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Points of Pride

§  Founded in 1946, Ohio University-Chillicothe is the first regional campus in the state. For more than 60 years, OU-C has remained true to its mission of preparing students for the challenges of tomorrow and additionally providing service to the region.

§  OU-C is in the fortunate position of being part of a great, national university and an engaged member of the Chillicothe/Ross County community.

§  The 15 graduates of the first class of the BASE (Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing: Accelerated Direct Entry Second Degree Education) program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) exam. Each graduate is now licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) and eligible to pursue a career in the field of nursing. The innovative program allows students who hold at least a bachelor's degree in various majors to pursue accelerated study toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) in as few as five semesters, spanning approximately two years.

§  OU-C associate professor of communication studies Lisa Wallace published The Amazing Journey: Exploring the fundamentals of cultural differences. According to the author, the text is based on the idea that achieving intercultural communication competency requires a personal ‘journey’ that begins with understanding our own cultural identity, recognizing the various other world views that exist, acknowledging the obstacles that students might encounter and eventually practicing those skills in various contexts.

§  Ohio University-Chillicothe Professor of Education Mary Barbara Trube, Ed.D., and Professor Emeritus of Educational Studies Aimee Howley, Ph.D., of the Athens campus published the edited volume, Mentoring for the Professions: Orienting Toward the Future. This work aims to familiarize readers with theories of mentorship, share insights about how mentoring works in various professional fields and offer specific mentoring strategies with benefits for different populations of mentees. Each of the book’s chapters includes practical tools that readers can utilize in their own organizations.

§  Chillicothe Campus faculty member Barbara Mahaffey has been recognized as an Ohio University Presidential Teacher Award finalist. Additionally, Mahaffey has been appointed as an editorial board member of the Journal of Counselor Practice for a two-year appointment. The Journal of Counselor Practice, a peer-reviewed national publication, is the official journal of the Ohio Counseling Association. Mahaffey is an associate professor and coordinator of the OU-C Human Services Technology program.

§  Nursing faculty member Ronald Vance was featured in Ohio Magazine's annual “Excellence in Education” section, which showcases outstanding teachers from Ohio's universities and colleges. Vance has led students in international service-learning experiences that emphasize the development of professional skills as well as community service.

§  Two straight classes of the OU-C’s Southern Ohio Police Training Institute (SOPTI) Peace Officer Basic Training Course attained a 100 percent pass rate on the test for certification as Ohio Peace Officers. The peerless pass rate is a testament to the academy’s ability to provide practical instruction with an emphasis on professionalism. SOPTI serves as an important community resource in ensuring that individuals who work for area agencies have the best training and, therefore, are qualified to provide the highest level of service to area communities.

§  Donna L. Burgraff, Ed.D., associate professor of Education and Technical and Applied Studies, won the Best Conference Presentation award at the Center for Scholastic Inquiry’s International Academic Research Conference in San Francisco. The title of her presentation was “No More Textbooks: Changing How We Structure Classes.” Burgraff bans the use of textbooks from her classes, focusing instead on the use of best-selling books. Her presentation discussed how this method of teaching brings innovation and excitement to the classroom that the use of standard textbooks rarely provides.

§  Chillicothe Campus faculty member Dr. James R. McKean’s study, “Using Institutional Data in Curricular Decision Making,” was published in the 20th Anniversary edition of the AURCO Journal, the annual journal of the Association of Universities and Regional Campuses of Ohio. McKean is associate professor and program coordinator of the Law Enforcement Technology program. McKean has authored and collaborated with colleagues, including OU-C faculty members, on several presentations and articles.

§  Political science faculty member Nicholas Kiersey co-edited the book Battlestar Galactica and International Relations, includes 10 essays written by an array of international academics and scholars and work is intended to be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, popular culture and security studies.

§  OU-C faculty member Barbara Mahaffey was recognized as the Education Hero by the local chapter of the Red Cross during the organization’s Heroes Banquet. She was recognized for her countless hours of volunteering and community service. As a professor at Ohio University-Chillicothe, she teaches her Human Service Technology students to serve the community by her example.

§  OU-C mathematics faculty member Dywayne Nicely earned a competitive Baker Fund Award from Ohio University to support the study,, “A word on word problems: How improving reading comprehension can improve performance on mathematical word problems.” The project, which was done in partnership with Chillicothe High School colleagues, is designed to help local high school students develop the analytical skills they need to succeed in college. This project supports the campus’ mission of utilizing higher education to open gateways of opportunity for area residents.

§  The Technology and Business Development Center, which became operational in January 2012, supports economic development efforts by providing access to the resources and supports that students and area residents need to put their own concepts in motion and possibly launch their own business ventures.

§  OU-C Writing Center Coordinator and English faculty member Deb Nickles earned the Ohio Council for Teachers of English Language Arts Outstanding Language Arts Educator Award in the Special Distinction Category. The award recognizes educators who demonstrate excellence inside and outside of the classroom.

§  The Hilltoper volleyball team won the 2012 Ohio Regional Campus Conference state championship, the first state title for the volleyball program.

§  OU-C psychology student teams won 2 first-place awards in the 2013 Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo.

§  Ohio University-Chillicothe faculty member Lisa Wallace was been named a 2011 Presidential Teacher Award recipient by Ohio University. The award honors professors who have made a substantial, positive contribution to the learning experience at Ohio University, both in and out of the classroom. She is one of four awardees and the only faculty member from a regional campus in 2011.

§  OU-C faculty member Mike Lafreniere received a highly competitive 1804 Grant. The grant will fund the development of a ‘collaboratory,’ which utilizes technology to engage faculty across the curriculum with students in an interactive way that enhances students’ learning experience. He has spoken at conferences nationwide about this endeavor, which utilizes innovative methods to support the campus’ mission of offering an exceptional educational to students.

§  The Ohio University-Chillicothe/Berger Collaborative Nursing Program was awarded the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration’s Recognition of Excellence honor in the highly competitive “Educating America’s 21st Century Workplace” category, one of the five accolades for successful programs and practices.

§  Through various outreach efforts, the campus is committed to providing an educational experience that offers students real-world experience and benefits the region. The nursing program’s health fairs in area schools and volunteerism efforts by campus organizations such as the Human Services Association are some examples.