Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ribbon-cutting event scheduled for revitalized OU-C Emergency Response Training Center

The Ohio University-Chillicothe Emergency Response Training Center (ERTC) will reopen with a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sept. 11. The 7-acre site is located on the Pohlman Road portion of the OU-C campus, next to the Technology and Business Development Center.

The ERTC has the potential to serve as a valuable asset for the area and supports OU-C’s mission of serving its region by providing a training site and instructors for the training of area first responders, businesses and industries. Presently, the ERTC is able to offer rappelling and climbing, silo rescue, propane firefighting training, confined space entry, some hazardous materials training, vehicle extrication work and decontamination protocols.

The Sept. 11 ribbon-cutting event will coincide with use of the facility by the Ross County Safety Council for its annual training event.  More than 100 participants are expected to participate in demonstration and interactive stations for rappelling, active shooters, canine searches, decontamination training, confined space, CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and more. There will also be demonstrations of K-9 dogs searching for bombs and drugs in addition to search and rescue.

This endeavor has been a true campus-community collaboration, and the Chillicothe police and fire departments, as well as the Ross County Sheriff’s Department, are among cooperating agencies. Efforts to revitalize the ERTC have been underway with key stakeholders since September 2013, with input from representatives of area business and industry, educational institutions, fire departments, air and ground ambulance services, police, sheriff, emergency management and related first responders.

OU-C Associate Dean Brenda Phillips, an expert in emergency management, has been overseeing restoration of the ERTC to ensure it is properly utilized as a resource.

The ETRC represents a critical asset to regional business and industry by providing training for safety personnel, the broader workforce and the surrounding community.  Industrial sustainability relies on safety professionals for loss estimation and protection, emergency response, and business continuity.  Organizations, businesses and first responders interested in using the facility should contact OU-C at (740) 774-7207.

Nicholas Kiersey earns promotion and tenure

OU-C faculty member Nicholas Kiersey has earned tenure and promotion from assistant professor to associate professor.

Kiersey has earned acclaim for his role as a co-editor of Battlestar Galactica and International Relations, a collection of 10 essays from scholars who explore the namesake show's far-reaching influence. The book is intended to be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, popular culture and security studies.

Kiersey’s writing on his research has been published in several academic journals, and he has presented papers at numerous conferences in both the United States and internationally. He has also received grants and awards to support his teaching and research activities.

Kiersey joined the OU-C faculty in 2008. His expertise is in comparative theories of empire, international relations and foreign policy. He holds a Ph.D. in planning, governance and globalization from Virginia Tech.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in European public affairs from the University of Limerick (Ireland), a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Ireland and a second master’s degree in international politics and social science research methodology from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Upcoming events discuss business insights

By PR student writer Megan Valentine

On Thursday, Sept. 11, two events hosted at OU-C’s Technology and Business Development Center will support the center’s mission of providing students and area residents the insights they need to put their concepts in motion and possibly launch their own business ventures. In this manner, the facility upholds OU-C’s mission of serving its students and serving its region by bolstering the regional economy and supporting job growth.

From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. the OU-C and Chillicothe communities will have the opportunity to learn
Gary Von Kennel
“Marketing from the Master” at a free seminar hosted by Gary Von Kennel, a 1966 graduate of Chillicothe High School. He will discuss how businesses of all sizes can benefit from following a number of general marketing and advertising rules.

Von Kennel established his career in marketing and advertising while developing campaigns for companies such as PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, California Cooler and The Miller Brewing Company. As Global CEO of Rapp Collins Worldwide he had offices in London and on Park Avenue in New York City, and between 1999 and 2008 he was named CEO of four different Omnicom agencies.

Additionally, Von Kennel was recently recognized for his professional accomplishments when he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Chillicothe High School.

It is requested that those planning to attend pre-register no later than Sept. 9. To register please visit: Contact Janet Fink by phone at 774-7226 or by email at for more information.

From 3 to 5 p.m. the Chillicothe Campus and OSU South Centers at Piketon Small Business Development Center will sponsor the Basis of a Successful Start (BOSS) course in Room 147 Technology and Business Development Center.

Topics of discussion will include successfully starting a small business, choosing a legal entity, business planning, guerilla marketing, forms, rules, taxes and financing. Although this event is also free and open to the public, pre-registration is requested. For more information please call or text 740-440-0233 or email

Free storytelling festival tickets available to Ohio University members

Thanks to a grant, festival organizers are able to offer two free weekend festival passes to Ohio University students, faculty and staff to attend the 11th annual Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival in Chillicothe.  To take advantage of this offer, fill out the online coupon at Enter "Ohio" in the "Coupon Code" field.  Since tickets can be held at the gate, this offer is valid through the end of the school day on Sept. 5. The festival begins with an event the evening of Sept. 4 and continues through the weekend at the Pump House. The complete schedule for the weekend is available at .

Making the grade is high on list of students’ pursuits

We regularly speak with OU-C students to gain their insights. We recently asked some students about their goals and aspirations for this academic year. 

Emily Zinn, an education major from Vinton County High School, is very straight-forward and looking toward the short term in her aspirations. “My goal is to pass my classes. Beyond that, I do not really know,” she said.

Alex Speakman, a fellow Vinton County High graduate who is undecided on her academic major, has a similar goal. “I want to pass my classes and attend all of my classes. I also want to figure out what academic major to pursue. Plus, I want to be more organized.”

  “I just want to pass my classes and do a little better in classes than I did last year,” said Matt Seyfang, an Adena High School graduate who plans to major in civil engineering.

Bret Peterson, a Unioto High School graduate, is undecided on his academic major but is focused on his goals. “I want to get a 3.5 GPA, keep working out and keep up with my military commitments.” Peterson is a member of the Army Reserves.

“I want to learn more about the degree I will get. I eventually want to work with children who are autistic,” said Jenna Hammond, an Adena High grad who plans to major in music therapy.

Research funding opportunities and workshops available for faculty, staff and students

The Ohio University Office of the Vice President for Research and Creativity Activity offers several internal awards programs throughout the year to support the research, scholarship and creative activity of faculty, staff and students.

Several workshops will be held Sept. 9 to Nov. 20 this semester to help prospective applicants with the process.

Programs for faculty and staff applicants:

Ohio University Research Committee (OURC)

Competitive awards of up to $8,000 provide seed money for faculty and staff to pursue new research and creative activity projects.  Priority is for new faculty and staff or established faculty pursuing projects that are a clear departure from previous research foci.

Deadlines:  Thursday, October 2, 4 p.m.; and Thursday, January 29, 2015, 4 p.m.

Workshops:  Tuesday, September 9, 3p.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday, September 10, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.; 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided.
Thursday, November 13, 2p.m.-3 p.m.; Friday, November 14, 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.; 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided.

Please contact Carma West with questions or for more information (593-0929;

Baker Fund Awards Committee

Competitive awards of up to $12,000 to faculty and staff support research, scholarship and creative activity. The committee seeks to support projects that are near completion and hopefully can be brought to full completion with the assistance of an award. 

Deadlines:  Thursday, October 9, 2014, 4 p.m.; and Thursday, February 12, 2015, 4 p.m.

Workshops: Tuesday, September 9, 3p.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday, September 10, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.; 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided.
Thursday, November 13, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.; Friday, November 14, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.; 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided.

Please contact Carma West with questions or for more information (593-0929;

Air Travel Support Program

Funds are available to support trips to the areas within a 1,000-mile radius (including Washington D.C., Chicago, New York and Atlanta) on the university's King Air plane. Activities that are allowable under this program include meetings with sponsors or potential collaborators.

Deadline: Open

Please contact Roxanne Malé-Brune with questions or for more information (597-1227;

Konneker Fund for Learning and Discovery

This new fund supports innovative, high-impact initiatives designed to advance undergraduate learning and research and graduate education. Applicants may request $50,000 for two years or $100,000 overall. Faculty and staff are eligible to submit proposals; collaborative projects are strongly encouraged.

Deadlines:           Preliminary Discussion:   Monday, October, 27 2014
Proposals:                          Monday, November 17, 2014
Workshops:        Tuesday, September 23, 1 p.m. -2  p.m.; Wednesday, September 24, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.; 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided.
*Please note: This workshop will cover both the 1804 Fund and Konneker Fund programs.

Please contact Elizabeth Sayrs, Dean of University College and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, with questions or for more information (593-1935,

1804 Fund

The fund was established by the Ohio University Foundation to support the university's core mission of maintaining, strengthening and enhancing a learning-centered community. The fund promotes collaboration among units. The fund focuses its support through two categories:
•    Undergraduate Learning - Curricular innovations, programs and activities that enhance the undergraduate educational experience.
•    Faculty Research and Graduate Studies - Research, scholarly activities and innovations in graduate education.

Deadlines:           Preliminary Discussions: Monday, February 16, 2015
(with Dean of University College or the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity)
Proposal:  Monday, March 16, 2015

Workshops:        Tuesday, September 23, 1p.m. - 2 p.m.; Wednesday, September 24, 9a.m.-10 a.m. a.m.; 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided.
*Please note: This workshop will cover both the 1804 Fund and Konneker Fund programs.

Please contact Roxanne Malé-Brune with questions or for more information on Research and Graduate Studies Proposals (597-1227; Contact Elizabeth Sayrs (593-1935, for Undergraduate Learning 1804 proposals.

Programs for student applicants:

Student Enhancement Awards
Competitive awards to support undergraduate, graduate and medical student research, scholarship and creative activities. Awards of up to $6,000 support research and travel to attend a professional meeting to present results.

Deadline:  Thursday, January 22, 2015, 4 p.m.

Workshops:  Wednesday, November 19, Noon – 1 p.m.; Thursday, November 20, 4:00-5:00 p.m.; 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided.

Please contact Roxanne Malé-Brune with questions or for more information (597-1227;

Undergraduate Conference Travel Fund
Small awards of up to $500 for travel assistance for undergraduate students presenting their work at conferences and other venues for presentation.

Deadline:  Open, until funds expended.

Please contact Roxanne Malé-Brune with questions or for more information (597-1227;

Graduate Student Senate: Grant for Original Work
Competitive awards to graduate students to conduct original research, scholarship or creative work. Semester deadlines. Maximum award $750.

For additional information, please visit

Deadlines: Saturday, September 27, 2014, 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 14, 2015, 5 p.m.

Graduate Student Senate: Travel Program
Will support travel to present original work, as well as travel for professional development workshops and seminars. Proposal selected by lottery. Semester deadlines. Maximum award $500.

For additional information, please visit

Deadlines: Friday, September 26, 2014, 5 p.m.; Friday, February 13, 2015, 5 p.m.

Please contact Leah Cole with questions or for more information about both GSS programs ( 

For additional research funding opportunities, visit:

Student Expo 2015

Registration for the 2015 Student Expo will begin in January. The event will be held on Thursday, April 9 at the Convocation Center. The Expo site will feature more details this year.