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FEATURES 4 Campaign Update

10  New Book by MFA Alumnus

8 Master-ing Wellness  an Hoverstock-Rogers and Rudy Vazmina carry J

12  Homecoming Recap 2017

Jon Kerstetter tells of ‘Crossings’ in his life

the health and wellness torch


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Accent Magazine is published for alumni, parents, friends and donors of Ashland University. Compiled by the Communications & Marketing Department of Ashland University. Third class postage paid at Ashland, Ohio 44805.

Steven Hannan Managing Editor Director of Public Relations


Mike Ruhe Art Director Director, Graphic Design Services

Allison Waltz Photography | EagleEye Photography Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 419.289.5082 or Alumni interested in submitting articles can send information to

On the Cover Ashland University’s football team sings the fight song in celebration following the team’s first home playoff victory at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field on Nov. 18, 2017, against two-time defending national-champion Northwest Missouri State. Ashland University admits students with disabilities and those of any sex, race, age, religion, color and national or ethnic origin.


DEPARTMENTS 16 Academic News  AU Officials Sign Agreement to Allow

for Intelligence and Cyber Training Internships  New Seminary Dean Named  Actuarial Science Program Receives Recognition  AU Sets New Policy for College Credit Plus  ICRC Launches First Research Project

18 News in Brief College of Nursing Grants

AU Adopts Chicago Principles of Free Speech

 Commencement Speaker Provides Advice for AU Graduates

 President’s Contract Extended 20 Athletic News AU Adds New Sports and

Discusses Conference Affiliation Fall Sports Wrap-up

22 Class Notes

 General Alumni Info, Weddings, Future Eagles and In Memoriams

Dear Friend, I invite you to become a member of the President’s Circle. Through annual gifts to the Ashland Fund you ensure each student feels valued, empowered and transformed by their educational experience. As president, it is my purpose to ensure that Ashland excels in providing this special experience. It is with deep appreciation for your past giving that I ask you to revitalize your yearly commitment to our students. Sincerely,

Carlos Campo

This fall, we welcomed 51 generous individuals into President’s Circle. These members have promised to invest in our students every year through gifts to the Ashland Fund. As the President’s Circle continues to grow, we look forward to honoring new members each year! Contact the Office of Institutional Advancement to become one of next year’s inductees.

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ducational opportunity is the great equalizer in our society, and no one places a greater emphasis on the importance of an individual’s education quite like Ashland University. For 140 years, we have seen more than 50,000 students for who they are and who they will become. The world is moving at a rapid pace, and our graduates are leading in the fields of education, business, science and nursing. Upholding the promise of Accent on the Individual, we continue to prepare students to lead lives of purpose and meaning. Like most universities, we face new and challenging obstacles, have limited budgets, and see a greater need to level the playing field for students financially. The faculty and staff fiercely defend Ashland’s mission of providing a transformative learning experience while shaping graduates who work, serve and lead with integrity in their local, national and global communities. In October, we embarked on an ambitious $15.2 million, two-year springboard campaign, with a comprehensive focus on annual support, building the endowment, innovative programming and capital projects. In the past few months, we received gifts totaling $4,159,205 and an additional $3,575,000 has been pledged. The support the university has received is inspiring and humbling. Our alumni live around the world and are one of Ashland’s most powerful assets. They volunteer, mentor, refer students, offer guidance and give generously. Every graduate has a unique story. Here are three powerful stories highlighting alumni.

Paul ’70 and Lani (Hum) ’68 McKnight have a 50-year history and relationship with Ashland. Their children, Casey ’93 and Courtney McKnight Lee ’97, chose AU. Although they were Eagles decades apart, they still experienced the same Accent on the Individual. Paul and Lani believe that every Ashland student should have the opportunities to find their purpose, passion and chosen career. Their commitment and belief is so strong, they donated $250,000 for the Life Calling program at Ashland. Last year, AU launched a pilot Life Calling program. This was open to undergraduate students who are deciding on their major or for students who have already made that decision. The classes were so popular among students and continue to be in high demand. Life Calling I focuses on career exploration and research for students who are in the process of selecting an academic major and planning for their futures. Life Calling II targets students seeking an understanding of career and experiential options related to their anticipated career field. The course focuses on self-assessment, experiential activities, immersion trips, shadowing and interaction with professionals. Life Calling III assists students seeking a better understanding of how to identify and use their gifts, educational accomplishments, talents and skills in pursuit of their life calling. The course also focuses on job seeking and preparing for life after graduation from AU. The McKnight’s gift provides support for additional students the opportunity to engage in Life Calling classes on campus. Part of their gift also created The McKnight

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Family Endowment, which will generate yearly program support to sustain class activities in their name – The McKnight Life Calling Lecture Series, Immersion Experiences and Life Calling Retreat. “The investment the McKnight family has made for the studentcentered Life Calling Program ensures the continuation of life changing, career-enhancing experiences for Ashland University students,” said Karen Hagans, project lead on the NetVUE Life Calling Renewal Grant project and adjunct instructor for Life Calling I, II and III classes. “We were happy to support our family’s alma mater. Ashland nurtured excellence in us and our children. The faculty and staff direct all their energy, focus and resources behind the core value of “Accent on the Individual.” Ashland alumni are succeeding at work and in life, making a difference around the world because they were seen as individuals.” (Paul and Lani Hum McKnight )

Debbie Liebert Karl ’72 attended Ashland College during the late ’60s and early ’70s. She recalls sitting in the lobby of Myers Hall with friends as they heard the birthdates of men chosen to serve in Vietnam. Her father, Jack W. Liebert, was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in WWII and Korean War. Debbie honors her father and all veterans who have fought for our country’s freedom by making a $1 million gift for a new Veterans Center on campus. The Center will welcome and receive veterans as they transition from military service to campus life. Support services that will be offered to student veterans through the Center include recruitment, admission, registration and GI Bill processing, financial aid, academic advising, accessibility services, mental health counseling and career development. “My father fought for our country’s freedom. We should never forget the sacrifices that our military have made for our country. The Military Veterans Resource Center will demonstrate our pride and thankfulness for their service,” she said. “I envision the center to be a dedicated facility that will help assimilate veteran students to Ashland University and the community.” AU President Dr. Carlos Campo said the $1 million gift allows the university to create a facility that will include conference spaces and offices for the veterans’ coordinator and support staff, a USO-style veteran’s lounge, where veteran students and staff can share a sense of comradery in a comfortable space, and two studio-apartment-style receiving rooms to provide emergency housing accommodations to veterans and their families at a moment’s notice. Also, living communities will be formed to meet the specific needs of current student veterans living on campus. During halftime festivities at AU’s football game on Nov. 11, Campo presented, on behalf of Liebert Karl, an oversized replica of the $1 million check to Joyce Lamb, chair of the AU Board of Trustees. The game featured many proceedings honoring active military and veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day. | 5



Ashland is welcoming more freshman than ever! Knowing Orientation weekend can only go so far, Fred ’75 and Anne Mainwaring ’76 Broad wanted to offer first-year students a sense of community and support. To do so, they made a $300,000 gift, the majority of their gift is exclusively for the freshman to get a jump start on their Ashland University experience before Orientation even begins. The Broad Orientation program was launched in 2016, following a conversation about the importance of campus life. Fred said, “Anne and I felt one of the most difficult times as parents was dropping our children off for their first day as freshman in college. We hope this gift facilitates a smooth transition for new students and peace of mind for parents with the promise that their child will experience Accent on the Individual, as Anne and I did many years ago.” With Fred and Anne’s gift, the Division of Student Affairs launched new programs such as preorientation trips, including a leadership trip at Camp Nuhop, a Creative Arts Retreat in Mansfield, and an Outdoor Camping trip at Pleasant Hill. For freshman interested in mission trips, scholarships are available. The freshmen students who attended the pre-orientation trip developed friendships with students from other dorms and academic programs, which would have been challenging otherwise. They learned self-confidence and that they are not alone on campus. With the Broad’s gift, hundreds of students have met friends and cemented friendships. One result of the program is a significant increase in student retention. “I met my best friend, Nicole, during a pre-orientation trip. We lived in different dorms and did not have any classes together. I’m not sure our paths would have ever crossed without this program. My father passed away last summer. I returned to Ashland knowing that I would have the support of my best friend. I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Broad for creating the opportunity for us to meet.” (Chyann, sophomore)

Every alumnus, every gift made and every student referred has an impact at Ashland. There are thousands of stories yet to be told. As we experience the highest enrollment in recent years, we have much more to do! This is our plan: To deliver an Ashland education, where the student remains at the center, to as many as possible. Every dollar given, every scholarship created and every initiative granted propels our beloved Ashland well into the future.

Margaret A. Pomfret ’97, ’16 MBA Vice President, Institutional Advancement

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Mark your Calendar!

March 22, 2018, is the next

Day of Giving This year Ashland University students are planning a Day of Giving bigger and better than ever. 3 high-top tables and 10 chairs in the COBE CafÊ – great for collaboration and coffee.

The big goal is 400 donors. The best news is your dollars directly support the areas you love.


18 hours | 382 gifts 236 donors | $41,997 raised 1 piece of conditioning equipment, 6 squat racks, 3 pull-up bars, 2 jammer arms and 10 monkey bars for 550+ athletes.

Top Supported Areas


for the College of Business & Economics


for the College of Nursing & Health Sciences


for Greek Life

4 members of the Greek community enhanced

Will you do your part to put the area you love on top this year?

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wo Ashland University graduates – Jan Hoverstock-Rogers ’96, a masters class track champion, and Rudy Vazmina ’72, who won a national title in five

swimming events at the National Senior Games – are carrying the health and wellness torch high for Ashland University these days. Ashland University’s Strategic Plan calls for a healthy campus environment to be one of the University’s hallmarks, and the University has devoted much time and effort to its nationally recognized campus wellness program. While health and wellness are important issues for current students, it is also important for AU alumni to maintain “Meeting Steve Sashen, an All-America sprinter, and learning about Masters Track and Field really piqued my interest to start training and competing again.”

– Jan Hoverstock-Rogers ’96

a healthy and active lifestyle post-graduation, and Hoverstock-Rogers and Vazmina are prime examples of this. A resident of Ashland, Hoverstock-Rogers graduated from Ashland High School in 1992

before attending Ashland University to run track. After setting numerous track records at both schools that remain intact today, including the 4x100 relay in 1996 with 46.53 seconds and the 100-meter freshman mark in 1993 at 12.21 seconds, she continued to stay active after graduation. However, Rogers did not stop there. Conversing with a now fellow runner pushed her further. “Meeting Steve Sashen, an AllAmerica sprinter, and learning about Masters Track and Field really piqued my interest to start training and competing again,” she said. As a 43-year-old woman, she began a competitive journey not only to have fun but to see what her body could do and how fast she could run. She even went back to her roots and met with AU’s assistant track and field coach Riley Northrup for reference and to develop an extensive sprinting and lifting program.

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Just three weeks into training, she competed at a college open outdoor meet at Walsh University, and this carried her into July’s USA National Masters Track and Field Outdoor Championship in Grand Rapids, Mich., where she placed third in the 100-meter dash in the women’s 40-44 age group with a time of 13.47 seconds. By the end of the year, she was ranked as the World Masters fastest American in the indoor 60-meter dash (8.2 seconds) and secondquickest American in the outdoor 100-meter (13.0) for the women’s 40-44 age group. Through these accomplishments, she gained acknowledgement from the Southwest Sprinters Track Club, where she became a member of the 4x100-meter relay team that included Rachel Guest, Cynthia McNamee and Nedenia West. They connected immediately at the track, and it showed as they set a new American record in the event with a time of 52.21. Her most recent race was the North and Central America and Caribbean Region of World Masters Athletics Championships in Toronto, Canada, on Aug. 11, 2017. She received four

to him that he was the only student who passed the swimming test. After college, Vazmina stayed active and participated in a variety of sports including rugby, soccer, squash, road racing and cycling. With the wear and tear of those high impact sports, it was his body’s desire for recovery that led him to return to swimming. And this return has resulted in much success. During the past few years, Vazmina swam successfully in the United States Masters Swimming National events, the NationalSenior Games Championships, the YMCA National Swimming Championships and the World and Pan-American Swimming Championships. As with anything, success breeds recognition, and Vazmina was named Athlete of the Year by the Florida Sports Foundation in 2015. In more recent events, he was a National Champion in five events at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Ala., in June 2017. This December, he was named Florida State Champion in five events and holds the state records in four events.

I serve on the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Health and Wellness gold medals in the women’s 40-44 age group – the “ 100-meter dash (12.92 seconds), 200-meter dash Committee which focuses on improving the local attorneys’ physical fitness (26.84), 4x100-meter relay (55.29) and long jump (4.3

state and establishing a positive wellness lifestyle to better cope with the


stress of the profession.”

She commented about the race during an interview with the Ashland Times-Gazette, noting that, “I got down in the lanes that I was going to be in the 100 and 200 and visualized how I was going to race, how it felt on my feet and my legs, how powerful I felt, and, then, I was ready to go.” Later she went on to say, “I felt invincible [after winning the four golds]. It was surreal. Being around my teammates [Southwest Sprinters Track Club] made it that much more special.” This coming season, Hoverstock-Rogers plans on competing in multiple indoor and outdoor meets at Ashland University, Ohio State University, Tiffin University, Walsh University, Oberlin University and Spire Institute, all leading up to the Indoor Masters in March of 2018. A resident of Sarasota, Fla., Vazmina attended Ashland College where he swam and specialized in the butterfly and medley events. After being an All-America swimmer in 1970-1971, he graduated and held various jobs eventually attending the University of Akron School of Law while working full time. He graduated in 1989. It was in high school that he began his swimming career, but it was not your typical athlete’s love at first swim. Vazmina’s father signed him up just in time for the YMCA’s boiler to break, which led to the pool’s water being teeth-chattering cold. After pleading with his

– Rudy Vazmina ’72

According to Vazmina, this level of accomplishment is not done purely by skill. It becomes a lifestyle of healthy, active living, which Vazmina strongly follows. “I serve on the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Health and Wellness Committee which focuses on improving the local attorneys’ physical fitness state and establishing a positive wellness lifestyle to better cope with the stress of the profession,” Vazmina said. “My training for events consists of three days of swimming per week intermixed with cycling and weight training on the off days.” This level of dedication is what creates a National Champion and Vazmina has made this his lifestyle. Looking ahead in 2018, he will compete in the Pan-American Swimming Championships in Orlando, Fla., and the Florida Senior Games Championships in an effort to qualify for the 2019 National Senior Games Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Congratulations to Rogers and Vazmina, who are not only maintaining their own healthy, active lifestyles, but setting examples for the entire Ashland University community through their resilient dedication and competitive edge. Camille Pollutro ’20

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New Book by MFA Alumnus Tells of

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on Kerstetter is the author of “Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier’s Story,” which thoughtfully

explains his life of exceptional physical and emotional transformations. He is a 2009

graduate of Ashland University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, where his thesis became the initial framework for his memoir. His book serves to communicate with audiences how the “crossings” of his life not only changed but enhanced his identity. He discusses the many challenges of his life and the intimate details of his identity. Kerstetter’s identity covers that of a doctor, healer, soldier, stroke victim and eventually a writer. Given a passion for healing others,

“When you write, you are the one that steers the conversation. Once your thoughts are on paper, you have a choice of what to do with them.” – Jon Kerstetter ’09 MFA

Kerstetter enrolled in medical school at age 35 and joined the Iowa National Guard at age 42 to serve as a military doctor. Seeing that he was older than the maximum age for commissioning, he was granted an age waiver and completed

three tours in Iraq. He later suffered a stroke, which ended his career as both a soldier and a physician; this was followed by a lengthy recovery. The stroke caused him to have serious cognitive and physical disabilities, on top of PTSD, and intense physical and emotional pain. A devoted soldier and physician, Kerstetter struggled to accept the loss of an identity so familiar to him. The cognitive damage following Kerstetter’s stroke caused his reading speed and comprehension to fall to the third percentile. Kerstetter and his therapist worked together on

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short writing exercises as a means of cognitive therapy. His therapist

his identity as a writer and as one who was still able to heal others. He

noticed steady progress and improvements in the quality and logic

said, “I saw the publication of my book as a continuum of a medical

of his writing exercises and after two years of stroke rehabilitation,

career. Writing still gives me the ability to touch people’s lives and

the neuropsychologist in charge of his stroke recovery suggested

have an impact on their health, just as my time as a physician did. As

he engage writing at a professional level to develop better memory

I think about how my book helps me identify as a healer, the purpose

recall and reconstruction.

of it is to show the reader how to cross from point A to point B in the

Kerstetter and his therapist searched for MFA programs across the

events of their life.”

country that would not only accept him but would also accommodate

Kerstetter has spent time working with veterans who also suffer

a brain-injured student. Ashland University’s MFA officials agreed

from PTSD and explains to them how writing can become a tool for

to work with him, and he started the program in 2007.

overcoming their condition. He said, “I discuss with other veterans

Thinking about his time in the program and some of the relationships he formed with those who worked with him on his writing, Kerstetter said, “Sonya Huber, an instructor in the program, talked about how we had to look beyond the real rough draft of my writing,

how writing offers self-reflection, the chance to become your own psychologist and the opportunity for a sense of privacy. When you write, you are the one that steers the conversation. Once your thoughts are on paper, you have a choice of what to do with them.”

the very early stages of me recalling what I could and putting it on

Kerstetter continues to write today and is currently working on

paper. Audiences needed to know why and how the events of my

promoting his book.

life were important, rather than me just telling them they were important. She showed me a lot of patience and told me within every good writer, there is a story. Bob Root, another instructor, also took the time to help me understand things about the structure and timeline of the story I wanted to tell. He talked about how the reader needs to be entertained so they continue to be engaged with the story.” Kerstetter completed an outline for his book at the conclusion of his time in Ashland University’s MFA program. It would be another seven and a half years before Kerstetter would finish his book as he spent time writing hundreds of revisions. “I wanted to capture the emotional impact and details of my experiences. I would write things and come back the next day and change it. That cognitive focus was also exactly the kind of exercise my brain needed to make new neural connections,” he said. The editing process, for Kerstetter, was a continued practice of cognitive therapy in his stroke recovery. The time Kerstetter spent writing and working on his book helped him greatly on his road to recovery. It also caused him to think about

Nathaniel Urban ’18

Alumni and friends celebrated Homecoming 2017 on October 13-15. They enjoyed a beautiful sunny day on campus Saturday with events such as the 5K Run, Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest, the AU Eagle football game and the All-Alumni Reunion/Silent Auction as well as events such as the Prayer Garden Dedication and Cathi Muckle Concert on Friday. A fun-filled auction was enjoyed by hundreds of alumni and friends, allowing the Alumni Association to raise $19,712 in support of legacy scholarships, the Ashland Fund and alumni programming. Mark your calendars and join us for Homecoming 2018 on Sept. 22, 2018!

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A Story Worth Telling HOW DO I REFER A STUDENT TO ASHLAND UNIVERSITY? Do you know a student who would make a great Ashland University Eagle? If so, you can easily refer the student to Ashland through our online Alumni Referral Program. Because of your unique understanding of the type of student who would thrive here at AU, your referrals are a great resource to us. Simply provide the name(s) and contact information of any individuals you think would benefit from the Ashland experience by completing our online form. We will then send the appropriate publications and admissions materials to those students you refer. You may recommend as many high school students as you wish. Visit this link to complete the referral form: https://ashland. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Office of Admission at 419.289.5052.

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Ashland University’s Future Eagles Legacy Program, which recruits and recognizes children, step-children and grandchildren of Ashland alumni, is recognized as one of the top programs of its kind in the country. Initiated in the 1980s, our Legacy Program has grown to where it now boasts more than 250 legacy students on campus!


When children, step-children or grandchildren apply to Ashland University, they will receive a $1,000 Legacy Scholarship, and this grant is renewable by maintaining satisfactory academic progress. The office of Alumni and Admissions wishes to have a lifelong relationship with your family. We look forward to congratulating legacies on exciting milestones in their lives. Legacies are recognized at birth and again on their 5th, 12th, 16th and 17th birthdays. To enroll, visit and click on Alumni

The Ashland University Alumni Association Board of Directors is comprised of 25 alumni members whose mission is to engage alumni in Ashland University where “Accent on the Individual” is a lifelong experience. Serving on the Board of Directors has allowed me the opportunity to come back to campus, interact with students and see firsthand the impact our alma mater is having every day. Current students and alumni alike often refer to Ashland as “home”. This is not a coincidence. While faces change and the physical campus transforms, the culture of genuine care and concern for students inside and outside the classroom remains the same. This culture stays with Ashland graduates as they “work, serve and lead with integrity in their local, national and global communities.” This is highlighted annually at the AUAA Awards Luncheon which recognizes Ashland University alumni and friends for their personal and professional accomplishments and commitment to Ashland University. Be sure to check out the 2018 recipients in the magazine, and I encourage you to attend this year’s recognition on Saturday, April 14, beginning at 11 a.m. in the John C. Myers Convocation Center. Go Eagles! Jim Hudson ’03 President, AUAA Board of Directors

imilar to finding your perfect coffee blend, there is a way to blend your personal philanthropy that is right for you. The idea is that you make a starting gift with a current gift of cash, securities or real estate. Then you find the planned gift method, maybe a bequest, charitable trust or gift annuity, that works best for your situation. With the planned gift, you set it up now and enjoy the benefits and security during your lifetime, and you get the satisfaction of knowing your planned gift will make a big difference to the students of Ashland University by adding to the gift you already started. Visit our website to begin learning about the many different ways you can create a custom gift. Please contact Fran Reddick at 440.668.1721 if you have questions. | 15



ALLOW FOR INTELLIGENCE AND CYBER TRAINING INTERNSHIPS internships will help students to gain their security clearance, to learn software used in the agencies and to begin working on actual cases.” The residential internships, which can be taken in the fall, spring or summer semesters, are available through two separate programs – cyber security and intelligence -- at WSARC in Beavercreek, Ohio.

Ashland University officials have signed an agreement that will allow AU students to enroll in internships in the Wright State Applied Research Corporation’s (WSARC) intelligence and cyber training programs. The agreement, which was effective Jan. 1, 2018, allows AU junior- and senior-level undergraduate students to complete semesterlong internships with WSARC.

Weber said AU students will leave this program with a cybersecurity or intelligence certificate and will be prepared to apply for positions in the intelligence or cyber security community. In addition to the internship component, the agreement calls for AU and WSARC faculty members to jointly build Centers of Excellence in the intelligence and cyber field and also allows faculty members at the two institutions to collaborate on research projects, proposals and grants.

“The intelligence field seeks students with a wide variety of liberal arts majors, and we need to get that message out into the public,” said Dr. Dawn Weber, dean of the AU College of Arts and Sciences. “These

This program unites with Ashland University’s new minor in cyber security, which is a program that was started within the math and computer science department in the 2016-2017 academic year.

ASHLAND THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY DEAN NAMED Dr. Mignon Jacobs joined Ashland Theological Seminary as dean and chief academic officer in June 2017. In this role she oversees all academic affairs in addition to Admissions, the Library and the Columbus Center. Dr. Jacobs also serves as professor of Old Testament Studies. As a recognized professor and noted scholar, Dr. Jacobs is known for her publications on the prophets and Old Testament narratives. She is a distinguished leader in the Society of Biblical

Literature (SBL) having chaired Israelite prophetic literature lection and the Status of Women in the Profession. She also served as president of the Pacific Coast Region of the Society of Biblical Literature. Dr. Jacobs brings her expertise and a strong reputation in regional and theological accreditation and solid academic administration to AU from Fuller Theological Seminary where she served as associate provost for Accreditation and Educational Effectiveness. She also serves on the Board of Commissioners of Association of Theological Schools.



Ashland University is one of only four private colleges and universities in Ohio that have a Universities and Colleges with Actuarial Programs (UCAP) designation from the Society of Actuaries. “This is important for us because our actuarial science program is being recognized by one of the professional actuarial societies, and, as a result, the Society of Actuaries will soon link a credentialed actuary with our program to assist in advising students about the profession,” said Dr. Chris Swanson, professor of mathematics and head of the actuarial science program at AU. “Ashland University is one of only 13 colleges or universities in Ohio to receive such a designation.” A communication from Tiffany Tatsumi with the Society of Actuaries notified Swanson that Ashland has been designated as a UCAPIntroductory Curriculum program (UCAP-IC). Swanson said there are two different types of UCAP designations and that Ashland University

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is in the second tier based on its program preparing students to pass two Society of Actuaries preliminary exams and 2.5 of the three Validation by Education Experience requirements. Actuaries help businesses assess the risk of certain events occurring and formulate business and financial strategies and policies to minimize that risk and its impact on a given corporation.




Ashland University has instituted a scholarship program in which high school students who take College Credit Plus classes at AU will be reimbursed for course fees if they attend AU following graduation from high school. “We believe strongly in the College Credit Plus Program and what it can do for all types of high school students,” said Dr. Gene Linton, dean of the Founders School. “And we believe this new policy creates even more incentive for high school students to take classes at a prestigious, private university.” Ohio’s College Credit Plus allows high school students to earn both college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students. Ashland University charges students a minimal fee per course for College Credit Plus classes, and the new policy calls for this charge to

be reimbursed to the student in the form of a scholarship if the student attends AU following his or her high school graduation. “All of the money paid to AU for College Credit Plus classes will be reimbursed back to the student if they take classes as a college student at Ashland,” Linton explained. Linton said AU’s College Credit Plus program allows students three options -- high school students taking college classes on the AU campus from AU faculty; high school students taking college classes at the high school from AU faculty; or high school students taking college classes at the high school from credentialed teachers. In addition to students coming to the AU campus for CCP classes, many school districts are partnering with AU to provide college class opportunities to their students at their local high school. These classes can be taught by AU Instructors or high school instructors with advanced training in their content discipline.



The Ashland University International Collaboration Research Center (ICRC) has launched its first official project and quickly built a team of collaborators from more than 175 different laboratories, in over 40 countries, on all six populated continents. The ICRC’s Psychological Science Accelerator aims to accelerate the accumulation of reliable and generalizable evidence in psychological science, reducing the distance between truth about human behavior and mental processes and our current understanding. The project will focus on collecting large and global data sets for studies that researchers in the network vote as making the biggest contribution to the field. All data, research materials and data analysis details will then be openly disseminated for other researchers to explore and re-analyze to generate new hypotheses. AU’s Dr. Chris Chartier, the director of both the ICRC and the Accelerator, says that, “the truly big challenges in psychological science cannot be adequately met by a single researcher or small team. Instead, we must answer our big questions with a distributed laboratory network that is ongoing as opposed to time or task limited, diverse both in terms of human subjects and participating researchers, and inclusive with the welcoming of ideas, contributions, study proposals or other input from anyone in the field of psychology.”

Chartier first proposed the Accelerator in late August in a blog post titled “Building a CERN for Psychological Science.” “The post went a bit viral in the psych community, dozens of labs immediately joined, and it quickly became clear that we were onto something big and exciting,” Chartier said. “I’m thrilled that such a big and global initiative is headquartered right here at Ashland University. This puts our students at the epicenter of a movement in the field.” After accepting submissions for possible studies to run via the Accelerator, the network has selected its first official study. Ben Jones and Lisa DeBruine of the University of Glasgow (http://facelab. org/) submitted a proposal to test if an influential person-perception model, Oosterhof and Todorov’s (2008) valence-dominance model, generalizes across world regions. The initial findings, from Princeton University, suggest that there are two main components that people evaluate when they encounter a new face and that these components drive perceptions and ratings of a number of other traits. Blinded submissions were reviewed by more than 40 members of the Accelerator network before ultimately selecting this as the first official project. After a period of external feedback from experts in person perception research as well as necessary edits to the research protocol, data collection will begin January 2018 and end December 2018. | 17



RECEIVES TWO GRANTS Ashland University nursing students,” said Dr. Faye Grund, dean of the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “OhioHealth Mansfield and Shelby will continue to provide clinical preceptors for this project, giving Medical Surgical Immersion Experience guidance, direction and experiences to nursing students and faculty at Ohio Health.” CONHS was awarded $199,325 in renewal grant funding from the Ohio Board of Nursing’s Nurse Education Grant Program (NEGP). This two-year grant funding makes possible Ashland University’s Accent on the Individual: Increasing Student Enrollment and Faculty/Instruction Personnel through Academic/Health Care System Partnerships Project.

Ashland University’s Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) was awarded two grants in 2017. CONHS was awarded $198,828 in renewal grant funding from the Ohio Board of Nursing’s Nurse Education Grant Program (NEGP). This two-year grant funding makes possible Ashland’s “Undergraduate Nursing Expansion: Services Excellence and Clinical Faculty Joint Appointments” project in partnership with OhioHealth Mansfield and Shelby Hospitals. Goals of the project are to expand enrollment in Ashland University’s baccalaureate pre-licensure nursing education program by increasing available faculty resources and expanding clinical placement opportunities via implementation of two innovative models. “The program’s Service Excellence Model supports the OhioHealth provision of quality, safe patient care and the clinical education of

According to Grund, this project expands on the previous NEGP grant project to increase baccalaureate professional nurses and promote graduate nursing education. NEGP 2015-17 grant program partnerships with Marion Technical College and Stark State College will continue through 2019, in addition to new grant partnerships with North Central State College and Avita Health System. “Goal one of the project is to increase Ashland University’s RN to BSN program enrollment capacity by 50 students in 2019,” Grund said. “Associate degree students at partnering institutions will have the opportunity to dually enroll at their institution and Ashland’s CONHS to streamline their pathway from an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s degree.” The second project goal increases graduate nursing programs enrollment capacity by 40 students in 2019.



The Ashland University Board of Trustees, students and administration have endorsed a document that calls for an overarching commitment to free speech among all members of the AU community and affirms a set of principles designed to protect free expression. “The adoption of this Ashland University Free Speech Principles is in part a response to a resolution passed by AU Student Senate calling on the university to protect and ensure the students’ and faculty’s moral and legal right to freedom of speech guaranteed under the United States Constitution,” said AU President Dr. Carlos Campo. According to Dr. Campo, AU’s document adopts free speech principles and language based upon the University of Chicago’s principles of free speech, which state that the university’s fundamental commitment is “to the principle that debate or

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deliberation may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or even by most members of the University community to be offensive, unwise, immoral or wrong-headed. It is for the individual members of the University community, not for the University as an institution, to make those judgments for themselves and to act on those judgments not by seeking to suppress speech, but by openly and vigorously contesting the ideas that they oppose.” Campo agrees, noting that college is a time for students to learn to deal with challenging and unsettling ideas. View the entire AU Free Speech Principles at:




Dr. Steven Benner, professor and distinguished fellow at the Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology, asked Ashland University graduates to challenge experts as a way to discover the truth during his speech at AU’s winter commencement ceremony held Dec. 16 in Kates Gymnasium. Benner spoke on the topic, “Are you Sure You Know That?” “In addition to having learned all the things that you now know, I hope you also have learned that you do not know many things. And that some of the things that you have learned perhaps are not even true,” Benner told the graduates. “And further, I hope you have learned that others do not necessarily know they are true either, even if they tell you they are certain they are true. Now, I am a scientist, but I think that the word science should be used broadly to mean any human endeavor that seeks to understand reality.” Benner went on to explain the contradiction that the graduates have to face, and he said he hopes that their education will help them face it. Benner said graduates will remember 2017 as the anniversary of their graduation. “While it is 50 years after 1967 and its political turmoil, it’s also conveniently 500 years, almost to the month, of the first events that led to this ethic of challenging experts as a way of discovering the truth,” he said, going on to explain that on Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther tacked his 95 theses to a door of a Wittenberg church and challenged the experts of his day. “When he was called to account, Luther said, ‘I do not trust the Pope or councils or experts, since they have often erred. I cannot and will not retract anything since it is not neither right nor safe to go against my individual conscience. Here I stand, may God help me,’” Benner said. Benner said Luther was no scientist but a direct line connects this statement of an individual as a judge of fact and reason, not to the consensus of experts but to the miracles of the 21st century. “And I quote from the Ashland webpage; where there’s an Accent on the Individual, it also leads to the hallmark of Ashland University,” he said. Benner continued, “The scientific method that Accents the Individual, the economic system that Accents the Individual, the body politics that

Accents the Individual have made it so that we can do diagnostics of infectious diseases now and even the poorest countries in South Africa now……and the poorest among us in our own society live better – have food, better housing, travel, work, communication, health, than the richest of the princes that were attempting to suppress the free speech of Martin Luther. God’s work indeed.” Benner concluded by noting, “So, be impressed by the accomplishments of those who were educated with an Accent on the Individual, learn from the education that you have gotten from an Accent on the Individual, but remember that it might be erroneous and also remember that a half of a millennium of struggle has given you a process by which you can correct those errors. Go out now, add to it, be confident in your own teaching, even as you doubt some of the things that you were taught. Do God’s work knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be your own.” Following the commencement address, the presentation of degrees was handled by President Dr. Carlos Campo and Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang. A total of 376 degrees (144 graduate and 232 undergraduate) were awarded in the winter 2017 ceremony, including 1 doctor of education, 1 doctor of nursing, 50 master of education, 73 master of business administration, 15 master of arts, 4 master of science, 32 bachelor of arts, 36 bachelor of science, 29 bachelor of science in business administration, 37 bachelor of science in education, 57 bachelor of science in nursing, 1 bachelor of music, 1 bachelor of fine arts and 39 associate of arts.

DR. CAMPO COMMITS TO THREE MORE YEARS The AU Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that the Board, on Friday, Oct. 13, unanimously approved a three-year extension to the contract of AU President Dr. Carlos Campo. Dr. Campo’s contract now runs through May 31, 2021.

“The Board is very pleased with Dr. Campo’s leadership and believes that Ashland University is positioned for continued growth and success,” said Joyce Lamb, chair of the AU Board of Trustees. “The Board is very pleased with his performance.” In March of 2015, Dr. Campo was selected by the AU Board of Trustees as the 30th president of Ashland University and he started in his new role on June 1, 2015. | 19



AU ADDS NEW SPORTS AND DISCUSSES CONFERENCE AFFILIATION Ashland University officials announced on Sept. 11 that its athletic department will add women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis as varsity intercollegiate sports, beginning with the 2018-19 school year. In addition, University officials are planning for the addition of eSports as an intercollegiate sport and also have decided to make no change regarding AU’s conference affiliation. “We have been evaluating the addition of women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis for the past couple of years as part of our strategic plan to increase enrollment and continue to expand the geographic diversity of our student population,” said AU President Dr. Carlos Campo. “Ashland remains committed to maintaining a strong program of intercollegiate athletics marked by excellence and our Christian values.” AU Director of Athletics Al King said, “We are thrilled to add women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis to an already solid athletic department. Women’s lacrosse is a rapidly growing sport across the country. In the last year it has shown tremendous growth in Ohio. We have a splendid tennis facility and that’s one major step we have in place in building that program. We are going to be innovative and creative in growing these two programs. That process begins immediately.” While this will give Ashland 22 varsity intercollegiate sports teams at the start of the 2018-19 school year, AU officials are looking to start an eSports program that would offer talent scholarships for those interested in this form of competition performed through

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electronic consoles and video games. A final decision on eSports is expected before the end of the academic year. While AU’s sports programs compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, AU officials examined the possibility of changing conferences due to the costs and the amount of class time missed by students associated with the amount of travel required with the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference. “As some of you know, we have made a commitment to continue to analyze our athletic conference affiliation to ensure that it aligns with our mission and goals. Recently, a task force was assembled to analyze this issue, to provide us with the data we need to move forward in making a decision about our ongoing conference affiliation,” Campo said. Two town hall meetings also were held on campus in the fall to discuss the matter. After careful consideration, President Campo has indicated that the University has decided to remain in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), and will not review the status again until 2020. “We feel like the GLIAC is the best conference for Ashland right now and look forward to the outstanding competition it provides,” Campo said. “The GLIAC made it clear that they saw us as valuable partners, and it is clear that they are one of the foremost conferences in all of Division II athletics.”




The beginning of the 2017-18 Ashland University athletics season was a busy and successful one, highlighted by one of the best campaigns in the near-100-year history of Eagle football. Ashland’s football team finished the fall with an 11-2 record, tying the program record for both overall wins and most consecutive victories within a single season, winning the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title outright and earning the first NCAA Division II postseason victory in the nine-year history of Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field. On Nov. 18, the Eagles defeated two-time defending national champion Northwest Missouri State, 21-18, for the program’s second postseason victory all-time. There were plenty of postseason honors that came Ashland’s way after such a strong season. Among senior quarterback Travis Tarnowski’s plaudits were being named an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) first-team All-America and GLIAC Player of the Year, while head coach Lee Owens garnered AFCA NCAA Division II Region 3 and GLIAC Coach of the Year laurels. Senior wide receiver Matthew Wilcox earned a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division II football Academic All-America second team and was the GLIAC’s Jack H. McAvoy award recipient, while senior center Dominic Giunta earned GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year recognition. Away from campus, former Eagle All-America players Jamie Meder (Cleveland Browns defensive tackle) and Adam Shaheen (Chicago Bears tight end) played their 2017 National Football League seasons for their respective teams. Meder is in his fourth NFL season, while Shaheen is a rookie after becoming the highest-drafted Ashland player (second round) in the history of the NFL Draft. WOMEN’S SOCCER – The Eagles narrowly missed the NCAA Division II postseason despite a 12-5-2 record and a fifth consecutive appearance in the GLIAC Tournament. Senior forward Morgan Bittengle finished her career as the program’s third-leading goal scorer with 51 and earned first-team AllGLIAC honors. VOLLEYBALL – Ashland extended its impressive home winning streak to 23 matches in 2017 and finished the year at 14-15 overall and having earned a spot in the GLIAC Tournament for the third season in a row. Sophomore outside hitter Shelby Woycik was a first-team All-GLIAC selection and led the conference in kills per set at 3.87. WOMEN’S TENNIS – The Eagles made impressive strides for second-year head coach Lexi Bolesky, winning five matches

overall and three in the GLIAC and returning to the conference tournament for the first time in four years. Sophomore Allison Brooks landed on the All-GLIAC honorable mention squad. MEN’S SOCCER – In the program’s second season back, Ashland barely missed a spot in the GLIAC Tournament, finishing 7-9-1 overall. A goal by sophomore defender Cameron Mendel at home vs. Tiffin on Oct. 27 made its way to ESPN on various platforms, and sophomore forward Thomas Ardron made it on the All-GLIAC second team. CROSS COUNTRY – A pair of young Eagle squads showed improvement as the fall progressed. Both senior Tyler Lance and sophomore Kyle Shively earned second-team All-GLIAC honors at the conference meet. WOMEN’S GOLF – In its non-championship season, Ashland played in five tournaments, coming away with a team title in Erie, Pa., and finishing at least fourth as a team in all five outings. Sophomore Krystal Hu earned medalist honors at the Saginaw Valley State Fall Invitational. MEN’S GOLF – The Eagle men also were in their nonchampionship part of the season and played in five tournaments. Ashland’s top team finish was a tie for third at the Ohio Dominican Kickoff Classic. For the second fall in a row, junior Austin Kondratick was the team’s top golfer in every fall tourney. COMING NEXT YEAR WOMEN’S LACROSSE, MEN’S TENNIS – In September, the athletic department announced the addition of women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis programs starting in the 2018-19 school year. On Halloween, Ashland announced the hire of Shaun Williamson, a 15-year, head-coaching veteran, as the women’s lacrosse program’s first head coach.


notes 1958 After 33 years living in Lancaster, Pa., Karl and Sarah (Akel ’58) Kipp returned to Ohio to be near their children, grandchildren and great grandchild Lilly! They celebrated 59 years together on Nov. 28, 2017.

1959 Wilbur Bowers ’59 recently retired after 28 years managing softball, baseball and basketball at tournaments for the Northeast Athletic Board for Ohio High Schools.

1960 Richard Herold ’60 has been married 57 years, with three children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He still performs music and magic shows with his wife.

1962 Douglas Leatherman ’62 moved from Ohio to Vero Beach, Fla., in 1964, met and married Moree. He was an art teacher at the Vero Beach High School for 30 years. Moree was a home economics and special needs teacher at Vero Beach High School.

1963 Stanley Wertz ’63 completed a M.A. in Practical Theology at Methodist Theological School in Ohio in May of 2017, with a specialization in Ecology and Justice.

1964 Marilyn (Shank ’64) Stull retired after 51 years of teaching and subbing.

1965 Thomas Stewart ’65, who received his masters from Xavier and worked on his Ph.D. at BGSU, retired from Crestline High School after 35 years of teaching and coaching and was inducted into the Crestline High School Hall of Fame.

Connie (Weiss ’71) Dravenstott is newly retired after spending 25 years as a family & consumer science teacher at Mapleton High School and an intervention specialist at West Holmes High School. Ellen (Kirkpatrick ’71) Bertram married Tony Sofra at the Stonewall Resort in West Virginia on July 31 with all of their children attending.

1975 Tom Swope’s ’75 award winning radio show, LEGACIES: Stories From the Second World War, is in its 17th year. His book based on the show is available on

1976 Rev. Dr. Rick Mearkle ’76 has completed 17 years as the chaplain and head of the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Caterham School in Caterham, Surrey, England. He is now the minister of the United Reformed Church in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. He also has been appointed by the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church to be a governor and trustee of Westminster College in Cambridge, a seminary of the United Reformed Church.

1978 Noreen (Hamrock ’78) and Robert Wilkins have been married for 30 years and have two children – Kelsey and Connor. They love the beach and traveling and would love to hear from old friends at Beth (Anderson ’78) Topinka was named the Science Channel’s May 2017 Science Superhero. Her Community Problem Solvers Junior Team placed first at the FPS International Conference in the Environmental Concerns category.

1980 Tom Combs ’80, executive director, and Peter Blieberg ’81, assistant executive director, have taken over at Section XI, which is the governing body of all interscholastic high school sports programs in Suffolk County on Long Island in New York. Both are retired athletic directors who served in those roles for multiple years after successful teaching and coaching careers.

1982 David McDonald ’82 celebrates four years as president of Lakeside Metal Products.

1985 John K. Krupp ’85 retired in June of 2017, moved to Flint, Mich. and is enjoying his retirement. He has been serving as president of MOTT Community College Alumni Association. Eric Harned ’85 started a new position on July 3, 2017, promoting blood drives to corporations, churches and schools across 27 counties.

1986 Chris Eddy ’86 recently published a book titled “The Hidden Secrets of Leadership Found in Movie Quotes: How the greatest films of all time can teach you how to be a better leader!” This book takes a fresh look at leadership through the prism of American cinema and is available on Amazon at Chris recently retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a Brigadier General and still works for the FBI in Miami, Fla., while also serving as an adjunct professor at several noted universities.

1966 Patricia (Harp ’66) and Joseph Denbow ’47 are celebrating 70 years of marriage with their three children, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

1968 Martha (Wise ’68) and Henry Timman celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on Sept. 2, 2017.

1970 Robert Bishop ’70 is retired and having the time of his life. “Life begins at 68!” he says.

1971 Randy Bolsinger ’71 is a volunteer at the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, where he teaches “Powerful Tools for Caregivers.” He also is on the Task Force for Dementia Friendly Nevada and is on the Patient Advisory Council.

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Betty Ann (Stevenson ’84) Hodan married Scott Hodan on Nov. 26, 2016, in Brunswick, Ohio. Other Ashland alumni attending the wedding were: Michelle (LeVere ’83) Vectirelis, Dolores (Henning ’84) Martin, Randi (Parsons ’84) Hornbeck and Carolyn (Stevenson ’85) McCluskey

Antoinette (Baker ’86) Novotny is still the band director at Wellington, the Marching Dukes. They once again qualified for the State Marching Band Finals in November 2017. Toni is completing her 30th year of teaching.

1990 Sherrie Richter ’90 became a literacy/gifted consultant with Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center in spring of 2017.



Shawn Snyder ’03, ’07 has accepted the principal position at Fredericksburg and Holmesville Elementary Schools in the Southeast Local School District in Wayne County, Ohio.

Haley Harbaugh ’05 was accepted into Johns Hopkins School of Education in pursuit of a doctorate of education with a specialty in Mind, Brain and Teaching. She starts the three-year program fall 2017 and will research the impact of technology and education in healthcare.

As of July 1, 2017, Fr. Rob Muhlenkamp ’03 is pastor of three Catholic parishes in Hamilton, Ohio: St. Julie Billiart, St. Peter in chains and St. Joseph. Please pray for his ministry.

1992 Lesa (Bower ’92, ’96G) Forbes welcomed the birth of her first grandchild, Benjamin Jay Sclegel, on May 10, 2017.

1994 Christopher ’94 and Melissa (Light ’89) Hassmann welcomes their granddaughter, Nora Belle Hassmann, born on Feb. 20, 2017, to C.J. ’15 and Brooke (Zemrock ’15) Hassmann.

1996 Kathy Overholt Howell G’96 married Thomas Schlarb on June 30, 2017. The happy couple is living West Lafayette, Ohio.

1998 Sandra M. Drouhard ’98 married Kenneth Marshall Phillips on Dec. 21, 2016. She also opened her own computer repair/training/sales business, SD Computers and services Ashland, Wayne, Holmes, Richland and Knox counties. Anna (Cooksey ’98) and Doug Reynolds are opening Uniontown Brewing Company at 105 W. Main St. in downtown Ashland in the old Gilbert’s Building. Follow them on Facebook.

2001 Jessica (Miller ’01) and Jeremy Matz welcomed Brayden Ronald Matz, born on June 25, 2017. Donald Ball ’01 received his Doctor of Education degree from Walden University in 2016.

2002 Stacy (Wieber ’02) and Collin Kirk welcomed their second son, Zeke Joseph Kirk on Oct. 2, 2016. He joins his big brother, Judd. Heidi (Bench) Meyer ’02, ’07 and Derek welcomed Nora Ann Meyer, born on July 7, 2017.

Sheila Gulas Inducted into NFCA Hall of Fame On Dec. 8, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nev., former Ashland University head softball coach Sheilah Gulas was inducted as a member of the 2017 class of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Hall of Fame. Gulas won 929 games in 31 seasons as a college softball head coach, and, in 21 seasons with the Eagles, she went 723-365-1 (.664), never had a losing campaign, was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year four times and went to the NCAA Division II playoffs 12 times. A large number of AU alumni and AU coaches attended the event and posed with Gulas in the photo above. These included Shelbie Prince ’16; Amber McDermott ’15; Kayla Prokopakis ’15; Cayla Seidler ’14; Emlyn Knerem ’12, current AU Softball Coach; Shannon Gray Schaub ’09, AU Assistant from 2011 to 2017 and currently coaching at Heidelberg University; Kelli Williams ’09, current coach at Heidelberg University; Jenn Alderson Castle, current coach at Alvernia University; Amanda Thomas Moore ’08; Kristen McGaughey ’09, current coach at Clarkson University; Jill Allerding Lyons ’08; Josie Nelson Henry ’04, current coach at Case Western Reserve University; Alicia Longstreth Gaffney ’02; Julie Weir Gott ’01, assistant AU coach from 2001 to 2007; Mandy Becker ’00; Sunny Litteral ’00 and Robin Howard Treich ’99. Also in attendance were former Ashland softball coaches and assistant coaches, including Karen Linder, head coach from 1985 to 1996; Shonda Spagnola Stanton, coach from 1997 to 1998 and current head coach at Indiana University; Dave Leffew, coach from 2005 to 2012; Bill Graham, coach from 2008 to 2009 and current head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and Jexx Varner, coach in 2010 and current assistant at Robert Morris University. | 27


notes 2006


Matt Goodrich ’06 has taken his college hobby of guitar playing to the next level, playing 120 shows per year at various concerts, county fairs and festivals, and has been featured on multiple radio stations and in local magazines. He has opened for national acts, including Brett Eldredge, Chris Lane, Frankie Ballard and Rodney Atkins. You can see more from Matt at www.facebook. com/mattgoodrichmusic.

Tera (Pavel ’09) Lackofi was named Columbia Local School District’s 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. Tera teaches eighth grade science at Columbia Middle School and has been an educator for seven years.

2013 Kelsey (Paramore) Cunning ’13 and Curt ’13 announced the birth of Anneliese “Annie” Lara Marie Cunning born Aug. 9, 2016. She weighed 6 lbs., 13 oz. and was 19 inches long.

2010 Gabriella (Bocanegra ’10) and Brian Scott welcomed their first child, Elias James, on March 23, 2017.

Brandy Dilgard ’13 and Scott Marquette ’13 were married in Ashland on July 22, 2017. Other alumni in the wedding party in-


cluded Emily Dilgard ’16, Kelly Lindsay Foley Motil ’07 and her husband, Steve, welcomed their first child, Landon Jack Motil. Landon was born on Dec. 15, 2016, weighing 6 lbs., 9 oz. and was 19.5 inches long.

Brittney (Wright ’10) and Kevin Nelson welcomed Grady James in March 2017.

Sullivan ’13, Caitlin Grey ’13, Olivia Morris ’15, Ryan Marquette ’16 and Marc Matteson ’14.

2014 Carly Clark ’14 and Jeromy Mayle were married on July 8, 2017.

Jacqueline (Goff) Centea ’07 and Raymond announced the birth of Teagan Claire Centea born Sept. 3, 2016.

2011 Brad ’11 and Emily (Homoelle ’10) Eustathios welcomed their first child, a daughter, on May 25, 2017. Elena Faye Eustathios weighed 8 lbs., 1 oz. and was 21 inches long. Brian ’11 and Karie (Charlton)

Sara (Brown ’07) and husband Timothy Gilkerson welcome Austin Michael on Oct. 29, 2013, weighing 9 lbs., 1 oz. and 20.5 inches long.

Christine (Drabek ’07) and Scott Wedell welcomed their first child, Zachary Michael Wedell. Jennifer (Ellett ’07, ’16) Bickley and her husband Jason Bickley welcomed their first child, Isabelle Janet on Oct. 24, 2017.

’11 Wheaton welcomed their son, Evan Thomas, on May 25, 2017.

Caitlin (Adams ’11) and Lucas Palm ’12 welcomed a son, Landon Allen, on Oct. 24, 2017. He was 8lbs., 14 oz. and 22.5 inches long. Caitlin is currently transitioning from teaching middle school at St. Joseph’s to teaching second and third grade. Ben Tracey ’11, ’13G married fellow Eagle Elizabeth


McDougall ’13G on Oct. 7, 2017. Other eagles who were part of the ceremony included Scott Heimann ’09,

Bradley Buckingham ’08 was promoted to senior financial advisor advising high-net-worth clients.

Kris Kennedy ’10, ’15, Justin Winkler ’11 and

Ashley Bethard ’08, ’10 won the Ohioana Library’s 2008 Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant and was presented with the award at the Ohio Statehouse on Oct. 6. Her essay “Of Blood,” part of her winning submission, is published in the Fall 2017 issue of Ohioana Quarterly. Ashley also married Matthew Sliver on Sept. 23, 2017. They reside in Dayton, Ohio.

Rachel Danielle Peterson, ’11G, released a book called “A Girl’s a Gun: Poems.” The poems present the coming-of-age story of a girl born in the mountains of rural Kentucky, tracing her journey into a wider world of experience. The book is available at:

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Matthew Yako ’11.

Dr. Maria Balotta’s ’11G first children’s book was released in May-June of 2017. The Little Box of Truth, written in English and Spanish, will delight as it teaches that each of us is unique and amazing.

Aimee Ross ’14G, will publish her first book, Permanent Marker: A Memoir, on March 13. The memoir details her emotional and physical recovery from a heart attack, a divorce and a near-fatal car crash caused by an intoxicated driver in 2010, exploring the themes of trauma, guilt and forgiveness with candor and humor. Ross, a 2018 finalist for the National Teachers Hall of Fame, also has been selected as a keynote speaker for the American Society of Journalists and Authors Annual Conference in May in New York City. You can follow Ross at

IN MEMORIAM Ronald Noll March 26, 1993 Charles Wohlgamuth January 5, 2003 Kelly Stanford-Wasser ’82 April 1, 2013 Betty Wohlgamuth ’43 July 25, 2015 Jewel Walker ’74M October 14, 2015 Antonio Appling ’95 January 5, 2016 Marvin Byrd ’58 April 7, 2016 Diane Fulk ’76M May 11, 2016 Jim Pyers May 25, 2016

AUAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2017-18 James Croskey ’07 Holmesville, OH

Emily Day ’12 Columbus, OH

Rachel Hanna Day ’86 Millersburg, OH

Jessica Davisson Garton ’10 Wadsworth, OH Darrell Hudson ’56 May 27, 2016

Douglas Dawson ’85 April 2, 2017

Walt Davic ’59 May 29, 2016

Dorothy Yingling ’73 April 9, 2017

Harold Adcox ’88, ’93 June 3, 2016

Aaron Williams April 15, 2017

Marjorie Dailey ’51M June 8, 2016

Michael Bloomfield ’14 May 1, 2017

Rakin Aziz ’92, ’94 June 29, 2016 Shaun Warne ’12 July 12, 2016 Emory Trainham Retired Faculty/Staff July 14, 2016

David Cooley ’54 May 2, 2017 Mary Bishop ’65M May 2, 2017 Margaret Fuhrer ’51 May 5, 2017

Roy Boggs ’85 July 16, 2016

Angelica Parker ’02 May 18, 2017

Renee Frink ’06M August 14, 2016

Sandra Belle ’81 June 8, 2017

Robert Soka ’47 August 14, 2016

Teresa Channell-Devore ’94, ’05 June 18, 2017

Sahid Thoronka ’74 September 5, 2016

Jordon Holthouse ’59 June 21, 2017

Timothy Beech September 21, 2016

Ruth Gibbs ’62M June 27, 2017

Renee Fogle ’82G October 22, 2016

Lani Blaney ’67M July 3, 2017

Gary Wingard ’91 October 24, 2016

Fayonna Rockenfelder ’67 July 4, 2017

Ruthann Hinamam ’82 October 30, 2016

Lonnie Eagle ’60 July 5, 2017

Emogene Eriksson ’71 October 24, 2016

Gertrude Kerner ’45 July 7, 2017

Arlene Carter Novemebr 26, 2016

Glendora Gregory July 7, 2017

Michael Rothlisberger ’12 Novemebr 26, 2016

Laurence Weidenhamer ’58 July 9, 2017

Eileen Gustofson ’69 December 29, 2016

Nelson McNutt July 11, 2017

Kenneth Oberlin ’67 February 18, 2017

Phyllis Stuffron ’63 July 13, 2017

Maxine Pfau ’62 February 23, 2017

Wayne Strine ’36 July 18, 2017

Samuel Arnold ’52 March 9, 2017

Robert Lorenz ’62 July 28, 2017

Ronald Ringler ’53 March 19, 2017

Curtis Wells ’97G July 29, 2017

Lew Hollinger ’64 Fairfield, OH

James Hudson ’03 New London, OH

Michelle Druso Koussa ’05, ’10 Strongsville, OH

Terry Kozma ’75 Strongsville, OH

September Long ’15 Columbus, OH

Sam McCartney ’94 Hinckley, OH

Mark McIntyre ’95 MBA Blacklick, OH

Robyn Rhodes Minnear ’02 Mansfield, OH

Steve Oster ’88 Mansfield, OH

Keona Padgett ’07 Sunbury, OH

Doretha Pendleton ’85 Cleveland, OH

Sherri Hall Richter ’90, ’08 Mansfield, OH

Lois Ann Ridgway ’69, ’93 Lexington, OH

Kate Brickner Rossman ’15 Blacklick, OH

Curtis Rutt ’12 Strasburg, OH

Sheri Akermann Ryals ’92, ’05 Danville, OH

Sarah Strohminger ’11 Mansfield, OH

Emily Pettigrew Tully ’05 Dublin, OH

Irina Yakhnitskiy `07 Columbus, OH

INTERESTED IN BEING A PART OF A COMMITTED GROUP… …of volunteers who believe in Ashland University? Apply for the AUAA Board of Directors. Applications are always accepted and can be found by visiting and clicking on Alumni. Deadline for the 2018-19 Board year is March 13.


notes Judith White ’62M July 28, 2017

Carol Wilson Lytle ’68 September 21, 2017

Lanny Repp ’83 November 24, 2017

Doris Guegold ’44M August 1, 2017

Randy Lavinder September 21, 2017

Wayne Bush ’77 December 1, 2017

Jill Rex ’67 August 3, 2017

Michelle Nemeth ’94 September 21, 2017

John Bennett ’50 December 7, 2017

Geraldine Dunkle ’69 August 4, 2017

William Burkett ’60 September 24, 2017

Kay Berger ’59 December 2, 2017

Charles Hill ’51 August 16, 2017

Duane Yoder ’56 September 29, 2017

Sharon Trapp ’71 December 7, 2017

Krista Harrison ’94G August 17, 2017

Jerry Armentrout ’90 October 3, 2017

Michael Tomlin ’95 December 7, 2017

Joan Hignett ’83, ’88 Retired Staff August 25, 2017

Dixie Hurt ’70 October 9, 2017

Ruth Whiton ’65 December 7, 2017

David Lowell October 17, 2017

Ruth Bowen ’58 December 7, 2017

Trent Twitchell ’76 October 17, 2017

Larry George December 7, 2017

Marilyn Bowman ’54M November 4, 2017

Kathleen Clark ’85 December 7, 2017

Julie Raleigh ’60 November 5, 2017

Carole Johnson ’63 December 7, 2017

Richard Bonesteel ’82 November 7, 2017

Ruth Ralston ’69 December 7, 2017

Philip Echko ’73 November 10, 2017

Gayle Turk ’66 December 7, 2017

Richard Edwards November 12, 2017

Paul Hill December 7, 2017

Denise Laughery ’74 November 15, 2017

Maynard Nettle ’11, ’12 December 7, 2017

Ronald Wolfe ’54 November 16, 2017

Harold Daup ’52 Retired Staff December 10, 2017

Sanford Bowen ’67 August 30, 2017 Barbara Wadley ’52M August 30, 2017 Arthur Glattke August 31, 2017 Nora Cooper ’53 September 2, 2017 Ruth Buhr ’52 September 4, 2017 Blaize Lishewski ’10 September 10, 2017 Thurman Watkins September 10, 2017 Jack Kehl ’60 September 10, 2017 J Robert Perrone ’62 September 11, 2017 John Hofer ’86 September 17, 2017 Marilyn Covert Copus ’60 September 20, 2017

Deborah Watt ’11S November 20, 2017 Darrell Hershiser ’79 November 21, 2017

Bonnie Burks ’14S December 12, 2017 M – MedCentral S – Seminary G – Graduate Program

Third Party Comment Ashland University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit April 2018, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Ashland University has been accredited by HLC since 1938. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the university to the following address: Public Comment on Ashland University | Higher Learning Commission | 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 | Chicago, IL 60604-1411 The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by March 16, 2018

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Award Winners

Join us on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at our annual luncheon honoring our seven outstanding Alumni Award recipients. The event will be held in John C. Myers Convocation Center on the AU campus. Reservations required. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 419.289.5040.

Paul E. McKnight ’70 Outstanding Alumnus Award

Paul McKnight was Senior Vice President of Organization Planning for Emerson Electric at its St. Louis corporate headquarters from 1993 until he retired in 2013. In this role, he was responsible for global executive succession planning and leadership development. Previously, he was the VP for Human Resources for Liebert Corp. in Columbus, Ohio, for over 14 years. Liebert was acquired by Emerson in 1986. McKnight is a 1970 graduate of Ashland University with a BS in Business Administration and has an MBA from Xavier. McKnight served in the United States Marine Corps. He is a member of the AU Board of Trustees and is the chair of the Trusteeship Committee.

James E. Simmermon ’49 Distinguished Service Award

Jim Simmermon started his business career in 1950 in New Kensington, Pa. In 1952, he acquired a small division of the Professional Service Bureau and then purchased the parent company in 1954. He grew the business, renamed it Collection Service Center, Inc. and eventually operated it in nine states. Associated Credit Bureaus honored Simmermon with the Excalibur Award - its highest distinction. He has 67 years of perfect attendance in Rotary and is a Past District Governor. Married in 1952, he and his wife, Lois, who passed away in December of 2017, had five children.

Dr. Tiffany Tynes Curry ’06 M.Ed. Professor Raymond W. Bixler Award

Dr. Tiffany Tynes Curry has worked for the Columbus City District since 2001. She has developed after-school workshops for the Ohio Improvement Process, leading teachers to learn how to use data to improve their instructional practices in reading and mathematics. In 2016, Dr. Tynes Curry received the Weinland Park Teacher of the Year award and in 2017 became the Ohio recipient of the Milken Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Tynes Curry earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Wittenberg University and a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from AU. In 2017, she earned her Doctorate of Education in Teacher Leadership degree at Walden University.

Christopher Baker ’07, ’09 Young Alumnus Award

Christopher Baker has been with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. since 2009. In his current role as J.P. Morgan Chase private client adviser, Baker has been assisting clients in the greater Columbus, Ohio, market with long-term financial planning and investing goals. Baker also obtained the Certified Financial Planner designation in December 2016.

Eric W. Wiedenmann ’73 Special Achievement Award

Eric W. Wiedenmann ’73 is an entrepreneur with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration magna cum laude from Ashland and an MBA ’75 from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He had held Vice President of Marketing positions at Fortune 500 companies and a family-owned business before he founded Market Development Group Inc. in 1997. He is a member of AU’s Dauch College of Business and Economics Advisory Board, Northwestern Leadership Circle and an alumni board member for Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Wiedenmann lives in Danville, Calif., with his wife, Anne, and son, William.

Robert C. “Bud” Ingmand Honorary Alumnus Award

Robert C. “Bud” Ingmand is a native of Ashland and was educated in the Ashland City Schools. He graduated from Princeton University in 1960. Following graduation, he joined with his father in the insurance business in Ashland and operated Ingmand Insurance for many years. He was invited to replace his deceased father on the Board of Trustees at Ashland University in 1980. He served as chairman of the Development Committee and the Presidential Assessment Committee. He became Trustee Emeritus after serving on the Board for 34 years.

Dr. Herb W. Broda

Dr. Glenn L. Clayton Award Herb Broda is an emeritus professor of education at Ashland University. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from Kent State University. His career in education includes experiences as a sixth-grade teacher, school administrator, curriculum developer, author, professor and outdoor-learning advocate. Broda is a trustee of The Wilderness Center and serves on the Board of Directors of Camp Nuhop near Loudonville, Ohio. He also serves on OSU’s Secrest Arboretum Support Council.

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shland University is celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2018. This is a significant milestone and we plan to

mark it by holding many events and activities during this year, including a special Commencement ceremony in May and an exciting Homecoming celebration on Sept. 22. In all of these celebrations, the University will commemorate our past and applaud the more recent contributions of all those who have worked so tirelessly to ensure that Ashland University continues its rich tradition of providing a transformative learning experience that shapes our graduates to work, serve and lead with integrity in their local, national and global communities. We hope you will plan to join us as we come together as current students, parents, alumni, friends, donors and past and present faculty, staff and board members in a variety of settings as a fitting tribute to all that has been achieved in the 140 years of Ashland’s history.

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Accent Magazine | Winter 2018  

The official alumni magazine of Ashland University.

Accent Magazine | Winter 2018  

The official alumni magazine of Ashland University.