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Birthday Celebration Defiance College and the City of Defiance invite you to rediscover a life you thought you knew...

Abraham Lincoln Journey through a year-long series of engaging presentations and exhibits that reflect on the multiple facets of arguably our greatest president.

Event details on page 52

Gerald Bazer, Randall Buchman, Jan Younger, William Harris, Michelle Tabit, Mark Neely, Jr., Gerald Wood, and Donald Buerk will guide you through the distinguished life of Lincoln.


Vol. 98, No. 2

Winter 2008

Visit the DC website - Editorial Board & Staff Kathy Punches ’96 Editor, Director of Public Relations & Marketing


Debbie Richard ’02, ’04 Assistant Director of Marketing

Rev. David Plant

Awards -------------------------------------------------- 2

Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Michele Tinker

Eight alumni honored at Homecoming

Excitement ---------------------------------------------- 4

Director of Annual Giving

Homecoming 2008 a success (as shown through pictures)

Ryan Imbrock Layout and Graphic Design

Future ---------------------------------------------------- 6 Largest capital campaign ever underway at DC

Board of Trustees Joyce C. Anderson ’66 Keith Bell, Sr. ’78 Edward Buhl ’73 Thomas Callan ’66 Dr. Lillian Dunlap ’68 Dr. Allen Gaspar Cheryl Hahr ’68 James Hamilton ’72 Eric Hench John Horns Thomas K. Hubbard Karl Ideman ’67 Dr. Rita A. Kissner Timothy Leuzarder ’67 Philip Mallott ’78 Mark Moats

Welcome ------------------------------------------------- 9 Glen Newcomer Rev. Dr. Roger D. Perl Mark Shy ’75 Barb J. Silvis ’72 Shaune M. Skinner ’75 Dr. Bonnie Sloan George Smart ’67 David Speakman ’63 Steve VanDemark ’76

Honorary Trustees Geraldine R. Boomer ’69 Dr. Edwin S. Charles Dr. Amos J. White

New faculty members arrive on campus

Exceeding -----------------------------------------------10 Professor Lori Robison makes students ‘real world’ ready

360o -------------------------------------------------------12 Dr. Sue Wajert’s career path takes her back to her roots

History ---------------------------------------------------14 Dr. Don Buerk makes history relevant to today’s students

Recognition ---------------------------------------------16 Faculty scholarly achievements

Symposium----------------------------------------------17 Pioneering researcher is keynote speaker at McMaster event

Helping --------------------------------------------------18 Jennifer Creighton finds value in helping others in crisis

Trustee Fellows Bill Bishop ’93 Dr. Dean Colwell ’64 Dr. William M. Finerty, Jr. E. Keith Hubbard ’57 Duncan R. Jamieson ’62 Diane Kaiser Margaret F. Mills ’67

Opportunity --------------------------------------------19 Dr. Terrence W. Rettig ’68 Stuart F. Sakosits ’68 Kyle Shong Clara S. Simmons William J. Small David Stuckey John W. Weaner

Kaitlin Studer takes full advantage of the McMaster program

A Force --------------------------------------------------22 Make a Difference Day brings together DC community

Carrier ---------------------------------------------------23 Bonnie Bundy Bobbitt ’69 carries the Olympic torch

Athletics -------------------------------------------------24 Update from the Field House

Alumni Executive Board Wayne Buchanan Cynthia Cordero ’06 Jan Craig ’69 Lisa Crumit-Hancock ’91 Jon Gathman ’96 Matt Gilroy ’02 Jim Hamilton ’72 Rob Harris ’80

Duncan Jamieson ’62 Charlotte Johannigman ’94 Jason LaBounty ’03 Carolyn Mann ’74 John Mikesell ’03 Mary Beth Royal ’98 Doug Short ’66

Class Notes ----------------------------------------------26 Honor Roll of Donors ---------------------------------33 Recognizing contributions to Defiance College

Lincoln ---------------------------------------------------51 Celebrating a great U.S. President

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DEFIANCE COLLEGE HONORS EIGHT Five Alumni Award winners are honored and four alumni are inducted into the Hall of Fame during Homecoming by Michele Tinker, Director of Annual Giving


t the Friday Symposium luncheon during Homecoming, Rebecca L. Sanford ’04, the first recipient of the Young Alumni Service Award, told how she had tagged along with a friend making a college visit to Defiance and found the place she called home for four years. Rebecca quoted Helen Keller: “The worst thing is to be born sighted, but not to have vision.” Defiance College gave her vision, Rebecca said. During her time at DC, Rebecca was a McMaster Scholar, traveling to Jamaica to research the current status of social work. She received the Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award and the Social Work Schauffler Award in 2004.

Now a community health partner for Families and Schools Together program in Parma, Ohio, Rebecca volunteers with many organizations in the Cleveland area and is leading efforts to initiate a grassroots community program which will offer support and services to those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Rebecca called being recognized for this new alumni award, “an honor beyond words.” Well-known to many in the Defiance area, Dr. Gary Dowler ’65 was recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award for his distinguished 30-year career as a teacher and administrator. In commenting on his career in education, Dowler related the influence

Alumni Award winners, from left: Gary Dowler ’65, Mary Marvel ’77, Rebecca Sanford ’04, Mary Theresa (Hallock) Morris ’91, Marilyn (Loar) Mallott ’51.


teachers have on individuals and their success, and he attributed his success to a family member who saw something in him and helped him get his education. Dowler also served eight years in finance before retiring a second time. He has been active on the DC Board of Trustees and in the community. Gary and his wife, Josie, reside in Defiance and Vero Beach, Fla. When Dr. Mary Theresa (Hallock) Morris ’91 accepted her Alumni Citation for Academic Excellence, she confessed that she had changed her major five times while she was at Defiance College. “I probably wasn’t the best student my freshman year,” she admitted. In spite of that, MT earned her bachelor of science in communication arts in just three years, and she pointed to the personal attention she received from faculty as the greatest help in that accomplishment. MT received her Ph.D. at Indiana University and is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Southern Indiana, where she is also editor of the Indiana Journal of Political Science. She and her husband, Gerald Morris ’90, reside in Evansville, Ind. “How did I have time to go to class or study?”Alumni Achievement Award winner Marilyn (Loar) Mallott ’51 asked as she recounted totally immersing herself in extracurricular activities when she attended Defiance College. Her undergraduate studies were just the beginning of what she called her “life-long love affair” with the college. It was here she met her husband, Gerald Mallott ‘51, who spent 39 years as an administrator at Defiance College and where she made many lifelong friends during those years. Total immersion seems to be a theme in Marilyn’s life, demonstrated by her career in education, the several books she’s written and co-authored, her years as a caterer and

her on-going involvement in a wide range of local organizations. “If you have leadership qualities, you will have a lot of opportunities to get involved,” Marilyn contends. Plus, she admits, she never learned to say no. Marilyn and Gerry reside in Defiance. Alumni Achievement Award recipient Mary Marvel ’77 told students at her Homecoming symposium presentation, “I would change seats with you in a heartbeat – I loved my time at Defiance College.” A life-long educator, Mary said she entered the field of substance abuse prevention quite by accident, and found she had a passion for helping teens make sound choices in every area of their lives. She has extensive training in this field and is currently guidance counselor for Olentangy Liberty High School and substance abuse prevention coordinator for the district. Her numerous volunteer activities include the Ohio Teen Institute and Youth to Youth International. Mary feels she was given unique educational and life opportunities at Defiance which would never have come her way at a large university, and she thanks the many faculty members who guided her and served as mentors to her. She resides in Delaware, Ohio. It was his first time on campus in 24 years when Doug Murray ’83 returned to be inducted into the Varsity ‘D’ Hall of Fame during Homecoming. “I’m really impressed,” he announced at the AVD Breakfast on Saturday. “I can clearly see that our college is in fine hands.” Doug was recognized for his distinction as an outstanding track and field athlete whose javelin and decathlon records still stand at DC. “Seeing all who have received this Hall of Fame award tells you the kind of exceptional people who come from Defiance College,” Doug said as he accepted his award. Commenting on his weekend at DC, he concluded, “What I’ve discovered inside myself is a homecoming, and I’m personally inspired.” Murray currently lives in Santa Cruz, Calif., where he is regional sales manager for Smurfit-Stone. “This is a great honor. When I reflect on all the great people who preceded us, I’m so grateful,” Marv Retcher ’72 said when he was inducted into the Varsity ‘D’ Hall of Fame at Homecoming ‘08. A three-year basketball letter winner at Defiance College, Marv went on to have a

Hall of Fame inductees with their respective bricks on the Hall of Fame walkway, from left: George Stockman ’57, Marv Retcher ’72, Doug Murray ’83, and Patricia Schwiebert ’84. successful high school coaching career, and also served as assistant men’s basketball coach at DC for ten years. Most recently, Marv led the Ayersville Pilots to a conference championship and regional semi-final appearance in 2008. During his comments, Retcher reflected on the many friends he’d made during his time at Defiance College, and thanked his family, particularly his parents, “who had to make so many sacrifices for me to come to college.” He and his wife Lois reside in Defiance. During her time at Defiance, Patricia Schwiebert ’84, Varsity ‘D’ Hall of Fame inductee, set school track records with her performance in the 1500 meter and the 5000 meter runs, and was awarded honors on the cross country team. “The athletic experience here adds so much to the opportunity of being at a small college,” Schwiebert told the audience as she accepted her award. In her symposium presentation during Homecoming, she explained how Defiance College prepared her for a career in an area she’d never even heard of before, exercise physiology. According to Schwiebert, the best of both worlds in education is getting your undergraduate degree in a small liberal arts college and attending a large university for grad work. “Academically, this college prepared me so well for graduate school at Ohio State. I felt so much further ahead than other students.”

“The Defiance College experience is one that you can’t get anywhere else,” Pat confirmed. She is currently an exercise physiologist in Columbus. Hall of Fame inductee George Stockman ’57 gave a touching personal account of coming from a Northwest Ohio farm family to play college football in the mid-1950s. There were four buildings when he came to Defiance College, he related at the AVD Breakfast, and just 300 students on campus. George played on DC’s 1953 undefeated football team, a team so small, the members learned to play all line positions. “Nineteen players dressed when we went to Centre College,” he remembered. He told how Dr. (Robert) Boehm would hold the dummies during practice, and the coach would remind the athletes, “Hit the dummies, not Dr. Boehm.” Stockman also reminisced about the close relationships that were forged among the players on the team, particularly the impact that was made on the young men as they traveled with their African American teammates to games in parts of the country where many public places were still racially segregated. “Life’s been good to me, and Defiance College has been good to me,” he concluded. George and his wife live in Bryan, Ohio. ‹

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excitement HOMECOMING 2008 A SUCCESS Take a look back on how this year’s Homecoming truly did Defy the Ordinary


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IS AN EXCITING TIME AT DC The largest capital campaign in DC history is underway and generating excitement for the future

by Debbie Richard ’02,’04, Assistant Director of Marketing


efiance College launched its public phase of a $26 million comprehensive capital campaign during homecoming festivities September 29 – October 5. The Transforming Difference: A Campaign to Defy the Ordinary is the largest campaign in the college’s history. College officials announced during the Friday Octoberfest dinner that a total of $13.5 million, more than fifty percent, has been received or pledged after an intensive advanced gifts phase. “Continued and increased support is essential for the college,” said George Smart, chairman of the board of


FirstEnergy and Defiance College trustee and campaign chairman. “We want every student who enters college to have an opportunity for a life-changing experience of academic and personal growth. Defiance College is uniquely positioned to realize this goal, and we believe the success of the capital campaign will be a milestone in our vision.” Focusing on capital projects, endowment, and the Annual Fund, the largest projects of the campaign are a $10.9 million Wellness and Fitness Center/Field House and $5 million in endowed student scholarships. The 75,000 square foot Wellness and Fitness Center/Field House will be the largest facility of its kind in Northwest Ohio and the most ambitious project in Defiance

College history. Designed to be a focal point that brings the DC community together, the facility will also play a significant regional role as the setting for major non-DC events. It will include a six-lane, 200 meter indoor track, indoor tennis facilities, batting cages, expanded fitness center and golf driving/ putting practice green. This project will be an addition to the Weaner Center/McMaster gymnasium, which will also receive a major facelift including new floors, scoreboards, bleachers and restrooms. “The Wellness and Fitness Center/Field House will be a spectacular tool for recruiting student-athletes and offering numerous resources for all students interested in fitness and intramural opportunities,” said

A Message from the Campaign Chairman George M. Smart ’67 DC Trustee and Campaign Chairman Chairman of the Board, FirstEnergy Corporation

Architectural drawings (left and above) of the new 75,000 square foot Wellness and Fitness Center/Field House Rich Pejeau, vice president of institutional advancement. “The building will be a hub of student recreation and also offer an ideal venue for high school and NCAA track meets.” Also included in capital projects is a $1.5 million renovation of the current McReynolds and Whitney residence halls. Both facilities will receive new furniture, computer labs, common study lounges, upgraded laundry facilities and new paint, flooring, fixtures and windows. Schomburg Auditorium, the primary facility for speakers and public events, will receive a facelift, which includes new seats. The success of the advanced gifts phase has enabled renovations for Weaner Center/ McMaster gymnasium and Schomburg Auditorium to begin and Whitney Hall and Tenzer Hall, including a new addition, to be completed. Endowment priorities focus on faculty and students with $1.8 million for faculty research, professional education and development of academic programs. Fostering professional growth and research will enhance the scholarly profile of faculty members, enrich their teaching, and further enhance Defiance’s reputation for academic excellence. An addition $5 million will go

directly to student support and scholarships enabling Defiance to offer more aid to financially deserving students, compete for talented students and reduce demand on the College’s operating budget. Annual Fund priorities will focus $5.9 million on strategic academic program development and creating a 21st century environment that makes Defiance College a first-choice decision for students. “This is an exciting time for Defiance College,” said Dr. Charles Warren, interim president. “The Defy the Ordinary campaign will transform the college in so many ways, from building projects, to greater endowments and scholarships, and continuing enrichment of the college experience that our annual gifts provide. Defiance College students will make a difference in the future of this country, and we are working hard to give them the tools they will need.” For more information about making tax-deductable donations to the Defiance College Capital Campaign, contact the office of institutional advancement at 419-783-2572 or visit the DC website at Naming opportunities are still available. ‹

The opportunity exists for Defiance College to undergo a transformation. To transform not the purpose or culture of the institution, which remains constant, but the scope of what this College can and should achieve. In order for the College to realize its vision, Defiance must increase significantly its level of private support. By doing so, Defiance will have the resources necessary to implement the master plan for facilities, meet the demands of its academic programs both existing and future, respond quickly to new opportunities, and support qualified and motivated students in need of scholarship assistance. Defiance College has played a major role in my life since I was a student athlete here in the mid-1960s. The College helped me prepare for a rewarding career and a fulfilling life, and I remain grateful for that education. That is why I am proud to chair The Transforming Difference: A Campaign to Defy the Ordinary.

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A Message from the BOT Chairman Phil Mallott ’78 DC Board of Trustees Chairman Director, Big Lots Inc. Strengthening the Defiance College endowment will make a difference in our ability to provide an outstanding educational experience, but so will our attention to facilities. Prospective students and others visiting campus who do not yet know the value of the Defiance experience will judge the College in large part by the quality of its facilities. We must present an appealing campus environment if we want to attract students who will take advantage of all the ways Defiance can help them find their direction. With the support of alumni and friends of Defiance, we can continue to offer students opportunities, like the ones I had, to make their own success in life.


TO THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY Defiance College introduces four new faculty members Stefan Hall, Assistant Professor of Communication, Arts and Humanities Division, comes to Defiance College from Bowling Green State University where he was teaching and is currently completing his dissertation in media studies. After finishing his B.A., Hall was inspired by his professors and classes at Virginia Tech to undertake a cross-country journey by car from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, and during his M.A. studies he lived and taught in Japan for a year. Hall’s interests in media such as film, video games, and music began to creep into his English studies, and the realization of the need for more expansive disciplinary boundaries prompted him to choose the American Culture Studies program at BGSU. In his spare time, Hall scours the internet, yard sales, and thrift stores for classic era (Atari) video games, expands his culinary skills by trying new recipes, and dabbles in writing poetry. Dean Johnson, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Arts and Humanities Division, held most recently the position of assistant professor of Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies at Goshen College in Indiana, as well as, serving as assistant to the Academic Dean and special assistant to the Provost. Johnson was also director of the Goshen College

Plowshares Peace Studies Project. Johnson grew up in LaGrange, Indiana. After graduating from Manchester College, he earned a master’s degree in theology with an emphasis in peace studies from Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana. He is currently a doctoral candidate enrolled in the religious and theological studies program focusing on religion and social change at the Iliff School of Theology at the University of Denver. In addition to his recent work at Goshen College, Johnson has taught peace studies courses at Anderson University, Purdue University – Richmond, the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership at Bethany Seminary, and the Indianapolis Peace House. He also served as co-assistant pastor for a year at the Richmond Church of the Brethren. Johnson lives in Fort Wayne, Ind., with his spouse, Melissa, and their young son, Jude. Dr. Kristin Sorensen, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Behavioral and Applied Social Sciences Division, began teaching in 2000 and has most recently taught at Arizona State University as a full-time lecturer as well as Glendale Community College in Arizona, Laney College in California, and Western International University, also in Arizona. Originally from Schenectady, New York, Sorensen earned her BA in Psychology from Seattle University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. Sorensen’s research interests combine social psychology

and clinical psychology. She focuses on prejudice, prejudicial effects, and overcoming prejudice. Her nonacademic interests include music, equestrian related events, and cooking. Michael Wolfe, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Business Division, brings with him more than 20 years of management experience and a record of professional achievement. Prior to joining Defiance College, Wolfe served as the CEO of two Ohio community foundations and spent 13 years in various management positions with the Boy Scouts of America in assignments throughout southwest and central Michigan. Wolfe has provided technical support to local nonprofits including the Defiance Area Foundation, and was instrumental in raising more than $1.8 million to build a senior citizen center in Bryan. Wolfe is in his final year of a doctoral program at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and has been selected to present part of his dissertation at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Conference later this fall. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Heidelberg College and a master’s degree from Defiance College. He and his wife, Kathy, have two young sons, Jacob and Bryan. He enjoys golf, woodworking and travel. ‹

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Professor Lori Robison takes her social work students out of the classroom making them ‘real world’ ready by Kathy Punches ’96, Director of Public Relations and Marketing


ocial work professor Lori Robison has focused much of her career on clinical social work, that is, individual and family treatment. One of the most satisfying aspects of her work at Defiance College is teaching students the fine points of client interviews, assessment, and planning intervention.


“What I enjoy is watching students practice their skills, applying new knowledge to case situations in the field. Theoretical courses are important, but since social work utilizes hands-on training, students appreciate the practical side that they can put to immediate use,” says Robison, who joined DC in 2001 as director of the social work program. Defiance’s social work program is held in high regard in the professional community.

The pass rate of its students who take the American Association of Social Work Boards exam to gain licensure in Ohio is more than 95 percent. “Students who come into the program are passionate about the field, are committed to what they are doing, and take to it pretty well,” notes Robison. What distinguishes Defiance’s curriculum from others is multiple field experiences, applying book knowledge and curriculum content directly to real-world

settings. Juniors take part in 140 hours of field experience, while seniors perform 450 hours in placement. “We exceed the standard which I think has been a benefit to the students,” says Robison. The variety in agencies and experiences gives students the opportunity to work with different populations, giving them a better idea of what the job demands. Some students perform internships in social service agencies, working with victims of abuse as well as their offenders. “Some do well with the victims but not necessarily the offenders, or vice versa,” says Robison. “Hearing the stories of victims and children who’ve been traumatized emotionally, it’s something they find stressful.” Other students enjoy working with the elderly and are not afraid to work with someone in the end of life stage. “They may cherish being with someone in their last moments of life. So it’s important for any professional to know where their limits are.” The social work program partners with the Family Justice Center of Northwest Ohio as a field site for students in the FJC partner agencies. One partner is the House of Ruth domestic violence shelter which allows students to work with intake, go to court, and work alongside attorneys and victim advocates. Defiance College also partners with FJC to offer a site for ongoing training and education for professionals on a variety of topics such as protection orders, stalking, and cybercrime. Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission’s PATH Center for the homeless provides another valuable opportunity for social work students. The agency and DC partner on numerous educational and direct service activities such as Empty Bowls, Night Without a Home, Hunger Banquet, and the Salvation Army Christmas Project which provides gifts and food vouchers. To give social work students yet another dose of the real world, Robison plans the College’s annual urban trip done in conjunction with the Introduction to Social Work course. Students and faculty travel to an urban center – Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, or Cleveland – where they visit social service agencies to contrast urban and rural settings. The trip, which is open to all social work majors and students in the Intro course, gives an eye-opening look at the differences in rural and urban poverty and the challenges faced by social work professionals.

Robison notes that Defiance’s social work students will soon have the opportunity to participate in the College’s Hench Autism Studies Program. Courses will be added to the social work curriculum that will allow students to receive many of the required educational components for certification by the Ohio Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in Adult Services or Service and Support Administration. Students will have specialized Rural homelessness, like urban, is the result of poverty knowledge and skill for and lack of decent affordable housing. working with the growing population of persons with autism and their families Rural homeless are less likely to live on the street and as well as persons with more likely to live in a car or camper or with relatives other intellectual and in overcrowded or substandard housing. developmental disabilities. Robison participated Homeless people in rural areas are more likely to be in an international project white, female, married, currently working, first-time during the 2007-08 homeless, and for a shorter period of time. academic year, traveling as a McMaster Associate --National Coalition for the Homeless Fellow to Cambodia where she worked alongside students and other faculty And Robison enjoys the hands-on members at the Cambodia Women’s Crisis application of her professional skills, putting Center. “Early in my career I worked in it to use beyond the classroom. She does parta domestic violence shelter in a Chicago time counseling at her church and serves on suburb, so I felt I had some knowledge I the family selection committee for Defiance could put to use as well as gain knowledge County Habitat for Humanity, reviewing about how victim services in Cambodia are applications for Habitat’s home ownership the same or different from services in the program. U.S.” Robison finds it a daunting task to She also looked at service delivery and prepare students for the demands of a best practices between CWCC and the Family profession that can be extremely challenging, Justice Center of Defiance to determine areas is constantly changing, and is often underof interface between the two organizations, valued. “But it is also one of the most including intake and assessment, intervention rewarding things that I have ever done,” she planning, resource development, treatment refl ects. “Educating students for a lifelong models and discharge planning. vocation is both an honor and a privilege, She will return to Cambodia in May as a and I feel blessed to have been given the McMaster Fellow, this time responding to a opportunity to do so. need for staff training in conflict resolution. “The students who graduate from She will be incorporating information on our program inspire me more so than the personality and temperament type in styles other way around. They are truly making of communication and decision-making. She a difference in the lives of others each and will also assist students with their projects every day. Yes, they defi nitely defy the which include training in reproductive ordinary! I just hope I can continue to keep health, sex trafficking, STD’s, and photo ‹ up with them!” documentation of evidence.


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FROM NURSING TO NURSING Dr. Sue Wajert’s career has taken many unexpected turns, and the latest has brought her back to her roots by Debbie Richard ’02,’04, Assistant Director of Marketing


not-so-typical soccer mom, Dr. Sue Wajert, Professor of Business Administration and MBA Program Coordinator, finds time in her busy schedule to attend her son’s soccer games. With her youngest in high school, there won’t be too many more for her to attend, so every game is important. When not cheering in the fan section of the bleachers, Wajert is busy teaching classes, coordinating the new nursing program, and in school working on another degree, a Master of Science in Nursing. Originally beginning her career in nursing, Wajert changed direction when she completed her Master of Business degree. “It was really just a case of being in the right place at the right time,” states Wajert. “I had heard about a position at The College of Mount St. Joseph and sent them a letter. They hadn’t even advertised for the position yet, but I was called for an interview and eventually offered the job. I didn’t plan to switch to higher education. It was just a lucky twist of fate.” Wajert joined Defiance College in 2000 as the Master of Business in Organizational Leadership (MBOL) Coordinator. “I was drawn to Defiance since it is a small private liberal arts college where faculty and staff engage students in the learning process and assist them in building their foundation for the future,” says Wajert. She had also previously worked with then-college president Jim Harris, and was attracted to the college because of Harris’s efforts for curriculum-embedded service learning and wanting to be part of that initiative. She liked the fact that the undergraduate and graduate programs in business had strong programming with a personal commitment to


students and that the faculty and staff she met were committed to the institution and excited about working at DC. Many of the classes Wajert teaches are part of Defiance College’s Weekend College program, a program that continues to be very successful for the institution. “The staff in the Center for Adult and Graduate Programs (CAP) office delivers excellent customer service and builds relationships with each student,” says Wajert. “The programs we offer meet the needs of the adult student population and the faculty who teach in the weekend college program are able to adapt their teaching to the adult learning style.” The adult students appreciate the program because of its flexibility. Courses are offered on Friday and Saturday with some courses being offered in accelerated formats during the week. “It’s a one-stop shop to meet all the needs of adult learners,” says Wajert. “Students work with the CAP staff directly from the start to the point where they walk across the stage. The staff is there to assist them with enrollment, signing up for classes, working out schedules and any other way they can help make the process easier.” The CAP program was designed to fit the needs of the adult student. A Weekend College student is not like a traditional student and the processes developed for CAP fit the characteristics of that student base. Even the atmosphere is slightly different for weekend college. Classes are set up to allow the adult students to build relationships and network with other students, faculty and staff. The breaks are also designed to be more social where students can talk over a cookie and a cup of coffee. While slightly different than a traditional education track, the Weekend College program provides a collegial atmosphere with the students engaged in learning, and with faculty committed to adult learners. When Wajert joined the college as the MBOL coordinator, it was the first year the program graduated students. She’s looking forward to a 10-year anniversary in 2010 for those graduates. Interestingly, it will also be the last year the MBOL program will graduate students. Based on the needs of current and future students, Wajert helped implement a new Master of Business Administration program in 2008, which replaces the MBOL program. “Students and prospective students feel it is a more recognized degree,” says Wajert. “It was an easy transition from the MBOL to the MBA program and we were pleased to see many graduate students returning to Defiance

College to upgrade their MBOL to an MBA.” Working with graduate students as well as traditional and adult students has always been rewarding for Wajert. However, it’s being able to draw on past experiences, historical examples and many stories from current companies that make her classes interesting to students. One of Wajert’s newest projects is a nursing program at Defiance Nurses are the largest single component of hospital College. The program has staff, and are primary providers of hospital patient care. brought her 360 degrees to where she started her career. The BSN nurse is preferred -- More nurse executives “I had to reactivate my are indicating their desire for the majority of their nursing license and head hospital staff nurses to be prepared at the baccalaureate back to school to complete a Master of Science in level to meet the more complex demands of today’s Nursing in order to oversee patient care. In fact, the words “BSN preferred” the program,” says Wajert. are appearing more frequently in classified ads for “Overall, the Bachelor registered nurses nationwide. of Science in Nursing program will be a great Employers are seeking nurses prepared at the addition to the College’s bachelor’s and graduate-degree levels who can deliver academic options and it the higher complexity of care required across a variety meets a growing need for of acute-care, primary-care, and community health professional nurses in the settings, and to provide other needed services such health care setting.” The nursing program as case management, health promotion, and disease has two track options. prevention. One option collaborates with Northwest State --American Association of Colleges of Nursing Community College to create a comprehensive 1+2+1 Bachelor of Science BSN, Community Health Nursing, Nursing in Nursing program. “It’s an exciting Research, and Nursing Leadership and opportunity. Students will start their college career at Defiance College, then complete the Management,” says Wajert. The college is in the last stages of next two years at NSCC, pass their NCLEXfinalizing the nursing programs and receiving RN exam and finally graduate from Defiance authorization from the Ohio Board of at the completion of their fourth year,” says Regents, the Higher Learning Commission Wajert. “The program also creates a great of the North Central Association and the opportunity to build relationships with local National league for Nursing Accrediting health care organizations.” Commission, Inc. In addition to the 1+2+1 program, With the soccer season coming to a Defiance College will also offer current close, Wajert will be busy finishing her own nurses holding an associate degree or semester’s worth of courses and hoping her diploma and an RN Ohio license the students study over the holiday break. “With opportunity to finish their bachelor’s degree so many things happening, it’s hard to believe with an RN to BSN Completion Program. I’ve been here for eight years. But I’ve “The program is a great way for nurses to enjoyed it all, and I’m looking forward to polish up their management and leadership what the future years hold.” ‹ skills with classes such as Nursing in a Globalized World, Transitions from RN to


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IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE PAST Dr. Don Buerk makes history relevant to today’s students and discovers his passions in the present by Debbie Richard ’02,’04, Assistant Director of Marketing


r. Don Buerk, Associate Professor of History, is a quiet, unassuming gentleman with a passion for history and interests that cross over disciplines. A Northwest Ohio native, Buerk began his career in education at a public school teaching social studies. “The opportunity to teach in the higher education system was a chance for me to explore more than just history, but how history is interconnected with the way we learn, what we are now, and where we might go in the future,” says Buerk. “Specializing in history lets me draw on the past to help explain to students today why things are they way they are. Studying the past helps students in more ways than they initially understand.” Buerk arrived at Defiance College in 1998 and continues to enjoy the opportunities it has presented. His most recent project has been with Defiance College’s Hench Autism Studies Program. “Autism is widely diagnosed today, and it is inevitable that people will be in contact with people who have this condition,” explains Buerk. Working with the Hench Autism Studies Program is a great example of crossing disciplines within higher education. It’s not often you find a history professor working with a special education program. “It’s interesting that more has been recorded on what we learn, not how,” says Buerk. “History helps us understand the past practices of education and allows us to explore the methods with which we teach, and the ways we learn from how we have been taught.” Understanding these principles makes working with the Hench Autism Studies Program a great fit.


The Hench Autism Studies Program itself is a cross-disciplinary program allowing students to self-select to be part of the courses. All incoming freshman students learn about the program as part of the college’s First Year Seminar course. The program prepares students from all majors to better understand those who are different. “Students will find it useful to learn to communicate and exchange information with different people, no matter what area of study they are pursuing,” says Buerk. The Hench Autism Studies Program is now in its second year as a Defiance College program. Buerk likes to see the sophomores, who were the first freshmen to experience the program, participating again and helping to mentor this year’s freshmen who have elected to join the program. It’s confirmation of a successful endeavor. Another area where Buerk is able to use his cross-discipline knowledge is working with the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity as an Associate Fellow to Cambodia for three years now, and to Jerusalem. “International relations is the new phenomenon of the 21st century,” says Buerk. “It’s important for students to travel and broaden their focus. Many students have never traveled outside of the United States. As a veteran traveler, I help them understand the people and processes they will encounter as they travel. As a professor of history, I help them to understand the culture and the background behind why the situations they are encountering exist.” Each trip involves student research projects. Students conduct research and present their research from the McMaster trip both orally and in writing. Buerk uses his cross-disciplinary knowledge to assist the students throughout the process of completing their projects. As an Associate Fellow, he is also responsible for working with the college’s library to ensure there are current periodicals available to students as they begin to build a needs assessment and develop research projects. “Students learn to be inspired by what is needed, not what they want to change.” The most recent McMaster trip Buerk participated in was to Cambodia. Becoming acquainted with Defiance College after a speaking engagement, Sophal Leng Stagg from the Southeast Asia Children’s Mercy Fund and Cambodian native helped the college identify and meet the needs of Cambodians, including teacher training, medical supplies and training, and business

development. An example of one Cambodian research project taken on by a McMaster student was by Jennifer Creighton. She explored natural birth control methods Cambodian women could use to help control their fertility. She completed her research before the Cambodian trip, and then with the help of Leng Stagg presented her finding to the women of the ne of the components of the Hench Autism Studies Program Cambodia Women’s provides an opportunity for a First-Year Seminar class led by Crisis Center. (See Dr. Don Buerk to study the characteristics of people with autism related story on page and then serve as peer mentors to students with autism. 18) After learning about people with autism, the first-year students Buerk also serve as peer mentors to students with autism when they are baking expresses his love of for the coffee cart (Bumble Bean Coffee). On Monday, Wednesday, history in other ways. and Friday, the first-year students work with the students with One such example is autism at the coffee cart. The first-year students participate in working with Randy leisure time activities with the students with autism as well as Buchman, emeritus other activities at the fitness center and during lunch in the College professor and Defiance cafeteria. city historian, to As part of this year’s Freshman Service Day, the DC students develop a Town participated in a full-day of training at Bittersweet Farms. and Gown lecture Bittersweet Farms is located in Whitehouse, Ohio, and is a farm series. The term that serves as a residential community for adults with autism. After “Town and Gown” the training, the first-year students participated in service projects derives itself from to help Bittersweet Farms prepare for their Fall Festival. 13th - 14th Century First-year students along with Dr. Buerk and other Defiance Oxford in which a College faculty presented their experiences at a national conference rivalry developed entitled “The Challenge of Meeting the Needs of Adolescent between academia Students with Autism: An Opportunity for P-16 Collaborations.” and the townsfolk. No such rivalry exists in the local Defiance community, so our use of the name is ironic of North Carolina, who will speak on Lincoln in a positive way. as a scholar. Buerk, Buchman and fellow In September, as part of a college course faculty member Michelle Tabit will also on American Presidencies, the Town and give Lincoln-inspired lectures. The lecture Gown series hosted Gerald Bazer, dean series begins in January and will consist of emeritus of Owens Community College, nine lectures examining different facets of who spoke about the 33rd President, Harry Lincoln’s life. Truman. In October, Buerk presented “I teach in my spare time,” says Buerk, “Fateful Presidential Elections.” as he laughs. “I enjoy teaching and working In 2009, there will be a special lecture with the students at Defiance College. What series to celebrate Lincoln’s 200th birthday. I learn from my other projects is applicable Buerk and Buchman have invited to the to the classes I’m teaching. I also enjoy the college national experts Mark Neely, Penn fact that not only is Defiance College a great State faculty member and Pulitzer Prize place to work, it offers many opportunities to winner, to speak about his book Lincoln, utilize my interests in new and unique ways.” The Last Best Hope of Earth, and William ‹ Harris, professor emeritus at the University



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FACULTY SCHOLARLY ACHIEVEMENTS Honors, awards, certifications, conference presentations, and publications Dr. Doug Kane, Assistant Professor of Biology, is a contributing author of two chapters in the 2008 published Checking the Pulse of Lake Erie monograph. He is first author of “A Planktonic Index of Biotic Integrity (P-IBI) for Lake Erie: a new technique for checking the pulse of Lake Erie,” and second author of “Declining Lake Erie ecosystem health-evidence from a multiyear, lake-wide, plankton study.” Dr. Tim Rickabaugh, Associate Professor of Sport Science, will be published in the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s Strategies magazine. His article titled “Exploring Commitment to Youth Sport and Developing Leadership Skills in Undergraduate Sport Science Students” was accepted in May and is expected to run in a late 2008 or early 2009 issue of the magazine. Rickabaugh used surveys from three years and over 250 Defiance College sports science students as part of his article. Dr. Gregg Gunsch, Associate Professor of Computer Forensics, presented “Retrospective of the Undergraduate (B.S.) Computer Forensics Major” at the annual Ohio chapter training meeting of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) in May 2008. He was also named the first “Volunteer International Coordinator of the HTICA Internet Safety for Children Campaign.” Gunsch earned the Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) certification from the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners in July and has been actively working on a sub-committee to develop an exam for a new certification, “Digital Evidence Practitioner,” as a function of the Digital Forensics Certification Board, sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (DoJ).


Mary Ann Studer, Assistant Professor of Physical Science, Associate Dean of McMaster School, Steve Smith, Professor of Art, and Robin Kratzer, Director of Teaching and Academic Growth Center, presented “Integrated Natural Resource Management as a Framework for Multidisciplinary Research in Belize” in June at the Council on Undergraduate Research National Conference at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. The presentation focused on how Integrated Natural Resource Management practices have structured more than 20 multidisciplinary undergraduate research projects in Belize over the past three years. Professor Studer presented “Integrated Natural Resource Management: A Pathway for Sustainable Development in Rural Belize” at The Alliance for Global Sustainability, at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., in January. Also in January she virtually presented “Synergistic Research in Support of Natural Resource Management: Undergraduate Research in Northern Belize” at the Fourth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, University Malaysia Terengganu. Studer and students Pamela Gibson, Michael Rostocil, Kyle Shong, and Kaitlin Studer presented “Interdisciplinary Learning Communities: Facilitating Honors Research in Belize” at the Mid-East Honors Association, Indianapolis, in March. Douglas Fiely, Assistant Professor of Art, won third place at the Crosby Gardens Art Festival in the category of painting in June at the Botanical Gardens, Toledo. Over 300 artists were involved in the exhibit. Dr. Spiro Mavroidis, Associate Professor in Biology, and student Kim Gieras presented at The Ohio Academy of Science Annual Meeting at the University

of Toledo in April. Mavroidis presented “Energy allocation to growth by juvenile garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) from two populations collected in different thermal environments” and Gieras and Mavroidis copresented “Postprandial temperature selection in the red-spotted newt (Notophthalamus viridescens).” Dr. Fred Coulter, Associate Professor of Education, presented at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) annual conference in Boston in April. The presentation titled “The Relationship of Service Coordinators’ Family-Centered Service Delivery and Maternal Empowerment in Tennessee’s Early Intervention System” presented results from his dissertation that was funded by Tennessee’s Early Intervention System and conducted by the Pathways to Family Empowerment Project located at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Jeffrey Weaner, Professor of Social Work and Sociology, presented “Assessment and Global Partnerships: The Common Ground between Accountability and Engagement,” with Drs. Jo Ann Burkhardt and Catharine O’Connell for the Annual Program Meeting of the Higher Learning Commission NCA in Chicago in April. Weaner also completed research on the effectiveness of the Cambodia Women’s Crisis Center, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, domestic violence shelter trainings, compiled and edited the annual reports for funders, and conducted a month-long program evaluation for programs funded by UNIFEM. The Defiance College art department faculty consisting of Steve Smith, Doug Fiely, Kathy Funderburg, Brandon Knott and Kent Juillard, were invited to show their artwork at the new Nizwonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio in Van Wert. ‹


BRINGS IN PIONEERING RESEARCHER The 2009 McMaster School Symposium welcomes forest canopy researcher Dr. Margaret Lowman


nternationally recognized for her pioneering research in forest canopy ecology, Dr. Margaret Lowman will provide the opening keynote for the 2009 McMaster Symposium on April 2. The theme for the McMaster Symposium is “Humanity at the Crossroads: Challenges to Sustainable Community Development,” and runs April 2 – 4 on the campus of Defiance College. Lowman pioneered the science of canopy ecology. For 30 years, she has designed hot-air balloons and walkways for treetop exploration to solve mysteries in the world’s forests, with special expertise on the links between insect pests and ecosystem health. Affectionately called the grandmother of canopy research, she has explored all three major rain forests of the world - Africa, Australia/Asia, and the Neotropics (including the Amazon). Lowman facilitates policy solutions using science education as a tool, drawing upon a lifetime of research and conservation. Her international network and passion for science have led her into leadership roles where she seeks best practices to solve environmental challenges. She is currently director of Environmental Initiatives and Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at New College of Florida and serves as vice president of The Explorers Club; vice president of the Ecological Society of America; treasurer of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation; executive director of Florida’s TREE Foundation; and cluster chair for the Sarasota Economic Development Corporation. An author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, her first book, Life in the Treetops, received a cover review in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Life in the Treetops describes Lowman’s scientific studies in forest canopies around the world and her challenges as a field biologist, wife,

Dr. Margaret Lowman is the 2009 McMaster School Symposium keynote speaker. and single parent. Her second book, It’s a Jungle Up There: More Tales from the Treetops, is an upbeat portrayal of how a parent’s career can imprint children, and how children in turn can influence the success and trajectory of their parent’s career. Reflecting her love for linking kids to nature, Lowman’s personal mantra is no child left indoors. Named after Lowman’s mantra, on September 18, 2008, Congress passed important “No Child Left Inside” legislation that will fund environmental education programs at a national level. It encourages students, families, and adults to experience nature and that teaching children about their “home,” planet earth, fosters better stewardship and science literacy. Working tirelessly on sustainability

initiatives at home and abroad, she recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Conservation from Sarasota County. Her numerous awards also include the Margaret Douglas Medal for Excellence in Conservation Education from the Garden Club of America; Girls Inc. Visionary Award; Mendel Medal for achievements in science and spirit; Lowell Thomas Medal for discoveries in the canopy; and election as a Kilby laureate and an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow. In addition to her keynote address at the McMaster Symposium, Lowman will attend some of the faculty and student presentations occurring during the three-day event. ‹

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TO OVERCOME STRUGGLES McMaster School Scholar Jennifer Creighton finds the value in helping people in crisis by Debbie Richard ’02,’04, Assistant Director of Marketing


s a 2007-08 McMaster Scholar to Cambodia, Jennifer Creighton carried out a project focused on natural forms of birth control. A local student and a Presidential Scholarship award winner, Jennifer became interested in the McMaster program after seeing another student’s presentation about garment factory workers in Cambodia. It had enough of an impact on her that she met with Dr. JoAnn Burkhardt to learn how she could get involved. As an International Studies major and Religion minor, Jennifer studied ways to help and settled on research on natural methods of birth control. Cambodia’s past unrest has made the use of and methods of obtaining medicinal forms of birth control difficult, if not impossible in some regions, and rarely affordable to the people in this poverty stricken country. During the reign of the Khmer Rouge, millions of people were killed, many of whom were the educated and doctors. Over 30 years later, the country is still trying to recuperate from the turmoil. The struggles women have in this nation are exacerbated by lack of control over their fertility. Creighton’s research took her to the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Institute of Reproductive Health website and research on one form of natural birth control – CycleBeads – that had 95% effectiveness with correct use and 88% effectiveness with typical use. The beads help women with normal ovulation cycles understand when they are more likely to become pregnant, thus allowing them to help control and plan their future. She also discovered and taught another method that could be used for women without a normal ovulation cycle, called the


Two Day Method, which mainly relies on a woman’s ability to understand what her body is telling her. “My biggest worry was not the research, but whether the women in the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center would accept me as a knowledgeable figure and the information I brought to help them,” Creighton said. Working with Sophal Leng Stagg of the Southeast Asia Children’s Mercy Fund as her translator, the Crisis Center’s staff and the professors within the McMaster program, Creighton was able to provide information that was easily and gladly accepted. The women in the Crisis Center also wanted to ask other questions and learn how to make the CycleBeads so that others could benefit from the knowledge.

Pleased that she could have such an impact on a foreign trip, Creighton is now focusing on New Orleans, another McMaster research area, and how she can help bring more awareness to the problems in Louisiana, specifically working with the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station on the eroding of the swamp and marshlands and the eventual displacement of its people. “This project is driven by a community need, as without the coastal wetlands, the city of New Orleans would cease to exist,” she says. “The wetlands are what protect the city from hurricanes, which strike the Louisiana coast more frequently than anywhere else in the United States. The community’s need for a strong storm surge infrastructure, whether it be natural or manmade, is very high.” ‹

Jennifer Creighton instructs Cambodian women in the use of CycleBeads.

opportunity IS ALL IT TOOK TO CHANGE A LIFE A passion for birds and education led Kaitlin Studer to take advantage of DC’s McMaster School program by Kaitlin Studer, Defiance College student


t was about mid freshman year when I decided I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity that the McMaster program offers. After hearing about the work going on in Belize, I decided that was the initiative I wanted to be on. I started talking to students and faculty that had gone the year before. They mentioned the Programme for Belize ranger Ivan Gillett, who was in charge of the recovery program for the endangered yellow-headed parrot. They started talking about how poaching for the pet trade was a huge problem, especially in the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area, and how Ivan was in need of educational materials in order to reach out to the communities on the periphery. At that moment I knew what kind of project I wanted. I wrote a proposal to travel to Belize to study the habitat of the yellowheaded parrot and then to create educational materials. I was overjoyed when I got the word that I was accepted. A week later, I received word that I was accepted for an internship at the Toledo Zoo Aviary. My passion for birds evolved as I worked over the summer in the aviary. When the fall semester hit, I was focused on finding every resource I could about the yellowheaded parrot, the pet trade, and educational outreach programs (with other endangered species). December came fast, and I was headed to Belize. Before I knew it, I was riding down the bumpiest dirt roads I have ever been on to the pine savannah, the yellow-headed parrot’s habitat. There Ivan Gillett showed me potential nesting sites for the bird, the kind of food parrot chicks eat, and he gave me a general overview of its natural history. Then Ivan showed me a tree that had been

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Opportunity poached! This was an experience I would never have gotten from a book or a journal article. This showed me how real poaching is a major problem. Seeing first-hand the large holes that were made by machetes that destroyed the nesting cavity was something I will never forget. While in Belize I collected more information, and I was trying to figure out exactly what kind of educational materials would be most effective. It wasn’t until the second to last day when Ivan took me to the savannah again and showed me another poached tree. This tree was completely cut down! Ivan explained that sometimes people will bring kids to help them get the chicks out of the nests because they have smaller limbs, and they are better tree climbers. It was at this exact moment that I knew I needed to write a children’s book. Poaching is a very lucrative business today. The yellow-headed parrot population began to decline in the 1970’s. By 1994 more than 90 percent of the population was gone. This was due to the fact that the birds are very popular in the pet trade because they can mimic human voices very quickly. What is devastating is that poaching is not the only problem that is negatively impacting the bird’s population. The parrot in some areas of Belize is being killed because local people consider it a pest. Yellow-headed parrots eat the fruit from cashew trees and thus negatively impact a source of income for many Belizeans. The parrot population is also threatened by habitat destruction as a result of frequent fires. People will set fire to the savannah to burn the old grasses leaving all of the new growth and sprouts of the grass exposed. This attracts animals into the savannah to feed on the new plants which makes for easy, although illegal, hunting. Pine savannah ecosystems benefit from being burnt naturally which happens every once in a while, not however from frequent human-induced fires. This constant burning damages some Caribbean pine trees and also destroys many yellow-headed parrot nests. This past year the Pine Savannah in the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area in Belize was set on fire and over 15 parrots’ nests were destroyed. My journey in Belize was ending quickly but the adventure that stemmed from the trip was just beginning. Writing a book can be just as overwhelming as trying to “advance humanity,” but what I have learned through this process is that one of the keys to success is having a support system. With the help


Poached Caribbean Pine of several people on the Defiance College campus and beyond, I was able to publish a children’s book entitled Leaving Wild: A Case to Save the Yellow-headed Parrot. People that helped me on campus were very patient and extremely supportive. My main editor, Dr. Margaret Noble Mikula, spent many hours going over drafts. Professor Cathy Rayburn-Trobaugh, because of her Latin American background, helped me write a book that would not offend. Professor Dean Flightner was another key supporter in the process reading and rereading drafts I produced. I also had off-campus support from the Toledo Zoo. Curator of birds Robert Webster was very gracious in making sure all of my “bird terms” were correct and well-defined. Last, but certainly not least my mom, Professor Mary Ann Studer, was a major supporter. When I said I was thinking about writing a children’s book, she gave me

her full support with no hesitation. She too read through numerous drafts and listened to my thoughts on how the book should be organized and styled. While the book started moving through the editing and translation process, I had time to think about what else I could do to help educate the people of Belize about the yellow-headed parrot. I knew that just one book was not going to dramatically change the view of the people, especially people who are killing the parrot because it eats the cashew fruit. I finally realized that getting people engaged in their environment through birding might help to reduce poaching in the area where it’s most prominent. I decided that the proceeds from the sale of my book Leaving Wild in the U.S. would fund what I call field packs. These field packs contain binoculars, a field guide to Central American birds, and a waterproof notebook

photo by Robin Kratzer

Ivan Gillett and Kaitlin Studer with her book Leaving Wild. To right: An inside page view of her book and would be taken to schools that surround the Rio Bravo. I also created an awareness poster about the yellow-headed parrot to display in areas where the book would not be distributed. I had to develop a field pack budget and price all the items in the field packs accordingly, so that I could price the book and write a business plan to keep track of all the donations and book proceeds. I could not have done this part if it wasn’t for the help of Rich Pejeau and the Office of Institutional Advancement. I wrote a second proposal to the McMaster School to go back to Belize in 2007 so that I could distribute my book and the field packs. In addition I wanted to conduct research to estimate biodiversity in different land use areas to try and help the rangers of the Rio Bravo convince the people on the periphery to reduce the practice of slash and burn. This project is directly linked to my parrot project because habitat destruction is another major cause of the decrease in its population. I was thrilled that this proposal was accepted and I was a member of the 2007-2008 McMaster Belize team.

I was able to sell enough books to fund 10 field packs. I returned to Belize in December 2007 with children’s books, awareness posters, field packs and my equipment to collect data for my biodiversity project. The best part of this trip was passing out the children’s books and talking to people about the yellow-headed parrot. To hand a child a book that is in all probability the only one they own was very exciting. Ivan was very happy with the book and how well it turned out. Even though he knew I was writing one, he was still surprised when he saw it. We sat and talked for two hours about the recovery program. He told me that I was part of the recovery program, and he wanted my input on a few aspects. This was the most unbelievable experience,

working with Ivan and feeling a part of the recovery program. This partnership that has developed with Ivan is something I will never forget and it’s a truly indescribable experience. In a way it makes my life feel more globalized, because whenever I get that “end of the world” feeling because of a bad test or a stressful week, I remember what I do in Belize and how that means so much more in the big picture. Ever since my first trip to Belize I have been giving presentations all over the country and talking to everyone and anyone that asks me about Belize. Although they may regret asking after I have talked to them for hours, the point is that the opportunity I took my sophomore year has opened my eyes and has developed a passion in me I never knew I had. This summer I authored an article that was published in the August edition of PsittaScene Magazine, the World Parrot Trust quarterly magazine. I am currently looking for graduate programs in conservation biology and sustainable development. After my last few projects, Programme for Belize asked me if I could work with farmers on the periphery of the Rio Bravo and their Lepidopteron pests. Programme for Belize was concerned about the populations of butterflies and moths as well as the impact of pesticides that are used by farmers to decrease crop damage. I was compelled to respond to this request so I submitted another scholar proposal. I was accepted in May 2008 and I will return to Belize in December of this year. But I couldn’t wait that long. I used money I earned working at the zoo this summer to fly to Belize in August. I met with the Dean of Muffles Junior College, and as a result I am working with biology professors at the college. These professors want to learn how to do field exercises so they can teach their students techniques that environmentalists, including foresters, should know. I completed a short video on three major field exercises and will be supplying them with the resources they need to conduct these exercises. Hopefully these students at Muffles will develop, through these field labs, more applicable skills as they enter the job market in Belize. And that is what McMaster and the Belize initiative is all about: helping people help people. In Belize I am helping Belizeans to better their future. This is what drives me. ‹ WINTER 2008 ◆ 21

A Force

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ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF HELPING The Defiance College community gathers in Columbus for the second annual Make A Difference Day event

DC students, staff, and alumni (including Phil Mallott ’78, right) joined forces for Make a Difference Day in Columbus. by Cindy Shaffer ’03, Director of Planned Giving


efiance College was a force to be reckoned with on Saturday, October 25, as alumni and family members, current DC students and staff gathered in Columbus to participate in the second annual Defiance College, Columbus Area Make A Difference Day event. This year’s project was to assist with the Ohio Special Olympics State Bowling Tournament held at Holiday Lanes on Columbus’ east side. Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine and supported in part by Newman’s Own Foundation (Paul Newman), Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of October in towns and cities throughout the United States. Alumni, spanning the class years of


1978 through 2006, joined athletes from the DC men’s basketball team and members of the soon to be chartered Alpha Phi Omega co-ed national service fraternity to assist the Olympians and to offer special words of encouragement to the athletes. The activity was planned by the Defiance College Columbus-area Alumni Network leadership team of Jeremy Ball ’04, Leanne (Schlenker) Moninger ’01, and Francine “Fran” Wahrman’90, with support from Alumni Network Coordinator Gretchen McGinley. “It’s so easy for these students to get caught up in athletics, school work, and their social lives that it’s easy to forget the big picture,” said DC basketball coach Kyle Brumett in addressing the gathering. “This event is an opportunity to be reminded that this is what life’s about.” The day began with brunch at the Lanes and provided an opportunity for alumni, staff

and students to get to know one another in a relaxed setting. Soon after, bowling balls were rolling and pins were flying amidst the cheers of participants and spectators. Defiance College volunteers were noticeable in their black Make a Difference Day shirts designed by Christin (McCabe) Mashburn’04, so much so that one parent was over heard saying “These Defiance College people are everywhere you look!” DC staff members in addition to Coach Brumett who participated in the day were: assistant coach Tom Heil; Katie Litle ’04, coordinator of McMaster Leadership Programs; graduate assistant for basketball, Kyle Resnick; Cindy Shaffer ’03, director of planned giving and Jamie Stoegbauer, director of student activities. Mark your calendar now for the fourth Saturday in October to join the Columbus Alumni Group in 2009! ‹

BECOME A FORCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY! If you would like to organize a DC Make A Difference Day Event in your community for 2009, please contact David Plant in the Alumni Office at 419-783-2572 or email him at for assistance.


OF THE OLYMPIC TORCH DC alumna Bonnie Bundy Bobbitt ’69 is honored to take part in the only U.S. leg of the Olympic Torch Relay


onnie Bundy Bobbitt, a 1969 DC alumna, was a proud carrier of the Olympic Torch in San Francisco in April. The San Francisco leg of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Torch Relay, the only U.S. stop of the five-month global event, included roughly 80 torchbearers. Bobbitt was one of six Ambassadors of Active Living selected by sponsor Coca-Cola from a pool of more than 1,000 nominees nationwide. Winners of the competition were chosen based on their dedication to living and promoting active lifestyles to make a positive, sustainable difference in their local communities. Bobbitt’s contributions to her community include working to reinstate $300,000 in federal funding for the construction of a multi-use path and identifying funding and procedures that resulted in her city – Fayetteville, Ga. - receiving $500,000 for the construction of sidewalks, bicycle surfaces, improved safety and handicap access, and drainage improvements. She spearheaded an effort that resulted in her county’s erecting 66 Share the Road signs. Her bicycle study was used by consultants in preparing the county’s comprehensive transportation plan. She raised funds that contributed toward the production of the Georgia Bicycle Law Enforcement Pocket Guide, which she distributed to all law enforcement officers in Fayette County and is being used by the county and municipal law enforcement agencies for training. She was also active in bringing the first Effective Cycling class to the county and promoted and supported her cycling club and countless cycling events.

“Carrying the Olympic torch is definitely a high point in my life,” said Bobbitt, who traveled to San Francisco with her husband and daughter. In spite of the unexpected - two course changes, a shortening of the route from six miles to three, being paired with a torchbearer partner, and being unable to communicate the location of the final course to her family - it was still an exhilarating experience. ‹

Bobbitt helping to carry the Olympic Torch (above) and standing in front of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco (left).

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UPDATE FROM THE FIELD HOUSE Men’s and women’s basketball previews, plus standout fall sports performers

by Seth Mikel, Sports Information Director Men’s Basketball The Defiance College men’s basketball team has been tabbed as the preseason favorite to win its second-straight HCAC regular season title. Defiance was the only team to pick up more than two first-place votes and also placed four players on the HCAC Players-to-Watch list. The Yellow Jackets are coming off their most successful season in 15 years after posting a 19-8 record and winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship by three games one year ago. DC led the conference race from start to finish and ended the year ranked first or second in the league in 12 statistical categories. Defiance hopes to pick up where it left off and will return three starters and 11


letterwinners from the squad that won the program’s first outright league championship since 1993-94 and posted its highest win total since the 1992-93 campaign. Leading the way for DC will be probable starters and HCAC Preseason Players to Watch Anthony Pettaway, Anthony Jackson, Mike Floyd and Nick Sales. The Jackets will also be bolstered by returning key reserves Eric Stolly, Heath Armstrong, Nate Conley and Josh Stuckey, along with a very talented six-man freshmen class. Defiance will turn to a new face on the sidelines in 2008-09, as Head Coach Kyle Brumett takes over the program which has 36 wins and a pair of appearances in the championship game of the HCAC Tournament over the past two seasons. Brumett began his tenure at DC on May 19 after leading his Lakeland squad to a 17-11 mark and the Northern Athletics Conference

Tournament Championship in 2007-08. Defiance will officially take the lid off of its 2008-09 season when it plays Albion at 7:30 pm on Nov. 21 in the first day of the Albion College Tip-Off Tournament. Women’s Basketball Senior Katie McNamara, junior Mandie White and sophomore Holly Stein were each named to the HCAC Player-to-Watch list, following the release of the 2008-09 HCAC Preseason Poll. Defiance was picked to finish seventh, tallying 27 points in the poll. Anderson was selected to repeat as conference champions with six first-place votes, while Manchester and Hanover rounded out the top three. DC went 10-14 overall and 5-11 in the HCAC in 2007-08 and is now seven wins shy of the program’s 600th victory. The Jackets finished 9-6 at the Karl H. Weaner

Center, defeating its opponents by nearly 17 points per contest in those victories. Defiance used that home-court advantage to cap off its season with home wins over HCAC Tournament qualifiers Franklin and Rose-Hulman. DC will look to carry that late-season success over to the 2008-09 campaign, while making a push for its first HCAC Tournament appearance under head coach Dic Doumanian. The tools to do so are in place, as the Jackets return four starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s squad. 2007-08 starters, Amber Bailey and Tasha Stucke also return for Doumanian. Defiance will be helped by a talented group of reserves that will keep DC’s high-scoring offense running throughout the game. Guards Molly Bateman and Courtney Schmersal, and Katie Carunchia in the frontcourt positions; and newcomers Jenna Deskins, Makayla Graves and Shavonda Price should make an impact for DC. The Jackets open up their 2008-09 campaign on November 15, when they travel to Olivet, Mich. for a matchup with the Comets of Olivet College. ‹

FALL SPORTS STANDOUTS by Jordon Bruner, Assistant Sports Information Director Keith Snyder was named HCAC Defensive Player of the Week and selected to the National Team of the Week, following his outstanding performance in Defiance’s 21-13 win over Anderson on October 25. The senior safety recorded 12 tackles, as his four assisted tackles helped him set a DC career record with 169 in his four years with the Jackets. The Martin, Mich., native also had one interception, five pass breakups and a quarterback hurry in the victory. Tom Foos earned HCAC Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors following the Jackets’, 31-28, victory over Hanover on November 1. The Helena, Ohio, native drilled a career-best 38-yard field goal to win the game in overtime, while averaging 55.6 yards per kickoff and sticking two punts inside the 20-yard line. Kyle Longsdorf also earned player-of-the-week honors in DC’s victory over Hanover. The sophomore strong safety was named HCAC Defensive Player of the Week, after recording a career-high eight solo tackles and returning an interception for a touchdown. Longsdorf, who capped off the Jackets’ 21-0 run with the return, ranked third on the team with 53 tackles through eight games, while leading Defiance with two picks. Kristen Nicely garnered HCAC Player-of-the-Week honors twice this season. The freshman right-side hitter first claimed the award after being named as the Defiance Invitational Most Valuable Player and recording double-digit kills in all five of her matches that week. The Ayersville High product had a 19-kill, 11-dig, four-block outburst in DC’s win over defending HCAC champion Hanover, while helping the Jackets to a 3-0 sweep of Franklin with 14 kills and three blocks to earn her second HCAC prize. Danyel Lipps had 29 kills, 26 digs and five aces in a two-match span against HCAC opponents, Transylvania and Rose-Hulman, to earn HCAC Player-of-the-Week honors. The junior outside hitter had a flawless effort against the Pioneers, hitting .467 with no miscues to help the Jackets clinch a berth in the HCAC Tournament. Lipps was second on the team with 281 kills and enters the HCAC tourney just 19 shy of reaching the 300-kill plateau for the second-consecutive season. ‹

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Alumni Class Notes


class notes The 40’s Hazel (Kimmel) Heincelman ’45 and her husband, Ray, moved to a seniors’ complex in Oxford, Michigan. They both participate in daily exercise programs and are healthy. Hazel and Ray are still playing golf in the summertime. Donelda (Hickok) McWilliams ’46 met recently with Senator George Voinovich in Washington, D.C. They discussed the new bipartisan Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act. Donelda served as an AARP representative. She resides in Defiance.

The 50’s Lorraine Andrews ’56 was recognized by the Northwest Ohio Rivers Council for her 20 years of

service. She has held the position of secretary, planned and organized meetings, and written articles for various publications about activities the council had planned. She is also a member of the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor. She resides in Defiance. James Hale ’56 and his wife, Marie, just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on September 11, 2008. They celebrated this special occasion with a family dinner. The Hales reside in Defiance.

The 60’s Dr. John Mitchell ’60 and his wife, Vivian, celebrated their golden anniversary on June 24, 2008. The couple was married in 1958 at the First Presbyterian Church. Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell reside in Defiance. Jackson Crosley ’61 retired from teaching in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1996. He and his wife, Charl, own a farm outside of Chillicothe where they raise and sell Christmas trees. Larry Zachrich ’63 was recognized by Northwest State Community College for his 30 years of service to the college. He is currently the Coordinator of Experiential Learning. Larry resides in Napoleon, Ohio.





Raymond Etzler ’63 recently retired from Antwerp Local Schools. He was the elementary principal for the last six years. His career spanned over 45 years. He and his wife, Colleen, reside in Van Wert, Ohio. Donald Schmidt ’63 and his wife, Lois, have welcomed their third grandchild, Eli Schmidt, in August 2007. Donald and Lois reside in Aurora, Colorado.

William Derbyshire ’64 is the current president of the Wildcat Baseball Program. He was inducted into the Northeast Indiana Baseball Association Hall of Fame in May 2008. He and his wife, Martha, reside in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Patricia (Singer) Timbrook ’65 recently retired from teaching at Hicksville Local Schools after 24 years. She and her husband, Ralph, reside in Hicksville, Ohio. Joe Speiser ’65 has been donating blood to the American Red Cross for the past 49 years. He recently reached his goal of donating 25 gallons of blood. Joe resides in Defiance. Caren Bush ’66 and her husband, Steve, celebrated their 25th anniversary on April 15, 2008. Caren and Steve have three children and reside in Defiance. E. Dean Beck ’68 received the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Hospital Association. The award recognizes CEOs or senior managers of Ohio Hospital Association member organizations that exemplify outstanding leadership, managerial skills, teaching skills, or service to the surrounding community. He has worked for the Fulton County Health Center for 40 years and resides in Archbold, Ohio. Barbara (Wyse) Jones ’68 recently retired from teaching at Northeastern Local Schools. For the past five years, she has served the district as a kindergarten teacher. She and her husband, David, reside in Defiance. Faith (Meister) Smith ’68 was recognized by Defiance Clinic for her service to their institution. Faith received an award for 20 years of service to the clinic. Faith and her husband, Alan, reside in Defiance.

Carol (Gisel) Short ’69 recently retired from teaching at Stryker Elementary. Carol and her husband, Lonnie, reside in Archbold, Ohio. Bonnie Bundy Bobbitt ’69 was selected to carry the Olympic Torch in San Francisco as it made its way to Beijing, China. She was one of six chosen by Coca-Cola to carry the torch because of her active lifestyle and her service to her community. Bonnie is involved in the Fayette County Bicycle User Group which advocates sharing the roadway with motorists and cyclists. She and her husband, Bo, reside in Fayetteville, Georgia. Al Moll ’69 and his wife, Laurie, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on June 1, 2008. They were married in 1968 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wauseon, Ohio. Al and Laurie reside in Defiance. Robert Ludwig ’69 recently retired from Marengo United Methodist Church where he served as pastor. He and his wife, Diana, moved to Grafton, Ohio. Stuart Douglas ’69 recently sold his youth hostel and retired as of November 1, 2007. During retirement, Stuart has been enjoying trips to Hawaii and white water rafting in Chile. Stuart resides in Ashland, Oregon.

The 70’s Lynn Bergman ’70 retired in January from the Defiance County Airport Authority Board after 23 and a half years of service. Patty Ann (Gerken) Michaelis ’70 recently retired from Northwest State Community College. She and her husband, Arthur, reside in Defiance.

Robert Zimny ’70 retired from Geneva City Schools in 2000 and is currently working part-time at a local golf course. He and his wife, Cindy, spend the month of January in Florida. Bob and Cindy reside in Geneva, Ohio, and would like to hear from fellow DC alumni at the following e-mail address: bzimny@ Bruce Goodwin ’71 was elected to be the Republican state representative for the 74th District by Defiance County voters. He and his wife, Marleen, reside in Defiance. Peggy (Sibley) Scope ’71 graduated from Purdue University in May 2006 with her Ph.D in Educational Administration. She has been the principal of a successful middle school for 12 years. Prior to this, she taught mathematics at Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana and Purdue University. She has been married to Terry Scope ’71 since August 29, 1970. They have one son, Michael, and reside in Gary, Indiana. Jim Stinehelfer ’72 was recently elected to the Northwestern Electric Cooperative’s Board of Trustees. Jim and wife Debra (Kyser) Stinehelfer ’72 reside in Edgerton, Ohio. Terri (Swaninger) Ruyle ’72 retired from Defiance City Schools after 28 years of service to the district. She taught third grade at Brickell Elementary School. She and her husband, Stephen, reside in Defiance. Gene Eyler ’72 has been selected as the Middle School Athletic Administrator of the Year for the 2007-2008 school year by the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. He was also chosen for the same award by the Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association. Gene is the eighth grade principal at Northmont Middle School in Clayton, Ohio, and has previously served as Northmont High School’s athletic administrator. He and his wife, Connie, reside in Eaton, Ohio. Their son, Michael, is a senior at Miami University, Oxford.

Wallace Snyder ’72 purchased an original document drafted in 1941 declaring Holgate, Ohio, a village. Wallace donated this document to be displayed in the municipal building. Wallace is currently the mayor of Holgate, and he resides there with his wife, Darlene. Linda (Weisgerber) Brugler ’73 recently retired from Defiance City Schools after 35 years of service. She was the principal at Spencer Elementary School in Defiance. She received her 35 Years of Service award at the Defiance City Schools teacher and staff recognition program. She and her husband, S.G., reside in Defiance. Robyn E. Small ’73 has retired from Defiance City Schools after 35 years of service. She was an English teacher at Defiance Junior High School. She received her 35 Years of Service award at the Defiance City Schools teacher and staff recognition program held recently. Robyn resides in Defiance. Becky (Gahris) Geiger ’74 retired from Northeastern Local Schools after 24 years of service. She was a third grade teacher at the elementary school. Becky and her husband, Joe, reside in Defiance. Christine (Hammer) Korhn ’74 received a 15 Years of Service Award at the Defiance City Schools teacher and staff recognition program. She is currently an English teacher at Defiance High School. She and her husband, Steve, reside in Defiance. Rodric Hersha ’74 was recognized at the Defiance City Schools teacher and staff recognition program with a 15 Years of Service award. He is a math instructor at Defiance High School. He and his wife, Pamela, reside in Defiance. Patricia (Walden) Jason ’75 retired in June 2008, ending a 31-year career at Rocky River High School, where she served as the honors college prep English teacher, academic standards curriculum advisor, and department chair. Trish and her husband, Gary, now reside in a golf community in the Phoenix area.

Dr. Robert Head III ’76 was awarded the Simon Award for 2008 from the Champaign (OH) County Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes individuals or organizations that help and improve the Urbana community. Dr. Head left his position as president of Urbana University to become the president of Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois. He and his wife, Sheryl, have three children: Robert IV, Jason, and Adrienne. Michael Flory ’77 joined CK Technologies as a cost accountant. He has over 20 years of experience in cost accounting and budget analysis. Michael resides in Defiance. Keith Bell ’78, former principal at Westerville South High School in Westerville, Ohio, has been named the District Director for Academic Affairs effective August 1, 2008. Westerville is the 10th largest school district in the state of Ohio with three high schools, four middle schools, and sixteen elementary schools. Westerville South High School was recognized by US News and World Report (December 2007 issue) as one of the top 400 high schools in the nation receiving a silver medal. It was also recognized by Newsweek (May 2008 issue) as a top school in the nation for significantly decreasing the achievement gap while increasing academic achievement. Keith will be in charge of all the high schools and middle schools. The Bell family resides in Columbus, Ohio. Kevin F. Lewis ’79 and his wife, Grace, were married on November 7, 2007. The new couple resides in Columbus, Ohio. Kristie Wilkins ’79 married Tom Schultheis on July 21, 2007. Her daughter, Jacqueline, graduated from Case Western Reserve University in May 2007, daughter, Natalie, graduated from Boston University in May 2008, son, Victor, attends Euclid High School, and daughter, Tessa, attends Mentor High School. Kristie and Tom reside in Mentor, Ohio.

The 80’s Martha Mallott ’81 was inducted into Defiance High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame on May 3, 2008. She was the first female track qualifier for the Ohio state track meet from DHS, held the school record in the 880 meter run for 25 years, as well as five other track school records. At Defiance College, Martha participated in basketball, men’s golf, and track and field. In 2005, Martha founded the Ohio Women’s Open Championship after a very successful amateur golf career. She resides in Defiance. Kevin Hardy ’81 has been nominated for the Rhysling Award for his poem “Weightlessness” which was published in Mythic Delirium. The Rhysling Awards are annual awards given for the best science fiction, fantasy, or horror poem. Rhysling Award nominees are chosen by members of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Kevin, who has published over 900 works of poetry and short stories, lives in Cygnet, Ohio, with his wife, Pat, and their daughter, Lizzie. Carron (Daniels) Essman ’81 received a 25 Years of Service award at the Defiance City Schools teacher and staff recognition program. She is currently teaching fifth grade at Defiance Junior High School. She and her husband, Donald, reside in Defiance. Beth (Hook) Headley ’82 was honored at the Northeastern Local Schools annual staff awards/ appreciation banquet for her 25 years of service to the district. She and her husband, Randall, reside in Hicksville, Ohio. Nanette (Spiess) Buehrer ’82 is the new director of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband, Neil, and their three daughters will relocate back to Archbold, Ohio. Jeffrey Strausbaugh ’83 was elected to the juvenile and probate judge’s position in the November 2008 election. He currently serves as Defiance County’s Prosecutor. He and his wife, Sue Ann (Webb) Strausbaugh ’79 reside in Defiance.

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Alumni Class Notes Dorothy (Peebles) Myers ’83 and her husband, Calvin, celebrated 50 years of marriage on June 8, 2008. The couple was married in the Gospel Tabernacle of Hicksville. Dorothy and Calvin have two children, Douglas and Nancy. They reside in Sherwood, Ohio. Sharon Peck ’83 recently retired from Wayne Trace Local School. She was an elementary teacher for the Raider district. She and her husband, Arden, reside in Oakwood, Ohio. Tim Tobias ’84 was promoted from Assistant Chief to Chief at the Defiance City Police Department. He has been with the department for 22 years. Tim and his wife, Kristy, have two children, Lindsey and Jordon. The family resides in Defiance. Melissa (Farlee) Diemer ’84 and her husband, Mitchell, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. The couple was married on May 28, 1983 in the First Church of God in Defiance. Melissa and Mitchell have two daughters, Ashley and Chelsea, and reside in Defiance. Jeff Mack ’84 is the new Assistant Police Chief of the Defiance City Police. He has been with the Defiance City Police for 22 years. He and his wife, Cindy, reside in Defiance. Tom Held ’85 received a 10 Years of Service award at the Defiance City Schools teacher and staff recognition program. He is currently the technology instructor at Defiance High School. He resides in Defiance. Dr. Martin Miller ’86 recently returned from China where he attended the Third Annual Chinese Bridge Delegation. Four hundred educators from around the country were chosen to participate in this year’s conference. Dr. Miller is the principal at Paulding Elementary. He and his wife, Nancy, and their children reside in Defiance. Ted Penner ’87 was recently hired as the new fiscal officer at Central Local School in Ohio. He has worked as an attorney in his own law firm since 1991, and he is also a certified public accountant. He resides in Defiance.


Patricia (Meehan) McCord ’87 and her husband, Craig, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on September 14, 2008. They celebrated the occasion with a trip over the summer to Nellysford, Virginia, Asheville, North Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia. The McCords reside in Defiance. Mary Slattery ’88 was recognized for numerous years of service to the Rosary Altar Society. She has served as president and secretary for the organization, as well as a lay distribution lector, CCD teacher, and the Crossroads Area coordinator for the Diocese of Toledo. She also volunteers at the local senior center and is a co-chair of the Linus Slattery Memorial Golf Tournament to raise money for the Hospice Center of Defiance. Mary was named the Volunteer of the Year at the Lights of Defiance County event. She and her husband, Ed, reside in Hicksville, Ohio.

Julie (Schroeder) Brown ’88 received a 20 Years of Service Award at the Defiance City Schools teacher and staff recognition program. She is currently the special education teacher at Defiance High School. She and her husband, Matt, reside in Defiance. Mark Froelich ’89 received third place honors for best full-page layout at the Associated Press Society of Ohio’s annual newspaper competition. Mark is currently employed by The Crescent-News of Defiance. He and his wife, Lisa, reside in Defiance. Jenee (Cain) Seibert ’89 was recognized as an Outstanding Student at Defiance College’s Center for Adult and Graduate Programs and alumni association master’s recognition dinner. She received her master’s degree in business and organizational leadership. Jenee and her husband, Matthew, reside in Defiance.

The 90’s Jean (Armstrong) Hubbard ’90 was elected to the First Defiance Financial Corporation’s board of directors. She will take the position on the First Defiance Board and will also be on the board of its subsidiary, First Federal Bank of the Midwest. She resides in Defiance with her husband, Tom, and children. Anna (Rubio) Hernandez ’90 was promoted to corporate accounts manager at Duro-Last in Saginaw, Michigan. Her new responsibilities include communication with prospective customers and managing and marketing for the corporate accounts. She and her husband, George, reside in Saginaw, Michigan. Denise (Saylor) Wright ’90 is the new Noble Elementary principal in the Northeastern Local School district. She will also be responsible for part-time duties as assistant

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principal at Tinora Elementary School. Denise was previously employed as a second grade teacher at Ayersville Elementary School. She and her husband, Randy, reside in Defiance. Scott Armey ’91 was recognized as an Outstanding Student at Defiance College’s Center for Adult and Graduate Programs and alumni association master’s recognition dinner. He received his master’s degree in business and organizational leadership. Scott and his wife, Tracy, reside in Liberty Center, Ohio. Karen Mobley ’92 was recently recognized for her community service and involvement. She started a multiple sclerosis support group seven years ago to help her son and other families find support. Karen is the Adult Basic Literacy Educator at Four County Career Center. She and her husband, Gerald, live in Defiance. Rose (Bailey) Reinhart ’92 received a $5,000 Learning and Leadership Grant from the National Education Association. This grant will allow Antwerp Local Schools to create a school-wide plan to integrate technology into all parts of educational instruction. Recipients were chosen based on their proposed ideas and their potential for enhancing student achievement. Rose and her husband, James, reside in Antwerp, Ohio. Lisa Crowe ’92 received an award for 10 Years of Service at the Defiance City Schools teacher and staff recognition program. She is currently teaching English at Defiance Junior High School. She and her husband, Christopher, reside in Defiance. Andrew Bouza ’93 received an award given by the International Union of Police Associations. This award recognized his commitment to his country by serving in the military, and his commitment to his community by serving as a law enforcement official. He was one of three military veterans to receive this award. Andrew and his wife, Heidi ’93, reside in Defiance.

Karen (McDonald) Christiansen ’94 retired from Northeastern Local Schools after 30 years of service. She was a third grade teacher in the elementary school. She and her husband, Ken, reside in Chicago where Karen has entered seminary at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Darlene Frania ’95 recently retired from Patrick Henry Elementary after 41 years of teaching. Brian J. Roesti ’95 was recognized as an Outstanding Student at Defiance College’s Center for Adult and Graduate Programs and alumni association master’s recognition dinner. He received his master’s degree in business and organizational leadership. Brian resides in West Unity, Ohio. Lonnie Fleetwood ’95 and wife, Jessica, would like to announce the birth of their second daughter, Sydney Marie. Sydney was born on March 3, 2008. She has one older sister, Amanda. Lonnie, Jessica, Amanda, and Sydney reside in Defiance. Glenn McKee ’95 and his wife, Brooke, are happy to announce the birth of their son Grady Douglas McKee, born on June 12, 2008 at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay, Ohio. Grady weighed 5 pounds 12 ounces and was 19 ½ inches long. This is the first child for Glenn and Brooke. The family resides in Deshler, Ohio. Brenda (Deitrick) Doster ’95 and her husband, Steve, welcomed a son, Alex Eugene, into the world on June 25, 2008. Alex has two older sisters, Kaitlyn and Macy. The Doster family resides in Paulding, Ohio. Suellen McCaulley-Byrne ’95 and her husband, Kevin, would like to announce the birth of their son, Ryan Stephen Byrne. Ryan was born on May 15, 2008. The Byrne family lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. Virginia “Ginny” Sterling ’96 was recognized by the Historic Homes of Defiance for her eight years of service to the organization. Ginny was one of the charter members and has served as president for two terms. She also volunteers at the Defiance Regional Medical Center.

She and her husband, Bill, reside in Defiance. Susan (Eberle) Shindledecker ’96 and her husband, Tad, are proud to announce the birth of their third child. Dean Keith Shindledecker was born on November 15, 2007. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 21 ½ inches long. He was welcomed home by his big sister, Emma Marlene, and big brother, Sean Carl. The Shindledecker family resides in Stryker, Ohio. Travis Lichty ’96 is the principal at Antwerp Elementary School. He was the social studies and computer literacy teacher for junior high students at Antwerp. He has also served as varsity baseball coach, assistant varsity football coach, and junior high basketball coach. Travis resides in Antwerp, Ohio. Sherrie Herman ’96 is the new third grade reading intervention instructor at Stryker Elementary School. She was previously a first grade teacher there. Sherrie and her husband reside in Bryan, Ohio. Crystal (Nehls) Brooks ’96 was recently hired by Antwerp Elementary School as a first grade teacher. Crystal and her husband, Randy, reside in Hicksville, Ohio. Brian Wonderly ’96 and Christine Bauer were married on December 22, 2007 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Napoleon, Ohio. Brian is a junior high science teacher at Tinora Jr. High School, and Christine is a fourth grade teacher at Tinora Elementary School. They reside in Hicksville, Ohio. Kelli (McAdow) Bok ’96 and her husband, Joe, would like to announce the birth of their son, Tyler Joe. Tyler was born on July 16, 2008. Tyler has an older sister, Tommi. The Bok family resides in Stryker, Ohio. Amy (Shafer) Daeger ’97 was recognized by First Federal Bank for eight years of community service. She has been on the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio, and she is also active in the Junior Achievement program. She is currently the northern market retail adminstrator. She and her husband,

Kenny, reside in Defiance with their four children: Kameron, Courtney, Mallory, and Sadie. Eric Gerber ’97 recently opened his third location of Eric’s All-American Ice Cream Factory. He has two establishments in Defiance and now one in Bryan, Ohio. Eric and his wife, Melanie, reside in Defiance. Angela Westrick ’97 and Adnan Assaf were married on April 19, 2008 at the St. John Evangelist Catholic Church in Defiance. Angela is currently employed by The Crescent-News, and Adnan is the chef at Primo’s restaurant. The couple resides in Defiance. Amy Whitacre ’97 and her husband, Greg, would like to announce the birth of their second daughter, Jadelynn Lou. Jadelynn was born on July 18, 2008. She has an older sister, Mackenna. The Whitacre family resides in Archbold, Ohio. Seth Linebrink ’97 and his wife, Melissa, would like to announce the birth of their twins, Katie and Derek. They were born on July 17, 2008. Katie and Derek have an older brother, Ethan. The Linebrink family resides in LaGrange, Ohio. Jeff Niese ’97 and his wife, Annette, celebrated 25 years of marriage on August 13, 2008. They were married in 1983 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in New Cleveland, Ohio. The couple has five children, Nathan, Jonathon, Ashleigh, Brandon, and Cameron. Jeff and his family reside in Defiance. Hilary (Schuerger) Glanc ’97 and her husband, Ken, would like to announce the birth of their third child, Lukas William. Lukas was born on July 8, 2008. Lukas has an older sister, Margaret, and an older brother, Nathaniel. The Glanc family lives in Cleveland. Jack Palmer ’98 received honorable mention for best investigative reporting at the Associated Press Society of Ohio’s annual newspaper competition. He is currently employed by The Crescent-News of Defiance. He and his wife, Chris, reside in Defiance.

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Alumni Class Notes Tim Dumire ’98 and his wife, Angela, would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Kyndra Deborah. Kyndra was born on May 3, 2008. She has an older brother, Brayden who is 2. The Dumire family resides in Defiance. Shawn Helf ’98 received the Juvenile Detention Worker of the Year award from the Ohio Juvenile Detention Services Association. He was nominated by Ohio’s Juvenile Detention Center directors. He is currently sergeant at Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention, Training, and Rehabilitation Center near Stryker, Ohio. Shawn resides in Hicksville, Ohio. Elizabeth Inkrott ’98 and Todd Schulte were married on November 17, 2007 in Holy Family Catholic Church in New Cleveland, Ohio. Elizabeth is a financial analyst for General Motors and her husband is self-employed at Schulte Produce. The couple resides in Defiance. Melissa Volkert ’99 and Mike Pavolino were married on December 24, 2007. Melissa and her husband reside in Westerville, Ohio. Christina (Dominique) Gerencser ’99 and her husband, Jason, would like to announce the birth of their second child, Levi Thomas. Levi was born on May 24, 2008. His sister, Victoria, is two years old. The Gerencser family resides in Defiance. William Brubaker ’99 and his wife, Sharon, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on September 14, 2008. The couple will celebrate the occasion with a trip to the Mayan Riviera, Mexico. They reside in Hamler, Ohio. Annette (Rue) Hoeffel ’99 was promoted by Chief and Rays Supermarkets to manager of marketing and advertising. Annette, and her husband, Chris ’96, have two children, Alex and Andrew, and reside in Continental, Ohio.

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The 00’s Richard Peters ’00 is the new assistant principal at Defiance Junior High School. He resides in Defiance. Jacob Strahm ’00 and his wife, Jamie, would like to announce the birth of their son, Cooper Louis. Cooper was born on June 11, 2008. Cooper has an older sister, Sydney who is 12, and an older brother, Jacob who is 2. The Strahm family resides in Defiance. Gina (Verhoff) Schnipke ’00 and her husband, Mark, would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Isabelle. Anna was born on July 21, 2008. She has two older brothers, Joey and Aaron. The Schnipke family resides in Leipsic, Ohio. Stephanie (Miller) Skylar ’00 was named the president and chief executive officer of Chief Super Market, Inc. She has been an executive with the company since 1996. Stephanie and her husband, Martin, have two children and reside in Lima, Ohio. Shannon Dunson ’00 and Ronald Warstler were married on August 9, 2008 at the County Line Church of God in Auburn, Indiana. Shannon is currently employed by Bryan City Schools as a teacher, and Ronald is a compliance specialist with the American Red Cross, Fort Wayne. The couple resides in Stryker, Ohio. Tina (McCullough) Farrington ’01 was promoted to senior vice president at Tower Financial Corp. in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Tina joined Tower Financial in 2006 and has held the positions of private banking manager, HSA operations manager, and private banking advisor. She


and her husband, Chris, reside in Defiance. Scott Nixon ’01 and his wife, Angela, would like to announce the birth of their first child, a daughter Maggie-Mae Layla. Maggie-Mae was born on June 21, 2008. The Nixon family resides in Napoleon, Ohio. Shaun Fulk ’01 and his wife, Coleen, are proud to announce the birth of their third child, Addalee Madison. Addalee was born on July 30, 2008. She has two older sisters, Haylee and Emmalee. The Fulk family resides in Stryker, Ohio. Lori Keim ’01 was recently hired at Four County Career Center as the new MH Instructor. She and her husband, Ryan, reside in Archbold, Ohio. Randall Richard ’02, ’04 and Deborah Reiner ’02, ’04 were married on May 17, 2008 at Zion’s Lutheran Church in Defiance. Debbie recently joined Defiance College as the assistant director of marketing. The couple resides in Hamilton, Indiana. Evie (Geisler) Walter ’02 and her husband, Chris, would like to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Jay. Matthew was born on April 15, 2008. Matthew has two siblings, Grace and Jackson. Evie was recognized by Defiance City Schools with a 5 Years of Service Award. She is currently teaching third grade at Anthony Wayne Elementary. The Walter family resides in Defiance. Travis Cooper ’02 received a 5 Years of Service Award at the Defiance City Schools teacher and staff recognition program. He is currently teaching biology at Defiance High School. He resides in Sherwood, Ohio.

Michelle (Matheny) Vitek ’02 received a 5 Years of Service Award at the Defiance City Schools teacher and staff recognition program. She is the physical education teacher for all of the elementary schools (Spencer Elementary, Brickell Elementary, Anthony Wayne Elementary, and Slocum Elementary) in Defiance, Ohio. She and her husband reside in Defiance. Shane Brugler ’02 received a 5 Years of Service award at the Defiance City Schools teacher and staff recognition program. He is currently teaching social studies at Defiance Junior High School. He resides in Defiance. Kevin Radzik ’02 and Carrie (Wiemken) Radzik ’03 would like to announce the birth of their son, Carter James. Carter was born on June 15 and has an older brother Kayden. Kevin, Carrie, Kayden, and Carter reside in Defiance. Judith (Kimble) Wagner ’02 and her husband, Stephen, would like to announce the birth of their first child, a son named Maddox J. Wagner. Maddox was born on August 24, 2007. She and Stephen were married on December 9, 2006. The Wagner family resides in Defiance. Jackie (Broering) Homan ’02 and her husband, Adam, would like to announce the birth of their first child, a son, Evan John. He was born on July 19, 2008 and weighed 8 pounds and eight ounces. The Homan family resides in Sylvester, Georgia. Amanda (Bland) Bok ’02 and her husband, David, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Hayden Matthew. Hayden was born on July 21, 2008. Amanda, David, and Hayden reside in Defiance.

child, a daughter named Jayla Rainell. Jayla was born on July 12, 2008. She has an older brother, named Jackson. The Griffith family resides in Cecil, Ohio.

Kristi Beechy ’02 and David Littrell were married on July 12, 2008. The couple resides in South Bend, Indiana.

Kimberly Mann ’04 was recognized for her community service and volunteer work in Defiance. She has been a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization for three years, where she is very active in recruitment and marketing. Currently, Kim is taking classes at Bowling Green State University to receive her master’s degree in business. She resides in Defiance.

Matt Joost ’02 was recently named partner at RE/MAX Realty. He joined the company in 2002 as a top producing agent. Matt and his wife, Kierstin, have two children, Rylee and Kasen, and reside in Defiance.

Kristine (Baughman) Stuart ’04 is the new treasurer for the Western Buckeye ESC Governing board. She and her husband, Kevin, have 2 children. The family resides in Paulding, Ohio.

Jason Rickenberg ’05 accepted a new position at Northwest State Community College as the transfer coordinator. Jason and his wife, Sarah, reside in Defiance.

Cassie (Jones) George ’03 was recognized at the Defiance City Schools teacher service program. She received a 5 Years of Service Award. She is teaching first grade at Spencer Elementary in Defiance. She and her husband reside in Defiance.

Jessica (Welch) Davis ’04 received a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the National Education Association to create technologyrich instruction in science, math, and language arts at Grover Hill Elementary School. Recipients were chosen based on their proposed ideas and their potential for enhancing student achievement. She and her husband, Rob, reside in Haviland, Ohio.

Amanda (Rosebrock) Westrick ’02 and her husband, Kenny, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Haley Mae. Haley was born on August 8, 2008. The Westrick family resides in Columbus, Ohio.

D.J. Lutz ’03 and his wife, Heather, would like to announce the birth of their first child, a daughter named Hailey. Hailey was born on June 26, 2008 and weighed seven pounds and seven ounces. The Lutz family resides in Temperance, Michigan. Brandon Baker ’03 is the new seventh grade Language Arts teacher at Ayersville Local School. He was previously a middle school teacher at St. John Lutheran School in Defiance. Brandon and his wife, Tiffany, reside in Defiance. Julie (Spitnale) Mast ’03 and her husband, George, would like to announce the birth of their son, Samuel George. Samuel was born on May 14, 2008 and weighed seven pounds 12 ounces. Julie is currently employed at Defiance City Schools as a kindergarten teacher at Anthony Wayne Elementary. George is a supervisor at LaFarge North America in Paulding, Ohio. The Mast family resides in Cecil, Ohio. Melanie Sisco ’03 and Eric Gerber ’97 were married on October 23, 2007 in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, West Indies. Melanie is employed as the commercial credit department manager at First Federal Bank, and Eric is the owner of Eric’s All-American Ice Cream Factory. Melanie and Eric reside in Defiance.

Kirk Jones ’02 and Tricia (Spallinger) Jones ’04 would like to announce the birth of their first child, Avery Belle. Avery was born on June 6, 2008. Kirk, Tricia, and Avery reside in Sugar Hill, Georgia. Jessica Potter ’04 and Eric Demaline were married on June 9, 2008 at Sandals Grande Ocho Rios in Jamaica. They spent the week in Ocho Rios enjoying their honeymoon. Jessica is currently attending the University of Toledo, and her husband is pursuing his degree in nursing at Northwest State Community College. Jessica and Eric reside in Wauseon, Ohio. Kristin Gerity ’04 is officially Dr. Kristin Gerity, D.D.S. She is a 2008 graduate of the Ohio State School of Dentistry. She resides in Lima, Ohio. Heather (Fisher) Westrick ’04 and Jason Westrick ’07 would like to announce the birth of their first child, a son, named Collin Michael. He was born on June 26, 2008. The Westricks reside in Defiance. Jodi (Koenn) Griffith ’04 and her husband, Jake, would like to announce the birth of their second

Angela (McCoy) Shook ’05 was promoted to corporate accountant at Defiance Metal Products in Defiance, Ohio. She and her husband, Bill, reside in Defiance.

Joy (Stoller) Manz ’05 was hired at Oakwood Elementary School as a preschool teacher. Joy, and her husband, Tim, reside in Haviland, Ohio. Tracy Livensparger ’05 and Bowen Aldrich were married on October 6, 2007 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bryan, Ohio. Tracy is currently employed as a staff accountant at New Era Ohio LLC, and Bowen is a highway technician for the Ohio Department of Transportation. The couple resides in Edon, Ohio. Amy (Berenyi) Karacson ’05 was recently hired by Hicksville Exempted Village Schools as a fourth grade teacher. Amy and her husband, John, reside in Hicksville, Ohio. Jennifer Jordon ’06 had her artwork entitled “Poppin’ Pills” displayed at Artlink gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jennifer also has artwork displayed in the Girdwood Center for Visual Arts gallery, while also doing one-man shows in local restaurants in Alaska. She is currently employed by a financial company and resides in Anchorage, Alaska. Jennifer (Kunesh) Davis ’06 is the new developmental kindergarten teacher for the Defiance City Schools district. She and her husband, J.D., reside in Evansport, Ohio. Amy Ryan ’06 and Jeff Rohdy were married on May 31, 2008 at the First Church of God in Defiance, Ohio. For their honeymoon, the couple enjoyed a week-long stay in Key West, Florida. Amy and Jeff reside in Defiance.

Allyson Baker ’06 and Tim Burkart were married on July 7, 2008 at St. John Lutheran Church in Defiance. Allyson is currently a probation officer for the Defiance County Juvenile Court, and her husband is employed as a pharmacist by Blanchard Valley Hospital. The Burkarts reside in Ottawa, Ohio. Jennifer (Kunesh) Davis ’06 and her husband, J.D, would like to announce the birth of their first child, a son named Evan Stephen. Evan was born on July 23, 2008. The Davis family resides in Evansport, Ohio. Stefan Faerber ’06 and Emily Meyer ’08 were married on July 26, 2008 in Antigua, Guatemala. Stefan is currently an admissions counselor at Defiance College, and Emily is employed by the YMCA child care. The couple resides in Defiance. Joel Wilkins ’06 and Kristyn Tooley ’07 were married on July 12, 2008 at the home of the bride. Joel is currently employed as an accountant at Alpha Coating, and Kristyn is an undergraduate admissions representative for Tiffin University. Adam Sczech ’06 and Heather Rumbaugh ’07 were married on November 17, 2007 at Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids, Ohio. Adam is currently employed at Wildwood Athletic Club as a cycling instructor, and Heather is a quality control laboratory technician at Toledo Flour Mill. Adam and Heather reside in Maumee, Ohio. Tyler Stork ’06 and Melissa Headley ’07 were married on August 2, 2008 at the First Church of Christ in Hicksville, Ohio. Tyler is currently employed as a deputy sheriff at the Pauling County Sheriff’s Office, and Melissa is employed as an administrative specialist at Fleetwood Travel Trailers of Ohio, Edgerton. The couple resides in Paulding, Ohio. Stacy Shaffer ’06 and Matthew Frey were married on May 3, 2008 in the First United Methodist Church in Sidney, Ohio. Stacy is currently employed at Piqua Daily Call, and Matthew works at Lake Loramie State Park. They reside in Sidney, Ohio.

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Alumni Class Notes

Pierce Retires Karen Pierce retired earlier this year from her position as Facilities Management Coordinator. Karen, who joined Defiance College in 1993, was recognized at a retirees’ reception.

Matt Fleig ’06 was hired by the Williams County YMCA in October 2007 to be the new Sports and Wellness Director. Previously, Matt was employed at the Wildwood Athletic Club as a personal trainer. He resides in Maumee, Ohio. Heather Creighton ’06 and John Bird were married on October 27, 2007 at the Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio. Heather received her master’s degree from the University of Toledo and is currently a controller at Creighton Electric. John is a project engineer at Wauseon Machine. The couple resides in Wauseon, Ohio. Stefan (Stu) Gliwa ’07 and Amanda Benson ’07 were married on October 19, 2007. Stu and Amanda currently reside in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where Stu is on active duty with the United States Marine Corps. Renee Steffen ’07 was recognized at the Make A Difference Day Projects for 2007 by the Volunteer Connection of Ohio. She played a huge rule in getting the Marietta College athletic department involved in the community service project. Renee is currently the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) Campus-Community Collaboration Leader for Marietta College. Lindsey Harris ’07 and David Stehulak were married on July 5, 2008 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Defiance. Lindsey is employed by the state auditor’s office in Columbus, Ohio. Her husband is currently attending the Ohio State University majoring in mechanical engineering. The new couple resides in Westerville, Ohio.


Ashley Smith ’08 is a new physical education teacher at Defiance City Schools. She will also be coaching freshman volleyball for Defiance High School. Ashley resides in Deshler, Ohio. Carrie Cleland ’08 is the new preschool teacher at Paulding Elementary School. She resides in Hicksville, Ohio.

Lisa (Meyer) Slattery ’07 was recently hired by Hicksville Exempted Village Schools as a Title 1 teacher. Lisa and her husband, Greg, reside in Hicksville, Ohio.

Amanda Schaffner ’08 and Steven Nofziger were married on August 2, 2008 at the home of Marvin and Karen Wampler. Amanda and Steven reside in West Unity, Ohio.

Kacee Mossoney ’08 and Antonio Cruz were married in a private ceremony on December 22, 2007 in First Baptist Church, Defiance, OH. For their honeymoon, the couple traveled to Central Asia to aid Christian missionaries with support work for the area. They had planned the trip before they were engaged and decided to make their honeymoon memorable by performing service to humanity. Kacee and Antonio reside in Defiance.

Nic Alvarez ’08 was recently hired by Hicksville Exempted Village Schools as a Title 1 teacher. Nic resides in Sherwood, Ohio.

Kyle Cogswell ’08 is the co-winner of Ohio’s Outstanding Criminal Justice Graduate Award by the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education. Kyle was also selected to present his senior capstone project at the research conference of the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education. He resides in Montpelier, Ohio.

DEATHS Inez (Paff) Creager ’29 Boca Raton, FL – June 11, 2008

Mary (Ruffer) Bauerle ’68 Lincoln, NE – March 29, 2008 Alfred P. Furko ’69 Archbold, OH – April 27, 2008 Joseph “Chuck” Taylor ’69 Queensbury, NY – February 22, 2008 Kenneth W. Kipp ’69 Holgate, OH – September 13, 2008 Stanley C. Sanders ’72 Southern Pine, NC – May 5, 2008 Joan (Gordon) Bleim ’73 Toledo, OH – August 30, 2007 Robert E. Stuckey ’82 Oregon, OH – March 11, 2007 Sally Anne Stowell ’83 Defiance, OH – March 2, 2008

Harrison Aspinall, Sr. ’36 Wooster, OH – September 16, 2007

Seth D. Maiden ’90 Sheffield Lake, OH – August 16, 2008

Keith Q. Wheeler ’49 Defiance, OH – July 13, 2008

Joshua L. Spieth ’08 Montpelier, OH – July 22, 2008

Dr. Melvin Heideger ’50 Defiance, OH – March 21, 2008

Susan (Potter) Hickok Saint Petersburg, FL – June 11, 2008

Dean Groll ’52 Lexington, OH – May 15, 2008 Mildred (Fitzpatrick) Shoop ’54 Vero Beach, FL – July 15, 2008

Erby Lopez ’08 received the bronze Pilgrim Medal at DC’s commencement held on May 4, 2008. He was awarded the medal for his community service to the college and the Defiance community. He received his bachelor’s degree in international and global studies. Erby resides in Defiance.

James Agler ’55 Napoleon, OH – July 5, 2008

Gary Allen II ’08 is the new sports and fitness director at the Defiance Area YMCA. Gary’s degree is in early childhood education.

Ralph Cicione ’63 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – April 12, 2008

Kelly (Bechtol) Hopson ’08 is the new kindergarten teacher at Northeastern Local Schools. The elementary school just implemented an all-day, every-day kindergarten class. Kelly and her husband reside in Defiance.

Michael Van Camp ’65 Luckey, OH – October 16, 2007

Elizabeth (Price) Hook ’56 Ft. Wayne, IN – April 28, 2008 Wanda (Ferguson) Fisher ’60 New Richland, MN – October 15, 2007

Ronald Herder ’63 Lakeland, FL – February 11, 2008 Richard “Dick” Ryan ’63 San Antonio, TX – May 12, 2008 Dr. Merle Wagner ’65 Auburn, IN – January 28, 2008

Honor Roll of Donors 2007-2008 The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes contributions to Defiance College during the 12-month period of July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008. For additional information about the College’s needs, and giving opportunities in support of those needs, please contact: Defiance College Office of Institutional Advancement 701 North Clinton Street Defiance, Ohio 43512 Phone 419-783-2371 33

Honor Roll

OF DONORS 2007-2008


he close of this historic year brings us to the midpoint in the Defiance College fiscal year. Having spent six months on campus in my second tenure with this outstanding liberal arts college, I can state unequivocally that your college is making wise and judicious use of the gifts you have invested with us. The following pages recognize the generosity of our alumni, friends, businesses and foundations in the previous fiscal year, July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008, all of whom have placed a high priority on the education of our student colleagues. As you’ve seen throughout this magazine, your support has given us the resources to accomplish great things. From the Hench Autism Studies Program and the new nursing collaborative, to the exceptional research and study being conducted with the McMaster School, Defiance College is forming leaders for the future, who will leave here understanding where they fit into our rapidly changing world. I am happy to report that the search for the 18th president is well underway, conducted with alumni and trustee leadership, faculty, staff and students, all working together to find the right candidate for this unique college. I have great faith in the process and the Table of Contents people involved in it, as I do in the institution. Charles Warren

I thank you for your past support and I ask, especially in this year of unprecedented economic concerns, that you continue to stand by Defiance College, as the faithful and loyal friends and alumni that you are.

Charles O. Warren, Ph.D. Interim President

Pilgrim Society ............................36 Judge T. Sutphen Curcle ..............36 Trustee Society ............................36 Charter Society.............................36 Founder’s Society .......................36 President’s Society ......................36 Presidential Circle Members ........37 Defiance Society .........................37 Advancement Society ..................37 Anniversary Society ....................38 Service Society ............................39 Alumni Giving Circle ..................39 Kevin McCann Circle ..................39 Corporate & Foundations ............40 Friends .........................................40 Churches .....................................42 Faculty & Staff ............................42 DC Alumni Giving ......................43 Schauffler Alumni Giving ...........51 Bequests ......................................51 Memorial Giving .........................51

Editorial Board and Staff: Rich Pejeau, Vice President of Institutional Advancement Kathy Punches ’96, Director of Public Relations & Marketing - Editor Ryan Imbrock, Layout & Design Sheri McCoy, Advancement Services Coordinator - Records Development


Total OperaƟng Expenses 2007-2008 Academic Year AdministraƟve Services $2,031,594 12.26%

InstrucƟon & Academic Support $4,329,707 26.12%

Auxiliary Enterprises $1,485,478 8.96%

InsƟtuƟonal Support $2,005,587 18.07% Student Services $3,098,310 18.69%

OperaƟons & Maintenance of Plant $2,634,174 15.89%

GiŌs 2007-08 Estates $16,730 .80%

GiŌs-In-Kind $80,703 3.85% Alumni $835,684 39.91%

Friends $565,881 27.03%

FoundaƟons $294,649 14.07% Churches $24,678 1.18%

CorporaƟons $275,355 13.15% 35

Honor Roll PILGRIM SOCIETY Lifetime Members $50,000 or more in any one fiscal year Lois Bauer Lois Behm Edd & Tavie Buhl Richard & Dorothy Burrows Thomas & Barbara Callan Edwin & Frankie Charles Dean & Judie Colwell Mildred Cotter William Diehl Katharine Dix Theodore Fritz James & Pat Gillis Eric & Debra Hench Mary Hench E. Keith & Janis Hubbard Thomas & Jean Hubbard Richard & Faith Hurst George Isaac Philip & Rebecca Mallott Michael Matta James McCollum Mary McKenny Helen McMaster Betty Meyer* Norman Nitschke Thomas & Ellen Noneman Gary Reed Robert Serrick Shaune Skinner Bonnie Sloan George & Sandra Smart Marian Smart Michael Zaleski Mark & Deborah Zeller

PILGRIM SOCIETY $25,000 or more Thomas & Barbara Callan Eric & Debra Hench George Isaac Marion Isaac Philip & Rebecca Mallott James McCollum Alan & Sue McMaster H. Gerald & Judith Prokupek George & Sandra Smart

JUDGE S.T. SUTPHEN CIRCLE $10,000 to $24,999 Annually Randall & Sonia Buchman Edd & Tavie Buhl Dean & Judie Colwell William Finerty Mary Hench E. Keith & Janis Hubbard Thomas & Jean Hubbard Karl Ideman Lynn & Dee Isaac Gwynne Knobel Tim & Patricia Leuzarder Lynn Peters Stuart & Susan Sakosits Bonnie Sloan

TRUSTEE SOCIETY $7,500 to $9,999 Annually Antonio & Martha Linares Shaune Skinner

CHARTER SOCIETY $5,000 to $7,499 Annually Lois Behm Helen Frey Harold & Cheryl Hahr Matthew & Kierstin Joost Brent Joost Rita Kissner Walter & Nancy Mast Cheryl Matson William & Janet Meyer Thomas & Ellen Noneman Richard & Sue Pejeau Mark & Becky Shy Richard & Carolyn Small Steven & Patricia VanDemark

FOUNDER’S SOCIETY $2,500 to $4,999 Annually R. Jack & Jeanne Behringer Theodore & Diane Bertke


OF DONORS 2007-2008

Donald Buerk Linda Clark William Diehl Bruce Green Delbert & Beverly Martin Michael & Paulette Miller Mark & Karen Moats David & Marcia Mohre Glen & Ann Newcomer David & Marian Plant Barbara Silvis William & Kathy Small Timothy & Connie Smith John & Carole Weaner Gerald Wood C. Fred & M. Jane Yarnell

PRESIDENT’S SOCIETY $1,000 to $2,499 Annually Henry & Joyce Anderson Lorraine Andrews Bruce & Elizabeth Angell Robert & Luanne Aschliman Dwight & Aphakorn Baker Robert & Laurie Banks Thomas & Emilie Bauerle Evan & Cindy Beane Robert Bentley Donald & Marjorie Bentley Jerry Bergman & Julie FritzBergman Paul & Beth Besaw David & Marilyn Black Pamela Borton Laura Bosh Stanley & Judy L. Brahier Scott Brauer Randall & Marilyn Buchman Daniel & Lydia Chao Edwin & Frankie Charles Tom & Debby Coffman Donna Cooper Mildred Cotter Frank & Jan Craig Eric & Debra Creager John & Jane Dallas Benjamin & Sylvia Davis Lynne de Sherbinin Thomas & Sandra Dipko Michael & Rhonda Doersam Harry & Shirley Ann Eastridge Marilyn Frey Earl & Alice Gibson David & Patricia Gormsen Gregg & Cherryanne Gunsch Michael & Susan Hagan James & Vicki Hamilton

Mary Catherine Harper Terrance Haydinger Martin & Susan Henderson John & Julie Horns John & Rita Hrivnyak James & Cynthia Jackson B. Theodore & Sheila Jacobs Howard & Margaret Johnson Mark Lee Richard & Marianne Leese Jeff & Pamela Lightle Richard Lovett Bruce & Bertie Mack Jeffrey & Annette Maffett Fred & Lucy Marckel Dorothy Martin Ruth Max Kirk Mee James & Rita Meier Betty Meyer* Bernard & Margaret Mikula Harry & Gloria Miller Raymond & Teresa Miller James & Barbara Moats Lewis & Janice Mollica Gregory & Janet Morton Loretta Neff Bjorklund Catharine O’Connell Douglas & Joanne Parker Michael & Kathy Paul David & Linda Polzin Sandra Rebert Terrence & Shari Rettig Eric & Peggy Rolf Robert & Alice Rote William & Mary Ellen Ruhlin Michael & Karen Sauber Bruce & Janice Saulnier William Schomburg Paul & Katie Schroeder Anne Schultz Ronald & Shirley Schumm Robert Serrick Gerald Serrick Richard & Cynthia Shaffer Fred & Kathleen Shato Clara Simmons Lois Simpson Gary & Jill Sisson Christine Slattery David & Jill Sluyter Michael & Sally Snyder George & Carol Stockman Samuel & Gretchen Strausbaugh Michael & Kathy Suzo Steven & Sheila Turbiner Charles & Saundra Vosler J. Michael & Linda Walz William & Elizabeth* Watson Vernon & Dianne West Kenneth & Carrie Wetstein

Frank & Angie Witzmann Larry & Dixie Woods Michael & Dollis Wright Paul & Ann Yon Marlin Younker

PRESIDENTIAL CIRCLE Recognizes those who support the Annual Fund with gifts of $1,000 or more. Henry & Joyce Anderson Lorraine Andrews Bruce & Elizabeth Angell Robert & Luanne Aschliman Dwight & Aphakorn Baker Robert & Laurie Banks Evan & Cindy Beane Lois Behm Robert & Jeanne Behringer Theodore & Diane Bertke David & Marilyn Black Pamela Borton Laura Bosh Scott Brauer Randall & Marilyn Buchman Donald Buerk Edd & Tavie Buhl Thomas & Barbara Callan Daniel & Lydia Chao Linda Clark Dean & Judie Colwell Donna Cooper Mildred Cotter Eric & Debra Creager John & Jane Dallas Benjamin & Sylvia Davis Lynne de Sherbinin William Diehl Thomas & Sandra Dipko Michael & Rhonda Doersam Harry & Shirley Ann Eastridge William Finerty Marilyn Frey Earl & Alice Gibson David & Patricia Gormsen Bruce Green Gregg & Cherryanne Gunsch Harold & Cheryl Hahr James & Vicki Hamilton Terrance Haydinger Eric & Debra Hench Martin & Susan Henderson John & Julie Horns E. Keith & Janis Hubbard Thomas & Jean Hubbard Karl Ideman Lynn & Dee Isaac

* deceased

Marion Isaac B. Theodore & Sheila Jacobs Rita Kissner Gwynne Knobel Mark Lee Richard & Marianne Leese Tim & Patricia Leuzarder Jeff & Pamela Lightle Antonio & Martha Linares Richard Lovett Jeffrey & Annette Maffett Philip & Rebecca Mallott Fred & Lucy Marckel Delbert & Beverly Martin Dorothy Martin Walter & Nancy Mast Ruth Max James McCollum James & Rita Meier William & Janet Meyer Betty Meyer* Michael & Paulette Miller Raymond & Teresa Miller James & Barbara Moats Mark & Karen Moats David & Marcia Mohre Lewis & Janice Mollica Gregory & Janet Morton Loretta Neff Bjorklund Glen & Ann Newcomer Thomas & Ellen Noneman Catharine O’Connell Joanne & Douglas Parker Richard & Sue Pejeau David & Marian Plant H. Gerald & Judith Prokupek Sandra Rebert Terrence & Shari Rettig Eric & Margaret Rolf Robert & Alice Rote William & Mary Ellen Ruhlin Stuart & Susan Sakosits Bruce & Janice Saulnier William Schomburg Paul & Katie Schroeder Anne Schultz Ronald & Shirley Schumm Gerald Serrick Robert Serrick Richard & Cynthia Shaffer Mark & Becky Shy Barbara Silvis Clara Simmons Lois Simpson Gary & Jill Sisson Shaune Skinner Christine Slattery Bonnie Sloan David & Jill Sluyter William & Kathy Small George & Sandra Smart

Timothy & Connie Smith George & Carol Stockman Samuel & Gretchen Strausbaugh Michael & Kathy Suzo Steven & Sheila Turbiner Steven & Patricia VanDemark Charles & Saundra Vosler William & Elizabeth Watson John & Carole Weaner Vernon & Dianne West Kenneth & Carrie Wetstein Gerald Wood Larry & Dixie Woods Marlin Younker

DEFIANCE SOCIETY $500 to $999 Annually Francis & Becky Barron Sally Bissell Richard & Luana Bogue Stephen & Sue Boomer James Bottger Dallis Bowditch James Budden Marvin Thorp & Jo Ann Burkhardt Marlyn & Joyce (Joy) Close Howard & Linda Cotrell Richard Dallow William & Carol Dawson John & Judith Dietrick Jayne Dietsch Chester & Helen Dilman Dennis & Deanna Diso Gary & Mary Jo Dowler Raymond & Coleen Etzler Clair & Tedica Fetters Cary Frisinger Arthur & Barbara Fullmer Allen & Paula Gaspar Mark & Megan Getsay Linda Griffin Jerry & Diana Griffith Donald Gwynne Mark & Edith Hickman Lloyd Hilliard Linda Hodges John & Rosalie Hoover Douglas & Carla Howe William & Diane Hughes Leroy & Virginia Hushak Duncan & Kristine Jamieson Terry & Patricia Jenkins William & Kay Jennings Kenneth & Sheryl Keller John & Frances Kinghorn Donald Knueve

Roland & Kandice Kowalski Charles & Mary Ann Krouse Thomas & Rhonda Lane Arnold & Mary Lewis Martha Litherland Gerald & Marilyn Mallott Bruce & Lois McCullough Joseph & Sandy McKenna Ann Moffett Nicholas & Adele Niederman Gregory Olwine Joseph & Susan O’Neil Kenneth & Janice Otto Marc & Wendolynn Overlock Larry & Lisa Papenfuss Herbert & Kathy Pawlitsch Terry & Betty Penner Susan Peoples Richard Perry Lyn & Sara Powers Kenneth Provost Donald & Anita Rethmel Kevin & Vivian Rettig Peter Rich Gary & Neecy Rohrs Gregg & Candice Rolfsmeyer Larry & Sharon Rumbaugh Betsy Ryan Thomas & Vicki Sauer Kathy Sinn Timothy & Marlene Sinn Duane & Carrie Sinn Virginia Snyder David & Patricia Speakman Corey Speiser Howard & Carolyn Spicer Charles & Carol Steffel Delbert & Sue Thatcher T. William Troup Keith & Kathy Tuttle Kacy VanderHorst Hans & Martha Vetter Charles & Nancy Warren Ronald & Doris Winslow Timothy & Laurie Worrall

ADVANCEMENT SOCIETY $250 to $499 Annually Bryan & Jennifer Albright Cory & Julie Baden Clifford & Ave Barr Robert & Mary* Bauerle Martin & Deborah Baumhower Laura Baumle James & Stacy Beaverson Janice Bechtel


Honor Roll Lynn & Kathy Bergman Calvin & Charlotte Bergman Thomas Biggs William & Jennifer Bishop Sarah Bleeks Lawrence & Ruth Ann Blush John & Evelyn Boesling Gregory & Nena Brandt Paul & Linda Brose Nancy Brown Carol Brown Serenus & Linda Brugler Wayne & Barbara Buchanan Kevin & Lenee Buchman Nancy Burbridge Ryan & Laura Burgoon M. Dosia Carlson Michael Carmen R. Donnell Cathey William & Eileen Chaney Gary & Susan Coats Myron & Kelly Collins William De Hart Raymond & Jean Derricotte Richard & Jeanette Detrick Carlton & Christine Dietsch James Dinkel Joseph & Patricia Dipre Katharine Dix Michael & Renisa Dorner Carolyn Dunham David & Dixie Durham Fred & June Eicher Lee & Linda Engel Roger & Karen Farlee Donald & Carolyn Fee James & Jean Glase Russell & Patricia Glenn Robert & Barbara Green Forest & Ruth GrifďŹ n Dennis & Sharon Guilford Lee Hargreave Erik & Megan Hassid Sharon Heinrich Douglas & Kathleen Horner Philip & Barbara Hosmer Mary Howard Alan Howerton Maguinez Anne Jason Todd & Bonnie Jefferis Joseph Jenkins Steven & Carol Johnson Richard & Diane Kaiser William & Judith Killea Charles & Janet Koch Paul & Tracey Koch Richard & Natalie Krebs John & Mary Ann Lambert Steven & Kathleen Lambright Maxie & Joan Lambright Michael & Linda Lehman


Judith Lymanstall Thomas & Christine MacNaughton Paul & Ann Mallett Michael & Kathy Manos Peter & Jan Manuguerra John & Sheri McCoy John Meloy Roger Merb P. Robert & Alice Meuleman Eugene & Brenda Meyers Ronald & Carol Miller Philip & Nancy Omer Robert & Karren Otis Meredith Pefey Donald & S. Elizabeth Perna Michael & Vicki Pletcher James & Susan Porter Clarence Probst Gregory & Susan Pscodna Randy & Kathleen Punches Roland & Janice Rettig Marvin & Brenda Rettig Shaun Ricker David Robertson Roger & Carol Ruhlin Randal & Mary Schroeder David & Judy Scott Barbara Sedlock Jeffrey Semon Vickie Shell Allen Shininger Thomas & Lou Siebenaler Ralph & Dorothy Silvis Robyn Small William & Susan Smith Sheldon & Nancy Smith Robert & Alice Southworth Theodore & Nickie Spangler R. Michael & Paula Spenceley Bruce & Galen Sprunger Arthur & Jeanne Steidel Harold & Jenny Steindam Peter Stirrup John Stites Matthew Stone Richard & Emily Stroede Terry & Mary Ann Studer Scott & Donna Swartz G. Richard & Sondra Thompson John & Marilyn Toner John & Julie Trautman Daniel Troyer Al & Linda Tuohy Douglas & Carol Van Horn Charles Wahl Frederick & Barb Warncke R. Scott & Joan Warren Judith Watts Sue Waymire Tom & Jill Weddington

OF DONORS 2007-2008

Jerry & Judy Wertz Charles & Susan Whittemore Lonnie & Mary Williams Gordon & Sue Yahney Bradley Brown & Alesia Yakos-Brown Robert & Cindy Zimny Jason Zumbaugh

ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY $158 to $249 Annually Tara Adams Jose Arellano Ada Arps Ronald & Patricia Arthur Leland & Marjane Baker Frederick & Barbara Baker John & Joy Balas Jeremy Ball Mary Barnes Andrew Barrick Jo Anne Barton Tracy & Samuel E. Beck Jayne Beilke Bertha Booker Larry & Donna J. Bracken George Brown Richard & Margaret Brown Shane Brugler Francis & Susan Carley Nancy Carlson John Cassels Martha Catuogno David & Patricia Coburn Lawrence & Beverly Cole Rowland & Patricia Cooper Cynthia Corbett Susan Crossland Alan & Joy Darner Robert & Virginia Degler Raymond Derricotte II Eric & Deborah Detmer Stuart Douglas Craig & Malinda Doutt Philip & Marilyn Eberle Ronald & Donna Ehresman Ronald & Vivian Ekberg Betty Elson James & Melissa Faber Walter & Camille Faisst Ronald & Susan Fautz Dan Feasel Roger & Betty Felch Michael & Judy Freeland Maryjane & Thomas Furrer L. Paul Gallagher Matthew Gilroy

Hyman & Terri Goldberg John & Sandra Good Timothy Gore Scott & Allison Grotelueschen Ross & Marilyn Gruber Richard & Janet Harpster Brad & Christy Harsha Don & Ann Houlette W. Dow & Mary Harvey Jennifer Hawke Robert & Sheryl Head John & Alice Hebb Martha Higgins Myrle & Ruth Ann Hinesman William Houle Susan Howey Scott Hundley Esquire Jauchem Richard & Elizabeth Kahle Edward Kamau Roger & Carolyn Keilig Robert Kohl Howard & Ann Kratzert Roy Williamson Shannon Liechty Mary Marvel James Maxwell William & Maxine McCleary Barry McMaster Terry & Ann Melton Donna Merlini David & Charity Meuleman Catherine Mikula Mark & Kimberly Miller Kevin & Carla Miller Terry & Susan Millinger John & Vivian Mitchell Marlin & Nancy Mock Dennis & Carol Monroe Robert & Sharon Mortensen Obie & Andrea Mouser Norman Moxley Alton Myers Lester & Dianne Nagel George & Joyce Nelson William & Charlotte Ondrus Lillian Perkins David & Olena Pierce Howard & Mary Popowski Robert & Carol Rankin Edwin & Rosemary Redlich Richard & Alyce Reinhart Marvin & Lois Retcher Billy & Mary Rice Lori Robison Donald & Rebecca Rothenbuhler Jolyn Salupo Frank & Sandra Sanders Robert & Beverly Sanderson Dean & Tina Sandwisch Michelle Schafer

Jerry & Dorothy Scheele Jeffrey & Bernice Schmidt Raymond & Mary Ann Schuck Brad & Melissa Scott Mark & Holli Seabury Donald & Cheryl Shaw Doris Shawley Ruth Shock Reggie & Lesa Shouse Ronald Sislowski Don & Ramona Slocum James & Carol Smerz Stuart & Joani Smith Christopher & Cheryl Smitley Clyde & Merle Snodgrass Carl & Regina Snyder Loree & Barbara Soggs Rollin & Anne Steele Renee Steffen Duane & Judith Steininger Anthony & Sally Stites Michael & Lorie Stone Dale & Marilyn Stoner Brian & Charlotte Sweeney Robert & Judith Taphorn Edward & Jean Teune Norman & Carole Thomas Michele Tinker Jeffrey Urick Joseph Vacaro Donald & Lois Van Lare Pierre Vuilleumier II* Roland & Joyce Waggoner Francine Wahrman Michael Waite Jeffrey & Carolyn Walters Ruth Warncke Philip & Amy Weaner Timothy & Carol Whetstone Richard & Linda Wierwille Timothy & Jane Wilde William & Marie Williams Walter & Jean Wood Dean & Marysue Wright Paul & Marilyn Yoder Troy & Catherine Zeller Charles & Linda Zelms

SERVICE SOCIETY $10 for each year since graduation (up to ten years) Deborah Anderson Kevin Baumann Shay & Stephanie Beaver Valerie Besaw Chad Bieber Carrin Birkemeier Philip & Helen Bohn

Kenneth Boland Kenneth & Tammy Bostelman Steven Brancheau Andrew Brent Daniel Brown Richard Calverley Jeffrey Cetlinski Mercedes Clay Brian Cogswell Cynthia Cordero Pamela Diehl Carl & Amy Drees Byron & Jody Dunham Adam Duty Mindy Edwards Janae Elam Stefan Faerber Jason Gendron Matthew & Jessica Gerig Pamela Gibson Elizabeth Grafing Raymond Haines Kelly Haseman Scott & Cyndi Heighland Patrick Henry Thomas & Holli Horn Jamie & Adam Huber David Ike Nathan Jensen Eric Jesse Sean Johnson Gregory Johnson Jami Koenn Jason & Melissa LaBounty David Lamb John Lancaster Stephen Langley Teresa & Dean Lanwehr Benjamin & Hallie Lewis Nona Liechty Sean & Sarah McBride Matthew & Summer Mello John Mikesell Amanda Misencik Paul & Betty Mowery Andrew Norander Richelle Oberlin Jared & Mariah Orzolek Delmar & Barbara Peterson Nelson Pixler Kevin & Carrie Radzik Raymond Rateno Abigail Reichard Timothy & Tammie Rettig Rebecca Sanford Nathan & Stephanie Schaublin Aaron Schmidt Robert & Tara Shamy Dan & Michelle Shivley Leslie Shoup Nicole Smith

Rick & Karen Smith Joshua Staggs Blake Stambaugh Scott & Hilary Staten Eric Swartz Robert & Elizabeth Taylor Alexander Toll Michele Uribes Jerry & Anita Van Zile Barry & Jeannie VonDeylen Kristian Zajac Lawrence & Vicki Zwiebel

YOUNG ALUMNI GIVING CIRCLE Created by the Class of 2004 Jeremy Ball Adam Cassi Nicole Erford Kristin Gerity Scott Hundley Shannon Liechty Jacob Linder Kathryn Litle Christin Mashburn Rachel & Michael Niese Lesa Shouse Reggie Shouse Renee Steffen

KEVIN MCCANN CIRCLE Those who have provided for the College through an estate plan. Bruce & Elizabeth Angell Michael Ahern III Hervey Bain Lois Bauer James Beaverson Lois Behm R. Jack & Jeanne Behringer Jayne Beilke Wendy Bernier Theodore & Diane Bertke Bertha Booker Scott Brauer Nancy Brown Randall & Marilyn Buchman Edd & Tavie Buhl Nancy Burbridge Richard & Dorothy Burrows William Busteed M. Dosia Carlson Edwin S. Charles Linda Clark

Dean & Judie Colwell Mildred Cotter Joseph Dawson Katharine Dix David & Dixie Durham Donald & Carolyn “Rosie” Fee William Finerty Earl & Alice Gibson Robert & Jacqueline Hahn Harold & Cheryl Hahr James Hamilton Beverly Harrington John Hay III Donald Hazelswart Mark Hench Margaret Henkle Martha Higgins Myrle & Ruth Ann Hinesman H. Lowell Hoffman* John & Rosalie Hoover E. Keith & Janis Hubbard Richard Hurst Robert Kohl Jim & Wendy Krauss Jimmie Lemaster Lizbeth Lesure Gerald & Marilyn Mallott Michael Matta Helen McMaster Otto & Virginia Meyer Harry Miller Raymond Miller Bud Offerle Kristen Patt Terry & Betty Penner H. Gerald & Judith Prokupek John Reck David & Laurabeth Reed Gary Reed Layel Ridenour Gregory Roth David & Marilyn Ruffer Nancy Rundgren Elizabeth Ryan Stuart & Susan Sakosits Helen Schultz Jeffrey Semon Robert Serrick Mark Shy Barbara Silvis Shaune Skinner Richard & Carolyn Small George & Sandra Smart Lowell & Suzanne Snider Phyllis Snyder Freda Stritt Martha Thornton Don & Donnie Van Brackel Marion Van Horne Elizabeth Watson Timothy & Carol Whetstone


Honor Roll Thomas & Marilyn Williams Robert Witzerman & Beverly Nolt-Witzerman Marie Yarnell Paul Young

Corporations, Foundations, and Organizations Giving $10,000 or more Annually DC Alumni Varsity D DC Purple & Gold Defiance Regional Medical Center Dix Foundation First Federal Bank FirstEnergy Foundation George & Sandy Smart Foundation Huntington Bank McDonald’s Design & Build, Inc. McMaster Foundation MLM Charitable Foundation National Collegiate Athletic Association Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Ohio Learning Network NW Regional Center Parker Hannifin Foundation Rundgren Foundation Rurban Financial Corp. Sodexho-Marriott

Corporations, Foundations, and Organizations Giving $1,000 to $9,999 Annually Allstate Foundation Antwerp Exchange Bank AT&T Foundation Ball Corporation Baumker Charitable Foundation Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers Community Memorial Hospital Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation DC Women’s Commission Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce Defiance Charitable & Educational Foundation, Inc. Defiance Rotary Club Family & Children First Farmers & Merchants State Bank


FM Global Foundation Fulton County Health Center Gertrude Hawk Chocolates Henry County Hospital Herbst Family Foundation Hubbard Company Isaac Property Co. John E. Fetzer Institute Jon P. Spiess Memorial Fund Leuzarder Agency, LLC Lubrizol Foundation Marathon Oil Company Mark Moats Ford, Inc Mercy Hospital of Defiance Merrill Lynch & Co. Metalink Technologies Oberlin City Schools Ohio Learning Network Re/Max Realty Sauder Manufacturing Sidney Frohman Foundation Sonoco-Phoenix Products State Farm Companies Thrivent Financial Toledo Community Foundation WellPoint Associates

Corporations, Foundations, and Organizations Giving less than $999 Annually AAA Travel Agency AAUW ABC Distributing Co. Aetna Foundation,Inc. APS Foundation, Inc. Arps Dairy, Inc. Bald Apache Properties, LLC Black Swamp Audubon Bob Luderman Association Boeing Company BP Foundation, Inc. Bryan Publishing Co. Campbell Soup Foundation Century 21 Strait Realty Charlie’s Down Under Restaurant Chief Supermarkets City Beverage Co. Current Office Solutions Darryl Mathewson Optometrist DC Women’s Club Defiance Clinic Defiance Dental Group Defiance Elks Defiance Optometric Defiance Public Library Defiance Publishing Co. Defiance Recreation, Inc.

OF DONORS 2007-2008

Defiance Wash-N-Fill Delta Air Lines, Inc. Eastman & Smith LTD Eaton Corporation Eye Surgeon Associates, Inc. Fifth Third Bank First Insurance & Investments FirstEnergy Corp. Foreman’s Collision General Electric Fund GlaxoSmithKline H & W Automotive H.J. Heinz Company Hormel Foods Corporation IBM Corporation Industrial Fluid Management Intel Foundation Jacob’s Meats Jenzabar Foundation Jewell Cafe JP Morgan Chase Keck’s Market Key Foundation Kircher’s Flowers Lowe’s Luderman & Konst Medicis Pharmaceuticals Mel Lanzer Company Mellon Bank Corp. Mercury Dry Cleaners Messerman Machine Midwest Community Federal Credit Union National City Bank Nike Employee Matching Gifts North Western Electric Cooperative, Inc. Novartis Ohio Gas Company Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative Phillips Pace Plymouth Tube Company RDC Development, Inc. Rockwell International Roehrig Painting Rurbanc Data Service Sam Switzer Realty Schering-Plough Foundation Scotty’s Club 111 Scripps Howard Foundation Sea-Land Chemical Co. Shell Oil Co. Foundation Sherwin-Williams Foundation Sherwood State Bank Slattery Oil Co. StaffMark Strable Paving, Inc. Werlor, Inc. Wichmann Bergman Florist

FRIENDS Barbara Acomb Kenneth & Elizabeth Adair Don Adams Michael Ahern III Neil & Kamille Allen Helen Archibald Tracey Armey Sharon Armstrong Ada Arps Charles & Leona Bailey Allan & Brenda Ball Norma Barber-Hurst William & Laura Barndt James & Helen Bauer Lois Bauer Evan & Cindy Beane Janice Bechtel John Behm Donald & Marjorie Bentley Calvin & Charlotte Bergman Melvin & Andrea Bible Michael & Mary Bishop Sarah Bleeks Robert & Jane Bochenek Lavina Boesling Kristine Boland Stephen & Sue Boomer John Borrell Christopher & Christina Bowers Stanley & Judy L. Brahier Paul & Linda Brose John & Mary Brown Wayne Buchanan Kevin & Lenee Buchman Randall & Marilyn Buchman Donald Buerk Marvin Thorp & Jo Ann Burkhardt Glenn & Sara Burneson Michelle & Grayling Call Mike & Mary Cannon M. Dosia Carlson Marjorie Case Alice Caulder William & Eileen Chaney Edwin & Frankie Charles Kenneth Christiansen Tom & Debby Coffman Verna Coleman Todd & Dawn Comer Rowland & Patricia Cooper James & Betty Coressel Eric & Debra Creager Cliff & Jane Cribbs Judith Crites Floyd & Ann Culver Ted & Tara Czartoski Richard Anderson & Deborah Dalke

William & Carol Dawson John & Judith Dietrick Jon Diller Chester & Helen Dilman Thomas & Sandra Dipko Katharine Dix G. Charles Dix Lenore Doctor Dicran Doumanian Phyllis Dowler Harry & Jody Doyle Amy Drees Thomas & Michele Duck Greg & Sue Dumire Somnath Dutta Robert & Kathryn Eble Fred & June Eicher Stephen & Julie Elchinger Art Ellerbrock Stacey Elsasser Gary & Barbara Etter Horace* & Betty Everett Tom & Angelia Fahy Ronald & Susan Fautz Donald & Carolyn “Rosie” Fee Douglas Fiely William Finerty Timothy Foor Julie Fritz-Bergman Arthur & Barbara Fullmer Michael & Karen Gallagher Kathy Garland Allen Gaspar John & Carolyn Gilgenbach Sandra Golden Forest & Ruth Griffin Gregg & Cherryanne Gunsch C. Kenneth Hahn Mary Catherine Harper Beverly Harrington John Hartpence Craig & Jane Hasselschwert Sharon Heinrich Donald & Barbara Heitz Carol Heltzel Eric & Debra Hench Mark Hench Mary Hench John & Janice Hersh Susan Hickok* Duane Hocking Linda Hodges D. Marvin & Ann Hohenberger Jodi Holava Patricia Holt M. Charles & Diane Horman John & Julie Horns Mary Howard Virginia Howard Terry & Vicki Howarth Stephen Hubbard

William & Diane Hughes Joyce Huseby Mary Ann Iliff Ryan & Jenny Imbrock Lynn & Dee Isaac George Isaac Marion Isaac Harlo & Nettie Johnston Richard & Elizabeth Kahle Richard & Diane Kaiser Edward Kamau Douglas Kane Jo Anne Keifer Bryan & Julie Keller Kenneth & Sheryl Keller Rita Kissner Mike & Lucinda Knight Gwynne Knobel Donald Knueve William & Carol Koester Robert Kohl Gary & Connie Konst Carson & Kathi Kosier David Kwan Maxie & Joan Lambright William* & Abbie Laurie Alden Lawrence Josephine Leach Marsha Leaders Martha Litherland Karl & Susan Litle Robert & Anita Lloyd Lynette Loury Suzy & Lowell Loweke Matthew & Randi Lydum Judith Lymanstall Bruce & Bertie Mack Johanna Mack Lisa Marsalek Walter & Nancy Mast Charles & Mary Mather David & Zora Matson Larry & Karen Max Larry & Shirley May D. Craig & Patty McCord Jo Ann McCormick Gretchen McGinley John & Sheri McCoy John McGarvey Alan & Sue McMaster Patrick & Jill McMillen Kirk Mee Paul & Rosemary Mehring James & Rita Meier John Meloy Terry & Ann Melton David & Ruth Memmer W.T. & Phyllis Mendenhall Roger Merb Roger & Kay Merillat Richard & Fran Metcalf

Betty Meyer* Seth & Keely Mikel Bernard & Margaret Mikula Eugene Miller Kathleen Miller William & Marilyn Miller Mark & Karen Moats Marlin & Nancy Mock Ann Moffett John & Joyce Mohr Clarence & Janet Molitor Leonora Moore Jennifer Morrison Norman Moxley James & Joanne Murphy Joyce & George Nelson Glen & Ann Newcomer William & Arevena Nirote Marie Nolf James Nowicki Gloria Nusbaum Luther & Cynthia Oberhaus Catharine O’Connell Joseph & Susan O’Neil Jared Orzolek William & Carol O’Toole Janice & Kenneth Otto Richard & Sue Pejeau Roger & Jeanie Perl Richard Perry Lynn Peters James Phillips Karen Pierce Priscilla Pixler Robert & Nancy Plassman Vincent & Donna Polce John & Karol Poth Joseph & Dionna Prchlik Gregory & Susan Pscodna Christopher & Lorie Rath Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh Dennis & Irene Recker David Reichard Joseph & Carrie Relyea Marvin & Brenda Rettig Vickie Rhodes Lucy Rich Timothy & Rosanne Rickabaugh Lori Robison Eric & Peggy Rolf Roger & Carol Ruhlin Betsy Ryan Frank & Sandra Sanders Thomas & Vicki Sauer Noreen Schaefer-Faix Michelle Schafer Leroy Schellhardt Arthur & Delores Schimmoeller William Schomburg Alfred Schroeder Karen Schroeder

Randal & Mary Schroeder Mary Ann Schroeder Orville Schroer Barton Scott Mark Seabury Barbara Sedlock Gerald Serrick Richard Shaffer Howard & Frances Shearer Ralph & Dorothy Silvis Clara Simmons Calvin & Marilyn Simpson Bonnie Sloan Richard & Carolyn Small William & Kathy Small Delicia & Lyle Smith Max Smith Steven Smith Christopher & Cheryl Smitley Phyllis Snyder Robert & Alice Southworth John & Ilene Spacht Theodore & Nickie Spangler Corey Speiser Ann Spieth Bruce & Galen Sprunger Sherry Steingass Edward Stell Tom Stevens Joseph & Anne Steyer Dennis & Mary Stockdale Jamie Stoegbauer James & Jackie Stone Michael & Lorie Stone Lisa Stovall Gerald Strausbaugh Richard & Emily Stroede Mary Ann & Terry Studer William & Donna Sullivan Michael & Kathy Suzo Nicholas & Alyssa Tabacca Charlotte Terhune Norman & Carole Thomas Octavia Thornton Datha Thorp Michele Tinker Kevin & Kelly Tong Michelle & Keith Trubey Al & Linda Tuohy Donald & Lois Van Lare Hans & Martha Vetter Wilbur & Alberta Vogel Ronald Vorlicky Marion Vuilleumier Susan Wajert Marc Warncke Charles & Nancy Warren William & Bessie Warren William & Elizabeth* Watson John & Carole Weaner Paul & Lou Ann Weaner


Honor Roll Tom & Jill Weddington Richard Weeks Jerry & Judy Wertz Ty & Kathleen Westfall Kenneth & Carrie Wetstein Timothy Whetstone Edward & Janet Willey William & Marie Williams Gerald Wood Derek Woodley Larry & Dixie Woods Bill Woody Timothy & Laurie Worrall Bradley Brown & Alesia Yakos-Brown Alice Yant Connie Yeager John & Patricia Yeoman Carl & Adele Yung Jean Ziegler

CHURCHES, PARTNERSHIPS IN MISSION David’s UCC, Dayton Dover Congregational, Westlake Ellerton UCC, West Alexandria Faith UCC, Brewster First Congregational, Columbus First UCC, Troy Gomer UCC, Gomer Kent UCC, Kent Local Church Ministry, Cleveland Maine Conference-UCC, Yarmouth Mt. Olivet UCC, North Lima Ohio Conference UCC, Columbus Park Congregational, Toledo Pilgrim UCC, Cincinnati Richfield UCC, Richfield Spencerville UCC, Spencerville St. John UCC, Defiance St. John UCC, Cincinnati St. John’s UCC, Bluffton St. John’s UCC Women, Holgate St. Paul UCC, Wapakoneta St. Paul’s UCC, Saint Marys St. Paul’s UCC, Oak Harbor St. Paul’s UCC, Van Wert Sylvania UCC, Sylvania Trinity UCC, New Lebanon UCC Congregational, Medina Westerville Community, Westerville


FACULTY & STAFF (#Emeriti) Kenneth Adair Tracy Armey Janice Bechtel Jerry Bergman Andrea Bible Mary Bishop Sally Bissell Kristine Boland Christopher Bowers Wayne Buchanan #Randall Buchman Donald Buerk Michael Burke Jane Burke Jo Ann Burkhardt Mary Burkholder Michelle Call Mary Cannon Alice Caulder #William Chaney #Kenneth Christiansen Mercedes Clay Dawn Comer Todd Comer James Coressel Fred Coulter Judith Crites Ted Czartoski Deborah Dalke #Raymond Derricotte Eric Detmer #Henry Diehl Lenore Doctor Dicran Doumanian Amy Drees Michele Duck Sue Dumire Somnath Dutta Stephen Elchinger Stacey Elsasser #Horace Everett* Melissa Faber Stefan Faerber Angelia Fahy Roger Farlee Douglas Fiely Timothy Foor Julie Fritz-Bergman Michael Gallagher Carolyn Gilgenbach Sandra Golden Jennifer Gruenhagen Gregg Gunsch Christina Hancock Mary Catherine Harper Beverly Harrington Brad Harsha

OF DONORS 2007-2008

John Hartpence #Duane Hocking Jodi Holava Ryan Imbrock Diane Kaiser Richard Kaiser Edward Kamau Douglas Kane Collette Knight Lucinda Knight Donald Knueve Jami Koenn Robert Kohl Carson Kosier Robin Kratzer David Kwan #Maxie Lambright Alden Lawrence Kathryn Litle Anita Lloyd Matthew Lydum Randi Lydum Judith Lymanstall #Gerald Mallott Lisa Marsalek Spiro Mavroidis D. Craig McCord Sheri McCoy Lois McCullough Gretchen McGinley Seth Mikel #Bernard Mikula Catherine Mikula #Margaret Noble-Mikula #Harry Miller Marcia Mohre Jennifer Morrison Joyce Nelson Jeffery Niese Catharine O’Connell William O’Toole Jared Orzolek Mariah Orzolek Chris Palmer Richard Pejeau Karen Pierce David Plant Marian Plant Vincent Polce Dionna Prchlik Joseph Prchlik Kathleen Punches Lorie Rath Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh Abigail Reichard Carrie Relyea Vickie Rhodes Timothy Rickabaugh Lori Robison Janelle Rubio Craig Rutter

#Frank Sanders Noreen Schaefer-Faix Michelle Schafer Karen Schroeder Barbara Sedlock Lori Shafer Cynthia Shaffer Jane Sharp #Carolyn Small #Richard Small Delicia Smith Steven Smith Jennifer Stark Sherry Steingass Tom Stevens Debra Stevens Myra Stockdale Jamie Stoegbauer #Richard Stroede David Stuckey Mary Ann Studer Michael Suzo Nicholas Tabacca Robert Taylor Michele Tinker Kevin Tong Michelle Trubey Jeannie VonDeylen Susan Wajert Jeffrey Weaner Kathleen Westfall Kenneth Wetstein Gerald Wood Derek Woodley Laurie Worrall Alesia Yakos-Brown Linda Young Hans Zipfel

DC ALUMNI GIVING *deceased CLASS OF 1936 Class Participation: 7.69% Melva (Pickering) Gorham CLASS OF 1937 Class Participation: 12.50% Carolyn (Behne) Dunham CLASS OF 1938 Class Participation: 13.33% Dorothy (Baker) Martin Robert Serrick CLASS OF 1939 Class Participation: 11.76% Freda (Graham) Albert William Diehl CLASS OF 1940 Class Participation: 11.76% Maxine (Smart) Manchester Ruth Max CLASS OF 1941 Class Participation: 9.09% Martha (Hoyt) Bleeks John Manchester CLASS OF 1942 Class Participation: 9.09% Muriel (Miller) Davis Doris Shawley CLASS OF 1943 Class Participation: 12.00% Betty (Elder) Kelly Charles Krouse Robert Wright CLASS OF 1944 Class Participation: 6.67% Roger Sweet CLASS OF 1945 Class Participation: 25.00% Rosaria (Lalonde) Beverly Hazel (Kimmel) Heincelman Evelyn (Fribley) Hopper Catherine (Tuttle) Sweet

CLASS OF 1946 Class Participation: 18.52% Gifts to the College: $5,980 Lois (Puehl) Behm Betty (Eberwein) Elson Hazelmae (Peterson) Partee Robert Schlembach Clyde Snodgrass CLASS OF 1947 Class Participation: 12.50% Gifts to the College: $250 Doris (Hull) Dietrich George Hudson DS (St Germain) Maxson Phyllis Meier CLASS OF 1948 Class Participation: 15.15% Gifts to the College: $1,555 Jeanne (Lisk) Behringer Hilda (Bilderback) Morse Charles Newton Robert Rex Francis Zogaib CLASS OF 1949 Class Participation: 22.22% Gifts to the College: $3,610 R. Jack Behringer Virginia (Miller) Coressel Roy Larabee Williamson Richard Mather Jack Pixler Rosemary (Degler) Redlich Mary Ellen (Rieckhoff) Ruhlin James Sweeney Macon Dale (West) Traxler Charles Wahl Ronald Winslow Jean (Macy) Wood CLASS OF 1950 Class Participation: 25.00% Gifts to the College: $53,718 Helen (Cuccia) Badenhop John Bryan William Busteed Hugh Caldwell Marilyn (Doenges) Carr Frank Clark Delmar Core Joseph Dawson Raymond Derricotte Robert Evans Alice Ewing Edson Finkenbiner Leighton Fritz Alvina (Weddelman) Hahn John Headstrom John Hebb

Lloyd Hilliard William Houle B. Theodore Jacobs Donald Karr James McCollum Dorisanne (Heacock) Nielsen Charles Pixler Edwin Redlich, Jr. Robert Sanderson Margaret (Buckmaster) Schroer Gwen (Galaway) Spaulding Howard Spicer Onilee (Hoke) Spiller Marian (Gibbons) Steinburgh Robert Storrer Alec Switz Jr. Doris (Long) Winslow Walter Wood CLASS OF 1951 Class Participation: 17.65% Gifts to the College: $2,158 Rosemary (Kibler) Eggert William Fast Jr. Hurlburt Geller Robert Hahn Cortland Hepner Miriam (Karch) Hone Phyllis (Stephens) Huss Rolland Huss Darrell Jones Richard Lovett Marilyn (Loar) Mallott Gerald Mallott William Schlagetter Charles Stenger John Taylor CLASS OF 1952 Class Participation: 21.31% Gifts to the College: $4,501 Laura (Grimes) Bosh Donna (McLain) Cooper Marilyn (Strusaker) Frey Philip Gerlach Marilyn (Baker) Hahn Emmit Lehman Arnold Lewis Mary (Corey) Lewis Madge (Hardesty) Oberlin Lillian (McLain) Perkins Robert Schulz Jr. Byrl Short Marilyn (Allomong) Toner

CLASS OF 1953 Class Participation: 14.81% Gifts to the College: $620 Phyllis (Slye) Bessey Ronald Ekberg Vivian (Newkirk) Ekberg Myrle Hinesman Doris (Streip) Johansen Eloise (Hane) McBride Dyle Roth Alyce (Matsumoto) Yoshino CLASS OF 1954 Class Participation: 22.45% Gifts to the College: $3,050 Roger Avery Bernard Boff Ralph Bond Shirley (Hilbert) Fritz Ward Fritz Russell Glenn Beverly (Carr) Martin Delbert Martin Doyle McBride Ralph Singleton Kenneth Woodring CLASS OF 1955 Class Participation: 24.24% Gifts to the College: $795 Bertha (Harrod) Booker Douglas Erman Rae (Andrews) Henry James Moss James O’Brien Jr. Jerry Rensberger Lois (Pond) Ruecker Donald Shaw CLASS OF 1956 Class Participation: 27.45% Gifts to the College: $9,836 Lorraine (Lafond) Andrews Barbara (Beatty) Baker Lynn Brown Helen (Diller) Frey L. Paul Gallagher Barbara (Dickman) Hoffman Ben Londeree Jr. Lewis Mollica William Pace D. Kay (Briggs) Rollins Herbert Salsbury Joyce (Kiehl) Smelser Jacqueline (Dow) Underwood Robert Westerbeck


Honor Roll CLASS OF 1957 Class Participation: 28.57% Gifts to the College: $13,703 Donald Asman Frederick Baker Thomas Biggs Lewis Cloud E. Keith Hubbard Zorab Meneshian Janice (Forrest) Mollica Lester Nagel Ronald Rollins Vea Smith George Stockman Marjorie (Enyart) Treece James Treece Noel Underwood CLASS OF 1958 Class Participation: 19.15% Gifts to the College: $1,042 Lawrence Blush James Ladd Norvin Mansfield Dorothy (Rohn) Mottashed Clarence Probst Helen Riehle Carl Snyder William Weisgerber Walter Zverina CLASS OF 1959 Class Participation: 23.91% Gifts to the College: $5,184 George Brown William Byanski Daniel Chao E. Joyce (Chitwood) Close Marlyn Close Joan (Nicely) Gerken Charles Holtzmuller Lowell Hosler Janet (Mansfield) Koch Charles Koch Paul Lehman Jimmie Lemaster Joseph Leskow Harry Miller James Moats Barbara (Acus) Moats Alton Myers Leonard Myers Jr. John Reck Louis Simonis Lowell Snider Paul Yoder


CLASS OF 1960 Class Participation: 24.47% Gifts to the College: $4,088 Norman Baldwin William Bartels Walter Becker Kenneth Beilharz Carol (Andrews) Belau Loretta (Rupp) Brannan Fred Burgard David Culler Sharon (Allison) Decker Richard Detrick Roger Farlee Donald Flinn Alice (Williams) Gibson Russell Hardesty Donald Hire Gloria (Shawver) Miller John Mitchell Terry Penner Richard Pinel Kevin Rettig Larry Rice Suzanne (Miller) Snider Beverly (Hax) Van Kirk CLASS OF 1961 Class Participation: 20.83% Gifts to the College: $7,745 Leland Baker Edward Berthold Sylvia (Larcamp) Brown Francis Carley John Cassels Howard Cotrell Jackson Crosley David Durham Rosalie (Kaiser) Held Rosalie (Mote) Hoover John Hoover Nancy (Winters) Hosler Kay (Gisler) Jennings William Jennings III Diana (Roehrs) Kunkel Gary May William McCleary Kenneth Meyer Raymond Miller Joanne (Latchaw) Parker Karen (Dunson) Pettit Jeannene (Willett) Shemeth Regina (Roehrs) Snyder Stephen Sprague C. Fred Yarnell

OF DONORS 2007-2008

CLASS OF 1962 Class Participation: 27.97% Gifts to the College: $3,773 Susan (Black) Bacon Mary Barnes Robert Bashore Joyce (Ringer) Birkhold R. William Brewster Ida Buckmaster Roy Bunce Jeanette (Hahnert) Detrick Jack Donley Ned Ewers Philip Hosmer Duncan Jamieson Edith (Tripp) Lewandowski Sara Jane (Reed) Meyer Lloyd Miller Larry Otermat Geraldine (Fetters) Rice Bonnie (Devers) Schenk Thomas Simkins Steven Skopik Sally (Rhoades) Snyder Barbara (Womack) Sprague Michael Steirer Marie (Wise) Strayer Phyllis (Mayes) Stuckey Norma (Van Agteren) Tanber John Tyson Steven Verkin Roland Waggoner Frederick Warncke Jr. Sue Waymire Paul Wilson Ben Young CLASS OF 1963 Class Participation: 16.88% Gifts to the College: $3,993 Philip Ackerman Henry Anderson Pamela (Walker) Andrews Ronald Andrews Sharon (Hartman) Bailey Martin Baumhower Carolyn (Scherer) Belden Larry Bracken John Coolman Dixie (Stokes) Durham Harry Eastridge Sally (Wood) Eckersley Raymond Etzler Paul Flathman Lowell Frederick Randolf Germann Sylvia Grogg James Gwyn Jr. Richard Harpster Rosanna (Brinkman) Kagy John Koch

Judith (Horvath) Lewis James Masonbrink Mary (Hohenberger) McMaster Russell McMaster Sally (Tustison) Myers Virginia (Bok) Otermat Betty (Ebersole) Penner Beverly (King) Sanderson Jerry Scheele Lois (Darvas) Schmidt Donald Schmidt Jane (Weible) Sharp David Speakman Allan Straten G. Richard Thompson Donald Varner Judy (Snyder) Verkin Karen (Crozier) Warkall Robert Whitman CLASS OF 1964 Class Participation: 19.66% Gifts to the College: $14,384 Nancy (Carr) Anderson Ronald Arthur Andrew Barrick Joy (Wackerbarth) Bashore Janet (Anthony) Berg Donna (Chapman) Brueggemeier John Brueggemeier Margaret Buhrer Linda Clark Thomas Clark Barbara Cocanour Dean Colwell Mildred (Boyd) Cotter William Derbyshire Jayne (Rickner) Dietsch Coleen (Bagley) Etzler Mary (McGuffin) Fraley Arlos (Boger) Franz Kenneth Franz Virginia (Nowak) Hushak Connie (Morris) Kimble Ruth (Ireton) Lusk Celesta (Covey) Oberlin Frank Prinz John Roberts Nathan Schroer Sandra (Hardin) Schuller Alice (Gwyn) Shepherd Michael Snyder Carolyn (Bell) Spicer Lelia (Mouser) Sunday Steven Turbiner Betty (Etzler) Wagner Janet (Elder) Walsh Vernon West

CLASS OF 1965 Class Participation: 24.56% Gifts to the College: $12,878 Dorotha (Zimmerman) Aldrich Robert Baird Marjane (Evans) Baker Allen Baldwin Sarah (Hulme) Bell Ruth Ann (Terrell) Blush Jean (Sibert) Bruns David Cain R. Donnell Cathey Martha (Tooley) Catuogno Beverly (Ham) Cole James Corson David Dick Gary Dowler Barbara (Miller) Duffy Ronald Ehresman James Faber Ronald Fedokovitz Robert Fetter Lenore (Etzel) Foster Joseph Furko Jr. John Good Arnold Harting Nancy (Landel) Haymond Jerry Helm Barbara (Mikesell) Hosmer Elisabeth (Burnett) Joshi Norman Krueckeberg Kenneth Lause Stanton Lipson Darlene (Bolea) Loughborough Carol (Gilbert) Miller Bruce Moser

Juan Nicholas Thomas Noneman Charles Omsberg Robert Otis Ronald Pine Mary (Brown) Popowski Robert Rankin III Anita (Dunbar) Rethmel James Rockwell Douglas Rychener Jane (Colwell) Scott Jeffrey Semon Carolyn (Rickner) Shalter Floyd Stafford Jr. Charles Steffel James Studer Kathleen (Fritz) Summers John Terry Herbert Todd, Jr. Merle Wagner* J. Michael Walz R. Scott Warren Marlin Younker CLASS OF 1966 Class Participation: 16.30% Gifts to the College: $60,946 Joyce (Cathey) Anderson Anonymous Sherry (Bates) Baldwin Robert Bauerle James Bottger David Bowers Robert Brown James Budden Caren (Lehman) Bush

Joann (Lourash) Busteed Thomas Callan Lawrence Cole Judith (Haupt) Colwell John Dallas Diana DeCamp Pamela (Goller) Decker Ruth Foot Michael Foster James Grant Donald Gwynne Robert Hancock Jr. Karen (Chase) Higgins Edward Hoeffel Carol (Lange) Hoskinson James Kleck Howard Kratzert Daniel Loughborough Donna (Jackman) Merlini Herbert Mittelman Robert Moore Charles Prior David Schwiebert John Sheppard II Douglas Short Pamela (Hepburn) Steinfurth Peter Stirrup Sondra (Rhoad) Thompson Ronald Von Deylen Charles Vosler Barbara (Korhn) Warncke Ruth Warncke Larry Welch John Wenzinger Clinton Wirick Judith (Brimicombe) Wittig

CLASS OF 1967 Class Participation: 23.24% Gifts to the College: $160,774 Rosemary (Ressa) Abissi John Adams Jose Arellano Mary (Kinney) Bender Richard Bender Ronald Benfer Bruce Besso Peter Boyle Nancy Brown Michael Carmen David Coburn Benjamin Davis Jr. Rosemary (Edge) DeBacker Roger Eckenwiler Karen (McComas) Ellis John Ellis Walter Faisst Betty (Gingrich) Felch Max Fetterman Gail Friend Timothy Gore James Gorham Karen (Etter) Grant Linda Griffin Ross Gruber Gary Hohenberger Maxine (Wieand) Hollinger Elaine Hudson Karl Ideman David Iliff Gerald Komandt Anthony Komon Susan (Novak) Krueckeberg

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Honor Roll Laura (Hoff) Lause Linda le Shanna Marianne (Brod) Leese Carol (Hannan) Lennon Theresa Leonard Tim Leuzarder Carol Maddox Leah (Ireton) Matthews James Maxwell Alice (Kanable) Meuleman William Meyer Margaret (Reiners) Mills Robert Minsel Robert Oberlin Willard Peters Jr. Michael Pletcher Judith (Jordan) Prokupek H. Gerald Prokupek James Rupp Anne (Partchey) Schroer-Lamont Ronald Schumm Ronald Seymour Leonard Shartle Gary Sisson George Smart Connie (Hutchins) Smith Timothy Smith Sheldon Smith Karen (Chomick) Stoops Michael Thomas Thomas Voight Dennis Wagner Robert Wood CLASS OF 1968 Class Participation: 19.16% Gifts to the College: $25,608 John Balas Mary (Ruffer) Bauerle* Carol Brown Serenus Brugler Susan (Schanz) Connelly William De Hart Jr. Nancy (Allen) Dickey M. Malinda Doutt Cynthia (Roberts) Duade Norman Elser Roger Felch Patricia (Belcher) Fetterman Stephen Goldman Michael Hagan Cheryl (Browns) Hahr Leslie (Moir) Harper Douglas Huffman Maguinez Anne (Kent) Jason Linda Johnson Dan Kline Michael Kline Kandice (Partee) Kowalski Roland Kowalski Charles Lenhart Jr.


Richard Lennon Dennis LittleďŹ eld Barbara (Davis) McCarthy P. Robert Meuleman Stephen Miller Carol (Hohenberger) Monroe Gregory Morton Obie Mouser David Pierce Susan (Ellsworth) Pixler Samuel Radel Fred Reinstein Terrence Rettig Mary (Zedaker) Rice William Rinehart Rebecca (Bissell) Rothenbuhler Stuart Sakosits Susan (Martin) Sakosits Gary Sams James Sargent Jill (Albaugh) Sluyter William Smith Jr. Robert Smith Loree Soggs Patricia (Gerken) Speakman Rollin Steele Jr. Arthur Steidel Michael Stowell Gail (Wyman) Tomlinson T. William Troup William Truesdell Thomas Vershum Thomas Walz Susan (Hoover) Wichman Richard Wierwille CLASS OF 1969 Class Participation: 21.28% Gifts to the College: $13,027 Sue Ellen (Kanney) Arnold Patricia (Porter) Arthur Patricia (Hoover) Basil Jayne Beilke Joyce (Shepherd) Blankenship Bonnie (Bundy) Bobbitt John Boesling Robert Bonham Gregory Brandt Richard Carse Diana (Stillman) Cassola Gary Coats Jan (Buhrer) Craig John Crowther IV Jane (Ceparski) Dallas Alan Darner Stuart Douglas Russell Duade Marilyn (Stouder) Eberle Philip Eberle Lee Engel Charles Etzler

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Michael Freeland Cary Frisinger Hyman Goldberg James Graver Martha Higgins Douglas Howe Esquire Jauchem Cheryl (Michael) Jeffries Joseph Jenkins Patricia (Meeks) Jones Kenneth Jones Richard Kendall Dennis Kidwell Judith Koehler Robert Kunkle Scott Langdon Mary Meuleman Teresa (Zeller) Miller Susan (Witty) Millinger Dennis Monroe Jeffrey Neikirk Gregory Olwine Karen (Ahlsen) Oswald Rudolph Oswald Candice (Foster) Rolfsmeyer Joan (Le Feber) Sauer Bruce Saulnier Bernice (Gross) Schmidt Shirley (Bauer) Schumm Adele (Fournier) Seymour Mary (Wagoner) Sherman Shirley (Nofziger) Short Judith (Zimmerman) Snook Susan (Ricica) Spicer Brian Sweeney Judith (Hill) Taphorn Robert Taphorn Delbert Thatcher Alice (May) Todd Edmund Tomlinson Douglas Van Horn Pierre Vuilleumier II * Carolyn (Trowbridge) Walters Linda (Heath) Weaver David Welty Mary (Heller) Williams Linda (Jess) Wilson Dean Wright Lois Young Fumiyo (Sakai) Young Pamela (Cluts) Young CLASS OF 1970 Class Participation: 17.31% Gifts to the College: $14,716 Bruce Angell Elizabeth (Melberg) Angell Thomas Bauerle Lynn Bergman Scott Brauer Philip Cannato

Charlotte (Brubaker) Carse Jean Churchill Ruth (Crandon) Clark Larry Clites Carol (Clarke) Coates Cynthia (Arps) Corbett Jacqueline (Yeskey) Dallara Herman Dally John Decker William Degler Jr. Dennis Diso Joseph Giliberto James Glase Peter Grant Jerry GrifďŹ th Dennis Guilford Robert Hahn Robert Harper Michael Hartley Larry Holden John Hrivnyak Howard Johnson Lynn Keller Suzanne (Quay) Ludwig Bruce McKibben Walter Mebane III Linda Meuleman Patty Ann (Gerken) Michaelis Marcia (Knapp) Miller Claudia Mirchel Janet (McSherry) Morton Patricia (Wick) Mullen Neeta Nichols Nicholas Niederman Hartwell Pelton James Porter Robert Reed Jolyn Salupo Vickie Shell Ronald Sislowski R. Michael Spenceley Thomas Spiess John Stites Joseph Vacaro Saundra (Glorioso) Vosler Jill (Russell) Wagner Dennis Whitlock Susan (Perkins) Whittemore Harold Wibling Linda (Markell) Wierwille Paul Yon Robert Zimny CLASS OF 1971 Class Participation: 14.08% Gifts to the College: $8,762 Don Ammons Joy (Graef) Balas Jeffrey Bartlett Jo Anne (Westrick) Barton Elizabeth (Pryor) Betts

Richard Betts Joyce Bok Richard Brown Nancy (Locke) Burbridge David Clifton Richard Dallow Judith (Small) Dally Ernest Doherty Karen (Coplin) Farlee Joan (Hiatt) Gearing Robert Green Randy Hardy Gregory Hemingway Philip Hoag Jr. Jeffery Horton Michael Kaufman John Lambert Charles Logan Jr. Benjamin Lutz Jeffrey Maffett Roberta (Rovenstine) Mann Wade Marbaugh Sheryl (Hoffman) McCoy Barry McMaster Sigrid (Eisberg) Melus Sarah Mozgai Paul Ondrus Herbert Pawlitsch Patricia Peter Linda (Edwards) Polzin David Polzin John Powers Sandra Rebert Eddie Roeth Linda (Laubenthal) Sakemiller Peggy (Sibley) Scope Terrence Scope Max Sharp Fred Shato James Smerz Jean (Gackenheimer) Teune Charles Towne Jeffrey Urick Linda (Laughrey) Zelms

Mary (McClam) Freeman Elaine (Kopke) Gard James Hamilton Mary Ann Harrell Mary Hartman Richard Heisler Paul Hilston William Howe James Jackson Harold Johnston Katherine Kehnast Mary (Van Poppel) Klear Steven Krill Michael Manos Karen (Sander) Mathews Cheryl (Joost) Matson John Migliaro Brent Morgan Ruth (Brisbine) Neikirk Delmer Nusbaum Mary (Barnes) Oyer Mark Pohto Stanley Prowant Terry Reichard Marvin Retcher Robert Rettig David Robertson Alice (Busson) Rote Karen (Grimes) Sanders Gregory Schott Gary Sheehan Jane (Miller) Shiarla Barbara Silvis Stanley Stebbins Harold Steindam Thomas Sweda Alan Tonetti John Trautman Susan (Mackenson) Uher James Wagner James Wheeler Timothy Wilde Michael Wright Douglas Zinter

CLASS OF 1972 Class Participation: 16.10% Gifts to the College: $16,785 James Amstutz Emilie (Brupbacher) Bauerle Robert Bentley Wendy (Morton) Bernier Karen (Beall) Burand John Burand Charles Carr Shayna (Smith) DeLong Mary (Colwell) Degler Nancy Dyer Dennis Etzler Dan Feasel William Ford

CLASS OF 1973 Class Participation: 15.79% Gifts to the College: $23,022 Deborah (Shreve) Baringer Rebecca (Sharp) Barron Francis Barron Marguerite (Stell) Bartlett Kristie Briggs Linda (Weisgerber) Brugler Robert Bucceri Edd Buhl Ronald Burdick Sr. Jill (Spicer) Burnett Nancy Carlson Denise (Guess) Clayton Thomas Daras

Wayne Dodd Rebecca Gares Barbara (Tobin) Green Annette (Baden) Hardy Edith (Wiebe) Hickman Clarajane Hine Patricia Holloway Kathy (Elliott) Krygier Edward Lapuh Harold MacCubbin Kathryn (Stifer) Manos Charles Nafziger Kathy (Didovich) Paul Michael Paul James Pendergrass Jr. Susan (Nye) Peoples Shelby Pierce Marian (Handley) Plant David Plant Rebecca Quinlan Janice Rettig Ann (Williamson) Rhyan Robert Rote David Scott Kathleen (Hohenberger) Shato Robyn Small Carol (Morgan) Smerz Leroy Sonnenberg Eric Spiller Mark Stone Danny Tusing Joseph Uher Harold Watson Jeffrey Weaner Brenda (Washington) Weston CLASS OF 1974 Class Participation: 14.15% Gifts to the College: $17,210 Bruce Baer Kenneth Ball Jerry Bergman Diana (Wynk) Bertke Theodore Bertke Dale Bruskotter Edward Burger Jane (Bayles) Burke Michael Burke Holly Burnett-Hanley Susan Crossland Lynne de Sherbinin Darlene (Jarvis) DeBrock Rex Flory* Maryjane (Hanson) Furrer Julie (Johns) Gaynor David Gormsen Lydia (Jones) Johnston Brent Joost Nancy (Notestine) Kemper John (Alster) Kinghorn Ulrich Koenig

Nickola (Brandon) MacCubbin Carol (Oechsle) Mace Thomas MacNaughton Cynthia (Fairman) Malchoff Jan (Forrest) Manuguerra Peter Manuguerra Sandy (Sylvester) McKenna Joseph McKenna, Jr. Stephen Mohr Gary Molnar Nancy (Mullins) Omer Philip Omer Donald Powell Michael Sauber Gayle (Steinberg) Shankman Mark Shine Jeanette (Fiddes) Spiller Jenny (Caldwell) Steindam Judith Steininger Frances (Ringger) Taylor Charlcie (Goodrich) Towne Gordon Yahney David Yarnell CLASS OF 1975 Class Participation: 10.47% Gifts to the College: $22,019 Dwight Baker Kathy (Strait) Bergman Darlene (Caryer) Bergman Michael Clark Amy (Bisirri) Clark James Clark William Clark Jr. James Dinkel Glen Eley Susan (Carmitchel) Fyfe Bruce Green Pamela (Conover) Hawk Susan (Johnson) Henderson Michael Kozumplik Polli (Brodrick) Leighty Wanda (Ohnesorge) Lemaster Michael Miller Judy (Allen) Mumma John Mumma Janice (Terhune) Notte Michael Penna Raymond Schuck Mark Shy Garry Shy Shaune Skinner Ramona (Derricotte) Slocum Michael Waite Steven Wilkin Gary Zupancic


Honor Roll CLASS OF 1976 Class Participation: 12.90% Gifts to the College: $12,523 Deborah (Couch) Baumhower Marvin Bergman Dallis Bowditch Kathy (Rettig) Burton Jennifer (Ball) Collins Raymond Derricotte Jr. Michael Doersam Tedica (Cook) Fetters William Fulton Dale Grabowski Robert Head III Mary Ellen (Phillips) Hefinger Denise (Weible) Hench Norma (Soughan) Hoffman Patricia (Hettich) Jagger Carol (Grim) Johnson Carolyn (Hofacker) Keilig Robert Krause II Peggy (Weilnau) Lewis Lucy (Rulman) Marckel Daniel Martin Gregory Meador Denise (Shaffer) Molnar Letha (Nelson) Noehren Kenneth Provost Jr. Nancy (Feaver) Radke Lois Simpson Rita Sowers Delores (Krill) Stahl Steven VanDemark William Wagner Kathleen (McBride) Waters-LaRocque Scott Whiteman Janet (Sorg) Wichman Gary Williams Frank Witzmann

CLASS OF 1977 Class Participation: 9.33% Gifts to the College: $7,486 David Anderson Robert Aschliman Daniel Baer Luana (Weber) Bogue Daryl Caryer Robert Degler Michael Flory Martha Freygang Martin Henderson Antonio (Garcia) Linares Mary Marvel Marilyn (Culham) Maxwell Deryll Rohda Gregory Roth Terri (Smith) Sanislo Keith Tuttle Dona (McDonald) Wagner


Jonathan Wasko Francette (Magee) Williams Brenda Woody Debra (Hitchcock) Zupancic

CLASS OF 1978 Class Participation: 8.54% Gifts to the College: $216,613 Betty Bidlack Carlton Dietsch Lila (Randolph) Fedokovitz Richard Feller Judith (Zelis) Killea Rosemary Kimpel Alan Krill Philip Mallott Mildred (Johnston) McCarty Michael Meyer Ann (Kohart) Miller Thomas Molitierno James Molnar Howard Popowski Jr. Nancy (Bischoff) Rensi David Schlagheck Catherine (Price) Scholz Jr. Robert Shipman Ruth Shock Richard Wright Steven Zeigler CLASS OF 1979 Class Participation: 8.71% Gifts to the College: $14,479 Janet Berlincourt Randall Buchman II Brian Bundenthal Ryan Burgoon Rita (Mueller) Deerhake Christine (McMaster) Dietsch Frank Herby Mark Ihde Jerry Isaac Phyllis (Stockman) Knape Paul Koch Stephen Krueger Vicki Martinich Mark Meyer Sharon (Jess) Mortensen Ronald Neanen Jr. William Parker Karen Schlatter Ronald Scholz Jr. Kristie (Wilkins) Schultheis Wendy Schultz Joan (Haaser) Schwiebert Christine Slattery Virginia Snyder Cheryl (Hundley) Sullivan

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CLASS OF 1980 Class Participation: 10.71% Gifts to the College: $4,006 Ellen Beck-Gardner Rick Bowman Robin (Anderson) Burton Kathleen Cavanaugh Henry Diehl Monica Easter P. Larry Flynn Alberta Knause Janice (Precht) Knepley Ali Korkmaz Robin (Diller) Kratzer Bruce Krill Steven Lambright Michael Mikula Catherine Mikula George Moss Jenifer (Garman) Murphy Charlotte (Everett) Ondrus William Ondrus Wendolynn (Kirkland) Overlock Marc Overlock Lisa (Burneson) Papenfuss Anne Schultz Scott Swartz John Szychowski Brett Thatcher Martha (Wiecher) Voll CLASS OF 1981 Class Participation: 8.93% Gifts to the College: $2,322 Della (McIntosh) Barclay Sally Bissell Jack Blosser Thomas Dean Wilhelmine (Meyer) Frueh Kurt Gaskell Loretta Hackathorn Nola Heestand Kim (Smith) Honigford Christine Hootman-Wright Martin Hopkins Susan Kolze Kurt Kratzer Sharon (Smith) Mason Bruce McCullough Mark Miller Larry Papenfuss Cristina (Hernandez) Thompson Janet (Bundenthal) Torries Mary (McFarland) Walter

CLASS OF 1982 Class Participation: 7.03% Gifts to the College: $1,661 Neil Allen Darren Caponi Marcia (Burton) House Susan (Ostermeyer) Howey Bonnie (Clark) Jefferis Scott Leonard Lois (Vollmer) McCullough Pamela (Fleming) Morris Jeanne Mullet-Carlock Barbara Oliver Chris Palmer Sara (Link) Powers Steven Royer CLASS OF 1983 Class Participation: 11.85% Gifts to the College: $2,611 Elizabeth (Farrington) Bixel Michael Bixel Mark Bradley John Carlock Joseph Dipre Cynthia (Hunt) Dunne Lynn (Smith) Granatir Ann Hartwell Houlette Mary Huber John Kobee Brenda (Borden) Meyer Kevin Miller Victoria (Smith) Norwood Todd Nowicki Darcy Robinson Gary Rohrs David Rollins Sharon Rumbaugh Bonnie Rupp Michael Seiler Rhonda (Yenser) Stabler Sally (Oberhaus) Stites Jeffrey Strausbaugh Brian Wiles Brett Wingate CLASS OF 1984 Class Participation: 8.16% Gifts to the College: $1,463 Tara (Francis) Adams Pamela Barnett David Cottrell Patricia (Markel) Dipre Michael Dorner Mary Dowler Julie (Weaver) Gaskell Deborah (Simonis) Gayed Jennifer Hawke Sheri (Plassman) Kovaleski Carol (Nagel) McInerney Linda Moore

Joseph Mullee Francis Palmer Bonnie Perkins E. Colleen (Schad) Posey Douglas Schimmoeller Patricia Schwiebert Linda Sprick-Kruse Robert Young CLASS OF 1985 Class Participation: 8.91% Gifts to the College: $2,490 Stephanie (Spencer) Balusek Ave (Cassell) Barr Tracy (Hanson) Beck Steven Beerbower Ann Branham Renisa (Young) Dorner Linda Engel Phyllis Germann Megan (Deck) Getsay Rose (McCarthy) Hanna Thomas Held Diane (Bruns) Jutte James LaNeve Pamela (Clay) Lightle Stanley Meinen Randy Meyer Mark Onweller Leslie (Ryan) Shugars Samuel Strausbaugh Pamela Trevis Donna Wannemacher Nancy (Zimmerman) Wick Richard Winbigler Jr. CLASS OF 1986 Class Participation: 10.91% Gifts to the College: $2,670 Lisa Binkley Myron Collins Frank Craig William DiMella Janice (Hilvers) Drerup Mark Earle Jeff Jackisch Kent Morgan Bradley Myers Kristen Patt Daniel Pierce Brent Renollet Peter Rich Bernard Roeckers Jr. Kerry Samples Colleen (Adams) Saylor Allan Saylor Susan (Stutz) Shanks Melanie (McCullough) Shindeldecker Allen Shininger David Stuckey

Sally Telljohann Linda (Walters) Trausch Michael Wiley CLASS OF 1987 Class Participation: 9.55% Gifts to the College: $5,713 Laurie (Miller) Banks Cheryl Billow Pamela Borton Anita (Reagle) Brandeberry Steven Ford Mark Getsay Thomas Glanz Douglas Horner Marsha (Ciesielski) Jackisch Patricia Jenkins Jeff Lightle Tamara (Ganger) Narvell Tammy Parker Jeffrey Petro Tamara (Young) Renollet Michael Ruen Paul Schroeder Daniel Troyer Norman Walker Judith Watts Philip Weaner CLASS OF 1988 Class Participation: 11.97% Gifts to the College: $1,679 W. Gary Adkins Joan (Logan) Anderson Anonymous Dennis Anweiler Craig Bracken Julie (Schroeder) Brown Penny (Bell) Bundy Carol (Hasselswerth) Burkholder Karla (Byer) Free Michael Gerken Shirley Gero Ralph Hutchinson Michael Kemper Rose Lewis Monica Mangas Ann (Wieging) Murphy Dean Sandwisch Kevin Seemann Kristine (Koster) Seemann Ruth Self Hyla (Ames) Sharrock Mary (Hoeffel) Slattery Stuart Smith James Spencer Matthew Stone Christine (Schlatter) Sukup Pamela (Hotz) Taylor Zachery Taylor Jodi (McCluer) Thomas

Lorali (Harris) Todd Sara (Rath) Varner CLASS OF 1989 Class Participation: 11.11% Gifts to the College: $2,762 Jackie (Crocker) Anweiler Janice (Moore) Avery Ayelework Awoke Jestine (Parsons) Curry Teresa (Gratz) Downham David Duerk Melissa (Johnson) Faber Kimberly (Shepherd) Ford Kimberly Garver Gary Gilliland Mary Harvey Ira Moore Rebecca (Chamberlain) Myers Loretta Neff Bjorklund Susan Netzly-Watkins Elizabeth Rettig Mark Schneider Jenee (Cain) Seibert Joani (Eberle) Smith Jacqueline Smith Weeks Michael Steyer Gretchen (Wilson) Strausbaugh Gregory Walker Agnes Weible CLASS OF 1990 Class Participation: 13.33% Gifts to the College: $13,757 Margaret Armstrong James Beaverson Denise Bierly Marilyn Black Holly Boehm Joanne Borrell Lisa (Meyer) Brady Jenna (Meisner) Brown Melanie (Gerig) Calvin Cathi (Melcher) Camp Glenda (Merritte) Ferris Susan (Hill) Gates Donald Germann Robert Hocker Jean (Armstrong) Hubbard Mark Lawson Pamela (Thomas) Moore Gerald Morris Robert Narvell Timothy Schroeder Thomas Siebenaler Kathy Sinn Francine Wahrman Michael Weaner Carol Whetstone Susan (Guelde) Wiles Bruce Williams Mary (Beckford) Young

CLASS OF 1991 Class Participation: 8.21% Gifts to the College: $1,069 Deana Bay-Miller Diane (Fry) Bernicke Carrie (Stephan) Biederstedt Shannan (Hartinger) Clevenger Jeffery Clevenger Michelle (Jaqua) Dean Rachel Eicher Matthew Jedrosko Michael McGurk Mary (Hallock) Morris Susan (Lehman) Owens Richard Powell Adam Ridgway Christina (Batt) Risner Tina (Bruntz) Sandwisch Ronald Slinger Laurie (Phillips) Suntken CLASS OF 1992 Class Participation: 9.05% Gifts to the College: $3,609 Beth Besaw Kenneth Brown Donna Buckman Lamar Crites Eric Detmer Paula (Urban) Gaspar Kristine (Witte) Haught Jeffrey Haught Robert Held Alan Howerton Robert Humbarger III Jan Jerger-Stevens Mark Lee Anissa Prowant Melissa (Brittsan) Scott Karen (Wieland) Seigman Lori (Lamming) Shafer Timothy Sinn Lori Smith John Van Fossen Kerri (Wiles) Williams CLASS OF 1993 Class Participation: 7.18% Gifts to the College: $945 Karen Bachman William Bishop Jay Crites Karen Dierkens Darwin English Douglas Flory Sharon (Grodrian) Gillen Crystal Humbarger Dawn (Norden) Hutcheson Deborah King Gene (Burkholder) Richer Rhonda (Wistner) Samples


Honor Roll Chadwick Suntken Diane Viers Linda Young

CLASS OF 1994 Class Participation: 11.31% Gifts to the College: $3,151 Laura Baumle Karen (McDonald) Christiansen G. Jack Davis III Jerry Foust Cheryl (Unterbrink) Freewalt Marcia (Bostelman) Gobrogge Jolinda (Pfund) Gutierrez Kevin Horstman Charlotte (Booher) Johannigman Andy Kalas Rebecca (Sanders) Krill Joanna (Doty) Lance Thomas Lane Katrina Martyn Jeffrey Mazurowski Eugene Meyers Susan (Potts) Miller Raymond Mohr Tara (Henricks) Richmond Andrew Ross Ann (Smith) Schenk Vanessa (Clark) Schumaker Duane Sinn Matthew Skala Marilyn (Elston) Stoner CLASS OF 1995 Class Participation: 10.75% Gifts to the College: $1,479 Suzanne (Verhoff) Badenhop Tammy (Sandwisch) Bostelman Michael Detwiler Amy (Lichty) Ducat Donna (Taylor) Etter Brian Feeney Robert Fields Scott Grotelueschen Holly Kobee Lara (Homan) Limbert Karen (Gerken) Maassel Aaron Mullen Alyce Reinhart Jane Schroeder Larry Sprunger David Trisel Kimberly (Haught) Wellsand Matthew Wooden Catherine (Mox) Zeller Barbara Zimmerman


CLASS OF 1996 Class Participation: 11.11% Gifts to the College: $1,685 Brian Arnold Cory Baden Linda Badenhop Patricia Dailey Carol (Castor) Eschhofen Jamison Fetter Jonathan Gathman Kris (Dahms) Gedeon Karen Graf Timothy Greutman Darrell Handy Timothy Held Christian Hoeffel Thomas Horn Lance Horwath David Hutcheson Bonnie (Rhoads) Kammeyer Heidi (Rutter) Lacey Matthew Michaels Angela (Guise) Paine Kathleen Punches Timothy Rettig Michael Soto Scott Truelove CLASS OF 1997 Class Participation: 13.29% Gifts to the College: $1,330 Jodi (Crumrine) Arnold Beth (Meyer) Bechtol Joshua Burt Amy (Shafer) Daeger Wendy Farrell Melissa Fries Lynnette Gerken Hilary (Schuerger) Glanc Lucas Gutierrez Ryan Henderson Torrence Hicks Patricia Keister Mary Kern Richard Krebs William Mueller Jeffery Niese Sonya (Patterson) Quinn Holli (Fetrow) Seabury Danny Steel John Steiner Charles Teegarden Hans Zipfel Amy Zipfel CLASS OF 1998 Class Participation: 7.98% Gifts to the College: $1,447 Kenneth Bostelman Pamela Diehl Jody Dunham

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Stephanie (Nafziger) Fetter Kristina (Steiff) Henderson Jeremy Henry Holli (Rutter) Horn Natalie (Meek) Krebs Joshua Lacumsky Linda (Selman) Lehman S. Elizabeth (Davis) Perna Tammie (Kappen) Rettig Shaun Ricker Mary Beth Royal Theresa (Penny) Vigansky

CLASS OF 1999 Class Participation: 10.67% Gifts to the College: $1,162 Bryan Albright Jennifer (Honeck) Albright Byron Dunham Cristina (Dominique) Gerencser Dawn Gerhart Brad Harsha Annette (Rue) Hoeffel Christine Kelly Amy Linebrink Jennifer (Timbrook) Mavis Amy (Baxter) Morr Jamie (Dahms) Pelfrey Mark Pelfrey Donald Perna Catherine Sprague Debra (Faber) Stevens Jamie Thomas Tamara (Derricotte) Watts Donna Welz CLASS OF 2000 Class Participation: 14.20% Gifts to the College: $2,996 Alisa Bowsher Megan (Stark) Dotson Rachel (Tempel) Ford Diane (Brickel) Gottron Michelle (Hoellrich) Hacker Sara (Conner) Hassid Erik Hassid Terrance Haydinger David Ike Benjamin Lewis Charity (Richards) Meuleman David Meuleman Kimberly (Bostelman) Netcher Brad Piasecki Patrick Pool Susan Royer Stephanie (Beck) Schmucker Tara (Langel) Shamy Robert Shamy Jr. Rick Smith Janette Wagner Amy (Lynn) Winner

Christina Wolcott Jason Zumbaugh Lawrence Zwiebel CLASS OF 2001 Class Participation: 14.53% Gifts to the College: $863 Chad Bieber Kenneth Boland Lindsay (Moats) Davis Beth Derck Scott Evans Julie (Kime) Gearhart Jessica (Ortloff) Gerig Matthew Gerig Travis Gillespie Jacqueline Helberg Rachel Kemper Alice Kleman Laura (Richardson) Kline Angela (Recker) Maag Leanne (Schlenker) Moninger Christopher Moninger Rob Oberski Amanda (Hitchcock) Pace Daniel Potter Beverly (Rethmel) Singer Angela Stokes Artie Taylor Tomar Thomas Jeremiah Vigansky Darlene Vorlicky CLASS OF 2002 Class Participation: 11.16% Gifts to the College: $7,024 Trisha (Spry) Barclay Vaughn Bentz Amanda (Bland) Bok Shane Brugler Mary Burkholder Jeffrey Cetlinski Carl Drees Adam Duty Natalie (Johnson) Farnham Jeremie Fisher Matthew Gilroy Amy (GrifďŹ th) Hoffman Antasia Huesca Matthew Joost Collette (Cooley) Knight Michelle (Smith) Lockwood Ann Mallett Stephanie (Karacson) Mazur Mariah (O’Shea) Orzolek Kevin Radzik Deborah (Reiner) Richard Randall Richard Nathan Schaublin Michele Uribes Kevin Whitlock Jennifer (McCoy) Ziegler

CLASS OF 2003 Class Participation: 8.16% Gifts to the College: $2,503 Kevin Baumann Brian Cogswell Christopher George Megan (Thigpen) Grieser Alex Knight Jason LaBounty Sean McBride John Mikesell Meredith Peffley Carrie (Wiemken) Radzik Janelle (Kline) Rubio Cynthia Shaffer Michelle (Cress) Shivley Jennifer (Girlie) Stark Elizabeth Taylor Robert Taylor III Jon VanderWal Sandy Jo (Lammers) Wilkinson CLASS OF 2004 Class Participation: 12.61% Gifts to the College: $5,591 Amber Anderson Jeremy Ball Stephanie (Garwood) Beaver Shay Beaver Gerald Brown Adam Cassi Jessica Deere Nicole Erford Kristin Gerity Eric Grieser Scott Heighland Scott Helberg Amanda Huber Nathan Jensen Teresa Lanwehr Shannon Liechty Jacob Linder Kathryn Litle Christin (McCabe) Mashburn Marcia (Denny) Mohre Rachel Niese Richelle Oberlin Viola (Santos) Ordaz Rebecca Sanford Lesa (Swisher) Shouse Reggie Shouse Scott Staten Douglas Wilkinson CLASS OF 2005 Class Participation: 9.01% Gifts to the College: $1,578 Barbara Buchanan Elizabeth Crosser Melissa Dick Jennifer Gruenhagen Christina (Merillat) Hancock

Lee Hargreave Cyndi (Shininger) Heighland Patrick Henry Gregory Johnson Melissa (Laukhuf) LaBounty Paul Mallett Joy (Stoller) Manz Valerie (Roberts) Mullholand Curtis Mullholand Nelson Pixler Carol (Petrin) Robbins Aaron Schmidt Anthony Studer Erin (Williams) Studer Anita Van Zile Kacy VanderHorst CLASS OF 2006 Class Participation: 7.61% Gifts to the College: $786 Philip Bohn Cynthia Cordero Jennifer (Kunesh) Davis Mindy Edwards Stefan Faerber Kelly (Brubaker) Haseman Abby (Sumpter) Hogan Scott Hundley Jami Koenn Stephen Langley Ashley (Schafer) Martin Barbara Peterson Nicole Smith Linda (Karcher) Yenser Kristian Zajac CLASS OF 2007 Class Participation: 15.59% Gifts to the College: $1,915 Deborah (Opdycke) Anderson Valerie (Duffey) Besaw Carrin Birkemeier Steven Brancheau Andrew Brent Daniel Brown Richard Calverley Janae Elam Elizabeth (Wolf) French Jason Gendron Elizabeth Grafing Raymond Haines Jamie (Thomas) Huber Eric Jesse Sean Johnson David Lamb John Lancaster Nona (Britsch) Liechty Matthew Mello Amanda Misencik Betty (Richard) Mowery Andrew Norander

Raymond Rateno Abigail Reichard Leslie Shoup Joshua Staggs Blake Stambaugh Renee Steffen Alexander Toll CLASS OF 2008 Class Participation: 2.46% Gifts to the College: $163 Craig Burke Mercedes Clay Pamela Gibson Eric Swartz Jeannie VonDeylen

SCHAUFFLER ALUMNI GIVING Ila (Pope) Allen Esther (Reimhold) Ayibor B. Pauline Bloomer Phyllis (Parker) Bryan Alice (Wood) Cole Charlotte (Steen) Decker Mary Ghetia Jean (Littlejohn) Hamlin C. Louise (Reed) Hilliard Marjorie (Welsch) Manglitz Frances (Ryan) Millward Eleanor (Lemon) Nichols Janet (Rundquist) Richards Evelyn (Hovey) Richards Elizabeth (Held) Root Sylvia (Meyer) Rossell C. Katherine Scheef-Virgin Martha (Frary) Svoboda Charlotte (Williams) Warren Anita Watson Virginia Webber Marie (Yoder) Wenner Nancy (Patriquin) Wittler

BEQUESTS Justin F. Coressel Charitable Trust Irene Hill Estate Lala P. Keiser Estate Ethel R. Smith Estate

MEMORIAL GIVING Remembering deceased loved ones and respected friends with a gift to Defiance College becomes more popular each year. The following individuals were so memorialized during the 2007-2008 fiscal year. *Scholarship Established *Eugene Andrews *Louis Behm *Robert Bleeks Robert Boehm *George Boomer John C. Curtzwiler *Robert Diller *Fred & Gladys Ellsworth Joan Fauster *James R. Frey *Carmen Fullmer *Carol Ruth Hayner Handley Melvin Heideger *Floyd Hickok Genevieve Hornish Richard Howard Mildred E. Hutchinson Reeder Hutchinson W. Noel Johnston *Lou Joost *Arthur J. Knape Bill Krouse Margaret Larsen Russ Leuthold Ted Lovejoy *Willard Mast Doug Mayes Howard (Monk) Meyer *Mamie Nagel *Bessie Nagel *Elizabeth O’Donnell *Ralph & Lorna Peters Ron Powell Sally Rast Billy Rath Lois Rittenour Dick Ryan *Evelyn Ryan Terry Ryan Emil Schaffer Faye Silva *Jon P. Spiess Ervin Tracy Vic Tuohy *Sam Tuohy *Dorothy Houck Weaner *Richard W. Wohn John Zimmerman




CELEBRATING A GREAT PRESIDENT DC and the city of Defiance honor Abraham Lincoln with a year-long celebration


early two years in the planning, Defiance College and the City of Defiance will sponsor a year-long series of presentations and exhibits on the life of Abraham Lincoln. The series has been designed to more closely examine Lincoln as the year 2009 marks his 200th birthday. Noted regional and national scholars, including Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Dr. Mark Neely Jr., will reflect and perhaps shed some new light on the many facets of the nation’s 16th president. The idea for the series originated with Defiance city historian and professor emeritus Randy Buchman. He is excited about the opportunities this will provide for the College and the community. “Abraham Lincoln asked us to dedicate ourselves to ‘the unfinished work’ of our nation at Gettysburg,” says Buchman. “We as a people need to reflect on that life and worlds of Lincoln, ‘that this nation … shall have a new birth of freedom.’” All lectures will be held in Schomburg Auditorium on the Defiance College campus beginning at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Exhibits will be housed in the Women’s Commission Art Gallery next to the auditorium. The series debuts on Jan. 12 with Dr. Gerald Bazer, dean emeritus of Owens


Community College, a wellknown presidential scholar. His topic: “What Do We Perceive as Greatness in Leadership? How Historians Rank Greatness.” An exhibit will focus on campaign memorabilia and literature of the 1860 presidential campaign on loan from private collections and the Ohio Historical Society. Buchman will speak on Feb. 12, addressing the topic, “The Role of Location in the Rise of Political Power.” An exhibit will include reprints of articles published in the Defiance Democrat during the Lincoln years, representing local reaction to Lincoln’s position on issues during his presidency. Dr. Jan Younger, faculty member at Heidelberg College, will address Lincoln’s humor in the third segment of the series on March 12. His topic will be “Humor as a Part of Lincoln’s Greatness.” To complement his address, an exhibit will focus on a collection of editorial cartoons. Dr. William Harris, professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina and a recognized Lincoln scholar, will speak April 26 on “The Role of Myth Versus Reality.” Harris is a recipient of the Lincoln Prize and was awarded the Abraham Lincoln Institute Award. The exhibit for this presentation will focus on the multitude of books that have been published about Lincoln. During the summer months, an exhibit will focus on Lincoln’s early life as a farmer and rail splitter. A rail fence exhibit will be

created by students in the museum studies program at Northwest State Community College. “The Impact of a Spouse” will be the topic of the Sept. 10 presentation to be given by Dr. Michelle Tabit, assistant professor of history at Defiance College. This will be offered along with a collection of Mary Todd Lincoln material. Dr. Mark Neely Jr., professor of history at Penn State and a Pulitzer Prize winner for his work on Lincoln, The Fate of Liberty, will speak on Oct. 11. He will discuss his book, The Last Best Hope of Earth. An accompanying exhibit will focus on Lincoln in sculpture and feature a Leo Cherne bust of Lincoln presented to Defiance College by President Eisenhower. Former Defiance College president and Lincoln historian Dr. Gerald Wood will discuss Lincoln and education with his lecture on “The Need for Education” on Oct. 29. An accompanying exhibit will feature a collection of Lincoln photographs. The final segment in the series will feature Dr. Don Buerk, associate professor of history at Defiance College, to be held Nov. 12. His topic, “Counter Movements,” will examine Lincoln and the peace movement. An exhibit will display a variety of materials on Lincoln and anti-war sentiment of the 1860s. Additional financial assistance for the lecture and exhibit series is being provided by the Ohio Humanities Council. ‹

Your place in Schomburg awaits.


e invite you to take your place as part of Defiance College’s history, and its future, by naming a seat in the Schomburg Auditorium as part of our “Take a Seat” Chair Naming Campaign. The “Take a Seat” Campaign is intended to give alumni, family, faculty and staff, and friends of Defiance College an affordable and meaningful way to contribute to the Schomburg Auditorium renovation. For more than 45 years, the Schomburg Auditorium has held a very special place in the history of Defiance College and in the hearts and memories of our students and community. The renovation of this campus landmark offers the opportunity to take part in the transformation to a new Schomburg Auditorium, one that will serve the campus and community more effectively for years to come. You can become a permanent part of that legacy by naming one of the larger, more comfortable chairs to be installed as part of the renovation. When you name a seat, an elegant brass nameplate bearing the inscription of your choice will be affixed to the back of the chair. You can name a seat now for $300. Each nameplate has space for 3 lines with a maximum 30 characters pper line. All contributions are tax deductible.

To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity contact Rich Pejeau at 419-783-2463 or email

A wonderful collection of recipes from Lou’s kitchen, plus memories and recipes from her many colleagues and friends at Defiance College. All proceeds from the sales of this cookbook will go toward the Lou Joost Scholarship Fund at Defiance College. Luella A. Joost Memorial Scholarship was established and endowed by the family and friends of Luella (Lou) Joost, 1925-2007, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend, colleague, and stellar receptionist and daytime switchboard operator at Defiance College for 39 years.

Only $15.00

If you would like to purchase a cookbook, please contact Carolyn Gilgenbach at 419-783-2462 or email


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two NEW financial aid award s!

Alumni Legacy Award The Alumni Legacy Award recognizes dependents of an alumnus of Defiance College with up to $4,000 that is needbased. The Alumni Legacy Award is designed to assist the many families of DC alumni who have dependents approaching their college years.

Final amounts of both awards are coordinated with other scholarships and grants to ensure the maximum benefit for DC gift assistance. Awards begin with the class of 2009-2010

United Church of Christ (UCC) Award The United Church of Christ (UCC) Award acknowledges active membership in a UCC church with an award of up to $2,000 that is need-based. While offering an active religious life program that celebrates the UCC tradition, DC is accepting of students of all faith traditions.

Defiance College Magazine - Winter 2008