Friday, September 30, 2016

Nominations sought for OU-C service awards to recognize current and former students making an impact

Chillicothe Campus students have a legacy of making a difference.

In that spirit, the fourth annual service awards will be presented to current and former students who are making a special impact globally or in their communities. The awards will be presented when Ohio University-Chillicothe commemorates Heritage Day beginning at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

These awards capture the spirit of Heritage Day and the Chillicothe Campus’ mission of preparing students for lives of impact and engaging with the region. Nominations are sought from OU-C students, faculty and staff members as well as OU-C alumni and community members.

These awards include:


These awards recognize current students (either individuals or groups) who are actively involved in efforts such as community outreach, volunteer activities and/or philanthropy efforts, either formally or informally.


These awards are designed to recognize individuals who have attended OU-C within the last five years and who have demonstrated outstanding service to their local communities or the global community through efforts such as volunteer activities, participation/leadership in civic organizations, philanthropy, engagement with OU-C and other service projects, either formally or informally.

To nominate a possible recipient, submit a nomination letter of 200 words or fewer by 5 p.m. on Oct. 30 to Kim McKimmy at and include ‘Service Award Nomination’ in the subject line. Letters should clearly describe the service activities the nominee has engaged in that warrant consideration for an award.

Nominators should indicate which award the nomination is for as well as their contact information and that of those individuals being nominated. A committee will determine and notify the recipients.

Recipients will receive a certificate and will be recognized at the Heritage Day event. It is anticipated that recipients will represent a range of academic, professional and civic pursuits.

More details about the Heritage Day events will be forthcoming. The occasion is intended to serve as a homecoming-style event on a commuter campus and connect with community members, many of whom are former students. The event is free, and members of the campus and area community are invited to attend. The occasion will include refreshments and entertainment.

Former Chillicothe faculty earn Emeriti status at Ohio University

This month, two former Ohio University Chillicothe faculty were recognized by the Ohio University Emeriti Association for being awarded Emeriti Status at Ohio University. Former English professor Dr. Veena Kasbekar and former theater professor Dr. Ken Breidenbaugh received the recognition on September 15 during a luncheon ceremony of the association.

“Both Dr. Veena Kasbekar and Dr. Ken Breidenbaugh were dedicated faculty members during their extensive tenures at Ohio University. They demonstrated on-going commitment to the campus, the community, their profession, and, most importantly, their students,” said OU-C Dean Martin Tuck. “We are very proud they were selected for this honorable designation.”

Emeriti status is awarded to retired faculty and certain staff members upon the recommendation of the faculty, dean and upper administration. Factors that contribute to the consideration by these individuals include length of service, quality of teaching as well as research, the individual’s contribution to the University in administrative and committee work, as well as service to society beyond the University.

Dr. Veena Kasbekar and Dr. Ken Breidenbaugh are great examples of these attributes.

Kasbekar, Ph.D., professor of English, retired from OU-C following the 2014-15 academic year. She first joined the faculty in 1980. Kasbekar was known for her passion for literature and her ability to spark that interest in her students. She also served on numerous committees for associations around the state, as well as presented at conferences in Ohio and across the country.

Kasbekar recently established an annual gift, awarding $200 apiece to five students for costs such as tuition, books, and living expenses. The Veena P. Kasbekar Achievement Award continues her legacy and aims to help future OU-C students write the next chapters in their academic careers. Read more here.

Breidenbaugh, who joined the OU-C faculty in 1989 and retired following the 2012-13 academic year, was the architect behind the development of the campus' theater program. Under his tutelage, OU-C’s theater program became a staple of campus life, supporting the cultural life of the campus and community. The OU-C theater opened with its first performance in March 1997, with Breidenbaugh producing his 50th play at the Chillicothe Campus in the fall of 2009.

A Chillicothe native, Breidenbaugh earned his Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree in theater from Ohio University in 1975 after spending the first year of his college career on the Chillicothe Campus, his Master’s Degree of Fine Arts in art history from the university in 1986 and his doctoral degree in comparative arts from Ohio University in 1995.  Read more here about his contributions to the campus.

Informational meeting scheduled for 2017 SOPTI Basic Police Academy Class

An informational meeting for individuals interested in enrolling in the 2017 Basic Police Academy Class will be held on October 10 and October 11 in room 111 of the Technology and Business Development Center at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

Those interested may attend one of two sessions, which will be offered on Monday, October 10 at 12 p.m., and on Tuesday, October 11 at 6 p.m. The class is sponsored by the Southern Ohio Police Training Institute and offers the curriculum required for those seeking certification as peace officers in the state of Ohio.

The Technology and Business Development Center is located at 22 S. Pohlman Rd., Chillicothe. To RSVP, please contact SOPTI Commander Terri Mikesh at 740-774- 7286 or

Annual Majors Fair on Wednesday, October 5

As a reminder, the Hilltopper Advising Center at Ohio University Chillicothe will host its annual Majors Fair on Wednesday, October 5 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.

Read more here.

Walgreens flu shots on OU-C campus next Tuesday

Ohio University has partnered with Walgreens to provide a convenient flu shot program this fall. Walgreens representatives will be on the Chillicothe campus on 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.