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Vol. 97, No. 1, Fall 2010
10 Life Lessons
Shaped by Service
Professor Diana Montague’s Reflections on Academic Service-Learning
Findlay magazine is published by The University of Findlay. It is mailed free of charge to alumni and friends of the University twice a year.
Katherine Fell, Ph.D.
Vice President for Development: David P. Ferguson
Director of Public Information: Suzanne Wilcox English M ‘09
Managing Editor and Photographer: Anne Risser Lee
Charlene J. Hankinson M ‘09 Brianna (Martin) Patterson ’03, M ’07
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations: Dee Dee Spraw ’00, M ’07
Alumni Board of Governors
Strengthening Her Serve
A Work of Heart
Stefanie Lauer ’11
Joan Brubaker Martineau ’69 Seasoned Educator in Haiti
Elected Representatives (3-year terms) Jennnifer Beall-Harp ’98 Ronald Cable ’64 Paul Calendrillo ’71 Debra (Prichard) Ebert ’89 Robin (Shanaberger) Hopkins ’01 Keith Mohr ’67 Jason Myers ’03 Anthony Slappy ’90 James Taylor ’72
Appointed Representatives (2-year terms) Marcy Banner ’93 Barbara (Balcik) Buford ’90 Peter Dalpiaz ’08 Matthew Maglicic ’92 Richard Malcolm ’55 Michael Murphy ’72 Jennia (Jenkins) Knestrick ’94 Scott Zahler ’99
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Cynthia Moorhead, Head Coach IHSA Western Equestrian Team
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President: Julie (Dean) McIntosh ’90 Vice President: Susan Hite ’87 Secretary: Jason Myers ’03 Past President: Cam Lea (Roberts) Taylor ’67
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Alumni Trustees Robert Fry Susan Hite ’87 Representatives to Trustee Committees Business Affairs: Ron Cable ’64 Development: Jennifer Beall-Harp ’98 Student Services: Julie (Dean) McIntosh ’90 Instruction: Susan Hite ’87
In May, the entire UF community celebrated with members of the Class of 2010 as they walked out through the Griffith Memorial Arch. Graduate Joe Knopick of Edinburg, Ohio, GLIAC conference football player of the year, was featured in the Akron Suburbanite as he was hired to teach eighth-grade history and serve as an assistant football and wrestling coach. Joe said assistant football coaches Kory Allen and Kelly Cummings “taught me … how to be a leader by setting the pace and giving full effort no matter what,” while strength and conditioning coach Chad Wagner “instilled in me a level of work ethic and discipline that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”
I am optimistic about who we, The University of Findlay, will be because of who we are.
n my first days as a member of this community, I have discovered that all my hunches about the wonderful people on campus were well founded. The faculty and staff are optimistic, friendly and devoted to the mission of equipping students for meaningful lives and productive careers. The students themselves are joyful in class, on the field and in the Cave (where you can get an amazing chicken Caesar wrap). UF alumni are perhaps our best measure of whether we deliver on our promise to provide students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed. The alumni I have met in Findlay and beyond — Columbus, Chicago, Houston — speak of their time at Findlay as transformative. They found strengths they did not know they had because faculty and staff knew them and taught them as individuals. They enjoy lifelong friendships with professors, coaches, ministers and other campus mentors. The brightness of our future depends on our remaining true to this time-tested UF trademark — attention to each student. In our six colleges and 60 majors, every student matters to every one of us.
Those skills translate to his position with the Jackson School District: “I used the leadership qualities I developed as a captain, and translated them to the classroom. … [the district has] a standard of excellence in athletics and academics, and I hope to add to that once I’m here.” Dual biology and pre-vet major Katy LeVon, a native of Plattsburgh, N.Y., said UF “has prepared me for the good and the bad sides of veterinary medicine by … allowing me to take courses with topics like ethics, problem solving, case studies and much more. … UF has taught me to continue to be openminded about my future, work hard toward my dreams and never give up.” Katy begins at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine this fall – another dream achieved. Our greatest joy has always been and will always be the success of each of our students. Long before other institutions dared, The University of Findlay opened its curriculum to new ideas in order to better prepare students for the 21st century. At the same time, UF has wisely held fast to a broad and deep liberal arts foundation for all its curricular programs. This powerful twopronged approach will define our future. We will be a people dedicated to the high calling of teaching and learning.
Dr. Katherine Fell, President www.findlay.edu
SERVICE By Suzanne Wilcox English M ’09 Photography by Anne Risser Lee, Mat Marrash ’08 and Rebecca Cross
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“I am a firm believer in any type of service. You can learn any time you step out and get your hands dirty for someone else,” said Crystal Weitz, Campus Compact Center coordinator.
“It’s a continuum, and one [type of learning] is not better than the other. There is learning that goes on; it’s maybe just not as immediate” as when a reflection is held soon afterward, Weitz said.
The Campus Compact Center is a clearinghouse for service on the Findlay campus; the center serves as a link between the campus and the community, and Weitz works with faculty, staff, students and community partners to arrange for service opportunities.
Academic service-learning is increasing at UF; faculty members reported incorporating it into six classes ranging from Therapeutic Relationships to Japanese to Principles of Speech in fall 2009, resulting in 1,945 academic servicelearning hours involving 143 students. “I think the faculty we work with see the value and keep doing it, and then others see the value. Since I’ve been here, our center is really trying to develop more mutually beneficial relationships, so that the University’s community partners are respected as partners in education, and receive worthwhile service while the students learn,” Weitz said.
While all service is valuable, service is typically divided into three categories: Academic service-learning, a form of experiential education in which students engage in meaningful service and reflect on it in a way that is integrated into their curriculum; co-curricular servicelearning, in which students reflect on their service and the social justice or societal issues it addresses; and volunteerism, which typically does not include reflection but its impact may be realized even years later.
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“We have a wonderful relationship with the University as well as Campus Compact,” said Marti Price, executive director
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of Chopin (Christians Helping Other People in Need) Hall in Findlay. Price ticked off a list of partnerships: UF hosts and staffs mobile food pantries each year; students in occupational therapy classes serve a couple of days at the hall; students in a Technical Communication class designed a brochure for Chopin Hall; and freshman students work each year at Chopin Hall during orientation weekend, when teams of students volunteer at nearly 50 different community organizations, before they even set foot in a UF classroom. And beginning this fall, UF’s new AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) is volunteering five hours a week at Chopin Hall. “It really is incredible to have such a collaborative relationship with such a big organization as UF,” Price said. The students benefit tremendously as well: “It brings in the intergenerational aspect, the socioeconomic aspect and the service aspect. A lot of the students get their eyes opened. The poor are not who they thought they would be; they are elderly, children and families.”
It’s that kind of partnering between UF and the community that Weitz seeks to grow. “I concentrate on making relationships mutually beneficial,” she said. “Designing those partnerships is really fun — it’s creative. We meet with students, faculty and with community partners who don’t have an entry into UF, and try to meet those needs.” Weitz said she hopes that UF students will have a good experience with service so they graduate as engaged citizens. She encourages students to use their service opportunities to develop “soft skills,” such as learning to communicate with people from different backgrounds and of different abilities — skills that will always be valuable to them. UF has a strong tradition of service of all kinds: During the 2008-2009 academic year, students engaged in 13,373 hours of service.
“You can learn any time you step out and get your hands dirty for someone else.”
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Mobile Food Pantry
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Those kinds of statistics have helped The University of Findlay to a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, awarded for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities, for the second consecutive year. In addition, the University took the top spot in a nationwide food drive competition among universities served by Sodexo. UF’s faculty, staff and students, assisted by community members, collected 17,825 pounds of food in 24 hours in Sodexo’s Helping Hands Across America campus competition — which then went to Chopin Hall. While the accolades are nice, Weitz notes that they are joint efforts between UF and the community, not the work of the center alone. Weitz sees her proudest accomplishment as the development or continuation of a passion for service in students. “It isn’t a major; it’s something that they choose to do. To see them take their time and invest in someone else, selflessly” gives her tremendous satisfaction. “We have increased those opportunities, the opportunities to serve, and what they do is amazing.”
An Honor to Serve The University of Findlay was selected in 2010 to a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to the community for a second consecutive year by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Launched in 2006, this is the highest federal recognition for servicelearning and civic engagement. UF was first in the nation among universities served by Sodexo for collecting 17,825 pounds of food in Sodexo’s “Helping Hands Across America,” a nationwide food drive during a 24-hour period held Nov. 12, 2009. Students, faculty, staff and community members and businesses donated food during the drive, which was then given to Chopin Hall (Christians Helping Other People in Need). The University of Findlay was recognized in 2010 as a Promise Place with America’s Promise Alliance. The Promise Place designation identifies the University as an organization that provides five developmental resources, or promises, that young people need for success in life: caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education and opportunities to help others. Findlay was named a Military-Friendly School for 2010 by G.I. Jobs magazine. UF is among the top 15 percent of more than 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students, and was included in the annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools.”
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Life Lessons By Diana Montague, Ph.D. Professor of Communication
Food distributions, a campaign to collect books for children, even Halloween parade security detail — over the years these seemingly disparate activities have found their way into my courses to help students learn about cultural theories, public relations techniques and leadership skills through academic service-learning.
In academic service-learning, a method of experiential learning, one or more specific course goals are addressed through service to the community, and part of the assignment includes deliberate reflection about what learning took place. I get a wide scope of responses from my students when they find out they’ll be doing academic service-learning. Those who have been doing community service for years are delighted to have the opportunity to do more service and tie it into their school work. A few mutter under their breath, but trudge through the “crazy lady’s” outside assignment. Some are scared to death to go to an unfamiliar agency and work with “strangers.” This range of initial attitudes provides a rich foundation for any pre-assignment discussions, regardless of the course goals we’ve defined: Why do some of you enjoy service? Why
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would some of you rather eat glass than work with strangers? What do you think you need to know before you venture into this new experience? The variety of “first thoughts” also serves as “historical perspective” when we reflect on the learning after the project: What communication skills were critical for success in this project? What stereotypes did you have about people who use the services of our agencies? Where did these images come from? What do you know about yourself now that you didn’t know before? Yes, my students are learning about research methods, communication techniques and personal value acquisition through service, but academic service-learning often provides “bonus lessons” beyond curricular goals. Often students reflect on the bounty of their own lives as they observe generational
“ True academic service-learning is transformational — it changes people. It enlightens our students and builds our communities. It enriches us as teachers and humbles us as human beings.”
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poverty, behavior patterns and work ethics different from their own, and family challenges for which there are no easy answers. They see good and bad, redemptive and crestfallen, appreciative and ungrateful. Service-learning is messy sometimes, but so is real life. One of my most memorable experiences with academic service-learning was in a first-year seminar I team-taught with Don Collins for 12 years. While Don and I worked with several Findlay organizations throughout our tenure together, our most developed and rewarding partnership was with the local Salvation Army’s Kids Club. On Thursday afternoons our firstyear students helped children make crafts, learn computer skills, acquire table manners at dinner and develop sportsmanship in gym games. Our students were positive role models for children who had few in their lives. The children knew all our students
by name and would cling to the college students when they arrived each week. This experience at the Salvation Army had an indelible impact on our students. For some, this was an initiation into dealing with people from different socio-economic backgrounds and family structures; for all, the experience brought into sharp focus the responsibility they have as adults: children take behavioral and language cues from adults, so make sure you’re sending the right message. My students didn’t realize how “wise” they looked to the children. In academic service-learning, teachers have to give up some control over the parameters of the learning process when students venture beyond the hallowed classroom. (That can be a hard pill to swallow for control freaks like me.) We have to admit that not all questions have answers, that there are many teachers outside the classroom, and sometimes those who teach the most indelible lessons are found where we least expect it: in long lines at food banks, amidst a group of retired folks sorting donated clothing, in a story circle of restless 7-year-olds. Academic service-learning is not just transactional — “I give you service, you benefit from it, I fulfill a requirement of my class.” True academic service-learning is transformational — it changes people. It enlightens our students and builds our communities. It enriches us as teachers and humbles us as human beings. It allows us to deeply connect our structured classroom learning to the unpredictable “real world,” which is why we’re here in the first place.
By Brianna (Martin ) Patterson ’03, M ’07
During freshman orientation, Gibsonburg native Stefanie Lauer and her roommate were invited by a student orientation leader to attend a physics club meeting. The pair accepted the invitation, and Lauer’s involvement both on and off campus has grown each year since.
The adolescent/young adult English education major, who will graduate in May 2011, quickly became involved not only with campus organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Campus Compact and Students for Alumni Relations (STAR) but also with community programs such as volunteering at Chopin Hall and mentoring at Glenwood Middle School and Washington Intermediate School in Findlay.
Lauer enjoys the service component of the organizations with which she is involved. “It’s a way to give back and make Findlay my home,” she said. “It’s rewarding to see the direct impact of what I do.”
Lauer’s commitment to service earned her the Undergraduate Campus Compact Award for Outstanding Service to Community in April. The award is given to an undergraduate student who excels in demonstrating and modeling volunteerism and service learning both on and off campus. “Stefanie makes a difference through her dedication and commitment to volunteerism,” said Crystal Weitz, coordinator of Campus Compact. “She is a strong leader who exemplifies the ethic of service.” Because of Lauer’s involvement with the physics club, the group earned an award for an after-school program members completed during the 2009-10 academic year. Lauer was a student member of the Campus Compact board of directors, and because student interest was so high, Campus Compact created a separate student organization, of which Lauer also is a member.
Because of her involvement with Campus Compact, Lauer was inspired to start a Circle K student organization, which is affiliated with the local
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Kiwanis Club. With the help of Rachel Powell, UF’s 2009-2010 AmeriCorps VISTA, Lauer was instrumental in getting the new student organization up and running with 35 members in its first year. Circle K members complete a service project during each meeting, and in March alone, members logged 700 service hours. Lauer hopes that when she graduates, the younger members will take responsibility and help the organization continue to grow.
“It’s a way to give back and make Findlay my home.” Circle K members are planning a dance marathon in January to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, and members visit Birchaven Retirement Village and assist residents there. As a member of STAR, Lauer assists the Office of Alumni and Parent
Relations with keeping in touch with alumni. “The alumni are great … I get to hear their stories and meet their families,” she said.
Through Habitat for Humanity, Lauer said she has learned life skills that she would otherwise not have learned. She even helped her father lay a new kitchen floor at her parents’ home after working on several Habitat for Humanity houses in Findlay and during spring break trips.
Lauer said that participating in service activities gives her “something that I can take into the classroom with my future students.” She has appreciated the lasting friendships she’s created and looks forward to maintaining contact with those friends after graduation. Service “gives me a way to give back,” said Lauer. She encourages other students to seek out opportunities to get involved. “Everyone is welcome … They’re some of the most accepting groups because everyone wants to help!”
Serving and Learning Clockwise, left to right:
Lauer nails soffit vents to one of the many homes she has worked on as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. During Family Weekend last fall, Lauer and another volunteer for Students for Alumni Relations (STAR) painted kids’ faces at the Child Equestrian Complex. Lauer was rewarded for her efforts with the Undergraduate Campus Compact Award for Outstanding Service to Community in April. Rachel Powell, UF’s 2009-2010 AmeriCorps VISTA, presented Lauer with the award.
Photography by Anne Risser Lee and Crystal Weitz
A Work of
HEART By Charlene Hankinson M ’09
Joan Brubaker Martineau ’69 trained as an elementary teacher at then-Findlay College, and has spent more than 40 years using her skills and knowledge to serve the educational needs of the people of Haiti. “My parents, Ivan and Louise Brubaker, raised me to believe that God had a plan for each of us,” she said, noting that mission work was emphasized both by them and her home church, Ohio City Church of God. Martineau followed her sister, Karen Brubaker Snyder ’61, in attending Findlay College. “For me, it was the ONLY school to attend,” Martineau stated. “Dr. Jerry Mallett was the best thing to happen to me! He was an awesome teacher and enabled me through many avenues to become a teacher.”
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During her senior year at Findlay she learned that an elementary teacher was needed for the three youngest children of James and Leona Wallace, who founded the Church of God missionary work in Borel, Haiti. “I decided that this was part of God’s plan for my life – I was an elementary teacher and I knew God could use me,” she said. Arriving in Haiti after graduating, she taught in several venues before accepting a position as a first-grade teacher with the Quisqueya Christian School (QCS), an international school that follows the American school curriculum. During her nearly 31 years at QCS, she served as elementary principal, middle school principal, dean of students, and last, director. “The parents and students, representing over 25 countries, became a deep part of my life,” Martineau recalled. Martineau advanced her own education by earning a master’s degree in Christian school administration from Grace Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind. In 1972, she married Gerald Martineau, a Haitian banker, who passed away in 2000. She has two daughters. Jennifer lives in Savannah, Ga., with her son, Devin, and Lori lives in Haiti. Resigning from QCS in December 2005, Martineau joined the Mission of Hope in September 2006. Serving the Haitian people near Titanyen, the mission includes a children’s home, a school, a church, a clinic and a hospital. It also is affiliated with HaitiOne, an alliance of community Christian agencies. Her responsibilities include teacher training and curriculum development for the Mission of Hope School, which serves about 1,200 students in kindergarten through high school. She is in the process of writing the curriculum for all grades and subjects, according to the standards of the
Haitian government. Called “Mwen Kapab,” meaning “I can” in Creole, the curriculum is written in French, the official language of Haiti. She has completed the curriculum for the kindergarten program, which is used by the Mission of Hope School and 15 other schools. The Mission of Hope website at www.missionofhopehaiti.org describes the Christian school curriculum as “culturally appropriate, biblically and educationally sound to prepare young Haitian Christian citizens.” Like everything else in Haiti, the Mission of Hope School was effected by the earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010. The school was closed for three months, opening again in April, with the term ending the middle of August. The devastation was far-reaching. “Everything in my life has been impacted by the earthquake,” Martineau commented. “I lost friends and many of my friends lost their businesses. The staff at the school lost their homes. Everyone was left traumatized! We are all working to move on and rebuild.” The mission truly has served as a beacon of hope for the Haitian people. In the aftermath of the earthquake, it distributed more than 6 million meals and 2,000 tents. More than 4,000 patients received medical treatment. “The mission itself continues to serve hundreds of injured and hurting people through the hospital and prosthetics clinic,” she noted. “My greatest joys all include the people living in Haiti,” Martineau ref lected. “I have the greatest respect for the resilient, strong, courageous, beautiful people. I am greatly blessed to have been able to learn from, live with and grow in my understanding about life through the Haitian people.”
“I am greatly blessed to have been able to learn from, live with and grow in my understanding about life through the Haitian people.”
By Brianna (Martin ) Patterson â€™03, M â€™07 Photography by Anne Risser Lee
In 2002, the University began incorporating a large-scale freshman service project into orientation weekend. Starting with service New students are sent in groups to various locations in the community to complete three-hour projects that include painting, cleaning, landscaping, organizing and helping non-profit organizations and churches with projects they otherwise would not be able to complete. The Campus Compact Center staff coordinates the project, with help from faculty and staff members from various campus departments.
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A growing tradition Over the years, the program has evolved. In its first year, 30 projects were completed. By 2010, projects have nearly doubled, with 59 being completed by incoming students. Projects have been completed each year since the program began in 2002, with the exception of 2007 because the city of Findlay was flooded, and transportation was not available to many parts of town. In 2002, students were assigned to groups according to a freshman seminar class in which they were enrolled. Faculty members who taught the courses served as group leaders for the service projects. Students were transported
to work sites by University vans driven by Residence Life staff members. Now, students are randomly assigned into groups using an organized system of colored wristbands, letters and numbers, and group leaders are UF administrators, faculty, staff, alumni and student orientation leader volunteers. Findlay City School buses are used to transport students to the many sites at which they volunteer. New students have completed hundreds of projects since the programâ€™s inception, but the ultimate goal of the orientation service projects has and will continue to be to connect first-year students with the community and with each other.
by the numbers: 8 years of service projects nearly 350 projects more than 4,800 volunteers approximately 14,500 volunteer hours
on Campus Carrothers Home renovation and new Student Recreation Center included in construction projects
The Carrothers Home, which houses UF’s presidents at 1115 N. Main St., is undergoing some major renovations, all of which were planned more than a year ago by University trustees. A two-story addition of a garage and master suite, a catering kitchen and outdoor entertaining areas are among the renovations. Across the street in the Koehler Complex, the new Student Recreation Center opened for student use in September. The center boasts a rock climbing wall, pool tables, racquetball courts and more.
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Findlay receives top marks in national rankings publications The University recently was recognized by both the Princeton Review and U.S.News and World Report in the organizations’ annual college and university rankings publications. The University of Findlay was named to the “A+ Schools for B Students,” a reflection of its emphasis on hands-on learning and one-on-one faculty mentoring, and was ranked by U.S.News and World Report as a top-tier Midwest university for the fifth consecutive year. The complete list of rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, appeared in the September issue of the U.S.News and World Report magazine, and is available online at www.usnews.com/colleges. Schools are ranked based on key measures of quality including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. The Princeton Review identified UF as one of the best colleges in the Midwest, also for the fifth consecutive year. Findlay is one of 152 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature, “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that posted Aug. 2, 2010, on PrincetonReview.com. For this project, The Princeton Review asked students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.
Christian Lecture Series Established in Honor of Dr. and Mrs. DeBow Freed The Dr. and Mrs. DeBow Freed Contemporary Christian Lecture Series, Exploring Values-Based Citizenship in a Pluralistic World, has been established by The University of Findlay, Winebrenner Theological Seminary and the Churches of God, General Conference, in honor of Dr. and Mrs. DeBow Freed. During his tenure as president at UF, which came to an end June 30, Freed strengthened the University’s ties with the Churches of God, General Conference. Dr. and Mrs. Freed have graced the University community with their gentleness and wisdom, their devotion to students and their commitment to excellence. Those who have come in contact with Dr. and Mrs. Freed have been inspired by the way they exemplify the values held by the three institutions – the University, Winebrenner Theological Seminary and the Churches of God, General Conference, which are institutions from the same lineage, yet unique in their missions and outlook. The Dr. and Mrs. DeBow Freed Contemporary Christian Lecture Series will invite nationally known speakers to explore
the nature of possible Christian responses to existing and emerging contemporary issues in an increasingly pluralistic world. This is a collaboration among The University of Findlay, Winebrenner Theological Seminary and the Churches of God, General Conference, which is intended to engender reflection, discussion and values-based action on the part of the students, faculty and staff of each sponsoring institution, as well as the broader community. The Contemporary Christian Lecture Series is funded by private financial support from donors of each institution.
Bodart, Lehman named to UF Board of Trustees John Bodart, vice president of North American tire manufacturing operations at Cooper Tire, and Mary McCallister Lehman, former educator, recently were elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of The University of Findlay. Bodart, a native of Fostoria, joined Cooper in 1986 and was named to his current position in 2009. Bodart has experience with the company in plant management, quality assurance, mold operations, tire testing and product development. He most recently worked as plant manager in Texarkana. Bodart is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo and a master’s degree from UF. Bodart resides in Findlay with his wife, Julie, and their two children. Lehman, a retired educator, serves as treasurer of Neptune Church of God, treasurer of West Central Ohio
School Foundation and is a member of the Churches of God, General Conference administrative council. While pursuing her teaching career, Lehman completed more than 40 hours of postgraduate work on learning theory, implementing computers in the classroom and educating the gifted. She held many leadership roles during her career. Following retirement, Lehman was a supervisor of preservice education students for Wright State University, Lake campus. She is active in the Neptune Church of God and serves a variety of roles there. Lehman earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Findlay, a master’s degree from Northern Michigan University and completed postgraduate work at Bowling Green State University, Baldwin-Wallace College, the University of Dayton and Wright State University. She resides in Mendon, Ohio. www.findlay.edu
on Campus UF and South Korean University partner to strengthen educators Four educators from The University of Findlay’s College of Education recently traveled to Chinju National University of Education in South Korea. Susan Brooks, assistant professor; Kim Forget, Ph.D., assistant professor; Connie Leatherman, director of field experience; and Julie McIntosh, Ed.D., dean, were invited to the South Korean campus to talk to students and practicing teachers about American education practices.
Johnnie Jackson ’07, Connie Leatherman, Susan Brooks, Dr. Kim of South Korea, the Chinju, Kim Forget, Ph.D, Julie McIntosh, Ed.D. and Chris Sippel during their experience at Chinju National University this summer.
Chris Sippel, coordinator of international education, arranged the trip. Chinju is a cooperative partner with The University of Findlay, and other UF representatives have visited in the past. In January, a group of students from Chinju visited the University and had the opportunity to listen to specially designed lectures and participate in classes taught by College of Education faculty members. While in South Korea, the four UF representatives gave an extensive presentation at the Gyungham Office of Education to approximately 60 in-service teachers. McIntosh offered a general overview of the American education system and how teachers are trained in the United States. She included a video, produced by the University’s Web and multimedia team, of a 18
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UF alumna teaching a kindergarten class during a typical day. “The South Korean teachers aren’t taught how to create lesson plans or how to engage students in learning because the curriculum is prescribed by the government,” said McIntosh. “It opened the teachers’ eyes as to how we teach our teacher candidates to plan lessons ... It was interesting for the COE faculty to see South Korean teachers embrace how we teach in America.” Many teachers had questions during the presentation dealing with issues of motivation, management and curriculum. Leatherman talked about field placement; Brooks covered special education; and Forget discussed reading education and how reading is taught in the United States. Brooks noted that when the Chinju students visited UF, they were “very inquisitive” about the 12 disability categories recognized by the U.S. government in regard to educational services. “It was very apparent to us that there was very little in the way of special education, as we know it, in South Korean schools.” During her portion of the presentation, Brooks talked about the laws in the U.S. that require educational services for all children and about the 12 disability categories and what each encompasses. Afterward, she spoke with several teachers, including one woman who wanted to be able to help her special needs students but lacked the resources and knowledge to do so. “She wanted to serve each and every child in her class. That was important to her,” said Brooks. “They recognize that they don’t have the all the training they need to do that.” The UF group also had the opportunity to connect with alumnus Johnnie Jackson, who has been teaching English at Chinju for the past year, and alumna Tiffany Umin and graduate student Spencer Ferst, who taught in Chinju’s threeweek summer English program. Chinju’s partnership will continue in January 2011 as 14 students will be on Findlay’s campus visiting classrooms and local school buildings. The COE delegates met last year’s group as well as the group visiting in January during their July trip. In addition to College of Education faculty members visiting Chinju University in South Korea this summer,
A look into what’s being taught at UF today
professors Jennifer Fennema-Bloom, Ed.D., and Michael Reed, Ph.D., also were strengthening UF’s partnership with the teacher-education institution. Fennema-Bloom and Reed traveled to Chinju to teach a three-week course on TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) methods to South Korean preservice teachers, most of whom were undergraduate students working on bachelor’s degrees in elementary education. Three teaching assistants (TAs) traveled to Chinju, as well, to help with the course. Fennema-Bloom and Reed did the primary teaching and discussion of theory and methods, and the TAs were responsible for creating demonstrations for the Chinju students based on class discussion topics. Following each demonstration, the Chinju students were divided into groups to discuss the demonstration and identify the portions of each lesson they had learned. The three-week session was intense, but both FennemaBloom and Reed agreed that it was an enjoyable experience for all involved.
History of the Holocaust Class
History 352 – Selected Topics in Global History
Mark Polelle, Ph.D. Professor of History, Chair of History, Law and the Liberal Arts and Political Science
Survival in Auschwitz
by Primo Levi, Orion Press
A History of the Holocaust
by Yehuda Bauer and Nili Keren, Scholastic Library
The course examines the Holocaust from a historical perspective, first considering the causes of the Holocaust by looking at the history of anti-Semitism, the German experience in World War I, and the rise of Hitler and the Nazis. Then the participants will see how genocidal policies against Jews, Gypsies and the Slavic peoples were actually carried out under the cover of war between 1939-45. Finally, the class members will reflect on the meaning and legacy of the Holocaust for today’s world.
On Your Own Visit: During their visit to Findlay in January, Chinju students visited College of Education classes and particpated in campus activities with UF education students.
Polelle, who traveled to Europe in 2009 to research the course, encourages visits to Yad Vashem in Israel, concentration camps in Europe and sites in the United States such as the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
Is the Holocaust Unique? By Alan S. Rosenbaum The Holocaust in American Life by Peter Novick The Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies by Donald Bloxham and A. Dirk Moses
on Campus Campus bugged by emerald ash borers Dolan and students conduct study to evaluate effects of infestation
Several years ago, an invasive insect called the emerald ash borer (EAB) started making headlines in this part of Ohio. The EAB was introduced in Detroit in 2002 – likely through cargo in ships or packaging of heavy consumer products – and since then, the EABs have been slowly spreading south, killing ash trees as their larvae feed under the bark of the trees. 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 near 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 existing ash trees are surviving. “When the trees die, more light will be filtered into the ground,” said Dolan of habitats such as the Rieck Center and nature preserve. “We worry about an increase in other invasive plants, such as garlic mustard and honeysuckle ... That’s the concern across the region, but no one is really sure because the ash borer hasn’t gone through yet.” Trees on campus have been monitored since last fall, after they were treated with Tree-ageTM, an insecticide that is approved for treating ash trees in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and West Virginia. It is applied as a trunk injection at the base of each tree; it is not sprayed on the tree nor applied to the soil. Dolan says the treatment is expected to be effective for two seasons. 20
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Dr. Ben Dolan evaluates the health of an ash tree with the assistance of sophomore biology major Lauren Emsweller. Campus trees have been treated to resist the ravages of the emerald ash borer (photo, left).
Sophomore biology major Lauren Emsweller worked with Dolan this summer as a biology department intern. She measured tree height and canopy density and recorded the condition of the leaves. The recorded data will be compared with data from last year. On main campus, Dolan says he and his research assistants focused their research more on each individual tree to determine if another Tree-ageTM treatment is needed. In the most densely forested areas, they are focused on the community of plants and changes that occur in that community. When they analyze the data, they will use multi-variate analysis and ordination. The EAB research likely will be presented at the Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity in Spring 2011.
One of the things that distinguishes The University of Findlay is the close instructional relationships that students have with our dedicated faculty members. The intellectual interaction and creative chemistry that take place in countless conversations during the course David P. Ferguson of a college career are what enables the University to Vice President for Development proclaim with confidence its mission to prepare students for meaningful lives and productive careers. Faculty members – and we’ll match ours in dedication, talent and skill with any, anywhere – are the final link in a complex and expanding support base that includes hard-working staff, generous donors, caring friends and, perhaps most important of all, an enthusiastic, creative, hard-working and generous group of alumni who give voice to their values week-in and week-out to help make The University of Findlay the awesome institution it is today. Alumni service to the institution comes in a wide array of activities. There is, of course, the financial support many of you so generously extend to the University. We need that and are extremely grateful for your largesse. But there are other – dare I say, equally – important ways that alumni help us deliver on our mission statement. Some, like Bob ’57 and Catherine Pritts, of Columbus, Ohio, host alumni meetings and summer send-offs for new students. Others, like Lisa (Huffman) Hansel ’84 and Stacey Endicott ’02 of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Brandt Rhoad ’00, of Columbus, help organize area alumni. Still others help organize luncheons for alumni who are employees of the same company, such as Gene Fernandez ’77 at Marathon; Elicia (Naftzger) Davis ’87 and Doug Lyon ’80 at Cooper Tire & Rubber, and Stefanie (Saunders) Griffith ’92 at Whirlpool. Alumni also serve on a wide variety of advisory boards and bring their daily experiences and expertise to University activities to make them more effective, efficient and in many cases, more fun!
Laura (Tietje) Brown ’07, M ’09 and Ben Sapp ‘93, M ’95, director of the Mazza Museum, were among the Findlay alumni lending a hand to new students on move-in day, Aug. 20.
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So to all who serve Thank You! Many learn and benefit from your service!
Support begins on campus Faculty and staff members at the University support the institution through the establishment of new endowed funds to encourage faculty and student research and to support students through scholarships. UF employees who work in many areas of campus have launched endowed funds, and additional groups are in the process of instituting other perpetual gifting instruments. Those who know the University best have personally given to help the institution grow and its students succeed. The number of faculty and staff donors using payroll deduction gifting has risen in the last year by 108 percent. Likewise, the cumulative dollar amount from deduction contributions over the past fiscal year stands at slightly more than $67,000, a 70-percent increase. Truly, the University is staffed with people who demonstrate their belief in the institution not only through what they do on a daily basis but also through their financial support. www.findlay.edu
Endowed funds intiative nears 100 new funds
Interest-Free Student Loan Fund Established Fifth Third Bank (Northwestern Ohio) presented the first installment of a four-year grant of $100,000 from the Charles E. Schell Foundation, Fifth Third Bank Trustee, to The University of Findlay. The first $25,000 payment was presented June 30, 2010, to Katherine Fell, Ph.D., president of The University of Findlay, by (from left) Mary Beth Hammond, vice president of private banking at Fifth Third, Jeff Shrader, Fifth Third’s city executive in Findlay, and Karen Fraker, senior vice president. Also present was Martin Terry, UF vice president for business affairs (at right). The grant monies are earmarked for interest-free loans to students who otherwise might be unable to complete their education. The Charles E. Schell Foundation was established in 1932 by Charles E. Schell of Cincinnati as a trust to be used for the educational benefit of citizens of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia and adjoining states. The individual recipients are asked to repay their interest-free loans to create a revolving loan fund at the university to benefit future
The fund-raising initiative begun in celebration of The University of Findlay’s 125th anniversary in 2007 is ongoing. The goal of the fund drive is to establish 125 new endowed funds for student scholarships, faculty development and program support. Since the fund drive was publicly announced in February 2008, 99 new funds totaling more than $7.3 million have been created. New funds that became fully endowed (accumulating a minimum of $10,000) from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010: Allyson Busch ’09 Western Equestrian Scholarship Endowment Fund Class of 1959 Scholarship Endowment Fund Lois Annabelle Foltz Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund Dr. and Mrs. DeBow Freed Contemporary Christian Lecture Series Great Lakes Conference Churches of God Scholarship Endowment Fund Janet R. January ’64 Scholarship Endowment Fund Lucinda V. Peters Scholarship Endowment Fund Robert M. and Catherine M. Pritts Scholarship Endowment Fund Jim and Karen (Van Nice ’72) Spurgat College of Science Research Endowment Fund Jim and Karen (Van Nice ’72) Spurgat Music Department Endowment Fund Town & Campus Scholarship Endowment Fund Dr. Ann Whithaus Nuclear Medicine Institute Scholarship Endowment Fund
Additional funds that were created prior to 2008, but were fully endowed during the past fiscal year include: Dr. Kenneth J. Buchenroth Scholarship Endowment Fund Pam Hyland Scholarship Endowment Fund Shirley M. Lloyd Scholarship Endowment Fund Dale Wilkinson Scholarship Endowment Fund
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Philanthropy And the winner is ... the Class of 1951! A friendly “Battle of the Classes” giving challenge was conducted for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, to see which class could show its Oilers spirit with the highest percentage of classmates giving to the Associates/UF Fund. Representatives for the classes of 1951, 1970, 1974, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1994 and 2004 encouraged their classmates to participate through letters and postcards. The percentage of alumni giving to their alma mater is an important gauge of alumni loyalty that is universally used when foundations, corporations and organizations are considering an institution’s request for grant funding. Every gift is significant, regardless of size, in calculating alumni giving participation.
Colleges and universities with the highest percentages of alumni giving are the most successful at receiving outside funding that can amount to millions of dollars. These dollars directly impact the educational opportunities available to students. The Class of 1951 won with a 27.66 percent alumni giving rate. Following in second place was the Class of 1970 with 18.77 percent, and the Class of 1974 was third with 16.67 percent. The Class of 1970 raised the highest total dollars with $9,910 given toward the annual fund. A special thank you to the members of the classes for their generosity and to the class representatives for their efforts and enthusiasm in waging a spirited contest.
1951 Lorraine Henry 1970 Roberta “Kay” (Royer) Cocklin 1974 Robert Fulford 1984 David Hinds 1987 Elicia (Naftzger) Davis and James Rossi 1990 Lee Wilson 1992 Diane (Watercutter) Pleiman 1994 Pam (Pritchard) Hamlin 2004 Johonna (Snyder) Rowe
UF receives $600,000 grant to assist with business development in Africa The University of Findlay has received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State to fund the Trans-Saharan Professionals Program, intended to improve unemployment rates among young adults in Africa by means of a program that will offer entrepreneurship education and experiential learning through on-site training. The education program on the UF campus, coordinated through the College of Business, will include skills in identifying a market, managing risk, raising start-up funds, designing a business plan, supervision, advertising and understanding the legal environment for business development. Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad are the target countries. In January 2011, a U.S. delegation of five
experts on entrepreneurship and business development will interview and recruit three individuals from each country. The University has identified Rotary International as a partner organization; Rotary chapters in each of the target countries will help to identify professionals to take part in the program. In May of that year, the first 15 individuals will travel to The University of Findlay to learn small business development skills, and will likewise apprentice with local small business professionals, identified with the help of the Findlay Rotary Clubs, who will provide on-site learning experiences and business expertise. In January 2012, another U.S. delegation will travel to Africa to assess the impact of the first year’s work and to recruit another delegation of 15 individuals. www.findlay.edu
Phoning for Funds for Future Students Colin Walthour grew up in Ottawa, Ohio, and had heard good things about the University’s physical therapy program. When UF began offering a doctor of physical therapy, Walthour made his final decision to attend Findlay. “I benefited from getting to know a few physical therapists who had graduated from the University’s program,” said Walthour. “I’d heard very good things about UF, and decided … this would be an excellent opportunity for me to take.” Walthour is working on his undergraduate studies and plans to apply to the physical therapy program this fall. Walthour’s experience with the phonathon began in September 2009, after his roommate encouraged him to apply for the on-campus job. “It’s our goal to raise necessary funds so we can help to enhance The University experience and provide better services for those who choose to come to the University of Findlay,” he said. “It has been a very unique experience. It’s given me a platform to better appreciate the work that goes into providing for us, the students.” On a personal level, Walthour says that working for the phonathon has been a rewarding experience and has helped him to become a better communicator. The UF Fund is used to maintain the high level of quality education offered at the University. The unrestricted dollars provide financial aid to students, resources for faculty development and program enhancement, expanded student learning and the financial flexibility to support immediate needs and projects. Gifts to The University of Findlay are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about giving to The University of Findlay’s UF Fund, please call 419-434-5319 or visit www.findlay.edu, Keyword: UF Fund.
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“[Working with the phonathon] has been a very unique experience. It’s given me a platform to better appreciate the work that goes into providing for us, the students.” Colin Walthour Pre-Physical Therapy Major UF Phonathon Caller
oiler Action Athletes team up to serve the community By Brianna (Martin ) Patterson ’03, M ’07
On the fields, on the courts or in the community, UF’s athletic teams are visible – and not just because of their UF-orange uniforms. Many UF student-athletes participate individually and as teams to complete projects and “give back” within the community that supports them. The soccer teams help with Hancock Youth Soccer. The equestrian teams host events to raise money for nonprofit organizations and underprivileged children. The entire athletic department assists in the annual Cancer Patient Services’ chili cook-off each year. The football team, which is the first team to return to campus each fall, has helped Blanchard Valley School set up and tear down for the Special Olympics torch run, collected money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, adopted a family through the Salvation Army during Christmas and filled thousands of sandbags for the city of Findlay in preparation for flooding. UF’s teams also serve as role models for local schoolchildren. In addition to its other service activities, the football team has made breakfast for Central Middle School students during state testing and read to students at St. Michael’s elementary school through participation in Champs Lifeskills, a program of the NCAA. The men’s basketball team members also serve as positive male role models for local kids. Each fall, basketball players are paired with young male students at either Washington Intermediate or Bigelow Hill Intermediate schools. According to Charlie Ernst, assistant men’s basketball coach, the guidance counselors at each school identify students who have the ability and desire to do well but may face difficult situations at home. “I read each student’s bio and decide which player to put him with,” said Ernst, who considers his players’ backgrounds before placing them with local students. Student-athlete Tyler Sparks has enjoyed the mentoring experience and feels he has made a difference in someone’s
Service hours contributed by Oilers athletes impact the community in various ways. Two such efforts have included Oilers football participation in the Champs Lifeskills program at St. Michael’s Elementary School and a playground built at Northview Elementary School by the Oilers men’s basketball team.
life. “We work with kids who are struggling in school and have rough home lives,” said Sparks. “It’s one thing to hear about kids like this, but it’s another to actually work with them and try to help them. I’ve gained an appreciation for how hard it is for some of these kids to succeed.” Each player spends one or two hours each week at his assigned school with his assigned student. And although the contact is scheduled and contained in the school setting, the players often give their mentees a ticket to attend an Oilers basketball game as an extra incentive. The mentoring program helps with a number of issues, including attendance. If the student misbehaves, the counselor will contact the player and request that he not meet with the student that week. Ernst views the mentoring program as an opportunity for his players to stay grounded about the realities of life while staying busy with basketball season and celebrating their successes, and his players agree. “Realizing that many kids have a tough time growing up and doing well in school due to mental challenges, lack of positive role models and tough economic situations has helped me appreciate the things that I have,” said Sparks. “Some of these kids don’t even think about going to college, and I’m lucky enough to be in college and on an athletic scholarship.” In addition to the mentoring program, the basketball team does help out in other ways in the community. The team, along with several fathers of elementary school kids, spent a Saturday last October building a playground at Northview Primary school. The project saved the school approximately $10,000 by using volunteer labor. www.findlay.edu
oiler Action Blue-Ribbon Coach By Charlene Hankinson M ’09
In just six seasons as the head coach of the western equestrian team since 2005, Cynthia Morehead has taken her Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) teams to the top four times. Her teams rode into the ring and claimed first place in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010, and earned the national reserve championship in 2008. To commemorate her wins, Morehead received four shiny presentation belt buckles.
hat is Morehead’s formula for her consistent successes? “I surround myself with very capable people,” she said, crediting her assistant coaches Clark Bradley and Jake Bowman ’05. She noted that the staff members are very competitive in the horse industry, and they have years of teaching experience. “I think we have a pretty good idea of what the judges are looking for,” she said. “And, we get good students, and they work hard and produce good results.” The excellent reputation of The University of Findlay’s western equestrian program draws students from across the country, which makes more talent available. To sweeten the deal, Morehead’s own daughter, Katelyn Morehead, has contributed to the teams’ successes over the past three years. Katie has won several individual national championships and was the national high point rider in 2008. In fact, UF had four high point riders in a row from 2005 to 2008, an IHSA record. For 2008-09, Katie was the first equestrian student to receive the Sharon G. Milligan Female Athlete of the Year Award, Morehead said with parental pride. IHSA competitions provide a new challenge for students who have experience showing their own horses, Morehead observed. In IHSA contests, they compete on unfamiliar horses. “They have to draw for a horse and climb on its back and get along with it for 10 minutes, and there’s a real art to that,” she said. “I think we’re really good at teaching them techniques to get along with the horses.” Attention to detail, such as how students are dressed for competition, also helps them to mature into more confident individuals, according to Morehead. 26
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The University of Findlay has competed since 1989 in the IHSA, which offers six levels of competition beginning with novice riders. Both men and women can participate. Currently, 376 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada are members of the IHSA. Modest and unassuming, Morehead is not an overnight sensation. She has worked hard behind the scenes since the inception of the western equestrian program. She also served as assistant coach for the IHSA team since the early 1990s, and was part of the coaching staff when the western team won its first IHSA national championship in 2001 under head coach Steve Brown, director of the western equestrian program. Morehead grew up in Milford, N.H., where she started riding at the age of 8 or 9. After graduation, she enrolled in a nine-month program at Meredith Manor in Waverly, W.V., and earned a teaching certificate in equestrian riding in 1971. She became acquainted with Dale Wilkinson, and often went to his farm (which is now UF’s western farm) to work with his cutting horses. When administrators and trustees at then-Findlay College began to consider adding an equestrian program, Dr. William “Jack” McBride, academic dean, and others flew to Meredith Manor to investigate how to run a program. They also talked to Morehead, who was a riding instructor, to get her advice.
Cynthia Moorhead, Head Coach, IHSA Western Equestrian Team Wilkinson, a nationally respected professional horse trainer who helped found Findlay’s western equestrian program, asked Morehead to come as an instructor. She arrived at the beginning of the program’s second semester in January 1977. She has the most seniority of the equestrian staff with more than 33 years. “I love my job. I’m fortunate to have a job that is a lot of people’s hobby in a sense,” she commented. Morehead has background in both western and English riding. She transferred to the English equestrian program when it was established in 1992 to help get it off to a good start, and then several years later returned to teaching at the western riding program. In addition to teaching at UF, Morehead trains horses for other people, gives private riding lessons to youth and helps with local 4-H camps. She also coached a high school team that was reserve national champion in her first year. 27
She serves as a judge for open shows and has conducted clinics. Currently, she serves as a director for both the Ohio Quarter Horse Association and the Ohio Michigan Indiana Quarter Horse Association. She also has served as regional president of IHSA. Morehead plans to stay in the saddle, continuing to teach and coach the IHSA team. Perhaps in the future there will be more belt buckles to add to her collection. “You know, it’s not all about winning. Winning is nice, but I enjoy seeing my students improve and really start to figure things out,” Morehead remarked. The experience that students gain from competing on the team and the extra time they spend drilling is apparent when they perform for their course finals, she said. “Even if you don’t win every time, there are still benefits.” www.findlay.edu
alum Events UF Cedar Point Day
Alumni gather at IHSA Nationals
Andy M ’09 and Jeanne Garcia with their sons, Ben and Nathan, were among the alumni, friends and guests of The University of Findlay who enjoyed a beautiful day riding the rides, playing games and watching the shows at the UF Cedar Point Day, held June 26, 2010, in Sandusky, Ohio. Everyone gathered in the pavilion for a picnic provided by the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations.
Columbus Golf Outing
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 in Lexington, Ky. The Fosters welcomed the teams to their home before to going to the country club for dinner.
The fourth annual Columbus golf outing took place on June 7, 2010, at the York Golf Club. More than 50 alumni and friends participated in this year’s event. First place went to the team of Brant Rhoad ’00, Cory Miller ’02, M ’04, Benjamin Scherner and Curtis Sybert.
NATA Conference Reception Katherine Greisiger ’10, Stephanie Smith ’10 and Kali Conger ’10 were among two groups of Findlay alumni and faculty mentors who presented at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., June 22-25. They also attended an alumni reception at the conference that hosted 18 UF alumni and faculty members. 28
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Keith and Melissa (Bundy ’01) Crowl, with their daughter, Danielle Kaylynn, were among those who attended a reception on May 8, 2010, for students, alumni, family and friends during the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s national competition held at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. UF teams won the western riding national championship and were named reserve champion in English riding.
Alumni Luncheons for The Right Thing and Cooper Tire
Dr. Fell and the Pritts family welcome new students at Columbus Summer Sendoff
Dr. Katherine Fell, president, and her partner, freshman Andy Conway, were declared the winners of the egg toss by Steve Pritts ’78 at the Columbus Summer SendOff held Aug. 1 at the home of Bob ’57 and Catherine Pritts. The Pritts hosted an afternoon of fun activities for incoming Columbus-area students and their families. Upon claiming his prize, Conway commented, “What a great way to start my freshman year!”
Two luncheons were held during August for the alumni of The Right Thing Inc. (RTI) and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Terry Terhark ’06, chief executive officer of RTI, hosted the luncheon for his company employees Aug. 3, 2010, with 55 alumni attending (top photo above). Doug Lyon ’80 and Elicia (Naftzger) Davis ’87 helped organize the Cooper luncheon, which was held on campus Aug. 25, 2010, at the Lape Great Hall in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, with 42 alumni attending. The Cooper alumni employees (lower photo above) are shown in front of the bell tower. Dr. Katherine Fell, the new UF president, greeted both groups with an update on the University, and a video, “Six Decades of Growth,” was shown. www.findlay.edu
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George F. Tuttle ’36 died July 14, 2010, in Trotwood, Ohio. He taught in the Vanlue, Ohio, school system and at John Simpson Junior High School in Mansfield, Ohio, before joining the U.S. Quartermaster Corps, where he was assigned to the 352nd Army Service Force Band during World War II from 1944-46. He taught in Richmond, Va., for five years before returning to Ohio to teach mathematics at Fairmont High School in Kettering for 22 years, retiring in 1974. He was a member of the Kettering Teachers Association and served as president. He also was president of the Western Ohio Education Association and served on the Ohio Education Association executive board. He was inducted into the Chester A. Roush Educational Hall of Fame in 1984. In 2007, he was named a UF Distinguished Alumnus. He is survived by a nephew, Dale Tuttle, of Findlay; a niece, Lois Halliwill of California; two grandnieces and two grandnephews. Memorials may be made to the Mazza Museum. John J. Winders ’38 of New Milford, N.J., passed away July 4, 2010. He was a journalist on the staff of The Courier in Findlay, The New Bedford Standard-Times, the New York Herald Tribune and The Bond Buyer. He retired in 1980 as editor of The Bond Buyer and The Money Manager. He was a member of the Society of Business Writers, the Government Finance Officers Association, the Municipal Forum of NYC, the Municipal Analyst Group of New York, the Mulberry 30
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Street Analysts and the Tax Institute of America. He served in the Army Air Corps mobile training unit attached to the 8th Air Force in the U.S., the Aleutians and Great Britain during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Edna (Neff ’41); sons, John Jr. of Macungie, Pa., and Peter of Wallington, N.J.; two granddaughters; two greatgranddaughters and a sister. Ralph E. Dessem ’46 died May 13, 2010, in Willoughby, Ohio. He served United Methodist churches in North Ridgeville, Bellevue, North Royalton, Brecksville and Independence, Ohio. He edited the Church World Press in Cleveland and was affiliated with the CSS Publishing Co. After retiring, he served churches in Medina, Brecksville and Hudson, Ohio. He was a stamp collector and a Civil War buff. He earned a master of divinity from the Oberlin College Graduate School of Theology and a doctorate from Vanderbilt University. He was a member of Kiwanis International and the Masons. He is survived by his wife, Jane (Brightbill ’47) of Willoughby, Ohio; children, Larry of Columbia, Mo., Dean of Baltimore, Md., Mark of Memphis, Tenn., and Carol Boyd of Shaker Heights, Ohio; and five grandchildren. Raymond L. Funk ’53 died June 19, 2010, in Palm City, Fla. He was employed by Unocal International Supply & Trading Co. for 34 years in Chicago and then Los Angeles, retiring as vice president. He was a member of Pipers Landing Yacht & Country Club in Palm City. He served on The University of Findlay
Board of Trustees from 198286, was a member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors and was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1981. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Nickel ’53) of Palm City; daughters Jacolyn BrennanValentine of LaCrescenta, Calif., and Teri Molitor of Cary, Ill.; a sister and four grandchildren. Rev. Barry F. Hoffman ’64 passed away Feb. 6, 2010 in Anderson, Ind., where he made his home since 1976. He was an editor for Warner Press from 1976 to 1987, and also served as a pastor. He was a counselor for Midtown Mental Life for 16 years before retiring March 3, 2007. He was a leader for Marriage Encounter, a member of Night Ministry and Mound Kiwanis Club. Survivors include his wife, Nancy; sons, Timothy of Ossining, N.Y., and Jeffrey of Redondo Beach, Calif.; a daughter, Pamela Cornwell; a sister and six grandchildren. Glen L. Opp Sr. ’86 of Rawson, Ohio, died Aug. 2, 2010. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea during the Korean War. He taught in the Fostoria City Schools and was coordinator for the Fostoria City Adult Education Program. He also served as a lay minister at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church from 197489. He was mayor of Rawson for two terms during the 1960s and recently worked for the Village of Rawson in the maintenance department. He was a 33rd-Degree Mason and was a member of the Supreme Council of North America, Lexington, Mass. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; sons, Duke of Rawson, Glen Jr. of Arvada, Colo., and Timothy ’86 of Mt. Blanchard,
Ohio; daughter, Anne Hayes of Findlay; a brother; a sister; 14 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Ray H. Parmelee Jr. ’87 passed away June 23, 2010, in Findlay, Ohio. He was employed by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. for 32 years. He earned a master’s degree from Tiffin University in 1994, and then in 2005, he received a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from St . Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. He served as an ordained deacon at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Findlay for seven years and worked with the youth of the parish. Surviving him are his wife, Anna; and four children, Ray H. III of Findlay, Robert of Tiffin, Ohio, Rebecca Burrier of Findlay and Anne Parmelee of San Diego; six grandchildren and a brother. Sean D. Corner ’08 of Findlay died May 20, 2010, in the Cleveland Clinic. He was a test engineer at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. in Findlay, where he had been employed for 20 years. He is survived by his mother, Judy (Roberts ’83) Corner of Fostoria, Ohio; his brother-in-law and sister, Michael ’89 and Jennifer (Corner ’90) Sapienza of Strongsville, Ohio, and their daughters Kailyn and Lauren; and a stepdaughter, Tia Corner.
Abbreviation Key: A - Associate’s Degree B - Bachelor’s Degree C - Certificate M - Master’s Degree H - Honorary Degree Class years are assumed to be bachelor’s degrees unless noted with the codes listed above.
remembering Dr. Victor Binkley ’61 Faithful Servant - Missionary Physician June 7, 1939 – Feb. 12, 2010 The son of Churches of God pastors Carl and Catherine Binkley, Victor Binkley knew he wanted to be a medical missionary from the time he was 12 years old. He fulfilled this extraordinary early calling through a life dedicated to serving and healing others. After graduating from then-Findlay College in 1961, he earned his M.D. from The Ohio State University in 1965. He began his residency in general surgery in Hawaii before being drafted. He served one year each in Vietnam and El Paso, Texas, as a medical captain in the U.S. Army, and then returned to Hawaii to complete his residency. In 1970, he joined the Markle Medical Center, located in Bluffton and Markle, Ind., where he worked until retiring from active practice in 2006. In 1974, he spent nine months in Bangladesh, where he developed a surgical service at the Bogra Mission Hospital. In 1977, he and his physician partners established a medical clinic at Pierre Payen, Haiti, 50 miles north of Port-au-Prince, in connection with Project Help, sponsored by the Churches of God, General Conference. Binkley balanced his medical assistance in Haiti with his medical practice in Indiana, where he was president of the Wells Community Hospital medical staff for several terms and served on the Wells County Board of Health for eight years. He also was active in the Zanesville Church of God, where he taught classes and was an elder, trustee and Sunday School superintendent. He was a member of the Findlay College Board of Trustees from 1979-1985. Binkley was recognized for his contributions to humanity in 1990 by The University of Findlay when he was named a Distinguished Alumnus. Between 1991 and 1997, he and his wife, Donna, a registered nurse, served full time in Haiti, where he was field director of Project Help. He established a surgical ward and then designed a modern surgery facility, which was completed in 2001 when the Churches of God built a 22-bed hospital.
Dr. Victor Binkley volunteered part time as a surgeon in Pierre Payen, Haiti, beginning in the mid-1970s. He also helped develop surgical facilities and a hospital for Project Help, sponsored by the Churches of God.
According to Steve Dunn, lead pastor of the Landisville (Pa.) Church of God, in his Feb. 13, 2010, online blog, “Life Matters,” “Dr. Vic Binkley was the one most responsible for developing and sustaining our work (in Haiti) over the last 35 years.” Binkley also was “the point person in mentoring the development of our Haiti Conference and its more than 40 churches (many of whom also operate schools).” The hospital in Pierre Payen proved critical in the aftermath of the major earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. Binkley and his wife made one last trip to Haiti in early February, but had to return home due to his declining health. Binkley went to be with his Lord on Feb. 12, 2010, eight months after being diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, Donna; his mother, Catherine Binkley; his children, Laurel Gorney of Lexington, Ky., Lisa McPherson of Uniondale, Ind., Jeff of Danville, Ind., and Peter, of Oregon; siblings David ’64 of Perrysburg, Ohio, Jonathan ’63 and his wife, Barbara (Meyers ’64), of Toledo, Ohio, two more brothers; three sisters; and 10 grandchildren.
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Robert Kitzerow was honored on May 31, 2010, as an exemplary citizen of Bay Village, Ohio, by the Bay Village Foundation and was recognized by the Ohio House of Representatives of the 128th General Assembly for his involvement in civic activities and service to the Bay Village area.
Robert and Joy (Martin ’62) Stone celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house on Aug. 22, 2010. He is the minister for Blair’s Valley First Church of God in Clear Spring, Md. He has been in the ministry for 54 years. They live in Mercersburg, Pa.
Larry G. McDougle, Ph.D., was named president of Owens Community College by the Board of Trustees in June. After serving as interim president since January, he accepted the appointment of a one-year contract. He is president emeritus of Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Ohio, where he served from 1991-2003. In 2009, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus by The University of Findlay. He and his wife, Ruth, reside in Napoleon, Ohio.
Anne (Isaac) Patram graduated from the statewide Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C., where the final week of training took place. The nine-month program provides training for women aspiring to become leaders in public service, community service and the Republican party. She lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
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Benton, Tenn. She has retired after teaching fourth and fifth grades for 13 years in Benton, and third and fourth grades in Noblesville, Ind., for 26 years. She lives in Benton.
Pamela K.M. Beall was appointed vice president of product supply and optimization for Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC, based in Findlay, effective June 1, 2010. Previously, she was vice president of global procurement for more than two years, based in Houston, Texas. She also was named a director for GreaterFindlayInc. (Chamber of Commerce) in July, completing a term that expires Dec. 31, 2010. In addition, she has served on The University of Findlay’s Board of Trustees since 2005.
Amy (Theurich) Ingram and her husband, Tom, announce the birth of a son, Cayden Thomas, born Dec. 8, 2009. They live in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Lynn Hernandez is the proud father of a son, Roy Jon Atticus, born during the 2010 Super Bowl game. In addition, he has received an ABoT Award for “Absolute Best Radio Personality & Best Radio Show of Tulsa.” He also is the new night-time DJ for 94.7 The Brew in Oklahoma City, so he is excited to be on two different radio stations.
Kevin Wolfe has been named junior high/high school principal at Ayersville Local Schools. He is working on earning his superintendent’s licensure through The University of Findlay. He and his wife, Brenda, have three children: Amanda, Lucas and Troy, and live in Defiance, Ohio.
Joel ’69 and Roberta Kay (Royer ’70) Cocklin
Career path leads couple back 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 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, Joel began working on a doctorate in ministry at Winebrenner in July. His academic credentials already include a B.A. in psychology from then-Findlay 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, teaching in every grade through high school. In fall 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 pastor’s wives based on Ephesians 6. Natives of Westminster, Md., Joel and Kay met in sixth grade and started dating their senior year. Joel then enrolled at Findlay College, and Kay followed later. Joel graduated in 1969 and Kay graduated on Friday, Aug. 21, 1970. They were married on Sunday, Aug. 23, 1970, by Rev. James Nye in the College First Church of God. Joel served as pastor for the New Cumberland (Pa.) Church of God for 10 years before joining the army as a chaplain representing the Churches of God. He served at military bases in seven states and was stationed six years in West Germany, before retiring as a colonel. Joel credits Kay with being the ideal military wife, who 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 connection with the University by volunteering as a class representative for the Class of 1970. Joel was the speaker for 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.
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Pat McCon M ’96 was named instructor emeritus in June by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, where he has been an instructor since 1980. He is senior risk engineer for Zurich Services Corp. He and his wife, Iris, reside in Mantua, Ohio. Amy (Barga) Maher was promoted in March 2010 to medical imaging manager at Good Samaritan North Health Center, Dayton, Ohio, where she has worked since 1998 as a nuclear medicine technologist. She and her husband, Gene, reside in Greenville, Ohio.
Julie (Bradford) Twining and her husband, Garrick, welcomed a daughter, Lauren Marie, born Aug. 9, 2010. She joins her brothers, Hayden, 7, and Mason, 3. The family lives in Carey, Ohio.
Pamela Moyer (M) is a program assistant for Oriana House Inc. in Tiffin, Ohio. She was recently elected fiscal officer for Clinton Township in Seneca County. She lives in Tiffin. Angie (Calcamuggio) Reynolds and her husband, Doug, welcomed a baby girl, Elisa, born June 5, 2010. Angie is a teacher with Springfield Local Schools in Holland, Ohio. The family lives in Toledo, Ohio. Bob Wilt M ’01 graduated from the Hancock Leadership Class of 2010 in Findlay. He is safety manager for Keystone Foods’ Equity Group Ohio Division in North Baltimore, Ohio. He and his wife, Liane, live in Findlay.
Michael Wueller is beginning a new career as an elementary English as a second language (ESL) teacher
after returning to graduate school and obtaining Tennessee state certification in ESL. He is teaching elementary students in grades K-5 at West View Elementary School for Knox County Schools. Previously, he taught special education for 20 years. He resides in Knoxville, Tenn.
Shannon (Kilpatrick) and Scott Weissling ’04, celebrated the birth of a son, Cole Joseph. She is a school psychologist for Allen County Educational Service Center in Lima, Ohio, and he is production manager for Dietsch Brothers in Findlay. They live in Bluffton, Ohio.
Gary Herman M ’05 was named secondary curriculum coordinator for Putnam County Educational Service Center, where he serves all nine schools in Putnam County. He lives in Van Wert, Ohio. Rayna Kaczmarczyk and her husband, Phillip Babb ’02, welcomed their second son, Vance Jonathan, on June 11, 2010. He joins big brother Killian, 2. The family resides in Fort Wayne, Ind. Andrea (Jensen) Meinardi and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of a daughter, Peyton JoAnne, born June 29, 2010. Andrea is senior manager for Crowe Horwath LLP in Columbus, Ohio. The family lives in Pickerington, Ohio.
Scott Cole (M) has been appointed plant manager of the Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Texarkana, Ark., manufacturing facility. Since 2008, he served as technical manager for the Texarkana plant, where he was responsible
for managing tire development, the die shop, tire testing and product introduction. Craig Durliat (M) was appointed director of credit for the North American Tire Division of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. in June. He has been employed since 1994 by Cooper, where he held positions in cost and operations accounting, and most recently was director of financial planning and commercial analysis since 2007. Nichole (Herzog) Wykes announces the birth of her son, Cameron Jacob, born April 25, 2010. He joins his brother, Preston, 5. They live in Forest, Ohio.
Lydia (Carpenter) Mihalik graduated from the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The course prepares women for leadership in public and community service and the Republican Party. She has been the grant administrator for the Hancock Regional Planning Commission for more than six years and has helped the county government gain more than $18 million in funding. She recently declared her candidacy for mayor of Findlay in the November 2011 general election. She resides in Findlay with her husband, Drew ’01, and two children. Martina Rostorfer M ’04 and John Morton were married April 10, 2010. She is a VDP programmer for WorkflowOne in Grove City, Ohio, and he is an electrical technician for PK Controls. They live in Columbus, Ohio.
Kimberly Butterworth was promoted to lead clinical research coordinator at NeuroSpine Solutions in Bristol, Tenn., where she screens,
enrolls and supervises six FDA clinical research trials. A poster abstract she co-authored was accepted and presented at the national Spinal Arthroplasty Society (SAS) meeting in April 2010. The title was “In Vivo Analysis of Intervertebral Kinematics: Differences between Standing Active and Recumbent Passive Bending Modes.” She lives in Bristol. Christy (Allen) Kisseberth graduated in May from the Hancock (County) Leadership 2010 class. She is accounting manager for Rowmark LLC, Findlay. She and her husband, Jordan, live in Findlay. Jason Myers and his wife, Erin, announce the birth of a daughter, Quinne Ella, born June 4, 2010. He is a social worker with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Louis Stoke Cleveland Medical Center. The family lives in Fairlawn, Ohio. Kendall Richardson graduated from the nine-month Hancock (County) Leadership program in May 2010. She is the director of annual giving for The University of Findlay. She resides in Findlay.
Kristen Bash is a May 2010 graduate of the nine-month Hancock (County) Leadership program. She is a senior auditor for Pry Professional Group. She lives in Findlay, Ohio. Jenny Duling and Daniel Richardson were married June 12, 2010, in Hoover, Ala. She is a third-grade teacher at Chelsea Park Elementary School, Chelsea, Ala., and he works in information technology at Regions Bank. They live in Helena, Ala. www.findlay.edu
Emily Eilers graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.M.V.) degree on June 13, 2010. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Candi Anderson and Jason Kinn were married on the beach at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, June 4, 2010. She has been employed as branch office assistant for Edward Jones in Findlay since April 2010, and he is a welder for Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. They live in Monroeville, Ohio. Maria Smith announces the birth of a son, Callen Jarett Lewis, born April 16, 2010. She is an occupational therapist at Heartland of Marion. She lives in Carey, Ohio. Terry Terhark, chief executive officer of TheRightThing, was named the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year for Michigan and Northwest Ohio by Ernst & Young. He was nominated for his strategic business planning. Continuing to grow in 2009, TheRightThing acquired Capital H Group’s recruitment process outsourcing division and opened a technology center in Lebanon, N.H. He lives in Findlay.
Jagpreet (Kaur) Bodker (M) has moved from the Florida Keys to accept a new job as information technology marketing recruiter for Addteq LLC in Edison, N.J. She and her husband, Karl Bodker, live in Morrisville, Pa. Erica (Rife) Shook has a new position in management for Speedway SuperAmerica LLC in Indianapolis, Ind. She graduated in 2009 with a master of arts in 34
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journalism with an emphasis in public relations from Marshall University, Huntington, W.V. Her husband, Michael, serves in the Ohio Air National Guard and will complete a tour of duty in Afghanistan in October. She lives in Westfield, Ind.
Monica Caplinger and Daniel Divine were married May 22, 2010. She has a new position as a teacher at the Brevard Achievement Center in Rockledge, Fla., and he is a district compliance expert with CVS Pharmacy. They live in West Melbourne, Fla. Beth Skulina completed the Hancock (County) Leadership program in May 2010. She is the assistant director for alumni and parent relations at The University of Findlay. She and her husband, Mike, live in Rawson, Ohio.
Megan Garner is serving as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Madagascar. Some of her projects include researching how to help a family improve their peanut oil and to find new markets for it, searching for possible markets for local handicrafts and working with an organization that is seeking ways to preserve the artisan skills of the island. Wayne Myers is volunteering with a non-profit organization, Real Partners Uganda, in Lukaya, Uganda. He is helping to design and build an environmentally sustainable school, Mustard Seed Academy, which will serve up to 700 orphans and other vulnerable children. He earned a master’s degree in science and sustainable systems in 2010 from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.
Koch Addresses Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity Michelle Koch ’07,
who graduated from UF 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” 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.”
Thanks to all who have submitted their updates for AlumNotes. Information in this issue was received by Aug. 11, 2010. Subsequent submissions will appear in future issues of MainLine or the Findlay magazine.
Our New Address! Greetings alumni! The Glenn and Helen Stout Alumni Center has moved! For the past 12 years, the Stout Alumni Center has been located at 1316 North Cory St., in a house that provided a place dedicated to alumni and serving them. It has served its purpose well. When I was first presented with the possibility of moving, my initial reaction was, Why? I soon was convinced this was a move we needed to make. The new location is across from campus at 1015 North Main Street in a distinctive historic home. The house is easy for alumni to find, even if they’ve not been to campus for a few years. You will recognize the new Stout Alumni Center as soon as you see it.
Alumni Event Calendar
Columbus-Area Alumni Reception
Cincinnati-Area Alumni Event
Great Wolf Lodge, Mason, Ohio - 6-8 p.m. (All welcome - you don’t have to go to the waterpark to attend.)
Alumni Events - Spring Brookside Golf andCalendar Country Club, Columbus, Ohio - 7-9:30’09 p.m.
As I first stood on the front porch, our beautifully landscaped campus, with Old Main at the center, was directly in view. Going inside confirmed my preconceived concept that this will make a beautiful home for the alumni center. Open spaces for entertaining, period woodwork and leaded glass in some windows make the interior warm and inviting.
6 Second ASHP (Pharmacy) Midyear Alumni and Friends Reception Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, Calif. - 6-9 p.m. 11 Commencement Baccalaureate Ceremony Ritz Auditorium - 10:30 a.m. Commencment Brunch Alumni Memorial Union - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Graduate and Undergraduate Commencment Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex - 2 p.m.
Contractors improved the landscaping, upgraded heating and air conditioning, painted and made minor repairs. I invite you to visit your alma mater and to stop by the new home of the Glenn and Helen Stout Alumni Center.
NMI/UF Certificate Ceremony & Banquet
Pre-Vet Alumni Reception
As always, please be sure to keep me updated by filling out the “What’s New with You?” form at www.findlay.edu, Keyword: Alumni.
With Oiler Pride,
Dee Dee Spraw ’00, M ’07 Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
January Winebrenner Theological Seminary, TLB Aud. - 5 p.m.
Hyatt Regency, Columbus, Ohio - 5-7 p.m.
Alumni Reception and Dinner
Alumni and Friends Breakfast at OHSAA
Kalahari Resort & Waterpark, Sandusky, Ohio - 6-8 p.m.
Fawcett Center, The Ohio State University - 7:30 a.m.
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Non-Profit US Postage PAID Huntington, IN Permit #832
1000 North Main Street Findlay, OH 45840-3653
Snowbirds – Send us your info!
GONE SOUTH! The University of Findlay is planning a series of alumni events over the coming year, and if you head for a warmer climate during the winter months, we’d like to keep in touch during your stay in the sunny south! Please call the alumni office at 419-434-4516 or fill out the What’s New With You form at www.findlay.edu, Keyword: Whats new, with an address, e-mail and phone number where you can be reached during the winter months.