Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Business and civic leader James Caldwell named Rich Bebee Leadership Award recipient

Former Ohio University-Chillicothe student James Caldwell, who has a distinguished career in business and community service, has been named the recipient of the Rich Bebee Leadership Award.  He will be recognized during OU-C’s Recognition of Graduation ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 in the Shoemaker Center.

The award recognizes former OU-C students who exemplify leadership, service to the university, philanthropic support, recognition in their professional field and service to the community. The award is named in honor of Richard Bebee, who was dean of the Chillicothe Campus from 2001 to 2010.

Past winners include Jim Lungo in 2010, Beverly J. Gray in 2011, Martha Gerber Rittinger in 2012, Ken Breidenbaugh in 2013, Julia Lyddon Gourley in 2014 and Stephen Gary in 2015.

Caldwell earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ohio University in 1963. He has also received an honorary master of arts and honorary doctoral degree, both in public service, from the University of Rio Grande.

Fittingly, Caldwell’s began his professional pursuits as an educator before transitioning to a long and distinguished career as a business professional. His civic involvement includes elected offices and service with area organizations focused on improving the quality of life for area residents.

After teaching for a year in Jackson City School District, he began his current career as a public accountant. He is president of Caldwell, Ott & Co.

Beyond the workplace, Caldwell has made his impact in the region in several ways. He has served as a Ross County Commissioner since 1977, and he was previously on the Chillicothe City Council, where he served as the Finance Committee chair. He has also been director of the Vinton County Bank in McArthur.

Caldwell has been president of the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce and has served as a trustee on the Majestic Theater Foundation and of the David Meade Massie Trust. In 1973, he was the Chillicothe Jaycees Citizen of the Year and a 1986 delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business. Additionally, he has been on the board of directors of the Ross County Community Improvement Corporation.

He is a chairman of the South Central Ohio Regional Development Alliance of Southern Ohio and the South Central Ohio Regional Juvenile Detention Center. In 2016, the Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized Caldwell as an outstanding supporter of the fair. Further, he has been involved in many projects to benefit the Chillicothe Campus.

His wife, Pam Caldwell, is also an Ohio University graduate, as are their two grown children, Jennifer Domo and James P. Caldwell.

The 2016 class of OU-C Distinguished Alumni includes four individuals who will be recognized during the April 29 ceremony. Their portraits will then be displayed with past recipients in the Bennett Hall hallway. The 2016 distinguished alumni include:

Terry Alan Davis earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University in 1974, completed graduate studies at Northern Kentucky University and earned a master’s degree from the College of Mount Saint Joseph in 1986. Davis taught geography and history courses in the Chillicothe City Schools from 1974 to 2008. He has been a symphony chorus member for 35 years, and he participated in the 50th Anniversary of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra performance in its debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York City, a performance that received rave reviews from The New York Times.  Davis has been involved in the Chillicothe Education Association, Ohio Education Association and National Education Association. Davis was recognized by OEA and NEA in their publications for creative approaches to educational instruction.  He also has served as History Day director for the J.A. Smith Middle School.  Davis was a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar, Ohio Valley Institute Scholar, the Baldor Scholar at the U.S. Holocaust Museum and the Foundation for Teachers of Economics Scholar. Davis was co-author of the booklet:  The Northwest Ordinance 1787 -1987. He is a member of the Ohio Underground Railroad Association and the Majestic Theater Board.

Sherri I. (Ramsey) Hoselton
earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1978 and her master’s degree in special education in 1986, both from Ohio University. She taught in the Chillicothe City School District for 35 years.  She also was coach of the state and national award-winning Chillicothe High School cheerleading teams and earned the Martha Holden Jennings Scholarship Award. Hoselton has also been involved with OU-C as a cheerleading coach, served on the Howard O. “Corky” Miller Open Golf Tournament Committee and supervised student-teachers. Further, Hoselton has been very involved in community organizations, such as the Junior Civic League, Jaycee Women, Chillicothe Bicentennial Committee, producer and director of both the Chillicothe Miss Bicentennial Pageant and the Miss South Central Ohio Scholarship Pageant, as well as served with the Chillicothe Education Foundation, including its executive committee. She is currently on the Women’s Board of Adena Health System, secretary of the Chillicothe Country Club Board of Directors, a member of the Chillicothe High School Alumni Association and on the Miss Ohio Scholarship Advisory Board.

Sherry N. Mong earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky, her master’s degree in sociology from Ohio University in 2003 and her doctoral degree from The Ohio State University. Mong has a wide range of professional and business experience. She has practiced as a certified public accountant. Her desire to understand social processes and social problems led her to obtain a Master of Arts degree from Ohio University where she studied criminology and criminological theory.  She continued her education at The Ohio State University where she specialized in the sociology of work and social stratification including inequalities in race, gender, class and age. She teaches both sociology and criminology courses at Capital University. Mong has worked with community partners in leading service learning projects and actively serves a mentor for student research.  Her current research work is on the paid and unpaid labor associated with skilled family caregiving.  Her collaboration works include “African American Men and Experience of Employment Discrimination” in the Qualitative Sociology in 2010 and “Age Discrimination, Social Closure and Employment” in Social Forces in 2007.  Mong currently serves on the First English Lutheran Church’s Center of Hope team, and she is a founding member of the OU-C Giving Circle.

Sherri K. Rutherford earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University in 1990 and her law degree from the Capital University Law School. Prior to practicing law, Rutherford taught in the Chillicothe School district.  She has been an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Ross County, Assistant Law Director for Chillicothe and Law Director for the City of Chillicothe.  Rutherford also has a private practice and has been admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court. Rutherford has served on the Board of Trustees for the Area Agency on Aging, District 7 and the Board of the Chillicothe Foundation.   She is participating in the Heroin Partnership Program.  Her appointment to the Chillicothe Municipal Drug Court is pending approval.  She is involved in the S.A.L.T. and TRIAD for Senior Citizens. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Law Enforcement Technology Program at Ohio University-Chillicothe.  Rutherford has also presented to various classes, and she spoke at the Ohio University Chillicothe scholarship breakfast in 2014. 

Ohio University-Chillicothe to hold second round of mock interviews to benefit education students

By public relations student writer Leah Sternberger

During fall semester a panel of experienced area educators assembled with one goal in mind: to prepare OU-C education students for post-graduation job interviews. Because of the event’s success, OU-C will be conducting a second session of mock interviews for education students from 9 a.m. to noon on April 21 in Bennett Hall.

Administrators from the following school districts have committed to participate this semester in the mock interviews:

•    Circleville City School
•    Jasper Elementary School
•    Zane Trace Elementary
•    Zane Trace Middle School
•    Huntington Elementary School
•    Chillicothe City School
•    Jackson City Schools

During the last mock interviews, school administrators, including building principals and district superintendents, met with teacher candidates to help them develop invaluable interview skills.

“It’s an honor to have such caring school administrators who are willing to help our teacher candidates in the search for a job,” said Karen Corcoran, the program coordinator of the middle childhood education program at OU-C. Corcoran is also the regional coordinator of professional internships in teaching.

“The mock interviews gave the teacher candidates an opportunity to hear the types of questions they will encounter in an education job interview. The principals who conducted the interview gave the teacher candidates feedback, both written and verbal, so the teacher candidates knew what areas they needed some growth for future interviews. The interviews also gave the teacher candidates some practice, boosting their confidence for future job searches,” Corcoran said.

This year, Student Support Coordinator Martha Tanedo plans to make the mock interviews even more valuable for students.  “We want to add a follow up roundtable after the interviews so interviewers can provide general and specific feedback,” Tanedo said.

Ben Karst, now a long term substitute teacher at Unioto High School, was one of the students who participated in last semesters’ interviews.

“I’m currently teaching geometry and algebra 2 and have assumed all teacher responsibilities. These responsibilities include grading, teaching, lesson planning, collaborating with colleagues, parent communication, preparing differentiated instruction, and preparing students to be leaders of tomorrow,” Karst said.

For Karst, the mock interviews helped him gain the experience and confidence he needed post-graduation. “You won't be perfect going into your first interview,” said Karst. “So interview experience is invaluable.  It will make you more efficient and more comfortable thinking on your feet.”

The experience also allowed Karst the opportunity to perfect his interview strategy.
“The mock interviews taught me what to expect and how to handle myself during an interview. They encouraged me to fine tune my philosophy of teaching and my standards for the classroom. The interviews also allowed me to practice conveying the most important parts of my teaching beliefs to employers in an effective way,” Karst said.

Megan Anderson also participated in the mock interviews last semester. After graduating in December 2015, Anderson accepted a position as an itinerant teacher for preschool age children at The Pioneer Center.

“I help students with specific things such as fine motor skills, their pencil grasp, writing their name, counting, patterns, sequencing, letter tracing, and much more,” Anderson said. “My job is to give children more specific attention to skills they may be struggling with in the classroom and to give them the one-on-one time they need to work towards their goals.”

Anderson believes one of the most beneficial aspects of the interviews was the ability to meet, network and learn from area administrators.

“I felt the interviews were a very good learning experience,” Anderson said. “I met many established educators and got my name out there. One of the most valuable things I’ve learned throughout my time in college is the importance of meeting other professionals in your field. When people know you, it could ultimately help you get the job.”

Both Anderson and Karst highly recommend students take advantage of the upcoming interview opportunity at OU-C.

“I would highly recommend the mock interviews to students who are new to the education program,” Anderson said. “It definitely gave me an honest overview of the interview process, and covered important topics in the world of education.”

“I would strongly recommend attending the mock interviews,” Karst said. “It is an extremely helpful opportunity to become accustom to how the interview process works. It helps a person know what is expected of them and how to sell themselves to a possible future employer. The more practice a person gets at interviewing, the more at ease and confident that person will be when it really counts.”

Health expo emphasizes wellness activities

The emphasis will be on healthy lifestyles and entertainment during the annual Health, Wellness and Fitness Expo 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 16 at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Shoemaker Center.

The event is free and open to the public. Door prizes will be given throughout the day.

Free health tests and screenings will be available such as cholesterol, blood sugar, fat analysis, blood pressure, bone density, dental, and glaucoma as well as scoliosis screening and massages.

Special guest will be James Cotton, former Ohio State and NFL football player.  Entertainment will be provided by the local fitness and dance studio centers.

“This annual event always draws a large crowd and offers an opportunity to provide health screenings for area residents who might not have health insurance or may be unaware of a health concern,” said OU-C representative Kim McKimmy. “It underscores our commitment to providing the type of programming and worksite health initiative that benefit campus and community members in a meaningful way.”

Campus members can make an impact during upcoming bone marrow drive

A bone marrow drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p .m. on April 14 in the Bennett Hall lobby and room 105. The event is sponsored by “Be The Match Registry” and includes swabbing the inside of individuals’ mouths to determine if they are a suitable match for a patient on the registry.

There is no registration, and individuals can just stop by

The best bone marrow samples are from donors who are 18- to 44-year- old, so the Chillicothe Campus community offers an ideal cross section.

The impetus for the drive is the situation of Tracy Jalbuena, the sister of OU-C student Dan Jalbuena. Tracy Jalbuena, a 43-year-old physician in Maine, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, in 2014. She is now undergoing chemotherapy and is actively searching for a stem cell donor.

For patients diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases, a bone marrow transplant may be their best or only hope for a cure. Yet 70 percent of patients who need a transplant do not have a matched donor in their family. However, a patient’s likelihood of finding a matching donor on the "Be The Match Registry" is estimated to range from 66-97 percent, depending on race and ethnicity.

Tracy’s mixed heritage (German/Irish/Filipino) is proving difficult to match.

Event pays tribute to proud past and promising future

The legacy of Sarah Jane Woodson is continued in those connected to her.

A recent event on campus celebrated a distinguished past and a promising future. “Historical Women Who Brought Fame to Ross County” was the theme of the recent occasion, which was sponsored by the OU-C Giving Circle to support endowed scholarship funds for Chillicothe Campus students.

The dinner paid tribute to famous women from the Ross County region who have made their historical mark on the region and beyond.

Of special note was the attendance of several individuals who are related or connected to Sarah Jane Woodson Early. She was the daughter of Jermia and Thomas Woodson, the oldest son of Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson. In 1856, Sarah graduated from Oberlin College, becoming one of the first black women to earn a college degree. She was later the first black female faculty member at Wilberforce University. She continued as an educator wile assisting in her husband’s ministry and chronicled her husband’s work in the book, The Life and Labors of Rev. J.W. Earl’s Preaching.

OU-C students share how they spend time away from class

Lauren Starkey
Tyler Lyons
Cody Osbon
Emily Richard
Drew Brown

We regularly talk with Chillicothe Campus students to gain their perspective on college life. This week, we asked some students what they do in their spare time, when not hitting the books.

“As a nursing student, I do not have much spare time, but when I do have some time, I like to sleep,” said Lauren Starkey, a graduate of Greenfield McClain High School. “It has been a while since I really did anything, but I like to read and I like to color.”

Tyler Lyons, a history major from Southeastern High School, said, “I mostly study. When taking breaks, I like to play video games, go fishing, hang out with friends and watch TV.”

Cody Osbon said, “Outside of school and studying, I go to church and enjoy song-writing. I also play video games, work at Tractor Supply, listen to music and teach a Bible class at church.” A psychology major, Osbon graduated from Westfall High School.

“Most of my spare time is spent in the Learning Commons, doing homework or at work in a daycare facility” said Emily Richard, an education major from Valley High School in Scioto Count. “I like to read, especially works by Karen Kingsbury, and I used to play sports.”

Drew Brown, a middle education major from Northwest High School, also from Scioto County, said, “I like to golf, hunt and fish. I play basketball about once a week and do paintball. And, I work at a sawmill.”

Memoir written by John Reiger is reviewed by journal dedicated to sport history

Escaping into Nature: The Making of a Sportsman – Conservationist and Environmental Historian, written by OU-C Professor of History Emeritus John Reiger and published by Oregon State University Press, was recently reviewed by Adam Berg of Penn State University in Journal of Sport History. The journal is published by University of Illinois Press for The North American Society for Sport History.

In the review, Berg remarks, “Readers will find a number of engaging topics. These include Reiger’s decision to leave a tenured professorship at the University of Miami to work full-time as the executive director of the Connecticut Audubon Society, as well as various hunting, fishing, and traveling stories … {they} make Escaping into Nature an easy way to escape into a good book.”

Berg further notes “there is also scholarly value in this memoir … Reiger is probably best known for his thrice-published monograph American Sportsmen and the Origin of Conservation … In American Sportsmen, Reiger argues that the United States conservationist movement was spawned not by foresters, technocrats, and government officials in the 1890s but earlier, in the 1870s, by middle- and upper-class anglers and hunters, whose primary objective was the protection and preservation of wildlife.”