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September 17, 2018 : State of campus addressed during fall 2018 opening session


State of campus addressed during fall 2018 opening session


On Sept. 5, 2018, Dean Martin Tuck led the 2018 fall semester opening session at Ohio University Chillicothe. Approximately 50 faculty and staff attended the meeting.


To begin the meeting, a presentation of faculty accomplishments took place. Tuck noted that several Chillicothe campus faculty members received tenure and/or promotions. Those individuals are Dr. Tony Vinci, Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor; Deb Nickles, Promotion to Associate Lecturer; Dr. Brenda Miller, Promotion to Associate Lecturer; Tanya Hire, Promotion to Associate Lecture; and Joe Triplett, Promotion to Associate Lecturer. Dywayne Nicely has also been appointed to Interim Associate Dean.


It was also noted there have been some staff and faculty changes on campus. After opting to partake in the Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP) at the end of the 2017-18 academic year, the following individuals retired: Becky Borland, Karen Freeman, Dr. Barbara Trube, Dr. Vickie Parker, Dr. Cindy Matyi, and Joan McGowan.


In addition to the retirements, six additional faculty and staff resigned before the start of the 2018-19 academic year. Those individuals were Amanda Hensley, Dr. Ann Rumble, Dr. Nicholas Kiersey, Dr. Brenda Phillips, Ashlee Rauckhorst Tatman, and Susie Bartlett.


In result of the number of campus vacancies, the Chillicothe campus has welcomed seven new faculty and staff.

➢  Cheryl Kovach, Lecturer of Nursing
➢  Theresa Staten, Lecturer of Nursing
➢  Lindsey Shotts, Visiting Lecturer of Nursing
➢  Dr. Stacy Saunders-Adams, Assistant Professor of Social Work
➢  Dr. Jackie Heath, Visiting Lecturer of Psychology
➢  Tom Osborne, Facilities Maintenance
➢  Julie Kohn, Custodial Worker


While the summer is typically more relaxed, Tuck announced that the Chillicothe campus had a busy summer. To note, the Academic Success Center project entered the design phase, which consists of the consolidation of Student Services, a redesign of the Student Success Center, a renovation of the restrooms in the Stevenson Center to meet ADA compliance, an addition of a lactation room, and an addition of a Faculty Commons, group study rooms, and a media room.


Other summer accomplishments include: Future of RHE Study Group meetings began across the system; the Ohio University Board of Trustees held their June meeting at the Chillicothe campus, which highlighted the BTAS/Adena Medical Center co-hort, Mike Lafreniere’s collaboration initiative, and members of the campus’s theater program performed for the BoT members; the campus received a grant from the Ohio University Foundation Sugar Bush Foundation (i.e. a partnership with the City of Chillicothe for its curbside recycling program); and the campus hosted a Capture the Flag Cybersecurity contest, College Credit Ready event, Kids in College, and the Advanced Placement Summer Institute, which consisted of over 70 high school teachers.

To end the discussion portion of the session, a message regarding the state of the campus was delivered. On a positive note, the RHE budget as a system finished the 2017-18 academic year with a $27,000 surplus.


Our current challenges are still concerning the budget and enrollment. Due to a drop in enrollment, particularly FTE which is down 7% as compared to last fall, the regional campuses were forced to reduce their operating budgets. For the Chillicothe campus, this resulted in a $425,000 cut. However, the approval of the RHE 4-year tuition guarantee should help with future budget reductions.


To close the opening session, a list of upcoming events for the campus was announced. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend in support of our students and to inspire campus involvement! Communication about such events will be distributed throughout the semester.


Upcoming events:

➢  Walgreens Flu Shot Clinic | Sept. 18 | 1:30-4 PM | Bennett Hall Art Gallery

➢  Constitution Day Event “Civility in Society” Panel & Discussion | Sept. 26 | 12-1:30 PM |

Stevenson Center Learning Commons

➢  ‘night Mother (a Theater performance) | Sept. 27-30 | 8 PM | Bennett Hall Auditorium |

with 3 PM matinee on Sept. 30

➢  Health & Safety Fair (featuring a Touch a Truck Experience, Car Show & SAMSON the

Monster Truck!) | Sept. 29 | 10-1 PM | Shoemaker Center

➢  Fall Film Festival w/ Dr. Tony Vinci “Alien Environments” | Oct. 4 & Nov. 8 | 5:30-8:30 PM

| Bennett Hall Auditorium

➢  Propel Ohio: College Leadership Summit | Oct. 12 | Cleveland State University
➢  Outreach Lecture w/ Deb Nickles & Tony Vinci “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” | Oct. 12 |

4-5:30 PM | Pickaway County Library in Circleville

➢  College Fair | Oct. 16 | 9:30-11 AM | Shoemaker Center
➢  Majors Fair | Oct. 18 | 12-3 PM | Shoemaker Center
➢  Trick-or-Treat Extravaganza | Oct. 26 | 6-9:30 PM | Shoemaker Center
➢  Southern Ohio Police Training Institute (SOPTI) Graduation | Nov. 16 | Stevenson Center

Learning Commons

➢  Softball Team Craft Bazaar | Nov. 17 | 9:30-3:00 PM | Shoemaker Center  
➢  Charlie Brown Christmas (a Theater performance) | Dec. 7-9 & 14-16 at 7:30 PM

w/ matinees at 3 PM     

➢  Fall Graduation Reception | Dec. 13 | 6 PM | Stevenson Learning Commons