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.
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: http://www.oucnewsblog.com/2013/11/community-service-award-recipients-will.html
Also, Jean C. Romero, who attended OU-C in 1947 when classes were offered at the former
“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.