Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Recent reception celebrates the stirring success of Chillicothe Campus’ portion during capital campaign



Joanna Graham shared how scholarship support has impacted her college career.

Renaissance Singers Lite with Barbara Nowlin provided musical entertainment.

A celebratory reception was recently held to mark the success of the Chillicothe Campus’ portion of Ohio University’s “The Promise Lives” capital campaign.

SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT FAR EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS

Through the generosity of friends and supporters, the campus raised more than $792,000 for scholarships, far exceeding the goal of $500,000. To date, approximately $937,000 has been raised in total, including initial gifts for the planned Academic Success Center.

The endeavor was a true team effort, with more than 2,100 individuals and organizations making contributions.

“On behalf of the campus, I want to thank those whose generosity made this occasion possible, and I also want to ensure you that your gifts are a worthwhile investment,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said at the reception.

Beyond the impressive numbers, the campaign is more about people making an impact on the lives of others. It was noted how the campaign contributors have taken lofty ideals such as quality and accessibility from concept to reality.

“As a regional campus, Ohio University-Chillicothe’s mission is focused on serving the residents of this area by offering access to a quality higher educational experience in our backyard,” the dean said. “Quality is defined largely by providing the opportunity to earn a nationally-recognized Ohio University degree while pursuing academic programs that are aligned with career paths in this region.”

“For many of our students, the scholarships and other financial support this campaign supports are crucial to unlocking that door of opportunity and allowing bright, ambitious students from the region to pursue their dreams and realize their potential on the Chillicothe Campus.”

Joanna Graham, a current OU-C student, spoke about the impact the donors have made through their gifts to campus.

“At one time, college seemed out of reach, but largely because of the scholarships I received, I was able to attend college and pursue my goals,” said Graham, a social work student. “Even more, the scholarships instilled a sense of pride in me. It means a lot to know people have invested in my future. Having the support of these donors, I am not afraid to pursue my dreams.”

LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT ENDEAVOR

As the dean pointed out, advancement efforts are an ongoing proposition in higher education, especially on a visionary campus such as OU-C. In building on the success and momentum of the scholarship effort, the focus now turns toward fund-raising for the Academic Success Center.

Once completed, the center will serve as a physical and functional link between the Stevenson Center Learning Commons, which serves as a hub of campus activity, and the academic resources of Bennett Hall. In this way, the Academic Success Center will become foundational to providing students with a well-rounded educational experience.

The Academic Success Center will expand and modernize the Learning Commons as well as provide students with resources for increased academic support and student services programming.

Features of the project include spacious, functional rooms that can be used for large classes and community events; additional group study spaces; expanded tutoring center space; relocation of the campus bookstore, and convenient access to student services resources.

In all, the center promises to further foster a sense of a learning community and give OU-C the look and feel of a traditional small-campus setting.

RECOGNIZING MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS

Additionally, some notable contributors were recognized during the event.

Gifts to the campaign have resulted in the creation of 14 new endowed scholarships, a commendable feat.

Also, Professor Emeritus of English Veena Kasbekar has made a gift to provide financial support for students interested in the study of language arts.

An endowment by Berger Health System of Circleville supports the associate degree of nursing cohort at the hospital by providing modern equipment to enhance the student learning experience as well as supporting faculty research projects conducted at the health system.

Additionally, Adena Health System and McDonalds Restaurants of Chillicothe have made generous gifts toward the future construction of the Academic Success Center.

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