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Greetings and Happy New Year! 

We hope the New Year is off to a great start, and you enjoyed the holidays with friends and loved ones. Spring semester is officially underway and, as you’ll read in this month’s ODU Insider, campus is busy as ever.

We hope you’ll continue to pray for us as we search for ODU’s next president. We also need your support, which can come in the form of recruiting students, making a financial contribution, and connecting students with great jobs. Together we can all 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

  • Presidential Search Update
    The Search Committee met on Monday, Jan. 23 to continue evaluating candidates to advance to the next phase of the search process. The committee is extremely pleased with the quality of the candidates and is encouraged by the breadth and depth of experience in higher education that so many of them present. If you have any questions, please direct them to Search Committee Chair Tom Winters
  • ODU Featured on WOSU's "Columbus Neighborhoods"
    Ohio Dominican was on WOSU's "Columbus Neighborhoods" program at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26. The episode discussed ODU's rich history and the impact it's had on education in the Columbus area. Click here to watch the full episode (the segment on ODU begins at the 8:50 mark, and it runs about six minutes).
  • Ohio Dominican University Celebrates Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Convocation
    On Jan. 26, ODU hosted its annual St. Thomas Aquinas Convocation in the Matesich Theater. This year's keynote speaker, Rev. John D. Corbett, OP, Ph.D., presented "Virtues, Reasons, and Causes: The Fullness of Action in Thomas Aquinas." Following the lecture, Fr. Corbett con-celebrated a Mass with Fr. Paul Colloton, OSFS, University Chaplain, in Christ the King Chapel. Read more here.
  • ODU Honors Veterans at Veterans Day Celebration
    ODU celebrated and recognized our veteran students and alumni at a Veterans Appreciation Day on Jan. 21 in conjunction with ODU’s men’s and women’s basketball games. The day's events began with a national security briefing by Rear Admiral Deborah Loewer. Admiral Loewer was the first warfare qualified female ever to be promoted to flag rank in the U.S. Navy. At halftime, two ODU alumni veterans were honored as co-captains of the women's and men's basketball teams. Mary Smart Callaway '79 is a retired Air Force Colonel with 26 years of service in the information technology field. Dennis Smith '69 is a retired Army Colonel and was a member of the ODU men's basketball team. Dennis was the first recipient of the ODU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1981. Congratulations to our honorary co-captains and the women’s and men’s basketball teams on their victories!

    Patriots Luncheon and Veterans Appreciation Event
  • ODU Recognized as White House Healthy Campus
    ODU is one of 350 colleges and universities across the United States that have been named a White House Healthy Campus for its efforts to enroll more students in health insurance plans established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Click here to read more.
  • 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 supporting the DPT Program, please email Adam Neal, Vice President for Advancement, or call 614-251-4786.

Upcoming Events – Save the Date!

  • CareerFest 2017 on Feb. 3
    CareerFest is one of Ohio’s largest career fairs designed specifically for students/alumni of The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ (OFIC) and universities. Students and alumni of OFIC members colleges and universities are admitted at no cost. This year’s main event will be on Feb. 3, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ohio Expo Center in Cardinal Hall. Read more here.
  • ODU Alumni Networking Event on Friday, Feb. 10
    You’re invited to join us on Friday, Feb. 10 for an ODU Alumni Networking Event in the heated indoor patio at On the Border at Easton, located at 4175 Morse Crossing, Columbus, 43219. This is a great opportunity to meet alumni, network and have fun. A taco bar; chips and salsa; non-alcoholic drink; and one alcoholic drink of choice is included in the $10 per person. Spouses and guests are welcome. The event will run from 6-8:30 p.m. Click here to register before Monday, Feb. 6.
  • Former Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman Presentation on Feb. 16
    Former Columbus mayor, Michael B. Coleman, will present “Being Human: Civic Engagement, Civility and Community” at 7 p.m., Feb. 16, in Alumni Hall. All are welcome to attend this free event. Register for the event at ohiodominican.edu/Coleman. ODU's Core Curriculum is a series of courses that provide a unifying academic experience throughout each student's academic journey. For more information, visit ohiodominican.edu/Human
  • Host Natural Sciences Open House on Feb. 23
    Do you know any high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in the sciences or health care? They're invited to attend ODU's Natural Sciences Open House from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in Battelle Hall. Please click here to register by Feb. 17.
  • ODU Alumni March Madness Social Event on Saturday, March 25
    Join Ohio Dominican alumni to celebrate March Madness, socialize, network and have some fun from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at Gresso’s Restaurant and Bar, which is located at 961 South High Street, Columbus, 43206. The event will include an appetizer buffet and a cash bar. You’ll also get one drink ticket for drink of choice. We'll also be doing a series of giveaways throughout the evening. Cost is only $10 a person. Spouses and guests are welcome. Take the opportunity to get together with classmates and enjoy some basketball! Click here to register.
  • 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.

Wehrle Gallery Exhibits & Events

  • Editions and Experiences:  Eliana Calle-Saari and the Art of the Print
    Jan. 20 – March 26
    Colombian transplant Eliana Calle-Saari has spent the last two decades translating life experiences into exquisite prints that exploit the specific expressive tendencies of the chosen technique; be it etching or woodcut

    Wehrle Eliana Calle Saari Exhibit runs Jan-Mar 2017

Class Notes

  • (Received as of Jan. 24, 2017)


  • Dez Stewart ’15 was signed as a receiver with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. Dez spent most of the 2016 season on the Green Bay Packers' practice squad and is a former ODU football player.
  • Brenda Lehman ’08 joined the Alber Enterprise Center at The Ohio State University at Marion as the new Communications and Marketing Coordinator.
  • Jermaine “Jerry” Lanier ’95 was chosen as the 2016 Firefighter of the Year during the Mansfield Fire Department’s First Annual Awards Ceremony. During the awards ceremony, he was referred to as a “model firefighter”.
  • Calvin Cousins ’16 graduated fall 2016 with a Bachelors in History from Ohio Dominican University after spending over 54 years trying to complete his degree. Calvin is now 72 years old and is proud to say he accomplished his lifelong dream. 
  • Eileen Gallagher ’77 was re-elected, without opposition, to another 6 year term on the Eighth District Court of Appeals of Ohio.


  • Abigale Glover ’12/’15 MED and Andrew Carpenter ’12/’13 MBA were married on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2016. Abigale and Andrew are now proud Double Dominicans.

In Memoriam

  • Sr. Ruth Caspar, O.P. ’56, January 2, 2017
  • Patricia Lawler Sullivan ’44, January 9, 2017
  • Marilyn Cullen Lewis ’49, December 24, 2016
  • George Price ’88, December 27, 2016
  • Margaret Thurn Mathews ’51, sister of Sr. Carolyn Thurn ’60 and sister-in-law of Betty Schlegel Thurn ’58, December 9, 2016
  • Diana Duerler Mercer ’87, December 22, 2016
  • Sr. Marie Granger, O.P. ’51, December 16, 2016
  • Manne Eckstein Aronovsky ’74, December 17, 2016
  • Linda Callan Ford ’58, sister of Maria Callan Pokluda ’61, November 13, 2016
  • Elaine Zapf ’83, mother of Colleen Zapf Havens ’88, January 13, 2017
  • Robert Huffman ’81, January 22, 2017

  • Sr. Margaret Franks, SC, sister of Sr. Joan Franks, O.P. ’64, December 13, 2016
  • Lucia Marie Vittorio, mother of Joe Vittorio ’69, December 18, 2016
  • Rev. Msgr. Robert Metzger, brother of Mary Anne Metzger ’60, December 28, 2016

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