Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hilltop Café getting a new look and more, fresher offerings for fall semester

Salad bars will enhance customized, fresh offerings.
 Renovation and fresh offerings are on the menu for the Hilltop Café for fall semester 2013. Ohio University’s Auxiliary Services has assumed operations of the bookstores and food services on the university’s regional campuses, effective July 1.

With the change in operations comes a new look to the Hilltop Café, located in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. Overall, patrons will notice a more open, airy look with more efficient use of space and a wider array of choices.

The new-look café will feature an expanded menu, putting it on par with college campuses across the state in terms of quality, variety and healthy choices. Old favorites will be joined by new nutritional offerings, offering a star-studded lineup of culinary choices.

To accommodate the upgrade, six computer stations, including the counter, along the south wall have been relocated elsewhere in the Stevenson Center and will be replaced with food offerings and a scissor-type door to secure the space after hours.
Computer stations have been relocated to allow for expanded services

The café will maintain normal operations through Aug. 2, and then will be closed for renovations, reopening on Aug. 26, the first day of fall semester.

Among upcoming menu selections are:
• A bakery case
• Full selection of sandwiches and wraps, including both prepared and those made to order
• Let us have lettuce with side salads, prepared salads and the salad bar
• Assorted desserts
• Create-your-own pizza and deli counters
• A wide range of Starbucks coffee products

Hours of operation will remain similar, with the café open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. Current bookstore manager Andrea Carroll will oversee operations of both the bookstore and the café, while OU-C student workers will continue to run the daily operations of the café.

Once reopened, the most noticeable upgrade will be the installation of two salad bars in the space that had previously been filled by tables used by diners. Behind the scenes, a pizza oven will be installed in the preparation area behind the counter. There will also be a range of pastries and desserts that would make Marie Antoinette once again utter “Let them eat cake” if she were working behind the counter.
The changes maintain current patron favorites, such as convenient items (chips, etc.) and prepared sandwiches and salads with new wrinkles, such as personal pizzas made on the spot and sub sandwiches that are tailored with personalized toppings.

Overall, the renovations are targeted toward offering students fresher choices that are served quickly, meeting the demands of their busy schedules.

“While the look will change, the student-focused approach that distinguishes the entire Learning Commons will remain soundly intact. The emphasis will continue to be placed on offering a place for Chillicothe Campus students to spend their time between classes most productively and on their own terms,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said.

“With the campus’ growing enrollment, it has become increasingly important to have a ‘campus hub where students can hang out and study or socialize between classes. On a commuter campus, where students cannot go back to their residence halls when not in class, the Learning Commons plays a central role in fostering a sense of community on campus and adding to the everyday experience for students,” Tuck said.

Making summertime relaxing and educational

OU-C education faculty member offers tips for parents

By student intern Michele Schambs

Do you find that you do the same activities with your kids every summer? Are you trying to look for ways to entertain them, but also have that entertainment be educational? Jamie Harmount, an Early
Childhood Education faculty member at Ohio University - Chillicothe, offers some practical insights on how to keep the summer fun, but also educational for your children, so they are prepared to succeed when they return to school in the fall.

“Summer for children is to be fun and relaxing, but children can learn while having fun and relaxing,” says Harmount.

Harmount says that, “Young children learn best through play,” so she encourages parents to do activities with their children and do group activities with others.

Some activities that parents can do with their children are:
• Go to the Library
• Let children help with cooking
• Let children help with gardening
• Go on nature walks
• Go fishing
• Make homemade musical instruments
• Paint a picture or make something from supplies around the house
• Ride bikes, take walks, or dance

These are just a few activities Harmount recommends to make the summer fun and educational for you children.

“Making learning fun is the way to make children academically successful,” Harmount says. “None of us learn when we’re bored. Children should be excited about what they are learning whether they are at home or school.”

Harmount also says that parents can do these activities and children of various ages.

“Older children can do the same things I have mentioned earlier,”

Harmount is not against using electronics to further a child's learning, either.

“The technological tools children have today are great!” Harmount says, “But, it is important to balance the time spent watching television and playing computer games with physical activity.”

“The important thing to remember about summer learning is to make it fun and enjoyable for the whole family,” Harmount says. “Summer is a time for families to play and work together.”

OU-C to host youth volleyball clinic

A youth volleyball clinic will be held for girls at the Shoemaker Center gymnasium at Ohio University-Chillicothe on July 31. A session will be held for girls in first through third grades from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and for girls in grades four through six from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

OU-C volleyball players and coaches will serve as instructors. The clinic is designed for girls with little experience or who are new to the game of volleyball and will stress fundamentals of the game such as hitting, passing and serving.

Cost is $20 with a family rate available, and each girl who registers by July 27 will receive a t-shirt. To register or for more information, contact OU-C volleyball coach Tara Bethel at or (740) 207-3744. Participation is limited to 25 girls per session.