Friday, February 15, 2013

Registration underway for planned program in Master of Education in Counseling at OU-C

Ohio University plans to offer a Master of Education in Counseling program on the university’s Chillicothe Campus beginning fall semester 2013, and registration is currently underway. The program 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.

The degree prepares students for occupations that are projected to grow rapidly in the next several years including large numbers of job openings as well as new and emerging occupations.

More information is available online at

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

An information session is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 12 in Bennett Hall room 133 at OU-C.

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, and it is requested that interested students respond as quickly as possible.

Ohio University program graduates are employed throughout the country and abroad in a variety of positions devoted to service and leadership.

Former students rave about how the program offers a focused curriculum that is tailored for individuals already in the field and which provides the insights they need to advance in their careers.

“The best thing about the program is the way that the faculty members support the students. They were willing to work with us, and they treated us as adults who are working in the field,” said Jessica Grant, who completed the program when it was previously offered on the Chillicothe Campus. “They understand the needs of non-traditional students and that we have family and job responsibilities. The scheduling of classes in the evening helps make it possible for working professionals to complete the program.”

The program has had long-term benefits for Grant, a transition coordinator with Easter Seals in Hilliard. “I was able to build a professional network of individuals who were in the program with me, and those contacts have been invaluable, particularly in connecting with community resources during the course of my job. It is helpful to already have those contacts in place.”

“As a single parent working full time in child welfare for several years with mostly social workers, I learned a learned a lot from several really talented clinical instructors in the M.Ed. program,” said Patricia Mares, a member of the class of 2010 cohort at OU-C. “I highly recommend this program to anyone who wishes to acquire advanced clinical skills.” Mares is a case manager with Buckeye Ranch Foster Care.

“This program gives you more of what you will really do in this field of work,” said Barbara Hart, who completed the program at OU-C and who is currently self-employed with her own counseling business. “The courses are focused with more of what you really need. “The professors were pretty much realistic and down to earth and the internships were really helpful.”

“It was great being able to get my master’s degree locally, loved the small intimate classes, instructors were good, and I felt as though I got my money’s worth,” said Laura Perrott, a current Corrections Mental Health Specialist/Outpatient Therapist/Forensic Monitor, who completed the program on the OU-C campus.

Outside of the classroom, 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.

The Counselor Education Program at Ohio University has a strong reputation and a rich history. It was established in 1948 by George E. Hill, a national leader in Counselor Education.

Ohio University’s programs are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling have been designated as Bright Outlook Occupations by O*NET, the government source for occupational information.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hilltopper basketball teams prepare for ORCC tourney

By OU-C public relations student employee Cara Truesdell

The OU-C men’s and women’s basketball teams will participate in the ORCC tournament this weekend. Following are outlook stories on both teams.

OU-C men’s basketball team looks for success at ORCC state tournament

The OU-C men’s basketball team begins play in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference Tournament against OU-Lancaster at 5 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Ohio State University-Newark.

OU-C and OU-Lancaster enter the first game with identical 7-8 conference records. The Hilltoppers finished the regular season 12-18 overall.

If OU-C wins, the Hilltoppers will then face number 3 seed, Miami-Hamilton (8-3) at 5 p.m. on Feb. 17 with a spot in the men’s Final Four on the line. The final two rounds of the men’s tournament also will be played at Akron Wayne on Feb. 23-24.

The Hilltoppers enter the tournament on a high note, having won four of their last five games, including an 83-81 win over Miami-Middletown in the season finale. This gave the Thunderhawks their first loss in the ORCC in six years and provides OU-C with positive momentum heading into the tournament.

OU-C had five players who scored in double figures in the win, led by Desean Benson with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Hilltoppers’ balanced scoring could be a key going into the tournament.

“I am optimistic that our recent victories will give us a lift going into the tournament,” said Men’s Basketball Head Coach Rick Uhrig. “We have relied on all eight players and they have really contributed in their own way throughout the season.”

“We have a tough draw in the tournament this year, and we will have to play extremely well and really come together as a team. Uhrig said. “Our goal is to reach the final four, which OU-C has not accomplished for several years. I believe it’s an achievable, but monumental task, and I’m sure that our players will make us proud by giving it their best.”

OU-C women’s basketball team aims high for ORCC tournament

In the first game of the ORCC tourney, OU-C’s women’s team will face Ohio University-Zanesville at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 at OU-Lancaster.

The Hilltoppers are 5-9 and Zanesville has a 2-11 record going into the tournament. The winner of that game will play Miami Middletown the next day for a spot in the ORCC final Four at Akron Wayne on Feb. 23-24.

“We’re trying to not change anything as we prepare for this tournament. We want to emphasize the same principles that we’ve focused on all year,” said Women’s Basketball Head Coach John Milliken.

The Hilltoppers’ fortunes rest largely on their shooting percentage. “As long as we shoot well, I think we can be competitive with any team out there. When we’ve lost in the past, it’s been because we weren’t shooting up to our capability,” Milliken said.

“Our main contributors need to be their best during the tournament, but everyone else needs to play their part. We really count on everyone,” Milliken said.

The 2012-2013 season has been plagued with health issues for some OU-C players. “We’re finally starting to get healthy, which will make us more competitive during the tournament and hopefully help us adapt to our opponents,” Milliken said.

The Hilltoppers are using the opportunity to advance as a driving force going into the ORCC tourney. “We are going to give it our all and we are expecting to play both days,” Milliken said.

Faculty members often inspire Early Childhood Education students to enter teaching profession

Faculty member Jamie Harmount talks with a class of education students.

By OU-C public relations student employee Jasmine Garcia

Many students have fond memories of faculty members whom they have come to know and respect throughout their academic careers. These mentors often make an impact on students’ educational pursuits, leading the students to follow in their footsteps and pursue careers as educators.

“Students have different stories as to how they come to know they want to be a teacher,” said Jamie Harmount, assistant professor for the early childhood education associate degree. “Most students want to be teachers due to having been influenced by former teachers and family members.”

“My parents and grandparents are teachers, and it was natural for me to continue the profession of teaching,” said Jaclyn Finch, an early childhood education (ECE) student.

Current students, such as Heather Ward and Whitney Bee, were influenced by their love of working with children.

Classroom instruction addresses practical insights.
“When I was growing up, my mom was a preschool teacher so I was always in and out of her classroom,” said Ward. “I would volunteer as much as possible and babysit in the evening when special events took place. This is where my love for young children began.”

“I have always loved children and I wanted to choose a major that would allow me to do what I love every day,” said Bee. “The early childhood program at OU-C was perfect for me because it would provide me with a degree to teach children from preschool to third grade.”

The support system created in this degree program attributes to the large amount of success of the early childhood education program.

“My experience with the ECE program has been the most tremendous, uplifting, positive experience I have ever had,” said Taylor Rickards, a current ECE student. “I absolutely love my classmates in the program and I love my professors who push us to be the best that we can be.”

“I have found so much comfort in the Chillicothe campus and in Jamie,” said Ward. “She always puts your best interests first, she responds quickly to questions and she genuinely wants you to succeed. I have learned so much from her.”

The OU-C early childhood education program has an excellent reputation, said Harmount. The early childhood education program draws many students, traditional and non-traditional.

“The local schools are very complimentary of our students. Many of our students are hired by local school districts,” said Harmount.

Students enrolled in the Associate Degree in Child Development usually seek employment in childcare facilities, as aides in public schools or in Head Start teaching positions, said Harmount.

“After graduation, I intend to immediately begin my job search as well as begin my reading endorsement for K-12 reading intervention,” said Finch. “Shortly after, I plan to begin graduate studies at OU in the Educational Leadership program with hopes of becoming an elementary principal.”

“Once I graduate, my ideal plan is to have the opportunity to teach where I do my student teaching at, wherever that may be,” said Rickards. “If that is not able to happen then I will be glad to teach at any school or child care center because at least I will be doing what I love.”

“I have learned so much in the ECE program in the last few years, and I feel prepared to obtain a job in my field once I graduate,” said Bee.

However, students who choose to pursue their Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood education after obtaining their associates degree are open to advanced opportunities.

“Students enrolled in the Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood education program will be eligible to be licensed to be teachers serving children preschool through third grade,” said Harmount. “They could also decide to be teachers serving infants and toddlers.”

Harmount added that students have many reasons for choosing teaching as a profession, but many want to make an impact on the lives of others, especially children.

“I chose ECE because I love young children and want to make them the best people they can be; after all, young children are our future,” said Finch. “I love walking into a classroom and receiving love, hugs, and the fulfillment of making a difference in a young child's life.”

“The experience that I have gained through this can never be replaced,” said Ward “I truly have a passion for working with young children and am so happy that I choose the OU-C ECE program to pursue my degree.”

Speaker to discuss African-American soldiers’ reaction to assassination of Lincoln

Leonne Hudson, Ph.D., professor of history at Kent State University, will discuss “Supplying the Missing Pages in African American History” at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 28 in Bennett Hall room 206 at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

The focus of the talk is the reaction of African-American soldiers in the Civil War to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The event is in commemoration of Black History Month.

The speaker’s academic specialty is 19th century U.S. history with an emphasis on the Civil War era. He has published several articles on the Civil War including pieces in the Southern Carolina Historical Magazine, Civil War Regiments, the Negro History Bulletin, Civil War Times and the Historical Journal of Massachusetts. He authored a book, The Odyssey of a Southerner: The Life and Times of Gustavus Woodson Smith, which was published in 1998.

Hudson is a member of the Ohio Civil War 150 Advisory Committee, which is responsible for planning the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of Ohio’s role in the war.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Voorhees College in South Carolina and his master’s and doctoral degrees, both in American history, from Kent State.

Students share their pursuits outside of the classroom

We regularly speak with OU-C students to get an insider look at student life on campus. This week, we asked them what they do in their spare time.

“I work at Golden Corral restaurant and spend time with my family. I do not have much spare time,” said Emily Woods, an early childhood education major from Zane Trace High School.

Her friend Casey Thompson spends her time productively. “I like to clean my house and do homework. Also, I am in a quilting club,” said Thompson, a fellow early childhood education major from Vinton County High School.

Trevor Woods, a Chillicothe High School graduate, is undecided about his academic major but not his spare time pursuits. “I like to hang out with friends, study and sleep,” he said.

Breana Bierley, a Greenfield McClain High School graduate, said, “I spend most of my time either studying or doing homework. I also like to spend time with my family and friends as well as my dogs.” Bierley plans to major in either nursing or early childhood education.

Kenny Cox splits time between work and play. “I work part-time at Worthington Signs and also spend time with my family and golf. I also like to go to concerts,” said Cox, who is planning an upcoming trip to Tennessee to catch Kenny Chesney in concert. Cox completed an associate degree in human services technology and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work.

“I work at a pizza place in Waverly and volunteer at a dog shelter,” said Victoria Pyzik, a post-secondary option (PSEO) student from Waverly High school. “I mostly study and fill out scholarship applications for next year.” Pyzik is on track to earn 51 semester hours while completing her high school requirements simultaneously, and she plans to enroll at the Athens campus next fall as a pre-med student.

Erin Barnes, a business major from Chillicothe High School was a member of OU-C’s state championship volleyball team last fall. “I like to play acoustic guitar for fun, and I like drawing and doing crafts. I like to keep myself busy.”

OU-C staff member Dennis Ray recognized with Educator Emeritus honor

OU-C staff member Dennis Ray was recognized as an Educator Emeritus by the Chillicothe City Schools and the Chillicothe Education Association.

He was a secondary math teacher at Chillicothe High School for 30 years, where he taught all levels of mathematics from ninth-grade through advanced placement calculus, before resigning in 2008. Also, he was a member of the Ohio Department of Education committee for the writing of new state mathematics standards in 2001.

Ray, coordinator of the Math Center, joined the OU-C staff in 2011. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Wooster and his master’s degree in mathematics education from Ohio University.

Local business leaders to discuss their insights

Local business leaders will discuss “Conversations about Opening and Operating a Thriving Business in Chillicothe” at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 in room 147 of the Business and Technology Development Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

Speakers include Liz Corzine, owner of Schlegel’s Coffee House; and Anni Frizzell, co-owner of Sweet William Blossom Boutique.

The talk is part of the “Conversations with Successful Women” series.

Schlegel, who earned her bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from Miami (Ohio) University, is well known for her “Carmel Puff Corn,” which she began selling at the local farmers’ market. She previously worked with the Litter Corporation.

Frizzell, along with Lori Botchie, opened a floral boutique in 2011. She developed her artsy techniques while working for an Athens florist. Frizzell earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Ohio University.

Reception slated for faculty and staff show

A reception for the 2013 OU-C Faculty and Staff Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Show will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 1 in the Patricia Scott Gallery in Bennett Hall. Food and beverages will be available. The event is open to the public.
This year’s show features a variety of talents and entries from the following individuals:
  • Maryjo Flamm-Miller, Handmade books
  • Gary Haynes, Wood work
  • Eugene Johnson, Wood carvings
  • Jason Lucas, Photography
  • Dennis Ray, Oil paintings
  • Ashlee Digges, Hand crafted wreaths
  • Richard Whinery, Photography
  • Karen Patterson, Novels
  • Bill Modzelewski, Photography
  • Kellie Adams, Knitting
  • Allen Richmond, CD of music compositions
  • Beth Tilley, Photography, pencil sketch, oil pastel picture

Softball clinic scheduled at OU-C

The Lady Hilltopper Softball Clinic will be held on Feb. 23 in the Shoemaker Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

Techniques and concepts taught at the clinic are intended to broaden the participants’ knowledge of fast-pitch softball. OU-C women’s softball team players and coaches will serve as instructors.

Sessions include:
• Hitting and fielding, 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
• Pitching and catching, 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Registration fees are $35 for one session and $55 for two sessions. For information contact George Beck at (740) 779-9260 or

Education students receive active shooter training

OU-C Associate Dean James McKean, program coordinator of the Law Enforcement Technology program, recently gave a presentation to education students about steps to take in the event of an active shooter in the building. Especially in light of recent events, this type of training is relevant for future educators so that they have a plan in place prior to an incident. The students are in the professional internship (formerly called student teaching) phase of their academic careers and are part of a class taught by faculty member Karen Corcoran.

Students attending the session can register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training institute, complete a final examination and earn a certificate.