Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Faculty member Lakhdar Hammoudi named finalist for Outstanding Faculty Innovation honor

OU-C mathematics faculty member Lakhdar Hammoudi, Ph.D., has been named a finalist in the Outstanding Faculty Innovation category of the 2013 Innovation Awards.

He is one of 10 faculty members from across the university who are finalists for the prestigious honor
and the only regional campus educator.

Hammoudi has used technology in the classroom to enrich the learning experience for students, especially those in his intermediate algebra course. He focuses on using technology to offer students and instructors a more personalized approach that is cost-effective and tailored to the specific course.

The winners in each of the six categories will be announced March 18 during the evening gala at the Baker Center Ballroom.

Information on the event is available online:

Hammoudi joined the OU-C faculty in 2002 and was promoted to associate professor and earned tenure in 2006. He also has served as interim associate dean of the Chillicothe Campus.

Hammoudi was previously on the faculty of Miami (Ohio) University, the University of Illinois and two institutions in France. Hammoudi has delivered presentations at international academic conferences and has been published in highly regarded professional journals for his research in algebra.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Constantine (Algeria), his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Haute-Alsace (France).

OU-C to host annual Health, Wellness and Fitness Expo

The emphasis will be on healthy lifestyles and entertainment during the Health, Wellness and Fitness Expo 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Shoemaker Center. The event always draws a large crowd, with approximately 2,000 individuals enjoying last year’s event.

The expo is free and open to the public.

Free health tests and screenings will be available for health concerns such as cholesterol, blood sugar, fat analysis, blood pressure, dental, glaucoma and scoliosis, as well as oxygen saturation and massages.

The We Care Ronald McDonald medical van, Berger Hospital and a life flight helicopter will also be on site.

“This annual event always draws an enthusiastic crowd and offers an opportunity to provide health screenings for area residents who might not have health insurance or may be unaware of a health concern,” said OU-C staff member Kim McKimmy, a member of OU-C’s Health, Wellness and Safety Committee. “It underscores our commitment to providing the type of programming and worksite health initiative that benefit campus and community members in a meaningful way.”

Beth Barnes named academic advisor at OU-C

Beth Barnes has been named an academic advisor at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective March 10. She served in this position on a temporary basis since August 2010 and was named to a permanent position following a search. In this position, she helps students find their academic focus and achieve their college goals as part of the campus’ emphasis on student success.

As an academic advisor, she will also facilitates workshops and new-student orientation sessions as well as well as instruct courses designed to help students find their college footing.

She previously worked for Pickaway County Community Action as a youth education and employment programs manager for 22 years. Among her duties were teaching the GED portion of the programs to students, developing individual education plans, assisting with college applications and managing a summer youth program. She was also an in-school program provider with Pickaway County Board of Education and a substitute teacher with schools in Pickaway and Ross counties.

Barnes earned her associate degree in human service technology and her bachelor’s degree in education, both from Ohio University.

Upcoming ‘Spotlight on Learning’ conference focuses on teaching, teams and technology

Technology complements teaching on the Chillicothe Campus.

Faculty members are encouraged to attend the Spotlight on Learning: Teaching, Teams, and Technology conference from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 28 in the Alden Library Faculty Commons on Ohio University’s Athens campus.

More than 100 faculty members provided helpful suggestions for planning the upcoming teaching and learning conference.

Based on this input, the conference planning committee is organizing faculty presentations, discussions and demonstrations focusing on:
•    Teaching with teams. Interdisciplinary course collaborations
•    Faculty co-teaching
•    Service learning collaborations
•    Teaching with technology. Innovative, pedagogically-grounded uses of technology to promote student learning

An agenda will be sent out later in March with details on sessions. Attendees can choose to attend one or more sessions of interest that work with their schedules. For those unable to attend, planning is underway to provide online streaming of the main portions of the conference.

OU-C faculty member Michael Lafreniere is a member of the planning committee.

Conference sponsors are: College of Arts & Sciences, Regional Higher Education and the Center for Teaching & Learning.

Informational meeting scheduled for Principal Preparation Program

An informational meeting for the Principal Preparation Program will be held at 4:30 p.m. on March 25 in Bennett Hall room 105 at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

This 24-month graduate-level program provides the option to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration or a principal license.  Students who have already attained a master’s degree may pursue the principal license.  Additionally, a student can pursue a master’s degree only as an option for the Principal Preparation Program.  Students meet with instructors once a month on a Saturday during the school year and twice a week during the summer semester.

For more details, please contact Bill Larson at larsonw@ohio.edu or (740) 533-4580.