Thursday, March 30, 2017

Student Art Exhibition showcases best of OUC’s artists

The 30th annual undergraduate student exhibition, titled Exchange, will open April 5, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Patricia Scott gallery highlighting the work of students on the Chillicothe campus.

Open to all undergraduate students, the show features work in numerous artistic categories including photography, graphics, ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing and more.

Awards will be given for best in show, first, second and third places overall.

Aaron Edwards, a junior art history major at OUC, entered the competition for this first time this year with his ceramics piece depicting the lower portion of the spine. He noted that his inspiration came during an assignment for structure class involving stackable objects. He wanted to take the translation even further by focusing in on the spine as opposed to boxes or other objects. 

“I’m excited about the show,” said Edwards, who plans to transfer to Ohio University in Athens to pursue his degree in art history and attain a museum certificate. “My favorite part about art is learning the processes of other people.”

The show typically features between 75 and 100 pieces of student work, with many entries coming from non-art majors or minors.

This year’s judge will be the acclaimed sculpture artist, Michelle Stitzlein, who resides in Baltimore, Ohio and creates large scale sculpture from recycled materials. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in galleries and museums nationwide including the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, COSI and the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus.

“This show is a great finish to the processes we have explored in our classes throughout the year and it gives the students a chance to showcase the hard work they’ve put into becoming artists and discovering what they want to convey through their art,” said Darren Baker, associate lecturer of art at OUC. “It’s a fantastic show that brings together the talents of so many of our students, including those who aren’t art majors or minors, and we get to recognize them in a larger venue.”

The winning student art will be featured in the Glass Enclosures publication and winners will receive cash prizes.

Human Service Association raises money for local family

The Human Service Association student organization raised more than $600 this week for a family who lost belongings in a fire recently.

During lunch on Monday and Tuesday this week, the students and faculty grilled hot dogs and sold lunch plates to raise the funds for the affected family.

Throughout the school year, the HSA organization works to raise funds and support local charities through their events. The student organizations at Ohio University Chillicothe all seek to impact the local community through their services and fundraising efforts.

Plethora of class options available on fall course schedule

Fall registration officially opened up this week for Ohio University. Yes, it’s that time already! As spring semester winds to a close, it’s time to begin thinking about assembling that fall schedule and outlining electives that fit your timeline.

OUC’s expert faculty have numerous rich, thought provoking and culturally aware courses available in the fall to pique the interest of diverse student body. From a look at the advancement of film over time to multicultural policing, suicide and domestic violence prevention and intervention, the options are limitless for students interested in any number of topics.

Highlighted courses available for enrollment this fall include:

·      BMT 1010 – Business and its environment – A course which explores the nature of business and of economic, social and political environments of business firm
·      Film 2020 – Introduction to Film Analysis – Analyzing both classic and popular films by paying attention to genre
·      LET 2600 – Multicultural Policing
·      OAT 2680 – Information Systems Design – A look at process improvement, ergonomics, management styles, and technical writing
·      HST 2900 – Suicide Prevention and Intervention
·      HST 2900 – Domestic Violence Intervention ­
·      BMT 2890 – Toward Understanding and Growth – Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and StrengthsFinder 2.0
·      SAM 4700 – Managing Strategically in the Future
·      HST 1000 – Introduction to Human Services Technology – Provides an overview of social services and the human services profession with a community service project culminating the course
·      ­PBIO 1030 – Plants and People – A look at the impact of plants in everyday life, their use and their effect on civilization

In addition to the aforementioned courses, many programs are now offering blended courses that meet in class for a portion of the semester and online for the remainder. Also, new seven-week courses for the first and or second half of the semester are expanding to fit the needs of flexible scheduling.

Be sure to check out the course catalog and register for 15 credit hours in order to help graduate quicker and be eligible for academic achievements like the Dean’s list and other scholarship opportunities.  

OUC’s police training program earns VA-approved institution status

Veteran and military affiliated students who attend Ohio University Chillicothe’s Southern Ohio Police Training Institute (SOPTI) will now be able to use their Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits thanks to approval through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Education benefits earned through service in the United States military for qualifying veterans can be applied to the cost for attendance of the SOPTI program.

“We are extremely pleased veterans and military-affiliated personnel who attend SOPTI will now be able to utilize their military educational benefits,” said Terri Mikesh, commander of the SOPTI program at OUC. “We truly appreciate their service to our country, and know their experience will be a definite asset as they embark on their journey to serve our local communities as peace officers.”

SOPTI is a Basic Peace Officer Training program that is conducted in strict compliance to all rules and regulations prescribed by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. Cadets gain exposure to and conduct hands on training in traffic enforcement, field sobriety, firearms qualification, subject control, ethical decision making and physical readiness among numerous other blocks of instruction, accumulating 700 hours of training time throughout the course.

OUC officials worked in conjunction with the Ohio state approval authority for more than six months to address all the necessary requirements to become a VA certified program eligible to accept VA education benefits.

“This has been a long process but well worth the effort in having the SOPTI Academy approved for submitting and receiving VA education benefits,” said Dave Edwards, director of the Ohio University Veterans and Military Student Services Center in Athens. “There was a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes to make this happen and it’s a testament to OHIO’s pledge to serve our veteran and military-affiliated students.”

“This approval is a reflection of our commitment to our veteran and military-affiliated students and the veteran community of which OUC was founded upon,” said Dr. Brenda Phillips, OUC Associate Dean. “It’s like being able to pay back just a fraction of what they’ve given to us through their service.”

Payment amounts may vary depending on the type of educational benefit used by the student. According to the VA, monthly entitlements for eligible students will be based on the number of clock hours attended during each week of the month.

The OUC Veteran’s Office and the Ohio University Veterans and Military Student Services Center are available to help student veterans navigate the process of utilizing their education benefits for this program. Interested individuals can contact OUC’s Veteran’s Office directly at 740-774-7730 or the Athens campus at 740-566-8387.

For more information on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs education and training benefits, visit