Thursday, December 12, 2013

OU-C bookstore, Hilltop Café adjust hours of operation during semester break

The OU-C bookstore will observe the following hours of operation during the semester break:

•    Week of Dec. 16: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•    Week of Dec. 23: Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•    Dec. 25 through Jan. 1: Closed

•    Jan. 2: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

•    Jan. 3: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•    Week of Jan. 6: Monday through Thursday, 9:30 .m. to 5:30 P.M.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also, the Hilltop Café will be closed beginning Dec. 16 and will resume operations with the opening of spring semester on Jan. 13, 2014.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Caution and judgment are urged during times of inclement weather

With the onset of wintry weather, it is an appropriate time to remind individuals of the campus’ policy on adverse weather and how it relates to campus operations. Campus faculty and staff members will make every attempt to maintain normal campus operations. Generally, the campus remains operational unless Ross County is under a level 3 weather emergency. Listen to local radio stations, view listings on TV programs and check the Chillicothe Gazette and OU-C Web site for closing information.

In situations when the weather is threatening but the campus remains open, members of the campus community are urged to exercise their judgment and to not imperil their safety. Please notify those who are affected by your absence – students, faculty, co-workers or your supervisor -- so accommodations can be made. All faculty members should notify the Dean’s Office if they are unable to hold class.

It is recommended that faculty members include in the course syllabi for winter quarter how they will communicate with students should class be cancelled because of weather conditions.

University procedures are in place for employees who are unable to travel to campus or who need to leave early.

Further, students are urged to register for text messages regarding campus closings to be sent to their telephones through the ‘Mobile Text Alerts’ section of the NBC 4 TV Web site (in the ‘Red Box’ section and ‘NBC4 Alerts’): www.nbc4i.com.

Human Services Technology faculty members deliver presentation at professional conference

By OU-C student public relations writer Megan Valentine

OU-C Human Services Technology faculty members Barbara Mahaffey and Mary Jane Preece delivered presentations at the recent 30th Annual All Ohio Counselors Conference hosted by the Ohio Counseling Association and the Ohio School Counseling Association.

Mahaffey was the sole presenter of a workshop entitled "Couples Counseling: A Creative Model to Identify Issues and Promote Insight, Catharsis, Disclosure, and Problem Resolution," which focused in on a model of miscommunication that she developed. Her preparation for the event involved creating a PowerPoint, handouts and an exercise for the conference attendees, which she then used to work with the audience on creating a personal version of the model that could be applied to improve their communications with others.

“I teach this model to counselor education majors, students and counselors so that they can help families and couples to understand events, traits and other situation factors that can create miscommunication…the participants enjoyed receiving a copy of my model and an explanation of how to help clients when using [it].” she says.

Mahaffey earned her bachelor’s degree in communication, 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 the Ohio State University. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor with supervising counselor credential. Mahaffey’s specialty is marriage, couples and family counseling. Mahaffey joined the OU-C faculty in June 2005 and is associate professor and regional coordinator of the Human Services Technology program.

Preece was the sole presenter of a presentation entitled "Social Anxiety Disorder in Children and Adolescents," which focused on the recognition and early detection of social anxiety disorder among young people who might otherwise be considered simply shy. Children and adolescents with social anxiety disorder may be at a high risk for dropping out of high school, leading to lifelong difficulties with career advancement. Preece provided an array of interventions to help community mental health and school counselors in their work with this group.

She also currently serves as a board member for the Ohio Mental Health Counseling Association and participated in a presentation entitled "Ethical Issues and Managed Care." The focus was to educate counselors about the ethical dilemmas they may face when working with managed care organizations. In addition, the board led discussions related to the upcoming changes in the healthcare laws and how this might impact the counseling profession.

Preece received her bachelor's degree from Capital University with majors in psychology and criminology. She earned her master's degree from Ohio University in community mental health and rehabilitation counseling and her Ph.D. in counselor education from Ohio University as well. She joined the Chillicothe faculty in 2010. She has dedicated much of her professional work to helping people with disabilities and is passionate about helping them reach their potential. Further, she has an extensive background working with individuals with PTSD and those impacted by domestic violence.