Friday, February 17, 2017

Ohio University Chillicothe to host ORCC Championship Tournament

Ohio University Chillicothe will be hosting the Ohio Regional Campus Conference State championship tournament from Feb. 25 through 26 at the Shoemaker Center on OUC’s campus.

This marks the 51st annual tournament for the men’s basketball program and the 41st annual tournament for the women’s basketball programs in the ORCC.

Semi-final tournament play will take place at two separate locations for the men’s and women’s programs. ORCC women’s team games will be held at Ohio University Lancaster from Feb. 18-19 and men’s team games will be hosted by the University of Akron Wayne on the same dates.

OUC men will tip off at 1 p.m. on Feb. 18 against Ohio University Zanesville and the winner of that game will face off with number one seed Miami University Middleton on the following day at 1 p.m. Women’s number two seed, OUC, will play Ohio State University Lima at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18. The winner of that game will take on the winner of the OUZ versus OSU Mansfield game on Feb. 25 at 3 p.m.

Previous 2016 ORCC State champions were OUC for the women and MU Middleton for the men.

The ORCC includes Ohio University Chillicothe, Ohio University Zanesville, Ohio University Lancaster, Ohio University Eastern, Miami University Hamilton, Miami University Middleton, Ohio State University Lima, Ohio State University Mansfield, and the University of Akron Wayne.

Reflection: Valentine's Drive for Timmy Nelson

Courtesy of Jamie Harmount, OUC Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

     When I heard that Cassandra Nelson’s son, Timmy, had been diagnosed with cancer, I knew we needed to help this OUC early childhood education student. I started the discussion in my classes about what we could do to help the family. We decided on gift cards for gas and groceries. Then that very night, I thought about Timmy not being able to attend his kindergarten classroom’s first valentine party. Valentine parties are so exciting for young children with receiving Valentine's cards but also making the boxes and eating the decorated cookies and cupcakes. So it was decided we would do a Valentine drive for Timmy with hopes of receiving 1,000 valentines. 
    Who would have guessed that Timmy would receive over 12,000 Valentines? This has been an overwhelming journey, one that is two-fold - not only obtaining the Valentines and gifts for Timmy and his family, but the tremendous support received by people of all ages and from numerous locations.
     How do I thank over 12,000 individuals for their gift of love?  I am not going to name all the individual names, because I am unable to do so. There were Valentines from all of the Ross County schools and from schools in our neighboring counties. Out-of-area schools and colleges sent cards.  Valentines came from area churches and businesses. They came from nursing homes and private individuals in our local area and around Ohio. Valentines and gifts were sent from California, Nevada, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, New York and Pennsylvania. Ohio University Chillicothe current education students and graduates who are now teachers sent them. OUC faculty, administration, staff, and non-education students sent Valentines and gifts. Timmy even received a Mickey Mouse hat with his name on it and a Valentine from Mickey Mouse courtesy of an OUC early childhood education graduate. All of the above individuals got their family members, neighbors, and Facebook friends involved which, multiplied our coverage of this act of love. 
     I would like to name and thank two individuals who helped me with this project. Sally Timmons, Administrative Assistant at the Child Development Center, coordinated the incoming Valentines and mail I received with the help of a student worker. Sally was our official valentine counter. I do not know what I would have done without her help. I would also like to thank Holli Nelson, Communications and Marketing Director at OUC. Holli was by my side through this whole project getting us media coverage with the Chillicothe Gazette, Channel 6 in Columbus and CBS Inside Edition. Holli also helped me deliver everything to Timmy and his family.
     In conclusion, I love projects like this that truly show the willingness of compassionate individuals to help when there is a need. This Valentine drive has shown that the goodness of people is alive and well in our community, state, and across America. I am proud and blessed to be part of a campus and community that support children and families. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Kelly Henderson featured speaker for A Professional in the Know Series

Kelly Henderson will be a featured speaker for the Feb. 22 Ohio University Chillicothe Giving Center's A Professional in the Know Series talk at the OUC Technology and Business Development Center. The presentation
will take place from 11:30 a.m. and go until 12:45 p.m. in room 151.

Kelly is a graduate of Chillicothe High School and completed the Southern Ohio Police Training Institute in 1999. She then went on to earn her associate degree in Law Enforcement Technology from OUC in 2000 and completed her studies by earning her Bachelor's in Criminal Justice in 2001.

She possess a broad and extensive background in law enforcement, having served with the Ross County Sheriff's Department as a commissioned special deputy assigned to the 23 pipeline task force. Additionally, she worked with the Ohio Department of Public Safety - Ohio Investigative Unit for eight years before moving on to her next endeavor - business.

Since 2011, Kelly has been the owner and manager of the Old Town Fabric Shop in Chillicothe and will be discussing her career experiences from law enforcement officer to business owner.

Please join us for a wonderful speaking engagement with an accomplished alumnae.