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Michael Cisneros, who earned an undergraduate degree from OHIO’s School of Media Arts and Studies in integrated media this spring, and Liu YuTao, a visiting professional from Hebei Normal University, check out 360-degree video footage through a virtual reality helmet at the GRID lab. Photo by Ben Siegel, BSVC ’02

“Springtime in Athens and the dandelions are in my daughter’s hair.” —Laura Larson, associate professor of photography + integrated media and director of studies of the studio art program at the Honors Tutorial College, OHIO

ON THE COVER: “I think of Athens as surrounded by the hills and trees of Southeast Ohio. I hope this photograph draws viewers in because of its familiarity and surprises them with its diversity. I took this photograph with a specially adapted camera that blocks most visible light and captures infrared light.” —Marcy Nighswander, professor of photojournalism, School of Visual Communication, OHIO

“There are clues to our past all over Athens, like this paint-splattered floor in Seigfred Hall. Athens is where I learned to appreciate moments and the power of a good story.” —Martha Rial, BFA ’98, independent photographer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Exposures and touchstones: Athens from behind a camera Consider the front cover the first six pages of this edition. Why? Because Ben Siegel, photography supervisor at Ohio University Communications and Marketing, invited five Bobcat photographers this summer to join him in his “Still More” column for what he calls “OHIO Photo Renga”—a series of interrelated portraits of Athens the campus and/or the city.

“After graduating from OHIO, I returned to Athens in 2004 with my wife, Jasmine, en route from Chicago to our next move, in this case, to Miami. She was pregnant with our son, Levi-Joseph. In 2014, while on a crosscountry road trip with our children, we made a quick stop in Athens. We had no idea that less than two years later, we would move to Athens County and buy a home (pictured, with Jasmine) on 13 acres in the beautiful foothills of Appalachia, completing a full circle.” —Rich-Joseph Facun, BSVC ’01, photographic resources supervisor at OHIO’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

He named this photo essay after the ancient Japanese linked verse, renga, in which two or more poets supply alternating sections of a poem. The first photographer created an image and wrote a caption that reflected a personal connection to the sense of place of the University or the town around it. The second photographer reacted to the preceding entry, also in an individualized way. The third photographer responded idiosyncratically to the previous iteration. And so on, with each subsequent photographer answering only the immediate antecedent.

“Sense of place for me is a psychological phenomenon, driven by my own biases, stimuli, and dreams. When thinking of my home, of dear Athens, I feel warm and fuzzy, comforted and kept—illuminated. Hills usher in a chance to see life around me constantly buzzing and growing.” —Josh Birnbaum, MA ’10, visiting professional at OHIO’s School of Visual Communication

Ohio Today offers no commentary other than to say that every piece stands on its own and that the sum proves as great as the parts. To learn more about the contributors to “OHIO Photo Renga,” go online to —Staff report

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“As an OHIO undergraduate, I often relaxed under the giant sycamores on College Green, an intersection where old and new collide. At midnight in early August, I commemorated the spot amid crisscrossing students through this 90-minute time exposure. Upon returning to the University in 2011 as an employee after a decade away, I noticed many changes in Bobcat landscapes. Yet on this shoot, things felt very much the same.” —Ben Siegel, BSVC ’02, photography supervisor at OHIO’s Communications and Marketing

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The Ohio University Innovation Center assists startup companies in furthering their business ideas. More than 200 enterprises have benefited from such expertise since the University founded it in 1983, including, of late, athleticsrelated firms.



Fans of the easygoing entertainer Andy Griffith owe a debt of gratitude to alumnus Richard Linke, his personal manager. The Bobcat, who died in June at age 98, answered questions about his most famous client shortly before passing away.



Name a sport, and OHIO alumni play prominent roles in it, whether professional or amateur. Who better, then, to offer insights about cooperation than Bobcats who hold leadership roles in baseball, football, basketball, and other competitions?



Nicole and Saul Phillips only grow closer as they and their three young children survive her disease. She, a former beauty queen and TV newscaster, and he, OHIO men’s basketball head coach, continue to support each other in losses and victories. Go online to for more stories and online exclusives.


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Moving forward together


eamwork is essential to success in nearly every career field. Even Ohio University’s core values of community, character, civility, citizenship, and commitment focus on the importance of learning to collaborate in order to accomplish one’s goals. Our University community reinforces this daily. OHIO students are leading the charge in collaboration, whether through group interaction and study in our 237 learning communities, through participation in one of the 500 student organizations on campus, through community service and city-university service projects, or through the many servicelearning trips designed to give students hands-on world experience while seeing issues in a new light. The research that many of our students conduct alongside faculty mentors gives them valuable collaborative experience that improves their employment prospects! In recent years, Ohio University has taken steps to develop the Innovation Strategy, designed to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among Ohio University’s faculty in order to develop innovative concepts and technologies. Earlier this year, four teams, each comprised of faculty from diverse academic fields, received major funding for their research proposals and teaching initiatives. These ideas focused on immersive media, novel diagnostic

strategies for osteoporosis, research aimed at making hydraulic fracturing safer and more sustainable, and incubating facultydriven academic initiatives in order to further elevate the quality of an Ohio University education. The results of this research will surely lead to unique strategies to improve the future! Teamwork exposes us to new ideas, helps us think in original ways, teaches us patience, amplifies our creativity, and allows us to more effectively bring about positive change in the world. We are very proud of the teamwork demonstrated every day in our University family. I hope you, too, will be inspired by the many stories of Bobcat collaboration, cooperation, and communication featured in this issue of Ohio Today. Cordially,

Roderick J. McDavis

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OHIO’s student organizations range from Acacia Fraternity for men, whose chapter was chartered in 1949, to a branch of Young Life, a nondenominational Christian ministry, and just about everything in between. In this photo taken on the College Green on the Athens Campus on Aug. 21, people volunteer for 4 Paws for Ability, a Xenia, Ohio-based nonprofit that trains and places service dogs for children with disabilities and military veterans who lost limbs or hearing in combat; OHIO founded its affiliation in March. Photo by Daniel Owen, BSVC ’15

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FROM THE EDITOR Only connect Mike Schmidt's storied path from Athens to Cooperstown ‘’I feel like I could ask the Phillies to keep me on to add to my statistics, but my love for the game won’t let me do that,” said third baseman Mike Schmidt, BBA ’72, announcing his retirement from America’s pastime early in the 1989 season. The 39-year-old slugger sobbed during the press conference. Not that the Bobcat needed to burnish his 18-year career with the Philadelphia Phillies: 12-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, eight-time National League home run champ, three-time National League most valuable player, and most valuable player of the 1980 World Series when the Phillies defeated the Kansas City Royals. His 548 dingers rank No. 16 on the home run list. Taking stock of oneself and colleagues for a greater purpose defines teamwork in sports—and elsewhere. Schmidt suggested as much in his induction speech into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995. “So often we hear the words pride, proud, used when a player reflects on his success. I know I’m often guilty of giving myself too much credit for my accomplishments. In fact, there isn’t one man up here on this stage who’d be here if it weren’t for the talent and sacrifices of other people along the way,” he said, alluding to fellow Hall of Famers. “Today, if you’ll bear with me, I want to acknowledge and thank many of those people who made my career possible: the chain of friends, coaches, and family who each in a special way made it possible for me to reach this field of dreams.” In Little League, he “learned about discipline and teamwork,” and “in high school, I was introduced to words that became my credo: sacrifice and hard work.” In college, Schmidt led OHIO to its only College World Series appearance, in 1970, as a shortstop. “If there’s one man that I could single out as having the most to do with me becoming a Hall of Famer, it would be Bob Wren [BSED ’43, EMERT ’82], my baseball coach at Ohio University,” Schmidt told the then-record 40,000 attendees in Cooperstown, New York. “He took me, a walkon athlete at Ohio University, and developed me into an All-American in two years.

He provided me with a baseball foundation that I relied upon as a pro and still use today as a high school baseball coach.” Schmidt acknowledged other practitioners of teamwork—from Phillies to fans to family. Philadelphia retired his No. 20 jersey in 1990; OHIO retired his No. 10 in 2014 at Homecoming. The Ohio University Alumni Association bestowed him with a Medal of Merit in 1981. “No matter who we are or where we play, from Little League to the big leagues, we’re human. We need positive reinforcement,” he explained. “So let the motivation that I experienced in my career be a lesson.” Schmidt slumped in 1989 as the Phillies languished toward a second consecutive lastplace finish in their division. In 2009, he told celebrated baseball writer Paul Hagen, BSJ ’73, then with the Philadelphia Daily News, in a 20-year retrospective about his retirement, “I think the important thing at the time of my decision is that the team—and you always want to put the team first—was not a contender. Everybody understood it was a rebuilding process. We weren’t going to win the division. Whether I was there or not, we were pretty much going to finish in the same place. Maybe it would be easier to rebuild without having to think about me. I was not going to be a big part of their future. Once I removed myself, the rebuilding process started working pretty quickly.” Major League Baseball players went on strike in August 1994. The work stoppage caused the cancellation of the rest of the season and the postseason. The show returned in April 1995 in a season shortened by 18 games. Schmidt, entering the Hall of Fame that July, referenced at his enshrinement the turmoil—and threat to “that unique bond that this game has with its fans.” He cited “some lessons I learned from my baseball career, lessons like having patience and dealing with pressure, teamwork, and unselfishness.” Sacrificing himself again, Schmidt cautioned, “Our game has reached a crossroads. I don’t believe it can survive unless the team owners and players become one.” —Peter Szatmary

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

Opened floodgates? I was just looking through the spring 2016 Ohio Today and the picture and comments on page 4 about the Varsity Theater brought back many memories, including the big flood of 1968 of the Hocking River. At its worst, the street in front of Gamertsfelder Hall, my dorm, had about two feet of water in it. We built a bridge using the metal desks from our dorm rooms so we could stay dry going across the street to Shively cafeteria. Think of that water level as you look at my photo (ABOVE) of the archway under Washington Hall! [The Army Corps of Engineers began to reroute the Hocking River in 1969 and completed the project in 1971.] —Dick Gotschall, BFA ’70, Massillon, Ohio

Party school? I’ve got to tell you how impressed I was with the spring 2016 edition [themed “reinvention”]. Most of the news I hear/ see about dear old OU describes us as a party school with lofty academic ambitions that never quite “made it,” but this edition stands in marked contrast to any such

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image. The articles were excellent—meaty and relevant—and described faculty and students in a way that made me proud to have studied (hard) there. While I still have fond memories about the weekend time I spent in the Tavern downtown and the TKE house, I also remember the many hours in research at Athens State Hospital and in the rat lab. Keep up the good work. —Leslie (Bud) Taylor, MA ’58, Huntsville, Alabama

Tunnel vision? The picture of the heating and electrical tunnels running all over the main campus caught my eye [“Steaming Ahead,” page 9, spring 2016 issue]. I lived in the Schloss Building at the bottom of Putnam Hill long before East Green was built and when war broke out with the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. The heating tunnel was, and is, right under the steps on Putnam Hill, leading down to what was Putnam Elementary School. My brother, Herb, was a teenager, and I was five years younger, age 9. During basketball season, my brother and his friends would lift the manhole cover located on the

steps, lower themselves into the tunnel, and go up the hill—past Memorial Auditorium, across the campus under Chubb Library, and over to the old men’s gym, now Bentley Hall. There was a door in the basement of the gym, and during basketball games, there was usually a student or staffer guarding the hallway. My brother and his friends would slip into the gym when the guard was not there or taking a break. That is the way they went to most home basketball games. I know this because I would tag along a fair distance behind them and do the same thing. There was a running track above the basketball court and standing room for many people to watch the game. I remember Frankie Baumholtz, BSED ’41, shooting hook shots and Fizz Miller, BSCO ’42, shooting his famous two-handed set shot. I am sure going through those tunnels was dangerous, but as a young boy, it was a bold venture and a free entryway. —Gerald Evans, BSIT ’59, an Athens native and former OHIO director of purchasing and materials management, ’63–’85, Winston-Salem, North Carolina


Work cited? I was delighted to learn in the spring 2016 issue that my alma mater is committed to providing educational opportunities to inmates [“New Convictions,” page 22, by Megan Bulow, BSJ ’06, communication manager, Office of Instructional Innovation at OHIO]. These programs are pivotal in changing the trajectories of inmates— many from disadvantaged communities who face a number of health and learning challenges. These programs also save taxpayers money by reducing rates of reincarceration. I have been researching the effectiveness of correctional education for five years and was tickled that Bulow cited a 2013 RAND Corporation report that I coauthored. My interest in and passion for researching education policies for disadvantaged communities was ignited as an undergraduate studying sociology at OHIO. —Robert Bozick, BA ’99, senior sociologist

University esprit de corps A quartet of alumni burst with Bobcat enthusiasm when answering the prompt: When you think of teamwork at OHIO—regarding sports or academics, projects or causes, volunteerism or socializing, or otherwise—what comes to mind? The answer, for these four, pertains to athletics, fraternities, and arts. —Editor Peter Szatmary A wonderland on ice Ice skating on the asylum grounds with engineering professors, caroling on campus at Christmas, sliding down Jefferson Hill on borrowed cafeteria trays, competing on the tennis team, and watching our exceptional 110 marching band. —Connie Rifici Warman, AA ’56

and associate director, RAND labor and population, Santa Monica, California  

Letter perfect? I just finished reading your great publication [fall 2015 edition, themed “milestones”]. I was thrilled to see my son’s picture on page 34 [in a nod to OHIO’s student-run All Campus Radio Network, aka ACRN]. Although it wasn’t mentioned, he [Matt Erhard] did get his communications degree in 2002 from OHIO. He was very involved with ACRN from the start and loved it. Just letting you know that he’s been very successful in his career and is operations coordinator at WBNS AM and FM sports radio [97.1 The Fan] in Columbus, Ohio. —Sherry Erhard, Zanesville, Ohio [Editor’s note: We reprinted the photo from the 2001 Athena yearbook, which misspelled Erhard’s last name—so we couldn’t locate him in the alumni database, hence the omission of his Bobcat degree: BSC ’02. “After basking in my Ohio Today fame, I found my diploma to ensure that I haven’t been lying on my résumé all these years,” quipped Erhard when apprised of his mom’s initiative. He also invited Bobcats to listen to “Life with Kate and Matt,” his podcast side project, at]

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The 1956 Athena yearbook agrees with Warman.

An assist for lacrosse Teamwork to me is the OHIO men’s lacrosse team. My son, Jon Blohm, a senior psychology major and a right-wing attack player, was one of three captains last year. Highly ranked at the start of the season, they went to the National College Lacrosse League club championship in Annapolis, Maryland, in May. The first playoff game, against Penn State, they came back from a 6-0 deficit to win 11-10, scoring the last goal in the final minute. In the second game, two hours later, they took Towson to three overtimes before losing. It is the furthest any team from the Midwest has ever gotten in this tournament, the league commissioner said. And my boy was one of the players to earn all-tournament honors. OHIO wound up ranked fourth in the nation in 2016. If they had won, OHIO would have hosted the next year—all those East Coast powerhouses and Ivy League teams would have had to find their way to Athens. We will get ’em next year. Go, Bobcats! —Allyson Halmi Blohm, BGS ’74

Two things. First, my experiences as a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity at the corner of Washington and Congress. Lifelong friendships remain from those times. It no longer exists and is now a parking lot. Second, the opportunity provided by Tiff Cook, BSED ’67, MS ’68, EMERT ’04, to play the best game in the world, lacrosse. Tiff was a classmate of mine who was a goalie on the hockey team (and who became a physical education professor at OHIO). In 1965, he invited me to join the lacrosse club he was starting with the help of John McComb, the hockey and soccer coach. In 1966, we played our first season, losing all six games, but had a wonderful time. Unfortunately, it was my first and last season since I graduated in June of that year. The club team has endured all these years. —Don Lutz, BSED ’66

A note on music In June, seven OHIO School of Music students came to my school, Campbell (Ohio) K–7 School, to work with our band and choir students for a one-week fine arts camp. The Bobcats provided free personalized instruction that few students in our high-poverty district can afford. This arrangement came to be when, in my capacities as assistant principal and professional development coordinator, I had reached out to Paul Mayhew, assistant professor of music education at OHIO, and the OHIO network to recruit a new choir director last year. What a great example of something positive coming from Green and White connections! —Ryan Stowell, BMUS ’03 [Also see page 42 for a class note about Stowell.] NEXT ISSUE’S QUESTION: The legacy of OHIO looms large—how, when, where, why? Send letters to 112 McKee House, 1 Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701; e-mails to; or posts to the Ohio University Alumni Association’s Facebook page (by “liking” us on the site).

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Bobcats trip the light fantastic for a good cause


OHIO students form a conga line at the second annual BobcaThon, a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Photo by Sarah Stier, BSVC ’18

s midnight approached on Feb. 13 in Baker University Center’s ballroom, nearly 200 OHIO students showed affection, but not for the start of Valentine’s Day. Instead, after 12 hours on their feet, they continued dancing at the end of the second annual BobcaThon, a fundraiser for the Columbus Ronald McDonald House (RMH)—the biggest facility of its kind in the world. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (the official name) offers 137 guest rooms and serves more than 4,500 families annually, typically as seriously ailing children from those families receive care at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Columbus RMH also contains recreational and comforting features, such as a rooftop garden. The expense per room is $100 nightly, and the organization relies almost entirely on contributions (guests can pay a modest fee upon checkout if they choose), so fundraising is vital. Bobcat students raise funds all year through various activities, but most money comes from pledges made for the dance marathon. About 100 hoofers helped generate $18,000-plus in the 2015 shindig. The 2016 event included 189 dancers (and some 200 other student participants), so this gathering hoped for a much bigger yield, especially after meeting Athens-area residents who relied on Columbus RMH during health ordeals. Like Brittany Peterson, associate professor in the School of Communication Studies at OHIO. Her daughter, Prayli, now 3, was born prematurely; in summer 2015, Prayli’s trachea was rebuilt. “She had several surgeries,” Peterson recalls, “and had to be in a druginduced coma.” Prayli spent five weeks in Nationwide while her family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio. “You don’t have to worry about anything but your child,” says the grateful mom. “You can concentrate on being her advocate.” By midnight, dancers were exhausted. “I felt like I didn’t have feet anymore,” remembers Hannah Trew, director of campus outreach for BobcaThon and a senior communications studies major. Still, “Dancing was a blast. And the stories made dancers feel like we were making an impact.” At the last step, placards revealed total donations: $40,473.01. Dancers hugged and burst into tears of joy. To read more about BobcaThon, go online to Also see page 20. —David Theis has published journalism in Texas Monthly, Houston Press, and The Texas Observer, among other outlets. His books include Literary Houston (Texas Christian University Press, 2011), edited essays, and Rio Ganges (Winedale, 2002), a literary novel.

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In the news FACILITATING ACCLIMATION The best student-centered learning experience in America got even better, thanks to proliferation of OHIO’s “learning communities.” In this teamwork—part enlightenment, part synergy—freshmen and undergraduate transfer students can take a set of courses together or share a common academic experience. The program, housed in University College, began in 2000 with six learning communities for 93 students. This fall, learning communities spanned every major for the first time: 240+ learning communities with some 4,000 enrollees. “The more OHIO can do to help new students make friends and connect with professors, the better,” said Miranda Stepka, a learning community leader and junior exercise physiology major. To learn more about learning communities and watch a video, go online to —Jim Harris, BBA ’04, director of marketing and communication, University College

INSTRUCTION HONORS The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education’s Center for Professional Development School Partnerships and Athens City Schools earned a 2015 Spirit of the Professional Development Schools Award from the National Association for Professional Development

Schools. This citation for fostering professional development schools—the partnership of higher education programs with P-12 public schools—follows the team’s 2014 Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement from the same organization. These commendations salute innovative collaborations among faculty, administrators, teachers, and professional interns. —Kim Barlag, AB ’92, communication and design specialist, Patton College of Education

MAST HOIST OHIO retired the No. 40 jersey of basketball great Caroline Mast Daugherty, BSED ’86, when the women’s and men’s squads hosted a doubleheader in February. The four-year starting forward earned MidAmerican Conference Player of the Decade kudos and Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame induction for tallying the most points—2,449 (21.9 per game)—and rebounds—1,223 (10.9 per game)—in University history. She coached her alma mater, River View High School (Warsaw, Ohio), to a 132-16 record and two state championships over a 25-year career—after leading it to a state crown as a student. The two-time All-American and three-time conference player of the year called the OHIO hoopla “humbling.”—Staff report

Pretty nice! “You are so beautiful / to me,” serenaded hundreds of Bobcats and Athens community members on Sunday, April 17, when sprucing up the neighborhood during Athens Beautification Day. OK, technically, they didn’t croon the earnest pop tune written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher and made famous by Joe Cocker in 1974. But in spirit, participants sang the praises of making things look good in the annual event hosted by OHIO’s Community Service Leadership Council, a student organization. ATHENS BEAUTIFICATION DAY 2016 BY THE NUMBERS: 2 shifts, morning and afternoon, because of so many volunteers • 12th annual spiffiness • 57 projects including street cleanups, landscaping, and graffiti removal • 900 participants • 3,000 hours of service • $8,000 raised (mostly spent on lunch, T-shirts, and transportation) —Staff report Do-gooders gather by Athens City Hall for assignments. Photo by Emily Matthews, BSVC ’18

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hio University Police Officer Tim Woodyard and his partner, Alex, a bomb-sniffing Labrador retriever mix, spend shifts exercising, training, and patrolling. These tasks thrill the 3½-year-old rescue dog. “Whenever you and I work, we’re thinking, ‘Work,’” Woodyard says. “He’s thinking, ‘Best day ever.’” The 16-year department veteran became Alex’s handler—on campus and off—in fall 2014. His wife, two daughters, and two outside dogs adore Alex, Woodyard said, as do his colleagues. Alex is one of two Bobcat K9s, whose acquisition costs were paid by Homeland Security grants. OHIO’s police department funds Alex’s sustaining costs of about $6,000 annually. Woodyard discusses their relationship below. —­Griffin Ratcliffe, BSJ ’18 Photo by Daniel Owen, BSVC ’15

“WALKING IS CRITICAL FOR THESE DOGS to stay in shape. Alex has to work the Convocation Center, Peden Stadium. But dogs, you’ve got to give them a break. He’s got a black coat and is close to the pavement and the field. He gets really hot. You work them for 45 minutes to an hour, give them a break, work them again.”

“MY JOB IS TO CARE FOR THIS DOG EVERY DAY. Even at home, you’re thinking about him. You can’t let anything happen to him. He’s not my dog, but at the same time, he is my dog. I think he’s taught me patience and that every day is a process.”

“HE’S A FOOD-REWARD DOG. The master trainer trained him to recognize odor. It started by sticking the odor near his nose and then rewarding him with a handful of food. That’s the only time he eats. If he wants to eat, he has to find the odor.”

“EVEN THOUGH THEY USE A LOT OF CHEMICALS to make explosives, he picks out the part that is just the explosive chemical. That’s what he’s been trained to recognize.”

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Chillicothe Campus at 70: Thriving through community


n Sept. 16, 1946, on a wooded hilltop in Chillicothe, Ohio University opened its first regional campus, with 281 students taking night classes at the former Chillicothe High School. This fall, 2,325 counterparts enrolled for day, evening, and online courses at the permanent locale, situated in Carlisle Hill since 1966. Across eras, sites, and platforms, the twofold mission has remained: make higher education possible for those who otherwise might lack opportunity and tackle additional community needs. Russ Poole, ELST ’50, appreciates that the facility—founded under then President John C. Baker with input from local educators—originated largely to encourage World War II veterans like himself to utilize GI Bill benefits to attend college and pursue the American dream they had fought to preserve. “When OU came to Chillicothe, it was an unexpected blessing. I couldn’t have afforded to go away to college,” said the Navy seaman. “My years at OU-C were essential to employment that followed”—from screening immigrants under the Refugee Relief Act of 1953 in Frankfurt, Germany, for the U.S. government to spending 31 years at Radio Free Europe during the Cold War, retiring as vice president of management. Jean Campbell Romero, BSED ’51, raised on a Pickaway County farm, also credits Chillicothe Campus for several successes, including 30 years as an award-winning public schoolteacher of primarily math at primary and secondary levels in the region. “My father was openly unhappy he had to quit school to help his family, so I always knew I was going to college,” said Romero. “OU-C was less

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expensive. I joked that when tuition was due, we sold a cow.” The Chillicothe Campus further enriched her: meeting future husband, Art Romero, GEN ’52, now deceased, while both matriculated there. A World War II veteran who retired as a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve after 41 years, “He liked the people he met in the Navy from this area” and enrolled with a pal, she recalled. The sweethearts, married for 57 years, spurred a family tradition. The alumna’s two sisters and brothers-in-laws and five Romero children graduated from OHIO via Chillicothe or Athens. This enlightening bargain profited subsequent generations, too. Former Chillicothe Mayor Jack Everson, BGS ’77, a business professional, put himself through Chillicothe Campus because it “fit logistically and financially,” he said. “I have been able to apply what I learned in college later in life. My college career made an impression on me, especially in terms of collaboration and the importance of campus and community cooperation.” Mutualism and mindfulness also influenced Beverly Gray, BSED ’71. The 2011 Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership Award winner taught mainly language arts and vocational education to area elementary-, middle-, and highschoolers for 33 years and is cofounder and coordinator of the Chillicothebased David Nickens Heritage Center of African-American culture. “Attending OU-C permitted me to earn a degree,” Gray said, “and was a great help in my career.” Recent alumni agree. Kimberly Bowers, AAB ’10, BSH ’12, completed a required internship and practicum credits at Chillicothe VA Medical Center, where she now works as a medical administration specialist. Bowers upholds


R PAGE 14: Sophomore computer science major William Presson serves attendees at the fifth annual Movie Under the Stars and Ice Cream Social at Ohio University Chillicothe Campus. The festivities, held on Aug. 25 in the field between Bennett

Hall and Shoemaker Center, featured The Legend of Tarzan, the latest retelling of the jungle saga. Photo by Rob Hardin, BSC ’08 ABOVE: Chillicothe Campus students congregate in the 1950s. Photo courtesy of Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections

her alma mater’s objective to improve quality of life for former military and contribute to its self-sustaining system. “The relationship OU-C has with organizations to get students internships and practicums is huge,” Bowers said. “OU-C has a really positive impact on our community.” This is by design, explained Chillicothe Campus Dean Martin Tuck. “Teamwork that sparked OU-C still flourishes. At inception, we enabled World War II veterans to go to college. As coal mining declined, we promoted business-related degrees. When regional healthcare shortfalls mounted in the 1990s, we offered more nursing options. To address area openings for law enforcement and corrections officers, we created the law enforcement technology program. We instinctively respond to imperatives of this part of the state,” he said. “Bachelor’s degree programs in healthcare administration, social work, and applied management are recent examples.” Retired athletic director Bobby Christian, BSED ’59, MED ’66, whose other campus roles over 40 years spanned professor to coach, analogized the Hilltopper. He spearheaded the search to name the woodsman mascot to symbolize ambitions in competitions and, concomitantly, classrooms. “Athletics gave students a reason to hang out on campus,” said the father of its intramural and intercollegiate sports, and “became a tool to bring OU-Chillicothe into the community,” which “became very involved.” Teams, he concluded, provide “a shared identity,” in sport and, accordingly, beyond, for the tens of thousands of those at the top of the hill since 1946. For historical information, notable alumni, additional photos, and video, go online to —Maddie Corbin, BSJ ’16, works in music publicity, promotions, and public relations.

ecent college graduates struggle with problem-solving, attention to detail, grit, and teamwork, finds workforce compensation website PayScale, in a report released earlier this year, among other researchers. Not so at Russ College of Engineering and Technology, where engineering students must take a yearlong capstone course, and all students take a mandatory course on career preparation and are encouraged to go beyond the classroom. Further, OHIO’s chapter of national engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi hosts “Engineering Futures” sessions— facilitator-led student workshops that boost what’s taught in Russ College curriculum. Students gain practice in communication, leadership, and innovating not only “in internships and co-ops—but also in group projects and student organizations,” Steven Wise, chapter president and a senior mechanical engineering major, wrote by e-mail. Mechanical engineering senior Jacob Logue, chapter vice president, explained via e-mail that new engineers can apply soft skills to gain the trust and respect of seasoned counterparts. Such rapport fosters productivity and abets safety. Chapter advisor Monica Burdick, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, echoed that honing personal attributes is one way Tau Beta Pi nurtures future engineering leaders. Case in point: Tony English, BSME ’96, senior director of merchandising, tool rental, at Home Depot. Engineering up-and-comers need interpersonal chops, not only academic grounding, he stated. “These soft skills involve being able to articulate your thoughts and ideas to colleagues verbally and in writing, at different levels of any organization,” English summarized via e-mail. “Utilizing these skills to form strong relationships founded on honesty and respect will propel your career in whichever direction you choose, with friendships and a reputation to be proud of.” —Becca J.R. Lachman, MA ’07, is the communications officer for Athens County Public Libraries and a former writer/editor in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at OHIO. Her most recent book is a collection of poetry, Other Acreage (Gold Wake Press, 2015). Colleen Carow, BSJ ’93, MA ’97, MBA ’05, senior director of communications and identity management at Russ College of Engineering and Technology, contributed to this story.

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hio University’s marching band hardly needs the introduction as “Stand up and Cheer!” electrifies Peden Stadium. Performance drives the Marching 110. Right? Wrong. The operating system running the 245-member Marching 110 (shown in September 2013 at Parents Weekend) is rooted in community most of all, according to Marching 110 veterans who direct collegiate bands. “Most of the kids will not go on to be performers, but they are going to have to go work on teams—in jobs and in life,” said Andrew “Tiger” Rhodes, MM ’07, in his seventh year as assistant director of bands at University of Toledo. “Directing a marching band is much more about instilling life skills” such as commitment, excellence, and community, which he honed as a Marching 110 teaching assistant. This teamwork “builds a tighter bond and makes you better.” Natalie Steele Royston, BMUS ’94, MM ’96, MM ’97, music education coordinator for Iowa State University, put it this way: “Band is not individuals. It’s one. And every person has to put in effort or the whole group suffers.” A marching band, she continued, “provides a professional performance venue, but the memories are made on the personal side, through the connections and working together.” College bands across the state, country, and beyond benefit from the Marching 110 philosophy—they’re packed with Bobcats at the baton. Richard Suk, the 110’s director, believes that’s because they “have such a positive experience here. They work hard, and they reap the rewards … leadership opportunities, crowd reactions, and close relationships. The work ethic and tradition of excellence create a positive experience that they want to recreate—not necessarily our style or our repertoire, but that experience.” OHIO’s School of Music has educated performers, composers, and teachers since 1917, and today, more than 140 of its alumni direct

elementary, middle, and high school and collegiate bands and music programs throughout the United States—and around the world. Just ask Brent Poling, BMUS ’93, band director at International School Bangkok, a primary and secondary school in Thailand; Joe Carver, BMUS ’07, MM ’14, graduate assistant with Ohio State’s TBDBITL, acronym for “the best damn band in the land” (ahem); or, closer to home, Josh Boyer, BMUS ’08, MM ’14 in conducting, MM ’14 in music education, the 110’s assistant director. “More and more, I feel like we’re running in to people from OU,” said Matt Brunner, BMUS ’95, MM ’05, in his ninth year as director of athletic bands at Temple University. “It’s good to see that the 110 style or attitude is spreading.” In fact, last December, his Temple band performed alongside Rhodes’s Toledo band at the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. So, in a way, OHIO won that game. Ken Will, BMUS ’08, MM ’13, director of the marching and concert bands at the University of Dayton, added, “Everything I learned in the School of Music and from the 110 has helped me as a college band director. They showed me what great marching band ‘software’ looks like.” No wonder that of the 2,168 living marching band alumni, hundreds reconnect at OHIO’s annual Homecoming to funk down Court Street and dance in Peden Stadium. “If the stands were empty, we’d all still be there,” said Will. “That’s the special thing about this ensemble—the family. When we hear that ‘diggahdiggah-duh, diggah-diggah-duh, don’t you move,’ that’s a special moment.” For more stories, and for videos and photos, go online to winter-2017. —Jennifer Shutt Bowie, BSJ ’94, MS ’99, is executive director, Advancement Communication & Marketing. She was a member of the Marching 110’s flag section from 1990 to ’93 and has marched in every Homecoming parade since 1990 except for one (in 2004, when pregnant with her oldest son, John). Photo by Carl Fonticella, BSVC ’17

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REDUCE | With three residential dining halls, plus several other eateries—and roughly 1 million pounds of food discarded annually— OHIO has a lot on its plate. Senior international studies major Sabrina Canchola (LEFT) and Bridget Stocker, BSS ’16, partnered with Director of Culinary Services Rich Neumann to cut back on what Stocker observed as unacceptable amounts of untouched food. They experimented with trayless dining—an effective deterrent at other universities—during lunch one day at Nelson Commons. Of 100 plates collected, trays yielded 30.5 pounds of food waste, trayless 25.8 pounds. “The 4.7pound difference doesn’t seem like a lot,” says Stocker, “but if you calculate these numbers over a year, you’re looking at a massive amount of waste” in edibles and dollars. REUSE | If one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, then one’s ratty T-shirt can become another’s spiffy tote bag (MIDDLE), proved four students examining fabric waste. “Three of us were retail majors, so the idea of creating reusable textiles really piqued our interest,” says Ariel Cash, BSS ’16, speaking for teammates Lauren Owen, BSHC ’16; senior printmaking, marketing, and environmental studies major Erica Mirth; and senior education major Gavin Shryock. Their research uncovered that one reusable bag replaces up to 700 disposable plastic

bags annually and that 130-plus U.S. cities ban or charge for single-use grocery bags. The quartet popularized the concept locally by transforming old T-shirts and discarded textiles into reusable bags—which Athens Farmers Market promoted and ReUse Industries and Mother Earth Community Thrift Store sold. RECYCLE | Only 13 outdoor recycling bins peppered the Athens Campus among 300 trash bins—until seniors Evan Forst, Alan Sarver, and Zack Schlimm stepped in. Expanding on earlier augmentation steps, the team analyzed high-traffic areas to pinpoint ideal spots for approximately 30 new locations pairing trash and recycling bins (RIGHT). Schlimm and Forst major in marketing; Sarver majors in marketing and communication studies. Their ingenuity indirectly led to Sarver’s hire as an assistant GIS technician with Facilities Management. The trio expects the additions to enable more responsible trash disposal. “Some people are prone to think, ‘Not everyone does it, so why should I?’ But this thought process is why scientists predict there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050,” warns Forst. He urges, “Be part of the solution, not the problem.” —Jen Jones Donatelli, BSJ ’98, a freelance journalist in Los Angeles, California, has written for REDBOOK, Playboy, Natural Health, and Variety. She co-directs OHIO’s OHIO-in-LA program.

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ast spring semester, Ohio University students enrolled in sustainability courses devised numerous eco-friendly endeavors— from encouraging zero waste at Bobcat athletic events to drafting conservation-focused business plans for local entrepreneurs. Student teams collaborated with faculty and staff, such as College of Business Assistant Marketing Professor Colin Gabler, to formulate or further OHIO initiatives and presented the results at the Student Research and Creative Activity Expo and Earth Day festivities. By attempting to reduce the University’s carbon footprint, students—and the Office of Sustainability—hope to mobilize the entire Bobcat community. “Students participate intimately with projects by working with administrators, learning to navigate policies, creating professional connections, and finding creative solutions to real-world problems,” shares Annie Laurie Cadmus, sustainability director. Examples of the 15 ventures follow. To learn more, go online to

Take this quiz about other formalities Heimann relates in Paying Calls in Shangri-La to see how well you might do in her shoes. For the answers, go online to


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udith Heimann first ventured outside her native United States in 1958 when the recent Radcliffe College graduate joined new husband and Harvard alum, John, at his initial Foreign Service posting in Jakarta, Indonesia. Fifteen years later, the young woman became a diplomat, too—one of the first of such spouses to assume this role. Over her decadeslong career, Heimann thrived in stints in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe, drawing on her facility with arcane but often high-stakes protocol as well as her instinct for local cultural expectations. Heimann’s latest book, a memoir, Paying Calls in Shangri-La: Scenes from a Woman’s Life in American Diplomacy, recently published by Ohio University Press—and part of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training-Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired Series on Diplomats and Diplomacy— recounts the triumphs of all sorts of teamwork, professional and personal. For example, a group of Dayaks, people indigenous to Borneo, asked to pick fruit from rambutan trees at the Heimann residence on the island. She consented. Her husband (who died in 2000 at age 67 after 44 years of marriage) commented that eating onsite made the quarters look less official. So she requested that the guests— traditionally clad road workers—take the treat to go. But when the Dayaks explained their reasoning—not because transporting the fruit risked bruising it, for instance, but because custom dictated consuming on the spot to prevent others from assuming the objective was to harvest the fruit to sell—she reversed course, with her husband equally convinced by the rationale. —Samara Rafert, publicist for Ohio

1. When the Heimanns left their assignment in Surabaya, Indonesia, they needed to determine gifts for their household staff that could not be stolen or lose value to rampant inflation. The Heimanns decided on what? a. Bikes with locks. b. Dental work. c. Academic scholarships for the employees’ children. 2. Which of these was not a factor Heimann discusses when selecting wines for hosting dinners on the job in Bordeaux, France? a. The regional aversion to quaffing red wine alongside green vegetables. b. Whether one chateau owner had had an affair with the mate of another. c. If the wine came from Burgundy, Bordeaux’s biggest rival. 3. Why did the Heimanns opt not to disturb the swifts nesting in the eaves of their house in Kuching, East Malaysia, despite the unseemly droppings? a. The excrement was prized as garden fertilizer. b. The swifts kept the inside of the domicile insect-free. c. In a dwelling with unreliable electricity, the birds made for a dependable alarm clock. 4. You visit another diplomat’s abode, but the representative is not there. When leaving your calling card, you must write in pencil. Why? a. Caution rules. If an enemy government detains the fellow diplomat, this colleague might have opportunity to erase confidential information before the card is confiscated. b. Pens leak and appearances matter. You can’t risk marring the note or your gloves. c. When diplomatic etiquette originated in the 19th century, portable pens didn’t exist. Writing with a pencil indicated to the recipient that you had come yourself and not had someone write the note beforehand in your stead. 5. Diplomats rely on their fine-tuned sense of milieu to further commercial as well as government interests. When McDonald’s asked Heimann for advice on expanding into Belgium, she counseled what? a. Make all its fast-food franchises drive-through for the novelty value in a country whose city residents tended to walk. b. Serve hamburgers medium-rare, per Belgian tastes. c. Pay special attention to frites and cleanliness.

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Calendar of events for alumni and friends of Ohio University |


herever you live, Ohio University wants to keep in touch with you. Alumni chapters exist around the globe to help you meet and reconnect with fellow Bobcats. Of course, you’ll occasionally want to find a reason to return to campus— winter is the perfect time to visit! For a full schedule of chapter, society, and on-campus events, including reunions, go online to ohio. edu/alumni. —Hailee Tavoian, associate director of strategy, Advancement Communication & Marketing

Warm up your winter in Florida, Bobcat snowbirds. OHIO events in the Sunshine State include: Alumni College, Orlando JAN. 28, 2017 Phantom of the Opera, West Palm Beach MARCH 26, 2017 Tampa Bay Rays game, Tampa Bay APRIL 22, 2017 Register at

Nominate the deserving for alumni awards.



Sample categories: recent graduate recognition, outstanding service to the University, achievement or distinction in one’s field, alumnus/a of the year, and honorary Bobcat. Deadline for submissions is FEB. 1.

Yellowstone National Park

2017 TOURS Antarctica FEB. 19–MARCH 5

Eastern & Oriental Express MARCH 1–13 Costa Rica Rainforests, Volcanoes, & Wildlife APRIL 8–16 River Life Along the Dutch Waterways APRIL 26–MAY 4 Timeless Treasures Cruise to Greece, Malta, & Italy APRIL 28–MAY 6

U.S National Parks: Grand Canyon to Experience OHIO’s concertNew band Yellowstone MAY 8–19 57th Street andpremier 7th Avenue, York City in a legendary venue. The Ohio University February Wind Symphony  kicksMonday, off the School of 27,2017 Paris Immersion JUNE 3–11 Music’s centennial year on FEB. 27 with a Southern Culture & Civil War JUNE 3–12 once-in-a-lifetime performance at Carnegie The Sacred Valley & Culture of Lake Titicaca Hall. Join OHIO  leadership, alumni, and in Peru JULY 3–15 friends for a pre-concert reception. Go online to Highlights of England, Scotland, & Ireland JULY 6–17 Listings current at time of printing. Click on the “travel” link at

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CHICAGO NETWORKING WEEK Attend the Chicago Networking Week from MARCH 22-26. OHIO Alumni Association networking weeks bring OHIO students to major cities to be shown the ropes by alumni volunteers. To watch video of last year’s gathering in Washington, D.C., go online to

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he College of Fine Arts put on a show of teamwork last summer by launching its Tantrum Theater, a residential professional company, at the 200-seat Abbey Theater in Dublin, Ohio. The debut season: the 1982 musical Little Shop of Horrors (PICTURED), a new OHIO-based play Tammy Faye’s Final Audition, and the 1990 drama Dancing at Lughnasa. The Equity-affiliated troupe totaled 100 people, including 40 students, under Daniel Dennis, PHD ’13, artistic director; Rachel Cornish, founding producing director; and Ian Hinz, BA ’09, producing director. Named for the collective noun for OHIO’s mascot, Tantrum eventually intends to expand to year-round.—Staff report Photo by Daniel Rader, BSVC ’16

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ormer OHIO student-athletes David Carter, BBA ’08, MBA/ MSA ’11 (football), and Tim Gusweiler, BBA ’10, MBA/MSA ’13 (golf), loved their youth sports organizations but hated the administrative shortcomings. Miscommunication about practice or game times. Lost payment for uniforms or fees. The Bobcats, members of a generation that regards the internet as their parents considered FM radio—technology is your friend— knew there had to be a better way. Give teams a streamlined website to list schedules, rosters, and parent contact information. Add online payment for uniforms and fees. Post messages about last-minute schedule changes. And make the website free. The Ohio University Innovation Center, the International Business Innovation Association’s 2016 Rural Incubator of the Year, helped. Its professional staff guides startup companies through development stages and supplies practical services such as office space and equipment. The center aids OHIO students, faculty, staff,

and members of the community in assessing the viability of their business idea, researching costs, and preparing an application to work with the center. Accepted candidates sign a one-year service agreement and a lease. Hopefuls quickly learn the center operates via teamwork. Faculty and area business leaders are the coaches, and the budding enterprisers are the players.

Making inroads “They coached us on the market assessment, proof of concept, go-to-market strategy, and financial modeling,” said Carter, crediting Jennifer Simon, AB ’95, MPA ’97, MBA ’11, former center director (and now executive director for regional innovation), and Jeff Doose, executive-in-residence. Carter also thanked TechGROWTH Ohio; part of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at OHIO and funded by the University and Ohio Third Frontier, it provides technology-based startups with business assistance and capital sources.

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Carter and Gusweiler’s Jersey Watch—which launched in 2012 and counts eight employees—and its free, user-friendly websites have clients in Ohio and 15 other states, with costs covered by advertisers. Jamie Angelo, cofounder-director of Ohio Xtreme Athletics, which oversees dozens of teams and tournaments, uses Jersey Watch “because the team there actually took an interest in what we do and what we needed,” he said. “They were able to provide us with professional quality websites with an extremely easy-to-use dashboard.”

Watering seeds Business incubators allow new companies to share costs and seek pointers from in-house professionals who have been through the uncertainty and expense of launching a new venture. “OHIO’s was the first university-based incubator in the state,” said Stacy Strauss, director of the center. It was created in 1983 by then-OHIO president Charles Ping, LHD ’94, EMERT ’94, and founding director Wilfred Konneker, BS ’43, MS ’47, LLD ’80, a high-tech visionary.

The center’s current facility at 340 W. State St. in Research Park opened in 2003. Its 36,000 square feet includes office and meeting spaces, laboratories, office equipment, and a 3-D printer. It houses 13 member companies such as RXQ Compounding (pharmaceuticals), Shot-Force Pro (self-resetting steel targets), and Jersey Watch and has served more than 200 startups over time including Imgur (online image sharing), Third Sun Solar (clean energy), and Diagnostic Hybrids (now part of Quidel, a diagnostic healthcare manufacturer). “What we typically see at the Innovation Center is individuals who have an idea, have the new combination, but they’ve never executed a business idea before,” said Doose, who has advised entrants at the Innovation Center and TechGROWTH Ohio since 2001. It can take three to five years for a startup to become fully operational and established in a market, estimate Doose and Strauss. Input, then, becomes invaluable.

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Finding niches The Innovation Center also hosts Startup Weekend, an annual event during which aspiring entrepreneurs, designers, developers, and engineers pitch an idea to business experts and turn it into a concrete plan for a startup by the end of the 54-hour program. John Herbert, BSME ’16, met his future business partner at Startup Weekend 2015. Herbert and Alex Geiser, BBA ’16, crafted an idea for a sports headband with a chip to measure the force of impact on an athlete from physical contact—and won free office space at the Innovation Center upon their presentation. Since Startup Weekend, they added Patrick Hanlon, BSEE ’15, an OHIO master’s student in electrical engineering, and Zach Taylor, a senior management information systems and marketing major at OHIO, and incorporated their business. A year later, their startup, Head Smart, builds on this sense of direction to develop their product. “They helped us keep up-to-date, stick to a deadline, and keep moving forward,” said Herbert. Head Smart aims for youth and high school sports, at $15-$30 per athlete. Herbert said there are more expensive, sophisticated impactmeasuring devices targeted to pro sports. “We’re going more low-tech,” said Herbert, reared in Southeast Ohio, where the highlight of the week for many communities is high school football on Friday nights. That’s Head Smart’s demographic. Head Smart believes the technology can ultimately be implemented across sports and even industry, such as construction.

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Furthering goals The Innovation Center recently nurtured another startup with sports applications: Beyond Pulse. Formed in 2015, it features a platform to give coaches and trainers information about athletes’ performance to fine-tune training. Activio wearable technologies (chest belts) power the platform, track heart rates, and analyze workouts. Three of the four Beyond Pulse cofounders— Marc-Andre Maillet, MSRSS ’16, Michael Sup, MSRSS ’14, and Dave Nuzzolo, BSPE ’14, CERT ’14, MSRSS ’16—earned master’s degrees in coaching education and work at the University, with Sup pursuing a doctorate in education at OHIO. The fourth cofounder, Mark Wilson, played professional soccer with Manchester United and FC Dallas. Unified by soccer, the quartet also taps different strengths and backgrounds—from merchandising to exercise physiology—as they prepare to market Beyond Pulse to soccer coaches and trainers. “That’s one of the best assets of our group,” said Sup. “We all have our own perspectives.” This summer, they brought 20 professionals in research, sports, and business to Athens for a weekend brainstorming session on remaining steps. “We worked really hard on establishing the economic, social, and environmental footprint,” said Maillet, who thinks they’re a year or two away from becoming independent of the Innovation Center. “They’re a promising company,” said Doose. —Martha Allan is a veteran journalist who has worked at newspapers in Indiana, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. Illustration by Andrew Lyons

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The wit & wisdom of symbiosis Reflections from the late Dick Linke

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ifty years ago in October, Newsweek magazine extolled the savvy of Richard Linke, BSJ ’41, personal manager of Andy Griffith, Jim Nabors, and other performers. “My management is almost like a marriage,” proclaimed the Bobcat— who died on June 15 at age 98 in his Hawaii home. “I won’t manage anybody I don’t like. My artists confer with me on everything.” Less than a year after Newsweek’s feature, The Wall Street Journal profiled the OHIO alumnus under the headline, “Many Big Stars Hire a Personal Manager for Advice and Chores.” The deck added, “How Dick Linke Runs the Life of Andy Griffith for 15% Cut. …” In 1970, Griffith told The New York Times Magazine, “If there is ever a question about something, I will do what he wants me to do.” The folksy entertainer continued, “Had it not been for him, I would have gone down the toilet.” Those articles adorn the Richard O. Linke Visiting Professional Office in the E. W. Scripps Hall at OHIO—alongside framed photos of celebrities he represented, related mementos, and period furniture from his 1960s office. Linke donated them in the early 1990s, returning to the Athens Campus in 2004 for the debut of his tribute space, then located in the Radio-Television Building. The exhibit honors, in part, the teamwork philosophy that Linke practiced. The Richard O. Linke Scholarship in Journalism, established in 1995—and distributing $8,000 in student support this year—further exemplifies this synergy. Linke began providing scholarship support for University journalism students in 1956. He brought Griffith and other talent from his roster to OHIO in April 1963 to raise money for this cause; about 4,000 fans attended two performances, reported the May 1963 Ohio Alumnus, which ran a photo of the cast in OHIO sweatshirts and which declared, “Andy did everything but bring the roof down.” Similarly, after semi-retiring, Linke collaborated with OHIO by teaching at his alma mater as an adjunct from 1991 to ’96. He also served on OHIO’s alumni board,

foundation board, and Trustees' Academy (recognizing major donors) and donated his papers to Alden Library. OHIO awards include the Medal of Merit in 1959 and the Alumnus of the Year in 1967. “You know, I attended 55 Homecomings,” he said in a phone call in April, about two months before his passing. Linke hailed from Queens, New York, but considered OHIO home. “When it comes to Athens, I can’t get enough. Actually, I can get enough. I can forget their mashed potatoes,” Linke joked. “Dick was a loyal Bobcat graduate for more than six decades,” said Robert Stewart, director of the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism. “It’s not just the length of time that’s impressive. His deep, abiding love for OHIO is unparalleled.” How did Linke, who epitomized showbusiness partnership, rise to the top of his field? Working in promotion at Capitol Records in 1953, he heard Griffith’s breakthrough, a regional comedy record,

“What It Was, Was Football.” Linke flew to Griffith’s home state of North Carolina to sign the civic club monologist and former high school music teacher to a contract. Eventually, Linke quit his job to manage Griffith full time. Their professional relationship lasted 37 years. (Linke’s other clients ranged from Ken Berry to Frankie Avalon.) A high point of their teamwork was “The Andy Griffith Show,” the family-friendly sitcom that ranked in the top 10 throughout its 1960-68 run. Griffith portrayed Andy Taylor, the judicious sheriff of the fictitious town of Mayberry, North Carolina, modeled on Griffith’s native Mount Airy. Don Knotts costarred as his high-strung deputy, Barney PAGE 26: “If it hadn’t been for Dick Linke [left], there would be no Andy Griffith,” the performer, in costume as Andy Taylor, the sitcom sheriff who ruled TV in the 1960s, famously said about his personal manager. BELOW: Gridiron Bobcats help Griffith nod to his early hit, the comedy monologue, “What It Was, Was Football.” Photos courtesy of Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections

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Fife. In real life, they were best friends. Yet few people were closer to Griffith than Linke. He persuaded Griffith to adopt the endearing phrase, “I appreciate it,” as an oratorical trademark (which the Ohio Alumnus borrowed for its headline), negotiated million-dollar television deals for him, and stepped in when Griffith busted up a hotel room or ruffled someone’s feathers on set. Linke lived in Holualoa, Hawaii, with his wife, Bettina, BSJ ’95. She survives him, as do his five children, including daughter Nanci Linke Ellis, BFA ’71. He answered questions by telephone a few months before passing away. Edited excerpts follow. To watch an autobiographical video interview Linke conducted with OHIO in 2011 and to read an obituary of him released by the University, go online to

Linke (second from right) persuaded Griffith (center) and other popular entertainers whom the Bobcat handled to appear at a 1963 fundraiser for Linke’s journalism scholarship at OHIO.

You gave up a career in the music industry to manage Griffith when he wasn’t yet a household name. What did you see in him? Well, first of all, I always wanted to get into personal management and make stars. We flew down to Chapel Hill in December 1953, just before Christmas. Well, when we saw this guy, I saw something in him. Everybody thought he was just a hillbilly. [Some time after signing him,] I was riding home by train one night. I lived way out on Long Island. And a music publisher was sitting next to me. He asked me, “Why are you leaving a good job for a hillbilly?” I said, “First of all, he’s not a hillbilly. I see something in him, and I think he can become a big star.” And he looked at me and said, “Well, I guess you know what you’re doing.” And I said, “Yeah, I know what I’m doing. He’s gonna be a big star.” I said, “This could be a big thing for me.” Linke (in hat) and fellow Bobcats hold a midnight jam session, reports the 1941 Athena yearbook. His musical friends later on included Rosemary Clooney and Tony Bennett. Photos courtesy of Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections

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You managed him for nearly 40 years. What was he like as a client? He and I had a deal. He would entertain and I would run the show. And we built up a pretty

good relationship. For a Southerner and a New Yorker, it worked out very, very well. Was the real Andy Griffith anything like Andy Taylor? There had to be a lot of Andy Griffith [in Andy Taylor]. The role was tailor-made for him. But let me put it this way: Andy had two personalities. The bad personality didn’t come on till years later. [The early years] were what I’d call the lovable, affable days. I would call the shots and he would go do it. He and I became best friends. And I loved it. Out of my 37 years, I would say 32 years were great. Nice guy. Cooperative. Hard-working. He was not a prima donna. And maybe that’s the reason he never won an award, like an Oscar. He didn’t celebrate with the Hollywood crowd. My first wife, Margaret, and his first wife, Barbara, we did everything together. He wasn’t part of the Hollywood crowd. Many people cite the 1957 film A Face in the Crowd as his greatest performance. To me, that was his best acting role. First

LEFT: Linke, who took pride in dressing the dapper part of a show business executive, sits behind his desk in 1969. Photo by Michael Rougier/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images ABOVE: His workplace from that era serves as the centerpiece of the Richard O. Linke Visiting Professional Office in E. W. Scripps Hall. The inauguration of this facility occurred after the OHIO memorial for him on Sept. 4. Photo by Jorge Castillo-Castro

of all, he had [Budd] Schulberg, who was a writer, and Elia Kazan, who was a master director. … He took that job, and when I saw the picture before it was released, I thought it was gonna be a smash hit. Now, unfortunately, in Hollywood, to become a movie star you have to become big at the box office. [A Face in the Crowd] was critically acclaimed—all the critics loved it—and a box office flop. What was it like working with him at the peak of his “Griffith Show” fame? We had eight years of success and happiness. The set was beautiful. People wanted to come to work. And he was never too big for me to handle. We got along fabulously well. A parade of potential love interests passed through Mayberry in the first few years, and Sheriff Taylor never looked entirely comfortable with any of them. That was Andy Griffith. That was the reason he wasn’t married on the show. He was a

widower. At that time, I think he wasn’t ready to cope with romance on the set. He was somewhat shy. I’ll tell you right now, he didn’t know how to court women at all. He didn’t know how to handle them. Speaking of female roles, rumors persist of friction between Griffith and Frances Bavier, the actress cast as matronly Aunt Bee on the “Griffith Show.” Frances Bavier was a New York actress, very well-respected. Like your aunt. Now, you’re not gonna say, ‘F--- you,’ in front of your aunt. Everybody was very quiet in front of her. And Andy was always fooling, telling off-color jokes. It was one of those ruffleyour-feathers things. It ruffled her feathers. After she retired and moved down South, they got closer. Tell me something people don’t know about Griffith, who died in 2012 at age 86. In the latter years, he became very antieverything. He insulted people. He was rude. You’d think he was [Frank] Sinatra.

... In the last half of the “Matlock” years [Griffith’s autumnal TV comeback, 1986-95, as a charming Southern defense lawyer], it was: No autographs, no this, no that. What was the best decision you made for Griffith? What was the worst? Signing him. Between the two of us, it made him. I had an office in the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York. He used to say, “I appreciate it,” a lot. I said, “Keep saying that, because that’ll make you a household name.” And he kept saying it, and he became a household name. Everything we touched turned to gold. I don’t know what else I can say. And we were a team. No one thought of Andy without Dick, and no one thought of Dick without Andy. [Ever the shrewd manager, Linke skipped the “worst” decision made for his client.] —Daniel de Visé, former reporter at The Washington Post and The Miami Herald, and author of Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show (Simon & Schuster, 2015). Editor Peter Szatmary contributed reporting.

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Upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all Alums in sports define teamwork When I joined the Titans, I assembled a group of people with unique sports medicine skills and implemented a teamwork approach to caring for the players. Our motto is, “There are no superstars.” One morning we’ll work with a guy who makes $7.4 million a year, and in the afternoon we’ll tend to a guy who makes $700,000. A muscle pull is a muscle pull. —Todd Toriscelli,

Four-legged Bobcats prefer to be solitary. Not so their two-legged counterparts. We asked OHIO alumni with notable sports credentials to discuss teamwork. Edited excerpts of their reflections follow.

BSH ’84, director of sports medicine and performance, Tennessee Titans

One thing you have to emphasize, even if you’re the boss, is you’re just one cog in the machine. On a winning team, everything has to run right. [Former Yankees owner] George Steinbrenner [for whom Cook once worked as general manager, among other roles] wasn’t good at that. —Murray Cook, AB ’62, senior Major League scouting advisor, Detroit Tigers

Ohio University’s Sports Administration Program taught me a lot about teamwork. We always worked together as teams on group projects and that created lots of network-building. In most master’s programs, students work by themselves and miss the group dynamics aspect. —Tracy Ellis-Ward, MSA ’92, associate commissioner for women’s basketball, Big East Conference

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Bodybuilding is an individual sport, but you still need a coach to help you, and you have to develop relationships with others in your field. On “American Gladiators,” teammates quickly bonded together to succeed. We watched each other compete, then gave each other feedback like, “Hey, I went up against that guy last time. Be aware that he might pull the same kind of trick on you.” —Valerie Waugaman-Gal, BFA ’01, founder of; former International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness professional and competitor on NBC-TV’s "American Gladiators" as Siren

We’re creating a winning mindset by telling our players that what happened in the past is history, and we must look forward. Every team goes through peaks and valleys. And we invite great alumni players in to talk with the team and stress how great it’ll be when we do win. That really motivates people. —Cannon Matthews, BSSP ’07, assistant defensive backs coach, Cleveland Browns, whose last winning season was 2007

When I played basketball in Israel, I saw how every Saturday families spent time together. So when I began coaching, I included icebreaker activities in my teamwork-building. Teaching teammates to trust each other on the court and on a personal level is the important first step to building a team. When people trust each other, they communicate better. —Ciara Iglehart, BSHC ’07, women’s basketball head coach, San Diego Mesa College

We want to make our cars go faster, so we all have to work together— from the mechanics who build the cars to our sponsors who help pay for them. A great example of teamwork is the choreography of our pit crew. No one person carries all the weight. Within 12 seconds, they have the car back on the track.

Every year we hold a promotional seminar where our 160 Minor League Baseball teams get together and idea-share about promotions that worked and didn’t work for them. The teams help each other. One club’s “Hops for Hospice” craft beer festival benefited a local foundation. Star Wars nights are always successful. The level of creativity everyone shares is astonishing.

—Michael Hargrave, MSA ’87, executive vice president, chief marketing officer, Richard Petty Motorsports

—Scott Kravchuk, BSSP ’00, director of special events and programming, Minor League Baseball

Teammates play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back. You build dedication and loyalty from the inside out, not the outside in. And you compete together to achieve something bigger than you. —Julie Wright, BA ’95, softball head coach, University of Maryland

The umpiring crew is the third team on the playing field. There’s a lot of pressure on us to get a call right, so it’s important that we work together by keeping in visual contact with each other all the time. And if there’s a bench-clearing brawl, we’ve got to regain control of the situation as quickly as possible. —Jeremie Rehak,

—Benjamin Gleisser, an award-winning writer based in Toronto, has published pieces in Sporting News, Entrepreneur, and the Toronto Star. He focuses on college and university alumni magazines. Illustration by Katie Schmitt, BSVC ’15

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Beating breast cancer: The full-court press of Nicole & Saul Phillips


porting a salmon-colored sweater and corresponding nail polish, Nicole Phillips brightened the waiting area at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center in the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus last spring. She winked at and squeezed the hand of the nurse who motioned her back toward patient rooms. Phillips passed women in various stages of treatment—some young, some bald, some using wheelchairs, some relying on breathing tubes— each wearing the same frosty white robe with pale blush lining. Entering a private examination room, she slipped off her sweater, revealing deep scars where her left breast once was, and put on her robe. Unease flickered across the face of the 1997 Miss Wisconsin, as she readied for a breastreconstruction consult. Then she determined a grin again. Phillips worked as a TV news anchor in Milwaukee before raising a family of three young children with husband Saul Phillips, in his third year as OHIO men’s basketball head coach. So she understands context. One in eight women will develop breast cancer, according to Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization. More than 40,000 women in the U.S. will die from breast

cancer over the next 12 months, documents the American Cancer Society. Phillips has been cancer-free for a year and underwent breast-reconstruction surgery in April. She salutes her medical team and Bobcat family that “helped me create moments that were really special, even amid the pain,” Phillips said.

Rebound In June 2015, she was diagnosed with stage 2 lobular carcinoma, cancer originating in the breast tissue lining. Her husband was reeling from a tough first season with OHIO, finishing 10-20. The couple—middle school friends who reconnected as young professionals—leaned on each other. “The thing about being a coach’s wife is, it stinks to lose,” Nicole wrote on her blog. The Bobcats soared to 23-12 in Coach Phillips’ second season and went to the College Basketball Invitational. Nicole’s road to recovery, albeit lengthy, allowed her to cheer from the stands. Still, “No matter how magical the season was, at some point, it’s all gotta come to an end,” she said. “So while everyone else is getting all March Madnessy, I’m trying to slowly climb down the ladder of exhilaration without falling straight to

the bottom” of her recuperation. “In basketball, if I don’t like how a certain position is playing, I can play a backup. I have opportunity to change course. I have a good deal of control in my job,” Coach Phillips said in an interview. “But when something comes along like this—something life-and-death—you have zero control.” A life-threatening medical diagnosis often becomes “a trauma in and of itself,” explained licensed psychotherapist Halley Wolowiec, BSJ ’92, via e-mail from her New York City office. Because of the threat it poses to the family dynamic, “a major life event can strengthen the relationship or devastate it.” The Phillipses snapped into survival mode— together.

Assist Even before Nicole’s mastectomy, allies arrived. Saul’s players and staff, and friends and neighbors of the Phillipses, provided prayers, flowers, rides to youth sports activities, and phone calls. Senior guard Drew Crabtree, a pre-exercise physiology major from Marysville, delivered his mom’s homemade casseroles. “I was given so many beautiful gifts from breast cancer,” Nicole said on a panel at a women’s leadership conference in Cleveland last spring. Two friends visited “twice a day to clean out my drains and help me bathe” after both surgeries, “and all three of us look back on that time when our friendship just blossomed. I have friends in Athens like I’ve never had in my life.” The Phillips children pitched in, too. Sons Charlie, now 11, and Ben, 6, snuggled mama more, wore pink socks to football practice, and assumed household chores. Daughter Jordan, 12, stitched coffee cup cozies for Athens Race for the Nicole and Saul Phillips discuss their battle with her breast cancer at a panel at the Women’s Leadership Symposium in Cleveland in April. OHIO’s Alumni Association and Cleveland State University cohosted the daylong event. Photo by Dustin Franz, BSVC ’10 PAGE 33: “The idea for making cozies came from my love of sewing and my love for my mom,” says Jordan Phillips, 12, stitching with her in their Athens home. Photo by Ben Siegel, BSVC ’02

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Cure, raising the most among local peers: $5,741 for Susan G. Komen within weeks.

Pivot Nicole’s personal blog, subtitled “Inspiration for Cultivating a Life of Kindness and Joy,” now includes a cancer tab. Her writing is a source of healing and catharsis for her and her readers. “I get calls all the time from people who read something I’ve written and want to share a story or need to talk,” she said by phone. “That’s all I want to do—make even one woman’s fight with breast cancer a little easier.” This instinct is “just the way she lives her life,” Coach Phillips said. “She has always had that outgoing personality that draws people in and treats others with compassion.”

Baseline The Phillipses, married for 16 years, have always relied on the compassion of give-and-take. “I loved being a TV anchor, but Saul couldn’t breathe without basketball,” she said. “We knew we wanted a family, and the decision to follow his career was easy—he needed it to survive.” Coach Phillips, who arrived at OHIO after seven seasons leading North Dakota State’s squad, needs his wife and children even more. Thus, he snoozed on the couch so Nicole could rest comfortably postsurgeries and missed two recruiting weeks to stay with her and the kids during mastectomy recovery. Life is as normal—a word they relish now—as Team Phillips can expect. Wins on the court thrill as much as losses depress. The clean bill of health reassures while the follow-up cancer scans unnerve. Team Phillips stands tall, united. “Winning a basketball game takes multiple people doing their job correctly; it’s even more so with cancer,” Coach Phillips said. “Doctors, nurses, friends, my incredible staff, our kids’ teachers—you can’t get anything meaningful done without them.” Nicole’s favorite color? “Silver lining,” she wrote on her blog. “Cancer patients feel lonely, sick, beleaguered, overwhelmed, traumatized, you name it. These feelings don’t go away,” she continued, “but they can be diminished by the power of love.” —Hailee Tavoian, associate director of

For video of the Phillips family and interviews with OHIO alumni psychology professionals about medical trauma, go online to

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Write on! “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it,” observes Holden Caulfield, the teenage narrator and bittersweet protagonist of J. D. Salinger’s 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye. English classes often turn students into pals through the writing involved. Generating one’s own expository assignments, personal essays, and creative pieces and critiquing drafts from peers involve taking chances. Alumna Rachele Alpine Mielke indicates as much on the next page: perpetuating the supportive challenge and back-and-forth vibe from her English seminar at OHIO with the high school English students she teaches. The photos on this page, too, suggest the collaborative nature and intimate exchange inherent in English courses. A solitary act and communal experience, writing. Words matter, friend.

LEFT: Lindsey Fischer, a second-year master's student in creative writing, fiction, and an instructor of freshman composition, leads a class discussion on writing and rhetoric in October. TOP RIGHT: Fischer grades papers while her students complete an in-class freewriting activity. Photos by Ellee Achten, BSJ ’14, MA ’17 BOTTOM RIGHT: Senior finance major Tianjiao Wang (holding iBook) and junior management information systems major Juanxi Mo use an iBook for their freshman composition course for international students in summer 2014. The class, overseen by the English Language Improvement Program, concentrates on business writing and partners students with local businesses on projects.

—Editor Peter Szatmary

Photo by Lydia Deakin, BSVC ’12, MA ’15

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Teamwork, no matter how you slice it


kay, I admit it. I bribe my students with pizza. “I want to see how many new things you can teach me,” I tell my high school English classes at the start of each semester. “We’ll keep a tally. If you can get 10 marks, you’ll earn a pizza party.” Confusion spreads on most faces. Smiles overtake a few. Usually one inquisitor raises a hand to comment, “Wait, since you’re the teacher, shouldn’t you do the teaching?” Well, yeah. But a class comprises people with different experiences. And various perspectives contribute to how to approach literature. Why should I be the only person imparting viewpoints? Through teamwork, I encourage all of us, students and teacher, to learn from each other. Within the first few weeks they open up. They all want to be the one who comes at something in a direction that never occurred to me. For instance, a freshman indicated that Romeo and Juliet details how parents think they know what is best for their kids, and a sophomore interpreted new ways that The Crucible depicts history repeating itself. They share, debate, analyze—and, let’s face it, try to earn baked dough with gooey cheese and oily pepperoni. It’s powerful pedagogy, and although I wasn’t promised a pizza party in an English seminar during my freshman year at Ohio University, that’s where I learned about classroom teamwork. I had tested out of Freshman Comp, and the word “seminar” sounded magical. I envisioned a Bobcat version of Dead Poets Society: a class with passionate speeches, heated arguments, and possibly some jumping on desks. Instead, I found my all-girls’ private high school experience transplanted. I sat down that first day to a room entirely of female counterparts. One had even graduated with me. I was crushed. How would this be any different from the last four years? What could

I get out of this class that would be unique? But different it was. And what I got out of the class informed my philosophy about education. We started by reading personal essays. Many authors addressed topics we had always wanted to bring up in our small high school worlds but weren’t given opportunity to. Some pieces fired us up, others broke us down. Every single piece provided individual connections to literature. We discovered parts of ourselves among those words. Moved by the honesty, we started to share. What we said wasn’t always pretty and wasn’t always agreed upon. But it was real. We offered aspects of ourselves to examine existence from myriad takes. Our ultimate test came when the professor required us to write and then present our own personal essay. To dig deep inside for something vulnerable. To take a risk. Because of the environment the professor had created, we did exactly that. We wrote about the loss of family members, addictions, eating disorders, and other events that had shattered our world. We used the power of language as both therapy and declaration. My seminar covered some of the most meaningful teamwork there is: trusting one another enough to show our true selves and diverse outlooks. Taking that step allowed— inspired—us to contemplate life in ways we had never considered. The reverberations of that teamwork influence my own job as a teacher. I ask my students to look at our class as a rich assortment of ideas and backgrounds, as a type of pizza pie with all sorts of toppings. When they can do that, they learn that they just might be able to teach their teacher a thing or two—or 10. —Rachele Alpine Mielke, BSED ’01, teaches English at Perry (Ohio) High School. Her books for young readers include the forthcoming You Throw Like a Girl and A Void the Size of the World, both from Simon & Schuster.

Also in 2001 at OHIO … • OHIO purchases the Athena Cinema and Bromley Hall. • A five-year, $24.5 million renovation unites all of the College of Health and Human Services in Grover Center. • The bowling lanes in the former Baker University Center close after 47 years. • Construction begins on a 209,000square-foot Walmart Supercenter on East State Street. • The women’s field hockey team (ABOVE) wins the Mid-American Conference and earns a bid to the NCAA tournament. • Talk show host Tavis Smiley appears at Dads Weekend. • The Marching 110 entertains at the New York Giants vs New Orleans Saints NFL football game in the Meadowlands only weeks after 9/11. • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Clarence Page, BSJ ’69, HON ’93, delivers the undergraduate commencement address. (He previously offered the keynote speech in 1993.) • Homecoming headliners: “Today” show co-anchor Matt Lauer, BSC ’97, who gave the commencement address in 1997, and Nancy Cartwright, voice of cartoon character Bart Simpson and a 1976-78 OHIO student. • ACRN, the student-run All Campus Radio Network, turns 30 years old. • Some 20,000 costumed revelers attend the Halloween block party in uptown. • Forty-one residence halls house nearly 7,500 students. —Entries compiled by Editor Peter Szatmary from Athena yearbooks Photo courtesy of Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections

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Bobcat sightings OHIO reaches many international locales! 1. Left to right: Greg Surber, BA ’10, BSC ’10; Robert Leary, BA ’10; Matt Tokarsky, AB ’10; and Emily Shuki, BSJ ’10, stood tall for OHIO in front of the skyscraper Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in late 2015. Leary is residential college director at New York University Abu Dhabi, and the other Bobcats took a vacation to visit him, wrote Tokarsky, who submitted the photo. 2. Madisen Medley, BSH ’13, and her father, Jeffrey Medley, BBA ’85, skied the Bobcat way at the top of Whistler Mountain in British Columbia, Canada, in March. “He has wanted to be featured in Ohio Today for a long time and has been waiting for the perfect opportunity,” wrote the progeny, who submitted the photo. 3. Part of the itinerary for Zachary Spal, BSSP ’15, during 11 days in Curacao in January? Reading the fall 2015 Ohio Today and modeling Bobcat finery! 4. Clockwise from top:



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Andi Makmur Makka, MA ’81; his daughter, Vitria Melle, BSC ’99; Melle’s daughter, Alanna, 2; and son, Devon, 3 months; and matriarch, Leila, attended a Bobcat reunion in December 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Melle submitted the photo. 5. Emily Bacha, BS ’10, CERT ’10, and Brendan Heil, BA ’09, traveled to India—and, in the background, the Taj Mahal, the storied 17th-century mausoleum of white marble—to celebrate a mutual friend’s wedding in November 2015. 6. Left to right: Adam Smith, BSCE ’98; David Starr, BBA ’00, who sent the photo; and Steve Setterlin, BBA ’98, ascended the Sky Terrace 428 (428 meters above sea level) at Victoria Peak, the highest point in Hong Kong, on the western portion of the island, during a vacation in January. They also ventured to Macau. —Compiled by Editor Peter Szatmary


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tonewall Columbus Pride 2016 marked the first LGBT pride parade for Rufus. About 20 Bobcat students, alumni, staff, officials, and others marched with the OHIO mascot in mid-June. delfín bautista, director of the University’s LGBT Center, donned the costume. “Being at Pride was a lot of fun and it was humbling to see how much Rufus’ participation meant to not only Bobcats but many others,” said bautista. “Given the tragedy of Orlando [the massacre at a gay nightclub by a gunman on June 12] and tragedies around the world targeted at LGBT people, it was a moment to embody that we will not live in fear and that we will be out and proud.” Rick Harrison, BSJ ’82, co-president of the Ohio University Pride Society of Alumni and Friends, added, “During a week when emotions were raw and people were hurting, it helped a great deal to know that OHIO didn’t hesitate to show its support of all alumni and students through allowing Rufus to participate. We needed that Bobcat hug.” The 35th annual festival drew an estimated 500,000 people. —Staff report

BOBCAT BONDS So many OHIO alumni marry each other. Here are three recent pairings to declare, OH, I Do! Sarah Blank Faeth, BSED ’12, MED ’13, and Zach Faeth, BSH ’13, wed on May 16, 2015, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, in New Washington, Ohio; held the reception at Camden Falls in Tiffin; and cruised to the Caribbean for their honeymoon. She is an intervention specialist at Buckeye Central Middle School in New Washington; he is a supervisor at R. S. Hanline produce supplier in

Jennifer Neubauer, head of OHIO’s Alumni Association, joined delfin bautista (portraying Rufus) at the Pride event. Photo courtesy of OHIO Alumni Association

Shelby. They live in Bucyrus. The couple stocked their wedding party with Bobcats, and many alumni friends attended the festivities. Joseph Stitt, BSED ’11, MED ’13, and Sarah Nimeth, BSHSL ’13, got married on June 20, 2015, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Athens, Ohio. They honeymooned in Tybee Island, Georgia, and Asheville, North Carolina. He teaches sixth-grade science at Circleville (Ohio) Middle School; she is pursuing a master’s in education at OHIO. They live in Circleville.

Jamie Fillippi Norckauer, BSJ ’09, and Kevin Norckauer, BBA ’09, wed on May 27 in Columbus, Ohio, where they live. The couple held the ceremony at St. Francis of Assisi Church and the reception at North Bank Park Pavilion. Bobcats constituted nine of 10 members of the wedding party. The newlyweds honeymooned in Thailand. She works as an assistant trust officer at Park National Bank in the downtown Columbus office, and he is an IT consultant for Veridian (software) Solutions in Columbus. —Compiled by Editor Peter Szatmary

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Robert Wallace, BSED ’62, was chosen president of Belpre (Ohio) City Schools Board of Education. He was principal of Belpre High School for 19 years and taught education classes and supervised student teachers at OHIO from 1993 to ’95, among other jobs during his career. Wallace previously served on the Belpre board of education and city council. His wife is Marcia Jones Wallace, BSED ’62.


Jere Leib, MS ’66, PHD ’70, was reappointed to the Indiana State Psychology Licensing Board by Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. The clinical psychologist directs Psychological Service Associates in Fort Wayne.

John McClenahan, BFA ’66, earned a 2015 Frist Humanitarian Award in the volunteer category from the Nashville, Tennessee-based Hospital Corporation of America for presenting magic shows in the pediatric playroom at Sunrise Children’s Hospital and Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. For 17 years, his “Dr. Magic” has entertained sick and injured children. The Frist Humanitarian Award, established in 1971, includes a $5,000 donation to the charity of the recipient’s choice and $5,000 for the volunteer. McClenahan also portrays “Mr. Safe-T” when volunteering with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

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Michael LaBeau, BBA ’67, retired from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. after 13 years as F-35 joint fleet management lead for sustainment. Before that, he ran a consultancy firm which, via federal government contract, helped businesses convert to electronic commerce. LaBeau served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to ’93, retiring as a colonel. He flew B-52 and FB-111 aircraft in two combat tours during the Vietnam War, was shot down in December 1972, and was held as a prisoner of war until March 1973. Other Air Force assignments included program manager for aircraft modification for the F-111 fleet and F-16 deputy program manager for logistics. He and his wife, Linda, a professional mediator, reside in Fort Worth, Texas.


David Theurich, BSIT ’68, retired as a vice president of Western & Southern Financial Group in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to Fleming Island, Florida, “to join family and become grandson’s golf mentor,” the attorney wrote.


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Art Stellar, BSED ’69, MED ’70, PHD ’73, earned a 2016 Distinguished Service Award from AASA, the School Superintendents Association. He is vice president of the National Education Foundation and its subsidiary, CyberLearning, and was school superintendent for 25 years in cities and counties nationwide, among other credits. Stellar earlier won other AASA awards and is a four-time Fulbright Scholar. Serving OHIO in many capacities, he received a 2015 Medal of Merit from the Ohio University Alumni Association. Stellar lives in Hingham, Massachusetts.


Joseph Lorek, AB ’70, was among eight inaugural inductees into the theater hall of fame at Mentor (Ohio) High School. He served as theater director there from 1980 through 2001. Lorek and his wife, Wendy Sawyer Lorek, BSED ’70, live in Perry. Thomas Schiff, BBA ’70, displayed his panoramic photography at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. “Thomas R. Schiff: Virginia 360°,” an exhibit at Evans Court, featured 40 photos providing “a fresh, new perspective” of Virginia landmarks, according to press materials. Schiff also published a related book. The veteran photographer’s other works include Panoramic Ohio, a bicentennial tribute to his native state. By day, he runs John J. & Thomas R. Schiff & Co., Inc., a life, property, and casualty insurance agency in Fairfield, Ohio.


Mike Major, AB ’71, a sculptor, debuted his latest piece, a bronze rendition of Abraham Lincoln, near the old courthouse in Dayton, Ohio. Commissioned by the Lincoln Society of Dayton, it commemorates the figure’s anti-slavery speech delivered there when running for office in 1859. Major hails from Dayton and lives in Urbana with his wife, Jane Shick Major, BSHS ’73, a speech language pathologist at Urbana City Schools. D. Brent Mulgrew, MA ’71, executive director and co-chief executive officer of the Dublin, Ohio-based Ohio State Medical Association, received Columbus CEO’s 2016 Healthcare Lifetime Achievement Award for 42 years of service and leadership at the state’s largest physician-

led organization. He began as a lobbyist, then became chief counsel, director of government affairs, managing director, executive director in 1992, and co-CEO in 2015.


Rev. Stuart Kenworthy, BGS ’73, vicar at Washington (D.C.) National Cathedral, presided over and preached at the funeral of former first lady Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Kenworthy earlier served as rector of Christ Church Georgetown, Washington, D.C., from 1991 until his retirement in 2014 and as a chaplain in the Army National Guard from 1994 through 2007, including a deployment to Iraq in 2005–06.


Fred Siekkinen, AB ’74, MS ’77, accepted a part-time position with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the statewide affiliate of the national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, as enforcement support field operative. He implements camera installations at illegal dumpsites, provides

assistance with new programs, and interfaces with municipal officials. Siekkinen, who earlier retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection after 28 years of investigating environmental crimes, lives in North Huntingdon.


Alan Frohlichstein, BFA ’75, became an adjunct faculty member of ophthalmic photography in the ophthalmic technician program at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois. He also owns Retinal Angiography Services in Morton Grove. Steven Lesser, BSJ ’75, received the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Section’s Construction Law Committee’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was cited, in part, for prior service as chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law, efforts with the Florida Bar to offer board certification to the state’s top construction lawyers, and his writings on subjects vital to construction practitioners. Lesser heads the construction

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law and litigation group and is a shareholder at the Ft. Lauderdale office of Becker & Poliakoff, a commercial law firm. Bruce Mitchell, BGS ’75, accepted a position with Key Lime Bike Tours of Key West, Florida, as a bike tour guide. He founded The Athens NEWS in spring 1977 and served as publisher for 35 years until retiring in January 2012. His wife is Susan Hinkle Mitchell, BFA ’83, MPA ’92.


Robert Reeder, BSEE ’76, MS ’77, retired for the second time, most recently as a principal engineer for the Parkersburg, West Virginia, office of Agile-1 workforce solutions after four years. He earlier spent 34 years as a control systems engineer at the Washington, West Virginia, and La Porte, Texas, sites of DuPont, the science and engineering conglomerate. Reeder serves on the boards of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley as treasurer and the West Virginia Central Credit Union as secretary. He is also

budget director at his church. He lives in Vincent, Ohio, with his wife, Kathy Daft Reeder, BSED ’76, MED ’80, a retired elementary schoolteacher.


Kent Zimmerman, MA ’77, was elected president of the International Listening Association. He is a professor of communication at Sinclair Community College in Dayton.


John Elliott, BFA ’79, exhibited photos from his series, “The Human Pulse,” at Arabian Wings Gallery in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State, he spent the past two years in Saudi Arabia. Elliott previously served in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He returned to a post in Washington, D.C., last summer.


Patrick Donadio, BSC ’80, MBA ’81, a public speaker and executive coach in Columbus, was elected to the board of the National Speakers Association, a collective of more than 3,500 members in 35 state and regional chapters.


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Dale Morton, BS ’81, received the 2016 Food Safety Award from the Grocery Manufacturers Association at the International Association for Food Protection’s annual meeting. With more than 35 years of experience in corporate food safety program development, Morton retired as senior director of global food safety for PepsiCo, for whom he had worked for 20 years in various capacities. Morton earlier held microbiology positions with Armour-Dial and the National Food Processors Association. He is president of Morton Food Safety Associates in Bull Valley, Illinois.


Peggy Aulino, MSJ ’84, was promoted to managing editor for breaking news on the labor and employment law copy desk at Bloomberg BNA in Washington, D.C. She began there as a legal editor 12 years ago. Aulino earlier had been a public defender in Detroit. Rev. Steven Renner, BFA ’84, was ordained into Word and Sacrament Ministry by Rev. Dr. William Gafkjen, bishop of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, at Third Lutheran Church in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 25, 2015, and installed as the 21st pastor of Third Lutheran Church, where he had been the synodically authorized minister since July 2008. Rev. Renner was the first partnered/ married (in a same-gender relationship) to be ordained in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, marrying Sean Patrick on Oct. 29, 2014, in Indianapolis, Indiana, on their 20th anniversary.


Robert Snyder, MA ’86, PHD ’89, professor of media studies (video production and social media) at University

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of Wisconsin-Platteville, received its 2016 Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.


Robert Biehl, BBA ’87, received the 2016 Debra Hahn Memorial Award from the Construction Financial Management Association for contributions to the organization on the local and national levels. He is director of construction industry services in the Columbus office of GBQ, a tax, accounting, and consulting firm, and provides audit, accounting, litigation support, and management consulting to more than 50 construction and construction-related entities. Amy Stidham Miller, BSJ ’87, has been named president of the Gulf Ports Association of the Americas, the second woman to hold the office since the organization’s founding in the 1940s. She is the director of the Port of Pensacola, Florida, and the first female to serve in that position.


Jennifer Rawson, BBA ’89, a lawyer in the estates and trusts group in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, a full-service national firm, was elected a fellow of the 2,700-member American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.


Daniel Konik, BSC ’91, accepted the position of multiple media producer with WVIZ-TV Ideastream, Cleveland’s PBS station, working out of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. He previously spent 23 years at WBNS-TV in Columbus as a photojournalist. Konik also owns DKVideo, a freelance video production company.


Lauren Smith Steiner, BSC ’95, earned a 2016 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the American Psychological Association for her company, Grants Plus, in the small forprofit category. The honor recognized six North American employers that “foster employee well-being and enhance organizational performance.” Based in Cleveland, Grants Plus is a full-service grant-seeking firm helping nonprofits. In 2014, it won a Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award from the Ohio Psychological Association.


Amy Baldwin George, BSJ ’96, launched By George Communications. Drawing on 20 years of journalism and corporate communications experience, she develops custom public relations and communications plans for businesses and individuals, particularly in financial services.


R. Scott Heasley, BSJ ’97, joined the Cleveland office of Gallagher Sharp, a trial and business practice law firm, as an associate in the business and employment and general litigation practice groups. He focuses on premises liability and complex commercial litigation in the real estate, construction, and banking industries and advises corporate clients on growth strategies and succession planning. Heasley also is vice president of membership of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Michael Wirtz, BS ’97, became headmaster of Hackley School, an independent, collegepreparatory, nonsectarian K-12 day and boarding school in Tarrytown, New York. He’s the

12th person to fill the role since the school’s founding in 1899. Wirtz had been assistant head of school/dean of faculty at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts, for the past six years. He and his wife, Hilary, have two children, Charlie, 5, and Frances, 3.


Steve Driver, BBA ’98, BBA ’98, was promoted to partner at Crowe Horwath public accounting, consulting, and technology firm. Working at the Columbus office, he oversees the industries of construction, real estate, and architecture/engineering. Driver also serves the private equity, manufacturing, and distribution industries. He is a member of the executive advisory board of OHIO’s College of Business and the School of Accountancy’s advisory council.


Jeffrey Blevins, PHD ’01, was reappointed head of the Journalism Department at University of Cincinnati and selected as an inaugural scholar for the campus Cincinnati Project of social research, studying social media and social justice movements. Barbara Perenic, BA ’01, a photojournalist at The Columbus Dispatch, won the 2015 Ron Kuntz Sports Photographer of the Year award from the Ohio News Photographers Association. She also earned an Award of Excellence in Sports Action and second place in Sports Picture Story.


Megan Sanders Rogers, BSJ ’02, became program manager for Girls on the Run Rhode Island. Based in Providence, it provides pre-adolescent girls with

Future Bobcats The first line of “Babies,” a poem by Alice Fulton from her 1986 collection, Palladium, declares that little ones are “born gorgeous with nerves, with brains.” Indeed. Parents, Fulton observes, provide “gingham safety” for progeny who sometimes “learn / the hard way as hurts / accrue.” Comforts amass, too, of course, not to mention ecstasies. OHIO alumni e-mailed a few details about their bundles of joy, making what Fulton calls “a gesture responsive as a heart- / shaped parachute above a jump.”—Editor Peter Szatmary

1. SHELBY GRACE MADDEN Born: March 6; 8 lb, 5 oz; 21 in Photo: 11 lb, 22 in, at 7 weeks Parents: Josh Madden, BSS ’07, a project administrator at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Ohio, and Jamie Madden, a deputy clerk



at the Portage County Clerk of Courts, in Kent Siblings: First child Residence: Ravenna Parental resemblance: “Dad—or so everyone says!” Emerging personality: “Mischievous!” Adorableness example: “She has the cutest laugh and smile. She loves watching Cleveland Indians baseball games.”



Emerging personality: “Loves people, loves socializing, loves snuggles—from anyone.” Impressive feat: “Held his head up on the day he was born.”

3. GENEVIEVE ANN PYERS Born: Aug. 27, 2015; 7 lb, 11 oz; 20½ in Photo: 18 lb, 29 in, at 7 months Parents: Zach Pyers, BBA ’05, an attorney practicing commercial and corporate litigation and professional liability at the Reminger firm in Columbus, Ohio, and Meredith Mains Pyers, BA ’06, a homemaker Siblings: Sister, Eleanor, 3, pictured Residence: Upper Arlington Parental resemblance: “Mommy’s blue eyes and blonde hair and daddy’s determination.” Emerging personality: “Motivated and fun-loving. Will make a great Bobcat someday!”

Born: March 29; 8 lb, 13 oz; 21½ in Photo: 10 lb, 23 in, at 1 month Parents: Clayton Lavercombe, BSED ’06, high school math teacher, softball coach, and unofficial “voice” of athletic events at Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City, Ohio, and Megan Culbreth Lavercombe, BA ’07, human resources administrator at Setzer Corp., electrical contractors, in Dayton Siblings: First child Residence: Kettering Parental resemblance: “Looks like dad. Quick-tempered like mom.”

4. SPENCER BRUCE PETERS Born: Feb. 24; 5 lb, 12 oz; 19½ in Parents: Amy Roese Peters, BSH ’06, an education program manager in the Department of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, and Philip Peters, BS ’07, a project engineer for TigerPoly Manufacturing in Grove City Siblings: Sister, Avery, 2½, pictured Residence: Commercial Point Emerging personality: “Pretty much likes to eat and sleep but can be stubborn.” Adorableness example: “Squints his right eye when smiles.” OHIO legacy: “We are a true Bobcat dynasty! Many of the Roese/Peters families bleed Green and White: Amy’s mom, two uncles, sister, and cousin, and Phil’s dad, brother, and sister-in-law. OU, oh yeah!”

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tools to thrive. She had been communications manager at Mod Mama children’s boutique in Cranston. She and her husband, Andrew Rogers, a medical resident at Brown University, have a son, William, 1½.


Ryan Stowell, BMUS ’03, became principal of Bristol Elementary School in Bristolville, Ohio. He had been K-7 assistant principal and professional development coordinator at Campbell (Ohio) K-7 School. Stowell and his wife, Lisa D’Antoni Stowell, BMUS ’03, who teaches music for Geneva Area City Schools at the elementary level, live in Cortland with their two daughters, Rachel and Lauren.


Justin Feldkamp, BSJ ’05, became sports director at WTVG-13abc in Toledo, Ohio. He had been a sports anchor/reporter at WSETTV, an ABC affiliate, in Lynchburg, Virginia. He and his wife, Kimberly Hanigosky Feldkamp, BSJ ’05, have three children. Scott Ivers, BSC ’05, became editor in the global marketing division of Netflix, in Beverly Hills, California. He previously worked for Trailer Park, a Los Angeles-based entertainment advertising agency, for 10-plus years, most recently as senior online editor.


Chris Sinclair, MSA ’08, founder, president, and CEO of The Anthem Group, a collection of entities in the live entertainment, event production, and experiential marketing industries, earned a Leading the Way award from the Center for Collaborative Leadership at the College of Management of University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a

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2011 graduate of the center’s Emerging Leaders Program. Sinclair started the Boston-based Anthem while a teenager as a specialized events firm from $500 in personal savings.


Benjamin Ashman, BSEE ’10, accepted a job as an engineer in satellite navigation at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, upon earning a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University. He had worked at NASA during his doctoral studies.


Rue Khalsa, BSJ ’11, CERT ’11, accepted a job as a foreign affairs officer with the U.S. Department of State.


Katelyn Walls, BSED ’13, joined the Columbus-based Hamilton Capital Management, one of the nation’s largest independent, fee-only, registered investment advisory firms, as a client relations representative. She had been an associate with a UBS investment group.


Jack Vian, BSS ’14, won the 2016 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle magazine, and $1,000, for his poem, “Musashi-san,” which appeared in issue No. 47. “For the incarcerated poet, a poem is more than just a literary construct,” Vian observed about his work; “it is an ideal given flesh.” He added, “I wrote this highly versified almost-haibun while reading a biography of Miyamoto Musashi.” —Compiled by Editor Peter Szatmary

OHIO ALUMNI BOOKS Ohio University alumni publish books across subjects and genres. Here are releases within the last year. Artisanal Anthology, second collection from the online comic Squid Pro Crow (Lulu), by Seth Argabright, BSC ’00 • Bite Somebody, paranormal romance novel (World Weaver Press), by Sara Dobie Bauer, BA ’04 • Fracking America: Sacrificing Health and the Environment for Short-Term Economic Benefit, overview stressing social issues (Greeley & Stone), by Walter Brasch, PHD ’74 • Lessons in Elemental Style, music primer for upper primary schoolers (Schott Music), by Steven Calantropio, MFA ’73 • Dali & His Doctor: The Surreal Friendship between Salvador Dali and Dr. Edmund Klein, biography (CreateSpace), by Paul Chimera, BSJ ’71 • The Columbus Food Truck Cookbook, recipes and interviews (Arcadia Publishing and The History Press), by Renee Casteel Cook, BBA ’04, and Tiffany Harelik • Devil in Texas, western romance whodunit and book one of the “Lady Law and the Gunslinger Series” (ePublishing Works!), by Adrienne Sobolak deWolfe, BSJ ’83 • Don’t Get Caught, young-adult caper novel (Sourcebooks), by Kurt Dinan, BSED ’93 • Intersections: Poems from the Crossroads, verse (Mercury HeartLink), by Mark Fleisher, BSJ ’67 • Managing the Psychological Impact of Medical Trauma: A Guide for Mental Health and Health Care Professionals, best practices (Springer), by Scott Hall, MED ’91, and his wife, Michelle Flaum Hall • The Royal Nanny, historical fiction set in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras (HarperCollins),

by Karen Kurtz Harper, BA ’67 • What the Grimm Girl Looks Forward To, poetry chapbook (Finishing Line Press), by Hayley Mitchell Haugen, PHD ’06, associate professor of English/ academic division coordinator, Ohio University Southern Campus • Katherine of Aragon, poems (Finishing Line Press), by Alice Jennings, AB ’72 • The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President, analysis (Ohio University Press), by Kyle Kondik, BSJ ’06 • Ignite, third in a series of dystopian thrillers for young adults (DysCovered Publishing), by Tracy Stone Lawson, BSC ’88 • The Mansion of Happiness, poems (Oberlin College Press), by Jon Loomis, AB ’81 • Edible Flowers: A Global History, explanations and suggestions, with 60 illustrations (Reaktion Books), by Mary Newman, MPA ’03, and her sister, Constance Kirker • A Monologue Is an Outrageous Situation! How to Survive the 60-Second Audition, Q&As, tips, director’s notes, etc. (Focal Press), by Herb Parker, MFA ’80 • Laughter Doodles, humorous coloring book for adults (CreateSpace), by Sarah Routman, BFA ’78, AB ’78 • Fade to Gray: Aging in American Cinema, analysis of depictions of older people in U.S. films (University of Texas Press), by Timothy Shary, MA ’92, and Nancy McVittie • Buddy Bloom Wildflower: A Tale of Struggle and Celebration, motivational picture book (Inspiring Voices), story by Jerry Snider, BSC ’78, illustrations by Karen Ross Ohlinger —Staff report If you’re a Bobcat author and want to be considered for a future OHIO alumni books list, send a press release about your recent or forthcoming work to Ohio Today, 112 McKee House, 1 Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701 or via e-mail to

IN MEMORIAM remembering fellow Bobcats


Evelyn F. (Smith) Heinlen, BSED ’32 Katherine M. (Olvey) Garzieri, BSED ’38 Doris G. (Johnson) Gall, COED ’39, BSED ’48 Sara J. (Duer) Miller, AB ’39 Lois Lunsford Reynolds, BSHEC ’39 Hon. Robert O. Snyder, BSCOM ’39


Hannah (Brienza) DeSio, AB ’40 Martha Meister Kiely, AB ’40 Robert D. Ackley, BS ’41 Richard O. Linke, BSJ ’41 Leona M. (Cernyar) Samsa, BSED ’41 James O. Trudeau, BSJ ’41 Mary Elizabeth Lasher Barnette, BSJ ’42 Norma R. (Arnold) Bennett, BSHEC ’42 Neva (Golding) Bryan, BSED ’42 Winifred A. (Dean) Elam, BSHEC ’42 Josephine J. (Flower) Kauffman, BSED ’42 Dorothy Patterson Nix, BSJ ’42 John O. Silvey, BSEE ’42 Pauline A. (Opritza) Baun, BSED ’43 Lucretia (Barricklaw) Hanan, AB ’43 Mary W. (Allen) Davis, BSCOM ’44 Estelle (Hogrefe) Jones, BSCOM ’45 Marilyn L. (Schako) Rogers, BSED ’45 Judith (Fredman) Bergmann, AB ’46 Garnette (Klingenberg) Gall, General ’46 John W. Ator, BSCOM ’47 Shirley M. Barker, BSHEC ’47 William J. Benson, BSCOM ’47 Mary A. (Copeland) Holmes, AB ’47 Arline A. (Marquardt) Lavery, BSED ’47 Vivian (Maurer) Wahrer, BSHEC ’47 Joyce M. Bryant, BSED ’48 James W. Cox, BSIE ’48 W. Dale Crites, BSCOM ’48 Charles W. Edwards, BS ’48 Donald L. Evans, BSJ ’48 Mary C. (Josten) Herchenroether, BSS ’48 Herbert J. Klier, BSCOM ’48 Bruce H. Long, BSCOM ’48

Lorraine A. (Weaver) Pancak, BSHEC ’48 Elizabeth J. (Huntington) Steiner, AB ’48 Fred E. Burnham, BSEE ’49 Richard T. Denner, BSED ’49, MED ’54, MED ’54 Richard P. Judy, AB ’49 Frank A. Kasper, BSCOM ’49 Reginald E. Kuntz, BSCOM ’49 William A. Lavelle, BSCOM ’49 Beatrice M. (Zeleznik) Morris, BSS ’49 Wells M. Preston, BSCHE ’49 James D. Riggsby Sr., AB ’49 William M. Santonas, BSAGR ’49 Benjamin C. Thompson, BSCOM ’49 Richard C. Weiser, BSAE ’49 Goldie H. (Soltesz) White, BSHEC ’49 Robert Yonovitz, BSIE ’49


Marilyn (Hoon) Barron, AB ’50 William H. Clark, AB ’50 Richard J. Colvin, AB ’50 George Dragovich, BSED ’50 Keaton L. Endsley, BSCE ’50 Stanley Friedman, BS ’50 Howard P. Hollinger, BSCOM ’50 Richard W. Jewett, BSED ’50 Charles W. Mayer, BSED ’50 Ann E. (Sauer) Montgomery, General ’50 William C. Pietrick, BSCOM ’50 Harold W. Requarth, BSAE ’50 Norman H. Simpkins, BSCHE ’50 Earl B. Wiley, BSED ’50 Elwyn C. Winland, BSCOM ’50 Gene Barrett, BSED ’51 Lewis DeSouza, BSCE ’51 Heber A. Freede, BS ’51 Paul E. Jones, BSED ’51 Fred V. Kodes, BSCOM ’51 Edgar R. McGreevy, BS ’51 Eugene O’Dell, General ’51 RoseMarie Peschan Thomas, AB ’51 Sherrill Scales Jr., BFA ’51 Bessie I. (Burrell) Stauch, BSHEC ’51 James K. Sutherin, BSME ’51 John R. Waters, BSJ ’51 Gloria A. (Popp) Winkel, AA ’51 Donald D. Wortman, BFA ’51 Marvin H. Zagoria, BSED ’51

Charlotte E. (Ziechmann) Adomaitis, AA ’52 Charles W. Bokar, BSCOM ’52 James L. Faulks, BSCOM ’52 William T. Foreman, BS ’52 William H. Mackin, BSCOM ’52 Matthew B. Manofsky, BSED ’52 Richard J. McGee, BSEE ’52 Alan E. Riedel, AB ’52, LLD ’94 James C. Ruggles, BSCOM ’52 Glendon P. Sprouse, BFA ’52 Richard F. Ziska, BSCOM ’52 Beverly A. (Evans) Beardmore, General ’53 Sylvester W. Bies, BSME ’53 C. R. Ewing, BFA ’53 Andrew J. Foster, BSED ’53 Gary T. Greer, BSCOM ’53 Richard L. Jeffers, AB ’53 Martha A. (Anderson) Kienzle, BSS ’53 Charles L. King, BSCOM ’53 Glenn D. Kunce, BFA ’53 Lawrence P. Sebben, BSCOM ’53 Grace Daschbach Shields, BSED ’53 Michael DeWit, BS ’54 Mary Keller Fitzgibbons, BS ’54 Robert E. Frisbey, BSED ’54 Elizabeth J. (Kidd) Oostendorp, BFA ’54 Delio J. Perez, BSCE ’54 John B. Smith, BFA ’54 Richard W. Sparks, General ’54 Richard A. Tirohn, BSCOM ’54 Raymond J. Wittman, BSME ’54 Dino D. Bello, AB ’55 George R. Gilchrist, BSCOM ’55 Donald E. Price, BSCOM ’55 Janet Winstead, MS ’55 Herbert E. Agnor Jr., MED ’56 Jerry R. Ball, General ’56 John G. Bier, BSCOM ’56 James Eugene Boring, BSCOM ’56 Thomas D. Oatman, BSME ’56 Max Perlowin, BFA ’56 Dean Pratt, AB ’56 Ronda Russell, BSED ’56 Albert T. Tanimura, BSCOM ’56 Kenneth W. Walcutt, AB ’56, MA ’63 James C. Dickinson, MA ’57 Douglas E. Fairbanks, BSCOM ’57 Patricia (Pettit) Johnson, BSHEC ’57 James A. Jones, BSAGR ’57 William E. McEldowney, BSCOM ’57

Sara M. (Noble) McGill, BS ’57 James C. Olinger, BSAGR ’57 William W. Pennington, General ’57 Mary R. (Wallace) Van Horn, BSHEC ’57 Mary Anastas, BSED ’58 Mike Crnobrnja, BSME ’58 Patricia (White) Doumaux, BS ’58 Tom A. Ferne, BSCOM ’58 Roe W. Hildreth, MED ’58 Charles M. Hufford, BSED ’58 Merle V. King, BSEE ’58 Dwight H. Mutchler, AB ’58 Robert E. Reber, AB ’58 Margaret Elliott Saunders, BS ’58 John Anthony Venesile, BFA ’58 Hon. George V. Voinovich, AB ’58, LLD ’81 Harry W. Williams, BSME ’58 Lewis A. Bernardi, MS ’59 George J. Crawford, BFA ’59, MED ’63 Sharon (Crow) Finchum, AB ’59 David L. Foreman, BS ’59, BSCE ’60 Evelyn B. (Graham) Golden, BSED ’59 Betty J. (Benton) Goulding, MA ’59 John W. Keener, BSCOM ’59 Michael J. Matzek, BSME ’59 Don R. O’Connor, BSEE ’59 Donald W. Phipps, BSCOM ’59 Lawrence A. Pratt, BSCOM ’59 Maude (Newman) Ramey, BSED ’59 Ira K. Riggs, AB ’59 Lawrence D. Walters, BSCOM ’59


Mary L. (Ontko) Guilmet, BS ’60 Doreen E. (Riddle) Moorman, AA ’60 Nancy (Siferd) Plauché, BFA ’60 Flora A. Verity, BSJ ’60 William C. Berentz, BSED ’61, MED ’67 Dorothy N. (Glowe) DeLong, General ’61 William H. Mercer, BSIT ’61 Mary L. Remley, MED ’61 Stephen L. Renner, BS ’61 Larry L. Barker, AB ’62, MA ’63, PHD ’65 Eugene H. McKenzie, BSEE ’62 Edward C. Simms, General ’62

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Neal D. Verity, BSED ’62 Harold Weisbein, MS ’62 Mary L. (Sweeney) Irwin, BSS ’63 Gloria (Sissea) Schuler, BSED ’63 David A. Walker, BSED ’63 Lynda (Robinson) Berk, BSED ’64 Lee R. Clendenning, MED ’64 Charles J. Hall Jr., BFA ’64 Martha J. (Grooms) Kirk, BSED ’64 Henry A. Baldridge, BSED ’65 Richard B. Burnside, BFA ’65 Thomas E. Chesser, AA ’65 Caroline (Fanos) Donovan, BSED ’65 Harvey L. Hivnor, BSED ’65 Charles S. Knauff, BSED ’65 Linda G. (Bernardic) Stojetz, BSED ’65 Stephen J. Adorian, MA ’66 Hugh L. Dalton, General ’66 Carol J. (Lane) Harwood, BSED ’66 Salvatore M. Lamura, BSEE ’66 Francisco X. Muguruza, BSEE ’66 Forrest D. Robinson, PHD ’66 Bobbie E. (Evans) Simon, BSED ’66 Eileen K. Tucker, BSED ’66 Jean (Douglass) Wistendahl, MS ’66 Paul E. Barndt Jr., BS ’67 Carolyn L. Barrett, BSED ’67 Norman E. Brehm, BSIT ’67 Eleanor (Reese) Essman, AB ’67 Richard R. Heddleston, BBA ’67 Robert S. Kent, BSED ’67 John D. McCoy, BBA ’67 U.S. Army Maj. (Ret.) Gerald H. Schumann, MED ’67 Madge M. (Butcher) Stewart, BSED ’67 Kay (Waltari) Traywick, AB ’67 David R. Dadosky, BBA ’68 Linda O. Founds, BSJ ’68 Franklin Homko, BSIT ’68 Ina L. Ingram, BSED ’68 Thomas J. Meehan, BBA ’68 George W. Raymond, BSED ’68 Robert L. Sharb, BBA ’68 Hilda (Hart) Stotts, AB ’68 Michael J. Canter, BBA ’69 Alan Dale Darnell, BBA ’69 Justin A. Dimacchia, BBA ’69 Daniel T. Donovan, BS ’69 David J. Hildreth, MS ’69 Joyce I. Koch, BSED ’69

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John B. Lazear, MED ’69 Guy A. Link, BSCE ’69 John L. Longinie, BBA ’69 Edward A. Lupi, BSED ’69 Jerry L. Morrison, BSC ’69 Harvey G. Oppmann, AB ’69 Mary L. (Kinville) Seilo, MS ’69 Avrum I. Silver, MA ’69, PHD ’70 Janet A. Smith, AB ’69 Linda J. (Bowman) Stanfield, BBA ’69 Dale E. Statler, BS ’69, BSED ’71 Edward C. Stebbins, MED ’69


F. R. Combs, BFA ’70 Maurice Dulude, MED ’70 Roger D. Green, BSED ’70, MED ’71 Frederick E. Henthorne, BS ’70 Ronald K. Hess, BSIT ’70 W. Thomas James III, BSIT ’70 David L. Macy, BBA ’70 James W. McSorley, BSIT ’70 Jan (Black) Mortensen, BSHEC ’70 John J. Stetsko, BBA ’70 Marsha K. Stickel, AB ’70 Frederic D. Wacker, AB ’70, MED ’73 David L. Wythe, BFA ’70 William L. Albott, PHD ’71 Barbara Brady, AB ’71, MED ’75 Bennett J. Eddy, AB ’71 Michael C. Hammond Sr., AB ’71 J. M. Knisley, BSED ’71 Lillian L. McCale, BSED ’71 Wayne L. Snoddy, BSME ’71 Dwight A. Washington, BSED ’71 Sharon W. Wilson, BSED ’71 Mary Dohn, BSJ ’72 Coy R. Hinkle Jr., MED ’72 Richard J. Kavanagh, BSED ’72 Jeffrey M. Keller, BSED ’72 David R. Sanor, BSED ’72, MA ’74 Karen E. (Koegler) Wagstaff, BSED ’72 Donna S. Warford, AB ’72 Lawrence A. Zurcher, MBA ’72 Grace L. Compston, BSED ’73 Ozzie M. Kleinas, BSJ ’73 Gaylyne L. (Bailey) Marshall, AAS ’73 Thomas P. Nye, BSC ’73, BBA ’75 Gary L. Ramey, BSED ’73 Deborah (Leohnert) Reasons,

AB ’73 Thomas A. Szudy, BGS ’73 David A. Werntz, BS ’73 Ann Block, AAS ’74, BGS ’75 John M. Buyniski, BBA ’74 Nancy Lou (Davis) Coble, BSED ’74, MED ’84 Catherine D. Curl, BSED ’74 David A. Hartings, BSISE ’74 E. K. James, BSED ’74, MED ’75 James R. McCracken, BSED ’74 Kyle G. Schar, BS ’74 Cletus P. Scharle, AB ’74 W. Thomas Carlisle, MFA ’75 Timothy Harrison, BSC ’75 Mel M. Mittermiller, BFA ’75 Marta (Mitchell) Smith, BSED ’75 Kathryn (Morris) Snead, BGS ’75 Candice L. (Slusser) Stamguts, BMUS ’75, MM ’78 Martha A. Eaton, BS ’76 Donnell H. Haynes, AA ’76, BGS ’78 Junior J. Kandel, BBA ’76 Thomas E. Larock, BSJ ’76 Rita W. Sharpes, BMUS ’76 Lenora A. (Copeck) Burns, BSED ’78 Gregory Gardner, BBA ’78 Willard E. Gregory, BBA ’78 William Michael Grubb, BS ’78, AAS ’83, BSN ’90 Amelia B. Prillerman, BSN ’78 Melanie L. (Booth) Rammel, BFA ’78 Margaret E. (Stedwill) Hubble, MED ’79 Rae (Anderson) Konjoian, MSHEC ’79 Stuart P. Olkes, BBA ’79 U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. (Ret.) Michael C. Warmbier III, BBA ’79


U.S. Marine Corps Maj. (Ret.) John R. Glassmire, BSRS ’80, MED ’81 Marie (Burns) Griffiths, AB ’80, AB ’80 John K. Hoge, BSC ’80 Bradley T. Knight, BBA ’80 Isabel (Hutton) Leonard, AB ’80 Miriam G. Love, AAS ’80, BSED ’88 Sharon K. (Crabtree) Breakiron, BSED ’81

Timothy W. Howdyshell, AAS ’81, BBA ’82, MBA ’84 Susan G. Jackson, MA ’81, PHD ’91 Jane (Wyskiver) McClain, BBA ’81, MA ’87 Daryl L. Veit, BSHEC ’81 Betty A. Jewell, BSN ’82 Douglas P. McFarling, AB ’82 Sharman L. (Siens) Milligan, AAS ’82 Thomas C. Stubbs, EMERT ’82 Robert K. Youngblood, BS ’82 William Aaron Blummer, BSJ ’83 Robert Joseph Karlin, BBA ’83 Andrew R. Packer, BBA ’83 David R. Richter, BBA ’83 Norman E. Robbins, MFA ’83 Bonnie (Merritt) Smith, AAS ’83 Susan (Scott) Carpenter, MED ’84 Clifton A. Finch, AB ’84 Laura J. Koval, BSJ ’85 Thomas E. Reynolds, BSED ’85 Shirley Y. (Carroll) Swaney, BSED ’85 Megan (Krivchenia) Baumgartel, BFA ’86 Beverly (Georgianne) Merrick, MA ’86, PHD ’89 Barbara G. Olney, MSS ’86 Paul E. Pigza, BSIT ’86 Danny C. Thomas Jr., MSPE ’86 Jay Antzakas, BSC ’87 Salvatore L. Santoro, BBA ’87 Kimberly (Evans) Williams, BMUS ’87 Daniel Scott Bowling, BBA ’88 Charles Ford Ganzert Jr., MA ’88, PHD ’92 Christine A. (Diehl) Geiss, MED ’88 John R. Mullens, MFA ’88 Matthew A. Tomich, AS ’88


Daniel Craig Adams, BSSE ’90, MSPE ’92 Suzanne Lynn Graves, BFA ’90 Sarah S. (Glass) Linde, BSHEC ’90 Yvonne Preston-Bacon, AS ’90 John Tyler Johnson, BSED ’91 Alma S. Westfall, AA ’91 Michael Irvin Piero, MSPE ’92 Karen Martha Thoms, BSC ’92 William Elliott Cayson, BSIT ’93

E. Sue Ley, BSED ’93 Scott Anthony Seifert, DO ’93 Tiffiny Marie Gulla, BFA ’94 Rayna Todd Wells, BSS ’95 Jeffrey Todd Eggleston, BSSE ’96 Chad Everett Veronesi, BS ’96 Robert Clint Dean, AS ’97, BSS ’01 Robert E. Streitenberger, AAS ’97, BSJ ’00 Lee David Griffith, AA ’98, BBA ’01 Chen (Chen) Dunlap, BBA ’99 Lena Marie Mallar, BSED ’99


Amanda Elizabeth Cooper, BA ’00 Traci C. Allan Spencer, BFA ’01 Katie Beth May, BSHCS ’03 Brittany M. (Hatrzell) Baguley, PHD ’05 Leszek A. Rybaczyk, BA ’05 Tamatha Lee Hall, BTAS ’07 Kristen Michelle Norris, BSED ’07


Lori A. Veits, AAS ’10 Benjamin Joseph Kehoe, AA ’12 Leanne Marie Stewart, BSN ’12 Ross Bradley Alford, BBA ’13 Lorna R. (Bailey) Wise, BA ’13 Cody Alexander Hamblin, AS ’16 Peter Cruz Jesus Raposo, PHD ’16 Kyra Kurt Willner, BSVC ’16

Faculty/Staff William Beale, Athens, Ohio, former faculty, mechanical engineering, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, July 24

V. Patrick Bell, PHD ’95, Russell, Ky., former coordinator, communication degree program, Ohio University Southern Campus, July 5 Harold Blanco, PHD ’07, Huntington, W.Va., former visiting instructor of Spanish, College of Arts and Sciences, March 25

Thomas W. Bolland, Oberlin, Ohio, professor emeritus of management information systems, College of Business, July 24 Thelma H. Boyd, Athens, Ohio, former clerical worker, Ohio University, Aug. 11 Victoria Boyles, Albany, Ohio, former assistant director of loans, Student Financial Aid, Feb. 28 Lena Brooks, Athens, Ohio, former cook, April 10 Connie E. Bruker, Coolville, Ohio, former custodial worker, May 2 Barbara J. Calendine, Athens, Ohio, former senior secretary, Honors Tutorial College, May 12 Norman S. Cohn, Pittsburgh, Pa., distinguished professor emeritus of botony, College of Arts and Sciences, June 29 Ted R. Compton, Surf City, N.C., professor emeritus of management information systems, College of Business, Aug. 23 Howard Delamatre, Rushville, Ohio, retired student teaching coordinator, Ohio University Zanesville Campus, Aug. 3 Ronald J. Downey, Auburn, Calif., former professor of microbiology, College of Arts and Sciences, July 20 Dwight Everett, The Plains, Ohio, former groundskeeper, April 16 Lisa Foerster, Athens, Ohio, former assistant professor of music, College of Fine Arts, May 18 Sandra L. (Carrick) Foster, BSED ’64, MED ’82, Lancaster, Ohio, retired student services advisor, Ohio University Lancaster Campus, March 17

Marie French, Athens, Ohio, former cook, Aug. 15 Adam M. Giandomenico, Steubenville, Ohio, associate professor emeritus of hearing and speech, Regional Higher Education, Dec. 24, ’15 Joan L. Harris, Kenton, Ohio, former administrative support manager, May 19 Carol B. Hecker, Zanesville, Ohio, retired, Ohio University Zanesville Campus, Aug. 1 Lawrence E. Jennings, Athens, Ohio, retired professor of piano, College of Fine Arts, Feb. 1 Frank Jewell, Glouster, Ohio, former storekeeper, July 22 Joan Jurich, Athens, Ohio, former associate professor, College of Health Sciences and Professions, May 22 Harry M. Kaneshige, Athens, Ohio, professor emeritus of civil engineering, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, May 26 Elizabeth Gierlowski Kordesch, The Plains, Ohio, associate professor of geological sciences, May 17 Sharon L. Lamb, McArthur, Ohio, retired library associate, July 29 James E. MacMillan, MD, The Plains, Ohio, retired associate professor of clinical medicine and student health, July 7 Richard S. Mayer, Hartland, Wis., professor emeritus of chemical and biomolecular engineering, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, June 1 Frances May Mccomas, Albany, Ohio, former custodial worker, March 28

Carolyn T. Murphree, Waynesville, N.C., assistant professor emerita, College of Business, May 13 Rodney Nelson, Newark, Ohio, former assistant professor of radio and television, May 22 James L. Nichols, Chesterhill, Ohio, former custodial worker, Aug. 21 Brian O. Phillips, BSC ’83, BSC ’88, MED ’04, Athens, Ohio, former chief information officer, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, June 22 Marianne E. Pratt, Athens, Ohio, retired secretary, March 10 Dorothy F. Scarmack, Athens, Ohio, retired library associate, June 27 Samuel A. Scott, Athens, Ohio, former assistant professor of physical therapy, College of Health Sciences and Professions, April 18 Sandra L. Sleight-Brennan, BGS ’74, Athens, Ohio, former radio producer and writer, Scripps College of Communication, Aug. 17 Guido H. Stempel III, Athens, Ohio, professor emeritus of journalism, Scripps College of Communication, May 31 James E. Wellington, MED ’70, Lancaster, Ohio, former academic advisor, Ohio University Lancaster Campus, July 29
 William W. Wood, Athens, Ohio, professor emeritus of anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, April 12 —Compiled by Jennifer Shutt Bowie, BSJ ’94, MS ’99, based on information received by the University’s Office of Advancement Services between March 1 and Sept. 1

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BOBCAT brainteaser


OHIO gridiron teamwork


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1. Like steak tartare 4. Relaxation site 7. Bobcat Brenly, BSED ’77, who managed the Arizona Diamondbacks to the 2001 World Series title 10. Sheepish remark 13. Card game 14. It might be picked up in a Court Street bar 15. Home of Ohio Northern University 16. Cease 17. Team players from OHIO 19. Team players from Toledo 21. “Win _____ Stein’s Money,” TV game show produced by Bobcat Terrence McDonnell, BSC ’70 22. Lwaxana of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” 23. See 51 Across 28. Faulkner’s fictional family 32. “_____ we having fun yet?” 33. Protrudes 35. Carry on, as war 36. Org. for Columbus Crew SC 37. Lively dance named for a horse’s gait 38. Hocking Hills, Ohio, vessel 39. Team players from Central Michigan 41. Caravansary 44. Disney center 45. Rotter 48. Esau’s grandson 49. To laugh in Tlaquepaque 50. Unrefined mineral 51. With 23 Across, team players from Gardner-Webb 54. Team players from Miami 57. Soothing plant 59. German interjection 60. Team players from Bowling Green 63. Team players from Texas State 67. In the past 68. I’m _____ There, 2007 movie with cinematography by Bobcat Ed Lachman, BFA ’71 69. Baba who said, “Open, Sesame!” 70. Originally named 71. Morning moisture 72. Botanist Gray who wrote Darwiniana in 1876 73. Earn 74. Cubs’ group

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1. “Ay, there’s the _____”: Hamlet 2. It begins with enero 3. Moves unsteadily 4. Custer’s last one was in 1876 5. Unit of butter 6. Some six-packs 7. Simpson voiced by former OHIO student Nancy Cartwright 8. Olfactory stimuli 9. Part of BLT 10. It could follow spelling or honey 11. Worker on a hill 12. Spots on TV 18. Cartoon unit 20. Native Americans originally in Montana, now based in Oklahoma 23. Emeril Lagasse word 24. Internet address, for short 25. Southern California city noted for an annual music festival

26. One who swallows hastily 27. Plug 29. Greek Faunus 30. Id companion 31. Bishop’s headquarters 34. Coins 37. Alphabetic sequence 38. _____ on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958 movie starring Bobcat Paul Newman 39. _____ the Magnificent, Johnny Carson character 40. Raw material for Bobcat neo- conceptual artist Jenny Holzer, BFA ’72 41. Spanish classical guitarist and composer Fernando 42. Ostrich kin 43. Hurried 45. Ranch worker 46. Object of an Indiana Jones quest 47. Broadway’s McAnuff

52. Hungarian-born movie actress Massey of Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man from 1943 53. Taboos 55. Nun’s attire 56. MAC is to OHIO as _____ is to Virginia 58. ¿Cómo _____ usted? 60. Pet rocks or hula hoops, e.g. 61. Maturity 62. Cattle call 63. Prohibit 64. Corrida cheer 65. Item for Bobcat golf director Bob Cooley, BBA ’86 66. D.C. bigwig —Jim Bernhard has written crossword puzzles for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times syndicate, among other media. His books include Final Chapters: How Famous Authors Died (2015) and Puns, Puzzles, and Wordplay (2014), both released by Skyhorse Publishing.

ohiotoday Mission statement Ohio Today informs, celebrates, and engages alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of Ohio University. Editor Peter Szatmary Art Director Sarah McDowell, BFA ’02 Contributors Ellee Achten, BSJ ’14, MA ’17 Martha Allan Kim Barlag, AB ’92 Jim Bernhard Josh Birnbaum, MA ’10 Jennifer Shutt Bowie, BSJ ’94, MS ’99 Colleen Carow, BSJ ’93, MA ’97, MBA ’05 Jorge Castillo-Castro Maddie Corbin, BSJ ’16 Lydia Deakin, BSVC ’12, MA ’15 Daniel de Visé Jen Jones Donatelli, BSJ ’98 Rich-Joseph Facun, BSVC ’01 Carl Fonticella, BSVC ’17 Dustin Franz, BSVC ’10 Benjamin Gleisser Rob Hardin, BSC ’08 Jim Harris, BBA ’04 Megan Johnson, BSVC ’17 Becca J. R. Lachman, MA ’07 Laura Larson Andrew Lyons Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections Emily Matthews, BSVC ’18 Roderick J. McDavis, BSED ’70 Rachele Alpine Mielke, BSED ’01 Marcy Nighswander Daniel Owen, BSVC ’15 Daniel Rader, BSVC ’16 Samara Rafert Griffin Ratcliffe, BSJ ’18 Martha Rial, BFA ’98 Michael Rougier Margaret Sabec, MA ’17 Katie Schmitt, BSVC ’15 Ben Siegel, BSVC ’02 Sarah Stier, BSVC ’18 Bridget Stocker, BSS ’16 Hailee Tavoian David Theis Proofreaders Emily Caldwell, BSJ ’88, MS ’99 Brian Stemen, MA ’98 Printer The Watkins Printing Co. Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, BSED ’70 Chief Marketing Officer Renea Morris, MED ’12 Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the Alumni Association Jennifer Neubauer Executive Director of Advancement Communication & Marketing Jennifer Shutt Bowie, BSJ ’94, MS ’99

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Spreading healthcare through collaboration


elalem Haile, assistant professor of epidemiology in the Department of Social Medicine at OHIO’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Dublin, relies on teamwork to advance global health; sexual and reproductive health; and maternal, infant, and child health. “Epidemiology, the study of the distribution and control of diseases, involves gathering information about large groups of people. Designing, measuring, and analyzing data require input from co-investigators, researchers, assistants, students, and so on,” he explained. “This collaboration promotes innovation and broadens ideas when identifying health-related problems and developing appropriate interventions.” Haile, MPH ’09, answered questions about his career and background via e-mail. Edited excerpts follow. For more of the Q&A, go online to winter-2017. —Editor Peter Szatmary

“I am very much interested in healthcare disparities among underrepresented communities such as access to care and quality of care,” says Zelalem Haile. Photo by Margaret Sabec, MA ’17

You research breastfeeding. Covering what? The influence of gestational diabetes and gestational weight gain on initiation, duration, and frequency of breastfeeding among women in the United States. In one study, we found that women with gestational diabetes and women with inadequate gestational weight gain were less likely to breastfeed exclusively at hospital discharge. You also monitor contraception in Tanzanian women. Our recent study determined that women who used oral contraception were less likely to have iron deficiency, anemia, and iron deficiency anemia. I am now exploring the relationship between other hormonal contraception and these outcomes. Your scrutiny of HIV? I am collaborating with OHIO faculty on two studies examining, respectively, HIV risk perception among students at a Midwest university and the association between substance abuse and HIV among urban slum dwellers in Kenya. I also received funding from

Heritage College’s Research and Scholarly Awards Committee to study biomarkers of disease progression among HIV patients in Ghana—a first for that country. Your audit of African immigrant populations in the U.S.? Collaborating with OHIO faculty, I am collecting data examining knowledge, perception, and utilization of cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination among Somali immigrant/migrant youth in the Columbus area. OHIO is one of the few universities nationwide with a social medicine department that unites medical ethics, medical history, public health, and epidemiology. The significance? A social medicine department exposes students to the complexities of the social factors influencing health and encourages clinicians and faculty to collaborate on wideranging projects. It’s a wonderful platform. You hail from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and archaeology from University of Asmara, Eritrea, a master’s degree in anthropology from University of Florida, a master of public health from OHIO, and a doctorate in epidemiology from West Virginia University. What brought you to OHIO—and back? After graduating from University of Florida, I taught anthropology for about three years at Asmara University. I had opportunity to participate in public health projects while there and decided to further my studies in the field and enrolled at OHIO. After my MPH, I worked as a coordinator for the University’s African Health Initiative for almost two years. Then I decided to go for my PHD. The OHIO pull was strong enough that afterward I wanted to return. The collaborative culture and family-like environment among students and faculty here are qualities I have been fortunate to experience. Something most people don’t know about you? I am an avid fan of Arsenal, the English professional soccer team in the Premier League. I love playing soccer, too.

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ore than 100 people from OHIO and the community commemorated the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the second annual stair challenge and memorial ceremony. Hosted again by OHIO’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps—the Bobcat Battalion—in Peden Stadium, participants remembered innocent victims and first responders by undertaking 2,071 steps, the same number in the 110 floors of the World Trade Center’s fallen twin towers. —Staff report Photo by Emily Matthews, BSVC ’18


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Our past, present, and future OHIO’s Board of Trustees approved a “strategic roadmap for University-wide renewal and growth” in March. This photo, taken last summer, shows the Athens Campus from the Hocking River corridor. Photo by Ben Siegel, BSVC '02

COMING NEXT EDITION: The theme will be OHIO “legacy.”

Ohio Today Winter 2017  

Winter 2017 issue of the Ohio University alumni magazine, Ohio Today

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