Wednesday, September 30, 2009

R. David Shoemaker named director of athletics at OU-C

R. David Shoemaker has been named director of athletics at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective Sept. 15 In this part-time position, Shoemaker is responsible for the administrative duties of OU-C’s athletic teams, such as game-day operations, supervision of coaches, coordinating travel arrangements, ensuring the eligibility of student-athletes based on university and conference policies and coordinating community outreach programs.
Shoemaker is an elementary school physical education instructor with Paint Valley Local Schools. He was athletic director at Paint Valley from 1997 to 2006 and was varsity boys basketball coach at Paint Valley from 1989 to 1996, and is a former junior high boys basketball, track and football coach with Paint Valley and Greenfield schools. Shoemaker formerly taught at Greenfield. He was named Scioto Valley Conference Coach of the year in 1993 and was Chillicothe Gazette All-Area coach in 1990, 1991 and 1992. He earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in educational administration, both from Ohio University. “We are fortunate to find a person of David’s personal and professional caliber to join the OU-C community,” Director of Student Services John Fisher said. “He has a strong background in athletics coaching and administration. Further, he shares the campus’ commitment to the role of athletics in supporting our students’ overall educational experience.” OU-C offers women’s teams in volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis, and men’s teams in basketball, golf, baseball and tennis. The Chillicothe Campus competes in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference.

Students offer comments about Parkway Project

This story is the first in a series to gauge the perspective and insights of campus members on topics of particular relevance at OU-C. A recent survey of individuals who were relaxing and studying in the Learning Commons found that OU-C students have varying views of the ongoing Parkway Project. The project, which is currently under construction, changes the exterior of the campus and is designed to give OU-C more of the look of a college campus and includes features such as increased parking, a pedestrian plaza in front of Bennett Hall and an amphitheater. Here is what random OU-C students had to say: “I like the way it is turning out. They seem to be doing a good job based on what is finished so far,” said Dominica Hannah, a business administration student from Latham. “I wish that more would have been finished before fall quarter began, though. It’s inconvenient to walk around the library while other entrances are blocked.” Beckah Gahm, a middle childhood education major from Latham, said she spent much of her first day on campus following others. “Since I am new, I did not know my way around. Once the project is done, it looks like it will be nice. I think we will need even more parking with the growing enrollment.” “The project is going to make the campus more attractive,” observed Terry Glatting, a business major from Ross County’s Southeastern High School. “The new look is going to be reflective of the quality of the education you are going to get here. The inconvenience is temporary, but the quality of the education is forever and worth the inconvenience.” “It is an inconvenience right now, but once the construction is done, there will be more parking,” said April Wilson, a Chillicothe resident who is studying to become a physical therapy assistant. “I had to park on top of the hill. It is inconvenient, but it will be worth it. It will look more like a college campus.” “It’s not inconvenient to me since I get here early and can find parking,” said Caleb Reisinger, an early childhood education major from Washington Court House. “I think it will give the campus a better look. Since this is my first year, I cannot compare the new look to anything.” “They could have definitely picked a better time of year. It seems like it’s a waste of money. We could have used the money for the school buildings and students. I don’t think the outside is going to change the school’s prominence,” Sarah Poe, a nursing student from Chillicothe, said. Josh Roe, a nursing student from Portsmouth, said, “I definitely like it. It makes the campus look less industrial and more habitable. The parking lot needed repaving, anyway.” “I love the way it looks. It is so much more functional and looks more professional. Plus, it adds parking spots and allows the campus to expand,” said Lacey Knight, a nursing student from Southeastern High School in Ross County. “I can already see the improvement,” said Justin Cardenas, a psychology major from Chillicothe. “I have to walk from the top of the hill. Sometimes it’s a disaster. But, I guess it’s good to get the exercise. I am going to take more pride in going to OU-C because they are making improvements.” Heidi Clark, a pre-nursing student from Waverly, said, “Parking stinks. It looks nice, though. It is not going to change the attitude around campus. People are still going to fight for parking.” “I think it will be better when it’s done. I don’t mind walking, though. It definitely gives a nicer appearance. I think it might improve the reputation and appearance to outsiders, but it hasn’t changed my opinion about campus. As long as OU-C keeps offering the classes I want, I will keep going here,” said Jansen Dickinson, psychology major from Chillicothe. Feel free to keep this dialogue going and add comments by commenting on this blog entry.

Expert to address H1N1 precautions during campus session

Rami Yoakum of the Ross County Health Department will discuss the H1N1 flu, including precautions to take to help avoid the illness and steps to take if you or a relative become ill, at noon on Oct. 7 in Bennett Hall room 134. The session, which is sponsored by the OU-C Wellness Committee, is free and open to all members of the Chillicothe Campus community.

Nursing faculty members and students will provide informational packets in the Stevenson Center Learning Commons from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. that same day. Also, information from the university regarding H1N1 is available online at, which can be accessed through the campus Web site. Additionally, Outlook, the university newsletter, includes a weekly column, “Flu Facts,” with useful tips for the flu season. The latest story is available online at

Rock For Tots concert scheduled at Shoemaker Center

Pure Prairie League returns to its roots in Southern Ohio with a two-night tour stop at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Shoemaker Center on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $20 for general admission or $30 for reserved seating. Eight-person VIP tables are also available for $300. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Rock For Tots, now in its 24th year of helping needy children throughout Southern Ohio. Tickets can be purchased at Honda Harley Suzuki on Eastern Ave in Chillicothe, Diamond Works at Central Center in Chillicothe, Sprint on North Bridge Street in Chillicothe, The Acoustic Music Shop on Market Street in Waverly and at the Big Bear Family Resort on Rt. 104 in Lucasville. Cash or checks are the only forms of payment that are accepted. In addition to the donation made to the local Rock For Tots charity and the guarantee of seeing Southern rock legends, each ticket purchased for these events will be entered into a drawing to win a new Suzuki VZ800 motorcycle street bike donated by Honda Harley Suzuki of Chillicothe. The winning ticket will be drawn during the Pure Prairie League performance on Saturday night. For more information or to place an order for a VIP table, contact the concert hotline at (740) 772-9222.

Upcoming Campus Events

• Rami Yoakum of Ross County health Department to discuss H1N1 precautions at noon on Oct. 7 in Bennett Hall room 134 • College Night at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 in Shoemaker Center • Academic Council at noon on Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 in Bennett Hall room 105 • Classified Group at 9 a.m. on Oct. 13 in Bennett Hall room 105 • Administrative Council at 9 a.m. on Oct. 15 in Bennett Hall room 105 • Rock for Tots concert featuring Pure Prairie League on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 in Shoemaker Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. • Ohio University Human Resources meeting at 3 p.m. on Oct. 20 in Bennett Hall room 134 • OU-C Day on Nov. 12. Will include scholarship/donor breakfast, Parkway Project ribbon-cutting and other activities. Details to be announced