Tuesday, April 19, 2016

OU-C students gain career preparation through campus internship placements

Kelsey Crabtree gained valuable practical experience during her internship.

By Student Public Relations Writer Leah Sternberger

Equipping students with the job training and preparation they need to enter the workforce is a top priority for the area of career services at Ohio University-Chillicothe. For many, these skills are best learned through on-the-job experience during an internship.
In that spirit, by partnering with businesses throughout the region, Student Support Coordinator Martha Tanedo helps students find internships. It is all about making connections.

“Businesses who are seeking interns or who have an open employment opportunity frequently contact OU-C Career Services,” Tanedo said. “I promote these opportunities to faculty and students, and occasionally we invite individuals from the businesses to guest speak in classes so students can learn more about the positions they have available. Students also reach out to me directly for internships. We work on their resume and determine their areas of interest. Afterwards, I will either share contact information with students, or contact a business on their behalf.”

The relationship between local businesses and their student interns offers extensive benefits to both parties.

“Internships provide students with an opportunity to learn things that cannot be duplicated in the classroom such as culture, colleague interaction, application of education in a work setting and business etiquette,” said Tanedo. “Businesses can also create internships based on the curriculum and desired educational outcome; they are not necessarily jobs that will be filled by other means. It affords a business an opportunity to shape and mentor the future workforce.”

Kelsey Crabtree, a senior studying applied management, is one OU-C student completing a business internship this spring at the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce.

“I first heard about the opportunity through Martha Tanedo,” Crabtree said. “She knew I was looking for an internship, and recommended I apply for the intern position at the Chamber of Commerce. I ended up interviewing for the position, and they hired me the next day. Martha was very helpful in helping me obtain the position by revising my resume and helping me create a cover letter.”

By assisting the office manager and member relations managers at the Chamber of Commerce with their day-to-day activities, Crabtree has acquired a variety of new skills.
“I’ve learned how to provide assistance with customer retention, to organize and manage membership dues along with mailing invoices, to create business networks through a variety of local events and to use computer programs including QuickBooks, WordPress and BWC Log,” said Crabtree.
Senior applied management major Jesson Hill has also picked up technical skills this semester through working as a business operations intern at Telecom Horizon.

“My computer software and communication skills have developed tremendously,” said Hill. “I’ve been working on creating and updating Excel, Visio, and Word documents to help differentiate contracts. Currently, I'm working on creating a user guide for Salesforce, software that is used by Horizon. I’ve also benefitted from being in a formal business setting because I have not worked in one before,” Hill said.

As seniors approaching graduation, Crabtree and Hill have gained a competitive edge in the job market.
“I believe I will be ahead of other students that have not had the opportunity to complete an internship,” said Crabtree.
“I have met so many people through working at the Chamber. Networking at Chamber events has given me the chance to get my name out there as a young professional. I’m very thankful that I’ve had this opportunity to work with such great people, and at the same time learn so much valuable information. I hope this experience will allow me to obtain a job that I will enjoy and where I will be challenged,” Crabtree said.

Military experience inspires graduation ceremony’s Pledge of Allegiance speaker

Sherry Nelson, a military veteran earning an associate degree in nursing, will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance at Ohio University Chillicothe’s Recognition of Graduation ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 in the Shoemaker Center. The annual event recognizes and celebrates the well-earned accomplishments of the regional campus’ graduating student body.

Nelson spent eight years in the U.S. Navy, with six years of reserve and two years of active duty. She credits the experience with enhanced understandings of teamwork and leadership. In the pursuit of a nursing degree, throughout classroom and clinical settings, both of these values are integral to success.

Nelson emphasizes the impact that perseverance played upon her acquisition of a degree. She attributes an enlightened appreciation for endurance to her time spent in military service, and particularly to the leadership she encountered there. “My company commander . . . I can still hear his voice making myself dig deep when I think things are tough to get me through,” said Nelson. “Learning how to preserve has helped me get through my college career as a nursing student.”

After graduation, Nelson plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing and eventually acquire a position working with veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Faculty members earn promotions

Three Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty members have earned promotions and/or tenure, effective with the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year:

•    Dr. Cindy Matyi, Psychology. Matyi was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer. Matyi, a licensed psychologist, earned her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and her Ph.D. from Ohio University. She joined the OU-C faculty in 1990. Matyi was a member of the OU-C Online Task Force Committee, which pioneered the campus’ efforts to implement online learning concepts into the curriculum, with an emphasis on maintaining quality. She has been active in professional outreach efforts, such as providing training on signature wounds and other issues faced by combat veterans to various organizations.

•    Dr. Mary Jane Preece, Human Services Technology. Preece was promoted to Associate Lecturer. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Capital University as well as her master’s and doctoral degrees from Ohio University. She joined the OU-C faculty full-time in 2010 and was previously an adjunct faculty member on the Chillicothe, Athens and Lancaster campuses. Preece is a licensed clinical counselor with supervising counselor credential as well as a certified rehabilitation counselor. She is active in her profession and serves as a board member of the Ohio Mental Health Counseling Association and treasurer of the Ohio Rehabilitation Counseling Association.

·   Dr. Dywayne Nicely, Mathematics. Nicely was promoted to Associate Professor and also earned tenure. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both in mathematics, from Marshall University and a doctoral degree from Baylor University. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He earned a competitive Baker Fund Award from Ohio University to support a research project designed to help local high school students develop the analytical skills, particularly in mathematics, they need to succeed in college. The project tracked the progress of Chillicothe High School students in two math courses.

Registration is now underway for Kids in College summer program for youth

The popular Kids in College program will again offer area youth the opportunity to combine fun and education while pursuing their academics and interests this summer. The schedule for the 2016 sessions is June 6-10, June 13-17 and June 20-24. The first session takes place at the Chillicothe City Middle School, while week two is out and around the community, then finally week three will be at the Ohio University Chillicothe campus.

The program is open to students who have completed grades kindergarten through the sixth grade with some classes designed for students through the eighth grade. For more than 28 years, the popular program has offered enrichment learning opportunities for youngsters.

Registration is currently underway. Flyers have been distributed to all schools in the Ross County and Chillicothe City school systems. They are also available at the Ross County Schools Office and the information desk in Bennett Hall.  To register, go to: https://www.ohio.edu/chillicothe/community/kidsincollege.cfm. For additional information, contact Continuing Education at (740) 774-7226 or (740) 774-7732.

Please note that the registration deadline this year is May 23.  Interested participants are encouraged to register early to secure a spot in the most popular classes.  Registration is $40 plus any material fees for the first class and $30 plus any material fees for each additional class. Special exception: The two COSI on Wheels and the Astounding Astronomy classes on June 22 are only $10 each.

The Kids in College program offers an opportunity for students to become involved in summer enrichment activities in a safe, vibrant learning environment. The students have fun and learn at the same time. The teachers are the heart of the program. Most are veteran classroom teachers who look forward to becoming involved in the hands-on teaching that is the hallmark of this program. A wide range of classes for learners with various interests are offered. Some of the classes have an academic base, while others are related to creativity and recreation areas.

Among the many classes offered are tennis, Tai Chi, archeology for kids, ooey gooey
science, Spanish, crime scene lab, animal adventures, stranded on a deserted island, WhoDunit, super heroes, Mexican folklore sculpture, hand-building pottery for fun, nuts and bolts of theatre, dance, CommuniSCOPES, children engaged in 19th century activities at Worthington Mansion, the mysterious toymaker, and life on a stage.

This year, COSI on Wheels and astounding astronomy have been added. COSI on Wheels will have an opening talk about a journey to the sun as well as planets in our amazing Solar System. Then, students will experiment with scientific aspects of the solar system.  In the hands on sessions, students will informally interact with the activities, spending as little or as much time as they like at each station. The engaging activities are based on the Ohio Science Standards. 

Chillicothe Campus faculty and staff members recognized for outstanding service

Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty and staff members were recognized by their colleagues for outstanding service during a recent luncheon on campus.

Those who were honored include:

•    Jackie Nace, Lecturer in Biological Sciences, Creativity in the Classroom Award.
•    Jenny Domo, Adjunct Faculty Member in Teacher Education, Adjunct Appreciation Award.
•    Jaime Lowe, Coordinator of Student Enrollment, Outstanding Administrative Service Award.
•    Margaret Clifton, Accounting Support Specialist, Outstanding Staff Service Award.
•    Dan Preston, Maintenance Facilities Employee, Outstanding Bargaining Unit Award.

Students, staff and students nominated and voted for the recipients. The third annual event was sponsored by the campus’ Faculty and Staff Development Committee.

Campus March for Babies teams seeking members

There is still time for OU-C campus members to register for the annual Scioto Valley March for Babies event on April 24 in Chillicothe’s Yoctangee Park. The campus is fielding teams for faculty/staff members as well as students. Registration for faculty and staff members is available online at: http://www.marchforbabies.org/team/oucfacultystaff.

Individuals can make donations at the same web address.

Fund-raising activities have been ongoing. For example, OU-C nursing student Brea Close coordinated a fundraiser for a class project and raised approximately $200 through a t-shirt sale and bake sale.

Faculty and staff t-shirt sales and donations have raised $400.

Faculty member Dywayne Nicely (nicely@ohio.edu is captain of the faculty and staff team, and student services staff member Ashlee Digges (digges@ohio.edu) is serving as captain of the campus’ student team.

Child Development fete offers educational fun for area children and their parents

The campus’ Child Development Center recently held its annual Family Fun Night, offering an opportunity for area youth and their parents to take part in games that are enjoyable as well as challenging for the mind and body. Approximately 200 individuals took part in the event.

The event also offered a valuable learning experience for OU-C education students who participated.

 “It is really exciting to see the kids play and spend time with their parents. I love to see how the little kids have fun and smile,” Kendra Barnes said.

Paige Bennett said, “I like to see how they have fun and learn at the same time. It is good to see the parents interact with the children. From this, I learn how to handle various grade levels, which will help me in my career.”

Natalie Dalessandri commented, “It is a good learning experience and an opportunity to see the children have fun. It is an opportunity to interact with community members.”

The enterprise was a true team effort. Besides the child development center, other partners in the enterprise are the United Way of Ross County, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as well as the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library.