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Greetings from your Alumni Office!

ODU officially welcomed more than 250 graduates into its alumni family during its 107th Commencement Ceremony on May 13. ODU Trustee Thomas R. Winters, Esq. ’72 delivered the keynote address to the graduates, family and friends. ODU conferred the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa upon Tom as well as fellow Trustee Richard (Dick) W. Maxwell ’69.

Please keep an eye on the mail for your appeal to support ODU. The 2016-17 Fiscal Year ends on June 30, and we would love to have your participation! The ODU Advancement Team has launched a new “Why I Give” feature to highlight the many reasons our generous supporters make a gift to ODU. Click here to share your “Why I Give” story today!

God bless,

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

Alumni and Campus News

  • 107th Commencement Ceremony a Success!
    Ohio Dominican welcomed more than 250 graduates into its alumni family during its 107th Commencement ceremony on May 13, 2017. ODU Trustee Thomas R. Winters, Esq. ’72 delivered the keynote address. ODU also conferred the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honors causa upon Winters and fellow Trustee Richard (Dick) W. Maxwell ’69. Click here to read more.

    Spring Commencement 2017
  • Great Memories Made at the ODU Wine Tasting Social at Wyandotte Winery!
    Thanks to the more than 50 alumni, friends, faculty and staff who joined us for our Wine Tasting Social at Wyandotte Winery. Owners Robin and Valerie Coolidge ’05 provided a wonderful opportunity to enjoy their winery and participate in wine tastings. The weather was beautiful and everyone enjoyed their time with each other. Thanks to all who attended to enjoy time together as an Ohio Dominican Family!

    Alumni Wine Tasting Event
  • ODU Hosting Transfer Day on June 3
    Students who are interested in transferring to Ohio Dominican will have an opportunity to begin and complete the transfer admission process in one day at ODU Transfer Day on Saturday, June 3. Attendees are invited to visit the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center between 10 a.m. and noon. During the event, attendees will have an opportunity to complete ODU’s free application, receive an on-the-spot admissions decision, learn about their transfer credits, and register for classes. Click here to read more.
  • ODU Offering Reduced Price Summer Courses
    College students in Central Ohio will have a convenient and affordable option to keep their education on track during the summer of 2017. Ohio Dominican will offer more than 50 undergraduate courses at nearly half the usual cost. Courses for traditional undergraduate students will be available for $350 per credit hour, which is significantly less than the current price of $720 per credit hour. To learn more about Ohio Dominican’s summer course offerings, visit ohiodominican.edu/Summer.
  • Adult & Continuing Education Info Session on June 21
    ODU will host an Adult & Continuing Education Information Session from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21. The free event will take place in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center. Click here to register.
  • Passion for Soccer Takes ODU Student to Costa Rica
    Clayton Hildebrand ’19, who is a goalkeeper on the men’s soccer team, has been selected by Beyond Sport to run and teach youth soccer camps in Costa Rica. Click here to read more.

  • Make an Impact with a Planned Gift to ODU
    The ODU Advancement Office will soon be updating the Planned Giving section of our website. The new and improved page will educate future and current donors on the various giving options to help plan a long term gift to ODU. By providing different gifting scenarios, you will be able to decide which gifting vehicle works best for you. If you have any questions about planned giving options, please feel free to contact Whitney Briggs, Director of Gift & Estate Planning 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. 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.
  • Senior Art & Design Students Exhibition in Wehrle Hall
    Looking for another great reason to visit campus this summer? You’re invited to explore creative works by our graduating class of Art, Art Education and Graphic Design students at ODU’s annual Senior Exhibition in the Wehrle Gallery, located in Wehrle Hall. The exhibition features a range of content and media, and it will be available through June 30. 
  • 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!

  • June 23-25 – Reunion 2017
    Calling all St. Mary of the Springs College Alumnae!
    Dr. Robert and Jen Gervasi will attend this year’s reunion celebration. This is a great opportunity for you to meet ODU’s 16th president. All College of St. Mary of the Springs alumni are invited as we celebrate the special reunion classes ending in ’2 & ’7 from 1942-1967. 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. Also, the Class of 1972 will join in the Reunion fun and will have a class party following the Distinguished Alumni Award dinner on campus in the Griffin student center. 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.
  • June 24 – Celebrating the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
    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.
  • August 4 – ODU’s 8th Annual Black & Gold Club Kickoff
    Mark your calendar now 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 ODU’s next First Family, Dr. Robert and Jen Gervasi; bid on unique silent auction items (including premium getaway packages); enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a host bar. The event will take place in Alumni Hall at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets or for additional information, click here or contact Whitney Briggs, Director of Gift & Estate Planning, at wbriggs@ohiodominican.edu or 614-253-4804.
  • October 6 – Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Dinner
    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.
  • October 7 – Homecoming 2017
    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 May 22, 2017)


  • Katie Dye ’17 recently graduated from ODU with a degree in Exercise Science. She will begin the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Saint Francis in May 2017 and plans to graduate in 2019. 
  • Matt Kish ’97 has been selected as one of the 10 Knight-Bagehot Fellows from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for the 2017-2018 academic year. The mid-career fellowships provide full tuition and a living stipend of $60,000 for experienced journalists to take graduate courses at Columbia’s Schools of Business, Law and International and Public Affairs. Matt is a reporter for the Portland Business Journal.

In Memoriam

  • Glenn Baker ’72, May 1, 2017
  • Barbara Blubaugh Blankfort ’59, January 16, 2017
  • Matthew T. Parsley ’01, October 15, 2016
  • Barbara J. Beck ’88, February 5, 2017
  • John Grunewald ’67, May 11, 2017

  • Thomas Tracy, husband of Mary Botkin Tracy ’53, May 3, 2016
  • Ursula Lanning (Former Faculty), April 28, 2017
  • Robert W. Dorfman, father of Jayne Dorfman ’89, January 18, 2017
  • Louise Albers (Friend), wife of James Albers, May 6, 2017

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