Thursday, May 4, 2017

OUC wins ORCC Title

Story courtesy of the Chillicothe Gazette

Ohio University Chillicothe won the ORCC title game Sunday, beating OU-Zanesville, 6-4.

OUC finishes with a 21-8 record and was both regular season and tournament champs.

OUC has finished in 1st place in the regular season in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2105, 2106 and 2017 seasons.

OUC scored 6 runs on 13 hits and 2 OUZ errors. Lexy Cooper was 2-for-4 with a triple. Kendra Barnes was 2-for-3 with a double. Mary Howard and Brantly Warren were 2-for-2.

Lexy Cooper tripled to left scoring Rachel Roque. A sac fly by Sadie Fox scored Cooper to tie the game at two in the first. OUC added two in the third and two more runs with double by Barnes in the fourth.

Mary Howard started the game pitching for OUC but an injury brought in Cooper in the fourth to finish the game. Cooper picked up the win in relief (9-2)

Earlier in the tournament, OUC beat OU-L, 4-1.

OUC scored 4 runs on only 4 hits. Mary Howard got the win.

OUC also beat Zanesville in Game 2 of the tournament, 5-0.

OUC scored 5 runs on 7 hits and one OUZ error. Roque was 2-for 3 with two runs scored, and two stolen bases. OUC Moe Ison was 2-for-3. OUC scored 3 in the top of the sixth with four hits and one OUZ error. Lexy Cooper got the win.

Kids in College offers summer educational enrichment program for area youth

Ohio University Chillicothe, in partnership with the Chillicothe City Schools and Ross-Pike Education Service District, will once again be hosting the Kids in College (KIC) summer enrichment program in Chillicothe beginning June 5 and ending June 23, 2017.

The program, which has been in existence for more than 29 years, is intended to offer myriad classes in the subjects of science, history, theater and more for children in kindergarten through 8th grade in the area.

KIC is three weeks long and takes places in a different location each week including some area downtown businesses, the YMCA, OUC and Chillicothe Middle School.
This year’s schedule is as follows:
Week 1 held June 5-9; Week 2 held June 12-16; and Week 3 held June 19-23.

Each year, KIC adds new courses to meet the demands of the student population and also as a response to surveys which seek feedback on course content that students and parents are interested in.

This year, new classes include: Make and Move at the Market which focuses on healthy food preparation and exercise and Entrepreneur with Map Your Future and Paper City Coffee; while old favorites such as Ooey, Gooey Science and Forensics Science are also on the schedule.

Students can take up to two classes per week. Each class is held for one week either in the morning or afternoon and it’s encouraged to enroll early to ensure minimum enrollment is met or classes aren’t already filled up.

The cost for KIC is $40 for the first class and $30 for each additional class. Some courses have additional supplies fees, which are listed in the registration packet. A Kids in College tee shirt is also included with the registration fee.

The deadline to register for KIC 2017 is May 26, 2017 at 4 p.m. Interested parties can register online at or by mail/walk in at OUC’s campus. Registration booklets with course information is available at

For questions about the KIC program, contact Ann Holmes at or call 740-774-7239.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Greg Obi authors chapter for “Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change”

Ohio University Chillicothe’s Assistant Professor of Business Management Technology, Greg Obi, recently authored a chapter in book by the International Leadership Association (ILA) on agents for social change.

The book, titled “Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change,” was released in late March and seeks to explore the intersection of grassroots leadership and the arts for social change by accentuating the many victories artists have won for humanity.

Specifically, his chapter focused on Fela Kuti, a Nigerian activist who utilized his music for social change. The chapter, “Fela Kuti: The Man, The Music, The Activist,” provides a nostalgic journey for Obi to reflect on his joyful childhood in Nigeria while paying homage to Kuti.

“Choosing to write about Fela was an easy one for me, having been born and raised in Nigeria,” said Obi. “I think most Nigerians would think of Fela once the topic of artists as grassroots leaders for social change is introduced. Much has been written about him, but most of these past works have been one-dimensional; treating Fela mostly as a music icon, which he really was.”

Obi hopes to be able to change the thought dynamic surrounding leadership and social change through his work on this book.

“Traditionally whenever we speak about leadership and/or social change, we erroneously think of only corporate and political leaders as those who can engender social change,” he explained. “But history and experience has proven otherwise. Hence for us educators, if we must train our students for real-life work and practice, our paradigm must shift from the traditional.”

He continued, “the presentation of music icons such as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti as agents for social change is a step in this paradigm shift. Such work I hope would cause the reader to rethink leadership and identify otherwise unrecognized social change leaders within their own environment.”

By exposing students and other readers to the possibilities of activism and social change taking on many different forms, Obi hopes this comprehensive text will provide a more practical perspective on the topic.
He explained that the book draws upon artists from various parts of the world, who are involved in social change using different mediums. As opposed to the reader needing to travel the world to be exposed to these artists first hand, the book transports them, introducing new concepts, ideas, and thoughts along the way.

Since Obi was able to reflect on a legend in his home country, he felt he owed a debt of gratitude to Fela himself.

“It is a humbling honor for me to be amongst the 20 authors selected out of over 80 submissions for this series” he noted. “I think I owe the debt more to Fela himself, whose life and work, wherever mentioned, draws attention and interest from a diverse audience.”

The book is available through major retailers online and in stores and Obi will be donating two copies to the Quinn Library on campus.

Greg Obi is an Assistant Professor of Business Management Technology and is the campus coordinator of the Business Management Technology Program at OUC. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Purdue University.