Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for Student Success Center expansion

The Chillicothe Campus’ Student Success Center has been figuratively knocking down walls in helping students overcome challenges to find their compass and achieve their goals. That effort has taken on a literal tone with the center now occupying expanded space to accommodate its growing programming and use.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held for a new wing to the center, which is located in the Quinn Library. A doorway has been added to a back wall, linking the current space to an area previously used occasionally as a classroom.

The new space will be used largely to create quiet space so that tutors can meet with students with fewer distractions. The space will also be used for supplemental instruction sessions, as well as workshops on topics such as citations, creative writing and electronic publishing.

The Student Success Center includes tutoring services in math, writing and other academic disciplines and has increased its services by roughly 50 percent from fall 2012 to fall 2013.

“Patty Griffith is a big part of this coming together,” said center coordinator Deb Nickles. “We used
to imagine what the success center could become. It is, and has always been, a great place to help our students be successful. I am grateful for the collaboration on campus. I feel we are headed in a fantastic direction.”

Math Center coordinator Dennis Ray said. “We have been crowded, which is a good problem, and this space will help us to expand what we are doing and better help our students.”

OU-C Dean Martin Tuck commented on the center’s bottom line, which is helping students find their college footing, as well as the role that students play in that endeavor. “It is all about helping students succeed so that they pass their classes and graduate from their programs, which leads to them getting jobs and realizing their ambitions. What the student-tutors do here is very important work.”

The Student Success Center is focused on earning its name by offering the resources that help students make the most of their college experience.

Beyond what can be measured such as increased retention rates, other outcomes of the center’s work are better and more engaged classroom discussions, which make for a more vibrant learning community on campus. Besides technical skills, the center’s work emphasizes helping students develop the critical thinking and communication skills that will serve them well in their future academic and professional pursuits.

A key to the success of the center is the focus on peer interaction between the tutors and their fellow students, who have a grasp of the students’ perspective and base of knowledge.

Shoemaker Center is temporarily closed due to gas leak

The Shoemaker Center is temporarily closed, due to a gas leak in a six-inch line between Shoemaker and Bennett Hal. The leak was discovered Sunday, and the building has been closed since Wednesday to maintain building temperature.

To further maintain temperature, one boiler (four total) is currently operating on propane gas.

A leak detection company is on campus today to locate the leak. Once the leak is identified, repairs will be made, and Shoemaker Center will again be operational.

In the meantime, the men’s and women’s basketball teams are practicing at Bishop Flaget School in preparation for the upcoming Ohio Regional Campus state tournament.

Chillicothe Campus basketball teams open tourney play; OU-C to host final four on Feb. 22-23

By student public relations writer Mallory Laird

OU-C men’s and women’s teams will open play in the Ohio Regional Campus State Tournament this weekend.

The women will face Ohio State Mansfield at 1 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Ohio University Lancaster. The winner will face top-seeded OU Lancaster at 1 p.m. on Feb. 16.

The men’s team is seeded sixth in the tournament and will play OSU Lima at 5 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Miami Middletown. The winner will advance to play MU Middletown at 5 p.m. on Feb. 16.

The Chillicothe Campus will host the final four of the tournament on Feb. 22-23.

The women’s team enters tournament play with a record of 4-14 overall and 4-8 in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference.

“Our record does not reflect how good we really are,” women’s basketball coach John Milliken said. “We are really starting to blend together as a team. The players are confident and believe we have a shot to get to the final four. Our goal is to bring it home.”

The women’s team is young, with a roster dominated by freshmen and sophomores, led by co-captains Amber Lewis and Brittany Reader.

The men’s team is 16-9 overall and 9-5 in the ORCC. The men’s team is peaking at the right time heading into the tourney, riding an eight-game home court winning streak.

“We are playing our best basketball of the season at this point, which is very encouraging,” men’s basketball coach Rich Uhrig said. “We have a lot of momentum and things are really coming together. We are playing very aggressively and with a lot of poise. The home crowds have been behind us. I hope people in the community support the final four when we host it. This is a big event for the community.”

Chillicothe Campus Health and Wellness Center offers healthy break between classes and work

By public relations student writer Mallory Laird

The Health and Wellness Center on the Chillicothe Campus offers an opportunity for campus members to make productive use of their time between classes or de-stress after a long day. The center, located in the Shoemaker Center, is open to students, employees and community members and includes a range of facilities for individuals of various fitness levels and conditioning goals.

Some of the facilities the Health and Wellness Center has to offer are a free-weight room, cardio room and classes such as Zumba and spinning. In addition to free weights and machines, other equipment includes Cybex machines, treadmills, exercise bikes, rowing machine and elliptical trainers.

“We have modern equipment and an unintimidating atmosphere for athletes of all levels,” wellness center director Steve Clusman said. “The student employees and I are available to help individuals learn how to use the various workout machines and to develop fitness plans that meet their interests.”

“The center is ideal for those students who have an awkward break in between classes, and need something to fill time. It also appeals to those who are commuting fairly long distances to and from campus daily. These individuals can go to the gym to get in a quick workout before their next class,” Clusman said. “Also, working out while on campus leaves more time for homework and other activities once a student is done with classes for the day. Commuters will be able to return home after a long day knowing they have already completed their workout for the day.”

It also fits the schedules of busy individuals who are balancing fitness need with other life demands.

“Plus, as we all know, once an individual arrives home in the evening, it can become difficult to recharge and find time for that workout. This is true for students and employees alike. Further, taking a break for a workout during the day or right after work helps to recharge and create energy for the rest of the day in addition to providing a break to their routines.”

While the Health and Wellness Center can help to reduce the waistline, utilizing its services can keep the wallet nice and plump. Monthly membership fees range from $10 for OU-C students to $30 for community members. Day passes are available for $5.

The center has convenient hours of operation. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Zumba classes are offered on Monday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9:15 a.m. Spinning classes are available Monday and Wednesday at 5 p.m., and strength-conditioning classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. 

Ohio University faculty member Akil Houston to deliver Black History Month talk at OU-C

Akil Houston, Ph.D., will speak on “Beyond Dr. King in the ‘60s Struggle for Human Rights” at noon on Feb. 27 in the Bennett Hall Auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Houston is assistant professor in African American Studies at Ohio University.

His talk, which is free and open to the public, commemorates Black History Month at OU-C. It is sponsored by the OU-C Cultural Committee.

In this snapshot overview, Houston will consider the various people who participated in the civil rights movement. For example, the talk will examine the role of women involved in starting the Montgomery bus boycott, such as Ella Baker’s role as a teacher as well as a leader of activists and organizers during the period. He will also discuss how Dr. King became the symbolic “lone leader” of the movement.

Beyond the classroom, Houston is a filmmaker, DJ, social critic and one of the nation’s most authentic hip-hop scholars.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Clark Atlanta University as well as a master’s degree in international studies, a master of fine arts degree in film production and a doctoral degree in cultural studies, all from Ohio University.

‘Scholarship of Teaching’ is topic of upcoming ‘Coffee with Colleagues’ event

“The Scholarship of Teaching” will be the theme for the second rendition of the “Coffee with Colleagues” series at noon on Feb. 24 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

Educators will discuss best practices for teaching, and individuals will have the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions on the topic.

Those in attendance are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee and dessert will be provided.

The “Coffee with Colleagues” events are designed to further foster a sense of community on campus and are open to all members of the Chillicothe Campus, with a special invitation extended to adjunct faculty members. Faculty members are encouraged to bring student-mentees.