Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Renowned scholar and author Charles McKinney to speak on civil rights movement during talk at OU-C

Charles McKinney, Jr., Ph.D., will serve as the Kennedy Lecture Series speaker at Ohio University-Chillicothe at 11 a.m. on Feb. 10 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. McKinney will speak on “Seeing the Unseen: Grappling with Race, History and the Fierce Urgency of Now.” His talk will include a question-and-answer session.

Professor McKinney is the Neville Frierson Bryan Chair of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of History at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. He is author of Greater Freedom: The Evolution of the Civil Rights Struggle in Wilson, North Carolina. McKinney has spoken and written widely, particularly on the development of the civil rights movement in rural North Carolina. He has appeared on CNN as well as published an op-ed piece in USA Today.

McKinnney teaches a variety of courses that focus on the African-American experience in the United States. He notes that he has long been fascinated by the under-researched phenomenon of mass-based protest and community struggle that occur in places far removed from the urban centers of the South.

Professor McKinney earned his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., and both his master’s and doctoral degree from Duke University.

The event, which is sponsored by the OU-C cultural affairs committee, also commemorates Black History Month.

The Kennedy Lecture Series strives to bring esteemed speakers to campus to share their perspectives and insights. The lecture series supports the campus’ emphasis on providing area residents with activities that add to the richness and vibrancy of the campus and local community. 

Distinguished Alumni nominations sought from campus members

Distinguished Alumni awards honor former OU-C students making an impact after graduation

The campus’ Graduation Committee is seeking nominations from Chillicothe Campus participate in the annual Recognition of Graduation event and exemplify the spirit of the Chillicothe Campus.

Criteria include:

•    Service to the OU-C Campus:  Leadership roles on university committees/boards or significant contributions to the university’s future, or brings national prominence to the campus.
•    Philanthropic support at OU-C:  Leverage for campus advancement initiatives.  Record exists of contribution and support for the campus.
•    Recognition in the field:  Regional, local or state awards, international awards for publications, research, or leadership.
•    Service to the community:  Record of service results in significant improvement to community (local, or regional/state/national).
•    Overall contributions:  The nominee embodies the highest caliber of excellence in his/her field and commitment to the campus and/or university.

Nominations are due by Feb. 13. To nominate an individual, contact Joyce Atwood for a nomination form:

OU-C faculty member Kenneth Larimore challenges social work students with new workbook

By public relations student writer Madison Corbin

We carry them from class to class and regard them atop our coffee tables.  We trade them like Pokemon cards, buy them as necessities, and sell them like supplies.  Some are fat and some are short.  Some shine with promising newness while others disintegrate within themselves, weighted with highlighter ink and marginalized scribbles of sentiment.  We revere them as hallmarks of knowledge and use them to prop open doors.   

We are college students.  And they are textbooks.

We take our questions to these texts, asking “Why?” and “Who?” and “How?” and “When?”  We learn about the world by reading left to right and take for granted the clarity with which we are informed. 

Some textbooks do more than answer, however.  Some textbooks do some asking of their own.
By the hand of Kenneth Larimore, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Work at Ohio University-Chillicothe, an inquisitive book has been born. 
With Mary Brown, a recent Ohio University graduate, Larimore authored an artful insight into social work.  The two had specific intentions in writing the book and feel confident that those intentions have been met with the final product, “Social Work and Social Welfare: A Practical Guide for Future Practitioners.”

“We wanted students to understand the 10 competencies that social workers must master and to understand definitions of key words prominent in the profession,” said Larimore.  “We wanted students to come in contact with current social workers and get a feel for how they work, why they chose the profession and what areas of practice interest them most.”

Larimore plans to implement his inventive workbook into the Social Work 1000 class. 

“This class gives students an understanding about what the social work profession is all about,” said Larimore.  “I wanted to write a workbook that would inspire those who may not know if this is what they want to do as their life occupation.”

Larimore has extensive background in social work as an administrator, counselor and case manager.  His accomplishments in the field range from hosting seminars and workshops to having articles published.  Larimore has been a visiting professor of social work on Ohio University’s Athens campus. He has served in the past as an adjunct member at a number of universities including Liberty University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Ohio Christian University and Central Ohio Technical College.  He currently serves as program coordinator in addition to his teaching duties at OU-C. 

Among outcomes, the workbook should help to provide students with the insights they need to determine if social work is the right profession for them, particularly in terms of making their impact.

“I love seeing students passionate about the social work profession and their desire to make a difference in the lives of their clients,” said Larimore. 

His hopes for students surpass mere memorized knowledge.  “We want to provide students with the practice skills that will make them great social workers.”

Michael Lafreniere presents at professional conference on creating a collaborative learning environment

Michael Lafreniere is utilizing technology for a better learning environment.

By public relations student writer Madison Corbin

Michael Lafreniere, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering Technology and Mathematics at OU-C, is presenting at the prestigious EDUCAUSE Connect event in San Diego this month.

The title of Lafreniere’s presentation is “How to Create Collaborative Learning Environments Online and Offline to Improve Student Outcomes.” His work places an emphasis on leveraging today’s key technologies to enhance student involvement and outcomes while creating a collaborative learning environment.

Lafreniere’s approach focuses on collecting mid-level data during classroom sessions in an effort to provide feedback to students and improve their learning experience. He captures the students’ writing using a process called digital inking  to gather insights.

“I can record what they write, erase and write again. In turn, I can peer into student thinking, how they enter into a mistake and possible conceptions they have. I use this mid-level data to provide a teaching/learning intervention and help them develop the proper conception of the material,” says Lafreniere.

EDUCAUSE Connect offers a highly interactive opportunity to find workable solutions, connect experiences, build professional networks and grow individual and collective understanding of higher education IT issues.

The themes for the 2015 event include data-informed decision making, enterprise service delivery, partnerships and collaborations and talent and career development. Participants select a learning track created from these themes and join a cohort of peers with whom to network and share ideas, creating innovative strategies and leading change.

Lafreniere’s presentation falls under the data-informed decision making theme. Those attending the session will explore increasing engagement and participation, group work, formative assessment, in-class self-reflection and mastery-level learning. Henry Delcore, a professor California State University, Fresno, will be presenting on the theme as well.

More information on Lafreniere’s work can be found in this recent News Blog story: