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O N T H E COVER This photo collage includes five philanthropists who are featured in “Women Who Give,” our cover story (Page 8) about how women are taking a new leadership role in charitable giving. Pictured are, clockwise from top left, Doris Perry, Jocelyne Kollay Linsalata, Gina Schiavone, Nancy Beeghly and Ana Bobby.

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Sudershan K. Garg John R. Jakubek, ’79 Delores Crawford, ’68 David C. Deibel, ’75 James B. Greene Harry Meshel, ’49 Leonard Schiavone Scott R. Schulick, ’94, ’96 Carole S. Weimer, ’89 Franklin S. Bennett Jr. Joshua Michael Prest Melissa Wasser


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Celebrating a Tradition New graduates Chelsea Stoffel, left, and Alyssa Justis, pose for a photograph in their caps and gowns on the stone wall at YSU’s main entrance on University Plaza, a popular campus photo spot. Stoffel, of Lisbon, earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish; Justis, of Howland, earned a bachelor’s in hospitality management. They were among those receiving diplomas at YSU’s fall commencement Dec. 16 at Beeghly Center.



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Around Campus – A California couple, both YSU alumni, creates a legacy gift with an estimated value of $1 million for campus beautification. Check out their story and other campus news and photos. Student Success Stories – A regular feature highlighting YSU student achievements. COVER STORY: Women Who Give. Find out what motivates women philanthropists, and how they are playing an increasingly important role in supporting YSU and other non-profits. Alumni Spotlight – Featuring two exceptional alumni: Sharon Rae North, ’87, a successful jazz singer, journalist and author; and Ryan Firm, ’09, who got his big break as a graphic designer working as a freelancer for country singer Taylor Swift. Just for Fun – A crossword puzzle that will test your knowledge of YSU trivia.

DEPARTMENTS 2 President’s Message 16 Alumni News 17 Class Notes Editor's Note: The winter edition of YSU Magazine includes our 2011-2012 Annual Report, which recognizes YSU alumni and friends who support the university through their generous contributions. The annual report is not included in this online edition of the magazine, in consideration of the privacy of YSU’s donors. To obtain a print copy of the winter magazine, including the annual report, contact YSU's Office of Marketing and Communications at 330-941-3519, or send an e-mail with your name and mailing address to



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President’s Message

Thanks to All for Your Contributions This edition of YSU Magazine celebrates the thousands of individuals, organizations and businesses that contributed financially to the university during fiscal year 2012. When I look at the page upon page upon page of donor names, I must say I’m humbled – humbled because I know that every single one of these individuals has a personal connection to and love for Youngstown State University. To them all, on behalf of everyone at the university, I give my heartfelt thanks.

Cynthia E. Anderson President

We talk and fret a lot in higher education about funding formulas, capital budgets, tuition structures and so on. And rightfully so. But what this issue of the magazine does is to help us focus on another crucial aspect of operating a successful university – philanthropy. For more than 100 years, alumni, community members, faculty, staff and others have stepped forward, wallets and purses in hand, to support YSU. That support has allowed us to introduce new academic programs, fund the construction of new academic and recreational buildings and provide services and facilities that the university otherwise could not afford. The generosity has never been greater. For instance, in the first six months of this current fiscal year, YSU received a record $6.7 million in contributions and commitments from alumni and other supporters. And, this month, the YSU Foundation announced that it had eclipsed the $200 million mark in assets, placing it among the top third of university endowments in the nation. Part of that success is due to an important segment of the philanthropic community – women. In this edition of YSU Magazine, we celebrate women such as Eleanor Beecher Flad, Helen Stambaugh and Marion Resch, as well as Doris Perry, Jocelyne Kollay Linsalata and Nancy Beeghly. Without the support of these and thousands of other women, YSU certainly would not be the institution it is today. If the trend holds, and YSU sees more and more women joining the ranks of benefactors, I can say with all certainty that the university’s philanthropic future is in good hands. As for that future, I announced in December that I will retire as president of YSU effective July 1, 2013. The Board of Trustees is actively searching for my successor. There will be time later to reflect on our successes. For now, let me say again what an honor it is to serve as president of my alma mater, and how special it is for me to count myself as a proud YSU Penguin.


Cynthia E. Anderson, President



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Campus Beauty is Focus For California Alumni Couple

Fond memories of YSU’s park-like, urban campus have inspired California residents and alumni Walter and Mary Healey to establish a planned gift with an estimated value of $1 million to be used solely for campus beautification. The Healeys have designated the future funds to be used for initiatives such as the installation and maintenance of shrubbery, flowers, benches, gazebos, sidewalks, patios, courtyards, sculptures, fountains and other projects to enhance the campus. “We have great memories of YSU and thought this was a great way to help keep the campus looking nice,” Walter Healey said. Heather Chunn, YSU senior development officer, said the specific use of the funds will be determined once the funds become available upon the passing of the donors. “Even though we no longer live in Youngstown, it still has a very special place in our hearts and always will,” added Mary Healey. “This is a way that we can give back to a place that means so much to both of us.” Walter and Mary grew up a mile apart from each other in the Brownlee Woods neighborhood of Youngstown but did not meet until they were enrolled at YSU in the early 1970s. Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1976 and a master’s degree in secondary education in 1982, while Walter earned an associate degree in applied science in 1974. Walter also earned a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Geneva College in 1994.

Mary taught home economics and special education in schools in the Youngstown area before moving to California in 1988, where she continued her 33-year teaching career until retiring last year. Walter was an officer with Mill Creek Park Police from 1976 to 2003, retiring as a sergeant. They were married in 2002. Mary – whose mother, Peg Sweeney, also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from YSU – remembers coming to campus as a child with her mother, sitting on the steps of Jones Hall and admiring the flowers. “I also remember that no one ever told you to get off the grass,” she said. YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson said the Healeys’ gift will ensure that the campus is enhanced and maintained for generations to come. “Anyone who ever attended YSU understands and appreciates our campus’ park-like environment in the midst of an urban setting,” she said. Scott Evans, vice president for University Advancement, said the university is grateful to the Healeys for their commitment. “We hope their example will inspire other alumni and friends to join them in remembering the university in their financial and estate plans,” he added. For more information on how to make provisions for YSU in an estate, contact Evans at 330-941-3118 or



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Sports Complex Under Way, Farmers Donates $500,000 Construction is under way on a new sports complex across from Stambaugh Stadium, and Farmers National Bank has donated $500,000 to help foot the bill. The complex includes a new soccer field, an all-weather track and a softball field. “This once blighted neighborhood will now become a place of competition and recreation,” said Gene Grilli, YSU vice president for Finance and Administration. “We are excited about improving the appearance of this important entrance to campus.” The soccer field will be named Farmers National Bank Field, pending the approval of the YSU Board of Trustees in March. “We are thrilled that Farmers has chosen to partner with us on this project,” President Cynthia E. Anderson said. John S. Gulas, president and chief executive officer of Farmers National Banc Corp./ Farmers National Bank, said, “Farmers National Bank believes in community investment, believes in YSU and believes in providing opportunity for young people here in the Valley.”

A Frosty to go… YSU students, faculty and staff whose veins have been filled with Arby’s sauce over the past three decades are undergoing withdrawal. After 30 years, Arby’s has left Kilcawley Center and has been replaced by Wendy’s. Matt Novotny, executive director of Student Services, said YSU circulated a request for proposals for the popular restaurant space, and Arby’s did not respond. The space was retrofitted over the summer, and Wendy’s opened in the fall.



State Awards $573,300 for Internships More than 100 YSU business and STEM students will participate in internships this summer thanks to a $573,300 grant from the Ohio Board of Regents. The grant, along with matching funds from business partners, funds internships for students in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the Williamson College of Business Administration. Interns will work in advanced manufacturing and related industries throughout the region. “Enhancing the preparation of students through career-related work experience increases the students’ competitive position and provides companies with entry-level professionals who, in the long-term, can strengthen their company’s competitive position as well,” said Betty Jo Licata, WCBA dean. In addition to the internships, the new program calls for YSU’s STEM and Business colleges to design and implement new courses in professional practice preparation and to host semiannual co-op and internship recruiting events on campus.

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President Anderson to Retire, Search Begins for Replacement The search is on for the next president of YSU. President Cynthia E. Anderson announced in December that she will retire July 1, after three years in office and more than 30 years of service to the university. “It has been a distinct honor and privilege – and a dream come true – to serve my beloved alma mater as president,” Anderson said. “Together, we have accomplished much during very challenging times. I am certain that the university will continue to flourish in the years ahead.” Anderson is the first woman, the first Mahoning Valley native and the first YSU graduate to serve as YSU president. A 17-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee and AGB Search Inc., a Washington D.C.-based consultancy, are assisting the YSU Board of Trustees in the national search for Anderson’s successor. “There is no more important decision that we will make as trustees than the selection of a university president,” said Sudershan Garg, board chair. “We are confident that our search will elicit much interest from highly qualified candidates across the country, and we look forward to a search that will be comprehensive, transparent and inclusive.” The board hopes the advisory committee will, by midMay, present to trustees three to five candidates for the position. The board hopes to make a choice by mid-June. Garg said he wants a “clean and honest” search that will identify “the best and most competent individual who can guide the university through difficult financial times.” He said four to six months is adequate time to conduct a search. “We will move fast and on an urgent basis,” he said.

Bob Woodward to Visit as Skeggs Lecture Speaker The Skeggs Lecture Series is bringing journalist Bob Woodward to Stambaugh Auditorium for a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. April 4. Woodward is best known for winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for breaking the Watergate scandal with colleague Carl Bernstein. He’s Bob Woodward authored or co-authored 17 books and was lead reporter for a team that won another Pulitzer in 2002 for its 9/11 coverage. The lecture is open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 25 through 27 at the Information and PC Lab in Kilcawley Center. Call Alumni and Events, 330-941-3497, for more information.

Fall commencement Mike Garvey, president and chief executive of M-7 Technologies in Youngstown, replaced his mortarboard for a hard hat during his commencement address in December in Beeghly Center. “We are witnessing the emergence of the new Youngstown,” Garvey said. Also speaking at the ceremony was Vincent Deem, who graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. In all, more than 600 students received diplomas.

English Festival Launches Campaign The YSU English Festival, now in its 35th year, welcomes its 100,000th student this spring and is marking the occasion with a $100,000 fund-raising campaign. Festival organizers are launching the public phase of the campaign in February with hopes of reaching the goal this spring or summer. “This year, we really want to re-connect with the thousands of students and teachers who have been touched by the English Festival – not only to ask them to consider making a donation, but also to share with us their memories,” said Gary Salvner, Festival co-chair. The Festival annually attracts 3,000 junior and senior high school students to campus to discuss books, meet authors and participate in competitions. Salvner said the campaign will establish an endowment to support ongoing operations of the festival. For more information or to make a donation, contact Shanna Blinn in University Development at 330-941-2714 or



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In Memoriam

J. Douglas Faires J. Douglas Faires, 71, who spent more than half of his life in service to YSU, died in December. Faires earned a bachelor’s degree from YSU in 1963, joined the mathematics faculty in 1969 and retired in 2006. He received five Distinguished Faculty awards and was a driving force behind the YSU Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics, CURMath. An obituary in The Vindicator said Faires “will be remembered not for his awards, but as a dedicated teacher…a master at getting the best out of those around him, encouraging them to recognize their own potential and mentoring them to achievements far beyond their expectations.” Memorial contributions may be made to CURMath,

Prof’s Novel to Hit Big Screen

Chris Barzak is going Hollywood. Barzak, YSU English assistant professor, has announced that the movie rights to his novel, One for Sorrow, have been sold and filming is expected to begin shortly. “To be honest, most book-to-film options never come to fruition, so I never got my hopes up,” Barzak said. “Now, I’m kind of dumbfounded that it’s really going forward.” Barzak earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from YSU and joined the faculty full-time in 2008. One for Sorrow, his first novel, was published in 2007. He said the title of the movie will most likely be changed to Jamie Marks is Dead. Carter Smith, who won a Sundance Film Festival Award in 2007, will direct and write the screenplay. The executive producer will be John Logan, whose credits include Hugo and Gladiator. “With a crew like this, I feel like the book is in good hands,” Barzak said.

YSU Celebrates ‘America’s Music’

YSU and the Dana School of Music, in cooperation with Stambaugh Auditorium and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in a national program: America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway. “This is an excellent example of how the university can partner with the local non-profits and support their initiatives,” said Bryan DePoy, dean of the YSU College of Fine and Performing Arts. The program will run during the fall 2013 semester and consist of six films covering an array of music genres, from Hip Hop to Bluegrass.



   Splitting the Drop

Chances are you’ve never thought much about cutting a water drop in half. James Aldridge and James Andrews have. Aldridge, a YSU chemical engineering student, and Andrews, a YSU physics professor, worked with their counterparts at Arizona State University to show how a superhydrophobic knife can create two cleanly separated drops of water – a discovery that could have potential applications in biomedical research. Their findings were recently published in an international, peer-reviewed online journal and have garnered worldwide attention. This photo shows the knife cutting through the water droplet. See more at

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Four Receive Scholarships to Study Abroad

Four YSU students were awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to help offset the cost of their study abroad programs this spring. The recipients are, in photo, from left: Haileh Ahmed, an accounting major from Austintown, who will spend four months at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey; Meysha Harville of Austintown, a senior majoring in integrated language arts education, and Solita Wilson, a chemistry major from Youngstown, both spending a semester in Winchester, England; and Ryan Meditz of Canfield, a senior studying Spanish and international marketing, who will spend six months abroad – five in Granada, Spain, followed by a month of travel around Europe. The Gilman international scholarship Program offers grants for undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Award recipients are chosen in a competitive selection process. The program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education.


Spanish Major Gets State Award

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Kaitlin Hankins, a YSU junior majoring in Spanish education, has been awarded the Ohio International Consortium Donald N. Nelson Scholarship to help defray the cost of her study abroad program. Hankins, from Sparta, Ohio, will travel in March to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to study Spanish at the University of Belgrano for four months. The scholarship is awarded three times a year to Ohio students in memory of Donald N. Nelson, a founding member of the consortium who was active on state and national levels promoting foreign study. The OIC continues his goal of expanding and enhancing the involvement of Ohio’s public four-year universities with study abroad programs.

Kaitlin Hankins Nick DeKraker


YSU Senior Named Academic All-Star

YSU senior Nick DeKraker was named to the FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team, an honor that recognizes his academic success combined with his performance on the Penguin football team. A 2012 first-team Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Academic selection, DeKraker led the Penguins in sacks and finished the year with 26 total tackles, including 10 solo stops. A native of Marne, Mich., and a defensive tackle for YSU, he is also one of six student-athletes who are finalists for the FCS ADA’s $5,000 Postgraduate Scholarships. Players from all Football Championship Subdivision institutions are eligible for the awards, which are presented by KP Sports. Nominees must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.2 in undergraduate study and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials.





hich is the more generous of the genders? Research seems to indicate that women are taking the lead in that department, and statistics show that female donors are assuming an increasingly important role at YSU as well. “Women in philanthropy is a very new movement, and it’s surprising how quickly it’s gained legs,” said Suzanne T. Allen, president of a statewide, Columbus-based fundraising network called Philanthropy Ohio. “Women are being asked to give now. Years ago, they weren’t asked.” Studies by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute in 2010 and 2012 indicate that women are more likely than men to contribute to almost any type of charitable cause, regardless of their income, and that in most cases, they give more than men. The institute, part of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, compared households headed by men and by women to determine how gender affects charitable giving. An analysis of YSU’s donors in fiscal 2012 showed that, while men outnumbered women in the group, 78 percent of the women had made annual gifts for 13 or more consecutive years. Among donors who gave loyally for 10 consecutive years or more, the female donors’ average gift ($422) was 8 percent higher than the male donors’ average gift ($390). Allen said women are taking a more active role in giving, and they’re changing the way fundraising professionals do business. “I think they’ve refined fundraising. It’s a harder and much different process to raise money from women,” she said. “They want to understand it. They want to know how it’s going to help and who else is giving.” Volunteerism often plays a major part in the way women decide where to commit their gifts. “So often, it’s the women who are supporting the volunteer activities,” said Allen. “And if you’ve given your time to an organization, it’s more likely you’ve given your money, too.”



How Women are Changing the Landscape of Philanthropy in America ... and at YSU By Cynthia Vinarsky

From Volunteer to Philanthropist Hands-on involvement as a volunteer has certainly been a guiding force for YSU philanthropist Nancy Beeghly. A Coitsville resident, she calls volunteerism “the philanthropy of time,” and has donated her services to a wide-range of charitable causes over the years. Her undisputed favorite is YSU’s English Festival, now marking its 35th year, which brings thousands of middle school and high school students to campus every spring to celebrate reading, writing and literature. As a former English teacher in the Boardman Schools, Beeghly never gets over the thrill of seeing students excited about English. “To see kids cheering for one another at an awards ceremony,” she said. “It’s wonderful. It’s beyond words.” Beeghly said she learned the value of giving as the daughter of a Methodist minister, and she married into a family of philanthropists when she wed her husband, Bruce. The Beeghlys’ generosity across the region is plain to see on the YSU campus – Beeghly Hall, which houses the Beeghly College of Education, and the Beeghly Center for physical education are both named in the family’s honor. And Nancy Beeghly is a philanthropist in her own right. A member of the English Festival advisory board and an active volunteer for 30 years, Beeghly and her husband made a sizeable gift last year to help launch a new endowment fund that is being created to ensure the event’s long-term future. “Anything I do for the festival pales in comparison to what the faculty, teachers, librarians and parents do. They put in thousands and thousands of unpaid hours to make it work,” she said. “But I’ve learned that when you’re involved in something as a volunteer, you’re going to be involved wholeheartedly, and you’re going to want to give financially, too.”



When you’re involved in something as a volunteer, you’re going to be involved wholeheartedly, and you’re going to want to give financially, too.



Teaching the Value of Giving

For philanthropist Jocelyne Kollay Linsalata, the fact that she and her brother were the first in their family to attend college has inspired a desire to provide scholarship assistance for other first-generation YSU students. Linsalata grew up on Youngstown’s West Side, graduated from Chaney High School and then earned both her bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and her MBA from YSU. One of the first significant gifts she and her husband, Frank, made to YSU created a scholarship endowment for first-generation college students graduating from Chaney. The couple, now living in the Cleveland area, also gave a major gift to the capital fund for YSU’s new Williamson College of Business Administration building, where a gallery was named in her honor. Linsalata said she and her husband established a family foundation several years ago as a way to teach their children the value of giving. “We wanted them to understand that you can have a lot and do a lot, but you need to share some of that as well,” she said.



We wanted (our children) to understand that you can have a lot and do a lot, but you need to share some of that as well.


Their son and daughter participated in the process of deciding where the foundation’s contributions would go when they were living at home. Both are living on their own now, she said, but they still enjoy being a part of selecting the non-profit organizations that will receive gifts from the family foundation each year. Linsalata serves on the board of trustees for the YSU Foundation, an independent corporation that is focused mainly on providing scholarships for YSU students. The foundation awarded more than $5.1 million in scholarship aid and program support in the 2012-13 academic year. “Knowing that the foundation exists primarily for scholarships was important to me,” she said. “I wanted to contribute to something that allows young adults to go to school.”

Hometown Philanthropy As senior vice president and chief executive officer of Babcock & Wilcox, a global energy solutions company based in Charlotte, N.C., Mary Pat Salomone hasn’t forgotten her hometown. In fact, much of her philanthropic giving comes back to the Mahoning Valley where Mary Pat Salomone she and her husband, Dominic, grew up, and she recently contributed a substantial sum to the YSU Foundation General Scholarship Fund. Salomone and other highly-successful career women like her comprise a growing segment of women who are active in philanthropy. She earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at YSU, her husband is also a YSU grad, and both received scholarships from the YSU Foundation to help pay their college costs. “The philosophy of giving kind of started in church for me, with the idea of tithing,” she said. “My husband and I both feel it’s important to give back to the people and resources that helped you get where you are, and we’re equal partners in deciding where that money should go.” The Salomones tried to emphasize service as well as philanthropy in raising their two children, she said. “They are young adults, and they don’t have a lot of money to donate at this point, but their focus is on service right now,” she said. “I’ve been really proud of them. They’ve kept it up through high school, college and beyond.”

I just feel that a college education can be a trump card for a woman trying to support and feed her family, and that’s why we give scholarships to mothers.



Women Support Wide Range of YSU Programs As director of development for the office of University Development at YSU, Catherine Cala can list an impressive lineup of women philanthropists who have made significant gifts to the university. Some standouts include: The late Helen Stambaugh, an alumna and loyal YSU supporter during her lifetime and member of the President’s Council for donors who have given $100,000 or more to the university. She left legacy gifts that included YSU’s Marching Pride, a scholarship for a women’s basketball player and funds toward a YSU Foundation scholarship. Roberta Marsteller Hannay, named outstanding philanthropist for 2012 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mahoning-Shenango Chapter, who has made significant gifts to programs that have prepared hundreds of high school students to be college-ready, including support for YSU’s Homework Express program. YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson, who created a $100,000 scholarship endowment when she took office in the summer of 2010. The Anderson Program in Journalism at YSU was also named in honor of her late parents, in recognition of a gift to that program.

Concern for Women’s Issues Retired teacher Doris Perry has chosen, as many women philanthropists do, to focus her giving on women’s issues. She believes that a college education can be a “trump card” for a young mother trying to support a family, and so she created a non-profit organization called Women Hand in Hand that provides several YSU scholarships a year for African American mothers in financial need. Founded in 1986, the program provides scholarships to up to five qualifying recipients at a time, raising funds through donations and an annual benefit luncheon that Perry sponsors. “We’ve taken girls who made Cs and Ds in high school, but when they came up to YSU, they made the honor roll,” she said. “They realize, when they become mothers, that they’d better wake up if they want to feed their family.”

The late Marion Resch was devoted to education and contributed to YSU and other colleges and universities in a 100-mile radius of Youngstown. The Marion G. Resch Center for Student Progress on the YSU campus was named in her honor, and the Resch Foundation supports three scholarship programs for YSU students. Eleanor Beecher Flad, who contributed major gifts to YSU’s Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center, the university’s Ward Beecher Planetarium and the YSU Foundation, as well as the Butler Institute of American Art and the Youngstown Symphony Society. Catherine Powers, advisor for a trust founded by her great uncle, the Edward W. Powers Charitable Fund. The fund made a generous contribution last year to endow the annual Women in Science and Engineering Career Day at YSU, now named in Edward W. Powers’ honor. The event is designed to expose young women to careers in science and engineering.



Perry retired from the Youngstown City Schools but continues to serve as a part-time tutor. Her late husband, Dr. Earnest Perry, was a YSU alumus, a prominent local surgeon and a member of the YSU Board of Trustees who gave generously to the university. Mrs. Perry established the Women Hand in Hand endowment fund in memory of her husband, and the YSU Foundation provided a 50 percent match.

Giving While Living Philanthropist Gina Schiavone prefers finding ways to contribute to charitable causes now, while she’s living, rather than setting up giving arrangements for after death. “Many people like to give in trusts and estates, but I think it’s important to see what your gift means today,” said Schiavone, a business analyst for First Energy Corp. who earned her MBA at YSU in 1989.

Loyal contributors to YSU’s annual fund, she and her husband, Leonard Schiavone, an attorney and member of the YSU Board of Trustees, gave a substantial gift to the capital campaign for the Williamson College of Business Administration building. “You need to see what your gift is doing for the community,” Gina Schiavone said. “As a WCBA graduate, it was exciting to have a part in building a beautiful new home for the college.” Schiavone has sometimes been able to substantially increase the value of her philanthropic gifts through matching funds. Her employer, First Energy, matches employees’ contributions to certain nonprofit causes, so she generally takes advantage of that benefit when giving to the university. Her major gift to the WCBA capital fund was doubled under a Kresge Foundation matching program. She and her husband often give smaller gifts independently, but they always discuss larger gifts to reach consensus. “It’s almost as if we have to present the case to each other,” she said. “But once we agree on something, we usually continue to support it.”

Early Lessons in Giving


Ana M. Bobby, who serves as interim co-director of YSU’s Maag Library on campus, is representative of the hundreds of YSU faculty and staff whose philanthropy includes contributing faithfully to the university’s annual fund. She’s also been involved with several other campus causes, such as WYSU and the United Way, where she’s sometimes been in the position of having to ask colleagues to give. “As a woman and as a Hispanic, I think it’s important to become more involved, not only in volunteerism but also financially,” said Bobby. “I know people think, ‘What is $10 or what is $20?’ But every little bit helps. We are the stakeholders of the university, and I think it’s important to give back to the place where we work, to our beloved students and to the community.” Born and raised in Peru, she credits her father, a civil engineer and the mayor of her hometown, with creating a desire for philanthropy in her and her brothers by making them aware of the plight of low income people and the joy of giving. “He wanted us to see it all, from the nice to the not so nice,” she said. Bobby recalls one particularly memorable trip the family took when she was a child to a remote and desolate section of the Andes Mountains, stopping off at a produce stand on the way to buy fruit. She and her siblings were



Many people like to give in trusts and estates, but I think it’s important to see what your gift means today.

questioning the route, wondering what their father had in mind, when he stopped at a tiny hut. Several small children and their parents poured out of the small house, and Bobby’s father suggested they share the fruit. “It was as if we had offered them a basketful of gold. It was unbelievable,” she said. “I’ll never forget that. It taught me what one small gesture can do.”

Fundraising Pros: Women Demand Accountability

Fundraising professional Patricia Brozik, a YSU alumna and president of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, says she has noticed differences in the ways men and women make decisions about giving. For example, she said female givers often ask more questions and demand more accountability when contributing to a charitable fund. Under her leadership, the foundation has grown in 11 years to include 100 funds with assets Patricia Brozik approaching $50 million and has awarded more than $15 million in grants. “Women donors want to know how their money was spent, what types of benefits it had, what kind of difference their gift made,” said Brozik. “Don’t just tell them how many children were fed. They want to know: Did the test scores improve? Did the children’s health improve? If not, what else do we have to do?” Because they live longer and often inherit money, Brozik said, women control much of the nation’s wealth and are having a greater influence on philanthropy. “That makes women a really important segment.” But she was careful to give male philanthropists their due. “We always have to keep in mind that all of us learned philanthropy from men,” she said. “Our first philanthropists were very wealthy men, the ones who created foundations and estates. The groundwork was definitely laid by them.”  Myra Vitto, another fundraising professional who earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting at YSU in 2000, works with high-income clients as a senior Myra Vitto trust advisor and vice president for PNC Wealth Management. She’s noticed that women often have an emotional attachment to the causes they support, either as volunteers themselves, or through a friend or family member, and they’re generally

I know people think, ‘What is $10 or what is $20?’ But every little bit helps.



savvy about investment scams and other fraud, so they ask a lot of questions, she said. Vitto likes to help clients explore ways to give while they’re living because it allows them to enjoy seeing the benefits of their contributions in a way that estate giving does not. “Sometimes people don’t understand that they don’t have to be large donors to give now. There are foundations that allow people to set up a fund for $25,000 while they’re living,” she said. “That way they can have a role in how the money is used, and they can see the benefits of their gift. It’s a warm feeling. Once they get involved, even at a miniscule level, they feel so good that they want to do more.”






Just Got to Keep on Singing

Sharon Rae North

Sharon Rae North ’87

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She’s got a prestigious media relations position with the city of Richmond, Va., and her award-winning journalism career included an exciting stint as news writer and fill-in anchor for CNN in Atlanta. But for Sharon Rae North, that’s just a way to pay the bills. It’s jazz that gets her heart racing. “My job is what I do, and I can switch careers anytime I get ready,” she says. “But a singer is what I am, and I can’t change that. I don’t sing because I love to sing, I sing because I just can’t not sing.” North is a recording artist who released her second commercial CD titled “Gee Baby” in November, and she’s opened on stages nationwide for jazz greats such as Patti LaBelle, Joe Sample and Sonny Liston

Freelancing Job Led to His Big Break

Ryan Firm ’09

On a Sunday night in October, Ryan Firm sits at his computer in downtown Nashville, anticipating the launch of his latest freelance project. A final few tweaks, and the new website that the graphics design graduate has been working on is ready to go live. Midnight, and the numbers start rolling in. Tens, hundreds, thousands of visitors to the site – numbers any webmaster would drool over – immediate and at a relentless pace. And then the realization hits him. Thousands of people from all over the country are flocking to a website that he, a YSU graduate, has just designed…for country music star Taylor Swift. Firm is the creative director at, the creative technology agency in Nashville that first gave him a shot at this once-in-a-lifetime client. Living his dream job, Firm connected with the company in a moment of perfect timing in his career after two critical positions. The first came six months after Firm graduated from YSU in 2009. With a BFA and design experience working for the Review Newspapers and Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown, he set off to Nashville to start as a designer at Uniquest. The hospitality marketing agency gave him the opportunity to design touch-screen interfaces and other applications for clients like Hilton Hotels. 14

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Smith. When the cast and crew for Steven Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln” planned a party to celebrate completing the film, they brought North and her jazz trio in to entertain. Fascinated with music since childhood, North said her singing career started to take off while she was working in Atlanta, and she’s built a strong following in the Richmond metro area since moving there five years ago. She fulfilled a lifelong dream last spring – a gig as lead vocalist for the Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra. She also performs with the Jason Jenkins Jazz Quartet and a corporate band called Horizon. Her first CD was produced by her boyfriend, Vic Smiley, an accomplished guitarist and producer in his own right. “Gee Baby” was produced by Richmond-based 32 Bar Records. North grew up in Youngstown, graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School and earned a BA in speech communications from YSU in 1987, working full-time as a clerk for the Youngstown Police Department through most of her college years. After that, she completed a master’s degree in mass media communications at the University of Akron, then worked in a succession of broadcasting jobs, including WYTV in Youngstown and TV stations in North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, New York and Atlanta. As a CNN news writer and occasional anchor, North wrote for most of its affiliated networks, and when the Iraq War began her workload went from hectic to overwhelm-

ing. “I was working around the clock. I remember going out to the parking deck, sleeping for a few hours, then going back in to work another shift,” she said. “The money was great, but after a while I got burned out and North’s newest CD. decided there was more to life than those newsrooms.” She landed her position as public information manager for Richmond’s Department of Public Works in 2008, where she is responsible for internal and external publications and media relations. “It’s quite a change for me, as a former reporter,” she said. “When the media comes a-callin’, I’m on the other side.” North has one other accomplishment that even takes precedence over her musical career – a children’s book she wrote in memory of her father in 2003. Entitled My Brand New Leg, the book was underwritten by Ohio Willow Wood, a prosthetics manufacturer, and endorsed by the Amputee Coalition of America. Her father died from complications of diabetes, and the book was based on a conversation he had with a little girl shortly after losing his legs. “It’s about acceptance. It teaches kids that it’s OK to ask about differences,” she said. “Of all the things I’ve done in my life, the book is the thing I’m most proud of.” The book and her CDs are available on North’s website, Profile by Cynthia Vinarsky

“That first job really broke me into marketing,” said Firm, “but when my boss was let go and I became the new marketing coordinator, I started to really miss designing.” It was Firm’s former boss who introduced him to his next Nashville career stop – Hospital Corporation of America, a healthcare services provider. As senior designer of applications for hospital administrators, Firm got a technical education working on back-end functions for reporting applications. And when he wasn’t teaching himself web coding, Firm was running his own freelance business. “I recently came back to Youngstown to talk to some of the design classes at YSU,” said Firm. “My biggest piece of advice to them: Never turn down a freelance job.” Firm didn’t, and freelancing allowed him to score a gig with Taylor Swift, a country music legend-in-the-making. “I’m now working for the same company that hired me as a freelancer to work on the Taylor campaign in conjunction with her latest album release,” said Firm, who was lead designer for Entitled “Red,” the Swift album Firm promoted sold more than 1.2 million copies in just one week, the largest sales week for any album in a decade. “It was pretty awesome having a hand in something like that,” admits Firm. “You have that moment where

you’re thinking, Taylor Swift has no idea who I am, but here I am from Youngstown, working on her website.” After a hugely successful web campaign of 2.6 million interactions from over 150 countries, Firm was immediately offered a job. As creative director at, Firm now designs mobile, web and social fan engagement campaigns for other big names –Toby Keith, P!nk, Kenny Chesney, Pitbull, Dunkin Donuts, Wrangler Jeans – all by drawing upon his design, marketing and technical skills. Next on deck for Firm at are campaigns for Snoop Lion and Tim McGraw, an interactive game application for Trace Adkins for his upcoming appearance on Celebrity Apprentice, and another project for Taylor Swift. A dream job not even four years out of college – too good to be true? Not for Firm, though he’s still slightly in shock over it all. “Growing up in the Youngstown area, you come away with that work ethic you can’t get anywhere else,” said Firm, a native of Campbell. “It translated into my college life, juggling school with multiple jobs, and it’s translating into my profession now. Coming out of Youngstown is something I’m proud of. I don’t think I could have picked up that work ethic anywhere else.” Profile by Andrea Armeni



alumni news Meshel Honored at Veteran/ROTC Reunion Members of the Mahoning and Shenango Valley Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America joined former Ohio State Senator Harry Meshel for a two-day Veterans and ROTC Alumni Reunion in mid-November. Pictured, from left, are: Maj. Peter Mihai; Col. Walter Duzzny; Sen. Harry Meshel, ’49; Lt. Col. Robert P. Milich, ’66; Kay Milich; Lt. Col. Rod Hosler; Maj. Matt Chikosky, ’69; and former CPT Dennis Gartland, ‘64. Meshel was presented the Cincinnatus Award for his military and community service. If you are a veteran or YSU-ROTC alumnus and would like to be added to the mailing list for future events, email your name, mailing address and preferred email address to


Florida alumni receptions: Delray Beach, Feb. 28; Naples, March 1; Tampa Bay area, March 2. Red and White Game, Friday, April 19.

Youngstown Day, a YSU and Youngstown area reunion, Sunday, March 3, Sarasota, Fla. Skeggs Lecture Series, featuring journalist Bob Woodward, “Presidential Leadership and the Price of Politics,” 7:30 p.m. April 4, Stambaugh Auditorium. Free tickets available starting March 25. Scrappers YSU Alumni Night, 5:30 p.m. picnic, 7:05 p.m. game, Tuesday, June 25. All Alumni Reunion, networking at OH Wow!, downtown Youngstown, July 12; alumni tent, reception and dinner in conjunction with Summer Festival of the Arts on campus, July 13. Contact the Office of Alumni and Events Management at 330-941-3497 for more information about any of these events.

Event Reunites Alumni Lifetime Members Lifetime members and friends of the YSU Alumni Society enjoyed an evening of cocktails and conversation at the annual Life Member Reception in mid-November. This event was held at Stambaugh Auditorium and included guided tours of the historical facility. Those attending included, from left: Patsy and Margaret (’76, ’77, ’89) Filaccio, both of Youngstown; Joyce Martin, ’10, of Austintown; Tiffany Buck, ’07, of Salem; and Dr. Charlene Arendas, ’04, of Boardman.

Half-Century Club Welcomes Class of 1962


Twenty-one graduates from the class of 1962 traveled from all over the United States to return to campus Nov. 4 to be welcomed into YSU’s Half-Century Club. From left, the honorees were: front row, John Africa, Canfield; Patricia Archer, Lakewood, Col.; John Albright, Fairlawn; Theodore Chrobak, Pulaski, Pa.; Wilbur Cole, Youngstown; Michael Davis, Beavercreek, Ohio; Edward DeHaas, Canton; Bernice Anderson Faseyiton, Butler, Pa.; Florence Harshman, Youngstown. Back row: Jacquelyn LeViseur, director of Alumni and Events Management; Frank Konya, Avon, Ohio; Dottie Melody, Bonita Springs, Fla., and Canfield; Carl Nocera, Columbus; Conrad Deletis, Vero Beach, Fla.; Stephen Palmer, LaGrange, Ga.; Richard Matasic, Glendale, Ariz., and Hubbard; Charles Pierson, Metairie, La.; John Sirak, Cincinnati; Gary Swanson, Albuquerque, N.M.; Donald Smith, Loudon, Tenn.; William Snider, Burlington, Ky.; Thomas Zogakis, Satellite Beach, Fla.; and YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson.





Marlene Menaldi Strollo of Canfield, ’64 AB, is a freelance director, the founder and managing director of Move Over Broadway Productions, Marlene Menaldi Strollo Inc. in Youngstown. She holds degrees in biology and theater and is employed as a patient educator at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. In her 30 years of involvement in local theater Strollo has directed more than 80 productions, most recently Move Over Broadway’s Marquee Award-winning Only Make Believe. Her new-found passion is costuming, and over the last year she has costumed local productions of A Light in the Darkness, Sherlock Holmes, One Acts, Dog Days and Lion in Winter, for which she won a Marquee in the category of best costume design.

Chaouki Abdallah of Albuquerque, N.M., ’81 BE in electrical engineering, has been named provost at the University of New Mexico. Abdallah had been Chaouki Abdallah serving as interim provost since 2011, and the university president decided in September to forego a national search and appoint him to the post permanently. Abdallah has an MS and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, both from Georgia Institute of Technology. Previously he chaired the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UNM, and he continues to teach and advise graduate students.

’70s Paula Sue Cook Duebelt of Andalusia, Ala., ’71 BM in music, was named an Outstanding Graduate of Andalusia High School in October, the first woman ever to be so honored. Duebelt taught and directed the chorus at her alma mater high school for 30 years, and she continues to teach there part time. She has also served as music director of First United Methodist Church of Andalusia for more than 27 years. She earned a master’s degree in education at Troy University. Metrechia “Tish” Soper of Youngstown, ’71 AB in math and history, ’79 MBA in accounting, retired last June from Kent State University’s Salem Campus, completing a 40-year career as an educator. She taught 33 years at KSU-Salem, spent one year as a graduate assistant at YSU and taught six years in private and public schools. Jaclyn Palowitz of Bonita, Fla., ’73 AB, is a buyer team agent for John R. Wood Realtors in Bonita. Randy Spak of Belden, Miss., ’76 BSBA, was named vice president of sales for American Furniture Manufacturing, a maker of upholstered furniture based in Ecru, Miss. Spak has 30 years of senior management experience in the furniture industry. He is a former president and chief executive officer of China-based Cozzia LLC, one of the world’s largest producers of massage products, and also served as president and CEO of Lane Furniture Industries, where he worked for more than 25 years. John Janoso

Regis Luther of Warrendale, Pa., ’82 BE in chemical engineering, was recipient of the 2012 SAE International Sid Olsen Executive Award, which recognizes an outstanding engineering executive in an off-highway industry. As part of the award, $1,000 was donated to the college of Luther’s choice, YSU, his alma mater. Luther is vice president of military products and initiatives portfolio planning and program management for Navistar Defense. He has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an Executive MBA with honors from the University of Houston. Prior to joining Navistar in 2009 he held various executive positions for BAE Systems, including vice president of engineering for Mobility & Protection Systems. William J. Morvay Jr. of Boardman, ’85 AAS in police science technology, ’09 BSA in criminal justice, is employed as chief of security for the Youngstown Board of Education after retiring from a 30-year career in William Morvay Jr. law enforcement, most recently, as New Middletown police chief. Over the years, he also served with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department, Beaver Township Police, Poland Police, Lowellville Police and YSU Police, where he is an intermittent officer. Morvay completed an MA in theological studies from Liberty University in 2012. John R. “Jack” Janoso Jr. of Poland, Ohio, ’87 BS in computer science, ‘91 MBA, was named president and chief executive officer of Sharon Regional Health

System in September. Janoso joined the health system in 1999 and in 2006 was named vice president of operations, ancillary and support services. Previously, he held executive positions for Visiting Nurse Services & Affiliates, Alliance Community Hospital, Ernst & Young LLP and Warren General Hospital. Anthony Piccirilli of New Castle, Pa., ’87 BS in computer science, was recently promoted to software architect at CA Technologies, a multinational software company based in Islandia, N.Y. Piccirilli joined CA Technologies Anthony Piccirilli 24 years ago and was honored for two patents he developed at the company’s new Innovation Wall in the lobby of its Pittsburgh development lab. Beth Slagle of Pittsburgh, ‘87 BSBA, was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2013, a peerreview survey regarded as a guide to legal excellence. She was listed in the fields of commercial litigation and insurance Beth Slagle law. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Slagle is an attorney in the Pittsburgh-based law firm of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott.

Former Lawmaker Honored for Exemplary Service Kenneth Carano of Austintown, ’67 BS in education, was presented the Ohio Distinguished Service Award by the Ohio Communication Association in recognition of his service in the field of communication. Carano served as a Democratic memKenneth Carano ber of the Ohio House of Representatives from 2000 through May 2007, and as a regional director under Gov. Ted Strickland. He was a teacher and a speech and debate coach at Austintown Fitch High School and is also a former Austintown Township Trustee. The Ohio Communication Association, a professional organization comprised of teachers, professors and scholars in high schools, colleges and universities across the state, recognizes one individual annually for exemplary community service.



Alumnus Honored for Tax Institute Leadership Alumnus Scott Hockenberry was posthumously recognized recently by leaders of YSU’s annual Institute on Taxation and the YSU Lariccia School of Accounting and Finance for his service to the institute and to YSU. Hockenberry, who died in July 2011, earned bachelor’s degrees in music (’91) and accounting (’93) from YSU and was a certified public accountant. He served as president of the Mahoning Valley Chapter of CPAs and was active in the YSU Outreach Accounting Advisory Board and the planning committee of the YSU Annual Institute on Taxation. He was also very active with the Lariccia School of Accounting and Finance, serving on various committees and on its Advisory Council. Before his death, Hockenberry and his wife, Elizabeth, established a scholarship at the YSU Foundation to benefit YSU accounting students.


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’90s Thomas Bowser of Baltimore, Md., ’91 BSEd in elementary education, is principal of Sussex Elementary School, part of the Baltimore County Schools, and earned a certificate in technology integration administration from Johns Hopkins University. He has a master’s degree in education from Loyola University Thomas Bowser in Baltimore. Previously, he worked as a classroom teacher, a teacher mentor and an assistant principal. David M. Onder of Waynesville, N.C., ’92 BS in mathematics and computer science, was promoted in September to director of assessment in the office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness for Western Carolina University. James Sotlar of Pickerington, Ohio, ’94 BSEd, has been named superintenDavid Onder dent of the Canal Winchester, Ohio, School District, chosen from a field of more than 30 applicants. Sotlar has over 17 years of educational experience, both as a classroom teacher and administrator. Previously, he was James Sotlar assistant superintendent of the Pickerington Local Schools, where he also served for a period as interim superintendent, as a school principal and as interim director of curriculum and instruction.



master’s degree in regulatory affairs through a distance learning program at Northeastern University in Boston.

David Oliveira of Hamilton, Bermuda, ’95 BSBA in finance, has been promoted to partner at Nephila Capital, an institutional asset manager of vehicles dedicated to investing in natural catastrophe and weather risk insurance linked securities. Oliveira joined the firm in 2006, coming from HSBC Investments in Bermuda where he was head of business development. Carolyn Pugh of Vicksburg, Mich., ’98 BS, ’01 MS in chemistry, has been hired as associate project manager for the regulatory affairs team at PerCarolyn Pugh rigo Company, a global healthcare supplier. Pugh has 10 years of varied chemistry experience that includes time as a medicinal chemist in the early stages of drug discovery, teaching high school chemistry and working in a lab as a process chemist. She is pursuing a

Brian Kren of Girard, Ohio, ’01 BA in political science, was elected to a four-year term as law director for the city of Girard. Kren earned his law degree at the University of Akron School of Law in 2005. He Brian Kren is also an associate attorney for the law firm of Patricia Kearney and Associates LLC, Warren. Anthony Spano of Youngstown, ’04 BSBA, was an honoree in the inaugural class of the Mahoning Valley 25 Under 35 Awards, recognizing the region’s best and brightest young professionals for 2012. The event was previously known as the 40 Under 40 Awards. Spano is founder and executive director of the Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley and is employed as a vehicle operator for YSU Parking Services. Sara Roth of Austintown, ’05 BA in telecommunications, is a news producer for WEWS NewsChannel 5 in Cleveland, where she was awarded a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 2012 Emmy Award for Sara Roth best evening newscast. She was nominated in the category of best weekend newscast in the Lower

Environmental Science Grad Heads City Utility Plant Steve Baytos IV of Elyria, Ohio, was named manager of the Avon Lakes, Ohio, Water Pollution Control Center, a part of that city’s municipal utilities plant. Baytos was among the first YSU students to earn a BS in environmental studies in 1997 when the program was first established. He has 10 years experience working in the public sector as a wastewater treatment plant operator, most recently as assistant superintendent of the Elyria Wastewater Pollution Control Plant. He Steve Baytos also worked in the private sector as an environmental engineering consultant and plant foreman. Baytos passed the Ohio EPA Class IV wastewater certification/licensure exam last summer, and he co-authored a presentation, titled “Recycled Flows and How to Treat Them,” for a meeting of the Ohio Water Environment Association.

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Great Lakes Region. Roth joined WEWS last fall and previously worked at WYTV in Youngstown.



Jeremy Batchelor of Charlotte, N.C., ’06 MEd in educational administration, was named principal at James Martin Middle School in the CharlotteMecklenburg Schools, a county-wide school district that serves more than 141,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12. Batchelor also earned a BA in social science from John Carroll University. Previously, he served as a high school principal in East Bladen High School in Elizabethtown, N.C., and was an assistant principal in Lake Waccamaw, N.C. and in Austintown, Ohio.

Vincent Gooden of Largo, Md., ’69 BSBA, recently wrote and published two books. Interaction Our Way … A Portrait of Success is focused on organization theory, and House-broken, Not House-Tamed looks at management using an approach that consists of planning, action, staffing, organization and budgeting. Gooden is an independent management consultant. The books are available online at Amazon, Xlibris and Barnes & Noble.

Krystle Common of Bonita Springs, Fla., ’08 BA in English, ’10 MA in American Studies, has opened a Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt store in Bonita Springs, the first Handel’s in Florida. She said business has been good since the shop opened in the spring, and she’s expecting the next few months to be her busiest with the influx of snowbirds from the northern states. Krystle Common

David Weinberger of Boardman, ’70 BSBA, ’76 AAS, ’76 BSAP, has published a children’s book and coloring book, both entitled Answers to a Christmas Question, designed to help parents and grandparents discuss Christmas with their children and grandchildren. Weinberger recently retired after a 36-year career in nursing as a health/patient educator, diabetes educator and program coordinator at Northside Medical Center in Youngstown. Besides his three YSU degrees, Weinberger also earned a master’s degree from Kent State University in community health education. His book is available at http://www.

’10s L. Austin Fredrickson Jr. of Rootstown, Ohio, ’10 BS in combined science, was appointed to a two-year term as a student member of the Northeast Ohio Medical University Board of Trustees. A third-year College of Medicine student, Fredrickson serves as a peer tutor and peer advisor for first-year students, is a student representative to the Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory L. Austin Fredrickson Jr. Council and a student ambassador to the BioMed Science Academy. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, was a Summer Research Fellow in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the summer of 2011 and was recognized for having the most outstanding research oral presentation at the 2012 Ohio Family Medicine Symposium on Research and Education.

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Celebrating One Woman’s Philanthropy, 1999 Philanthropist Eleanor Beecher Flad is presented YSU’s Friend of the University award by then-President Les Cochran in this April 1999 photo, while her sons Ward and Eric and a granddaughter stand proudly by. A lifelong resident of the Mahoning Valley, Flad has contributed major gifts to YSU’s Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center – where the 53-foot-tall climbing wall is named Flad Mountain, the Ward Beecher Planetarium and the YSU Foundation, as well as the Butler Institute of American Art and the Youngstown Symphony Society. Initiated in 1997, the Friend of the University award recognizes alumni, friends and donors who have had a significant impact on YSU. Flad is one of many women philanthropists whose contributions have had a positive influence on the university and the region. Read more in our cover story, “Women Who Give,” starting on page 8.



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