Thursday, October 8, 2009

Alan Gough exhibit celebrates 50 years of capturing artistic beauty of the region

A current exhibit at Ohio University-Chillicothe by local artist Alan Gough commemorates his 50 years as an artist with a flair for capturing the beauty of southern Ohio and ability to see the interesting perspectives of everyday situations. The show includes more than 80 pieces, most of which are oil-based works, as well as pen and ink, pencil, charcoal and cont’e crayon drawings.
The exhibit is on display through Nov. 30 in the Patricia Scott Memorial Gallery in Bennett Hall. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. The gallery is free and open to the public.
Gough has been a full-time artist since 1959, when he returned to his hometown of Chillicothe to establish a studio in his home after attending the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He grew up on Fifth Street, less than four blocks from the current OU-C campus.
Much of his artistic inspiration is found in the ongoing dynamics of nature in this region, which is reflected in his work.
“This area and the changing seasons especially catch my attention. Each day is unique,” Gough said. “Growing up in Ross County and experiencing the seasonal variances, along with contrasting topography, has had an indelible effect upon my work.”
“This region has a quiet, understated beauty, which intrigues me. There is universality about the Ross County area,” he said.
Several of the pieces in the current exhibit depict the stark beauty of winter days.
“There is a barebones quality to winter that I especially like. In winter, you get a skeletal look at nature,” Gough said. “It’s like a string quarter or trio in that you can hear each individual instrument. In the summer and fall, with the foliage, the area landscape is more like a full orchestra.”
Gough’s appreciation of classical music comes through in his art.
“As with a piece by Bach, Mozart or another great musician, I want there to be a rhythm and a sense of composition. I strive to infuse my work with a feeling of flow, harmony, balance and logical progression,” he noted.
Gough’s artistic reflections of nature have required him to work under inclement conditions in the field to capture the vibrancy of the moment. At other times, he has completed the work in his studio.
“Nature does not stand still. The challenge is to keep the image in my mind until I get back to the studio,” he explained. “More than just an image, I want to convey a presence and a feeling of actually being there when people see my artwork so that they can feel the situations and circumstances that occurred at that particular moment.”
Beyond landscapes inspired by nature and this region, the OU-C exhibit includes portraits, self-portraits and images from other places Gough has lived or visited, such as Chicago, Canada, Florida, Michigan and California.
The artist’s statement points out that his work is a response, both spontaneous and reflective, to the effects that the elements and seasons have upon the land of southern Ohio. In the statement, Gough further adds that his emotional attachment to the region drives his strong desire to communicate its qualities.
“The campus is proud to host this exhibit of outstanding work by an acclaimed artist from this region,” OU-C Dean Richard Bebee said. “This exhibit supports the cultural climate on campus and offers inspiration to students and others who have the opportunity to view Alan’s work. It is fulfilling to see the beauty of this region portrayed so well.”
This is the third exhibit that Gough has displayed in the Bennett Hall gallery, with the first two occurring in 1969 and in the early 1990s.
Gough continues to practice his craft in his Chillicothe studio six days a week and still feels inspired by the southern Ohio region.
“This is where I choose to reside and to do my work. The inspiration is right here,” he said.

OU-C nursing faculty member Camille Leadingham and colleagues earn university-sponsored grant

Ohio University School of Nursing faculty members, including OU-C Associate Professor of Nursing Camille Leadingham, Debra Henderson (Zanesville), Molly Johnson (Southern), Mashawna Hamilton (Southern) and Christina Nyirati (Athens) have received an 1804 Grant Award from the university for $22,500 for their proposal, “Integrating Electronic Health Record and Clinical Tracking Software into Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Curriculum.” The approval of funds for this competitive university-sponsored grant will go towards the purchase and integration of electronic health record (EHR) systems into Ohio University nursing labs and classrooms. As the nursing industry grows at a rapid pace, the use and knowledge of current technology is expected of nursing program graduates. At the present, there are multiple methods of charting used in the nursing curriculum. The EHR technology will streamline these methods into one that is expected of nursing students to know when placed in the clinical setting. By integrating these new technologies into both academic curriculum and professional experiences, Ohio University’s School of Nursing will remain on forefront of educational programs, in addition to staying competitive with other schools. “The EHR systems allow me and other members of the nursing faculty use hands-on and learner-centered strategies to advance nursing students’ critical thinking skills, promote teamwork and collaboration in the classroom and the lab,” said Leadingham. This grant will facilitate nursing program faculty collaboration and build a curriculum integration plan to make Ohio University graduates across the campuses more competitive within the nursing job market. “In time the faculty members expect to see increased sophistication in the questions asked in patient care situations, increased attention to context, greater reflection of the student’s own action and decision making ability as a result of this technology” said Leadingham. “The student who thinks critically will ask appropriate questions, gather the most important and relevant information and come to a reliable and trustworthy conclusion about their practice.” An additional aspect of this technology is the “My Portfolio” section that serves as an online portfolio for students’ work history, education, memberships, certifications, and skills on their own multi-page personalized Web site. “The Clinical Tracking Software will allow us to follow the progress of our students and classes. We can track if students are progressing at a satisfactory pace in their clinical experiences and meeting course objectives,” Leadingham explained. “We can also compare what groups of students are being taught and how it compares to performance in the clinical setting.” For many years the OU-C nursing program has had a large impact on the Chillicothe and Ross County region. Because the program provides increased access to high quality healthcare, residents in the region have increased options when it comes to medical care providers. “The technology purchased with this grant money will allow us to continue to serve our region to at this level” said Leadingham. “Our programming also gives educational access to area residents to emerging the career field of nursing and healthcare.” The nursing program courses are taught at four Ohio University campuses: Chillicothe, Southern, Zanesville and Athens. All Ohio University nursing students will benefit equally in the educational use of the EHR simulation and clinical tracking software. There are currently more than 240 nursing students enrolled at the OU-C including those in partnerships with Berger Health System, Circleville City Schools and Ohio Christian University. OU-C nursing students pursue the Associate of Applied Nursing Degree and are eligible to take the state board exam to become registered nurses.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Early risers and night owls weigh in on morning classes

This story is part of a series to gauge the perspective and insights of campus members on topics of particular relevance at OU-C. This week’s topic concerns their thoughts on morning classes and the thoughts of students recently taking a break or studying in the Learning Commons. “I would rather have more morning classes so I don’t have to be on campus until nine-thirty at night,” said Whitney Roberts, a sophomore business management major. “I don’t mind getting up early. From high school, I am used to getting up, going to class and getting school out of the way.”
Steven Wissinger, a sophomore who is pursuing an electrical engineering degree, agreed. “I like morning classes so I don’t have to go to school late at night.” Erica Barnhart, a junior who is majoring in business administration, said, “I am a morning person. I like to get classes out of the way quickly so that I have more time to do my homework. Plus, getting to campus early helps to get a better parking spot.” “I like morning classes. I just feel that I can get classes out of the way, and then have the rest of the day to do other things,” said Sarah Orr, a sophomore nursing student. Lauren Scharfetter, a freshman who is undecided on a major, is not so quick to end her night’s sleep. “Personally, I like sleeping in, so I would rather have a schedule from mid-morning to early afternoon. That’s basically what my schedule is now, and I like it.” “I am not a big fan or morning classes. I don’t think I would be awake enough in the morning to know what’s going on,” said Nick Bush, a freshman who has not declared an academic major. Freshman Tyler Noble said, “I actually like morning classes. I have to work in the evenings and am more of a morning person.” Josh Harrington, a sophomore business major, who works with Noble at UPS, echoed those sentiments. Paula Johnson, a freshman pre-nursing student, is OK with morning classes, to an extent. “They are fine as long as classes do not start before 9 a.m.,” said Johnson, who commutes from Fayette County. As always, we welcome further comments. Feel free to keep this dialogue going and add thoughts by commenting on this blog entry.

Construction Update

The Parkway Project continues to move forward. Phase 2, which included a new parking area and road on the east side of Bennett Hall, is complete. Trees along the perimeter of the project are being planted, and seeding is underway. Also, more benches have been installed in the pedestrian plaza on the east side of Bennett Hall to accommodate those who are relaxing and studying in this area. Access between Bennett Hall and Stevenson Center, including handicap access, is now available.
Orange fences are being moved to block off the area in front of Stevenson Center for construction of Phase 3, which will include the same improvements as Phase 2. The University Drive entrance will be closed during this phase, which is expected to last until mid-November. New lampposts have been constructed and lighting is complete in front of Bennett Hall, creating an impressive look to campus from Fifth Street, especially after nightfall. Brick decorative pavers are being installed on the plaza area outside on the west side of Bennett Hall, and that entrance will be temporarily closed while that work continues. The hot water lines behind Bennett Hall are being repaired, and the Shoemaker Center air conditioning project is complete, and the electrical feed to the building has been repaired.

Upcoming Campus Events

  • College Night at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 in Shoemaker Center
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America rally at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 9 in Shoemaker Center and various Bennett Hall rooms
  • Academic Council at noon on Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 in Bennett Hall room 10
  • Classified Group at 9 a.m. on Oct. 13 in Bennett Hall room 105
  • Administrative Council at 9 a.m. on Oct. 15 in Bennett Hall room 105
  • Ohio Applachian Center for Higher Education (OACHE) Conference on campus from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 16
  • Rock for Tots concert featuring Pure Prairie League on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 in Shoemaker Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.
  • Ohio University Human Resources meeting at 3 p.m. on Oct. 20 in Bennett Hall room 134
  • OU-C Day on Nov. 12. Will include scholarship/donor breakfast, Parkway Project ribbon-cutting and other activities. Details to be announced
  • Alan Gough art show through Nov. 30 in Bennett Hall Patricia Scott Memorial Gallery