Friday, April 19, 2013

Getting in the swing at the Spring Fling

With graduation on the horizon, the Chillicothe Campus community let loose recently with the annual Spring Fling event. The fling, which featured a cookout and other activities, allows for campus members to enjoy a sun-soaked day of relaxing together in OU-C’s attractive campus setting.

View images from the Spring Fling on the campus’ YouTube channel at:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dean shares latest developments with campus members during annual spring gathering

Dean Martin Tuck briefed members of the Chillicothe Campus community on the latest advancements and developments during the recent campus-wide spring meeting. Approximately 50 individuals, including faculty, staff and Regional Coordinating Council members, attended the event.

“In this day of social media, it is still important to have face-to-face interactions, and I look to address a number of issues that affect the health of the Chillicothe Campus as a type of state of the campus address,” Dean Tuck said. “There have been many changes over the years, but our focus continues to be on educating students from this region and providing them with the skills to pursue their careers.”

Dean Tuck reported that enrollment is strong, with greater than 2,300 students enrolled during the current spring semester, which is down slightly from the same time last year, when a large number of students completed their degrees prior to the switch to semesters. Summer semester applications are approximately the same as last year. Fall semester 2013 applications show an increase of 36 percent, and the number of admitted students is up 28 percent over the same time last year.
Beyond enrollment, retention is a focus, and programs have been put in place to help students succeed in the college endeavors. Examples include the Student Success Center and the Supplemental
Instruction Program. “These retention efforts are paying dividends in helping students succeed in college and earn their degrees,” Dean Tuck said.

“Recruitment and retention are a campus-wide effort. Of particular note, 31 percent of our students are freshmen, which is the highest percentage of any of Ohio University’s regional campuses. This bodes well for future enrollment,” the dean said.

The dean said there are a number of job searches in progress, and most should be completed by the end of the academic year.

Jim McKean has announced he will step down as interim associate dean and return to the faculty as well as serving as program coordinator of Law Enforcement Technology. The job has been posted, and the search committee has been selected.

“I am looking for a candidate with a strong academic background as well as an understanding of scheduling and curriculum, and excellent management skills,” Dean Tuck said. “I would like to commend Jim for his service, his support and his insights these past two years.”

The campus launched three new academic programs in fall semester 2012 – Bachelor of Science in Applied Management (BSAM); Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree; and Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. The dean noted that all three efforts meet the criteria for launching new programs: response to students’ interest, alignment with emerging career fields in the region and support of the campus’ mission.

“All of the programs are strong and should continue to grow,” he said.

As the dean said, the recent campus strategic planning session held in March, which built upon the planning session in August 2012, puts in motion the concept of shared governance. “From these meetings we are able to gain broad-based input in developing clear strategies to guide the future of the Chillicothe Campus. The result is a strategic blueprint for future planning and decision-making.”

The academic calendar switch from quarters to semesters has gone smoothly overall. The campus’ proactive, student-focused approach last academic year has paid dividends in this regard, the dean noted.

Effective April 1, operations of the bookstore are being transferred from Folletts Bookstore to Bobcat Essentials, which operates a store in the Baker Student Center on the Athens campus. It is part of an overarching effort that includes all of the university’s regional campuses and Ohio University Auxiliaries. The transfer of operations should not negatively impact the services the bookstore offers, especially in regards to inventory and availability of textbook purchases and rentals. Andrea Carroll continues to serve as the bookstore manager.

The dean reminded campus members that the annual Recognition of Graduation ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 in the Shoemaker Center. He encouraged individuals to attend and support our students during this seminal moment in their academic careers and lives. The nursing pinning ceremony at 6 p.m. on May 2 looks to be the largest the campus has hosted, with approximately 90 students earning their associate degrees.

Also, the Chillicothe Campus is involved in a marketing initiative, “Imagine your Purpose, to more closely coordinate efforts of the university’s regional campuses in an integrated approach. The effort will be rolled out fall quarter 2013. As the dean said, the campus has a strong marketing effort in its durable brand promise of offering a nationally-recognized Ohio University degree in a manner that meets the needs and schedules of area residents. The dean assured that the campus will continue to articulate its mission in a clear and compelling voice, noting that 66 years of serving its students and its region has proven as an effective and authentic marketing campaign.

“As always, the hallmark of the Chillicothe Campus experience is excellent teaching and faculty members who truly care about their students. No matter the marketing campaign or slogan, we will continue to provide and articulate an educational experience that prepares students for rewarding careers and fulfilling lives, as well as the opportunity to earn an Ohio University diploma, which sets us apart from the competition.”

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Child Development Center hosting events to commemorate ‘Week of the Young Child’

The OU-C Child Development Center is hosting events in conjunction with the “Week of the Young Child” April 14-20. This national celebration focuses attention on the needs and rights of children everywhere.

Families and teachers at the Child Development Center have been enjoying a variety of special activities and events throughout the week. There will be two special events Thursday – “Piggo's Amazing Circus" at 10:40 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. and “Science Laboratory” Family Fun Night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Both are free and open to the public. In addition, the Scholastic Book Fair will be open on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Piggo is the Circus Ringmaster. Come see the amazing stunts his animal troupe can perform, including Bear and his Flying Monkey acrobats. During the evening, children, parents and grandparents can interact with scientists and learn new things at 10 science learning stations. Topics will include gemstones, stars, magnets, bubbles, wind, trees, invisible ink, percussion instruments and wildlife.

The events are co-sponsored by OU-C and the Child Development Center partners, South Central Ohio Job & Family Services, United Way of Ross County, and the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Renowned environmental history expert John Reiger to deliver Kennedy Lecture talk during Earth Day activities

OU-C Professor of History John Reiger, a renowned expert on environmental history, will serve as the keynote speaker for OU-C’s Earth Day celebration at 2 p.m. on April 22 in Bennett Hall room 144.

His talk is sponsored by the campus’ culture committee and is part of the Kennedy Lecture Series, which strives to bring esteemed speakers to campus to share their perspectives and insights. The
lecture series supports the campus’ emphasis on providing campus and local community residents with activities that add to the richness and vibrancy of the campus and local community. 

On this occasion, that expert is an author who has been walking the halls of the campus since joining the faculty in 1988 who recently wrote an autobiographical book that chronicles his fascination with the American past, especially as it relates to human interaction with the natural world, and his work as an active conservationist. He is resigning at the end of spring semester.

“We from the cultural committee chose to invite John to speak as an avid advocate on the conservation movement,” OU-C faculty member Debra Nickles said. “He has a terrific historical perspective that he can bring to our local campus in celebration of Earth Day. With the release of his recent book, Escaping Into Nature: The Making of a Sportsman-Conservationist and Environmental Historian, he has also agreed to discuss the writing and publishing process, which many students will find exciting.” 

This is the fourth book that Reiger has authored. His other such works include The Passing of the Great West and American Sportsmen and the Origins of Conservation, both of which were referenced by Ken Burns in the production of the documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, as well as “Gifford Pinchot with Rod and Reel”/“Trading Places: From Historian to Environmental Activist" -- Two Essays in Conservation History.”

When he taught at the University of Miami (Fla.), Reiger became one of the first in the nation to introduce a course in American environmental history, which he brought to the Chillicothe Campus.

Further, Reiger was the first individual interviewed for “Sierra Sportsmen,” a web site the Sierra Club launched to reach out to hunters and anglers. As the site noted, “Dr. Reiger literally ‘wrote the book’ on the history of American sportsmen and conservation (American Sportsmen and the Origins of Conservation).

Before joining the OU-C faculty, Reiger spent five years as executive director of the Connecticut Audubon Society.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Duke University, his master’s degree in history from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University.

Recent convocation on campus spurs academic discussion

View video from the convocation on the campus’ YouTube channel at

Ohio University-Chillicothe recently played host to the Convocation on Gender, Media and Body Image, an event that address salient topics from an academic standpoint and various perspectives.

The event drew more than 100 individuals from the campus and community, individuals from other Ohio University campuses and other colleges. Hocking College brought a busload of participants.

From left are Heidi Lewis, Alicia Gray and Phyl Gorman

The convocation included presentations in the morning followed by round table discussions based on subject matter such as eating disorders, American culture, global perspective, body image and masculinity in the media.

“The ideas exchanged during this type of event are mind-blowing, and they can only expand students’ horizons,” said Allan Pollchik, director of OU-C’s Quinn Library and one of the co-conveners of the event. “I would like to applaud the outstanding work of my co-conveners, OU-C faculty member Debra Nickles and Sue Fletcher, a faculty member at Hocking College. This endeavor was a true team effort, and they were instrumental in its success.”

Ohio University Provost Pam Benoit set the tone for the event by briefing the audience about racism, sexism and other “isms” found in American culture. Heidi Lewis of Colorado College, the keynote speaker, discussed misconceptions about African American women in the media. She suggested that often time’s people are forced into specific categories such as black/white, rich/poor, man/woman or gay/straight and that does not always define whom they are.

Christopher Hayes, owner and publisher of Outlook Media a LGBT media source in Columbus, spoke about the role that media owners play when shaping society. He emphasized the element of consumer demands, and how corporations aim to please their target audience. Hayes claimed that news and entertainment corporations are giving people what they want, so the blame for controversial images is not entirely at the discretion of media executives.

“We discussed how to take the images that you see in the media and don’t aspire to be like them, but instead use that to become be a better version of yourself," Pollchik said. 

The convocation, as with the Salon Series and other Quinn Library events, was designed with the intent of further fostering the true spirit of a learning community.

 “This event had great content, but that wasn’t the goal of the convocation. We aimed to create an experience for the participants that made them think and challenge aspects of our society,” Pollchik said.

Golf team finishes runner-up in pair of tournaments

The OU-C golf team was runner-up in tournaments last Friday and Saturday at OU-Chillicothe and OU- Lancaster.  The Hilltoppers were led by Cameron McKimmy on Friday with an 83 and by Tyler Tetley on Saturday with a 78.

The OU-C golfers will be in action at April 19 at Miami Middletown and at Miami Hamilton on April 20 at the Elks golf course. The tee time for each event is 11 a.m.

Free HIV testing will be offered

Representatives from Portsmouth City Health Department will be on campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 24 to offer free HIV testing in Bennett Hall rooms 133-134.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Turkey (w)rappers featured at Hilltop Café


Don't forget to bring your re-usable coffee tumbler & take 50 cents off a large drip coffee.