Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Joyce Zurmehly named distinguished professor, associate director of OU-C nursing program

Joyce Zurmehly has been named as the Berger Health System Distinguished Professor and associate director of the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective July 1. 

In this tenure-track position, she will provide leadership and mentoring to faculty members and students in the OU-C nursing program. A portion of her salary is funded by the Berger Health System Distinguished Professor endowment on the Chillicothe Campus to support research and scholarly work as well as service to the school and the university.

Zurmehly is currently director of Evidence Based Practice at Adena Health System in Chillicothe, where she has been employed since 2009. She was previously an education consultant to the Ohio Board of Nursing from 2007 to 2009 and was a faculty member with the Wright State University College of Nursing and Health in Dayton from 2004 to 2007. She also has been on the faculty of Ohio University and Capital University.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Donna Burgraff gets acquainted with Chillicothe Campus

Incoming Ohio University-Chillicothe Dean Donna Burgraff met with members of the local news media while she was recently on campus. Burgraff also visited with campus members during a reception and attended events to sign a partnership agreement with Teays Valley High School and break ground for an addition to the Technical Studies Building.

“I look forward to getting started. Education offers options, and I want OU-C to offer the type of educational experience that allows students to stay in this region if they want to do. Education has made a great difference in my life, and I want to offer that same opportunity to others,” she said. “This is obviously a campus that is closely tied to the community, and I look to continue that relationship.”
Burgraff officially begins her term as dean of the Chillicothe Campus on Aug. 1.

View incoming Dean Donna Burgraff talk about her anticipation at officially beginning her new role as leader of the Chillicothe Campus on the campus’ YouTube channel at

A story about the new dean’s appointment and her background is available in Compass, the university’s online newsletter, at

Monday, June 28, 2010

OU-C holds ground-breaking for building expansion that opens doors of opportunity for regional residents

Digging the ground-breaking project are (from left) incoming OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff; Director of the Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Director of TechGROWTH Ohio Lynn Gellermann; Associate Vice Chancellor, Adult Education and Institutional Collaboration, Ohio Board of Regents, William Russell; and Ohio University Executive Dean of Regional Campuses Dan Evans.

A groundbreaking event was held for an addition to the Technical Studies Building at Ohio University-Chillicothe on June 28. The project offers a prime example of how the Chillicothe Campus continues to balance a forward-thinking approach with a commitment to its core values.

Chillicothe Campus & Teays Valley High School formally sign partnership agreement

Signing the partnership agreement are (Back, from left) Teays Valley School Board President Charles Morrison, incoming OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff and Teays Valley Assistant Superintendent Kyle Wolfe; (front, from left) Teays Valley Treasurer Stacy Overly, Ohio University Executive Dean of Regional Campuses Dan Evans and OU-C Dean Richard Bebee. 
Representatives of Ohio University-Chillicothe and Teays Valley High School formally signed an agreement on June 28 to establish a partnership between the campus and the high school to create the Teays Valley Center. The event was held at Teays Valley High School in Ashville.

Beginning  July 24, OU-C will offer support courses at Teays Valley in space that was recently renovated to accommodate projected growth in the school district. Deaf studies and interpreting classes will be added this fall. The nursing classes are being relocated from Berger Health System, where they are currently being offered.