Thursday, March 12, 2015

Basketball teams and cheerleaders celebrate successful season

The OU-C men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as cheerleaders, recently enjoyed their year-end pizza event. Both had successful season. The Chillicothe Campus fields has a strong athletics program that allows students to follow their sporting interests while learning qualities such as sacrifice, teamwork and perseverance that will benefit students in their academic and career pursuits.

Chillicothe Campus students learn how to dress for success in job interviews and other professional settings

OU-C students recently received expert advice on how to tailor their attire accordingly and dress for success when interviewing for jobs. Debbie Bettendorf, who operates “Find Your Fabulous,” a local fashion-consulting business, shared her expertise with students in the Applied Development Class.

Bettendorf, who graduated from Ohio University with a business degree, emphasized the importance that the right attire can play in making a good first impression as well as tips on shopping on a budget.

“I want to be able to level the playing field. People who shop on a budget should have the same opportunities as someone who can afford to spend more,” Bettendorf said in a recent newspaper article about her chosen profession.

Bettendorf noted the importance of job-seekers selecting clothes that best fit them and the situation, rather than going with the current fad, emphasizing a classic look.

“The person interviewing you will make the first impression of you within 30 seconds,” she said.

She also noted the importance of preparedness.

“Prepare for interviews well in advance and be ready.  You never know when opportunity will present itself. Plus, when you are prepared, you are more confident,” Bettendorf said.

As class instructor Martha Tanedo, Career Counselor at OU-C, points out, selecting the proper outfit is one of many nuances that add up when students are looking to land an entry-level job or internship; and the endeavor often begins prior to a formal face-to-face meeting. Her class focuses on many concrete steps students can take to better position themselves in the competitive job market and also make the most of these opportunities in advancing in their careers.

“Students need to realize that opinions are being formed of them on many levels even before they are seen in person,” Tanedo said. “In class we cover ‘branding’ or professional image and discuss online image, email and phone etiquette as well as physical appearance.”

“First impressions are critical and can influence an employer before the first interview question is asked,” Tanedo said. “Learning to present yourself professionally takes practice. Students are familiar with their social persona but they don't have as much opportunity to develop their professional side.  Additionally, most college students have a limited budget so it is a challenge to put together a business professional look.  We identify ways to do that as well as ways to change a less professional piece into something that would work in a professional environment.”

Bake sale and raffle honor memory of faculty member Gregg Hungerford

By public relations student writer Leah Sternberger

To honor former OU-C faculty member Gregg Hungerford, who passed away in January, the students of the Human Services Technology (HST) program and the alumni of the Human Services Technology and Social Work programs are planning a memorial bake sale and raffle. The event will be held in the Bennett Hall lobby from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 16 and 17 to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day, Hungerford’s favorite holiday. To commemorate Hungerford, alumni and students hope to raise enough money to eventually support a scholarship in his memory.

In addition to a variety of donated baked goods, raffle tickets for several prize baskets will be sold. Tickets for a men’s basket, women’s basket and student basket will be available for $1 each, or $5 for six tickets. An Ohio University quilt crafted and donated by Hungerford’s former student Aronessa Butler will also be raffled off.

“Dr. Hungerford was one of the best professors I ever had. He was very book smart but more than that, he had a lot of life experience. He definitely had a personality that no one could forget once they met him,” said Butler. “He really cared for his students.”

For Butler, making the quilt with help from Sue Nichols and the Creations SewClever quilt shop, carried sentimental value. “Once in class, Gregg said that everyone can do something well and that everyone should use their skills,” said Butler. ” I thought of that several times as I made my quilt.”

Hungerford, born in Girard, obtained his bachelor’s in criminal justice from Youngstown State University. He then earned a master’s in social work from Louisiana State University and a doctoral degree in drug and alcohol counseling from The Ohio State University. Many students remember his love of the Ohio State Buckeyes vividly, but Hungerford is remembered most for his unwavering dedication to his students and for his contributions starting the OU-C Social Work program.

“Dr. Gregg Hungerford was instrumental in beginning the Social Work program at OU-C as its first fulltime professor,” said faculty member Barbara Mahaffey. Mahaffey is an associate professor and coordinator of the OU-C HST program.

“He was an avid supporter for the students and helped to write the first articulation plan for HST students to transition into the Social Work major. He sometimes wore kilts to class to demonstrate an importance on diversity education and to encourage students to ‘think outside the box.’ He also had a DAC (Dependency Advocacy Center) license and challenged students to be drug-free, as well as caring and kind,” Mahaffey said.

Former student Sherri Wilson remembers Hungerford’s sense of humor. She said, “He almost never went home and was always around campus. In the parking lot I used to move his magnetic LSU and OSU stickers around on his car to mess with him and he would yell, ‘Don’t you ever go home?’”

Hungerford’s enthusiasm for social work and compassion for others inspired his students.  “He was an amazing man who was passionate about social work, the community and especially his students,” said Wilson. “After I had a few classes with him, I really got to know him. He was a gentle giant. He had an unbelievable strength and an amazing character.”

Upcoming Casino Night is a sure bet for a good cause

Samantha Rearley

By student public relations writer Madison Corbin
Ohio University-Chillicothe welcomes its 2nd Annual Casino Night from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on March 28 in the Shoemaker Center on campus.  The fund-raiser benefits the Ross County Coalition against Domestic Violence and a local shelter that the organization operates. 

Attendants can participate in games such as Texas Hold 'em, Blackjack, Roulette, and Craps as well as enjoy entertainment from local band, The Greater Goods.  Local politicians, business owners, and academic administrators serve as volunteer card dealers, while members of the community are encouraged to get to have a great time.  

Samantha Rearley, an OU-C student spearheads the event with a wide knowledge of her community and a fervent passion for the cause.

“In 2014, the RCCADV assisted in more than 300 domestic violence cases in Ross County.  We hope to raise awareness of this throughout the greater Chillicothe area through Casino Night,” said Rearley.

“There is no monetary risk to play . . . your entry fee includes all-night game play, entertainment, and food.  If you've never played, it is a great place to learn and even if you don't play, we have great entertainment!” said Rearley.

Part of what makes Casino Night so distinct is its ability to interweave the Chillicothe community and the Ohio University Chillicothe campus within one worthy cause.  Rearley acts as president of a student organization called Students Advocating for Gender Equality.  The group’s support is a pivotal part of the event’s success.  Collaboration between community members and students is a beneficial factor overall.

Rearley’s event is more than an opportunity for locals to enjoy quality entertainment in a convenient place.  It is an impactful fundraiser for a prevalent issue in Ross County.  Casino Night continues to grow.  

“People should attend to support a local organization that helps more than 300 men, women, and children every year,” said Rearley.  “1 in 4 women, 1 in 7 men, and more than 3 million children will experience domestic violence in their lifetime . . . it affects everyone.”

‘Recognition of Graduation’ event salutes students

The graduation event is the ultimate celebration of student success.

OU-C will recognize Chillicothe Campus students who have earned their Ohio University degrees during the 2014-15 academic year at the annual “Recognition of Graduation” ceremony 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, in the Shoemaker Center.

Admission is free, and the public is invited.

“I encourage all members of the OU-C community to participate in or attend this event. On the Chillicothe Campus, we are focused on helping students attain success, and this type of festive occasion captures that spirit by saluting students for their efforts and recognizing those who have supported them along the way,” campus Dean Martin Tuck said.

A reception for the graduates and their families will be held afterward in the Shoemaker Center. A reception for faculty members will be held prior to the ceremony, at 6:30 p.m. in Shoemaker rooms 215 & 217. Further details, including the names of special speakers and other participants, will be released at a later date.

A pinning ceremony for graduates of OU-C’s nursing program will be held at 6 p.m. on April 30 in the Shoemaker Center.

Formal commencement activities are held the next day on the Athens campus.

Health expo emphasizes wellness activities

The emphasis will be on healthy lifestyles and entertainment during the annual Health, Wellness and Fitness Expo 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 14 at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Shoemaker Center.

The event is free and open to the public. Door prizes will be given throughout the day.

Free health tests and screenings will be available such as cholesterol, blood sugar, fat analysis, blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, bone density, derma scan, dental, glaucoma and scoliosis, as well as oxygen saturation and massages.

Special guest will be Beth Siracuse, current national level physical fitness figure competitor.  Entertainment will be provided by the local fitness and dance studio centers

“This annual event always draws a large crowd and offers an opportunity to provide health screenings for area residents who might not have health insurance or may be unaware of a health concern,” said OU-C Kim McKimmy. “It underscores our commitment to providing the type of programming and worksite health initiative that benefit campus and community members in a meaningful way.”

Rick Jarrell hired as maintenance repair worker at OU-C

Rick Jarrell has been hired as a maintenance repair worker at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Jarrell was chief engineer with the Crowne Plaza Dublin Hotel, where he managed all aspects of the building and property. He has also worked as a line technician with Kenworth and was self-employed doing remodeling and construction work.

Jarrell is a graduate of Westerville South High School and Columbus Technical Institute.

Chillicothe Campus students had productive spring breaks

Denise Chapman and Molly Humphrey

John Bush

Waylon Altrip

We regularly talk with Chillicothe Campus students to gain their perspective on life. This week, we asked them about their endeavors during the recent spring break.

“I stayed home mostly and did a little bit of work,” said John Bush, who works at a nutrition center for the elderly in Greenfield. “Otherwise, I took it easy. I also rewrote a paper that is due this week.” Bush, a business major, grew up in Columbus and now resides in Greenfield.

“I stayed at home and worked at a grocery store in Laurelville,” said Waylon Artrip, a business administration major who graduated from Logan Elm High School. “I tried to save money.”

Denise Chapman left the state. “I went to Fort Bragg to visit my boyfriend,” said Chapman, a nursing student from Adena High.

Her friend Molly Humphrey took the domestic route to spring break activities. “I mostly went shopping and also went out to eat. Eating is important right now,” said Humphrey, who is expecting her second child. She is also a nursing student and went to Greenfield McClain High.

Getting a slice of the Pi

Math student tutor Katelyn Bradford displays an appropriate Pi Day item

The Chillicothe Campus got into the spirit of an endeavor that really adds up a little early this week.

For mathematicians, this Saturday is bigger than New Year’s Day, Groundhog’s Day and Bastille Day combined. As anyone who is worth his weight in calculators knows, March 14 is celebrated worldwide as “Pi Day.”

Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi has been calculated to more than one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. But, for commemorative purposes, the first digits beyond the decimal are 3.141592653. So, as OU-C Math Center Coordinator Dennis Ray explains, the “ultimate Pi Day” moment will occur at 9:26:53 on 3.14.15.

In commemoration of the upcoming event, the Student Success Center in the Stevenson Center library has been hosting a weeklong mathematics extravaganza to commemorate this unique occurrence. Pi to the 1,000 decimal point has been calculated and printed out across the entire four walls of the math tutoring center.

OU-C program features women in leadership roles

The Ohio University-Chillicothe Giving Circle is celebrating Women’s History Month by recognizing Ross County Women in Leadership at a dinner at 6 p.m. on March 25 in the Bennett Hall art gallery.

Dr. Jennifer Allen, Hope Clinic;  Laura Corcoran, Bishop Flaget principal; Dr. Jean Kerney, K& C Educational Associates; Martha G. Rittinger, Agriculture Leaders; and Catherine Whalen, United Way Director, are just a few of the women featured.

 Items from the Doxsee collection from Ohio University will be on display.  Trina Gannon, Instructor at Ohio University, The Gladys W. and David H. College of Education will present “Early 20th Century Ladies Fashions for Success.”

Tickets include dinner and a contribution to the Ohio University Giving Scholarship for fall 2015.  Call Joyce Atwood at 740.772-8005 for more information about making a reservation by March 20.