Friday, September 17, 2010

Tornado hits community north of Athens

A tornado swept through the community of The Plains, about 4 ½ miles north of Athens, on Thursday evening. It did not damage the Athens campus of Ohio University, and OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff who was attending meetings on the Athens campus Thursday, was not seriously impacted by the storm.

The WOUB newscast about the tornado is available online at:

The university response to the storm is available online at

Chillicothe Campus in the news media

The Chillicothe Gazette published a story about the campus’ opening session, including OU-C’s strategic approach in approaching its priorities for the upcoming year. The story is available online at:

Also, the dean appeared on the “Sounding Board” talk show local radio station WBEX to talk about the campus’ mission, particularly in serving the region. The following is a link to a podcast of the WBEX ‘Sounding Board’ broadcast:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Campus community members are encouraged to attend upcoming international conference on campus

Following is a message from OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff to the campus community about the upcoming global conference on campus.

Sept. 15

Chillicothe Campus community members,

Since arriving on campus, it has become apparent to me that Ohio University-Chillicothe is a true learning community. An event that especially emphasizes that theme is an upcoming conference that will draw renowned scholars from around the globe to campus for a conference of particular note.

Academics from various academic disciplines will share their insights during the International Conference on Global Citizenship, Collective Identity and Tolerance at Ohio University-Chillicothe on Sept. 24-25. Nearly 30 papers have been submitted for the conference, which will be held in the Stevenson Center.

It is rare that a regional campus plays host to an event of this breadth and scope, and I encourage campus members to attend portions of this conference and enjoy the discussions. An interesting aspect of the conference is its cross-disciplinary nature as experts from various academic fields approach the same topic from different viewpoints. In many ways, this sharing of perspectives represents the essence of academic diversity.

Details about the event, including the schedule of events and title of the papers that will be presented, are available online at

All sessions are free to attend, but meals are not included.

As we realize, outstanding academic achievements are regularly occurring on the Chillicothe Campus, and some of our own scholars will be participating. OU-C political science faculty member Nicholas Kiersey will present a paper, as will fellow campus faculty members Nirmal Niroula, a sociology faculty member; and Ann Rumble, a psychology faculty member. Also, economics faculty member Hamid Shahrestani will serve as a discussant.

This conference offers an opportunity to become engaged in significant academic discourse and to showcase the Chillicothe Campus to a larger audience. I hope to see many of you there as we all learn from the sharing of this expertise and these varying viewpoints.

After all, isn’t that what we are all about as a learning community?


Dr. Donna L. Burgraff, Dean
Ohio University-Chillicothe

Tryouts slated for cheerleading candidates

Tryouts will be held for the 2010-11 Ohio University-Chillicothe cheerleading squad at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 and at 8 a.m. on Sept. 22 in the Shoemaker Center gymnasium. All OU-C students are eligible to try out.

Those who are trying out should have a prepared cheer and dance routine. Male cheerleading candidates are not required to perform a dance.

For further information, contact Sandy Lawless at (740) 222-4637 or or Hope Wellman at (740) 497-9639.

Session to address STD awareness

Michelle Long, a Registered Nurse, will lead a discussion about STD (sexually transmitted diseases) at noon on Sept. 22, in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Campus Health & Wellness Committee.

Upcoming Campus Events

• STD awareness discussion at noon on Sept. 22 in Learning Commons

• Academic Council meets at noon in Bennett Hall room 105 on Sept. 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 (3.1 mile) race at 9 a.m. on Sept. 25 outside of the Shoemaker Center. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

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

• College Night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the Shoemaker Center

• Induction of OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff on Nov. 5

• OU-C fall theater production at 8 p.m. on Nov. 12 & 13 and Nov. 19 &20

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Students can survey possible options during upcoming College Night event

Numerous individuals attended the popular College Night event in 2009
Area high school students and their parents can explore the offerings of approximately 40 colleges and universities during the annual College Night event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the Shoemaker Center on the Ohio University-Chillicothe campus. Both the Chillicothe campus and Athens campus will be among those represented at the event.

“This event offers an opportunity for prospective students and their parents to investigate a number of potential colleges in one evening,” OU-C Manager of Student Recruitment TJ Eveland said. “At OU-C, we are focused on utilizing higher education to open the doors of opportunity and impact the quality of life for residents of the region, and this occasion emphasizes that commitment.”

Those attending College Night will be able to explore various post-high school options and ways to fund those endeavors. Besides the various educational institutions, there will be representatives of some branches of the Armed Forces and various scholarship and loan programs.

“We want to ensure that area students are aware of the advantages that OU-C offers, including the friendliness of a small campus and resources of a national university. More than that, it is important that that our area students realize the opportunities that are available to them,” Eveland said. “For some students, it will be their first contact with a college representative. For others, it will offer a chance to further investigate some schools and ask follow-up questions.”

The local Kiwanis Club chapter and OU-C are sponsoring the event.

Those with further questions can contact OU-C Manager of Student Recruitment TJ Eveland at 740-774-7721 or

Parking will be impacted during Technical Studies Building construction project

Parking will be restricted at the Technical Studies Building during the early phases of construction for an addition to the building, located on the east side of campus, on Pohlman Road.

Construction will begin Thursday, Sept. 16, and the project is scheduled to take approximately 8 months to complete. During this time, parking will be impacted. Students, faculty and staff members using the building are advised to park in the temporary lot south of the Technical Studies Building. There is additional parking near Shoemaker Center.

The 8,200-square-foot addition will increase the size of the building to approximately 13,900 square feet. It will provide space for both the Law Enforcement Technology program and an entrepreneurship program that will be launched in conjunction with the Athens campus.