Thursday, November 14, 2013

Campus, community members commemorate shared legacy during annual Heritage Day event


The Chillicothe Campus celebrated its shared legacy during the annual Heritage Day event on Nov. 14 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. The event, which uniquely serves as a homecoming on a commuter campus, allows the campus to renew its bonds with alumni and community members.

Approximately 125 individuals, the largest crowd in the six-year history of the event, were in attendance.

“As they say, a rising tide lifts all ships, and that is certainly true for the Chillicothe Campus and this region we are fortunate to serve,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said in noting that OU-C derives much of its character from the area residents who attend the campus.

“The same qualities that make this region such a wonderful place to live and raise a family make OU-C a great place to pursue a college degree. There is a real feeling of support, and people genuinely care for each other,” the dean said. “Those qualities are a result of enrolling students who are largely from this region and who learned those qualities in their homes and schools.”

A new addition to the occasion this year was the awarding of Heritage Community Service Awards. These awards recognize current students and recent graduates who are making a special impact in their communities, both locally and globally.

Current student recipients included:
•    Chelci Borland.
•    Human Service Association student club

Recent alumni recipients were:
•    Kylie Jordan Frankel
•    Abby Hartley
•    Bill Showman
•    Tammy Simkins

Details about the recipients’ accomplishments are available in a previous campus news blog story at:

Also, Jean C. Romero, who attended OU-C in 1947 when classes were offered at the former
Chillicothe High School, was recognized. After completing her degree on the Athens campus of Ohio University, as was customary at that time, she pursued a career as an educator in the Huntington School District. Also in attendance was Viola Lightle, a student in 1946, when OU-C first opened its doors.

“Section 8,” a student a cappella group from the Athens campus, provided musical entertainment.

Heritage Day began in 2008 as a way to tailor the traditional homecoming event, most often associated with a residential campus, to a commuter, regional campus. Over the years, revisions have been made to best fit the Chillicothe Campus and its constituencies.

OU-C faculty member Mary Barbara Trube participates in professional advancement activities

By public relations student writer Megan Valentine

OU-C faculty member Mary Barbara Trube was recently involved in two significant professional advancement achievements.

Prof. Trube and Beth VanDerveer, a faculty colleague from the university’s Athens campus, recently presented their research on mentoring engaged scholars at the 6th Annual Mentoring Conference. The event was held at the University of New Mexico’s Mentoring Institute and focused on the impact and effectiveness of developmental relationships.

Trube and VanDerveer’s peer-reviewed paper, “Developmental Mentoring Constellations: Sustaining
Engaged Scholarship,” was published in the conference proceedings. Their paper presents data from an exploratory qualitative study conducted at a Midwestern university for the purpose of identifying mentors’ perceptions of developmental mentoring constellations while involved in mentorship relationships with engaged scholars.

In conceptualizing the work of an engaged scholar, the research by Trube and VanDerveer recognizes the interrelationships among teaching, scholarship and service and how all three aspects contribute to strong partnerships and meaningful outcomes in communities beyond the immediate university. Each of the participants of the study received an invitation to be interviewed because they had great experience with both the mentor and mentee elements of the relationship.

Participants were asked to discuss various topics including the support they received, the functions, roles and characteristics of effective mentors and any knowledge or skills they gained in the process. They were also asked to explain whether or not the term “developmental mentoring constellations” resonated with them as a way to sustain engaged scholarship.

Also, Prof. Trube coordinated a panel presentation at the Ohio Confederation of Teacher Education Organizations (OCTEO) Fall 2013 Conference in Dublin, Ohio. In a lecture format a group of five educators, which included Qiuping Cao of the Lancaster campus and Paula McMurray-Schwarz of the Eastern campus, discussed the potential of e-education (electronic education) and technology in classrooms to help younger students in their acquisition of language. They each presented examples of their work to promote deeper understanding of academic language and documentation, including capturing and sharing academic literacy strategies through e-education formats.

The conference focused on the topic of “e-Education: Innovations and New Directions in P-20 Teaching and Learning.”

Each of the presenters has played an active role in preparing teacher candidates to meet the demands of the classroom during their careers. According to their proposal “teacher candidates are addressing learners’ 21st century skills [such as] communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving … through common core state standards.”

Trube is professor of education on the Chillicothe Campus. 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.

Kevin M. Garrett Nursing Endowment opens doors of opportunity for future students

A new scholarship endowment at Ohio University-Chillicothe pays tribute to the perseverance of a former student by opening doors of opportunity for future students. The Kevin M. Garrett Nursing Endowment has been established by his wife, Jessica Garrett, and parents, Kevin L. and Sherry Garrett, in memory of the late OU-C nursing student.

Kevin Garrett was diagnosed with cancer shortly after earning his Associate of Applied Nursing Degree from OU-C in 2010 and then achieving licensure as a registered nurse. Despite his prognosis, he continued to pursue his profession and fulfilled his lifetime goal by working at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

He passed away on May 22, 2013.

The scholarship will be awarded each year to a full-time student enrolled in the first year of the undergraduate nursing program. Kevin Garrett was not eligible for financial aid, and the scholarship will benefit similar students. Preference will be given to male nursing students with a grade point average of at least 3.0.

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

This gift is 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 

Campus members’ support of capital campaign is investment in our students’ success

Chillicothe Campus faculty and staff members,

Chillicothe Campus faculty and staff members bring a wide range of viewpoints, professional skills and backgrounds to campus. On this diverse campus, a key to our success has been a common purpose of putting our students first. This is the focus of our long-term plans and, most importantly, the daily actions by individuals across campus.

I am asking you to again display that dedication. In the near future, you will receive a letter from me requesting your participation in The Promise Lives Capital Campaign of Ohio University. Participation is more important than the size of the contribution. In fact, we are striving for 100 percent participation.

This type of effort will demonstrate the campus’ full commitment to our students and will continue to distinguish the Chillicothe Campus among other campuses and colleges at the university. Further, this type of participation is important in securing gifts from outside individuals and organizations. As you understand, they often want to see that we our supportive of our own efforts before committing their resources.

I understand that economic times are tough, and many campus members have other causes to which they already donate their resources. However, this is a unique time to make an impact on our campus and our students. I trust you will consider a donation to be an investment rather than just an expense. The letter you will soon receive explains various ways to make your gift that best fit your preference.

All of the funds raised on our campus will stay on campus and support the educational pursuits of Chillicothe Campus students. The two main objectives are support of scholarships and an Academic Success Center that expands facilities to enhance student learning and includes a connector between Stevenson Center and Bennett Hall. Together, these initiatives will allow us to continue to offer students the opportunity to pursue successful college careers. Again, the upcoming letter will share details.

Thank you for your consideration, and I appreciate your efforts each day to offer our students an exceptional educational experience.


Martin T. Tuck, Ph.D.
Dean, Ohio University-Chillicothe

Chillicothe Campus students discuss their plans and aspirations

We regularly speak with OU-C students to gain their perspective. This week, we asked our forward-thinking students what they want to do when they grow up.

“Well, I am a nursing major, so, hopefully, I will be an RN,” said Kristin Reisinger, who graduated from Miami Trace High School. “I would definitely like to live in the country or a suburb, but not in the city. Plus, I would like to have kids someday.”

“I want to be a physical therapist. Beyond that, I plan on just winging it and going with whatever happens,”
said Britney Reader, a physical therapy major from Western High School.

“I am going to be a middle school math and science teacher,” said Dallas Drury, middle education major from Southeastern High School. “I also want to live in Tennessee. It is pretty there, and I want to move from Ohio.”

Kristin Waltz, a child development major from Teays Valley High School, said, “I want to be a teacher. Other than that, I don’t know. I will probably live in Grove City.”

“I want to be an athletic trainer with either an NFL or major league baseball team. Or, I would like to be a professional baseball player myself,” said Scott Cawood from
Lynchburg Clay High School in Highland County. Cawood, who is undecided on his academic major, is a member of the OU-C baseball team.

“I am not really sure. I would like to have a job in accounting and live in South Carolina. The weather is nice and there are cool things going on,” said Chris Preston, an Alexander High School major who is undecided
in terms of his academic major.