Thursday, June 30, 2016

Chillicothe Campus plays host to symposium on international educational issues

The Chillicothe Campus’ university-wide and international connections aligned during a recent educational conference. Ohio University-Chillicothe hosted the second day of the five-day “2016 Summer Symposium and Summit on Global Education Diplomacy.”

The symposium was sponsored by Ohio University’s Patton College of Education, the African Educational Research Network (AERN) and Beijing International Studies University. Its theme was “Addressing Educational Issues through a Global Lens.”

OU-C Professor of Education Mary Barbara Trube, Ed.D., who has been extensively involved in international conferences, presentations, student experiences and other similar endeavors, coordinated the Chillicothe Campus portion of the symposium. The weeklong conference also involved the Zanesville campus as well as the university’s main campus in Athens, which hosted most of the events.

Symposium participants and presenters included experts from throughout the university and around the globe, who shared a range of perspectives on international education initiatives.

While in Chillicothe, OU-C faculty members Tanya Hire, Greg Obi and Donna Burgraff were joined by Ohio University graduate student and instructor Tamela Dixon for a panel discussion on “Cross Cultural Communication: Preparing Professionals for Diverse Fields.”

Ohio University faculty member Annie Frisoli led a presentation on “Sweet Exchange Strategies for International Student/Faculty Engagement.”

During the opening address, OU-C Dean Martin Tuck addressed various academic programs that are collaborative efforts between the Chillicothe and Athens campuses as well as degrees that can be completed on the Chillicothe campus or another regional campus.

While in town, the group also toured the local Hopewell Cultural Center.

“It was a memorable day, and our panelists offered enlightening thoughts to our delegates from a variety of universities,” Trube said. “Each of them had a unique style of presenting that created connections among the diverse delegates. One of the participating faculty members shared, ‘This is the best conference of this type I’ve come to. We actually had the opportunity to mingle and get to know others. I have three good ideas I can use just from today!’ This comment meant a lot.”

Upcoming OU-C exhibit to feature work of local artist Richard Moore

“Naturally Situated,” an exhibit featuring paintings by Richard Moore, will be displayed in the Bennett Hall Patricia Scott Art Gallery at Ohio University-Chillicothe from July 8 through Aug. 30. The artist will be present at an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 8 in the gallery.

The upcoming exhibit will include approximately 40 oil paintings.

Moore, a native of Ross County, studied telecommunications at Ohio University and art at the Columbus College of Art and Design.

Much of his artistic expression is influenced by this region. According to his biography, Moore’s oil paintings depict the beauty of the southern Ohio landscape. “I believe the area is as beautiful as nature has to offer. When I take in the landscape, I find no lack of subjects for my art. A great deal of the subject matter takes on a very personal affection largely because I have always lived here,” he says.

He also has an appreciation for the region’s history and heritage.

“I'm constantly reminded of the area’s past. I search the roads outside of town for structures among the cultivated land. I find buildings of utility—isolated and solitary, while others are compounded, continuing to grow over the years,” Moore says in his artist statement for the upcoming exhibit “I consider their relationship with the surroundings. I wonder what stories they could tell. I study the familiar, the worn and aged, the naturally situated. When I stumble upon scenes that move me, it's sometimes clear and exciting, while others I ponder with a curiosity. From season to season, nature gives me something different to see.”

“With my painting, I aspire to capture time, to tell a story, and leave it with soul.”

Kids in College program draws interest of statewide school boards association

Gary Motz of the Ohio School Boards Association was recently on campus to create an article on Kids in College (KIC) for the August/ September issue of Journal, the association’s publication. He viewed students in a “Crime Lab Scene” class taught by OU-C faculty member Sonja Rawn.

“One thing that impressed me was that the program offers high-quality sessions at such an affordable rate. That's especially important for lower-income families whose children might not have opportunities for summer enrichment were it not for this program,” Motz remarked “I also was very impressed by the enthusiasm I saw in everyone, from the administrators to the instructors to the students. I also talked to a parent who echoed my thoughts about the program being high quality and affordable.”

The popular KIC program began 28 years ago and is a long-standing Chillicothe tradition. This year, 115 youth participated in educational activities. The program provides opportunities for area youth to combine summertime fun while enriching their academic skills by studying areas of interest. KIC is one way in which the Chillicothe Campus connects with the region it serves.

Connecting with the community

OU-C Dean Martin Tuck was recently sworn in as president of the Chillicothe Rotary International Club for the upcoming year. Many Chillicothe Campus members are involved in service clubs, school associations, volunteer activities and other endeavors that improve the quality of life for the region.  In this way, the campus’ community connections remain strong and OU-C’s mission is put into action.