Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hilltop Café unveils new look, offerings for fall semester

With the beginning of fall semester, the Hilltop Café in the Stevenson Center rolled out a new look, with more fresh and convenient food items. From salads to made-to-order pizzas, a variety of sandwiches and other types of fare, the menu offers food for the thoughtful. The revisions emphasize the student-focused approach of the Learning Center and are on par with the culinary options of campuses across the state.

A recent campus news blog article highlighted the changes: http://www.oucnewsblog.com/search?q=Hilltop

Opening activities welcome students to campus

As part of “Welcome Week,” several activities are being held during the first week of fall semester to welcome Ohio University-Chillicothe students to campus and set the tone for a successful term. Among events were a cookout on Monday during which OU-C students could mingle and learn about student organizations, athletics teams and other activities on campus. The events are designed to make students aware of the many opportunities to become engaged members of the campus community beyond the classroom. Among upcoming activities are a corn hole tournament and “Movie Under the Stars.”

The events are designed to make students aware of the many opportunities to become engaged members of the campus community beyond the classroom. Information on the opening events, which are sponsored by the Presidents Club and Student Activities, is available on the campus’ Facebook page.

As 2013 fall term begins, new employees join Chillicothe Campus community

Several individuals are joining the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus community as new employees, or in new positions, with the beginning of the 2013 fall semester. Some individuals had already begun their duties earlier while most faculty members officially joined OU-C in these capacities when classes began Aug. 26. These individuals include:

Darren Baker, Assistant Professor of Art. Baker has a strong background in the classroom and in
the rofession. He has been an adjunct faculty member at OU-C since 2012, teaching design classes. He has also been a teaching assistant in graphic design as a graduate assistant on the Athens campus and an adjunct faculty member at Shawnee State University. Professionally, since 2003, Baker has been the director of visual arts at the Southern Ohio Museum and Culture Center, and he was previously a graphic designer and digital imaging technician at Gerard Hilferty and Associates. Baker has published books of graphic design, photography and poetry, and his work has been exhibited regionally. He belongs to several professional affiliations and is on the Ohio Museum Association Board of Directors. Baker earned a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in digital imaging/photography from Shawnee State University and masters of fine arts degree in graphic design from Ohio University.

Steven Clusman, Wellness Center Director. Clusman is an exercise physiologist as well as an
assistant strength and conditioning coach with Spaulding Chiropractic & Sports Therapy in Chillicothe. In these roles, he teaches and demonstrates exercises, educates individuals involving healthy living and maintains exercise equipment. As a certified strength and conditioning specialist, he works as a personal trainer, and as a strength and conditioning coach for area individuals and student-athletes. Clusman also has served as a volunteer camp counselor and as a youth basketball coach for students in grades four through six. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physiology of exercise from Ohio University.
Tracy Coats, Assistant Professor of Nursing. Coats has served as an instructor with 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 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 and has given presentations on creating virtual learning spaces at professional conferences. Coats has earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northeast Missouri State University and her master’s degree in nursing from Regis University in Denver, Colo.

Randy Drewyor, Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Management. Drewyor possesses a blend ofprofessional and teaching experience. He is a regional sales manager with Horizon Telcom and waspreviously an account executive with Time Warner Cable. He has also worked with Mead Paper and Procter & Gamble, as well as with private consulting projects. He has more than 30 years of experience in professional assignments that focus on organizational and communication strategies as well as leading sales teams. Drewyor has also taught several business classes as an adjunct faculty member at OU-C since 1993. He earned a bachelor’s degree in applied science from Miami (Ohio) University and a master’s of business management degree from Ohio University.

Alex Ecklund, Accessibility Coordinator. Ecklund is working with students on both the Chillicothe and Lancaster campuses to help ensure access to higher education for students with physical and mental disabilities. Ecklund will be on the Chillicothe campus on Mondays, Thursdays and every other Friday. While it is preferred that students make an appointment, they can also drop by to meet with Ecklund as his schedule permits. His office is located in Bennett Hall 265 until September 2013 when he will move to Bennett 141A. He can be reached at 740-774-7253 or ecklund@ohio.edu. He has worked with the Office for Students with Disabilities at Edinboro (Pa.) University for the past two and a half years. Ecklund earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling, both from Edinboro.

 Marguerite Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Sociology. Hernandez has a strong teaching
background. Since 2012, she has been a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati. She was previously a lecturer at Ohio Wesleyan University, and a graduate research and teaching associate at Ohio State University. Hernandez has received several scholarly awards and honors in addition to presenting at several conferences while also having her work published. Among Hernandez’s research interests are human trafficking, social movements, institutional responses to social problems, race, class, gender and sexuality. Her dissertation focuses on human trafficking. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from San Francisco State University and her master’s and doctoral degrees, also in sociology and both from Ohio State University.

Mary Beth Kaylor, Associate Director/Associate Professor of Nursing. Kaylor has a progressive
background as a practitioner, educator and researcher. She has been on the faculty of Wright State University since 2008, where she was involved in various university committees, and has been an adjunct faculty member with AT Still University in Mesa, Ariz.; Capital University and Ohio State University. She was also a nursing research consultant with Kettering Health Network in Dayton, a staff nurse in the Emergency Department at Children’s Medical Center in Dayton, an intake specialist with the Pregnancy Care Connection Line in Columbus and a Medicaid health system analyst with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. She is certified as a nurse educator and advanced public health nurse. She has been an investigator for multiple research and evaluation activities and has delivered numerous presentations at professional and academic conferences. Also, Kaylor has been active in several professional nursing associations. She is chair-elect of Health System and Policy for the Midwestern Nursing Research Society and is past chair of the Health Education Section as well as the Education and Program committees of the Ohio Public Health Association. She has earned several professional honors, including the first place poster in the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association Research Symposium. Kaylor earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wright State, a master’s degree in nursing from Ohio State and a doctoral degree in nursing, also from Ohio State. She also holds a certificate in nursing education and a master’s degree in public health management, both from Wright State.

Kenneth Larimore, Assistant Professor of Social Work. Larimore has held this position since the
beginning of the 2012-13 academic year, and it has been elevated from a Group II to a Group I position. In addition, he serves as program coordinator. Larimore had previously been an adjunct faculty member at OU-C and a visiting professor of social work on Ohio University’s Athens campus as well as an adjunct member at other colleges/universities, teaching courses in areas such as social work, sociology and counseling. He was previously an adjunct professor at Liberty University, Strayer University, Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, Ohio Christian University, Indiana Wesleyan University and Central Ohio Technical College. Larimore has presented numerous workshops and seminars in addition to having articles published. He also has a strong background in social work as an administrator, counselor and case manager.

Jacqueline Nace, Lecturer in Biological Sciences. Nace is an experienced educator on both the college and high school levels. She has served as an adjunct faculty member on the Chillicothe Campus since 2011 and was previously an adjunct instructor at Columbus State Community College and Ohio State University, as well as a teaching assistant in biology at Ohio State. Nace has been a high school teacher at Teays Valley and Canal Winchester high schools for the past eight years. She has had research articles selected for publication in academic venues. Nace earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from West Liberty (W.Va.) University and a doctoral degree from Ohio State University. She also obtained a teaching license in life science from Ashland University.

Brenda Phillips, Associate Dean. Phillips earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and history with minors in Spanish and social work from Bluffton College (now Bluffton University), her master’s degree in sociology from Ohio State University and her doctoral degree, also in sociology, from Ohio State. Since 2004, she has served at Oklahoma State University as the graduate student coordinator and a professor in the Fire and Emergency Program at Oklahoma State University. She has also been senior researcher for the university’s Center for the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events and an affiliate faculty member in the School of International Studies at Oklahoma State. Phillips was previously a professor and director of the Emergency Preparedness Applied Research Center at Jacksonville (Ala.) State University. Previously, she was a faculty member in sociology and director of the Women’s Studies Program at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. She has also been a faculty member in sociology at Southern Methodist University and at Maryville (Tenn.) College. Phillips has earned numerous grants and contracts, delivered presentations at international conferences, authored and co-authored several books, articles and book chapters and served on various boards.

Kelly Vanhorn, Child Development & Education Field Coordinator. In this role, Vanhorn
assists with placements and record-keeping for professional internships. She is a clinical educator for Ohio University and is also a clinical supervisor with Western Governor’s University, performing evaluations of student teachers. She is an administrative assistant/learning coordinator with the United States Tennis Association in Florida and managed after-school programs on 36 sites with Volusia County (Fla.) Schools. She was also a recreation supervisor for both Volusia County Leisure Services and with the City of Reynoldsburg (Ohio).  Vanhorn earned an associate degree from Columbus State Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Stetson University and a master’s degree in adult education and training from the University of Phoenix. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.
Brandi Weaver, Interim Head Librarian. 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, most recently as librarian supervisor, with responsibility for campuses at four sites in Ohio, including the Chillicothe campus. Prior to joining Daymar, Weaver was the Learning Resource coordinator for Miami-Jacobs Career College in Springboro and Sharonville, Ohio. As an OU-C undergraduate student, Weaver was a student assistant in the Quinn 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.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Campus planning meeting provides road map for OU-C to best fulfill its mission and pursue its vision

Executive Dean Bill Willan discussed Regional Higher Education initiatives at the university.

OU-C Dean Martin Tuck will discuss the campus’ strategic priorities, initiatives and other information relevant to the 2013-14 academic year during the campus’ annual fall term opening session at noon on Sept. 4 in Bennett Hall room 134. Members of the campus community are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Members of the Ohio University-Chillicothe community discussed ways to put the campus’ mission and strategic priorities into action during OU-C’s recent annual planning session. Approximately 45 individuals participated in the meeting at Deer Creek State Park. Those in attendance included OU-C faculty and staff members as well as Regional Coordinating Council members.

Dean Martin Tuck shared a draft of “OU-C in 2018, Strategic Planning for the Future of the Campus,” a comprehensive strategic plan, emphasizing the plan is a blueprint that is intended to provide direction and will be revised based on input from campus stakeholders.

“I want to emphasize that this is a draft. We are incorporating material from the past two retreats and the work of standing committees on campus,” the dean said. “We look to have the plan more complete by spring semester, but it is more important that it is done right rather than it is do ne quickly.”

As Dean Tuck noted, the strategic plan and the campus’ strategic planning build upon past plans and current efforts.

“We are entering phase two of the strategic plan implementation,” Dean Tuck said. “We began the process a year ago at a similar planning session and continued it in a spring meeting. What we are now doing is putting pen to paper in terms of what we want the campus to look like down the road.”

The planning process captures the spirit of the Chillicothe Campus. As the strategic planning draft document stated, much of OU-C’s success over the past 67 years is due to the campus’ flexibility and willingness to change to provide the best possible educational experience for its students.

The strategic plan itself provides a road map for the next five years and outlines campus initiatives and strategies while providing insights on how resources will be utilized to accomplish the campus’ vision.

The three points of emphasis for the 2013-1 academic year are:

•    Academic priorities (Academic programs and support)
•    Facilities and Information Technology
•    Communications and Marketing

As Dean Tuck noted, in moving forward, it is important to find innovative ways to develop plans and programs that support the campus’ mission. As the strategic plan points out, since its founding in 1946 as the first regional campus in the state, OU-C provides educational opportunities for residents of its service region, many of whom are first-generation and non-traditional students.

As the dean expressed, the Chillicothe Campus’ mission is to provide educational and cultural offerings for residents of this region and to provide its students with a solid educational foundation and college experience.

The planning document further noted that a distinguishing characteristic of the OU-C educational experience is the number of options that are available to students. They can complete their associate or baccalaureate programs in approximately 20 academic areas, which align with employment opportunities in the region. Or, students have the option of seamlessly relocating to the Athens campus, which offers 250 academic programs as well as the option to transfer to another college or university.

The planning document outlined that the campus must continue to be responsive to needs of its students and its region to fulfill its vision.

Next steps will include putting goals articulated during the planning session into actionable initiatives while further refining the strategic plan based on input from the meeting. A similar campus-wide meeting will be held during spring semester to further assess the campus’ strategic objectives.

By many indicators, these are banner days for the Chillicothe Campus. Preliminary numbers project OU-C’s fall semester headcount enrollment to be 13 percent higher than last year, the largest increase of Ohio University’s five regional campuses. OU-C is well-positioned for continued success, with excellent academic programs, solid finances, outstanding facilities and a clearly defined mission.

Faculty members earn promotion and tenure

Two Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty members recently earned promotions.

•    Mary Barbara Trube, Education. Trube was promoted from associate professor to full professor.
She earned her associate degree from Tyler (Texas) Junior College; a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin University; a master’s degree in health and physical education, and a master’s degree in early childhood education, both from the University of Texas at Tyler; a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin; and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin. She has also completed an Adult International Teachers of English as a Foreign Language Certificate at the University of Cincinnati. She joined the OU-C faculty in 2002.

•    Ronald Vance, Nursing. Vance was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor and
also received tenure. He earned his certificate in nursing and associate degree in nursing from Hocking College, as well as his bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing, with a focus on education, both from Ohio University. Vance joined the OU-C faculty in 2006.