Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Ohio University-Chillicothe facilitates workshop for youth employment program

By student public relations writer Leah Sternberger

Ohio University-Chillicothe recently hosted a career skills workshop sponsored by Ross County Community Action’s Youth Employment Program.

Ross County Community Action works within the local community to reduce poverty and revitalize families and individuals who are income eligible. The organization’s 21-week Youth Employment Program focuses specifically on career development for young adults.

The workshop was facilitated by Coordinator of Student Support Martha Tanedo. Approximately 20 recent high school graduates in the Youth Employment Program attended.

The workshop helped participants develop a strategy for the next phase of their lives, especially in terms of pursuing a career. Tanedo covered critical career-building topics like professional image, job searching, networking, resume writing and interview etiquette.

The main objective of the session was to ease the transition between being a student and entering the workforce.

“I frequently talk with students about the process of being a student and launching into a job search after graduating from college,” Tanedo said. “Students need to consider the employers’ perspective and think about the things that go beyond a college degree and what they can do to stand out from the crowd. We talk about the experiences and skills to acquire that will provide an edge in the job market.”

The Youth Employment Program, which started in June, consisted of three phases all geared towards helping participants develop their skills as working professionals. The first phase was a week-long orientation program followed by an on-the-job work experience phase. During the work experience segment, participants worked 36 hours each week for a local employer and attended a four hour group session at Ross County Community Action for support.

Tanedo’s workshop was part of the final job placement assistance phase, which focuses on assisting participants in securing permanent employment at the end of the program.

The skills and practical advice discussed at Tanedo’s workshop align with OU-C’s mission to serve the community by preparing and empowering young adults to reach their career goals.

Updated OU-C Hilltopper mascot reflects campus’ past accomplishments, future pursuits

OU-C has updated its Hilltopper mascot with an image that captures the spirit of the campus. The updated logo is intended to reflect the Chillicothe Campus, especially the students who attend OU-C and those who represent the campus as student-athletes.

The revised Hilltopper is a pioneer who understands where he has been and where he is going. In this way, he represents the campus’ historic significance as the first regional campus in the state as well as the forward-thinking approach that defines the campus’ educational experience. The Hilltopper in the logo is also a trailblazer, and so are OU-C students who are seeking their own personal and professional pathways.

Further, the logo appropriately incorporates elements of the Great Seal of Ohio, which is based on landmarks in Chillicothe.

The logo will be used in connection with OU-C athletic teams as well as other purposes. It resembles the former Hilltopper mascot, which was an effective campus representation for many years, but gives it an updated look as the Chillicothe Campus continues to move forward, with an appreciation of its past and a vision of its future.

The redesign of the logo has been an ongoing process with input from coaches of OU-C’s men’s and women’s athletics teams. Autumn McCray, who previously worked for the Chillicothe Gazette, designed the new image.

Reception to commemorate success of OU-C capital campaign

Campus supporters help ensure current and future OU-C students have a successful college experience.

An appreciation reception to commemorate the official conclusion of The Promise Lives capital campaign will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the Stevenson Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Supporters and friends of the Chillicothe Campus, as well as other campus and community members are invited to attend. The event will include food, refreshments and musical entertainment by Renaissance Light.

The Chillicothe Campus portion of the campaign was a successful venture, with more than $792,000 raised, far exceeding the goal of $500,000 for scholarships. To date, approximately $937,000 has been raised in total, including fund-raising for an Academic Success Center. The endeavor is a true community effort, as more than 2,100 individuals and organizations contributed to the effort.  Fourteen families established endowments and will be recognized. 

Much of the money that has been contributed will fund scholarships and other forms of financial assistance that will help to ensure that area residents have access to a quality educational experience by lessening financial burdens. In this way, OU-C continues to fulfill its role as a campus dedicated to serving its region by allowing students to experience the transformational aspect of an Ohio University education so they can pursue rewarding careers and fulfilling lives.

The Chillicothe Campus effort is part of the larger Ohio University fund-raising campaign.

Phil Evanoff to celebrate 100th birthday with mosaic art show at OU-C

An exhibit of mosaic pieces by local artisan Phil Evanoff is on exhibit in the Stevenson Center art gallery at Ohio University-Chillicothe from Oct. 17 through Oct. 31. The beginning date of the show, which is free and open to the public, coincides with Evanoff’s 100th birthday.

Evanoff, a retired chemist, has created more than 625 mosaics, each consisting of thousands of pieces. He typically used Venetian glass and Japanese ceramic tile to create the mosaics but has also incorporated smooth stones as well as seashells.  His subject matter has come from personal photographs, adaptations of other’s works of art and purely his own imagination.

The mosaics reflect his wide-ranging interest in art and nature from throughout the world. Among Evanoff’s work, he has re-created French cave paintings, Bulgarian Christmas cards, African cliff drawings, an Aztec calendar stone and the Vincent van Gogh painting Starry Night.

Evanoff was born in Philadelphia and became interested in mosaics as a child but never finished his first piece until 1959. His family moved to Chillicothe in 1949.

Breast cancer awareness event helps nursing students gain practical insights

Students and faculty members in the campus’ bachelor’s degree nursing program recently hosted a breast cancer awareness event outside of the Stevenson Center. The endeavor included student poster presentations, games, food and prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen 5K “Race for the Cure” in Athens on Oct. 25.

The event provided an enjoyable setting with serious purposes, especially in terms of preparing the students for their nursing careers.

“In the group project I was involved with, we studied the four types of treatments for breast cancer,” said Erin McDaniel, a graduate of East High School in Columbus. “From this experience, I learned that, most times with breast cancer, it requires a combination treatment over a period of time and that the follow-up is as aggressive as the actual treatment.”

“Also, I gained the knowledge about what people should do and where they should go for treatment upon being diagnosed,” McDaniel said. “When I am a nurse, this will help me to understand what patients go through and what they experience.”

“I am learning about awareness and helping to educate others,” said student Sara Mossbarger from Waverly. “I am gaining insights on aspects such as how to teach patients about self-testing, what to expect and what steps to then take. It helps me to become a well-rounded, educated person.”

Faculty member Kellie Adams said, “This event is meant to involve students in a community activity that promotes public awareness and to help get both students and faculty members involved in an active learning activity. This type of experience helps students develop the ‘soft’ skills they need in their profession, such as people skills and the communication skills that allow them to talk with patients and their family members in layman terms. It is an extension of the learning that goes on in the classroom.”

Jeremiah Triplett named academic advisor for nursing at OU-C

Jeremiah Triplett has been named academic advisor for the nursing program at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

Triplett was most recently assistant director of admissions at Daymar College in New Boston. Among his duties were advising and counseling students in regards to academic and career plans as well as organizing health fairs. He was also general manager and involved with outside sales with Fastenal Co. and was an educator with the Children Center of Ohio in Patriot, Ohio and the French Art Colony in Gallipolis.

Triplett earned his bachelor’s degree in specialized studies from Ohio University, taking many of his classes on the Chillicothe Campus.

Vendors can reserve space for antique and craft show

The 11th annual Community Antique and Craft Show is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the Shoemaker Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Vendors who wish to display items can reserve space for $38 by contacting George Beck at (740) 649-8804 or

Food will be served! The event will include a Chinese auction and a visit from Santa Claus. Admission is free to the public. Proceeds will benefit the Ohio University-Chillicothe softball team.

Web stream to carry ADA event speaker’s keynote address

A live web stream will be presented of the American Disabilities Act ADA25 celebration keynote speaker Scott Lissner’s address at noon on Oct. 27 in the Nelson Commons on Ohio University’s Athens campus. His topic is “From Exclusion to Universal Design:  The ADA’s Past, Present and Future.”

To view the live stream go to this URL: