Friday, November 14, 2014

Panel discussion to focus on searching for a career in education

Educators will discuss “Searching for a Career in Education” during a panel discussion at noon on Nov. 18 in Bennett Hall 145 at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Participants include Huntington Local Schools Middle School Principal Alice Kellough, Ross-Pike Education Service Center curriculum consultant Robert Crabtree and Olivia Muntz, a 2014 OU-C alumnus, who will be connected by Skype from her teaching position in Alaska.

Among topics are unique job opportunities for education majors, preparing for an interview and the Educator in Residence program. Drinks and desserts will be provided, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own brown bag lunch. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel discussion is part of the “In the Know” Professionals with the Profession Series and is sponsored by the Ohio University-Giving Circle, OHIOwomen.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Heritage Day event celebrates Chillicothe Campus’ legacy and community connections

The Chillicothe Campus celebrated its legacy during the recent annual Heritage Day event in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

Heritage Day is an undertaking that is unique to OU-C and captures the forward-thinking, creative approach that distinguishes the Chillicothe Campus. It is undertaken in the spirit and includes many of the trappings of a traditional college homecoming endeavor but is tailored to a regional, commuter campus and the constituencies it serves. Heritage Day offers an opportunity for former students and community members to visit campus and reconnect with former classmates and long-time friends as well as for current campus members to join the celebration.

Perhaps most significantly, the event provides an opportunity for the Chillicothe Campus to celebrate its community connections and say “thank you” to residents of this region for their continued support.

To capture that spirit the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the second annual community service awards. These awards are presented to current students and recent alumni who are making a special impact on their communities.

This year’s student community service award winners include:
•    Joanna Graham and Morgan Masters
•    Samantha Rearley
•    Edana (Dani) Sutherland

The recent alumni community service recipients are:
•    Kimberly Bowers
•    Sue Colley

Over the years, Heritage Day has grown to become the second-largest annual OU-C event, second only to the Recognition of Graduation ceremony, with attendance of approximately 125 individuals. Among those in attendance for the latest rendition were colleagues from throughout the university, as well as campus and community members.

Title IX, a student female a cappella group from the Athens campus, provided the musical interlude.

Pedestrian bridge renovations will impact access to Shoemaker Center, parking lots for a span

Construction of a new pedestrian bridge on the upper level of the Shoemaker Center will begin as soon as next week, and the project will impact campus traffic driving patterns and access to the Shoemaker Center and nearby parking lots for campus members, visitors and vendors.

Construction mobilization will begin Nov. 17 and will include blocking off the lower road and access to the bridge from the upper level. Individuals wishing to gain access to the Shoemaker Center from the adjacent parking lot normally served by the bridge can enter the building from the lower west end entrance during the construction project, which is scheduled for completion by May 2015. The Shoemaker Center will remain fully functional during this time with normal operations for classrooms, offices, the gym and wellness facilities, including the walking track.

Further, the access road will be closed near the construction site during this period. Consequently, motorists wishing to park in the upper levels near the Shoemaker Center and Child Development Center will need to enter from Pohlman Road.

Actual demolition of the current structure will begin Nov. 24 and will take approximately two weeks to complete.

Because of wear and tear, the structure has been supported by braces since May. The current undertaking will result in a span that is functional and an attractive landmark on campus as well as provide safer and better entrances to the Shoemaker Center.

The bridge is visible from various locations on campus, and the new structure’s appearance will serve as an attractive focal point of campus with brick architecture and other features that complement the rest of campus.

Mary Barbara Trube collaborates on publication; colleague Barbara Mahaffey among contributors

By public relations student writer Megan Valentine

The accumulation of more than two years of dedication and hard work recently paid off for Ohio University-Chillicothe Professor of Education Mary Barbara Trube, Ed.D., and Professor Emeritus of
Barbara Trube
Educational Studies Aimee Howley, Ph.D., of the Athens campus. Their edited volume, Mentoringfor the Professions: Orienting Toward the Future, was published in October.

According to Trube, statistics reveal that 30 percent of new teachers leave the field within five years of their first job. For this reason, school districts across the United States are investing in structured induction programs that include a mentor, along with release time for observations, coaching, planning and professional development.

Trube believes that establishing and encouraging student-to-student peer mentorships has the potential to build students’ capacities to both mentor and be mentored throughout their careers in education. She also added that mentoring has special value for individuals from diverse groups, who benefit from interacting with experienced colleagues who have backgrounds and cultural perspectives similar to their own.

Much of her prior work has been dedicated to these ideas, and this new volume aims to familiarize readers with theories of mentorship, share insights about how mentoring works in various professional fields and offer specific mentoring strategies with benefits for different populations of mentees.

Each of the book’s chapters includes practical tools that readers can utilize in their own organizations, such as instruments to measure mentoring style, guidelines for meetings between mentors and mentees and case studies highlighting common dilemmas faced during the mentoring process.

“I believe in working to create a culture of mentoring in teacher preparation right from the beginning. My work has included initiating peer mentoring and encouraging collaboration as students are preparing for their roles as professional educators, because many of the skills must be learned. A continuum of mentoring exists in the field so it’s important that I am intentional in planning for the culture of mentoring that exists,” Trube commented.

The volume includes work from 18 Ohio University authors, among them Trube and Human Services Technology Program Coordinator Barbara Mahaffey, Ph.D., of the Chillicothe Campus. Scholars from Stanford University, the Ohio State University, the University of Texas, Barry University, Emporia State University, University of Montana Western, Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University also contributed. Following a call for manuscripts, each chapter went through a three-blind review process to determine its fit for the volume.

“Dr. M. Barbara Trube has been a mentor for years. I value her input and caring direction so much. When I learned last year that she was working on a book, I asked if my work on a mentoring project
Barbara Mahaffey
could be included. She welcomed my contributions and, along with her co-editor and author Aimee Howley, added to my chapter writing experience,” Mahaffey said of her work with Trube. 

The authors represent a wide variety of fields through their individual chapters, including counseling, public school administration, adult basic education, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professional development, fashion merchandizing and technology. Several of the scholars have published work in their respective professional focuses, and many are actively involved in organizations that support access, equity and social justice for diverse populations.

The book can be purchased on the Information Age Publishing website (see below), and is available for order on all major online retailer sites.


Nursing students to provide presentations on health-related topics

Nursing students in the bachelor’s degree program will provide health-related presentations in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. The events are open to the campus and local community.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2, topics will include suicide prevention, yoga/stress, hypertension and heart disease; hand washing and the flu; lung and brain cancer, as well as HIV and AIDS. 

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 topics will cover tobacco abuse, nutrition, stop eating CRAP, diabetes, STDs and hypertension.

The programs are presented in conjunction with the campus’ Health, Wellness and Safety Committee.