Saturday, January 25, 2014

OU-C basketball games postponed due to weather

Today’s (Jan. 25) Ohio University-Chillicothe men’s and women’s basketball games vs. Miami Middletown have been postponed due to the inclement weather. A make-up date has not yet been set.

The scheduled ceremony to retire Larry Cox’s basketball jersey has been rescheduled for halftime of the men’s game vs. Ohio University-Lancaster at 3 p.m. on Feb. 1.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

OU-C to retire jersey of former player, community hero Larry Cox

The basketball jersey of former Ohio University-Chillicothe student-athlete Larry Cox will be ceremoniously retired at halftime of the Hilltopper’s game vs. Miami-Middletown on Jan. 25. The men’s game tips off at 3 p.m. and is preceded by a women’s game at 1 p.m.

Cox, who was fatally shot while chasing a robber suspect while off-duty April 21, 2005, was a
four-year letter-winner before graduating associate degree in law enforcement technology. His number 42 jersey will be displayed in the Shoemaker Center lobby near the trophy cases and will not be worn after this season.

He was a member of the 1981-82 team, which capped the most prolific steak of success in OU-C athletics history. From the 1973-74 season through the 1981-82 season, OU-C men’s basketball teams won both the Ohio Regional Campus Conference championship and Ohio Regional Campus State Tournament every season except 1977-78, when the Hilltoppers did not win the state title.  The entire 1981-82 team has been inducted into the OU-C Athletic Hall of Fame.
Cox impacted the lives of numerous youths as the D.A.R.E. officer for the Chillicothe City Schools, including several students who have since attended OU-C. His selfless duty to others was noted by President George W. Bush at the 25th annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service. Cox is a Chillicothe Campus Distinguished Alumnus and the 2011 Community Hero Award recipient. Appropriately, the Law Enforcement Technology classroom in the Technology and Business Development Center is named in his honor.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

OU-C nursing faculty member Vicky Parker contributes to profession through accreditation visits

For the past 10 years, OU-C nursing faculty member Vicky Parker has been involved in accreditation visits for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), which accredits bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in nursing. Her participation in accreditation visits allows Parker to contribute to her profession and to remain current in nursing education. She is then able to share those insights with students in the Chillicothe Campus Health Services Administration and
nursing programs.

Her latest visit was to Indiana Kokomo in the fall to review that campus’ program. Over the years, Parker has been involved in site visits to campuses in Maine, Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Minnesota. She usually participates in one site visit per semester and has occasionally done two site visits per academic term.

The site visits are quite involved. Site evaluators receive a self-study report from the school approximately six weeks prior to the visit, which uses the ACEN standards and criteria that are being reviewed. The site evaluator reviews the self-study to clarify, verify and amplify that the program is meeting the standards and criteria during the site visit.

“The actual site visit is two days from 8am to about 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. or later at the school of nursing and an exit visit on the third day which lasts about an hour. However, travel time involves the day before the site visit and after the exit interview,” she explained.

“The visit includes a meeting the night before with the chair and team members to clarify our coordination of the visit. However, prior to this we communicate by email/phone to clarify what sections of the self-study report each of us will write and coordination of travel and lodging.”

The site visits are extensive in scope.

“When evaluating a nursing program it involves more than the nursing department. We meet with the president of the college/university, dean of school, admissions office, financial aid department, student services, non-nursing faculty, information technology department, library and nursing students.  As a site evaluator it has given me the opportunity to view the different structures and systems of colleges/universities,” she said.

These visits help Parker stay on the forefront of her profession. In turn, she is able to share these best-practices models with students on the Chillicothe Campus.

“As a site evaluator it not only keeps me current in nursing education but also in health administration because nursing and health administration are intertwined and many of the best practices and emerging trends influence both of these areas. This way I can share information with my nursing and health administration colleagues and my students,” Parker said.

Parker also mentioned that all program evaluators are current faculty and/or administrators of ACEN-accredited programs, or nurse clinicians and are selected through mechanisms and criteria established by the commission. She started as a nursing educator and now continues in the clinician role as part of the site evaluation team.

Parker had to meet high standards herself to earn a spot on the accreditation teams.

“Individuals identified by staff, nominated by a colleague, or who wish to be considered as a program evaluator must submit letter of interest, current resume and a letter of recommendation; be invited by ACEN staff to become a program evaluator; and attend a program evaluator training forum (ACEN website). I was recommended by a former associate director of nursing,” she said.

Parker is a veteran educator who has been impacting the lives of OU-C students and area residents throughout her career. She was recognized as the 2009 Ross County Nurse of the Year by the Ross District Nurses Association. Criteria for the honor include expertise in the profession, community service and participation in the organization.

Before joining the OU-C faculty in 1993, she previously taught at Rio Grande Community College and the Southern State Community College campus in Hillsboro.

Parker earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ohio University, master’s degrees in nursing and in family nurse practitioner from Wright State University and Ph.D. in health care administration from Capella University.

Registration for Student Expo now open

OU-C student researchers have fared well in previous student expos.

Registration for the 2014 Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo is now open. Students must enroll online at to participate. Registration closes Friday, Feb. 28.

This year’s Expo will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10, at the Convocation Center. 

The annual event attracts more than 600 student presenters from dozens of disciplines. More than 2,000 students, faculty, staff, community members and local middle school and high school students attend to learn more about how Ohio University students are engaged in research, scholarship and creative activity.

OU-C students have fared well in past expos, with psychology students under the tutelage of faculty member Ann Rumble placing highly:

Who can participate? Participation is open to all undergraduate, graduate and medical students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, on the Athens and regional campuses.

What can be presented? Posters, exhibits, performances, film screenings and other presentation formats are welcome.

Are students eligible for awards? Awards will be given for the best presentations in each category: $200 (1st prize) and $100 (2nd prize). Categories are limited to no more than 12 presentations and assigned by discipline. For sessions with undergraduate and post-degree students, judges may elect to give two 1st prizes (one each for an undergraduate and a post-degree student).  In this case a 2nd place prize will not be awarded. In addition, several sponsors will offer special award categories.

Who sponsors the event? The Student Expo is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity and Dean of the Graduate College, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Office of the President and the University Libraries.

Campus students outline their goals for the year

We regularly speak with Chillicothe Campus students to gain their perspective. Some students recently shared their new year’s resolutions and goals.

“My goal is to finish my first year in college,” said Lynn-Ellen Graham, a freshman early childhood
education major from Springfield (Ohio) High School. “So far, it is going really well. I started school this semester, and I had been looking forward to it for a long time.”

“I do not have any real new year’s resolutions,” said Payton Lykins,
an early childhood education major from Eastern High School who also works in retail. “Things are going well, I guess. I am busy with work and school. This is a different environment from high school. I was terrified my first semester this fall, but it was not as bad as I anticipated.”

“I do not have any resolutions because I would never follow through with them,” said Brittany
Reader, a physical therapy major from Western High School and member of the OU-C women’s basketball team. “This has been a busy semester with school, work and playing basketball. I plan to try to keep up with everything and hopefully have a good second half of the basketball season and make the Dean’s List.”

Kaitlin Free, who graduated from Adena High School and is undeclared in regards to an academic
major, was to the point. “I want to always do better academically and I need to work out more.”

“I am helping a friend fix up her house, and my major goal is to
complete that project and just go to school,” said Colt Causey, a business major from Unioto High School.

Campus-wide meeting slated for Feb. 6

The spring semester campus-wide meeting will be held at noon on Feb. 6 in
Bennett Hall room 110.  Dean Martin Tuck will share updates about recent campus initiatives, such as the campus’ strategic initiatives and the upcoming Noel-Levitz survey to provide direction in continuing to meet the needs of OU-C students. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to provide their input in the survey. All campus members are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Education lecturer candidates to give presentations

Members of the campus community are invited to attend presentations by candidates for the Group II lecturer position in middle childhood education.

Following is the schedule:

  • Karen Corcoran, 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 28 in Bennett Hall 105
  • Denise Callihan, 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 28 in Bennett Hall 205
  • Gretchen Kelly, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 11 in Bennett Hall 105