Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Student speakers, faculty marshals are named for OU-C’s Recognition of Graduation event

The Recognition of Graduation event celebrates student accomplishment.

Student participants and faculty marshals have been named for the upcoming Recognition of Graduation event at Ohio University-Chillicothe. OU-C will salute students who have earned their college degrees during the 2014-15 academic year at 7:30 p.m. on May 1 in the Shoemaker Center.

Nathan Ferguson, a Marine Corps veteran who is earning his associate degree in law enforcement technology, will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mishion Payne, who is earning a bachelor’s degree in applied management, will share her thoughts as the student reflection speaker.

Faculty marshals for the graduation event include Allison White, associate degree; Ken Larimore, bachelors’ degree; and Barbara Mahaffey, master’s degree.

Music will be provided by the Great Seal of Ohio Band.

Larry Gates will deliver the keynote address, and Stephen Gary will receive the Rich Bebee Leadership Award.

Approximately 330 students earned their associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio University while attending the Chillicothe Campus this academic year, and approximately 180 students are expected to participate in the upcoming event.

A pinning ceremony for OU-C’s nursing program students will take place at 6 p.m. on April 30 in the Shoemaker Center.

A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May 1 for faculty and staff members, Regional Coordinating Council members and platform party participants. A reception for the graduates and their families will be held immediately after the ceremony in the Shoemaker Center.

OU-C faculty member Tanya Hire named finalist for Innovation Award

By public relations student writer Madison Corbin

Ohio University Chillicothe faculty member Tanya Hire was recently named a finalist for the Outstanding Woman in Innovation Award at Southeast Ohio’s third annual Innovation Awards.  Hire’s involvement in the Bachelor of Science in Applied Management program on campus has earned her recognition as an ambitious and impactful leader.

A nomination in the category of “Outstanding Woman in Innovation” testifies to the commitment with which Hire fulfills her valued role on campus.  She has made her effort evident in versatile initiatives such as student business pitch competitions, supplemental instruction offerings, creative capstone courses, internship support, webinar series implementation and the enhancement of the applied management degree as a whole.

“I am always taking advantage of workshops and seminars that expose me to different methods of teaching,” said Hire.  “It is important for me to involve the student in the learning process by making it as active as possible.”

Hire employs a “flipped” classroom model that allows her students to engage in thorough explorations of material through presentations, discussions and case studies in class.  She favors practical application exercises in preparing her students for their professional pursuits and has partnered with external organizations to make hands-on opportunities available. 

Hire has developed a working relationship with the Pump House Art Gallery, having students design and develop a business plan for the gallery’s 2016 addition, as well as the Kanawha Project, implementing climate change awareness into her curriculum.  In the classroom, Hire works to cultivate the qualities that make her students competitive candidates in their industries of choice.

“A successful community is dependent on the citizens within it, and having the opportunity to contribute to my students’ academic careers to enable their future success is a prime motivating factor for me,” said Hire.  Her dedication comes from a sincere place.  “I love my job and look forward to working with each of my students . . . they are my inspiration.”

The applied management program equips students with both the knowledge and practices of advanced methods in business. Hire emphasizes the importance of industry experience and adaptability, ensuring that applied management students graduate with an in-depth understanding of an ever-evolving professional world. 

Southeast Ohio’s Innovation Awards celebrate exemplary innovators and entrepreneurs in the area.  Nominations are made by members of the community through an online submission form.  An external panel of judges selects finalists on a basis of specific criteria related to a total of five categories.  Hire felt both honored and inspired by the nomination.

“I was surprised and greatly honored to have been nominated,” she said.  “I hope in the future I can continue to innovatively contribute to OU-C and my student’s education.”

Three long-time faculty members retiring from full-time careers in classroom

Roger Smith, Veena Kasbekar and Richard Kowieski.

A reception was recently held on campus for three long-time faculty members who are retiring at the end of spring semester. Veena Kasbekar, Richard Kowieski and Roger Smith have combined for more than 100 years as educators at OU-C.

Kasbekar, professor of English, joined the Chillicothe Campus faculty in 1980. Her future plans include “world travel, books, visiting family in England, more time for gym and temple, keeping in touch with OU-C through part-time teaching and a jolly good life.” Her fondest memories of her OU-C experience are, “The absolute pleasure of discussing British and world literature, from ancient to modern times, with eager, intelligent, motivated students.”

Kowieski, assistant professor of Communication Studies, joined OU-C in 1977 and has blended a passion for communication with an appreciation for the outdoors. “I just love teaching, having taught a wide variety of communications classes.’ He enjoys “just living on the farm, gardening, bee-keeping, cleaning the woods of invasive species, a little fishing and hunting, and writing. What I remember most is how quickly 38 years have gone by. I have enjoyed it thoroughly.”

Smith, assistant professor in Chemistry, joined the Chillicothe Campus faculty in 1979. At the reception, he talked about the joy he receives from teaching students and sharing his insights with them, as well as the friendly atmosphere on campus. He plans to do some traveling in the future.

Chillicothe Campus Office Technology students gain valuable experience through internship opportunities

By public relations student writer Madison Corbin
This spring semester, Ohio University Chillicothe’s Office Technology Program has seen great successes in the form of students completing major-related internships in surrounding areas.  Students have fulfilled various positions at versatile organizations with intent to develop professional networks, refine industry skills and prepare for competitive job markets. 

Through the diligent efforts of on-campus staff members Martha Tanedo and Joyce Atwood, the campus was able to receive funding from the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Means Grant to contribute to the hourly rates of student interns and in some cases, tuition costs.  Additional funding ensures that students across campus have access to internship opportunities.  Both OU-C administrative and educational staff members demonstrate a thorough comprehension of the importance of financial factors and continually work to guarantee the best possible prospects for their students.       
Shelley Felts, a second-year OU-C student who recently completed an internship for the Ross County Health Department, said her motivation for engaging in internship work was “to show future employers the seriousness of my endeavors for the OTEC field.” 

Felts emphasized that the support of Ohio University-Chillicothe has allotted her an array of excellent ways in which to expand upon her aspirations and grow as a matured candidate for future employment.

Office Technology Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor Allison White acknowledges the immensely positive impact internships have on students’ progress toward fulfilling their goals.  She works hard to ensure individuals have the access and encouragement necessary to make their internship placements possible.  As Program Coordinator, White acts not only as an educator but also as the primary advisor for students, making her an active part of campus. 

“This makes me accessible to assist students as they prepare resumes, consider various placement opportunities, and apply for positions.  I work closely with Martha Tanedo . . . she regularly forwards job opportunities to me,” said White.  “Many times we will make the first call or send resumes to employers to open the door for a meeting with the student.”

By assisting students in the pursuits and processes of obtaining internships, White provides them opportunities to apply in-classroom material to functional, professional experiences.  In her work, she demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the dynamic benefits of internships for both students and employers.  She stresses that internships testify to an interviewee’s industry-relevant abilities as well as their less easily detectable “soft skills” such as customer service and ethical behavior.

“Each year at least one intern becomes a full-time employee at the place where they complete their internship,” said White.

Besides Felts, other OTEC students who have recently been involved with internships include: Michelle Franklin, Adena Regional Medical Center-Adena Foundation; Kristina Dempsey, Adena Chief Nursing Officer office; and Tonia Gilbert, Gerber Insurance and Telesis. Sheila O’Reilly is in the process of applying for an upcoming internship.

Veena Kasbekar chairs panel at academic conference

OU-C English faculty member Veena Kasbekar, a board member of the College English Association of Ohio, recently chaired a panel on Teaching Global Approaches and Critical Thinking at the annual conference, held in Toledo.

Hilltop Café adjust hours during finals week

The Hilltop Café will adjust hours of operation during finals week, April 27 through May 1:

•    Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
•    Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
•    Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Friday, the cafe will not serve soup, pulled pork or other hot foods.

The café will be close the week of May 4 and will re-open May 11 at 8 a.m. with summer hours of operation.