Monday, January 13, 2014

Meeting for prospective softball players

A meeting will be held for OU-C students interested in playing on the women’s softball team at 1 p.m. on Jan. 16 in the Shoemaker Gymnasium. Contact George Beck at (740) 649-8804 for more information.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Planning follow-up meeting aimed at further refining campus strategic efforts

Members of the Chillicothe Campus community recently gathered to review and fine-tune the campus’ strategic plan. In attendance were approximately 40 individuals, including faculty and staff members as well as Regional Coordinating Council members. The annual meeting serves as a follow-up to the campus’ annual planning retreat in August, just prior to the beginning of fall semester.

As Dean Martin Tuck explained, the purpose is to revise the campus the strategic plan and initiatives already in motion to ensure that plans align with the campus’ mission and direction. In this way, actions and initiatives are more focused and effective, with various areas of campus working with a common purpose and goals.

“In August, we developed a second draft of the strategic plan,” Dean Tuck said. “The strategic plan is a living document that is always evolving. Yet, we are moving closer to a final version. We look to further revise our strategic plan to ensure alignment with our personnel/hiring plan and strategic enrollment plan.”

In keeping with the strategic approach that  has defined the Chillicothe Campus, the tone of the meeting was on the importance of having campus-wide input so that decisions, both short- and long-term, are made with a plan and a purpose.

“These plans and the planning document are designed to provide a road map for moving forward,” the dean said. “It is important we have campus-wide input in setting this direction.”

Participants reviewed the campus’ personnel plan, which provides a blueprint for future hiring decisions. It arranges and prioritizes positions over a three-year period to align with the campus’ strategic plan.

Also, Associate Dean Brenda Phillips and Director of Student Services John Fisher shared insights from the recently developed Strategic Enrollment Management Plan. Among features of the plan are enrollment and retention goals through 2020, internal and external factors that influence campus enrollment, as well as barriers to student success and initiatives to help overcome those hurdles.

It was noted that the state subsidy model is moving more toward course and degree completion, with less of an emphasis on enrollment. Consequently, the campus’ ongoing student success efforts should be of particular value and of even higher importance.

Participants were asked to provide feedback after the session to help further adjust efforts for the best outcome.

Employees join Chillicothe Campus community

Some individuals are joining the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus community as new employees or in new roles with the beginning of 2014 spring semester.

Kellie Adams, Assistant Professor of Nursing. She previously held a group II (teaching) position. With the beginning of spring semester, she moves into a group I position, where she will focus some of her efforts on her scholarship in nursing education. Adams, a registered nurse (RN), joined the OU-C faculty full-time in January 2012. She previously served as an adjunct faculty member with OU-C and Wright State University. Adams has extensive experience in a number of capacities with Adena Health System, most recently as interim director of the Medical Surgical Nursing unit. She earned an associate degree from Shawnee State University, a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree from Mount Carmel College of Nursing. All three degrees are in nursing.

Judith Harness, Lecturer of Nursing. Harness has a strong blend of academic and professional experience. She has ¬¬been an adjunct nursing faculty member with Ohio University periodically since 2001. Since 2006, she has been a clinical nursing instructor and clinical research coordinator/nurse with Ohio State University, working with community health-focused research projects such as tobacco cessation and childhood obesity in Appalachian regions. She was previously a clinical nursing instructor with Hocking College. Harness was director of community health initiatives, coordinator for nursing development and a staff nurse with Adena Regional Medical Center, working in the areas of OB/labor and delivery as well as home health. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Ohio State. She also earned her facility care practitioner certification from Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, Neb., and is a licensed registered nurse in Ohio.

Brandi Weaver, Head Librarian. She was previously interim librarian since July 2013 and was named to permanent position following a search. Weaver, a former OU-C student, has more than seven years of experience in academic libraries. Since 2011, Weaver was employed by Daymar College as librarian supervisor and was previously the Learning Resource Center coordinator with Daymar. Prior to joining Daymar, Weaver was the Learning Resource coordinator for Miami-Jacobs Career College in Springboro and Sharonville, Ohio. Weaver was a student assistant in the Quinn Library during her time as a student at OU-C. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English, art and art history from Ohio University and her master’s degree in library and information science from Kent State University. Weaver is a member of the American Library Association, Ohio Library Council and the Academic Library Association of Ohio.

New lights give Shoemaker Center brighter look as well as energy and cost savings

New lights were installed in the Shoemaker Gymnasium over winter break, providing better illumination to the gym, especially the playing court, in a more cost- and energy-efficient manner.

A total of 63 T5 fluorescent fixtures were mounted, replacing mercury vapor lights. The new lights also come on instantly, not needing the warm-up time of the old lights.

Because of the energy savings, AEP reimbursed the campus nearly $6,600, which covered approximately half of the projects costs.

The installation of new lights is part of a larger project to make the Shoemaker Center more modern and energy-efficient. LED lights will soon be installed in the lobby and ramp areas. Further, the new electrical switch gear can be connected to a mobile generator in case of an emergency power outage.

The Shoemaker Center is considered one of the premier venues among regional campuses in the state. The air-conditioned facility includes such features as a full-length court, free-standing baskets, bleachers on both sides with seating for approximately 2,400 spectators and a walking track that is heavily utilized by campus members and community residents. The facility is used for the campus’ men’s and women’s basketball teams and the women’s volleyball teams as well as special events such as graduation and physical education classes and community functions. It also includes the campus’ Health & Wellness Center, classrooms and offices for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, and a concession area.

The facility, which was dedicated in 1979, is named for the late Myrl Shoemaker, who served in the Ohio House of Representatives for 24 years and was lieutenant governor from 1982 until his death in 1985 at age 72.