Wednesday, December 21, 2016

OUC gives back to local families

Thanks to the generosity of Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus members, two area families were the recipients of gifts and food for the holidays. The annual drive raised more than $800 to buy children’s gifts and other items for the needy families which included five children.

Thank you to everyone who donated this year.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Newest Ohio University alumni celebrated during Fall Commencement ceremony

 Ohio University - Chillicothe recently celebrated the accomplishments of its summer and fall semester graduates for 2016 during a graduation reception. Those graduates also had the opportunity to attend OHIO's formal commencement in Athens where they would don their full regalia and be recognized among their peers. OUC had more than 200 students apply for graduation from both summer and fall terms. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments and wish them success in their future endeavors.

via Compass

On Saturday, nearly 900 Bobcats gathered along with family and friends to be honored at Ohio University’s Fall Commencement ceremony in the Convocation Center on the Athens Campus. The ceremony, which marks the transition from students to alumni, was a bittersweet occasion, as President Roderick J. McDavis presided over his final Commencement before stepping down from his position in February.

President McDavis, who is also an Ohio University alumnus, shared that the 1970 Commencement ceremony, in which he was supposed to walk, was cancelled due to the shooting at Kent State University involving students and members of the National Guard. Graduating during an uncertain time in the country’s history, McDavis said, is a situation today’s graduates also face.

“I want to empower you today,” President McDavis said. “I want you to feel confident that the education you just received will serve you well. Just as that same education served me well during the turbulent 1970s when I too felt unsure of the future."

Despite that uncertain future, President McDavis encouraged the graduates to move forward and act as change agents in the world, using experiences and knowledge learned both inside and outside the classroom during their time at Ohio University.

“Diversity of mind and thought is the very bedrock of higher education and we pride ourselves on fostering an environment where free speech and expression is not only tolerated, but welcomed and encouraged,” he said. “The environment we have created on campus has allowed many of you to learn about different experiences that your fellow classmates have had. Perhaps you never have been exposed to such a diverse group of people and perhaps you never will be again.”

Lessons in diversity, according to McDavis, will allow Ohio University’s newest alumni to understand the world we share, empathize with the struggles of people different than oneself and harness the power to effect real change in the world.

He encouraged the graduates to reflect on the question, “Who were you created to be?” That question, President McDavis admitted, is one that he is thinking about himself, as he prepares to once again leave Athens for a new path.

“I love this town,” he said. “But more than anything, I love this university. I love its people. I love its mission. I love its purpose. I love its failures. And I love its accomplishments. Because all of it has taught me something. That’s right, if you do it right, you don’t stop learning after the degree is completed!”

To conclude his remarks, President McDavis asked the graduates sitting before him to use the lessons and life skills they have learned for good.

“Because no matter how far from this university we roam, Athens will always be home,” he said. “No matter how much our world changes, we all continue to share a common bond that will never be broken. We are and always will be Bobcats.”

As the Fall 2016 Commencement speaker, Dr. Jenny Chabot, associate professor of child and family studies in the College of Health Sciences and Professions, addressed the afternoon’s graduates, asking them to reflect on their experiences at OHIO and the people who have helped shape them, including members of their own family and their Bobcat family.

“I’m a long-time believer that we are very much the products of the collection of family, adults in our community, and our peers and friendships, and that we must be surrounded every single day by people who believe in us,” she said. “I know these individuals exist for you, because you have continually shared stories about the roles they have played throughout your lives.”

After sharing her experience growing up in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and leaving home for college at Michigan State University, Dr. Chabot discussed how her career in child and family studies has grown since coming to Ohio University 18 years ago.

“Being a professor at Ohio University has given me the opportunity to study and create my life’s work – in essence, the classes we teach and hone over the years absolutely contribute to our life’s work,” she said. “As a professor in child and family studies, I am so incredibly lucky that I get to work with students who are going to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families along the entire lifespan. When the world gets tough and feels hard, I feel great pride in this knowledge.”

In addition to her research interests in families who are navigating the health care experiences of their children and ambiguous loss experienced within these families, Dr. Chabot shared how she also come to realization that she has also been studying college students for the last 18 years – and what she’s learned from them along the way.

“I know developmentally that during this time at OHIO, you have honed your identity, and have sometimes struggled with who you are and who you want to be,” she said. “If you haven’t yet, you’ll eventually figure it out. You have solidified what you will begin as your careers, and don’t be surprised if you change your job path along the way. You have very meaningful relationships and friendships – they are your center, so cherish them. You can sometimes feel instability, a bit ‘in between’ two worlds of adolescence and adulthood: and now adulthood truly begins as you leave OHIO.”

Dr. Chabot encouraged the day’s graduates to live a life they love and surround themselves with people who support them, as well as to value the experiences and relationships they cultivated during their time at OHIO.

“I ask that you contribute to the kindness this world needs so badly right now,” she said. “At a time when we minimize the need for safe space and genuine humanity, be a part of goodness; be a safe space for someone. Build and hone families where the children in your life can witness positive role models of human kind. We cannot underestimate the power of what children learn by watching us and witnessing our behavior. Never minimize the way you have impacted the lives of your peers, and those of the staff and faculty during your time at OHIO.”

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President Roderick J. McDavis speaks at Saturday's Fall Commencement ceremony. Photos by Ben Siegel.
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Dr. Jenny Chabot, associate professor of child and family studies in the College of Health Sciences and Professions, speaks at the Fall Commencement ceremony.
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Erik Gorsack participates in a hooding ceremony during Fall Commencement.
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Zari Alisha Rose participates in the Fall Commencement ceremony.
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Samuel Brent Evans clebrates his graudation on stage during the Fall Commencement ceremony.
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President McDavis congratulates Maria Gaston during Fall Commencement.
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Jake O'Brien (center) is congratulated by his friends and family following the Fall Commencement ceremony.
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Molly McIlvain hugs her family following the Fall Commencement ceremony.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Campus reflects on 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

Photo courtesy of Department of Defense
Today marks a significant milestone in our country’s history, the 75th anniversary of the attacks at Pearl Harbor. We, as a university founded on service to our World War II veterans, would be remiss to not take the time to honor and remember this day.

As many woke up that fateful day to go about their normal duties, a horrendous attack was underway that would forever change the course of history. The United States lost many great lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor and thousands more as World War II played out across the world. But we, as a country, came out of that war victorious over our enemies and have since marked this day as the day that will live in infamy.

Ohio University – Chillicothe was founded in 1946 at the conclusion of WWII to serve returning veterans who were seeking an education in Ohio. Thus, we became the first regional campus for Ohio University, proudly providing educational opportunities for those who had given their all, in defense of our freedom. Seventy percent of the first class at OUC were veterans, who had earned educational benefits under the G.I. Bill and were looking to expand their educational horizons post-WWII.

“Had it not been for the branch many of us would not be in college today,” the OU-C Independent wrote in May 1947. “Ohio University accepted the challenge and provided adequate facilities so each of us might have the opportunity to continue our education.”

This quote, written so many years ago, truly captures the spirit of what we strive to be at OUC – an institution committed to providing access to education for the south-central Ohio region and serving our community.

Today, we maintain a large veteran presence on our campus and we are indebted to them and their service just as we are to the great men and women who served our country during the second world war. Today, we honor them and may we never forget this day or the legacy of the brave service members who fought for us in that time. 

(Video courtesy of Department of Defense)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

OUC Celebrates Student Achievements at Graduation Reception

Ohio University – Chillicothe will celebrate the accomplishments of its graduates on Dec. 8, 2016 during a formal reception in their honor.

Students who completed their degree programs in either the summer or fall of this year will be recognized by faculty, staff and fellow students.

“We are immensely proud of and happy to celebrate the accomplishments of our students who have worked diligently over the past few years to achieve this goal,” said Dr. Martin Tuck, Dean of Ohio University – Chillicothe. “Their education consists of much more than completing classes, assignments and earning a degree. Rather, we hope to have prepared them to pursue lives of impact and effect positive change in the world. I am excited to see what their futures hold.”
Graduates will be recognized at OUC with the faculty and staff and are also encouraged to participate in Fall Commencement at Ohio University in Athens on Dec. 10.

Family, friends and community members are welcome to attend. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Stevenson Center.  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Two OUC Women's Hilltoppers Score Career 1000th Point in November

Ohio University – Chillicothe seniors Jennifer Grigsby and Brittany Reader scored their career 1000th point with the Hilltopper women’s basketball program in November.  

Grigsby and Reader, both 5-foot 9-inch guards hailing from Frankfort and Chillicothe respectively, achieved their athletic milestones on during two separate games Nov. 16 and 23 .

Grigsby earned her coveted 1000th point during the OUC versus Miami University - Hamilton game and Reader during the OUC versus Ohio University - Lancaster game.

“I was finally able to score my 1000th career point for OUC and it has been one of my personal goals since high school,” described Reader on a photo captioning the moment. “I was finally able to achieve it.”

Grigsby is studying Early Childhood Education and Reader is majoring in Physical Therapy. Both have been instrumental in the success of the women’s basketball program at OUC.  

OUC Student Theater Organization brings together community, students for “The Laramie Project”

The Ohio University – Chillicothe Student Theater Organization will be bringing to life the iconic play, “The Laramie Project” on Dec. 3, 2016 in Bennett Hall Auditorium.

“The Laramie Project,” a play by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project, details the life in the town of Laramie, Wyoming after the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project spent a year in Laramie interviewing more than 200 people and developed a performance that portrays the different views of townspeople, the media and the interviewers in short scenes.

OUC’s version of the play, directed by Sophomore Ernest Herman, joins together community members with theater program students to elicit conversations about being connected and understanding and celebrating differences.

 “I picked ‘The Laramie Project’ because I believe it is more than just a play, it’s cause for discussion which is hard to find in the world of contemporary drama these day,” said Herman, a Waverly native majoring in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Theater. “I think one thing that this play, and Matthew, can teach us is that we are all connected, we all have different views and beliefs. I hope this [play] is a chance for people to understand and embrace their differences instead of using them for hate.”

Cast members will take on the arduous task of playing 10 different roles throughout the entirety of the show, but Herman is confident in their ability to pull it off.

I think the best part of the process has been working with the cast which is made up of nine people - three community members and six OUC students. It’s been an absolute joy to work with these talented actors and see them bring this story to life.”

The play was originally slated to be a table read with the audience, offering a chance for exposure to the popular play but once Herman read the script, he knew it needed to be a full production.

Upon the conclusion of the show Saturday, a talk back session with the cast and director will be held to answer questions and discuss responses to the production.

The show will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and doors will open 45 minutes prior to show time. Admission is $5 for everyone with all proceeds going toward funding students attending the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Montclair, N.J.

OUC’s Trube announced as Regional Campus Outstanding Professor Award Recipient for 2016

Dr. Mary Barbara Trube, Professor of Education for Ohio University-Chillicothe’s campus, is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Professor Award for Ohio University’s regional campuses.

The award, given annually, formally recognizes faculty members from any of OHIO’s five regional campuses who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Not since 2006 has an OUC faculty member received this prestigious accolade.

Dr. Mary Barbara Trube
“We are so honored to have Dr. Trube as a colleague and are proud to be able to recognize her educational, professional and service-related accomplishments,” said Dr. Martin Tuck, Dean of OUC. “She is truly deserving of this award and continues to make significant contributions to the Early Childhood Education programs at OUC as well as helping to forge international partnerships and global impact.”

Dr. Trube’s most noteworthy accomplishments over the past three years have included her work in content based approaches to academic literacy in English with Chinese educators as well as authoring, co-authoring and writing numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed volumes on mentoring. She has helped to develop partnerships at the local and state levels by contributing to the Pike, Lawrence, Scioto (PILASCO) and Ross County early childhood venue of workshops and professional development for educators and assisted in planning the 2016 Ohio University Symposium for Education Diplomacy.

“It’s an honor to just be recognized,” said Trube. “I’m just glad that [Ohio University] Chillicothe had a nominee who was recognized by the faculty from the other campuses as a professor whose achievements warranted this award.”

Bringing an international approach to education and service at OUC, Dr. Trube was instrumental in facilitating the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Beijing International Studies University and Ohio University. She has also researched and contributed to more than 12 teaching resources published for more than 200 China, Canada, United States English Immersion (CCUEI) affiliated schools in China with collaboration from Chinese, Canadian and American educators.
Dr. Trube delivers a talk at a conference in China.

Her hands-on approach with her students and the extensive knowledge she has in the realm of mentoring, education and innovative course development and presentation have set her apart from others in her field.  She serves as an advisor, mentor, and coach to the students at OUC during their time on campus and after graduation. She is also a collaborative partner with both Ohio University’s Patton College of Education as well as with the other regional campuses.

“The best part of my job is working with and being energized by the students here who have great promise of being outstanding educators,” Trube noted. “The work that we do [in education] is important and the students work tirelessly to accomplish all the tasks and assignments we give them to ensure their future success as educators. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of that and seeing them succeed.”

Dr. Trube has served as a professor at OUC for 15 years and is engaged in highly integrated teaching, scholarship and service at the university.  

Monday, November 28, 2016

Service Awards given to outstanding OUC students impacting local community

Ohio University – Chillicothe honored numerous students who went above and beyond to organize impactful community service projects during the annual Heritage Day celebration held Nov. 17, 2016.  
This year’s winners included Ricky Martin, Jaimee Jenkins, Carly Joseph and the OUC Student Social Work Association.

Martin, a senior who is majoring in communications, demonstrated his passion for service through his efforts to organize a community rally and vigil in the wake of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting in June 2016. He took it upon himself to reach out to several local organizations in order to rally support for the vigil, which brought in nearly 150 people. The event featured numerous speakers, an outreach plan for Orlando and brought light to local organizations that helped to pave a pathway for future endeavors in Chillicothe and foster an inclusive environment on campus and beyond.

Jenkins and Joseph, both early childhood teacher candidates, played a pivotal role in ensuring children at Zane Trace elementary were prepared for Kindergarten by participating as unpaid, volunteer teachers for the Jump Start Program. Jump Start, an intensive 4-week early childhood education program that emphasizes student success, helps students identified as needing additional assistance revisit skills necessary to be successful in Kindergarten. Both Jaimee and Carly’s work helped ensure future success for the children participating in this important program.

The OUC Student Social Work Association demonstrated an impressive and inspiring year of service to the community at large. Through various fundraisers and events, they were able to raise $1,700 for organizations such as the Christian Children’s home of Ohio’s Operation Holiday Smiles – which gave 40 families the ability to provide Christmas presents to their children. They also raised $1,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Ohio through numerous raffles, contests and events. Their dedication to philanthropy and goodwill that benefits local organizations is demonstrative of impactful community service.

“These awards capture the spirit of this event, the campus, and the region by honoring individuals who have a passion for helping others,” said Martin Tuck, Dean of OUC campus. “As a part of their upbringing and formal education, these individuals were taught to be considerate, helpful and to serve the community with their time and talents, and there are none more deserving than those we honored during Heritage Day.”

Each recipient of the award received a certificate of recognition and their names will be inscribed on a plaque in the Stevenson Learning Commons to memorialize their accomplishments.  

Monday, November 21, 2016

OUC inclement weather procedures reminder

Now that we are in the season for any kind of weather condition, it’s time for a quick refresher on OUC’s weather and school closure policy.

Closures will be disturbed on multiple outlets to ensure our students have access to the most up-to-date information which includes OUC’s website, social media sites, NBC 4, WKKJ 94.3 radio, the Chillicothe Gazette, recorded on the OUC phone message system and sent through our text messaging alerts.

The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is our number one priority. In the event that there is the chance for school to be delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather, a determination will be made and broadcast by 7 a.m. for morning classes, by 10:30 a.m. for two-hour delays for afternoon classes and by 3:30 p.m. for evening classes.

If the Ross County Sheriff’s office issues a Level 3 or beyond emergency, OUC will close automatically.

Announcements for closures and delays will include the date of cancellation, part of the day (delay or full closure) and location. Special events will also automatically be cancelled during campus-wide cancellations or closings.

Students are reminded to use their best judgement when commuting to classes if they are not cancelled due to the varying nature of road conditions throughout the area.

To sign up to receive text alerts, visit the OHIO emergency programs website at and follow the instructions.

OTEC program offers students valuable, personal internship experiences

Ohio University’s Associate of Applied Business in Office Technology degree program focuses on office administration and building skills for supervisory and business support positions.  The program aims to help Chillicothe students develop the technical and professional skills needed to succeed in both manufacturing and service settings in administrative positions such as data entry, banking, accounting, desktop publishing, and office supervision.

In addition to classroom instruction and time in an interactive media lab that offers the latest technology and software found in the workplace, the program requires students to participate in internships to further develop their skills. 

“Internships allow students to apply concepts and knowledge they gain in the classroom in a real-world setting,” OTEC Program Coordinator Allison White said. “They also help to provide a well-rounded educational experience for our students and prepare them for their future careers by giving them an edge when looking for jobs. Additionally, employers value this type of experience when interviewing prospective employees.”

Current OTEC students at OU-C are gaining valuable practical experience through internships to help them pursue careers and gain essential job skills. Students practice these skills while networking within the community.

Linda Knights, a sophomore from Chillicothe, recently completed an internship as an office assistant with Alvis, a nonprofit human services agency that provides highly effective reentry treatment programs for individuals who have spent time in the criminal justice system.

 “This experience has impacted my future career goals because it has given me the desire to work in an environment that is committed to helping others. If given an opportunity, I would not hesitate to return to Alvis House.”

Junior Pamela Porter was tasked with the important responsibility of helping to open the Veterans Services office in Bennett Hall. She had the task of rewriting forms, updating online information, and ensuring pertinent information in the office is accurate and current.

“Through the internship program students are able to see the actual day-to-day operations and learn how to work with the other faculty members and staff, which is important for future jobs and positions. The experience was helpful and fulfilling to me in helping me further my education and learn about the atmosphere of office work,” Porter said.

Beyond this lesson, Porter took away an invaluable lesson. Her OTEC internship experience helped her to realize where she can make an impact through her career.

“Learning to handle the different forms, persons and information confidentially, was very important,” said Porter. “My internship helped me realize that I can do the job and that by doing my job well I am helping others.”

This, ultimately, is the goal of the OTEC program said White. “Through the OTEC program, our students have the opportunity, if they have had no job experience at all or perhaps no experience in the business field, to get something on their resumes that says, 'I’ve done this, I’ve built this skill,'” said White.

As much as these internship experiences have an important impact on students’ career, they also impact them personally and deepen their connections with the local community.

This was the experience for Tami Fletcher, a sophomore originally from Jackson who is currently finishing her degree. Fletcher recently served alongside an OTEC alumni, Teresa Graham, during her internship at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Chillicothe, Ohio.

She recalled an event during her internship when they took the children from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program to a Chillicothe Paints game. “Let me tell you the smiles, laughs, and big-eyed looks when [the kids] got to meet the players was well worth it!”
“That is what I'll remember about my time there, not just the time it took to raise the money or organize the function and not the mass confusion of collecting the kids, getting them there and keeping them all together, but definitely it would be the smiles.”

In addition to earning an associate degree, OTEC students have the option of pursuing tracks in both medical and legal office administration. Legal courses are on the schedule for spring 2017 along with several online course offerings as the program offers the opportunity for degree completion fully online.

Ultimately, the OTEC program gives students interested in technology the perfect opportunity to achieve in future endeavors. It provides students with many resources to help them become successful upon graduating.  

For more information about the Chillicothe Campus OTEC program, contact Allison White at or (740) 774-7256.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dean Tuck Visits Ohio Statehouse in Honor of Regional Campus Day

Dean Martin Tuck and Deidre Davitt visited the Ohio statehouse Nov. 15 in honor of Ohio Regional Campus Day where they presented information on Ohio University – Chillicothe.

Dean Tuck and Ms. Davitt, a third year nursing student at OUC and Chillicothe native, met with Ohio State Senator Bob Peterson and Representative Gary Scherer, who represent Ohio districts 17 and 92 respectively.
During their time with Sen. Peterson and Rep. Scherer, conversations centered around the importance of regional campuses, partnerships that OUC has developed in the Chillicothe area and the advantages of the College Credit Plus program for high school students.

“We are grateful for the time that Sen. Peterson and Rep. Scherer took the time to speak with us about the importance of affordable education in the region and for allowing us to highlight the strategic initiatives that OUC has taken to further educational opportunities for students,” said Dean Tuck. “They were impressed by the strong partnerships that are being formed in Chillicothe and our responsiveness to educational and financial needs of high school students seeking to reduce college debt through participation in the College Credit Plus program.”

Davitt, who graduated from Chillicothe High School in 2014, shared her experiences with the lawmakers regarding both the CCP program and affordable education.

“OUC offered something that all the other schools I was looking at didn’t,” she said. “I was able to pursue a four-year degree after participating in the CCP program in high school at an institution that was affordable, local and nationally recognized.”

College Credit Plus, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, allows high school students to earn dual credits while taking courses from community colleges or universities for free. OUC currently has 160 students enrolled in the program.

The Chillicothe campus has developed firm working relationships with key organizations to leverage their strengths for the advancement of student success. With the help of Adena Health System, OUC is able to offer an academic degree completion program that is tailored to help the health system’s employees gain the necessary skills needed for career advancement. Since 2015, Adena employees can pursues a Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies degree with an emphasis in health care administration and applied management.

Beginning in the fall of this year, students at the Pickaway Ross Career and Technology Center were afforded an opportunity to pursue an associates degree in Environmental Technology through an expanded partnership. Students are also able to utilize the OUC health and wellness facility on campus to work toward their sports medicine program completion.

OUC has numerous other liaisons with businesses, organizations and institutions throughout the region that focus on the advancement of our students and the community as a whole. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Shaping the Future of Activism on Campus

How can one affect change? Whether it's thinking about a circle of friends, the community, state or nation, many students are perplexed about how they can use their voices to make a difference. Recognizing a need for direction and influence, Ohio University – Chillicothe will begin offering a new course centered around civic activism starting this spring.

In the sprit of conjuring deep analytical thinking and going beyond conversations in an enriching liberal arts fashion, this course, simply titled Activism, will explore the topic from diverse viewpoints and multiple instructors.

Throughout the class, students will be exposed to 11 different guest lecturers who are industry leaders in their fields of psychology, political science, history, sociology, and art to name a few, and who bring a dynamic viewpoint as to how students can get involved and in what form activism can take.

“I think this kind of interdisciplinary collaboration is imperative to preparing our students for what lies ahead in their careers, but also on the importance of being engaged in their communities with activism and service work,” said Sarah Webb, Social Work lecturer and course contributor.

Debra Nickles, OUC Assistant Professor in English, spearheaded the creation of the course with the collaboration of numerous professors, colleagues and lecturers.

“We’re already doing the work of approaching the issues of activism on the campus,” said Nickles. “I want to honor what’s already happening by providing a course that brings these ideas together for students and creates a space to engage new ways of participating in local, national and global communities.”

Students can expect a blended course of instruction featuring both online discussions and in class lectures and work. The fundamentals of activism, how its defined, used and transformed into a productive movement will be the main topics of the class.

Dr. Tony Vinci, Professor of English and future guest lecturer, hopes students can gain a deep understanding for what they can do tomorrow to become empowered to pursue daily problems in their life, community and beyond.

Students interested in taking WGS 2000, Activism, can speak to an advisor for registration. Questions on the class can be directed to Debra Nickles at

Thursday, November 10, 2016

OUC culminates 70th Anniversary with Dinner Theater event

As a part of Ohio University – Chillicothe’s 70th anniversary celebration, a dinner theater event will take place on Nov. 18, 2016 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Bennett Hall.
The dinner will afford the opportunity for reminiscing of OUC’s storied past alongside alumni and friends of the university. Proceeds from the event will go to the Academic Success Center Expansion.
Following the dinner event, the OUC Theater Program will present “We (don’t) Remember: Cultural Memory in south-central Ohio” beginning at 8:00 p.m. The show peeks into the history lenses of south central Ohio and showcases multiple viewpoints to tell stories of the region. The portrayal of cultural norms, differences, and practices and will highlight some of Ohio’s richest history surrounding Hopewell Mounds, Erie Canal, Tecumseh, the creation of the state seal and more.
“While we have some grounding in the written and documented record of the region, we have a lot of fun with some of the past events we deal with, tweaking what the written record would have us believe of the past,” said Dr. Lance Mekeel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater and Communications.
The show will run from Nov. 18 through Nov. 20 in Bennett Hall Auditorium beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 for general admission, $3 for faculty and staff and free for students.
RSVPs for the dinner event are taking place through November 14. Contact Joyce Atwood at 740.710.7732 for more information.  
This two-part event serves as a culmination in the celebration of Ohio University – Chillicothe’s rich 70-year history in the area dating back to its start in 1946 as Ohio University’s first regional campus.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Glass Enclosures showcases OUC students' creative writing skills

A crowd of students filled the library to hear snippets from the new writings in the 6th edition of Glass Enclosures released on November 9. The sounds of nervous laughter and ruffling pages carried through the air as people settled into their chairs, ready to hear the excerpts of writings that many students had worked on over numerous months.


The Glass Enclosures publication, a concerted effort between OUC students and their professors, Debra Nickles and Dr. Tony Vinci, collaboratively showcases the work of students and alumni in many forms and fashions. From short stories, to poems and non-fiction work, the book covers all facets of writing and serves as an outlet of expression for many. 


“It takes a lot of courage to send your own work in,” said Morgan Bivens, a Junior at OUC working towards her Bachelor’s of Specialized Studies in English, Sociology and History.


Bivens, a 2015 graduate of Circleville High School, was heavily involved in the process of bringing this edition of Glass Enclosures to life. She served as designer and editor, working to ensure the publication process stayed on track with the help of section editors and that the layout and design was properly formatted for printing.


“It was a lot of work but it ended up being really rewarding,” she stated. “It was fun to work with everyone and talk with all the writers in the book.”


Professor Nickles, who led the program and group readings, offered words of praise for the students and participants in the program.


“I think we at OUC  can be beacons of light and hope in our local communities through these types of  writings and these forms of self expression. Creativity is more important than ever.” 


Submissions for the next edition of Glass Enclosures will be accepted through April 14, 2017. Copies of the 6th edition are available in the Fishbowl Writing Center or by contacting Professor Debra Nickles.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ohio University - Chillicothe to celebrate 70th anniversary during Heritage Day

Ohio University – Chillicothe will commemorate its 70th anniversary Nov. 17, 2016 during its annual Heritage Day celebration at the Stevenson Center beginning at 6 p.m.
Community members, alumni, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the festivities for the evening which will encompass an expanded program featuring a video highlight the campus’ 70 years of operation, Hors d’oeuvres, and a performance by the Shimmering Silver Flute Quartet.
“We are honored to share this momentous occasion in OUC history with the community that has supported the campus throughout the years,” said Martin Tuck, OUC Campus Dean. “Heritage Day allows us to pay homage to our storied legacy in Chillicothe while also paying tribute to our students who have dedicated their time and efforts to the betterment of the school and the Chillicothe area at large.”
OUC’s Heritage Day, now in its fourth year, celebrates the partnership between the campus and the region it serves while recognizing outstanding students who embody the qualities of community servants, philanthropists or volunteers. 
The public is invited to attend the ceremony. For more information, contact Kim McKimmey at 740.774.7222 or

Friday, November 4, 2016

Ohio University encourages Chillicothe campus community to participate in perception survey

In the interest of furthering civic partnerships and identifying potential areas for improvement, Ohio University is currently measuring its relationships with communities throughout Southeastern Ohio via an online survey.
Survey target groups include Ohio University students, faculty, staff and residents of the communities neighboring OHIO’s Chillicothe campus.
“The relationship between Ohio University’s campuses and the surrounding communities is one of the most important factors relating to quality of life and a sense of belonging in our community for students, faculty, staff and residents,” said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis.  
The survey, which allows participants to provide feedback anonymously, can be completed in 3 to 5 minutes. It is accessible via the following link:
Survey responses will be accepted through Wednesday, November 23.

OUC welcomes new communications and marketing coordinator

Ohio University Chillicothe welcomed its new communications and marketing coordinator, Holli Nelson, to campus this week.
Ms. Nelson, a southern Ohio native from Jackson, returned to the state after working in the public relations field in Austin, Texas for the past two years. She brings to campus a wide range of marketing, advertising, communications and strategic planning experience and has a diverse background in the public relations career field. 
Over the past six years she has held numerous positions in university communications, municipal, and federal government public information offices that have afforded an opportunity for growth and development that will make her an outstanding contribution to the OUC team.
Ms. Nelson received her bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Rio Grande in 2009 and completed her Master of Arts degree in Communications with a concentration in public relations from Kent State University in 2014. She has also earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Management from the Community College of the Air Force and is a public affairs officer in the Air National Guard.
The communications and marketing coordinator handles all aspects of communications for Ohio University Chillicothe’s regional campus.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Chillicothe Campus faculty members celebrated at OHIO’s Faculty Newsmakers Gala

Ken Larimore, an assistant professor of social work and social work program coordinator at the Chillicothe Campus, and Nicholas Kiersey, an associate professor of political science, were among those celebrated at Ohio University’s second annual Faculty Newsmakers Gala on October 18.

The Faculty Newsmakers Gala debuted last fall as a means of honoring Ohio University faculty who elevate the University and raise its national and global profile through media coverage of their work and expertise and, in some cases, participation in OHIO’s Experts Directory. Hosted by University Communications and Marketing (UCM) in partnership with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, this year’s event was held the evening of Oct. 18 in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

This year’s gala was held in celebration of 142 faculty members – representing nine colleges on the Athens Campus and four of OHIO’s regional campuses – who were featured in more than 2,600 media reports during the 2015 calendar year.

“Ohio University boasts a network of campus communicators committed to enhancing the University’s reputation and brand recognition, and we are proud to call each of our faculty newsmakers part of that team,” said Renea Morris, OHIO’s chief marketing officer. “Our celebration this evening is a special way to express our appreciation to them and to everyone who plays a role in promoting our University and the great work that takes place here at OHIO.”

Howard Dewald, associate provost for faculty and academic planning, had the honor of presenting special recognition awards to 19 OHIO faculty newsmakers – those who earned the most media placements in 2015 as well as those who were quoted in media reports related to the Associated Press’ “Top 10 Stories of 2015.”

“You serve our community as distinguished educators, scholars, mentors and researchers, but tonight, we honor you as ambassadors of this University and thank you for your efforts,” Dewald said.

The 20 faculty newsmakers who received special recognition were presented awards designed by UCM. Dubbed the “Keystroke Catalyst Awards,” the awards are fashioned as a typewriter. “The typewriter remains timeless in its symbolism, underscoring the wide-ranging impact a single person can have on enriching others across the region or even around the world,” said Morris.

“We have pride in Ken and Nick, as well as all of our faculty at Ohio University Chillicothe, who put in long hours and great dedication to their profession, scholarship  and their students,” said Chillicothe Dean Martin Tuck. “Ken and Nick are so deserving of this recognition at the University-wide level and I offer them my congratulations.”

For more information about the Faculty Newsmakers Gala, visit

11th Annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza scheduled for Oct. 28

The Human Services Association (HSA) of Ohio University Chillicothe will sponsor the 11th Annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza (TOTE) from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 in OU-C’s Shoemaker Center gymnasium.

Because of the generosity of Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty and administration and co-sponsors, there is no cost to enter this event. However, attendees are encouraged but not required to bring gently used or new clothing or canned goods to donate.

TOTE provides a safe place for children and families to attend. Students, agencies and local organizations will host a treat alley, as well as activities such as five bounce houses, arts & crafts, face painting, and games. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Many organizations, businesses, social service agencies, other student clubs, and public officials are participating in various ways.

A truck or van will be stationed at the upper walkway to the Shoemaker Center for collection of donated items. The donations of coats, jeans, or other clothing items will be given to the First Presbyterian Church’s Children’s Clothing Bank located on Fourth Street.  The canned goods will be donated to the Good Samaritan Food Bank.

The students in the Human Services Association has sponsored this event to encourage attendees to learn about the various social service agencies, to support the agencies, and to have a safe place for families to go for Trick or Treat in an accessible location.  

Treat table sponsors are still needed. For more information about how to participate read more here:

Or, contact Barbara Mahaffey, Human Services Technology Program Coordinator at (740) 774-7287 or by email at

University community invited to view Innovation Strategy letters of intent, join projects

Ohio University has accepted 31 letters of intent for Cycle 2 funding of the Innovation Strategy program. The institution has allocated up to $4.4 million for new innovative initiatives.

Four broad portfolios of topical areas are identified for potential investment, with support that can encompass the full spectrum of the university’s activities—including teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creative activity and the operational functions of the university.

“There continues to be a high degree of interest by our faculty and staff in cross-cutting, interdisciplinary collaboration, as demonstrated by the number of letters of intent we received,” said Joseph Shields, vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the Graduate College. “We received submissions from 172 team participants from 48 departments and programs, representing 12 colleges and administrative units.”

The university community can view the letters of intent at (An Ohio University ID and password is required.) The letters are listed by the name of the principal investigator (PI) and title of project. A spreadsheet that lists all submitted letters also is available at the site.

Teams who submitted letters are encouraged to look for synergies with other projects, as teams with common interests have the option of merging efforts for submission of pre-proposals.

Faculty, staff and students also are encouraged to review the letters, and, if interested, contact the existing teams to explore joining existing projects, Shields said.

All teams interested in submitting pre-proposals in January must first meet with a representative of the Research Division by Dec. 15. Teams must send meeting requests to

The Request for Proposals, a Frequently Asked Questions guide and other information can be found at the Innovation Strategy webpage.

Assistant Professor of Nursing presents poster at National League for Nursing conference

Kellie Adams, Assistant Professor of Nursing, recently presented a poster, 'Using Smartphone Technology in the Flipped Classroom: A New Paradigm Shift,' at the National League for Nursing 2016 Education Summit.

Adams' poster was one of fifty posters chosen to present at the national conference.  A focus of Adams’ research, the poster highlighted the use of technology and active learning strategies.

“I’d like to extend a special 'thank you' to my faculty colleague Allison White for assisting with the poster editing,” commented Adams. “I chose an out of the box poster format to grab the eye of many walking by the posters and it worked. Because of this, I received two national journal editor's contact information requesting a future publication on my work.”

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Great Seal Band Concert - A Tribute to Ohio University Chillicothe’s 70th Anniversary

The Great Seal Band, under the direction of John Huffman, will conduct a concert on Sunday, October 23 in celebration of Ohio University Chillicothe’s existence since 1946. The Concert will begin at 3:00 pm in the amphitheater behind Bennett Hall.  The community, OU-C’s students and staff are invited to attend this free event.

Ohio University-Chillicothe was established to serve returning veterans from World War II.  The Band will feature patriotic songs to remind us that our community was instrumental in providing a college education to the returning World War II veterans.

Due to the leaders of Chillicothe’s efforts, Ohio University Chillicothe became the first regional campus in Ohio.  The first classes were held in the evening at Chillicothe High School on Arch Street.  As enrollment increased, the First Presbyterian Church became the second site to hold day time classes.

Dean Tuck and long time instructors will share the formation of the campus in the 60’s.  The Great Seal Band will then feature “marches” to remind us of OU-C’s commitment to continually serve the region.

Please bring your lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the music of The Great Seal Band. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at the Shoemaker Convocation Center at Ohio University Chillicothe.      

Friday, October 14, 2016

Human Services Association Car Show this weekend

The Human Services Association (HSA) at Ohio University-Chillicothe is hosting its second Historic Transportation Bonanza Car Show on October 15, 2016. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m., and the show will take place from noon until 3:00 p.m. in the front Kmart parking lot, 1470 N. Bridge Street in Chillicothe, Ohio.

The good times are all for a good cause as the Historic Transportation Bonanza Car Show aims to raise funds for another community service event, the annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza at OU-C.

As an organization, the HSA goal is to engage its members by offering opportunities to aid local  social service agencies, organize fundraisers, educate others and raise awareness about local issues. The students also develop a variety of skills through their involvement including networking, group work, professional ethics and problem solving.

Kyle Keim, Co-President of the Human Services Association, said, “I want to invite people to bring all makes and models, classic or restored cars, trucks, and motorcycles to the car show.”

There will be an award presentation at 3:00 pm.  Additionally, a food booth and raffles will be available. There is a $10 entrance fee and the vehicles will be parked between 11:00 to noon.

Barbara Mahaffey, Ph.D., Human Services Association advisor, notes that the proceeds will go toward buying an enormous amount of candy to be distributed at the annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza event, planned for October 28 at the Ohio University-Chillicothe Shoemaker Center.

Annual College Night a success for students and campus

Area high school students and their parents had the opportunity to explore the offerings of approximately 50 colleges and universities during the annual College Night event held on Oct. 12 in the Shoemaker Center on the Ohio University - Chillicothe campus. Both the Chillicothe campus and Athens campus of Ohio University were among those represented at the event.

This annual event is key realization of OU-C’s mission. In helping local students and families connect with institutions, organizations and various financial support options, the Chillicothe campus is able to fulfill its role serving as a community resource.

“No matter where area students pursue their college dreams, our hope is to serve as the first step in their journey,” said Dean Martin Tuck.

The Chillicothe Campus was founded in 1946, largely to provide World War II veterans the opportunity to use their GI Bill benefits to pursue their college dreams. The annual college night event is a continuation of that opportunity, opening doors to area families, many who may be connecting with a college representative for the first time.

“College Night provides OU-C the opportunity to not only share insights on the college admissions and financial aid processes, but it is an incredible chance to watch students embark on the very first step in finding a career that allows them to turn their passions into professions,” said Tuck.

Those who attended College Night had the opportunity to explore degree options, transfer options, admission requirements, and college costs as well as financial aid options. Besides the various educational institutions, representatives of some branches of the Armed Forces and various scholarship and loan programs were in attendance.

“We want to ensure that area students are aware of the advantages that OU-C offers, including the friendliness of a small campus and resources of a national university. More than that, it is important that that our area students realize the opportunities that are available to them,” OUC Director of Student Services John Fisher said.

For those unable to attend, or for on-going support, students are encouraged to visit the Student Services Office in Bennett Hall where dedicated staff can assist with everything from the admissions process, financial aid, advising and more.

The local Kiwanis Club chapter and OU-C sponsored the College Night event.