedy with a local twist, which was previously staged at OU-C in early December.

Tickets are available at the OU-C Box Office on the evenings of performances. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and free for OU-C students. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.

“Due to strong response, we decided to again present this play, which was very warmly received in December,” said director and OU-C faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh.

The play, written in 1925 by George Kaufman, features a character named Peter Jones, who hails from Chillicothe, Ohio. Jones brings Midwestern naiveté and cash to New York along with his intentions to invest in a theatrical production. Those qualities provide an irresistible combination for two shady big-city tycoons, who are all too willing to separate Jones from his savings.

“Kaufman is always a delight, and this with particular play, especially so. After all, the central character is from Chillicothe, Ohio. As the story deals with theater, and the controlled chaos of funding, assembling and presenting a show, the audience gets the zany thrill of backstage mechanics and personalities at war. A big hit when it opened in New York in 1927, it's a great expression of Jazz Age energies. And lest we forget, it's very, very funny,” Breidenbaugh said.

Campus partners with area organizations to host upcoming Job Expo

The 2013 Job Expo will be held in OU-C’s Shoemaker Center from noon to 4 p.m. on March 7. The event, which is free and open to the public, offers an outstanding opportunity for networking and workforce development.

OU-C is partnering with several other agencies to offer the event. In addition to OU-C, other sponsors are Ross County Veterans Council, Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, South Central Ohio Job and Family Services as well as Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway, Ross & Vinton JOBS One-Stop.

Last year, approximately 80 employers shared information about their organizations and approximately 450 individuals attended the expo.

Ross County JOBS One-Stop is sponsoring the following workshops in advance of the expo for individuals planning to attend:

• Ohio Means Jobs Resume Workshop from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 6, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27. Individuals interested in the workshop must register at by clicking on the “events” link.

• The Federal Job Application Process from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 20. Those interested must call 740-779-2946 to RSVP.

Participation in the event reinforces the Chillicothe Campus’ mission of upholding the quality of life for area residents, which includes connecting individuals to area career opportunities.

Student art show winners find various forms of inspiration for their work

Winners were recently announced in the OU-C Student Juried Art Show.

They include:

• Lori Davis, Columns thru Time and The Colossals, Best of Show.
• Nicholas Eldridge, Engraved Church, First Prize.
• Dannie Sutherland, Untitled, Second Prize.
• Brandon Hiles, Untitled, Third Prize.

Lori Davis and some of her award-winning artwork
In explaining her award-winning work, Davis said, “One is Columns thru Time. It is a mixed media piece using graphite, ink, acrylic and collage to map out the progression of columns through time. They represent a part of art and architecture that have passed the test of time and continue to be important today. The second piece is Colossal. It is a mixed media piece in graphite and charcoal. It represents the everyday object becoming an enormous nightmare where the ordinary become consumers of their own creations,” she said.

Davis, a non-traditional student who graduated from Unioto High School, is majoring in art and psychology. She plans to attend graduate school and eventually pursue a doctoral degree.

Nicholas Eldridge
Eldridge draws hi inspiration from the literal and the realm of imagination. He said, “M first-place drawing was inspired by my church – somewhat literally because one of my drawings had rubbings from gravestones. My other drawing was just from my imagination. I find drawing to be a fun hobby and loved the chance to participate in the show and loved the other artwork.”

Eldridge, a Vinton County High School graduate, earned an associate degree in computer science technology and is pursuing a degree in technical and applied studies. He plans to pursue a career in the field of computers.

Webcast focuses on maverick approach to developing competitive business strategies and approaches

A webcast that is focused on helping business leaders develop new approaches to improve their competitive position will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Feb. 21 at the Ohio University-Chillicothe Technology and Business Development Center, 22 S. Pohlman Rd., Chillicothe, 45601. Cost is free, and registration and breakfast begins at 8 a.m.

The webcast will feature innovation strategist Polly Labarre speaking on “Challenge – Changing he Game.” Labarre touts her ability to challenge individuals to take maverick approaches that inspire new answers to timeless challenges that face organizations. “Become your competitor’s biggest problems. These building blocks help challenge you to be unsafe, be original, and to build a pipeline of continuous, new ideas,” Labarre says.

Labarre is editorial director for The Management Innovation eXchange (MIX). The MIX looks to provide practical platforms where managers can develop and share leading-edge ideas and practices.

For more information or to register, call (740) 289-2071, ext. 222 or email

The webinar, part of the management leadership series, 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.

Innovation Awards seeks nominations, registration for entrepreneurship gala

Do you know an outstanding faculty, student or regional innovator or entrepreneur? TechGROWTH Ohio and Ohio University’s Vice President for Research and Creative Activity are seeking nominations for several awards that recognize outstanding technology innovation and business development.

The winners of the competition will be recognized at the inaugural Innovation Awards, to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 at Ohio University’s Baker University Center Ballroom. The event will celebrate the fifth anniversary of TechGROWTH Ohio, a program funded by the state Third Frontier program, Ohio University and industry sponsors to provide investments and business expertise to startup companies in southeastern Ohio. TechGROWTH Ohio is part of an entrepreneurial ecosystem that includes programs that support university and regional technology commercialization and small business incubation.

The Innovation Awards seeks nominations in the following categories:
• Outstanding Faculty Innovation
• Outstanding Student Innovation
• Social Innovation
• Green Innovation
• Outstanding Woman in Innovation
• Entrepreneur of the Year

Rules and eligibility details are available at the Innovation Awards Website,

Finalists will be notified and invited to the event, where winners in each category will be announced.

The gala also will feature the university’s first Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, which will be awarded annually to up to three faculty, student or alumni inventors and entrepreneurs.

Registration to attend the Innovation Awards is now open. Tickets are $30. The evening will begin with a networking reception followed by a formal dinner and program. To register or read additional details about the event, visit

Political theorist to speak on Athens campus

Political theorist Michael Hardt will speak in the Walter Hall rotunda at Ohio University’s Athens campus at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21. Hardt will speak on “The Right to the Common” and will discuss the Occupy movement.

OU-C political science faculty member Nicholas Kiersey is arranging for Chillicothe Campus students to attend the talk. Those interested should contact Kiersey at

Hardt is chair of the Literature Program at Duke University and currently serves as editor of The South Atlantic Quarterly. He is co-author of Declaration as well as the “Empire” trilogy.