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AU Cuts Tuition $10,000 A Leader in Making College Affordable | 2

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Ashland alumni and friends from across the country came back to “Check-In” during Homecoming 2013. Thousands flooded campus for Homecoming events, highlighted by the Eagles’ football game where the weather provided a picture perfect day for Eagles of all ages. It is never too early to begin making plans to attend Homecoming 2014 on October 10-12! | 2


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Accepting the Challenge on College Affordability Excerpts from Ashland University President Dr. Fred Finks’ speech to faculty and staff at the All-Institutional meeting on the morning of Aug. 27. Dr. Finks announced to employees Ashland University’s plan to reset tuition resulting in a tuition reduction of more than $10,000 for full-time undergraduates beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.

When America began as a young country there were those visionaries who understood the value of education as a way to build a nation and advance a new society. Following the model of some of the great universities in England and Europe, the new Americans began creating colleges that would follow the expansion of a great nation. One hundred and thirty-five years ago, Ashland University opened its doors on the pine covered hill overlooking the city of Ashland. It was just one of 37 colleges founded in small Ohio towns which would bring education and growth. Citizens understood that education was the foundation for building a strong community and a strong nation.

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

Jan Bond Managing Editor/Executive Director of Communications & Marketing

Steve Hannan Associate Editor Director of Public Relations

Jeff Alix ’01 Contributing Editor Director of Alumni & Parent Relations

Bill Anliker Contributing Editor Communications & Marketing Manager

Mike Ruhe Art Direction Director, Graphic Design Services

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On the Cover President Finks announces tuition reset at the Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio on Aug. 27, 2013. Ashland University admits students with disabilities and those of any sex, race, age, religion, color and national or ethnic origin.

The sacrifice of those visionaries has not gone unnoticed nor have they been forgotten. We who have followed have simply built upon their foundations and embraced their vision. Today, higher education is facing a challenge that is as great if not greater than those who sought to build from the ground up. Ashland University like so many other of our sister institutions has built a campus and a curriculum that looks to the future. And in our path has come the challenge of making college more affordable. We are being faced with the challenge of preparing for a new future that will require creativity, innovation and rapid change; something that colleges are not very adept at doing. David Gergen, former advisor to multiple presidents and current professor at Harvard and senior political analyst for CNN, speaks about the current economic climate and the challenges facing higher education. He lists several major issues that are and will continue to face universities: • Budget issues will force states to continue reducing funding for higher education. Tuition costs will reach its limit. • Learning systems will require innovation. Online education will continue to grow but there is a great need for preserving quality. • Students are demanding more access to faculty and they want to learn outside the typical classroom. Many more will seek a model of a 3 year education verses 4 years for graduation. Innovation and creativity are keys to the future. • Students are not cynical. They have a strong sense of volunteerism and are service oriented. They want to learn. Ashland University is prepared and ready to accept the challenges of this new future. Our decision today is not a knee jerk reaction nor is it a fly by night tactic. Rather it is a well thought through strategy which began two years ago and through careful steps leads us to today. This article is continued on page 6.

4 Accepting the Challenge on College Affordability


Ashland University makes a bold move and cuts tuition costs for incoming undergrads.

8 Getting to the Heart of it All  A wrap-up of the rebranding initiative for Ashland.

12 Kates Renovation  A popular space on campus gets a facelift through the generosity of two alumni.

14 A Proud Eagle  This excellent teacher is one proud alumna.

10 A Small World  AU is a life-changing experience for one alumnus.





16 Homecoming Recap  A recap of all the activities from Homecoming 2013. 18 Academic Update  AU introduces two innovative programs.



20 Alumni News  Class notes, Weddings, Future Eagles and In Memoriam

27 Annual Fund  Give to the Ashland Fund. | 2

Accepting the Challenge on College Affordability This article is continued from the inside front cover.

We are committed to academic excellence as the foundation for moving us forward. With the leadership of Dr. Frank Pettigrew, our University Provost, we have taken a number of steps dealing with affordability, including: 1. Developing a four year guarantee for full-time students. 2. Designing 20 degrees which can be completed in three years. 3. Lowering the minimum requirement for graduation from 128 hours to 120.

2014-15 Undergraduate


4. Becoming more transfer friendly for students transferring from two years schools by accepting all credits towards degree completion. 5. Placing a moratorium on increases in room and board for the past three years. 6. Holding tuition increase to the lowest rate in 20 years At the same time we have invested in recruiting an internationally recognized faculty who are committed to teaching excellence, research, mentoring and student engagement. We have gained a significant advantage in our academic profile by consistently hiring outstanding faculty and recruiting great students. Ashland University is on the move. Over the past decade everyone in higher education has danced around the subject of the rising cost of college and the high discounts associated with it. Yet few have been willing to tackle the issue and the complications involved. Ashland University knows the importance of positioning ourselves to meet the rising demand for quality education at an affordable price. We have decided now is the time to act. Our research is showing us that many prospective students and their parents are deterred by ‘sticker shock’ and not looking at the actual cost to attend Ashland University once financial aid is applied. So today, I am excited to announce that Ashland University has reset its cost structure for full-time undergraduate tuition and financial aid resulting in a tuition reduction of more than $10,000 for the 2014-15 academic year. This tuition reset represents a 37 percent decrease from the projected 2014-15 tuition of $30,064, making our new tuition price $18,908. For an on-campus student, our new total for direct costs – which reflects tuition, fees, room, and board - will now be $29,354. There were many factors that we considered in making this change and the following summarize some of the driving reasons behind this decision. • We wanted to bring transparency to our pricing and financial aid model. While undergraduate enrollment has been stable over the past few years and we’ve seen an increase this year in first year students compared to 2011 and 2012, we’ve found that our high-tuition/high-discount model was difficult for students and families to understand. • We were uncomfortable with the alternative to this solution, the continued raising of tuition costs and the potential outcomes our institution would face if we continued with our previous pricing strategy.

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“So today, I am excited to announce that Ashland University has reset its cost structure for full-time undergraduate tuition and financial aid resulting in a tuition reduction of more than $10,000 for the 2014-15 academic year.” – Dr. Frederick Finks, AU President U.S. Representative Bob Gibbs •O  ur projections indicate that by implementing a tuition reset, we can anticipate recruiting more traditional undergraduates. •T  he tuition reset does not mean that we are reducing our support to students and families in the form of institutional financial aid. In fact, we will continue to maintain generous financial aid awards and believe that once students see their net costs that AU will be among the most affordable four-year private institutions in the Midwest. Our future campaign will focus on raising significant dollars for student scholarships. •T  he tuition reset change will mean that students who qualify for federal and state assistance will see a greater percentage of these available dollars applied towards their tuition costs, thereby reducing their overall cost to attend AU.

AU Provost Frank Pettigrew

Another decision that we made in implementing this tuition reset was to apply the reset to our current students who will be returning in 2014-15. Current students will be receiving on-going communication throughout the 2013-14 academic year about how they will be impacted by the change. All current students returning in 2014-15 will receive a projected direct cost and net cost statement demonstrating how financial aid has been repackaged under the tuition reset. Students will find that under the tuition reset, their net costs for 2014-15 will be less than what they would have experienced in 2014-15 without the change. In closing, we believe this is a bold step and one which will make Ashland University one of the most affordable four-year private institutions in the Midwest. At the same time it will provide students an opportunity to consider Ashland University alongside that of most public universities in Ohio.

U.S. Representative Pat Tiberi

The Announcement and Media Coverage Ashland University’s public announcement of its tuition reset

Finks was introduced by Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents

was made at a news conference held at the Ohio Statehouse in

John Carey and Finks’ announcement was followed by comments

Columbus later in the morning on Aug. 27. The announcement was

from U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township; U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs,

made by AU President Dr. Fred Finks.

R-Lakeville; and Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder,

“Over the past decade everyone in higher education has danced


around the subject of the rising cost of college and the high

Media attending the news conference included WCMH-TV 4

discounts associated with it. Yet, few have been willing to tackle

Columbus, Columbus Dispatch, WMFD-TV 68 Mansfield, the Dix

the issue and the complications,” Finks said. “We’ve decided that

Newspapers, the Gongwer News Service and AU’s WRDL-TV

now is the time to act. And so today, I am pleased to announce

20, while other media such as Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mansfield

that Ashland University has reset the cost structure for full-time

News Journal, WKYC-TV 3 Cleveland covered the event with

undergraduate tuition and financial aid resulting in a tuition

news articles or TV coverage. The price reduction news release

reduction of more than $10,000 for the 2014-15 academic year.

was picked up by newspapers, radio stations and TV stations

This tuition reset represents a 37 percent discount from what

throughout the country and follow-up articles appeared on CBS

tuition would have been had we not made that change. Today, we

National News, WJW–TV Fox 8 Cleveland and in USA Today,

believe this is something big for the state of Ohio – we are going

Chronicle of Higher Education, Wall Street Journal and Inside

to challenge the system and we are going to make a difference.”

Higher Education. | 2


The first image to the right, depicts the latest undergrad brand campaign. The second image on the right depicts the graduate brand campaign. For more information on the Ashland University brand visit

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In one survey, approximately half of all faculty, staff, students and alumni stated that AU’s spiritual heritage was “moderately important.” When asked what words/phrases come to mind when thinking about Ashland University:

written by Jan Bond


– Home

– Quality

– Personal

– Caring

– Spiritual

– Expensive

– Well-rounded s an alumna/us or someone who has spent any time at AU, you probably already have

– Individual Attention

your own thoughts and ideas about what makes AU so special. It may be the excellent

– Excellent Education

faculty that encouraged you or helped you through a difficult course. It may be the fellow students you now call life-long friends. It may be the beautiful campus or deeper connection you made with your spiritual self while here. We each have a connection with Ashland University. Some of the qualities that you find special may be different from someone else but each memory, connection or experience makes up the Ashland University brand.

“A brand is a living entity and it is

How we communicate these qualities to prospective stu-

enriched or undermined cumulatively

dents and others is where

over time, the product of a thousand

branding is so important.

small gestures”

– Michael Eisner, CEO Disney

Now more than ever, it is critical that, as a university we understand our unique attributes and communicate

them effectively to the appropriate audiences and do so in a compelling way. With the help of Marsh Brand Partners out of Cincinnati, OH, the communications and marketing department and the university community spent a year engaged in taking a closer look at what Ashland University means to it audiences and finding ways to more effectively communicate these attributes. Over the course of a year, we polled students, faculty, staff, alumni and community about various aspects of Ashland University. We conducted focus groups and shared concepts for marketing materials, narratives, graphics and other elements. The results are a clearer understanding of Ashland University and what it means to our constituents. We are now armed with the tools to effectively communicate the university brand to the world.

THE RESULTS: A new narrative A Place to Find Purpose. A Place to Call Home. For more than 130 years, Ashland University has been home to individuals striving for academic, professional and spiritual growth. Focused on rigorous academic pursuits, students of Ashland develop critical thinking, leadership and professional skills. Rooted in faith and tradition with an unwavering commitment toward accent on the individual, Ashland University offers students an environment that promotes values and respect toward each person and their spirituality. The one-on-one relationships with faculty and students, challenging programs and collective sense of community are a few of the reasons students cite for coming to, and staying at, Ashland University. From nationally recognized scholars, programs and innovative learning labs, to exceptional athletic programs, places of worship and award-winning dining facilities, Ashland University is designed to nurture all aspects of student development. A nationally ranked university with global impact, Ashland University has students calling Ashland “home” decades after graduation. The highly personal Ashland experience instills in students the discipline, confidence and values to not just succeed in the world, but to impact it in the most positive way possible. | 2

A Small World written by Jeffrey Alix


aoya Orime ’83 MBA grew up on the island of Shikoku, the smallest of the four major islands, located about 400 miles west of Tokyo, Japan. After finishing high school he

proceeded to continue his schooling at Waseda University in Tokyo where he majored in metallurgical engineering. However, it was his passion for golf that he developed in high school that would provide him with unique experiences and opportunities along the way. Admittedly, Orime picked up the game of golf later in life

“My experience at Ashland completely changed my life.

for someone who would

I gained strong English skills and an MBA degree that

eventually compete at the

have helped my career and my life, significantly.”

Waseda University, he spent

– Naoya Orime ’83 MBA

collegiate level. While at much of his time practicing the humbling game earning him a spot on the golf team. Upon graduating, Orime wanted to continue

his schooling which, in itself, is not necessarily uncommon. In doing so, however, he made the decision to attend Ashland College. One might assume a decision such as this, to study an advanced degree half way around the world in a second language and different culture, is calculated and strategic. While the decision was not made lightly, Orime does confess that “I had a friend who lived in Ohio and Ashland was the first school that I obtained admission. Also, I wanted to improve my English and get my MBA, if possible.” He also decided to continue his love for golf by competing on the Ashland College golf team, which helped his transition to Ashland. “I enjoyed my life in Ashland as I made many friends in my classes and on the golf team. While I did not have meaningful results in college golf, I always felt good representing Ashland. I

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enjoyed competing against other college golfers and meeting many

Even with all the responsibilities associated with his career, Orime

new people,” he said.

never lost his passion for the game of golf. Aside from enjoying the

Orime also enjoyed his time in Ashland off the golf course.

game at the recreational level, Orime has had the opportunity to serve as a rule committee member for the Japan Golf Association

“Obviously, reading thick text books in English was challenging, but

and, consequently, as an advisory member of the rules committee for

I enjoyed studying business related subjects, particularly economics.

the R&A, which governs the rules of golf for 130 affiliating countries

I also served as the president of the International Club my second

around the world, excluding USA and Mexico.

year at Ashland and was able to make friends from many different countries,” he said.

“I have known Taizo Kawata, a golf architect and very influential person within the Japan Golf Association, and he asked me to join the

One of those individuals he views as a friend is then director of the

rules committee in 2006. This led to my involvement with the R&A

Ashland Center for English Studies (ACCESS), Mike Hupfer. “We

in 2009,” he said. “One of the highlights of my golf experience was, as

became good friends and continue to keep in touch over the last 30

an advisory member of the R&A. I was asked to be a rules official for

years. In fact, the last time I visited Ashland in 2007, Mike kindly of-

the 2011 Open Championship of golf at Royal St Georges in England.

fered to let me stay in his home. We toured around the AU campus

Since that time, I have had the opportunity to serve in this manner

and I was surprised and impressed to see such a big change from

three times, including the one held this year at Muirfield in Scotland

when I attended.”

where on the second day of competition, I followed the group of Phil

Upon earning his degree from Ashland College in the summer of 1983, Orime found himself back in Japan pursuing a career in invest-

Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsyama. It was great being involved in such an exciting event.”

ments, something he decided he wanted to do while taking his MBA

In addition to his work at The Open Championships, Orime has offi-


ciated a number of international golf competitions held in Japan and

“I joined a Japanese asset management company in 1984 and between 1986 and 1990. I worked in Glasgow, Scotland, as my company formed a joint venture business with a Scottish asset manage-

his home course, Kasumigaseki Country Club, is the scheduled venue for golf at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo where he is, again, expecting to be a rules official.

ment company. During my days in Glasgow, I learned a great deal on

It is probably safe to say that Naoya Orime never anticipated the jour-

managing money and investing in global stocks and bonds,” he said.

ney life would provide him, but one thing that is not lost on the Japa-

“Since then, my career has stayed in the money management industry.

nese businessman and golf enthusiast is the impact Ashland had on

My current role is the head of the Japan operation of Western Asset

that journey.

Management Co. which is headquartered in Pasadena, Calif., where my mission is to grow the business of Western Asset Management in Japan. We have been successful in raising assets for our company in both the retail and institutional channels and, while I’m not directly involved in the sales and marketing, I manage the whole Tokyo office and am responsible for the profitability of Japan’s business.”

Orime credits his time at Ashland for the professional success he has experienced, which has led to so many other great opportunities. “My experience at Ashland completely changed my life. I gained strong English skills and an MBA degree that have helped my career and my life, significantly,” he noted.

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In 1967, a new gymnasium was built and dedicated as part of the Physical Education Center. The

Board of Trustees voted to name the facility after Charles “Chic” Kates, a local benefactor and fellow trustee, who made a major gift to The Accent Centennial Campaign. Charles “Chic” Kates Gym has long served host to Ashland volleyball, wrestling and men’s and women’s basketball events, along with concerts, commencements and other campus and community activities. Hundreds of thousands of individuals have witnessed or participated in these events over the years. After nearly 50 years, Kates Gym has received a makeover. Anyone attending an event in “Kates” will notice significant changes in its appearance. With the need to replace a floor that could not be refinished one more year, the decision was made to overhaul the inside of the gym. The renovation plan included a new floor, scoreboards, bleachers, lighting, sound system and other needed amenities. Efforts began immediately to secure funding to assist with the project costs. Sherrill Hudson ’65, a basketball alumnus, provided a lead gift to kick off the project while former Ashland basketball player, Gary Urcheck ’68, was part of a committee to help in the fundraising efforts. After beginning the renovation at the end of March, the newly refurbished Kates Gym reopened its doors in August for the start of the University’s fall season. The facility improvements will officially be dedicated on Saturday, January 11, 2014, prior to the 11:30 a.m. Eagles’ basketball game versus Michigan Tech University.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Women’s Basketball

on National TV January 11, 2014 11:30 a.m. Lady Eagles vs. Michigan Tech The game can be seen on the CBS Sports Network. Check your local listings for channel information. | 2

written by Tiffany Roberts

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It is probably safe to say that everyone has been asked that question at some point. While many people might not be in the career they first thought, there are some people who have known from the beginning exactly what they want to be when they grow up. That was certainly the case for Alana Stanbery Sigg ’08, a middle grades education major. “I have always known I was going to be a teacher. There has never been a doubt in my mind that my calling in life was to work with youth in a school setting,” Sigg said.

“It is no secret that Ashland is known for its excellent reputation

Sigg had that in mind when she began her college search. “I was initially drawn to Ashland because

of educating teachers. I was told from the beginning at Ashland

of its small town feel but it still offered a college

that the expectations were high and before every field experience I

experience,” she said.

was reminded that I represented Ashland University and the Schar

Sigg experienced that small town feel the very first day

College of Education, as well as myself.”

she visited campus. “The first day I visited Ashland it was raining. As a visitor, I had no idea where I was

– Alana Stanbery Sigg ’08

going and was looking for Founders Hall. I started in

middle grades education major

the student center and upon receiving directions, I began to walk outside to cross the street before a man stopped me,” she said. “He asked if I had an umbrella

and, after telling him I did not because I was just visiting and did not know it was going to rain, he handed me his and told me to enjoy my visit. He did so with no expectation of it being returned to him. It is this culture that makes Ashland a truly special place.” This experience, along with Ashland’s Schar College of Education’s strong reputation, sealed the deal for Sigg.

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“It is no secret that Ashland is known for its excellent reputation

be. With his words of encouragement, I continued working at the

of educating teachers. I was told from the beginning at Ashland

test, passed it and acquired full-time employment.”

that the expectations were high and before every field experience I was reminded that I represented Ashland University and the Schar College of Education, as well as myself,” she said. Knowing how high the standard is set for education majors could intimidate some students, but Sigg knew the faculty and staff within the Schar College of Education provided a tremendous support system for her, which still holds true today. “We are a family. You are always welcomed back, regardless of your distance or time away,” she said. And it was this family that made a profound impact on Sigg while she was on campus. “Honestly, there are not just one or two faculty members who made an impact; there were more than I can count. Drs. Hudson, Michael, Saunders,

And Sigg has found great success in her full-time employment as a teacher. Sigg’s first teaching position was as a ninth grade physical science teacher at Horizon Science Academy, a charter school in Toledo, Ohio. During her time there, Sigg was recognized by her students and peers for her work inside and outside the classroom. She was awarded “Most Positive Teacher” in 2011 and 2012 and was named Horizon Science Academy “Teacher of the Year” in 2012. In addition to her teaching duties, Sigg also served on various committees where she was able to draw on her experiences at Ashland. “During the 2011-2012 school year, I served as the ninth grade chair committee head to help support the needs of the entire freshmen class,” she said. “This

Jamieson, Schmidt-Rinehart and,

responsibility called greatly on

of course, the Rineharts, all took a

my skills learned at Ashland about

vested interest in me as a person


and a student,” she said.


education and the importance

Within the Schar College of

of embracing the student to


encourage success.”




important lessons from several

Sigg also served as the head of the

faculty members and she utilizes

science department during the

these lessons on a daily basis.

2012-2013 school year. “I helped

“Dr. Broda’s fun personality and

guide new teachers through the



science fair process to establish

me to keep things fun in the



a strong foundation of learning


making sure that

for students of all ages. That year,

education did not become boring

Horizon Science Academy earned

and stale. Dr. Adams gave me the

the first overall award at CONSEF

skills and perspective I needed to

Sigg teaching at her current location at Madison

(Concept Science & Engineering

appropriately serve students with

Comprehensive High School.

Fair) where over 40 schools

IEP’s (individualized education programs) and developed in me a strong sense of helping students even when they cannot help themselves,” she said.

participated. This most definitely was the greatest achievement during my time there,” she said. Currently, Sigg is at Madison Comprehensive High School teaching

However, there is one person above all who encouraged Sigg while

physical science and working with their counseling program to

she was on campus and he continues to be a great influence on her

complete her graduate degree in school counseling.

career today. “Dr. (David) Kommer encouraged me to keep going, even when the going got tough. He encouraged me to use my natural teaching ability to provide an education to all students, reaching out to their learning styles and appreciating their developmental stage as middle grade students,” she said.

No matter where her career takes her, Sigg is proud from where she has come and wants others to know, as well. “I want to be recognized as an Ashland graduate and want others to witness what Ashland can provide for their students: opportunities, experiences, classes, lessons, caring, guidance and a never ending system of support that continues to grow with every graduating

This encouragement did not stop once Sigg graduated. “Because of

class,” she said. “I have a carved eagle on my desk, a graduation gift

my test anxiety, I struggled to pass the licensure exam for some time

from my mother. I look at it every day and remember who I am and

after graduation,” she said. “Dr. Kommer encouraged me to keep

where I came from.”

trying and not give up on my dream to be the greatest teacher I could

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Recap On Saturday, October 12, thousands of people came by to “Check In�


total amount raised by the Ashland University Alumni Association at the Silent Auction.

on Homecoming 2013! Events were scheduled all day and people definitely took advantage of some of the nicest weather ever experienced at Homecoming. Whether traveling in from across the country or across the street, new memories were made while old ones were reminisced! See you October 10-12 for Homecoming 2014!

5 total national championships won by Hall of Fame inductee Jackie Jeschelnig-Ulm

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photos printed at the alumni photo booth

number of pizzas served at the Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Fan Fest

4,335 in attendance at the Homecoming football game



number of months until Homecoming 2014 October 10-12

total miles logged during the 5K Fun Run


number of individuals crowned Homecoming King (Levi Rex ’14) & Queen (Jessie Perry ’14) | 2


Registration Opens for Online Degree

Program in Criminal Justice

Registration is now open for an online degree program in criminal justice at Ashland University, and the program will provide adults with a flexible online option to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 18 months in this highdemand field. Classes will begin on Jan. 13, 2014, and specific program information is available through Ashland University’s website at or by calling 855.388.8100. The online program offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree completion program designed for students who have already earned an associate’s degree or completed some of their general education courses. The B.S. in criminal justice is focused on the application and policy aspects of the field, such as policing, laws, courts and corrections. Dr. Dwight McElfresh, dean of the Founders School of Continuing Education at Ashland University, said the program, which features experts in the field of criminal justice, is meant for the working adult. “This program allows you to study at your convenience without sacrificing your job or family,” McElfresh said. “You can complete your work at any time, from anywhere because it is 100 percent online and there are no extra charges or hidden fees.”

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McElfresh said the program also recognizes adults for the work they have accomplished in their lives. “We award credits for prior college experience, academy training and military service,” he said. McElfresh said AU is very excited in particular about the opportunities this program provides to transfer students, professionals working in the field and members of the military. Other advantages of the program include: •O  nline program designed to fit your individual lifestyle •N  o required log-in times and everything you need is available 100 percent online •R  eceive college credit for prior law enforcement, military and corrections training • Program can be completed in as little as 18 months •A  ccess course content 24 hours a day, 7 days a week • Get a Chromebook at no extra charge • Pay only $395 per credit hour • Apply for financial aid to help with expenses Those wanting more information about the program can email or go to the website at

Ashland University DEVELOPS UNIQUE  Undergraduate Communication Program Ashland University has developed a new undergraduate degree program in health and risk communication and, according to an AU professor, it is the only program of its kind in the nation. ”What we’re doing here at Ashland is truly unique because it is the only undergraduate health and risk communication program in the U.S.,” said Dr. Theodore Avtgis, chair and professor in the Department of Communication Studies. “People interested in health and safety careers will gain the necessary skills to effectively message to publics who are vulnerable, at risk or in crisis situations. These skills sets are critical in modern day society and as natural and man-made crises will continue to occur, effective messaging is critical to keeping the public and organizations safe.” According to Avtgis, the health and risk communication program at Ashland University focuses on two of today’s fastest growing industries -- health and safety. ”We are addressing today’s job market demands with tomorrow’s skill sets. Health and risk communication is a hybrid of two separate areas in the discipline of communication studies,” Avtgis said. “Health communication deals with the interpersonal aspects of patient-provider interaction, the team aspects of healthcare delivery as well as the development and execution of healthcare campaigns. Risk communication is a separate entity that deals with the identification of potential threats, the addressing of current threats or crises, and eventually, threat containment and threat mitigation.” The new undergraduate degree is housed in AU’s Department of Communication Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences, yet has students taking courses across three colleges throughout the university. Dr. Dariela Rodriguez, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies, noted the importance of this new program. “Traditionally, health and risk communication have been treated as separate areas of study. However, in the post 9/11 environment, we are learning that health and safety are inextricably linked, you cannot separate those two anymore,” she said. “So while many communication studies programs continue to address these areas as separate, here at Ashland what we have done is created a program that reflects the current and future demands of the health and safety sectors.” With a focus on communication theory, research, and application, the AU program prepares students for a variety of careers that include health communication specialist, risk manager, director of communication and public affairs, communication project specialist, security specialist, director of external affairs, health

communication training and development officer, safety training, and as a pre-professional program for students focused on medical school or other terminal degrees in health. “Employment projections by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate a 24 percent growth in demand over the next five years in the communication studies field and our program will be set up to allow for internships ranging from local government agencies to pharmaceutical companies,” Avtgis said. He said students are actively engaged in research with faculty who are certified in risk communication and actively consulting government and private sector organizations on risk and crisis communication. Dr. Dawn Weber, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, stressed the importance of this new major at Ashland University. “The major in health and risk communication prepares students with the skills and training that ensures the public is well informed in the event of a crisis. The role of communication is central to saving lives and to informing the public. The quality of information and the time it takes to convey it from first responders to emergency room doctors can make the difference between a life saved and a life lost,” Weber said. “Just this summer, individuals in 15 states as well as our own community experienced flu-like symptoms associated with cyclospora contamination in bagged lettuce. All too frequently we hear of rogue shooters in public places such as high schools, shopping malls, and the Boston Marathon. In each of these cases, communication professionals are essential to providing the public with accurate information.”

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notes 1948

 egge (Shively ’48) McGrann-Downs retired from P 22 years of teaching both elementary and secondary at Elkhart, Ind., Schools.

1955 Myrtle Brownson (Burrell ’55) and her husband, William (’53), celebrated 60 years of marriage on Aug. 23, 2013. Giles Krueger (’55) retired from the Ashland Municipal Court, where he served as assistant bailiff for 10 years.

1959 Wilbur Bowers (’59) retired as Tournament Manager for the Northeast Athletic Board after 28 years of conducting tournaments. He was awarded as a 50-year member of the Creston Lions Club. Don Rinehart (’59) is still doing what he loves most, teaching two sections of Exploring the Bible, after 38 years of teaching full time and 5 years as an adjunct.

Suzanne (Hall ’69) Pennington announces the birth of her new grandchild, Cason Xavier Pennington. He was born April 4, 2013, and weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. Howard J Whitmore (’69) has published his first book titled “Soldiers Only Cry When We’re Alone.” The e-book is a transcription of the collected WWII letters of his father Staff Sergeant Harvey A Whitmore and told through the eyes of this American soldier and his twin brother. It describes their journey from 19-year-old draftees in 1943 to seasoned and well trained soldiers. Additional historical information tells of the organization of the 97th division, their training deployment to Europe and eventually the occupation of Japan. Information about the various training facilities, the home front, and the entertainment of the soldiers as well as letters from their mother give the reader a detailed look at the war years. Available as an e-book through Amazon Kindle. Jerald Heschel (’69) retired from Internal Revenue Service as the National Director of Submission Processing on Feb. 1, 2013. He worked for the IRS for more than 43 years, starting shortly after graduating from Ashland in 1969. More recently, he relocated to Park City, Utah. Lois Fuller (’69) retired June 30, 2013, from Widener University in Pennsylvania after 33+ years. She was the executive director for Multicultural and International Student Services.


1963 Fred Burkey (’63) and Ralph Tomassi (’77) shown at Fred and Marilyn (Thomas ’64) Burkey’s 50th wedding anniversary.

1964 Bruce Sanford (’64) has written a book “Children’s Prayers, Seven Daily Prayers and One To Grow On.” (on Amazon: search “Children’s Prayers by Sanford”) The book is a guide of universal prayers and paintings to help children of all ages and stages of growth to gain the confidence to carry on a daily practice of praying throughout their lives, and pass it on. He is currently a full-time faculty member of the University of New York.

1968 David Felts (’68) announces his retirement. He is now using his time to write church music.

1969 Roger Morton (’69) retired in July 2012.

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Craig Whitmore (’70, ’86) recently wrote a book titled “The Last Roar,” which is the only fiction book written about the battle of Lake Erie. It is currently on sale at Gary Van Arsdale (’70) was named one of the top four citizens of central Ohio. He was also a finalist for the Dow Jones Entrepreneur of the year. Tom Wilkes (’70) and his wife, Derrie (Clark ’70), celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by vacationing in Alaska. He recently retired from Delphi Corporation after 33 years.

1971 Robert Vollbrecht (’71) retired in May 2012 from Preble County ESC, after 40 years of teaching; 35 were spent teaching multi-handicapped children.

1973 Geri Wallace (’73) was recently promoted to manager, Adult Day Services with Concepts in Community Living.

1974 Susan (deLaski ’74) Antolik became the new pastor at East Fairfield United Methodist Church on July 1, 2013. She also welcomed 2 grandchildren, Colton Antolik on July 9, 2011, and Enza Antolik on Nov. 27, 2011.

1975 Fred “Smokey” Conti (’75) announces the birth of his granddaughter, Olivia Rose Chianelli on Nov. 29, 2012, in Virginia Beach, Va.  oel Roscoe (’75, ’86) retired on July 31, 2013, as J superintendent of Hillsdale after 20 years. He is planning to continue to teach education leadership classes at Ashland University and be the school finance consultant for BASA.

1976 Debra McLendon (’76) retired from Cedar Cliff Local Schools after 36 years.

1977 David McCoy (’77) has recently published two short ebooks related to Ohio: “Oliver Hazard Perry: The Hero of Lake Erie” and “The Kent State Shooting and What Came Before.” Both are available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Short, concise, and informative, In Your Hand Digital Books take less than 60 minutes to read and are only $3.99 each. Kim L. Creasy, Ph.D. (’77) recently accepted a position as Elementary Education Program coordinator at the University of Northern Colorado. He taught in the public schools of Pennsylvania for 26 years and was a professor at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years. You can reach him at Patrick J Crahan (’77) retired from public education after 36 years last year. He is now the director of professional development and graduate studies at the Southwest Center in Cincinnati for Ashland University. He is married to Robin and have three children Tyler ( just married), Devon and Abby.

1978 Wendy (Sommer ’78) Long has been married for 34 years to her husband Bill. They have three children: Kyle (29), Jodi (26), and Kelsi (23). She completed her first women’s only mini-triathlon last year and signed up again this year.

1981 Brian McLaughlin (’81) announced that his daughter, Brianne, was a silver medalist in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver for Women’s Ice Hockey. She will compete in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, as a goal tender.

Bill Shafer (’81) began his new position as Learning & Development manager - Instructional Design for Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile’s US subsidiary), on July 8, 2013. His new responsibilities include creating customer courseware to support STA’s learning & development initiatives for their U.S. employees. These deliverables include training videos, interactive eLearning modules, PowerPoint presentations, training guides and self-study workbooks ( just to name a few). He also continues his work as a professional musician & entertainer in the DFW area, working as both a solo act, as well as with his partner in the musical duo DEUCE.

1983 Rev. Dr. Carolyn (Groth ’83) Huber celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary on June 23, 2012. She also presented at the Oxford University (England) Round Table on E.C.E. 2008 and earned a Doctorate Degree in Education from Ashwood University (Texas) in 2007.

1985 John H Krupp (’85) recently sold the accounting portion of his practice in January and only prepares tax returns now.

1988 Alecia (Morris ’88) Myers’s oldest son got married on July 6, 2013.

1989 Margaret (Estep ’89) Ludwig was promoted to managing director in March 2012, leading Northeast Ohio offices in Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown.

1990 Dean DePiero (’90) has been married to Kathleen since 2008 and they have two children: Blake (3) and Hadley (10 months). He is an attorney at McDonaldHopkins Law firm in Parma, Ohio. Dan Foster Ed.S. (’90) has accepted the position of superintendent of Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation in Winamac, Ind., after five years of serving as superintendent of Caston School Corporation. This is a return home of sorts for Dan as he began his career in

administration at Eastern Pulaski in 2004 as the assistant principal of Winamac Community High School. He is married to Rachel and they have three daughters: MacKenzie (21 and completing schooling at Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago), Julia (18 and a freshman elementary and special education major at Indiana State University) and Ella (8th grade). He would enjoy hearing from AU classmates (especially from the music department) and can be reached by personal email at




Aretta (Casebolt ’91) Baumgartner is proud to be a part of the largest and most respected non-profit puppetry art centers in the world, the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA.

Jesse Montagnese (’04) completed his five year residency program at MetroHealth and will be a fellow in neuro-radiology at University Hospital in Cleveland.

1996 Cheryl (Truman ’96) Harris retired from Collier County School System in Naples, Fla., in 2012. Since then, she and her husband have traveled to Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone, 5 western states, with plans to visit Branson, Mo., Ohio, and New Orleans before the end of 2013. Nichole (Clabaugh ’96, ’11) Hanuscin is now the director of Human Resources at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk, OH. Amy (Carpenter ’96) Kabel recently published a book titled “Hank’s Visit to the Doggie Store.”

1997 Kristi (White ’97) Barker was promoted to Crestview Elementary principal for the 2013-2014 school year, with previous experience as a middle school math teacher for 13 years and a curriculum coordinator for 2 years. Rich Policz (’97) is the pastor of Adult Bible Fellowships and Family Ministries and is the principal of Veritas Classical Christian Academy.

2000 Brian Howard (’00) started his new job as assistant director of Media Relations for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in Norfolk, Va.

2002 Brett Dunbar (’02, ’04) is a sports photographer for GLIAC, Michigan State University, the Big Ten and NCAC. Todd Parsons (’02) became partner in a new CPA firm in January 2013. James K Franey (’02) was promoted in February 2013 from advanced analytical chemist to technical services manager.

Fr. Robert Muhlenkamp (’03) is now serving as the assistant to the pastor for St. Jude and St. Aloysius churches in Cincinnati. Torey Conner (’03) was promoted to numeracy coach and TAP mentor teacher at a Beaufort County elementary school. These positions are aimed at improving teacher effectiveness, professionalism and instruction.

Sarah (Ramsey ’04) McKee received a promotion in June 2013. She is project accountant II for the state of Ohio Auditor’s office. Laura (Vernon ’04) Kruger attended the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London to watch her husband, A.G., compete in the hammer throw for the third time. Joanna Riffle (’04, ’10) is teaching in Tampico, Mexico. She spent the last two years teaching in Hanoi, Vietnam. Jo can be contacted at

2005 Alicia (Cannon ’05) Bogard published a book in fall 2012 and has 3 children, ages 1 through 4. Kimberly K (Shelton ’05, ’10) Miller received her Masters of Science in Nursing: Certified Nurse-Midwifery & Womens Health Speciality Tracks in August 2013.

2006 BJ Sanderson (’06) has been promoted to head boys basketball coach at Triway Schools.

2007 Mark Abramovich (’07) has served a principal of Harmon Middle School for 6 years. He has helped earn the distinguished Blue Ribbon Distinction, an award presented to schools for 5 consecutive years of elite data and results. Christine Bowers (’07) was promoted to charge nurse, 5th floor of the Ohio State University’s Ross Heart Hospital in Fall 2011 and received the Clinical Excellence Award in the Spring of 2013. Naomi Kidney-Budd (’07) has moved to Dayton, Ohio, and is the new family and consumer science teacher at Fairmont High School in Kettering. Jennifer (Rohr ’07) Schneider accepted a teaching job at Triway Jr. High in order to move back to Ohio. Katie (Czamecki ’07) Medina and her husband Jose Medina welcomed home their 7-year-old son, Zavier, from Ethiopia in October 2012. He joins his two sisters, Isabel (10) and Lucie (8).

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Barbara (Hanshue ’07) Artrip was married on April 1, 2012. She was also the recipient of the Barbara Donahue Award for outstanding preceptor for NP students at Kent State University.

2008 Daniea (Beery ’08, ’13) Beard completed her master’s degree through Ashland University in May 2013 in Education Administration and accepted a position with Rocky River City Schools. Morgan Sanders (’08) was promoted in April 2013 to associate merchant with Express; she’s been with the company for two years. Kayibanda Doe (’08) was recruited from the states in 2012 as an Associate Professor within the College of Management & Administration, at William V.S Tubman University in Harper City, Maryland County-Liberia, West Africa. He and his family are very grateful to be back in their native land to transform the lives of the citizens by means of providing quality education & excellence. Per Kayibanda, “Liberia witnessed 14 years of civil conflict and we have a responsibility as professionals from our native land to go back and contribute our quota in such endeavor. It is a common saying that ‘if you educate a child, you educate an entire nation’ so I am happy to be of service to my native country, Liberia.” Kimberly DuCharme (’08) graduated with her Master’s in Organizational Communication from the University of Akron in August 2013. Randy Osborn (’08) was employed in June 2013 as an RN by The Gables Nursing Facility, a subsidiary of Memorial Hospital of Union County in Marysville.


Venice, Florence, Rome, and the Vatican City in Italy for his MEd program.

Amy (Weitzel ’03) Billotte and her husband, Leland, welcome daughter Chloe on May 14, 2013.

Future Eagles

Katie (Russell ’03) DiMizio and her husband, Vincent, welcomed son, Vincent Russell, on Aug. 19, 2013. He joins big sister, Alexandra (3).

Michelle (McFadden ’96) Palma announces the birth of her son, Ryan Daniel Palma, on April 8, 2013. Hallie (Beckley ’98) Maddock and her husband, Chris, have had 2 additions to their family. Their oldest joined the family in 2010 and Cooper was born in Feb. 2012. “Every day we are blessed by their joy and smiles.” Jennifer (Reardon ’98) Jacocks and her husband, Clarence, announce the birth of their daughter, Tennley Catherine Elaine, on Aug. 19, 2011. She joins big brothers Jalen (10) and Clarence (4). Denise (Kettering ’00) Lane and husband, Calvin, announce the birth of their son, Daniel Calvin, on Jan. 14, 2013. Stephanie (Webster ’00) Wendland and husband, Jason, welcomed son, Blane Maverick, on Sept. 20, 2011. Melissa (King ’01) Johnson and her husband, Ryan, welcomed son Mason on May 2, 2013. Mason joins big brother, Keiden (2). Tom Cummings (’01) and his wife, Lindsay welcomed their third child Grace Ambrose Cummings, born July 1, 2013. She joins big brother Aiden (3) and sister Claire (2). They are very blessed to have 3 healthy little ones. Theresa (Heckman ’01) and Robert Szygenda (’00) welcomed their second daughter, Evelyn Rose, on Dec. 14, 2012. Evelyn weighed 7lbs 8oz and joins big sister, Grace (4).

Brent Beard (’09) completed his second year of law school at CSU, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Nicole (Savig ’03) and husband Chris Meekins (’02) welcomed daughter, Maren June, on June 5, 2013.

Dr. Alecia (Gause ’09) Russell has written a book titled “The Gift of the Holy Spirit; Understanding the Ministry of the Holy Spirit.” It is available on Amazon.

Todd Parsons (’02) and wife, Bethany welcomed their second son, Wyatt, on June 21, 2013.

2010 Faith Pressnell (’10) has two children: Dakota Squire (5) and Annamarie Squire (1).

2011 Kelsee (Hughes ’11) Murphy started a new job in June 2013 as an RN/Case Manager for Heartland Hospice in Marion.

2012 Scott Zacharchenko (’12) is working on his MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. He studied abroad in London, England; Paris, France; Lucerne, Switzerland;

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Lesley (Filipow ’02) Smith and her husband announce the birth of their son, Evan Benjamin, on Aug. 28, 2012.

Jacinta (Gerber ’02) McKeal and her husband, Eric, welcomed daughter Callie June, born June 17, 2013. She weighed 7 lbs, 8 oz. Robyn (Rhodes ’02) Minnear and her husband, Chad, welcomed their first child, Alexander Paul, on July 24, 2013. He was 8 lbs and 20 1/2 inches long.

Zachary (’03) and Lindsay (Milnac ’04) Davis welcomed daughter Dagny, born Aug. 19, 2013. She joins big sister, Elle (2). Mitchell Bland (’04) announces the birth of his son Cormick Andrew Bland was born Sept. 4, 2012. Crystal (Burton ’04) Callihan and her husband, Rusty, welcomed her third child, daughter Kora Marene, on March 20, 2013. Kora joins older sister Kail (4) and brother Case (2). Jonathan (’04) and Nicole (Miller ’04) Troyer are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Daniel. William was born Aug. 27, 2012. He joins siblings Ohlen (7), Noah (4), and Katherine (2). Scott (’05) and Anne (Stoffer ’04) Williams welcomed daughter, Esther Adelene, on June 25, 2013. She was 5 lbs and 18 inches long and joins big sister Josephine (5) and big brother Henry (3). Jonathan (’06) and Amie (Rice ’06, ’09) Hobson announce the birth of their daughter Saige Marguerite Hobson, born on June 26, 2013. Vicki (Jones ’06) McGee and husband, Nicholas, had a son, Josiah Luke, on Feb. 5, 2013. His big sister Alexis, age 4, welcomed him home. Ryan Gilmer (’06) and Tessa (Hooley ’09 & ’12) Gilmer announce the birth of their daughter Regan Rose Gilmer on July 11, 2013. Regan weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz, and was 20 in. long. Grandparents are John Gilmer (’85) and Pam (Zielinski ’78) Gilmer. Great-grandparents are Arden Gilmer (’65) and Bobbi (Miller ’63) Gilmer. Amy (Martin ’06) Moran and her husband, Ryan, welcomed son Patrick Joseph, on Sept. 27, 2012. She was also promoted to school counselor in the Indianapolis Catholic school system as well as earning her Master’s degree from Butler University. Michael (’06) and Colleen (Fielding ’07) Cook welcomed daughter, Eloise Margaret, on June 18, 2013.

Maria (Costanzo ’06) Young and her husband, John, welcomed her daughter, Sydney Harper Young, on Aug. 17, 2013.

Tim Fralick (’06) and his wife, Robyn, welcomed their first child, a son, William Daniel, on June 19, 2013. Jennifer (Rohr ’07) Schneider and husband, Aaron, announce the birth of her daughter Addilynn Schneider on May 25, 2012.

Weddings Barbara (Szucs ’97) Schultz married Carl on July 3, 2013. Brian Howard (’00) married Rossanna Punzalan in Saint Petersburg, Fla., on July 6, 2013. Heidi (Bench ’02, ’07) and Derek Meyer were married July 6, 2013 and on Aug. 1, 2013 purchased their new home.

Jeremy Crabtree (’07) announces the birth of his daughter, Scarlett Joy Crabtree, on July 3, 2013. She joins big brother, Coltyn (1 1/2 yrs).

On Sept. 28, prior to the Eagles’ football game with Northern Michigan University, a reunion was

Timothy Swartz (’07) and his wife, Melissa (Montagnese ’07) welcomed their second son, Logan, on Nov. 3, 2012. He joins older brother, Lucas (2.5).

held for members of the 1963 football team celebrating the 50th

Eric Mitchell (’08) and his wife Jill had their third child, Issac Conrad on Jan. 21, 2013. He joins his sister Raeann (5) and Jackson (3). Kevin Wagner (’08) announces the birth of his daughter Quinn Terese Wagner, born on May 9, 2013. Katie (Fairchild ’08) Getz announces the birth of her daughter Quinn Alexandria on Oct. 8, 2012.

anniversary of its Mid-Ohio Conference Colleen (Corrigan ’03, ’08) Snyder married Zachary Snyder on April 26, 2013. The couple, along with their newly-blended family, resides in Pickerington, OH.

Kassandra (Cooper ’08) Sweeney and husband Troy welcomed a son, Zayne Patrick, on Jan. 29, 2013. Zayne weighed 7lbs 6oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. Amy Beth (Crist ’09) Wade and her husband, Adam, announce the birth of their daughter, Lauryn Ann, born 5 weeks early on May 7, 2013. She weighed 4 lbs 13 oz and was 18 1/4 inches long. Amy and Adam were married on July 23, 2011. Lauren (Peelman ’09) Wilson and husband, Clint (’08) announces the birth of her daughter Parker Kennedy Wilson on June 9, 2013. Rebecca (Dabbelt ’11) Liu and her husband, Eric, announce the birth of their daughter, Vivienne Margeaux Liu, on May 27, 2013. Rev. James Robinson (’13) and his wife, Catharine, announce the birth of their son, Aiden James Robinson, on May 19, 2013. He weighed 7 lbs, 4 oz and was 20 inches long.

Laura (Muraco ’04 & ’08) Phillips married Scott Phillips in Parma, Ohio, on May 11, 2013. Alumni in attendance include Jen Slater, Shelley Slater, Jennifer (Augenstein) Cseplo, Kendra (Roko) Murphy, Elizabeth (Leonard) Fougerousse, Jackie Tillman, Toni (Tracy) Racy, Angela Ryan, Kara Zone, Kim (Gerstenberger) & Walt Waetjen, Matt Walters, Bryan Brzozowski, Stephen & Kaitlin (Corrigan) Hayhurst, Casey Smith, and Katie (Lally) Metzger. Sarah Ramsey (’04) married Christopher McKee on March 17, 2012. Lindsay Montague (’05) married Michael J. Perez on Jan. 11, 2013.

Championship season.

1963 Graduating Class Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing

back row: Barbara Van Driest, Judi Amstutz Saurers, Sandra Souder Kovinchick, Judy Arnold Moyer, Cindy Bratsch Harms, Sharon Stillings Klingler and Jane Hocker Graven. Front row: Patricia Yoakam, Barbara Rinehart Kutza, Patricia Ohly Brook, Margaret Snyder Fuller and Elizabeth Soltez Hart| 2



Amy (Rabjohn ’05) Decker married Jason Decker on June 23, 2012, in Vermilion, OH. Becky (Kendle ’05) Evans and Kim Minrovic (’05) served as bridesmaids. Shannon Dickerhoff (’06), Kristin Sprauge (’05) and Monica Parillo (’06) were also in attendance. Amy is a first grade teacher for Miami Trace Local Schools. Jason works for the Columbus Crew. The couple resides in Grove City, Ohio.

Karie Charlton (’11) married Brian Wheaton (’11) on Aug. 3, 2013. Members of the wedding party included Kristie Charlton Ray (’08), Rachel Smith (’11), Alyssa Washburn Droll (’11), Adam Wheaton (’09), Colin Chritton (’11) & Cooper Charlton (’15). The couple resides in Willoughby, Ohio. Leah Chalet (’12) married Jake Mussay on Aug. 10, 2013 in Hudson, Ohio. The couple resides in Cuyahoga Falls.

Ashley Bielewicz (’06) married Adam Close in Sept. 2012. The couple resides in New Albany, Ohio. Megan Horn (’06, ’11) was married to Jose Matos on Oct. 6, 2012. Jessica Hausfeld (’06) was married to Aaron Neal on July 20, 2013.

Jillian Messner (’13) married Alexander Kitts on July 27, 2013.

Rachel Kavangh (’06, ’11) married Gregory Heller on Sept. 14, 2013, at Boyert’s Farm in Medina, Ohio. Bridesmaids included AU alumnae Tricia (McNeill ’06) Adams and Carla Harris (’05). Other AU alumni in attendance: Trevor (Bart) Ames (’06), Taylor Bates (’06), Casey Smith (’06), Kacie Jo (Penrose ’06) Larabee. The couple resides in Wadsworth, Ohio.

In Memoriam

Adam Leech (’08) married Stephanie Dyer on July 13, 2013. The couple resides in West Lafayette, Indiana. Lauren Peelman (’09) married Clint Wilson (’08) on May 5, 2012. Kristin Striker (’09) married Paul Weisheit on Nov. 10, 2012. Samuel Echelberry (’09) married Leslie Vanneman on May 25th, 2013. Heidi Sefl (’09) married Joshua Truxall on Oct. 27, 2012. Amber Colello (’09) married David Lesicko on Sept. 24, 2011, in their hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. Kelly Schalk (’10) married Ryan Jung (’10). The couple resides in Galion, OH. Brittany Pipes (’11) married Benjamin Minard (’10) on Nov. 19, 2011. Jennifer (Mills ’11) Koman was married in Nov. 2012. The couple now resides in Mentor, Ohio. Kelsee (Hughes ’11) Murphy was married on Oct. 6, 2012.

Dr. Stephen T Bihari July 26, 2013 Dr. Stephen Bihari, who served as chair and professor of foreign languages at Ashland College from 1964 to 1988, passed away on Friday, July 26. He was 89. He willed his body to medical research at Ohio State University. The family will have a private service at a later date. Richard E. Dauch (former Trustee) Aug. 2, 2013 Emmanuel W. ‘Buzz’ Sandberg (former Chairman of the Board of Trustees) Aug. 4, 2013 Marjorie K. (Dintaman ’35) Grisso Feb. 28, 2011 Margaret W. (Sellards ’36) Fulton July 31, 2013 Ruth (Andrews ’38) Gearhart-Smith June 9, 2013 Janet (Brubaker ’38) Hoekstra July 4, 2013 Wendell B Smith ’41 June 6, 2013 Carl A. Johnson ’44 March 9, 2012 Mary Alice (Dafler ’47) Mielke Aug. 19, 2013 Charlotte (Nussbaum ’47) Hellinger Sept. 11, 2013 John Craig Grover ’49 June 18, 2013

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R. James Shull ’49 Oct. 19, 1997 Earl R. Garnes Sr ’49 Aug. 8, 2013 Richard W. Brooks ’50 July 5, 2013 Edward F. Bodkin ’50 Sept. 3, 2013 R. Gault Aurand ’51 June 13, 2013 Richard E. Leinard ’51 July 22, 2013 Richard Majoy ’51 July 27, 2013 Jack A. Devan ’51 September 10, 2013 Jean Louise (Session ’52) Bishop July 1, 2013 Edward F. Schuch ’52 Dec. 8, 2009 Herbert Hart ’52 Aug. 30, 2013 Sally H. (Hiett ’56) Workman Sept. 24, 2013 Douglas G. Hedrick ’58 Sept. 10, 2013 Esther L. (Carlson ’58) Hudson Aug. 19, 2013 Max D. Slabaugh ’58 April 16, 2013 Bobby Gardner ’59 April 18, 2012 Ronald E. Hostler ’59 Sept. 13, 2013 Arlene F. (Stauffer ’59) Beebe Oct. 9, 2013 Robert H. Spring ’59 Oct. 3, 2013 Larry D. Frantz ’60 Dec. 21, 2012 Jack E. Carr ’61 August 6, 2013 Norma J. (Hosford ’63) Dove Sept. 10, 2013 Dr. C. William Gray (former Trustee and alumnus ’64) June 14, 2013

Mary M (Firestone ’64) Taylor Nov. 17, 2011

Dorothy Maxine (Rinehart ’38-M) Oliver Dec. 31, 2010

Larry E. Buzzard ’66 Sept. 3, 2013

Ruth (Smith ’43-M) Adamescu Aug. 20, 2013

Michael T. Metcalf ’69 June 21, 2013

Mathilde (Endrody ’52-M) McGarvey July 6, 2013

William H. Hackenberg ’70 January 18, 2013

Gwendolyn (Fargo ’54-M) O’Donnell Jan. 1, 2013

Andrew C. Kurinsky ’70 Sept. 12, 2008

Nancy (Barbour ’58-M) Knaus July 18, 2013

Michael E Reedy ’74 Aug. 16, 2013

Connie R. (Nelson ’59-M) Gouge Sept. 10, 2013

Herman L. Wexler ’76 June 6, 2006

Veronica (Healey ’63-M) Davis Feb. 14, 2000

Catherine L. (Moltz ’79) Mills April 12, 2012

Audrey (Lewis ’63-M) Rice Aug. 22, 2013

Donn K. Eddy ’85 Aug. 23, 2013

Becky (Beer ’67-M) Vent Aug. 19, 2013

Ellen J. Gaskalla ’86 Aug. 17, 2013

Jane (Hughes ’71-M) Guthrie Aug. 12, 2011

Edward E. Chrest ’87 July 25, 2013 Willie B. (Bridges ’87) Mounts Sept. 24, 2013 Cathleen (Daugherty ’88) Dill June 15, 2013 Christopher M. Hanzie ’89 June 13, 2013 Marcel A. Stochitoiu ’92 April 14, 2007 Carol L. Maurer ’94 June 16, 2013 Heather R. (Lefford ’95) Edborg July 1, 2013 James Paul Muth ’99 June 18, 2013 Brian Graves ’02 July 26, 2011

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Every Gift, Every Student, Every Day… The Ashland Fund


n higher education, it requires more than thinking outside the box to provide resources for thousands of students. With cutting edge research, dynamic

learning environments and a nationally recognized commitment to accessible education, Ashland is leading the way in thinking outside the box. It is nothing new. Ashland’s founding statement includes a commitment to educating men and women - a novel thought 50 years ago, let alone in 1878. We lead the way in program hours and a four-year graduation guarantee. Internationally renowned scholars and students are setting the model for socially and globally aware change-makers in the 21st Century. But how do we secure funding for the next generation of educational innovation? Welcome to the Ashland Fund.

Unrestricted giving is the lifeblood of Ashland University and higher education. Large grants and multi-million dollar bequests lay the groundwork for buildings and there is no denying that major gifts create endowed scholarships that fund departments, programs, and chairs. Foundations provide equipment; there is also the reality that tuition dollars provide the vast majority of payroll and operating funds. However, these revenue sources would be empty without the Ashland Fund’s innumerable $5, $50, and $500 gifts contributed by thousands of supporters each year.

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Every aspect in the ‘life’ of the University has unique needs and

scholarships. And with over 98% of our undergraduate students

amazing potential. To ensure that a sophomore nursing major from

receiving financial support - frequently over a third of their tuition

inner-city Cleveland, a graduate student from Taiwan, a first-year

costs for the year - at no time have so many students depended so

post-doctorate from Canada and a single-mother project coordinator

greatly upon the support of Ashland University’s alumni, friends, and

can succeed at Ashland University, countless decisions depend upon

supportive donors.

the financial foresight and actions of individuals around the globe - all while looking at where the future of education and resource development lies.

Ashland University has made a bold move by lowering tuition and embracing financial transparency. In doing so, exemplary education and Accent on the Individual is more accessible than

The Ashland Fund is Ashland University’s greatest financial asset for

ever. As the number of students swells, the need for unrestricted

long-term growth. Its unrestricted dollars provide lights and water

dollars grows with it, and the Ashland Fund goal will eclipse the $1

to dormitories and laboratories. It sustains tuition and lessens the

million mark. The need for loyal alumni and friends will never end.

direct burden to students and families as a silent scholarship - it is

The international and local influence, but most of all the heartfelt

the most significant budget-impacting source of revenue. As Ashland

appreciation of our students, continues as the tradition of supporting

is dependent upon so many different sources of revenue affected by

Eagles moves forward.

world-wide factors and personal decisions, a steady source of budgetrelieving support is vital. When the need arises, the Ashland Fund provides the energy to sustain and the capacity to grow.

Numbers are important in the life of Ashland University. We are as thankful for the many who give of their limited means as our pacesetters who have great resources. Each donor makes a difference.

Ashland’s students come from across Ohio and around the world.

Every gift changes a life. Together, we can explore beyond the box

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Ashland student is incalculable. Supporting and empowering students who have the desire and ability to change their world is why higher education exists - it is also the cause for giving.

Make your gift to the Ashland Fund. Simply pick up your phone when our Eagle Call students reach out, respond via our Fall and Spring mailers, or give today online by visiting

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• 2,400 potential courses each year • 9 satellite locations • More than 700 faculty and staff creating opportunity for the students that call Ashland home. Last year, 4,576 donors joined together in a show of support to makes our students’ experiences possible. Their combined $1, $125, and $2,500 gifts provided nearly $1 million for operating support and

Every gift, Every student, Every day…

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Accent Magazine Fall 2013  

Accent is the official alumni magazine of Ashland University.

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