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Inauguration of David A. King, Ed.D. | Zoo & Wildlife Biology Program | Commemorating Title IX

A COMMUNITY ON THE RISE Committed to Faith, Learning, and Experiential Activism

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Meet Velma, a mustelid (aka: ferret), born in July and living in Timken Science Hall. She bunks with her sister, Daphne, and is crazy about her 25 caretakers—the students in the Zoo & Wildlife Biology Department. Read all about the Zoo Crew on page 28 or view their blog: zoo.blog.malone.edu.

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On the cover: David King, Ed.D., Malone’s 13th president, takes the stage at his inauguration service on October 27

A Community on the Rise: Faith, Learning, and Experiential Activism

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Living by Faith: A Public Servant Erika Kurre Nash ’03 (pictured above) | Erika lives out her faith publicly—on the air for WZTV Fox 17 in Nashville, Tennessee. Learning on the Job: The Importance of Internships Excellent internships allow students opportunities for meaningful work. Experiential Activism—A Way of Life: The Intersection of Passion and Energy Joel Daniel Harris ’04 | Joel says that seeking justice has become a holistic process in which he constantly aligns the pieces and parts of his life with his faith.


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President’s Message Highlights from President David King’s inaugural address including perspectives of things he’s learned in his first year at Malone Feature: A Community on the Rise Stories of how Malone alumni and students experience faith, learning, and experiential activism in their lives Campus News Getting to know the Kings—a Q & A; Inauguration; new vice president, board members, and faculty; Fulbright Scholar Academic Feature Zoo & Wildlife Biology program continues to innovate Alumni News Class Notes, Homecoming, Future Pioneers, Weddings, Mystery Alum Athletics Update Commemorating 40 years of Title IX—Gloria (Blanks) Dingle—a true Pioneer for Women’s Basketball at Malone; Swimmer Taylor Hetrick overcomes challenges

The symbols of Malone University: The Bible, lamp of knowledge, and dove appear on the University seal and represent a commitment to faith, learning, and experiential activism.

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President’s Message

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Editor Amber Balash ’00 abalash@malone.edu Designer Dave Yakley ’95 dyakley@malone.edu Copy Editor Suzie Thomas sthomas@malone.edu

President’s Message I have found at Malone in these few short months: • A deep and storied history of 120 years;

Campus and Alumni News Jennifer Holloway jholloway@malone.edu

• The compelling vision of Walter and Emma Malone who were well out of the box of their time … and, as we know, a compelling vision is not much of anything if it is not well populated. Malone University, I have found, is well populated …

Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Deb Robinson ’76 drobinson@malone.edu

• Four Fulbright Scholarship recipients in eight years …

President David A. King, Ed.D. Printer Hess Print Solutions Brimfield, Ohio Cover Photo Todd Biss Photography toddbiss.com Special thanks to Karen Warner for assisting with copy editing. Malone Magazine is published two times each year for alumni and friends of Malone University, Canton, Ohio, 44709. Opinions expressed are those of contributors and do not necessarily represent those of Malone University. © 2012 Malone University. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. Malone University has established a policy of equal academic and employment opportunity. This policy is applied to all qualified students, employees and applicants for admission or employment, in all University programs and activities, without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, or military or veteran status.

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• Academically one of the highest ranking groups of athletes in NCAA Div II … • Faculty, staff, and students nurturing a transformative experience … • Alumni making a difference in the business, civic, cultural, faith, education, and helping professions communities … • A deeply committed and gifted faculty and staff in a complex comprehensive university striving to nourish and deepen the liberal arts while embracing the growing needs of our community for graduate and adult education in business, education, health care, and ministry … • Today—I have found at Malone a “community on the rise.” First, and perhaps to state the obvious, this phrase—a community on the rise—is descriptive. After all, our campus here in the city of Canton occupies former farmland on a gentle rise that is one of the highest points in the city and the surrounding area. Beyond descriptive, our theme is—aspirational! Our theme describes the state of our University. Much as we challenge our students to approach their Malone experience with openness to the probability of transformation, we must also, as a University community challenge ourselves to exhibit an invitational and aspirational posture … a posture of readiness, a posture of expectancy that we too—as a community—are poised for transformation. Aspire with me as together we strive for community, for stewardship, and for excellence that are reflective of our history; relevant in the present; and positioned for the demands, opportunities, and aspirations of the future. excerpts from the inaugural address of President David A. King, October 27, 2012


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College life promises a world of new adventures, discoveries, and challenges. But central to it all, our mission remains the same—to equip students for servant leadership to church, community, and world. We do this by integrating three basic components we believe inform a solid foundation of Christian higher education: faith, learning, and experiential activism. In these pages, you’ll read stories of Malone community members who live out these components in their daily lives. Malone Magazine | Fall 2012 {7}


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Public Servant When Erika Kurre Nash ’03 was offered an American Studies

(Best Semester) internship with the Fox News Channel, News Edge in Washington D.C., she expected to be making coffee and picking up dry cleaning — not interviewing Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi — or covering the welcoming ceremony for the president of Kenya …

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“My philosophy is that when I am covering news stories, I am here as a public servant to make sure people have the information they need.” Erika Kurre Nash ’03 on her role as a television news reporter

However, Fox was having contract issues with a reporter, so, the senior communication arts major was practically shaking hands with the president. Upon graduation, Erika quickly landed her first real on-air job for WTVY News 4 as a reporter, then anchor, in Dothan, Ala. In addition to some pretty severe culture shock after leaving D.C., within two weeks of moving, Hurricane Ivan struck. Ivan hit the Gulf Coast as a strong Category 3 storm and was the fifth costliest hurricane in U.S. history. “It was pretty intense,” recalls Erika of the coverage near Panama City Beach, FL. “I was doing national live shots for The Weather Channel and CNN, as well as Fox. One night, I was holed up in the only hotel open in the peninsula as the eye of the storm passed over us. The transformer blew just as we were about to do a live shot, and everything went dark! The meteorologist could hardly run for cover—you just couldn’t get traction. That night, we waited it out on the second floor … we were worried about the storm surge and nearby tornadoes, but we were as safe as we could be. A very intense eight hours!” After three years of working in Alabama, Erika moved to WZTV Fox 17 News in Nashville, Tenn., where she has been an anchor and reporter since 2007. “I just love it here,” Erika says. “My philosophy is that when I am covering news stories, I am here as a public servant to make sure people have the information they need— whatever that information is. Information that helps people recover or protect themselves, information that empowers and educates

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people so they can help themselves. This is true with almost every story.” Being on the television screen in people’s living rooms has allowed Erika more influence than she could ever have imagined. She remembers covering the aftermath of a storm in Enterprise, Ala., that took the lives of eight high school students. “When we first rolled into town, people’s lives—their belongings, were scattered everywhere; we couldn’t even see the ground underneath. We went to the hardest-hit neighborhood and were only driving about five miles per hour because there were no clear roads. It was a beautiful spring day, and all of the sudden, I heard people shouting my name,” Erika says. “I got out of the vehicle and started talking to people—these people had literally lost everything they had worked for their whole lives, and some of them didn’t even have insurance. But when they saw me, and were telling me that they watched me every Sunday night, I was the one sense of normalcy in their lives when everything else turned upside down. You don’t ever think of yourself as being that special or important to anyone, but you’ve become a friend to those people. It was so touching —I was completely moved.” Erika is especially grateful that she is able to share her faith in a public setting—she doesn’t have to hide the most important aspect of her life. “I have the freedom to share my beliefs and can cover stories that I want,” she says. “I can follow through with my mission to serve others without facing backlash. And I have learned so much about faith from others—

when I am covering particularly devastating stories, so many times I have seen the best in people. Faith feels so tangible in those particular moments—people come out to help each other, to pray together, without holding back. I can tell people who are down on their luck or whose child is dying from cancer that I am praying for them.” The daughter of Terry and Paula Kurre, (Paula is coordinator of student services and simulation technologies for the School of Nursing & Health Sciences), Erika was reared by parents who lived out their faith. “My parents practiced what they preached in every area of their lives and led by example,” she says. “They are wonderful examples of evolving, strengthening faith who live and learn and adapt every day, and still hold true to their faith—and have taught me how to do that. Malone reinforced what I had been raised with, and I was taught even more how to compare my worldviews with others and find in mine what I needed.” In service to the community, Erika helps emcee a number of fundraising events, especially for children with disabilities and reading initiatives. “The rewards of serving others are so overwhelming,” she says. “We all have a call to service and can help someone do something—and support others—just doing whatever the Lord wants us to do. That’s what we’re here for.” Erika is married to her high school sweetheart, Bryan Nash ’04, and is a new mom to Luca Bryan, who was born on August 16. Sister Kat Kurre Meyers ’07 is an actress and playwright in New Canaan, Conn.


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PRAYING FOR THOSE SHE SERVES. Erika Kurre Nash sees people at their best—and worst—and prays to make a difference in their lives. Malone Magazine | Fall 2012 {11}


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LEARNING on the job:

Internship the importance of Forget coffee-fetching or copy making.

Though those tasks may still be on the job descriptions of many interns, Malone students—past and present—have enjoyed the benefits of some pretty incredible internship experiences.

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Brit (Railing) Steiner ’08 is now working as the senior adviser on communications, private sector engagement, and donor coordination for USAID in Pakistan, to which she credits her two internships within the Best Semester program offered by the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).

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FROM D.C. TO PAKISTAN. Brit Steiner (above) was able to do meaningful work as an intern— which has led to a career in international development. ON AIR. Abigael Snyder (opposite page) has had numerous internship experiences that allowed for excellent opportunities.

“I did both the American Studies Program where I interned with my current employer, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Middle East Studies Program when it was still based in Cairo, Egypt.” Brit says. “Both played a huge role in my future. While ASP gave me a direct link to a job where I can follow my passion for international development, it was actually MESP that helped me realize that’s what my passion was. Without it I’m sure I wouldn’t have requested the internship at USAID that I did.” Brit says she fell in love with Washington, D.C. during her first internship—and loved doing meaningful work. “I was able to work on a religion and conflict toolkit there that is now used as a resource for those in the field who work for USAID to understand how to work in a religiousbased conflict environment, as well as how to leverage religious actors for development objectives since often in these environments, religious leaders are also community leaders,” explains Brit. “And without community support, development programming will surely fail.” While in Cairo—where she also visited all of Egypt, parts of Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine—Brit witnessed desperate poverty,

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and volunteered several days a week at an orphanage in the middle of a landfill run by the Sisters of Charity. “Giving my time to help feed and care for the children was rewarding, but I knew there had to be something more,” Brit recalls. “That’s when I thought about working in the field of development.” Abigael Snyder ’13, who is double majoring in political science and communication arts, also interned with the Best Semester program in Washington, D.C., as a communications and marketing intern for the American Apparel and Footwear Association in Arlington, Va. in Spring 2012. She eventually wants to become a television reporter, and thought the experience with the AAFA would help her gain practical experience. The AAFA is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear, and other sewn products companies and their suppliers.


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“… I hope I can be an example for others who choose to use their degrees to serve God …”

She had a lot of fun—attending galas, sightseeing, mingling with the likes of the president of Ann Taylor, dining in the same restaurant as Bill and Hillary Clinton—but she says she learned more than she ever could have imagined about issues such as public policy, immigration, the economy, and more.

And shortly after returning from D.C., Abbey left again to intern at a television news station in Pensacola, Fla., where her most memorable moment was landing an interview with Ann Romney, who was visiting breast cancer patients at a local hospital. Abbey’s questions focused on Mrs. Romney’s own triumph over breast cancer. Being able to make a meaningful impact as an intern also has helped Stephen Nzishura ’12 find his calling.

Stephen Nzishura ’12

A senior majoring in nursing and minoring in Bible, Stephen pursued internships in both areas of interest in which he helped provide healing for body and soul. His first internship was with the Canton House of Prayer executive director and Gateway church pastor, Mark Engel ’78; his second was on the oncology floor at Mercy Medical Center in Canton for a year, where he worked alongside nurses caring for patients with cancer. “With my first internship, I learned so much about understanding the dynamics of prayer and fasting; and at Mercy, I was able to minister to cancer patients in a holistic

way—physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally,” says Stephen. “When you know God, He can help others know who He is in the midst of their suffering.”

He learned from other nurses as well, as he watched the professionals care for the whole person. He wants to deliver that kind of care overseas—either in his home country of Burundi or perhaps in China. Last summer, Stephen’s young brother David, 13, died of typhoid fever, an illness Stephen says could have been prevented. “I want to improve medical care in other countries,” he explains. “And I hope I can be an example for others who choose to use their degrees to serve God in the same way— integrating their faith into their work.”

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EXPERIENTIAL ACTIVISM — a way of life:

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Passion Energy and

Joel Daniel Harris ’04 has always

believed that kids have the ability to change the world. Now, he’s staking his career on it …

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The Canton native—and lifelong Quaker —served as a youth minister for eight years out of college, first at The Chapel, then at Canton First Friends. He served with the Coalition for Christian Outreach, a ministry to college students, from 2006–12. He also founded Seismos, a national three-day youth ministry training conference. He’s a recent graduate of George Fox University, where he earned a master of arts degree in ministry leadership; and is a member of the current Leadership Stark County class. Joel is entering a new chapter in his life. This summer, he founded TomTod Ideas—which he describes as an incubator for middle school students centered on compassion and justice issues. [TomTod is short for “Tomorrow Today”—find them online at tomtodideas.org.] “Middle school students are at the perfect intersection of passion and energy, and it’s often the first time that many kids are starting to explore their faith and what it means to engage with God,” says Joel, who is now working full-time at TomTod. “Developmentally, humans go through these cycles where we’re open to consideration and exploration—we open our eyes to the world in a new way and have a unique way of seeing things. Toddlers, junior highers, and college students are in these cycles. My hope is that TomTod will take middle school students’ ideas, connect them to mentors and communities willing to lend their expertise and resources.” Middle school students, he continues, haven’t lost their imaginations, and have the ability to look at angles that adults can’t.

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE. Joel Daniel Harris loves working with middle school students for their open views of the world, their listening ears, and their willingness to learn. He teaches them that it’s the small, everyday, faithful choices that help make a difference in our communities.

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Several years ago, one of Joel’s students had an idea that she wanted for the youth group to pursue. He kept putting her off; she persisted. “Finally, I realized, ‘hey, wait a second here, what am I doing? I’m supposed to be her advocate, and I’m passing the buck!” Joel says. “The third time she asked me was when the formative stages of TomTod began to form in my mind. Now, if students have


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an idea, we have an educational process that enables them to launch their dreams into reality. They will go through a rigorous application and interview as preparation, then we’ll pair them with a mentors, and help them bring their ideas to life.” When these ideas are launched, they empower the student, better the community, and encourage others to make a difference. Joel says that he is an example of the developmental process he described. “As a junior high kid, I was this uncoordinated geek, but because I was so tall, everyone expected me to be a great basketball player. I think I averaged two points per season. But I was active at my church, and the history of the Evangelical Friends and their passion for social justice was in my Sunday school curriculum, and I was fascinated with it even then,” he says. “But it wasn’t until college that some of these ideas started sinking in—when I saw an HIV/AIDS campaign by World Vision.” As a student at Malone, Joel began seriously investigating the AIDS epidemic and quickly realized AIDS was not a stand-alone issue. “There are all these other things that are at the root of it,” Joel says. “Poverty. Clean water. Human trafficking. Healthcare. Issues that matter in the United States and in developing countries.” Joel remains active at Malone, where he speaks in chapels and was a founder of the student organization called be:Justice, in which students explore justice issues on personal, local, national, and global levels. As a youth pastor, Joel developed programs that actively engaged middle school students in Bible study; action-oriented, local service projects; mission trips and, of course, fun! “When students were in seventh grade, we would take them to Boston; in eighth grade, they spend a week at home with the thought process that ‘home’ is our students’ mission field. They’re not ‘mission vacations’—rather,

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they are connected to opportunities where they can make a difference in their everyday lives, and have repeated exposure so that their experiences become more meaningful,” he says. This summer, 11 of his students at First Friends spent a week in downtown Canton at the Lighthouse Ministries. In groups, students took public transportation to destinations such as the grocery store, the social security office, and soup kitchens— switching buses four or five times. “Introducing kids to poverty opens their eyes to how similar [people who are struggling] are,” says Joel. “For example, in Boston, we gave $20 and a few hours to a group of five to go ‘be a miracle’ for someone. They’d find a person on the street, share a meal with them, hear their story, and help them in some way —as opposed to just ‘some homeless guy,’ that person became another human being with a story and a history.” He says these encounters never fail to challenge students—or him and the other “grown-ups,” too.

“For me, seeking justice where I live has become a holistic process in which I keep thinking about all these pieces and parts of our lives and aligning them with my faith,” Joel says, adding that he feels a strong calling to the city of Canton. “I invest in areas that I care about—and am always thinking about the next area of my life that needs attention. To me, that is what an activist lifestyle looks like—small, everyday choices.” In December, Joel will begin another new chapter in his life—he will marry Joy Moroney ’12, a social work graduate. If the Harris and Moroney names sound familiar, they are: Joel is the son of Jack (and Jean) Harris; Jack has taught at Malone since 1984 and is director of global and offcampus programs and professor of business administration. Joy is the daughter of Stephen (and Sue) Moroney; Steve is chair of the Department of Theology, professor of theology, and has taught at Malone since 1993.

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Getting to know the Kings

WELCOME! David and Winnie King have spent the past year getting familiar with Malone and the Canton community and are excited to continue to meet people and grow strong connections. photo by Kaitie Fox

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Malone Magazine chats with the Kings to help the Malone community get to know the people behind the title. Learn how they see their roles, experiences that have shaped their lives, and their hopes for Malone students. MM: What is a formative experience that helped shape your life? David: Visiting Mission churches with my family where I had the opportunity to see and experience the diversity (worship, cultural, and economic) of the church shaped the heart and thoughts of a young boy. Winnie: My dad directed a Christian camp for boys in the summer. There was this amazing combination of spiritual growth and lots of fun. Sitting around the campfire and singing, trout fishing in French Creek, and finding Jesus, shaped me in many ways. I still go there to pray at the Pine Site.

THE KING FAMILY. The Kings enjoy some time together at their family cabin. (left–right) son Justin with his wife, Catherine, and their son James; Winnie and David; and daughter Lindsey with her husband, Brian Wilby.

MM: What are some of your impressions of our Malone students? MM: How would you describe your family’s philosophy? David and Winnie: In our lives, it is not how much we “make,” but how we are “spent.” We want to spend ourselves in a way that gives away the love of Jesus every day. How wonderful to have that opportunity at this time at Malone University!

David: They are bright, engaged, enthusiastic, friendly, and inquisitive. The more students I get to interact with, the more impressed I am. Winnie: I have met so many students that I would like to spend more time getting to know. I think that is a great compliment. Our kids always tease me about talking to everyone and anyone. How great for me to have a campus full of new people to meet!

MM: What was your home like when Justin and Lindsey were growing up? David and Winnie: We always wanted our home to be a place where our kids’ friends were welcome and loved. That meant we had drum kits, guitars, and big amps in our family room for many years! There were always field hockey sticks, soccer balls and tennis racquets to trip over. It is way too quiet these days!

MM: What are some things that you want for our Malone students? David: I would like our students to move from “learned” to “lived” in their faith. This transformation encourages our students to see themselves as having a clearer sense of self, a deeper sense of purpose, and see within themselves a greater value to the church and society than they ever would have imagined when they arrived at Malone.

Winnie: When Justin and Lindsey were growing up, we talked a lot about how they could change someone’s day with an encouraging word, a thoughtful smile, or a spontaneous act of kindness. The key is to have the heart and eyes to see those needs. You can change the world one person at a time, and I want our students to find those eyes and that heart. MM: Winnie, how do you see your role at Malone? I think the role of a president’s spouse should compliment that spouse’s gifts and allow for growth and change. Building community, encouraging creativity, and supporting David in his daily work are at the forefront of my goals. The challenges are fluid and often spontaneous. I often say that flexibility is not just for gymnasts!

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Worldview Forum Series explores current issues Fall semester brought two offerings in the Malone University Worldview Forum Series. In September, the proponents included former presidential staffers, Jonathan Miller (who served with Bill Clinton) and Ben Porrit (who served with George W. Bush), discussing the effects of public relations on political campaigns.

November’s forum debated the eternal state of the wicked, with professors Duane Watson of Malone, Jerry Walls of Houston Baptist University, and Thomas Talbott, professor emeritus at Willamette University. To learn more about any of these forums, or to watch them online visit malone.edu/worldview-forum.

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CIVIL DIALOGUE. (left–right) The November Worldview Forum on the topic of Hell; Benjamin Porrit and Jonathan Miller discuss the effects of public relations on political campaigns.

Super Bowl champ speaks during Parents Weekend events

Parents Weekend activities were highlighted by an inspirational message from two-time Superbowl champ, pro-bowler, former Pittsburgh Steeler–– and Malone dad––Robin Cole, pictured above with his daughter, Logan, a Malone alumna now studying for a master’s degree in education,

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and Dr. King. Logan was a member of the three-peat national championship cheerleading squad. The event was punctuated by the first Pioneer football NCAA-D2 victory. In addition, parents visited classes and perused a special display of faculty research/scholarship.

Creative Writing Series addresses diverse array of speakers, topics

The Fall Creative Writing Series brought many notable authors to campus, including the inaugural William Stafford Lecturer, Scott Russell Sanders (pictured above). The author of twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Private History of Awe and A Conservationist Manifesto, Sanders was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences shortly before his visit to our campus.


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Vice President for Enrollment Management and University Marketing named

Newly named board members

Michelle Searer began her role and strategic enrollment as vice president at Malone management planning. She is in September. She oversees all currently a doctoral student aspects of enrollment, financial at Capella where her areas of aid, marketing, and University research include leveraging relations. She most recently student financial aid, retention served as associate vice president of under-prepared and for enrollment management underrepresented populations, Michelle Searer and marketing at the College strategic enrollment of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. management, technology She has also served as director of marketing applications for streamlined student service, and communications at Indiana University and benchmarking the for-profit customer Northwest. service business model in a non-profit university environment. Searer earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a She is a member of American Association marketing minor as well as an M.B.A. with of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions a marketing minor from Indiana University. Officers, American Marketing Association, She earned a post master’s certificate in Association for the Study of Higher enrollment management from Capella Education, Council for the Advancement and University, focusing on higher education Support of Education, Indiana-CASE Board enrollment management, effective retention of Directors, National Association of Student in higher education, technology applications Financial Aid Administrators, National to enrollment management, financial Council for Marketing and Public Relations, assistance and enrollment management, Public Relations Society of America, and enrollment management communications Southshore Leadership Center – Leadership and marketing strategies and issues, Northwest Indiana.

We welcome the following new members to the Malone University Board of Trustees:

Chris Spielman helps Malone kick off One Book/One Community Malone hosted the kickoff event in October for this year’s One Book/One Community, an initiative of the Canton Mayor’s Literacy Commission. Football great, Chris Spielman, author of That’s Why I’m Here: the Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story, autographed books and sports memorabilia before sharing his deeply personal and moving story with a captive audience. The University also hosted a roundtable discussion “Catching the Spirit of Heroism” on October 16 in conjunction with the One Book/One Community program. The discussion focussed on the Spielmans’ story and what really makes a hero.

H. David Brandt, Ph.D., served as 11th president of George Fox University from 1998–2007 and as president of Tabor College H. David Brandt in Hillsboro, Kan., from 1995–1998. Brandt has international experience, traveling often to Daystar University in Kenya, an institution he helped organize. Rev. R.B. Holmes, Jr., Ph.D., is pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Tallahassee, one of Florida’s largest churches R.B. Holmes ’72 with 6,500 members. R.B. is president and founder of the “Save the Family Now” movement. David P. Murray, J.D., is a partner in the Litigation Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Washington, David P. Murray ’82 D.C. He has represented Comcast Corporation, NBC Universal Media, Sprint-Nextel, and other entities.

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Ballard earns Fulbright Scholarship to teach music production techniques in Kenya Jack Ballard, Ph.D. (Music) has been awarded a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship to teach music production techniques to students at Jack Ballard Daystar University in Nairobi/Athi River, Kenya, beginning in January 2013. With the goal of exploring the global music industry in Africa, Ballard will teach courses in songwriting, instrumental arranging, preproduction, recording, mixing, and principles of the music business. His students will be exposed to aspects of music production and recording as practiced in the U.S. and compare them to Kenyan gospel music production. With this foundation, students will be empowered to integrate personal, cultural, and popular musical styles with these methods and adapt them to local work. By introduc-

Ballard also hopes to steep himself in Kenyan music—including popular, folk, and urban. But as he brings exposure to global production and the marketing side of music, most of all, he says, “I would hope and expect Daystar’s students to better understand their own musical culture in a global worldview.”

ing students to available technology, methods, and experiences, they’ll be equipped to pursue continued development in the global music industry. Daystar is located in Nairobi. As the hub of African popular music, the area has access to Kenyan recording artists, including MTV African Music Award winners. Daystar has its own musical group, Afrizo, which performs in a traditional African gospel style. Though Afrizo has released several CDs, Ballard notes that “Daystar and other area universities [do] not have a defined program in music production.” He hopes that his Fulbright exchange might help “develop music, video, communications, and other presentational and creative disciplines within their own institutions without the initial financial outlay such a test program might entail.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” The Fulbright Program provides participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Since 2005, four Malone faculty have received this prestigious award.

Malone welcomes 17 new faculty members We welcome the following new faculty and staff to the Malone University community: David B. Beer, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Political Science Cecelia E. Gallagan, MSN Instructor of Nursing Steven Grimo, DMA Associate Professor of Music Christine A. Harrington, MSN, M.B.A. Assistant Professor of Nursing Leslie A. Hay, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology Jennifer L. Hollinger, M.A. Director of Field and Clinical Experience

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Dakota L. King-White, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development David P. Melvin, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies Jason R. Moyer, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Communication Arts Elizabeth A. Postlewaite, M.B.A. Instructor of Business William P. Racine, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Business and Leadership Judy L. Risko, MSN Assistant Professor of Nursing

Angela Elizabeth Rose, M.M. Lecturer in Music Karen L. Slovak, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Social Work Jennifer J. Stanke ’00, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Cynthia L. Wohlschlager, M.M. Lecturer in Music Amy M. Yuncker, M.A. Reference Librarian/Archivist For more information about each faculty member, visit http://bit.ly/STTyqG.


Campus News

Faculty News Tom Kratzer, professor of business administration: his paper, “Christ and Business: A Survey of How Niebuhr’s Christ and Culture Typology has been applied to Business,” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Business, Society & Government. Maria Lai-Ling Lam, professor of business administration; Georgia Eshelman, adjunct faculty; and Martha Cook, professor of education emerita: published an article in the Journal of North American Management Society, “Three Contributing Factors to Effective Utilization of Technology in Management Education and Practice: Personhood, Mindfulness, and Meditation.” Georgia Eshelman also presented “L.O.V.E.: An Available Management Model” and was a panelist in, “Classroom strategies to enhance student face-to-face communication skills” in the NAMS, 2012 MBAA Chicago conference. Maria Lam also: •

presented, “Challenges of teaching sustainability in business education,” at the NAMS, 2012 MBAA conference. presented, “Sustaining and extending corporate social responsibility in China” at the AIB-midwest, 2012 MBAA conference. presented, “An educator as a contemplative practitioner in business education” at the NAMS, 2012 MBAA international conference. presented, “Toward sustainability through innovation” in the Inaugural International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice Relevant to China, in China. presented, “Contemplative practices in higher education” at the Friends Association for Higher Education (FAHE) conference on Building Sustainable Academic Communities at Wilmington College.

published, “An engaged model of corporate social responsibility” in the Journal of Organizational Moral Psychology. published book chapter “Corporate Social Responsibility Movement in China: What can foreign corporations’ corporate social responsibility programs in China do to universal values?” in Dialogue Among Cultures: Peace, Justice, and Harmony. Proceedings of ISUD 8th World Congress. published, “A Best Practice of Corporate Social Responsibility: Going Beyond Words on a Page and a Check” in Advances in Sociology Research, Vol. 13, 157-164, published by Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Jesse Ayers, professor of music: his narrated, surround-sound work, Jericho, was performed by the Yakima Symphony Orchestra (Washington) in May. Jack Ballard Jr., chair, professor of music: received the “Vanguard Premieres-Honorable Mention,” for his piece Cherubim Bells submitted for the Vanguard Choral Composition. His poem, “At Kennesaw Mountain,” made finalist in the Atlantic Review’s “Poetry 2012” issue. David Dixon, professor of communication arts: published, “The Second Text: Missionary Publishing and Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress,” in the April issue of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research. James Glasgow, associate professor of computer science: received a Diamond Award from the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). He was recently accepted into the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Glasgow attended the IBM System z Technical Summit in Columbus with Earl Rodd, assistant professor of computer science. Rodd presented an overview of how Malone has integrated IBM mainframe technology in the computer science curriculum.

Charles Lartey, director of assessment: presented, “Engaging Students in Self-Assessment to Enhance Learner Autonomy” during the second annual conference of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) in Albuquerque, N.M. Clare Murray Adams, professor of visual arts: exhibited work at the Downtown Gallery in Kent with her solo exhibit, “In Her Closet,” which included 12 handmade dresses of silk organza that metaphorically demonstrated different human characteristics. In addition, Murray Adams had two pieces accepted to the Stark County Artists exhibit, held at the Massillon Museum of Art. Nate Phinney, dean, College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences; associate professor of biblical studies: has been contracted to write the Ezekiel volume in the new Zondervan Press commentary series Regula Fidei. Duane Watson, professor of New Testament studies: published First and Second Peter with Terrance Callan in the Paideia Commentary Series with Baker Academic. One of his previous volumes, Words Well Spoken, has been added to the Baylor New Testament Studies Series. Additionally, he has been named to the editorial board of E. J. Brill’s new Biblical Interpretation Series. Julia Frankland, professor of business administration: has been chosen as a test question author by ETS (Educational Testing Service) for three separate economics exams which meet the state standards for Florida, Texas, and California. Ann Lawson, instructor of communication arts: was named a recipient of the distinguished alumni award at Geneva College, in part for leading six servicelearning trips at Malone. Joel Soza, professor of biblical studies: published a book review in the fall 2012 issue of Church Health Reader Magazine about the book “Eating & Drinking” by Elizabeth T. Groppe, published by Fortress Press in 2011.

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Academic Feature

“We’re working on replicating three particular ecosystems: a rainforest, a desert, and an aquarium that hosts both salt and freshwater species.” Leslie Hay, professor of Zoo & Wildlife Biology

eslie Hay and 25 zoo & wildlife biology students are working to take Malone’s Zoo & Wildlife Biology program to the next level —one that includes reimagining the spaces in Timken Science Hall. “We’re working on replicating three particular ecosystems: a rainforest, a desert, and an aquarium that hosts both salt and freshwater species—complete with murals on each wall, and plants and animals from each environment,” says Dr. Hay, associate professor

“This is already very important for our students—even as they help prepare the environments,” continues Hay. “At the zoos, they will be working in these kinds of areas. They also get training in animal husbandry, environmental management, and administration and leadership.” There are approximately 25 students in the major who are all extremely passionate in their love for animals and their care for God’s creation.

“Nothing that we have accomplished so far could have been done without the help of our full team,” says sophomore Jake Belair, a standout in the program who has volunteered with zoos for at least seven years, and last summer was hired at the Columbus Zoo and aquarium. He also hosts the blog about the program, zoo.blog.malone.edu. “It takes a small army to take care of the collection that we are building, because we are working with class, HAY DAY. Leslie Hay, the new director of Malone’s work, and other schedules. Zoo & Wildlife Biology program, is eagerly But we have a dedicated implementing her vision for its future. team that always gets the job done, and we keep all of biology, who came to Malone from Hawaii the animals happy and healthy.” in August and made an immediate impact on the program by sharing her vision. Of the time students spend in Timken Science Hall caring for the animals, 70 percent is spent Hay, who now directs the Zoo & Wildlife cleaning cages, feeding animals, and cleaning Biology program, most recently served as the animal areas. When the ‘grunt work’ is the executive director of Terra-Link, an done, students get to do what they really love organization that links conservation initiatives —such as train and play with the animals. with local communities to enhance wildlands and wildlife protection. She also was a Brenton Maille, a senior heavily involved in government scientist with the National Park leadership of the program, is eager to create Service and the U.S. Forest Service. “animal encounters” for local school children.

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“A lot of funding has been cut for field trips,” he says. “We’re hoping to go into nearby schools with the animals so kids can be exposed to some of the kinds of animals they may otherwise not get to see.” One such example is the program’s newest addition, sugar gliders, a tiny marsupial native to Australia named for its desire for sugary foods and ability to glide through the air, much like a flying squirrel, Brenton explains. He feels prepared for a career in zoo biology. This summer, he interned at the Ft. Wayne Children’s Zoo in Indiana, where he spent time in aquatics, primates, and education. “I did everything a contemporary zoo keeper would do,” he said. “Caring for the animals, cleaning them, feeding them. Even some very basic vet skills.” Corrina Newsome, a sophomore zoo & wildlife biology major also had an internship this summer at the Philadelphia Zoo, where she worked 10-hour days to teach families about conservation. “It was draining, but I loved it!” says the future zookeeper, who wants to study animal behavior in graduate school. “My favorite animal is the Giant River Otter—I’ve been part of a larger nationwide study that observes their behavior and family dynamics.” Other internships over the summer included: • Gina Osborn, a senior, at the Erie Zoo in Penn., where she helped lead a junior zookeeper program; trained small mammals, birds of prey, and reptiles; and observed gorillas. • Marionna Cane, a sophomore, at the Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City, Ind. She worked with animal diets, husbandry, and cleaning; educational programs; and training birds of prey.


Zoo & Wildlife Biology program continues to innovate

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CampusNews News Alumni

From the Director of Alumni & Parent Relations

A few days into his presidency, Dr. David King asked me what I thought about having his Inauguration during Homecoming when alumni would be on campus. I was thrilled! Dr. King and his wife, Winnie, dedicated every aspect of the Inauguration to celebrating Malone’s heritage, mission, and future. David Murray ’82, trustee, co-chair of the presidential search committee (and, may I add, my brother), gave in his Charge to the President:

Deb Robinson ’76

“In preparing this charge for you, a passage from Psalm 78 leapt out of the Scriptures: ‘God built his sanctuary like the high mountains, like the earth that he established forever. He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens, from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart, with skillful hands he led them.’ President David King, like your namesake in the Psalms, God has chosen you from a place of faithful tending to become the Shepherd of this great inheritance that is Malone University. We charge you to remain the humble servant-leader that He has anointed you to be. We charge you to shepherd us with integrity of heart, guided by the Holy Spirit and the foundational principles of Malone. The wheel of Malone’s history has turned and is now yours to steer. We charge you to use the skillful hands God has given you to lead Malone forward––through both the good and challenging times ahead––with a clear vision and a renewed sense of purpose and vitality. May God continue to bless you and grant you wisdom, each and every day of your presidency, as you work to fulfill Malone’s mission of ‘Christ’s Kingdom First.’ Winnie Lowrie King, we charge you as a full partner in David’s servant-leadership, to continue to support, nurture, and inspire him in his presidency … Finally, to everyone gathered in this great hall and listening from other places, let us pledge, together, fully to support and uphold President and Mrs. King as they assume the mantle of leadership at our beloved Malone. Amen.” View the Installation Service at www.malone.edu/president/inauguration

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CLASS notes 1960s

1970s

Earl Bailey ’66, Ph.D. (Christian ministries) has been invited to speak for the 200th Anniversary of Pigeon Run Evangelical United Brethren Church near Massillon. Earl pastored at the church for three years while attending Malone full-time and working with Canton Youth for Christ. The church tripled in attendance under his preaching. The 200th Anniversary celebration will be on September 16.

Larry Grovemiller ’70 (music education) plays trumpet for The Storyville Stompers. Other members with Malone connections are James Szittai, the grandfather of Jamie Szittai ’12, and Chuck Reiman whose niece, Maggie, is a member of the Malone women’s golf team coached by Larry’s daughter, Heather Curtis ’07. He is the assistant coach for Malone’s golf team and plays in the Canton Concert Band, Bob Blyer’s Meadowbrook Big Band, the Stark County Fair Band, and a German band that plays Octoberfests.

Theo Shannon ’67, Ph.D. (English) has joined Central Ohio Counseling, Inc., a private counseling practice in Worthington. Theo served on the alumni association executive board and as president of the Malone Alumni Association from 1999-2000. Ken Hyland ’69 (history), Malone’s head men’s golf coach, recently directed Team USA at the 2012 Junior Golf World Cup in Toyota City, Japan. The team finished fourth out of 13 countries representing six different continents. When asked about the week, Coach Hyland responded “These young men jelled together in such a short time. They became great teammates picking each other up when down and doing things together.”

Reverend Frederick “Rick” Sams ’75 (history) of Alliance Friends Church is district superintendent––Northeast Ohio District and a member of the executive board and secretary of the executive committee––EFC-ER. Rick is the organizer of a task force on racial reconciliation and inner city church planting in Alliance. His inspirational email newsletter, called “Rick’s Ramblings,” has hundreds of subscribers around the world. Rick and his wife, Joyce (McElroy) ’75, have been actively involved in the Right to Life cause. Under his leadership, Alliance Friends Church received a Golden Spade Award from the Alliance Chamber of Commerce for growth and expansion.

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Alumni News

Paul Anderson ’78, Ph.D. (psychology with a Christian ministries minor) was guest speaker for the Ercil and Maxine Beane Lecture at William Penn University on March 19, 2012. The lecture was established to bring in guest speakers to share Quaker teachings and values with the school and community. Paul is professor of biblical and Quaker studies at George Fox University and the author of more than 180 articles and eight books. His latest book is The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel. Paul presented on the topic, “Primitive Christianity Revived!—The Original Quaker Vision, Then and Now.” Paul Morris ’79 (biology) a chiropractor with Woodland Chiropractic Center in Spartanburg, S.C., was recognized for 25 years of service to Dorman Athletics by Spartanburg County School District Six. The Dorman High School football program presented Paul with a plaque, a #25 Dorman game jersey and a coach’s game shirt. At Malone, Paul pioneered a program for seniors by completing his first year of chiropractic college while finishing the final year of his bachelor degree in biology. Dr. Morris comes from a long line of Malone alumni including sisters Alicia Morris Wilkins ’83 and Anita Morris Pittenger ’77, parents John and Phyllis Morris both of the class of 1953, and his uncle Robert ’45 and aunt Marion ’48 Morris. Jay Strimel ’79 (physical education) was named to the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Jay represents a variety of multinational corporate clients on immigration matters, many in the oilfield services industry, as well as technology, shipping, and construction companies. He is well versed in issues arising from federal government audits of employers’ workplace immigration compliance. He has experience in organizing and performing I-9 and Public Access File audits and has developed training materials for client corporations on how to properly prepare and maintain immigration and employment compliance-related document files. In addition, Jay worked for 14 years in the aerospace industry at Kennedy Space Center in planning, scheduling, and project management for the Ground Communication and Launch Processing System areas of the Space Shuttle Program.

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1980s

1990s

Kathy Kisha-Wise ’87 (elementary education) was named “Teacher of the Year” for the Canton City School System. Kathy teaches fifth grade at Mason Elementary School.

Karen (Roth) Armentrout ’90 (elementary education) will be teaching sixth grade at a new charter school DECA PREP, the Dayton Early College Academy Prep School. Karen and her husband, Jeff, have eight children, seven of whom were adopted from various regions in Ohio. The family lives in Pleasant Hill.

Jo (Haney) Spargo ’85 (social work) was named the executive director of REM Ohio Inc., a provider of human services to adults with developmental disabilities in 34 counties. Jo has been involved in bringing more supported employment options to adults in her region. These vocational programs, offered at REM Ohio Opportunities Centers, provide vocational options for participants. Often referred to as “The Crew,” the participants obtain work experience with the assistance of job coaches while earning a paycheck. Gerald Mast ’87, Ph.D. (communication arts) wrote, Go to Church, Change the World: Christian Community as Calling, Herald Press, 2012. Gerald is professor of communication at Bluffton University. He received a Ph.D. in rhetoric and communication from the University of Pittsburgh and is vice-chair of The Mennonite Magazine board and editor of Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History. Gerald and his wife, Carrie, have three children: Anna, Jacob, and Jorian. Ruby L. (Rivera) Gibbons ’88 (social work) was elected the National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter Regional Director–Region 8–Canton Area position, which includes Ashland, Coshocton, Crawford, Holmes, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties. Ruby is a licensed social worker employed at Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center in Canton where she is a family therapist with the Multi-systemic Therapy Program and on the Problem Sexual Behavior Team. Ruby is in the M.S. in Social Administration program at Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and expects to graduate in May 2013. Ruby plans to enter a doctoral program upon graduation to conduct research in the area of teen dating violence.

W. Todd Martin ’91 (history) has been named superintendent of Colonel Crawford School District––his alma matter. Previously, he taught and coached boys basketball at Clear Fork High School. He received his master’s in administration from Ashland University while teaching and coaching boys varsity basketball at Bucyrus from 2001-2006. He served as assistant principal for Ontario High School (2006–2009), then was named principal of Colonel Crawford High School in 2009. He lives in Bucyrus with his wife of 19 years, Heather, and children: Clayton, Broderick, and Abbigail. Carl Ralston ’92 (management, MMP43) and his wife, Laura, were honored with the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service in recognition of their work with Remember Nhu. This award is given to those who give of their lives to make a difference in the world. They join individuals such as Colin Powell and Barbara Bush in receiving this prestigious honor. Remember Nhu is an organization that exists to prevent the exploitation of children in the sex trade industry throughout the world. The organization has homes in 11 countries and cares for more than 500 women and girls. The Ralstons write, “We give all praise, honor, and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ for such an amazing evening.” Jeff and Linda (Kincaid) ’93 Leon (communication arts) received the Excellence in Campus Ministry award from the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO). Jeff is a life coach through CCO and Linda is the director of spiritual formation at Malone. The couple has been serving Malone students since 1995. Dan Selby ’93 (business administration) was named regional director of development for the Southwest region of Summa Health System. Dan has been with the Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital Foundation since June 2006 and had previous fundraising experience with the CSA Health System in Cleveland. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a board member of the Ohio Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.


Alumni News

Ann Marie Niziolek ’97 (elementary education) a third-grade teacher at Dentzler Elementary in Parma, has been selected to attend the 2012 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. Ann Marie is one of 200 highly qualified third- through fifthgrade teachers from around the country selected based on her qualifications, dedication to inspiring students, and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession. Stacy Doak ’98 (management, MMP112) lives in New Philadelphia with her husband, Scott, and daughter, Ashton. She is the safe quality food practitioner/administrator at Tastee Apple, Inc. in Newcomerstown. Stacy has already mapped out her daughter’s college plans, saying that “Ashton is definitely going to follow in my footsteps and attend Malone University.” Elisa Schleig ’98 (M.A., early childhood), has accepted the position of Early Childhood Specialist at the Early Childhood Resource Center in Canton. The ECRC is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity. Elisa previously worked as a project manager in Tampa, Fla., for Early Reading First. She lives in North Canton with her husband, Shawn ’98, and their four children. Melissa “Missy” Evans-Knop ’99 (elementary education) was named the 2012 Stark County Top Educator of the Year. Missy is a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Fairless Middle School. Every Stark County school district nominates one teacher for the award. The winner is chosen from those nominations. Mike Linkie ’99 (management, MMP121) was hired as the athletic director at Saint Joan of Arc School in Canton. Mike has a lifelong passion for sports and has previously coached soccer, basketball, and track. Mike writes, “It will be exciting for me to see our students developing both their individual and team skills as they participate in athletics at SJA. My desire is to provide the students with a safe and secure environment to learn the fundamentals of each sport so that they are prepared to compete at the next level. At SJA, good sportsmanship and teamwork will be stressed, rather than the ‘win-at-all-costs’ attitude.” Mike and his wife, Nicole (Bille) ’96, have two sons, Sean and Ryan. The family lives in Canton. Michael A. Oster, Jr. ’99 (psychology), Assistant Butler County Prosecutor and Chief of the Appellate Division, received the Board of Directors’ Appellate Award for Outstanding Advocacy in Capital Cases 2011–2012 from the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation. In recommending Michael to the Association, Pros-

ecutor Gmoser specifically pointed out Michael’s appellate work in the case of Von Clark Davis. In the Davis case, Michael successfully argued that the Ohio Revised Code allows a completely new three-judge panel to rehear and re-sentence a person capitally after their case has been remanded back by an appellate court. This Ohio Supreme Court decision is now the lead decision in Ohio. Stephanie Snow Werren ’99 (M.B.A.) was appointed as the Ward 3 council position in North Canton. She will finish a two-year term that ends in December 2013, and is committed to running next year for a new term. Stephanie lives with her husband, Curt, and their 14-year-old triplets in North Canton, where she has been involved as president of the Monticello homeowners association and Leadership Stark County.

Brandi Noll ’05 (M.A., reading education) has co-authored a book now available through Sage Publishing titled, Early Literacy Materials Selector (ELMS): A Tool for Review of Early Literacy Program Materials. Her article, “Preventing the Death of RTI” has been accepted for publication in Kappan, an educational magazine published by Phi Deltan Kappan International, a professional association in education. Brandi is an assistant professor of early childhood education at Ashland University. Brandi’s book is available at: http:// www.sagepub.com/books/Book238999

2000s

Susan Stewart ’05 (M.A., Christian ministries with an emphasis in sports ministries) was named to the coaching staff of the University of Toronto’s Varsity Blues women’s basketball team. Sue was a member of the 1996 Olympic team representing Canada in Atlanta. She also represented Canada as a basketball player in other national venues, such as the Pan American Games. Sue also recovered from a nearly fatal brain aneurism just before graduation from Malone University.

Nathan Kauffman ’00 (chemistry) completed a Ph.D. in economics at Iowa State University this past spring and is employed as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Dan Noll ’06 (management, MMP193) earned his M.B.A. from Capitol College in Laurel, Md. The Noll family lives in the Chesapeake Bay area. A daughter, Olivia, joined the family in January.

Corey Brayer ’03 (management, MMP35) received his M.B.A. from Baldwin Wallace University.

Mark Spain ’06 is working in promotions for 88.5/88.9 Shine FM, a Christian radio station for West Central Ohio serving Champaign, Hardin, Logan, and Union counties. Mark Boyer, son of Charlotte Boyer ’65, is the owner and manager. The mission of Shine FM, launched on May 10, 2012, is to provide Christian music, sponsor community events, host Christian artist concerts, and spotlight existing ministries in the area through the station’s website and on the air.

Philip Denny ’03, ’04, CPA (M.B.A., accounting and business administration) has been promoted and is a principal in the Boardman office of Hill, Barth & King, LLC (HBK), having been with the firm since 2003. Philip has expertise in accounting, tax, and business consulting and serves a wide variety of industries and clients. Philip earned a bachelor degree with majors in accounting and business administration and his M.B.A. from Malone. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA), serves on the Finance Committee at The Old North Church of Canfield, and is a member of the Malone Young Alumni Community Board of Directors. Philip lives in Canfield with his wife, Laura, and their three children. William Ulrich ’03 (business administration) graduated with his M.B.A. from Baldwin Wallace University in May. Sarah Eades ’05 (history) graduated from the University of Akron School of Law in May. She is an associate attorney with Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP, where she is an estate and trust planner. She also is a member of ystark! and is on the board of directors for MYAC.

Natalie Burns ’06 (communication arts) graduated from The Catholic University of America with an MSW and is now a Post-MSW fellow at the University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services. Natalie was offered two positions––at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Michigan; each had more than 1,000 applicants. Since graduation from Malone, Natalie also has served as the coordinator of cross-cultural missions at McLean Bible Church, interned on the counseling team of Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE), ‘externed’ at The Catholic University Counseling Center, and volunteered at the Spafford Children’s Center in East Jerusalem. School of Business and Leadership faculty Laura Foote and Jamillee Krob ’06 (management, MMP200) were awarded “Best of the Region” for their recent presentation “Teaching Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility through Service-

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Alumni News

Learning Projects” at the ACBSP regional conference. ACBSP is the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and is the accrediting body for eight programs in the Malone University School of Business and Leadership. Garrett Barbush ’07 (business administration) is executive director of Men of Iron, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help men reach a biblical standard of manhood. Garrett and his wife, Eden, live in Lancaster County, Penn. Brett Fogle ’07 (business administration) graduated with a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Akron. He is a senior accountant at Novogradac and Company in Dover. Greg Nettle ’07 (M.A., Christian ministries) and last year’s graduate school Alumnus of the Year, co-authored a book on “napkin discipleship” entitled, Disciples Who Make Disciples: Turning Your Church into a Multiplying Movement. Greg is the leader of the RiverTree Movement and president of Stadia, an international church-planting organization. He has traveled to many places around the world including Ireland, Peru, Ecuador, Tanzania, France, England, Holland, South Africa, Wales, Jamaica, Haiti, and Scotland. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Cotopaxi to raise funds to support children on the margins of society in Africa and Ecuador. He is married to Julie and they have two children, Tabitha and Elijah. Amy (Braun) Price ’08 (youth ministry and psychology) is now associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, where she will be responsible for pastoral care and worship details, leading the youth ministry and serving as an adviser for Bowling Green State University’s United Methodist Student Organization. She was commissioned as a deacon (pastor) through the church’s East Ohio Conference in June. She previously served four years at New Philadelphia First United Methodist Church as director of youth ministries. She completed a master of divinity degree at Ashland Theological Seminary with a focus in practical theology and is finishing a certificate in youth and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, which she will complete in January. She lives with her husband, Justin, in Bowling Green. Josh Gortney ’08 (liberal arts) graduated from Concordia University with an M.S. in international education in 2010. While studying in China, Josh was a lecturer for Zheijiang Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. After finishing that program, he is teaching at the Vocational Council of Hong Kong as a teaching associate. In additional to his full-time job for the VCHK, he

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will be finishing an M.A. in international public affairs from the University of Hong Kong with his final course work completed at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced Studies in Washington, D.C.

Jason Brueckner ’09 (youth sports ministry and Bible and theology) launched a Christian book review website called “Brave Reviews” at www.thebravereviews.com.

Juleen Keefer ’08 (management, MMP222) is the new member services director at the Davis YMCA of Youngstown. Keefer joined the Y with more than 24 years of professional experience from Mahoning County Jobs and Family Services where she was involved in case management, eligibility, and family stability services. Juleen has been a Y member and volunteer for a number of years and has worked with the Women’s Getaway Weekend, Spiritual Life Committee and Retreat, Pooch Pentathlon, Parents Night Out, Leaders Club, and Strong Kids Campaign. “People are my passion,” says Keefer. “I am honored to be a part of a cause-driven organization and staff that helps to strengthen every person in our community through spirit, mind, and body.”

Maurice Butler ’09 (management, OM009) has accepted a position with the State of Maryland Department of Budget and Management as chief fiscal officer. He completed his master’s in public administration at Keller Graduate School of Management. Prior to accepting the position, he was employed by Esperiod International, Inc., a development consulting and financial management firm he founded in 1999. He has worked extensively with national and international nonprofit organizations in the areas of fund development, financial management, and policy development and implementation. He is presently completing his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration at Walden University and awaiting release of his first book by Tate Publishing.

Divine Muragijimana ’08 (liberal arts) is editor-in-chief of Applause Africa, a multiple award winning international magazine for Africans and Africans in Diaspora, lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

2010s

Jon ’08 (youth ministry) and Brittney (Elser) Roden ’08 (Spanish education and youth ministry) have moved to Kansas to pursue careers in higher education at Bethel College. Brittney is the resident director of Haury Hall and the student activities coordinator. Jon is the defensive ends coach for the Thresher football team. Both plan to go back to school to further their education this fall: Brittney will be working on a certificate in Clinical and Counseling Studies and Jon will obtain his second bachelor’s degree in health/physical education. The couple lives on campus with their daughter. Joe Hartzler ’08 (communication arts and Spanish) is touring with the improv comedy team the “Upright Citizens Brigade” out of New York and Los Angeles. He teaches classes and coaches comedy teams at the UCB Theatre. Recent credits include Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele,” HBO’s “Funny or Die Presents,” and commercial campaigns for video games Madden ’13 and Halo 4. Yolanda L. Barnes ’09, ’11 (management, MMP50 and M.A. in theological studies), has joined American Title Associates Agency, Inc., a subsidiary of Black McCuskey Law Firm, as director of title operations. Barnes was most recently employed as operations manager at Guardian Title & Guaranty Agency, Inc. Additionally, she is a licensed title insurance agent in the state of Ohio and a certified instructor for the Ohio Division of Real Estate.

Daniel Burke ’10 (organizational management, OM016), received his M.B.A.-Accounting degree from Baldwin Wallace University in May. Stacy Messner ’11 (sport management) was part of the United States Deaf Women’s Soccer Team which earned a 1-0 victory over Russia in the gold medal game of the 2012 World Deaf Football Championships in Ankara, Turkey, on July 21. Stacy scored the winning goal! Kristy Lee Burky ’11 (Bible and theology) has released an original, seven-song acoustic extendedplay album titled, “Past Beginnings.” Her music is available on iTunes, reverbnation, and Facebook. Shaila Appling ’12 (nursing) is a resident assistant at The Inn at Belden Village in Canton. State Rep. Christina Hagan x11 (political science), R–Marlboro Township, was named as one of 11 members nationwide to serve on the Mitt Romney presidential campaign’s National Advisory Board for the Young Americans for Romney Leadership Team. Josh Robertson ’12 (marketing management, MO001) was promoted to the marketing department at Sherman Williams.


Alumni News

Homegoings Jack Ruff ’53, on December 26, 2011. Jack served as a medic in the United States Army during World War II and retired as general manager of the former Buddy Simon Sign Company in Cleveland. He was very active at Willoughby Hills Evangelical Friends Church, where he worked with youth, missions, seniors, and also served as Pastor of Visitation for more than 20 years. Alumni survivors include his brothers Rev. A. Dane ’50 and Willis ’54. Charles Bancroft ’52, on December 30, 2011. He served the Evangelical Friends Church – Eastern Region for 50 years by pastoring the Celina Friends Church, the Barberton Friends Church, and the East Goshen Friends Church. He also pastored at Anderson United Methodist Church and served at Copeland Oaks/Crandall Medical Center for nearly 10 years. He was the first basketball coach at Malone. He also served on the Malone University Alumni Executive Board and as the alumni representative to the Board of Trustees. He was the Alumnus of the Year in 1986. Alumni survivors include his wife, Ida Mae (Bolyard) ’50; a daughter, Connie ’75, and a son, Charles ’85. Eva Anna Nixon ’39, on February 28, 2012. Anna was a missionary to India appointed by the Evangelical Friends Church– Eastern Region for more than 30 years. In 1972, Malone awarded her an honorary Doctorate of Literature. Ralph Tipple ’53, on April 20, 2012. Ralph pastored at the Evangelical United Brethren Churches in Kings Valley, Pedee, and Summit in Oregon; Walla Walla and Tieton in Washington. He retired from Fowler United Methodist Church in Spokane after 45 years of service. Alumni survivors include his wife, Lois (Lauby) ’54. George Bell ’47, on May 20, 2012. George retired from the Union City Chair Factory after 40 years of service. Since 1997, George then attended Malone’s Homecoming every year!

Alumni Executive Board Ella Ruth Hutson ’46, on June 3, 2012. Ella Ruth was a missionary to China and Taiwan for more than 40 years. On retirement, Ella Ruth lived in Canton and attended First Friends Church for years until she moved into Copeland Oaks in Sebring. There she found fellowship with many who had been prayer partners and supported her during her years in Taiwan. In her words, “The Lord made provision for his servant in the midst of her friends of almost 50 years.” Michele Fach ’77, on June 12, 2012. Michele worked for the Timken Company and also operated her own benefits consulting business. She was a member of First Friends Church. Alumni survivors include her husband of 35 years, Art ’76. John Bricker, associate professor of education emeritus, on August 30, 2012. John taught at Malone for more than 30 years. Alumni survivors include his son, Timothy ’74; daughter and son-in-law Carol ’77 and Greg Carnes ’80, and Connie Byler ’84. George Freer ’59, on May 29, 2012. George enjoyed a 50-year ministry serving churches in Cadiz; Portsmouth, RI.; St. Mary’s; Marion, Ind.; Sheridan, Ind.; Sommersville; and West Mansfield. Alumni survivors include his wife, Martha ’58; son Scott ’83, and daughter-in-law, Jody ’82. David Russell Gorham two-year-old son of Nicholas and Kimber (Merrill) Gorham ’05, on August 28, 2012. David drowned at a picnic. To learn more or to support the family, visit alittlebirdie.org/54. Owen John Jeren 23-days-old son of John ’04 and Nicole (Bollinger) Jeren ’05, on October 20, 2012. Owen had a rare heart condition called Unguarded Tricuspid Orifice with Pulmonary Atresia. Alumni survivors include Jason ’02 and Suzi (Jeren) Lantz ’00, and Chrissie (Jeren) Slack ’01. To learn more or to support the family, visit alittlebirdie.org/86.

President Lee Wetherbee ’78, Ph.D. President-Elect Tawny Cowen-Zanders ’97 Past President Jason Yost ’99, J.D. Secretary Les Widder ’75 Trustee Liaison Rod Neuenschwander ’99

Members-at-Large Velma Bridges ’67 Ann Butler ’90 Kristen Moore ’04 Dan Kell ’99 Joyce Leedy ’66 Candice McDonald ’08 Levi Miller ’68 Nicole Mosley ’10 MariLee Parrish ’00 Keith Redmon ’88 Christopher Reuscher ’97, J.D. Raeann Sanor ’95 Mark Schiel ’99 Bryan Teague ’51 Ben Tillman ’76 Thomas Welsh, Jr. ’10 LaMar Wyse ’68

Student Body President Robert Book ’13

Young Alumni Community Board President Brian Hollingsworth ’02 President-Elect Kristen Moore ’04 Past-President Randy Claes ’03 Secretary Allegra Mooney ’02

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uture ioneers A son, Jake Patrick, to Jesse and Sara (Leonhardt) Edgein ’97 on July 26, 2011. He joins a sister, Leah. Sara is an elementary teacher with Perry Local Schools. The family lives in Canton. A daughter, Isla Rowan Leigh, to Adam and Jenn (Rich) Baker ’99 on September 21, 2012. She joins sisters, Eleanor and Adelaide. The family lives in Durham, N.C. A son, Calvin, to Jennifer and Nathan Kauffman ’00 on May 4, 2012. Calvin joins siblings Logan, Emma, and Leia. The family lives in Omaha, Neb. A daughter, Annabeth Marie, to John and Brooke (Ahonen) Arbaugh ’01 on March 28, 2011. She joins a sister, Abigail. Brooke is a vocal music teacher at St. VincentSt. Mary high school in Akron. The family lives in North Canton. A daughter, Rowan Carla, to Christy and Daniel Teague ’01 on May 2, 2012. She joins siblings Nikolai, Helena, Estelle, and Avalon. Daniel is doing his fellowship in dermatopathology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The family lives in WinstonSalem, N.C.

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A daughter, Kylie Elizabeth, to Brad ’01 and Amy (Ferrebee) Tietz ’01 on June 30, 2011. She joins a brother, Caleb. The family lives in Wooster. A son, Wesley Randall, to Jonathan ’03 and Kiersten (Rex) Heckert ’03 on May 15, 2012. He joins his big brother Jack, age 2. Jonathan works for Paychex and Kiersten is a title I tutor through Canton City Schools and also works at Heritage Christian. The family lives in Canton. A daughter, Elise, to Todd ’03 and Allyson (Bomberger) Nagle ’03 on October 30, 2011. She joins siblings, Ava and Ty. The family lives in Newnan, Ga. A daughter, Addyson Grace, to Ben and Kathie (Howell) Steinberger ’03 on March 4, 2012. She joins a brother, Cade. Kathie completed a master’s degree in reading education in 2010 and is a teacher at Bryan County Elementary School in Pembroke, Ga. A daughter, Margaret Elizabeth (Maggie), to Heather and Seth Thomas ’05 on September 17, 2012. The family lives in Wheaton, Ill.

A daughter, Kaylin Hazel, to Noah and Katie (Green) Myerholtz ’06 on October 25, 2011. Katie works in the medical intensive care unit as a nurse at Toledo Hospital. Katie is also in grad school studying to be a family nurse practitioner. The family lives in Graytown. A son, Micah Lee, to Joe ’07 and Lindsey (Jenkins) Doyle ’07 on May 23, 2012. The family lives in Canton. A daughter, Abigail Mae, to David and Jessica (Correll) Biron ’08 on November 11, 2011. The family lives in Harvest, Ala. A son, Noah Samuel, to Nate and Emily (Penick) Ellis ’08 on March 14, 2012. The family lives in Dayton. A daughter, Sophia Leigh, to Benjamin and Shauna (Kemp) Barham ’09. The family lives in Brockport, N.Y.


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weddings Meghan McLeish ’04 and Josh Stoker on May 26, 2012. Meghan is a Student Services Support Coordinator at Licking Area Computer Association in Newark. The couple lives in Frazeysburg. Jessica Wohlheter ’05 and Cliff Schenk on June 23, 2012. Jessica is an intervention specialist with Welty Middle School in New Philadelphia and Cliff is director of football operations and assistant football coach at Malone. The couple lives in Canton. Alisa Barkan ’06 and Ben Grass on April 21, 2012. The couple lives in Brewster.

Lindsey Jenkins ’07 and Joe Doyle ’07 on June 25, 2011. The couple lives in Canton.

Kristi Rider ’07 and Dustin Schenker on June 9, 2012. Kristi is a long-term substitute teacher in the Youngstown area. The couple lives in Canfield.

in New Philadelphia and Leslie is a teacher for Kindermusik at Western Reserve Center for the Arts in Kent. The couple lives in New Philadelphia.

Kristen Cooper ’08 and Brad Walbridge on July 6, 2012. Kristen works for Upward Sports where she leads people who work directly with churches that run Upward Sports. The couple lives in Greer, S.C.. Mindy Calderwood ’09 and Joe Muck on August 6, 2011. The couple lives in Lancaster. Evan Cihon ’09 and Leslie Fedock ’10 on June 9, 2012. The couple was married in Smithville, with the Rev. Allan Bevere ’83 and Pastor Larry Hostetler presiding. Evan works for Tusco Display

Ryan Farr ’10 and Rachel Foley on November 12, 2011. Ryan is the director of youth/ sports ministry at Old North Church in Canfield. The couple lives in Boardman. Corey Hunka ’12 and Rachel Porter on September 9, 2012. Corey serves as the youth pastor for LoveCanton. The couple lives in Canton. Becky Neitzel ’12 and Nik Schweikert ’10 on May 12, 2012. The couple lives in East Canton.

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Athletics Update Gloria (Blanks) Dingle — A True Pioneer for Women’s Basketball at Malone by Taylor Powers, Sports Information graduate assistant

When Malone women’s basketball coach Patty Long first saw Gloria (Blanks) Dingle on a basketball court in the late 1970’s, she knew she was a special talent. Long had just finished her first season as the head coach at Malone and was looking for a couple of players from the recruiting circuit to take Malone to the next level. However, Long figured Blanks’ immense talent would ultimately be the reason she would miss out on luring her to Malone because Blanks had already received interest from Division I programs. “I saw her play in high school and she was incredible,” said Long. “Everybody in the area was recruiting her, so nobody thought we had a chance.”

would transcend women’s sports at Malone, changing the perceptions of many people on campus as to what these women were capable of achieving. Blanks and Lewis were part of an eleven-person recruiting class. In her freshman season (1979–80), Blanks and her freshman counterparts soared to a 19-4 record, elevating Long’s program to one of the nation’s elite. Long was shocked at how well Blanks and her teammates were received by the student body and local community. “Many around Malone took note of what

we were doing,” said Long. “It was so much fun. We had a strong following and there were many games where we packed Osborne Hall, particularly for postseason games and when we played the Polish National Team. If we didn’t win by a large margin, people would leave disappointed. We were well covered by the

However, Blanks and high school teammate Darlene Lewis were convinced by a friend to give Malone a look and Blanks immediately fell in love with the Malone community and its strong Christian faith. Not many athletes were better representatives of Malone athletics during their time at the school than Blanks. Her ability as a basketball player and her impact on the women’s basketball program epitomizes why Malone selected the Pioneers as their mascot because Blanks truly was a pioneer of women’s intercollegiate basketball and women’s athletics. When she came to Malone, funding for women’s athletics was limited and there were limited athletic scholarships available for women. However, her play on the court

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Representing their eras: (clockwise from left) Jeff Gantz speaks about being part of “the four horsemen.” Nick Fresenko jokes about signing his letter of intent on a napkin at age six. Henry Karki and Neil Garra ’67 reminisce. photos by Todd Biss Photography


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TRAILBLAZERS. Gloria (Blanks) Dingle and coach Patty Long brought a high level of competition to women’s basketball at Malone in the early 1980s. Dingle was both a feared competitor and a role model for young girls. She is a member of the Malone Athletics Hall of Fame. Long will be inducted in February.

media, too. Even the newspapers and television stations from the Akron-Barberton area would come by to cover Gloria.” Blanks would finish her four-year career as the greatest women’s basketball player in school history. She would leave as the all-time leading scorer, rebounder, and shot blocker, registering 2,459 points, 1,257 rebounds, and 591 blocked shots in four seasons—records that all stand to this day. Her shot-blocking prowess is what stuck out in Long’s mind, because women weren’t supposed to be that intimidating of a presence. “Gloria had an amazing wingspan and great timing,” said Long. “I sometimes felt that officials would call phantom fouls on her because she was doing things on the court that they had never seen a woman do before. On a number of occasions, I would approach the officials and ask them if they thought it was possible for a woman to block a shot. They would say they thought that it was, so I would tell them, ‘that is good because you are going to see it tonight.’ Then, sure enough, Gloria would go out and do what she did and the referees stopped anticipating the foul calls.” Over the course of her career, Blanks racked in the awards. She was named AIAW Division III Player of the Year in 1982, OAISW All-Tournament in 1980–82, Midwest AllRegional in 1981–82, All-State from 1981–83, All-NAIA District 22 in 1982–83, and was

named AIAW All-American in 1982–83. Her team went 97-22 in that time including 30-3 in her senior year when they lost in the NAIA Regional Championship. In 1990, Blanks became the first woman inducted into the Malone Athletics Hall of Fame. To this day, Long remains extremely appreciative of Title IX for allowing Blanks and her teammates the opportunity to accomplish

African-American athletes. This diversity was something we so desired.” You can tell just how special Gloria Blanks is by the light that gleams in Long’s eye when she talks about her, despite being 30 years removed from the program. Long raves about how she was an equally great basketball player and person. One story Long shared about Blanks sticks out above all the rest.

“Gloria and her teammates’ play confirmed the rightness of Title IX. She became a role model in the local community. She was a star athlete who other girls wanted to play with and younger girls wanted to grow up and be like.” Patty Long, Malone Women’s Basketball coach from 1978–1983

such amazing things. She also knows that Blanks was a tremendous role model for Malone women’s student-athletes. “Gloria and her teammates’ play confirmed the rightness of Title IX,” said Long. “She became a role model in the local community. She was a star athlete who other girls wanted to play with and younger girls wanted to grow up and be like. She also provided the school with important representation. Not only was she a female but she was one of our first female,

“After the very last game of Gloria’s career, everybody was heart-broken because we just lost in the regional playoffs,” explained Long. “Gloria worked so hard that night and was the last person to get out of the van when we stopped for dinner. She came straight up to me and said, ‘Coach, I am really sorry we couldn’t win for you tonight.’ She wasn’t even disappointed for herself but for her team and her coach. That just speaks volumes about what a special person she was.”

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Pioneer Athlete Spotlight: Hetrick overcomes challenges to excel in the pool and classroom Taylor Hetrick, a freshman Spanish major and member of the Pioneer women’s swimming and diving team, is the current owner of several American paralympic records. Blind since she was two months old, Taylor has excelled as a student-athlete at Malone. She discovered her love of swimming at the age of three, so when it came to selecting a college, it had to be one where swimming was an option. Malone’s then-new swimming and diving team proved to be a good fit. “Malone has a great Christian atmosphere that I enjoy being a part of,” she says. She does come out of the pool every once in a while to participate in many of the other on-campus activities the University hosts. Taylor credits Malone—and specifically the Office of Accessibility Services—with making her college experience possible. “Without the Office of Student Accessibility Services, it would be very difficult for me to do well in, or even pass, my classes for that matter,” Taylor says. “They make sure that I have my books and any handouts in an accessible format each semester. I also get testing accommodations, like extended time on my exams. Basically, when I am dealing with something academically that I am struggling with due to my blindness, they can help.” Anna Meadows, director, focuses on students’ abilities—encouraging all students to take full advantage of their educational opportunities and is intentional about making the Malone experience available to each student who desires it.

DIVING IN. Taylor inspires others to excel, too. photo by Todd Biss Photography

“Go out there and try new things. In the world of people who are blind, many don’t get involved; and really, they should.”

Malone swimmer, Taylor Hetrick

“I encourage students to know their strengths, and draw from the areas in which they are strongest,” she says. Taylor’s vision for her future is quite clear. Once she’s finished at Malone, she hopes to become a translator/interpreter. Recently, the student athlete was featured in the published program at this year’s NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Her message? “Go out there and try new things. In the world of people who are blind, many don’t get involved; and really, they should. You may have struggles, but you can get through them. If you put your mind to it, you can do it. That’s what I’ve learned.”

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