Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Graduation events wrap up academic year in record fashion

Ohio University-Chillicothe marked the official conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year in record-breaking fashion. A total of 513 students earned their academic degrees from Ohio University while attending the Chillicothe Campus during the academic year, the most in the 12-year history of the Recognition of Graduation event, which was held in a packed and festive Shoemaker Center on May 3. The number exceeds last year’s total by one student.

Also, 91 nursing students participated in the pinning ceremony the previous evening. That is the largest number of students in the program’s 31 graduating classes. The pinning ceremony is held at the conclusion of each academic term.

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.

Holly and Billy Love, who are military veterans and earned their associate degrees in Office
Technology (OTEC), delivered the Pledge of Allegiance at the Recognition of Graduation ceremony.

Liberty Bell, who earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration, was chosen as the student reflection speaker. Bell noted the defining characteristics of the OU-C educational experience and how they help to prepare students to find their footing in the workplace and beyond.

“At OU-C, we are capable of developing friendships easy due to the structure of our regional campus.  From my experience as a peer educator with the Supplemental Instruction program, I understand first-hand the spirit of teamwork – where students support each other – that distinguishes the OU-C learning experience,” she said.

“The students at OU-C are not all your typical college student -- most of us have responsibilities that go far beyond this campus.  Some of these responsibilities are the very reason we chose this college
setting to earn our degrees.  The fact that we are all in different stages of our lives is a benefit to our education.  We learn through the interaction with each other, receiving perspectives that we would not be able to get in another setting. Being exposed to individuals of diverse backgrounds and varying points of view has prepared us well for the workplace where we will interact with individuals of all walks of life.”

Cindy Noble Hauserman, a Ross County native and former U.S. Olympics basketball player, delivered the keynote address, urging the graduates to not be fearful of their future, but to “fly from the nest with gusto … sometimes you have to leave that nest to reach your goals.”

“At age 18, I knew that, to reach my goals, I had to uproot from Ross County and leave my comfort zone,” said the former Tennessee Volunteer star player.

In relating lessons she has learned from her athletics career. Hauserman encouraged the students to find their mentors and “make sure they hold the same values and character of the person you want to be.” She also emphasized the value of perseverance. “You have to outwork your opponent,” Hauserman said.

Serving as faculty marshals were Char Miller, associate degrees; Dywayne Nicely, bachelor’s degrees; and Barbara Trube, master’s degrees.

The Great Seal of Ohio Band provided the instrumental music.

OU-C faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh received the Bebee Alumni Leadership Award.
Distinguished Alumni were Diane Diekroger, Chillicothe Mayor Jack Everson, Stephen Gary and the late Howard “Corky” Miller.

A new feature was added to this year’s ceremony, with campus faculty and staff members forming a receiving line to offer a proper farewell to the graduates at the conclusion of the ceremony.

OU-C theater program to present light-hearted comedy Hocus Pocus

The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present the light-hearted comedy Hocus Pocus at 8 p.m. on May 10 and May 11 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and free for OU-C students. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.

The play, written by Jack Popplewell, is a British farce set in the 1960s and concerns identical twins, one an Anglican minister and the other a financier who, for financial reasons, must  switch roles. The love interests of both young men, along with an attorney and a housekeeper, keep things rolling along.

“It is fun to explore two persons,” said actor Connor Boyle, who plays the roles of twin brothers Simon and Peter Ross. “One brother is very na├»ve and sweet, while the other is a sleazy stockbroker. It is fun to play a role where you have to be in each other’s world.”

“The play uses a split stage,” director Ken Breidenbaugh explained. “On one side, we are in a little vicarage office attached to a church in Sussex and, on the other side, we are in a posh hotel suite in the Mayfair district of London.”

“It is a wonderful comedy that is terrific, fun and a great exercise in this kind of quick performance,” Breidenbaugh said. “If you liked The Butter and Egg Man (the most recent OU-C production), here is a play that is for you.”

Keigan Detty plays the role of Janet Jones. “I can relate to her. She is very quiet and reserved, and yet she wants to get out there and be herself,” Detty said. “Janet wants to be naughty yet nice.”

Tommy Culver plays the role of Alderman Knebworth, “who is on the board of trustees. He is very serious and no one likes him, but he gets things done.”

Actors in the upcoming OU-C production of Hocus Pocus are (from left on couch) Meka Yaakovson, who plays the roles of Mrs. Gravestock, Mrs. Vincent and Claire; Tyler Stewart, as Harry Windover; Keigan Detty, as Janet Jones; and Connor Boyle, who plays the twins Simon and Peter Ross; (back, from left) Ben Roark III, as Luther Gates; Lauren Scharfetter, as Bella Newell; and Tommy Culver, as Alderman Knebworth.

Reception salutes two long-time faculty members with shared zeal for conservation

Two long-time and accomplished OU-C faculty members were recognized during a recent retirement reception in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

Members of the campus community offered best wishes to Professor of History John Reiger and Instructor of Geography Gary Haynes.

Both have made their mark in the classroom and beyond and, as Dean Martin Tuck remarked, they share a common theme of environmental conservation.

Reiger, who joined the OU-C faculty in 1988, is a nationally-recognized authority in this field. 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.

He has also authored four books, including his latest, Escaping Into Nature: The Making of a Sportsman-Conservationist and Environmental Historian, published by the Oregon State University
Press. A book-signing event for the autobiographical piece was held in conjunction with the retirement reception.

Haynes joined the OU-C faculty in 1992, and he has been active with conservation efforts on campus especially in providing leadership and inspiration to the OU-C Environmental Club. The club has been instrumental in implementing several common-sense initiatives to make better use of resources.

Hilltopper golfers to compete in state regional campus match

The OU-C golf team completed conference play with a third- place finish at Akron Wayne and a second-place finish at OSU Newark over the weekend.  Cameron McKimmy led OU-C with an 81 at Akron and an 80 at Newark. 

Overall, the Hilltoppers finished second in the conference, nine strokes behind Akron Wayne. This was the second straight conference runner-up season for OU-C. Tyler Tetley made the all-conference first team and McKimmy and Ben Davis made all-conference second team. 

OU-C will compete in the regional campus state tournament May 10 and 11 at Belmont Hills Country Club in St. Clairsville and the Zanesville Jaycee Golf Course.