Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Chillicothe Campus, Adena Health System celebrate partnership to benefit students and the region

Ohio University-Chillicothe and Adena Health System celebrated a partnership to offer a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program during a recent reception in the PACCAR Medical Education Center on the Adena Health System campus.

The collaboration combines the resources of two organizations with common goals and a shared vision of improving the quality of life for area residents.

“In many ways, the two institutions are very similar,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “For one thing, both organizations provide services that are both intangible and invaluable. So, whether providing high-quality health care or a meaningful educational experience, Adena Health System and the Chillicothe Campus are committed to making a positive mark on this region.”

The partnership offers students the best of both worlds in terms of blending the campus’ academic resources and Adena’s capabilities, including the world-class facilities of the PACCAR Center.

“In this way, area students get the best of both worlds, in terms of theory and application. As a result, we are confident that graduates of this collaborative effort will earn a nursing education that is second to none,” Tuck said.

“In many ways, this facility is a testament to Adena’s mission of promoting education and supporting the region,” Adena Graduate Medical Education Program Executive Director Dr. David Towle said. “We are merging the concepts of modern medical training and making history every day.”

Adena Health System President and CEO Mark Shuter said, “We are thankful for the community commitment we have received as we grow health care, grow jobs and grow education through this partnership with OU-C. We look forward to what the future holds. Together we are making tremendous progress as a community.”

Monday’s event made formal what has been an ongoing partnership between the two community-focused organizations.

For example, the recent graduates of OU-C’s BASE nursing program, an accelerated curriculum for individuals looking to make a career switch, took many of the classes in the PACCAR Center. Further, some of the program’s graduates accepted positons with Adena. Also, Adena Health System nurses serve as clinical instructors for the OU-C nursing program, and Adena provides internship sites for a number of the campus’ academic programs.

“On the Chillicothe Campus, we like to say that our mission can be summed up with the phrase, ‘Serving our students and serving our region.’ This enterprise certainly captures that spirit by preparing students for emerging career fields and ensuring that area residents have access to quality health care,” Tuck said.

Faculty member Nicholas Kiersey presents guest lecture in Denmark

By public relations student writer Megan Valentine

Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Nicholas Kiersey, associate professor of political science, has once again taken his work to an international level.

In December he traveled to the University of Roskilde in Denmark to give a guest lecture on “Technology & World Politics in Battlestar Galactica.” The topic stemmed from his work on Battlestar Galactica and International Relations (Popular Culture and World Politics), a collection of 10 scholarly essays that he edited with Norwegian political scientist and social anthropologist Iver Neumann.

Kiersey discussed the politics related to the television show “Battlestar Galactica,” its narrations of mankind’s encounters with technology, and what it means for the study of globalization. He also spoke about parallels with the way international relations theory understands the relationship between modernity and world order.

The University of Roskilde is preparing to launch a course dedicated solely to pop culture. Kiersey’s lecture supported these efforts by establishing the idea that pop culture is an area worthy of serious academic study.

Following his trip to Denmark, Kiersey was also invited to present at the Global South caucus of the International Studies Association in Singapore. He discussed a paper entitled “Between US Imperialism and Empire; World Politics and the Globalization of Neoliberal Subjectivity,” which was based on an essay he wrote recently for an edited volume, “The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Theory Modern Power World Politics: Critical Investigations.”

“It was a fascinating conference for me as I rarely, if ever, get to talk to people in my field who live and work in Asia,” Kiersey said of the event. “I felt that attending the conference gave me the opportunity to share some of my best work with people who might not normally ever come across it. Conversely, I had the opportunity to see what kind of issues and questions are preoccupying the minds of the best scholars in that region.”

A member of OU-C’s faculty since 2008, Kiersey recently earned tenure and promotion from assistant to associate professor. He holds a Ph.D. in planning, governance and globalization from Virginia Tech. His work has been published in various academic journals, and he has presented at conferences both within the U.S. and internationally prior to these recent events.

Blend of traditional and non-traditional students adds to diversity, vibrancy of campus experience

Traditional and non-traditional students share various viewpoints and experiences.

By public relations student writer Madison Corbin

Ohio University-Chillicothe boasts a student population that bridges diversity in an authentic and distinguished way.  To many, the term “non-traditional” refers to the age of the students.  To the students at OU-C, “non-traditional” refers to a rare and valuable experience occurring across campus every day.  With students from all walks of life working together to achieve the common goal of graduation, OU-C encourages collaboration in its most accomplished form.  Students are challenged to explore versatile perspectives and overcome cultural and societal barriers among peers. 

In the video, “We Are All Students,” members of the OU-C community discuss the extensive benefits of a non-traditional student population in higher education.  By comparing, contrasting and aligning their lives, students develop an enlightened understanding of the world around them and an expanded point of view regarding the work at hand. 

“You have the same job to do, you have the same paper to write, you have the same test to take,” explains English faculty member Tony Vinci.  “The things that make us different actually become bridges.”

OU-C hosts auditions for play festival

The Ohio University – Chillicothe theatre program will host auditions for the “10-Minute Play Festival – An Evening of Short Plays by the renowned playwright Lisa Soland” at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

Roles are available for male and female actors ages 18-80, and the audition is open to all area actors. Those auditioning will be asked to do a cold reading from the script and to bring a recent headshot or photo.

Rehearsals will begin Feb. 23, and performances will take place April 10 and 11. For more information, visit www.facebook/ouctheater.