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spring 2018 LE ADERSHIP



Leading with purpose Dear OHIO Alumni, The word “leadership” has been in the English vocabulary since the mid-16th century. Its origin began with the idea that to lead was to “be first.” Since then, the term has evolved to incorporate the responsibility of consciously providing guidance or direction to others. But that isn’t its only purpose. Leading is also about knowing first who we are, finding our vision, and then taking the steps to inspire others. I believe that leadership is not just about position. Instead, I believe the Bobcat family overflows with leaders who perform great work each and every day.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Baker Peace Conference, a platform for shared knowledge and expertise for our OHIO and community citizens, who gather to hear leaders share how peacebuilding takes place throughout the world. And as college campuses continue to serve as an environment for challenging discussions and the free exchange of ideas, OHIO’s George Washington Forum hosts guest lecturers who provide their views on America’s founding principles and provide an opportunity for thought-provoking dialogue and civil debate.

Bobcat Beacons of Excellence FROM PRESIDENT M. DUANE NELLIS Ohio University garnered a Bronze Level

Bicycle Friendly University designation by the League of American Bicyclists in November 2017

ABOVE: OHIO’s Office of Sustainability’s Sam Crowl, MA ’99, pedals up a smoothie on the office’s blender bike, featured during President Nellis’ investiture in October 2017. OPPOSITE: President Duane and First Lady Ruthie Nellis walk in the 2018 Silent March, part of OHIO’s annual MLK Jr. Day celebration. Photos by Ben Wirtz Siegel , BSVC ’02

As we think about the many ways to lead, we turn to the opioid epidemic that plagues the Southeast Ohio region and our country. Jan Rader, an alumna of the Ohio University Southern Campus, uses her nursing degree and her innate poise and grace to lead under pressure in a climate of chaos. Jan’s positive attitude and tireless commitment to healing those in need is remarkable. Together, by leading with eagerness and purpose, we can continue to be change-agents in ways that will impact generations to come.

Four Ohio University master’s programs —education, engineering, business administration, and business (non-MBA) —were ranked among the top 100

programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report OHIO was named the eighth most military-

friendly school in the country for 2018 by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs

Poets & Quants, a leading source for graduate business education information, ranked

OHIO’s Online MBA program No. 15 in the United States According to a recent study, the Ohio

University Libraries system ranks in the top 15 nationally for the number of

materials provided to other libraries, as well as materials received Syndicated columnist Clarence Page, M. Duane Nellis President

BSJ ’69, HON ’93, was awarded the prestigious W.M. Kiplinger Award for

Distinguished Contributions to Journalism by the National Press Foundation Ohio University's Bobcat Battalion is one

of eight units in the U.S. to earn the 2017-2018 MacArthur Award, marking it

as one of the Army's best 275 ROTC programs.


What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.

NELSON MANDEL A OHIO alumni connect at the Ebony Bobcat Network’s Annual Theater Scholarship Fundraiser in Cleveland in February. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education awarded EBN “Best Diversity Program” in 2017.

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Giving peace a chance

President Nellis, up close

The Baker Peace Conference champions domestic peacebuilding in its 30th year.

President Nellis leads OHIO by listening, then doing.



Climate of chaos

Sing it!

Jan Radar sees tragedy and hope daily as she responds to the opioid crisis.

A cappella groups are sprouting up at OHIO, led by music and non-music majors alike.



Civil discourse

Still more

OHIO creates safe places for challenging conversations.

Interim provost Sayrs is not new to stepping up and filling in.


03 From the editor 04 Letters to the editor 05 Green scenes

OHIO stories in photos + words OHIO is a leader in the state for implementing best practices in sustainability. An infographic on pages 16-17 illustrates some of OHIO’s green initiatives.

22 Calendar 40 OHIO time machine

42 Bobcat tracks

Class notes, Bobcat sightings, Future Bobcats

51 In memoriam 56 Last word 40 From the 1968 Athena. Photo courtesy of

the Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections

Founding Dean of the Voinovich School Mark Weinberg opens up.

Visit for exclusive content and multimedia. Watch videos related to stories on the cover and on pages 18, 20, and 36. Also online: ohiotoday ((radio)) podcast, “Made for this,” shares short stories about three of OHIO’s natural-born leaders.


ON THE COVER Natalie Kruse-Daniels, assistant professor of environmental studies (LEFT) and Jennifer Bowman, director of Environmental Programs, both at the Voinovich School survey a stream. Merry Foresta, curator of “Sighting Progress,” says this photo is “more than a simple documentation.” It captures “the transformative and inspirational vision of research and exploration.” Photo by Darcy Holdorf, MA ’12

Photo on gatefold by Dustin Franz, BSVC ’10

Leadership is a hallmark of OHIO. For some, the path to becoming a leader winds around obstacles that seem unsurmountable. Others are born to lead and seemingly do it with ease. Leaders lead by listening, employing informed and sound judgment, and using a mix of compassion and decisiveness. Inside are stories about students, faculty, staff, and alumni leaders—some born to lead, others who were empowered to become he or she or they who lead. —Editor Kelee Garrison Riesbeck, BSJ, CERT ’91

Leaders from the Russ College of Engineering and Technology’s Society of Women Engineers promoted a passion for engineering to budding STEMers from the region at a recent Girl Scout outreach event in Athens. Photo by Kaitlin Owens, BSVC '17

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Young bloods We received my winter 2018 ohiotoday and, as always, I particularly enjoyed the articles about OU in the past. The article about the 1968 unrest was interesting to me as I graduated from OU in 1968 and backed the employees in their strike (in a very small way). I thought I’d share the attached photo [OPPOSITE] of me and my future wife, Karen, with our strike sign standing in front of the overflowing dumpsters behind Shively Hall. I had a board job at Jefferson Dining Hall during that period, so I guess I was on strike, too. Keep up the good work and be sure to keep including articles of interest to those of us from the “old days” when the Hocking River overflowed annually! —Mike, BSED ’68, & Karen, BSED ’68, Jackson, Mary Manusos... I’ve never forgotten your amazing talent and your kindness. Congratulations on an amazing body of work. —Linda Stroh BSC’89, MA ’95

—Dale R. Leslie, MED ’74

"States of Being" solo exhibit, featuring the work of Mary Manusos, Trisolini Gallery, Ohio university. Photo by Daniel King , MA ’15

Tippo, Ohio

State of things Our whole senior year was an avalanche of change! In September 1967 we had our academic calendar altered from two semesters to four quarters… anti-war demonstrations were exploding…civil rights challenges were front and center. Later that spring Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated…by the time we were studying for finals we heard the news that Bobby Kennedy had been shot and killed in Los Angeles. And the river, which flooded enough for students in West Green dorms to dive into the flood waters from their windows,

Snapshot break Here’s a candid photo of Steven Levine, MED ’75 (LEFT), and Kevin Kilty, MED ’74, in 1974 at the front door of…errr, I've forgotten (It’s Kantner Hall. -Editor). Today, they would probably be a youthful 60+ years old. The three of us were in Professor Mong Gee's class studying communication in problem solving. We drew his praise for a survey of athletic attitudes at O.U., which made it above the fold in The Post.

had been tamed and rerouted by the Army Corps of Engineers. The times they certainly were a changin’. —Susan Stuart, AB ’68, Santa Cruz, California

Food truck 1970s style I really enjoyed the winter 2018 issue. Great memories of OU. Especially 1968. I set up the first recycling center on campus after Earth Day was established in 1968. I also owned the first Sandwich Wagon on campus. I met my wife there…still married and both our boys went to OU. —Rich Korn, BBA ’72, Westerville, Ohio


Bobcats chimed in on stories posted on This alumna wrote in about “Mary Manusos: Art as response to our world,” a story on related to ohiotoday’s winter 2018 issue, themed “goodwill.” Mary, eons ago, you took an untalented 40-year-old neighbor under your wing and helped her create a painting for her art class. I passed thanks to you, got my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, raised kids, and went on with life. I’ve never forgotten your amazing talent and your kindness. Congratulations on an amazing body of work. —Linda Stroh BSC ’89, MA ’95

WRITE TO US. ohiotoday welcomes comments from readers. We reserve the right to edit for grammar, space, clarity, and civility. Send letters by email to or by mail to Ohio University, ohiotoday, 112 McKee House, 1 Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701. We regret that we cannot publish all messages in print or online.





Alumni snapshots 1. Alumni Mike Jackson, BSED '68, and Karen Jackson, BSED '68 take up the cause during the 1968 OHIO workers' strike. 2. Debbie Stevens, BSCHS ’83, jumped at the chance to

comment on this Valentine’s Day photo from the Athena yearbook on @OHIOalumni’s Instagram and tag her hubby, David Stevens, BS ’83. “Met @davstevensfw Bobcat husband over 36 years ago, married 33 years!”

3. Steven Levine, MED ’75, (LEFT) and Kevin Kilty, MED ’74, take a breather from the grad school grind to have their photo snapped on the steps of Kantner Hall.

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4. Alumnus Rich Korn’s, “food truck,” a Volkswagon Type 2, better known as a VW Bus, is transformed into his Sandwich “Sandy” Wagon, c. 1970.

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The Energy and Environment team at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs turned to the sun to improve its data capturing efforts. This solar powered water quality monitoring device gathers data and sends it to researchers digitally, therefore increasing the volume of data captured. “Using solar panels allows us to keep the technology in the field for longer periods,” said Sebastian Teas (RIGHT), MS ’17, who worked on the technology as a graduate student in environmental studies at theVoinovich School. Photo by Ben Wirtz Siegel , BSVC ’02


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LEEDing the way When renovations to Ellis Hall are completed this year, the landmark’s iconic features will remain intact: the brick façade, the east portico, the giant, shady sycamore trees. But when students and faculty re-enter the grounds, close inspection will reveal new technology that complements the building’s venerable vibe, including LED lighting, low-flow toilets and sinks, and drought-tolerant trees and shrubs. The living roof on The Patton College’s McCracken Hall came alive earlier this spring, once the late spring snow storms passed through and the days grew longer. Photo by Ben Wirtz Siegel , BSVC ’02

Ellis Hall will join 10 OHIO Athens Campus buildings and one Chillicothe Campus building that are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certified. Seven more projects on the Athens Campus are currently in process for LEED certification. The effort is part of OHIO’s 2011 Sustainability Plan. “Ohio University has become a leader within the state on sustainability,” says the Office of Sustainability’s Sam Crowl. The plan mandates that new building projects and renovations costing more than $2 million will be rated as LEED Silver certified or above. “OHIO was the first public institution in the state to hire a dedicated sustainability coordinator,” says Crowl, sustainability project coordinator. Some “green” elements that chalk points toward a LEED certification are visible on the Athens Campus—The Patton College’s McCracken Hall has a living green roof, and the Walter Fieldhouse sits by a bioswale, a feature that absorbs pollutants in rainwater draining from parking lots. Hidden components include Green Power, earned through the University’s purchase of renewable energy certificates, whereby half of the electricity purchased for campus use comes from wind power. —Mary Reed, BSJ ’90, MA ’93

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The beloved Athens establishment Casa Nueva hosted Creative Arts as Activism Open Stage during OHIO’s celebration of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 2018. RIGHT: Najiyyah Reese, BS ’18, embraces the celebration’s theme, “MLK 50, Moving Forward: Together we win with love for humanity,” with her movement piece. ABOVE: Athens community member Diaden Johnson offers his message via spoken word. Photos by Meagan Hall , BSVC ’20


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A CUT ABOVE “Titles are granted. Leadership is earned.” OHIO’s Walter Center for Strategic Leadership in the College of Business stands by these words. The center and the college mean business when it comes to training, coaching, and encouraging the next generation of leaders.

As Tim Reynolds was completing his Ohio University business degree in 1987, he never dreamed he would return to Athens 26 years later to share his private sector industry experience with OHIO students studying any discipline. Reynolds, executive director of the College of Business’ Robert D. Walter Center for Strategic Leadership and its programs, says the center teaches, mentors, and challenges students who


seek a robust and global leadership learning experience. “We’ve modeled our experiences after those used by the top 25 companies recognized for developing young leaders,” says Reynolds. “Our students accelerate their leadership potential and are better prepared for leadership development programs after graduation.”

Step up, create, & lead “I was a firstgeneration college student…and didn’t realize my potential. We met alumni who showed us what’s possible, and proved that we could do it, too.” Kevin Warner, BBA ’16, spent 18 months training at Visa’s Compensation and Talent Management department in San Francisco.

Photo by Jessica Lifland, BSVC ’04

Kevin Warner, BBA ’16, says the center’s Select Leaders program opened a world of opportunities. “I was a first-generation college student…and didn’t realize my potential,” he said. “We met [College of Business] alumni who showed us what’s possible, and proved that we could do it, too.” Now part of a human resources rotation at Visa Inc.’s San Francisco campus, Warner says the center, named after Robert D. Walter, BSME ’67, taught him about himself and planted the seed for the leader he would become.

When the T. Richard and Eleanora K. Robe Leadership Institute (RLI) was established in 1996, the Russ College of Engineering and Technology was in uncharted territory. Higher ed wasn’t yet concerned with engineering students’ leadership and emotional intelligence skills. Things have changed. “There are behaviors, characteristics, and roles of leadership these students need to make themselves more effective at influencing people down the road,” said RLI Director and Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering David Bayless. “We don’t turn them into CEOs or leaders—although they’ve got that kind of potential. We give them the tools, and a real framework.” Robe Leadership Institute students are doers. They participate in roundtables with distinguished alumni, network with tech CEOs, and participate in an annual Shark Tank-style competition: the ECO Challenge. Bayless and Dan Squiller, BSEE ’79, designed it to simulate an intense, real-world team setting. The scholars form teams with students from other OHIO leadership programs, then work to mitigate a sustainability issue on campus. The 2017 winners proposed reusable to-go food containers to replace disposable ones. “It was the first time we were in a cross-functional team. [It was] cool because we’re used to working with engineers, and we work a lot differently than business students,” said RLI student Austin Rehmar. “I think RLI helped us step up, delegate, and lead a little bit. Being aware of the characteristics of a leader really helped.” —Anna Hartenbach, BSJ ’17, and Colleen Carow, BSJ ’93, MA ’97, MBA ’05 Robe Leadership Institute students joined ranks with other student leaders to create the winning ECO challenge product: reusable to-go food containers to replace disposable ones.

“Having these mentors took my leadership skills to the next level.”

Photo by Madeleine Hordinksi, BSVC ’20

—Josh Casto, marketing and communication director, OHIO College of Business

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The Athens Campus’ tree canopy has delighted the OHIO community since the University’s founding. So, it may come as a surprise that April 2017 marked the campus’s first official recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA, thanks to leadership from the Grounds Services team and the Office of Sustainability. The City of Athens received its 28th Tree City USA designation on the same day. Photo by Ben Wirtz Siegel , BSVC ’02


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Greening by example Leadership takes many forms, but the most important is when it prepares for the future. In 2012, OHIO adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP), setting the goal of attaining carbon neutrality on the Athens Campus by 2075. To get there, OHIO’s Office of Sustainability integrated best practices to reach the goal. Phase One of the plan ends this fall, and most of the benchmarks already have been met.

RECYCLING Reduce, reuse, rethink sustainability! Did you know all to-go containers in OHIO’s dining halls have been compostable since 2012? The University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs takes the no-waste mantra a step further: it collaborates with local nonprofit Rural Action to leave sporting events and music festival venues trash-free through the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative.

Schoonover Center

Ellis Hall*

Source: OHIO Campus Recycling

42.7% Landfill


In fiscal year 2017, OHIO had a recycling rate of almost 60 percent.

Walter International Center

57.3% Recycling & Compost

TREES Trees are an important part of any sustainable ecosystem. More than 100 new trees were planted on the Athens Campus in 2015. OHIO was named a 2017 Tree Campus USA for its efforts. Source: American Forests

One tree absorbs


of CO2 a year

Ash Tree


Elm Tree

— Cat Hofacker BSJ ’18 — Graphics & layout by Samantha Güt BSVC ’19 Charging stations LEED-certified buildings *After renovation


ELECTRIC CARS Engine exhaust from cars, trucks, etc., contributes to carbon emissions, so OHIO encourages drivers to think electric to get from point a to point b. Ten electric vehicle charging stations were installed on the Athens Campus by 2016, and Athens’ Hockhocking Adena Bikeway was repaired that same year, encouraging commuters to bike to work.




Filling up an electric car is half the cost of using gasoline.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy

BUILDINGS McCracken Hall

The 2012 CAP requires structures costing more than $2 million to build or renovate meet at least the Silver level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification. The older buildings— the fixer-uppers—must show a five percent improvement over the original LEED rating.

Here’s three big ways LEED-certified buildings are more environmentally friendly than older buildings. 34% less CO2 25% less energy 11% less water

Source: U.S. Green Building Council

EDUCATION OHIO integrates lessons about sustainability into everyday life. Students living on the Sustainable Living Floor in Tanaka Hall learn how fun it is to be environmentally friendly with high-spirited “trashion” shows, sustainable gift giving workshops, and gardening how-tos, to name a few. Source: OHIO Office of Sustainability

Maple Tree

Sakura Tree

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Enrollment in sustainabilitythemed courses increased over


from spring 2013 to spring 2016.

Sycamore Maple Tree


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Redshirt sophomore Javon Hagan is the second leading tackler on the 2017-18 OHIO Football team and its youngest captain. The teamelected honor—usually reserved for upperclassmen—speaks to his precocious leadership on and off the field. Visit to watch Hagan lead by example on the gridiron and beyond. Photo LEFT by

Ben Wirtz Siegel , BSVC ’02. Photo

THIS PAGE by M att Starkey, BSVC ’20

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What brings out the leader in you better than watching your colleague, fellow student, or a loved one dangle 40 feet in the air from a rope with a look of holy terror in their eyes? Well, probably many other things. But OHIO’s High Ropes Course quickly identifies the leaders in these groups: They're the ones who step up to reassure a terrified peer. The course is used by the OHIO and regional communities as a way to energize teams and get everyone outside his or her comfort zone. Photo by Meagan Hall , BSVC ’20

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calendar For upcoming OHIO Alumni events, go online to

June 9 & July 28

June 16


Women’s Leadership Symposium

Hit the golf greens with Bobcats in Washington, D.C., on June 9 or Columbus, Ohio, on July 28.

OHIO teams up with Ohio State for a conference in Columbus focused on the changing landscape for working women.


June 28 Lobsterfest OHIO’s roots are in Massachusetts! Alumni gather here to celebrate OHIO’s founders and grub on hardto-beat East Coast seafood.

Pittsburgh’s eclectic Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art hosted an OHIO in the Arts Reception in March, celebrating the College of Fine Arts’ world-class ceramics program with Pittsburgharea Bobcats. “Rhizome: Intrastructure,” by Alex Hibbitt, associate professor of ceramics, was featured at the museum this spring. Photo by Daniel King , MFA '15

Aug. 10-12 Ebony Bobcat Network Annual Meeting Join the Ebony Bobcat Network’s newly established affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, for this committed group of Bobcats’ annual meeting.

Sept. 8

Oct. 15-20

Hollywood Bowl


West Coast alumni and their families enjoy a night of networking and entertainment at the 11th annual Hollywood Bowl.

Every Bobcat’s favorite fall tradition returns to Athens complete with a pep rally, parade, tailgate, and an exciting football match-up between OHIO and Bowling Green.

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Daring to dialogue A conference about peace typically invites panelists from war-torn countries or populations clashing overseas. This year, OHIO’s Baker Peace Conference (BPC)—a 30year leader in international peacekeeping discourse— addressed divisions felt on our own soil, among communities separated by mere miles.

Ingo Trauschweizer led the 2018 conference, teaming with OHIO’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism to host “Populism, the Press, and the Election of 2016” as the conference topic. His hope? That a bipartisan, academic discussion would help to bridge the gap. “We [did not address] the man or really even the election,” Trauschweizer says. “We [addressed] the divide in the

country and the disconnect that exists even with all the means of communication we have.” Former CEO of NPR and 2018 BPC keynote Kenneth Stern shared his experience “playing Republican for a year” in his keynote address. The life-long Democrat changed his party registration and the media picks he consumed and set off across the country, exposing himself

Kenneth Stern, former CEO of NPR and author of Republican Like Me: How I left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right, delivers the conference’s keynote on the modern divide between Democrat and Republican ideologies. Photo by Evan Leonard, BSVC '18


to republican principles. He outlines the experience in his book, Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right. “Since the beginning of time the human race has organized ourselves by tribes. Cultures and people that are nearly identical still manage to hate each other,” said Stern. “It’s easy to hate people we think are so different than us; it’s harder once you realize you share common ground.” Stern argued that patterns of isolation and confirmation bias have negative effects on our ability to dialogue effectively. Trauschweizer agrees. “Peacekeeping isn’t walking down the street banging on drums. It starts with real discussions about what efforts are needed to get to a more stable world,” says Trauschweizer, director of OHIO’s Contemporary History Institute (CHI). Making space for opposing ideologies to dialogue is what makes the BPC a leader among scholarly peace conferences. It brings together experts from diverse backgrounds and industries to disagree with each other in a respectful—and productive—way. The effort gives attendees—community

TOP: (FROM LEFT) Thomas Suddes, MA ’02, CERT, PHD ’09; Howard Wilkinson; and Trista Thurston, BSJ ’16, serve as panelists for the conference’s topic, “The Regional News Media During the Presidential Election of 2016.” Photo by Meagan Hall, BSVC '20 BOTTOM: OHIO Professor Emeritus Sam Crowl (LEFT) and former OHIO President John Baker at the 1992 Baker Peace Conference, then in its fourth year. Photo courtesy of the Mahn Center for Archives

& Special Collections

members and OHIO students, faculty and staff—examples of the act of civil discourse. The Baker Peace Studies program also has built significant social capital in areas of contemporary history and political science for 30 years, elevating OHIO

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in national prominence and matching or surpassing prominent Ivy League programs nationwide. “We are able to hit far above our weight class,” Trauschweizer says. “We have a solid base with the endowment that other schools don’t have, and so the

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baseline we are able to build upon sets us up to succeed.” The Baker Peace Conference was established through an endowed gift by former Ohio University President John C. Baker and his wife, Elizabeth. Their vision, in collaboration with support from President Emeritus Charles J. Ping and CHI founder John Gaddis, laid the foundation so the effort can thrive today. Trauschweizer and Professor Steven Miner, along with continued involvement from the Baker family, keep the Baker Peace Studies Program, publications,

fellowships for graduate students, and additional student support humming. “It is terribly difficult to get a new program off the ground, to create something new,” says Miner, chair of the Baker Peace Program. “When someone comes along with the vision, oomph, political muscle, and intellectual capacity to get things done, it is transformative.” The BPC has examined timely international issues relating to peace—from feminism to violence and

religion—throughout its 30-year history. Many topics have re-emerged to take center stage. “This is exactly what students are here to do—develop critical thinking and communication skills,” says Trauschweizer. “We want to inspire students to take historically informed perspectives on current events out into the world where they can make an impact.” — Hailee Tavoian, associate director of strategy, Advancement Communication and Marketing

The year 2018 marks the OHIO Baker Peace Conference’s 30th year of hosting experts and creating dialogue about global peacebuilding efforts. This archival photo from 1990 speaks to the effort’s spirit and focus over the years. Photo courtesy of the Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections


Voinovich’s legacy lives on in new book Few politicians have modeled civic leadership and innovation more than the late George Voinovich, AB ’58, LLD ’81, who served as mayor of Cleveland, governor of Ohio, and U.S. senator. His Empowering the Public-Private Partnership: The Future of America’s Local Government, published in August 2017 by Ohio University Press, is a practical and inspiring handbook for government officials facing shrinking resources and growing needs. Among Voinovich’s greatest legacies is the 1980s “Cleveland Turnaround,” when he steered the city from economic crisis to success. Voinovich relied on public-private partnerships, or P3s, whereby governments partner with the private sector and create sustainable local economies. “Voinovich believed that every mayor across America would find the Cleveland experience instructive, spurring them to leverage community assets,” says Ohio University Press Director Gillian Berchowitz. “He also stressed the need for respect and labor’s role in creating a stronger economic base through a commitment to continuous improvement.” The Press and OHIO’s Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs worked together to publish the book after Voinovich’s sudden passing in 2016. The Voinovich School’s Professor Geoffrey Dabelko first brought the project to Berchowitz’s attention, and Founding Dean Mark Weinberg and Professors Jason Jolley and Michael J. Zimmer provided support. The Ohio University Press also turned to those who knew Voinovich best to keep the book aligned with his vision. Longtime adviser and Governor Voinovich’s budget director R. Gregory Browning, BGS ’72, co-wrote the introduction with former Cleveland City Planning Commission Director Hunter Morrison, who worked closely with Voinovich. Browning says P3s are more applicable now than ever.

“George Voinovich’s extraordinary success as senator, governor, and mayor was due in great part to his being a pioneering master of collaboration. In these times when conflict seems to dominate political dialogue, his wise words extolling the virtues of collaboration are refreshing and illuminating.” —James E. Austin, Harvard Business School

“The bottom line is, in this book, you’re getting a master public sector leader writing about an important subject that is urgently relevant today.” —Samara Rafert is the publicist for Ohio University Press

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Charting a new direction Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis, a geographer, took his seat in Cutler Hall in June and quickly began mapping a new direction for OHIO—one that builds on the legacy of its past shepherds, from Cutler to McDavis, and positions the University as a model for the nation. “As your 21st president, I am humbled by the legacy I am inheriting—a legacy that began some 213 years ago on the frontier of a vast wilderness.”

As Nellis spoke these words during his formal investiture in October, he described how, in many ways, OHIO still stands on the edge of a vast wilderness. The pace of change hastens each year, and the role higher education plays in preparing society for an increasingly uncertain future has been less supported and more questioned than ever before. “When the history of this era is written, I think we will all be remembered for how we responded when our central mission to educate the people of the world was dismissed as simply a ‘waste of money,’” Nellis said in his address.


LEFT: Dr. M. Duane Nellis began his tenure as OHIO’s leader and 21st president in October 2017. RIGHT: Nellis spent his first weeks in office visiting OHIO’s labs, dining halls, classrooms, and regional campuses. Photos by

Ben Wirtz Siegel , BSVC ’02

What will be OHIO’s response to this challenge? A vision—formed out of the collective wisdom of the University community—to not only excel amid this uncertainty, but become a national model for success. “For me, leadership is not about position. It is about the way in which each of us addresses the responsibilities we have,” Nellis says. Among the qualities Nellis considers key to leadership—passion, integrity, and respect— lies the core of his philosophy, what he calls “constructive engagement,” a deliberate focus on “what we can do, not what we can’t do.” “I like to work with the collective wisdom of the campus community, our alumni base, and other external constituencies to formulate strategic directions that take the challenges we face and really turn them into opportunities that move the institution forward,” he says. Nellis began this work the moment he arrived at OHIO. He embarked on a tour: consulting with faculty, engaging with student groups, visiting the regional campuses, and meeting alumni. His goal? To simply listen. “Some universities will set up small strategic planning committees and try to formulate themes and then share those with the broader university,” he explains. “I wanted to create a more grassroots-level formulation of these strategic priorities through these listening events.”

These informed conversations created four strategic pathways and 10 strategic priorities (see pages 30-31), guides for leading the University to new levels of excellence. The first strategic pathway sets up OHIO as a national leader for diversity and inclusion initiatives. To launch this effort, Nellis established a vice president for diversity and inclusion position. The second pathway will create a University-wide honors program, that offers students broader access to honors-level academics. The third will foster an “engagement ecosystem” to connect OHIO’s groundbreaking researchers to one another and to the communities OHIO calls home. The fourth pathway will bring rigorous, civil debate to campus via a public lecture series that will build on the University’s legacy of activism and civil discourse. “The new world of Ohio University starts here,” Nellis said as he concluded his inaugural address. “We must succeed and be the model, not only for our nation, but the generations that will come after us.” Learn more about President Nellis’ vision and leadership and about OHIO’s four strategic pathways and 10 strategic priorities at — Peter Shooner, associate director of content, Advancement Communication and Marketing, editor, ohiowomen

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President Nellis identified 10 priorities for OHIO’s future. Read all 10 at —Cat Hofacker, BSJ ’18, illustration by Mallory Haack, BSVC ’15

Bobcats out in the world Strengthening global engagement efforts OHIO supports students who want to solve problems both on campus and abroad. “It’s about embracing the world on our campus and being willing to go out into the world and experience it,” says Lorna Jean Edmonds, vice provost for global affairs and international studies. One example: OHIO students and faculty partner with the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador to explore solutions to food insecurity in both Appalachia and Ecuador.

Teamwork makes the dream work Incentivizing interdisciplinary collaborations When Bobcats help Bobcats, wonderful things happen. Women’s Center Director Geneva Murray says “borrowing from each other’s areas of expertise” creates tangible benefits for all. “We can’t know everything, so we can’t serve people unless we’re taking advantage of all the amazing talent on campus to make our programs effective,” Murray says.

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Strategically reconnecting with the University’s 237,000-strong alumni base There are more than 237,000 living Bobcats worldwide, most of whom connect with OHIO in a unique way. Executive Director of Advancement Communication and Marketing Jennifer Bowie says understanding those differences helps OHIO “honor and meet alumni wherever they are. Our best ambassadors are people who know our story, and our alumni know OHIO better than anyone,” Bowie says.


Gratitude for grad students Enhancing graduate student stipends and related benefits Graduate students are researchers, teaching assistants, office workers, and sometimes breadwinners for their families. OHIO acknowledges their importance on campus and how many must balance their home lives and academics. Beginning this fall, OHIO will provide parental leave for students with graduate assistantships. “Graduate education is a part of what we do, and we want to do it well,” says Joseph Shields, dean of the Graduate College (currently serving as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences).

OHIO’s citizen-student

Strengthening the University’s public service mission OHIO’s mission is to serve its students and the regional community. New students enrolling annually means new citizens live in each OHIO campus town. This can be a positive force. “When students engage with the community…it increases their understanding of southeastern Ohio,” says Carey Busch, acting dean of University College. “A big part of it is…working in partnership with the communities to understand where the needs are.”

OHIO’s finest

Supporting the outstanding faculty and staff of Ohio University by investing in them At OHIO’s core is its faculty and staff. “It all starts and ends with the men and women who teach our classes,” says Laura Myers, chief of staff for the executive vice president and provost office. “Faculty and staff are the first and last…in terms of helping our students be the best people they can be.” OHIO also supports creativity and innovation among faculty by offering, for example, workshops and classes through its Office of Instructional Innovation.

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Grace under fire “ I remember hearing your voice guiding me back to reality…I credit your voice as much as any medicine.” … “My life was forever changed the night that I met you. You told me that I would be okay and I was. …Thank you for believing in me even though you didn’t know me.”

Alumna Jan Rader leads with resolve and compassion in a reality fraught with chaos and despair. All photos by

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As a public servant serving the Huntington, West Virginia, community, Rader’s resiliency and energy keep her in seemingly constant motion. RIGHT Rader’s ability to connect with her community is integral to her leadership style.

For a sense of Jan Rader’s impact, look no further than her inbox. As the Huntington, West Virginia, Fire Department chief, Rader often receives messages like those on page 33 from grateful citizens whom she revived from opioid overdoses. Rader also has received 500 emails from 20 different countries about Heroin(e). Released on Netflix last September, the 2018 Academy Award-nominated documentary highlights the height of the opioid crisis in Huntington and Rader’s role in combating it. Heroin(e) director Elaine McMillion Sheldon calls Rader, AAS ’08, “one of the most resilient and caring public servants I have ever met. Her tenacity and devotion to strong leadership—in times of a public health crisis—is so inspiring and important.” Rader’s resiliency inspired TIME magazine’s readers and editors to place her on the 2018 “TIME 100” list of the year’s most influential people. That dogged tenacity has served Rader especially well in Huntington, which experienced 1,235 overdoses in 2017. “One-quarter of the time when a Huntington firefighter jumps on a truck, they are going to an overdose,” says Rader. For that reason, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams asked Rader to join his newly formed Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy in 2014.


“The level of compassion that she shows to individuals suffering from drug addiction has brought a level of dignity and respect to our aggressive efforts to defeat this disease,” says Williams. One of Rader’s top accomplishments has been to develop a system for tracking overdose statistics in realtime—counting not only emergency room patients transported by ambulance, but also by personal vehicle. She says having more accurate information enables the city to better address the problem, as well as apply for grants. “We knew sharing those numbers would draw negative attention [to Huntington], but it was what we needed to do to fight and win back our community,” says Rader. In her post, Rader relies on two key tenets she learned as a nursing student at OHIO’s Southern Campus: to “always do the right thing,” and to be a patient advocate, first and foremost. Says Rader, “It’s so important to have an education like [OHIO] offers, because they give you that personal touch, instilling a sense of civic duty.” And one that Rader fulfills very well as Huntington’s resident Heroin(e). —Jen Jones Donatelli, BSJ ’98

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In harmony Senior music therapy major Rebecca Day sees a capella—an ensemble that sings without music accompaniment—as a fun yet sophisticated art form. “It takes a lot for 19 people to emulate a song using their voices,” she says, describing Picardy Thirds, a co-ed a cappella group she helps lead. Such student-led groups are on the rise at OHIO, with a mix of all-male, all-female, and co-ed ensembles taking form. Picardy Thirds describes “a song that goes from a solemn sound to a happy one” in the music field. For Day, who hopes to work with at-risk, inner-city students or at a psychiatric hospital, the analogy particularly resonates. Visit to watch a capella groups sing as one. —Anita Martin Manderfield, BSJ ’05

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Difficult dialogues OHIO’s George Washington Forum exemplifies a strategic pathway established by OHIO President M. Duane Nellis: “Becoming a place where dialogue and rigorous, civil debate are institutional hallmarks.” Founded in 2009, the effort, supported by alumni and friends, foundations, and corporations, provides space on campus for this dialogue to occur.

In December, Robert Ingram, director of OHIO’s George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions (GWF), needed a co-sponsor to bring in speaker Mark Lilla, a critic of “identity politics,” to campus as a GWF guest. Ingram reached out to delfin bautista*, director of OHIO’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center. Would they co-sponsor the talk, though it challenged their center’s very mission? The answer was, perhaps surprisingly, yes. Ingram and bautista value civil dialogue that promotes a diversity of viewpoints, which is what GWF is all about, Ingram says. “Only 12 percent of professors self-identify as conservative,” he says, counting himself among them. “I invite *delfin prefers the lowercase form of their name and gender neutral/plural pronouns (they, them, their) or just delfin.


to the George Washington Forum people I think will sort of scramble the eggs.” For bautista, Lilla’s talk let them hear new perspectives. Did all agree in the end? Indeed not, “but that’s not the point,” bautista says. “The point is let’s listen to each other, and hopefully humanize each other a bit.” On that, Ingram certainly agrees. The collaboration that brought Lilla to OHIO contrasts how events transpired in December 2016, when Ingram refused to co-sponsor a presentation by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. “If you want someone to actually respect what you think, you present only the very best ideas,” Ingram says, “…in a reasoned and civil way.” —Anita Martin Manderfield, BSJ ’05

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1968 SPRING 2018 L E A D E R S H I P

The 1968 Athena photographers escaped Athens for the county’s backroads on sweet rides to capture their staff photo. Each student photog had a nickname, says the yearbook’s photo caption, notably, “Buffalo,” “Sargent Rat,” and “the Kid.” Photo courtesy of the M ahn Center for Archives & Special Collections

It takes a village to produce OHIO’s annual Athena yearbook. The same held true for the 1968 Athena yearbook staff, members of the letter press and darkroom era. Led by Editor Ronald Beno, BFA ’68, the 50-plus staff members—from copy editor to sales manager, production manager to art director—held their own to create a timeless piece of OHIO nostalgia while chalking up experience in the real world of publishing. Today’s Athena staff step up just like their predecessors, capturing OHIO moments each fall to spring, only 21st century-style.

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Class notes


Ruth Pugh Palmer, MED ’67, accepted the 2017 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award for Savannah Christian Preparatory School located in Savannah, Georgia, in Nov. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos presided over the award ceremonies held in Washington, D.C. Palmer was the school’s principal. She recently retired after leading schools in North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. She resides in Savannah. James Workman, BSED ’67, was inducted to the Grove City (Ohio) High School Athletic Hall of Fame in Aug. 2016. He was recognized as one of the school’s all-time leading scorers in basketball and baseball. He played


for OHIO Baseball from 1963 to 1967. Workman is retired and lives with his wife, Pam, in Copley, Ohio.


Arthur Stellar, BSED ’69, MED ’70, PHD ’73, was honored with the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity TKE Excellence in Education Award for outstanding dedication and service to higher education in September 2017. He also was recently named as development committee chair of the National Association for Gifted Children in Washington, D.C. A superintendent at various schools for 25 years, Stellar is the vice president of the National Education Foundation in McLean, Virginia. He resides in Hingham, Massachusetts, with his wife, Debbie.

Walter Harrison, BFA ’68, is a cofounder of the American Veterans Heritage Center, located in Dayton, Ohio. The center organized a Defenders of Freedom Walk of Honor Dedication in Oct. 2017 in celebration of the Dayton VA Medical Center’s 150th anniversary.


David Scheffler, BBA ’73, was elected mayor of Lancaster, Ohio, in November 2017. A United States Army veteran, Scheffler served three years as the executive director of the nonprofit Destination Downtown Lancaster beginning in 2014. He retired as partner from accounting firm Plante Moran in 2009. He and his wife, Kristi, reside in Lancaster.


Dale Shields, BFA ’75, MFA ’95, received the Audience Development Committee, Inc.’s Special Achievement Award in November 2017. The award was presented to Shields by Broadway actors Jeffery Thompson, BFA ’74, and Charles Cooper, BFA ’76. The award recognizes excellence in Black theater. He also received the 2017 Kennedy Center/ Stephen Soundheim Inspirational Teacher Award.


Jeremy Foley, MED ’76, was inducted into the Hobart College


Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018. He recently retired as an athletic administrator at the University of Florida. Throughout his career, Foley was honored by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame for his administrative achievements.


William Christy, MM ’77, retired from OHIO’s Zanesville Campus in 2017. Christy led music and art history programs and taught music, film, and art history during his 22-year career. He is currently teaching part-time through the University’s Early Retirement Program. Justin Klimko, AB ’77, was appointed in November 2017 to the TriBar Opinion Committee, a national law organization that fosters standards for legal opinions in business transactions. Klimko is president and managing shareholder of Detroit law firm Butzel Long. He resides in Gross Pointe Woods, Michigan.


Theresa Walley Schlosser, BGS ’80, is working as a secretarial assistant, living in Kentucky with her husband, Leo Schlosser, MFA ’79, a professional cantor and pastoral musician in the Catholic Church.


In July 2017, Elizabeth Winkler, BA ’81, MA ’89, was promoted to full professor in the Department of English at Western Kentucky University. She has held faculty positions at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, and the University of Arizona, in Tucson,

Arizona. Winkler and her husband, Rickard Toomey III, reside in Smiths Grove, Kentucky.


Amiso George, BSJ ’86, MA ’87, received the Public Relations Society of America Outstanding Educator Award in October 2017. The award recognizes members who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of public relations education. George is an associate professor of strategic communication at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.


Corinne Colbert, BSJ ’87, MA ’93, joined OHIO’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology staff as an adjunct instructor of English in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in August 2017. Colbert is a freelance writer and editor and formerly worked for the National Business Incubation Association. John Wilson, BSJ ’87, was promoted to vice president and news director of CBS 3 (KYW-TV) and The CW Philly (WPSG-TV) in Philadelphia. He has served as CBS 3 and

CW Philly’s assistant news director and as executive producer.


Karyn Dibbs Sullivan, BBA ’89, was selected as one of Crain’s Influential Women in Finance 2017 by Crain’s Cleveland Business. Sullivan is the COO at accounting firm Bober Markey Fedorovich. She was recognized for her dynamic 25-year career with the firm. Before being promoted to COO, she led the firm’s business development and marketing efforts.


Yolanda Armstrong, BSH ’90, was recognized as the 2017

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Professional of the Year by the Women of Color Foundation. Armstrong is the president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland. Jeff Combs, AB ’90, and Karin Hill Combs, BSC ’90, were married in November 2017. She is a school counselor and he is a semi-retired from the investment industry. The couple resides in northern Indiana.


Pamela Smith Holschuh, BSHE ’93, owner of Copper Leaf Interior Design

Studio, received two first-place 2017 Design Excellence Awards for residential single space and commercial single space, from the Ohio South/ Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Holschuh resides in Marietta, Ohio.


The French Ministry of Education awarded Virin Vedder, BS ’94, with the 2017 Palmes Académiques Chevalier, which recognizes distinguished academics and contributors in education and culture. Vedder is a foreign

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language instructional specialist at Gwinnett County Public Schools in Suwanee, Georgia.

Vince Jolivette, BSC ’95, co-produced The Disaster Artist, which earned a best picture nomination at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards and a 2018 Motion Picture Academy (Oscar) Award nomination for best adapted screenplay. Jolivette resides in Los Angeles.

In June 2017, David Malloy, BMUS ’98, received the Special Theatre World Award in recognition of his Broadway debut as a composer, writer, and lyricist of the Tony Award-winning musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Based in New York, the Theatre World Awards recognize Broadway and off-Broadway production debuts.




Renee Sansbury Nowlin, BSJ ’96, received the Columbus State Community College’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Instructor in English in November 2017. Nowlin was recognized for her hands-on approach to ensure student learning. She and her husband, Sean, reside in Pickerington, Ohio.


—OHIO’s Dean of Students and alumna Jenny Hall-Jones, from the ohiotoday ((radio)) podcast episode, “Made for this.” In this episode, ohiotoday ((radio)) investigates how leaders realize their potential to lead. We talk with a student-veteran at the Chillicothe Campus, a highly-engaged engineering student on the Athens Campus, and Hall-Jones aboout their pathways to leadership. Listen at

Pennsylvania, with her husband, Michael.

Bree Downey Gillespie, BSC ’98, was elected chair of the U.S.A. Field Hockey board of directors in February 2017. Gillespie also serves on the board of the Pan American Hockey Federation. She resides in Lancaster,


Kathleen Piazza Matney, BSC ’99, was appointed in October 2017 as chief philanthropy officer of the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, in Columbus, Ohio. Matney was previously the organization’s director of development.


Irma Natawidha Khouw, MM ’00, is a private piano instructor and a staff accompanist at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. She teaches music at Meadows Academy and is the Dublin Baptist Church’s pianist, both in Dublin, Ohio, where she resides.

BOBCAT SIGHTINGS OHIO alumni go on adventures hither and yon! Bobcats are everywhere! LEFT TO RIGHT: Cory Nyeste, BBA ’10, and Anna Quehl Nyeste, BSSP ’09, met MaryKate McHugh, BSJ ’14, and Jake Corrigan, BSJ ’14, for the first time on Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher OHIO Bobcats travel in packs, last fall. Later, Jake unlike the mammalian version. popped the question From LEFT TO RIGHT, Lynn to MaryKate–at the Kopf Kadikos, BSED ’74, and her church where her daughters Marla Ladikos, BSCSD ’17, grandmother wed. and Marisa Ladikos, BSED ’13, proudly display their grad years.

Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher are a popular spot for Bobcats! While Tom Ryan, BSC ’87, was posing for this photo, a woman asked to capture the image for her granddaughter, an incoming Bobcat. On the flight from Dublin, Ryan met another alumnus, proving that Bobcats really are everywhere.

The OHIO flag is the only flag that can make the picturesque beauty of the Grand Canyon any better. From LEFT TO RIGHT, Nick Battaglia, BBA ’11, Meg Boley, BBA ’11, Caroline Allan, BSJ ’12, and Josh Law, BSSP ’12, take in the Grand Canyon.

Bobcats are global! From LEFT TO RIGHT, International Development Studies alumni Brian Wahl, MED ’97, MA ’97, Ako Furukawa, MAIA ’97, and Karina Quintans, MAIA ’97, make a picture in the Western Desert of Egypt.

When Bobcats Jessie (Carter) Simonik, MED ’14, and TJ Simonik, BBA ’07, tied the knot in 2016, myriad OHIO friends joined the wedding party. From LEFT TO RIGHT, groomsmen Phil Hale, BBA ’10; John Mulski; Eric Yehl, BBA ’07; Simonik; Aaron Heidebrink, BBA ’07; Eric Lohbeck, BBA ’07; and Adam Maxwell, BBA ’07, show off their OHIO footgear.

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—Compiled by Editor Kelee Garrison Riesbeck and Cat Hofacker, BSJ ’18 Send your photos with names, grad degrees and grad years to or to Ohio University, ohiotoday, 112 McKee House, 1 Ohio University Drive, Athens, OH 45701.

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Jessa Goddard Fannin, BSJ ’01, earned the Certified Financial Planner certification from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards in December 2017. She is an associate financial adviser at Columbusbased financial advisory firm Hamilton Capital Management. Suzanne Billett Rosnowski, BSJ ’01, founder and CEO of public relations firm Relevance International,

established an office in London in September 2017. Before founding Relevance International in 2012, Rosnowski was a partner at New Yorkbased Quinn PR. Ohio State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), BSC ’01, recently announced his candidacy for Ohio governor. He is the former Senate Minority Leader. Schiavoni has served in the Ohio Senate since 2008, representing the residents of Columbiana and Mahoning counties.


In January 2017, Michelle Borsz, BA ’02, was promoted to suicide prevention program director for the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle. She was a suicide prevention coordinator at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center before joining the VA Puget Sound in 2014. Borsz has worked with veterans through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for more than six years.


Brenna Clark, AB ’05, was promoted to partner at the law firm Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP in Atlanta in December 2017. Clark focuses on employee benefits and compensation policy. She and her husband, Steven Borecky, BSJ ’05, reside in Atlanta.

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Jordan Carr, BBA ’07, was promoted to partner at Indianapolisbased law office Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Carr, a real estate attorney, works in the firm’s Columbus, Ohio, office. He and his wife, Alicia Cline Carr, BSC ’07, reside in Defiance, Ohio.


Natalie Gibson Grimes, MM ’07, joined the faculty at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. She also operates Seeds of Sound music teaching studio in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia.


University Hospitals (UH) of Cleveland named Eric Beck, DO ’08, president of UH Ventures in January. A seasoned health care executive, he will collaborate with UH leaders to build new businesses and expand initiatives consistent with the hospital system’s strategy. Chris Sinclair, MSA ’08, received the University of Notre Dame’s Distinguished Alumni Award for his successful business career and commitment to its Mendoza College of Business. Sinclair is the founder and president of Bostonbased events and marketing firm The Anthem Group.


Patrick Carpenter, BBA ’09, joined the law firm Schaller, Campbell


Charlotte Marie Troyer, born Dec. 12, 2017, was welcomed into the world by smiley big sister Savannah, 3, mom Katie Cleland Troyer, BSHC ’08, MED ’12 and dad Boone Troyer, BSS ’08, MSRSS ’13.

Say hello to two future Bobcats! Luke Bowditch, born July 5, 2017, poses with delighted big brother, Nate. The proud parents are John Bowditch, BSC ’04, MA ’06, and Catherine Mayr Bowditch, MED ’06. The family resides in Athens.

Talia Grace Lea, born Nov. 23, 2016, inherited her chubby cheeks from dad, Jason Lea, BSJ ’05. Mom, Jennifer Bonnar, BSJ ’05, says Talia is goodnatured and a true survivor. She’s the little sister of Ian, 2.

Hunter June Annen was born May 25, 2017, to Matthew Annen, BBA ’07, and Kaylea Livingston Annen, BSS ’07. Hunter recently visited OHIO’s Athens Campus to see where dad played for the OHIO Men’s Basketball team.

Send your photos with names, grad degrees and grad years to ohiotoday@ or Ohio University, Ohio Today, 213 McKee House, 1 Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701.

Meet Cole Leo Reed Gribbins, born June 27, 2017, who is easygoing like dad, Keith Gribbins, BA ’98, and likes to be on the move like mom, Michelle Hill, BSC ’98.


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& Untied in Newark, Ohio. Prior to joining the firm, he represented clients in real estate, business, and probate matters at a Columbusbased law firm.


HOMECOMING IS OCTOBER 15-20, & this year’s theme drives home the Bobcat belief that Athens, & OHIO, stay with you long after you leave these bricks.

Sharon Miller, BA ’14, created the theme, and Tim Martin, BFA ’10, inked the graphic design. Martin’s design uses iconic images beloved by Athens and OHIO alumni: the Convocation Center, the Alumni Gateway, and the hills that dot the landscape. Get into that “Athens State of Mind” by visiting for updates on Homecoming 2018.

Howard Gonyer, MED ’10, graduated in December 2017 with a doctoral degree in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He is interim coordinator in the university’s Office of the Dean of Students.


Lei Bi, BMUS ’12, recently received a doctorate in piano performance from the University of NebraskaLincoln. She is a faculty member of Opus119 The School of Music located in Irvine, California. The work of Courtney Kessel, MFA, CERT ’12, was featured in the exhibition “Home Bodies” at contemporary art space Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, Texas, in October 2017. The exhibition probed the melding of work and family life. Also, in


October she performed “In Balance With,” a performing art piece that reflects how she stays “in balance with” her child. Kessel is director of the Ohio University Art Galleries. Andrea Schwalberg, BMUS ’12, is cantorial soloist, assistant director of education, and youth director at the Pittsburgh-area synagogue, Temple Ohav Shalom. Joshua Welch, BSCS ’12, BMUS ’12, recently received his doctoral degree in computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Leah Lozen Moran, BSN ’13, and Matthew Moran, BSHC ’14, married in summer 2017. The couple reside in Chicago.


Yanbing Dong, MM ’14, completed her doctoral degree in piano performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in December 2017. Dong won second place at the 2016 London Grand Prize Virtuoso

International Music Competition and the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition. This recognition provided her with debut performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London and at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Guilherme Godoi, MM ’14, graduated with a doctoral degree in collaborative piano from Florida State University in December 2017. Godoi recently presented a lecture recital titled Forgotten Opera: The Works of Antonio Carlos Gomes at the Southeast Regional Conference of the National Opera Association at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia. Yoonsook Song, MM ’14, performed solo repertoire and piano duet pieces in the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Acqui Terme, Italy, in July 2017. There, she won second place as part of the duo group Dunamis Piano Duo (piano four hands). In 2017 she received an honorable mention at the Memphis International Piano Competition in

Memphis, Tennessee. She performed at the 2017 Georgia Music Teachers Association Conference at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.


Erin Blankenship, BBA ’15, earned the Certified Financial Planner certification from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. She is an associate financial adviser at Columbusbased financial advisory firm Hamilton Capital Management. Liguang Zhou, MM ’15, taught at the OHIO School of Music’s music summer camp in June 2017. He was selected as piano soloist for Ohio State University’s annual Celebration Concert in December 2016. He was awarded Ohio State’s School of Music Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award in 2016 and 2017. He is currently a graduate associate in its School of Music.


Kevin Bruss, BBA ’16, joined the Columbusbased investment management firm Hamilton Capital

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Ohio University alumni publish books across subjects and genres. Here are releases within the last year. The Nation’s Capital Brewmaster: Christian Heurich and His Brewery, 1842-1956, biography (McFarland), by Mark Benbow, PHD, CERT ’99 • Term Life: A Novel of Love, Death, and Computer Security, science fiction (Black Rose Writing), by William Boyd, MA ’78 • Retirement Planning for Young Physicians, how-to guide (LifeRichPublishing), by Ralph Crew, DO ’81 • Shallow Grave (South Shore), thriller (MIRA), by Karen Kurtz Harper, BA ’67 • Making It Happen: A Memoir of Peace Corps and Venezuela in the 1970s, memoir (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), by Mike Kenellen, MAIA ’84 • Alternative Models of Sports Development in America: Solutions to a Crisis in Education and Public Health, guidance for educators (Ohio University Press), by B. David Ridpath, MSA ’95 • Cecil Brown: The Murrow Boy Who Became Broadcasting’s Crusader for Truth, biography (McFarland), by Reed Smith, BSC ’72, PHD ’93 • James Friedrich and Cathedral Films: The Independent Religious Cinema of the Evangelist of Hollywood, 1939-1966, biography and history of U.S. film industry (Lexington Books), by Kenny Suit, MFA ’90 • Karma in Action: Finding Meaning, Making Choices, inspirational memoir (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), by Constance L. Flavo Vincent, AB ’62 • High Street United Methodist Church, Springfield, Ohio: A Comprehensive, Illustrated History, church history (High Street UMC), by J. Daniel Walter, MA ’72 • Mammoth Cave: A Human and Natural History, archaeology and cultural history (Springer), co-edited by Elizabeth Winkler, BA ’81, MA ’89 —Compiled by Editor Kelee Garrison Riesbeck, BSJ, CERT ’91

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Management as an investment analyst. He is responsible for asset-class research, investment analysis, portfolio trading, and client account management. Holly Kessis, MM ’16, is a member of the piano faculty at the Centre for Musical Minds in Frisco, Texas. She teaches private and group classes and facilitates performance classes and recitals. She is a member of the Texas Music Teachers Association and a judge for competitions and festivals for the Plano Music Teachers Association.

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In January, Aesia Toliver, BSJ ’16, joined the WAVY TV10 broadcast reporter team in Portsmouth, Virginia. As a student, she interned with NBC Universal in New York City and reported for WOUB Public Media. Sarah Welch, BA ’16, is currently studying law at the University of Chicago, where she is a member of the University of Chicago Law Review. Welch participated in a research trip to The Netherlands last spring.


She worked at the Ohio Solicitor General office in summer 2017.


Michael Lorsung, MFA ’17, was selected in December 2017 to design and fabricate the Aspen Words Literary Prize trophy. The $35,000 annual award recognizes an influential work of fiction and is given by Aspen Words and The Aspen Institute. Alexis King Merchant, MM ’17, recently joined the faculty at Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Merchant also operates a teaching studio out of her home in Washington, Pennsylvania. —Compiled by Editor Kelee Garrison Riesbeck , BSJ, CERT '91

Remembering fellow alumni


Inetta (Pfeister) Martindill, ELED ’31 Mary L. Taylor, AB ’34 Evelyn E. (Wise) Brigham, KP ’36 Lester Smith, General ’36 Emerson Ray Rinehart, COED ’37 William P. Elliott, General ’38 George R. Gran, AB ’38 Sidney Mintz, AB ’38 John J. Werner, BSCHE ’38


Alice L. (Ellerman) Ensminger, AB ’40 William C. Ensminger, General ’40 Helen (Harahus) Gugel, BSED ’40 Blanche F. (Fitz) Peterson, BSED ’40 Mary (Kinnison) Werner, General ’40 Francis M. Paulson, AB ’41 Jane B. (Pope) Fishlock, General ’42 Gordon C. Inskeep, General ’42 Clara L. (Housmer) Victorius, General ’42 Myrtle J. (Burnside) Norris, BSED ’43 Marvin C. Rhode, BS ’43 Carolyn J. (Lewis) Waters, BSED ’43 Charles W. Baugh Jr., BSEE ’44 Donald M. Compton, BSCOM ’44 George D. Detuerk, BSED ’44 Marjorie E. (Stevens) Morgan, BSED ’44 Effie C. Newman, General ’44 Paul Turner, BS ’44 Grace E. (Himes) Stanley, BSED ’46 Helen (Summers) Cokeley, BS ’47 Ruth V. (Dick) Dunlap, AB ’47 Erma J. (Dillard) Wurster, BSS ’47

Isabelle B. (Beattie) Anderson, MSHEC ’48 Evelyn F. (Grider) Finke, AB ’48 Lt. Col. (RET) Robert G. Frye, BSED ’48 Ruth E. (Nelson) Johnson, BSCOM ’48 Mary J. (Karr) Murphy, BSJ ’48 Rosemary J. (Vernell) Musial, General ’48 Richard B. Remington, BSCOM ’48 William B. Wladecki, BS ’48 James W. Heck, BSEE ’49 Janet (Seip) Heller, AB ’49 H. Gene Kinsley, BSED ’49 Judge Richard L. Powell, BSCOM ’49 Damon A. Russi, BSCOM ’49


Karl F. Baumholtz, BSCOM ’50 Katherine Jeanne (Schlitt) Clough, BSED ’50 Robert J. Mills, BSCOM ’50 Casper G. Pettit, BSCE ’50 Alvin R. Rosser, BFA ’50, MFA ’53 Lawrence Schwartz, BSCOM ’50 Nicholas Travis, BSCOM ’50 John E. Ferris, AA ’51 Alvin E. Lindholm, BSJ ’51 Phyllis M. (Merkel) Miller, BSED ’51 James H. Ralston, BSCOM ’51 Nancy A. (Smith) Rozell, General ’51 Helen L. (Partridge) Somerville, BSED ’51 Wendell B. Whitacre, AB ’51 George E. Bond, BSCOM ’52 Marilyn A. (Reinhart) Connolly, BSED ’52 Catherine (Ferro) Dobbert, BSHEC ’52 Suzanne B. (Belz) Gell, BA ’52 Jerry J. Jirik, BSCOM ’52

In memoriam

Albert J. Carpenter Jr., General ’53 Frances L. (McCoppin) Colasurd, BSED ’53 Walter C. Duemer, BSCOM ’53 Edwin E. Hill Jr., BSED ’53 Russell F. Kraus Jr., BSCOM ’53 Arnold E. Petsche, BSME ’53 Joanne D. (Dove) Prisley, AB ’53, MA ’54 Margaret (Van Fossan) Strehle, BSED ’53 Donald B. Brill, BSCOM ’54 Glenn R. Hoddy, MED ’54 Marilyn (Abramson) Kronick, BSHEC ’54 Bettie L. (Wigner) Loemker, BSHEC ’54 Joan G. (Nierman) Meadows, BSED ’54 Nancy (Parker) Wells, General ’54 Thomas Brown Andrews, BFA ’55 Shirley W. (Ryan) Corderman, BSED ’55 Julianne (Sturgiss) Hill, BSJ ’55 Loretta H. (Cvar) Saponaro, AA ’55 Geraldine H. Beach, BSED ’56 Mary Eleanor (Harris) Brunner, General ’56 James L. Cusack, BSCOM ’56 Thelma (Hertzberg) Goldberg, AB ’56 Thurman E. Hill, BS ’56 Sanford Himmel, AB ’56 Fred K. Houston, BSCOM ’56 Alice J. (Ronan) McDonald, MA ’56 Charles Pinney, BSCOM ’56 Dexter C. Pope, BSCOM ’56 William K. Russell, BSED ’56, MFA ’59 Robert G. Smith, MA ’56 Lois M. (Kulavick) Troyan, AA ’56 Joseph G. Tulencik, AB ’56

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Jackson E. Wood, BFA ’56 Warren R. Harding, BA ’57 Sydney (Clark) Hausrath, BSED ’57 Ruth D. (Valentine) Hawkins, BSED ’57 William W. Hudson, BSME ’57 Nancy L. (Davis) Iliff, BSED ’57 James F. Kortan, BFA ’57 Patricia A. (Williams) Lee, BSED ’57 Robert J. Mokren, BSIT ’57 Philip H. Pack, BSCOM ’57 David A. Reed, BSCOM ’57 Betty J. (Mahoney) Atkinson, BS ’58 Bernerd Bogar, BSJ ’58 Janet G. (Gray) Crosson, BFA ’58 Wanda (Pratt) Hoy, BSED ’58 Thomas S. Jones, BSCE ’58 Faith A. (Nason) Kersey, AB ’58 William L. McConnell, BSED ’58 Judge Barbara R. (Roush) Watson, AB ’58 Donald T. Blizzard, BSEE ’59 Harry J. Happe, BSCOM ’59 Bonnie M. (Lake) Kendall, General ’59 Christopher G. Kosmetos, AB ’59 Gerald Don Parker, BSCOM ’59 J. David Scott, BSED ’59, MED ’60 Garland Tatterson Jr., MS ’59


Patricia A. (Remley) Benavides, BS ’60 Geneva D. Gleim, BSED ’60 Victor D. Hardman, BSEE ’60 William C. Heaton Sr., BFA ’60 Cornelia M. Miller, BSJ ’60 James M. Planet Sr., BSEE ’60 Cornelius C. Schaub II, BSED ’60 William D. Van Nostran, BSCOM ’60 Warren G. Wissman, BSAGR ’60 Byron W. Andrews, BSED ’61

James W. Bruck, BSED ’61 Lucinda H. (Lilley) Bruck, AB ’61 Kathryn C. (Gault) Carlson, BSED ’61 Lewis W. Green Jr., General ’61 Penni Hollwager-Finch, BSED ’61 Margaret A. Jones, BSED ’61 Edward L. Randall, BSCOM ’61 A. Zack Stiles, BS ’61 John R. Bobby, AB ’62 Nicholas L. (Hart) Jones, MA ’62 James E. Rase, BSIT ’62 James W. Shaw, MED ’62 Richard A. Edwards, MED ’63 Lt. Col. (RET) Jerry M. Fleming, BSED ’63 Dixie L. (Goddard) Davis, AB ’64 James R. Glick, BSIT ’64 Niels C. Petersen II, BSED ’64, MED ’75 James R. Trammell Jr., MS ’64 Harry E. Whipkey Jr., MA ’64 David J. Zimmerman, AB ’64 Barbara L. (Allen) Foraker, BSED ’65 Wallace A. Judge, BS ’65 Thomas E. Kaiser, BBA ’65 Wendell P. Schulda, BBA ’65 Karen L. (Eisnaugle) Thomas, BSED ’65 John A. Eastman, BBA ’66 Florene (Bilbrey) Mathis, BSED ’66 Richard K. Sutter, BSJ ’66 Norma J. (Torrence) Yates, BSED ’66 Lucian F. Bennett Jr., MED ’67 John M. Foster, AB ’67, MA ’68 Martin Ellsworth Gingerich, PHD ’67 Robert L. James, BSED ’67 F. A. Logue III, MA ’67 Elizabeth K. (Brutvan) Simon- Thomas, BSED ’67 Bruce A. Americus, AB ’68 Timothy D. Craig, BBA ’68


James D. Farquer, BBA ’68 Jane L. (Stidd) King, BSED ’68, MED ’83 Graglenn (Gibbs) Mitchell, AB ’68 Louise E. Planet, BS ’68 Corinne G. Streitenberger, BSED ’68 Arela Karlene (Fraley) Bunke, BS ’69 Keeling L. Fife, MED ’69 Edward B. Goldstein, BBA ’69 Janet M. Highley, BSED ’69 Lucinda J. (Hand) Morehead, BSED ’69 Ellen S. (Hunt) Parker, BSED ’69 James R. Rishel, AB ’69 William A. Sievert, BSJ ’69 Joseph T. Troy, BBA ’69 Errol L. Van Scoy, MED ’69, PHD ’76


Peggy K. (Dutey) Arden, BSED ’70 Barbara (Cary) Burnham, BA ’70 Dennis W. Coolidge, BSEE ’70 Philip A. Currie, BBA ’70 Patsy G. Hankins, BSED ’70 Foster J. Kestranek, BSJ ’70 George O. Baker, BS ’71, MS ’75 August J. Berkemeier Jr., BSC ’71 Gloria A. (Sabatino) Denham, BSED ’71, MED ’76 Paul R. Dupree Jr., BGS ’71 Maureen S. Gallaher, MED ’71 Charles R. Grunewald, BBA ’71 Linda M. Kaminski, BSED ’71 Betty L. (Gatten) Leonard, BSED ’71 Karen L. Sbrockey, AB ’71 Raymond Sebastian, BSIT ’71 Thomas W. Sommer, BBA ’71 Daniel G. Stimson, BSED ’71 Jeffrey D. Cannon, BSJ ’72 Wilma J. (Robertson) Crabtree, BSED ’72

Janet E. (Johnson) Hayhurst, BSED ’72, MED ’79 Joseph S. Reeves Jr., BSIT ’72, MBA ’73 Michael A. Rogers, BS ’72 Michael L. Schoonover, BBA ’72 Steven H. Slive, BGS ’72 Richard P. Uniacke, AB ’72 Joan E. Warren, BS ’72 Herbert H. Howard, PHD ’73 Floyd R. Morrison, BSIT ’73 Virginia L. Oliver, BSED ’73 Juliann (Thompson) Smith, BSED ’73 Wayne O. Spilker, BGS ’73 Rosalind J. Whitney, MA ’73 Barbara (Gutzler) Fedderly, BSED ’74 Katherine B. (Benzie) Russell, BSED ’74 Danny L. Schrader, BSED ’74 Dennis Ray Bauders, BBA ’75 John E. Cooper, BSED ’75 Steven E. German, BSED ’75 Leslie R. (Shuken) Herzka, MA ’75 Alice H. Nida, MA ’75 Rosena B. Weaver, AAS ’75 James K. Palmer, BSIT ’76, MED ’09 Michelle Anne Boisseau, AB ’77, MA ’80 Max Chaves, MS ’77 David A. Crowle, BS ’77 Joan (Watts) Glockner, BSN ’77, MED ’79 Robert W. LaForce, BSC ’77 Nixon H. Richman, BSJ ’77 Anthony L. Coles, BBA ’78 Henry W. Ferment, BSJ ’78 Patsy L. Glass, MA ’78 Rhonda L. Rarick, BSJ ’78 Cindy E. (Scott) Rosatone, AAS ’78 Debra F. Dehn, BSJ ’79 Richard R. Hendershot, BSISE ’79


James C. Comer, BSJ ’80 Joseph W. McGraw, BBA ’80 Timothy C. Mickelson, PHD ’80 Debra K. (Oakes) Lucas, AB ’81 Margaret D. McCain, BSED ’81 Nancy J. (Yarb) Meronen, BFA ’81 Gregory C. Scheck, BGS ’81, MA ’84 Florence A. (Duncan) Blazer, MED ’82 Marjorie (Rech) Hamperian, MFA ’82 Nancy L. McDaniel, BGS ’82, MA ’85 Sharon (Dent) Pennell, MA ’82 Akiko Smith, AIS ’82 Randall W. Hunt, BBA ’83 Sue A. (Brock) Madeyski, BSHEC ’85 Senator Harry Meshel, LLD ’85 Regina G. (Northcutt) Montgomery, AB ’85 Ronald O. Nichols Jr., AAS ’85 Richard Lee Port, PHD ’85 Anna L. Roach, BSED ’85 Terri L. (Smeltzer) Philhower, BSC ’86 Edith S. Rollins Smith, General ’86 George Q. Seese III, DO ’87 James S. Bacho Jr., BBA ’88 Eva Fotis, MFA ’88 Marilyn J. (Kerns) Carnes, AAB ’89, MED ’01, EDD ’08, Hannah E. Harper, BSC ’89 Theodore Rehn Purves, MFA ’89 Sharon Ann Smith, MS ’89


Ernest Allen Lucas Jr., BSED ’90, MS ’93 Sandra Kay (Markwood) Maholm, BSC ’90 Braden Richards, BSEE ’90

In memoriam

Lisa A. Sinclair, AS ’90 Darwin Oscar Lofton, BBA ’91 Clifford Eugene Baker Jr., BS ’92 Eunice Febus, AAB ’92 Betty J. Heskett, BSED ’92 John J. Tribbie, BFA ’92 Paul Dennis Dorn, MED ’93 Matthew Ian McLennan, BFA ’93 John William Advey, BBA ’95 Jeanette Lynne Schwartz, BFA ’95 Trent Neil Taylor, BSC ’95 John B. Zachem, DO ’95 Michael Andrew Bratton, BMUS ’96 David Neal Pence, MS ’96 Daniel Lee Peterson, AAS ’96 Brett Michael Wilson, BSRS ’96 Shannon Lynn Dyer, BSED ’97 Blythe G. Schubert, MA ’97


Mary Alice Dunn, BSS ’00 Joseph McCaslin Hutcheson, BS ’00 Alanna D. (Petronis) Kowalski, BBA ’00 John J. Brown III, BBA ’01, MSAC ’01 Adrienne Mary Gavula, BSC ’04 Jane W. Everett, BSS ’05


Joseph Osborne, BSS ’11 Melissa L. Coury, BSN ’12 Tyler Scott Edwards, BBA ’12 Brett Randall Gardner, BA ’13 Haden Richard DeRoberts, BSS ’16 Keith Johnson, BSH ’16 Jennifer L. Nave, BSN ’16


Anne M. Adams, Athens, Ohio, former technical typist in the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, Oct. 7.

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Vera M. Belousova, Athens, Ohio, former assistant professor of modern languages, College of Arts and Sciences, Nov. 2. Helaine J. Burstein, Los Angeles, California, former assistant professor of physiology (1995-2013), College of Arts and Sciences, Sept. 1. Peggy S. (Bishir) Black, MS ’72, Aurora, Colorado, assistant director emerita, OHIO board of Trustees, Sept. 13 Larry W. Jageman, Athens, Ohio, professor emeritus of teacher education (1968-2008), Patton College of Education, Oct. 3. Hilles G. Kemp, BSED ’76, Belmont, Ohio, former instructor of engineering drawing, Ohio University Eastern Campus, Sept. 17.

Adam J. Marsh, MBA ’70, Largo, Florida, director emeritus of research, Nov. 24, 2016. Cassandra McDonald, Zanesville, Ohio, former instructor, Ohio University Zanesville Campus, Nov. 16. Kahandas N. Nandola, Vernon Hills, Illinois, professor emeritus of marketing and former director, Executive MBA Program (1971-2006), College of Business, Sept. 4. Charles Overby, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Professor emeritus of industrial and systems engineering, Russ Colllege of Engineering and Technology, Sept. 18. Dwight A. Pugh, BS ’62, MED ’64, PHD ’69, Athens, Ohio, former associate professor of finance (1969-2006), College of

Business, Aug. 29. Reid B. Sinclair, Raleigh, North Carolina, lecturer emeritus of management systems, College of Business, Nov. 20. Robert J. Thomas Jr., BSEE ’87, MSEE ’93, Albany, Ohio, former program engineer, avionics research (1994-2017), Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Oct. 15. Mark R. Van Doren, AAS ’02, New Marshfield, Ohio, former instructor, Ohio University and Ohio University Lancaster, Oct. 17. —Compiled by Jennifer Shutt Bowie, BSJ ’94, MSC ’99, based on information received by the University’s Office of Advancement Services prior to Dec. 31, 2017.

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What is the most important lesson life has taught you? One of the things that (Senator) Voinovich talked about is making a difference. Your purpose here is to make a positive difference in relation to your community. You also need to make a difference in relation to your friends and family. What is your favorite thing to eat? Right now, I sort of like salmon. That wouldn’t have been the case growing up, just like Brussels sprouts. You have to hit 20 years old to like Brussels sprouts. If you could be an Olympic athlete, in what sport would you compete? That’s easy: track. I ran the quarter mile in high school. My peak in that event was 10th grade. I’m not Usain Bolt.

Last word

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Dishonesty. Second is control. I’ve always been interested in innovation and creative thought, and not micro-controlling things.

Mark Weinberg. As the school’s founding dean, Weinberg has overseen

What is your favorite day of the week? I’m not a Monday fan, but then again, nobody is. With the work schedules and technology, the weekends don’t have the same distinctions they used to. I’m not sure there is a favorite day of the week anymore because they blend together. It’s more related to what you’re doing than what the actual day is.

There is no Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs without the unit’s programs and initiatives since its inception in 1981, when it existed under another name, the Institute for Local Government Administration and Rural Development, or ILGARD. Weinberg’s expertise in organizational strategy, public sector value creation, and regional economic development is renowned. Beyond OHIO’s Voinovich School, he’s served as a professor of political science and as director of OHIO’s master of public administration program. The key to his achievements? “I will stick with something until I get it. I’m basically a problem solver to the extreme.” ohiotoday asks Weinberg what else makes him tick for this issue’s “Last word.” Visit for the full Q&A.—Cat Hofacker, BSJ ’18 Photo by Ben Wirtz Siegel, BSVC ’02


Elizabeth Sayrs is one of OHIO’s most versatile “goto” leaders during times of transition. Charged with taking on the interim executive vice president and provost position in January, Sayrs also stepped up as interim dean for the College of Fine Arts in December 2015, soon after being appointed as dean of University College and vice provost for undergraduate education in June 2014. How does she handle it? “I’m fortunate to be surrounded by talented, dedicated people. I’m honored to serve the OHIO community.” —Photo by Ben Wirtz Siegel, BSVC ’02, OHIO photography supervisor at University Communications and Marketing

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The late Senator George V. Voinovich, AB ’58, LLD ’81, possessed a passion for leadership and was a practitioner of the art of collaboration. His widow, Janet (LEFT), and Voinovich, who also served as mayor of Cleveland and as governor of Ohio, were married for 54 years. Photo by Will Parsons

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Ohio Today spring 2018  

Spring 2018 issue of the Ohio University alumni magazine, Ohio Today

Ohio Today spring 2018  

Spring 2018 issue of the Ohio University alumni magazine, Ohio Today