Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Chillicothe Campus to host Business After Business event

The Chillicothe Campus will be hosting the monthly Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce Business After Business event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. Food and drink will be provided by Classic Brand, Pepsi and Polished Comfort. Musician Matt Salyers will provide low-key acoustic melodies. OU-C faculty and staff are invited to attend this event, which further helps to strengthen bonds between the campus and the community it serves.

Reflecting on a successful fall quarter

Following is a copy of a recent communication from OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff to the Chillicothe Campus community.

Nov. 22

Members of the Chillicothe Campus community,

With the academic term drawing to a close, I want to wish students and colleagues across campus the best and congratulate you on a successful fall quarter at OU-C.

I particularly want to wish our students the best. As a long-time educator, I realize that finals week can be especially stressful. Remember that education is more than just grades and final projects; it is also an opportunity to meet individuals of various walks of life and to expand your perspectives.

As the busy quarter draws to a close, it offers an opportunity to pause and reflect. These past few months have been a learning experience for the entire campus. As the incoming dean I have immersed myself in this campus and the community to gain a first-hand perspective. I have learned what makes this area distinct, and I like what I have found. Individuals in this region have a vision and a perspective. They want the best for this campus and are willing to pull together for the common good.

Those qualities certainly describe the environment we look to foster on the Chillicothe Campus. During my time as the campus leader, I have worked to promote the essence of shared governance, with individuals taking an active role in shaping both the short- and long-term future of OU-C. The task forces that are working to implement our strategic objectives for the academic year capture that spirit. As we move forward together, I look forward to continuing that approach, which truly engages individuals in charting the course of our campus.

Let us continue to remember how fortunate we are to be involved in higher education and helping individuals achieve their dreams. What will continue to give us our focus, and bring us together toward that common goal, is a commitment to the campus’ core values of serving our students and serving our region. If we get that right, good things are bound to follow.

Here’s looking forward to further success in working together as we continue to realize the wonderful potential of this great campus.

Cordially,

Dr. Donna L. Burgraff, Dean

Ohio University-Chillicothe

Upcoming Campus Events

• OU-C basketball vs. OU-Lancaster at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 24

• Zumba Extravaganza to benefit United Way from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 27 at Shoemaker Center

• OU-C basketball vs. OSU-Newark at 1 p.m. on Nov. 28

• OU-C fall theater production at 8 p.m. on Dec 3 & 4 (Rescheduled from Nov. 12 & 13 and Nov. 19 &20)

• Wine-tasting workshop in Bennett Hall Scott Gallery from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 3.

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

• OU-C basketball vs. Kentucky Christian at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 6

Monday, November 22, 2010

Exhibit at OU-C features work by Texas A&M faculty member Richard Davison

The current exhibit in the Stevenson Center Art Gallery at Ohio University-Chillicothe features drawings by Richard Davison, Jr., a faculty member at Texas A&M University. The exhibit will be on display through December.

“These drawings are ‘pages’ for a book (Real Drawing: Concepts, Constructions, Capriccios), which I have yet to publish. It is intended to be in the tradition of drawing treatises of the past (Durer, Le Que, Sullivan, others), which is to say, each page of the book, while addressing some topic or specific issue, stands as a work of art in itself,” Davison explained in the artist’s statement.

“The book has been about a dozen years in the making and currently has 185 pages (over 300 drawings). It covers typical drawing topics, and while being “instructional”, its primary intent is to stand as a celebration of drawing at a time when drawing is rapidly being relegated to the backwaters of design pedagogy (a recurring topic in the text).”

“I have taught drawing (and other subjects) in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University for over 25 years. I studied architecture for my first degree, but ended up in art schools: my real love being drawing after all,” he continued in the artist’s statement.

Davison earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Texas A&M, a bachelor’s of fine arts from Texas A&M and a master’s of fine arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

A sample of venues and events where his work has been displayed includes:

• Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX

• Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR

• San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX

• Frito Lay Corporation, Dallas, TX

• Double Tree Hotel, Atlanta, GA

• Class of ’85 Art Endowment Purchase, Texas A&M

• Texas A&M College of Education 25th Anniversary Art Commission

• Office of the President, Baylor University, Waco, TX

• Houston Industries, Inc.