Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Faculty, staff members participate in planning session; all-campus meeting scheduled for April 17

Approximately 35 Chillicothe Campus faculty and staff members participated in a recent campus strategic planning session. The event built upon the annual planning session held prior to the start of the 2012 fall semester, with a focus on topics that were addressed at that meeting, in addition to an update on the progress of initiatives put in motion this academic year and next steps to be taken.

The four points of emphasis for OU-C discussed at both planning sessions include:

• Academic Mission
• Information Technology Plan/Facilities
• Communication Plan
• Budget Process

“Strategic planning is an ongoing process, and not a static, one-time event,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “The purpose of this follow-up meeting is to ensure we are moving forward with a plan and a purpose and that our strategic initiatives align with the campus’ mission and strategic priorities.”

After the dean delivered opening remarks, breakout sessions were held to discuss the various areas of emphasis, resulting in proposed objectives for moving forward.

“This type of planning captures the spirit of shared governance by allowing faculty and staff members to share in the planning and execution of our goals and objectives,” the dean said. “It is important that individuals have a vested interest in the campus’ success.”

A campus-wide meeting will be held at noon on April 17 in Bennett Hall room 134 to discuss the outcome of the strategic planning sessions and other topics relevant to the Chillicothe Campus’ operations and initiatives. All campus members are invited to attend, and lunch will be provided.
“These meetings offer an opportunity to gather together as a campus community and help to emphasize the collaborative approach that is critical to the success of our campus,” Dean Tuck said. “This type of face-to-face interaction is invaluable and helps to further foster a sense of a true learning community, where individuals from various walks of life come together for a shared purpose. On this campus, that common purpose is always the pursuit of providing our students with an exceptional educational experience.”

Upcoming convocation at OU-C designed is to explore topics, awaken minds

By OU-C student PR writer Cara Truesdell

An upcoming event at OU-C will offer an opportunity for campus and community members to enjoy a dialogue that is both academically rich and enlightening. On April 5, Ohio University-Chillicothe will hold a one-day convocation highlighting numerous speakers to ignite a discussion about the role of gender, media and body image in American culture.

“We aimed to take the vision of Provost Pam Benoit to try and create opportunities for students and community members to open their minds to different ideas,” said Allan Pollchik, OU-C head librarian. Pollchik and OU-C Assistant Professor of English Debra Nickles are co-conveners of the Convocation on Gender, Media, and Body Image, along with Hocking College faculty member Susan Fletcher.

Featured speakers for the morning session “Image” are Pam Benoit, Ohio University provost; Heidi Lewis a professor at Colorado College; Christopher Hayes, owner and publisher of Outlook Media; and Phyllis Gorman, a sociology professor at Ohio University-Lancaster.

“We try to awaken everyone’s minds and inspire them to discover their own potential. Our students have big brains, we just want to help them discover that,” Pollchik said.

The afternoon session will be led by graduate students presenting papers in round table fashion. These topics are centered on eating disorders or straight men’s issues. Paper topics will also be discussed in the afternoon, with a focus on global issues, American culture, and basic body image.

“Everyone has an image, and it can impact people of all different ages, sexes and socio-economic statuses, we want to show that it’s okay to be you,” Pollchik said.

The convocation will be held in the Stevenson Center. Registration and breakfast starts at 8 a.m., with the speakers beginning at 9 a.m. The price of admission for students is $7 and $20 for others. This price includes both breakfast and lunch. Campus and community members are welcome to attend portions of the convocation.

For more information please email Pollchik at or Nickles at

Webcast focuses on gaining the edge in business through a systematic, innovative approach

A webcast focused on developing a systematic approach that can help an innovation plan come together in a way that can cultivate continued business growth and success will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 18 at the Ohio University-Chillicothe Technology and Business Development Center, 22 S. Pohlman Rd., Chillicothe, 45601. The event is free, and registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m.

The webcast will feature author Rowan Gibson, a recognized leader in business innovation, speaking on “Transform – Gaining the Edge.” He will discuss how to leverage tactics in a way to achieve innovation in a systematic, strategic manner.

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.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Recognition of Graduation ceremony will be a family affair for Kellough twin brothers

Joshua (left) and Justin Kellough have more in common than just their last name.

OU-C’s upcoming Recognition of Graduation ceremony will include two graduates who share more than a newly-minted college diploma and matching gowns. Twins Justin and Joshua Kellough, who both earned bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education this academic year, will cap off their undergraduate careers in the ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 in the Shoemaker Center on campus.
As fraternal twins, the Huntington High School graduates share a common birthdate but not identical looks.

“We are as fraternal as fraternal can be,” Justin said. “I look like our father (Todd), and he looks like our mother (Nicol).”

As expected of two individuals with very similar life experiences, they twin brothers do have similarities, as well as their share of differences.

 “We share a lot of similar interests. We are each other's best friend,” Justin said. “Personality-wise we are both proactive people we do not let the blame for the group fall upon anyone but us. We are alike in that we do not fear work and respect authority. Joshua and I also try to get the most out of any situation we are given; something our dad passed along to us.”

“Joshua is an introvert while I am more extroverted. I am very envious of Joshua's competitive spirit in all aspects of his life,” Justin added. “Joshua also leads by example while I am more likely to explain speaking in terms of teaching techniques. Our relationship works well because what I lack in a well-rounded person I can lean on him and vice versa.”

Joshua said, “I would say the biggest differences between Justin and me are our personalities and interests. Justin is very outgoing and very talkative while I’m more of a keep it to myself kind of guy. I can be a talker too if you are around me enough, but at first meeting Justin is definitely the ‘loud’ one. Also our interests are very different. I’m outdoorsy; I would be content with hunting or fishing all day every day where Justin likes those things in moderation. If you would give him the option he would probably rather be watching a football or basketball game on TV.”

As twins, neither Kellough brother is lacking for a friend.

“Having a twin is a blast,” Justin said. “Hearing stories about how people feel lonely or like there is no one they can talk to it is hard for me to fathom because I literally have another one of me here on earth. Sometimes we'll be in the car and start humming the same song on the same spot or reach for the exact same roll at the dinner table. Other times we will look at each other if something happens in class and share the same sense of humor or thoughts, without using words we can just know we're on the same page.”

Joshua said, “Anyone that has a brother knows that the relationship is like no other. Now take that relationship and multiply it by 10 and that’s the kind of relationship Justin and I have. Up until we were about 12 or 13 years old we had never went a day without seeing each other. We were that inseparable, it’s always been a package deal with us. The best part about it is Justin and I are best friends.”

The Kellough brothers’ pursuit of early education degrees was influenced by several family members who are teachers.

“It was something that I guess is in my blood,” Justin said. “Plus, a lot of children in rural Ross County, where I grew up, lack any sort of father figure, so it’s almost as if my conscious would not let me not do it.”

Joshua, as usual, strikes a similar theme.

“I knew coming out of high school I wanted to become a teacher of some sort. I have many friends and family members who are educators, and I liked the life they lived. What prompted me to pursue specifically early childhood education were a combination of love for children and the need of male teachers in the field,” Joshua said.

Justin sums of his decision to attend OU-C in simple terms any realtor could appreciate.

“Location, Location, Location. Chillicothe is where I belong, some people have big city dreams or ambition but I love it here. I love Huntington Township where I grew up and I love the people,” Justin said. “I’m huge on family and getting to live at home during a difficult transition time in my life (19-23) was very beneficial. Financially OU-C makes sense too, it was a responsible decision I am glad I made. Many of my friends moved away to college and if I wanted that kind of experience they were no more than an hour drive and a long weekend away from getting a traditional college experience fix.”

Justin, who earned his degree at the completion of fall semester, plans to pursue a career as a teacher and a coach, and he has been substitute-teaching at area schools this spring.

Joshua, who was a member of OU-C’s basketball team for two years, looks to find a job in the area, and then continue his education in special education or an area of administration.

In the meantime, the family tradition looks to continue for the Kellough clan on the Chillicothe Campus. According to the twins, their sister, Jackie, who is a senior at Huntington High, plans to attend OU-C next fall.

Shuffles duet to again perform at OU-C

Ohio University-Chillicothe will present “Seasons of Marriage with the Shuffles,” featuring internationally-acclaimed theatrical and vocal talents John and Nancy Shuffle, at 8 p.m. on April 12 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Admission is free, and tickets can be obtained at the box office the evening of the performance. The event is sponsored by the OU-C theater program and Ohio University Alumni Association.

Further, the Ohio University Alumni Association is hosting a reception for alumni and friends of Ohio University-Chillicothe at 6 p.m. in Bennett Hall, room 130-131.  The event will allow graduates and friends to renew acquaintances and meet new Bobcats.

John, a baritone, and Nancy, a soprano, will present a vocal concert of songs made famous from stage and screen. The husband-and-wife duet brings more than 40 years of musical experience to the Bennett Hall stage. They will be accompanied by pianist Dee Fisher and percussionist Tanya Best.

John Shuffle, a classically-trained singer and violinist, has performed in such classics as Merry Wives of Windsor, Marriage of Figaro and La Boheme. Nancy Williams Shuffle, an accomplished singer and actress with more than 60 productions to her credit, has appeared as Catherine of Aragon in Rex, as Maria in The Sound of Music and as Anna in The King and I. She has also had a recurring role as Sister Mary Amnesia in the Nunsense musicals.

In addition to the performance, the Shuffles will conduct a vocal workshop for OU-C theater students the afternoon of the performance.

“As always, this performance by the Shuffles promises to be an entertaining evening with songs that will have people singing along. Nancy and John, who have performed previously at OU-C, are a local fan favorite. They are very talented and just as engaging and entertaining,” said OU-C faculty member and theater director Ken Breidenbaugh.

Human Services Association club to host benefit spaghetti dinner

The Ohio University-Chillicothe Human Services Association club will hold a benefit spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 6 at the Salvation Army on 4th Street in Chillicothe.

The dinner is being held in memory of James “Jimmy” Turner, Jr. and Christi Metzger, two recent OU-C graduates who died unexpectedly after completing their Human Services Technology degrees.
This event will also provide financial assistance to Audrey Hamilton, an HST graduate who is the process of receiving chemotherapy to battle cancer. She was active in fund-raising events and especially helpful with the Trick or Treat Extravaganza held in October.

“We want to show their families that we care and honor the people who gave and were well liked in our program as both worked to help others in social service agencies and with the Human Services Association student club,” said Barbara Mahaffey, faculty member and program coordinator of the Human Services Technology program.

Spaghetti dinner tickets are $6, and take-home meals will be available. The event will also include a silent auction. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Mahaffey at
The food will be prepared by HSA students and take-home orders will be available as well as dine-in meals. A silent auction will also be held.

The Human Services Association has been in existence since 2005. This student- led organization at OU-C has supported many social service agencies with fund-raisers that benefit the community.

“No one is a stranger to the diverse students we have and their passion to help others in the community,” Mahaffey said.

Recent activities highlight active learning environment that distinguishes the Chillicothe Campus

Video clips highlighting these two activities are available on the campus’ YouTube channel at

Two recent campus events captured the spirit of the active learning environment that exists on the Chillicothe Campus.

Approximately 225 education students from Ohio University’s campuses shared insights to help prepare them for successful careers as educators through their participation in the Rural Urban Collaborative (RUC) Symposium. The goal of the RUC 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.

“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.”

Also, campus and community members had the opportunity to check out, both figuratively and literally, stories of area women during the “Celebrating our Stories: A Human Library” event. This conversational endeavor, which was held in honor of Women’s History Month in March, allowed for the sharing of interesting stories and insights and belongs in the non-fiction section.

Veena Kasbekar serves on statewide English association creative writing award committee

Veena Kasbekar recently served on the Nancy Dasher Award Committee, organized by the College English Association of Ohio, of which she is a board member, to select a winner in the area of creative writing (by Ohio academics and published in the last three years).  Bowling Green State University faculty member Lawrence Coates won the honor for his novel, Garden of the World.

Kasbekar, professor of English, joined the OU-C faculty in 1980. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English (with a minor in British history) from Bombay University, her master’s degree from Mt. Holyoke College, and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.