Friday, December 17, 2010

OU-C proud to be part of regional community

Dec. 17, 2010

Members of the Chillicothe Campus community,

As we all realize, there are some particular occasions that especially capture the moment and are a cause for taking stock of what we are about as a regional campus. One of those occasions recently took place and made that type of impression.

Individuals from throughout the region gathered together during a local Chamber of Commerce “Business After Business” event in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. In looking across the room, there were individuals from all walks of life who were joined together because they share the common motivation of wanting the Ross County region to thrive.

Hosting this event had special significance to me and, I am sure, to others on campus. This event offered a snapshot of what makes Ohio University-Chillicothe such a unique place. We want individuals to view the Chillicothe Campus as a regional resource. Whether it is offering a gateway to pursuing a college degree, providing an opportunity to take classes for the purpose of individual enrichment, offering cultural events or serving as an economic driver, the Chillicothe Campus is a proud and engaged member of this region.

This sense of being part of a larger community can be experienced across campus on a daily basis. Most of our students are from area communities, and they bring with them the values of family and friendship that are so prevalent in this region. The special spirit that makes Southern Ohio such a great place to live is alive and well on the Chillicothe Campus. As a student recently said, OU-C is not just a campus; rather, it is a family.

I consider myself fortunate to be the leader of such a dynamic campus and part of such a wonderful learning community. During the busy times of this holiday season, it seems appropriate to take time and reflect on how fortunate we all are to be part of this campus community.

Thanks to all of you for your daily contributions to making the Chillicothe Campus such a unique learning environment.


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

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ohio University-Chillicothe establishes Women in Philanthropy group

Ohio University-Chillicothe has recently established a Women in Philanthropy (WIP) Giving Circle to support activities that benefit the educational experience of OU-C students. The group strives to promote the arts, encourage philanthropic education, seek grant opportunities, support the wellness program, advance mentoring programs, enhance social service programs, and participates in activities that support the Chillicothe Campus.

“The OU-C Giving Circle allows individuals to make a significant difference on a campus by contributing to projects that enhance students’ educational experiences. The OU-C Giving Circle promotes educational excellence through giving financially or through committee work for special projects to raise funds for projects,” said Director of Resource Development Joyce Atwood, who is spearheading the effort. “We welcome individuals who can donate their time, talent or finances to the organization’s projects.”

WIP has quarterly meetings and is open to all women interested in learning about the group’s work. To learn more about the Giving Circle contact Atwood at 774-7732.

OU-C offers ACT preparation course

Ohio University-Chillicothe is sponsoring an ACT (American College Test) preparation course from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 and Jan. 29, 2011. The course is designed 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.

Students need to make their own arrangements for lunch, scheduled approximately from noon to 1 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 will 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.