Friday, August 8, 2014

Tryouts scheduled for OU-C women’s softball team

Tryouts for the 2015 OU-C women’s softball team will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 30 at VA Memorial Stadium. Registration will be held on-site at 9:30 a.m. that day, or interested players can contact Head Coach George Beck at (740) 649-8804 or to register in advance. OU-C students must carry a minimum of 7 credit hours to be eligible to participate. Anyone interested but unable to attend on Aug. 30 may request an individual tryout by contacting any current player or coach.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hilltop Cafe' closed week of Aug. 18

The Hilltop Café will be closed the week of Aug. 18 and will resume regular hours with the opening of fall semester Aug. 25.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Media spotlight shines on OU-C student Samm Newman’s body-image campaign

By public relations student writer Megan Valentine

Samm Newman, a 19-year-old OU-C student, recently garnered the attention of the media on an international level.

Her account on Instagram, a photo-sharing application, was shut down by the service for an apparent violation of its community guidelines after she posted a photo on July 12 in her bra and underwear.

Newman, a Chillicothe High School graduate who is entering her sophomore year as a sociology major at OU-C, posted the photo as part of a body-positive movement to promote acceptance of women’s natural figures. She believes that her weight played a factor in the action taken by Instagram.

After the photo was deleted and her account shut down, she began flagging photos of women who she felt were dressed more provocatively in an attempt to prove the double standard.

“Initially, I was really devastated and went to bed crying,” stated Newman in one interview. “The next morning, I saw that all of the photos we reported were still there. That’s when I was like, ‘OK, now I’m angry.’ ”

Following failed attempts to contact Instagram, Newman reached out to various news outlets around the state. Her story went viral and the company ultimately made the following statement to The Huffington Post:

“We are truly sorry for our mistake here. When reviewing reported content from the Instagram community, we do not always get it right and we wrongly removed an account. As soon as we were made aware, we reactivated the account and restored the content.”

Newman’s account reached more than 6,000 followers in the week following the incident.

“I have been overwhelmed with messages from people standing in solidarity and support, many of whom have felt many of the emotions I have growing up,” said Newman of the feedback she has received following the incident. “The need for people of all sizes, shapes, and colors to be visible is so evident, and this entire experience has only inspired me to continue loving my body and encouraging others to love their own.”

“I didn't expect to reach so many people, and I certainly never expected for my story to inspire other people the way it has,” added Newman of the experience. “I am giving people hope and advice, and I truly hope that it changes the way they see and treat their bodies.”

This has been a learning experience for the OU-C student, and she looks to impact others with the insights she has gained.

“I have learned that body-positivity is something that many people struggle with every day. Even though there are obvious negative reactions to my story, I've found that it reached all of the right people,” Newman said.

“Maybe, someday, after having a family, I will become a professor at OU and teach others sociology, which is where my whole heart is right now. I want to empower other people and advocate for those in need,” she said.

Newman plans to continue her college career by relocating to the Athens campus of Ohio University and may expand her academic pursuits to include a double major in sociology as well as women’s and gender studies.

Chillicothe Campus faculty members address topic of human trafficking in classes

July 30 marked the United Nations’ inaugural World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The purpose of the observance was to raise awareness about the global issue of human trafficking, highlight the stories of victims from all areas of the world and to encourage communities to take action against the crime.

Although often overlooked, this issue remains a contemporary problem for all Americans, and even touched Ross County in 2012 when the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force indicted four individuals on related charges of trafficking in persons, rape, kidnapping and promoting prostitution.

Human trafficking is an ongoing topic of research interest to Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty members Marguerite Hernandez, Lisa Wallace and James McKean, who are currently utilizing their backgrounds in sociology, women’s studies and criminal justice respectively. Hernandez also completed her dissertation on this topic. McKean challenges OU-C faculty, students and staff to increase their awareness of this issue and work collaboratively toward a solution.

For more information about getting involved on a local level, follow the Ross County Coalition to End Human Trafficking page on Facebook:

Details about participating in the UN’s #igivehope social media campaign are available here:

Through its actions, Chillicothe Campus strives to be engaged member of the region it serves

The following op-ed piece was recently published in the Chillicothe Gazette

It is sometimes difficult to describe what makes the Ross County region such an exceptional place to live. As with many things we treasure, its attributes exceed our ability to eloquently express them.

Consequently, the best way to appreciate this region is to experience it, and one of the best ways to experience Ross County is through the county fair. It is a slice of Americana that is particularly rare these days. The fair is a throwback to the things that matter, such as friendship, the family farm and small-town, common sense values.

The fair is obviously important to people of this region, and that is why it is important to us on the Chillicothe Campus. We staff a booth at the fair each year, so we can meet the citizens of this region and be part of this signature experience.

I would like to think that the same values that define Ross County also distinguish Ohio University-Chillicothe (OU-C).

The fortunes of the Chillicothe Campus and the region it serves are intertwined. As a regional campus, it is our mission and purpose to serve this region and further strengthen the quality of life for its residents. We are fortunate to be a member of this community, and we are committed to its well-being.

That is why, when looking to add academic programs, we determine if they align with our mission, as well as students’ interest and area career opportunities. It is also why, when offering continuing education offerings, we look to work in concert with area employers to meet their needs. In all we do on the Chillicothe Campus, we want to make sure we are doing our part to sustain the vitality of this region.

Area residents expect to work hard for results, and so should we. OU-C strives to be a place where area students can have an educational experience that is on par with any college or university. We want to make sure they have the opportunity to experience all that college can offer, inside and outside of the classroom, and earn a nationally-recognized Ohio University diploma that carries significant clout with hiring managers.

By and large, Ross County-area residents are forward-thinking individuals, and our campus is as innovative as the region it serves.

At OU-C, we offer the benefits of a small-campus setting and affordable tuition of approximately $5,000 a year for a full-time student. As our students’ academic goals come into focus, they then have several options to pursue. They can complete an associate degree or bachelor’s degree at OU-C, complete general education and foundation courses for their major at OU-C and relocate seamlessly to the Athens campus of Ohio University where they have access to more than 250 academic programs, or even complete their college degrees at another university.

As with Ross County, it is difficult to put a price on the value of higher education. At OU-C, we will continue to strive to provide a gateway to opportunities where area residents can realize their ambitions without traveling far.

The hard-working people of this region deserve that type of college experience.

Martin Tuck, Ph.D., is dean of the Chillicothe Campus