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Keep up with the latest Ohio Dominican alumni news, events and happenings around campus.
  • A Note from your Alumni Office (expand to read more)

    Greetings from your Alumni Office!

    The new school year is off to a great start, and the halls and classrooms are filled with energy from our students, faculty and staff.

    It’s hard to believe that Homecoming and our annual Black & Gold Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Recognition Dinner is just around the corner on Sept. 28-29; we hope you’ll join us for this wonderful celebration! Registration information is included in this month’s Insider.

    You should have received an appeal from ODU for this fiscal year. Please prayerfully consider a gift to help today’s students. Click here to make a gift today! Also, we’re excited to partner with The Catholic Foundation in Columbus to help with bequest planning and other vehicles of supporting ODU.

    Scroll down to learn more about these news items and more in this month’s ODU Insider!

    God Bless,

    Christie Flood Weiner '90                         
    Associate Vice President for Advancement and Director of Alumni Relations

  • Alumni and Campus News

    2018 Hall of Fame Dinner and Homecoming Celebration: Sept. 28-29|
    This year’s Homecoming celebration will officially kick off on Sept. 28 as we honor this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame inductees at our annual recognition dinner. The cost for the dinner is $35 per person. There is limited space for this event. Please keep an eye out for a separate RSVP link, which will be sent out separately. We expect to announce this year’s class very soon. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Earles, administrative assistant for the Athletics Department, at earlesk2@ohiodominican.edu or by calling at 614-251-4537. 

    Homecoming will take place on Sept. 29 and will begin with a picnic tailgate behind Panther Stadium from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The tailgate is free and all are welcome to attend. There will be great food, refreshments, games, giveaways and more! Take this opportunity to spend time with Dr. Robert Gervasi, and his wife, Jen, along with ODU faculty, staff and students. At noon, we’ll head into Panther Stadium to watch our Panthers take on Alderson Broaddus. ODU’s 2018 Homecoming Court and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at halftime. For more information and to register, please click here.

    Ohio Dominican University Receives HLC Reaccreditation
    Ohio Dominican has been reaccredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for a 10-year period, the maximum amount of time possible. The regional accreditation agency validates the overall quality of institutions and has affirmed the mission and responsibility of ODU. As part of the accreditation process, a team of HLC peer reviewers visited ODU on March 26-27, 2018. This visit occurs every 10 years. Click here to read more.

    ODU Partners with The Catholic Foundation to Manage Planned Giving Services
    Ohio Dominican has partnered with The Catholic Foundation to engage with alumni and friends of the University who are considering supporting ODU through a planned gift. A planned gift is any major gift, made in lifetime or at death, as part of a donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning. The Catholic Foundation offers expertise in the areas of endowments, planned giving and bequests. Click here to read more. 

    PATRIOTS Veterans Appreciation Day Tailgate a Success
    ODU hosted its annual PATRIOTS Veterans Appreciation Day Tailgate on Sept. 8. This was a great opportunity to honor members of our campus community who have served. The tailgate featured remarks by Major General Dennis Laich (ret.), director of ODU’s PATRIOTS Program; Kelley Cummings, head football coach; Mark Cooper, vice president for Advancement & External Relations; Tom Winters ’72, ODU Board of Trustees member; and Dr. Ron Carstens, professor of Political Science, who was this year’s honorary captain. Thank you to all who attended, and thank you to those who have served and continue to serve. Visit our Flickr album to see more photos!

    ODU Veterans Appreciation Day Tailgate

    Major General Dennis Laich (ret.) (second from left) and this year’s honorary captain, Dr. Ron Carstens, (second from right) prior to ODU’s football game on Sept. 8.

    Historic Matesich Theatre Restoration Campaign Nearing Completion
    ODU recently completed the second phase of its renovation of the Sister Mary Andrew Matesich, OP Theatre. Crews repaired the theater’s plaster and woodwork, painted the walls, and made other critical repairs and updates. We’re are getting very close to achieving our $1 million dollar goal to help us complete the third phase over the Christmas holiday break, which will include replacing the theater’s carpet and seats. ODU welcomes anyone who desires to contribute at ohiodominican.edu/Theater. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Christie Flood Weiner ’90 at 614-253-3502 or weinerc@ohiodominican.edu. Visit our Flickr album to see more photos!

    ODU Matesich Theatre Renovation during Summer 2018

    ODU Celebrates Constitution Day Celebration
    The campus community celebrated Constitution Day on Sept. 17 in Hamilton Hall with a live reading of the Constitution and Bill of Rights by students, faculty and staff. Visit our Flickr album to see more photos!

    ODU Celebrates Constitution Day

    President Gervasi Featured on AM820’s New “Saint Spotlight” Segments
    Dr. Robert Gervasi can be now heard regularly on St. Gabriel Radio AM820 in a segment called, “Saint Spotlight.” In these 60-second segments, Dr. Gervasi provides a brief background and summary of the different Dominican Saints. To listen to the spots that have been featured so far, click here

    ODU Trip to Paris with Dr. Ron Carstens and Sr. Joan Franks, OP ’64: June 7-16, 2019
    Join Dr. Ron Carstens and Sr. Joan Franks, OP ’64 for an “Art & Architecture of Paris & Toulouse” trip from June 7-16, 2019. Included highlights: Louvre, Musée de Cluny, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, Chartres Cathedral, Hôtel des Invalides, Giverny, Place du Capitole, Maison de la Violette, Pères Dominicans Catholic Church, St. Mary Monastery of Prouilhe, and Gaillacwine region. For any questions or for more information please contact Dr. Ron Carstens at carstenr@ohiodominican.edu.

    Find Job and Internship Postings on The ODU JobLine
    Are you looking for a job? The ODU JobLine lists part- and full-time employment opportunities that are available for ODU students and alumni. Job seekers are able to post resumes, search postings and, in many cases, apply online. New job postings are added daily. There are currently nearly 500 internship, part- and full-time positions on the JobLine.

  • Faculty, Staff & Student News

    Ohio Dominican was the featured university in the Catholic Times’ annual Catholic colleges and universities edition, which was published on Sept. 9. Click here to read an electronic version of the newspaper.

    Jennifer Woodford ’21, Biology, is this week’s Student of the Week. Click here to read more about Jennifer and how she is using her ODU education to connect her passion with a purpose.

    Kelsey Squire, Ph.D., English, published a chapter, “Receptive Readers: Teaching Modernist American Literature through Book Reviews and Letters” in the volume Teaching Modernist Anglophone Literature, edited by Mary C. Madden and Precious McKenzie.

    Manuel Martinez, Ph.D., Languages, appeared on Telemundo Columbus during the week of Sept. 3 in its Flash Information segment. Click here to watch the segment.

    Jalisha Lancaster, Multicultural Affairs, and 15 students attended the TEDxKingLincolnBronzeville event that took place on Sept. 8 at East High School in Columbus. During the event, attendees heard culturally focused presentations and participated in activities that explored community development opportunities for the local King Lincoln District neighborhood.

    Janette Knowles’, Ph.D., Art, oil painting, “Sleeping Seeds of Svalbard II,” has been juried into an upcoming exhibition, “Hypotheses: art inspired by the many worlds of Science,” which will run from Sept. 28 to Nov. 10 at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. The exhibit will feature contemporary works by numerous Ohio artists. An opening reception will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28. Click here to read more.

    Janette Knowles, Ph.D., Art, will be teaching a workshop on the ancient Japanese tradition of Japanese shibori at Sew to Speak from 1-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. Sew to Speak is located at 752 High St. in Worthington, 43085. Click here for more information.

    Patricia Hohlbein, Ed.D., Business, participated in a panel discussion at the Conscious Capitalism’s Columbus Chapter meeting on Aug. 16 at CBRE in downtown Columbus. She was joined by David Staley, director of the Humanities Institute and an associate professor of History at The Ohio State University. During the discussion, Dr. Hohlbein described recent efforts in the business curriculum to incorporate the philosophy.

    Carissa Williamson ’19, Business Administration, has accepted a full-time position with the Columbus Crew SC as Community Relations and Foundation Coordinator.

    Blake Mathys, Ph.D., Environmental Science, was featured in the Aug. 28 edition of The Columbus Dispatch in an article discussing the recent introduction of electric scooters to the Columbus area. Click here to read the article.

    Jeremy Glazier, English, will be the featured poet at the Columbus Poetry Forum at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, at Bossy Grrls Pin-Up Joint at 2598 N. High Street. Started in 1984, the Poetry Forum is Columbus's longest-running poetry series. An open mic follows the featured reading.

    Kristall Day, Ph.D., Education, co-presented findings from a research project that analyzed strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of inclusive educator preparation programs in Ohio. The presentation took place at the Ohio Dean’s Compact quarterly meeting, which was held Sept. 13-14. The other authors were faculty from Cleveland State University and Ohio University.

    John Mascazine, Ph.D., Education, and Tim Sandusky, ODU Library, collaborated over the summer to replace existing materials for EDU 335 – Introduction to Middle Childhood, Diversity, and Classroom Management with Open Educational Resources (OER), which are provided to students free of charge. They also identified OER materials that can be used for a new course, CORE 279 – Our Bridges and Borders. Open Educational Resources are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital resources that are free to students. Any faculty interested in exploring OERS should contact Tim at sanduskt@ohiodominican.edu.

  • Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

    September 28, 2018 – ODU Black and Gold Club Alumni Hall of Fame Recognition
    REGISTER NOW! You are invited to join us for our 2018 Black & Gold Club Athletic Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner on Friday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, rooms 258-260. Join us as we recognize and meet the 2018 ODU Athletic Hall of Fame inductees: Stephanie Bowshier Curry ’06, Becky Richter LaBrake ’04 and Tara Drumm Stout ’97. Cost for the dinner is $35 a person. There is limited space for this event. To RSVP and pay for this event, please click here. 

    September 29, 2018 – Homecoming
    Join us for a big day on campus and return home to ODU! The day kicks off with an ODU Campus Picnic Tailgate behind Panther Stadium from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Alumni and guests get in free and will receive free tickets to the football game. The ODU Bookstore will be open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to get your ODU Spirit Wear. At 11 a.m. enjoy the annual Golf Cart Parade and then the Pep Session at 11:15 a.m. in front of Panther Stadium. The ODU Football Panthers and Alderson Broaddus Battlers kickoff at Noon. At halftime, the 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees will be recognized, and the Homecoming Court will be announced. Following the game, join us for Mass at 3:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel. Enjoy a day of fellowship and fun! To Register for the Homecoming Tailgate, click here.

    April 27, 2019 – St. Mary of the Springs College Reunion

    June 7-16, 2019 – ODU Travels to France
    Ron Carstens, Ph.D. and Sr. Joan Franks, OP, Ph.D. ’64 will lead a tour in Paris from June 7-16, 2019. Visit our Alumni Travel page to view the itinerary of the 10 day trip from Paris to Toulouse, with stops in Giverny, Fanjeaux and the Gaillac wine region. For any questions or for more information please contact Dr. Carstens at carstenr@ohiodominican.edu.

    Paris France Alumni Trip 2019


  • Class Notes (as of Sept 17, 2018)


    Debora Graham Letts '96 is employed by the Office of the Surgeon General – Army.

    Jennifer LaPlace '97 was recently named 2019 Teacher of the Year for State Board of Education District 6. She and the other 10 district honorees have the opportunity to be named the 2019 Ohio Teacher of the Year this fall. Jennifer is on the faculty at Centennial High School in the Columbus City School system. She teaches courses in world history, humanities and government. 

    Karen Days '09 (MBA) has a new position as Vice President for Corporate and Community Health Relations for Nationwide Children's Hospital. Karen stewards public entity partnerships for community health initiatives and supports NCH government relations efforts related to family violence, foster care, and similar issues. Karen also serves as hospital liaison to community boards such as the Columbus Board of Health and continues to speak nationally on child/ family violence prevention and treatment, providing consulting and support to other cities/ institutions seeking to grow and develop their child/family violence prevention infrastructure across the United States.  Karen continues to serve on the Columbus Board of Health, KIPP Columbus Foundation Board, the Advisory Board for the State of Ohio Attorney General’s Victims Assistance Act (SVAA), and the Advisory Board for Columbus Parent Magazine.

    Kyle Suminski '15 earned his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Grand Valley University this past spring. He took and passed his State Board Exams, providing him with his license to practice physical therapy in the state of Michigan. He was hired as a Physical Therapist at HealthQuest in Clinton Twp.,Michigan.

    Devan Jacobs '15 is engaged to Dr. Jarred Sigmon. Devan is employed by South-Western City School District and is a Personal Trainer at Anytime Fitness. Jarred is a graduate of Toldeo University with a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree. Their wedding is planned for October 19, 2019.

    Erin Hamm ’16 spoke on a "Women in Data" panel about her experiences of working in a primary male driven environment at Nationwide Insurance's Tableau Day. Erin is a Specialist, Data Analytics, at Nationwide Insurance.

    Scott Timmer '16 (MBA) has been promoted to Finance Director for the city of Fairfield, OH. Scott had served as the city’s interim finance director. 



    Ensign Robert J. Cooper ’15, U.S. Navy, and Alyssa Beadle were married September 15, 2018.


    In Memoriam

    Yvonne  “Bunni” DeBrul Cosimati ’52, April 17, 2018

    Tracie Fields ’06 (MBA), August 1, 2018

    Joan Factor ‘57, August 30, 2018

    James “Jim” Kesler ’88, September 7, 2018

    Kenneth Swanson ’97, September 10, 2018


    Rita Hyzy Fatula, June 13, 2018, mother of Sr. Mary Ann Fatula, O.P. ‘66

    Mary Lou McNamara, August 18, 2018

    Harriette Bernhard Roesch, August 16, 2018

  • More ODU Insider
    Did you miss an issue? Previous editions of the online ODU Insider are archived below.


    August 2018
    July 2018
    June 2018
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    March 2018
    February 2018
    January 2018


     December 2017
     November 2017
    October 2017
    September 2017
    August 2017
    July 2017
    May 2017
    April 2017
    March 2017
    February 2017
    January 2017


    December 2016 
    November 2016

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