Thursday, April 14, 2011

Scenic beauty of the Chillicothe Campus

Spring quarter is an especially picturesque time on the Chillicothe Campus, when the beauty of southern Ohio abounds on campus. Here are some images of the natural beauty that makes OU-C such an ideal setting for a college campus.

Connecting with the next generation of students

Ohio University-Chillicothe Dean Donna Burgraff was among celebrities who recently read books to children in the Ross County/Ohio University-Chillicothe Child Development and Family Service Center. The event was one of several activities held to commemorate the Week of the Young Child from April 11-16.

Several OU-C education students and faculty members were also present to enjoy the occasion.

The center began operations Jan. 2, 2007. The $3.4 million, 21,000-square-foot facility is debt-free. It includes 13 classrooms, 3 small attached playground areas, 5 therapy rooms for children/infants with disabilities, a courtyard, an inside ‘town square’ commons area, a conference room, a nurse’s room, receptionist area, full-service kitchen and 8 small offices.

The center serves the community by providing high quality educational experiences for children and providing valuable practical experience for OU-C students. More than 300 local children utilize the center. Additionally, OU-C students, primarily education majors, take classes in the center.

OU-C students can get free tickets for Battle of Bands event

Free tickets are available to Ohio University-Chillicothe students for the upcoming “Rock for Tots Great Midwest Battle of the Bands” competition in the Shoemaker Center on April 23. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the music begins at 7 p.m.

OU-C students need to bring their student IDs to the Bennett Hall Information Desk to obtain the free tickets.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Diversity is hallmark of OU-C educational experience

Following is copy from an op-ed submission by Chillicothe Campus Dean Donna Burgraff that was published in the April 10 edition of the Chillicothe Gazette.

The Chillicothe Campus of Ohio University takes seriously its role as an engaged member of the Ross County region. Our standing in southern Ohio provides us with direction and a sense of purpose.

Since opening its doors as the first regional campus in the state in 1946, the Chillicothe Campus’ focus has been squarely on offering the type of educational experience that best serves the residents of this region. The campus was founded largely to allow area veterans who were returning from World War II the opportunity to use the GI Bill to earn a college education and pursue the American dream they had risked their lives to preserve.

Now, as then, the Chillicothe Campus is committed to serving as a regional resource and as a place where area residents can pursue their ambitions and realize their potential. Area residents are hard-working, talented individuals, and it is important that we offer the type of educational experience that prepares students to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.

Diversity is an important aspect of the modern workplace and, therefore, must be a vital part of the OU-C experience. At OU-C, we embrace the richness of diversity. We take pride in creating a true sense of a learning community on campus, and since the essence of diversity is the sharing of various perspectives and viewpoints, it is at the heart of the campus learning environment.

In terms of both career-preparation and having the opportunity for our students to expand their horizons and perspectives, it is important that our students can truly experience the richness of diversity on our campus. In this way, they do not need to leave the region for a well-rounded educational experience. Although we are a relatively small campus, we have great expectations of ourselves and for our students. In this way, we mirror the spirit of this wonderful region.

On our campus we have individuals of various backgrounds and an array of reasons for why they are part of our campus community. Each student has a fascinating story to share. This type of interaction adds to the fullness of the campus experience for all of us and helps to prepare our students for careers in an increasingly diverse society.

Further, diversity is found in various forms on campus. For example, our student population of both traditional and non-traditional students is a defining characteristic of the Chillicothe Campus. Having individuals of various stages in life adds much to classroom discussions and helps prepare students to thrive in communities that are similarly comprised.

Of course, diversity is found in other forms, among them ethnicity, nationality, gender, religious beliefs, lifestyle and economic status. We welcome and embrace all of these forms of diversity.

Again, the essence of diversity is the ability to see the same issue from a different perspective. Each day, we have that opportunity. We may not agree with each others’ viewpoints, but it is important that we respect each other and learn from those who see the world differently.

At OU-C, as well as throughout this region and beyond, a commitment to diversity is both practical and enlightening. And, that is a very powerful combination. We value it and will continue to encourage it. Being diverse is one of our great strengths and is the essence of who we are.

Dr. Donna L. Burgraff, Dean

Ohio University-Chillicothe

Quinn Library hosts spring cultural events to build campus social and learning community

The OU-C Quinn Library will host several cultural events during spring quarter to strengthen the learning community that exists among students and community members. Among the events scheduled is an Earth Day picnic, a poetry reading, an anti-bullying panel discussion and a 5-kilometer race/walk.

An Earth Day celebration picnic will be hosted at the Stevenson Center at noon on April 21. This continues an April Earth Day celebration on campus. The OU-C Environmental Club has partnered with Quinn Library to host the free picnic. There will also be free entertainment and the OU-C Environmental Club will be giving away free tree saplings.

The annual poetry reading, always held in April, will be hosted by Jan Schmittauer on April 21 as well. It will begin after the Earth Day picnic from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons.

OU-C Stray Cats Club and the OU-C Health & Wellness Committee has partnered with Quinn Library to sponsor a 5-K Run/Walk for Diversity and Against Bullying. The run/walk will be on May 7 at 10 a.m. The cost is $15 and will benefit the coming anti-bullying panel.

A panel discussion on anti-bullying will be hosted on May 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Bennett Hall Auditorium.

Lisa Kovach from University of Toledo will be a guest at the panel discussion. Kovach is author of School Shootings and Suicides: Why We Must Stop the Bullies and specializes in bullying in schools. She will be joined by OU-C faculty members Jamie Harmount and Ronald Vance.

“OU-C is a commuter campus, which makes it more difficult to be ‘hanging out’ somewhere and encounter other students or faculty who want to engage in discussion,” said Quinn Librarian Head Librarian Allan Pollchik. “By hosting discussions in the library or the commons we have encouraged a culture of learning and intellectual exchange – a learning community.”

Quinn Library, which has been nominated for a National Medal for Museum and Library services, has been devoted to stewarding the intellectual life of the students and community members through their programs.

“Quinn Library’s mission is to be the steward of the intellectual life of the communities inside and outside the walls of OU-C. Unfortunately, most people believe that the university library belongs only to students and faculty,” Pollchik said. “The Salon @ Quinn Library invites the community to join our discussions. We use these salons to let community members know that Quinn Library belongs to them, and we find the cross-pollination of ideas from off campus enlightening. Salon topics come from the interests of our on-campus and off-campus communities.”

Environmental Club plans Earth Day celebration and other events on campus

The OU-C Environmental Club has planned activities for an Earth Day picnic and celebration on April 21 at noon. The new student organization has partnered with the OU-C Quinn Library, where the event will be hosted.

The picnic will offer free food and entertainment for all students and community members. Club members will also hand out free tree saplings for those in attendance.

During the club’s last meeting on March 31, members discussed alternatives to plastic ware, such as compostable tableware. They also mentioned greener actions the campus could implement like a compost bin.

“OU-C truly is a beautiful campus and I want other students to stop and look around as they make their way to class each day. Some students also may not know the different options they have to live sustainable,” said OU-C Environmental Club President Jessica Lowe. “I hope that, through the club, we can show them their options to help preserve the natural resources that we have.”

The club was founded to provide students the opportunity to be active in improving the environment of the campus and the region.

“It provides an official means for students having in interest in environmental issues to take an active role in learning more about the challenges and opportunities regarding the environment and at the same time bring about improvements,” said OU-C Environmental Club advisor Gary Haynes. “It is also an opportunity for students to learn more about working with others in group efforts and to develop leadership skills.”

The OU-C Environmental Club has planned the next meeting for April 18 at noon in 104 Bennett Hall. All students are welcome to come and share any ideas that they may have for the Earth Day celebration, future activities, or ways to improve environmental needs around campus. Interested students should contact the club via email at

Construction continues on Technical Studies Building addition

Construction continues on the addition to the Technical Studies Building.

All of the exterior walls are up, most of the brickwork is finished, and the roof is 80 percent complete. By the end of the week, all interior walls will be framed and grading will begin on the site. Also, Facilities Management is working with vendors concerning furniture for offices and classrooms.

The estimated completion date of the building is mid-June.

The 8,200-square-foot addition will increase the size of the building to approximately 13,900 square feet and will provide space for both the popular Law Enforcement Technology program and offices and classrooms that provide the flexibility to support community outreach programming.

The project supports the Law Enforcement Technology program with the construction of simulation training areas that provide students with the modern facilities they need to receive critical hands-on training to prepare them for careers in the field of law enforcement. Other space can be utilized by the Office of Continuing Education & Workforce Development and other offices to provide training opportunities and other support for area employers and individuals. In this way, the addition upholds the campus’ mission of serving this region as an economic driver.

Upcoming Campus Events

• “Alan Gough: The Early Years, 1958-1972” exhibit in Patricia Scott Art Gallery through May 7

• Academic Council meets at noon in Bennett Hall room 105 on April 19 and May 3 & 17

• Classified Group meets at 9 a.m. in Bennett Hall room 105 on May 3

• Administrative Council meets at 9 a.m. in Bennett Hall room 105 on April 14 and May 5

• Earth Day picnic and poetry reading beginning at noon on April 21 at Stevenson Center

• 5-K Run/Walk for Diversity and Against Bullying at 10 a.m. on May 7 near Shoemaker Center

• Anti-bullying panel at 4:30 p.m. on May 12 in Bennett Hall auditorium

Monday, April 11, 2011

Deadline Extension for Literary Magazine Submissions

 OU-C students and alumni, don't miss out on this great opportunity!

The OU-C Learning Center is still accepting submissions for their first-ever literary magazine. The deadline for submissions is this Friday, April 15th, at 4 p.m.

OU-C students and alumni are encouraged to submit fiction or nonfiction stories, poems, and artwork to be considered for selection and publication in the literary magazine. This is a great way for students to showcase their talents and creativity. If selected, assistance will be available to students who may need help with editing their piece before it is published. Applications may be picked up in the Learning Center.

Dean Burgraff shares OU-C’s mission as economic driver with governor

Dean Burgraff (right ) and Glatfelter Vice President John Blind talk with Gov. Kasich
Ohio University-Chillicothe Dean Donna Burgraff had the opportunity to share with Gov. John Kasich how the campus serves as an economic driver for the region when the governor met with Glatfelter officials and the dean while touring the local factory on April 8.

The campus dean was able to share how OU-C helps to develop a skilled workforce that supports the region’s and Ohio’s economic efforts by providing an educational experience that trains students for emerging career fields as well as the importance of partnerships.

During an open forum, the governor remarked about the partnership between OU-C and Glatfelter, which helps Glatfelter managers become more effective leaders of employers. “I am glad about the partnership between Glatfelter and OU-C,” he said. “It is important to have a well-trained workforce. We want to educate people for jobs that exist and to better align colleges {with employers}.”

The Chillicothe Gazette story about the governor’s visit is available online at

Opening reception scheduled for Alan Gough exhibit

An opening reception for an exhibit by local artist Alan Gough will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 15 in the Patricia Scott Gallery in Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Bennett Hall.

The exhibit, “Alan Gough: The Early Years, 1958-1972,” includes more than 100 oil sketches and studies and will be on exhibit from April 15 through May 7. Many of these sketches and studies are being shown for the first time. The opening reception and the exhibit are both free and open to the public.

Gough has been a professional artist since 1959, when he returned to his hometown of Chillicothe to establish a studio after attending the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He has proven himself as an artist who has a flair for capturing the beauty of this region and the ability to see the interesting perspectives of everyday situations. Much of his artistic inspiration is found in the ongoing dynamics of nature in this region, which is reflected in his work.

“The significance of this exhibition of Alan's early work, focusing on field sketches and on-the-spot studies, cannot be overstated,” according to Ken Breidenbaugh, assistant professor of art history, who is assisting in the hanging of the exhibition, and who will produce an essay and brochure on the event. “I have admired Alan's work for a long time, and have encouraged him to share with the public this truly marvelous quick works in paint which so reveal the artist's eye, and his sensitive engagement with the Ross County terrain. It has been said many times that Alan has turned an eye to the local scene which masterfully revels in and reveals the lights and colors and subtleties and atmospheres of our area. These works confirm those observations.”

Child Development and Family Center plans events to commemorate The Week of the Young Child

Several events are planned at the Ross County/Ohio University-Chillicothe Child Development and Family Service Center to commemorate the Week of the Young Child from April 11-16. A special activity, with an emphasis on important areas of learning, is planned for each day.

Events include:

• Monday: Children will prepare for a fun-filled week of activities and further develop their motor skills by making a banner for the center. Students will have the opportunity to create a hand-printed banner.

• Tuesday: The focus will be on literacy as children and staff members will dress as their favorite book characters and bring a book to share.

• Wednesday: An assembly at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. will feature family nursery rhymes and a musical presentation by Kris Ramsey and Nell LaRock to emphasize the arts.

• Thursday: Community members will visit classrooms and read stories to the children at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. to show the importance of social studies and community helpers.

• Friday: A staff appreciation day is scheduled.

• Saturday: A “Parents’ Day Out” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with four mini-workshops on topics of interest to parents. The event is sponsored by Ross County Job and Family Services, Ross Community Action Commission and the Child Protection Center. All parents who pre-register get their name in a raffle three times for the grand prize, a Wiki Bundle. Fun activities will be provided for children in the community between the ages of 3 – 10. To pre-register for this free event, please call Sally at 772-7360.

This is the 40th year that the nation has focused on the learning needs of young children and their families during April, with this year’s theme, “The Early Years and Learning Years.

The following partnering agencies at the center will be joining in the celebration of this event: Ross County Community Action, the Chillicothe City School District, the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Ross County Job and Family Services, Walnut Street United Methodist Church, WeeCare Outreach and Ohio University-Chillicothe.

The center began operations Jan. 2, 2007, after ground was broken Sept. 15, 2005. The $3.4 million, 21,000-square-foot facility is debt-free. It includes 13 classrooms, 3 small attached playground areas, 5 therapy rooms for children/infants with disabilities, a courtyard, an inside ‘town square’ commons area, a conference room, a nurse’s room, receptionist area, full-service kitchen and 8 small offices.

The center serves the community by providing high quality educational experiences for children and providing valuable practical experience for OU-C students. More than 300 local children utilize the center. Additionally, OU-C students, primarily education majors, take classes in the center.