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SUMMER 2011: Green fuels of the future also: Design on a (student) dime • One Marine’s mission


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After a deployment interrupted his freshman year, Michael Logue returned to Ohio University and reported for a different kind of duty: creating a network of support for fellow veterans navigating campus life.



While energy consumption continues to grow, so too does our concern for the environmental effects of our thirst for power. Meet the faculty, staff and alumni involved in innovative efforts to green our future.



There’s no place like dorm for freshmen and sophomores, required to live in the residence halls the first two years. But how do you make the cookie-cutter space your own?

Above: Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering David Bayless laughs during a photo shoot with School of Visual Communication graduate student Dania Maxwell.

Cover: Esteban Hincapie, MSME ’10, hikes near The Bastille Crack in Colorado’s Eldorado Canyon. A doctoral student at Colorado State University, Hincapie works on developing algae-based biofuels. Related story, page 16 Photo by Ali Vagnini BS ‘07

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What dorm did you call home? What do you remember about it?



Across the College Green 6 In the news The College of Osteopathic Medicine receives a transformational gift

9 One home, many cultures Renovation transforms fraternity house into shared space for international education


Lit bits Beloved spring Lit Fest memorialized in witty, insightful book


New threads Campus style mavens share some top looks and picks


Calendar Chapter events and campus activities

Bobcat Tracks 32 We liked Ike!

The day former President Dwight Eisenhower visited, and other major milestones from 1965

34 Your alumni updates


News from fellow alumni, photos and reunion announcements

46 In Memoriam

Remembering alumni, faculty and staff

48 Last Word

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Globetrotting Bobcat In response to the “Bobcats, Everywhere” cover story of the Fall/Winter 2010 issue, Janice Turkle Tuttle Weinberg, BSED ’65, of Redmond, Wash., sent a picture from her January expedition to Antarctica. With that trip, Janice marked the milestone of visiting all seven continents; she has traveled extensively throughout the other six. Recently, she retired from Supervalu, where she served as director and vice president of human resources for the northwest U.S. region.

Connections in Bali Imagine your job takes you on a business trip to Bali, Indonesia, of all places. One evening, a co-worker from Thailand, whom you met just that week, is sitting across the table at dinner and casually mentions he also went to Ohio University. You respond awkwardly, “Do you mean Ohio State, in Columbus?” “No, I mean Ohio University in Athens,” he says, as you nearly fall out of your chair — and not only that, he graduated in exactly the same year! The Fall/Winter issue of Ohio Today, titled “Bobcats, Everywhere,” reminded me of that trip to Bali in May 2010. Bobcats, everywhere, indeed! —Ron Minto, BSC ’98 Powell, Ohio

Ohio, Circa 1980s What a surprise to see the 1980s photo from the College Green on page 31 of your Fall/ Winter 2010 edition. I’m wearing the overalls. I began my freshman year in the fall of 1983. My student life revolved around the Green, especially the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, where Tom Hodges taught me the elements of graphic design and Dru “Conan the Grammarian” Evarts taught me writing, editing, precision grammar and the law. For at least one school year, I lived across from the Green, on lower Court Street, in a house sandwiched between a frat house and a sorority house. One of my favorite moments was camping one night in the fall of 1985 outside Memorial Auditorium, in line to buy tickets for the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan’s show there. After graduating, I worked as a journalist in Kentucky and Ohio before moving to

Maine in 1988. After working as a journalist for 14 years, I became communications and training coordinator for the Maine State Employees Association, SEIU Local 1989, where I currently work. Along the way, I earned a master’s degree in American and New England studies from the University of Southern Maine in 1995. I’ve been most blessed with a solid, liberal arts education, and my years at OU were formative. Thanks for publishing the photo. It brought back fond memories. —Tom Farkas, BSJ ’87 Pittston, Maine

Traveling Man It was wonderful to see Rudy Maxa on the cover of our Ohio Today (Fall/Winter 2010). We are regular watchers of his travel show, and now that we know he is an “Ohio University brother,” we will love it more. Rudy has given us many ideas for trips. Thanks for sharing this with us. —Terry Davis, BBA ’65 Huntington Beach, Calif.

Across the Globe I am an alumnus of Ohio University and proud to be a Bobcat. I graduated in 1983 with a master’s degree in international affairs and a journalism minor. Since my return to my country, Nigeria, I have held various top administration and managerial positions. Currently, I am a director with my country’s electrical management body, INEC. I have always enjoyed reading Ohio Today magazine. Please keep up the good work. Any

time I am going through Ohio Today, it brings back happy, sweet and cherished memories of Ohio University and my student days. —Chuba Pat I. Okpalaeze, MA ’83 Abakaliki, Nigeria

California ’Cats After living in Southern California for 35 years, including Irvine for 27 years, I have moved to the Central Coast of California to a wonderful small town called Paso Robles. It reminds me of a town where I spent the best four years of my life — Athens, Ohio — only without a college campus. About 30 minutes south is the college town of San Luis Obispo, where my oldest son, Michael, attended Cal Poly. I always told him that SLO reminded me of Athens, and that he would grow to love SLO as much as I did Athens. He did. After graduating in 2007, he found his perfect job in this region, working in the industry of his passion — wine! After several visits to this beautiful part of central California, I decided to take a leap of faith, reinvent my life and make the move north. It was a bit difficult to leave Irvine, after my two sons were born and raised there, but time marches on. Just to let you know how small the world is, when I moved to my last house in Irvine 11 years ago, there were 14 houses on my cul-de-sac. My next-door neighbors were both graduates of OU, as was the neighbor on the corner. We had four Bobcats on our small street. What a delight! Whenever I come back to any part of Ohio, Athens is like a magnet that pulls at my heartstrings, and I always drive from whatever city I’m in to walk the most beautiful campus in the country! My heart will forever be in Athens, and my mind will hold the greatest memories of my four years there. —Christine Scott Faria, BSED ’76 Paso Robles, Calif.

WRITE TO US Ohio Today welcomes letters from readers. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, space, clarity and civility. Please include your Ohio University affiliation, address and phone number when you submit your letter by email to ohiotoday@ or mail to 112 McKee House, 1 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 45701.

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What dorm did you call home? What do you remember about it? We interviewed alumni from all eras and asked our Facebook friends to comment on life in the residence halls. Here are some of our favorite responses:

Voigt Hall, all four years (1956– 60). It was the prettiest dorm on campus. Our housemother was Mrs. Forman, whom we all loved and called “Mrs. F.” We ate at Howard Hall. Girls had hours back then. Phones consisted of about three on each floor, and we all scrambled for them after hours. With the health center in back of us and Baker across the street, we were in the center of it all ... and Court Street a block away. —Gini Johnstone Gubbins, BSED ’60

I lived in True House my freshman year and Smith House my sophomore year. I loved the mod living in True House. When I went there, there weren’t a lot of New Yorkers here, and I was hesitant to live with someone from the Midwest. I think mod living is a great way to live with others. I still talk to a lot of those people I lived with. —Abbe Jennifer Sargeant, BSRS ’95, MSPE ’96 I lived in the Convocation Center in 1982– 83. I think it may have been the first year they had dorm rooms open in the Convo. It was very far from everything back then, and you could hear the concerts from your room. It was great for basketball games, though. I lived in Sargent Hall in 1983–84. … They had males on one end of the hall and females on the other end of the hall. I remember trying to get from the bathroom to our room without being seen by a male! —Jill L. Bable Geiger, BSJ ’86 I lived in Tiffin my first year. I was on the top floor, and it was hotter than the devil. They

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My freshman year, I lived in “rowdy” Ryors on West Green. Then I was an RA my sophomore year in Brown, and then for a quarter my junior year, I was an RA in Scott Quad before I studied abroad. What I liked about my dorm experiences were the people, and how different personalities lived together. I guess what I didn’t like was when I was an RA, every time I came home I was at work. Dorm life is definitely a unique way of living, but it is something that is definitely only able to be done in college. —Travis Irvine, BSC ’06 James Yang

wouldn’t allow air conditioning, so it was pretty miserable in the spring and even in the winter because the heat would rise. It was interesting because my one daughter stayed in Tiffin, and when I went there, it had the same tile on the floor and the TV was still in the same place. It hadn’t really changed. —Gerald Robusto, BSC ’62, MBA ’63 I lived in Johnson and Biddle. Biddle was isolating for me, but Johnson was a wonderful experience. I just didn’t realize how great of a place it was to live in until much later in life. Johnson provided the opportunity to meet so many like-minded young women. I regret not making more of it — I was more of an introvert then, so I didn’t realize the potential. —Ann Gidus-Mecera, BSJ ’78 I lived in Crook on the West Green freshman year (69–70). I remember the riots in the spring that closed us down. We had to close our windows and shut our doors and put wet towels by the window and door to stop the tear gas from coming in. The New South opened the next year, and I moved into Dorm #15 for the next two years. One night, we got a call to look out at the golf course, and to our surprise the car lights went on and around 10 “streakers” went running by. —Pat Finneran, BSED ’73

Wilson Hall (1999-2000). It was so much fun — a coed floor, boys on one half, girls on the other. Also it was very odd with the ghosts that were a legend in that hall. … You would hear weird noises at night, and there was always a faucet on in the bathroom. I am sure the ghosts always turned it on to let us know they were there! —Rachel Mullin Finkler, BSHCS ’02 I lived on East Green, Bush Hall (1993–94) and Scott Quad (1994–95), 3rd floor (I think). I remember the blizzard of January 1994 when the heating system went way out of whack in Bush Hall and around campus. Unfortunately, my room was one of rooms that didn’t have heat. I had to sleep fully dressed, with my coat on, and had four or five blankets on my bed. Classes also got canceled for a couple of days because of the classrooms and buildings that didn’t have any heat. —Rebecca Bryner Wilson To read more responses, visit

NEXT ISSUE’S QUESTION: What icon or celebrity visited the university while you were in school? What made the visit so memorable? Write to us at 112 McKee House, 1 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 45701, or e-mail us at You can also “friend” the Ohio University Alumni Association on Facebook to respond to this and other fun questions.

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President Roderick J. McDavis, BSED ’70 Executive Director of Communications and Marketing Renea Morris Executive Director of Development Jennifer Shutt Bowie, BSJ ’94, MS ’99 Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations Executive Director of the Alumni Association Graham Stewart Director of Marketing and Communication for the Ohio University Alumni Association Janis Miller-Fox, BFA ’77

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Dania Maxwell (photographer, “Power Play”), currently a graduate student in the Ohio University School of Visual Communication, grew up in southern California. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2006, and in 2008, she participated in the Missouri Photo Workshop. Dania’s work has been awarded by College Photographer of the Year, and her multimedia work was accepted to the touring film festival Sprout. Dania is an intern at The Oregonian this summer.

Arlene Greenfield, BSHE ’71, chair William Hilyard, BSED ’67, executive vice chair David L. Abram, BSC ’89 Melissa Wervey Arnold, BSJ ’99 Robin S. Bowlus, BFA ’98 Todd Calamita, BBA ’93 Cynthia Calhoun, BSEE ’88 Melissa Cardenas, BA ‘96, MBA ‘03 Casey A. Christopher, BS ’02 Charles Crews, BSIS ’93 Jeanne Gokcen, BSHS ’82, MAHS ’84 Dr. Paige Gutheil Henderson, DO ‘02, J.D. Hupp, BSSE ‘99 Brenda J. Dancil-Jones, AB ’70 Julie Mann, BBA ’02 Lyndsay A. Markley, BA ‘02 A. Cita Strauss, BFA ’77, MA ’06 Ronald Teplitzky, AB ’84 Jim Wharton, BBA ’71 Robert “Bob” Wolfinger, AA ’73, BSG ’80 Sarah Burkhart, BBA ’12, Student Alumni Board (SAB) President Beginning this fall, Ohio Today will be published in fall and spring. Ohio Today Online is published at The magazine is produced by University Advancement with funding provided by The Ohio University Foundation. Views expressed in the magazine do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or university policies.

Conor Lamb (photographer, “Dorm, Sweet Dorm”) is a 23-yearold photographer hailing from Cleveland. Now a senior studying commercial photography in the Ohio University School of Visual Communication, he plans on moving to the East Coast after graduation to continue working in the fields of editorial and fashion photography. His portfolio can be viewed at

Anita Martin Manderfield (“Dorm, Sweet Dorm”), BSJ ’05, is a freelance writer/editor and yoga teacher who has worked as a writer for many Ohio University colleges and offices, in addition to teaching Italian for the modern languages department. She has studied languages and worked in Europe. She and her husband, Bradford Manderfield, AB ’02, recently relocated to Leuven, Belgium.

David Bly (“A Hero’s Mission”) is a senior studying political science, communication studies and political communication. He is the co-founder and executive editor of, an off-campus life senator for Ohio University Student Senate and a 2011 special education corps member for Teach For America in Phoenix. He has also served as a peer mentor for Ohio University Learning Communities.

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Editorial offices are located at 112 McKee House, 1 Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979. Send story ideas, items for Bobcat Tracks or comments about the magazine to that address, email them to or call the editor, Mariel Jungkunz, 740-593-1891. Address changes may be made by visiting www. Address changes and information for In Memoriam also may be sent to Advancement Services, HDL Center 168, Athens, OH 45701-0869 or emailed to To reach the Ohio University switchboard, call 740-593-1000.

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In the News READY FOR A CLOSE-UP Four Ohio University “The Promise Lives” commercials targeting potential students aired this spring on Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland TV stations. They also aired on the Hagerstown, Md., NBC-affiliate station WHAG-TV, thanks to Ohio University Foundation Trustee Perry Sook, BSC ’80, who donated commercial time valued at more than $11,500. A-MATH-ING SCHOLARS Students with an interest in teaching math and science can receive one of several scholarships of up to $4,000 per year available through the Choose Appalachian Teaching program. Students engage in a three-year mentoring program after graduation in one of the 29 Appalachian counties of Ohio. This Ohio University-led initiative received $1 million in funding from the Ohio Board of Regents. Further details can be found at

LEGACY LIVES ON Howard L. Beebe, professor emeritus of music who passed away Dec. 30, was honored May 7 with a concert at the Ridges. Sylvia McNair, one of Beebe’s former students and a Grammy Awardwinning, world-renowned vocalist, visited in February to teach a master class in his honor. “We are thrilled that Ms. McNair chooses to honor Howard in this way, thus affording our students a rare experience to work with such a fine artist,” said Patricia Pease, co-chair of the vocal division of the Ohio University School of Music. A GOAL IN MIND A grant-funded Ohio University exchange program brought 40 youth soccer coaches from Ghana, Senegal and South Africa to Athens this summer to participate in a youth camp. While visiting, coaches received training based on U.S. Youth Soccer techniques modified to suit the unique environments in their native countries.

Prized work


ross-disciplinary scientist Leroy Hood of Seattle was honored with the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize in February in Washington, D.C. The $500,000 biennial award — the world’s highest honor in bioengineering — was created by Ohio University with a gift from the late Fritz (BSEE ’42) and Dolores Russ. The award recognizes a bioengineering achievement in widespread use that significantly improves the human condition. Hood was honored for developing the DNA sequencer, an invention that made possible the sequencing of the human genome in just more than a decade instead of a century. “One of the university’s greatest sources of pride is the Russ Prize — a vision Fritz and Dolores had decades ago,” said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, during his address to science and engineering leaders from across the world.


Announced on April 30, The Osteopathic Heritage Foundations’ $105 million award to Ohio University’s (now) Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine represents the largest private donation given to a college or university in Ohio.
This transformational gift will be used to address some of the most pressing health-care issues across the state and the nation, including the impending shortage of primary care physicians and the diabetes epidemic. Addie Patterson (second from left), DO ’11, completed her fourth-year clinical rotation at Doctors Hospital in Columbus. photo by John Sattler

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Food for thought The produce at Ohio University is fresh — and getting fresher. Farmers in the area annually provide 175,000 pounds of produce to the university, and Ohio University executive chef Matt Rapposelli reports this number has grown in the past four years thanks to networking efforts with regional farms. photo by Ross Brinkerhoff BS ’12

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an you say “cheese” in another language? Every year, Ohio University students who travel abroad submit their best photographs to the Office of Education Abroad’s annual contest. Winners are recognized in four categories: people, animals, places and “best representation of OU students abroad.” Faculty and staff can enter as well. The following entries are highlighted on this page: (top left) “Purity in Youth,” Vietnam, by Paige Walters; (bottom left) “Heading to the Surf,” Playa Negra, Costa Rica, by Kate Westrich; (right) “Rearview Mirror,” Kenya, by Deborah Meyer.

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One home, one gift — many cultures

Renovation transforms fraternity house into shared space for international education


he Sigma Chi fraternity house from 1949-2003, 15 Park Place reopened this spring as the new Walter International Education Center — housing the Office of Education Abroad and International Student and Faculty Services. The shared space provides programming and collaboration opportunities, supports international and academic priorities and relationships, and enhances international student mobility. Sigma Chi alumnus Robert D. Walter, BSME ’69, and his wife Margaret M. Walter, BFA ’69, generously provided $2 million through the Walter Family Foundation for the project in partnership with Sigma Chi Fraternity and the university. “It is gratifying to support our alma mater in this way,” Robert Walter says. “We understand the important role that donor support plays in fulfilling the university’s mission and achieving its vision.” Since making their first gift in 1988, the Walters have committed more than $17 million and left an indelible mark on Ohio University, including: an endowed scholarship, Margaret M. Walter Hall, the

Robert D. Walter Center for Strategic Leadership and the Walter International Education Center. “We thank Bob and Peggy for their generosity,” Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis says. “As we continue to elevate the student experience, it is important that we have the resources to foster our students’ learning and growth. Dedicated alumni and friends help us to provide the best student-centered learning experience in the country.” The building will be Ohio University’s first to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, which promotes sustainable building practices and provides a framework for green building design, construction, operations and maintenance. Renovations will accrue LEED credits by drawing on the site’s natural landscape. The sloping hillside will be restored with native and adapted vegetation, and storm water will flow into the pond below. Emphasis was placed on energy efficiency, daylighting, controllability of lighting and temperature, and the use of recycled and local building materials.

GLOBAL CONNECTIONS Times have changed since Ohio University enrolled its first international student, Saki Taro Murayama, in 1896. This year, Ohio University enrolled 1,483 international students from 101 countries, and the number of international undergraduate students has increased from 197 in 2003 to 744. Each year, students gather to share and honor their heritage: Above, Arabian students sing at the International Banquet in 1974; right, the Ohio University African Ensemble performs at the Walter International Education Center opening. Photo Courtesy of Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections

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Lit bits

Essays on writing commemorate spring festival


n each issue of Ohio Today, we feature a brief review of an Ohio University Press book, written by a staff or faculty member. “Lit from Within” was published in March and has received early praise in Library Journal, The Plain Dealer, Poets & Writers and The Washington Post. To learn more about the book, visit www.

“Lit from Within: Contemporary Masters on the Art and Craft of Writing,” edited by Kevin Haworth and Dinty Moore; Ohio University Press, Ohio University Ohio University Press’ publication of “Lit from Within” celebrates 25 years of Ohio University’s Spring Literary Festival, commonly known as Lit Fest. The book, edited by Kevin Haworth (executive editor of Ohio University Press) and Dinty Moore (director of the creative writing program), features 15 nationally known writers who have presented talks at Lit Fest over the years. Their essays are a delightful display of thoughts on memoir, poetry, theme, short stories, process, observations, silence, the use of adjectives and meditation, to name just a few. The pieces in “Lit from Within” can be laugh-out-loud funny or seriously contemplative; either way, they all contain nuggets of wisdom that will speak to anyone who sits down to write. What is most compelling about this collection is the philosophical nature of some of the

pieces, reminiscent of Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird,” in which the author mixes a little contemplation with humor, leading to unexpected insights. Each writer comes at the craft in a different way, adding to the humor and wisdom of the collection. Claire Bateman, to use one example, asks, what kind of entity is a question? This and other observations throughout make us think just a little bit harder. As the editors note in their introduction, the Spring Literary Festival annually brings in a variety of writers to share their work with the Athens community. This spring, the Literary Festival was held May 4-6 with another impressive lineup: Rosellen Brown, Rita Dove, Debra Marquart, Padgett Powell and Tobias Wolff. Happy anniversary, indeed.

» LORRAINE WOCHNA, reference and instruction librarian/English, film and theater

Other recent publications

Conor Lamb BS ‘11

Ohio University’s published authors are many, and alumni across all majors have found inspiration in poetry and prose. This list includes recent publication announcements; authors should send their information to Ohio Today, 112 McKee House, 1 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 45701.

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Tough as Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks, about an Oscar-winning screenwriter (“Elmer Gantry”), by Douglass Daniel, MA ’91, PHD ’95 • Antenna Towers for Radio Amateurs by Don Daso, BSJ ’70, MA ’77 • Shadows of War, a World War II novel by Mike Johnson, BSJ ’67 • Forward Falcons, designed by Jennifer Joseph, BSVC ’08 • Progeny by Ryan Kaelin, BS ’99 • Dappled Glory: The Black Diamond Heritage, the third historical fiction book by Diane Kinser, AB ’65 • Prescriptions for Healthy Heterosexuality: Sexual Citizenship in the Cold War Era by Carolyn Herbst Lewis, AB ’71 • Coaching the Spin Offense by Tom Lewis, BFA ’90 • Trusting the Moment: A Handbook for Unlocking Your Creativity and Imagination by Jean Lindheim, BFA ’67, MA ’71 • If These Stones Could Talk, a book inspired by a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, by Calvin Lyons, BSED ’56 • The Last Meal: Defending an Accused Mass Murderer by Dennis Shere, BSJ ’63, MS ’64 • The Emperor’s Mistress, a medieval quest fantasy by Michael Staton, BSJ ’74

New threads


nline news is alive and well at Ohio University, with plenty of ambitious student-run magazines ( and The Essay, to name two of the newest) launching each year. Among these, Thread stands out for its focus on fashion and the scope of its virtual issues — the June 2011 issue offered 160 bright, fun pages full of clothing picks, crafts and style tricks. Past issues have featured intricately styled spreads inspired by film noir, Lady Gaga and ‘90s sitcoms. We asked Thread founder Jamie Ratermann (now an alumna herself) to work with her team of editors to produce a list of their favorite must-have looks on campus. Like their style? Keep up with Thread at

»Captions courtesy of Thread magazine/Photo by SARAH BALSAR

STATEMENT NECKLACE With summer in full swing, dresses and tank tops need that extra hint of glamour, and a cluster of diamonds and pearls is just the ticket.

BLAZER Whether for business or a day with friends, this piece has become a staple for any event. We suggest pairing a beige blazer with a pair of colored shorts and your favorite black tank for a day on College Green.


A STRAW FEDORA On warm days, lying back on South Green or meeting a friend for a cup of iced coffee is a must, and this accessory adds that extra bit of sophistication. We suggest playing with different colored scarves to complement any outfit.

These sunglasses have that extra sex appeal needed to draw the right attention during the summer parties. Wearing bright-colored rims is a modern way of updating the classic.

TRENCH COAT In Athens, a walk up Gordy Hill in the rain is inevitable, but the trench coat can be a piece that brightens your day. Thread suggests Ohio men get out of their North Face rut by investing in a timeless jacket like this one.

ISPLASH APP Homework and sunbathing don’t mix well if you’re at Strouds Run, but the iSplash App is a great form of beach entertainment. Tweak some photos from last night with this handheld photo editing app.

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Back from the battlefield Senior Michael Logue, co-founder of the Combat Veterans Club, interned at NetJets, a global leader in private aviation. His favorite class? Aviation 405, which required him to complete a six-hour cross-country flight. He stopped to visit a cousin in North Carolina: “I flew back over the Appalachians. It was cool.” photo by Josh Birnbaum MA’ 10

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A hero’s mission

One Marine takes on a campus cause After a deployment interrupted his freshman year, senior Michael Logue returned to Ohio University and reported for a different kind of duty: creating a network of support for fellow veterans navigating campus life. According to some estimates, 550 veterans and military personnel are enrolled at Ohio, a number that reflects a 125-percent increase over the past two years and continues to grow.


n 2004, Michael Logue was starting his first quarter when he received notification that his reserve infantry unit, Lima Company in the U.S. Marine Corps, would deploy to Iraq. Logue withdrew to serve his tour of duty, during which Lima Company completed 210 days of combat duty during its 240-day deployment, killed 203 enemy fighters, wounded nearly 100 and captured 154. In the end, Lima Company also lost 23 men and saw one-third of its members killed or wounded in action — the highest for any unit. After Logue returned to Athens in 2006, he connected with a group of combat veterans and faced a new challenge: navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs and Ohio University. Logue soon realized that returning to the university as a veteran could be an “overwhelming” experience, he says. Fellow Marines told him of their frustration at being unable to get their tuition paid until the seventh week of the quarter, having their grades withheld and being unable to register for classes. “It’s a large culture shock. … If someone doesn’t understand issues with the university or how different systems work, far too often, guys will just leave OU,” Logue says. With no recognized student organization to advocate for them, Logue teamed up with four Marines to form the Combat Veterans Club and make Ohio University a more veteran friendly campus. But Logue’s involvement has not stopped there: Now a senior at Ohio University, Logue has served as the Veterans’ Affairs commissioner for Student Senate and president of the Combat Veterans Club. Additionally, he has declared a major in aviation and two minors (business and meteorology) and completed a flight internship at NetJets in Columbus.

This year, he has been working on a proposal to create an Office of Veterans’ Services that includes initiatives to fund veteran scholarships and internships, a peer mentoring program, leadership development and programming opportunities. The private support needed for the Office of Veterans’ Services is roughly $128,300 for the 2011–12 academic year. Of this, $103,300 will support annual operating expenses — such as scholarships, programming and staffing — and $25,000 will pay for the renovation of a university space dedicated to the Veterans’ Services Center. Ken Peak, BS ’67, a Vietnam veteran who served four years of active duty with the U.S. Navy and 16 years with the U.S. Navy Reserves, has pledged to match all donations to Veterans’ Services up to $65,000. Ohio University and University College Dean David Descutner have pledged a combined $50,000, which will be matched. Peak will be making his contribution on behalf of Tim Pressler, a fellow Bobcat who was in his officer candidate class in 1968 and died in Vietnam a year later. “I’ve always been interested in trying to give something back to the veteran community everywhere — but particularly at Ohio University,” Peak says. “I want these guys today to know their country appreciates their duty, sacrifice and valor. They deserve our help and support.” Are you a veteran? Visit to participate in a new alumni network for Ohio University veterans. Interested in making a donation? Visit Type “Veterans’ Services” in the space provided for designation. You also can mail a check, payable to The Ohio University Foundation, to P.O. Box 869, Athens, Ohio, 45701. Please write “Veterans’ Services” in the memo. Questions? Contact 800.592.FUND or


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Calendar of events for alumni and friends of ohio university | Wherever you live, Ohio University wants to keep in touch with you. Alumni chapters exist all around the globe to help you meet fellow Bobcats through a full range of Ohio events, from community service opportunities to alumni-hosted receptions. Of course, fall is the ideal time to reconnect with your alma mater by visiting campus — the schedule is jam-packed with events appealing to students and alumni alike, and as you undoubtedly know, the season is like no other! For a full range of chapter, society and on-campus events, including reunions, visit

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AWARDS GALA 2011 Oct. 14 The annual Alumni Awards Gala honors

Homecoming 2011 Oct. 14–16 Alumni, it’s time to come

Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services


home! Visit for the latest updates about your favorite fall event. Don’t miss the OHIO vs. Ball State game at 3:30 p.m. Reserve your accommodations early; check availability and book online at

achievements and contributions alumni and friends have made to their communities and Ohio University. Former Washington Post ombudsman and veteran journalist Andy Alexander, BSJ ’72, is this year’s Alumnus of the Year. Photo by Jenn Reed

Jim Dine at The Kennedy Sept. 9–11 In honor of the college’s past, present and future, a weekend of special events, guest speakers and entertainment is planned. Highlights from the celebration include keynote speaker President Roderick J. McDavis, BSED ’70; a series of informative workshops; the Ohio football game; and an evening gala featuring Grammy Awardwinning jazz vocalist Nancy Wilson. Visit for more.

A new exhibition featuring the work of Jim Dine, a pioneer of two major contemporary art movements — Pop Art and Happenings — and College of Fine Arts alumnus (BFA ‘57), opens at Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University in July. “Jim Dine: Sculpture and Large Prints” opens Friday, July 8, and is the kickoff event for the CoFA’s 75th anniversary, a year-long celebration that also includes an interview and discussion with Jim Dine on Nov. 3 and culminates with the anniversary gala April 14. Visit for updates on CoFA 75th anniversary events and for the link to a special anniversary Facebook page.

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Jim Dine, White Gloves, 4 Wheels, 2007 ©Jim Dine / Artists’ Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by G.R. Christmas, courtesy The Pace Gallery

A fair lady Yuxi Li, an exchange student from China, performs at the university’s International Street Fair on Saturday, May 21. The fair marked the conclusion of 2011 International Week and featured more than 30 vendors. photo by Rebecca F. Miller MA ’12

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How will our nation meet increasing energy demands?

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Written by Mary Reed, BSJ ’90 Illustration by Gail Armstrong Photography by Dania Maxwell, MA ‘12, and Ali Vagnini, BS ‘07

While energy consumption continues to grow, so too does concern for the environmental effects of our thirst for power. A number of Ohio University faculty, staff and alumni are involved in some exciting developments where energy and the environment intersect. Ohio Today spoke separately with six experts to discuss the future of energy and the university’s unique role in this critical field.


Kate Bartter, BSJ ’87, associate director, Institute for Energy and the Environment at Ohio State University; former chief policy adviser to Ohio Gov. Bob Taft; former deputy director, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency David Bayless, Loehr Professor of mechanical engineering and director, Ohio Coal Research Center

Gerardine Botte, Russ Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; director, Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research; founder and chief technology officer, E3 Clean Technologies Esteban Hincapie, MSME ’10, National Science Foundation’s MAS BioEnergy Fellow and doctoral student at Colorado State University

Sunggyu “KB” Lee, RussOhio Research Scholar in Coal Syngas Utilization and director, Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials Lab Bob Silva, interim director, Ohio University Technology Transfer Office and former technology commercialization manager for Battelle Memorial Institute at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory summer 2011

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»Hincapie: OU has been one of the

pioneers in algae biofuels and in using algae in the solution of carbon dioxide (CO2) mitigation at coal-fired power plants. Algae is fed by CO2, so you need about two pounds of CO2 to grow one pound of algae. Algae eats CO2; algae also “eats” light. The OU team has come up with this elegant solution of using fiber optics and solar collectors to be able to collect the light and bring it inside a smokestack. It’s a much more compact solution. In the future, big-scale power plants will be required to inject CO2 underground, and we’ll need to compress the CO2. Instead of compressing the total amount of CO2 underground, they can take a little bit of that and grow algae. Bayless: Another part of our work (at the Ohio Coal Research Center) is focused on using biomass in conjunction with coal for generation of power with coal in the future. We’re looking at gasification and looking at burning coal and biofuels together. If you turn coal into a gas, it’s easier to clean it up before you use it, burn it, whatever you’re going to do with it. The biggest advantage is there are so many things you can do with a gaseous fuel. We use natural gas to heat homes, turn turbines, create all kinds of fertilizer and all kinds of chemicals. Coal as a solid hydrocarbon — you burn it. If you can blend it with biomass, you can start to address your carbon issues. Lee: Coal, biomass and then some of the other biological sources like glycerin — this is a byproduct of biodiesel — a lot of these materials can be gasified. The product is the so-called syngas. Syngas is scientifically defined as a mixture between hydrogen gas and carbon oxide gases. My research group has developed slurry-phase methanol synthesis. Also, we made a new process turning coal-based syngas directly into dimethyl ether (DME). DME can be used as a substitute for diesel, and as a raw material for making gasoline. There are a lot of DME buses in European countries. Some syngases contain a high concentration of CO2. If we can convert this CO2 or CO2-rich gas into methanol and DME, it’s a gold mine. Then the power plant CO2 we collect is a useful product. If this is achieved, we could mitigate CO2 problems, and at the same time, we could solve transportation fuel problems. Botte: The mission of E3 Clean Technologies, the company I founded, is to develop and commercialize the technologies that are in my portfolio under Ohio University. Our tagline is clean water, clean air, clean energy. We have a line of products we call the GreenBox: Ammonia GreenBox, Urea GreenBox and SCR (selective catalytic reduction) GreenBox. The ammonia and urea GreenBox convert ammonia and urea in water into hydrogen, nitrogen and

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clean water. The SCR GreenBox is designed such that you put urea in it and you transform the urea (a byproduct of urine) into ammonia. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT MITIGATING OR REUSING BYPRODUCTS.

»Bayless: If you’re using algae to control

pollution, now you’ve got all this algae out there. What do you do with it? That’s the cool thing. It contains protein, feed — fish foods, mammal foods. You can extract the lipids and use that for production of biodiesel and liquid fuels. You have cellulose (usually, the nonedible parts of a plant). Lee: If we can convert the crude, impure glycerin byproduct of biodiesel production into hydrogen, then it becomes a potentially useful product. My lab developed that process, too. By this route, renewable biodiesel is produced, while you can make renewable hydrogen for the fuel cell. As a result, you gain a multiple solution concept and a multiple fuel concept. Coal power plants generate so much CO2. Much of this we would like to convert to hydrocarbons by the methanol synthesis route. The other CO2 we make into a supercritical CO2. Supercritical fluid is obtained when you subject any gas or fluid to very high temperature and pressure beyond its critical point. CO2’s critical temperature is quite low, and its critical pressure is mild. As a result, it’s an ideal supercritical fluid because just barely over room temperature it’s supercritical. If you’d like to extract nutritious matters out of soy or you’d like to extract herbal medicine out of plant matters, this supercritical fluid is ideal. Most other supercritical fluids require very high temperature, and they will kill the biologically active ingredients. Botte: The GreenBox technology converts the ammonia and urea in wastewater into hydrogen, nitrogen and clean water. This nitrogen shouldn’t be in the water. That’s why we have wastewater treatment plants. The difference is, our technology is cleaning the water but on top of that produces a valuable fuel (hydrogen), so that’s where you have your clean energy, your clean air, your clean water. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES?

»Lee: Very few industries in this more

stock market-driven world are looking at the exploratory, longer-term research and development. The university’s role in education and research is crucial.

Bayless: Universities in general are pretty much responsible for those fundamental breakthroughs. Hincapie: We certainly first have to be very innovative, but we also have to be critics and skeptics of if the solution will work or not. Universities are the only element in society that is able to innovate and criticize at the same time.

“We certainly first have to be very innovative, but we also have to be critics and skeptics of the solution ...” —Esteban Hincapie, MSME ’10

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“Most people would be surprised to know how much of our electricity is based on coal.”.” —Kate Bartter, BSJ ’87

Silva: A university is just one avenue — there are the national labs, there are the private research companies, there are the private companies that have labs. Bartter: There are several different roles. One is certainly just the basic intellectual pursuit of discovery. I also think their role is work-force education. We have a responsibility to prepare students for the energy jobs of the future. A good education will prepare today’s students to be productive workers who solve problems and find new inventions, perhaps years down the road. I also think higher education has a unique opportunity to be a test bed for new technology. Campuses are places where you can try things out and see not only how the technology works but also how people use it. Energy is not just a technological issue, it is a behavioral issue, it’s a social issue. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MOVE NEW TECHNOLOGIES FROM THE LAB TO THE MARKET?

»Silva: It takes a lot of capital, hard

work and a little luck. It all starts with the innovation and invention that comes from research. From there, the technology transfer process is implemented. This process involves capturing and documenting the idea/innovation, evaluating it (the idea/innovation), protecting it, maturing and marketing it and then licensing it to a going concern or start-up company that will further develop the technology into a product or service to be offered to the marketplace. Lee: We have received a number of inquiries about the (methanol and DME synthesis) technology, indicating strong interest in further R&D and commercialization of the process technology. We will talk with some of these industries and go from there. We are currently initiating this process.

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Botte: Most of the time that you’re going to the market, you’re going to bankers. What do bankers want? Money. It has to make money. There’s nothing in the science that will not allow us to build this (GreenBox) right now; it’s the capital resources. Bartter: In some cases, it’s a matter of scaling things up. You have to have the right partnerships with the business community. What comes in the front end of the commercialization funnel is far broader than can come out the tail end. It’s a question from a policymaker’s standpoint that is front and center today. HOW CAN POLICY HELP MOVE TECHNOLOGY FROM THE LAB TO THE MARKET?

»Bartter: I do think the role of

government is to make smart investments and to make strategic investments. We did a study with the Brookings Institution on energy discovery. If you compare government investment in energy to other areas like health care, there’s a lot of data showing that government is not investing in energy at the scale we need. I think the Third Frontier [an Ohio Department of Development high-tech investment program] is an example of government investing that is paying off. Bayless: We have a State of Ohio Third Frontier grant; it’s called a Wright Project. In our particular case, we’re the first major algae award by the State of Ohio. Our two lead corporate partners are Algae Producers of America and Univenture. The great thing about this is that it helps us address their immediate commercialization needs. If they need new technology to overcome an obstacle moving another system to market, we can help with that. Botte: I’d say right now, in terms of policy, it’s the right time (for the SCR GreenBox). Nitrous oxide emissions are already regulated.

“We will see many potential solutions. Some areas will use geothermal energy quite a bit, some other regions will use solar, other regions still will rely on conventional fossil fuels. For the next 30 years, however, we expect coal will be very much utilized at the same level or a slightly increased level in the United States. More and more renewables will take up some percentages of the energy market. Regardless, we will have to use the energy more efficiently.” —Sunggyu “KB” Lee

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“I honestly believe that every form of energy we’ve got right now is still going to play a role 30 years from now, even nuclear. I would love to see widerspread use of wind power, but that will require a massive investment in the transmission grid.” —David Bayless (in front of the coal that fuels Ohio University)

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Ammonia is already regulated, so it is to our advantage to have our technologies. We have done prototypes, but the prototypes have to be done at a larger scale. We’ve received investment from TechGROWTH Ohio. We got support services; it’s not just capital, it’s resources.

rely on conventional fossil fuels. For the next 30 years, however, we expect coal will be very much utilized at the same level or a slightly increased level in the United States. More and more renewables will take up some percentages of the market. Regardless, we will have to use the energy more efficiently.

Bayless: Most utilities aren’t interested in algae because there are no defined greenhouse gas regulations in the United States. There’s nothing that says they have to reduce their CO2 by a certain amount. Until we do that, everything we do is just a cost to them.

Hincapie: I think there will be a mixture of energies and energy will become more location dependent. For example, if there is a lot of biofuels potential, there will be biofuels. If there’s a lot of solar potential, there will be solar. In a realistic scenario, you will have natural gas and you also have to think about clean coal.

Silva: Unless the technology is significantly more efficient, dramatically reduces costs or is mandated by regulation, it will generally not be widely adopted by the marketplace. Investment dollars will flow more freely into research areas that are supported by government policy and/or regulation and as I mentioned previously, it takes money (and hard work) to move a technology to market. WILL THE NATION’S FUTURE ENERGY PORTFOLIO BE DOMINATED BY A FEW FORMS OF ENERGY OR WILL IT BE MORE DIVERSE?

»Bartter: The

portfolio will be more diversified. This gets to another important role of universities. Most people aren’t very energy literate. For example, most people would be surprised to know how much of our electricity is based on coal and the scale you would need to have wind or solar replace any significant amount of that generation. Generally the lowest-hanging fruit to pick to make progress is in the efficiency area. Bayless: I really do think it will be diverse. I think you’ll see wind, solar, biomass. I honestly believe that every form of energy we’ve got right now is still going to play a role 30 years from now, even nuclear. I would love to see wider-spread use of wind power, but that will require a massive investment in the transmission grid. I think the biggest thing we can do in the short term is not talk about new forms of energy but figure out how we’re going to conserve. Lee: We will see many potential solutions. Some areas will use geothermal energy quite a bit, some other regions will use solar, other regions still will

Silva: I believe we need a balanced energy policy in this country now. Fossil and bio-based fuels as well as alternative energy technologies will all have a place in the portfolio, but there’s still a lot of research and development work to be done. For instance, take a look at wind power. Harnessing electric power from wind, utilizing relatively inexpensive technology — what a great idea. The issue with this alternative energy source doesn’t lie with producing the electricity, it’s being able to store the electrons captured long enough to supply power to the grid, on demand, and not just when the wind is blowing.


Hincapie: In general, ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE I am pessimistic about OF ENERGY AND THE the future of energy and the environment. ENVIRONMENT?

The U.S. has failed to meet the biofuel amounts mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act enacted in 2007. The worldwide scenario is not different; there isn’t in place any clear policy or treaty to reduce CO2 emissions, and it seems it will take a while. So it seems in the near future, renewable and sustainable energy will be just a concept instead of reality. Botte: I am optimistic about the future of energy and the environment. Investment should be technology neutral. Environmental technologies are competing with the low cost of (coal and petroleum) fuel, but this won’t be the case in the future. Lee: If we have a concerted effort in this area, our future years are bright, not bad.

EXCELLENCE AT OHIO Ohio University is a statedesignated Ohio Center of Excellence in Advanced Energy with a focus on energy and the environment. University System of Ohio Centers of Excellence are aligned with industries deemed crucial to the state’s economy. “We have been extremely proactive over the last seven years or so, ever since we formed CE3 (Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment) to take an integrated approach to energy and the environment,” says Scott Miller, director for energy and environmental programs at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. CE3 is a partnership between the Voinovich School, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, and the College of Arts and Sciences. CE3-affiliated faculty, staff and students work with government, nonprofit and industry representatives to facilitate applied research toward solving environmental problems. “And we are recognized around the state as a model for how to do that,” Miller adds. He believes the Centers of Excellence designation can better help universities get matched with businesses. “We can coordinate and highlight some of the best research that’s going on at OU and at the other universities and try to make that more accessible.”

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Dorm, sweet dorm

Written by Anita Martin Manderfield, BSJ ’05 Photography by Conor Lamb, BS ‘11


here’s no place like dorm for Ohio University’s freshmen and sophomores, required to live in residence halls the first two years. But how do you make the cookie-cutter space your own? From canopy beds to ceiling constellations, the rooms highlighted here showcase the distinct personalities of their student decorators. Since the early 1800s, students have packed up and moved to Athens to attend Ohio’s first and finest university. On-campus housing was offered in Cutler Hall in 1818 — before that, young freshmen boarded with local Athenians. Now Ohio University boasts 42 residence halls offering a range of living communities, from all-women dorm Voigt Hall, to international student housing at Hoover and Brough halls, to residential learning communities that house students with similar educational interests. The newest residence hall, Adams Hall, was completed in 2002, and renovations across campus are ongoing — this summer, they focus on Bush, Bromley, Sargent and Voigt. Of course, the culture of campus has shifted over the years. Phones weren’t installed in each room until 1967, and cafeteria dress regulations were in place until 1966. But past “Jeffies,” “Lindley Lovelies” and “Bryanites” can attest to the lasting effect dorms — or as they are known today, residence halls — have always had on students. One of the popular housing options on campus is the mod-style hall, in which students share a common living area on each floor, which encourages socializing. “It brings us closer to everyone on the floor, and after a while, we all start to feel like family,” says freshman Marissah Burt. This is exactly the idea administrators had in mind. “The term ‘residence halls’ emerged as the purpose of residential living expanded to be a co-curricular experience — more than a place to sleep,” says Judy Piercy, associate director for residential education. “The focus is not just inward but outward as well. A residence hall student considers themselves, but also those around them, by building relationships, assisting one another, sharing activities, and learning to deal with new people and situations in a residential setting. Natural bonds begin to develop, which produces a support system for students.”

— additional reporting by Julie Feinerman

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Rebecca Schultz

Sophomore, sociology/ criminology Batavia, Ohio


ith its black-and-white vintage photos and pink drapery, Rebecca Schultz’s dorm could be the dressing room of a film noir starlet. “I love the 1940s,” says Schultz, a former employee of the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal museum, which required her to dress in the garb of that war-torn, Hollywood-rich decade. Schultz’s predilection for a “classic look” explains her affinity for the French capital. On a previous European tour, she fell for Paris — “a graceful, romantic city … but with an edge,” she says. Despite her delicate tastes, there’s quite an edge to Schultz as well. The sociology/ criminology major has a fascination with the criminal mind, a minor in Russian and a dream of doing FBI agent work (after serving some years in front-line law enforcement). For now, she’s successfully infiltrated the college social scene, while carving out space for solitary pursuits. “I kinda like my privacy, and this is kinda on the borderline of it,” she says. “But I’m surprised by how quickly I adapted to dorm life. Now I love it.”


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Ohio University had eight residential learning communities this year, including a service learning community (Jefferson) partnering with local organization Good Works to serve people living in poverty in Appalachia.

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» Students in the 1860s

pranked each other by “stacking” — entering a room and filling it with as many pieces of furniture as possible.

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Fenzel 234 Tsasia Mercado

Freshman, undecided Jersey City, N.J.


sasia Mercado’s dorm room is a kaleidoscopic tribute to art and family — more specifically: the art of her family. Her father’s camera caught the photos on her wall. Her grandmother’s hands crocheted the afghan on her bed. Her mother’s keen eye taught her the art of furniture arrangement. Finally, Mercado’s own talent shines through vibrant wall paintings. “I’ve always been creative,” she says. “Then, I got addicted to HGTV.” She may not have picked a major, but Mercado has a long-term plan: to open an interior design business. She plans to get a “more general” businessoriented degree first, then do graduate studies in interior design. Mercado hails from New Jersey, and Ohio University’s brick roads and towering oaks remind her of a New England campus. “I grew up thinking that this is what college was supposed to look like.” The mod, which links a group of singles to a common bathroom and living room, suits her. “I can’t go home very often, so it’s important to have a home here. The mod makes us feel like a mini-family.”

Sargent 333 Nick Conroy

Sophomore, secondary science education Parma, Ohio


ach night, Nick Conroy charts the heavens and the phases of the moon — from his dorm room. His “moonlight” displays the 29 moon phases and the star projector affixed to his loft bed lights up his ceiling with the night sky in miniature. His décor also includes anatomy charts and a plasma ball (which sometimes sets off the microwave Safe-T-Sensor, meant to detect burning popcorn). It’s no surprise that Conroy’s boyhood hero was Bill Nye. “The fun of physics is: you can see it,” he says. For example, at the April 9 Family Science Saturday, held by the Ohio University National Science Teachers Association at Clippinger Hall, he demonstrated the force behind most weather phenomena. “Suck the air out of the front of a PVC pipe, and the difference in air pressure alone sends the a ping pong right through (aluminum) cans like butter.” Conroy’s high school biology teacher, Mr. Maurer, encouraged him to pursue science. “Now I want to inspire the next generation of science lovers.”

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Brown 120 Katy Holmes

Sophomore, early childhood education Columbus

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Kim Murphy

Sophomore, health administration Cincinnati

Kelly Shuckman Sophomore, communication management Cincinnati

Maria Redwine

Sophomore, exercise physiology Cincinnati


rown 120 is a tasteful homage to Cincinnati sports teams, the color pink and the timeless beauty of Audrey Hepburn. On closer look, visitors may note the photo collages honoring the friendship of roommates Katy Holmes, Kim Murphy, Kelly Shuckman and Maria Redwine. And Brown 120 sees plenty of visitors, to say the least. “Everyone hangs out here,” says Murphy of their “super-quad,” which comprises both a bed(s)room — divided into mirrored morning-prep stations — and common room serving jointly as living room, office and social hub for the dorm at large. The women have varying interests, ranging from sports (Redwine is a practice player for Lady Bobcats basketball, and she and Shuckman play on intramural teams) to pedagogy (Holmes spends hours a week at Ohio University’s Child Development Center). But all four share outgoing personalities and loyalty in friendship — their photo collages date back to high school, where Murphy, Shuckman and Redwine met, and they plan to share two houses next year with various friends from Brown Hall.

» Most students were housed

in triples during the early ’60s due to increased university enrollment. The Two in a Room policy, a plan to eliminate the housing of three students in a room originally designed for two, was implemented in 1966.

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Sargent 416 Molly Nocheck

Sophomore, broadcast journalism Cincinnati


esident assistant Molly Nocheck compares her dorm to a cramped New York City apartment. “Makes it feel a bit more glamorous,” she says. “You have some of the same issues, like thin walls that let you know what your neighbors are up to.” Nocheck’s optimistic imagination yields shoe-string innovations in interior design, like her canopy bed. She modeled the jimmy-rigged, curtain-rod creation after a pricier item from IKEA’s website. “I love online shopping,” she says. Hence the sign above her bed — “Stop the Spending!” — a gift from Dad, she explains. Nocheck has good reason to stop the spending; she’s saving up to study in Zambia during the 2011 winter intersession. In addition to international journalism, Nocheck has a passion for politics. You can read her stories at, an online student publication. “In college, you want to set yourself apart from the masses,” she says. “Having a creative, productive work space that fits your personality — it makes you a better, more focused student.”

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Students can choose from unique living communities including Voigt (all-women dorm); Biddle and True House (substance free: students commit to keeping the environment free of alcohol, drugs and tobacco); and Shively and Bryan (upperclassmen with at least a 3.0 GPA).

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BOBCAT TRACKS for alumni and friends

Left: Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower visited Ohio University Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1965, for the annual University President’s Convocation. He was conferred an honorary degree by thenPresident Vernon R. Alden. Top: Eisenhower arrived via helicopter at Peden Stadium and joined a motorcade of dignitaries through the city. Bottom: The visit was memorialized by a plaque on the West Portico of Memorial Auditorium. Eighteen plaques — each representing a visit by a notable figure — were dedicated that day. Photos Courtesy of Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections

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Ohio University liked Ike Memories from a 1960s presidential visit


attended Ohio University in the Harvard on the Hocking era when Vernon Alden was president. I thought the campus was large then, but I think it might fit in the green hip pocket of the university area today. I lived two years in Jefferson Hall on East Green and two years at the Chi Omega house on College Street — great years, great memories. And one of the very best for me was the day former President Dwight D. Eisenhower visited.

President Eisenhower stressed, “Regardless of the obstacles, always have some fun every day in life.” It was a brave thing to say in that era of Vietnam and early student protests.

During my four years on campus, two U.S. presidents visited Athens. Lyndon Baines Johnson and his daughter Lynda Bird were driven through town to cheering crowds on May 7, 1964. I recall seeing the Johnsons with their feet on the backseat, sitting, heads high, in an open convertible as they circled the campus green, waving at the crowds. Since that was just six months after John Kennedy’s fateful day in Dallas, it was obvious the president and his Secret Service not only trusted the crowds, but perhaps wanted to make a bold statement about America — at least about a college campus of that era. But the campus visit that really thrilled me was by “Ike” Eisenhower, who was then serving as the president of Columbia University. On Oct. 5, 1965, he spoke at a convocation on the green outside Mem Aud, and I was selected to be one of the ushers for the event. I recall telling my parents that I needed a white coat — all ushers/hostesses were wearing them — and they were good enough to buy one I wore and cherished for years. It really wasn’t until I went on to graduate school and got my first teaching job that I truly grasped the great gift they’d given me in paying for my undergrad education.

I was reared in a Republican home that definitely liked Ike. My father had been a B-17 bomber pilot in World War II and so had greatly admired Gen. Eisenhower. I was excited to have a moment to speak with him before he walked outside to address the convocation. At this distance of time, I can still recall two things about the former president. His eyes were an amazingly clear, light blue, and he said that I reminded him of his granddaughter, who was about my age. (That was evidently his granddaughter Susan.) During his convocation speech, the 34th president of the United States urged the 4,000 people crowded onto the green to “Be active citizens.” He praised “universities like Ohio (which) are the best hope for maintaining our present form of government.” He stressed, “Regardless of the obstacles, always have some fun every day in life.” It was a brave thing to say in that era of Vietnam and early student protests. The program I have saved from that day also quotes him as saying, “The destiny of the nation is as great in promise as its young people are great in character.” Those quotes give us a glimpse of the man, from his humanity in enjoying life to his more serious side, urging greatness in personal and national character no matter what the obstacles. Dr. Alden gave President Eisenhower an honorary degree that day. In the newspaper article, there is a faded photo of them as they chat, both wearing their tasseled mortarboards and academic robes and glasses. A moment in time, in my life, in the lives of those of you who were there that day … That visit became one of my many precious memories from the scrapbook of days and years at alma mater, Ohio. Karen Kurtz Harper, BA ’67, taught high school and college-level English composition and literature before becoming a full-time novelist. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of suspense and historical fiction, Harper and her husband divide their time between Ohio and Florida. Her website is

Also in 1965 …

The first U.S. troops entered Vietnam, the average price for gas was 31 cents per gallon, and Mick Jagger was a hot commodity. Ohio University had a whirlwind of a year, as students protested in support of the civil rights movement, experienced coed dorm life for the first time (at the newly opened Bromley Hall) and vetoed a proposal to add phones to dorm rooms (too costly). Here are more memorable moments from that year:

• Pantomime artist Marcel Marceau performed in front of a crowded auditorium on Oct. 30. His performance included The Tight Rope Walker, The Sculptor and Walking Against the Wind.

• A student-owned and

-operated coffee house, The Gravel Pit, opened. The brainchild of a senior business administration major, it hosted seminars, student concerts and discussions.

• Ohio University was the first school in the state to add African studies, offered as a minor, to its curriculum.

• The Women’s Standards Board Committee reviewed a proposal that would extend women’s hours until 1 a.m. on Saturdays.

• In May, a man

crashed his single-engine airplane a few feet away from the University Airport. Luckily, four members of the Ohio University Flying Bobcat Club, the director of the Hudson Health Center and a University Airport employee were able to save him.

• To better serve the campus and community, WOUB expanded its broadcast hours until midnight Monday through Friday and extended “the Saturday Night Dance Party” to midnight.

• Just two weeks before Bob Dylan’s scheduled performance, the Campus Affairs Committee decided against it. Despite students’ best efforts, the CAC noted a lack of a detailed financial report and a conflict with another performance on the same night: the Norman Luboff Choir. — compiled by Makenzie Bowker Photos Courtesy of Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections

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1. On April 14, alumni everywhere celebrated OUr Day, a Bobcat pride day, and Lindsay Crawford Crick, BSJ ‘05, was no exception. She posted on Facebook, “Sitting here at work in Columbia, S.C., wishing I was at OU!” 2. Ohio University hockey players from the ’60s reunited in Port Charlotte, Fla., this spring. Left to right: Frank Myers, BBA ’66; Bing Carlson (1960-62 team); Al Haines, BSED ’64; Bill “Sheik” Gurnick, BSED ’65; Wayne Ruhlman (1961 team); and Dick Homovec, BSED ’66. Hockey jerseys were presented to singer Jim Morris (left) and Dennis Kirk, owner of the Nav-a-gator Grill (right). 3. Fluff Bakery and Catering on Court Street created paw cookies for OUr Day. 4. Six Ohio football players reunite annually for a fishing trip in Tampa, Fla. Left to right: Tom Nyhan, BSC ’83;





Frank Komar (attended 1979-82); Pat O’Shaughnessy, BBA ’83; Danny Mills, AAS ’82; Jeff Bramley, BSIT ’82; and Paul Rutkousky, BSC ’82. 5. Julie, BSC ’78, and Bill Righter, BSC ‘77, donned green and white in honor of OUrDay while on vacation in Daytona, Fla. 6. Major Zoltan Krompecher, BSED ’93, sent a picture from his deployment in Afghanistan. Bobcats are everywhere! 7. “In the fall of 1986,” wrote Bruce Poorman, BSC ’71, “my wife, Christy Toy Poorman, BSED ’75, and I purchased a new sailboat. With the boat being green and white, the name should have been obvious. So began our last 24 years, and four boats named Bobcat. If you see the paw mark flag, flying high ... come on board!” Send your photos to or Ohio Today, 112 McKee House, 1 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 45701.

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Making a difference

Leaders Advisory Council supports Ohio


hile they all serve on the same committee, each of the members of the Leaders Advisory Council has a different story about how he or she became an active alumnus. For T.J. Simonik, BBA ’07, president of the Greater Charlotte Chapter for alumni, the story started even before graduation. “The (Greater Charlotte Chapter) helped me, and I wanted to return the favor,” Simonik says. “I had an internship in Charlotte, and the chapter president at the time, she helped me find housing. I came and learned about the city, and met a lot of people, and made connections. To get involved: Visit www. “I fell in love with the city,” or contact Dawn Werry, he adds. “And one thing that associate director, regional drew me to volunteering was programs at that I wanted to give back.” From Charlotte to Cleveland, the 10 alumni of the Leaders Advisory Council contribute to their alma mater as a group of problem-solvers and creative thinkers. Created in 2005, the council provides suggestions for Alumni Association programming, including the annual Alumni Leaders Conference, and marketing strategies for the alumni website and publications. Amy Hollis, BSJ ’96, president of the Greater Cleveland chapter, says that her involvement with the council has brought her unique experiences in connecting with other graduates. At a luncheon in Cleveland for admitted high school students, she struck up a conversation with a fellow alumnus. “During the course of a conversation with a student and her dad, we discovered that I did my internship with the company he works for now, so we knew a few of the same people,” says Hollis. Chris Hayward, BSED ’94, acknowledges that the general Ohio experience is what leads to the strength of the alumni network. “It was and still is a well-rounded experience, and you could be who you wanted to be and still have a good experience. I think that is why there is such a love that alumni have for OU,” he says. Simonik encourages alumni to reach out to their regional chapters and societies and reflect upon their time on campus. He joined a business fraternity freshman year and, because it was such an invaluable experience, continues his involvement with the College of Business alumni society. “Think about your experiences at OU and how you got to where you are today, and think of how you can help someone else,” he says. “We all share a passion for OU.” » ELIZABETH DICKSON Back row: Patrick McAleer, BSC ‘99; Chris Hayward, BSED ‘94; Matt Latham AA ‘06; Andy Barber, BSEE ‘03, MBA ’10 Front row: Amy Hollis, BSJ ‘96; Kelly Baylog, BBA ‘04; Marcia Tardiff Day, BSHE ‘70; Dave Abram, BSC ‘89

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William Benson, BSC ’47, celebrated his 90th birthday with friends by leading a onemile run around the perimeter of Hendrickson Park in New York. Now at age 91, he is still running strong. He and his wife, Annette Mann Benson, BSED ’47, reside in Valley Stream, N.Y.


Orlando Uguccini, BSEE ’49, and his wife, Berta, celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. They volunteer most days to community service work and AARP activities. Orlando was a chief electrical engineer with the National Spectrographic Labs in Cleveland and a research engineer for space optics with NASA. He retired in 1986. They reside in Maple Heights, Ohio.


John Weissgarber, BSIE ’50, and his wife, Patricia Cook Weissgarber, AA ’50, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They live in Bellbrook, Ohio.


Robin Smith, BSED ’53, MED ’57, spent 56 years in the classroom and retired a second time after 21 years of substitute teaching. He and his wife, Patricia, reside in Beverly, Ohio. Claude Westfall, AB ’53, and his wife, Ida Mae Lees Westfall, AB ’53, moved to Durham, N.C., to a Methodist retirement village. They would like to hear from Sigma Chi and Chi Omega friends and can be reached at


Richard Robe, BSCE ’55, MS ’62, was declared the 2010 Keowee Key Match-Play Golf Champion as well as the 2010 KKMGA Super Senior Low Net Champion at his golf club in South Carolina in November. He resides in Salem, S.C.


H. Donald Winkler, MS ’56, is the author of “Lincoln and Booth: More Light on the

Conspiracy” and will be one of three speakers lecturing on “The Lincoln Assassination Conspiracies” at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., in July. He retired in 1995 after a career in higher education public relations and was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Lee, reside in Gatlinburg, Tenn.


John Nagy, BSCE ’57, reports he is still working at the “young” age of 77 and enjoying every minute of it, thanks to the excellent professors he had so many years ago (Professors Edwin Gaylord and Irvin Badger). He continues to follow the Bobcats on and off the field while looking forward to the day his grandson will become a Bobcat. He and his wife, Maryann, live in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Rita Vaitkus, BSJ ’58, is retired and resides in Cleveland.

Jacquelyn Schirra Eckstein, AA ’60, and her husband, Jim Eckstein, BSIT ’60, report that they have moved into a 55-and-older community and love it. Jim is retired but Jackie works three days a week. They have two married sons and three granddaughters. They reside in Naperville, Ill. Dean Frost, BSCO ’60, is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and lives in Tucson, Ariz.


Raymond Baltch, AB ’61, retired from the New York State court system and has since established his own law firm specializing in traffic court cases. He and his wife, Jackie, reside in Oceanside, N.Y. Charles Bramlish, BSED ’61, retired from teaching physical education and athletics in the Shaker Heights area, Sinclair Community College and St. Petersburg Jr. College. He and his wife, Eva, reside in Powell, Ohio.

Jazz has swept the country — and how! No better word than “Utopia” can describe Prof. Arthur K.’s 8 o’clock class yesterday during which students and professor got “hep” and “jiving” on the topic of jazz. — The Post, 1944, from “Punch Lines,” a regular column of campus quips and happenings

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Michael Collins, BSJ ’ 61, restarted a residential real estate company in 2009 after two years of retirement. The company owns and leases singlefamily homes in suburban Phoenix and greater San Antonio. He and his wife, Alicia, reside in San Antonio. Robert Julian, BSED ’61, retired from JSB Inc., a McDonald’s franchise, after 21 years. He and his wife, Jaxie, reside in Bolivia, N.C.


I. Lynn Rinehart, MA ’62, delivered a keynote lecture for the McCracken Lecture Series at the Ohio University Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education and Human Services on prenatal and perinatal psychology in April 2010. He and his wife, Joy, live in San Marcos, Calif.


Jerry Popelka, BBA ’63, retired two years ago, and he and his wife, Patti, spend winters in Florida and summers in the North Carolina mountains. In between, they enjoy RV travel, antique auto restorations and ocean cruises. Joan Schillo Ungerleider, BSJ ’63, launched an online newsletter for grandmothers at Cherrytomatolady. com. She is author of “Cooking with the Cherry Tomato Lady — A Grandmother’s Mix of Memories and Recipes.” She and her husband, Jim, reside in Eatonton, Ga.


J. Michael Lowe, BFA ’64, retired from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., in 2004, where he was appointed G. L. Flint Professor of Fine Arts, Emeritus. He held a one-person exhibition of his sculpture in November. He and his wife, Sandra Miller Lowe, BFA ’64, reside in Ithaca, N.Y. Toni Davis Starkey, BSHE ’64, retired after 32 years with the Department of Defense. She and her husband, Dan, have a 35-yearold son who is developmentally disabled. They live in Lancaster, Ohio. Ellen Terry Walker, BSJ ’64, retired in 2010 after a career as editor of the award-winning Rocky Fork Enterprise and serving as first village administrator of the Village of New Albany and first township administrator for Jefferson Township. She remains

active in organizations including the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. She and her husband, David, reside in Pataskala, Ohio.


Larry Kline, BSED ’65, is a retired Methodist preacher. He and his wife, Jeannette, reside in Liberty, Ohio. Kenneth Webb Jr., BS ’65, is a professor of animal and poultry sciences at Virginia Tech and has been awarded the title of professor emeritus. He resides in Blacksburg, Va.


Thomas Berliner, BA ’66, has been named dean of the School of Leadership and Business at Judson University in Elgin, Ill. He and his wife, Carlene, have three children and two grandchildren. They live in Montgomery, Ill. Thomas Main, BS ’66, is an otolaryngologist working part time after two years of retirement and has been with the same practice at Ohio ENT since 1975. He reports that he still has fond memories of his charismatic and superlative educator, Dr. Rush Elliott. He and his wife, Leslie, reside in Columbus.


Kenneth Joseph, BSED ’68, taught English in grades 8-12 for 34 years and retired in 2004. He thanks his favorite professor at Ohio, Laura Brown. He resides in Martins Ferry, Ohio. David Paul, BBA ’68, created the David Paul Institute of Real Estate and was appointed by the governor to the Ohio Real Estate Commission and is serving as its president. David and his wife, Kathy, reside in Strongsville, Ohio, and have two daughters, both Ohio graduates. Gary Ritondaro, BBA ’68, retired from LodgeNet Interactive Corp. after nine years as senior vice president, chief financial officer. He resides in Waxhaw, N.C. Lois Siegel, BSJ ’68, MA ’70, is a unit publicist and photographer on the feature film “Eddie” presently shooting in the Ottawa/Gatineau area of Canada. Van Snider, BBA ’68, retired in December after 20 years as the

Plaid takes spotlight at annual Women’s League fashion show There’s no doubt about it! Plaids have the votes of fashion conscious coeds this fall. … Onlookers “oohed” and “aahed” all the way through the dream wardrobe, from the red plaid p.j.’s and duster to a roman blue ruffled formal. — The Post, 1960. Photo: 1960 Athena; Dad’s Weekend Varsity O show

president of the Michigan Boating Industries Association. He was inducted into the Michigan Society of Association Executives Hall of Fame and the Michigan Boating Industry Association’s Hall of Fame and received the Van Snider Award — named in his honor — from the Michigan Sea Grant program. He and his wife, Elizabeth Stephens Snider, BSED ’68, live in Farmington Hills, Mich. Fred Whissel, BSJ ’68, became the 70th inductee into East Muskingum School District’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, for achievements in journalism, business and community service. He and his wife, Barbara, reside in Jackson, Wyo. Robert Williams, MED ’68, and his wife, Sandra Hall Williams, BSED ’64, have 13 grandchildren, one of whom will attend Ohio next fall, becoming the fourth generation of Williamses to attend Ohio. He and his wife reside in Cincinnati.


Annie Craycroft Carter, AB ’69, is retiring after 35 years as an occupational therapist. She resides in Sarasota, Fla. Stanford Feldstein, AB ’69, is a part-time Spanish instructor at the University of Toledo and would like to hear from fellow residents of Bush Hall from the years 1965–69. He can be reached by email at stan43606@ He resides in Toledo, Ohio. John Keller, BSED ’69, is in his 39th year of teaching. He lives in Las Vegas. John Luff, BS ’69, received the SBE Broadcast Engineer of the Year Award. He is a media technology consultant and owns his own company, HD Consulting. He and his wife, Betty, reside in Sewickley, Pa.

Criss Somerlot, BSED ’69, was inducted into the Ohio Track & Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame. He coached 30 years of high school track and field at Centerville High School and was a 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic coach. He and his wife, Rita, reside in Powell, Ohio. Michael Stewart, AB ’69, received the Ohio Project Learning Tree 2010 Outstanding Educator of the Year Award and was nominated for the National PLT Outstanding Educator Award for 2011. He lives in Springfield, Ohio.

more than 40 years in the journalism field, including jobs at the Athens Messenger, The Columbus Dispatch, Dow Jones & Co., Long Island Newsday, The Chicago Sun-Times and the Tampa Tribune. He lives in Cypress, Texas.


Terri Foland Bush, BSED ’72, retired from teaching language arts and speech at Fort Frye High School in 2009. She resides in Vienna, W.Va. Kathleen Cash McConnell, AB ’72, is a professor of English as a second language at Suffolk County Community College and co-authored “Can Your ESL Students Explain Data in Tables and Graphs? Fostering Information Literacy Through a Demographic Study of a City” in the International Journal of Learning. She resides in Manorville, N.Y. Karen Mueller Moore, BA ’72, is president of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

and oversaw the move of its headquarters from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. Patricia Patten, AB ’72, MA ’74, is dean of admissions at Virginia Wesleyan College. She resides in Virginia Beach, Va. Jeffrey Wagner, BBA ’72, works in banking and is a semi-professional poker player with a world ranking. He resides in Diamond Bar, Calif. Gary Wilkins, BBA ’72, was inducted into the Northern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame in October. He and his wife, Kathryn, reside in Norwalk, Ohio.


Kathleen Fallon, AB ’73, traveled this past year to Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Belize, Chicago, Seattle, Florida and Athens, Ohio. She is a social worker at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. Steven Kannry, BGS ’73, completed


Marcia Silver Cohen, AB ’70, retired after 35 years with Pittsburgh Public Schools and is enjoying traveling. John Duerr, BSIT ’70, retired as a senior loss prevention specialist with FM Global after 39 years with the company. He and his wife, Betty, reside in Louisville, Ky.


Betty Robinson Bross, BSED ’71, taught high school math before acquiring her master’s degree at the University of Dayton. She works as a counselor/director of guidance. She and her husband, William Bross, AB ’71, MBA ’90, reside in Tipp City, Ohio. Dave Fendrick, BSED ’71, MED ’73, was promoted from general manager to president within Round Rock Express, the minor league baseball franchise based in Round Rock, Texas. Steven Lowe, BSED ’71, retired as a social studies teacher and served as mayor of Marysville, Ohio. He is a GED teacher at London Correctional Institution. William Prewitt, BSJ ’71, retired from the Houston Chronicle after

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an eight-year project as director/ coordinator for Westat Research in Bethesda, Md. Previously, he served as a development director for Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, raising more than $450,000 to implement studentmatriculation programs. He resides in Germantown, Md. Claude Perkins, PHD ’73, is the 12th president of Virginia Union University in Richmond, Va. Stephene Klein Schulman, BSED ’73, designs teddy bears, dolls and dragons, which can be viewed by visiting her Facebook page: Stephi’s Whimseys. She retired in 2008 after teaching for more than 34 years in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She and her husband, David, live in Annapolis, Md. Thomas Whitney, BS ’73, retired in July 2010 from Goodyear-Dunlop Tires. He resides in Grand Island, N.Y. Hugh Wyles, PHD ’73, retired after 36 years with the DuPont Co. serving as an analytical chemistry researcher, research manager and recruiting manager at various DuPont sites in New Jersey and Delaware. He and his wife, Linda Byers Wyles, MED ’72, reside in West Grove, Pa.


Jacqueline Eyring Bixler, AB ’75, delivered the keynote address at Virginia Tech during the fall undergraduate commencement ceremony in December. She holds the rank of Alumni Distinguished Professor of Spanish at the university. She lives in Blacksburg, Va.

Mary Grace Daguano Conneely, BSJ ’75, is a principal law clerk to Sullivan County Court judge Michael McGuire. Previously, she was principal law clerk to several Supreme Court judges. She and her husband, Anthony, live in Grahamsville, N.Y. John Davis, BGS ’75, MAIA ’76, returned to the United States after 30 years in Asia, mainly Malaysia, Indonesia and China. He is director of O’BON International in Winchester, Va. Mark Hopkins, BSC ’75, is teaching in an elementary school. He resides in Dayton, Ohio. Brenda Griffith Musser, BSED ’75, MED ’81, retired from Portsmouth City Schools after 33 years of teaching special education. She resides in Portsmouth, Ohio. Duane Swanson, BSIT ’75, is a volunteer with BRIDGE Ministries of Acadiana, mentoring and teaching young adults a trade. He retired from Chevron USA Inc. in 2008 after 33 years. He and his wife, Anne Orme Swanson, BGS ’75, reside in Lafayette, La. Cheryl Apruzzese Thompson, BSJ ’75, teaches English as a second language to adult refugees in the Buffalo, N.Y., area.


Jack Abrams, BSC ’76, was inducted into the Chicago/ Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Silver Circle, which honors individuals who have devoted 25 or

more years to the television industry, and who have made significant contributions to their local television market. Jack is the producer of “Outdoor Wisconsin,” MPTV’s longestrunning local series. He resides in Whitefish Bay, Wis. Michael Brittain, AB ’76, is a litigation partner and chair of the insurance recovery group at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP and has been appointed to serve as a member of the Ohio State Bar Association Insurance Coverage Board. He resides in Avon Lake, Ohio. Chris Martin, BSIT ’76, volunteers at The Pickering House, a 12-bed hospice facility that serves Fairfield, Hocking and Perry counties. He has served on the Fairfield County Common Pleas Court General Division bench since 2003 and was previously a Fairfield County Municipal Court judge. He and his wife, Starrlet Conrad-Martin, BSED ’76, reside in Lancaster, Ohio.


Larry Gassan, BFA ’77, held the photo exhibition “100Mile Runners at the Finish Line” in Altadena, Calif., which featured portraits taken since 2004 of a unique sports subculture. He resides in Los Angeles. Thomas George, BGS ’77, is retired and living in Phoenix.


John Micklos, BSJ ’78, published high-school level biographies of Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley in 2010. He and his wife, Deborah, reside in Newark, Del.

79 Residents ‘flushed’ at showers “I can’t remember a year since I arrived at Ohio University (in 1966) that I haven’t heard complaints about the showers at Bryan,” [East Green Coordinator Ed Ekin] said. Students on all floors have adopted a system whereby the facility-user screams “Flush!” before flushing a toilet. Persons in the shower, however, often don’t hear the shouts, and sometimes the warning goes unnoticed. — The Post, 1976, reporting on Bryan Hall plumbing problems

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Denise Edwards Liddell, BFA ’79, completed a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a master’s in business from the University of Phoenix. She and her husband, Kenneth, own two businesses, Alarm Core and D.C. Edwards and Associates LLC. They reside in Macedonia, Ohio. Sandra Moon, BMUS ’79, is a soprano singer who has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Portland Opera and more. Her music, photos, way of contact and more can be found at She resides in Long Island City, N.Y.

Back to the Bricks: Reunion weekend, a fun time for all

The Ohio University Alumni Association hosted its annual Alumni College and Golden Weekend July 14–17. Alumni celebrating their golden and 40th anniversaries, returning Alumni College participants and “PURRR-ennial Bobcats” (graduates of the 1960s and prior) all made their way back to Athens in honor of the occasion. Events began Thursday with the first round of alumni classes, socials and dinner. Classes were offered each of the four days, covering a wide range of subjects and were taught by Ohio faculty members. This year’s group included noted economics professor Richard Vedder, Scott Titsworth from the School of Communication Studies and Steven Grimes, the physics department’s mainstay. Other events for the weekend included class photos, the “OH, I dO!” vow renewal ceremony, campus tours, an Ohio Valley Summer Theatre production of “Bye, Bye Birdie,” Golden Society inductions and keynote speaker Lauren Onkey from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Her visit was sponsored by the class of 1971. For additional information, please visit www.ohioalumni. org/alumni-college. Next year’s reunion will honor the classes of 1972 and 1962 — so plan ahead!

Timothy Neal, BSED ’79, received the National Athletic Trainers Association Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award in June 2010. His son, Brooks, is the director of marketing for Ohio University Athletics. Timothy and his wife, Anne Clark Neal, AB ’79, reside in Liverpool, N.Y.


Lisa Miller Parker, BGS ’80, and her husband, Calvin, were featured presenters at the National Association of Home Inspectors Conference in Nashville. Lisa writes “The Vent,” a column in the association’s magazine. The couple have been inspecting

houses since 1999, when they retired from Lockheed Martin. They reside in Wellston, Ohio.


Bryant Aldstadt, MSHS ’81, received his doctor of audiology degree from the University of Florida. He is a consultant and lives in Easley, S.C. Sherrie Hauser-Simmons, BSC ’81, MSJ ’84, received her Accredited in Public Relations certification. She lives in Atlanta. Aaron Watkins, BFA ’81, is the founder of, which offers a variety of souvenirs for gettogethers of all kinds. He and his wife, Kelly, reside in Sarasota, Fla.


Kurt Kuffner, AB ’82, was the 2010 recipient of the statewide Outstanding Business Operations Manager of the Year award. He is the St. Marys (Ohio) City Schools business manager. Susan Uland Nierste, BSC ’82, and her husband, Dan, moved back to Indiana in 2006 after moving around the world for 25 years. They have a daughter, son, a daughter-in-law and a grandson. They reside in Fishers, Ind.


Barbara Beech-Brown, BSHS ’83, MAHS ’91, is the director of rehabilitation at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital. She completed her second master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Dayton. Barbara and her husband, David, reside in Grove City, Ohio. Michael Briggs, BBA ’83, is a senior vice president of private client services at NorthStar Bank in Tampa. Michael Pierce, BSC ’83, has been working in the television industry for more than 25 years. He has worked on nine Olympics, Super Bowls, NCAA tournaments, World Series and NBA championships. He lives in Bridgeport, Conn.


Frank Gabriel, BFA ’84, is chief creative officer at Powerhouse Animation Studios in Austin, Texas. Douglas Gempel, BS ’84, graduated with honors from Westwood

College with a master of business administration degree in information technology management. He is working on a doctorate at Colorado Technical University. Elizabeth Macias, MS ’84, PHD ’90, has relocated to Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio. She is a laboratory director with the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine.


Nicholas Gaskins, BSJ ’85, and his wife, Cristine Duskey Gaskins, BBA ’86, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary this year. They also celebrated the 10th anniversary of Bing Design, their marketing communications business. They live in Tipp City, Ohio, with their two children: Hanna and Jack. Jeffrey Grosenbaugh, BBA ’85, is vice president and senior private banker at Northern Trust’s Cleveland office. He and his wife, Erin, have three daughters: Taylor, Brooke and Paige. Maria Hadjian, BFA ’85, is the preparator at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography in Canton, Ohio, where world-class photographs are exhibited. Kathryn Neigh, BSC ’85, married Andrew Olver in November. They live in Budd Lake, N.J. James Williams, BBA ’85, is president of CDH Proton Center, a ProCure Center. He resides in West Chicago.


Amiso George, BSJ ’86, MA ’87, PHD ’92, was inducted into the Public Relations Society of America’s College of Fellows. She is an associate professor in the Schieffer School of Journalism at Texas Christian University. Mindy Morrison Mannarino, AB ’86, passed her master of social work state licensure exam after receiving her degree from Hunter College. Mindy, her husband, Theodore, and her son, Daniel, live in Staten Island, N.Y. Joseph Mitchell, BSJ ’86, MBA ’89, and Janet Crowell Mitchell, BS ’80, celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary with a trip to Lyon, France, in July. They are funding scholarships to Joseph’s high school to benefit underprivileged young men. They reside in Marysville, Ohio.

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Lisa Johnson Perry, BSJ ’86, opened the Minneapolis office of Naked Communications, a brand strategy and communications planning consultancy.


Robert Bradford, BBA ’87, is the CEO and president of Witchey Medical Supply Inc. and DBA Risch Home Health Care Inc. in Lancaster. He lives with his wife, April Frazier Bradford, AAB ’94, and their three daughters in Baltimore, Ohio. Theresa Ordian Dick, BMUS ’87, is completing a doctorate in educational leadership and conducting the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she is the director of choirs and an orchestra at Blue Ridge High School and teaches music studies at Northland Pioneer College. Theresa lives in Lakeside, Ariz. Jeanne McNeal, BSED ’87, is a peer assistance reviews consultant for Canton City Schools. Previously, she taught seventh-grade science for 20 years. She resides in Massillon, Ohio, with her husband, Timothy. James Stalker Jr., BSJ ’87, is the owner of Cleveland Packaging Inc. His company won the Weatherhead Upstart Award, which recognizes the fastest-growing companies in northeastern Ohio. He and his wife, Anita, live in Brunswick Hills, Ohio.


John Dempsey, BSJ ’88, won the Art Loop Open competition for artists. He resides in Chicago. Karyl Griffiths Sabbath, PHD ’88, was conferred emeritus status after retiring from Otterbein University. She teaches in the communications studies department at Colorado State University. She resides in Fort Collins, Colo.


Michael Buell, BSJ ’89, is marketing director for MHTN Architects in Salt Lake City.


Wendy Brown, BSJ ’90, is working in marketing at T-Mobile in Seattle. She lives with her three children. Thaddeus Ewald, BSME ’90, is vice president of corporate strategy and business development for Cummins Inc. in Columbus, Ind. Richard Otto, BSC ’90, founded the Sunshine Tomorrow Student Project Fund & Scholarship to promote student projects in 1998. He is looking for alumni to help “pay it forward” and can be reached at Richard lives in Athens. Melissa Zapanta Shelton, BSJ ’90, is director of development for the Belk College of Business at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Melissa,

her husband, Doug, and their two children, Mirabella and Doug, reside in Huntersville, N.C. Doug Winegardner, BSJ ’90, has been elected a shareholder of the Sands Anderson PC law firm. He received his juris doctorate from Capital University Law School, served in the Navy Judge Advocate General Corps and worked for the U.S. Department of Justice. Doug resides in Richmond, Va.


Bart Blinn, BSEE ’91, MS ’97, and his wife, Angi, celebrated their son Andrew’s first birthday in February. Bart is the son of Dr. Roy Blinn, BS ’50. The family resides in Indianapolis. Franklin Higley, BSH ’91, BSEH ’96, is the food safety program administrator for the Ohio Department of Health. He lives in Greenfield, Ohio, with wife, Lisa, and stepsons Timothy and Caleb. Jenny Johnson, BSHE ’91, has launched her own funky fresh dessert website: www. Jennifer resides in San Diego. Angela Krempasky, AA ’91, AB ’93, MED ’95, re-entered the workforce after a car accident and is the adolescent intensive outpatient program supervisor at HealthWays Inc. She lives in Shadyside, Ohio. Martin Kufus, MS ’91, is a senior technical editor and homeland security manager for AECOM, a global provider of professional technical and management support services based in San Antonio. He managed a project that created the first county-level, agroterrorismresponse plans in Texas and inspected fuel-storage sites on dozens of U.S. military bases.

Who wears short shorts? Man, don’t you miss those days of cruising through campus on a set of shiny wheels — and by that, we mean roller skates? If you’re willing to admit you’re in this stylish picture (we dare you!), write to us at ohiotoday@ — Photo Courtesy of Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections

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Michael Schwiebert, BSC ’91, is a pricing analyst in the foam products division for Owens Corning. He and his wife, Rebecca DeMeritt Schwiebert, AB ’93, have a daughter, Meredith, and son, Joshua. They live in Perrysburg, Ohio.


John Hamilton, BGS ’92, MHA ’94, is head of the surgical and primary care physician corporations and comprehensive

pediatric and adolescent sports medicine programs affiliated with Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters Health System in Norfolk, Va. He and his wife, Meghan, have three children. Thad Plumley, BSJ ’92, won a 2010 Grand Award for Writing from Communications Concepts for an editor’s note column. He is the director of publications and information products for the National Ground Water Association. Thad resides in Dublin, Ohio. Christy Savells Sanders, BSHE ’92, and her husband, Bob, welcomed their third daughter, Elizabeth, in September. Christy is a district manager for Eli Lilly and Co. They reside in Orange County, Calif.


Matthew Brand, AB ’93, is an account executive with BloomReach, a content discovery start-up whose founding engineering team stemmed from Google’s search quality group. He lives in San Francisco. Zoltan Krompecher, BSED ’93, returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he served with a Special Operations Task Force. He received the U.S. Army Golden Pen Writing Award. Lt. Col. Krompecher, his wife, Tina Gallo Krompecher, BSED ’93, and their three children live in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where Zoltan teaches at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Douglas Thornton, BS ’93, was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army in November after serving 17 years on active duty. He and his wife, Julie Morris Thornton, BS ’93, live in Grovetown, Ga.


William Ihlenfeld II, BSJ ’94, was sworn in as the U.S. attorney for the northern district of West Virginia. He and his wife, Becket, reside in Wheeling, W.Va., with their three children. Marc Moody, MA ’94, MFA ’99, is a semifinalist in The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. He is an associate professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and was recognized for his screenplay “Land of Lincoln.”

New to Athens? Survival at arrival depends on getting a clue at OU Let’s start with the freshmen. Er, excuse me — first year students. 1. Keep an umbrella handy. … 2. Buy a hat. Or, even better, get your parents to buy you a hat. Why? You’ll know why five minutes before your first class when you’re pulling a squirrels nest from your hair. 3. Look both ways on Court Street (if you’re a geek). — The Post, 1994, offering survival tips at the start of the new year

Nicole Nocera, AB ’94, was among the 2010 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch selected by Law Bulletin Publishing Co. Nicole is a partner in the litigation department for Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP in Chicago. Joseph Thompson, BSJ ’94, celebrated the start of ROUSH CleanTech, his second startup company with ROUSH Enterprises. Joseph lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.


Traci Wunschel Curth, BSJ ’95, is the communications manager with Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. Traci and her husband, Kevin, live in Sylvania, Ohio. Jeanne Donado, MA ’95, is founder of The Grant Connection, which provides grant-related and writing services to nonprofit companies, as well as organizational development. Jeanne resides in Lansing, Mich. Kristin Bowers Lowery, BSC ’95, is associate vice president of information risk management at Nationwide Insurance in Columbus. She has been with the company for six years. Abbe Peters Sargeant, BSRS ’95, MSPE ’96, and her husband, Russell, celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary with their two sons, Ethan and Jack, in Sydney, Australia. They live in Mineola, N.Y. Peter Yazvac, BSJ ’95, was named the J.W. Campbell/Con Marshall RMAC sports information director of the year for 2009–10. This is Peter’s second time winning the award. He works for the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

George Zamary, BSC ’95, presented at the “Uncle Walter Just Called and He Has a Quick Question” seminar in October. The seminar prepares attorneys to better answer questions regarding legal advice. George is a partner with the Drew Law Firm in Cincinnati.


Edward Curry Jr., BSED ’96, is a deputy sheriff in Lancaster, Ohio. He and his wife, Angela, have three children: Zack, Addyson and Ryleigh.

into their family in September — on the day of the Ohio vs. OSU football game! The family resides in Columbus. April MacKay Mench, BS ’97, husband William and family have been reunited after April spent a year in the Middle East. She serves with the U.S. Air Force and will be taking command of the 23 EMS. The family resides in Valdosta, Ga.


Fred Janke, BSC ’98, is in charge of sales for Janke Associates. He and his wife, Jen, have three children: Ethan, Gabriel and Mara, the youngest, who was born in 2009. They live in Westland, Mich. Jonathan Leal, BSED ’98, MA ’00, MBA ’01, is the founder of Milo’s, a line of wine-based specialty foods exported to Canada, Kuwait and Japan. Milo’s was one of 20 companies and the only food company to be recognized for the 2010 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting. He resides in Athens.

Lou Ann McCracken, BSRS ’98, MSPE ’99, is a park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and works for the Mississippi River Project Office in Iowa and Illinois. Amanda Wilson Pratt, BSJ ’98, is corporate communications director at Rumpke Consolidated Companies, one of the nation’s largest privately owned waste and recycling companies, in Cincinnati. Shannon Fischer Titas, BFA ’98, became a certified Iyengar yoga teacher in 2010. She and her husband, Peter, live in Cleveland. Susan Biard Worgull, BSC ’98, and her husband, Jason, welcomed their first child, Alexander Jason, in October. The family lives in Parma Heights, Ohio.


Monique Okorie Baskin, BSSE ’99 graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with a master’s degree in National Security

Brian Dickenson, BS ’96, completed a master’s degree in military operational art and science from the U.S. Air Force’s Air University in August. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Abilene, Texas. Steven Porter, BBA ’96, and his wife, Melinda Fischer Porter, BSC ’97, celebrated the birth of their son, George Eli, in 2009. They reside in Indianapolis. William Wherle, BSJ ’96, and his wife, Emily, welcomed twin daughters, Charlotte Elizabeth and Madeline Claire, in September. They reside in Cincinnati.


Marie Ellinger, BSS ’97, is a guidance counselor on a twoyear assignment at the International School in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Aleshia Politsky Fessel, BSJ ’97, is a trial counsel with the Hamilton County Public Defender. Previously, she managed her own law firm. She lives in Cincinnati. Allan Foster, BSSE ’97, reports he and wife, Jessica, welcomed triplet boys (Miles, Crew and Cameron)

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Affairs/Far East and an associate degree in Japanese from the Defense Language Institute. She is married to Gregory Baskin, BSH ’02, and stationed at U.S. Forces Korea in Seoul, Korea. Hyatt Ghanbari Bolden, BSC ’99, works in the admissions and development department for the Lillian and Betty Ratner School. Her husband, Brian Bolden, BSC ’91, is a product advocate for PR Newswire. They have two daughters, Jocelyn and Olivia, and reside in Bedford, Ohio. Kelly Mullen Couto, BSJ ’99, is the co-founder of BrightZoo, an online member community and marketplace for moms. She resides in New York City. Jessica Dobos Marsh, BSJ ’00, contributes to BrightZoo as an editorial blogger. Mary Yates Farrell, BBA ’99, and her husband, William, welcomed their son, William Harris, in June 2010. They reside in the greater Cincinnati area. Lisa Handschumacher Hibbard, BA ’99, is a supervisory hearing officer for the state of Ohio. She received her master of business administration from the University of Phoenix in 2007. She and her husband, Aaron, reside in Columbus. Donna Steinberger Kanan, BSSE ’99, and Matthew Kanan, BSJ ’97, celebrated a new addition to their family in 2010: a daughter. They reside in Kalamazoo, Mich. Jesse Schmidt, BA ’99, manages a solo law practice focusing on personal injury and criminal defense in Cleveland. He and his wife, Rachel, welcomed their first child, Dylan, in 2009, and renovated their first home last year.


Maria Cramer-Kirkpatrick, BSJ ’00, and her husband, Timothy, welcomed their second child, Colin Daniel, in October. He joins big brother, Aidan Joseph, 3. The family relocated to Columbus, where Maria continues to run her communications business, CramerKirkpatrick Communications.

Randall Haffey, BSH ’00, BSC ’01, and Ryan Hartley, BBA ’07, co-hosted the Columbus Arts Ball, a fundraiser for cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, in December. Robert Imbody, BSC ’00, and his wife, Erika Mason-Imbody, BSED ’01, welcomed their second daughter, Josie Athena. The family lives in Manhattan, Kan. Paulette Wendt Jackson, BS ’00, MSRSS ’01, and her husband, Michael, welcomed a son, Ansel Oliver Gaudí, in November. The family resides in Loveland, Colo. Kristen Johnson, BBA ’00, married Aaron Pertner, BSED ’02, in October. Kristen received her master of business administration degree from the University of Dayton and is a business analyst at WorkflowOne. Aaron was accepted into the doctorate of physical therapy program at the University of Dayton. Jamie Highman Kelly, BS ’00, and her husband, Michael Kelly, BSVC ’00, welcomed their first child, Evan James, in October. The family resides in Indianapolis. Lori Morgan Kershner, BA ’00, has been serving as the director of Ohio Government Affairs for GSP Consulting for three years. She

Some OU students said they do not want to see the (graffiti) wall go. “In Greek life it’s a tradition for pledge classes to paint the wall,” OU freshman Natalie Pennell said. Pennell, a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, painted the wall Thursday in the pouring rain. “The paint dripped everywhere, but we got into a paint fight and had a blast,” she said. — The Post, 2001, reporting on the university’s decision to keep the graffiti wall as part of Bentley Hall renovations

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and her husband, Chris, have two daughters, Morgan, 3, and Tatum, 1. The family resides in Springboro, Ohio. Rita Tiefert Nolan, BSJ ’00, and her husband, Sean, welcomed their son, Nathaniel, in April 2010. Rita received a national APEX award for leading the redesign of The family lives in Alexandria, Va. Thomas Noyes, PHD ’00, won the 2010 Council of Fellows Excellence in Teaching Award at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College in Erie, Pa. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing. Kristyn Bailey Wilson, BSJ ’00, and her husband, Ryan, welcomed their second child, Brynn Bailey, in April. She joins big brother, David Jack, 2. The family lives in Powell, Ohio.


Sarah Seymour Baker, MM ’01, is the director of choral music at Little Miami High School. The Women’s Chorale performed at the OMEA/MENC North Central Conference in Cincinnati in January and at the Heinz Chapel Chamber Choir Festival in Pittsburgh in February. She and her husband, Andrew Baker, MM ’01, live in Maineville, Ohio. Tina Pohuliaj Figueroa, BSRS ’01, and her husband, David, welcomed their first child, Alexander Michael, in August 2010. The family resides in Chesapeake, Va. Julie First, BSC ’01, married Brenden Lewer in August. The wedding party included Karen Buell Greenwalt, BS ’01. The couple reside in Chicago. Mary Hardies, BSJ ’01, was nominated for an Emmy for Best Documentary. She is a news producer at WBNS-10TV. She resides in Columbus. Cheryl Hatch, MA ’01, will serve as the fifth distinguished journalist to hold the Snedden Endowed Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Spencer Milne, BSSPS ’01, MSA ’04, MBA ’04, received the Staff Service Award recognizing sustained involvement on behalf of the William and Mary Alumni Association and its alumni programs. He is director

OH-I-DO! Spring Alumni Weekend

Bobcat couples who met on campus, such as Ron Trenkamp and Christine Hartley Trenkamp, BS ’82 (above), renewed their commitment to each other during the Ohio University Alumni Association’s Spring Alumni Weekend on April 2. The ceremony, titled “OH I dO!”, took place in Galbreath Chapel at 18:04 (the military time in honor of the university’s founding year). Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the Alumni Association Graham Stewart officiated the observance, which included a renewal of vows, photos and a celebratory toast with etched champagne glasses for each couple. “We had a tremendous response from couples who felt the event was meaningful,” said Cristie A. Gryszka, director of reunions, special programs and alumni education for OUAA. Gryszka noted that several couples shared stories of how they met on campus and added one bride brought her veil from her wedding 20 years earlier.

of marketing, promotions and ticket services for Tribe Athletics at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Greg Robinson, BBA ’01, and his wife, Stacey, welcomed their daughter and future Bobcat, Reagan, in October. They reside in Avon Lake, Ohio. Stephen Svoboda, MFA ’01, presented “Odysseus DOA” at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row in

New York. He wrote and directed the play, which was featured in the 2001 Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwrights’ Festival at Ohio University.


Kelly Lorkowski Doriot, BSIS ’02, and her husband, Nicholas Doriot, BSEE ’02, welcomed their son, Jaks Roman, in November. He joins brother Nico, 2. The family resides in Pelzer, S.C. Mathew Hawk, BSSP ’02, and his wife, Melody, have two children and a third on the way. He is an exercise physiologist at Affinity Medical Center. The family resides in Bolivar, Ohio. Nicole Hayes, BSJ ’02, is the communications director at the Outdoor Advertising Association of America in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for all media and member communications and oversees all public service partnerships, including coordination of the association’s AMBER Alert initiative and the FBI’s Digital Billboard Alert Network. Brian Turner, BMUS ’02, is a musician who has shared the stage with many international bands and distributed his music with audiences via the Internet, radio play and podcasts. He was featured in the official iOS New Age Piano app, which has reached more than 100,000 downloads. He and his wife, Caroline Runser-Turner, BS ’00, BSVC ’00, MA ’05, reside in Asheville, N.C. Matthew White, BA ’02, is chairman of the Columbus Bar Association’s Energy Law Committee. He is an associate at Chester Willcox & Saxbe LLP in Columbus. Rebecca Riepenhoff Widder, BSJ ’02, BA ’02, and David Widder, BA ’01, celebrated the birth of their son, Matthew David, in July 2010. The family lives in Saint Charles, Mo.


Leslie Shaffer Chamberlain, BMUS ’03, and her husband, Nathan Chamberlain, BA ’04, served in Mongolia with the Peace Corps and have published a travel book about Mongolia with Other Places Publishing. They live in Chicago. Eric Corll, BSME ’03, and his wife, Elizabeth Lapka, BSSP ’03, starred

in an episode of “Renovation Realities” on the DIY Network in October. They live in Dubuque, Iowa. Briana Jenkins, BBA ’03, married Nathan Succop in September. She is vice president at Covenant Capital Group. They live in Nashville, Tenn.

The promise lives.

Danielle Kuhn, AAS ’03, married Justin Holbert in Las Vegas in July 2010. She is a funeral director/ embalmer in Lancaster, Ohio. Kurt Pettit, BFA ’03, is the co-inventor of Appstand, the first frame-style stand designed for the iPhone. He is the creative director at Findaway World in Solon, Ohio, where he works with two other Ohio University graphic design graduates. Toni Moransky Wallace, BSHSL ’03, and Aaron Wallace, BSSP ’01, welcomed their son, Bradley, in December 2009. They wed in 2008. The family resides in Grove City, Ohio.


Alex Bernstein, BSA ’04, and his wife, Julie, wed in 2008. He is flying for the U.S. Coast Guard at Air Station Miami. Ariel Cabe, BFA ’04, is art director at Proof Integrated Communications, a national advertising and design agency in Washington, D.C. Nilesh Dagia, PHD ’04, was one of three pharmaceutical researchers in India to receive the 2010 Young Scientist Award from the Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India. He was recognized for research conducted at Piramal Life Sciences Limited. Meghann McCall, MPA ’04, married Paul Marnecheck in September. She is chief of staff for the City of Parma. The couple live in North Royalton, Ohio.

Join the 1804 Society Have you remembered The Ohio University Foundation in your estate plans and not told us yet? We invite you to join our alumni and friends who have made planned gifts on our behalf, and welcome you to the 1804 Society of the Trustees’ Academy. Discussing your estate plans with our staff ensures that your gift is designated according to your wishes, and allows us to recognize you for your generosity. To discuss your estate plans and join the 1804 Society, please contact Kelli Bell, Executive Director of Gift Planning at 740-597-1819 or

Jeffery Rhodes, BSJ ’04, BA ’04, is the regional recruiter for the Peace Corps Chicago recruitment office. He served with the Peace Corps in Zambia from 2005 to 2007, and he spent two years working as the safety and education coordinator for the City of Chicago’s bicycle safety program.


Chuck Bowen, BSJ ’05, is editor at Lawn & Landscape, a national magazine serving the landscape and lawn care industry.

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Chuck and his wife, Becky Williams Bowen, AB ’05, have two daughters and celebrated the birth of their third child, Elliot, in March. They live near Cleveland.

friends last summer. Laura is a Web marketing specialist for WebMD. The couple reside in San Clemente, Calif. Lyle Warren, BSS ’05, graduated in June 2010 with a master of divinity. He resides in Fredericktown, Ohio.

Lauren Burke, BSSP ’05, married Chris Warnat in July 2010 at Galbreath Chapel. They reside south of Boston. Tyler Fisher, BSC ’05, MCTP ’07, has relocated to Colorado Springs and is working in the distributed systems environment with Progressive Insurance, after spending three years in the network and telecom side. He enjoys the outdoors, especially snowboarding in the winter months. Benjamin Horning, BSCS ’05, is CEO of iPhone app Hotbarspot. He resides in Columbus. Maureen Montgomery, BSED ’05, was named the 2010 detention worker of the year for Muskingum County Juvenile Detention Center and the 2010 State of Ohio detention worker of the year. She was a breakout session presenter at the 2010 summer teacher institute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Maureen lives in Zanesville, Ohio.

Putut Widjanarko, MA ’05, PHD ’07, produced the film “3 Hati 2 Dunia 1 Cinta” (3 Hearts 2 Worlds 1 Love), which was named the best picture at the 2010 Indonesian film festival. The film also won six other awards, including best director, best adapted screenplay and best lead actor. He lives in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Justin Beckett, BSJ ’06, married Sara Tippie, BS ’07, in December 2008. Justin is a production team leader at Cox Media Group Ohio, which includes the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun, Hamilton JournalNews and Middletown Journal. Sara is an ESR coordinator at MillerCoors Brewing. The couple reside in Dayton, Ohio. Jack Carmichael, BSSP ’06, married Kerri Pruchnicki, BA ’06, in October. The bridal party included Jonathon Raines, BBA ’06; Paul Yontz, BSSP ’07, DPT ’10; Vincent Vales, BA ’06; Justin Parcell, BA ’06; Daniel Ceci, BSED ’06; Bryson Turner, BSC ’06; Elizabeth Mazzola Vales, BA ’06; and Rebecca Schatz, BSJ ’06. The couple live in Cleveland.

Laura Hale Robinson, MSW ’05, and her husband, Peter, welcomed twin daughters, Lydia Eve and Awen Isabel, in November. They join older brother Julian. The family resides in Flagstaff, Ariz. Laura Bloor Townsend, BSJ ’05, and Adam Townsend, BSJ ’05, enjoyed a reunion with their Ohio University

Nida Degesys, BA ’06, is in her second year of medical studies and has been named the student representative to the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine

Locals take polar plunge for charity Chris Eisenacher, an OU sophomore studying industrial technology, will take the plunge tomorrow for the second year in a row. His primary motivation is his brother, Andy, who has autism and has been competing in the Special Olympics for about 10 years. “I know that it makes (Andy) feel like any other kid because he’s able to participate in sports.” —The Post, 2009, reporting on the annual Polar Bear Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Ohio

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and Pharmacy Board of Trustees. She resides in Streetsboro, Ohio. Christopher Free, BSC ’06, is founder of Freestyle Media Production LLC. His film “Black Eyed Redemption” was screened at the Colony Film Festival in Marietta, Ohio. His website is www.chris-free. com. He lives in Virginia Beach, Va. Christopher Hallock, BBA ’06, is an associate at Robb Leonard Mulvihill LLP in Pittsburgh. Annette Brasseur Hostetter, BSED ’06, completed her master’s degree in education from Muskingum University. She is a Title 1 Reading Teacher at Coshocton City Schools. She lives in Zanesville, Ohio. Eric Long, BS ’06, would like to reconnect with fellow alumni who served as a big brother or big sister to a child in the Athens community. He can be reached at longew@gmail. com. Eric is the program director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Athens County and lives in Athens. Emily Ochsenhirt, BSC ’06, received the Junior League of Akron 2009–10 Rookie of the Year Award for her commitment to making a difference in the Akron community. She is in her first active year with the League and works with FirstEnergy. Jonathan Van Linge, BSC ’06, is an intervention specialist at Crossroads Center for the Youth, an alternative school. He lives in Lancaster, Ohio. Alison Green Wayner, BSJ ’06, and Robert Wayner, BSSP ’05, DPT ’08, welcomed their first child, Zoe Olivia, in November 2009. The family resides in Eugene, Ore.


Alison Bratt, BSJ ’07, is a firstyear language arts teacher at Mountain Vista Community K-8 in the Harrison District in Colorado. Andrew Cech, BMUS ’07, MM ’09, enlisted in the Navy in April 2010. He is stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he plays in the Pacific Fleet Band and the Harbor Brass Quintet. Deborah Shelor Hemingway, BSVC ’07, BBA ’07, is a wedding and portrait photographer for her

business, Deborah Hemingway Photography. Her website is www. She lives with her husband, Frank, in Laurel, Md. Jaclyn Jones, BBA ’07, teaches high school English in Madrid, Spain. Jonathan Polick, BBA ’07, received his master of business administration with a specialization in marketing from John Carroll University in December. He resides in Seven Hills, Ohio. Ashley Shaw, BSC ’07, is working toward a master’s degree in urban studies and economic development at Cleveland State University. Brooke Sheppard, BSC ’07, married Jesse Megenhardt, BSIT ’07, during the annual Athens Brew Week Festival in July 2010. They reside in northern Kentucky. Dwayne Steward, BSJ ’07, represented Ohio in the book “It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living.” Dwayne has written for publications including Newsweek and Metromix. He lives in Delaware, Ohio. Alexander Toomey, BSS ’07, is pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration. He is a graduate assistant with the University of Akron Career Center. Danielle Trusso, BSJ ’07, married Adam Emerling, BSC ’07, in August. The couple live in Bloomington, Ind. Rachel Ward, MA ’07, is editor of WXXI’s local journalism center, “the Innovation Trail,” in Rochester, N.Y. It is one of seven projects across the nation funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to conduct collaborative, innovative multimedia reporting around a specific topic.


Lauren Brediger, BBA ’08, married Branden Buxman, BSA ’07, in September. The bridal party included Shannon Henry, BSED ’10; Lauren Sulick, BA ’09; J.J. Knabb, BSPE ’07; Craig Donahue, BBA ’07, MBA ’10; Kenneth Honneffer, BSA ’07; and Kyle Wagner, BSA ’09. The couple reside in Wooster, Ohio.

Sheree Coleman, BSJ ’08, is one of the founding business partners for Sole Discretion, a line of slim shoes you can carry in your purse. She lives in New York City.

investigative video journalist for Texas Watchdog in Houston.

Michael Gillespie, BSC ’08, reports he lives near and works with many Bobcats in Hermosa Beach, Calif.


Allison Gioscia, MM ’08, is principal flute with la Orquesta de UniNorte in Asuncion, Paraguay. She has performed as principal flute with the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (Pittsburgh), the Main Line Symphony Orchestra (Philadelphia) and others.

Christine Succop, BSJ ’09, is a copy editor at the Traverse City (Mich.) Record-Eagle.

Ashley Luu, BSED ’08, is a Spanish teacher at Oak Hills Local School District. She is enjoying her work and thanks her professors for their support. She resides in Cincinnati. Mark Mason, MA ’08, was deployed for 10 months in 2009–10 to eastern Afghanistan as part of the U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System program, which deploys teams to conduct social science research with Afghan and Iraqi populations to increase understanding of local cultures and history. Farid Muttaqin, MA ’08, is working with UNIFEM to strengthen women’s rights and gender equality in the Islamic context of Aceh, Indonesia. Mollie Parsons, BSHC ’08, married Justin Zenz, BSSP ’07, in August. The wedding party included Jon Zenz, BSC ’03; Ben Schneider, BSJ ’07, MED ’10; Kara Johnson, BA ’08; and Molly Farrar, BSSPS ’09. The couple live in Toledo, Ohio. John Pershing, BBA ’08, married Sarah Pershing in July 2008. The couple live in Alexandria, Ky. Brittany Peterson, BSHC ’08, is a registered dietitian in Indianapolis. Mary Sray, BA ’08, married Robert Flenner, BSSPS ’08, in November. Rob is in sales, and Mary is a copywriter at JWT Action. They reside in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Lynn Walsh, BSJ ’08, was selected to attend a journalism training workshop sponsored by the Knight Digital Media Center. She is an

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Jennifer Williams, BSED ’08, married Brady Garrett, BSRS ’10, in July 2010. They live in Marion, Ohio.

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Nicole Jason, BSRS ’09, is a program coordinator for the Village of Groveport and is responsible for programming and managing the Cultural Arts Center for adults and children. She resides in Dublin, Ohio, with her husband, Justin.


Joey Argiro, BA ’10, is a data analyst at the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness of Central Ohio Technical College and thanks Ohio for helping launch his career. He lives in Hilliard, Ohio. John Coyne, BA ’10, completed a year abroad and volunteered with Rostro de Cristo, a shelter for street children where he taught English and coordinated an after-school program. He resides in Westlake, Ohio. Jill Dickert, BSJ ’10, is the sales and marketing coordinator at EMI Network, a copywriting and advertising firm in Cincinnati. Joseph Hanke, BSED ’10, is deployed in Iraq with his best friend and fellow alum Aaron Miller, BA ’09. Emily Mullin, BSJ ’10, is a reporter at the Baltimore Business Journal, a weekly business newspaper. Ryan O’Donnell, BS ’10, placed third in the Chemical & Engineering News photo contest “Your Science Up Close” with an image of a micrometer-sized ammonium nitrate crystallite. He resides in Baltimore. Brandon Rudd, BA ’10, is pursuing a master’s in urban affairs and public policy and is a research assistant for the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware. Bobcat Tracks listings were compiled by Ohio Today student writers Beth Lipton, Makenzie Bowker and Julie Feinerman. Information included in this edition was received prior to Feb. 15.

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Helen Brock Pope, KP ’31 Marguerite Stewart Jones, ELED ’32, BSED ’58 Marian Morris Stephan, AB ’32 Frederick Good, ELED ’33, BSED ’35 Delbert Phillips, BSED ’33 Virginia Coe Briggs, BSSS ’34 Alfred Craft, AB ’35 Hazel Ralston Lockhart, ELED ’35 Gladys Rider, KP ’35 Garen Roush, COED ’35 Vivian Thompson Farrell, ELED ’36, BSED ’40 Dean Jeffers, COED ’36, LLD ’76 Hyla McClaflin Wood, BSED ’36 John Mahan, BSCHE ’37 Clarence McMillan, BSCOM ’37 Ruth Biddison Woodburn, BSS ’37 Sara Murphy Barrett, KP ’38 Stanley Hitsky, BSED ’38 Jean Mitchell, KP ’38, BSE ’43 Helen Snider Petrich, BSED ’38 Alva Brudwick White, BSED ’38 S. Eleanor Longbrake, MS ’39 J. William Roberson, BSED ’39 Donald Stephens, BSEE ’39


Robert Coe, BSCOM ’40 Helen Haskins Neelon, BSED ’40 John Reed, AB ’40 Earl Schemenauer, BSCOM ’40 Frank Young, AB ’40 Joseph Boggs, AB ’41, LHD ’66 Sam Bye, BSCOM ’41 Jean Weaver Parsly, AB ’41 Evelyn Postle Reep, BSED ’41 Pearl Spuler, BSCE ’41 Charles Garven, BSJ ’42 Dana Jones, AB ’42 Chester Loos, BSED ’42 George Besuden, BSED ’43 Barbara Binns, BFA ’43 Morgan Burke, BSCOM ’43 Mary Pennock Fraser-Moots, BSED ’43 E. Briggs Gamblee, AB ’43 Eleanor Haines Kriss, BSED ’43 Mary Allen Ruetenik, ELED ’43, BSED ’45 Robert Tedrick, BS ’43 Martha Fisher Compton, BS ’44 Helen Copeland Aemisegger, AB ’45 Betty Milhendler, AB ’45

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Patricia Dehays Fahnestock, AB ’46, BSED ’49, MA ’55 Max Baughman, BSED ’47 M. Leslie Clark, BSCE ’47 Homer Dybvig, BFA ’47, MFA ’51 Simon Engelhardt, BSCOM ’47 Oscar Glasberg, BSJ ’47 Jeanette Parfitt King, BSED ’47 Betty Sheskey Meade, BSJ ’47 Ann Murray Miller, AB ’47 Stuart Pike, BS ’47 William Wolfe, BFA ’47 John Brown Jr., BS ’48 Charles Harrison, BSCE ’48 Laverne Hauser Hornby, BSED ’48 Georgia Michael Kail, BSHEC ’48 Lawrence Ley, BSCOM ’48 Margaret Sayles Purcell, AB ’48 Billie Westfall Redd, BSSS ’48 Lester Riggle, BSED ’48, MED ’51 Winston Ryan, BSCOM ’48 Robert Sayre, BSJ ’48 Donald Torreson, BFA ’48, MED ’51 Kathryn Gottshall Bensen, BFA ’49, MA ’50 Homer Force, BSCOM ’49 Donald Gorman, BSJ ’49 Helen Watson James, BS ’49 Rebecca Manship, BSED ’49 Emil McVeigh, BSCOM ’49 Robert Sandler, AB ’49, MA ’50 Glenn Snyder, BSME ’49 Earl Teaford, BS ’49


Ethelouise Boright Carpenter, BSED ’50 Martha Elms Conway, BSED ’50 Sherrill Elkins, BS ’50 Virginia Sterling Faubel, BSS ’50 Brandon Grover Jr., BSAGR ’50 Rex Hutson, BSCOM ’50 Nicholas Mihalik, BSED ’50 Maralyce Williams Newberry, AB ’50 Richard Pike, BSAE ’50 Joseph Restifo, BSAE ’50 James Sherman Jr., AB ’50 Marvin Spidel, BSAGR ’50 Melvin Weinstein, AA ’50 William Yost, BS ’50, MS ’51 Rodney Andrew, BSED ’51 Lewis Foster, BSCOM ’51 Libby Abramson Grasgreen, BSED ’51 Gerald Harstine, BSCE ’51

Paul Kail, BSAGR ’51 Marie Farley Kraemer, BSS ’51 Billy Neal, BS ’51 Nancie Cornell Price, AB ’51 John Welsh, BSCOM ’51 Norman Winkel, BSIE ’51 John Wise, BFA ’51 Ernest Cochran, BSAGR ’52 Margaret Gillen Denny, BSED ’52 Louise Bookman Everhart, BFA ’52 Donna Laper Faught, BSED ’52 Alfred Scheider, BSIE ’52 Alan Thompson, BS ’52 Glenn Waite, BSCOM ’52 Joanne Quilligan Yurasko, BSED ’52 Madeline Kiener Blaire, BSED ’53 Elmer Horsky, BSED ’53, MFA ’55 Marvin Kelly, AB ’53 Marcia Becker Smith, BSED ’53 Grace Banks, AB ’54 Harold Byers, BSED ’54, MBA ’59 Ronald Daly, BSED ’54, MED ’55 Joseph Hatfield, MA ’54 Barbara Ulrich Hoover, BSED ’54 Gordon Johnson, BS ’54 Frank Maragas, BSCOM ’54 Charles Solter, BSED ’54 Patricia Smith Wallner, BSED ’54 Allan Berger, AB ’55, MA ’56 Richard Fleitz, BSCOM ’55 Peggy Polley Kirschner, BSED ’55 Patricia Abbott McCloud, BSED ’55 Barbara Metzger Pratt, BSS ’55 George Stanko, BSEE ’55 Jerome Swartz, BSCOM ’55 Anna McMillen Carson, BSED ’56 Harry Clark, MED ’56 Billie Huff Henning, BSED ’56 Raymond Meyers, BSCE ’56 Evelyn Stauffer Pindell, BSED ’56 Ezra Pope, BSCE ’56 Carl Price, AB ’56 Don Russi, BSCOM ’56 Beatrice Palmer Sallupo, BSED ’56 James Sullivan, BFA ’56, MFA ’61 Jacquelin Gray Tschiegg, BSED ’56 Daniel Turner, BSCE ’56 Donald Brenner, MS ’57 David Bryan, BSCOM ’57 Jane Rice Hudgins, BSED ’57 Emily Foster Leedy, MED ’57 MarySue Punkar Stover, BSHEC ’57 Norman Szabo, BSCOM ’57 Anne Rudberg Taylor, MA ’57 Benjamin DePompei, BSEE ’58 Jerry Dudding, BSED ’58

George Kapsala, BSEE ’58 Stanley Modic, BSCOM ’58 Theresa Aveni Patriarca, BSHEC ’58 Ronald Pitts, BSCOM ’58 Henry Rudin, BSJ ’58 Beverly McKenzie Walthour, BS ’58 David Craig, BSEE ’59 Doris Jenkins DeMicco, BSED ’59 Mary Ann Gienke Honeychuck, BSED ’59 David Smith, BSCOM ’59 Richard Thomson, BSEE ’59


Susan Deubel Becker, AB ’60 Bernard Lukco Jr., BSED ’60 James Roughton, BSCOM ’60 Charles Schoeppner, MED ’60 Lois Nethers Shaw, BSED ’60 Darrell Simpkins, BSME ’60 Dean Jennings, BSME ’61 Marcia Spilka Rubin, BSCOM ’61 Howard Anderson, BSED ’62 Millie Hensler Coen, BSED ’62 Augustus Collins Jr., BSED ’62 Robert Alston, MED ’63 L. Paul Carr, BSED ’63 Erma Dudash Kinsel, BSED ’63 Ernest LeFevre, BBA ’63 Bonnie Sabins Lehman, BSED ’63 James Barth, BS ’64 Susan VanScoy Coffman, BSED ’64 Robert Gitson, BBA ’64 William Stanforth, BSCE ’64 Tess Quattrone Vaglienti, BSED ’64 Michael Boland, BBA ’65 Gerald Crane, MS ’65 Janet Pickersgill Mueller, BSED ’65 William Wirsing, BBA ’65 Lois Ramser Cernock, BSED ’66 Warren Gifford Jr., BBA ’66 Walter Grueser, BSED ’66 Dennis Hayes, AB ’66 Thomas Wyszynski, BBA ’66, MED ’77 Jere Broedling, BSME ’67 Kenneth Dieterich, BA ’67 Harlan Foltz, MED ’67 William Sfakianos, MED ’67 Robert Buck, BBA ’68 Jane Wise Jabs, BSHEC ’68 James Nordstrom, BBA ’68 Wayne Dysinger, BSC ’69 Casimer Naspinsky, MA ’69 Michael Pastelyak, BBA ’69 James Pennington, MA ’69, PHD ’75

Stephen Rostek, BSED ’69, MED ’77, PHD ’92


Susan McCracken Bridge, BSED ’70 Richard Fisher, BBA ’70 Merrill Hickman, BSED ’70 Nancy Taylor Machor, BSED ’70 George Mallo, BS ’70 Elizabeth Carroll Menson, MED ’70, PHD ’78 Noah Payne, BSED ’70 Frances Smedley, BS ’70 Mann Valentine VI, AB ’70 Gary Wachenschwanz, BSIT ’70 Barbara Bednarczuk Wagner, BSED ’70, MED ’77 John Berry, BBA ’71 Richard Calvin, AB ’71 Ronald Collier, AA ’71, BSCHE ’74 Lennie Baumgartner Conover, MA ’71 Pamela Dotson, BSED ’71, MED ’89 Roscoe Hale Jr., PHD ’71 Robert Koodrich, BBA ’71 Charles Lambert Jr., BSED ’71 James Murray, BFA ’71 Max Sharp, BSJ ’71 Kenneth Strom, BSJ ’71 Shirley Bradley Bowman, BSED ’72 Betsy Drake Ford, BSED ’72 David Hutchins, PHD ’72 Eleanor Mullen Marine, BSED ’72 Lawrence Pryfogle, MED ’72 Karen Lambert Walden, BSED ’72 Andrew Garfield, BFA ’73 Jacqueline Gibson, BSED ’73 Guy Orcutt, BFA ’73 Kathleen Hermann Pullman, MS ’73 Carol Taxon, BGS ’73 Terri DuBois, BSED ’74 Alan Horvath, BSJ ’74 Barbara Bish McCunn , BSED ’74 Donna Newberry, MED ’74 Paul Watson, MBA ’74 Joseph Lampert, BSJ ’75 Mary Marx, AB ’75 Michael Pfeifer, BBA ’75 Clark Runck, BS ’75 Richard Vore, BSED ’75 Earl Bardall, PHD ’76 Karen Burwell, BBA ’76 William Diller, BBA ’76, MA ’77 David Gerdeman, BFA ’76 Sydney Kurland, PHD ’76 Gilbert Peerey, AAS ’76

Courtlandt Gilmour, MFA ’77 Howard Fulk, BCJ ’78 Dennis McVey, BSC ’78 William Buckingham, MBA ’79 Wilfred Burgie, MED ’79 Lynn Bunn Davidson, BSED ’79


Virginia Sharpee Creamer, BSH ’80 Allan Gold, BS ’80 James Kenkel, MA ’80 Steven Klock, BSC ’80 Edward Mizicko, BSH ’80 Richard Sterneckert, PHD ’80 Ada Newell Wilhelm, AA ’80 David Bongard, AB ’81 Susan Mirvis, BSC ’81 Robert Nicholson, MBA ’81 Lisa Wells, BBA ’81 Sharon Rush, MFA ’82 Robert Schmidt Jr., BSN ’82 Douglas Carter, PHD ’83 Michael DeLamatre, AB ’83, MED ’02 Susan Ipacs, BSN ’84 William Hewitt, BFA ’85 Wolf Ligotke, AB ’86, MA ’87 William Davis, BBA ’88 Daniel Wells III, MSA ’89

BARI WATKINS (1946–2011) Bari Watkins’ love of teaching, her energy, humor and her community involvement are remembered as Ohio University’s Lancaster campus, the entire university and community mourn her passing. Watkins, 64, succumbed to pancreatic cancer April 2. Since becoming the first woman to lead the Lancaster campus in July 2000, Watkins opened the stand-alone Pickerington Center on Stonecreek Drive, developed a campus master plan, worked to create new scholarships for students, raised funds for construction and renovation, and increased student enrollment. After resigning the position of dean in 2003, Watkins became an associate professor of history at the Lancaster campus. She served as an associate professor until her retirement last November. She also became involved in many civic activities and served on the boards of the Lancaster Festival, Community Bank and the Lancaster Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. Her support of local initiatives earned her the 2001 Chairman’s Award from the Chamber of Commerce. “In addition to being a well-respected historian and educator, Dr. Watkins led the campus through the master plan development process and eliminated a long-standing deficit in our operating budget. She also became very involved in local activities. We’re quite saddened; her death leaves a void on the Lancaster campus and in the community,” said campus spokeswoman Jennifer LaRue. She is survived by her husband, Bill Steinman, and his son, Billy.


Ann Cignoni O’Dell, BSN ’90 Daisy Pearl Hooks Page, BSN ’90 Rhonda Thornton Dunfee, AS ’92 Joseph Enderle Jr., BS ’92 Walter Murray, AS ’92, BBA ’96 Thomas Pagniano, BFA ’92 Cynthia Eskins, MSPE ’94 Thomas Woodall, PHD ’94 Dawn Rymer, MS ’95 Beth Crupie, BSJ ’96 Frederick Harris, DFA ’97 Katharin Perrin, BSVC ’97 Mildred Funderburk, AS ’98 Paul Milhoan Jr., MBA ’98


Steven Gardner, BS ’00 Donald Marks, MS ’01 Jessica Woodruff, BSS ’02 Joseph Schmidlin, BSC ’03 Monica Berger, BSED ’04 Kurt Jacobs, BBA ’10

Faculty/Staff Abdul Alassaf, AAS ’85, AS ’85, Millfield, Ohio, groundskeeper, Nov. 27, 2010 Howard Beebe, Athens, Ohio, professor emeritus of music, Dec. 30, 2010 Hubertus “Hugh” Bloemer, Athens, Ohio, associate professor emeritus of geography, director emeritus of cartographic center, March 10, 2011 Debbie Caldwell, Albany, Ohio, library associate in Alden Library circulation services, former certified medical assistant at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nov. 25, 2010 Roger Finlay, Dataw Island, S.C., distinguished professor emeritus

of physics and astronomy, March 13, 2011 Ted Foster, PHD ’68, Athens, Ohio, associate professor emeritus of interpersonal communication, Sept. 25, 2010 William Huntsman, BS ’47, Athens, Ohio, distinguished professor emeritus of chemistry, March 4, 2011 Roger Stephens, Knoxville, Tenn., former director of school of music, Feb. 20, 2011 Roy Rauschenberg, Columbus, Ohio, professor emeritus of history, Feb. 6, 2011 Maxine Thomas, Chauncey, Ohio, retired mail clerk, Jan. 10, 2011

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At the crossroads

Exciting opportunities ahead for college’s osteopaths


hy did the students cross the road? To get to a convention in Washington, D.C., of course! This “Abbey Road”-style photo, snapped by School of Visual Communication graduate student Michael Kleinfeld, caught College of Osteopathic Medicine students on their way to DO Day on the Hill, an event that brings together osteopaths, students and members of Congress to discuss health policy issues. But we’d like to think the photo fittingly captures the movers and shakers of our College of Osteopathic Medicine: Thanks to a recent gift of $105 million — among the top 50 gifts ever given to a U.S. higher education institution — the college is building an extension campus in central Ohio. Keep your eye on your alma mater. We’re going places! Read more on page 6, and at

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Going green


Ohio Today paper sets a new standard

No doubt you’ve noticed Ohio Today has a new look. Published since 1999, our magazine has never received an overhaul — until now. We hope you like it. One feature of the magazine that we’re pretty proud of is our new paper, the Enviro 100. It’s made from 100 percent recycled, post-consumer fibers from paper collected from homes, businesses and industrial plants within the northeastern United States. The paper’s manufacturing process also has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry, thanks to the use of the renewable energies of hydroelectricity and biogas, a byproduct of decomposing waste at a landfill. As the Ohio University community makes a deeper commitment to sustainability, it seems only fitting for Ohio Today to contribute to these efforts. So when you discard the magazine (if you must!) we hope you’ll remember to toss it in your recycling bin. It just might find its way back to you recycled in yet another issue! g in What?!

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taly was the classroom when early childhood education major Kelly Aker, studied abroad. She submitted this photo of a Venice gondola to the yearly Office of Education Abroad’s photo contest, which honors the photgraphic work of faculty, students and staff who travel during their teaching and studies. To see more images from the contest, turn to page 8.

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