Monday, August 3, 2015

New orientation sessions provide insights for those serving as students’ support network

While ultimately rewarding, beginning the college experience can be a challenging endeavor. Fortunately, it is usually a journey that no student walks alone, and having a good support system is invaluable. In that spirit, this summer the Chillicothe Campus has added a session for support persons to the orientation program for new students.

While the students are meeting with academic advisors to select classes for the fall semester, their parents, spouses, siblings or other individuals meet with Chillicothe Campus staff members to discuss their role in their students’ college success.

“We recognize many of our incoming students are first-generation college students, which can initially put them at a disadvantage since they may not know how to navigate a higher-education setting,” Coordinator of Student Support Martha Tanedo said. “We talk with the students themselves at orientation and during follow up meetings about the college experience and what it involves in terms of commitment.”

“However, it is important that the students’ supporters also have an understanding of college expectations so they are better able to fill their roles as key support people. If the students know they have someone in their corner to help them when times are rough and who understands why college is a priority, it makes for a better college experience and positions the students for success.”

Many OU-C students are juggling academic demands with job and family responsibilities, creating an extra burden on the students and those close to them.

“We want to make sure the support persons are aware that their students are going to be busy, both in the classroom and doing homework, and that if they can occasionally lend a hand to help with some of those other duties, it is very helpful,” Tanedo said.

The focus is on practical advice to help the students and their supporters.

“Starting college can be intimidating, even for those who are somewhat familiar through family experiences, but even more so for a student who has no family member from whom to learn. We try as best we can to make sure both students and their supporters are aware of resources on campus that are available them, especially if they are struggling. By involving the support persons, they can help to reinforce the messages we share with the students,” Tanedo said.

Much of the orientation discussion centers on relevant insights such as adult accountability, the importance of regular class attendance, time-management and study plans, completing the FAFSA form annually and understanding the types of loans that are available.

“The advice is beneficial to both traditional and non-traditional students,” Tanedo said. “Students right out of high school may not realize the extra time and effort that need to be invested in studying in order to thrive in college. The non-traditional students who have been out of the classroom for some time often benefit from a better understanding of college expectations.”

In all of the efforts, the focus remains on utilizing the orientation sessions to make that first step in the college journey a successful one.

Finishing touches are being applied with installation of glass panels to new Shoemaker Center pedestrian bridge

The finishing touches are being applied to the new Shoemaker Center pedestrian bridge with the installation of laminated glass panels with the campus’ name and logo. The bridge is visible from various locations, and the new structure’s appearance will serve as an attractive focal point of campus.

The 70-foot-long span includes a steel covering and roof to protect individuals from the elements and reduce the need to apply salt, which can corrode the structure.

The bridge, which connects the Shoemaker Center with upper-level parking lots, was built in 1979 and reinforced in 2005. The current construction project began in mid-November 2014. The bridge is heavily used by individuals from the campus and community.

The Shoemaker Center, in addition to its everyday campus-related functions, is used by the Chillicothe community for its walking track, wellness center, attending OU-C men’s and women’s basketball games as well as volleyball matches, various expos, and special events. The parking lot served by the pedestrian bridge is a popular parking location to gain easy access to the center for those activities.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in the fall, and details will be shared as plans are finalized.

OU-C faculty member Barbara Trube presents paper, leads discussion at international conference in England

Barbara Trube, professor of education at Ohio University-Chillicothe, presented a paper entitled “Global Initiatives for Early Childhood Education: The Global Guidelines and Global Guidelines Assessment” and acted as lead discussant for “The Relevance of Inclusion in Community” at the Harris Manchester College from July 19 to 22 in Oxford, England. Based on a peer-review process, 20 delegates from nine different countries were invited to present papers at the annual Early Childhood and Issues Conference. Each delegate has been asked to submit his or her paper for publication in a journal or book of selected chapters from Oxford Roundtables.

Trube has worked with the Global Guidelines (GG) and Global Guidelines Assessment (GGA) for more than 15 years and is currently the Global Training and Technical Assistance Special Interest Forum co-coordinator for the Association for Childhood International.

The GG and GGA provide resources for the global community, which enhance early childhood programs throughout the world. The Global Guidelines for Early Childhood Education and Care in the 21st Century was developed as a collaborative project among members of the World Organization for Early Childhood (OMEP) and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) in 1999 and were updated and enhanced in 2015.

The GG represent a consensus from more than 80 early care and education international experts from more than 27 countries. The GG address fundamental elements contributors believe are necessary to create high quality environments for early care and education in the following areas: environment and physical space; curriculum and content pedagogy; early childhood educators and caregivers; partnerships with families and communities; young children with special needs; and accountability, supervision and management.

The GGA was developed and published in 2000 as a resource for early care and education programs in their efforts to implement the Global Guidelines. The self-assessment consists of five program content areas: Environment and Physical Space, Curriculum Content and Pedagogy, Early Childhood Educators and Caregivers, Partnerships with Families and Communities, and Young Children with Special Needs. Accountability, Supervision, and Management is currently being developed. The GGA is available in Arabic, English, French, Greek, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Russian, Slovak, Spanish and Turkish.

Chillicothe Campus student discusses excitement, apprehension in pursuing international experience

Sharles Thompson
OU-C early childhood education students Megan Patterson and Sharles Thompson are set to pursue an international experience while gaining meaningful experience during the fall semester of 2015.  Patterson looks forward to expanding her cultural perceptions in Costa Rica, while Thompson anticipates a meaningful experience in Holland.

“These are two students who wanted to go to the next level,” said OU-C Dean Martin Tuck.  “They wanted to do it because of the experience, but they also wanted to do it because they felt that this would make them better teachers, and I’m very proud of them for that.”

 We sat down with Sharles Thompson to discuss the process leading up to her study abroad opportunity, the challenges of her pursuit and the deeper connections with students that she seeks to attain through completing student teaching overseas.

Watch the full video here.  

Ronald McDonald Nationwide Children’s Hospital care unit to provide immunizations for students

The Ronald McDonald Nationwide Children’s Hospital mobile care unit will provide a full range of medical services for children and students from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 18-19 in the parking lot of the Ohio University-Chillicothe Child Development Center. Services include all state-required immunizations for children, physicals, check-ups and tests.  Individuals through age 18 are welcome.

To schedule an appointment, contact Sally Timmons at (704) 772-7360 or

The Ronald McDonald mobile care center is a pediatric clinic on wheels, fully staffed with a doctor and nurse from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It offers a full range of medical services and immunizations including DPT and MMR vaccines for children entering kindergarten and Tdap immunizations required for incoming seventh graders.

The mobile unit is available to serve those who do not have a medical provider and/or insurance.