Monday, December 8, 2014

Doggone good day for recent campus visitor

Baby Girl, a 2-year-old boxer mix, recently visited campus, along with her friends from the Ross County Humane Society.

“We were invited to OU-C as part of our outreach effort to try to get the word out to the community about the animals we have available for adoption as well as volunteer opportunities,” said Janie Rhoads, executive director of the local humane society.

The college visit was part of the humane society’s comprehensive approach to finding homes for its residents.  “We want to generate excitement about our animals to help find potential homes, and college students are a natural when it comes to creating this type of buzz,” Rhoads said.

The local shelter is looking for individuals interested in providing permanent or temporary foster homes, as well as volunteers to help with operations. There are opportunities to become involved with animal care such as walking dogs or to help in other areas, such as community outreach and publicity.

Individuals can help spread the word by ‘liking’ the organization’s Facebook page. More information is available on its web site:

The human society recently marked the one-year anniversary of not euthanizing any animals because of space limitations, and it looks to extend that mark. Further, a donation container will be available in the Bennett Hall lobby for those wishing to support the human society.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Students in first cohort of BASE nursing program achieve 100 percent pass rate on professional licensure exam

OU-C nursing programs continue to make the grade.

Students of the first cohort of a forward-thinking nursing program at OU-C are making the grade with flying colors when it comes to career preparedness.

The 15 graduates of the first class of the BASE (Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing: Accelerated Direct Entry Second Degree Education) program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) exam.

Each graduate is now licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) and eligible to pursue a career in the field of nursing. The graduates have obtained employment in a variety of health-care settings, and five of the 15 graduates have been hired by Adena Regional Medical Center, the host site for much of the program.

“The 100 percent pass rate is a true testament to the strength of our program and the quality of our professors' instruction as they prepared the students for such a rigorous examination,” said Camille Leadingham, associate professor of nursing. “The quality of instruction, clinical experience, realistic practice opportunities and the way the students’ exams were written were a major contribution to the students’ success. We have quality instructors with years of experience and a passion for educating future nurses.”

Beyond classroom instruction, the students received practical training.

“Our partnership with Adena Regional Medical Center provided a virtual hospital and lab area where students could learn and practice skills. The clinical sites provided ample opportunity for students to care for a variety of patients,” Leadingham said.

The innovative program, which was launched in the fall of 2012, allows students who hold at least a bachelor's degree in various majors to pursue accelerated study toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) in as few as five semesters, spanning approximately two years.

The curriculum is based on the traditional BSN program, with course enhancements for accelerated study. The curriculum also allows for master’s degree coursework that can be transferred to any Master of Science in Nursing program.

Most classes were offered in the PACCAR Medical Education Center on the campus of the Adena Medical Center as well as some on the OU-C campus.

The current cohort is underway, and the students will graduate in December 2015.

The program is a result of a $750,000 grant that Ohio University secured from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a federal government agency, to support the launch of the BASE program.

Gough Arts Memorial Collection to be held Dec. 13

The dedication of the Gough Arts Memorial Collection will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 13 in the Stevenson Center Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The event is free and open to the public.

The non-circulating collection includes approximately 125 books -- primarily involving art, Celtic and garden topics – that were owned by Kathryn Gough and which inspired her during her artistic endeavors. The books are donated by her parents, and the collection continues to grow.

Kathryn Gough, who passed away in 2011, was an accomplished local artist whose impact reached beyond her local roots. She was born in 1968 to Joy (Olcott) and Alan Gough of Chillicothe.

While earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts cum laude from Columbus College of Art and Design, Kathryn Gough was invited to exhibit her paintings at the Nicolae Gallerie in Columbus and went on to host solo shows there.

Kathryn’s paintings celebrate the natural world and the harmony that can be experienced when connecting to it. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows throughout Ohio and beyond. Her work can be found in many private collections through the United States, as well as the public collections of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Southern State Community College and Shawnee State University.

Beyond the dedication, other highlights of the program will include a display of the Hopewell Ball ornament that was created for the White House Christmas tree in 2007 and a presentation by Bruce Lombardo, “The Arts and Achievements of the Hopewell Culture.” A reception will follow.

Beyond local shows at the Pump House, she has had several shows in the Nicolae Gallerie, Gallery V and the Keny Galleries in Columbus.

Lombardo currently works for Hopewell Cultural National Historical Park in Chillicothe. He is the founder of The Heartland Earthworks Conservatory, which strives to preserve the ancient earthworks of Ohio's mound-building cultures as well as raise citizen awareness and stewardship of these rapidly disappearing sites.

Lombardo has worked in various conservation and education positions throughout the world during his 30-plus year long career. He has a particular enthusiasm for birds, especially their songs. His love of nature has often carried him off to faraway places, and Lombardo has worked in Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Zimbabwe and, most recently, South Africa.

Chillicothe Campus students discuss preparations for finals, plans for the ensuing semester break

We occasionally speak with Chillicothe Campus students to gain their perspective on life at OU-C. With the end of fall semester approaching, we asked about their take on finals and winter break.

“I do not really know about finals. I am freaking out about a couple of finals where I am not sure what to expect. But, I just need to study and relax,” said Lindsay Brown, a post-secondary option

program (PSEOP) student from Logan Elm High School. “I have no plans for break other than to just relax.”

Fellow PSEOP student Hannah Baker of Circleville High School said, “In terms of finals, I am OK. I
am worried about math, but if I study, I should be fine. Over break, I will be applying for scholarships to attend college next fall.”

“Two of my finals will be hard. Other than that, it should not be too difficult,” said Haley Welsh, a
nursing student from Logan Elm High. Once the semester ends, she will go back to her part-time job. “During break, I will just work at the Dairy Shed in Laurelville.”

 Caleb Bright, a PSEOP student from Westfall High School, is not sweating finals. “Finals look good
right now, and I am not too concerned. As for break, I will just be hanging out and happy to not be doing schoolwork.”

“Things are looking good for finals. I have been doing pretty well in class,” said Zachary Atwood, a
business major from Chillicothe High School. Once the semester ends, he will concentrate on his craft as a sandwich artist at the local Subway restaurant.

OU-C collaborates with community for writing seminar, reading of works from area military veterans

OU-C adjunct English instructor John Mitchell recently conducted a writing seminar and reading for military veteran writers. The event was truly a campus-community collaboration and was held in conjunction with the Pump House Art Gallery’s “Combat Paper Exhibit.”

More than a dozen local veterans submitted manuscripts, and more than 30 community members gathered for the event. Fellow adjunct faculty member Karen Patterson, a renowned author, also gave a reading of her work, and there was collaboration from individuals at the local VA Medical Center, including Dr. “Pete” Peterson, a psychologist who read some material from a therapeutic writing seminar he conducts.

“The audience was larger than I had expected, given the short notice, and they were quite attentive and very enthusiastic,” Mitchell said. “The pieces read complemented one another quite well.  After the event, I was approached by several members of the audience who expressed how interesting and moving the entire presentation had been.  I want to thank the Pump House Staff for their hospitality and providing the venue for the readings, which made a most appropriate companion event to their own Combat Paper exhibit.”

Mitchell said he hopes to organize a similar event in the spring.

“This was an excellent reading. I was honored to hear stories and poetry written and shared with such humor, wit, and depth of emotion in the work,” said OU-C English faculty member Debra Nickles, who is also the OU-C Student Success Center coordinator. “We are hoping this might lead to similar creative endeavors in the future.”

Hilltop Café and campus bookstore will adjust hours of operation

Because of the holiday break and to meet the needs of students, the Hilltop Café and campus bookstore will have adjusted hours during portions of December and January:

Hilltop Café
•    Dec. 8-9. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
•    Dec. 10-11. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
•    Dec. 12. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
•    Dec. 15-Jan. 9. Closed
•    Jan. 12. Resume normal hours of operation

•    Dec. 22-23. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
•    Dec. 24. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•    Dec. 25-Jan. 1. Closed
•    Jan. 2. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
•    Jan. 5-9. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
•    Jan. 10 (Saturday). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•    Jan. 12-16. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
•    Jan. 17 (Saturday). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•    Jan. 19. Closed.
•    Jan. 20. Resume normal hours of operation

Nursing students provide community outreach info sessions

OU-C nursing students in the bachelor’s degree program recently provided health-related presentations to campus and community members in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

Among topics were  suicide prevention, yoga/stress, hypertension and heart disease; hand washing and the flu; lung and brain cancer; HIV and AIDS; tobacco abuse; nutrition; stop eating CRAP; STDs,  and hypertension.

The programs were presented in conjunction with the campus’ Health, Wellness and Safety Committee.

Demonstrating an artistic flair

Professor Emeritus Dennis Dean offers a ceramic wheel-throwing demonstration. Campus and community members gained insights into the creative process from OU-C art department faculty members and students during the recent Open Art Studios events on campus. Activities included several demonstrations that displayed various art forms and how the steps that artists take in practicing their craft.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Pie-throwing contest to benefit local United Way

A drawing will be held to throw a pie in the face of a select group of OU-C faculty and staff members. Dean Martin Tuck, academic advisor Cristy Null and faculty members Robb Moats and Camille Leadingham will provide the targets for the event, which will be held at noon on Dec. 11 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

Four lucky pie-throwers will be chosen from a raffle, with tickets available for $1 apiece at the Bennett Hall information desk.

Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Ross County.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Recent OU-C alumnus Olivia Muntz blazing an adventurous teaching career trail in Alaska

Bush plans are a common form of transportation for Muntz.

Olivia Muntz is learning the ways of bush Alaska culture and villages.
In addition to the culture change, Muntz is adjusting to life as a classroom teacher.

By public relations student writer Megan Valentine

Recent Ohio University-Chillicothe graduate Olivia Muntz is having anything but a typical first-year teaching experience. Over the summer Muntz, moved across the country to pursue her passion for education in the village of Eek in bush Alaska.

Muntz, a 2014 graduate and middle childhood education major, first learned of the opportunity while attending the Teacher Recruitment Consortium on the Athens campus last April. She met with representatives from several schools in Ohio and out of state, including the Lower Kuskokwim School District in Alaska. Muntz, who graduated from Adena High School, initially expressed her interest in the position out of sheer curiosity. However, she received a packet of additional information and an article written about the experience of teaching in bush Alaska and a spark was lit.

After her initial conversations at the Teacher Recruitment Consortium, Muntz was put in contact with the district’s assistant superintendent and the principal of the school for Skype and phone interviews. She prepared a variety of questions for her interviewers about everything from the curriculum to the wildlife to help her form a better idea of what she would be getting herself into. The entire process spanned over about two weeks before she received an offer, and Muntz decided that this was an opportunity that she couldn’t pass up.

In addition to this position being her first official teaching job, this is the first time that Muntz has moved away from home. She has overcome challenges in both areas in her time in Eek.

“Being away from my family and friends is especially difficult, but I talk on the phone and Skype with them often so that really helps. I have also made new friends and I have become really close with the other teachers. I do miss my family, but I am very grateful for the opportunity I have been given. This is the experience of a lifetime, and they have been here for me every step of the way,” Muntz says of moving so far from home.

In the classroom, she is faced with the responsibility of teaching mathematics, language arts, science, history, health and physical education to a total of 18 students between the ages of 11 and 14, grades ranging from sixth to eighth.

The first-year teacher training sessions Muntz participated in helped prepare her for curriculum, but also touched on some more unique aspects of the bush Alaska experience. On the first day of training they reviewed the Yup’ik culture of the villages, learned a traditional dance, were taught about the subsistence lifestyle in the area and tasted a variety of native foods. The new teachers also learned the importance of non-verbal communication in the villages. For example, an eyebrow raise is often interpreted as “yes.”

“OU-C has an amazing education program with even more outstanding teachers and professors. I feel OU-C truly prepared me with the education I needed to be a great teacher. I gained valuable knowledge through my teaching and content courses, field observations and my professors. I don’t think I could have earned a better education anywhere else and I definitely would not have developed the relationships I did with peers, local schools and professors,” Muntz commented on her experiences on the Chillicothe Campus.

Muntz also added that her academic advisor Karen Corcoran guided her on the right path throughout her time at OU-C and helped to make her experience as smooth as possible.

On her blog, “Teaching Alaska,” Muntz frequently posts updates about life in Eek and expands on many elements of Yup’ik culture in the village. Visit the page to keep up with her adventures:

Current educators share insights during recent panel discussion

Educators shared practical tips about topics such as unique job opportunities for education majors, preparing for the job interview and the Educator in Residence program during the recent “Searching for a Career in Education” panel discussion on campus. The opportunity allowed for those in the field to provide practical advice to OU-C students who plan to have their own classrooms, as well as others interested in the teaching profession.

Participants included Huntington Local Schools Middle School Principal Alice Kellough, Ross-Pike Education Service Center curriculum consultant Robert Crabtree and Olivia Muntz, a 2014 OU-C alumnus, who was connected by Skype from her teaching position in Alaska.

The panel discussion was part of the “In the Know” Professionals with the Profession Series and was sponsored by the Ohio University-Giving Circle, OHIOwomen.

Seminar on Athens campus to address strategies for grant-writing success

A grant-writing seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2015, in the Walter Hall rotunda on the Athens campus of Ohio University. John D. Robertson, Ph.D., will lead the session, “Write Winning NSF Grant Proposals.”

Seats are limited, and RSVPs are due by Dec. 12 to Roxanne Male’-Brune at

The seminar will address both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the grant-writing process. It is designed for faculty and administrative staff members who have some exposure to grant-writing, as well as those just getting started.

Emphasis will be placed on:
•    Idea development and identification of how to locate grants from the National Science Foundation
•    How to write for reviewers as well as tips and strategies for presenting an applicant’s case to reviewers
•    Hypothesis-driven proposals vs. need-driven proposals
•    In-depth discussion of overview and objectives; expected significance; and broader impacts
•    How to write with a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through the applications

Robertson is the author of 27 peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters. He has been a member of grant review panels, a review for a number of peer-reviewed journals and has served on editorial boards.

TechGROWTH Ohio calls for nominations for third annual Innovation Awards

TechGROWTH Ohio is seeking nominations for its third annual Innovation Awards, which celebrate innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in Southeast Ohio.

Nomination categories are Outstanding Faculty Innovation, Outstanding Student Innovation, Social Innovation, Outstanding Woman in Innovation and Entrepreneur of the Year. Nominees must operate a business or be primarily located or employed within the Southeast Ohio region.

Applications should explain how the nominee demonstrated excellence and success in entrepreneurship, technology development or innovation between September 2013 and September 2014.

Nominations must be made by Dec. 31, through the Innovation Awards website,

Finalists will be invited to attend the Innovation Awards gala at 6 p.m. on Tues., March 31, 2015 in the Ohio University Baker Center Ballroom, where recipients of each category will be announced. The recipient(s) of Ohio University’s 2014 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship also will be recognized during the event.

For more information, rules and eligibility and a list of previous winners, please visit:

The Innovation Awards are hosted by TechGROWTH Ohio, a public/private partnership administered by Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Sponsors include the Voinovich School and the Ohio University Vice President for Research and Creative Activity.

Open Art Studios events on Dec. 3 provide glimpse into world of OU-C arts

Campus and community members are encouraged to join the OU-C art department in celebrating the arts during Open Art Studios events on Dec. 3.

Events during the day include:

•    Building a Teapot at 10 a.m. Professor Emeritus Dennis Deane will offer a ceramic wheel-throwing demonstration in the ceramics lab, Bennett Hall room 028.

•    Coffee with Colleagues at noon. Join current art students, faculty and staff members for refreshments in hallway critique spaces for a glimpse into their process and tour of the art facilities. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the OU-C Cultural Committee.

•    Margaret Draws a Still Life at 1 p.m. Professor Emeritus Margaret McAdams will provide an introduction to drawing and painting in the painting suite, Bennett Hall room 015.

•    Making a Stab Bound Book at 3 p.m. Visiting Assistant Professor Darren Baker will demonstrate bookmaking in the digital and photography lab, Bennett Hall room 012.

•    Altered Ceramic Forms at 5 p.m. Adjunct faculty member Anthony Wolking will host an introduction to ceramic sculptures in the ceramics lab, Bennett Hall room 028.

•    Lino-Print on Clay at 7 p.m. Adjunct faculty Heidi Bender will present an introduction to lino-printing on clay in the ceramics lab, Bennett Hall room 028.

OUPD members to provide ALiCE active shooter-response training sessions

ALiCE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training sessions, which address how to respond to an active-shooter situation, will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the Bennett Hall art gallery. Ohio University Police Department officials will provide the training.

The sessions are open to all OU-C faculty and staff members. Similar sessions were held this past summer.

Human Services Association sponsoring food & clothing drive

The OU-C Human Services Association is sponsoring a food and clothing drive in the Bennett Hall lobby on Dec. 2-3 to benefit needy individuals in the community. The club is accepting nonperishable foods and clothing of all sizes. Winter coats and warm attire are especially needed, and there is a special request for sizes 3-5 winter coat for a young teen.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Panel discussion to focus on searching for a career in education

Educators will discuss “Searching for a Career in Education” during a panel discussion at noon on Nov. 18 in Bennett Hall 145 at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Participants include Huntington Local Schools Middle School Principal Alice Kellough, Ross-Pike Education Service Center curriculum consultant Robert Crabtree and Olivia Muntz, a 2014 OU-C alumnus, who will be connected by Skype from her teaching position in Alaska.

Among topics are unique job opportunities for education majors, preparing for an interview and the Educator in Residence program. Drinks and desserts will be provided, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own brown bag lunch. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel discussion is part of the “In the Know” Professionals with the Profession Series and is sponsored by the Ohio University-Giving Circle, OHIOwomen.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Heritage Day event celebrates Chillicothe Campus’ legacy and community connections

The Chillicothe Campus celebrated its legacy during the recent annual Heritage Day event in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

Heritage Day is an undertaking that is unique to OU-C and captures the forward-thinking, creative approach that distinguishes the Chillicothe Campus. It is undertaken in the spirit and includes many of the trappings of a traditional college homecoming endeavor but is tailored to a regional, commuter campus and the constituencies it serves. Heritage Day offers an opportunity for former students and community members to visit campus and reconnect with former classmates and long-time friends as well as for current campus members to join the celebration.

Perhaps most significantly, the event provides an opportunity for the Chillicothe Campus to celebrate its community connections and say “thank you” to residents of this region for their continued support.

To capture that spirit the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the second annual community service awards. These awards are presented to current students and recent alumni who are making a special impact on their communities.

This year’s student community service award winners include:
•    Joanna Graham and Morgan Masters
•    Samantha Rearley
•    Edana (Dani) Sutherland

The recent alumni community service recipients are:
•    Kimberly Bowers
•    Sue Colley

Over the years, Heritage Day has grown to become the second-largest annual OU-C event, second only to the Recognition of Graduation ceremony, with attendance of approximately 125 individuals. Among those in attendance for the latest rendition were colleagues from throughout the university, as well as campus and community members.

Title IX, a student female a cappella group from the Athens campus, provided the musical interlude.

Pedestrian bridge renovations will impact access to Shoemaker Center, parking lots for a span

Construction of a new pedestrian bridge on the upper level of the Shoemaker Center will begin as soon as next week, and the project will impact campus traffic driving patterns and access to the Shoemaker Center and nearby parking lots for campus members, visitors and vendors.

Construction mobilization will begin Nov. 17 and will include blocking off the lower road and access to the bridge from the upper level. Individuals wishing to gain access to the Shoemaker Center from the adjacent parking lot normally served by the bridge can enter the building from the lower west end entrance during the construction project, which is scheduled for completion by May 2015. The Shoemaker Center will remain fully functional during this time with normal operations for classrooms, offices, the gym and wellness facilities, including the walking track.

Further, the access road will be closed near the construction site during this period. Consequently, motorists wishing to park in the upper levels near the Shoemaker Center and Child Development Center will need to enter from Pohlman Road.

Actual demolition of the current structure will begin Nov. 24 and will take approximately two weeks to complete.

Because of wear and tear, the structure has been supported by braces since May. The current undertaking will result in a span that is functional and an attractive landmark on campus as well as provide safer and better entrances to the Shoemaker Center.

The bridge is visible from various locations on campus, and the new structure’s appearance will serve as an attractive focal point of campus with brick architecture and other features that complement the rest of campus.

Mary Barbara Trube collaborates on publication; colleague Barbara Mahaffey among contributors

By public relations student writer Megan Valentine

The accumulation of more than two years of dedication and hard work recently paid off for Ohio University-Chillicothe Professor of Education Mary Barbara Trube, Ed.D., and Professor Emeritus of
Barbara Trube
Educational Studies Aimee Howley, Ph.D., of the Athens campus. Their edited volume, Mentoringfor the Professions: Orienting Toward the Future, was published in October.

According to Trube, statistics reveal that 30 percent of new teachers leave the field within five years of their first job. For this reason, school districts across the United States are investing in structured induction programs that include a mentor, along with release time for observations, coaching, planning and professional development.

Trube believes that establishing and encouraging student-to-student peer mentorships has the potential to build students’ capacities to both mentor and be mentored throughout their careers in education. She also added that mentoring has special value for individuals from diverse groups, who benefit from interacting with experienced colleagues who have backgrounds and cultural perspectives similar to their own.

Much of her prior work has been dedicated to these ideas, and this new volume aims to familiarize readers with theories of mentorship, share insights about how mentoring works in various professional fields and offer specific mentoring strategies with benefits for different populations of mentees.

Each of the book’s chapters includes practical tools that readers can utilize in their own organizations, such as instruments to measure mentoring style, guidelines for meetings between mentors and mentees and case studies highlighting common dilemmas faced during the mentoring process.

“I believe in working to create a culture of mentoring in teacher preparation right from the beginning. My work has included initiating peer mentoring and encouraging collaboration as students are preparing for their roles as professional educators, because many of the skills must be learned. A continuum of mentoring exists in the field so it’s important that I am intentional in planning for the culture of mentoring that exists,” Trube commented.

The volume includes work from 18 Ohio University authors, among them Trube and Human Services Technology Program Coordinator Barbara Mahaffey, Ph.D., of the Chillicothe Campus. Scholars from Stanford University, the Ohio State University, the University of Texas, Barry University, Emporia State University, University of Montana Western, Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University also contributed. Following a call for manuscripts, each chapter went through a three-blind review process to determine its fit for the volume.

“Dr. M. Barbara Trube has been a mentor for years. I value her input and caring direction so much. When I learned last year that she was working on a book, I asked if my work on a mentoring project
Barbara Mahaffey
could be included. She welcomed my contributions and, along with her co-editor and author Aimee Howley, added to my chapter writing experience,” Mahaffey said of her work with Trube. 

The authors represent a wide variety of fields through their individual chapters, including counseling, public school administration, adult basic education, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professional development, fashion merchandizing and technology. Several of the scholars have published work in their respective professional focuses, and many are actively involved in organizations that support access, equity and social justice for diverse populations.

The book can be purchased on the Information Age Publishing website (see below), and is available for order on all major online retailer sites.


Nursing students to provide presentations on health-related topics

Nursing students in the bachelor’s degree program will provide health-related presentations in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. The events are open to the campus and local community.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2, topics will include suicide prevention, yoga/stress, hypertension and heart disease; hand washing and the flu; lung and brain cancer, as well as HIV and AIDS. 

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 topics will cover tobacco abuse, nutrition, stop eating CRAP, diabetes, STDs and hypertension.

The programs are presented in conjunction with the campus’ Health, Wellness and Safety Committee.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Second annual community service award recipients will be recognized during OU-C Heritage Day event

The community service awards recognize current and former students.

The second annual community service awards will be presented to current and former students who are making a special impact in their communities when Ohio University-Chillicothe (OU-C) commemorates Heritage Day beginning at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

“These awards capture the spirit of Heritage Day and the Chillicothe Campus’ mission of preparing students for lives of impact who pursue not only rewarding careers but also meaningful lives beyond the workplace,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. 

The awards honor both current students and recent alumni. Recipients were nominated by campus and community members, and final selection was made by a committee comprised of a student, faculty and staff members.

Heritage Day is designed to offer a homecoming-style event that is tailored to a regional, commuter campus. It offers an opportunity for former students to visit campus and meet with past classmates and faculty members, as well as for the campus to further engage with the region it serves.

The event is free, and members of the campus and area community are invited to attend. The occasion will include refreshments and entertainment by Title IX, a female a cappella student group from the Athens campus of Ohio University.

The awards include:


These awards recognize current students (either individuals or groups) who are actively involved in efforts such as community outreach, volunteer activities and/or philanthropy efforts, either formally or informally.

Recipients include:

Joanna Graham and Morgan Masters. Graham and Masters, both human services technology (HST) students, they are active in the Human Services Administration (HSA) club and take a lead role in the organization’s activities to benefit the community. This past summer, they took the lead in planning and coordinating a yard sale and car show, which raised more than $1,000 for the Ross County Mental Health Association. They also planned the recent Trick or Treat Extravaganza, which offered a safe environment for area families, as well as collecting donations for an area clothing bank and food donations for the Good Samaritan Network. As HST students, they also volunteer time at various social services agencies through their practicum assignments.

Samantha Rearley. What began as a class project has evolved into a personal mission and her professional calling for OU-C student Samantha Rearley. She is a driving force behind the silent auction this past week to benefit the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RCCADV), working with fellow students as well as faculty and staff members to secure donations. Last spring, she undertook the rigorous task of organizing a successful “Casino Night” fund-raiser to benefit the coalition. The spark behind these endeavors is a “Violence against Women” sociology class Rearley took during spring semester 2014. Through a class project, she developed a proposal to create a resource center for OU-C students affected by domestic violence.

Edana (Dani) Sutherland. Sutherland, a senior in the Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts program, has been a positive force as an arts organizer and advocate in Chillicothe while at OU-C.  She has organized several “Open Art Shows” with the objective of creating a comfortable environment for any type of artist to display their work and to give inexperienced artists confidence and experience exhibiting. As she explains, the goal was to open the eyes of others in the community to art in the area and create an appreciation that may not have before been present. Through her efforts, new audiences have been brought into contact with young, local artists.


These awards are designed to recognize individuals who have attended OU-C within the last five years and now they have demonstrated outstanding service to their local communities or the global community through efforts such as volunteer activities, participation/leadership in civic organizations, philanthropy, engagement with OU-C and other service projects, either formally or informally.

Recipients include:

Kimberly Bowers. Bowers is a 2012 graduate of the health services administration program. As a student, Bowers was continuously willing to go the extra mile and promote the campus. As an alumnus, she has continued in this spirit. Bowers, a medical administration specialist with the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, has continued to donate her time in efforts such as Alumni Spotlight ads and radio spots. These projects have been important to the campus’ student-recruitment efforts in sharing with prospective students and others the story of a successful former student. She has regularly taken time out of her busy schedule, even using vacation time, to help with these projects.

Sue Colley. A 2012 Ohio University graduate, Colley contributed to numerous campus endeavors during her days as a non-traditional college student, and that effort has continued since graduation. While balancing the demands of family and job responsibilities, she was active behind the scenes with the campus’ theater program while a student. She has since joined the American Association of University Women and has been active in this organization.  This year, she co-chaired the book sale, which raised more than $6,000 for scholarships. She is known for being organized, responsible and creative in all her endeavors. 

Support of local United Way Campaign helps uphold the quality of life for residents of our region

Chillicothe Campus members again have an opportunity to make an impact in our community by contributing to the United Way of Ross County through donation forms that are being distributed in employee mailboxes. Faculty and Staff can contribute to the United Way through a one-time donation or through payroll deduction.

Last year, OU-C faculty and staff members donated more than $3,400 to the campaign, which was second in the county-wide education division. Dean Martin Tuck said, “It would be nice to increase that amount and finish first this year.”

Supporting this effort offers an impactful and cost-effective way to uphold the quality of life for area residents, which is also the mission of the Chillicothe Campus. To ensure the money is well spent, United Way funds programs, rather than agencies. The programs fall under three themes: Education (Helping children and youth achieve their potential), Income (Promoting financial stability and independence) or Health (Improving people’s lives). Further, 99 percent of donations support initiatives, with only 1 percent toward administrative costs.

In 2014, the Ross County United Way provided funding for 30 programs that were provided by 18 local agencies. The campus’ Child Development Center benefitted through the free book program that was sponsored by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which received United Way funding.

Among other local program providers are the American Red Cross, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, YMCA, Hope Clinic, National Church Residence and others.

Campus members have regularly shown their support for their neighbors in our region. As a regional campus, OU-C has a special relationship with its community. Supporting this effort allows OU-C campus members to once again take an active role in this endeavor.

Dean Tuck ( and campus Resource Development Director Joyce Atwood ( are co-chairing the Education Division of the campaign. Faculty and staff should feel free to contact them with any questions.    

Jennifer Montgomery named administrative coordinator in the nursing office at OU-C

Jennifer Montgomery has been named administrative coordinator in the nursing office at OU-C. Since March, she has worked in a similar position on a temporary basis.

A former OU-C student, she earned her associate degree in business management and technology from Ohio University in 2012 and her bachelor’s degree in applied management in 2014. She delivered student remarks at her graduation event. Further, Montgomery was a student employee in the dean’s office during her college career.

Montgomery was previously an office manager with Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurant in both Delaware and Cincinnati. She began as a waitress and a line cook and worked her way into a management position, including being a corporate trainer for the restaurant chain. She then returned to the area and held positions as head cashier in the Zane Trace Local Schools cafeteria and assistant treasurer with Zane Trace.

Growing up, she lived in several locations, including Ohio, North Carolina and Delaware as well as Cincinnati and Springfield. She originally attended Waverly schools and then graduated from Chillicothe High School, after a brief time in Kernersville, N.C. during her sophomore year in high school.

Chillicothe Campus students have designs on their own campuses

We periodically speak with our students to gain their viewpoint on the campus experience. This week we asked them what features they would include if they were going to build their own college campus.

“I would have an athletic complex for students to be able to use,” said Vincent Davy, a computer
science major from Wellston High School. “Definitely, I would also have a place to eat, probably a food court with a lot of selection, and maybe even a buffet.”

 “It would be nice to have a rec center with pool tables and games to give students a place to hang out
between classes. It might help students to meet some new people,” said Cory Lane, a nursing student and Chillicothe High School graduate.

Ashtin Mason would bring along some features from her time as a Wright State student. “I would have something similar to the tunnel system that connects buildings to make it easier for those with

Her friend Gracelyn Sizemore echoed those thoughts. “I like the idea about having Greek life. I do like how our library is separate from the Learning Commons. It is nice to have a place to meet and talk that is separate from the study area.” Sizemore, a Unioto High grad, is a child psychology major.

disabilities to get around. We also had a program for training service dogs that was nice. Also, it would be pretty cool to have a Greek life system.” Mason, who graduated from Paint Valley High School, is majoring in business management.

Steven Thompson said, “I would have TV sets in the lounge area, and a food court would be nice. If we had covered walkways between buildings, that would be pretty convenient.” Thompson, a health services administration major, graduated from Vinton County High School.

‘Royal Readers’ Family Literary Night event offers fun, games and books

Families are invited to enjoy reading games, books, a puppet show and shopping at the scholastic book fair during the “Royal Readers” Family Literacy Night at the OU-C Child Development Center from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6. Every child in attendance will receive a new book to take home. The event is free and open to the public.

Costumes are encouraged. Come dressed as a member of the royal family, court jester, dragon or a favorite fairy tale character. Children can have their photos take with a king or queen or even a dragon, and this year’s children’s champions will be honored.

The event is sponsored by United Way of Ross County, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, OU-C and community partners.

For more information, contact Maryjo Flamm-Miller or Sally Timmons at (740) 772-7360.

University offers funding, workshops to support research, scholarly and creative endeavors

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Creativity Activity offers several internal awards programs throughout the year to support the research, scholarship, and creative activity of faculty, staff, and students. Chillicothe Campus members have been awarded university-sponsored funding and participated in these activities in the past.

Several workshops will be held this semester to aid prospective applicants with the process.

Programs for faculty and staff applicants:

Ohio University Research Committee (OURC)
Competitive awards of up to $8,000 provide seed money for faculty and staff to pursue new research and creative activity projects.  Priority is for new faculty and staff or established faculty pursuing projects that are a clear departure from previous research foci.

Deadlines:  Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, 4 p.m.

Workshops:  Thursday, Nov.13, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. (repeat); 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided.

Please contact Carma West with questions or for more information (597-1227;

Baker Fund Awards Committee
Competitive awards of up to $12,000 to faculty and staff support research, scholarship and creative activity. The committee seeks to support projects which are near completion and hopefully can be brought to full completion with the assistance of an award. 

Deadlines:  Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, 4 p.m.

Workshops:  Thursday, Nov. 13, 2p.m. - 3 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. (repeat); 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided.

Please contact Roxanne Malé-Brune with questions or for more information (597-1227;

Konneker Fund for Learning and Discovery
This new fund supports innovative, high-impact initiatives designed to advance undergraduate learning and research and graduate education. Applicants may request $50,000 for two years or $100,000 overall. Faculty and staff are eligible to submit proposals; collaborative projects are strongly encouraged.

Deadline: Thursday, Nov. 17

Please contact Elizabeth Sayrs with questions or for more information (593-1935;

1804 Fund
The Fund was established by the Ohio University Foundation to support the university's core mission of maintaining, strengthening and enhancing a learning-centered community. The Fund promotes collaboration among units. The Fund focuses its support through two categories:
•    Undergraduate Learning - Curricular innovations, programs and activities that enhance the undergraduate educational experience.
•    Faculty Research and Graduate Studies - Research, scholarly activities and innovations in graduate education.

Feb. 16, 2015: Deadline for preliminary discussions with the Dean of University College or the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity.
March 16, 2015: Proposal deadline

Workshops: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. - noon; 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided.

Please contact Roxanne Malé-Brune with questions or for more information on Research and Graduate Studies Proposals (597-1227; Contact Elizabeth Sayrs (593-1935, for Undergraduate Learning 1804 proposals.

Programs for student applicants:

Student Enhancement Awards
Competitive awards to support undergraduate, graduate and medical student research, scholarship and creative activities. Awards of up to $6,000 support research and travel to attend a professional meeting to present results.

Deadline:  Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, 4 p.m.

Workshop:  Thursday, Nov. 19, Noon - 1 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.; 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided.

Graduate Student Senate: Grant for Original Work
Competitive awards to graduate students to conduct original research, scholarship or creative work. Semester deadlines. Maximum award $750.

For additional information, please visit

Deadlines: Saturday Feb. 14, 2015, 5 p.m.

Graduate Student Senate: Travel Program
Will support travel to present original work, as well as travel for professional development workshops and seminars. Proposal selected by lottery. Semester deadlines. Maximum award $500.

For additional information, please visit

Deadlines: Friday Feb. 13, 2015, 5 p.m.

Please contact Leah Szalai with questions or for more information about both GSS programs (

For additional research funding opportunities, visit:

Student Expo 2015

Registration for the 2015 Student Expo will begin in January. The event will be held on April 9 at the Convocation Center. The Expo site will feature more details this year.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Memorial stone, and campus-community efforts, rededicated to honor domestic violence victims

A rededication ceremony for a new memorial stone that recognizes local victims of domestic violence was recently held in the area between Bennett Hall and the Stevenson Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

Doug Hayburn, the owner of Southern Ohio Monument Company in Chillicothe, donated the memorial stone, which continues the memory of area individuals whose lives have been cut short by domestic violence. The new stone, made of jet black granite, includes the names of 19 Ross County residents who have lost their lives to domestic violence since 1986. It replaces the former memorial stone, which included the names of a dozen victims who died between 1986 and 1996.

Members of the campus and local community participated in the rededication event.

Following introductory remarks, OU-C student Traci Hall opened the program by reading the poem “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou. Shea Williams closed with “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson.

A proclamation was issued on behalf of Chillicothe Mayor Jack Everson. As the proclamation read, “Too many area individuals have had their lives shattered, and some have even lost their lives to this heinous crime. However, the efforts of individuals and groups in this region to combat domestic violence are also unceasing. They are determined that those who have suffered, and even died, at the hands of their abusers will not be forgotten … Therefore, today we are rededicating both a memorial stone as well as the efforts to end this senseless violence through both education and action.”

“Our mission is to ensure that another name is not added to this memorial stone,” said Mandy Sullivan-Dyke, executive director of the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “Domestic violence is non-discriminatory. It impacts all segments of society.”

Sullivan-Dyke spoke of the impact of domestic violence and those who feel its brunt.

“The impact is different for each family and each victim,” she said. “Since the abuser is often the bread-winner in the family, often the victims leave the situation with only the clothes on their backs. One of our goals is to get children out of that environment and break the cycle of violence.”

The Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the OU-C FOCUS Program are sponsors of the memorial stone. The OU-C FOCUS program, which ended in the 1990s, created the original stone.

“We need to help educate young boys and girls that domestic violence is not acceptable. This stone helps it to become more visible about this family and community curse,” said Diane Diekroger, a former FOCUS director.

“I am proud to be part of a community that stands in the gap to make a difference,” OU-C Associate Dean Brenda Phillips said. “I want to thank our faculty and staff members for the work they do to make a difference in the community.”

There was also a silent auction to raise funds for the Ross County Coalition against Domestic Violence. The events align with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The memorial stone was moved from its previous location, closer to Stevenson Center, to its current, more prominent location near the walkway leading to the building, after OU-C faculty members noticed the stone but were unaware of its origin. Research determined it was created by the OU-C FOCUS Program, which began the current effort. A similar ceremony was held in October 2013 to dedicate the new location, with plans for this new stone and the additional names.

OU-C professor infuses education with technology for improved student experience

Michael Lafreniere (left) is shown with student Scott Limle.

By public relations student writer Madison Corbin
Michael Lafreniere, associate professor of environmental engineering and mathematics at OU-C, is making an impact on students’ learning experiences by taking advantage of technology and getting creative with his classroom structure. His development and implementation of strategic and experimental teaching models on campus also supports the betterment of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) offerings on campus. 

Lafreniere’s motivations fit well with some of OU-Cs most prominent values, as he continuously contributes to the cultivation of community learning on campus.

Lafreniere is sharing his advanced teaching techniques with not only students, but also his peers. He has been invited to speak on a wide range of college campuses including Arizona State University, Northwest Florida State College as well as Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. He has also shared insights about the growing use of technology in academia through National Webinars, which produce web-based training events for professionals.

“The classroom structure I use is called the ‘Collaboratory,’” said Lafreniere, clarifying that the goal of his method is “to help students engage and focus on active learning in the classroom.”

Lafreniere provides lecture-like content to his students through videos posted on YouTube, allowing them flexibility to access and study the material at home.  By tracking his students’ patterns of viewing the videos, he can more accurately assess areas of concern.  In class, students work collaboratively to solve problems using tools such as a team-driven note-taking software called DyKnow and online assessment software called Enhanced WebAssign.

Lafreniere’s thoughtfully developed strategy equips students with comprehensive coverage of material, aiming to better their long-term retention and improve their ability to apply math skills widely and frequently throughout their lives.

“Students capture the highly symbolic nature of mathematics with digital ink from the instructor, fellow students, and their own writings, all of which can be played back like a recording for reflection and deepening of conceptual understanding,” Lafreniere said.

Lafreniere’s students readily express their satisfaction with his practices.

“He has helped a phenomenal amount,” says environmental engineering student James Alley.  “He has a great concern for student success in terms of both education and our futures.”

Because of this course-structure’s flexible nature, Lafreniere takes time to remain available and responsive to his students beyond classroom hours.  His ability to communicate quick tips and direct students to online items has resulted in a growing database of additional resources for classes to come.

Lafreniere’s ultimate goal is “to address the large number of students needing help completing developmental mathematics and to navigate their pathway to higher education STEM opportunities.”

Trick or Treat Extravaganza provides fun for area families and service-learning opportunity for OU-C students

By OU-C public relations student writer Megan Valentine

On Oct. 31, area families will fill the Shoemaker Center gym for an evening of Halloween activities during the ninth annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza (TOTE). However, for members of Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Human Services Association (HSA) student club, the event is about much more than spooky fun. The event lasts from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Details are available online at

As an organization, HSA aims to engage members by offering opportunities to aid social service agencies, organize fundraisers, educate others and raise awareness about local issues. The students also develop a variety of skills through their involvement including networking, group work, professional ethics and problem solving.

“It is one thing to talk about goal setting, decision making and interventions in class; it is yet another experience to see the work of the students in action and knowing they will go forward in life with deeply ingrained skills and the knowledge of how to help diverse people. We have watched students mentor each other, support great causes and have fun learning,” Human Services Technology program coordinator Barbara Mahaffey said of the students’ experiences.

TOTE, in particular, offers both HSA members and those in attendance the chance to experience hands-on service learning. Donations of canned goods for the Good Samaritan Network and gently used clothing for the Children's Clothing Bank are highly encouraged. Some OU-C students will be hosting safety demonstrations, and others will be helping community organizations, social service agencies and elected officials pass out free candy to the children in a safe environment.

In addition to supplying bounce houses, arts and crafts, face painting, games, prizes and candy for families who may not be able to take their children door to door for Trick or Treat, TOTE offers an accessible environment for many disabled children and adults who depend on this event as a means to celebrate the holiday.

Students involved with the planning of TOTE and other HSA-sponsored events place great value on the deeper meaning behind their work.

“Knowing you are helping people who may otherwise be forgotten is extremely gratifying. It's one thing to go to school, work and live in Chillicothe. It's a whole other thing to actually know, talk with and smile with the people within our community,” said president Joanna Graham.

“Giving back and being part of organizations that raise funds and host events strengthens the community as a whole. All HSA students not only experience the joy of giving back to the community, but many learn great skills and gain self-esteem along the way,” added Graham.

Samantha Rearley finds her personal passion, professional pursuit through efforts to curb domestic violence

What began as a class project has evolved into a personal mission and her professional calling for OU-C student Samantha Rearley.

Rearley was a driving force behind the silent auction this week to benefit the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RCCADV), working with fellow students as well as faculty and staff members to secure donations. Last spring, she undertook the rigorous task of organizing a successful “Casino Night” fund-raiser to benefit the coalition.

The spark behind these endeavors is a “Violence Against Women” sociology class Rearley took during spring semester 2014.

“For a group project, Sam helped develop a proposal to help create a resource center for OU-C students affected by domestic violence,” said Marguerite Hernandez, who taught the class.

Following up on the class project, Rearley then organized the Casino Night event, recruiting both donations and community volunteers, including Chillicothe Mayor Jack A. Everson.

“Clearly, Sam did not accomplish this ambitious and impressive project for a grade in a class, but because of her strong commitment to addressing domestic violence,” Hernandez said.

Rearley’s motivation is found in helping others and her community.

“All of the brave women I have had the opportunity to help through the RCCADV have their own tragic story,” Rearley said. “To know what obstacles the have overcome and to see them go through the highs of lows of gaining independence while becoming self-sufficient, and then to see the tears of joy when they accomplish their goals is what motivates me.”

“Also, around 50 percent of the clients the coalition helps are current or former OU-C students, so their efforts hit home on campus. Domestic violence is a big deal that involves men, women and children and which impacts Ross County,” Rearley said.

Rearley’s efforts have given her a compass for her future pursuits.

“In my career, I want to see where I can go with working with the coalition or maybe another similar non-profit organization. I really feel I have found my calling,” Rearley said. “My academic interests and personal passions are all coming together in a way that has given me a career focus.”

Rearley, a senior, is majoring in women, gender and sexuality, as well as sociology/criminology. A graduate of Unioto High School, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Ohio University’s graduate counseling program.

Keynote speaker Mark Hooks shares insights about his OU-C experience and journey at scholarship breakfast

The recent Recipients and Donors Scholarship Breakfast on campus recognized current OU-C students and the individuals who have contributed to their success. 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.

The keynote speaker was Mark Hooks. He is the warden of the local Ross Correctional Institution (RCI), which currently incarcerates approximately 2,150 inmates. In many ways, his story mirrors that of the students at the scholarship event. He began his college career on the Chillicothe Campus and earned a criminal justice degree from Ohio University in 1993. He began his career with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections the same year.

Hooks talked about how his OU-C educational experience prepared him for his career and encouraged the students to make the most of their college opportunities.

“I know how much this campus has meant to me, and I want to hammer home that this is a great place to go to college,” Hooks said. “In all that you do, you are preserving the legacy of OU-C. I walked through campus 25 years ago not knowing what I wanted to do, and I was able to find my career path.”

Hooks talked about his own professional and personal journey and shared important insights with the future OU-C alumni.

“Make sure you value relationships and the people you meet along the way,” he said. “The biggest asset a leader has is the ability to cultivate relationships and to create an environment where people want to go to work every day.”

“Also, make a difference in whatever you choose to do in life. At the end of the day, be proud of OU-C and become involved with the campus at some point in time.”

In setting the tone for the event, OU-C Dean Martin Tuck noted the efforts of the students and the generous support of their benefactors.

“At OU-C, we are fortunate to have supporters who recognize the importance of a college education as well as students who work hard to make the most of their college educational experience and the opportunity it represents,” the dean said. “For both groups of individuals, we are extremely grateful. To the donors, we are appreciative that, through your generosity, some of the financial burdens that stand between our students and their educational goals have been removed.”

“To the students, we congratulate you on your accomplishments that have brought you to this point. We are glad that you are pursuing your educational goals on our campus. You add to the vibrant learning community that exists at O-U-C, and we are confident you will use your education well,” he continued.

The dean also encouraged the students to “pay it forward” in the spirit of the event and the Chillicothe Campus.

“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,” he said. “Do the same yourselves. In this way, you continue the legacy of this event, this campus and this community in your daily lives and careers.”

Helping students find their college compass

The Chillicothe Campus recently hosted two events to help students find direction for their college endeavors.

Area high school students and their parents were able to survey the offerings of approximately 50 colleges and universities during the recent annual College Night in the Shoemaker Center.

The event supports the Chillicothe Campus’ mission of providing every opportunity for area residents to realize the benefits of a college education and making that possibility within their reach. The local Kiwanis Club chapter and OU-C sponsored the event.

Also, the campus hosted an Academic Majors Fair, in which current OU-C students were able to speak with individuals representing academic offerings on both the Chillicothe and Athens campuses of Ohio University. A unique feature of OU-C is that students can either complete their academic programs on the Chillicothe Campus or relocate seamlessly to the Athens campus

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

‘Stop-Out’ students can return to campus in pursuit of their college goals

OU-C strives to offer a bright future for regional residents who are seeking rewarding careers.

The Chillicothe Campus is committed to helping students succeed in college. That emphasis begins with offering individuals an affordable education at a reasonable price. It also includes helping them complete their academic program requirements and earn nationally-recognized Ohio University degrees.

To put that commitment into action, it sometimes requires reaching out to “stop-out” students who dropped out of college before completing their degree requirements. These students are often non-traditional learners who exemplify what OU-C is all about in terms of providing access to students who are balancing academics with job and family responsibilities.

“Many of them stopped out because life got in the way of their academic pursuits, whether the reasons are financial, family-related or otherwise,” said faculty member and Law Enforcement Technology program coordinator James McKean, who has taken a keen interest in the success of these students. “Sometimes they are now in position to return to school and again pursue their academic careers.”

“It is all about student success. We are trying to determine how many stop-out students are in the region, see what barriers caused them to put their college careers on hold and then see if the time is right to re-enroll,” McKean said. “Often they just need encouragement, and it is a matter of urging the students to contact us and discuss steps to take in terms of re-enrollment and degree completion.”

McKean’s focus on engaging with stop-out students began when he was reviewing students’ academic records during the university’s transition from quarters to semesters.

“In reviewing transition plans for students, I would occasionally review a file from a stop-out student. It dawned on me that this is an excellent area of focus for the campus’ efforts in connecting with students who are likely graduates,” he said. “Plus, it is the right thing to do. These students have already invested much time and effort in their college careers, and many are very close to earning a degree.”

Some of the students are closer to meeting graduation requirements than when they stopped out due to change in curricula during the quarter to semester conversion.

“I found one student who lacks one general education course to complete an LET degree, and I am trying to reach this individual,” McKean said.

The time that is devoted to these students is a wise investment. Once they return to the classroom, they are likely to complete their college degrees and use them to pursue meaningful careers. In short, they represent the campus’ mission of serving its region by utilizing higher education as a way to rewarding careers and fulfilling lives.”

McKean, a former police chief, has put his investigative background to work in this pursuit.

“I have used historical DARS reports to identify stop-out students and have combed through the lists.  I have also scoured old class lists and used Facebook and other social media venues to get in touch with students,” he said. “It has been challenging to connect with students. Many have moved and have new addresses or have gotten married and have new last names.”

“Right now, the challenge is to make the approach more structured and systematic,” McKean said. “It is probably most effective to break down the lists of prospective students by academic program.”

McKean’s efforts have become part of a larger and successful campus-wide effort in support of the enrollment management plan. A total of 201 “stop-out” students took steps to re-enroll for fall semester 2014, and 112 of those students registered for classes as increased steps are taken to identify students who are close to completion, and then reach out to them to help them complete their college degrees.

“This effort is important for the students and for the campus,” McKean said. “We were founded with the mission of helping non-traditional students, and this continues in that spirit.”

Those wishing to re-enroll at OU-C should contact Jaime Lowe in enrollment services at (740) 774-7241 or

‘Title IX’ female a cappella group to provide Heritage Day entertainment

“Title IX,” a female student a cappella group from the Athens campus, will provide the entertainment during the annual Heritage Day event beginning at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the Stevenson Center Learning Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Title IX is a real crowd-pleaser, and the group’s musical style spans all of genres of music.

Heritage Day is designed to offer a homecoming-style event that is tailored to a regional, commuter campus. It offers an opportunity for former students and community members to visit campus and meet with ex-classmates and faculty members, as well as for the campus to further engage with the region it serves.

The event is free, and members of the campus and area community are invited to attend. The
The male group Section 8 provided last year's entertainment.
occasion will include refreshments and the awarding of the second annual student service awards. These awards will be presented to current and former students who are making a special impact in their communities. Members of the campus and community are encouraged to nominate possible recipients.

These awards include:


These awards recognize current students (either individuals or groups) who are actively involved in efforts such as community outreach, volunteer activities and/or philanthropy efforts, either formally or informally.


These awards are designed to recognize individuals who have attended OU-C within approximately the last five years and who have demonstrated outstanding service to their local communities or the global community through efforts such as volunteer activities, participation/leadership in civic organizations, philanthropy, engagement with OU-C and other service projects, either formally or informally.

Nominations are sought from OU-C students, faculty and staff members as well as OU-C alumni and community members.

To nominate a possible recipient, submit a nomination letter of 200 words or fewer by 5 p.m. on Oct. 23 to Kim McKimmy at and/or Jack Jeffery at and include ‘Service Award Nomination’ in the subject line. Letters should clearly describe the service activities the nominee has engaged in that warrant consideration for an award. Nominators should also indicate which award the nomination is for as well as their contact information and that of those individuals being nominated. A committee will determine and notify the recipients.

Hilltopper men’s and women’s tennis teams place third in ORCC tourney

OU-C’s men’s and women’s tennis teams each finished third in the recent Ohio Regional Campus Conference tournament.

On the men’s side, Phil Hart won the men’s first singles title, and Nathan Wilburn won the second singles championship. Andrew Lightel and Logan Collins placed third at second doubles.

For the women, Katie Willard won second singles, and Kari Willard was runner-up at first singles.

Memorial stone rededication is true campus-community endeavor toward a common cause

As earlier announced, a rededication ceremony for a new memorial stone that recognizes local victims of domestic violence will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the area between Bennett Hall and Stevenson Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

Details about the event are available in a previous news blog story at:

This event represents a true campus-community collaborative effort toward a common cause that impacts the entire region. It is a timely event as October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Members of the campus and local community will speak at the Oct. 22 event. Chillicothe Mayor Jack Everson will issue a proclamation, and there will be representation by the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the OU-C FOCUS Program, which are sponsors of the memorial stone. The OU-C FOCUS program, which ended in the 1990s, created the original stone. The program consisted of campus members and had an emphasis on helping single mothers with children finish college.

In addition, there will also be a silent auction from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 23 in OU-C’s Bennett Hall room 105 to raise funds for the Ross County Coalition against Domestic Violence.   Last year efforts raised more than $2,000 including a raffle for a quilt made by the Sew N Sews club.  All of the funds went to support the coalition's shelter and related programs.

Those wishing more information about the upcoming events or who wish to donate to the silent auction and/or memorial fund, should contact Associate Dean Brenda Phillips at (740) 774-7207 or

‘Dine with the Dean’ activity on tap

OU-C students will have the opportunity to chew the fat (not literally) with Dean Martin Tuck during the upcoming “Dine with the Dean” event from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Patricia Scott Gallery in Bennett Hall. The activity, which is sponsored by Student Senate, gives students to ask questions, express concerns and engage with the dean. A free lunch is provided.

Vendors can reserve space for antique and craft show

The date of the 10th annual Community Antique and Craft Show at the Shoemaker Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 22. Vendors who wish to display items can reserve space for $37.50 by contacting George Beck at (740) 649-8804 or

Food will be served, the event will include a raffle, and admission is free to the public. Proceeds benefit the Ohio University-Chillicothe softball team.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Trick or Treat Extravaganza scheduled for Oct. 31

The ninth annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the Shoemaker Center gym at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

Sponsored by OU-C’s Human Services Association student club, it provides a safe place for children and families to attend. The event includes bounces house, arts & crafts and games. Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase.

Those attending are asked to bring a donation of gently used or new coats, as well as non-perishable food items.

Major sponsors of the event this year are United Healthcare, Mares Cares Counseling, CareSource and Molina Healthcare.

Organizations, businesses, agencies and interested persons are needed to sponsor treat tables, game prizes, bounce houses, activities and arts and craft supplies.

The treat table sponsors are to bring sealed bags of store purchased candy and arrive at the Shoemaker gym by 5 p.m. the day of the event.  Further information about the event can be obtained by contacting Barbara Mahaffey, Human Services Technology Program Coordinator at (740) 774-7287 or by email at

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Campus film fest will feature thought-provoking films and discussions to engage audience members

Campus and community members will have the opportunity to view and discuss two thought-provoking films in October as part of the Fall Film Festival sponsored by the Ohio University-Chillicothe Cultural Affairs Committee.

“Candyman” will be presented from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 16 and “Cabin in the Woods” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Admission is free, and pizza, pop and popcorn will be provided. Both movies are rated R and may not be suitable for individuals of all ages. "Candyman" includes violence, and "Cabin in the Woods" includes horror violence, strong language and drug use.

As appropriate for the Halloween season, the films both fall under the theme of “horror” and tackle the motif in a manner that is designed to engage the audience.

“There will be a short introduction to each movie prior to the viewing as well as an opportunity for discussion afterwards,’ said Tony Vinci, Ph.D., OU-C faculty member who is facilitating the series. “Good films are never meant to be mindless entertainment, but rather stories that ask us to grapple with our everyday lives. I hope to talk through the films on a deeper level. If I do my job well, anyone who attends these events will never say ‘it is only a movie’ again.”

The film series supports the campus’ emphasis on developing a learning community that extends beyond the classroom and bridges the campus and the region it serves.

“I want students, as well as other campus and community members, to begin to interrogate stories in our popular culture that seem to express our collective fears, anxieties and desires.”

This month’s films are designed to stir intellectual discovery.

“The film ‘Candyman’ was released in 1992. To this day, it is revered as one of the smartest and scariest films of post-war America, and its themes hold up to this day,” Vinci said. “It is a story of a student wanting to write about a culture she does not understand, and, as we should it expect, it all turns out terribly! It deals with slavery’s traumatic past, the contemporary poor and race relations. Perhaps most importantly for this setting, it deals with the strange responsibilities and dangers of being a student.”

“Cabin in The Woods,” slated for Oct. 30, is also riveting material.

“It is a confused film that holds within it the history of horror films in America over the last 30 years,” Vinci said. “It asks the question of why we watch horror films. Is it because we are perverse or because we live in a strange and violent world and this is how we deal with it?  It is very quirky and strange and is also about a group of students who do not know whom they are.”

The film festival combines culture, intellectual discovery and enjoyment.

“I think this is an incredible opportunity for our students and community to engage in scholarly activity that is both intellectually stimulating and just plain fun,” OU-C faculty member and cultural affairs committee chair Debra Nickles said. “Tony is a first-rate scholar who has written numerous articles regarding the complexities of visual narratives in our culture and I am excited to be invited to share in such a conversation. It’s been my experience with students that film analysis can really open pathways of critical thinking in ways many students haven¹t experienced before. I am really geared up for this.”

Plans are for the film festivals to become biannual events, held each semester. Vinci was involved with similar endeavors in previous faculty assignments.