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Greetings from your Alumni Office!

It has been a busy, but wonderful summer so far at Ohio Dominican University!

We recently held three Summer Orientations, Reunion Weekend and an ODU Family Day, all of which provided outstanding opportunities to connect with friends and colleagues, and experience the positive momentum at ODU.

We hope you’ll join us for one of our upcoming meet and greets with ODU’s new first family, Dr. Robert and Jen Gervasi. You can read more about these opportunities below, or visit our Alumni Events page

We’ve officially kicked off a new fiscal year, and we hope you will help us continue to ensure the bright future of ODU with your support. Every gift counts, and it would be amazing to achieve higher participation than ever before. Please consider making a financial contribution.

Also, our 8th Annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Black & Gold Club Kickoff is right around the corner on Friday, Aug. 4. Get more info and purchase tickets here.

Scroll down to read more about all the exciting things happening at your alma mater.

God bless,

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

Alumni and Campus News

  • ODU Family Day a Success!
    Hundreds of current and prospective students, alumni, and faculty and staff attended Ohio Dominican’s first ODU Family Day on Saturday, July 15. The event included all kinds of free food, gifts, arts and crafts stations, and inflatable games. Thank you for helping to make this event a huge success!


  • MBA Information Session on July 27
    Ohio Dominican will host an information session for its Master of Business Administration program at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 27. The session will take place in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, room 276. Click here to read more and to register.
  • One-Stop Admission Day on Saturday, July 29
    Do you know someone who is interested in enrolling or transferring to Ohio Dominican? They’re invited to attend One-Stop Admission Day on Saturday, July 29. Attendees may sign up for a time to visit the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center between 9-11:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity for them to complete the admissions process in as few as 60 minutes. Click here to sign up.
  • Make an Impact with a Planned Gift to ODU
    It is easy to leave your legacy at Ohio Dominican University! Planned gifts, such as a bequest in your will, provide resources that can help shape the future of ODU and its students. Bequest through a will is one of the most effective methods of giving back, while enabling you to keep assets or property during your lifetime.

    Bequests can take several forms.  Some of the more common forms of bequest are: 
    Pecuniary bequest a gift of a fixed or stated sum of money.
    Specific bequest – a gift of a designated or specific item, which can include securities and/or property.
    Residuary Bequest – a gift of all or a portion (or a percentage) of the remainder of the donor’s assets after all other bequests have been made as well as debts and taxes paid.
    Contingent Bequest a gift in a will made on the condition of a certain event that might or might not happen. A contingent bequest is specific and fails if the condition is not made.

    If you are considering a bequest as a way to give back to ODU and wish to discuss how you can leave your legacy to impact the lives of future students, please contact Whitney Briggs at 614-253-4804 or briggsw@ohiodominican.edu
  • 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. 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.
  • 2017-18 Wehrle Gallery Exhibitions Announced
    Ohio Dominican’s Wehrle Gallery will feature exhibitions during the 2017-18 academic year that feature the work of female artists and pays homage to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, ODU's founding congregation. The Wehrle Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Click here to read more about the upcoming exhibitions.
  • 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.
  • Recap from Best of Central Italy Trip with Dr. Ron Carstens and ODU
    Twenty-five faculty, staff, alumni and friends traveled to Rome, Orvieto, Assisi, Siena and Florence with Dr. Ron Carstens and Sr. Joan Franks, OP ’64, Vice President for Mission and Identity. During the trip, June 11-21, attendees studied St. Dominic, St. Francis, St. Catherine, and the Dominicans. Their travels also introduced alumni to many things they had studied while attending ODU and all enjoyed the medieval, the Renaissance, and the Baroque in art and history.
    Alumni Italy 2017 Trip Participants
  • ODU Mourns Passing of Bill Blazer, Athletic Director Emeritus
    Ohio Dominican University mourns the passing of Bill Blazer, the University's Athletic Director Emeritus, who passed away on July 5 at the age of 63. Blazer served as ODU's athletic director from 2004-10 and moved to the role of director of Athletic Development in 2011. He served as the athletic director emeritus after retiring from the development office in 2013. Blazer played a key role in helping Ohio Dominican's athletic department transition from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II level and competing in the GLIAC. During his time as the Athletic Director, ODU's teams won 14 conference titles and qualified for 12 national tournaments. Click here to read more.

    Bill Blazer

Upcoming Events – Save the Date!

  • July 26 – Meet the First Family at Ohio Dominican University
    You’re invited to meet Dr. Robert and Jen Gervasi at a free event on campus from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on July 26 in the President’s Dining Room, which is located in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kyrsten Stenerson at 614-251-4458 or stenersk@ohiodominican.edu.
  • Aug. 4 – ODU’s 8th Annual Black & Gold Club Kickoff 
    Please mark your calendar for an exciting evening of fun, food and fellowship in support of our Panther student-athletes. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Black & Gold Club Kickoff is bringing back the gaming tables for our second annual Casino Night. This is a great opportunity to support ODU’s student-athletes, meet Dr. Robert and Jen Gervasi, bid on unique silent auction items (including premium getaway packages), and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a host bar. The event will take place in Alumni Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4. To purchase tickets or for additional information, click here or contact Whitney Briggs, Director of Gift & Estate Planning, at briggsw@ohiodominican.edu or 614-253-4804
  • Aug. 15 – Meet the First Family at Wyandotte Winery in Columbus
    Join Dr. Robert Gervasi at Wyandotte Winery in Columbus from 6:30-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15. The free event will be hosted by Valerie Coolidge ’05. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kyrsten Stenerson at 614-251-4458 or stenersk@ohiodominican.edu.
  • Aug. 21 – Oct. 22, 2017 – Wehrle Art Gallery Exhibit: Chrysalis: Meet the Faculty
    This exhibition is a celebration of the new academic year and a welcome to ODU’s new president, Dr. Robert Gervasi. The Art and Design faculty, Janna Thompson-Chordas, Janette Knowles, Rebecca Morton, and Eliana Calle-Saari, created new works around the idea of the chrysalis and butterfly, a metaphor for the intellectual and spiritual transformation that happens through education. An exhibition reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, and an Artist’s Talk will be held at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
  • Sept. 23 – Veteran’s Appreciation Day: ODU Football Game vs. Lake Erie
    Join us as we support the men and women of the United States military during ODU’s Veteran’s Appreciation Day on Sept. 23. A tailgate will be hosted outside Panther Stadium prior to ODU’s 7 p.m. game against Lake Erie College on Saturday, Sept. 23. Michael E. Turner ’89 will serve as the honorary captain. We’ll send more details in the coming months.
  • Sept. 24 – Meet the First Family at the Home of Nancy Recchie ’73 and Jeff Darbee in Columbus
    You’re invited to meet Dr. Robert and Jen Gervasi at an event on Sunday, Sept. 24 at the home of Nancy Recchie ’73 and Jeff Darbee. The free event will take place from 5-7 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kyrsten Stenerson at 614-251-4458 or stenersk@ohiodominican.edu.
  • Oct. 6 – Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Dinner
    Please save the date for Friday, Oct. 6 and join us as we honor the newest members into ODU’s Athletic Hall of Fame and celebrate our past Honorees at the 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on campus.
  • Oct. 7 – Homecoming 2017
    Please save the date for Saturday, Oct. 7 and join us as we celebrate Homecoming 2017! Homecoming is a day to celebrate coming back to campus to see classmates, friends, faculty and staff. We’ll send more information about Homecoming in the coming months. 

Class Notes

  • (Received as of July 17, 2017)

News

  • David Kuskowski ’91 was recently hired as Clemson University’s new undergraduate admissions director. David is a veteran higher-education administrator who believes in team empowerment, data-driven decisions and innovative student recruitment techniques.
  • Brandi Smith ’16 has been hired as Vice President of Operations for Associa Real Property Management. Brandi has over 14 years of property management and land development experience. 
  • Nathan Clark ’09 began serving as a Licking County Sheriff’s deputy in June 2017. He was previously a corrections officer with the Licking County Sheriff’s Office before graduating from the police academy. 
  • Kayleigh Cowser ’11 is an associate and member of the Estates and Trusts Practice Group with the Lynch Law Group in Cranberry, Pennsylvania.
  • Emmy Chapek Beeson ’98 has been selected as the Tolles Career & Technical Center’s new superintendent. Emmy currently serves as superintendent at Ridgemont Local Schools in Mount Victory, Ohio, a position she’s held for the past seven years.
  • John Zoll ’17 (MA) was recently hired to teach Theology at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Florida.
  • Fr. Jan C.P. Sullivan ’86 will be pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Zanesville, effective August 9, 2017.
  • Danny Lanzot ’10 received a new position with the Ohio Department of Health in March 2015. Danny is a consultant for the Ryan White HIV Drug Assistance Program.
  • Kelli Flood Lanzot ’00 is an Early Intervention Specialist with the Department of Developmental Disabilities. Kelli oversees 15 county Early Intervention programs in Northwest Ohio.
  • Charles Moore ’88, President of Middlefield Banking Company, is the newest trustee for the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund (OP&F), having been appointed by Governor John Kasich. Moore was sworn in June 6 and will serve a four-year term as an investment expert member of the Board.
  • Ali Clark MacKeown ’12 graduated in May 2017 with her Master of Education in K-12 Leadership from Kent State University.

Birth

  • Maverick Charles Sylvis, May 2, 2017, son of Allison Collins Sylvis ’10/’11 (MBA) and Chuck Sylvis
  • Danny Da’Shon Taccuma Lanzot II, December 27, 2016, son of Kelli Flood Lanzot ’00 and Danny Lanzot ’10

Engagement

  • Carrie Ghiloni ’16 and Madison Arnold ’17 are engaged to be married September 16, 2017 In Newark, Ohio

Anniversary

  • Sharon Gehrlich ’85 celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with her husband, Tom Gehrlich in June with their family in the Outer Banks.

In Memoriam

  • Michele Spring Miller ’97, June 27, 2017
  • Martha Ann Kestermeier ’60, June 22, 2017
  • Clareann Sohovich Slomski ’52, June 9, 2017
  • Marcella Baker Charles ’50, June 23, 2014
  • Mary-Margaret “Peg” Curtin Grannan ’45, July 28, 2015
  • Patricia Gatterdam Schwenker ’45, May 16, 2017
  • Cecilia Sohovich Day ’48, August 9, 2015
  • Audrey Lozier ’53, March 24, 2017
  • F. Dianne Yontz Hardin ’66, March 5, 2017
  • Sr. Ruth Schirtzinger, O.P. ’69, June 6, 2017
  • Joseph Lenge ’72, husband of Linda Curtis Lenge ’74, May 1, 2017
  • Sr. Susanne Humpe O.S.F. ’74, March 15, 2017
  • Mary Beth Little ’82, May 20, 2017
  • Patricia Ann Saunders ’89, March 5, 2017
  • Sylvia Bast ’96, May 18, 2017
  • Brock Taylor ’15/’16 (MBA), May 31, 2017 


    Friends:
  • Betty L. Smith (Former Assistant to the Treasurer), mother of Margaret Ann Smith Walter ’72 and Diane L. Smith Arbaugh ’79, July 19, 2015
  • Thomas Gaus, husband of Ann Gaughan Gaus ’58, July 7, 2017
  • William G. “Bill” Blazer (Former Athletic Director Emeritus), July 5, 2017
  • Helen Katana, mother of Gary Katana ’73, April 23, 2015
  • Suzanne Schwemley Bassett Fitzpatrick, May 14, 2017
  • Carolyn M. Zeigler (Former Admissions Office Staff Member), May 30, 2017
  • Patricia L. Rowley, mother of Jeff Rowley ’84/’99 and mother-in-law of Sandy O’Reilly Rowley ’84; grandmother of Lindsay Rowley ’12; mother-in-law of Diana Barr Rowley ’82, June 12, 2017

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