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Bobcat Academy Summer Programs

Ohio University Southern invites you to participate in the 2022 Bobcat Academy. Join us for eclectic youth workshops and opportunities to develop leadership, academic, and imaginative skills. Explore our innovative programs, including Nursing 101, Bobcat Strong, The Young Writers Workshop, Amateur Theater Workshop, Spanish Language and Culture Workshop, The Science of the Wizarding World, Photo Editing, The Elements and You, and Measure the Height of a Tree!

The Bobcat Academy will be held at Ohio University Southern, 1804 Liberty Avenue, Ironton, Ohio, throughout June and July (please see course dates for further information).

To request an ASL interpreter or other accommodation to attend this event, please contact Dr. Teresa McKenzie at mckenzt1@ohio.edu or 740-547-3875 or Robert Pleasant at pleasanr@ohio.edu or 740-533-4600 no later than June 1, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 740-533-4600.

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Nursing 101

June 6

Join us for this introductory nursing workshop where you will learn the following: how to hold a baby properly, watch labor simulation see how a baby is born, give hands-on CPR, recognize if there is a pulse, and how to use an AED device on a mannequin, watch heart shock simulation, and how to stop bleeding.

Facilitators: Aimee Howe and Maranda Clement

Cap: 15 Students

Times: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cost: $15

Intended Age Group: Middle/Jr. High - (~11-14), High School (~15-18), College (~18+)

About the Facilitators:

Aimee Howe

Aimee Howe, MSN, FNP is an Associate Professor of Instruction in Nursing at Ohio University Southern. She teaches in both the Associate and Bachelor of Nursing degree programs at the Southern campus. Her teaching interests include pediatrics and maternal/newborn health. Howe is a 2007 graduate of Ohio University Southern’s Associate Degree program, a 2010 Graduate of Ohio University’s RN to BSN program, and a 2019 graduate of Cedarville University’s Master of Nursing program. Her experience includes neonatal intensive care nursing, pre/post anesthesia care nursing, perinatal nurse educator, and nursing education. 

 

Maranda Clement

Maranda Clement, MSN, RN, is an Associate Professor of Instruction in Nursing at Ohio University Southern. Clement teaches in both the Associate and Bachelor of Nursing degree programs at the Southern campus. Clement is a 2007 graduate of Ohio University Southern’s Associate Degree program, a 2008 Graduate of Ohio University’s RN to BSN program, and a 2010 graduate of Walden University’s Master of Nursing program. Her experience includes medical surgical nursing, surgical nursing, intensive/critical care nursing, cardiac care, emergency room nursing and nursing education. Along with her full-time position at OHIO Southern, Clement maintains a clinical position as a staff nurse at St. Mary’s Medical Center Ironton Emergency Department.

The Young Writers Workshop

June 21-24

The Young Writers Workshop is a topic and genre-driven retreat for developing writers. Students will learn the basics of various poetic forms and storytelling tactics from professional writers and instructors Barbara Biggs and Eric Brown. This week-long event will consist of drafting and revising two original works of fiction and poetry, culminating in an open writers theater and digital collection of the student's creative endeavors. This workshop is intended for high school-to-college level learners.

Facilitators: Barbara Costas-Biggs and Eric Brown

Cap: 15 Students

Times: 1-2 p.m.

Cost: $20

Intended Age Group: High School (~15-18), College (~18+)

About the Facilitator:

Barb Biggs

Barbara Costas-Biggs is a poet and librarian from Southern Ohio. Her work has appeared in Appalachian Review, Northern Appalachian Review, 8Poems, Lost Balloon, Glass, and others. Her first book, Broken On the Wheel, was published in November 2021 by Cornerstone Press. Her chapbook, The Other Shore, was a finalist for The Washburn Prize from Harbor Review. She holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and an MLIS from Kent State University. She has taught creative writing to high school students through the Ohio Governor’s Scholars program and used to hold an annual poetry competition for Scioto County high school students during National Poetry Month.

 

Eric Brown

Eric Brown writes short and long-form fiction in a rural Ohio town and works as a Career Coach at Ohio University Southern. His work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction. He has also presented at the 2019, 2021, and upcoming 2022 Popular Culture Association National Conference on the works of Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe. Eric received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, specializing in speculative fiction.

Playing with Plays: Amateur Theater Workshop

June 21-24

This program engages young and amateur performers in plot, character, thought, diction, audition, and spectacle. In Playing with Plays: Amateur Theater Workshop, students use their imagination to ground themselves in character, expand their senses while using theater space, and dig deep into the circumstances that the plot demands. Students will perform a dramatic, shortened version of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island in front of a live audience, complete with props, costumes, and background music at the end of an intensive five-day audition, blocking, and rehearsal period.

Facilitators: Eric Brown

Cap: 15 Students

Times: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $5

Intended Age Group: High School (~15-18)

About the Facilitator:

Eric Brown

Eric Brown writes short and long-form fiction in a rural Ohio town and works as a Career Coach at Ohio University Southern. His work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction. He has also presented at the 2019, 2021, and upcoming 2022 Popular Culture Association National Conference on the works of Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe. Eric received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, specializing in speculative fiction.

Bobcat Strong 2022: Let’s Get Moving!

June 21-24

Would you like to learn more about exercise and perhaps find some tips/techniques for motivation? Please join us for a week designed to explore a variety of fitness & wellness techniques. During our time together we will cover fitness concepts (and misconceptions) and play in the process! Each session will cover a new topic that allows time for discussion and 20-30 minutes of movement. This class is great for any fitness level (beginner to advanced). Walking into a gym or fitness class may be overwhelming or intimidating; we can help with form and confidence, so you take your newfound knowledge and put it into action! No equipment necessary but please wear comfortable clothes/shoes.

Facilitators: Oreatha Murray and Jacki Adkins

Cap: 15 Students

Times: 1:30-2:25 p.m.

Cost: $20

Intended Age Group: High School (~15-18), College (~18+)

About the Facilitators:

Oreatha Murray

Oreatha Murray is the Sr. Assistant Director of Regional Recruitment at Ohio University and is a certified AFAA (Athletic Fitness Association of America) and Zumba® instructor. Oreatha has been involved in the wellness industry for 15 years. She previously served as the director of aerobics/aquatics at the Ashland YMCA. Her fitness knowledge covers a broad spectrum of exercise modes. Previous classes include pilates, yoga, kickboxing, bootcamp, Zumba and aqua arthritis assistance. Oreatha understands the connection between movement and self-care. She will share various tips and ideas for movement and will demonstrate gentle yoga poses and techniques to help with relaxation.

 

Jacki Adkins

Jacki Adkins is the Associate Director of Regional Financial Aid at Ohio University Southern and a fitness enthusiast. She is certified as a group fitness instructor with the Athletic Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and has been teaching a wide array of fitness classes for the past 12 years, such as cardio kickboxing, step, Functional 45, strength classes and indoor cycling. She previously taught group fitness classes at Ohio University Southern and Marshall University Recreational Center.  Jacki is currently an instructor at the Brown Dog Yoga Studio. Her hobbies include reading, outdoor cycling, and spending time with family. 

Spanish Language and Culture

June 28

This course will introduce students to essential Spanish words and phrases and the Hispanic world's arts and crafts.

Facilitator: Tim Mollett Cap: 15 Students

Times: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cost: $25

Intended Age Group: Middle/Jr. High - (~11-14)

About the Facilitator:

Tim Mollett

Tim Mollett is a Professor of Instruction in the Department of Modern Languages, specializing in Spanish. His research interests include language education and linguistic theory. Exploring the vernacular of diverse cultures is his passion, and he champions embedding opportunities for students to view our world through a global lens.

The Science of the Wizard World

July 5-7

Students will get to spend each day as a student of a wizarding school. We will conduct experiments, make crafts, do activities, and of course, watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone clips. Elements of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics will be taught throughout the course. We encourage students to wear their themed shirts or even their wizard robes. We want it to be as fun as it is educational.

Facilitator: Allorah Henson

Cap: 15 Students

Times: 1 - 4 p.m.

Cost: $25

Intended Age Group: Elementary/Middle School - (~11-14)

About the Facilitator:

Allorah Henson

Allorah Henson is an Assistant Professor of Instruction at Ohio University Southern. She teaches biological sciences courses. Allorah likes books, dogs, and microscopes.

Photo Editing Workshop

July 11-14

This course will introduce students to digital editing and enhancing photographs and graphics. The course will use Pixlr, a free online graphics editor.

Facilitator: Michael Donley

Cap: 15 Students

Times: 2-4 p.m.

Cost: $20

Intended Age Group: Middle/Jr. High (~11-14), "High School (~15-18)

About the Facilitator:

Mike Donley

Mike Donely is the Applications Support Analyst and IT Coordinator at Ohio University Southern. He is primarily responsible for managing the OU Southern technology infrastructure and supporting OU Southern faculty, staff, and students. Mike has B.S. and M. Ed degrees from Ohio University and has taught several classes at Ohio University Southern, including courses on presentation software, multimedia, 3D printing, and photo editing software.

Measure the Height of a Tree

July 12-14

Learn to use basic math operations to find the height of a tree using different objects or tools, such as a piece of paper, shadows, a pencil, or a protractor.

Facilitator: Yehong Shao-Lucas

Cap: 15 Students

Times: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cost: $10

Intended Age Group: Middle/Jr. High (~11-14)

About the Facilitator:

Yehong Shao-Lucas

Dr. Yehong Shao-Lucas is a professor of mathematics at Ohio University Southern. She has taught at Southern since 2005. The courses she has taught include developmental math, college algebra, calculus, statistics, discrete mathematics, history of mathematics, etc.

The Elements and You

July 25-27

A workshop designed to get students interested in chemistry/science. Students will do experiments to gain firsthand knowledge of chemical concepts and techniques.

Facilitator: Kyle Kemats

Cap: 15 Students

Times: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cost: $15

Intended Age Group: High School (~15-18)

About the Facilitator:

Kyle Kemats

Dr. Kyle Kemats teaches chemistry at Ohio University Southern. He is originally from Lisbon, Ohio, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry at Youngstown State University before earning his PhD in chemical education at the University of Northern Colorado. Outside of teaching, Kyle enjoys playing guitar, yoga, and hiking.