Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Student speakers are named for OU-C’s Recognition of Graduation event

Student participants and faculty marshals have been named for the upcoming Recognition of Graduation event at Ohio University-Chillicothe. OU-C will salute students who have earned their college degrees during the 2012-13 academic year at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 in the Shoemaker Center.

A pinning ceremony for OU-C’s nursing program students will take place at 6 p.m. on May 2 in the Shoemaker Center.

Holly and Billy Love, who are military veterans earning their associate degrees in Office Technology (OTEC), will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance. Liberty Bell, who is earning her bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration, will share her reflections.

Holly and Billy Love met while in the Army and stationed in Fort Knox, Ky. They later married and have moved to Billy’s hometown of McArthur, where they have been raising their three children in addition to attending college. Billy is a Vinton County High School graduate, and Holly is a native of Scottsburg, Ind., and graduate of Scottsburg Senior High School.

Billy Love, who has completed courses to obtain a medical certificate as part of the OTEC program, plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree with a goal of working for the local VA Medical Center. Holly Love, who completed the legal certificate portion of the OTEC program, also plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree, in communication studies, and looks to work in a law office or courthouse and then eventually attend law school.

“We have enjoyed our time here at Ohio University-Chillicothe, and we are looking forward to the fast-approaching graduation ceremony,” Holly Love said.

Bell, a Chillicothe High School graduate, plans to pursue her MBA while also working in the finance and accounting areas at Adena Health System, where she served an internship as part of her academic
program. Bell has also been active as a student tutor in the campus’ Supplemental Instruction program, which emphasizes a peer-guided approach to college success.

“Attending OU-C has completely changed my life from where I was five or six years ago,” Bell said. “Being around people with a focus and goals as well as positive attitudes has helped to give me direction. On campus, I had the support of people who wanted me to do well, including faculty and staff members. My OU-C experience has opened doors of opportunity for me.”

Bell, a self-described “numbers person,” chose the Health Services Administration program so she could make a positive impact on others in her career pursuits. “Both of my sisters are nurses, and while primary patient care is not for me, this is a way that I can contribute to the health-care field,” she said.

Bell attended college on the Chillicothe Campus straight out of high school for 1 ½ years before returning after a 14-year layoff in 2011 with a new focus. “I spent that time piecing together jobs and living paycheck to paycheck. I wanted to give college another try and attempt to do something big with my life.”

Faculty marshals for the graduation event include Char Miller, associate degree; Dywayne Nicely, bachelor’s degree; and Barbara Trube, master’s degree.

Music will be provided by the Great Seal of Ohio Band.

As previously announced, former Olympian Cindy Noble Hauserman will deliver the keynote address. Also, long-time OU-C faculty member and theater director Ken Breidenbaugh will receive the Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership Award.

A total of 513 students earned their associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio University while attending the Chillicothe Campus this academic year, and more than 200 students are expected to participate in the upcoming event.

A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May 3 for faculty and staff members, Regional Coordinating Council members and platform party participants. A reception for the graduates and their families will be held immediately after the ceremony in the Shoemaker Center’s upper level.

Formal commencement activities are held on the Athens campus of Ohio University.

OU-C student and military veteran Jonathan Parker discovers healing power of music

By OU-C public relations student writer Jasmine Garcia

Jonathan Parker is no ordinary Ohio University- Chillicothe student; rather, he is a combat veteran with a passion for music. Parker, who is an Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, was also a member of the prestigious 82nd Airborne All American Chorus. The former Army sergeant, who was an artillery forward observer during his enlistment from January 2007 through November 2010, toured across the United States and abroad with the chorus.

However, Parker began his pursuit of music long before his Army days.

“I have always been singing,” Parker said. “I started learning guitar when I was 10 and in high school I had a ‘garage’ band where I performed at school and at events.”

Parker has always written songs as an outlet to express himself but didn’t realize how beneficial his songwriting was until returning from his enlistment.

“After some events in Iraq I realized the healing power of my music,” he said. “I understood there were others in pain, and we shared that, even though nobody wanted to speak about it.”

One of Parker’s songs, “I Want the Pain To End,” was written for those who have suffered a loss and to help them understand that tomorrow brings a new day and with that new hope and beginnings, Jonathon said. Parker’s songs can be found on YouTube under "jonparkermusic."

“When I got my ‘battle rattle’ I had real problems with my short term memory and other brain function but I could remember songs and I could sing,” Parker said. “My music helped with my physical healing as well as my mental health.”

“You don't get ‘over it,’ but you learn to ‘get along’ with it, said Jonathon. “I am still a work in progress.”

Parker’s power of musical healing is something he hopes will help others with post battle coping the same way it has helped him.

“I want others who have served to know they are not alone in how they feel, and that it is ‘normal’,” Parker said. “Sometimes the most alone you are is in a crowd where you do not feel understood.”

Parker recently sang the National Anthem at an ROTC ball on the Athens campus.

Parker’s desire to help others has translated well into his choice of degree. He is currently working towards his associate degree in Human Services Technology at OU-C with plans to become a substance abuse counselor and will graduate next fall.

Parker met faculty members Barbara Mahaffey and Mary Jane Preece at an OU-C open house and decided that the Chillicothe Campus was a good fit for him.

“The HST program had a family feel to it and was simply made for someone like me,” Parker said.

Parker currently works at the VA Medical Center in Chillicothe and has goals to finish his bachelor’s degree in social work at OU-C and complete his master’s degree, so he can work with his fellow veterans.

“Having walked in the shoes of a soldier, I know that there are experiences that the most well-meaning councilors may have empathy, but don’t really understand,” Parker said. “I have walked in those shoes, and I know what it is to fight to come through and continue on. I know the warrior ethos.”

Book release, retirement reception scheduled for retiring OU-C Professor John Reiger

View John Reiger discuss his latest book and his passion for history and conservation on the campus’ YouTube channel at:

A book release event and retirement reception for Ohio University-Chillicothe Professor of History John Reiger will be held at 3 p.m. on May 2 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. Reiger, who is retiring from OU-C at the end of spring semester, recently authored his latest book, Escaping Into Nature: The Making of a Sportsman-Conservationist and Environmental Historian, published by the Oregon State University Press.

Prof. Reiger recently delivered the Kennedy Lecture on campus
 Reiger will discuss his latest book, which will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity to wish him well in his future endeavors.

As a press release from the Oregon State University Press states, “John Reiger’s autobiography is also the story of his own developing fascination with America’s past, especially as it relates to human interaction with the natural world; his desire to share that passion with others; and his experiences on the road to becoming a nationally recognized scholar. The twists and turns of that journey, and his accounts of the people — and of the wild creatures — who helped him along the way, will appeal to history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.”

Escaping into Nature is the story of an angler and hunter who found a cause and a calling and combined them for his life’s work.”

“Wildlife conservationist and environmental historian John Reiger’s outdoor adventures as a young man primed him for the teachings of the great sportsmen-conservationists of the past, particularly George Bird Grinnell, Theodore Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold. Inspired by these conservation giants, Reiger left the security of a tenured professorship to serve as executive director of the Connecticut
Audubon Society where he, sometimes controversially, put his ideals into practice. Later, he resumed his academic career to illuminate the lives of early wildlife conservationists, visionaries who continue to inspire us to care deeply about the future of the natural world.”

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.

Before joining the OU-C faculty in 1988, 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.

Nursing program to graduate large number of students

Ohio University-Chillicothe’s nursing program will graduate its largest number of students in 31 graduating classes with 91 students taking part in the pinning ceremony at 6 p.m. May 2 in the Shoemaker Center on campus. The pinning ceremony is held at the conclusion of each academic term, either a quarter or semester.

The pinning ceremony recognizes students who have completed the program and earned an Associate of Applied Nursing Degree¬. They are then eligible to take the state board exam and become registered nurses.

OU-C’s nursing program supports the campus’ mission of offering academic programs that align with student interest and emerging career fields. The nursing program has a particular impact in supporting the quality of life for area residents by helping to assure there are capable, skilled health-care professionals in the region.

“It is gratifying to have such a large class of graduating students,” said Char Miller, associate director of the OU-C Nursing Division. “This indicates that students continue to be drawn to this career field, and the success of these students is a credit to their hard work as well as the efforts of our faculty and staff. We offer a curriculum that prepares them for success in their careers and continue to enjoy a strong reputation that is built largely upon the accomplishments of our students.”

Golf team currently second in ORCC standings

The OU-C golf team finished third in a recent tournament, with Tyler Tetley and Cory Porter tying for the low score of 83. The golfers then finished runner-up in a tournament at Miami Hamilton. Tetley led the way with an 80. Currently, the Hilltoppers are second in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference, trailing Akron Wane. The OU-C golfers will be in action at Ohio State University Lima on April 26.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Campus accomplishments, initiatives make headlines

The Chillicothe Campus has made headlines lately, with the recurring theme of the campus’ ability to deliver on its brand promise of offering an educational experience that prepares students for fulfilling lives and rewarding careers.

In a recent op-ed piece, OU-C Dean Martin Tuck talks about the campus’ role as a gateway to a college education, and the opportunities it presents, for area residents. In the piece, the dean reaffirms the Chillicothe Campus’ role of serving as a resource for the region and making an impact on the quality of life for area residents:


In another recent story, it is announced that OU-C faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh, the driving force behind the campus’ successful theater program, is the recipient of the Rich Bebee Leadership Award and will be recognized during OU-C’s Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. May 3 in the Shoemaker Center. Ken is one of several former OU-C students who will be recognized during the ceremony for the contributions they have made to their professions and their communities. As he proves every day in the classroom and on the stage, Ken cares about the success of Chillicothe Campus students, and this strong, student-focused teaching is at the heart of the OU-C experience:


Also, another recent article reports on the recent annual campus-wide meeting, in which Dean Tuck updated individuals on recent initiatives and developments. As the dean notes, enrollment in strong and the future is bright as the campus continues to take a strategic approach to campus operations, including the offering of academic programs that align with student interest, emerging career fields in the region and OU-C’s mission.

As the dean notes, “… 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.”

That article is available online at:

Veena Kasbekar chairs panel at conference

Veena Kasbekar, OU-C professor of English, chaired a panel on “Taking the American Academic Experience to the International Student: Onsite Workshops” at the recent College English Association of Ohio conference at the University of Dayton. Kasbekar is a board member of CEAO’s executive council.