Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Online forum slated for COMP2014 project

Ohio University’s Human Resources office has arranged for a COMP2014 Open Forum for regional campuses via adobe connect.  Below are the details for employees (benefit eligible administrators and non-bargaining unit classified staff) whose positions were reviewed as part of this project.

COMP2014 Open Forum Informational Session for Regional Campuses
Thursday, October 2nd
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Link to meeting: https://adobeconnect.oit.ohio.edu/comp2014reviewweb/

Participants will need the Adobe Flash Player application on their computers to open the link. Online participants will be able to utilize the chat feature to ask questions.
Adobe Flash Player: https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Hilltop Café to close for reading day on Oct. 3

The Hilltop Café in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons will be closed Oct. 3. That day is a reading day for students. No classes will be in session, but campus offices will be open.

Communications Studies faculty member Lisa Wallace pens ‘Amazing Journey’ textbook about cultural differences

Faculty member Lisa Wallace with her amazing journey of a textbook.

By public relations student writer Megan Valentine

OU-C associate professor of communication studies Lisa Wallace recently accomplished a major goal in her effort to offer a more appropriate text for her COMS 1100 students with the publishing of The Amazing Journey: Exploring the fundamentals of cultural differences.

Wallace spent around eight years compiling and creating the materials. While instructing the course, she realized that the majority of the textbooks used in the class were written for a more advanced level of coursework. To help fill in the gaps, each term Wallace provided students with a rough workbook that she copied and bound together.

“The text is based on the idea that achieving intercultural communication competency requires a personal ‘journey’ that begins with understanding our own cultural identity, recognizing the various other world views that exist, acknowledging the obstacles that we might encounter and eventually practicing our skills in various contexts,” says Wallace.

Keeping with this theme, one of the projects assigned in this particular course is modeled loosely after the reality television program “The Amazing Race,” in which contestants travel around the globe performing activities that are reflective of the various cultures they visit. Toward the end of the semester the class “travels” from continent to continent with the help of student presentations, speakers and activities.

Wallace’s text provides the basic information and research to meet course objectives, as well as activities that assist students with their “journeys.”

The foreword of the text is written by Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, who speaks of his own journey, beginning with his days as a student at Ohio University and continuing with the university's commitment to issues of diversity today and tomorrow.

“He set the exact tone that I hoped to achieve with this text through his encouragement that students embrace this journey in their own lives,” says Wallace of his contribution.

According to Wallace, students’ feedback on the text has been very positive.

“My goal has always been to provide materials appropriate for a beginning level course, but challenging enough to spark a true reflective experience that leads students down the lifelong and very personal process of understanding self and others and adopting a tolerant worldview. It is my hope that this text assists in the beginning steps of that ‘amazing journey.’”

Faculty member Barbara Mahaffey recognized as Presidential Teacher Award finalist

Barbara Mahaffey is shown with Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis as well as Provost and Executive Vice President Pam Benoit during a recent ceremony on the Athens campus.

Chillicothe Campus faculty member Barbara Mahaffey was recognized as an Ohio University Presidential Teacher Award finalist during a recent ceremony in the Baker Center on the Athens campus.

A link to a story about the award is available in Compass, the university’s online newsletter, at http://www.ohio.edu/compass/stories/14-15/9/presidential_teacher_awards_2014.cfm.

Mahaffey is an associate professor and coordinator of the OU-C Human Services Technology program. Most of all, she is a teacher and mentor who has her students’ best interests at heart. Appropriately, this award is a student-centered endeavor.

Mahaffey said that her greatest satisfaction in the classroom is when students realize how they can make a difference.

“What is amazing is that this award was originated by the recommendation of students. That kind of recognition is the greatest compliment any faculty member could receive,” she said. “Teaching, to me, is the equivalent of ‘paying it forward.’ It is all about that ‘Ah-ha’ moment when students realize how they can help people,” she said.

“The greatest satisfaction is seeing students learn how they can use their education to help people, and then seeing them go out and help others in their careers. It is very gratifying to see them go on, get jobs and know what they are doing in their professions.”

Mahaffey is energized by students on the Chillicothe Campus.

“As the provost said at the awards ceremony, at OU-C, we tend to work with the ‘new traditionals,’ who are people who, whether they went directly from high school to college or took some time off to work and raise a family, are willing to work hard to overcome challenges and get somewhere.”

As Janice Overmyer points out, students appreciate Mahaffey’s caring attitude and the impact she makes on their lives. “She is a great teacher and cares for her students deeply. She is also really proud of the tradition that the 'Trick or Treat Extravaganza' has become. She goes out of her way to make sure that her students succeed. If any students take time off of school, she makes a point of following up on them so they don't get lost in the cracks of life.”

The annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza, which is spearheaded by the Human Services Association, has become a major campus-community event.

Mahaffey has previously been recognized as an Education Hero by the local chapter of the Red Cross. Mahaffey was recognized for her countless hours of volunteering and community service. As a professor at Ohio University-Chillicothe, she teaches her Human Service Technology students to serve the community by her example.

She is also a clinical counselor, with more than 30 years of professional experience and has earned supervising counselor designation.

Mahaffey earned her bachelor’s degree in communication and her master’s degree in education in community counseling from Ohio University, taking courses at OU-C, and her Ph.D. in education with a major in counselor education from the Ohio State University. Mahaffey’s specialty is marriage, couples and family counseling. She joined the OU-C faculty in June 2005.

Nominations sought for OU-C service awards to recognize current and former students making an impact

Above are images from the 2013 Heritage Day event

Chillicothe Campus students have a legacy of making a difference.

In that spirit, second annual service awards will be presented to current and former students who are making a special impact globally or in their communities when Ohio University-Chillicothe commemorates Heritage Day beginning at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

These awards capture the spirit of Heritage Day and the Chillicothe Campus’ mission of engaging with its region and preparing students for lives of impact. Members of the campus and community are encouraged to nominate possible recipients.

These awards include:


These awards recognize current students (either individuals or groups) who are actively involved in efforts such as community outreach, volunteer activities and/or philanthropy efforts, either formally or informally.


These awards are designed to recognize individuals who have attended OU-C within the last five years and who have demonstrated outstanding service to their local communities or the global community through efforts such as volunteer activities, participation/leadership in civic organizations, philanthropy, engagement with OU-C and other service projects, either formally or informally.

Nominations are sought from OU-C students, faculty and staff members as well as OU-C alumni and community members.

To nominate a possible recipient, submit a nomination letter of 200 words or fewer by 5 p.m. on Oct. 23 to Kim McKimmy at kellyk@ohio.edu and/or Jack Jeffery at jefferyj@ohio.edu and include ‘Service Award Nomination’ in the subject line. Letters should clearly describe the service activities the nominee has engaged in that warrants consideration for an award. Nominators should also indicate which award the nomination is for as well as their contact information and that of those individuals being nominated. A committee will determine and notify the recipients.

Recipients will receive a certificate and will be recognized at the Heritage Day event. It is anticipated that recipients will represent a range of academic, professional and civic pursuits.

More details about the Heritage Day events will be forthcoming. The occasion is intended to serve as a homecoming-style event on a commuter campus and connect with community members, many of whom are former students. The event is free, and members of the campus and area community are invited to attend. The occasion will include refreshments and entertainment.

The 2013 Heritage Day Service Award recipients included:

Student community service award recipients

Chelci Borland. As part of a church mission team, Borland gave up the comforts most teen-agers take for granted. Instead, she spent three months in the summer of 2010 living in primitive conditions and helping to improve the quality of life for impoverished residents of a village in Bulgaria.

Human Service Association student club. HSA student club members have spent hundreds of hours devoted to community service by planning and organizing events, gaining donations as well as supporting social services agencies and communicating their services.

Recent alumni service award recipients

Kylie Jordan Frankel. Frankel, a kindergarten teacher at Adena Elementary School in Frankfort, is also strongly involved in volunteer activities. She has organized and planned the Zumba for Alzheimer’s fund-raiser and is currently a member of the Ross County Committee for Alzheimer’s.

Abby Hartley. Hartley graduated from OU-C with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Her passion for helping children led beyond the traditional classroom and to an orphanage in Haiti, where she made a profound impact on the lives of these children.

Bill Showman. Showman is active in several volunteer and community service organizations in the community. He is an advocate for drug-dependent individuals, helping them access treatment and finding employment opportunities. He is also a volunteer for Pioneer Center fund-raisers and is involved with the League of Women Voters Garden.

Tammy Simkins. While an OU-C student, Simkins was active on campus as a co-founder of the Gender Equality Solidarity Society (GESS) and other activities. Simkins has continued this spirit of advocacy since graduation. She has worked as a supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment, traveling to several states and delivering numerous speeches in support of its cause.

Students can survey possible options during upcoming College Night event

Area high school students and their parents can explore the offerings of approximately 50 colleges and universities during the annual College Night event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 15 in the Shoemaker Center on the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus. Both the Chillicothe campus and Athens campus of Ohio University will be among those represented at the event.

“This event allows prospective students and their parents to investigate a number of potential colleges in one evening,” OU-C Student Recruitment Coordinator Neeley Allen said. “At OU-C, we are focused on providing every opportunity for area residents to realize the benefits of a higher education, and this occasion emphasizes that commitment. With representatives of dozens of colleges and universities gathering in Chillicothe, this is a great opportunity for high school juniors and seniors as well as their parents.”

Those attending College Night will be able to explore degree options, transfer options, admission requirements, and college costs as well as financial aid options. Besides the various educational institutions, there will be representatives of some branches of the Armed Forces and various scholarship and loan programs.

“We want to ensure that area students are aware of the advantages that OU-C offers, including the friendliness of a small campus and resources of a national university. More than that, it is important that that our area students realize the opportunities that are available to them,” OU-C Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “For some students, it will be their first contact with a college representative. For others, it will offer a chance to further investigate some schools and ask follow-up questions.”

The local Kiwanis Club chapter and OU-C are sponsoring the event.

Those with further questions can contact Allen at 740-774-7721 or allenn@ohio.edu.