Thursday, February 21, 2013

Article touts OU-C’s degree-completion success

According to a recent Chillicothe Gazette story, Ohio University-Chillicothe would receive the largest percent increase (6.3 percent) under Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal of any Ohio university or regional campus.

As OU-C Dean Martin Tuck notes, the proposed formula for state subsidies to higher education is focused more on degree completion rather than just enrollment.
“Before it was skewed toward enrollment – bodies in the classroom – but now it’s about obtaining a degree,” Tuck said.

As the dean notes, the Chillicothe Campus has put in place several programs aimed at student success, such as the Student Success Center and the supplemental instruction program. Both programs emphasize a student-centered approach and peer-to-peer interaction.

Insights about the Student Success Center are available in the campus news blog:

A story about the supplemental instruction program is available at:

“These proposed numbers are a credit to individuals across campus who take a personal interest in the success of our students,” Dean Tuck said. “The renewed focus on students completing their degree programs and earning their degrees aligns with OU-C’s historic mission. Since our founding as the first regional campus in the state, the Chillicothe Campus has provided access to the benefits of a college education. That access mission extends beyond enrolling students but in also providing the support they need to realize their college goals so they can pursue lives of purpose. For more than 66 years, that has defined OU-C’s brand promise and has served as our compass in both long-term and daily decisions.”

The Gazette story is available online at:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Celebration planned for release of book co-edited by OU-C faculty member Nicholas Kiersey

A book release celebration will be held to commemorate the release of a book co-edited by OU-C political science faculty member Nicholas Kiersey at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

Battlestar Galactica and International Relations was recently published by Routledge, a firm based in New York City and London. The book is part of the publisher’s popular culture and world politics series, which is described as a forum for leading interdisciplinary research that explores the interconnections between popular culture and politics. Iver B. Neumann, research director at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, is the other co-editor.

The work is intended to be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, popular culture and security studies.

As noted in the book’s introduction, “The genre of science fiction offers the analyst an opportunity … to look at how sets of widely-circulating expectations of the social serve to constrain authors as they work to introduce as yet unexplored problematiques. … Tackling some of the key contemporary issues in IR (international relations), the writers of BSG (Battlestar Galactica) have taken on a range of important political themes and issues …”

The book includes 10 essays written by an array of international academics and scholars.

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 National University of Ireland, Limerick, 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.

Kiersey’s writing on his research and his book reviews have been published in several academic journals, and he has presented papers at numerous conferences in both the United States and internationally. Also, he has received grants and awards to support his teaching and research activities.

Survivor Advocacy Training Day scheduled on campus

A Survivor Advocacy Training Day is scheduled at OU-C on Feb. 27.

In collaboration with the OU Women’s Center in Athens, OU-C is offering faculty, staff and students the opportunity to join an active community engaged in addressing issues of violence that impact the larger community. Specifically, the Survivor Advocacy Program at OU-C invites campus members to self-identify as volunteer ‘first responders’ on campus and to participate in an educational training process.

First responders are OU-C community members who will undergo specialized training to provide confidential support services for the victims of domestic/dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

The Feb. 27 schedule includes (events in Bennett Hall):

• 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Faculty and staff training session in room 110
• 10:30 a.m. to noon. Peer advocate (student) session in room 110
• Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch and speaker in room 134 (open to campus community)
• 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Faculty and staff training session room 105
• 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Peer advocate (student) session in room 105

Programs allow high school students to get a jump on college careers while enrolled in high school

Ohio University-Chillicothe is involved in two programs that allow area students to gain college credit and experience while they are still enrolled in high school.

“These programs provide opportunities for area students to begin their college careers before they graduate from high school. There are several options that appeal to a range of students, depending on their interests. Not only do they introduce students to the college experience, but they provide substantial cost-savings to students and their parents by allowing them to gain college credit for no cost,” OU-C Coordinator of Student Recruitment Neeley Allen said.

The options include:


Approximately 75 students are enrolled in this state-funded program (PSEOP), which allows students to take college courses at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The goal is to augment, rather than replace, the high school experience. The students take the courses on campus and get a feel for the college experience with little disruption to their normal high school routine.

Students participating in the PSEOP program can earn college credit for courses they are taking at OU-C and also receive concurrent credit toward their high school graduation requirements. Those qualifying for Option B of the program pay no fees toward general fees, tuition and textbooks. These students must rank in the top 25 percent of their high school class. If the school does not compute a class rank, students must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Rising juniors and seniors may take up to four courses per semester. Students must inform their high school of their intention to participate in the PSEOP program by March 31. Materials must be received or postmarked to OU-C by May 1.


OU-C also provides high school students with an opportunity to earn free college credit during the summer through its Summer Scholars Program and last year approximately 70 students enrolled. Participants must be juniors or seniors in the top 20 percent of their class, be nominated by their guidance counselor and secure parental approval before participation. Students can take one freshman level course and must pay for their own textbooks.

The application deadline for the Summer Scholars program is April 1. Therefore, all application materials must be postmarked by April 1 in order to be considered for the program.


By participating in these programs, the Chillicothe Campus is putting into action its mission of serving as a gateway to higher education for individuals of the region.

“By helping to offer these opportunities to high school students we are fulfilling the campus’ mission of making higher education accessible to area residents,” Allen said. “Students who are interested in PSEOP must inform their guidance counselor of their intention to participate in the program by March 31 and OU-C’s application deadline is May 1. Or, any area residents who are interested in pursuing a college education, whether at OU-C or elsewhere, can contact me, and I would be glad to speak with them.”


Current high school students can gain college credit and college experience through this type of experience, explained post-secondary option (PSEOP) students Parisa Bennett and Rylee Bouillion, who are both seniors at Chillicothe High School. Both students are balancing their college classes with high school activities and sports.

Parisa Bennett
“I feel much more prepared for college than I did beforehand. I am able to get many of the basic courses out of the way, and I know what to expect from college and what is expected of a college student,” Bennett said. “I have a better feel for what the academic workload is like and I know what is expected of me as a college student.”

“I thought there is no reason to not do it since it’s free,” Bouillion said. “I wanted to see what a small college setting is like. There is a different sense of independence than in high school. I am still taking three classes at CHS, and I have been involved in club meetings and sports practices, so I am not missing out on anything. I will be a semester ahead when I start college next fall.”

There are both challenges and advantages to the PSEO program, especially in terms of the students adjusting to college and making their college choice.

Riley Bouillion
Bennett said, “It was an adjustment at first. I had to get used to having fewer tests that determine my final grade in each course. There is less structure than high school, but in a good way. It has helped make the decision of where to attend college more focused.”

She plans to attend either Wittenberg University or Indiana University.

Bouillion added, “With the college classes, there is more responsibility and less direction from the teacher. I now feel more comfortable with the small-college setting, and that has helped in making my college decision.”

Bouillion plans to attend either the College of Wooster or Washington & Jefferson.

For more information on these programs, Neeley Allen can be reached at (740) 774-7721 or

Basketball teams bow out of ORCC tourney

OU-C’s men’s basketball team advanced to the second round of the Ohio Regional Campus Conference state tournament this past weekend. The Hilltoppers defeated OU-Lancaster, 81-77, in the first round Saturday before falling to No. 3 seed Miami Hamilton, 94-92, in overtime, in the second round Sunday. The games were played at Ohio State University-Newark.

The men close their season with a record of 13-19.

The women’s team lost in the opening round, 60-46, to OU-Zanesville. The game was played at OU-Lancaster. The women’s team ends its season with a record of 5-10.

Several upcoming speakers are on tap

Capturing the spirit of a dynamic campus, upcoming speakers will discuss a variety of topics that should appeal to various members of the campus and local communities.

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 begin at 8 a.m.

The webcast will feature innovation strategist speaking on “Challenge – Changing the 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 is quoted as stating.

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.

Local business leaders to share 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.

Corzine, 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 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.

Leonne Hudson 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.