Thursday, November 10, 2016

OUC culminates 70th Anniversary with Dinner Theater event

As a part of Ohio University – Chillicothe’s 70th anniversary celebration, a dinner theater event will take place on Nov. 18, 2016 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Bennett Hall.
The dinner will afford the opportunity for reminiscing of OUC’s storied past alongside alumni and friends of the university. Proceeds from the event will go to the Academic Success Center Expansion.
Following the dinner event, the OUC Theater Program will present “We (don’t) Remember: Cultural Memory in south-central Ohio” beginning at 8:00 p.m. The show peeks into the history lenses of south central Ohio and showcases multiple viewpoints to tell stories of the region. The portrayal of cultural norms, differences, and practices and will highlight some of Ohio’s richest history surrounding Hopewell Mounds, Erie Canal, Tecumseh, the creation of the state seal and more.
“While we have some grounding in the written and documented record of the region, we have a lot of fun with some of the past events we deal with, tweaking what the written record would have us believe of the past,” said Dr. Lance Mekeel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater and Communications.
The show will run from Nov. 18 through Nov. 20 in Bennett Hall Auditorium beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 for general admission, $3 for faculty and staff and free for students.
RSVPs for the dinner event are taking place through November 14. Contact Joyce Atwood at 740.710.7732 for more information.  
This two-part event serves as a culmination in the celebration of Ohio University – Chillicothe’s rich 70-year history in the area dating back to its start in 1946 as Ohio University’s first regional campus.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Glass Enclosures showcases OUC students' creative writing skills

A crowd of students filled the library to hear snippets from the new writings in the 6th edition of Glass Enclosures released on November 9. The sounds of nervous laughter and ruffling pages carried through the air as people settled into their chairs, ready to hear the excerpts of writings that many students had worked on over numerous months.


The Glass Enclosures publication, a concerted effort between OUC students and their professors, Debra Nickles and Dr. Tony Vinci, collaboratively showcases the work of students and alumni in many forms and fashions. From short stories, to poems and non-fiction work, the book covers all facets of writing and serves as an outlet of expression for many. 


“It takes a lot of courage to send your own work in,” said Morgan Bivens, a Junior at OUC working towards her Bachelor’s of Specialized Studies in English, Sociology and History.


Bivens, a 2015 graduate of Circleville High School, was heavily involved in the process of bringing this edition of Glass Enclosures to life. She served as designer and editor, working to ensure the publication process stayed on track with the help of section editors and that the layout and design was properly formatted for printing.


“It was a lot of work but it ended up being really rewarding,” she stated. “It was fun to work with everyone and talk with all the writers in the book.”


Professor Nickles, who led the program and group readings, offered words of praise for the students and participants in the program.


“I think we at OUC  can be beacons of light and hope in our local communities through these types of  writings and these forms of self expression. Creativity is more important than ever.” 


Submissions for the next edition of Glass Enclosures will be accepted through April 14, 2017. Copies of the 6th edition are available in the Fishbowl Writing Center or by contacting Professor Debra Nickles.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ohio University - Chillicothe to celebrate 70th anniversary during Heritage Day

Ohio University – Chillicothe will commemorate its 70th anniversary Nov. 17, 2016 during its annual Heritage Day celebration at the Stevenson Center beginning at 6 p.m.
Community members, alumni, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the festivities for the evening which will encompass an expanded program featuring a video highlight the campus’ 70 years of operation, Hors d’oeuvres, and a performance by the Shimmering Silver Flute Quartet.
“We are honored to share this momentous occasion in OUC history with the community that has supported the campus throughout the years,” said Martin Tuck, OUC Campus Dean. “Heritage Day allows us to pay homage to our storied legacy in Chillicothe while also paying tribute to our students who have dedicated their time and efforts to the betterment of the school and the Chillicothe area at large.”
OUC’s Heritage Day, now in its fourth year, celebrates the partnership between the campus and the region it serves while recognizing outstanding students who embody the qualities of community servants, philanthropists or volunteers. 
The public is invited to attend the ceremony. For more information, contact Kim McKimmey at 740.774.7222 or