Wednesday, September 11, 2013

OU-C students can put knowledge to test, win gift certificate in Constitution Day contest

In celebration of Constitution Day on Sept. 17, OU-C students will have the opportunity to test their knowledge of this important document and win a $50 gift certificate from the campus bookstore and Hilltop Café.

A list of 10 questions concerning the Constitution will be available at the IT Information Desk in the Stevenson Center on Monday, Sept. 16. Students who are able to answer the questions correctly will have their answer sheets entered into a drawing for the gift certificates. To be eligible for the drawing, the completed answer sheets must be turned in at the IT Information desk by the close of the Stevenson Center on Sept. 17. 

Students can find the information they need on the web site:

Constitution Day, or Citizenship Day, recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution on the date the document was signed into law in 1787. The law establishing the holiday was passed in 2004, and the first official observance occurred the following year.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Darren Baker has vision for art exhibits in role as Chillicothe Campus curator

By OU-C public relations student writer Megan Valentine

Darren Baker has taken on the duties as curator of art exhibits at OU-C. Baker, who was recently hired as visiting assistant professor of art, has a strong background in this area. He has served on the Ohio Museum Association Board of Directors, been the director of visual arts at the Southern Ohio Museum and Culture Center, and has exhibited his own work throughout the region. Baker, who was previously an adjunct faculty member at OU-C, earned his bachelor’s degree in digital imaging and photography from Shawnee State University and his master’s degree in graphic design from Ohio University.

In explaining his duties, Baker said he looks to use art to further build a bridge between the campus and the region, utilizing both the Scott Gallery in Bennett Hall and the Stevenson Center gallery.

“As curator of the Patricia Scott Gallery, I am responsible for organizing exhibitions that connect Ohio University-Chillicothe with contemporary artists working in this region,” Baker said. “In the Stevenson Gallery, I am focusing on artists working within the Ohio University family through a series of solo exhibitions.”

Baker has a clear vision for his position.

“My goal for this position is to act as an advocate for the visual arts on campus and for the students of OU-C by participating in area arts events, attending workshops and endorsing the OU-C art program,” says Baker of his plans for the galleries.

His vision includes using the gallery shows to add to campus life at OU-C and supplement classroom instruction.

“The exhibition schedule for the Patricia Scott Gallery will introduce students to area artists professionally working in art mediums offered at OU-C. Professors are asked to include the exhibitions to their syllabi, converting the exhibition from a static display to a didactic tool,” Baker said.

“The exhibitions in the Stevenson Gallery will introduce students to other Ohio University art professors on a personal level. The exhibition space is small making it perfect for solo exhibitions. Each professor has been asked to come to campus for a short talk about their work and practices.”

The exhibits for this academic year are chosen to support this vision.

“The 2013-14 exhibition schedule opens a window to other regional artists in a way to expose students to modern working methods and opportunities to exhibit their own work at other institutions, he noted.

“Each exhibiting artist is chosen to enhance the student experience in the mediums offered here at OUC. Painting, photography, printmaking and ceramics are all represented at some point throughout the academic year.”


The Patricia Scott Gallery in Bennett Hall is currently hosting Kim Krause’s Eleusinian Mysteries
exhibition through Oct. 11. The exhibit includes paintings by Krause, professor of art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he co-chairs the studio program. His paintings have been featured internationally in more than 120 exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, and have been purchased for numerous public, private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad. The Cincinnati native was co-founder of the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Over-the-Rhine Studies Project.

This particular exhibition is a series of approximately a dozen paintings that, according to the artist’s statement, surround an initiation rite practiced thousands of years ago by the Cult of Demeter. Because of the oath of secrecy taken during the rite of passage very little is known about the actual ceremonies and meanings behind the Eleusinian Mysteries. According to some initiates the message revealed to them completely altered the way they viewed the universe and ideas about afterlife, and some historians believe that psychedelic agents played a part in the intensity of their revelations.

Krause will be on campus for a lunchtime lecture at noon on Sept. 26.

Exhibition Schedule the 2013-14 Academic Year

Patricia Scott Gallery

August 26 – October 11
Eleusinian Mysteries:
New Paintings by Kim Krause

November 2 – December 24
Insects: Benjamin Montague

January 13- February 8
Verge: OU-C Faculty Art Show

February 21 – March 28
Contextualized: Anthony Wolking

April 11 – May 9
Surface: The 27th Annual
Undergraduate Art Exhibition

June 2 – June 30
Cancer Survivors

Stevenson Gallery

September 7 – October 10
Art Werger: Printmaking

October 12 – November 7
Ray Klimek: Photographer

November 9 – December 12
Melissa Haviland: Printmaker

January 11 – February 13
John Sabraw: Painter

March 8 – April 10
Don Adleta: Graphic Designer

April 19 – May 22
Art Major Student Exhibition

Third rendition of local PechaKucha event is on the horizon

The third local edition of the popular PechaKucha series is on the horizon. The Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe is partnering with local organizations to sponsor “PechaKucha Nights” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Park View Artisans, 13 W. Second St., Chillicothe.

PechaKucha is a fun and relaxed celebration of ideas, where friends and neighbors talk about what they love in 20 images, 20 seconds each, which keeps presentations concise and audience members engaged.

Admission is free, and those in attendance are encouraged to dress in the costume of their favorite country for a chance to win cash prizes.

Among those scheduled to participate are OU-C faculty and staff members Darren Baker, Robb Moats, Dywayne Nicely and Ashlee Diggs, as well as student Hautumn Greenleaf.

The PechaKucha event is a part of the Quinn Library’s popular Salon Series in collaboration with OU-C's Cultural Committee. These events have engaged members of the campus and community in intellectual discussions of various topics over the years and are meant to foster relationships between students of the OU-C campus and Chillicothe community members. “The cultural committee is always looking for new ways to aestheticize folks on the campus and to spark creativity in the community so we were on board,” said OU-C faculty member Debra Nickles, a member of the OU-C Cultural Committee.

The PechaKucha events have become a staple in supporting campus-community relations and upholding the Quinn Library’s emphasis on building a learning community.

“I was enchanted with the idea last fall when Dr. Allan Pollchik, our recently retired librarian, approached me about supporting the event,” Nickles said. “Both events last year were very well attended, and the Park View Gallery is a beautiful venue filled with artistic work from Ross County. The presentations were absolutely inspiring. When I was approached to help with another series this year, I was all on board. It's just a terrific evening of conversation for all involved.”

C. Nicholas Tepe, director of the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library, explains his connection to the event and why he decided to bring it to Chillicothe.

“Allan had told me about the Salons at Quinn Library he had been running in an effort to connect the students to interesting people from the area” Tepe said. “Shortly after he told me about this I attended my first PechaKucha in Columbus and realized that this sort of event could provide the same sort of connections in a fun and relaxed environment, as well as encouraging students to come into town for events. Allan loved the idea and brought Cynthia Davis, who owns the Park View Gallery, on board for a venue. As a result we have a great team combining the university, the public library, and private business to promote community connections in Chillicothe.”

PechaKucha night was created in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and display their work in public. It has now spread rapidly worldwide, with new nights forming globally. There is no theme or topic. Therefore, the presenter has complete creative freedom.

Besides the OU-C, other sponsors of the upcoming PechaKucha event include Chillicothe and Ross County Library, and Park View Galleries.

OU-C students talk about their classiest classes

We regularly speak with OU-C students to get their thoughts on the campus environment. This week, we asked our students about their favorite classes.

“My favorites would probably be the biology classes I have taken. Since I am going into the nursing
program, it is cool to learn about anatomy,” said Sawyer Blakeman, a nursing student from Zane Trace High School.

“Mine would probably be Introduction to Child Development,” said
fellow nursing student Travis Hess, a Huntington High grad. “I work with special needs kids, and it is fun to learn how kids interact and why.”

Jessica Dove, a biology major from Huntington High, said, “I like my UC 1000 class. Ashlee Digges is my professor, and she is very personable.”

Michael Allen, a law enforcement technology major from
Chillicothe High School, said, “My favorite classes would be my online classes, Legal and and Ethical Issues, as well as Forensics and Criminology. The professors give us detailed information, and they respond quickly to questions. I also enjoy the discussion boards and sharing opinions with other students.”

“I prefer my public health class,” said Kelsey Matthews, a pre-social work major from Logan Elm
High School. “It is very organized, and the lecture notes go hand-in-hand with the book. I also enjoy art. My professor (Ken Breidenbaugh) is very down to earth, he tries to be funny and it works.”

Brooke Porter, a pre-nursing major from Logan Elm, said, “I like anatomy. It is really hands-on and the professor goes in-depth and explains things. I also like English. The professor is easy to relate to and makes it seem as if it is not a task.”

Ohio University sponsors ‘Diversity Essentials’ programs

Ohio University is sponsoring the “Diversity Essentials” series free of charge to university staff and students. The interactive networking program approaches diversity from various angles through discussion and activities that are designed to foster communication, inclusion, growth and understanding.

Workshops include:

•    Recognizing Cultural Identify, Sept. 13
•    Global Village, Sept. 27
•    How Perceptions Shape Diversity, Oct. 25
•    Marginalization and Privilege, Nov. 1

Sessions are held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the HRTC building in Athens. To register, contact Stephanie Sanders at or Teri Combs at

Regional Higher Education hosting tailgate party

The Office of Regional Higher Education is hosting a tailgate party for students on Ohio University’s regional campuses prior to Ohio University’s football game vs. Miami (Ohio) University on Oct. 26.

The tailgate party will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pepsi Tailgreat Park near Peden Stadium. Those with an Ohio University student ID card can get a free ticket for the game at the student ticket office.

RSVP by October 4 using this link: Contact Shanna Adkins for more information by calling 740.593.0048 or emailing

Free HIV testing to be offered

Representatives from Portsmouth City Health Department will be on campus from 11:30 a.m  – 1 p.m. on Sept. 26 in Bennett Hall rooms 130-131 to offer free HIV testing.