Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Upcoming workshop focuses on starting a business

A two-hour workshop, “Basis of a Successful Start” (BOSS),  will be held in the Ohio University-Chillicothe Technology and Business Development Center, 22 S. Pohlman Rd., Chillicothe, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 11.

The interactive session is intended for individuals who are interested in starting their own business. Topics to be discussed include developing a business plan, financial projections and understanding financing requirements, effective marketing strategies, ownership options and 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 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.

2014 class of Gates Foundation-Ross County Scholars is announced

13 area students use fund to pursue their college ambitions

This year’s recipients of The Gates Foundation – Ross County Scholar’s Fund have been announced. Thirteen students received the scholarships, including four new recipients and nine continuing students. Ten of the 13 students will attend the Chillicothe or Athens campus of Ohio University this fall.

In 2004, Chillicothe native Larry A. Gates and his wife, Mary, established the scholarship fund to pave the way to a college education for students graduating from Ross County high schools. This is the 11th class to benefit from the scholarship fund, which will eventually total approximately $10 million.

The scholarships are intended to help offset the cost of an undergraduate college education not covered by financial aid and/or scholarships.

Several of the students gathered for a recent reception on the Chillicothe Campus.

The student recipients are grateful for the scholarships and how they open roads to opportunity.

“I have big dreams, and this scholarship is really a big boost in helping to fulfill those dreams,” said Ali McCracken, who will be a freshman at Ohio University-Athens this fall and plans to major in pre-med.

“Mr. and Mrs. Gates have been amazing. We have been writing back and forth. Hearing from them means a lot. It is like a little piece of home,” said Olivia Payne, a rising sophomore who is a community health science major on the Athens campus. “The scholarship has helped tremendously. My father has been ill. Paying medical bills while being in college has been rough.”

Payne is not afraid of hard work. She is taking classes on the Chillicothe Campus this summer and works two to three jobs while in college.

“This scholarship has helped me out tremendously. So far, I have been able to avoid debt,” said Casey Oates, a Chillicothe Campus student. “Beyond offering the opportunity to experience college, Mr. and Mrs. Gates take time to create and maintain relationships. For instance, we exchange letters, and they are always interested in how I am doing as a student.”

Oates earned his associate degree in law enforcement technology this spring and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Speaking at the reception, Larry Gates encouraged the students to keep in touch and mentioned that several current students are pursuing college opportunities that include international experiences and services projects, both globally and domestically, that make an impact.

OU-C Dean Martin Tuck urged the students to make the most of their college days.

“College will mold you and influence you and how you contribute to society,” Tuck said. “Try new things and, as I always tell students, have no regrets when you graduate. Get out of your comfort zone while in college.”

Since the scholarship fund’s inception, 143 scholarships have been awarded. The endeavor has been an unquestioned success, with several scholarship recipients going on to earn master’s degrees.

It has been a labor of love for the scholarship fund’s founders, with success measured on criteria that go beyond the numbers.

“Mary and I began the foundation because of our strong belief in young people, and that trust has been reinforced by the young people who have earned these scholarships over the years,” Larry Gates said.

Gates Foundation directors include Nicole McLaughlin, Michelle Shanholtzer, Matthew Haller, Kimberly Hirsch, Nancy Harris and Valerie Miller.

Selection criteria for the scholarship include potential to succeed in college as determined by high school grades and college entrance scores, letters of reference and financial need.  The scholarships are renewable for up to an additional three years for those who continue to qualify. Students may attend the college or university of their choices.  

Mr. Gates is a retired executive with Philip Morris Companies.

The donor-advised fund is administered by The Ohio University Foundation, the private fundraising arm of the university.

“It is always a pleasure for the Chillicothe Campus to partner with Mr. and Mrs. Gates for this scholarship endowment,” Tuck said. “Mr. and Mrs. Gates walk the walk when it comes to helping young people, and we applaud them for the support they have provided to students from this region.”

2014 The Gates Foundation – Ross County Scholars

The new recipients include:

Student, High School,  University/College

Ali Renae McCracken,  Adena,  Ohio University-Athens
Katherine Beth McMahon, Unioto,  Ohio University-Athens
Sydney Cheyenne Minnix, Southeastern, Ohio University-Athens
Jillian Paige Pontius,  Zane Trace,  Ohio University-Athens

The renewed recipients include:

Student    University/College

Katelyn Lucinda Andersen,    Ohio University-Athens
Brandon Michael Cox,    Ohio University-Athens
Kelsey J. Dunkle,    Ohio University-Athens
Colleen Mishelle Fitzgerald,    Ohio University-Chillicothe
Andrea Renee McLean,    Fransiscan University of Steubenville
Casey Allen Oates,    Ohio University-Chillicothe
Emilee Jo Ortman,    Miami (Ohio) University
Olivia M. Payne,   Ohio University-Athens
Tyler Scott VanBuskirt,    Wright State University   
More information on The Gates Foundation-Ross County Scholar's Fund is available online at www.ohio.edu/gatesscholarship/.

Chillicothe Campus Human Services Association sponsors “Historic Transportation Bonanza” car show on June 7

OU-C’s Human Services Association student organization will be hosting a “Historic Transportation Bonanza” car show in the parking lot of the Kmart, 1470 N. Bridge St., Chillicothe, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 7. Registration will take place on location during the first hour for a fee of $10. All makes and models of cars, trucks, motorcycles, vans and other unique vehicles are welcome. The first 100 individuals to register will receive a dash plaque. 

A lunch package, including pulled pork, baked beans and potato salad, and a variety of baked goods and drinks will be available for purchase to participants and those in attendance. There will also be opportunities to enter a 50/50 raffle and door prize drawings at the show. The students are continuing to recruit various local businesses to support the event in the form of trophy sponsorships and door prizes throughout this week.

“HSA members network within the community and seek donations throughout the year from local businesses to host charitable annual events,” says HSA co-president Joanna Graham of their efforts. “Members benefit by learning how to organize these events and make connections with other charitable organizations and business owners.”

All proceeds of the vehicle registration fee will benefit the Ross County Mental Health Association, which has awarded scholarships periodically since 1980 to outstanding sophomores studying in OU-C’s Human Services Technology program. The Ross County Mental Health Association is a volunteer organization that promotes health and wellness activities and education. It was formed in 1959 to promote funding and education for mental health causes.

According to event chairperson Morgan Masters, giving back to the Ross County Mental Health Association is a priority of the HSA student club.

“They play a very important role in our society and really deserve a lot more credit than what most people give them. I believe it is important to help them out in any way we can, and this car show is our way of doing it,” Masters said.

The Human Services Association has been an organized student club on OU-C’s campus since 2005 and is dedicated to serving the community. Its largest annual service project is the Trick or Treat Extravaganza, which takes place in October.The club’s other officers include co-president Rachel "Lizzy" Copper and treasurer Sara Winans.

“HSA has helped me in so many ways…it got me involved with events in my community that I would have never thought about doing until I was a part of HSA. It makes you feel good to do something for your neighbors and friends, and to give back to your community and places like Ross County Mental Health Association,” says Winans of her involvement in the organization.

Individuals or businesses interested in making a donation or have a question about the event can contact Barbara A. Mahaffey at mahaffey@ohio.edu or (740) 774-7287.

Athletic program plays pivotal role in college experience for several Chillicothe Campus students

By public relations student writer Mallory Laird

Much of the college experience occurs outside of the classrooms and labs, and the Chillicothe Campus’ sports program adds to the vibrancy of many students’ educational careers. OU-C has a robust athletics program and fields women’s teams in volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis, as well as man’s teams in basketball, golf, baseball and tennis in addition to cheerleading squads.

Approximately 100 students were involved in the campus’ athletics program during the 2013-14 academic year.

The Hilltoppers mainly compete against similar campuses in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference.

Beyond adding to the college experience, the athletics program is an integral part of the overall campus mission to prepare students for fulfilling lives and rewarding careers.

“Our student-athletes learn and display qualities of time-management, maintaining poise in pressure situations, teamwork and sacrificing individual accomplishments for a common goal. These are attributes that are important to individuals over the long term,” athletic director Kim McKimmy said.

Balancing athletics with the demands of academic and outside obligations requires a great deal of sacrifice and dedication on the part of the student-athletes.

“It is challenging to balance athletics and academics and it can be stressful at times. To play a sport, you have to be dedicated not only to basketball, but to school, as well,” said Quentin Williams, a guard on the men’s basketball team who earned academic all-ORCC. “Everything will not be easy in athletics. Just as with life, there will be ups and downs. If you persevere and do not give up, you will be successful, on and off of the court.”

Volleyball player Alexis Roback said, “Being a college athlete can make things difficult during the season because, on top of schoolwork, you often have matches on weekends. You need to be able to manage your time wisely and keep up with things.”

For many student-athletes, athletics provide a competitive setting and change of pace from the classroom, serving as an important stress-relief. They also allow students who were athletes in high school to continue that pursuit in college and for other students to try competitive sports for the first time.

OU-C students can compete in university-wide Global Health Case Competition

Students on all of Ohio University’s campuses will have the opportunity to work in teams to research global health issues and develop innovative solutions to global health challenges during the Global Health Case Competition in the fall.

Winning team members will be able to travel overseas to implement their solution.

Details are available on Compass, the university’s newsletter, at:


The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines. The four-person teams must include students form at least two of the university’s colleges and draw from at least four academic disciplines.

Hilltop Café closed on Fridays during summer

To adjust to changing customer demand, the Hilltop Café’ will be closed on Fridays during the summer and will resume regular hours when fall semester begins.