By Casey S. Elliott
Ohio University's Athens campus experienced few difficulties as a result of an ice storm that hit the state Tuesday and Wednesday, and employees in several departments worked hard to ensure dining halls were open and the campus was prepped to reopen today.
All Ohio University campuses were closed Wednesday, and the Chillicothe, Eastern and Lancaster campuses and Pickerington Center remained closed today.
A number of Athens campus employees in Dining Services, Facilities and Housing reported to work Wednesday to clear walkways and staff dining halls.
"Hats off to the employees for their dedication and hard work," said Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration Terry Conry. "They made it in and made it their priority to serve our students and get the campus ready to reopen."
Some Dining Services employees stayed in Bromley Hall Tuesday night or spent the night with friends or relatives in town to ensure they would be available to staff the dining halls Wednesday, Executive Director of Culinary and Dining Operations Gwyn Scott said. All dining halls and The Front Room in Baker University Center were open Wednesday.
"I could not be more proud of this Dining Services team," Scott said. "They know they are considered an essential service to the university. They represent Ohio University in fine fashion."
Associate Vice President for Facilities Harry Wyatt said employees did a good job of preparing the campus to reopen today.
"We did have a very good turnout yesterday, with employees concentrating on trying to keep our internal roadways clear and shoveling sidewalks and entryways around the residence halls," he said. "They are spending their time today working on other areas of campus."
Ohio University Police Chief Andrew Powers said the department encountered no major issues Wednesday. He was thankful for the work other university employees did to keep roads and walkways clear.
"The crews clearing roads and sidewalks did a really good job during a really nasty storm," he said.