Friday, May 26, 2017

Ashlee Rauckhorst recognized by Ohio House of Representatives

Ashlee Rauckhorst, coordinator of student activities at Ohio University Chillicothe, has been recognized by the Ohio House of Representatives for her recent “Making a Second Home” award received from Ohio University.

Under the sponsorship of Rep. Gary Scherer of the Ohio House District 92, which encompasses Ross County, Rauckhorst was recognized by the 132nd General Assembly as one of Ohio’s finest citizens.

“You are a remarkable individual, for you have combined civic concern and dedication with the utmost professionalism to become a dynamic leader in the community, and this prestigious honor is a fitting tribute to you for the exemplary efforts you have displayed in many significant endeavors,” reads the citation. “You have visited with students and planned numerous events to help make them feel at home on campus, and through your admirable devotion to service, you have distinguished yourself as a conscientious and hard-working Ohioan.”

In March, Rauckhorst was recognized at the Ohio University Women’s Achievement Dinner as a staff member who goes above and beyond to make students feel welcome on campus. The “Making a Second Home” award is designated for those who have filled familial roles on campus and have helped students adjust to college life.

The event, held annually in Athens, highlights the achievements, success and breakthroughs of women faculty and staff at Ohio University.

To read more about Ashlee’s award, see our previous story here.

Monday, May 22, 2017

OUC Associate Dean keynotes Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference in Mexico

--> Ohio University Chillicothe Associate Dean, Dr. Brenda Phillips, will be a keynote speaker discussing social vulnerabilities and early warning disaster preparedness at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction’s Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference in Cancún, Mexico, May 22 through 23, 2017.

Phillips is a renowned scholar in emergency management and disaster preparedness and serves as a subject matter expert for the U.S. Office of the Federal Coordinator of Meteorology.

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, as recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, is the main forum at the global level for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of international instruments on disaster risk reduction.

The Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference, held by invitation only, aims to demonstrate to countries how they can build, improve the availability of, and their community’s access to, multi-hazard early warning, risk information and assessment. Specifically, it seeks to inform how countries and international organizations can address key gaps in information dissemination, while highlighting the importance of strengthening efforts for individual and cluster hazards early warning systems.

Dr. Phillips’ talk, titled, “Risk Informed Early Warning Systems – the first mile with socially vulnerable populations,” will highlight social vulnerabilities and how to utilize early warning systems to inform highly vulnerable populations.

“The goal is to try to improve early warning systems and to help people understand what their risks are and to help organizations, emergency managers, meteorologists and others be ready to help people, involve people, and support people through that process,” Phillips said. “We want to make sure that people can get information, understand it and can act on it as quickly as possible.”

“My role in giving the keynote is to motivate and inspire people to get them focused on who is most vulnerable and how do we reduce that vulnerability,” she noted. “How can we make this planet a safer place for everybody?”

Phillips’ topic emphasizes building partnerships in a variety of groups that will increase efficacy for early warnings of disasters.

“How do we work at the household level with encouraging families to be more risk informed and more ready to be able to evacuate or shelter? Or, how do we work with the faith-based sector and involve Pastors, Rabbis, or Imams to be able to help us get information out to their followers and to understand what the risks are that face them,” she questioned. “They’ve been involved in response efforts for a long time, so let’s get them involved on the front end and then build partnerships to make sure that those who are in the highest risks can do that.”

Vulnerabilities are particularly dependent based upon the location of the people, and how they live and work to sustain their livelihoods and families. These populations each face unique challenges in regard to early warning notifications and risk reduction, which aren’t carried out in the traditional means of notification that we would use in the United States.

“In certain locations, people have to be at the coast because that’s where their homes and their work is located – even when we’ve tried to move them further inland, they resist because it makes their life more difficult. So, people are actually forced into hard choices about where they’re going to live in order to feed their families,” she noted. “So, there are some island nations that are pretty isolated that are vulnerable to climate change, increased sea level rise and tsunami events. In these locations, there are also legends and stories that have been passed down from generation to generation about how they survived previous catastrophic events, and my question to the audience will be, ‘How can we leverage that knowledge that people have within their own cultures to act on it so that they can recognize what happens [when a disaster is approaching]?’”

Phillips noted a particularly sad story about the aftermath of a tsunami in India when approximately 18,000 residents died due to the storm surge and flooding that occurred.

“When the water pulled back, people ran forward because they saw fish and shells and things that they kids could get to and they’d never seen anything like this before and they didn’t have an understanding of what was about to happen,” she explained. “So, when the wave came back, it was 30 to 40 feet high and we lost approximately 18,000 people in a 5 kilometer stretch of India.”

Phillips talked about other island nations that have legends about previous tsunamis including Vanuatu, which describes the weather event in the form of two bears who were angry with each other. One is very arrogant and stays on the shore and the other bear decides to seek higher ground after seeing the water pull back and he goes up the hill and survives.

“You can leverage these stories – the knowledge bases that people have - to be able to make them safer,” she said. “Maybe in the U.S., it’s in a tweet that this information can go out, but maybe some place else, it’s a story that has to be passed down.”

The overall goal is to seek ways to get information to people so that they can make good decisions so that when they get these warnings they can respond appropriately.

“We know that when we give people warnings they hesitate or wait to confirm with each other before taking action,” Phillips noted. “We really need to kick start that, but how? We can combat it through social networks such as their faith communities, their neighborhoods, parent-teacher organizations, and even medical providers.”

She underscored that someone you know personally, and trust, holds more credibility and increases the likelihood of people responding to the message, in this case, an early warning for a disaster.

A large portion of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction focuses on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global agreement adopted at the third UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, which Dr. Phillips talk in the Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference deals with. By discussing risk informed early warning systems, the message becomes clear, as the Sendai Framework outlines the shift from disaster management to risk management. The goal of the UN adopting the Sendai Framework is, over the course of 15 years, to develop mechanisms across the globe that address the underlying drivers of disaster risk and establish a clear expected outcome focused on reducing risk.  

Throughout the rest of the conference, leaders from around the world will meet to discuss the challenges being faced to reduce the risk of disasters. More than 300 dignitaries, leaders, Parliamentarians and others global partners will be in attendance.

Dr. Phillips’ talk is one of seven sessions held over the two-day Multi-Hazard Early Warning conference, which is aligned to meet the goal of the Sendai Framework’s Seventh Global target: Substantially increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to the people by 2030.

Dr. Phillips earned her Ph.D. in Sociology and has authored and co-authored numerous books including “Disaster Recovery” and “Introduction to Emergency Management” and she has published research, funded by the National Science Foundation, in a variety of journals. Dr. Phillips earned the Blanchard Award for excellence in emergency management education and the Myers Award for work on the effects of disasters on women and she is an inductee in the International Women’s Hall of Fame for Emergency Management. In Chillicothe, Dr. Phillips volunteers for the Local Emergency Planning Committee and a multi-county Health Care Coalition addressing issues of social vulnerability.  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

OUC to host Religious Tolerance Forum in honor of Stanley Planton

Ohio University Chillicothe will be hosting a Religious Tolerance Forum May 21, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Quinn Library in honor of the late Stanley Planton, former Quinn Library Director at OUC.

Pastor Janet Hatch, Jack Burgess and John O’Keefe will serve as panelist for the forum and guests will be able to view the Religious Tolerance Collection and memorabilia from Stanely Planton’s personal collection.

The Religious Tolerance Collection at the Quinn Library was made possible by a generous donation from renowned author Dan Brown, best known for his works Angels and Demons, Digital Fortress, and The Da Vinci Code.

Interested attendees can contact Joyce Atwood, Resource Development Coordinator, at 740.774.7732 or at

(Provided by Brandi Weaver, Quinn Library Director)

In 1998, Stanley Planton, Quinn Library's head librarian, connected with novelist Dan Brown via a mutual contact.  Planton accepted the daunting task of assisting Brown with research for his new novel, Digital Fortress.  This began a nearly decade-long camaraderie between the two as they worked together on Brown's additional novels Angels and Demons, Deception Point, and The Da Vinci Code.  While writing the novels, Brown would email Planton lists of keywords without revealing the plot; Planton would then dig up research on the keywords in question and send them to the author. 
            In an interview for Outlook, Ohio University's electronic news and information publication, Planton is quoted, "Dan typically sends me a list of key words and phrases with no clue about how they are tied together.  For example, while writing Angels and Demons, the list included:  The number of murdered Popes, causes of death, and examples of proof.  He also asked whether it was possible to make a branding iron white hot, without it losing its shape."  The article continues, "The answer is no, but Brown used it in the book anyway.  Planton laughs when saying Brown doesn't always take his advice."
            Regardless of whether Brown used every piece of advice or not, Planton's research proved invaluable to the novelist.  Brown inscribed a copy of his book The Da Vinci Code for Planton:  "Stan—Without you, this book would have been a lot shorter!  Thanks for all the info, Dan." In 2006, Brown gifted Quinn Library with a generous donation to be used for print resources as a way of showing gratitude for Stan Planton's hours of assistance.

Beginning the Religious Tolerance Collection
            By the time of Brown's monetary gift, Planton had retired from the library.  His successor, Allan Pollchik, used Brown's generous donation to create a collection on religious tolerance.  Pollchik established the Special Collection on Religious Tolerance.  He is quoted as saying, "At this time, when religious tolerance is fanning the flames of violence and war around the globe, it seems especially appropriate and valuable to study this topic so that we can learn from current authors as well as the same authors who influenced Jefferson, one of the framers of our own Constitution."  Not only has this topic been a burning social issue since the Enlightenment, it also reflected the topic of The Da Vinci Code--the book that made Dan Brown a household name.
            The idea of religious tolerance is not a new one.  After hundreds of years of blood struggle between Catholics and Muslims, Protestant and Jewish philosophers of that period suggested the "radical" idea of tolerating people of other religions.  For suggesting this, they were exiled, excommunicated, pilloried, or worse.  However, these philosophers had planted the seeds for tolerance to become an integral part of Western civilization. 
            The idea of a religiously tolerant society continued to develop in Western countries.  Among the earliest philosophers in this movement were Locke (Item A), Bayle (Item C), Voltaire (Items F.1, F.2), and Spinoza (Item G).  Included among the authors of our rare books are Grotius (Item E), who extended these ideas into the international sphere, and early writers Defoe (Robinson Crusoe) and Montaigne (inventor of the essay), whose fame resides more with their literary accomplishments (Items H, D).  Seminal books by Rousseau (Item K), Montesquieu (Item J), and Paine (Item M) demarcated the topic in the 18th century.  The 19th century saw Findley (Item N), Mill (Items O.1, O.2, O.3), and Spencer (Items P.1, P.2, P.3) extend our understanding.  The books of the major 20th century philosophers, Rawls (Item Q), Foucault (Items R.1, R.2, R.3), Nozick (Item S) and Arendt (Item T), are not yet rare, but our collection is preserving them for future generations of scholars.

Creating Opportunities for Transformative Exchange
            Quinn Library's vision is to be a point of pride not only for our nationally distinguished Special Collection, but to foster opportunities for transformative intellectual and cultural exchange.  On September 24-25, 2010, Quinn Library brought the world to Chillicothe by sponsoring and hosting an international conference on Global Citizenship, Collective Identity, and Tolerance.  The conference attracted scholars from ten countries representing western, eastern, northern, and southern hemispheres.  Life-long learners in the community and OU-C students attended the conference for free, allowing them an opportunity to share their considerable insights with scholars from around the world.  A local band played at the conference dinner, including Appalachian music and insight as part of the cross-cultural exchange.
            On January 14, 2017, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease, Stanley Planton passed away.  It is in his memory that the Religious Tolerance Collection continues under the library's current director, Brandi Weaver.  In April 2017, in the wake of Planton's death, Dan Brown generously gifted an additional substantial donation in the memory of a decade-long working relationship and friendship.  The Religious Tolerance Collection, which exists because of Stanley Planton and Dan Brown, puts Quinn Library and Ohio University-Chillicothe firmly in the realm of international repositories for historically valuable collections.

Sue Colley earns May Employee of the Month achievement

Ohio University Chillicothe’s Sue Colley, an administrative associate in the Central Processing Center, was awarded the May 2017 Classified Employee of the Month by the Classified Senate.

The purpose of the award is to acknowledge and recognize those who are setting the standards for excellence and innovation at Ohio University. It is used to award those employees who have shown outstanding individual achievement and performance of their jobs, while inspiring and supporting the achievement of others.

In her role in the CPC, Sue oversees the operations of the campus’s printers, supplies, mail room, teacher evaluation and Scantron processing. She serves as a main point of contact for students, faculty and staff on processing needs of the campus community.

In her nomination, she was described as “customer service minded, going above and beyond when providing support to the faculty and staff at OUC.” Additionally, she was described as a one who “works relentlessly and selflessly to make OUC successful,” and has adapted changes and policies to “provide both reliability and accountability to her customers and student staff.”

For her outstanding performance, Colley received a certificate of appreciation, a certificate for one regular work day off with pay and a goodie bag.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

OUC wins ORCC Title

Story courtesy of the Chillicothe Gazette

Ohio University Chillicothe won the ORCC title game Sunday, beating OU-Zanesville, 6-4.

OUC finishes with a 21-8 record and was both regular season and tournament champs.

OUC has finished in 1st place in the regular season in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2105, 2106 and 2017 seasons.

OUC scored 6 runs on 13 hits and 2 OUZ errors. Lexy Cooper was 2-for-4 with a triple. Kendra Barnes was 2-for-3 with a double. Mary Howard and Brantly Warren were 2-for-2.

Lexy Cooper tripled to left scoring Rachel Roque. A sac fly by Sadie Fox scored Cooper to tie the game at two in the first. OUC added two in the third and two more runs with double by Barnes in the fourth.

Mary Howard started the game pitching for OUC but an injury brought in Cooper in the fourth to finish the game. Cooper picked up the win in relief (9-2)

Earlier in the tournament, OUC beat OU-L, 4-1.

OUC scored 4 runs on only 4 hits. Mary Howard got the win.

OUC also beat Zanesville in Game 2 of the tournament, 5-0.

OUC scored 5 runs on 7 hits and one OUZ error. Roque was 2-for 3 with two runs scored, and two stolen bases. OUC Moe Ison was 2-for-3. OUC scored 3 in the top of the sixth with four hits and one OUZ error. Lexy Cooper got the win.

Kids in College offers summer educational enrichment program for area youth

Ohio University Chillicothe, in partnership with the Chillicothe City Schools and Ross-Pike Education Service District, will once again be hosting the Kids in College (KIC) summer enrichment program in Chillicothe beginning June 5 and ending June 23, 2017.

The program, which has been in existence for more than 29 years, is intended to offer myriad classes in the subjects of science, history, theater and more for children in kindergarten through 8th grade in the area.

KIC is three weeks long and takes places in a different location each week including some area downtown businesses, the YMCA, OUC and Chillicothe Middle School.
This year’s schedule is as follows:
Week 1 held June 5-9; Week 2 held June 12-16; and Week 3 held June 19-23.

Each year, KIC adds new courses to meet the demands of the student population and also as a response to surveys which seek feedback on course content that students and parents are interested in.

This year, new classes include: Make and Move at the Market which focuses on healthy food preparation and exercise and Entrepreneur with Map Your Future and Paper City Coffee; while old favorites such as Ooey, Gooey Science and Forensics Science are also on the schedule.

Students can take up to two classes per week. Each class is held for one week either in the morning or afternoon and it’s encouraged to enroll early to ensure minimum enrollment is met or classes aren’t already filled up.

The cost for KIC is $40 for the first class and $30 for each additional class. Some courses have additional supplies fees, which are listed in the registration packet. A Kids in College tee shirt is also included with the registration fee.

The deadline to register for KIC 2017 is May 26, 2017 at 4 p.m. Interested parties can register online at or by mail/walk in at OUC’s campus. Registration booklets with course information is available at

For questions about the KIC program, contact Ann Holmes at or call 740-774-7239.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Greg Obi authors chapter for “Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change”

Ohio University Chillicothe’s Assistant Professor of Business Management Technology, Greg Obi, recently authored a chapter in book by the International Leadership Association (ILA) on agents for social change.

The book, titled “Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change,” was released in late March and seeks to explore the intersection of grassroots leadership and the arts for social change by accentuating the many victories artists have won for humanity.

Specifically, his chapter focused on Fela Kuti, a Nigerian activist who utilized his music for social change. The chapter, “Fela Kuti: The Man, The Music, The Activist,” provides a nostalgic journey for Obi to reflect on his joyful childhood in Nigeria while paying homage to Kuti.

“Choosing to write about Fela was an easy one for me, having been born and raised in Nigeria,” said Obi. “I think most Nigerians would think of Fela once the topic of artists as grassroots leaders for social change is introduced. Much has been written about him, but most of these past works have been one-dimensional; treating Fela mostly as a music icon, which he really was.”

Obi hopes to be able to change the thought dynamic surrounding leadership and social change through his work on this book.

“Traditionally whenever we speak about leadership and/or social change, we erroneously think of only corporate and political leaders as those who can engender social change,” he explained. “But history and experience has proven otherwise. Hence for us educators, if we must train our students for real-life work and practice, our paradigm must shift from the traditional.”

He continued, “the presentation of music icons such as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti as agents for social change is a step in this paradigm shift. Such work I hope would cause the reader to rethink leadership and identify otherwise unrecognized social change leaders within their own environment.”

By exposing students and other readers to the possibilities of activism and social change taking on many different forms, Obi hopes this comprehensive text will provide a more practical perspective on the topic.
He explained that the book draws upon artists from various parts of the world, who are involved in social change using different mediums. As opposed to the reader needing to travel the world to be exposed to these artists first hand, the book transports them, introducing new concepts, ideas, and thoughts along the way.

Since Obi was able to reflect on a legend in his home country, he felt he owed a debt of gratitude to Fela himself.

“It is a humbling honor for me to be amongst the 20 authors selected out of over 80 submissions for this series” he noted. “I think I owe the debt more to Fela himself, whose life and work, wherever mentioned, draws attention and interest from a diverse audience.”

The book is available through major retailers online and in stores and Obi will be donating two copies to the Quinn Library on campus.

Greg Obi is an Assistant Professor of Business Management Technology and is the campus coordinator of the Business Management Technology Program at OUC. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Purdue University.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dr. Dywayne Nicely receives Editor’s Choice Award for research on supplemental instruction strategies in mathematics

Ohio University Chillicothe’s Dr. Dywayne Nicely recently received the 2017 Association for University Regional Campuses of Ohio (AURCO) Journal Editor’s Choice award for his paper titled, “Implementing a Supplemental Instruction Program for Introductory Statistics at a Regional Campus.”

While the title to his paper may be lengthy, what his research showed was an increase in students’ grades while using supplemental instruction (SI) in a high-risk course such as statistics.
The International Center of Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City describes Supplemental Instruction as a non-remedial approach that targets “high-risk courses” rather than “high-risk students.”

Introductory Statistics has long been categorized as a high-risk course on the Chillicothe campus due to students having difficulties completing it. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, Nicely, with the help and encouragement of OUC Supplemental Instructor coordinator Debra Nickles and SI leader David Felty, implemented SI for his introductory statistic course and began conducting his research to support the effectiveness of the program with anecdotal evidence.

For his research, Nicely studied the data from weekly SI sessions with the students and SI leader who conducted the sessions. This student leader needed to be competent in the subject area and serves as a critical component of a successful program.

What his paper found was that students who regularly participated in the SI sessions performed better than students who occasionally participated or did not participate.

Nicely noted, “There have been success stories after the timeframe that is covered in the paper. Many students got well-earned C’s and even D’s that enabled them to pass the course and I think that is thanks to SI. I really feel that it would have been very difficult for them to do so if they hadn’t. I remember one student who was thrilled with a D in the course, and rightly so. That D helped her graduate. There are also students who have improved their grades (B to B+ and even B’s to A’s) through taking advantage of the SI program. But I’m more delighted with those well-earned C’s and D’s, to be honest with you, because those students would have had to retake the course otherwise.”

Up until this year, Nicely was utilizing the SI program for his course. Due to the demand for quality SI leaders and the complexities of a regional campus student body makeup, he was unable to find a SI leader for this year, as his researched had denoted as a potential downfall.

“I mention this in the paper that this is a major difficulty in general but it’s compounded on a regional campus,” he said. “The pool for potential SI leaders is small and even more so at a regional campus.”

He mentioned receiving the award was an honor, especially considering this year’s Journal had the lowest acceptance rate for its publ

 “It means a great deal,” he said. “AURCO represents all of the 24 regional campuses in the state of Ohio and for my paper to be selected as the best from this year’s submissions was a real honor.” 

He also hopes that others will see the positive results of the implementation of a SI program.

“I’d hope that they [other researchers] would improve on what we did with their own research,” he said. “I’d love to see research that showed positive results through grade improvement and a reduction in the amount of withdrawals at a regional campus.”  

Nicely is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and teaches eight different math courses at OUC. He is a first-generation college graduate from rural West Virginia and received his doctorate in applied mathematics from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  

The AURCO Journal is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary scholarly journal published annually that is dedicated to advancing knowledge through empirical investigation and theoretical analysis.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Diekroger, Everson to receive Rich Bebee Leadership Award

The Rich Bebee Leadership Award for 2017 has been bestowed upon two former distinguished Ohio University Chillicothe students, Dr. Diane Diekroger and Jack Everson. The two will be formally recognized during the Graduate Recognition ceremony April 28, 2017 at OUC’s Shoemaker Center.

The award recognizes former Ohio University Chillicothe students who exemplify service to the university, philanthropic support, recognition in their professional field and service to the community. The award is named in honor of Richard Bebee, who was Dean of the Chillicothe Campus from 2001 to 2010. Past winners include Martha Gerber Rittinger in 2012, Ken Breidenbaugh in 2013, Julie Lyddon Gourley in 2014, Stephen Gary in 2015 and James Caldwell in 2016. 

Diekroger earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree from Valparaiso University in 1969, her Master in Social Work in 1971 from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. and her Doctorate in Counselor Education from Ohio University in 1988. 

After serving as a school social worker in the St. Louis public schools, Diekroger joined Ohio University Chillicothe where she went on to fill roles in numerous positions for the Chillicothe Campus including adjunct faculty, Academic Retention Counselor, College Adjustment Coordinator and Coordinator of Student Support and Career Services. As an involved Ross County resident, Diekroger’s civic contributions have included work with the Chillicothe Branch of American Association of University Women, Ross County Mental Health Association, Ross County YMCA, the Sew ‘N’ Sews, a local quilting group whose mission is to make and give away quilts to those in need, and the Chivaho Credit Union Scholarship Committee. 

Everson’s pursuit of higher education began at Ohio University Chillicothe before transferring to the Athens Campus to earn his Bachelor of General Science with an emphasis in Physics in 1977. He currently holds the position of senior consultant for American Management Services, a national firm that performs business rescue for small to medium sized companies. 

His contributions to Ohio University Chillicothe and Ross County are far reaching. His civic involvement includes his role as former Mayor of Chillicothe as well as service to numerous boards of directors, alliances, commissions and councils dedicated to the betterment of Ross County and the state of Ohio. 

Everson was instrumental in instituting the athletic “Wall of Fame” for OUC athletes in the Shoemaker Center and his focus on partnerships with the Chillicothe Campus while Mayor of Chillicothe strengthened ties for the two institutions in the community. 

Both Diekroger and Everson embody the spirit of the Rich Bebee Leadership Award and will be honored for their significant contributions to the betterment of Ohio University Chillicothe.

Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 Children’s Champion Awards

The Ohio University Chillicothe Child Development Center presented the  2017 Children’s Champion Award to the Transition Class-Pioneer Center and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Mobile Care Center April 21, 2017.

Principal Regina Speas accepted the award for Pioneer. The Transition Class-Pioneer Center volunteers on a monthly basis to sanitize the children’s toys at the CDC.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital was also recognized for their support through the Mobile Care Center which schedules appointments to provide immunization and wellness screenings for the preschoolers and any Ross County students needing those services. Kelsey Sturgill accepted the award on behalf of Children’s Hospital.  
Also recognized were Megan Brumfield and Jan Detty from McDonald’s for their efforts in introducing the Mobile Care Unit to the CDC.  
Ohio University Chillicothe’s Child Development Center serves more than 230 preschool students each year. The community has been very supportive to the children at the Center and Preschoolers have greatly benefited from the on-going services provided by the Children’s Champions.
Previous award recipients have been the Chillicothe Jaycees, Junior Civic League, The United Way of Ross County, Natural Resource Conservation Service, OUC faculty, staff, and students at Bennett Hall and Darwin Billett.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney, Danielle Ball to deliver speeches at OUC Graduation Recognition

The City of Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney and Ohio University Chillicothe’s graduating senior Danielle Ball will deliver remarks at this year’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony on April 28, 2017.

OUC’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony honors the accomplishments of the Class of 2017 at the regional campus level the night before commencement at Ohio University.

Feeney will keynote the ceremony held in the OUC Shoemaker Center while Ball will give the class remarks as the chose student representative.

Mayor Feeney is a graduate of Ohio University and Case Western Reserve School of Law. He was elected to his current position in 2015 and since taking office has worked to reopen two shuttered fire stations, increase the public safety staffing for fire and police departments in the city and has invested more than $1 million in public infrastructure through street paving projects. He is a long-time advocate for public service having served on numerous boards of directors for community organizations and worked on behalf of low income people and senior citizens with South Eastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS).

The class speaker for this year’s ceremony is Danielle Ball, a social work major who hails from Chillicothe. She transferred to OUC two years ago from Shawnee State and was selected to deliver the class address by the graduation committee.

“I feel honored to have even been nominated and it’s a wonderful opportunity to get to represent the class of 2017,” said Ball. “Coming into OUC, I didn’t even know how it would all play out, but it’s gone exponentially better than I expected. It’s the perfect end to a Cinderella story.”

The Graduation Recognition Ceremony will take place April 28, 2017 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Shoemaker Center at OUC’s campus. The community is invited to attend the evening’s celebration in honor of our graduating class of 2017. A reception will be held immediately following the conclusion of the ceremony in the Shoemaker Center.   

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

OUC’s Price publishes first book on inequality in higher education

Dr. Monica Hatfield Price, Ohio University Chillicothe Adjunct Professor of Communications, wants to help change the conversation about inequality in higher education today. Along with Dr. Laura Harrison of OHIO’s Patton College of Education, the two have set out to bring awareness to the topic of inequality through their book, “Interrupting Class Inequality in Higher Education: Leadership for an Equitable Future,” which was recently published by Routledge.

 The book explores why socioeconomic inequality persists in higher education despite widespread knowledge of the problem. Through critical analysis of leadership practices and policy narratives that perpetuate the problem, the authors outline current problems and effective tools for creating a more equitable future for higher education.

For Price, her first published book, which took a little over a year to complete and was published in February, could be described as a synergistic approach to a topic of shared passion between the two authors.

“We wanted to change the conversation because for decades, people know that education is inequitable and the ‘haves’ tend to get more, and more, and more while the ‘have nots’ tend to get less and less and less,” said Price. “So, what we’re trying to do with this book is change that conversation and say, ‘why is that okay?’ We’ve known for years, and there’s a lot of data out there that says this is inequitable. We want to kind of change that conversation and say that it’s not foretold in the stars that this is how it has to be. These are people making decisions that are perpetuating an inequitable system.”

The intended audience for her work is focused toward those in positions of leadership in higher education. From campus leaders to higher education students and scholars or even those interested in looking at the social construction that has been perpetuated in higher education to make it as inequitable as it is. But, she hasn’t forgotten about policymakers and hopes to pique the interests of those who are charged with making decisions about higher education at the state and federal levels.

“Because a lot of policy makers come to state and federal government without any background in education or understand wholly how it runs, the perpetuation of inequality continues to exist. They need to be aware of what’s happening,” she said.  “So hopefully it can be an educational tool for policy makers, as well.”

Instead of the typical book construction where numerous chapters outline a problem with only a short amount dedicated to a solution, this book takes an equal approach to underscoring the problems and providing insight into tools that create better outcomes. In order to forge the solutions for change, Price and Harrison suggest four broad topics to change the narrative: leading collaboratively, telling a better story, gaining the public trust, and charting a more equitable course.

As stated best in the opening description, Price and Harrison hope to help those in decision making roles move from despair and inertia to hope and action.

The book is available for purchase from major retailers like Amazon and Target.

Two OUC students earn $1,000 scholarships

Ohio University Chillicothe students Olivia Henness and Kayla Coder both received $1,000 scholarships from Delta Kappa Gamma on April 18, 2017.

The scholarships, given by DKG, are awarded annually to women pursuing careers in education. Both Henness and Coder are education majors at OUC.

The mission of DKG is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

Monday, April 17, 2017

OUC’s Obi to present on technology and learning practices at 2017 Spotlight on Learning Conference

Greg Obi, Assistant Professor of Business Management Technology at Ohio University Chillicothe, will be presenting at the 2017 Spotlight on Learning Conference: What are Students Learning? at OHIO’s main campus April 25, 2017.

Obi will be showcasing his instructional strategies in technology for the classroom and online learning and will share his experiences with selected tools he uses as a professor.

“It is always a humbling experience to present to one’s colleagues in a workshop or conference,” said Obi. “I find it as an opportunity to learn and exchange new ideas with greater minds than myself. As a new faculty [member] and coming from a regional campus, it even means a lot more to me, since I feel I am not only representing myself, but also showcasing the high quality of faculty and innovative teaching methods in my home campus.”

The conference, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., serves as a means to feature local experts in areas such as creating and aligning outcomes, activities, and assessment; teaching innovations; and educational technology. Anticipated activities will include presentations, panels and open discussions, roundtables, and breakout sessions, which are open to all OHIO faculty/instructors, administrators and teaching assistants.

Using tools such as Remind and Top Hat, Obi has seen remarkable learning outcomes and over 80 percent class participation with these two technologies.

“Over the years of using Remind with my students, I have found that they are more informed of class updates which comes to them as text messages (SMS) on their phones, emails, and push notifications through the app,” he explained. “Before I started using Remind, I found that most students rarely checked their university emails and they only logged into Blackboard to complete assignments without checking the announcement page, even though I set it as the entry point of Blackboard. However, with Remind, the students get the updates wherever they are.”

He additionally noted that with Top Hat, students can register their attendance and utilize content understanding tools to gauge comprehension of the materials.

“Top Hat has helped me know what concepts students needed help with and if I need to clarify or repeat certain areas in class,” he noted.

In his hopes of trying to find better methods of engaging with students, Obi believes that his colleagues can learn from his presentation and find ways to engage their students as well.

 For those interested in attending the conference, it will be held on the 2nd floor of Baker Center on OHIO’s campus. Obi’s presentation will be given during session block three from 1 to 2 p.m. More information available at

Friday, April 14, 2017

OUC to participate in Building Ohio’s Addiction and Mental Health Workforce for the Future live stream event

Ohio University Chillicothe will host a live-stream viewing session of the Workforce for the Future forum Monday, April 24, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in Bennett Hall room 110 to encourage college students to enter into the addiction and mental health workforce.

The Forum will focus on the rewarding benefits of the substance use and mental health disorder disciplines, the national workforce shortage and Ohio’s workforce needs, state certification and licensing requirements, networking and mentoring connections, and other professional development opportunities. Students will also be able to visit with local substance use disorder treatment providers to learn more about employment and internship opportunities.

Dr. Barbara Mahaffey, the lead professor of the local live-stream event and program coordinator for OUC’s Human Services Technology program said, “Connecting students to careers in the Human Services field is an important way to explore the many ways to help clients. Anyone who attends this event will understand the connection between gaining an education to being certified as a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant and the agencies who hire great helping professionals.”

According to The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, released in November 2016, although 20.8 million people in the United States met the diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder in 2015, only 2.2 million people (10.4%) received any type of treatment.  Of those treated, only 63.7% received treatment in specialty substance use disorder treatment programs, in part due to a nationwide shortage of professionals trained to work in this specialty field.

The addiction and mental health and professional workforce must grow and strengthen to manage this increased demand for its vital services. It is more imperative now than ever that we recruit and retain our professional addiction and mental health workforce.

To aid in this effort, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals have partnered with the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services and Columbus State Community College to host this forum in Columbus.

The live stream will be available at

Thursday, April 13, 2017

More than just a number event shines light on community social issues

Today, students from the social work program at Ohio University Chillicothe will be hosting part one of a two-part series of discussions surrounding drug abuse, human trafficking and child abuse in Ross County.

The event held April 13th and April 20th, “More Than Just a Number,” seeks to shine a light on how the community can get involved in combatting these issues.

“Awareness is key,” said Beth Magill, a senior studying social work and organizer of the event. “Knowing how to report and handle stressful situations that involve child abuse, drug abuse and human trafficking is very important. You may be the only voice speaking out for that victim.”  

As a part of the discussion, Julie Oates, a representative from Ross County Human Services, will be speaking about how to recognize the problems, report them and how to socially address it as a community.

A pinwheel display was installed at OUC between Bennett Hall and the Stevenson Center on campus to represent the number of child abuse reports in Ross County.

Julie noted that this year, the display will contain 1,566 pinwheels.

Magill said she hopes that people are made aware of the issues at hand after the event.

“We hope that people understand the proper way to handle said situations and the right way to report abuse as far as who to contact, what to document and/or report,” she noted. “We also hope to open people’s eyes. This is not a ‘big city’ problem, but this is a social problem that needs to be addressed. These are people in need of help and families that need rescued from these generational problems.”

In order to facilitate discussion about all parts of the problem, the event was split into two separate parts. For the April 20th session guest contributors will include Sheriff George Lavender, Terri Minnie, head of the Heroin Task force, and Cathy Hill, director of the Athens County Children’s Services. That event will take place from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Stevenson Center on OUC’s campus.    

Magill expressed that a community problem such as these overwhelming concerns, will take a community effort to make an effective and lasting change.  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Auditions for "The Trojan Women: A Love Story" taking place April 17

The Ohio University Chillicothe Theater Program will hold auditions for its fall production of Trojan Women: A Love Story, by Charles Mee, performances of which will be October 26-28, 2017.

Auditions will take place in Bennett Hall Auditorium and students are encouraged to sign up for a half hour time slots. Auditions will be one-on-one with the director within the half hour group. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and a song (either a song you've prepared or one the director provides, such as "Happy Birthday," or another well known song). 
The play's script calls for a broad range of actors and diverse students are encouraged to audition. 

Call-backs for the play will take place on Wednesday, April 19th, from 7-10 p.m.

Students are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled audition time to fill out paperwork and should bring their schedule for the fall semester with them.

For more information, please email director Dr. Lance Mekeel at

To read the play, please visit:

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