Friday, August 3, 2012

Bobcats’ football game vs. Norfolk State designated as Chillicothe Campus Day

Ohio University’s football game vs. Norfolk State at Peden Stadium in Athens at 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 has been designated Chillicothe Campus Day.  Tickets are $10 apiece for OU-C faculty and staff members, and student admission is free.

To order the tickets at the discounted price, visit and enter the promo code “OUC” when ordering tickets, or call (740) 593-9687 or send an email to

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Upcoming OU-C theater production offers ideal option for a humorous summer’s evening

The Ohio University-Chillicothe program will offer a mid-summer night’s chuckle with the presentation of the comedy The Perfect Party at 8 p.m. on Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Tickets are available at the OU-C Box Office on the evenings of performances. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and free for OU-C students. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.

The play involves a college professor who decides to throw a party so flawless that he even invites a reviewer from the New York Times to cover the event. Alas, the party falls well short of expectations, and the resulting punch lines refer more to the ensuing comedy than the refreshments that are offered.

Current exhibit at OU-C features diverse artistic talents of Gough family members

Hanging pieces in the Gough family “Reverberations” art exhibit at OU-C are
(from left) Alan Gough, Joy Olcott Gough, recent OU-C graduate Sue Colley
 and faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh.
The current exhibit at Ohio University-Chillicothe celebrates the diverse artistic talents of the local Gough family. “Reverberations” features the works of parents “Joy” Olcott Gough and Alan Gough, as well as their son Robert Perrin Gough and in memoriam of their daughter, Kathryn Gough Boulger.

The exhibit is on display in the Patricia Scott Gallery in OU-C’s Bennett Hall through Aug. 18 from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A reception will be held in the gallery from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 11. Events are free and open to the public. Robert Gough will be returning for the reception, which will include computer video showings of some of his work.

The exhibit, which helps to celebrate Joy and Alan Gough’s 60th wedding anniversary, is a retrospective show and includes some items that are being exhibited for the first time.

An interesting feature of the show is the range of artistic expression. While all of the Gough family members possess a shared artistic flair, they express their talents in various forms. Media include acrylic, mixed media, charcoal and oil pastel.

For example, Robert’s exhibits are all photos, including some infrared photographs. A graduate of Chillicothe High School, Robert currently resides in Indianapolis and has done work for the Super Bowl and the Indianapolis 500. He also attended Ohio University and was involved with the design of the sound system when Memorial Auditorium was renovated.

As the artists’ statement points out, the Goughs’ show reveals their unique visions and respect for all. Differing in the media, they have worked with OU-C faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh to help select and hang the pieces. Similar to stained glass windows, the superior lighting in the gallery will enable viewers to see many delightful scenes. Many of Alan Gough’s recent oil paintings are featured, as well as son Robert’s photographs. The relationships in subjects are also evident in the retrospective selections of Joy’s plein air watercolors. No one who esteemed Kathryn Gough has recovered from her unexpected death in 2011, when she has more than 50 new art pieces of work. We are grateful to her husband, John Boulger, and friends for loaning the originals for this memorial project, Joy Olcott Gough noted.

Alan Gough remarked in his artist statement, “One of the delights of this entire exhibit experience of seeing so many works of all four family members hanging in the same room is to observe the similarities among the differences. The other wonderful revelation is to see pieces of Kathryn’s and the revealing of aspects of color harmonies and subtle images we had no idea even existed until illuminated by the lights in the Patricia Scott Gallery. That has been a supremely rewarding experience.”

“The significance of this exhibition is hard to overestimate,” Breidenbaugh remarked. “Four family members, working in his or her chosen media, exploring subjects peculiar to four mature individual visions. As a tribute to Kathryn, the event is quite moving.”

Alan Gough’s work has previously been exhibit at OU-C. In the fall of 2009, an exhibit commemorating his 50 years as a local artist was shown in the gallery. Much of his artistic inspiration is found in the ongoing dynamics in this region, which is reflected in his work.

A Gough Fine Arts Scholarship Endowment is being established for Ohio University-Chillicothe first- and second-year students who are preparing to major in the visual arts, art history, music or drama.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

OU-C athletes share their insights with youth during volleyball camp

OU-C volleyball player Erin Barnes puts campers through drills.
The emphasis was on fun and fundamentals during the youth volleyball clinic recently hosted by Ohio University-Chillicothe in the Shoemaker Center gym The event, which drew 36 campers ages 7 through 11, stressed the rudiments of the game with OU-C volleyball athletes serving as instructors.

OU-C student-athlete Hannah Miller works with a future volleyball player.
“The camp is designed to be a positive experience for the campers and to stress the fundamentals of passing, hitting and serving,” said OU-C volleyball coach Tara Bethel, who coordinated the camp. “This also allowed players on our team to serve as role models and connect with those at the camp. The girls look up to college players, and many of them will eventually be teachers or coaches, so this was a very rewarding experience for our players that continues our emphasis on connecting with the community and being a part of this region.”

The OU-C players were able to share their insights with the campers while putting them through various drills.

“This is really fun. I have four sisters, so working with younger girls comes easily. The kids learn new things, and we try to teach them a new perspective,” said OU-C volleyball player Erin Barnes, a Chillicothe High School graduate.

Olivia Beavers demonstrates volleyball techniques to youngsters at the recent clinic at OU-C
OU-C volleyball player Hannah Miller said, “I like teaching the youngsters. This is a chance to show them what I learned when I was little and to get them ready for big things. When I was younger, I always looked up to my older friends as role models, and this is my turn to fill that role with these girls.” Miller is a Unioto High School graduate.

For Olivia Beavers, volunteering at the camp offered some valuable career preparation for the education major from Westfall High School. “Since I plan to be a teacher, this is good career preparation. I get excited for the girls, and they seem to be excited that we are helping them out. I try to make it fun and to be nice; these are the qualities that they want in a role model, and I look to set an example.”