Monday, July 1, 2013

Tracy Coats joins OU-C nursing faculty

Tracy Coats has been named lecturer of nursing at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective July 1.
Coats has served as an instructor with the OU-C since 2008 and as a clinical site coordinator with the campus’ nursing program since 2011, facilitating educational opportunities at OU-C, as well as off-campus sites at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Berger Hospital in Circleville and
locally with the PACCAR Education Center at the Adena Health System.

She has been a staff nurse with Adena Health System, in the Mother and Infant Unit, as well as with the Miami Valley Medical Center in Dayton, Children’s Medical Center of Dayton and Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Coats is a registered nurse and is certified in neonatal resuscitation protocol (NPR). She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau national nursing honorary and the Ohio League of Nursing. She has given presentations on creating virtual learning spaces at professional conferences.

Coats is also heavily involved in community service. She is a member of the board of directors of the local American Red Cross chapter, the local Child Protection Center, where she is president, and the Adena Health Foundation. She is a sustaining member of the Junior Civic League She is also a co-founder of the Adena Physician Auxiliary.

Coats earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northeast Missouri State University and her master’s degree in nursing from Regis University of Denver, Colo.

Brandi Weaver named interim librarian at OU-C

Brandi Weaver has been named interim head librarian at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective July 15.

Weaver, a former OU-C student, has more than seven years of experience in academic libraries. Since 2011, Weaver has been employed by Daymar College. She is currently librarian supervisor,
with responsibility for campuses at four sites in Ohio, including the Chillicothe campus. In this role, she has maintained the library collection and implemented Daymar’s first online public access catalog. She was previously the Learning Resource Center coordinator with Daymar. Among her duties were providing research assistance to students, faculty and staff as well as connecting students with tutors and other academic assistance.

Prior to joining Daymar, Weaver was the Learning Resource coordinator for Miami-Jacobs Career College in Springboro and Sharonville, Ohio.

Weaver was a student assistant in the Quinn Library during her time as a student at OU-C, providing assistance to students, training new employees and carrying out daily functions of the library.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in English, art and art history from Ohio University and her master’s degree in library and information science from Kent State University. Weaver is a member of the American Library Association, Ohio Library Council and the Academic Library Association of Ohio.

She replaces Allan Pollchik, who recently resigned. A search will be conducted to fill the position on a full-time basis.

Allan Pollchik, Ken Breidenbaugh following their career paths to new horizons

Ken Breidenbaugh (left) and Allan Pollchik have added much to the campus and local communities.

“Gorgous” is traveling another down another path, and the theater director is planning how to stage the next act of his career. Head librarian Allan Pollchik, known by the distinctive vanity license plate (GORGOUS) on his Jaguar convertible, and faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh, the inspiration behind OU-C’s theater program, have both retired from their full-time assignments with the Chillicothe Campus, effective June 30.

Pollchik’s departure will leave a void in the environment of the Quinn Library and beyond (the place may be as quiet as a library), while Breidenbaugh will continue to be engaged with the campus. Although he is retiring as assistant professor of fine and comparative arts at OU-C, Breidenbaugh will continue to teach classes in art history and theater as an adjunct faculty member as well as direct one theatrical production each academic term.

Through their efforts, both have been instrumental in keeping the campus engaged with the local community, upholding OU-C’s commitment to its region.


“I do not have anything carved in stone yet,” Pollchik said in discussing his future. “I met a lot of good people and organizations in our partnerships with the community, and I will have more time to help them. I am going to sit quietly and await further instructions from that same unseen hand of fate that led me to Chillicothe and to become a librarian.”

Pollchik has followed a twisting path less taken to OU-C. He earned his bachelor’s degree from
Allan Pollchik speaks during a reception in the Learning Commons
UCLA and his Ph.D. in psychology from Vanderbilt University. After practicing psychiatry and being involved in fund-raising, he moved to Chillicothe in 2000. He was an adjunct faculty member in psychology before earning his master’s degree in library and information services (MLIS) from Kent State University and taking the library position in 2005.

Throughout the twists and turns of his professional career, Pollchik has kept his perspective.
“I have one job and that is self-actualization; to become what I am intended to be. I live each moment like it is my last 30 seconds on earth.”

“I think that, for me, my job in lie is to grow. Learning is another word for it,” Pollchik explained. “That is what I do in my life. I have tried to set up situations that allow me to grow; the salon discussion series and religious tolerance collections we have been able to establish in the library are good examples.”


Breidenbaugh, who joined the OU-C faculty in 1989, has been the mastermind behind the campus’ theater program. Since presenting its first performance in March 1997, OU-C’s theater program has become a staple of campus life and has supported the cultural life of the campus and community. In the fall of 2009, he produced his 50th play at the Chillicothe Campus.

OU-C Dean MartinTuck (left) congratulates Breidenbaugh.
A Chillicothe native, Breidenbaugh earned his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in theater from Ohio University in 1975 after spending the first year of his college career on the Chillicothe Campus, his Master’s Degree of Fine Arts in art history from the university in 1986 and his doctoral degree in comparative arts from Ohio University in 1995.

More than contribute to the cultural life of the campus and local community, the theater program adds to the liberal arts quality of the campus environment and helps to establish OU-C as an active campus.

“I greatly enjoy my time on the Chillicothe Campus, and I am glad I can continue to pursue my passions and stay active, both in the classroom and in the theater while slowing down my professional pace somewhat,” Breidenbaugh said.

Ken's son and daughter saluted him with a musical number during a reception.
Further, Breidenbaugh is an accomplished playwright. In recognition of the university’s bicentennial, Breidenbaugh co-authored and directed the play Two Ohios, which was performed at Chillicothe’s historic Majestic Theater.  He wrote and directed Two Ohios and More in honor of the campus’ 60-year anniversary in 2006. His two original scripts include House Plans and Fall Collection, which were both produced at OU-C. Breidenbaugh is currently at work on a third full-length play.

Post Secondary Enrollment Option program helps students find their college focus

By student intern Michele Schambs

Ohio University-Chillicothe’s involvement in the Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP), a state-funded program that allows high school students to gain a feel of the college experience while they are still in high school. This past academic year, approximately 75 area high school students participated in this program by taking classes at OU-C.

Two participating students – Parisa Bennett and Rylee Bouillion – were featured in a recent campus news blog story, and we caught up with them to follow up on their experience with the program as well as their future plans.
Parisa Bennett

It is apparent that the program was effective in helping to prepare the two recent Chillicothe High School students for their college careers.

 “I’m excited, but I’m trying not to get myself too excited,” stated Bennett, who will attend
Wittenberg University this fall and major in business.

“I’m ready, but then not ready at the same time,” said Bouillion, “I think it will hit me more after I have already left.” She will attend the College of Wooster and major in psychology.

Bennett and Bouillion both stated that participating in the PSEOP program was a great experience and would recommend the program to other high school seniors.

“I think it helped us make the right choice in where we wanted to attend college,” said Bouillion.

“It also gave us a head start. I feel that we will have an advantage over other students coming in,” added Bennett.

Rylee Bouillion
They both have only one fear, to meet new people, as is common for new college students.

“It will be exciting though,” said Bouillion, who plans to play softball at Wooster. “Since I’ve met the softball team, I already know some people.”

“I’ve met my roommate, but that’s all,” Bennett said. She plans on playing tennis at Wittenberg. “I think I’m going to wait till my sophomore year though,” Bennett explained.

Both students have high goals and plan on obtaining their master’s degrees after their undergraduate careers.