Friday, January 6, 2017

Academic Success Center focus of $3,500 grant from Schaefer Fund

Ohio University-Chillicothe has received a grant totaling $3,500 through the Ohio University Foundation from the Robert E. and Genevieve B. Schaefer Fund benefitting the planning and construction of additions to the Academic Success Center on campus.

The fund, established in honor of Robert E. Schaefer, a longtime Chillicothe resident, provides for the cultural and economic development as well as the health and human welfare of Chillicothe and Ross County.

The campus requested consideration for the grant to address needs in the Academic Success Center, which includes the addition of individual/group study and tutorial rooms. The Academic Success Center project will involve a reconfiguration of the library and student commons areas of the Stevenson Center. The construction and renovation would meet the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students at OUC by both allowing for additional educational support and ensuring long-term student success with more space for small group instruction outside the classroom.

“This capital project is very important to the students at OUC and will enhance their learning experience and environment ten-fold,” said Joyce Atwood, Resource Development Coordinator at OUC. “With the additional amenity space and renovation of the current center, students will be able to gain additional instruction outside the classroom and ultimately increase their chances of long-term educational success. We are very thankful for the advisory committee’s selection as a recipient of this grant.”

“It is a privilege to be among the recipients of this generous grant from the Schaefer Fund,” said Dr. Martin Tuck, Dean of OUC. “As an institution focused on serving the greater Chillicothe and Ross County community, we are pleased that the Schaefer Fund Advisory Committee has recognized OUC’s importance in the community and humbled to be able to use these funds for the advancement of educational opportunities for our students here.”

Schaefer was an instrumental figure for OUC having served alongside community leaders in Chillicothe to develop the campus and worked to establish the associate degree programs during his time on the Regional Council. The Schaefer’s also established several scholarship endowments for students at OUC who continue to benefit from their generosity and stewardship.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

ACT Prep courses availble at OUC

Ohio University - Chillicothe will be holding two ACT Prep courses in February for those interested in advancing their skills for the ACT test.


There will be two separate sessions focusing on different aspects - One designed as an overall test preparation and one designed specifically for the math portion. Individuals may take both courses for a combined, discounted rate of $140.


 The ACT preparation course will be held February 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at OUC and the cost is $100. A light lunch will be served during the session and is included in the cost of the program.

The ACT Math course will be held February 25, 2017 at OUC from 8 a.m. until noon for $50.


There is a requirement to purchase a textbook for the course - The Official ACT Prep Guide, 2016-2017.

 Individuals interested in registering can do so through the link here:

There will be a makeup date on March 4, 2017 for both workshops in the event of inclement weather.

New Continuing Education course focuses on healthy New Year for participants

The Continuing Education office has expanded its offerings this year and is including an exciting community program beginning later this month. One benefit is that it aligns perfectly with achieving that New Year’s resolution.

The 90-minute walk, jog, run course is set to begin on January 15 for individuals of all fitness levels. It will take participants through the basics of running, including stretching, warmups and cooldowns, all in a fun group setting.

The group will meet each week at 2 p.m. at the OUC Health and Wellness Center which will provide the perfect location in the event of inclement weather during the cold winter months.

“We really mean it when we say 'all fitness levels!' Join us as we explore classic routes like the floodwall or new areas in our rich natural trail system of Southern Ohio," said Dr. Brenda Phillips, Associate Dean of OUC. "Come with your friends or make new ones as we support each other to reach our fitness goals and enjoy our local outdoors.”

Participants will gain understanding of the fundamentals of running, including building a safe, progressive training program suited for their abilities. Additionally, they will receive a discount for OUC’s Health and Wellness Center.

The cost for registration is $85 for the eight-week program and will be led by Kim Lafreniere. Spots are limited so sign up now -