Thursday, March 3, 2016

Author Miki Crawford to discuss her book on Japanese war brides during Kennedy Lecture talk

Miki Crawford

By public relations student writer Madison Corbin

Miki Crawford, Ph.D., will deliver a presentation on her 2009 book, Japanese War Brides in America: An Oral History and its subsequent documentary film at 4 p.m. on March 22 in the Bennett Hall auditorium at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The book and documentary studiously depict the stories of 19 Japanese war brides whose cultural assimilation experience considerably influenced future generations.

The event, appropriately titled “Her Story,” is part of the annual Kennedy Lecture Series, which endeavors to attract speakers of particular interest to campus. The presentation, which is sponsored by the campus’ cultural committee, is free and open to the public.

Following the conclusion of World War II, Congress passed the War Brides Act of 1945, permitting foreign wives of U.S. military officials to immigrate to the United States. An estimated 50,000 women migrated from Japan to the United States between 1946 and 1965, despite a ban on Asian immigration that was simultaneously in place. Crawford’s book explores the racial tensions, social segregation and cross-cultural conflicts that inevitably accompanied the transitions these women endured.

Crawford is the daughter of a Japanese war bride, and her personal connection to the subject enlivens the mission of her work with authentic passion and care. Concurrently, her Appalachian roots and position as Associate Dean at the Ohio University Southern Campus provide a meaningful channel through which she connects the Chillicothe campus to the struggle her stories explore.

“I think students who are interested in writing books, creating documentaries, conducting research or pursuing scholarship will really find value in the presentation,” said OU-C faculty member Donna Burgraff, a member of the cultural committee. “Anyone interested in world history or the power of a personal story will enjoy it . . . there’s something for everyone here.”

“The lecture will cover topics not really covered in history classes,” said Burgraff. “It is a way to gain insight into the lives of people who were living in very difficult times.”

Ohio University hosts the Kennedy Lecture Series to bring reputable expertise in less familiar topics to a campus of curious learners.  Recent speakers on the Chillicothe Campus include nationally recognized scholar of Russian-American politics, George E. Hudson, Ph.D., civil rights author Charles McKinney Jr., Ph.D. and environmental history expert John Reiger. The primary aim of this series is to offer students an optional educational experience that not only expands upon knowledge gained in the classroom but also, enhances it.

New Veteran Services Office continues OU-C tradition of helping individuals pursue their college ambitions

Pam Porter
Joshua Reisinger

A recent initiative on campus supports one of Ohio-University Chillicothe’s core values. The campus was founded in 1946, largely to allow veterans returning from World War II to utilize the GI Bill to pursue their college ambitions. In continuing that tradition, the Chillicothe Campus recently opened a Veteran Services Office in room 10 on the Bennett Hall ground floor.

A grand opening will be held for the office at 11:30 a.m. on March 9. The public is invited to attend.

The office is a true campus-community collaboration that is designed to help today’s military veterans pursue the college opportunity they have earned.

“This initiative began in 2012, when we began putting an even greater emphasis on reaching out to veterans, especially those who are returning from service in Afghanistan and Iraq,” OU-C Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “Creating this office emphasizes the importance of this outreach endeavor in a very tangible way. We want to make sure veterans have the support they need in obtaining their GI benefits, registering for college, understanding the resources that are available to them and succeeding in their college pursuits. In keeping with our mission, this is undoubtedly the right thing to do.”

To help connect with military veterans in a genuine way, the area Veterans Administration agency has funded two student-employment positions that are filled by Joshua Reisinger and Pam Porter.

Reisinger is a Marine Corps veteran who is pursuing a social work degree at OU-C. Porter is the widow of an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam. She is pursuing a degree in office technology.

“From what I have experienced military veterans are able to interact and establish more of an instant connection with a fellow veteran,” Reisinger said. “They feel as if they are talking with someone who understands their thought process and the challenges they face in making the transition to a college student.”

“For me, a college career seemed almost unattainable, until I talked with a veteran who had attended college and was able to guide me through the process. I am now looking to provide some of that help to others,” Reisinger said.

From Porter, this position puts her passion into practice.

“I met a lot of veterans when my husband was ill, and helping veterans was one of my main objectives for returning to college,” she said. “I want to make sure they are aware of the benefits that are available to them.”

Currently, there are 66 military veterans enrolled at OU-C and 13 dependents using veteran benefits to attend the Chillicothe Campus.

In connecting with the larger community, OU-C has partnered with individuals beyond campus in this endeavor. David Edwards, director of the Ohio University Veterans Center on the Athens campus, has been instrumental in helping to guide efforts at OU-C as well as all of the university’s regional campuses. Further, Patty Hamilton of the Chillicothe VA Medical Center has been a great asset in connecting with area veteran organizations and creating a regional network.

Reisinger has further goals for the campus’ veteran outreach efforts.

“We want to establish a sense of community so that veterans know there is a support structure in place and other students they can relate to,” he said. “We also want to reach out to the community and make sure other military veterans are aware of the opportunities available to them. We want to give them the confidence to take that first step and know there is someone to help them through the process.”

The entire endeavor supports OU-C’s mission of making the college dream a reality for area residents.

“Students can now get on-site assistance and can also connect with resources on the Athens campus and beyond,” Fisher said. “This office opens several doors of opportunities for veterans.”

Chillicothe Campus to host slate of events and speakers during ‘Safety and Wellness Week’

Ohio University-Chillicothe will host “Safety and Wellness Week” with a series of informational sessions, presentations and speakers beginning March 7. All events are free and open to the public.

The week will begin with a health fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 7 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. The event will include information booths and free handouts. The highlight will be a presentation by Bud Lytle and Teri Minney of the Ross County Heroin Partnership Project at noon.

The information tables will be available through March 9, and Health and Wellness Center staff members will be present at various times. Door prizes will be drawn at the conclusions of the presentations each day.

A list of other topics and speakers during the week follows. All events are in the Learning Commons.

•    Exercise, Nutrition and Diabetes at noon March 8 with speakers Steve Clusman and Charlotte McManus.

•    Tobacco Use at 1 p.m. March 8 with speaker Michelle Long.

•    Do you Know Poison Control? At 1 p.m. March 9 with speaker Erika Malis from Nationwide Children’s Hospital Poison Control Center. She will be available at an information table following the talk.

OU-C offers ACT preparation courses

Ohio University-Chillicothe is sponsoring two preparation courses to help area high school students and Ohio University College of Education students study for the ACT (American College Test). The ACT, America's most widely accepted college entrance exam, is required for admission to various colleges and programs.

The first ACT prep course will be held in Bennett Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 16, and sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. It will provide an in-depth review of the English, reading, and science sections of the ACT. Students will also receive an overview of the writing portion of the ACT. Information, hints, and techniques for coping with test anxiety and taking the test will be covered. A light lunch will be provided

The second ACT prep course will be held in Bennett Hall from 8 a.m. to noon on March 19, with sign-in beginning at 7:30 a.m. It will provide an in-depth review of mathematics, and lunch will not be provided.

The cost of the first course is $100, and the registration deadline is March 4. The cost of the second course is $50, and the registration deadline is March 14. Students can take both courses for a discounted rate of $140. Registration is available online at

The Real ACT Prep Guide (2nd or 3rd edition) will be a requirement for the entire workshop. Students must purchase the textbook and bring it to the workshop. Students and parents can find it available online from several vendors as well as from the ACT online bookstore at Some students may already have this recommended guide; but it must be a clean, unmarked copy for use during the workshop. The second edition has three full practice tests, and the 3rd has five practice tests.

For more information, call OU-C’s Office of Continuing Education & Workforce Development 740-774-7226 or email

Archeologist Bret J. Ruby to discuss Ohio’s ancient earthworks during upcoming talk at OU-C

Archeologist Bret J. Ruby, Ph.D., will discuss “Ohio’s Ancient Earthworks: From World Center Shrines to World Heritage Sites” at 2 p.m. on March 16 in Bennett Hall 131 at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Ruby is chief of resource management at Hopewell Culture National Park.

The event, which is sponsored by the OU-C cultural committee, is free and open to the public.

Ruby has been heavily involved in excavation work at the Hopewell Mound Group and is an expert in Native American culture in the area. He has authored several papers about his professional pursuits.

Prior to his current position, he was an archeologist and coordinator for Native American Affairs with the Army for nine years.

Ruby earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Kent State University and his doctoral degree from Indiana University.

As OU-C celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2016, many campus events are focusing on the history and heritage of the campus and the region it serves, and the upcoming talk supports that theme.

Informational session scheduled for Principal Preparation Program

Ohio University-Chillicothe will host an informational meeting for individuals interested in the Principal Preparation Program from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on March 15 in Bennet Hall room 105. This program provides an option to earn a master’s degree in educational administration and/or a principal’s license. 

Students who have already attained a master’s degree may pursue just the principal license.  Additionally, an individual can pursue only a master’s degree, as an option of the program.  Students meet with instructors for a total of nine Saturdays during the school year (September through April) and up to 12 times during the summer semester. The next cycle of the program is scheduled to begin in June.

For more information, contact Bill Larson, program coordinator and advisor, at or (740) 533-4580.

Soup event to benefit March for Babies

Individuals can sample an array of soups from noon to 1 p.m. on St Patrick’s Day, March 17 in Bennett Hall room 134. Several people are bringing their homemade soups to share. For a $5 donation to the March for Babies event, those in attendance can taste the various recipes. There will also be a judging contest for the best soup. Come enjoy some excellent soups and support the March of Dimes/March for Babies event.