Friday, September 23, 2016

Suicide Prevention Candlelight Vigil

The 2016 graduating class of the Master in Education in counseling, the Human Services Technology program, and the Paint Valley ADAMH Board are hosting a Suicide Prevention Awareness candlelight vigil on Thursday, September 29 from 7:00 p.m. until 7:45 p.m. in front of the Stevenson Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The public is welcome to attend.

September is Suicide Prevention month and brief information that promotes “Connecting to Life” will be discussed. People who wish to provide brief talks are to contact Barbara A. Mahaffey at

Hilltopper Advising Center to host annual Majors Fair

The Hilltopper Advising Center at Ohio University Chillicothe will host its annual Majors Fair on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in the Shoemaker Center from 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

The Majors Fair is designed to allow all OU-C students the opportunity to visit with representatives of the different majors available at Ohio University. With more than 50 majors represented, students have the chance to explore their many options, both in Chillicothe and the main campus. Representatives from Career Services, Veterans Services, and other service offices will also be in attendance.

The event is aimed at undecided students, but all students are welcome.

“We know students change their major. We want the ‘re-deciding’ students to attend too,” said Cristy Null, Coordinator of the Hilltopper Advising Center. “We also want students to consider the value of a second degree, minor, or even skill building electives that are attractive to employers.”

Now in its seventh year, the event has grown since first being held in the hallways of Bennett Hall. After expanding beyond Stevenson Center, the event was moved in 2015 to the Shoemaker Center, allowing plenty of room for everyone to move about and converse comfortably.

This year, the Majors Fair is being hosted a few weeks earlier to educate students ahead of the last day to change a major for fall semester on Friday, October 7. This provides the opportunity for students to declare any major, minor, or certificate this semester, instead of having to wait until Spring.

Students entering the Majors Fair are given a list of participating Colleges and majors.  Additionally, students are provided questions to ask representatives in case they are unsure of what to say or ask.

Beth Barnes, academic advisor and instructor of the UC 1000 course, Mastering the University Experience, has additional plans for her students, to ensure they get the most out of the event.

“Students in the UC 1000 courses will have completed an interest inventory before the Majors Fair, identified several majors to explore, and developed questions for the event as a part of a semester long academic planning assignment,” said Barnes. “We believe this preparation adds to the value of the Majors Fair experience for the student.”

Dr. John Fisher, Director of Student Services, added that the Majors Fair is also an excellent way for prospective high school students to get information about academic offerings at Ohio University. “We have confirmed that five high schools will bring groups of students this year.”

While on campus these high school students will take a tour and receive admission information, and as well as participate in a preparing for college workshop in which tips for selecting a major are provided.

“The exposure is good for students that are interested in attending OU-C, but also for those who want to start in Chillicothe and relocate to the main campus after several semesters,” said Fisher.

Invitations were sent to students who have expressed interest in attending OU-C in the future or applied to attend in the Spring.

The Hilltopper Advising Center is the campus’ central resource for academic advising. All students are welcome to visit with an advisor in the Hilltopper Advising Center to discuss a myriad of subjects related to classes, degrees, requirements, and more.

Located in Room 270 of Bennett Hall, the Hilltopper Advising Center also has a small number of computers available for students to take assessments, conduct registration activities, or access information. Hours for the Hilltopper Advising Center are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Interested students or individuals can contact Cristy Null at or call (740) 774-7752 for more information about Majors Fair.

Theatre Director/Educator Dr. Matt Saltzberg to give Kennedy Lecture

In honor of 70 years of Culture and Memory, a theme for Ohio University Chillicothe this year for its 70th birthday, the campus will hold its annual Kennedy Lecture on Thursday, October 6, 2016. The lecture will take place at 1:00 p.m. in the Bennett Hall Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. Teachers, students, and community members are encouraged to attend. Seating in the auditorium is first-come, first-served.

Dr. Matt Saltzberg, theatre director and educator, will give a lecture titled “Rehearsing Empathy.” The talk will explore educators’ relationships with students, highlighting empathy as the means of strengthening those connections.

Saltzberg believes that educators need to be more aware of and attuned to their physical presence, their bodies, and the bodies in the room with them, especially in how they relate to students.

He says, “in the Western world we’re so removed from our body,” as products of Enlightenment thinking influenced by Rene Descartes’s proposition “I think, therefore I am.” But empathy is in the body, according to Saltzberg.

For the theatre director and educator, an act as simple as greeting students by name on their way into the classroom can make a significant impact not only on the relationships between student and teacher, but also on the student’s outlook on their day and life in general.

Educators have a responsibility to their students preceding even sharing and creating knowledge with them: “We have to treat students like people,” Saltzberg says.

The annual Kennedy Lecture at OU-C aims to attract nationally recognized speakers who share expertise from diverse fields. Funded through an Ohio University grant, previous speakers include: author Dr. Miki Crawford, who presented work from her book Japanese War Brides in America: An Oral History, historian Dr. Charles McKinney, who spoke on recent civil rights issues, and Russian-American political scholar, Dr. George Hudson.

Walgreens partners with OU-C to offer flu shot for students and employees

Ohio University has partnered with Walgreens to provide a convenient flu shot program this fall. Walgreens representatives will be on the Chillicothe campus October 4 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and October 5, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Bennett Hall, Rm. 105. A limited number of free vouchers will also be available for students who do not have insurance.

Employees and family members (14 years of age and older) can receive a flu shot.   Employees must present their Express Scripts identification card at the time of services.