Friday, March 4, 2011

Recent event commemorates Women’s History Month

Several speakers shared their insights and led discussions during the recent “Tea & Discussions in Celebration of Women” event in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

Jeanne Golliher, director of the Cincinnati Development Fund, was the keynote speaker for the event, which commemorated Women’s History Month in March.

Following her opening remarks, breakout sessions were led by Huntington Bank official Cathy Dresbach, “Women and money;” OU-C Director of Information and Technology Patty Griffith, “Being a role model;” OU-C student Karalea Lane, “Time management;” and OU-C Women in Philanthropy member Joanna River, “Women and philanthropy.”

The discussion event was sponsored by OU-C’s Quinn Library, the American Association of University Women and the Gender Equality Solidarity Society.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Chillicothe Campus Dean Donna Burgraff named to Community Improvement Corporation

Ohio University-Chillicothe Dean Donna Burgraff has been named to the Ross County Community Improvement Corporation.

The CIC is a non-profit economic development organization that was formed in the 1960s to assist cities and counties with development projects. The local CIC’s main emphasis is on supporting existing employers and attracting new employers to the region. The organization works closely with area civic and business organizations to achieve these objectives.

The CIC includes a 25-member board that is comprised of business and professional leaders in the Ross County area.

The CIC, which was a founding member and partner with the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio, is funded primarily through business donations.

“I am honored to serve on this board. The CIC and the Chillicothe Campus share the common focus of working collaboratively with individuals to support this region. It is important to OU-C that we serve as an economic driver for the Ross County area, and this appointment will allow me to work more closely with business and civic leaders to ensure that our efforts are aligned with overall initiatives in the region,” Burgraff said.

CIC board consultant Dona Smith said, “We are pleased to have Dean Burgraff as a member of the CIC board. Higher education is a key piece in economic development, and her insights will be most helpful as we work together to support the economic well-being of this region.”

Burgraff began her duties as OU-C dean in August 2010. Others appointed at the January annual meeting were Terry Dresbach, AEP; Elizabeth Scott, Fluor; and Kevin Winegardner, WRH. Board members are elected annually and can serve for up to eight years.

CIC officers for 2011 are: Steve Houseman, PWE, president; Joe Corbin, Horizon, vice president; Toni Eddi, City of Chillicothe law director, secretary; and Steve Neal, Ross County auditor, treasurer.

Students share the ‘coolest’ part of their college experience

To better understand the campus from their perspective, we periodically speak with OU-C students to gain their insights. This week’s question asks them ‘What is the coolest part of the college experience for you?’ Interestingly, being interviewed for this story did not make the list.

For freshman Steven Thompson, a key part of the college experience is the increased freedom. “I like being more independent and more on my own. I feel like I am becoming more of an adult,” said Thompson, a nursing student from Vinton County High School.

Christian Fanelli, a transplant from Florida, enjoys the interaction with faculty members. “Personally, I like having professors who engage in two-way conversations. It helps to open up students’ minds and is thought-provoking,” said the computer science major from Orlando.

For John Mytinger, the college experience involves having a focus. “I like the feeling that I am working toward something and accomplishing something rather than just treading water.” Mytinger, a Chillicothe High School graduate, is majoring in finance.

“I like being able to have the freedom to do what I want and to work on my own tine, especially in regards to class assignments,” said Miranda Gifford, a pre-professional major from Logan Elm High School.

For Paint Valley High School graduate Tyler Yoakem, who is undecided on his academic major, the coolest part is “meeting new people and making new friends.”

Carrie Burns, a nursing student from Washington Court House High School, echoed those sentiments. “I like meeting new people. Since I am in the nursing program, we help each other a lot.”

For Ashley Burns, a psychology major from Adena High School, it’s all about the Stevenson Center Learning Commons. “I like the library. It’s fun to relax here.”

Nick Wooten, a history major from Huntington High School, was to the point. “Meeting women” was his response.

Pam Heidrich is in her first quarter at OU-C after attending Cuyahoga Community College and is making the transition, so she is looking to settle in rather than find that cool characteristic. “Going from a big city to a small town is an adjustment. Plus, I never before have taken daytime classes, so this is all a change for me,” said the nursing major from Lakewood.

As with many of her classmates, Lindsay Rittinger, a nursing student from Logan Elm High School, enjoys the increased responsibility of the college experience. “I like the freedom we have. You can wear what you want and make your own schedule.” Rittinger is also in the transitional stage, having transferred from Hocking College and reports a smooth transition thus far.

OU-C to relocate Pickaway County nursing program to Berger Health System

Ohio University-Chillicothe will relocate off-site nursing courses it is offering in Pickaway County from Teays Valley High School in Ashville to Berger Hospital in Circleville for spring quarter, which begins March 28. OU-C began offering nursing courses and support courses at the Teays Valley site in June 2010 as part of a pilot program.

OU-C had previously offered nursing courses at the Berger Hospital site.

“In moving forward, the Chillicothe Campus will continue to explore possible locations in Pickaway County that will best support our nursing program, both in terms of the nursing facilities and the ability to include student support services such as admissions and advising programming. It is important that students in off-site locations receive the same well-rounded educational experience as students on our campus,” OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff said.

“We are appreciative of the cooperation and support from our colleagues at Teays Valley High School. They were very accommodating and obviously share our commitment to utilizing higher education to open doors of opportunity for individuals of this region. Offering courses at Teays Valley High School has been a very positive experience from our perspective.”

“By relocating to Berger Hospital, the Chillicothe Campus is still able to provide access to the OU-C educational experience for residents of Pickaway County while continuing our relationship with Berger Health System,” Burgraff said.

The Chillicothe Campus and Berger Health System, of which Berger Hospital is a part, have a long-standing partnership to serve the region. OU-C and Berger Health System, along with Circleville City Schools, have been in a collaborative arrangement since 2003 that allows area residents to earn an associate nursing degree from OU-C while taking classes previously at Berger Health System and Circleville High School, then at Teays Valley.

“It is important to us to continue with this partnership that impacts regional residents in such a positive way,” Burgraff said. “Health care is a growing field with good job prospects, which is an important factor in these difficult economic times. Further, this type of program helps to ensure there are a number of qualified health-care professionals in the region, serving their neighbors.”

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Softball team opens season with high expectations

The Ohio University-Chillicothe women’s softball team will open the 2011 season with a home doubleheader against UC-Clermont at 3 p.m. on March 4 at the VA Memorial Stadium. “We will be fielding a strong team this season. With the solid core of returning players and excellent incoming freshman class, we fully expect to win the ORCC (Ohio Regional Campus Conference) this year,” head coach George Beck said.

The Hilltoppers are coming off a good season, having finished second in the 2010 ORCC state tournament.

Among returning players are Andrea Morgan, first base; Bethany Bloomfield, catcher/second base; Courtney Bloomfield, shortstop/second base; Stephanie Wright, pitcher/catcher; Suzie Jones, outfield; and Brittany Leeson, outfield.

Among incoming freshman players are Courtney Clever, pitcher from Zane Trace High School; Carolyn Reiter, third baseman from Waverly High School; Fancie Slanczka, outfielder from South Webster; and Meghan Vogelsang, outfielder from Miller High School in Perry County.

Art exhibit captures the spirit of nature emerging from a long winter

An upcoming art exhibit at Ohio University-Chillicothe promises to be a harbinger of spring.

“Irises, daffodils, tulips – all of the things we yearn to see after a long winter are the subjects of ‘A Walk in the Garden,’” explained artist Lynn Carden, whose work will be exhibited in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery in Bennett Hall from March 8 through April 8.

The show will include about 30 pieces of work, such as a few large hangings that depict flower anatomy (from the recent series in the Stevenson Center); watercolor paintings in the botanical illustration genre; and oil portraits of flowers. Several experimental paintings in water-based media on unprimed canvas will also be on view.

Carden’s work was recently on display in “The Thrill of Discovery,” which was exhibited in OU-C’s Stevenson Center.

Carden was born in Columbus and, after high school, toured globally with The International School of America. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Ohio State University and settled in Cincinnati, where she began to paint full-time. She has also studied at the San Antonio Art Institute and the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Two years ago, she and her husband relocated to Ross County to live on her ancestors’ farmstead in Bourneville.

She has had numerous exhibits and one-person shows, including a show of large-scale water color paintings of flowers at the local Pump House Art Gallery in 1992.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Upcoming Campus Events

• Maurice “Moe” Pfeifer leads discussion about time management at noon on March 3 in Stevenson Center Learning Commons

• “Tea & Discussion in Celebration of Women” at 3:30 p.m. on March 3 in Stevenson Center

• OU-C softball vs. UC-Clermont at 3 p.m. on March 4

• OU-C softball vs. Wilmington College JV at 4 p.m. on March 18

• “A Walk in the Garden” exhibit by artist Lynn Carden in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery from March 8 through April 8

OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff named to Community Improvement Corporation

Ohio University-Chillicothe Dean Donna Burgraff has been named to the Ross County Community Improvement Corporation.

The CIC is a non-profit economic development organization that was formed in the 1960s to assist cities and counties with development projects. The local CIC’s main emphasis is on supporting existing employers and attracting new employers to the region. The organization works closely with area civic and business organizations to achieve those objectives.

The CIC includes a 25-member board that is comprised of business and professional leaders in the Ross County area.

The CIC, which was a founding member and partner with the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio, is funded primarily through business donations.

“I am honored to serve on this board. The CIC and the Chillicothe Campus share the common focus of working collaboratively with individuals to support this region. It is important to OU-C that we serve as an economic driver for the Ross County area, and this appointment will allow me to work more closely with business and civic leaders to ensure that our efforts are aligned with overall initiatives in the region,” Burgraff said.

CIC board consultant Dona Smith said, “We are pleased to have Dean Burgraff as a member of the CIC board. Higher education is a key piece in economic development, and her insights will be most helpful as we work together to support the economic well-being of this region.”

Burgraff began her duties as OU-C dean in August 2010. Others appointed to the January annual meeting were Terry Dresbach, AEP; Elizabeth Scott, Fluor; and Kevin Winegardner, WRH. Board members are elected annually and can serve for up to eight years.

CIC officers for 2011 are: Steve Houseman, PWE, president; Joe Corbin, Horizon, vice president; Toni Eddi, City of Chillicothe law director, secretary; and Steve Neal, Ross County auditor, treasurer.