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Greetings from your Alumni Office!

It’s already been a very busy spring at Ohio Dominican! ODU’s Board of Trustees recently introduced Dr. Robert Gervasi as the University’s 16th president. Dr. Gervasi will start on June 26. He has spent the last nine years serving as president of Quincy University, a private Catholic Franciscan liberal arts university located in Quincy, Illinois. He and his wife, Jen, look forward to joining the ODU community soon.

ODU also hosted the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Elite Eight last week, which brought thousands of visitors to campus. The games were also broadcast to a national audience on the CBS Sports Network. Ashland University won the national championship on Friday in Alumni Hall.

We hope you will continue to support ODU by recruiting students, making a financial contribution, and connecting students with great internships and jobs. Together, we can make a difference to help ensure the continued success of ODU.

God bless,

Christie Flood Weiner '90, Director of Alumni Relations
Kyrsten Stenerson, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations & Development

Alumni and Campus News

  • ODU Board of Trustees Names Robert A. Gervasi ODU’s 16th President
    The Ohio Dominican University Board of Trustees has announced that Robert A. Gervasi, Ph.D. will serve as the University’s 16th president. Gervasi will succeed Dr. Peter Cimbolic, who is retiring after seven years as ODU’s president. Gervasi will begin at Ohio Dominican on June 26, 2017. Gervasi has spent the last nine years serving as president of Quincy University, a private Catholic Franciscan liberal arts university located in Quincy, Illinois. Quincy has approximately 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Click here to view photos and watch a video of Dr. Gervasi’s introduction.
  • ODU Hosts NCAA DII Women's Basketball Elite Eight
    Thousands of college basketball fans packed Alumni Hall during this year's NCAA DII Women's Basketball Elite Eight championship tournament. The championship game on Friday, March 24, 2017, saw Ashland University take home the trophy. It was an exhilarating week on campus, and we invite you to enjoy this highlight video and photo slide show of all of the action.

    NCAA DII Women's Basketball Elite 8 2017

ODU Host NCAA DII Elite 8 Women's Basketball

  • Student-Veteran Association to Sponsor 5 Miler at ODU on Saturday, April 29
    Enjoy a fun walk/run on campus and also support our ODU student-veterans at the Sua Sponte 5 Miler on April 29. For more information about the event, click here. The Sua Sponte 5 Miler was organized to promote the success of student-veterans at ODU and inspire servicemen and servicewomen to advance their education and prepare for rewarding careers following their military careers. All are welcome to participate!
  • Matesich Theatre Has a Seat for You
    A seat in the Sr. Mary Andrew Matesich, OP Theatre is more than a resting spot. For almost a century, the Ohio Dominican community has gathered here for enlightenment, contemplation and entertainment. A lot of memories are collected in the theater but its years are beginning to show. Ohio Dominican is committed to restoring the theater to its former glory. You can help. With a gift to the Save Your Seat Campaign, you can contribute to the theater’s restoration by purchasing a personalized theater seat to commemorate a special person or a fond memory. For questions or more information, please email Christie Flood Weiner, alumni director, or call her at 614-253-3502. We also encourage you to visit our Save Your Seat Campaign website.

    Matesich Theatre April 2016
  • Support Ohio Dominican’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
    ODU continues to move forward with the planning and fundraising for the implementation of a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program. This will be ODU’s first doctoral program. For more information about or supporting the DPT Program, please email Adam Neal, Vice President for Advancement, or call 614-251-4786.

Upcoming Events – Save the Date!

  • ODU to Host Preview Day on Saturday, April 1
    Ohio Dominican University will host a Preview Day for undergraduate students from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, in the Griffin student center. During the Preview Day, students will take a tour of campus, explore available majors, discuss available financial aid options, enjoy a complimentary meal, learn about student clubs and honors programs, meet with professors in their field of interest, and talk with current students about why they chose to attend ODU. Interested high school students and their families can register for the free event by visiting ohiodominican.edu/Preview.
  • MBA Program to Host Spring Networking Event on Thursday, April 20
    You are cordially invited to the ODU MBA Program Spring Networking Event, which will take place from 6-8 p.m., April 20, in the Griffin Student Center, rooms 258-260. MBA program alumni, current students, faculty, and MBA board members are all invited. The event will feature a speaker from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, light appetizers, and of course time to chat. Take the opportunity to meet Steven Vickner, Ph.D., MS, MBA, director of the ODU MBA program and Associate Professor of Business. Click here to register. 
  • ODU Hosts “The Perfect Pairing” Financial Literacy Seminar on Tuesday, April 25
    The Alumni Relations Office in collaboration with Education First Credit Union and TAT Restaurant di Famiglia is proud to present “The Perfect Pairing” financial literacy seminar at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, in the President’s Dining Room in the Griffin student center. The event will feature free beer, wine and an Italian buffet provided by TAT. The seminar will focus on banking, credit, and identity theft in a world that is growing increasingly electronic. The presentation will be given by Lea Anne Broseus, HR & Training Manager for Education First Credit Union. Please RSVP to Christie Flood Weiner ’90, Alumni Director, by calling 614-253-3502 or e-mailing her at weinerc@ohiodominican.edu by Friday, April 21. 
  • ODU Wine Tasting Social at Wyandotte Winery in Columbus on Tuesday, May 16
    Join in a fun event for the ODU alumni, friends, faculty and staff at the beautiful Wyandotte Winery in Columbus. Wyandotte Winery is owned by Valerie Coolidge, Class of 2005, and her husband, Robin. ODU has the wonderful opportunity to host an event at Wyandotte Winery from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16. Attendees will receive a ticket for a flight of five wines to taste, a ticket for a full glass of your favorite wine selected, and appetizers. Valerie will share information about starting a winery (she and her husband also own Rockside Winery & Vineyards in Lancaster, OH). The cost is $20 per person. You must RSVP in advance of the event by clicking here. Please contact Christie Flood Weiner ’90 with any questions at weinerc@ohiodominican.edu or 614-253-3502.
  • Register Now – The Best of Central Italy with Dr. Ron Carstens and ODU
    You're invited to travel with Dr. Ron Carstens to Italy from June 11-21. Experience the land of artists and saints, and discover the cultural and religious institutions that shaped history as we know it. We’ll begin our tour in Rome where we’ll wander through vibrant piazzas and centuries-old basilicas. We’ll then travel onto the Umbrian countryside and into Tuscany where we’ll make our way through historic hill towns and Renaissance cities for an authentic glimpse into the heart of Italy. The tour includes nine nights in hand-picked hotels; breakfast daily; four three-course dinners with wine or beer; multilingual tour director; private deluxe motor coach; and guided sightseeing and select entrance fees. To register, please call 800-438-7672 or visit goaheadtours.com. The reference number for the tour is 56624458. The maximum number of travelers is 35 people. Spots are filling up fast. There will be an information session offered later this spring. Please contact Dr. Ron Carstens with any questions.
  • Reunion 2017: June 23-25
    Calling all St. Mary of the Springs College Alumnae!
    We are changing things up a bit for Reunion 2017. We will welcome home the classes ending in ’2 & ’7 from 1942-1967 and hope that all alumnae from the College of St. Mary of the Springs will return to campus for the celebration. The Class of 1967 will celebrate their 50th reunion and a special luncheon will be held in the Colonial Room for their induction into the Golden Flame Society. Please join us to reminisce with old friends and reconnect with classmates. University President Peter Cimbolic will provide updates on how we are continuing to build on the foundation you helped create. We encourage you to stay on campus in our newest residence hall, Lynam Hall. For more information and to register, please contact Christie Flood Weiner ’90, Alumni Director, by email or at 614-253-3502, or visiting ohiodominican.edu/Reunion.
  • Celebrating the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients on Saturday, June 24
    As part of Reunion Weekend 2017, on Saturday, June 24, there will be a special Reunion and Distinguished Alumni Award Dinner to honor the three 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients: Craig Denney ’90, Sr. Mary Faith Geelan ’60 and Jo Charles McGinnis ’52. Please plan to attend a special Reunion Mass at 4:30 p.m. in the Christ the King Chapel; a President’s Reception following Mass; and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $25 a person. All are welcome to attend. More information to follow! If you are interested in more information about this event, please contact Christie Flood Weiner ’90, Alumni Director, by email or at 614-253-3502, or visiting ohiodominican.edu/Reunion.
  • Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Friday, October 6
    Please save the date for the 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Dinner to honor our new members into the Athletic Hall of Fame and celebrate our past Honorees at a special dinner on campus.
  • Homecoming 2017 on Saturday, October 7
    Please save the date for Saturday, October 7 to celebrate Homecoming 2017! Homecoming is a day to celebrate coming back to campus to see classmates, friends, faculty and staff. Stay tuned for more details. 

Class Notes

  • (Received as of Mar. 23, 2017)

News

  • Jennifer Jean Cabe ’09 was recently hired as Coordinator of RCIA at St. Matthew’s Church in Gahanna, Ohio.

Engagement

  • Kenna Reynolds ’14 and Nicholas Warren are engaged to be married May 20, 2017 in Marietta, Ohio.

In Memoriam

  • Judy Sapp Burke ’67, February 10, 2017
  • Sr. Johanna Eberly, O.P. ’58, March 9, 2017
  • Mary McIntyre Pierce ’60, February 16, 2017
  • Sr. Marilyn Archer, OSF ’53, February 8, 2017
  • Sr. Juliana D’Amato, O.P. ’53, February 20, 2017
  • Christine Mack Loftus ’58, February 4, 2017

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