Thursday, April 26, 2012

Do not be alarmed by emergency system testing

The campus’ emergency broadcast system will be tested on April 27, including speakers both inside and outside of buildings, which will result in temporary disruptions to campus operations.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Meigs County students combine books and bats as members of OU-C baseball team

Titus Pierce (left) and Kyle Cunningham, both from Meigs County,
are enjoying the student-athlete experience at OU-C.
Two student-athletes from Meigs County are safe at home, playing for the Ohio University-Chillicothe baseball team.

Titus Pierce and Kyle Cunningham are key members of the Hilltopper baseball team and are enjoying the college experience while sharing an apartment near the Chillicothe Campus.

The players have known each other since they were youngsters, playing together on T-ball and youth baseball teams until they went their separate ways in junior high school.

“Knowing each other made the transition easier. It is kind of a relief to not have to go into the situation blind,” said Cunningham, a freshman pitcher and leftfielder from Southern High School.

The Chillicothe Campus has been a good fit for the players, especially in terms of balancing academics and athletics.

“Everything is good. I love baseball. It keeps me busy, and I am able to balance it with my classes. In fact, it gives me something to work hard for and definitely keeps me organized. Plus, it’s not too far from home,” said Pierce, a pitcher/centerfielder from Eastern High School who is majoring in psychology. “The level of competition is good and it gives us a chance to play against players from outside of our area.”

Cunningham comments that Chillicothe’s reputation, as a community and baseball-loving area, influenced his decision. “I love it here, both the campus and the town,” Cunningham said. “Before attending OU-C, I always heard about this area and that it’s a great place for high school baseball.”

Next year it is expected that they will be joined on the diamond by fellow OU-C student and Meigs County resident Jordan Taylor, who is the impetus behind the Pomeroy connection.

“He (Taylor) is the reason we are here,” said Cunningham. “Jordan knew the coach’s (Bruce Blackburn) son and was visiting him this summer when he decided to play for OU-C. Coach Blackburn asked Jordan if he knew of any more players from the area. Jordan then contacted Titus and me, and we decided to join him.”

“We are fortunate to have these guys as part of our team,” Blackburn said. “Each one possesses the necessary baseball skill set to not only participate at this level, but to excel. Looking beyond their baseball talents, these are good people, and their core values are an asset to our program and OU-C.”

“As one might imagine, putting together a team, with players from different backgrounds and cultures can be a difficult task. These guys came in here and right away became team members and teammates,” Blackburn added. “These three guys grew up together and have played on the same teams for a large portion of their lives. The relationship they have built over a lifetime is evident in the way they go about their business and the other guys on the team have just taken to it, and become part of it.”

Concert by Shuffles will feature music from the silver screen

Ohio University-Chillicothe will present “An Evening of Music from the Movies with the Shuffles,” featuring internationally-acclaimed theatrical and vocal talents John and Nancy Shuffle, at 8 p.m. on May 4 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Admission is $8 general admission, $7 for senior citizens and free for students, with proceeds benefitting the Jayne Stone Brown Theater Scholarship at OU-C. Tickets may be purchased the evening of the event.

John, a baritone, and Nancy, a soprano, will present a vocal concert of made famous from the big screen. The husband-and-wife duet brings more than 40 years of musical experience to the Bennett Hall stage.

John Shuffle, a classically-trained singer and violinist, has performed in such classics as Merry Wives of Windsor, Marriage of Figaro and La Boheme. Nancy Williams Shuffle, an accomplished singer and actress with more than 60 productions to her credit, has appeared as Catherine of Aragon in Rex, as Maria in The Sound of Music and as Anna in The King and I. She has also had a recurring role as Sister Mary Amnesia in the Nunsense musicals.

In addition to the performance, the Shuffles will conduct a vocal workshop for OU-C theater students the afternoon of the performance.

“This performance by the Shuffles promises to be an entertaining evening with songs that will stir memories and have people singing along. Nancy and John, who have performed previously at OU-C, are a local fan favorite. They are very talented and just as engaging and entertaining.”

Dinner event to precede ‘Shuffles’ performance

Ohio University-Chillicothe is hosting a buffet dinner in collaboration with the musical event “An Evening of Music from the Movies with the Shuffles” on May 4 with proceeds benefitting the Jayne Stone Brown Theater Scholarship Fund.

Dinner guests will have the opportunity to mingle with OU-C students who will portray characters discussing the War of 1812.

The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the Bennett Hall art gallery, with the Shuffles set to perform at 8 p.m. in the Bennett Hall auditorium. The dinner-and-theater event is $25 per person or $45 per couple. For reservations contact Joyce Atwood at or (740) 774-7732 by April 30.

Campus, community combine for event that celebrates power of the pen and triumph of trees

Members of the Chillicothe Campus community gathered for the recent annual Earth Day and Poetry event at the Stevenson Center. Following a picnic that featured musical selections, English faculty member Stephen Morrow was the emcee for the poetry segment, which included approximately 30 individuals, including students, faculty and community members, sharing their favorite selections. The readings included both published and personal writings, including the works of one individual who composed a poem while listening to the event.

The OU-C Environmental Club distributed about 1,100 pine tree seedlings and distributed more than 400 seedlings to the Earth Day gathering at Yoctangee Park on April 22. “This effort is intended to encourage people to take steps toward sustainability and environmental improvement at the individual level,” Environmental Club faculty advisor Gary Haynes said.

Open horse show, speed series events Scheduled at Black Equestrian Center

The Spring Open Horse Show will be held at 10 a.m. on April 28 at the Ohio University-Chillicothe Charles & Daisy Black Equestrian Center, located at 32505 U.S. Route 50, just west of Londonderry.

Ribbons will be awarded to the top five places, with competition in 45 events and age brackets. Entry fee is $4 and stalls are available for $15 each. Proceeds benefit the Black Equestrian Center.

Also, the first event in a speed series will be held May 5 at the equestrian center, with competition in 12 categories. Buckles and prizes will be awarded in four divisions at the end of the series. Other events in the series are June 9, July 14 and Sept. 1.

Events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amy Withrow at (740) 804-6132.