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A Magazine for Alumni & Friends of Tiffin University




Lisa Williams Editor

Calling All Greeks! In this issue, I have invited you to share a memory or photo (or both) about Greek Life at TU. I have included a few scanned photos from the Tystenac and the Periodic Summary (photo quality is a little sketchy) as it is my intent to create an exchange from past to present in this issue as well as future issues. It all began with a call from a former Sig and DSK member (Class of 1961) who took the time to share some memories and send me a photo of the official DSK key he still proudly owns.

In Closing As we prepare for a new year, we have made new and exciting friendships, said goodbye to employees who have been with us a long time and hello to new faces arriving in their place. Change is a constant theme on a college campus—especially at TU. You will see for yourself in the pages ahead. I look forward to hearing from you. Lisa Williams Editor of Challenge Magazine Executive Director of Media Relations & Publications Photographer



Contributing Photographer: Zeng (Simon) Lei Contributing Writers: Geoff Schutt, Elaine Warnecke, Jessica Huffman Graphic Designer: Mary Ann Stearns






Heminger Center Dedication


President’s Club


Tent City






In Memoriam


SportsScene If this issue of Challenge Magazine is addressed to someone in your household who has moved, please notify the Alumni office by calling 419.448.3323 or email


How to send news to Challenge Magazine: Mail: Print out the Tell Us About Yourself form from the website - (Click “Alumni”), Click “Stay Connected” - and mail to: Lisa Williams, 155 Miami Street, Tiffin, Ohio 44883 Call for interview appointment or story idea: Lisa Williams at 419.448.3444 Email: (send a photo!)

Tiffin University is a place where we challenge our students to become all they are capable of becoming. Hence, the name of the magazine.

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Dear Alumni and Friends of Tiffin University, We enjoyed commencement 2012 in the Heminger Center (dedicated in May) in honor of Gary and Jane Heminger and their families (see story on page 15). This year’s commencement included a marriage proposal, which added to the celebration of a new beginning.


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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined! he worked in the Pentagon as Aide to the Tiffin University celebrated the Chief of the Naval Reserve. He earned a opening of the new Heminger Center bachelor’s degree from the University of on Saturday, May 5 with more than Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA 3,000 guests on hand to recognize from Harvard University. The speaker is 700 plus graduates, representing both also an author and a noted photographer. undergraduate and graduate students, His portfolio includes photographs from during its 124th Annual Commencement. unusual locations like Antarctica, Everest, The Heminger Center, named for Papua New Guinea, and at the edge of Gary and Jane Heminger, was the site of space (aboard a U-2 Spy Plane). an historic occasion for the university. PreDuring his speech, Michel encourviously, the ceremonies were held in the aged the new TU graduates to become Gillmor Student Center, but because of risk-takers, and not to be afraid to fail TU’s extraordinary growth in recent years, along the way. “Fear is the silent enemy the new facility with its expanded space Christopher Michel of the extraordinary. We live in a world where offered the graduates, their families, and people, especially the most brilliant among special guests a day to remember. us, go to remarkable lengths not to fail,” he said. “We’re Entrepreneur and investor, Christopher Michel, delivered taught to mitigate disappointment by playing by the rules, lowthe keynote address. “I am absolutely thrilled to be here ering our expectations, and fitting in, and, the true cost of that today, at this great university in this fabulous new building,” ‘highly reasonable’ approach is nothing short of breathtaking.” Michel remarked. “It’s a moment I won’t ever forget.” Michel used his own background to demonstrate the Michel’s message to the graduates was what he called need for risk-taking and also the need to resist fear of failure. the secret to great achievement. Near the end of his enlistment in the Navy, Michel was “Confidence and ethics are everything,” he said. “Not encouraged by a shipmate to enroll in Harvard Business your resume, not who you know, not where you live – not School. “I was a 29 year old Navy vet from rural Illinois. And even your IQ. Sure, those things are important, but what is from the moment I showed up, I knew I was in serious trouble. more important is having the confidence to passionately purThe vast majority of my class was Ivy League graduates who sue our highest calling. Probably no one articulated this idea had worked on Wall Street. They had lived and breathed better than Henry David Thoreau. He encouraged each of us business, and were on campus playing to win. If that wasn’t to ‘go confidently in the direction of our dreams – and to live bad enough, the school had a forced bell grading curve. My the life we have imagined.’” classmates seemed so much smarter and more sophisticated Michel’s business acumen has been widely noted. He is than me – and they probably were.” one of three individuals featured in the book by Bill Murphy But one day, he said, a guest speaker changed his way of entitled The Intelligent Entrepreneur: How Three Harvard thinking, and indeed, his future. “Standing before us that day Business School Graduates Learned the 10 Rules of Successwas a bearded, shaggy-haired guy whose first words were, ful Entrepreneurship (Henry Holt, 2010). ‘I’m an entrepreneur.’” He currently heads Nautilus Ventures, a seed venture The speaker was Dan Bricklin, who had been a student fund. Prior to Nautilus, he founded in 1999, in the late 1970s at Harvard. During first-year accounting, which is an online portal for service members, veterans and he had an epiphany, imagining a better way to manipulate their families. In 2007, he created Affinity Labs, which runs a numbers using digital rows and columns on a PC. portfolio of online professional communities. “Dan literally created the spreadsheet, the predecessor Prior to his business career, Michel served as a naval of today’s Excel,” Michel said. “Dan’s product, Visicalc, was flight officer in the U.S. Navy. While on active duty, he flew one of the most important software applications in the hisas a navigator, tactical coordinator and mission commander tory of personal computing. It was one if the main reasons aboard the P-3C Orion aircraft. Following his operational tour,

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people bought PCs in the early 1980s. But unfortunately for Dan and Visicalc, Lotus created a superior product and put him out of business.” Bricklin’s theme for his talk was about the courage to take risks, Michel recalled. It was about taking chances in life. “And, in the fullness of time, that creating something that wouldn’t exist without your vision feeds the soul. Dan might not be the richest person in the world – but he changed the world. For him, it had been about meaning, not money. He had found success even in failure.” By 2001, Michel experienced his own taste of failure. He was the 31-year-old founder of his first company,, the social networking site for the military community that he described as Facebook meeting the Chicago Tribune for those who served our country. had grown by that time to nearly 100 employees and raised almost $30 million in capital. “For an all-too brief period, we were dot-com darlings,” Michel said. “I had no idea what I was doing, but my experience at school had given me the confidence to go out there and try. I was flying high for the first six months but then it all fell apart.” When the Internet bubble burst in dramatic fashion, the company wasn’t able to raise more capital. Michel was forced to cut costs, and dramatically so. “We went from a hundred people down to 25. was losing a million dollars a month. Then things went from bad to worse. One of my board members called and asked me to resign so he could bring in ‘professional management.’ Within a few weeks, the new CEO showed up and basically asked me to stop coming to work. That hurt.” But the professional CEO the board hired didn’t succeed either. “After good advice from a friend, I proposed to the


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board that I return as CEO and either shutter the company or sell it to someone who would at least allow the service to continue,” Michel said. The board brought him back on board. The company still cut more jobs and was down to a staff of 10, yet it generated enough advertising revenue to cover its costs. A year later, Michel was able to sell the company. He took the lessons he learned and started another company, Affinity Labs. “This time around, we made far fewer mistakes and were rewarded with a quick acquisition,” he said. From there, Michel created Nautilus Ventures, the successful seed venture fund he runs today. Through risk-taking and failure, Michel had found success. The most important thing, he said, was not giving up. Michel shared what he sees as the five simple rules that can lead to achieving one’s dreams. Collectively, he said, they address the areas of risk, failure, ethics, and success. Michel then challenged the 2012 graduates, and also reiterated the quote from Thoreau: “If an average Navy guy from Illinois can use these five rules to stumble his way to becoming an entrepreneur, what can you do? I’m betting a whole lot more. So take a chance. Move to where the action is. Swing for the fences. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined.”

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1. We’re entrepreneurs of our own lives. “My friend, Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, deserves the credit for this important idea,” Michel noted. “Whether you are starting your own business or working in an existing organization or leading your own family, you have the choice to either play by someone else’s playbook or objectively consider your own path. We grow up being taught countless rules. Our brains have been programmed to keep us on the straight and narrow. But not all rules deserve to be followed blindly. There is almost always a better way to do something. And those that find it are disproportionately rewarded.” 2. Confidence is a choice: life rewards those who believe in themselves and have high expectations. “A few years back, I was at an event with a wellknown entrepreneur in Silicon Valley,” Michel said. “He held degrees from Illinois and Stanford. He said something really profound – that there was little difference in the quality of education he received at both schools, but there was a world of difference in what expectations the graduates had for themselves.” 3. Without risk, there is no gain. Michel smiled at the graduates. “Heck, I didn’t make that up,” he said. “It’s Tiffin University’s own motto. If you hedge, take the well-traveled route, play it safe, you will miss out. You’ve got a great degree from a great school. Set your sights high and reject mediocrity in every form.” 4. Most people overstate the risk of failure. “The amount of trouble you can get into for not paying your credit card bill is infinitely higher than failing as an entrepreneur. It’s part of the American spirit,” he remarked. “We love people who take big bets, regardless of the outcome. In the fullness of life, we almost never regret the things we did – only the things left untried.” 5. Don’t embarrass your mother. Michel said: “Never, ever do anything that violates your principles of right and wrong. One of my heroes, former Secretary of the Navy Gordon England often says, ‘The gray zone is black, so stay on the white side.’ You can’t get better advice than that.”

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TU Honors Academic Excellence Tiffin University’s Academic Honors Ceremony, held in April, honored 176 graduating seniors with the award of Academic Distinction for earning a grade point average of 3.5 or more. Nineteen undergraduate students were presented with the Excellence in the Field of Study Award (earning a grade point average of 3.5 or more) as chosen by the faculty both for their academic performance and their contributions to learning and life on campus. Thirteen graduate students were honored with the Excellence in the Field of Study Award. Recipients of this award were selected by full-time faculty in each academic school. The criteria for consideration of the award include a perfect 4.0 GPA and notable contribution to the field of study.

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She Said ‘YES’ A TU graduate said she knew she and her boyfriend would get engaged, but she didn’t know it would be immediately after she received her management degree. Shanice Alexander, a volleyball player, was led to believe she and two teammates were going to receive gifts from a coach after the commencement ceremony. When a blindfold was removed after she got outside, she saw her boyfriend, Marquis Russell, a sophomore at Ohio Dominican University, kneeling in front of her. “Shanice Terrae’ Alexander, would you be my wife?” he asked her. She said”Yes,” he stood up and they embraced as people clapped and cheered. Alexander said she thought she might have been about to receive balloons or flowers, and she was confused because she didn’t know why she was being taken outside. When the blindfold was removed, she saw the crowd but didn’t see Russell until she looked down.”I wanted to hit him because he tricked me,” she said. Russell, a sergeant in the U.S. Army’s 718th transportation battalion who returned in October from a deployment to Kuwait, said he and Alexander had talked about getting married, and he knew she was going to accept his marriage proposal. “The whole time during commencement, I was shaking,” he said. “This is the happiest day of my life so far,” Shanice said. This article appeared, in part, in The Advertiser-Tribune

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Heminger Center Dedication About the Heminger Center The building includes an indoor track and four multi-purpose courts for basketball, volleyball, and tennis. The other large portion has artificial turf and will be used for practices by the TU football, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and softball teams, in addition to intramurals, club sports and other recreational activities. The middle section of the facility has coaches’ offices, locker rooms, an athletic training room, two classrooms, and a food court. The opening of the Heminger Center is the final component of TU’s nine-year quest to transform the former Rosenblatt property into University use. TU partnered with federal, state, and local governments and agencies to bring more than $30 million in enhancements to the Tiffin community. The Heminger Center is the centerpiece of Share the Pride. Build on Tradition – A Campaign for Tiffin University, a $12 million capital campaign. In addition to the benefits that the new building will provide for Tiffin University students and employees, it will also be available for use by area schools and community groups and for conferences, trade shows, and other activities.

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Tiffin University’s newest building was named in honor of Gary and Jane Heminger in recognition of their generous gift for construction of the state-of-the-art facility and their many other positive contributions to the University. The public was invited to a dedication ceremony in May. Dr. Heminger was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Tiffin University and has served on TU’s Board of Trustees since 1991 and as the Chairman of the Board since 1996. A 1976 TU graduate, he is employed as President and CEO of Marathon Petroleum Corporation. The Hemingers designated the facility as a tribute to their parents, Glen and Doris Heminger and John and Virginia Alleman, their brothers and sisters, and the community of Tiffin, Ohio. This building will serve as a center for the pursuit of wellness, health, and friendship.

Left to right: Erin Hazelton, Ohio Department of Development; Mike Grandillo, Tiffin University; Laura Rees, URS; Lenny Clouse, Clouse Construction; Gary & Jane Heminger (holding key); Mike McKim, URS; Paul Marion, Tiffin University; Richard Kirk, Alvada Construction


Heminger Center by the numbers

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Heminger Center Dedication Gary Heminger

Tiffin University named its tennis courts in memory of P.M. Gillmor, loyal friend and trustee of the university. Mr. Gillmor was an active tennis enthusiast and it is appropriate that the tennis courts are named in his memory. This recognition was made possible by The Old Fort Banking Company and the Gillmor Charitable Foundation in support of Share the Pride. Build on Tradition, A Campaign for Tiffin University. Tiffin University President Paul Marion presents the Gillmor Tennis Court photo to The Old Fort Banking Company in June. Left to right: Board Member Julie Gillmor, Board Chairman Diane Krumsee, TU President Paul Marion, Bank President Michael Spragg

• 2003: Tiffin University begins working with the owners of the Rosenblatt Scrap Yard, the State of Ohio, and URS Corporation to begin clean-up of the Scrap Yard. • $300,000: The amount of the grant received by TU to fund an environmental study and clean-up efforts. • $750,000: The amount of the Clean Ohio Grant received by TU. • $1,000,000: The amount of the US EPA Grant received with the help of US Senator Sherrod Brown. • 2010: Construction begins. • 3.5: The number of acres under roof. • 235: The number of individual, 14” diameter concrete piles that extend more than 30’ below the level of the floor. • 25: The number of Olympic-sized swimming pools that could be filled with the concrete used for the Recreation Center. • 9,834: The number of tons of crushed limestone used as a base to pour concrete floors, sidewalks, and asphalt parking. • (More than) 60,000: The number of concrete blocks and bricks used on the exterior and interior walls of the building. • 1,420: Gallons of paint used. • 25+: The number of miles of wire installed. • 35,000+: The number of square feet of sheet metal used. • 6,000+: The number of linear feet of copper, steel, and ductile iron pipes used.

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President’s Club 2012 Tiffin University’s President’s Club dinner was held in April. Membership into the President’s Club is $1,000 to $4,999. This year’s club represented a total of 90 members. Each year, TU celebrates new members, 10-year, 15-year, 20-year and 30-year members.

20-year member Tom Miller and 26-year member Dr. John Milllar

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12-year members Mary & Mike Baltzell

2-year members Dr. Gene & Melissa Crutsinger

New members Julie & Lonny Allen

19-year members Tom & Margaret Burns and 13-year member Laura Mays

New members Dr. Robert & Angie Dornauer

New members Lori & Scott Hall

16-year members Joe & Eloise Granata

6-year member Mary Lewis

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15-year member Blythe Friedley & President Marion

17-year members Bill & Jean Hertzer

6-year members Dr. Jim & Bernie Wilson

New members Elise (Pfefferle) & Drew Harley

Entertainment by TU musical group InBetween


Development Staff Sandy Koehler & Lori Bentz

Community Easter Tiffin University’s Student Government hosted the annual Christi Thomas Memorial Easter Egg Hunt in April. The hunt has been a popular offering of the student government for many years and, because of a generous donation by the Thomas family, it is named in honor of their daughter, Christi, who succumbed to neuroblastoma in 2006. Each year, Tiffin-area children and their families are invited to hunt for brightly colored surprise-filled eggs and to enjoy a special appearance of TU’s Dragon and Easter Bunny.

International Dinner A World of Dragons

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Tiffin University held its annual International Dinner in March. This year’s theme was “A World of Dragons,” in honor of the Chinese year of the dragon, the TU mascot, and dragon legends from around the world. Featured were cuisines from across the globe with recipes submitted by the students and employees of Tiffin University. Entertainment included performances by TU international students and music by the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble.

Today, there are more than 100 international students attending Tiffin University representing 28 countries. The countries represented include: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Estonia, France, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Venezuela.

School of Business TU Partners with Lima Central Catholic High School

A Global Mindset A workshop at Tiffin University exemplified the University’s continuing dedication to global education. Dr. Mansour Javidan, Garvin Distinguished Professor and Director of the Thunderbird Dr. Mansour Javidan Najai Global Mindset Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, conducted a workshop for TU professors interested in becoming certified to administer, interpret, and debrief the Global

New Major in Global Leadership TU will offer a new Global Leadership major beginning fall semester. The purpose of the Bachelor of Business Administration Global Leadership Honors major is to offer students a unique, honors-based program in one of the critical management arenas of the 21st Century. The program will have a business base with an interdisciplinary core curriculum and a required minor program to insure that students have both leadership and discipline skill sets sought by employers and graduate schools. The Global Leadership Honors major is seen by the School of Business as its first program to distinguish Tiffin University from the offerings of most other business programs. The emphasis on


High school options with colleges are growing more and more popular with students, and for good reason—it allows high school students the unique opportunity to understand the college experience with no cost to the student or their family. Unlike other post-secondary programs that require students to travel and attend classes on the college campus, the innovative partnerships with Tiffin University have the advantage of keeping students at their own high school where they can remain active in the life of their school while earning both high school and college-level credit. It is also safer for the student as they are not required to travel to the Tiffin campus during the school day.

Dean of Tiffin University’s School of Business Dr. Lillian Schumacher was appointed to the European Council for Business Education (ECBE) Board of Directors. In 2005, TU was the first U.S. institution of higher education to receive accreditation from this Dr. Lillian Schumacher European agency. In 2010, the ECBE re-accredited Tiffin University’s (TU) School of Business for a five-year period, the maximum amount of time the ECBE offers its accreditation. TU’s School of Business is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). More information about the ECBE is available at

Mindset Inventory (GMI) that Javidan developed as part of his work for the Institute. Eight TU professors and two professors from Indiana Tech participated in the day-long training session that included an analysis of their own GMI’s prior to the workshop. “GMI is the ability to influence people who are different from you,” says Javidan. “It is a person’s attitude toward diversity of thought and action.” THE GMI emerged as a means to measure a person’s intellectual, social, and psychological capital in this regard. Javidan praised Tiffin University’s increased commitment to its own globalization process by remarking on the number of international students on the Tiffin campus as well as the reach of TU’s MBA program in Eastern Europe and Asia.

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Tiffin University and Lima Central Catholic High School will begin a College on Campus program (a partnership where students can earn both high school and college credit without leaving their school) beginning in the fall. The program is similar to Tiffin University’s existing partnerships with Tiffin Calvert High School, Tiffin Columbian High School, Mohawk High School, Buckeye Central High School, and Clyde High School.

Schumacher Appointed to Board of ECBE

School of Business interview admission to the program and a required study-abroad or other country internship experience will provide TU graduates a competitive advantage in both the workplace and graduate school admissions. More information about the application process is available through Dr. Teresa Shafer, Associate Dean of International Programs and Professor of Management, at

First Annual Business Summit

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Tiffin University’ School of Business held its first annual Diane and George Kidd, Jr. Lecture Series in Business in February. This speaker series was established in 2002 by the Trustees of Tiffin University, Dr. Ellsworth Friedley, and alumni and friends of Tiffin University honoring the 21 years of service to the University by George and Diane Kidd. Its purpose is to expose students, faculty and the general public to business practitioners who will excite them about business and its role in society. It is meant to expand the horizons of the participants.

Dr. Robert Hisrich, Dr. George Kidd, Dr. Diane Kidd

The inaugural keynote speaker was Dr. Robert D. Hisrich, The Garvin Professor of Global Entrepreneurship and Director of the Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Summit to Success was a Triumph In addition to the Business Summit, TU’s Business Club held their first annual Summit to Success, an all-day event “preparing today’s business students for tomorrow.” The day kicked off with a keynote presentation from Dr. Robert Hisrich, Director of the Walker Dr. Robert Hisrich Center for Global Entrepreneurship at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Hisrich is an expert and author on entrepreneurship because of his personal experience in the field. He has been involved in the founding of over a dozen companies and created academic and training programs in several countries and several top corporations.

Summit Participants

Hisrich outlined the four aspects of being a global entrepreneur. He talked about a business’s infrastructure, an entrepreneur’s idea, the capital necessary for a business endeavor and the person behind it all, the entrepreneur himself/herself. He pointed out that business starters have several key characteristics including; opportunity recognition and understanding of the business environment; a visionary mindset and flexibility; persistence and the ability to live with failure; and the capability to build strong relationships.

ParticipatION in Local Coalition

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The Tiffin Charitable Foundation, Inc., in partnership with Tiffin Tomorrow, Tiffin University and Heidelberg University kicked off a New Business Plan Competition in January at the National Theatre at the Ritz, in Tiffin.

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Applications were made available to anyone over the age of 18 with a serious business plan and a commitment to doing business in downtown Tiffin. The competition had 12 applicants. Students from Tiffin and Heidelberg Universities evaluated applications and the chosen applicants were invited to attend a series of workshops addressing business planning, finance, legal structures, marketing, and communication. The winner, Stir Crazy Family Play Park, a children’s play area that is similar to a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant, was announced in April. Vanessa Cook, who is planning Stir Crazy, won first year’s lease payments of up to $10,000 for her business.

Marketing Professors Present at Conference


Members of the TU Marketing Program presented papers at the Association of Marketing Theory & Practice Conference in March in Myrtle Beach, SC. Assistant Professors Danielle Foster and Kellie McGilvray, and Matthew Rheinecker, Manager of Financial Aid for Ivy Bridge College presented “Technology and Social Media: Classroom Tools for Educators.” Drs. Perry Haan and Laura Mays, and Tiffin MBA Romania alum Michelle Dietrich presented “Student Perceptions of European Job Mobility and the MBA in Romania.” Haan also chaired a session on Sports Marketing and was a conference reviewer.

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Students Represent TU at Model NATO Conference

Participation offers students the chance to expand their leadership and public speaking skills, to learn about the inner workings of NATO as an organization and international By TU Student Katherine Fairhurst alliance, and to practice diplomacy, decision-making, and negotiation. NATO is built around the concept of consensus, For the past four years, members of Tiffin University’s Global and the simulation pushes students to discuss current issues Affairs Organization (GAO) have represented the university and to develop agreeable solutions. Model NATO also gives at the annual Model NATO Conference in Washington, D.C. students exposure to individuals who might help shape their Participation in Model NATO is one of the major highlights of futures. the GAO’s activities. The GAO has taken great strides since its establishment, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, is a and the student members welcome military alliance of 28 nations with a support as they seek to advance the number of partnerships with other organization’s interest in fostering nations, and it stands as a central inan increased awareness of our role ternational institution that continues in the international context. The to transform and address the needs organization’s student members of the current international scene. anticipate continued growth and parModel NATO offers students an ticipation in the annual International exciting opportunity for experiential Model NATO conference, and they learning and professional develhope to pursue involvement in other opment. The annual conference conferences in the near future, such brings together not only students as Model United Nations. Those of from many different U.S. collegiate Katherine Fairhurst us who participated in Model NATO institutions, but also from Canada this year are very proud of what we and Europe. accomplished and believed we gained invaluable professional Each school represents a different NATO member nation development by being a part of the experience. at the conference. TU students represent Estonia, a small Eastern European country that borders Russia. In preparation for the conference, students visit the embassy of the country they represent. This affords students the opportunity to gain Editor’s Note: Katherine, class of 2012, dreams of a job in first-hand knowledge about the foreign policy interests of a hostage negotiation and wants to help people in the field country. This year’s visit to the Estonian embassy in Washof national security and criminal justice. Her hometown is ington, D.C. was particularly beneficial to TU’s Model NATO Dayton, Ohio, and her major was Government & National team, as many important issues were raised, and the visit Security. fostered a better understanding of the role we would play at Model NATO. Model NATO was hosted by Howard University, Kent State University, and Converse College. The conference began with opening remarks and a keynote address by Antonella Cerasino, Head of NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, Countries Section. The North Atlantic Council successfully reached consensus and passed the final communique, which is the product of the hard work of every student involved in the simulation. Tiffin University is fortunate to offer students the opportunity to experience the NATO simulation, and Model NATO grants students exposure that not many schools enjoy.

National Criminal Justice Honorary

Mock Crime Scene Two victims were on the ground, bullet casings were scattered around the yard, guns were nearby and yellow tape was stretched across the scene. It was another day in the life of Tiffin University students learning about various situations within the criminal justice field. Don Joseph, an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice and a Sergeant at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, and Scott Blough, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Studies, led students in a criminal investigations class through an exercise in drawing sketches of the mock crime scene in April. “Now they’re actually putting practice to the theory—our


The Operations Director for Franklin County Coroner’s Office, Timothy Fassette, spoke to students about forensic toxicology and its application in the field in March. Fassette had attendees identify the cause of death from several toxicology reports to demonstrate how one should not assume things and fully investigate every possibility. He recommended that students do four things to prepare themselves for a career in forensic toxicology. Fassette told those in attendance to, “always check out every possible situation” when investigating a death. He also advised them to learn as much about chemistry, pharmacology, investigations and pathology as possible. Finally, he told students to, “never stop learning” by going to conferences, seminars and training during their career.

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The Tiffin University Alpha Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) inducted 16 new members into the national criminal justice honorary society in December. APS recognizes academic excellence of both undergraduate and graduate students of criminal justice. Its goals are to honor and promote academic excellence, community service, educational leadership, and unity. APS is the only criminal justice honor society which is a certified member of The Association of College Honor Societies and affiliated with The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. “Tiffin University’s local chapter of APS has set their expectations for excellence higher than the national standard. This was a conscious decision by TU’s criminal justice students-to bring attention to Tiffin University’s outstanding criminal justice programs and its most scholarly students,” says Dr. Jeff Stockner, Professor of Criminal Justice and APS Advisor.

goal is to give students real experience and to have them turn in a crime scene sketch,” Joseph said. Students took measurements of the crime scene and made rough sketches while participating in the activity, and they were to draw nicer sketches later. “They’ll list out the measurements,” said Joseph. Additionally, TU students visited John’s Welding & Towing to learn how to process a vehicle involved in a crime or accident. The activity involved students dividing into teams to inspect a previously wrecked green four-door Saturn. The car had mud on its tires, deployed airbags, scratches and a bent rim. Students were asked to examine the car, do blood analysis and scrape some of the paint. TU Professor Michael Lewis, a retired police officer, said people assume the car had been involved in a crash but questioned whether there was more to the story. There are a lot of variables if there is no body or if there is no one to talk to, he said. “Sometimes, things aren’t always as they appear,” he said. Lewis told students a vehicle is mobile, and investigators need to see how it ended up at its current location. “We have to look beyond where this is at,” he said. This article appeared, in part, in The Advertiser-Tribune

One Week in May


Graduate Students Study Different Cultures It was a cold night for early May. The temperature was already dropping when a group of TU graduate students gathered behind the Main Classroom Building at Tiffin University and set about erecting a makeshift “tent city” in anticipation of experiencing the challenges of homelessness. A few of the students in Dr. Elizabeth Victor’s Cultural Competence class were lucky enough to shelter themselves from the elements in actual tents. Others scoured the city for the huge cardboard boxes that they called “home” for the night. There were no campfires to keep them warm, and no food from 3 p.m. Dr. Elizabeth Victor until the following morning. No one was complaining, though. In fact, these students in the Forensic Psychology Program seemed grateful. That Thursday night was the culmination of a trip earlier in the day when the students volunteered at Toledo’s three main homeless shelters, where they encountered the real faces of those who had fallen on hard times. It had been a long, whirlwind week. Each day, the class journeyed to a different area of Toledo to experience firsthand the cultures and religions that, in most cases, were far different from their own. “This week is what we call immersion experiences. They go places and learn by doing,” said Dr. Victor, who organizes the field trips annually. “The goal is to help them develop an awareness of other cultures and other types of people that they may never have been exposed to, whom they may be working with in the future. Every year it’s something different.” This year, the week began with the students visiting the Shared Life Studio in Toledo, where they met the artists — all of whom have developmental disabilities. They also attended a seminar about the effects of poverty and homelessness, presented by Bridges Out of Poverty. “All of this teaches them how to deal with people of different incomes, so that when the students get out and

are working in the community, they know the kinds of things to look for and what to do,” Victor explained. In the afternoon, Dan Wilkins, an advocate for the disabled, spoke to the students about disabilities. After each session, the students were treated to a meal at an ethnic restaurant. Throughout the week, the students also experienced different forms of religions by attending an Islamic mosque, Jewish synagogue and Hindu temple. They also heard a presentation from Darlene Newburn, Director of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, who talked about discrimination cases based on race, gender, and religion. The diversity training continued on Wednesday, when GLASS — the Gay/Lesbian and Straight Supporters from TU — spoke to the class. The students also heard from a woman from India, who explained the cultural differences between India and the U.S., and offered information about how to deal with people from East Asian cultures. On Friday, the students took a potluck-style meal to the Oaks, Toledo’s homeless shelter for women and children. They also volunteered at the Cherry Street Mission (the men’s shelter) and at the Sparrow’s Nest, the shelter for women. Many in the group seemed touched by the open-arms reception they received at the shelters. “They were very open with their stories. Many of those encountered had suffered from drug addiction and mental illness. There were different components that brought them to where they are at today,” said Lily Cardona, who plans to go to law school after she graduates in December. “It’s been a long week. We’ve had a lot of experiences that it would have taken a long time otherwise to have gotten.” Dr. Victor explained that, besides the hands-on work, the students are required to complete online assignments. Then on Friday, it was time to break camp and do presentations. “They have to create their own agency and make it culturally competent. This is one of the courses that are required for licensure,” Dr. Victor said. “We give them the tools, they build their house. We do this every year. I like it because it brings out the best in everyone.” Information on the value of the experience can be found at: For additional information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Victor, 419.344.3804.

Tent City Participants Below are a few testimonials of those who participated in the Tent City Project

Fostoria, Ohio

Monica’s Ideal career goal: One of two things: State or Federal Prison Warden

According to Monica, “There were so many things I learned during this class and trying to limit it to one main thing is difficult. I guess I would have to say that the one that impressed me the most was the visit to the Mosque. I did not know how much their belief and my religious beliefs were similar. They believe in only one God but call him Allah. Our beliefs in regards to abortion are the same. I found our differences very interesting. The reason they separate the women and men is to avoid distraction from their prayers and devoted attention to God. They put their foreheads to the ground to acknowledge that they came from dirt and they will return to dirt when they die. The Imam gave each of us a Quran and when I have time I will be reading it to learn even more about their beliefs.” Monica chose TU because of the Forensic Psychology program and for the easy commute. “I took a tour of Tiffin University with my daughter when she was looking at colleges. She was looking at the Forensics Program and I found it very interesting and thought it would be great to do this kind of work.” When asked what she will remember most about her TU education, Monica said, “The thing I will remember the most about my Tiffin University education is how helpful the professors are. I have found them to be very helpful, friendly and willing to help connect you with future employers. Although I like all my professors, my mentors are Dr. Liz Victor and Dr. Steven Hurwitz whom I will stay connected to after graduation. I was the

Monica’s Ideal career goal: “Utilize my degree is to start a program for teen and pre-teen victims of crime to help them rebuild their self-esteem and self-confidence. I used to work for a juvenile detention facility and a young man that was incarcerated there told me his story of how he had been molested and then he in turn molested his own brother. I saw him on the Marshall’s most wanted list about 2 years ago and it was for molesting children. He is back in prison and his brother is now a sexual predator. I want to break the cycle so that victims don’t become the perpetrator.”

Marisa Matas Newton Falls, Ohio From taking this Cultural Competence class, Marisa said, “I come from a small town where the race is predominately Caucasian, so, I did not have much exposure to other cultures. I am an avid reader, yet a book cannot compare to real life experience. What I think this class has taught me the most was to accept everyone for whom they are, and those stereotypes that exist are never true. There is always another side to the story, we all are more alike than we think, and if we could get people to realize this then the world would be a happier place. I also learned that sleeping in


From taking this Cultural Competence class, Monica said, “This class taught me that it is not alright to fear a person based on what the media shows us. We see splashed all over the news the negative that makes us fear and misunderstand those that live in our country who are not originally from here. I learned that we are all the same...human beings no matter what. Extremists aside, we all need the same thing, want the same thing and live for the same thing, peace.” Monica chose TU because, “It was one of only three Forensic Psychology programs in the nation and had a great reputation…not to mention, close to home.” When asked what she will remember most about her TU education, Monica said, “I will remember my classmates and professors. If all the knowledge from the books were to seep out of my head, I would still remember them as the most positive experience I have had at TU. Without their guidance, support and the students acting as a cheering section for each other, this time would have been much more than the heart could bear.”

Clyde, Ohio

oldest in my undergrad classes and now I am the oldest in my graduate classes and I find it great that my experiences and my opinions are welcome. Tiffin University was the best choice I made and has been a very rewarding experience.”

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Tent City Participants a box when its forty degrees outside is awful! I wouldn’t wish that type of lifestyle on anyone.” Marisa chose TU because, “I had originally started off in the Forensic Psychology Program and it was the only University in Ohio to house this program. They also have an excellent School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences.” When asked what she will remember most about her TU education, Marisa said, “Truthfully, I will remember specific professors-Elizabeth Victor and Steve Hurwitzprofessors who really care about you as an individual. I cannot begin to count the number of times Dr. Victor has gone to bat for me with classes and transfers. They care about you as the individual not about statistics of the school rates. This experience here is one of a kind they strive to make you your best and give you the resources to do it. I will truly miss Tiffin University.”

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Marisa’s ideal career goal: “Upon graduation, I plan on entering the Ohio Investigative Unit and eventually transferring into the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I am intrigued by the criminal thought process and will truly be satisfied working where I can practice this.”

Tammy R. Hardy

Angelica Trumpower

Pemberville, Ohio

Republic, Ohio

Tammy said, “This class reinforced that ultimately, we are all alike. No matter what religion (or lack thereof); race, economic class or disability, our hopes and dreams are all alike…the desire to improve ourselves and live in peace. Just because a person may be dealt a harder life does not make them less of a person. I really learned that judgment is left to those who preside in court rooms not to people for people. Until you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes (or freeze in a tent for a night), you cannot possibly know how they feel and you will NEVER know what they thought or believe unless you ask them.” She chose TU because, “TU’s CJ Program is one of the few in the country and it is close to home.” When asked what she will remember most about her TU education, Tammy said, “I will definitely remember this Tent City experience and the Cultural Competence Class. I have completed a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree and have never participated in anything like it. It was exhausting, but well worth it.”

Angelica said that she learned that, “Everyone would just like to live in a world of kindness and mutual respect. This course was an eye-opener. The inequality that groups of individuals face daily is unacceptable. If we are to be the “melting pot” that we call ourselves, then we need to light the fire on the stove, because right now we are still distinctly separated components.” She chose TU because, “It is one of the only universities that provide a master’s-level program in criminal justice that is seated.” She said she will remember, “I am a seedling,” as Dr. Victor says.

Tammy’s ideal career goal: “Complete assessments for any number of psychological requirements/ entities.”

Angelica’s ideal career goal: “To apply to law school. I would like to do prosecutorial work and work with the District Attorney’s office. I would also like to teach coursework at the adjunct level, and possibly as a fulltime faculty later.”

Lillian Cardona

Columbus Ohio

State of Connecticut

Mackenzie said, “I learned so much from taking the cultural competence course and I honestly feel that everyone would benefit from taking a course like this. We were fortunate enough to meet many people from different backgrounds and walks of life. Our class met individuals from different religious affiliations such as: Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, and Wiccan. We talked to people from different backgrounds and groups, such as individuals from homeless shelters, Glass (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Supporters), an individual from The Disability Center, and a lady from India. This class was an enriching experience and I feel more open and welcoming of other cultures. I look forward to taking what I have learned and applying it to my everyday life. I will also help educate others on the wrongs of discriminating against groups of people and the hurt it causes. With open minds we all can get along better and learn from one another.” When asked why she chose TU, she said, “I honestly chose TU because it was close to home. I really like living in Columbus.”

Tent City participant Matt Beham

Tent City participant Steffany Stoeffler

Lillian’s ideal career goal: “I plan on attending law school upon graduating from Tiffin University with my master’s degree in Forensic Psychology.”

Tent City participant Sean Davis


Mackenzie’s ideal career goal: “I change my mind weekly about what I want to do with my degree. Right now I am a behavioral aide for autistic children and I absolutely love it. I know I want to go on to get my Ph.D., and I am considering getting into mental health law--that would be a way for me to help families with mentally disabled kids.”

Lillian said, “The experience of this class was amazing! Words cannot truly do justice to the knowledge that I gained from the class. Dr. Victor is fantastic! Perhaps one of the most important elements of my entire experience is that we, as a society, continue to make the mistake of labeling individuals and with these labels, we try to define the essence of who they are instead of seeing the totality or the essence of who they are as a race, people, and culture. When all is said and done, we are more alike than we are different and we should embrace the differences in people and see it as strength and not as a weakness.” She chose TU because, “TU offers a master’s level program in the concentration of Forensic Psychology and, after researching, the program is considered a very good one. Also, the Saturday schedule worked very well with my schedule.” When asked what she will remember most about her TU education, Lillian said, “I will remember the knowledge gained, of course, and the wonderful individuals (i.e. classmates, professors) with whom I’ve had the privilege of crossing paths.”

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Student News TU Junior Wins Essay Contest

paper in May, at the Association’s National Conference in Washington, D. C.

Student Michael McVety is Honored

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Bryce Fredrick

TU student Bryce Fredrick, Castalia, Ohio, won the 2012 International Association for Intelligence Education Essay Contest, Undergraduate Division. His essay, entitled “eIntelligenceUniversity” came about after researching virtual education for the intelligence field. After encountering some roadblocks because of changes in virtual education, Bryce found a program at Duke University that ties every virtual university into one community. “What I found was eye-opening to me, and made me wonder what the future holds for students in the intelligence field.” Bryce began to examine how future technology balances theory and practice and realized what he found in eIntelligenceUniversity was the way to go. He proceeded to dive into the virtual effect of becoming immersed into the game and then nothing else matters. Bryce compared and contrasted the successes and failures of virtual technology and highlighted the importance of using experts around the world. “As I noted in my paper, Bill Gates believes that expertise requires 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to master a skill. He also states that you have to be open-minded and fanatical to keep going. What I found was the real-life training applied to Gates’s idea and the encouragement, challenge and support of the training by the students would be most beneficial.” Bryce was invited to present his

The Ohio Correctional and Court Services Association (OCCSA) selected TU as the recipient of its Dr. Lamar Johnson Scholarship. The $500 scholarship award is traditionally given to recognize the outstanding achievements of a criminal justice program offered by an Ohio university. The OCCSA is the Ohio Chapter of the American Correctional Association. “During the discussions about which University to select for the scholarship, several OCCSA Board members mentioned that they had staff who graduated from Tiffin University. The board felt that due to the positive experiMike McVety ence we collectively had with students and faculty from Tiffin University that Tiffin would be a fine selection for the scholarship,” remarks Bernie Rochford, Executive Vice President of Oriana House. In particular, several OCCSA board members, who work in various positions throughout the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, spoke highly of TU because of the excellent work of the many department employees who are TU alumni from both the bachelor’s and master’s criminal justice programs, according to Rochford. Tiffin University nominated student Michael McVety to receive the $500 scholarship. McVety, along with TU faculty members Dr. Gene Chintala and Professor Scott Blough, attended the OCCSA’s annual meeting in November where the scholarship was awarded.

SAAB Members Attend Conference More than 200 Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) members from Northwest Ohio and Michigan arrived on the University of Toledo’s campus to participate in a conference last fall.

Tiffin University’s SAAB Chapter conducted an activity that allowed the brothers to understand the significance of the core values. SAAB is an organization committed to access for and success of at-risk males in high school and college, with a clear vision and a passion for delivering outstanding results. The organization assists men of color to realize and achieve their fullest potential by fostering a “spirit of caring” and providing positive leadership within their community.

Students Attend Ohio Parks and Recreation Conference Over thirty sports and recreation management students participated in the Ohio Parks and Recreation 2012 Conference and Trade Show at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, in February. The conference included educational programs focusing on leadership, planning, administration and career advice for a future career in Parks and Recreation. Recreation directors from around the state conducted mock interviews and mentoring sessions. Students were able to interact with over 100 industry vendors such as Turfgrass, Mid-West Golf, Challenger Sports, and the Cincinnati Circus Company who participated as exhibitors.

Students Going Places New Orleans

During spring break, TU students visited New Orleans for a five-day culmination of the course, America’s Historic Cities: New Orleans, Tradition and Rebirth. They were able to gain handson knowledge of many aspects of New Orleans culture, history, entertainment, and fine dining. Professors Vincent Moore and Michael Herdlick provided their expertise. The 16 students and the two

Costa Rica Fifteen students and employees visited Costa Rica last summer. The trip was organized by Dr. Teresa Shafer, Professor of Management and Associate Dean of International Business Programs.

Las Vegas

Six Hospitality and Management majors and five faculty and staff members visited Las Vegas in March. Their trip began with a drive to Red Rock Canyon to hike and view the picturesque landscape prior to attending the convention’s “Welcome Kick-Off Party” at Caesars Palace Resort. The convention included keynote speaker Pauly Shore, who shared his 40 year history with the world famous Comedy Store. After the speaker, the group was free to roam the Tradeshow Floor. Most of the attendees saw many celebrity appearances such as: Toby Keith, Andrew Dice Clay, Ne-Yo, Coolio, and Dennis Rodman. Carol McDannell, Director of Career Development, attended this year’s conference and said, “This conference was a wonderful networking opportunity for all the Tiffin University students who attended. They were able to network with experienced professionals, learn about the hospitality management industry, and get a taste of a large-scale event.”

Students who took the trip as a class were required to attend class prior to the trip, keep a journal about the trip, complete a PowerPoint presentation of the key highlights of the trip surrounding the goals of the class, and write a comparative analysis paper when they returned to earn the credits. The experience was designed to motivate students to become more informed global citizens. The adventurers participated in an East to West coast tour of the Central American nation. They visited San Jose, Braulio Carrilo National Park, a banana plantation, Tortuguero, a village school, canals, Sarapiqui, hot springs, Lake Arenal, La Fortuna Waterfall, volcanoes, Guanacaste and beaches on both the Caribbean and Pacific. They also got to know the Ticos (natives) in Tortuguero while visiting the village school. Group members attended class and played soccer with the children of Tortuguero.


Students in front of one of the Mardi Gras displays at the Presbytere (Louisiana State Museum)

instructors visited the Garden District, St. Louis Cemetery I, museums, a national park, the Lower Ninth Ward, and attended jazz and blues shows. They shopped at the French Market and ate local delicacies, including gumbo, fried chicken, jambalaya, beignets, muffelettas, po’boys, crawfish, alligator, and much more.

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Students also attended sessions and networked with recreation managers and directors from around the state and hosted educational sessions on fundraising, communication strategies, economic survival, skateboarding outreach, and background checks for recreation and park employees. Keynote presenters were Jack Jack Hanna Hanna, host of “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures,” and Joe Haas, CEO of Kalahari, who has resort experience spanning seven countries on three continents.

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Student News Administration Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam in 2013

Hisrich Elected to TU Board of Trustees

TU is sponsoring an 11-day tour of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in May of 2013.

Dr. Robert Hisrich, the Garvin Professor of Global Entrepreneurship and Director of the Walker Center for Global Entrepreneurship at the Thunderbird School of Global Management was elected to Tiffin University’s Dr. Robert Hisrich Board of Trustees in May. Hisrich is a world-renowned expert and author on entrepreneurship, as well as a global entrepreneur who has been involved in the founding of more than a dozen companies including H&B Associates, a marketing and management consulting firm. He has authored or co-authored 26 books. He has also written more than 350 articles on entrepreneurship, international business management and venture capital, which have appeared in such journals as The Academy of Management Review, California Management Review, Columbia Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Venturing, Sloan Management Review and Small Business Economics.

The tour is being coordinated by Dr. Jonathan Appel, Associate Professor of Psychology and Criminal Justice. It is open to students, faculty, staff, family and members of the general community and can be used for college credit. Among the tour highlights are visits to Bangkok, where participants will enjoy a boat tour along the Chao Phraya River and Thonburi Klongs and visit the Grand Palace; an excursion to Ayutthaya, including the summer palace of King Rama IV; a visit to Siem Reap with special stops at Tonle Sap Lake and Ta Prohm and Preak Khan temples, as well as Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom; Ho Chi Minh City and the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum; the Cu Chi region; and Cai Be, where tour participants will experience a floating market. The cost (between $4,000 and $4,300) includes three meals daily, hotels with private bathrooms, tours, round-trip and internal flights, and land transportation. Payment plans are available through Education First (EF) College Study Tours. More information is available through Education First College Study Tours at its website, aspx?gt=1063348, or by contacting Dr. Appel at TU at 419.448.3285 or via email at

Grandillo Named President of Lakeland College Michael Grandillo, TU’s Vice President for Development and Public Affairs, was named the 15th president of Lakeland College in Wisconsin. His career in higher education has included working in admissions at Ohio Northern University, leadership roles in admissions and development at Heidelberg University, and the past 17 years as Vice President for Development and Public Affairs and as an

adjunct instructor at TU. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Mike Grandillo and Italian Renaissance History from The University of Toledo, a Master of Science in Education from The University of Dayton, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Ohio Northern University. He spent 17 years on Tiffin City Council, including a year and a half as its president. Grandillo led the funding and development of Tiffin’s campus, including the completion of real estate acquisitions that added 110 acres and the construction of 11 new buildings, a nature preserve, an athletic complex, a retirement village and the expansion of three existing buildings. A published historian, Grandillo has special academic interest in the denominational movement in higher education, the Italian Renaissance and the American Presidency. He has authored numerous articles and presentations related primarily to student success, admissions policies and development. In 2010, he published the definitive institutional history of Tiffin University, President Paul Marion “Onward to presents Mike and Nancy Grandillo with TU’s official the Dawn.” chair at a reception in their honor in June.

New Deans Schumacher Named VP for Development & Public Affairs

Tiffin University named Lori Hall as Vice President for Human Resources and Campus Services. Mrs. Hall has been with Tiffin University since 2000 serving the University as Director of Human Resources, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, and faculty member.

Leon Wyden was named TU’s Vice President for Finance and Administration. Prior to his employment with Tiffin University, Wyden served as Associate Vice President of Finance and Planning at Upper Iowa University. Leon Wyden He is a Certified Public Accountant and previously served as Deputy Controller at Howard University in addition to 28 years in senior finance positions at several companies in Michigan. He earned his BBA in Accounting from the University of Detroit. At TU, his duties will include serving as the university’s chief fiscal officer and as a member of the President’s Cabinet. He will also supervise the positions of Director of Facilities, Executive Director of Information Technology Services, Controller, Director of Budgets and External Accounts, Financial Coordinator, and the Heminger Center Manager.

Annette Staunton will oversee the Registration and Records Office, Academic Advising, Career Annette Staunton Services, the Student Success Center, Success Coaches, Disability Services and Retention. She has been with Tiffin University since 1991 serving in multiple director positions in the Graduate Office, Adult & Continuing Education Office, Operations, Financial Aid, Registration & Records and Retention. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and an MBA from Tiffin University. “I am looking forward to this new and exciting opportunity as Dean of Academic Support Programs and Chief Retention Officer” said Annette. “Tiffin University has assisted me in pursuing my educational and career goals - Thank you!” Jeremy Marinis will oversee Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions, Student Services, Adult Jeremy Marinis and Transfer Admissions, Online Bachelor’s Degree Admissions and Student Services, Financial Aid,


Hall Named VP for Human Resources and Campus Services

Wyden Named VP for Finance and Administration

Tiffin University has named Annette Staunton as Dean of Academic Support Programs and Chief Retention Officer, Jeremy Marinis as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, and Michael Herdlick as Dean of Students.

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Tiffin University announced Ron Schumacher as its new Vice President for Development & Public Affairs. Schumacher was named Vice President for Enrollment Management of Tiffin University in 2010 after Ron Schumacher serving seven years as Vice President for Enrollment Management at the University of Saint Francis in Indiana. Prior to his position at Saint Francis, Schumacher worked at Tiffin University for eight years, including five years as Director of Undergraduate Admissions. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College and an MBA from Tiffin University, and he is currently working on a doctoral degree from Bowling Green State University. Schumacher has been active in community service, as well as serving as a member of a number of professional organizations, including the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Counselors.

In her new position, Lori will oversee Tiffin University’s Office of Human Resources, Student Lori Hall Affairs, Food Service, Bookstore, and Mail Center. Prior to Tiffin University, Lori served as Assistant Vice President and Banking Center Manager for Fifth Third Bank of Tiffin.

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New Deans Good Morning World

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International Admissions, International Student Services, Admissions Operations and the Call Center. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Tiffin University and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Findlay. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education from the University of Toledo. Prior to joining TU’s admissions team, Marinis coached for TU’s football team. “I am extremely thankful to Tiffin University for this new opportunity,” Marinis said. “It is my goal to build upon the positive momentum at Tiffin University, and continue Tiffin’s innovative approach to enrollment management.” Michael Herdlick will supervise the daily operations of the Student Affairs Division and will continue Michael Herdlick to serve as Director of Institutional Research. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Malone University and a Master of Science in mathematics from New Mexico Tech. Prior to his employment at Tiffin University, Herdlick served in various roles at a large commercial environmental laboratory as a Quality Assurance Manager and Vice President of Laboratory Operations. He has served TU as a faculty member since 2001 and also served as the NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative. “I am honored and humbled to have been selected as the next Dean of Students of Tiffin University,” said Herdlick. “My family and I are very grateful for this wonderful opportunity and tremendously excited for the future.”

Lawyer & Author David Stewart Lawyer and author David Stewart presented “American Emperor—Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America” in February. After practicing law for more than 25 years, David Stewart turned to writing history (though he still practices law). Stewart’s latest work is American Emperor, Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America, an examination of Burr’s remarkable Western expedition, an undertaking David Stewart that shook the nation’s foundation at a time when those foundations were none too solid. Stewart is President of the Washington Independent Review of Books, an online book review.

Cardinal Stritch University Dean Dr. Peter Holbrook Dr. Peter Holbrook, Cardinal Stritch University’s Dean, presented “In the Blink of an Eye: Why Leaders Make Foolish Ethical Choices & What Can We Learn from Them,” in April. Dr. Holbrook’s expertise includes board development, organizational leadership and change, program development and evaluation, service, strategic thinking Dr. Peter Holbrook and planning, succession planning, and teams. In the blink of an eye, leaders can find themselves compromised by making foolish ethical choices that forever change the course of their lives. While we never think it can happen to ourselves, how do we really know?

Art, Music and Theatre The Diane Kidd Gallery

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Through the leadership of Diane Kidd, the original Tiffin University Art Gallery opened in Franks Hall in 1994. From her initial vision, the gallery has grown to become the spacious and light-filled Diane Kidd Art Gallery in the Hayes Center for the Arts. It is one of the finest exhibition spaces in the area, a drawing card for art lovers in northwest Ohio and beyond. More information about The Diane Kidd Gallery and upcoming shows can be obtained by contacting Marsha Pippenger, Gallery Director, at

action. Whether working with the surface of a painting or with a theatrical space, he integrates his vocabulary of images, texts, schematics, sounds, and objects into a variety of inventive

Smith, Nelson & Smith Art


Calvert Student Show The gallery presented “Coordination of Creative Scenes,” featuring artworks by students from Tiffin Calvert High School in the first exhibition of the 2012 calendar year. The exhibition was a collection of 2-d works that vary in medium,” according to Marla Shultz, Calvert art instructor. “The media included photography, charcoal, paint and mixed-media. Included was a collection of drawings of the Seneca County Courthouse. The students preserved the courthouse in charcoal drawings that brought the beauty of the structure to life.”

Burning the Maples Artist Holly Hey paid tribute to her father, Don, in “Burning the Maples,” at the gallery’s February exhibition. Don Hey spent time in the woods gathering wood to heat the family home and for carpentry and craft projects. Part of the installation recreated a scene from the artist’s childhood.

Apparitions, Remixes, & Fault Lines The March exhibit, “Apparitions, Remixes, & Fault Lines,” was presented by nationally recognized artist Nelson Smith. Earning widespread recognition as a painter, designer, composer and theater artist, Nelson Smith is a recent Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellow and Senior Artist-In-Residence in Painting and Drawing for the Oregon College of Art and Craft. His work reveals his ongoing exploration of relationships between diagrammatic language, objects/images, and

The April art show featured an exhibition by TU art students combined with a special reception recognizing this year’s graduating seniors. The student art show featured work from regular undergraduate courses in drawing, painting, and design, as well as a special exhibition of advanced undergraduate portfolio projects and creative thesis projects from TU’s Master of Humanities program. While the subject matter was eclectic, the work exhibited represented the best of Tiffin University’s art program.


Burning Maples

Annual Student Exhibition & Senior Reception

Art, Music and Theatre Music Hip Hop Producer to Serve as Artist-In-Residence TU’s Music Department announced that hip hop producer, J Rawls, will serve as Artist-InResidence. Rawls will join the TU Music Department as it launches its J Rawls first coursework for the new major in Professional Music; the only commercial/popular music performance degree in Ohio. During the 2012-13 academic year, he will present twelve convocations and workshops focusing on hip hop, music production, and music industry related topics. These free lecture-demonstrations will be open to all TU students and the general public. His Columbus-based production company and record label continues to make an impact in the national hip hop scene. He is in high demand as a DJ for top clubs and private functions around the country. Rawls holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Cincinnati, a master’s degree in education from Ashland University, and is pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration from Ohio University. For more information about TU’s Music Department, please visit or email

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YouTube Sensation to Attend Tiffin University A young singer whose performances have earned her YouTube channel more than two million views will attend Tiffin University this fall to pursue a degree in Professional Music. Heather Traska, 18, has generated enormous internet buzz for her singing and her elaborate Heather Traska videos, which feature advanced multi-screen editing and Broadway-caliber costumes, makeup and hair design. All done with one microphone, camera and laptop, and produced from her tiny bedroom in a small Wisconsin town.

She has enrolled in TU’s new bachelor’s degree program in Professional Music, which is one of just a handful of commercial music performance programs in the nation, and the only one of its kind in Ohio. TU’s ProMusic degree also uniquely allows students to combine music performance with media production as a primary area of study. Traska will study in both voice and video editing and design, as well as courses in music composition and arranging, recording studio production, and performance on guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. Self-taught as a singer, arranger, recording engineer and video editor, Traska’s viral YouTube creations includes an a cappella medley of Disney songs that got her noticed worldwide, and was featured in an article in The Huffington Post. In the eight-minute video, she sings lead and background vocals to 13 songs from animated Disney films, and recreates costumes and makeup of 30 different characters. Traska’s videos can be seen at heathertraska. Information about Tiffin University’s ProMusic Degree can be found at promusic/,or from the TU Music Department at gig@tiffin. eduor 419-448-3366.

ProMusic Festival TU’s Music Department hosted its annual ProMusic Festival in April at the Ritz Theatre in Tiffin. More than 30 school bands, choirs, vocal jazz groups, and pop a cappella groups participated in this two day event and professional artists presented concerts each evening. Included was the Denverbased band, Euforquestra. This seven member group played “high intensity global dance music.” Euforquestra is a percussion and horn driven blend of modern music that fuses Afrobeat, reggae, dub, funk, rock, soca, and highlife with traditional sounds from Cuba, Brazil, West Africa, and beyond. Euforquestra was joined by TU’s groups, Sound & Silence, which blends rock, R&B, and hip hop styles, and, The InBetween, which plays a crowd-pleasing mix of rock, funk, and soul.

Rock Shock The Concert Production Team hosted its annual Rock Shock Concert in April during Spring Fest weekend. Featured

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The vocal group, M-PACT also returned to Tiffin to showcase its new lineup and music. The six-member all-star a cappella ensemble is comprised of some of the most successful professional singers in Los Angeles. The group has the smooth soul of Stevie Wonder, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and drive of Earth Wind and Fire, the hip licks of Take 6, and the brass bite of big band; all created by the human voice alone. M-PACT was joined by TU’s a cappella groups, Up in the Air and Higher Ground.

Spring Concert TU’s annual choir and band spring concert was held in April. Comprised of 100 students, The University Choirs performed traditional choral and contemporary popular music for mixed choir, women’s choir and men’s choir. McKayela Collins conducts the women’s choir selections and Brad Rees conducts the mixed and men’s choir pieces.

bands included Ebins Flow, The Farther I Fall, and Let It Happen. Also featured was Tiffin University’s Sound & Silence, The InBetween, Higher Ground, and Up in the Air. The event also included games and raffles as well as a cornhole tournament.

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The Gospel Choir, directed by TU Alum Nellene Arnett, performed several contemporary gospel selections and the Chamber Arts Ensemble (a modified concert band instrumentation) performed selections from the silver screen. The TU Kids Choir, directed by Ali Rees, performed a variety of popular songs and the TU Crew Dance Team performed dance pieces in a variety of styles, including modern, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical. The TU Crew is directed by Erika Handru and Sarah Raber.

The TU Dragons Den Players presented Get Witch Quick by David Rogers in March in the Osceola Theatre. The play is about Craft College, a finishing school for witches. Although it looked normal, draperies opened and closed mysteriously, books flew through the air unaided, and a student is believed to have turned into a dog on the eve of graduation! The only nonwitch in the school is Steve, a substitute teacher who did not even know that it was a school for witches. In the play, he started to fall in love with a talented young scholarship student, but another student (the kind that gives witchcraft a bad name) put a spell on him to make him fall in love with her. The scholarship student, however, learned some witchcraft of her own! “Replete with crystal balls, wands, and cauldrons, the play delights the growing number of people who enjoy mystique and magic in their entertainment,” remarked Dr. Mary V. Grennen, Director of Theatre Arts.



Virtual Student Orientation Program

Hurwitz Named Liaison of the Year Award

TU deployed a virtual student orientation program that, starting with the school’s distance learning population, will allow the Tiffin staff to be more efficient and effective and to provide more convenience to it students. The university partnered with technology and marketing solutions provider Hobsons to customize the program with school-specific needs and answers to provide student online orientation with 24/7 availability. Hobsons’ online system allows students to walk through customized and school- specific orientation steps for such procedures as registration, scheduling, financial services, advisors’ meetings, health care, and campus familiarity. The program will help staff members as well as students in providing convenience in addressing questions that specifically concern TU, such as attendance policy, resources, programs, and services.

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TU Mobile App Launched Tiffin University launched TU Mobile, a free application to help iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, and Blackberry devices connect with the Tiffin University campus from anywhere in the world. The app is currently available for download at the Apple iTunes App Store , the Android Market, and is available to view through a mobile browser at TU Mobile allows students, parents, alumni, employees, and friends to access: • News, including official Tiffin University media releases and athletic news. • Events, featuring access to TU’s academic calendar and current list of public lectures, performances, student activities, and many more campus events. • Directory, including contact information for all Tiffin University campus departments. • Campus Map, featuring a list of buildings and places of interest. • Athletics, including access to game schedules and scoring results for TU Dragon sports. • Admissions, information for future students including tuition, TU FAQs, and campus visit schedule form. • Photo Gallery, featuring photographs of the TU campus. • Giving to TU, providing access to TU’s secure, online giving form. • Weather, providing access to up to date weather forecasts for Tiffin, Ohio. To learn more about TU mobile visit

Dr. Steven Hurwitz, TU’s Professor of Psychology and Criminal Justice, was selected by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars to receive the 2012 Liaison of the Year Award in recognition of his dedication and support of The Washington Center on Tiffin University’s campus. Dr. Steven Hurwitz The Liaison of the Year Award recognized Dr. Hurwitz’s efforts to recruit, screen, monitor, and debrief students who participate in the Center’s internship programs as well as demonstrate his wholehearted commitment to ensure qualified students have access to The Washington Center’s significant life-changing opportunity. “Steve, you have been a model in so many ways,” said The Washington Center’s Senior Vice President Dr. Eugene Alpert, “as an energetic, creative, and dedicated liaison at your institution, you have made the most out of the financial support for your students and utilized the aid to enhance the national visibility of your students. Washington Center recruiters who visit your campus are always energized by your enthusiasm and concern for your students. “ The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. Student Testimonial on Dr. Steven Hurwitz Sean Szpak, a Homeland Security and Law Enforcement major said, “Dr. Hurwitz deserves this honor. I have had the great fortune to have him as a professor and as my liaison for the The Washington Center (TWC) program. Dr. Hurwitz has a very approachable personality and will do whatever he can to help students succeed in and out of the classroom. Since my freshmen year, Dr. Hurwitz has mentored and prepped me for TWC. Each time I would go to his office, he would give me any advice, paperwork or any other items I need to help me gain admittance to the program. Going to Washington was a major goal of mine and Dr. Hurwitz helped me make that a reality. I was the first student from Tiffin University to do an internship with the U.S House of Representatives: Office of the Sergeant At Arms/ The United States Capitol Police. When Dr. Hurwitz contacted me with the news, I could tell he was

Grennen Presents Paper Dr. Mary Grennen, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Theatre Arts presented a paper titled “The Nature/Nurture Dichotomy of Ibsen’s Nora Helmer” at the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association’s conference in Philadelphia. The paper brings to light the intersection of Nora Helmer’s character with a decidedly destructive environment--the male-dominated Victorian society and its chauvinistic attitudes that spawned a ubiquitous self-effacement of females. Dr. Grennen cross-referenced Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s story “The Yellow Wallpaper” as a commentary on the Victorian notion of the frailty of the female mind, as well as Carl Jung’s theories of the psyche and the structures of personality, in which he pointed to an “irresistible compulsion to become what one is, just as every organism is driven to assume the form that is characteristic of its nature.” Nora’s choice to abandon both husband and children is the only one she has to achieve what Jung called life’s main goal. She earned a doctorate in Dramatic Literature, Theory, and Criticism and has been a member of TU’s English department since 2006.

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Tiffin University promoted Scott Blough, Mary Grennen, Laura Ketter, and Nancy Sullivan to Associate Professor and Kevin Cashen and Rhonda Gilreath to Assistant Professor. Scott Blough has been promoted to Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies. He earned a MCJ from Tiffin University and a BBA from Mount Vernon Nazarene College. His areas of expertise include: Computer Law Enforcement, Grant Writing, Corrections, Criminal Justice and the Mentally Ill, Prison Standards, National Security, and Terrorism. Mary Grennen was promoted to Associate Professor of English. She is also TU’s Director of Theatre Scott Blough Arts. She earned a Ph.D. from

Union Institute & University, an MA from Washington College, and a BA from Fordham University. Her areas of expertise include Dramatic Literature and Theatre. Laura Ketter has been promoted to Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems and Management. She earned an MBA from Tiffin University and a BA from Bowling Green State University. Her areas of expertise include: Ethics, Business Information Systems, Cross Cultural Communication, Digital Divide, Knowledge Management Systems, Information Systems, Management, and Freshman Year Experience. Nancy Sullivan was promoted to Associate Professor of Marketing. She earned both her MBA and BBA from Tiffin University and her AAB from Lorain County Community College. Her areas of expertise include: Accelerated Learning, Adult Students, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Communication, and Organizational Management. Kevin Cashen has been promoted to Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies. He earned an MA from Naval Postgraduate School, a MCJ from University of Alabama, and a BA from Ohio State University. His areas of expertise include Law Enforcement Management and Writing/Reviewing Law Enforcement Policy and Procedure. Rhonda Gilreath has been promoted to Assistant Professor of Accounting. She earned her BBA and MBA from Tiffin University. Her areas of expertise include: Accounting Information Systems, Individual and Corporate Taxation, and Accounting Analysis. She is also the Director of Outcomes Assessment for Tiffin University.

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just as excited as I was for such an accomplishment. I am so lucky I was able to have such a strong supporter to help me. Thank you and congratulations Dr. Hurwitz. You deserve such a great honor. Editor’s Note: Sean’s long-term goal is to end up in Washington D.C or New York City with a counter terrorism or intelligence division within the Federal Bureau of Investigations. “There is no doubt that Tiffin University has prepared me with practical skills and knowledge that will help me have successful career in this field.

Faculty Bowlus Elected to WGTE-TV Advisory Board Faculty member Dr. Bruce Bowlus will be lending his expertise to WGTE-TV for a new documentary, set to air this fall. Professor of History for Tiffin University, Bowlus is serving on the advisory board for the production of a documentary history of the War of 1812. “Often referred to as the Forgotten War, Dr. Bruce Bowlus the War of 1812 finally resolved territorial issues with Native Americans and the British dating back to the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolution,” Bowlus remarks. “Many of the important engagements in the war took place on and around the southern Great Lakes – an important oversight that the producers hope to bring to the attention of viewers around the country.” In addition to his advisory work with WGTE, Bowlus shared other research on the Great Lakes when he presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Association of Great Lakes Maritime History in Toledo. The paper was based on his recently published book, Ore Transport on the Great Lakes: the Development of a Delivery System to Feed American Industry. He recently had a book review essay published in this spring’s issue of Business History Review.

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Introduction to Criminal Justice – 7th Edition McGraw-Hill Higher Education has published the seventh edition of TU Professor of Criminal Justice Keith Haley’s textbook, Introduction to Criminal Justice. The book is coauthored with Robert M. Bohm. According to Leslie Oberhuber, Executive Marketing Manager-Criminal Justice for McGraw-Hill Higher Education, “Introduction to Criminal Justice is the perfect text for students who are interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice and for those who simply want to learn more about the criminal justice system.”

Dr. Law Presented Two Papers TU faculty member Dr. Fang-Mei Law presented two research papers at the Academy of Criminal Justice Science Annual Meeting this year. Law is an Associate Professor in TU’s School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences. The first paper, “Validating the Index of Sense of Self-Control in Recovery for Drug Offenders,” introduced the framework and application of this research in drug treatment program evaluation. The second paper, “Who is in Charge of Your Recovery? The Effectiveness of Reality Therapy Dr. Fang-Mei Law for Female Drug Offenders in Taiwan,” had a two-fold implementation. The first was the development of a 12-week reality drug treatment program. The second included an evaluation that was conducted to assess the effectiveness of the program for female drug offenders in Taiwan. For both articles, Dr. Law’s co-author was Dr. Gwo-Jen Guo of the National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan.

Shafer Presented at Conference Dr. Teresa Shafer, Professor of Management and Associate Dean of International Business Programs, co-presented “What Don’t You Know about Your Adult and Online Programs--A Case for Higher Education Analytics,” at the 117th Annual Higher Learning Commission’s Conference on Quality in Dr. Teresa Shafer Higher Education. The presentation focused on the need for institutions to know and measure activities related to their adult and online programs. Many colleges and universities only think they know what is happening, when in fact, most know very little and can prove even less. Given the current environmental drive for accountability, institutions must find ways to track and measure every facet of their operations, from recruitment and lead generation activities, through retention and graduation rates. This presentation reviewed data as well as best practice standards in using that data to improve programming.

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Dr. Matt Bereza, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling at TU, presented his research, “Direct to Vendor Relationships: Strengthening Communities through Local Foods” at a conference in June at New York University. The research was presented with the assistance of TU underDr. Matt Bereza graduate students Chase Barnes, Kevin Collins, Gabriel McConn, Jaclyn Meyer, and Selina Rumschlag. During the 2010-2011 academic year, Bereza and his research group conducted interviews with local growers of food and those who sell local foods to the public. “The focus of the interviews was to explore and describe how the local growers and sellers come together to create what is called Direct to Vendor routes,” said Bereza. “These routes are important to the local food community because they avoid the for-profit, and often times, inefficient largepurveyor model. The research demonstrated that those involved in growing and selling local produce noticed an increase in customer satisfaction when Direct to Vendor routes were used,” he said. Bereza plans to continue this line of research in the future by looking at how local food organizations have been reclaiming urban space to better community nutrition.

Dr. Teresa Collins and adjunct instructor Nancy Chiara presented a session entitled “Collaborative Teaching in the Online Environment” at this year’s Annual Conference of the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE). Arguing for greater use of team-teaching, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills states that “successful professional development initiatives for education include fundamental characteristics that are widely accepted including tapping teacher expertise through co-teaching.” As team-teachers, Collins and Chiara documented their experiences teaching several online graduate research courses for Tiffin University’s Master of Humanities and Master of Education programs. The KySTE session presented best practice strategies illustrating how pairing well-matched instructors in online courses provides students with an enriched learning experience.


TU’s Hospitality Club and Career Development Office host a Business Etiquette Seminar each spring. The seminar is an educational and entertaining evening, where Mrs. Susan Marion provides an informative presentation, featuring dining etiquette and professional interview topics. Students enjoy a fine dining meal and earn co-curricular credit.

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TU Alums Making a Difference

This article appeared, in part, in The Morning Journal

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At a Christmas party two years ago, four friends opened their gifts and saw an opportunity to make a difference in their community. “After we opened the gifts, we looked at each other, and said ‘This is really nice, but we can do something else,’” said Nancy Sullivan, a faculty member at Tiffin University. “We all knew we each gave in different ways to different charitable causes, and we said it would be nice if we could do something together.” Nancy Sullivan, Marcia Miller, Libby Thuning, and Susan Bowers met ten years ago, having a forged a friendship while each was pursuing a master’s degree at TU. Their busy lives have led them to strive to raise money for Lorain County charitable organizations. The foursome founded 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County, an organization that hosts meetings five times per year for the benefit of local charitable organizations. At each meeting, the women who attend nominate different charitable organizations from Lorain County. The attendees then vote, and then sign checks to deliver to the organization with the most votes. Bowers said that in combining many different individual donations for one large donation, it makes the women feel they are making a greater impact.

From top to bottom, Susan Bowers, Nancy Sullivan and Libby Thuning, along with their friend Marcia Miller, founded 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County two years ago. The group meets five times a year to decide on a local charitable organization to which to contribute. Photo by Anna Norris

Point. Click. Give.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation from TU, the Class of 1962 was invited to be our guests at the commencement luncheon and join the graduation procession with the Class of 2012. Affectionately referred to as our “Golden Grads,” Harry Burd and Ted Weaver, (pictured with TU Alumni Director, Celinda Scherger) represented the Class of 1962 at the commencement ceremonies.


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Let the Games Begin

Both Men’s and Women’s Soccer Alumni took the field in April and then filled the bleachers to cheer on the home team. A reception capped off the day’s festivities.

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Women Basketball Alumnae gathered for a mini-reception in January.

Men’s Basketball Alumni suited up for a fun-filled game in February.

Football Alumni made good use of the indoor turf in the Heminger Center with a game of flag football. Following the game, the group enjoyed a luncheon and tour of the new Heminger Center.

Greek Life at TU: From Beginning to Now BEGINNING

established the pledging traditions that persist today. Delta Sigma Kappa was organized in the year 1935 as a secret co-educational honorary fraternity. Requirements for membership in DSK in 1935, as well as today, are scholarship, leadership, personality, and the ability to serve. Its purpose is to work for the betterment of educational facilities at TU and to help students become an active part in many of the school

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organizations and activities, helping to promote better cooperation. Members were given a key and revealed during their senior year. Through the decades, fraternities and sororities have come and gone. Each one has left an impact on those who found acceptance, family, purpose, guidance, and fun while involved in a Greek organization.

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Tiffin University was founded in 1888 and the first Greek organizations were established in 1922. The Athenian and Delta were literary societies that included both students and faculty. Their main contribution to the university was their function as social clubs. They held events similar to today’s Greek organizations at Tiffin University such as dances, speakers, and debates. In 1936, two more literary societies were introduced: Alpha and Epsilon Nu Omicron. In 1939, the four were combined into Delta-Alpha and Athenian-Ep Nu. The first official fraternity at Tiffin University was Sigma Omega Sigma established in 1924 and the first sorority was Theta Sigma Chi established a year later. In the 1930s, two more sororities were added: Kappa Delta Phi and Alpha Iota. These first societies

Now Today, on Tiffin University’s campus, there are seven Greek organizations, four sororities and three fraternities. Men can join Phi Theta Pi, Omega Psi Rho, or Theta Eta Omicron. Women can join Alpha Iota, Gamma Chi Alpha, Sigma Delta Sigma, or Zeta Pi Beta. Phi Theta Pi has been a part of TU since 1950 and is the oldest fraternity on campus. The Delta Beta Chapter of the Phi Theta Pi fraternity is a group of men






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Greek Life at TU concerned with international business and commerce, as well as encouraging scholarship, loyalty, and cooperation among the members. Each year, the fraternity hosts the OSU vs. Michigan party, the Super Bowl party, and an annual Halloween and Black and Red party. The fraternity provides plenty of opportunity for TU students to socialize and have some fun. They believe that “fraternity life is not the enjoyment of special privileges, but an opportunity to prepare for wide and wise human service.” “Being a Phi has helped me develop confidence, maturity, commitment, leadership, and the determination to succeed,” said fraternity President Gabriel Burke. “I wanted to be president because I want to keep this fraternity moving forward and be a role model to younger brothers, and help cement my legacy.” Omega Psi Rho was founded in 2005 at TU. Members believe that life is not only about free spirit, but also about leadership, discipline, maturity and camaraderie among peers, school, and community. With its spirit and camaraderie, they have instituted several signature events including the Wing Eating Contest, 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and Slam Dunk Contest, Rho Dinners, and support for Aids Awareness. The newest fraternity on campus is Theta Eta Omicron. They were founded in 2009 and based on the motto, “Equality through Diversity.” “We are accepting of everyone and their differences,” said President Jacob Simon. “We see diversity as strength and use it to our advantage.” Each year, this group hosts a Call of Duty Tournament and Raffle. They also help with a few local charities. “Being an Omicron means that you have another system of support for all your endeavors,” said Simon. “It has helped me become more flexible and I have learned that even though some-

thing may not go as you planned, the result could still be an amazing product.” Alpha Iota is an international business sorority that has chapters affiliated with leading schools and colleges across the United States. The Delta Beta chapter at TU was established in the 1930’s. The sorority stresses the importance of scholarship, loyalty, and cooperation among all members. They are very focused on community service and have partnered with the American Red Cross to hold two blood drives during the academic year. Along with these blood drives, other signature events are Bingo Nights and support for Autism Awareness. Gamma Chi Alpha sorority was founded in 2001 and its core principles are education, public service, and leadership development. Signature Gamma events are the “Think Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness Gala, suicide prevention/awareness vigil, and AdoptA-Soldier. “Being a part of this group means I will have sisters forever and friends until the end,” said President Brittany Wills. “At any time I can call one of my sisters and they will be there for me no matter what.” Originally founded in 1987, Sigma Delta Sigma sorority has strong ties to the community. They encourage individuality while still coming together as one unified sisterhood. Their annual event is Take Back the Night that promotes an end to domestic violence and aids those who are struggling with it. Members also visit the Children’s Hospital and nursing homes on holidays to give out cards. President Kelly Graham said, “Being a Delta has allowed me to let people in my life. These women are some of the most caring and respectable that I have met. No matter what, no matter the disagreements, we bounce back to be there for each other and that has to








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be the best feeling there is.” Zeta Pi Beta, the newest sorority, was established in 2010 and focuses on acceptance, true sisterhood, female empowerment, and giving back. The Zetas host the Amazing Dragon Race and work with the Salvation Army. They also host the popular Jell-O Wrestling tournament to raise money for St. Jude’s. “Being a member of Zeta Pi Beta has helped expand my horizons because I was never really a social person, but now I get out more,” said President Kelli Neubauer. Fraternities and sororities also work together on campus. Phi Theta Pi partners with their sister Greek organization, Alpha Iota, for events each year. Omega Psi Rho and Gamma Chi Alpha also complete on-campus events on an annual basis. Delta Sigma Kappa (DSK) is an honorary co-educational fraternity that still works toward the betterment of Tiffin University by secretly initiating creative and constructive projects for the advancement of the University’s interests and students. No one was available for interview because it is a secret. The young men and women of each fraternity and sorority strive to make a difference on a personal, local, and national level. Their experiences together shape who they are and the atmosphere of the TU campus.

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If you were a member of a Greek organization at TU, we would love to publish your story, memory or photo with caption in the next issue(s) of Challenge Magazine. Email Lisa Williams at, and in the meantime, enjoy some of the past… photos scanned from earlier issues of The Periodic Summary and The Tystenac!

7 Day Hawaii Cruise

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tiffin university’s alumni & friends February 23, 2013

Tiffin University is pleased to announce that our next cruise will be aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines Pride of America and will be a 7 day Hawaii cruise, round-trip from Honolulu. Cruise America’s paradise in style, with 14 restaurants and 9 bars and lounges, excellent family accommodations, spacious suites and plenty of balconies – perfect for whale watching, witnessing Kilauea Volcano or taking in the dramatic views of the Napali Coast. From the moment you step into the Capitol Atrium, with its soaring Tiffany-glass dome and grand staircase, you’ll know this is a spectacular cruise ship providing the best way to island hop Hawaii. The ship will depart from Honolulu and include ports of call in Honolulu, Maui (Kahului), Hilo (includes an evening sail by Kilaueu Volcano), Kona, and Kauai (with an afternoon cruise of the Napali Coast). Cruise pricing starts at $1,299 (USD) per person excluding taxes, fees and fuel supplement charges. President and Mrs. Paul Marion will be your hosts for this voyage, and Tiffin University will sponsor other special events and private parties making this a truly unique experience. For reservations or further details, please contact Lauren at Norwegian Cruise Lines toll free at 877-416-9722, ext. 4373 or by direct call to 954-514-4373 or by e-mail at Be sure to mention the Tiffin University special offer!

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Steve Micheli, Class of 1979, Alpharetta, Georgia, was promoted to vice president, fabrication, of ACG Flat Glass North America Inc.

1980’s 1940’s Lucian Huss, Class of 1949, Tiffin, Ohio, and his wife, Lucy, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February. Lucian served in the Army during World War II. He retired in 1989 from Philips ECG as a supervisor of cost control. Lucy retired from Meridian Bank in 1996. They are the parents of two daughters, Veronica and Christine, and three sons, Stephen, Michael, and Jay. Additionally, they have eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Larry E. Hoffman, Class of 1986, Bluffton, Ohio, has been named senior vice president of the First National Bank of Pandora and will maintain his current role as chief financial officer. Hoffman joined the bank as CFO in 2011. He has been a certified public accountant for more than 24 years. Hoffman is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of CPAs. He and his wife, Marcy, have three children.


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1970’s Phil Harris, Class of 1971, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Community Investors Bancorp, Inc. and the First Federal Community Bank. He has served on the bank’s board of directors since 1992. He retired from Timken in 2008 as general manager of logistics services. In addition to his service on the bank board, he is active in the Crawford County community. He is a member and past president of Bucyrus Rotary, a member of the board of directors of the Crawford County Crippled Children and Adults organization, a member and past president of the Y Men’s Club, a member of the board of directors of Bucyrus Community Hospital, a member and past president of the Junior Achievement Board, a member and chairman of the trustee committee of the Bucyrus United Methodist Church, a member of the Elks, and a member of the United in Harmony. Harris and his wife, Marilyn, have three married children and eight grandchildren.

Paul K. Smith, MBA 1995, was recently named president of Hafele America Co. He will oversee all of the Hafele Group’s operations in the United States. Paul joined the company in 2011 after a successful career at Haworth, Inc. where he served as vice president. Prior to Haworth, he served in management positions with General Electric Company and Whirlpool Corporation. Jeff Beard, Class of 1999, Pickerington, Ohio, and his wife, Michelle, welcomed twin sons, Elijah Quinn and Tucker Lee, in 2011. Clara Ramirez Kassner, Class of 1999, and her husband, Brent, are the parents of a son, Paxton Mateo.

2000’s Chris Barbuto, Class of 2001, and Hilary French Barbuto, Class of 2002, Heath, Ohio, welcomed a baby boy, Dominic Thomas, born in 2011. He writes, “Our daughter Talia is very excited to have a baby brother”. Ryan Henry Brookes, Class of 2001, Tiffin, Ohio, was married in 2011. He is a project manager for Tiffin Scenic Studios. His wife, Christine, is employed in the sales department at Lace and Elegance, Tiffin, and as an administrative assistant for Advanced Limo, Tiffin. Kipp Huntsberger, Class of 2002, Troy, Ohio, and his wife, Erica, welcomed a baby girl, Karli Mae, in 2011. Carol Folkman, MBA 2002, has been appointed Vice President of Client Services for Care to Care; a URAC accredited Radiology Benefit Management Company. She has spent the past 20 years developing and successfully managing client relationships, national sales and marketing programs, contracting, product, and clinical programs. She has served in executive leadership roles at EvergreenRx, Walgreens Company, Caremark CVS, DMI Transitions, and the Cleveland Clinic Health System. Monica Welch Gerhart, Class of 2003, married Shawn Gerhart in February.

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Rodney Biggert, MBA 2005, Oak Harbor, Ohio, was recently appointed as the new Adult Services Director of the Opportunity Center. Betina Nicklas, Class of 2005, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, was appointed by the Clearfield County Commissioners as the director of Veteran Affairs. She currently serves in the Army National Guard and is assigned as a motor transport operator and carries a paralegal specialist military Betina Nicklas occupational skill. She was deployed to Iraq in 2009. Betina’s husband, Lawrence, served in the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and deployed to Iraq twice. He currently works for SAIC as a small arms technician and ammunition supervisor for a CENSECFOR learning site at Camp Lejeune.

April Hall, Class of 2006, was hired by Western Illinois as head volleyball coach. Last year, she served as assistant coach at Northern Kentucky University. She is currently working toward her master’s degree in general mental health counseling. Rachel Ann Garofolo, MBA 2007, Cleveland, Ohio, is the Coordinator of Marketing Services for the Cleveland Browns. Elise Pfefferle Hanley, Class of 2007, married Drew Hanley in 2011. Elise is a Product Scheduler for Marathon Petroleum Company. Her husband, Drew, is a teacher for Fostoria City Schools. They live in Findlay. Aaron Kissling, Class of 2007, Fremont, Ohio, has been hired as an Ottawa County Sheriff’s detective. Previously, he worked as a police officer in Put-in-Bay and as a private investigator in Mechanicsburg. He joined the Oak Harbor department in 2009. Jaclyn Burton Pessell and Ryan Pessell, Class of 2007, Findlay, Ohio, were married in 2011. Jaclyn is a teacher for Arcadia Elementary. Ryan is an insurance agent for Hitchings Insurance Agency. Benjamin Steyer, Class of 2007, Tiffin, Ohio, was married in 2011. He is employed at Steyer Seeds LLC, Tiffin. His wife, Whitney, is currently pursuing her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Findlay.

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Sarah McGraw Greenberg, Class of 2003, was recently appointed as Director of the development division for NeighborWorks America. She joined the company in 2007 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation where she helped create the nation’s first certified Community Development Financial Institution focused on the revitalization of historic properties and neighborhoods. After graduating from TU, Sarah earned a master’s degree in community planning from the University of Maryland. She also completed the Rutgers University fellowship program for mid-career leaders in community development.

Leslie Waechter, Class of 2004, Wheeling, Ohio, was hired as the Human Resources Director for the city of Wheeling. The position entails handling benefits and pension information, and resolving any personLeslie nel issues that Waechter may arise. In addition to her new position, she is the head volleyball coach at Wheeling Park High School. She has been married for five years to, Kris Waechter, Class of 2003. He is a deputy with the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department.

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Scott M. Langenderfer, MBA 2003, Bucyrus, Ohio, completed his certification as an enrolled agent to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. He has been an associate of Mizick, Miller & Company since 2000. He is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Enrolled Agents, and the Ohio State Society of Scott Enrolled Agents. Langenderfer Scott is a member and treasurer of the Lincoln Avenue Church of Christ, treasurer of the Wynford Education Foundation, Inc., treasurer/secretary of the John Q. Shunk Association, serves as a board member of the Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Bucyrus Kiwanis Club. He and his wife, Amber, have three sons.

Tell Us About Yourself Kathy Durflinger, Class of 2008, Huron, Ohio, was appointed by Magruder Hospital as vice presiKathy Durflinger dent of nursing. She and her husband, Richard, have four adult children and three grandchildren. Terry Grice, Class of 2008, Montville, Ohio, was promoted from sergeant to chief of the Montville Township PoTerry Grice lice Department. He joined the department in 2003 and has supervised some high profile cases. Grice has developed an innovative traffic diversion program for juveniles and serves as director of the Medina County Police Athletic League. He is a member of the advisory board for the Medina County Juvenile Court, and is a member of task forces on youth vio-

lence and domestic violence. He and his wife, Cindy, have two young sons. She is the principal at Waite Elementary School. Tiniel Pinion, Class of 2009, married DeWayne Nickler in 2011. Sonia Troche, MBA 2009, Rocky River, Ohio, has been named executive director of the Hispanic Alliance, a non-profit organization working with Cleveland’s Latino community. Before taking on her new position, she worked in marketing and public relations for a business consulting firm in Texas. Anthony Wise, Class of 2009, Tiffin, Ohio, was married in 2011. Anthony is an accountant for Capitol Aluminum and Glass Corp in Bellevue and his wife, Jessica, is a registered nurse at Elmwood at the Springs in Green Springs. Gary Gerard, MH 2010, Michigan City, Indiana, works in sales for Rich Products Corp in Buffalo, New York. Lindsey Hafley, Class of 2010, Strongsville, Ohio, was married in 2011. She is an auditor with Amtrust Financial in Independence. Her husband, Michael, is a project designer with Richard Fleischman + Partners Architects in Cleveland.

Nanci Kosanka, Class of 2010, Fremont, Ohio, was appointed as interim director of human resources at Terra Community College. She has worked at Terra for five years. Jordan Miller, Class of 2010, Fredericktown, Ohio, was married in 2011. He is an agronomist at Central Ohio Farmers Co-op in Mount Vernon. His wife, Heather, is a pharmacist at MedCentral Health Systems in Mansfield. Kaitlin Kalb, Class of 2011, Warner Robins, Georgia, married David Schindler in 2011. Krista Plummer, MBA 2011, joined the staff of Northwood University as an assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator. Her main job will be focusing on compliance rules for athletes. “I do a lot with the academic officers, making sure that students have an opportunity for study tables,” she said. “I’ll watch the grades and alert coaches if we need to try and get someone into tutoring and pick out problems before they happen.” A major portion of her job is making sure that all athletes are eligible in accordance with NCAA rules.


TU Specialty License Plate Program If you are an Ohio resident, you can show pride in Tiffin University through the Collegiate License Plate Program sponsored by the State of Ohio. The cost to participate in the program (in addition to any normal renewal fees) is $35 annually. Of this $35 fee, $25 is directed to Tiffin University in the form of a charitable donation to the General Scholarship Fund in your name. Due to a change in the Drivers Privacy Protection Act, Ohio Revised Code 4501.27, the release of personal information will not be provided without written consent by the individual. Therefore, you must provide proof of your participation in the collegiate license plate program in order for Tiffin University to recognize your contribution to the TU General Scholarship Fund. If you have questions regarding the Collegiate Plate Program, contact TU’s Alumni Relations Office at 419-448-3313 or your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

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Kenneth G. Wetzel, Class of 1938, Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away in February. He was a chemist for research and development at Basic Inc. for 37 years; retiring in 1977.

Doris Honsberger Everhart, Class of 1941, Chesterfield, Missouri, formerly of Sycamore, died in 2011.

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Paul Seitz, Class of 1929, passed away in 2011, in Vero Beach, Florida. Born in Republic, Ohio in 1909, Paul was a resident of Fort Pierce for the past 21 years, formerly of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Seitz Hall Prior to retirement, he was the CEO of May Stone and Sand Co. in Ft. Wayne for many years retiring in 1984. He spent his working career in the limestone/sand/ gravel industry. Paul gave freely of his time, money and expertise in supporting Tiffin University (Seitz Hall is named in his honor), Indiana Institute of Technology, Trinity English Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and Lakewood Park United Methodist Church.

1930’s Elmer L. Warnement, attended TU in 1931, Tiffin, Ohio, passed away in January. He was a mail carrier in Tiffin for 27 years. After that, he sold real estate for Jim Wilson Realty for 17 years. Elmer, an avid bowler, enjoyed competitive bowling until his 90th birthday.

Dale Walcutt, Class of 1941, Ft. Myers, Florida, passed away after a brief illness. Dale graduated from Tiffin Columbian High School in 1938 and from Tiffin Business University in 1941. He had a 39-year career in sales and service of hot and cold forging equipment with National Machinery Company in Tiffin.

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Christena Preston-Sertell Johnson, Class of 1948, Findlay, Ohio, passed away in January.

1970’s Duane W. Bauman, Class of 1973, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, passed away in April. He served in the Vietnam War and U.S. Army. Duane was employed by United Concordia of Williamsport.

1980’s Robert Fisher, Class of 1981, Green Springs, Ohio, passed away in March. He was employed by Taiho Corporation and worked up until the day before his death.


Carl “Manfred” Harlett, Class of 1938, Tiffin, Ohio, passed away in 2011 He retired in 1981 after working as the general manager at Tiffin Metal and at Pettibone. Manfred enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a collector of Zane Gray novels and was a well-known winemaker.

David W. Hamilton, Class of 1996, Tucson, Arizona, passed away in 2011. He was a former employee of Hayes Albion in Tiffin and Sherwood Plastics in Fostoria. David was a passionate Ohio State and Cleveland Indians fan and he loved to travel.

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Robert Flack, Class of 1937, formerly of Fostoria, residing in Greenville, S.C., passed away in January. He retired in 1981 from Union Carbide Corporation in Fostoria with 38 years of service. He was a 1935 graduate of Jackson Liberty High School, and 1937 graduate of Tiffin Business College. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran during WWII.

Christopher Peck, Class of 1991, Tiffin, Ohio, passed away in May. Chris worked at the Seneca County Youth Center. He enjoyed playing baseball and bowling, and was an avid Cleveland sports fan. Chris was a 1978 graduate of Calvert High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from TU.


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Student Taylor Funk, a Student who Left an Impact Taylor Funk, a 22-year-old Tiffin University senior, passed away in January--just about a month after being diagnosed with leukemia. “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain,” is a quote displayed on Funk’s Facebook profile. It’s safe to say that Funk lived by that quote each day and made the people around her see how they could too. Those who knew Taylor described her as compassionate, optimistic, selfless, genuine, kind, and giving. Throughout her time at TU, Funk studied Hospitality and Tourism, was an officer or active member of Circle K, a community service organization, Business Club, and the Hospitality Club. She continuously volunteered at Kiwanis Manor, a local assisted living faTaylor Funk cility. She also held on-campus jobs including a student worker position in the School of Arts and Sciences and a peer leader position for a freshmen seminar class. “While working on the Operation Evergreen Project that sent 2,500 Christmas ornaments to troops overseas, her humor and cheerful attitude made the day fun,” said Dr. Gene Chintala, faculty advisor of Circle K. “She reiterated the idea that if you work hard and enjoy what you do, others will follow you.” Jeanie Fisher, Administrative Assistant for the School of Arts & Sciences said, “Some of my fondest memories were when we would share baking and decorating ideas with each other,” Fisher said. “The way that Taylor impacted my life personally was her positive attitude, beautiful smile, and the way she enjoyed people and loved life.” She is fondly remembered by many of her peers at TU. Seniors Sharlene Anderson, Jessica Milligan, and

Matthew Taylor recalled what it was like to live with Funk. “We always played pranks, had water fights, played in the snow, and played the piano in the Performing Arts house,” said Anderson. Anderson smiled as she spoke about the rare occasions when Funk would be angry or upset about something and they would seclude themselves in a closet and talk things over. “We’d pick random weekends where we’d just listen to a bunch of fun dance songs, play games, run around the house, and just have a blast,” said Matthew Taylor. It was common knowledge to all who knew her that she was very carefree, lighthearted, and always in search of some fun. “My fondest memory of Taylor was when we thought we were the only people home so we loudly played music from the 70’s and danced around like fools. And then we realized one of our downstairs roommates was home, so we went to his room and started messing with him,” said Milligan. “In this whole process, we decided to take a road trip at 11 p.m. to his mom’s house and Taylor refused to get out of the car in her pajamas.” Junior Emma Sipes fondly remembered Funk’s ability to always make people laugh. “She was always smiling. I don’t know that I ever saw her in a bad mood. Her happiness was intoxicating. Being around her made you want to smile and be in a better mood too,” said Sipes. The impact Funk left on many people’s lives will last a lifetime. “She helped me to learn to not care about what people think of you, taught me to keep an upbeat personality, and to look for the good in each day,” said Anderson. Matthew Taylor said,“She was an absolutely wonderful person and she will be terribly missed.” He believes he was made into a better person because of Funk’s presence in his life. “She was the most positive influence in my life and I will never forget that,” said Milligan.

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Baseball An incredible stretch run put the Dragons in the GLIAC Tournament for the first time. Sitting in ninth with three weeks left, TU won 14 of its last 16 games to finish tied for fourth. Tiffin went 20-16 in the GLIAC and was 25-26 overall. It was the final season for head coach Lonny Allen who won 444 games in 21 years at the helm.

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Senior Pat Curtin was Second Team All-Region and GLIAC Co-Player of the Year, leading the GLIAC in triples and second in batting average with .392. He also became the third Dragon to have 200 hits in a career.

Senior Pat Curtin earned first team honors at outfield, was second team at starting pitcher and was the Co-GLIAC Player of the Year. He was joined on the first team by senior Val Helldobler (3B). Joining Curtin on second team was senior Jordan Chiero (1B) and junior Ryan Williams (Outfield). Honorable mention went to senior Jordan Liette (Pitcher) and junior KC Weber (Catcher). Curtin is the first four-time All-GLIAC selection for TU, earning honorable mention in 2009, second team in 2010 and first team the last two seasons. At the plate, he had four triples, scored 29 runs, drove in 18 runs, stole 11 bases and batted .404. Curtin led the league in triples and was second in batting average. He also became the third Dragon to have 200 hits in a career. On the mound, Curtin was 5-1 with two complete games and two saves, struck out 31 batters for a team leading 3.49 ERA in 38.7 innings.

Helldobler, who was second team in 2009 and honorable mention in 2011, started 43 of the 44 games in which he played. He had five doubles and two triples, scored 21 runs, drove in a team-high 29 runs and batted .338. Helldobler became the fourth Dragon to have 200 hits in a career. He also holds the career record for assists Curtin and Helldobler earned regional honors as well. Helldobler was the only GLIAC player named to the ABCA AllMidwest Golden Glove team. Curtin was named to the ABCA and NCBWA All-Midwest Region first teams and the ABCA All-Midwest Region second team.

Softball It was a season of tough losses as the Dragons finished 17-15 in the GLIAC and 27-25 overall. Tiffin came out of the gates firing, winning nine of the first 11 games. TU lost 10 games by two or less runs. Freshman Payton Denman was named to the All-GLIAC

Senior Amanda Temple completed her softball career with a strong .392 average, 56 hits, and 34 RBI, all team highs. She earned her third consecutive AllGLIAC citation.

second team while sophomore Caitlin Houk and senior Amanda Temple earned honorable mention. Denman had seven doubles and two home runs, scored 11 runs, drove in 13 and batted .292. Houk had eight doubles, one triple and three home runs, scored 13 runs, drove in 30 and hit .298. Temple had 10 doubles, four triples and two home runs, scored 25 runs, drove in 35 runs and batted .407.

As a team, the Dragons had a school record 370 ground balls which equated to 21.76 per game, among the top 25 in the country. TU set the single game record for ground balls with 52 against Alma College. Tiffin also broke the singleseason record for saves with 245.

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Women’s Lacrosse Freshman Jessica Bombard and junior Alexandria Quast led NCAA Division II in four categories during the 2012 season. The Dragons finished the season at 3-14, with six losses by less than five goals. Quast scored 82 goals with 22 assists for 104 points in 17 games. She led the country in goals per game (4.82) and total goals. This is the second straight year that Quast led in gpg and both numbers rank among the top 10 in NCAA DII history.

Junior Alexandria Quast was named the Division II Independent Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Year, finishing the season as the nation’s leader in goals scored with 82 and goals per game with 4.82. This is the second straight year she has led the nation in goals per game.

Tiffin reached new heights during the 2011-12 season. The Dragons won a school record 14 matches, twice as many as they had won the season before. In addition, they qualified for the GLIAC Tournament for the first time ever. Luis Carvalho and Leonid Vladimirov earned All-GLIAC honors. Carvalho, a third-time selection, won 8 singles matches along with 11 doubles matches. Vladimirov finished 13-8 at doubles, the second highest wins on the squad. He was also 8-4 in singles for TU. Brian Coffman led the squad in single wins as he went 14-7 on the season. Andres Torres was right behind him at 127. In doubles, Torres led the team with 14 victories.


In addition, she was second in ground balls per game (4.18) and third in points per game (6.12) and total points (104). Bombard finished with a record of 3-13 with 237 saves (school record, top 15 in NCAA DII history) and a 15.44 GAA average in over 928 minutes. She led the country in saves per game (14.81) and total saves. Bombard set the school record for saves in a game with 21 against Notre Dame College and #14 Gannon. Quast was named the NCAA Division II Independent Player of the Year, one of four players to be honored. Quast was joined on the first team by Bombard. Earning second team honors was sophomore Elyse Braun (33 goals) and allfreshmen honors went to Bombard and Alexis MacMillan (29 goals, 25 assists).

Junior Luiz Carvalho earned his third consecutive All-Conference tennis selection, competing primarily at first singles and first doubles. He had 8 singles victories and 11 doubles wins.

Outdoor Track & Field Five athletes competed at the NCAA Division II National Championships. Overall, TU had five national qualifiers, broke 13 school records and had 93 additions to the top 10 list. For the men, Travis LeFlore was seeded fifth in the high jump, one of two automatic qualifiers. His school record jump of seven feet, one inch was done at the Hilltopper Relays. LeFlore was second at the GLIAC Championships, his fourth straight top four finish.

Sophomore Lynzi Daughenbaugh scored a school record 3587 points to place eighth at indoor nationals, becoming just the second NCAA DII all-american in school history.

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Senior John Pemberton qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in the shot put after finishing third at the GLIAC Championships.

John Pemberton was seeded seventh in the shot put. His best put this season is 57 feet, 7.50 inches at the Shamrock Invitational. Pemberton was third at the GLIAC Championships. Emmanual Grembo was seeded 12th in the 100-meter dash. His school record time of 10.47 was done at the GVSU Last Chance Meet. He won the 100m dash at the GLIAC Championships. Grembo qualified as part of the 400m relay team last year. At the GLIAC Championships, the TU men’s team scored 99 points to place fourth. Grembo became the first Dragon to win the 100m dash at the league met. He was also third in the long jump. Runner-up performances came from Zach Cernansky in the 110m hurdles and LeFlore in the high jump. For the women, Katie Gerhardt was seeded sixth in the discus. Her school record toss of 167 feet, four inches was done at the GVSU Last Chance Meet. She was third at the GLIAC Championships. Gerhardt was also seeded 16th in the shot put. Her school record put of 47 feet, 6.25 inches was done at the Hilltopper Relays. Gerhardt was among the top eight at the GLIAC Championships.

Lynzi Daughenbaugh was seeded 13th in the pentathlon. Her school record score of 4900 points was done at the Larry Ellis Invitational. Daughenbaugh was third at the GLIAC Championships. At the GLIAC Championships, Tiffin’s women scored 74 points to place third. Kayla Ellks had a strong meet as she was second in the triple jump and third in the long jump. D’Wanda Ford was runner-up in the long jump. Third place performances also came from Daughenbaugh (heptathlon) and Gerhardt (discus).

Men’s & Women’s Golf Tiffin University’s men’s golf team hit another memorable milestone with their selection to the NCAA Midwest/South Regional at Jefferson City, Missouri. Tiffin finished the regular season as the sixth seed in the Midwest Region. Only Ferris State (2nd) and Grand Valley State (4th) were ranked higher amongst GLIAC schools in the region. The men’s golf team enjoyed one of their best seasons ever in 2011-12, placing fourth or higher in six different tournaments. They won the Great Lakes Regional, while also winning the Kyle Ryman Memorial. They finished second at the GLIAC Championships and also took second at the Findlay Invitational. A trio of Tiffin University golfers, including Head Coach Darby Roggow, was named to the 2012 All-GLIAC squad. Senior Dillon Klein earned his third consecutive Second Team All-GLIAC citation, while junior Blake DeBruyn also earned his second consecutive conference honor. DeBruyn jumped from Honorable Mention in 2011 to a Second Team pick this year. Klein led the team with a 74.07 average while

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Junior Blake DeBruyn earned his second consecutive All-Conference honor in men’s golf, jumping from Honorable Mention in 2011 to a Second Team pick this year.

DeBruyn was next at 74.71. Freshman Tyler Maranville also was named Honorable Mention All-GLIAC, finishing his first season with TU with a 75.21 average. After helping guide the Dragons to one of the best years in school history, Roggow was named GLIAC Coach of the Year. He coached three All-GLIAC performers this season, helped lead TU to the NCAA Midwest/South Regional, while also finishing second at the GLIAC Championships. In women’s golf action, the team finished 8th at the GLIAC Championships held at Midland, Michigan. Deborah Landis was the top finisher for the Dragons, shooting 82-94-84 for 260. Jaycee Garrow was next with 280 while Allison Soviak had 285. Abby Martin followed Soviak closely with 287, while Lauren Harris was fifth with 329.


Men’s Basketball Tiffin finished the 2011-12 season at 7-12 in the GLIAC and 1514 overall, its first winning season since 2005-06. The Dragons went on a tear, winning 10 of their last 14 games. Among the victims were Findlay and #23 Hillsdale, the first win over each team in at least 20 years.

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Sophomore Joe Graessle earned AllGLIAC Second Team honors. He averaged 17.9 points, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals a game while hitting 3.1 triples a game, setting new school records with 91 3-pointers made and 252 treys attempted.

Over the last two years, Tiffin is the third most improved program in NCAA Division II. Senior Karl Finley became the first Dragon to earn AllGLIAC first team honors. He averaged 19.9 points and 3.1 assists per game while hitting 51 3-pointers. Finley was second in the GLIAC and 24th in the country in scoring. For his career he was seventh in three-point percentage (.381) and ninth in scoring average (17.4). Sophomore Joe Graessle earned All-GLIAC second team honors. He averaged 17.9 points, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals a game while hitting 3.1 triples a game. Graessle set the school records with 91 3-pointers made and 252 treys attempted and was 12th in the country in three’s made per game. Iman Johnson became the second straight TU player to be named Freshman of the Year. He joins Graessle who won the award last year. Johnson averaged 7.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals and blocked 1.5 shots a game. He was

fourth in the GLIAC and 69th in the country for blocked shots and his 43 blocks is a new school freshman record.

Women’s Basketball It was the Year of the Dragons as Tiffin finished third in the GLIAC (14-5) and was 21-7 overall. In addition to setting the school record for wins, TU finished ranked eighth in the Midwest Region, just missing a trip to nationals. In the GLIAC tournament, Tiffin beat Hillsdale 68-58 before losing in the semifinals, 53-39 to Ferris State. Senior Mandy Jaeb earned her third consecutive First Team All-South honor as well as her third selection to the AllDefensive Team. Jaeb’s senior season had numerous milestones, including eclipsing the 1500 point barrier. Jaeb is only the second player in TU history to accomplish the feat. Jaeb

Mandy Jaeb earned her third consecutive First Team All-GLIAC honor and her third AllGLIAC Defensive team honor this season as she helped lead Tiffin’s women’s basketball team to a new school record with 21 wins. Jaeb finished her sensational career with 1,585 career points.

also set a new career free throws record and maintained her school record for best free throw percentage. Junior Jessica Harris earned her second consecutive Second Team selection. She led the Dragons in rebounding with 9.2 per game and was third on the team in scoring. She also led the team in blocks.


Lynzi Daughenbaugh (pentathlon) and John Pemberton (shot put) earned NCAA Division II All-American honors for the Dragons. Overall, TU had six national qualifiers, broke 18 school records and had 86 additions to the top 10 list. For the men, Pemberton placed third with a school record put of 57 feet, 7.75 inches. He was the highest individual finisher in school history. Travis LeFlore cleared six feet, 9.50 inches to tie for eighth place. The tie breaking system moved him to ninth, just missing All-American honors. At the GLIAC Championships, the Dragons finished fourth with 83.50 points. Justin Ware won the 60-meter dash to lead a 1-2-3 finish for TU. Just behind Ware were Deven Keene and Emmanual Grembo. Additional top three performances came from Antonio Combs in the triple jump (2nd), Colin Fisher in the 3000 (2nd) and Grembo in the long jump (3rd). For the women, Daughenbaugh scored a school record 3587 points to place eighth. During the competition, she broke the school high jump record by clearing five feet, eight inches. Daughenbaugh is just the second NCAA DII All-American in school history. Ashley DeWitt just missed All-American honors, placing ninth in the 20-LB weight. Additional competitors were Katie Gerhardt (shot put) and Marielle Segbor (triple jump). At the GLIAC Championships, Tiffin scored 53.75 points to place sixth. The Dragons received runner-up performances from Kayla Ellks in the long jump and Segbor in the triple jump. Third place finished came from Daughenbaugh in the pentathlon, D’Wanda Ford in the long jump and Meghan Gill in the high jump.

Tiffin made tremendous strides in its second season of intercollegiate competition. The Dragons placed fourth at the GLIAC Championships. At the Super Regional II meet, TU had two wrestlers qualify for nationals. Steven Pastor – 133 LBS In his opening match, Pastor had a dramatic 5-3 win over the number two seed, Eric Mateo (Central Missouri). He scored a takedown in the final ten seconds to gain the win. In the quarterfinals, Pastor needed just 1:05 to pin Daniel Karlskin (Truman).

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Freshmen Steven Pastor joined teammate Jake Cramer in placing among the top four in Super Regional competition to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships. This is the first time the Dragons have qualified for nationals.

In the semi-finals, Pastor pinned Cullen King (King College, the number 6 seed) 24 seconds into the third round. In the final, he put up a tough battle falling 14-9 to the number one seed, Michael Magaha (Limestone College). Magaha was ranked eighth in the country.


Jake Cramer – 174 LBS After losing his opening match, Cramer beat William Ressel (Central Missouri) 8-2. In his next wrestleback match, against Ryan Gregory (Belmont Abbey), Cramer was dominating the match. Eventually, Gregory was disqualified giving Cramer the win. On the second day, Cramer beat Bryce Sopko (Limestone College) 7-2. In the third place match, he beat GLIAC foe Bryson Hall (Ashland) 8-3.


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Tiffin University’s equestrian program had two of its alumni excel at the Western Semi-Finals at the University of Findlay. Alison Dittman placed 2nd and advanced to National competition in Raleigh, North Carolina, and TU’s other competitor, Elizabeth Buskey, placed 7th. Tiffin University’s equestrian squad had five Regional qualifiers. To qualify for Regionals, riders had to accumulate 36 points over the season. The Dragons posted two riders in Hunt Seat and three in Western. In Hunt Seat, Lauren Burdin (Sophomore) placed first in her class, beginner walk trot, advancing her to Zone competition in Morehead, Kentucky. Kelly Dobbs (Junior) placed 3rd in her class, Walk/Trot/Canter. In Western competition, Abby Russell (freshman) placed 4th in Open Reining. Francesca Moody (Junior) placed 4th in Intermediate Horsemanship, while Lindsey McKibben (Junior) also competed in Novice horsemanship. The Dragons also had two alumni competing in regional competition--Alison Dittman and Liz Buskey. Alison placed 1st and Liz placed 2nd, advancing them to semi-final competition.

Lonny Allen Steps Down as Head Baseball Coach; Joe Wilkins Takes Over Lonny Allen stepped down as Tiffin University Head Baseball Coach, with assistant coach Joe Wilkins taking over as the new Head Baseball Coach. Allen will continue to serve as Tiffin University’s Athletic Director. Allen recently finished his 21st season at the helm of the program. Counting his days as a student-athlete for the Dragons, he has been associated with the program for 24 years. After taking over in 1992, Allen helped the team post a winning record in just his second season, going 17-15 in 1993. One staple Lonny Allen of Allen’s teams was heavy hitting, as the offensive record books were rewritten numerous times during his tenure. With 444 career victories, no other Dragons baseball manager has won more games. The Dragons have been remarkably consistent, posting 20 or more victories in 14 of his seasons. In 2012, the Dragons also qualified for the GLIAC Tournament for the first time in school history. “It is with mixed emotions that I give up coaching baseball,” said Allen. “This move will help me focus more on being Athletic Director. Being a head coach is very time-consuming, and I never could have done it without the help of (assistant coaches) Joe Wilkins and Kurt Rammel. I also could not have performed all my duties as Athletic Director without the help of my staff in the athletic department. With the development of the Heminger Center and other projects, this allows me to have a more hands-on role. Most importantly, I would like to thank President Marion for allowing me to serve in both capacities and also for giving me this opportunity to focus more specifically on my duties as Athletic Director.” “This is a great opportunity for me,” said Wilkins. “Coaching here at Tiffin was my first taste of coaching and I have been able to coach at different institutions around the country. I have learned a lot from all the different coaches I have worked with and look to put that knowledge to use with the Dragons.” Joe Wilkins recently completed his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Dragons. He has an extensive background in baseball. Joe spent the 2010 season as an Assistant at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.Wilkins’ responsibilities included training the catchers, helping to develop the offense and

Olympic Academic Experience Twenty-one students and scholars from across 13 states will board planes and trains for the transcontinental trip to London as part of the 2012 Tiffin University Olympic Academic Experience. While at the 2012 Games, the TU contingency will participate as official volunteers for two of the Olympic Reunion Centers and will engage in a special program with Olympians and underprivileged children from one of the poorest boroughs in London. Two-time Olympic sprinter Francis Dove-Edwin of Sierra Leone (Africa) who resides in London is the catalyst to create special opportunities for participants of the TU Olympic Academic Experience. The group connected via a Facebook page, which includes members of the TU contingency who traveled to China and Greece for their Olympic excursion. Graduate student, Beth Clark, is making her second trip, proving that the allure of the Olympics and success of the TU program are valuable experiences. The general advice from former participants is to be open to random, unexpected opportunities that make the TU Olympic Academic Experience an adventure like none other.


Written by Shane O’Donnell, Director of Sports Information

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coaching first base. Prior to that he spent the 2009 season as the Catching Coach at Wake Forest University. Prior to his hiring at Wake Forest, Wilkins spent more than a year working at the Floridabased IMG Academies where he worked under former Cleveland Indians bench coach Ken Bolek as Joe Wilkins the full-time catching instructor. He also has coaching experience with the Delaware Cows and the Stark County Terriers of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. Wilkins played professionally for three years, spending time in the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks’ farm systems. He led the Northwest League’s Yakima Bears in hitting in 2002. A four-year letterwinner at Ohio State, Wilkins was named second team All-Big Ten during the 2002 season and also earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the 2002 Big Ten Tournament after hitting a walkoff home run vs. Indiana. The Buckeyes won two Big Ten regular season championships and advanced to three NCAA Tournaments, including a Super Regional appearance in 1999, during Wilkins’ collegiate career. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Wilkins graduated from Ohio State in 2005 with a degree in human ecology and a specialization in consumer affairs. He earned his master of business administration in 2007 from Tiffin University. Wilkins was a two-sport student-athlete at Dublin Scioto High School, where he was an all-state selection in both baseball and football. “Our immediate goal is to get back to the GLIAC tournament,” said Wilkins. “Just getting a taste of that this spring gives us motivation for next year. We also want to start making a mark in the region, trying to take the program to the next level. We also look to get even more involved with the community.” “I am confident the program will be in good hands under Joe’s direction,” said Allen. “He is ready to take the program to a new level.”

ONWARD to theDAWN A History of tiffin University


“Michael Grandillo has done a masterful job in bringing this history to life. His work adds greatly to the history of Ohio and higher education and reminds us how important independent colleges and universities, such as Tiffin University, are to our state and country.“ —Sherrod Brown, U.S. Senator for Ohio “In the years between the Civil War and World War II, the for-profit business college that would become Tiffin extended access to first-generation-in-college students who were previously shut out by more traditional liberal arts colleges. The story of local boosters banding together to ‘bootstrap’ educational opportunities to lift up their sons and daughters is one told admirably by Michael A. Grandillo in this well-illustrated volume.” —Stephen G. Katsinas, Professor of Higher Education, Director of Education Policy Center, University of Alabama

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“Michael Grandillo’s definitive history of Tiffin University is a delight to read. For historians of higher education in our world today, Grandillo opens windows into a long-neglected phenomenon—the rise of commercial or business schools in the United States and the process through which the best of these evolved into comprehensive universities with strong programs in liberal arts and sciences. I trust this book will one day serve as a plumb-line for future generations who want to understand this transformative experience in higher education in the United States.” —John Oliver, Emeritus Professor of History at Malone College and Editor of Cradles of Conscience: Ohio’s Independent Colleges and Universities

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As a nation of generous people and friends of Tiffin University, we all understand the importance of charitable endeavors in our society. As a result, many people support our goals and our academic programs. However, our natural instincts also tell us that we must first be concerned with our personal and family security before we consider being of financial assistance to Tiffin University. The Charitable Gift Annuity makes it possible for you to satisfy this dual objective of personal and family security and financial support of Tiffin University. Our Charitable Gift Annuity allows you to make an immediate gift to us without loss of income. In many instances, the gift annuity can actually increase your spendable income. In exchange for your gift of money, real property or securities, Tiffin University will pay you a certain specified annuity for life. The annual amount of annuity is fixed at the time of the gift, usually more than typical dividends or interest and remains stable throughout your life. It will not fluctuate with the economy, so you will know exactly how much income you will receive. What’s more, you have no investment worries because the annuity payments are guaranteed until your death. Many TU alumni and friends are using this attractive program because it allows you to make a significant gift to the University and still get the equivalent of the income from the money as long as you or your spouse survive. The Charitable Gift Annuity at Tiffin University is highly flexible and very personalized to your needs. Please call Ron Schumacher, Vice President for Development and Public Affairs at 419.448.3584 or email

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Challenge Magazine  

Spring/Summer 2012

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