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Successful HLC Reaccreditation Visit | New Gobal & International Studies Major | 50 Years of Baseball

Beyond Graduation Living lives that inspire others

Spring 2013

Campus News

Athletics programs leap into GLIAC action ‌



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Isiah Elliott led Malone athletics programs to a successful debut into NCAA Division II action this winter. The junior guard was named First-Team All-GLIAC after scoring 19.2 points and dishing out 4.4 assists per game. The men’s basketball season was highlighted by wins over defending GLIAC champ Hillsdale and perennial power Findlay. Visit for complete athletics coverage.

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On the cover: Yvonne Brake ’98, inspires others to meet their potential.

Beyond Graduation: Living lives that inspire others

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Inspiring Transformation Yvonne Brake ’98 | Yvonne makes a difference in the lives of women and families she serves at Haven of Rest Ministries through programs like Lydia’s Purse, where women learn how to sew and sell purses. Along with her husband, Darryl, she has also established “Because He Cares” ministry offering drama and after-school programs to urban families. Malone is in Our Blood Milburn family (pictured above) | John Milburn ’07, ’13; his wife Christine ’07, ’09; and their children—daughter Richelle Richardson ’08, ’11 and son John II ’11, ’13—all graduates of Malone’s undergraduate degree-completion and graduate nursing programs speak about their experiences completing the programs together.


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22 President’s Message The very term “commencement” reminds us that graduation is a beginning rather than an end. Feature: Beyond Graduation The “Pioneer” way of life extends beyond college through service to our families and communities. Academic Feature

New Global and International Studies major will focus on serving international populations while emphasizing career skills


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Alumni News



Commencement 2013, HLC accreditation, Online MMP recognition, spring campus events, student and faculty achievements

Sekerak Scholarship, Class Notes, Future Pioneers, Weddings, Mystery Alum, New online alumni directory Athletics Update Celebrating 50 years of baseball and remembering Coach Bob Starcher, Malone alum’s Super Bowl experience

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President’s Message


Editor Amber Balash ’00 Designers Dave Yakley ’95 Jennifer Holloway Copy Editor Suzie Thomas Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Deb Robinson ’76 Vice President for Enrollment Management and University Marketing Michelle Searer President David A. King, Ed.D. Printer Freeport Press Freeport, Ohio Cover Photo Todd Biss Photography 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. © 2013 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.

President’s Message

Commencement. For more than 650 new Malone graduates a few weeks ago, the word may have meant the closing of a significant chapter. Perhaps it meant a sense of relief that the days of exams, papers, and even “all-nighters” had come to an end—at least for the time being. Perhaps it carried with it an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment—as well it should. But the word commencement itself —as in “to commence to do something”—actually means to begin, not to end. So why do we call the final event in one’s college career a beginning? Because it is. Historically, some of the very first Christian missions now long established in India and Africa were founded by members of the Class of ’93—that’s 1893—from our predecessor Cleveland Bible Institute. Fast forward to 2013. Consider the impact that more than 650 intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually prepared men and women can have on the world of business, education, wellness, the arts, and the sciences. Consider the ministries (including those that got their beginnings here locally) that have sprung from the minds of Malone University graduates, true Pioneers indeed: PAL Mission, an organization that meets the needs of young women aging out of the foster care system, and of homeless young women in general; Pathway Caring for Children, offering foster care and adoption services for children of all ages for nearly 40 years; LoveCanton, a cluster of churches serving Canton’s inner city; Laundry Love, helping the homeless and those on assistance with the ability to have clean clothing; and more recently, TomTod Ideas, empowering middle school students to engage their creativity and launch “absurd” ideas that rebuild a broken world. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. There are many more worldwide. So as we congratulate the Class of ’13 for a job well done, we are grateful for all that the Lord has done in their lives up to this point. And we look forward to all that He has in store for each of them in the future. We look forward to hearing their news—new jobs, new ministries, new families. And we hope they will keep in touch as active members of the Malone University Alumni Association. Because once a Pioneer, always a Pioneer. And Commencement is only the beginning.

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Beyond Graduation

This Malone experience that we all share compels us to do wonderful things. Ordinary, everyday things. Extraordinary things. This experience demands that we go out into the world to serve our church, community, and world. That we make a difference for the Kingdom. This experience calls us to live with purpose and integrity, with clarity and passion. Within these pages are stories of people who have done that and ask us to use our lives for His glory as well. To our new alumni, we congratulate you on earning your degrees. We pray that, “The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord will make His face to shine on you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.”

“If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving that upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity.” — Daniel Webster

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Inspiring Transfor When Yvonne Brake ’98 looks at the faces of the women in her

homeless shelter’s workshop, she doesn’t see failures. She sees social entrepreneurs. Leaders. What’s more, she’s inspiring others to see potential, too.

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A HAND UP. Yvonne admires a bag that a woman in the Lydia’s Purse program has designed.

Yvonne has been working at Haven of Rest Ministries, a Christian homeless shelter in Akron, for nearly 24 years. She started her career with Haven of Rest supervising the direct-mail program and in-house mailings, but after she earned her bachelor’s degree from Malone in 1998 through the Malone Management Program, she was promoted to director of development. [She also earned a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University, and a diploma in church theology from Ashland Theological Seminary. Yvonne began her doctoral studies in organizational leadership at Eastern University in 2011, and hopes to complete her dissertation in 2016.] Yvonne’s twin sister, Yvette McMillan, is director of the women’s division at Haven of Rest where she operates women’s programs, including Lydia’s Purse — a collaboration with Maryann Designs —a voluntary, selfsustaining program that consists of four levels.

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In the first level of this program at ‘the mission’—as it’s referred to by those familiar with Haven of Rest, a woman is taught to make her own bag, a bag she keeps. In the second level, she fashions a bag to give away as a gift. In the third level, she makes a dozen totes to sell. When she’s finished, she has a graduation ceremony in which she receives a brand new sewing machine and sewing supplies. Lydia’s Purse then teams with Future Story, in which the new seamstress learns advanced design and sewing skills, financial stewardship, and attends training on how to start a business, writing business plans, budgeting, bookkeeping—all of the components necessary to a successful business. Something happens in those four months as the women labor together in the tidy, cozy sewing room of the Marjorie Ruth Thomas Harvest Home—concentrating on their tasks as they stitch together thread and hope, purse straps and potential.


PRIDE. A woman who has worked her way through the Lydia’s Purse program is starting her own sewing micro business. In addition to purses, she creates aprons, bookmarks, and other items.

“… here they are mentored and given opportunities to change their lives, and we see them start to grow. It’s amazing to see how God directs their lives …” Yvonne Brake ’98

There is laughter as the women gush over newly arrived fabric—florals and pastels, paisleys and stripes, polka dots and musical notes. A smile of pride as they show off learned stitches and progress, filling orders for 200 and 400 purses for the upcoming months.

Yvonne treasures the women—her sisters in Christ—and for her Ph.D. dissertation research, is pioneering the exploration what contributes to the leadership development of homeless women. Her topic is often greeted with surprise in the academic world—that homeless women can become leaders.

There is also sobering reality as a director is paged away to deal with a crisis—a reminder that the journey to a new destiny is not easy; that as these purse makers are learning how to make life anew, there are stitches that need ripped out and re-sewn.

“Many times the women have had a trauma in their lives. They had ‘normal’ lives before, and made choices—both good and bad —and the bad ones have often resulted in their coming to the mission. However, life circumstances, like loss of employment,

divorce, and eviction, have also brought them here,” Yvonne says. “Once they are here, they have the opportunity to reflect on their choices. Some are already familiar with Christ and become more engaged— others find hope through Christ for the first time, but here they are mentored and given opportunities to change their lives, and we see them start to grow. It’s amazing to see how God directs their lives, and to hear their stories in their own words.” Many women fear that there will always be a stigma attached to having once been homeless.

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“BECAUSE HE CARES.” Yvonne and her husband, Darryl, founded a ministry in 1980 that reaches out to the urban community through drama and after-school programs.

“But I want to present another side to the general public and the academic world,” says Yvonne. Seeing homeless women as human beings whom God values and loves is one of Yvonne’s many gifts, notes the Reverend Jeff Kaiser, executive director of Haven of Rest Ministries. “Yvonne’s dedication and commitment to serving the Lord in the capacity He put her in here has been a total blessing to the ministry,” he adds. “Many hands have gotten the ministry to where it is today, and Yvonne has been a significant part of that.” Yvonne—along with her husband, Darryl, and sons, Michael and Daren, members of the House of the Lord in Akron—already have an impressive track record of helping lives change. In 1980, they founded “Because He Cares Ministry,”(BHC) which started as a drama ministry focusing on issues relevant to the urban community.

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Today, while BHC still performs Christian dramas, the organization operates a successful student leadership development program in the Akron Public Schools. Yvonne wrote many plays for the touring group, including “Experience in Pride … A Journey through African American History,” which was presented in schools, universities, and churches in a four-state region. Once, says Yvonne, they performed in the Pittsburgh area, and a young man made a commitment to Christ after the show. “Everyone was visibly thrilled when he came forward,” said Yvonne. “People in the church told me that he was a gang member whose brother had been shot and killed recently. This young man was changed by Christ and eventually went on to seminary. I am in awe of how God works through the power of words.”

She continues, “Our shows all reflect that all is not lost, that you can always choose to follow Christ, and He can change your heart. And once He changes your heart— He changes your life. ” Yvonne Brake lives in Akron with her husband, Darryl, is the mother of Michael (Angela) and Daren (Alaina), and has four grandchildren. She received Malone University’s Leadership Excellence Award in 2011, the Lifetime Achievement award from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the Women of Excellence Award from the Akron Black Women’s Leadership Caucus, the Friend of the Family Award from the Ohio Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, the Black Woman of Excellence Award from the Summit County YWCA, and The Judge Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award. She serves on the national board of directors for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions and has been named to the “Who’s Who in America” and the “Who’s Who in American Women” list.


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in our Blo Malone is

John Milburn ’07, ’13 is perhaps Malone’s only alumnus who can say that he attended college with his wife … and his daughter … and his son. In that timespan, he’s earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing science—while completing three tours of duty as a medic sergeant in Iraq.

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ood A FAMILY AFFAIR. (left–right) John II, Richelle (Richardson), Christine, and John Milburn have each earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from Malone. photos by Todd Biss Photography

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PIONEER PRIDE. While commencement is always a joyous time for families to celebrate—it means more when the experience is shared.

John’s wife, Christine ’07 and ’09, a nurse practitioner at Dover-Phila Family Medicine, fought cancer during her master’s program. His daughter, Richelle Richardson ’08, and ’11 had a daughter while completing each of her degrees. John II ’11 and ’13, celebrated the birth of his son, John III while finishing his MSN. “You might say Malone is in our blood,” says John I with a chuckle. “We’ve been through a lot, but we’ve really enjoyed going through the program together.” Richelle claims that she and her father were the best study partners. “My brother thinks like my mom, but my dad and I think in the same terms,” she says. “So we helped each other. And my dad was so helpful to me especially in the pharmacy

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classes because of his work with oncology patients for so many years and knowing all of the different kinds of cancer drugs.” Father and son attended Commencement services in May and will finish the last of their coursework in August. “Both the nursing degree completion program and the MSN are really a ‘working person’s program,’” says John II, an RN at Mercy Hospital in their critical care unit. “We’ve really liked being able to take one class at a time, and feel like we’ve been prepared really well. When I talk to employers who find out I earned my degrees from Malone, they want to hire me.” Richelle enjoyed both programs, but especially her MSN.


“… Dad was going to nursing school when I was in eighth grade … I remember saying, ‘I want to see you, Dad.’ And he would say, ‘here, help me study this.’”

“The flexibility of the program was great, because it was a long day but nurses usually work in 12 hour shifts, so I could still work and get all my clinicals in and study and everything. So it was intense, but I felt so much support from my professors,” she says. “They pray for you, they are really committed to helping you succeed—and they encouraged us to come to them at any time with any thing at any time—even if it was two o’clock in the morning!”

John and Christine’s careers started a number of years ago: Christine became an LPN in 1994, achieving her childhood dream of becoming a nurse; John was a Navy veteran and construction worker, and joined the Army Reserves in 1991, then became a medic. The first Gulf War had just started and he had a desire to serve his country in that capacity: a career that has taken him to Bosnia, Panama, Hungary, Germany, and Iraq. “On my first day of clinicals, I knew that this [nursing] was my calling, and what I wanted to be doing for the rest of my life,” John I says. “I loved taking care of patients.” “Dad was going to nursing school when I was in eighth grade,” John II explains, “And I remember saying, ‘I want to see you, Dad.’ And he would say, ‘here help me study this.’ So as a kid, I became fascinated with how the human body worked. I went to work with my mom, too, and while I thought I would be a doctor instead of a nurse, I love being an RN! Being a nurse instead of a doctor means that I get to spend more time with my family and I don’t have to be on call all the time.”

John Milburn II on how he bacame interested in becoming a nurse

Richelle is a nurse practitioner at Pediatric Health Care, Inc., in Canton, and is excited that the practice will expand to a Family Practice in the late summer or early fall, welcoming patients of all ages.

“The majority of our patients are Medicaid patients, and I have really gotten to know the families more than I realized I would,” she says. “It will be a nice thing to serve the parents as well when we expand, so I’m really excited about this change.” While Richelle was finishing her master’s degree, her brother often baby-sat her older daughter while she was in clinicals. Now John —married to a nurse, of course —has two children of his own.

But Richelle was not planning on becoming a nurse at all—she wanted to have a career in music or art. “I was very involved in choir and band in high school, and thought I wanted to do that. But as I researched it, I was concerned it would be too difficult to find a job in the area,” she says. “Both of my parents worked at Aultman, and I attended a ‘take your kid to work’ day, and I realized how many options were available in nursing, so I started getting serious. I fought with the idea of becoming a nurse, but now I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

“We joke sometimes about starting our own family practice,” Richelle says. “But it could be a possibility because we’ll all be NPs [nurse practitioners]. My sister-in-law is a nurse, too, and my husband is really great with computers, so he’s our IT guy.” “I am so proud of my family,” says Christine. “We’ve worked really hard, and we all love what we do. Richelle’s daughter Brianna, 5, already talks about becoming a doctor or nurse and constantly practices on her baby dolls. So Malone University looks forward to educating a third generation of MilburnRichardson Malone nurses.

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Academic Feature

New major to combine career skills with ith a university mission statement that reads in part, “to provide students with an education based on biblical faith in order to develop men and women … who are committed to serving the church, community, and world,” Malone has added a new major in global and international studies. “When thinking about the development of this major, we thought about many of our students who have a desire to Elizabeth Patterson serve international populations abroad or in the U.S. through international organizations and ministries,” says Elizabeth Patterson,

continues, “Students will learn how to use the skills of their majors in combination with a global understanding that promotes social and economic justice and antioppressive practice to help prepare them for effective service in Christ’s Kingdom in our globalized world, whether deciding to work at home or abroad.” This program is distinct to Malone as the only one of its kind regionally, designed to provide students with skills as they pursue vocations in business, ministry, missions, politics, social work, teaching, or any other area of interest. The global service emphasis is unique among regional universities, and only five percent of peer institutions in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities have majors in global studies. Only one other peer institution requires students to complete service learning within their global studies major.

programs,” says junior social work major, Hannah Crabbs. “I was so fascinated by this, and was really sad that we didn’t have anything like it at Malone. I had no idea the little work I was doing was to bring the major here. When Elizabeth told me about it, I was ecstatic. Hearing her describe the major, the objectives, the goals… it really gets me excited. It is a secondary major, and since I am already majoring in social work it worked out really nicely to tag it on and still graduate on time next spring.” “I am so passionate about learning about other nations, cultures, ethnicities, and diverse backgrounds,” Hannah continues. “I love to be challenged in the way I think, and am energized by learning about the differences and unique stories God has created in the world. I can’t wait to use the skills from GISP to enhance my life and understanding of people and the world

“Students will learn how to use the skills of their majors in combination with a global understanding that promotes social and economic justice …” Elizabeth Patterson, associate professor of social work

associate professor of social work. “These organizations are not just looking for people who have knowledge of international studies or missions alone for example, but for qualified people from a variety of professions that can serve effectively through their disciplines. This program will help students to combine the knowledge and skills of their majors with an understanding of critical global issues and effective, anti-oppressive practice with people within these contexts.” She

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“Last year, I worked in the Department of History, Philosophy, Social Sciences, and Social Work as a student worker. During the fall of last year, Elizabeth Patterson and Scott Waalkes were both working Hannah on creating the major in the very beginning stages. Without even realizing what I was doing for them, Dr. Waalkes asked if I could research area CCCU schools and look into their global/international studies type

as a future social worker, but more importantly as a Kingdom builder. I have already traveled a lot for someone my age, and will be studying abroad in Spring 2014 (Romania! Whooo!) Crabbs, junior As globalization occurs, the nations are coming to us here in the United States and there is a lot of work to be done right outside our front doors here. I would like to eventually go

emphasis on on and get my master’s degree in social work or urban development/planning/ ministry. At some point, I would really love to work in the United States with immigrant and refugee populations.” “I’m very excited to have a program that leverages key aspects of Malone’s Christian identity to meet a pressing societal need for globally literate, active citizens who are capable of developing and enacting nuanced, justice-oriented

global service approaches to challenges in their chosen field of expertise, whether at home or abroad,” says Nate Phinney, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences. “I am grateful for the highly Nate Phinney collaborative and integrative

approach of the faculty members who conceived this program. Because of their work, the major is highly flexible and can be integrated with nearly any major on campus.” For more information about the global and international studies major, visit

Goals of Global and International Studies Major • Through foreign language study and study abroad, the program will help students develop their ability to understand other cultures. • Through multiple courses across disciplines, the program will lead students to gain a greater understanding of interdisciplinary global issues. • Through study abroad and theologically oriented coursework, the program will challenge students to understand the need for social justice and reconciliation between peoples globally. • Through the 40-hour internship, the program will encourage students to initiate practices that challenge oppression and challenge them to serve as agents of justice, reconciliation, peace, and truth who extend Christ’s kingdom in their churches, communities, and the world.

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Campus News

Online Malone Management Program listed among best by U.S. News & World Report For the second year, U.S. News & World Report released its list of top online degree programs, with Malone University ranking #33 for best online bachelor’s degree program of the 190 colleges and universities ranked nationally. Malone’s online bachelor of arts degree in organizational, project, marketing, health services, or environmental management is designed for non-traditional students with a minimum of five years of work experience who have some post-high school education. The degree may be completed in 14 months. Since its inception in 1984, more than 3,400 adult students have completed their degrees; the program boasts an impressive 80 percent graduation rate.

Higher Learning Commission grants Malone continued accreditation The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has granted official continued accreditation to the University, with the next reaffirmation of accreditation to be set in 2022-2023. Provost Donald Tucker, commented, “I am pleased with the Higher Learning Commission’s reaffirmation of our accreditation and wish to thank our faculty, staff, students, and alumni for all their hard work during the self-study process. We have always been confident in the strength of our institution and the effectiveness of the education provided by Malone University. The action of the Commission reaffirms the strength and visibility of our mission.” Throughout the reaccreditation process, the University underwent an extensive selfstudy with the theme, “Reflect, Renew & Commit: Building on the Foundations, Preparing for the Future.” The goal of the study was to strengthen the educational mission and core values of the institution.

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“We have always been confident in the strength of our institution and the effectiveness of the education provided by Malone University. The action of the Commission reaffirms the strength and visibility of our mission.” Don Tucker, provost

The year was 1964. Malone was granted its initial full accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The achievement was marked with a campus parade including this decorated car driven by President Everett L. Cattell. More recently, the Higher Learning Commission of North Central recommended that Malone be granted re-accreditation with the next comprehensive site visit scheduled for 2022–2023.

Campus News

Weingart ’88 named associate VP for advancement Malone University has named Stephen Weingart ’88 as associate vice president for advancement. In this role Weingart will oversee multiple aspects of the University’s advancement operations as well as cultivate and manage a portfolio of donor and prospect relationships. Weingart brings to this role a long history with Malone as a 1988 graduate, a member and president of the University’s Alumni Executive Board and, more recently as a member of the Board of Trustees. As a Trustee, Stephen has served as chair of the Enrollment Management and Marketing

Committee, vice chair of the Board and as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on University Status. Stephen Weingart

Stephen holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Malone as well as an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College. In addition, he has completed post-graduate work at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Faculty and Staff recognized for outstanding service Congratulations to the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Award recipients: •

Teaching: Nicholette Rogers, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology since 2008 Service: Marcia Everett, Ph.D., professor of communication arts and director of The College Experience since 1995 Scholarship: Duane Watson, Ph.D., professor of New Testament studies since 1989

… and to the Employees of the Year: •

Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year: Linda Hamilton, administrative assistant in the Department of Theology since 2006 Outstanding Administrative Employee of the Year: Deborah Craven, office coordinator for the Office of Graduate Enrollment and Professional Studies since 1994

L–R: Linda Hamilton, Deborah Craven, President David King, Nicholette Rogers, Duane Watson, and Marcia Everett. photo by Angela Fleischer

Weingart has been employed by FedEx since 1988, holding positions of increasing responsibility and scope culminating in the role of global business strategist/manager, international business development since 2004. Stephen has been recognized for his performance and leadership at FedEx with their Bravo Zulu (2003), Five Star (2010), and Diamond (2012) Awards. He is married to alumna Beth (Pickens) ’87, a sixth-grade teacher. The Weingarts have two children, Austin (17) and Olivia (14); both attend Lake High School in Uniontown.

Malone hosts G-92 Immigration Conference

G-92––which takes its name from the 92 Old Testament references to the “ger” (Hebrew for immigrant)––held an immigration conference on the Malone’s campus on March 23. Speakers included Matthew Soerens, world relief church mobilizer and co-author of the book, Welcoming the Stranger; Lisa Sharon Harper, Sojourners director of mobilizing; and Dream Act student, Arturo Martinez. The conference explored effective, biblical responses to immigration and was presented by the Spanish Club under the direction of Professor Julia Villaseñor, Ph.D., student group, be:Justice, SOMOS Community, Radial Church, and World Relief.

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Commencement 2013

Malone’s 657 newest graduates and their families celebrated baccalaureate and commencement services on May 3–4. Commencement was held at Faith Family Church in North Canton on May 4. The Reverend Samuel Rodriguez (pictured upper left), President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference was the speaker.

To see more photos, please visit: graduation.

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Student Research Symposium continues to grow 2013 event includes graduate students, record number of projects Ever wondered if Euchre was a game of skill or chance? What about the effects of adding weight resistance to a cardiovascular exercise regimen? The fifth annual Student Research Symposium––featuring undergraduate and graduate student research––explored those questions and more. The symposium showcases the creative and academic work of Malone students. Unlike a typical class paper or project, authentic research crosses the boundaries of what is known to create new knowledge. Students work closely with faculty members who provide direction and support. 2013 marked the first year Malone graduate students participated in the event. More than 100 students completed a record number 57 projects.

To see more photos of the symposium, visit www.malone. edu/research-symposium.

Scott Glasgow explains his project “Fibonacci Ratios, Nature, and Matrices: A Stock Market Indicator.” His faculty mentor was Dr. Hyunju Ban.

Malone hosts anti-gender violence activist Jackson Katz

Worldview Forums examine impact of unions on workers; capital punishment

Domestic Violence Project, Inc. and Malone’s Department of Social Work collaborated in April to host Jackson Katz, Ph.D. Katz is an educator, author, filmmaker, and acclaimed lecturer who is a pioneer in the fields of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. Jackson Katz He is co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the original “bystander” programs and the most widely utilized sexual and domestic violence prevention initiative in college and professional athletics in North America. He is also creator of the film Tough Guise and author of The Macho Paradox and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood. He lectures around the world on violence, media, and masculinities.

Malone’s signature event––the Worldview Forum series––took on two timely topics this spring: unions and capital punishment. The former––titled Unions: Friend or Foe of the Worker?––featured proponents Greg Lawson of the Buckeye Institute and Brian Rothenberg of Progress Ohio. Patty Long, Ed.D., served as moderator. The second––Capital Punishment: How Should a Christian Respond?––featured proponents Stephen Dear of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, and Richard Land of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Malcolm Gold, Ph.D. served as moderator.

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Campus Carnival for Children with Special Needs goes fishy with all new aquatic theme!

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“Listening in” to voices from history

The Office of Multicultural Services treated us to two evenings of “visits” with historical figures throughout the months of February and March. Both programs were presented in conjunction with Coming Together Stark County and The Rainbow Repertory Company in celebration of Black History Month and Women’s History Month. First-person portrayals included Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Lena Horne, Mahalia Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Malcolm X, and other notables.

Renowned Christian philosopher Eleanore Stump serves as 2013 Woolman Lecturer

The School of Education’s Council for Exceptional Children and Pioneer athletics served up loads of fun at the fourth annual Campus Carnival for Kids. All of the favorite activities were back, along with some brand new activities and an all new aquatics theme! As every year, the differentiated activities allowed all children to participate, each at his or her ability level. This year’s event also included an exciting vaudeville show, as well as a learning hut for parents, where they could learn creative techniques on how to differentiate activities at home. But that wasn’t all! This year, the students also launched “Carnival to Go”––literally taking their show on the road to the children of Southgate School, where even more children could get in on the fun. photo by Kaitie Fox

Literacy Celebration Children’s author and illustrator Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton, the creative force behind dozens of popular children’s books as well as two new offerings––Pirates Don’t Say Please and There Was a Librarian who Chewed on a Word––served as keynote speaker for the annual Literacy Celebration sponsored by the Center for Professional Development within the School of Education and Human Development. The eighth annual Literacy Celebration, held in April, introduced outstanding literature to primary and elementary educators, art teachers, librarians, and administrators.

The John Woolman Christian Scholar Lecture Series welcomed Eleonore Stump, Ph.D., when she presented her thoughts on Biblical Narrative and the Problem of Suffering. Dr. Stump is The Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, where she has taught since 1992. She has published extensively in medieval philosophy, philosophical theology, and metaphysics; and is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers.

Creative Writing Series This spring, we welcomed authors Erin McGraw and Julia Spicher Kasdorf to campus. Novelist, Erin McGraw, is author of Better Food for a Better World, The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard, The Good Life, and Lies of the Saints. Poet, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, authored Sleeping Preacher (1992), which received the 1991 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Award for New Writing in 1993; as well as The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life, 1991–1999 (2001), which won the Book of the Year Award from the Modern Language Association.

Etiquette Seminar Manners matter. And good manners not only matter, they can be essential in landing that new job. Small things––like a handwritten thank you note following an interview––can leave a positive impression with a potential employer. That was the lesson for graduating seniors at an etiquette seminar planned and hosted by Winnie King and Malone President David King. Seminar speakers were Sue Grabowski ’91, president of Grabowski & Co., a strategic marketing communications firm; and Bob Pacanovsky, president of Robert J. – Training & Design, a company specializing in corporate behavior, dining etiquette, and customer service.

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Aviso named best Ohio college website Malone’s online student newspaper––The Aviso AVW (audio, video, web)––was recently awarded Best Collegiate Newspaper Website by the Ohio Newspaper Association. This is the second consecutive year the Aviso has achieved this distinction, and only the second year the student journalists have entered the competition! The Aviso AVW topped a competitive field of eight colleges and universities in the category, including Otterbein (second place) and Sinclair Community College (third place).

Nursing Cross-Cultural Experience hosts Danish student The School of Nursing and Health Sciences recently welcomed a visiting student nurse from Denmark. Mike Flor (pictured) is a senior nursing student who will graduate from University College Lillebaelt, Department of Nursing in Odense, Denmark. While at Malone, Flor attended nursing classes as well as clinical experiences at the Lorain County Free Clinic, and at the Aultman Hospital Emergency Department with Malone alumni Lynn Martin ’02 and Katrina Kratzer ’09. The visit came about by relationships built through the University’s cross-cultural experience, a requirement for all nursing majors. Jack Harris, Ph.D., director of global and off-campus programs, and Lora Wyss, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing, collaborated on ways in which a component of nursing focuses on spiritual care in a secular environment––and introduced that concept to Danish academics through the cross-cultural experience. In addition, Dean Debra Lee, Ph.D., and Kathleen Flaherty, Ph.D., director of the master of science in nursing program, traveled to Denmark with current junior nursing students to experience the culture of Denmark while exploring cross-cultural possibilities for graduate nursing education.

Forensics team ties for top honors at National Christian College Forensics Invitational

L–R: Amanda Maxwell, Paige Nagy, Casey Stevens, and Marisa Lolli

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Four of the members of Malone University’s forensics team participated in national competition and brought home a total of seven trophies from the National Christian College Forensics Invitational hosted by John Brown University, including a tie for top honors among a field of 24 teams.

In addition, Maxwell placed third in communication analysis and Nagy placed third in faith literature. Casey Stevens, a junior from Berlin Center, and Marisa Lolli, a freshman from Canton, won fifth place in duo. Lolli also placed fourth in novice prose and novice dramatic interpretation.

Team co-captains, and four-year members Amanda Maxwell, a senior from Doylestown; and Paige Nagy, a senior from Rocky River, are now the National Champions in Duo Interpretation!

As a team––the women tied for first place with Belmont University in the overall sweepstakes for Division 3, before placing second after the tiebreaker.

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Business, chemistry students named semi-finalists in Ohio Clean Energy Challenge Chemistry and business from Clinton; Donghai Chen, students united to become Ph.D., professor of chemistry at semi-finalists in the Ohio Clean Malone; and Jonathon Miller, Energy Challenge, which took a junior chemistry major from place in January at The Ohio Uhrichsville. State University. Presented by the University Clean Energy Presenters at the challenge were Alliance of Ohio (UCEAO) and Worth and Miller, joined by NorTech, the 2013 Ohio Clean Catherine Kennedy, a senior Energy Challenge is a cleanbusiness administration major energy, student-business-plan from Wadsworth. The team competition designed to provide presented “CW Inc.,” which uses student entrepreneurs with the a methane transformer to convert opportunity to showcase their manure to natural gas. energy technology and business plans; receive university and L–R: Cameron Worth, Catherine Kennedy, Jonathan Miller industry support and feedback; gain exposure within the venture capital The Malone team included Cameron To see the Malone team’s video, and funding community; and compete for Worth, a senior business administration visit cash prizes to support their technology and major from Canton; Jonathan Clark, semifinalist-teams. business plans. a junior business administration major

Theatre stages drama Rabbit Hole

The Malone University Theatre presented the emotionally powerful drama Rabbit Hole to full houses. Masterful directing by Tammie McKenzie, set design by technical director, Jim Brothers, and sensitive performances by a young, but mature, cast––set the mood for this poignant tale of loss and hope. photo by Bob Moffitt

Laurel Weir wins coveted music scholarship Music major Laurel Weir ’12 was the statewide winner of the Tuesday Musical Club’s Adren J. Yockley Scholarship for voice on March 23, held at Guzzetta Hall at The University of Akron. Voice majors from Ohio’s nationally known conservatories––including the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music, and Oberlin––participated in the competition.

She is pursing a second major in music after earning a degree in communication arts. The daughter of Malone business office staff member Nikki Weir, Laurel is currently working in the GlenOak High School Choral Department.

She is a member of Malone Opera Theatre, where she has performed alongside her peers in various opera scenes from Der Rosenkavalier, Rusalka, and Elixir of Love. She performed the role of Laurel Weir the Mother in the 2012 Christmas at Malone production of Amahl and the Night Weir was required to perform (memorized) Visitors. an aria from an opera, oratorio or cantata; an art song in German, French or Italian; In April, Weir gave two performances with and one 20th–21st Century composition Italian tenor Marco Miglietta at St. Paul in English. She is a student of Cynthia Episcopal Church for her senior recital. Mr. Wohlschlager. Miglietta made a special trip from Italy to sing with Weir at both performances.

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Cattell Library delivers books to local elementary school

Faculty share African culture with middle school children

Students at Mason Elementary School received a very special valentine in the form of more than 20 books from Malone University. MaryAnn Frischkorn, circulation technical support at the Malone’s Everett L. Cattell Library joined Jennifer Hollinger from the School of Education and Human Development as Maxamoose presented the Mason Elementary school library with the books donated by Malone students, staff, and faculty. The collection began last fall in celebration of Dr. King’s inauguration. Donors selected books from a list of suggested titles that will now be added to Mason’s library. Each book included a book plate with the donor’s name.

Moses Rumano, Ph.D., assistant professor of education; and Nancy Varian, Ph.D., director, Center for Professional Development; along with Rosie Gregg, assistant to the director of the Center for Professional Development, shared African culture with middle-school children, thanks to a grant from Arts in Stark. The trio visited Heritage Christian and Minerva Middle School, sharing the culture and art of Africa, with an emphasis on the country of Zimbabwe, home country of Dr. Rumano. The schools will then follow up the visit by doing art projects based on the study and presentation.

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Faculty News Jesse Ayers, D.M.A., professor of music, had his Christmas work for chorus and orchestra, Veni Emmanuel, performed in Milwaukee in December by the Concord Chamber Orchestra with the Bach Chamber Choir and the Lutheran A Capella Chorus. Jesse’s work, Flashbax, was performed January 20 by the Honors Band of the Ohio Private Colleges Instrumental Directors Association at Muskingum University. The work was commissioned by OPCICA in memory of founding president, Dr. William Schlacks. Jay R. Case, Ph.D., professor of history, will be one of the plenary speakers and Quaker scholars presenting at the 2013 FAHE conference when it is held at Malone, June 20–23. Adam L. Cord, instructor of guitar, opened for Phil Keaggy on May 18. In addition, Adam’s book Phil Keaggy: Sketchbook, sharing the music and techniques of the worldrenowned guitarist, was recently published and is available through Barbara A. Easlick, D.S.M., professor of sport management and Dennis D. Kincaid, Ph.D., professor of business administration, have been nominated for the 2013 Teaching Excellence Award for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Laura S. Foote, instructor of management studies, has had an essay accepted for publication in the next issue of The Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for Christians in Higher Education. Julia A. Frankland, Ph.D., professor of business administration, and Elizabeth A. Postlewaite, instructor of business, presented a paper titled “Reaching Principles Students in Thoughtful Ways” at the Teaching Economics: Instruction and ClassroomBased Research Annual Conference at Robert Morris University in February. Debra A. Lee, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences; and Kathleen M. Flaherty, Ph.D., director of the master of science in nursing program, traveled to Denmark with current junior

nursing students to experience the culture of Denmark while exploring cross-cultural possibilities for graduate nursing education. Maria Lai-Ling Lam, Ph.D., professor of business administration published the following: • “Building Trust between American and Chinese Business Negotiators” In Vadi, M. and Vissak, T. (Eds.) Dis(honesty) in Management: Manifestations and Consequences, published by Emerald Group Publishing. • an article, “Being Chinese: A Reflective Study of Foreign Multinational Corporations’ Sustainable Development and Global Talent Programs in China” in the North American Management Society Proceedings (NAMS). • an article, “A case study of the challenges of sustainable business development in China” in the 2013 Academy of International Business (AIB)-Mid West Proceedings. • an article, “Active listening and vulnerable collaboration as foundational elements in the education for sustainability” in the North American Management Society (NAMS) Proceedings with Martha J.B. Cook, Ed.D., professor of education emerita; and M. Adam Klemann, support and infrastructure manager. Randi C. Pahlau, instructor of English, presented a paper, “‘A contract of mutual agreeableness’: Social and Financial Contracts in Three of Jane Austen’s Novels,” at the Midwest MLA conference in Cincinnati on November 10, 2012. Lauren S. Seifert, Ph.D., professor of psychology, has a work currently in press titled, “Self-regulation in disability: Migraine management as action research.” Rhoda C. Sommers, Ph.D., dean, School of Education and Human Development; and Sarah K. Hamsher, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, traveled in November with Dalit Freedom Network, presenting in Ahmadabad, Gujarat in India at a conference for educators working with Dalit children (the “untouchables”).

Rhoda and Nancy A. Varian, Ph.D., director of the Center for Professional Development, were invited by Leadership Development International (Ldi) to teach at Living Rock Training Center in Beijing, China, where students are completing a 10-month residential teacher training program. Scott T. Waalkes, Ph.D., professor of international politics, was a contributor to Taking Every Thought Captive, a work that celebrates 40 years of the Christian Scholar’s Review by collecting a representation of the best scholarship to appear in its pages from inception in 1970 through 2010. Duane F. Watson, Ph.D., professor of New Testament studies, attended the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Chicago in November, and was an invited speaker at the Institute for Biblical Research where he presented a paper titled, “Second Corinthians 10–13 as the Best Evidence that Paul Received a Formal Rhetorical Education.” Lora L. Wyss, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing, in collaboration with Karen S. Distelhorst (former faculty member), were recently published in Clinical Simulation in Nursing. The title of their article is “Simulation in Community Health Nursing: A Conceptual Approach.” In addition, Lora; Kathleen Flaherty, professor of nursing and director of the master of science in nursing program; Pamela N. Hoalt, Ph.D., professor of health education; Stephen E. Wirick, assistant professor of exercise science; and Debra Lee, are spearheading the Aultman Ambassador Program: a collaboration between Malone’s nursing, health sciences, and exercise science programs; Aultman Hospital; and Louisville City School District to prevent adolescent obesity through proper nutrition and exercise. In March, Lora served as a presenter at the Stark Carroll District Nurses Association conference Meeting the Needs of the Underserved in Stark County. Lora’s presentation, “Hispanic Migrants in Stark County” was based on her experience as president of the Hartville Migrant Center and 15 years as a volunteer with the organization. Malone Magazine | Spring 2013 {29}

The lifelong love story of Clarence ’46 and Fayetta (DeBord) Sekerak ’47 began with their first date: a mile-plus walk from Cleveland Bible College to Chen’s Chinese restaurant. The pair worked their way through college —Clarence made 40 cents an hour as an assistant to “Daddy” Francis Rice, caretaker of the CBC property. A diligent employee, he helped the school move from Cedar Avenue to the Euclid Avenue mansion (which had been Spenserian Business College) and found chores to do in the mansion: painting latticework on a ladder on the roof, turning dormitories into residence halls, unloading produce from then-President Worthy Spring’s father’s farm, making repairs. Fayetta, one of nine children, began her college career as a “Day Girl” which meant that instead of living in the residence halls, she did chores for a wealthy family in exchange for room and board; her second year, she moved onto campus and worked for Halle Brothers Department Store wrapping packages and worked at a sweater factory. Her sisters Marcella and Gladys Ream x43 also attended CBC. Though his college years were during World War II, Clarence had a 4-D classification as a divinity student, which allowed him to continue his education.

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FORWARD Clarence Sekerak’s meaningful experience at Cleveland Bible College leads to a scholarship for Friends students

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Clarence and Fayetta were active in many organizations such as the Gleaners and the missionary league. In their senior yearbook, Clarence is described as “superior in size, intellect, and spirituality … a valuable student and real soul winner;” Fayetta as, “modest, sweet, and agreeable.” “Most of our closest friends for the past 70 years have been people we first met as classmates at Cleveland Bible College,” says Fayetta. “We have learned, laughed, loved, and shared our faith in Christ with this warm and wonderful community.” In those days, student life—especially for residents—included housekeeping duties, such as dusting, as well as what the students called “KP” or kitchen patrol. In his sophomore yearbook, Clarence is pictured next to President Spring, pouring buckets of potatoes into a potato-peeling machine.


“Each class presented the College with a gift every year,” Clarence explains. “Ours was a potato peeler so we wouldn’t have to peel by hand anymore.” The couple married after Fayetta’s graduation —they’ll celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary in August. They have five children—daughters Lois and twins Nancy and Becky. Their sons, Richard and Michael ’77, attended Malone in Canton. Fayetta returned to Malone to earn a teaching degree the same year Lois graduated from high school and graduated in 1965, after which she taught third grade at West Branch Elementary for 20 years. Clarence began his career as a minister, first at a Friends church in Boston Heights for a year; then Hughesville, Penn. From 1947–1953, where Fayetta remembers, “his first sermon was only 10 minutes long. He just ran out of things to say! I think he was nervous.” The nerves quickly subsided: in 1953 Clarence was called to preach at Alliance Friends Church, and he also started the popular local morning radio program, “Sunrise Scriptures.”

the time included a seat on the president’s cabinet.

Portage Brokerage Company, after passing the registered principal’s exam.

Clarence had numerous duties, including fundraising and estate planning, collaborating with the late Ed Jeffries ’58, then-director of admissions. At such a small college duties

Clarence worked until 10 years ago—when he celebrated his 80th birthday—and, last year, moved to Copeland Oaks Retirement Community; Fayetta is a patient in the adjoining Crandall Medical Center. Because of all that Malone has meant to Clarence and his family, he is setting up a scholarship for Malone students who are active attendees and/or members of one of the six churches where the Sekeraks either pastored or attended: • Barberton Evangelical Friends • Boston Heights Evangelical Friends • Hughesville Evangelical Friends • Alliance Evangelical Friends • East Goshen Evangelical Friends

YOUNG LOVE. Clarence and Fayetta are still very much in love after 67 years of marriage.

• Damascus Evangelical Friends

“Perhaps some of the young people who benefit from this scholarship will one day be studied by Quaker historians of the future.”

Students may pursue any field of study to be considered. For more details, please contact the Financial Aid Office at Malone University at 800.521.1146.

To contribute to this scholarship in honor of Clarence and Fayetta, please contact the Advancement Office at 330.471.8235.

Clarence “Casey” Sekerak on his hopes for the recently established Sekerak Scholarship

The hardworking family lived frugally, as Fayetta had a special knack for growing vegetable gardens to can and freeze their food to stretch dollars as far as possible. As a pastor’s wife, says her daughter, Lois, Fayetta was always ready to entertain guests in their neatly kept home. Clarence’s final full-time pastoral assignment was at East Goshen Friends. During those times, he researched Quaker history and created beautiful publications for the Ohio Yearly Meetings and other events. After seeing the publications and knowing Clarence’s love for Malone in the early 1960’s, President Dr. Everett Cattell asked him to be the public relations director for the College, which at

were varied and everyone “kind of did everything,” he says. While learning more about financial investments, several Malone graduates from Michigan, including the late Norman Huff ’53 encouraged Ed and Clarence to get involved with his company, First Investors Corporation, based in New York City. The men rounded up about 40 newcomers, including insurance agents in Canton, to take licensure tests to be able to sell mutual funds. All of them passed, and Clarence left his role at Malone: first to work for First Investors, then to start his own business,

“In my studies of Ohio Quaker history, I’ve appreciated the real life stories of Quaker men and women whose lives are witness to their faith,” says Clarence. “Perhaps some of the young people who benefit from this scholarship will one day be studied by Quaker historians of the future.”

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From the President of the Alumni Executive Board

I am delighted to have been asked to serve as the president of the Alumni Executive Board this year and to have this opportunity to encourage you to become involved in Malone University. At our board planning retreat last summer, I shared some ways in which we can be “awesome alumni”––and I’d like to share them with you1. Our first responsibility is to pray for Malone University. In the daily work of putting Christ’s Kingdom First, the need for divine protection and provision is ever present. Lee Wetherbee ’78, Ph.D.

Next, stay in touch with your professors. I can tell you from experience that seeing students grow and develop in their faith as well as their knowledge is a blessing to a professor. Let your former professors know how you are doing even if it’s just by email. Volunteer to speak in their classrooms for alumni chapel: your experience in the ‘real world’ can offer students an invaluable glimpse into professions they are considering. Another important part of being an active alum is to make a donation. Don’t act surprised; you knew I was going to say this! You’d be surprised to know that the amount of your donation may not be as important as the fact of your donation. Larger donors, whether corporate or individual, measure alumni involvement in terms of the number of us who donate. Don’t think that your $10 doesn’t make a difference! Consider your talents and skills as something you can contribute. Volunteering to be a mentor to current or graduating students can be a great way to help them develop and to find their way in that terrifying transition from college to work. Besides, spending time with students will help keep you young! Another suggestion is to be a guest speaker. Share your amazing Malone University experience with others. As a proud graduate, you are on the front lines of getting the word out about Malone. Check out the ever improving website and the brand new alumni directory. (I’m in there and would enjoy hearing from you.) Visit the campus soon to see all of the great things that are happening. And if you’re asked to volunteer in some capacity, say “yes!” Adapted from Hanaway, T. (2012). Five ways to be an awesome alum. USA Today, March 22.


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CLASS notes 1960s Gene ’64 and Lorie (Kocheiser) King ’64 celebrated their 50th anniversary on January 25, 2013. After graduation from Malone, they moved to Oregon for Gene’s job at United Airlines, from which he retired in 1998. Lorie taught in the Gresham Grad Schools and retired in 1997. They have two sons, Shane (Kelly Jo), and Jesse (Stephanie) and a granddaughter. They are active members of Good Shepherd Community Church in Boring, Ore., and invite any alumni in the area to visit or call.

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Levi Miller ’68 was named president of the Southmoreland District School Board. Levi has served on the board for 15 years, most recently as school director. Levi graduated from Malone with majors in English and history and earned a master’s degree in English from Bowling Green State University. Formerly the director of Herald Press, a Mennonite book publisher, he also worked for Mennonite mission, camp, historical, and publishing agencies from 1968 to 2009. The author of Ben’s Wayne (a novel), he has written numerous articles and reviews for Herald Press, as well as journals such as The Christian Century. Levi is also a member of the Malone Alumni Executive Board. He is currently writing his memoirs and lives with his wife, Gloria, on a small poultry farm near Scottdale, Penn.

Eddie Lou (Vaughan) Meimer ’68 of Mount Gilead has been elected to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Board of Trustees. She will serve as Northwest Women’s trustee, representing Farm Bureau members from 24 counties, and help govern the state’s largest and most inclusive farm organization. Eddie Lou earned her bachelor’s degree with majors in biology and chemistry from Malone University and a master’s degree in biology from Adelphi University.

1970s Joe Harding ’72 was inducted into the Huntington University Hall of Fame in November. He coached men’s soccer from 1984–1991 and guided Huntington to two conference titles, two NCCAA District III Championships, two NAIA District 21 Championships and two NCCAA National Tournament appearances. His 1989 squad posted 20 wins, the most wins in school history. Overall his record was 89 wins, 47 losses and four ties for a 65% winning percentage. While at Huntington, fellow coaches honored Coach Harding as conference, district, and national coach of the year on 12 different occasions. In 2006, the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association presented Coach Harding with their highest award, the NISOA Honor Award. He was also the recipient of the NCCAA’s Frank Jewell Merit Award in 2009 and was named to the NCCAA Hall of Fame in 2010. Joe retired from Moody

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Bible Institute after 33 years of coaching and teaching in 2011. His soccer resume includes 320 career wins and three NCCAA National Championships. Over the course of his career, he received 23 coach of the year honors and coached five NAIA, three NSCAA, and 43 NCCAA AllAmericans. Joe and his wife Carol are enjoying their retirement in Mount Vernon. Marilyn (Reed) Henry ’73 retired from Personal & Family Counseling Services of Tuscarawas Valley, Inc. in August after 22 years as the executive director and more than 38 years as a social worker. She teaches in the School of Social Work at the University of Akron and lives in Bolivar with her husband, Thomas ’73, who is a retired educator and supervises student teachers for Kent State University. Dale Baker ’78 was reassigned from the Air General branch in New Orleans to open a new branch in Cleveland.

1980s Tom Lentz ’85 graduated with a double major in accounting and business administration. He has created a new website at www.newtestamentlife. com. He writes, “Malone was a huge influence on me and where I learned to be a Christian. My mission with this website is to encourage and inspire you to live the New Testament Life by stimulating your senses such as sight, hearing, smell, and touch with Christian products that surround and enrich your life.” Stephen Weingart ’88 is now associate vice president for advancement at Malone University. Previously, he was global business strategist for FedEx Custom Critical. Stephen is a past member of Malone’s Board of Trustees, where he was vice chair, chair of the presidential review and compensation committee, a member of the executive committee, and chair of the enrollment management committee. He also was president of the Malone Alumni Executive Board in 2006. He earned his MBA from Baldwin Wallace University in 1995 and is married to Beth (Pickens) ’87 who teaches at Lake Schools. They live in North Canton with their children, Olivia and Austin. Amparo Bogota ’89 was ordained as a minister in November 2012, and is serving as the pastor of Casa De Dios-Soacha (in English, “House of God-Soacha”). Amparo graduated from Malone with a degree in Christian ministries and lives in Soacha, Bogota, Columbia.

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1990s Paul Lezotte ’93 has served as an Ohio state trooper for the past 16 years. He and his wife Susan (Turner) ’93 have five children. Megan Moriarty ’93 is the inaugural full-time instructor for the International University Preparation Program at the University of California, Irvine Extension. The program is one of the few university-associated programs that intensively prepare international high-school graduates for entrance into university. As such, she instructs and develops curriculum for a variety of classes and seminars designed to improve the students’ English proficiency and acclimate them to educational expectations of the American university environment. Megan also is an instructor for a university-level writing class for international college graduates who wish to further their studies in the U.S. She is also a contributing author for the upcoming revision of the Longman Preparation Course for the Test of English as a Foreign Language Test (TOEFL), which will be published in the next year for Pearson Education. Nancy Harcar ’94 has been living and working in Gwangju, South Korea, for four years. She works at the Chosun University Girls’ Middle School and teaches weekly English classes through the national Korean English education plan. Nancy is the only native English teacher in her school, and she teaches cooperatively with a team of Korean English co-teachers. The goal of the program is to provide students with a more rigorous and authentic English language education experience while giving the English teachers a chance to learn and grow together in the classroom. She is currently pursuing her master of arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Azusa Pacific University, and is on track to graduate this summer. Abby (Ebert) Granger ’95 is the marketing and content director for Envalo, Inc., in Beachwood. Envalo ( helps small businesses with their online eCommerce solutions and was founded in November of 2012 by CEO J. Michael Moores (husband of Olena Aceto Moores ’95). Abby celebrated her 40th birthday on March 4 by doing 40 acts of kindness that included paying library fines for strangers, getting treats and flowers for her son’s teachers, hiding quarters at a local park for kids to find, paying for others’ orders at McDonald’s, hiding $5 gift cards in the aisles at Barnes & Nobles, sending encouraging notes to people, and slipping $5 bills into coat pockets at Goodwill.

Jennifer Martin Carroll ’96 is Mercy Medical Center’s coordinator of digital marketing, where, in addition to public relations and marketing duties, she is primarily responsible for developing and implementing the hospital’s online content marketing and social media initiatives. Jonathan Jennings ’96 has opened Jennings Law Offices LLC in Ravenna. Jonathan graduated with a B.A. (urban studies, law and society). He then earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Jennings was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1999 and also admitted to practice before the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio and the United States Tax Court. A resident of Ravenna, Jennings is a member of the Portage County Bar Association, the Akron Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Northeast Ohio Collaborative Law Professionals. For more information visit Randy Townley ’96 has accepted a position with the Microsoft Corporation as a technical account manager (TAM) serving the public sector, in which he is responsible for ensuring that the agency he is supporting fully utilizes their investment in Microsoft Products across the enterprise. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked at CSC for six years in a variety of roles. Randy is also an adjunct faculty member at Park University teaching communication theory at their satellite campus in Quantico, Va. Shannon Gillespie ’97 received board certification for gerontological nursing in February 2013. She is a full-time case manager for Caretenders Home Care in Akron and lives in Massillon. Greg Nettle’ 97, M.A. in Christian Ministries, is the visionary leader of the RiverTree Movement and the president of Stadia, an international church planting organization. Greg and Alex Absalom have coauthored a book describing how RiverTree Church is building a culture that combines disciple making with mission. They spell out practical steps the church has taken to begin the shift from merely reaching people to making disciples who in turn are equipped to go and make more disciples. Disciples Who Make Disciples covers what it means to define discipleship in a biblical, simple, yet challenging way. Greg earned a master’s degree in Christian ministries at Malone. Doug Staley ’97, and his wife, Amber; and two children, Hannah and Evan, are preparing to be missionaries to the Republic of Ireland with the goals of planting churches, starting new Bible studies, working in children’s ministries, and sharing the hope and light of Jesus Christ. Doug

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also earned a master’s in theological studies from Liberty University in 2010. They are members of Canton Baptist Temple. Salvation Army Captain Tawny Cowen-Sanders ’97 and her husband (Captain Kevin Sanders) were reassigned last May to be area service coordinators, working throughout a five-county area that consists of two corps and 14 service units. They were previously serving in Massillon (Western Stark County) for about 8 years. Tawny also served the SA in D.C. as the national spokesperson for Haiti relief in 2010. (During her time at Malone she went on service-learning trips to Haiti.) Tawny was recognized locally as one of Stark County’s Twenty under 40 in 2010. Rev. Matthew Everhard ’99, B.A. in Bible and Theology, has released his newest book, Hold Fast the Faith: A Devotional Commentary on the Westminster Confession of 1647 (Lenoir NC: Reformation Press, 2012). Matthew has written several other books and articles and is the senior pastor of Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brooksville, Fla.

2000s John (J.P.) ’00 and Jennifer (Jaroscak) Tillery ’00 own the travel agency, Travel Masters, in Bay Village, and their website is http://www. or find them on Facebook at: J.P. owns a wholesale computer business and Tillery Holdings, a real estate company; and also is a real estate agent for Russell Realty. Jennifer has a master’s degree in education from MaryGrove College. They live in Avon Lake with their children, Katie and James. Ron Sheffield ’00, Ed.D., successfully defended his dissertation in Human and Organizational Learning with The George Washington University on February 28, 2013. A Native American, he is a member of the Quechan Tribe. His dissertation title is: “The Influence of Language on Culture and Identity. Resurgence of the Quechan Native American Tribal Language” and examines the influence of language on individual culture and identity. Jenna Anderson Inns ’02 works as a director of high-school admissions at Everest Institute and, with husband, Sloan, whom she met while doing missionary work in South Africa, owns Boy Meets Girl Visuals (

Andrew (Andy) Griffin ’04, CPA was promoted to supervisor at Hall, Kistler & Company LLP. Griffin joined the company after receiving a degree in accounting and business from Malone. He practices in the areas of accounting, audit, and tax for clients in the oil and gas, manufacturing and distribution, and wholesale industries as well as other closely held companies. Griffin has a thorough understanding of the issues affecting oil and gas companies, as well as publicly traded companies. He serves on several firm committees including the oil and gas and audit and accounting committees. Griffin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA), and the Council of Petroleum Accountants Society (COPAS) - Appalachia. He is a graduate of the 2007 Spotlight Stark County program and is a member of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Canton Preservation Society. Emily (Pifer) Hess ’05 is a visiting lecturer at Ashland University. She earned a master’s degree from Case Western University and is currently A.B.D.––her dissertation thesis is “Representations of Womanhood in The Farmer’s Wife magazine and Ladies’ Home Journal: A Cultural Study of Rural Women in the United States, 1909-1913.” Her specialization is nineteenthand twentieth-century American and AfricanAmerican history. She was a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Jim Crow, and list editor for HGrad, a part of the Humanities Online initiative (H-Net), an electronic network for graduate students around the world. She was nominated for outstanding female faculty member of the year at Ashland, received their university’s ‘mentor award’ in January 2012, and had a Board of Regents fellowship from 2005-2007. Karen Hood ’05 is the assistant to the executive director at Studio City Chamber of Commerce in the Greater Los Angeles Area and directs the Studio City Farmer’s Market on Ventura Place every Sunday that has, over the years, become an international tourist attraction and is one of the most successful markets in the Southland. Brian Steele ’05 is assistant editor for the film, “Runner Runner” at New Regency Productions in Los Angeles. Look for the film, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, in theaters in September. Seth Thomas ’05 is marketing coordinator for The United Way of Greater Stark County. Tara Beachy ’06, ’12, is now administrative support specialist at Advanced Network Solutions in Akron.

Luke Kruse ’06 is an eighth-grade social studies teacher for Cardinal Middle School. He also coaches middle school track and eighth-grade girls’ basketball. He completed coursework for technology licensure at Notre Dame of Cleveland and is working on his master’s degree. He loves to travel and especially enjoys visiting New Zealand. Jennifer (Adams) Masters ’06 is associate manager of concerts and special events at Severance Hall, where she plans and coordinates details for all meetings, events, and concerts––including internal meetings, committee and board meetings, corporate functions, weddings, and private events/concerts, gala dinners and fundraisers, and Cleveland Orchestra concerts. She acts as the liaison between different vendors (catering, floral, decoration, art, etc.) to plan and create flawless events from start to finish. Crystal Russell ’06 teaches English at Timken High School, and was involved with the movie/ activism Freedom Writers. She brought some of the people to Timken High School, and is one of the authors of The Freedom Writers Diary, which aims to reshape how students––especially in the innercity––learn in school. Jessica (Walters) Watkins ’06 is reference services manager at the Massillon Public library. She earned a master’s degree in library and information science from Kent State University in 2007. Abbey (Moore) Allerding ’07 is head coach of the Hoover girls’ Division I district champion basketball team. Her brother, Christopher, and her father are assistant coaches. Abbey is married to Brian ’07, who graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, and is a veterinarian at the North Canton Veterinary Clinic. They have twin sons, Peyton and Cameron. Whitney Prather ’07 is now the events and marketing manager for Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce in the marketing and events department. She manages more than 30 business and networking events for the Chamber, the social media marketing and membership communications for the Chamber, and other special projects. She lives in Stark County with her husband, Eldridge, and is a member of Faith Family Church. Dustin ’07 and Jamie White ’10 are missionaries from MissioChurch (Church of the Brethren) to the city of Canton, where they have a particular ministry to immigrants called “Somos.” Both also did post-graduate work with Eastern University’s Urban Studies program and are both currently enrolled at Ashland Theological Seminary.

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Alumni News

Dominic Liberati ’08, musician, toured in Japan for the month of February. He was featured in the November issue of Lemonade Magazine. Visit his website at Jon Perkins ’08 is a history teacher at Monroe Central High School where he also coaches football. He lives in St. Clairsville. Tyler Renner ’08 teaches history and economics at West Holmes High, where he also coaches baseball and basketball. Saint Wesonga ’08 completed a master of science in computer science degree at Brigham Young University. He is now on the visual studio team at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash. Saint earned a bachelor of arts in computer science and mathematics from Malone. Ryan Hartong ’09 is a senior trade analyst at The Timken Company. He earned a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University in 2012. He began his career as a program analyst for U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2009, was a management analyst for the U.S. Department of State, and before working at Timken was a right-of-way agent with Purple Land Management, a project management and title firm that specializes in working with the world’s largest energy producers. Mary Stoudenmire ’09 came to Malone at age 49 and lived in the residence halls for three years to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work. She completed her MSW at Case Western Reserve University in one year, and was hired immediately by the City of Cleveland Department of Aging as the administrative manager for the economic security project. She has focused her career and her studies on full-time family caregivers, then became a full-time family caregiver to an older sibling who suffered a serious stroke in early 2011. As a result of this experience and her studies, she developed a new business, Home Safe Family Caregiver Services. Mary received the 2012 Innovations in Caregiving Awards from the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Shauna Welling ’09 graduated from Georgia State University with an MBA with a concentration in organizational management in December 2012. She was hired at Aon Hewitt in 2009 and promoted to calc engine system analyst in 2011 and does pension analysis and calculations. She is also active in the young adults, youth, and college-aged groups at her church. Shauna lives in Atlanta, Ga.

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2010s Jenaye Baker ’10 is a medical technologist in the microbiology department at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. Ethan Baker ’10 is teaching English in South Korea. Liz (Wood) Helland ’10 is the community outreach manager at Pregnancy Resource Clinic in State College, Penn., where she is responsible for marketing, donor relations, and event planning. She manages the clinic’s relationship with Penn State University, local churches and organizations, and other human service agencies. She also manages social media, the organization’s website, and oversees the creation and implementation of marketing materials to create a brand image that communicates who Pregnancy Resource Clinic is and what they do. Liz is married to Chris ’10, who is a retail sales representative at Verizon Wireless on the campus of Penn State University. The couple lives in State College, Penn. Peter Scott ’10 and his wife, Amy, are teaching English at Korea Nazarene University in Cheonan, South Korea. Joey Taczak ’10 is a teaching assistant at Laradon School in Denver, Colo. He also is a worship leader at Grace Point Community Church, teaches piano and voice lessons, and sings with Opera Colorado. Andrew Eades ’11 returned to campus as part of the presentation team when the Advanced Public Relations class joined forces with Spire Advertising to present a seminar to Stark County businesses addressing the “Seven Costly Mistakes” organizations make on their websites. Andrew is an internet marketing specialist with Spire Advertising of Ashland. Victoria Chavez ’11 graduated with a master’s degree in Spanish translation from Kent State University in May. In addition to volunteering with Somos (see note of Dustin ’07 and Jamie White ’10), Victoria has had internship opportunities in Barcelona, Spain, and the Legal Aid Society of New York. She writes, “I was constantly challenged to seek Christ’s kingdom in the realm in which my English-speaking and Spanishspeaking world intersected.” Paul Henderson ’11 is Midwest regional field director for the Cleveland/Akron area for “The Dream is Now,” a hybrid social media/grassroots organizing campaign.

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Justin Lower ’11 recently won the Spring Hill Classic by a single stroke to claim his first NGA Pro Series win. Justin earlier captured the 89th Ohio Open title at Weymouth Country Club. He was a four-time NAIA All-American at Malone, 2011 recipient of the David Toms Award, and 2010 NAIA Individual National Champion. Tonya Rogers ’11 is a law clerk at Baker, Dublikar, Beck, Wiley, and Matthews and will graduate from the University of Akron School of Law in 2013. She was executive editor of the Akron Law Review, and a member of both the Moot Court Honor Society and the Phi Delta Phi honors fraternity. Edie Bowman ’12 wrote, directed, and acted in a play for her church, Word of Liberty Christian Center, entitled, “Silent Night, Frantic Night.” Edie lives in Akron.

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Marissa Geib ’12 is the Huff Run/Mud Run Watershed Coordinator for Rural Action in Mineral City. A political science major and biology minor, she completed Best Semester’s American Studies Program where she interned with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C. She also had internships at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of Mineral Resource Management, and the Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership. Nicole Hale ’12 is a deputy clerk with the Summit County Probate Court. Alanna Phillips ’12 is a dispatcher for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. She became LEADS certified and hopes to continue her career in state government. Jared Messer ’13 was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 38th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The 6’0’’ right-hander earned NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) First Team All-America, NCCAA East Region Pitcher of the Year and ICAA (Independents Collegiate Athletic Association) Pitcher of the Year recognition in 2012 after compiling a 9-4 record with a 1.50 earned run average. Jared has decided to finish his college career first.

Homegoings Lucy M. Anderson on February 25, 2013. Lucy served in the public relations office at Malone University for seven years prior to her service as administrative assistant with the Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region, retiring in 1991. She was married to Alvin L. Anderson, Ph.D., professor of education and psychology emeritus who taught at Malone from 1969–1991. Her children are Malone alumni Marva ’76 (Clark ’75) Hoopes, Paul ’78 (Carla) Anderson, and Stan ’80 (Cathy ’86) Anderson. Numerous grandchildren are also Malone alumni. James E. Warner, Ph.D., on March 21, 2013. Jim served as professor of mathematics from 1989–2006. Dr. Warner also was instrumental in spearheading numerous Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations hosted on Malone’s campus and initiatied the campus multicultural group, Unity Under Christ.

Ryan J. Staley ’00, on December 27, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer. Survivors include daughters, Skylar and Taylor; and brother, Doug Staley ’97. Ryan was a communication arts major at Malone, where he enjoyed singing in the Chorale. Cedric S. Rodney ’46, on November 20, 2012. Born in Georgetown, Guyana in South America, Dr. Rodney led churches in Delaware, Guyana, and North Carolina. He was the first to be named Distinguished Professor at Winston-Salem State University, as well as receiving the University Distinguished Service Award, later named in his honor, and recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Rodney was known as pastor, teacher, ethicist, peacemaker, and a faithful servant of God. He was married to Dr. Mae Lipscomb Rodney, director of library services at Winston-Salem State University; and had three children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Kathie L. Townsend ’65, on January 27, 2013. She also earned a master’s degree from Ashland University and retired in 2003 from the Northwest Local School District after 29 years of service, where she taught at Canal Fulton Elementary and Clinton Elementary Schools. After retirement, she worked for Peter D. Hart, a polling firm and was a member of the Ohio Retired Teachers’ Association. Kathie is survived by her husband of 47 years, Ronald ’63, her daughter, Rhonda (Todd) Galloway; and three grandchildren. Gregory A. Becker ’88, on January 28, 2013 after a hard-fought battle with kidney and heart failure. Greg had served as pastor of Calvary Chapel in Massillon for the past five years. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Debra, and two daughters, Katelyn (Nathan) Shultz, and Kelsey. A member of Calvary Chapel, he was also a previous board member of both Lake Harmony Association and Calvary Chapel, a former member of Dalton Music and Sports Boosters, and past co-chair of Music Boosters Auction. Matthew S. McLeese ’03, ’07 on March 23, 2013 following a traffic accident. Matt was a beloved teacher and track and cross country coach at Pfieffer Intermediate School in the Perry Local School district. After repeated visits to Tanzania, Africa, he fully committed his life and was finalizing plans to be a full-time missionary at the Kweli Truth Center, a school in Tanzania.

Alumni Executive Board 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 Kristen Moore ’04 President-Elect Whitney Prather ’08 Past-President Brian Hollingsworth ’02 Secretary Ryan Hollingsworth ’03 Chaplain Charlann Glenn ’04

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Alumni News

uture ioneers A daughter, Clara Nicole, to Eric and Rachel (Greegor) Quillin ’98 on October 1, 2012. She joins siblings Spencer, Moriah, Garrett, Allison, Clark, Mitch, and Levi. The family lives in Stone Creek. A son, Reagan Michael, to Justin and Leslie (Dennis) Benko ’02 on September 6, 2011. Leslie teaches seventh-grade language arts at Solon Middle School. The family lives in Medina. A son, Malachi David, to Aaron ’02 and Rachel (Flynn) Copeland ’05 on August 20, 2012. He joins a brother, Isaac. Aaron is a general manager of Cracker Barrel. The family lives in Virginia Beach, Va. A son, William Henry, to Carrie and Adam Babcock ’03 on January 8, 2012. He joins big sister, Elizabeth Catherine. Grandparents are Laurie (Thellman) ’75 and Wendell Skelley ’76. Adam works for LG Fuel Cell Systems. The family lives in Canton. A son, Harrison Ethan, to Nina and Adam Albright ’04 on January 18, 2013. Adam is an industrial engineer with Meggitt. The family lives in Akron.

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A daughter, Emily, to Kurt ’04 and Megan (Dodd) Letner ’04, on August 1, 2012. She joins a sister, Caelyn. Kurt, who earned a master’s degree from Ashland University, works at Swagelok in the planning department. Megan is a tutor for Cloverleaf Schools. A daughter, Adalynn Grace, to Eric and Carrie (Close) Mahon ’06 on October 26, 2012. She joins a sister, Caylee. The family lives in Bay Village. A daughter, Gemma Adair, to Nathan ’07 and Rachel (Huey) Marx ’06 on October 29, 2012. The family lives in Wexford, Penn. A son, Joel, to Ryan and Brittani (Lyons) Sullivan ’07 on January 22, 1013. He joins a brother, Calvin. The family lives in San Antonio. A daughter, Leah Grace, to Brady ’08 and Faith (Nicholson) West ’07 on April 16, 2012. She joins a brother, Clayton. The family lives in Massillon. A son, Reagan Alfred, to Cara and Chad Yoder ’07 on July 20, 2012. Chad works for ProVia as the director of performance excellence in Sugarcreek, and is also in law school at The University of Akron. The family lives in Dundee.

A son, Robert Franklin, to Robert Moats and Kimberly Caroteuto ’08 on January 10, 2013. A daughter, Charlotte Rebecca, to Jason and Lena (Bishop) Kompara ’08 on November 27, 2012. The family lives in Canton. A daughter, Ava Renee, to Tory and Jennifer (Gregg) Tucker ’08 on October 25, 2012. Jennifer works for Stark County Job and Family Services. She graduated with a master’s degree in social work from the University of Akron. The family lives in Canton. A daughter, Willow Noelle, to Olivia and Jared Szari ’11 on August 18, 2012. The family lives in Canfield. A daughter, Evelina Rose to Zachary and Marisa (Tobias) Vaskalis ’11 on November 2, 2012. Grandparents are alumni Marcia (Beben) ’81 and Rev. Ned Tobias ’84. The family lives in Jessup, Penn.

Alumni News

weddings Nancy Harcar ’94 and Brian Burgoune on January 13, 2013. The couple met three years ago in Gwangju, South Korea, while working as English teachers. Heather Grovemiller ’07 and David Curtis x04 on August 18, 2012. Heather received a master’s degree in choral conducting from Ohio University in 2009. She is a voice instructor and coaches the women’s golf team at Malone University. She also was a chorus member of Opera Cleveland in 2010. Jake Jenks ’08 and Brittani Stai on March 1, 2013. Jake is an admissions counselor at Malone University. The couple lives in Canton.

Sarah Meyers ’08 and Pete Roberts on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Sarah completed her master’s degree in differentiated instruction (emphasis in pursuit of NYSDE License Extension for Gifted and Talented) at Canisius College and is now working at Boston University’s medical campus, Boston Medical Center, as an instructional designer for an electric software program specializing in pharmaceutical-focused clinicians and oncology specialists. The couple lives in Framingham, a suburb of Boston. Saint Wesonga ’08 and Sarah Kelly on February 27, 2013. Saint is a software engineer at Microsoft.

Andy Black ’09 and Amy Notturno on November 3, 2012. Andy has been on staff at Salem First Friends Church since September 2010 as director of music and worship, and more recently as associate pastor. Amy is the daughter of Laurel Notturno ’99, pastor of life groups and women’s ministries at First Friends Church in Canton. Erica Gann ’10 and Zach Zifzal ’10 on September 15, 2012. Zach works for Wheeling-Nisshin, Inc. in Follansbee, W.Va. and Erica works at Trinity Hospital in Steubenville. The couple lives in Mingo Junction. Deb Carmany ’12 and Brett Maxwell ’12 on December 15, 2012.

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Athletics Update Malone commemorates 50 years of baseball, remembers Coach Bob Starcher by Mark Bankert, Associate Athletic Director and Sports Information Director

On Saturday, February 23, Malone University celebrated its storied baseball program’s 50th year at a banquet in Malone’s Johnson Center through storytelling, a program, and a video produced by Joe Siebert ’08. “The fact that we got to be a part of that … it’s a good feeling,” says Dave Brookes ’63, who was a senior and pitcher when Malone began its baseball program. His son, Mark ’89 also played baseball and his granddaughter, Emily, is a current student. Dave was inducted to Malone’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995 for basketball, but his friend Paul Headland ’64 fondly remembers Dave’s pitching days.

’78, who was a freshman the year after the Pioneers played in the 1973 NAIA World Series. “Before the game that day, we were out walking around campus, went 1963 into the student union, and we overheard some of their students talking to some of their players, and they said, ‘Who are you playing today?’ The player said, ‘Oh, we’re playing some podunk school from up in Ohio, Malone something-or-other.’


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Walker threw about a four-hitter that day, we beat the daylights out of ‘em. The next day,

“Catching for him was a treat, because he acted like he was Randy Johnson [former Major League pitcher]. He gave this big windup, and then the ball floated up there … in that first game by the fifth inning he had seven strikeouts,” remembers Paul. “And then I talked him into one time throwing an honest-to-goodness blooper ball, like they used to throw in the majors. The coach didn’t know we were doing this. It hit in the left hand batter’s box, and the guy swung at it and missed! Oh, his teammates were yelling at him! Hey, life’s to enjoy. And we enjoyed just playing and doing the best we could.” Though the first years were challenging, the Pioneers soon found their stride. “My freshman year, we went down to play the University of Tampa,” says Mark Engel

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PIONEERS ON THE DIAMOND. Dave Brooks ’63 and Paul Headland ’64 shared stories about the earliest days of Pioneer baseball. photo by Andy Smith

Athletics Update

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. The 1973 Pioneer baseball team is the lone team to make an appearance at the NAIA Collegiate World Series after winning the Area VI Title under the leadership of the legendary Coach Bob Starcher, later enshrined into the Malone Athletics Hall of Fame.


we’re walking around—true story—went into the student union, and overheard the same conversation: ‘Who are you playing today?’ Without hesitation, they said, ‘Oh, we’re playing Malone State University.’” Remembered fondly at the celebration was Coach Robert Starcher, who coached from 1973–1995, led his teams to 521 wins, nine conference championships, 10 district championships, and an appearance in the 1973 NAIA World Series. However, for many of these players, it was not the success on the field that made him such a role model but also who he was off the field.

Rob Roberts ’93, says that the championship team for which he played had its own identity. “We were fearless—it was Coach Starcher’s way,” says Rob, who was on the field for coach’s 500th win. “We didn’t fear anybody, played the game with class, played the game right. Playing with the guys from my team —that’s what meant the most to me. The friendships, the camaraderie; it was your family outside of your family.”

The program is in the capable hands of Crank, who reiterated that he strives to build on the legacy of Starcher and the Pioneer coaches before him, which included first-ever coach Richard Boileau (1963–65), Larry Winterholter (1966–68), Tony Ladd (1969– 71) and Dave Fross ’68 (1972). Crank also thanked the two other Pioneer head coaches who coached after Starcher—John Russell (1996) and Jay Martin (1997–2003).

“I love looking under Bob Starcher’s name and seeing ‘win, win, win, win, win,’ and then Tom Crank’s name, too, with

“Coach Starcher was more than just a coach to me, he was almost like my dad in Canton,” says Steve Cunningham ’93. “If you ever needed to talk—even other than baseball—he would be there. For some reason, he always knew more than what you wanted him to know, like a dad does.”

‘win, win, win, win, win.’ He’s accomplishing the same

Dean Schuler ’76 says that there are numerous baseball coaches in the area who played for and now emulate the best of Coach Starcher, including current Pioneer coach Tom Crank ’88. “He always lived by the prinicples of being fair, being honest, being consistent, having discipline, and loving his players,” says Dean. “There are so many coaches now that played for Coach Starcher that if you’re sitting in the stands and watching, it’s like you’re seeing Coach!”

Zac Barson ’06, who played for the NCCAA National Championship team of 2006, is grateful for his experience as a Pioneer.

things, doing it the way a legend did it.” Zac Barson ’06, member of 2006 NCCAA National Championship team

“I love looking under Bob Starcher’s name and seeing ‘win, win, win, win,’ and then Tom Crank’s name, too, with ‘win, win, win, win.’ He’s accomplishing the same things, doing it the way a legend did it.”

“We’ve had 50 great years of Malone baseball,” says Tom. “I’d like to make the next 50 years even better.”

View the commemorative video on the baseball website at

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Athletics Update

Youngstown Vindicator sports writer Joe Scalzo ’01 covers Super Bowl XLVII Anyway, DeBartolo was forced to sell the team to his sister and brother-in-law, Denise and John York, who (like most billionaires) split their time between San Francisco and Youngstown.

As an award-winning sports writer who has been awarded with many awards, I am not one to brag. Sure, my lofty position at the prestigious (and award-winning!) Youngstown Vindicator ensures I don’t have to deal with such problems as waking up early or wearing suits or getting nights and weekends off, but I am no different than any other working schmo, with one exception. I went to this year’s Super Bowl. For Free. First, some background. One of the Super Bowl teams, the San Francisco 49ers, were previously owned by Youngstown native Eddie DeBartolo Jr., a beloved figure who proved the old adage that the world’s best (and best-looking) people have Italian last names that end in “o.” After winning five Super Bowls, DeBartolo was embroiled in a political scandal involving Louisiana’s former governor, who demanded $400,000 from DeBartolo in exchange for a casino license.

For each of the past two years, the 49ers have spent a week practicing in Youngstown to cut down on travel during East Coast road trips. The players really embraced the city, working out at Youngstown State, eating Handel’s ice cream, visiting local hospitals, buying pinky rings, car-bombing their enemies, etc. Youngstown is split between Browns and Steelers fans, but the city adopted the 49ers as its second team, particularly since everyone here hates the Ravens, allowing me to write the word “Baltimorons” with impunity in newspaper stories, Tweets. This was my first Super Bowl and I felt a little like Newman from “The Label Maker” episode of Seinfeld in which he gets a free ticket to the Super Bowl. (By “Seinfeld,” I mean, um, “Growing Pains.” And by “Newman,” I mean “Kirk Cameron’s beloved character, Mike Seaver.”)

Sports writers are not, by and large, a very rich group. My annual salary equals the amount most Super Bowl attendees spend on helicopter gas. Sure, I wasn’t at the 50-yard line or even in the press box with the guys from ESPN or Sports Illustrated or The Baltimore Sun, but after I took the 11 escalators up to my seat in Section 643, I felt like a big shot, even if the blimp was blocking my view much of the time. As most readers know, the Baltimore Ravens jumped out to a big lead, then the Superdome suffered a third-quarter blackout, an indescribably scary situation for reporters who were left without wireless Internet for up to 34 minutes. Once the lights went back on, the 49ers reeled off 60 straight points to win going away, and anyone who disputes this can get his (or her) own column in (the award-winning!) Malone Magazine. Joe Scalzo’ 01 is a an award-winning sports writer and columnist for the Youngstown Vindicator. He majored in communication arts with a concentration in journalism at Malone, where he was editor of the Aviso. He and his wife, Tiffani, live in Youngstown.

“Sure, I wasn’t at the 50-yard line or even in the press box with the guys from ESPN or Sports Illustrated or The Baltimore Sun, but after I took the 11 escalators up to my seat in Section 643, I felt like a big shot …”

Needless to say the people of Youngstown were shocked by this. They thought the bribe would cost more. Stay Up-to-date with Pioneer sports teams! For schedules and current stats, visit Sign up for text message alerts for up-to-the-minute score updates.

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A publication for Alumni & Friends of Malone University