Friday, September 3, 2010

Dean hosts reception for OU-C staff members

Chillicothe Campus Dean Donna Burgraff hosted a reception for staff members on Sept. 2 to thank them for their contributions in supporting the campus’ learning environment. Many individuals work behind the scenes to ensure that OU-C students have an exceptional educational experience, and the dean took time to let them know their efforts are appreciated. Fall quarter classes begin Sept. 7.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Chillicothe Campus’ opening session sets tone for upcoming academic year

OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff shares her insights about the OU-C educational experience on the campus’ YouTube channel at

Dean Donna Burgraff will discuss the Chillicothe Campus’ strategic priorities for the 2010-11 academic year during the campus’ annual opening session at noon Thursday, Sept. 9, in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. Members of the campus community are invited to attend, and lunch will be available.

Ohio University-Chillicothe fall quarter classes begin Sept. 7
Fall quarter classes begin Sept. 7.

The opening session is designed to provide the campus community with the insights they need for a successful year.

In addition to discussing the year’s goals and objectives, the session will provide an opportunity to introduce new campus employees, reflect on recent accomplishments and share useful information about campus initiatives and programs of note.

Dean Burgraff, who began her tenure at OU-C on Aug. 2, will elaborate on OU-C’s annual strategic plan, which is developed during the campus’ August planning session and includes input from various campus groups and community members.

With high enrollment and physical enhancements, these have been banner days for the Chillicothe Campus, and the current dean looks to build upon that momentum in leading OU-C forward to new accomplishments.

“The opening session sets the tone for a successful academic year by identifying the campus’ points of emphasis. It is important to engage members of the campus community and encourage their involvement as we move forward,” Burgraff said. “While we all bring various viewpoints, the common theme remains a focus on working to ensure that our students have an educational experience that meets their needs and exceeds their expectations.”

The upcoming event further serves as an opportunity to gather together as a campus community and for individuals to interact with colleagues and friends.

“In this time of social media, it is important to occasionally join together as a campus community and reaffirm our core values. The opening session provides an opportunity for that type of interaction,” Burgraff said.

Becky Brooks named interim coordinator for Deaf Studies and Interpreting program

Becky Brooks has been named interim coordinator of the Deaf Studies and Interpreting (DSI) program at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective with the beginning of fall quarter Sept. 7. In this position, she will teach courses and work on curriculum development.

Brooks has a strong professional and academic background. Since 1993, she has been on the faculty and has taught a number of DSI courses on the university’s Lancaster campus, including courses on the use of American Sign Language and interacting with the Deaf community. Brooks has also served as an interpreter and has been an instructor with the Ohio State University.

Brooks was named Phi Theta Kappa Professor of the Year at the Lancaster campus and has earned an Advanced Plus – Superior Plus rating in Sign Language Proficiency Interview. She has given numerous presentations at professional conferences and has served on many professional committees. In both 2007 and 2008, she was a member of an Ohio Department of Education team that created state standards for teaching American Sign Language as a foreign language.

She has completed all coursework toward a doctoral degree from Ohio University, and she will soon defend her dissertation. Brooks earned an associate degree in interpretation/transliteration from Columbus State Community College in Columbus, and a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both in communication, from Ohio University.

“We are pleased that Becky Brooks is joining the faculty of the Chillicothe Campus and will play a leadership role in this important area,” OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff said. “She has established herself as a leader in this field and brings an outstanding background to this position.”

DSI is an associate degree program, with classes now being offered at OU-C’s Teays Valley Center in Ashville, Ohio.

Dean Burgraff speaks before economic development group

Ohio University-Chillicothe Dean Donna Burgraff delivered remarks at a recent meeting of the Southern Ohio Economic Development Alliance. The dean spoke about her vision for the campus and preparing students for the workforce.

“Most of our students are from this area, and many wish to return to this region after they graduate from OU-C,” Dean Burgraff said. “Therefore, it is important to me that the Chillicothe Campus continues to offer the type of educational experience that allows our students to contribute to their local communities after they graduate – both as skilled professionals and as contributing civic members. I know what a difference that education has made in my life in opening doors of opportunity, and I want our students to have that same experience.”

The meeting consisted primarily of business, civic, government and economic development leaders, with a focus on working collaboratively to sustain and improve the economic vigor of this region.

“More than just a financial issue, economic development is a quality of life concern,” the dean said. “At Ohio University-Chillicothe, we have a vested interest in this area and its continued strength. Therefore, we want to continue to work with community and business leaders to maintain and improve the vitality of this region.”

Upcoming Campus Events

• Fall quarter classes begin Sept. 7

• Campus opening session at noon on Thursday, Sept. 9, in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons

• Academic Council meets at noon in Bennett Hall room 105 on Sept. 14 & 28 and Oct. 12 & 26

• Classified Group meets at 9 a.m. in Bennett Hall room 105 on Sept. 21 and Oct. 12

• Global Citizenship, Collective Identity and Tolerance international conference in Stevenson Center on Sept. 24 & 25

• 5-kilometer race and 1-mile fun run at 9 a.m. on Sept. 25 on campus. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. near Shoemaker Center

• Administrative Council meets at 9 a.m. in Bennett Hall room 105 on Sept. 23 and Oct. 14

Hangtags for Stevenson Center parking lot available to faculty & staff members

In keeping with its intended use, the parking area near the Stevenson Center will be limited to faculty and staff members, with a gate scheduled to be installed during the fall quarter to control access. In the meantime, security services will monitor the lot.

Cars in the lot without hangtags may be towed at the owner’s expense. Best Towing of 350 Alum Cliff Road, Chillicothe will handle the towing. Its phone number is (740) 773-0333.

There are approximately 37 spaces in the lot and will be available on a first-come basis. Hangtags, which can be displayed from the rear-view mirror, will be required for vehicles parked in the lot. The hangtags can be obtained at the Bennett Hall Information Desk during regular business hours, beginning Sept. 7.

The hangtags are available to all Group I, Group II and one-third option faculty members; and staff members, both full-time and contract employees.