Friday, February 12, 2016

Pioneering professional Carvel Simmons shares insights during Black History Month discussion on campus

Ground-breaking business professional Carvel Simmons shared his insights during a recent talk, “Do not eliminate yourself from possibilities” on campus. The event helped to commemorate Black History Month at OU-C.

Simmons has relied on the common-sense lessons he learned while growing up in Ross County to find success in his professional and personal endeavors.

These life lessons still resonate today.

“One of my dad’s greatest gifts that he instilled in me was the understanding that no one owes you anything … Nothing in this life is fair. If you can get over that, your life will be much easier.”

Simmons also addressed the importance of surrounding yourself with good people and treating others right.

“Growth does not happen because you want it to,” Simmons said. “Growth occurs when you have people who know more than you do, and you go to them for advice. I have had a lot of help from a lot of good people. You can have all of the computers you want, but having success still comes down to people.”

The importance of helping others was an ongoing theme, as well. Simmons shared how he has put that principle to work in his own career.

“Always be approachable and willing to help other start-up companies.”

The significance of facing difficulties and learning from them was a memorable takeaway of the presentation.

“I never met a successful person who did not have to overcome adversity,” he said. “They have learned to take their work seriously but to not take themselves too seriously. They understand by putting others first, they then move to the head of the class.”

He also emphasized the importance of having a good approach to life.

“Your altitude is all about your attitude,” he said. It will determine how high you rise and how far you can go.”

“Learn from your mistakes and be grateful for second chances and forgiving friends.”

Simmons is currently president and owner of Trio Trucking, Inc., which he founded. Simmons began Trio Trucking in 1982 with a $500 investment and one tractor. It has since grown to employ more than 100 individuals and provides regional trucking and rail services as well as local and short-haul distribution. Trio Trucking was recognized as Wal-Mart 2009 Diversity Carrier of the Year.

Simmons was an all-state basketball player while a student at Frankfort High School. After graduating in 1960, he attended OU-C for two years when it offered classes in the former Smith High School. He then embarked on a pioneering business career.

Simmons was the first black employee hired at DuPont in Circleville and, later, the first black Nationwide Insurance claims adjustor in Cincinnati.

He and his wife, Charlmel, reside on a farm near Frankfort. He can see the family farm where he was raised from his current house. Simmons has been inducted into the Frankfort High School Hall of Fame in recognition of his lifetime achievements.

Simmons’ talk was the first in a series of campus events that help to commemorate OU-C’s 70th anniversary in 2016 with a focus on the themes of culture and memory. Since its founding as the first regional campus in the state in 1946, the Chillicothe Campus has served as a gateway to higher education for countless residents of this region.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Upcoming events designed to provide military veterans and students with career assistance

By student public relations writer Leah Sternberger
Several upcoming events at Ohio University-Chillicothe will focus on helping local military veterans and students develop the professional skills they need to enter the workforce. The events will give attendees the opportunity to network and build valuable connections throughout the regional job market.

On March 3, OU-C will host the 27th annual Employment Expo from noon – 3 p.m. in the Shoemaker Center.  OU-C is partnering with several other organizations including the Ross County Veterans Council, the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library and the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce. 

About 100 employers from a wide variety of industries will attend the event from across the state. Participants will have the chance to network with organizations first-hand, learn more about the landscape of the local job market and to apply for full-time positions.

The expo is open to all OU-C students and community members, but a primary goal of the event is to highlight area veterans. Veterans are encouraged to enter the Employment Expo a half hour early at 11:30 a.m. to meet with employers before the general public.

In preparation for the Job Fair, OU-C Career Services and the National Guard Employment Enhancing Program will host two resume writing workshops on Feb. 10 and 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Bennett Hall room 131. The workshops feature a special emphasis on translating military experience into civilian language. Registration is required and space is limited so participants are encouraged to contact Coordinator of Student Support, Martha Tanedo, by email at or by telephone at 740-774-7731 to register.

The Employment Expo and resume workshops align with OU-C’s mission to serve the community and to support local veterans. OU-C was founded in 1946 largely to allow World War II veterans to use their GI Bill benefits and attend college to pursue the American dream they fought to uphold.

Cultural Committee film fest explores timeless theme of ‘Love, Sex and Androids’

The OU-C Cultural Committee is hosting two upcoming movies as part of its spring semester film series, which is centered on the theme, “Love, Sex and Androids.”

The film “Her” will be presented on Feb. 17 and “Ex Machina” will be shown March 31. Both films will begin at 6 p.m. in the Bennett Hall auditorium. There will be an opportunity for audience involvement with an explanation of the films’ themes prior to the showings and discussions afterward.

The events are free and open to the public.

According to faculty member Tony Vinci, who is coordinating the film fest, “The movies look to explain how romantic lives are now controlled by technology, such as phones, computers and cars. While most people see an android as something that is not human and cannot feel, I take the opposite view. I think that androids tell us the cold truth about whom we are and, often, what we do not want to see.”

As Vinci explains, “Her” promises to put a damper on any warm Valentine’s Day memories.

“The movie ‘Her’ is set in the near future and involves a guy who falls in love with his operating system, which is voiced by Scarlett Johansen,” Vinci said. “The movie is part romantic comedy and part depressing love story. It is both romantic and horrifying at the same time. It explores how technology is something we often talk about in romantic terms. People will often say ‘I love my iPhone.’ The movie ‘Her’ takes those feelings to the next level.”

The film ‘Ex Machina,’ a dark thriller about two men falling in love with a robot, continues the theme of technology and romance. The stars of the film also had roles in “Star Wars: Episode 7,” so they are veterans of this type of production.

“The films are both fairly recent and should resonate with a campus audience,” Vinci said.

ALiCE active shooter training session will be offered

Ohio University Police Department officers will present active shooter training during ALiCE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Escape) sessions from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Feb. 25 (Bennett Hall room 131) and March 7 (Bennett Hall room 110).

Faculty and staff members as well as student employees are strongly encouraged to attend one of these sessions. The sessions will help individuals make informed decisions in the event of an armed attacker on campus, including topics such as evaluating the situation, having a survival plan, how to alert others, ways to confuse the attacker and having an evacuation route.

If you plan to attend one of the sessions, please RSVP to Beth Tilley at The campus’ Health, Wellness and Safety Committee is sponsoring the event.