Friday, October 14, 2016

Human Services Association Car Show this weekend

The Human Services Association (HSA) at Ohio University-Chillicothe is hosting its second Historic Transportation Bonanza Car Show on October 15, 2016. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m., and the show will take place from noon until 3:00 p.m. in the front Kmart parking lot, 1470 N. Bridge Street in Chillicothe, Ohio.

The good times are all for a good cause as the Historic Transportation Bonanza Car Show aims to raise funds for another community service event, the annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza at OU-C.

As an organization, the HSA goal is to engage its members by offering opportunities to aid local  social service agencies, organize fundraisers, educate others and raise awareness about local issues. The students also develop a variety of skills through their involvement including networking, group work, professional ethics and problem solving.

Kyle Keim, Co-President of the Human Services Association, said, “I want to invite people to bring all makes and models, classic or restored cars, trucks, and motorcycles to the car show.”

There will be an award presentation at 3:00 pm.  Additionally, a food booth and raffles will be available. There is a $10 entrance fee and the vehicles will be parked between 11:00 to noon.

Barbara Mahaffey, Ph.D., Human Services Association advisor, notes that the proceeds will go toward buying an enormous amount of candy to be distributed at the annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza event, planned for October 28 at the Ohio University-Chillicothe Shoemaker Center.

Annual College Night a success for students and campus

Area high school students and their parents had the opportunity to explore the offerings of approximately 50 colleges and universities during the annual College Night event held on Oct. 12 in the Shoemaker Center on the Ohio University - Chillicothe campus. Both the Chillicothe campus and Athens campus of Ohio University were among those represented at the event.

This annual event is key realization of OU-C’s mission. In helping local students and families connect with institutions, organizations and various financial support options, the Chillicothe campus is able to fulfill its role serving as a community resource.

“No matter where area students pursue their college dreams, our hope is to serve as the first step in their journey,” said Dean Martin Tuck.

The Chillicothe Campus was founded in 1946, largely to provide World War II veterans the opportunity to use their GI Bill benefits to pursue their college dreams. The annual college night event is a continuation of that opportunity, opening doors to area families, many who may be connecting with a college representative for the first time.

“College Night provides OU-C the opportunity to not only share insights on the college admissions and financial aid processes, but it is an incredible chance to watch students embark on the very first step in finding a career that allows them to turn their passions into professions,” said Tuck.

Those who attended College Night had the opportunity to explore degree options, transfer options, admission requirements, and college costs as well as financial aid options. Besides the various educational institutions, representatives of some branches of the Armed Forces and various scholarship and loan programs were in attendance.

“We want to ensure that area students are aware of the advantages that OU-C offers, including the friendliness of a small campus and resources of a national university. More than that, it is important that that our area students realize the opportunities that are available to them,” OUC Director of Student Services John Fisher said.

For those unable to attend, or for on-going support, students are encouraged to visit the Student Services Office in Bennett Hall where dedicated staff can assist with everything from the admissions process, financial aid, advising and more.

The local Kiwanis Club chapter and OU-C sponsored the College Night event.

‘Dine with the Dean’ activity on tap

OU-C students will have the opportunity to break bread with Dean Martin Tuck during the upcoming “Dine with the Dean” event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 in Bennett Hall, room 105. The activity gives students opportunity to ask questions, express concerns and engage with the dean. A free lunch is provided.

Community sponsors needed for treat tables

The 11th annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza Event has been scheduled at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Shoemaker Center on October 28, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Each year, OU-C’s Human Services Association (HSA) student organization works to provide a safe place for children and families to attend. The student club and Trick or Treat Extravaganza Event also provides students majoring in OU-C’s Human Service Technology program a learning opportunity as they organize and host a community-oriented service event.

Currently, the students are seeking organizations, businesses, agencies, and interested persons to sponsor treat tables, game prizes, bounce houses, safety educational activities, and arts and craft supplies.

One of the most popular elements of the Trick or Treat Extravaganza is the Treat Alley held along the upper walkway around the gym floor. The treat table sponsors are to bring sealed bags of store purchased candy and arrive at the Shoemaker gym between 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the day of the event.  There is no charge to sponsor a table. Table space and two chairs are provided for each Treat Alley table sponsor.

The HSA is also collecting donations toward their purchase of large amounts of candy to be distributed during the evening.

For more information about the event, contact Barbara Mahaffey, Human Services Technology Program Coordinator, at (740) 774-7287 or by email at