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Fit Mark C. Gordon begins his tenure as the th President of DC


Vol. 99, No. 2

Fall 2009

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


Rev. David Plant ’73 Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Michele Tinker

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Director of Annual Giving

Meet Mark C. Gordon, DC’s eighteenth president

Debbie Richard ’02, ’04

Honorees ------------------------------------------------11

Assistant Director of Marketing

Eight alumni honored at Homecoming

Ryan Imbrock Creative Design Manager

Progress -------------------------------------------------14 An update on the largest campaign in College history

Board of Trustees Joyce C. Anderson ’66 Keith Bell, Sr. ’78 Edward Buhl ’73 Thomas Callan ’66 Gary Cates Dr. Lillian Dunlap ’68 Cheryl Hahr ’68 James Hamilton ’72 Eric Hench Thomas K. Hubbard Karl Ideman ’67 Timothy Leuzarder ’67 Philip Mallott ’78 Mark Moats Glen Newcomer

Tradition ------------------------------------------------18 Rev. Dr. Roger D. Perl Gerry Prokupek ’67 Dr. Terrence W. Rettig ’68 Stuart F. Sakosits ’68 Barb J. Silvis ’72 Shaune M. Skinner ’75 Dr. Bonnie Sloan William J. Small George Smart ’67 David Speakman ’63 Steve VanDemark ’76

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ has a great history at DC

Honorary Trustee

Faculty scholarly achievements

Dr. Edwin S. Charles

Active ----------------------------------------------------20 Chantille Millender embodies the DC spirit

A Change ------------------------------------------------21 A service trip changes Kyle Shong’s life

Welcome -------------------------------------------------22 Eight new faculty bring expertise to the DC community

Recognition ---------------------------------------------24 Wild Ride -----------------------------------------------26 Rich Zvosec ’83 has no plans of slowing down

Athletics -------------------------------------------------28 Update from the Field House

Trustee Fellows Dr. Dean Colwell ’64 Ben Davis, Jr. ’67 Dr. Somnath Dutta Dr. William M. Finerty, Jr. Dr. Allen Gaspar E. Keith Hubbard ’57 Dr. Duncan R. Jamieson ’62

Dr. Rita A. Kissner Margaret F. Mills ’67 Kyle Shong Mark Shy ’75 Clara S. Simmons David Stuckey John W. Weaner

Partners -------------------------------------------------30 Teaming together to help those with autism

Class Notes ----------------------------------------------31

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

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FOR DC’S EIGHTEENTH PRESIDENT The more information Mark C. Gordon found about Deance College, the more excited he became by Kathy Punches ’96, Director of Public Relations and Marketing


plane ride to Maine with his infant son turned out to be a life-changing event for Mark Gordon. As Deance College’s new president recounts the story, he was taking baby Charlie to Maine so that his grandmother could see her newest great-grandchild. “I apologized to the woman next to me on the plane that she


got stuck sitting next to the guy with the baby on his lap,” Gordon recalls. The travelers began chatting. “By the end of the plane ride, she said to me, ‘I’m from a public policy school in Maine, and we are looking for a dean. You should apply to be dean of our school.’” That was in 2000, and Gordon was working as an associate professor on the faculty at Columbia University. He had been teaching in the School of International and

Public Affairs and was director of the Urban Habitat Project, a program that examined innovative approaches to urbanization around the world. Gordon’s career to that point had included six years on the faculty at Columbia preceded by a position with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Before graduating from Harvard Law School and working in a New York law rm, he had been Assistant to the

Secretary for New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Gordon enjoyed public policy, whether teaching or implementing, and he was intrigued with the idea of being the dean of a public policy school. He applied, and while he didn’t get the job, it whetted his appetite, and he began applying to a handful of schools that interested him. That led him to the position of dean at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. “That was a great experience,” he recalls of his UDM tenure. He and his wife, Anne, and sons, Chris and Charlie, were in Detroit for nearly seven years. “Anne and the boys loved it as well, so we were only going to leave for a really special place with a special opportunity, which is what Deance is.” While he didn’t ofcially take ofce at Deance College until July 1, Gordon had already immersed himself in all things DC when board chairman Phil Mallott announced the new president in mid-February. “Anne came to see Deance before I did, because I wasn’t going to seriously consider any place where she wouldn’t be happy,” Gordon says. “And so nobody knew that she was here, but she came and looked around and went through the downtown and came back to me and said that we could be happy there.” On a January day before his initial interview with the search committee in Columbus, Gordon drove rst to Deance where, in a heavy snowstorm, he made an anonymous visit to campus. “I felt like a dummy. I kept driving through the snow, and the place was deserted, but I was able to get into different buildings. I was concerned that security would see me and think I was trying to break in or something, which would have been a heck of an introduction.” He met the following day with the search committee. “I just had a blast talking to them,” he says. “Anne will tell you that as I was reading the background about Deance, I looked at a series of other schools. But as I was reading about Deance, she could see

I was getting more excited with it than with any other school. … The t was just right. It felt right. “I was very taken by the McMaster School and everything we’ve done with that, and the service learning, the engagement, the innovative programs, the close faculty relations with students, caring about students, and the real sense of community. So I just felt we had a whole bunch of passions in common. And then I was even more impressed by the potential.”


Mark Gordon grew up far from rural northwest Ohio, but his early experiences made great preparation for the opportunities and challenges that now greet him as a college president. He grew up as the middle child of three in White Plains, N.Y., a suburb of New York City. As a kid, he wanted to be a veterinarian. He loved animals, witnessed by his “But as I was reading about Deance, family’s two dogs, three cats, and multiple sh tanks. she (wife Anne) could see I was When Gordon was a getting more excited with it than with youngster, his family began month-long summer trips to any other school. … The t was just Europe, which as he recalls right. It felt right. ” “was a great way to open my -- Mark C. Gordon, DC President eyes.” As a six-year-old, he visited Greece, Turkey, Paris and Belgium, to be followed

by trips all across Europe. But the experiences that he found to be the most formative began when he was 13 when he started living with foreign families through the Experiment in International Living, an established program that offers summer abroad experiences focusing on cultural immersion to foster peace through understanding, communication and cooperation. In the summer of 1974 he spent three weeks in intensive language training (“You don’t get a lot in three weeks,” he laughs.) and then lived with a family in Mexico for three weeks. The following summer, he lived for a month with a Costa Rican family where he attended school with his Costa Rican brother Juan Carlos. “I have four Costa Rican brothers, and I just visited them a couple of years ago. … The baby brother is now the mayor of the town,” says Gordon. At 15, he traveled with his high school German class to live with a family in Germany for a month. Gordon remains close to his German and Costa Rican families and was last in Germany two years ago for his German mother’s 80th birthday. As a teen, Gordon also spent a summer living on a dairy farm in Oregon. “I loved it. I learned how to milk cows. We’d get up every morning and move the irrigation pipe in the elds.” When it was time to go to college, Gordon followed the path to Columbia University set by his parents. His father holds bachelor’s and law degrees from Columbia. His mother earned her bachelor’s degree from Barnard, which is part of Columbia. She went on to receive an MBA and a social work degree from Columbia. Gordon’s sister, Louise, graduated from Barnard, earned a law degree and now lives in Oxford, England. His younger brother, Stephen, an emergency room pediatrician in New York, earned his undergraduate degree at Columbia. As a college freshman, Gordon was fascinated with a course he took in international politics, and so he pursued studies in domestic and international politics, earning a master’s degree in international affairs and a certicate from the Russian Institute. FALL 2009 ‹ 3

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And it was at Columbia during the 197879 academic year, that Gordon as a young sophomore met Anne Zweibel, a freshman engineering student. He recalls the oor party where they rst met. Each suite had to prepare food for the party. “So, of course, the guys’ suite left it until the last minute, and we ended up making a fruit salad using one of my suitemate’s chemistry beakers to mix it, so we didn’t touch it. Anne had made this delicious chocolate roll. I was amazed that anybody could have made that, and I went back for seconds.” Anne wrote to her mother that there was one suite of young men “which was not so bad.” He easily remembers their rst date - Feb. 9, 1979 - “Aida” at the Metropolitan Opera.

PUBLIC POLICY FIRST-HAND A college internship for then-lieutenant governor of New York Mario Cuomo became a pivotal experience for Gordon. “Everybody was convinced he had absolutely no political


future,” Gordon remembers. He went on to work on Cuomo’s gubernatorial campaign in 1982. When Cuomo won, he invited Gordon to work for him in Albany. For the rst year he worked in the press ofce as an assistant to the counselor (press secretary) Tim Russert, who went on to become acclaimed NBC bureau chief and “Meet the Press” moderator. Gordon spent nearly ve years in Albany with Cuomo and found him to be an excellent mentor. “I was in my mid-20s and what a wonderful experience with great exposure, seeing the way Mario Cuomo thought about issues and would argue about different issues. I think it’s really because of him that I decided to go to law school because I saw the way he used his legal training to think through public policy issues.” Gordon hadn’t planned on being an attorney but decided he wanted to get the training that Cuomo used so skillfully. “I saw the way he called me into the ofce and would ask me what I thought about something, and whatever position I took he’d totally demolish me. And then if somebody else came in and took the position that he

was arguing, he’d switch sides and demolish them. At rst I thought, ‘Is he just trying to prove that he’s smarter than we are?’ but then I realized that that was how he thought through public policy issues. He would argue all different sides until he was convinced that he had thought through which side was the strongest.” After helping Cuomo win re-election in 1986, Gordon entered Harvard Law School. “You talk to a lot of people, and they don’t like law school,” he says. “I thought it was great. I loved thinking about all the different legal issues. I loved spending time discussing them back and forth with my classmates.” In 1990, Gordon married Anne, who had earned engineering and master’s degrees from Columbia. She had joined a rm as a structural engineer, designing and rehabbing bridges. “It’s always amazed me that she actually knows how those bridges stand up, especially since I am a total klutz around the house,” he says. With a Harvard law degree in hand, Gordon began working at the international law rm Hughes Hubbard and Reed. The newlywed law associate arranged that he

would work for six months, then take a six months’ leave of absence so that he and Anne could travel around the world. “And so those rst six months, we lived off Anne’s salary and saved mine. And then we used it to travel around the world.” He recalls the trip as a phenomenal experience. To enhance the experience and even sometimes make extra money, Gordon gave lectures in various countries and spoke with a series of groups and universities in New Zealand, Australia, and Brunei. The U.S. Information Agency sponsored him in Kuala Lumpur, where he lectured on U.S. nuclear policy in front of 40 colonels and lieutenant colonels at the Malaysian Armed Forces Defense College. He was able to secure speaking invitations because he had been a teaching fellow at Harvard in the College and the Kennedy School of Government. The newlyweds’ global trek included taking a jeep across Tibet, spending a week in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, and riding across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. The six months passed quickly, and Gordon returned to his law rm. In late November of 1992, he received a message to call Andrew Cuomo, someone he had come to know well during his years with the governor. Andrew Cuomo asked Gordon to serve as a consultant on the Clinton presidential transition team writing the transition report for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That two-week project turned into an appointment as Chief of Staff to Cuomo who was named Assistant Secretary at HUD. For the next three-and-a-half years, Gordon spent his week days in Washington, ying back to New York on weekends. During his time at HUD, he served as Chief of Staff for an ofce that oversaw more than $7 billion of federal homeless, housing, community and economic development programs. He played a signicant role in developing and administering Clinton’s Empowerment Zones initiative and in the creation of a new $350 million Economic Development initiative. After one term, the young couple decided to start a family, and so Gordon left HUD for a teaching position in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia. He started the job in August of 1996 and nine months later, son Chris was born. Charlie followed in the spring of 1999. Gordon was able to arrange his teaching schedule so that Anne could work two days a week while he took care of their sons.

HEADING WEST When Gordon and baby “What we provide is critical for Charlie encountered the students’ intellectual growth, and it’s University of Southern Maine administrator on their 2000 particularly important now when the plane ride, the Columbia economy is in ux, and it’s particularly professor had already demonstrated that he was important now given what’s going on up for new and challenging in our society.” adventures and opportunities. -- Mark C. Gordon, DC President His time as dean at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law was successful He nds personal reward in helping to and rewarding. He recalls it as shape young students. “When students are “a really happy seven years.” college-age, you can have an even greater At UDM, Gordon developed and impact on helping them shape their lives implemented nationally recognized public and discover who they are and the kind of service programs, a distinctive international people that they want to be. They’re in a approach, and curricular innovations focused period in their lives where they are growing on success in getting jobs for its students. intellectually by leaps and bounds. Enrollment in the law school nearly doubled. “What we provide is critical for students’ The school’s successes drew national intellectual growth, and it’s particularly attention. important now when the economy is in ux, “I’m particularly proud of the expansion and it’s particularly important now given of the clinical programs, proud of getting our what’s going on in our society.” students jobs at major national law rms, and During his inaugural address on October particularly proud of Project SALUTE, the 8, Gordon enumerated what he sees as clinic that we set up to help veterans from an the intrinsic value of a De ance College RV. It’s still going, still on the road providing (see page 6) And he spoke about education. free legal services for veterans,” Gordon his motivation to safeguard the mission says. of educational opportunity in this country. When he left UDM for Deance, He told a very personal story of his nowGordon asked for one thing to take with him deceased mother who, as a young girl in - a U.S. ag that had own over a U.S. air Germany in the 1930s, stood alone on the base in Iraq in honor of Gordon and Project playground while the other children shunned SALUTE. The ag was presented to him on the 50-yard line at Ford Field during a Lions- her because she was Jewish. Her family was lucky enough to escape, as was his father’s Vikings game last December. He displays it family which had ed the early nineteenth proudly in his ofce in Deance Hall. century pogroms of Eastern Europe, but it ingrained in them the importance of FROM DETROIT TO DEFIANCE education. “In a world in which everything While there are similarities in leading you own can be taken from you, what you a law school and an undergraduate college, possess inside your head and your heart Gordon also sees them as different animals. remains with you still,” spoke Gordon. “When I was dean of the law school, the “The very fact that I can stand before vast majority of people I spoke to in a you today as the new President of Deance given day were attorneys, and now I get to College says something wonderful about talk to not just lawers but also all kinds of education and our country. And the fact other interesting people who have had these that De ance College would choose as its fascinating lives across a whole series of new President – a Jewish fellow married areas. … to a Lutheran woman, who was Dean of a “And, of course, Detroit is different Catholic law school and is now President of from Deance. I think the college here a UCC college – well, that says something is so much more a prominent part of the wonderful about De ance College as well. community than the law school in Detroit. When we at De ance draw the circle of And the students, they’re delightful. I’ve had opportunity, we aim to include as many as we so much fun getting to know them. They’re can.” ‹ just an interesting group of really solid young adults.”

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MAKING CONNECTIONS President Gordon’s inaugural address denes the role of Deance College as a place of opportunity Mark C. Gordon was inaugurated as the 18th President of Deance College on Oct. 8 during a ceremony in the Weaner Community Center. Delegates of numerous institutions of higher education were joined by the Deance College community and the community atlarge in attendance. Offering greetings to the new president were Bev Harrington, college registrar; David Stuckey, faculty member; Rev. Benjamin Green, alumnus; Margaret Noble Mikula, faculty emerita; Angie Franklin, community services director of the Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission; and Kyle Shong, student senate president. Invocation was given by Sister Maureen Fay, president emerita of University of Detroit Mercy. Philip Mallott, chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees, led the investiture, and Barbara Silvis, chair of the presidential search committee, gave the welcome.


hank you Chairman Mallott, and thank you to the entire Board of Trustees of Deance College for the faith and condence you have placed in me. I must say that one of my great joys as President so far has been knowing that I am part of a team with a wonderful and dedicated Board of Trustees. Their devotion to the College is unsurpassed, and their commitment of time and resources to this College is truly unequalled. Please join me in thanking them all. Thank you also to the Inauguration Committee which has put together such an outstanding event and which has done such a tremendous job in implementing my request that this ceremony – and this celebration – be not about me, but that it be a celebration of the College. And a special thank you in this regard to my assistant Judy Lymanstall – who has worked so hard in preparation for this event and who truly knows everything that is going on at the College. I also want to express my profound gratitude to the participants in this program who have already spoken so eloquently and


with such passion for the College. With a personal mention of particular thanks to Sister Maureen Fay (who was the President of University of Detroit Mercy when I was hired as dean of the law school seven and a half years ago, and who is a valued mentor and friend). While I will talk this afternoon about the future, I know that I stand on the shoulders of the great and dedicated leaders of this college before me. People like Charles Warren, Jerry Wood, Jim Harris, and Marv Ludwig, and many others who have expressed to me their support and continuing devotion to Deance College. I am honored to now be counted among them. And a special thank you to the leaders of the Deance community – whether government ofcials, business people, or community activists – who have provided such a wonderful welcome to me and my family. I know that rst impressions matter, and so let me take a moment to share with you two different rst impressions at two very different educational institutions. The rst was my rst impression when I started as a student at Harvard Law School. One of the rst things that happened, you know the Law School is very proud of its library and its wonderful tradition, and so we students were taken on a tour of the library. As you know, it’s ornate, and it’s grand, and it’s wonderful, and there were books there that go back to the mists of antiquity, even the dust has dust on it. And there was a librarian who took us around and was so proud of the collection, and we got to a oor where there were all of the statutes, all of the codes, all of the laws for every state in the union, and she said with great pride, ‘Here you will nd every law for every state in the United States of America, organized in alphabetical order from A for Alabama to Y for Wyoming.’ I called Anne that night and said, ‘I don’t think Harvard is going to be as tough as it’s cracked up to be.’ My rst impression at Deance was very different. In fact, just one day after

my appointment as President had been announced, I called Ted Czartoski, who oversees our communication systems to ask him what provider I should use for my new Blackberry – wanting to be sure that I used a provider with good service in Northwest Ohio. My appointment as President was announced on Friday, and on Saturday, I called Ted. I said, “Hi, Ted, this is Mark Gordon calling. I was hoping you could help me gure out what service provider I should be using.” There was silence on the line, and then Ted – who had been travelling away from campus when my appointment was announced – said, very simply, “I just have one question. Who are you?” It was that honesty, that Midwestern directness and candor, that provided a wonderfully refreshing rst impression of the College and the faculty, administrators, coaches, and staff who make it the special place that it is. And so while there are many dignitaries to acknowledge, I would, most of all, like to recognize the incomparable faculty, staff, coaches, and administrators of Deance College. And I would like to ask them please to stand. Ladies and gentlemen, while as President I am now the public voice of this college, there should be no mistaking the fact that standing before you are the people who represent the true heart and soul of this beloved institution. They go above and beyond on an almost daily basis. They are the ones who breathe life into all our pronouncements about excellence in teaching, about caring for our students, about challenging minds, and opening doors, and so much more. Please join me in thanking and saluting them for the many often unacknowledged steps that they take to make Deance College the special place that it is. I would also like to ask our students to stand. No College President can be a success without enjoying wonderful students. And I am blessed with the best college students I could imagine. They are caring, dedicated, hard working, and good-hearted. And they are even willing on occasion to let the

President treat them to ice cream. Please join me in recognizing the honor our students do to us every day. The students and faculty together with our wonderful alumni – have led the way in making me and my family already feel an integral part of Deance College. As you have welcomed me to your family, please permit me to take just a moment to introduce you to mine. My wonderful wife, Anne, and our two boys – Chris and Charlie; my father, George Gordon; my brother, Stephen Gordon; my cousins, Eve and Mark Epstein, and Irene Black; and many other dear friends and colleagues who are too numerous to name individually but whose presence here today touches me deeply. Your warm welcome is not unexpected, as there is a long history here of welcoming newcomers to our campus. I heard just a short time ago from an alum who remembered coming to the campus as a new student over half a century ago. He wrote that when he arrived on campus, he was greeted -- by name – by a school ofcial who knew not just his name, but where he had come from, and much more. And when he got to his residence hall, this alum wrote me,

he spoke with other new students who had had the same experience. The person who greeted him was Gerry Mallott – but it could just as easily have been Ray Dericotte, or Dick Stroede, or Randy Buchman, Maggie Noble Mikula, or Dick or Carolyn Small or many others. For there is a truth about Deance College which should be apparent for all to see – while the canvas on which we write is extraordinarily broad – whether we are sending students to Cambodia or New Orleans or places in between on service or preparing students for lives of meaning here at home – while we write on a broad canvas, we do so with tremendous attention to each individual character. We are a place that impacts life beyond our halls and campus, but does so rst through offering opportunity and compassion and caring one student at a time. And that is as it should be. Leo Baeck once noted that, “One can always nd warm hearts who in a glow of emotion would like to make the whole world happy but who have never attempted the sober experiment of bringing a real blessing to a single human being.” That notion is an important part of who were are as a College -- Part of our strength, part of our uniqueness, grows from

our ability to do both, and to recognize that while the impact that our students have through their hands-on experiences while they are here is great, the impact they will have throughout the course of their lives is far greater. And so we direct special attention to helping students grow as individuals. As I have met and spoken with alumni, I have heard story after story about the ways that their lives have been guided, propelled, and shaped by the personal and individual attention of particular faculty and administrators. Whether it was Bernie Mikula, who explored the genetics of corn while planting seeds of inspiration in hundreds of students; or Zeke Frey, who knew how to use laughter to open the gates of learning; or Calista Olds and her ability to teach religion while also modeling both faith and tolerance; or Jan Younger, who led a generation of students to excellence in speech, rhetoric, and debate, while building condence and character at the same time; or Randy Buchman, whose knowledge extends from the arrowheads of American Indians in Northwest Ohio to the goalposts of the football eld, and whose heart is even larger – I could go on and on FALL 2009 ‹ 7

The Right Fit though that is. We believe that in order for students to know, they also need to understand. And much of what occurs in college is opening students’ minds to different ways of understanding. You cannot write or speak meaningfully, if you do not rst learn how to think. And that means being introduced in college to a wide range of analytical frameworks, different ways of thinking about and analyzing problems, that can be put to use no matter what the subject matter – and no matter how much substantive knowledge changes in decades and generations to come. Yes, we require students to be introduced to a breadth of knowledge that cuts across many different topical areas. If anyone previously questioned the need for such intellectual breadth, the economic

– and we would be here all day were I to start naming the ways that current faculty, coaches, and administrators are having a similar impact with today’s students. I must confess that I have had the pleasure of hearing from many people in this room with advice about what I should say today. Some have told me that I should make a formal address; others that we should have a more informal chat. Some have suggested that I celebrate the past, and others that I lay out a path for the future. And one, who shall remain nameless, threatened that if I spoke too long, she would divorce me. I do not think that it makes sense for a new college president to come into ofce, and having been at the college for merely a few months, to pretend to possess an expertise he does not have and to impose a new vision for the future on the college. But the good news is that I don’t have to. Because I have spent these past weeks and months speaking to many of you, and listening to your thoughts and dreams about your own lives individually but even more about the College. And if you think about what many of you have said about who we are and what we can be, I think there is already a common vision that just needs to be somewhat more explicitly described. The dots are all there, if you will; we just need to connect them. We begin, as I already began, with the connection between each individual student and his or her faculty and coaches. That relationship, that intimate connection, is, I think, at the heart of who we are and what we celebrate today.


President Gordon with his father, George. Upper: Board Chair Philip Mallott places medallion on President Gordon while sons, Charlie and Chris, and wife, Anne, look on. But that connection is just the beginning of a series of connections that both describe us today and help point the way to our future. As a college in the liberal arts tradition, we take the liberal arts canon seriously as a key component of our fundamental mission, which is, after all, academics. We believe that students need to be connected to a core of common knowledge that helps dene what it is to be an educated person in today’s society. We believe that there is indeed a meaningful connection between the thoughts of the past and the promise of the future. But we are not just about connecting students to knowledge and ideas – critically important

experiences of the past year should have made clear how valuable a broad base of knowledge is. After all, during a storm, it is the trees with the broadest root systems that survive. And especially in a world dened by today’s economic storms, our students need that broad root system not just to survive but also to thrive. But the knowledge is not enough. I have heard from faculty members as we have spoken in your ofces or in the lunchroom, about how we need to challenge our students even more to make connections among the different pieces of the puzzle. They need to see that the analytical process they are

learning in chemistry class can also provide an intellectual framework that will help them understand a piece of creative writing in English class. We need to help them understand that their deliberations about form and function in art class are relevant to the questions about how different governmental structures operate in history class. And that the ways they learn to communicate and impart information in their education classes are not unrelated to the methods they use to analyze business challenges in their marketing class. The truth is that we can take the liberal arts tradition and build on it. Build on it by making these intellectual connections more precise and the analytical frameworks more explicit. Build on it by -- as we have already been doing – drawing connections to new developing areas, such as digital forensics and environmental sciences such as restoration ecology. And build on it by even more closely integrating students’ intellectual experiences with their other activities at the College. What do I mean by that? We need to help students see the analytical connections not just among the academic disciplines but also between academics and their other activities. Take, for example, athletics, which we have already begun discussing together among faculty and coaches. Many students here engage in athletics, whether through intramural or external competition. We have all grown out of the ancient Greek tradition that values a sound mind in a sound body. But speaking just about that tradition misses a key point. The truth is that athletics – like many other activities – can also be an important part of a student’s intellectual development. In participating in athletics, students are engaging in decision-tree analysis, they are engaging in strategic thinking, they are engaging in argument and counterargument – and much more. We have an opportunity to make a real contribution to our students and to higher education generally, by connecting the analytical frameworks introduced in the classroom with those on the athletic elds, in the chapel, and in a wide range of other student activities. The fact is that we have already done this in part through our focus on service – another area of distinction. For Deance College realizes that students need to learn, to think, to understand, in many different ways – both actively and passively. And serving is a key component of that.

I have heard from some who have expressed skepticism about service and engagement, who somehow see service and commitment to strong academics as being in tension with each other. Nothing could be further from the truth. A true understanding of the liberal arts tradition can only arise when one is challenged to apply that knowledge to today’s realities; when one is challenged to manipulate knowledge in light of human interactions; and when one is required to ponder the connections among the work of the brain, the hands, and the heart. Deance College has already set a pioneering path in commitment to service learning and engagement– from the spectacular McMaster School for Advancing Humanity to service days and innumerable activities throughout the academic year. Students can see that we live and breathe our commitment to serve. And now we have the opportunity to integrate that learning even more deeply into our approach by becoming the rst college in the country to establish a student-run nonprot in which all students at the College will participate. I deeply appreciate the faculty’s receptiveness to this idea as the next logical step forward for us as a College committed to expanding the breadth of service learning, and I look forward to working with the faculty to make it a reality, as we prepare our students not just to serve but also to lead. Beyond the individual connections with the faculty and coaches; beyond the intellectual connections in the classroom and other activities; beyond the connection with others and with the best within us through service and engagement; we at Deance College also believe in connecting students to the diverse community that more and more denes the 21st century in which they will operate. It is a global community of continuing need. We help prepare our students for that community not just through teaching them to serve but also by, as a College, strengthening our own ties to the community – both locally and beyond. By working more closely with the community to involve our students in community events and residents in college events. By embedding some of our service learning even more securely in the work of local community non-prot organizations. By enhancing our role as a key player in regional economic development. By expanding programs like our wonderful Hench Autism Studies Program which is

every day teaching students to question underlying premises, showing that all of us can learn by being better connected to the analytical frameworks used by people with autism; and all of us can benet when we see autism through the lens of diversity. And we can better prepare our students for the world in which they will live by welcoming at Deance College – and more aggressively recruiting to Deance College – students who bring greater diversity – whether geographical, racial, ethnic, or ideological— to name just a few. We are committed to becoming even more a college of vibrant intellectual debate, in which diverse opinions are challenged in turn in the great marketplace of ideas, and in which our daily lives and interactions sparkle with intellectual excitement. Through these connections with the community and in the other areas also described, we aim to expand for each of our students their own individual opportunities in the context of a life of meaning. We are committed not just to opening students’ minds, but also their hearts; and to opening for them doors and opportunities. As I tell our students when they arrive on campus, we want you to be successful in the classroom, successful on the athletic eld, and successful in life. We are committed to expanding the ways in which we offer opportunity for our students, whether through networking with alumni, or greater exposure to internship and other opportunities. Through our new advisory boards for our different majors, through our growing national and international networks, we truly want to be a place where students can make connections that further their careers. But we also want to defy the ordinary, not just by connecting them to mentors and careers, but also by helping them connect to the very best within them, as they grow spiritually and ethically. As part of their intellectual experience, we want them to be challenged to consider what living a life of meaning entails for them individually, given their own particular circumstances and beliefs. As we help students connect with the world around them, so too must we as a college engage more actively with that outside world as well. The truth is that we have a tremendous story to tell. We defy the ordinary as a college where students can truly make connections. Connections among different intellectual frameworks; connections through service and engagement; personal connections that will help them FALL 2009 ‹ 9

The Right Fit to succeed and then to lead. (And, opportunity, we aim to include as many for those alumni who are here, I as we can. “We are committed not just to certainly hope that we also become Our voice on behalf of opportunity a place in which lasting connections and excellence is one that we need to opening students’ minds, but also are strengthened as well. While we raise on a national stage. I know that is their hearts; and to opening for them are interested in all connections with a tall order. But if we do not raise the doors and opportunities.” our alumni, I would be remiss if I bar for ourselves, then we will never see did not point out that this includes -- Mark C. Gordon, DC President how much we can achieve. the connection between the generous We cherish the individual sentiments expressed through your connections; we are committed to words, and what we hope will be strengthening all the other connections; students, draws connections for students, the even more generous feelings expressed and now is the time for us to write boldly on provides analytical frameworks for lifelong through your wallets.) that broader canvas as well. learning for students. Excellence is related We need your help – as alumni – and I know that we can do it, because I have to successfully opening doors for students so we need the help of everyone in this room, already seen the strength of our community. that they can take their places in society, not because never has the need for our Deance I know that we can do it, because I have by one’s success in denying admission to as College voice been greater. already experienced the commitment many students as possible. We confront a world of increasing and devotion of our faculty, coaches, Our society seems to have forgotten the complexity, in which the ability to make these difference between excellence and elitism, administrators and staff. kinds of connections, is all the more critical. I have seen faculty reaching into their and Deance College is ripe to serve as a We confront a nation in which our civic own pockets and giving of their personal time national model of excellence which furthers discourse has too frequently strayed from the to make a difference for the College and its opportunity rather than restricting it. robust exchange of ideas that characterizes students. I have seen administrators and staff There is a personal reason why I care so a democracy at its best. And we confront working late into the night and on weekends much about this issue. My mother -- who is another challenge – a cultural challenge in – time and time again – to implement new no longer with us -- was born in Germany which I fear the purposes and aims of higher programs and enhance for our students the in 1931. One of her earliest memories was education have gone astray. richness of their college experience. And I standing in the playground while the other I am not referring to any of the cultural have seen coaches and athletic trainers and children held hands in a circle – but they wars that the press so likes to focus on. I am staff, rising at dawn, working to improve our would not include her because she was a talking about something that has been far less Jew. She and her family were lucky enough playing elds with one hand while devoting remarked upon, but in which our Deance their hearts and souls to shaping our studentto escape and make it to the United States. College voice is far more needed. athletes into men and women of commitment And they taught me, as did my father and We at Deance College are particularly and character. his family, which had escaped the pogroms proud that we have been and remain a true And I know that we can do it because of Eastern Europe a generation earlier, about school of opportunity. Many of our students I have already watched as our students the importance of education. In a world in represent the rst generation in their family have risen to different challenges, from which everything you own can be taken from to go to college. Bravo. Unfortunately, the neighborhoods of Deance to the you, what you possess inside your head and too frequently in our national discourse villages of Cambodia and Belize, Jamaica your heart remains with you still. about education – given the focus on and Guatemala. I know that we can do it, An educated population provides the rankings and competition among different because there is nothing more powerful than crucial framework for democracy and for institutions – we seem to confuse excellence a dedicated group of people armed with liberty – and the thought that an educational with exclusivity. Too frequently, dening knowledge, persistence, character, and the institution’s prestige in our country is now something as selective or as elite has become strength of an idea whose time must come. based on its ability to keep students out, a short-hand way of describing it as excellent. rather than its commitment to letting them in, Yes, we can make Deance College into How strange that is. And how perverse a national college that truly does defy the corrodes the very essence of what education it is, that our society makes that mistake ordinary – a college where connections are is supposed to be, to offer, and to achieve. when talking about educational institutions, made. Intellectual connections. Connections The very fact that I can stand before especially since education is supposed to be between the heart and the mind. Personal you today as the new President of Deance the great leveler, the path to opportunity in a connections. Career connections. All while College says something wonderful about democratic society. we help shape a diverse society in which education and our country. And the fact We have a real and important role to education is once more the great equalizer, that Deance College would choose as its play on a national stage in standing up for and in which we reclaim excellence in new President – a Jewish fellow married excellence as measured on its own terms. education as the true engine of opportunity. to a Lutheran woman, who was Dean of a The measure of an educational institution We have it within us to challenge our Catholic law school and is now President of should not be related to the extent to which it students to open their minds while casting a UCC college – well that says something admits only the few, but rather to the extent their eyes outward and their hearts upward. wonderful about Deance College as well. to which it broadens opportunity for those I am deeply honored to have been given the When we at Deance draw the circle of who attend. Excellence should be measured opportunity to work with you all in helping by how a college helps students, challenges make the potential and dreams of so many come true. ‹



RECOGNIZED AT HOMECOMING Four alumni are honored at the Celebrate DC dinner; four are inducted into the AVD Hall of Fame JEREMY BALL ’04





tepping on stage at the Celebrate DC dinner to accept the Young Alumni Service Award, Jeremy Ball brought down the house by stopping to snap his own photo to document the event for Facebook. Jeremy is just the second recipient of this special award which recognizes a recent graduate who is a leader in their profession and community, and who demonstrates the promise of further distinction. Jeremy developed a passion for service when he attended Deance College, a passion that he took with him into his professional career, rst working for MAP Furniture Bank which provides free furniture for Columbus residents, and then into his current position at Big Lots Stores, Inc. He believes his two years as a McMaster Scholar, in particular, taught him skills important not only in his career but in life – time management, product management, relationshipbuilding and being exible. At Big Lots, he oversees ve departments, directs charitable giving for the corporation and assists with corporate communications. He continues to serve at MAP Furniture Bank on the board, and is active with the DC Alumni & Friends Network Central Ohio Leadership Team and in the Columbus Young Professionals Presidents Council. During his time at DC, Jeremy was mentored by thenpresident Dr. Jim Harris. “Dr. Harris supported my interest in pursuing leadership opportunities, and he believed in developing well-rounded students who would become productive members of our society.” “My friends and family know just how important Deance College is to me,” Jeremy commented on this recognition. “This award sets a new standard of achievement for me personally.”


ee has spent her entire teaching career in Northwest Ohio schools beginning in 1967, when she started her rst job as a senior at DC. Edgerton High School called the college because they needed a band director right before the start of the school year. Deance College sent her out to ll in for a while, despite the fact she had yet to do her student teaching, and there she stayed until 1974. Most of her years teaching were spent at the Montpelier Schools, where her high school show choir, Locomotion, achieved critical acclaim and competed all over the U.S. and Canada. Dee loved the many opportunities to get involved with music that she found at Deance College. She speaks fondly of being part of the DC Dance Band, where she was the only woman, and having the chance to premiere some of Dr. Richard Stroede’s original compositions. She credits her choice of career to Dr. Stroede. Despite her love of music, she had originally majored in education. “At that time, women were not band directors,” Dee explains. Dr. Stroede said to her, “You are over here (in the music department) all the time, why aren’t you a music major?” While she is pleased with the success of her Montpelier show choir, she cites her ability to connect with students struggling with self-esteem issues as her real gift. “I am proud to have helped kids who might have faded into the wallpaper.” “A huge surprise for me,” is how Dee described receiving the Alumni Achievement Award. Dee is married to Tom Balser, also a well-known educator in northwest Ohio. Dee and Tom are the parents of a daughter, Christine Spieth.

Proles written by Michele Tinker, Director of Annual Giving

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lumni Achievement Award recipient Charles Beard ’70 claims a close personal connection with Deance College. A lifelong Deance resident, he grew up across the street from the college, his father was director of Admissions, and his aunt was a member of the faculty. Charles even proposed to his wife at the stone benches on campus. While majoring in elementary education at DC, Charlie also participated in wrestling and cross country. After graduating, he went on to earn a master’s from the University of Toledo. He then spent the bulk of his career as an administrator in private and public school systems in Deance. Charlie is currently director of the Middle Childhood Education Program at Lourdes College in Sylvania. In 1984, he entered local government by being elected to Deance City Council, where he served as council president from 1990 to 2006. Charlie cited Professor Bob Boehm as a having been a real mentor to him during his time at DC and good role model, since Boehm also served on the city council. Getting four children through college and staying married for 39 years to wife Sandy are the personal accomplishments Charlie is most proud of. On receiving the Alumni Achievement Award, Charlie said, “This award means the world to me.” Charlie spent 30 years with the 180th Air National Guard, achieving the rank of Captain and receiving two Air Force Commendation Medals and a Meritorious Service Award. Professional achievements include election as president of the Ohio Middle School Association, executive board member and executive director of the OMSA, ADAMhs Friend’s Award, and presenter on cooperative learning at the National Middle School Association annual conference.


hen Hall of Fame inductee Cindy was asked to identify a mentor during her time at DC, she was stumped to single out one. “Everyone took care of you,” she said, describing the small class sizes and the personal relationships faculty and staff developed with students. “Professors knew you and spent extra time if you were struggling, while coaches like Mylo Gerken held you accountable and made sure you were going to classes.” “As a teacher, I reect back on that.” Cindy’s second grade class at Galion Primary School does many hands-on learning projects, and she is aware that it takes time to make sure that absent students catch up with the rest of the class. Cindy excelled in cross country and track and eld during her tenure as a student athlete at Deance College. She lettered four years in cross country, was captain for three years, and was named Most Valuable Player in 1989, 1990, and 1991. As a distance runner in track, Cindy lettered four years, was captain two years, and named Female Athlete of the Year in 1992. She was the top runner in cross country for three years and track distance leader four years. Being named to the DC Hall of Fame is more than just a personal honor, she believes. “The bigger sports get more attention than cross country and track, and it’s an honor to represent those sports.” Her husband, Alan, teases her about being a two-time Hall of Famer, since she achieved a 4.0 grade point at Ashland University when she earned her master’s degree, and was inducted into their academic Hall of Fame. That and “being a working mom, keeping everything together” are the accomplishments Cindy is most proud of. Cindy and Alan live in Galion, Ohio, with their three children.



he Alumni Citation for Academic Excellence is one more for the long and distinguished list of honors and achievements of Dr. Floyd Knoop ’66. Dr. Knoop’s career in teaching and research in medical microbiology and immunology has spanned more than 30 years. As a Deance College biology major, Floyd remembers Dr James Frey as being a mentor, teacher and friend. He also credits Deance College with instilling the inspiration of high standards and the concept of life-long learning in him by providing him with a strong liberal arts foundation. After receiving a Master of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Dayton and a Ph.D. in medical microbiology from the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Dr. Knoop joined the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha in 1975. He was named full professor in 1992 and became Component 1 director in 1996 in the Ofce of Medical Education at Creighton University Medical Center. Dr. Knoop’s professional associations include American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Society for Microbiology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York Academy of Sciences, Central Group on Educational Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the International Association of Medical Science Educators. He has extensively published and presented in the areas of infectious diseases, microbiology and immunology. Add to this list Dr. Knoop’s proudest accomplishment, his marriage of over 40 years to his wife, Pamela, whom he attributes as being his pillar of strength. Floyd and Pamela reside in Bellevue, Nebraska, and have one daughter.




eance College was a great experience,” stated Hall of Fame inductee David Scott ’73. “I came to play athletics, but I found out what opportunities there were for me,” He cites Garnett Smith, his advisor and business education teacher, as being a godsend to him. “I needed patience and rmness,“ David related. Patience was provided by Professor Smith, while Professor Randy Buchman provided the rmness, David remembers. David joined the Yellow Jackets as a member of the undefeated 1969 football team, and he was especially excited to see the team members back on campus for their 40th reunion. He lettered three years in football and served as a three year starter at the linebacker position. His list of achievements includes being named all Mid-Ohio Conference linebacker in 1970, All Hoosier-Buckeye Conference linebacker in 1971 and 1972, NAIA All-District linebacker in 1971 and 1972, team captain and team MVP in 1972. David also excelled in baseball, lettering for three years and starting at the catcher’s position for three years. After graduating from Deance in 1973, he was assistant coach in football and baseball at Columbus Whetstone High School and was head football coach at Riverdale High School. In 1981, he joined the Scott Card Company in Deance, where today he serves as president. He and his wife, Judy, reside in Deance. They have four children.






hen I came to DC, I knew I wanted to be a basketball coach,” stated Hall of Famer Mark R. Shine ’74. Getting involved with Coach Hohenberger was a true blessing Mark played Yellow Jacket basketball from 1970 to 1974, earning four varsity letters on championship teams. “I played with good players and great coaching staff, but I never anticipated this,” he said commenting on receiving this award. After graduating, Mark became a teacher and coach, rst at Bellevue Schools in Ohio where he was a junior high teacher, junior varsity and varsity basketball coach. As an educator, Mark cites Professor Randy Buchman as his model, and has tried throughout his career to use Buchman’s methods in teaching. His accomplishments as a coach at Bellevue included two league championships, four sectional championships and one district championship. He was named Northwest Ohio Coach of the Year in 1985. Since 1987, he has been at Bath High School where he coaches basketball. With these many achievements to his credit, what Mark says he is most grateful for is his faith and accepting Jesus Christ as his savior 20 years ago. Because of a family wedding on Saturday of Homecoming weekend, Mark wasn’t available to receive his award at the Alumni Varsity D breakfast, and he received another surprise when alumni director Dave Plant and AVD board president Mike Snyder presented him with his award while he was doing a live sports program on Lima’s TV 44.


ccording to Hall of Fame inductee Michael L. Wright ’72, Deance College taught him lessons of character and of life. “The experiences I acquired while at DC denitely prepared me to deal with challenging life issues and to enjoy and be appreciative of the better moments of everyday life.“ While studying business administration and economics, Mike played quarterback position on the football team for four years, lettering two of those years, and earning all-NAIA district honors. He was also a three-year member of the track team, lettering all three years and receiving all-league recognition. He held the school record in the 220-yard dash in 1970 and 1972, and currently holds the school record in the 440-relay, running as anchor. During the awards breakfast, Mike saluted the impact Coach Dick Small had on him as a student, adding, “The only problem I had with Coach Small was that I wish I had listened to him a lot more.” Mike went on to say that receiving the award was great but just being able to reunite with former teammates and students that he had not seen in almost 40 years was an unbelievable and unforgettable experience. He and his wife, Dollis, live in Thornton, Colorado, where he is manager of federal and international tax compliance for the Ball Corporation. Mike and Dollis have one daughter. When asked to identify his proudest life accomplishment, Mike responded, “To have found Christ and an understanding as to what He wants to accomplish in my life.“

Watch for additional Homecoming recognition in future magazines

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With your help, the largest campaign in College history is on the path to success



eorge Smart ’67, Chair of The Transforming Difference Campaign, made that announcement during the Celebrate DC dinner at Homecoming 2009. George informed returning alumni that the college has reached more than 56% of the overall campaign goal of $26 million, the largest campaign yet undertaken by Deance College. In a short video report to donors, Smart highlighted the campaign’s progress, focusing on completed projects, which include Tenzer and Whitney Halls, and setting the stage for the remainder of the campaign. As Smart summarized, there are three major segments to the campaign: ‹Capital projects, typically called bricks and mortar, which stands at 23.84% of goal ‹Endowment, which has reached 98.02% of its projected goal ‹Current Priorities, also known as the Annual Fund, now at 81.14% of goal

While Current Priorities and Endowment are both well within reach of their goals, he noted that extra effort will be focused over the next two years to reach the goal set for capital projects, which include:  ‹The Wellness and Fitness Center/Field House which would dramatically improve DC’s athletic facilities ‹Completion of the Schomburg Auditorium renovation, including the lobby area and public restroom space  ‹McReynolds Hall renovations, in the same fashion as Whitney  ‹Renovation of the Weaner-McMaster Gymnasium with new bleachers, locker rooms, academic center, recruiting space, lobby and public restroom area The successful completion of The Transforming Difference Campaign will give Deance College the competitive edge over the competition, George assured the group. Shaune Skinner ’75 and Edd Buhl ’73, National Alumni Co-Chairs, spoke about the important regional events that have been held across the country, including Florida, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and several locations in Ohio and Michigan as well. Skinner and Buhl urged alumni from every year to step forward to make this campaign a success. Thanks to all who have enthusiastically joined the campaign to date, helping DC reach the 56.24% mark! Every dollar you contribute, every hour you volunteer on the College’s behalf will make completing the campaign’s goal a reality. For more information, contact the Ofce of Institutional Advancement, 701 N. Clinton Street, Deance, OH 43512; call 419-783-2371, 419-783-2307 or email ‹

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The Transforming Dierence A Campaign to Defy the Ordinary

Endowment Priorities

DONORS TO THE ENDOWMENT Burnice Agler Neil & Kamille Allen Don & Jacqueline Ammons Ruth Anderson* Craig & Connie Andrews Eugene* & Lorraine Andrews Jose & Marianne Arellano John & Stephanie Auwaerter Roger & Janice Avery Susan Bacon Ball Corporaon Jeremy Ball Michael & Amy Barber Jo Anne Barton Robert Bauerle Thomas & Emilie Bauerle James & Stacy Beaverson R. Jack & Jeanne Behringer Thomas Biggs Sally Bissell Martha Bleeks Sarah Bleeks Jack & Kris Blosser Lavina Boesling Kenneth & Krisne Boland Robert & Linda Bonham Leland* & Bertha Booker Geraldine Boomer* Stephen & Sue Boomer Laura Bosh David & Bey Bowers Stanley & Judy Brahier Carl & Mary Louise Brandeberry Gregory & Nena Brandt Sco Brauer James & Dorothy Bray Nancy Brown David & Shirley Browns Serenus & Linda Brugler Dale & Joan Bruskoer Wayne & Barbara Buchanan Kevin & Lenee Buchman Randall & Marilyn Buchman Randall & Sonia Buchman Kenneth Buckwald Edd & Tavie Buhl Jerey & Pamela Buhrer Margaret Buhrer Bo & Bonnie Bobbi Nancy Burbridge*


Ronald & Kathleen Burdick Ryan & Laura Burgoon Thomas & Barbara Callan Philip & Judith Cannato Carlin & Sharon Carpenter Adam Cassi William & Eileen Chaney Charles Schwab Corp. Chief Supermarkets Darnell & Bonnie Clevenger Gary & Susan Coats Benjamin Coman Jonathan Coman Tom & Debby Coman Todd & Dawn Comer Mildred Coer Frank & Jan Craig Jerey & Cheryl Crandell Herman & Judith Dally William & Carol Dawson Joseph & Catherine Dawson Keith & Trudy Day Lynne de Sherbinin Raymond & Ramona Jean Derricoe Schon & Michelle Derricoe David & Sara Dibling David & Sandra Diehl Henry & Johanna Diehl Ray & Beverly Dielman Janice Diller-Oo Chester & Helen Dilman James Dinkel Dennis & Deanna Diso David Dix G. Charles Dix Katharine Dix Ernest Doherty Ronald Dondero Carl & Amy Drees Greg & Sue Dumire Douglas & Michelle Dunakin Debra Dunbar Carolyn Dunham David & Dixie Durham Glen Eley Eli Lilly and Co. Nicole Erford Estate of Genevieve Hornish Joe & Jennifer Eureste Gary Evans

* --- deceased

Horace* & Bey Evere John & Kate Fauster Donald & Carolyn Fee Helen Frey Arthur & Barbara Fullmer Robert & Judy Gaga Ron & Kay Gerber Earl & Alice Gibson James & Jean Glase Russell & Patricia Glenn Gerald & Karen Grant Peter & Nancy Grant Greater Deance Area Tourism Bureau Robert & Barbara Green Jerry & Diana Grith William & Margaret Grimes Mary Grosenbacher Lorea Hackathorn Michael & Susan Hagan C. Kennth Hahn Peter & Chrisne Haines Donald & Lillian* Haliburton Nicole Hannen A. Bernard & Mona Hatch G. David Hawley Robert & Sheryl Head James & Janice Heinrich Sharon Heinrich Steven Heinrich Mark & Denise Hench Mary Hench Robert & Linda Hendrickson Mark & Edith Hickman Martha Higgins Myrle & Ruth Ann Hinesman Duane Hocking David & Mary Hoeel Steve & Amy Homan D. Marvin & Ann Hohenberger Patricia Holt John & Rosalie Hoover D. Allen & Dorothy Hornish Jeery & Carol Ann Horton Virginia Howard John & Rita Hrivnyak Chrisne Hubbard The Hubbard Company E. Keith & Janis Hubbard Thomas & Jean Hubbard Stephen Hubbard Mary Huber Douglas & Linda Human

Sco Hundley Benjamin & Roxanne Huner Edward Hyland Karl Ideman Marion Isaac James & Cynthia Jackson Jesse & Linda Jackson Joseph Jenkins Steven & Carol Johnson Howard & Margaret Johnson Harold & Lydia Johnston Jon P. Spiess Memorial Foundaon Brent Joost Luella Joost* Mahew & Kiersn Joost Douglas Kane John & Frances Kinghorn Rita Kissner Mark & M. Barbara Klein Dan & Nancy Kline Hope Knape James & Phyllis Knape Mike & Lucinda Knight Gwynne Knobel Donald & Peggy Knueve Roland & Kandice Kowalski Kurt & Robin Kratzer Thomas & Melinda Krick Charles & Mary Ann Krouse Diana Kunkel Robert & Pam Kunkle Maxie & Joan Lambright Phillip & Marlene Lantow Alden Lawrence Robert & Karen Lawson Richard & Marianne Leese Shannon Liechty Antonio & Martha Linares Jacob & Shannon Linder Kathryn Litle Chauncey & Karen Long Larry Long Lord & Taylor Foundaon Lowell & Suzy Loweke Marilyn Lytle Bruce & Bere Mack Johanna Mack Thomas & Chrisne MacNaughton Gerald & Marilyn Mallo Martha Mallo Philip & Rebecca Mallo Marathon Oil Company

Please look for continued campaign updates in upcoming Deance College Magazines.

Wade & Estele Marbaugh Mark Moats Ford, Inc. Dorothy Marn Mark & Chrisn Mashburn Cheryl Matson David & Zora Matson Dennis McBroom John & Sheri McCoy Lena McGrew* Max & Marcia McGrew Alan & Sue McMaster Helen McMaster Terry & Ann Melton Roger Merb Carina Meyer Catherine Mikula Eugene & Ann Miller Brian & Ann Miller Harry & Gloria Miller Jonathan & Angela Miller Raymond & Teresa Miller Frances Millward Amanda Misencik MLM Charitable Foundaon James & Barbara Moats David & Marcia Mohre Dennis & Carol Monroe Robert & Jean Moore Chauncey & Hilda Morse Obie & Andrea Mouser John & Judy Mumma Leonard & Sally Myers Lester & Dianne Nagel Leone Neidhardt Jerey & Ruth Neikirk Michael & Rachel Niese

Anna Oberlander Barbara Oliver Jack & Chris Palmer Larry & Lisa Papenfuss William & Jane Parker Michael & Kathy Paul Herbert & Kathy Pawlitsch Richard & Sue Pejeau Ted Penner Lynn Peters Phillips Pace John & Krisn Piper David & Marian Plant Prospect Sierra School Kenneth Provost Randy & Kathleen Punches Christopher & Lorie Rath Re/Max Realty of Deance David & Laurabeth Reed Kevin & Vivian Reg Janet Richards Timothy & Rosanne Rickabaugh Rex & Lori Robison Rockwell Internaonal John & Lea Rohrs Estate of Mabyl Rowe Rogelio & Janelle Rubio Maurice & Jody* Ruby Betsy Ryan Terry Ryan* Stuart & Susan Sakosits Raymond & Mary Ann Schuck David & Judy Sco Jerey Semon

Ronald & Adele Seymour Lori Shafer Richard & Cynthia Shaer Crystal Shanley Fred & Kathleen Shato Douglas & Jennifer Shindler Ruth Shock Reggie & Lesa Shouse Mark & Becky Shy Barbara Silvis Ronald Sislowski Shaune Skinner Bonnie Sloan Richard & Carolyn Small Robyn Small James & Carol Smerz Robert & Susan Smith Carl & Regina Snyder Michael & Sally Snyder Phyllis Snyder Virginia Snyder Loree & Barbara Soggs Anita Spangler* R. Michael & Paula Spenceley Howard & Carolyn Spicer Thomas & Cherlynn Spiess State Bank and Trust Renee Steen Joseph & Anne Steyer Michael & Sheri Steyer John Stes James & Jackie Stone Richard & Emily Stroede Daniel & Jami Sullivan William & Donna Sullivan

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resident Mark C. Gordon has announced the rst in a series of initiatives to strengthen ties between the College and the community and Deance region. Under the new Deance College Partnership for Jobs program, the College is launching a student employment program that will fund up to 2,000 hours of community work in 2010 for qualifying Deance College students. Students in the program will work at community-based non-prots as well as qualifying local small businesses, with the College helping to defray a portion of the students’ salary. “I am pleased and excited that the College is able to participate in our local community in this way,” said President Gordon. “Our students need work experience, and the community and local businesses need assistance providing jobs. This is a real win-win which can expand students’ learning while also helping to stimulate economic development and job growth in the region.” The program will be administered through the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity as part of its commitment to assisting economic development in the local community. Community-based non-prots will be able to apply for student

assistance with specic projects which offer educational benets for the students as well as community benet. Special preference will be given to those non-prot projects which offer the prospect of attracting additional nancial support for the community. An innovative aspect of the program is that it will also provide nancial support for students to work in select local small businesses which have not traditionally hired DC students and which can demonstrate that the project will provide signicant pre-management training and mentoring for the student. “This is a very exciting initiative by Deance College and its new President. We are pleased that the College is making this level of commitment to job creation and economic development at a time when our region needs both,” said U.S. Representative Robert Latta, Congressman from Ohio’s Fifth District. Local ofcials and community and business leaders have also expressed their strong support. Mayor Bob Armstrong praised the College for its willingness to provide nancial resources that can strengthen the community. “This is precisely the kind of enhanced partnership that we have been hoping for,” said the Mayor. FALL 2009 ‹ 17


tradition OF MORE THAN 80 YEARS

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ may be billed as the 38th annual performance, but its history at DC is far greater by Barb Sedlock, Associate Professor/ Assistant Librarian (Barb has been a DC librarian since 1982 and has played second bassoon in the Messiah orchestra since 1996.)


hile the 2009 performance of Handel’s Messiah is billed as the 38th annual performance, the beloved work has an even longer, if non-consecutive, history of Deance College-sponsored performances. The rst mention in the college archives is from 86 years ago, in the form of a program from the December 18, 1923 performance. Singers were the College Choral Society, with Blossom Jean Wilcox as the “directress,” and two names that loom large in DC history, Flossie Whitney and Elizabeth Latchaw, accompanied the singers on piano and organ. Most of the Christmas selections from the work were sung, minus the bass solos, ending with “Hallelujah.” The next year, 1924, three of the soloists were Deance College students, and this time the bass solos were included. Upon exiting, the audience was treated to the sight

Early programs from this era assumed that the audience may not know proper musical etiquette.

of lit candles in every window of the college buildings. Current harpsichordist Carolyn Small remembers this tradition continuing into the late 1930’s.


Early programs from this era assumed that the audience may not know proper musical etiquette. Programs included a notice: “The audience is kindly requested to refrain from applause during the program, and to stand during the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus.” After a hiatus in 1929 and 1930, Messiah reappeared in 1931, with soloists from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, imported along with director Edgar Gosney. Sixty people formed the chorus, with the audience lling every seat in Weston Hall’s auditorium, plus an overow. Nineteen thirty-two was the rst time the program credited “sung by the combined College and City Choral Societies.” It was also the rst time the performance was given in the Community Auditorium. Clearly, the overow crowd in the previous year convinced the organizers that a larger venue was needed.

No reference was found in the DC archives for a performance in 1933, but it was performed again in 1934 and 35. In 1936 and 37, the programs for December concerts list carols and other sacred music comprising the rst half of the concert, and selections from Messiah as the second half. Nineteen thirty was the rst program listing for Mary and Keith Tustison as soprano and bass soloists. Their daughter Sally Myers sings in the present incarnation of the chorus, and she is not alone in being a second-generation singer. Other names wellknown to DC alumni of the era were also involved that year. W. Oscar Jones continued his 1930’s reign as director, Robert Compo was the bass soloist, and Richard Phillips the tenor that year. Performances continued from 1940 to 1942, but after that, there was no mention in the archives again until 1952. A brief article in the student newspaper, the TomTom, announced that DC Professor George

Arkebauer would lead the newly-organized Deance Choral Society in “a revival of a tradition in Deance which has been suspended since 1949.” Arkebauer is most noted in DC history for being director of the college chorus which had the privilege of singing for Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration in 1953. The publicity for the 1953 performance of Messiah stated that Arkebauer would conduct the work in both Fort Wayne and Deance, with members of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra playing the accompaniment. Nineteen fty-four is the rst year that Carolyn Small was mentioned in connection with the Deance Messiah performances. She was listed then as a member of the Deance Choral Society. The 1955 publicity lists her as accompanist, but she says that she never played during the performances which Prof. Arkebauer conducted, only serving as rehearsal pianist. The 1956 performance was notable for the small audience, a result of poor winter weather that day. Only a small number of Deance residents managed to brave the snow to hear the soloists imported from Detroit, Illinois, and Windsor, Ontario. The 1957 publicity mentions that George Arkebauer had conducted the work for 21 years for the Fort Wayne Lutheran Choral Society. It was billed as the “sixth annual” performance in Deance. The audience that year was estimated at 300. No records for performances from 1958 to 1961 exist. Nineteen sixty-two marked the rst time that Carolyn Small accompanied the singers during the actual performance. That year was also interesting in that there were two performances. The Easter section of the work was presented in April, and the Christmas parts in December. Naturally, the crowd favorite “Hallelujah” was included in both performances. This scheme of presenting it in two parts was repeated again in 1974. The next program found in the archives was for a performance in 1964 by “The College-Community Choral Union and Orchestra.” Charles Partchey conducted the orchestra, which included strings and some wind instruments not used in the present incarnation, such as French horn, oboe, and trombone. Edwin Foot directed the singers that year. Messiah was performed again in 1966 in the College Community Center. Nineteen sixty eight saw the rst performance in the newly-built St. John’s United Church

of Christ. Next, an undated program was found in an archive le marked “1969/70,” so likely there was a performance between 1968 and the next one found, dated 1972. That performance began the present-day series, the rst one listing Richard Stroede as director, with Carolyn Small on the organ. The organ-only accompaniment continued until 1996, when Stroede established a new tradition using harpsichord, string players from Toledo, and area wind instrumentalists. The community involvement continues today, as all interested singers from the

area are invited to participate. The strings and trumpet performances are paid for by donations, with the majority coming from the singers themselves, as it represents the only chance many of them have to sing with a good orchestra. Messiah performances have provided as much enjoyment for the singers and musicians as they have for audiences over the last 86 years. They are part of Deance College’s long tradition of providing arts experiences for the college family and surrounding community. ‹

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ON AND OFF CAMPUS Chantille Millender embodies the Deance College spirit by her numerous activities both on and off campus By Debbie Richard, ‘02, ’04, Assistant Director of Marketing


t’s always interesting to quiz DC students about the activities and organizations they join on campus. In the end, you ask them what activities they are not involved in. The list is shorter. Chantille Millender is just such an example. A senior from Lorain, Ohio, double majoring in social work and psychology, she’s excited to have accomplished so much. “Deance College was a good t for me,” says Millender. “I liked the small school atmosphere and the ability to be involved in lots of activities, play sports, work with the community and still have time to double major. DC addresses the whole person – spiritual, academics, social, athletics. It’s been a great experience.” Millender is a member of the Social Work Organization, which organizes the Empty Bowls event, Night Without a Home, and many other projects that give a focus on local and national issues. She is also a Citizen Leader, McMaster Scholar, member of Campus Crusade for Christ, and a committee member for the Dance Marathon raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network. “The Dance Marathon was a rewarding experience,” says Millender. “After all the hard work of getting sponsors, planning the event, decorating and dancing for twelve hours, we met the kids. That’s when I knew it was worth all the effort.” The Dance Marathon raised more than $4,000 to go to St. Vincent Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo. Millender has also enjoyed the international projects she has participated in including a trip to Jamaica as part of the Citizen Leaders and a McMaster trip to Cambodia. “Not everyone gets to travel. The opportunity to share the experience


with peers makes the trip more satisfying.” Two internships and an AmeriCorps project have been great groundwork for Millender. Her goal is to be a social worker in a children’s hospital. One internship was for Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio as a drug and alcohol education counselor where she attended weekend driver intervention meetings and discussed truths and myths of the DUI laws. Millender also worked with Help Me Grow in Toledo, assessing at-risk youth. The project that makes Millender smile is the work she did with the AmeriCorps program. It was a yearlong project in which she implemented a Youth Volunteer Corps in Deance. Millender started the program, recruited volunteers, and established the community partners. It’s been a big success, and she’ll miss the kids as she has transitioned out of her yearlong contract. While the trips have been Chantille was honored to be selected by her peers as the great, and the community work 2009 Deance College Homecoming Queen. rewarding, the chance to just be a fan at a DC athletic event is part of the experience. Millender loves to just be part isn’t easy. She has a lot of great options from of the crowd. She likes that the professors which to choose. No matter what the choice, and staff make just as much noise as the she’s already passed some huge milestones students, and that DC typically has some of while at Deance. the largest fan crowds in the conference. So for now, it’s time to wait and see Millender will miss it when it’s done, which school she decides to attend, cheer at which happens soon. She will nish the a few more sporting events, and enjoy being requirements for her double major at the end a DC student. An exciting future is waiting, of the fall semester and is planning to go and Millender is ready to start. ‹ on to graduate school. Making the decision


A service trip to New Orleans changed Kyle Shong’s life and career path forever By Debbie Richard, ‘02, ’04, Assistant Director of Marketing


yle Shong spent the summer interning in U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Cleveland ofce. Working as an ofce administrative assistant, Shong had a wide variety of tasks. One was answering the phones. “You never knew what to expect when you picked up the phone. One day I took a call and found myself talking to a distraught mother. Her son had been critically injured while on vacation in Canada. Unfortunately, she didn’t have a passport to get to Canada, and she was hoping the Senator could help,” said Shong. “Other calls were regarding political issues, Social Security benets, help with foreclosures. It could have been almost anything.” Along with helping the mother obtain permission to cross the border to Canada, Shong helped seniors with Social Security questions and concerns and even attended a naturalization ceremony as Sen. Brown’s representative. “We advocated where we could. If a senior was denied Social Security benets, we would call the person’s local Social Security ofce and try to help. However, sometimes we couldn’t do anything. I had a call from a lady whose house was being foreclosed on the next day. Normally we could have helped advocate for the family, but we needed more time than a day. Unfortunately we couldn’t help her.” Through the good and bad, it was a great opportunity for Shong. After graduation this spring, he plans to attend graduate school for a master’s in public policy and then hopes to work for either the State Department or USAID. Shong didn’t always want to be in public service. Originally from Deance, he came to DC planning to graduate with

a degree in education. However, that all changed when he traveled his freshman year to New Orleans, just a little over a year after Hurricane Katrina had blown through. “We went to New Orleans to help cleanup and also assisted the local city council,” said Shong. “Politics played a big part in the aftermath of the devastation. This is what got me interested in politics, and I switched my major.” Along with the great opportunities during his travels and internship, Shong is busy on

campus. He’s a member of Phi Alpha Theta (History) honor society, honors program, Citizen Leader, McMaster Scholar to Belize, president of Student Senate and has spoken at and attended many college functions, including being asked to be a member of the presidential search committee. Shong has many memories from DC. One of his favorites is from a trip to Spain during his sophomore year. It was an Honors program trip and each student was studying a particular area of culture. Shong’s area was Gibraltar, a British governed area within Spain. His project was to give a historical rundown of the area. Along the way, he also had a chance to play with the protected Gibraltar monkeys and to sightsee. Shong holds the same idealism that many students have as they near graduation. Their slate is clean, and it’s now time to start writing on it. They can go anywhere, do anything, however, deciding which path to take is sometimes the hardest. It’s another great opportunity waiting to happen. Armed with the experiences and education found at DC, Shong is sure to nd an exciting future awaiting him. ‹

Kyle with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, above, and in Belize with Ivan Gillett of the Programme for Belize, at right.

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Eight new fulltime faculty bring extensive academic expertise to the DC community, from accounting to social work DR. KEITH CHRISTY has joined Deance College as Assistant Professor of Exercise Science. Christy received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University, his Master’s in Sport Psychology from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Sport Management from Ohio State University. He has taught at the college level for more than seven years and brings with him extensive experience coaching sports at both the high school and college level. Christy has been published in various journals, including the International Journal of Sports Management, the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, and Strategies. He has also presented at several national conferences. DR. ELIZABETH KIMJIN COLLARDEY, LCSW, brings with her more than eight years of teaching experience and joins DC as Assistant Professor of Social Work. Collardey earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Colorado and both her Master’s in Social Work and doctorate from the University of Denver. Collardey’s clinical practice focused on child protection and includes extensive community experience working with immigrants and refugees. Her research has also addressed the needs of international adoptees, group work with cultural minorities, and child labor. Dr. Collardey


is active in professional social work organizations and is currently serving as an item writer for the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), which administers the social work licensing exam in the U.S. and Canada. JOSH FRANCIS joins Deance as a full-time Instructor of Education after serving as adjunct faculty at both DC and Northwest State Community College. Francis holds his Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master’s in Education from Deance College. He is also currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Research in Measurement at the University of Toledo. Francis has participated in several projects in which the goals were to provide a voice for marginalized populations at every age through initiatives intended to revitalize impoverished neighborhoods and schools. In addition, he also assisted on various projects and grants to increase awareness of and preparation for undergraduate programs among high school students in urban schools as well as to improve the effectiveness of science educators. DR. NATHAN CROOK joins DC in the Arts and Humanities division as Assistant Professor of Communications, bringing with him more than eight years of experience in higher education. Crook

received his Bachelor of Arts in History and English from Weber State University, a master’s from Utah State University and his doctorate from Bowling Green State University. Crook has presented and lectured at numerous conferences and meetings. He has also edited newsletters and been published in various publications. DR. BLEN SOLOMON is now serving as an Assistant Professor of Economics. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Lawrence University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Western Michigan University. Solomon enjoys research and has presented at conferences across the United States and also in Africa. She has been published in various journals, and her memberships include the American Economic Association, Midwest Economics Association, Ethiopian Economics Association and Ethiopian Development Studies Association. KATHY HOLLOWAY joins Deance as an Assistant Professor of Nursing for the college’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and also the 1+2+1 nursing program that collaborates with Northwest State Community College. Holloway earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling from Bowling Green State University and

a Master’s in Science in Nursing from the University of Toledo. Holloway is a registered Ohio nurse and counselor and is a member of the American Nurses Association and Ohio Nurses Association. J. RICHARD SEALSCOTT, CPA, begins this fall as an Assistant Professor of Accounting. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton and his Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University. Sealscott has more than 30 years of experience in education, with a focus on public accounting, auditing, accounting principles, personal taxes and business taxes. Sealscott is a practicing CPA, a certied fraud examiner, and has many years of experience advising businesses and individuals in nancial affairs.

ANDREW SCHULTZ NAMED TO HEAD MUSIC PROGRAM Deance College is re-introducing the performing arts in a meaningful way. To recognize these experiences as an integral part of the college experience and create opportunities for students to develop their talents, the College announced earlier this year the appointment of Andrew Schultz as Director of Music Programs. Schultz, a native of Deance, graduated from Ohio Northern University with dual degrees in music and business administration. At ONU, he was a member and assistant director of the University Singers and the Men’s Chorus. He earned master’s degrees in music and business administration from Bowling Green State University. At BGSU, he held a graduate assistantship which allowed him to work with three large ensembles including the University Choral Society, the Collegiate Chorale, and the BGSU Men’s Chorus. ‹

MORE OPPORTUNITIES Jenni Morrison and Derek Woodley are serving as Deance College’s Co-Interim Athletic Directors


eance College President, Mark C. Gordon, earlier this year announced that Jenni Morrison and Derek Woodley will serve as co-interim athletic directors for the institution during the 2009-2010 academic year. “I am thrilled that Coach Woodley and Director Morrison have agreed to take on these added responsibilities this year” stated Gordon. “They have each earned the respect of players, faculty and colleagues, and both bring signicant experience and expertise. We have a wonderful athletic program at Deance College, and we look forward to even greater success this year, as well as in the years to come.” Morrison brings previous athletic director experience with her to the position. Prior to joining Deance as an assistant athletic director, Morrison served as the athletic director at Penn State-Fayette for three years. The 2009-2010 year will be Morrison’s third with Deance. “I am looking forward to this opportunity to work together with Derek, the new administration and the campus community to provide a quality college experience for all DC students,” said Morrison. “We have a hard-working and dedicated staff, and I am excited to work with them to continue to build a successful athletic program.” Woodley will also be entering his third year with the Jackets, where he will continue his regular duties as the head baseball coach, while also assuming the co-interim athletic director tag. Woodley previously spent 12 seasons at Bethany Lutheran College as part of the baseball coaching staff. He served as the school’s athletic director for two of those years. Woodley echoed the sentiments of Gordon and Morrison, “I am looking forward to working with our new administration, as well as our entire athletic staff as we move forward into the academic year. We have a special group of studentathletes and coaches who are very determined to bring continued success to Deance College and the athletic department.” The duo will be lling the void left by Dick Kaiser, who accepted the athletic director position at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota. Kaiser left DC after spending the past 10 years with the Yellow Jackets. ‹


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FACULTY SCHOLARLY ACHIEVEMENTS Workshops, conferences, research opportunities, publications, and presentations DR. SANDRA GOLDEN, assistant professor of teacher education, has recently presented at two conferences. In October, she presented the paper “From Morocco to Trinidad: The IREX Connection at Kent State University” at the Midwest Comparative and International Education Society in Kent, Ohio. In November, Dr. Golden presented the paper “Words, Words, Words: What Do We Really Know About Vocabulary Instruction” at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers in Charlotte, N.C. Dr. Golden is also co-editing a book with Joanne Kilgour Dowdy entitled Connecting the Literacy Puzzle: Linking the Professional, Personal, and Social Perspectives. The book is expected to be published in spring 2010. Through a connection established by DR. WAYNE (BUCK) BUCHANAN, associate professor of business administration, Deance College will partner with York St. John University in LEAP, Learning Experientially Abroad Program, to provide DC students the opportunity to experience real-time, hands-on business projects with corporations in York, England. Students will spend 12 days in June at York St. John’s University where they will work with companies to complete projects and attend classes taught by YSJ faculty. “The really unique part of this program is the direct connection to York businesses and doing real-time, hands-on projects with them using online courses and the internet as conduits to the projects,” says Buchanan. “By following up with the trip, our students


will be able to work hand-in-hand with our partners in York. Very exciting things! The faculty and Business School at YSJ have been great and fully supportive of the program, and we cannot wait to get it off the ground next summer.” Buchanan is hoping to expand the program through IACBE (International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education) to offer trips in other parts of the world. DR. DOUG KANE, assistant professor of biology, gave a talk entitled “Western Lake Erie Nuisance Algae: Correlations Between Nutrient Load and Total Phytoplankton and Cyanobacterial Biomass” at the 52nd Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research held by the International Association for Great Lakes Research in Toledo earlier this year. His talk dealt with increased soluble reactive phosphorus coming from the Maumee River and its impact on stimulating increased amounts of algae, including potentially toxic bluegreen algae in the western basin of Lake Erie. Co-authors on this talk were Drs. Joe Conroy and Dave Culver of the Ohio State University and Drs. Pete Richards and Dave Baker of the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University. The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) is a scientic organization made up of researchers studying the Laurentian Great Lakes, other large lakes of the world, and their watersheds, as well as those with an interest in such research. To read Kane’s abstract or any of the other 538 talks from the conference, please visit http://

The full text of PROFESSOR STEFAN HALL’S latest Arts and Entertainment column “Now Playing: the Patriotic Movie Musical, Starring the United States of America!” for the Phi Kappa Phi Forum magazine was recently published. For those without a magazine subscription, the entire text as a PDF, along with a supplement, can be found online at http://www. summer09/artsandentertainment. Professor Hall is assistant professor of communication and media studies. DR. SPIRO MAVROIDIS, associate professor of biology, Dr. Doug Kane, assistant professor of biology, and KASEY CARLISLE, restoration ecology major, conducted an invited workshop in addition to presenting a poster at the Meeting the Challenges of Great Lakes Stewardship: SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Approaches Conference in Cleveland. Their workshop was titled “Involving undergraduates in Great Lakes stewardship: water quality monitoring in the Western Lake Erie Basin - past, present, and future.” They also visited both a “green” building, the Adam J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies, on the campus of Oberlin College, and sampled pond animals and examined the wetlands and surrounding habitats at Mentor Marsh with conference attendees and marsh staff and volunteers.

DR. DON KNUEVE, associate academic dean and professor of criminal justice, was recently recognized by the Northwest Ohio Family Justice Center with the Teri Sowers Memorial Award in appreciation of his commitment and advocacy on behalf of survivors of sexual assault and their families. Making the presentation was Pam Weaner, executive director of the Family Justice Center. DR. TODD COMER, assistant professor of English, chaired “Posthumanism Today: Science and Fiction” at the Midwest Modern Language Association’s annual convention in St. Louis, Mo., recently. He also presented the following paper as part of one of the panels: “The Sublime Birth of the Posthuman in Spielberg’s Articial Intelligence.” MARY ANN STUDER, assistant professor of physical science and associate dean of the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity, was invited to write an article for the Fall 2009 edition of Diversity and Democracy, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Professor Studer wrote an article entitled “Creating Interdisciplinary and Global Perspectives through Community-based Research.” Two Deance College students and three faculty members presented earlier this year at the 118th Annual Ohio Academy of Science meeting at Wittenberg University. SAMANTHA STEGEMAN presented on “Detection of paracetamol in y larvae using GS-MS” with co-authors Dr. Spiro Mavroidis and Dr. Somnath Dutta. KELSEY HUFF presented on “Using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to detect acrylamide in potato chips” with co-author Dr. Dutta. Dr. Doug Kane also presented on the “Effects of the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) on the forest community of the Lake Erie Islands II: South Bass and Gibraltar Islands” (co-authors were Amy Miller and Sarah Rose of the Ohio State University) and was a co-author with Jamie Viterna (presenter) and Dr. Joe Conroy of OSU on “Diel variation in dissolved oxygen in the Sandusky Subbasin of Lake Erie.” In addition, a number of other DC students traveled with the group and attended their rst scientic conference. To view their presentation abstracts please visit

WEARING MANY HATS Dr. Timothy Rickabaugh begins two-year term as the interim vice president for academic affairs and academic dean


r. Timothy Rickabaugh became the interim vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at Deance College on June 15. Appointed for a twoyear term, Rickabaugh will serve as chief academic ofcer while maintaining his existing responsibilities as professor of exercise science. President Mark Gordon said of Dr. Rickabaugh, “I am really pleased to be working with Tim. He is a distinguished member of the faculty and he is proving to be an effective leader as we work toward even greater levels of academic excellence.” Rickabaugh will ll the position of chief academic ofcer due to the departure this past summer of Dr. Catharine O’Connell, provost, who assumed the chief academic ofcer role at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. Rickabaugh has been an active member of the DC community since coming to the college in 1997 as assistant professor of sport science. In 1998, he took on additional responsibilities as head coach of the women’s soccer team and was selected as Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2001. He has been actively involved with student engagement and service learning at Deance College, traveling with students on service learning trips to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, to Jamaica, to Cambodia as an Associate Fellow of the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity and most recently on the Civil Rights alternative spring break tour. Rickabaugh was recently chosen by his colleagues to receive the Distinguished Faculty Award for 2009. Rickabaugh received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University, his master’s from Miami University, and his bachelor’s from Ohio Wesleyan. He and his wife, Rosanne, have two children, Andrew and Abby, and reside in Deance. Other changes to the academic administration include additional duties for Associate Academic Dean Susan Wajert who will be taking on added responsibilities regarding accreditation matters, and Associate Academic Dean Don Knueve who will work with the new president to establish external advisory boards for academic programs.

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Wild Ride

wild ride

AND ENJOYING EVERY BIT OF IT Rich Zvosec ’83 has gone from hitting golf balls, to coaching, to author, with no plans of slowing down By Debbie Richard, ‘02, ’04, Assistant Director of Marketing


lumni often have particular memories of their time at Deance College. For Rich Zvosec, ’83, it’s hitting golf balls from the dorm quad toward Whitney Hall. “The goal was to hit the ball as far as you could, without hitting the building…or breaking any windows,” quipped Zvosec during a visit to the DC campus earlier this year. Being a golf pro, however, was not in the cards for Zvosec. Instead, he turned to coaching. Zvosec transferred to Deance College as a sophomore after high school friend Larry Flynn told him about DC. “Larry said it was a good place, with teachers who were very encouraging,” said Zvosec. “I also wanted to be a coach for a Division I school after graduation. When most athletes are asking questions about how much time they will play, I only had one question. ‘Can you get me a coaching job at a Division I school?’ Coach Hohenberger said yes, so I transferred.” After graduation, basketball coach Marv Hohenberger did help Zvosec get a Division I coaching position at Bowling Green State University. From there, Zvosec went on to a career that included head coaching positions at St. Francis College in New York, the University of North Florida and, the most recent, University of Missouri – Kansas City. “My dad was a coach when I was younger, and I saw the impact he had with the kids. While my dad went on to be a high school principal, I only wanted to be a coach,” commented Zvosec. It was after being red from UMKC on his birthday that Zvosec took a career path change. He started speaking publicly and wrote a book entitled Birds, Dogs & Kangaroos: Life on the Back Roads of


College Basketball. It’s a humorous memoir that takes readers on a journey through Zvosec’s life as a college coach sharing details seldom discussed with those outside the game. “When I worked at St. Francis, because of the unique situations, my mom kept saying I should write a book,” said Zvosec. “When I

did, my goal was to give the fans and future coaches the perspective of life in the lowmajors. Not every school has the budget of Duke, and I wanted people to know what it was really like. “It was also a way for me to answer in writing, what so many ask. Why do you do it?” continued Zvosec. “I’ve been doing it for

25 years, and I love it! It’s not for fame, not for money or any of the typical responses. I do it for the kids. When a previous student contacts me to say they took a new job, got married or had a child, I know that I’ve made a difference.” Zvosec has made a difference with many of the student athletes he’s coached. “I realized I had gone full circle when I received a call from Ricky Menendez, one of my rst recruits. He was as being inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame and asked if I would be there. Of course I said yes.” It was a few days later, he found out he would also be inducted in the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame, too. Zvosec also remembers the coachess that touched his life. While in his third or fourth year at UMKC and getting ready to coach a game, he was told an old friend was there to see him. When he went out to see who it was, it was Coach Hohenberger. He’d driven ven over to see him coach the game. Zvosec remembers ers that as a special moment nt and a great surprise – as well as making him a bit nervous. Fortunately, his team won. “The best thing about writing the book has been catching up with old friends,” said Zvosec. While no longer coaching, Zvosec is still involved with basketball as an analyst on ESPN and the Big Ten Television Network. He likes that no one can tell him he made a bad move anymore and still gets to watch the kids and coaches. It also works to his favor that he isn’t from a Big Ten school and is often considered a neutral party when commenting on games and schools. “The biggest misconception about broadcasters is that the good ones make it look easy. It’s about knowing the right timing and saying the right thing.” He also does radio and has been in a few movies and television spots. Zvosec also speaks professionally. One of his speaking programs is called “Drink, Swear, Steal and Lie your way to Success.”

“It’s not what you think,” Zvosec explained with a laugh. “I used to say that line at the end of the basketball camps I helped coach when the parents are there ready to take their kids home. I got the proverbial gasps, which subsided when I expanded the saying. It’s applicable in so many ways; I use it as a motivational presentation. Drink from the fountain of friendship, you never know how the person beside you will help you. Swear to t make today a bit better then yesterday. ye Steal ttime to be by yourself, to und understand yourself. yours And lie in be bed and thank the ppowers that be fo for those who have impacted you in your life.” life For Zvosec, he Zv thanks many tha people who pe have ha impacted him. hi DC business b professor p Garnet G Smith is included in this group. “Not only on was she a huge supporter of the basketbal basketball team, she was also a life mentor who could see your future potential,” said Zvosec. “She helped me solidify the philosophy I had with my students, ‘What are you going to do when the ball stops bouncing?’” The ball stopped bouncing in 2007 and Zvosec hasn’t looked back. With the success of his rst book, Zvosec hopes to publish a second book, a self-motivation book entitled Happy Birthday, You’re Fired. He also plans to continue in broadcast media and acting in movies and television. Zvosec and his wife, Sandy, live in the Kansas City area and have raised three children. His two youngest are in high school while the oldest currently attends college with plans to go into sports administration. Birds, Dogs & Kangaroos: Life on the Back Roads of College Basketball was produced by Ascend Media Books and can be found at major retailers such as and Barnes and Noble Books. ‹

Whether it is geng together to share a few laughs, do important service, or parcipate in a “kick-o ” for the Transforming Dierence campaign, alumni are nding that geng together with other Yellow Jackets in their region is just plain fun. And geng to know our 18th President, Mark Gordon has been an extra bonus. While regional events will quiet down for the holidays, watch the alumni website at aer January 1 for the lisng of new DCAN regional and Transforming Dierence Campaign kick-os across Ohio and the rest of the country.

IMPORTANT 2010 DATES January 19 Alumni Basketball Day and Coach of Year Awards July 26 Yellow Jacket Golf Classic October 4-10 Homecoming

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UPDATE FROM THE FIELD HOUSE Updates on all of your favorite Fall sports teams By Seth Mikel, Sports Information Director and John Sunde, Assistant Sports Information Director FOOTBALL The 2009 season for the Deance College football team was full of ups and downs, as a thrilling season-opening victory against Muskingum was followed by four-straight setbacks. The Jackets then rebounded to win three of their last ve contests, including a 35-0 throttling of Bluffton to end the season. Along with scoring its highest margin of victory against Bluffton on the gridiron since joining the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2000, other season highlights included placing nine student-athletes on the All-HCAC Team, earning ve HCAC Player-of-the-Week honors, receiving a pair of weekly awards and seeing head coach Rob Taylor move into second place on the program’s all-time wins list. With a 4-6 clip in 2009, Taylor now has 31

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career victories in his seven years at the helm of the Jackets and is just ve back of Malen Luke’s (1988-1993) school record of 36 coaching wins on the sidelines for the Purple and Gold. The Jackets placed two athletes on AllHCAC First Team, with Austin Hedderly and Anthony Sierra earning the award, while Rick Powell, Nick Nicol, Joel Billings, Andre Osby, Kyle Longsdorf and Tom Foos were named Second-Team All-HCAC. Mike Szuma rounded out the list of award winners with an Honorable Mention All-HCAC honor. VOLLEYBALL The Deance College volleyball team piled up 22 victories in 2009 for its second-straight winning season and its most wins in a single-season since 2003. The Yellow Jackets won eight of their last nine matches overall and climbed to a fourth-place nish in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a 4-4 clip in league play. DC entered the HCAC Tournament as the No. 4 seed and advanced into the HCAC Seminals with a ve-set win against No. 5 RoseHulman in the opening round. The Jackets eventually fell to the top-seeded Bluffton team, to end the year at 22-11. The strong team success was fueled by the steady play of All-HCAC selections Danyel Lipps, Marlea Rolander and Sara Porter. Lipps ended her outstanding four-year career with DC as a three-time All-HCAC player and as the program’s all-time leader with 1,320 kills. Rolander earned her rst All-HCAC award after being the only player in the league to rank third or higher in hitting percentage (.287) and blocks per set (1.04) and Porter garnered Honorable Mention AllHCAC honors by leading DC with 337 digs and adding 213 kills.

Tara Miller WOMEN’S GOLF The young DC women’s golf squad, which consisted of three freshmen and two sophomores, took a major step forward as a program in 2009, scoring a pair of top-ve nishes and closing the gap with the rest of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. One of the season’s bright spots came on September 7, when the Yellow Jackets carded a 379 on the second day of the Anderson Invitational. That score put DC at 781 for its two-day total, marking its best two-round score since the program was reinstated for the 2006 season. WOMEN’S TENNIS The women’s tennis team showed grit and determination throughout the season, as it battled through numerous injuries before qualifying for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in Indianapolis. Freshman Kaitlyn Sandercock gives the program something to be excited about, as she went 2-6 in singles competition and won half of her HCAC singles contests. Junior

Katie Carunchia was another bright spot for the Jackets, as she played competitively throughout the season and pulled out a win against Sinclair Community College in singles action. WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY DC’s women’s cross country team had an outstanding season highlighted by a team title in the Bluffton Invitational Meet. The team gained signicant improvements over years past and had several girls capture personal records on their way to a sixth place nish at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. Junior Kaitlin Switzer paced the Jackets throughout the season and set a personal record by nishing the 6k in 20:42 at the DC Invitational, leading Deance to a third place nish. Switzer nished 18th overall in the HCAC Championships, earning All-HCAC Honorable Mention recognition. Freshman Kaye Bockbrader made an immediate impact for the Yellow Jackets, consistently nishing in the top ve and running a personal best 20:54 in the Friendship Invitational. Freshmen Erika DeBos and Mindy DeLong showed the ability to be successful contributors at the collegiate level, while the team’s lone senior, Kelly Neff, had an excellent senior year highlighted by a third place individual nish at the Bluffton Meet.

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MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY The Deance College men’s cross country team had a successful season marked by signicant overall improvements over last year’s times. A roster full of gifted underclassmen helped the Yellow Jackets

place fth in the 2009 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. The season was highlighted by a third place team nish in the annual DC Invitational and a team title in the Bluffton Meet, in which Justin Perkins registered a rst place individual nish. Perkins led the way for the Jackets for most of the season and freshman Hayden Krick came on strong towards the end to place rst on the team in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships. HCAC Preseason Runnerto-Watch Seth Bidlack continued to place among the top runners in the conference, while sophomores Logan Alvarez, Aaron Fraley and Tyler Reese consistently placed among the top ve runners for the Yellow Jackets. MEN’S SOCCER The 2009 men’s soccer team showed great promise for the future of the program with several young players stepping in and proving they could excel at the collegiate level. The team, which featured only one senior, went 5-12 and 2-6 in conference play, while ranking second in the HCAC in goals per game in what was the program’s best season since 2006. Senior Greg Vogt proved why he was selected as a team captain, as he came through with a team-high six assists on the season, placing him second in the conference in that category. Vogt was honored by the conference as an All-HCAC performer and was chosen as a DC Classic All-Tournament selection and voted Team-MVP. Sophomore midelder Joseph Loftis had another strong season, scoring two goals and an assist, with his real value coming on the defensive end, where he was constantly causing trouble for the opposition. Loftis was a DC Classic AllTournament selection and was an All-HCAC Second-Team selection. Freshman forward Joshua Fullen registered ve goals and one assist in just seven games. The Pickerington, Ohio, native led the team with 11 points and made over 55 percent of his shots. Junior forward Chris Kessler collected eight points with three goals and two assists and was named the HCAC Player of the Week, after recording a goal and an assist in DC’s victory over the previously undefeated College of Wooster. WOMEN’S SOCCER DC’s women’s soccer team nished their 2009 campaign at 5-11-1 with a 2-5-1 conference record. The young team collected numerous accomplishments and honors on

Hanna Firchau (4), Trisha Denniston (5) and Cherilyn Borkholder (21), their way to a sixth place ranking in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Jackets got off to a quick start by winning the DC Classic championship just three games into the season. Cherilyn Borkholder, Alexandra Johnson and Lauren Ranalli were each selected to the alltournament team for their efforts. Ranalli capped an outstanding career at Deance by collecting a team-high 16 points with seven goals and two assists. The senior forward ranked second in the conference in gamewinning goals and leaves the Jackets after posting 17 goals and 39 points in her career. Freshman defender Katie Heitkamp made an immediate impact for DC with her consistent defensive prowess helping the team secure three shutouts on the season. The St. Mary’s, Ohio, native started all 17 games for the Jackets and was given All-HCAC SecondTeam honors. Goalkeeper Kelly Coble was the backbone of the Yellow Jackets defense and nished the year ranked second in both saves (143) and saves per game (8.41). The junior from Cloverdale, Ohio, exceeded 150 saves in her career, registered two shutouts on the season and was given All-HCAC SecondTeam honors for her efforts. ‹

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FOR ADOLESCENTS WITH AUTISM Deance College and Deance City Schools are teaming together to help those with autism By Debbie Richard, ‘02, ’04, Assistant Director of Marketing


dministrators of Deance College and the Hench Autism Studies Program have developed a new partnership with Deance City Schools, beginning with the 2009-10 school year. The Deance City Schools will be the public school entity partnering with Deance College to provide educational services to adolescent students with autism. Laura Springer, director of special services for Deance City Schools, will be supervising the classroom on the DC campus. Teaching in the classroom will be Erinn Thompson along with paraprofessional Bob Krutsch. Deance College has provided space for a public school classroom on the DC campus

for adolescents with autism for the past two years. During this time the College partnered with the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center. The classroom will remain an option for adolescent students with autism within the six-county area of Northwest Ohio. Locating the classroom on a college campus provides numerous benets to the public school students. Deance College provides these students access to college facilities, including the Smart Fitness Center, dining hall, and library, as well as the opportunity to participate in various campus programs. The Hench Autism Studies Program at Deance College is designed to serve individuals and families facing challenges associated with autism with an emphasis both on academic preparation and direct service.

Dr. Don Buerk, DC faculty member, chats with a family during last summer’s autism camp.


MINOR IN AUTISM STUDIES As part of the focus on academic preparation, Deance College began offering a minor in autism studies in the fall semester of the 2009-10 academic year. The minor in autism studies, open to students in all majors, is designed to educate students about the unique needs of persons with autism and their families and is supported by the Hench Autism Studies Program.

PARENT RESOURCES CENTER Parents, friends and persons interested in programs serving children with autism are encouraged to attend the monthly autism meetings at Deance College. Sponsored by the Hench Autism Studies Program, meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month in Schaufer Hall, room 106. The meetings host guest speakers as well as discuss items related to autism including school, emergency situations, healthcare options and many other topics. Also available to the group and the public is the Hench Family Resource Center found in the Pilgrim Library on the DC campus. The resource center allows users to search the web on a computer with high speed internet access and a printer. In addition, the room is stocked with current materials pertaining to autism that can be checked out from the library For more information about the monthly meetings, new minor, or partnership, please contact us by sending an email to autism@ ‹


class notes The 30’s

The 50’s

Alice (Murrell) Rose ’36 and her husband, Paul, celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on July 6, 2009. Alice is a Deance College Schaufer graduate and would love hearing from other Schaufer graduates. (Please contact the alumni ofce for Alice’s information.) Alice and her husband reside in Cleveland, OH.

Roger ’54 and Janice (Moore) ’89 Avery are living in Bryan, OH. After 40 years of being employed as a psychologist, Roger has retired. Janice worked for Deance College for eight years and 12 years for the District Ofce of the United Methodist Church. Their daughter lives in Buffalo, NY, and is employed with the I.R.S. Their son lives in the New Orleans area and is employed as a salesman for Pelican Construction Supplies.

The 40’s Phyllis Meier ’47 is retired from teaching school. She serves as the music librarian at her church and produces a weekly children’s newspaper, Kidz Times. Phyllis resides in Toledo, OH.

William Fisher ’54 and his wife, Sonia, celebrated their golden anniversary on March 28, 2009. The couple celebrated with a summer trip to Door County, WI. The Fishers currently reside in Waterville, OH. Carl ’58 and Regina (Roehrs) ’61 Snyder celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 8, 2009. The Snyders celebrated the special occasion with an open house, hosted by their family. Carl and Regina have two children and six grandchildren. The Snyders reside in Deance. Dean Wellman ’59 and his wife, Evie, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on July 11, 2009. The couple have two daughters and reside in Deance.

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Walter Becker ’60 and his wife, Joan, are the parents of three sons and have been blessed with ve grandchildren. Joan is a retired teacher who taught ESL in the Cincinnati Public Schools system for 28 years. Walter is still selling cleaning products. The Beckers reside in Cincinnati, OH.

Kenneth Beard ’61 and his wife, Rita, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 14, 2009. The Beards reside in West Milton, OH. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Philip Hosmer ’62 had the honor of commissioning his grandson, Grant Bloom, as a 2nd Lt. in the Air Force on December 29, 2008. Phil retired from the Air Force in June 1984 and from his civilian career with IBM in 2004. In September 2008, Phil and his wife, Barbara (Mikesell) ’65 were presented with a National Community Service Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution for service they provided to the Black Forest Community. Together they organized and managed a team of 18 people to support a handicapped woman on dialysis, transporting her to and from her sessions and providing a variety of assistance to her. That effort helped extend her life for two and a half years. They have also provided community service to Black Forest through leadership in the Black Forest Community Club. Phil and Barbara have resided in Colorado Springs since 1982. Sally (Tustison) Myers ’63 was recognized by the Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio for her seven years of outstanding volunteer work for the Historic Homes of Deance. Sally is a retired college professor and freelance editor, living in Deance with her husband Leonard Myers ’59.

Douglas ’66 & Linda Short

Douglas Short ’66 and his wife, Linda, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on June 14, 2009. Doug and Linda reside in Sidney, OH. Robert Stewart ’66 retired from the girls varsity basketball program at Quincy High School with 320 victories. Bob and his wife, Linda, are actively involved in the Memorial Weekend Civil War Reenactment in Coldwater, MI. The Stewarts are blessed with seven grandchildren. Gail Friend ‘67 represented Florida in the National Senior Games in San Francisco in August 2009. Gail received a bronze medal in the 50 yard backstroke. Gail also placed fourth in the 200 IM, eighth in the 100 IM and ninth in the 200 freestyle as well as swimming the 50 and 100 freestyle. Willard Peters ’67 was inducted into the Northwestern Ohio Colt Racing Association Hall of Fame in 2008. Willard resides in Edgerton, OH. Jan Bergeon ’68 was recognized by the Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio for his 15 years of volunteer work for the Deance Elks Lodge. Jan is retired from Campbell Soup and resides in Deance. Arlene (Siler) Rozevink ’68 retired in June 2009 after teaching in the Northeastern School District for 40 years. Arlene was a rst-grade teacher at Noble Elementary. Linda (Derrow) Clippinger ’69 retired in June after 27 years of teaching at the Deance City Schools as an elementary school intervention specialist. Conrad “Clip” Clippinger ’69 continues as the Director of the Paulding Chamber of Commerce. Their son, Major Scott Andrew Clippinger, is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio State University and Ohio State

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Alumni Class Notes School of Law. Major Clippinger is presently serving at the U.S. Marine Barracks, Washington D.C. He and his wife, Renae, have twin sons, John and Noah. Stuart Douglas ’69 enjoyed his recent trip around the United States in his Nissan Sentra. He covered 17,111 miles including 677 miles of walking. He visited two of his Deance College classmates, Doug Howe ’69 and Bob Herbst ’68. He also spent a lovely afternoon on the DC campus! Douglas Howe ’69 is a member of the Practitioner Faculty at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, teaching Entrepreneurship, Global Marketing and Strategic Issues in Global Management. Doug resides in Simi Valley, CA with his wife, Carla. Janet (Hettesheimer) Von Deylen ’69 recently retired after 36 years of teaching. She taught the last 31 years with Central Local Schools in Deance County and lives in Sherwood, OH.

The 70’s After graduation from DC, Joseph Giliberto ’70 moved to California in the Riverside area and lived there for 30 years, employed as a chiropractor. In 2008 he moved to Indonesia and is a practicing chiropractor in a town called Bandung, 60 miles from the capital city, Jakarta. Joe stated, “It has been a real experience living in a Third World country…. the people need chiropractic care badly here and we are doing good work.” Rev. Curt Fuller ’70 is the Senior Minister at University City United Church in San Diego, CA. He is the current President of J.O.B. (Justice Overcoming Boundaries) in San Diego County. J.O.B. is a non-prot community organization of churches, universities, students and labor unions working on fair immigration policies, health care reform, workers’ rights and housing issues. Robert Reed ’70 and his wife, Carol, were married for 45 years in October 2009. They are currently living in Virginia and have a great view of the Chesapeake Bay.


Phyllis (Simmons) Shaw ’70 recently retired after 37 years of teaching music in elementary and middle school classrooms. She is looking forward to spending more time with granddaughter, Ariana, 2. Phyllis’ daughter, Vanessa, works in Rockville, MD as a public heath analyst for the federal government. Vanessa received two master’s degrees (Public Health and African Studies) from UCLA. Phyllis’ son, Tyler, also resides in the D.C. area. He is doing post-doctoral research in psychology at George Mason University. Phyllis has been teaching private piano lessons since 1977 and also teaches the children’s choir at her church.

Susan Crossland ’74 retired in June 2009 from the Oakwood Elementary School after 26 years of service as a physical education teacher.

William Finn ’71 and his wife, Gloria, celebrated their silver anniversary in April of this year. The couple lives in Deance and have four children and ten grandchildren. They celebrated the occasion with a trip to Gatlinburg, TN.

Beverly (Nolt) Witzerman ’74 has accepted a position as acting deputy director for the Global AIDS Program through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Namibia, working with that nation’s public health ministry in combating HIV infection rates, effective July 27. Her temporary duty station is located in Windhoek, the country’s capital and home to approximately 275,000 residents. Prior to her recommitment to sexually transmitted disease and HIV eld work, Beverly served as public health advisor in the Women’s Research Branch, Department of Reproductive Health at CDC in Atlanta, GA. Bev, her husband, Robert Witzerman ’75, and their pets reside in northeast Atlanta.

John Decker ’71 was elected into the second class of the Wauseon High School Athletic Hall of Fame in December 2008. John graduated in 1966 earning 10 varsity letters in football, wrestling, track and baseball. He was All League in all sports and All State in football and wrestling. He continued his athletic career at Deance College where he ran track and played football. He was selected as a football All American in 1970 and graduated in 1971. He is currently Superintendent of Miami County Schools and living in Troy, OH. Wade Marbaugh ’71 recently won a third place medal in a national competition for college magazines and annual reports. His publications have won rst, second and third places in the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. He resides in Atlanta, GA. Dennis Newth ’71 passed away on October 10, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Francine (Larouch) Newth ’71 and his two sons, Sean and Terrence. He was an entrepreneur and developed several successful businesses in the pharmaceutical and marine industries.

Rodric Hersha ’74 retired in June 2009 after teaching 16 years at Deance High School as a math teacher. He resides in Napoleon with his wife Pamela (Oxender) ’74. Shaune Skinner ’74, President of ASC Group, Inc., has been named by the Columbus, Ohio Chapter of the National Association for Women Business Owners, as the 2009 Visionary Award honoree. Go to to view the complete media release.

Rev. James Dinkel ’75 continues to be pastor at All Saints Lutheran Church in Cincinnati, OH. He is Chair of Lutheran Disaster Response Taskforce of the Southern Ohio Synod and Vice Chair of LDR Ohio. James made his fourth pilgrimage to Israel in June. JoAnne (Feilitz) Rupp ’75, a fth grade teacher at the Archbold City Schools, retired this June after many years of teaching. David ’76 and his wife Sandra (Sanders) Diehl ’76 were recognized by the Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio for their outstanding volunteer work for the Habitat for Humanity of Deance County. The Diehls have helped with the building of homes and have acted as

instructors and volunteer managers. The Diehls reside in Deance. William Fulton ’76 retired from teaching at the end of the 2008 school year. Bill taught at Indian Lake High School for 28 years. He was the head wrestling coach during that time period before he started coaching for the middle school program. Bill and his wife, Mary, reside in Huntsville, OH. Steve Meador ’76 was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and a 2008 National Book Award from his recent book, Throwing Percy from the Cherry Tree, a collection of autobiographical poems which read like short stories. Steve and his family reside in Lithia, FL. Denise (Shaffer) Molnar ’76 is retiring from the Clark-Shawnee School District after teaching rst grade for 33 years. Gary Molnar ’74 presented a paper, Making Preschool Assessments Family Friendly, at the February 2009 National Association of School Psychologist Convention in Boston. Gary is lead school psychologist for the Springeld City Schools. Denise and Gary reside in Springeld, OH. Robert Shipman ’78 retired from the B.F. Goodrich Company in March 2007 after 37 years of service. Robert and his family reside in Paulding, OH. Schneider Downs Wealth Management Advisors, LP has announced the promotion of Columbus-based managing director Jeffery A. Acheson ’79, QPFC, to partner. Acheson oversees the rm’s wealth management practice in Columbus, Ohio, and is a leader in the rm’s overall retirement plan, executive benet and investment advisory service areas. Karen (Couch) Billman ’79 announces the birth of her rst grandchild, Owen Sullivan Newkirk, born June 11, 2009, at eight pounds, 12 ounces and 21 inches long. Karen resides in Sandusky, OH with her husband, Roy.

currently resides in Stryker, Ohio.

The 80’s Clara (Bow) Lisi ’81 was selected as “Educator of the Year” for 2009 at Inland Empire Job Corps Center where she is a reading instructor. She lives in Highland, CA. Mary (McFarland) Walter ’81 was recognized by the Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio for her outstanding volunteer work at the Deance Regional Medical Center. Mary is employed at a Deance law rm as a legal assistant. Sandra (Packer) Wurster ’81, was recognized by the Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio for her ve years of outstanding volunteer work at the Community Pregnancy Center of Deance. Sandy is a retired teacher, living in Deance with her husband Jack Wurster ’59. James Wyse ’81 became the new Superintendent of Evergreen Local Schools in August 2009. James

Joe Blosser ’82 and his wife, Beverly, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on July 27, 2009. The Blossers will celebrate the special occasion on a bear hunt to Manitoba, Canada, this fall and a cruise planned for a later date. Joe and Beverly have four children and one granddaughter and reside in Deance. Douglas DeCola ’81 and Paula (Bok) DeCola ’84 celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on July 27, 2009. A surprise celebration was hosted by their daughters, at which time the couple renewed their marriage vows. A family trip to New York City and Washington D.C. completed the celebration. Beth (Hook) Headley ’82 and her husband celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on June 16, 2009. They celebrated the special occasion with a cruise. The couple have one son and two daughters and reside in Hicksville.

Joyce (Koeller) Combs ’83, ’09 was recognized by the Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio for her six years of outstanding volunteer work for the Zonta Club. Joyce also volunteers her time serving on many executive boards in the Deance area. Joyce and her husband, Paul, live in Deance with their two children. After spending 20 years in the trucking produce business, Curtis Ruhlin ’83 started his own business, SOS Logistics, in April of 2008. Curtis and his family reside in Cary, IL. Suzanne (Coolman) Kline ’84 and her husband, James, recently celebrated their silver wedding anniversary. The Klines have three children and reside in Hicksville, OH. Wauseon High School girls basketball coach, Bradley Myers ’86, was named the 2009 Northwest

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District Coach of the Year. He coached his team to the regional playoffs for the rst time since 1998, after winning the NWOAL championship with a perfect 8-0 record. In September 2009, Timothy Binkley ’85 began his new position as Archivist at the Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. In April 2009, Scarecrow Press released a book that Tim edited, A Higher Moral and Spiritual Stand: Selected Writings of Milton Wright. Tim and his family reside in Dallas. Phyllis Germann ’85 recently retired from the Deance Regional Medical Center where she was Supervisor of Surgery. Phyllis and her husband Randolf ’63 reside in Napoleon, OH. Timothy Moog ’86 was promoted to lieutenant April 22, 2009 in a special ceremony held in the council chamber of the Deance rehouse. Timothy currently resides in Deance. Judy (Hoening) Jaworksi ’88 and her husband, David, announce the arrival of their son, Samuel Ernest, on June 2, 2009. Samuel has two sisters, Sophia and Sasha. The Jaworksi family resides in St. Charles, MO. James Martin ’88 and his wife, Susan, announce the birth of their daughter, Emily, born on March 3, 2009. Emily has an older brother, Cody. James is currently employed by the Lorain County Sheriff Department as a corporal. Mary (Hoeffel) Slattery ’88 retired from nursing 10 years ago and is still loving retirement. This past June, Mary hosted the 16th Annual Linus Slattery Memorial Golf Outing in Hicksville, OH. Mary resides in Hicksville.

The 90’s Timothy Hunsaker ’90 retired from the Miamisburg Police Department and law enforcement in May 2008 to begin his new career at Southwestern College (Franklin Campus) as the Lead Instructor within the Criminal Justice Program.

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Alumni Class Notes Rebecca (McDaniels) Harmon ’91 and her husband, Matthew, announce the birth of their daughter, Katrina Elizabeth, on March 11, 2009. Rebecca is employed as a Case Manager Supervisor for the Senior Options Program for the Franklin County Ofce of Aging. She and her family reside in Columbus, OH. Mary (Hallock) Morris ’91 was promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Southern Indiana. She became the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration in July 2009. She and her husband, Gary Morris ’90, reside in Evansville, IN. Christine (Zechman) Short ’91 teaches at Four County Career Center as an Accounting and Business Management instructor. She also teaches Oracle database and other computer programming classes, and is employed part-time at Northwest State Community College in the business department. She has been married for 15 years to Lonnie Short, and they have two wonderful children, Zachary and Emily. Dr. Mark Lee ’92 has graduated from law school and is currently working toward his fth degree, his MBA. Mark resides in Columbia, SC. Sheila (Retcher) McGill ’94 is currently employed by the Deance County Engineers Highway Department and as a hairstylist for Designs Unlimited in Bryan, OH. Sheila married Matt McGill of Bryan, on November 15, 2008. The McGills are expecting their rst child in November 2009. Jeremie Thiel ’94 and his wife Kelly (Jones) ’02 announce the birth of their daughter, Kelsie June, born on April 21, 2009. Kelsie has an older sister, Kailee, 3. The Thiels reside in Bryan, OH. Bret Booher ’95 and his wife Shayna (Waldron) ’01 announce the birth of their daughter, born on May 18, 2009. The Boohers reside in Deance.

Dennis Ordway ’95 retired in June of 2009 from the Continental School system as the co-athletic director. Jamie ’96 and Stephanie (Nafziger) Fetter ’98 had their third child, Trenton Jamison, in March, 2008. Trenton has two siblings a brother, Tyson, 8, and a sister, Brook, 6. Jamie is the head athletic trainer at Adrian College while Stephanie is a stay-at-home mother. Thomas Horn ’96 and Holli (Rutter) Horn ’98 announce the birth of their son, Elliot Rutter Horn, on July 9, 2009. Elliot has two sisters, Hannah, 9, and Quinn, 6. The Horns reside in Deance. Staci (Hesselschwardt) Benoy ’97 and her husband announce the birth of their son, Ethan Wayne, on February 29, 2009. She and her family live in Greensboro, NC. Lamar Dietsch ’97 and his wife, Marchell, announce the birth of their son, born on March 3, 2009. The family lives in Edgerton, OH. Helen (West) Reich ‘97 and her family have relocated to Alliance, OH. Her husband, former DC sports information director, Leonard Reich, is the SID at Mount Union College. They have a three-year-old daughter, Caroline Joy. Kirt Tegenkamp ’97 and his wife, Keri, announce the birth of their daughter, Kelis Lynn, born on May 8, 2009. The Tegenkamp family resides in Omaha, NE. Clarissa Ankey ’98 was recognized by the Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio for outstanding volunteer work to the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Tre Rios Service Unit for the past four years. As a troop leader, Clarissa has led some of her older girls through the Pathway Awards. Clarissa and her husband, Christopher, live in Sherwood with their three children.

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Adam Baumgartner ’01 and Sheila (Punches) ’00 announce the birth of their third child, Max, born on July 7, 2009. Max has a brother, Jack, and a sister, Lily. The Baumgartners reside in Napoleon, OH.

Christopher Elston ’99 and his wife, Dawn, announce the birth of their son, Brandon Tyler, born April 15, 2009. Brandon has two brothers, Jess, 16, and Jamie, 13, and a sister, Emily, 2. Briana (Hollister) Lindahl ’99 and her husband, Ryan, announce the birth of their daughter, Aubrey Victoria, on June 6, 2009. The Lindahls reside in Findlay, OH. Karen Varner ’99 accepted a position with the State Bank and Trust Company as a mortgage loan originator. She has 27 years in the banking industry, and has worked in the mortgage area for 20 years. Karen and her husband, Rick, have three children and reside in Paulding.

The 00’s Benjamin Bostelman ’00 and his wife, Lana, announce the birth of their son, Jake Michael, born on March 2, 2009. Jake joins his sister, Brooke, 4, and his brother Luke, 2. The Bostelmans reside in Deshler, OH. Close to Home Childcare Center and Preschool has won a State Award for Excellence in Early Child Care and Education for providing a higher standard of care that exceeds Ohio’s licensing standards. “This translates to more teachers, a greater commitment to in-service training and a more nurturing environment for children to grow and develop,” said Terrie Hare, Chief, Ohio Bureau of Child Care and Development. “This outstanding commitment to children and early learning is why Close to Home Childcare Center and Preschool has earned our One-Star award.” Close to Home Childcare Center and Preschool is owned by Darlene Clemens ’00. Kimberly (Grifth) Jones ’00 and her husband, Robert, announce the birth of their son, Jack, on March 9, 2009. They reside in Napoleon, OH.

Margaret Johnson ’95 retired from the Deance City Schools in June of 2009, after teaching for 34 years. Margaret and her husband, Howard ’69, reside in Paulding.


Jennifer (Bok) Boyd ’99 and her husband, Christopher, announce the birth of their daughter, Calista Ann, on June 9, 2009 weighing six pounds, 11 ounces. The Boyds live in Deance.

Dan Fiore ’01 and family Dan Fiore ’01 and his wife, Donna, announce the birth of their son, Rocco Joseph, born on March 16, 2009. Rocco has an older brother, Giovanni. Dan is currently the Business Development Manager for North American Coating Laboratories, which is an optical coating service provider for manufacturers in the automotive, medical, consumer electronics, and military industries. He recently presented a technical white paper titled “Optical Coating Applications for Consumer and Industrial Polymer Displays” at the International Plastics Showcase held at the McCormick Center in Chicago on June 24. He resides in Mentor, OH with his family. Nicole (Crites) Grine ’01 and her husband, Matt, announce the birth of their son, Evan Robert, born on April 10, 2009. They reside in Bryan, OH. Laura (Richardson) Kline ’01 was recognized by the Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio for her outstanding volunteer work at the State Bank and Trust Company. Laura currently holds the position of Vice President and Trust Ofcer at the State Bank and Trust Company. She and her husband, Kevin, reside in Deance with their two sons. Meghan (Davis) Scheirer ’01 and her husband, James, announce the birth of their son, Trenton, born April 15, 2009. Meghan is currently employed by Postema Insurance and Investments. The Scheirers reside in Deance. Beverly (Rethmel) Singer ’01 and her husband, Andrew, announce the birth of their son, Anthony Donald, born on April 17, 2009. Anthony has a 3-year old sister, Bethany. Beverly

a 3-year old sister, Bethany. Beverly started her ninth year of teaching eighth grade math at Fairview Middle School. She is the Student Council, Math Club and Varsity Club advisor for the high school. The Singers reside in Deance. Paul Ricker ’02 and Jill Wagner were married on July 4, 2009 at St. Michael Church in Kalida, OH. Paul is employed as an accountant and CPA by Invacare.

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Collette (Cooley) Knight ’02 and her husband, Alex Knight ’03, announce the birth of their daughter, Alivia Ruth, born Sunday, March 29, 2009. The Knights reside in Deance.

elegant outdoor ceremony at Camden Falls in Tifn, OH. Mellisa is an athletic trainer employed by Optima Rehabilitation Services in Tifn. Her husband is a team leader for Cardinal Health. The Coles reside in Findlay, OH.

Dr. Joy Ellerbrock ’03 graduated magna cum laude with a doctor of optometry degree from Ohio State University in June 2007. In March 2008, she opened her optometry practice in Continental, OH.

Camryn Lehrman ’05 earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership in July 2009 from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI. Camryn resides in Sylvania, OH.

Amanda (Karnes) Rau ’03, ’09 was recognized by the Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio for her outstanding volunteer work at the Deance Regional Medical Center. Amanda is currently a professor at Northwest State Community College and resides in Deance. Kathryn Litle ’04, ’09 was recognized by the Volunteer Connection of Northwest Ohio for her nine years of outstanding volunteer work at Deance College. Katie has recently accepted a position with Christopher Newport University. Kimberly (Plassman) Musch ’04 and her husband, David, announce the birth of their son, Brody David, born on April 2, 2009. Brody has a sister, Tayten, 2.

Mellisa Snyder ’05 and Tyson Cole

Mellisa (Snyder) Cole ’05 married her childhood friend of 22 years, Tyson Cole, on June 5, 2005 at an

years in the Air National Guard he was commissioned in November of 2008 as a 2nd Lieutenant. He is currently serving in the West Virginia Air Guard and will be attending pilot training to become a C-130 Pilot. The Szentes reside in Springboro, OH. Kenneth Stefko ’05 and Mary Burkhart’08 Jessica (Nicely) West ’05 and her husband, Eric, announce the birth of their daughter, Bailey Katherine, born May 30, 2009. The Wests reside in Deance. Adam ’06 and Jamie (Thomas) Huber ’07 announce the birth of their daughter, Addilyn Marie, on March 10, 2009. The Hubers reside in New Bavaria, OH. James Lassiter III ’06 completed an MBA with a concentration in Applied Management, from Indiana Wesleyan University, February 2009. James resides in Cleveland, OH.

Stacy Sattler ’05 and Matthew Schimmoeller

Stacy Sattler ’05 and Matthew Schimmoeller were married on October 25, 2008 at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Findlay, OH. Stacy is currently employed as an environmental consultant, and Matt is employed at a video production and media relations company. The couple reside in Columbus, OH. Kenneth Stefko ’05 and Mary Burkhart ’08 were married on September 16, 2009 in Maui, Hawaii. The couple resides in Wauseon, OH.

This past April, Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference recognized 18 athletes at the conference’s “Athletes of the Decade.” Nathan Schaublin ’02 and Mehgann Savard ’06, were honored for their athletic careers at Deance College. To view the complete press release visit http:// releases/2009/4_13_athlete_decade. htm Steven Szente ’06, was married on June 20, 2009 to Ruthann Cherry in Toledo, OH at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Since graduating from DC, Steven received his master’s degree from Wright State in 2008. His wife, Ruthann is a graduate of Wright State for both her bachelor’s and master’s. Steven is employed by Northrop Grumman. After eight

Jessica Dehnbostel ’07 and her husband, Craig, announce the birth of their daughter, Jillian, born on April 1, 2009. They reside in Napoleon, OH. Daniel Detmer ’07 and Katie Pile ’08 were married on July 25, 2009 at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace in Centerville, OH. Katie is employed as a forensic computer analyst by Paradigm Solutions, Lorton, VA. Daniel is employed as a consultant for AIMCO, a real estate investment trust in Lake Ridge, VA. The Detmers reside in Woodbridge, VA. Stefan Gliwa ’07 and Amanda (Benson) Gliwa ’07 announce the birth of their daughter, Marcella, on January 23, 2009. They are currently stationed in Hawaii. Phil Kosier ’07 and Allynne Scherzinger ’07 were married in March of 2009 and are currently living in Springboro, OH. Phil is teaching third grade in Dayton, and Ali is working in Mason as a pharmacy tech. John Lancaster ’07 and Kathryn Fedele ’08 were married on July 31, 2009, in Madison, OH. Kathryn works for a specialty running shop, and John is an insurance agent for Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan. The Lancasters reside in Kalamazoo, MI. In July 2008, Stephanie Shine ’07, was hired by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department as a Road Deputy. Stephanie resides in Delaware, OH.

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Alumni Class Notes Monica Sigurdson ’07 and David Cornell were married on May 30, 2009 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Toledo, OH. The couple resides in Oregon, OH. Eric Tipton ’07 and Alicia Allen ’07 were married on August 15, 2009 at St. John United Church of Christ. Eric is employed as a fourth-grade teacher for Northeastern Local School District; Alicia is employed as an intervention specialist at the Paulding County Board of DD. They reside in Deance.

Deaths Elwood Mohley ’35 August 1, 2009 - Battle Creek, MI John Manchester ’41 February 28, 2009 - Holland, MI Lucille McFarland ’42 January 19, 2009 – Deance, OH Virginia Webber ’42 August 26, 2009 – Newton, MA Donald Hazelswart ’43 June 2, 2009 – Grand Rapids, MI

Kacee Nagel ’08 and Eric Weber were married on June 20, 2009 at St. Michael Catholic Church. Kacee is currently employed as a credit analyst by First Federal Bank. The couple resides in Napoleon, OH.

Harry Lowell Hoffman ’43 November 2, 2008 – Sandusky, OH

Isaac Lee ’09 and his wife, Kristen, announce the birth of their son, Jackson Ryan, born on May 11, 2009. Jackson has two older sisters. Issac is the Assistant Director of the Deance County Economic Development. Isaac and his family reside in Deance.

Hazel (Kimmel) Hincelman ’45 March 2, 2009 – Oxford, MI

Anthony Pettaway ’09 recently signed a contract to begin his professional basketball career with the Dachau Spurs of Germany’s Regionalliga South-East League.

Nezzie (Carter) Moore ’48 March 30, 2009 - Durham, NC

Corrine (Nordquest) Harrer ’44 May 22, 2009 - Bristol Village, Waverly, OH

Donald F. Weber ’46 May 30, 2009 – Portage, MI Kathleen (Novak) Reichler ’47 October 12, 2007 - Inverness, FL

Roy Larabee Williamson ’49 July 11, 2009 – Monclova, OH

Don Caneld ’50 July 4, 2009 – Fernandina Beach, FL

Paul R. Young ’64 February 15, 2009 – Central Falls, NC

William E. Krause ’50 April 24, 2009 – Kirkland, NY

Janet (Peterson) Mayers ’67 February 10, 2009 – Delta, OH

John Berger ’51 December 21, 2008 – Manseld, OH

R. Kenneth Sprague ’67 August 26, 2008 – Fort Pierce, FL

Paul Pickering ’51 July 30, 2009 – Deance, OH

Robert Tomlinson ’67 March 20, 2009 - Bradford, VT

John Taylor ’51 June 17, 2009 – Hicksville, OH

Geraldine (Royce) Boomer ’69 July 6, 2009 – Deance, OH

Marilyn (Goldsmith) MacDufe ’52 September 20, 2009

Gary L. Foust ’70 July 22, 2009 – Cherry Hill, NJ

Richard W. Robnolte ’52 February 1, 2009 – Fort Wayne, IN

Susan Elizabeth (Mabbs) Nolan ’70 June 17, 2009 – Cumming, GA

Pauline (Miller) Taylor ’58 March 17, 2009 – Continental, OH

June Draving ’71 July 1, 2009 – Fort Myers, FL

Irene (Ely) Ingle ’59 July 22, 2009 – Deance, OH

Dennis Newth ’71 October 10, 2007 – Cranston, RI

John “Jack” Desotelle ’61 August 31, 2009 – East Ellijay, GA

Donald R. Sanborn ’72 January 19, 2007 – Upton, MA

Harry Eastridge ’63 October 16, 2009 – Northeld, OH

James T. Brady ’76 October 27, 2008 – Blackwood, NJ

Jeanette (Rice) McIntosh ’63 January 18, 2009 – Scott, OH

Wade A. Walter ’76 July 2, 2009 – Houston, TX Thomas Dershem ’78 February 2, 2009 – Trussville, AL


David Plant ’73, Director of Alumni & Parent Relaons, Ryan Gladieux ’08, and Gregg Gunsch, Professor of Digital Forensic Science discuss the new ASK program.


Alumni have been coming to the Deance College campus to meet President Gordon and then have lunch with a small group of Junior/Senior students. Aer a 30 minute private chat with the President, the alumnus meets with students to share job skill and job search insights. The lunch lasts approximately 45 minutes. Thank you to alumni Char Johannigman, Lisa Crumit-Hancock, Dave Polzin, Duncan Jameison, Tim Tobias, Ryan Gladieux, Mary Beth Royal, Ma Gilroy, Jenee Seibert, Chris Palmer, Paul Mallet, Deb Detray, Carolyn Mann and Melissa Davies for helping us with the inial roll out of the ASK Lunch. You may contact the alumni oce at 419-783-2572 or if you have interest in being part of our ASK program.


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Defiance College Magazine - Fall 2009  

Defiance College Magazine - Fall 2009

Defiance College Magazine - Fall 2009  

Defiance College Magazine - Fall 2009