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President Nellis treated to Southern hospitality
August 30, 2017 : President Nellis treated to Southern hospitality
A rainy southern Ohio day didn’t dampen spirits August 10 as Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis visited the Ohio University Proctorville Center, Ohio University Southern, in Ironton, and the Ohio Horse Park, as the final stop on his tour of regional campuses.
Students, faculty and staff were eager to show President Nellis the programs and facilities that encompass the Ohio University Southern.
The day started at the Ohio University Proctorville Center, an 18,000-square-foot facility that serves the eastern portion of Lawrence County.
Stephanie Burcham, director of the Center, explained to President Nellis that courses were first offered in Proctorville in 1979 at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds. “We may have come from humble beginnings – starting with classes at the county fairgrounds in 1979— but throughout, our focus has always been on the students and residents of Lawrence County,” Burcham said.
This mission will continue with the completion later this year of the Proctorville Center Park, which will include a paved walking trail, two regulation-sized soccer fields and other amenities.
President Nellis then toured the Southern Campus in Ironton. There he met with faculty and staff, while he learned about several of the unique programs offered. His visit included an interview for the television show “Hour of Excellence,” in which the interviewer, videographers and producers were all area elementary students who participated in the “Lights, Camera, Action!” class during the 2017 Academy of Excellence.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) students and faculty had an opportunity to demonstrate to President Nellis how to they use essential patient simulators and how essential this equipment is for preparing future nurses for real-world situations.
President Nellis spent lunch with several Southern Campus students and listened to their student experience stories.
President Nellis treated to Southern hospitalityDean of Ohio University Southern Dr. Nicole Pennington said, “Each of our students has a fascinating story about why they decided to come to the Southern Campus and what their time here has meant to them – it’s inspiring. I’m so glad that President Nellis had an opportunity to hear more about what, for some, has been a life-altering experience.”
Following a meeting with faculty and staff, President Nellis visited the Ohio Horse Park and learned about the certified Therapeutic Riding Program that Ohio University Southern offers – one of only five programs like it in the world.
Dr. Pennington said, “We are so grateful to President Nellis for taking time from his incredibly busy schedule to spend the day at the Southern Campus. We hope that you can come back again soon.”