Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Foothill Folk Society to perform at OU-C

The Foothill Folk Society will present a performance at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 in the Bennett Hall auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The event, which is sponsored by the O-C Culture Committee, is free and open to the public.

The Foothill Folk Society consists of musicians and other artisans from Ross and surrounding counties seeking to advance creative efforts of area residents. The organization is interested in supporting the culture of this unique region.

Literary publication Glass Enclosures provides creative outlet, supports sense of learning community on campus

Glass Enclosures student staffers Leah Hollis, co-editor, and Callie-Marie Berry, who is in charge of production and design, display the fruit of their labor.

By Student Public Relations Writer Leah Sternberger

The OU-C Writing Center recently launched the latest issue of Glass Enclosures, a literary publication featuring a collection of poems, short stories, academic essays and digital artwork created by OU-C alumni and students.

Glass Enclosures (GE), now in its fifth year of publication, gives students and alumni the opportunity to showcase their own creative writing, as well as appreciate the work of others. At the launch of their most recent issue, several dozen people gathered to celebrate the collaborative efforts of the students, contributors, tutors and faculty members who made the issue of GE possible. Those who wished to read their work at the event were encouraged to do so.

“Such a venue gives authors an opportunity to give actual voice to their poetry, stories and essays. Reading work aloud gives the audience a chance to absorb the sounds and rhythms of the figurative language,” said OU-C Writing Center Coordinator Deb Nickles. “Plus, it’s always great fun to meet the writers in person and to share a common passion.” Nickles has played an integral role in helping students develop Glass Enclosures since its creation in 2011.

The publication is led largely by OU-C Writing Center tutors who work year-round to help their tutees develop academic writing skills such a clarity, accuracy, and argumentation. However, many alumni and students from a variety of different academic disciplines also contribute and work on GE.

Each issue requires a board of student editors who review between 40 and 60 submissions. “These editors read the submissions and rate each on creativity, style and voice,” said Nickles.  “Once the writings are selected, the editors work closely with the authors one-on-one in fine-tuning wording, punctuation, and mechanics.”

Student Pamela Free, who is pursuing a master’s degree in environmental studies, started contributing to GE to help promote the arts and creativity in her community.

 “I wanted my stories and poetry to be available in my home region. Also, I wanted to contribute in some small way to the arts of Chillicothe,” said Free.

In her five years of contribution to GE, Free has gained valuable experience from working on the publication.

“I continue to learn from the other writers things such as perseverance and optimism,” Free said. She sees a lot of potential in the future of the publication.  “Glass Enclosures can be a great opportunity for visual art people to learn how to work together to bring a project to fruition. Writers can see what it is like to bring a project to closure--how much actual work is involved.”

OU-C students involved in the publication also enjoy the collaborative environment and strong sense of community that GE nurtures.

“Being involved with GE fosters a sense of community on campus because current and past students are allowed to submit their work for potential publication,” said senior and middle childhood education major Callie-Marie Berry. She has served as a GE editor and contributor, and she also designed the cover and complete layout of the latest issue.

“The sense of community comes from having such a small campus. When someone’s work is published, it’s a big deal to the newly-published author and their peers on campus. Everyone is really proud and supportive of each other here at OU-C. The Student Success Center has always been very adamant about supporting students' writing and boosting students' writing confidence. The people involved with GE are no different; the team wants as many people as possible to submit,” Berry said.

Nickles hopes to leverage writing classes at OU-C to encourage students to submit their creative work.

“This year we were delighted to have Dr. Tony Vinci encourage his spring creative writing class to participate in submitting to the journal. His students created some beautiful pieces of work,” Nickles said. 

“In the past we have encouraged creative writing workshops out of the Writing Center and that has always produced more energized writing too. I expect to see more synergy in the near future between creative writing and academic essaying, especially in the freshmen and junior composition courses. I find this incredibly exciting -- creativity fuels the best in critical thought.”

The contributors and staff of Glass Enclosures hope the publication will continue to grow and to bring the surrounding community closer through original expression.

“I am honestly just amazed at the way this campus pulls together at the end of each spring to put this journal together—from funding the printing of the publication to the blood, sweat and tears of revising and editing each piece, students, faculty and administrators pull together to create a fine collection of OU-C’s student and alumni writing each year,” said Nickles.

Non-traditional students find Chillicothe Campus is a smart choice for their college pursuits

OU-C is a smart college choice for both traditional students and those who have been out of the classroom for some time. OU-C offers a comfortable environment for non-traditional learners and the flexibility to meet their busy schedules, including both classroom and online courses. Advance in your career or pursue a profession that offers more satisfaction by earning a nationally-recognized Ohio University degree.

In fact, many non-traditional learners have found that the Chillicothe Campus offered the right environment for pursuing their ambitions and realizing the transformational effects of a college education.

Mishion Payne, a 2000 graduate of Chillicothe High School, put her college education on hold for

Payne has been employed with Homeland Credit Union in Chillicothe for nearly eight years and was recently promoted to mortgage loan officer. “It feels a lot better to have a degree. I know it will benefit me in the long run, and the lessons I’ve learned along the way will last a lifetime.”

several years to juggle work and family responsibilities before earning a bachelor’s degree in applied management. “I was working full-time, had a stepson and was married. When I returned to college, I was driven by the thought that, with a degree, I can better myself, increase my income and help my family.”

Aaron Chaney began his 22-year military career in 1990 after graduating from Chillicothe High

“Human services technology was a good fit for me,” Chaney said. “During my Navy career, I was a Chief Petty Officer. I spent a lot of time helping junior Sailors resolve issues and solve problems. HST is similar in that you sit down with a person, try to comprehend that individual’s issues and help them by creating a plan.”

School. Upon his return, Chaney earned his associate degree in human services technology (HST) and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in applied management. Now he is applying the skills he learned in the military to a career of helping others.

After obtaining her GED and working as a general manager for a restaurant chain, Bobbie Herdman
decided to pursue a college education after she was told she needed a degree to be promoted into a higher position. OU-C offered the resources to open that door of opportunity. “As a non-traditional student I did not know I could have gone to college after I received my GED.” Once her associate degree is complete, Herdman plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in applied management and hopes to become a professor of business at the university level.

“It is difficult sometimes to keep up with studies, family, and a job, but with determination and hard work, anything can be achieved.”

Rhonda Wedebrook enrolled in OU-C to build the life she wants for her family. After serving in the
Army, she earned both her associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing while balancing family responsibilities. Wedebrook is currently working at Adena Regional Medical Center as a nurse educator while completing her master’s degree in nursing. Despite her many responsibilities, Wedebrook found the support network she needed when she started classes.

“The OU-C campus is like a family. The faculty, staff and students treated me as if they knew me and truly wanted me to succeed,” Wedebrook said. “My academic advisor continues to check in on my progress as I complete my degrees. Building that relationship with my advisor gave me the drive to achieve my goals. Failure is not an option.”

Chillicothe Campus students discuss their plans for 2016

Laura and Lauren Moats

Summer Gragg

Colin Echard

Holly Swepston

We regularly speak with OU-C students to gain their perspective on campus life. With 2016 still unfolding, we asked some students about their resolutions for the new year.

“I am going to take my photo in 10 different random places that I have not been before. I want to get out more, and this is part of that,” said Laura Moats of Chillicothe, a social work major. Her daughter, Lauren, a Southeastern High School student, has an upbeat resolution. “I want to be happy all of the time. I was pretty stressed in 2015, but being happy is working out pretty well so far.”

Colin Echard, who spends much time working at the campus wellness center, is spending more time in literary pursuits. “I want to read more. During the holiday break, I had too much free time and realized I need more hobbies,” said Echard, a human biology major from Zane Trace High School.

Summer Gragg has a healthy outlook for the year. “I am trying to not eat out as much. I tend to eat a lot at Wendy’s. Also, I want to exercise more and come out of my shell more,” said Gragg, a child development major from Paint Valley High.

Holly Swepston can stand the heat and is not getting out of the kitchen as she explores more culinary endeavors. “I want to cook more. My mom is a real good cook, and I want to learn from her. I have done some quick, dinner-type tings so far,’ said the human biology major from Zane Trace.

Athens campus to host workshop on grant-writing and logic model led by renowned expert

A workshop on the logic model and grant-writing will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the Yamada International House, room 009, on the Athens campus of Ohio University.

The workshop will be led by Djenana Jalovcic, an accomplished educator, policy advisor and development practitioner with more than 20 years of international experience working in Asia, Africa, Europe and Central America and focused on disability and gender in the health, education, social and employment sectors.

Jalovcic has directed more than 20 reform initiatives with a total value of more than $30 million in conflict and post-conflict environments and countries in transition.

The workshop will also be videotaped. If you plan to attend or want access to the videotape, RSVP to Marian Carr at to receive more information.

Campus members make holidays brighter for area families

Thanks to the generosity of Chillicothe Campus members, area individuals had happier holidays recently. The annual drive raised more than $1,500 to buy children’s gifts and other items for four needy families, including nine children, over Christmas and the holidays.