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February 2010 Phone: 1-800-472-9502

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Welcome to ArchLink! Greetings, alumni! The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations has been busy coordinating alumni events for the upcoming months. March consists of alumni receptions in Florida, and basketball player Randy Kortokrax ’89 will be inducted into the NAIA National Hall of Fame on March 16 in Kansas City, Mo. Kortokrax will be the fourth Oilers basketball player to be inducted into this prestigious group. Herk Wolfe ’54 and twins Jim Carder ’68 and Jerry Carder ’68 are the other three honored players. And, the 12th Annual Alumni and Friends of Findlay College/The University of Findlay Brunch will be held March 26 prior to the start of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Boys’ State Basketball Tournament in Columbus. In Florida, George and Shirlee Whitson, who are very dedicated and supportive of The University of Findlay, will be hosting a very special reception to honor Dr. DeBow Freed for his years of outstanding service as president of your alma mater! This reception will be on Saturday, March 6, from 4:30-7 p.m. at The Lighthouse Waterfront Restaurant, 14301 Port Comfort Road, Fort Myers, Fla. If you live or winter in Florida, or plan to visit in early March, please contact us! We would love to include you in our Florida events, including a chance to see UF’s baseball team in action! Please find listed below additional information on the events we have planned. Of course you can always get updated information and register for events online at, Keyword: Alumni. 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. Oilers Sports 6. Alumni Support 7. FYI Campus Newsletter 8. Spread the Word…

1. What’s Happening on Campus? The search for a new president for The University of Findlay is progressing on schedule. Dr. C. Richard Beckett, chair of the Board of Trustees and of the search committee, said that the search committee met Jan. 22 to begin to select candidates whose backgrounds and experience seem especially consistent with the qualities and qualifications established for the Findlay presidency. Beckett said the committee will meet again in mid-February to select a small number of candidates who will be invited to confidential preliminary interviews in late February. From that pool, Dr. DeBow Freed candidates will be selected for on-campus visits. Beckett invites those with questions to direct them to him through Meg Flemion ( in the president’s office. The presidential search profile includes an overview of the institution, an list of the attributes desired in a new president and agenda items for the new presidency. Visitors may access the document. Click here to go to the home page, and click on the “Presidential Profile” icon at left. The University’s Global Economic Summit is 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Winebrenner Theological Seminary. An opening keynote by Roy Armes, CEO and president of Cooper Tire Co., and three additional sessions featuring a variety of panelists will examine how important global business is in creating local opportunities for our region through global linkages, especially in an uncertain economic environment. The summit is open to all, and there is no cost to attend. The event is sponsored by Findlay Publishing Co., GreaterFindlay Inc., the Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Rocket Ventures and the University. For more details, click here. The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will perform Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in Winebrenner Theological Seminary. The performance is part of Winterfest 2010: Gaining a Global Perspective, Becoming a Global Citizen. Winterfest is a series of events planned through Feb. 26. Call the UF Box Office at 419-4345335 for tickets.

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra performed Jan. 29 on campus with guest pianist Nareh Arghamanyan.

The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present its second annual pops concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Latin Fire is the theme of the program, and the bands will perform pieces influenced by Spanish and Latin American dance music. The performance will feature recording artist and professional trumpeter Ric Wolkins of Toledo. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Call the UF Box Office at 419-434-5335. UF’s vocal music and theatre programs will present “The Pajama Game” at 8 p.m. Feb. 17-20 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in the John and Hester Powell Grimm Theatre. “The Pajama Game” portrays the battle over a 7 1/2-cent raise between management and labor at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. Amidst the conflict, a romance develops between the new factory superintendent, Sid, and the leader of the union grievance committee, Babe. A 20-piece live orchestra will be featured. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Call the Box Office at 419-434-5335 for tickets.

In recognition of Black History Month, The University of Findlay hosted Jefferson Thomas, a member of the historic Little Rock Nine, Feb. 2. Thomas made history on Sept. 25, 1957, when he and eight other high school students risked their lives to attend Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. Confronted by a hostile crowd and escorted by the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne, they shouldered the burden of integrating a then-segregated public school system. For more information, click here.

Dr. DeBow Freed, UF president, addressed those assembled for the Martin Luther King observance at Trinity Episcopal Church Jan. 15.

“Testament,” a sculpture of the Little Rock Nine, stands at the state capitol in Little Rock, Ark.

The University partnered again this year with the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center to organize the 6th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Walk and program Jan. 15. Participants walked from Trinity Episcopal Church to Dorney Plaza for a prayer, led by UF student Robert Braylock, and brief reflection. The group returned to the church to listen to guest speaker Rev. Juan Salinas. The UF Anointed Worship Gospel Choir sang, and both Dr. DeBow Freed and Almar Walter, director of intercultural student services, spoke.

The results are in, and The University of Findlay is at the top of Sodexo’s Helping Hands Across America campus competition. The University, with its dining service, Sodexo, participated in Helping Hands Across America Nov. 12 in a nationwide attempt to break the Guinness® World Record for the largest food drive by a non-charitable organization in a 24-hour period. Findlay collected 17,825 pounds of food during the event, with help from student, faculty, staff and community members and businesses. The University of New England – Biddeford came in second with 15,058 pounds of food collected. All of the donated food was given to Chopin Hall (Christians Helping Other People in Need) in Findlay after items were counted and recorded. Click here for details. New signage at the University is making it easier for visitors to navigate campus. Four new signs have been erected directing visitors to the Koehler Complex, Davis Street Building and the admissions and financial aid offices. Those signs are located at Morey Avenue and Davis Street, Cory Street and Swing Avenue, Trenton Avenue and Cory Street and on the west side of the admissions and financial aid offices. Return to top

2. Academic Update

Visitors and students will be able to find their way around campus easier with the aid of new directional signs.

The University of Findlay will present a senior art show Feb. 8-19 in the Lea Gallery, located in the Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion. An artists’ reception will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the gallery. The gallery will be open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through the duration of the exhibit. Six artists will be featured: Allison Bowers of Macedonia; David Budke of Cincinnati; Amanda Chaszar of Amherst; Erin Craig of Lorain; Audra Dundore of Defiance; and Megan Hall of Ney. Works include photography, painting, drawing, digital design, printmaking and ceramics.

Three seniors at the University are helping a local 24hour Marathon gas station make some changes that not only help the environment but also save the station owners money. Marathon Oil Co. approached Timothy Murphy, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental safety and occupational health management, for help in generating ideas to “green” existing stations. The project became an assignment for three students enrolled in an advanced topics course, taught by James Jaffe, J.D., assistant professor of environmental safety and health management, in the fall of 2009. Click here to read about the students’ research and results in the Jan. 29 issue of FYI.

Dr. James Jaffe, Seth Hartings, Jeff Linstedt, Kelly Walter, Dr. Tim Murphy and Henry Matthews, Marathon engineer.

According to Chris Sippel, coordinator of international education, 18 students from Chinju National University of Education in South Korea traveled more than 15 hours by plane for a month-long academic exchange that began when they arrived in Findlay on Jan. 19. The exchange is a new cooperative program between The University of Findlay and Chinju, and Sippel says that this first program is, hopefully, the steppingstone to a longterm relationship between the universities. While in Findlay, the students are participating in an English language enrichment program, and they observe elementary classes in three schools within Findlay’s school district. The Chinju students also have been paired with 16 student ambassadors in UF’s College of Education. With the ambassadors, the students participate A blindfolded Korean student experi- in planned activities as well as social activities during free ences techniques for teaching the time. The Chinju students also visit UF classrooms and attend visually impaired in a class taught by seminars. They will leave Findlay on Feb. 18. Click here to Susans Brooks, assistant professor of read more about the students’ visit in the Jan. 29 issue of FYI. education. Broadway star Sutton Foster performed on campus Jan. 31 to an enthusiastic, sold-out crowd and spent some time with students Feb. 1. Foster’s Broadway credits include “Shrek the Musical” as Princess Fiona, “Young Frankenstein” as Inga, “The Drowsy Chaperone” as Janet Van de Graaff and “Little Women” as Jo. Foster has earned four Tony nominations, winning Best Leading Actress in a Musical in 2002 for Millie Dillmount in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” She most recently appeared in “Shrek the Musical,” which closed after more than a yearlong run on Jan. 3. For more details, click here. Return to Top

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

Homecoming 2010

Tony Award winner Sutton Foster performed for a packed house Jan. 31, accompanied by Grammy-nominated musical director Phil Reno.

Upcoming Events Feb. 27 March 1 March 3 March 4 March 6 March 26 April 16 April 17 May 1 June 26 Aug. 15

Alumni Reception, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Conference; Hyatt Regency, Columbus, Ohio, 5 p.m. Findlay in Florida – UF Baseball; Winter Haven, Fla., noon Findlay in Florida – Bradenton Area Alumni Dinner, 6-8 p.m. Findlay in Florida – Tampa/St. Petersburg Alumni Dinner, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Findlay in Florida – Reception honoring President Freed; Fort Myers, Fla., 4:30-7:30 p.m. OHSAA Boys’ State Basketball Tournament Breakfast; Fawcett Center, Columbus, Ohio, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Spring Thing Jazz Evening; The University of Findlay, Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, 7-9 p.m. Alumni Reception and Dinner; Kalahari Resort & Waterpark, Sandusky, Ohio, 6-8 p.m. Baccalaureate, Ritz Auditorium, 10:30 a.m.; Commencement Brunch, Alumni Memorial Union, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement; Koehler Fitness & Recreation Complex, 2 p.m. Cedar Point Oilers Alumni Day Oilers Night with the Mudhens

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. Join The University of Findlay alumni and friends for a fun weekend at Kalahari Waterpark Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio, April 17. An alumni dinner reception is planned for Saturday, April 17, from 6-8 p.m. Dinner is $10 for each adult, $7 for children ages 5-12 and children 4 and under are free. The Alumni Board of Governors and President DeBow Freed will be there to greet you. Just for the kids, our STAR group is planning special Kalahari-themed crafts and activities after dinner so you can relax and mingle with other alumni. • To register for the event, please go to, Keyword: Kalahari. • Overnight accommodations must be arranged by calling reservations at 1-877-525-2427. Be sure to reference The University of Findlay Alumni Association for a special rate of $154 each night. You do not need to stay both nights to receive the special rate. • Each night includes four waterpark passes. Each extra pass is $20 per person. • Please make your hotel accommodations before our block reservation expires on March 25, 2010. If you’re in Florida during the first week of March, check out these upcoming events. Dee Dee Spraw ’00, director of alumni and parent relations, will host events and provide an update on the University.

Winter Haven/Orlando Area Alumni Gathering/UF Oilers baseball team in spring training Monday, March 1, noon Doubleheader, Chain of Lakes #2 500 Cletus Allen Drive, Winter Haven

Bradenton Area Alumni Dinner Wednesday, March 3, 6-8 p.m. Anna Maria Oyster Bar, 6696 Cortez Road, Bradenton

Tampa/St. Petersburg Area Alumni Dinner Thursday, March 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Hurricane, 807 Gulf Way, St. Petersburg Beach Fort Myers, Fla., reception to honor President DeBow Freed Hosted by George and Shirlee Whitson, along with David Ferguson, vice president for development, and Dee Dee Spraw ’00, director of alumni and parent relations, the reception will celebrate Dr. Freed’s accomplishments and provide an update on the University. Saturday, March 6, 4:30-7 p.m. The Lighthouse Waterfront Restaurant, 14301 Port Comfort Road, Fort Myers

Click here for more information and to register for these Florida events. Women and men alumni basketball players returned to The University of Findlay for a reception on Jan. 23, 2010. Children of returning alumni participated in “I Want Candy” and a balloon relay activity during halftime of the women’s and men’s games. Derrick the Oiler stopped by the VIP room to visit with the children.

Students in the NMI graduating certificate class and NMI faculty.

Derrick the Oiler with

The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations Jake and Ali, children was on hand for the certificate graduation of Marc ’99 and Erika (Stemmer ’00) Bishop. ceremony for the Nuclear Medicine Institute (NMI) on Jan. 8, 2010. Each graduate received a certificate of completion along with a NMI/UF lapel pin. The ceremony recognized 21 members of the graduating class. The NMI, sponsored by The University of Findlay, is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology to offer a certificate program. This certificate program constitutes the senior year of the nuclear medicine major at UF and is accepted toward completion of the degree program. For more information, click here.

Candee Ellsworth ’97, conservation coordinator in the Department of Conservation and Research at the Toledo Zoological Gardens, reports an unlikely encounter with a fellow UF alum. She was working in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during October and November 2009, where she was radio-tracking Cuban boas. After a late night civilian flight out of Ft. Lauderdale that mostly contractors and military on vacation take, Ellsworth was bused to a ferry landing where a boat took the passengers to accommodations on other side of the bay. In the boat around 11:30 p.m., tired from a day of traveling, she started a conversation Candee Ellsworth ’97 and Chriswith one of her fellow passengers and found she knew him from topher Fryzel ’98 handle a boa The University of Findlay. Christopher Fryzel ’98, of Holland, constrictor that was being studied.

Ohio, who works for TolTest, was going to oversee some projects. Ellsworth’s job was tracking and monitoring four mature, gravid female boas. “I needed to bring in the females and wait for them to give birth,” she said. “We wanted to get the reproductive data, and implant some of the neonates to track, also. I took Chris out tracking boas, and he helped me carry one of the big girls out. We had great fun reuniting in the most unlikely place.” She needed a large box to put the females in while she was waiting for them to give birth. “He had some of his Toltest guys build me a nice enclosure. One of the boas had her babies, and we made good use of the enclosure,” she said. Register now for online social networking. If you have not yet registered for the Findlay Oiler Alumni Connection, please do so today by visiting, Keyword: Alumni connections. We are here to support your continued success and your lifelong connection to your alma mater.

Congratulations Newlyweds:

Rick & Bethany (Blue ’87) Gable, married Nov. 7, 2009

Welcome UF Newest Little Oilers:

Paul & Brianne (Warnecke ’01) Minter Baby boy, Paul Andrew Jr., born Jan. 20, 2010 Tobias ’94 & Nathalie von Neubronner Baby girl, Ariane Viveka Marguerite, born June 30, 2009 Return to Top

4. Alumni Spotlight Rick Gross ’83 Rick Gross, who has served for the past 10 years as the principal of Bath High School, reports that Bath High School in Lima, Ohio, recently was named “One of the Best High Schools in the Nation” by U.S. News & World Report. He noted that the school has never missed an academic point on the grade card during his tenure and has been honored with an “Excellence” award every year by the Ohio Department of Education by exceeding all state standards. After graduating from Findlay College with honors, Gross Rick Gross ’83 taught science at Colonel Crawford High School and then at Elmwood High School, where he coached several all-state athletes in football, wrestling and track. He earned numerous awards as a teacher, including being named Northwest Teacher of Ohio, receiving the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and was invited to speak at local and state conventions. In addition, he presented at the National Education Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. After earning a master’s degree in educational administration from Bowling Green State University, he was named assistant principal and athletic director at Elmwood High School, where

he was instrumental in organizing a strategic plan to raise several thousand dollars necessary to retain athletic and academic programs. He was honored by the Elmwood School District with a “Rick Gross Day” and presented with a plaque of gratitude. He went on to become the K-12 principal of New Riegel Schools for two years before serving as principal at Fostoria High School for four years. He also served as an adjunct professor at BGSU. In addition, Gross has served on numerous boards during his education career. Gross emphasized that he is very passionate about The University of Findlay and greatly appreciates the outstanding education he received from his professors. He said that one of his most cherished awards is being honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by The University of Findlay in 1998. Recruited to play football by the legendary former head coach Dick Strahm and Dean Pees (most recently defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots and now the new linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens), Gross had an outstanding football career playing linebacker for the Oilers and also was a member of the 1979 national championship team. Gross and his wife, Kris, who works at the University of Northwestern Ohio, have four children: three daughters, Blake, a sophomore at The Ohio State University; Jessica, a senior at Bath High School, who is planning to attend The University of Findlay next fall; and Mallory, a seventh-grader at Bath Middle School; and a son, Bo, a fifth-grader, also at Bath Middle School. Return to Top

5. Oiler Sports The Oilers men’s basketball team is ranked 23rd in the nation with a 16-3 record. The team has won 13 straight games as of Feb. 1 and has captured 87 straight regular season home victories. Overall, Findlay has won 49 straight games in Croy Gymnasium, counting tournament play. On the season, junior guard Nathan Hyde is leading the team in scoring at 15.6 points per game, the seventh best total in the GLIAC. Nathan Hyde The Oilers women’s basketball team is 15-4 on the season, the best start since the 1999-2000 team, which finished with a 27-4 record. The team is looking for its first GLIAC turnament appearance since the 2000-01 campaign. On the season, sophomore guard Laura Bardall and senior guard Audra Mihalic are leading the charge at 15.8 and 15.1 points per game respectively. Laura Bardall

Freshman Maddie Bell, a member of the women’s swimming and diving team, broke the school record in the one-meter dive on Jan. 30 at Wayne State University with 391.70 points. Bell’s mark qualifies for the NCAA Division II National Championship in Canton, Ohio, on March 10-13. Maddie Bell

Justin Shannon

The Roughnecks wrestling team is ranked 15th in the nation and is being led by senior Justin Shannon who has a 27-4 record on the year. Shannon is ranked fourth nationally in the 174-pound weight class.

Sophomore Curtis Smithey ran a 48.75 time in the 400-meter dash on Jan. 30 at the Findlay Classic, the second fastest time in the nation. In addition, sophomore Derrick Vicars threw a NCAA automatic-qualifying mark of 57’02.00 in the shot put at the same event, the fourth-best mark nationally. He also set a new school record in the process. Check out Oilers sports at Return to Top

6. Alumni Support

Curtis Smithey

Do You Know… that effective January 1, 2010, there is a change in estate taxes and in the rules when you inherit from an estate? Will your estate plan that you made previous to 2010 still provide for your family and loved ones as you intend? How will you be impacted if you receive an inheritance from an estate? Click here to read “Will New Tax Laws Affect My Estate Plan?” Discover how your plans may be affected and where to go for help if you need it. Click here for other articles about wills, retirement planning and more. In conjunction with the 125th Endowed Funds Drive, two new scholarships have been created. The goal of the endowed fund drive is to create 125 new endowed funds for student scholarship, faculty development and program development. Thus far, 83 new funds totaling more than $6.3 million have been created. • The family of Lois A. Foltz established the Lois Annabelle Foltz Memorial Scholarsip Endowment Fund. Recipients must be undergraduate students majoring in a program in the College of Health Professions or students majoring in an undergraduate licensure program in the College of Education. Recipients must be in their sophomore, junior or senior year, with a 3.25 GPA or better. • The Janet R. January ’64 Scholarship Endowment Fund was established in her honor by her children: Sara Hingson ’93, M ’96, Scott Hingson, Bonnie ’91 and Barry Hamilton, and Susan and Mark ’88 Marshall, and their families. She is the owner/operator of January Accounting and Tax Services in Findlay. Recipients must be full-time students majoring in accounting and have attended a high school in Findlay or Hancock County, Ohio. Recipients must be in their Cindy Lahey, executive administrasophomore, junior or senior year with at least a 3.5 GPA. tive assistant for the vice president of Return to Top

7. FYI Campus Newsletter

development, presented a panoramic photo of campus to Janet January ’64. A framed photo is presented for each endowment established during the 125th Endowed Funds campaign.

Want to know what is happening on campus between ArchLink issues? UF has a bi-weekly 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 know other alumni who would like to receive ArchLink, please forward this message. If you received ArchLink from another alum and would like to sign up for it, you may click here to fill out a form or e-mail your name, graduation year, major and home address to archlink@findlay. edu. 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. The University of Findlay 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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With Oiler Pride! ~~Dee Dee Spraw ’00, M’07, director, Alumni & Parent Relations 1. What’s Happening On Campus? 2. Academic Update 3. Al...