Thursday, July 10, 2014

OU-C faculty member Allison White publishes articles in academic journals

Allison White is shown in front of the poster she presented at the recent International Society for Technology in Education conference.

By student public relations writer Megan Valentine

Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty member, Allison White, assistant professor and Regional Higher Education Office Technology Program coordinator, recently published two peer-reviewed articles in academic journals.

The first, “Development and Delivery of an Interdisciplinary Course for Nursing and Office Administration,” was written in collaboration with fellow Ohio University faculty member Char Miller, an associate professor in nursing, and appeared in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education this spring. This article details the unique process of creating interdisciplinary coursework for degree programs including nursing, office administration, health services administration, human services technology and other related fields.

“Creating a Technology-Rich Associate Degree Program in Office Administration,” written with then-student Leanna Ater (Hostetler), was featured in the Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology early this summer. This article explores the creation of technology-rich academic environments and curriculum that includes activities and assessments enhanced by technology.

White is currently completing research on commonalities in faculty development programs that support faculty teaching with technology.  She is working in conjunction with faculty support and instructional designers from Loyola University in Chicago and Utah State University.  Further, she has presented her work at two international conferences including the United States Distance Learning Association conference in St. Louis and the International Society for Technology in Education conference which met in Atlanta, Ga., in early July.

“I would like to thank the Chillicothe Campus faculty members who have mentored me, the administration members who have supported me and the great students who have motivated me for the past several years,” she said.

A former OU-C student, White earned her associate degree in secretarial technology from Ohio University, her bachelor’s degree with a dual major in business administration and marketing from Franklin University and a master’s degree in technology education from Wright State University.

Applied Career Development course helps students find their employment aspirations

By student public relations writer Megan Valentine

Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Career Services recently announced an exciting new opportunity on campus beginning this fall. Applied Career Development (UC 2900, #13626) will be offered on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. and will be worth two credit hours.

The course aligns with OU-C’s emphasis on career preparation and is designed for undecided sophomores to more deeply explore strengths and interests while beginning to identify a career path.  It also offers sophomores, juniors and seniors seeking internship experience a chance to develop their resumes and networking skills to help prepare for the transition from student to professional.

Students will have access to the guidance and resources needed to make informed career decisions, and will have the opportunity to identify their strengths as applied to their personal and academic lives and their future career. Additionally, students enrolled in Applied Career Development will gain professional experience through job shadowing and informational interviews.

“We are looking to engage with students earlier in their college careers to help them focus on how their college plans, including their choice of academic major, align with their career aspirations,” OU-C Coordinator of Student Support Martha Tanedo said. “By the time our students graduate, we want them to feel comfortable in creating a resume and that they know how to successfully conduct a job search, including how to network and how to interview.”

Those with questions should contact Tanedo by email at

Information session slated for graduate programs in higher education and student affairs at OU-C

An information session will be held regarding advanced-degree programs in higher education and student affairs at noon on July 11 in Bennett Hall room 134 at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Program coordinator Sherry Early, Ph.D., and other representatives from the Athens campus will be on hand to answer questions.

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Early at or (740) 597-1739 and indicate which session they plan to attend.

The programs allow area residents to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education and student affairs from Ohio University while taking classes on the Chillicothe Campus.

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

“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,” Early said. “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.”

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.

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.

The 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.

Similar information sessions were held in late May.

Andrea Holmes wins Ohio University Classified Employee of the Month honor

Andrea Holmes receives the outstanding employee award from Classified Senate representatives (from left) Patricia Palmer, Theresa Thompson, Tracy Inman and Chris Bailey-Brown.

Chillicothe Campus employee Andrea “Ann” Holmes, who is known to individuals across campus for her ability to make challenging, often last-minute tasks look routine without succumbing the stress of the situation, has been recognized as the Ohio University Classified Senate Employee of the Month for June.

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

Holmes, administrative associate in the Dean’s Office, joined the campus community in a temporary role as an administrative assistant in January 2009, and she was named a permanent, full-time employee in January 2011.

The Chillicothe High School graduate is also a current OU-C student, and she is on track to earn an associate of arts degree with an emphasis in arts and humanities this summer.

As noted by a nominator, “Ann Holmes is truly a campus ‘citizen’ here at OU-C. She is the ‘face’ of the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus to anyone who enters the dean’s office. Without disruption to her workflow, she manages to field questions via telephone or in person and is nonplussed by the quantity and content of human interaction that passes through her office at any given time.”

As noted, hers is not an easy position. “Many who enter the dean’s office come with problems, issues or concerns that must be addressed, often rather expeditiously,” another nominator wrote. “Because of Ann’s abilities and willingness to multi-task, she handles many of these matters herself. Thus, she frees up time for the associate dean and dean to handle more time-consuming or difficult tasks.”

As Holmes said in receiving the honor, “I genuinely enjoy coming to work each day. When you work with good people and enjoy what you are doing, it does not seem like a job. The people I work with everyday make me look forward to going to the office.”