Thursday, May 26, 2016

Human Services Association students hosting community yard sale

Ohio University-Chillicothe Human Services Association students will host a yard sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 4 in the Shoemaker Center on campus. In addition to the sale items, food and cold drinks will be available for purchase.

Donations will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the east door of the Shoemaker Center on June 3, and HSA students will be available to help unload materials. To arrange a pickup, contact Sara Winans at or by phone at (740) 851-7251.

Donations are being collected by the students in the HSA group.  Please contact Sara Winans by email at or by phone at (740) 851-7251 to arrange a pick-up, or students will be available to help people drop off donations between 11 a.m. until 4:45 pm on June 3 at the east door of the Shoemaker gym, 101 University Drive.

Suggested items for donation are tools, televisions and other appliances, toys and games, books, jewelry, baskets, handbags, pictures and other decorations, toiletries, clothing, office supplies, housewares, collectibles, clothing, sports equipment, and baby and children’s items. Students will not accept bedding, weapons, or animals for this sale.

Proceeds from the sale will go toward the annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza, which benefits area youth and families, and to support the Ross County Mental Health Association.

The HSA student club has been in existence since 2005, and student club members volunteer to assist several community social service activities as well as allow OU-C students the opportunity to become actively involved in community service. These skills benefit them in their professional and personal pursuits.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

COSI on Wheels to bring astronomy exhibit to OU-C

COSI on Wheels will present “Astounding Astronomy” on June 22 in the Shoemaker Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe as part of the Kids in College program. Students in kindergarten through third grade can experience the program from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and students in grades four through six can view the presentation from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The program includes a presentation as well as hands-on activities at eight stations. The program allows students to study concepts such as how scientists navigate to distant planets using remotely-operated vehicles or use spectroscopy to examine how gases burn in different arrangements of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Registration deadline is June 3, and individuals can register children in the OU-C Technology and Business Development Center (room 139) on Pohlman Road.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Chillicothe Campus hosts events designed for high school students and the College Credit Plus program

OU-C recently held a pair of events to connect with current and prospective high school students who are looking to pursue high school and college credit concurrently through the College Credit Plus program.

This program, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, allows students to earn high school and college credits at the same time by taking courses from college or university campuses. Students are admitted on their college-readiness in one or more subject areas. Participation in the program allows students to pursue more rigorous academic coursework beyond the high school setting and reduce the time and costs of attending college after high school.

The campus hosted a reception to recognize students who pursued the College Credit Plus initiative on campus during the 2015-16 academic year.

During fall semester, 142 students from area schools, as well as home-schooled students, pursued the program on the Chillicothe Campus, with 117 students participating during spring semester.

Also, the campus held a College Credit Ready workshop for prospective College Credit Plus students. The event began with a panel discussion to address participation in the program with nearly 50 Chillicothe High School students who are interested in possibly pursuing the program. Panelists included current College Credit Plus students as well as OU-C faculty and staff members.

The panelists are actively engaged with the program and were able to provide insightful answers to questions that the high school participants submitted through their guidance counselors.

Among topics of discussion were the challenge of balancing college classes with high school activities; the size and length of college classes; the time commitment that is required for completing college assignments; flexibility in meeting deadline assignments; the importance of regular class attendance; and blending with older students.

Following the panel discussion, the high school students also took a tour of campus and participated in mock college classes with OU-C faculty members. The spirit of the event was to give the local students a practical sampling of college life so they can make informed decisions about their academic futures, especially regarding the College Credit Plus program.

The workshop was the result of a college readiness forum the campus held in the fall of 2015.  That event was focused on preparing area students for success in college and involved a dialogue with educators and administrators from campus as well as individuals from area high schools, middle schools and area college campuses. The focus was to develop practical ways to help students succeed so they can make the most of their college experience.