University Prexy “Weighs” in on Improvements to Racquetball Court and Weight Room
Athens, W.Va. – The racquetball court and weight room in the Carter Center received a makeover over the summer courtesy of Concord University’s new president, Dr. Gregory Aloia, and two volunteers, Director of Physical Plant, Mr. Jeff Shumaker and Assistant Director of Plant Maintenance, Mr. Jimmy Owens.
“I told them to show me the things that needed to be fixed because if I’m going to be president, I want to know what needs improvement,” Aloia said, “When I saw the racquetball court, I told them that the first day I was president, I would repaint it.”
This is exactly what he did. The project was a fun undertaking, according to Aloia. Yet, fixing the racquetball court he believes is also a symbol.
“I want everyone to enjoy the college experience and by putting this facility to good use, I believe they can enjoy it more,” he said.
The weight rooms were also renovated. Lights were installed and old equipment was thrown out. Now, a list is being made of what weight sets are needed. The purpose, according to Shumaker is to make a safe place for students to exercise.
“These rooms were in a dreary state, and now, I’m happy to say, they are quite impressive,” Shumaker said.
Aloia said that these improvements are a beginning, but pointed out that most of the buildings on campus are older and that renovations and improvements or “deferred maintenance” issues are a constant concern. A committee is in place to evaluate the physical plant, and recommendations will be included in the University’s master plan.
“For this project, providing commitment and a new set of eyes made it all possible,” Shumaker says. “Now, we have something nice for everyone to use.”
PHOTO: Mr. Jeff Shumaker, Dr. Gregory Aloia and Mr. Jimmy Owens take pride in a job well done.
PHOTO: Dr. Gregory Aloia cleans the floor in the racquetball court.
PHOTO: Dr. Gregory Aloia paints the walls in the racquetball court.
Andrea Meador, a sophomore majoring in public relations wrote this news release. Her hometown is Ghent.