Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Students accepting donations for ‘Best Yard Sale in Ohio II’ event

Bargain-hunters and closet-cleaners alike should be drawn to the “Best Yard Sale in Ohio II” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 1 in the Shoemaker Center gym at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Donations will be accepted between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on July 31 at the Shoemaker Center side door. Members of OU-C’s Human Services Association (HSA), which is sponsoring the event, will be available to help unload items. Students are also available to pick up items the week of July 27 until the event begins.

Items that cannot be accepted are bedding of any kind, large furniture, weapons and animals.

Items will be half-price after 3 p.m. the day of the event. Also, donuts, coffee, pizza and cold drinks will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the sale will help families in need for Christmas this year. This is a new project that Human Services Association members have been pursuing. For more information, contact Human Services Technology program coordinator Barbara Mahaffey at (740) 774-7287 or Mary Jane Preece at (740) 774-7724.

HST member Sara Winans, one of the event’s organizers, is driven by a desire to assist others, a quality that is common to her fellow HSA members. I just love helping, and this yard sale is a fun way for our organization to raise money for families in need at Christmas and give back to the community,” she said.

“We want to raise enough money to give each family Christmas gifts for their children as well as food and anything else that will make their lives better during the holiday and long after.”

From these types of endeavors, students also develop skills that will benefit them throughout their careers.

“We learn people skills, how to develop professional relationships, the importance of networking with other organizations and the opportunity to experience different types of situations. These are things that cannot be gained in the classroom. Plus, the best part is, we learn how to give back to our community,” Winans said.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

OU-C student Casey Oates offers unique athletic opportunity for Pioneer School students

By public relations student writer Madison Corbin

Casey Oates, a senior at Ohio University-Chillicothe studying criminal justice and an active individual on campus, has learned to make the most of his time, resources and wide range of roles in Chillicothe.  This summer, he sought to provide a positive opportunity to his fellow community members.

By partnering with the Pioneer School, a local institution for students with developmental disabilities, Oates was able to organize and execute an athletic camp for children who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to participate in sports. 

“I’ve really wanted to do something like this since I was in high school,” said Casey.  “I’m just trying to give kids an opportunity to do something they’re not used to.”   

At Oates’ football camp, participants were provided helmets and uniforms, led through a series of stretches and warmups, and invited to participate in an array of football drills.  At each stage of the camp, kids were encouraged to practice an “end zone dance.”

“We just wanted them to have fun,” said Oates.  “That’s what this was really all about.”
Oates was able to implement the leadership and communication skills he has acquired throughout his time at OU-C into coordinating the football camp.  The event gave him a chance to further develop and demonstrate skills that he believes will transfer invaluably to his professional pursuits.

“In criminal justice, you’ll deal with a variety of people and being in a diverse situation like this helps you interact,” said Oates. “People communicate differently and learning to communicate in different ways really helped today.”

Following the enthusiasm of participants, the positive feedback of his co-organizers, and the overall success of the event, Oates hopes to make the football camp an annual opportunity for children with developmental disabilities.  When asked about his favorite part of the experience, Oates replied “I think all of it was the best part.” 

A video of the camp is available on the campus’ YouTube channel at

Chillicothe Campus partners with area organizations for mid-summer Shakespeare events

Members of the Chillicothe Campus are teaming up with others in the community for a mid-summer’s Shakespearean experience.

At 7 p.m. on July 26, the comedic play As You Like It will be presented by the cast and crew of Tecumseh! at the Sugarloaf Mountain amphitheater.

As a prelude, OU-C English faculty member Tony Vinci led a recent discussion about Shakespeare, language and small-town life as depicted in Elizabethan literature in a “Sack it With Shakespeare” event at the Chillicothe Public Library North Branch location.

A crowd of approximately 65 individuals heard Vinci bring Shakespeare to life with an overview of how the famed author’s work still resonates 400 years after it was written. Vinci talked about the purpose of Shakespeare’s tragedies and comedies and he was interested in connecting with the audience through the performance of his works.

Vinci also discussed how Shakespeare’s work is still relevant and that the major themes, especially on social order, are relevant in current-day Chillicothe.

He earlier taught a class on the bard during the first academic term this summer.

Tecumseh! Actor Ben Stoll taught “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” during Kids in College on campus this summer.

These Shakespearean endeavors are the result of collaboration between OU-C, the Scioto Society and the Chillicothe Public Library.

Video conference to address regional higher education budget picture

In response to requests for more budget transparency, John Day and Rosanna Howard will deliver a presentation on the budget process and update the university’s regional higher education budget picture from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 14 over compressed video in Bennett Hall room 111. All interested faculty and staff members are invited to attend.

Executive Dean for Regional Higher Education Bill Willan notes that this introduction and overview session are an initial step, so it’s entirely possible that as many questions will be raised as answered by the presentation.   Members of this group should be ready to bring additional questions forward to the RHE leadership meeting on Aug. 19 in Zanesville.