Monday, March 6, 2017

OUC’s Ashlee Rauckhorst receives Women’s Achievement award for 2017

Ohio University Chillicothe’s coordinator of student activities, Ashlee Rauckhorst, was recognized March 2, 2017 with an award at Ohio University’s Women’s Achievement dinner held in Athens.

The event, which was organized by the Ohio University Women’s Center, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. and the Order of Omega, highlight the achievements, success and breakthroughs of women faculty and staff at Ohio University.

Ashlee was bestowed the “making a second home” award that evening, which is designated for those who have filled familial roles on campus and have helped students adjust to college life.

In her role as coordinator of student activities and academic advisor, Ashlee meets with students on a regular basis, providing an avenue of help throughout their time at OUC. Whether she’s planning diversity events, or helping with the student activities on campus, she goes out of her way to make students feel at home here, serving as a strong advocate for them.

“I’m here for students,” she said. “That’s why I went into this field and that’s why I work here. I love helping them through their college process. When I talk to a student, I want them to leave feeling more educated. Sometimes in my job, I have to tell them difficult things, but I feel that for people who can bring students into their office and help lead them through difficult times, yet make them feel comfortable and understood at school, then I’m doing my part.”

The importance of this award cannot be underscored, as she made note that more than 70 applications were submitted for nine awards which were given out to only 17 women.
“I’m really honored…I was standing on that stage with faculty and staff from the Athens campus who have really done amazing work in their field and for other students,” Ashlee said. “It was a really humbling experience and made me feel good. It was it was very special. “

As a person who has spent her career studying education and as one who is pursuing a doctorate degree in the same field, Ashlee approaches her work each day with the mindset that she can help each student through a difficult situation, if they’re facing one. Because of this, she’s one of the women throughout the Ohio University system to receive a Women’s Achievement award this year.

OUC Theater program celebrates 20th anniversary with show and reception

This year marks the 20th anniversary for the Ohio University Chillicothe theater program which will celebrate this accomplishment March 15, 2017 on campus with a show beginning at 7 p.m. in Bennett Hall Auditorium and reception following in the Patricia Scott Gallery.

The anniversary celebration will delve into past productions highlighting scenes and musical performances from the theater program’s rich history and will also offer a preview of the spring production of Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen.

The OUC theater program was brought to life by Assistant Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts, Dr. Kenneth Breidenbaugh, in March 1997 with the school’s first production of Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart.

Since then, the theater program at OUC has been supporting the university’s mission to provide cultural opportunities for all Ohioans in the south-central Ohio region. Lance Mekeel, director of the OUC theater program, described being proud to serve as the custodian for the program that has established itself as a trusted outlet for art and culture in the region, in a relatively short amount of time.

Each year, the artistic outlet that is the theater program at OUC puts on two productions, one in the fall and one in the spring. Students come together to bring these performances to life on the stage and afford patrons the opportunity to slip away into another world for a short period of time. This year alone, OUC has put on a production that submerged theatergoers We (Don’t) Remember: Cultural Memory in South-Central Ohio. They will soon be presenting Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts which opens April 6th and runs through April 8th.
into the history of the region and its associated memories with

When reflecting on the future of the program, Mekeel noted, “I hope that in the next 20 years the program continues to grow and increase its impact on the region. We’re building a network of support from students who have great interest in theatre, whether or not they’re studying it as a major or minor, that will bolster the effectiveness and vitality of the program in the coming years.”

He continued, “I hope that we will be able to continue to provide our students and community with ample opportunities for education and experience in the theatrical arts and allow them to use those experiences to create a lifelong passion for the arts and humanities. I hope that I will be able to continue to offer experiences such as travel to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, as well as others, to students who are interested in sharing their love of theatre with likeminded students from other universities.”

The anniversary celebration will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and tickets will be $5.