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Nate Washington returns to TU during Homecoming 2006 celebration.




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On the front cover TU equestrian Autumn Hurst

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20 Travel to Italy and Greece 2008

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Total enrollment at Tiffin University for the 2006 fall semester is 1,990 students, which represents an increase of 332 students or 20.1% above the 2005 fall enrollment of 1,658 students. The number of undergraduates on the Tiffin campus rose from 967 in the fall of 2005 to 1,075 this fall, which is an increase of 11.2%. This total includes 396 new degree-seeking freshmen and transfers, which is 12.9% more than the 351 who entered in the fall of 2005. Enrollment in bachelor’s degree completion programs offered by Tiffin University in several locations in Ohio and online increased from 322 in the fall of 2005 to 375 this fall, which is an increase of 16.5%. Compared with last fall’s enrollment of 369 students in TU’s master’s degree programs, the current graduate enrollment is 540 - an increase of 46.4%. According to Dr. Paul Marion, President of Tiffin University, “This significant enrollment increase, which is the largest in the history of our institution, is a positive reflection of the excellent academic reputation of Tiffin University, the satisfaction of our students, and the success of our graduates. This increase is especially impressive in light of the fact that higher education enrollment throughout Ohio has been flat in recent years.”

Ohio College and Universities Fall Semester Headcount Enrollments


Public Universities Community Colleges Independent Colleges & Universities Total


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2006 Fall Semester Enrollment 292,212 135,883 130,146 558,241

Percentage Change From 2005 +0.6% -1.0% +0.2% +0.1%



Record Number of Freshmen Began Collegiate Career in August A total of 327 freshmen began their collegiate careers at Tiffin University during the annual Freshman Institute. The number of incoming students was the largest in Tiffin history. The theme of the 2006 Freshman Institute was: “Every Second Counts: Be Conscious of Your Unconscious,” according to Dr. Gene Chintala, Dean of Advising and The Freshman Year Experience. “The theme of the 2006 Freshman Institute comes from Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book, Blink, which is the freshman reading book this year,” Chintala says. “The book is about decision making and our first impressions.” According to Chintala, the Freshman Reading Program is designed to give students a chance to have a common academic experience and to make a connection with each other through the classroom as they undergo the transition from high school to college. Students were required to turn in their first college assignment – an essay on what they learned about their decision making while reading Blink and how the book will influence their decision making while in college.

Throughout the weekend, students were given the opportunity to set up their computer accounts, go

New Undergraduate Programs and Services New undergraduate programs that have begun within the past year include teacher education programs in conjunction with Lourdes College, Forensic Science in partnership with Heidelberg College, majors in History and Arts Administration, and concentrations in Digital Media and Journalism. Also, bachelor’s degree completion programs in Organizational Management and Justice Administration are now offered online in addition to the seated format.

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In order to enhance the experience of students at the Tiffin campus, a freshman honors program has been implemented, the University Health Services is now available, additional parking lots have been constructed, and improvements were made to technological resources. Also, student internships were expanded and an equestrian club was started during the past year.

Graduate Student Services Tiffin University has created a new Office of Graduate Student Services to help meet the needs and demands of the university’s rapidly expanding graduate degree programs. The office, directed by Associate Vice President Judy Gardner, provides academic advising and other services to graduate students in all of TU’s graduate programs. “The number of graduate students has grown by 46 percent from fall 2005 to fall 2006; we now have 540 graduate students,” Gardner says. “More than half are in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice concentrations in Crime Analysis, Homeland

... a positive reflection of the excellent academic reputation of Tiffin University.


During the two-day Freshman Institute, students went through a series of programs led by university faculty, staff, resident assistants and peer leaders, including a book discussion and visualization exercise for “Every Second Counts.”

to the bookstore, unpack, and get their rooms ready for the academic year. Additionally, representatives from Tiffin Municipal Court – Police & Probation Department, presented a session to students discussing responsible choices, fulfilling government-mandated programs on alcohol and drug education.


Security, Justice Administration, and Forensic Psychology. The remaining students are in the MBA concentrations in General Management, Leadership, and Safety and Security.”

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Judy Gardner, Associate Vice President, Graduate Student Services


Gardner adds that 80 percent of the students are enrolled in TU’s online graduate programs, and come to Tiffin University from across the country, as well as around the world. “The Office of Graduate Student Services is their point of contact with TU,” she says. “We provide information on academic advising, registration and graduation. We answer basic questions about their accounts, financial aid, and much more.” She remarks, “We find that about 30 percent of our students begin their graduate program right after they obtain their bachelor's degree; however, not all of them are traditional undergraduate students. Some of the students may have completed their bachelor's degree later, or may have been part-time students.” One of the primary benefits of the new office is Tiffin University’s ongoing goal of offering personalized attention to each of its students. Through Tiffin University’s internal website, MyTU, new and continuing students can access online links including a catalog of courses, class schedules, and the ability to register or withdraw from classes, as well as buy items at the TU Bookstore and pay bills directly to the Office of the Bursar. Additionally, students can find answers to questions about preparation and planning for graduation, and referral to other campus offices. They can also access and track their individual information and view their TU records, grades, transcripts, and financial aid information in MyTU as they work toward their graduate degree. “For both our online students and those graduate students enrolled in our seated programs at Tiffin and Columbus, we hope to make the transition to graduate study as user-friendly as possible, and offer students a personalized roadmap to their graduation from TU,” she says. More information on Tiffin University’s Office of Graduate Student Services is available by contacting Judy Gardner at, or by calling the office at 419.448.3269.

CAMPUSSCENE David Eckstein Joins Board of Trustees Tiffin University elected David Eckstein to its Board of Trustees. According to Tiffin University President Paul Marion, “David Eckstein is an excellent addition to our Board of Trustees. His successful experience in the business world and his interest in Tiffin University will be very helpful as we continue to strengthen the educational experience of our students.” Mr. Eckstein recently retired as President and CEO of Edge Plastics, a family-owned business located in Mansfield. His daughter now serves as President of the company, and Dave continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Mr. Eckstein earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and electrical engineering and worked in marketing and sales for two companies before founding Edge Plastics in 1979. As a licensed pilot and participant in the charitable Angel Flight Organization, he frequently flies patients to medical facilities all over the U.S.

Five Tiffin University professors were honored for their achievements in the field of higher education in the December issue of Ohio Magazine. An Assistant Professor of Management at Tiffin University, Bonnie Tiell is co-chair of the Women's Leadership Symposium in Intercollegiate Athletics (WLS). She also coordinated a volunteer and academic experience for the Olympic Games in Greece and is preparing for a similar experience in China. Her focus on

Teresa Miller, Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management and Marketing, believes in getting her hospitality and tourism students actively involved by networking in the industry throughout their undergraduate years. She is Tiffin University’s Hospitality Club Advisor and was selected to be included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2004-2005. She has been awarded the Certified Hotel Administrator, designation by the American Hotel Lodging Association, which is the premier symbol of professional achievement for lodging executives. She has been teaching classes at Tiffin University for seven years and enjoys watching her students grow and achieve professional excellence. Sherry Truffin joined the faculty of Tiffin University in 2004 after completing a Ph.D. in English at Loyola University Chicago and teaching at colleges in Georgia and Illinois. She loves to write and has published articles on James Baldwin and Stephen King and presented conference papers on Flannery O’Connor, Alice Walker, Joyce Carol Oates, Bret Easton Ellis, and Chuck Palahniuk. Presently, she is working on a book about the portrayal of schools and schoolteachers in Gothic literature. She teaches a range of English courses at Tiffin University, but her favorites are the Novel, Postmodern Fiction, and Women and Literature. She also serves as advisor to the English Enthusiasts, a student group that sponsors

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Excellence in Education

external community relations through a continued effort to connect students with professional industry resources in their chosen field is a cornerstone of Tiell's teaching philosophy.


poetry readings and publishes an online literary magazine, the TU Review.


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Dan Bell taught mathematics and statistics in Colorado, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and Virginia before landing in Tiffin. He credits his success in teaching to being able to trace his thought processes so he can explain how he arrives at a solution. He comments, “I feel honored to be commended for excellence in education. Thanks to my students here at Tiffin University for being willing to do the work of learning.” Professor of Sociology within the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, Phyllis Watts pursued her undergraduate career at the University of Kentucky and the State University of New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from SUNY and completed her Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy at The Ohio State University. For Watts, education is a two way street between the students and the facilitator of the educational process. As a sociologist, with the world as a classroom, Watts encourages her students to be active participants in the process while they examine their environment and themselves in the dynamics of informational inquiry, analysis, and exchange.

Campus Beautification Susan Marion worked with TU’s grounds staff to redesign and replace some of the landscaping on campus.

Professor Haley Updates Textbook McGraw-Hill released the 2007 edition of Introduction to Criminal Justice, a textbook utilized by criminal justice students across the United States and Europe. The book, now in its fifth edition, is co-written by Keith Haley, Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at TU, and Robert M. Bohm, a criminal justice expert and educator based at the University of Central Florida. According to Haley, the new edition of the textbook has been substantially updated to include coverage of how criminal justice’s role has been expanded in the war on terrorism and in homeland security issues.

Entrepreneurship and Globalization Tiffin University Associate Professor of Economics and Finance, Dr. Vinnie Gajjala presented at the International Conference of Entrepreneurship and Management in July. He spoke at the plenary session on “Information Technology and Processes of Entrepreneurship and Globalization.” His presentation was based on a research paper authored by him entitled ‘The role of Information and Communication Technologies in Enhancing Processes of Entrepreneurship and Globalization in Indian Software Companies,’ which was recently published in the ‘Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries’ – a joint publication of the City University of Hong Kong and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. According to Gajjala, students, academics and practitioners attending the conference had positive things to say about the session. He envisions this conference as playing a role in establishing connections between business schools in India and the U.S.

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TU Junior Trevor Hug


Homecoming 2006! (Story on page 28)


New Scholarship Opportunity

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Tiffin University now offers a scholarship opportunity to associate's and bachelor's degree recipients who are members of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon ( Students enrolled in TU’s Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ) Fast Track Degree Completion Program will receive a Lambda Alpha Epsilon scholarship of $150 per credit hour if they earned an associate's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have been a member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon for at least one year. Students in the Master of Science of Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program will receive a Lambda Alpha Epsilon scholarship of $250 per credit hour if they earned a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have been a member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon for at least one year.

The Arts ARTS & ANGLES SERIES 2006 The 2006-2007 Arts & Angles series incorporated the theme of “Fact and Fiction: What Was Life Really Like in the 1950s and 1960s?” The new season chronologically follows last year’s focus on the 1940s and World War II.

‘Rebel Without a Cause’


Tiffin University’s acclaimed Arts & Angles lecture series opened with a special showing of the classic film “Rebel Without a Cause” at the Ritz Theatre in September.


“As we chose this year's topic, we wanted something we thought that the public might enjoy. We know many things that happened during the 1950s and 1960s strongly impacted all of us and have had an influence on life as we know it today,” Dean Miriam Fankhauser says. “We believe especially for the younger generation this theme will be interesting and informative. The two decades were ones of strong contrast, and opening the season by showing ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ seems a natural choice for a beginning.”

Effects of Prosperity & Fear on American Life In October, Dr. Bruce Bowlus discussed the effects of both prosperity and fear in American society during the 1950s and 1960s. “Americans in the 1950s and 1960s enjoyed great prosperity, but also faced the very real prospect of global annihilation,” explains Bowlus, Associate Professor of History at Tiffin University. “The period witnessed the birth of the ‘Baby Boomers;’ ‘sex, drugs, and rock n' roll;’ commercial television, the prepared meals that went along with it; and outlandish Carnaby Street/London fashions.” While many periods of history can be seen as pivotal, Bowlus remarks that these two decades remain particularly poignant to American society today. “In order to fully understand how these two decades came about, it is critical that we have an understanding of those events that preceded and ultimately influenced them. I plan to investigate key events during the 1930s and 1940s – both nationally and internationally – that provide a context for the 50s and 60s,” he says.

‘You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!’ – College Life in the ‘50s and ‘60s Dr. Janet Hanna discussed college life from the 1950s to mid-1960s during the November Arts & Angles program. Inequities between the male and female athletic programs, dating etiquette and even dress codes were part of Hanna’s program, which included plenty of stories and anecdotes. “I had fun with my presentation,” said Hanna. “I remember my own dorm life during those years. We were still referred to as ‘girls and boys,’ and there were specific rules for girls’ behavior in and out of the classroom. The boys, of course, had no such rules.” Hanna’s alma mater, Ohio University, has been helpful in allowing her access to its archives, she says. “As I researched my subject, I kept thinking of that ‘60s expression in reference to the females of the day – created by an ad agency for a cigarette company: ‘You've come a long way, baby!’”

Universities in those years, even the larger institutions, saw themselves as surrogate parents, Hanna remarks. “The schools basically treated college students, and especially women, as though they needed constant ‘guarding’ against their own worst instincts,” she says.


MUSIC TU Night The Ritz National Theatre spotlighted the musical groups Up in the Air, Higher Ground and Dissonant Grace for a special “First Friday” performance in November. According to the Ritz, the First Friday events are designed to feature performers “who are absolutely passionate and unspoiled about the opportunity to display their craft.”

TU’s Up in the Air and Higher Ground Continue to Introduce New Talents

Ohio: The Land Tiffin University’s Diane Kidd Gallery, located inside The Hayes Center for the Arts, inaugurated its 2006-07 exhibition series featuring works by nearly two dozen artists from The Findlay Art League in a show entitled “Ohio: The Land.” The show featured a wide variety of media, as well as a broad-range of talent levels in media including watercolor, oil, acrylic, sculpture, pen & ink, and photography. The Findlay Art League is approaching its 60th year in existence.

The Diane Kidd Gallery continued its commitment to enriching the cultural and artistic heritage of Ohio with a second exhibition featuring artists from The Findlay Art League in a show entitled, “Ohio: The People.” This exhibition included new art and some new artists with the subject matter closely tied to the first show. The goal was to represent a diverse, beautiful place that is Ohio.


Ohio the People by Donna Wagner

Tiffin University’s nationally recognized vocal group Up in the Air performs a widely diverse repertoire of a cappella jazz, funk, r&b, pop, and world music. The premier Tiffin University touring ensemble has appeared before hundreds of audiences throughout the United States and Europe. The group’s repertoire includes both originals and a wide range of covers. This season’s program includes music by Sting, Howie Day, Prince, D’Angelo, Ne-yo, and many others. Directed by Brad Rees, the group recently completed its fourth CD, has performed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and has shared the stage with Grammy-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, New York Voices, Naturally Seven, and Rockapella’s Sean Altman, among others. The group performs more than 50 times each year, with most shows on tour around the region. “Up in the Air this year is better than ever – both talented and great to work with,” says Rees. More information about Up in the Air can be found at and Tiffin University’s all-female vocal ensemble, Higher Ground, has an eclectic repertoire of a cappella music, with emphasis on all-original arrangements of current pop, rock and r&b songs. These eight women present public performances each year both off campus and


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around the community. Lisa Deffenbaugh, Director of Higher Ground, says, “We’re thrilled about singing at the Ritz National Theatre. It’s such a great performing space. And to have a First Friday program consisting completely of Tiffin University students and alums is really exciting.” Information on Higher Ground is at


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THEATRE Language of Angels Tiffin University presented the Ohio premiere of Language of Angels in October. Directed by Kimberly Lester, Language of Angels, a triptych of ghost plays, follows the lives of seven friends as they attempt to come to terms with the disturbing disappearance of the eighth member of their group, Celie, under suspicious circumstances many years ago. Celie returns throughout the play to haunt their lives as the play travels through the caves of her disappearance to a run down parking lot and, then to a secluded cabin. With evocative poetry and striking images, Language of Angels recounts the events of a small-town tragedy and discovers the human connection to the spiritual world.

“Since this is one of the most popular college shows in the country right now, I feel honored to be directing the LEFT TOP TU student Ohio premiere of Language of Angels at Tiffin Mychael Lohrman University” adds Ms. Lester. “Not only is it a great play plays Celie Gaines in “Language of Angels.” about how regret can devastate your life, but I think the students can relate to the close-knit group of friends the LEFT BOTTOM TU student play chronicles. We witness how a tragic event digs Samantha Turner plays deep into the center of their friendship and rips it apart. Danielle in “Language The playwright, Naomi Iizuka, uses the ghost of Celie and the mystery of her death as the catalyst to explode of Angels.” these relationships. Celie, played by Mychael Lohrman, haunts her friends through song. Her rendition of a RIGHT BOTTOM Willie "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" is heart-breaking.” Hulon

COMEDY Sean Carlin Comedian Sean Carlin, nephew of comedian George Carlin, performed for students in October. Sean Carlin’s unique comedy style has earned him the honor to perform in dozens of comedy clubs nationwide. Sean has spent over two years as a comedy game show host traveling to colleges across the nation.

In The Classroom Willie Hulon, Executive Assistant Director of the National Security Branch of the FBI visited TU in October to speak on national security issues and to meet with students interested in careers in national security. Hulon, a native of Memphis, TN, graduated with a BA from Rhodes College in Memphis and was a Memphis police officer before joining the Bureau in 1983. He has served as a Special Agent in FBI offices in Mobile, Alabama; Chicago, Illinois; and San Antonio, Texas; as Assistant Special Agent in Charge in St. Louis; as Special Agent in Chare in Detroit; and in several senior management positions at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Honor’s Program The Tiffin University Freshman Honors Program provides enriched, intellectually rigorous and personally meaningful educational experience that addresses the often unique interests and goals of academically talented students. Through this program, selected students are challenged to develop critical, integrated, interdisciplinary thought; to become self-directed learners; and to refine their problem-solving skills.

The Equestrian Club of Tiffin University (Story on page 24)

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This summer, Miriam Fankhauser, Associate Professor of English and Humanities and Dean of TU’s Art and Sciences and Associate Professor of English and Communication Arts, offered part one of an honors cultural studies course. The course was designed as travel and classroom interaction dealing with Euro American and Native American convergence and how it has affected American identity.


The class began as a trip to Sioux City, Iowa, and various locations within South Dakota. Included were visits to The Journey Museum, Crazy Horse Monument, Mount Rushmore Memorial, Pine Ridge Reservation and the Wounded Knee Memorial/ Cemetery. The group also visited Custer National Park.

Honor’s Program Students traveled to Iowa and South Dakota

“The course was designed to look at the impact each of the two cultures – Euro American and Native American-had on each other as they met, converged, clashed, and struggled through the continuing history of the Western Hemisphere,” according to Fankhauser. Through the readings of four texts, viewing of videos, discussions, travels to the various selected locations, as well as interviews with people at the locations, the students were exposed to two-sides, spaces that have been involved as the “Euro American culture has established itself in the Western Hemisphere and especially on the North American continent,” Fankhauser states. The students and faculty (Dr. Phyllis Watts, Professor of Sociology, accompanied the class) read, viewed the sights, and participated in discussions, photographed and wrote about their experiences during the trip. As a way to extend the honors course offerings, Dr. Watts is teaching a course dealing with scientific inquiry. Using the text, How to think like Leonardo de Vinci, students are exposed to the ideas and practices of da Vinci and other great minds. Given “creative license” to explore themselves within the context of the readings, the students have collectively created a work of art, examined and analyzed creativity in themselves and others, and critiqued written and visual works--art and music.


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Tiffin University students David Schmenk and Rachel Garofolo placed fourth in an international Sports and Entertainment Marketing competition in April. They competed against 49 other teams at the Delta Epsilon Chi International Career Development Conference, held in Dallas. The Sports and Entertainment Marketing competition utilizes a case format in which students are given an hour to create a marketing plan for a fictitious company. Schmenk and Garofolo developed a marketing plan for a family-oriented sports complex in the final round of the competition. They placed in the top 15 in a preliminary round to earn the right to compete in the finals. Tiffin University has sponsored a chapter of Delta Epsilon Chi since 2003. Delta Epsilon Chi is an international organization for college students preparing for a variety of careers. Delta Epsilon Chi programs engage students from a variety of educational disciplines, while maintaining a strong focus on business-related areas such as marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Activities promoted by Delta Epsilon Chi integrate with and enhance the student's college curriculum.

Cutting Edge Tiffin University always seeks to expand educational opportunities according to emerging professional needs. A recent example is that Tiffin University has recognized the fact that many drug and alcohol abuse counselors are nearing retirement age, and experts report there are not enough trained professionals to replace them.

Good Morning World Maggie Williams

According to the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, the average age of drug and alcohol counselors in Ohio is 50, and most of them plan to retire over the next ten years. Nationally, 80 percent of alcohol and drug counselors are between 40 and 50, according to NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals. In response, Tiffin University has developed a new minor and professional certificate program in Addictions Counseling. Dr. Jonathan Appel, Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and codeveloper of the program states, “One of the program’s primary goals is to provide students and established professionals a specialized training program in addictions. Existing majors in Psychology or Human Services can easily work in the courses as part of their programs.”

Gerry Faust The Advertiser-Tribune and Tiffin University hosted Good Morning World in November. Gerry Faust, former head football coach of the University of Notre Dame and University of Akron presented: How to Be Great in What You Are Doing! Faust is a professional lecturer, Fortune 500 consultant and co-founder of Mentor U. Before beginning his extensive coaching career, Faust enjoyed a successful stint as quarterback at the University of Dayton. "You don't always get to choose your hand of cards, but you always get to play it," he

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The program also provides students with a substance abuse-addictions knowledge base that can be applied in prevention, treatment, corrections, and administrative settings. Dr. Appel notes that with a degree in a behavioral science, the program provides the initial educational requirements towards the academic and clock hour requirements towards a clinical license in chemical dependency counseling. Many existing students are very interested in the market value of this professional specialty. Some students have even returned or plan on returning to take these courses. These courses are offered at half-price for anyone who already has at least a bachelor’s degree. The hope is that TU can help with the professional shortage in Ohio, as well as nationally.

Maggie Williams, former Chief of Staff to First Lady Hillary Clinton & Special Assistant to President Clinton, shared her expertise in both Washington politics and as a private communicator and management consultant at TU’s first Good Morning World Breakfast Lecture in October. She served as chief of staff to former president Bill Clinton managing his policy and personal staff at the Clinton Foundation in New York. Prior to joining the Foundation, Williams was president of Fenton Communications, a media strategy and advertising company. From 1993-97, Williams served in the White House as an assistant to President Clinton. During that period, she also served as chief of staff to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and was the first person to hold both positions concurrently. Williams is a partner in Griffin Williams LLC, a management consulting firm that helps public and private sector clients navigate developmental transitions, organizational and political challenges. Williams discussed the elections, less as a partisan, but more as a consumer of political communication.


said. His greatest success as a coach came at Moeller High School in Cincinnati (1963-80). His remarkable 174-17-2 record was highlighted by seven unbeaten seasons, four national prep titles, and five Ohio state titles in his last six seasons. At the end of his presentation, Coach Faust ended his presentation by sharing the following:


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THE GREATEST THINGS Courtesy of Gerry Faust The Best Day ............................................Today The Best Play..............................................Work The Greatest Puzzle ......................................Life The Greatest Thought ..................................God The Best Work… ........................Work You Like The Greatest Mistake… ......................Giving Up The Greatest Need… ..................Common Sense The Most Dangerous Person......................A Liar The Most Expensive Indulgence ................Hate The Most Disagreeable Person ..................................The Complainer The Best Teacher................One Who Makes You Want to Learn The Greatest Deceiver ..................The One Who ........................................Deceives Himself The Cheapest, Easiest & Most Stupid Thing to Do ..........Find Fault The Greatest Bore ........One Who Keeps Talking After He Has Made His Point The Greatest Comfort ........The Knowledge That You Have Done Your Work Well The Greatest Blessing ......................Good Health The Greatest Victory ................Victory Over Self The Greatest Thing Bar None, in the World… ......................Love:

A Small Home, A Big Heart.

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Love for Family, God, Home, Friends, Neighbors, and for the Land in Which We Enjoy Our Freedom.

Independent Living.

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Community Black Swamp Area College Fair Tiffin University hosted the Black Swamp Area College Fair in October. A college fair allows prospective students a chance to meet with multiple college representatives in one location—a great way for parents to learn about college admissions and the financial aid process. The community and beyond visited with more than 60 college representatives.

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Around the Town The Around the Town event hosted by Tiffin University, Heidelberg College and the Tiffin Area Chamber of Commerce took place in August on TU’s campus. The event is designed to provide an opportunity for area businesses and organizations to showcase products and services to students, faculty and staff.


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Dr. Amber Stove of McClung Animal Hospital

TU LICENSE PLATES 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 renewal fees) is $35 annually. Of this $35 annual fee, $25 is directed Elaine WilkinsUniversity in the form of a charitable donation to the General Scholarship Fund in your name. to Tiffin RIGHT normal


If you have questions regarding the Collegiate Plate Program, please contact TU’s Alumni Relations Office at 419.448.3282 or your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles.


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New International Students

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President Paul Marion officially welcomed 39 new students from Canada, United Kingdom, China, Bolivia, Finland, and Korea during the annual World Student Association’s International Flag Ceremony in September. International students new to Tiffin University presented their countries’ flags to President Marion and returning international students reunited. Cultural exchange between all students, faculty, staff and the community continues to flourish through the activities of the World Student Association. Activities include international fashion shows, a community dinner offering native foods and entertainment, sponsoring of Diversity Week, and the co-sponsoring of social activities on campus.



TU Student Kan Li presents a Chinese folk dance at the International Flag Ceremony


World Student Association’s International Flag Ceremony

International Student Reception In October, President and Mrs. Marion hosted a reception for all current and new international students of Tiffin University.

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Tiffin University’s 1 + 3 Post Secondary Options Program Offers High School Students Head Start on a College Degree More information is available by contacting Tiffin University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 800.968.6446, ext. 3423, or by visiting its website at

Tiffin University’s “1 + 3” Post Secondary Options (PSO) Program is giving high school students the opportunity to get a head start on their college degree, integrating them both into the classroom and TU’s online programs, according to Dawn Shores, Director of Undergraduate Admissions. The program, which gives students the chance to take college courses while still in high school, has grown dramatically with the addition of the University’s online classes, Shores adds. According to Andrea Faber, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Coordinator of the PSO Program at Tiffin University, 48 high school students enrolled in the program during the Fall Semester 2006. Of these, 25 students are taking classes on the Tiffin campus, along with other TU students, and 23 students are enrolled in the University’s online programs. “The idea of the “1 + 3” program has been in development for the last two years,” Faber says. Then they can come to Tiffin University and finish a bachelor’s degree in three years.” Faber adds that her goal is to enroll 50 students in each of the seated and online programs within the next two years. “I have worked closely with many of the high school students, and they are telling their friends about the program,” she says. “It just keeps growing – and beyond our expectations.” TU promotes the “1 + 3” PSO program by actively working with high school guidance counselors, and individually contacting and counseling interested, prospective students.


Although Tiffin University is not the first university to provide a Post Secondary Options degree program,


Faber remarks that TU is one step ahead with its online courses. “I do not know of any other university that offers online courses like TU. By offering online PSO classes, we can reach students in both our region and across the country,” she comments. The Tiffin University PSO program gives high school students the chance to experience college-level work prior to making a final decision about their higher education, with courses that are academically challenging and also of interest to the individual student. Students have the option of receiving both high school and college credit for the classes successfully completed. Since she took over coordination of the PSO program in the Fall of 2003, the numbers of students have grown exponentially, Faber adds. “We had four students when I started, and my goal was to increase this to 10. We ended up enrolling 26,” Faber says. “We’ve grown each year, and the number of students increased significantly with TU’s online program that started in spring of 2004. I personally like giving students the opportunity to take college courses, talk with them about their futures, and help guide them to the right college or major.” To be eligible for the PSO program at Tiffin University, prospective students should be at least 16 years old with a 3.0 grade-point average for all coursework. Students younger than 16 may enroll if given special approval by a Tiffin University Dean. The students must also have taken one of the standardized tests – the PSAT, SAT, ACT or Proficiency Test. Students must submit an application for admission to the PSO program, an official high school transcript, and a course selection sheet.

Cross-Culture Experience!

Travel to Italy & Greece 2008 You are invited (college students and faculty nationwide) to participate in an innovative crosscultural 10-day trip through the Discovery of Italy and Greece Program during June 2008. Embark on a journey exploring the breathtaking backdrops that bring history, art, and culture to life. The program combines a cost-effective educational experience, guided by world-renowned organizations. From Cleveland to Rome and ending in Athens, the cost for this trip is $2595 for students and $2954 for adults. This fee includes flight, transportation, room, two meals a day, tickets and tours to attractions. A $95 deposit, which will be subtracted from your total,is all that is required at the time of reservation. More information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Teresa Shafer, Coordinator at 419.448.3309 or email

JOHN MILLAR To Return to Full-Time Teaching The year was 1982. Tiffin University was at a crossroads, and George Kidd, Jr. had been hired to serve as its new President. Founded in 1888, TU had built its reputation on business education, and primarily associate degree programs. President Kidd had a vision that would allow for future growth in bachelor’s degree programs, and eventually graduate programs. But Kidd needed help, and he called on an old friend to assist him during this crucial period in the university’s existence. “I was asked to come and help build a college,” John Millar, Ph.D., said. “It was an offer I couldn't refuse.”

Today, Vice President for Academic Affairs John Millar plans to return to the classroom as a full-time faculty member at the conclusion of this academic year. His last day in his administrative post will be June 30, 2007. In 1996, Millar returned to teaching as Professor of Management, and assumed the position of Dean of the School of Business in 2000.

What’s happening at Tiffin University

Highlights of John Millar’s leadership at TU are many, and include the enhancement of the general education core, the strengthening of existing majors and addition of new majors, and the introduction of graduate education. He has been instrumental in Tiffin University’s accreditation process and the expansion of online education. During the course of nearly 25 years, Millar has never lost sight of the most important component in each of these areas: the students. He always taught at least once class per year to stay close to the students. When he returned to teaching in 1996, Millar remarked, “Tiffin University has become what I thought a college should be – full of caring, committed, dedicated people who are a joy to work with, and students who are a joy to work for.” He added, “Who I am and what I am is in the heart of this place.” TU’s motto is “Inspiring Professional Excellence.” Perhaps no individual embodies this more than John Millar. And the best part of the story is that it isn’t finished. When Millar steps back into the classroom during Fall Semester 2007, he’ll be greeted with the fresh, new faces of students who will benefit from his wisdom, his heart, and his dedication to what education is all about – the knowledge that “learning” is never finished; it’s a lifetime journey.


Dr. John Millar


Millar was named Dean of Enrollment and was promoted to Vice President and Academic Dean in 1985. Under his leadership, Tiffin University began to build a strong faculty to complement expanded educational programs, and students began to enroll in record numbers – growing from some 800 students to today’s approximately 2,000 students. Tiffin University also shed its reputation as a regional business school and began to develop a new international reputation in business, criminal justice and the arts and sciences, with branch campuses, online degree programs and partnerships with universities in Ohio and other countries.

contributions over the years in both his administrative and faculty roles,” says President Paul Marion. “I especially appreciate his excellent work as Vice President for Academic Affairs during my first five years at Tiffin. Our students will continue to benefit from his service when he returns to his full-time teaching position next fall as Professor of Management."

When Dr. Paul Marion became President in 2002, Dr. Millar was promoted to Vice President for Academic Affairs. "Dr. Millar has made many positive 21

GOOD DEEDS By Students Fight Against Breast Cancer Tiffin University’s Gamma Chi Alpha Sorority sponsored a gala event to benefit the fight against breast cancer in October. The event featured entertainment by the group Front Street, a dinner, silent auction, and a guest speaker from The Susan G. Komen Foundation Donations. Funds raised benefited the Foundation. Gamma Chi Alpha was founded in 2001, by six women with a goal of promoting diversity on the Tiffin University campus. Since 2001, the sorority has grown each year and, currently, there eighteen members in the Gamma Chi Alpha Sorority.

Fifth Anniversary of 9/11 LEFT

Remembering 911 TOP AND BOTTOM RIGHT


Trick or Treat


The Tiffin University student Global Affairs Organization hosted three events on campus on September 11, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the attacks upon New York and Washington. The events included Honor Our Heroes photo exhibit, Hope Not Hate discussion panel, and a prayer service. A plaque was presented to a U.S. Army unit which served in Iraq. The panel and prayer service included Christian, Jewish and Islamic leaders on issues of conflict and peace in the Middle East.

Trick or Treat Tiffin University’s Offices of Student Activities, Greek Affairs, and Residence Life held a community Trick or Treat evening on Halloween on campus. All Tiffin-area children were invited to bring family and friends to the Legacy Courtyard and enjoy the Halloween festivities, such as scary stories, games, candy, prizes, pumpkin carving and painting and much more.

What’s happening at Tiffin University


Claire Johansen walking CB and Skeeter


Tiffin University EQUESTRIAN CLUB A paradox exists when one thinks of horses and the many roles these animals have played in our history. For the farmer, the horse has been a necessary master of many tasks. In the Wild West, the gunslinger’s horse was valued as highly as a human being. For the very rich, thoroughbred racing has been called the “sport of kings.” A carousel ride at the fair transforms a horseback ride into magic. And just hearing the word “equestrian” is somehow exotic – an Olympic sport, but not something for the average person.


Tiffin University, through a cooperative arrangement with Lane of Dreams Farm, LLC, a working farm and equestrian training center near Tiffin, is making horseback riding available three times a week to the entire TU community through the university’s Equestrian Club, which began last spring. Lane of Dreams is also open to the general public.




From experienced riders to students who have never even been close to a horse, Lane of Dreams teaches beginning through intermediate English and Western riding, including dressage, jumping and trail riding. Lane of Dreams has 34 acres of land that includes wooded trails, an indoor arena and heated observation room. Claire Johansen, a TU Trustee, operates Lane of Dreams with Julie Vogel. Claire and Julie are certified riding instructors and Lane of Dreams is a shared vision for the two friends. Johansen is the facility director, while

Vogel is lead instructor and manages the equestrian center. Lane of Dreams currently has 11 horses, including two ponies. The TU Trotters Jill Earl, Equestrian Advisor and Office Manager of the Student Affairs Department at Tiffin University, sent out mass emails to students, and to her surprise, more than 60 responses were received. By November 2006, the TU Equestrian Club, also known as the TU Trotters, had more than three dozen active members. As for the club and its benefits to students, Earl explained that “The students, set goals when they become involved and they’re able to meet these goals. This is empowering to the students.” Enhancing the Tiffin University Student Experience Johansen stresses that Lane of Dreams is about more than just riding horses. As a working farm, the facilities are designed to inspire in its visitors and students the value of agriculture and of open, green spaces. “As a Tiffin University Trustee, I’m always careful to keep my Trustee ‘hat’ separate from my business side and I am also well aware of our students who are involved in traditional sports like football, basketball, baseball and others. When I saw the other students involved in more traditional sports, I began to think of how the development of an equestrian club could be another way to become physically involved in an activity, as well as enhance the student experience,” she says. “Lane of Dreams offers that little bit extra for our participants. There is something very valuable about hard, physical work when you can see the fruits of your labor,” Johansen adds. “At the end of the day, we may be exhausted, sweaty and hot, but we can see that fence we put up. Even the cleaning of a stall creates an

Land of Dreams Farm provides an experience that is both deeply personal and also enlightening.”

Equestrian Club

awareness of how much the horse depends on you, and learning how to care for the horse brings its own, immediate rewards. Horses can become lonely, too, like people, so bringing students together and finding the right match between student and horse makes for a happy student and a happy horse.”

‘Riding is my comfort zone, with just me and the horses’ “Riding means so much to me,” says Tiniel Pinion, a junior majoring in Hospitality Management. “Riding allows me to get away from my school work and all the stress that I have from school. I feel that riding is my comfort zone with just me and the horses.” Briana Busby, a junior majoring in Homeland Security/Terrorism, adds, “This club has given me an experience I was always afraid to try. It has become a way to eliminate my stresses, meet new people and friends, and learn about and ride horses. Without this club, I would have never had these opportunities.” Stephanie Briggs, a sophomore majoring in Forensic Psychology and President of the TU Equestrian Club,

“I love the Equestrian Club. Because I live off campus, it’s harder for me to meet people that don’t have class with me. The club gave me the chance to meet other students who have a similar interest--horses,” says Claire Todd, a junior majoring in Human Resources. “I have the time of my life on riding days. There is never a dull moment. We are always laughing and having a good time. The horses also help stress levels. Being a college student can be stressful! The horses help me forget that stress.” Todd goes on, “It’s amazing how the personalities of the different horses are very similar to a human. My favorite horse, Buddy, is very similar to me personality-wise. He is more of a follower and laid back. I’m the exact same way.” ‘A Delightful Change of Roles’ For Tiffin University faculty and staff members, Lane of Dreams Farm provides an experience that is both deeply personal and also enlightening, as the traditional boundaries between professor and student are erased.

Equestrian Stephanie Briggs hugs Buddy



She says, “What we’ve discovered is that our students together with our horses meet a lot of different needs from relaxation to therapy, to a desire to learn more, a ride competitively.”

comments, “Ever since I was a child I had a fascination with horses but I was never able to ride on a regular basis. This program has turned out to be an adventure for me.”


“As an adult, I never had the opportunity to be around horses and ride until now,” Watts adds. “Each week, my confidence on the horse grows as we learn the basics. For me, working with the horses is a very personal and spiritual experience. It allows me several hours out of the week to forget about everything and just concentrate on the horse and riding. Being with the horses has a calming effect on my entire physical and psychological being.”

Equestrian Club

“I'm intrigued by an environment where students and I are equal in knowledge and experience, and more often than not, around students who are far more proficient at the sport,” remarks Michael Howell, TU’s Assistant Professor of Art and Art History and Director of The Diane Kidd Gallery. “I am very comfortable asking them for advice and pointers, a delightful change in roles, because some of the students are in my classes.” Dr. Phyllis Watts, Professor of Sociology and Faculty Athletic Representative, agrees. “This has been an excellent opportunity to interact with students from a different vantage point.”

ABOVE Claire Johansen and Julie Vogel

Each day, students gather horses from pasture




Watts grew up around horses, and as a small child, her mother would take the future TU faculty member and her brother to school on a horse. “At the time, I really was too young to acknowledge my being drawn to the animals. But I was told that Phyllis means ‘lover of horses,’ so it seemed like a natural for me,” she recalls.

Before Lane of Dreams, Howell had little background with horses, and this posed some initial trepidation on his part. “Initially I wanted to ‘give it a try’ as I’m quite active in ski, kayak, mountain bike, and rock climbing. Having minored in classical ballet in college I saw similarities in the physical and psychological demands. But getting on a horse, particularly with an English saddle, posed another problem – overcoming an intense fear of a creature that weighs a thousand pounds, has feet made of steel and teeth as large as my thumb.” He observes, “As evidenced by mounted police and the history of horses in war, I had this certain mindset to overcome. I frequently smile at this personal fear because I know that virtually every eight-year-old child would jump at the opportunity to leap onto a horse. But I practically fainted.” With the guidance of Johansen and Vogel, Howell says his fear has been replaced with respect and wonder. “I’m extremely amazed with the sport, the animals, and the level of concentration required. This is truly one of the most remarkable experiences I have ever had.”

As with other TU sports teams, scholarships will be offered to those students who make the team. Earl says that of the three dozen-plus current members of the club, eight students have committed to trying out for the team. Of these, four are experienced riders, and four are new to the sport. Johansen says she is impressed by the move to create an equestrian team. “Intercollegiate riding is different in that you don’t use your own horse,” she says. “You have from zero time to 10 minutes to get to know your horse, and then you need to be able to read the animal. The student needs the skills to ride, versus having an already, really trained horse--this is what true horsemanship is all about.” Johansen and Vogel will help to train and coach the team members. The team is planning to compete in at least eight shows per year, against schools throughout the region, Earl says.

The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association: a Team Sport The TU Equestrian Club is already preparing for the future: to compete competitively on the collegiate circuit through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Earl says she has started to recruit members for the TU equestrian team, which will be a separate entity from the club for the more experienced riders, and those students who wish to improve their skills and talents.

Equestrian Club

Claire Todd grooms Freckles




‘Living the Dream’ Of the TU Equestrian Club, and the development of the equestrian team sport, Earl remarks: “It’s been an awesome ride, no pun intended, for both me and the students to see how quickly things are happening, and how dedicated our club members are. They are truly living the dream. And each person’s dream is just a little bit different. If you ask why we have such a passion for horses, this is what it’s all about.”





Tiffin University celebrated Homecoming September 29 though October 1. The Athletic Hall of Fame dinner kicked off the weekend and on Saturday, pre-game festivities at the Frost-Kalnow stadium in Tiffin included tents of food, games and crafts for children, as well as live music featuring Tiffin’s rock band, Rusty Vinyl. As usual, Saturday’s athletic events included Women’s volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s soccer. A post-game reception took place at Tinker’s Dam at the Pioneer Mill Restaurant and TU’s Track and Field team sponsored a Texas Hold-em Poker Tournament.








ALUMNISCENE Making memories

TU Alum Kelly Kirkhart Cavanaugh Named Dean Tiffin University alumna and former staff and faculty member Kelly Kirkhart Cavanagh was named Dean of Academic Affairs for ITT Technical Institute, a for-profit college based in Hilliard, Ohio. Cavanagh graduated with her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1988 from TU, and later earned a master’s degree in education with a concentration in sports administration from Bowling Green State University.


She has been at ITT since 2004, working in a variety of roles leading to her current position. She and her husband, John, live in Columbus with their five-year-old child, Clare.


demics and athletics during her career in Tiffin. And as the founding coach for both the men’s and women’s track and field programs, Cavanagh’s teams produced the university’s first national qualifiers and conference champions. “I have to say that the main reason I have the position I do today is because the common theme throughout all of the opportunities I was given was in developing student retention programs,” she remarks. “I worked with many great people at Tiffin developing programs that would enhance students’ college experience, and most of those people are still there today taking those programs to unbelievable heights.” Cavanagh adds, “My other joy at Tiffin – and one that has helped me in dealing with the different backgrounds students come from – was coaching.” She admits that she misses coaching athletics, but finds that she is still able to utilize the skills she learned from athletics in the academic field, especially in motivating students to achieve what they initially didn’t think was possible.

Prior to joining ITT, she served as Assistant Marketing and Business Operations Manager for her family-owned business, John Cavanagh Appraisals, and as an adjunct faculty member in Ohio Dominican University’s LEAD Program in Columbus.

“My position at ITT is very rewarding from that aspect,” she says. “Students at ITT are learning a huge amount of curriculum in a very short time frame. At times, they can get overwhelmed. When I see this happening to a student, I take them aside and give them a ‘coaching pep talk’ – my ‘Cavanagh: You Can Do This’ speech.”

“The education that I received in business from Tiffin University with regard to consumer behavior, marketing, and making sound business decisions has been my resource when making tough decisions on the direction of the campus at ITT,” Cavanagh says.

She reflects: “I hope I am making a difference. That is why I have stayed with higher education because I want to make a difference. Working at Tiffin University gave me that initial desire.”

This background includes her 11 years of employment at TU, which began immediately after graduation. “When I worked at Tiffin, I was extremely fortunate to receive an unbelievable amount of opportunities,” she says. “Former President George Kidd seemed to come up with a ‘new’ job for me just about every year.” When she decided it was time to move on, she had worked in every department at Tiffin University except for Financial Aid. As the founding director of TU’s first branch campus in Lima, Ohio, and worked both in aca-

Cavanagh says she plans to pursue her Ph.D. while remaining at ITT “for a long time. This is a very rewarding environment.” ITT Technical Institute is also home to several other Tiffin University graduates, including high school Admissions Representative Janel Hemker-Murdock, Adjunct Instructor Anthony Dillard, and Nicole Filibeck-Shreck, Adult Admissions Representative at the school’s Norwood campus in Cincinnati.

TU Grads Marry and Perform Dissonant Grace features the talents of Tiffin University alumni Morgen and Theo Stiegler. While at TU, Morgen and Theo were featured performers with the a cappella group, Up in the Air. Both are 2004 graduates. Brad Rees, Director of Performing Arts at TU, remarks, “Theo and Morgen were such important contributors in so many ways. Morgen’s musical abilities as a vocalist, pianist and director were crucial to the growth of our music program, and Theo’s work as vocalist, arranger and business manager really took Up in the Air to a new level while he was in the group. Now it’s exciting to see them doing their own music in their own styles, and getting to use so many of their diverse talents.” About the music of Dissonant Grace, Theo Stiegler explains, “Duke Ellington once said, ‘If it sounds good, it is good.’ That’s basically our stylistic and artistic motto.” With a unique mix of alternative, experimental and acoustic styles, Dissonant Grace’s music also incorporates the sounds and spirit of folk, world beat and chamber music.

The name Dissonant Grace is inspired by the belief that grace somehow finds all of us in all we do, and that dissonance may sometimes be harmonious, “especially when it’s a graceful sort of dissonance.” Ohio native Morgen plays keyboard, sings, and contributes most of the duo’s original material. She has been a classically trained pianist since the age of 5. Theo, a native of East Germany, grew up listening to

Experience the Gems of the Baltic with Tiffin University in 2007! President and Mrs. Marion will be your hosts, and Tiffin University will sponsor other special events and private parties along with ports of call in Copenhagen and Arhus, Denmark; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm and Visby, Sweden; and Warnemunde, Berlin. The ship will depart from the port of Copenhagen, Denmark on July 3, 2007. For our 2007 cruise, we have once again selected the Holland America cruise line because they offer a more spacious experience and five-star amenities. Complete travel packages are available from $3,958* per person and include 2-nights hotel, 10-night cruise, all transfers, taxes, fees and airfare. A deposit of $600 per person guarantees your space. Final payment is due April 5, 2007. All major credit cards accepted. For more details or to make your reservation, call Kelly at Ships 'N Trips at 419.448.7490 or e-mail her at *Prices reflected are accurate as of April 17, 2006. Increases in any taxes and fees or fuel surcharges will be added at final billing. Price based on category K, inside cabin. Air rates based on current rates for Detroit, Cleveland or Columbus. Rates for other city may vary.

Show your TU PRIDE! How many of you have your diploma hanging in your office? Do you wear Tiffin University apparel when you are traveling or on vacation? Do you have a TU license plate on your car? Does a TU Alumni plate holder display your license plate? Participating in small activities like these helps promote your alma mater. Who knows when the next prospective student (or parent) will notice that you graduated from Tiffin University?


Morgen and Theo Stiegler


“I know that music helps us to discover the genuine: the spiritual life that lives within us. I know it is healing. I know it is a bonding agent for us humans,” says Morgen Stiegler. “Theo and I write music because it is a window to the soul. We perform because we have a need to show others who we really are. We are so excited to be doing what we do.”



gospel and Bach. He is a classically trained cellist and guitarist, and also plays bass, sings, does vocal percussion, and arranges much of Dissonant Grace’s musical material. For more information, please visit

Making memories

TU Alum Says “I do” at Halftime By: Abigail Kanellakis What do two people, one from Michigan and one from Ohio; say to each other during the half time of a tense football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines? In the case of Ronele Myers and Jason Campbell, they say “I do.” That is what


happened at the Sycamore Community Center on Saturday, November 18, 2006, when Campbell finally made his dream of getting married on the 50 yard line a reality, when he and Myers tied the knot in front of hundreds of die-hard football fans.


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Myers, a 2005 Marketing graduate of Tiffin University, moved to Ohio when she was only 11 years old. However, even after the move, the spirit of a Wolverine stayed with her. After the couple became engaged last February, Campbell, a Sycamore native, threw the idea of getting married on the 50 yard line at the horseshoe as a joke, but due to their background they came to the “mutual” decision to have the ceremony on the date of the “Big Game” between their rival teams; turning the ceremony into a giant tailgating party. Planning for the wedding “has been really fun and exciting,” exclaimed Myers. Many of the bride’s family, who still reside in Michigan, drove for four hours just to attend the wedding and many of them were very excited. During the game, the bride and groom took front row seats for the showdown

between their rival teams. Meanwhile their guests crowded around them cheering on their respective teams at every play. At half-time, with Michigan trailing by 14 points, it was time for the bride and groom to take their vows. Attendants set up the “field” in the middle of the room with the 50 yard line positioned in front of the Mayor of Sycamore (who was dressed as a referee). At the end of the day OSU came out on top, and at least for the groom (and many wedding guests), it was a perfect end to a perfect day. It is likely that these newlyweds will never forget their anniversary, and as the years go by, hopefully, they will remember to “love, honor, and cherish” each other… no matter who wins in the years to come.

CLASSSCENE 1950s Herb Probst, Class of 1954, Bluffton, Ohio, is a genealogist and author of the Bluffton News column, “Our Swiss Pioneers.” Herb specializes in researching family histories of the Bluffton/Pandora area, in particular, those of the Swiss pioneers. Herb’s career with Marathon Oil took him on assignments to Texas and England. After retiring, he and his wife, Carol, moved to Bluffton. His interest in genealogy was sparked when he and his wife accompanied friends on heritage tours to Switzerland, France and Germany. John B. Parrish, Class of 1958, Charlotte, North Carolina, has retired as an auditor. John writes, “When we lived in Ohio, I served on a local school board for 8 years. Here in North Carolina, I am currently in my 5th year serving on a local PTA Board.


Arlene Tjaden Garvin, Class of 1978, Fremont, Ohio, is a successful Mary Kay Consultant. She and her husband, Keith, have 4 children.

1980s Gregg Walters, Class of 1984, Russia, Ohio, is a Production Supervisor with State Line Agriculture, Inc. He writes, “With my ABA and a minor in Agriculture,

Doug Walton, Class of 1984, Upper Sandusky, Ohio donated his time and his professional auctioning skills to Professor Laura Ketter's Freshmen Seminar class on December 8. This marked his fourth year calling bids for this class. As part of the Freshmen Seminar experience, students earn token dollars that they may then spend at the auction on the last day of class. Doug began by explaining ways in which his education has helped him reach his personal and professional goals as an Auctioneer, Real Estate Broker and President of Walton Realty and Auction Company. For many of the students, this was their first opportunity to bid at an auction and it was a very exciting experience. Doug is President Elect of the Ohio Auctioneers Association and serves on several Boards of Directors. The corporate office is located in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and serves the Northeastern and North Central Ohio real estate and auction market and may be contacted at

Tell Us About Yourself

Jeffrey Lytle, Class of 1989, Ely, Minnesota, is a Director for Northwoods Hospice Respite Partners in Minnesota. He and his wife, Kristi, have 8 children. He graduated with M. Div. degree in 1994 from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. He was a Naval Officer from 1991-2004.

1990s Brian Falter, Class of 1994, Tiffin, Ohio, is comanager of the Tiffin office of Huston Financial Services. HFS has two primary locations in Findlay and Tiffin and four satellite locations in Ohio and Indiana. Brian has been with HFS for 12 years.


Gary Robinette, Class of 1972, Raleigh, North Carolina, was named President and CEO of Ply Gem Industries in September. Ply Gem Industries, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of residential exterior building products. Gary most recently served as Executive Vice President of Operations of Stock Building Supply, a leading supplier of building materials and services to professional contractors. He earned his bachelor of science degree in accounting from TU and went on to earn a master of business administration degree from Xavier University. He began his career in the management development program for Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati, and then worked for Avon Products as divisional sales manager. Prior to joining Carolina Holdings, Inc., he was executive vice president and CFO of Mutual Manufacturing & Supply in Cincinnati. Gary has served Tiffin University as a Trustee since 1998.

I have advanced steadily in my career, and I am interested in pursuing my bachelor’s degree.


Debora Nielsen Souder, Class of 1994, Tiffin, Ohio, is Director of Finance for the City of Tiffin. She has two children, Josh and Jeremy.

Tell Us About Yourself

Steven Fox, Class of 1995, East Greenville, PA, writes, “I married Jill Valentine, whom I met at TU during our freshman year. We moved to Phoenix shortly after graduation and then relocated to the Philadelphia area in 1999 due to job promotions. We now have two beautiful girls, Abigaile and Ava. Jill is a Sr. Sales Manager for IMS Health and I am a Market Research Manager for The Vanguard Group.” Ilker Onen, Class of 1995, Lexington, Kentucky, writes, “I received my master’s degree from the University of Louisville in 2005. Briefly after my thesis defense, I obtained employment at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. I work as a Mitigation Special/Investigator in the Capital Unit of the PostConviction Division. My duties include finding lay and expert witnesses, creating social histories of our death row clients, composing affidavits, testifying in court proceedings, finding mitigation themes for the case, and interviewing jurors. I have always wanted a career that matches my political/social orientations. To this end, I have finally found what I was looking for. My work experience so far has cast one solidifying impression of the criminal justice system: MOST CASES ARE NOT AS EASILY CONSTRUCTED AND CONVINCING AS PORTRAYED ON CSI!”


Kimberly Morgan Rossi, Class of 1995, Chandler, Arizona, is a Quality Assurance Manager for Express Scripts in Tempe. She and her husband, Mark, have a son named Samuel.


Matt Schlagheck, MBA 1995, Genoa, Ohio, was named Physician Practice Manager at Mercy Hospital of Tiffin. In this newly created position, Matt manages day-to-day operations and staff of Mercy’s employed physician offices and serves as a conduit between the physicians and administration. Matt has served in a number of positions with Mercy Health Partners since he began his career in 1978 at St. Charles Mercy Hospital as a respiratory therapist. Joe Frankine, Class of 1996, Bedford, Ohio, is a Restaurant Manager for Chili’s Grill & Bar in Macedonia, Ohio.

Patricia Margraf, Class of 1996, Findlay, Ohio, was hired as the Financial Officer for The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. She was finance director of the Collaborative Network of Lucas County; owner of Accounting and Consulting Services in Tiffin; a senior accountant at Pigman, Walter and Associates CPA’s in Bucyrus; and finance director of Lucas County Early Childhood Network. Jennifer Laker Rieke, Class of 1997, Defiance, Ohio, is a Financial Service Representative for Midwest Community Federal Credit Union. She and her husband, Eric, have two children. Jenna Sager Skidmore, Class of 1997, Tiffin, Ohio, writes, “Just an update to let the alumni office know that I am now working part-time in town at Myers & Smith. It enables me to be in town, since my husband works in the Toledo area. I left AON after 9 years of administrative/technical work. My husband has recently earned a degree in Power and Controls and he is now an electrician/PLC programmer for NorPLas Industries in Northwood. We still reside in Tiffin with our 4-year old son Jimmy.” Brian Abbott, Class of 1998, Austin, Texas, is Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Neopost Loop One. He and his wife, Kellie, have a son, Benjamin. Kellie is an Occupational Therapist.

Dorothy Beekman Richie, Class of 1998, Clyde, Ohio, is a Social Worker/Case Worker for Sandusky County DJFS/Children Services. Janett Calland, Class of 1999, Port Clinton, Ohio, was appointed Senior Vice President of the Department of Ohio, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic for 2006-2007. She is also the President of the Lieutenant Jacob W. Parrott Circle #107, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic out of Oak Harbor. Calland is on the speaker circuit for talks on Civil War women and general topics of interest about the Civil War. In July, she spoke at the seventh annual Civil War Reenactment at Roscoe Village in Coshocton, Ohio. Anita Toner Reinhart, MBA 1999, Alvada, Ohio, is Vice President of Human Resources for Connecting Point in Toledo.

Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Drew Shifley, MCJ 1999, Galion, Ohio, returned to the U.S. in April after being deployed to an overseas forward-operating location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Drew is a Psychological Operations Instructor with 21 years of military service.

Libbey Danklefsen Swearingen, Class of 2002, Sidney, Ohio, writes, “Since graduation, I married Brent Swearingen and we have two beautiful daughters, Abigail and Addison. I put my career on hold to start our family, but I am now getting ready to re-enter the workforce.”


Alexis Berg, Class of 2003, Ada, Ohio, graduated from Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University with a degree of Juris Doctor.

Linda Bussell Below, MBA 2000, Avon Lake, Ohio, writes, “Since I received by BA from TU in 1996, I married James Below and we live in Avon Lake. I continued my education from Tiffin in Elyria. Our MBA group was the first to graduate from the Elyria Campus. Since graduation, I was employed with Lockheed Martin at NASA Glenn Research Center for 8 years. I have 2 children and I currently do not work out of my home and I love every minute of it!!” Carol Feller, Class of 2001, Wooster, Ohio, married John Quicci in January. Carol is a Compliance Analyst at Ohio Legacy Bank. Erika Williams Sassaman, Class of 2001, Anthem, Arizona, works in Operations at Grant Thornton, LLP. Information she would like to pass along, “Kim and I were married on June 17, 2006, in Aurora, Ohio.

Ashley Fritz, Class of 2002, Bonita Springs, Florida, is a Banquet and Catering Manager for Bonita Bay Club. Cathy Heyman, Class of 2002, Attica, Ohio, was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Senior Credit Analyst with Sutton Bank. Cathy began her career with Sutton Bank in 1995, and served in various capacities within the bank before becoming a Loan Officer in 1992. In 2000, she was promoted to Credit Analyst, and in 2004, Senior Credit Analyst. She and her husband, Ron, have 3 children. Seth Reed, Class of 2002, Independence Missouri, married Lindsey Nelson in October. Seth is employed as an Assistant Manager of Best Buy in Independence and Lindsey is a Registered Nurse.

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Michael Nocera, Class of 2003, Mentor, Ohio, joined 84 Lumber Company, the nation’s largest privately held building materials supplier to professional contractors. He is responsible for sales, estimating and material takeoffs, performing in-store merchandising and maintaining store and yard appearance. Peter Sciulli, Class of 2003, Bay Village, Ohio, writes, “My favorite memory was of course, graduation. I have a picture of my son and me holding my degree and he is wearing my cap. I think the photo will continue to help solidify the idea in his mind to get as much education as he can. After graduation, I got married and I later accepted a position as a Product Quality Engineer. I am currently self-employed in Medical Insurance/Benefits Sales. I am also currently looking for a career in the Cleveland area in Medical Device Sales. My degree from TU has proven invaluable in my business dealings and in life in general. I plan on pursuing an MBA as soon as possible. Keith VanHoose, MBA 2003, Port Clinton, Ohio, is Owner/CEO of Home Helpers, a senior caregiver program. Home Helpers, a non-medical assistance program, provides senior citizens with the extra help needed to allow them to stay in their own homes. Home Helpers provides assistance to seniors in Ottawa, Sandusky and most of Erie Counties. Keith and his wife, Mary, also own the local Direct Link office, which is an in-home emergency monitoring company for seniors. Lisa DiSabato-Moore, Class of 2004, Tallmadge, Ohio, is a Program Manager for Oriana House, Inc., in Akron. She writes, “I am constantly speaking of the program to my co-workers, both those seeking graduate degrees and bachelor’s degrees. I studied with the on-line track, and I was so pleased that I take every opportunity I can to share what a great experience it was.” Lisa and her husband, Brian, have 2 sons.


Krista Bucher, Class of 2002, Toledo, Ohio, has worked for Owens Corning Headquarters ($6 billion company) for almost 3 years. She began in customer service and worked her way up. She is now accountable for all international sales for the Cultured Stone Division for Europe, Asia and Australia. “I also work on market development where we currently do not have a market share,” says Krista. “Most likely, I would not be where I am today without participating in the study abroad program through TU at Regents College, and then independently in Spain. I plan to go back to school for a master’s degree soon.”

Emily Racette Montgomery, Class of 2003, Roswell, New Mexico, moved to New Mexico with her husband, Lewie, about a year ago. She writes, “We love the sunshine!”


Steven Harris, MBA 2004, Fremont, Ohio, was named Director of Laboratory Services for Magruder Hospital. Prior, he was Director of Laboratory Services for Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky. After the merger between Firelands and Providence Hospital, Steven was responsible for the consolidation of the two laboratories.

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Andrew Newman, Class of 2004, Tiffin, Ohio, married Colleen Miller in June. Andrew is a Pilot at Tiffin Aire and Colleen is an Intake and Referral Coordinator for Seneca County “Help Me Grow.” Sandra Williams, MS 2004, Cleveland, Ohio, a former Army Reservist, will take office in 2007 in the Ohio Senate, 11th District. Sandra has five years of experience as a Legislative Aide in the House. She says she was influential in the passage of House Bill 275 of the 125th General Assembly, which allows the surviving children of service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom to receive free college tuition.


Jamie Wells Wilson, MCJ 2004, Mingo Junction, Ohio was hired as Adviser/Recruiter of Jefferson Community College. She is also an adjunct instructor at JCC, where she teaches law enforcement classes. Previously, she was a legal aide in the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office and a detention officer for Jefferson County’s juvenile detention center.


Angela Dudley, MCJ of 2005, Cleveland, Ohio, is Assistant Agent-InCharge of Enforcement for the Ohio Department of Public Safety. She writes, “I am very interested in becoming involved with the Tiffin University Alumni & Friends.”

Angela Factor, Class of 2005, Tiffin, Ohio, married Jonathan Hoppes in July. Angela is employed as a Specialist at CROSSWAEH C.B.C.F. and Jonathan is a Sales Consultant for New Haven Supply.

Holly Jenkins, Class of 2005, Olmstead Falls, Ohio, is a Corrections Officer for Grafton Correctional Institution in Grafton, Ohio. She writes, “Since graduating from Tiffin, I have moved on with my career. I have been employed with the State of Ohio for a little over 6 months as a Corrections Officer, and soon, I will be starting graduate school – which I intend on getting a

Master’s Degree in Social Work. I really enjoyed my time at TU and met a lot of new friends. I feel that my degree gave me more of an understanding of criminals and how they behave, and I want to further my career as a Psychology Assistant at the prison, and eventually get my Ph.D. in Psychology. Kristen Anne Seeley, Class of 2005, Metairie, Louisiana, writes, “I'm working in New Orleans for a non-profit organization called Building Better Communities. We offer mental and spiritual counsel as well as furniture, building materials, and clothing to our clients. It is unbelievable that 14 months after Katrina, this city has not recovered. On my way to work for about 23 miles as far as I can see to my left and

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right there are empty homes full of muddy furniture, mold, and broken-hearted families. We have partnered with an organization called CrossRoads Missions out of Louisville KY, which is in charge of running teams between 100-200 people per week. There are still thousands of homes that need to be gutted and thousands of families that need to know someone cares. I wanted to write to ask if there was anyway to get a group together that would like to come for a week or do some type of toy drive or fundraising for this Christmas for the families here. Visit our website at Many of the pictures were taken just a month or so ago. New Orleans still looks this way and the government is not doing enough to help these hurting families. My organization looks to volunteers and donations to help in rebuilding New Orleans.” Email: . Scott Gelbaugh, Class of 2006, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, married Tanielle Shumaker in July. Scott is a volunteer Fireman with Upper Sandusky Fire Department, Auxillary Sheriff with the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Department, a Professional Painter and a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves.

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Andrea Howse, MBA 2006 and Andrew Faber, MBA 2006, Tiffin, Ohio, was married in September. Andrea is employed at Tiffin University as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Andrew is employed as a Staff Accountant at Fruth and Company.

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In Memoriam

1920s Alice Carpenter, Class of 1928, Tiffin, Ohio, passed away in October. For more than 20 years, she was a volunteer and buyer for the Mercy Hospital gift shop.

1930s FACULTY As Challenge Magazine was going to press, word was received of the following two deaths: Dr. James Todd, Tiffin, Ohio, passed away on December 12 as a result of multiple injuries he sustained in an automobile accident. A James C. Todd Memorial Scholarship Fund has been created at Tiffin University and Dr. Todd's family wishes that all memorials be in the form of donations to this fund. Donations may be sent in care of The Development Office, Tiffin University, 155 Miami Street, Tiffin, Ohio.


Dr. Kerr “Buddy” Watson Jr., Boiling Springs, NC, died unexpectedly on December 8. Dr. Watson was currently a professor in the Department of Management at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs. He previously taught and served in administrative positions in the business departments of Mount Olive College, American International University, Tiffin University, Virginia Intermont College, Tusculum College, and Western Carolina.


Geneva M. Shepherd Mrs. Shepherd passed away in October. She graduated from Ohio University with high honors, was active in drama and public speaking, and taught communication at Tiffin University from 1959-1982. She enjoyed her 23 years of college teaching and the contacts she made there with many young people. She was a favorite instructor for many TU students.

Lelah Daniel, Class of 1938, Bloomville, Ohio, passed away in August. After graduation, she worked at U.S. Glass, O & M Seed Company, Copperweld Steel Company while living in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Stouffer Corporation while living in Pittsburgh, then back in Ohio she worked at the Air Force Depot in Shelby, the Grabler Corporation, ExCel Wire and retired from Heidelberg College.

1960s Thomas Downey, Class of 1961, passed away in November, 2000. Tom retired from Newberry’s and the Brown Shoe Group. He had been involved in the opening of 250 new stores.

1980s Donald Lynch, Class of 1986, Tiffin, Ohio, passed away as a result of an industrial accident in August. He started his career at Porcelain Products in Carey before moving to Budd Co. (Continental Structural Plastics), where he worked for 33 years as a project/launch engineer.

2000s Lance Cpl. Jeremy S. Shock, Class of 2005, Green Springs, Ohio, was a member of the 1st Battalion of the 24th Marines, headquartered at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township. He belonged to the battalion's weapons company, which is based in Perrysburg, Ohio. Jeremy joined the Marines in late 2004, and acquired a National Defense Service medal and a certificate of commendation during his tenure. He specialized as a machine-gunner in Iraq and also worked in the armory repairing weapons. His death brings to 10 the number of Marines killed in his battalion in roughly seven weeks on the ground in Anbar province. Jeremy married his fiancée, TU graduate Clara Ramirez, Class of 2004. Kimberly Popenberg, MBA 2005, Alvada, Ohio, passed away in October as a result of an auto accident. Formerly of Alvada, and more recently of Butler County’s Cranberry Township near Pittsburgh, she was executive director of Cancer Patient Services of Findlay for 5 years. She resigned in May to become an Accounts Manager for Mailing Services of Pittsburgh in Freedom, Pennsylvania.

A Tale of a Fallen American Hero and his South American Bride ... A Tiffin University Love Story By Dr. Bonnie Tiell with the assistance of Jan Feasel Tiffin University alumnus, 22 year old Marine Lance Corporal Jeremy S. Shock, lost his life in Iraq on November 19, 2006. On an ordinary Sunday, Marines simultaneously appeared at his childhood home in Green Springs, Ohio, and in Cincinnati where his wife, Clara Ramirez Shock, also an alum and former employee of Tiffin University, lives and works. The news was that Lance Cpl Shock was in the first vehicle leading his platoon in combat operations in Iraq’s Al Anbar province when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in front of his Humvee and he eventually lost his life. Clara had spoken to her husband in Iraq only a day and a half earlier. Three communities were deeply affected by the news of Jeremy’s untimely death, including his weapon’s company out of Perrysburg (the 1st battalion of the 24th Marine regiment, 4th Marine Division), Jeremy’s hometown of Green Springs, Ohio (and Clyde High School), and our own Tiffin University. It was a week before Jeremy’s body would arrive back on American soil after being transported through Germany. When the initial news hit, scores of Jeremy’s relatives and high school classmates comforted his family in Green Springs. It would be days before Clara’s family would arrive from her hometown in Ecuador. Instead, it was her closest friends and alumni of Tiffin University who could provide immediate comfort of any sort.

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Jeremy graduated with honors and many believe it was Jeremy’s experience in the Washington Center Summer Internship Program working with INTEPOL (International Criminal Police Organization) that impacted his decision to join the marine program. “Jeremy took advantage of the opportunities he had while in Washington D. C. and he networked with different people from various federal law enforcement agencies. In fact, one of his professional contacts working for the U.S. Capitol Police encouraged Jeremy to contact him for a job if he should later change his mind about the military,” remarked Dr. Steven Hurwitz, Professor of Psychology and Criminal Justice at Tiffin University. In the fall, Hurwitz invited Jeremy back to Tiffin University as a guest speaker in the CJ Senior Seminar class. At that point, he was a full marine and his future plans included law school. “Jeremy came with his recruiter to talk about the Marines,” said Dr. Hurwitz. “He was there in his uniform looking so proud. He joked about all of the weight he had lost from going

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Clara is originally from a small town in Ecuador called Cuenca, which was featured as the exotic location during the 2004 Miss Universe Pageant. Cuenca is a beautiful location in South America known for its cobblestone streets, towering cathedrals, and marble and whitewashed buildings. Clara left Ecuador in the late nineties and entered a travel abroad program for a year of education at Madison High School near Cleveland, Ohio. She was recruited in 1999 by Tiffin University to play tennis, where she would graduate with honors, become homecoming queen (twice), serve as president of the international world student association, preside as president of the student-athlete advisory committee, earn her MBA, and eventually be hired to coach tennis and work in the undergraduate admission office at her alma mater.

Jeremy was the hometown all-American boy Clara became connected with though friends. The year they met, he was part of the Tiffin University football team and was excelling in his studies. Paul Smith, one of his football coaches remarked, “along with being a great athlete, Jeremy was a very focused and mature young man and he was the model athlete of what I hoped to continue to coach in our football program for the rest of my career.”


through basic training. His recruiter talked about how Jeremy would be a good candidate for Officer Candidacy School.”

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Clara and Jeremy Schock



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Jeremy had enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2004 as a machine gunner, graduated boot from camp, and began training as a weapons specialist with his Perrysburg reserve unit. After his graduation from Tiffin University, he quickly rose to the rank of Lance Corporal and was stationed in California. He received a National Defense Service Medal and a certificate of commendation. In January 2006, Clara accepted a position with Hobson’s Inc., an enrollment management technology firm based in Cincinnati. Jeremy was with her in Cincinnati during periods of leave from military duty. Clara has a genuine and infectious personality that attracts friends quickly. Jeremy was a small town guy and genuinely excited to travel to Ecuador to meet his girlfriend’s family. Together, they planned to marry in Ecuador in Clara’s hometown church. In the interim, they had also discussed a wedding at St. Mary Catholic Church in Tiffin, where they often attended mass together. After receiving his active orders to be deployed to Iraq, alternate plans were made and, in a matter of days, Clara and Jeremy obtained a marriage license and shared their vows among a handful of friends and family at the Tiffin Municipal Court House in April of this year. For the remainder of the spring and summer, Jeremy spent most of his time stationed and training in California. In September, Jeremy left for active duty in Iraq.

After five hours of standing by Jeremy’s side, his wife and his mother received the Purple Heart Medal of Honor representing all those wounded or killed in military action. Jeremy’s funeral in Tiffin was a stunning site for those who passed the church lined by freedom riders holding American flags. The freedom riders, mostly armed services veterans, are part of the Patriot Guard Riders – a national group of motorcyclists who ride on missions to support the military. Scores of faculty, staff, students and alumni from Tiffin University attended the service.

The love story doesn’t end with his mortal passing. It continues and leaves a lasting impression, especially on those who attended Jeremy’s funeral in the church where they were to be married. In that church, only months following his departure to Iraq, the marine widow bravely read her last letter from her husband, who lost his life fighting for his country.

It took quite some time for the contingency to eventually file out of the church and begin the procession to the graveside service in Green Springs.

When Jeremy’s mother and Clara rode in the vehicle that carried Jeremy’s body, the streets of Green Springs were lined by individuals holding a candle vigil for the fallen marine. Under constant guard by a US marine from his combat unit, Jeremy’s casket lay open to the public at Green Spring’s only funeral home. His wife and immediate family welcomed family and friends in a crowded room filled with pictures and memorials.

Those who experienced his life and his death witnessed an awe-inspiring display of heroism, national pride, and international fellowship.

And so ends this tragic love story of a young man who found love at Tiffin University and went to war never to return.

May Lance Corporal Jeremy Shock rest in God’s heavenly peace.

SPORTSSCENE Fall Review Football The Tiffin football program enjoyed its most successful season ever, finishing 10-1 and ranked as high as 12th nationally in the AFCA Division II coaches poll. A tough 24-23 loss in the team’s final game to Great Lakes Football Conference rival Saint Joseph’s does not diminish the amazing accomplishments of this team. “We are proud of our players and coaches for the accomplishments during the season. Overall, it was a great season,” said Cole. Entering the season, the team had high expectations, but with each dominating win during the season, the reality of their accomplishments and this team’s potential became clear to outside observers. The Dragons began the season ranked 44th in the AFCA Division II coach’s poll and steadily rose as the wins began piling up. Despite early season injuries to tailbacks Dan Barnes and Austin Clopton, the team rolled through their first five games, including a 24-17 overtime victory on the road versus Ohio Dominican that upped their record to 5-0 and lifted their AFCA ranking to an all-time high at #23.

Victories against GLFC rivals Central State (19-14) and Lincoln (62-8), sandwiched around a home victory against Division II rival Hillsdale (24-14), left the team with an unblemished 10-0 record, a #12 ranking in the

Sophomore Matt Root (820 yards) split time under center with Johnson (438 yards, 5 TDs) with Johnson leading the team in rushing yards with 739 yards while scoring eight touchdowns. Austin Clopton led the team with 11 total touchdowns, and ran for 563 yards, with Hemmelgarn third on the team with 443 yards (7.5 ypc). WR Dyshaun Edwards led the team with 25 catches and 292 yards, while WR Cody Koselke (274 yards, 3 TDs) and TE Sean Ostrowski (23 catches, 260 yards) contributed to the passing attack. Joe Crawford led the defense with eight sacks, while Troy Brookins snatched eight interceptions. Senior SS Tremayne Johnson led the team with 83 tackles, with LBs Steve Yarbrough (68 tackles), Steve Davis (63 tackles, 5 sacks), and Parris Burt (62 tackles) close behind. ‘

Women’s Soccer The Women’s Soccer team survived any and all obstacles this season with a tenacious defensive effort and a team-first mentality that carried this program back to the NAIA national playoffs for the third time in the past seven years and into the Sweet 16 for the first time in the program’s history. The team finished the season with a record of 17 wins, four losses, and two ties.

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BOTTOM Senior Jen Rosselit set a new Dragons record with 14 shutouts in the 2006 season, leading the Lady Dragons to the NAIA Sweet 16 at the National Tournament.


After shutting down Gannon and Kentucky Wesleyan at home, where the Dragons outscored their opponents 44-13, the team stood at 7-0. A balanced running attack and an opportunistic defense were the key components of success. Sophomore Jon Hemmelgarn, junior Donnie Johnson and senior Austin Clopton each reached the 100 yard rushing mark in games, with Hemmelgarn and Clopton topping the feat twice through seven games. Tremayne Johnson, Steven Davis, and Joe Crawford earned GLFC defensive player of the week honors for their contributions, and punter Brent Simonson earned special teams player of the week honors.

AFCA Division II coaches poll, and #18 ranking in’s poll. The one-point loss against Saint Joseph’s to end the season was disheartening, but leaves the team with motivation for next season. “It’s unfortunate how our season ended, but it’s been a great season and gives us something to build on for next year,” said Coach Cole.


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Establishing a new program record with 14 shutouts in a season, the team dominated their opponents, allowing only two goals in their sixteen victories, and only fifteen goals throughout the entire season. Offensively, the Lady Dragons were just as dominating, scoring four or more goals nine times during the season, including a 13-0 blowout of Rio Grande and a 7-0 rout of MaineFort Kent in the Region IX Semifinals. Tiffin led the American Mideast Conference in goals per game (3.76), team assists per game (3.94), and team points per game (11.47), while finishing second in goals allowed (0.81). In fact, subtracting an 8-0 loss to Grand Valley State to begin the year, opponents managed to score only seven goals on Tiffin in twenty games. Tiffin closed out the season with a 5-1-2 conference record, good enough for third in the Southern Division behind Mt. Vernon and Ohio Dominican. In the AMC qualifying round, the team avenged a 1-0 loss earlier in the season to Mt. Vernon, besting the Cougars 2-1. After defeating Maine-Fort Kent in the Region IX semifinals, Tiffin squared off against Houghton, ranked fifth nationally and undefeated during the regular season. The Dragons prevailed with a 1-0 victory, securing their first Region IX Championship and NAIA national playoff appearance since 2002.

Senior Moe Karanouh (First Team All-AMC) helped lead Tiffin to an upset of top-ranked Rio Grande in 2006.




The Dragons placed six players on the American Mideast Conference teams. Senior defender Lauren Dittrich, junior midfielder Niquita Amirkhanian, and senior forward Rachel Garofolo all made first-team All-AMC. Senior goalkeeper Jen Rosselit earned second team honors, while sophomore midfielders Renee Cain and Ciara Gossett received honorable mention. Garofolo led the Dragons with 19 goals and 45 points, while Amirkhanian (8g, 30pts), Andrea Guthrie (8g, 23pts), and Emily Goldsberry (7g, 19pts) contributed to a balanced offensive attack. Rosselit led the defensive effort, working between the posts for all of the Dragons fourteen shutouts this season.

Men’s Soccer The Men’s Soccer team survived a rollercoaster season that included a six-game winning streak, a three-game winless streak, a victory over the #1 team in the nation, and a first round playoff loss. In the end, the team finished with an 11-6-1 record, and established the groundwork for another great season next year.

The team stormed out of the gates by winning eight of its first nine matches, with their only blemish being a 2-0 loss at conference foe Roberts Wesleyan. The defense, led by goalkeepers Mike Rutkowski and Matt McSweeney, had allowed only twelve goals, and the offense had produced thirty goals thus far. Over the next five matches, however, the team struggled to find the consistency they had earlier, winning only one match to see their record slide to 9-5. Then, the improbable happened. Hosting the #1 team in the nation, and struggling to regain their early season success, the Dragons shocked Rio Grande 3-2 in a tight battle that saw the team hold off a flurry of shots over the final five minutes. The team’s regular season closed with a 3-0 victory against Mt. Vernon and a 0-0 tie on the road against Walsh, leaving them with a 5-2-1 AMC record and a chance to avenge an earlier loss to Ohio Dominican in the AMC tournament qualifying round. The team faltered in the playoff game, 4-1, but the season still had its moments of greatness and saw some terrific athletes on the field. Nick Dreshaj was named the American Mideast Conference South Division freshman of the year, tying for the team lead in points (28) and finishing second in goals (11) behind fellow first-year standout Tony Iyayi (12). Iyayi was a first-team All-AMC selection, along with senior defender Cameron Boyd and senior midfielder Moe Karanouh. Also receiving honorable mention conference awards were junior defender Mircea Handru and sophomore midfielder Byron Kaverman. The team finished second in the AMC in goals per game with 2.87 and was third in both team assists per game (2.73) and team points per game (8.47). Heading into its first season of full-fledged NCAA Division II membership, Coach Ian Day is saddened by the loss of strong senior leadership, but looking forward to working with his returning players on starting a new chapter in Tiffin’s storied men’s soccer history.

Volleyball The Tiffin volleyball program shattered the all-time record for wins in a season under the guidance of firstyear coach T.J. Shouse, eclipsing the previous mark that stood for sixteen years. The team finished the season with an overall mark of 35-10, besting the 1989 team’s 31 wins, while qualifying for the both the American Mideast Conference and NAIA Regional IX playoff tournaments. The team started off the season with a respectable 5-5 record against tough competition; losses to Madonna, Walsh, and Olivet Nazarene, all nationally ranked, proved to benefit the team in the long run. “Our team goal early on was to stay above .500 and build on our record with each match. Those tough early matches were lessons on just how hard we were going to have to work to have a successful season,” said Coach Shouse. The team ran off three nine-match winning streaks

during the regular season, with its final three losses coming at the hands of nationallyranked Cedarville and Walsh. One of those victories, however, was a five-game thriller on Senior Night that established this season as something truly special. The team relied on strong senior leadership and a solid bench to make history. All-Conference and all-Region selection Jess Schult broke her own record for kills in a season (607), while AMC Libero of the Year Holly Morgan capped off an amazing career as the team leader in digs (694). Amber Metzgar broke the single season record for assists per game (10.86), while block leaders Kelly Hanlon (123) and Katie Luker (127) protected the net. Metzgar and sophomore Beth Willenbrink (357 kills) also earned All-Conference honors, while Nikki Cranick (332 kills, 420 digs) made the AMC All-Freshmen team.

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Held at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the Division II Great Lakes Region Championship included some of the best distance runners around. Tiffin finished 9th out of 23 teams in the men’s race, a strong showing for a group that placed a distant 16th out of 20 teams last season. Andrew Belzer led Tiffin’s cause in 34th place (33:34), the fourth time this season the senior has been the first Dragon across the finish line. Belzer was followed up by Justin Setty (40, 33:45), Jeremy Lee (56, 34:09), and Chad Roberts (69, 34:28). On the women’s side, the team was lacking many runners who went to the AMC/Region IX Championships, but still had strong showings in the 3k from freshmen Maria Shaw (34:36) and Andrea Bader (37:27).

Winter Review Men’s Basketball The 2006-07 Tiffin Dragons may not look a lot different, but they have a new mentality thanks to first-year Head Coach Rodney Martin. “We can’t take any breaks as a team. We need to play hard every minute of practice and games and outlast our opponents,” Martin noted. The team returns three starters from last year’s squad that finished 15-12 overall and 7-11 in the American Mideast South Division. In this final year as a member of the AMC and NAIA, the Dragons look to improve their level of play and make a statement on their way out the door. The Dragons bring back most of their roster from last year. Junior guard Hernandez Skiver, a second-team AllAMC selection last year and leading scorer at 15 ppg, returns with his sharp shooting skills intact (41% 3FG,

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LEFT Senior Jessica Schult finished her record-setting career, setting a new record for career kills while leading Tiffin to its most wins in school history. BOTTOM

Hernandez Skiver leads the Dragons men”s program in 2006-07 after earning All-AMC honors last year.


The Tiffin University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams closed out the season, with split squads participating in both the AMC/Region IX Championships and the NCAA Division II Regional Championship.

At the AMC/Region IX Championship, hosted by Tiffin University, both men’s and women’s squads placed in the middle of their respective groups. The Men’s team placed 10th out of 15 squads, with AMC foes Malone, Cedarville, and Shawnee State leading the way. Freshman Chris Finn was the first Dragon to cross the endline, finishing in 42nd place (27:24). Senior Kurt Olson (74, 28:31), sophomore Adam Nunns (75, 28:31), junior Trevor Popielec (80, 29:02), and freshman Jeremy Souder (92, 29:59) round out the top five qualifiers for Tiffin. On the women’s side, the Lady Dragons finished a respectable 9th out of 14 teams, with Cedarville, Malone, and Geneva leading the charge. Freshmen sensations Jessica Clark (20:00), Stephanie Viener (20:39), and Alison Ward (21:13) led the team to a strong finish, in addition to junior Kaitlin Zvansky (21:12), who helped the team finish 8th out of 16 teams in last year’s event. Clark placed 32nd in the 5k race, and Viener was close behind in 49th. Zvansky and Ward paced each other to a 63rd and 64th place finish, respectively.


51% FG). Ryan Pessell, an Honorable Mention AMC selection last year as the Dragons starting center, will man the middle and will be a big part of the team’s offensive and defensive success (14.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg). Senior forward Ryan Frasier will serve as a primary defender after leading the team in rebounds (6.3 rpg) and blocks (19) last season.

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Seniors Lamont Ellis and Sean Gary, and junior Justin Butler will be called upon to provide leadership and help lead the team through a tough non-conference schedule. Injuries limited Ellis (11.5 ppg, 5.1 apg) and Butler (12.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg) to starting only 19 games apiece last season, but Coach Martin believes his players will rise up to this year’s challenges. Junior forward Parris Burt and sophomores Justin Sparks, Josh Diaz, Chris Evans, and Matt Boggs will provide added depth for the Dragons. Newcomers Alex Strok, a 6-3 guard from Riverview, MI, and Darryl Stinson, a 6-5 forward from Rockdale, GA, will play important roles in their first collegiate season.


BOTTOM Tiffin native Leanne Lucius earned All-ICAA Freshman honors last year and looks to be a dominant offensive player for the Lady Dragons in 2006-07.


for balance and cohesiveness to emerge early in the season. “If we remain focused on our team goals and work as a unit, there is no limit to our potential success this season,” said Potee-Carwile. Newcomers Emily Woodruff and Alexis Karel will be called upon to work the paint and battle for rebounds, replacing last year’s top scorer and rebounder Brie Beaschler. “Losing Brie will be difficult, but our newcomers are talented enough to make a quick adjustment to the college game and play up to their abilities,” noted Potee-Carwile. Woodruff, a 5-11 forward from Chelsea, MI, earned three First Team All-Conference selections during her career at Chelsea High School. She helped Chelsea earn three conference championships in her four seasons, and finished her career averaging 14.5 points and 5 rebounds per game, in addition to shooting 54 percent from the field. Karel will stand out in the middle, as the 6-2 center from Mentor, Ohio will battle in the paint against the AMC’s best. She earned four All-League and two All-Ohio honors during her career at Lake High School, and helped the program earn two straight Final Four appearances in the OHSAA Girl’s Basketball Championships.

Women’s Basketball In her first season at the helm, Coach Shannon PoteeCarwile’s squad surprised AMC opponents, earning a bid to the conference playoffs for the first time since 2003. This season, the Lady Dragons will look for key returning players and a talented freshmen group to mesh early and build on last year’s success. The Dragons expected starting five is talented, but young. Senior forward Sarah Pitson averaged 7.2 points and 6.0 rebounds in ten games last season, missing the bulk of the season due to injury. Sophomore guards Kylene Spiegel and Leanne Lucius will build upon successful freshmen seasons. Spiegel averaged 8.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while starting 19 of 28 games, and was the team leader in minutes per game (30.9) and second in assists with 89. She was named to numerous postseason teams, including the AMC AllFreshmen team, the ICAA AllFreshmen team, and was a third-team selection for the ICAA. Lucius worked mostly off the bench last year, starting only seven games, but will head into this season looking to expand her minutes (17.6) and production (6.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 15 steals). Lucius joined Spiegel on the ICAA AllFreshmen squad last season. Coach Potee-Carwile will look

Senior forwards Jen Rosselit (6.6 ppg) and Amber Massey (2.5 ppg) provide some valuable experience off the bench, while sophomores Megan Jesulaitis (3.3 ppg), Fallon Sanborn (5.5 ppg), and Karis Hood (2.3 ppg) will give the team depth on the perimeter. Hailey Blevins and Dominique McEachin look to contribute this season after gaining valuable experience on the junior varsity team last year. Freshmen Andi Miller, a 5-10 forward, and Erica Ott, a 5-9 guard, will see some time on the floor as they improve and learn Coach PoteeCarwile’s system. Miller was a First Team All-Conference selection for local Columbian High School, averaging 15 points and 7 rebounds per game her senior season. Ott was a First Team All-Conference selection for Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, MI, and earned AllArea honors.

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