Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rock for Tots scholarship endowment continues event’s theme of assisting area youth

Rock for Tots and OU-C are long-time partners in supporting area youth.

A local musical fund-raising endeavor is extending its impact in a manner that strikes a chord with area youth by utilizing higher education to open doors for prospective students.

The Rock for Tots, Inc. OU-C Scholarship Endowment, housed within The Ohio University Foundation, will provide financial support for an incoming Ohio University-Chillicothe freshman student from the region who demonstrates financial need and academic aptitude. 

The Rock for Tots benefit event has been a Chillicothe institution for 28 years. The annual concert/auction event benefits charities that support children during the holiday season. The Chillicothe Campus scholarship endowment continues in that noble spirit by improving the quality of life for area residents.

“Since the first concert in 1985, we have been so blessed, and we are currently assisting 34 children’s charities in southern Ohio,” Rock for Tots promoter Paul Pollards said.  “We have helped young people in a number of ways, and we thought it would be appropriate to also inspire youth through education. We have worked with Ohio University-Chillicothe over the years, and we thought the Chillicothe Campus would also be an ideal partner for this effort.”

Scholarship endowments lessen the financial burden of college, thereby allowing recipients to focus more on their studies and less on their finances. Consequently, the recipients have brighter dreams and fewer debts upon graduation.

Endowments produce interest income, which funds the scholarships, thereby ensuring the gifts have long-lasting benefits.

This gift is part of The Promise Lives Campaign, Ohio University’s capital campaign which seeks to raise $450 million by June 30, 2015. The campaign has raised more than $447 million in support of students, faculty, programs, partnerships and select facilities at Ohio University.
Funds raised for the Chillicothe Campus will support scholarships and the construction of a planned Academic Success Center, which will connect Bennett Hall and the Stevenson Center, tying together academic and student services resources. These projects support the campus’ mission of offering area residents access to a well-rounded, quality educational experience that prepares them for lives of impact. Learn more at 

Learn more about contributing to Ohio University-Chillicothe's scholarship program or naming opportunities for the Academic Success Center by contacting Joyce Atwood at or 740.774.7732.

Campus partners with area organizations to host upcoming Job Expo

The 2014 Job Expo will be held in OU-C’s Shoemaker Center from noon to 4 p.m. on March 6. The event, which is free and open to the public, offers an outstanding opportunity for networking and workforce development.

OU-C is partnering with several other agencies to offer the event. In addition to OU-C, other sponsors include Ross County Veterans Council, Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, South Central Ohio Job and Family Services (Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway, Ross and Vinton JOBS One-Stop) and Ohio Christian University.

Last year, around 80 employers shared information about their organizations and approximately 450 individuals attended the expo.

Participation in the event reinforces the Chillicothe Campus’ mission of upholding the quality of life for area residents, which includes connecting individuals to area career opportunities.

Chillicothe Campus students eager for change of pace over spring break

We regularly speak with Chillicothe Campus students to gain their perspective on campus life. This week, we asked students in the Learning Commons about their plans for spring break.

“I have to work, so I cannot really go anywhere or do much,” said Tyler Perkins, a Waverly High School graduate who is undecided on his academic major. Perkins works at Walmart.

DeShaun Bolen, an education major from Waverly, will pursue his hobby. “I probably will do some weight-lifting and I also plan on socializing and spending time with friends.”

Jansen Grim has plans that are similar to those of his friends. “I am not certain, but I will probably relax and spend time with friends. I will also work my job at GNC,” said Grim, a Unioto High School graduate who is undecided on his academic major.

Colleen Fitzgerald, a psychology major from Chillicothe High School, will put her time to good use.
“I plan on job-hunting, which I have been doing all semester. I would prefer to work in an office or retail setting, but I am open to anything.”

Nursing student Josh Jackson of Waverly will keep the wheels of commerce moving forward. “I will

spend my time working and relaxing, as well as making pizzas,” said Jackson, who delivers food for Giovanni’s restaurant.

Blossom Savage echoed those sentiments. “I will probably do the same in terms of working and relaxing. It will be good to have time away from school.” Savage, a nursing student, graduated from
Eastern High School in Pike County.

Diversity Discussions series supports sense of learning community on campus

The latest rendition of “Diversity Discussions” was recently held in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. The events, which are sponsored by Student Activities, offer an opportunity for members of the campus and local community members to share their insights and perspectives on topics of relevance. These types of events support the spirit of a true learning community on campus.

Topics that were discussed during the recent Diversity Discussions were:

•    Being biracial
•    Heart for the homeless
•    Non-traditional and successful
•    Issues of diversity in the fight vs. human trafficking
•    Creationism vs. evolution