Friday, November 5, 2010

OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff reflects on campus’ legacy and promising future during induction ceremony

Donna L. Burgraff was officially installed as the dean of Ohio University-Chillicothe during an induction ceremony on Nov. 5 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. Dean Burgraff officially began her tenure as dean of the Chillicothe Campus on Aug. 2. As OU-C’s dean, she is the chief academic and administrative officer for the campus.

“This is a special occasion – not just for me and my family and friends, but for the entire Chillicothe Campus community because, today we celebrate the qualities that make Ohio University Chillicothe such a wonderful campus and reflect on our mission and our core values,” Dean Burgraff said. “As I have previously stated, I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as dean of the Chillicothe Campus.”

In looking forward, the new dean reaffirmed her commitment to the campus’ core values that have remained in place since OU-C was founded as the first regional campus in the state in 1946.

“I respect what this campus has always stood for, the impact it continues to make on people’s lives and the promise it holds for upholding the quality of life for residents of this region,” the dean said.

“Though times have changed, the Chillicothe Campus has not lost its focus,” she noted. “Times change; people change; new deans take over the leadership of this campus. But, core values remain constant. Serving our students and serving our region is more than a slogan; rather, this is a commitment to our core values.”

She also used the occasion to officially launch the Gary Justice Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to an OU-C student majoring in Environmental Engineering Technology or Law Enforcement Technology.

“This scholarship bears the name of one cousin who is no longer with us,” Dean Burgraff said. “I think Gary would be pleased that he is our family’s representative for this scholarship. Through thick and thin, good times and bad, my family has been the source of my strength and my joy. We share each other’s burdens and celebrate each other’s successes. You may have thought you were getting only me as your dean, but I can assure you that this campus is now cared about by my entire family.”

Ohio University Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education and Vice Provost for ELearning and Strategic Initiatives Dan Evans said, “As I have worked with Dean Burgraff, I have gotten to know her better, and it is clear that she likes people and getting involved with the community. Further, she values the teaching and learning experience as well as the life-changing moments that occur in the classroom. Donna understands the role of team work and the need for people to work together for a common purpose.”

“The university’s regional campuses are an important part of Ohio University’s mission and offer access to a high quality educational experience. A campus such as Ohio University-Chillicothe deserves a unique, talented leader, and I am confident that, with Dean Burgraff, the right leadership is in place and that the Chillicothe Campus is poised for its finest hour,” Evans said.

In presenting a proclamation, Chillicothe Mayor Joe Sulzer noted, “As Dean Burgraff has stated, most of the students on the Chillicothe Campus are from this area. It is important to Dean Burgraff that OU-C continues to offer the type of educational experience that prepares students to contribute to their local communities after graduation. Also, Dean Burgraff endeavors that the Chillicothe Campus is a true resource for this region.”

OU-C interim Associate Dean Christi Simmons offered opening remarks and introduced the new dean and speakers.

Other speakers included:

• H. Keith Spears, Vice President for Regional and Professional Education, Campbellsville University.

• Jamie Cano, Associate Professor in the Department of Human and community Resources Development, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the Ohio State University. He and Dean Burgraff are both Kellogg Fellows.

• Ellen Radel, who delivered greetings from the faculty at Southwest Minnesota State University.

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.

Dean Burgraff’s induction ceremony remarks are available online at

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Induction offers opportunity to reflect on campus’ core values and rich legacy

The upcoming formal induction of Ohio University-Chillicothe Dean Donna L. Burgraff will offer an opportunity to reflect on the qualities that are the core values of the campus while looking forward. The event will take place a 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

The event is free and open to the public.

“The induction is a special occasion for everyone associated with OU-C. This occasion offers an opportunity to celebrate the qualities that make the Chillicothe Campus such a unique institution,” Dean Burgraff said. “As the first regional campus in the state, OU-C has a rich legacy of serving students and serving its region. Friday’s event will allow us to take a break from our daily schedules and observe the campus’ core values. To have the opportunity to participate in this type of occasion, which marks a milestone in our campus, is one of the great things about working on a college campus.”

The induction event will include individuals from the campus, Ohio University, the community and individuals who have had an impact on Dean Burgraff’s career.

A reception and tours of campus will follow the induction ceremony. 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.

Dean Burgraff officially began her tenure as dean of the Chillicothe Campus on Aug. 2.

Upcoming salon discussion series to have Veterans Day theme

Members of the campus and community will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges of returning home after battle during a conversation from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the casual reading area of the Stevenson Center Quinn Library at Ohio University-Chillicothe. The Veterans Day-themed event is part of the salon discussion series, which allows individuals to share their insights on topics of particular relevance.

Speakers at the Nov. 10 event will include author Karen A. Patterson and psychologist Jennifer Lemkuil. Patterson’s book Allies Forever: The Life and Times of an American Prisoner of War, a memoir, is a personal account of her own family. It chronicles how World War II impacted a young bride and her husband, who was shot down during a bombing mission over Germany on Christmas Day 1944. The story describes his daily struggle to survive a prisoner-of-war camp and the challenges of returning to civilian life as not only a husband but also as a father to a child who was born while he was at war. Her parents were married only five weeks before her father was called to war, and the sudden adjustment to civilian life posed difficulties upon his return.

Lemkuil, a psychologist at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, will share insights on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other issues facing veterans.

The event is free and open to the public. The salon discussion series at OU-C is designed to help further cultivate a sense of intellectual community with both the campus and local communities.

Workshop focuses on the role of teamwork in the workplace

OU-C Business Management Technology faculty member Tom Brown recently led a workshop regarding teamwork and its effectiveness in workplace productivity. “Pursuit of Love, Teamwork and Other Ideals … A Precautionary Tale” focused on a common-sense approach to building teamwork in a way to move an organization forward.

Brown emphasized that team-building alone is not the answer to higher performance, with an emphasis on teamwork vs. the forming of teams.

“The goal was to share my theory and research into the real effectiveness when working with teams,” Brown said. “Too often we are disappointed with team-based outcomes. The audience consisted of key managers from the area who also have a point of view on this topic. The evaluated my positions and theories, and then offered their own.”

Two similar sessions are planned, with the topics focusing on management and organizational effectiveness.

Silent auction to benefit United Way of Ross County

The United Way of Ross County and Ohio University-Chillicothe are partnering to host a silent auction at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the Patricia Scott Gallery in OU-C’s Bennett Hall. The event will benefit United Way.

The public is invited to attend and participate.

Community members are encouraged to donate goods or services, particularly non-perishable items and redeemable certificates. Donations can be dropped off at the Bennett Hall Information Desk by 5 p.m. on Nov. 9.

OU-C offers ACT preparation courses

Ohio University-Chillicothe is sponsoring an ACT (American College Test) preparation course to help area high school students and Ohio University College of Education students study for the ACT, America's most widely accepted college entrance exam, which is required for admission to various colleges and programs.

There are two separate offerings: from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 and Nov. 20; or on Jan. 22 and Jan. 29, 2011. Students need to make their own arrangements for lunch, scheduled approximately from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Enrollment options include registering for the class as non-credit ($50). Information about fee waivers is available at OU-C’s Continuing Education Office. Applications are available in area high school guidance counselor offices and in OU-C’s Continuing Education office. Space is limited. For more information, call (740) 774-7226, (740) 774-7230 or 1-877-462-6824, ext. 226 or 230.

This ACT preparation course utilizes experienced instructors who have achieved certification in their respective fields to provide an in-depth review of the math, science, English, and reading comprehension sections of the ACT. Students will also receive extensive instruction on the optional writing portion of the ACT, and information, hints, and techniques for coping with test anxiety and taking the test.

Upcoming Campus Events

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

• Veterans Day salon discussion series event at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 in Quinn Library

• United Way of Ross County silent auction at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 in Bennett Hall art gallery

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

• ACT prep course from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 and Nov. 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