Wednesday, May 27, 2015

McDonald’s of Chillicothe makes gift to support OU-C Academic Success Center project

Shown with an oversized check are OU-C Coordinator of Resource Development Joyce Atwood (left), McDonald’s of Chillicothe owner/operator Megan Brumfield and OU-C Dean Martin Tuck.

McDonald’s of Chillicothe recently made a gift commitment of $15,000 to Ohio University-Chillicothe in support of the campus’ planned Academic Success Center project.

The McDonald’s restaurant contribution will fund the development of a group-study room, where students can collaborate on projects. McDonald’s recognizes the importance of teamwork and individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives working together toward common goals. This study room project captures that emphasis and will help to prepare OU-C students for success in their careers. Accordingly, the room will be named in recognition of the McDonald’s of Chillicothe gift.

“This gift supports McDonald’s of Chillicothe’s commitment to supporting the region,” said Jan Detty, advertising and human resources manager. “We think it is important for individuals to pursue their education, and having a well-trained workforce is a plus for McDonald’s of Chillicothe as well as all area employers. We have previously been involved with area middle- and high-schools, and this offered an opportunity to do something on the college level.”

Ron Fewster and Megan Brumfield are the owner/operators of McDonald’s of Chillicothe.

“We appreciate this generous contribution by McDonald’s Restaurants, which will make an impact on the educational experience of countless Chillicothe Campus students in the future,” campus dean Martin Tuck said. “OU-C and McDonald’s Restaurants share a focus on making a difference in this region, and this study room will help to make that ideal a reality by investing in our region and its residents.”

The Chillicothe Campus is in the midst of a capital campaign, and the Academic Success Center is part of that effort.

This 37,000-square-foot project will tie together academics and campus life in a way that enriches the student experience on the Chillicothe Campus. The project will serve as a link between the Learning Commons in the Stevenson Center and the academic and student services resources in Bennett Hall, thereby bridging, both figuratively and literally, these two vital components of a well-rounded student experience.

The Stevenson Center has become a hub of campus activity and has helped to foster a sense of a learning community at OU-C. This project continues in that spirit by providing space that is tailored to students’ needs and interest.

Among features of this upcoming facility are study areas, academic tutoring services, a large lecture hall and an auditorium to host guest lecturers for both campus and community members.

This gift is part of Ohio University’s The Promise Lives Campaign, which surpassed its $450 million goal in May 2014. To date, Campaign donors have committed more than $485 million to OHIO’s students, faculty, programs, outreach and select facilities.

In addition to the Academic Success Center, funds raised for the Chillicothe Campus will support scholarships. These projects support the campus’ mission of offering area residents access to a well-rounded, quality educational experience that prepares them for lives of impact. Learn more at 

Learn more about contributing to Ohio University-Chillicothe's scholarship program or naming opportunities for the Academic Success Center by contacting Joyce Atwood at or 740.774.7732.

Chillicothe Campus students take advantage of summer terms to pursue their academic goals

Jim Brown is making a career change this summer.

Holly Tarbett is using the summer to lay the groundwork for a nursing degree.

Holly Neff brings a health-care background to her nursing degree pursuits.

We regularly speak with Chillicothe Campus students to gain their insights on the college experience. We recently talked with three nursing students who were studying in the Learning Commons to learn their motivation for attending summer term classes.
“I want to obtain my BSN in nursing, so I am taking three courses this summer to get closer to that goal,” said Holly Tarbett of Washington Court House, who graduated from Miami Trace. “So far, it is going pretty well. It seems that it is more laid-back and there is more time to spend with instructors since there are few students on campus.”

“I need to finish three classes and then take some more prerequisites in the fall before entering the nursing program,” said Haley Neff, a pre-nursing student. “Neff already has a background in health care, having worked as a phlebotomist for five years. She is enjoying the summer academic experience. “Things are quieter now and the classes seem smaller. Everyone is even more focused on their schoolwork.”

Jim Brown of Kingston is taking the first steps in a major change in his life. “I decided for a career change. I was a supervisor with an electric power company, and I decided to go into nursing. I was toying with the idea and, after my kids were grown, I decided this was the chance.” This is Brown’s first tem in his new academic/professional pursuit. “It is going well right now. The first two weeks were difficult, getting used to going to school again, but things are getting better.”