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Journal and our exploration of “passions.” In the pages that follow, you will meet lots of fascinating individuals who are doing what they love best. I’ve been fortunate in my life to pursue many passions – research, teaching, cars, running (three miles a day) and skiing, to name a few. But my greatest passion is my wife and best friend, Toby. We’ve been married for 28 marvelous years and have raised five children together. Today, as always, my time with her is the most precious – and most energizing – of every day. She is rarely away from my side. At Ohio Northern, we try to inspire students to discover new passions and pursue existing passions, both in and outside the classroom. They can study pharmacy and still perform with the orchestra and serve as a resident assistant. Alternatively, they can excel in the engineering field while starring in theatre productions or building houses for Habitat for Humanity. Our small campus environment, which offers high-quality opportunities and experiences along with individualized attention and support, enables each student to reach for his or her dreams. I wish you success in the continued pursuit of your life’s passions – whatever they may be and wherever they may take you. Enjoy this issue of the Alumni Journal.

Dr. Kendall L. Baker President, Ohio Northern University

It’s a New Look! You told us what you wanted, and we’ve responded! We appreciate the many alumni who shared their ideas and opinions by completing the alumni survey that appeared in the last issue. The new design and content for the Alumni Journal is based

on your feedback. Many of you were fans of the “Ironman” story, so we will continue along this path in the future. We are also updating our Web site on a regular basis. Throughout the magazine, you will notice opportunities to go online for additional information. Your feedback continues to be important to us. Do you like the new Alumni Journal?

Do you have any story ideas for future issues? Please e-mail your comments and suggestions to me at I can’t wait to hear from you! Warmest regards, Ann Donnelly, BA ’99 Director of Alumni Affairs


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Vol 69 - Issue TWO Fall 2009

President ­ Kendall L. Baker Vice President for Academic Affairs (Interim) and Dean of the College of Law David C. Crago

Alumni Journal Editors Josh Alkire Associate Director of Communications Ann Donnelly, BA ’99 Director of Alumni Affairs

Vice President and Dean of Enrollment ­ Karen P. (Casper) Condeni, BA ’74

Carol Flax Director of University Communications and Marketing

Vice President for University Advancement Thomas R. Stevick

Laurie Wurth Pressel

Vice President for Financial Affairs Robert W. Ruble Acting 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 Publisher Thomas R. Stevick ( Vice President for University Advancement


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At Ohio Northern, we talk a lot about “finding your True North.” It means discovering your passions and pursuing them with success, not just when you are a student but throughout your entire life. We provide the ideal conditions for growing passions. We plant the seeds and provide the care they need to flourish. Our high-quality programs in the arts, music and sports, and our clubs and organizations, offer opportunities for every interest and ability. Our liberal arts and professional programs are rigorous and well-respected. And our small campus environment guarantees the individual attention, support and encouragement that’s needed. When students graduate from Northern, they are ready to bloom. They’re confident and well-prepared to make important contributions and to lead meaningful lives. Everyone has more than one passion in their life. And everyone’s passions are unique. In this issue, we celebrate individuals who pursue passions ranging from dune buggies and gospel singing to farming and beauty pageants. Yet they all share one thing in common: They pursue their “True North” with gusto! 4


From a small backyard garden to a 20-acre farm cooperative, Ray Person, Ph.D., turned his passion for gardening into an expression of faith.



very morning, Ray Person, professor of religion at Ohio Northern University, rises to the rooster’s crow and heads outdoors. His first stop is a weathered barn dating back to the 1860s, where he tends to a menagerie of farm animals – chickens, ducks, geese and goats. With his redbone hound, Skillet, at his heels, he may, depending on the weather and the season, stroll through the one-half-acre organic garden to pull a few weeds and check on the more than 50 varieties of vegetables growing there. Farm duties complete, at least for the present, he heads to the ONU campus, where his students and his scholarly pursuits await. While farmer and professor may seem an odd pairing, the dual roles are well-suited to Person. Tall and lean, sporting a long beard peppered with gray, Person explains that the farm enables him to model the values he teaches each day. “In a way,” he reflects, “the farm has become an extension of me as an educator.” Person’s 20-acre operation, which produces vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, eggs and meat, is no typical farm. It’s a cooperative with 17 local families who share the farm’s expenses, labor and harvests. In an age of big-business farming where monoculture, heavy equipment and chemical sprays rule, Person offers a new model of farming that’s based – surprisingly – on an old model. He’s attempting to recapture the spirit of the small farms from a bygone era, when humans were in tune with nature and values like simplicity, community and freshness mattered. Person and his wife, Elizabeth Kelly, purchased the historic Swiss Mennonite homestead just outside of Bluffton, Ohio, in 2002. Person had always been an avid gardener but had no experience living on

Ray Person, Ph.D., professor of religion and chair of the department of religion and philosophy, has taught at Ohio Northern since 1993. He received his bachelor’s degree and Master of Divinity from Phillips University in Oklahoma and his doctorate in the Hebrew bible and Semitic studies from Duke University. He reads five languages and has written

a farm, so this move represented a significant change in lifestyle that was motivated by his faith. Living a simpler life by consuming less and producing what you need reflects his views of Christianity, says Person. “It’s connected to my understanding of living as a good steward of God’s earth.” From the beginning, Person had three primary goals: 1. use organic practices to produce quality food for the participating families, 2. build community, and 3. improve wildlife habitat. Now several years into the undertaking, Person has reached his goals and learned a lot along the way. On any given day, his farm is a beehive of activity, with cars pulling in and out of the gravel lane that leads to the gardens and outbuildings. Person’s good friends, with children in tow, arrive unannounced most times to fulfill their responsibilities as members of the cooperative – duties that can include hauling manure, repairing buildings, planting, weeding, harvesting and canning. These families joined the cooperative because they shared Person’s vision of community and eating fresh and local food. Some also appreciate the chance for exercise through manual labor, enjoying the sweet-smelling air and the warmth of the sun on their backs. Others wanted their small children to experience the pleasures of the country, like picking ripe strawberries, petting goats, and playing hide and seek in a dusty barn. (A few children even experienced the trials of farm life when they were chased by a hostile rooster one day!) According to Person, the cooperative has developed and deepened friendships. He expected an occasional disagreement between members but has been pleasantly surprised by the lack of conflict. He converted his detached garage into a summer kitchen that is used to clean and preserve meats and vegetables.

five books. Elizabeth Kelly is the chaplain at Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay. They enjoy sharing the farm with an extended community, including University students, 4-H Clubs and church groups who are interested in learning about organic and sustainable farming practices. 7

satisfying to be able to serve big meals to our friends and know that everything on the table we produced ourselves,” he says.


Person’s farm is environmentally friendly in other ways. There are solar panels on the barn and a wind turbine for generating electricity. Three acres of pasture provide nesting and refuge habitats for wildlife. Person is delighted to have attracted red-winged blackbirds, kingbirds, barn swallows and more to his farm. “Although I rarely saw toads and frogs the first few years, they are no longer strangers to the yard and garden,” he says. “I will stop the tiller to move a toad because I know it can eat 50 to 100 insects a day but will not eat any of our vegetables.”

offering an alternative, a way to live healthier and reduce our carbon footprint, one person and one farm at a time.


The summer kitchen and a shady maple tree just outside its door have become central gathering spots for the cooperative’s participants. “We not only work together, but we enjoy potlucks and just sitting around and talking,” says Person. “We’ve had canning parties, for example, making lots of homemade salsa, applesauce and pickles.” Work can even be turned into a game. One year during carrot harvest, he explains, the kids had the best time voting for the weirdest-looking carrot and then weighing and measuring each carrot to identify the heaviest and longest ones. Since moving to the farm, Person says he and his wife rarely buy fruit, vegetables, eggs or meat at the grocery store. He is a big proponent of the local-food movement. “I think it’s insane that most of the produce in the stores comes from California or other faraway places,” he says. “Eating locally just makes sense.” There are many benefits of producing and buying local: It supports the local economy; products are fresher, tastier and healthier; and it’s better for the environment because it reduces waste such as product packaging and carbon emissions. “I find it extremely

Though it sounds like an idyllic existence, Person is quick to point out that living simply is not easy. The farm requires a tremendous amount of time and attention. “I’m a middle-aged man, so I have to pace myself,” he says with a laugh. But the farm has brought him and the families in the cooperative a lot of happiness. Person says he and his wife believe they are making an impact, even if it’s a small one. “We’re offering an alternative,” he explains, “a way to live healthier and reduce our carbon footprint, one person and one farm at a time.”

Pageant Pathway


ust 21 years old, Catherine “Katie” Bowen is already an accomplished young woman – confident, poised, intelligent, outgoing and service minded. Her secret? Countless hours spent preparing for the Ohio beauty-pageant circuit.

Bowen is passionate about self-improvement. And pageants provide a perfect pathway to personal growth, she explains. Through her experiences, she’s honed skills like public speaking, networking, organization and planning. “It’s amazing how it all builds,” she says. This summer, Bowen dazzled an audience at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield during the Miss Ohio pageant. She was honored to be one of 24 young women competing for the prestigious Miss Ohio 2009 title. Each year, the winner goes on to compete in the nationally televised Miss America contest. “It was both exciting and hectic,” she says. “I’ve become much more comfortable performing and speaking in front of large crowds, which is something I couldn’t imagine being able to do when I was in high school. I’ve gained self-confidence that will help me deal with any situation.” In addition to self-improvement, the Miss America Scholarship Program stresses scholarship and service. These two areas are important to her, says Bowen. She is thrilled to have a public platform to promote Special Olympics, an organization that has taught her about patience and acceptance. An active volunteer since the sixth grade, Bowen encourages others to get involved in a charity that matters to them. “If you have the ability to give back, you should,” she says. “I’ve gained so much more than what I’ve given through my volunteer experiences.” Although Bowen didn’t win the Miss Ohio crown, she plans to try again next year. Her road to becoming a better person will never end, she says. “It’s about knowing who you are and reaching your full potential. It’s about being the best you can be in all areas of your life.”

Katie Bowen, a senior from Brunswick, Ohio, is majoring in clinical laboratory science. She is a flutist and a member of the core group of the President’s Club, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Mortar Board, Professional Association of Women in Science and many academic honoraries. 9

In real life, Judge Rickard Workman,

JD ’83, fits the role of an even-tempered purveyor of justice. But outside the courtroom, he transforms into characters of all type and temperament, from Willy Loman, the broken and exhausted traveling salesman in Death of a Salesman, to Antonio Salieri, Mozart’s envious nemesis in Amadeus.

Workman, an Allen County Municipal Court judge and amateur actor, believes community theatre is an ideal pastime for law professionals. “The two go together,” he explains. “They both require an understanding of human nature, mental discipline, listening skills and the ability to think on your feet.” Growing up, Workman developed an affinity for the performing arts, thanks to his father’s influence. He appeared on stage a few times in high school and college but didn’t begin nurturing his acting talent until much later when he resettled in Lima, Ohio, and embarked on a law career. During the last 20 years, he’s become a familiar stage presence in Northwest Ohio, delighting audiences in numerous productions at the Encore Theatre. His repertoire also includes a one-man act, impersonating a famed motivational speaker and humorist, the late E. Larry Moles.


Workman likes to immerse himself in each role he plays. Because of this, he limits himself to one or two productions a year. He seeks to understand his character’s psyche by doing background research, a practice that has broadened his perspective. When he played Salieri in Amadeus, he listened to classical music and compared Salieri’s musical works to Mozart’s. “I came to understand why he was so jealous of Mozart,” he says. When he played Nat Moyer, a feisty, elderly Jewish gentleman in I’m Not Rappaport, he researched communism and Jewish culture. When he played Dr. Seward in a play adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, he put himself in the mood by reading Stoker’s novel in a secluded cabin in the woods. “I scared myself half to death,” he recalls with a laugh. “But it worked!” As each production comes together, Workman appreciates the “community” aspect of community theatre. Through the years, he’s had the pleasure of interacting with a cross-section of Limaarea residents – doctors, students, teachers, business people and more. A successful show requires dozens of people sharing their talents for a common cause, both on stage and behind the scenes with costumes, set design, lighting and other technicalities, explains Workman. “I’ve learned a lot about my community and the individuals who live here,” he says. “Community theatre brings people together in a very positive way – even those on opposite ends of the political spectrum or those who normally wouldn’t interact.”

The judge’s strong connection to his community also led him to develop his one-man act. Called “The Man from Pinch Lives On,” his act impersonating E. Larry Moles is sprinkled with down-home country humor. Moles, who grew up in Pinch, W.Va., and moved to Lima in the 1950s, traveled across the country, inspiring people with his wit and common-sense way of looking at life. A close personal friend of Workman’s father, Moles watched Workman grow up, and he encouraged him to become a judge. “He told me, ‘Shoot for the moon. If you miss, you’ll be amongst the stars,’” recalls Workman. Several years after Moles passed away, Workman received a request to deliver one of Moles’ motivational speeches. Moles’ wife readily agreed, loaning Workman his Western bowtie and other props. Ever since then, Workman receives several requests a year to perform this act, and he always happily complies. Although he loves being on stage, Workman admits he gets nervous before each show. “I have a little prayer I say,” he confesses with a laugh. “I say ‘God, if you let me get through this night, I swear I’ll never do anything this stupid ever again.’ But when the show ends successfully, I take it back and say ‘OK, God, maybe I’ll do it just one more time.’”

Some of Workman’s favorite plays, in fact, have been those written and produced by local talent. In some cases, the writers have developed characters with him in mind. “They’ve been excellent plays,” he says. “The audiences have loved them.”

Law was a second career path for Rickard Workman. He began his professional career working in early childhood education and psychology after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Urbana University and a master’s degree from the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind. He also served in the Peace Corps in Barbados for two years. A lifelong love of the law eventually led him to Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law. After graduating, Workman became a Lima city prosecutor for eight years before being appointed judge. He has served as an Allen County Municipal Court judge since 1992. 11

Some visitors to Ohio Northern University end up touring the grounds with a very enthusiastic guide: A Bear Ambassador with dancing feet. That dancing tour guide would be Terryn Turner. And to say that he has an obsession with dance would be an understatement. To Turner, the urge to move his feet can happen at any moment, at any time. It’s a temptation he can’t often resist. “Now it’s like I can’t stop,” he says. “I mean, even during my tours, I am dancing. I really try not to, but that doesn’t always work out. Even in stores, my mom yells at me when I start tapping.” And even when his body takes a break, Turner’s mind is on one thing: dance. “A lot of moves I just make up in my head. Sometimes I’ll sit there, and I’ll make up dance moves, and I’ll write them down.” Turner’s passion began while he was young. He attended an arts magnet (so named because it aimed to attract talented music, drama, art and dance students from across the region) school in Lima, Ohio. “I was taking ballet, tap, and jazz and modern dance classes. But it didn’t become much of a love until I got older, until I started to dance by myself without having to do it in school. I figured, ‘OK. I’m pretty good at this; maybe I should continue.’ So I did.” 12

Terryn Turner is a sophomore management major from Lima, Ohio. As can be expected, he is pursuing a minor in dance.

As a freshman last year at Northern, he took tap and jazz classes. His sophomore schedule next fall includes ballet and modern dance. Outside the classroom, Turner hopes to participate in some Freed Center productions. “I would love to be in the Holiday Spectacular,” he says. After graduation, Turner wants to work in the business world in a bid to earn enough capital to open his own dance studio. From there, his ultimate goal is a bit loftier. “I don’t just want to teach people how to dance. I want to put on shows and benefit concerts,” he says. “My biggest goal is helping the kids and the teenagers that are in it. I want the money to help them with college and promote them into the college world. I think if you get support from friends around the community, and they see the talent that you have, it’s going to help you in the long run.” So what is it about dancing exactly? “When I’m dancing, it’s a release. It’s a release of stress and a release of all the energy that you have with you that day. It helps me realize how much I love it, when I’m actually doing it.”

At a young age, Isaac Bernard, BSBA ’09, surrendered to the dune buggy craze that swept through his hometown of Attica, Ohio. “Attica’s a small town,” he remembers. “I only graduated with 70 kids, but there are probably 15 families from the Attica area that go to the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan the same week every year. I’m not sure who started it, but all those families had kids with four-wheelers and dune buggies.” The Bernard family was no exception. “Ever since I can remember, my family has gone up to the dunes, and we’ve always had dune buggies,” Bernard says. A recent family project involved upgrading his father’s buggy, a process that Bernard describes as a combination of imitation and innovation. “It’s pretty much looking at how other people built the buggy and putting your own twist to it, running it, testing it, seeing what needs to be fixed, seeing what’s weak and then re-fabricating it.”

Upgrading an older buggy can substantially increase its value, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by this savvy business student. “We put $10,000 or $12,000 into converting my dad’s older-style buggy, and we could have sold it for $40,000,” Bernard says. “Whatever you put into it, you can sell it for twice as much.” Bernard sees this as a great opportunity, and he hopes to someday start a “hobby business” catering to dune buggy owners in the Midwest interested in similar conversions.

“Working in the shop and fabrication are things I helped my dad with throughout grade school. He’d get home from work, and we’d go out to the shop. That’s what we did together.”

More than just a hobby, however, upgrading the family dune buggy was a bonding experience between Bernard and his father.

A management major and finance minor while at ONU, Isaac Bernard now works as a sales management trainee at Hartzell Fan Inc. in Piqua, Ohio. Located along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Mears, Mich., Silver Lake State Park includes nearly 2,000 acres of sand dunes available for exploration and hiking. Often compared to a desert, these dunes are made up of windblown sand and not much else – there are no trees, brush or grass. One of the park’s biggest draws – and the reason Bernard has made the trip since he was young – is a 450-acre 13 off-road vehicle area.

For 21 years, she’s kept students singing and clapping for joy. Adriane Thompson-Bradshaw, dean of students and acting vice president for student affairs, can’t remember a time when she wasn’t passionate about singing. With a rich tenor voice, she grew up singing in her church’s choir. When she came to Ohio Northern University in the late ’80s, she was approached by several students who wanted to form a gospel singing group. Although she’d never directed a choir before, she thought, “Why not give it a try?” and the Ohio Northern University Gospel Ensemble was born. Twenty-one years later, the group still uplifts audiences throughout Northwest Ohio. “It’s become one of my greatest joys,” she says.


While membership fluctuates from year to year, the Gospel Ensemble usually numbers around 20 singers. In addition to performing at local churches and on campus, the group has traveled to Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Washington, D.C., through the years. The Gospel Ensemble has even been the opening act at the Freed Center for the Performing Arts for big-name gospel stars like CeCe Winans and The Rance Allen Group. Thompson-Bradshaw still remembers Rance Allen’s surprise at the racial composition of ONU’s Gospel Ensemble. “He said, ‘They were mostly white, but they did all right!’” she recalls with a laugh.

The ONU Gospel Ensemble mainly performs a cappella (voices without instrument accompaniment) with a mix of traditional and contemporary hymns. Without the aid of sheet music, the members sing and move from the heart. “As it says in the Bible, ‘Make a joyful noise unto the Lord,’” says Thompson-Bradshaw. Thompson-Bradshaw has other outlets for her singing passion. She’s a choir member and assistant director at the Philippian Baptist Church in Lima; she hosts a three-hour gospel music radio program every Sunday on WONB, the campus radio station; and she performs solos

at Northern sporting events and undergraduate commencement exercises. She views music as a ministry, and it greatly enriches her life. “Music has a way of reaching people when words can’t. It can move people to tears or lift them up out of sadness,” she says. “It’s amazing and intoxicating to be a part of something that powerful.”

Although gospel music emerged from the AfricanAmerican Christian tradition, the music appeals to everyone, says Thompson-Bradshaw. “It’s tied to faith, and it’s a powerful declaration of God, yet it transcends any one faith. People from all faith traditions, and even those with no faith, can still be moved and enjoy the music.”

Adriane Thompson-Bradshaw, dean of students and acting vice president for student affairs, oversees all aspects of the outside-the-classroom student experience at Northern, including residence life, Greek life, career services, student activities, religious life, the health center, the counseling

center and multicultural affairs. She received her bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University and her master’s degree from Bowling Green State University. She is also completing her doctorate at Bowling Green. 15


A call to serve has led Dr. Dan Wagner, PharmD ’01, on adventures across the globe. A pharmacist who practices integrative care, he’s annually volunteered on medical mission trips to Nigeria and other countries for the last 15 years. His philosophy on service, he says, can be summed up in the wisdom once relayed to him of a Nigerian woman: “Service is the rent we pay to God for our space on earth.” Until the mid-1990s, Wagner lived an ordinary and provincial life. He owned and operated a community pharmacy in the Pittsburgh area and practiced conventional medicine. His life then took a different curve when he stumbled upon opportunities to explore his interests in unconventional medicine and other cultures. In 1997, Wagner opened NutriFARMACY in Wildwood, Pa., an innovative pharmacy that focuses on nutrition, wellness and health care. He also embarked on extensive research and travel to explore medicinal plants and natural healing in

the world’s rainforests. As his horizons expanded, Wagner felt compelled to give back. He began to reach out to people in Third World countries who had little or no access to health care. Nigeria, the first country that Wagner visited as a missionary in 1995, holds a special place in his heart. The most populated country in Africa, Nigeria is plagued with poverty; the health care and general living conditions are poor, and the average life expectancy is just 47 years old. “It’s hard to believe what little supplies and few medicines many rural hospitals and clinics have,” says Wagner. During annual trips to Nigeria, Wagner’s medical team brings along or ships many medical supplies, vitamins, drugs and ancillary products. Because the needs are tremendous, however, Wagner narrows his efforts to screenings for diseases like hypertension, HIV/AIDS and diabetes. Diabetes is on the rise in Nigeria due to diets that include an abundance of sugary drinks and foods. “I’ve been instrumental in introducing free glucose monitors and strips to thousands of patients in five states and a dozen different hospitals,” says Wagner. “They are so overwhelmed to receive these diabetes supplies, for in many cases, they’ve never had access to them. For the first time, they can check patients for diabetes, monitor them more effectively and, most importantly, save lives.” This year, Wagner’s team plans to undertake a new vitamin-A supplement program in rural villages to

Dr. Dan Wagner, R.Ph, MBA, received his doctor of pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern in 2001. The owner and founder of NutriFARMACY, he believes in the health advantages of balancing conventional therapies with natural ones. He has written numerous articles and lectured extensively on natural therapies, including hosting a weekly radio program. He is president and founder of the

eradicate xerophthalmia, an eye affliction that is a leading cause of blindness among Africa’s poorest children. Through the years, Wagner has established solid friendships with many Nigerian health care professionals, politicians and religious leaders. In 2008, he was “turbaned” the “white chief” of the village of Azara, which is considered an incredible honor in African culture. Though he’s been awed by Nigeria’s beautiful vistas, natural wonders and varied landscapes, Nigeria’s people have been the most unforgettable, says Wagner. “I am continually impressed by their love for God and country, their genuine kindness of heart and their personal contentment, in spite of what most Americans would look at as only sorrow, poverty and desperation. I cannot think of one American I ever met whom I would consider content with little, but I see many Nigerians that appear to me to be so,” he explains. Wagner says that volunteering has taught him the importance of giving without expecting anything in return. Early on, he admits, his ego expected a pat on the back for his efforts. Today, he doesn’t even care if he receives a thank you; he serves because it’s what his faith and conscience tell him to do. “My travels and experiences have challenged me to be a better professional, a better lecturer, a better listener, a better friend, but most of all a better humanitarian,” he says.

Student Rainforest Fund, a nonprofit educational organization that leads college health-profession students on expeditions to the rainforest to explore the natural history of medicine. He is actively involved with Global Links and The World Health Vision, two Pittsburgh-based charitable organizations dedicated to improving the health of underprivileged people in the Third World. 17

Future Dreaming

Approximately 600 students bid a fond farewell to Northern and embarked on a new journey at the 2009 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 24, at the Sports Center. Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher delivered the commencement address. A 16-year public servant serving as Ohio attorney general, a state senator and a state representative, Fisher received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and earned a master’s degree and law degree from Case Western Reserve University. “Today we have educated some of the brightest minds in the world here at Ohio Northern for jobs that do not yet exist, using technology that has not yet been invented, to solve problems that not a single person here today even knows is a problem,” he said. “I say that is not a challenge; that is an opportunity.”

Three awarded honorary doctorates


During the commencement ceremony, three distinguished Ohio Northern alumni were awarded honorary degrees. Dr. Charles K. Alexander, BSEE ’65, received an honorary doctorate of engineering. He is currently managing director of the Wright Center for Sensor Systems and professor of electrical engineering at Cleveland State University (CSU) and was recently dean of CSU’s Fenn College of Engineering. Suzanne Eastman-Wuest, BSPh ’74, received an honorary doctorate of pharmacy. Wuest is the executive director of clinical services for Catalina Health Resources, a health care information services firm. Robert L. Gronlund, BSBA ’64, received an honorary doctorate of business administration. Gronlund has been with Wood-Mode

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The Pettit College of Law delivered 102 law degrees at the college’s commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 10, in the field house. Included were eight new graduates of the LLM program who received their master of laws in democratic governance and the rule of law.

Inc. in Kreamer, Pa., since 1966, and he is the current chairman and CEO.

Grads face sour economy

Many new graduates are finding that opportunities are limited. They face the toughest labor market in at least 25 years. “We’ve tried to make students aware of the fact that they are dealing with a drastically changed marketplace,” says Nancy Sheely, assistant director of career services. While some Northern students faired well – 2009 pharmacy grads had a 100 percent placement rate – other graduates are dealing with the shrinking number of entry-level positions and declining wages, says Sheely. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers say they will hire 22 percent fewer college graduates than last year. “The graduates that do the best are those who put energy into the search early and often,” Sheely explains. “We partner with the faculty to work with students as early as their first year on campus, teaching valuable skills such as networking, behavioral interviewing and the value of experiential learning.” As a result, Sheely believes Northern students are savvy at job seeking, even in a sour economy. Another trend facing 2009 Northern graduates is electronic recruiting. As a way to conserve energy and resources, more employers rely on the Web for referrals and use the phone to conduct interviews. “Some new graduates have been hired without even setting foot on the employer’s premises,” says Sheely, “But these are generally students whose skills and experience are in demand.”

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David C. Crago, dean of the law school and professor of law, has been named ONU’s interim vice president of academic affairs. Catherine Albrecht, Ph.D., has been named dean of Ohio Northern University’s Getty College of Arts & Sciences.

Monster. The team reduced the amount of cement used in the mix by 15 percent from previous years. This is a significant change because the cement industry is responsible for 5 percent of the Earth’s carbon gas emissions. The team also used 100 percent recycled fibers made of carpet, and we used aggregates made from 99.99 percent recycled glass,” she said.

Dish it up

How long does it take to dish up one scoop of vanilla ice cream with sprinkles? Five weeks if you’re building a robot to do the job. Twenty-six students in ONU’s department of technological studies took innovation to a new level by designing and building an ice-cream-serving machine. The machine won a gold award in workcell animation at the National Robotics Challenge in Marion, Ohio, in April. It was a crowd favorite, too, winning the people’s choice award and a $500 prize.


Designing and building an off-road vehicle that can survive a battery of rigorous performance tests, including driving through thick mud, is no easy task. Yet Ohio Northern University’s Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja team placed 17th overall at the regional Baja SAE® competition held in June. The 14-member team also took ninth place in the endurance portion of the competition. One hundred teams traveled from across the globe to Burlington, Wis., for the event. Participating countries included the United States, Canada, North Korea, El Salvador and Mexico.

It floats!

Painted green and black and dubbed “The Green Monster,” a 20-foot canoe weighing 250 pounds came in 13th place overall at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2009 National Concrete Competition in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in June. The team of 14 qualified for the national competition after winning first place overall at the regional competition at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Mich., in April. The engineering students spent around 1,200 hours working on the canoe, often into the wee hours of the morning.

“Everyone learns a lot of theory, but we get to see it running,” said Steve Hunt, BSME ’09. “Our motto in the past has been ‘Build it, test it, break it,’ but we did better than that this year.”

“This was a very memorable year as it was the first time ONU has ever beaten Michigan Tech,” said Bradford Barber, a senior engineering major from Bowling Green, Ohio, who served for the third year as project manager and team captain. “Not only that, but we ended their six-year winning streak at the regional conference. The students come from many of the top engineering schools across the U.S. and make for very stiff competition.” Sustainability was added as a new judging criterion for the 2009 competition. Melinda Moser, a senior civil engineering major from Cincinnati, Ohio, and one of the team’s two captains, explained the green techniques employed on The Green


For the fifth year in a row, an ONU student has been selected as a Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Excellence in Education Program. James Gallagher, a physics major from Medina, Ohio, received the prestigious honor.


At the U.S.-Japan Camp, high school students experienced a new culture with academic coursework, cultural dinners, discussions and field trips. This summer, thousands of area middle school and high school students converged on campus for a variety of academic and athletic summer camps.


Sports ONU again wins both OAC All-Sports trophies For an unprecedented third straight year, the Ohio Northern men’s and women’s teams have swept the Ohio Athletic Conference All-Sports trophies.

1984-85 athletic season. Throughout the history of the trophies, the ONU men’s and women’s teams have both won six times.

Last year, Ohio Northern became the first school in OAC history to sweep the two titles in back-to-back years and only the second school in the history of the OAC to win both the men’s and women’s titles in the same year.

The championship team in each sport receives the number of points corresponding to the number of schools that sponsor teams in that sport. The second-place team receives one less point and so on, down to one point for the last-place team that competes. In the case of a tie in the standings, AllSports trophy points are shared evenly.

The Men’s All-Sports trophy has been awarded every year since 1960-61, and the Women’s AllSports trophy has been awarded annually since the

Tom Simmons, BSBA ’85, BA ’86, director of athletics, stressed that ONU’s repeated success in the All-Sports competition has been a campuswide effort. “We have great University support through top-notch facilities, the physical plant help and a workable budget,” he said. “We also have a dedicated coaching staff that must wear different hats as teachers, coaches and recruiters. I have great respect for their hard work.” As ONU gears up for a run at a fourth consecutive pair of trophies in 2009-10, the Polar Bears expect to be the team to beat in the OAC. “Everyone is fighting to get what we have,” said Simmons. “We just have to keep doing the best we can.”

Men’s basketball coach named ONU has named John Rhodes as its new head coach for men’s basketball. Rhodes comes to Northern after a one-year stint as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Northeastern University. He has 13 years of coaching experience and eight years of experience playing professional basketball. Prior to his time at Northeastern, Rhodes spent nine seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach at his alma mater, Ohio University, where he helped lead the Bobcats to winning records in seven of nine seasons. Prior to joining the Bobcats, Rhodes was an assistant coach for two years at St. Bonaventure and for one season at North Florida University. Before coaching, Rhodes played professional basketball in Europe for eight years, where he earned numerous accolades, including Icelandic Basketball League’s Most Valuable Player in 1992. Rhodes was a four-year letterman for Ohio University from 1984-88. A star center for the Bobcats, he served as team captain and was named Second Team All-Mid Atlantic Conference his senior year. Rhodes graduated from Ohio in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations. He and his wife, Jackie, have two children, Alexis (12) and Kristopher (9). Rhodes is only the sixth head men’s basketball coach at ONU since 1949 and replaces Jeff Coleman, BA ’90, who went 73-34 in four seasons since 2005-06.

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Troy Rothenbuhler and Devin Russell, BA ’06, named assistant football coaches.

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Jimmy O’Brien, BSME ’09, earned AllAmerican honors four times and won one national championship in 2008-09. Ohio Northern softball team finished with a 39-6 record and advanced to the NCAA III Tournament Championships.

10 ONU teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008-09. The 2008-09 athletic seasons yielded 43 Academic All-OAC honorees, 25 First Team All-Conference honorees, 44 OAC Individual Champions and 138 All-Conference honorees.

12 ONU teams won OAC Championships in 2008-09. With all-time highs in attendance and participation, the third annual Athletic Alumni and Friends Golf Outing raised record amounts for ONU athletics on June 26.

2009 Fall Sports Schedule

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Men’s Soccer at Manchester (Ind.) Volleyball H vs. HEIDELBERG Volleyball H vs. CALVIN (Mich.) Women’s Soccer H vs. KALAMAZOO (Mich.) Men’s Soccer vs. Bridgewater (Va.) at Roanoke, Va. Football H vs. NORTH CENTRAL (Ill.) Cross Country at Akron Invitational Volleyball H vs. SOUTHWESTERN (Tex.) Volleyball H vs. THOMAS MORE (Ky.) Women’s Soccer H vs. CALVIN (Mich.) Men’s Soccer at Roanoke (Va.) Volleyball H vs. DEFIANCE Men’s Soccer at Ohio Dominican Volleyball vs. Concordia (Minn.) at St. Louis, Mo. Volleyball at Washington (Mo.) Women’s Soccer at DePauw (Ind.) Volleyball vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater at St. Louis, Mo. Volleyball vs. Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) at St. Louis, Mo. Men’s Soccer at Case Western Reserve Women’s Soccer vs. Centre (Ky.) at Greencastle, Ind. Cross Country at Bowling Green Invitational Men’s Soccer H vs. WITTENBERG Volleyball at Bluffton Women’s Soccer at Wittenberg Volleyball vs. Alma (Mich.) at Springfield, Ohio Volleyball vs. Calvin (Mich.) at Springfield, Ohio Men’s Soccer H vs. KALAMAZOO (Mich.) Football H vs. MOUNT UNION* Volleyball vs. Hope (Mich.) at Springfield, Ohio Volleyball vs. Edison CC at Springfield, Ohio Men’s Soccer H vs. TRINE (Ind.) Women’s Soccer H vs. HOPE (Mich.) Cross Country at Calvin (Mich.) Select meet Women’s Soccer H vs. MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH Men’s Soccer H vs. OHIO WESLEYAN Volleyball H vs. WITTENBERG Football at Otterbein* Volleyball vs. Maryville (Mo.) at Cincinnati, Ohio Volleyball at Mount Saint Joseph Women’s Soccer at Case Western Reserve Cross Country at Otterbein Invitational Volleyball vs. Bluffton at Cincinnati, Ohio Volleyball vs. Hanover (Ind.) at Cincinnati, Ohio Men’s Soccer at Defiance Women’s Soccer H vs. DENISON

Save the Date June 25, 2010

Fourth Annual Athletic Alumni and Friends Golf Outing has been scheduled for June 25, 2010.

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Volleyball H vs. JOHN CARROLL* Cross Country - All-Ohio Championships at Delaware, Ohio Football at Muskingum* Women’s Soccer H vs. MUSKINGUM* Men’s Soccer at Muskingum* Volleyball at Heidelberg* Men’s Soccer H vs. CAPITAL* Women’s Soccer at Capital* Volleyball at Marietta* HOMECOMING Football H vs. HEIDELBERG* Men’s Soccer H vs. MOUNT UNION* Women’s Soccer at Mount Union* Volleyball H vs. OTTERBEIN* Women’s Soccer H vs. BALDWIN-WALLACE* Men’s Soccer at Baldwin-Wallace* Football at Marietta* Volleyball at Muskingum* Men’s Soccer H vs. JOHN CARROLL* Women’s Soccer at John Carroll* Cross Country at Oberlin Invitational Volleyball H vs. WILMINGTON* Men’s Soccer at Heidelberg* Women’s Soccer H vs. HEIDELBERG* Football H vs. JOHN CARROLL* Volleyball at Mount Union* Women’s Soccer H vs. OTTERBEIN* Men’s Soccer at Otterbein* Volleyball at Baldwin-Wallace* Women’s Soccer at Wilmington* Men’s Soccer H vs. WILMINGTON* Women’s Soccer at Marietta* Football H vs. BALDWIN-WALLACE* Volleyball H vs. CAPITAL* Men’s Soccer at Marietta* Cross Country – OAC Championships at Wilmington

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Women’s Soccer – OAC Quarterfinals Volleyball – OAC Quarterfinals Men’s Soccer – OAC Quarterfinals Women’s Soccer – OAC Semifinals Men’s Soccer – OAC Semifinals Volleyball – OAC Semifinals Football at Capital* Volleyball – OAC Finals Men’s Soccer – OAC Finals Women’s Soccer – OAC Finals Volleyball – NCAA III Regionals Women’s Soccer – NCAA Tournament Men’s Soccer – NCAA Tournament Volleyball – NCAA III Regionals Women’s Soccer – NCAA Tournament Men’s Soccer – NCAA Tournament Football at Wilmington* Volleyball – NCAA III Regionals Women’s Soccer – NCAA Tournament Men’s Soccer – NCAA Tournament Cross Country – NCAA Regionals at Terre Haute, Ind. Women’s Soccer – NCAA Tournament Men’s Soccer – NCAA Tournament Cross Country – NCAA Championships at BW

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Event Highlights OCT. 9-11 Homecoming Weekend: Tropical Tundra SEPT. 8-OCT. 2 Deeper Than Dreams

Elzay and Stambaugh Galleries Paintings and drawings by Tom Connelly

OCT. 5 The Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences

7 p.m. Freed Center Dr. Paul T. Anastas Yale University, director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering and the Teresa and H. John Heinz III professor in the practice of chemistry for the environment

OCT. 9-NOV. 6 John Nativio Paintings Elzay and Stambaugh Galleries


OCT. 17 Leon Redbone

8 p.m. Biggs Theatre Jazz and blue standards and Tin Pan Alley classics

OCT. 18 Men’s and Women’s Chorus Concert

NOV. 7 Wind Orchestra Concert

8 p.m. Freed Center Classics of the wind band repertoire

NOV. 16-DEC. 14 Juried Student Exhibition Elzay and Stambaugh Galleries

7 p.m. Presser Hall

DEC. 4-6 ONU Holiday Spectacular OCT. 28-NOV. 1 Katrina: The K Word

8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Stambaugh Theatre Based on interviews with New Orleans residents, this moving play follows the journeys of 12 individuals before, during and after the storm.

8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday Biggs Theatre Ring in the holidays with a music and dance extravaganza!

JAN. 14 The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Biggs Theatre The famous children’s book comes to life.

This is a partial listing of events happening on campus from September 2009 through January 2010. For more information on any of these events, or for a more complete listing, visit

A special welcome back to the classes of ’04, ’99, ’94, ’89,’84, ’79, ’74, ’69 and ’64!

Join us for Homecoming Weekend 2009, October 9-11 The weather may be chilly on the Tundra, but we’re planning a weekend of sizzling fun!

Event Highlights* Friday, Oct. 9 6:30 p.m. ONU Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Join us as six new members are inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame: Lori Kane, BSBA ’86, James Ricketts, BSEd ’60, Brad Rogers, BSME ’90, Mary (Bouic) Schmidt, BSPh ’94, Cortney (Roof) Simpson, BA ’98, and Matthew Wolf, BSPh ’98. 8 p.m Men’s Chorus Concert Saturday, Oct. 10 8:30 a.m. Stefanie Spielman Walk/Run for Breast Cancer – Pavilion The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research was established by Stefanie and her husband, former All-Pro

NFL linebacker and Ohio State standout Chris Spielman. The fund has raised nearly $2 million to be dedicated to breast cancer research at the Comprehensive Cancer Center. 100 percent of your donation will go to breast cancer research. 10:30 a.m. Homecoming Parade 11:30 a.m. (Lunch served until 1:30) Tailgate Party/Pre-Football Game Activities It’s a tailgate at ONU, and YOU are invited. Join alumni, students and friends for a magnificent time at Dial-Roberson Stadium with numerous activities including music, festivities and rides. And, of course, we’ll have plenty of food on the grill waiting for you, your family and friends. We also will have special area for classes celebrating their reunions. 1:30 p.m. Football Game vs. Heidelberg Homecoming King and Queen Coronation Ceremony at halftime 8 p.m. Homecoming Concert – An Evening of Beach Music and Classic Rock featuring Papa Doo Run Run and the ONU Symphony Grammy-nominated Papa Doo Run Run has rocked audiences worldwide since 1965! What makes them different from

other acts? Besides the fact that they are hugely entertaining, they play all the hits such as “Barbara Ann,” “Good Vibrations,” and “Surfin’ USA ” and do them dead on! Band members have performed and recorded with the Beach Boys and the legendary Brian Wilson for decades. Now hear them with the full ONU Symphony Orchestra for a fabulous Homecoming blowout! Sunday, Oct. 11 9:30 a.m. Sweethearts Brunch – McIntosh Center, Wishing Well Did you meet your mate at Northern? Join other ONU sweethearts at the sixth annual Sweethearts Brunch at the Wishing Well in McIntosh Center. 10:30 a.m. Homecoming Chapel Service – Chapel 2 p.m. ONU Alumni Jazz Band Concert – Presser Recital Hall

*This is an abbreviated listing of the many activities planned for Homecoming Weekend. For a more complete listing of events (including those specific to your college, class, sorority, fraternity or sport) and to see which of your classmates have registered, please visit

The ONU Alumni Association presented Distinguished Alumni Awards during the Alumni Awards Banquet on May 31. The awards are based on outstanding service to Ohio Northern, service with distinction in the nominee’s chosen profession and tangible expression of loyalty to ONU.

2009 Recipients Inara (Mencis) Brubaker, BS ’59, of Bluffton, Ohio, went on to earn a Master of Science and a doctorate in chemistry from The Ohio State University after her graduation from ONU. She was hired by Procter & Gamble and worked with the company for many years in Cincinnati, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Chicago, Ill. A member of the Henry Solomon Lehr Society and a strong supporter of The Campaign for Ohio Northern University’s Tomorrow, Brubaker funded the chemistry seminar room as well as the chemistry student organization room in the Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences. She also continues to support ONU as a member of the Getty College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board and as a representative to the dean’s committee for the signature programming review in the College of Arts & Sciences. Brubaker is a trustee on the Bluffton Public Library Board and a member of the American Chemical Society, chemistry and public affairs committee.


Frederick “Fritz” Kucklick, BSME ’69, is president of IMT Consulting Inc. in Cassopolis, Mich. Prior to IMT, he was the founder and director of Hess Industries Inc. in Niles, Mich. Founded in 1977, Hess Industries grew from its two founders to 500 employees in six locations in the USA and Europe. Kucklick has more than 25 years in top management positions and international sales, as well as design engineering and project management positions with automotive and heavy industrial machinery components in the United States and Europe. Kucklick stays involved at ONU as a member of the Henry Solomon Lehr Society, specifically the President’s Partners. He also serves as an ambassador to ONU and attends regional alumni events. Clayton Mathile, BSBA ’62, Hon. D. ’91, of Dayton, Ohio, spent seven years with the Campbell Soup Company before joining The Iams Company in 1970. Since becoming owner of Iams in 1982, then selling the company to Procter & Gamble in 1999, Mathile has been active in several business ventures. Mathile also serves as a trustee on a select group of nonprofit boards focused on education, medical innovation and social justice. Aileron, his most recent nonprofit organization, is a state-of-the-art LEED Goldcertified facility and is open to entrepreneurs and small business owners of all kinds to help them professionally lead and manage their companies. In addition to Aileron, Mathile and his wife, Mary Ann Maas, created The Mathile Family Foundation, which grants substantial monies to nonprofit organizations to help Dayton-area children and their families; The Glen

at St. Joseph, which offers 36 single mothers the opportunities to pursue their educational and career goals while their children attend an early-learning center on campus; and The Mathile Institute for the Advancement of Human Nutrition, which tackles issues of world hunger and malnutrition. At ONU, the Mathiles are extremely involved in student success: The Mathile Family Foundation supports two Mathile scholars each year. This scholarship is the largest scholarship awarded at the University. Mathile is also an honorary chairman of The Campaign for Ohio Northern University’s Tomorrow. The Mathiles also initiated the campaign to construct The Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences at ONU; the center will be named for Clayton and Mary Ann Mathile. Judith (Jacobs) Mifsud, BSEd ’70, and Oscar Mifsud, BSBA ’70, of Wadsworth, Ohio, not only met at ONU but also continue to support ONU together. Judy is a retired teacher who spent her career in Ohio schools in Defiance, Harrod, Plain City and Wadsworth. She gives back to her community as the founder and president of PJ’s from Grandma, a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas to children who can benefit from the gift both physically and emotionally. Judy helped to create the G.O.L.D. (Graduates of the Last Decade) Society at ONU and is a member of the national committee for The Campaign for Ohio Northern University’s Tomorrow. Oscar is currently chairman and chief executive officer of The Mifsud Group, which pursues acquisitions and investments in the aerospace and defense industry. Previously, Oscar was president,

First-ever Black Student Union Reunion

chief executive officer and an owner of SMR Aerospace. Oscar continues to give back to ONU by serving in many capacities. He has been a member of ONU’s Board of Trustees since 2000, currently serving as vice chairman. He is also the chairman of The Campaign for Ohio Northern University’s Tomorrow and, under his leadership, Northern has secured 69 percent of its $100 million goal. Oscar and Judy fund the Oscar and Judith D. Mifsud Financial Aid Scholarship program and are life members of the Henry Solomon Lehr Society. The two also initiated the Pay It Forward program and Senior Send-Off program at ONU. The Senior Send-Off, a first reunion for the senior class, still attracts more students than any other event throughout the school year. Richard Warren, JD ’66, of Lima, Ohio, began practicing with the law firm of Romey & Warren after his graduation from ONU. He was then admitted to practice in the federal court and named assistant Allen County prosecutor. Eventually, he was named assistant county prosecutor for the state of Ohio. Warren was elected judge of the Allen County Common Pleas Court in 1988 and continues to serve in that capacity. He has hired and trained 20 thirdyear law students as law clerks, all from ONU’s Pettit College of Law. Warren is a member and former president of the Allen County Bar Association and a member and former president of the American Inns of Court. He remains active in his community, serving as a board member for the Lima YMCA and as a member of the Lima Rotary Club.

The first-ever Black Student Union (BSU) reunion weekend took place June 12-14, 2009. “This has been a much-needed event for Ohio Northern’s campus,” said Reggie Onyido, junior management major and current BSU president. “All the hard work in planning the event paid off with an extremely successful reunion. There is something about Ohio Northern and the community that no matter how far from Ada you move, or how long you’ve been away, you can’t stay away forever.”

Multicultural Center, a spectacular Black and White Ball, and a fashion show put on by Northern alumni. On Sunday morning, there was a breakfast at The Inn at Ohio Northern University and campus tours.

The BSU reunion weekend was filled with fun times. On Friday, a relaxed gathering enabled reunion-goers to catch up and make new connections. On Saturday, there was an afternoon barbeque at the

Go to and search for the Ohio Northern University Black Student Union Alumni group to access a special LinkedIn group developed as networking tool for current students and alumni.

The BSU was started on campus in 1965 and officially recognized by the University in 1966. It serves as a support system for AfricanAmerican students and a venue for sharing and celebrating unique perspectives and diversity with the larger campus.





ONU professors, highly qualified and distinguished in their fields, always put teaching first. They care about students and do whatever they can to help students succeed. By increasing faculty funding, ONU can support current professors and attract new professors with resources for endowed chairs, cutting-edge research and professional development. Students also will directly benefit with enhancements to academic programs such as study-abroad opportunities, domestic and international internships, travel funds, facultystudent research projects, and other experiential learning opportunities.

Enriching Academic Programs

ONU not only prepares students for successful careers but also develops them into the ethical, responsible, creative and compassionate leaders so needed in today’s world. By increasing the amount of financial aid available, ONU will be able to attract and retain the most talented students from Ohio and other states and countries.

Increasing Student Aid

The campaign has four major funding priorities:

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The Northern Fund assists the University with annual operating costs, and it represents the ongoing commitment of Northern’s faithful supporters. Each year, the ONU community is asked to provide an annual gift to The Northern Fund to help with such things as financial aid, new lab equipment, maintenance and improvements. Each year, the community overwhelmingly responds to this request. Adding to The Northern Fund during the campaign will strengthen the University and send the message that ONU is a safe and wise investment.

Strengthening the Northern Fund

A campus’s facilities are the most visible sign of its vitality. All across Northern’s campus, there is evidence that ONU is vibrant, growing and committed to providing students with the best possible living and learning environment – from James F. Dicke Hall (2003) to the Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences (2009) to The Inn at Ohio Northern University (2008). However, more work needs to be done to renovate older facilities and construct new ones to meet the needs of today’s students. Resources are still needed for the Mathile Center, renovations for the Colleges of Law and Engineering, lighting in Dial-Roberson Stadium, and a new student center.

Improving the Living-Learning Environment

Share your passion for the ONU experience with the next generation of students while offering them 21st century programs, faculty, facilities and support. Help Ohio Northern rise up and be recognized as one of the nation’s best.

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Dr. Kendall L. Baker Mrs. Toby R. Baker Mr. Robert L. Gronlund Dr. Gordon E. Hughes Mr. Michael C. Kaufmann Professor Terry D. Keiser Dr. James L. Kennedy Mr. Robert D. Kerscher Ms. Joanne G. Lipski Mrs. Judith D. Mifsud

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instrumental in implementing the system and providing training. They also serve on the pharmacy college’s campaign committee. “We are donors because we understand the value of a good education, and we are invigorated by the direction the college is going in,” Adrienne explains. Doug agrees. “Northern is aiming for great things, and we want to be a part of it.”

Mr. Douglas F. Mock Mr. John P. Nee Mr. William L. Robinson Mrs. Susie Y. Shin Mr. Robert C. Smith Mr. Thomas L. Smith Ms. Tammy L. Stefanovic Mr. Thomas R. Stevick, Ex Officio Mr. Robert S. Thompson Mr. Daniel B. Walker Mrs. Eileen M. Walker

Mr. Oscar J. Mifsud Honorary Chairs: Dr. Clayton L. Mathile Dr. Ervin W. Pierstorf

in 2004, work together at McKesson Pharmacy Systems in Pittsburgh, Pa., helping retail pharmacy chains and outpatient pharmacies assess technology needs and implement technology solutions. They generously share their time and treasure with Northern because they are excited about its future. When they learned about the Pharmacy Skills Center, they made a leadership gift and encouraged their company to donate its software technology. They were

Doug and Adrienne Donaldson

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Doug, BSPh ’97, and Adrienne (Wood) Donaldson, BSPh ’99, credit Ohio Northern and the Raabe College of Pharmacy for opening the doors to their careers in pharmacy technology. They fondly recall several professors who helped them develop communication and networking skills that now prove invaluable in their jobs. “We had many ‘ah-ha’ moments as students that laid the foundation for where we are now,” says Adrienne. The Donaldsons, who married

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Scholarships and financial aid translate into opportunity – opportunity for our future business leaders, pharmacists, lawyers, teachers, engineers, artists and health care providers. With your help, we can increase the number of merit-based, need-based and endowed scholarships we have available for prospective new students. Your gift to The Campaign for Ohio Northern University’s Tomorrow never stops giving to support future Northern students, and we need you now more than ever!

“I proudly support ONU as a tribute to the opportunities provided to my family and me.” – Laird Lile

L aird L ile Laird A. Lile, JD ’84, has been a practicing attorney in Florida for 25 years. He specializes in estate and trust matters and is a frequent speaker and author on his areas of expertise. In 2006, he established a scholarship for law students in honor of his parents, Levi Lile, JD ’72, and Nancy Lile of Bellefontaine, Ohio. Laird’s generous contribution supports one of the most important priorities of The Campaign for Ohio Northern University’s Tomorrow – to increase student scholarship aid. Laird’s commitment to Northern’s future is exemplified by his additional annual gifts to this scholarship fund so that it grows to provide even more aid in the future.

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Harold Resnick, BSPh, lives in Lynhurst, Ohio, and is interested in obtaining a teacher’s certificate in history or political science.

James Benson, BSME, recently moved to Lakewood, Ohio.

Gene Willeke, BA, BSCE ’57, married Patricia Leonard Pitcher on Sept. 20, 2008. The new couple lives in Oxford, Ohio.

Robert Camp, BSEd, now works as a real estate broker. He and his wife, Judith, live in Columbus, Ohio.

Tiffany (Warner) Grant, JD ’04, and her husband, Nicholas, were married on Jan. 24, 2009 in Kona, Hawaii.

Sampling of ONU Degrees: --------------------------------------AA A.CIT BA BFA BM BS BSBA BSCE BSCLS BSCPE BSECE BSEd BSEE BSME BSMT BSN BSPh H of F Hon. D. JD LLB LLD LLM PharmD

associate of arts alumni citation bachelor of arts bachelor of fine arts bachelor of music bachelor of science bachelor of science in business administration bachelor of science in civil engineering bachelor of science in clinical laboratory science bachelor of science in computer engineering bachelor of science in electrical and computer engineering bachelor of science in education bachelor of science in electrical engineering bachelor of science in mechanical engineering bachelor of science in medical technology bachelor of science in nursing bachelor of science in pharmacy Hall of Fame honorary degree juris doctorate bachelor of laws doctor of laws master of laws doctor of pharmacy

From left, ONU President Dr. Kendall L. Baker, Mrs. Toby Baker, BFA ’06, Ann Donnelly, BA ’99, Scott Miller, BSME ’87

Zachary Osborn and Courtney (Lust) Osborn, BSBA ’03

From left, Tricia Hofacker, senior communication arts major from Casstown, Ohio, Judy Mifsud, BSEd ’70, Oscar Mifsud, BSBA ’70, Rachel Karasiewicz, fourth-year pharmacy student from Cortland, Ohio


Gene Willeke, BSCE, BA ’56, married Patricia Leonard Pitcher on Sept. 20, 2008. The new couple lives in Oxford, Ohio.

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Layton Brinkmeier, BSEd, retired from Ohio education in 1985 after working there for over 34 years. He continued to educate, acting as the administrator for his own Vocational School for Special Needs Students within the Dayton Public School system for 17 years. Because he enjoyed the challenge of serving in a classroom and working with special needs children, he was re-hired in 2006 as an ESE teacher at the Sebring, Fla., high school. He and his wife, Jane, reside in Lake Placid, Fla.

1959: ------------------------------------------Robert Blickensderfer, BSPh, and his wife, Barbara (Garris), BSPh ’60, recently sold their Florida home and became residents of Ohio again. In January, February and March, they will spend time in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. You can e-mail Robert at

1960: ------------------------------------------Barbara (Garris) Blickensderfer, BSPh, and her husband, Robert, BSPh ’59, recently sold their Florida home and became residents of Ohio again. In January, February and March, they will spend time in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. You can e-mail Robert at

to his intended vocation of farming. He and his wife, Susan (Strole), BA’64, have traveled and led tours to the Holy Land, Egypt, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Great Britain, Ireland, Turkey and the Greek Isles. Susan is completing a cookbook with recipes from all across the United States. The Reynolds live in Port Orchard, Wash.

Susan (Strole) Reynolds, BA, and her husband, James, BA ’61, have travelled and led tours to the Holy Land, Egypt, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Great Britain, Ireland, Turkey and the Greek Isles. Susan is completing a cookbook with recipes from all across the United States. The Reynolds live in Port Orchard, Wash.

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Robert D. Smith, BSEE, is now the chief financial officer of Remote Control Systems Inc. He and his wife, Betty, live in The Villages, Fla.

Michael J. Bender Jr., BA, JD ’65, retired in December 2008 after practicing law in Lima, Ohio, for 42 years. He served as secretary of the Lima Civil Service Board from June 1967 to September 1997 and as assistant attorney general from March 1971 to June 1995. He lives in Marblehead, Ohio. Lois (Fudem) Castillo, BSEd, works for Chesterfield County Public Schools as a Spanish teacher. She and her husband, Cesar, BSEE ’63, live in Richmond, Va.

1963: ------------------------------------------John Hall, BSPh, works for Duke University School of Medicine-SR-AHEC as the medical director. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Fayetteville, N.C.

Richard Ramga, BSME, lives in Roxbury, N.Y. J. Roger Renwick, BA, JD ’66, recently moved to Kelleys Island, Ohio. If you would like to contact Roger, you can e-mail him at

Paul Wrasman, BSEE, now lives in Las Cruces, N.M.

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Michael J. Bender Jr., JD, BA ’62, retired in December 2008 after practicing law in Lima, Ohio, for 42 years. He served as secretary of the Lima Civil Service Board from June 1967 to September 1997 and as assistant attorney general from March 1971 to June 1995. He lives in Marblehead, Ohio. Kay (Herschelman) Martin, BSEd, and her husband, Stephen, BS ’64, are now co-owners of Smoky Mountain Builders. They live in Asheville, N.C. Melinda (Overmyer) Sharrit, BSEd, and her husband, Norman, are spending their second summer up in the mountains at their home in Brevard, N.C. They are also traveling quite a bit, including a trip to Vancouver, an Alaskan cruise, a train trip to Denali and a visit to Yellowstone National Park. If you want to contact Melinda, her e-mail address is mosherrit@

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Daniel Holden, BA, works for the Northern Buckeye Education Council as the director of instructional services. He and his wife, Rita, live in Swanton, Ohio. Joan (Kelble) Hughes, BSEd, is now the executive assistant for Keller Williams Realty. She and her husband, Harold, BSME ’68, live in Fort Worth, Texas. 32

From left, Captain Ed Krebs, Ann Donnelly, BA ’99, Dr. Ervin Pierstorf, ’53, Hon. D. ’78

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James Reynolds, BA, retired in 2001 from 39 years of ministry with the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. He is writing a memoir of his calling to full-time Christian service, as opposed

From left, Erin Bastman, PharmD ’07, Lindsay Gerard, PharmD ’08, Lizette Shalter, PharmD ’07, ONU President Dr. Kendall L. Baker

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Stephen Martin, BS, and his wife, Kay (Herschelman), BSEd ’65, are now co-owners of Smoky Mountain Builders. They live in Asheville, N.C.

Ella (Schwaberow Huber) Reier, BSEd, is now the administrative assistant and the scheduling coordinator for St. Marys City Schools. She and her husband, James, live in St. Marys, Ohio. J. Roger Renwick, JD, BA ’63 recently moved to Kelleys Island, Ohio. If you would like to contact Roger, you can e-mail him at

Mary Lou (Curren) Richards, BSPh, works as a staff pharmacist for Wal-Mart Pharmacy. She and her husband, Dan, live in Northfield, Vt.

Barrett Rydell, BA, recently became the SVP financial advisor at UBS Financial Services Inc. He and his wife, Judith (Timmerman), BSEd, live in Lima, Ohio.

1967: ------------------------------------------Jerry Gillman, BSPh, now works for Healthwise Technologies Inc. He and his wife, Kathleen, live in Camarillo, Calif.

Twyla (Augsburger) Losh, BA, and her husband, Thomas, live in Ohio City, Ohio. She has two sons, Kevin and Keith, and three stepsons, Christopher, Thomas and Bryan. Twyla is now retired. Arthur Vernon, BS, works as a pharmacist for Mast Pharmacy. He and his wife, Susan (Elberty), BS ’66, live in Orrville, Ohio.

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William Alge Jr., BA, JD ’73, recently received the 2009 Jackson E. Betts Professionalism Award presented by the Findlay-Hancock County Bar Association. This award is presented annually to a member of the bar association. He and his wife, Karen, live in Findlay, Ohio. William Gardner, BA, JD ’73, recently published a book titled Canaan Parish 1733-2009, Profiles of its Pastors. This book is a history of the leaders of the puritan community founded when congregationalism was established in the colony of Connecticut. William and his wife live in New Canaan, Conn., and he can be contacted at Meredith (Zirkle) Ringwald, BSME, works for the United States Department of Agriculture as the program technician – Farm Service Agency. She and her husband, James, live in Van Wert, Ohio.

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William Ankerman, BA, is the legal editor for the Atlantic Law Book Company. He and his wife, Darcy (Wilson), BA, JD ’84, live in West Hartford, Conn.

George Curtiss, BA, works for Mittal Steel as the sourcing manager. He and his wife, Patricia (Smith), BSEd ’67, live in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Thomas Heimerl, BS, recently became the vice president in the Program Management Office for West Penn Allegheny Health System. He and his wife, Judith, live in Cranberry Township, Pa. Walt Krey, BA, is the vice president for Beth Wolff Realtors. He and his wife, Karen, live in Houston, Texas.

Keith Richards, BSEd, is now superintendent for Newark City Schools. He and his wife, Angela, live in Howard, Ohio.

Robert Young Jr., BA, works as a construction executive for Walbridge. He and his wife, Diane, live in Waterford, Mich.

Sarah “Sally” (Huber) Roberts, BSEd, recently took the position of gifted services coordinator for Huber Heights City Schools. She has served on the Ohio Association of Gifted Children (OAGC) Governing Board for many years in various positions, and her expertise in this field has been beneficial to the gifted children with whom she interacts. She and her husband, T. Michael, live in Vandalia, Ohio.

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Laurence Anderson, BSPh, has been keeping busy! He works for Rite Aid as a staff pharmacist. In 2009, he also participated in a marathon. He lives in Rutland, Vt. Barbara Barger, BA, is the deputy assistant secretary of Force Management Integration for the United States Air Force. She lives in Alexandria, Va.

Bruce Beemer, JD, is now self-employed as an independent distributor and consultant. He and his wife, Milly, live in Pompano Beach, Fla.

Dion DeLeone, BSPh, works as a pharmacist for Care Pharmacy in Georgetown, S.C., where he and his wife, Patricia (Hartgrove), BA ’76, live.

Carl Gerhold, BSME, is now a senior research scientist for NASA. He and his wife, Beth, live in Williamsburg, Va.

Robert Hough, BSEE, works for Chevron Energy Solutions as a regional energy accounts manager. He and his wife, Catherine, live in Fayetteville, N.Y.

Jane McGee-Rafal, BSEd, works for the Dayton Public School System as the chief academic officer. She and her husband, Archie, live in Dayton, Ohio.

Yvonne (Linepensel) Kranitz, BA, works for the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitations Services as the regional director. She and her husband, Martin, live in Annapolis, Md.

Lyn (Cooper) Tomaszewski, BA, works for Care Alliance Health Center as the chief operation officer. She and her husband, Jim, live in Cleveland, Ohio. Kathleen Wanek, BS, recently retired from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where she worked as a medical technologist. She lives in Parma, Ohio, and would like to hear from ONU friends. She can be reached at E. Phillip Workman, BSEd, works for Honda Transmission Manufacturing as an associate. He resides in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

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John Barnum, BA, is a real estate appraiser and consultant for Welsh, Chester, Galiney & Matone. He and his wife, Jacquelyn, live in Cos Cob, Conn. Jeffrey Carty, BSPh, works for Omnicare under Regional Operations. He and his wife, Carmell, live in Doylestown, Ohio. Nelson Castellanos, BSCE, is now the division administrator for the Federal Highway Administration. He and his wife, Sharon (Morley), BA ’73, live in Reisterstown, Md. Charlotte Kimmel, BA, works for the Mexia State School as the director of psychology services. She and her husband, Andrew, live in Mexia, Texas.

Brian Peppler, BA, JD ’79, has been privileged to receive multiple honorable positions recently. He was re-elected as the chief prosecuting attorney for a third term in Chippewa County and was also elected president of Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan in December 2008. He lives in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and enjoys hearing from friends! David Taylor, BSPh, is now back in Camden, Maine, working as a pharmacy manager for Rite Aid. Camden is where he started 35 years ago, and he is glad to be back! If you would like to contact David, you can e-mail him at

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William Alge Jr., JD, BA ’68, recently received the 2009 Jackson E. Betts Professionalism Award presented by the Findlay-Hancock County Bar Association. This award is presented annually to a member of the bar association. He and his wife, Karen, live in Findlay, Ohio. William Gardner, JD, BA ’68, recently published a book titled Canaan Parish 1733-2009, Profiles of its Pastors. This book is a history of the leaders of the puritan community founded when congregationalism was established in the colony 33

of Connecticut. William and his wife live in New Canaan, Conn., and he can be contacted at John Stemen, BA, recently became the conference service technician for Sandy Cove Ministries in North East, Md. His wife, Vonnie (Warnsman), BA ’77, also works as the director of business services for Sandy Cove Ministries. If you would like to contact them, e-mail John at

Tom Hutson, BA, recently accepted a publisher’s position in Poutiac, Ill., after selling his newspaper company to Gate House Media. He and his wife, Eunice, live in Poutiac. Eunice continues to write a column in six different newspapers, including The Ada Herald. Larry Niederkohr, BSPh, works as a general manager for the Walgreen’s Specialty Pharmacy in Ann Arbor, Mich., where he and his wife, Deborah, live.

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David Allenick, BA, is now the athletic director for South Euclid - Lyndhurst City Schools. He and his wife, Rhonda (Stump), BA ’73, live in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Paul Conway, BSPh, works for Sanofi-Aventis U.S. as the vice president of project management and strategic planning. He and his wife, Malan (Seniuk), BSPh ’76, live in Flemington, N.J.

John Ballinger, BSPh, was the speaker for a series of renewal services for East Chippewa Church of the Brethren in September 2008. Since attending ONU, he has continued his studies at Ashland and Bethany Theological Seminaries, the Alban Institute and Moody Bible Institute. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Jackson Township in Ashland County, Ohio.

Alicia (Cavanaugh) Goldfeder, BSPh, works as a pharmacist for Rite Aid. She and her husband, Herbert, live in Bethlehem, Pa.

Nancy (Weidner) Blum, BA, is now a sales agent for ERA Caputo Realty. After operating a candymolding supplies store for more than 31 years, Nancy decided to change careers. She sold her business last year and obtained her real-estate license. For the past couple of years, she and

Terry Kimmet, BA, works for KCAU Consulting as a senior consultant. He and his wife, Nyla (Bowers), BA ’75, live in Yorktown, Va.

Diane (Hofacre) Hathaway, BSPh, works as an inpatient pharmacy manager for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She and her husband, Mark, live in Little Rock, Ark.

William Larson, BSEE, works for General Dynamics as the manager of radiological

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Lois Birkhimer, BSPh, works for UCB as the principal medical writer. Louis lives in Raleigh, N.C. Patricia (Heartgrove) DeLeone, BA, recently retired from Georgetown High School after working there for 30 years. She is pursuing a master’s in nursing education, and she will graduate in December 2009. She works for Prince George Health Care Center as a registered nurse. She and her husband, Dion, BSPh ’72, live in Georgetown, S.C. Michael Geiger, BSPh, works for CVS as a pharmacist. He and his wife, Kimberly, live in Loudon, Tenn. George Lavrusky, BSPh, is now the senior regional account manager for Novartis. He and his wife, Carla, live in Gibsonia, Pa. Larry Mohr, BA, works for Central Freight Lines Inc. as the vice president of division sales. He and his wife, Janis (Carpenter), BA, live in Kingwood, Texas. Cathy Rosenbaum, BSPh, works as the clinical effectiveness and safety officer for Bethesda North Hospital. She is also the president of the American Holistic Medical Association Cincinnati Chapter and the founder and CEO of Rx Integrative Solutions Inc. She resides in Loveland, Ohio. Sally (Conrad) Scherrer, BA, works as the executive director for Central District Association AAHPERD. She and her husband, James, live in Hills City, S.D. Paul Simmons, BSPh, is the pharmacy manager for the Wal-Mart Pharmacy. He and his wife, Diane, live in Danville, Ohio.


From left, Justin Yarnell, BSCE ’07, Thomas Major, BA ’08, Robert Slater, BS ’08, Nate Arida, BA ’08, Ashley Mains, PharmD ’09

her husband, Barry, have spent their winters in Aruba, which they love! When not in Aruba, Nancy and Barry live in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

controls. He and his wife, Janet, live In East Lyme, Conn.

Ralph Caricofe, BSPh, is the manager of production management for GSK. He and his wife, Meredith, live in Raleigh, N.C.

Kathi (Gould) Pallotta, BS, is now the director of training for NUS Division of Probation & Correctional Alternatives. She lives in Amsterdam, N.Y.

Mary Conyers, BA, is the office manager for the South Carolina Attorney General. She resides in Ridgeway, S.C.

John Puglise, BA, is the president and senior consultant of J M Puglise Company. He and his wife, Catherine, live in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Virginia Townsley, BA, recently relocated to Indianapolis after previously working for Florida Power & Light and American Household Inc. She relocated to Indianapolis to be closer to her family. She seeks a career in organizational development and change in the Indy region.

1977: ------------------------------------------Michael Bukach, BSPh, is the senior vice president of pharmacy operations and clinical services for Universal American. He and his wife, Janet, live in Twinsburg, Ohio.

Karen (Kalwa) Delcoure, BSPh, is a pharmacist for Walgreens. She and her husband, Edward, live in Clifton Park, N.Y.

50 come back for their 50th The Class of 1959 celebrated its 50th reunion weekend with a record number of attendees, thanks to a concerted effort by a small team that personally called and encouraged classmates to attend. “We just decided it was time to get everyone back,” said David Weir, BSCE ’59, chair of the reunion committee. Many who gathered for the reunion hadn’t been back to campus since their college days. They were impressed with the students, the University’s growth and the new technology. They also enjoyed catching up with each other. “It was interesting and gratifying to learn what classmates have accomplished in their lives,” says Inara (Mencis) Brubaker, BS ’59, who served on the reunion committee and was a 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

A 50th reunion banquet was the focus of Friday evening’s activities. Saturday’s activities included golf-cart tours of ONU’s beautiful campus, jewelry making with First Lady Mrs. Toby Baker, BFA ’06, and alumni college seminars.  Saturday evening concluded with the Alumni Awards Banquet, during which six alumni received the prestigious awards.

into the grand piano. “You never know what you are going to learn in college,” he laughed. “That was one unexpected lesson that was very helpful to me.” When Weir became the director of the Ohio Department of Transportation for six years in the 1970s and 80s, he always pre-cut the sod before a groundbreaking ceremony so the shovels could smoothly slide in.

Funny stories and fond memories dominated the dinner table chatter. Weir shared a story about a campus incident he witnessed that turned into a useful lesson. As a student, he attended a groundbreaking ceremony on campus for a new building. As the University president and other dignitaries struggled to cut into a piece of sod on a rainy day, the shovel slipped and a handful of dirt went flying smack

Brubaker summed up the weekend reunion with this thought: “A half a century is a long time. But 50 years can go by fast,” she said. “It is a good time to look back and figure out what junctures in life were important. Formal education was certainly one of those junctures.” Ohio Northern, she added, led to friendships, careers and better lives.


Raymond Donadio Jr., BA, JD ’80, was admitted to the Florida Bar by the Supreme Court of Florida on Dec. 9, 2008. Raymond and his wife, Deborah, live in Greenville, Ohio. Alan Donhoff, BA, is the director of athletics for Saint Xavier High School. He and his wife, Leslie, live in Louisville, Ky. Ralph Infante, BSBA, works as the SVP senior portfolio manager for Textron Financial Corporation. He and his wife, Holly (Spriggs), BSPh ’77, live in Woodstock, Ga. Daniel Karant, BSPh, is now the chief pharmacist of Medicine Shoppe #1065. He and his wife, Lynn, live in Norton, Ohio. Gregory Krieger, BSPh, was installed as a trustee of the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) representing District 14 at its 131st annual conference. Greg is an area sales manager for CarePoint Partners in Youngstown, Ohio. He is a past recipient of OPA’s Bowl of Hygeia Award, which honors pharmacists who contribute to the progress of their community. Greg and his wife, Linda, live in Boardman, Ohio. R. Scott Miller, BA, works for Proctor & Gamble, as the director of global trade policy. He and his wife, Rhonda (Schaeffer), BS ’80, live in Bethesda, Md. Rodolfo Rivera, BA, is the manager of the Latin American Operations for the Fidelity National Title Group. He and his wife, Maria, live in Oakland, Mo. Elaine (Naeser) Rizor, BSPh, works for the Kmart Pharmacy as a staff pharmacist. She lives in Warren, Pa. Barry Smith, BSME, works in Northern Alberta Canada on the Albian Sands Project Expansion 1, a multi-billion-dollar oil sands project. He is the construction superintendent for Marathon Service Corporation. He and his wife, Gail (Allen), BA ’77, have a home in League City, Texas. 36

Michael Wright, BSCE, is the owner and president of Safety Through Engineering. His wife, Diana (Kuckherman), BA ’77, is the HR administrator. They live in New Carlisle, Ohio.

1978: ------------------------------------------Thomas Bell, BA, is the laboratory manager for the Lima Refining Company. He and his wife, June, live in Lima, Ohio.

D. Michael Crites, JD, is one of Ohio’s attorneys general with his term ending in 2010. He and his wife, Maureen, live in Powell, Ohio. Keith Caryer, BSPh, and his wife, Terry, now live in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Keith is employed as a pharmacist for CVS. Dwight Dowson, BA, is the president of Maxwell World Wide Historical Film Inc. He is a historian, writer, research and development consultant, and someone who enjoys networking. He specializes in historical sites, personages and international communication. He lives in Bellbrook, Ohio. Karen (Theodore) Harris, BM, works for Hanover County Schools as a music specialist. She and her husband, Eugene, live in Richmond, Va. David Hyman, JD, works as an attorney at Hyman and Hyman Ltd. He and his wife, Jacqueline, live in Paulding, Ohio. John Kruse Jr., JD, moved his law practice to Hamilton, Ohio, moving his concentration to estate, business and tax law. His clients are mainly in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. He also recently started his own investment advisory firm, Red Oak Asset Management Inc., which focuses on income planning, asset protection and providing quality of life for end-of-life stages. If you would like to contact John, you can e-mail him at john.kruse@ Linda Maurer, BA, is the owner and a computer consultant for Assistive Technology Solutions. She resides in Dayton, Ohio.

Michael Sprague, BA, is the New Day House director at McKinley Hall Inc. He lives in Springfield, Ohio.

Gary Rutherford, BSPh, is the manager and operator at Columbus Prescription. He and his wife, Caroline, live in Columbus, Ohio.

Vonnie (Warnsman) Stemen, BA, is the director of business services for Sandy Cove Ministries. Her husband, John, BA ’73, is also employed as the conference service technician at the Sandy Cove Ministries. They live in North East, Md.

Marilyn (Hanzel) Taffe, BA, works for the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund as a programmer analyst. She and her husband, Michael, live in Ashville, Ohio.

Gary Williams, BA, JD ’80, works for The Wilds Christian Association Inc. as a business director. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Brevard, N.C.

Mark Volz, BA, works for IRR Supply as a branch manager. He lives in Minoa, N.Y.

Richard West, BSPh, is the pharmacy manager for Northside Home Infusion. He lives in Zanesville, Ohio. David Westman, BSME, and Judith (Whetstone), BA ’78, live in Upper Arlington, Ohio. David works for Rolls-Royce as an integration engineer, and Judith works at The Ohio State University Medical Center as clinical director.

1979: ------------------------------------------Robert Gross, JD, is the president of Robert C. Gross Associates LLC. He and his wife, Kristine, live in Centerville, Utah.

Wesley Hard, BA, recently became a medical doctor for the Westside Family Practice in Columbus, Ohio, where he and his wife, Darlene, reside. Jerry McClannan, BSCE, is now the president of Mote & Associates Inc. He and his wife, Colleen, live in Greenville, Ohio. Paul Medaugh, BSME, works for the American Electric Power Company as a regional engineer. He says that he remembers his dad telling him how much the campus would change and how much he enjoyed coming back to campus. He said that he is now the same way and would come back in a moment! He and his wife, Laura, live in Dresden, Ohio. Patrick O’Block, BSPh, is a pharmacist for Giant Eagle Pharmacy. He lives in Ashtabula, Ohio. Brian Peppler, JD, BA ’72, has been privileged to receive multiple honorable positions recently. He was re-elected as the chief prosecuting attorney for a third term in Chippewa County and was also elected president of Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan in December 2008. He lives in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and says that he enjoys hearing from friends! Maureen (Ryan) Rait, BSCE, recently moved into the position of executive director of public works for the city of Boulder. She and her husband, Gary, BSEE ’78, live in Boulder, Colo. Robert Schlanz, BA, is the division manager for the Cincinnati Health Department. He and his wife, Karen (Kjelby), BSPh ’82, live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Donald Siefker, BSEE, works for General Dynamics as a quality engineer. He lives in Ottawa, Ohio.

Holly Sinn-Bailey, JD, is the sole practitioner for Sinn-Bailey Law Office. She lives in Kenton, Ohio.

ONU in honor of his community service. Andy is a partner at Regas & Haag Ltd.

recognition and acclaim. Anne and her husband, John, live in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Mark Stallons, BSEE, recently accepted the position of president and CEO of the Owen Electric Cooperative. He and his family relocated to New Liberty, Ky.

Cheryl (Eichar) Newman, BSME, works for the Kellogg Company as a utility-facility planner. She and her husband, Stephen, live in Omaha, Neb.

Karen (Kjelby) Schlanz, BSPh, works for the St. Luke Hospitals as clinical coordinator. She and her husband, Robert, BA ’79, live in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Christopher Wilson, BSCE, works for the Ford Motor Company as the manager of the Core Facilities Engineering and Site Construction. He and his wife, Pamela, live in Canton, Mich. Christopher Young, BSCE, is the construction manager for Chevron Corporation. He and his wife, Debra, live in Denver, Colo.

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Mary (Ospeck) Cope, BSPh, is now the president of HomeChoice Partners Inc. She and her husband, Timothy, live in Virginia Beach, Va. Raymond Donadio Jr., JD, BA ’77, was admitted to the Florida Bar by the Supreme Court of Florida on Dec. 9, 2008. Raymond and his wife, Deborah, live in Greenville, Ohio.

Professor Emeritus Donald Milks and William Robinson, BSEd ’61, Hon. D. ’05, H of F ’05

Elizabeth (Fleshman) Plowes, BSME, works as a math tutor. She and her husband, Robert, live in Austin, Texas. Brian Rockhold, BA, is now the superintendent of the Allen County Educational Service Center. He and his wife, Margaret, live in Lima, Ohio. Gary Williams, JD, BA ’77, works for The Wilds Christian Association Inc. as a business director. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Brevard, N.C.

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Kimberly Broedel-Zaugg, BSPh, was installed as the trustee of the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA), representing District 3, at the 131st annual conference. Kimberly works for Ohio Northern as a professor and the assistant dean for external affairs. She and her husband, Thomas, PharmD ’79, live in Lima, Ohio.

From left, Ann Donnelly, BA ’99, Valerie Kocel, Paul Kocel, BFA ’00

1983: ------------------------------------------Nicol Burnett-Wendt, BSBA, works for NBD International Inc. as the vice president of operations. She and her husband, Joseph, live in Ravenna, Ohio.

Thomas Kane, JD, and his wife, Yvonne, live in Carlisle, Pa. Although Thomas retired as an Army JAG colonel, he still works for the United States Army War College and Carlisle Barracks as the installation legal officer. Mark Kesselmayer, BS, works as a senior process chemist for Dow Chemical. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Harleysville, Pa. Ronald Miller, BSBA, is now the owner of Red Dirt Apparel in Duncan, Okla., where he and his wife, Julie, reside.

From left, Karla Geise, BSBA ’07, Wayne Schuetz, BSME ’68, Marilyn (Ruhling) Schuetz, BSEd ’67, Kathleen (Damore) Panek, BA ’68, Dennis Panek, BA ’68.

Frank Evans, JD, recently retired from the FBI and accepted a position with the Attorney General of Texas as an investigative manager. He and his wife, Diane, live in El Paso, Texas.

Gregory Gress, BSPh, is now the pharmacy manager for the Wal-Mart Pharmacy in Madison, Ohio. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Ashtabula, Ohio.

Jennifer (Reed) Spencer, BA, works as an administrative assistant for Emerson Power Transmission. She and her husband, Eric, BSEE ’84, live in Blacksburg, Va.

John Favat, BSPh, works for Global Document Solutions as a sales manager. He lives in Gibbsboro, N.J.

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Anne (Colton) Rickard, BA, was recently selected to receive the New York Art Educator of the Year Award, which honors an outstanding member from each state or province association whose service and contribution to art education merits

Tina (LaPenta) Minidis, BFA, works for PR Donnelley as a production artist. She and her husband, Don, live in North Royalton, Ohio.

Charles “Andy” Haag, JD, recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the Wilderness Center at Wilmot due to his many years of service to the center. He serves as vice president on the Wilderness Center board. In 2006, Andy also received the Public Interest/Pro Bono award from

Robert Demory, BSBA, works as a controller at the University of Toledo. He lives in Northwood, Ohio.

Jodene (Wurgler) Kirwan, BSBA, recently moved to Springboro, Ohio. If you would like to get in touch with her, you can e-mail kirw6@hotmail. com


Ann Wehmeyer, BSPh, and her husband, James Bliss, live in Evanston, Ill. Ann works for the Rush University Medical Center as a medication safety officer.

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Lynn (Helmke) Bashore, BSBA, works for Miami Valley Hospital as the access center coordinator. She was recently awarded the Volunteer of the Year for 2008 Preble County Service Center of the Dayton Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. She serves as a disaster responder and instructor for health and safety services in CPR, first aid and blood-borne pathogens. She and her husband, Dale, live in New Paris, Ohio. William Kirke, BSEE, works for the Chemical Abstracts Service as a computer consultant. He and his wife, Erin (Wood), BSPh ’87, live in Hilliard, Ohio.

Grace (Hall) Frederick, BS, is the campus technology manager for the Arlington Independent School District. She and her husband, Alan, live in Arlington, Texas. Steven Oleson, BSME, works for NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center as a lead on the Spacecraft Concurrent Engineering Team. He and his wife, Laura (Keneda), BSPh ’89, live in Akron, Ohio.

1987: ------------------------------------------Regina Beach, BSBA, BA, recently took the position of library director at Georgia Perimeter College. She lives in Decatur, Ga.

Thomas Kiesel, BSPh, is now the senior director of clinical services for Medco Health Solutions Inc. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

1988: ------------------------------------------Gerald Arnold, BSBA, works for BASF as the senior systems analyst. He and his wife, Michele, live in Uniontown, Ohio. John M. Partridge, BSEE, became the pastor of the Johnsville Parish, which serves both the Johnsville Grace United Methodist Church and the Steam Corners United Methodist Church. John lives in Shauck, Ohio. Keith Wire, BSPh, works as a pharmacist for Licking Memorial Health Systems in Newark, Ohio, where he also lives.

From left, Emi Jacobs, Marvin Jacobs, BSPh ’54, ONU President Dr. Kendall L. Baker

James Straub, BSPh, was announced as the new pharmacy director of Rays Pharmacy & Wellness Centers in July 2008. He will oversee three Centers in Lima, Ohio, and the Chief Pharmacy & Wellness Center in Defiance, Ohio.


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Elizabeth (Axe) Burke, BA, left her career in business to become an elementary school teacher. She completed her early-childhood-education certification program at Ashland University in 2008 and is employed as a second-grade teacher for the inner-city school system of Cleveland, Ohio. She and her husband, Thomas, live in Avon, Ohio. Stephen Camick, BSME, works for NASA as an AST, flight system test. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Cocoa, Fla.

Mary (DeFabio) Yaist, BA, works as a teacher for Western Reserve Local Schools. She and her husband, Jeffrey, live in Youngstown, Ohio. They have two children: Ryan and A.J.

1989: ------------------------------------------Stephen Hill, BSEE, works for The Mich.TRE Corporation as the associate executive director. He and his wife, Lorraine, live in Madison, Ala.

JP Morgan Chase as the vice president project manager. Tara works as a CPA for John Gerlach and Company LLP. Jill Rainey, BA, recently became a partner for Medica Profit Consulting. She lives in Sunbury, Ohio. Tim Snapp, BSBA, has been busy raising, training and showing his horse, which won reserve world champion in fall 2008. Tim has now had 12 world or reserve world champions.

1991: -------------------------------------------

Mark Conklin, BSEE, works for GE as a patent counsel and filing team manager. He and his wife, Kathryn, moved to Shelton, Conn., in September 2008. Devin Dell, BA, works as an operations officer, VMR-1, for the United States Marine Corps. Devin is flying as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot at Cherry Point, N.C., and recently completed the FAA license as an airline transport pilot (ATP) with Flight Safety International in Wichita, Kan. He and his wife, Karen, live in New Bern, N.C. Timothy Drocy, BSBA, works for Matco Tools as the paint and assembly supervisor. He and his wife, Joni (Collins), BS ’92, live in Lakewood, N.Y. Edward McKell, BA, works as a missionary for Campus Crusade for Christ. He and his wife, Kim, live in Chillicothe, Ohio. Melissa (Beck) Mitchell, BSPh, recently became a pharmacist for CVS Pharmacy and resides in Jackson, Ohio.

1992: ------------------------------------------Steven DeWitt, BS, was promoted to general manager at Toyota of Lewisville on Dec. 1, 2008. He lives in Lewisville, Texas.

Melissa (Kenniston) Johnston, BSBA, recently relocated to Harrisville, Pa.

Joni (Collins) Drocy, BS, works as a project engineer for Ulrich Planfiling. She and her husband, Timothy, BSBA ’91, live in Lakewood, N.Y.

Kent Lumbatis, BSPh, works as the head pharmacist for CVS Pharmacy 6184. He and his wife, Melissa, live in Albany, Ohio.

Desra Wortman, BA, teaches for Paint Valley Local School District. She lives in Chillicothe, Ohio.

1990: -------------------------------------------

Daniel Yocum, BSPh, is a pharmacist for Newton Falls Family Pharmacy. He and his wife, Tonni, live in Southington, Ohio.

Amber (Robbins) Diltz, BSBA, is now an account representative for NewPage Corporation. She lives in Kettering, Ohio. Craig Griffin, BSBA, and Tara (Strickland), BSBA, ’90 live in Columbus, Ohio. Craig works for

1993: -------------------------------------------

Francine Abbruzzese, BS, works as a flight nurse for the San Antonio Airlife and California Shock

Trauma Air Rescue. She lives in New Braunfels, Texas. You can e-mail Francine at fabgirl@mac. com Anna (Corsi) Beazel, BSPh, works for Wal-Mart as a pharmacist in Bluffton, S.C, where she and her husband, David, live. Lee Bugglin, BSME, recently moved into the position of the cold rolling section manager for AK Steel. He and his wife, Lesley, live in Nashport, Ohio. Thomas Glazier, BSPh, is now the owner of the White Oak Pharmacy. He and his wife, Elaine, live in Vincent, Ohio. Joel Hoag, BSME, works at Soma Cycle Inc. as the vice president of engineering and design. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. John Lux, JD, is now the executive director of governmental affairs at Ivy Tech Community College. He is also an attorney at Lux & Lux in Shelbyville. He previously was chief counsel for the Democratic caucus, deputy director and general counsel for the Indiana Tobacco Prevention Cessation Agency, and deputy attorney and legislative liaison for the Indiana attorney general’s office. He and his wife, Ival, live in Shelbyville, Ind. Philip Morehart, BSEE, works for International Paper as an electronics technician. He and his wife, Dana, and their two children are doing well and keeping busy! The Morehart family lives in Findlay, Ohio. Janet (VanDorpe) Wilms, BSPh, works for the United Health Pharmaceutical Solutions as the senior clinical pharmacist. She and her husband, Aron, live in Virginia Beach, Va.

1994: ------------------------------------------Angela Bickel, BS, works for the Ohio American Water Company as an operations coordinator. She lives in Marion, Ohio. Jennifer (Brillhart) Cass, BSPh, works as a staff pharmacist for Target Pharmacy. She and her husband, Dana, live in Elkhart, Ind. Cheryl (Malicki) Podoyak, BSPh, is a pharmacist for the Penrose Hospital. She and her husband, Michael, live in Colorado Springs, Colo. Christa (Davidson) Steiner, BA, works for the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation as the communications officer. She and her husband, Jess, live in Cygnet, Ohio.

Melanie (Malone) Stewart, BA, recently became a manager at Kichler Lighting in Cleveland, Ohio. She lives in Parma, Ohio. If you would like to get in contact with her, you can e-mail her at

1995: ------------------------------------------Betsy (Vokits) Carnevale, BSPh, is now a pharmacy manager for KHN Pharmacy in Beavercreek. She and her husband, Mark, live in Fairborn, Ohio.

Amy (Arps) Dangler, BSBA, recently accepted the position of business office manager at Trilogy Health Services – The Heritage. She and her husband, Steven, reside in Deshler, Ohio.

appointed by the Kappa Psi Executive Committee as the sixteenth editor of The Mask of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Cameron lives in Marietta, Ohio.

1997: -------------------------------------------

John Ciliege, BS, recently became the operations manager for Intertek. He lives in Minneapolis, Minn. Penny (Spear) Figueras, BSBA, is now the co-owner of RPF Consulting Inc. She and her husband, Robert, have two children and one on the way! The Figueras family lives in Geneva, Ill.

Heather Jackson-Chapman, BS, works as an LPN-pharmacy technician at the State of Ohio, Warren Correctional Institution. She and her husband live in Dayton, Ohio.

Amy (Pike) Jeffries, BA, is employed by the Council on Rural Services as the earlychildhood services coordinator for Logan and Champaign County. If you would like to contact Amy, her e-mail address is ajeffries@

Amy (Vanderkooi) Young, BSPh, works for the Morrow County Hospital as the director of pharmacy. She and her husband, David, live in Mount Gilead, Ohio.

Colton Kinninger, BA, recently became the ground transportation officer, 43rd Sustainment Brigade in the United States Army. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Colorado Springs, Colo.

1996: -------------------------------------------

Tom Moulton, JD, was recently elected probate and juvenile judge in Gallia County, Ohio. If you would like to get in touch with Tom, you can e-mail him at

Andrew Auxier, BSPh, works for Hometown Pharmacy as a staff pharmacist. He and his wife, Shannon (Lough), BSBA, live in St. Marys, W.Va. Eric Barnes, JD, practices as a lawyer in his own office, the Law Office of Eric D. Barnes P.A. He lives in Trinity, Fla. Sheila (Reynolds) Gibbons, BSBA, is the owner of School Year Supplies and a sales representative for AIM Fundraising. She and her husband, Tom, have four children: Jack, Sean, T.J. and Jimmy. The Gibbons family lives in Euclid, Ohio. Matthew Hill, JD, is an attorney for the New Hampshire Public Defender in Nashua, N.H. Alexa Norris, BSBA, is a store manager for Caribou Coffee. She lives in Westerville, Ohio. Paula (Gramling) Potts, BSPh, works as a staff pharmacist for the Indiana Regional Medical Center. She and her husband, Tom, live in Colver, Pa. Jacki (Trushel) Selinsky, BSME, works for Swagelok as a senior product evaluations engineer. Jacki and her husband, Scot, BA ’95, live in Dover, Ohio, with their family. Cameron Van Dyke, BSPh, works for Giant Eagle Pharmacy as a pharmacist. Cameron was

Kenneth Renicker, BS, works with inside sales for Alside. He and his wife, Nicole, live in Canton, Ohio. Todd Tagliaferro, BA, and his wife, Stefanie, live in Brooklyn, N.Y. Nino (Jackson) Voskuhl, BSPh, works for Riley Hospital for Children as a pharmacy operations manager. She and her husband, Mark, live in Fishers, Ind.

1998: -------------------------------------------

Donald Divelbiss, BSEE, works as an engineering manager for Divelbiss Corporation. In February 2009 he was nominated for the Inventor of the Year Award at the 2008 TechColumbus Innovation Awards. He was ranked among the top three nominees. He and his wife, Heather (Kanipe), BSPh ’01, live in Howard, Ohio. Eric Harrell, JD, and Jennifer (Leshy), JD, ’98, live in Dublin, Ohio, with their two children, Brendan and Charles. Emily (Hershey) Hermon, BSBA, accepted the position of senior accounting manager


at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. She resides in Rootstown, Ohio. Craig Kimble, PharmD, was wed on July 3, 2008, to Angel (Beck), PharmD ’00, at the Sandals Grande Ocho Rios Resort in Jamaica. The couple will reside in Crown City, Ohio. John Swartzbaugh, BSCE, works as a project manager for Burgess & Niple Inc. He lives in Columbus, Ohio. Vicki Vlahos, BSPh, works as a pharmacist for Giant Eagle. She lives in Warren, Ohio.

1999: ------------------------------------------Bethany Brown, BA, works as an independent living skills counselor for Supportive Living Solutions. She resides in Minneapolis, Minn. Sarah Decker-Hall, JD, works as a staff attorney for Legal Aid of Western Ohio Inc. She and her husband, Thomas, live in Kettering, Ohio.

2000: ------------------------------------------David Carpenter, BSCE, recently became an engineer for Accurate Engisurv LLC. He and his wife, Mary, live in Superior, Colo.

Kathryn (Wilson) Holmes, BS, completed her Ph.D. in natural resources from The Ohio State University in August 2008. She and her family live in Wooster, Ohio.

Brian Gerber, BSECE, was recently promoted to senior electrical reliability engineer for the Husky Lima Refinery. He and his wife, Melissa, live in Ada, Ohio. You can e-mail Brian at brian.gerber@

Cory Murray, BSBA, and Danielle (Verone), BA ’01, recently relocated to Liverpool, N.Y. Cory works as an assistant controller for RockTenn-Solvay Mill, and Danielle works at Cazenovia College as the assistant director of communications.

Angel (Beck) Kimble, PharmD, and Craig, PharmD ’98, married on July 3, 2008, at the Sandals Grande Ocho Rios Resort in Jamaica. The couple will reside in Crown City, Ohio. Corie Komarc, BS, works for Siemens Med as a clinical sales specialist. He lives in Elgin, Ill. Kathryn (Henderson) Rinehart, BSECE, is a senior controls engineer at General Mills. She and her husband, Ben, live in Jackson, Ohio.

Martin Klaus, BSPh, works for Diamond Pharmacy of Mt. Pleasant as the director of longterm care services. He and his wife, Rachel, live in Greensburg, Pa.

Sarah (Brotherton) Schlennhauf, BA, became a national board-certified teacher in 2007 under the area of middle-childhood generalist. Sarah and her husband, Michael, BSME ’98, live in Springsboro, Ohio, with their family.

Lydia (Hawkins) McEvoy, JD, teaches as an adjunct professor at several colleges within her area and practices law from home. She and her husband, Kevin, recently had their third child. The McEvoy family lives in Kansas City, Mo. Dirul Nassar, BSME, works for First Energy as a supervisor of the Nuclear Rapid-Response Team. He 40 lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Caroline (Woodworth) Schumacher, BA, works as the director of corporate development for Give Kids the World. She and her family live in St. Cloud, Fla. Heather Westbrook, BA, works as a marketing consultant for the Columbus Radio Group, which is one of the major radio organizations within the Columbus area. Heather lives in Worthington, Ohio.

Christopher Hanson, JD, recently began working for Montee Law Firm P.C. as an attorney. He and his wife, Kartrina, live in Westwood, Kan.

Marie Gehle, BA, completed her doctorate in clinical psychology in August 2008 at Xavier University. She is working toward a postdoctoral degree in forensic psychology at East Central Regional Hospital in Augusta, Ga.

Michael Hoppe, BA, recently became the associate pastor of missions and young adults at the Covenant United Methodist Church in Dothan, Ala., where he and his wife, Reed, reside.

Kari (Sowers) Krabill, BA, and her new husband reside in Loudenville, Ohio. Kari and John Krabill wed on Dec. 30, 2008.

banking and transfusion medicine fellowship for 2009-10.

Katherine (Montgomery) Wadsworth, BS, works for Vibrant Care Rehabilitation as a physical therapist. She and her family live in Albuquerque, N.M. Melissa (Stackhouse) Winterhalter, BS, joined Licking Memorial Hospital as an inpatient pediatrician in August 2008. She lives in Newark, Ohio.

2001: -------------------------------------------

Melissa (Molchan) Richardson, PharmD, works as a pharmacy manager for the Sam’s Club Pharmacy in Virginia Beach, Va., where she and her husband, Kevin, reside. Julie Rollins, BA, graduated with her Associate of Science in 2008 with her focus in nursing. She passed the board in January 2009. She works as a registered nurse for St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital. She lives in Indianapolis, Ind. Mark Utrup, BS, married Melissa Bruns on April 25, 2009, at St. Sebastian Catholic Church. The couple lives in Saint Marys, Ohio.

2002: -------------------------------------------

Matthew Detrow, PharmD, works as a pharmacist for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He and his wife, Amy (Goldenberg), PharmD ’03, live in Canton, Mich. Patricia Fought, BSCE, works for Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission as a transportation engineer. She lives in Narberth, Pa. Timothy Geiger, BSCPE, is the IT manager for Family Nursing Services. He lives in Circleville, Ohio.

Marcia Braun, BS, joined the Ball Medical Clinic as a family physician. She graduated from Wright State in 2005 with her medical degree and lives in Castilia, Ohio.

Sara (Helser) Griffiths, BSBA, married her husband, Joel, on May 2, 2009, at the Union Chapel Missionary Church in Lima, Ohio. The couple lives in Lima, Ohio.

Heather (Kanipe) Divelbiss, BSPh, recently began working as a Pharmacist for MedCentral Health System. She and her husband, Donald, BSEE ’98, live in Howard, Ohio.

Anna (Mann) Hammond, BA, recently accepted a position as a clinical psychologist for Denise Tompkins & Associates. She and her husband, Bruce, BA ’01, reside in Aurora, Ill.

Jim Gatton, BSME, works as a medical residentpathologist at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Ky. He also has accepted a blood

Misty Jorgensen, JD, works as the assistant public defender for the public defender’s office. She lives in Tabor City, N.C.

Georgina Oladokun, JD, works for the Law Firm of A. Georgina Oladokun P.C. as an attorney. She and her husband, Timothy Ojuare, live in Lanham, Md. Thomas Puckett, BS, received his professional engineer’s certification in January 2008. His wife, Laura (Trimmer), BSBA ’02, accepted the position of inventory productivity analyst at Xpedx/International Paper. The Puckett family lives in Trenton, Ohio. John Thistlethwaite, BS, recently became assistant professor of biology at Ohio Dominican University. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

2003: ------------------------------------------Evelyn (Hunter) Becker, BA, has completed her master’s degree in education from Xavier University. She and her husband, Joshua, BSBA ’02, live in Cincinnati, Ohio, with their family.

Aaron Brown, BSCE, works as a civil engineer for Kokosing Construction Company. His wife, Lindsay (Spahr), BS ’03, works as a field executive for Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. The Brown family lives in Lewis Center, Ohio. Brian Brown, BA, and his wife, Rochelle (Sowers), BA ’03, have established their own corporation in Greenville, N.C. The Browns opened Rep Express in June 2007 as a corporate catering company in the Greenville area. On Sept. 2, 2006, Brian and Rochelle married in Greenville. Rochelle also received her master’s degree from the University of Dayton in 2005. You can e-mail to reach Brian and Rochelle. Amy (Goldenberg) Detrow, PharmD, works as a pharmacist for Busch’s Pharmacy. She and her husband, Matthew, PharmD ’02, live in Canton, Mich. Jennifer “Beth” Elasky, BA, works as the community-based program coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens County. She lives in The Plains, Ohio. Amanda (Kowalski) Kitzberger, BSEE, graduated from The University of Akron School of Law in May 2008 and passed the Ohio Bar Exam in July 2008. She recently accepted the position of associate legal counsel for GOJO Industries Inc. She lives in Stow, Ohio. Eric Lechuk, BS, married Ashley Monda on Aug. 23, 2008. He and his new wife live in Brunswick, Ohio.

Kenneth Lofton Jr., BS, works for Toyoda Gosei as the machine design engineer. Kenneth lives in Perryville, Mo.

by PolyOne Corporation. She and her husband, Brian, BSME ’01, live in Seven Hills, Ohio.

Ethan Miller, BSEE, works at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. He and his wife, Sarah (Cox), BS ’05, live in Silver Spring, Md.

Kelsen LaBerge, BSME, recently graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. She works for Motile Robotics Inc. as a propulsion-drive systems research engineer. She lives in Hudson, Ohio.

Emily Rickert, BS, works on a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of California in the department of reproductive medicine. She lives in San Diego, Calif. She can be reached at

Eve McClurg, JD, works for the Mercantile Adjustment Bureau LLC as a general counselor. She and her husband live in Amherst, N.Y.

Carrie Robertson, BA, recently started teaching for the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center. She lives in Mansfield, Ohio.

Erica (Godwin) Stevenson, BS, and her husband, Glen, married on Oct. 18, 2008, in Independence, Ohio. Erica is a graduate student at Kent State University. She and Glen live in Broadview Heights, Ohio.

Maribeth (Hill) Stahl, BFA, works for the as the sponsorship coordinator for the Nashville Symphony. She and her husband, Christopher, moved to Nashville in January 2009.

Kate (Nolte) Vidovich, BA, has recently become an attorney in Columbus, Ohio.

Allison (Snyder) Widdowson, BS, and her new husband, Matthew, married on April 19, 2008. They live in Cleveland, Ohio, where Allison pursues her master’s degree in public health at Cleveland State University.

2004: -------------------------------------------

Amanda Baughman, BSBA, works as the assistant controller for the Dana Corporation. She lives in Kenton, Ohio. Mary (Stamm) Carpenter, BM, works as an elementary music teacher at Pinnacle Charter School in Federal Heights, Colo. She and her husband, David, live in Superior, Colo. Ashley (Franz) DeIuliis, BSEE, and her husband, Michael, were married on Oct. 4, 2008, at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Findlay, Ohio. The couple reside in Glen Burnie, Md. Tiffany (Warner) Grant, JD, and her husband, Nicholas, married at the Kona Hawaii Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple on Jan. 24, 2009, and live in Denver, Colo. Tiffany works for Fognani & Faught as a litigation associate. She practices both environmental and naturalresource law. David Kline, BS, works as an engineer for Honda of America Manufacturing. He and his wife, Laura, live in Powell, Ohio. Jill (Vaughn) Kunzelman, BS, recently completed her Ph.D. in macromolecular science and engineering from Case Western University. She graduated in February 2009. She is employed

Jessica Weinberg, BA, JD ’07, works as the publicrelations coordinator for Dosti Foundation in Toledo, Ohio. She also works as an independent legal researcher and serves on the Lucas County Commission on Disabilities and Advisory Board of OCALI (Ohio Center of Autism and LowIncidence). She lives in Toledo, Ohio. You can e-mail her at

2005: ------------------------------------------Benjamin Biada, BSME, works for Advanced Engineering Consultants as a mechanical engineer. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Jason Duff, BSBA, was a speaker for the 2008 Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour held at Stark State College in September. The goal of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour is to help students and community members “succeed in the changing economy by applying the entrepreneurial mindset to their lives, regardless of career choice.” Brandon Easton, BA, married Tiffany Hoover on June 21, 2008, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg, Fla. The couple resides in Saint Cloud, Fla. Mark Girton, BS, recently became the new science teacher at the Bay Area Charter School in League City, Texas. He and his wife, Mary, live in Texas City, Texas. Elizabeth Harper, JD, works in the offices of Yeager, Good & Baldwin as an attorney. She, her husband, Matthew, and their twin boys, Jayden and Dylan, live in Shelbyville, Ind. 41

Mary (Walters) Heisey, BA, works for Educate Online as an online instructor. She and her husband, Adam, have two little boys, Ethan and Noah. The Heisey family lives in New Carlisle, Ohio. Timothy Huffman, BS, married Leigh Anna (Fowler), BSEE ’06, on April 19, 2008. The new couple lives in West Chester, Ohio. Sean Hynds, BA, works as a border-patrol agent for the United States Border Patrol. He lives in Laredo, Texas. Laura (Winters) Kline, PharmD, works as a pharmacist for Riverside Methodist Hospital. She and her husband, David, live in Powell, Ohio. Katie (Zwingler) Lee, BSME, married her husband, Brian, BSBA ’06, on July 19, 2008. Katie is a mechanical project engineer at Karpinski Engineering, and Brian is an assistant manager at Enterprise Rent-a-Car. They now reside in Bay Village, Ohio. If you would like to get in touch with Katie and Brian, e-mail them at Preston “Bill” Marshall, JD, has worked for the DA’s office for two years and practices in the local city and town courts. His wife, Bridget McCueMarshall, JD ’05, practices in the family court, primarily as a law guardian. She also has a realestate practice, is the town of Randolph attorney and serves as the town prosecutor for several local municipalities. The Marshall family lives in Randolph, N.Y. Heather (Byers) Miller, PharmD, and her husband, Michael, wed on July 1, 2008. The new couple lives in Lutherville, Md. Sarah (Cox) Miller, BS, works as a librarian for the National Science Foundation. She and her husband, Ethan, BS ’03, live in Silver Spring, Md. Rachel Simon, BA, works as the communication specialist for the Wildflowers AVEDA Salon & Spa. She lives in Plainfield, Ind. Tricia (Greenwald) Valasek, BS, married her husband, Eric, on June 14, 2008. The new couple lives in Findlay, Ohio.


2006: ------------------------------------------Jessica Abell, BS, works for the Serta Mattress Company as the payroll and human-resources administrator. She lives in Franklin, Ohio.

Ryan Anderson, BSBA, and Courtney (Allaman), PharmD ’08, married in July 2008. The couple now lives in Worthington, Ohio.

Rachel Barron, BS, is working toward her medical degree at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Michelle Bash, BSEE, is a graduate student at Purdue University, living in West Layfayette, Ind. Kristopher Coldren, BS, and his new wife, Amber, married on Aug. 9, 2008. The couple lives in Wooster, Ohio. Mary Frings, BS, works for the Cleveland Clinic as a physician assistant. She lives in Hinckley, Ohio. Mary can be reached at Brent Gable, BA, and Kristin (Dickey), BA ’07, recently married. The couple lives in Delphos, Ohio. Brent recently became a corrections officer for the Allen County Juvenile Detention Center. Russell Heimovitz, BSCPE, works for Medical Mutual of Ohio. He lives in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Leigh Anna (Fowler) Huffman, BSEE, married her husband, Timothy, BS ’05, on April 19, 2008. The new couple lives in West Chester, Ohio. Brian Lee, BSBA, and Katie (Zwingler), BSME ’05, married on July 19, 2008. The new couple resides in Bay Village, Ohio. Brian is an assistant manager at Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and Katie is a mechanical project engineer at Karpinski Engineering. Julie (Uecker) Meek, PharmD, works for the United States Air Force as a pharmacy resident. She and her husband, Kevin, BSCPE ’03, live in San Antonio, Texas. Tasleem Muhammad, PharmD, works for Providence St. John Health as a clinical pharmacist. She lives in Westland, Mich. Michael Tehan V, BSBA, works for Brixley & Meyer as a consultant. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Kate Fletcher, PharmD, recently accepted a position as the pain-management clinical pharmacist for the U.S. Army Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Laura Fletcher, BSN, works for Wyandot Memorial Hospital as an ICU unit manager. She lives in Carey, Ohio. Kristin (Dickey) Gable, BA, and her husband, Brent, BA ’06, recently married. The couple lives in Delphos, Ohio, and Kristin works as a substitute teacher in Allen County, Ohio. Kimberly Heckbert, BSBA, works as a sales manager for Aramark at the Columbus Convention Center. She lives in Columbus, Ohio. Jessica (DeVoe) LesCallett, JD, recently acquired the position of associate attorney for Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen in Tampa, Fla. In July 2008, Jessica graduated from the University of Florida tax LLM program. Following her graduation, she joined Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, focusing her practice in estate planning, probate and tax planning. She and her husband, James, reside in Tampa, Fla. Aaron Piper, BS, works for Bevidere North High School as a math teacher. He lives in Marengo, Ill. Sean Sly, PharmD, works as a clinical specialist for Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. He lives in Knoxville, Tenn. If you would like to contact him, you can e-mail him at Jeremy Smith, BSCPE, married Ashley Hower on Dec. 20, 2008, at the Grace Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio. The Smiths live in Findlay, Ohio. Michelle (Hamilton) Stephan, BS, and her husband, Chuck, married on Sept. 2, 2007. Michelle and Chuck live in Cincinnati, Ohio.

2007: -------------------------------------------

Jamie (Boghossian) Tornow, BA, married her husband, Andrew, on Aug. 9, 2008. They reside in Strasburg, Va., and became proud homeowners this summer! Jamie works for the Shenandoah County Public Schools as a kindergarten teacher.

Chelsea (Hall) Bruning, PharmD, and her husband, Matthew, united in marriage on July 7, 2007, at Chelsea’s parent’s home. The Brunings live in Columbus, Ind.

Jessica Weinberg, JD, BA ’04, works as the publicrelations coordinator for Dosti Foundation in Toledo, Ohio. She also works as an independent legal researcher and serves on the Lucas County Commission on Disabilities and Advisory Board of OCALI (Ohio Center of Autism and Low-Incidence). She lives in Toledo, Ohio. You can e-mail her at

Matt Baldwin, PharmD, married Beth (Gortner), PharmD ’08, on Sept. 20, 2008 in Wooster, Ohio. They live in Beavercreek, Ohio. Matt works as a pharmacy manager for Walgreens.

Laura Dickey, PharmD, works as an infectiousdiseases pharmacy specialty resident for the Detroit Medical Center-Detroit Receiving Hospital. She lives in Clawson, Mich.

2008: ------------------------------------------Courtney (Allaman) Anderson, PharmD, and her husband, Ryan, BSBA ’06, were married in

July 2008. Courtney works as a pharmacist for Giant Eagle Pharmacy. The new couple lives in Worthington, Ohio. Beth (Gortner) Baldwin, PharmD, married her husband, Matt, PharmD ’07, in fall 2008. Their wedding was held in Wooster, Ohio, on Sept. 20, 2008. Beth works as a pharmacist for the Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio. Paul Brennan, BSCPE, works for Prometric as an engineer. He lives in Boonsboro, Md. Keith Carlson III, PharmD, works as a pharmacist for Apria. He and his new wife, Lauren, live in Columbus, Ohio. Dale Ferrell, BSME, recently acquired the position of manufacturing engineer at the Lincoln Electric Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Courtney (Lindsey) Fleming, PharmD, married her husband, Jeremy, on Jan. 14, 2009. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia, and they reside in Gahanna, Ohio. Katelyn (Plummer) Gray, BSEE, and her husband, Robert, married on June 28, 2008. They live in Columbus Grove, Ohio. Katelyn works as a project engineer for the Marathon Petroleum Company. Ashley (Long) Haggard, PharmD, works as the pharmacy manager for the Groveport Giant Eagle Pharmacy. She and her husband, Gordon, live in Dublin, Ohio. Daniella Harley, PharmD, works as a pharmacy manager for Giant Eagle Pharmacy in Willoughby, Ohio, where she resides. Thomas Hooper, JD, works for Hudson Legal in Charlotte, N.C.

State University College of Pharmacy. She lives in Hillsboro, Ohio. Jenna Kastor, PharmD, works as a pharmacist for Giant Eagle Pharmacy in Avon Lake, Ohio, where she resides. Christopher Keller, JD, recently became the assistant state attorney for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. He and his wife, Amanda, live in Miami, Fla.

Lorelei Rautsaw, BA, works as a secondary mathematics teacher for Horry County Schools. She lives in Conway, S.C. Mallory Rentz, BA, lives in Elida, Ohio. Brendan Roche, JD, works as an assistant commonwealth attorney for Smyth County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. He lives in Abingdon, Va.

Luke Kelly, BSME, is an engineer for Tiffin Loader Crane Company. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Briana Rosenfeld, BSBA, recently became a purchasing assistant for the Blairex Laboratories in Columbus, Ind.

Ryan McLelland, JD, recently joined Tejada Law Firm in Sandy, Utah, as an associate attorney. He and his wife, Fern (Sanders), BA ’07, live in Midvale, Utah.

Christopher Ruthstrom, BSME, recently took a position at Trek Bicycles as a project engineer for composite products. He, his wife, Kelley, and their children, Dean and Annie, live in Sun Prairie, Wis.

Alexander Mehlman, BSME, recently became the research and design engineer for the Lincoln Electric Company. He lives in Brunswick, Ohio.

Bridget Salvino, PharmD, works for Rite Aid as a pharmacist. She lives in Salem, Ohio.

Brittany Metz, BA, recently began working for Metlife in Michigan. She lives in Farmington Hills, Mich. Kristen (Au) Metzger, BS, and current pharmacy student Jacob Metzger married on Aug. 11, 2007. Kyle Miller, PharmD, and Krystle (Stockmaster), BS ’08, married on June 28, 2008, in Granville, Ohio. The Miller family lives in Mahomet, Ill. Natalie Miller, BSBA, recently began working for The Lodge in Geneva, Ohio, as a manager in training. She lives in Madison, Ohio.

Tara Santarelli, JD, was recently announced as the one of the new attorneys for Freund Freeze & Arnold, a Dayton-based law firm. Tara lives in Dayton, Ohio. Dana (Zibbell) Scobie, BM, recently accepted a position as the East Guernsey Local School band director. She and her new husband, Kyle, wed on Nov. 29, 2008, and reside in Cambridge, Ohio. Chad Sule, BSME, works as a sales engineer for Speer Mechanical. He lives in Columbus, Ohio. Mitchell Vincent, BSCE, works for the Corna Kokosing Construction Company as a project engineer. He lives in Westerville, Ohio.

Benjamin Prewitt, PharmD, recently became the new assistant pharmacy manager for the Athens Kroger Pharmacy. He and his wife, Jessica, live in The Plains, Ohio.

Maureen Jones, PharmD, recently accepted the position of pharmacy-practice resident at The Ohio

From left, Ann Donnelly, BA ’99, Kayce Kasten, BA ’09, Rose Emrich, BA ’09, Bruce Mays, BSEd ’65, Kelly Hiteshew, fifth-year pharmacy student from Middletown, Ohio, Karla Geise, BSBA ’07

From left, Jenny (Szajnowsky) Brosemer, BA ’04, Charlie Brosemer, BA ’04, Jeff Heckler, BSBA ’05, Julie (Holda) Heckler, BA ’05


northern’s cubs 1987: ------------------------------------------Frank Johnson, JD, and his wife, JoAnn, recently had a little girl. Kaitlyn Capri Johnson joined their family on Sept. 9, 2008. The family lives in Fairfield, Conn.

1990: ------------------------------------------Tim Snapp, BSBA, and his wife, Cindy, welcomed little Casey Ryan Snapp to their family on Oct. 2, 2008. Casey was born on March 9, 2007, and the Snapps had been his foster parents since he was 6 days old. They are excited to have Casey as a part of their family.

1993: -------------------------------------------

Dawn Brooks, BS, and her husband, Brian Tabor, welcomed a daughter on July 26, 2008. Lillian Brooks Tabor joins her older sister, Evelyn. The family resides in Indianapolis, Ind. If you would like to get in touch in with Dawn, you can e-mail her at

1994: -------------------------------------------

Wanda (Kemmere) Horner, BSBA, recently welcomed a baby boy to the family! Ethan Michael McNamara was born on June 21, 2008.

1995: -------------------------------------------

Scot Selinsky, BA, and his wife, Jacki (Trushel), BSME ’96, welcomed a new little one to their family on Nov. 11, 2008. Jessica Meredith joins her older siblings, Alex and Sydney, in the Selinsky family. The Selinskys live in Dover, Ohio.


1996: ------------------------------------------Kimberly (Clayton) Prudhoe, BA, and her husband, Jeffrey, JD ’97, welcomed their second son in November 2007. Chase William joins his big brother, Trevor. The Prudhoes live in Bay Village, Ohio.

Daniel Schumann, BSME, and his wife, Michelle, welcomed their third child on May 19, 2009. Samuel Joel joins his older sister, Emma, and older brother, Jeremiah. The Schumann family lives in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia.

2008, and joins his older brothers, Bryce, Evan and Seth, and older sisters, Emma and Kate. The Kennedy family lives in Sidney, Ohio. If you would like to contact Angie, e-mail her at tKennedyii@

Jacki (Trushel) Selinsky, BSME, and her husband, Scot, BA ’95, welcomed a new little one to their family on Nov. 11, 2008. Jessica Meredith joins her older siblings, Alex and Sydney, in the Selinsky family. The Selinskys live in Dover, Ohio.

Lisa (Fisher) Latham, BSPh, and her husband, Brian, PharmD ’99, have two new additions to their family. Identical twins Aidan Michael and Mason Fisher joined the Latham family in December 2007. The boys join big sister Megan and big brother Connor. The family lives in Elida, Ohio.

William Steuk, JD, and his wife, Jessica, recently welcomed their fourth child, Colette, to their family. Colette joined her older brothers, Will and Luke, and her older sister, Corinne, on Nov. 6, 2008. The Steuk family lives in Huron, Ohio.

1997: -------------------------------------------

Nicholas Bertke, BS, and his wife, Monique (Berger), BS ’01, welcomed their third child on Jan. 20, 2009. Trevick Stanley joins his brothers, Jarin and Beckett, in the Bertke family. The Bertkes live in Lima, Ohio. Kelly (Standridge) Handley, BS, and her husband, Jeffrey, have a new addition to their household. Born in 2004, Xaven joins his older brother, Xander. The Handley family lives in Redmond, Wash. Timothy Klein, BS, and Rachel (Ley) Klein, BSPh ’97, welcomed their newest family member on Nov. 6, 2008. Gabriel Luke Klein joins his big sister, Ella, and his big brother, Caleb, in the Klein family. The family lives in Clermont, Fla. Jeffrey Prudhoe, JD, and his wife, Kimberly (Clayton), BA ’96, welcomed their second son in November 2007. Chase William joins his big brother, Trevor. The Prudhoes live in Bay Village, Ohio.

1998: -------------------------------------------

Angie (Francis) Kennedy, BSPh, and her husband, Tim, welcomed the eighth edition to their family. Jackson Edward Kennedy was born on Dec. 16,

Ronda (Spencer) Lehman, BSPh, and her husband, Gerald, welcomed their third child to the family. Evelyn Kay joined her big sister, Ryanne, and big brother, Keaton, on Dec. 26, 2008. The Lehman family lives in Harrod, Ohio. Elizabeth Potak-Lash, BSPh, and her husband, Robert, BSME ’97, welcomed a new little one on Dec. 22, 2008. Their new son, Ryan Louis, joins his sisters, Anna, Sara and Laura. You can e-mail Elizabeth at Michael Schleehauf, BSME, and his wife, Sarah (Brotherton), BA ’00, welcomed a son on Aug. 12, 2008. They named their little boy Logan. The family lives in Springsboro, Ohio. John Waple, BA, and his wife, Sara (Monhemius), BSPh ’00, now have a daughter in their family! Natalie Grace joined the Waple family on Oct. 27, 2008. She joins her older brothers, Andrew and Brandon. The Waples live in Loveland, Ohio.

1999: ------------------------------------------Beth (Cavallo) Blanton, BA, and her husband, Shaun, welcomed their first child, Davis James, on July 3, 2007. The Blanton family lives in Dayton, Ohio.

Matthew Hicks, BS, and his wife, Mary Ana (Price), BA ’03, welcomed Braiden Joseph Hicks to their family on Feb. 26, 2009. The Hicks family lives in Lima, Ohio.

Sarah (Gill) Hilgeman, BSPh, and her husband, Tom, welcomed Cooper James Hilgeman on May 2, 2009, to their family of five. Cooper joins big brothers Brady and Tyler. The Hilgeman family lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Benedict Treglia, BSCE, and his wife, Stephanie (Newman), BSME ’99, welcomed another little girl to their family. Sophia Celeste joined her older sister, Bella Rose, on Aug. 17, 2008. The family lives in York, Pa.

Brian Latham, PharmD, and his wife, Lisa (Fisher), BSPh ’98, have two new additions to their family. Identical twins Aidan Michael and Mason Fisher joined the Latham family in December 2007. The boys join big sister Megan and big brother Connor. The family lives in Elida, Ohio.

Katherine (Montgomery) Wadsworth, BS, and her husband, Curtis, now have a family of four. Zoe Grace joins her big sister, Lily Belle. The Wadsworth family lives in Albuquerque, N.M.

Debra (Spencer) Parker, PharmD, and her husband, Devin, have a new addition to their family. Their little boy, Reese Lincoln, was born on Aug. 28, 2008. He joins his big sisters, Olivia and Sophia, in the Parker family. The Parkers live in Harrod, Ohio. Jennifer (Oldham) Parkevich, BSBA, and her husband, J. Ryan, welcomed Emma Grace into their family on March 12, 2009. Emma was born in Columbus, Ohio, where the Parkevich family resides. Caroline (Woodworth) Schumacher, BA, and her husband, David, welcomed a little girl in December 2008. Natalie Grace joins her older brother, James, in the Schumacher family. The family lives in St. Cloud, Fla. Jody (Baxendell) Sprowls, BSPh, and her husband, Anthony, welcomed Tristen Anthony into their family on April 14, 2009. He joins his big sister, Mackenzie, in the Sprowls family. They reside in Prosperity, Pa. Stephanie (Newman) Treglia, BSME, and her husband, Benedict, BSCE ’00, welcomed another little girl to their family. Sophia Celeste joined her older sister, Bella Rose, on Aug. 17, 2008. The family lives in York, Pa. Emily (Plank) Williams, BSPh, and her husband, Marc, had a little boy on April 1, 2009. Christian joins his siblings, Mallory, Evan and Katrin. The Williams family lives in Lynchburg, Va.

2000: ------------------------------------------Sarah (Brotherton) Schlennhauf, BA, and her husband, Michael, BSME ’98, welcomed a son on Aug. 12, 2008. The named their little boy Logan. The family lives in Springsboro, Ohio.

Sara (Monhemius) Waple, BSPh, and her husband, John, BA ’98, now have a daughter in their family! Natalie Grace joined the Waple family on Oct. 27, 2008. She joins her older brothers, Andrew and Brandon. The Waples live in Loveland, Ohio.

2001: -------------------------------------------

Monique (Berger) Bertke, BS, and her husband, Nick, BS ’97, welcomed their third child on Jan. 20, 2009. Trevick Stanley joins his brothers, Jarin and Beckett, in the Bertke family. The Bertkes live in Lima, Ohio. Kathryn (Wilson) Holmes, BS, and her husband, Aaron, BSEE ’01, welcomed their first child, Daniel Arthur, in July 2008. The Holmes family lives in Wooster, Ohio.

2002: -------------------------------------------

Joshua Becker, BSBA, and his wife, Evelyn (Hunter), BA ’03, have added another daughter to their family. Their new little one, Leah, joins her big sister, Lucy. The family lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Keith Falk, BA, and his wife, Elena, welcomed Kyria Caroline to their family of three on July 19, 2008. The family lives in Versailles, Ohio. Dena (Dudzenski) Johnson, BA, and her husband, Jim, welcomed a daughter into their family on Feb. 19, 2009. They named their new little one Tara Giovanna. The Johnson family lives in Warren, Ohio. Natalie (Runyon) Grandstaff, BA, and her husband, Ryan, welcomed Oliver Andrew on Aug. 8, 2008. He joins his big sister, Claire, in the Grandstaff family. They live in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Thomas, BS, and Laura (Trimmer) Puckett, BSBA ’02, now have a family of four! Austin Thomas Puckett was born on Jan. 18, 2008. Austin joins his big sister, Emma, in the Puckett household. The family lives in Trenton, Ohio.

2003: -------------------------------------------

Evelyn (Hunter) Becker, BA, and her husband, Joshua, BSBA ’02, have added another daughter to their family. Their new little one, Leah, joins her big sister, Lucy. The family lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Aaron, BSCE, and Lindsay (Spahr) Brown, BS ’03, now have a family of four! They have a daughter, Caelen, who is now 3, and a son, Dylan, who was born on Nov. 27, 2007. The family lives in Lewis Center, Ohio. Mary Ana (Price) Hicks, BA, and her husband, Matthew, BS ’99, welcomed Braiden Joseph Hicks to their family on Feb. 26, 2009. The Hicks family lives in Lima, Ohio. Danielle (Patton) Tedsco, BSPh, and her husband, Ryan, welcomed their new son, Nicholas Michael, into their family on April 15, 2009! Christopher, JD, and Chrissy (Gallagher) Wolfe, JD ’03, added a third member to their family! They welcomed their first child, Paul Christopher, to the family on July 1, 2008. The Wolfe family lives in Mars, Pa.

2004: ------------------------------------------Justin Isaly, PharmD, and his wife, Stephanie, now have an addition to their family. Jace Skyler celebrated his first birthday on Feb. 8, 2009. The Isaly family lives in Powhatan Point, Ohio. Jennifer (Schroeder) Pingle, PharmD, and her husband, Jordan, welcomed a little girl on Nov. 1, 2008. Callie Rose joined the Pingle family in Columbus Grove, Ohio.

2005: ------------------------------------------Preston “Bill” Marshall, JD, and Bridget McCueMarshall, JD ’05, recently added a second child to their family. Tenley was born on Feb. 6, 2009, and joins their older brother, Jackson. The Marshall family lives in Randolph, N.Y.

2008: ------------------------------------------Kristen (Au) Metzger, BS, and her husband, current pharmacy student Jacob Metzger, welcomed their first child, Lyla Marie Metzger, on March 22, 2008.

Natalie Miller, BSBA, welcomed her first son, Dylan Miller, on July 8, 2008. She lives in Madison, Ohio.


In Memoriam 1936: -------------------------------------------

1939: -------------------------------------------

Wanda M. Baker, BSEd, Findlay, Ohio, Jan. 3, 2009. Wanda taught elementary school in Van Wert, Findlay and Vanlue, Ohio. She was a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and its Ruth Rebecca Circle; The National Education Association; The Ohio Retired Teachers Association; The Hancock County Retired Teachers Association and A.A.R.P. She is preceded in death by her husband, C. Robert.

Paul F. Chester, BSEE, North Canton, Ohio, Feb. 25, 2009. During Paul’s time at Northern, he participated in the IEEE Student Chapter and the Joint Engineering Council. After graduating from Northern, he began his career with the Republic Steel Company and eventually moved on to the Timken Roller Bearing Company, where he retired as the chief engineer of steel-mill operations nationwide. He is survived by his wife, Donna.

1937: -------------------------------------------

Helen T. (Turner) Owens, BA, Cambridge, Ohio, May 5, 2009. While at Northern, Helen was involved in Zeta Tau Alpha and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald C., LLB ’39.

Gwendolyn M. (King) Strong, BA, Lima, Ohio, Sept. 20, 2008. While attending Ohio Northern, she was in Zeta Tau Alpha. After she left ONU, she was very involved in various organizations throughout her community: the Women’s Club, the Modern Mothers Club, Shawnee Country Club, YWCA and the Allen County Museum Society. She was also a member of the Lima Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Lima Convalescent Home and Market Street Presbyterian Church. She is survived by family members and friends.


1938: ------------------------------------------Oren Dickason, JD, Lima, Ohio, Jan. 6, 2009. A wonderful supporter and advocate of Ohio Northern University, Oren had a fond love of ONU’s College of Law. He is survived by a son, Miner Dickason, JD ’67, and other family and friends.

1940: ------------------------------------------Frederick Warner, BA, Providence, Ky., July 30, 2008. While attending ONU, Frederick was involved in Delta Mu Delta and Sigma Pi.

1943: ------------------------------------------Jeanne L. (Loy) Alaimo, BSEd, Sea Island,

Ga, Jan. 12, 2009. Throughout her life, Jeanne was considered a talented artist and collector. She also enjoyed traveling. While she was at Northern, she was involved in the choir. She is survived by her husband, Anthony, BA ’40. Kenneth S. Shoemaker, BSEd, Pinehurst, N.C., Nov. 21, 2008. While at Northern, Kenneth was very involved in athletics. He was on the basketball, football and track teams. He was also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Kenneth worked on the team that built the Buckeye Pipeline Company’s distribution system in the northeast.

He was also a World War II Navy veteran. He loved tennis, bridge and wood-working. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane “Petey” (Floyd), BSEd ’43.

1947: ------------------------------------------Charles R. Huston, BA, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,

Dec. 10, 2008. Charles served in the Air Force during World War II. After graduating from Northern, he became a time-study engineer at the Ford Motor Company. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and Lima’s Orchard Hill Tennis Club. He is preceded in death by his wife, Anastasia, and is survived by his companion, Louise Walczyk.

1948: -------------------------------------------

Cleo C. Ladd, BSEd, Toledo, Ohio, Nov. 28, 2008. While at ONU, Cleo was on the Northern football team. He served in the Army during World War II. For 37 years he was an industrial-arts school teacher for Toledo Public Schools. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, the VFW #6170 and the Lion’s Club. He is survived by his wife, Vera. Carl J. Vogt, LLB, Marblehead, Ohio, May 1, 2009. While attending Ohio Northern, Carl was involved in Delta Theta Phi. He was in the United States Army Air Corps, was a claims manager in the Akron-Cleveland area and retired from the General Tire & Rubber Co. as a corporate manager. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth.

1949: -------------------------------------------

Howard K. Beade, BSEd, Novato, Calif., April 16, 2009. Howard had an expansive and diverse career and life. He was an Air Force veteran and a

teacher and maintained a career with the Federal Government for 30 years. He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty. William J. Sutz, BSME, Marietta, GA, April 23, 2009. After he finished his years in the Army, William used the GI bill to attend ONU. While at ONU he was involved in Tau Beta Pi and the Joint Engineering Council. He is preceded in death by his wife, Carole.

1950: -------------------------------------------

James W. Seaton, BSPh, Greenfield, Ohio, Jan. 14, 2009. James was a pharmacist with the Upjohn Company for 39 years. He retired in 1990. He was also a retired farmer, a member of First Presbyterian Church and Ohio Pharmaceutical Association, a ham radio operator, a Kentucky Colonel and a World War II Navy veteran. He is preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary. Jerome L. Seibold, BSPh, New Philadelphia, Ohio, May 2, 2009. During his years at Ohio Northern, Jerome was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi. He was a Navy veteran and worked as a pharmacist in various locations around Ohio, including one he owned at Geneva on the Lake. He is survived by family and friends.

1951: -------------------------------------------

Jerome L. Holub, JD, Akron, Ohio, May 6, 2009. Jerome was a very active member in the Akron community and served its citizens in multiple capacities. He was an Army Veteran and was very generous in giving what he could. He is survived by his wife, Margery.

William Remlinger, BSPh, Delphos, Ohio, Feb. 8, 2009. William served as past president and vice president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was a pharmacist and owner of Remlinger Drugs. He was also a World War II veteran. He is survived by his wife, Helen. Charles Schaeffer, BSPh, Salem, Ohio, Feb. 3, 2009. After graduating from Ohio Northern, Charles and his brother, Jim, purchased the Broadway Lease Drug Company. They owned the establishment until his retirement in 1998. He is also a World War II veteran. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jean. Arthur J. Wagner Jr., BSEd, Virginia Beach, Va., Jan. 3, 2009. Arthur faithfully served in the United States Marine Corps, both on active duty and in the reserves for 25 years, retiring as a major. He later became a charter member of

American Legion, Post 110, in Virginia Beach. A restaurateur, he began at the L and K Restaurant in Marion, Ohio. As the owner and operator of The Colonial Lounge, he was the first to introduce live music to the Lynchburg area. Later, he became the regional manager of Bonanza International Restaurants and moved his family to Virginia Beach. He is survived by his wife, June Ann.

1952: -------------------------------------------

John R. Schuster, BSME, Sheffield, Ohio, March 24, 2009. While attending Ohio Northern, John was a member of ASME Student Chapter and Delta Sigma Phi. John was a World War II veteran and an engineer for Lear and General Industries. He was also an active member of his church. He is survived by family and friends.

1953: ------------------------------------------Irving B. Adelstein, BSPh, Cleveland, Ohio, April 13, 2009. Irving is survived by members of his family and friends.

Charles M. Dunn Jr., BA, Cleveland, Ohio, April 5, 2008. Charles is survived by many loving family members. He is preceded in death by his wife, Caroline.

1954: -------------------------------------------

Louis L. Cunzolo, BSPh, Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 15, 2008. While at Ohio Northern, Louis played for the baseball and golf teams. He was also involved in the Student National Pharmaceutical Association. After graduating from ONU, he worked for Standard Drug, which became Revco and later turned into CVS Pharmacy. He was active in the Cleveland Ostomy Association. He is survived by his wife, Ester.

1955: -------------------------------------------

Frank “Pink” J. Hotlosz, BSPh, Akron, Ohio, Jan. 9, 2009. Frank was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1945 and, upon returning from the war, married Helen Agin and became a brakeman for the B&O Railroad. Frank used the GI Bill to attend Ohio Northern University, where he was able to attain his degree in pharmacy. Helen and Frank were blessed with their daughter, Sharon, while he was attending ONU. He worked for Gray Drug in Painesville and Akron and the Berneath Drug Store in Akron. He opened Archwood Pharmacy in 1968. In 1988, he sold the store and “retired.” He became

the founding managing and general partner for Archwood Holding Company Ltd. in 1989. Roger D. Riley, BA, Jackson Center, Ohio, Feb. 5, 2009. Along with his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern, Roger also received his master’s from Drew Theological Seminary. Once completed, he was ordained as a minister in the United Methodist Church. He also served as an Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Adelia.

1957: ------------------------------------------Larry D. Creeger, BSME, Lima, Ohio, Nov. 11, 2007.

James Poindexter, BSEE, Cottonwood, Ariz., March 8, 2009. James was an active member of many organizations during his time at Northern. He was involved in ASCE Student Chapter, the IEEE Student Chapter, NSPE/OSPE Student Chapter and Sigma Phi Epsilon. He was a veteran of the Korean War, an engineer for Motorola and director of plant operations at the Marcus J. Lawrence Medical Center. He was also a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Rita. Charles G. Skemp, BSCE, Canton, Ohio, Feb. 2, 2009. Charles worked and retired from the Ruhlin Construction Company but continued as a member of the Board of Directors. He was very proud of his work with the Ruhlin Company. He is preceded in death by his wife, Janet Rose.

1959: ------------------------------------------John “Jack” E. Beggin, BSBA, Lima, Ohio, Feb. 24, 2009. John was the president and CEO of Kissell Co. and the CEO of Trans Continental. He and his wife owned and operated Aspen First Realty of Lima, Ohio. He was also an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. His wife, Margaret, survives.

1960: -------------------------------------------

Robert L. Carmean, BA, Wapakoneta, Ohio, May 17, 2009. Robert was a farmer and a teacher at Lima Senior High School, Wapakoneta city schools and the Ohio University at Lima. He is preceded in death by his wife, Willa June, BSEd ’67.


where he was a prisoner of war for 37 months. He was also a member of St. John Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Martha. William Cunningham, BSPh, Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 26, 2008. While attending ONU, he was very involved in Student Senate, Health and PE Club and Sigma Phi Epsilon. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and he retired from Gold Circle and the National Rx Drug Co. He was also involved with the Northland High School Athletics and on the Board of Youth Little League for the Northland Area. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Kay (Kratt), BSEd, ’64. Kenneth R. Rhoades, BSEd, Kenton, Ohio, Feb. 6, 2009. Kenneth was involved in Sigma Pi while at Ohio Northern University. He retired from the Ridgemont School District after teaching for 31 years. He also was retired from auctioneering and real-estate sales. He is survived by his wife, Linda.

1961: -------------------------------------------

Roy G. Wild, BSCE, Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 13, 2008. While at Northern, Roy was involved in the ASCE student organization and the NSPE/ OSPE student organization. He retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation after 36 years. Because of his love of cars and trains, he was a member of the Rolls-Royce Owners Club, the Classic Car Club of America, the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Train Collectors Association. Roy is survived by his wife, Cathy.

1962: -------------------------------------------

Roger D. Burrey, BSEd, Mount Victory, Ohio, May 8, 2004. During Roger’s time at Ohio Northern, he was a member of Delta Sigma Phi. After leaving ONU, he worked as a teacher and craftsman. He was a member of Mount Victory United Methodist Church, president of Ridgemont 48 Public Library, a former Hale Township trustee and a member of the former Mount Victory Lion’s Club. He is survived by his wife, Carol.

1963: -------------------------------------------

George M. Bingham, BA, Lima, Ohio, Dec. 7, 2008. George worked at Ford Motor Co. Lima Engine Plant in the inventory-control department. He was a veteran of the Korean War,

1964: ------------------------------------------Mary E. (Van Meter) Ashman, BSEd, Cleveland, Ohio, June 4, 2008. Mary was a member of The Master’s United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, John. Frederick J. Krakowiak, BSEE, Sun City, Ariz., April 10, 2008.

1967: -------------------------------------------

Willa J. Carmean, BSEd, Wapakoneta, Ohio, Dec. 15, 2008. Her husband, Robert L., BA ’60, also recently passed away. Stanley R. Kuck, BSEd, Hamilton, Ohio, Aug. 26, 2007. Stanley was able to pass along the lessons he learned at Northern to many students throughout his 35-year career as the principal of Northridge Middle School. In 2006, he retired from the position of superintendent of the Summit Academy Community Schools. He was also a paramedic for the Life Squad of Springboro and a member of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association. He is survived by his wife, Karen. Rita J. (Baker) Pierce, BSEd, Washington, Ohio, Oct. 11, 2008. After graduating from Northern, Rita pursued her career as a school teacher and taught in the Washington City Schools until she retired in 1998. She was also employed by the U.S. Census Bureau. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Washington C.H. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by family and friends.

1968: -------------------------------------------

Robert M. Storch, BSPh, West New York, N.J., and Scottsdale, Ariz., Feb. 11, 2009. Robert held many positions throughout his lifetime, including leadership positions at Ohio Northern University. While at ONU, he was the president of Theta Chi. He was also involved in the NACDS, in the St. John’s College of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Council and as a guest lecturer at ONU. Most recently, he worked as the vice president of pharmacy and business development for Duane Reade in Manhattan. He is survived by his wife, Susan.

1969: ------------------------------------------Theresa E. (Askins) Vitantonio, BSEd, Ocoee, Fla., Dec. 31, 2008. Theresa was a very dedicated teacher for more than 34 years. She taught at Delphos St. John’s in Delphos, Ohio, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District and Premier Academy in Gotha, Fla. She is survived by her husband, Michael, BSEd ’64.

1970: ------------------------------------------Sharon L. Duffy, BA, Denver, Colo., July 2, 2008.

1973: -------------------------------------------

Linda L. Nartker, BA, Napoleon, Ohio, Sept. 15, 2008. Linda was a very involved member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Ohio Education Association. She was also a teacher at the Holgate Local School. She is survived by family members and friends.

1978: ------------------------------------------William L. Wurster, BA, Celina, Ohio, May 27, 2008. While attending ONU, William was a member of the American Chemical Society.

1980: ------------------------------------------Debra J. Lucas, BSPh, Oakwood, Ohio, March 15, 2009. While at ONU, Debra was involved in Kappa Epsilon and Delta Zeta. After leaving Northern, Debra remained busy and involved in

her community. She was involved in Habitat for Humanity, volunteered as a pharmacist for Reach Out of Montgomery County and served on the board of directors for The Noble Circle Project: A Community of Women Surviving Cancer. She is survived by family members and friends.

1985: ------------------------------------------Theodore “Ted” E. Antonuk, JD, Akron, Ohio, Jan. 29, 2009. Ted was an attorney in Akron and a member of the Akron Bar Association. He is survived by family and friends.

1996: -------------------------------------------

Stephen M. Gruenbaum, BSBA, Plain City, Ohio, Feb. 11, 2009. Stephen was an employee of Columbus Equipment and a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church. While at Ohio Northern University, he played on the football team and was a member of the Association of Business Students. He is survived by his wife, Heather.

2002: -------------------------------------------

Jessica A. Drayer, BA, Templeton, Pa., May 9, 2009. Jessica was a member of Alpha Xi Delta while at Northern. She was accepted into the prenursing program at Butler Community College to continue her education. She is survived by family and friends.

2007: -------------------------------------------

Aaron F. Esposito, BS, Detroit, Mich., Dec. 21, 2008. While at Ohio Northern, Aaron was on the football team and a member of Phi Kappa Theta. He is survived by his wife, Amanda.

Friends: ------------------------------------------Audrey C. Birdsall, Lilburn, Ga., Nov. 11, 2008. Audrey is survived by her husband, Paul. Robert C. Bolon, Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 16, 2008. Robert was the president of the Hillier Family Foundation board, which supports the Metzger Nature Center, ONU’s nature center in Tuscarawas County. The Robert C. Bolon

Academic Field Study Center, the 8,000-squarefoot facility at the Nature Center, is named in his honor. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University and retired as an executive from the J.C. Penney Company. He is also a veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Betty. Shirley E. Botkin, Springfield, Ohio, Feb. 16, 2009. While at ONU, Shirley participated in the ONU Chorus and Alpha Xi Delta. Throughout her career, she worked as a dental assistant, a tour director for AAA and a secretary for Donnels Creek Church of the Brethren. She was a member of Maiden Lane Church of God. She is survived by her husband, Allan. Eleanor F. Herendeen, Easton, Pa., Aug. 11, 2008. Eleanor was secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Publications for more than 10 years. She was also an active member of Mt. Calvary Episcopal Church earlier in her lifetime. She was also involved in the Camp Hill Women’s Club and the Harrisburg Chapter of Women’s Auxiliary Society of Professional Engineers. She is preceded in death by her husband, James. William J. Mackenbach, Upper Arlington, Ohio, Jan. 20, 2009. William was the founder and owner of Mackenbach & Associates for more than 38 years. He recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He is survived by his wife, Gretchen. Philip E. McLean, Wapakoneta, Ohio, Jan. 18, 2009. Phillip was a correspondent for the Wapakoneta Daily News and the Shelby County Review. He was a Navy veteran, serving from 1962-66. He enjoyed his work as the historian for the Ohio State Christian Youth Organization. Mabel K. (Ray) Miller, Findlay, Ohio, March 6, 2009. Mable was able to experience a very successful career as the editor of multiple sections of The Farmer’s Wife magazine and a professor at The Ohio State University. She also established and conducted programs on nutrition for the Miami Valley Dairy Council. She was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, the American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters, Progressive Reading Circle and several bridge groups. She is preceded in death by her husband, Hubert.

Glenn M. Neiswander, Ada, Ohio, Dec. 5, 2008. During his time at ONU, Glen was involved in Phi Mu Delta and the ASCE Student Chapter. Glen served in World War II in the Navy. He completed his degree in mechanical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. He loved sports and was especially fond of golfing and fishing. He retired as a sales engineer from The McLean Company in Cleveland. He was very involved in his community and a member of many organizations. He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Mertz), BSEd ’44. Mary Elizabeth Petitt, Sun City Center, Fla., Aug. 6, 2008. She worked as an art teacher and married Rev. Richard “Dick” W. Petitt, Hon. D. ’68, in 1946. She was a member of Studio West, a group of women painters in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. She won many awards for her paintings and showed her artwork in numerous juried exhibitions and one- and two-person shows in the 1970s and 1980s. Her work is included in many private collections. She was honored in 1967 with a May Show Purchase by the Cleveland Museum of Art. She and her husband were active members of Sun City Center United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Richard W. Petitt. David M. Stuart, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 7, 2009. David served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He graduated from the University of Utah and received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Wisconsin. He was instrumental in developing a state-of-the-art pharmacy education program during his 24 years at Ohio Northern University. He pioneered groundbreaking programs for cost savings in public health care for the state of Ohio. He was a faithful member of the LDS church and served in many leadership positions. His wife, Judyth Ann, survives. Carl Edward Venard, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 29, 2008. Carl was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, graduated from Otterbein College and received his law degree from Capital University. He was adamitted to the Ohio Bar in 1964 and practiced law in the central Ohio area for 44 years. Since 1997, he practiced with his daughter, Christine. He had a passion for reading, political and historical discussions, travel, and his family. He was also an avid member of the Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Nancy.



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While Derek Rhoades is technically a fifth-year pharmacy student, after doing research with Dr. Jake Zimmerman, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, he decided that he wanted to add another major to his already crowded academic schedule. Now double majoring in pharmacy and chemistry, Rhoades spent his summer as an intern in Zimmerman’s lab, working on the development of novel chiral organocatalysts. What’s next for Rhoades? Well, more research, of course! After graduation, Rhoades hopes to go on for a Ph.D. or possibly to medical school, where he can continue to pursue his passion for research.

Alumni Journal: Fall 2009  

Dr. Kendall L. Baker President, Ohio Northern University I wish you success in the continued pursuit of your life’s passions – whatever they...

Alumni Journal: Fall 2009  

Dr. Kendall L. Baker President, Ohio Northern University I wish you success in the continued pursuit of your life’s passions – whatever they...