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June 2010 Phone: 1-800-472-9502

Fax: 419-434-4822

Welcome to ArchLink! Greetings, Alumni! My greeting last month talked about ways you can connect to your alma mater. Here’s another fun way you can connect and meet other alumni in the area as well. As part of Homecoming 2010 – “Back to our Future” – we will have a “Battle of the Businesses” competition. You are invited to take part in this competition. If you can create a team of Findlay alumni from your workplace, we would love to have you join us. We will hold preliminary competitions prior to Homecoming and have the final battle take place on Saturday, Oct. 2, during the Homecoming festivities on the front lawn. We are presently putting together a committee of alumni to develop the rules and games for the competition. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please let me know. Don’t delay – call or e-mail me today with the people on your team or if you are interested in participating as a committee member at 419-434-4589 or And of course, if you haven’t been back to campus in a while, what are you waiting for? Come back and get connected with your alma mater! Continue that Oiler Pride, and be sure to keep me updated by filling out the “What’s New with You?” form at, Keyword: Alumni. With Oiler Pride! ~~Dee Dee Spraw ’00, M ’07, director, Alumni & Parent Relations

In This Issue: 1. What’s Happening On Campus? 2. Academic Update 3. Alumni News & Events 4. Alumni Spotlight 5. Oiler Sports 6. Alumni Support 7. FYI Campus Newsletter 8. Spread the Word...

1. What’s Happening on Campus? The University of Findlay will host an art festival on campus, 1000 N. Main St., from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday, June 6. Admission is free. In case of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside to the Alumni Memorial Union, the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion and Old Main. Pottery, paint and Adobe Photoshop demonstrations will be offered, as well as a poetry workshop, by students and UF faculty members. Many activities and live entertainment will be available for children, adults and families. Roving artists will be on site, as well. Some artwork will be available for purchase and food vendors will be on site while WLFC 88.3 broadcasts live from the event. The University of Findlay’s Art Festival is sponsored by The University of Findlay and the Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau through the Chamber of Commerce/Greater Findlay Inc. Click here for more details. The University’s professional theater series, SummerStock, will open its 2010 season June 23 with “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” The first production runs at 8 p.m. June 23-25, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 26 and at 2 p.m. June 27. “The Little Shop of Horrors” is the second production in the series. It runs at 8 p.m. July 14-16, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 17 and at 2 p.m. July 18. Tickets are available. Call the UF Box Office at 419-434-5335. Season tickets are $25. Purchased separately, tickets for each show are $15. The Findlay Civic Band is rehearsing on campus to prepare for its 59th season of summer concerts. Concerts are scheduled for July 7, 14 and 21 at the Riverside Park Band Shell. For more information, contact Jack Taylor at 419-434-4573 or e-mail The 18th Annual Mazza Summer Conference is July 1216 on campus. The Mazza Summer Conference is a weeklong conference which may be taken for enjoyment or credit. Participants will enjoy practical and hands-on small group sessions called pull-outs. Guest speakers will include more than 10 children’s book authors and illustrators. Participants may choose to attend between one and five days of the conference. Registrants also may choose to attend a five-day children’s book writing Over the years, more than 5,000 strand, with pull-out sessions geared to that subject. Registration people from 40 states and five councloses July 10 or earlier, if maximum participation is reached. tries have attended Mazza Summer Conferences to hear 250 artists/au- Click here for information on the Summer Conference, including speakers, registration and undergraduate and graduate credit. thors speak about their books. The Dr. Jerry J. Mallett Institute will hold a Celebrity Art Auction at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, in the Alumni Memorial Union. The auction will include more than 150 artworks by children’s book illustrators. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. Click here to view the complete listing of the art available. Absentee bids will be accepted by mail or fax. There will be no telephone bidding. All art has been generously donated by the respective artists for the benefit of the Dr. Jerry J. Mallett Institute Endowment.

The University hosted its annual employee recognition dinner April 23, recognizing many employees for their years of service to the University. Shiv K. Gupta was honored for having completed 40 years of service. Anne Albert, Penny L. Gerdeman, Mary K. Huber and Richard A. Smith were honored for having completed 30 years of service. Those honored for 25 years of service include: Paula R. Babcock, Stephen F. Brown, Judith M. Cook, Craig E. Gunnett, Terri J. LaRocco, Elaine M. Markon, Judith McCrory and Carole L. Spurgeon. Those honored for 20 years of service include: Carla L. Dee, Natalie Fittro, Among those marking 25 years David E. Foster, Tony G. Goedde, Robin R. at UF were: (front row) Carole Koehler, Mairi B. Meredith, Lora Rettig and Spurgeon, Judy McCrory, Terri Barbara J. VanDermark. Those honored for LaRocco; (back row) Elaine Markon, Craig Gunnett and 15 years of service include: Cynthia A. Fry, Gregory F. Hass, Elizabeth Raker and Jackie Judy Cook. Dr. Shiv Gupta celebrated Stephenson. An additional 23 people were 40 years at Findlay. recognized for having given 10 years of service. The University of Findlay recently was recognized as a Promise Place with America’s Promise Alliance. The Promise Place designation identifies the University as an organization that provides five developmental resources, as identified by America’s Promise Alliance, that young people need for success in life. The five resources, or promises, include caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education and opportunities to help others. The University joins other non-profit agencies in the community with this distinction. Click here for more details. New Student Registration days for incoming freshmen for the 2010-2011 academic year began May 10. A second New Student Registration day was held May 20. A total of 372 students participated in the first two registration days. Future registration days are scheduled for: June 9, June 18 and Aug. 19. Students meet with academic advisers and visit the One-Stop Shop in the Alumni Memorial Union. Faculty and staff representatives from many campus offices will be available to provide information and answer questions. If you have questions about New Student Registration, Students attending the May 10 registration day please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions enjoyed getting acquainted with Derrick the Oiler. at 1-800-548-0932 or Return to top

2. Academic Update Last month, The University of Findlay’s College of Pharmacy was well represented at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Spring Practice and Research Forum in Charlotte, N.C. Out of more than 200 poster presentations, which included international submissions,

five were from Ohio and four of those were submitted by UF students, faculty members or UF pharmacy residents. Students Travis Plumley and Kenny Mueller, who just finished their fifth year in the pharmacy program, submitted a poster in collaboration with faculty members Debra Parker, Pharm.D.; Sandra Earle, Pharm.D.; Laura Perry, Pharm.D.; and Lori Ernsthausen, Pharm.D. Recent pharmacy graduate Laura Swanson, Pharm.D., submitted a poster in collaboration with the preceptor she worked with during experiential rotations. Perry and Jean Cunningham submitted a poster together. The fourth UF representative was Melissa Lagzdins, who is a resident at St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo. Lagzdins teaches on campus as part of her residency, which is co-funded by UF. Several months prior to the conference, poster presenters submitted project abstracts, which were peer reviewed for selection. Recently, fifth-year pharmacy students completed the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) to help them prepare for their clinical rotations. According to Laura Perry, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, OSCEs (pronounced AH-skees) are used by medical schools to assess a student’s ability to think critically and to solve problems quickly. “Performance tests are the best method to evaluate problem-based learning, the basis for the course associated with this exam,” she said. Goals of this type of assessment include improving communication skills and clinical decision making. “We try to help them understand the value a pharmacist can add in each situation,” said Perry. To read more about OSCE, click here to download the May 7 issue of FYI. Rachel Powell, the Ohio Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA representative at UF, gave a white-paper presentation on May 13 about her year of service at UF. The AmeriCorps VISTA program focuses on poverty alleviation in the community. Powell’s two main focus areas are access to food and access to housing. During her year at UF, Powell has worked in the Campus Compact Center for Service and Learning. Sweet Service Saturdays, mobile food pantries, the Service Ambassadors program and Habitat for Humanity’s alternative spring break trip are some of the programs Powell helped to coordinate. She also worked with freshmen during orientation weekend and helped to Rachel Powell, VISTA repcoordinate UF’s involvement in the National Day of Service Sept. 11, 2009. In addition, Powell was involved with Habitat’s Act! Speak! Build! resentative at UF. Week, Circle K International student group and other activities on campus as well as service organizations within community. Through July 30, Powell will work on a summer food service program, Camp STAR, Glenwood gardens and other projects. She will begin graduate school at the University of Toledo in the fall. The University of Findlay will offer “An Introduction to ESL Education for Mainstream Teachers,” a one-week workshop for teachers and administrators from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. June 21-25 on campus in the Davis Street Building, Room 102. There is an ever-increasing presence of English Language Learners (ELLs) entering non-Title III school systems throught Ohio. Taught by Jennifer Fennema-Bloom, Ed.D., assistant professor to TESOL and bilingual education, the workshop will cover topics concerning working with ELLs in Ohio school systems and may be taken for graduate credit. For more information about registration, receiving graduate credit and housing, click here. Return to Top

3. Alumni News & Events Save the Date Sept. 24-25 Oct. 1-3

Family Weekend Homecoming

Upcoming Events

June 7 Fourth Annual Golf Scramble; York Golf Club, Columbus, Ohio, 11:30 a.m. June 26 Cedar Point Oilers Alumni Day Aug. 1 Summer Send-off, home of Robert ’57 & Catherine Pritts; Columbus, Ohio, 1-3 p.m. Aug. 13 Oilers Night with the Columbus Clippers – game time 7:05 p.m. Aug. 15 Oilers Night with the Toledo Mud Hens – game time 6 p.m. Aug. 20 NMI/UF Certificate Banquet; Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, Mazza Museum and Lape Great Hall – 5 p.m. October Columbus Alumni Event Dec. 11 Commencement For more info or to register for events, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations by visiting the Web site at, Keyword: Alumni, or call 419-434-4516. Dennis ’67 and Patricia Foster hosted a dinner for the western and English equestrian teams on May 5, 2010, prior to the start of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s national championship competition in Lexington, Ky. The Fosters welcomed the teams to their home before going to the country club for dinner.

Keith and Melissa (Bundy ’01) Crowl, with their daughter, Danielle Kaylynn, who helped to cheer on the Oilers at the IHSA national championship in Lexington, Ky.

A reception was held Saturday, May 8, 2010, for students, alumni, family and friends during the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s national competition held in the new indoor arena of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. UF teams won the western riding national championship and were named reserve champion in English riding. Congratulations to our equestrian Oilers!

The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations welcomed more than 300 parents to campus during two new student registration days during May. Parents who arrived on campus with their students attended a panel discussion comprised of a current UF student, staff from the University and key individuals from the city of Findlay. Parents also had the option to sign up for a list service that will be used as a communication tool for parents to share information, questions or concerns with other UF families.

Congratulations to eight UF alumni who graduated May 19 as a part of the Hancock Leadership Class of 2010. The class met one Wednesday every month from September 2009 through May 2010 and worked on a community service project – a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. They provided countless volunteer hours to refurbish an empty warehouse into a welcome center and lowcost building supply store and helped organize the grand opening of the ReStore in Findlay, as well as provided funding for Habitat’s West Park Playground Improvement project. This year’s class included Kristen Bash ’05, Michael Edie M ’09, Christy (Allen) Kisseberth ’03, Laura (Cobb) Long ’99, M ’02, Kendall Richardson ’03, M ’05, Beth Skulina M ’08, Sara Wilson ’10 and Bob Wilt ’97, M ’01.

Kristen Bash ’05, Kendall Richardson ’03, M ’05, Laura (Cobb) Long ’99, M ’02, Beth Skulina M ’08, and Christy (Allen) Kisseberth ’03 were among eight UF alumni who graduated from the Hancock Leadership Class of 2010 in May.

Congratulations to Anne (Isaac) Patram ’69 and Lydia (Carpenter) Mihalik ’02 who graduated from the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute in a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. The Institute’s eight-month leadership training provides professional training for women aspiring to become leaders in public service, community service and the Republican Party. Extensive studies are offered in local, state and federal governments, as well as instruction in public policy, public speaking, politics and political campaigns. The final week of training took place in Washington, D.C., where national congressional leaders and representatives from national corporations addressed the Institute. Since 2001, between 15 and 20 women have been selected to participate in each class. The Institute is named in honor of Jo Ann Davidson, who served as a member of the Anne (Isaac) Patram ’69 and Lydia (Carpenter) Mihalik ’02 recently grad- Ohio House of Representatives for 20 years and was the first woman to serve as the Speaker of the House in Ohio. She uated from the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute in a ceremony held currently serves as a trustee of The University of Findlay and in Washington, D.C. received an honorary doctor of government leadership degree from UF in 2000. Register now for online social networking. If you have not yet registered for the Findlay Oiler Alumni Connection, please do so by visiting, Keyword: Alumni connection. We are here to support your continued success and your lifelong connection to your alma mater. Be sure to keep us updated on your marriage and birth announcements by filling out the “What’s New with You?” form at, Keyword: Alumni.

Congratulations, Newlyweds!

Al & Jennifer (Polsgrove ’95) Wilkinson, married April 10, 2010

Welcome UF Newest Little Oilers:

Scott ’04 & Shannon (Kilpatrick ’99) Weissling Baby boy, Cole Joseph Corey ’04 & Amanda (Cramer ’01) Coe Baby girl, Isabella Amanda, born March 12, 2010 Brent ’01 & April Nenadal Baby boy, Oliver Anderson, born Nov. 23, 2009 Return to Top

4. Alumni Spotlight Shaping EPA Compliance in the Work Place Michelle Koch, who graduated from UF in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental, safety and occupational health management and biology, is making a difference and influencing her company. “I love my job,” she said to students in the College of Sciences during the University’s Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity, where she was a guest speaker in April. Koch is a health, environment and safety professional for Marathon Oil Co. in Findlay. Koch wanted to have a “tangible effect on any company” Michelle Koch ’07 she worked for immediately, and she feels like she has succeeded in that goal. Part of her job involves analyzing new and existing rules set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and how those rules and regulations may affect her company. She also is responsible for applying changes within the company so that it meets EPA standards. Her position has taken her across the country, and she has helped rewrite national regulatory language for the industry while also helping to save Marathon millions of dollars. “My reports are helping shape the company’s regulations and plans.” Koch encourages students to enter the workforce with confidence – age does not matter. She recalled an instance where she traveled to Washington, D.C., as the only Marathon representative and the “youngest, least-experienced person in the room.” She quickly realized that she did have something to add and decided to speak up about it. Koch also encouraged students to become “a master in your subject” and to find a catalyst – “something to drive you forward.” “Seize and pursue opportunities. Try new fields and positions,” said Koch. She talked about taking a voluntary temporary assignment in Texas, which allowed her to discover a new perspective and learn more about her field and her company. “The less you know going in, the more you have to gain,” she said. “Consider that you have the ability to influence your success. You can have a successful career right out of school.” Return to Top

5. Oiler Sports The University of Findlay athletics program finished third in the annual Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Presidents’ Trophy standings for the 2009-10 season with 99.5 points. The Oilers claimed the GLIAC championship in men’s basketball and placed second in men’s golf. Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Derrick Vicars took first place in the discus for the Oilers men’s outdoor track and field squad at the 2010 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championship, held May 27-29 in Charlotte, N.C. He earned the top spot with a heave of 173 feet 1 inch, which is only the second outdoor championship for The University of Findlay’s men’s team after Kendall Stevens won the 100-meter dash in 2006. The men’s team finished 15th in the nation.

Derrick Vicars

Lyndon Johnson earned all-American honors after he finished sixth in the 200-meter run, seventh in the 100-meter and teamed with Greg Schaible, Curtis Smithey and Simon Bernard to place eigth in the 4x400-meter relay to set a new school record at 3:11:50. Cody Crockett was 12th in the javelin and Vicars was 12th in the shot put.

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field For the women’s outdoor track and field team, Stephanie Charnigo finished fourth in the 800-meter run, while Raven Clay was fifth in the 100-meter dash, earning them both all-American honors. Lindsey Schmitmeyer was 15th in the 800-meter run. As a team, the women were in 29th place. Men’s Golf Sophomore Michael Schmitmeyer of the men’s golf team was named first team all-GLIAC, while junior Joe McGeean and junior Kyle Nickson earned second team and honorable mention allconference honors respectively. McGeean also was chosen by the Golf Coaches Association of America as a member of the Ping NCAA Division II All-Midwest Region team. Michael Schmitmeyer

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Stephanie Charnigo

6. Alumni Support As an alum of The University of Findlay, you can make a difference with your gift, regardless of size! Your online gift to support the Orange and Black not only provides student scholarships and financial aid, but also helps us to keep the best faculty and staff available to our students. Financial contributions increase leadership and character-building opportunities, support student activities and spiritual life on campus, and help UF to keep pace with constant advancements in science and educational technology. We’ll make it easy for you! Use our convenient online option to make a one-time gift, using a credit or debit card, or painlessly increase your gift by participating in our monthly gift program. [Be] Giving! To support your alma mater now, click here. In conjunction with the 125th Endowed Funds Drive, a new scholarship has been endowed. The goal of the fund drive is to establish 125 new endowed funds for student scholarship, faculty development and program development. Thus far, 94 new funds totaling more than $7.2 million have been created. The Pam Hyland Scholarship Endowment Fund has been established by her friends and family. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time student majoring in teacher education. Recipients may be in their sophomore, junior or senior year of study and must have a GPA between 2.5 and 3.2. For more information, click here. Return to Top

7. FYI Campus Newsletter Want to know what is happening on campus between ArchLink issues? UF has a biweekly newsletter called For Your Information that is circulated on campus. The newsletter includes feature stories and pictures of campus activities. Check out FYI online at, Keyword: FYI. Return to Top

8. Spread the Word… If you want to sign up to receive ArchLink each month, you may click here to fill out a form or e-mail your name, graduation year, major and home address to Please add to your address book/contact list. You’re receiving ArchLink because you have submitted your e-mail address to The University of Findlay via the Alumni E-Mail Directory, AlumNotes or by signing up for ArchLink on the Web site. UF will not sell or give your e-mail address to a third party. If you do not wish to receive ArchLink, simply send an e-mail to: and place “remove” in the subject line.

The Office of Career Services provides comprehensive employment services for undergraduate and graduate students, alumni and employers. Click here to go to our Web page, and then click on College Central Network at the bottom of the page to search for or post jobs and internship opportunities. Contact us directly at 419-434-4665 or if you have questions or to learn more about how we can help fill your employment needs! Return to Top The mission of The University of Findlay is to equip our students for meaningful lives and productive careers.

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Your E-Link to The University of Findlay In This Issue: 1. What’s Happening On Campus? 2. Academic Update 3. Alumni News & Events 4. Alumni...