Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Former OU-C student Caleb Marhoover to study architecture at Harvard

By student public relations writer Leah Sternberger

Caleb Marhoover, a Chillicothe native and former OU-C geology student, has been accepted to the graduate program at Harvard University’s College of Architecture. Since Marhoover left OU-C’s campus after earning his associate degree in social sciences in 2009, he has been busy continuing his education. In 2010, Marhoover moved from Chillicothe to Cincinnati in where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Cincinnati.

Like many high school students, Marhoover got an early start at OU-C by taking classes through the university’s post-secondary program as a student at Eastern High School. When he received his high school diploma in 2008, he began studying geology. Even with taking a full course-load and working as an English tutor and athletic photographer, he made exploring his other interests a top priority.

“I did a large amount of dabbling,” said Marhoover. ”I took any course that sounded interesting like music theory, anthropology and listening. I ended up liking Professor John Reiger so much that I took enough history courses to earn a degree in social sciences quite by accident.”

Gary Haynes, Marhoover’s former geography instructor, said students should consider taking a wide variety of classes to fully develop their personal interests.

“Caleb's success in a number of academic programs can serve as a model for students who have broad academic interests,” said Haynes. “Accomplishments in one academic area can cross over and actually reinforce studies in another area.  This is part of the justification for the broad-based undergraduate degrees offered at Ohio University.”

Reiger also remembers Marhoover as an outstanding student.

“Caleb was always enthusiastic about the study of history, exhibiting a wide breadth of knowledge on my long essay examinations and (leading) in class discussions,” Reiger said. “In addition, I have seen his superb photographic work and know how creative he is. It comes as no surprise that he has been admitted to Harvard. Caleb is a wonderful example of what a dedicated student can accomplish at OU-C.”

Currently, two pieces of Marhoover’s artwork are featured in an exhibition at the The Carnegie in Cincinnati. The exhibition, Now Here: Theoretical Landscapes, features artists who create environments that, though grounded in reality, suggest altered sensibilities. His pieces Petrosyllabic Resonator II and Specimens will be on display through April 18.

Marhoover’s many interests, authentic curiosity and commitment to hard work will serve him well in Boston this fall as he continues his education at Harvard.

 “As I explored many other disciplines, it became clear that what I’m truly after is not just place, but how we relate to wherever we find ourselves,” said Marhoover. “This is how I have been led to the field of architecture – by pursuing, exploring, and questioning my passions thoughtfully and relentlessly.”

Military experience provides Pledge of Allegiance speaker with valuable background for college experience

Nathan Ferguson, a military veteran who is earning his associate degree in law enforcement technology, will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance during OU-C’s Recognition of Graduation ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on May 1 in the Shoemaker Center. The annual event recognizes students who have earned their Ohio University degrees while pursuing their college careers on the Chillicothe Campus during the 2014-15 academic year.

Ferguson served in the Marine Corps from 2009 through 2013 and was stationed in Afghanistan in 2011. His military background has served Ferguson well in his college pursuits.

“My military experience definitely has made me a better student, especially in terms of the discipline part, setting goals, and things of that nature, as well as having an appreciation for being home,” he said.

However, the transition has not been without its challenges.

“Going from the military to college is an adjustment,” Ferguson said. “I went from doing something entirely different to being in an academic setting, and it takes a minute to get acclimated. The hardest part is being around civilians all of the time. In the Marine Corps subculture, I was surrounded by people who were all very familiar. There is not as much commonality on a college campus, but I have been able to find it.”

“Plus, I am probably prone to not complain about the little things as much as before I went in the military. I still have problems like everyone else, but after being in the Marines, I know it could be a lot worse.”

Ferguson graduated from East Knox High School near Mount Vernon. He is the stepson of OU-C faculty member Kenneth Larimore.

Ferguson has enjoyed his time on the Chillicothe Campus. “It has been a great college experience. The smaller class sizes offer students the opportunity to interact with their teachers, and everyone has been very nice. Dr. (Jim) McKean, my advisor, has been extremely helpful, especially in helping to steer me in the right direction in terms of career choices.”

After completing his associate degree, Ferguson intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice through the Chillicothe Campus before embarking on his career ambitions.

Ferguson has also made a positive impact on others on campus.

“Nathan is an outstanding student who represents our non-traditional student population—enlisted in the military from high school and is now pursuing his LET and BCJ (bachelor’s degree in criminal justice) degrees at OU-C after completing his enlistment,” McKean said. “I selected Nathan as our program’s outstanding graduate and nominated him to deliver the Pledge of Allegiance for his dedication to his studies, his attention to detail and his high level of commitment—desirable characteristics for a future criminal justice practitioner.  Nathan embodies the spirit of OU-C as reflected in our mission to prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow.”

“I echo Jim's choice of Nathan to deliver the pledge during the graduation recognition ceremony,” faculty member Sonja Rawn said. “Nathan was a stellar student.  He was always prepared, and I could always depend on him to stimulate class discussions.  The life lessons that many of our veterans, like Nathan, bring to our classrooms are invaluable.  Additionally, I personally appreciated Nathan helping me out in my criminalistics lab several times after he had taken the class.  His assistance allowed me to focus on the students who were having difficulty with the various projects.”

Research endeavors of OU-C faculty member Dywayne Nicely are featured in Perspectives magazine article

The current edition of Perspectives, Ohio University’s publication dedicated to research, includes a story, “Words + numbers: How reading comprehension can boost math scores,” about the endeavors of OU-C mathematics faculty member Dywayne Nicely.

The article discusses a project Nicely spearheaded, which was supported by a university-sponsored Baker Fund Award, that studies the connection between high school students’ reading comprehension and math skills, with the goal of improving their college preparedness.

Nicely’s project tracked the progress of 63 Chillicothe High School junior students in two math courses during the 2012-13 academic year. Following is a campus news blog story about the project:

In many ways, Nicely’s project mirrors the mission of the Chillicothe Campus and regional higher education, in general, through its emphasis on preparing students for making the most of their college education and then reaping the rewards of that experience. His endeavor also underscores the power of partnering with local organizations and individuals who share that commitment to student success.

Chillicothe Campus students muse about how they would rule campus if royalty for a day

Lauren Starkey
Hunter Wright
Brooke Happenet and Layne Beasley
Adam LeMaster
Thomas Lynch

We regularly talk with Chillicothe Campus students to gain their perspective on the campus experience. This week, we asked them what moves they would make or edicts they would issue if they were king or queen of campus for a day. Following are their royal responses.

“The first thing I would do is make for more parking, and that is pretty much it. Otherwise, things are great. The facilities, structure and instructors are good,” said Thomas Lynch, a pre-nursing student from Clarksburg.

“I would probably cancel class, and get somebody to pay for my gas,” said Hunter Wright, a sports management major from Vinton County High School.

“I would sleep in and maybe encourage more walking breaks to help the brain think,” said Adam LeMaster, a nursing student from Huntington High School.

“There is nothing that I really do not like,” said Lauren Starkey, a nursing student from Greenfield McClain High. “Maybe I would add more places to sit outside and also have more classes outside on nice days. That would be cool.”

Brooke Happenet who is from Huntington High and undeclared on her major, had a succinct answer: “More parking.” Her friend Layne Beasley, a fellow undeclared major from Huntington High, said, “I would have a bigger library and Learning Commons area. I went to the Athens campus, and the area there was huge.”