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August 2010 Phone: 1-800-472-9502

Fax: 419-434-4822

Welcome to ArchLink! Greetings, Alumni! In her first two months, our new president, Dr. Katherine Fell, is getting involved with the life of the campus, and she is making alumni a top priority. She is attending many alumni-sponsored events, such as the recent Columbus Summer Send-off and alumni luncheons at several large businesses in Findlay. You will want to meet her! Are you up for promoting some Oilers Spirit through friendly community competition? If so, the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations is sponsoring the first “Battle of the UF Oilers” competition. This is a coed team competition showcasing alumni talents. Teams will consist of 10-15 UF alumni, who may be supplemented with a few current students, and must have a minimum of three women on the team. There will be 10 events: watermelon relay (pool), sand volleyball, earth ball relay, bowling, basketball hotshots, cornhole, rock wall, Frisbee, water raft relay and Simon Says. Nine of the events will take place Sept. 13-24, 2010, and “The Final Chapter” (competition) will take place during Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 2. The teams will show their Oiler pride as well as compete for the right to keep the Battle of the UF Oilers traveling cup for a full year! The following alumni represent this year’s steering committee: Rebecca Bates ’06; Gene Fernandez ’77; Bryan Golding ’99, M ’01; Stefanie (Saunders) Griffith ’92; Mary (Koenig) Huber ’88; Kathy (Schalk) Myers M ’09; Gabe Passet ’04; and Bob Wilt ’97, M ’01. Additional guidance was given by Ron Ammons ’81 and Amy Downing. For more information, want to participate on a team or would like to form a team, call me at 419-434-4589 or e-mail me at Also, we need volunteers to be judges for the events. Registration information is available at, Keyword: UF Battle. Stay connected with your alma mater, and 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’s new president, Dr. Katherine Fell, is getting acquainted with alumni, faculty and staff members, and key community volunteers. Eight receptions are being held from July 20 through Aug. 12 for various groups to meet her. The Alumni Association Board of Governors and active area alumni were invited to meet her Aug. 3 at her home. She is temporarily living in the former home of G. Norman Nicholson, trustee emeritus. Major renovations are being made Dr. Katherine Fell chats with Keith Mohr ’67, a member of the to the official president’s residence, the Carrothers Alumni Board of Governors. Home, located at 1115 N. Main St., across the street from the College First Church of God. The Board of Trustees decided more than a year ago to renovate the Carrothers Home and planned it to coincide with the presidential transition from Dr. DeBow Freed to the next president. The remodeling, which is scheduled to be completed later this year, is intended to Members of the Alumni Board of Governors make the official residence more conducive to activities met in August at an informal reception with Dr. Katherine Fell (far left) at her home. involving students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and friends of the University. The Dr. Jerry J. Mallett Institute continues to bring visitors to campus for events such as the Mazza Museum’s children’s art camp, the annual Summer Conference and a Celebrity Art Auction. The auction raised $54,000, with more than 200 people in attendance. More than 300 professionals attended the Summer Conference, which features wellknown children’s People perused more than 150 artworks by book authors and children’s book artists prior to the Celebrity illustrators as session Art Auction, which raised more than $54,000. presenters and guest speakers. This summer’s Wild West-themed art camp welcomed 35 students, who learned to write “tall tales” using exaggeration and humor. Little buckaroos learned to write and The museum has been illustrate “tall tales” during the Mazza hosting a summer art camp Museum’s Wild West-themed summer art camp. since 2002. Equestrian photographs by Margie (Butt) Shoop ’84 are on display through Aug. 13 at the Lea Gallery, located inside the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. A native of northwest Ohio, Shoop Margie Shoop ’84 (right) discusses her equestrian photography with an admirer has been creating equestrian art since she was in elementary during the artist’s reception July 26. school and has been riding horses since she was 12. Her first

camera was a 35-millimeter Pentax K1000; she now shoots with a digital Canon 5D Mark II. Shoop is a digital project manager at Hart Associates in Maumee. She is married and resides in Findlay. For more details, click here. Before students return to UF for the fall semester on Aug. 23, a new emergency notification system will be in place. Rave Mobile Safety will provide Rave Alert, a quick, reliable textmessaging alert system that will notify students, faculty and staff members of emergencies on campus. Rave Alert is able to handle distribution of messages at an impressive speed, according to Matthew Bruskotter, program manager with the All Hazards Training Center on campus. The program has the capability to send up to 24,000 text messages per minute. Rave Alert also includes a status-check alert option. The data is compiled in real-time and allows University administrators to determine if any particular group of students is in danger. The new notification system also includes an iWitness feature, which allows individuals to discreetly report an incident by sending a text message to the Office of Safety and Security while the incident is in progress but not drawing attention to themselves by making a phone call. Return to top

2. Academic Update Several years ago, an invasive insect called the emerald ash borer (EAB) started making headlines in this part of Ohio. The headlines have moved on to other topics, but the EAB infestation continues. Ben Dolan, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, has been researching ash trees on the main campus and off campus at the Rieck Center and the nature preserve adjacent to the Child Equestrian Complex. Dolan, with help from students, is looking at two different aspects of the EAB infestation: how the plant community will respond because of the ash trees dying and how well Lauren Emsweller, a sophomore biology existing ash trees are surviving. Trees on campus have been major, measures the circumference of an ash monitored since last fall, after they were treated with Tree- tree with Dr. Ben Dolan, assistant professor of biology, as part of continuing research on ageTM, an insecticide that is approved for treating ash trees the effects of the invasive emerald ash borer. in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and West Virginia. Download the July 30 issue of FYI to read more. During July, pharmacy students Amy Sanchez and LaNikki Thomas traveled to Mysore, India, to complete an advanced pharmacy practice rotation under the direction of M. Chandra Sekar, R.Ph., Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences. Sanchez and Thomas were working at JSS Hospital, a 1,200-bed multi-specialty charity hospital, Completing an advanced pharmacy which serves many underprivileged individuals in the Mysore practice rotation, LaNikki Thomas and region. The students’ workdays began with hospital rounds Amy Sanchez worked under the supervison of Dr. M. Chandra Sekar, associate with doctors, residents and other pharmacy students, followed by an afternoon case presentation done by a fellow pharmacy professor of pharmaceutical sciences, while at JSS Hospital in Mysore, India. student. In addition, Sanchez and Thomas worked in the drug

information center at the clinical pharmacy where they answered inquiries from doctors, residents and nurses about diseases states, medications and drug interactions, and they documented adverse drug reactions presented to the clinical pharmacy by patients. Both Sanchez and Thomas noted clear differences between hospital pharmacy practice in the U.S. and India. Download the July 30 issue of FYI to read more. The College of Pharmacy’s Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP) chapter recently was designated as an officially recognized chapter of the American Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists (ASHP), a national pharmacy organization. This honor is shared among 91 SSHP chapters across the nation. To achieve this recognition, student leaders were required to complete several community service projects, develop goals and objectives for the organization and complete an official application. Students Lubna Kousa, Alyson Ghizzoni, Amy Klik and Stephanie Gardner were officers of the organization during the 2009-2010 academic year and were instrumental in completing the required projects and documentation. The University of Findlay is now offering a one-year graduate certificate program in health informatics through the College of Health Professions. The first classes were offered this summer, with John Richey serving as program director. Health informatics deals with how health information is technically captured, transmitted and utilized for health care delivery and decision making. Findlay’s program emphasizes the importance of the resulting information and knowledge, appreciating technology as a tool. The curriculum fosters the development of critical thinking, problem solving, ethics and scholarship. Transitioning to a master’s degree in health informatics is under consideration. Return to Top

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

Family Weekend Homecoming

Upcoming Events Aug. 13 Aug. 15 Aug. 20 Aug. 21 Aug. 25 Sept. 2

Oilers Night with the Columbus Clippers vs. Louisville Bats; Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Columbus – game time 7:05 p.m. Oilers Night with the Toledo Mud Hens vs. Scranton/Wilkes Barre; Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St., Toledo – game time 6 p.m. NMI/UF Certificate Banquet; Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, Mazza Museum and Lape Great Hall – 5 p.m. Alumni Soccer Games; DeHaven Field: Women – 2 p.m.; Men – 4:30 p.m. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. UF Alumni Luncheon; UF Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, Lape Great Hall – 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Marathon Petroleum Alumni Luncheon; Marathon Burgundy Room – 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

For more info or to register for events, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations by visiting the website at, Keyword: Alumni, or call 419-434-4516.

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. Also, you can click here to find us on Facebook. Alumni and friends are invited to participate in the 2010 UF Alumni Golf Outing on Aug. 14 at Red Hawk Run Golf Club ( in Findlay. The outing, which benefits the men’s and women’s golf programs, will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dust off your golf clubs and enjoy a day of renewing old friendships and meeting new friends, not to mention telling old stories. The current Oilers golfers will be hitting extra shots, conducting skill contests and greeting former players and alumni throughout the day. A silent auction with great gifts and golf packages will also be held. Invite your old teammates and friends for a day of fun, food and golf. To register, contact the golf office 419-434-4522, or e-mail Coach Al Baker ’73 (abaker@findlay. edu). Volunteers are needed for the eighth annual Orientation Service Project, which involves incoming first-year students in community service initiatives Saturday, Aug. 21. Typically, more than 500 students, faculty/staff and alumni volunteers provide a helping hand to 30 Findlay and Hancock County non-profit agencies. Volunteers are needed to lead groups of first-year students in service projects from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and from noon-4:30 p.m. This includes a short training session. Volunteers are also needed to help with registration and traffic control from 7-9:30 a.m. and from 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Volunteers will be provided with T-shirts and lunch. Please contact Crystal Weitz at or call 419-434-6671 at Campus Compact. Reflecting on the past seven years, there are many successes to celebrate. UF has an established presence and positive reputation in the community! Come help us welcome the Class of 2014 and be the difference for the campus and community. The seventh annual Columbus Summer Send-off was hosted by Bob ’57 and Catherine Pritts at their home on Sunday, Aug. 1. Bob, Catherine, their son Steve ’78 and his wife, Tracey, and neighbors Keith and Shelia Hutchin hosted activities and provided a wonderful selection of food. Nine incoming Columbus-area first-year students from the Class of 2014 attended, along with nine UF sophomores and juniors. UF’s new president, Dr. Katherine Fell, Alumni Director Dee Dee Spraw ’00, M ’07 and Admissions Counselor Charlie Webb welcomed the students and their families. Music and singing, a water balloon contest and an egg toss were all part of the day’s fun. Freshman Andy Conway won the egg toss with his partner, Dr. Fell. Upon Dr. Katherine Fell (left) and her partner, freshman Andy Conway, claiming his prize, Conway commented, “What a great way to (right) were declared the winners start my freshman year!” of the egg toss by Steve Pritts ’78 (center).

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.

Welcome UF Newest Little Oilers:

Brian ’00 and Andrea (Jensen ’00) Meinardi Baby girl, Peyton JoAnne, born June 29, 2010

Todd & Nichole (Herzog ’01) Wykes Baby boy, Cameron Jacob, born April 25, 2010 Maria Smith ’07 Baby boy, Callen Jarett Lewis, born April 16, 2010 Return to Top

4. Alumni Spotlight Cocklins Come Full Circle to Findlay At a time in their lives when most people are looking to retire, Joel ’69 and Roberta “Kay” (Royer ’70) Cocklin are taking on new challenges and furthering their educations. After 27 years as a career military family while Joel served as a chaplain, they returned in 2009 to Findlay where Joel accepted positions with Joel ’69 and Roberta “Kay” (Royer ’70) Cocklin Winebrenner Theological Seminary (WTS) as director of leadership formation, director of the Master of Arts in Church Development and assistant professor of practical theology. In addition to meeting these multiple challenges, Joel began working on a doctorate in ministry at Winebrenner in July. His academic credentials already include a B.A. in psychology from thenFindlay College in 1969; a M.Div. from Winebrenner in 1972; a M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., in 1990; and a Master of Strategic Studies (M.S.S.) in 2004 from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa. Kay’s degree in elementary education from Findlay College enabled her to find employment in the many places where their family was stationed. She has taught in every grade from kindergarten through 12th grade and in both public and private schools. Beginning in the fall of 2009, Kay enrolled in the Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Winebrenner, expecting to finish by fall 2012. She also is writing a book of advice and encouragement for pastors’ wives based on Ephesians 6, with a working title of “O Lordy, Nobody Told Me!” Both natives of Westminster, Md., Joel and Kay met in sixth grade and started dating in December of their senior year. After graduation, Joel enrolled at Findlay College. Joel’s father was a pastor who graduated from Findlay College in 1940 and Winebrenner in 1945. Sadly, his father died when Joel was eight years old, and now he proudly wears his father’s Findlay College class ring, along with his own. “Findlay was a household word growing up,” he explained. “It wasn’t ‘When you go to college,’ it was ‘When you go to Findlay.’” Kay followed him to Findlay College a year and a half later. Joel graduated in 1969 and entered Winebrenner. Kay accelerated her studies, completing her course work on Friday, Aug. 21, 1970,

and they were married on Sunday, Aug. 23, by Rev. James Nye in the College First Church of God. This August they will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.

Joel Cocklin proudly displays two Findlay College class rings: the ruby ring on the left was his late father’s class ring from 1940, and the tiger-eye ring is his 1969 class ring.

After graduating from Winebrenner, Joel served as pastor for the New Cumberland (Pa.) Church of God for 10 years and then joined the army as a chaplain representing the Churches of God.

Over the years, he was stationed at military bases in Kentucky, New Jersey, Kansas, New York, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina and served six years at installations in West Germany, before retiring as a colonel. Joel credited Kay with being the ideal military wife, who readily made the frequent moves and helped their three children experience each relocation as a new adventure. Now, Joel and Kay have come full circle, returning to Findlay. Kay has furthered her connections with The University of Findlay by volunteering as a class representative for the Class of 1970, encouraging classmates to participate in the annual fund. Joel was the guest speaker for The University of Findlay’s baccalaureate service in May. “We just love this place and are so glad that we’re back and can walk across the campus and hear that same bell out of the tower,” Kay said. Return to Top

5. Oiler Sports Women’s Volleyball The University of Findlay’s women’s volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the sixth consecutive year. The team earned a cumulative 3.62 GPA for the 2009-10 school year. Only 54 other NCAA Division II teams met the criteria to earn the AVCA’s academic honors. The team’s six-year run is tied for the sixth-longest streak in Division II. The AVCA award, The UF women’s volleyball team has won the which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, American Volleyball Coaches Association Team honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that Academic Award six years in a row. displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Women’s Basketball The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its winners for the 2009-10 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. This award, given in NCAA Division I, II, III and Junior College/Community College categories, recognizes teams throughout the nation that carry the highest grade point averages for the entire season based on the

nominations submitted by WBCA-member head coaches. The University of Findlay was one of four Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) teams to earn the “Academic Top 25” distinction, including Michigan Technological University, Ashland University and Northwood University. The Oilers ranked 11th with a 3.506 GPA. Findlay posted a 22-9 overall record and a 15-7 mark in the league last season. The Oilers won their first GLIAC The women’s basketball team was named to South championship since the 1999-00 season and also won the 2009-10 Academic Top 25 Team Honor a game in the GLIAC tournament (beating Hillsdale 66-62) Roll by the Women’s Basketball Coaches and a game in the NCAA Division II national tournament Association. (defeating Wisconsin-Parkside 54-5) for the first time in school history. Check out Oilers sports at Return to Top

6. Alumni Support You can support your college through the UF Fund. Beginning this academic year, your gifts to the UF Fund will help support the goals of the College from which you graduated. According to Kendall Richardson, director of annual giving, each college has been assigned a UF Fund goal to raise from alumni for the year. Upon meeting that goal, 40 percent of every additional dollar donated by alumni will be awarded directly to the college deans. These funds will be used to enhance the programs in each college in a way that regular budgetary dollars may not permit. Dr. Andrea Koepke, dean of the College of Health Professions, recognizes that alumni have a strong connection with faculty members who taught and mentored them, as well as their fellow students who worked side by side with them throughout their college careers. This new incentive program recognizes this relationship and builds upon it. These funds will provide the opportunity for each college to do something extra-ordinary for students and faculty and will aid in continually strengthening the academic experience for current students. Goals for each college are listed below: • College of Business • College of Education • College of Health Professions • College of Liberal Arts • College of Pharmacy • College of Sciences

$31,100 $14,600 $4,800 $26,300 $500 $15,100

Richardson added that alumni can support the goal of their college in several ways by making a gift to the UF Fund by pledging during the annual student phonathon, responding to a mail solicitation, going online at and clicking “Give to Findlay,” or by calling her directly at 1-800-472-9502, extension 5319 or 419-434-5319. The Shirley M. Lloyd Scholarship Endowment Fund has been established by her family and friends and through her bequest to assist young people to achieve a degree. The scholarship will be awarded to either part-time or full-time students in any year of study, who have at least a 3.0 GPA. Lloyd was unable to complete her senior year at the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio, due to financial difficulties. After raising her children and the death of her husband, she enrolled at The University of Findlay where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in 2000 at the age of 74. 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.

ArchLink - August 2010  

Greetings, Alumni! In This Issue: With Oiler Pride! 1000 North Main St., Findlay, Ohio 45840 Phone: 1-800-472-9502 Fax: 419-434-4822 ~~Dee D...

ArchLink - August 2010  

Greetings, Alumni! In This Issue: With Oiler Pride! 1000 North Main St., Findlay, Ohio 45840 Phone: 1-800-472-9502 Fax: 419-434-4822 ~~Dee D...