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How Malone’s educational goals shape the callings of our students and alumni Fall 2013

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Malone recognized for Return on Investment The value of a Malone education was recently recognized by Affordable Colleges Online. Malone ranked in the top tier for colleges and universities in Ohio. Read more about the ranking on page 25 and visit to learn more about the rankings. photo by Peter Finger

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Volume 15 | Number 1

On the cover: Julianna Smith ’08 is living and working in Egypt as a result of a study abroad experience— and what happened when she came back.

Feature Stories: What we do … How Malone’s Educational Goals Shape the Callings of Our Students and Alumni

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Engagement is Transformational Julianna Smith ’08 | Julianna says she was transformed as she learned how to engage with education in and out of the classroom. Putting a Face on Complex Issues Lora Wyss, Ph.D. | As associate professor of nursing, Lora helps students explore the implications of Christian faith for all areas of living. Clearing Hurdles to Help Others Achieve Their Dreams Jay Strimel ’79 | Jay has found a way to make a meaningful life—for himself and others.

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23 President’s Message Getting to the heart of what we do at Malone Feature: What We Do …

How Malone’s educational goals shape the callings of our alumni Stories of how members of the Malone community are living out Malone’s educational goals


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Connecting Malone’s academic focus to a broader community through the new College of Theology, Arts & Sciences’ Center for Theology & Ministry

“Chapel”—redesigned; Malone recognized for affordability, value, and ROI; Center for CrossCultural Engagement, Dual Enrollment possibilities for local high school students, and more Alumni News Class Notes, Homecoming, Future Pioneers, Weddings, Mystery Alum Athletics News Celebrating 50 Years of Men’s Golf—and—Men’s golf team claims Malone’s first GLIAC and NCAA II Midwest Regional championships

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President’s Message


Editors Amber Balash ’00 Suzie Thomas Designers Dave Yakley ’95 Jennifer Holloway

President’s Message Since the spring of 1892, Malone has set out to accomplish five transformational outcomes in the lives of our students; that they would: …understand and critically engage those bodies of knowledge and cultural influences that have shaped the world;

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…understand the biblical, historical, and theological foundations of the Christian faith;

Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Deb Robinson ’76 Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management and University Marketing Chris Abrams ’94, Ed.D. President David King, Ed.D. Cover Photo Cairo, Egypt Printer Hudson Printing Macedonia, Ohio Special thanks to Karen Warner for assisting with copy editing. Malone Magazine is published two times each year for alumni and friends of Malone University, Canton, Ohio, 44709. Opinions expressed are those of contributors and do not necessarily represent those of Malone University. © 2013 Malone University. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. Malone University has established a policy of equal academic and employment opportunity. This policy is applied to all qualified students, employees and applicants for admission or employment, in all University programs and activities, without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, or military or veteran status. 100%

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…think critically and creatively and communicate effectively in multiple contexts; …attain expertise in at least one profession or academic discipline and lay the foundation for meaningful work or further studies at the graduate level; and …explore the implications of the Christian faith for all areas of living, including intellectual, spiritual, and community pursuits. What this looks like in 2013 is a vibrant Christian campus community called to excellence —and called to aspiring beyond its current level of excellence. These aspirations are taking shape in a variety of concrete ways through …

• The opening of a Center for Theology & Ministry • The opening of a Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement • Launching a new RN to BSN online hybrid program • Launching a dual enrollment collaborative program with a local school district • Partnering with a local hospital by taking a wellness program to a local school district • Partnering with a local community college encouraging students to turn associates degrees into four-year degrees and perhaps beyond • Continued national recognition for our teacher education programs • Continued recognition of our faculty as leaders in their various disciplines

Couple this with news that Malone has been named to a list of colleges and universities in Ohio which provide the highest return on investment, all while seeing our students graduate with significantly less debt than the national average. Looking ahead, future issues of Malone Magazine will focus on who we are as an institution —exploring the foundational principles upon which Malone was built; and where we are going as we approach the future by means of a vibrant and energizing Strategic Plan. But for now I invite you to enjoy the retelling of just a few of the many stories of lives transformed from learning one’s faith to living one’s faith through the Malone Experience. That, after all, is our goal.

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How Malone’s educational goals shape the callings of our students and alumni My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. — Colossians 2:2–3 Students enter Malone University each fall with dreams. Some dream of becoming nurses or teachers, some dream of becoming pastors or executives, some dream of being senators or business owners. All of them dream of a brighter future for themselves and their families, whether they are 18, 25, or 55 and enrolling in traditional undergraduate programs, degree-completion programs, or graduate programs. The prayer of Malone University board of trustees, administration, faculty, and staff is that students discover their purpose in life. Not just a particular vocation or a specific path—though of course that happens. But our prayer is that they learn that however they spend their talents, times, and treasures, their primary purpose is to glorify God—and we want to help them achieve that purpose in every way possible. Like those featured in these pages who exemplify the educational goals of Malone University, we are grateful for the ways in which you, too, make a difference in your church, community, and world.

To read Malone’s Educational Goals, visit about-malone.

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Engagement is

rmational Students at nearly any institution in the world can choose to study abroad for a semester. But what happened after she got back from a semester in the Middle East, says Julianna Smith ’08, is what made her Malone experience so meaningful. photography by

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“The way I processed family relationships, friendships, politics, and faith was now being run through this filter of the Middle East.” Julianna Smith ’08 on the impact of her time in Egypt

“These experiences [rocking orphan babies, visiting African prisoners in Egyptian jails, walking around the grand mosques of Turkey, hiking in the Golan Heights, and breaking the Ramadan fast in the home of a poor Muslim family on the outskirts of Cairo] would have become distant memories from ‘that crazy semester abroad’ when I visited all sorts of ‘neat sites’ had it not been for the faculty at Malone,” says Julianna. “Malone’s History Philosophy & Social Sciences department, along with some of their colleagues in Theology, Communication Arts, and English, helped me through my post-cross-cultural-engagement phase. They encouraged me to reflect on my experiences, raise new questions, and fill in the blanks that were left after I returned to campus. Ultimately, that encouragement to ask new questions and continue to respond to that semester abroad led me to move back to Egypt and work for a year after graduation, return again to the US to do a master’s degree in Near Eastern languages and cultures, write a thesis on Coptic church-state relations in modern Egypt, and return once more to Egypt to work at a private hospital.” Julianna had gone to Egypt through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities’ Middle East Studies Program, which particularly encourages students to

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think through their Christian faith in their new environment.

Julianna also learned how her faith connected to all other parts of her life.

During her experience, Julianna says, “The way I processed family relationships, friendships, politics, and faith was now being run through this filter of the Middle East. For those who have never experienced having their deepest held assumptions challenged by engaging people different than themselves who are part of a system different than their own, it is difficult to explain. Engagement is transformational.”

“Seriously, I throw away my garbage differently now because I was taught how to think about creation care,” Julianna says. “How do I spend my weekends? What food do I eat? Where and how do I vacation? What transportation choices do I make? These questions all were made relevant in light of my faith by my Malone education in addition to critically thinking about the integration of my faith in my area of academic specialty.”

But, she says, she had gone through a spiritual transformation at Malone even before going abroad for a semester. “I learned that it is okay to ask questions about my faith,” Julianna says. “The Church has endured for more than 2,000 years. It has yet to crumble under the weight of challenging questions posed by some of the greatest minds on the earth and it certainly won’t crumble under my questions. When I realized that I could play the part of the skeptic and that I didn’t have to write the fool-proof defense for things I did not really understand, I really started to grow. Allowed to question and encouraged to seek answers under the guidance of gifted faculty members, I found that my understanding and faith, in the end, grew exponentially.”

As she grew in her spiritual development, she began thinking through what it meant to be a part of Christ’s Kingdom. “Throughout my four years at Malone this idea of the ‘Kingdom of God’ was emphasized in the classroom, dorms, and chapel. My worldview, in many ways (and not yet as many as I would like) was shaped through the emphases of this theme,” she says. “My thoughts started to go through filters such as: how do I understand this as a ‘Kingdom person’? How do I understand this in light of the present but not yet fully realized Kingdom of God? How would my perspective change if I really believed ‘Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done’ in this situation? Really, my time at Malone was just


the beginning of transforming my worldview into a ‘Kingdom worldview.’” If one asks Julianna what she “does,” she’ll tell you about working for a private hospital on their business development project, which means that she is researching the health care industry, finding its gaps, and advising her hospital on how to best fill those gaps. Then she will say, “But, Malone taught me the concept of vocation—what I do goes beyond the five-day-a-week nine-to-five career. So what else do I do? I live in Cairo. I work at my job. I am part of a local church. I go out with friends. I regularly purchase groceries from my favorite local vendors. I am part of my community.” And then, she’ll invite you—any member of the Malone family—to dinner if you are ever in Cairo. Her treat. ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY. Julianna says that her time at Malone encouraged her to be thoughtful about every choice in life—from sorting her garbage to the role she takes in her community.

To read the full length interview with Julianna, visit:

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Goal: To explore the implications of the Christian faith for all areas of living, including intellectual, spiritual, and community pursuits.

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on complex issues On a Wednesday, in the first week of June, Lora Wyss, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing, invites a dozen or so nursing and pre-med students to meet her just 12.6 miles north of Malone’s campus for a cross-cultural experience that opens their eyes, their hearts, and their minds. photos by Todd Biss Photography

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For a full day, Dr. Wyss, the students, and alumni nurses, physicians, and translators offer tuberculosis tests, vision and hearing exams, and provide other general medical services to some of the nearly 400 men and women—and their families—who come from Georgia, Texas, Florida, and Mexico to plant, tend, and harvest crops during Hartville, Ohio’s growing season. Almost 15 years ago, Dr. Wyss started bringing students to a migrant clinic in Hartville to offer her students a cross-cultural experience.

Malone students who volunteer at the Hartville Migrant Clinic are also exposed to a collaborative effort of many institutions, says Wyss—volunteers also help from Aultman Hospital, North Canton Medical Foundation/Akron Children’s Hospital,

“Students start out with perceptions about a free clinic,” says Dr. Wyss, “Oh, it’s going to be scary and dirty. We help them get past their perceptions, and once students get to know their clients, they’ve even gone into their homes before. Students keep journals, and they’re usually nervous at first, but they grow so much through the process and just learn so much about themselves and other people. It just becomes very meaningful for them.”

“Meeting and getting to know migrants puts a face on immigration … it opens their eyes to what is happening in our world.”

“I started with one small thing,” says Dr. Wyss. “And before I knew it, I was on the board of directors. And now, I’m president of the board. It’s where my heart is. I’ve gotten very close to many of the families we serve, and it’s been such an honor to serve here.”

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Lora Wyss, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing

the Stark County Health Department, Walsh University, Kent State University’s graduate program in Spanish translation, and Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Alexandra Wilthew ’14 enjoyed helping at the clinic. A Spanish speaker, she was able to help calm a toddler who was getting a hearing test done. And as students graduate and take jobs in the community, many even take vacation days to come back and




volunteer, like Joe Conway ’13. Victoria Chavez ’11, a graduate of Malone’s Spanish program, volunteered this summer with her Kent State University master’s program, working as a Spanish translator. Victoria works with immigrants in the city of Canton as well, with alumni Justin ’07 and Jamie White ’10, as they help Spanish-speaking newcomers become adjusted to life in America.

“I’ve always liked helping people, so this is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Josiah. “It’s been a really neat experience and helps me prepare for a career in primary care and family practice.”

Josiah Smith ’15, a resident of Hartville, is a pre-med student and soccer player whose brother volunteered with the Hartville Migrant Clinic before attending school to become a physician’s assistant, and encouraged Josiah to do the same.

“Meeting and getting to know migrants puts a face on immigration,” says Dr. Wyss. “It helps them understand that these issues are a whole lot more complex than they originally thought and opens their eyes to what is happening in our world.”

In addition to helping students learn more about medicine, students also encounter complex political issues to think through, such as healthcare and immigration.

Next June, on that first Wednesday of the month, you will again find Dr. Lora Wyss —along with current and former students —developing relationships characterized by love, compassion, and service to others. She’ll be hugging her friends she hasn’t seen in nine months, and carefully observing her students to help them serve with competency and grace, despite language barriers and cultural differences. Lora will be, once again, modeling for her students how to live their Wednesdays. And their Thursdays. And their Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.

1. A LONG HISTORY. Dr. Wyss cares for Rafael Gutierezz, Jr., whom she’s known his entire life during his visit to the Hartville Migrant Clinic. 2. EAGER TO SERVE. A group of students pose during a free clinic opportunity in which migrants and children can access health and developmental screenings. Students are (back, left–right) Rudy Pekarovic ’13, Christopher Yakubik ’14, Josiah Smith, ’15, Delight Howells ’07, BSN, R.N. at the Stark County Health Department; Alexandra Wilthew ’14. (front, left– right) Christina Williams Marsh ’14, Kelly Marsh ’14, and Julianna Incerpi ’14. 3. PUTTING THEM AT EASE. Translator Victoria Chavez ’11 laughs with a family as they fill out forms. 4. HEART OF LOVE. Leslie Harding ’14 listens to the heartbeat of the son of a migrant worker.

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Goal: To attain expertise in at least one profession or academic discipline and lay the foundation for meaningful work or further studies at the graduate level.

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Hurdles to help others achieve their dreams The man who claims he was “the second-worst hurdler that Jack Hazen ever had to put up with,” may not have been the best at jumping over obstacles in his youth. He has long since traded in his spikes for a bicycle and, once Jay Strimel ’79 learned a new way of doing things, he has achieved dreams he never imagined possible. photos by Todd Biss Photography

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Jay struggled with his grades as an undergraduate student. He started going to school part-time so he could work, so when he was laid off in the recession of 1974, Jay joined the United States Air Force. “That changed my perspective and gave me the opportunity to really grow up,” he says. Jay’s time in the Air Force also planted a seed that would come to fruition more than a decade later. One of his friends from Malone was getting married and wanted Jay (who had been active in Chorale and track at Malone) to be in the wedding. Jay asked his sergeant for time off, but was told that it was too far in advance and to ask closer to the desired time. Two weeks before the wedding, the sergeant denied the request, so Jay had to cancel with his friend. “Later, I found out that the sergeant was not authorized to prevent me from taking leave—he had broken the rules,” says Jay. “It infuriated me, so I started studying AF-4510, the Air Force regulations, and constantly aggravated my superiors by challenging them whenever they tried to get me to do something out of line with the regulations.” After completing his service and finishing technical school through the Air Force, Jay learned he needed only one more class to earn his bachelor’s degree. So he finished his degree during the summer of 1979, and was hired by RCA Service Company, a contractor for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Kennedy Space Center. Eventually NASA changed contractors to Grumman Technical Services, who also hired Jay, and he earned a master’s in management from the Florida Institute of Technology. Nearly seven years later, Jay watched the space shuttle Challenger blow up, three miles from the launch site. FINDING HIS CALLING. Jay Strimel shares about his unusual journey to the courtroom.

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“… with the practice of immigration law, if I win, I’m helping, not hurting. I am blessed to end up in this kind of law.” Jay Strimel ’79 on the satisfaction he gets from working in immigration law

“Right after that happened, everything was shut down for a while because of all the investigations,” he says. “I, like everyone there, was going through a time of introspection. Yes, all of the folks aboard the Challenger died, but they died doing something they loved. I didn’t want to be 80, sitting in a rocking chair, saying ‘what if’ over something I wanted to do but never made the effort to at least try.” Ever since studying the Air Force regulations to better control his military career, Jay had thought about going to law school. The Challenger exploded because safety regulations were not properly followed. So he decided to make the leap: he moved to Houston to attend South Texas College of Law, where he was an assistant editor of the South Texas Law Review. However, at 41, he learned that it was challenging to find an internship—and job—because of his age. Finally, Jay became an attorney for Tindall & Foster, P.C., one of the top law firms in the world for immigration, a specialty which he had never considered before, but ultimately developed a true passion. After the demise of Tindall & Foster, P. C. he became a Partner at Jackson Walker LLP, a well respected Texas law firm.

I would lose sight of the fact that people and their way of life are at stake on both sides of the ledger,” he says. “However, with the practice of immigration law, if I win, I’m helping, not hurting. I am blessed to end up in this kind of law.” Jay mostly works for corporations in employment-based immigration. Immigration, though, is a very complicated process. “We don’t have a straight-forward way for most people to enter our country,” he says. “It’s an expensive process for employers, but I help people and companies do things the right way … trying to get immigration to operate at the speed of business.” His most fulfilling cases, he says, have been those in which immigrants become citizens. “People are so excited, they are beaming, and it’s such a momentous occasion because the process is so drawn out and complex,” Jay says. “The shortest it can be is a threeyear process if the individual happens to be married to a US citizen, but most of the time it takes five to 10 or 15 years.”

Although Jay made the decision to quit his job at Kennedy Space Center to attend law school, he had concerns about the field.

Jay has also helped a number of international students at Malone make sure their paperwork is in order. He says that so many people helped him during his own Malone days that it feels right to give something back.

“Because I am so competitive, I was afraid I would be so focused on winning a case that

Music was an outlet for Jay, and he loved touring South America and Asia with the

Malone Chorale and Don and “Mom” (Dorothy) Murray. He also sang for the Air Force and, while living in Houston, began singing with his church’s choir. But the person who made the biggest impact on him was Coach Hazen. Despite Jay’s claims that he was a terrible hurdler, “Hazen didn’t treat me any differently than his AllAmericans.” “That taught me a lot about who he was— and a lot about who Malone was,” Jay says. “Malone was most interested in Hazen’s ability to take boys and turn them into good young men. Coach Hazen would always tell us to just do our best. We all hear that growing up, but Hazen taught me that doing my best meant pushing the envelope every day. If you’re not trying to do a little better each and every day then you’re not really doing your best. It is a lesson I have applied throughout my life.” Despite struggling with some severe learning disabilities in his youth, Malone also helped Jay realize that he could learn—he just needed to figure out a different way. And though, long ago, Jay switched to bicycling for exercise, he is proud of the obstacles he has overcome—and has truly come to understand his aptitudes and gifts as he discovered his vocational calling.

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Academic Feature

College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences launches


Theology &Ministry “The Center is a way to connect Malone’s academic focus to a broader community by sharing our educational resources and serving our constituencies ….”

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his August, Malone launched The Center for Theology and Ministry (CTM), as an effort to support and strengthen Christian communities in Northeast Ohio by serving as a source for news, ideas and best practices, providing ongoing training and leadership development, and facilitating increased cooperation among area churches and other key institutions. The Director of CTM is Bryan Hollon, Ph.D., associate professor of theology at Malone. Dr. Hollon has served in pastoral ministry, is a specialist in the relationship between Christianity and culture, and has published, Everything is Sacred: Spiritual Exegesis in the Political Theology of Henri de Lubac, as well as essays and book reviews in a variety of academic journals. He hosts a blog section on CTM’s website at www., which addresses issues relevant to the Church today. Recent posts include meditations for Sunday mornings, book reviews, and articles by Malone professors, students, and alumni.

This takes Malone’s educational goal to think critically and creatively and communicate effectively in multiple contexts to a larger, community audience—especially the idea of reading and listening to the ideas of others with understanding and discernment. “The Center is a way to connect Malone’s academic focus to a broader community by sharing our educational resources and serving our constituencies of pastors and lay people more effectively,” explains Hollon. “We hope CTM will help churches stay connected to the deep resources of classic Christian thinking so that they can better avoid contemporary Western Christianity’s tendency to focus too much on programs and entertainment. We want to help people carefully discern what they are reading and participate more thoughtfully and faithfully in ministry, worship, service, etc.” CTM will foster connections among individuals and churches interested in partnering with Malone in the mission of supporting and strengthening Christian

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Goal: To think critically and creatively and communicate effectively in multiple contexts.

EDUCATING A COMMUNITY. Bryan Hollon, Director for the Center for Theology & Ministry, wants to share Malone’s academic resources with the community and churches.

communities in Northeast Ohio and beyond. The Center is focused on generating resources and facilitating discussions that will benefit churches and parachurch organizations serving Christ for the glory of God and benefit of the world. As an inaugural event, the Center hosted the Friends Heritage Symposium in July with the following presentations: • Cory Janson ’13, “Quaker and Puritan Interactions in the Massachusetts Bay Colony” • Julian Law ’13, “Quakers and Holiness Theology” • Gabriel Lopez ’13, “Evangelical Friends Mission in Guatemala” • Thomas Shaub ’14, “Theology of the Inward Light” • Robert Vacik ’13, “Ohio Yearly Meeting and Its Young People” • Amy Yuncker, archival librarian at Malone, “Students as Teachers as Well as Preachers”

Upcoming events: January 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Lecture, Evangelical Christians and the Challenges of Anti-Intellectualism T.C. Ham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies January 21, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Lecture, Introducing The Saint John’s Bible Joel Soza, D.Th., Professor of Biblical Studies

February 20 Lecture, The Church and the Melting of Identity Andrew Root, Ph.D., Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, author February 21, 8 a.m. – 12 noon Workshop, Relationships and Young People Andrew Root

January 28, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Lecture, Exegeting The Saint John’s Bible Suzanne Nicholson, Ph.D., Associate professor of Biblical Studies

March 11, 7:30 p.m. Woolman Lecture, The Myth of Religious Violence William Cavanaugh, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Catholic Studies at DePaul University, author

February 5, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Lecture, Exegeting The Saint John’s Bible Duane Watson, Ph.D., Professor of Biblical Studies

March 12, 7:30 p.m. Woolman Lecture, Secularization and Idolatry William Cavanaugh

For more information, visit the Center’s blog at

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Campus News

Malone ranks among the best in the Midwest for ninth consecutive year Moves up 18 places in U.S.News & World Report rankings For the ninth consecutive year, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Malone among the top Regional Universities in the Midwest according to the September edition of America’s Best Colleges 2014. Malone moved up 18 places in the rankings from a six-way tie for the 60th rank last year to a six-way tie for the 42nd rank (out of 110 institutions ranked in the top tier) with Southern

Illinois University-Edwardsville, St. Xavier University (IL), University of MinnesotaDuluth, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and University of WisconsinWhitewater. U.S.News & World Report uses a number of relevant criteria including peer assessment, freshman-to-sophomore retention, alumni giving, and acceptance rate to determine college rankings. A new

indicator––graduation rate performance–– comparing U.S.News’ predicted percentage to the actual percentage of students completing a baccalaureate degree within six years––was added to the rankings this year. For more information, please visit colleges.

Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement connects students to opportunities for global connections and experiential learning Malone recently announced the creation of the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement. The purpose for the Center is to connect experiential learning with real-world opportunities, fulfill learning goals for general education requirements in cross-cultural encounter and global connections, and match desire for ministry and service with educational reflection and academic credit. Prior, the University met these needs through a study-abroad program and co-curricular participation in service-learning trips. The Center will combine these efforts in a more streamlined and intentional way. Faculty instrumental in the development of the Center include Jack Harris, Ph.D., professor of business administration, and director of the Center; Malcolm Gold, Ph.D., professor of sociology and chair, department of history, philosophy, and social sciences; and Celia King, former director of service learning. The announcement comes soon after nearly 100 Malone faculty, staff, and students participated at home and abroad in servicelearning trips this past spring and summer.

To learn more and see a video, visit study-abroad.

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Students visited Italy with co-leaders Ann Lawson, instructor of communication arts, and Jacci Welling, Ph.D., professor of history. Summer destinations included Italy, India, Romania, Poland, Kenya, Denmark, and Costa Rica. Spring trips took students as far away as Ecuador––and as close to home as the Lighthouse Ministries in Canton. Malone University service-learning participants partner with international hosts who have compassion, knowledge, and

experience with the people of the countries the teams visit. The trips are created around the potential to learn, both about the culture and from the nationals who host them. The service projects incorporated into the trips are designed by nationals of the host countries to address real needs.

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“Chapel” redesigned—Office of Spiritual Formation integrates community worship with new spiritual formation opportunities One of Malone’s core educational goals is to “understand the biblical, historical, and theological foundations of the Christian faith.” After two years of research, discussion, and prayer, the Office of Spiritual Formation revamped the program previously known as “chapel” in order to continue to meet that goal in ways that are most meaningful to students Now, many types of spiritual formation opportunities are offered with the goal of helping students to grow in their faith whatever their starting point. “The adjustments in our strategy have come about to better reach the current population of students, which includes Christians and non-Christians as well as students from more than 45 different church backgrounds,” says Linda (Kincaid) Leon ’93, director of spiritual formation, who recently earned a doctoral degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary––she studied “Ministry to Emerging Generations.” “We want students to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ. We also want them to take responsibility for actively growing their spiritual lives. So, building on our traditional foundation of community worship, we’ve added dozens of worship opportunities that engage students in large and small groups, in lecture and participatory formats.”

All full-time traditional undergraduate students, with the exception of student teachers and students who are working at all-day, everyday internships, are expected to attend at least 20 spiritual formation opportunities each semester and may select from a traditional community worship experience held each Wednesday, Celebration, Life Groups, iX (interactive experience), Vespers, Spiritual Disciplines sessions, and more. “Spiritual formation opportunities are a part of what makes Malone distinctive,” explains Tim Longbrake, assistant director of spiritual formation. “A spiritual life is an integrated one; our faith should be lived out in everything we do.”

Linda Leon ’93

Tim Longbrake

To learn more about Spiritual Formation Opportunities, visit

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NURSING NEWS Malone launches RN to BSN online hybrid program Malone’s RN to BSN degree completion program is now available as a hybrid online/ on-ground program. The program offers the flexibility of online convenience with the traditional approach of face-to-face learning. The year-long program, spread over 14 months, allows registered nurses to earn the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree, with all requirements accomplished with a unique mix of one-evening-per-week courses and online courses. Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Debra Lee, Ph.D., says that research suggests the combination of online learning with traditional classroom and clinical instruction makes for the best learning outcomes. A hallmark of nursing instruction at Malone is the emphasis on relationships, caring for people with professional competence, and Christ-like compassion. “As a profession, and to the nurse, we know that relationships are a key component of positive outcomes––at the bedside and in our collaborative endeavors,” Lee says. “Malone has a vested interest in students’ success, and we believe that this program, which fosters a personal connection with our students in today’s technologically adept culture, is an innovative way to ensure that success.”

MSN celebrates 10th graduating class! In 2003, the School of Nursing saw 12 students enroll in its inaugural master’s degree program, leading to the family nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist certifications. Ten years later, the School has awarded a total of 133 MSN degrees, including a record 23 in the tenth graduating class. Malone’s master of science in nursing degree may be earned in 24 months. The lock-step program track leads graduates to the designation of family nurse practitioner (FNP) with a primary care focus. Most courses use a one-day-a-week schedule, plus clinical hours to qualify for the certification exams. New students are accepted each fall.

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Malone hosts annual Friends Association for Higher Education conference Malone was pleased to host the 33rd annual conference of the Friends Association of Higher Education (FAHE) June 20–23. The theme was “Holistic Education: To What End?” Faculty at Quaker institutions, Quaker faculty at non-Quaker institutions, and anyone with an interest in the Quaker heritage was welcome to attend. Serving as on-site coordinator was Jacci Welling, Ph.D., Jacci Welling, Ph.D.; Paul Anderson professor of history at Malone. Malone ’78, Ph.D.; and Dr. King, Ed.D. faculty were well represented as Jay Case, Ph.D., professor of history, served as a plenary speaker. Additional presenters included Brenda Stevens, director of multicultural services; Charles Lartey, Ph.D., director of assessment; David Hahn, Ph.D., chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and professor of mathematics; Steven Jensen, Ph.D., professor of English; Scott Waalkes, Ph.D., professor of international politics; Marcia Everett, Ph.D., professor of communication arts and director of The College Experience; Cherie Parsons, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and director of composition; and Laura Foote, instructor of management studies. President David King participated on a presidents’ panel discussion.

President King elected to Chamber board

Culturefest features Elec Simon and DJ Korey Lee

Malone President David King was recently elected to the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors for a three-year term.

The annual Culturefest celebration featured percussionist Elec Simon of STOMP fame, with African drumming, assisted by his community band and Malone students. In addition, the campus was treated to Latin flavor music from DJ Korey Lee, as well as a banquet of foods celebrating our diverse culture.

“Since arriving in Canton in January 2012, Winnie and I have appreciated the hospitality and dynamic nature of the region,” he remarked. “It is indeed a privilege to be given the opportunity to serve an organization that plays such a vital role in the vibrant future of the Canton/Stark County community during these challenging yet exciting times.”

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Colleges Online High ROI Colleges

Affordable Colleges Online Recognizes Malone for affordability, value, and return on investment

Value and affordability. Malone was recently ranked among the top Ohio colleges and universities that offer the “Highest Return on Investment.” The news comes from Affordable Colleges Online (ACO), an organization that analyzed nearly 400 colleges in Ohio and ranked the top 44 colleges that provide students the biggest return on investment, noting that graduates from these schools enjoy the largest earning gap between non-degree holders during a 30-year span. What’s more, Malone students graduate with 11.6% less debt than the national average, with many––if not most––paying what one would expect to pay at a state institution. Pam Pustay, director of financial aid, is eager to dispel the myth that Christian higher education is beyond most families’ reach today. “Due to institutional scholarships and grant money that Malone is able to offer, many of our students pay less to attend Malone than to attend a state university,” she says. “Families are realizing the importance of considering the institutional financial aid and looking beyond the sticker price to the net price of attendance.”

commitment to integrating Christian faith and learning. It’s the personal interaction with faculty and being a part of a community that encourages excellence––whether in the classroom, on the athletic field, in the concert hall, or serving in the community!”

Director of Admissions Linda Hoffman (left) and Director of Financial Aid Pam Pustay

and grants to students with financial need after all federal, state, and merit funds have been awarded. There are loans and work-study programs as well that will help students finance their educations. The best way for families to ensure they are getting the “best bang for the buck” is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to take advantage of any federal and state aid they may qualify to receive. Also, students and their families should consider the financial aid office a resource for information and a partner as they navigate through the financial aid process. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek assistance from financial aid professionals,” says Pam. “In addition, students should always search for outside scholarships. There are many search sites such as: •, •, •, •”

“Due to institutional scholarships and grant money that Malone is able to offer, many of our students pay less to attend Malone than to attend a state university.”

Linda Hoffman, director of undergraduate and graduate admissions agrees, “To many families this is shocking news––but it’s true! With financial aid the average Malone student pays what it would cost to attend a state university. It’s all about looking beyond the price tag of tuition, room and board, and then subtracting the financial aid, and looking at the net cost of attendance.” She adds, “And, always consider the value a student gains from a Malone education!” That value, says Linda, begins and ends with the whole experience. “It’s the high quality education which is enhanced by the

Pam Pustay, director of financial aid

It is also: • Small classes • Major and career planning • Peer tutoring to ensure success • Easy access to all student service offices • A safe community-minded campus Financial aid is not one-size-fits-all. Kinds of available financial aid include state, federal, institutional and private grants, and scholarship. Malone participates in all federal Title IV financial aid programs. Ohio residents with financial need attending Malone are also eligible to receive the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG). This grant provides eligible full-time students with $2,080 per year. This Ohio grant is not available for students attending a state institution. In addition, Malone offers academic scholarships, athletic scholarships,

“Be sure to research and apply for grants and scholarships in and around your community,” reminds Linda. “Apply early for admission to Malone. It helps us get to know you and help you through the process. Get to know the admissions and financial aid staff––be sure to call the financial aid office and share the story.” Above all, Linda and Pam point out––“Don’t make a decision to apply or not apply to a college/university based on the price tag of that institution. It’s always worth applying to the schools you are interested in and then take it one step at a time.” Criteria for consideration as a “High ROI College” included being a fully accredited institution––either public or private, and be at least a four-year, degree-granting institution. ROI was calculated according to PayScale’s 2013 College Value Report. For more information about how ACO compiled their list and conducted research, visit

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Theatre at Malone celebrates 50 years with re-staging of first play: Our Town Theatre at Malone University kicked off its 50-year celebration with a re-staging of the first play of THEATRE performed at Malone, at MALONE Our Town, opening Homecoming weekend. Cast members included some familiar alumni faces as well as faculty and current Malone students. The production was directed by alumnus Lee Lavery ’66, who played the town’s choirmaster in the 1963 production. After graduating, Lee went on to teach theatre arts and English for 45 years, finishing his career as Theatre Arts Department chairman at Oakwood School in North Hollywood, Calif. The remaining 50th anniversary season schedule is below. Lee Lavery ’66 with Tammie McKenzie, chair, Communication Arts, professor of communication arts, and director of Theatre.

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Department of Information Technologies reaches out to local schools The Department of Information Technologies networking and support staff recently reached out to the Tuslaw community by means of assisting the local school district with a technology initiative. Malone permits its faculty and staff to participate in service-learning programs for up to 10 working days for servicelearning projects in the local community and around the world. Tuslaw Local Schools are in the process of implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative to help prepare their students for the 2014–15 online assessments set by the Ohio Department of Education. Senior network engineer, Jim Shaffer, and systems analyst, Shawn Campbell, assisted with the project.

Enactus named Step Up for Small Business Finalist The Malone chapter of Enactus was named a Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business Finalist, participating in the 2013 Enactus United States National Exposition in Kansas City. The Malone team secured a grant to help fund the students’ project in support of PEAK, Inc., a provider agency serving developmentally delayed adults. Last year, the team created a website to help P.E.A.K. with its marketing strategies as well as assisting them with environmental efficiency efforts. This year, one of the goals was to make it possible for each staff member to become CPR certified. The students hope to make P.E.A.K., Inc. more marketable, management confident, and profitable.

Kappa Delta Pi chapter receives ACE Award

Malone Musical Memories November 22-23, 2013 | Free

A student/alumni production, directed by Tammie McKenzie and Emily Hisey ’07 Musical director: Brent Schloneger ’86


24-Hour Theatre January 25, 2014 | Free and open to current students and theatre alumni

Steel Magnolias March 18-22, 2014 A student/alumni production, directed by Tammie McKenzie

Dance Concert April 25-26, 2014 | Free and open to the public Directed by Kelly Winn ’99

For more information, visit

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Malone University’s Rho Tau chapter of Kappa Delta Pi was recently awarded the Achieving Chapter Excellence (ACE) Award––one of the highest honors that the international education honorary bestows on its institutional chapters. The recognition––awarded biannually––marks the fifth consecutive time that Malone’s chapter has received the award. Of the more than 600 chapters nationwide, Malone’s was one of only 22 to receive the honor. Malone’s chapter is under the leadership of Beth Clark Thomas, Ph.D., professor of elementary education, and Rhoda Sommers, Ph.D., dean and associate professor of education. Earlier this year Dr. Clark-Thomas was elected into the inaugural class of the honorary Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi. The Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter was established to recognize men and women who have made significant contributions of service to the Society and exemplified its ideals and excellence in education. Election into the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter is a lifetime award and limited to 100 living members.

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Malone alum Stephen Weingart ’88 named vice president for University Advancement New director of Admissions and finance manager also named Stephen Weingart ’88 was recently promoted to the position of vice president for University advancement. Weingart had been named associate vice president in March. In his new role, he will oversee all aspects of the University’s advancement operations as well as cultivate and manage a portfolio of donor and prospect Stephen Weingart relationships. Weingart brings to this role a long history with Malone as a 1988 graduate, a member and president of the University’s Alumni Executive Board and, more recently as a member of the Board of Trustees. As a trustee, Stephen served as chair of the Enrollment Management and Marketing Committee, vice chair of the Board, and as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on University Status. He is married to Beth (Pickens) ’87. The Weingarts have two children, Austin and Olivia.

Linda Hoffman

Linda Kurtz Hoffman steps into her role as director of undergraduate and graduate admissions with 24 years of higher education enrollment and marketing experience. Previously, Linda served as director of admissions, admissions and marketing specialist, vice president of admissions and marketing, and associate

vice president of admissions at Roberts Wesleyan College. Linda has a bachelor of arts from Wheaton College and a master of arts from State University of New York College at Brockport. She has served as chair of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities’ Chief Enrollment Officers Commission, as secretary for the National American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals, and as the Rochester Area Colleges Admissions chair. She lives in Canton with her husband, Joe, and son, Jamee. Tracy Miller ’88 is originally from Holmes County. Tracy graduated from Malone in 1988 with a degree in accounting and in business administration. Tracy comes to his role as finance manager with more than twenty years of accounting and finance experience. He served as vice president of finance for Dutchman Hospitality Tracy Miller Group in Walnut Creek and as controller for Miracle Plumbing & Heating in Canton. He and his wife of 23 years, Tammy ’91—a past president of the Malone Alumni Executive Board––reside in Canton, and have two sons, Joah, 19, a Malone freshman, and Jordan, 17. The Millers attend The House of the Lord in Akron. Tracy says that he is very glad to be “back home again,” and looks forward to a bright future with Malone!

Malone partners with Aultman Hospital and Louisville Schools to combat childhood-adolescent obesity The programs of Exercise Science and Community and Public Health Promotion are uniting with Aultman Hospital and the Louisville School District to launch the Aultman Ambassador Program, an intervention initiative to combat childhood/ adolescent obesity. This pilot program kicks off with the beginning of the 2013–14 school year, and will follow incoming freshmen through their senior years, incorporating healthy nutrition and exercise habits. Students are participating in the program on a volunteer basis. Aultman Hospital staff will lead the team of health care professionals

working with the students. According to Debra Lee, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, “By working closely with students during these important years, we hope to help them develop positive eating and exercise habits that will serve them well throughout their long, healthy lives.” Lora Wyss, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing, adds, “I feel that the partnership between Aultman Hospital, Louisville High School, and Malone University is a great opportunity to share community resources and to positively impact healthy life-style choices.”

Linda Young (left) and Sharla Elton from Aultman Hospital with Malone student Dustin Wagner.

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Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible on display at The Canton Museum of Art Christmas at Malone will also feature the historic piece In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn., commissioned renowned calligrapher and scribe to Queen Elizabeth II, Donald Jackson, to produce the first hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible in more than 500 years. Twelve years in the making, The Saint John’s Bible was created using ancient materials and techniques. We invite you to explore this work of art that unites an ancient Benedictine tradition with the technology and vision of today, illuminating the Word of God for a new millennium. A full 68 pages of the original 1,150 pages will be on display, representing––for the first time anywhere––sections from all seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible. Presented by The Canton Museum of Art and Malone University: December 5, 2013–March 2, 2014 at the Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Avenue N., Canton, Ohio, 44702 Then visit The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition at the Everett L. Cattell Library on the Malone University campus. Malone is home to one of only 299 published volumes. And ring in the Christmas Season with: Christmas at Malone––Illuminating the Word December 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. December 8 at 3 p.m. Reserve tickets online at or call 330.471.8231.

To the Ends of the Earth, Donald Jackson and Andrew Jamieson, 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Used with permission.

Malone raises $4,000 for Refuge of Hope Malone recently made a donation of used mattresses from residence halls to Refuge of Hope, and launched a fundraiser to work in cooperation with the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) to provide bus passes for Refuge of Hope residents and clients for travel to medical appointments, job interviews, counseling sessions, etc. Combining proceeds from the Jack Hazen Open Pump & Run with another fundraiser, the University presented Refuge of Hope with a check for $2,045. SARTA pledged to match all funds up to $2,000, bringing the total donation to more than $4,000.

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Randall Campus Center transformed to Emma’s … and more! Students did not take long to discover a unique and comfortably enhanced student environment when they entered the newly renovated Randall Campus Center this fall. Upstairs, Bennett Lounge now offers cozy overstuffed leather chairs and conversation corners. The former lower-level game room has been transformed into “Emma’s”––a contemporary place to gather. The vision behind both spaces reflects a great team effort between Mike Terry, president of the student body; and, Winnie King, wife of Malone President David King and owner of Environments H.C., a company that specializes in creating unique environments. According to Winnie, “I wanted our students to have a place of their own that was contemporary and fun. They were my clients, and I thought about them as I made each decision.” She continues, “I met regularly with Mike to be sure that we were meeting the needs of the students. He had specific requests from our students, and it was a very joyful project! My hope is that the space will inspire them to enjoy each other, dream big seemingly impossible dreams, and enhance the creativity in their studies.” The name––“Emma’s”––is an homage to Malone co-founder, Emma Malone. The building, which was once a working barn for the Stark County Home, includes rustic wooden beams, exposed brick, and tile floors. Another goal was to design a coffee bar “space that would be cool anywhere!” Winnie says, “It’s the tension between the iconic barn and contemporary pieces that helps create interesting space.” The coffee bar in Emma’s serves only the best––as Café Dante, overseen by and benefiting the Student Writer’s Guild. Furniture selection was a lesson in stewardship. The Kings wanted to raise the consciousness of our environment. “As a designer,” Winnie explains, “it is always the relationship between form and function that sets the table. Our furniture needed to be durable, comfortable, and also the right look so as not to compromise style. We used furniture that was made from recycled barn wood for the study tables. The Broom chair is made of 90% industrial waste—trash you would sweep up at the end

A place to gather. Students enjoy an enhanced environment where they can study, unwind, or just hang out. Photos by Peter Finger. of the day in a factory. Another chair we used is made of 111 recycled plastic bottles. The aluminum chairs are all recycled material.” The result is a perfect venue for poetry readings, coffee house-style concerts, and just hanging out. Wall decorations have received a great deal of thought and attention as well. “Having our students enjoy the gift of some interesting pieces of art was a big priority,” Winnie says. “Upstairs, in Bennett Lounge, are two pieces by artist Marty Campolo. Artist Ramona Candy’s “In the language of Angels,”––a photo etching and chine-collé–– and artist Kathleen Hayek’s “Revelation,”––an etching and chine-collé––flank wood artisan Ron Morgan’s raredos.

Downstairs in Emma’s is a commissioned painting of a vintage coffee percolator done by Malone alum Rick Huggett. Rick also designed the “Emma’s” sign for the front of the counter. Etchings by artist Mark Milroy and photographs by artist Jennifer Reeves add to the space. According to Terry, Student Senate had been lobbying for improved student space, with its sights set on the barn. “When I found out that Winnie had agreed to collaborate with us I was thrilled,” he says. “I was excited because I knew she was very talented—but even more so I was excited because it was an opportunity for collaboration between administration and students. Emma’s is a testament to that collaborative effort.”

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School of Education and Human Development Hosts Cardboard Challenge Osborne Hall was one site of the second annual Global Cardboard Challenge this fall. Area fourth graders took part in this STEM-based, common-core based, problemsolving curriculum developed by Beth Clark-Thomas, Ph.D. Teams participated in a number of engineering challenge stations involving up-cycled and recycled materials.

To learn more about the Cardboard Challenge, visit cardboard_challenge. Everyone was a winner at the Global Cardboard Challenge!

Malone and Plain Local Schools establish dual enrollment program for high school students

Students take top prize in Platinum Chef competition!

Malone is collaborating with the Plain Local School District on a Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) in which students may earn college and high school credit during their junior and senior years while enrolled in high school. This type of dual enrollment program is a by-product of Ohio’s ongoing initiative to encourage these Plain Local Schools Superintendent educational partnerships to promote Brent May ’94 (left) with David greater access to higher education Entwistle. through shared resources. The highly focused program is a component of GlenOak High School’s Health Sciences Academy Pathway, “Advancement to Nursing,” designed to enable the successful student to enter a B.S.N. program with advanced standing. Students will take a nursing course, as well as core support and science requirements. The first dual enrollment course offered this fall is Introduction to Psychology, taught by Malone professor, David Entwistle, Psy.D. Anatomy and Physiology will be offered in the spring, taught by associate professor, Lisa Beltz, Ph.D.. Future courses will be taught by GlenOak and/or Malone faculty.

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Malone students employed by AVI Fresh (Malone’s dining services provider) won the Platinum Chef Ohio intercollegiate cooking competition. Team members are Brooke Gifford (Doylestown); Amber Benson, (Louisville); Hillary Danko, (Doylestown); Taylor Burnham, (North East, Pa.); and Mitch Fehrman, (Coshocton). The team brought home the Machea Trophy which is currently on display in the Hoover Dining Commons.

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Faculty News Jesse Ayers, D.M.A., professor of music, was named a semi-finalist for two American Prizes in Composition––one each in the Orchestra and Band professional divisions. In addition, this past March, the National Honors Band of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod premiered Akedah, a new work it commissioned from Dr. Ayers at Martin Luther College (Minnesota). Akedah is Hebrew meaning “The Binding” and refers to Abraham’s binding and near sacrifice of Isaac in the Old Testament. Jack Ballard, Ph.D., professor of music, had his work “Cherubim Bells” performed at the summer Vanguard Premieres concert at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, Mich. The piece was performed in recognition of its honorable mention award. Vanguard Premieres is an initiative to promote the creation of new choral works by established and aspiring composers. Marjorie Carlson Hurst, D.B.A., assistant professor of business and leadership, had her recent book chapter, “The Road Less Traveled,” included in the Northeast Ohio Innovator book by The University of Akron Press titled Under the Rust Belt. In addition, Dr. Carlson Hurst collaborated with Mary Quinn, D.B.A., associate professor of organizational leadership, on a chapter titled “Graduates’ Perception on the Impact of Christian Higher Education,” accepted for inclusion in a book on the integration of faith and learning in adult education programs. Jay Case, Ph.D., professor of history, participated in the faculty seminar, “Evangelical Christianity and Social Change in Brazil,” organized by the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity with the endorsement of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. In addition, Jay was recognized as author of one of the fifteen outstanding books on mission studies for 2012. In consultation with fifty distinguished scholars from around the world, editors of the International Bulletin of Missionary

Welcome new faculty! Malone welcomes these new faculty members: Lisa A. Beltz, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; Lori L. Cooke, clinical instructor of nursing; Karyn R. Collie, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology; Jason R. Courter, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology; T. C. Ham, Ph.D., assistant professor of biblical studies; Jon C. Peterson, D.M.A., assistant professor of music; Christina M. Schnyders, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling and human development; Carrie D. Stroup, assistant professor of nursing; and Susan M. Wechter, clinical instructor of nursing.

Research have selected An Unpredictable Gospel: American Evangelicals and World Christianity, 1812–1920, as one of 15 books published in 2012 for special recognition of their contribution to mission studies. Martha Cook, Ed.D., Professor Emerita, presented a seminar to practicing teachers at Kent State University on how to teach English as a second language. Adam Cord, instructor of guitar, opened for guitar legend Phil Keaggy at the Community of Believers Church in Cuyahoga Falls. He is also the author of Phil Keaggy: Sketchbook, and teaches Keaggy’s fingerstyle technique at Malone. David Entwistle, Psy.D., professor of psychology, along with Scott White (Belhaven University), and Brian Eck (Azusa Pacific University) gave a presentation at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies 2013 annual conference in Portland, Ore., “Teaching Integration in a Postmodern, and Increasingly Post-Christian, Cultural Context.” The presentation included original research by psychology students Emily Jackson and Amanda Maxwell. Julia Frankland, Ph.D., professor of business administration, was selected to participate as a table leader in the College Board’s Annual Advanced Placement (AP) Reading in microeconomics.

Maria Lai-Ling Lam, Ph.D., professor of business administration, recently published “Corporate social responsibility of foreign multinational enterprises in China” in the forthcoming Beyond Socially Responsible Behaviour: Development Through CSR in Action. Idowu, S., Kasum, A. S. and Mermod, A. (Eds).. Farnham/London: Gower Publishing. Clare Murray Adams, M.F.A., retired professor of art, published The Handkerchief Memory Project. The intention of the project was to interview people ages 50–90 to ascertain how they feel about memory and whether it is associated with the aging process. Memories were illustrated on handkerchiefs based on the narrative that was told or written. In addition, Clare’s dress installation titled In Her Closet: Clothing as Metaphor was exhibited in the John Hartman Photography Studio, Grand Rapids, Mich., in the ArtPrize competition. Elizabeth Patterson, MSW, associate professor of social work, is the 2013 recipient of the Roberts Wesleyan College MSW Alumni of the Year Award. Scott Waalkes, Ph.D., professor of international politics, was selected to participate in the CCCU “Nuclear Weapons and Our Globalizing Century” faculty seminar, conducted in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

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CampusNews News Alumni

From the Director of Alumni & Parent Relations

I was amazed by a delightful production of a children’s musical at my church many years ago and thought, “Wow! I would love to direct a children’s musical, but I could never do that. I don’t have the patience and I am not organized enough to manage all the details.” The musical was directed by Diane Thomson. I had been her student teacher at the (then) Weaver Child Development Center. Diane and education professors John Bricker, Charles Guscott, Jan Smith, Harold Walker, and Roger Wood laid a solid foundation for me. I learned how to prepare detailed lesson plans and obtain measurable educational goals for my students. I learned about the physiology of child development and philosophies of education. Deb Robinson ’76

I earned a degree, but I received so much more. I was transformed by my interactions with these godly people. I learned to look for the God-given potential in each student because these professors had looked for mine. They spoke words that were kind and encouraging. They set out clearly defined guidelines, yet tempered their expectations with grace and compassion. Every morning, as I laid papers on my elementary students’ desks, I asked God to bless them. I asked Him to help me speak kind, life-giving words. I did not want to be the teacher who shackled children with negative words that echoed in their hearts and crushed their self-esteem. I prayed for eyes to see the potential in each one and for wisdom to draw it out so each of them could see it, too. I was the only teacher at our small Christian school who could play the piano, so one year I was asked to direct the annual Christmas musical. The night of the performance, the Lord drew my thoughts back to my long ago wish to direct a children’s program. I had completely forgotten about it. But God had not. Sometimes our goals are dreams in the heart that we haven’t even named, but the Lord pays attention to those desires anyway. Our goal at Malone is to draw out the dreams in the hearts of our students, help them discover their God-given talents, and prepare them for what He has called them to do. What unspoken goal will He reveal to you? It just may be your next great adventure. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

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CLASS notes Malone alums earn Twenty Under 40 honor Three Malone alums were among the 20 young professionals recently recognized by ystark! for leadership and community service. The award recognizes Stark County’s leaders who have demonstrated dynamic leadership and social responsibility. These are people who are committed to making a difference in the community. Winners were selected based on career acumen, community service and trusteeship, and personal and professional achievements. Congratulations to the following Pioneers who were inducted into this year’s class of young professionals at a gala event on June 4: LaToya Dickens ’06, MSN, family nurse practitioner track; Marvin Ferguson ’10, MBA; David Hersher ’10, MMP.

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1960s Dan ’64 and Wanda Frost have retired from leading mission teams to Jamaica for the last 10 years. Their last trip was in January and February of 2013. The mission teams have served in various ways to encourage churches, pastors, schools, orphanages, a hospice center, and other doors that have opened to them. Their ministry is an outreach of the Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region. “It has been a great reward for us to have this opportunity to bring blessing to those we touched and to those whose mission eyes were opened by the teams’ ministry,” Dan said.

1970s Paul Anderson ’78, Ph.D., has written a new book, Following Jesus, published by Barclay Press, 2013. In the book, Paul uses the same biblical lens employed by the founders of the Quaker movement to explore what it looks like to be the body of Christ. In practical terms, he explores a journey that is Christian rather than denominational.

Phil Budervic ’79 was named head men’s basketball coach at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in Manitowoc, Wis. Silver Lake is a Franciscan Catholic College. Phil and his wife, Sheila, have been married for 26 years. They have two children, John and Sara. Phil also is a counselor in the Adult Admissions Department. Jim ’79 and Paula (Brantingham) McClure ’77 opened their retreat center to local military widows and families. See the news clip here: www.

1980s Tijjani Tumsah ’83 is the interim national secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC) of Nigeria. Tumsah also sits at the helm of affairs of Rain Integrated Services Limited and has served on the board of Integrated Capital Services Limited since April 2007, as well as director, MoneyBox Africa Limited. David Johns ’85 has been named vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College at Union College in Barbourville, Ky. He taught theology for twelve years at the Earlham School of Religion. Karin Bergquist Detweiler ’88 and Linford Detweiler ’87 (Over the Rhine) were recently interviewed by David Greene, host of NPR’s Morning Edition, about their newest release, Meet Me at the Edge of the World.

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1990s Deborah (Walker) Urban ’94 was named Canton Local Teacher of the Year this past spring. She has taught kindergarten for the past 18 years in Canton Local. Kevin Baugh ’95 helped recruit volunteers for his neighborhood clean-up day in Canton. Kevin, a former cross-country runner, was honored to have Coach Jack Hazen bring a crew of Pioneer athletes to help as well. Joanne Lehman ’96, who serves as a member of the Malone University adjunct faculty in the Language and Literature Department, wrote a chapter, “Revised Life,” in the new Herald Press book titled Fifty Shades of Grace. Joanne is also the author of the poetry chapbook Driving in the Fog. Stephanie Snow Werren ’99, MBA, was promoted to assistant director of Leadership Stark County, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

2000s Janis Bowdler ’00 has joined JPMorgan Chase’s Global Philanthropy team to manage strategic investment in two of the foundation’s major pillars, consumer financial empowerment and affordable housing. Janis is married to Joseph Perez, who just wrapped up ten years in the Marine Corps and is now a student at Georgetown. The couple lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Christine Szostak ’00, just received her second Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Cognitive Psychology. She is an assistant professor of Psychology at Shorter University in Rome, Ga. Erin Hollenbaugh ’03, Ph.D., was recently awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor of communication studies at Kent State University at Stark. Her research and teaching centers on the intersections of interpersonal and mediated communication, including self-disclosure in blogging and on Facebook. She has co-authored several pieces with professor of communication arts, Marcia Everett. Erin is program coordinator of Communication Studies on the Stark campus and as executive director of the Ohio Communication Association.

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Jason Carthen ’04 M.A., Ph.D., is a new board member at NewBridge Cleveland Center for Arts & Technology. Dr. Carthen is president and CEO of Redeemed Management & Consulting LLC, and is a speaker, author, and consultant on leadership. He is a former linebacker for the New England Patriots, and has been active in the National Football League Players Association and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Ashley Mortenson ’06, ’09, M.A.Ed., will be featured in the October issue of Running Times Magazine. Andrea Perry ’06, MMP, was recently named safety director for the City of Canton. Garrett Barbush ’07 earned his MBA from Lebanon Valley College. Garrett, a former member of the Pioneer Men’s Golf Team, is the executive director of Men of Iron ( The mission of Men of Iron is to help men grow toward a biblical standard of manhood. Garrett and his wife, Eden, live near Lancaster, Pa. Jake Thomas ’07 wrote, directed, and edited a film short, One on One, starring Erin Brown Thomas ’07, which garnered nominations for best short over 11 minutes and best screenplay at the Attic Christian Film Fest; won best drama, best actor, and best actress (Erin) awards at the Metropolis Film Festival; and received a nomination for best faith-based film of the year at the Burbank International Film Festival. On July 20, 2013, three Malone University alumni: Alex Hoopes ’08, Tiffany (Engelhardt) Hoopes ’08 and Chuck Engelhardt ’09 participated in the 5k event of the Allen Stone Memorial Race in Neptune Park, Virginia Beach, Va. Alex placed third in the 25-29 year age group. This is an annual fundraiser for the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Navy Seal Foundation providing support to the families of our military’s elite. Laura McElrath ’08 is the operations director for the Akron Marathon. Kelly Myers ’08 has joined Malone University as the resident director in Woolman, Whittier, and Fox Halls. Kelly earned her degree at Malone and also holds a master of arts degree in higher education from Geneva College. She also is an adjunct instructor in the Communication Arts Department. She and her husband, Derek ’06, who is the manager of Malone’s Bookstore, have two daughters, Penny and Ruby.

Joe Siebert ’08, recently spoke to his high school alma mater, Sandy Valley, in Magnolia, as a successful alumnus. A filmmaker, Joe’s documentary, Bold Bad Men, was a selected film for the Akron Film Festival. Joe’s second documentary, The Sax Man, is planned to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014. Alicia Hopkins ’09 signed a publishing contract with Tate Publishing for her book, Princess Zoe Dances. In keeping with the book’s theme, Alicia planned a fall event, “Dance with Me: Tea with the King.” Ryan Palmer ’09 joins Malone University as the resident director in Haviland Hall. Ryan comes with experience in residence life from Ohio Dominican University, and he has his master of arts degree in higher education from Geneva College. Ryan is married to Lexi (Hartline) ’10. Bethany Taylor ’09 recently made her Phillstock debut at the Flea Theatre in Manhattan as “Audrey” in Under the Greenwood Tree, a musical reimagining of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. After graduating from Malone University, Bethany received theatre training at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut, where she is also a National Theatre Institute alum.

2010s Justin Lower ’10 garnered a PGA Reno-Tahoe Open exemption by virtue of being the money leader on the NGA (National Golf Association) Professional Golf Tour at the midway point of the season. Justin is the first Pioneer to achieve playing at the PGA level. Heather Bullach ’11 is creating a series of 50 oil portraits of individuals who have been influential within the Canton Arts District. The portraits will debut in an exhibition at Translations Art Gallery in February 2014. Her portraits are characterized by high attention to detail, both in capturing the likeness and the personality of the subject. She currently resides in Dalton. For information on upcoming gallery exhibits, visit www. Amy Kittle ’11 is an academic adviser in the College of Business Administration at Kent State University. She worked as a summer intern in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at Malone in 2012. As a student, Amy was a leader on the women’s basketball team and for Students In Free Enterprise. Amy lives in Kent.

Alumni News

Alumni launch from MU to graduate studies Malone alumni are spending the fall in graduate and doctoral-level programs at prestigious institutions across the country. Those of which we are aware include four graduates from the School of Theology all pursuing M.Div. degrees at Duke University. Others include the College of Optometry at The Ohio State University, UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve University, the College of Letters and Sciences

at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the School of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University, the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami (Fla.), the George Warren Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Graduate School of International and Public Affairs at The University of Pittsburgh. In addition, the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Laurel Weir ’12 recently won the Schloss Mirabel Competition in Salzburg, Austria, where she was studying opera at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

He retired from McKee’s Creek Friends Church in West Liberty. He served for many years on the Friends Action Board and Historical Committee. For a number of years, Richard and his wife, Lois (Seward) ’51 owned the antique shop County Line Antiques and maintained a genealogy resulting in seven published volumes of mostly Quaker ancestry. Survivors include Lois, children Paul ’78 (Linda ’79), Rebecca ’76 (Charles Robinson, Jr. ’74), Deborah ’79 (Jon) Goll, 10 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Greg Dente ’13, M.A., an elementary school teacher at East Canton, was named the Osnaburg Local School district athletic director. Dente earned his bachelor’s degree from Walsh University and his master’s degree from Malone. Kimberly Irvin-Lee ’13, MAOL, has been named vice president of operations & programs for Leadership Akron. Previously, she served as program director for the Akron Urban League Connect Your Community Program (CYC). Samuel Taylor ’13 and his mother, Connie Casey, were recently interviewed on NPR’s human interest segment Storycorp. Each conversation on Storycorp is recorded and preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind.

Homegoings Dr. Robert (Bob) Oetjen, of Sebring, former Vice President for Academic Affairs, on July 14, at the age of 101. Rev. Richard Johnson ’50, of West Liberty, on May 25. A Cleveland Bible College graduate, he went on to earn degrees from Taylor University (B.A.) and Asbury Seminary (M.Div.). He served as pastor at New Garden Friends Church in Fountain City, Ind., Mt. Carmel, Boston Heights, Winona, West Park, Springdale, and Alum Creek.

Edith “Jo” (Powell) Thomas ’54, of Jackson, Mich., on June 17. She was extremely active in her church at Northeast Missionary Church where she taught Sunday School and led neighborhood backyard Bible clubs in her home. Survivors include her husband, John, and children Timothy (Linda), Rose (Roger) Crouch, Alva (Becky) Thomas, and Ruth (Patrick) Eby, 16 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. John “Jack” Rice ’58 of Rose City, Mich., on June 19. Known as the “preaching lumberjack” he was a member and former pastor of Lupton Friends Church. He owned and operated a sawmill and logging business. Survivors include his wife, Madeline ’51, children Betty (Paul) Goodwin, Cheryl (Cliff) Gamber, Roger (Kimberly), seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Sally Anne Mohr Roher ’66, of Friendswood, Texas, on May 30. She retired in 2006 from Friendswood ISD as a school counselor at Bales Intermediate. She served in ministry with her husband Joseph ’65, who pastored Canton First Friends and Friendswood Friends Church. Survivors include Joseph, children Thad (Tina), Nathan (Tena), and six grandchildren.

reports six recent graduates earning advanced degrees in public health at Kent State University (2), The Ohio State University, University of Miami, West Virginia University, and even The University of Edinburgh, Scotland!

Christopher Sinick ’10 is a fourthyear dental student at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Photo courtesy of The Ohio State University.

John Timothy Bricker ’73, M.D., of Bellaire, Texas, on May 13. Tim received a bachelor’s degree with honors in 1973 from Malone, and was awarded a medical degree with honors from Ohio State University in 1976. He did his pediatric residency, chief residency, and a cardiology fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. In 1983, he joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine and was appointed chief of pediatric cardiology in 1992. Dr. Bricker completed an MBA at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 2002 and was appointed vice chair of pediatrics at Baylor. In 2004, he became the chairman of pediatrics at the University of Kentucky. In 2011, he returned to Houston to take the role of director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at UT Health Medical School and chief of pediatric cardiology at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Tim was the son of the late John Bricker, a popular Malone professor. Jaimie McKoon ’98, of Mentor, on June 29. Jaimie was a cheerleader and psychology major at Malone. She was a flight attendant with Northwest Airlines for 10 years and also received a certificate of completion in 2013 from the Cleveland Institute of Medical Assistants. Shannon Wilkes ’12, of Bath, on September 17, at the age of 24, following a five-year battle with cancer. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in social work and received the Senior Recognition Award. Read about her incredible journey of courage and perseverance at: www.

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Alumni News







1. PBS Television personality Kelly Vrooman ’04 was the speaker for Homecoming Chapel and met with children during Saturday festivities. 2. Dr. King and J.W. Scout check in before the game. 3. Double the bling! Homecoming queen Julia Barber shows off her brand new engagement ring as she is crowned. King Askash Negi looks on. 4. Balloons! 5. Horse rides were a new attraction this year. 6. They’ve still got it! The Boanerges rocked the house during the Alumni Awards Banquet.

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Alumni News

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PIONEERS homecoming 2013 “And He said unto them, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.’” – Mark 16:15




7. And the winners are … Those recognized at the Alumni Awards Banquet included Lori Jones Stokes ’01, MMP Leadership Excellence Award; Ronald Crock ’88, ’01, Graduate School Alumnus of the Year; Brian Hollingsworth ’02, Young Alumnus of the Year; and Cyrus Mad-Bondo ’98, Alumnus of the Year. 8. Pioneer Pride. Students show their support for the football team. 9. Melinda Board ’98 and her daughter Elizabeth enjoy the Pioneer Picnic Lunch.

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Alumni News

uture ioneers A son, Benny Owen, to Paul ’95 and Annette (Cox) ’95 Heimberger on January 17, 2013. Paul is the college academic counselor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and is completing a Ph.D. dissertation in agricultural education. Annette serves as a labor and delivery/high risk pregnancy registered nurse at Riverside Hospital in Columbus. The Heimbergers celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary this past July. A daughter, Lillian Jade, was added to the family of Jason ’98 and Mary (Sherer) ’01 Shilling on June 30. She joins big brother, Jaxon. Jason is vice president of commercial banking at Westfield Bank and Mary teaches in the Canton Local School District. The family lives in North Canton. A son, Andrew Stephen, to Amber and Eric Wright ’99 on April 10, 2013. He joins a sister, Emma. Eric is the director of bands at Queen Anne’s County High School in Centreville, Md. The family lives in Chestertown, Md. A daughter, Annabelle Faith, to Joe ’00 and Melissa (Barber) Canney ’01 on May 27, 2013. She joins three older sisters, Addison, Emerson, and Ellody. Joe is headmaster of New Covenant School in Anderson, S.C., a Christian, classical, and covenantal K–12 school.

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A daughter, Aubrey Paige, to Dustin and Stacy (Ertle) Mangun ’00 on November 18, 2011. She joins a brother, Colt. Stacy is a fifth-grade teacher with Massillon City Schools. A son, Carter Benjamin, to Karen and Erik Dietry ’01 on May 9, 2013. He joins siblings Jason and McKenna. The family lives in Hilliard. A daughter, Noelle Grace, to Christopher ’04 and Shelly (McKay) ’02 Papik on January 13, 2012. Shelley is a chiropractic assistant at Greater Pittsburgh Chiropractic Centers. Chris is a service writer at Hunter Idealease. They are both in St. Kilian Choir. Chris plays tuba with the Allegheny Brass Band and Shelly plays flute in the City Flutes through the Flute Academy. The family lives in Valencia, Pa.

A daughter, Adalyn Faye, to Jordan and Kelly (Fath) Beebe ’03 on January 9, 2013. Kelly is a certified nurse anesthetist at Aultman Hospital in Canton. The family lives in Dover. A daughter, Brielle Ethel, to Todd ’04 and Rachael (LaRiccia) Barkan ’04 on March 18, 2013. She joins sisters Brooke and Grace. The family lives in Massillon.

A son, Cohen Levi, to Jeremy and Shannon (Ramella) Gilgora ’05 on October 16, 2012. Shannon is director of administrative support and outreach for Christian Assembly church in Columbus, and partners with Jeremy in his work as youth pastor.

A son, Liam Joseph, to David ’05 and Jaclyn (Schaefer) ’05 Ivy on January 30, 2013. David is the student pastor at Polaris Christian Church, and Jaclyn is a nurse. The family lives in Medina. A daughter, Reina, to Dustin and Joy (Lloret) Kester ’05 on August 10, 2012. She joins siblings Micah and Mia. The family lives in Walworth, N.Y. A daughter, Madeline Grace, to Sarah and Ben Black ’07 on June 27, 2013. Ben is the pastor of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. The family lives in Pittsburgh, Pa. Twin sons, Daniel Markwood and John Micah, to James and Melanie (Zimmerman) Vanaman ’08 on April 2, 2012. They join a sister, Abigail. The family lives in Canton.

Alumni News

weddings Kristi Rau ’06 and Jake Hollenbeck on December 17, 2011. Kristi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. She is an elementary physical education teacher and assistant athletic director in Raleigh, N.C. where the couple lives. Jessica Mazza ’10 and Morris DuBose III on June 23, 2013. Jessica is a campus staff member with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. Lydia Eckstein ’11 and Joshua Greaves on November 9, 2012. Lydia graduated with a degree in integrated social studies. She is a substitute teacher in Stark County and a sales associate at Once Upon A Child in Canton. The couple lives in North Canton.

Alumni Executive Board President Tawny Cowen-Zanders ’97

President-Elect LaMar Wyse ’68

Past President Lee Wetherbee ’78

Megan Heisey ’13 and Andrew Foster on August 11, 2012.

Secretary Les Widder ’75 Trustee Liaison Rod Neuenschwander ’99

Danielle Dowling ’14 a senior nursing major, to Daniel Strunk on May 4, 2013. The couple lives in Mogadore. Erin Slimm ’13 to Randy Gernovich ’11 on July 13, 2013. Randy works at Kingsway Christian School as music director and at First Christian Church as worship leader. Erin is a medical assistant in Barberton. The couple lives in Massillon.

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Members-at-Large Paula Baker ’75 Velma Bridges ’67 Dave Brookes ’63 Ann Butler ’90 Cinday Dorman ’00 Brett Fogle ’07 Daniel Kell ’99 Joyce Leedy ’66 Candice McDonald ’08, ’12 Levi Miller ’68 Nicole Mosely ’10 Kristen Moore ’04 Keith Redmon ’88 Christopher Reuscher ’97 Bryan Teague ’51 Benjamin Tillman ’76 Kimberly Vandergrift ’91 Thomas Welsh ’10

Student Body President Mike Terry ’15

Young Alumni Community Board President Whitney Prather ’08 President-Elect Quinn Parker ’11 Past-President Kristen Moore ’04 Secretary Ryan Hollingsworth ’03 Chaplain Charlann Glenn ’04

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Athletics NEWS

Men’s Golf: Still On Top After 50 Years History often repeats itself. Men’s golf was Malone’s first athletic team to qualify for an NAIA national event in 1968 and the first to deliver an individual national champion in 1969. This fall, the team repeated that success by becoming the first Malone athletic team to win a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association (GLIAC) championship. See page 42 for more about the current team.

Andy Lyons ’94, director of golf operations at Lyons Den Golf. “Coach taught us to give our best, 100 percent on or off the golf course, but at the end of the day, it was all about following Christ and being a witness to others,” adds Barry Hyland ’99, former player and who, as the son of Ken Hyland, grew up with a steady stream of 10 older brothers or so at a time. Ken and his parents visited Malone after a young woman from his church began

attending. The Hyland family fell in love with Malone, and after graduating with degrees in history and physical education, Ken returned to coach part-time for $300 that first season, hired by baseball coaching legend, Bob Starcher. Now in his 42nd year, he has guided the Pioneers to tremendous success, including 29 conference/region/district titles, four NCCAA National Championships (1999, 2000, 2004, 2008), and an NAIA National Title (2000).

Both teams have a person in common: Ken Hyland ’69. Ken played on the 1968 team—and was the school’s first NAIA All-American and individual national champion—he is head coach of the current team, a position he’s held for the past 41 years. Ken also is Malone’s only individual to be in the Malone Athletics Hall of Fame as both a coach and an athlete. The Malone golf program is rich with winning tradition. The success of these Pioneers goes well beyond the putting green—Malone golf has successfully strived to transform the lives of its athletes, helping them grow into men of character and substance, while living out Malone’s motto of, “Christ’s Kingdom First.” “As a player, you received from Coach a love that says— ‘I’m here to invest in you’, which was a reflection of Christ,” says former player

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MALONE’S GREATEST TEAM. Coach Hyland ended the evening by proclaiming the 2000 NAIA National Championship team to be the best in the program’s history to date. Members present included (left–right) Lee Foster, Coach Hyland, Jeff Jackson, Adam Creasap, and Josh Anderson. photos by Andy Smith

Athletics News

In 2010, Ken was voted by his peers as the NAIA National Coach of the Year after his team finished third at the NAIA Nationals. That year, Ken’s golfer, Justin Lower ’11, claimed the individual NAIA National title to join Hyland as the only individual golf champions in Malone history.

“As a player, you received from Coach a love that says— ‘I’m here to invest in you,’ which was a reflection of Christ.” Andy Lyons ’94 – NAIA All-American, 1992

Justin, now a PGA competitor, posted an incredible four-under-par score of 280 on a difficult par-71 course over four days, winning the individual title by six strokes in 2010. He received the David Toms Award in 2011, given annually to a golfer from any level who has overcome adversity to achieve collegiate success. Tragically, Justin lost his father and brother in an automobile crash when he was still in high school. Malone celebrated 50 years of men’s golf at a banquet on September 7, enjoying jokes about Hyland’s frugality, superstitions, and van-driving abilities, while also celebrating the brotherhood, memories of trips to Hawaii, and joy of the years spent at Malone, many noting just how transformative their experience was to their lives. “Coaching has always been my mission field,” says Ken. “God has given us certain talents, and this is mine. I want to use it to glorify Him.”

IS THERE A LEGENDARY COACH IN THE HOUSE? Fellow longtime Malone coaches Jack Hazen (cross country) and Hal Smith (men’s basketball) were on hand to share their recollections of coaching alongside Ken Hyland. MEMORIES ON DISPLAY. Coach Hyland shared some highlights of his collection of trophies, programs, and memorabilia.

View a special video honoring the history of men’s golf at

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Athletics News

Men’s Golf Claims Malone’s First GLIAC Championship! The Malone University men’s golf team is making waves in its first full season of NCAA Div. II action. In fitting fashion, the Pioneers celebrated 50 years of golf at Malone by claiming the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship in their first attempt. Led by Nate Tarter’s third-place individual finish, the Pioneers shot a three-day score of 903 to edge Ashland University and Ohio Dominican University by one stroke. The team followed up its GLIAC performance by dominating a 23-team field at the NCAA Div. II Midwest Regional II event. Led by individual medalist, Tyler Light, Malone fired an impressive twoday one-under-par total of 575 for a decisive 19-shot margin over University of Missouri-St. Louis. CHAMPIONS. (left–right) Ryan Headley, Nate Tarter, Tyler Light, Jon Clark, Garrison Myles, coach Ken Hyland. photo courtesy of GLIAC office

The victory earns the team an automatic berth in the NCAA Div. II Super Regional next spring. The top five teams at the Super Regional event will qualify for the NCAA Div. II National Championships.

FCA Area Headquarters Coming to Malone Malone has partnered with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), now housing the organization’s area headquarters in Osborne Hall. The partnership, spearheaded in part by Chris Abrams, Ed.D., vice president for student development and interim vice president for enrollment management and university marketing, came about through relationships forged between Malone’s coaching staff and administrators, and members of the FCA board of directors.

with FCA is an outstanding benefit for our student-athletes and staff here at Malone. I look forward to working closely with Hannah to resource and encourage our coaches and student-athletes, as well as tap into FCA’s strong connection with high school students. We share FCA’s awesome vision to enhance the ‘Four C’ targets for Christ-centered athletics: Coaches, Campus, Camps, Community. I look forward to the wonderful things we can accomplish together.”

Hannah Calhoun, FCA Area Representative for Stark, Summit, and Wayne Counties, describes her reaction to the new partnership as … “beyond excited! The possibilities of what God can do through this partnership are truly endless. As we met together to discuss what this partnership would look like, everyone in the meeting was amazed at how the goals of both organizations lined up and how this partnership just made sense. I believe that God has opened this door at just the right time and that He is going to

Specific outcomes of the partnership include ministry to and through Malone coaches and student-athletes, FCA camps and events held at Malone University, with the goal of reaching athletes and coaches for Jesus through the platform of athletics.

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do great things in and through FCA and Malone as we work together to impact the world for Jesus Christ.” Charlie Grimes, athletic director at Malone University, agrees. “Formalizing a partnership

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Remember your Malone experience: Building friendships that have lasted a lifetime … Learning from professors who welcomed you into their homes … Striving harder than you thought you could to achieve more than you ever imagined … Discovering what it means to live a life of service to others … Developing a deep and personal faith in God that continues to grow … … now it is time for your student to select a university. Why not encourage him or her to check out the one you already know and love? Malone is everything you remember— and more! • more than 100 academic programs • recognized leader in character development • ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest • named a top-tier institution on Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for Ohio • superior financial aid counseling and packages, with many students paying the same as at a state institution

JoAnn (Davis) Barber ’84, preschool director and lead teacher at Lake Center Christian School in Hartville, with her daughter, Julia Barber, a senior psychology major.

Schedule a campus visit today. Revisit the old and take in the new. We feel certain that you’ll choose Malone … again.

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The Malone University Department of Music presents

Christmas at Malone

Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts 2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, Ohio 44709

Visit or call 330.471.8231 for ticket information and to make reservations. Ticket sales begin November 1.

This special presentation combines the Word and music in a joyful celebration of the Nativity, and is presented in conjunction with The Saint John’s Bible exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art, December 5, 2013–March 2, 2014.

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