Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Area individuals continue to make an impact through establishment of OU-C scholarship endowments

Scholarship endowments help to make a quality educational experience a realization for area residents.

In the true spirit of “paying it forward” and building a better future for residents of this region, some area individuals are helping area students realize their college aspirations through the endowment of scholarships at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

E. Jean Kerney, Ph.D., has endowed a scholarship fund for underrepresented students on the Chillicothe Campus. Qualified students for the Dr. Jean Kerney Scholarship must graduate from a Ross County high school with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The first scholarships will be awarded in 2017.

Kerney has dedicated her career to education, and this scholarship fund continues that emphasis.
The former assistant superintendent of Chillicothe City Schools, Kerney has taught courses at OU-C and was an assistant professor at Otterbein College (now Otterbein University). In 1997, she founded K&C Educational Associates, whose mission is to provide ongoing quality educational training and support services for students, parents, teachers, education leaders and businesses. In 2006, she founded the David Ater Dyslexia and ADHD Clinic.

Kerney earned a master’s degree of education in counseling and a doctoral degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, both from Ohio University.

The Wayne and Robin Holland Scholarship Endowment will be awarded to a freshman OU-C student. The priority will be a student who has lived in the Chillicothe Metropolitan Housing Authority in Chillicothe and to a student who has participated in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in Ross County. Recipients must earn a GPA of at least 2.75 from a Ross County high school. The first scholarships will be awarded in 2014.

Robin and Wayne Holland are both active in the local community, particularly in endeavors aimed at helping area youth. They started the Snack and Learn program at Lincoln Park that provides tutoring for students in the housing project. They are active in United Way, Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization, Walnut Street United Methodist Church and the local chapter of the Red Cross. Wayne Holland, who is retired from Kenworth Trucking Company, serves on The Promise Lives Campaign for the Chillicothe Campus.

Martin Tuck, dean of the Chillicothe Campus, is establishing the Courtney and Paul Tuck Life Science Scholarship for students seeking a degree in a life sciences discipline such as biology, biochemistry, pre-professional or nursing. Qualified students must attain a 3.2 or higher GPA on the Chillicothe Campus, with the first scholarships to be awarded in 2017.

The endowment mirrors Tuck’s career paths of the sciences and higher education and his children’s (Courtney and Paul) interest in the life sciences. He began his Ohio University career as a faculty member in chemistry in 1986. He later was chair of the graduate program in Molecular and Cellular Biology for eight years before becoming associate provost of the university. He has been dean of the Chillicothe Campus since 2011.

“The establishment of these scholarship endowments is a testament to the generosity, foresight and concern for others that these individuals have exhibited throughout their lives and their chosen pursuits,” OU-C Resource Development Coordinator Joyce Atwood said. “By providing scholarships for Chillicothe Campus students, they help to ensure that area residents have the opportunity to earn a college degree and realize the benefits of a college education. As a regional campus, it is our mission to utilize higher education to support the quality of life for this area, and we are grateful for the support of these individuals.”

Endowments produce interest income, which funds the scholarships and ensure the gifts have long-lasting benefits.

These gifts are part of The Promise Lives Campaign, Ohio University’s capital campaign which seeks to raise $450 million by June 30, 2015. The campaign has raised more than $429 million in support of students, faculty, programs, partnerships and select facilities at Ohio University.
Funds raised for the Chillicothe Campus will support scholarships and the construction of a planned Academic Success Center, which will connect Bennett Hall and the Stevenson Center, tying together academic and student services resources. These projects support the campus’ mission of offering area residents access to a well-rounded, quality educational experience that prepares them for lives of impact. Learn more at www.ohio.edu/campaign

Area students can survey possible options during upcoming College Night event

Recent College Night events have been well-attended by prospective students in the region

Area high school students and their parents can explore the offerings of approximately 50 colleges and universities during the annual College Night event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 16 in the Shoemaker Center on the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus. Both the Chillicothe campus and Athens campus of Ohio University will be among those represented at the event.

“This event allows prospective students and their parents to investigate a number of potential colleges in one evening,” OU-C Student Recruitment Coordinator Neeley Allen said. “At OU-C, we are focused on providing every opportunity for area residents to realize the benefits of a higher education, and this occasion emphasizes that commitment. With representatives of dozens of colleges and universities gathering in Chillicothe, this is a great opportunity for high school juniors and seniors as well as their parents.”

Those attending College Night will be able to explore degree options, transfer options, admission requirements, and college costs as well as financial aid options. Besides the various educational institutions, there will be representatives of some branches of the Armed Forces and various scholarship and loan programs.

“We want to ensure that area students are aware of the advantages that OU-C offers, including the friendliness of a small campus and resources of a national university. More than that, it is important that that our area students realize the opportunities that are available to them,” OU-C Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “For some students, it will be their first contact with a college representative. For others, it will offer a chance to further investigate some schools and ask follow-up questions.”

The local Kiwanis Club chapter and OU-C are sponsoring the event. Those with further questions can contact Allen at 740-774-7721 or allenn@ohio.edu.

OU-C faculty member Barbara Mahaffey selected as webinar presenter

OU-C faculty member Barbara Mahaffey was selected as a presenter for recent webinar sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), the international counseling professional honor society. The webinar included an interactive conversation held with active master’s degree students who are leaders in CSI chapters and their advisors.

Mahaffey was among three presenters on the topic of “Strategies for Involving Alumni and Professional Members in CSI Chapter Activities.” Learning outcomes include identifying strategies for maintaining contact with alumni and professional members; understanding professional members’ preferences for workshops and other chapter activities, and receiving ideas from CSI chapters that have developed successful programs for professional members.

Other presenters for the webinar were Stephen Kennedy, who chairs CSI’s Professional Member Committee; and Jill Duba Sauerheber, Ph.D., a faculty member at Western Kentucky University.

Mahaffey is an associate professor and coordinator of the OU-C Human Services Technology program. She is also a clinical counselor, with more than 30 years of professional experience and has earned supervising counselor designation. She is a lifelong member of CSI and was inducted into the honor society in 1996.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication and her master’s degree in education in community counseling from Ohio University, taking courses at OU-C, and her Ph.D. in education with a major in counselor education from Ohio State University. Mahaffey’s specialty is marriage, couples and family counseling. Mahaffey joined the OU-C faculty in June 2005.

Donna Burgraff presents at professional conference

Donna L. Burgraff, Ed.D., associate professor of Education and Technical and Applied Studies at OU-C, recently presented a session at the West Virginia Department of Education Institutional Education Conference in Morgantown, W.Va.  She had been invited to submit a proposal to present by the Office of Institutional Education Programs.

Burgraff’s topic was “Creating Positive Learning and Work Environments.” She spoke about the research in strengths psychology and gave the participants from across the state of West Virginia practical tips to use in their classrooms and in their institutional settings.  As she does with her students, Prof. Burgraff challenged the participants to change their way of thinking about the educational and justice systems and to begin changing the world around them one teacher or principal at a time.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a German minor and master’s degree in counseling both from Eastern Kentucky University, master’s degree in Adult Education from Marshall University and her doctorate in higher education administration from West Virginia University. 

OU-C student wins campus-wide history contest

In a triumph of historical proportions, OU-C student Casey Oates won the recent Constitution Day contest, garnering a $50 gift certificate to the campus bookstore and Hilltop Café.

Oates, a Law Enforcement Technology major, was one of several students who correctly answered a 10-question quiz about the Constitution and the nation’s founding. Those entries were then drawn by Chillicothe Campus Dean Martin Tuck.

“I was surprised. I usually do not have this kind of luck,” said Oates, a Chillicothe High School graduate.

“I think the most important thing we can do, as U.S. citizens is to inform the youth of our history so that we know where we came from and how we got to where we are today,” said Oates, who professes to always having an interest in history.

The contest helped to mark Constitution Day, which is annually observed nationally, on the Chillicothe Campus.