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Dr. Carlos Campo

Ashland’s 30th President 2015 Homecoming Information Inside | 2



3 A Conversation with the New President

Dr. Carlos Campo Begins Term as AU’s 30th President

6 The Ghosts I Run with: Surviving Childhood Cancer is a Race that Never Ends

12 A  shland Graduate Named President of North American Group Peter Lothes ’88

14  Homecoming 2015  heck out the schedule of events and registration C

information for this year’s Homecoming Oct. 16-18.

Matt Tullis ’98



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DEPARTMENTS 18 Campus News  Sue Heimann Announces Retirement,

Sue Ramsey Challenges AU Graduates, Rinehart Presents Last Department Lecture

20 Athletic News Ashland University Finishes Second In Final

All-Sports Standings, Winter & Spring Wrap-up

22 Class Notes

 General Alumni Info, Weddings, Future Eagles, and In Memoriams

The Ashland University Board of Trustees announced in late March that it hired Dr. Carlos Campo as the 30th president of Ashland University. Campo, who has considerable experience in higher education including serving as president of Regent University, started in his new role on June 1, 2015. Dr. Campo replaced Dr. William Crothers, who served as an interim president for one year while the board launched the national search for the new president. In an interview with Accent Editor Steven Hannan, Dr. Campo spoke candidly about his impressions of Ashland and his plans for the institution.


Conversation with the NEW

PRESIDENT Q. I guess the most obvious question for you would be, Why Ashland? What attracted you to this university? A. Many things attracted Karen and me to Ashland University. The primary draw was Ashland’s tradition of excellence rooted in Judeo-Christian values, paired with its determination to educate the whole person on a campus held to the “highest standards of academic and personal integrity.” In addition, we were attracted to the rich campus environment, where in a single week you could hear a lecture from one of our professors who is nationally recognized, attend a play, visit an art exhibit, cheer on one of the country’s top DII sports teams, and hear from a culture-shaper at the Ashbrook Center. Few campuses have as much to offer, and the city itself has a real sense of small-town charm, yet is still near vibrant urban centers.  bove all of these things, we came for the students. To have a chance to share ideas A with bright young minds, create a learning environment that fosters intellectual and social transformation, and to watch the next generation of leaders in action is a special privilege. Q. You were appointed president at the end of March and took over in June. You have had some time to reflect on the direction you’d like to take the university over the coming years. Could you share some of those thoughts? A. Since coming to Ashland in June, I have spoken to many people about AU, discussing what the institution has been, what it is today, and where it wants to go. In terms of direction, a president has to glean that information from a broad, diverse audience, and I just have not had time to do that yet, but it is a top priority. Once we get input from the entire campus community, beginning with our Board of Trustees, and then speak to alumni, faculty, staff, students and partners, we will decide our destination together. Once we arrive at our vision for the future, I can promise you that we will work tirelessly and strategically to get there. | 3

Q. Have you determined some of your immediate and long-range goals for Ashland? A. An immediate goal would be to bring a sense of stability and optimism to campus. Some have expressed deep anxiety about the University, but most have conveyed that the campus has simply “stalled,” and has lacked direction for some time. We have already worked to eliminate the deficit narrative that has permeated the campus, and have begun to focus instead on all of the tremendous potential Ashland University possesses. Nothing is more important in the short term than unifying the campus around a positive vision for our shared, successful future. It has taken me no time to realize that AU employees and the surrounding community deeply care for this University, and we will work to ignite this good will and use it to transform Ashland University. Long term, we have a number of general goals. Primary among them is to refine our academic programs even further. We are already the top-ranked Division II athletics private university in America, but we are first and foremost an academic institution, and we need an academic equivalent to match our athletic success. We need to identify, resource and elevate a program or two to full national prominence, and then work to bring all programs to a higher place. We will also ensure that all of our practices and policies reflect leading higher education models, and eliminate inefficiencies. We are also expanding our online presence, and will take our “accent on the individual” into cyberspace, where many students are simply treated like “clients” on the end of a computer terminal. We will also recruit a more diverse student body, as we look to increase the number of international students, minority students and adult students here at our main campus, online and at our academic centers.  e also want to have a positive impact on our community, and will look for ways to partner W in Ashland, the region and the nation. Every great university identifies and responds to the community it serves, and Ashland will continue to be a place where students engage in civic outreach. Ashland has much to offer as a center of innovation, a cultural hub and a place where a caring community wants to reach out to others with a compassion that is uniquely Ashland’s. We are particularly interested in the growth of technology in the region, as Ohio has developed into something of a “Silicon Valley of the Midwest,” and Ashland may have an opportunity to develop programs and initiatives to connect our campus with this crucial field. Moreover, we must be agile enough to respond to the fluid needs of the workforce, and work with business and industry to ensure that our teaching and learning environment is preparing our students for work and life.  conomic development in Ashland is also an important element of Ashland’s future success. Some E have already said to me, “As Ashland University goes, so goes the city of Ashland,” yet it is clear that as we foster opportunities in the city of Ashland, the University will benefit as well. Nurturing business and industry creates jobs for our students, enhances lives for Ashland residents, and sustains a spirit of growth and excitement that has a number of positive benefits. Q. What do you see as the areas of strengths and the areas of concern at Ashland? A. Ashland’s primary strength is our people. Ashland’s academic community is made up of outstanding teachers, researchers and scholars. Our staff has created a campus community that is caring, vibrant and challenging. Our coaching staff is simply exceptional. Our alumni are engaged, generous, successful, and they absolutely love their alma mater, and want her to thrive. Ashland’s Brethren traditions give us a solid foundation in values that have shaped our campus ethos. Ashland’s student body embodies a spirit of true academic inquiry and a determination to succeed. The concerns that Ashland faces are ones that all of higher education must address. These include

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increased competition, the rising cost of education, a shrinking pool of eligible high school graduates, a changing demographic in our nation, and others. Yet, AU can adapt to these new realities without losing its essence of a campus with transcendent core values like “Spirituality and Faith” and “Character Development” that will set us apart from other universities and keep us as a “destination school” in Ohio and beyond.

Dr. Carlos Campo For the past year, Dr. Carlos Campo has been working as an educational consultant for the Gates Foundation and serving as chair of the Alliance for Hispanic Education for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in Sacramento, Calif. In this role, he works to improve educational outcomes for Hispanic students; coordinates and serves as featured speaker at the Hispanic Education Alliance Summits; advocates for and works with national leaders in immigration reform; and serves as national spokesperson for educational issues within the Hispanic community. Prior to that, Dr. Campo served as president of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., from August 2010 to October 2013. In this role, he oversaw and directed the

Q. Every leader has his or her own style. How would you classify your style and what will your priorities be here at Ashland? A. My priorities—which I would like to believe are a reflection of my leadership style—are to work relentlessly, collaboratively and strategically. We will nurture a climate of academic excellence framed by immutable principles. We will trust and respect one another. We need to be authentic and transparent. If we serve one another, stand on our JudeoChristian foundation and put students first, Ashland University will surely emerge as a leading regional university in the days ahead. Q. This is your first real opportunity to talk with all alumni of Ashland University. Is there a special message you would like to convey to them? A. More than anything, I want to convey my thanks to you. Thank you for reflecting what is best about Ashland University to your communities and to the world. Thank you for establishing a reputation for excellence at this university where we now have the privilege to serve. Thank you for remaining loyal to AU, and for staying engaged in your university. Karen and I have received notes, emails and calls from many Ashland alumni in our first weeks on campus, and there is a clear thread of a generous spirit in each one, a spirit that expresses great hope for us and for the University—thank you. Please know that the entire campus team, faculty, staff and administration, is working to make a degree from Ashland University even more valuable. We want you to be able to proudly declare that you were and are a member of “Eagle Nation,” and hope you will help us in the noble cause of enhancing Ashland’s legacy far into the future. I f – or should I say when – you are on campus for homecoming this year, please let Karen and I greet you in person. If you cannot make it back, please watch for us in your local community, as we will also be traveling to meet you in the near future. Steven Hannan, Director, Public Relations

administration, operations, academic affairs and international initiatives of an academic institution with seven graduate schools, an undergraduate college, online adult degree completion, continuing education and a diverse student body of more than 5,500 students. In his list of accomplishments, Dr. Campo noted that he worked to establish Regent University as the first university in Virginia (and one of 22 nationally) to receive an “A” rating from the Association of College Trustees and Alumni. He also worked to significantly improve the fiscal condition of the University and developed and administered an operational budget with primary fiscal oversight and accountability while achieving record levels for enrollment and fundraising. Prior to becoming president, Dr. Campo served as Chief Academic Officer and Provost at Regent from 2008 to 2010. In this role, he directed and supported an effective group of associates, deans, associate/assistant deans and chairpersons conducting day-to-day operations of academic affairs, faculty research, development and curriculum revision. As Chief Academic Officer/Provost, he also led all accreditation reaffirmation efforts and licensing requirements, including serving as the school’s official liaison with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Campo was at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, and served as the school’s chief academic officer from 2007 to 2008 and as dean of the College of Arts and Letters from 2005 to 2007. During his time there, he secured the largest single donation in the history of the College of Southern Nevada ($8.2 million), which bolstered the Health Sciences program; and served as director of academic partnerships that included creating 18 fully online programs and initiating a “Jumpstart” high school dual credit/dual enrollment program in dozens of schools. He also started the first Latino Studies Program, implementing curriculum development and overseeing the implementation. Through the years, Dr. Campo has received many distinctions and special awards, including: – Garnering “Educator of the Year” awarded by local and national organizations. – Receiving the 2014 MLK “Community Leader Award” from the Urban League of Hampton Roads. – Being named to the 2012 and 2013 Inside Business “Power List” of individuals in Hampton Roads, Va., Region. – Receiving the Silver Star Spirit Diversity Award, presented by the Urban League of Human Resource Young Professionals in February of 2013. – Receiving the Excellence in Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Association in 2011. – Receiving an Honorary Doctorate from International University in Vienna in 2010. – Being named to the “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” from 2000 through 2004. Dr. Campo received his Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Drama (“Dissertation of the Year”), his Master of Arts Degree in English (Cum Laude) and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater, all from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada. Campo also has many publications to his credit in the areas of academic papers, workshops and commentaries. | 7

The Ghosts I Run With:

Surviving Childhood Cancer Is A Race That Never Ends “Creech.” The name escaped my lips somewhere in the third mile of a five-mile run. It was a name I had been trying to think of, off-and-on, for the better part of a decade, the last name of my nurse Janet from Viking Street in Orrville, Ohio. Janet brought me sausage biscuits from McDonald’s just about every morning because it was the only thing I would eat. She was typically my nurse on first shift. She had short brown hair and was about the same age as my mom, and so she felt very motherly to me. Those things I could remember, but not her last name. Until now. She died sometime after my initial 70-day residency at Akron Children’s Hospital, which started on Jan. 3, 1991, but during my more than two years of chemotherapy and radiation as an outpatient, time spent eradicating all the Matt Tullis is associate professor of journalism at Ashland University and ad-

leukemic cells in my 15-to-17-year-old body.

viser to the AU student newspaper, The Collegian. Prior to joining Ashland

kids with cancer.

University in 2008, Tullis worked as a newspaper reporter for a number of newspapers, including Columbus Dispatch and Wooster Daily Record. He is a 1998 graduate of Ashland University and received an MFA degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

She died of cancer after years of caring for

But for a long time, I couldn’t remember her last name. I wanted to know her name, her full name, because I felt it was important. I imagined one day reaching out to her family and telling them how much she meant to me when I was near death. And I wouldn’t be

able to do that if I didn’t know, or rather couldn’t drag, her last name from the recesses of my brain. It had escaped me for so long, until that run, when I imagined she was just behind me, to the left, running with me, keeping me company as I churned along a black ribbon of asphalt that cuts between two cornfields in northwest Wayne County, Ohio. There are others. Todd, who lost a leg to osteosarcoma but runs with me nonetheless. He fell off a horse once and his prosthetic leg got caught in the stirrup. Just before he was dragged to death, he reached up and unhooked his fake leg and tumbled down. Then he sat up and laughed like a maniac, like almost being killed by falling off a horse had been the greatest and funniest thing ever to happen in his life.

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There’s also Melissa. We had the same disease — Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia — and the same doctor — Dr. Alex Koufos. She died. I didn’t. I think about her a lot when I run. When she runs beside me, I ponder the reasons, if there are any, for the way fate shook out. Our roles very easily could have been reversed, and sometimes I feel like

School photo of Matt from 1991,

they should have been.

the year he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

And there’s Dr. Koufos himself. He died of bile duct cancer just weeks before I graduated from college (and just after his son, Kosta, who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, turned 9 years old). I’ve only ever cried at the news of one death, and it was his. He was the most caring man I’ve ever known. I think about his raw red hands as they felt my lower abdomen every week on trips


to clinic; about the way he would chuckle at my stupid attempts at

I started running a couple years ago. Until then, I had lived most of

humor; the way he told me he barely got into college (a lie, but one

my adult life as someone who sat around doing nothing, a lot. Before

meant to keep me from freaking out about missing classes in school);

leukemia, like a lot of kids, I was convinced I would be a professional

and the way he always said my heart sounded strong right after

athlete. After leukemia, I knew that wasn’t ever going to happen.

putting the cold stethoscope to my chest. He probably told me my

Once I got out of high school, where I played baseball and basketball

heart was strong maybe a hundred times, and I’ve long wondered if

despite undergoing chemotherapy treatments, I stopped competing

he meant the organ pumping blood in my chest or something more.


There are more, of course. You can’t survive a children’s cancer ward

Then one summer, my wife and I took the kids to the beach. When

and not remember the kids you knew who didn’t make it. Terri.

we got back, I saw photos of a man I didn’t know, a man who weighed

Laura Jo. Shelby. Little John. All of them wonderful in their own

more than 200 pounds. I didn’t want to pay for a gym membership,

right and worthy of being remembered forever. All of them ghosts

and so instead I bought a cheap pair of shoes at a department store

now, wisps of light running beside me mile after mile after mile.

and started going out for a very slow run every morning. My initial

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• “But this too is true. Stories can save us.” Those are the first two sentences of Tim O’Brien’s short story, “The Lives of the Dead,” in his book “The Things They Carried.” The story mostly centers around the narrator remembering his 9-year-old self and a girl he loved, Linda, who died of a brain tumor before her 10th birthday. There’s a scene in the story when a kid from school tells the narrator that Linda had “kicked the bucket,” and at first he didn’t understand. It’s hard, the first time you’ve ever been told someone you care about has died. You don’t understand and then you think it’s a joke and then you refuse to believe, like there’s been some cosmic mistake. Timmy brings Linda back to life by dreaming of her, but the adult narrator Tim brings her back to life by writing about her. I think

goal was to make it to the interstate, which is just over a mile from my house. It took me about two weeks to make it that far without walking. Then I wanted to make it back to my house. All the while, I had music playing in my ears. I had a little bit of everything stashed on my iPhone — Green Day, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, The Strokes, even my favorite local band, The Womacks. This included my first half-marathon, which I finished despite leg cramps in both legs at the 10-mile mark. I imagined that the reason I was able to run now, versus the handful of times I had tried earlier in my life and quit, was because of the music, listening to something to distract me from the pain. Then, after about a year and a half, one day I woke up and went for a run without the music. I don’t know why. I just didn’t grab my phone before heading out.

about this, too, when I run. I think about Janet’s kind brown eyes

I ran four or five miles that morning. It was warm and slightly breezy.

and Melissa’s fearlessness and Todd’s craziness and Dr. Koufos’s

I remember running along the mostly flat, straight road that I live on

dedication and love and warmth. And then I ask myself, How have

and hearing the wind rustle the tall grasses that lined the ditch. I

you kept them alive?

remember falling into a trance as my feet slapped the pavement and

Because that’s the bargain in the end, right? That’s the answer to the question: Why did I survive? Or at least the answer I can live with,

I breathed, out out in … out out in … That’s when the ghosts appeared.

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although I suspect it was probably regular teenage stuff. There was

Melissa lived in a town just south of where I grew up. I met her at

nothing worse, we felt, than being considered “not normal.” We

Camp CHOPS, which stands for Hematology and Oncology Patients

wanted to be normal more than anything in the world. We wanted

and Staff, a weekend summer camp. The kids who had cancer got to

to be teenagers, not teenagers with leukemia.

hang out with the people who took care of them, away from Akron

We got “better.” She went off to college and then so did I. We didn’t

Children’s. I went in 1991 as a patient and spent the good portion of that weekend hanging out in the cabin. One night, I listened to the NBA Championship, Bulls vs. Lakers, on the radio. While all the other campers were making ice cream sundaes in the dining hall, I was listening to Michael Jordan start construction on his legacy. In 1992, I was a counselor-in-training, as was Melissa, when we first met. She was a couple years older than me and had an olive complexion and tight, short curly hair, the kind that was starting to grow back, to reclaim space it had once held but lost. She was cute,

stay in touch after that. Why? I don’t know. I had her phone number pinned on my bulletin board, and it went with me to college, but I never picked up the phone, partly because she was a part of my past, the past I was trying to shed now that I was in a place where nobody knew about my illness. Once I got to college, I was normal again, and I suspect she felt the same way. She didn’t call, either. I think calling one another would acknowledge that we were not, indeed, normal. We were different. We were still teenagers with leukemia. We would always be the kid walking like a stork, picking our knees up high so our dead feet wouldn’t stumble. We would always be the teenager who is bald, the kid who is skinny, the child who knew and was not afraid of death. We would always be teenagers with leukemia. Then I went home one weekend and picked up the newspaper and saw her obituary. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• There’s another reason I started running, beyond hoping to lose weight, which I did, 40 pounds in less than six months. That was because I would like to live long enough to see my two kids — my 10-year-old son Emery and my 7-year-old daughter Lily — become adults. Childhood cancer survivors are twice as likely to develop a secondary cancer in their lifetime, primarily because most of the drugs and treatments used in the 1990s to treat childhood cancer

Matt gets a car from the Wishes Can Happen Foundation in summer 1991. and because of that, and because I desperately needed someone who knew exactly what I had gone through in the last year-and-a-half, I instantly developed a crush on her.

were themselves carcinogenic. And if they don’t cause cancer, they often make the heart, the bones, the lungs and just about every other part of the body weaker and more prone to later-in-life health issues. Through my 20s and even into my 30s, I didn’t really care about any of that. Partly it was because I didn’t know about that stuff. But having kids of my own made me greedy. I survived having leukemia

We all hung out with some other kids, including Ben, who was the

when I was 15, and now, more than 20 years later, I was struck with a

son of my clinic nurse, Pam, and Kim and Sharon, both teenagers

worry — who knows if it was rational or not — that I was going to die

who had long ago defeated their childhood cancers.

a young death, and I wanted more time than that. I figured the best

Melissa and I were still in the thick of it, though. We still battled

way to make that happen was to get in shape.

baldness and the inability to walk without tripping, our feet unable

And so I ran. In 2013, I ran 617 miles. In 2014, I ran another 672

to navigate even the smallest contours in a sidewalk because they

miles. I want to run 1,000 in a year, and then after that, I want to run

had been deadened by massive doses of Vincristine. We still vomited

2,000. Even now, as I sit here in the best shape of my life, able to slip

our brains out after getting chemo and missed extensive amounts

on a pair of running shoes and head out the door and knock off eight

of school.

miles without even thinking about it, I still worry about dying young.

We hung out a handful of times outside of Camp CHOPs too. We talked on the phone occasionally. I don’t know what we talked about,

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I don’t fear it, but I don’t like the fact that it is possible. I’ve long felt that I’m living on borrowed time.


— or maybe chuckled is a better word — at everything that wasn’t

I started writing about being sick almost immediately after I stopped

specifically related to our illnesses. Her laugh was always quiet, but

being sick. Or rather, once I had finished my treatments. The first thing I wrote about having leukemia was for a scholarship contest with Guideposts Magazine. It was a religious publication, so I

it was real and something that was sorely needed on a childhood cancer ward. She spent a lot of time in my room, talking to me, talking to my parents, making sure we knew that if we ever needed

sprinkled a lot of “Praise Gods” and “I really think I’m a miracle.”

anything, anything, we simply had to ask.

I didn’t win.

I don’t remember specifically what we talked about in that support

In college, I kept leukemia to myself for the most part, not wanting

group. I don’t remember how many times we met, although I do

it to color people’s perception of me. But I wrote about it a lot. Then, in my final semester as an undergraduate student, I took a creative writing workshop. I wrote about it in that class, and I kept writing about it on the side. In grad school, I wrote a memoir about having leukemia. In my various jobs as a reporter, I’ve always found ways to write about kids with cancer or myself with cancer. I just can’t seem

remember thinking it wasn’t often enough. I remember eating snacks. I remember going to a lab and having the technicians show us how they do blood tests. I remember one of the girls, Shelby or maybe Laura Jo, talking about going to prom. I remember sitting next to Curt, who loved basketball, and across from Tim, who was a swimmer. I remember Terri being wheeled into the room in her

to not write about it. I’ve thought long and hard about why it keeps circling back to that time in my life that I had leukemia, and I never had an answer. Part of it, I realize now that I’m older, stems from the fact that I’ve been trying to make sense of what happened. Sufferers of trauma do that. They weave what happened to them into a narrative that allows them to see a larger meaning. I’ve just never been able to see what that larger meaning was. At least I wasn’t able to until I started running and my ghosts started running with me. I’ve been writing about that time in my life to keep Melissa and Dr. Koufos and Janet and everyone else alive. To let them live forever in words, a place that cancer can’t touch. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• We had a support group at Akron Children’s Hospital for kids with cancer that met, I think, on Wednesday nights. There were some longer-term survivors, late teens who were no longer in danger of relapsing, in the group. And then there were those of us who were currently undergoing treatment. It was something I looked forward

Matt hangs out with one of his nurses at Camp C.H.O.P.S. in June 1991, just five months after entering Akron Children’s Hospital.

to more than anything else in my life, which at that point consisted

hospital bed. I remember feeling at home with these people. My

mostly of sitting in my bed at home and numbing myself each day

tribe of sick kids.

by watching the same old reruns on television: “I Love Lucy,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Gilligan’s Island.”

Earlier, before we were a support group, Tim, the swimmer, came up

The meetings often coincided with a trip to the clinic for me to

to Remission.” The players drew cards, and then moved plastic game

receive my outpatient chemotherapy. After spending two or three

pieces around a board, either forward or backward, depending on

hours in the treatment room, having dangerous chemicals pumped

what the card said. When I was still a resident of the fourth floor

into my body, Mom and I would head over to the Ronald McDonald

at Akron Children’s, Nancy brought in a stack of index cards and a

House and watch TV until later in the evening. Then I would head

marker and asked me to write stuff down on the cards. She told me

back to the hospital, somewhere on the fourth floor, where the

to write about good things that happen to you when you’re in the

support group met, close to where I had lived for 70 days in the

hospital, battling cancer as a kid, and the bad things. And then she

winter and spring of 1991.

told me to assign each of them a number of spaces to move forward

The group was led by a social worker named Nancy. She was the first

or backward.

person I met at Akron Children’s the day I arrived there. Kind and

I imagine I wrote mostly bad things down. I had a rough time in the

soft-spoken, she had a round face and soft blond hair. She laughed

hospital. I developed an infection, probably bacterial meningitis,

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I ran my first marathon, the Akron Marathon, in September 2014, raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team-in-Training and collected more than $1,500 for blood cancer research. And I chose Akron because the race finishes in the shadow of Akron Children’s Hospital. The finish line is home plate in Canal Park, home of the Akron RubberDucks, a Double-A minor league baseball team. As you make your way into the stadium, if you look up and to the right, you see the blue-and-white logo of Akron Children’s, perched up on a parking garage that overlooks the baseball stadium, by a footbridge to the place I called home so long ago. on my brain, which is what kept me in there for so long. I became severely depressed because it didn’t seem like I was ever going to go home. I had gotten to the point where I was fine with death, to where I didn’t fear it anymore. I probably wrote about feeding tubes getting clogged and physical therapists making you walk down the hallway and nurses waking you up in the middle of the night. There were good things, though. Nurses like Janet who brought me

Michael and myself, reached remission. And then, not really. Many, many years later, I was thinking about Tim. Probably after a run. I called Pam, the nurse who called to tell me Dr. Koufos had died, and the one person at Akron Children’s I have managed to stay in touch with. I asked her where Tim was and what he was doing. “Oh, Matt,” she said.

sausage biscuits and doctors like Dr. Koufos who really, truly cared.

He had been a ghost for quite some time.

There was another nurse, John, who gave me a Ricky Henderson


rookie card. I hope I wrote that stuff down, too.

Around mile 20, as we ran through a gorgeous tree-lined neighbor-

Obviously, there were enough good things written down so that

hood, we came upon a water stop. I was starting to slow. My friend

players could actually make it to remission. It wasn’t the kind of

Stuart and I had been keeping about a 9:45-minute pace throughout

game you could ever lose. The point was to get everyone to talk

the race, but my brain was starting to go. I had only run 20 miles

about their experiences. But sometimes I wonder if we wrote too

once before, three weeks earlier. I was hitting a wall.

many good things down, if maybe not every player should have made it to remission, at least not if we wanted it to be a realistic portrayal of the lives of the game’s creators. The hospital turned it into a full-fledged board game. We even shot a commercial. “Good Morning America” heard about the game

I walked up to the water stop and reached out for a cup. I recognized her face immediately, one that hadn’t changed a bit since the first day I met her nearly 24 years earlier. “Nancy!” I shouted.

and did a segment on it. Tim flew to New York City to talk about it

“That’s me,” she said.

with host Joan Lunden. Then Lunden read the names of the other

I don’t think she recognized me, and in my 20th-mile stupor, I never

creators and showed our photos, including mine.

told her who I was. I imagine it probably dawned on her later. But

But then, the caveat — five of the eight creators had died. Only Tim,

the recognition for me was immediate, and so I hugged her and

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probably freaked her out. And then I moved on, energized, feeling once more that everything would be all right, that I would make it to the finish line. My energy lasted about three more miles. That’s when my legs cramped. Three miles from the finish, again. I told Stuart to go on. He had been battling an Achilles issue and slowing down made his foot and leg hurt even worse. I started walking and stretched. I got going again, and then, toward the end, was coming down South Main Street, toward Canal Park. I looked off to the right and saw the hospital. My room and the place our support group met had long since been demolished and replaced with a big, new fancy hospital floor, but I could see where my hospital room had once been, where I had once looked out a window from my hospital bed onto the streets of Akron, streets I was now running. I thought about those days and nights when my mom or dad begged me to get out of bed, to take a walk down the hallway, just to sit up, to care, to want to live. I thought about the nights I couldn’t sleep, and the nights I could. I thought about the day I was supposed to have brain surgery to remove that infection, and how that surgery was called off at the last minute. I thought about how, when I got out of the hospital, I couldn’t walk from my bedroom to the kitchen without getting exhausted, without feeling dead. As my feet shuffled along the road, I thought of Melissa and how we used to walk like storks. I thought about Dr. Koufos and all the times he told me my heart was strong, and how, on this day, it had powered me through more than 25 miles, how it had just a little bit more work to do, and I realized that it really was strong, both physically and metaphorically. And I thought about how I missed him a great deal. I missed all of them so, so much. I imagined they were all with me, some of them lining the streets with the other spectators who were screaming and yelling and holding up signs. And others, like Melissa and Dr. Koufos, were running at my side, with me every step. My feet plodded on, along the Akron pavement. The hospital disappeared behind other tall buildings in downtown and then I made a turn and then another turn and I was in the stadium.

IF YOU WANT TO HELP Matt Tullis ran the 2014 Akron Marathon to help raise money for blood cancer research through the Team in Training and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For more information about blood cancer, visit If you’d like to find a road race, triathlon, hike, or bicycle race to help raise money for charity, visit The Akron Children’s Hospital, where Matt was treated, is one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the United States.

I didn’t look up at the hospital. I looked forward, toward the finish line. I ran as hard as I could, and I crossed it almost sprinting. I walked through the chute and turned right and then I saw it. The hospital. I took a few more steps, but then I had to stop and sit down. I needed to look at the hospital and think. I was exhausted and needed to just stop after more than four hours and 44 minutes of forward movement. I used to joke after a run that I felt like I was dead, but I’ve stopped making that joke because it is ridiculous. Every time I finish any run, no matter how exhausted I might be, I feel more alive than I ever have in my life. I remember one recurring dream I had during my 70 days as a resident of Akron Children’s. I remember it because of how alive it made me feel, how strong and powerful, at a time when I couldn’t even get out of bed to take a bath. In the dream, I am running down a hill behind my old elementary school. I’m carrying a baseball glove and a ball, and I’m running, fast. I used to see this dream as one about baseball, because of the glove and ball, and because baseball was my sport. But in the dream I never actually got to a field to play ball. I just kept running. I’ve reframed that dream as one about running now, and I think about that dream whenever I run now, remembering how I wished I could just keep going, forever. And I think about my ghosts, and think if I keep running and writing forever, I can keep them alive. They can stay right here beside me, mile after mile after mile, word-by-word. Matt Tullis, Associate Professor of Journalism at Ashland University and adviser to the AU student newspaper, The Collegian This article ran previously online on the SB Nation Longform website. Used with permission. | 2

Ashland Graduate Named President of North American Group Peter Lothes ’88, who has been named president of Satisloh North America, a division of Essilor International, has high praise for Ashland University for providing him with the tools to be successful in life. As president of Satisloh North America, Lothes is responsible for leading all sales and operations for Satisloh in the U.S. and Canada. A company news release announcing the promotion noted that “Lothes has established himself as an extremely strong operational leader; a go to person for the company for a plethora of strategic initiatives; and has earned the trust and respect of customers, employees and leadership both at a local and global level.” Satisloh is one of the leading machine manufacturers for ophthalmic

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and precision optics manufacturing as well as for reliable high-tech

“Those who go to bigger schools – they can’t have that same family


experience and that was really important to me,” he said. “I still

Lothes, who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ashland, had served as vice president of national labs and vice

know all of my professors’ names – you remember them because the experience was so strong.”

president of operations for both Essilor Laboratories of America and

Lothes’ optical career began with his family’s business, Select Optical

Essilor partner labs since 2013. He was responsible for Essilor’s five

in Columbus, Ohio, which was acquired by Essilor in 2004.

largest production labs in the U.S. and Mexico.

As president of Select Optical, Lothes led all aspects of the business

Lothes praised Ashland University for giving him the perfect balance

from marketing and sales to manufacturing and corporate functions

between three very important aspects of life: education with an

from 1991 to 2009. He continued as its president until 2009, when

individual attention; the social aspects of college life; and athletics.

he decided to take the corporate route and relocated to Dallas to

“The strong education with smaller classes, the opportunity to know your professors and the focus on the individual were so important,” he said. “And the social aspect was very

join Essilor as vice president of Operations—Partner Labs, where he focused on overseeing 12 laboratories totaling $180M in revenue while also assisting regional vice presidents and regional operations

important to me. I was very involved on campus, including commander of Sigma

“The strong education with smaller classes, the opportunity to know

Nu fraternity, and that meant I had to work

your professors and the focus on the individual were so important.

with a lot of people and was involved in decision making and networking.” And Lothes also was an athlete on campus

And the social aspect was very important to me. I was very involved on campus, including commander of Sigma Nu fraternity, and that meant

-- playing football and lacrosse.

I had to work with a lot of people and was involved in decision making

“When you put those three things together

and networking.”

– it really gave me a well-rounded college experience,” he said. “And it meant that you had to do time management and you learned to multi-task – and it all helped me get to where I am today and to be successful.” Lothes said attending Ashland was life changing for him. “I met my spouse (Kris Renninger ’90) my junior year at Ashland and we married right out of college,” he said. “I had really good relationships with a lot of professors – and that is really important. “And people like Ralph Tomassi and Mary Miller – those two really kept an eye on me. It is the individual attention and friendship that

– Peter Lothes ’88 President of Satisloh North America

directors with generating OPEX and other lab efficiency initiatives. Then, this past April 1, Lothes was appointed president of optical equipment manufacturing for Satisoh Inc., which has its parent company in Dallas and international home in Paris and employs more than 60,000 people worldwide. Lothes is actually working out of the Satisloh North American Inc. location in Germantown, Wis., while still living in Dallas in order to keep his daughter in high school there.

goes beyond school – it is a whole family experience and that makes it

“This work is like going back again for me. Dad and I were

easy for me to get involved in Ashland and give back because of those

entrepreneurs at Select Optical and we made our own decisions and


we were wearing many hats,” he said. “In this new role I am wearing

Lothes has stayed active with Ashland – serving on the alumni association board of directors for six years and also serving as board vice president and president, and helping out in many other ways, including donations to the university.

many hats and doing many of the functions as a president would and it’s back to being very entrepreneurial every day -- focusing on customers, people and sales, and the manufacturing of equipment.” Steven Hannan, Director, Public Relations | 13

Homecoming FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16 Inauguration of AU President Dr. Carlos Campo

SaturDAY, OCTOBER 17 5K Fun Run Reservations required | Please visit to register.

2 p.m. | Jack & Deb Miller Chapel

8:30 a.m. | Check-in begins in front of the Rec Center

The Ashland University Board of Trustees is

9:30 a.m., Walkers | 10 a.m., Runners

pleased to announce that the University will

$5 per person, if preregistered | $10 per person day of event

inaugurate Dr. Carlos Campo as the University’s

Start off Homecoming with a 5K Fun Run! The first 100 registrants receive

30th president during a ceremony in the Jack &

a free giveaway. Prizes will be awarded to the first male and female to

Deb Miller Chapel. The event is open to the public.

finish the race and all who participate will be entered into a raffle for a

Come and meet AU’s new president.

prize pack. Official results will not be recorded. Please, no pets. The Rec Center will be open at 9 a.m. to change and shower before and after the

Ashland University Theatre presents “Quilters” By Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek Lyrics and music by Barbara Damashek 7:30 p.m. | Hugo Young Theatre Ticket Prices: $12 adult $10 Ashland Alumni/Faculty/Staff/Senior Citizen $10 Group of 10 or more $5 Non-AU Students $2 for AU Students Ticket sales begin September 8 To purchase tickets, visit or call the Box Office at 419.289.5125

race. To register, visit and click on “Homecoming” in the Events section. For questions, call the Rec Services Office at 419.289.5440.

Recreation Center – Open to Alumni 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Cost: Complimentary Pool: Noon – 9 p.m. | Climbing Wall: 3 - 8 p.m.

Legacy Visit Day 10:15 a.m. | Check-in at the Student Center Piano Lounge 10:30 a.m. | Admissions presentation in the Student Center Auditorium 11 a.m. | Campus Tour (tour will include outside walking

please dress accordingly)

Set in the American West, a pioneer woman named Sarah and six

Noon | Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Fan Fest (optional)

women she calls her “daughters” face frontier life. This feel-good

musical with four- and five-part harmony blends emphasizes the

1 p.m. | Football Game (optional)

importance quilts have on generations of families. The musical is

Reservations required | Contact Ashley Dorner in the Office of

presented as a series of short tales as Sarah finishes her legacy quilt as

Admissions at 419.289.5063, or at

an heirloom for her children and grandchildren.

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(Parking lot near Amstutz Hall & Athletic Complex)

Join us for our Legacy Visit Day! Exclusively for high school students who have parents or grandparents who graduated from Ashland, this event is a casual overview of what the University has to offer.

omecoming 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Brunch 9:30 a.m. | Faculty Room, Upper Convocation Center $20 per person | Reservations required Contact Kimberly Oberholtzer at 419.289.5441 or email at The following individuals have distinguished themselves in the field of intercollegiate athletics at Ashland University, either by virtue of their performance on its athletic teams or by meritorious efforts on behalf of the athletic program. In return, the University will bestow upon them induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The following alumni will be inducted:

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Alicia Longstreth Gaffney ’02 | Softball Ryan Hartzell ’05 | Baseball Brandie Potter Albert ’99 | Volleyball David Kalange ’97 | Swimming Jack Keefe ’85 | Tennis Antoine Campbell ’98 | Basketball Gary Keller | Assistant Football Coach 1982-93 Head Football Coach, 1994-2003 Ralph Tomassi ’77 | Recognized with The Eagle Forever Award

Religious Life Reception 10 a.m. | Jack & Deb Miller Chapel – Lower Level Join us for coffee & donuts!

Ashbrook Reception 10 a.m. | Ashbrook Center The Ashbrook Center will host a reception for alumni of the Ashbrook Scholar and MAHG programs and all other interested parties. An update on the Center’s work will be provided as well as a discussion on current events. Light refreshments will be provided. Those interested may make a reservation by going to

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Events 5K Fun Run

Book Signing: “The Fabulous ’50s” by James Foster ’79 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.| AU Bookstore Books available for purchase at the bookstore.

Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest 11:30 a.m. | Amstutz Hall Parking Lot and lawn area Bring your family and join us at this jam-packed tailgate! Ashland pizzerias are going head-to-head to serve you your favorite pizza. Along with this

No. of runners ____ x @ 5.00 each _______

variety of pizza, there will be cotton candy, bounce houses for the kids (weather permitting), a face painting clown and more!

Names & class years of runners: Name: ________________________________ Class Year(s): ____________ Name: ________________________________ Class Year(s): ____________

Football Game AU Eagles vs. Hillsdale College Chargers 1 p.m. | Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field General Seating: $10 | Reserved Chair Back Seating: $15

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Senior Citizens & School-Aged Children: $3


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o Check Check No. _____________ payable to Ashland University

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Purple Eagle Silent Auction & All Alumni Reunion 3:30 - 7 p.m. | Alumni Room, Upper Convocation Center Free photo booth…a DJ…Free food from Ashland’s Award Winning Catering…Cash Bar…and best of all – you and your fellow alumni and friends can celebrate your time at Ashland as you support the grand tradition of the Alumni Association’s Purple Eagle Silent Auction! The Silent Auction is the perfect place to get reacquainted with old friends. More than 300 alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students are expected to attend! The Auction is an Ashland University Alumni Association fundraising event held during Homecoming Weekend where over 250 items are silently auctioned to the highest bidder. There will also be a raffle with two cash prizes offered: $500 and $250. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25

Athletic Hall of Fame Brunch Kimberly Oberholtzer | 419.289.5441 | Religious Life Reunion Jason Barnhart | 419.289.5480 | Ashbrook Reception Jennifer Nixon | 419.289.5411 | Football Game Adam Bracken | 419.289.5297 | Silent Auction/All Alumni Reunion Jill Charlton | 419.289.5040 | All other events, contact the Alumni Office 419.289.5082 or 866.GoTuffy |

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and the winning tickets will be drawn during the Auction. Proceeds from the Auction support the Legacy Scholarship Program, the Ashland Fund and Alumni Association programming. The All Alumni Reunion will take place during the Auction, so you will be free to bid on items while you reconnect with your fellow alumni and friends. Plenty of food and seating will be available and a cash bar will be available for the over 21 crowd.

Ashland University Theatre presents “Quilters” By Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek Lyrics and music by Barbara Damashek 7:30 p.m. | Hugo Young Theatre See details at event listing under Friday, October 16.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 Women’s Soccer AU Eagles vs. Lake Erie Storm 1 p.m. | Ferguson Field

Fall Choral Concert 4 p.m. | Jack & Deb Miller Chapel This free concert will feature several Ashland University vocal ensembles.

2015 Alumni Association Award Winners

DID YOU KNOW? Thirty-three years ago, the first Purple Eagle Silent Auction was held in Redwood Hall. There were two eight-foot tables displaying 25 items. Since then, the auction has grown to more than 250 items each year. This year, the Ashland University Alumni Association Board of Directors will celebrate the Silent Auction on Homecoming Day. Since that first Auction in 1983, over $340,000 has been raised in support of: • Legacy Scholarships • The Ashland Fund • College of Education Campaign • Athletic Complex Campaign • College of Nursing Campaign • Alumni Programming

Stop in after the game and join us at the Auction and BID HIGH, BID OFTEN! See Homecoming Event Listing for complete details

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It was a special day on campus on Saturday, April 18, 2015, as the Ashland University Alumni Association honored seven outstanding alumni and friends at its annual Alumni Awards Luncheon. The 2015 Alumni Association Award recipients are: front row, left to right Ralph V. Tomassi ’77, the Dr. Glenn L. Clayton Award recipient; Dr. J. Patrick Card ’72, the Outstanding Alumnus Award; Lisa Okolish Miller ’88, the Distinguished Service Award; back row, left to right State Representative David Hall, the Honorary Alumnus Award; Leigh Greenfelder ’03, the Young Alumna Award, and Dr. Harold E. Wilson, the Raymond W. Bixler Award, Not pictured is Patricia De Martini Williams ’88, the Special Achievement Award recipient.

Class of 1965 Holds 50th Class Reunion

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Members of the Class of 1965 gathered on campus to celebrate their 50th Reunion. The Class of 1965 also presented a check in the amount of $590,358.50 to the University. This “Gift of Support” represents the cumulative total donated by members of the Class of 1965 to Ashland over the last five years.

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Those members of the class attending the event included: back row, left to right, Donald Ames, Bill Winter, Floyd Koegler, Donald Welch and Dr. William Crothers; front row, left to right, Mary Hart Koegler, Diane Straits Messner, Diana Chandler Plant, Beverly Brown Schuster and Linda Goodwin Workman .



Sue Heimann

Announces Retirement Sue Heimann, vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Ashland University, retired May 31, 2015, which was the end of the school’s academic year. Heimann, who has been a part of Ashland University for 36 years, said this was a difficult decision, but one that was made because of her family and her confidence in Ashland’s future. “It’s time to now focus on family. I’ve been blessed to serve Ashland University students. My greatest joy has been to help students become more than they ever imagined,” Heimann said. “And with the leadership of Interim President Bill Crothers and the extensive engagement of the AU community in the prioritization process by the Board of Trustees, the foundation has been laid for Ashland University’s future to be extraordinary.” Heimann served in her current position as vice president since 2000. In this role, her efforts focused on enhancing student learning outside of the classroom, academic achievement and graduation rates. She worked with staff in the areas of athletics, career services, community service, commuter services, counseling, diversity,

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Greek life, international student services, health center, leadership, mail center, orientation, religious life, recreational services, residence life, safety services, student conduct, student activities and Title IX. Heimann joined the then Ashland College in 1979 as a residence hall director. Through the years she served as coordinator of women’s residence halls, orientation chair, assistant director and director of housing, director of career planning and placement, assistant and associate dean of students, and most recently dean of students and vice president for student affairs. The recipient of numerous campus and Ashland community awards through the years, Heimann is known as someone “who always finds time to address students’ needs while treating them with the utmost respect.” A few of her most cherished awards were the Dr. Glenn L. Clayton Award and the Honorary Alumna Award, both from Ashland University; and the Ohio College Personnel Association’s Gerald R. Saddlemire Mentor Award.

Sue Ramsey  Challenges Ashland University Graduates Sue Ramsey, who retired this year after 20 seasons as head women’s basketball coach at Ashland University, challenged Ashland University graduates to set goals and maintain a positive attitude in her address at AU’s spring commencement ceremony on May 9. The commencement was held outside under partly sunny skies at Jack Miller Stadium in the University’s Schar Athletic Complex. In her speech, titled “Hide or Seek,” Ramsey talked about how important it is for students to set goals in life and outlined a number of items as part of that objective, including “the need to know where you are going in order to know what to do to get there.” “You all set a goal to be a college graduate and today you are. Congratulations, that’s a great accomplishment. And what is next, you have goals in mind,” she said. Ramsey said she knows that everyone will fail at some time, and asked them to remember – “that the failure does not define you. It is meant to refine you to be all that you are meant to be. So embrace failure.” “So as you go forth and you seek whatever is next in your life, I encourage you to do so with a vision based upon the goals, based upon the abilities that you have, and to seek to choose the outlook every day,” she said. “And this is not just for the graduates, this is for all of us. Positive optimism, show gratitude and thankfulness, choose faith over fear, choose to embrace that failure will not define you but will refine you, and choose to be humble.” She concluded with “May you always have enough happiness to keep you sweet, enough trials to keep you strong, enough success to keep you eager, enough faith to give you courage and enough determination to make each day extraordinary.”

Following the commencement address, the presentation of degrees was handled by Interim President Dr. William Crothers and Interim Provost Dr. Doug Fiore. A total of 1,079 degrees (488 graduate and 591 undergraduate) were awarded in the spring 2015 ceremony, including 10 doctor of education, 244 master of education, 167 master of business administration, 49 master of arts, two master of American history and government, 16 master of fine arts in creative writing, 102 bachelor of arts, four bachelor of music, 146 bachelor of science, 81 bachelor of science in business administration, 136 bachelor of science in education, 103 bachelor of science in nursing, 14 bachelor of science in social work, two bachelor of fine arts and three associate of arts.

Rinehart Presents  Last Department Lecture The Religion Department at AU celebrated its graduating seniors and closed out the year with a final lecture by long-time Ashland professor Dr. Don Rinehart on April 15 in the Miller Chapel. “The Last Lecture series is a way the Religion Department honors great teachers by asking them to give a lecture as if it were their last,” said Dr. Peter Slade, associate professor of religion. “In this case, this really is Dr. Rinehart’s last semester teaching and our last chance to hear him give a lecture at the university.”

Dr. Rinehart started teaching in the Religion Department at AU in the fall semester of 1969. He retired in 2007, but continued teaching sections of the class “Exploring the Bible.” “Many generations of AU students can testify to his wisdom and compassion in the classroom,” Slade said. Those attending the lecture had an opportunity to contribute to the Rinehart Lectureship in Practical Theology endowment campaign, which was started when Dr. Rinehart retired. The Annual Rinehart Lecture in Practical Theology will bring a leading scholar in Practical Theology to Ashland’s campus to work with students and give a public lecture. “This is a way of continuing to honor the legacy of Dr. Rinehart’s extraordinary career,” Slade said. Those who were not able to attend the lecture but would like to contribute, can call the AU Office of Development at 419.289.5620. | 19


Ashland University’s Drew Windle leads the pack of runners from start to finish as he wins his third consecutive 800-meter national title outdoors at the Division II meet at Grand Valley State University. Photo courtesy of Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

Ashland University Finishes Second

In Final All-Sports Standings Ashland University’s athletic program finished the 201415 sports year in a big way on June 4, placing second in the final Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. It is AU’s highest finish in the Directors’ Cup, which began in 1995-96. Ashland finished in the Top 10 of the Directors’ Cup standings in each of the last eight academic years, in the Top 5 each of the last four years and in the Top 3 in three of the last four years. Ashland also finishes the academic year as the top-rated Division II private institution in the Directors’ Cup. “I’m incredibly proud of our coaches, staff and studentathletes,” said Al King, Ashland’s director of athletics. “Not just for this record-setting year, but for the level of consistency they’ve maintained over the last eight years in making this a highly successful broad-based program that annually ranks among the best in the nation. Their commitment to excellence is astounding. It’s an honor and privilege to be associated with a group like this.” Following the winter season, AU’s athletic program, which ended the academic season with 720 Directors’ Cup points in 11 sports, was sixth in the country thanks to earning the most winter-season points in Division II (337.5). Ashland’s 652.5 points between the winter and spring seasons also were the most in the country, and were more than all but two other schools (Grand Valley State, 965.5) and Central Missouri (713) had for the entire academic season. Ashland earned spring-season points in five sports – men’s outdoor track and field (third-place national finish, 85),

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women’s outdoor track and field (seventh, 72), women’s golf (ninth, 69), baseball (regional finalist, 64) and softball (regional appearance, 25). In 2014-15, Ashland saw two teams go to the Division II Midwest Regional finals – women’s basketball and baseball. Twelve of AU’s 19 sports teams competed in the Division II postseason. The 2014-15 academic year also featured the entire Ashland athletic program earning a cumulative grade-point average of 3.11, and the program’s spring semester cumulative GPA was 3.10. Fourteen Eagle sports programs boasted an academic-year GPA of 3.0 or higher, and eight teams were 3.35 or higher. After Grand Valley State, Ashland and Central Missouri, Lewis was fourth (647.75) and Minnesota State-Mankato finished fifth (617.5). The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Great Lakes Valley Conference each had two members finish in the Directors’ Cup Top 10, and six GLIAC programs finished in the Top 50 – GVSU, Ashland, Findlay (No. 28), Wayne State (No. 33), Hillsdale (No. 39) and Tiffin (No. 45). This is the first time in the 20 years of the Directors’ Cup that two teams from the same conference finished 1-2 in the final standings. The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 14 sports -- seven women’s and seven men’s.


Ashland University

 WINTER & SPRING Sports Wrap-up Women’s SWIMMING – Ashland University’s women’s swimming team finished in a tie for 21st in the Division II in 2015. More accurately, AU junior Hannah Mattar finished tied for 21st in the country. Mattar was the only Eagle to represent the Eagle women’s swimming team at Division II nationals in 2015, and her three All-America efforts earned the squad enough points to nearly finish in the Top 20 nationally. Finishing fourth in the 200 breaststroke, fifth in the 400 individual medley and sixth in the 200 IM. Mattar won three Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, and was named the GLIAC Women’s Swimmer of the Year. She also was a first-team Academic AllAmerica. For the men’s swimming team, Ryan Deemer earned the 2015 GLIAC Men’s Freshman of the Year honor.

national titles overall. Windle was one of 10 athletes to earn AllAmerica status outdoors, with two – junior Elijha Owens and senior Jessica Bridenthal – earning the honor in two separate events. Bridenthal also earned Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Women’s Field Athlete of the Year laurels. At the GLIAC Championships, Windle won another 800-meter title as well as finishing first in the 1,500-meter run, Owens won took the crown in the men’s 110-meter hurdles and senior Jennifer Foster won the women’s high jump. Women’s GOLF – Ashland earned a ninth-place finish at the national meet at GVSU, tying the program’s best-ever Division II finish (tied for ninth in 2011). It was the third time in the last five seasons the Eagles qualified for nationals.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – In head coach Sue Ramsey’s 20th and final season, the Eagles earned their third finish of Sweet 16 or better in the last four seasons. Ashland was 25-9, and won 23 of its last 28 games. For the second consecutive season, an Eagle – forward Andi Daugherty – earned GLIAC Freshman of the Year honors. INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD – Twenty-three Eagles took part in the Division II indoor nationals in March, and 18 came away with All-America honors. The AU women finished tied for third at the national meet, marking the eighth time in the last nine seasons they have been Top 8 in Division II. The Eagle men took fourth, and that is their 11th season in a row finishing Top 7. Senior Drew Windle won his third straight indoor 800-meter national title. WRESTLING – Ashland junior 133-pounder Michael Labry earned his third consecutive All-America award, finishing second at the Division II national championships. Joining Labry as a 2014-15 All-American was sophomore 149-pounder Brent Fickel. As a team, the Eagles finished 16th in the country. MEN’S BASKETBALL – The Eagles’ 19-10 record meant an eight-win improvement – the program’s best in nearly three decades. Ashland won a share of its first-ever GLIAC South Division championship, and returned to the conference tournament for the first time in three years. Sophomore forward Wendell Davis emerged as both a conference and regional force. OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD – Ashland University’s men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams once again competed on the national stage, as 23 athletes went to Grand Valley State for the Division II meet. The Eagle men finished third in the country, marking the third year in a row they have been no worse than third. The AU women placed seventh with just eight athletes competing, their fourth straight season finishing in the Top 10. Senior Drew Windle won his third consecutive 800-meter national title outdoors, giving him eight

BASEBALL – The Eagles returned to the Division II postseason, finishing 2015 as Midwest Regional runners-up and with an overall record of 38-19. Ashland won the GLIAC’s regular-season title and its South Division crown. On March 1, head coach John Schaly won career game No. 1,000. Senior second baseman Stephen James earned three All-America awards, as well as first-team Academic All-America honors. Following the season, junior pitcher Art Warren was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 23rd round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft. SOFTBALL – Ashland’s softball team earned a spot in the NCAA playoffs for the seventh season in a row, and its 39-10 record was the program’s best in 17 years. Senior center fielder Taylor Menhart was a third-team Academic All-America and honorable mention Daktronics All-America. WOMEN’S TENNIS – Starting with the team’s spring trip to South Carolina, Ashland won six of its last seven matches – three in convincing 7-2 fashion. MEN’S GOLF – The 2014-15 season ended with freshman Chandler Walnsch placing second individually at the GLIAC Spring Invitational. | 21


notes 1940

Doris Smith (Doggett ’40) celebrated her 96th birthday! She has two children, six grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Doris lives in Ashland.

1959 Dean R Edwards ’59 has recovered from successful surgery in March and is doing well in his South Carolina home.

1961 Marvin Lash ’61 and his wife, Harriet, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in October 2014.

1964 Sonja Haney ’64 is a former teacher with St Joseph’s Catholic School in Galeon, OH. She currently resides in Arizona.

1968 Vilma (Turcsanyi ’68) and Dan McMonigle ’69 celebrate 46 years of marriage.

1969 Paula Huffman (Finley ’69) is excited to announce that her granddaughter just completed her second year at AU.

1970 Ron Whitehill ’70 has been inducted into the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame. He coached track and cross country for 18 years at Ashland High School with numerous athletes advancing to the Ohio State Meet in both sports. He also played 12 years for the Faultless Rubber fast pitch softball team that finished National Runner Up in 1981. That finish landed an invitation to participate in the National Sports Festival the following summer.

1971 William Dravenstott ’71 and his wife, Constance (Weiss ’71) celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on Feb. 1, 2015. William is the owner of Elza’s TV and is a life-long resident of Ashland. He and Connie enjoy traveling to visit their four sons and their families. They have seven grandchildren. Charles Kettler ’71 will celebrate 34 years of service to Central Exterminating Co. in November 2015. Barbara Maitland ’71 is enjoying her two grandchildren, Makaila (10) and Alexander (5).

1972 Barbara Miller (Simmons ’72) has been happily married to Keith for 44 years. Together, they have owned

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Miller’s True Value Hardware for 36 years. Barbara plans to retire in September 2015. Barbara and Keith have three grandsons from their daughter, Melissa, and three granddaughters from their son, Robert. Bruce Lautzenheiser ’72 retired from teaching in June 2014 after 35 years of teaching AP Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Material Science. He and his wife, Sue, have been married for 41 years and have six grandchildren. Kathleen Moss (Bauer ’72) has been a supervisor of student teaching with the Kinesiology Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio for four years, after teaching in the public school system for 35 years. Amy Kocias (Scharf ’72) and husband Dale welcomed their second grandson, Callen, to the family in early December 2014.


Scott Hanna ’79 and the Willougby Agency are celebrating the 25th year of Million Dollar Roundtable qualification, Quarter Century Club. Millon Dollar Roundtable recognizes the top insurance and advisers on an international basis.

1981 Deirdre Gregory (Mason ’81) started supervising the early education experience in the teacher education program in January 2015. She’s so excited to help future teachers and enjoys watching the students teach and learn. Carol Remington (Karling ’81) was the 2015 president-elect of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association.

1984 Sibyl Cole ’84 retired in June 2015 after 31 years of teaching business education in Medina City Schools.

Susan D Pfefferle (Duplay ’74) retired after 35 years of teaching science in Westerville, OH.

Kimberly (Engle ’84) Griffin’s daughter will attend AU in the fall and will be majoring in business.

Patricia Fisher ’74 is retired and enjoying volunteering at the Bradford Area Public Library as the book sale coordinator. She stays busy with cross country skiing, kayaking, hiking, gardening and playing Pickle Ball.


1976 Jim Cole ’76 retired from Grundfos Pumps on June 30, 2015.

1977 Ralph Tomassi ’77 is the chief development officer for Hospice of North Central Ohio.

Michael Perry ’85 was elected to the office of Warrick County prosecutor, and was sworn in to begin his four year term on Jan. 1, 2015, in Boonville, Ind. Also present with him, were his wife, Patty (O’Brien) Perry, and his children, Jennifer (Wootton) Gander, Christopher Lee Wootton and Andrew Michael Perry.

1986 Terri Drushell (McInturf ’86) was named the 20132014 Elementary Educator of the Year for Ashland City Schools.

Richard Steineman ’77 is the director of St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen and St. Joseph’s House for Homeless Men in Troy, OH. He’s also the varsity girls’ basketball coach at Troy Christian High School.

Mimi Johnston (Lange ’86) was promoted to Fine and Performing Arts department chairman at Franklin Christian Academy in Franklin, Tenn.

Judith Kirby (Weiser ’77) is excited to announce the birth of her grandson, Hunter Philip, on Dec. 11, 2014, to her son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Mallory Kirby.

Tom Williams ’88 will see publication of his story collection, “Among the Wild Mulattos and Other Tales,” in July of 2015 by Texas Review Press. Fiction writer Nina McConigley asserts this book “tells a story we need to hear about America.” Along with “The Mimic’s Own Voice” and “Don’t Start Me Talkin,’” it is Tom’s third published book of fiction. He currently lives in Kentucky with his wife and children and chairs the English Department at Morehead State University.

Paula Vaughn (Varga ’77) announces the marriage of her oldest daughter, Caitlyn, to Andrew Pelkey on Oct. 4, 2014. They planned for a mountaintop wedding overlooking the New Hampshire lakes and mountain, but it poured rain.

1979 Ken Vansickle ’79 has taught at the University of Akron-Wayne College for 37 years on weekends and evenings and now at the Ohio State University. He retired from First National Bank after 38 years.


1989 Michael Prandi ’89 was promoted to chief operating officer at Westfield Group on Jan. 1, 2015, where he has worked for 26 years. His oldest daughter will be a freshman at Ashland in the fall.


Andrew Saxon ’96 was named the 2014-2015 Trumbull County Coach of the Year.

1997 David Hanes ’97 recently accepted a new position at Fairview Hospital/Cleveland Clinic. He started May 17, 2015.


Carol Osborn (Pille ’90) is retired and writing children’s books. You can find “Grandma Bunny’s Stories About Little Girls,” “Grandma Bunny’s Stories About Little Boys” and “Legg Perthes: 3 Overcomers” on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Xlibris.

Susan Knable (Gehring ’98) obtained a teaching job with Lincoln County Schools in Kentucky as of Sept. 26, 2014. She obtained her teaching certificate in Kentucky as well as professional certificate for Director of Special Education, Level II in Kentucky.


Susan Huston (Myers ’98) has two new grandchildren – Clara and Henry Meixner.

Robert “Bob” Priest ’91 was the winner of the 2015 American Lawyers Alliance Law-Related Education National Teacher of the Year Award.

1992 William Montoya ’92 authored a book titled, “He Is Not Done With Me Yet,” which provides insights into the struggles and conflicts of growing up in Cleveland after moving from a small town in Connecticut. The book is available at, and

1999 Suzanne “Julie” St Andrassy (Tirpak ’99) married Steven St. Andrassy on Nov. 27, 2010. They have two children – Joseph (3) and Elizabeth (1 1/2). Chad Stanek ’99 passed all four portions of the CPA Exam on May 15, 2015, and has applied for his CPA license.

2000 Patricia Sturges (Brackley ’00) recently took her second mission trip to El Salvador. Pictures are on the building site of a house being raised for a family in Jicalap by the St Joseph Mission Team of Amherst, OH.

1993 Steven S Davis ’93 founded Aspire Concepts, a consulting company to help small businesses grow. Melissa Sansolo (Chamberlain ’93) was named the executive director of Street Warriors, a not-for-profit agency serving the homeless in Polk County, Fla.

1995 Valerie Cox ’95 won the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Educator of the Year Award in 2012 and in 2013, and won the National Boating Educator of the Year Award for Northern States. Lisa Kluchurosky ’95 was inducted into the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association (OATA) Hall of Fame on May 8 at the annual OATA Hall of Fame Banquet held at the Great Wolfe Lodge in Mason, Ohio. Lisa is an athletic trainer and service line administrator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine.

2001 Dennis Trenger ’01 graduated in December 2014 from Walden University with Ed.S. in Administrator Leadership.

2002 Sharon Johnson (Andrews ’02) obtained her MBA from the University of Phoenix in April 2015. Thad Hicks ’02 recently earned his Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary.

1996 Charles Ferline ’96 retired after 35 years of teaching in Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools. Chad Miller ’96 was named president and CEO of Morrow County Hospital. OhioHealth announced on Jan. 28, 2015, that he would transition from vice president of operations into his new position on March 1, 2015.

2003 Dan J Fuline ’03 earned a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration.

AU Graduate Has 17 E-Books Seventeen books written or edited by AU graduate Dr. Thomas Fensch have now been issued worldwide as e-books and, according to Fensch, he has more e-books available than any other university faculty member in the United States. Fensch, who has published 32 books since 1970, is a 1965 Ashland graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and history. Fensch was a long-time faculty member and chair of the mass communications department at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va. He has a doctorate from Syracuse University and an M.A. degree from the University of Iowa. Previously, hardcover and paperback editions of books by Fensch have been available on the Internet in more than a dozen countries. But now, at least 17 of his books are available as “e- books,” which can be ordered and instantly downloaded into any reading device such as the Amazon Kindle. The books also are available through 14 e-book retailers, including Amazon worldwide, Barnes and Noble, and Apple store worldwide. Among his publications, Fensch has published five books about novelist John Steinbeck, and Fensch has an international reputation in Steinbeck scholarship. His first book about Steinbeck, “Steinbeck and Covici: The Story of a Friendship,” was published in 1979. It has never been out-of-print and has long been considered one of the seminal books in Steinbeck scholarship. It is now available in an e-book format. | 27




Melinda Fehrman ’04 was promoted to County Director with the Coshocton County Job and Family Services department in 2010.

2005 Jill Gosche ’05 completed master of humanities degree with a concentration in communication in December 2014 and was named Seneca County Citizen of the Year by the local American Red Cross in 2014. She is currently the online editor at The Advertiser-Tribune newspaper in Tiffin, Ohio. Michelle Musser (Kaufman ’05) and her husband, Dennis, have three daughters – Mia (7), Maggie (4) and Molly (1).

2006 Katie Newcomb (Kowalsick ’06 & ’08) became a member of the local district leadership team and a District B liaison to the Ohio Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Board. Jody Stewart II ’06 is the associate head coach for the Track and Field program at Stanford University. He and his wife, Dr. Amber Stewart (Miller ’07), have a 13-month old son, Sebastian. Cynthia Polovich ’06 joined Walthall CPAs as a supervisor in the Wooster office. She previously worked for both Cedar Fair and Meaden & Moore as a tax accountant, concentrating on corporate and partnership federal, state, and local income tax returns, extensions and estimates.


Wendy Smith (Farnsworth ’11) serves on the Holmes County Humane Society Board of Directors and holds the position of treasurer. She spends much time focusing on cat intakes, wellness and adoptions, as well as spay/neuter programs. Her goal is to educate as many people as possible on the benefits of spay/neuter as a means to prevent unwanted litters of cats. She says “Yes, I am becoming the crazy cat lady that knocks on doors and asks if the residents need help getting their animals fixed!”

Julie Conlin ’08 is an account manager for several racing teams in IMSA, IndyCar and Pirelli World Challenge.


exemplary service, consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty, dedicates him or herself to their work, their company, their clients and always makes things better when it counts the most. Award winners attended the 14th Annual Big Apple Awards event June 22, where they were given special recognition and received a special award. Kerren Richey (Munson ’07) joined Rea and Associates Dublin, Ohio, office as a client service specialist.

2010 Courtney Oyster (Young ’10) recently moved and started a new job at Ohio Health/Med Central in Patient Food Service as a room service representative. Lisa Purcell ’10 became director of Early Childhood programs in Barry County, Mich., at Barry Intermediate School District after moving to Delton, MI.

Gina Kovach ‘07 no longer teaches special education. She has been working at since January 2014 and is planning to start her MBA this fall. Alesia Lawson ’07, director of special events at 54 Below, was recently awarded the Service Excellence Award by the International Special Events Society, New York Metro Chapter. 54 Below, New York’s premiere supper club, is located below Studio 54. The Service Excellence Award honors the unsung heroes in the event industry and is given to those who deliver

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Marie Southerland ’12 recently started her third year of the biochemistry Ph.D. program at the University of Akron, where she is also a graduate student teaching assistant.

Lisa Williamson (Roth ‘10, ‘12) accepted the position of coordinator for Strength and Conditioning Facilities for the University of Georgia Department of Recreational Sports beginning June 1, 2015. Previously, she served as assistant director of Recreation and Wellness (Fitness and Wellness) and assistant track and field coach at Clayton State University.



Steven Ruggiero ’90 married Jennifer Shollenbarger on Aug. 10, 2014. Jennifer’s two daughters and Steve’s three daughters all reside in Ohio.

Robert Bowers ’11 was promoted in January 2015 to national claims leader with Westfield Insurance Group.

2007 Evan Thomas ’07 married Molly Messerly and have a son, Jude.

Cassandra Baird ’12 moved from New York State to Columbus in 2013. She was promoted to lead teacher at Defense Supply Center, Columbus Child Development Center.

Tyler A Krummel ’11 recently joined American Heritage Financial as a member of the financial advisory team.

Cassandra Nix ’14 accepted an offer to Oregon State University to pursue a Ph.D. in Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. She moved to Oregon in September 2014.

Weddings 1990

1992 Lori Wright (Johnston ’92) married David Wright on Nov. 30, 2014.

1995 Carl Cunningham ’95 married Alysia Nero on June 7, 2014

1997 Cathaleen Cato ’97 married Darryl L Scott on March 31, 2014.

Eric Velliquette ’11 is a business adjunct professor at AU and was published in Roofing Magazine in the January/February 2015 edition. This magazine reaches 40,000 contractors across the USA. The link to his article is –

1998 Elizabeth “Beth” Miller ’98 and Timothy Patrick were married on Dec. 13, 2014.

1999 Ronda Colleen Hobson ’99 married James R Free ’95 on March 14, 2015. James is retired from General Motors.



Shannon McWilliams ’01 married Cade Lang on Oct. 17, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They bought their first home in Colorado Springs, where they are both elementary school teachers.

Jonathan Zuchak ’12 and Carly Brown ’13 were married on May 17, 2014.

2004 Rebekah Hogue ’04 married Joe Sparr on March 28, 2015. AU student Molly White was a bridesmaid and Emily Anderson (’08, ’15) was maid of honor.

Cory Smith ’12 and Lydia Felker ’15 were married on Jan. 1, 2015.

2013 Hilary Neal ’13 and Timothy Hawk ’13 were married in Ashland on May 25, 2014.


Matt Gribler ’13 and Kate Aurandt ’14 were married in Johnstown, Pa., on July 18, 2014. Attending were groomsmen James Day ’13 and Nate Serrano ’13; and bridesmaid Hallie Carrino

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’15. The couple resides in Norfolk, Va. Jacob Christ ’13 and Katie McVey ’13 were married on May 23, 2015, in Coshocton, Ohio. Rachel (Fratz ’06) and Raymel Early ’07 were married on Aug. 1, 2009. Pictured from left to right: Lisa Miller ’06, Jennifer Pavlick, Erin Witschey ’06, Heather Riddle, Rachel Early ’06, Raymel Early ’07, Deangelo Thomas ’06, Kevin Watkins, Justin Zorb ’08, and Sam Smyth.

2009 Michael Holztrager ’09 and Tanya Niemiec ’09 were married on July 13, 2013.

2010 Lauren Cieslak ’10 and Raymond Arnold ’11 were married on Oct. 25, 2014. The wedding party included Jesse Cecil

2014 Robin Wolf ’14 and Matthew Dawson ’13 were married on July 5, 2014. Hillary Brown (Krause ’14) was married on June 14, 2014

FUTURE EAGLES 1992 Mary Ann Mendlik (Kozik ’92) and her husband, Jason, announce the arrival of their second child, Brody John, on March 14, 2015. He joins big sister, Ava (4).

1996 Delissa (Souder ’96) and Jeff Stanley welcomed the birth of their first child, Eli Ward Stanley, on July 11, 2013. On Dec. 1, 2014, they welcomed their second child, Ellie Sophia Stanley.

’09, Sara Hantak ’11, Jessica Ina ’11 and Cara Beard (Cieslak ’01). There were over 30 Ashland graduates in attendance, including family and friends. The couple resides in Cleveland. Ashley Hattie (Diano ’10) was married on Oct. 11, 2014. Amanda Horn ’10 married Matthew Patrlja on May 18, 2013, in Cleveland, OH. They currently live in Maryland. Amanda Nowak ’10 married Joe Pienta on Dec. 13, 2014.

2011 Lauren Yobbagy ’11 married Thomas Rodgers on May 30, 2015.

2000 Julie (Hill ’00) and husband, Brain Hodgkin, would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Elliott V. Slavik, born on Nov. 2, 2014.

2001 KC Murphy ’01 announces the birth of his children – Allie Marie on July 4, 2013, and Brooks William on Nov. 21, 2014.

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Nicole Cioban (Coatoam ’03) and her husband, Christopher, welcomed their daughter, Lillian Nicole, on Feb. 13, 2015.


Megan Tomlinson (Kuzak ’07) and her husband, John, announce the arrival of their second child, Fallon Noelle, on May 13, 2015. She joins big sister, Finley.

Kathleen Metzger (Lally ’04) and her husband, Matt, welcomed their second child, daughter Ruby Marie, on Sept. 16, 2014. She joins big sister Sienna (4 1/2).

Adam Brooks ’07 and his wife, Anna, announce the birth of his son, Landon James, on Oct. 11, 2013.


Erica Baker (Brindley ’07) and husband Mike celebrated the birth of their first child. Rhett Calhoun Baker was born on Nov. 11, 2014.

Alecia O’Donnell (Michitsch ’10) and her husband, Devin, welcomed their son, Emmett Ross, on Dec. 27, 2014. Alecia and Devin were married on Aug. 25, 2010.

2004 Andrea Blanc (Mays ’04) and her husband, Jarrod, welcomed their second son, Maxwell James, on July 6, 2014. He joins big brother, Jackson (4).

2005 Angela Douglas (Orphanides ’05) and her husband, Michael, welcomed their second son, Alexander, on May 7, 2015. He joins big brother, Aaron (2 1/2).

Alicia Bogard (Cannon ’05) welcomed her fourth child, Brantley, on Dec. 31, 2014.

2006 Katie (Van Dyke ’06) and Brian Speer ’06 welcomed their first child, Wyatt Andrew, into the world on May 7, 2015. Rachel Heller (Kavanagh ’06) and her husband, Gregory, welcomed daughter Eva Anne on Feb. 12, 2015. She was 7 lbs. 9 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. Rory Mamone (Pacconi ’06) and her husband have been busy with their two children, Rosemary Jane, born Jan. 23, 2013, and Margaret Lorraine, born Dec. 29, 2014.


Sarah Rupp (Smith ’07) and her husband Timothy announce the birth of their son, Brantley William Rupp, on Dec. 19, 2014. Blake ’07 and Amanda (Farson ’12) Dickson welcomed daughter Blakeley Kaye on April 2, 2015. Emily (Bachtel ’07) and Matthew Bertram announce the arrival of Blake David Bertram on Sept. 3, 2014.

Carolina Shelly (Wegner ’10) and her husband, Stewart, welcomed their first child, Jonathan Paul Elden Shelly, born on Sept. 20, 2014, at 12:36 a.m. He weighed 8 lbs., 10 oz. and was 20 inches long.


Nathan ’05 and Heather (Whitmer ’09) Raubenolt announce the birth of their second daughter, Amelia, on Jan. 22, 2015. She joins big sister Kailey (3 1/2).

Tera Lackofi (Pavel ’09) and her husband, Andrew, are pleased to announce the birth of their second daughter, Olivia Nova, who was born on Nov. 10, 2014, weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and measuring 20.5 inches long.

Danielle Hart (Pietak ’07) and her husband, Brian, welcomed their son, John Dennis, on April 29, 2015.

Jennifer Fekete (Humphrey

Andrew Ansley ’11 and wife, Laura, celebrated their daughter Julie’s first birthday on Dec. 12, 2014.

’07) and her husband James announce the birth of their second daughter, Andi Elaine Fekete, on July 8, 2014, weighing 9 lbs. and was 20.25 inches long. Her big sister, Reagan, born April 6, 2011, absolutely adores her!



Marcia McKinley (Weatherbee ’36) Dec. 30, 2012

Jonathan Spelman ’08 and his wife, Anne, welcomed daughter Junia Marie on Nov. 21, 2013. Tiffany Lively (Martell ’08) and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of their son, Luke Edward, on March 10, 2015. He was 6 lbs. and 19 inches long. Melissa Hay (Ciacchi ’08, ’13) and husband, Kaleb, welcomed their daughter, Kendall, on Oct. 14, 2014.

Gloria M Holmes (retired faculty) May 23, 2015 Mary L Campbell (Hout ’34) April 25, 2007

Lewis W Gibson ’43 Feb. 3, 2013 Dorothy Bender Grubb (Berry ’45 M) Dec. 25, 2014 Mary Patricia “Pat” McFarland Guertin (Harley ’45 M) Jan. 31, 2015 Emma L Staller (Wray ’45) Nov. 13, 2014 Bettie Hugo (Cole ’46 M) Nov. 22, 2014

Victoria Lewis (Machor ’08) and her husband, Matthew, welcomed daughter Brooklynn Amanda on June 8, 2014.

Deborah “Betty” Palmer (Ghist ’46 M) April 5, 2015


Robert S Cupp ’48 Nov. 1, 2014

Jacie Edelstein (Hickinbotham ’09) welcomed daughter, Ada Miriam, on Nov. 20, 2014. Alissa Finley (Klaehn ’09) and her husband, Tony, welcomed daughter Emersyn Elaine Finley, born Dec. 15, 2014. She joins big sister Kacey, 3.

Robert H Grotthouse ’48 Jan. 8, 2015

Dorothy B Hardin (Brownlee ’49) Feb. 7, 2015 Vivian Nagy (Campbell ’50) Dec. 2, 2014 Alex J Demyan ’50 March 11, 2015 Rodney Howe ’51 July 10, 2014

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Glenn E Saunders ’52 Jan. 12, 2015

James E Hawk ’62 June 27, 2015

Brinley E Brown ’82 June 12, 2015

Joyce F Haugh (Furrow ’52) Feb. 11, 2015

Thomas J Morr ’62 Jan. 15, 2015

Mary Ellen Thayer ’83 Feb. 14, 2015

Lucinda M Strine (Rickett ’52) Dec. 17, 2014

John P Freshley ’64 March 26, 2014

Sally A Bailey (Roshong ’87) March 6, 2015

William M Wolford ’52 April 5, 2015

Margaret S Demorest (Scottie ’64) Oct. 12, 2014

Lori A McGinnis-Russell (Spillman ’89) Sept. 16, 2013

Charlene C Rowser (Tracy ’53) Jan. 22, 2015

Richard G Reed ’65 Feb. 12, 2015

Michael A Pagniano ’90 March 14, 2015

Mary M Wysong (Hassler ’53) Jan. 6, 2015

Robert L Kaufman ’66 Feb. 12, 2015

Joann K Richardson (Kudela ’91) Feb. 3, 2015

Robert A Laine ’53 Jan. 11, 2013

William J Gardine ’68 Nov. 28, 2013

Clifford H Hurst ’53 April 7, 2015

Ellen L Campbell (Dickinson ’68) Jan. 26, 2012

Jeffrey A Kiess ’93 June 10, 2015

Fortina T Seybold (Theohar ’54) May 27, 2015

Rita J Sooy (Standes ’69) Feb. 14, 2013

Laura R Bates (Miller ’54) June 1, 2015

Flora Pfeifer (Campos ’69) April 17, 2015

Beatrice I Curry (Chesrown ’54) June 9, 2015

Louise “Katie” Charles ’70 Feb. 22, 2015

Mary E Aleshire (Fishpaw ’55) Feb. 25, 2015

Sally Howard (Setar ’71) March 22, 2015

David E Turner ’56 Dec. 20, 2014

Annette Reed Gibson (Fry ’75 M) Feb. 12, 2015

Leonard Huffman ’57 Jan. 4, 2015

Daniel B Peterson ’75 Nov. 17, 2013

Wayne G Maskey ’57 July 25, 2013

Esther E Creasy (Martensen ’75) June 9, 2015

Patricia A Preston ’57 Jan. 9, 2015

Susan E Hyland (White ’75) June 20, 2015

James B Knapp ’58 Dec. 31, 2014

Teresa A Kocher (Elkins ’75 M, ’91, ’95 G) June 7, 2015

Nancy M Grumbling (Thomas ’58) Jan. 20, 2013

Kenneth A Stewart ’76 Jan. 31, 2015

Helen B Gerig (Moore ’58) Aug. 15, 2014

Evelyn M Straits (Hosford ’76) May 14, 2015

Robert D Brand ’59 Dec. 15, 1990

Marc A Fehring ’77 June 15, 2015

Frances “Kay” Berger (Shrimplin ’59) March 20, 2015

Timothy J Smithett ’78 March 12, 2014

Stanley C Witt ’59 March 13, 2015

Daniel H Brenner ’78 March 29, 2015

James F Kauffman ’59 May 31, 2015

Robert W Biggs ’79 June 24, 2012

Virgil G Whims ’60 March 19, 2015

Aimee Neading (Lahita ’80) Nov. 19, 2014

Eleanore Spayde (Hardy ’61) Feb. 12, 2015

Sue A Pfister (Drukker ’81) Dec. 29, 2014

Arthur G Rundle ’61 May 29, 2014

Kenneth A Farrow ’81 June 3, 2015

William R Burns ’62 Jan. 19, 2014

John J Casey ’82 Oct. 13, 2009

Pamela Moss (Hart ’95) Jan. 25, 2015 Fred A Herner ’99 July 26, 2013 Timothy S Pearce ’05 May 16, 2015 Cynthia M Difrancesco (Manzuk ’11) May 20, 2015 Teresa Shilling (Ludwig ’91) March 1, 2015 Nancy J Kennedy (Sulcer ’92) April 4, 2015 Ethel M Shumway (Hintz ’93) Oct. 23, 2010 Deborah L Fowler ’94 May 28, 2015 Judy Curtin Chudzinski (’95 G) Feb. 2, 2015 Stephen C Dury ’96 June 13, 2012 George B Wagner ’96 Feb. 2, 2015 Linda M Stewart (Diehl ’00) May 4, 2015 Barbara A Wasem ’03 March 31, 2015 Doris J Miller (G ’05) Feb. 3, 2015 Reginald Lee Felder ’05 Sept. 9, 2010

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