Thursday, December 1, 2016

Two OUC Women's Hilltoppers Score Career 1000th Point in November

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Ohio University – Chillicothe seniors Jennifer Grigsby and Brittany Reader scored their career 1000th point with the Hilltopper women’s basketball program in November.  

Grigsby and Reader, both 5-foot 9-inch guards hailing from Frankfort and Chillicothe respectively, achieved their athletic milestones on during two separate games Nov. 16 and 23 .

Grigsby earned her coveted 1000th point during the OUC versus Miami University - Hamilton game and Reader during the OUC versus Ohio University - Lancaster game.

“I was finally able to score my 1000th career point for OUC and it has been one of my personal goals since high school,” described Reader on a photo captioning the moment. “I was finally able to achieve it.”

Grigsby is studying Early Childhood Education and Reader is majoring in Physical Therapy. Both have been instrumental in the success of the women’s basketball program at OUC.  

OUC Student Theater Organization brings together community, students for “The Laramie Project”

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The Ohio University – Chillicothe Student Theater Organization will be bringing to life the iconic play, “The Laramie Project” on Dec. 3, 2016 in Bennett Hall Auditorium.

“The Laramie Project,” a play by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project, details the life in the town of Laramie, Wyoming after the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project spent a year in Laramie interviewing more than 200 people and developed a performance that portrays the different views of townspeople, the media and the interviewers in short scenes.

OUC’s version of the play, directed by Sophomore Ernest Herman, joins together community members with theater program students to elicit conversations about being connected and understanding and celebrating differences.

 “I picked ‘The Laramie Project’ because I believe it is more than just a play, it’s cause for discussion which is hard to find in the world of contemporary drama these day,” said Herman, a Waverly native majoring in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Theater. “I think one thing that this play, and Matthew, can teach us is that we are all connected, we all have different views and beliefs. I hope this [play] is a chance for people to understand and embrace their differences instead of using them for hate.”

Cast members will take on the arduous task of playing 10 different roles throughout the entirety of the show, but Herman is confident in their ability to pull it off.

I think the best part of the process has been working with the cast which is made up of nine people - three community members and six OUC students. It’s been an absolute joy to work with these talented actors and see them bring this story to life.”

The play was originally slated to be a table read with the audience, offering a chance for exposure to the popular play but once Herman read the script, he knew it needed to be a full production.

Upon the conclusion of the show Saturday, a talk back session with the cast and director will be held to answer questions and discuss responses to the production.

The show will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and doors will open 45 minutes prior to show time. Admission is $5 for everyone with all proceeds going toward funding students attending the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Montclair, N.J.

OUC’s Trube announced as Regional Campus Outstanding Professor Award Recipient for 2016


Dr. Mary Barbara Trube, Professor of Education for Ohio University-Chillicothe’s campus, is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Professor Award for Ohio University’s regional campuses.

The award, given annually, formally recognizes faculty members from any of OHIO’s five regional campuses who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Not since 2006 has an OUC faculty member received this prestigious accolade.

Dr. Mary Barbara Trube
“We are so honored to have Dr. Trube as a colleague and are proud to be able to recognize her educational, professional and service-related accomplishments,” said Dr. Martin Tuck, Dean of OUC. “She is truly deserving of this award and continues to make significant contributions to the Early Childhood Education programs at OUC as well as helping to forge international partnerships and global impact.”

Dr. Trube’s most noteworthy accomplishments over the past three years have included her work in content based approaches to academic literacy in English with Chinese educators as well as authoring, co-authoring and writing numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed volumes on mentoring. She has helped to develop partnerships at the local and state levels by contributing to the Pike, Lawrence, Scioto (PILASCO) and Ross County early childhood venue of workshops and professional development for educators and assisted in planning the 2016 Ohio University Symposium for Education Diplomacy.

“It’s an honor to just be recognized,” said Trube. “I’m just glad that [Ohio University] Chillicothe had a nominee who was recognized by the faculty from the other campuses as a professor whose achievements warranted this award.”

Bringing an international approach to education and service at OUC, Dr. Trube was instrumental in facilitating the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Beijing International Studies University and Ohio University. She has also researched and contributed to more than 12 teaching resources published for more than 200 China, Canada, United States English Immersion (CCUEI) affiliated schools in China with collaboration from Chinese, Canadian and American educators.
Dr. Trube delivers a talk at a conference in China.

Her hands-on approach with her students and the extensive knowledge she has in the realm of mentoring, education and innovative course development and presentation have set her apart from others in her field.  She serves as an advisor, mentor, and coach to the students at OUC during their time on campus and after graduation. She is also a collaborative partner with both Ohio University’s Patton College of Education as well as with the other regional campuses.

“The best part of my job is working with and being energized by the students here who have great promise of being outstanding educators,” Trube noted. “The work that we do [in education] is important and the students work tirelessly to accomplish all the tasks and assignments we give them to ensure their future success as educators. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of that and seeing them succeed.”

Dr. Trube has served as a professor at OUC for 15 years and is engaged in highly integrated teaching, scholarship and service at the university.  

Monday, November 28, 2016

Service Awards given to outstanding OUC students impacting local community


Ohio University – Chillicothe honored numerous students who went above and beyond to organize impactful community service projects during the annual Heritage Day celebration held Nov. 17, 2016.  
This year’s winners included Ricky Martin, Jaimee Jenkins, Carly Joseph and the OUC Student Social Work Association.

Martin, a senior who is majoring in communications, demonstrated his passion for service through his efforts to organize a community rally and vigil in the wake of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting in June 2016. He took it upon himself to reach out to several local organizations in order to rally support for the vigil, which brought in nearly 150 people. The event featured numerous speakers, an outreach plan for Orlando and brought light to local organizations that helped to pave a pathway for future endeavors in Chillicothe and foster an inclusive environment on campus and beyond.

Jenkins and Joseph, both early childhood teacher candidates, played a pivotal role in ensuring children at Zane Trace elementary were prepared for Kindergarten by participating as unpaid, volunteer teachers for the Jump Start Program. Jump Start, an intensive 4-week early childhood education program that emphasizes student success, helps students identified as needing additional assistance revisit skills necessary to be successful in Kindergarten. Both Jaimee and Carly’s work helped ensure future success for the children participating in this important program.

The OUC Student Social Work Association demonstrated an impressive and inspiring year of service to the community at large. Through various fundraisers and events, they were able to raise $1,700 for organizations such as the Christian Children’s home of Ohio’s Operation Holiday Smiles – which gave 40 families the ability to provide Christmas presents to their children. They also raised $1,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Ohio through numerous raffles, contests and events. Their dedication to philanthropy and goodwill that benefits local organizations is demonstrative of impactful community service.

“These awards capture the spirit of this event, the campus, and the region by honoring individuals who have a passion for helping others,” said Martin Tuck, Dean of OUC campus. “As a part of their upbringing and formal education, these individuals were taught to be considerate, helpful and to serve the community with their time and talents, and there are none more deserving than those we honored during Heritage Day.”

Each recipient of the award received a certificate of recognition and their names will be inscribed on a plaque in the Stevenson Learning Commons to memorialize their accomplishments.