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In the Arena

Dr. Kendall L. Baker | ONU’s President 1999-2011

President ­ Kendall L. Baker Vice President for Academic Affairs (Interim) and Dean of the College of Law David C. Crago Vice President and Dean of Enrollment ­ Karen P. (Casper) Condeni, BA ’74


Acting Vice President for University Advancement Ken Block Vice President for Financial Affairs Robert W. Ruble Vice President for Student Affairs Adriane Thompson-Bradshaw Executive Assistant to the President William L. Robinson, BSEd ’61, Hon.D. ’05, H of F ’05


Alumni Journal Editors Josh Alkire Associate Director of Communications Ann Donnelly Hamilton, BA ’99 Director of Alumni Affairs Carol Flax Director of University Communications and Marketing Laurie Wurth Pressel Art and Design Jeni Bible Contributing Photographers Kenneth Colwell, José Nogueras, Mary Wilkin Class Notes Editors Karla Geise, BSBA ’07, Sonja (Umbs) Daniels, BA ’08 Send Class Notes news via e-mail to: POSTMASTER Send address changes to: OHIO NORTHERN ALUMNI JOURNAL 525 S. Main St., Ada, Ohio 45810-1599 OHIO NORTHERN ALUMNI JOURNAL is published by Ohio Northern University, 525 S. Main St., Ada, Ohio 45810-1599. Phone: 419-772-2000 Fax: 419-772-2932 OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY was founded in 1871 and is a private, co-educational, student-centered institution of higher learning that offers quality, nationally ranked sciences, arts and professional programs in its five colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Pharmacy and Law.

Greetings Alumni and Friends, Spring is one of our favorite times of year, and it has most definitely arrived on Northern’s campus; the trees are beginning to show their beauty, and the flowers are beginning to bloom. As they do each year, our students are embracing the occasional teasing of a 60-degree day with shorts, flipflops and T-shirts, encouraging the warm weather to stay for a while. On ONU’s campus, spring also is a time of banquets, gatherings and farewells. Our seniors are preparing to graduate and move on to new stages in their lives, and our athletic teams and Greek, religious and social organizations are celebrating the achievements of this past year. Honors Day is a time when we recognize the many academic achievements of our students, and commencement ceremonies are just around the corner. For the past 12 years, it has been our distinct privilege and pleasure to enjoy these celebrations and honor our students. We, therefore, look forward to this special time in the life of the University one last time. The past few months have been full of travel opportunities for us, and it has been a pleasure to visit with alumni, parents and dear friends at alumni events. As we have

told you at each of these events, we are so very thankful to have been a part for the past 12 years of the magnificent institution you all have built, and we intend to remain proud polar bears the rest of our lives. As we reluctantly take our leave from you, we are reminded of the importance each and every one of you – whether you are an alumnus, a parent of a student, an employee, or a current student – has played in the creation and development of this extraordinary University. Your support, your donations, your volunteerism, and your leadership on and off campus have been essential to our success. They will be equally vital in the future as ONU continues to excel and become one of the very best institutions in this country at integrating liberal and professional education. We thank you, most sincerely, for all you have done and will do for this amazing University. We are humbled and more grateful than words can express to have been permitted to be part of it for the past 12 years. We shall look forward to visiting with you in the future as alumni of this truly remarkable institution we all call home. With warmest regards,

Hello Alumni and Friends! What a pleasure it has been to visit with so many of you throughout this past year. We have seen thousands of alumni and friends, beginning with Homecoming and continuing throughout the year, with many of you joining us at the regional alumni events. Thank you! Be sure, as you read this issue of Alumni Journal, to check out the back cover for a special invitation to join us for the Baker Farewell Celebration on Ohio Northern University’s campus on June 4. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call. In addition, we look forward to celebrating Alumni Weekend that same weekend with the Class of 1961 and the Golden Year classes. What a memory the entire weekend will be for all! We’ll see you soon! Ann Donnelly Hamilton, BA ’99 Director of Alumni Affairs

The Bakers and their dog, Kodak, on the cover of the alumni journal after their arrival in 1999


Table of Contents of an Era 10 Images The Baker Years at ONU 33 Class Notes 37 Northern’s Cubs 42 In Memoriam 43 Baker’s Farewell Tour


In the Arena

Dr. Kendall L. Baker | ONU’s President 1999-2011

Photographic memories

Every fall since 1999, a package travels from the third floor of Lehr Memorial down to the second and stops on the desk of Dr. Kendall L. Baker, president of Ohio Northern University. Inside the package is Dr. Baker’s homework project for the beginning of the school year: the names and photographs of every incoming freshman about to begin classes at ONU. 4 His challenge? Study the images, match names to faces, and learn to recognize every single student on campus. And he does it. “I care about being able to relate to the students by name,” Dr. Baker says. “It’s always been a big deal to me. So the way for me to do it is to match the names and the photos.”

This pile of photographs is how Ken Baker has remained personable and approachable to ONU students for the past 12 years. It’s a little trick he picked up during a 45-year career in academics, a career kick-started by a failed eye exam.

A life of scholarship begins

Kendall Baker comes from a military family. He wanted to follow suit, but his plans were quickly derailed by vision troubles. “I had everything else that you needed to get into the Air Force Academy, but I couldn’t pass the eye exam. So I went to college instead,” he says. “When I decided that I wanted to be a college teacher, that’s what I committed myself to doing.” With a revised set of dreams and goals, Ken received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maryland in 1963. He followed this with master’s and doctoral degrees from Georgetown University in 1966 and 1969, respectively.

He next was an instructor and then professor of political science at the University of Wyoming from 1967-82 before becoming the head of Wyoming’s department of political science in 1979. “My original intention was simply to have a career as a faculty member and as a teacher and scholar,” he says. “That’s essentially all I did for 15 years. After that, I began to get into university administration.” His first administrative position was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bowling Green State University from 1982-87. He next was vice president and provost of Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) from 1987-92. “There wasn’t any aspiration to be a president. There was an aspiration to be a faculty member,” he reiterates. “Becoming a president really was something that just sort of evolved out of my career.”

This evolution into administration was not without rough patches. At different points along the way, a return to the classroom grew more and more enticing. “By the time I was a provost at Northern Illinois, we knew that I didn’t want to be a long-term provost,” he says. “That’s a very interesting job, and it’s a difficult job in a lot of ways. We had definitely decided at that point that if we didn’t move to the presidency, then I was going to go back and be a faculty member.” So, in 1992, he became president of the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks, N.D., a position that came with its own unique set of challenges.

Years spent in North Dakota

As the oldest and largest university in the state, the University of North Dakota is the flagship institution of the state of North Dakota. The president of this institution is,

because of the position, a very well-known individual, and the job is as much a political job as it is an academic one. All this made the presidency an interesting one for the Bakers. “The University of North Dakota is a fine, fine institution. There’s no question in the world about it. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and the opportunities afforded to us. We hope, moreover, that we made a contribution at UND, just as we hope we have at ONU. Yet, UND is a public institution, and it became increasingly clear that we were going to spend most of our time in a highly public role with lots of political overtones, as opposed to a role that was more focused on education, on academics and on college students,” Ken says. And while Ken and his wife, Toby, BFA ’06, enjoyed this role, it still proved to be very taxing. He found himself on the radio, on television or in the newspaper every day. And not every word said about him was a kind one.

“I’ll never forget when my son came home and told me about how all of his friends had told him that I was such a horrible, horrible person because I had fired the hockey coach,” he recalls.

going over his notes. It occurred to him at that moment that he shared something with the graduating students that would make up his audience: They were both about to set forth on new phases of their lives.

After six years in the spotlight, the Bakers were exhausted.

This led to a second, more life-changing thought: Perhaps he didn’t want to retire after all. Perhaps he wanted to serve as president again, somewhere else. Somewhere different.

“We just decided that maybe it was time to get out of academics,” he says. “We talked and thought, ‘Well, maybe it’s time to go do something else.’”

Second thoughts in Grand Forks That “something else” ultimately turned out to be Ohio Northern University. Still, the Bakers’ journey from Grand Forks to Ada required precise timing; every piece needed to fit exactly in place. In fact, the University is lucky they made it here at all.

Ken had announced his resignation from North Dakota in August 1998. His final day, quickly approaching, was to be June 30, 1999. The Bakers would then leave North Dakota for Colorado to work in the ski industry. Their dream house had been designed, and builders had been hired. They were fully prepared to become “ski bums.” Toby remembers, “For an entire year, Ken stressed, ‘I’m not going into academics. I’m leaving academics. We’re going to go be ski bums. We’re going to change our lives. It’s just time.” “That was indeed going to be retirement,” Ken agrees. With his time in Grand Forks coming to an end, Ken was asked to speak at North Dakota’s commencement. While preparing his speech one afternoon, he sat in his office,

“It suddenly occurred to me, ‘Do I really want to do this? Do I really not want to teach students anymore?’ So, I came downstairs, and I said to Toby, ‘What would you think …’”

Toby’s response

Shortly after announcing this potential change of heart, Ken sat on the patio of their home in Grand Forks, listening to Toby deliver a bulleted list.

“I had demands,” Toby explains. “It had to be a University that we would be extremely proud of. I wanted to be able to introduce it to my friends and my family as a place of excellence. I wanted to live in a nice house. I was living in a very comfortable president’s home at the University of North Dakota, and I knew the value of a beautiful house to a campus, and I wanted that for entertaining and all of the things that are connected to that. “Next, it had to be private; no more public institutions. I didn’t want to be reading about him in every single newspaper in the state. I didn’t want to be hearing him on the radio. I didn’t want to be watching him on the news every night.” Her final demand: “It has to have a marching band.”


Retirement takes a back seat

Meanwhile, back in Ada, ONU’s Presidential Search Committee had settled on a candidate who agreed to take the job but later backed out. So, the group decided to begin the search anew, starting with interviews with 20 sitting presidents across the country. Ken was one of the 20. Toby remembers that initial phone call from the recruiter. “Ken got a call from a headhunter who had called him many times. And he started the conversation with, ‘Dr. Baker, I know you’ve already said you don’t want to do this, and I know that this is not what you want to do, but there’s this university in Ohio, and I’d like to ask them to look at you.’ And Ken said something like, ‘Well, it’s funny you should call. I’ve changed my mind. 6 I think I’m interested.’”

A Northern beginning

This was the spring of 1999, and a flurry of activity followed. Ken was flown in for a twohour “airport interview” in Columbus. He made the final list of preferred candidates, and the Bakers made a campus visit. “That first night we arrived,” Toby remembers, “the fireflies were flickering, and we hadn’t seen the magic of fireflies in a really long time. They don’t flicker in North Dakota. And when we actually walked this campus,

we fell in love with it. There was something so magical, it just felt right. It felt like home. It still does.” During their visit to campus, the Bakers had lunch with a handful of students in McIntosh Center. “They were among the most extraordinary students I have known,” Ken says. “They were literally pivotal in our decision-making. These six students convinced us that we should be interested in ONU.” “I think it was just meant to be,” Toby concludes. “A funny thing happened on our trip west: We went east.”

Down to business

On July 10, 1999, Ohio Northern’s Board of Trustees announced the selection of Dr. Kendall L. Baker as the University’s 10th president. At the time, Dr. Kenneth Elshoff, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, stated, “Dr. Baker’s reputation as a studentcentered president, his leadership capabilities, and his strong academic experience as both a teacher and administrator in higher education made him a standout candidate.” Ken’s first day on the job was Sept. 1, 1999. Within months, the Bakers became a wellknown and oft-seen presence on campus. They attended sporting events, they went to weekly chapel services, and they witnessed performances in the Freed Center. They began eating in McIntosh’s dining hall.

Perhaps it was his participation in that fall’s Founders Hall Mud Volleyball Tournament that made the largest impression, showing the entire community that Ken was willing to get down and dirty to get the job done. He was officially inaugurated during a ceremony in the Sports Center on Dec. 2, 1999. During his address that day, Baker discussed the core values that define Ohio Northern: quality and excellence, studentcentered programs and initiatives, Christian and values-based, and innovation and persistence. “Everything that we consider as we think about our future must start with these core values,” he said that day. “They are what have sustained us and have defined the kind of institution that Ohio Northern University will be.” He also referenced a poetic work by Theodore Roosevelt called “In the Arena.” One line, in particular, stood out: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.” Perhaps it started with the mud volleyball, but during the Baker years at Ohio Northern, this sentiment certainly rings true. He was definitely in the arena.

New buildings and new programs

In 1999, when the Bakers first arrived on campus, you could stand near the Freed Center for the Performing Arts in the evening, look west, and see nothing but darkness. There was open space from the Freed Center all the way back to Klinger Road. The Dicke House was not there. Dial-Roberson Stadium was not there. Neither were the University Terrace and Lakeview apartments, the new ponds, or the Remington Walk. Even the lights that line the Green Monster were installed during the Baker years. In the central campus area, the Mathile Center, Dicke Hall, and The Inn at Ohio Northern University are all new. Such is the inevitable transformation of a growing university. “It’s kind of funny. People look around the campus, and they see all the buildings, but I’m a program guy. That’s really what it’s all about,” Ken says. “I’ve always been very focused on the kind of programs that an institution offers and the quality of the faculty and the students that participate in them.” The buildings simply provide the environment, he explains. “There’s no question that, if

you’re going to have first-rate programs, you’ve got to have facilities and an environment in which those programs can be delivered.” To him, programming is essential to the success of any university. And the key to quality programming is twofold: the faculty and the students. Recruiting top notch, extraordinary faculty members and students, he explains, leads to a strong institution. “I think that a university that has these two fundamental ingredients and can put together the spaces as well as the facilities that we have is going to be a very, very good university.” For the Bakers, everything they did during their time at ONU – every new building, every new program, every expansion – took place because of the students. “Ultimately, we are doing things that are going to enhance the education we provide to the students,” Ken says. “The students are the reason why we’ve done all of these things. They were things that our students wanted and needed and were going to help them achieve their goals.”

The role of first lady

Together, Ken and Toby Baker are a team. With one, you get the other. And this is exactly how the Bakers like it. Because of this unique symbiosis, Toby Baker has taken a different approach to her role as ONU’s first lady. “Well, it’s an interesting job,” she says with a laugh. “It’s interesting because there are responsibilities, expectations and many, many different levels of roles.” She goes on to list a handful of these roles: queen mother, the queen of etiquette, campus mother, best friend, big sister, a volunteer to work beside students, a confidante or a shoulder to cry on. She continues to explain that, when you’re the spouse of the president of a college or university, you get the job of first lady by virtue of being married, not because of any qualifications, skills or talents. Understanding this, Toby decided to make the job of first lady her own, using her own personal strengths to a distinct advantage. 7

“I have been very fortunate because I was able to bring my strengths and my talents and serve in that way. I’m not the person to sit on boards or be a good committee member. That’s not my strength. Fortunately, this University didn’t say, ‘We want you to be on 12 boards, and you need to be on these committees.’

“Those same students that I met in my first class were my friends all the way through. I got to work with them when they got their first apartments, when they had their first loves and when they had their first breakups and when they got their first jobs. Now I’m hearing from them as they grow into adulthood.”

“But I do do other things,” she says. “And that’s where I’ve been fortunate and able to play on my strengths. I think that’s why I find the job enjoyable. It’s evolved. It’s changed. It’s never the same.”

Since earning her BFA in 2006, Toby has done much to beautify many different parts of campus – everything from a designer copper coat rack in McIntosh Center to makeovers of student apartments.

“It’s really a 24/7 position. If you’re representing the University, you’re always representing the University.”

In 2007, she curated the 12 cast bronze statues near the Green Monster that make up the Remington Walk, a gift from the James F. Dicke family that features reproductions of famous works by western artists Frederic Remington, Charles Russell and James Fraser. A few yards away, she recently created a rustic woodland sculpture garden to accompany the medicinal herb garden at the edge of the woods on the northwest part of campus.

The writer emerges as an artist

In the same way that Toby changed the role of first lady, the role of first lady has changed her. Like her husband, Toby Baker has led a life of scholarship. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wyoming. She later earned a Master of Arts in creative writing from the University of North Dakota. She even hosted a radio talk show, “Toby Talk,” in Grand Forks from 1997-99. Although she always considered herself to be a writer, her creativity suddenly shifted gears in 2001. “I happened to come across this quote one morning, and it was exactly what I needed to read in order to propel me in a whole new direction. And the quote was: ‘What would you attempt to do if you knew you couldn’t fail?’ “At that instant, my mind said, ‘Oh, I’d be an artist.’ Which was kind of funny, because I never had art, and I had never studied art in junior high, high school or college,” she says.

Suitably motivated, Toby enrolled in ONU’s art program and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts, with 8 high distinction, in 2006. “Those five years changed my life. I could only do two classes a quarter, because I was trying to balance all the studio time with the responsibilities of serving the University as first lady.” During those five years, Toby met and befriended students as students. She wasn’t acting as the first lady or even as an adult. They were all on the same level playing field, working toward degrees together.

She regularly teaches jewelry-making sessions during Alumni Weekends and has redecorated numerous offices and interiors around campus. The Bakers also established the Toby and Ken Baker Award for Creativity, an award established by the Bakers to be given annually during the juried student art show held by ONU’s Department of Art and Design. This award is partially funded through sales of Toby’s glass jewelry and designs at the gift shop inside The Inn at Ohio Northern University.

Baker worked so hard to earn his Ph.D. because he wanted to teach students and pursue scholarship. That was his motivation. Looking back, he thinks he started to lose this ambition and desire. He became disillusioned. “In a sense, I got that motivation back by being part of this University for 12 years. I was losing it by doing all of these administrative jobs. And I came here and got it back.”

What’s next for ONU?

Other than the obvious physical expansions on campus, the Bakers see much success in Northern’s future. They’re not quite sure of the specifics, but the Bakers know that the days ahead for the University are bright. “Well, we know the campus is going to change and evolve, and we know that there are going to be new buildings and new facilities,” Ken says. “The University is certainly going to develop in the next five or 10 years. That’s not about to stop. “I do absolutely believe that the University will be far more visible and far better recognized for being the kind of institution that it really is,” he says. “Now, that’s going to take awhile. It’s not going to happen tomorrow or next year. But it will happen.” He also anticipates the development of new programs at ONU, especially graduate degrees and the types of cross-disciplinary programs that combine the strengths of two or more areas.

“This BFA is a culmination of a dream, and now when people ask me what I do, I tell them that I’m an artist,” Toby says proudly.

“If ONU wants to create a public accounting program that has a taxation and a law component to it, then the University can do that because it has a law school and a business college. And that sort of thing is going to evolve programmatically.”

A life renewed

Parting thoughts

ONU changed Ken, too. His experiences at Northern rejuvenated him and pulled him away from retirement. It’s almost if, throughout his career in administration, he was searching for something. He finally found it at Northern. “I think what my Ohio Northern University experience has done for me is remind me why I chose this profession in the first place,” Ken says. “I was a bit cynical about higher education after seven years as president of a public university. I began to wonder a little bit about whether I was doing what I liked to do.”

As for the Bakers, they can only look back on the past 12 years with an intense love and appreciation for what ONU has given them. “I came here, and I found that this University wanted someone who was committed to education, and who wanted to develop degree programs that would not only meet the needs of contemporary society but meet the needs of our students,” Ken says. “These have been the most amazing 12 years of my life,” concludes Toby. “I’ve been part of the evolution of a magical place.”

“We have had an absolutely fantastic time at ONU. We’ve had the opportunity of a lifetime to work with the best students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends every day for 12 years. It doesn’t get any better than that!” 9


A retrospective of notable achievements and memorable events that defined the character and shaped the future of Ohio Northern University during the early part of the 21st century.

President’s residence Dr. Kendall L. Baker, ONU’s 10th president, and his wife, Toby, BFA ’06, became the first residents of a new presidential home. The Dicke House, located on campus at 920 W. Lima Ave., opened in September 2000. This two-story Georgian-style residence combines the comforts of home with ample space for presidential entertaining. Charming and gracious hosts, the Bakers have entertained an untold number of guests, both young and old, within the home’s welcoming walls.

Business excellence

The College of Business Administration achieved great things at the start of the 21st century. In 2003, Dicke Hall opened. This striking, state-of-the-art building was made possible by a $4 million lead gift from James F. Dicke Sr., Hon. D. ’00, and his family. Also in 2003, the college was granted international accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a symbol of excellence earned by fewer than 15 percent of schools worldwide. In 2007, the college was officially named The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration, and, in 2010, the college was ranked one of the top 111 undergraduate business programs in the nation by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. 11

Green outlook

Looking at campus through green-colored glasses, Ohio Northern focuses on sustainability. Home to more than 100 tree species, ONU was named a Tree Campus USA in 2009 and 2010 by the Arbor Day Foundation. High-efficiency geothermal systems were installed in new and renovated buildings to conserve electricity and water. Through the research efforts of four enterprising students, three wind turbines were erected on the west end of campus in 2010 and generate between 5 to 10 percent of ONU’s total electricity.


Honoring Lehr A bronze statue of ONU’s founder, Henry Solomon Lehr, was given a place of prominence on campus in 2007. In the 19th century, Lehr envisioned an institution of higher education that would combine classical and practical education – now called liberal arts and professional education. ONU owes its existence today to Lehr’s vision, determination, energy and skill. And 140 years later, the University continues to embody the principles upon which it was founded.

Home at last

After 57 seasons, the Polar Bears received a campus home in 2004. The Dial-Roberson All-Events Stadium – a $6 million, 20,000-square-foot facility – is one of Ohio’s premier college sports arenas. For years, Northern played home football games off-campus at the Ada War Memorial Stadium. Thousands of Polar Bear fans now converge on campus each fall to cheer on their favorite team and experience all ONU has to offer. The stadium is named for H. James Dial, BSEd ’57, and his wife, Nidrah (Roberson), AA ’58, and Arden “Stretch” Roberson, BSEd ’76, H of F ’76.


Celebrating anniversaries


2009 and 2010 marked 125 years since the founding of the Raabe College of Pharmacy (1884) and the Pettit College of Law (1885), respectively. Proud of their long traditions of excellence, the colleges celebrated their 125th anniversaries with special events, festivities, fireworks and remembrances.

Exceptional scholars Ohio Northern’s exceptional academic programs attract exceptional scholars. Each year, around 40 percent of the incoming freshmen at Northern rank in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. At Northern, students blossom intellectually under the tutelage of dedicated professors. For seven consecutive years, Northern students have been the recipients or runners-up of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a premier award honoring those in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. In 2011, two ONU students, Nathanial Mabe (left) and Mitchell Thayer (right), received this honor.

Diverse students

New programs bring students from different countries to campus to foster greater cultural awareness and understanding. Northern hosts the Sakae Institute, a preparation program for Japanese students who are set to begin their studies at U.S. colleges and universities. Northern also partners with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to provide 30 Saudi prison management professionals with exposure to best practices in U.S. prison management. The College of Law’s J.D./LL.M. program brings to campus international students interested in building democracy and promoting the rule of law in their home countries. 15

Starry nights A new observatory, funded as part of the Mathile Center project, opened up the night sky and all its wonders to Northern astronomy students and the community in 2010. The state-of-the-art complex features three powerful telescopes and high-tech CCD equipment to connect the telescopes with computers and monitors. Stargazers from across the area gather at the Observatory for public events and to witness meteor showers, lunar eclipses and other celestial marvels.

Science central 16

The Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences opened in 2009 and became the cornerstone of ONU’s signature science programs. This research and learning facility, equipped with advanced technology, promotes strong collaboration between students and faculty. The 95,145-squarefoot structure, with classrooms, labs, offices and seminar rooms, connects the Meyer Hall of Science with the Robertson-Evans Pharmacy Building. The Mathile Center is named for Clayton L., BSBA ’62, Hon. D. ’91, and MaryAnn Mathile, who donated $10 million for the center’s construction.

Distinguished guests Ohio Northern has welcomed to campus many distinguished guests who have shared their life stories, visionary ideas and influential work. They have inspired campus-wide dialogue on the important topics of the times. Speakers include Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer at the New Yorker magazine and leading voice on global warming; Bob Peterson, BSME ’83, Academy Award-winning animator and director; Dr. Paul Anastas, Yale professor and the “father of green chemistry;” Dr. Renee Reijo-Pera, renowned stem cell researcher; Julia Butterfly Hill, environmental activist who lived for 783 days in a 1,500-year-old California Redwood tree; Jack Hanna, world famous animal educator; Dr. Steven Amstrup, wildlife biologist and one of the authors of the legislation that put polar bears on the endangered species list, and many more too numerous to list.



International exposure Many Northern students immerse themselves in new experiences by living, studying or traveling overseas. Their exposure to different people and cultures has proved to be lifechanging. Northern’s musical ensembles have established a reputation for globetrotting adventures. The marching band traveled to Canada, England, France, Italy, China and Spain. The University Singers traveled to England, Wales and Estonia. A number of athletic teams, including football and men’s and women’s soccer, have played exhibition contests in Europe.

Grant recognition Ohio Northern professors have received a record number of grants to support groundbreaking research and programs. Grants signify third-party recognition of ONU as an institution with fresh ideas and the ability to carry those ideas to fruition. The Kern Family Foundation awarded Dr. J.D. Yoder, professor of mechanical engineering, three consecutive grants to develop entrepreneurship programs on campus. The National Institutes of Health, one of the world’s foremost medical research centers, awarded Dr. Boyd Rorabaugh, associate professor of pharmacology and cell biology, the largest grant in ONU’s history for his investigation into the heart’s ability to withstand a heart attack.

Techie times

During the first decade of the 21st century, mobile devices like laptop computers, game consoles, iPads and smart phones have become “must haves” for college life. In fall 2010, ONU students brought approximately 3,400 networked devices with them to campus—almost 1.7 devices per student. Internet usage has become essential for communication, academic work and entertainment. In 2000, ONU connected to the Internet with 6 MB of connectivity. By 2010, it grew 1,400 percent to 155 MB. 19

Housing transformation Student housing has been transformed through renovations and new construction. The Affinity Village provides 160 rooms of themed housing for student groups and organizations. The village features a commons building surrounded by four residential units. The Lima Hall complex and Founders Hall complex were renovated with modern conveniences. New student apartments also were constructed.


Coffee hangout When Northern on Main first opened in 2001, it quickly became a relaxed hangout for the campus and wider community. The cafĂŠ, which serves Starbucks coffee and a delectable array of lunch and pastry options, is located in the former Dairy Mart site on Main St. across from Dukes Memorial.

Alumni spirit

Northern alumni show loyalty toward their alma mater with a high level of engagement. From mentoring students to serving on boards to making annual donations, alumni give back with generous spirits. Attendance at Homecoming grew from 250 people in 2003 to 6,000 in 2010. Some alumni, like Edward “Ed” Gmyrek, BSEd ’65, ACIT ’08, go above and beyond to show their ONU pride. Last fall, Gmyrek hauled his ONU golf cart on a trailer all the way from Florida to Ada, where he escorted Klondike in the Homecoming parade.

Top ranks

College rankings provide an impartial view of how Northern stacks up against its peers. For eight years running, U.S. News & World Report has ranked ONU among the top five baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest. Meanwhile, a Payscale study released by Bloomberg BusinessWeek listed ONU as one of the top four colleges in Ohio and gave the University a national ranking of 155 out of 852 institutions for its high return on investment. Washington Monthly ranked ONU No. 24 in the nation among baccalaureate colleges. And lists Northern as one of the top 10 colleges and universities in Ohio.


You can help us reach new heights! Northern has reached new heights in fundraising, ensuring a bright and strong future for the University. In 2008, the University publicly unveiled The Campaign for Ohio Northern University’s Tomorrow. With a $100 million goal, it’s the largest campaign in University history. The campaign has four major fundraising priorities: student aid, academic enrichment, capital projects and the Northern Fund. To date, the campaign has reached 89 percent of its goal.



$89 Million

Show your love and pride for Northern. More than ever, we need your help to put us over the top of our campaign goal! Go to or contact Ann Donnelly Hamilton BA ’99 Campaign Director 419-772-2728 Kelly Brant Associate Director of the Northern Fund  419-772-2073 Ken Block Executive Director of Development  419-772-2036


Arts alive

Ohio Northern has cultivated a rich and vibrant arts culture on campus. In fact, Northern has been named one of the nation’s top 200 programs in Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers. Each year, the campus hosts more than 100 events and performances featuring well-known and homegrown talent. The Freed Center for the Performing Arts, which celebrated its 20th season in 2010, attracts large audiences to campus to see well-known performers such as Crystal Gayle, Judy Collins, Lou Rawls, CeCe Winans, The Temptations, and Leann Womack.

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Ohio Northern’s first logo provided the University with a distinctive and unifying mark. More than 4,000 alumni provided feedback on the logo selection. The winning logo, designed by Toma (Grothous) Williams, BFA ’96, features a swooping “O” wrapped around a solid “Northern.” The popular symbol quickly replaced the University seal in unofficial usage for all print and electronic communications. In 2006, the University unveiled the new athletics logo, and the Polar Bear proudly took center stage. Today, this logo is used for apparel and communications for ONU athletics, alumni and student activities.

Undergraduate research Northern students, guided by their professors, engage in undergraduate research projects that expand their knowledge and provide real-world experiences. Some students assist professors in grant-funded research in their labs, while others have the opportunity to co-author papers for publication or present their research at academic conferences.


Fire and ice in 2005

A devastating ice storm hit the village of Ada in January 2005, only a few days after ONU students returned from the holiday break. All power in the community was lost; without heat, electricity or hot water, the students were sent home. With the help of alumni in the area, the University secured the use of three power generators that allowed power to be restored first to McIntosh Center and, later, to the King Horn Center and Lehr Memorial. Citizens of Ada and the surrounding communities were invited to campus for hot meals and a warm place to sleep. In addition, hot showers were soon available in King Horn. The power outage lasted for five days, during which time the University and the community served approximately 5,000 meals and hosted up to 75 people overnight. On April 2, 2005, fire destroyed the century-old Opera House on North Main Street in downtown Ada. At the time, the three-story structure housed four businesses and about 20 apartments, which were home to Ohio Northern law students, faculty and professional staff. Approximately 75 firefighters from seven different fire stations were brought in to combat the blaze. To help the firefighters, ONU student volunteers gathered in the cafeteria to prepare sandwiches, and the University set up mattresses and cots in the basement of the First United Methodist Church. In the fire’s aftermath, ONU attempted to relieve effected students by purchasing new computers to replace those lost in the fire and making arrangements with professors to extend homework and paper deadlines.


All-Sports Trophy

For an unprecedented four consecutive years, Ohio Northern’s athletic teams swept both the men’s and women’s Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) All-Sports Trophies. The men’s teams have won for five consecutive years. Only one other school in OAC history has won both the men’s and women’s titles in the same year. And no other school has ever swept both titles in backto-back years. Winning both trophies four years in a row is an incredible accomplishment – a true testament to Northern’s outstanding athletic programs.

Program innovation

ONU has added several distinctive degree programs to its educational offerings. Inspired by market demand, the new programs prepare students for exciting careers in emerging fields. New programs include a Bachelor of Science in nursing, the forensic biology major, the advertising design major, the pharmaceutical business major, the forensic accounting major, the entrepreneurship minor, the clinical laboratory science major, and a Bachelor of Science in engineering education. The College of Business Administration will add its first graduate program in 2012: a master of professional practice in accounting (MPPA). 27

September 11, 2001

The Ohio Northern community reacted with shock and sadness to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Faculty, staff and students watched events unfold on the television in stunned disbelief. In the days that followed, the Northern community gathered in prayer and sought to make sense of the changing world. ONU students organized a 5K race, “Ada Goes the Distance for America,� which attracted more than 400 participants and raised more than $3,000 for the Red Cross. The football team donated all gate proceeds from its Oct. 6 game against Otterbein to the American Red Cross.


First class

The Inn at Ohio Northern University opened in 2008 and added an elegant dimension to campus. Seventy-two luxurious guest rooms offer campus visitors a convenient and comfortable option for overnight stays. Flexible gathering areas, including an outdoor patio, provide the ideal spot for dining, receptions and conferences. Upscale dining pairs delectable food with jazz performances and wine tastings.

President’s Club The Bakers originated the President’s Club as a group-selected team of students chosen to assist at hundreds of events throughout the years. The President’s Club has visited and created lasting relationships with thousands of alumni and friends of the University.


ONU’s library director honors his parents by helping Northern nursing students Paul Logsdon Paul Logsdon, director of Ohio Northern University’s Heterick Memorial Library, learned at an early age the importance of civil service.

His father graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1938 and served as a surgeon in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. He practiced medicine in Marion, Ohio, from 1949 until his death in 1982. His mother graduated from the Cook County Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago in 1936 and worked as a registered nurse alongside her husband for many years.

After graduating from Ohio State University in 1970, Paul Logsdon served in the Army and earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of Kentucky in 1976. He began working as a reference librarian at ONU in 1977 and became the library’s director in 1985. “My parents recognized the contributions made by Northern’s graduates and, accordingly, sent a son and daughter to this institution,” said Paul Logsdon.

His older brother, Robert D. Logsdon, BA ’69, BA ’71, JD ’89, earned two undergraduate degrees and a law degree from ONU and served as an assistant professor of accounting at Northern from 1982-86. His sister, Sara (Logsdon) Babich, BA ’80, received a BA in history from ONU in 1980. In an effort to honor his parents’ unwavering dedication to public service, Paul Logsdon has created a special scholarship fund: the Robert and Vivian Logsdon Endowed Scholarship Fund for outstanding ONU nursing students. He used a fully paid-up life insurance policy to endow the scholarship, and a bequest of his TIAA-CREF retirement account will add more funds to the scholarship one day.

“My parents stressed the importance of service to our fellow human beings,” Paul Logsdon said. “I wish to continue this involvement by creating a fund to assist those studying in the field of nursing.”

For more information on giving back to ONU by creating your own scholarship fund, contact Ken Block, executive director of development, at 419-772-2008 or

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Rita (Ellis) Price, BSEd, is a retired teacher and supervisor of the gifted program in Erie County. She and her husband reside in Clyde, Ohio.


William Kelley Jr., BSPh, and his wife, Sarah, were married. The couple resides in The Villages, Fla.


Jim Baker, BSME, retired as vice president and associate general counsel at Parker Hannifin Corporation. He maintains a private law practice focusing on intellectual property law and complex dispute resolution. Jim and his wife, Katie, enjoy skiing, kayaking, bicycling and hiking with their six children and eight grandchildren. The Bakers divide their time between Russell, Ohio, and Lake Tahoe, Nev. Jim can be contacted at Chuck Fowler, BSPh, retired from Parkview Hospital in December 2010 after 10.5 years in the CCU pharmacy and over 44 years in pharmacy. He now teaches pharmacy technician classes at the Vantage Career Center in Van Wert, Ohio. He and his wife, Cathy, reside in Paulding, Ohio. Theodore Rath, BSBA, is a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army. He and his wife, Sandra, reside in New Palestine, Ind.

Richard Warren, JD, was presented with The Ohio State Bar Foundation Ritter Award. Richard is a recognized leader in developing programs that advance the Ohio’s justice system. The Ritter Award is given annually to an individual attorney for outstanding contributions to the administration of justice. Richard and his wife, Ann, reside in Lima, Ohio.


Donald Keen II, BSPh, is retired. He and his wife, Betty, live in Clark’s Summit, Pa.


Yvonne (Beeks) Farmer, BA, and her husband, Roderick, were married on Oct. 7, 2007 in Fairfield, Ohio, at St. Mark’s UMC, where Yvonne has served as an organist for 19 years. The couple resides in Rockford, Ohio.


Thomas Billing, BA, teaches jazz trombone once a week at

CLASS notes the University of Dayton as an adjunct professor. He also is composing concert band music and was recently published by Ludwig Masters. Thomas resides in Springfield, Ohio.

Susan (Huffman) Weldon, BA, and her husband, William, BSEE ’72, reside in Enon, Ohio.


Gabriel Vaflor, BSEE, was the bassbaritone soloist for the Marion Civic Chorus and Orchestra presentation of George Frederick Handel’s “Messiah.” He and his wife, Ednita, reside in Marion, Ohio.


William Weldon, BSEE, is a software engineer at Assurant Specialty Properties in Springfield, Ohio. He and his wife, Susan (Huffman), BA ’70, reside in Enon, Ohio.


Kathryn Plumb, BA, and her husband, Boris Gendelev, recently moved to Milwaukee, Wis. They are enjoying the charms and challenges of their “new” 1896 home.


Ronald Benner, BSEE, and Yun Xia Xing were married on June 19, 2010. Ronald is a software engineer at LACMTA in Los Angeles, Calif. The Benners reside in Glendale, Calif. Lee Hooper, BSME, has been appointed president of Osborn Engineering in Cleveland, Ohio. Lee and his family reside in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.


Roger McKinstry, BSPh, is the director of pharmacy services at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, Ohio, where he and his family reside.


Michael Grandillo, BA, is the vice president for development and public affairs at Tiffin University and has written a book, Onward to the Dawn: A History of Tiffin University. Michael and his family reside in Tiffin, Ohio. Michael Poling, JD, is the manager of the federal government affairs at Great Plains Energy in Washington, D.C. He and his family reside in Vienna, Va.


Raymond Donadio Jr., JD, BSBA ‘77, is the managing attorney at Strickland & Donadio LLC in Port Orange, Fla., where he and his wife, Deborah, reside.

Robert Fall, JD, was elected for the fourth year as president of Ingmar volunteer fire company in McCandless, Allegheny County, Pa. He was awarded the 2010 firefighter of year award in November 2010 by the McCandless Town Council. He is an attorney for Raphael, Ramsden and Behers PC in Pittsburgh, Pa. He resides in Wexford, Pa. Ronald Forsthoefel, BA, JD ’83, was elected judge of the Ashland Country Common Pleas Court, general and domestic relations divisions. He and his wife, Deb, reside in Loudonville, Ohio. They have two sons who are in college and members of the U.S. Marine Corps.

David Lusk, BS, has been a chemistry teacher at Ada High School for 31 years. He serves as the quiz bowl advisor, student council advisor and the science department chair and has served at the national honor society advisor. David and his family reside in Ada, Ohio.

Raymond Donadio Jr., BSBA, JD ’80, is the managing attorney at Strickland & Donadio LLC in Port Orange, Fla., where he and his wife, Deborah, reside.

Roger Kramer, JD, is an attorney in Shaker Heights, Ohio. His wife, Sylvia, is a dentist. The couple has four children; two daughters are married, one son is a graduate of Ohio State University, and a third daughter is a junior in high school. The Kramer family resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Roger can be reached at

Philip Alan B. Mayer, JD, is serving a two-year term as president of the Ohio Association of Probate Judges until June 2011. He has been a probate judge in Richland Country, Ohio, since 2003. He and his family reside in Mansfield, Ohio.

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Terry Hord, JD, is the chief assistant for the union county prosecutor in Marysville, Ohio. He resides in Ada, Ohio.


Ronald Forsthoefel, JD, BA ’80, was elected judge of the Ashland Country Common Pleas Court, general and domestic relations divisions. He and his wife, Deb, reside in Loudonville,

Ohio. They have two sons who are in college and members of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Scot Jaynes, BSME, is a chemical engineer for Praxiar. His wife, Karen (Marino), BSPh ’84, is a staff pharmacist for Kaledia Healthcare. The couple and their family reside in Lockport, N.Y.

Brent Schwartz, BSME, was approved as the new member of the Wapakoneta City School Board. He and his family reside in Wapakoneta, Ohio.


Mark Curtis, BSBA, is the senior vice president for Charter One Bank in Cleveland, Ohio. He and his family reside in Avon Lake, Ohio. Sharon “Beth” Curtis, BSME, is an engineering contractor systems engineer for ASRC Aerospace in Cleveland, Ohio. She and her family reside in Avon Lake, Ohio.

Karen (Marino) Jaynes, BSPh, is a staff pharmacist for Kaleida Healthcare. Her husband, Scot, BSME ’83, is a chemical engineer for Praxair. The couple and their family reside in Lockport, N.Y.

Laird Lile, JD, presented at the probate team conference in Orlando in late October. Laird’s presentation, “Elective Share: Eleven Years After,” included a look at the evolution of Florida’s elective share law since its overhaul in 1999. He resides in Naples, Fla., with his wife and two children. Douglas Riedel, BSCE, is a deputy engineer for Delaware County Engineer’s Office in Delaware, Ohio. The Riedel family resides in Powell, Ohio.


James Barth, BA, is a regional manager for Rittal Corporation in Houston, Texas. He and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Tomball, Texas.

Randolph Bernard, JD, was appointed by United States Attorney, William J. Ihlenfeld II, to his senior leadership team. The senior leadership team will assist Inlenfeld in the management of the headquarters office in Wheeling, W.Va., and the branch offices in Clarksburg, Elkins and Martinsburg, W.Va. The new team consists of seven members. Randolph will serve as deputy criminal chief. He resides in Saint Clairsville, Ohio.


Donna (Mosier) Darfus, BSPh, is a pharmacist for Medco in Columbus, Ohio. She and her family reside in Lewis Center, Ohio. Donna can be reached at


Swimming and diving alumni gather with Peggy Ewald, ONU swimming and diving coach, and Dave Denniston, head coach for the Resident U.S. Paralympic Swim Team, at the 2010 Swimming and Diving Varsity Club Dinner Auction.

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Daniel Drake, BA, is a sales manager for Middlefield Pallet in Middlefield, Ohio. He resides in North Royalton, Ohio.

Jeffrey Meeker, BSBA, was promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army. He is attending the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., where he is working towards a master’s degree in strategic studies. He and his wife, Lisa (Wiley), BSCE, reside in Carlisle, Pa.


John Amburgey II, BSCE, is a foreman for Amburgey Construction Co. in Ada, Ohio, and the junior high softball coach for Ada Schools. His wife, Tracie (Lewis), BA ’94, is a substitute teacher for Ada Schools. The Amburgey family resides in Ada, Ohio.


Stephanie (Pearce) Burke, BA, JD ’94, was elected circuit judge in Jefferson County, Ky. She and her husband, Dennis, reside in Louisville, Ky. Luke Johansen, BSCE, and Ashley (Ridgeway), BSBA ’10, were married on June 5, 2010. Luke is the highway management administrator for the Ohio Department of Transportation district one. The couple resides in Ada, Ohio.

Shannon (Boyles) Weimerskirch, BA, is a French teacher for grades three to eight at Sylvania Franciscan Academy in Sylvania, Ohio. She received her master’s degree in elementary reading and literacy from Walden University in October 2009. She and her husband, Mark, reside in Maumee, 34 Ohio, and can be reached at


Terra Bay, BA, is an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Tennessee. She resides in Hixson, Tenn. and can be reached at Michael Brown, BSBA, and Linda Mugambi were married. Michael is a property accountant for Visconsi Companies LTD in Cleveland, Ohio. The couple resides in Willoughby, Ohio.

Sean Forde, BSBA, was promoted to category sales manager for Central and

Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa for Nike Inc. He relocated from Chicago, Ill., to Amsterdam, Netherlands, and works at the Nike European Headquarters in Hilversum, Netherlands.

Robert Jauch, BSCE, is the vice president of sales for International Environmental Corporation (IEC) in Oklahoma City, Okla. He served as the chairman of the board of trustees for Portage First United Methodist Church from 2003-09. He served as a member of the ANSI Z83/21 Heavy Duty Heater Technical Advisory Committee from 2002-09 and as a member of the ASHRAE Technical Committee 5.8- Industrial Ventilation from 200609. Robert received his MBA from Norwich University in 2008. He and his wife, Susan (Stolle), BSBA, have two sons, Tommy and Danny. The Jauch family resides in Edmond, Okla.

Alexander Parr, BS, is the owner of Parr Engineering and Surveying Inc. He graduated from Cleveland State University in 2000 with his BSCE. He and his family reside in Brunswick, Ohio. Becky (Erhart) Urbanek, BS, is a project manager for AstraZeneca. Her husband, Brian, BSCE ’94, is assistant director of statewide support services for the Delaware Department of Transportation. The couple resides in Newark, Del.


Karen (Rohrer) Alexander, BSPh, is a pharmacy manager for Marc’s. She resides in Wooster, Ohio.

Tracie (Lewis) Amburgey, BA, is a substitute teacher for Ada Schools. Her husband, John, BSCE ’90, is a foreman for Amburgey Construction Co. in Ada, Ohio, and the junior high softball coach for Ada Schools. The Amburgey family resides in Ada, Ohio. Stephanie (Pearce) Burke, JD, BA ’91, was elected circuit judge in Jefferson County, Ky. She and her husband, Dennis, reside in Louisville, Ky. Jami (Cavinee) Dellifield, BA, is a teacher and administrator at the Ready, Set, Grow Preschool in Ada, Ohio. She and her husband, David, BSBA, are the new owners of the Ready, Set, Grow preschool. Jami is a part-time youth director at Trinity

United Methodist Church in Lima, Ohio, and a licensed ZUMBA fitness instructor. David is the director of McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University. The Dellifield family resides in Ada, Ohio. Brian Urbanek, BSCE, is assistant director of statewide support services for the Delaware Department of Transportation. His wife, Becky (Erhart), BS ’93, is a project manager for AstraZeneca. The couple resides in Newark, Del.


Amy (Reese) Blackmore, BSBA, is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) outreach coordinator for the energy resources division of the Ohio Department of Development. She and her family reside in New Albany, Ohio. Paul Dyer, BA, is an attorney for Franklin, Denney, Ward & Lawson PLC in Waynesboro, Va. His wife, Laura (Czajkowski), BSPh, is a pharmacist for Wal-Mart. The couple resides in Waynesboro, Va. Angela Hubbell, JD, joined the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady. She is a partner in the employee benefits and executive compensation group. She resides in Chicago, Ill. Kelly (Snyder) Ragucci, BSPh, is the assistant dean of curriculum for the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Pharmacy. She and her husband, Dominic, reside in Charleston, S.C.


Thomas Reed, JD, is a member of the 112th congress, representing the 29th District of New York. Thomas and his wife, Jean, reside in Corning, N .Y., with their two children, Autumn, 11, and Will, 9.

Keith Sykes, BS, and his wife, Teri (Lutz), BSPh ’99, reside in Toledo, Ohio. Philip Wiese, JD, was named “Akron’s Best Lawyers: Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year” in the 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Philip resides in Hudson, Ohio.


Christine (Chase) Jungbluth, BA, and her husband, Bradley, were married on April 24, 2010. She is a police officer for the Menomonee Falls Police Department

in Menomonee Falls, Wis. The Jungbluths reside in Greenfield, Wis.

Barbara (Bourquein) Nobbe, BM, resides in Lexington, Ky.

Andrea (Gravitt) Sinclair, BA, is selfemployed. She resides in Newton, N.C.


Melissa (Konst) Amonette, BS, is an attending at the Premier Health Inc., St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio. She and her family reside in Curtice, Ohio.

Jennifer (Kulpa) Motz, BA, is a recruiter for college internships and programs for the Walt Disney Company and the human resources director for the Internet Crimes Group. She and her family reside in Fairless Hill, Pa. Andrew Pfeiffer, BSME, and his wife, Gloria, were married. Andrew graduated Summa Cum Laude with a masters of arts in Christian leadership from Criswell College in May 2010. He is an aeronautical engineer for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas. The Pfeiffer family resides in Hurst, Texas.

Amanda (Rybarczyk) Sadie, BSBA, is the director of inventory management for Gap Inc. in San Francisco, Calif. She and her family reside in Alameda, Calif.

Teri (Lutz) Sykes, BSPh, recently completed her doctorate in pharmacy at Shenandoah University. She works for Medco in Dublin, Ohio. She and her husband, Keith Sykes, BS ’96, reside in Toledo, Ohio.


Susan Coates, BA, and Kyle Brown were married on Dec. 9, 2010, in Des Moines, Iowa. Susan received her PhD from Iowa State University in 2009.  The couple resides in Ames, Iowa.  Michael Cox, PharmD, is the senior manager and deputy head of oncology medical communication at Merck Serono, a division of Merck KGaA in Darmstadt, Germany, where he resides.

Matt Filkins, BSBA, and Kathryn Gregorich were married at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev. Matt is a textile consultant at Standard Textile Company Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kathryn is a teacher at Gibraltar School District. The couple resides in Grosse Ile, Mich.

Gregory Gross, BM, is the recipient of the state of Illinois 2010 “Compassionate Heart” Red Ribbon Award presented at the State Department of Public Health/Board of Education HIV/STD Conference. This award is presented for outstanding work in the HIV continuum of care that has significantly improved the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS. Gregory resides in Chicago, Ill. Chad Paxson, BS, graduated medical school from OUCOM in 2004 and completed his internal medicine residency in 2008 from SUMMA Health System in Akron, Ohio. He currently is completing a pulmonary/critical care fellowship at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, La., where he and his family reside. Eric Schmidt, PharmD, is the director of pharmacy for the Medical Service Company in Oakwood Village, Ohio. He and his family reside in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.


Bruce Hammond, BA, is the director of marketing and communications for the National Sporting Goods Association based in Mount Prospect, Ill. Bruce and his family resides in Aurora, Ill. Susan Lingenfelter, PharmD, is a pharmacist for ApexCare Pharmacy Solutions. She resides in Roanoke, Va.

Heather (Moore) Slagle, BA, is a senior staff member for the Campus Crusade for Christ. Her husband, Michael, BS ’03, also is a senior staff member for the Campus Crusade for Christ. The Slagle family resides in Marysville, Ohio, and can be reached at Jeffery Weaver, BSEE, and his wife, Jamie, were married Oct. 3, 2009. Jeffery is a senior design engineer for Emerson Network Power in Columbus, Ohio. The couple resides in Westerville, Ohio.


Jennifer (Webb) Burger, BA, is a clinical psychologist for The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. Her husband, Todd, BS ’03, is a science teacher at The Graham School. The Burger family resides in Bexley, Ohio. Tim Geiger, BSCPE, and Erin Groves were married on Oct. 20, 2009. Tim is an IT manager for Family Nursing Services. He is the head wrestling coach at Circleville High School in Circleville, Ohio, where the Geiger family resides.

Lisa Jaeger, BM, BS, completed her residency in anesthesiology at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich., in June 2010. She is a fellow/clinical instructor in regional anesthesia and acute pain management at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Her husband, Shane Spinner, BM, BA, works as a project manager

for Rettig Music Inc. The couple resides in Nashville, Tenn.

Jill Leatherman, JD, was appointed judge of the Van Wert Municipal Court in November 2010. She and her family reside in Van Wert, Ohio. Mary (Kanet) McVicar, BSBA, and Michael McVicar were married on Oct. 2, 2010. The couple resides in Gahanna, Ohio.

Tracey Tite, BSPh, is a clinical pharmacist at Fisher Titus Medical Center in Norwalk, Ohio. She and her family reside in Wakeman, Ohio. Tiffani (Snyder) Tobin, BS, and her husband, David, reside in Lewis Center, Ohio.


Todd Burger, BS, is a science teacher at The Graham School. His wife, Jennifer (Webb), BA ’02, is a clinical psychologist for The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy. The Burger family resides in Bexley, Ohio.

Michael Slagle, BS, is a senior staff member for the Campus Crusade for Christ. His wife, Heather (Moore), BA ’01, is a senior staff member for the Campus Crusade for Christ. The Slagle family resides in Marysville, Ohio, and can be reached at


Brad Best, BSPh, is the director of pharmacy at UH Conneaut & Geneva Medical Center in Geneva, Ohio. He and his family reside in Ashtabula, Ohio. Ryan Hoff, JD, is the second vice president of Bose Ping Government Strategies. He and his wife, Maura (Bates), JD ’05, reside in Indianapolis, Ind.

Kilee (Hill) Malamisura, BA, and Eric Malamisura were married July 17, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. Kilee is a teacher for the Columbus City Schools. The couple resides in Lewis Center, Ohio. Holly (O’Connor) Sciolino, BA, and her husband, Christopher, were married on Aug. 28, 2010. The couple resides in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Cherie (Grant) Smith, BFA, is an exceptional student education school specialist at Lake County School Board/Gray Middle School in Tavares, Fla. She and her family reside in Center Hill, Fla. Brandon Steele, BS, is the associate pastor of student ministries at Houston First Church of God in Houston, Texas. His wife, Kristen (Pniewski), BA ’07, is the program manager of continuing education marketing for Lone Star College System in Spring, Texas. The couple resides in Houston, Texas. Julie (Herendeen) Travis, BA, and James Travis were married. Julie received her master’s degree in education from Tennessee State University in 2009. Julie and James

are both teachers at Metro Nashville Public School district and reside in Nashville, Tenn.

Sue Wetzel, JD, is an associate in the Ohio-based law firm of Weston Hurd LLP in Columbus, Ohio. Her practice focus will be on workers’ compensation matters. She resides in Columbus, Ohio. Mandy Wiley, BA, JD ’07, is an attorney examiner for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. She resides in Powell, Ohio.


Allison (Long) Bokone, BS, is a program manager for Microsoft. She and her family reside in Monroe, Wash. Maura (Bates) Hoff, JD, opened The Hoff Law Firm on Oct. 1, 2010, in Indianapolis, Ind. She practices municipal law, zoning and general business law. Maura serves as the city attorney for the City of Lawrence, Ind., and as the administrative law judge for the Securities Division of the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State. She is the Indiana chapter leader of the Republican National Lawyers Association and president of the Greater Indianapolis Republican Women’s Club and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Indiana Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. She and her husband, Ryan, JD ’04, reside in Indianapolis, Ind. Maura can be reached at hoff@

Tammy Jean (Watson) Rettig, JD, is the assistant district attorney general for the Office of the District Attorney General in Franklin, Tenn. She and her family reside in La Vergne, Tenn., and she can be reached at Michael Rush, PharmD, is the director of Healthwise at Ohio Northern University. He and his family reside in Ada, Ohio. Kimberly (Kraemer) Wildermuth, PharmD, is a staff pharmacist for Rite Aid. She and her family reside in Brockport, N.Y.


Ryan Hewit, BSME, and Sherri (Steinkirchner), PharmD ’08, were married. The couple resides in Copley, Ohio.

Amanda Horvath, BS, recently finished a two-and-half-year assignment with the Peace Corps in Paraguay, where she was an environmental educator. In May 2010, she graduated with her master’s of science in environmental science from the University of Colorado Denver. She is a fish and wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Denver, Colo. Angela (McShane) Lee, JD, and her husband, Adam, were married on June 13, 2010. The couple resides in Kasson, Minn.

Jessica (Abell) Lucas, BS, and Deric Lucas, were married on July 3, 2010. Jessica is a payroll and human resources administrator for Serta Mattress Company in Forest Park, Ohio. The couple resides in Morrow, Ohio.

Robert Luther III, JD, published his seventh law review article, “Oversight, Enforcement and Extension in Public Interest Litigation: An Empirical Analysis of Compliance with the Ninth Circuit’s Western States Paving v. Washington State DOT Decision,” in volume 15 of the Texas Review of Law and Politics. He recently published an op-ed on the Virginia health care challenge in The Virginia Gazette, the nation’s oldest newspaper. He practices constitutional law in Williamsburg, Va. Sarah Portz, BA, is the director of education at Christian Youth Theater in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Rachel (Wechlter) Smith, BSEE, is a patent attorney for Rader, Fishman, & Graver in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. She and her family live in Warren, Mich.

Nicholas Walters, BS, graduated from the University Of Toledo College Of Law in 2009. He passed the Arizona and Nevada Bar exam in July 2009. He resides in Phoenix, Ariz.


Nicole (Humphrey) Kimble, PharmD, and her husband, James, were married Sept. 10, 2010. Nicole is a pharmacy manager at Kroger in Trimble, Ohio. The couple resides in Logan, Ohio Erin (Myers) Long, BFA, and her husband, Casey, were married. Erin is a service center representative for The Ohio State Bank. The couple resides in Nevada, Ohio.

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Abigail (Mosbarger) Soto, BFA, and Mark Soto were married. Abigail is a high school art teacher at Del Valle High School in Del Valle, Texas. The Sotos reside in Austin, Texas.

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Kristen (Pniewski) Steele, BA, is the program manager of continuing education marketing for Lone Star College System in Spring, Texas. Her husband, Brandon, BS ’04, is the associate pastor of student ministries at Houston First Church of God in Houston, Texas, where the couple resides. Emily (Simmons) Tapocsi, JD, and Gregory Tapocsi, JD ’08, were married Dec. 31, 2009. The couple resides in Delaware, Ohio.

Dustin Wickersham, BA, is the county commissioner for Logan County in Bellefontaine, Ohio. He resides in Lakeview, Ohio, and can be reached at Jeffrey Wiley, BSME, is an associate systems engineer for The Walt Disney Company in Bay Lake, Fla. He resides in Orlando, Fla. Mandy Wiley, JD, BA ’04, is an attorney examiner for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. She resides in Powell, Ohio.


Sherri (Steinkirchner) Hewit, PharmD, and Ryan Hewit, BSME ’06, were married. The couple resides in Copley, Ohio.


Andrew Hopper, JD, and Ashley (Schweizer), JD, were married July 3, 2010. Ashley earned her master of laws degree in agricultural law from the University Of Arkansas School Of Law in Fayetteville, Ark., in 2009. Andrew earned his master of laws degree in agricultural law in 2010 from the University of Arkansas School Of Law in Fayetteville, Ark. He is the deputy prosecutor for the Madison County, Ind., Prosecutor’s Office.

Katie (Sondergelt) Hughes, BSME, and Cody, BSN ’09, were married Oct.

Sarah Libbe, BSBA, is an auditor for Ernst and Young in Toledo, Ohio. She resides in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Benjamin Miller, BSCPE, and Charise (Kazmierczak), BS, were married. Charise is a teacher at South-Western City Schools. The couple resides in Grove City, Ohio. Laurie (Lotz) Melin, BA, and her husband, Kyle, PharmD ’09, reside in College Park, Md. Courtney (Crawshaw) Nign, BSBA, and her husband, Chad, were married Oct. 23, 2010. Courtney is an admissions counselor at Ohio Northern University. The couple resides in Findlay, Ohio.

Robert Pascarella, BSME, is the outage project manager for Siemens Energy Inc. He resides in Bridgeville, Pa. Gregory Tapocsi, JD, and Emily (Simmons), JD ’07, were married Dec. 31, 2009. Gregory is an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Seneca County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Tiffin, Ohio. The couple resides in Delaware, Ohio.


Lydia Buehrer, BSCE, is a roadway el for HDR Inc. in Charlotte, N.C., where she resides.

Shalagh Frantz, BA, received the “Best Graduate Student Poster, NonEmpirical” award at Ohio Psychological Association meeting in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 11-13, 2010. She is a graduate student at Write State University, focusing on clinical psychology. She resides in Fairborn, Ohio. Patricia Fuller, BA, is a police officer for the Bowling Green Police Department in Bowling Green, Ky., where she resides. Mark Howard, BSBA, and Lilianne Pate were married Oct. 9, 2010 in

Columbus, Ohio. The wedding party included ONU graduates Timothy White, BSBA, Eric Harmon, BSBA, Curtis See, BSBA, and Christopher Gaghan, BA. Mark is an MD total loss claims processor at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company in Dublin, Ohio. The couple resides in Westerville, Ohio.

Cody Hughes, BSN, and Katie (Sondergelt), BSME ’08, were married Oct. 9, 2010. Cody is a registered nurse at Van Wert County Hospital. Katie is an associate mechanical engineer at UDRI. The couple resides in Van Wert, Ohio. Brett Kritzberger, PharmD, and Christine Bohovic, were married Oct. 9, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. Brett is a residency pharmacist for Rutgers University in Camden, N.J. The couple resides in Morristown, N.J. Carlie (Ellis) Lee, BA, and her husband, Bryan, were married. The couple resides in Madison, Ala.

Kyle Melin, PharmD, is a clinical pharmacist for XLHealth in Baltimore, Md. He and his wife, Laurie (Lotz), BA ’08, reside in College Park, Md. Robert Onder, PharmD, and Erin (O’Toole), PharmD, were married in September 2010. Robert is a pharmacist for Rite Aid. Erin is the lead clinical pharmacist for Summa Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where the couple resides. Michael Shaffer, BSBA, is a program manager for Aventine Co. in Montclair, N.J. where he resides. Elizabeth Thornton, BSBA, is the fiscal manager for the Hardin County Council on Aging in Kenton, Ohio. She resides in Ada, Ohio.


Gregory Back, BSCPE, and Amy (Riggle), BS, were married June 26, 2010, in Indianapolis, Ind. Gregory is an information security engineer/ scientist for MITRE Corporation in McLean, Va. Amy is a graduate student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The couple resides in Fairfax, Va. Joseph Calimery, JD, resides in Jamestown, N.Y. Adrian Degori, JD, resides in Leetsdale, Pa.

Katie Heckerd, BSBA, is a program center manager for RuffaloCODY in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She resides in Bloomville, Ohio.

Justine Jacob, BSBA, is a membership sales coordinator for the Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce. She resides in North Olmsted, Ohio. Ashley (Ridgeway) Johansen, BSBA, and Luke, BSCE ’91, were married June 5, 2010. The couple resides in Ada, Ohio.

Ann Marie Mancuso, JD, is an associate attorney for the Rabner Law Offices LP in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she resides. Jill Markle, BSN, is a registered nurse at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. She resides in Ada, Ohio. Lani Norden, BSBA, is a customer service manager for Menards in Hamilton, Ohio, where she resides.

Reginald Onyido, BSBA, is the operations manager at Yes Clubhouse in Newark, Ohio, where he resides. Carly Prather, JD, was appointed assistant law director for the City of Conneaut, Ohio, where she resides.

Mariane Rizkallah, PharmD, and Danny Nesrallah were married on Sept. 6, 2010, in Lebanon. The couple resides in Ottawa, Canada.

Braden Sharrer, JD, is a legal and trust associate specializing in probate and estate matters at Caldwell Trust Co. in Venice, Fla., where he and his wife, Lindsay, reside. Adam Sundt, JD, resides in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

David Tietz, PharmD, and Laura (Zeigler), PharmD, were married. David and Laura are both pharmacists for the Cleveland Clinic. The couple resides in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Matthew Tootle, JD, resides in Circleville, Ohio.

Scott Turner, BSBA, is attending Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and working for Kroger in Gahanna, Ohio. He resides in Gambier, Ohio. Ashley Weyenberg, JD, is an LLM student at Georgetown Law School. She resides in Vicksburg, Mich.

Amy Fritz, BSBA, is a staff accountant for Kentner Sellers CPAs in Vandalia, Ohio. She resides in Saint Marys, Ohio. Levi Good, BSBA, is a human resources assistant for Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Ohio. He resides in Stryker, Ohio. Tyler Haslam, JD, is an associate attorney for Offutt Nord PLLC in Huntington, W.Va., where he resides.

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On Saturday, Feb. 12, more than 70 ONU alumni from the men’s and women’s basketball teams gathered with their “future Polar Bears” for a day of basketball at ONU. The women’s and men’s alumni games were played in the morning, followed by a reception with coaches, family and friends. Alumni then filled the stands to cheer on both varsity teams; the day was enjoyed by all!

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Debra Gatton, BSME, and her husband, Gary Kustis, adopted their daughter, Emily Yu-Hui Gatton Kustis, on Oct. 26, 2010, in Changsha, Hunan, China. Emily was born on Aug. 21, 2009. The family resides in Westlake, Ohio.

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Joel Parker, BSBA, and his wife, Liz, twins, Emmie Elizabeth, and Eli Patrick, Nov. 21, 2010. Emmie and Eli join brothers Cade, 10, and Max, 9. The Parker family resides in Elida, Ohio.


Alexander Parr, BS, and his wife, Micki, have two daughters, Isabelle, 6, and Chloe, 4. The Parr family resides in Brunswick, Ohio.


Amy (Reese) Blackmore, BSBA, and her husband, James, a son, Reese Schuyler, Sept. 20, 2008. The Blackmore family resides in New Albany, Ohio. Jason Goffinet, BS, and his wife, Penny, a daughter, Anna Grace, May 2, 2010. The Goffinet family resides in Dallas, Ga.




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Kaitrin (Stumpf) Valencia, BA, and her husband, Emilo, a son, David, Oct. 28, 2010. David joins big brother Noah, 4, and big sister Kailah, 2. The Valencia family resides in Chicago, Ill.

Andrew Pfeiffer, BSME, and his wife, Gloria, a son, William Hudson, Nov. 16, 2010. The Pfeiffer family resides in Hurst, Texas.


Amanda (Rybarczyk) Sadie, BSBA, and her husband, Alexander, a daughter, Alana Grace, Sept. 16, 2010. Alana joins big brother Avery Joseph, 2. The Sadie family resides in Alameda, Calif.

Emily (Hermiller) Gillespie, BSPh, and her husband, Kyle, a daughter, Elizabeth, June 17, 2010. The Gillespie family resides in Belt, Mont.



Danielle (Wilson) Bolon, BSPh, and her husband, Shane, a daughter, Delaney Grace, Nov. 27, 2010. Delaney joins brothers Cole, 5, and Gage, 3. The Bolon family resides in Canton, Ohio.

Lee Ann (Gilhousen) Kitko, BSPh, and her husband, Christopher, a son, Callen Lee, July 31, 2010. Callen joins big brother Ian Christopher, 5. The Kitko family resides in Clermont, Fla.

Jennifer (Kulpa) Motz, BA, and her husband, Robert, a son, Sebastian Kulpa, June 10, 2009. The Motz family resides in Fairless Hills, Pa.

Chad Paxson, BS, and his wife, Laura, have two daughters, Juliana and Lilly Kathryn. The Paxson family resides in Shreveport, La.

Cary (Franks) Richey, BA, and her husband, Matthew, a son, Garrett Charles, April 7, 2010. He joins sisters Alexa, 10, and Lily, 6. The Richey family resides in Waterville, Ohio. Erica (Borland) Zeedyk, BSPh, and her husband, Matthew, BSEE ’01, a daughter, Elyse Mackenzie, Nov. 11, 2010. Elyse joins big brother Carter, 7, and sister Abigail, 5. The Zeedyk family resides in Carrolton, Ohio.


Christopher Egan, BS, and his wife, Tricia (Schroeder), BSME ’03, a son, Benjamin Michael, Sept. 1, 2010. Benjamin joins sister Lily, 2. The Egan family resides in Kettering, Ohio. Bruce Hammond, BA, and his wife, Anna (Mann), BA ’02, a son, Andrew Edward, Dec. 13, 2010. The Hammond family resides in Aurora, Ill. Mandy (Daniels) Havenar, BA, and her husband, Josh, a son, Trevor James, March 30, 2010. Trevor joins big brother Brayden, 2. The Havenar family resides in Piqua, Ohio. Cory Murray, BSBA, and his wife, Danielle (Verone), BA, twin girls, Giavanna Michelle and Olivia Marie, July 18, 2010. The Murray family resides in Baldwinsville, N.Y.


Heather (Moore) Slagle, BA, and her husband, Michael, BS ’03, a daughter, Kenzie Charis Lynne, July 23, 2010. Kenzie joins brother Jackson. The Slagle family resides in Marysville, Ohio. Frank Van Dresser, BSBA, and his wife, Jill, a daughter, Aubrie Elizabeth, June 25, 2010. The Van Dresser family resides in Norwalk, Ohio. Matthew Zeedyk, BSEE, and his wife, Erica (Borland), BSPh ’00, a daughter, Elyse Mackenzie, Nov. 11, 2010. Elyse joins big brother Carter, 7, and sister Abigail, 5. The Zeedyk family resides in Carrolton, Ohio.


Jennifer (Webb) Burger, BA, and her husband, Todd, BS ’03, a daughter, Scarlett Reese Olsson, March 25, 2010. Scarlett joins sister Stella Anne, 3. The Burger family resides in Bexley, Ohio. Tim Geiger, BSCPE, and his wife, Erin, a daughter, Layla Ann, Sept. 13, 2010. The Geiger family resides in Circleville, Ohio. Anna (Mann) Hammond, BA, and her husband, Bruce Hammond, BA ’01, a son, Andrew Edward, Dec. 13, 2010. The Hammond family resides in Aurora, Ill. Dena (Dudzenski) Johnson, BA, and her husband, James, a daughter, Ashlyn Victoria, Nov. 4, 2010. Ashlyn join sister Tara Giovanna. The Johnson family resides in Warren, Ohio.


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Robert Kerr, BFA, and his wife, Ellen, a son, Isaac David, Aug. 18, 2010. The Kerr family resides in Canal Winchester, Ohio. Tracey (Tite) Langkilde, BSPh, and her husband, Mark, a son, Kaleb Cole, June 29, 2010. The family resides in Wakeman, Ohio.


Todd Burger, BS, and his wife, Jennifer (Webb), BA ’02, a daughter, Scarlett Reese Olsson, March 25, 2010. Scarlett joins sister Stella Anne, 3. The Burger family resides in Bexley, Ohio. Tricia (Schroeder) Egan, BSME, and her husband, Christopher, BS ’01, a son, Benjamin Michael, Sept. 1, 2010. Benjamin joins sister Lily, 2. The Egan family resides in Kettering, Ohio. Aaron Fries, BA, and his wife, Sarah (Gfell), PharmD, a son, Casey Michael, Oct. 6, 2010. Casey joins big brother, Landon. The Fries family resides in Norwalk, Ohio. Michael Lafuze, BA, and his wife, Maria Velora Dayao, a daughter, Isabella Marie, June 8, 2010. Justin Lehman, BS, and his wife, Emily, a daughter, Peyton Elizabeth, July 14, 2010. The Lehmans reside in Lima, Ohio. Michelle (Awig) Poeppelman, BS, and her husband, Ben, twin boys, Cody, and Kyle, June 24, 2010. The twins join older brother Owen, 2. The Poeppelman family resides in Troy, Ohio.

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Lewis Brady, BSME, and his wife, Lisa (Bockrath), PharmD ’06, a daughter, Ella Patricia, Aug. 10, 2010. Ella joins big brother Evan. The Brady family resides in Ottawa, Ohio.


Lisa (Bockrath) Brady, PharmD, and her husband, Lewis, BSME ’04, a daughter, Ella Patricia, Aug. 10, 2010. Ella joins big brother Evan. The Brady family resides in Ottawa, Ohio.


Allison (Long) Bokone, BS, and her husband, Robert, a daughter, Adelaide Roberta, July 10, 2009. The Bokone family resides in Monroe, Wash.

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Jeffrey Fostyk, PharmD, and his wife, Rebecca (Herris), BA ’05, a daughter, Lena Miriam, Sept. 26, 2010. The Fostyk family resides in North Canton, Ohio.

Rebecca (Herris) Fostyk, BA, and her husband, Jeffrey, PharmD ’06, a daughter, Lena Miriam, Sept. 26, 2010. The Fostyk family resides in North Canton, Ohio.

Rachel (Wechler) Smith, BSEE, and her husband, James, a daughter, Alayna Dawn, Aug. 11, 2010. The Smith family lives in Warren, Mich.

Tammy Jean (Watson) Rettig, JD, and her husband, Daniel, a daughter, Ivory Marie, Oct. 5, 2010. Ivory joins big brother Houston, 3. The Rettig family resides in La Vergne, Tenn.


Heather (Bihl) Rhoads, BA, and her husband, Bryan, a son, Austin Douglas, Feb. 18, 2010. The Rhoads family resides in Bear, Del.

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Kristen (Vogtsberger) Rutter, JD, and her husband, Robert, JD ’05, a daughter, Giuliana Grace, Nov. 22, 2010. The Rutter family resides in Chicago, Ill.

Robert Rutter, JD, and his wife, Kristen (Vogtsberger), JD ’07, a daughter, Giuliana Grace, Nov. 22, 2010. The Rutter family resides in Chicago, Ill. Kimberly (Kraemer) Wildermuth, PharmD, and her husband, James, a daughter, Paige Noelle, Dec. 24, 2009. The Wildermuth family resides in Brockport, N.Y.

Michael Slagle, BS, and his wife, Heather (Moore), BA ’01, a daughter, Kenzie Charis Lynne, July 23, 2010. Kenzie joins brother Jackson. The Slagle family resides in Marysville, Ohio.


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In Memoriam Friends

Jack R. Beatley, Russells Point, Ohio, April 12, 2010. Jack was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is the previous owner of Beatley’s on the Beach and the Holiday Harbor Mobile Home Community. He was an avid boater and fisherman. He is survived by his second wife, Patricia (Ransome) Kyle-Beatley, BA ’74. James S. Benge, Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 21, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Bonita (Ujhelyi) Benge, BA ’73. Anna M. Bianco, Steubenville, Ohio, June 8, 2004.

Donna “Odean” Bushong, Dunkirk, Ohio, Dec. 13, 2010. Donna served as the secretary for the Army Training CTR Post, the Lima Ohio Steel Foundry, the Citizen Bank and Loan Co., and Hardin Northern School. She also served as the secretary to the vice president of development at ONU until her retirement in 1987. She is survived by her husband, Everett. Karyne L. Carey, Mansfield, Ohio, July 20, 2010. She is survived by her husband, Joe Carey, BSEd ’63.

Mary E. Davis, Niles, Ohio, Sept. 14, 2008. Mary was a music teacher in several public school systems. She also was a member of the First Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William.

Billie D. Geyer, Severna Park, Md., Nov. 18, 2010. Billie was an English teacher at Marley and Lindale 40 middle schools. She enjoyed traveling, books and movies. She is survived by her husband, Manvel Geyer, BSEE ’58. Nan M. Loos, Zanesville, Ohio, Sept. 16, 2010. Nan previously worked for Columbia Gas. She was a member of the Ohio State Alumni Club and a member of the Central Trinity United Methodist Church Chancel Choir. She is survived by her husband, Richard Loos, BSPh ’63. Homer J. Lundy, Afton, Ala., Sept. 3, 2009. He is survived by family and friends.

Betty F. Matson, Lima, Ohio, Nov. 10, 2010. Betty retired as a secretary from Ohio Northern University. She was a member of the ONU Secretary Organization, the Lima Memorial Health System Auxiliary and Dola Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arden.

Martha R. Morris, Dublin, Ohio, Nov. 12, 2010. Martha was a graduate of Denison University. She was a member of the First Community Church. She was active in her community and involved in many organizations. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert. Lisa K. Nichelson, Harrod, Ohio, Nov. 4, 2010. Lisa worked at Ohio Northern University in several different capacities. Most recently, she served ONU as a custodian. She had previously served as the secretary to the director of food service for the Sodexho Campus Services at ONU. She is survived by her husband, Rob Nichelson.

Ronald G. Parshall, North Baltimore, Ohio, Jan. 1, 2011. Ronald was the regional manager for Columbia Gas until his retirement in 1990. He worked at the ONU King Horn Sports Center. He also served as the mayor of Ada, on the Ada Village Council, and on the Ada School Board. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was in Rotary International. He headed many community improvement boards in Ada and Bowling Green, Ohio. He was inducted into the Ada High School Alumni Association Hall of Honor in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Mary. William R. Phillians, Ada, Ohio, Nov. 27, 2010.

Rudolph “Tino” Rizzo, Painesville, Ohio, Dec. 6, 2010. He served in the U.S. Army as a mechanic and was discharged in 1946. He was admitted to practice in Ohio in 1952, received his juris doctorate degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971. He was a lifelong member of the Lake County

Bar Association. He was involved in many different committees. He was preceded in death by his wife, Merrian. Jerry L. Smith, Ada, Ohio, Dec. 16, 2010. Jerry was the owner of the Roby Company in Kenton, Lima, and Bellefontaine, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Pamela. Barbara A. Spar, Lima, Ohio, Dec. 31, 2010. Barbara was active in her community, in many area organizations, and in the Ada, Ohio, St. Mark Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles.

George E. Theurer, Ashland, Wis., Jul. 30, 2010. George was very interested in electronics from an early age. He worked for the Society National Bank for 40 years. He began in the clearance department and retired as the vice president in charge of real estate loans. He served during World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Christina.


Freda A. (Rickenbacker) Fishburn, AA, Findlay, Ohio, Nov. 10, 2010. Freda was a teacher for 27 years in Allen Park, Mich. She had a hobby in arts and crafts and was an active golfer. After retiring, she volunteered for the hospital, participated in Twig 17, and was a member of the Garden Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack.


William B. Ayres, BA, Dayton, Ohio, Sept. 18, 2010. William served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was a flying enthusiast and pilot for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Flying Physicians Association and the FAA Medical Flight Examiner. He retired in 1984 from family practice in Dayton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife, M. Dorothy Ayres. Guinevere (Lanning) Smith, BA, Wapakoneta, Ohio, Nov. 5, 2010. Guinevere taught for more than 30 years in Wapakoneta, Medina, Ada, Jackson, and Wilmington, Ohio. She was a member of a number of organizations and active in her

community. She was known as the “hat lady.” She was preceded in death by her husband, John.


Betty (Place, SeBastian) Pigozzi, AA, Lima, Ohio, Nov. 19, 2010. Betty was an influential teacher in many different schools, including the New Breman Schools, Wapakoneta City Schools, Southern Hills, Dayton Public Schools, Palm Beach Junior College, Boca Raton University, and the Community College of Allegheny County. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Buckland Community Center, the Youghiogheny Country Club, and the 18 Hole Women Golfers Association. She enjoyed golfing and gardening. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ford, and survived by her second husband, William Pigozzi, BSEd ’39.


Jack H. Birns, BA, Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 10, 2008.


Dominic J. Bianco, JD, Steubenville, Ohio, Dec. 10, 2010. Dominic practiced law in Steubenville, Ohio, starting in 1942. He was a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association, the Ohio Bar Association and the American Bar Association and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna.


Robert R. Brown, BSPh, Wadsworth, Ohio, Sept. 21, 2008. During his time at ONU, Robert was a member of Kappa Psi. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving for three years. Following his time in the military, he worked for Benneman’s Drug Store and eventually purchased the store. In the 1980s he sold the store. He is survived by his wife, Eileen.


Irving E. Silvers, BSEd, Long Beach, Calif., Jan. 17, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia.


Mary A. (Spar) Wintzer, BSEd, Wapakoneta, Ohio, Nov. 11, 2010. Mary was very active during her time at ONU. She was a sister in the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and kept in contact with her sisters. She previously was a music teacher in the Wapakoneta City School system. She served on the board of directors of G.A. Wintzer & Sons Co., was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Helen Hunt Club and the Hannah Unit, and was the choir director for the Wapakoneta adult choir. She was a member of the Wapakoneta Country Club, served on its board of directors, and was club champion nine times. In 2006, she was honored with an Ohio Northern University Distinguished Alumni Award. She and her husband established the Wintzer Music Media Lab at the Heterick Memorial Library on ONU’s campus. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick.


Richard E. Cheney, JD, Lima, Ohio, Dec. 13, 2010. Richard retired as an Allen County Common Pleas Court magistrate in 1991. He was the president and co-owner of Cheney & Crist Adjustment Co. He was an Air Force veteran from World War II. He was very active in his community and involved in many organizations. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara, and survived by his second wife, Patricia.

Rondalee (Ricketts) Derry, BA, Caldwell, Ohio, Oct. 25, 2010. Rondalee and her husband were the owners of Derry Drugs, the first self-service pharmacy in northwestern Ohio, in 1953. It became a thriving business and still exists today. She also was active in Van Wert community theater, participating in multiple roles through the years. She was elected to the Ohio Community Theatre Hall of Fame in 2005. She was involved in Habitat for Humanity and many other organizations. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing, tap dancing, traveling and jogging. She was preceded in death by her husband, William S. Derry, BSPh ’50.

Robert L. Stahler, BSPh, Bellefontainue, Ohio, Dec. 13, 2010. Rob joined the Kappa Psi Fraternity while at ONU. He was in the U.S. Navy and served as a pharmacist on the USS Hornet. He was the co-partner of Burton & Stahler Family Pharmacy until his retirement in 1993. He was a very involved member in his community and in many organizations. He is survived by his wife, Wanda. Merle E. Wirt, BA, Ada, Ohio, Nov. 1, 2010. Merle worked as a production manager at Lennox Tool & Machine Builder before retiring from North America Rockwell International in Kenton, Ohio, as the head accountant. He was a veteran who served in World War II. He was a member of the First

United Methodist Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9381, and the Ada Public Library Board. He is survived by his wife, Betty.


James D. Hart, JD, Danville, Ky., Nov. 16, 2010. James practiced law for more than 37 years in Dayton, Ohio. He was a World War II veteran. He was the former president of the Dayton Board of Education and a member of the VFW. He loved reading, bridge and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Irene. John H. Pochinsky, BA, Lycippus, Pa., Oct. 12, 2010. John was a veteran from World War II. He was a tool-designing engineer for Westinghouse Nuclear, Waltz Mills and Pittsburgh Brass. He loved gardening, hunting, fishing and music. He is survived by his wife, Veronica.


Roger W. Lillie, BA, BSEd ’56, Ashtabula, Ohio, Dec. 28, 2010. During his time at ONU, Roger was a member of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity and the N-Men Association, ran track, and sang in the Chorus Choir. He was a member of the 1950 Ohio Athletic Conference Mile Relay championship team at ONU. He taught at Ada, Harrod and Ashtabula schools. He was a member of the Town Choir, Men of Praise and the Ashtabula County Choral Music Society. He was very involved with the United Methodist Church, serving on many local and conference boards. He volunteered his time, his gifts and resources in his community. He is survived by his wife and ONU sweetheart of 57 years, Norma (LaRue) Lillie, BSEd ’55.


Patricia (Whiteford) Parks, AA, Prescott, Wis., Sept. 16, 2010. Patricia was a retired teacher and librarian. She was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority while at ONU. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, James Parks, BSCE ’57.


Loren E. Beach, JD, Alexandria, Va., Nov. 30, 2010. Loren was a Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent. He retired as an instructor at the FBI Academy. During his retirement, he was a private investigator in Washington. Loren served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife, Norene (DelBene) Beach, JD ’54.

James D. FitzGerald, JD, Bluffton, S.C., Dec. 6, 2010. James was an executive for the Claims Department of Continental Insurance. He was president of the Northern Ohio Lung Association, a member of the Irish Heritage Society, and AOH. He also was a member of the St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Mary.


Richard E. Glasgo, BSPh, Wilmot, Ohio, March 17, 2010. Richard was a U.S. Army veteran. He truly loved working in pharmacy and began his career with his own store, Glasgo Drugs. He worked until his retirement in 2009 from Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Christine.


Richard D. Baier, BSEd, Bellefontaine, Ohio, Sept. 14, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Rose (Mayberry) Baier, BSEd ’56. Jack C. Blanchong, BSEd, Lima, Ohio, Dec. 31, 2010. Jack was a music teacher for 36 years, mainly in the Lima City Schools. He also tuned pianos for more than 25 years. He was a member of the Senior Citizens and Hallelujah Saints bands, the Ohio Retired Teachers, the Allen County Retired Teachers, and several church choirs. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Margaret.

Roger W. Lillie, BSEd, BA ‘52, Ashtabula, Ohio, Dec. 28, 2010. During his time at ONU, Roger was a member of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity and the N-Men Association, ran track, and sang in the Chorus Choir. He was a member of the 1950 Ohio Athletic Conference Mile Relay championship team at ONU. He taught at Ada, Harrod and Ashtabula schools. He was a member of the Town Choir, Men of Praise, and the Ashtabula County Choral Music Society. He was very involved with the United Methodist Church, serving on many local and conference boards. He volunteered his time, his gifts and resources in his community. He is survived by his wife and ONU sweetheart of 57 years, Norma (LaRue) Lillie, BSEd ’55.


Ruth E. (Miller) Bair, BSEd, Forest, Ohio, Oct. 8, 2010. Ruth was a teacher for more than 30 years, primarily in the fourth grade for Forest Elementary School. She was a member of Tau Kappa Kappa and the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, writing and sending cards, reading, and participating at her church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert.

James E. Braden, BA, Caldwell, Ohio, Aug. 11, 2010. James was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was the former pharmacist and owner/operator of the Gillespies Drugs in Caldwell, Ohio. He served on the Noble County Chamber of Commerce and was the past president of the Noble County Retail Merchants. He also was a member of the Ohio Pharmacist’s Association and the National Community Pharmacist’s Association. He is survived by his wife, DiAnna (Gillespie) Braden, AA ’59.

Richard D. Brownlee, BSPh, Struthers, Ohio, Nov. 9, 2010. Richard is a veteran from the Korean War. While at ONU, he was a member of the Association of Independent Men, competing in track, softball, football and basketball. He worked as a pharmacist for 40 years at a number of pharmacies, including Peoples Service Drugs, K-Mart, Brine Pharmacy and the Struthers Family Discount Drugs. He was a member of a number of organizations in his local community. He is survived by his wife, Joanne.

Gary D. Sweet, BSEd, Tipp City, Ohio, Nov. 6, 2010. After graduating from ONU, Gary continued his education at Xavier University. He was an educator and principal with the Mad River Schools in Riverside. He also was a financial advisor. He was a member of the Mad River Lions Club, the Tipp City Rotary, and the Cove Spring Church. He is survived by his wife, Carol.


Robert M. Blank, BSCE, Leipsic, Ohio, Oct. 24, 2010. Robert was a farmer and a civil engineer. He worked for various state and local government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, the State of Ohio Department of Highways, and Floyd Brown Associates. He enjoyed gardening, model trains, and stamp collecting. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Emma, and is survived by his second wife, Mildred.

Marilyn Fry, BA, Payne, Ohio, Aug. 16, 2010. Marilyn began her education career in Brookfield, Ohio, followed by several years at Riverdale High School in Forest, Ohio. In 1969, she began teaching biology, anatomy, physiology and AP biology at Paulding High School. In 1967, she received her master’s degree in botany from the University of Toledo. She retired from teaching in 1997 but continued her career in education by becoming the Coordinator for the Gifted until her retirement in 2004. She received many honors and awards during her tenure at Paulding High School. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Fry, BA ’66, BSPh ’69. Jane S. (Smith) Peacock, BA, Marion, Ohio, Oct. 28, 2010. Jane was an English teacher for the Pleasant Middle and High Schools. Following her retirement, she volunteered at Marion General Hospital and Mobile Meals. She was preceded in death by her husband, John.


Ophelia M. (Mitchell) Jones, BSEd, Phoenix, Ariz., Dec. 31, 2008. Ophelia was a retired reading specialist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert.


Iona M. (Lantz) Plikerd, BSEd, Spencerville, Ohio, Dec. 15, 2010. Iona taught grade school for 24 years at Spencerville and Jennings schools. She also worked as an inspector for E-Cell-O Corp. in Lima, Ohio, and assisted her husband at Bowers Ohio Sales Company. She volunteered her time at St. Rita’s Medical Center and the Hartford Christian Church as a Sunday school teacher. She was preceded in death by her first husband, LaVerrle A. Bowers Sr., and her second husband, Harold.


Albert J. Deneke, JD, Covington, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2010.


Tressie E. (Swartz) Achey, BSEd, Findlay, Ohio, Nov. 24, 2010. Tressie retired after teaching for 30 years. She taught in Lakeview, Piqua, Lewistown, Belle Center, Forest, and the Ada school systems. She was a volunteer at Wilbur Mills Elementary and Sunnyside School for the Physically and Mentally Handicapped. She also volunteered at Sauder Museum. She was a member of multiple organizations. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard. Donald L. Brouse Jr., BDEd, LaSalle, Mich., July 11, 2010.

David G. Columbus, BSCE, Wooster, Ohio, Dec. 5, 2010. David was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked at Engineering Associate of Wooster and later started Columbus Engineering. He was a member of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was a member of 42 the St. Mary Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Joan. Dennis W. Higley, BSEE, Troy, Ohio, Nov. 16, 2010. Dennis retired from the National Air Intelligence Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base after 39 years of service. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for 34 years. He enjoyed model railroading, hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife, Betty.

Marcella B. (Beams) Schroeder, BSEd, Chattanooga, Ohio, April 19, 2004. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl O. Schroeder, AA ’26.


George P. Garns, BSPh, Sandusky, Ohio, Nov. 17, 2009. George retired from Revco in 1990 and then worked for other pharmacies. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 285, Calvary Temple and the National Rifle Association. He is survived by his wife, Beverly. David L. Runnion, BSEE, North Kingsville, Ohio, Dec. 5, 2010. David retired from Performix Technology in Warren, Ohio, where he was in purchasing and engineering. He enjoyed cars and activities with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Judith.


Nancy K. (Anspach) Johnson, BA, Port Orchard, Wash., Oct. 15, 2010. Nancy worked for U.S. Customs and retired in 2007 as a Fines, Penalties, and Forfeiture supervisor. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Port Orchard, the Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association, and several book clubs. She also was a world traveler. She is survived by her husband, Doug. George J. Kalal, BSEd, Sylva, N.C., Oct. 14, 2010. George farmed in the Rockford area for 12 years. Following his time at ONU, he taught art at St. Mary’s Memorial High School. He was a salesman for Perry Corporation, inspector for Kohli Kaliher Associates, project inspector for Dwayne Hall

Engineering, and project manager for Gator Utilities. He retired as an engineer and project manager from Johnson Engineering in Fort Myers, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Carol.


Robert “Dan” D. Overly, BA, Jackson, Miss., Oct. 18, 2010. Dan was known for his art and his love of gardening. His love of art transferred into his career when he became the director of arts for the state of Mississippi, when he was appointed by the Carter administration to serve on the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. His artwork was published in American Craft magazine a number of times. He was the founder of the Schools of Craft and Design at Millsaps College in Jackson. In 1996, he was given the Governor’s Award for Art Partnership. His gardening skills were showcased in a book, Secret Gardens Revealed by Their Owners, by Rosemary Verey as well in the documentary Uprooted. He is survived by family and friends.


Helen R. (Ruetenik) Armstrong, BSEd, Mount Vernon, Ohio, May 7, 2009.

Robert G. Heinfeld, BSEd, Ada, Ohio, Dec. 4, 2010. Robert worked for Seiberling Latex Products in New Breman for 17 years. He taught at Harrod Elementary School and at Ada Exempted Village School, from which he retired. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. During retirement, he wrote many articles and a book on the New Bremen Speedway. He is survived by his wife, Hazel.


Darryl E. Quay, BSEd, Lima, Ohio, Dec. 29, 2010. Darryl was a substitute custodian for Shawnee Schools. He volunteered his time with the Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Lima Memorial Health System and the Shawnee School Libraries. He was awarded the Jefferson Award for his volunteer work. He served as the band director for Botkins Schools and Lima City Schools. He was a founding member of the Lima Area Concert Bands and a member of the Lima Symphony Orchestra. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl A. (Kindle) Quay, BSEd ’69.


Marilyn R. (King) Darwood, BSPh, Van Wert, Ohio, Nov. 7, 2010. Marilyn was the former chief of pharmacy at Van Wert County Hospital. She also was a pharmacist at Downtown Drug Co. and the Miller Drug Store. She was

a member of the Post 178 American Legion Auxiliary of Van Wert and the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur.

William R. Pickrell, BSPh, Alexandria, Ohio, June 3, 2009. William was a corpsman in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a retired area pharmacist and was the part owner and pilot for Central Skyport Charter Service. He is survived by his wife, Janet (Covey) Pickrell, BSPh ’72


Karen E. Burwell, JD, South Point, Ohio, Dec. 26, 2010. Karen practiced law in Ironton, Ohio, and was employed by the Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Huntington, W.Va. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ironton and the Ohio and Florida Bar Associations. She is survived by family and her friend, Jenny McDowell. Gary A. Herrmann, BSME, Findlay, Ohio, June 9, 2010. He worked for Marathon Oil Company for 31 years as a mechanical engineer. He was the owner of Herrmann Electric. He was an active member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church and a volunteer in electrical wiring with Habitat for Humanity. He is survived by his wife, Barbara.


James S. Thomas, DD, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 10, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Ruth.


Ty A. Michael, BSBA, Weinheim, Germany, Oct. 15, 2010. While attending ONU, Ty was a member of Sigma Pi. He is survived by his wife, Misty.


Jevin J. Calvert, BSME, Ada, Ohio, July 24, 2010. Jevin passed after a battle with cancer. He was an engineersystem integrity leader for Marathon Oil Company. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ada, Sigma Theta Epsilon, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He played for the Findlay Men’s Hockey League and the Marathon Volleyball League. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer (Smishko) Calvert, BA ’00, and his three daughters, Tessa, Alison and Erin.

Baker Farewell Tour


The Baker Farewell Tour is off to a great start! Please check the schedule to see if we will be coming to a city near you and make plans to join us on Saturday, June 4, 2011, for the Baker Farewell Celebration.




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Ohio Northern University Office of Alumni Affairs 525 South Main Street Ada, OH 45810

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, June 4, 2011

Join us for the Baker Farewell Celebration! Please join us for a casual, fun-filled evening with the Bakers as we wish them farewell as they retire and begin their new journey in life. There is no charge for this celebration; however, we encourage you to RSVP so that the chef can prepare enough food for the evening. To RSVP, or for more information, please email or call 419-772-2727. To reserve a room at the Inn, please call 419-772-2500. If you are interested in staying in an on-campus ONU apartment, email or call 1-866-ONU-ALUM.

4:30-5:30 p.m.      Reception and Tour of the President’s Home (Dicke House) Join Dr. Kendall L. and Mrs. Toby Baker, BFA ’06, at their home for a tour of the Dicke House. Transportation will be provided, leaving from McIntosh Center.   5:30 p.m. Farewell Dinner (Dicke House – outside, weather permitting) Please join us for a wonderful meal at the Bakers’ home.   6:30-7 p.m.  (Dicke House – outside, weather permitting) Join the Alumni Board and all alumni as we celebrate with the Bakers and thank them for their time and devotion to Ohio Northern University.   7-8:30 p.m. (Dicke House – outside, weather permitting) Spend an evening under the stars enjoying dancing and music from ONU’s amazing Alumni Jazz Band.

For a complete listing of the Alumni Weekend activities, please visit our website at

ONU Alumni Journal: Spring 2011  

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