Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Art exhibit features work of Chillicothe Campus students

The works of Chillicothe Campus students are featured in the exhibit “Surface: The 27th Annual Undergraduate Art Exhibition” in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery in OU-C’s Bennett Hall.

The exhibit runs from April 11 through May 9. Ken Emerick, director of individual artist grants for the Ohio Arts Council, will be judging the featured pieces.

A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 14 and will include an awards ceremony and light refreshments.

Also, Ohio University Professor of Graphic Design Don Adleta, who works on the Athens campus, is currently presenting his Adleta Perpetual Calendar exhibit in the Stevenson Center gallery. He will discuss his work at 3 p.m. on April 9.

All events are free and open to the public.

Margaret Clifton recognized as Ohio University Classified Senate Employee of the Month

Shown with OU-C employee Margaret Clifton are Classified Senate representatives Chris Bailey-Brown (left), Jeff Fulk and Patricia Palmer.

Chillicothe Campus employee Margaret Clifton, who is known for her professionalism and personable approach, has been recognized as the Ohio University Classified Senate Employee of the Month for April.

She received the award from representatives of Classified Senate during a recent ceremony on campus.

Clifton, OUC’s human resources/accounting assistant, has been in her current position since December 2009, first as a contract employee before being named to the permanent position in September 2011. She began working in the Dean’s Office as a student employee in 2008.

“More than a co-worker, Margaret is a true colleague. Not only does she do her job with an exceptionally high level of competence and professionalism, but she makes the workplace more enjoyable for others. Despite the meticulous and detail-oriented nature of her job, Margaret always has time for others, and her upbeat attitude lifts the spirits of all in the office, her supervisor, Jonna Depugh, noted in the letter of recommendation.

“Margaret’s dedication and pride in not only her work, but her University and community is to be commended,” Depugh added. “While her days are always busy performing accounting and human resource functions, she still finds time to volunteer at welcome tables, fundraising events and other causes that the community promotes.  She makes herself readily available to assist students, staff, and employees regardless of her own personal schedule.  She willingly works additional hours regardless of her personal schedule.”

Clifton, a Unioto High school graduate, is an example of what the Chillicothe Campus educational experience is all about. She previously worked for medical doctors Edward and Catherine Su, until the office was closed due to retirement in 2007. Facing what she described as a scary situation, Clifton turned things around by pursuing her college degree and the opportunities it presents.

She then enrolled at OU-C and earned an Associate Degree in Business Management Technology from Ohio University, combining academic with work and families responsibilities, often studying during breaks between classes and her work-study position.

“I now have a college degree and a great job. I look forward to going to work each day,” she said.

Glass Enclosures literary publication accepting submissions

Submissions are being accepted through April 11 for Glass Enclosures, a literary publication that features the creative work of current and former OU-C students.

The publication includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, research writing and other forms of creative writing. Multiple submissions are welcome and word limits are negotiable.

Submissions should be directed to the Student Success Center in the Stevenson Center Quinn Library. For further information contact Deb Nickles at nickles@ohio.edu.

Glass Enclosures is designed to create greater awareness for the campus’ talented student and alumni writers and is intended to span a wide range of grade levels, majors and literary interests. The publication’s creation was sparked by one of the Writing Center’s main goals, to encourage students to build writing confidence in all writing projects across their curriculum.

Creative work can be submitted for fifth annual Faculty and Staff Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Show

OU-C employees are encouraged to submit their creative work for the 2014 Faculty & Staff Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies Show, which will be held in the Patricia Scott Gallery from May 12 through May 30.

Those with a talent or a hobby they would like to share with the OU-C campus community are invited to showcase it in the show.

Submissions of any type are sought, whether it is a wall or floor piece. Carvings, written work, artwork, scrapbooking, sculpture, wall hangings, photography, cross-stitch, quilts, and other types of creative expression will be accepted.

Those who would like to participate should fill out and turn in the submission application to Beth Tilley at the OUC Information Desk prior to May 7. Submitted works will be taken at the Information Desk from April 28 through May 12.

Everyone has a talent, please share yours with us. If you have any questions, please contact Beth at tilley@ohio.edu or 774-7200.

Computer technology program at OU-C prepares students for success in their careers

By public relations student writer Mallory Laird
The Computer Science Technology (CTCH) program at OU-C provides students the relevant education they need to achieve their goals in a professional field that is constantly evolving.

“We strive to help students develop the technical skills that the industry values and the critical thinking abilities that will allow them to succeed as they advance in their careers,” CTCH program coordinator Joe Triplett said. “We are constantly looking to further strengthen our ties with local industry so that we can adjust our curriculum to teach the skills they need, both now and in the future.”

One way the program maintains these ties is through a robust internship program. “Many local businesses now seek eligible students in the program for work internships and some of these opportunities lead to full-time employment after graduation,” Triplett said.

With an increase in computer usage in the professional world, companies require trained specialists to support their advance computer systems. After completing this program, students usually enter the workforce or pursue a bachelor’s degree in Technical and Applied Studies or other complementary fields.

The Computer Science Technology program attracts individuals who are naturally interested in technology, have a curious nature, are drawn to technology and enjoy learning about new developments. OU-C’s program trains individuals to become not only technically proficient but also able to apply the critical thinking skills that prepare them for a changing job market.

The program gives students an insight to many aspects of the computer world, and what can be accomplished. Students are able to develop skills in hardware, computer networking, computer programming, databases, computer security and website development. These skills would be appealing to an employer looking to hire a person with technology experience.

Students appreciate the program’s focused, well-rounded approach.

“The program teaches analytical skills for critical thinking and the students learn to develop professional communication skills such as writing e-mails, report writing, oral presentations,
Scott Limle
PowerPoint presentations and the like,” says former CTCH student Scott Limle. He is finishing his degree in BTAS and graduating this spring.

Limle is a Navy veteran and former corrections officer who joined the program in 2011. He came back to school to join the program because of his interest in computers.

He stresses the helpfulness of the professors in the CTCH program. “I never felt like the professors were there to earn a paycheck. They were here for the students.”

Former student Glenda Reed appreciated the extra help outside of the classroom that the program offers. “It was easy to see that people on campus want students to succeed; I feel this is most prevalent in providing tutors at the learning center and the extra time that the professors are willing to donate and assist with their time outside the classroom,” she said.

In 2010, Reed lost her job and decided to go back to school to pursue her career. She chose the CTCH program because she was good with computers and helping others with their computer problems. Glenda is finishing up her BSAM degree and will be finishing her Spring Semester as a Gladfleter IT co-op student.

Campus continues to partner with community to oppose domestic violence, improve quality of life for area residents

As part of its community outreach efforts, the Chillicothe Campus continues to partner with area organizations to improve the quality of life for area residents.

In continuing an effort that began during the fall, OU-C is helping to coordinate fund-raising efforts for a memorial stone to commemorate local victims of domestic violence. More information is available on the campus news blog: http://www.oucnewsblog.com/2013/10/campus-community-join-together-to.html

A raffle is being held for a quilt that has been created by the local Sew ‘N’ Sews quilting group, with a drawing to be held July 4. The associate dean’s office is coordinating campus fund-raising efforts. People or organizations who want to display the quilt in a faith-based setting, senior center, business, or public event should contact OU-C Associate Dean Brenda Phillips at 740-774-7207 or oucassocdean@ohio.edu.

The goal is to raise more than $1,000 for the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Sadly, this effort hits home on the Chillicothe Campus.

“I understand that as many as 50 percent of the clients who seek help from the coalition are also OU-C students,” Associate Dean Brenda Phillips said. “Our campus serves as a place where survivors can find a way to support themselves through earning a degree. We have a tradition of this type of community effort. The OUC FOCUS program in the mid-1990s supported many students, of whom many were survivors themselves.”

The memorial stone event last fall brought together campus and community members in a renewed dedication to end domestic violence.  Toward that end, the campus continues to offer relevant courses in human services, social work, sociology and psychology.  This semester, for example, Assistant Professor Marguerite Hernandez is teaching SOC 4670 Violence Against Women. Students in that course are developing action plans to implement in the community, as based on the academic content they are acquiring.

“The quilt itself reflects the intent of all of these efforts.  The design is a modified log cabin of purple and green.  The log cabin design represents the hearth or fireplace of the home, where people should feel warm and safe,” Phillips said. “One side of each block is lighter than the other side.  The lighter side represents the light of a happy home, the safety, and the warmth.  The colder side represents darkness, the unknown, and fear when the hearth fails to provide light.  The quilt was quilted with a stitch called ‘butterfly flutters,’ which we hope symbolizes the butterfly/survivor, emerging from the darkness of the chrysalis and evolving into a new, lighter, form symbolic of freedom.”

Upcoming workshops focus on starting a business

Workshops on “Basis of a Successful Start” (BOSS) will be held in the Ohio University-Chillicothe Technology and Business Center, 22 S. Pohlman Rd., Chillicothe, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 23 and May 14.

The workshops are intended for individuals who are interested in starting their own businesses. Workshop topics include developing a business plan, financial projections and understanding financing requirements, effective marketing strategies and ownership options as well as legal structures.

The workshops are free, and advanced registration is recommended. To register, contact Jackie LeBerth, jackieleberth@gmail.com or (740) 440-0233; or Melody Borchers, melody.borchers@gmail.com or (740) 569-3200.

The workshops are presented by Ohio University Chillicothe and the OSU South Centers. Sponsors are OU-C, Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Small Business Development Center Program of Ohio and the Ohio Small Business Development Centers.

Hilltopper golfers place fourth in host tourney; win Lancaster event

The OU-C golf team finished fourth with a team score of 325 in the Hilltopper Invitational on April 4 at Jaycee Golf Course. Owens Community College won the event with a 304, Shawnee State was second and Miami Hamilton third, both with scores of 322. OU-C was led by Tyler Tetley with a 77 and Cameron McKimmy at 78.

OU-C finished first with a score of 317 at the OU Lancaster golf tournament on April 5. Cory Porter led the OUC scoring with a 77 followed by Cameron McKimmy's 79, Colton Forcum's 80 and Tyler Tetley's 81.  The Hilltoppers are second in the conference after two tournaments, one stroke behind Miami Hamilton. OU-C travels to Miami Hamilton April 11 and Miami Middletown on April 12.