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. 

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