Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saturday OU-C performance of Sylvia will be performed

As scheduled, the Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will perform the heart-warming romantic comedy Sylvia at 8 p.m. today (Dec. 7) in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Friday’s scheduled performance was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The play involves Greg and Kate, a middle-aged couple who move to the city after 22 child-raising years in the suburbs, and the street-smart dog who turns their worlds upside-down.

Sylvia the dog soon becomes the centerpiece in their lives, for better or worse, adding excitement at a time that Greg and Kate are looking to wind down.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday performance of Sylvia cancelled; Saturday show will go on

Due to inclement weather, the Friday (Dec. 6) Ohio University-Chillicothe theater production of Sylvia is cancelled. The Saturday performance at 8 p.m. in the Bennett Hall auditorium is still scheduled.

OU-C dinner cancelled

The dinner scheduled at 6 p.m. today (Dec. 6) in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery at Ohio University-Chillicothe has been cancelled due to the inclement weather. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

OU-C faculty members share insights about creativity during initial ‘Coffee with Colleagues’ event

Three Chillicothe Campus faculty members, who represent a range of academic disciplines and perspectives, shared their insights about the creative process during the recent inaugural “Coffee with Colleagues” event on campus. The luncheon, which included approximately 50 individuals, engaged campus students, faculty, adjuncts, staff and community members in a dialogue that is focused on further fostering scholarship and creativity on campus through scholarly productivity and teaching.

“We hope to remember who we are and to support each other through collegial interaction,” Associate Dean Brenda Phillips said in introducing the event. “We also look to embrace the joy and the moment of inspiration, when we are inside that moment of creativity. Creativity and inspiration often arise from sharing insights with our colleagues and learning from their insights.”

English faculty member Debra Nickles, who also serves as Writing Center coordinator, spoke on
being “creatively charged.” She spoke of using restlessness as an impetus for exploring new horizons and the inspiration she derives from working with students. She also talked of the importance of trusting one’s own individual creative process.

Nickles has been an avid supporter of showcasing creativity on campus. She spearheaded the launch of the Writing Center’s writing contests and Glass Enclosures, the campus’ literary publication that showcases outstanding writing by OU-C students and other campus members.

Nicholas Kiersey, a political science faculty member, discussed how the creative process is involved
in compiling a book. “The creative process can be our best friend and our worst enemy,” he said in explaining that it is challenging to be creative on demand. “The trick is to capture the moment of creativity.” Among other topics, Kiersey also discussed the impact of technology on creativity, how technology shapes our lives and involving others in a creative world.

Kiersey co-edited Battlestar Galactica and International Relations, a collection of 10 essays from scholars who explore the namesake show's far-reaching influence. Iver B. Neumann, research director at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, is the other co-editor.

Art faculty member Darren Baker, who also serves as curator of campus art exhibits, talked about
“See. Imagine. Create.”

Baker integrated a hands-on aspect to his talk, testing audience members’ artistic skills and viewpoints in how they perceived a series of circles. He discussed the artistic process and creativity, including how he puts creativity into action. “We see what something is, imagine what it can be and then create the work of art,” he said in reminding the audience “there is play and humor in creativity.”

Faculty and staff members were encouraged to invite students to the discussion. More similar events are planned. To best meet the interests of campus members, participants in the first event were asked to share their suggestions for future events.

Nursing program continues to serve campus’ mission of serving students and regional residents

Events on a recent day highlighted both the popularity and the impact of Ohio University-Chillicothe’s nursing program.

Approximately 100 prospective nursing students were recently on campus for an orientation session. These students will enter the associate degree nursing program during spring semester.

Also, several students in the campus’ associate degree nursing program were involved in an outreach effort to help ensure good health for campus community members. The students gained valuable practical experience through blood pressure screenings as well as smoking, diabetes and nutrition information displays.

The nursing program is one of the campus’ most popular academic disciplines, and it supports OU-C’ objectives of serving its students and serving its region by preparing students for an emerging career field in the region and helping to ensure that area residents have access to high-quality health care.

The Chillicothe Campus offers an associate nursing program, an LPN-RN transition program and  both accelerated and traditional bachelor’s degree programs in nursing.

Future educators identify regional learning resources

Students in the Family, School and Community class taught by Assistant Professor Jamie Harmount recently developed community asset maps. The maps identify resources that are available in area communities, and the project helps prepare the students for their future careers by encouraging them to consider assets they can use in enhancing the learning experience for students.

As the future educators proved, area communities offer a wealth of possibilities, such as historical landmarks, community activities and individuals, to bolster the learning environment.

The class emphasizes how teachers can interact with various stakeholder groups, such as families and community members, to enrich their classroom teaching.

Chillicothe Campus students discuss outlook for finals and long-awaited semester break

We regularly speak with OU-C students to gain their perspective on campus life. This week, we asked some students about their prospects for finals week and plans for break.

“I have done well this semester, so I feel good about finals,” said Heather Wells, a nursing student from Oak Hill High School. “I am not stressing. I look forward to break and will spend much of it planning my wedding, which is scheduled for August.”

“For finals, I want to take them and finish off this semester,” said fellow nursing student Amber Emerson, a graduate of Unioto High School. “It has been a tough semester. I look forward to enjoying my break, preparing for next semester and finishing my Christmas shopping.”

“I want to be finished, and I am not worried. It looks like I will pass all of my classes,” said Amanda Bryan, a nursing student from Jackson High School. “As for break, I look forward to resting. It has been a time-consuming semester.”

“Finals look pretty good right now. I am somewhat of a procrastinator by nature, so I am a little
behind right now,” said Joel Benson, a computer science major from Southeastern High School. “It is coming down to the wire but nothing I cannot work through. I will just have to stare at a computer screen for a while. Break looks great. I look to get a lot of work at a movie theater where I have a job and with an internship in Hillsboro.”

“Things look good,” said Johnny Lancaster, a computer science major from Southeastern High
School. “Everything is under control for finals, and I should not be too busy during finals week. During break, I will work at Tri Motors in Circleville, where I work during the summers.”