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With statistics like these, it’s easy to see that social media has become the premier way to get connected and stay connected online. Taking this trend seriously, Ashland University made it a mission to develop new and interesting ways to utilize social media, working toward an increased presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and other social networking sites. A comprehensive social media directory has also been added to the website to help you more easily navigate your way through the many active pages created by groups and organizations at Ashland University. Visit for the complete list of AU social media accounts. To visit the AU social media accounts directly: Facebook: Ashland University Twitter: @Ashland_Univ YouTube: ashlandedu Instagram: ashland_university * Data sources: Facebook Earnings Call (Q1, 2013); Global Web Index Study (2013); YouTube Blog (June 5, 2013)

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President’s message AU Completes Budget Realignment Higher education continues to face unprecedented challenges that have had major impacts on most colleges and universities across this country. Colleges and universities in Ohio have been hit especially hard, and we read every day about how many of these schools are making changes and cuts in order to adapt. Ashland University is no exception. While undergraduate enrollment numbers at AU have remained stable the past two years with an anticipation of a moderate increase for the fall, the demand and declining enrollment in several of our master degree and post undergraduate programs continues to impact the overall revenue of the institution. Because of this, the President’s Cabinet this spring focused on realigning the University’s budget model to better position the University for the future. The goal of this realignment is two-fold: 1) to maintain a balanced budget; and 2) to become more pro-active with the budget planning to provide the University with safeguards to address any uncertainties or surprises. The across-the-board realignment resulted in the elimination of 27 positions, realigned and restructured departments and elimination of several open positions to better streamline the organizational structure of the University. There also have been a number of changes associated with the University’s Program Centers, including restructuring partnerships with the Educational Service Centers located in Stark and Cuyahoga counties. These self-supporting centers offer conference rooms, classrooms and office space, and would provide the University with access to the school districts that are receiving curriculum and administrative support in these regions. The expected results will include better face to face interaction and an increase in enrollments. The University will continue to operate its Columbus Center located on Dublin-Granville Road. Accent Magazine is published for alumni, parents, friends and donors of Ashland University. Compiled by the Communications & Marketing Department of Ashland University. Third class postage paid at Ashland, Ohio 44805.

Jan Bond Managing Editor/Executive Director of Communications & Marketing

Steve Hannan Associate Editor | Director of Public Relations

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

Bill Anliker Contributing Editor Communications & Marketing Manager

Mike Ruhe Art Direction | Director, Graphic Design Services

Allison Hoover Photography | EagleEye Photography

Jeremy Slagle

Other significant changes include: • The discontinuation of the men’s intercollegiate soccer program. The discontinuation of the men’s soccer program leaves Ashland with 19 intercollegiate sports, nine for men and 10 for women. This remains above the Division II national average of 13.9 and the 17.7 within the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). • The shifting of AU Printing Services to a copy center and moving it and EagleEye Photography from Auxiliary Services to the Communications and Marketing department. The printing press that had been used in the print shop is currently for sale. • The library, student health clinic, student housing, safety services and informational technology all underwent major review and reorganization. • The Enrollment Management and Marketing Division was restructured to become responsible for international recruitment and graduate recruitment applying the same principles and guidelines used in undergraduate recruitment. While all of these changes have taken place to strengthen the University, we are committed to continue reviewing operational areas and our budget to best position the institution in the future. Through these actions, we have taken the first steps in re-imagining tomorrow. We will continue to explore ways to be better and do better.

Photography | Jeremy Slagle Graphic Design

On the Cover Jerry Arko ‘13 Business Management and Marketing Chardon, Ohio Ashland University admits students with disabilities and those of any sex, race, age, religion, color and national or ethnic origin.

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Homecoming 2013 Schedule of events,


Alumni News Class Notes, Future Eagles,

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Athletic News Athletic team updates and honors


Academic News Two new and innovative

Weddings and In Memoriam


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The American Dream Alumnus excels in his military career


2013 Commencement Alumnus gives advice to AU Graduates


Making Her

parents n a world where you’re often only Ioccasionally as good as your last performance, someone comes along that

could never be forgotten, someone who leaves an impression that will forever outlast any number of wins and losses. At Ashland University, head coach Sue Ramsey inspires others not just because she led her 2012-13 women’s basketball team to an NCAA Division II national championship, but because of her attitude, outlook and passion for life.

“I get to do what I get to do because God has honored me and I want to bring glory and honor to Him.” Ramsey’s record as a college head coach is 419-327. At AU, she is 324199. In 2011-12, Ramsey was named the GLIAC coach of the year and the NCAA Division II coach of the year. In the fall of 2012, she was inducted into Miami’s (Ohio) prestigious Cradle of Coaches. She was also inducted into the Athletes in Action Hall of Faith in 2013. Ramsey is also Ashland’s senior women’s administrator and is an assistant athletic director. She has served on the board of directors for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and has held the post of Division II legislative chair. But behind the triumphs and the trophies, Ramsey describes herself as a servant leader, working each and every day for the Lord and her student athletes and to ultimately make her parents proud. 6 accentmagazine

pr Ramsey grew up in Bexley, Ohio, where her parents moved knowing their children would gain a quality education. Ramsey’s father was a professional photographer with his own business downtown and her mother was the president of the local thrift shop. Growing up, money was tight and Saturday nights were frequently spent sifting through the new donations at the store.

“My parents just did a tremendous job of providing for me growing up,” Ramsey said. “We were very rich in so many other things. As I look back, I have nothing but tremendous memories.” As a teenager, Ramsey was involved in high school athletics and church programs, but college is where she first made her mark. In 1976, the start of her junior year, Ramsey became the first woman to receive an athletic scholarship at Indiana University and only the third in the Big Ten to sign a letter of intent. To this day, she remembers the impact of that life-changing call. “To look at (my parents’) faces and see their pride, and maybe a little relief (about the money)… that brought me probably the most joy. I knew it was a big deal.” Following graduation, Ramsey’s coaching career led her to renowned Division I schools, but it was Division II Ashland University that resonated with who she truly was on the inside. “I realize that Ashland is the perfect place for me because I have the

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freedom to express my faith,” she said. “You can’t talk enough about the support. It’s always been here within the walls and confines of the Ashland University community. I’ve always felt that.” And her faith is something she’s never been shy about. It’s how she lives her life and how she coaches her team. Through everything she’s accomplished and the things she’s experienced, she thanks and praises the Lord. But her religion isn’t something she rams down people’s throats. To her, it’s all about consistency.

Sue Ramsey (center) poses with her parents Anne and Van Ramsey.


After falling agonizingly close last year, the Ashland University women’s basketball team made good on its yearlong motto, “Unfinished Business,” by winning Ashland’s first team national championship in school history, 7156, over Dowling College in the NCAA Division II Championship Finals in San Antonio, Texas.

Make no mistake about it; the process began one year earlier as soon as the final horn sounded in the heartbreaking overtime national championship loss to Shaw University. Returning all but one player from the national runner-up team, the Eagles compiled an impressive 37-1 record on its way to the title.

After winning its second consecutive Midwest regional title, the Eagles found themselves in familiar territory traveling back to San Antonio for the Elite Eight. Once there, the women’s basketball team began writing the final chapter on its quest to a national championship by defeating former GLIAC rival Gannon University 74-63 in the national quarterfinals. The Eagles followed up that performance the next night with a 66-54 victory over Western Washington University in the national semifinals, setting up the showdown with Dowling College.

It’s “caring about people and making sure they know that I love and care about them and that they are important,” she explained. “I get to do what I get to do because God has honored me and I want to bring glory and honor to Him.” Perhaps it’s that down-to-earth, small-town nature that appeals to so many – and possibly why Sue Ramsey continuously remains a campus celebrity, to say the least. “I’m the same person that grew up in Bexley, Ohio. God’s just given me opportunities, opened doors for me and blessed me. I know God has a plan. My mother and father – every day we talk. I know they are right there with me. I want to continue to make them proud of what I do and what I am able to do.” Her final words of advice? “Never rest, but always recognize where all the blessings have come from.”


After claiming the NCAA Div. II National Championship title, the Ashland University Eagles celebrate on the court in San Antonio, Texas.

The national championship culminated a two-year run that saw the Eagles go 70-3 over that span while capturing back-to-back GLIAC regular season and tournament championships, back-to-back Midwest regional championships and a national runner-up finish.





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2013 ASHLAND UNIVERSITY SPORTS WR The AU athletic department capped off a spectacular, record-setting school year with a strong spring season. Track and field, women’s golf, baseball and softball all reached the NCAA playoffs to put an exclamation point on the year.


The men’s track and field team finished as the national runner-up outdoors. The AU men were also the national runner-up indoors. Add in the ninth place finish by the men’s cross country team in the fall, and this was one of the most successful seasons in school history. AU was second in the men’s track and field national program of the year rankings. That’s Ashland’s highest finish – a year ago the Eagles were third. This award has been presented for five years. At one point this spring, the Eagles were ranked first in the country. That was also a first for the program. At outdoor nationals, AU won three national championships. Garrett Grey led the field in the hammer, Katie Nageotte was first in the pole vault and Drew Windle was the national champ in the 800. Nageotte and Windle both won national championships indoors. At the GLIAC outdoor track and field championships, hosted by AU, Nageotte cleared 14 feet and established the NCAA Division II record in the event. The AU men won the GLIAC championship. Head coach Jud Logan was named the Midwest Region men’s coach of the year.

Women’s GolF The women’s golf team reached the NCAA Championships for the second time in school history. Senior Holly James, an honorable mention AllAmerica, was honored as the NCAA Elite 89 award winner. That award is given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the national championships. James, a Capital One First Team Academic All-American, had a 4.00 grade point average. She is a management information systems major.

Baseball The AU baseball team won the GLIAC Tournament championship. That’s the first time the Eagles ever won that event. AU went on to compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional tournament in Springfield, Mo. The Eagles went 1-2 at that tournament. Sophomore pitcher Jake Baldwin was the GLIAC pitcher of the year, the Midwest pitcher of the year and was an All-American.


RAP-UP Softball The softball team reached the NCAA postseason for the fifth consecutive season. Ashland went 2-2 at the sub-regional tournament in Indianapolis. Head coach Sheilah Gulas won her 800th game during that tournament.

A Great year for AU! All of these accomplishments put the finishing touches on a year unlike any other in school history. For the second consecutive year, AU was third in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings. Those are the national all-sport standings. AU has finished in the nation’s Top 10 for six consecutive years. The third place finish is the highest in school history. Forty-eight AU student-athletes received All-America honors. Ashland student-athletes won nine national championships in 2012-13. That total includes the national championship won by the women’s basketball team in San Antonio. Over the last two years, the AU women were 70-3, 11-1 in NCAA postseason play. Sixteen AU sports competed in the NCAA postseason in 2012-13. AU won GLIAC championships in football, women’s basketball, men’s outdoor track and field and baseball. The conference crown in women’s basketball was the Eagles’ second straight. AU boasted five Capital One First Team Academic All-Americans. Kari Daugherty was the Capital One Women’s Basketball Academic AllAmerican of the year. She also received the NCAA Division II Honda Sports College Woman of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. Daugherty is the first student-athlete to receive this award in consecutive years. She is only the second student-athlete to win the award twice. She was slated to go to Los Angeles to receive that award in late June. Swimmer Julie Widmann was named the Capital One Women’s At-Large Academic All-American of the Year. Widmann ended her career as a fourtime national champion and a 23-time All-American. She is a marketing major with a 3.90 grade point average. This is the second consecutive year she’s been named a Capital One First Team Academic All-American. Widmann and swimmer Tyler Remmel received GLIAC Commissioner’s Awards for the winter sports season.





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Soccer Program Discontinued Ashland University announced on May 28 that it has discontinued its men’s varsity soccer program effective immediately, according to Ashland University Athletic Director Bill Goldring. “It grieves me deeply to make this very difficult decision. I feel badly for our student-athletes, their families and our coaches,” Goldring said. “However, these are the financial and equity realities that are being faced by athletic departments across the country.” Goldring said the decision was made with great reluctance because it impacts the lives of young men. About 24 student-athletes will be impacted by AU’s decision. “The decision was made after much review and discussion with other professionals in the industry and University officials,” Goldring said. He noted that he believes this decision will allow Ashland’s more than 500 student-athletes the best possible chance for student success representing Ashland University. “The financial constraints of intercollegiate sports are the sad reality of what we face daily and this is just a part of the repositioning of the entire institution,” he noted. “We believe this will help stabilize the financial structure of Eagle athletics.” Goldring said AU will continue to honor the financial aid commitments for these student-athletes or assist them in finding other institutions for them to pursue their athletic careers. The NCAA allows these students to be eligible immediately if they are in good academic standing. The discontinuation of the men’s soccer program leaves Ashland with 19 intercollegiate sports, nine for men and 10 for women. This remains above the Division II national average of 13.9 and the 17.7 within the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

For updates on AU athletics year-round, go to

CHECK-IN to Homecoming 2013 and join us for all the exciting activities this year’s Homecoming has to offer! Be sure to stop by the

OFFICIAL CHECK-IN STATION in the Upper Convocation Center lobby from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. to register your attendance for the day and receive your complimentary “baby eagle” AU cookie! You will have access to the attendance list and contact information for all alumni who have registered their presence on campus for the day! Find a meeting place on campus and get back in touch!

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 Volleyball - Ferris State at Ashland Kates Gymnasium 7 p.m. | Kates Gymnasium.

Saturday, OctOBER 12 5K Fun Run 8:30 a.m. | Check-in begins in front of the Rec Center 9:30 a.m., Walkers | 10 a.m., Runners Reservations required | $5 per person

Noon | Pizza, Pizza, Pizza Fan Fest

(Parking lot near Amstutz Hall & Athletic Complex)

1 p.m. | Football Game (optional) Reservations required | contact Denise Baker in the Office of Admissions at 419.289.5055, or 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 coaching with our Career Services team.

Start off Homecoming with a 5K Fun Run. New race route this year! The first 100 registrants receive a free giveaway.

Hall of Fame Induction Brunch

Prizes will be awarded to the first male and female to finish the race and

9:30 a.m. | Faculty/Trustee Room, Upper Convocation Center

all who participate will be entered into a raffle for a prize pack. Official

$20 per person | Reservations required

results will not be recorded. Please, no pets. The Rec Center will be open

Contact Rachel Bixler at 419.289.5954 or e-mail at

at 9 a.m. to change and shower before and after the race.

The following individuals have distinguished themselves in the field of

Recreation Center – Open to Alumni 9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Cost: Complimentary Pool: Noon – 9 p.m. | Climbing Wall: 3 - 8 p.m.

Legacy Visit Day

intercollegiate athletics at Ashland University, either by virtue of their performance on its athletic teams or by meritorious efforts on behalf of the athletic program. In return, the University will bestow on them induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The following alumni will be inducted: Billy Conley ’54 | Basketball - 1952-1953

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

Tiffany Crooks ’02 | Soccer - 1998-2001

Brad Evans ‘98 MEd | 1994-2001 , Head AU Coach, Soccer

(#28 on the campus map)

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

Nathan Moore ’02 | Baseball 1998 - 2002

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

Bryan Parsons ’99 ’03 | Swimming 1996 - 1999

Jaclyn Jescheling Ulm ’03 | Track & Field 1998 - 2003

Center (Student Center 2nd floor near elevator)

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

please dress accordingly)

Maxine Swaisgood will be recognized with The Eagle Forever Award.

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

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

Ashland University Campus Bookstore 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Booksigning Author/Alumna Laurel Rausch Greshel ’81 - “Amanda, Perfectly Made” Author/ATS Alumna LuAnn Topovski-Mason ’08 ATS ’10 MBA - “Rising Above” Campus Store Hours: Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Stadium Store opens at Noon Sunday, Noon - 3 p.m.

Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest 11:30 a.m. | Amstutz Hall Parking Lot and lawn area Bring your family and join us at this jam-packed tailgate! Ashland pizzerias are going head-to-head to serve you your favorite pizza. Along with this variety of pizza, there will be cotton candy, bounce houses for the kids (weather permitting), a face painting clown and more!

AU Eagles vs. Ohio Dominican University Football Game 1 p.m. | Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field General Seating: $8 Reserved Chair Back Seating: $12 Senior Citizens & School-Aged Children: $3 Cheer on the Eagles as they take on the Ohio Dominican University

For parking details and more information, visit and click on “Homecoming 2013.” We encourage you to make your reservations online at so that you can check out who else has already reserved on the “Attendee List” for each event! Not yet a member of AshlandSpace? Visit, click on “First Time Login” and follow the prompts. You will need your AU ID #, which is located above your name on the mailing label of this Accent Magazine. Friend us on Facebook at ashlandalumnioffice. Follow us on Twitter @ ashlandalumni and join in the Homecoming conversation with #AUHC13

Panthers! Tickets may be pre-ordered by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 419.207.6163, or you may purchase them at the gate on game day. *Please note - there will not be a halftime tent this year in order to provide more options at the Purple Eagle Silent Auction, All Alumni Party and Class Reunions.

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RESERVATION Form Online registration available at, or please mail completed form to Ashland University Alumni Office, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. Reservations must be received by Friday, October 4, 2013 Name: ________________________________ Class Year:________ Maiden Name:____________________________________________ Address:_ _______________________________________________ City: ___________________________ State: ______ Zip:________ Daytime Phone:_ _________________________________________ E-mail Address: __________________________________________

Events 5K Fun Run

No. of runners ____ x @ 5.00 each _______ Names & class years of runners: Name: ________________________________ Class Year(s): ____________ Name: ________________________________ Class Year(s): ____________

Alumni Band Reunion Breakfast

Purple Eagle Silent Auction & Raffle 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Alumni Room, Upper Convocation Center

No. of people ____ no charge

Over 150 items available at our annual Silent Auction! Cash prize raffle to

Names & Class Years (if applicable) of guests:

take place as well! For complete details, including a full list of items, visit

Name: ________________________________ Class Year(s): ____________ Proceeds from the auction support the Legacy

Name: ________________________________ Class Year(s): ____________

Scholarship Program and the Ashland Fund. A cash bar offering beer and wine will be available to the over 21 crowd.

Class Reunions (’73, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’03) No. of people ____ no charge Names & class years (if applicable) of guests: Name: ________________________________ Class Year(s): ____________

Class Reunions & All Alumni Party 1973 (40th), 1983 (30th), 1988 (25th), 1993 (20th), 2003 (10th)

Name: ________________________________ Class Year(s): ____________

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Faculty/Trustee Room, Upper Convocation Center

Name: ________________________________ Class Year(s): ____________

Gather up your classmates and friends and join us as we celebrate your

Name: ________________________________ Class Year(s): ____________

All Alumni Party

time at Ashland! Reconnect with your class and reminisce about your time on campus. Plenty of seating and food will be provided as well as a cash

No. of people ____ no charge

bar. Be sure to RSVP so your classmates know you’re attending!

Names & class years (if applicable) of guests: Name: ________________________________ Class Year(s): ____________ Name: ________________________________ Class Year(s): ____________ Name: ________________________________ Class Year(s): ____________ Name: ________________________________ Class Year(s): ____________

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:_______________________________________________

For Additional Questions and/or reservations: Athletic Hall of Fame Brunch Rachel Bixler | 419.289.5954 | Ashbrook Center Reception Megan Whatman | 419.289.5411 | 5K Fun Run | Alexis Smith | 419.207.6175 | Legacy Visit Day/Admission Event Denise Baker | 419.289.5055 | Football Game Dana Freeman | 419.207.6163 | All other events, contact the Alumni Office 419.289.5082 or 866.GoTuffy |

Sigma Nu Fraternity Reunion

6 p.m. | Accent Room Join your brothers of Sigma Nu during Homecoming weekend while we enjoy the planned activities of the day. We will cap off a great Homecoming with dinner in the Accent Room on campus. For more information and to RSVP for the dinner, please contact Mike Moses at or 248-410-1198.

Volleyball - Grand Valley State University at Ashland 6 p.m. | Kates Gymnasium

SUNday, OctOBER 13 Fall Choral Concert 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Jack & Deb Miller Chapel | Ashland, Ohio Ashland University Department of Music presents the Fall Choral Concert featuring three choirs, to include the Ashland University Choir, directed by Rowland Blackley, professor of music; the Ashland Women’s Chorus, directed by Marla Butke, associate professor of music; and the Ashland Area Chorus, directed by Mrs. Libby Slade, adjunct instructor of music. Free and open to the public.


Ashland University’s College of Arts and Sciences offers two new programs! Bachelor of Science in Geoscience Technology and Management

First of its Kind Undergraduate degree in Health & Risk Communication

The Department of Chemistry, Geology and Physics has teamed up with The Dauch College of Business and Economics to offer a new program that provides business and management knowledge to geologists entering the fields of oil, natural gas, mining, environmental consulting, and other applied geoscience industries. The 2012-2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook indicates that employment of geoscientists is expected to grow by 21% between now and 2020 due to a significant number of new jobs and expected retirements.

The Department of Communication Studies unveiled the first undergraduate degree program in Health and Risk Communication in the country. Health and risk communication are two of the fastest growing areas of Communication Studies due to high demand for skilled communication professionals with a projected five year growth of 24%. The need for competent communication skills by safety, health and environmental professionals has never been more in demand due to growth in the healthcare industry, greater corporate responsibility, and an increase in public preparedness efforts. Theodore Avtgis, professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies, states: “we have hit a perfect storm in the post 911 environment where one can no longer separate health from safety. Capitalizing on the expertise of the faculty in both health and risk communication, we have developed a program that will create a communication professional that is in high demand and truly places Ashland University at the forefront of this movement.” For more information on this program visit

Combining the technical and scientific training of geology with business management coursework, the program will produce graduates capable of entering these growing and diversifying industries as geologists or geotechnical managers and/or prepare them for entering graduate school in either geology or business. For more information on this program please e-mail or call 419.289.5139.


class notes




Dr. Charles F. Ritter ’60 retired on June 30, 2012, after a 45-year teaching career at Notre Dame of Maryland University (formerly College of Notre Dame of Maryland), in Baltimore. Dr. Ritter chaired the history/political science department and for the last nine years of his tenure directed the Elizabeth Morrissy Honors Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University.  arvin E. Lash ’61 is happily retired. M The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is keeping him busy as an officer and he is working with people who have dementia and Alzheimer’s.


Michael Rodgers ’70 retired after 30 years at Entergy Corp. in Beaumont, Texas.


Hildegard (Taylor ’71) Bixler is a retired teacher. Her husband of 41 years, Bruce Bixler ’71 passed away in May 2012 after a valiant fight with cancer. She is blessed to be surrounded by their children and seven grandchildren.



Thomas C. Fensch ’65 received a citation from the president of Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va., in May for “outstanding service and unselfish commitment” to the university. He is chairman of the university’s mass communication department and is the author of 31 nonfiction books.



Gene Geaslen ’66 retired from his position of executive director at Grace Brethren Village on Sept. 30, 2011. His wife, Linda, opened Georgia Belle Inn Bed & Breakfast at 337 W Walnut St. in Ashland.


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(Left to right) Art Halttunen ’73, Rudy Vazmina ’72 and Ron Evans ’72 reconnect in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the first time since college! Marla (Smith ’73) Freeman retired in February of 2013 after 32 years of teaching, 25 of those with Madison Local Schools.


Janice Scott ’69 retired on April 30, 2012, from CompuNet Lab after 43 and a half years as a medical technologist (33 of those as the chemistry manager). She hopes to spend time with her siblings, gardening, traveling and enjoying life. Byrl Shaver ’69 has been the pastor at Emmanuel Church of the Brethren in Mt. Solon, Va., for 28 years and earned his Th.D. in 1998.

Linda (Bupp ’72) McHenry retired from Orrville City Schools after 39 years of teaching grades K, 5th and 6th. She has three grandchildren from her daughters: Logan (4 years) and Kaitlyn (2 years) from Beth (McHenry ’00) Boggs, and Jaxon (4 months) from Sarah (McHenry ’04) Thistlethwaite.

Maureen Quinn ’74 has retired to Pinehurst, N.C., and enjoys playing golf five to six days a week at Pinehurst Country Club. Paul Deardurff ’74 announces the birth of two granddaughters: Colie Deardurff on March 25, 2011, and Cambrie Deardurff on Oct. 30, 2012.


Marcia (Tracey ’75, ’86) Cooper retired from Mt. Gilead schools after 35 years of teaching middle school physical education and health. Marcia coached various sports for 24 years.

Deborah (Brooks ’77) McDaniel was recently hired as an early childhood instructor at Ashland University. Joe Pfaltzgraf ’77 has worked on more than 60 major motion pictures for Sony, Warner Bros, Universal, and Paramount Studios. He also has been a member of Union Local 44 for 30 years.


Robert Fletcher ’78 and Cynthia (Nemetz ’78) Fletcher announce the birth of their first grandchild, Fletcher Edward Kaplan, on Dec. 30, 2011.


Elaine (Hensley ’79, ’81) Brelsford was recently promoted from the publishing department to the sales and marketing department as a sales specialist with the American Quilter’s Society.

Daniel E. Shryock ’72 has 13 grandkids and counting!

Wilbur Ritzhaupt ’63 was recently elected to the Ashland University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Nancy (Baughman ’64) Stearns’ husband, Tom, retired from National Electric Co. in 2012 after 43 years of service.


Philip Halco ’71 has retired from The Timken Company of Canton, Ohio, after 30 years.

Dr. Daniel L. Nugent ’63 received the Drushal Humanitarian Award in 2000, was inducted in to United Theological Seminary’s Eckels Society in 2012, and received the Wernlc Chaplain Award in 2010. He has been a Lutheran minister for 47 years.


Jim Williams ’75 has worked at Frontier Power going on 38 years. Jim and wife Nancy have a daughter, Jennifer, who is a current freshman at AU.

Scott Hanna ’79 is the owner of The Willoughby Agency, a property and casualty agency located in historical downtown of Willoughby, Ohio. Scott is also a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table.


Lisa (Hocking ’80) Drew has been promoted to executive director at Hudson Community Foundation in Hudson, Ohio.


Susie (Crowe ’81) Mercer and husband announce the marriage of daughter, Leta Mercer, to Thomas Planz on Sept. 8, 2012.


Jessie (Brubaker ’83) Fleming was inducted into the sports Hall of Fame by Columbia High School, her alma mater, in June 2013.



Michelle (LeVere ’83) Vectirelis has a new career opportunity with the Cleveland Orchestra, which started in September of 2012. Carie (Cseak ’84) Greene received her Ph.D. from Kent State University in curriculum & instruction on Aug. 11, 2011. She is currently teaching hatha yoga in Louisville, Alliance and at Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio. Jody (Shultz ’88, ’09) Thomae recently published a book with Wipf and Stock Publishers titled, “God’s Creative Gift-Unleashing the Artist in You.”

Tammy (Smith ’88, ’93, ’08) Webb was promoted to assistant superintendent at Mid-Ohio ESC. She was the director of education for two years.


Paula (Gallagher ’89) Bapka has retired, but is still interested in maintaining friendships that she made while at Ashland University. Mary (Stacklin ’89) Mahley retired from Safe Alternatives for Families and Youth in Findlay, Ohio, 13 years ago.



Mary S. (Ramsay ’90) Stimpert sent in a picture of her kids, who all attend Ashland! left-to-right: Troy, who is a freshman; Kate Stimpert ’12, who is currently at Walsh University pursuing her Ph.D in physical therapy; Kelvin, who is a junior; and Jake, who is a senior.

CJ Miller ’96 was appointed by Governor Kasich to the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainer’s Board in January 2013.

Samuel DiRocco II ’03 earned his Ph.D. in history from The University of Toledo after successfully defending his doctoral dissertation titled “In the Shadow of Steel: Leetonia, Ohio and Independent Iron Manufacturers in the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys, 1845-1920.” A graduate of Leetonia High School, DiRocco graduated magna cum laude from Ashland University with a B.A. in history and earned his M.A. in history from Youngstown State University under the direction of Holocaust scholar Dr. Saul S. Friedman. Dr. DiRocco currently teaches history at Notre Dame College, Ashland University, The University of Toledo, and Lourdes University.

Dustin Sponsler ’96, ’99 has just been hired as the eLearning Design & Support Specialist for Miami University of Ohio. Dustin and his wife Susan RennerSponsler (’95) are in the process of moving back to Ohio from Arizona for this great opportunity.


Chad Fuller ’97 was recently hired as finance director in New Albany, OH.


Stacie (Grznar ’99) Cain recently received the basic certification for Catechists given August 2012-2018. Jerome Davis ’99 is a board member of the Ohio Middle Level Association (OMLA) and serves as the north central regional representative.


Christina (Asbrock ’04) Benson received her occupational therapy doctorate in 2009 and married Jonathan Benson on Oct. 2, 2010.

Stacy (Snyder ’99) Geffrard has a 5-year-old son named Sebastian.


C. Damon Osborne ’91 became the dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Mount Vernon Nazarene University on July 1, 2012, after serving as the chair for the Graduate Education Department the year prior.


Linn M. Griffin ’93 is employed with Dell Services (formerly Perot-Systems) in Plano, Texas. He works in the Legacy/ Pega Software Division. A fluent speaker of Spanish and French, Linn has recently visited Paris, Madrid and Seoul, South Korea. He has embarked on studying the Korean language and was recently recognized by the U.S. Ambassador to Seoul, South Korea, for his language skill efforts. Maryalice (Bower ’93) Turner completed her doctor of education in educational administration in December 2012 at Ohio University.


David Mischick ’94 announces the birth of his eighth grandchild, Jonathan, in 2012 and the marriage of his youngest son, Andy, in August 2012. Patricia L (Ryder ’94) Owen authored a book: “A 21st Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation.” The book was published by AASL in 2012.


Edward Cybak ’95 is a teacher and head football coach at Green Local Schools. The Green High School football team had the fourth highest team GPA in the state of Ohio in 2012, which was recognized by the OHSFCA.

Benjamin S. J. Williams ’99, a partner with the law firm of Shambaugh, Kast, Beck & Williams, LLP, was recently certified as a trust and estate law specialist by the Trust and Estate Specialty Certification Board of the Probate, Trust and Real Property Section, Indiana State Bar Association. The certified trust and estate law specialist designation acknowledges the attorneys proficiency in dealing with all aspects of the trust and estate law practice.


Kendra Jacobs ’00 started broadcasting on Nascar’s radio network last year. She also will broadcast pit road for seven races in 2013.


Darcy Metcalfe ’01 married Bill Mudd in June 2012. She graduated from Louisville Seminary in 2012 with M.Div. and has been designated Solo-Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Perrysburg.


Robyn (Rhodes ’02) Minnear just took a new position with Chase Bank. Jeff White ’02 has received a promotion at Time Warner Cable and he and his wife Mackenzie (Fry ’03) White recently purchased their first home in February 2013.


Amanda (Backensto ’03) Taylor was promoted to store manager of Save-A-Lot in Mansfield, Ohio, in September 2012.


Mark Walter ’06 recently published “Buckeyes A to Z,” a children’s book about Ohio State football. His book is available in stores and online at


Chad Milburn ’07 won a very prestigious award called the WALTER (JWT’S WALTERSTARTUP CAMPAIGN) at the SXSW2013 in Austin, Texas. There were more than 500 applicants for the award named for J WALTER THOMPSON, a N.Y. ad agency. He is lead creative technologist at Recess Creative in Cleveland.


Carl Brass ’08 was promoted to security supervisor at Elyria Regional Medical Center. Zachary Porter ’08 and Bethany (Mould ’08) Porter have three children: Julia, born Nov. 9, 2005; Issac, born July 20, 2009; and Vincent, born April 12, 2013. Lynn J Reede ’08 received her doctorate of nursing practice from Northwestern University.


David Stuck ’10 has a new job at Haas Saw & Supply.

Melissa Abrams ’03 was honored as teacher of the year at Hillsdale High School. Elizabeth (Lyons ’03) Bennett was named Bryan County District teacher of the year and was promoted to assistant principal of Richmond Hill Middle School. Nicole (Coatoam ’03) Cioban received a promotion as a 2nd and 3rd grade reading teacher in August 2012.

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Kimberly Miller ’93 welcomed son, Anderson Logan, on July 12, 2012.

21, 2011. Wesley weighed 8 lbs. 11oz. and was 20.75 inches long.

Melinda (Butch ’96) Stachler and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of their daughter, McKinley Lynn, on Oct. 27, 2010. McKinley joins brother, Grant, and sisters, Madison, Taylor and Kennedy.

Kristyn (Warner ’02) Trealout and her husband Thomas Trealout (’00) announce the birth of their first child, daughter Molyna Abigail Trealout on July 24, 2012.

Kat (Potts ’97, ’08) Brooks and husband Steven welcomed a baby girl, Sydney, in June 2010. Charlene (Gross ’97) Spoonamore and husband, Stephen, announce the birth of their first child, son Amaximander Xavier Spoonamore, on Jan. 1, 2013. Mark Molk ’00 and Rachael (Newton ’00) Molk announce the birth of their son, Marcus William, on March 17, 2013. Marcus was 7 lbs., 15oz.

Jeff (’02) and Mackenzie (Fry ’03) White announce the birth of their second son, Oliver Joseph, in May 2012. Oliver joins big brother, Jacob. Giovanni Scianna (’04) welcomed son Lucciano Jasper on June 13, 2012. Jillian (Sweeney ’04) Welch and husband Adam announce the birth of their daughter, Bentleigh Grace on April 30, 2012. Bentleigh weighed 8 lbs and joins big sisters, Sadie (6) and Ally (4). Fred Bills ’05 and wife Amy are happy to announce the birth of their second son, Connor Lucas Bills, on July 18, 2012. He joins big brother, Logan (4).

Michelle (Gorecki ’00) Robinson and her husband Michael announce the birth of their first child, son Tyler Dean Robinson on Dec. 1, 2012. Tyler weighed 7 lbs. 6oz. and was 21.5 inches long. Janice (Nuske ’01) Secriskey and Jeff ’01 Secriskey announce the births of their children: son, Carson, on March 19, 2007, and daughter, Abigail, on June 26, 2009.

Jason Schroeder ’05 announces the birth of his first child, son Camdyn, born on Aug. 19, 2011. Sarah (Moyer ’06) Howard and her husband Jared welcomed their first child, daughter Abigail Josephine on September 5, 2012. Abigail weighed 7 lbs 11 oz and was 19 inches long.

Melissa (Bair ’02) Kemery and husband Adam announce the birth of their triplets; Landon, Brynn and Clayton, on May 2, 2012. John Priestas (’01, ’05) and Rhiannon (Neubeck ’02, ’05) Priestas announce the birth of their son, Wesley John Priestas, on Oct.

Ashley (Bigelow ’07) Davidson and her husband Joshua Davidson (’10) welcomed Conner Dean on May 7, 2013. He was born 8 lb. and was 21 inches long.

Erin (Kerner ’07) Dziak and husband Caleb announce the birth of daughter Alice Aven on Nov. 8, 2012, weighing 8 lbs., 4oz. and measuring 19 inches. She joins sister Sylvia (2). Grandparents are Diane (O’Leary ’80) Kerner and David Kerner ’80. Great-grandparents are Gertrude (Boardman ’45) Kerner and William Kerner ’77. Danielle (Soemisch ’07) Mixon and husband Joseph welcomed their second daughter, Abigail Rose, on April 9, 2013. She was born 6 lb. 13 oz. and 20 inches long. She joins big sister, Lilian (2 1/2). Jennifer (Hannan ’07) Raubenolt and husband Ross announce the birth of their twins, Anna and Elise Raubenolt, on Jan. 28, 2013. Leslie (Bender ’07) Weber and William Weber ’08 announce the birth of their first child, Alexander, on Feb. 1, 2013. Bradley King ’08 and his wife Emily (Andrews ’10) King announce the birth of their son, Garrison Allen King, on Dec. 4, 2012. Dana (Stranscak ’09) Day and husband Jeffrey announce the birth of their son, Connor James Day, on Oct. 14, 2012. Connor weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Courtney Young ’10 welcomed daughter Brylee Elizabeth Oyster on May 25, 2012.

Recreation Center Memberships Available Year-ro five year anniversary m commemorated the tea ll eba bas 08 20 On April 13, the lowing players and e World Series. The fol lleg Co II ion vis Di Tyson of its trip to the Thrasher, Josh Kirsten, ance: front row: Brian : Brad row d on coaches were in attend ach Schaly sec x, Matt McAllester, Co yco Ha ris an, Ch , Slo y nd em wla Ro Matt Schultz, Jer n, Todd Shlenkerman, tto Pa h is, ac nn Co Gi as, Mc om Th n Minard, Dan Yates, Jacob Petkac, Be f Jef n, ma kel Pin w Andre r. Aaron Hilt, Nick Kaspe

available to As of summer 2013, the Rec Center will be made erships are Memb alumni for year-round use with no restrictions. ($360 for the available for $120 per semester for each individual a year. With for e spous year) or $630 for an alumnus/na and their ment of Recrethe anticipated increase in facility use, the Depart ghout the fall ational Services will open its doors at 6 a.m. throu semester hours semester (Note: This will be on a trial basis: spring ty). activi ership will be contingent on the increase in memb


Dr. Donald Sheldon ’74 married Deborah on March 9, 2013. Matthew Casto ’91 married Laura Hummer on Oct. 27, 2012. The couple resides in Strongsville, Ohio. Kat Potts ’97, ’08 and Steven Brooks were married in April 2011. Sabrina (Ryan ’02) Cali married Charles Cali on Nov. 3, 2012. Nicole (Coatoam ’03) Cioban married Christopher Cioban on Aug. 6, 2011. Christina (Asbrock ’04) Benson married Jonathan Benson on Oct. 2, 2010. The couple resides in Bowling Green, OH Jill (Swartz ’06) Woods married Dan Woods on Sept. 22, 2012. Alumni in attendance were Jessica Martell, Laura Bigley, Michelle Newton, Ashley Anderson and Jen Rym.

Gina (Kovach ’07) Linton married Anthony Linton, of the United States Army, on Dec. 22, 2012. They are currently stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. She is teaching high school and Tony is a cook in the Army. Erin Deepe ’06 was her matron of honor in their wedding ceremony. Christine (Volk ’08) Cecil married Jesse Cecil ’09 on Dec. 15, 2012. The couple resides in Cleveland. Victoria (Machor ’08) Lewis married Matthew Lewis on July 7, 2012.

In Memoriam Jack M. Brant (Trustee) Feb. 20, 2013 William M. Emery MD (FACS team physician) Jan. 21, 2013

Shane O’Neill ’08 married Alicia Valentine on Aug. 11, 2012, in Brunswick, Ohio. They currently reside just outside of New York City where Shane is an actor and Alicia is a speech language pathologist. Mallary (Ristau ’08) Salomon married Corey Salomon on Oct. 13, 2012. The couple resides in Mentor, Ohio. Jessica (Bailey ’09) Jewell and Jeffrey Jewell were married on July 27, 2012, at the Catawba Island Club on Lake Erie. The couple resides in Westerville, OH. Ami (Gaus ’11) Denutte married Michael Denutte on July 8, 2012. The couple resides in Westerville, OH. Joshua Kirsten ’11 married Megan (Terwilliger ’11) Kirsten on March 9, 2013. Amanda (Farson ’12) Dickson married Blake Dickson ’07 on June 23, 2012. The couple resides in Ashland.

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.

Hayden S. Garber, Esq. ’27 Oct. 19, 1997 Celia L. (Senseman ’39) Gerlach Feb. 12, 2013 Margaret E. (Lyon ’40) Fox Feb. 18, 2013

–refrain from On Eagle’s Wings by Michael Jonacs

Dr. John L. Handley ’46 Feb. 11, 2013 Audrey Fridsman ’47 June 6, 2013 Bruce M. Bixler ’71 May 11, 2012

Paul E. Kaufman ’79 Feb. 26, 2013 Lynn A. (Postiy ’90 & ’07) Hill June 9, 2013 Dennis W. Powell ’10 Feb. 17, 2013

Semester dates for membership are the following: Summer: May 12, 2013 – August 18, 2013 Fall: August 12, 2013 – December 15, 2013 Spring: January 12, 2014 – May 10, 2014 the Rec Services office or at the Customer To purchase a membership, alumni may stop in fill out a member application and liability Service desk located in the Recreation Center to be mailed in to: 401 College Avenue c/o form. Additionally, membership applications can accept cash, checks, and credit cards as We 44805. Recreational Services, Ashland, Ohio download our membership application to or tion, informa more methods of payment. For tion page on our website at www. and liability form, please visit our membership informa Live Well. Active, or contact us at 419.289.5440. Stay

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rigadier General Christopher Eddy’s journey to success began with a single hand-signed letter from Ashland University. It was 1982, and the small-town boy from western New York knew that the personal touch Ashland put into their recruitment techniques was exactly what made the college perfect for him. He never imagined the Radio/TV program would lead him to where he is today, but the camaraderie and responsibility he learned and embraced in Ashland, Ohio, was what ultimately made all the difference. Currently, as an Air Force Reservist, Eddy runs the intelligence program for the FBI in Miami, the fifth largest field office in the world. He and his 130 analysts look at counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism, white-collar crime, violent crimes and cyber crimes to prevent surprise, drive operations and educate decision makers. But his military career began completely by chance. Eddy’s grandfathers both served the country and he remembers going to the American Legion as a child, but his family in general wasn’t particularly militaryoriented. It was the media coverage of the invasion of Grenada and a friendly relationship with a female classmate that led him to apply and accept a two-year non-technical Air Force ROTC scholarship through a cross-town agreement with Akron and Bowling Green State universities. “Ashland was very supportive in figuring out how to make that work,” Eddy said. “With the military, I already had a first job lined up.”

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Brigadier General Christopher L. Eddy, an Olean, New York native, graduated from Ashland University in 1986 with a bachelor of science in broadcast sales and station management (Radio/TV). He was also an active member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Eddy earned his master of business administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, Calif., in 1988; his master of international relations from Troy State University in Troy, Ala., in 2004; and his Ph.D. in management, leadership and organization change from Walden University in 2012. Eddy is a graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. He began his Air Force career on active duty assigned to 22nd Air Force, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. He has since served in a variety of intelligence positions around the world throughout his career as an active duty and reserve officer and has been named MAJCOM or higher intelligence officer of the year five times.

Eddy continued his education by obtaining multiple other degrees, including his Ph.D. in leadership and organizational change. The desire to learn throughout his military career was driven primarily by Eddy’s competitiveness. “When applying for jobs, I just wanted to have something else that somebody didn’t have,” he explained. “I guess life is a learning adventure and if you stop learning, there’s no reason living.” His military career has led him to places such as Texas, California, Virginia and Washington, D.C. but also exotic locales such as South Korea and Barbados, where he lived at the embassy prior to meeting his wife, a Miami native. He advises any student interested in a military career to give it a try. “Usually, you sign up for two to four years, depending on the program and the service. It’s only a couple years out of your life, but you’ll see things you probably won’t see anywhere else. You get that experience employers are looking for… you tend to mature

quicker because you have to,” he explained. “Even though it might be difficult because there is no ROTC on campus, it really is a great opportunity after college and even in a Reserve or National Guard capacity. You’d be surprised the ones who really enjoy it and stick to it.” For now, Eddy is spending his free time with his wife, an FBI special agent, and two young children, Ryan and Megan. The family lives together in Miami and has “the typical family life.” He will be returning to Ashland in the fall for the annual Homecoming festivities, and will also be attending a benefit golf outing with his Phi Kappa Psi fraternity brothers. One thing is for sure, Ashland University will always hold a place in Christopher Eddy’s heart. “I like the fact Ashland still remains a big part of my life,” Eddy explained. “It still feels like a small family with all those people who took care of you or took you under their wing when you were a scared little boy five hours from home. I still think Ashland has that on campus.”

Eddy is currently the Mobilization Assistant to the European Command Assistant Director for Intelligence (J2), Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. He is responsible for providing support and guidance to the active duty force and serves as the J2 in the absence of the active duty incumbent. In his civilian career, he is the Intelligence Program Coordinator with the FBI in Miami, Fla. Eddy’s major awards and dedications include: ★★

Legion of Merit


Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters


Joint Service Commendation Medal


Joint Service Achievement Medal


Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster


Air Force Achievement Medal


Joint Meritorious Unit Award


Air Force Outstanding Unit Award


Air Force Organizational Excellence Award


Global War on Terrorism Service Medal


Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass


HQ Military Airlift Command Intelligence Officer of the Year, 1988


Air Intelligence Agency Company Grade IMA of the Year, 1995 and 1996


PACAF IMA of the Year, 1997


Air Intelligence Agency Field Grade IMA of the Year, 2002


May Commencement Alumnus Gives Advice to Ashland University Graduates “Never forget that your family, your health and your friends are the most important priorities in your life” – that was the advice alumnus Donald Jakeway presented to graduates during his commencement address at Ashland University’s Spring Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11. The commencement was held outside under cloudy skies at Jack Miller Stadium in the University’s Dwight Schar Athletic Complex. In his speech, titled “A Walk with Destiny,” Jakeway outlined his career that took him from president of the Ashland College student body to many different places. “But everything I have done in my career I can draw a line that allows that line to come back to the thing in the middle and that is this University,” he said. “William Jennings Bryan once stated ‘destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved,’” Jakeway said. “I find myself today full circle with my walk with destiny.” Jakeway explained that 43 years ago he stood on the Ashland commencement stage as the president of the Ashland student body. “On that day, I took the opportunity to challenge my 350

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classmates to start our own individual ‘walks with destiny’ and to do whatever we could to make a difference in the world,” he said. “Not unlike today, the world then was a very scary place. The future held many unknowns,” he said. “Yet, I was confident that my classmates and I were ready to meet those unknowns, just as I am confident that this class of 2013 will do the same.” Jakeway stressed that graduates should never forget that Ashland University is their home away from home and that Ashland is now a part of their families. “Be thankful for those people who have reached out to you as mentors. Always choose to be a mentor to someone during your career and always, always lead by example,” he said. “Do not allow destiny to make you. Make your own destiny.”


Following the commencement address, the presentation of degrees was handled by President Fred Finks and Ann Shelly, interim dean of the Graduate School. A total of 646 degrees (202 graduate and 444 undergraduate) were awarded in the spring 2013 ceremony, including four doctor of education, 126 master of education, 68 master of business administration, three master of arts,

one master of American history and government, 61 bachelor of arts, five bachelor of music, 114 bachelor of science, 72 bachelor of science in business administration, 129 bachelor of science in education, 51 bachelor of science in nursing, nine bachelor of science in social work, one bachelor of fine arts, and two associate of arts.

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Ashland University's Alumni magazine – Accent, Summer 2013 Edition. This issue contains 2013 Homecoming information.


Ashland University's Alumni magazine – Accent, Summer 2013 Edition. This issue contains 2013 Homecoming information.