Tuesday, March 12, 2013

‘Recognition of Graduation’ event salutes students

Ohio University-Chillicothe will recognize students who have earned their college degrees during the 2012-13 academic year during the annual “Recognition of Graduation” ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the Shoemaker Center. This event will honor students who have earned associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Admission is free, and the public is invited.

“I encourage all members of the OU-C community to participate in or attend this event. On the Chillicothe Campus, we are focused on helping students attain success, and this type of festive occasion captures that spirit by saluting students for their efforts and recognizing those who have supported them along the way,” campus Dean Martin Tuck said.

A reception for the graduates and their families will be held afterward in the Shoemaker Center. A reception for faculty members will be held prior to the ceremony, at 6:30 p.m. in Shoemaker rooms 215 and 217. Further details, including the names of special speakers and other participants, will be released at a later date.

A pinning ceremony for graduates of OU-C’s nursing program will be held at 6 p.m. on May 2 in the Shoemaker Center.

Formal commencement activities are held on the Athens campus.

Health expo emphasizes wellness activities

The emphasis will be on healthy lifestyles and entertainment during the Health, Wellness and Fitness Expo 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Shoemaker Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

Free health tests and screenings will be available such as cholesterol, blood sugar, fat analysis, blood pressure, dental, glaucoma and scoliosis, as well as oxygen saturation and massages.

Adena will have the da Vinci Surgery robot on display this year others include, the We Care Ronald McDonald medical van, Red Cross, Berger Hospital and the life flight Helicopter will also be on site.

“This annual event always draws an enthusiastic crowd and offers an opportunity to provide health screenings for area residents who might not have health insurance or may be unaware of a health concern,” said OU-C staff member Kim McKimmy, a member of OU-C’s Health, Wellness and Safety Committee. “It underscores our commitment to providing the type of programming and worksite health initiative that benefit campus and community members in a meaningful way.”

Innovation Engine Accelerator seeks applicants for 2013 digital media program

The Innovation Engine Accelerator, an intensive 12-week program designed to advance new digital media companies, is accepting applicants for its 2013 cohort through March 28.

The second annual program runs from May 28 to Aug. 16 at Ohio University’s Innovation Center in Athens. A boot camp will be held during the week of May 20.

The five selected companies are eligible to receive up to $20,000 in funding from the program. Participants will refine their business plans and products, receive expert entrepreneurial coaching and advice and have the opportunity to pitch their companies to investors at the end of the program. Each company will graduate with a Minimum Viable Product.

Ohio University’s Center for Entrepreneurship (administered by the College of Business and the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs) will provide a Lean Launch curriculum, based on Stanford University’s successful model for startups, as well as experienced venture capital advisors to participating teams.

Companies may use 1,000 square feet of creative shared space with pods for each team, as well as conference rooms. In addition, participants can access equipment and software, including Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro X, Autodesk Maya, Unity Pro Suite, iPhones, iPads, Android Devices and iMacs.

Dozens of mentors -- startup entrepreneurs, venture and angel investors, C-level industry executives, technical specialists, professional service providers and venture development executives -- will provide intensive business coaching to the five teams. The program offers no or low-cost legal assistance through its attorney-in-residence partner Bricker & Eckler for easy company formation.

Companies are not required to have formed prior to the start of this program. However, if an entity exists, preference will be given to a startup company, which is defined as a company that is less than six months old, has fewer than three employees and has less than $25,000 in revenue. In addition, preference will be given to companies in which 50 percent of the founders were enrolled in a college or university within the last five years, as well as to founder applicants who can reside in Athens, Ohio during the duration of the program.

The Innovation Engine Accelerator will conduct interviews with prospective applicants during the first week of April, with selections announced on April 5.

More details about the program and application process are available at www.innovationengineaccelerator.com.

Program sponsors include TechGROWTH Ohio (a public/private partnership administered by Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs), WesBanco and Ohio University’s Innovation Center, Vice President for Research and Creative Activity, Center for Entrepreneurship, Scripps College of Communication and Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

Monday, March 11, 2013

PechaKucha event is scheduled for encore performance in Chillicothe

A PechaKucha Night will be held at the Park View Gallery, 12 W. Water St., Chillicothe, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 14.

PechaKucha involves the rapid presentation of 20 PowerPoint slides in 20 seconds or less per slide. It allows individuals of all walks of life and interest to showcase and share their hobbies, interests, business pursuits and artistic flair. The format is designed to keep the presentations concise and the audience engaged. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Individuals wishing to participate in the event should contact OU-C head librarian Allan Pollchik at pollchik@ohio.edu.

The first such local event of this kind was held last fall, with nine presenters and approximately 80 guests.

“We were very pleased with both the turnout and the energy of the initial event,” Pollchik said. “I have been approached by several individuals who, after seeing PechaKucha in action, want to be part of the next event.”

Zach Ousley (left) and Cameron Patrick participate in a game of “Magic”
 in the OU-C Stevenson Center Learning Commons.
Among the presenters will be two OU-C students from Jackson, Cameron Patrick and Zach Ousley, who will discuss the card game of “Magic,” which has been a staple of daily activities for several students in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

“It is basically glorified mathematics that involves a premise of two or more ‘wizards’ fighting each other,” explained Patrick, who has been playing the card game for about a year.

“The object is to be the only one left,” said Ousley, who has been playing the game for two years.

“There are usually anywhere from two to six people involved,” Patrick said in discussing the regular Learning Commons activity. “I have met a lot of people though playing the game. It offers another facet to connect with people. It is also an intellectual activity; a lot of thought goes into each game.”

Patrick, a sophomore who, is majoring in computer science, plays nearly daily while on campus.

“I was drawn to the game by knowing people who play it, and they pulled me in,” said Ousley, who is majoring in business. “I play whenever I have a chance, which is about once or twice a week. It especially appeals to individuals who are interested in fantasy and trading card games.”

The upcoming PechaKucha event will also include free music and refreshments. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, two $50 prizes will be awarded for the most creative use of green in an outfit.

The PechaKucha events are an offshoot of OU-C Quinn Library’s popular Salon Series. These events have engaged members of the campus and community in discussions over the years and are meant to further foster relationships between OU-C students and Chillicothe community members.

Sponsors include the Quinn Library, Chillicothe and Ross County Library and the Park View Gallery.

PechaKucha was created in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for designers to meet, network and display their work in public.

Bookstore change of operations will not alter services

Operations of the campus bookstore will soon be transferred from Folletts Bookstore to another provider as part of an overarching effort that includes all of the university’s regional campuses. The store, located in the Bennett Hall basement, will be closed for a transfer of inventory and is expected to be closed the week of March 25.

The transfer of operations will not affect service to customers, especially in regards to the availability of textbooks for students and faculty members. Services such as textbook rentals and buybacks will still be offered, and other items of inventory, such as apparel and school supplies, will still be offered for sale.