Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Nominations sought for OU-C service awards to recognize current and former students making an impact

Above are images from the 2013 Heritage Day event

Chillicothe Campus students have a legacy of making a difference.

In that spirit, second annual service awards will be presented to current and former students who are making a special impact globally or in their communities when Ohio University-Chillicothe 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 engaging with its region and preparing students for lives of impact. 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 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 kellyk@ohio.edu and/or Jack Jeffery at jefferyj@ohio.edu and include ‘Service Award Nomination’ in the subject line. Letters should clearly describe the service activities the nominee has engaged in that warrants 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.

Recipients will receive a certificate and will be recognized at the Heritage Day event. It is anticipated that recipients will represent a range of academic, professional and civic pursuits.

More details about the Heritage Day events will be forthcoming. The occasion is intended to serve as a homecoming-style event on a commuter campus and connect with community members, many of whom are former students. The event is free, and members of the campus and area community are invited to attend. The occasion will include refreshments and entertainment.

The 2013 Heritage Day Service Award recipients included:

Student community service award recipients

Chelci Borland. As part of a church mission team, Borland gave up the comforts most teen-agers take for granted. Instead, she spent three months in the summer of 2010 living in primitive conditions and helping to improve the quality of life for impoverished residents of a village in Bulgaria.

Human Service Association student club. HSA student club members have spent hundreds of hours devoted to community service by planning and organizing events, gaining donations as well as supporting social services agencies and communicating their services.

Recent alumni service award recipients

Kylie Jordan Frankel. Frankel, a kindergarten teacher at Adena Elementary School in Frankfort, is also strongly involved in volunteer activities. She has organized and planned the Zumba for Alzheimer’s fund-raiser and is currently a member of the Ross County Committee for Alzheimer’s.

Abby Hartley. Hartley graduated from OU-C with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Her passion for helping children led beyond the traditional classroom and to an orphanage in Haiti, where she made a profound impact on the lives of these children.

Bill Showman. Showman is active in several volunteer and community service organizations in the community. He is an advocate for drug-dependent individuals, helping them access treatment and finding employment opportunities. He is also a volunteer for Pioneer Center fund-raisers and is involved with the League of Women Voters Garden.

Tammy Simkins. While an OU-C student, Simkins was active on campus as a co-founder of the Gender Equality Solidarity Society (GESS) and other activities. Simkins has continued this spirit of advocacy since graduation. She has worked as a supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment, traveling to several states and delivering numerous speeches in support of its cause.

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