Friday, November 20, 2015

Annual Heritage Day event commemorates campus’ rich history and community connections

The Chillicothe Campus celebrated its rich history and promising future during the recent 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 visit 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 third annual community service awards. These awards were presented to students who are making a special impact on their communities.

Whether working as individuals or as part of a larger group, the recipients undertook a range of projects. Through their efforts was the common thread of community service. Together, these individuals provide a tapestry that exemplifies the spirit of the Chillicothe Campus and its emphasis on community connections.

The current student community service award winners include:
•    Tiffany Graves
•    Casey Oates
•    Shania Logan and Emily Ross
•    OU-C softball team

Honorable mention recognition was presented to:
•    Human Services Technology club
•    OU-C Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Program

Further, Hilltopper volleyball players and coaches were recognized for the state tournament championship they captured this past fall as were tennis players Alley Collins Newland and Dakota Collins, who won the state doubles title.

Over the years, Heritage Day has grown to become the second-largest annual OU-C annual event, second-only to the Recognition of Graduation ceremony.

Local musicians Kenny Valentine and Ashley Good of the Kenny Valentine Band provided the entertainment.

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