Here are some stories of interest to the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus community:
The full stories are below.
Ohio University-Chillicothe is offering an opportunity for employees of the local Kenworth Truck Company plant who have recently been temporarily laid off to explore how educational opportunities can possibly increase their viability in the workforce.
An information session will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in the OU-C Bennett Hall Auditorium to address classes that will be offered to the employees free of charge. An introduction class will be held in March, with regular classes beginning with the opening of spring quarter March 26 and continuing through summer sessions from June through August.
“OU-C takes pride in its position as a partner in the Chillicothe and Ross County community and welcomes the opportunity to offer these individuals the opportunity to investigate how higher education can be a benefit to them,” OU-C Dean Richard Bebee said. “This initiative underscores our commitment to utilizing higher education as a means to improving the quality of life for area individuals.”
The campus is designing a specialized program of study for these individuals to best meet their needs and schedules. Participants can earn up to 10 credit hours for free, which can eventually be applied toward a certificate program or an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
Other partners in the venture are the Pickaway Ross Career and Technology Center and Ross County Jobs and Family Services, which will also be represented at Monday’s information session.
Monday’s information session will include OU-C faculty and individuals who have successfully gone back to college to make career shifts. It will cover topics such as career opportunities, adjusting to college and financial aid opportunities should they continue their education. A question & answer period will occur at the end of the session.
“This introductory session is intended to serve as an overview and to introduce individuals who may have an interest in the offerings and opportunities OU-C will have,” OU-C Director of Continuing Education, Training and Development Jodie Van Winkle said. “There will be a more detailed orientation session at a later date for those who decide to pursue the free college credit available to those Kenworth employees who were recently temporarily laid off. The program is being designed specifically to meet their needs.”
For more information about the program, contact Van Winkle, (740) 774-7226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTO ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME ON FEB. 10
The entire 1981-82 men’s basketball team will be inducted into the Ohio University-Chillicothe Athletic Hall of Fame during Hall of Fame Day at the Shoemaker Center on Saturday, Feb. 10. The ceremony will take place at approximately 2:30 p.m., between tip-off of the women’s game vs. Akron-Wayne at 1 p.m. and the men’s game at 3 p.m.
This season marks the 25th anniversary of the 1981-82 team, which capped the most prolific steak of success in OU-C athletics history. From the 1973-74 season through the 1981-82 season, OU-C men’s basketball teams won both the Ohio Regional Campus Conference championship and Ohio Regional Campus State Tournament every season except 1977-78, when the Hilltoppers did not win the state title.
“As amazing as was their performance on the basketball court, the members of the 1981-82 team have left an even greater legacy since concluding their collegiate playing careers,” OU-C interim Director of Athletics Dennis Bothel said. “Several members of that team have remained in the area and have contributed greatly to the community. What’s striking is how many have pursued community service professions, with many finding careers as educators and the clergy. The sense of teamwork and working toward a common goal they learned as athletes has stayed with them throughout their lives.”
Chillicothe Police Department Officer Larry Cox, who was fatally shot while chasing a robber suspect while off-duty April 21, 2005, was a member of that team. His parents will be on hand to represent him.
Cox was a four-year letter-winner before graduating in 1982 with an associate’s degree in law enforcement technology.
“We are honored to have Larry as one of our graduates and former Hilltopper athletes,” OU-C Dean Richard Bebee said. “His selflessness and sense of duty to others mark him as a true hero, and we are committed to honor his memory through our service to others.”
The games against Akron-Wayne promise to be competitive. The OU-C women’s team is looking to wrap up the ORCC regular-season title and the men’s Hilltoppers team hopes to reverse an earlier loss to Akron-Wayne this season.
Members of the 1981-82 team include Bo Arnett, Greg Cooper, Larry Cox, Mark Davis, Rick Frederick, Tim Frederick, Dennis Greenwalt, Doug Halsey, Gary McCorkle, Mike Mendenhall, Steve Ragland, Kevin Roll, Tony Seyfang, Richard Scott, Lee Snyder, Rick Teeters and Brent Zickafoose.
To better meet the needs of Ohio University-Chillicothe students, the tutoring services in the Learning Commons are being relocated to the former music room inside of Quinn Library. The relocation will offer a quieter location with fewer distractions, creating a better environment for tutors and students alike.
“This move is intended to meet the current and future needs of our students as the Stevenson Center continues to flourish as a gathering place for students and as a hub of campus academic activity,” interim Director of Information and Technology Services Patty Griffith said. “After meeting with Academic Council, it was determined that this approach uses the available space in the most effective manner.”
The move will begin soon, and the new location will be fully operational with the beginning of spring quarter.
The new location brings the tutoring services closer to the resources available in the library, along with the research and reference expertise of OU-C’s professional library staff. Additionally, students seeking tutoring help can see immediately if someone is available to help them or to schedule an appointment for help in math or writing. The actual tutoring can take place anywhere in the Learning Commons, depending on the preference of the tutor and student.
The Learning Commons consists of Quinn Library, the Writing Center, the Math Center and the computer lab.
“Because of the activity in the math lab, tutors have sometimes struggled to work with students during peak times of computer use. The new location offers fewer distractions, allowing for better concentration and privacy since students are sometimes writing papers dealing with sensitive issues,” Griffith said.
While tutoring in writing and math will be accommodated in this area, tutoring help in all other curricular areas continues to be arranged through the Learning Center’s Help Desk.
A course presentation regarding “Education Abroad: Field Studies in Italy” will be held at noon Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Bennett Hall room 134. Members of the Ohio University-Chillicothe community are invited to attend the event.
The session should be of particular value to students who have an interest in a study abroad experience during their college careers.
Barbara Trube and Margaret McAdams, the two participating professors, will give an overview and some of the students will share their photos and stories of their experience in Italy. Seven OU-C students were among the 21 Ohio University students who participated in the trip from Nov. 30 to Dec. 10, 2006.
The education abroad course included three lectures during fall quarter and the trip to Italy. The three orientation sessions that were held over the long-distance learning network during fall quarter included preparations for study abroad, the educational system of Italy, expected behaviors in a foreign country, dealing with culture shock, Italian art and architecture, and a crash course in Emergency Italian 101.
The course is being continued through discussions via the Blackboard computer software system this quarter.
“Education abroad experiences can become an important part of a student’s education and allow an individual to gain exposure to cultures in a way that cannot be gained in the classroom. These types of experiences are increasingly valuable in an expanding worldwide society,” Trube said.
Ohio University-Chillicothe community members and guests are seeing a new individual when they enter one of the campus’ main buildings.
Her main duties are as switchboard operator and providing customer information. Among her other duties are facilities scheduling and scheduling use of space on campus. She will also manage campus inventory and enter work orders when the new online system is in place.
Holly Wilson, who was previously at the Bennett Hall Information Desk, is now central communications specialist assigned to the Ross County/Ohio University-Chillicothe Child Development and Family Service Center, which opened Jan. 2. Her main duties will be as a receptionist at the facility. She began working at OU-C in September 2004.
The oldest of five regional campuses, Ohio University-Chillicothe is located 45 miles south of Columbus in the Appalachian foothills. This non-residential campus has an enrollment of over 1900 students; historic Chillicothe, the first capital of Ohio, has a population of 26,000. The campus offers 13 associate's degrees, 7 bachelor's degrees and 3 master's degrees with over 30 full time faculty members, supplemented by over 70 adjunct faculty.