Tuesday, April 22, 2014

OU-C alumnus Julia Lyddon Gourley named Rich Bebee Leadership Award recipient

Former Ohio University-Chillicothe student Julia Lyddon Gourley, who has a distinguished career on the national and international levels with the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has been named the recipient of the Rich Bebee Leadership Award. She will be honored during OU-C’s Recognition of Graduation ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on May 2 in the Shoemaker Center.

The award recognizes OU-C alumni who exemplify service to the community, philanthropic support and recognition in their professional field. It is named in honor or Richard Bebee, who was dean of the Chillicothe Campus from 2001 to 2010.

Past winners include Jim Lungo in 2010, Beverly J. Gray in 2011, Martha Gerber Rittinger in 2012 and Ken Breidenbaugh in 2013.

Gourley began her college career at OU-C and completed her degree on the Athens campus of Ohio University, earning a bachelor’s degree in geography in 1984.

She is currently the Senior Arctic Official of the United States and the U.S. representative to the Artic Council, an intergovernmental forum of the eight Arctic countries. In addition to these eight countries, six Arctic indigenous people’s organizations provide advice on all issues.

In addition to representing the United States on the Arctic Council, her main responsibilities include leading development of U.S. foreign policy in the Arctic region.

In her previous position with the EPA, she led U.S. delegations to meetings of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and their Disposal; the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedures for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade; and the Waste Management Policy Group of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

She was also the State Department representative on the U.S. delegation to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer as well as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.

Among awards she has earned are: State Department Superior Award for Arctic Council Ministerial Preparations and Successful Negotiations; EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service contributing to global mercury emissions reductions through collaborative programs in Russia; and the EPA Silver Medal for Superior Service for sustained leadership of the Arctic Council.

Gourley was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Chillicothe Campus in 2011.

The 2014 class of OU-C Distinguished Alumni includes four individuals who will be recognized during the May 2 ceremony. Their portraits will be displayed with past recipients in Bennett Hall. The 2014 distinguished alumni include:

James M. Caldwell earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ohio University in 1963. After teaching for a year in the Jackson City School District, he began his current career as a public accountant. He is president of Caldwell, Ott & Co. Caldwell has made his impact in the region as a public servant and through community involvement. He has served as a Ross County commissioner since 1977. He was previously on Chillicothe City Council, where he served as Finance Committee chair. He has also been director of the Vinton County Bank in McArthur since 1977. Caldwell has been president of the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce and has served as a trustee on the Majestic Theater Foundation and of the David Meade Massie Trust. In 1973, he was the Chillicothe Jaycees Citizen of the Year and a 1986 delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business. Additionally, he has been on the board of directors of the Ross County Community Improvement Corporation. He has been involved in many projects to benefit the Chillicothe Campus.

Nancy L. King attended the Chillicothe Campus before earning her bachelor’s degree in English from the Ohio State University and New College, Oxford University in 1974.  She then earned a law degree from the University of Tennessee. She later earned a master’s degree in sociology from Ohio University in 1985 and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Ariz. A self-employed general law practitioner in Chillicothe, King has a distinguished career as a consultant for businesses and non-profit organizations. She has also been active in community pursuits. King has served on the Ross County Community Action Board; Ohio League of Women Voters; treasurer of the City of Chillicothe; director of the Chillicothe Improvement Corporation; member of Chillicothe City Council; and president of Historic Chillicothe and the Chillicothe Conservancy. King was the youngest public official in the United States and the first female office-holder in Chillicothe when she was elected to Chillicothe City Council in 1972.

Jean C. Romero earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University in 1951. She was a member of the first incoming class of students, attending OU-C when it opened as the first regional campus in the state in 1946. She then pursued a career as an educator, teaching at Wayne Township Elementary School (now Zane Trace), in Chillicothe City Schools and for 20 years as a math teacher at Huntington Local junior and senior high schools. Romero was named Teacher of the Year by the Ross County Teachers Association. She has also been involved in community service and was recognized with the Ross County YMCA Service Award on three occasions. For the past 45 years, Romero has been a volunteer at Adena Hospital and has been active with the United Methodist Church on the district and conference levels. She is past treasurer of Ross County Retired Teachers and a member of the Lucy Hayes Heritage Center.

Sue Wyskiver Yount earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Ohio University in 1983, graduating as the top business student, and a law degree from the Ohio State University. While an OU-C student, she was a member of the first Hilltopper women’s basketball team, of which she was co-captain, and was voted homecoming queen. She has gone on to a renowned law career as a partner at Bricker & Eckler LLP in Columbus. She served as legal counsel for the plaintiffs in DeRolph vs. Ohio, which spanned from 1991 to 2003 and successfully challenged the system of funding public schools in the state.  She received the Columbus Bar Association’s Community Service Award for attorneys under the age of 36; Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools, honorary membership for exemplary leadership; Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents Friends of Education Award; Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding, Superior Legal Services Award; and Buckeye Association of School Administrators President’s Award. She is also involved in various community service efforts.

One-woman staging of The Belle of Amherst showcases talents of renowned poet, up-and-coming actress

Gwenndolyn Aume brings the life and times of Emily Dickinson to life in The Belle of Amherst.

Two women of incomparable ability will be showcased when the Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program presents The Belle of Amherst at 8 p.m. on May 9 and May 10 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

The Tony Award-winning play chronicles the life of noted American poet Emily Dickinson, an Amherst, Mass., native, who lived a reclusive life and whose writing prowess was not discovered and fully appreciated until after her death in 1886.

The performance will feature a one-person show by Gwenndolyn Aume, a 17-year-old star whose theatrical talents are evident early in her promising career. Aume, a senior at Logan Elm High School, is a Post-Secondary Option Program student on the Chillicothe Campus. Next fall, she plans to attend New York University and major in drama.

“This play will showcase an exceptional student-actress, theater program and piece of dramatic literature,” OU-C theater director Ken Breidenbaugh said. “Gwen, who is mature beyond her years, is exceptional in this role. She is focused, dedicated and respects the process. She has a passion, not just for this play, but for the wonderful thing we call theater.”

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.

Aume is taking this role seriously in portraying an accurate depiction of the noted writer while dealing with a range of emotions.

“When Ken first told me I would be playing Emily Dickinson in a one-person show, it was absolutely wonderful, exciting and scary,” she said. “This can be overwhelming at times. I need to take on the role of an actual person, and I feel an obligation to be true to a real living, breathing person. This is a whole different experience than the usual playing of a character in a play.”

“There is a lot to process about the show and the life of Emily Dickinson. It is something that not a lot of actors get to do or want to do. It can be intimidating at times,” Aume said.

Aume has been doing her homework in preparation for the role.

“Sue Colley, the dramaturge, put together binders full of material about Emily Dickinson, her writing and the time period in which she lived. I have been reading it all,” she said. “In fact, as soon as I found I had this role, I bought a book of Emily Dickinson poetry. I have been reading it and studying the writing, as well as how it related to her time. Historically speaking, I want to be true to the character.”

According to Breidenbaugh, the young actress has a built-in advantage for this play.

“Gwenndolyn bears an uncanny facial resemblance to Emily Dickinson,” he said.

With no other actors on stage, Aume will be in the unusual role of flying solo. At times, during the play, she will converse directly with the audience.

The play is set in Dickinson’s hometown of Amherst, and the action flows between an upstairs bedroom and downstairs parlor. It was written by William Luce, the playwright of Barrymore, which was recently presented at OU-C.

“This play succeeds in taking us inside of the life, mind, artistry and frustrations of Emily Dickinson,” Breidenbaugh said.

Aume previously was on stage in the OU-C production of Sylvia and has performed with the Round Town Players in her hometown of Circleville as well as in Logan Elm High School productions. After a bit part at the age of 10, she had her first real role at age 12 in a local play, Dorothy and Alice, about the Wizard of Oz and Alice of Wonderland characters.

The Bob Cat Dinner Theater will be held at 6 p.m. on May 9. Cost is $21, which includes dinner and the play. The Erie Canal period in Ross County will be a table topic discussion, and Alan Gough will discuss his favorite works of art. Proceeds will benefit the Alan Gough Scholarship endowment fund. The OU-C Giving Circle and Ohio University Alumni Association are sponsoring the event. For reservations, call 774-7732.

Chillicothe Campus faculty member Donna Burgraff wins award for conference presentation

Donna L. Burgraff, Ed.D., associate professor of Education and Technical and Applied Studies at Ohio University-Chillicothe, won the Best Conference Presentation award at the recent Center for Scholastic Inquiry’s International Academic Research Conference in San Francisco.

The title of her presentation was “No More Textbooks: Changing How We Structure Classes.”

Burgraff bans the use of textbooks from her classes, focusing instead on the use of best-selling books. Her presentation discussed how this method of teaching brings innovation and excitement to the classroom that the use of standard textbooks rarely provides.

“It was a 25-minute presentation where I took the participants through the history of textbooks, explained why their expenses have skyrocketed, offered up my alternative to their use, and used data from my student evaluations to back up this theory,” she said. “I basically discussed the philosophy that I have put into practice here at OU-C to make my classes more intellectually challenging to both the students and me.”

She has been invited to document this presentation in a paper for publication in the organization’s next journal.

Burgraff earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a German minor and master’s degree in counseling both from Eastern Kentucky University, master’s degree in adult education from Marshall University and her doctorate in higher education administration from West Virginia University. 

James McKean publishes article in academic journal

Chillicothe Campus faculty member Dr. James R. McKean’s study, “Using Institutional Data in Curricular Decision Making,” was published in the 20th Anniversary edition of the AURCO Journal, the annual journal of the Association of Universities and Regional Campuses of Ohio. 

According to the abstract, the purpose of this quantitative study was to provide empirical support for institutional decisions regarding the formulation, implementation and delivery mode of campus curricula at a Midwest branch campus. An ancillary goal of the study included the collection of student data on their preferred curricular delivery method—online or hybrid versus face-to-face—comparing general education courses and the students’ major program of study. 

A review of the literature revealed a conflicting body of quantitative and qualitative studies suggesting a plethora of characteristics that influence a student’s decision to enroll in an online course as well as the institution’s decision to fund development of online learning.  Adding to the institutional dilemma is how to accommodate individual faculty’s desire to deliver online or hybrid courses. In an era of shrinking financial support for public higher education and increased competition from for-profit institutions, the administrative and pedagogical implications of these institutional decisions are critical to both the immediate and long-term success of the campus. 

In this study, the author surveyed 280 higher education students enrolling at the branch campus of a Midwest university in the fall of 2012.  Descriptive statistics and t-tests were used to analyze the data.  The findings suggest student online and hybrid delivery preferences are different between general education and major program of study courses.  Additionally, the author found student online and hybrid delivery preferences differ by academic rank—contradicting previous findings found in the literature review.  The author concludes with a discussion of the study’s limitations, implications for practitioners, and suggestions for future research.

McKean, who joined the OU-C faculty in 2003, is associate professor and program coordinator of the Law Enforcement Technology program.

McKean has authored and collaborated with colleagues, including OU-C faculty members, on several presentations and articles for professional publications.

A former OU-C student, he earned an associate degree in Law Enforcement Technology and a bachelor’s degree, both from Ohio University as well as a master’s degree and doctorate in higher education from the Ohio State University.

OU-C again hosting Gus Macker Tournament; registration now available online

For the second straight year, the Chillicothe Campus will serve as the site for the local Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament, which has become a local summertime tradition. OU-C is partnering with Adena Health Foundation to support the 24th annual Chillicothe Gus Macker tourney, which will be held June 21-22.

The tourney includes divisions for players of various ages. To register a team in the tourney or assist as a volunteer with the event, go to http://www.adena.org/services/page.dT/gus-macker.

Proceeds from the event support area high school athletes through the Athlete of the Month scholarship program.

Hilltop Café, bookstore to adjust hours

The Hilltop Café will be closed the week of May 5 and will reopen at 8 a.m. on May 12. For the summer semester term, the bookstore will have reduced hours beginning the week of May 12 and will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.

The bookstore will be open:
•    Week of May 5: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•    Week of May 12: Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•    Week of May 19: Begin regular summer hours. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.