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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)


    Many great things are happening at Ohio Dominican University with students, faculty and staff. The Art and Design faculty recently kicked off a new exhibition in Wehrle Gallery, “Chrysalis,” and on Sept. 13, the ODU Community celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

    This past weekend, we held a Veterans Appreciation football tailgate prior to the Panthers’ matchup against Lake Erie College, and we had a wonderful time at the home of Nancy Recchie ’73 and her husband, Jeff Darbee, during which alumni and friends met ODU’s new president, Dr. Robert and Jen Gervasi.

    Recently, you should have received a special letter from President Gervasi asking for your support. Also, The Columbus Foundation’s Big Give online giving rally will take place on Oct. 10. We hope you will help us continue to ensure the bright future for ODU and its students by offering your support. Please consider making a financial contribution.

    Read more about all the exciting things happening at your alma mater in this month's ODU Insider. We hope to see you back on campus again soon!

    God bless, 

    Christie Flood Weiner '90                         
    Director of Alumni Relations

    Kyrsten Stenerson
    Assistant Director of Alumni Relations & Development

  • Alumni and Campus News

    Support ODU During The Big Give on Oct. 10
    The Columbus Foundation will hold the Big Give on Oct. 10. The Big Give is a 26-hour online giving rally in which your gift to ODU can be amplified by the Columbus Foundation’s pool of $1.3 million. The more ODU receives during this time, the more money we receive from the Foundation! To participate in this event, visit columbusfoundation.org between 10 a.m. on Oct. 10 and noon on Oct. 11, and click on “Ohio Dominican University.” Then, please give what you can! Your gift will make a huge difference in the lives of our students and our university.

    Smart Columbus Deploys Over $3.6 Million Worth of Mobile Solar Technology from DC Solar Freedom at ODU
    Smart Columbus has unveiled Central Ohio’s first deployment of mobile solar technologies implemented in partnership with DC Solar Freedom at Ohio Dominican University (ODU). Twenty-four solar energy products, including Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations, light towers, power stations and generators—together valued at more than $3.6 million—have been deployed on campus to help improve campus safety and mobility without adding demand on the city’s power grid. Click here to read more.

    Smart Columbus Announces Solar Equipment at ODU

    MBA Information Session on Oct. 4
    Ohio Dominican University will host an information session for its Master of Business Administration program at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The session will take place in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, room 274. Click here to read more. 

    A Life and Career in Sports 2017
    Ohio Dominican University will welcome representatives from several Columbus sports organizations for “A Life and Career in Sports” on Oct. 24. The free event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room. The event will feature a panel discussion featuring Eric Archibald, events director at the Columbus Sports Commission; Ben Keller, director of group sales with the Columbus Clippers; and Chad Schroeder, associate general manager of IMG College. Click here to read more

    Students Find Fish Never Before Seen in Alum Creek
    An Ohio Dominican University Ichthyology class has found a species of fish in Alum Creek for the first time in history. During the summer of 2017, a class led by ODU assistant professor of Environmental Science, Blake Mathys, Ph.D., found Tippecanoe Darters. The fish has since been found on multiple occasions by ODU students who utilize the creek regularly as part of their field learning. The waterway flows through ODU's campus. Click here to read more. NBC4 covered the discovery and featured it on its 11 p.m. newscast on Sept. 23.


    Office of Multicultural Affairs Anniversary Celebration a Success
    Thank you to everyone who attended the 10th anniversary celebration of ODU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs on Sept. 13. This was a great opportunity to commemorate honorable alumni, leadership, students, staff and faculty who have helped make ODU a home for all. A live band, Ella Starr, performed, and Brian Otler ’07 and Barbara Fant ’10 made the event extra special with the words and poetry they shared. Mira Wright ’78 also spoke to encourage support of the Multicultural Fund, a fund she started in 2011 to help ODU students afford textbooks, seminars and leadership opportunities.

    Office of Multicultural Affairs Anniversary

    ODU Preview Days on Oct. 7 & Nov. 4
    ODU will host a Preview Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4 in the Griffin student center. Interested high school students and their families can register for the free event by clicking here. During 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. 

    ODU Seeks Public Comments for Accreditation
    Ohio Dominican University is seeking comments from the campus community, alumni and the general public about ODU in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. Ohio Dominican will host a visit on March 26 & 27, 2018, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Ohio Dominican University has been accredited by HLC since 1934. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college by Feb. 23, 2018 at hlcommission.org/comment or to:

    Public Comment on Ohio Dominican University
    Higher Learning Commission
    230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
    Chicago, IL 60604-1411

    Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

    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.

  • Upcoming Events

    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 Artist’s Talk was held on Sept. 6. 

    Oct. 6 – Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Dinner
    Mike Bell '96
    Kevin Green '98Paul Page and Gina Schneider '13 comprise this year’s Ohio Dominican Athletic Hall of Fame class. They will be recognized during the Athletic Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6 in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, rooms 258-260. The inductees will also be recognized during halftime of the Homecoming football game, which kicks off at noon on Saturday, Oct. 7 against Hillsdale College. The cost for the dinner is $25 a person. There is limited space for this event, so please RSVP as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Earles, Administrative Assistant for the Athletics Department, at earlesk2@ohiodominican.edu or 614-251-4538.

    Oct. 7 – Homecoming 2017
    ODU alumni, friends and family are invited to celebrate the University’s Homecoming at the 2017 Alumni Tailgate on Oct. 7. The free tailgate will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. outside the main entrance to Panther Stadium prior to the football team’s noon matchup against the Hillsdale College Chargers. A Homecoming Mass will be held at 4 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel. Prior to the tailgate, attendees are invited to a special planned giving seminar, “BE A LIVING LEGACY,” from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the President’s Dining Room, located in the Bishop James A Griffin Student Center. Click here to read more. 

    How Estate & Planned Giving Can Transform ODU
    Why Give to Ohio Dominican? IMPACT. By giving to ODU now or as part of your estate plans, you leave a legacy to help others in contemplating truth to make a difference. By giving to ODU, you allow our community to continue to grow based upon its Dominican faith and history of contemplating truth.

    • T = training students
    • R = reaching outside our community
    • U = uniting in our differences
    • T = teaching a tradition of peace
    • H = HOME…is Ohio Dominican University

    Learn how you can make an impact by attending the "BE A LIVING LEGACY" planned giving session at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 in the President’s Dining Room, located in the Griffin student center. For more information, contact Whitney G. Briggs, director of gift & estate planning, at briggsw@ohiodominican.edu or 614-253-4804.

    Nov. 4 – ODU Men’s Basketball Team to Play University of Dayton
    The ODU Men’s Basketball Team will take on the Dayton Flyers on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the University of Dayton in an exhibition game.

    April 27, 2018 – Installation of ODU’s 16th President, Robert A. Gervasi 

    April 28, 2018 – Reunion 2018

  • Class Notes (as of Sept 20, 2017)


    Mark Kelnhofer ’93 recently released the second edition to his book titled, Return on Ingredients: Controlling Food & Beverage Costs To Improve Efficiency and Profits. Kelnhofer, a well-known expert on recipe costing, menu engineering and cost controls, has spoken at over 100 industry tradeshows and seminars.

    Joshua Stutz ’10 completed his MA in Nonprofit Management and CNP (Certified Nonprofit Professional) credential. He has also accepted a job as the Associate Director for the Hanover Tavern Foundation in Hanover, Virginia.

    John Feldmeier ’88 presented at Shawnee State University for Constitution Day. The presentation, “What to Expect from the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017 Term,” examined the potential impact of the new justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as the most notable cases accepted by the Court for its 2017 docket, their key constitutional issues, and the public policy procedures and history as it prepares to open its next term on October 2, 2017. 

    Col. William Clayton Bennett ’82 has been promoted to the rank of Colonel in the Sheriff’s Office in Chesapeake, Virginia. He has also undertaken the role of undersheriff. Bennett is a 35-year veteran who has worked in or been a supervisor in almost every section of the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office.


    Collin Marcum ’11 and Chelsea Lautenschleger were married on September 9, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church by Father Jeff Coning. 

    In Memoriam

    Rita Marie Maloney Versace ’50, August 18, 2017
    Mary Jane Day Sullivan ’73, August 23, 2017
    Matt Chilicki ’05/’06 MBA, husband of Natalie Heine Chilicki ’07, September 4, 2017
    David Lee Jones ’03, August 28, 2017
    Gavin Minor ’14, August 21, 2017
    Raven Smith ’15/’16 MBA, September 5, 2017
    Ann Fischer Laugher ’48, January 6, 2009
    James Wynkoop ’82, August 7, 2017


    Keith Noethlich, husband of Polly Ketterer Noethlich ’65 and father of Molly Noethlich Zeiher ’00 and father-in-law of Jeremy Zeiher ’01, September 19, 2017


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