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Springtime in Ohio can mean many things. It is often praised for signaling the end of winter and for bringing special life and color to everything in its path. Ashland University is known for its beautiful landscaping and spring’s beauty adorns the Ashland campus each March, April and May. Springtime in Ohio is a time when trees are abloom and blossoms abound on the gorgeous 135-acre campus.

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President’s message If I listened to every doomsayer’s prediction of the bubble bursting in higher education or the demise of the traditional college as we know it, I would be packing up my office and riding into the sunset. While I will admit that higher education is undergoing unprecedented changes at a speed rarely witnessed in modern day history, we are nowhere near the edge of the cliff. Change is necessary and change is here. There is great concern among the major constituents regarding affordability and accessibility of higher education. Parents, students, trustees and now even federal funding agencies have all expressed concern about the continued costs of rising tuition, fees, books and room and board. It might surprise many to learn that most college officials and faculty also share that same concern. The struggling economy has caused much of this concern to rise to the top. Parental loans are harder to acquire, banks have initiated tighter control of money, home equity has decreased limiting the borrowing power of parents, layoffs and lack of annual pay increases have stagnated Accent Magazine is published for alumni, parents, friends and donors of Ashland University. The magazine is compiled and managed by the Communications & Marketing Department of Ashland University. Third class postage paid at Ashland, Ohio 44805.

Jan Bond Managing Editor | Director of Communications & Marketing

Steve Hannan Associate Editor | Director of Public Relations

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

Victoria Frank

purchasing power. At the same time colleges have undertaken major cuts in budgets and personnel in order to preserve financial aid for students. Ashland University chose to bypass all pay raises in 2012-13 in order to keep tuition increases at the lowest rate in 30 years. Again in 2013-14, the University adopted no-increase in pay and other cost-savings measesures due to the struggling economic times. Keeping education affordable will continue to be a challenging situation as we move forward. The future of traditional colleges and universities is certainly changing. Private higher education allows students to study in an environment where small classes and accessible faculty are the norm. Here at AU, students not only learn in the classrooms but through community life, engaging in sports, clubs, fraternities and sororities, volunteering as well as living and sharing together.

Contributing Editor | Marketing Coordinator

While online educational opportunities and other market factors bring increased challenges,

Mike Ruhe

Ashland University is poised to grow, adapt and respond to the ever-changing higher education

Art Direction | Director, Graphic Design Services

Allison Hoover

environment. We see these changes only as opportunities as we continue to provide students

Photography | EagleEye Photography

with all the same benefits that have made us successful through the years and will expand our

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university into the future.

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On the Cover

Tomorrow’s education will certainly look differently, but Ashland University is here to stay.

AU’s Women’s Basketball team celebrates its GLIAC Championship win over Findlay 68-49, in front of a home crowd in Kates Gymnasium. 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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Work Hard… Keep Going Read how one AU graduate is making his dream career come true.


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Robin Meade Follow Ashland’s most visible



Campus News Ashland University Receives

alumna and her public career in

National Honor, Veteran

television and music.

Services Office Established, Unique Toxicology Program, The J.M. Smucker Co. Scholarship,

 U’s Alumni Association A Award Winners Eight will be recognized by the Alumni Association on April 27.

Winter Commencement Recap



Athletic News 2012 Athletics Fall Wrap-up 2012-13 Winter Update


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

 elebrating Women C in Sports Celebrating the heritage of women’s athletics at AU, and the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

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f there’s one lesson to learn from Greg Heister, it’s that passion and dedication ultimately pay off. His list of accomplishments include work for ESPN’s “Alaska

Wide World of Sports” and Emmy Award winning documentaries on the Iditarod. He created an NBC Sports fly-fishing series, “Seasons on the Fly,” and is currently the play-by-play announcer for Gonzaga University basketball. His television career has spanned over two decades.

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And he’s a 1989 graduate of Ashland University. According to Heister, “Life is good. Life is really good.” It’s hard to imagine anyone would dare argue with the man who brings “The Last Great Race on Earth” to millions of spectators worldwide and sits courtside for one of the top basketball programs in the country, all the while enjoying a lifelong passion of fly fishing in some of the most awe-inspiring locations on the planet. But none of that would be possible had he not pursued his education in radio and television from a private college in Ashland, Ohio, hundreds of miles from his hometown in western New York. “I’ve had a career now for over 20 years and I’m extremely fortunate. I get to travel the world shooting shows and I get to visit a lot of cool places, but honestly, I think Ashland helped with a lot of that. It was such a handson place,” Heister explained, while also thanking his mentors Larry Hiner and Jay Pappas for the impact they had on him as a student. Heister’s first Iditarod happened in 1992, where he worked for a local news station in Anchorage, Alaska. The annual long-distance dog sled race showcases some of the most breathtaking landscape in the Yukon, while simultaneously putting the best mushers and teams to the ultimate test. Heister described the event as one of the most magnificent things he’s ever witnessed, ranking it higher than the Super Bowl, the World Series or the Final Four.

From a professional standpoint, however, the Iditarod taught Heister, then a man in his early 20’s, how to genuinely craft a story and depict the colorful details of such an enormous event. Today, he still shoots over 125 hours of Iditarod footage each year, working alongside the Discovery Channel, National Geographic and HBO, among others. In 1997, Heister left Anchorage and moved to Spokane, Washington, where he currently resides. He began his career there as a sports director and news anchor for an NBC affiliate, but moved to producing “Seasons on the Fly” and Iditarod coverage as an independent contractor. Now, as his own boss, Heister is able to focus and take his time creating some of his best work to date. Of his career in television, Heister said, “You have to have a love and a passion to tell a story. You have to have a love and a passion to change the world. You have to have a love and a passion to be a good writer and use the medium to help others.” Although the road hasn’t always been easy, it’s required a lot of work. That love and passion for what he does is what helped Heister succeed. “I had all kinds of people telling me I couldn’t do this,” he admitted. “And students probably get people telling them this is the hardest, toughest (industry)… (people) say don’t do it, get out of it. But you only get one shot at this life. Face it.” Victoria Frank, Marketing Coordinator

keep going

Greg Heister A 1989 Ashland (College) University Radio/ TV graduate, Greg Heister grew up in Olean, New York, approximately 80 miles south of Buffalo. While enrolled at Ashland, Heister served as the play-by-play announcer for Eagles football and basketball, both top 10 Division II programs at the time. Following graduation and an on-air stint at WJW in Cleveland, Heister took his talents to Anchorage, Alaska, where the local NBC affiliate was looking to take their programming outdoors. In 1992, Heister covered his first Iditarod for the official news station of “The Last Great Race on Earth.” Heister






moved to Spokane, Washington, where he currently resides. Beginning as sports director and news anchor for an NBC affiliate, Heister eventually left television to pursue his passion of fly-fishing, creating and hosting “Seasons on the Fly” for NBC Sports Outdoors. Now, as an independent contractor, Heister continues





providing footage to Discovery Channel, National Geographic and more. He has won four regional Emmy awards for both his fly-fishing series and his Iditarod coverage. Heister can also be heard as the playby-play announcer for college football and basketball games, most notably the Gonzaga University basketball program.



But this wasn’t enough for her. In September of 2009, she released a book titled “Morning Sunshine! How to Radiate Confidence and Feel It Too.” It debuted at No. 12 on the “Advice, HowTo and Miscellaneous” section of the New York Times Best Seller List. Then in June of 2011, she completed a media hat trick as she released a country music album titled “Brand New Day.” A single, “Dirty Laundry,” was released to country music radio. Now, she is working on her second album, which is due to be released on June 3, 2013, at all Target stores and iTunes. “I can’t wait for my Ashland family to hear this new album. It’s called ‘Here For You’ and that’s the concept of the album too. We wanted it to match the brand people know me for on air,” Meade said. “You’ll hear me taking more risks on this second album. I’ve co-written seven of the 12 songs here with collaborators like Lee Brice (a huge country radio star right now), Keb Mo (blues

Robin Meade: She’s Much More than Just


America’s Favorite

News Anchor

obin Meade, a 1991 graduate of Ashland

artist), Kristian Bush (of Sugarland) and Gary

University, is without a doubt Ashland

Burr (Hall of Fame Country Songwriter), among

University’s most visible alumna and her very

others,” she said.

public career is even more visible now as she

Meade said Lee Brice even stepped into the

has entered the world of country music.

recording studio to help bring to life his vision of

As morning news anchor on CNN’s HLN

the song that they wrote together.

(Headline News), Meade can be seen every

“I’m so tickled you’ll hear Kenny Loggins and his new group ‘Blue Sky Riders’ singing backup

“I just come at something straight on. I try not to cloud the message and I’m pretty much to-the-point in communications.” – Robin Meade ’91 CNN Headline News, morning news anchor

on another song and you’ll also hear Keb Mo’s voice and guitar on the tune we did together,” she said. “And Taylor Swift’s prolific fiddle player, Caitlin Bird, also appears as a co-writer and background vocalist. And a grammy-winning engineer is mixing the album.

weekday morning on “Morning Express with Robin Meade” delivering the news up close and personal. Her popularity is unmistakable – she

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“Personally I’m charged up to hear the finished product myself. We are still mixing it at this time (mid-February),” she said.

can be found on any number of lists as one of

Meade explained why she decided to get into

America’s favorite news anchors.

singing country music.

“Long before I talked in front of millions for the

opened up the brand new CD for a group whose

camera, I sang in front of people,” she said. “It’s

single had been burning up the charts.

one of my first memories as the ‘preacher’s kid,’

“When I read the liner notes for Lady Antebel-

learning hymns and belting out the harmony from my seat in the pews.”

lum’s first hit album, my eyes went right to the female producer listed inside – Victoria Shaw,” she

Meade said it surprises many people that even

said. “I looked up from the notes and said to my

though she grew up in a house steeped in mu-

husband, ‘I’m going to work with her someday.’

sic, taking voice lessons, and learning to play the

“Isn’t it funny how declarations lead to manifes-

piano and other instruments, her father forbade it as a vocation for her. “That was especially true as it pertained to rock or country music,” she said. “I’m pretty sure he assumes everyone is either conducting themselves like ‘The Doors’ on one side, or doing some hard livin’ like ‘Merle Haggard’ on the other.” Meade said she performed in public and competed in pageants as a singer while majoring

tations?” she asked. She said it wasn’t long after she spoke those words that she met Shaw on the set of a singing contest that Shaw was judging and Meade was guest-hosting for Great American Country (GAC) television network. “I marched myself right over to her and asked if she’d help me learn to write country music. Lucky for me, she said yes! And that’s how my we are again, putting out our second album. I’m

Robin Meade

“I loved the writing and interviewing parts of

so fortunate and happy that there was demand

Born in 1969, Robin Meade grew up in

journalism, but the public speaking part scared

for a second album of my music, and that my

me to death,” she said. “It’s as if I decided if I

good friend Victoria is again drinking the Kool

New London, Ohio, and attended Ashland

couldn’t go for the vocation that felt the most

Aid…ha. Wait until you hear the songs and the

natural – singing and music – I was going to go

writings on it. She’s a genius.”

for the thing that felt the most unnatural: profes-

Meade says she does see some differences be-

in radio/TV programming, production and performance at Ashland University.

sional communications.”

first album project began,” she said. “Now here

tween people in the country music business and

University, graduating in 1991 with a major in radio/TV programming and performance and a minor in political science. Entering





crowned Miss Ohio in 1992 and went on

Meade said it is like her void became her value.

those in the TV news business.

“The very thing I thought I could not do – you

“As someone who has worked in television

should have seen the way my knees would knock

journalism for darn close to 20 years now, I

in high school just reading a book report in front

just come at something straight on. I try not to

of the other kids – is the very thing I started to

cloud the message and I’m pretty much to-the-

covet, and is what I ended up doing for a living:

point in communications,” she said. “That’s true

speaking, reporting, communicating.”

whether it’s on-air or on the phone. Whether in

landing a job as the news anchor on WSN-

Meade said she remembers that during her col-

the way I go after my goals or in the way I ask

TV’s “Today in Florida” morning show.

to compete in the Miss America pageant, where she was a Top Ten finalist. She began her broadcasting career at WMFDTV in Mansfield, Ohio, then moved on to stations in Columbus and Cleveland before

lege years she started listening to country music

people to help me in my goals.”

here and there.

Meade said that Shaw, who has penned such big

Chicago affiliate WMAQ-TV, where she

“In 1993 I was asked to sing ‘I Feel Lucky’ by

hits as Garth Brooks’ “The River,” tells her that

anchored or co-anchored the morning

Mary Chapin Carpenter for a stage show,” she

she is too relentless for some artistic types.

and weekend newscasts and garnered a

recalled. “I bought that country CD, listened

“She jokes that if someone says ‘yes, I’ll co-write

lot of camera time as part of the affiliate’s

over and over again, and fell in love not only

a song with you, Robin,’ I’m liable to ask for three

coverage of the 1996 Olympics.

with her voice, but the genre. The writing and

co-writing sessions. Can you blame me? It’s per-

storytelling hooked me.”

sistence that lands a journalist a story,” Meade

Meade said around the time in her broadcast-

said. “Likewise the same persistence works for

A rising star, she moved on to the NBC

Meade next moved to CNN Headline News (which eventually became known as HLN)

me in other areas of life. Why mince words if

in Atlanta, Ga., where she hosted and

at CNN Headline News, she made a declaration.

you can get it done in a flat out question?”

anchored “Morning Express with Robin

“I was going to express my musical side, come

And that persistence has taken Meade to the top

ing career that she moved to Atlanta to anchor

hell or high water, while also still retaining and hopefully excelling at my job as a news anchor,” she said. She recalled that one sunny afternoon she

of her career. But even with the many items in her life that are pulling her in different directions, she is quick to note that one thing still remains: “I love my career in journalism.” Steve Hannan, Director of Public Relations

Meade” as well as serving as one of the hosts on “Ask Oprah’s All Stars” on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Meade is married to Tim Yeager, shown above, a 1993 graduate of Ashland University.


Award Winners The Ashland University Alumni Association will bestow its annual recognition awards at an Awards Brunch

on Sat., April 27, at 11:30 a.m. in Myers Convocation Center. The program will feature eight award recipients and

is open to all alumni and friends. Those planning to attend are asked to call the AU Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 419.289.5082.

Rev. Harold Nungester ’93 MBA

Sue Heimann

Drushal Humanitarian Award

Dr. Glenn L. Clayton Award

Since 1999, Harold W. Nungester has been co-

Sue Heimann has received her Bachelor of Arts

founder, president and CEO for H.I.S. Home for

in psychology, sociology and social work from

Children in Lima, Ohio. In this role, he is responsible

Bluffton College, and her Master of Arts in College

for the operations and functioning of a small, multi-

Student Personnel from Bowling Green State

national, non-profit organization with primary emphasis in the financial and

University. Heimann has worked for Ashland University since 1979, working

business aspects. He also serves as organizational missionary in the Republic

as a residence director and graduate assistant (1979-1980), area coordinator

of Haiti administering an orphanage with approximately 140 children aged

and orientation chair, (1980-1981), assistant director of housing (1981-1982),

from newborn to 17 years in four geographically separated facilities. He also

director of career planning and placement (1984), director of housing (1982-

has served as administrator of Morning Star Christian Academy in Port au

1985), assistant dean of students (1985-1987), associate dean of students

Prince, Haiti, W.I.

(1987-1992), dean of students (1992-1998), dean of student affairs (1998-

Nungester has been a licensed minister since 1994. He served as Youth

1999), and currently the vice president of student affairs since 1999.

Minister and in various lay youth director positions almost continually from

Heimann has supervised many programs on the Ashland University

1976 to 2001 in different locations and denominations. Nungester also

campus, including career services, community service, commuter services,

served the U.S. Air Force, active duty military and civilian positions at various

counseling, diversity, Greek life, mail center, multicultural student services,

locations with primary emphasis in criminal investigations and electronics in

orientation, recreational services, residence life, safety services, student

1974. He holds an M.B.A. in Executive Management from Ashland University

activities, student conduct, student health services, student leadership,

in 1993 and a B.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences from National Louis

student success and retention, and study abroad. Heimann has given her

University in 1988.

time to organizations outside of Ashland University as well and received awards from the American College Personnel Association, Ohio College Personnel Association, Ashland County Women of Achievement, and Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce.

Jack Miller ’74

Deirdre Mason Gregory ’81, ’89 M.Ed.

Outstanding Alumnus Award

Distinguished Service Award

Jack K. Miller is CEO of Miller Supply, Inc. a chain

Deirdre Gregory was a guidance counselor and

of 11 oilfield supply stores located throughout Ohio,

mentor coordinator at Mansfield City Schools for 12

Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky.

years, retiring in 2011. Gregory, who was a member

The business was founded in 1959 by Ken and

of the Ashland University Board of Trustees, has

Lois Miller. As the second generation of the Miller family, Jack entered

been honored by Outstanding Young Women of America and Who’s Who

the business and the company growth accelerated. A new pipe account,

Among American Professionals. She received a Bachelor of Science in

Republic Steel, was acquired and Miller Supply Inc. quickly became a fast

Home Economics Education from Ashland University in 1981 and a Master

growing supplier of oil country casing. The next milestone was achieved

of Education in Supervision from AU in 1989. She also has a Master of

by acquiring a distributorship for Churchill pump jacks, a well thought of

Education in School Guidance and Counseling and a Master of Science in

product in its own field.

Family Resource Management.

Miller Supply Inc. now has a sterling reputation as a quality threader and

She is a member or past member of the Ohio School Counselor Association,

hydrotester of Oil Country Tubulars Goods. The company carries large

American Counseling Association, Ohio Association for College Admission

inventories of sizes common to the Appalachian Basin and ships tubulars into

Counseling, Phi Delta Kappa (President 1994-96), American Association of

many other parts of the United States. Miller Supply Inc. has a strong history

University Women (President 1997-99), and the Ashland University Alumni

of service and hard work that has passed from generation to generation, and

Association Board (Silent Auction Chair 2003; Vice President, Nominations

this is a common thread throughout the company, its owners and employees.

Chair 2004, President 2005).

Susan Martensen ’74, ’85 M.Ed.

Emily Pettigrew Tully ’05

Bixler Award

Young Alumna Award

Susan Martensen serves as Clinical Associate

Emily Tully serves as senior policy adviser for

Professor within the Health, Physical Education,

Congressman Bob Gibbs, for whom she has worked

Recreation, and Dance Department at Cleveland

since 2009. She is responsible for Agriculture

State University. Martensen has her Master in

Committee related activities and legislation, monitors

Education, Master of Arts, and B.S. in Education. She has been a teacher and

and analyzes legislation regarding education, financial services, government

coach for many years and served as president of Ashland Volleyball Officials

oversight, judiciary, social issues, social security, and telecommunications;

Association in 2011-2012. She currently serves on the Ashland County Sports

advises the Congressman on legislation and vote recommendations; and has

Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

created over 250 policy statements for constituent correspondence.

Martensen received her Master of Education degree from Ashland University

Prior to that, she was managing treasurer for Gibbs for Congress, and

in 1985, a Master of Arts degree from Adelphi University in 1978 and a

managed a million dollar re-election campaign account, was the liaison

Bachelor of Science in Education from Ashland University in 1974. Prior

between Federal Election Commission and the campaign, coordinated with

to going to Cleveland State, she served as professional instructor in Sport

fundraisers and political action committees; and handled all legal paperwork

Sciences Department at Ashland University from 1979 to 2003, as Associate

and necessary filings. She majored in political science and minored in speech

Athletic Director from 1985 to 1993, as Senior Women’s Administrator from

communication. She is the daughter of Dr. Frank Pettigrew, a 1972 graduate

1994 to 2003 and as Head Volleyball Coach from 1979 to 2002.

who serves as AU Provost, and Amy Pettigrew who is an AU academic adviser.

Dr. Ronald Brown ’75

Joseph Maggelet ’92 ATS

Special Achievement Award

Honorary Alumnus Award

A native of South Carolina, Dr. Ronald Brown

Joseph Maggelet received his Bachelor of Arts

received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology

degree in Bible from Central Wesleyan College in

with honors from Ashland University in 1975. He was

1985, and his Master of Arts in Theology from the

one of 150 out of 3,000 applicants to be accepted to

Ashland Theological Seminary in 1992. Maggelet has

Harvard Pre-Medical Health Career Summer Program at Harvard University

continued to work at Ashland since his graduation, serving as a resident

in 1974. It was there he made his decision to pursue a career in medicine.

director for Andrews Hall in the 1980s, as a minister for religious life on

He received his M.D. degree from New York Medical College, Valhalla, New

campus, on the student life committee, and serving as the campus chaplain

York in 1979.

for Ashland University.

His Internship and Residency training in Internal Medicine was performed

In addition to being a Bible teacher for adults at the Grace Brethren Church,

at Emory University hospitals, in Atlanta, Ga., in 1979 to 1982. He was the

Maggelet works with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, coordinates a

first African-American to Fellowship in the Department of Gastroenterology

prison ministry program, helps inmates at the Richland Correctional Institute

at then Medical College of Georgia, now Georgia Regents University in

operate a seminary program for the inmates who want to become pastors,

Augusta, Ga. He completed the two year Fellowship in Gastroenterology

and works as the assistant director of religious life at Ashland. Maggelet has

at the Medical College of Georgia in 1984. He is the first African-American

won the religious services volunteer award from the Richland Correctional

Internal Medicine Sub-Specialist to practice in the area. Dr. Brown is owner

Institute in 2006, and, in 2010, had the Joe and Renee Maggelet award

and founder of Augusta Gastrointestinal Specialists, Inc. where he has

named after him and his wife for their work in the religious life area at

practiced medicine for 29 years.

Ashland University.


Ashland University Receives

NAtional Honor

Ashland University has been named as one of the top 15 over-performing colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The publication looked at data from the Best Colleges 2013, then took peer assessments and compared the information to the actual rankings. Ashland University’s performance is 58 places above its peer assessments, placing it among the top 15 over-performing schools in the country. Ashland University entered the National Universities category of U.S. News & World Report rankings in 2012 and has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in the country for the past two years. Ashland is one of only three private institutions in Ohio ranked in this national category. “If a school is doing better in the overall rankings than in its undergraduate academic reputation, it means the school is performing relatively well in the other key academic indicators used in the rankings: admissions selectivity, financial and faculty resources, alumni giving, and graduation and retention rates,” according to the report released by U.S. News & World Report. “It also means that a school’s undergraduate reputation among its aca12 accentmagazine

demic peers is lagging behind the progress the school has achieved in the underlying academic indicators.” Dr. Fred Finks, president of Ashland University, was pleased with the national honor noted by U.S. News & World Report. “We believe that great reputation always lags a little bit behind great performance,” Finks said. “This recognition is a reflection of the University’s continued commitment to providing a rigorous learning experience that provides students with the intellectual, social and career skills needed to excel upon graduation.” Finks said Ashland University is proud of its faculty, who are committed to excellence in teaching and to the pursuit of scholarship. “They take seriously the responsibilities of teaching and learning, but place equal importance on modeling what they teach as mentors,” he said. “They help create an environment that is truly both supportive and challenging, and they are committed to helping students succeed and grow in every way possible.”

The J.M. Smucker Company Endows Scholarship at Ashland University The J.M. Smucker Company, based in Orrville, Ohio, has contributed $50,000 to establish an endowed scholarship at Ashland University. The endowed scholarship was established by a gift from The J.M. Smucker Company, as well as a group of Ashland University alumni who are employed at The J.M. Smucker Company. According to Maribeth Burns Badertscher, vice

Veteran Services Office Established In August of 2012, Ashland University established a Veteran Services Office to coordinate recruitment and support services for military and veteran students. There are approximately 100 veterans at AU in undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs. This establishment followed the recommendations of the Veteran Task Force, which functioned last year to advise the administration about how AU could better serve and attract students from the armed forces. Dr. John Sikula, a full-time administrator at AU for the last 15 years, was selected to be the director of this new office. The office is contained within the Founders School of Continuing Education, 206 Founders Hall. Dr. Sikula said that “I enjoy the opportunity to start new services and programs designed to enhance the opportunities for adult learners and veterans.” He believes that “AU will soon be able to more successfully compete for an increasing number of students utilizing GI Bill funds as veterans return to campuses for career developing experiences.” Several new initiatives have been implemented. They include: • An AU Chapter of Student Veterans of America has been approved, with officers elected, a constitution approved, and programs planned and conducted. • Core hours for honorably discharged veterans have been doubled. • An Advisory Board of 16 members has been organized and its first meeting was held on January 23, 2013. • A Mansfield office, located in the new AU College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been established to better serve students in Richland County. • Two new certification programs have been approved in the areas of Fitness Training and Basic Emergency Medical Technician Training. • AU has been designated as a Military Friendly School for the first time in 2013.

president of corporate communications at The J.M. Smucker Company and a 1988 graduate of Ashland University, The J.M. Smucker Endowed Scholarship will be based on financial need and awarded to junior and senior students who are studying in the Dauch College of Business and Economics at Ashland University.





maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Badertscher said there are a number of reasons that The J.M. Smucker Company is endowing the scholarship at Ashland University. “We have several graduates from Ashland University, from both its undergraduate and graduate programs, and we have a very strong relationship with Ashland as part of our internship program providing us with high quality interns, which is the best way to find new future employees,” Badertscher said. “The company’s primary area of charitable giving targets education initiatives and this scholarship further demonstrates our commitment to higher education.” Ashland University President Dr. Fred Finks expressed gratitude for the gift. “We appreciate the continuing support of The J.M. Smucker Company for scholarships,” Finks said. “This commitment will allow many students who plan to enter degree programs within our Dauch College of Business and Economics to benefit from an Ashland education.” Ashland University Endowed Scholarships, which begin at $25,000, help to provide deserving

• A Veterans Day Ceremony was organized and conducted with plans for this to be an annual event.

students of modest means with an Ashland

• The website has been enhanced to better inform all about Veteran Services on campus.

encourage students of superior ability to attend,

• Veteran counseling has been made available at no charge under the direction of Chaplain Bill Payne of the Ashland Theological Seminary. These representative examples of progress are important first steps in designing and implementing services to assist an increasingly important part of American society. Anyone desiring additional information or having any question(s) should contact Dr. Sikula at 419.289.5751 or

education, and enrich the Ashland experience by ensuring a diverse student body. In order to the University also awards merit scholarships based on achievement, academic scholarship and leadership potential. Nearly 500 named endowed scholarships have been established since 1980. When a gift is endowed, the initial principal is invested and awards are made from the annual earnings. This provides a level of current support, while providing a reliable source of funds for the future.

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Ashland University’s Toxicology Degree Program

Study Shows Ashland University Offers Unique Toxicology Degree Program A study by Penn State University has determined that there are only 10 programs in the United States that award baccalaureate degrees in toxicology, and Ashland University offers one of those programs. “As for Ashland University, I think it is worthy of mentioning the fact that we are a private school that offers a very broad toxicology program covering topics ranging from pharmacology to environmental toxicology,” said Dr. Andrew Trimble, assistant professor of toxicology at Ashland University. Trimble said Ashland students learn about many different branches of toxicology including pharmacology, environmental toxicology, veterinary toxicology, pesticide toxicology, environmental risk assessment, toxicology of poisonous and medicinal plants, agriculture, and biochemical and mechanistic toxicology. “Only a couple of other schools on this list of 10 have wellrounded programs such as ours,” Trimble said. “Most are either human health, pharmacology or environmentally oriented in their course requirements. If a student in Ohio or the surrounding area wants a more diverse program, their only options besides Ashland University are large universities that are well outside our area.” Toxicology, the study of how chemicals affect human health and the environment, is a growing field with 14 accentmagazine

approximately 9,000 toxicologists working in the United States and Canada. Toxicologists conduct basic research on the effects of toxicants on human health and the environment, develop and perform tests to assess the safety of drugs and other chemical products, and assist government agencies in developing regulations and standards in areas ranging from food safety to pollution control. Toxicologists also work in applied areas such as clinical medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and forensic science. Trimble said Ashland University is quite unique for a small private school in that it offers students a chance to explore all of the different branches of toxicology. “With our program, a student will have a diverse toxicology background and will not be limited, for example, to just human health related topics. This makes them marketable to a much wider range of employers including numerous government agencies, private industries and academic institutions,” Trimble said. “And, when you factor in the opportunity for students to conduct laboratory-based undergraduate research under the supervision of our faculty, the potential for employment after graduation increases exponentially.”

Winter Commencement Professor Emeritus Gives Advice to AU Graduates Rinehart presented graduates with a number of items that he learned along the way – things that he said helped move him to become more of a person of value. These included: • At age 15 or 16, he learned that, although he did not want to admit it, he was secretly glad that his parents were strict with him. • At age 19 or 20, he learned that it was good to cheer someone up because it would help to cheer him up. “I learned it’s not only about me, but about others,” he said. “Strive not to become so much a person of success, but rather strive to become a person of value.” That quote from Albert Einstein was the challenge that Ashland University Professor Emeritus Dr. Donald Rinehart presented to graduates during his commencement address at Ashland University’s Winter Commencement ceremony held on Dec. 15 in the University’s Kates Gymnasium. In his speech, titled “Moving from Success to Significance,” Rinehart told the graduates that they are well on their way to becoming “a person of success” because they will be walking across the stage and receiving a signed diploma today. “These are wonderful steps to mark your successful completion of degree requirements,” he said. But Rinehart, who received his Bachelor of Science in Education in 1959 from Ashland College, then outlined

“Strive not to become so much a person of success, but rather strive to become a person of value.” – Dr. Donald Rinehart Ashland University Professor Emeritus for graduates how they can take the next step in an effort to become a person of value. “Like many of us who are still learning the lessons of life, we discover that we have to peddle fast and furious if we expect the ‘me’ mentality to give meaning and purpose to our lives,” he said. “If we are ever to move from success to significance to become a person of value, we have to find our own way and means to share with others who we are and what we know and then to celebrate with them their successes as well as our own.”

• At age 21, he learned that his parents in the last four years had learned just as much as he had, even without going to college. • At age 32, he learned that watching our children succeed in anything is one of life’s great pleasures. • At age 40, he learned that if someone said something unkind about him, he needed to live his life so no one would believe it. • At age 46, he learned that whenever he decided something with kindness, he would usually make a good decision. • At the forty something age, he learned that making a living is different than making a life. • At the age of 75, which he is now, he learned that he still has a lot to learn. “Each of you holds a very precious stone in your hearts and minds, it’s called education, it’s called learning. And the only way it will have a value to you is if you share it with the world,” he said. “I would also tell you to please remember that when you go out into the world, what you remembered in kindergarten, hold hands and stick together,” he said. Following the commencement address, the presentation of degrees was handled by President Fred Finks and Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew. A total of 523 degrees (370 graduate and 153 undergraduate) were awarded in the winter 2012 ceremony, including three Doctor of Education, 228 Master of Education, 104 Master of Business Administration, 15 Master of American History and Government, 20 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, 20 Bachelor of Arts, three Bachelor of Music, 32 Bachelor of Science, 34 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 42 Bachelor of Science in Education, 20 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, one Bachelor of Science in Social Work, and one Associate of Arts.

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Celebrating Women in Sports Eagles Throughout the Years


here are certain moments in history when events occur or decisions are made that alter life as we know it. The passing of Title IX is one of those decisions. Many know Title IX as legislation that required gender equality within intercollegiate athletics and 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of the passing of that legislation. On January 27, Ashland University hosted, “Celebrating Women in Sports – Eagles Throughout the Years” to celebrate the tremendous heritage and tradition of women’s athletics and recognize the female athletes who helped build the foundation for current successes, especially those who participated prior to the Title IX era. In many ways, Ashland was a pacesetter in women’s athletics. During the late 1960s and early 1970s administrators such as Dr. Ella Shannon, Dr. Fred Martinelli and then president, Dr. Glenn L. Clayton, began advancing women’s athletics through the philosophy of “Accent on the Individual.” The subsequent mindset and changes it brought about allowed for its growth.

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A highlight of the event for the past and present female athletes in attendance was a panel discussion of key women who played a part in the development of women’s sports at Ashland. Head women’s basketball coach, Sue Ramsey, a product of Title IX, who was the first female basketball player to receive a scholarship from Indiana University, moderated the panel that included Dr. Ella Shannon, Nancy Cross and Gail Wasmus. Dr. Shannon graduated from Ashland in 1963 and, after finishing her master’s and Ph.D, returned in 1965 as a professor and coach and went on to become chair of sports sciences and associate athletic director before retiring in 1997. Her coaching career is highlighted by the undefeated 1972 field hockey team. Dr. Shannon has always been an advocate and proponent of women’s athletics and was a driving force in Ashland’s affiliation with the NCAA in women’s athletics. Nancy Cross graduated in 1977 and played field hockey and basketball while at Ashland. Upon graduating from Ashland, Cross went to Purdue University to pursue a master’s degree and serve as assistant field hockey and assistant women’s basketball coach. After receiving her degree from Purdue in 1978, Nancy returned to Ashland as the head coach of both women’s basketball and women’s tennis before ultimately returning to Purdue in 1979 where she currently serves as the senior associate athletics director. Gail Wasmus, a 1976 alumna, was a standout three-sport athlete, excelling in volleyball, basketball, and softball. As a member of the volleyball team, she helped lead the team to the regional playoffs and was invited to try out for the United States Olympic team. On the hardwood, Wasmus led her team to third and fourth-place finishes at the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women championships during her junior and senior year. Gail became the first female All-American at Ashland and, along with her coach Ruth Jones, became the first women inducted into the Ashland University Athletic Hall of Fame. Gail is currently the head coach of volleyball at the New York Institute of Technology, where she has compiled more than 500 career wins in 27 seasons. An overwhelming message that was conveyed throughout the day was today’s opportunities are a result of past sacrifices and commitments made by those who have come before. Coach Ramsey stressed to the current studentathletes in attendance, “You are able to do what you can do today and excel at the level you are because of what these women have gone through.” Nancy Cross echoed those sentiments, “I think it’s important that you understand what everybody has done to allow you to do what you’re doing. You are able to do what you love doing because of a lot of the people in this room.” A shining example is Dr. Shannon. She was a strong proponent for the move from the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for

Women (AIAW) to the NCAA, a stance widely criticized at the time. When asked what were the biggest challenges in the 1970s, Dr. Shannon replied, “problems with the old boys school and problems with the old girls school.” She explained that they had to overcome reluctance from men and women to accept the transition to equality in sports. She recalled telling them that, “They (the women athletes) aren’t going to get the opportunity to compete at this high a level if we don’t get going, so let’s get it rolling.” Despite being the first female All-American in school history, Gail Wasmus shared the camaraderie was the most memorable part of being a student-athlete. “Those of you who are student-athletes, you’ll take these friendships with teammates through the rest of your lives.” That included relationships with coaches who worked to break down gender barriers. “The coaches were such advocates and pioneers. I can honestly say I am the person I am today because of their influence.” Cross agreed and singled out two women in particular, Dr. Ruth Jones and Dr. Carol Mertler. “She was the absolute best at being committed to something and overcoming roadblock after roadblock and she was such an advocate for all of us,” she said of Dr. Mertler. Dr. Mertler was also in attendance and spoke briefly while receiving a standing ovation. Coach Ramsey praised AU’s administration, trustees, and staff through the years for supporting women’s athletic programs and singled out current athletic director, Bill Goldring, for providing the necessary resources for the athletic department’s continued success. The event concluded with a varsity letter ceremony recognizing the commitments and sacrifices of alumnae athletes in attendance.


Fall Sports Wrap-u Football The 2012 Eagles put together one of the best seasons in school history. The Eagles went 11-1 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs where

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they lost to West Texas A&M, 33-28. That game was played at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field at the Dwight Schar Athletic Complex. This marked the first time an NCAA postseason game came to that facility. The Eagles ended the regular season 11-0. This team won the first GLIAC football championship in school history and was the fourth football team at AU to finish the regular season without a loss. It ended the regular season ranked fourth in the country – that’s the highest ranking for the Eagles since they became an NCAA Division II institution. This was just the second football team in school history to win 10 or more games in a season. Senior quarterback Taylor Housewright was the GLIAC player of the year, a fi-

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nalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy and a first team All-American (AFCA). He also set the NCAA Division II record for consecutive passes without an interception. Junior defensive back Brian Gamble was the GLIAC defensive back of the year and a first team All-American (Beyond Sports Network). Senior defensive back Donnie Dottei was a Capital One First Team Academic All-American. He received a GLIAC Commissioner’s Award. Head coach Lee Owens was named the GLIAC coach of the year for the second time in his career and was the AFCA region coach of the year. This was the third time he guided the Eagles to the NCAA playoffs. Ashland has made that trip five times in school history.

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Volleyball Second-year head coach Cass Dixon and the Eagles advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time since 2007. AU won its first round postseason game against Northwood, 3-2. The Eagles nearly upset Hillsdale in the second round, losing, 3-2. AU finished the year with a 24-9 record, 12-6 in the GLIAC. Senior outside hitter Brittany Snider was a first team All-GLIAC and All-Midwest Region selection. She was an honorable mention All-American. Snider was also recognized as a third team Academic All-American and received a GLIAC Commissioner’s Award.

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up CROSS COUNTRY The men’s cross country team made its second consecutive trip to nationals. The Eagles were ranked 12th entering that race and finished in a tie for ninth. Senior Colton Johnson was AU’s top finisher – he was 39th. The Eagles were second at the regional meet. The AU women advanced to nationals a year ago but weren’t able to qualify this season. The Ashland women were 14th at the regional championships. Trent Mack is in his second season as the men’s and women’s cross country coach.

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MEN’S GOLF The Eagles hosted the 2012-13 GLIAC championships at the Elyria Country Club. Ashland was sixth at that event. Senior Brendan Jenkins tied for third in the individual standings. The season will continue in the spring.

WOMEN’S GOLF During the fall season, the Eagles won the championship at the Grand Valley State Laker Invitational and finished third at Finday’s Beall Fall Classic. Senior Holly James was the runner-up at Grand Valley State. The women’s season will continue in the spring.

MEN’S SOCCER AU went 8-8-2 in 2012, 6-6-1 in conference play. One of the biggest wins of the

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season came at Ferguson Field where the Eagles knocked off Gannon, ranked #2 with a score of 3-1. The Eagles advanced to the first round of the GLIAC Tournament.

WOMEN’S SOCCER The Eagles finished 7-10-1, 6-6-1 in the GLIAC.

TENNIS AU finished fourth in the GLIAC standings. The Eagles were 12-5 overall and 11-3 in league action.

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EAGLE. WINTER Sports Update The Ashland University athletic department finished up an impressive winter season. The men’s and women’s track & field, men’s and women’s swimming & diving and the wrestling teams all competed in the NCAA Division II Winter Festival National Championships in Birmingham, Ala. The Winter Festival occurs every four years and combines the national championship competition of the above sports. This winter, AU sent 38 student-athletes to compete at the national level, which resulted in an astounding 27 All-Americans and 11 national champions. Ashland University won national championships in the women’s swimming 200 freestyle relay, women’s pole vault, men’s weight throw, men’s 800 meters, and the men’s 4x400 meter relay. As a team, men’s indoor track & field was the national runnerup and women’s indoor track & field finished fifth in the country.

Women’s Basketball Update The AU women’s basketball team was 31-1 and ranked second in the country entering the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament. That event was being held at Kates Gymnasium for the second consecutive year. The Eagles won the GLIAC South Division title, regular season championship and GLIAC Tournament championship for the second straight season. Senior guard-forward Kari Daugherty was named the GLIAC player of the year for the second consecutive season. Daugherty, senior forward Daiva Gerbec and junior guard Alyssa Miller were named First Team All-GLIAC and sophomore guard Taylor Woods was named to the All-GLIAC Second Team. Daugherty and Gerbec were honored as Capital One First Team Academic All-Americas and Daugherty was the Capital One Academic All-America Player of the Year.

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2012-13 National Champions Swimming & Diving

Track & Field

Women’s 200 Meter Freestyle Relay

Men’s Weigh Throw

Rachael Ausdenmoore – Sr Gabriela Verdugo-Arzaluz – Jr Kaylyn Murphy – Fr Julie Widmann – Sr

Richard Quick – Sr

800 Meters Drew Windle – So

Women’s Pole Vault

Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay Keith Cleveland – Jr Jacob Cook – Jr Cory Lamar – Sr Drew Windle – So

Katie Nageotte – Sr

2012-13 All-Americans Wrestling Joe Brandt – So Michael Labry – Fr

Swimming & Diving

Sara Reidler – Jr

Garrett Grey – Sr

Alex Sheil – Jr

Kim Habegger – So

Julie Widmann – Sr

Zaan Janse – Jr Eric Klucar – Sr

Track & Field

Cory Lamar – Sr

Rachael Ausdenmoore – Sr

Zac Ball – So

Katie Nageotte – Sr

Gabriela Verdugo-Arzaluz – Jr

Brian Baum – So

Elijha Owens – So

Cheyne Fisher – Sr

Jessica Bridenthal – So

Richard Quick – Sr

Beth Long – Fr

Keith Cleveland – Jr

Jacob Sussman – Jr

Hannah Mattar – Fr

Jacob Cook – Jr

Drew Windle – So

Kaylyn Murphy – Fr

Jennifer Foster – So

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Irene (Harris) Johnson and her husband, Merrill, are enjoying their life at Four Season Retirement Center.


James Seiple celebrated his 90th birthday on Aug. 4, 2012. He also participated in Northwest Ohio Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to WWII memorial. David Drumm has been acting/ modeling for the last seven years.


Gene Telego celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with wife Sally Hagen Telego.


Patricia (Ohly) Brook is a partner at Winbigler-Brook & Associates and is an RN & legal consultant as well as a certified faith community nurse.


Jim Minnich and his wife, Lynne, welcomed their 11th grandchild, Ethan.


Gayle Ann (Berger) Payne was listed as deceased in the winter 2006 edition and wants a retraction printed in the spring 2013 magazine that she is not deceased. Judith (Buzzard) Fickes & her husband, William, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in August 2012 and she will celebrate 40 years at Akron Brass in March 2013.


John P (Jack) Allen was recently been appointed Deputy Chief Judge for the Social Security Administration. The office has responsibility for overseeing SSA’s disability hearing component.

Virginia (Ferron) Abelt and her husband Darryl, are recently retired employees from Clark County School District in Las Vegas, N.V. They are looking forward to traveling more and being with their grandchildren.

their employee value proposition for better alignment with today’s talent pool. It’s also a must-read for marketing executives and corporate leaders who recognize the fundamental connection between branding, social reputation management, talent management and business success. The new book shines light on an innovative strategy for corporate brand management in the age of social media.

Ann (Freelander) Hunt wrote a book titled “Gone But Not Forgotten: A Freelander Legacy.”


Rowean (Davis) Santolucito is a volunteer at the Mansfield Conversion School. Her daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Calderhead, married Aaron Kingsley on June 1, 2012, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Taylor University in May 2012. Richard Herold has 2 greatgrandchildren: Tylor & Madison; he continues to perform “Music & Magic” for Senior Assisted Livings.



James Hynes is enjoying retirement with his two grandchildren.

Alise (Edwards) Ricketts retired from Lancaster City Schools in 2010 after 35 years as an art teacher. She was elected to the Lancaster City Schools Board of Education, serving as vice president. The district passed a bond issue in March 2012 to build five new elementary schools.

John C Thomas was recently inducted into the Cuyahoga Heights High School Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2012. He is head golf and wrestling coach along with a variety of other athletic responsibilities for more than the past 30 years.


Marta (Humphries) Aker retired May 31, 2012, and is “looking forward to more time to be creative and serve the Lord as He leads.”


Mark Grant celebrated 30 years of a great marriage with wife CarrieJen, who is an RN at New Providence Internal Medicine in New Providence, N.J. His eldest son James graduated from Lycoming College in 2008 and is employed as a chemist with Akzo Nobel. Son Timothy graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2009 with a degree in civil engineering. He is employed with Shawmut Design and Construction in Boston as a VDC planner. Daughter Sarah is employed as a sales associate with Sunglass Hut in Short Hills, NJ. William Ruch, CEO of Versant, a full-service branding and marketing firm, has published a new book titled “HR and Marketing: Power Partners.” Power Partners features in-depth interviews with more than 25 of the nation’s top executives, entrepreneurs and thought leaders on their experience with the HRMarketing partnership. Power Partners is a valuable resource for HR professionals looking for ways to re-think and re-invent

Patricia (Barrett) Saxby celebrated her 60th birthday. Joy (Jamattona) Tolar is happy to announce that her son John Michael Tolar married Anna Andrew on Dec. 3, 2011 and her other son Christopher Tolar married Stephanie Luongo on June 30, 2012. George “Bernie” Barre retired from education after 38 years as a teacher/ administrator/head football coach. He leaves with 317 wins in 37 years as a head coach at Beechwood High School in Ft. Mitchell, KY and Wyoming High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Eva (Robbins) Burke and her husband, Raymond, are grandparents to Drew Thomas, born Jan. 21, 2006; Jacob Thomas, born June 22, 2009; and Colleen O’Brien, born March 18, 2012. Jeffrey Mack celebrated the marriage of his son Eric, on Aug. 25, 2012.


Robert (Bob) Lewe currently works at Publix in Jacksonville, Fla., doing aprons cooking and event planning. He is also a volunteer radio host of a weekly oldies show “Route 66” on WJCT, using the air name “Bobalu.”

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Kathleen A (Dunn) Choo retired in June 2012 from the Seminole County Public Library System. She was a reference librarian for a total of 32 years in Ohio and Florida libraries.

He and his wife Karen, have seven children and two grandchildren.


Dr. David B. Krill was appointed to the Ashland University Board of Trustees this year.


Leanne (Smith) Omland is the volunteer coordinator with Travelers Aid at Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C. She helps manage and train 400 volunteers who work throughout the airport assisting passengers. Cynthia (Nemetz) Fletcher welcomed her first grandchild. Grandson Fletcher Edward Kaplan was born Dec. 30, 2011, to daughter Caitlin & Jonathan Kaplan of Denver, Colo.


Gayle Ann Botdorf is a realtor with Coldwell Banker-King Thompson in Columbus. Llora Beth Le Fevre is proud to announce that her son Robert, is an active freshman in high school soccer and track. Christine (Reutter) Cusato is married and has one son Tony, who is 16. For the past eight years, she has worked for a medical health plan company, Entrust Inc. Randall Myers celebrated the birth of grandchildren including Randall G Myers III on Feb. 8, 2012 and twins Sheila & Abigail Sheffer on March 2, 2012.


Dave Shultz recently started a new job as the Fibertite Ohio direct sales representative for Seaman Corporation.

Helen (Armstrong) Woolley works with brain injured people in the evenings and her oldest son is in college. Theda K (Kline) Neer is happy to announce that her daughter Kara Neer (‘08) wed Joseph Gorglione on Oct. 3, 2009, and her second daughter Kayla Neer (‘10) wed Logan Repp (‘10) on July 9, 2011.


Sue A. (Ingersoll) Mills retired from Safe Harbour Domestic Violence Shelter on Aug. 1, 2012.


Maya B. (Plank) Robinson and her family recently bought a new house and relocated to Massillon, Ohio. Paul R. Bettac was promoted to sales manager at Boise Cascade after serving as a product manager for the last four years.


Tracey (Parsons) Estep was named Sylvania Schools 2011-2012 Educator of the Year.



John W. Hofer is now the southeast regional manager for BESST Inc. He is responsible for opening new underwater well diagnostics markets in Texas and the southeast United States. Major Christopher W. Benson was transferred to work at Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps during May 2012 as the airlift & mobility systems officer. He has been recently promoted to the rank of major. Jennifer (Glaze) McHenry was named 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year at Virginia Shuman Young Montessori School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she has been teaching second and third graders for three years. She received her master’s degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University and has been teaching in Broward County for 13 years.

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Angela Smith became health commissioner for the Morrow County Health Department in Mt Gilead, Ohio. Dr. Johnetta D. Wiley was a principal in the Columbus City Schools and is currently an administrative principal (director of high school principals) for Cleveland Heights-University Heights.

John K. Krupp is celebrating over 36 years of public practice as a CPA.

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Rosemary A. (Lonce) Cramer became a certified Reiki Master; CEO ReikiTouch, LLC certified hypnotherapist. Ronald S. Jones awarded the 2013 Paramedic and Emergency Medical Service Award by The Northern Kentucky Firefighter Association.


Amy (Carpenter) Kabel has renewed her National Board Certification after 10 years. Diane (Watt/Hackenbracht) Horn retired from teaching after 29 years; 24 year in kindergarten at Ridgewood Schools. Richard C. Policz was named principal at Ashland Christian School’s high school extension, Veritas Classical Christian Academy.

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Maria (Swinehart) Getz is the chair of the Performing Arts Department at York Preparatory School in New York, N.Y. Jason Pierce is completing his first year with AKPSI (Alpha Kappa Psi) Professional Business Fraternity.

Jill Gosche has a new position as online editor at The Advertiser-Tribune.


Lisa (Gallion) Berry received her master’s degree in education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in May 2011.



Diana (Capadona) Martens moved to Strongsville, Ohio, in the summer of 2012 and celebrated her daughter Olivia’s first birthday.

Deborah (Fryman) Daniel was promoted to curriculum coach through Plymouth City Schools and earned her principal licensure through AU in May 2012.

Matthew Everhard wrote a book titled “Hold Fast the Faith: A Devotional Commentary on the Westminster Confession of 1647.” A brief description “Hold Fast the Faith” is a devotional journey through one of the great Puritan documents (and one of the most important doctrinal statements of the last thousand years), the Westminster Confession of Faith. Everhard provides an introduction to this great historical work, treats it as a tool for spiritual formation, and helps the reader apply it to his or her Christian walk today.

Christine F. (Steffen) Evans recently received her APICS CPIM Certification.


Joel G. McKinnon is a Farmers Insurance agent from the state of Ohio and is a member of the “Social Heroes.” The Social Heroes are a group of eight Farmers agents from across the country who have a passion for helping other Farmers’ agents grow their business through the use of social media. The Social Heroes are holding a social media event in Houston on March 12 and Dallas on March 14.


Kristen Satterlee recently graduated with her Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University in May 2012. She also recently moved to Gunnison, Colo., to work in residence life & conference services at Western State Colorado University.


Sherry (Stollar) Bentley was awarded a fellowship with the Columbus Area Writing Project, which is part of the National Writing Project for June 2012.

Amanda Krebs is teaching in Taiwan for the 2012-2013 school year.

Catherine Hackett has been at a new position since March 2012, at Cliff’s Natural Resources in Cleveland.


Pamela (LoVerme) Janovyak and her husband James, recently bought their first house; they welcomed a son, Samuel, on March 25, 2010.

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Heather J. Olson began working at National Interstate Insurance Company in Richfield, Ohio, as a customer service


Christa Pore teaches 3rd grade at Ramseur Elementary in Ramseur, N.C.


Joseph Sypolt obtained a social studies teaching position at Kissimmee Middle School in Osceola County School District in Central Florida. Caitlin Adams was offered a kindergarten teaching position for the 2012-2013 school year.

Jessica Frient (2012 MBA) celebrated four years at Smuckers in June 2012. Rebecca (Fink) Obergefell recently accepted a position at Ohio Dominican University as the assistant director for the Center for Student Involvement. She will be coordinating student activities & leadership development opportunities for students at ODU.

Frederick T. Bills has joined the Columbus office of Weston Hurd LLP as an Associate. He focuses his practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on matters involving insurance defense.

Celeste Laser helps lead nine American English teachers at the Wakakusa English School in Fukushima, Japan, near the damaged nuclear power plant. Her third year will be completed in April 2013.

Tyler A. Krummel was recently promoted to portfolio manager at Richland Bank Investment & Trust Group.


Kelsee Hughes is a RN/Nurse supervisor at Heartland of Marion. Christina (Kossoudji) Story earned a certificate of achievement for academic growth on the EOG’s.

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Marci Binkley ’10 married Steve Germak. Cory Nutter ’11 married Catherine Nutter December 17, 2011. Kurtis Roberts ’11 married Tiffany Seiter October 22, 2011.

Leeanne Gates ’08, ’12 married Raymond Neumeier June 9, 2012. Katherine Martin ’10 married Maxwell Julian ’10 October 1, 2011. Leah Richard ’08 married Matthew Heffner ’09 March 6, 2010.

Christine Drabeck ’07 married Scott Wedell June 9, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.

Kristen Carpenter ’03 married Tyler Warrington October 5, 2012.

Suzanne Morgan ’08 married Aaron Farvi ’08 September 15, 2012.

Susan Flinn ‘07 married Stephen Ruscher February 11, 2012.

Kendall Whiteamire ’08 was married on May 5, 2012.

Lisa M Roth ’12 married Christopher Williamson August 18, 2012.

Brooke Benbow ’03 married Jason Marshall June 29, 2012.

Martha L Tompkins ’01 married James Harwood August 4, 2012.

Casey Bauer ’97 married Jonathan Meintel June 9, 2012.

Amy L Weitzel ’03 married Leland Billotte June 28, 2012.

Abbey Latham ’11 married Daniel Icenhour January 7, 2012.

Future Eagles ALUMNINEWS

Kimberly (Cadley ’94, ’96) Mach and husband Michael announce the birth of son Jonathon Michael on May 19, 2012. He joins sisters Aleksandra (8), Michela (4) and Jillian (2). Jennifer (Samuels ’98) Deutsch and husband Kevin announce the birth of son Mason Christopher on July 15, 2012. He joins sister Madison (4). Marta Samuelson ’00 and husband Ryan Bair announce the birth of son Stellen Matthew on Nov. 3, 2011. Bridget (Thomay ’02) Knight and husband Jeff Knight ’98 announce the birth of daughter Emily Catherine on April 27, 2012. Jason Dahlman ’03 and wife Amy announce the birth of daughter Lillian M. on April 27, 2012. Michael Donatini ’03 and wife Dr. Hilary Donatini announce the birth of daughter Cora Maria on July 30, 2012. Grandmother is Christine (Santangelo ’73) Donatini. Shannon (Lampley ’04) Findley and husband Troy Findley ’05 announce the birth of son Jackson on August 12, 2012. He joins sisters Alayna (4) Madelyn (2) and Maya. Julie Knapp ’04 and husband Brandon Roberts ’06 announce the birth of son Cole Creed on May 11, 2012, weighing 9lbs., 1 oz. and measuring 22 inches. He joins sister Addison.

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Jennifer (Billow ’05) Brecheisen and husband Caleb announce the birth of daughter Stella Ruth on March 27, 2011. She weighed 6lbs., 6 oz. Kimberly (Gerstenberger ’05) Waetjen and husband Walter Waetjen ’03 announce the birth of daughter Ava on July 22, 2012. Erin (Lemieux ’06) Dendinger and husband Jason Dendinger ’06 announce the birth of son Mason James on June 8, 2012. Jodie (Jones ’06) Franklin and husband Brad announce the birth of son Coleman James on July 26, 2012, weighing 9lbs., 2.5 oz. and measuring 22 inches. He joins sister Ashlyn (2). Krista (Smith ’06) Kidney and husband Jacob announce the birth of daughter Miranda Elaine on December 11, 2011, weighing 7 lbs., 3 oz. and measuring 19.75 inches. April (DeLallo ’06) Somerville and husband Andrew announce the birth of son Joseph on Oct. 4, 2012. Jennifer (Nau ’06) Speicher and husband Kevin announce the birth of son Kyle Patrick on Dec. 31, 2011, weighing 6lbs., 8 oz. and measuring 19.5 inches. Kyle Weeks ’06 announces the birth of daughter Natalie on December 16, 2011.

Ashley Gregory ’11 married Brandon Bauer ’09 October 1, 2011. Melissa Ciacchi ’06 married Kaleb Hay July 23, 2011.

Michelle (Klett ’07) Shane and husband Eric announces the birth of Keegan on February 23, 2012.

Kristen (Reamensnyder ’07) Stake and husband Matthew Stake ‘06 announce the birth of son Landon Matthew on May 25, 2012, weighing 7 lbs., 14 oz. and measuring 21.75 inches. Jeremy Crabtree ’07 announces the birth of son Coltyn James on Feb. 18, 2012. Nikki (Hall ’07) Fisher and husband Kevin announce the birth of daughter Arya Opal Pearl on July 26, 2012. Megan (Kuzak ’07) Tomlinson and husband John announce the birth of daughter Finley Belle on July 27, 2012. Holly Pearce ’08 and husband Tim announce the birth of daughter Amelia Nicole on April 5, 2012. She joins sister Gwendolyn (4). Tera (Pavel ’09) Lackofi and husband Andrew announce the birth of daughter Emma on May 2, 2012.

Lindsy (Brader ’09) Pierson and husband Austin announce the birth of son Kaden James on Aug. 22, 2012.

Andrea Wiebe ’11 married James Hoppel ’11 June 22, 2012.

Emily Schramm ’06 married Jeremy Scott November 10, 2012.

Brendan Bittner ’09, ’12 married Katherine Ryder ’10 June 30, 2012.

Shira Hurwitz ’07 married Brad Worthman June 10, 2012, In Atlanta, Ga.

Angela Ina ’08 married Joshua Swander August 25, 2012.

Carly Hylton ’11 married Aaron Stiger ’12 September 24, 2011.

Travis Young ’08 married Dana Nichol November 26, 2011.

Gina Kovach ’07 married Tony Linton December 20, 2012.

Kristin Komar ’03 married Brian Askey July 14, 2012, in Medina, Ohio. Laura Lipinksi ’08 married Matthew Morrow October 13, 2012.

Lindsey Burns ’01 married Erik Nicholson June 23, 2012.

Katie Matteson ’10 married Christopher Bacon ’10 July 7, 2012.

Angela (Orphanides ’10) Douglas and husband Michael announce the birth of son Aaron Michael on Aug. 14, 2012. Jessica (Davisson ’10) Garton and husband Steve announce the birth of son Nicholas Michael on Aug. 28, 2012, weighing 7lbs., 3 oz. and measuring 21 inches. Brittany (Heffelfinger ’10) Siringer and husband Adam announce the birth of daughter Hadley Reese on March 9, 2012, weighing 8 lbs., 8 oz. and measuring 21 inches. Lisa (Kunze ’11) Lape and husband Christopher announce the birth of daughter Katrina Ann on March 28, 2012. She joins sister Rebekah (4) and brother Timothy (2). Danielle (Hopkins ’05) McGinty and husband Andrew McGinty ’05 announce the birth of daughter Abbigail Layne on June 3, 2012. She joins brother Brayden (3). Olivia (Palmer ’01) Gamble and husband Jayme Gamble ’01 announce the birth of son Maddox on Oct. 30, 2012, weighing 7 lb., 13 oz. and measuring 21 inches. He joins brother Mason (6) and sister Madeline (3). Kathleen (Evilsizer ’07) Chandler and husband Joshua announce the birth of daughter Brooklyn McKenzie on July 22, 2011. She joins brother William (12), sister Emily (11) and brother Alex (9). Kitty (Dalton ’05) Clark and husband Anthony Clark ’05 announce the birth of son Sawyer Lee on Oct. 23, 2012. He joins brother Aiden (6).

Lindsay Foley ’08 married Steven Motil June 23, 2012.

Jonathan Spelman ’08 married Anne Spelman November 2, 2012.

David Dauch ’11 married Colleen Young ’11 April 28, 2012. Chelsea Bigler ’10 married Andrew Fabrizio August 27, 2012.

Rebecca (Whynott ’02) Hartsel and husband Josh announce the birth of twins, daughter Ava, and son Owen on February 27, 2012. They join brother Bradley (3).

Keith Scheurman ’96 and wife Amy announce the birth of son Jack on March 30, 2012.

Nicholas Spognardi ’04 and wife Katie announce the birth of son Gionni on Sept. 17, 2012. He joins sister Chandler (8).

Jeffrey Akers ’05 and wife Lauren (Whitt ’06) Akers announce the birth of daughter Makenna Faith on July 18, 2012.

Laura (Cicero ’04) Clark and husband Dan announce the birth of daughter Quinn Christine on Aug. 28, 2012. She joins brother Noah.

Janelle (Kline ’07) Lemke and husband Adam announce the birth of daughter Reese Addison on May 23, 2012.

Erin (Nixon ’03) Pontikos and husband Dean Pontikos ’04 announce the birth of son William Konstantine. Candace (Beer ’04) Adams and husband Jeffrey Adams ’04 announce the birth of son Benjamin Donald on July 17, 2012. He joins brother Jason William (5). Leslie (Tea ’03) Maneff and husband Andy announce the birth of daughter Avery Elizabeth on Nov. 13, 2012, weighing 8 lbs., 12 oz. and measuring 19 inches. She joins brother Elliott (3). Mary Kay (Dickman ’04) Schwinnen and husband Matthew announce the birth of twins, daughter Leah AnnMarie, and son Grant David on Aug. 19, 2012. They join brother Caleb (3). Michelle (Kaufman ’05) Musser and husband Dennis announce the birth of daughter Maggie Jean on July 22, 2011. Stefanie (Bracey ’04) Hunn and husband Jonathan announce the birth of son Elijah Andrew on Feb. 22, 2012.

Monique (Montague ’97) Davis and husband Gavin announce the birth of daughter Olivia Rae on Oct. 13, 2012.

Nathaniel Addington ’09 and wife Rachel (Harp ’09) Addington announce the birth of son Athen Xavier Dec. 13, 2012. Jessica (Smith ’10) Fawcett and husband William Fawcett ’09 announce the birth of daughter Addisyn Fawcett on Oct. 1, 2012. Shannon (Burtrand ’98) Roupe and husband Ryder announce the birth of daughter Emmaline Joanne on Aug. 15, 2012. She joins brother Rafeton, 2.

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Joan M. (Minnemyer ’26) Carmoney July 1991

Kathryn (Raw ’42) Meyers Oct. 1993

Marjorie M. (Wiseman ’53) Kiieffer Nov. 21, 2012

Louise T. (Thompson ’29) Boffenmyer May 1997

Jane (Flanerty ’43) Banghart Sept. 20, 2012

Helen A. (Fox ’53) Quinn Oct. 17, 2012

Delores (Bode ’30) Poast July 3, 2010

Birdell (Mellor ’43) Addlesperger Dec. 24, 2012

Robert Louis Reho ’55 Nov. 20, 2012

Leona M. (McConnell ’31) Sooy Dec. 8, 2012

Reita Mary (O’Neil ’45) Basterfield Sept. 29, 2012

Dr. William E. Wilgus ’55 Jan. 13, 2012

Eli F. Harris ’31 Aug. 1984

Jean (Poister ’45) Bogan Jan. 19, 2013

Darsie (Hicks ’55) Eltzroth Jan. 11, 2013

Madeline M. (Yarman ’31) Harris Aug. 1996

Marjorie S. (Hoppes ’45) Spreng Jan. 21, 2013

Arthur Samuel McMillian ’56 June 26, 2011

Leta (Swain ’32) Baer-Carr Nov. 1992

Helen H. Baucher ’47 Sept. 18, 2012

James I. Restle ’56 April 28, 2012

Halcyon (Overholt ’32) Palmer Dec. 27, 2010

Joseph J. Brubaker ’47 Jan. 26, 2013

Eldred Clem II ’57 Oct. 7, 2012

Pauline E. (Fox ’32) Porter Jan. 1993

Eileen (Bowers ’48) Tilton Dec. 1989

Lucy M. (Mumaw ’57) Gassaway Sept. 1990

Helen Reynolds ’32 Dec. 2004

Stanley L. Fox ’49 Sept. 2, 2012

Dr. Frederick Saverice ’57 Oct. 2006

Kenneth R. Merrin ’32 Oct. 1988

William Powers ’50 April 2008

Janet Melcher ’57 Jan. 18, 2013

Elizabeth (Rieder ’34) Baker June 2004

Harold W. Schrock ’50 Nov. 26, 2010

Olivia (Turner ’58) Gandy Jan. 2004

Mabel E. (Kinsey ’35) Gustin Feb. 1991

Dorothy (Crawford ’51) Phillips June 27, 2012

Fairybelle E. Jackson ’58 Aug. 2007

Bernice (Billman ’36) Firestone Feb. 1996

Robert L. Frere ’51 Aug. 7, 2012

Ted E. Gandy ’59 Dec. 5, 2004

Estella Howe ’37 Jan. 1994

John Phillip Dye ’51 May 26, 2011

Richard M. Fisch ’59 Mar. 9, 2010

Glenora P. (Gardner ’37) Stevens June 1995

Donald Fulmer ’51 Oct. 1994

Ruth C. (Connelly ’59) Haynes Sept. 1990

Bertha (Jordan ’38) Brewster Aug. 21, 2012

William F. Waber ’51 Jan. 28, 2013

Dr. Randall G. Tharp ’60 July 5, 2012

Martha J. (Diffendorfer ’39) Fair Feb. 2007

Fred G. Rice ’52 Jan. 19, 2012

Geraldine (Neff ’60) Galleher May 1989

Domer S. Newill ’40 April 2009

Donald W. Houston ’52 Sept. 1990

Dr. William T. Hansen ’60 Oct. 27, 2012

Edward S. (Bud) Plank ’41 July 2, 2012

Richard Bowerize ’52 Nov. 4, 2012

Phillip A. Stout ’61 Dec. 16, 2011

Cmdr Howard L. Phillips ’41 Nov. 19, 2012

Leslie E. Pierce ’52 Nov. 26, 2012

Ross Pusateri ’61 Jan. 2009

Woodrow B. Brant ’41 Aug. 2006

Kenneth C. Hackett ’52 Sept. 19, 2010

Joyce Ann Andre ’63 Aug. 7, 2012

Clara E. (Bletz ’42) Martin Dec. 23, 2012

Joseph Radojcsics Jr. ’53 Mar. 28, 2012

Frances Eileen (Simpkins ’63) Thompson Nov. 6, 2012

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wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, hold you in the palm of His hand. –refrain from On Eagle’s Wings by Michael Jonacs

Kathleen (Warnes ’64) Norris Mar. 28, 2012

Marie Schnell ’74 July 2007

Amy E. (Bodo ’92) Diehl July 16, 2012

Evelyn Smith ’64 June 8, 2010

Peggy (Abell ’75) Cusick Jan. 29, 2013

Susan G. (Marks ’92) Williamson Dec. 22, 2010

Olga L (Graf ’64) Weimer Sept. 1992

Joseph Don Biasella ’76 Jan. 16, 2013

Debra (Kennedy ’92) Bell Oct. 1, 2012

Willis A Webb ’65 Mar. 4, 2012

Frederick H. Zurn ’77 Jan. 18, 2013

Allan D. Matko ’92 July 2009

William Johns ’65 Jan. 2, 2013

Diana L. Garble ’78 Feb. 15, 2010

Sharon A. (Quinn ’93) Hassing May 2009

Martha (Rose ’65) Warner Dec. 13, 2012

Lawrence G. Lucas ’79 Oct. 2003

Paul David Lovely ’96 Oct. 27, 2012

Miriam G (Jones ’67) Pettit Sept. 12, 2012

Chaplain Daniel J. DeVeny ’80 Dec. 16, 2012

Kathie L. (Moody ’97) Townsend Jan. 27, 2013

Sallie Lousie (Jones ’68) Lumadue Aug. 7, 2012

Margaret J. Mitchell ’80 Nov. 28, 2011

Brian O. Newman ’98 Oct. 30, 2012

Charles A Little ’68 Nov. 5, 2012

James Knight ’82 April 1995

Damaris Rose ’99 Sept. 2, 2011

Ronelle (Swartz ’68) Orth Nov. 14, 2011

Charles J. Schaffer ’83 June 11, 2010

Christopher J. Smith ’99 Nov. 2, 2012

Marilou (Smith ’68) Trouten Jan. 8, 2013

William Bockoven ’83 Sept. 3, 2011

Patricia J. Utt ’03 Sept. 1, 2011

Dorthy (Harrelson ’69) Campbell Aug. 2009

Charles R. Barrison ’84 Aug. 10, 2012

Stephanie A. Peel ’04 Dec. 20, 2012

Exodus Lett ’69 Jan. 24, 2013

Joan H. Brown ’84 Nov. 18, 2012

Gina Marie Carpenter ’05 July 23, 2012

Jacqueline (Conrad ’69) Marley-Keenan Jan. 19, 2013

Linda A. (Ramaley ’84) Clateman Oct. 19, 2012

Christine Clouse ’05 July 10, 2012

Robert H Moore Jr ’70 Dec. 28, 2011

Mary Beth Eckberg ’85 Sept. 16 2010

Linda Vaughn ’05 July 7, 2012

Michael S. Gerber ’70 April 2008

Robert E. Stimpert ’86 Oct. 15, 2012

Karen (Hamon) Ballengee (M) July 1, 2012

Audrey (Pursley ’70) Spratley Oct. 15, 2012

Lois E. (Stedcke ’88) Stuckey Feb. 4, 2013

Ann (Horvath) Gramly (M) July 25, 2012

Charles R. Schmidt ’70 Aug. 2008

Diana Lee (Zehner ’89) Eckard June 29, 2012

Shawnna Linville ’91 (non-grad alum) July 25, 2012

Janet Bradstock ’71 Aug. 13, 2012

Loretta Ackerman-Bechtel ’90 Aug. 5, 2012

Richard A. Van Auken (trustee) Sept. 9, 2012

Nefores Barrett ’72 July 22, 2012

Julie Anne (Bair ’90) Greer Aug. 6, 2012

Virginia Blizzard (M) Jan. 3, 2013

Harry W. Hinch Sr. ’72 Oct. 9, 2012

Edward Thomas Duff ’90 Dec. 7, 2012

Gary E. Dial ’72 Dec. 14, 2012

Gary J. Nigro ’90 Oct. 30, 2012

Duane C. Godman ’73 Aug. 23, 2011

MaryAnn C. (Bosanky ’91) Titus Mar. 1, 2010

Gayle Ann (Berger ’69) Payne was listed in error as deceased in the winter 2006 edition. Ashland University regrets this error. (M) MedCentral School of Nursing Grad

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