Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Recognition of Graduation event celebrates students’ accomplishments, spirit of Chillicothe Campus

Ohio University-Chillicothe graduating students were encouraged to celebrate their accomplishments and to continue to pursue their dreams during the May 2 annual Recognition of Graduation event on campus.

“This is a great day. In fact, it is a day I hope you never forget. You stayed the course. You finished the race … You have done something many have not done and never will do,” keynote speaker Matt Barnes told the graduates. “Whether this degree means a culmination of two years, four years or 40 years, just remember those three words: You did it. Or, I guess, I did it.”

Barnes, a sports anchor and reporter for NBC4 in Columbus, is himself an Ohio University alumnus, having graduated in 2008 from the Athens campus with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and focus on broadcast journalism.

“But, you are not done. No, not by any means. In fact, this is very much a new beginning … What you do from this moment on is completely up to you. And, while that may seem like a nerve-wracking idea, I hope it also excites you.”

A total of 448 students earned degrees from Ohio University while attending the Chillicothe Campus during the 2013-14 academic year. Approximately 215 graduates participated in the campus ceremony.

A pinning ceremony which celebrates the OU-C graduates in the Nursing program was held on May 1.

The Recognition of Graduation event connects current graduates with their predecessors in marking the spirit, and purpose, of the Chillicothe Campus educational experience.

Aaron Chaney, a Navy veteran who earned his associate degree in human services technology, delivered the Pledge of Allegiance.

Jennifer Montgomery, who earned a bachelor’s degree in applied management, shared her thoughts as the student reflection speaker.

James Caldwell, Nancy King, Jean Romero and Sue Wyskiver Yount were recognized as Distinguished Alumni.

Julia Lyddon Gourley, who has had a distinguished career with the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency, received the Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership Award. Col. Mike Jackson represented the Ohio University Alumni Association.

Faculty marshals for the graduation event included Cindy Matyi; Barbara Mahaffey, associate degree; Dywayne Nicely, bachelors’ degree; and Barbara Trube, master’s degree.

Music was provided by the Great Seal of Ohio Band.

OU-C Dean Martin Tuck encouraged the campus’ newest alumni to continue to make an impact and to use their college experiences to not only advance their own careers but to make a difference in the lives of those they meet along the way.

“Pay forward. You have earned an excellent education. Be mindful of that, and use your skills and insights to help others.”

He also urged the graduates to remember their past while charting their future.

“Wherever our dreams now take you, we hope you will stay close in spirit to Ohio University and especially to Ohio University-Chillicothe,” he said.

Ohio University to offer graduate programs in higher education and student affairs on Chillicothe Campus

Area residents will have the opportunity to earn master’s or doctoral degrees in higher education and student affairs from Ohio University while taking classes on the Chillicothe Campus.

“These offerings provide individuals with the educational background they need to further succeed in their current professions or to make a career change into university student relations types of positions,” said Sherry Early, Ph.D., program coordinator. “They are designed with a focus on providing students with courses that fit the schedules of those already in the workforce and training that prepares them for careers that align with their interests and passions.”

Cohorts for the master’s degree program in higher education administration will begin this fall, and the Ph.D. program is slated to launch in January 2015.

Information sessions will be held May 30 on the Chillicothe Campus in Bennett Hall room 110 for the programs. The master’s program session will begin at 2 p.m. and the doctoral program information session will start at 3 p.m. Dr. Early and other representatives will be on hand to answer questions. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Early at earlys@ohio.edu or (740) 597-1739 by May 25 and indicate which session they plan to attend.

Both programs are designed to help individuals advance in their professions or make a career switch.

The Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration program prepares students for careers in college settings such as student affairs, alumni affairs, financial aid or the registrar’s office. It is designed to accommodate working professionals.

“People who may be especially drawn to this offering are those who want to work in a college setting,” Early said. “They may currently be employed in area elementary or high schools but feel they may be more comfortable working for a college or university long-term. Anyone who worked in student services as a college student, perhaps as a resident assistant or orientation leader, may find this appealing. It is also useful for individuals who want to specialize and sharpen their career focus while earning a master’s degree to advance professionally.”

The entire program takes 24 months to complete. Classes are conveniently scheduled to fit with working professionals’ schedules. Classes will be held six times during the fall, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.  Courses will be offered online during the spring, and the summer schedule is flexible, with both online and on-campus courses offered in Athens.

Students who earned a grade point average of at least 3.0 in completing their bachelor’s degrees are not required to take the GRE for the master’s program. Applications are due in late June, and classes begin in September.

The Ph.D.in Higher Education Administration program will be taught in a traditional format and is designed for full-time students. Students accepted into the program can apply for teaching and research assistantship positions to defray costs and provide career experience. The program includes six semesters of coursework and a dissertation. There will also be a cohort option to take courses on Fridays and Saturdays so they do not disrupt work schedules. Applications are due in August, and classes begin January 2015.

OU-C art student Thomas Ansel among 3 students statewide to have work selected for Dublin ‘riverboxes’ exhibit

OU-C art student Thomas Ansel is among three college students statewide whose Riverboxes projects have been selected by the Dublin (Ohio) Arts Council for display in Dublin parks and public areas this summer. Ansel’s handiwork is currently on display in Donegal Cliffs Park along the Scioto River in Dublin. To view the project, click here: http://www.dublinarts.org/VisualArts/Riverboxes.aspx

He earned a $2,000 commission in the “Riverboxes: emerging” contest.

Riverboxes are three-dimensional outdoor public works of art that combine map-reading or GPS skills. Each riverbox includes a journal and artist-made stamp as well as environmental and historical information about the location where it is displayed.

Ansel describes his work as “kind of a hybrid of geocaching and letterboxing that is kind of a treasure hunt type of thing. My project is about three feet tall by two feet deep by 18 inches wide and weighs about 250 pounds. It is made of concrete and wood.”

He explained that, although the riverboxes are displayed in public places, they are not “out front’ as are most similar types of artwork.

“It involves discovery and encourages people to explore the entire park,” he said. You have to be adventurous and have an appreciation for the arts. Each piece is a sculpture is designed to appeal to all types of art patrons.”

The riverbox includes an inkpad and stamp so individuals can mark it down when they discover the artwork.

Ansel, 43, a native of Baltimore, Ohio, will earn his bachelor’s degree this summer. He then plans to pursue a teaching job, and possibly graduate school, as well as his art endeavors, which have become his profession. He won the “Best of Show” honors at the student shows on both the Chillicothe and Lancaster campuses this academic year.

“I like doing mixed media work, including sculpture,” he said.

An accomplished artisan, his work is displayed at the Mac Worthington Art Gallery in Columbus.

The riverbox work allows Ansel ample artistic freedom.

“Riverbox has loose criteria and a lot of freedom to express myself in sculpture,” Ansel said. “The interpretation can be whatever I wanted. The only requirement involved space dimensions.”

Ansel has a rich background, having worked several art-related jobs, such as a print shop and with a studio in Savannah, Ga., “Wherever I have gone and what I have done, art has always been part of the equation,” he said.

“Thomas is highly creative and well-versed in many media,” said OU-C art faculty member Margaret McAdams, who was Ansel’s sponsor in the project. “He is always carrying a camera and sketchbook while looking, seeing drawing and expanding projects he has underway, and always coming up with new ideas. With aspirations for an MFA, Thomas stands among the best art students I have taught in my career.”

“This project gave our best and most experienced three-dimensional students the opportunity to engage in a professional application process and, ultimately, for Thomas to produce a permanent commissioned public work. This project can be a career-launcher for him. His riverbox will be visited annually by thousands of individuals. His “Riverboxes: emerging” peers include a BFA student at the University of Akron and an MFA student at Bowling Green State University. That speaks highly of Ohio University’s Regional Higher Education art students.”

Following are YouTube video clips of Ansel and his riverbox artwork project:


Registration is now underway for Kids in College summer program for youth

The popular Kids in College program will again offer area youth the opportunity to combine fun and education while pursuing their academics and interests this summer. The schedule for the 2014 sessions is June 9-13 at various sites and June 16-20 and June 23-27 at Chillicothe City Middle School.

The program is open to students who have completed grades kindergarten through the sixth grade with some classes designed for students through the eighth grade. For more than 26 years, the popular program has offered enrichment learning opportunities for youngsters in our region.

Registration is underway. Flyers have been distributed to all schools in the Ross County and Chillicothe City school systems. They are also available at the Ross County Schools Office and Information Desk in Bennett Hall.  To register, go to the website http://www.chillicothe.ohiou.edu/kic.  For additional information, contact Janet Fink at (740) 774-7226.

Please note that the registration deadline this year is June 2 for the summer sessions.  Register early to secure a spot in the most popular classes.  Registration is $40 plus any material fees for the first class and $30 plus any material fees for each additional class.

The Kids in College program offers an opportunity for students to become involved in summer enrichment activities in a safe, vibrant learning environment. The students have fun and learn at the same time. The teachers are the heart of the program. Most are veteran classroom teachers who look forward to becoming involved in the hands-on teaching that is the hallmark of this program.  The program offers a wide range of classes for learners with various interests. Some of the classes have an academic base, while others are related to creativity, artistic and recreation areas.

Among the many classes offered are water fun, tennis, archeology for kids, games and activities at Adena Mansion, Descubre El Espnol, ooey gooey science, Camp Olympus, dawn of Egypt, archeology for kids, messy masterpieces, and jewelry-making.

Christina Martin of the Ross County Educational Service District and Joyce Atwood of Ohio University-Chillicothe coordinate the instruction and classes and will be on site each day during the summer sessions.