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A New Day Although the class size, demographics of graduates and location of commencement ceremonies have changed throughout the past 100 years, one thing remains the same – a new day has dawned for those students who have earned the honor of moving their tassels from right to left. Pure excitement overcomes Darius Brents, business management major from Detroit, Mich., after he realizes his goal is attained and he’s ready to take on the world armed with a well-deserved degree from Ashland University. Though featured more formally, the same excitement was surely shared by the Class of 1910, which is illustrated by the pictures of 14 of the 17 class members as well as adviser Dr. Mackey.

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President’smessage Accent is published three times a year for alumni, parents and friends of Ashland University. Compiled by the Marketing Communications Office of Ashland University. Third class postage paid at Ashland, Ohio 44805. Kathleen Lawry Managing Editor | Marketing Manager Mike Ruhe Art Direction & Design | Director, Graphic Design Services Jeff Alix ’01 Contributing Editor | Director of Alumni & Parent Relations Nancy Allton ’90 Design | Graphic Designer Katie Burce Contributing Editor | Marketing Coordinator Jennifer (Maxson ’06) Draher Contributing Editor | Marketing Manager Steve Hannan Contributing Editor | Director of Public Relations

It goes without saying that our present situation has been greatly influenced and impacted by events in the past. I truly believe that our present reality is a result of both our past history and how we have come to deal with successes and tragedies. What we do now is relevant not only for us now but will impact those who follow us in the future. A perfect example of this can be seen on the campus of Ashland University. The campus of today would hardly be recognizable, particularly in terms of its size, scope, programs and facilities, to those thousands of individuals who labored on its behalf since the University’s founding in 1878. But the truth remains, we are where we are today because of those who labored. Truly it was the tireless commitment from many of our leaders, including those like Dr. J. Allen Miller, Dr. E. E. Jacobs, Dr. Glenn Clayton, Dr. J. Garber Drushal, Dr. Joseph Shultz and Dr. Lucille Ford, who paved the way for the University’s success. And standing right along beside them were individuals like Dick Denbow, Sam Carmony, J. Ray Klingensmith and countless others from all facets of the University. As we take a look back at our heritage and our traditions in this summer issue of Accent, we need to be reminded of the sacrifices so many gave to lay the solid foundation of what is Ashland University. Today, Ashland University offers not only solid academic programs in a challenging environment, but also a place of warmth, friendship and community. Built upon its 133-year history, Ashland exhibits a strong commitment to Judeo-Christian tradition where students are valued for who they are and what they hope to become.

Christine Myers Freelance Writer | Verb Garden Inc.

God has richly blessed this University, and as its present custodians, we must continue to give our all to ensure that the future of this institution will be successful, long-lasting and faithful to its mission, purposes and commitment to Judeo-Christian values.

Ashland University admits students with disabilities and those of any sex, race, age, religion, color and national or ethnic origin.

Dr. Frederick J. Finks


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Roots Run Deep Ashland pride is as alive as ever for Heritage Club members.


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Behind the Purple & Gold


The Perfect Brew Entrepreneur Tony Madalone ’07,


Academic News Nursing Update, Award-winning

The story behind Ashland’s

’09 finds success in doing what he

writers, Published Professor,

favorite traditions.

loves and making a difference.

Higher Learning Commission

Miller Hall Speaks A poem written by Emeritus Professor of History John Nethers.


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approval, Commencement 2011

Formula for Success Alan Dunson ’11 strives to help others find their passion,


Schedule of events, Alumni Award Winners

give-up attitude.

Athletic team updates and honors

while encouraging a never-

Homecoming 2011

Athletic News


Alumni News Class Notes, Future Eagles, Weddings and In Memoriam

Like branches on a tree we all grow in different directions, but our roots keep us all together.

Dr. Ella Shannon

Dr. John Nethers

-Author Unknown

Dr. Lucille Ford

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Dr. Fred Martinelli

With the help and coordination of the alumni office, the Heritage Club began meeting on a regular basis with the purpose of gathering socially with friends and former colleagues while being updated on the current happenings of the University. There is still a deep-rooted interest in Ashland among this very loyal and dedicated group, many of whom spent time on weekends coming in to help paint offices and dorm rooms while employed at the University.


veryone has their favorite faculty, staff or administration member from his or her time at Ashland. The faculty member who was always accessible for those last-minute questions, the staff member or administrator who took the time to listen to your question and then make sure you got the correct answer, even if it wasn’t his or her department. These individuals fully supported the vision and mission of the University and brought “Accent on the Individual” to life every day.


The Heritage Club is a social group comprised of these dedicated individuals. For more than a decade, they have been gathering three to four times a year with the goal of reconnecting with old colleagues and friends. Dr. John Nethers, emeritus professor of history, recalls there being a lot of interest in gathering on a more regular basis. “When we worked at Ashland, many of us lived in town, so we not only worked together but also socialized with each other and got to know everyone’s families. It was a close group of colleagues.” Dr. Ella Shannon, retired professor of sport sciences, agrees as the Heritage Club has allowed her to “keep in contact with my ‘AU Family’ after so many close ties and shared interests.”

Former head football coach, Dr. Fred Martinelli, says he looks forward to “socializing with colleagues who impacted the growth, quality and visibility of the institution. Their efforts at implementing ‘Accent on the Individual’ can be observed by the success of our graduates and their interest in the institution. I was proud to be one of them and serve during this era.” Retired Business Professor and Provost Dr. Lucille Ford agrees, “The enjoyment for me came from the opportunity to see and talk with wonderful AU people who have made us who we are.” Ashland University owes a tremendous amount to this very special group of people who helped set the stage and pave the way for its recent growth and success. Their tireless efforts and unwavering belief in the University’s mission have inspired many. President Dr. Fred Finks says, “The Heritage Club is one of the amazing gifts which are a part of Ashland University. The individuals who make up the Heritage Club are part of the solid foundation upon which this University is built. I treasure being in their midst, listening to their stories and fully appreciating their sacrifice and commitment which makes Ashland University all it is today. They truly are what makes Ashland great.”



Behind the

Purple & GolD A History of Cherished Traditions

Wearing of the “dink,” early 1900s


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The Blarney Stone, 1914

t’s hard to imagine a time when Ashland University was made up of only 75 students and eight faculty members. Even harder for one to imagine is a plain Ashland campus, unadorned with its signature eagle statues; or a football game without our beloved mascot, Tuffy.

Several of these traditions developed between the different classes as a way to bond or to show rivalry or seniority. Freshmen, for example, were forced to distinguish themselves from upperclassmen, by wearing a beany – or a “dink,” as it was known at Ashland. This began in the early 1900s and continued until the 1980s.

But such a time did exist, before the faculty, students and campus communities of years past had given life to Ashland. It was these people who made Ashland their home, and gave it traditions all its own – some of which we still see practiced on campus today.

“The dink was a requirement of all incoming freshmen,” explained Ashland University Archivist David Roepke. “It was to be worn from orientation week until Thanksgiving break.” Students also showed class rivalry by painting

the Blarney Stone. This stone was given as a gift from the Ashland College class of 1914. It was placed near Founders Hall, and remains there today. For many years, it was tradition for classes to paint the rock their class colors. Over the years, this tradition has evolved into a regular practice among fraternities and sororities as a way to show pride for their chapter. Heather Wickline ’12, an integrated social studies major, is a member of Order of Omega, Rho Lambda and Panhellenic Council and says painting rocks has been one of her fondest memories as a member of the Greek community at Ashland. “Chapters paint the rocks to show the campus that they are proud of their chapter, and what they stand for,” she explained. “During rock painting, you share the same pride in your chapter as everyone else does, which makes our bond to each other that much stronger.” Another one of Ashland’s oldest traditions practiced between students was the passing of the goat. According to Roepke, it became custom to pass a stuffed goat from the senior to the

which serves as its mascot. This was not always the case, however. Prior to 1932, the mascot was the Purple Titan. According to Roepke, a campaign to rename the athletic teams and a proposal adopting the eagle as the new mascot was started by Paul Metzler, a student at the College.

good luck at the start of each season. Ashland alumnus and former basketball coach Roger Lyons, who also played basketball while attending Ashland from 1970-74, learned that several of the University’s coaches that came before him would often visit Louise for good luck before the start of the season.

It was in 1941 through the actions of a few Ashland College students when the eagle really began to have a presence – the first metal eagle statues began appearing on campus. At the time, this statue was a trademark of the J. I. Case Company, a manufacturer of agricultural equipment. It was often placed outside of the company’s dealerships.

“This interested me because the basketball program was coming off some really difficult years,” Lyons said. The very first game of that year’s season was against West Virginia Tech, who had an outstanding team at the time. “I had to do something different to get the boys fired up before the first game.”

“During the dark of night the statues would be stolen from these dealerships and appear on the Ashland College campus,” Roepke said. The first of these statues, who eventually became known as “Louise,” appeared near the original site of Founders Hall. With each passing year, more of these eagle statues began showing up on campus, usually in front of newly built halls and buildings.

The night before the first game, Lyons walked his team over to Louise, who had been moved in front of Miller Hall, and had each of the players drop a penny into the slot of the lucky eagle’s head. The next day, the team took home the victory against West Virginia Tech in double overtime. Lyons made the decision right then and there that he would continue the tradition for the

The “goat” surfaces in the early 1910s

“Louise” appears in 1941

“Tuffy” is adopted as mascot, 1965

junior class in the early 1910s. During a morning chapel service in spring semester, the goat would be passed to a member of junior class, who would then take charge of the stuffed animal until the following year.

In 1965, Case donated the trademark and rights of their signature eagle statue to Ashland College. This was the same year the University officially adopted Tuffy the Eagle as its mascot.

rest of the years he coached at Ashland. He went on to become the University’s career wins leader with a record of 237-167 over 16 years as head coach.

“The tradition came out of the early years when some of the faculty members used to keep live goats on campus to provide goat’s milk,” Roepke explained, “and to keep the weeds down around the buildings.”

Today, 25 eagle statues can be found across campus, each with its own name and story. Some have even become a regular part of students’ lives. It is tradition, for example, that a coin inserted in the slot on the back of Louise’s head brings good luck during finals.

But the most notable element of Ashland University’s tradition and history is the eagle,

“If your players or people believe in the tradition, that’s what makes it important. Not the story behind it,” he said. “It’s the meaning behind the eagle that counts.”

Even basketball players have used Louise for




am Miller Hall and I’m a well-informed spokesman for Ashland U, Since I dwelled on the Campus – countless years and in full view.

I want to inform my many friends what has lately happened to me, For when you drive down College Avenue you no longer “me” will see! I am reciting my “bio” by stressing the pronoun “I”, Since ghost writers often tend to exaggerate and are known to even lie! I don’t pretend to be a great poet – like Lord Byron or Edgar Allen Poe, But I believe I have some observations – good for you to know. Since fate has been my downfall – yes, progress has ruled the day, Just relax in your easy chair and read what I have to say. For forgiveness defines my departure – so do not mourn over me, As I will always be a part of the College’s rich and enduring history. Yes, your beloved Ashland U has formally but reverently laid me to rest, Therefore, I will strive to be honest and convey my level best. To inform my many loyal alumni and dedicated friends, Of how I came to a rather sudden – but yet historic end.

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But in my passing after serving nearly one-hundred golden years,

Those annual spring “streakers” who ran through my hallowed halls,

On a campus where I’ve felt happiness but shed also numerous tears.

And the numerous young lovers who embraced behind the walls.

No greater sadness than when “old” Founders was crushed by fire,

Yes, let me not forget – the Goat – once a mascot-paraded in the door,

But let’s not forget – it’s burning – the ruling Brethren it did inspire.

Then a fraternity’s St. Bernard ungraciously anointed my well-swept floor.

And soon a new Founders, Miller Chapel, Kilhefner and several more,

Those sleepy eyed scholars who often arrived in classes late,

Were added to the Campus – the latest Athletic Complex – I much adore.

Undoubtedly the night before to “Club 42” or on a “heated” date.

So I hailed the new arrivals when they joined the campus scene,

And “hidden” crib notes that were sometimes found upon the floor,

And those accenting plantings – roses and daffodils brought necessary green.

But here has been enough of tattling – ‘tis wiser I cite no more.

Because I’ve seen Allen and “old” Founders go to the great beyond,

By far the greatest satisfaction that I’ve had at Ashland U,

Along with “Redwood,” Glen Haller Court – all of whom I was most fond.

I’m proudest of all those scholars who learned their P’s and Q’s.

Felt pain and downright sadness as my brickish walls tumbled to the ground.

To sense eager freshmen with the beanies that they wore,

Especially, as those vicious and unfriendly “wreckers” coldly took me down,

Who innocently didn’t grasp what learning was in store.

I’m thankful that there were a few “onlookers” who watched me disappear,

To open up their minds-the much wider world to see,

Gave me some needed comfort to see their eyes so full of tear!

Then see them at commencement obtain that long sought degree!

Let me say that in my demise I put up a spirited and stubborn fight,

Now when you loyal alumni return on Homecoming Day,

Even prayed to the man above to keep me on my sacred College site.

And gaze upon that corner where once I proudly lay.

Heroically, yes heroically, for nearly a century I stood upon the hill,

I suggest you collect a brick which was an inherent part of me,

Where back in the 1870s the Brethren Founders had cast their will.

Perhaps put it on your mantle or under your family Christmas tree.

Nostalgia, memories, Eagles, Purple and Gold – were an integral part of me,

Then my spirit – along with Eagles and those colors – Purple and Gold,

For I was up “among the pine trees where from miles around you could see.”

Will bring back golden memories as the passing year unfold!

SPEAKS But for all those loyal alumni who have forgotten AU’s history, I willingly remind you’re a part of Ashland College’s family heritage. This campus was once farmland where even an apple orchard stood, From which local timbers became “old” Founders’ “building” wood. Even Founders’ bricks came from right “here” on the grounds, Kilned and shaped by numerous craftsmen from the nearby towns. Let me alert my many readers in the composing of this rhyme, That my dwelling here on Campus – has provided for an entertaining time. Thus forgiveness – articulates my departure – so do not mourn over me, For I will be forever – a part of Ashland’s rich and enduring legacy. Perhaps those trustees will erect my crowning cupola – on my former site, And embrace it with adorning greenery – perhaps a glowing light? Yes, my handsome cupola has much that it could relate, Of bats, squirrels, pigeons, crows which upon my tiara spate. I must relate some amusements – before I do depart. By revealing some “human interests” that entertained my heart.

Dr. John Nethers, emeritus professor of history, authored this poem. For several years, Dr. Nethers taught classes in Miller Hall, which also housed his office. This edifice has so many rich memories for Dr. Nethers that he wanted to share with the Ashland University community.

Friday, OctOBER 14 Eagle Emeriti & Class of 1961 Reunion Trustee Room, Upper Convocation Center Doors open 4:30 p.m. | Dinner 5:00 p.m. Free for class members | Guests $15 (reservations required) Join your fellow classmates as we celebrate the 50th reunion of the class of 1961 as well as those who have already been inducted as “Eagle Emeriti.” Pinning ceremony to follow the dinner. Formal invitations will be mailed in August.

Sarah Colonna, Comedian Redwood Hall | 8:00 p.m. $15 per person general admission | $10 faculty/staff day of show To purchase tickets, please contact the AU Box Office at 419.289.5125 after September 5. Sarah is currently a writer and roundtable regular on the hit late night talk show “Chelsea Lately.” She is also a Producer and star on E!’s “After Lately.” Sarah tours across the country headlining comedy clubs as well as a part of the Comedians of Chelsea Lately tour. She’s appeared on several other TV shows, including “The United States of Tara,” “Scare Tactics” and “Monk.” Some of Sarah’s accomplishments in Stand Up comedy include the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, a SemiFinalist on “Last Comic Standing,” and BBC’s “The World Stands Up,” an international show featuring the best comedians from around the world.

Saturday, OctOBER 15 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Brunch

Recreation Center – Open to Alumni 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Pool: noon - 9:00 p.m. Climbing Wall: 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Start off your day with a workout in our state-of-the-art recreation center. Alumni wishing to use the recreation center will need to make a reservation.

Legacy Visit Day Check-in at the Student Center Piano Lounge | 9:15 a.m. Admission Presentation in the Auditorium | 9:30 a.m. Student-led campus tour | 10:15 a.m. Interest Inventory/Career Coaching with the Career Services Center | 11:30 a.m. Reservations required | contact Megan at 419.289.5973 or by email at This event is designed for high school students who are legacies (children or grandchildren of Ashland alumni). It’s a great opportunity to take a casual look at all that Ashland University offers while participating in Homecoming events! You will meet Ashland students on a group tour of our beautiful campus and learn more about Ashland’s programs and organizations. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore your career-related interests and experience career coaching with our Career Services team.

Little Eagle Day Recreation Center | Ages 4-12 Session 1 | 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Cost: $5 per camper Session 2 | 1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Cost: $10 per camper (includes evening meal)

Faculty/Trustee Room, Upper Convocation Center | 9:00 a.m.

Dive-In Movie | 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. | Cost: $5 per camper

$15 per person (reservations required). Reservations required

First camper is full price, each additional camper 50 percent off

contact Rachel Bixler at 419.289.5954 or email

All campers should remember to wear athletic attire, gym shoes

The following individuals have distinguished themselves in the field of

and bring a swimsuit (Session 2 & Dive-In Movie only).

intercollegiate athletics at Ashland University and will be inducted into

The Department of Recreational Services and the Alumni Office will

the Athletic Hall of Fame:

again be offering its annual Little Eagle Day. For a third consecutive year,

Marc Crevier ’73 | Football

Ashland University alumni have the opportunity to drop off their children

Maurice Crevier ’72 | Football

at the Rec Center for age-appropriate activities including swimming, the

Gail Klippert Hackett ’75 | Tennis

climbing wall and various sport activities. New for 2011, three sessions will

Tara Ringler Hootman ’98 | Softball

be offered making Homecoming planning more family friendly. These ses-

Kirt Thompson ’97 | Track & Field

sions include a morning session, an afternoon session and then concluding

Karen Little will be recognized with The Eagle Forever Award.

the day will be a Dive-In Movie in the pool. All “Little Eagles” will receive a free t-shirt and other giveaways during their stay at the Rec Center. Make

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sure to take full advantage of this fun opportunity and give your children a hands-on experience of the excitement happening at Ashland University. Please see ticket order form to RSVP. Maximum Participants: 50 campers per session

5K Fun Run Jack Miller Stadium | 10:00 a.m. Reservations required $5 per person Start off Homecoming with a 5K Fun Run. This event is open to everyone and 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 or strollers. Visit for complete race information or contact the Alumni Office at 419.289.5082.

Center of Religious Life Reception Jack & Deb Miller Chapel | 10:00 a.m. - noon Renew old friendships, see the changes that have been made in the chapel and learn how our department has grown by 1,000 percent. To RSVP, contact Colleen Hord at 419.289.5489 or

The top photo portrays the quad area during the 1950s. The bottom photo is the quad present day.

SIFE – Students in Free Enterprise 20th Anniversary Reception Ridenour Room, Dauch College of Business & Economics | 10:00 a.m. Come and join your fellow SIFE members as we reminisce over 20 years of memories & successes. Hosted by Kris Hovsepian at 419.289.5228 or Please see ticket order form to RSVP.

Alumni Band Reunion Breakfast Tuffy’s Smoothie Bar, Recreation Center | 10:00 a.m. Reconnect with your former band comrades. Hosted by Len Salvo 419.289.5132 or Please see ticket order form to RSVP.

Alumni & Friends Tailgate Buffalo Wild Wings, rear outside parking lot, Claremont Avenue 10:00 a.m. | For the 21 and over crowd

Alumni Awards Brunch Alumni Room, Upper Convocation Center | 11:00 a.m. $15 per person (reservations required) Please see ticket order form to RSVP. All are welcome to come as you are. The Ashland University Alumni Association will honor the following outstanding alumni and friends in its 27th year of recognizing distinguished alumni: Distinguished Service Award | Thomas Pickering ’58 Professor Raymond Bixler Award | Kay (Walther) Leath ’93 M.Ed. Special Achievement Award | Edward ’41 & Betty (Hood) ’45 Plank Drushal Humanitarian Award | Jennifer Viola ’04 Young Alumnus Award | James Hill ’02 Honorary Alumni Award | Gunther & Jeanne Meisse Dr. Glenn L. Clayton Award | Steve Krispinsky Outstanding Alumna Award | Gayle Gorman Freeman ’77

The top photo depicts a 1950s era football game. The bottom photo shows Eagle Football taking on Saginaw Valley 2010.

To learn more about the Alumni Award winners, visit

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Ticket ORder Form On-line ticket registration available at or mail completed form to Ashland University Alumni Office, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. All tickets ordered will be mailed. Reservations must be received by Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. Name: ________________________________ Class Year:________

Allen Hall, which stood until 1971.

Maiden Name:____________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________

Saturday, OctOBER 15 schedule continued

City: ___________________________ State: ______ Zip:________


Daytime Phone:__________________________________________

Amstutz Hall Parking Lot | 12:30 p.m.

E-mail Address: __________________________________________


Bring your family and join us at this complimentary, jam-packed tailgate. Ashland pizzerias are going head-to-head to serve you your favorite pizza. We’ll also have cotton candy, bounce houses for the kids and more!

Recreation Center Passes

No. of passes ____ no charge

Little Eagle Day Session 1 o | $5 for first camper | additional ____ x $2.50 =___________

Ashland University vs. Wayne State Football Game Jack Miller Stadium | 2:00 p.m.

Session 2 o | $10 for first camper | additional ____ x $5.00 =___________

$8 General Seating | $12 Reserved Chair Back Seating $3 Senior Citizen & school-aged children

Session 3 o | $5 for first camper | additional ____ x $2.50 =___________

Cheer on the Eagles as they take on the Wayne State Warriors. Join us dur-

Name: ____________________________ Age ____ Shirt Size_________

ing halftime at the Alumni Tent, located behind the home stands.

Name: ____________________________ Age ____ Shirt Size_________ Name: ____________________________ Age ____ Shirt Size_________

5K Fun Run

No. of runners ____ x $5 = _____________ Names & Class Years (if applicable) of guests: Name: ________________________________ Class Year: ____________ Name: ________________________________ Class Year: ____________

SIFE Reunion

No. of people ____ no charge Names & Class Years (if applicable) of guests: Name: ________________________________ Class Year: ____________ Name: ________________________________ Class Year: ____________

Alumni Band Reunion Breakfast

No. of people ____ no charge Names & Class Years (if applicable) of guests: Name: ________________________________ Class Year: ____________ Name: ________________________________ Class Year: ____________

Alumni Awards Brunch

$15/guest ____ = _______________

Names & Class Years (if applicable) of guests: Name: ________________________________ Class Year: ____________ Name: ________________________________ Class Year: ____________

Football Game

General Seats

Reserved Seats

$8 x ____ = ____________ $12 x ____ = ____________

Senior Citizens & Kids* $3 x ____ = ____________ *school-aged children

Class Reunions (’71, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’01) No. of people ____ no charge Names & Class Years (if applicable) of guests: Name: ________________________________ Class Year: ____________ Name: ________________________________ Class Year: ____________

Total = ______________________

Payment o Check Check No. _____________ payable to Ashland University o Credit Card o VISA o MasterCard o American Express o Discover Card No.: ___________________________ Exp. Date:___________ Signature:_______________________________________________

Purple Eagle Silent Auction & Raffle Faculty/Trustee Room, Upper Convocation Center | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. In addition to 100+ items available for our annual Silent Auction, the Alumni Board will be raffling off a 47” TV, a touch screen desktop computer and $500 cash! For complete details, including a full list of items, visit and click on “Homecoming 2011.” Proceeds from the auction support the Legacy Scholarship Program and the Annual Fund.

Class Reunions Alumni Room, Upper Convocation Center | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m Class of 1971 | 40th Reunion Class of 1981 | 30th Reunion Class of 1986 | 25th Reunion Class of 1991 | 20th Reunion Class of 2001 | 10th Reunion Join us as we celebrate your time at Ashland! Reconnect with your classmates while reminiscing about your time on campus. Complimentary appetizers will be served. Cash bar available. Please see ticket order form to RSVP.

All-Alumni Party O’Bryans Pub (adjacent to the Surrey Inn) | 8:00 p.m. Join your fellow classmates and friends for our annual alumni party at O’Bryans Pub, where they serve the best bar food in Ashland. Grab your friends and join us for an evening that will be one to remember.

SUNday, OctOBER 16 Fall Choral Concert Jack & Deb Miller Chapel | 4:00 p.m.

REMEMBER TO REGISTER FOR EVENTS On-line ticket registration available at or mail completed form (on the left) to Ashland University Alumni Office 401 College Avenue Ashland, Ohio 44805

Award Winners


The Ashland University Alumni Association will bestow its annual recognition awards during the 2011 Homecoming Reunion and Awards Brunch on October 15 at 11:00 a.m. in the Convocation Center.

James Hill ’02

Thomas Pickering ’58

Given to a recently-graduated alumna/alumnus who has made notable achievements in a field of endeavor and who has given faithful service to the University.

Recognizes an alumna/alumnus who has donated both time and talent in service to Ashland University.

Gayle Gorman Freeman ’77

Edward ’41 & Betty (Hood) ’45 Plank

Young Alumnus Award

Outstanding Alumna Award

This is the highest award given by the Alumni Association. It recognizes an alumna/alumnus who has achieved distinction in her/his chosen field of employment and community, and given of themselves in service to Ashland University.

Gunther & Jeanne Meisse Honorary Alumni Award

The Distinguished Service Award

Special Achievement Award

Presented to an alumna/alumnus who has a record of excellence in her/his profession and proven leadership abilities, and has shown faithful service to the University and community.

Kay (Walther) Leath ’93 M.Ed.

Acknowledges a friend of the University who has not attended Ashland, but has demonstrated dedication to the University’s beliefs and values through volunteer service and philanthropy on society and the community.

The Professor Raymond W. Bixler Award

Jennifer Viola ’04

Steve Krispinsky

Named for alumni George and Adah Drushal, and recognizes an alumna/alumnus who has dedicated her/his life to the service of humanity.

Granted to an individual who either is employed or is retired from Ashland College/University and demonstrates the qualities of a committed and dedicated leader such as Dr. Clayton.

Drushal Humanitarian Award

Recognizes exemplary faculty in the education field. This award may be given to any member of the Ashland faculty or to an alumna/alumnus who has achieved distinction at another institution; primary, secondary or collegiate level.

Dr. Glenn L. Clayton Award

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Tony Madalone

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration | 2007 MBA Finance | 2009


ony Madalone was born an entrepreneur. As a youngster he sold old stuff on the corner. Later, in his hometown of Lorain, Ohio, where he grew up with his mother and grandparents, he caddied for 12 years and started his own landscaping business. “I’ve just always figured out a way to make money,” he says with a smile. By the time Madalone got to Ashland University, he already had years of work experience behind him, and a burning desire to do more. It wasn’t long before he had started a business in his dorm room in Clayton Hall. At Nine Fourteen Clayton – the company named for his dorm address – he sold vintage T-shirts that he and his girlfriend snatched up at thrift stores while driving around the country on school breaks. While running his college business as a sideline, Madalone was planning on a career on Wall Street. But a trip to New York made him realize it wasn’t the right move for him. “I just couldn’t do it,” he says. “My heart wasn’t in it. I didn’t even distribute a resume.” Instead, Madalone turned to the two things he was passionate about: T-shirts and Cleveland. “I just wanted to do what I liked,” he says, “and I know Cleveland better than anyone. It’s one of the few American cities that is crazy proud.” With his new goal clearly in focus, Madalone opened Fresh Brewed Tees in Lakewood, Ohio, in November of 2009. Today as founder, president and CEO, he’s making his mark creating some of the coolest Tshirts Cleveland has ever seen. Although he originally considered making accessories out of recycled T-shirts, he soon realized that T-shirts made of recycled materials was a smarter business model. All of the shirts made by Fresh Brewed Tees are made from organic cotton and recycled polyester. “We have to be current and in the now to be successful because there’s a new T-shirt company started every day,” he says. “We found our niche; we’re all about relevant ideas, highquality designs, and organic and recycled materials.” Madalone comes up with nearly all of Fresh Brewed Tees’ slogans, and nearly all of them are Cleveland related. One of his first shirts featured the line “Pay Cribbs” and was printed in protest of the Cleveland Browns’ refusal to renegotiate Joshua Cribbs’ contract at the ‘09 season

end. As soon as the shirt came out, it hit Twitter, and quickly found its way to an ESPN interview. Not only was it great publicity for the company, it also proved what Madalone knew instinctively – that social media was key to his success. In fact, Fresh Brewed Tees does all of its advertising via Facebook and Twitter, and also uses the sites to stay in close touch with fans. “Whenever we have an idea for a new shirt, we ask our Facebook fans whether or not we should print it,” says Madalone. He, however, makes the final decision according to his most important criteria. “I won’t print anything I wouldn’t wear,” he states. Nearly 80 percent of Fresh Brewed Tees’ shirts are sports related, including the famous “Quitness” shirt printed as a riff on Lebron James’ Nike Witness campaign when the Cavs player announced he’d be taking his talents elsewhere. With a strong belief that giving back and making a difference is one of the most important parts of his job, Madalone makes sure $1 from every Fresh Brewed Tees’ sale goes to Cleveland’s City Mission, which provides people in need with the assistance they need to get back on their feet and sustain themselves. Madalone muses, “I believe that I have a purpose on earth that goes deeper than material things. There are so many people in need.” In another effort to give back, Madalone was inspired by Nick Gilbert – the 14-year-old son of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert – who suffers from neurofibromatosis. During an interview with ESPN during the NBA draft lottery, Nick was asked why anyone would want to come to Cleveland. Nick’s response of “What’s not to like?” quickly made it on to a Fresh Brewed Tees shirt. Today $5 from the sale of every TEAM NICK Tee goes to the Children’s Tumor Foundation. For Madalone, the definition of success is the ability to make a difference. “When my business succeeds,” he says, “ it allows me to help lots of people make a living. And it enables me to help people who have hit upon hard times.” It also allows him to make the state of Ohio a better place. When he’s not running his company, he’s using his business smarts in his role as co-director at Ohio Homecoming – a group of young professionals committed to changing the face of Ohio. When asked what words of wisdom he has for other would-be entrepreneurs, his advice is short and sweet. “Pay attention. Stay focused. Stay in touch. And even if you’re not an entrepreneur, have a goal.”

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Formula for Success W

hen Columbus, Ohio, native and 2011 Ashland graduate Alan Dunson started looking at colleges, he had never even heard of Ashland University. Fortunately for him (and the school), a recruiting coach who promised Dunson he could participate in both football and track at Ashland caused him to take a look at the school that would help put him on his current path. Settling into his freshman roles as a wide receiver and hurdler was easy for Dunson; adapting to the academic rigors of university life, however, was not. “My first year was my worst academic year ever,” he says. “But it was also a big learning experience. I struggled and prayed a lot, but I didn’t give up.” Dunson credits both his mother and his Ashland academic advisor for encouraging him to keep going, even when things got really tough. “My mother never let any of us give up on anything,” recalls Dunson who is one of five children. “She always told me there was nothing I couldn’t do. And my advisor at Ashland

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kept re-encouraging me whenever I wanted to quit.” Despite his struggles, Dunson hung in, and things really began to click when, realizing that he was passionate about numbers, he changed his major from biology to math education. “I had the most phenomenal experience at Mapleton High School,” he says of his student teaching experience. “It’s a really small school, and all of the kids there really want help. I got to work with eighth- and ninth-graders, and loved how excited they’d get when I’d teach them math tricks or they’d learn how to solve problems.” Pretty soon, Dunson was staying after school teaching the kids not just how to learn, but also how to run and jump and be better athletes. Oh, and he also found time to start a math club. In his senior year, Dunson took part in Ashland’s Southern Internship Program, developed by a partnership between Ashland’s Office of Field Experiences and school dis-

Alan Dunson

Bachelor of Science in Education, Integrated Mathematics | 2011

tricts in Florida and South Carolina. Dunson spent six weeks in Sarasota, Fla., then another six weeks teaching at Bluffton High School outside of Hilton Head, S.C. Remarkably, while Dunson was at Bluffton, five teachers – all in math and science – announced their retirements, and Dunson jumped at the chance to fill one of the spots. He got the job but, not one to sit around waiting for things to happen, he also decided to teach summer school before the official school year began in order to hone his class management skills. “Many of the kids I work with are unmotivated,” says Dunson. “They don’t want to be in the classroom, and they tend to give up too quickly. A big part of my job is to tell them to stick with it until they eventually succeed.” Dunson acknowledges that he was fortunate to have had people who kept reminding him of what he was capable of doing and becoming, and hopes he can be that person for many of the kids in his classroom. “Success is all about attitude,” he muses. “If you want to do some-

thing badly enough, you will do whatever it takes to make it happen. And the kids I work with need to have someone they see every day telling them that they are capable of doing anything they put their minds to.” That said, Dunson doesn’t believe that pushing kids to succeed in school necessarily means pushing them into college. “I believe in helping kids find their own definition of success,” he declares. “Success is subjective; it’s different for everyone. And it’s our job as role models to help them find what they’re passionate about, encourage them to put 100 percent of their effort towards it, and do their very best.

my professors, my academic advisor and Ashland’s president. Experiences are everything, and if you learn from them, you’ll be powerful and the future will be bright.” As to his own future, Dunson has a big vision. He’d like to move his way up in the educational system from teacher to principal to superintendant and beyond – wherever he can make the biggest difference. We have no doubts that he’ll succeed. As he chuckles, quoting Alex on the Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “ ‘When I act like something is going to happen, it just happens.’ ” Wise words indeed.

Dunson credits his experience at Ashland as key to his current success. “If you go to Ashland,” he says, “when you graduate you’ll be a completely different person. Everyone I know who started at Ashland and transferred to another school, regrets that they left. I wouldn’t be where I am right now if it hadn’t been for

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ACADEMICNEWS Shovels and hard hats were the order of the day as Ashland University held its groundbreaking for the new $15.5 million, 46,000-square-foot Dwight Schar College of Nursing on June 16. Featured in the picture (left to right): Board of Trustees Development Committee Chairperson Mark E. Camp ’69, Campaign Co-Chairs Dr. Michael Amalfitano and Gayle Gorman Freeman ’77, President Finks ’69, Honorary National Chairs Senator Bill Harris and Dr. Ella Kick and College of Nursing Dean Faye Grund.

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Receives $1.58 million Grant Ashland University has received a $1.58 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for “Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention.” The primary objective of the grant, to be disbursed over a three-year period, is to increase the baccalaureate nursing enrollment with a focus on the recruitment of minority and disadvantaged students, as well as implementation of a retention program to promote their completion of the program. “I am very pleased that HRSA has awarded us this grant,” said Faye Grund, dean of the College of Nursing.

President Finks cited the effort as a collaboration led by our development team, grant office and the College of Nursing. The leader of the University’s development team for this project was Margaret Pomfret, associate vice president of institutional advancement and campaigns. “The folks at HRSA helped us immensely as we developed this concept,” Pomfret said. “This is very exciting because the grant also provides the financial resources to allow for the purchase of simulation equipment that will enhance student learning in the upcoming academic year, as well as when the College of Nursing moves into its new building.”

$250,000 Grant

from Richland County Foundation

This past May, Ashland University received a $250,000 grant from the Richland County Foundation for the construction of the University’s new Dwight Schar College of Nursing in Mansfield. The grant, to be paid over a five-year period, will assist the University in its campaign to raise $15.5 million to build an academic nursing facility located at the Balgreen property.

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President Finks expressed his gratitude to the foundation, saying, “I am overwhelmed and very thankful for this gift that the foundation has made.” “We are working hard and are on a tight time schedule to try to raise the funds and construct this building in order to have it open for classes in the fall of 2012,” Finks said. “We truly appreciate the foundation’s support of this project.”

Award-Winning Writers Featured in the MFA Summer Residency This year’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Summer Residency hosted accomplished writers Thomas French, Kathleen Norris and David Wojahn along with four additional visiting writers and 14 faculty members. French, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the New York Times bestseller “Zoo Story,” has worked as a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times for 27 years. He currently teaches at Indiana University, in Goucher College’s MFA program for creative nonfiction, at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and at writing conferences around the world. “Zoo Story” has recently been featured on “The Colbert Report,” in People Magazine and on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” Norris, a bestselling writer and noted poet, has published seven books of poetry. Her first nonfiction book, “Dakota: A Spiritual Geography,” was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was selected as one of the best books of the year by Library Journal. Her other bestsellers include “The Cloister Walk,” “Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith,” and “The Virgin of Bennington.” Pulitzer Prize-Finalist Wojahn has eight poetry books to date. This includes his 2006 book “Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982-2004,” for which he was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the O. B. Hardison Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library. Wojahn, who is the recipient of several fellowships and has past teaching experience at numerous universities, is presently professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also a member of the program faculty of the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.

New Online MBA Option Launched The Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program will offer a new online MBA option in the fall. The new online option complements the University’s current MBA program degree offerings for working professionals. Through the new online MBA, students will complete their degrees in two years with the same academic requirements as those taking the regular MBA degree offered by the Dauch College of Business and Economics at the main campus in Ashland and its centers located in Columbus, Massillon/Stark, Medina and Westlake. “So many professionals have multiple demands on their time these days and we believe an online MBA program will help people balance work, family and education more successfully,” said Dr. Jeffrey Russell, dean of the Dauch College of Business and Economics. “Over the years, we have received many inquiries about an online MBA program so we are pleased to add this to our offerings and we look forward to our inaugural online MBA class.” Steve Krispinsky, executive director of the Ashland University MBA program, said the MBA office is taking applications now for the inaugural fall 2011 semester of the online program and those wanting more information can go to or call 1.888.MBA. CLAS. “Although the program will not be a cohort program, students can complete the online MBA degree in two years by taking two courses per semester,” said Krispinsky. “The curriculum offerings will allow for students to acquire a specialization in project management and eventually, a specialization in human resource management and possibly finance will be offered.”

Dr. Jane Piirto Publishes New Book Dr. Jane Piirto, trustees’ distinguished professor of education, has published a new book titled “Creativity for 21st Century Skills: How to Embed Creativity into the Curriculum,” with Sense Publishers of Rotterdam, Boston and Taipei. According to Piirto, the book describes what many creative people really do when they create and focus on the practical applications of a theoretical approach to creativity training that has been developed by Piirto. “Many suggestions for enhancing creativity focus on ideas that are more than 60 years old,” she said. “This new approach may be helpful for those seeking to develop 21st century skills of creativity.” Piirto has been a faculty member at Ashland since 1988, and has worked with students at levels pre-K through doctorate as a teacher, administrator and professor. She has published 13 books, both literary and scholarly, and many scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and anthologies, as well as several poetry and creative nonfiction chapbooks. She has been the recipient of several honors and awards, including being named Distinguished Scholar by the National Association for Gifted Children in 2010. The book, printed in hardback and paperback copies and available in digital form, is available through the Ashland University Bookstore and Internet booksellers.

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University Accreditation

Status ApprovED

This spring, Ashland University received formal notification from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association that the Institutional Action Council has approved all of the recommendations made as part of the commission’s visit in December relating to the University accreditation. “I am pleased that we have received formal notification from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association,” said Ashland University Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew. “This acknowledges the successful completion of those items that were in question resulting from our comprehensive review in 2008 as well as the issues surrounding the acquisition of the MedCentral College of Nursing,” he said. Items that were in question either from the comprehensive review or following the acquisition of MedCentral College of Nursing included the acquisition itself, the financial impact of the acquisition on the University, the strategic planning and implementation process of the University, the administrative relationship between the Seminary and University, the MBA online degree program and the University student learning outcomes assessment plan. 22 accentmagazine

Additionally, the University’s accreditation status has been approved and updated indicating that no further action by the HLC is required and the next comprehensive visit is not scheduled until the 2017-2018 academic year. Pettigrew said receiving this accreditation approval from the HLC speaks to the academic quality of the institution. “This approval permits us to move forward without any restrictions on program development or delivery, and gives the assurance to each student that Ashland University is a high quality accredited university,” he said. Pettigrew thanked all the University personnel who worked hard in making the HLC visit a successful one as well as one with subsequent positive results. “I am pleased by the number of folks who were willing to ‘step up’ and get involved in this endeavor realizing the importance that this has on the status of the institution,” he said. “I thank them for their commitment in making Ashland University a better place.”

Senator Brown’s Advice

to the Class of 2011

“Take what you’ve received, and proceed to the next level and be committed, and I mean this, be committed to give a portion back to help the ones who are less fortunate.” That was the challenge that Sen. Sherrod Brown presented to graduates during his commencement address May 7 in the Jack Miller Stadium. This was the first time that commencement was held at the stadium. A total of 810 degrees (308 graduate and 502 undergraduate) were awarded. “If you accept that challenge, and I think most of you will, it will improve your life immensely and it will improve the life of those around you in the very same way,” Brown continued.

Brown also told the graduates they have had the benefit of a quality university education, but then asked them how they intend to apply it. “This country is great not just due to its military prowess and material consumption, but it is great also due to its willingness and ability to provide for the poor and disadvantaged,” Brown said. “As Americans, we have several basic things in common. We have in common the belief in democratic rule and the unwavering belief that in this country you can achieve at the highest level regardless of your circumstances if you receive a quality education and you surround yourself with those who care about you. I submit to you that you received all of that and then some at Ashland.”

“A Comprehensive View”

Artwork on Sale to Support Textbook Fund Support the textbook scholarship fund by purchasing a one-of-a-kind print created by Matt Durbin ’10. His print brings to life the comprehensive nature of the University while featuring the pillars of Founders Hall, the iconic Old Abe statue, new state-of-the art facilities, the Avenue of the Eagles and even the Columbus Center. $25 plus tax and $7.75 shipping and handling Size: 30’’ wide x 22’’ high To purchase this print, visit the bookstore or and click on the “Durbin Art” tab on the left.

To learn more about Durbin’s work and talents, visit

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Athletics Wrap-up From the opening whistle to the final horn, the 2010-2011 academic year was filled with success for the Eagle Athletics. For the fourth consecutive year, Ashland finished in the nation’s Top 10 in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. The Eagles were ninth in 2010-2011 and one of only five institutions in the nation to be ranked in the Top 10 for the last four years.

Highlights from the year include: • 40 AU student-athletes were recognized as All-Americans. • Of the 20 varsity sports, 13 advanced to NCAA Division II postseason play. •T  rack and field produced three individual national champions and has had at least one national champion for 19 consecutive years. A total of 17 student-athletes represented Ashland. • The men’s indoor track and field team finished second in the nation – the best finish in program history. • The women’s swimming program boasted a national championship relay for the second consecutive year and finished fifth in the country – the highest finish in program history. The men’s team placed 11th at the national championship meet. • For the third consecutive year, men’s soccer won the GLIAC regular season title and advanced to the NCAA playoffs. The Eagles also won the GLIAC Tournament championship for the first time in school history. • Men’s and women’s cross country placed second at the conference championships and fifth at the Midwest Regional Championships. • Ashland sent six grapplers to nationals, finishing 20th at that event. • Women’s basketball advanced to the championship game of the GLIAC Tournament and tied for the GLIAC South Division title. • Softball reached the NCAA playoffs for the third consecutive season. • Women’s golf recorded the most successful season in school history, reaching the NCAA playoffs for the third straight season and advancing to the NCAA Championships for the first time. Ashland was ninth at the national championships. Men’s golf visited the NCAA postseason for the third time, placing seventh at the regional tournament.

Eagles on National TV Division II and CBS Sports Network have announced a six-game football television package for the 2011 season and for the first time, the Ashland Eagles are included. The Ashland-at-Saginaw Valley State game will be shown on Thursday, Oct. 20, with kickoff set for 8 p.m., Eastern time. The game will be aired live on CBS Sports Network, syndicated on regional and local networks and simulcast live on “This is the next great step for our football program,” said Director of Athletics Bill Goldring. “We’re very grateful that the GLIAC and NCAA has recognized how far our football program has come under Coach (Lee) Owens. We’re gratified that we were selected for a national TV game.” “I think this is great exposure for the program, the University and the conference,” said Owens. “We’re looking forward to it. Saginaw Valley (SVSU) is a great opportunity and a great place to play. There’s a lot of football to be played before then, but this should be a game with a lot of significance for us.”

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Remmel Makes Cut

for U.S. Olympic Trials

Swimmer Tyler Remmel (Hubertus, Wisc./Hartford Union) has qualified for next year’s United States Olympic Trials. Remmel will compete in the 100 breaststroke. He made the cut July 30 at the Wisconsin state championships in Brown Deer, Wisc., with a time of 1:04.30. The qualifying time was 1:04.69. “He’s had this as a goal for a couple of years now,” said head coach Paul Graham. “It’s a big weight off his shoulders. He was really excited and so were we.” Next year’s Olympic Trials will be held June 25 to July 2 in Omaha, Neb. Remmel will be a junior in 2011-12. He is a two-time All-America in the 100 breaststroke.

GO EAGLES! Eagles Sign

Free-Agent Contracts Former wide receiver Joe Horn, who completed his collegiate football career last fall as one of the most productive players in school history, has signed a free-agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts. Horn, who is from Waynesfield, Ohio, signed with the NFL team July 26. In 2010, Horn caught a team-high 49 passes for 878 yards (17.9 ypc.) and 12 touchdowns. He is AU’s career leader in receiving touchdowns (28) and receiving yards (2,681). Horn is second in career receptions (170) at Ashland. He is a three-time GLIAC second team selection.

In the final game of his career, Horn tied the school single-game record for touchdowns (six). Horn caught four touchdown passes, scored on a 16-yard run and returned a kickoff 93 yards for a score. At AU, Horn also excelled in track and field. He earned All-America plaudits in that sport. Horn was named an All-America in the 4x100 and 4x400. During his career, he was recognized as the GLIAC track athlete of the year indoors and outdoors. Horn was also honored as the Midwest Region track athlete of the year. Senior pitcher Ajay Meyer signed a free-agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays organization. One of the best pitchers in the country, he was named an All-America by two organizations (first team ABCA) and was the Midwest Region and GLIAC pitcher of the year. Meyer, who was 9-3 with a 1.57 ERA, was one of eight finalists for the Tino Martinez Award, which is presented to the national player of the year.

Jay Fabian ’72 celebrates 40th Anniversary of record setting national championship It was June 12, 1971, at Sacramento State. Track standout Jay Fabian, six teammates and AU Hall of Fame Coach Paul Armour headed to the National Championship meet. Fabian had his sights set on the top spot in the 880-yard run and would soon win the event with a record-setting time of 1:48.3 – a record that will likely remain in his name forever. This three-time all-America remembers the day like it was yesterday. “It was an amazing day! Another Ashland athlete, Gene Miller, finished second in the decathlon and then it was my turn. The race went extremely well. Heading into the final turn, I knew I had won.” To celebrate the 40th Anniversary, the Ashland University Track and Field team honored Fabian this spring at the annual Alumni Track and Field Meet with the “Jay Fabian 800 Meters.” He was also in attendance and presented the award. Fabian says he didn’t realize he still had the 880-yard Division II record until about eight years ago. “I knew there was a better time ran in the 1980s, however, I didn’t realize those times were for the now 800 meter event,” he said.

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Janet B. Hoekstra ’38 has six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Marilyn G. (McConachie ’54M) Bowman and her husband Dwight Bowman have been married for 55 years. On their 50th wedding anniversary, they took a one-month cruise around South America. They have 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.



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Don Stutz ’55 and wife Jackie (Bondy ’55) celebrated 57 years of marriage July 24, 2011. They have four children, 10 grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. Darrell R. Hudson ’56 and wife Esther (Carlson ’58) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2008. They have three daughters and 14 grandchildren, ranging in age from 22-years-old to 5-years-old. Rev Dale RuLon ’58, ’72 and wife, Donna, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 17, 2011. Rev. Ronald Laudenschlager ’59 and wife Nancy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 25, 2011. Ron came out of retirement and is now a pastor at Mexico First Brethren Church in Mexico, Ind. Robert E. Scodova ’60 celebrates the 53rd anniversary of his public accounting business.


Dean Moffett ’62 is now retired.


Dr. Thomas Fensch ’65 recently released his 30th book titled, “The Man Who Changed His Skin: The Life and Work of John Howard Griffin,” which is the first complete biography of Griffin. Dr. Fensch has published four books about John Steinbeck, two on Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, two on James Thurber, one each on Hemingway and Oskar Schindler, a memoir and other works of nonfiction.


Jean (Warner ’69) Kafer recently completed the Culinary Institute of

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Robert Lewe ’77 works for Publix supermarkets in Jacksonville, Fla. He also hosts an oldies radio show, “Route 66,” on the local PBS WJCT FM using the air name “Bobalu.”

America course in Italian Cuisine held in St. Helena, Calif.



April (Blackwell ’70) Hood-Beesley retired from her position as assistant principal at Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles School District. She was previously an instructional specialist, literacy coach, coordinator and a teacher of French, English and ESL (English as a second language). She is looking forward to traveling with her husband, Phil, and spending time with her four children, Adele, Monique, Alex and Eric, and her grandchildren. Joseph W. Majka Jr. ’71 is the CEO of Cedar Creek Sales Group in Albertville, Ala.

Tim Watkins’s ’77 company, PICA Productions, Ltd., is sponsoring the Phi Delta Theta chapter at Kent State.


William Waterman ’78, also known as WMMR’s Bill Weston, won a Marconi for “Best Rock Station in the Nation” for 2010.


Spyros Tabone ’84 was recently promoted to hotel general manager.


Jeff Hendershott ’86 was named the Teacher of the Year at the Mansfield Correctional Institution in Mansfield, Ohio, for 2010-2011. Hendershott is a member of OEA, NEA, the Correctional Educational Association, and competed for the CEA’S Ohio Teacher of the Year award in Huron, Ohio, in September 2010.


Kimberly Triplett ’87 was promoted in February 2011 to human resource administrator at Centrex Plastics, LLC.


Kevin Casto ’89 received his master’s in art education from Boston University.


Ron Beverick ’90, ’98 is the chief information officer at the Ohio Department of Veterans Services.

Linda L. York ’71 is now retired.


R. Scott Foltz ’72 is self-employed as a dentist in Canton, Ohio. James B. Moore II ’72 is the marketing manager for Richland Newhope.


Roger Lyons ’74 is retired, but is an adjunct professor in the sport sciences department at Ashland University. Sue Martensen ’74 was promoted to clinical associate professor with tenure in the health, physical education, recreation and dance department at Cleveland State University.


James Spadaro ’75 is the principal at Kearsarge Regional Middle School in Sutton, N.H.


Susan (Kennard ’76) Bartlett and her husband, Paul, visited their eldest son, Josh (23), who is serving in the Peace Corps in Azerbaijan (Central Asia). Susan has two other sons in college; Zach (21) at Ohio Northern University and Jacob (19) at Bowling Green State University. Marcia Ramsey ’76 works for Catholic Charities in Ft. Myers, Fla., as an afterschool tutor for minorities in reading.


Dr. Musa S. Kamara ’77 is the owner/ director of training of Daru Computer Center in Lexington, Tenn.

Kirk Fontaine ’90 is a full-time student at California University in Pennsylvania. In April 2011, he received NASM Certification for being a personal fitness trainer.


Haven C. Shelton ’91 retired from TRECA (Tri-Rivers Education Computer Association) in January 2011.


Amanda Wiblin ’92, ’97 works for Get It Global as a project coordinator/ manager.


Amy M. (Kempton ’94, ’99, ’09) Biggs graduated with her Ed.D. in May 2009.

Valerie (Bell ’94) French and husband Larry will be celebrating 34 years of marriage by taking a trip to Ireland. They have three children (all married and all working).



Berdina (Cox ’95) Hepner is now a nurse for Galion Community Hospital in the medical/surgical/pediatrics unit. Krista (Aukeman ’96) Englert graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s of science in nursing from The University of Rochester (N.Y.) in May. She also was the recipient of the Clare Dennison Prize for Outstanding General Nursing Care, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International (nursing honors society). Two weeks after graduation, she completed the Sehgahunda Trail Marathon at Letchworth State Park, one of the toughest trail marathons in the eastern U.S. She continues to compete for the Fleet Feet – Salomon Endurance Team, and will begin a new career as a Registered Nurse in the Kessler BurnTrauma ICU at University of Rochester Medical Center/Strong Memorial Hospital. Michael Tomcsanyi ’96 is an area field director for Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. He and wife Sharon (Giba ’96) have two daughters, Kelly (15) and Lindsay (12).


Amy DeGirolamo ’97 works for the Florida Foot and Ankle Associates, LLC.


Emily Pettigrew ’05 started a new job in January as a senior policy advisor for Congressman Bob Gibbs.

David Hall ’97 works as a senior regional account manager for Honeywell.


Sally (Bon ’98) Carr and her husband, Craig, celebrated 28 years of marriage on March 26, 2011.


Stacie (Grznar ’99) Cain and her husband, Darren, have been married for 10 years and have two children. Stacie also does Dove Chocolate Discoveries parties. Lisa L. Carter ’99, ’01 and her students from Cleveland Heights High School were on “Pay It Forward” with Wayne Dawson on WJW-Fox 8 News on Dec. 23, 2010 for a fundraiser that she did with her class. Kate (Grayshaw ’99) Frale and her family just moved from Texas to Iowa.



Cynthia McClish ’07 is a physical education and health instructor at Pioneer Technology Center.


Bradley King ’08 recently moved to Washington state. Brett Stern ’08 is teaching eighth-grade language arts and social studies in the Brunswick City School district. He will also receive his master’s in reading from Baldwin-Wallace this summer.



Robyn (Rhodes ’02) Minnear recently obtained her series 6+63 investment license as well as her Ohio Life and Health insurance license. Thomas Kramer ’04 is a life sales specialist with Grange Insurance in Columbus, Ohio.

Natalie Brown ’09 is an eighth-grade teacher at Royalmast Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lisa Horning ’09 is a third-grade teacher at Buckeye Central.

Dr. Angela M. Chapman ’00 earned a doctoral degree in December 2010 from Tennessee State University.

Caitlin Poling ’09 is working as a legislative aide for Rep. Mike Pompano (Kan.). She handles his foreign policy, welfare, social security and human rights issues. She also started a master of arts in security studies at Georgetown University.

Robert Szygenda ’00 is the division operations manager for Rexel, Inc.


Kristin (Kaple ’05) Jones is an English teacher with Shelby City Schools.


Christina Erikson ’10 is an English teacher through YBM ECC in Seoul, South Korea. M = MedCentral College of Nursing graduate

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Dianne (Cocco ’96) O’Grady and husband Richard announce the birth of son Aaron Titus on March 18, 2011. He joins sisters Julia (17), Scarlett (11) and Lily (3) and brother, Michael (7). Michelle (Bracken ’96) and husband John Riddle ’95 announce the birth of their son on March 18, 2011, Camden James, who joins brother Bodie (8) and sister Peyton (7). Dawn (Hoskin ’96) Mighton and husband Alan announce the birth of son Myles Michael on March 28, 2011, weighing 8 lbs. and measuring a length of 19 inches. He joins brothers Bryce (9) and Trey (8). Kelly (Kennedy ’98) and husband Matthew “Bubba” Harris ’97 announce the birth of son Kroix Alexander Harris on August 26, 2010. He joins sisters Korinne and Kailyn. Trinda (Cartwright ’01) Keber and her husband, Bret, announce the birth of their son, Jacob Matthew, on Feb. 3, 2011, weighing 7 lbs., 12 oz. and measuring 20 1/2 inches. Jeremy White ’01 and his wife, Sabrina, announce the birth of son Oliver Cash on Feb. 7, 2011, weighing 8 lbs., 10 oz. and measuring 22 inches. He joins brother Graydon (3). Evelyn (Erb ’02) Bognar and husband Robert announce the birth of their daughter, Bella Miriam, on March 9, 2011, weighing 7 lbs., 3 oz. and measuring 20 inches.

Alicia (Longstreth ’02) Gaffney and husband Donald announce the birth of son Andrew Robert on Oct. 7, 2010. He joins brother Thomas (3).

Kristen (Hamilton ’07) Tobias and her husband, Anthony, announce the birth of their son, Alexander, on April 13, 2011. He joins sister Grace (3).

Leigh Anne (Coons ’02) and husband Christopher Rufener (’99, ’05) announce the birth of their son, Jonathan Michael, on Jan. 27, 2011, weighing 8 lbs., 9 oz. He joins brothers Marc (6) and Luke (3).

Kathryn “Katie” (Kudla ’08) Droes and husband David announce the birth of daughter Leah Kathryn on Feb. 3, 2011. She joins sister Jocelyn (3).

Emily (McKenna ’03) Lowe and husband David announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Ann, on Dec. 10, 2010, weighing 6 lbs., 13 oz. and measuring 18 inches. Toni (Soukup ’03) Weiss and husband Christopher announce the birth of daughter Kasandra Joy on Jan. 14, 2011. Elizabeth (Lyons ’03) Bennett and husband Charles announce the birth of their son, Brody, on July 16, 2010.

Amy (Lahoski ’05) and her husband, Jason Fleming ’07, announce the birth of their daughter, Teagan Lynn, on June 30, 2010. Carrie (Harrison ’05) and husband Adam Kasel ’03 announce the birth of son Rowan Philip on Jan. 31, 2011, weighing 7 lbs., 12 oz. and measuring 20.5 inches. He joins brothers Aiden (4) and Harrison (2). Jenna (Simmons ’06) Rupp and husband Adam announce the birth of their daughter, Karlee Kaye, on March 13, 2010, weighing 5 lbs., 8 oz. and measuring 18 3/4 inches.

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Jennifer (Matthews ’98, ’04) Grissinger and husband Heath announce the birth of daughter Anna Michelle on May 19, 2011. She joins brother Alex (4). Tiffany (Long ’02, ’06) and her husband, Joseph Sauder ’03, ’06, announce the birth of their son, Teagan Joseph, on Feb. 14, 2011. He joins brother Tyler (4). Emily (Sheridan ’04, ’07) Hawkins and husband Aaron announce the birth of their daughter, Grace Lee, on March 7, 2011. Rachel (Yoder ’04, ’08) Burgett and her husband, Jeremy, announce the birth of their daughter, Brynlynn Grace, on Sept. 10, 2010. She joins brother Brayden (2). Luke Loboda ’04, ’09 and his wife, Ashley, announce the birth of their son, Jonah David, on June 30, 2010. He joins brother Noah (2). M = MedCentral College of Nursing graduate

Class Notes

To subm it an item for class notes, vis it www.ash landspac e .c om or email Jennifer Myers at jmyers16 @ashlan Please in clude yo ur name (maiden name), c lass year and anno uncemen t. Photos a re also w elcome.

Courtney Lore ’09 married Jonathon Knapik June 10, 2010.

James L. Berry ’67 married Nellie L. Nelson Feb. 4, 2010.

Sara Corriveau ’09 and Andy Farver ’09 were married April 17, 2010.

Candace Hoffer ’00 married Jeff McCune Aug. 29, 2009. Hattie (Bagbey ’03) married Heather Schott on Aug. 28, 2010. They live in Iowa with Heather’s daughter, Tori. Danielle Monroe ’03 married James Underwood Aug. 14, 2010. Toni Soukup ’03 married Christopher Weiss May 22, 2010.

Yvonne Kwiatkowski ’07 married Robert Dick Jr. April 9, 2011, in Mexico. Heather Imboden ‘07 was in attendance. Tyler J. Dowdy ’09 and Katie Masterson ’08 were married Aug. 1, 2009. Rebecca Fick ’08 married Jonathan Obergefell Oct. 30, 2010.

In Memoriam

Jessica Davisson ’10 married Steve Garton June 26, 2010. The wedding and reception took place in Wooster, Ohio. Kimberly D. Hollar ’97 ’01 married Dustin Postell Oct. 30, 2010. Ashley N. Dropsey ’10M married Joe Christman Oct. 23, 2010 M = MedCentral College of Nursing graduate

And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of His hand. –refrain from On Eagle’s Wings by Michael Jonacs

Margarithe (VanderMolen ’38) Anderson April 18, 2011

Marilyn (Brown ’54 M) Au July 8, 2010

Bonnie K. Holderman ’74 March 12, 2011

Helen V (Greene ’39) Riddle April 20, 2011

Lucille (Long/Zajak ’57 M) Hunter Oct. 14, 2010

Donald Yancey ’83 ATS Oct. 21, 2004

Harry M. Brown ’40 Dec. 2, 2010

Dr. W. Fred Hink ’61 Feb. 23, 2011

Ann Marie Dalton ’84 March 19, 2011

Franklin H. Weikel ’41 April 28, 2011

Joyce (Hertel ’62) Morkel-Morris March 18, 2011

Rachel (Bland ’89) Repp Sept. 7, 2007

Bernice Louise (Henry ’43) Thomas April 7, 2011

Anna Laura (Merwin ’63) Rheinbolt March 24, 2011

Larissa (Schafer ’91 M) Clark Jan. 7, 2011

Robert A. Milligan ’44 Dec. 15, 2007

Joyce (Waggoner ’65) Conley May 16, 2011

Katie (Siver ’91) Drake May 7, 2011

Mary Cree (Riddle ’44) Calhoun April 25, 2011

Lynn Cardie Stiegler ’69 Nov. 5, 2010

Michael Mosser ’91 Aug. 3, 2010

Margie Marie Jacot ’44 April 16, 2011

Betty B. Wittmer ’70 Feb. 25, 2011

Brian L. Wickham ’95 April 11, 2010

Gerald F. Kiplinger ’47 March 7, 2011

Dorothy C. (Coupland ’71) Shiplet April 2, 2011

Connie Browning ’96 July 31, 2009

Rev Alvin Grumbling ’49 ATS March 22, 2011

Jenice M (Tennis ’73) Galloway March 22, 2011

Helen (Campbell ’51) Beck April 9, 2011

Rev Robert Rohdenburg ’73 March 6, 2010

Natalie (Tesso ’97 M ’00) Simmermacher Dec. 22, 2010 Stacy Donelson ’06 April 6, 2011

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