Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A cappella group to provide musical backdrop for OU-C’s annual Heritage Day event

“Section 8,” Ohio University’s original male a cappella singing group, will provide the musical entertainment during the annual Ohio University-Chillicothe Heritage Day event beginning at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. The event is free, and members of the campus and area community are invited to attend. Wine, other beverages and heavy snacks will be provided.

Founded in 1991, Section 8 began as an eight-member collegiate a cappella ensemble, born out of the Singing Men of Ohio, the Ohio University Men’s Glee Club.  Section 8 has grown over the year from eight to 17, to now 15 members.    The group released their first CD, “We May Be Disturbed…” in October 2003 and another in 2012 called “That’s Okay Here.”

“We are fortunate to have such a quality group performing on campus, and I look forward to hearing Section 8 perform,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said.

Heritage Day is designed to offer a homecoming-style event on a commuter campus and connect with community members, many of whom are former students.

A new feature of this event will be the announcement of community service awards to recognize current students and recent alumni who are making a positive difference in their communities.
“These awards capture the spirit of the event. Preparing our students for lives of impact is certainly the heritage of the Chillicothe Campus,” Tuck said. “We emphasize the importance of our students using the skills and insights they gain during their college days to pursue lives of impact. I look forward to honoring individuals who especially personify those values.”

Classes began at OU-C in 1946 with 281 students at the former Chillicothe High School building. Students later took classes at First Presbyterian Church when daytime classes were introduced in 1960. This current campus site became operational in 1966 with the completion of Bennett Hall.

Campus, community join together to dedicate new venue for memorial stone to recognize victims of domestic violence

A ceremony was recently held on campus to rededicate a memorial stone for local victims of domestic violence. The stone, which includes the names of a dozen individuals who died between 1986 and 1996, has been relocated to the area between Bennett Hall and Stevenson Center, a more prominent location in its former place near Stevenson Center.

Chillicothe Mayor Jack A. Everson, who presented a proclamation, said, “The stone that we
rededicate today contains the names of valued residents of Ross County.  They were wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts. They were people with hopes and dreams, with futures.  They were women who would have made contributions to our community. We rededicate ourselves and our community to raise awareness about domestic violence. We rededicate ourselves and our resources to ending violence against women. We draw the line, here and now, and say no more.”

Mari Todd, a domestic violence survivor and OU-C alumnus, shared her story of courage and resiliency and discussed the support she received in this region. “I wanted to be a success. If not for the teachers on the Chillicothe Campus, I never would have made it this far,” she said. “I sought education to make myself better understand {domestic violence} … If you have goals, reach for them, and do not wait for someone to take them away.”

OU-C faculty member Debra Nickles said, “We pledge to rededicate ourselves to ending domestic violence in our communities. Today, and tomorrow, we pledge to continue our advocacy resources and education to ending domestic violence.”

Mandy Sullivan-Dyke, executive director of the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence,
shared information about services offered by her organization as well as causes for ongoing domestic violence.

OU-C students, faculty members and community members also participated in the ceremony.
The event was part of an endeavor to raise money for a new memorial stone. Plans are to add the names of additional local victims to the new stone and to dedicate the updated stone at the new site in April.

Other events during the day included a memorial walk, bake sale and silent auction. There is also a display outside of the Quinn Library in the Stevenson Center featuring a quilt commemorating local victims of domestic violence, on loan from the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, as well as the display of relevant research and published materials by OU-C faculty members.

The various events centered on the common theme of campus and community leaders coming together toward a common cause that involves remembering past victims and focusing on addressing present circumstances.

The current memorial stone was noticed by OU-C faculty members who were not aware of its origins. Research determined it was created by the OU-C FOCUS Program, which found that many area lives were touched by domestic violence and focused on giving victims of this violence a second chance through the pursuit of a college education.

Scholarship breakfast recognizes students and those who support their college dreams

The role that supporters play in helping OU-C students realize their dreams was the theme of the recent Recipients and Donors Scholarship Breakfast on campus. The annual event allows the campus to acknowledge the outstanding students who have earned competitive scholarships as well as the donors whose generosity made the scholarship opportunities possible.

OU-C Associate Dean Brenda Phillips recognized both students and donors in delivering opening remarks while providing the framework for the occasion.

“To the donors, your generosity makes dreams come true.  You have reached out financially to our students through critically needed and valued scholarships,” she said. “Your generosity and compassion help launch students on a journey to their dream profession, to making contributions in their workplaces and to helping them support their families now and in the future.”

“To the students, thank you for choosing OU-C. You are the reason why we all get up every day and go to work. And, you are the reason why people you do not even know took a leap of faith with their own dollars … Students, these donors have invested in you and your future. They believe in you … It is through the kindness of strangers that your journey moves forward. It is through their kindness that they seek to influence the future.”

The associate dean reminded the students to carry on the spirit of the occasion and the Chillicothe Campus and to “pay it forward,” using the benefits from their college careers to help others in the future.

“You are following in the footsteps of countless former OU-C students who have gone before you and who have used their education to contribute to their professions and their communities,” she said. “Do the same yourselves. Repay the investment in you, and fulfill your promise.”

Keynote speaker Stephen Gary echoed those sentiments. Gary, president and CEO of the Savings Bank in Circleville, is the longest tenured CEO in the bank’s 101-year history. He is also an Ohio University-Chillicothe Distinguished Alumni award recipient.

“This campus is a place that will always have a special place in my heart,” Gary said. “I owe much of my success to my college education and the people who influenced me while I was in college.”
“Having a college education has meant the difference between having an OK job and having a career where I can follow my dreams,” he said.

Gary encouraged the students to not take shortcuts and to model integrity in their professional and personal pursuits.

“Work hard, persevere, keep your faith, and you will be successful,” he said. “I have found that the harder I work, the luckier I get … Always do the right thing. You will never regret it.”

Management Leadership Series webinar to feature insights from enterprising business owner Greg Morris

Entrepreneur business founder Greg Morris will share personal insights during the webinar, “Harnessing Growth Through Innovation,” which will be hosted from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Nov. 13 in in the Ohio University-Chillicothe Technology and Business Development Center, 22 S. Pohlman Rd., Chillicothe.

The webinar is free and includes a breakfast that begins at 8 a.m. To register, phone (740) 289-2071, ext. 222 or email carter.1094@osu.edu.
Morris was a lading principal and CEO for Morris Technologies, Inc., and principal of Rapid Quality Manufacturing. Both companies became fast adapters and leaders in additive manufacturing production before they were acquired by General Electric in 2012.
Morris will share his own journey from recognizing an opportunity, starting and building his own company. His blueprint for success includes established standards, self-assessment, fast adapting, empowered leadership and motivated teams.
The webinar is part of the Management Leadership Series and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Ohio Department of Development. Other sponsors include the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, Ohio University-Chillicothe, the Ohio State University South Centers and the state of Ohio Small Business Development Center.
The upcoming webinar is the first edition in the second season of the series.
A webinar series captures the spirit of the Technology and Business Development Center in which the series is held. The Management Leadership Series features insights from experts with various viewpoints and is designed to help individuals, particularly small business owners, gain the practical insights they need to succeed.
A central purpose of the center, which became operational in January 2012, is to provide students and area residents access to the insights, resources and support they need to put their concepts in motion and possibly launch their own business ventures. In this manner, the facility upholds its mission of serving its students and serving its region by stimulating the regional economy and supporting job growth.

OU-C students discuss plans if they reigned over Chillicothe Campus for a day

 We regularly speak with OU-C students to gain their perspective on campus. This week, we asked random students what steps they would take if named queen or king of the campus for a day. Following are responses from these prospective members of OU-C royalty.

“I would take control of campus funds and use them for my own purposes,” said Chris Hahn, who
has an eye on the royal treasury. “There is nothing I dislike badly enough to change,” said Hahn, a graduate of Southeastern High School, who is majoring in middle childhood education.

“I would like to have a parking spot up front and not have to walk
very far. It would also be nice to have free food for a day,” said Baileigh Meeker, a journalism major from Zane Trace High.

Her friend Ciara Smith also would seek parking privileges as part of
her reign. “I want a padded parking spot so no one could ding my car. I would also have no charge for printing papers, which I find a little annoying,” said Smith, a psychology major from Zane Trace.

Ryan Miller, a Logan Elm graduate, would not make any wide-
ranging changes. “I like it as it is. Maybe I would make more printers available in Bennett Hall and more available computers,” said the middle childhood education major.

Gwenndolyn Aume, a Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program
(PSEOP) student who attends Logan Elm High School, would focus on the royal kitchen. “I would definitely have more culturally diverse food, such as Indian, Thai and French foods. Other than that, I would not make any sweeping changes. As a PSEOP student, I am not particularly attached to campus,” said Aume, who has lived in France as an exchange student.

Ashley Waugh would like address the royal appetite with her first decree, along with looking to form stronger social-academic bonds. “I would have different offerings from the cafĂ© available one day a week so that we can taste the different foods and see what we like. Also, it would be good if professors formed study groups that would give us the opportunity to socialize more and meet people outside of class,” said Waugh, a biology/pre-professional major from Southeastern High School and
Pickaway-Ross Career Center.

Her friend, Samana Smith, also a Southeastern High grad, seconds the motion about study groups. “I would like to know people outside of classes. Having study groups in our academic area would give us a chance to meet more people.”

Students chew over concerns with Dean Tuck

Chillicothe Campus Dean Martin Tuck recently broke the bread with several OU-C students during a “Dine with the Dean” session. The opportunities allow the dean to discuss topics and concerns of interest to campus students.