Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Second annual community service award recipients will be recognized during OU-C Heritage Day event

The community service awards recognize current and former students.

The second annual community service awards will be presented to current and former students who are making a special impact in their communities when Ohio University-Chillicothe (OU-C) 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 preparing students for lives of impact who pursue not only rewarding careers but also meaningful lives beyond the workplace,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. 

The awards honor both current students and recent alumni. Recipients were nominated by campus and community members, and final selection was made by a committee comprised of a student, faculty and staff members.

Heritage Day is designed to offer a homecoming-style event that is tailored to a regional, commuter campus. It offers an opportunity for former students to visit campus and meet with past classmates and faculty members, as well as for the campus to further engage with the region it serves.

The event is free, and members of the campus and area community are invited to attend. The occasion will include refreshments and entertainment by Title IX, a female a cappella student group from the Athens campus of Ohio University.

The 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.

Recipients include:

Joanna Graham and Morgan Masters. Graham and Masters, both human services technology (HST) students, they are active in the Human Services Administration (HSA) club and take a lead role in the organization’s activities to benefit the community. This past summer, they took the lead in planning and coordinating a yard sale and car show, which raised more than $1,000 for the Ross County Mental Health Association. They also planned the recent Trick or Treat Extravaganza, which offered a safe environment for area families, as well as collecting donations for an area clothing bank and food donations for the Good Samaritan Network. As HST students, they also volunteer time at various social services agencies through their practicum assignments.

Samantha Rearley. What began as a class project has evolved into a personal mission and her professional calling for OU-C student Samantha Rearley. She is a driving force behind the silent auction this past week to benefit the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RCCADV), working with fellow students as well as faculty and staff members to secure donations. Last spring, she undertook the rigorous task of organizing a successful “Casino Night” fund-raiser to benefit the coalition. The spark behind these endeavors is a “Violence against Women” sociology class Rearley took during spring semester 2014. Through a class project, she developed a proposal to create a resource center for OU-C students affected by domestic violence.

Edana (Dani) Sutherland. Sutherland, a senior in the Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts program, has been a positive force as an arts organizer and advocate in Chillicothe while at OU-C.  She has organized several “Open Art Shows” with the objective of creating a comfortable environment for any type of artist to display their work and to give inexperienced artists confidence and experience exhibiting. As she explains, the goal was to open the eyes of others in the community to art in the area and create an appreciation that may not have before been present. Through her efforts, new audiences have been brought into contact with young, local artists.


These awards are designed to recognize individuals who have attended OU-C within the last five years and now they 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.

Recipients include:

Kimberly Bowers. Bowers is a 2012 graduate of the health services administration program. As a student, Bowers was continuously willing to go the extra mile and promote the campus. As an alumnus, she has continued in this spirit. Bowers, a medical administration specialist with the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, has continued to donate her time in efforts such as Alumni Spotlight ads and radio spots. These projects have been important to the campus’ student-recruitment efforts in sharing with prospective students and others the story of a successful former student. She has regularly taken time out of her busy schedule, even using vacation time, to help with these projects.

Sue Colley. A 2012 Ohio University graduate, Colley contributed to numerous campus endeavors during her days as a non-traditional college student, and that effort has continued since graduation. While balancing the demands of family and job responsibilities, she was active behind the scenes with the campus’ theater program while a student. She has since joined the American Association of University Women and has been active in this organization.  This year, she co-chaired the book sale, which raised more than $6,000 for scholarships. She is known for being organized, responsible and creative in all her endeavors. 

Support of local United Way Campaign helps uphold the quality of life for residents of our region

Chillicothe Campus members again have an opportunity to make an impact in our community by contributing to the United Way of Ross County through donation forms that are being distributed in employee mailboxes. Faculty and Staff can contribute to the United Way through a one-time donation or through payroll deduction.

Last year, OU-C faculty and staff members donated more than $3,400 to the campaign, which was second in the county-wide education division. Dean Martin Tuck said, “It would be nice to increase that amount and finish first this year.”

Supporting this effort offers an impactful and cost-effective way to uphold the quality of life for area residents, which is also the mission of the Chillicothe Campus. To ensure the money is well spent, United Way funds programs, rather than agencies. The programs fall under three themes: Education (Helping children and youth achieve their potential), Income (Promoting financial stability and independence) or Health (Improving people’s lives). Further, 99 percent of donations support initiatives, with only 1 percent toward administrative costs.

In 2014, the Ross County United Way provided funding for 30 programs that were provided by 18 local agencies. The campus’ Child Development Center benefitted through the free book program that was sponsored by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which received United Way funding.

Among other local program providers are the American Red Cross, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, YMCA, Hope Clinic, National Church Residence and others.

Campus members have regularly shown their support for their neighbors in our region. As a regional campus, OU-C has a special relationship with its community. Supporting this effort allows OU-C campus members to once again take an active role in this endeavor.

Dean Tuck ( and campus Resource Development Director Joyce Atwood ( are co-chairing the Education Division of the campaign. Faculty and staff should feel free to contact them with any questions.    

Jennifer Montgomery named administrative coordinator in the nursing office at OU-C

Jennifer Montgomery has been named administrative coordinator in the nursing office at OU-C. Since March, she has worked in a similar position on a temporary basis.

A former OU-C student, she earned her associate degree in business management and technology from Ohio University in 2012 and her bachelor’s degree in applied management in 2014. She delivered student remarks at her graduation event. Further, Montgomery was a student employee in the dean’s office during her college career.

Montgomery was previously an office manager with Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurant in both Delaware and Cincinnati. She began as a waitress and a line cook and worked her way into a management position, including being a corporate trainer for the restaurant chain. She then returned to the area and held positions as head cashier in the Zane Trace Local Schools cafeteria and assistant treasurer with Zane Trace.

Growing up, she lived in several locations, including Ohio, North Carolina and Delaware as well as Cincinnati and Springfield. She originally attended Waverly schools and then graduated from Chillicothe High School, after a brief time in Kernersville, N.C. during her sophomore year in high school.

Chillicothe Campus students have designs on their own campuses

We periodically speak with our students to gain their viewpoint on the campus experience. This week we asked them what features they would include if they were going to build their own college campus.

“I would have an athletic complex for students to be able to use,” said Vincent Davy, a computer
science major from Wellston High School. “Definitely, I would also have a place to eat, probably a food court with a lot of selection, and maybe even a buffet.”

 “It would be nice to have a rec center with pool tables and games to give students a place to hang out
between classes. It might help students to meet some new people,” said Cory Lane, a nursing student and Chillicothe High School graduate.

Ashtin Mason would bring along some features from her time as a Wright State student. “I would have something similar to the tunnel system that connects buildings to make it easier for those with

Her friend Gracelyn Sizemore echoed those thoughts. “I like the idea about having Greek life. I do like how our library is separate from the Learning Commons. It is nice to have a place to meet and talk that is separate from the study area.” Sizemore, a Unioto High grad, is a child psychology major.

disabilities to get around. We also had a program for training service dogs that was nice. Also, it would be pretty cool to have a Greek life system.” Mason, who graduated from Paint Valley High School, is majoring in business management.

Steven Thompson said, “I would have TV sets in the lounge area, and a food court would be nice. If we had covered walkways between buildings, that would be pretty convenient.” Thompson, a health services administration major, graduated from Vinton County High School.

‘Royal Readers’ Family Literary Night event offers fun, games and books

Families are invited to enjoy reading games, books, a puppet show and shopping at the scholastic book fair during the “Royal Readers” Family Literacy Night at the OU-C Child Development Center from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6. Every child in attendance will receive a new book to take home. The event is free and open to the public.

Costumes are encouraged. Come dressed as a member of the royal family, court jester, dragon or a favorite fairy tale character. Children can have their photos take with a king or queen or even a dragon, and this year’s children’s champions will be honored.

The event is sponsored by United Way of Ross County, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, OU-C and community partners.

For more information, contact Maryjo Flamm-Miller or Sally Timmons at (740) 772-7360.

University offers funding, workshops to support research, scholarly and creative endeavors

The 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. Chillicothe Campus members have been awarded university-sponsored funding and participated in these activities in the past.

Several workshops will be held this semester to aid 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, Jan. 29, 2015, 4 p.m.

Workshops:  Thursday, Nov.13, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. (repeat); 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided.

Please contact Carma West with questions or for more information (597-1227;

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 which are near completion and hopefully can be brought to full completion with the assistance of an award. 

Deadlines:  Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, 4 p.m.

Workshops:  Thursday, Nov. 13, 2p.m. - 3 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. (repeat); 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided.

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.

Deadline: Thursday, Nov. 17

Please contact Elizabeth Sayrs 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.

Feb. 16, 2015: Deadline for preliminary discussions with the Dean of University College or the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity.
March 16, 2015: Proposal deadline

Workshops: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. - noon; 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided.

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, Jan. 22, 2015, 4 p.m.

Workshop:  Thursday, Nov. 19, Noon - 1 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.; 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided.

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 Feb. 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 Feb. 13, 2015, 5 p.m.

Please contact Leah Szalai 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 April 9 at the Convocation Center. The Expo site will feature more details this year.