Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Creative work can be submitted for sixth annual Faculty and Staff Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Show

OU-C employees are encouraged to submit their creative work for the 2015 Faculty & Staff Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies Show, which will be held in the Patricia Scott Gallery from May 4 through May 22.

Those with a talent or a hobby they would like to share with the OU-C campus community are invited to showcase it in the show.

Submissions of any type are sought, whether it is a wall or floor piece. Carvings, written work, artwork, scrapbooking, sculpture, wall hangings, photography, cross-stitch, quilts, and other types of creative expression will be accepted.

Those who would like to participate should fill out and turn in the submission application to Beth Tilley at the OU-C Information Desk prior to April 29. Submitted works will be taken at the Information Desk from April 27 through May 1.

Everyone has a talent, please share yours with us. If you have any questions, please contact Beth at or 774-7200.

Larry Gates to deliver keynote address at OU-C Recognition of Graduation event

Larry Gates will deliver the keynote address at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on May 1 in the Shoemaker Center on campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, honors Chillicothe Campus students who have earned their associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio University during the 2014-15 academic year.

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 on the Athens campus.

A graduate of Chillicothe High School, Gates had impressive professional career, rising to the position of Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Administration for Philip Morris Companies. In this positon, he was responsible for directing the worldwide human resources functions for an organization that generated $100 billion in annual revenue with 160,000 employees in 180 markets worldwide.

However, while gaining a global view, Larry and his wife, Mary, never lost their local perspective. After retiring from Philip Morris, they returned to Chillicothe where they have actively contributed to their hometown’s success.

They are huge advocates for area students and understand the role that higher education plays in opening doors of opportunity. They realized both of these passions through the establishment of the Gates Foundation, Ross County Scholarship Fund. Through their generosity and foresight, more than 150 scholarships have been granted to area high school students. Many of these recipients have already earned not only bachelor’s degrees, but are pursuing advanced degrees and progressing in their careers.

Further, Larry Gates has been an avid supporter of the Chillicothe Campus. He provided sage advice as chairman of the Regional Coordinating Council, and he also was the fund-raising chair for the Child Development and Family Service Center. As with the scholarship fund, this highly successful endeavor has also contributed to the quality of life for area residents, both now and in the future.

“We look forward to having Larry Gates serve as the speaker for the Chillicothe Campus’ graduation event,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “He understands the role that higher education plays in opening doors of opportunity, and he and Mary have a genuine interest in the success of individuals from this region. As their establishment of the scholarship fund and Larry’s tireless work on behalf of the Chillicothe Campus prove, they have put that commitment into action. Many of the qualities Larry learned while growing up in this area have served him well in his professional pursuits, and I look forward to hearing his remarks as he shares his insights with our graduates at this important time in their lives.”

Ohio University alumni share career advice with OU-C students during recent event

Ohio University alumni Steve and Traci McBride Ellis of the Cincinnati area shared their insights with current OU-C students during the recent “Dining With 12 Strangers” event.  The occasion allowed for Chillicothe Campus students to receive practical career and life advice from former university students.

The event was a collaborative effort between OU-C Career Services and the Ohio University Alumni Association. A similar outing was held in February.

Steve Ellis, who graduated from Ohio University in 1982, is an organizational change management expert who is senior director of customer care at Luxottica. He is also involved in his community and alma mater. He is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and the United Way and is also a member of the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors, and serves as the co-chair of the university’s Regional Campaign Committee.

Traci McBride Ellis also graduated from Ohio University. She has been employed with American Electric Power, American Red Cross, as program director for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and with Sanders/Conkright law firm. She currently works part-time with Hallmark Corporation and has actively been involved with volunteer organizations.

“We have been blessed to be Bobcats, and our two daughters both are Ohio University alumni. We have been hearing about all of the great things happening on our regional campuses. This offered an opportunity to connect with students on the Chillicothe Campus, get to know them and see what are their concerns and challenges,” Steve Ellis said.

Traci McBride Ellis said, “I love talking with students and connecting with them. There is a special bond between Ohio University alumni and the university’s current students. We wanted to reach out to one of the regional campuses and get to know some of these students.” She took a summer class on the Zanesville campus while earning her Ohio University degree.

“We appreciate Traci and Steve Ellis taking an interest in the Chillicothe Campus community,” OU-C Coordinator of Student Support Martha Tanedo said. “It is good for our students to learn from the perspectives of individuals who have had so many interesting experiences. It broadens the networking opportunities for our students.”

“The goal behind these events is to help current Chillicothe Campus students learn from the experiences of former Ohio University students who are in the workplace so that our students can expand their career networks while also learning some secrets to career development,” Tanedo explained. “This is part of our ongoing effort to provide our students with practical advice as part of the campus’ career-preparation endeavors. More than just earning a college degree, it is important that students know how to position themselves for success after college.

Casey Oates, familiar face of the Chillicothe Campus, not missing a beat while living a well-rounded college life

By student public relations writer Leah Sternberger

When students schedule their last few semesters of classes, they often reflect on their past few years at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Casey Oates, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice next fall, is one of many seniors preparing for life after OU-C.

Oates, a graduate of Chillicothe High School, originally attended Ohio Dominican University. He transferred to OU-C in 2012 because of its affordability and proximity to home.

“The transition was simple and pleasant. If there was anything that I needed help with, the faculty and staff were willing to help in any way that they could. As well were the current students,” Oates said.

After arriving on campus, Oates began working in the Chillicothe Campus’ Financial Aid Office. Under the supervision of Coordinator of Student Activities Ashlee Digges, Oates has gained invaluable communication and event planning skills.

“I have worked several Welcome Weeks and Spring Flings here on campus,” said Oates.
“By participating in all of these, I have been able to learn how to plan an event as well as see that it runs smoothly.”

Digges attributes Oates’ academic and social success on campus to his positive attitude.

“He is willing to go along with just about anything that has some benefit to his future,” said Digges. “He has learned so much important information from this job, not only about financial aid but about the rest of the OU-C experience as well.  He readily passes this information on to his peers, and he helps his classmates get connected to the appropriate resources.”

According to Digges, students like Casey who are engaged on campus often perform in the classroom.

“I think it is important that students make an effort to become engaged with the campus,” Digges said. “Research shows that working around 20 hours a week can lead to better academic success.  I encourage students to work part-time while in school. I also think that getting involved with OU-C’s student organizations and activities is a great way to engage with the campus.”

Oates has also appeared in promotional materials for the university including a billboard advertisement. Staff member Jack Jeffery, director of communications and marketing, said he appreciates his cooperation and enthusiasm with these projects.

“He has a very engaging personality, a good sense of humor and the invaluable ability to ‘read’ people and relate to them,” said Jeffery.  “Further, Casey knows how to enjoy being a 20-something college student. He is almost constantly upbeat and knows how to enjoy life. He is having a well-rounded college career, both in the classroom and beyond, as evidenced by his student employment position in Student Services and activities such as playing disc golf.”

Even though Oates is arguably one of the most recognizable students on campus, he knows adjusting to college life can be intimidating to freshmen. He strongly advises students who are new to campus to ask as many questions as possible.

“If there is something that they don't know or something they are scared of, odds are there are multiple students who once had the same questions or fears,” said Oates.

“If there was one thing that I wish I knew when I was a freshman, it would be that I wish I knew how fast it would be over. Get involved in everything that you want to because before you know it you are applying for graduation and you will wish you would have done more.”

Having already earned his associates degree in law enforcement technology in 2012, Oates is currently wrapping up his bachelor’s degree and planning his future. After graduation, he aspires to work as a parole officer or within the prison system in Chillicothe.

“I chose this path because the criminal activity in the area, as well as other areas, is on the rise. I would like to have something to do with helping to decrease such activity or to help change the lives of those who used to take part in those activities,” said Oates.

“My time spent here on the campus of OU-C has really helped mold me into the person that I always wanted to be,” Oates said. “It has provided me with an opportunity to start a life in a field of my choosing. There are a lot of people in this world that can’t say that and for that reason I will always be grateful to OU-C.”

Upcoming play festival focuses on the theme of relationships

Among OU-C student-actors in the upcoming 10-minute play festival are Xavier Newsome (left), Sara McDowell and Marcos J. Clemmons. The performances will be held at 8 p.m. on April 10 and April 11 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

A 10-minute Play Festival will be presented for two performances at 8 p.m. on April 10 and on April 11 in the Bennett Hall auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Each evening’s performance includes nine plays, with six OU-C students filling the various roles. Tickets are available at the OU-C Bennett Hall box office on the evening of the performances 30 minutes before the show. Tickets are $5 and free for OU-C students, faculty, and staff members.

The short plays are the work of renowned playwright Lisa Soland and center on the theme of relationships. Some examine the awkwardness when first meeting someone with a love interest, and some use the idea of ladders to point to how people measure themselves in life. Soland offers a witty and light view of human nature.
This production is directed by OU-C theatre director Steven McBride and has an impressive cast of student actors, featuring Tishiona Chambers, Marcos J. Clemmons, Kathy Dyer, Sara McDowell, Jennifer Nelson and Xavier Newsome.

The student-actors are enjoying the challenge of playing various characters.

“It is a lot of work, but I enjoy it,’ said McDowell, a sophomore who is undecided on her academic major. “It can be difficult to get in and out of that many characters. I always read the script to get an idea of the entirely of the situation and then try to put myself in that role by trying to determine what the character I am playing would do in that situation.”

“I think all of the plays are intense in their own way. They pull from issues that deal with everyday life and are relatable while also making people in the audience think,” McDowell said.

Newsome said, “It is not easy, and timing – in terms of when we come on stage, knowing our lines and where we are at in each play – is a major part of the show. I enjoy it. Most people see me as a funny guy, but I get to play more serious characters It is really cool to be someone different, and it brings out a different side of me. All of the roles involve important messages.” Newsome is a dance major.

Clemmons, a middle childhood education major, said. “It has been a daunting task to memorize lines for six plays. I have to get into a different mindset for each role and switch between lighter and darker sides of who I am. Being in theater has made my college experience more enjoyable. I have been able to make more relationships on campus and connect with people.”

According to McBride, “This play has great writing, and combined with the commitment of our wonderful actors, I believe it will be a great evening of theatre.”

Panel discussion at OU-C to discuss ‘Sexuality in the Midwest’

A panel discussion on “Sexuality in the Midwest” will be held at 4 p.m. on April 16 in the Bennett Hall auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The discussion, which is sponsored by the OU-C cultural committee, is free and open to the public.

Panelists include Loran Marson, LGBTQ Studies, Ohio University; Lance Poston, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Ohio University; Delfin Bautista, LGBT Center, Ohio University; and Logan Hutson, senior sociologist major from Ohio State University. OU-C nursing faculty member Ronald Vance, advisor of the campus’ Stray Cats club, will facilitate the discussion.

The event underscores the campus’ commitment to diversity and exploring various views of topical subjects.

“I am really looking forward to supporting this panel discussion on LGBT issues,” said Debra Nickles, OU-C faculty member and cultural committee chairperson. “From discussions in class and around campus, I know that these types of diversity and equity issues have a much larger impact on our students and the broader community than many may realize. For example, just talking with my colleague, Ronald Vance, I learned that even nursing students need to increase their awareness regarding best patient practices for people who identify as LGBT.”

“Lots of students are grappling with understanding how current state and federal legislation, along with social attitudes, affects their daily lives and they need more than Facebook memes to arrive at informed opinions. This panel is going to open up that discussion. Students, faculty, and community members will have an opportunity to come together and engage in an academic discussion that examines the personal and political. Sexualities in the Midwest should be pretty informative and provocative. Anyone interested in further understanding local LGBT issues, hearing from LGBT experts, and/or calling for social equality should attend.”