Thursday, June 19, 2014

Current OU-C Stevenson Center art exhibit features work by Kathryn Gough

“Kathryn’s Quilt Images: Drawings by Kathryn Gough” is currently on exhibit through July 31 in the Stevenson Center art gallery at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

The exhibit features more than a dozen pieces of artwork by Kathryn Gough, who passed away in 2011.

Included are various media, such as oil pastel/acrylic, pastel on paper, charcoal/graphic, oil pastel on paper and pastel/acrylic on paper.

“Kathryn was a Chillicothe resident for most of her life as well as a respected artist state-wide,” said OU-C art faculty member and curator Darren Baker. “Her paintings drew on a wealth of knowledge from Celtic and mystic symbolism to illuminated manuscripts and literature. These selected pieces focus on her interest in literature and theater. From ink to acrylic and gouache, she proved herself a virtuoso in many types of artistic medium. The paintings are seen together with her sketchbooks and journals to give a glimpse into her process.”

Kathryn Gough was born in 1968 to Joy (Olcott) and Alan Gough in Chillicothe. With both parents as artists, she and her older brother Robert grew up in a creative environment. Visits to art museums, galleries and art collectors’ homes were part of their childhood. By the age of three, Kathryn knew she wanted to be an artist and was especially drawn to fine craftsmanship.

While earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts cum laude from Columbus College of Art and Design, Kathryn Gough was invited to exhibit her paintings at the Nicolae Gallerie in Columbus and went to host to solo shows there. During a two-month trip to Ireland in the summer of 1992, Kathryn sketched images of its landscape, architecture and national treasures in her sketchbook. Also making a big impression on her was the connection of the people to the land she encountered, especially in the rural Ireland counties, which inspired her to seek out a “place in the country to live and paint” when she returned.

Kathryn’s paintings celebrate the natural world and the harmony that can be experienced when connecting to it. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows throughout Ohio and beyond. Her work can be found in many private collections through the United States, as well as the public collections of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Southern State Community College and Shawnee State University.

Beyond local shows at the Pump House, she has had several shows in the Nicolae Gallerie, Gallery V and the Keny Galleries in Columbus.

An exhibit featuring the work of the various Gough family members was exhibited at OU-C in August of 2012 in celebration of Joy and Alan’s 60th wedding anniversary. While all of the Gough family members possess a shared artistic flair and ability, they express their talents in various forms.

A reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 28 in the Stevenson Center and will include food and music. Bruce Lombardo will deliver a talk at 1 p.m., and local musician Mark Thacker will perform from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lombardo currently works for Hopewell Cultural national Historical Park in Chillicothe. He is the founder of The Heartland Earthworks Conservatory, which strives to preserve the ancient earthworks of Ohio's mound-building cultures as well as raise citizen awareness and stewardship of these rapidly disappearing sites.

Lombardo has worked in various conservation and education positions throughout the world during his 30-plus year long career. He has a particular enthusiasm for birds, especially their songs. His love of nature has often carried him off to faraway places, and Lombardo has worked in Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Zimbabwe and, most recently, South Africa.

Lombardo began his career in the Ohio State Parks, where he worked as a regional interpretive naturalist and as the park naturalist for Quail Hollow State Park. He then worked for several U.S. National Parks as an interpretive ranger at Assateauge Island, Craters of the Moon and Olympic national parks. As the program director for Wilderness Southeast, an educational non-profit in Savannah, Ga., he guided many groups through such places as the Okefenokee Swamp, the Everglades, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Costa Rican rainforests, the Pantanal and the Amazon.

Lombardo wrote Chew Toy of the Gnats, a book about the wildlife of the American Southeast.

Thacker, a local musician, is well known in the area. He will be performing on the banjo, guitar and harmonica. He recently collaborated with Jeff McDonald on the CD album “Over on Paint Street,” which captures the musical and everyday vibe of southeastern Ohio.

Thacker plays with the well-known “Goosetown Astonishers,” a Dixieland group that has developed a strong following in the region over the years.

Orientation sessions focused on positioning incoming students for college success

Members of the Chillicothe Campus’ incoming class of 2014 will begin their college journeys before fall by attending freshman orientation.  Held during the summer the fall session orientations are designed to help these learners get off on the right foot.

In all, OU-C is hosting eight orientation sessions this summer, including two tailored specifically for high school students in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP).

In keeping with the Chillicothe Campus approach, the sessions are designed from the students’ perspective, in terms of both mission and format.

“The purpose of the orientation sessions is for the students to leave prepared to begin school in the fall with the prospect of a successful college career that culminates with the students earning their degrees,” Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “We want to make sure the students are prepared to succeed as a student. Consequently, the sessions are focused on what students need to know.  When students leave orientation we want to make sure they have class schedules, have their financial aid in order and understand where they can go to get their questions answered in the future.”

“Further, we offer orientations at various times of day on different dates.  Sessions begin at 9 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. to accommodate the schedules of our students, many of whom hold jobs while attending college,” Fisher said. “We also understand that a large number of our students are first-generation students who may be intimidated by the college situation so we strive to make the sessions personable and engaging.”

Incoming OU-C students are required to attend the orientation sessions, which have been streamlined to last about three hours. The time is an important investment in their futures.

“At OU-C, we take student success seriously. Any campus that promotes student success is also going to put value on the orientation process,” Fisher said.

After checking in, the new students attend an information session in the auditorium, which focuses on policies and procedures of importance to the students, as well as resources that are available, such as advising, financial aid, student support and activities in the Student Success Center. They are also made aware of extra-curricular offerings, various campus offices and the importance of checking their university email accounts for updates and information.

The new students then meet with academic advisors, including both faculty and staff members, who help them select their fall semester schedule then register for classes and check their financial aid in campus computer labs.

“At the end of the day, they are ready to attend their first class this fall, which is the goal,” Fisher said.

The orientation sessions are a tribute to teamwork, with students, faculty and staff members participating in the endeavors.

“Student employees play an especially important role,” Fisher said. “They are successful students and serve as good mentors for the incoming students. Plus, the new students relate to our current students, which continues our emphasis on the importance of peer education.”

The incoming students find that the orientation sessions are a wise investment of their time.

“It was very helpful. I came in with a lot of questions, particularly about scheduling class and
financial aid. People took time to answer every question to a ‘T.’ I definitely feel prepared to start school in the fall,” said Kendra Moore, who just graduated from Huntington High School and plans to major in nursing.

“I was very useful, and the people were all very helpful,” said Jordan Allen, a
Southeastern High School graduate who plans to major in computer science technology. “I wanted to find out a little bit about everything, especially the career paths I can follow with this major, and I was able to do that.”

OU-C student team wins title at Regional Business Pitch Competition

By public relations student writer Megan Valentine

A team of Chillicothe Campus students recently took the title at the Regional Business Pitch Competition sponsored by the Department of Energy. OU-C’s Team Sky Energy consisted of students David Felty, Mishion Payne, Bobby Pfeiffer and Zach Ousley.

The challenge posed by the competition involved repurposing the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site near Piketon. After extensive research and planning each team gave a 10-minute presentation and answered questions from a panel of Department of Energy, TechGROWTH Ohio and university faculty judges.

The winning pitch by Team Sky Energy took the clean-and-renewable energy route and proposed the construction of a solar and wind facility at the site. They planned to create numerous opportunities for employment in the process of repurposing the 120 acres of land and in the operation of the facility.

“Our team desired to create a sustainable business opportunity that would be financially attractive to venture capitalists. Once we began research it was very exciting to envision a viable renewable energies project that could provide long-term benefits to southern Ohio,” said Felty of their pitch.

According to Ousley, his initial assumption that finding a solution to the posed question wouldn’t be difficult was far from reality.

“There was so much information that we needed and so much research we had to do to find that information. We had to look all over the place and it definitely wasn't simple,” he commented. “In the end, I think this really let all of us see how much effort and thought goes into fully planning a business idea.”

The subject of the competition created a challenge of its own for the group.

“Renewable energy operations were a topic with which none of us were familiar. When researching a topic like this, there is a lot to consider - politics, funding, output ratios, distribution, scale, etc.,” commented Pfeifer. “With so much information, you can guess your way through, or you can do the research. We chose to work.”

Payne added that although the students are all pursuing a degree in the same program at OU-C they had only had a few classes together prior to forming the team.

“We had a great time pulling our knowledge and opinions together. Learning how to pitch a business plan to a group of business men and women was a little intimidating at first,” said Payne. “As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. We practiced our pitch many times which really helped with our nerves and made our pitch go very smoothly.”

According to Assistant Professor of Applied Management Tanya Hire, the team had greatly improved from their pitch in the first round and took advantage of the chance to challenge themselves.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for the students, who went from dreading the idea in the beginning to becoming very engaged in the project…to work with the Athens campus, a community organization, as well as another higher education institution,” said Hire of the team’s experience.

Quinn Library closing on Saturdays during summer

In adjusting to patron attendance trends, Quinn Library will be closed on Saturdays during the summer, beginning June 28. The library will resume regular hours with the beginning of fall term Aug. 25.