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:

Shortened link to the signup sheet:

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Nursing program receives new Apollo simulator

Ohio University Chillicothe nursing students held a reveal party for their newest addition to the nursing skills lab – Les Payne.

Mr. Payne, whose new name was revealed by campus Dean, Dr. Martin Tuck, is a high fidelity, human patient Apollo simulator for the nursing skills lab at OUC.
This learning tool, a highly advanced computerized mannequin, simulates real-life scenarios for all levels of nursing students through interactive means such as breathing, blinking, talking, vital signs and more.

“One of the things that’s great about our simulator is that it allows students to perform skills in a safe, learning environment that they are free to make mistakes that don’t jeopardize lives,” said Ronald Vance, Associate Director of the School of Nursing. “So, we’re able to take what they’re learning in the classroom into hands-on work and through simulator feedback, they can see what’s going on with the patient and what type of treatment plan should be given, all in a safe environment.”  

The simulation mannequin is just one of many upgrades to the nursing lab recently that sets the stage for success of current OUC nursing students. Over the last year, there have been six new beds added as well as head walls that provide a setting similar to what hospitals have.

“Before you can actually go into a hospital as a nurse, you need to have the necessary skills to do the job and also possess faith in your ability to perform those tasks,” said Deidre Davitt, a nursing student at OUC. “This simulator gives us the opportunity to do the things we need to do in order to be confident when we go out to do our jobs in the future.”

Students got hands on experience earlier this week as they were tested on a bio-terrorism scenario using the Apollo simulator. Nursing skills lab students responded to the patient as he talked to them through the microphone, responded to their treatments and gave feedback through the vitals monitor and with his breathing.

“This is the first simulator that can actually respond and we can see him getting better because of our treatment,” said Davitt. “It’s very interactive and extremely helpful in ensuring we become better nurses.”

Students at all levels of the nursing program will get exposure to Les Payne during their time in at OUC. This ensures that students have access to quality educational experiences that enrich their learning and set them up for success in the future.