Friday, October 22, 2010

Healthy break classes available

Healthy break classes are offered for OU-C students, faculty and staff from 3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays during October in Bennett Hall rooms 130 and 131. Activities include light resistance training, brisk walks and light abdominal workouts.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Induction of Dean Burgraff scheduled for Nov. 5

Members of the campus and area community are invited to attend the formal induction of Ohio University-Chillicothe Dean Donna L. Burgraff at 2 p.m. on Nov. 5 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

Community and university members will speak at the event, and Dean Burgraff will deliver her induction address. A reception and tours of campus will follow. The event will also offer the opportunity to support the Gary Justice Memorial Scholarship. The award is named after the late cousin of Dean Burgraff and will be awarded to an OU-C student majoring in Environmental Engineering Technology or Law Enforcement Technology.

“This event offers an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the qualities that make OU-C such a unique campus and the core values that distinguish both this campus and this region,” Dean Burgraff said. “As a lifelong educator, I realize what a difference education has made in my life, and I am determined that the Chillicothe Campus will continue to provide a gateway to higher education so residents of this region can experience those same opportunities.”

An invitation-only dinner will be held at 6 p.m. that evening in the Child Development Center.

Dean Burgraff officially began her tenure as dean of the Chillicothe Campus on Aug. 2. As dean of OU-C, she is the chief academic and administrative officer for the campus.

Dean Burgraff has had a broad and progressive career in higher education. She was formerly the dean of the College of Business, Education, and Professional Studies at Southwest Minnesota State University, which included serving as the graduate dean, the dean of distance learning and academic and diversity resources, and as a professor of education. She has previously worked at Kutztown University, Marshall University, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and in the K-12 system.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a German minor and master’s degree in counseling, both from Eastern Kentucky University, a master’s degree in adult education from Marshall University and a doctorate in higher education administration from West Virginia University.

Results of Student Senate election are announced

Online elections were held Oct. 18-20 for Student Senate officers at Ohio University-Chillicothe. A total of 126 students voted, and following are officers for the 2010-11 academic year.

• President. Lisa Annon (, a senior with a double major in communication studies and technical & applied studies.

• Vice President. Jody Wilson (, a senior who is majoring in technical and applied studies.

• Secretary. Neeley Clary (, a senior who is majoring in communication studies and health services administration.

• Treasurer. Marlene Fout (, a freshman who is undeclared in terms of academic major.

Student Senate meets at noon on Wednesdays in Bennett Hall room 145. OU-C students are encouraged to contact Student Senate officers with concerns. Email addresses are included to help facilitate interaction.

Chillicothe Campus launches new recycling, document-destruction effort

Ohio University-Chillicothe has contracted with First Capital Enterprises of Chillicothe to provide paper-recycling and secure document destruction services on campus. First Capital will place 14 collection bins in campus buildings, with an emphasis on placement in lobbies and places of high paper-usage, such as near copier machines. Also included will be bins for general paper and secure bins for document destruction.

Campus members will be responsible for collecting their own recyclable materials and placing them in the collection bins.

“This initiative is part of the campus’ ongoing sustainability effort and addresses the interest that has been expressed from students and others about having a robust recycling program,” Director of Facilities Management Dave Scott said. “As an educational institution, it is important to set the pace as good stewards of our resources. I am happy we were able to partner with a local organization in this effort.”

Information session to discuss breast cancer issues

Survivor Lynn Bunstine will lead an information session about breast cancer at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 in Bennett Hall room 105. The session, which is sponsored by the campus’ Health and Wellness Committee, is free and open to the public.

Among topic that will be discussed are:
• What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
• What is a mammogram?
• Why should an individual get a mammogram?
• Where can a person go to get screened?
• How can a person lower the risk of breast cancer?
• Can men get breast cancer?

October is National Breast Cancer Information Month.

Got a twitch to dress like a witch?

Student Senate members will go around campus at approximately 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, to judge Halloween costumes. The contest is open to all OU-C campus community members, even those who may think they don’t have a ghost of a chance to win.

OU-C employees are encouraged to wear costumes that are creative yet professional.

Costumes will be judged in the following categories:
• Scariest
• Most original
• Funniest
• Most creative

Credit union representatives to visit campus

Ohio University Credit Union representatives Roger Varner and Chrissy Sharp will hold a credit union membership information session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 23 and Dec. 7 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

Upcoming Campus Events

• “Natural Family History” art exhibit by John Hancock in the Bennett Hall art gallery through Oct. 25

• OU-C men’s basketball team exhibition game vs. Montserrat Volcanics at 2 p.m. on Oct. 24 in Shoemaker Center

• Academic Council meets at noon in Bennett Hall room 105 on Oct. 26

• Discussion involving Ross County Democratic and Republican chairs Dottie Fay and Diane Carnes at noon on Oct. 26 in Stevenson Center Learning Commons

• Survivor Lynn Bunstine will lead an information session about breast cancer at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 in Bennett Hall room 105

• “A Discussion of Vampires” at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the Quinn Library. Event is part of the campus’ salon discussion series

• 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

• Ohio University-Chillicothe Community Antiques, Collectibles & Crafts Show from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 4 in the Shoemaker Center

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

OU-C discussion to involve county political party leaders

The county-wide leaders of the two major political parties will be involved in an upcoming discussion event at Ohio University-Chillicothe. County Democratic Chair Dottie Fay and Republican Chair Diane Carnes will share their insights with participants at noon on Oct. 26 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

The event is free and open to the public.

“I have invited these individuals to talk about how they got involved in politics and the importance of voting,” OU-C Director of Information Technology Services Patty Griffith said. “This is part of our ongoing effort to further foster a learning environment that engages both the campus and local community in a dialogue about topics of particular relevance. As a campus community, we have a vested interest in ensuring that our students and others are informed participants in civic affairs.”

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jean Ziogas joins OU-C staff as testing center coordinator

Jean Ziogas has been named testing center coordinator at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective Oct. 1.

In this part-time position, she is responsible for overseeing daily operations of the center such as the training and supervision of staff members, and administering tests that are given at the center, which is located in Bennett Hall room 274.

A long-time and accomplished educator, Ziogas has experience working with both students and teachers and helping them achieve success.

An experienced classroom teacher, Ziogas is the first master teacher for the Unioto-Scioto (Unioto) School District. She has been an elementary school teacher and a special education teacher for kindergarten through the 12th grade. Further, Ziogas has been a teacher in the Kids in College program at OU-C and has taught study skills classes on the Chillicothe Campus. She is a certified PRAXIS III assessor for the state of Ohio and has conducted multiple in-class assessments of first-year teachers.

Ziogas has been on the forefront of utilizing technology to engage her students with individuals in other states and countries and has earned numerous professional awards and held elected positions in professional organizations.

She is a state officer and co-President of Alpha Delta Kappa, which supports an annual scholarship for an OU-C student and is involved with Altrusa and American Association of University Women, which also fund scholarships for OU-C students.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in school administration from Eastern Michigan University. Ziogas has also completed post-mater’s graduate classes in education from Ohio University.