Here are some stories of interest to the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus community:
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The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present the play “Luv” at 8 p.m. Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, in the Bennett Hall Auditorium.
The comedy by American playwright Murray Schisgal involves a chance encounter by former college classmates Harry and Milt, who are soon joined by Milt’s wife, Ellen. Harry is ridden with anguish while Milt and Ellen are tied together by frustration, and the three are caught in the dynamics of the moment.
“The play ‘Luv’ is part of the absurd theater of the 1960s,” explains Ken Breidenbaugh, assistant professor of fine and comparative arts and theater. “It is an intense and funny play in which the characters and audience are asked in part to construct their own reality. It deals with universal themes such as love, relationships and the quest to establish self-identity within that experience.”
Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $7 for OU-C students and are available at the Bennett Hall Information Desk during business hours and at the OU-C Box Office the evenings of performances. Group rates are also available.
“With a small cast of three, this is a bit of a departure from our usual productions,” Breidenbaugh said. “The setting is a suspension bridge that will take up the width of the stage.”
The actors include OU-C students Tyler Stewart at Milt, Cole Chaney as Harry and Lindsay Cunningham as Ellen.
“It is a challenging script,” Breidenbaugh said.
The OU-C theater program is marking its 10th season during the 2006-07 academic year. The 10 years have included a play each academic quarter and during the summer for a total of 40 productions when the curtain falls on the summer season.
“Having a vibrant theater program indicates that OU-C is an active campus,” Breidenbaugh said.
Each quarter, students participate in readings, analyze scripts and take a lead role in determining what play to produce. Students are involved in all aspects of the production, both onstage and behind the scenes, learning first-hand the entire process.
“This is a way for students to learn about teamwork and the integration of various roles,” Breidenbaugh said.
The recipient of the first annual Jayne Stone Brown Theater Scholarship will be announced during the ‘Luv’ performances. The $15,000 endowment honors the former middle school educator who taught speech, drama and English to Chillicothe students. The scholarship will be awarded to a current OU-C student who is pursuing a minor in theater and who has displayed an aptitude for the stage and success in the classroom.
“Jayne Stone Brown is a long-standing patron of theater at the campus. Given her background as an outstanding teacher who impacted the lives of so many, it is fitting to recognize her contributions in this way,” Breidenbaugh said.
Mark H. Shuter, president and CEO of Adena Health System in Chillicothe, has been appointed to a four-year term on the Ohio University-Chillicothe Coordinating Council, beginning July 1. He replaces Allen Rupiper, who is resigning.
The Coordinating Council serves as an advisory board for OU-C Dean Richard Bebee to better enable OU-C to meet its mission of serving its students and the community.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Mark’s management experience and commitment to the community as part of the Coordinating Council,” OU-C Dean Richard Bebee said. “His insights should be very beneficial as we continue to explore innovative ways to most effectively meet our mission of providing an exceptional educational experience that prepares today’s students for tomorrow’s challenges and utilizing higher education as a resource to benefit the community.”
Shuter has more than 20 years of experience in leading and managing health care organizations. Adena Health System is a 250-bed hospital system with $300 million in net revenue and includes Adena Regional Medical Center, Greenfield Area Medical Center and multiple ambulatory centers.
He was previously president of Ohio Health in Columbus, which includes Riverside Methodist Hospital, Grant Medical Center and Doctors Hospital; chief operating officer of Heartland Health System in St. Joseph, Mo.; and vice president of Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth.
Shuter is actively involved in the community. He is a member of the local Rotary Club and a member of the Economic Development Board of Southern Ohio, which is based in Chillicothe.
Shuter earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing and his master’s degree in hospital and health services administration, both from The Ohio State University. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
With its beautiful campus, diverse curricular and extra-curricular offerings and friendly community, Ohio University-Chillicothe offers a unique educational experience. This spring, interim student recruiters Kim Hardesty and La Tanya Webb have been spreading the word to prospective students.
In a roughly month-long span beginning March 19, Hardesty and Webb visited 13 area high schools in Ross, Adams, Franklin, Pickaway, Pike and Vinton counties.
“When speaking with future college students, we discuss both specific information about the OU-C experience as well as general information on applying to and finding success in college,” Webb said. “It is important that the students, their parents and guidance counselors know we have the students’ success foremost in our priorities.”
Hardesty notes, “It is important for us to maintain a strong presence in the schools and communities so that prospective students and their parents have OU-C at the forefront when making their college decisions and have the opportunity to consider the unique educational experience our campus offers.”
Some of the biggest selling points for OU-C are being part of a national university, its relatively affordable cost, proximity to many of the students’ hometowns, small classes, the seamless transition to the Athens campus if they wish and availability of technology, such as the campus’ wireless capability.
But, OU-C’s greatest attributes – its collegial atmosphere and vibrant educational experience – are best communicated through first-hand experience.
“The campus visit is the key to having prospective students apply to OU-C,” Webb said. “Students and their families are consistently impressed by the friendly disposition on our campus. Students have an opportunity to know many of their classmates and other members of the campus community and to connect with faculty members in academic discussions of interest both inside and outside of the classroom.”
Several faculty members volunteer their time to talk with students during their campus visits, and their insights are invaluable.
During their time on campus, prospective students are encouraged to sit in classrooms and to imagine themselves as OU-C students to determine if OU-C would offer the learning environment they seek.
“OU-C has a vibrant atmosphere with opportunities for students to thrive,” Hardesty said. “With student organizations, wellness opportunities and the Learning Commons, we have many of the resources and opportunities of a larger campus paired with the personal attention of a smaller setting.”
“It is important that we create opportunities to share this information with guidance counselors and prospective students,” Hardesty said. “Even if the students do not enroll at OU-C, they can help spread the word to their classmates.”
An awards ceremony and talks by motivational speakers will be among the activities as part of the finale event Friday, May 11, of the 2007 Leadership Skills Program at Ohio University-Chillicothe.
The program, which was begun in 2000, promotes the importance of sound decision-making and other skills with prospective college students from throughout Ross County. The program is a partnership between Ohio University-Chillicothe and Ross County middle schools and high schools.
It involves two components, one for 14 seventh- and eight-grade students, and the other for 16 high school sophomores and juniors. Two students from each Ross County school participate in the program.
The students come to campus one Friday each month from February through May and explore the importance of leadership, character-building and responsible decision-making, in addition to other skills that will help them in college.
The first on-campus sessions were Feb. 16 for the middle-school students and Feb. 23, for the high school students.
Some of the events include:
Bennett Hall room 110
8:45 am. to 11:30 a.m. Motivational Speakers:
12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Moe Pfeifer, who facilitated the program, will speak to the students
1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Awards Ceremony
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.