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A Publication for Alumni and Friends


Greetings to all from the beautiful Rio Grande campus! As I write this note from the Davis House, I am looking out across the campus. There is a dusting of snow on the ground, and students are walking in groups to classes past the splendid Alumni Memorial Bell Tower, on this chilly, but busy, Friday morning. One of the pleasures of serving as your Interim President during the past year has been visiting with many Rio Grande alumni and listening to various versions of the same story: “I came to Rio Grande without much confidence, but a friendly faculty or staff member helped develop my potential. I met many fellow students with whom I became close friends.” This theme runs through conversations held at the Varney House/Davis Cottage Reunion, reunions of the

Grande Chorale, Coach Art Lanham’s basketball teams, and many other groups who are gathering together on campus or in various locations across Ohio and the country to celebrate the alumni phase of our Capital Campaign, which emphasizes just such “affinity” groups. ‘We learn, earn, and then return,” noted one learned sage about the stages through which we all progress in our lives. Now is the time for each of you to return to Rio Grande to visit with your old friends during one of these events, and to acknowledge your alma mater for how it has enriched your life. We need your time and your resources, but most importantly, we need your wonderful spirit and

presence, so that the Rio Grande experience can be shared with future generations of students.

Gregory S. Sojka Interim President

From Rye-o to Rio

Troy Tripp ’93 recently traveled to South America on business visiting the eastern coastal cities of Rio de Janeiro and Vitoria, Brazil. Troy is a Sr. Human Resources Representative with Diamond Power International, Inc. which manufactures and services boiler cleaning equipment for the power industry. Troy reported that the trip was due to the Brazil operation being awarded several contracts that required support from the corporate office. At Rio Grande, Troy was a Business Management major and active brother of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. “It was a great experience, but I was very glad to get back home and relieve wife (Kelley Montgomery ’94) who remained home watching our three boys: Colin, 9; Jonah, 5; and Aaron, 2.” Diamond Power is headquartered in Lancaster, OH and has additional international facilities in Germany, Finland, Scotland, South Africa, and China. “Dean Brown would have had a lot to say about me proudly sporting my Rye-o hat for this picture in Rio!” 2/

Kneeling-front (l to r): Tom Brown ’65, Arthur W. Lanham, John Kalman ’86 Ladies-second row (l to r): Bev Crabtree, Suzanne Lanham Kalman ’85 Men-back row (l to r): Jeff Lanham, James Weisman ’85, Frank Bullock ’71, Mike Burcham ’65, Steve Gilmore ’65, Bernie Bickerstaff, and Scot Paulitsch

Thirty-five Rio alumni and friends were guests of alumnus Scot Paulitsch and the University when the Cleveland Cavaliers met the Charlotte Bobcats at The “Q” (Quicken Loans Arena) in Cleveland, on Friday, February 2. Bobcats Head Coach and General Manager, Rio alumnus, Bernie Bickerstaff, visited with the group prior to the game.



Upcoming Alumni Events

October 23, 2006

Dear Dr. Sojka and friends at the University of Rio Grande:

Enclosed is our check for the “Lighting the Way” campaign, and we are asking that it be used for the Alumni House. Both of us, Pike County natives, were on campus in the early fifties, in the exciting basketball era, and Bonnie came back to campus seven summers to finish her bachelor’s degree. We have some special memories that motivated us to designate our gift in this way. When I (Jim) was on campus, there were several boys who stayed at what we called “Ewing House” back then. I didn’t stay there officially, but was there so much of the time that I was treated like a resident also. Among ourselves, we referred to the Ewings as “Mom and Pop Ewing,” although we never would have said it to them. Lorie Ewing was a remarkable woman, very gifted musically, giving piano lessons, playing at the Baptist Church, and having time to prepare a sumptuous birthday dinner for each one of the students who stayed in her house (including one who unofficially stayed there). She had a deep mystical faith that scared us a little, I think, but she was profoundly prayerful and caring. During those years when we returned to campus for summer school, we stayed at the Ewing House a couple of summers, including our very last summer before Bonnie received her degree in 1970. On that last trip our whole family of four stayed there. So you can see that we have very fond memories of that beautiful house. Both of us had classes with Dr. Ewing. He was not an extroverted man, and we still remember his shy grin when he made a humorous point in one of his literature classes. In those days before anyone knew or seemed to care about accessibility, we still remember him with his two canes making his way heroically across the campus and negotiating stairs. He always stopped when anyone was coming toward him, and waited until they had passed before he continued on his way. In the early 1950’s, when the student body was so small, it was a miracle that Rio Grande continued to operate. Much of that miracle was made possible by people like the Ewings who cared deeply about the college and the college students. The greater miracle is that most of the rest of the faculty cared just as deeply. We present our gift with a prayer that Rio Grande will continue to have as much impact on future students in southeastern Ohio as it had on the two of us. Thank you for the important work you continue to do and the opportunities you provide. Sincerely,

James E. and Bonnie L. (Thompson) Magaw Mt. Vernon, OH

The future Alumni House will be located where the Ewing House once stood. The University is grateful to Jim and Bonnie Magaw for their contribution, and for their loyal support of the Varney House/ Davis Cottage Reunion, at which the Alumni House Project was announced in September 2006. Cover Photos: A D




A: Varney House/ Davis Cottage B: Grande Chorale C: Archon D: Lanham Team E: Alpha Mu Beta

Dayton/Miami Valley Alumni Chapter Organizational Luncheon Meeting Saturday, March 17 11:30 registration/Lunch 12 noon (on own) Panera Bread at Fairfield Commons Mall, Beavercreek Contact the Alumni Office Northwestern Ohio Alumni Chapter Dinner Meeting Thursday, April 19 Time TBD Clyde, OH Contact Beth Bales Tischler ’00 at 567.855.8033 Archon 50th Anniversary Celebration Thurs. & Fri., April 27 &28 Contact Kurt Williams ’ 66 at 614.766.9456 Founder’s Day & Commencement Saturday, May 5 10 am/ 2pm Campus Central Ohio Alumni Association Dinner Meeting Friday, May 11 Time TBD La Scala, Columbus Contact Mary McCurdy Pierce ’67 614.837.6952 Class of ’38 Reunion Friday, June 15 11:30 Lunch (on own) University Cafeteria Alumni Weekend ’07 Fri. & Sat., August 24 & 25 2007 Alumni Awards Presentation, Reunions of the 60’s and 70’s Contact the Alumni Office or Jane Ingram O’Neil ’70 614.890.2310

Susan Haft..............Production & Copy Jean Ann Vance..........Layout & Design Kathy Musser....................Photography Mark Williams................................Copy Nick Claussen.................................Copy

The Alumni Office can be reached at 740.245.7431 or 1.800.282.7201, ext 7431.






Deceased: ELEANOR LUSHER SHAFER, Glenford, on November 3, 2006. Mrs. Shafer was a loyal attendee of Rio Grande’s annual “Class of ’38” reunion.


REBA KISOR, Wellston, was named an Outstanding Senior Citizen of 2006.


Deceased: GEORGE NUTT, Jackson, on December 10, 2006. Mr. Nutt was a retired teacher with the Jackson City Schools.


Deceased: RICHARD F. “RICK” MILLER, Pataskala, on December 27, 2006. Rick was a member and past president of the Archon Fraternity. Most recently, he was in sales at Honda East, Reynoldsburg, OH.


Congratulations to Rio Grande’s own JAKE BAPST, who was awarded the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award, at the organization’s annual meeting on October 20, at Hocking College.


Deceased: GALE DOUTHITT, Marietta, on January 5, 2007. Gale was a music teacher, a past member of the Mid-Ohio Valley Players, and a musical director for the Showboat Becky Thatcher. He is survived by his sister, PAMELA DOUTHITT ’76.


MARK WILLIAMS, Orient, has been appointed by President Bush to serve as one of five members on the local draft board for Pickaway, Hocking, and Fayette counties. Mark has also received the highest alumni award from the Alpha Sigma Phi national fraternity, the Evin Varner Distinguished Service Award. 4/


PAM MURPHY BOSTIC, Beverly, earned her master’s degree in reading and elementary education in the spring of 2006. She is a teacher in the Fort Frye Local School district, where she serves on many committees.

S TA C I E VA U G H N H U T TO N , Beavercreek, is the author of a nonfiction book to be published by National Geographic in the summer of 2008. Stacie is a former classroom teacher, and wrote this work about a particular chapter in American history.



Married: SHELLY HOOP to Capt. Timothy Watkins, on October 7, 2006. Shelly is a teacher and track and volleyball coach. Her husband is a communications officer with the United States Marine Corps. The couple resides in Cape Carteret, NC.


MARC HRUSCH earned the designation of PHR, or professional in human resources. He is the risk management coordinator for Bravo Development, Inc. in Columbus. JENNIFER HRUSCH was promoted to team leader of the 645-2ASK Information Line and Rover Teams at the Columbus Metropolitan Library.


Born: to ERIC AUTENRIETH and wife, Lisa, their third child, Keaton Alexander, on July 7, 2006. The couple also has two daughters, Makayla and Brooklyn. The family resides in Anderson, SC, where Eric is with the Carolina Auto Auction. CATHERINE GRANT SAXTON completed the 2006 theatre holiday season as production stage manager with the Houston Ballet and Phoenix Ballet. Cathi and her husband, Matt, reside in Tuscon, AZ, where he serves as the technical director for the Arizona Theatre Company.


JASON BURTON received a master’s degree in education administration from Ohio University, and is the assistant principal at Scioto Northwest High School. Jason and his wife, the former VONDA STILES ’92, have a son, Dylan, and reside in Wheelersburg.


Born: to Aaron and TAMMY BRUNTON McCAIN, a son, Aaden Andrew, on November 14, 2006. Aaden joins siblings Tamron, Talyn, and Aarian. The family resides in Oak Hill.


Born: to CHRIS DeBOW and wife, Erin, a son, Daniel Joseph, on September 18, 2006. Chris reports that Daniel’s hobbies include: fishing, hunting, and cheering for ol’ Rio! The family resides in Madeira. Born: to John and TOBI LAMBERT GARDNER, a daughter, Isabella Josephine, on October 9, 2006. The family resides in Maineville. Born: to SCOTT and RENEE CARMICHAEL SEIDEL ’99, their first child, a daughter, Peyton Ann, on June 16, 2006. The family resides in Gallipolis. KYLE NEWTON recently left the position a position of assistant principal of Crooksville High School to become the assistant superintendent for Morgan Local Schools. His wife, the former TARA JOHNSON ’97, teaches eighth grade history at Morgan Junior High School, and coaches volleyball and basketball at various levels. The couple has three sons: Riley Evans, 8; Ethan Zane, 6; and Reagan Creed, 5. The family resides in McConnelsville.


Born: to Don and KIM REAMES BRIGGS, a son, Kaden Severin, on October 9, 2006. The family resides in Springfield.



Born: to James and CARRIE WALTON, a son, Tucker Shane, on June 18, 2006. Son, Mason, is 8. The family resides in Washington Court House. TAY L O R “ TAT E ” S K I N N E R , Sciotoville, is the director of grades 10-12 for the on-line school, Virtual Community School of Ohio. Tate has been a teacher at the school since 2003.


Married: ALISHA FLESHER to Michael Moore, on June 17, 2006. The couple resides in Huntington, WV. Married: CHRISTOPHER GRANT to Evelyn Kindle, on September 11, 2006. Chris is a Baltimore city detective in the organized crime unit- auto theft division and a Maryland certified police instructor. Eve is a Baltimore county detective in the major crime unit–gang violence division and is a police sketch artist. The couple resides in Dundalk, MD. Born: to DANIEL ’04 and REBECCA EVANS OTTO, a son, Brayden Jacob, on June 13, 2006. Daniel and Rebecca are both teachers at Southern Local. The family resides in Long Bottom. Born: to Chad and RENEE RUTTER SLACK, their first child, a daughter, Aislynn Renee, on May 20, 2006. Renee teaches fourth grade at Union Furnace Elementary in the Logan Hocking Schools. The family resides in Union Furnace. Born: to JARED and BRIDGETTE BOYLE WARNER, their second daughter, Adeline, on May 3, 2006. Daughter, Isabella, is 3. Jared was recently employed as the Southwest WINTER ISSUE 2007


Married: STEPHANIE JONES to Ryan Greene on September 9, 2006. Son, Dalson Ryan, was born June 30, 2006. The family resides in Waterford. JUSTIN M. LOVETT, Oak Hill, obtained the degree Juris Doctor from the Syracuse University College of Law in May 2006.




Born: to Jeremy and JENNIFER MURPHY JOHNSON, a son, Trent Anthony, on October 8, 2006. The family resides in Pataskala.

Ohio Regional Emergency Response Coordinator. The family resides in Leesburg.

GENEVIEVE “JENNY” NORRIS is the clinical director of wound services at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, in Ashland, KY. She received her wound and hyperbaric training from the Family Life Center in West Monroe, LA, and is pursuing her master’s degree in nursing with a focus on nursing leadership and administration from Walden University

Francis William Burdell

Born: to Dwight and AMY PRIESTEVANS, their first child, a son, Carter Owen Ray, on September 18, 2006. Dwight is a mechanic at M & G Polymers in Apple Grove, WV. Amy teaches first grade for the Gallipolis City Schools. The family resides in Gallipolis. Jeanne Jones Jindra, M.Ed. 2003, was appointed assistant director of the Madog Center for Welsh Studies on Jan.1, 2007. She will be responsible for the daily operation of the Center and will work directly with students in the International Exchange program. Other duties include working with local public schools on programs and activities that promote Welsh heritage and language, serving as a liaison to the Cardigan Club and its members, and acting as a trustee of the Welsh-American Heritage Museum to assist with archive preservation, events and exhibitions. Jeanne has been employed by the University of Rio Grande in other capacities for the past seven years.


Born: to Morgan and MISTY BARNETT WILLIAMS, a son, Tucker Rhys, on July 30, 2006. The family resides in Jackson. RADLEY C. FAULK is the deputy director of Mason County 911. A PUBLICATION FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS

Former Rio Grande College professor and faculty emeritus, Francis William (F.W.) Burdell, age 97, died peacefully Saturday, January 27, 2007, at his farm home north of Rio Grande. Mr. Burdell moved, as a child, to Gallia County in 1915, and to the same farm where he lived his entire life. He attended Koontz School (one room), Rio Grande High School, Rio Grande College, Ohio University, and received his master’s degree from the Ohio State University. Mr. Burdell taught for thirty-four years at Rio Grande College, and was a member of the first class inducted into Rio Grande’s Educators’ Hall of Fame. He was preceded in death by his wife, Esta Vollborn Burdell ’32, and is survived by children Ernestine (Keith) Smith ’70; Frederick Burdell ’64, and Lawrence’67 (Judy Johnson’69) Burdell. Five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren survive. 5/


The 2005-2006 Alumni Honor Roll presented below includes all alumni who made contributions to the University of Rio Grande during the fiscal year July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006. The entire University community appreciates the generosity of our graduates. Please note-Married couples are listed as individuals. + Current Trustee @ Past Trustee #Deceased !Faculty/Staff Graduation year is indicated If we have made an error regarding your gift to the University, please forgive us and let us know. (740 245-7221 or 1-800-282-7201 ext. 7221) Thank you! 1920’s Lyvonia Clark Bunce ’29 # Evelyn Greenler Koehler ’29 # 1930’s Edward Matthews ’36 Rev. Luther Tracy ’36 Jacob Henson ’38 Denver Walke ’38 Daniel M. Evans ’39 Elvin Hamm ’39 1940’s Edwin Edelblute ’40 Anna Brooks Benjamin ’41 Arlene Spurlock ’42 Helen Grierson Bercaw ’43 Richard Barr ’44 Mae Calhoon Yaroschak ’44 D. C. “Smokey” Stover ’45 Martha Streich Crowder ’46 Martha Steele ’46 Marianna Robinson Morgan ’47 Gwendolyn Davis Smith ’48 Newt Oliver ’49 @ 1950’s C. Milan Gorby ’50 Raymond Jackson ’50 Maxine Rehme Oliver ’50 Audrey Keels Pryor ’50 Robert Waldren ’50 Mary Wilson VanMeter ’51 D. Wayne Evans ’53 Marjorie Fadely Evans ’53 Alice Larter McNeal ’53 Donald Vyhnalek ’53 Frank Capehart ’54 Dr. John Hoyt ’54 James Magaw ’54 Josine Thomas Moses ’54 Alice Waugh Devol ’55 Harlan Devol ’55 Roy Moses ’55 Alfred Scarberry ’55 Carol Boggs Ansell ’56 Gene Brushart ’56 Lorena McDermott Ritter ’56 George Ervin ’59 Hope Leedy Keller ’59 Donald Scott ’59 1960’s Linda L. Bauer ’60 ! Dr. Danny Fulks ’60 Charles K. Murray ’60 Reba Bennett Rucker ’61 # Mary Seidel ’61 Charles Withee ’61! Deanna Wickline Cook ’62 6/

Janet Snider Swaim ’62 John Handley ’63 Harold Herron ’63 Patsy Caudill Herron ’63 Richard Munyon ’63 + Norna Prior ’63 Thomas Swaim ’63 Mary Duffy Withee ’63 Mary Scheider Christensen ’64 Rosemary Salser Evans ’64 William Large ’64 Estivaun Hutchinson Matthews ’64 Dean S. Brown ’65! # Velma Stroth Feagans ’65 William Gorscak ’65 Merle Hoover ’65 Sharon Alkire Mastic ’65 Sandra Hood Wybenga ’65 Linda Kunzi Drury ’66 Robert Drury ’66 Richard Evans ’66 Carolyn Dunn Gorscak ’66 Joan Brown Kimmel ’66! John Mastic ’66 C. Michael Reardon ’66 + Luvena Eubanks Spires ’66 Dr. Kurt Williams ’66 Dr. William Grant ’67 Marshall Kimmel ’67! Mary McCurdy Pierce ’67 Martha Menendian Poland ’67 Emelyn Wickline Scarberry ’67 Raymond Zetts ’67 Michael Jenkins ’68 George Somerville ’68 Don Trainer ’68 Joseph Ullery ’68 James Bernbeck ’69 Gwendolyn Angel Grant ’69 Anne Dete Kostro ’69 Larry McDaniel ’69 Ruth Kapple Spatar ’69 1970’s Susan Spain Bernbeck ’70 Thomas Giska ’70 Phillip Joseph ’70 Bonnie Thompson Magaw ’70 Richard Northup ’70 + Thomas Ringer ’70 Beatrice “June” Tolliver Eubanks Shear ’70 Douglas Shepeard ’70 Ralph Taylor ’70 @ Steven Thomerson ’70 Dr. Michael Vranesevic ’70 Diane Battista Barnes ’71 Gregory Ervin ’71 Mary Kay Vollborn Ervin ’71 + Bruce Gabriel ’71 Jane Johnson ’71 A PUBLICATION FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS

Dr. Raymond Matura ’71! Dr. Nanetta Fults ’72 Jeanne Ipnar Ringer ’72 Roger Williams ’72 + Deborah Chapman Biggs ’73 Mary “Mia” Simpson Coulton ’73 Robert Coulton ’73 Larry Guglielmi ’73 + Dr. Ned Riegel ’73 + Janet Wise Snyder ’73 Robert Willey ’73 Petrea A. Parsons Brown ’74 Dr. Juanita Evans Dailey ’74 ! Jack Finch ’74 + Pamela Black Matura ’74 Mark Snyder ’74 Jacob Bapst ’75 ! Joann Snyder Bapst ’75 Howard Childers ’75 Paula Hackler Forshey ’75 Arlene Saunders Tracy ’75 Jill Shook Burger ’76 Deborah Warner ’77 Donald Warner ’77 Timothy Forshey ’78 Karen Ater Musser ’78 George Vickroy ’78 Tena Peaslee Vickroy ’78 Clarice Stepp ’79 1980’s Carla Spencer Willey ’80 Mark Williams ’81 Timothy Harrison ’82 Bryan C. Joseph ’82 David Smalley ’82 ! Judith L. Cavallaro ’83 Donna L. DeWitt ’83 Susan Petrie Haft ’83 ! Dr. Lynn Hickman-Long ’83 Martha Juryit ’83 Margaret Evans ’84 Annie Cook Miller ’84 Elizabeth Adkins Brown ’85 Sandra Mershon ’85 ! Elaine Pleasant Armstrong ’86! Alycia Dungan Dudley ’86 Paul Haller ’86 Helen Lumbard Mollohan ’86 ! Anne Wiseman Roach ’86 Vicki Headlee Mackie ’87 Donna Maynard Haner ’88 Lisa Schmeltzer Kendrick ’89 Richard Stoffer ’89 1990’s Tracy Cornely ’90 Victoria Honaker Dailey ’91 Betty Jean Sanders Watson ’91 Stacie Vaughn Hutton ’94 WINTER ISSUE 2007

Tamara Drummond Ferrell ’95 Gregory Hargett ’95 Catherine Nolan Spencer ’95 Marsha Edelblute Smith ’96 Jennifer Miller Hargett ’97 Vicky Warthman Schlosser ’97 Kimberly Lambert Lewis ’98 Matthew Calnen ’99 Charles McManus ’99 Faith Gillert Murdock���� ’99 2000’s Hillary Abell ’00 Richelle Edwards ’00 Eric Mulford ’00 Dorothy Neutzling ’00 James J. Conway ’02 ! Debra Cox Gloss ’02 Robin Morris Lyles ’02 Constance McNerlin ’02 ! Judith Potter ’02 ! Susan Miller Rogers ’02 ! Jeanne B. Jindra ’03 ! Ashley Clark ’04 Jocelyn Sheppard Cosgrave ’05 Jillian Mangione ’05 Attended Dr. Marla Griffith Haller Rita Hill Harper James Johnson Benner Jones III William Lloyd Cloene “Sammy” Samuels Sarah Rannels Simonds + Paula Shilling Thomerson Sylvia Brown Walters

DHS Graduate Earns MBA and Award

University of Rio Grande graduate and Wellston, Ohio resident Doug Fry recently graduated from Ohio University’s Executive MBA (EMBA) Program achieving a 3.5 grade average and a special recognition award. For his leadership in Wuhan, China, Doug was awarded the Alfred E. Eckes Internationalist Award and honored at graduation. The EMBA program seeks out Ohio’s business executives capable of demonstrating significant leadership experience and accomplishments in business administration, requiring 18 months of full-time study. The EMBA program allowed Doug and other Ohio executives from companies like Honda and Cardinal Health to analyze the Human Resources challenges of Wuhan Iron and Steel Company (WISCO), the world’s largest steel producer. Located in the city of Wuhan (13 million pop.) near the center of China, WISCO employs 90,000 workers. The Ohio executives provided direct consulting to WISCO. Fry earned the Eckes Internationalist Award for his leadership contributions to the project which involved 17 days of consulting in China and a formal written analysis. He has completed over 400 hours of continuing education in business management including State of Ohio/Capital University Certified Business Analyst courses and

the esteemed Thunderbird University for International Trade (Phoenix, AZ) Executive Development Course. Doug served as Southern Ohio’s lead consultant on international trade from 1996-2002, managing both the State International Trade Assistance Center and U.S. Dept. of Commerce Export Assistance Center co-located in Waverly. During that time, he received two national economic development awards, and was selected as Ohio’s International Business Analyst of the Year – 1999. He is an Ex-Officio Member of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce Southern Ohio District Export Council, a group of business leaders focused on international trade development. Doug organized and led international missions for Ohio’s wood industry to Japan, Canada, Germany,

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Give Your Heating System a Checkup When the weather is windy and raw, nothing feels better than the cozy warmth of home. But furnaces, fireplaces and other home heating devices aren’t always reliable. In fact, they are among the leading causes of residential fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. To keep your home safe as well as warm, know the risks and how to avoid them.

Heat Your Home Safely

About 22% of all home fires are related

to supplemental home-heating devices, such as wood-burning stoves and gas, kerosene and electric space heaters. In addition, one study found that 50% of the deaths and 33% of the injuries associated with electric heater fires occurred at night. Fireplace and wood-burning stove chimneys need regular professional cleanings to prevent the buildup of creosote, a primary cause of chimney and stovepipe fires. Keep combustibles at least three feet WINTER ISSUE 2007

away from all heaters and don’t cover or block vents. Avoid using extension cords with electric heaters; they’re often insufficient for the power needed. Never use portable heaters while sleeping.

Guard Against Carbon Monoxide (CO)

CO is an odorless, poisonous gas that can

build up if heating and exhaust systems are not clean and properly ventilated. Because it causes symptoms that are often mistaken for the flu-headaches, dizziness, nausea and general weakness-it can go undetected. Carbon monoxide detectors are now available for installation. Have your heating system inspected and cleaned, if necessary. Use gas or kerosene heaters only in ventilated areas, and make sure they’re in good working order. Check fireplaces and wood stoves and their chimneys for signs of wear and tear. Standard brick fireplaces are subject to cracks from foundation shifts, and more than half the A PUBLICATION FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS

chimneys used with prefabricated fireplaces are found to be installed incorrectly.

Important Steps

Ask a professional to inspect your

home-local utility companies may do it for an inexpensive fee. But the most important step you can take is to equip your home with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor, near furnaces, fireplaces and near or in all bedrooms. Be sure to check batteries regularly. This article is reprinted with permission from Liberty Mutual Group. Liberty Mutual msurance coverages are available to University of Rio Grande alumni through Group Savings Plus. This group discount program provides top-quality, affordable insurance. For more information or a noobligation quote on your auto and home insurance, please call 800-533-6148 Ext. 416. 7/

Program viability study to become part of new Academic Strategic Plan

Word received from the Office of the Provost, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Barbara Hatfield, Ph.D., indicated that a lack of interest in selected majors exists at the University of Rio Grande. To address this lack of interest, the deans and provost recommended the suspension of several majors beginning Fall Semester 2007. What this means is that the Admissions staff will cease actively recruiting for these programs, and no additional students will be enrolled in the programs unless substantial changes are made in the curriculum or a significant number of new students indicate a wish to enroll in the programs. The programs affected are the bachelor’s degree programs in English, History, Fine Arts, and Theatre. The courses that would have led to a bachelor’s degree in any of these majors will still be offered for those students who are already enrolled in the programs. Students will still be able to minor in these programs and receive teacher licensure in the various areas. The faculty will not be affected by this change. The URG Board of Trustees has directed Dr. Hatfield to look at the programming offered in order to remain a strong comprehensive university with a focus on liberal arts and still meet the demands of incoming students. The faculty have been asked to take an active role in updating the content areas to make them more attractive to incoming students. As a response, the English and history faculty are in the process of revising their programs to make them more accessible to students, especially students who transfer to Rio Grande or change their major after beginning classes. As the Academic Affairs Committee begins developing a new Academic Strategic Plan, the Committee will address a number of factors that must be considered in order to suspend existing programs. Dr. Hatfield is currently conducting a study of the cost of each program. She says that costs, number of graduates, student demand, job forecasts, and relation to the mission of the University are all things that will be considered as a viability study is conducted of all Rio Grande programs. Hatfield went on to say that there were new program offerings in the Allied Health area including Pharmacy Tech, Sonography, Radiology, and Respiratory Therapy. Additionally, there is an online fast track program for licensed practical nurses to become registered nurses. One more anticipated change is the addition of new graduate school programs. URG already offers a Master of Classroom Teaching Degree with Concentrations in Intervention Specialist (Early Childhood), Intervention Specialist (Mild/moderate), Athletic Coaching Leadership, Educational Technology, Integrated Arts, and Humanities. The first additional Master’s Degree program that may be added is an MBA with a Concentration in Entrepreneurship. The anticipated date for starting this program is Fall 2007. Within a year, the graduate school hopes to add a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. 8/

Rio’s Phi Alpha Theta celebrates 25th Anniversary New member Jonathan Huntsberger (l), Rio senior; and William Plants ’97, adjunct history faculty member.

The Phi Alpha Theta history honors society at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College inducted new members and celebrated its 25th anniversary on Monday, Feb. 5. The ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn in Gallipolis. Phi Alpha Theta is the Rio Grande chapter of the national Alpha Alpha Delta organization. The Rio Grande chapter was established in February 1982, and has provided a great service to Rio Grande students and the community. The organization holds regular meetings on the Rio Grande campus for students interested in history. One of the chapter’s main objectives every year is to assist with the History Day competition at Rio Grande. The competition brings in students from schools throughout the region to take part in the local contest. Students present history projects in a variety of ways, and have the opportunity to advance to state and national competitions. The Phi Alpha Theta members help the area students come up with ideas and research their projects, and also assist with the judging and coordination of History Day. History Day will be held this year on March 24 at Rio Grande. During the Monday, Feb. 5 ceremony, Phi Alpha Theta inducted as new members Suzanna Bapst, Gallipolis, Ohio; Kristina Broccolo, Fairfield, Ohio; Josh Eddy, Gallipolis, Ohio; Gastin Green, Plain Ciy, Ohio; David Hoback, Racine, Ohio; Jonathan Huntsberger, Logan, Ohio; Jessica Renee Joseph, Pedro, Ohio; J.B. King, Wellston, Ohio; Crystal Thomas, Gallipolis, Ohio; and Andrew Walker, Gallipolis, Ohio. While the event celebrated the new and current members, Advisor Ellen Brasel said the evening also acknowledged former Phi Alpha Theta students. Past members were invited to attend the ceremony. Professor Ivan Tribe The other advisor for Phi Alpha Theta this year is Ivan Tribe, Ph.D., who helped to found the chapter along with Barry Thompson, Ph.D., back in 1982.



2007 Rio Grande Baseball Schedule

Josh Barkeloo (r) a Rio graduate student and Alex Lyles (l) at Tienemen Square

Graduate Trips Planned

It may be cold outside now, but officials at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College are currently planning for some warm, summer trips to destinations around the world. Every summer, the graduate program at Rio Grande hosts a series of trips to places such as China and New York City. (Other programs at Rio Grande also sponsor trips and other activities during the summer.) In the graduate program, the trips are part of Rio Grande’s Master’s of Education in Classroom Teaching program, and are designed for teachers in the region or students in the master’s degree program. Teachers do not have to already be in the master¹s degree program in order to register for the trips. The trip to Croatia, June 7-22, will feature trips to many important historic places in this beautiful country. Teachers on the trip will also have the opportunity to visit a school in Croatia and talk with the teachers there. Also in June, the graduate program will host a trip to St. Louis. In St. Louis, the Rio Grande representatives will be able to visit the New City School, which uses the multiple intelligences theory of education that Rio Grande focuses on in its master’s degree programs. Those on the trip will also be able to visit museums and a wide array of interesting facilities and programs in St. Louis. In China, the Rio Grande group will visit two universities that have working agreements with Rio Grande. At the universities, the Rio Grande travelers will present workshops to teachers and college students studying English. During the June trip, the group will also have the opportunity to see other schools and visit some of the important historical sites in the country. Two groups will visit New York City, one in the middle of June and one at the end of June. Those on this trip will stay in hotels, take part in workshops on education and have a chance to visit tourist spots. For more information on this summer’s graduate program trips to New York City, St. Louis, China and Croatia, call the Rio Grande Graduate Program office at 1-800-282-7201. For additional information on the trips, as well as information on the graduate program, log onto

Date Opponent Site Time March 10-17 Spring Trip Ormond Beach, FL March 23 Cedarville Away 1 p.m. (DH) March 24 Cedarville Home 1 p.m. (DH) March 25 Miami-Hamilton Home 1 p.m. (DH) April 1 Tennessee Wesleyan Away 1:30 p.m. (DH) April 6 Urbana Away 1 p.m. April 7 Urbana Home 1 p.m. April 10 WVU-Tech Away 5 p.m. (1-9) April 14 Tiffin Home 1 p.m. (DH) April 15 Tiffin Home 1 p.m. (DH) April 17 Miami-Hamilton Away 4 p.m. (DH) April 21 Ohio Dominican Away 1 p.m. (DH) April 22 Ohio Dominican Home 1 p.m. (DH) April 27 Mt. Vernon Nazarene Away 1 p.m. (DH) April 28 Mt. Vernon Nazarene Away 12 Noon (DH) May 4 Shawnee State Home 1 p.m. (DH) May 5 Shawnee State Away 1 p.m. (DH) May 9-12 NAIA Region IX Tour. TBA TBA May 16-17 Super Regional TBA TBA May 25-June 1 NAIA World Series Lewiston, ID TBA

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2007 Rio Grande Softball Schedule

Date March 10-18 March 22 March 24 March 25 March 31 April 3 April 4 April 9 April 10 April 14 April 15 April 17 April 20 April 21 April 24 April 27 April 29

Opponent Place Time Spring Break Myrtle Beach, SC TBA Ohio Valley Univ. Away 3 p.m. Cedarville Home 1 p.m. Marietta Away 1 p.m. Geneva Away 1 p.m. Ohio Dominican Away 3 p.m. Univ. of Charleston Away 3 p.m. Ohio Valley Univ. Home 3 p.m. Urbana Away 3 p.m. Mt. Vernon Nazarene Home 1 p.m. Univ. of Charleston Home 3 p.m. Fairmont State Home 1 p.m. Malone Away 3:30 p.m. Walsh Away 1 p.m. Glenville State Home 3 p.m. Glenville State Away 5 p.m. Shawnee State Home 2 p.m.

2007 Rio Grande Outdoor Track and Field Schedule

Date 3/9-10 3/15-17 3/23-24 3/31 4/7 4/13 4/20-21 4/28 5/5 5/11 5/18 5/24-26

Meet Coastal Carolina Inv. UNCW Seahawk Inv. Wake Forest Inv. Cedarville Open Dan Frail Inv. Rio Grande Inv. AMC Championships WV State Inv. Ohio University Open Cedarville Qualifier Baldwin Wallace Inv. NAIA National Meet


Site Myrtle Beach, SC Wilmington, NC Winston-Salem, NC Cedarville, OH Marietta, OH Rio Grande, OH Houghton, NY Institute, WV Athens, OH Cedarville, OH Berea, OH Fresno, CA 9/

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Spain, Brazil and Germany. His work was recognized by the Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Award and featured in three national publications as the model for rural trade assistance. He has presented at national conferences on international marketing and also economics in Chicago, Cologne, Germany and throughout Ohio. Doug has managed for Pepsico., R.L. Polk & Co., and Modern Woodmen of America as well as various private business clients and his family’s businesses. He recently drafted and submitted over $6.5 million in successful competitive grant proposals for Jackson County, in addition to securing funds from private foundations, corporations and cash contributions. Doug actively marketed the county, provided small business training courses, and assisted in the creation of over 500 new jobs in his role as Director of the Board for Jackson Co. Economic Development Board. Doug’s leadership began in 1991 when serving as Student Senate President, Grande Chorale Band Leader/vocalist, and President of Alpha Lambda Delta Academic Honor Society at Univ. of Rio Grande. Doug is known to many as a musician, singer, and operator of Oak Ridge Music, graduating from Atlanta Institute of Music in 1989. Currently he is featured in the band BIG Wiggle (www.bigwiggle. He has appeared in Ohio acts-Tallahassee Freight, Boston Fogg, and WE DON’T. Doug has recorded in Nashville, appeared at fairs and festivals, and enjoyed appearances on television and radio. “I am proud that my bands have warmed up for Earl Thomas Conley, Kentucky Headhunters and bands like Starship!” Doug and his brother Dennis write and perform sacred music to celebrate the life of Jesus Christ. He lives with his wife Nancy Russell-Fry ’92 who completes her Ph.D. this year and is expecting their first child. The Fry’s are members of Hope United Methodist Church, USGA, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-Cleveland. Doug quips, “When Mom asked me about my MBA graduation ring I told her those are too flashy and asked for a Gibson Les Paul guitar instead!” 10/

Tribute to Wayne Evans

The University of Rio Grande family, the community of Rio Grande, and the entire athletic department lost a dear friend, an alumnus and an aggressive supporter of all sports and activities on the campus of this institution. Delver Wayne Evans departed this life on Saturday, January 13, 2007. He valiantly fought his battle against cancer. He never complained or wanted anyone to feel sorrow for him. Even up to the end when talking or kidding with Wayne, he always had a quick line or colorful anecdote as a conversational comeback. Wayne was a Korean War veteran, a lifetime educational administrator and coach, a talented high school and college athlete, and most recently, a modern-day armchair quarterback who was quick to give coaching advice and even quicker to give a lending hand to make the sport better. Wayne generously donated his time, energy and resources to the betterment of our athletic facilities and sport programs. We, the University, our athletes and coaches are forever grateful for the interaction and the contributions made by Delver Wayne Evans and his wife, Marge. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Marge; brother, Cap; and family.

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James R. “Jim” McKenzie, Deering, passed away January 19, 2007. A graduate of the Class of ’57, Jim was a member of the starting five of the college’s “Bevo Team” of 19521954, and was a member of the first class inducted into the Rio Grande Athletic Hall of Fame in 1973. According to Coach Newt Oliver, McKenzie had a great two-hand set shot. One of Jim’s career highlights came during the 1953-54 campaign when he scored 25 points against Villanova at the Philadelphia Arena, making four of five shots from center court. Jim was a U.S.Army veteran, and retired in 1983 as an educator and athletic director from Symmes Valley High School following 20 years of service. Jim is survived by his wife of nearly fifty years, Jeanette Large McKenzie ’60; a son, James; daughter, Janice; eight grandchildren and and two great grandchildren.

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Welcome to the Bookstore @ Rio Grande!

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Lifetime Achievement Awards Newt Oliver and Bevo Francis were given Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Touchdown Club of Columbus for their contributions to the sport of basketball. The Club’s theme, this year, recognized worldclass athletes from small towns in Ohio. The men were presented with their awards in ceremonies held February 10, 2007, in Columbus. A PUBLICATION FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS


Former Rio Soccer Star Turns Pro

Men’s soccer player Ben Hunter was selected by Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew in the fourth round of the MLS Super Draft, and has begun training with the team. Hunter played at Rio Grande during the 2003 and 2004 seasons before transferring to the University of North Carolina. As a freshman, the Doncaster, England native played forward, and helped the Redmen to Rio Grande’s only NAIA national soccer championship (2003). As a sophomore, Hunter was named the AMC Player of the Year. Rio head coach Scott Morrissey is happy to see Hunter afforded with such a tremendous opportunity. “I’m very proud to say that he played at Rio Grande for two years, and wish him all the best.”

2006 Athletic Hall of Fame

Inductees Nathan Copas (second from l) and Mark Cline (second from r) with their former coaches, Earl Thomas (l) and Bob Willey (r).


The reopening of the newly-renovated Lyne Center Pool was celebrated with a “Splash Bash,” held on November 6. The pool had been closed since September 2005, and received $500,000 worth of improvements.

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If you recently found a job, were promoted, were married, moved, had a baby or did anything else of interest, please let your University of Rio Grande family know about it. Fill out the form below and send it to the Office of Alumni Relations, University of Rio Grande, PO Box 500, Rio Grande, Ohio 45674. Name_____________________________________________________ Phone________________________________ Grad. Yr._____________ Street_________________________________ City_________________ State________________________Zip________ County______________ Email Address__________________________ ■ Check if this is a new address. News:_ ___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Parents: If this issue of Tower & Times is addressed to your son or daughter who has established a separate permanent address, please notify us of the new address: 740-245-7431, or 800-282-7201, ext. 7431, or WINTER ISSUE 2007

Nomination Form Request

The University of Rio Grande accepts nominations for the following awards on a continuous basis. The deadline for nominations within a given year is February 1 of that year. Nomination forms are kept on file and reviewed yearly. ■ Alumni Awards (Distinguished Alumnus, URG Alumni, Atwood Achievement, Faculty Citation, Citation of Appreciation) ■ Athletic Hall of Fame ■ Educators’ Hall of Fame Please send the nomination form indicated above to: Name_____________________________________________________ Address___________________________________________________ Mail this request to: Office of Alumni Relations, University of Rio Grande, PO Box 500, Rio Grande, OH 45674 The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College do not discriminate against applicants, employees, or students on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, marital status, veteran status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, or disability. Questions about this policy should be directed to the Human Resources Director, Allen Hall, 740-245-7228. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be made through the Human Resources office.



Esther Allen Greer Museum

Actual photo taken November 2006

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The works of three Rio Grande professors were recently displayed at the University’s Esther Allen Greer Museum. The exhibit, which ended February 11, showcased the works of James Allen, paintings and designs; Benjamin Davies, graphic design; and Kevin Lyles, sculpture. Said Allen, “I think it’s important for our students to see what we are doing as artists.” The exhibit is now on display at Shawnee State University.

1. 2. 1. 8 x 10 by Benjy Davies 2. Chaos by Kevin Lyles

3. Mark 3:27 by James Allen



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The Chapel at the University of Rio Grande will be poised on the hill on the east side of campus, overlooking Bob Evans Farms to the east, the athletic fields to the south, and the main campus to the west.

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The stone chapel will offer seating for 100, a bride’s room, a groom’s room, and a pastor’s study. In addition to providing a place for worship and meditation, the Chapel will be available for weddings, christenings, memorial services and other special occasions.

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The Chapel will serve as a visible reminder of Rio Grande’s Christian heritage and founding.

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For more information about giving to the Chapel, please contact Beverly Crabtree at 740-245-7225. There are also many naming and memorial opportunities available for both groups and individuals.

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