Thursday, September 18, 2014

Diversity Discussions event offers opportunity for thought-provoking conversations

By PR student writer Megan Valentine

Chillicothe Campus students and other campus members will have the opportunity to participate in thought-provoking discussions about six topical issues while enjoying a free lunch with their peers during the “Diversity Discussions” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 23 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

Diversity Discussions offer an ideal opportunity for students who struggle to balance classes with jobs, families and other life commitments to passively engage in meaningful conversations about important issues.

Neeley Allen, coordinator of student recruitment, will facilitate the session with the help of student assistants. 

The themes and expert moderators for this semester’s Diversity Discussion tables are:

·        Suicide Prevention (Jim Butt and Kim Dement from the Ross County Suicide Prevention Coalition)

·        Loving the Skin You’re In (OU-C student Samm Newman)

·        Homeless but Not Hopeless (Richie Rinehart, Director of the Ross County Men’s Shelter)

·        Pop Culture & Perceptions of Women (OU-C student Samantha Rearley)

·        It’s Never too Late to Try Something New (OU-C Library Director Brandi Weaver)

·        Campus Violence, Safety, and Gun Control (Officer Kevin Frith of the Ohio University Police Department)

 “Programs such as Diversity Discussions, where a student can grab a free lunch and sit down for a few minutes at a themed table with an expert moderator and simply have a conversation that isn’t a part of typical day-to-day dialogue, is enriching for students even if they can only participate for a few moments,” says Coordinator of Student Affairs Ashlee Digges, who developed the program while working as a graduate assistant for a branch campus of the University of Georgia and has brought the concept to OU-C.

Reopening of Emergency Response Training Center represents power of campus-community partnerships

The Chillicothe Campus’ connections to its community are being strengthened through the reopening of the OU-C Emergency Response Training Center (ERTC). A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held at the seven-acre site and included representatives of the campus, Ohio University Regional Higher Education, and the city, as well as area law-enforcement professionals and first responders.

“This is a true partnership between OU-C and the southern Ohio region,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “The facility belongs not only to the campus but to the region. Through the power of partnerships, this facility can realize its potential in making a positive impact on the region.”

Chillicothe Safety and Service Director Mike Green delivered a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Jack A. Everson that noted, “… university-community partnerships represent the best leveraging of local resources … we stand ready to mutually strengthen such partnerships toward greater community safety by reopening {the center}” and declared Sept. 11 as “Ohio University-Chillicothe Emergency Response Training Center Day” in the city.

In proving the center’s usefulness, and kin conjunction with the reopening ceremony, the Ross County Safety Council utilized the site for its annual training event.  More than 100 participants participated in demonstration and interactive stations for rappelling, active shooters, canine searches, decontamination training, confined space, CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator), meth labs, and more. There were also demonstrations of K-9 dogs searching for bombs and drugs.

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.

A Chillicothe Gazette story about the ceremony is available online at

Further information about the center can be found online at

First Amendment still relevant in this day of social media, local news professionals share during campus dialogue

Local professional journalists Mike Smith and Mike Throne discussed “The First Amendment: Still Relevant After All These Years” during a recent discussion in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. The dialogue, which was sponsored by the OU-C Cultural Committee, commemorated Constitution Day.

They stressed the importance the document still holds and that many nations do not enjoy such freedoms. Among points of discussion, they talked about the impact social media has made in journalism and the importance to balance community standards in news-reporting.

The event underscores two important principles of the Chillicothe Campus – engaging with the local community and further establishing a sense of a learning community on campus that extends beyond the classrooms and labs.

As the campus hub of student activity, both formally and informally, the Learning Commons is an ideal setting for these types of events.

Smith is news director, sports director and operations manager of WBEX/WCHI/WKKJ/WQLX Radio in Chillicothe as well as WCHO AM & FM in Washington Court House. Throne is regional managing editor of the Chillicothe Gazette and has editorial oversight over four sites

OU-C to host used computer sale on Sept. 27

Ohio University-Chillicothe will hold a community computer sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 27 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. Approximately 150 items will be for sale on a first-come, first-served basis. The campus IT staff has cleaned, inspected, and re-imaged the computers to a Dell factory image and operating system (they have Windows XP and Vista installed), but all systems are capable of running windows 7.  No software, other than the operating system, is included.  All sales are final, and are “cash only”.

Computer Hardware Sales Price List

Dell Optiplex 745 Dual Core w/display, keyboard, mouse/AC & VGA cords    $75.00
Dell Optiplex 755 Quad Core w/display, keyboard, mouse/AC & VGA cords    $100.00
Dell Optiplex GX270 w/display, keyboard, mouse/AC & VGA cords    $50.00
Dell Optiplex SX280 w/display, keyboard, mouse/AC & VGA cords    $75.00
Dell Optiplex GX620 CPU Only    $50.00
Dell Optiplex GX620 w/display, keyboard, mouse/AC & VGA cords    $75.00
Dell Optiplex 780 w/display, keyboard, mouse/AC & VGA cords    $175.00
Dell Optiplex 960 w/display, keyboard, mouse/AC & VGA cords    $175.00

Computer Accessory Sales Price List

Dell Display Sound Bar - AS500    $10.00
Dell Display Sound Bar - AS501    $10.00
Dell Speakers    $10.00
Dell Mouse    $8.00
Dell Keyboard    $10.00
DVI Cable – 6’    $5.00
VGA Cable – 6’    $5.00
Power Cable – 6’    $5.00

Chillicothe Campus students discuss favorite studying spots

We regularly speak with Chillicothe Campus students to gain their insights on the campus experience. This week, we asked OU-C students about their favorite spot to study. Given that the conversations were held in the Learning Commons, the responses are not surprising.

“I like to study right here in the Learning Commons,” said Jeff Crago, a computer technology major
who graduated from Greenfield McClain High School. “Whenever I need to take a break, everything is right here, whether I need to eat or drink or just take a break for some people-watching.”

Christina Richmond also prefers the Learning Commons. “There is food available, and it is mostly
quiet-ish. I like it because it sounds busy but is not deathly quiet.” Richmond, an early childhood education major, graduated from Chillicothe High School.

 Alexis Claytor and Megan Evans have been friends since childhood. Both are first-semester students at OU-C and, not surprisingly, both Unioto High graduates enjoy the friendly confines of the Learning Commons.

“I like it here. It is quiet, and it is somewhere that you can meet up with friends,” said Claytor, who is taking her basic classes at OU-C before pursuing a career as an ultrasound technician.

“It is pretty comfortable, and I feel at home,” Evans said. “Most of the time it is pretty quiet. Plus,
with the help desk, there is always assistance when you need it.” In keeping with her friend’s baby-care emphasis, she intends to become a pediatric nurse.

Scott Cawood is the lone student to prefer another locale for his studying activities. “I study mostly at home. It is about an hour away, which is not too bad. I am only on campus two days a week,” he said.
Cawood graduated from Lynchburg Clay High in Highland County and is undecided on an academic major.