Tuesday, March 19, 2013

OU-C to host education students across university at Rural Urban Collaborative event

Approximately 225 students from Ohio University’s campuses will attend the Rural Urban Collaborative (RUC) Symposium at Ohio University-Chillicothe on March 22 in Bennett Hall.

All Ohio University education students participate in the RUC during their sophomore year as part of their professional standing requirement for licensure. OU-C Dean Martin Tuck will offer welcome remarks and Richard Greenlee, dean of the university’s Zanesville and Eastern campuses, will deliver the keynote address.

The goal of the RUC, which began in 2007, is to provide both rural and urban field experience to education students, thereby offering future teachers a broad-based background that prepares them to teach in a diverse range of settings. Its mission statement notes that the RUC seeks to help teacher candidates develop a deeper awareness of cultural experiences and issues and to develop critical thinking skills based on a solid foundation of cultural knowledge.

Nine OU-C students are currently part of the sophomore block of classes. Two OU-C students are placed in schools in the Columbus City Schools system, and seven OU-C students are placed in Chillicothe City Schools.

“In increasingly diverse communities, it is important that future teachers develop a deeper awareness of cultural differences and develop cultural competence so they are prepared to interact with individuals of various backgrounds,” said Barbara Trube, associate professor of education on the Chillicothe Campus, who is a member of the planning team for the upcoming symposium. “This conference is part of the university’s ongoing commitment to offering education students the type of educational experience that prepares them for success in their careers.”

Among its objectives, the RUC partnership seeks to develop a better understanding of various cultures and the factors that define them, identify stereotypes and challenges associated with various cultures and offer strategies on how to best work within diverse cultures.

“This semester we are focusing on the diversity of language,” Trube said. “Because there is a high percentage of students whose home language is something other than English in Ohio and in our nation, our pre-service teachers need to have preparation in working with English Language Learners (ELL).”

Trube and guest speaker Lara Wallace are coordinating sessions to introduce students to ELL strategies they can use in their future classrooms. Kaye Martin, faculty member on the Lancaster Campus, is coordinating a session about diversities in Ohio schools.

Approximately 16 professional interns on the Chillicothe Campus, who represent all three licensure areas, will act as OU-C campus ambassadors for the day, under the direction of Karen Corcoran, seminar instructor. The interns will have an opportunity to share diversities they have encountered during placements this semester and tell RUC participants about adaptations and accommodations they have implemented in lessons they have taught.

Additionally, there will be an educators’ panel, which will allow current teachers and administrators to share practical insights they have gained with the future teachers attending the symposium.

Range of work by campus faculty members on display in OU-C art exhibit

The work of Ohio University-Chillicothe art faculty members is featured in “Approach,” an exhibit in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery at OU-C, which is on display from March 20 through April 12. The show, located in Bennett Hall, is free and open to the public.

Exhibitors include:

• Margaret McAdams, showing mixed media drawings and large ceramic works
• Darren Baker, large format color photographs
• Heidi Bender, sculpture and installation works in a variety of material including vinyl, found objects and foam

One of the works from the show, “Tarp Lake,” is the result of a collaboration between Marin Abel and Bender.

A panel session with the artists and facilitated by OU-C head librarian Allan Pollchik, will be held at 4 p.m. on March 27 in the art gallery.

The show offers a broad range of artistic visions, ranging from Baker's colorful depiction of wreckage to McAdams’ imagination induced ceramic figures. Serious art lovers and beginning art students alike should find enjoyment in this show

Poster contest serves as prelude to upcoming convocation on campus

By OU-C public relations student employee Cara Truesdell

A poster contest with the theme “2013 Love Your Body Campaign” is being sponsored by the OU-C Student Success Center, Student Services and the Quinn Library.

All entries must be submitted in hard copy by March 21, in the Student Success Center and must include name, address, phone number, email and Student PID number. The posters must be no larger than 9 inches by 12 inches and must include the words 2013 Love Your Body Campaign and the NOW Foundation web site address, www.nowfoundation.org. The winning entry will receive $100 and the runner-up will earn $50. For information, contact Ohio University-Chillicothe Writing Center director Debra Nickles at nickles@ohio.edu or Coordinator of Student Activities Ashlee Digges at digges@ohio.edu.

“Being comfortable and confident in your own skin is a true asset for all types of professional people and yet it is a real challenge for many women and men in contemporary society,” Nickles said.

Posters will be evaluated on the creativity, dynamic messaging and ability to challenge the typical beauty images seen in the media today. “We support the spirit of inquiry behind this convocation and we want to encourage students to express themselves visually through this contest,” said Nickles.

The contest is in conjunction with the upcoming Convocation on Gender, Media, and Body Image on April 5.

Monday, March 18, 2013

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.

Human Library captures stories of area women

Individuals will have the chance to check out, both figuratively and literally, stories of area women during the “Celebrating our Stories: A Human Library” event from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 20 in the Stevenson Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

The human library allows people to “check out” an individual for a 30-minute conversation. The event, which is in honor of Women’s History Month, is free and open to the public Refreshments will be provided.

Among the individuals sharing their stories tales in the non-fiction section of this conversational endeavor, along with their human book titles, are:

• OU-C student Bethany Johnson “The Road First Traveled and How Did I Ever Survive?” A Book of Short Stories in Two Parts.”
• OU-C staff member Jaime Lowe. “The Real JLowe.
• OU-C motorcycle-riding faculty member Lynn Bower. “The Secret Life of the Seemingly Normal Professor.”

A similar event was held on campus last spring as part of Diversity Fest activities.

The event is sponsored by OU-C’s Quinn Library Salon Series and the local chapter of the American Association of University Women.