Tuesday, January 12, 2016

‘Hope Trunk,’ which memorializes Oklahoma City bombing, will be on display at OU-C library

The “Hope Trunk,” which contains educational materials and memorial items from the April 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, will be on display in the Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe for approximately two weeks beginning around Jan. 19. The library is located in the Stevenson Center, and the exhibit is free and open to the public.

The traveling exhibit, which is on loan from the Oklahoma City Memorial Museum, will also be utilized in the “Terrorism and Homeland Security” class that is part of the campus’ Law Enforcement Technology program.

The trunk includes artifacts from the museum’s archives and has been developed to emphasize the impact of violence and its senselessness as well as the importance of personal responsibility.

The trunk has been on exhibit at schools nationwide. Many students viewing its artifacts were not alive when the Oklahoma City bombing occurred, and the exhibit helps to ensure the messages of that event continue to have impact.

“I lived in Oklahoma for nine years and included the trunk in a class I taught at Oklahoma State University,” said Brenda Phillips, associate dean who teaches the Terrorism and Homeland Security class. “I have found that college students find this especially meaningful. It helps them to broaden their horizons in terms of their understanding of terrorism and that it is a broader concept than they usually think as they consider its roots and impact on individuals.”

“The exhibit is very powerful and brings home for the students its effects as they realize the personal stories of those who were killed and lost loved ones. From my past experiences, the exhibit includes a range of items such as children’s books; DVDs and videos of both the explosion and its aftermath; police department and fire department patches from across the nation as a s ow of unity; and rubble from the site. Also, each trunk includes a ‘hope bear’ that was placed at the memorial. In fact, Ohio University-Chillicothe will be the first ‘hope school’ in Ohio.”

More information about the exhibit is available online at https://oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/learn/education/hope-trunk/

New employees join campus as spring semester unfolds

Some individuals are joining the Chillicothe Campus as new employees or in new positions with the beginning of 2016 spring semester. Those individuals include:


Michelle Daniels, Lecturer of Nursing. Daniels is a registered nurse with medical and surgical nursing experience. She has been an obstetrical nurse with Berger Health System since 2011 and previously held a similar positon with Adena Regional Medical Center. Daniels has also held nursing position with Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, Highland District Hospital in Hillsboro, Ross Correctional Institute and Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University and licensure from Mount Carmel School of Nursing. Daniels is certified in obstetrics and childbirth education.

Daisy Fox, Lecturer of Nursing. Fox has been employed as a nurse in the critical patient care unit at Adena Regional Medical Center since 2011, where she is involved in the hospital’s critical care skills education and orientation of new nurses. Fox previously worked as an optician at Family Vision Care in Chillicothe. She is also an American Heart Association basic life support instructor. Fox earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wright State University.

Amanda Hensley, Visiting Lecturer of Nursing. Hensley has served as a nurse navigator for the Patient Centered Medical Home at Adena Regional Medical Center since September 2015. She previously had a lead role with the health system’s care management team and was also a utilization review nurse, bed management coordinator and registered nurse for Adena. Hensley previously worked with Southern Ohio Medical Center and Highland District Hospital. She earned her associate degree in nursing from Southern State Community College as well as both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Grand Canyon University. Hensley has earned certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from the American Heart Association.

Tammy Keith, Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing. Keith has an extensive background in nursing education as both a faculty member and administrator. She has most recently served as associate nursing programs administrator at Central Ohio Technical College in Newark since 2014. Previously, she worked with the Hocking College associate degree nursing program for approximately 25 years as a faculty member, academic advisor, associate dean and dean of the program. She also has professional experience as a nursing supervisor and assistant director of nursing with Logan Health Care Center. Keith belongs to several professional organizations, such as Sigma Theta Tau honor society, the Ohio Organization of Practical Nurse Educators, Ohio Council of Associate Degree Nursing Education Administrators and the Ohio League for Nursing. Keith has earned licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). She earned her associate degree from Hocking College, her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and her master’s degree from Wright State University. All degrees are in nursing.

Julie Rosenbauer, Administrative Services Associate in the Testing Center. Rosenbauer has served as Testing Center coordinator and administrative assistant in the Central Processing Center on campus since 2010. In these roles, she provided academic and administrative support to faculty members and students. She was previously a human resources administrator with Cooper Standard Automotive in Archbold, Ohio. Rosenbauer earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University

Second class of BASE students earns nursing degrees in accelerated format through OU-C, Adena partnership

Graduates of the second class of the BASE (Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing: Accelerated Direct Entry Second Degree Education) program are ready to pursue careers best aligned with their personal and professional ambitions. 

The five-member class recently completed degree requirements of the program, which is a unique partnership between Oho University-Chillicothe and Adena Health System.

The innovative endeavor, which was launched in the fall of 2012, allows students who hold at least a bachelor's degree to pursue accelerated study toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) exam, leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) and entry into professional nursing practice.

“I always thought about going into nursing, and this offered that opportunity. It was helpful to be able
to complete the program in a condensed period,” said Betsy Irwin of Athens, who earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and biology from Trine University in Indiana in 2013.

“After graduating with my first bachelor’s degree, I worked in a gym for a while, but I thought nursing might be a better fit for me. My sister was in the previous cohort, and she recommended this program. I want to take care of people, and there are so many different career opportunities in nursing, which appeals to me.”

Kelli Jo Fultz was also looking to make a career change that better fit her abilities and aspirations. “I previously worked at a daycare center and as a technician at the Adena facility in Waverly. This is the right fit for me. I have been a patient with diabetes, so I have
been able to view the health-care system from that perspective. I know what patients want from a nurse, and I want to be the type of nurse who helps people and makes a difference.” Fultz, a Chillicothe native, earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Shawnee State University in 2014.

Other members of the current graduating class include:

•    Susan Durley, nutrition and industry degree, The Ohio State University.
•    Jess Jordan, exercise science and management degree, University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
•    Jacqueline Whittle, biology and sports & exercise degree, University of Rio Grande.

The curriculum is based on the traditional BSN program, with course enhancements for accelerated study. The curriculum also allows for master’s degree coursework that can be transferred to any Master of Science in Nursing program.

Many classes were offered in the PACCAR Medical Education Center on the campus of the Adena Medical Center as well as some on the OU-C campus.

Students in the program need to demonstrate focus and dedication. It is a demanding endeavor, with students taking an aggressive plan of study consisting of 10 to 19 academic hours per semester, plus clinical experiences, over five semesters.

It has also been a successful endeavor. In fact, the 15 graduates of the first class of the BASE program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX exam.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Inclement weather closing and information procedures

At the beginning of a new semester, it is an appropriate time to remind individuals of the campus’ policy on adverse weather and how it relates to campus operations. Campus faculty and staff members will make every attempt to maintain normal campus operations. Generally, the campus remains operational unless Ross County is under a level 3 weather emergency. Listen to local radio stations, view listings on TV programs and check the Chillicothe Gazette and OU-C web site for closing information.

In situations when the weather is threatening but the campus remains open, members of the campus community are urged to exercise their judgment and to not imperil their safety. Please notify those who are affected by your absence – students, faculty, co-workers or your supervisor -- so accommodations can be made. All faculty members should notify the Dean’s Office if they are unable to hold class.

It is recommended that faculty members include in the course syllabi for spring semester how they will communicate with students should class be cancelled because of weather conditions.

University procedures are in place for employees who are unable to travel to campus or who need to leave early.

Campus members can sign up for text alerts via the university’s Blackboard Connect system. Instructions for faculty and staff members is available online at: http://www.ohio.edu/riskandsafety/emergencyprograms/notification_system/faculty.htm

Instructions for students to sign up for the university’s emergency message system are available online at: http://www.ohio.edu/riskandsafety/emergencyprograms/notification_system/students.htm

Further, individuals can also register for text messages regarding campus closings to be sent to their telephones through the ‘Mobile Text Alerts’ section of the NBC 4 TV Web site: www.nbc4i.com.

Spring semester opening meeting slated for Jan. 21

Members of the campus community are invited to attend the spring semester opening meeting at noon on Jan. 21 in Bennett Hall room 134. Lunch will be provided. Information regarding campus priorities, initiatives and upcoming events will be shared and new employees will be introduced during the session.

Informational meeting set for prospective softball team players

An informational meeting will be held for students interested in participating on the OU-C softball team this spring at 5 p.m. on Jan. 18 in the Shoemaker Center second floor lobby. Contact head coach George Beck at (740) 649-8804 or beckg@ohio.edu for more information or to schedule a tryout.