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A New Day on Campus 2014 Homecoming Information Inside | 2

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5 A New Day on Campus

14  Where extraordinary happens on ordinary days Stories of Alumni Success

10  Bob Frere ’51: Chaplain to the Astronauts

16 Homecoming 2014  Schedule of events and registration information

President Finks and Provost Announce Retirements, Interim President Hired

12  Mayor Gary Starr ’73: A Mayor for All Seasons





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On the Cover Morning rays from the sun are caught covering the Founders Lawn. Ashland University admits students with disabilities and those of any sex, race, age, religion, color and national or ethnic origin.



DEPARTMENTS 20 Campus Update  AU receives $1 million, establishes new DNP

26 Class Notes

24 Athletic Update Goldring retires, King named interim athletic director

34 Development Update

program, hires new dean

 General Alumni Info, Future Eagles, Weddings and In Memoriams  Alumnus provides $1 million gift, The Ashland Fund


A New Day on Campus President Finks and Provost Announce Retirements, Interim President Hired

As it was so eloquently put by Bob Dylan 50 years ago, “The times, they are a-changin’.” At the Jan. 31, 2014, meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees, Dr. Frederick J. Finks, who was named president of Ashland University in 2006, made public his plans to retire as president and transition into the role of chancellor at the institution for a one-year period.

“I accepted the presidency in 2006 because I wanted to give back to an institution that had given so much to me. I also wanted to make a difference and leave Ashland a better place than what I found. I believe I have accomplished those goals and now I believe this is the right time for me to transition into a new role.”

Finks led the University during some very good years before the economy and unprecedented changes in higher education created challenging budget years resulting in the reduction of employees and budget cuts. “I accepted the presidency in 2006 because I wanted to give back to an institution that had given so much to me. I also wanted to make a difference and leave Ashland a better place than what I found. I believe I have accomplished those goals and now I believe this is the right time for me to transition into a new role,” Finks said. “The Board is very supportive of this plan and my new ambassador role as University chancellor.”

– Dr. Frederick Finks, University Chancellor

As chancellor, Finks will spend most of his time and energy with major donors of the University. “My day-today responsibilities will be in fund raising and working to position the institution for a future campaign,” he said. Meanwhile, the AU Board of Trustees announced in June that it hired Dr. William Clark Crothers as the interim president of Ashland University. Crothers started in his new role on July 1. “We are very excited to bring someone of the caliber of Dr. Crothers to campus to serve as the interim president of Ashland University,” said AU Board Chair Lisa Miller. “Dr. Crothers has a wealth of experience and will serve as the interim for the duration of one year while the board launches a national search for a new president.” | 5


May of 1969

June of 1972

June of 1980

Graduates from Ashland College with Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

Receives Master of Divinity degree from Ashland Theological Seminary.

Receives Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.

Miller noted that Crothers will assist the Board of Trustees in continuing its comprehensive review of the University as well as forging ahead with a plan for growth. While undergraduate enrollment numbers at AU have remained fairly stable during the past several years, the demand for several of AU’s master degree and post undergraduate programs dropped due to changes in state laws and a weakened economy. While most of the budget news over the past few years has been negative, Ashland University is starting to see a number of positive signs on the horizon. Dr. Stephen Storck, vice president for finance and administration, stated “These are especially challenging times in all of higher education and Ashland University has taken a number of steps to address the financial aspects of a comprehensive university. As we close the books on 2013-14, we are on track to report an increase in net assets on our audited financial statements, which will be released in early fall.” “We balanced the budget by cutting back wherever we could, increased revenue streams and placed a strong emphasis on fundraising,” Finks added, noting that the University received a total of $4 million in gift commitments during the month of May as well as another $1 million in a charitable lead annuity trust. “This has all been in an effort to place the university on stable financial footing.” Finks said he is proud and thankful of the efforts of the entire Ashland campus in this accomplishment. “The achievement of a balanced budget could not have happened without the contributions from strategic, campus wide initiatives to reduce administrative and academic costs and budget reductions shared by all units across campus,” he said. Other positive news comes from seeing steady growth in the new completely online criminal justice program that began in January as well as an increase in new students entering the master of education program for the summer terms, which is the first increase for that program since 2010.

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In addition, Dr. Scott Van Loo, vice president for enrollment management and marketing, is reporting that early enrollment numbers show the University will likely experience positive growth in its overall undergraduate enrollment. “We are excited because our applications and deposits have been running ahead of last year’s numbers for most of the recruiting season and right now it looks like we will have an increase in new and transfer students over what we had last year,” Van Loo said. Van Loo noted that the tuition reset announcement made in the fall of 2013 generated a lot of interest from prospective students. Storck added, “We are seeing some very positive signs for 2014-15, but believe it will continue to be a challenging year. We will maintain vigilance on spending and will continue to explore the addition of new academic programs.” The University saw another major change in administration this summer when Dr. Frank Pettigrew, who served as Ashland University provost since 2007, announced he will move out of the provost office on Aug. 1 and into the role of provost emeritus. As provost emeritus, Pettigrew will serve as a consultant, working with the new interim president and a new interim provost for the remainder of the 2014 calendar year and then be on sabbatical leave until his official retirement in May 2015. “With the new interim president coming on board in July and the change in leadership at Ashland University, it is a good time for me to make this move,” Pettigrew said. “This will allow the interim president to appoint a new interim provost and provide a new leadership team for the institution.” Steven Hannan

July 1, 1982


Takes office as President of Ashland Theological Seminary.

Oversees much growth at ATS, including construction of Shultz Academic Center in 1989 and Sandberg Leadership Center in 2001.

The Finks Record Lisa Miller, chair of the AU Board of Trustees, thanked AU President Fred Finks for his leadership and his 32 years of dedication to the University and Seminary. “President Finks has skillfully guided the University through these tough times,” Miller said. “There is no one more dedicated to AU than Fred Finks and we are grateful that he will continue to be engaged as an ambassador for the University.” Jack Miller, a Board of Trustee member from Wooster, also had high praise for Finks. “President Finks has provided valuable integrity, leadership and insight as he led both the building and development efforts of AU the past eight years,” Miller said. “Fred and Holly have taken ‘Accent on the Individual’ to a new level with their personal relationships with so many AU students, alumni, friends and donors. They have set the mark high for the next AU president.” Finks began his term as the 28th president of Ashland University on June 1, 2006. Prior to that, he had served as president of Ashland Theological Seminary since 1982. Under his leadership, the University has engaged in an aggressive commitment to address the rising financial burden of students and parents, and this included the bold move in August to reduce tuition for full-time undergraduate students by more than $10,000 for the 2014-15 academic year. Additionally, Finks helped develop a number of other programs that have addressed accessibility and affordability, including: • a four-year graduation guarantee; • 20 degrees that can be completed in three years; • a policy lowering minimum graduation requirements from 128 to 120; • a number of four plus one programs where students can earn a bachelor and master’s degrees in five years. Finks also restored alumni and donor faith in the University’s mission, with more than $77.6 million of total giving to the University during his tenure. Another highlight of Finks’ tenure was the acquisition of MedCentral College of Nursing in Mansfield. He then led the fundraising efforts for the construction of the state-of-the-art Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, which opened for classes in the fall of 2012.

Other construction projects undertaken during his administration include the $23 million Athletic Complex, the Rybolt Academic Corridor, the Rybolt Greenhouse, the baseball stadium press box, the track and soccer press box, and Kates Gymnasium upgrade. Many new academic programs that will have a positive impact on the future growth of the University have been developed under Finks, including the expansion of the RN to BSN online, the Doctor of Nurse Practice degree and the online Criminal Justice degree. In addition, Finks reduced short-term debt from $19 million to zero by 2011, and reduced budgets and reorganized the University to become more efficient with fewer personnel. AU Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew commented, “Fred Finks has been a passionate visionary who has provided Ashland University with exemplary leadership for the past eight years. His genuine love for all aspects of the University is unrivaled and unlimited. It was through his vision and leadership that the University completed the acquisition of the MedCentral College of Nursing while simultaneously raising support for a new nursing facility and expanded nursing programs. Additionally, Fred’s success in development allowed the University to realize a long standing dream of having our own state-of-the-art athletic complex on campus. Fred’s legacy at Ashland University will be as someone who was able to honor our past while still preparing us for the future, better than any president has in several decades. I’m honored to have been able to serve with him.” Described as a leader and organizer with strong interpersonal skills, Dr. Finks has been very involved in the community of Ashland, serving the Chamber of Commerce in a number of capacities, and co-chairing the Hospice Capital Campaign. He was one of 17 people selected by the Ashland Times-Gazette as “People Who Changed Our Community.” He has received national recognition as one of the top 20 seminary leaders in the country and served as president of the Fellowship of Evangelical Presidents, an organization of 80 seminaries with a combined enrollment of 50,000. Dr. Finks is an ordained minister of the Brethren Church and served as pastor of the Winding Waters Brethren Church in Elkhart, Ind., from 1972 to 1982 prior to coming to the Seminary. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., in June of 1980 and a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary in June of 1972. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ashland University in 1969. Dr. Finks holds a tenured professor of leadership. | 7

June 1, 2006

April 23, 2010

July of 2010

Named as the 28th President of Ashland University.

Dedicates the $23 million Dwight Schar Athletic Complex. First football games played at Jack Miller Stadium in fall of 2009.

Acquires MedCentral College of Nursing and launches campaign to construct new facility.

Pettigrew’s Journal “I am proud to say that we, as an institution, have gained a significant advantage in our academic profile by consistently hiring outstanding faculty and leading the development of quality programs and creating innovative academic entities over the past seven years.” – Dr. Frank Pettigrew, Provost

A 1972 Ashland University graduate, Dr. Frank Pettigrew said he was honored to serve as provost at the institution where his days in higher education began. Pettigrew had served as dean of AU’s Dwight Schar College of Education since 2002 prior to being named provost in 2007. “At Ashland, I had the opportunity to be a faculty member, department chair, dean and provost,” Pettigrew said. “I was so thrilled when I had the chance to come back to my alma mater and teach. Serving as dean was a great opportunity and the move to the provost position was a very exciting challenge for me. I was very proud that I was given the opportunity to have a direct influence on the academic future of this University.” Some of Pettigrew’s academic accomplishments during his tenure included: • Coordinating the acquisition of the MedCentral College of Nursing with the Ohio Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission • Developing the Global Education requirement for all students • Spearheading the formulation of the Graduate School • Developing the Founders School of Continuing Education • Leading the development of the Center for Academic Support • Reducing the minimal number of credit hours needed to complete an undergraduate bachelor’s degree from 128 to 120. • Establishing a four-year graduation guarantee program that will help keep college costs predictable for families. • Instituting a number of three-year degree programs that

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allow students to earn a quality private education in less time and for less money. •L  aunching a five-year accelerated accounting degree program that allows students to complete bachelor’s and master’s programs in less time than it would for separate degrees. •E  stablishing a host of new academic programs including the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the Master of Health and Risk Communication, and the Master of Science in Applied Exercise Physiology. “I am proud to say that we, as an institution, have gained a significant advantage in our academic profile by consistently hiring outstanding faculty and leading the development of quality programs and creating innovative academic entities over the past seven years,” Pettigrew said. “That is probably the achievement of which I am most proud.” AU President Dr. Fred Finks called working with Pettigrew at Ashland University one of his most rewarding experiences. “He has been one of the most dedicated individuals I have ever worked alongside. He has served with true integrity and has led the University’s academic programs into prominence. He has been a good friend and colleague and will leave an indelible mark on the University,” Finks said. Pettigrew served as director of the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport at Kent State University before coming to Ashland University as chair of the Department of Sport Sciences in 1997. He was previously on the faculty at the University of Idaho and Northwestern University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree at AU, before going on to earn a Master of Science degree from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Idaho. Pettigrew and his wife, Amy, reside in Ashland. They are the parents of two daughters, Emily and Hallie.

Oct. 12, 2012

Aug. 27, 2013

Jan. 31, 2014

Holds dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for new Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Mansfield. Building opened for classes on Aug. 20.

Announces tuition reset, which reduces tuition for undergraduate students by $10,000.

Announces plans to retire on June 30, 2014, and transition into the role of chancellor for a one-year period.

AU’s Interim President “In my short time at Ashland, I have already come to appreciate the amazing dimensions of this fine university…I am confident that the University will emerge from this challenge as a much stronger institution.” – Dr. William Clark Crothers, Interim President

The Ashland University Board of Trustees has announced that it has hired Dr. William Clark Crothers as the interim president of Ashland University. Crothers started in his new role on July 1, 2014. “We are very excited to bring someone of the caliber of Dr. Crothers to campus to serve as the interim president of Ashland University,” said AU Board Chair Lisa Miller. “Dr. Crothers has a wealth of experience and will serve as the interim for one year while the board launches a national search for a new president.” Dr. Crothers said he will work with the Board of Trustees to lead a comprehensive review of the University and will make sure that the institution is positioned for a strong financial future. “In my short time at Ashland, I have already come to appreciate the amazing dimensions of this fine university,” he said. “The institution has been here since 1878 and has endured both good times and bad. While the nation experienced world wars, economic recessions, the Great Depression and major cultural shifts, the university community has always risen to the challenge and propelled the institution forward. “This provides assurance that the temporary financial struggles of today are not new, nor do they provide a basis for a loss of faith in the future. We do have challenges, and I am committed to addressing them in order for Ashland University to be positioned for a strong and viable future. Over the next year we will devote much of our time to controlling costs on campus and looking for ways to increase revenue sources. I am confident that the University will emerge from this challenge as a much stronger institution.” Dr. Crothers served as president of Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y., from 1981 to 2002, as well as interim president at Judson University in Elgin, Ill., and Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky. Dr. Crothers is founder of Presidential Leadership Associates (PLA) located in Davison, Mich. PLA provides strategic solutions through CEO and board consulting for nonprofit organizations, with a focus on colleges and universities. Addressing issues of particular concern

to presidents and Boards of Trustees, PLA has served approximately 50 higher education institutions in areas such as governance and trusteeship, leadership, planning and budgeting, finance, institutional advancement, and general administration. Dr. Crothers was born, raised and educated in Michigan, earning a B.A. in Business Administration at the University of Michigan-Flint College and an M.B.A. in Finance from Western Michigan University. In 1967, after working briefly in public accounting with a national C.P.A. firm in Rochester, N.Y., he began a career in higher education administration at Roberts Wesleyan College, as assistant business manager and subsequently as assistant to the president. Dr. Crothers returned to Michigan and completed a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Michigan State University in 1973, while working in the Office of Institutional Research. He then became director of institutional research at the University of WisconsinStout. In 1974, he became executive director of university planning, with direct supervisory responsibility for the offices of long-range planning, institutional research, budgeting and campus development. In 1977, Dr. Crothers became the executive vice president (the chief operating executive) of Bethel College in Indiana. Dr. Crothers served as president of Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y., from 1981 to 2002. His leadership facilitated a renaissance as evidenced by more than tripling enrollment, major expansion of facilities (10 projects), increased recognition for academic quality, balanced budgets, debt free position and substantial increases in endowment. In addition, graduate level programs were introduced, including the establishment of Northeastern Seminary. In 2002, Dr. Crothers retired and was designated President Emeritus. It was at this time that he founded Presidential Leadership Associates. In 2006-2007, he served as interim president of Asbury University near Lexington, Ky., and in 2012-2013 as interim president of Judson University in Elgin, Ill. Both universities experienced significant transformation during these interim periods. | 9

Bob Frere ’51:

Chaplain Astronauts to the


ouis Robert (Bob) Frere entered Ashland College to pursue the ministry; however, after a life-changing experience at a retreat, he decided to change his major to speech in or-

der to pursue a career in the groundbreaking radio medium. Together with classmates, and under the guidance of Professor W.H. Miley, Frere pushed for the implementation of a campus-wide noncommercial radio station, WACC. The station’s initial broadcast was aired on Feb. 9, 1949. Frere’s broadcasting journey only began in Ashland’s hilltop college station. After graduating in 1951 and serving briefly in the U.S. Navy, he and his wife Ardene (Frantz ’51) began teaching in the Rio Grande Valley. Soon, Frere opened the doors to music stores and broadcast a regular radio program. In the early 1950s, as television was expanding across the country, he took up a microphone and broadcast the first local live program as the weatherman. “Hows and Whys Weatherwise” and “Night Owl Weather” made Bob Frere a household name, and the local community began to recognize him. In 1955, he added another local show, set in a soda fountain, called “Here’s Bob.” Although his family was growing, his business was booming and his popularity was soaring, Frere felt the returning call to enter the ministry. After seminary, he found his first congregation in Huntsville, Texas. For four years, until 1966, Frere was a pastor of that church faithfully. As President Kennedy had encouraged America to reach for the moon, NASA opened its space center in Houston. The Freres were called there on their own mission: to plant a church in the growing NASA community. In the El Lago subdivision of Seabrook, Texas, the Freres purchased a home and began setting out to found the new congregation. The church began meeting in a Seabrook public school building and as the congregation never grew very large, it was able to form closer relationships and hold services in members’ homes. Frere was an excellent communicator, given his history at Ashland and in media, but he was also a compassionate leader and a faithful friend.

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An area boys’ school was the site of a community-wide project to

Another astronaut in the neighborhood was Commander Ron Ev-

help rehabilitate the young men who were there. Together with the

ans. Evans invited the Freres to an exclusive viewing of his Dec. 6,

local Jewish and Catholic congregations, Seabrook Presbyterian of-

1972, launch of the Apollo 17 lunar mission, of which Evans was the

fered the boys an opportunity to worship, fellowship with members

command missile pilot. This was not the only such VIP event the

and even receive tutoring.

Freres were invited to, as their friendships and religious connections

It was no secret that the land values soared in the wake of NASA coming to Houston. When a real estate development agency threatened to force out a boys’ school in the area, Frere organized many

with astronauts allowed them to minister to astronauts’ families while the men were in orbit or even landing on the moon. One such special instance was when Commander Evans’ wife host-

community volunteers and encouraged the media to expose the back-

ed a neighborhood church service in

From the heyday of radio at Ashland

her home, with Frere officiating. Sev-

in place. This positive activism was a

College in 1949, to the shores of

morning during Astronaut Evans’

clear and vibrant echo of the energy

Houston’s NASA epicenter, Bob Frere

Apollo 17 flight. After the crew safely

took quite a journey.

for a welcome celebration at the As-

room deals and keep the boys’ school

that Frere had in the Ashland radio station implementation. As the “Space Race” heightened,

eral families joined them on a Sunday

returned, the Freres joined the Evans trodome in Houston.

more and more astronaut families found homes in El Lago. The

From the heyday of radio at Ashland College in 1949 to the shores of

neighbors were close, and the Freres enjoyed many close friendships

Houston’s NASA epicenter, Bob Frere took quite a journey. The one-

with astronauts who were integral parts of the lunar missions, astro-

time local weatherman who became the chaplain to the astronauts,

nauts whose families also worshipped in his congregation.

Frere will always be remembered as an inspirational speaker and a

One astronaut whose family was close friends with Bob and Ardene

compassionate man, whose roots still run deep in Ashland.

was Neil Armstrong. When the Armstrongs’ home was damaged by

Thank you to everyone who assisted in this story by providing infor-

fire, the Freres opened their home to them. As the Freres went out

mation on Bob ’51 and Ardene (Frantz ’51) Frere, whose legacy con-

of town, they let the Armstrongs stay while repairs were made. The

tinues today in so many ways. Bob passed away on Aug. 7, 2012, while

Armstrongs were notably grateful for the Freres’ “kind hospitality,”

Ardene passed away on April 4, 1991.

according to a handwritten thank-you note from Jan Armstrong, Neil’s wife, to Bob and Ardene.

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Mayor Gary Starr ’73:

A Mayor S

itting across from two college interns working the summer in his Middleburg Heights office, Mayor Gary Starr says, “We only

hire the cream of the crop. I guess you could say we find the star students.” And then the tall and lanky mayor flashes a quick smile, “No pun intended.” Many would be quick to say that Starr is a “star” in his own right. The ’73 Ashland alumnus has been elected to 14 consecutive terms as mayor, and is now in his 33rd year as mayor of Middleburg Heights, a western suburb of Cleveland. That’s a long time to be in office. Even the Ohio Municipal League, when asked by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, couldn’t think of a current city mayor who’s been in office longer. A long term Middleburg Heights resident, Starr graduated from Midpark High School and then Ashland University, where he’d been recruited to play baseball.

“We only hire the cream of the crop. I guess you could say we find the star students. No pun intended.” – Mayor Gary Starr

“Correction,” Starr says. “I warmed the bench.” A shy student when he started at Ashland in 1969, Starr says he didn’t do well

in school. But he attributes his political success today to the moral and educational foundation laid during his Ashland years. Starr said he “learned the value of words” from a writing instructor who worked with him tirelessly. From his political science professors he learned the value of hearing both sides to an argument, a principle Starr still uses today when faced with critics. It’s not uncommon for him to invite an adversary into his office in order to

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for All Seasons listen to his or her point of view, which has caused Starr to change

School in 2012, he began gathering information and making phone

his mind on more than one occasion.

calls to his Chief of Police and Safety Director.

After graduating from Cleveland Marshall College of Law with his

“No one can guarantee against a Sandy Hook – what we can do is

juris doctorate, Starr interned with some of the great names in Ohio

make certain that we are doing everything humanly possible to

politics such as George Voinovich and Howard Metzenbaum.

proactively respond to that 911 call involving our children,” he said.

“These men became role models for me,” he said. One has only to look around the Mayor’s office to see photos of him with other role models from all sides of the political spectrum: Bill Clinton, George Bush, Hilary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Dennis Kucinich. In fact, Starr

Further consultation with two former U.S. Secret Service directors yielded Operation Protect Our Children, a program designed to optimize and strengthen emergency response measures in the Middleburg Heights School system.

would counsel Ashland students to find internships and to study and

Through the years, Mayor Starr’s commitment to public service

read about successful men and women, and to seek out these role

has extended beyond his city’s limits. He has served on the Trustee

models. Doing so has been an invaluable help to Starr’s career.

Boards for Southwest General Hospital, The Gateway Corporation,

Yet, Ashland wove more than just moral and physical fiber into Starr’s life. It also provided an architectural model. Fascinated with

The North Coast Harbor Corporation, and for 20 years on the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

architecture, he modeled the Middleburg Heights City Hall campus

Mayor Starr claims to have no aspiration for higher political office.

after the feel of the Ashland campus, from the selection of the red

Often, he finds himself walking around Middleburg Heights proud

brick used in the Fire Station, City Hall and Library, even down to

and humbled by all that has been accomplished under his tenure. He

the clock tower.

knows his community, and they know him. In fact, he regularly visits

He’s also very proud of the city’s Recreational Center, a state-ofthe-art, 83,000-square-foot facility that opened in 2000, and was

supermarkets, the Rec Center and building lobbies asking people how he’s doing. “I tell them it’s your money. How are we doing with it?”

nationally recognized by USA Today. When a critic said the Center

All this outreach has paid off for Starr. Nearly every evening he can

was too grand and resembled the Taj Mahal, Starr responded with a

say he’s met a personal goal of meeting two new people every day —

thank you, saying, “The Taj is a great piece of architecture that has

even if they may not vote for him in the next election.

lasted centuries.” Starr hopes the Rec Center will also stand the test of time.

Ginny Taylor

Yet Mayor Starr developed one program he hopes will not be timetested. Just hours after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary | 13

Where AU Graduate Becomes Member of the Cavaliers Angelique Cunningham, a 2012

“It all happened so fast. One minute I was walking up to the

graduate of Ashland University,

table contemplating what my first words would be and the

is now a part of the Cleveland

next minute I was walking away from the career table and

Cavaliers front office team. After

being escorted up to the offices by my soon-to-be manager,”

graduating from AU with a double

Cunningham said.

major in public relations and electronic



Cunningham pursued a master of arts in communication and following her graduation in May she began her new job on June 2.







Communication Studies for helping her get to this point in her career. “As I reflect back on my personal, professional and academic growth, I attribute much of my success to my time spent at Ashland University. The communication program built a strong platform for me that not only promoted the value in

“I am working as an account

majoring in communication studies but afforded me the skill-

executive with Inside Sales for the

sets necessary to handle communication studies at the master’s

Cleveland Cavaliers and my office is literally inside of the Quicken Loans Arena,” she said. “I am working with sales revolving around suites, packages and other premier seating. I will be taking several initiatives to build my own clientele, including a renowned training program.”

level,” she said. Cunningham said the study of communication is so broad that people, including herself prior to her enrollment at AU, tend to put communication in a box of limitations and believe that they can only do a few things. “During the course of my

Cunningham said the whole event around the securing of her

education, I realized communication studies proved to be the

job seems very surreal. “My AU adviser, Dr. Avtgis, has been a

exact opposite. The faculty promoted a value in majoring in

mentor to me beyond my graduation and he invited me to go

communication, reinforcing that there are a multitude of career

with him and some AU faculty and students to the MAC Career

paths we can take because of its versatility. And during a state

Fair in Cleveland. When we got there he encouraged me to go

of economic crisis, who wouldn’t want a degree that is multi-

over the Cavs table right away, because he believed I could walk

functional,” she said.

away with a job opportunity,” she said.

Graduate Heads Off to Dream Job at ESPN AU senior Elizabeth Bucheit had

different highlight and voice over pieces that air on shows like

a busy final semester at Ashland

SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, NBA Tonight, etc.

University in the spring but it was all worthwhile when she walked across the stage to get her degree on May 10 with her dream job in hand. A digital media journalism major, Bucheit of North Canton, earlier in the semester had accepted the

writing the script for the highlights that the talent read on the air,” she said. “As a PA, I am part of the CAP Program, which is a six-year program starting as a PA for up to two years, and a content associate (CA) for up to four years. From there, I will have the freedom to move within the company.”

position of production assistant with

Bucheit was able to land this job after participating in a 10-week

ESPN Sports in Bristol, Conn.

internship with ESPN that ended on April 4. “Starting on Jan.





assistant (PA) role with ESPN on July 14. As a PA, she is working closely with producers, producing

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“Not only do I create the highlights, but this job also includes

27, I was in Bristol, Conn., doing many of the things that I will be doing once I am back at ESPN,” she said. “I was able to land the internship by applying through, interning

happens on ordinary days. with SportsTime Ohio last spring and then working for them

“While the classes that the department offers are necessary to

this past summer and early fall, not to mention the countless

learn the basics, it is really the dedication of the professors that

opportunities within the AU department.

allowed me to grow during my time here. With their dedication

Bucheit said the JDM Department at Ashland University was the reason she was able to land this job. “Our JDM department is the sole reason that I transferred to AU in the first place. (Professor) Tim McCarty told me that if ESPN was my dream, he could guarantee that I would be ready when the time came as long as I was willing to put in the work,” Bucheit said.

to outside experiences like broadcasting the AU football and basketball games, news updates, sports updates, live debates etc., we are able to get a real taste of what our futures will be like. The professors encourage you to try new things, accept new ideas, and push you to do your best and improve on every project you work on.”

Alyssa Miller Takes Job at Under Armour Alyssa Miller, who graduated from

worth of graphic design ideas to the design team, which allowed

AU in May with a marketing degree,

the designers to understand what graphics our consumers want

began as merchandising coordinator

to see on our product in the D.C. Metro area.”

for Under Amour in July. When Miller was a senior at AU she was offered the job at Under Armour headquarters in Baltimore, Md., following her time as a summer intern with the company.

Miller said the internship provided her with many opportunities, including serving in support roles for the senior merchants, being specifically focused on accessories and localized product, being in attendance at professional sporting events, visiting Sagamore Farms, being part of a city-wide scavenger hunt to familiarize themselves with the Baltimore

During the summer of 2013, Miller

Area, and attending a speaker series with managers from many

served 11 weeks as the retail

different departments of the company.

merchandising intern at Under Armour, after being selected as one of 50 total interns out of 4,000 applicants. “In the beginning of March 2013

Miller praises her time and training at AU for being very beneficial to her getting this opportunity.

I had a round of two phone interviews and by the end of March

“My AU education has provided me with the tools needed to

I had a Skype ‘panel’ interview, which was my final interview,”

prepare me for a corporate environment,” Miller said. “From

Miller said. “My past two internship experiences at The Buckle

specialty topics classes to job fairs and employer meet and

and Fiserv the previous summers and the leadership roles

greets, I gained experience working with professionals before I

that I hold on campus gave me a competitive edge above other

ever took on a corporate position. COBE classes demonstrated


real-world examples of problems that can arise in a work place

During her time interning, Miller became a crucial part of the team that would later open a brand house store in Washington,

and I felt confident that I had the skills needed to solve these issues and make an immediate impact as an intern.”

D.C. “Our brand house stores carry graphic design shirts that

Miller was very active on the AU campus, where her leadership

are localized to the geographic area and consumer market that

roles included a member of Omicron Delta Kappa; a member of

shops our brand,” stated Miller. “I traveled approximately twice

Delta Mu Delta; captain on the women’s basketball team, which

a week to the D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas and thoroughly

was the 2013 national Division II champions; and president of

researched consumer trends, segmentation and targeting. I

the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.

gathered store-specific insights through consumer observation and interaction. By the end of my 11-weeks I proposed a years’ | 15

Homecomi FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10 Women’s Soccer AU Eagles vs. Tiffin University Dragons 3 p.m. | Ferguson Field

Women’s Volleyball AU Eagles vs. Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals 7 p.m. | Kates Gymnasium General Seating: $8 Reserved Chair Back Seating: $12 Senior Citizens & School-Aged Children: $3

Religious Life Reunion

SaturDAY, OCTOBER 11 5K Fun Run Reservations required | Please visit to register. 8:30 a.m. | Check-in begins in front of the Rec Center 9:30 a.m., Walkers | 10 a.m., Runners $5 per person, if preregistered | $10 per person day of event Start off Homecoming with a 5K Fun Run. The first 100 registrants receive a free giveaway. Prizes will be awarded to the first male and female to finish the race and all who participate will be entered into a raffle for a 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 race. To register, visit and click on “Homecoming”

7:30 p.m. | Jack & Deb Miller Chapel

in the Events section. For questions, call the Rec Services Office at

Join us as we celebrate all the amazing things God has accomplished


throughout the history of the Center of Religious Life at Ashland University. A worship service, featuring former student leaders and Religious Life Staff, will be held in the AU Chapel. The purpose of the

Band Reunion 9 - 11 a.m. | Troop Center - Gridiron Club Room

gathering will be to reflect on God’s faithfulness through the years, to

Continental Breakfast provided

honor those who contributed to the incredible success of the Center of

Reconnect with your former band comrades. Hosted by Ken Will, Ashland

Religious Life, and to connect with friends who are now serving the Lord

University director of bands. Please let us know if you’re attending!

all over the world. A time of reminiscing and refreshments will follow

in Lower Chapel. Please let us know if you are attending! Email Jason Barnhart, executive director of Religious Life, at

Ashland University Theatre presents “Saint Joan” By George Bernard Shaw | Directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames 7:30 p.m. | Hugo Young Theatre Ticket Prices: $12, $10, $8, $5, $2 for AU Students To purchase tickets, visit or call the Box Office at 419.289.5125

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 9:15 a.m. | Check-in at the Student Center Piano Lounge

(#28 on the campus map)

9:30 a.m. | Admissions presentation in the Student Center Auditorium

Based on the life and trial of Joan of Arc, this tragedy explores the

10 a.m. | Interest Inventory/Career Coaching with the Career Services

themes of faith, nationalism and Protestantism. Called variously “the

greatest play in English since Shakespeare” and “beautiful, engrossing,

11 a.m. | Campus Tour (tour will include outside walking -

and at times exalting,” Shaw’s masterpiece remains as vivid and

timely to modern audiences as it was scandalous and incendiary in its

Noon | Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Fan Fest

premiere in 1923.

Center (Student Center 2nd floor near elevator) please dress accordingly) (Parking lot near Amstutz Hall & Athletic Complex)

1 p.m. | Football Game (optional)

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omecoming 2014 Reservations required | contact Ashley Dorner in the Office of Admissions at 419.289.5063, or at 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.

Hall of Fame Induction Brunch 9:30 a.m. | Faculty Room, Upper Convocation Center $20 per person | Reservations required Contact Rachel Bixler at 419.289.5954 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 on them induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The following alumni will be inducted: Terry Adsit ’68 | Baseball & Football Rebecca Richards Allen ’04 | Soccer Toure Carter ’04 | Track, Football Josie Nelson Henry ’04 | Softball Keith Weaver ’96 | Football Adriane Blewitt Wilson ’04 | Track Dr. Ella Shannon ’63 will be recognized with The Eagle Forever Award.

Ashbrook Reception with Drs. Schramm, Sikkenga and Burkett 10 a.m. | Ashbrook Center | Cost: Complimentary The Ashbrook Center will host a reception for alumni of the Ashbrook Scholar and MAHG programs and all other interested parties. Dr. Peter Schramm will provide an update on the Center’s work and will lead a discussion on current events with Dr. Jeff Sikkenga and Dr. Chris Burkett. Light refreshments will be provided. Those interested may make a reservation by going to

HOMECOMING INFORMATION For parking details and more information, visit and click on “Homecoming 2014.” We encourage you to make your reservations online at so that you can check out who else has already reserved on the “Attendee List” for each event! Friend us on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter @ashlandalumni

Ashland University | Homecoming 2014

RESERVATION Form Online registration available at, or please mail completed form to Ashland University Alumni Office, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. Reservations must be received by Friday, October 3, 2014 Name: ________________________________ Class Year:________ Maiden Name:____________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________ City: ___________________________ State: ______ Zip:________ Daytime Phone:__________________________________________ E-mail Address: __________________________________________

Events 5K Fun Run

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

Football Game AU Eagles vs. Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals 1 p.m. | Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field General Seating: $10

No. of runners ____ x @ 5.00 each _______

Reserved Chair Back Seating: $15 Senior Citizens & School-Aged Children: $3

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

Cheer on the Eagles as they take on the Cardinals!

Purple Eagle Silent Auction & All Alumni Reunion 3:30 - 6 p.m. | Alumni Room, Upper Convocation Center Free photo booth…a DJ…Free food from Ashland’s Award Winning

For More Information | Rec Services | 419.289.5440

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

o Check Check No. _____________ payable to Ashland University

The Silent Auction is the perfect place to get reacquainted with old friends.

o Credit Card o VISA

o MasterCard

Alumni Association’s Purple Eagle Silent Auction! More than 300 alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students are expected to

o American Express

o Discover

Card No.: ___________________________ Exp. Date:___________ Signature:_______________________________________________

For Additional Questions and/or reservations: Theatre – “Saint Joan” & Fall Choral Concert AU Box Office | 419.289.5125 | Volleyball Games | 419.289.5441 Religious Life Reunion Jason Barnhart | 419.289.5480 | Band Reunion Ken Will | Legacy Visit Day Ashley Dorner | 419.289.5063 | 5K Fun Run | Alexis Gunn | 419.207.6175 | Athletic Hall of Fame Brunch Rachel Bixler | 419.289.5954 | Ashbrook Reception Ben Kunkel | 419.289.5431 | Football Game Kay Jenney | 419.289.5475 | Silent Auction/All Alumni Reunion Jill Charlton | 419.289.5040 | All other events, contact the Alumni Office 419.289.5082 or 866.GoTuffy |

AU Bookstore Hours Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

attend! The Auction is an Ashland University Alumni Association fundraising event held during Homecoming Weekend where over 200 items are silently auctioned to the highest bidder. There will also be a raffle with two prizes offered: Two tickets to the OSU vs. Michigan football game or $500 cash. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. 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.

Women’s Volleyball AU Eagles vs. Wayne State Warriors 6 p.m. | Kates Gymnasium See Friday’s listing for ticket prices.

Ashland University Theatre presents “Saint Joan” By George Bernard Shaw | Directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames 7:30 p.m. | Hugo Young Theatre See details at event listing under Friday, October 10.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12 Women’s Soccer AU Eagles vs. Seton Hill University Griffins 2 p.m. | Ferguson Field

Fall Choral Concert 4 p.m. | Jack & Deb Miller Chapel Ashland University Department of Music presents the Fall Choral Concert featuring the Ashland University Choir, directed by Dr. Rowland Blackley;

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

the Ashland University Women’s Chorus directed by Dr. Marla Butke; and

Saturday: Stadium Store, 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

the Ashland Area Chorus, directed by Elizabeth Slade.

Sunday: Noon – 3 p.m.

Free & open to the public.

2014 Alumni Association Award Winners

DID YOU KNOW about the Purple Eagle Silent Auction? This year, the Ashland University Alumni Association Board of Directors will celebrate the 32nd Annual Purple Eagle Silent Auction on Homecoming Day. Since the first Auction in 1983, more than $300,000 has been raised in support of: • Legacy scholarships • The Ashland Fund • College of Education campaign • Athletic Complex campaign • College of Nursing campaign • Alumni programming

Join us at the Auction and BID HIGH, BID OFTEN! See Homecoming Event Listing for complete details

Congratulate Ralph Tomassi on His Retirement After the football game, stop by the All Alumni Reunion in the John C. Myers Convocation Center to see Ralph and Betty Jo Tomassi and wish him well in his retirement. Ralph, a 1977 AU alumnus, has met and be-

It was a special day on campus on Saturday, March 29, 2014, as the Ashland University Alumni Association honored seven outstanding alumni and friends at its annual Alumni Awards Luncheon. The 2014 Alumni Association Award recipients are: back row, left to right, Robert Wendling ’59, the Dr. Glenn L. Clayton Award recipient; Ted Emack ’72, the Drushal Humanitarian Award recipient; Jeremy Ditlevson, son of the late Paul Ditlevson, who received the Honorary Alumnus Award, posthumously; John Denman ’79, the Special Achievement Award recipient; and front row, left to right, Elizabeth Pastor, who received the Raymond Bixler Award, and Deborah Liebert Karl ’72, the Outstanding Alumna Award recipient. Not pictured is Keith Lockwood ’02, the Young Alumnus Award recipient.

friended countless Ashland alumni, parents and friends through his more than 35 years at Ashland. Be sure to take a moment to congratulate him on a remarkable career.

Class of 1964 Holds 50th Class Reunion


ALL GREEK REUNION Sat., April 2, 2016

Greek alumni – mark your calendars to attend the 50th anniversary of Greek life on Ashland’s campus on Saturday, April 2, 2016! Watch your mailbox and inbox for more information. Also, be sure to visit to update your information, fill out a short survey on what you would like to see at the event, and find complete details.

Keep in Touch Do we have your email address? Keep in touch with your Alumni Association to receive your birthday bookstore coupon, the eWhispers newsletter, social invitations and more! Update your records at

Members of the Class of 1964 gathered on campus March 29, 2014, to celebrate their 50th Reunion. The Class of 1964 also presented a check in the amount of $17,489,503.85 to the University. This “Gift of Support” represents the cumulative total donated by members of the Class of 1964 to Ashland over the last five years. Those members of the class attending the event included: back row, left to right, President Fred Finks, Roger Robertson, Robert Kauffman, Bruce Sanford, Tim Sage, Gary Peacock, Michael Hannah, Richard Hyde, Karen McPherson Weidenhamer and Lew Hollinger; front row, left to right, Joanne Slabaugh Kroft, Ruth Williams Martinelli, Jess Hamilton, Judy Smetzer Hachtel, Jim Dague, Gary Courtright and George Bates.


Ashland University Receives $1 Million

from State Capital Bill

State Representatives David Hall (Ashland) and Mark Romachuck (Richland) jointly announced in April that Ashland University’s Dwight Schar College of Nursing has been awarded $1 million as part of the State Capital Bill. The award is for costs associated with the construction of the $15.5 million nursing educational facility located on Trimble Road in Mansfield. The partnership between North Central State College and Ashland University with its articulation agreements for nursing students was instrumental in AU receiving the award. Representative Hall stated that Ashland’s commitment to nursing education, economic development and jobs creation were contributing factors in the state’s award. The nursing facility is a state-of-the-art educational center that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in health care. Representative Romachuck stated that Ashland’s acquisition of the former MedCentral College of Nursing was an important part of keeping the nursing programs in Richland County. The College of Nursing located on the Trimble Road health care corridor is important to the local economy as well as regional job creation. Dr. Frederick J. Finks, president of Ashland University during the acquisition, said, “This is an affirmation of all

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we have attempted to do in our acquisition and further development of health education for the University. “This not only impacts Ashland and Richland counties, but truly is impactful throughout the state of Ohio. Our commitment to a strong academic and practical education for nursing students with leading technology and simulation labs will prepare nurses, health care workers and nurse educators for the growing needs in Ohio,” Finks noted. Margaret Pomfret, vice president of development and institutional advancement at AU, said, “We worked with so many great people in Columbus over the past four years to see this through. Senator Bill Harris was instrumental with his initial support as well as Speaker William Batchelder, Senator Larry Obhof and Representatives Jay Goyal, David Hall, Mark Romachuck and Ron Amstutz. They saw first-hand how the college could impact the area in so many different ways. They were the ones who made this possible.” Ashland University acquired MedCentral College of Nursing in 2010 with the commitment to build a new nursing educational facility in Richland County and the 46,000-square-foot College of Nursing facility was completed in the fall of 2012.

Ashland University Hires NEW DEAN

 of Schar College of Education Dr. Douglas Fiore has been hired as the new dean of AU’s Dwight Schar College of Education and he began his tenure as dean on June 1. Fiore replaces Dr. James Van Keuren, who retired in May. In announcing the appointment, AU Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew said, “We are extremely pleased to be able to get a dynamic person like Dr. Fiore to lead our Schar College of Education. He has a strong academic administration background and he truly impressed everyone who met with him here at AU.”

Fiore said he is excited to lead the University’s well-known education program. “Ashland University has been at the forefront of teacher education and public education in the Midwest for many years and I look forward to being in a position to lead this college as we continue that tradition,” Fiore said. Fiore comes to Ashland University from Virginia State University where he served as associate provost for extended education for the past year. He served as assistant provost for general and continuing education, professor of educational leadership and dean of the Doctor of Education Program since joining Virginia State University in 2006. Fiore also served as director of the Office of Professional Practice at the Virginia Department of Education in 2005 and 2006.

AU Establishes Doctor of

 Nursing Practice Degree Program Ashland University has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree Program through the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “I want to congratulate everyone for all of their hard work in getting this dream to come true,” said AU Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew. “The granting of this new doctoral program moves the University forward with its graduate programming and raises the academic quality and reputation of the institution.” Pettigrew noted that Dr. Faye Grund, dean of the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the nursing faculty, have been the driving force behind the new program. “We are very excited that we will be able to offer this new online program and we expect this will be a very popular program because of the demand for primary care providers,” Grund said. “The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a graduate level educational program leading to a practice doctorate for baccalaureate and master’s prepared registered nurses. The initial specialty focus of the program will prepare nurses for the advanced practice role of Family Nurse Practitioner. The DNP degree also will prepare graduates to assume roles as faculty for colleges of nursing.”

According to Grund, the University began offering the DNP classes as part of the summer session that started in June. Those interested in learning more about the program can contact Dr. Latina Brooks, the program director, at or visit www. Brooks said AU’s new online DNP program delivers an innovative curriculum from post-baccalaureate to doctorate, emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration among health care providers, hospitals, community leaders and policy makers. | 21


Ashland University Honors Professor

with Taylor Teaching Award

Ashland University faculty member Merrill Tawse was the recipient of AU’s 2014 Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. AU Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew presented the award at AU’s Academic Honors Convocation on April 13, in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The award, first presented in 1997, was endowed by former Jeromesville residents the late Edward and Louaine Taylor as a way of supporting high quality teaching at Ashland University. A professional instructor of biology and toxicology, Tawse joined the Ashland University faculty in 2010 from the MedCentral College of Nursing science department and is currently teaching human anatomy and physiology, entomology and biology courses as well as a core ecology course for the department. He received his Master of Science in Entomology from the University of Nebraska and his Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Ohio State University. A resident of Mansfield, Tawse has more than 30 years in outdoor education and research at the Gorman Nature Center and his areas of expertise include the distribution and foraging behaviors of the insectivorous bats found within the four-state region through the utilization of mist netting, acoustic monitoring, radio-telemetry and

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fecal pellet analysis. His previous field experiences include numerous survey projects directed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, NASA and ODNR. He also has secured grants from Ohio Biological Survey, Ohio Division of Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for several long-term research projects at Mohican State Forest, the Ravenna Army Arsenal and Killbuck Wildlife areas. Pettigrew praised the selection of Tawse as the 2014 Taylor Teaching Award recipient, noting that Tawse epitomizes the true instructional faculty member. “His emphasis is on his teaching and mentoring of students. He has committed his professional life to developing a variety of pedagogical aspects that permits students multiple opportunities to learn content through a variety of approaches. Merrill is a passionate teacher and strives to create an environment in science where students can have a childlike sense of awe and wonder,” Pettigrew said. Following the award presentation, Tawse spoke on his teaching philosophy for motivating his students in an address titled “Let’s Catch Stuff!”

Speaker of the House Addresses

 Ashland University Graduates The greatest reward for the class of 2014 is not a piece of paper, but rather an opportunity for graduates to go out into the world and do whatever they desire to do, commencement speaker William G. Batchelder told graduates at Ashland University Commencement ceremony on May 10. The speaker reminded students that their degree is not something that is handed to them or something that happened to them by accident but is something that has come to them as a result of hard work and sacrifice. Batchelder, who has been Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives since 2011, has represented the 69th District since 2007 and previously served as a state representative from 1969 to 1998. The Medina resident is the second-longest serving representative in the Ohio House. The speaker told graduates that this year marks the commencement of a new phase of his own life just as it marks a milestone for the graduates. “Today is special to me because we have term limits in Ohio, and after a mere 38 years, they are making me go home,” Batchelder said. He then went on to pass the torch to a generation of young people whom he hopes will carry on his passion for helping the country continue to be great. Batchelder spoke in praise of the nation’s founding fathers and said though he believes this country is the greatest on earth, the states need to amend the constitution to take back power from the federal government. “This nation, your nation, the nation you will do so much for in the future, requires alterations in its structure. You will have the opportunity to be the young people who come into the challenges we face and address them,” he said.

The speaker praised Ashland University for its growth and expansion in tough economic times and for the education it provides students. “Based upon what I know about this college and what I know about the method of study here, you will be more than capable,” Batchelder said. Finks presented Batchelder with an honorary doctor of laws degree. A total of 837 degrees, including 366 graduate and 471 undergraduate, were presented. Degrees conferred included 10 doctor of education, 210 master of education, 108 master of business administration, three master of American history and government, 23 master of arts, 12 master of fine arts in creative writing, 77 Bachelor of Arts, four Bachelor of Music, 103 Bachelor of Science, 77 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 126 Bachelor of Science in Education, 64 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 12 Bachelor of Science in social work, five Bachelor of Fine Arts and three Associate of Arts degrees. (Reprinted with approval from Courtney Day/Ashland Times-Gazette).

Campus Mourns Death of Student Ashland University this spring mourned the death of one of its students, junior Andrew Keim, who passed away from the injuries he received in a car accident near Wellington, Ohio, a week before commencement. Andrew Keim’s twin sister, Ashley, also an Ashland University student, informed those in attendance at an on-campus prayer vigil of his passing on May 3. Ashley honored Andrew as a giving person in life and that he continued to give in his passing as an organ donor. His younger sister, brother and sister-in-law also attended the vigil.

Humphrey and Rosalie (Rose) Sepesy – were all in intensive care at Cleveland Metro Hospital following the accident but all three were later released. The two people in the other vehicle in this accident were the parents of another AU student – sophomore Abby Zacharias. Her mother and father also were hospitalized but were later released. Spiritual support and grief counseling were made available to students in the chapel as well as the Hawkins-Conard Student Center during the week following the accident.

The other three AU students in the vehicle – Paige Gorsuch, Madalyn | 23



AS AU Director of AthleticS Ashland University Director of Athletics Bill Goldring announced his retirement in the spring of 2014 and worked until early July. Goldring was in his 16th year as AU’s director of athletics, which was his 35th year in college athletics administration. Goldring is known as an innovator and a driving force for change on the conference, regional and national levels. He’s also respected for his expertise in building exceptional all-around athletic programs. Twice (200506, 2011-12) at Ashland he’s been recognized as the NCAA Division II Northeast Region athletic director of the year. Under Goldring’s direction, Ashland’s 19-varsity sport program has reached unprecedented heights. AU has finished fifth, third and third in the national Learfield Directors’ Cup standings his last three years. Ashland is one of only three schools to finish in the Learfield Directors’ Cup Top 10 for seven consecutive seasons. With Goldring as the director of athletics, the Eagles have won one national championship, made 64 NCAA postseason team appearances, won 14 NCAA regional championships and claimed 48 GLIAC titles. In 2012-2013, the AU women’s basketball team won the NCAA Division II national championship. That same year, the men’s track and field program finished as the national runner-up indoors and outdoors and the athletic department boasted nine national championships. The Eagles sent 16 teams to NCAA postseason play, saw 48 student-athletes receive All-America laurels and won GLIAC crowns in football, women’s basketball,

outdoor track and field and baseball. The conference championship in football was the first in program history and the Eagles completed the regular season undefeated and went to the NCAA playoffs for the fifth time in school history. “It’s been a real honor to serve in this capacity over the last 16 years,” said Goldring. “I believe we’ve accomplished great things and I owe that to the fact that we have an unbelievable group of coaches and administrative staff that work hand in hand to enhance the tradition and legacy of Ashland University athletics. “There’s no question that personally, it’s the right time for me to go,” continued Goldring. “I owe so much to the support of my family who has made sacrifices to allow me to enjoy this opportunity. I’ll get to spend more time with them and maybe enjoy watching some games where I don’t care about the outcome.” Goldring also was named recipient of the 2014 Tom Donahue Service Award, which is presented annually by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Goldring received the award during the conference’s spring meetings, which were held in late May in Gaylord, Mich. The Donahue Service Award is selected by administrators from around the league. It is presented to an administrator at a conference school who makes significant contributions to the GLIAC and intercollegiate athletics and exemplifies the highest standard of dedication to the league and its student-athletes set by former GLIAC commissioner Tom Donahue. Goldring is the 36th recipient of this award. He is the second Ashland University administrator to be honored. Former faculty athletics representative Bob Wendling received the Donahue Award in 2005.

AU Finishes Fifth In Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings Ashland University has finished fifth in the final 2014 NCAA Division II Learfield Directors’ Cup standings. This is the seventh consecutive season AU has finished in the nation’s Top 10. Only two others schools can make that claim. In the last three years, the Eagles have placed third, third and fifth. In 2013-14, 13 AU

teams participated in the NCAA postseason. The Eagles finished the year with 637 points, while Grand Valley State won the 2014 Learfield Directors’ Cup with 1,030 points. This is the ninth time GVSU has won the Directors’ Cup.


NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (1) Basketball – Women | 2013

GREAT LAKES INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS (48) Baseball | 1999, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2013 Basketball – Women | 2012, 2013 Basketball – Women/South Div. | 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013 Cross Country – Men | 1998 Football | 2012 Indoor Track – Men | 1999, 2009 Outdoor Track – Men | 1999, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 Outdoor Track – Women | 1999 Soccer – Men | 2005, 2009, 2010 Soccer – Women | 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Softball | 1999, 2002, 2009 Swimming – Women | 2000, 2001, 2002 Volleyball – Women/South Div. | 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013 Volleyball | Tournament | 2006

NCAA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (14) Baseball | 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008 Basketball – Women | 2012, 2013 Soccer – Women | 1998, 2004 Soccer – Men | 2001 Volleyball | 2006 Wrestling | 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005

NCAA TEAM APPEARANCES (64) Baseball | 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 Basketball – Women | 2004, 2006, 2012, 2013 Cross Country – Men | 1998, 2000, 2008, 2011, 2012 Cross Country – Women | 2011 Football | 2007, 2008, 2012 Golf – Men | 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 Golf – Women | 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Soccer – Women | 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Soccer – Men | 2001, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010 Softball | 1999, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Tennis – Women | 2008, 2009, 2010 Volleyball | 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013

Al King Named Interim

Director of AthleticS Ashland University has named Al King as its interim director of athletics. King replaces Bill Goldring, who announced his retirement in the spring. King will assume the role of interim director of athletics on July 7. “I am very excited to announce this selection. Al brings 25 years of athletic experience to this position and I look forward to his leadership,” said Sue Heimann, vice president of student affairs and dean of students.

King is completing his 21st year at AU and was currently serving as assistant athletic director for media relations. “It’s an honor and a privilege,” said King, about moving into the interim director’s position. “I want to thank our administration for giving me this tremendous opportunity. “It’s been an incredible experience to work with Bill Goldring for 16 years,” continued King. “I marvel at where he’s taken this athletic program. I hope to apply what he’s shown me and what I learned at my previous stop, IUP, and do the best job possible.” At AU, King has handled all the publicity for a 19-sport athletic program. He has served as the media host for NCAA championships in men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s cross country, softball and wrestling. He is a member of the Harlon Hill Committee, which helps select the NCAA Division II football player of the year, and he’s the Midwest Regional coordinator for the Daktronics men’s basketball team. He is also a member of the regional ranking committee for the College Baseball Writers of America. While at Ashland, King has also been involved in game event management. He is a member of the university’s Hall of Fame committee. He works closely with the GLIAC office on a number projects and has been responsible for compiling and submitting the nomination forms for the annual Commissioner’s Awards and the All-GLIAC Academic and All-Academic Excellence Teams. King also handles all of AU’s nominations and publicity for the Capital One Academic All-America program. King came to Ashland in July of 1993 from IUP in Indiana, Pa., where he was the assistant sports information director for four years.

2014 FOOTball SCHEDULE DATE OPPONENT TIME SEPT. 6 LAKE ERIE 7 P.M. SEPT. 13 WALSH 7 P.M. Sept. 20 at Ohio Dominican TBA Sept. 27 at Findlay 3 p.m. OCT. 4 MALONE 7 P.M. OCT. 11 SAGINAW VALLEY 1 P.M. (HOMECOMING) Oct. 18 at Hillsdale 2:30 p.m. OCT. 25 NORTHERN MICHIGAN 1 P.M. Nov. 1 at Grand Valley St. 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Michigan Tech 1 p.m. Home Games in Bold Caps | 25


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eryone it touches, and how the crack of a bat can resonate through the years. The book is available in paper back and e-book format.

Muriel Aurand (Boardman ’51) lost her husband, R. Gault ’51 on June 13, 2013. Together they had five children, one of whom, Marcia Louise, their middle child, they lost when she was 6 weeks, 6 days old. She now has 14 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.


1955 Robert M. Byers ’55 has been named on the District 22-W Lions Honor Roll for his unselfish dedication to his Club, his community, District 22-W and Lions Clubs International. He has been a member of the Glade Valley Lions Club in Maryland for over 50 years.

1958 Jack Purtell ’58 is proud to share that his granddaughter, Courtney Purtell, played a pivotal role on the Reynoldsburg girls’ basketball team that finished the season 23-4. Unfortunately, they lost in the final game of regionals. Courtney is the daughter of Coach Jack Purtell Jr. ’83.

1959 Carol (Berkshire ’59) Arnett continues to organize free public concerts with Friends of Music, as well as singing in church and community choirs. Michael L. Wentz ’59 is retired from the space industry and has been married for 53.5 years, and enjoying every minute of it!

1962 Jack ’62 and Diane (Straits ’78) Messner’s granddaughter, Jillian Messner ’13, married Alex Kitts in July.

1965 Harold “Rick” Dick ’65 and his wife, Diane, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2012. They also welcomed their seventh grandchild in 2012. Thomas Fensch ’65 recently published a book titled “At the Dangerous Edge of Social Justice: Race, Violence, and Death in America.” It is available in hardcover, trade paperback, Kindle and e-book editions. This is Fensch’s 32nd book of nonfiction. He is currently chair of the Mass Communication Department at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va., and lives outside of Richmond.

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Clinton “Stan” Zimmer ’65 honored the 54th scholarship recipient in China with a Zimmer Foundation for China scholarship given to a worthy university student from poor family. Students attend Tongren University, originally Tongren Teachers College, co-founded by Stan’s missionary parents 1936-1948.

1966 Beverly Trautwein (St. John ’66) and her husband, Todd, are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter, Julie, who married Anthony Bertani, on May 25, 2013, in San Marcos, Calif. Julie and her new husband are both Indiana University graduates and reside in Chicago.

1969 Philip Beekley ’69 was elected president of the Board of Directors for 2012 of the South Texas Marksmanship Training Center, San Antonio, Texas. Dean Minard ’69 and Sue (Hedley ’70, ’94) Minard just celebrated their 40th anniversary by vacationing in Italy. Dean is retired as president of VanAtta Supply Company and Sue retired from the education department of The Ohio State University at Marion. They reside in Westerville, Ohio. Geraldine (Dowman ’69) Phillips retired and is enjoying her grandson, who is 4 1/2 years old. She recently moved to Dublin to be close to him. Susan (Klenz ’69) Concilla retired in June 2012 from the North East School District in Pennsylvania after 24 years. Howard J. Whitmore ’69 has published his second book, titled “Under The Bleachers.” “A skilled baseball player called to duty when the Korean War erupts proves himself a hero both on and off the field; in a small town in Ohio in 1959, two groups of rival elementary school kids gather in a vacant lot to settle they differences with baseball and bats instead of fists; elsewhere a man burdened with memories of an abusive father finds a measure of solace on the pitcher’s mound.” These tales and more play out in Under the Bleachers, Howard Whitmore’s love song to the magic of America’s most iconic sport. His final story, “I Wish Dad Could Have Seen It,” is a heartwarming memorial to his own father, the man who introduced him to baseball. “Under the Bleachers” explores a deep mystery – how a simple game transforms the lives of ev-

Tony Magistro (left), a 1970 graduate of Ashland University and Phi Delta Theta Ohio Mu chapter adviser, presents a check designated for the Trautwein/Kruger Memorial Endowed Scholarship at Ashland University to Ralph Tomassi, senior associate vice president of development at AU. The addition to the scholarship fund is a result of individual gifts and proceeds from the chapter’s annual golf outing and the scholarship is awarded annually to a member of the Ohio Mu chapter of Phi Delta Theta at Ashland University.

1972 Margaret “Maggie” (Walker ’72) Briggs retired from teaching and is currently a full-time rancher in Oklahoma. Barbara Ruth (Richey ’72) has been happily retired for three years now after 38 years of teaching. She spends her time golfing, visiting her children in Montana, and working as an escort for Traveling Classrooms. She also does cooking demonstrations in her home or she will come to your home. Howard Hockman II ’72 was promoted to California sales manager for corporate-jet pilot training services with CAE SimuFlite. Jeanne (Stockman ’72) Pollak is happy to announce that she has two grandsons, Shane (2 1/2) and Tanner (5 months). Scott Meister ’72 holds a Master of Music (’74) and Doctor of Musical Arts (’80) from University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla. He also was awarded the annual Appalachian State University Global Leadership Award for 2013; held the Endowed Sharpe Chair Professor of Music/ Composition for the last 20 years at ASU; is former president of the Hiddenite Center, a cultural arts and heritage center; and is founding director and maker/tuner of the ASU Steely Pan Steel Band. He retired June 30, 2014, from Appalachian State University after 40 years there. Heather Thomas, the daughter of John Thomas ’72, was honored at the White House this past year by President Obama for her work in Technology in the Classroom.



Scott Pace ’73 lost his wife, Pamela, on Oct. 18, 2011. He is a grandfather of two and has been happily retired since 2005.

Dorothy “Dee” (Stassinis ’80) Pierce retired in June 2014 from Mansfield City Schools after 33 years of teaching.

Ted Jamieson ’73 retired from Frontier Communications on March 1, 2014, after more than 30 years in the telephone business.

Dwier Brown ’80 has just written his first book, “If You Build It...”, a memoir about his father as well as his role as Kevin Costner’s father in “Field of Dreams.” The book became available on Father’s Day 2014. (www.

David Knight ’73 was named superintendent of Medina City Schools in Medina, OH.

1974 The daughter of James Doyle ’74 is a sophomore at AU. She is an intervention specialist major.

Rosemarie Rebelo ’80 retired in June 2013 after being a speech pathologist for the Newark Public Schools for 32 years. She has since relocated to Washington state.


Jennifer (Stimmel ’80) Opperman and her husband, John, are enjoying his retirement after 45 years in education. They have six grandchildren, ages 8-14.

Marla (Steinman ’75) Conley retired in May 2014 from Plain Local Schools as a music teacher.

G. Thomas Puett ’80 lost his beloved wife, Elizabeth Kent Puett, on Sept. 25, 2013.

C. William Welch ’75 has four new grandchildren: Kennedy, Isaac, Logan and Jackson.


1977 James C. Farrell ’77 joined Renier Construction as senior estimator in March 2014.

1978 Doug Hartline ’78 is finishing up his fifth CD featuring jazzed up hymns. Leanne (Smith ’78) Omland received a new grandchild and job promotion in the same week. Brady Matthew was born Nov. 17, 2013, to proud mommy, Jennifer (Adams ’06) Leitzel. Leanne moves from volunteer coordinator for Travelers Aid at Dulles International Airport to program manager for Travelers Aid at Reagan National Airport. Both are in the Washington, D.C. area.

1979 Elaine (Hensley ’79, ’81) Brelsford was promoted from marketing executive to executive book editor with Schroeder Publishing/American Quilter’s Society. Randy ’79, ’98 and Gale (Greene ’77) Myers celebrate the birth of a grandson on Feb. 8, 2012, and twin granddaughters on March 2, 2012. Jean (Naeye ’79) Brooks announced that her daughter, Amber, received top ten NCAA Athlete: College Soccer Player of the Year recognition. Amber also completed playing one year of professional soccer with Bayern-Munich and just signed a contract with the Portland Thorns. She was the U.S. World Cup Captain, U-2O World Cup, and 1st Captain with full U.S. national team vs. Brazil.

Terri (Barnes ’81) and Greg ’80 Marti celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this year. Terri also graduated Northern Kentucky University with her masters in Special Education. Joseph A. Gargiul ’81 is the new principal at The Northern Arizona Academy in Winslow, Ariz. He is very happy to be back in Arizona.

1982 Gary Dougherty ’82 accepted a new position at the American Diabetes Association as the associate director of state/government affairs. He leads government and advocacy efforts in a nine-state region (Iowa, Ill., Ind., Ky., Mich., Minn., Ohio, Wisc. and W.Va.) Sally (Bon ’82) Carr retired from Ashland City Schools/Taft Elementary after 30.3 years of teaching. Her daughter is in her second year of teaching as an intervention specialist. Heidi (Sarvis ’82) Sapp retired from teaching English at Bellevue High School in June 2013.

1983 Lennette (Smith ’83) Cross is retired and keeps busy as a Christian humorist and keynote speaker. Jeff Knight ’83 retired after teaching and coaching for 30 years. He is spending his retirement traveling.

1984 Dr. Jacqueline S. Hamler ’84 recently became a mental health counselor with Veterans Affairs in Cleveland.

Myron J. “Jack”

Smith Jr.

Publishing one book can be a big deal, but how about 85 books. Yes, that is the number of books that AU alumnus Myron J. “Jack” Smith Jr. ‘66, has published in his life. A professional librarian and historian since 1966, Smith currently serves as the director of Tusculum College’s Thomas J. Garland Library, where he has worked for nearly 25 years. Smith’s first book, a literature review of Civil War navies, was published in 1972. His 85 books have included examinations of popular fiction; international conflicts; college histories; and sports. Smith, who also lectures widely on his Civil War interest, has been awarded The Richard Frank historical prize from the German government. This author spends much of his time researching, rather than going out to meet the public at book signings. The bespectacled librarian came to Tusculum College in 1990 after a 15-year tenure as Library Director and Professor of Library Science and History at Salem College (now Salem-International University) in West Virginia. Smith also is an internationally known author and bibliographer on subjects ranging in topic from airlines to Watergate and from baseball to the U.S. Civil War. The author of 74 volumes of bibliography and history, Smith has been the recipient of a variety of honors and awards for his work. Smith and his wife, Dennie, reside north of Greeneville, Tenn. | 27






Michael R. Morningstar ’85 was recently promoted to position of senior site specialist at the University of Minnesota.

Angie Walton ’94 was inducted into the 2014 high school Athletic Hall of Fame for Maumee High School.

Olivia (Palmer ’01) Gamble completed her master’s degree in curriculum and teaching from BGSU in August 2012.

Eric Groudle ’85, ’88 was inducted into the Euclid Senior High School, Class of 1981, Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 29, 2013.

Amanda (Allen ’94) Caswell was recently promoted to associate professor at George Mason University, where she is also the director of the Athletic Training Education Program.



Mary (Herbert ’88-G) Staebler received the Columbus Realtors $25 Million Award on Dec. 14, 2013, and NRT’s “Top 1000” for third quarter sales in the country.

Stephen Crotzer ’96-G retired as an academic adviser from Central Ohio Technical College in July 2011 but is currently serving as an adjunct instructor.



Jeffrey W. Coggins ’89 returned to Ashland to be the pastor at Emmanuel United Methodist church in July 2013.

Jennifer (Polley ’97) Webb is the executive director for the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation in Atlanta, Ga. “Epsilon Nu sisters, please be sure to stop and visit Memorial Headquarters when you’re in Atlanta. We would love to see you!”

Maureen (Thayer ’89) Funfgeld has a daughter who is attending AU! Karen McConnell ’89-G was named as the women’s head basketball coach on July 1, 2013, at Lourdes University.

1990 Sherri (Hall ’90) Richter was promoted to Title I literacy coach at Edison Elementary in Ashland City School district.

1991 David Petina ’91 recently moved from Cleveland to Las Vegas, Nev.

1992 Michael Holloran ’92 works in medical device salesorthopedic trauma for Synthes. He’s been married to Paula for 12 years and has two daughters, Grace and Madeline. He still plays in the band that he formed at AU called RACKET with Kappa Sigma brothers, David Lucas, Jason Hand and Billy Hayes. RACKET has five albums out, most recently “Electric Orange,” their best to date. Lesa (Bower ’92) Forbes currently serves as district treasurer for Northwestern Local Schools. Scott Jalowiec ’92 was promoted to varsity baseball coach at Midview High School. His team also set school record for wins and he was voted “Coach of the Year.” Terry Fritch ’92-G owns racehorses, which come to live on his farm when their racing days are done. Douglas Winkler ’92-G retired from being school treasurer in June 2012 after 31 years.

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Sarah (Kirkbride ’97) Julian says “In addition to being a mom to three active children, I am also completing course work for my principal licensure. I have also accepted vice-president of our union.”

Amanda (Siesel ’01) Mahon is the principal at Plymouth High School.

2002 Tiffany (Metzger ’94 & ’02) Behrendsen is the owner of Companions of Ashland Home Care and Nurse Aide Training. They have four offices – Ashland, Wooster, Ontario and Bellville – and they offer home care and nurse aide training.


Megan (Akers ’02) Edwards recently won a nationwide photo contest, sponsored by CG Pro Prints, with a photo she took of her daughter, Jocelyn. The photo was selected from several hundred as one of two winners of the Newborn and Baby Contest. Megan will receive print credits through the company as well as the possibility to have her work featured in full-page advertisements for the company in industry publications. Megan’s photography business, Megan Edwards Photography, is based in Delaware. Her specialties include families, children and newborns. Her work can be seen at

Kathryn (Herminghausen ’99-G) Slusarz retired from Westerville City Schools after 30 years of teaching and has a new condo.

E. Kathryn Wilms ’02-G retired after 21 years as a special needs coordinator, special education teacher and a language arts teacher.



Michael A. Perry ’00-G recently retired from coaching in the Dublin (Ohio) City Schools as the winningest boys basketball coach in Dublin Karrer’s school history. In addition, he was selected to develop and implement a program in the prestigious Dublin school district that fosters greater comprehension in science and social studies. Michael’s bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University, extensive post-graduate studies at The Ohio State University and his master’s degree in educational administration from Ashland University have contributed greatly to all these accomplishments.

Billie Jo (BJ) Boyajian-Bowling ’03 was promoted to branch manager at Charter One Bank in Canton effective July 1, 2013. She resides in her hometown of North Canton with her husband, Dustin, and kindergarten-aged son, Jacob.

Pamela Ann (Sigler ’97-G) Taylor has a book being published by Tate Publishing titled “Molding Sharon” under the pen name Phoebe Ann Siylor. It is an inspirational novel set in rural Ohio. Plans were for it to hit the market in the spring to early summer.

1998 Ken Dworznik ’98, ’00 started a new position as an outside sales representative at Graphite Sales.

April Vandall ’03-G is the applications trainer at Coastal Carolina Health Care.

2004 Kyle (Verrett ’04) Kern was named 2013 Employee of the Year by her peers. She is an assistant consumers’ counsel with Ohio Consumers Council and with other colleagues and stakeholders works to advance OCC’s vision of affordable utilities for those in Ohio.

Tyson Terhune ’04 is in sales at Lexus of Chattanooga, where he also resides.

2005 Amy Crase ’05-G is currently a fragrance consultant for Gold Canyon. Her website is www.amycrase.mygc. com.

2010 Kristina Taylor ’10 was selected as a track coach for Team Florida at the USA Special Olympic Games in New Jersey.

Stacie Starr: Top Teacher

Melanie Carfolo ’05-G was appointed as the executive director for the Rich Center for Autism at Youngstown State University on March 17, 2014, after an extensive national search.

2006 Chelsey Bess ’06 earned her master’s in marketing from the University of Cincinnati. She’s currently the senior program manager for the Touchstone Group. Stephen E. Dreikorn ’06 is enjoying his first diplomatic assignment in Tijuana, Mexico, and is now working in the American Citizen Services Section. Dane Halle ’06 was promoted to general manager at LifeStart Wellness Center in Cleveland.

2008 Ashley Bethard ’08, ’10 is now digital product manager of Social Media at Cox Media Group Ohio, a converged media center representing TV, radio and newspapers. She will have been with the company for two years this August. Deborah L. Mack ’08-G earned her MBA from Ashland University and believes it “has provided a distinct advantage over my lawyer peers! It is an invaluable resource.” George Hellinger ’08-G was elected to the Delaware, Ohio, City Council at-large on Nov. 5, 2013. He is serving as vice mayor.

2009 Nichelle Shuck ’09 graduated from Kent State University with her master’s in Higher Education and is the associate director of Student Leadership and Educational Programs at East Carolina University. Natalie R. Brown ’09 accepted a position as district office manager at Northwestern Mutual in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jennifer Seda ’09 recently bought a house in New Philadelphia, Ohio, after completing her master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development from Walsh University in 2012. Frank Alexander ’09-G retired from Diebold in August 2013 and now teaches at Kent State-Stark campus, Stark State and Malone University.

BreAnn Fennell ’10 held a nationwide release of her new book, “Play? Yay!”, a children’s book containing stories, fun pictures, rhymes and the gift of imagination. She says she had many great mentors while attending AU and is in constant contact with many of them. The book is available through bookstores nationwide. She is a teacher at Ashland City Schools.

2011 Darien Elliott ’11 started a job at Nelsonville-York Elementary as a fourth grade writing teacher. Andrea Perry ’11-G is the director of Public Safety for the city of Canton, OH.

2012 Emlym Knerem ’12 is graduate assistant and assistant softball coach at Averett University in Danville, Va. Jessica Plasity ’12 recently began the M.Ed. program in educational administration at Ashland University’s Stark Center. Heather Wickline ’12 was accepted into the graduate program at Youngstown State University for school psychology. Andrea Fritz ’12 is a full-time student at Bowling Green State University in its speech-language pathology master’s program.

2013 Anthony Wasem ’13 is currently in the doctor of chiropractic program at Life University in Marietta, Ga.

Stacie Starr, an alumna of AU’s Elyria Center, was named the top teacher as part of the “Top Teacher Search” on the TV show “LIVE with Kelly and Michael.” Starr had been selected as one of five national finalists for the “Top Teacher Search” and the final voting took place prior to the announcement of the winner being made on the May 20 show. Starr received a 2015 Ford Escape as the grand prize award. While at Ashland University, Starr was an elementary education/education of the handicapped major through the Schar College of Education. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Ashland University in the summer of 2002. Currently, she is employed as an intervention specialist at Elyria High School. In March, “LIVE” announced the annual search to honor teachers across the country and Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan named the top 12 finalists April 25 on “LIVE with Kelly and Michael.” Viewers voted for their five favorites and the top five were announced on LIVE April 29. All five traveled to New York City for taping shows to be aired during “LIVE Top Teacher Week” May 12-16. After each finalist was featured during the week of May 12, viewers voted for the Top Teacher. See the announcement of the winner of the “Top Teacher Search” at – uncategorized/top-teacher/



Future Eagles

Bethany (Lahmon ’11) Heffelfinger and her husband, Kurt, welcomed their first child, Tripp, on April 16, 2014. Bethany and Kurt were married on June 22, 2013. Tina (Fletcher Boggs ’94) Meade announces the birth of her son, Kyle, on Nov. 6, 2012. Anna (Rankin ’98) Hlavacs and her husband, George, announce the birth of their third son, Jude Vincent, on Jan. 3, 2014. Leslie (Butch ’98) Turner and her husband, Sean, announce the birth of their second child, Blake, born on Nov. 7, 2013. He joins big sister, Mackenzie (2). Kimberly (Keefer ’98) Bhatnagar and her husband, Arvin, announce the birth of their third child, Skye, on July 8, 2012. She joins big brother, Cameron, and big sister, Kayla. Mary Beth (Ruble ’98) Miller and husband, Jack ’94 welcomed their sixth child, Rachel Clare, in August 2013. She joins Jakin, Corban, Annie, Lauren and Aiden. Staci (Phelps ’98) Reiter and her husband, Rodan, welcomed son Brody on Oct. 31, 2013. Taryn (Gallik ’98) Stover and her husband, Timothy, announce the birth of their first child, daughter Luna Paige, on Jan. 4, 2014. Jeffrey (’99) and Michelle (Wassner ’01) Stuper welcomed their son, Michael, on Sept. 27, 2013. He joins big sister, Alyssa (3 1/2).

Kristi (Crater ’01) and William Root ’04 welcomed their second child, Bryce William, on Dec. 20, 2013. He joins big sister, Kaylin (5). Margaret “Meg” (Ponvert ’02) Frano and her husband, Andrew, welcomed twin boys Connor (4 lbs) and Brayden (5 lbs) on Dec. 26, 2012.

James Hill ’02 and his wife, Megan, announce the birth of their second child, Madeline, on Sept. 20, 2013. She joins big brother, Braeden. Megan (Akers ’02) and Gabriel Edwards of Delaware, Ohio, welcomed their third daughter, Jocelyn Sella, into the world on July 30, 2012. She was 8 lbs., 6 oz., and 21 inches long, and joins big sisters Natalie (9) and Emmy (7). Her grandparents include Eric (former Business Law professor) and Debra ( AU alumna) Akers of Ashland. Renee (Robertson ’03) Reyes and her husband, Ruben, announce the birth of their second child, daughter, Carly Kay, on April 30, 2013. She was 7 lbs., 10 oz. and 20 inches long. She joins proud big brother, Cole (4). Miranda (Lydy ’03) Bailey and her husband, Scott, welcomed two new members to their family in 2013. First, they traveled to China in May to pick up their daughter, Rongdi, and then gave birth to Lyla in November.

Amy Shaffer (Sponcil ’99, ’04) and her husband, Brent, had their first child, Jonah, on July 15, 2013.

Pictured here in Fuzhou, China, is Miranda, Rongdi (age

Kimberly (Chambers ’99) Wash and her husband, John, welcomed daughter Sophia Rose on Nov. 29, 2012.

(Scott’s brother), Eva Bailey (age 4), and Scott ’03.

Jessica (Chenevey ’01) and her husband, Matt Wilkes ’02, announce the birth of their daughter, Alexandra, on June 26, 2013. Robyn Nicole (“Niki”) (Slaughter ’01) Brittain and her husband, Matt, announce the birth of their second child, daughter Claire Bernice, on Oct. 29, 2013. She joins big brother, Benjamin (2). Their family returned to Ohio last year and she is currently the vice president and counsel in the legal department at Huntington National Bank. Richard Davis ’01 and his wife, Kristi, announce the birth of their second daughter, Kayla, born on Feb. 19, 2013. She joins big sister, Kennedy (3). Brian Guzik ’01 and wife, Rene, announce the birth of daughter Gracie Marie on Jan. 7, 2014, weighing 7 lbs., 10 oz. and measuring 19 3/4 inches long.

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2), (Lyla still in the womb), (Uncle) Kevin Bailey ’04 Elizabeth (Masters ’03) Walter and her husband, Curt, welcomed their fifth child, Zachary. He joins big siblings Jadon (10), Raya (7), Shiloh (4 1/2) and Aliya (2 1/2). Elizabeth (Lyons ’03) Bennett and her husband, Stacy, announce the birth of their second son, Carson James Bennett, born Oct. 25, 2013. Carson joins big brother Brody (3 years old). Diana (Hudak ’04) Antolik and her husband, Keith, welcomed daughter, Clare Marie, on May 15, 2013, in Newport Beach, Calif. She weighed 8 lbs. and 2 oz. Colin Dentino ’04 and his wife, Maria (Spiotta ’04) announce the birth of their son, Ryan Theodore Dentino, on Oct. 26, 2012.

Robin (Shonk ’04) Krosse and her husband, Bryan, announce the birth of their third child, Nolan Blake, on May 10, 2013. He joins big sister, Sophia (6) and Gavin (4). Rebecca (Goodell ’04) Haselbeger and her husband, Phil, welcomed their second daughter, Addison Claire, on Jan. 30, 2014. She joins big sister, Cailyn (3).

Laura (Vernon ’04) and AG Kruger welcomed their second child, daughter Marina Grace, on Dec. 30, 2013. She joins big brother, Geo (4). Kimberly (Gerstenberger ’05) and Walter Waetjen ’03 announce the birth of their daughter, Harper Marie, on March 1, 2014. She joins big sister, Ava, born in July 2012. Carolyn Raney (Garris ’05) and her husband, Jordan, welcomed their third child, daughter Gwendolyn Ruth, on Aug. 16, 2013. She joins big brother, Daniel (4), and big sister, Catherine (21 months). Leigh Ann (Yelling ’06) Zeigler and her husband, Lucas, welcomed their second son, Grant Lucas, on Sept. 6, 2013. He joins big brother, Parker (2). Emily Schramm ’06 announces the birth of her son, Jacob Michael Scott, on Aug. 27, 2013. Theresa (Higgins ’06) Lyon and her husband, Christopher, announce the birth of their first child, daughter Louise Mae, born on Sept. 15, 2013.

Michelle (Maxwell ’06) and Steven Lee ’06 welcomed sons, Carter Michael and Maxwell Thomas, on Aug. 17, 2013. Jennifer (Adams ’06) and Brent Leitzel welcomed Brady Matthew on Nov. 17, 2013. He joins sister Abigail Lilly, 3 years old on Nov. 30. Proud grandma is Leanne (Smith ‘78) Omland. Wanda (Lozada ’07) Davis and her husband, Nathan, welcomed daughter, Lyla Angel on Aug. 23, 2013, at 9:09 a.m. She weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz. and was 20 3/4 inches long. Jennifer (Valko ’07) Mercer and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of their first child, Carter Scott, born on Nov. 4, 2013.

Adam Brooks ’07 announces the birth of his son, Landon James, on Oct. 11, 2013. Megan (Brown ’07) Sherar and her husband, Chris, welcomed daughter, Lux Adalynn, on March 2, 2014. She was 7 lbs. and was 20 inches long. Casey Jirsa ’07 and his wife, Francesca, had their first baby. Gianna Maria Jirsa was born on Aug. 6, 2013. She was 8 lbs. 1 oz. and was 21 inches long.

Katy (Martin ’10) and Max Julian ’10 announce the birth of their son, Grayson Jacob, on Oct. 15, 2013. He weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz. and was 19 inches long. Courtney (Young ’10) Oyster and her husband, Sean, welcomed their second daughter, Kaelynn May, on Dec. 2, 2013. Courtney and Sean were married on Jan. 11, 2014. Sarah (Klaameyer ’11) Hunt and her husband, Ryan, welcomed their first child, Owen Jackson, on April 15, 2013. Alicia (Traylor ’11) Chamberlain and her husband, Wayne, announce the birth of their son, Michael, on Aug. 26, 2013. He joins big sister, Alexis.

Joshua Allen ’07 and his wife, Danielle (Losiewicz ’07), welcomed their daughter, Addison Leigh, on March 10, 2014. She was 7 lbs., 14 oz. and was 19 inches long. Heidi (Lautzenheiser ’08) Martin and her husband, Stephen, announce the birth of their daughter, Zoey Coraline, on Nov. 29, 2012. Heidi and Stephen were married on Oct. 4, 2008. Lisa (Chenko ’08) Jolley and her husband, Christopher, welcomed daughter, Nora Elizabeth, on Oct. 2, 2013. She weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long. Leah (Richard ’08) and Matthew Heffner ’09 welcomed their second child, William Matthew, on June 12, 2013. He joins big sister, Adelaide (2). Leah (Adkins ’08) Charron and husband, Ron, welcomed their son, John Salvatore Charron, on April 7, 2013. John weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz. and measured 20 inches long. Grandparents include John Adkins ’77. Kara (Willard ’08) Yoxtheimer and her husband, James, welcome their children, Lainey Brooke and James Paul (JP) on April 2, 2013. Teresa Mowen ’09 and her husband, David, welcome a baby boy, Aaron Robert, on May 4, 2013. Alissa (Klaehn ’09) Finley and her husband, Tony, welcomed daughter Kacey Margaret on March 27, 2013. Alissa and Tony were married on June 12, 2010. Erika (Hauser ’10) Baker and husband Bryan ’10 announce the birth of their son, Liam David, on Sept. 27, 2013. He was 8 lbs. 5 oz. and 21 inches long. Ashley (Dropsey ’10) Christman and her husband, Joe, announce the birth of their daughter, Kennedy Grace, on Sept. 14, 2012.

Karis Rice ’06 married David Thiel ’08 on July 3, 2010. Erica Pitchford ’06 married Matthew Hawkins on Sept. 8, 2012. Renee (Stewart ’06-M) and Steve Frink were married on June 29, 2013. Meghan Marks ’07 married James Swonger on Jan. 12, 2013.

Weddings Cassie (Wesner ’07) Swanson and her husband, Brandon, are the proud parents of daughter, Kinsley Lynn, born March 27, 2014. She was 6 lbs. and 19 inches long.

Aaron Pound ’06 and Jacqueline “Jackie” Wilson ’09 were married on July 21, 2012, at Belhurst Castle on Lake Seneca in Geneva, N.Y. They bought their first home in Delaware, Ohio, in the fall 2013 and Aaron was promoted within the Worthington City Schools system.

John Schmid ’70 married Karen Goshen on Oct. 12, 2013; the first marriage for both. The couple resides in Wooster, Ohio.

Carl E. Todhunter ’88 married Sally Ann Davidson on Nov. 11, 2011, at Linworth United Methodist Church in Worthington, Ohio. The reception was held at The Jessing Center on the campus Josephinum. Steve Oster ’88 served as Best Man during the ceremony. The honeymoon followed with a trip to Oahu and Maui, Hawaii. Amanda (Wiblin ’92) Lovette announces her marriage to Michael Lovette on April 27, 2013. Cynthia (Gilkey ’92) Gouge was married on June 21, 2003, and has two sons, Joshua Paul (8) and Nicolas Andrew (6). Brett Gockstetter ’98 and Sally Fey were married on May 11, 2013. They reside in Burgoon, Ohio and Brett is a lieutenant with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Waite Carlisle ’98-G married Jo McCullers on Oct. 27, 2012. Kristy Fritinger ’00 married Russell Hoeflich on July 26, 2013, at the Powell United Methodist Church in Powell, Ohio. Darin Nicholls ’01 married Amanda (Tilmant ’99) on Sept. 20, 2008. Beth Ann (Zimmerman ’04) Ealy married Nathan on Oct. 19, 2013, at Oglebay Park in Wheeling, W.Va. They currently reside in Pennsylvania.

Erica Brindley ’07 married Michael Baker on Oct. 26, 2013, in Clyde, Ohio. They now reside in Brunswick, Ohio.

Tanna Neal ’07 married Matthew Kerr on Oct. 12, 2013. The couple resides in Gahanna, Ohio.

Sara Elliott ’07 married Troy Hill on March 22, 2013. Kimberly DuCharme ’08 married Tim Wechter on Oct. 19, 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio. Meghan Tonsetic ’08 married David Tuck on June 29, 2013. Erica Lee Bates ’08 and Christopher Clayton Kenny ’08 were united in marriage on May 16, 2009, at Cumberland United Methodist Church in Cumberland, Ohio. Attending were: maid of honor, Val Wilson ’08; bridesmaid Dena George ’09; and guestbook attendant Lydia McClay ’09. A reception followed for 160 guests at Viking Enterprise in Cumberland. Erica is a teacher at the middle school and high school of Eastern Local Schools in Brown County. Christopher is currently working as a computer technician at R & L Carriers in Wilmington, Ohio. After a two-week honeymoon to Ireland, the couple resides in Hillsboro, Ohio. Mekenna (Smith ’08) Yohe and Rob Yohe were married Oct. 18, 2008, in Fremont, Ohio.

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Kendra Kromer ’09 married Andrew DePaul on April 27, 2013. Megan McCarthy ’09 was a bridesmaid.

Mark Echelberry ’09 married Allison Wypasek ’10 on July 20, 2013. Thomas Peluso ’09 and his wife, Lindsay, were married on July 13, 2013. Brittany (Dimas ’09) and Sam Russell ’09 were married in Amelia Island, Fla., on May 16, 2014.

Amanda Smith ’09 married Josh Mobley on April 5, 2013, in Hilton Head, S.C. Bryn Winters ’10 married Nicholas Rohlck ’09 on Oct. 20, 2012. Amanda (McConnell ’10) Murphy was married on July 20, 2013. Elisha Dierker ’10 married Joel Borton on Oct. 25, 2013. The couple resides in Naples, Fla.

In Memoriam Arlene M. Heist (Bechtel ’35) Dec. 10, 2013 Lauretta Wertz (Bame ’37) Feb. 23, 2014 Annabelle Verbsky (Kiplinger ’37) May 29, 2014 Celista Hard (Stauffer ’40) Feb. 22, 2014 Margaret H. Leininger (Thornburg ’41) April 7, 2012 Earnest R. Oney ’42 May 24, 2014 Daryl A. Heiser ’42 Nov. 26, 2013 Margaret Ward (Oswalt ’43) Nov. 1, 2013 Dr. J. William Shultz ’45 Oct. 25, 2013 Frank Subich ’46 March 12, 2014 Eunice L. Waber (Hill ’47) March 10, 2014

Deidre (Wolfe ’10) and

Joan Grover (Dalton ’48) Jan. 29, 2014

Matthew Brooks ’07 had a red carpet wedding on Oct. 19, 2013.

Dr. Ruth Chamberlin ’48 May 10, 2014 Dr. Earl W. Wharton ’49 March 11, 2014

Gwen (Rohrer ’10) Griffith was married on Aug. 24, 2013. She is currently living in Boston with her husband.

Paul F. Farquhar ’49 March 28, 2014 G. Paul Norris ’49 Sept. 27, 2011 Robert M. Anthony ’49 Dec. 29, 2013

Darien Cooper ’11 married Nicholas Elliott in May 2013. She also started as a fourth grade reading teacher at Nelsonville-York Elementary for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Margery M. Long ’50 Nov. 1, 2013

Katie Hilton ’12 and Luke Rogers ’11 were united in marriage on July 6, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ashland, Ohio.

Earl Butler ’51 Nov. 8, 2013

Natalie Southworth ’12 married Brant Gunderson on June 14, 2014, in Sandusky, Ohio. Kacey (Durbin ’13) Shinaberry was married on Sept. 21, 2013.

Anthony S. Sanzotta ’51 Feb. 6, 2014

Lehlia Colangelo (George ’52) Jan. 7, 2014 Rev. Robert A. Baker ’53 Nov. 18, 2013 Ruth Solt (Eckert ’55) Feb. 18, 2013 Shirley A. Lersch (Graf ’57) Feb. 18, 2014

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Sara V. Rickel (Young ’58) Dec. 1, 2013 Bonnie J. Sprang (Black ’60) Jan. 31, 2014 Marie J. Kohler (Flook ’61) Feb. 7, 2014 Mary E. Jones (Chipps ’61) Dec. 9, 2009 Mary J. Creps (White ’61) Nov. 4, 2013 Sara-Jean Rauber-Way ’61 Nov. 26, 2013 John H. Wallace ’61 Feb. 13, 2014 Mary S. Trapkin (Weaver ’62) Dec. 15, 2007 Stanley R. Fierbaugh ’63 Feb. 27, 2013 Benita Wales (Curran ’63) March 15, 2014 Duane F. Mellick ’64 Nov. 11, 2013 Richard Allen ’65, ‘82 Feb. 19, 2014 Jacob W. Glasser ’65 June 2, 2013 Mary L. Crane (Roberts ’65) Oct. 16, 2013 Eleanor Roe (Kiczek ’66) Jan. 21, 2014 Joan M. Rook (Guthrie ’66) Jan. 30, 2014 Darryl Eyster ’67 April 18, 2014 Gary L. Kula ’67 Feb. 18, 2014 Margaret A. Jones (Maxwell ’68) Feb. 22, 2014 Jill D. Kilinskas (Florea ’69) Oct. 4, 2013 Russell L. Wilson ’69 Feb. 12, 2013 Donald W. Tidwell ’69 Feb. 16, 2014 Anna M. Powell (Laser ’70) April 6, 2014 Richard L. Roberts ’70 February 26, 2014 William A. Klucas ’71 April 22, 2014

Hugh F. Carlin ’71 April 20, 2005

Janice L. Jones (Tomaszewski ’91-G) April 2, 2009

Marcia P. Cope ’71 Oct. 8, 2009

Kathryn D. Malgieri (Driscoll ’92-G) Oct. 16, 2012

Carol J. Kitarich ’71 Jan. 31, 2014

Livia Emde (Host ’92-G) Feb. 15, 2014

Keith A. Kochheiser ’72 May 20, 2014

Lisa M. Giaco ’93 Oct. 23, 2007

Sally A. Earley (Eickleberry ’72) Dec. 18, 2012

Robert E. Rusk ’95 May 2, 2000

Pamela Pace (White ’73) Oct. 18, 2011

Daniele P. Zucal ’95-G June 10, 2011

Denny E. Elderkin ’73 July 22, 2009

Donna D. Pounds (Harris ’96-G) June 1, 2014

Nancy L. Zimmer ’73 Jan. 10, 2014

Mary E. Wuebker (Brunswick ’97-G) April 26, 2013

Robert G. Lyle ’73 Sept. 29, 2008

Richard A. Wennes ’98-G Nov. 28, 2013

Ronald H. Iris ’74 May 30, 2014

Janet L. Becker (Springer ’99-G) Jan. 26, 2014

Michael L. Radcliff ’74 May 1, 2014

Stephen D. Gussler ’01-G May 27, 2014

Scott L. Daughn ’76 March 13, 2010

Rosemary Bogner (Payne ’38-M) April 11, 2014

Theodore J. Wright ’78 May 1, 2014

Betty Geiser Raybuck ’43-M April 27, 2014

Brian K. Fontes Sr. ’79 Feb. 7, 2008

Helen A. Campbell (Ralston ’46-M) Jan. 24, 2004

Craig R. Morton ’80 April 12, 2014

Norma Kessler (Stichler ’49-M) June 5, 2014

Dr. Elmer F. Gookins ’83 Jan. 21, 2014

Betty Au (Remy ’50-M) May 12, 2014

James V. Hopper ’84 Dec. 25, 2006

Wanda Humphrey ’50-M) March 2, 2014

Christopher R. Usai ’84 Aug. 26, 2013

Margaret A. Dudte (Rush ’56-M) May 27, 2014

Sandra Capell (Schenker ’88) Aug. 2, 2013

Mary Krabill (Carney ’62-M) March 31, 2010

Sharyn J. Buccalo ’88 Oct. 17, 2013

Jacquelyn Ayers (Thielding ’64-M) March 1, 2012

Richard R. Staley ’89 May 18, 2009

Dorothy N. Hannah ’74-M Feb. 3, 2014

Martha J. Johnson ’89 Feb. 6, 2014

Patricia J. Davidson ’75-M June 2, 2009

Roger P. Montgomery ’89 April 19, 2014

Terry Hunter ’93-M Nov. 8, 2002

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e take great pride in sharing that The Ashland Fund closed out the fiscal year with a record-high

total, setting the stage for an even stronger year ahead of us. We are eternally grateful for our hundreds of loyal alumni, friends and family who helped us exceed our fundraising goal for fiscal year 2013-2014 - thank you! It is thanks to these leaders that we are able to keep tuition low for our exceptional students. The Ashland Fund closes the gap in total cost of education between the financial aid of scholarships and what tuition is able to cover – thousands of dollars that would otherwise exclude hundreds of students from being able to participate in the Ashland experience. The education Ashland University provides changes the world. Soon, the Class of 2018 will step foot onto our campus and join a supportive, transformative community that prepares its graduates to embrace their potential roles within a global market. Their classrooms will be more technologically advanced than ever before. Their knowledge base will be far different than that of their predecessors. In the next few decades, their careers will take them to the cutting edge of science, technology, marketing, healthcare, performance, education and fields that haven’t even been considered. Yet. Our Ashland students have a bright future that is only possible with donors who see the value in supporting an Ashland education. Ninety-eight percent of Ashland’s students receive financial aid in the form of silent scholarships made possible through the Ashland Fund - that’s nearly 2,500 un-

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eginning dergraduate students! Each and every one of them has been touched by the generosity of more than a thousand donors - loyal supporters who take the opportunity to ensure our students have the promise of academic success.

To make a gift online, go to

The average donor gave $235 over the course of the year, but it took all of

our donors, making gifts of all sizes, to raise the $962,000 and support the University’s greatest needs. Alumni and donors didn’t just respond with their financial gifts. They literally answered the call.

If you would rather give in another way, answer the call during the Eagle Call or look to your mailbox later this year.

Our Eagle Callers made over 41,000 calls to alumni, friends, and families, which allowed us to update our records so we can better keep in touch with you. During the course of thousands of conversations, students and alumni found that they had the same professors. Friends were excited to learn about the joys of living on campus and experiencing student life. Parents heard the excitement in our callers’ voices and realized that their freshmen were at a great institution. In return, we heard you loud and clear. Our Eagle Callers learned that our alumni love Ashland and cherish the opportunities they had - whether five or fifty-five years ago. If you made a gift this past fiscal year, thank you. You ensured that the quality of an Ashland education can continue to change the world. If you didn’t get a chance to support our students with your contribution, consider making a gift today. Unrestricted gifts to The Ashland Fund address our University’s greatest needs, ultimately touching every aspect of campus. The Ashland Fund is the electricity that powers the light bulbs beneath which our students study. The Ashland Fund is the supplies for the lab where tomorrow’s nurses learn their art. The Ashland Fund is the smart board that gives tomorrow’s teachers a better way to instruct the next generation of students. The Ashland Fund is AU. So are you.

Every gift, Every student, Every day…

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Make this year a healthy one! AU Rec Center Open to Families of Alumni

Beginning the summer of 2014, the Ashland University Rec Center opened membership to families of alumni! Alumni Family* Membership Prices Semester Membership (fall/spring/summer): $300 Year Membership: $787 Alumni (Individual) Membership Prices Semester Membership (fall/spring/summer): $120 Year Alumni and Spouse Membership: $630 Membership Dates Fall 2014 | August 11 – December 14, 2014 Spring 2015 | January 2 – May 9, 2015 Facility Hours Academic School Year: Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. | Sat. noon-10 p.m. | Sun. 1-10 p.m. Summer Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. | Sat.-Sun. 1-9 p.m. Break Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Sat.-Sun. 1-9 p.m. To purchase a membership, alumni may stop in the Rec Services office or at the Customer Service desk located in the Recreation Center to fill out a member application and liability form. Additionally, membership applications can be mailed in to: 401 College Avenue c/o Recreational Services, Ashland, Ohio 44805. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards as methods of payment. For more information, or to download our membership application and liability form, please visit our membership information page on our website at call: 419.289.5440 or e-mail: Stay Active, Live Well.

*A family is defined as: spouse and all children who reside in household. Children must be naturally or legally adopted, no older than 26 years of age, and claimed as a dependent.

Accent Magazine – Summer 2014  

Accent is the official alumni magazine of Ashland University.

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