Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 Children’s Champion Awards

The Ohio University Chillicothe Child Development Center presented the  2017 Children’s Champion Award to the Transition Class-Pioneer Center and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Mobile Care Center April 21, 2017.

Principal Regina Speas accepted the award for Pioneer. The Transition Class-Pioneer Center volunteers on a monthly basis to sanitize the children’s toys at the CDC.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital was also recognized for their support through the Mobile Care Center which schedules appointments to provide immunization and wellness screenings for the preschoolers and any Ross County students needing those services. Kelsey Sturgill accepted the award on behalf of Children’s Hospital.  
Also recognized were Megan Brumfield and Jan Detty from McDonald’s for their efforts in introducing the Mobile Care Unit to the CDC.  
Ohio University Chillicothe’s Child Development Center serves more than 230 preschool students each year. The community has been very supportive to the children at the Center and Preschoolers have greatly benefited from the on-going services provided by the Children’s Champions.
Previous award recipients have been the Chillicothe Jaycees, Junior Civic League, The United Way of Ross County, Natural Resource Conservation Service, OUC faculty, staff, and students at Bennett Hall and Darwin Billett.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney, Danielle Ball to deliver speeches at OUC Graduation Recognition

The City of Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney and Ohio University Chillicothe’s graduating senior Danielle Ball will deliver remarks at this year’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony on April 28, 2017.

OUC’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony honors the accomplishments of the Class of 2017 at the regional campus level the night before commencement at Ohio University.

Feeney will keynote the ceremony held in the OUC Shoemaker Center while Ball will give the class remarks as the chose student representative.

Mayor Feeney is a graduate of Ohio University and Case Western Reserve School of Law. He was elected to his current position in 2015 and since taking office has worked to reopen two shuttered fire stations, increase the public safety staffing for fire and police departments in the city and has invested more than $1 million in public infrastructure through street paving projects. He is a long-time advocate for public service having served on numerous boards of directors for community organizations and worked on behalf of low income people and senior citizens with South Eastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS).

The class speaker for this year’s ceremony is Danielle Ball, a social work major who hails from Chillicothe. She transferred to OUC two years ago from Shawnee State and was selected to deliver the class address by the graduation committee.

“I feel honored to have even been nominated and it’s a wonderful opportunity to get to represent the class of 2017,” said Ball. “Coming into OUC, I didn’t even know how it would all play out, but it’s gone exponentially better than I expected. It’s the perfect end to a Cinderella story.”

The Graduation Recognition Ceremony will take place April 28, 2017 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Shoemaker Center at OUC’s campus. The community is invited to attend the evening’s celebration in honor of our graduating class of 2017. A reception will be held immediately following the conclusion of the ceremony in the Shoemaker Center.   

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

OUC’s Price publishes first book on inequality in higher education

Dr. Monica Hatfield Price, Ohio University Chillicothe Adjunct Professor of Communications, wants to help change the conversation about inequality in higher education today. Along with Dr. Laura Harrison of OHIO’s Patton College of Education, the two have set out to bring awareness to the topic of inequality through their book, “Interrupting Class Inequality in Higher Education: Leadership for an Equitable Future,” which was recently published by Routledge.

 The book explores why socioeconomic inequality persists in higher education despite widespread knowledge of the problem. Through critical analysis of leadership practices and policy narratives that perpetuate the problem, the authors outline current problems and effective tools for creating a more equitable future for higher education.

For Price, her first published book, which took a little over a year to complete and was published in February, could be described as a synergistic approach to a topic of shared passion between the two authors.

“We wanted to change the conversation because for decades, people know that education is inequitable and the ‘haves’ tend to get more, and more, and more while the ‘have nots’ tend to get less and less and less,” said Price. “So, what we’re trying to do with this book is change that conversation and say, ‘why is that okay?’ We’ve known for years, and there’s a lot of data out there that says this is inequitable. We want to kind of change that conversation and say that it’s not foretold in the stars that this is how it has to be. These are people making decisions that are perpetuating an inequitable system.”

The intended audience for her work is focused toward those in positions of leadership in higher education. From campus leaders to higher education students and scholars or even those interested in looking at the social construction that has been perpetuated in higher education to make it as inequitable as it is. But, she hasn’t forgotten about policymakers and hopes to pique the interests of those who are charged with making decisions about higher education at the state and federal levels.

“Because a lot of policy makers come to state and federal government without any background in education or understand wholly how it runs, the perpetuation of inequality continues to exist. They need to be aware of what’s happening,” she said.  “So hopefully it can be an educational tool for policy makers, as well.”

Instead of the typical book construction where numerous chapters outline a problem with only a short amount dedicated to a solution, this book takes an equal approach to underscoring the problems and providing insight into tools that create better outcomes. In order to forge the solutions for change, Price and Harrison suggest four broad topics to change the narrative: leading collaboratively, telling a better story, gaining the public trust, and charting a more equitable course.

As stated best in the opening description, Price and Harrison hope to help those in decision making roles move from despair and inertia to hope and action.

The book is available for purchase from major retailers like Amazon and Target.

Two OUC students earn $1,000 scholarships

Ohio University Chillicothe students Olivia Henness and Kayla Coder both received $1,000 scholarships from Delta Kappa Gamma on April 18, 2017.

The scholarships, given by DKG, are awarded annually to women pursuing careers in education. Both Henness and Coder are education majors at OUC.

The mission of DKG is to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

Monday, April 17, 2017

OUC’s Obi to present on technology and learning practices at 2017 Spotlight on Learning Conference

Greg Obi, Assistant Professor of Business Management Technology at Ohio University Chillicothe, will be presenting at the 2017 Spotlight on Learning Conference: What are Students Learning? at OHIO’s main campus April 25, 2017.

Obi will be showcasing his instructional strategies in technology for the classroom and online learning and will share his experiences with selected tools he uses as a professor.

“It is always a humbling experience to present to one’s colleagues in a workshop or conference,” said Obi. “I find it as an opportunity to learn and exchange new ideas with greater minds than myself. As a new faculty [member] and coming from a regional campus, it even means a lot more to me, since I feel I am not only representing myself, but also showcasing the high quality of faculty and innovative teaching methods in my home campus.”

The conference, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., serves as a means to feature local experts in areas such as creating and aligning outcomes, activities, and assessment; teaching innovations; and educational technology. Anticipated activities will include presentations, panels and open discussions, roundtables, and breakout sessions, which are open to all OHIO faculty/instructors, administrators and teaching assistants.

Using tools such as Remind and Top Hat, Obi has seen remarkable learning outcomes and over 80 percent class participation with these two technologies.

“Over the years of using Remind with my students, I have found that they are more informed of class updates which comes to them as text messages (SMS) on their phones, emails, and push notifications through the app,” he explained. “Before I started using Remind, I found that most students rarely checked their university emails and they only logged into Blackboard to complete assignments without checking the announcement page, even though I set it as the entry point of Blackboard. However, with Remind, the students get the updates wherever they are.”

He additionally noted that with Top Hat, students can register their attendance and utilize content understanding tools to gauge comprehension of the materials.

“Top Hat has helped me know what concepts students needed help with and if I need to clarify or repeat certain areas in class,” he noted.

In his hopes of trying to find better methods of engaging with students, Obi believes that his colleagues can learn from his presentation and find ways to engage their students as well.

 For those interested in attending the conference, it will be held on the 2nd floor of Baker Center on OHIO’s campus. Obi’s presentation will be given during session block three from 1 to 2 p.m. More information available at