Vijay Talwar, interim CFO for Blue Nile, the worlds’ largest online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, credits his experiences with other international students during his undergraduate years at Findlay for his ability to adapt and succeed within global businesses throughout his career.
Accounting for His Success: Vijay Talwar ’92 As a young teenager in India, Vijay Talwar ’92 had clear goals for his life, read Business Week regularly and developed a list of the top business schools in the United States where he might attend. The University of Findlay was the first stop on his dream. Despite lots of hurdles, he listened to his inner self and persevered. Today, he is interim CFO of Blue Nile, the world’s largest online retailer of diamonds.
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He was just 17 when he arrived at The University of Findlay in 1990, and it was his first time away from his family. Vijay Talwar recalled that at the time he was the only student from India at Findlay, and he didn’t fully understand and appreciate American culture. Being transplanted to Findlay required adaptability to make new friends, speak a new language and eat new foods. Looking back, Talwar counts this as an advantage because it forced him to get to know people of many nationalities and to learn about their cultures and customs. He fondly remembers his
friends from Japan, Korea, Morocco, Thailand and other countries who shared their ethnic foods in their homes and the Thanksgivings he spent with local American families. “Friends taught me a lot,” he said. He said he found someone to emulate in his fraternity Big Brother, Theodore “Ted” Kocher ’92, who was president of Alpha Sigma Phi and actively involved on campus. Talwar embraced campus life, serving as treasurer of the Campus Program Board, planning officer for the academic honor society, Aristos Eklektos, and a member of International Club. Talwar also participated on the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team for two years and learned a lesson in determination and perseverance. His first year, the team won the regional competition and went to nationals, but failed to place in the top 10. Disappointed, team members resolved to do better the following year. Competing with schools across the country, the Findlay (Cont’d)
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Feature (Cont’d) SIFE team placed fourth in the nation in 1992. In addition, he had the opportunity to travel to Russia with the SIFE team, which further broadened his cultural experiences. Talwar earned a bachelor’s degree from Findlay in just two years, having transferred 55 credits from the Bangalore University of Commerce. He excelled during his brief time on Findlay’s campus, graduating summa cum laude, and he was honored by being named Founders’ Son at commencement. An accounting major, Talwar said he had been disheartened when in the fall of his senior year he failed to get even a first-round interview on campus with one of the Big Six accounting firms, despite his good grades, campus activities and leadership positions. He went on to enroll at Miami University, where he received a master’s degree in accounting in 1993 and earned his CPA and CMA certifications. Soon, he had offers from three of the Big Six, and accepted a position with Deloitte and Touche in Cleveland. Although his major was in accounting, it has been his attitude, social skills and intercultural experiences that have propelled his career. “Life is not about fulfilling your job description and getting all As in college. It is all about how quickly you can adapt,” he told an audience of students during his March 15 visit to The University of Findlay as a Visiting Executive for the College of Business. He visited classes, had lunch with students and gave a public lecture, “Don’t Let Your Career Be Defined by Your Major,” in which he encouraged students to have a plan for their lives, gain intercultural experiences and develop interpersonal skills beyond their career preparation in their majors. In August 2010, Talwar joined Blue Nile as senior vice president and general manager of the company’s international business. Then in November 2010, he was named interim chief financial officer. 2
As a Visiting Executive for the College of Business, Talwar gave career advice to students in business classes.
According to John Baird, director of Blue Nile’s corporate communications office, “Blue Nile, which has transformed the fine jewelry shopping experience in the United States, needed a visionary to develop its international business. Talwar’s background in finance and marketing, in addition to his years of international experience, made him the perfect candidate for the job.” Previously, Talwar served for two years as the CEO of the William J. Clinton Foundation in India, which focused on HIV and children’s health, as well as sustainable energy initiatives. After working for Deloitte and Touche in Cleveland for two years, Talwar served as a manager with Kellogg Co. for three years, before returning to school full-time to earn a MBA in marketing and strategy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. For another three years, he served as a consultant at Bain & Co., with Starbucks, Smurfit Stone and Motorola as his clients. He was director of strategy and finance for Nike for more than three years before being promoted to chief operating officer for Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
In his first trip back to campus since the mid-1990s, Talwar said he was pleased to see that the campus has grown and that many rigorous new programs are offered. He especially applauded the launch the College of Business’ new fiveyear accounting MBA-CPA/CMA Track program. He also reconnected with Doug Asbury, assistant professor of accounting, and Jan Taylor, director of career services, both of whom had encouraged and advised him when he was a student. And, of course, he was happy to see Shiv Gupta, professor of marketing and economics and former SIFE adviser, whom Talwar called, “an amazing mentor, father figure and someone I could always rely on.” Talwar and his wife, Nita, who is a certified parent coach, now live in Seattle, Wash., with their son, Niko, 11, and daughter, Sonia, 7.
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University Fifty students were in the first class to receive doctor of physical therapy degrees at the May 7, 2011, commencement. The six-year, first-professional doctoral program was approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy in 2008. The University of Findlay has both traditional weekday and non-traditional weekend physical therapy programs. The physical therapy program began at The University of Findlay as a weekend bachelor’s degree completion program in 1995. Physical therapy is the University’s second doctoral program. The doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program graduated its second class of 57 students at spring commencement.
Academics A new MBA-CPA Track has been established that will allow students to complete both a bachelor of science degree in financial accounting and a master’s degree in business administration, and be qualified to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, all in five years. According to Paul Sears, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business, it is the only such program in the state of Ohio. In addition, each student in the program will be assigned a professional accounting mentor and will be strongly encouraged to complete at least one accounting-related internship to begin to fulfill the practical experience requirement for the CPA. Entry into the program is possible in one of three ways: As a freshman, as a current accounting major or as an MBA student. For more information regarding the program, visit www.findlay.edu, Keyword: MBA-CPA Track.
Advancement The long heritage of commitment by faculty and staff to the University and to students continues to grow stronger. This is demonstrated in many ways beyond the classroom, such as support of undergraduate research, service learning and intercultural experiences. Furthermore, their commitment is shown by their response to the Give Voice to Your Values campaign, an initiative launched on Sept. 30, 2010, to raise $40 million to upgrade campus facilities, enhance the endowment and strengthen the annual giving efforts of the University. Just this year, 344 faculty and staff have personally given $344,000 to financially support these initiatives and to “give voice to their values.” On behalf of the students who are the recipients of this generosity, we say: “Thank you!”
Alumni Board of Governors Officers: President: Julie (Dean) McIntosh ’90 Vice President: Susan Hite ’87 Secretary: Robin (Shanaberger) Hopkins ’01 Past President: Cam Lea (Roberts) Taylor ’67 Elected Representatives (3-year terms) Jennifer Beall-Harp ’98 Barbara (Balcik) Buford ’90 Ronald Cable ’64 Debra (Prichard) Ebert ’89 Robin (Shanaberger) Hopkins ’01 Jennia (Jenkins) Knestrick ’94 Keith Mohr ’67 Michael Murphy ’72 Phillip Riegle ’00 Kayla Shannon ’10 James Taylor ’72 Scott Zahler ’99 Appointed Representatives (2-year terms) Marcy Banner ’93 Peter Dalpiaz ’08 Matthew Maglicic ’92 Richard Malcolm ’55 Ryan Smith ’00, M ’07 Alumni Trustees Robert Fry Susan Hite ’87 Representatives to Trustee Committees Business Affairs: Ronald Cable ’64 Development: Jennifer Beall-Harp ’98 Student Services: Keith Mohr ’67 Instruction: Susan Hite ’87 Student Representatives (2-year appointments) College of Business – Elliott Goetz ’12 College of Education – Jordan Kirwen ’12 College of Health Professions – Erin Thomasson ’12 College of Liberal Arts – Stefanie Lauer ’12 College of Pharmacy – Suzie Lifer ’12 College of Sciences – Brittany Fanning ’12 Senior Class President – Tabitha Knous ’11 SGA President – Skylar Mettert ’11 STAR Representative – Sarah Morar ’11 Please direct all correspondence to: Office of Alumni & Parent Relations The University of Findlay 1000 N. Main St. Findlay, OH 45840 E-mail: email@example.com Additional information regarding Office of Alumni & Parent Relations activities and services is available at: 1-800-472-9502, ext. 4516 or www.findlay.edu, Keyword: Alumni.
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Alumni Board News Dear Alumni: The Board of Governors is pleased to honor the following people at Homecoming 2011: Old Main Award – Johnnie Jackson ’07; Gold Medallion – William Flanegan ’59; Distinguished Alumni – Greg Denecker ’94, Jay Hong ’77, Larry Manley ’61, Mary Ann Rohleder ’70 and George Showers ’65; and the Arch Award – Sharon Milligan. I have had the pleasure of serving as the president of the Alumni Association Board of Governors for the past seven years. When Julie (Dean) McIntosh, Ed.D. I started as the president, I wanted to see the board become more active and visible on campus. As the dean of the College of Education, I saw the need to involve students on our board and in planning events. We now have student representatives from the Colleges of Business, Education, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, Sciences and Pharmacy. We also have board representatives from the Students for Alumni Relations (STAR) and the Student Government Association, as well as the senior class president. The board added the Arch Award to our Distinguished Alumni roster, which is presented to a member of The University of Findlay community who, by personal example, has demonstrated loyalty and support of this institution. The recipient of this award must have at least 25 years of service to The University of Findlay and must not hold a degree from the institution. This award has been given to Judy Butler, the late Dr. David Allen, Dr. Jerry Mallett, Dr. Dwight Moody, Dr. Micheal Anders, Coach Dick Strahm and Barbara McCrory-Snyder. The Board of Governors held meetings throughout the year and sponsored events such as Spring Thing, Summer Send-offs, first-day orientation, graduation brunch, golf outings, alumni gatherings at Toledo Mud Hens and Columbus Clippers games, Cedar Point Day, summer events and all the events at Homecoming. I will step down as president at Homecoming, and Scott Zahler ’99 will become the president. Scott has been on the board for three years. He is a principal agent with Zahler & Associates in Ft. Mitchell, Ky. He lives in Erlanger, Ky., with his wife, Dawn (Plageman ’99), and three children. Susan Hite ’87 will serve as vice president and Robin (Shanaberger) Hopkins ’01 as secretary. I would like to thank alumni director Dee Dee Spraw. Her enthusiasm for the University is contagious. She has taken the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations to new levels of outreach and passion for UF. Please look in the mail this summer for your Homecoming brochure and plan to attend the various events across campus! In order to stay connected and updated on events please visit our website at www.findlay.edu, Keyword: Alumni. If you are interested in helping the University in any way, please call or e-mail the alumni office at 419-434-4516, 1-800-472-9502, extension 4516, or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to hear from you. Thank you for a wonderful seven years,
Dr. Julie (Dean) McIntosh ’90, President Alumni Association Board of Governors
Alumni Calendar of Events Aug. 18
Freshman Move-in Day; calling alumni to help freshmen move into dorms – 2-5 p.m.; If interested, call the alumni office at 419-434-4516.
Aug. 19 NMI/UF Certificate Ceremony & Banquet; Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion Sept. 14
Washington, D.C., Alumni Reception; 230 2nd Street, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Event hosted by Marian S. Lowe ‘97, Strategic Health Care.
Oct. 14-15 Homecoming & Family Weekend – “We Are Family” Watch for your Homecoming brochure in late summer! Oct. 21
Columbus Alumni Reception; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Brookside Golf & Country Club, Columbus, Ohio
Kalahari Waterpark & Resort Weekend and Alumni Dinner; Sandusky, Ohio; special UF rate of $134 per night
For more information about these events, or to volunteer, contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at 1-800-472-9502, extension 4516.
[Got News?] Whether it’s updating us on what you’ve been up to since graduation or a nomination for next year’s alumni awards, we’d like to hear from you! We’ll publish information about births, marriages, new jobs and recent awards or promotions. Send us your news at www.findlay. edu, Keyword: Alumni.
Spring Commencement 2011
1 - Marie Louden-Hanes, Ph.D., dean of undergraduate education (left), and C. Richard Beckett, D.V.M., chair of the Board of Trustees (right), assist in hooding Margaret Palmer as she was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters. 2 - John Malacos, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Psychology, gave graduates parting advice in his commencement address that emphasized values, using head and heart, and that people do matter.
5 3 - Barrett “Bear” Brooks, who received a bachelor’s degree in marketing, gave President Fell a “bearsized” hug as he walked across the stage during commencement. 4 - Joshua Anderson of Marion, Ill., was the first student to receive UF’s doctor of physical therapy degree. Assisting in presenting his doctoral hood were Robert Frampton, D.H.C.E, chair of the physical therapy program, (left) and Sharon Walsh, D.Sc., associate director (right). 5 - Dee Dee Spraw, director of alumni and parent relations, presented an alumni pin to Brian Miller, who received a doctor of physical therapy degree, as well as to each of the graduates who participated in commencement.
6 6 - Waiting to receive bachelor of arts degrees were (from left) Melanie Vincent, Craig White, Lauran Young and Tamara Zumberger.
President Katherine Fell greeted alumni in Florida at receptions in Fort Lauderdale, St. Petersburg and Fort Myers. Findlay College/The University of Findlay was well represented by alumni from class years that included the 1940s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. 1 - Attending Fort Myers, Fla., on March 12 were: Larry Manley ’61, Larry and Karen Manley, Chuck and Connie Weasel, Christine Huska ’74, Heather Spraw, President Katherine Fell, George (H ‘04) and Shirlee Whitson, Gail and Don ’48 Creager, Joelle and Sherry ’74 Winkle, Marty ‘66 and Chrystal Terry, Rollie Hahn, Coach Dick Strahm, Nicholas Petti, Ivan and Dorothy Gorr, Vicki Dutcher ’75, Cheryl (Risner) Garn ’75, Dr. Everett and Marilyn Smith, Dr. Janice and John ‘66 Eitelgeorge, Doug and Becky Asbury, Roger Fell and David Ferguson.
2 2 - Attending St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 11 were: (seated) Lynn Corbin, Ruby Webb, Clifford Brooks ’48, Lisa (Huffman) Hansel ’84, Molly Corbin, Heather Spraw; (standing) Dee Dee Spraw ’00, M ’07, Marge Kruse, Ron Kruse, Stacey Endicott ’02, Dave Arner, Chris ’89 and Deanna Wilson, David Ferguson, Janet (Burcham) Litzel ’65, Glenn Corbin, Rhonda (Noblit ’95) and Scott McLaughlin, Kris Ansel, Al Lewis, Bill Spraw, Jean Lewis, Roger Fell and President Katherine Fell. 3 - Attending Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on March 9 were: Roger Fell, Dee Dee Spraw ’00, M ’07, Brent Woltman, Amy Kay ’01, M ’04, Sandi (Roop ’69) and Rob ’71 Donahue, Mary Beth Kay, President Katherine Fell, David Kay ’74, Joe ’70 and Carol Pundai, Buzz Smith, Tom ’66 and Nancy Draper and David Ferguson. Attending, but not shown, Jim Zuckerman ’69.
4 4 - President Katherine Fell traveled to California in March, where she met with alumna Celia Barberena ’70, who has served as president of Chabot College in Hayward, Calif., since 2008. President Katherine Fell, second from right, met with college administrators: (from left) Dr. Betty Inclan, president of Berkeley City College; Dr. Celia Barberena ’70, president of Chabot College; Dr. Howard Irvin, vice president of student services at Chabot; Dr. Jannett Jackson, president of College of Almeda; Dr. George Railey, vice president of academic services at Chabot; and far right, Rita Brown, vice president of administrative services at Chabot.
1 - Jack Taylor’s Jazz Quartet entertained alumni and friends during the Spring Thing event April 29, which included a dessert buffet. Spring Thing was sponsored by the Alumni Association Board of Governors and the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations. 2 - The 13th Annual Alumni and Friends of Findlay College/The University of Findlay Reunion was held prior to the start of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Boys’ State Basketball Tournament on March 25 at the Fawcett Center in Columbus, Ohio. Dee Dee Spraw ’00, M ’07, director of alumni and parent relations, welcomed alumni and friends of the University. James Houdeshell, P.E.D., ’53 provided introductions for Steven Rackley, athletic director; Ron Niekamp, then-head men’s basketball coach; and Rob Keys, head football coach, who gave updates on athletics.
3 2 Calling Greek Alumni: A Greek reunion is being planned during Homecoming 2011 – Oct. 14-15! Reunite with your friends and reconnect with your alma mater during Homecoming. The following have committed their time to serve on the committee:
4 3 - The football program hosted the inaugural Football Alumni Reunion Weekend April 15-16, which included an alumni flag football game at Donnell Stadium, the Oilers football team’s Spring Game, the Lettermen’s Alumni Football Social at the Findlay Inn and an alumni golf outing at Sycamore Springs Golf Course. 4 - Alumni and their families filled the block of rooms on reserve for The University of Findlay alumni at the Kalahari resort in Sandusky, Ohio, on March 17 and 18. An alumni dinner took place on Saturday, with the StudenTs for Alumni Relations (S.T.A.R.) entertaining the children with activities.
Sigma Kappa - Jodi Sutherland ‘02; email: Jodie.Sutherland@DexOne.com Alpha Sigma Phi – Pat Cogley ‘06, M ‘08; Ryan Gibson (current UF student) Sigma Pi – John Haskin ‘00 Tau Kappa Epsilon – Ken Long ‘00, M ‘02 Phi Sigma Sigma – Erin McNeil (current UF student) Theta Chi – Erik Cranmer ‘10; email: email@example.com If your Greek organization is not represented, and you are interested in serving on this committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 - International Night was held April 8, with the traditional opening march of students representing their respective countries. Displays, food samples, an international fashion show, dances, music and martial arts demonstrations were featured. 2 - Students constructed their Box City creations during the April 9 event, which advocates the end of homelessness and is sponsored by the campus Habitat for Humanity chapter.
4 4 - Jo Ann Wilson ’81 and Donald Badertscher ’64 were inducted into the Curtain Raisers Society Hall of Fame on April 16. Both have been involved with the Curtain Raisers Society and UF music and theater productions over many years. 5 - Students on campus folded 1,500 paper cranes, which were sent to the Chiba Institute of Science in Japan as a show of support following the earthquake and tsunami on March 11. According to Japanese culture, folding 1,000 cranes will grant a wish of health, recovery or long life. The campus community also collected monetary donations that were given to the American Red Cross for earthquake recovery operations.
3 - Pharmacy student Toan Phu discussed his research on “Single and Combined Genotoxic Effects of Amiodarone and Mitomycin C on Human Lymphocytes” with Rahul Khupse, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacy science, as one of 92 poster presentations at the Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity held April 13. Students gave an additional 57 presentations on their research and projects before audiences in classrooms, along with seven performances and demonstrations related to art, music and theater.
1 - Christopher Peterson, Ph.D., (standing, left) and Nansook Park, Ph.D., (standing right), both professors of psychology from the University of Michigan, gave a presentation April 5 on “What Makes Life Worth Living: Lessons from Positive Psychology.” They presented their research as part of the “Power of Positive” series hosted by John Malacos, Ph.D., chair of the department of psychology, for his yearlong project as the 2011 Dr. Richard Wilkin College of Liberal Arts Chair.
4 2 - During the opening university awards ceremony at the fifth annual Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity, Skylar Mettert and Stefanie Lauer were named Founders’ Son and Daughter. President Katherine Fell (center) congratulated the pair on being honored. Each of the six colleges also held awards ceremonies and featured alumni guest speakers. 4 - The annual Black Tie Affair formal dance was held Feb. 12 in the Alumni Memorial Union. 5 -“Honey, I Shrunk the Sibs!” was the theme for the 2011 Sibs and Kids Weekend held April 1-3, with participants enjoying a giant inflatable carnival and other activities throughout the weekend.
3 3 - Julie Rubini, author of “Hidden Ohio,” which highlights places to visit in Ohio, including the Mazza Museum, was the guest speaker for the Museum’s Funday Sunday on Feb. 6, which focused on the theme of “Celebrate Ohio.”
AlumNotes Key to degree abbreviations A – Associate’s Degree B – Bachelor’s Degree C – Certificate M – Master’s Degree D – Doctoral Degree H – Honorary Degree Class years are assumed to be bachelor’s degrees unless noted with the codes listed above.
[In Memory] Ada (Lee) Bash ’40 died Feb. 19, 2011, in Arlington, Ohio. A graduate of the Findlay College School of Business, she was a homemaker, a seamstress, a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Child Conservation League and a charter member of the Restoration Tabernacle Church of Christ in Findlay. She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Schaaf of Greenville, S.C., Jennifer Swails and Rebecca Weihrauch of Arlington; a son, Timothy Bash of Mt. Blanchard, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. William A. Shushok ’60 of Concord, Mich., passed away Jan. 25, 2011. He retired from Hanover-Horton Schools after serving 32 years. He taught driver’s education for 41 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #8820, American Legion Post 29, St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church and Jackson Area Assembly #2186. He also was inducted into The University of Findlay Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979. Surviving are his wife, Amelia Shushok; sons, Joseph Shushok and William Shushok of Parma, Mich., and Robert Shushok of Norfolk, Va.; daughters, Amy Aldrich of Horton, Mich., and Jane Shushok of Jackson, Mich.; two granddaughters; two grandsons; a greatgranddaughter; a brother; and two sisters. John Stanfield ’65 passed away Feb. 15, 2011. He was the chief chemist for Water Pollution Control in Canton, Ohio. He also enjoyed reenacting with the 5th Virginia, which is part of the Brigade of the American Revolution (BAR). He is survived by his wife, Barbara Stanfield; son, John Stanfield; and a sister. Marcella (Colton) Dvorak ’75 of Ottawa Hills, Ohio, died Jan. 31, 2011. She was the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for the past 15 years. In addition, she was a parttime instructor in the social work department at The University of Toledo and served on the Toledo Lucas County Commission on Disabilities. Previously, she was a supervisor at the former Toledo Mental Health Center, a social worker and a marketing manager for Ohio Bell. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from The
University of Toledo and a master’s degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University. She is survived by her husband, Robert Dvorak; son, Eric Mosqueda; daughter, Gabriella Baker; stepsons Rob and Steve Dvorak; and nine grandchildren. G. Matthew “Lazer” Lazenby ’94 of Findlay passed away March 29, 2011. He was employed with Heartland Payment Systems. Previously, he taught at Liberty-Benton High School and at a middle school, North Broward Prep School, in Florida. He also coached football and basketball at LibertyBenton and North Broward Prep. He is survived by his parents, Garry and Dagne Lazenby; sisters, Lisa Stevenson and Lauri Lazenby; and two nieces.
Russell Hepler is a certified lay speaker who has served as pastor at the Plato United Methodist Church in LaGrange, Ind., for the past nine years. He also presents evangelism seminars and has taught lay speaking classes. Following graduation from Findlay College and service in the U.S. Army, he taught at Prairie Heights Community Schools in LaGrange for 39 years, retiring in 2002. He taught speech, history and English and headed the English Department for 13 years. In addition, he taught speech part time for seven years at Glen Oaks Community College in Michigan. He refereed basketball and umpired baseball for 24 years and coached golf for seven years. He and his wife, Ardala, live in LaGrange and have three daughters: Debbie Brewster of Wilmar, Ark.; Ellie Hepler of Muskegon, Mich.; Candice Haase of Fairmount, Ind.; and four grandchildren.
Kay (Royer) Cocklin published her first book, “Nobody Told Me: A Guide for Pastors’ Wives,” in December 2010 through Xulon Press. She also recently completed a 13-week study for parents titled “Choosing Your Battles.” Retired from teaching in 2009, she is now working on a master of arts in theological studies at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Her husband, Joel (Cock) Cocklin, is retired after 27 years from active duty as an Army chaplain at the rank of colonel. He is the interim academic dean at Winebrenner Theological Seminary and also is a professor in the areas of preaching and leadership.
Robert Smolinki reports that since his retirement from Euclid Schools in 2009, he has been a full-time weekly caretaker for his granddaughter, Kathryn Ann Bouffard, 3. He and his wife, Carol, live in Concord, Ohio.
Phillip Lawson is the new owner/adviser of
Financial Strategies Group in Findlay. He and his wife, Carol, reside in Findlay.
Lori (Furness) Fabritius completed her doctoral dissertation titled “An Evaluation of a Welfare-toWork Program at a Rural Community College: An Action Research Approach.” She anticipates graduating with an Ed.D. from Fielding Graduate University on July 23. She is a project manager for Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, N.Y. She and her husband, Randal, live in Sinclairville, N.Y.
‘93 Scott and Julie (Marks) Dick of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, announce the birth of Shawn Michael Dick, born March 5, 2011. Shawn was welcomed home by brother Matthew.
Pat McCon (M ’95, M ’96) has been selected as a presenter for the 2011 National Safety Congress in Philadelphia in November. His topic will be “Critical Focus Safety Audits.” He is a senior risk engineer for Zurich Services Corp., based in Schaumburg, Ill. He and his wife, Iris, live in Mantua, Ohio.
Lynne (Clevenger) Lyon has a new position as policy management and development chief for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. She and her husband, Sean, live in Lewis Center, Ohio, with their children, Zoe, 8, and Zeller, 2.
Elizabeth (Schweinfurth) O’Jack and her husband, Timothy, welcomed a son, Connor Edward, Dec. 13, 2010. She is a district manager for Sorenson Communications Inc., located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The family lives in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Stephanie (Cousino) Lenz (M) and her husband, Ron, are the proud parents of a daughter, Laura, born April 2, 2011. She joins a brother, David, 3. They live in Woodville, Ohio. Sharon (Tebbe) Kill (B ’02, B ’06) and her husband, Matthew, had a daughter, Abigail Marie, on Jan. 21, 2011. Sharon is an equine/companion animal specialist with Hubbard Feeds Inc. in Botkins, Ohio. The family lives in Spencerville, Ohio.
Christy (Allen) Kisseberth announces the birth of a daughter, Addyson May, born March 8, 2011. She is an accounting manager for Rowmark LLC and lives in Findlay.
Nicole (Eitniear) Grindley has accepted a new position as Upper Maumee River Watershed coordinator for the Defiance County Soil and Water Conservation District in Defiance, Ohio. She also teaches part time at Northwest State Community College in the Physics Department. She resides in Ney, Ohio. Corey Oliver (M ’06) recently became the CEO for 360 Sports Management in Chicago, Ill. He lives in Chicago.
Jessica VanHook has a new position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) as a public health veterinarian inspector in charge at Hastings, Neb. She resides in Hastings.
Michelle (Grim) Pearce has a new position as early childhood environmental education specialist for the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, N.C. She and her husband, Philip, live in Asheville.
Elizabeth Dubrowski (A ’05) and Zachary Kleinfeld were married Sept. 4, 2010. She has a new position as riding instructor and trainer with Century Mill Stables in Bolton, Mass., and he is an engineer with ViaSat in Marlborough, Mass. The new couple lives in Hudson, Mass.
Sue Cox (M), who works as an administrative assistant at The University of Findlay, earned her MBA from UF in May. She and her husband, Larry, reside in Bluffton, Ohio. Suzanne Wilcox English (M), director of public information at The University of Findlay, was elected 2011 president-elect and program chair of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, for which she has served on the board since spring 2008. The Northwest Ohio Chapter PRSA has approximately 90 members and promotes both the PR profession and the professional with continuing education and accreditation opportunities. English also has served two years as adviser of UF’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter, taught the PR practicum course and will teach Public Relations Writing in fall 2011. She resides in Findlay. Thanks to all who submitted their updates for AlumNotes. Information in this issue was received by May 20, 2011. Subsequent submissions will appear in future issues of MainLine or the Findlay magazine.
Sarah Crisp ‘08 Sarah Crisp ’08 spends her days working to improve the lives of people who are suffering from brain disorders. Ranging from young to old, her clients may be afflicted by autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, stroke, dementia or other brain-based disabilities. In nursing homes, care centers and in private homes in Findlay and Lima, Crisp works with individuals through her business, Art Without Boundaries of Northwest Ohio. She uses a technique called “directed painting” in which she provides guidance for each brush stroke to help clients create works of art. “We focus entirely on whole brain synchronization. That is accomplished any time the hand crosses the median of the brain. So, if you look at these paintings, they all have a horizon line, whether it’s a tabletop or a natural horizon of a sunset, you can see the brush strokes, how they go right to left, right to left, all the way down the board,” Crisp explained. “Painting isn’t all that we do. We do lots of brain games, and we’ll sing songs, and high-five, any type of activity that I can do with them where I can get their hands to cross the median of their brain,” she added. “Every session is different because nobody’s brain is wired the same.” “The whole purpose of the therapy is to help create new neural pathways in the brain,” she said. “Until about 10 years ago, they thought that once you lost a pathway, it was gone forever.” The process, called MnemeTherapy™ (pronounced “nemma”), was developed by Noell Hammer, the aunt of Crisp’s best friend since grade school. Crisp learned the technique through online courses that included instructional videos of how to make the paintings and extensive information on the brain and how it functions. Successful completion of the online courses, plus a week of hands-on training, led to her certification. Additional information and a video of Crisp working with a client can be found at http://www.awakeningmindsart.org/. “We can guarantee an enjoyable experience. What happens after that is just God’s will. But I’ve seen great connections made during this therapy,” Crisp noted. Various outcomes have included increased verbal skills, improved memory, greater self esteem, better mobility and more interest in activities and socialization. Creating the acrylic paintings also gives her clients feelings of accomplishment and brings them genuine praise, she said. Many of her clients have been able to sell their paintings in gallery showings for fundraisers or to make money for themselves. A native of Spencerville, Ohio, Crisp claims that it was fate that brought her to Findlay. “Once I visited the school and met everybody, I knew it was the perfect fit for me. It was a small school that had a large feel, and I loved the town, I still do.” Majoring in psychology and having a passion for art, Crisp found mentors and inspiration in psychology professors John Malacos, Ph.D., and Donald Collins. She also fondly remembers a ceramics course with Ed Corle, associate professor of art. “Something that he used to tell me all the time, is something that I tell my clients frequently, ‘If you like it, then that’s all that matters.’” Crisp brings enthusiasm, caring and her outgoing personality to her work with clients. She remarked that through her job she has learned how to interact with them. “It definitely taught me everybody is equal, no matter what our brains are doing.”
Distinguished Associates 2010
Honored as Distinguished Associates for 2010 were Ronald Philipp ‘59, Richard Malcolm ‘55, Sherrye (Johnson) Trafton ‘85, Duane Philipp ‘59, Susan Souply and Ronald Souply ‘60.
The University of Findlay named several alumni Distinguished Associates at its annual Applause! reception, held Nov. 18, 2010, to recognize those who support and promote the University. Honored were: Richard Malcolm ’55, Chandler, Ariz.; J. Duane Philipp ’59 of Findlay; G. Ronald Philipp ’59 of Findlay; Ronald ’60 and Susan Souply of Findlay; and Sherrye (Johnson) Trafton ’85 of Brunswick, Maine. Richard Malcolm earned a master of arts in history from Arizona State University as well as master of education and doctor of higher education degrees from the University of Southern California. He was an academic dean at Martin College in Pulaski, Tenn., Arapahoe Junior College in Littleton, Colo., and Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif., before serving as chair of the Education Division at Chapman College in Orange, Calif. He taught in West Germany for two years through the University of Southern 12
California and was dean of instruction at Mesa Community College in Arizona, chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona and currently is an associate professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Malcolm was named a Distinguished Alumnus by UF in 1988. He founded alumni chapters in southern California and Denver, Colo., and has served since 2005 on the Alumni Association Board of Governors. G. Ronald Philipp began his 30year career teaching at McKinley and Washington Elementary Schools in Findlay and went on to become principal of both Lincoln Elementary School and Jefferson Elementary School. Philipp earned a master of education degree from Bowling Green State University. After retiring in 1989, he returned to UF in 1990 to serve as teacher education admissions coordinator, field placement
coordinator, supervisor of field experiences and PRAXIS II coordinator for the College of Education, and he continues to guide pre-service teachers at Findlay. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the University in 1993. He and his wife, Ruth, have three children: Gregory ’80, Scott and Lori Nichols ’93; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. J. Duane Philipp taught business and vocational courses for 34 years at Findlay High School, where he served as departmental chair and work-study coordinator for the Cooperative Business Education program. He also earned a master’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University and served in the U.S. Army. Among his honors, he received the Outstanding National Advisor Award from the Business Professionals of America in 1991. After retiring in 1992, he joined The University of Findlay as field placement coordinator, teacher licensure
officer and supervisor of field experiences for the College of Education, where he continues to serve. He served on the UF Board of Trustees from 1976 until 2002, when he was named a trustee emeritus. He also served on the Alumni Board of Governors from 1988-2002 and was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1992. He and his wife created the James D. and Judith L. Philipp Award of Excellence for the College of Education Endowment, which recognizes excellence in the areas of teaching, supervision and support of students by faculty members. They have two children: a son, Tony, and a daughter, Tamara Kircher, and seven grandchildren. Ronald and Susan Souply are enthusiastic supporters of the University. Ronald taught social studies, English and science for the Carey Village Exempted School District until 1986. During summers, he worked for Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. where he was employed as a vacation replacement in the factory and later as a supervisor for summer workers.
In 1986, he accepted a full-time job as a corporate trainer with Cooper Tire and worked there until retiring in 2000. Ronald also was a wrestling referee for high school and college competitions for 25 years and was named to the Ohio Wrestling Officials Association Hall of Fame in 1997. He was president of the Alumni Association Board of Governors from 1987-89 and for many years videotaped UF football and basketball games. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Susan taught for 33 years in the Findlay City Schools, where she was a small group instructor working with children with learning disabilities. She volunteered with Coach Richard Strahmâ€™s foster-parent program for football players in the late 1970s, and the couple fostered several team members. They have three daughters: Kelly, Kristin and Kassandra, and three grandchildren. Sherrye (Johnson) Trafton graduated from Findlay with a degree in equestrian studies. She and her husband, John,
who is a professional farrier, own and operate a boarding and training facility, Sable Oak Equestrian Center, which has produced numerous state, All American Quarter Horse Congress and World Show champion horses. Trafton is a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Snaffle Bit Association. She is an AQHA professional horseman and a member of several professional equine associations. Trafton has earned championships in the AQHA, American Paint Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club and Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders Association. She also is a respected show judge and has served as ring steward for the AQHA Congress and the American Quarter Horse Youth Association Championships. Recently, she was awarded a four-star AQHA judgesâ€™ rating.
2010-11 Sports Review Football
The Oilers football team finished the season with a 1-10 record, while senior wide receiver Dustin Zielaskiewicz, senior offensive lineman Nathan Schaffer and senior kicker Cameron Stevens were all named second team all-GLIAC.
The Roughnecks finished 14th at the 2011 NCAA Division II national championship and saw junior Michael Lybarger cap a 39-4 season with an individual title in the 165-pound weight class.
Volleyball The volleyball team finished the season with a 13-15 record, led by junior Jessica VonIns, who was named second team all-GLIAC. In addition, freshman Danielle Taflinger received honorable mention all-conference status.
The men’s indoor track team finished fourth at the GLIAC championship and later saw Cory Vales (high jump), Derrick Vicars (weight throw, shot put), Shane Shockey (pole vault), Simon Bernard (4x400), Greg Schaible (4x400), Curtis Smithey (4x400) and John Guagenti (4x400) earn All-American honors at nationals.
Women’s Indoor Track
The men’s soccer team finished with a 4-10-3 record as newcomer Alex Oliver was tabbed the 2010 GLIAC Freshman of the Year.
The women’s indoor track team finished fourth at the GLIAC championship as Raven Clay was named the Athlete of the Year. At nationals, Clay finished second in the 60-meter hurdles to earn All-American accolades.
Women’s Soccer The women’s soccer team finished the season with a 9-7-3 record, reaching the second round of the GLIAC tournament. Senior Rosie Paris was named first team all-conference, while senior Amanda Bachmayer and Brianna Milne were second-team selections.
Men’s Indoor Track
Men’s Swimming The men’s swimming team finished seventh at the GLIAC championship.
The Oilers men’s basketball team finished the year with a 24-4 record, winning the GLIAC South Division for the ninth time in the past 10 years. The team was led by senior guard Nathan Hyde, who was named a NCAA Division II All-American. Hyde finished his career ranked 12th all-time at Findlay with 1,528 points.
The Oilers women’s swimming team finished fifth at the GLIAC championship as Ailsa Hershaw (400 IM) and Nikki SchnellMcCoy (200 backstroke) each brought home individual titles. At nationals, Schnell-McCoy earned All-American honors in the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes.
The women’s basketball team finished the season with a 17-10 record and won its second consecutive GLIAC South Division title. The team was led by junior guard Laura Bardall, who was named first team all-GLIAC. Junior guard Clare Aubry also garnered second team all-league honors for her performances during the 2010-11 campaign.
The men’s tennis team finished the season with a 9-10 record and was led by senior Kyle Collette, who was named first team all-GLIAC for the third consecutive season. Collette finished the year ranked first in the league with a 13-3 mark in #1 singles competition. He also sported a 12-6 mark in #1 doubles competition, the best in the GLIAC.
Women’s Tennis The women’s tennis team finished the year with a 5-11 record, led by senior Haley Dudon, an honorable mention all-GLIAC pick.
national championship. The Oilers totaled 15 points. Melissa McDonald won individual intermediate horsemanship, while Andrew Wolf won the opening reining competition.
Men’s Cross Country
The men’s cross country team placed seventh at the GLIAC championship and qualified for the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional, where the team finished in 15th place. Sophomore Shoayb Bascal led the Oilers at the regional, finishing 62nd.
Senior Joe McGeean of The University of Findlay’s men’s golf team finished in a tie for 32nd at the 2011 Midwest/South Central Super Regional. McGeean was named first team allGLIAC during the spring as well.
Women’s Cross Country
The women’s cross country team placed ninth at the GLIAC championship and qualified for the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional where the team finished in 12th place. Sophomore Brier Sterling led the Oilers at the regional, finishing 30th.
The women’s golf team placed seventh at the East Super Regional and was led by senior Andrea Vogt, who tied for 12th. As a team, the Oilers shot a three-round score of 1,001 (350, 323, 328), while Vogt carded a 244 (82, 81, 81).
Men’s Outdoor Track
The Oilers softball team completed the season with a 23-24-1 record. Senior first baseman Calli Coppus and sophomore pitcher/ designated hitter Brittany Dauterman were named honorable mention all-GLIAC. Coppus led the team with a .410 batting average. Dauterman hit .400 on the year.
Baseball The Oilers baseball team finished the year with a 15-31-1 season and lost 15 games by two runs or less. Senior Jason Reitenbach and sophomore Tommy Roush were both named honorable mention all-GLIAC for their performances during the 2011 campaign. Roush led the team in hitting with a .354 batting average.
English Equestrian The English equestrian team finished third at the Zone 6 finals and won eight events during the course of the year.
Western Equestrian The University of Findlay’s western equestrian team finished fourth at the 2011 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA)
The men’s outdoor track team finished fourth at the GLIAC championship, where senior Nathaniel Kurtz shared Field Athlete of the Meet honors and was named an All-American in the shot put. Competing in the NCAA Division II national championship in Turlock, Calif., junior Cory Vales (high jump), senior Shane Shockey (pole vault) and John Guagenti (400-meter) were named AllAmericans, as well as the 4x400-meter relay team of Guagenti, senior Simon Bernard, junior Curtis Smithey and senior Greg Schaible.
Women’s Outdoor Track The women’s outdoor track team finished fourth at the GLIAC championship, where junior Raven Clay won three events and helped the Oilers’ 4x400-meter relay team finish second en route to being named the GLIAC Athlete of the Year. At nationals, Clay was named All-American in the 100-meter hurdles and teamed with senior Lindsey Schmitmeyer and juniors Christine Zimmermann and Catherine Wiemers to earn the same honor in the 4x400-meter relay. Schmitmeyer also was named AllAmerican in the 800-meter run.
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