Thursday, March 31, 2016

Students display their creative endeavors

An opening party and artist reception was recently held for “Transform,” the undergraduate student art exhibit currently on display in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery at OU-C.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Upcoming reception to mark Gough family exhibit at OU-C

The works of a talented local family will be feted during an upcoming event. The “Goughs Gold Celebration Reception” will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9 in the Stevenson Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

The event will celebrate the current exhibit, “Processing 4 Professional Gough Artists,” on display in the Stevenson Center, which features the works of Alan, Joy, Kathyn and Robert Gough. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit displays the diverse artistic talents of the local Gough family and features the works of parents “Joy” Olcott Gough and Alan Gough, as well as their son Robert Perrin Gough and in memoriam of their daughter, Kathryn Gough Boulger. While all of the Gough family members possess a shared artistic flair, they express their talents in various forms.

The occasion will include an array of other cultural activities.

At 1:15 p.m. David Sanders will present readings from his new book, Compass and Clock. According to the Ohio University Press, “the poems of Compass and Clock take their inspiration from the intersection of the natural world and the human, exploring the landscapes in which those intersections occur … the true source of the poems’ vitality is Sanders’s attention to the missed or misread moments, those times when the act fails, and the perceived clashes with the actual.”

The Hilltop Brass will perform at 2 p.m. This group is comprised of music teachers in Ross County and includes Rachael Kolis, Samuel Kolis, Kate Kaufman, Luke Furniss and Carolyn Milbaugh.

At 3 p.m. Bruce Lombardo will give a talk, “Junction and Steel Earth Works – North Fork Valley.” Lombardo is director of Heartland Earthworks Conservancy Junction and Steel Earth Works. The conservancy strives to preserve the ancient earthworks of Ohio's mound-building cultures as well as raise citizen awareness and stewardship of these rapidly disappearing sites. Lombardo has worked in various conservation and education positions throughout the world during his 30-plus year long career.

Individuals may donate to the Gough Fine Arts Scholarships at OU-C by sending a check to the OU Foundation and mailing it to OU-C, Attention Joyce Atwood, 101 University, Chillicothe, Ohio with “Gough Scholarship in the memo line.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Springtime on campus

OU-C students are increasingly enjoying the springtime weather.

Former OU-C student the Rev. Joseph Barker to deliver keynote address at Recognition of Graduation event

The Rev. Joseph Ryan Barker, a former Chillicothe Campus student, will deliver the keynote address at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 in the Shoemaker Center on campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, honors Chillicothe Campus students who have earned their associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio University during the 2015-16 academic year.

A pinning ceremony for graduates of OU-C’s nursing program will be held at 6 p.m. on April 28 in the Shoemaker Center. Formal commencement activities are held on the Athens campus.

Barker is currently resident pastor at Peace United Methodist Church in Pickerington, Ohio.

A graduate of Southeastern High School, Barker attended OU-C and earned a bachelor’s of specialized studies degree in psychology and political science in 2006. He then served as a teaching assistant on campus while earning his master’s degree in higher education from Ohio University. While a teaching assistant, he helped to develop a peer mentoring program on campus.

“My undergraduate experience at OU-C was nothing short of fantastic, as I found the room to explore my interests and questions within the framework of dedicated and authentic faculty and staff members,” Barker said. “Being someone who was naturally inquisitive and curious, OU-C gave me the space to seek my academic passions. The encouragement I received from my professors, as well as the genuine approach to learning beyond gaining knowledge for knowledge’s sake, were just a few of the things that originally drew me to OU-C.”

Barker pursued his seminary education at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and served three rural churches in southern Ohio while completing his theological studies. He was appointed to his current position in 2013.

Barker, an advocate of justice and non-violence, has led cultural immersion trips to the Middle East for seminary students and others interested in increasing their understanding of the intersection between the past and present.

Chillicothe Campus faculty members present on education program’s beneficial partnerships

By public relations student writer Madison Corbin

Ohio University Chillicothe faculty, partnership directors and coordinators recently presented at the National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) in Washington, D.C. The presentation, entitled “Preparing Future Teachers: Partnerships Benefitting Special Rights’ P-5 Students,” pertained to OU-C’s Early and Middle Childhood Education programs’ work with two educational organizations in surrounding communities.

OU-C collaborates with the Unioto Unified School District’s SCOPES Academy for gifted and talented students as well as the Ross County Educational Service Center’s Prekindergarten Early Childhood Intervention Program for developmentally delayed and typically developing children. The SCOPES Academy incorporates a curriculum based on STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Medical) while the Ross County ESC incorporates a curriculum based on the Ohio Department of Education’s academic content standards and individualized education plans for special needs children.

The OU-C Early and Middle Childhood Education program coordinators aim to equip their students for meaningful and effective work in a variety of educational scenarios. Involvement in these two diverse scholastic settings provides teachers-in-training the experiences and understandings required to successfully accommodate learning styles of students at all levels. “As a result, OU-C graduates are better prepared to address the gifts and challenges of all children,” said Barbara Trube, professor of education and coordinator of early childhood education at OU-C.

“This partnership has allowed our program to acquire new ideas for meeting the needs of our students and shaping exceptional teacher candidates,” said Leslie Smith, prekindergarten programs coordinator at Ross County Educational Service District. “The trip to D.C. helped showcase our program and gain professional development to share with our staff.”

“We have great ideas to take back to our classrooms,” added Kit Kinnamon adjunct faculty and pre-primary professional internship supervisor at OU-C. “It’s been very educational.”

At the SCOPES Academy, early and middle childhood education majors are supervised in field placements, as they engage with gifted children in an authentic and student-led environment.
“The SCOPES program is such an incredible hands-on learning experience,” said Bree Wachovec, an Early Childhood Education student.

At the Ross County ESC, early and middle childhood education majors are paired with mentor teachers who hold early childhood intervention specialist licensure to engage in a range of co-teaching strategies.

“We are so proud of these two partnerships because they give our teacher candidates an opportunity to work with students of diverse learning needs as well as talented mentor teachers,” said Karen Corcoran lecturer and middle childhood education coordinator at OU-C. 

Academic professionals from each organization addressed teamed up to discuss the operations and effects of partnership. Presenters included Trube; Karen Corcoran, lecturer and middle childhood education coordinator at OU-C; Jennifer Domo, adjunct faculty and director of SCOPES Academy at Unioto Unified School District; Leslie Smith, prekindergarten programs coordinator at Ross County Educational Service District; and Kit Kinnamon, adjunct faculty and pre-primary professional internship supervisor at OU-C. Loretta Harvey, Shawnee State University faculty and Grant Coordinator at Battelle for Kids also attended.

Campus members can attend workshops to address heroin problem in Ross County

Upcoming workshops on heroin addiction will be provided by the Ross County Health District for OU-C community members.  These workshops are being organized by Dr. Tim Angel, health commissioner and chief executive officer for the Ross County Health District. Angel is also an adjunct faculty member on campus.  Health district staff members will present an overview of the problem, along with a demonstration of how medical personnel administer Naloxone, a heroin antidote. 

Faculty (both full-time and adjunct members) and staff members can attend workshops on the following dates and times in Bennett Hall room 131. Each workshop should last approximately 75 minutes:
•    April 5 at 10 a.m.
•    April 6 at 2:30 p.m.

Students in specific majors (social work, human services, law enforcement technology, nursing and health services) are invited to attend the workshop at 2:30 p.m. on April 6, as are faculty and staff members who are unable to attend the April 5 meeting.

Seating will be available on a first-come basis.

Heroin addiction is a serious problem that impacts the campus’ service region. In 2015, a record number of heroin deaths and overdoses, along with a record number of administrations of the Naloxone (more commonly known as Narcan) were documented in Ross County. 

Kennedy Lecture Series speaker discusses Japanese war brides

Miki Crawford, Ph.D., recently spoke on campus about her 2009 book, Japanese War Brides in America: An Oral History and its subsequent documentary film.   The book and documentary depict the stories of 19 Japanese war brides whose cultural assimilation experience considerably influenced future generations.

The event, “Her Story,” is part of the annual Kennedy Lecture Series, which endeavors to attract speakers of particular interest to campus. The presentation was sponsored by the campus’ cultural committee, and was 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. She is also a faculty member and interim associate dean of the university’s Southern Campus.

Opening reception planned for OU-C student art exhibit

An opening artist reception for “Transform,” the undergraduate student art exhibit at OU-C, will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 31 in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery in Bennett Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit, which features the creative work of the campus’ students, will be on display through April 21.