Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Former Olympian Cindy Noble Hauserman to deliver keynote address at OU-C Recognition of Graduation event

Olympic basketball standout Cindy Noble Hauserman will deliver the keynote address at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 in the Shoemaker Center on campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, will honor Chillicothe Campus
students who have earned associate bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio University during the 2012-13 academic year.

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.

Hauserman, a native of Clarksburg, is one of the most accomplished athletes in Ross County, an area known for is rich athletic achievements.

One of the top women’s basketball players of her time, Hauserman was selected for the 1980 United States Olympics team, which boycotted the Summer Games. Four years later, she was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team, which won the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Hauserman represented the United States in international competition a total of seven times.

Hauserman’s athletic career is rooted in Ross County. She played on state championship teams in three sports – volleyball, basketball and track & field – at Adena High School and was named a high school All-American in basketball.

She then attended the University of Tennessee, where Hauserman helped lead the Lady Volunteers to a record of 88-22 and three Final Four appearances. Hauserman was named Kodak All-America in 1981 and was a finalist for the Wade Trophy, which is awarded to the outstanding collegiate women’s basketball player.

Besides participating in the Olympics, Hauserman played professionally in Italy and Japan for three seasons.

Once her playing days were finished, Hauserman served as an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky and as head coach at Centre College, also in Kentucky.

Proving it is possible to return home, she has since returned to the region, as a teacher and coach at Westfall High School.

In 1984, Adena High School renamed its gymnasium in her honor.

Hauserman is a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the University of Tennessee Lady Vol Hall of Fame and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.

“I am delighted that Cindy Noble Hauserman will deliver the keynote address at this important occasion, and I look forward to hearing her remarks,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “She understands the importance of setting goals and having the vision to achieve those lofty expectations. Further, as a native of Ross County, she brings an especially relevant perspective that should resonate with our graduates

Cory Palletti’s entry ‘Humus’ named winner of OU-C fall semester writing contest

By OU-C PR student employee Cara Truesdell

For years, Ohio University- Chillicothe has challenged students to submit literary works to a quarterly writing contest. Last fall, the Student Success Center held its inaugural semester contest with the theme of “Tell the Story.” Faculty chose multiple prompts to encourage students to submit creative works based off of three very different pictures.

OU-C senior Cory Palletti won the competition with her entry, “Humus,” a story about a log-splitting contest with a serious complication. “The story is about a woman on the precipice of losing her grasp with reality. She is a complex character struggling with finding a sense of belonging to her own life, as well as feeling a connection to the one person currently in her life,” Palletti said.

Despite her success with “Humus” Palletti says it will take a lot for her to write another story to this extent. “It is quite the challenge to begin a story, develop characters, develop a plot, climax and end a story with a word limit,” Palletti said.

When asked what helped her develop as a writer, Palletti said, “I took school assignments as an opportunity to hone in on crucial skills. I know I had a desire to improve, because being able to speak and write well can be the difference between landing a job and being passed over.”

Palletti aims to give encouragement to all students who are thinking about entering a writing contest, even if there is some hesitation about the piece. “Possibly what gave me inspiration was that I chose to write from a prompt that I wouldn’t have otherwise chosen under normal circumstances," Palletti said, “I stepped out of my box to challenge myself.”

Submissions are currently being accepted for the spring semester competition. The inspiration for the 2013 Spring Writing Center Contest stems from Michel de Montaigne, a 16th century French nobleman, who committed himself to a life of writing and is recognized for popularizing the form of essay writing.

“We were hoping that students could pick up on the ‘Art of Essai’ by taking a stance of inquiry on a topic of their choice - with a creative tone or voice of their choice as well,” said Debra Nickles, Ohio University-Chillicothe Writing Center director.

Students are encouraged to enter a fiction or non-fiction piece, 1,200-word maximum, that demonstrates creativity and writing ability on a theme of their choice. Submissions for the spring semester contest of are due by 4 p.m. on April 12 in the Student Success Center, located in the Stevenson Center Quinn Library. Interested students can contact Nickles at nickles@ohio.edu for more information.

“We don’t like to narrow the parameters of the contest too much because we want to cast a wide net when fishing for creative types on our campus,” Nickles said, “I look forward to being surprised.”

OU-C students discuss their future aspirations

We regularly speak with Chillicothe Campus students to gain their perspective. This week, we asked some students the timeless question of what they want to be when they grow up.

“I want to be a teacher, probably a pre-school teacher,” Jacquelynn Snider said without hesitation. “I
love kids and have been around them my whole life. In fact, when I was 14 years old, I used to babysit seven children by myself.” Appropriately, the Jackson High School graduate is an early education major.

“Right now, I am leaning toward majoring in psychology with a pre
-med focus. I want to be a clinical psychologist or a radiologist,” said Courtney Dye, a post-secondary option student from Zane Trace High School. “I really like my psychology courses, and I am interested in helping people.”

“I am going to be a biologist because I am interested in
understanding the processes of life,” said Clyde McManaway from New Richmond High School in Clermont County. “Living in Florida sounds good. There is a lot of water down there.” McManaway is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry and has an interest in environmental biology.

“I think I want to be a radiologist or anesthesiologist,” said Victoria
Pyzik, a post-secondary option student from Waverly High School. “I have also thought about doing speech therapy for children with developmental disabilities.”

“I hope to be in the military. It is a good life for me, and I can use
the GI Bill to help pay for college. Other than that, I have no idea about my future plans,” said Adam King, a criminal justice major from Peebles High School.

“I am not sure, but I would like to be a teacher or athletics
director,” said Tim Beavers, a business management major from Chillicothe High School.

OU-C social work students visit legislators at Statehouse

OU-C social work faculty member Kenneth Larimore currently took several Chillicothe Campus social worker students to the Statehouse in Columbus as part of National Association of Social Workers Advocacy Day. March is NASW Social Work Month. The students were able to meet with state legislators and discuss issues related to social work, particularly the role of social workers in health care and the proposed expansion of Medicaid.

OU-C faculty member Kenneth Larimore (center)
is shown at the Statehouse with OU-C students (from left)
Tiffany Seymour, Linda Holdren Amanda Pendergraft
and Nikki Priest.

It was an enlightening experience for the OU-C students.

“I truly had a breath-taking experience at the NASW Advocacy Day. Not only was I able to see what social workers do on a national level, but I was able to address my concerns with the ones who make important decisions that affect all in Ohio. It was an experience that makes me excited to be on my way of being a future social worker,” said student Amanda Pendergraft.

“I felt honored to be a part of advocacy day through the NASW along with Dr. Larimore and three of my fellow students. It was truly a great experience getting to be inside the Statehouse and getting to meet our state senator and representative,” Tiffany Seymour said.

“Our trip to the Statehouse brought the whole idea of our legislative system to life for me,” Linda Holdren said. “When someone working in the social work field, sees different clients with the same needs that only can be solved by a change in the laws, one realizes it is important to let our legislature know what is going on … We were able to express to them our concerns about some of the issues social workers face every day.”

“We started out the day at the Statehouse with hundreds of other social work professionals -- an exciting thing for any undergraduate social work student. We were then able to discuss the agenda for the day and to learn more about the issues we would discuss with our state senators and our representatives. We discussed and learned about the current state-level issues that have a direct effect on social workers and how they are able to do their jobs,” Nikki Priest said.

Larimore added, “Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. This can mean providing direct services or therapy directly to people. It also can mean working for change to improve social conditions.

As Larimore pointed out, social work is a profession of hope that is focused on making a difference in people’s lives.

“Social workers help clients deal not only with how they feel about a situation but also with what they can do about it,” he said. “For example, a man suffering stress stemming from single parenting may be referred by a social worker to a child care agency. The social worker also might help him explore flex-time with his employer and might work with a coalition of local employers to make flex-time and child care more available. In addition, the social worker might provide therapy to help him handle the immediate stress.”

“Many social workers work for social change as well. The victim of an assault benefits not only from therapy but also from efforts to curb neighborhood crime. The client, under stress because illness has devastated the family finances, benefits from efforts to reform the nation's health care system.”

Campus bookstore to re-open as Bobcat Essentials outlet

Operations of the campus bookstore will soon be transferred from Folletts Bookstore to Ohio University Auxiliaries 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 temporarily closed for a transfer of inventory and is expected to re-open on April 3 as Bobcat Essentials, which operates a store in the Baker University Center on the Athens campus.

Bobcat Essentials will host a website to facilitate online ordering and will allow students to access their financial aid for qualified bookstore purchases.

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.

Event recognizes winter sports athletes and coaches

Chillicothe Campus athletes and coaches were recognized during a recent event to honor the campus’ winter sports teams of women’s and men’s basketball as well as cheerleading squad.

OU-C offers a robust athletics program that allows its student-athletes the opportunity to refine skills such as teamwork, effort and perseverance, and these are qualities that benefit these individuals throughout their academic and professional careers.

The athletics program helps prepares participants for success in their future endeavors.

Athletics serves as part of the overall campus effort to prepare students for their careers and lives after graduation. The qualities of time-management, maintaining poise in a pressure situation, teamwork and coming together for a common goal are assets that are especially found in athletics and which are also valued by prospective employers.

The Chillicothe Campus fields women’s teams in volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis; and men’s teams in basketball, golf, baseball and tennis, as well as the cheerleading squads.

The Hilltoppers compete against similar campuses in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference.