Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dean Tuck Visits Ohio Statehouse in Honor of Regional Campus Day

Dean Martin Tuck and Deidre Davitt visited the Ohio statehouse Nov. 15 in honor of Ohio Regional Campus Day where they presented information on Ohio University – Chillicothe.

Dean Tuck and Ms. Davitt, a third year nursing student at OUC and Chillicothe native, met with Ohio State Senator Bob Peterson and Representative Gary Scherer, who represent Ohio districts 17 and 92 respectively.
During their time with Sen. Peterson and Rep. Scherer, conversations centered around the importance of regional campuses, partnerships that OUC has developed in the Chillicothe area and the advantages of the College Credit Plus program for high school students.

“We are grateful for the time that Sen. Peterson and Rep. Scherer took the time to speak with us about the importance of affordable education in the region and for allowing us to highlight the strategic initiatives that OUC has taken to further educational opportunities for students,” said Dean Tuck. “They were impressed by the strong partnerships that are being formed in Chillicothe and our responsiveness to educational and financial needs of high school students seeking to reduce college debt through participation in the College Credit Plus program.”

Davitt, who graduated from Chillicothe High School in 2014, shared her experiences with the lawmakers regarding both the CCP program and affordable education.

“OUC offered something that all the other schools I was looking at didn’t,” she said. “I was able to pursue a four-year degree after participating in the CCP program in high school at an institution that was affordable, local and nationally recognized.”

College Credit Plus, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, allows high school students to earn dual credits while taking courses from community colleges or universities for free. OUC currently has 160 students enrolled in the program.

The Chillicothe campus has developed firm working relationships with key organizations to leverage their strengths for the advancement of student success. With the help of Adena Health System, OUC is able to offer an academic degree completion program that is tailored to help the health system’s employees gain the necessary skills needed for career advancement. Since 2015, Adena employees can pursues a Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies degree with an emphasis in health care administration and applied management.

Beginning in the fall of this year, students at the Pickaway Ross Career and Technology Center were afforded an opportunity to pursue an associates degree in Environmental Technology through an expanded partnership. Students are also able to utilize the OUC health and wellness facility on campus to work toward their sports medicine program completion.

OUC has numerous other liaisons with businesses, organizations and institutions throughout the region that focus on the advancement of our students and the community as a whole. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Shaping the Future of Activism on Campus

How can one affect change? Whether it's thinking about a circle of friends, the community, state or nation, many students are perplexed about how they can use their voices to make a difference. Recognizing a need for direction and influence, Ohio University – Chillicothe will begin offering a new course centered around civic activism starting this spring.

In the sprit of conjuring deep analytical thinking and going beyond conversations in an enriching liberal arts fashion, this course, simply titled Activism, will explore the topic from diverse viewpoints and multiple instructors.

Throughout the class, students will be exposed to 11 different guest lecturers who are industry leaders in their fields of psychology, political science, history, sociology, and art to name a few, and who bring a dynamic viewpoint as to how students can get involved and in what form activism can take.

“I think this kind of interdisciplinary collaboration is imperative to preparing our students for what lies ahead in their careers, but also on the importance of being engaged in their communities with activism and service work,” said Sarah Webb, Social Work lecturer and course contributor.

Debra Nickles, OUC Assistant Professor in English, spearheaded the creation of the course with the collaboration of numerous professors, colleagues and lecturers.

“We’re already doing the work of approaching the issues of activism on the campus,” said Nickles. “I want to honor what’s already happening by providing a course that brings these ideas together for students and creates a space to engage new ways of participating in local, national and global communities.”

Students can expect a blended course of instruction featuring both online discussions and in class lectures and work. The fundamentals of activism, how its defined, used and transformed into a productive movement will be the main topics of the class.

Dr. Tony Vinci, Professor of English and future guest lecturer, hopes students can gain a deep understanding for what they can do tomorrow to become empowered to pursue daily problems in their life, community and beyond.

Students interested in taking WGS 2000, Activism, can speak to an advisor for registration. Questions on the class can be directed to Debra Nickles at