Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Newest members join ranks of OU-C alumni during Recognition of Graduation event

The newest members officially joined the ranks of alumni of the Chillicothe Campus during the recent annual Recognition of Graduation event in the campus’ Shoemaker Center. Nearly 330 students earned Ohio University degrees this academic year while attending classes through OU-C and approximately 180 graduates took part in the ceremony.

Mishion Payne gave the student reflection address and recounted her college journey, enrolling at OU-C at the age of 30. She credited the support and encouragement of numerous faculty and staff members, as well as her fellow classmates, for helping her earn her bachelor’s degree in applied management. Payne has since landed a full-time position at Homeland Credit Union and is advancing in her career field.

In linking today’s graduates with their predecessors, Stephen Gary received the Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership Award. Gary recently retired as the longest-serving CEO in the 102-year history of the Savings Bank in Circleville. He has been actively involved in his profession and his community, earning numerous business-related and civic accolades along the way.

Individuals recognized with Distinguished Alumni Awards included Robert Beverly, the late Thomas Brown, James Butt and Emily Schmidt.

Larry Gates delivered the keynote address, recounting the story of a tightrope walker and encouraging the graduates to overcome a fear of the unknown.

“Do not let yourself be intimidated by professionals,” he said. “If you have a better idea, if your plan makes more sense, then insist on being heard.”

He also s¬tressed the importance of having a good perspective and making an impact.

“In life, your attitude is everything,” he said. “Motivated, focused individuals will continue to succeed … Look for something positive in everyone you meet … The more you give away, the more you will have … Remember that you make the small decisions with your mind but the big decisions with your heart.”

Gates, a Chillicothe native, is retired as senior vice president for human resources and administration with Philip Morris Companies, He and his wife, Mary, established the Gates Foundation, Ross County Scholarship Fund. Through their generosity, more than 150 scholarships have been awarded to area high school students, opening the doors of higher education for these individuals.

In closing, Chillicothe Campus Dean Martin Tuck echoed Gates’ emphasis on making an impact. “Pay forward. You have earned an excellent education. Be mindful of that, and use your skills and insights to help others.”

With diplomas in hand and goals in sight, recent graduates embark on professional pursuits

Paige Eddlemon is returning home as a classroom teacher.
Chelsey Evans is making her passion her profession.
Josh Hambrick's internship resulted in a full-time position.
Nathan Wilburn has found a career that aligns with his interests.

While the recent campus’ recent Recognition of Graduation event marked a break in the college careers for members of the class of 2015, it also begins the next chapter in their lives as they apply what they have gained during their days on the Chillicothe Campus. Here are the stories of four students, who like many of their classmates, are turning their Ohio University degrees into entry-level positions in their chosen professions.

Paige Eddlemon, a middle childhood education major, is returning home as a Miami Trace Middle School teacher when classes begin in the fall. A Miami Trace High School graduate, she has spent spring semester as a long-term substitute in her former school after doing her student-teaching at the school.

“I love it here. I know the people, and I have been able to work with some individuals who were actually my teachers when I was a student. It is neat to be able to collaborate with them now,” she said.

Eddlemon’s college experience prepared her well for her professional pursuits.

“With all of the tools and techniques I learned from classes, I felt very prepared when I had my own classroom. The OU-C education professors have been teachers themselves, and they were able to share from their experiences to prepare us students for situations we will face.”

“OU-C is a non-traditional campus, but so are its students. The faculty members realize we have lives beyond the classroom, and they know what we need to succeed in our professional fields.”

Chelsey Evans, who earned a bachelor’s degree in social work, has found her dream job as a counselor working with children and their parents at Health Recovery Services in Hocking County. “I am very excited about my new job. I am passionate about children, and I love being in a position to make a difference. One thing I love about social work is being able to help people get their lives turned around for the better,” said Evans, a Logan High School graduate.

OU-C’s small-campus setting contributed to her academic success and career preparation. Evans received both the classroom and practical learning she needs for success during her career on the Chillicothe Campus.

“With the smaller classes, we spent more time with our professors, who took time to explain things to us. Also, being with the same group of classmates for social work classes, we were able to build friendships. I am comfortable that I am prepared for my career and know I can apply what I learned in the classroom and from being in the field while I was a student,” she said.

Josh Hambrick, who received a bachelor’s degree in applied management, has secured a position with Kingston National Bank that will allow him to gain experience in various aspects of the banking profession. This situation resulted from an internship that Hambrick served with the bank while an OU-C student.

“I had a very applicable educational experience, and everything I learned in business and accounting classes applied directly to this job.”

Hambrick, who was home-schooled, enrolled at OU-C with a focus on career preparation but found the college experience even more valuable.

“I approached college largely as a means to an end, and that was to get a job, but I found it was much more,” he said. “I made good friends, and the people skills I gained, such as how to work with others and the ability to keep an open mind, have been very helpful.”

Hambrick added a minor in communication studies to his repertoire.

Nathan Wilburn, who earned an associate degree in environmental engineering technology, is beginning his career with Solenis, a chemical-provider for Glatfelter. “I found a career that fits with what I enjoy doing,” he said. “My academic program prepared me well for my profession. I was able to complete projects that were very relevant and received the hands-on experience I need.”

Wilburn has found a career that aligns with his interests. “I found a profession I really enjoy. I especially enjoy the environmental aspect, and I like the idea of working outside. I did not expect to have this good of a job right out of college.”

The Chillicothe Campus’ personal touch was a good fit for Wilburn, a Waverly High School graduate. “The professors are very knowledgeable and willing to assist you. Also, I like the small-campus environment and the smaller class sizes. The smaller classes are goo, especially I terms of faculty members helping students."

Wilburn plans to build on his associate degree and eventually pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, OU-C offering archeology workshop offers area teachers

Area educators are bound to dig it when Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe hosts an archeology workshop for teachers from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily June 8-June 15. The workshop is designed to help teachers learn innovative ways to engage with students as well as develop and grow their teaching style.

Cost is free, teaching materials are provided and the workshop is designed for teachers of all grades. Participants can earn 35 contacts hours as well as graduate credit hours. Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Office of Continuing Education is partnering with Hopewell to provide the credit hours.

The workshop will include discussions with park staff members about Ohio’s human past, archeology basics and teaching methods, as well as hands-on archeology experience in excavation and mapping.

The workshop is intended to give teachers the foundation they need to teach students about the science of archeology as well as the prehistory of Ohio. It will focus on Mound City Group, a mound and earthwork complex built nearly 2,000 years ago by Native American Indians of the Hopewell culture.

Registration deadline is June 5, and the workshop is limited to 20 participants. Bret Ruby, Ph.D., is the instructor. For more information, call (740) 774-1126.

Individuals can register through Hopewell National Historical Park at:

To register for academic credits through OU-C and learn about other continuing education offerings this summer, go to:

Additionally, OU-C’s Office of Continuing Education is hosting a series of workshops and events this summer. Among the offerings are:

•    Ross-Pike Summer Learning Academy for teachers
•    Forestry on Ohio’s Public Lands teacher field days
•    Energy Production: A Case Study of Nuclear Fuel
•    The Project Approach to Teaching and Learning
•    Investigating Solid Wastes and Climate Change
•    Project Wet: Highlighting Local Water Resources
•    A Series of Advanced Placement Summer Institutes

Hilltopper golf team has successful spring season

The OU-C golf team concluded another successful season with a second-place finish at the recent Ohio Regional Campus Conference State Tournament held in Hamilton. OU-C posted a two-day score of 649, 10 strokes behind OU-Eastern and three strokes ahead of third-place Ohio State-Lima.

Tyler Tetley led the Hilltoppers with a total of 156 followed by a 159 total by both Eli McKee and Ben Davis.

OU-C also placed second to OU-Eastern for the season. The Hilltopper golf team won the OU- Lancaster Invitational and the Akron Wayne Invitational this spring while finishing second at four other tournaments and in third place at two tourneys. 

 Four players earned all-conference honors. McKee was first-team All-ORCC, while Tetley, Davis and Dallas Johnson were all second-team all-conference.

This year’s team members are Tyler Tetley, Eli McKee, Ben Davis, Dallas Johnson, Mark Wallace and Drew Vanscoy. Larry Thompson is head coach and Mike Waller is assistant coach.

OU-C again hosting Gus Macker Tournament; registration now available online

The Chillicothe Campus will again serve as the site for the local Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament, which has become a local summertime tradition. OU-C is partnering with Adena Sports Medicine to support the 25th annual Chillicothe Gus Macker tourney, which will be held June 20-21.

The tourney includes divisions for players of various ages. To register a team in the tourney or assist as a volunteer with the event, go to  Mail-in deadline is May 29, online registration deadline is June 1, and the cost of a team is $136.

Proceeds from the event support area high school athletes through the Athlete of the Month scholarship program.