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Greetings! 

The month of February is always a special time for us as we celebrate our Double Dominicans. Double Dominicans are two graduates from ODU who met in college or at some time in life and end up marrying. We’re excited that 375 couples, or 750 graduates, share the special connection of their Alma Mater!

We love to hear from you, especially on social media. So please continue to keep in touch and attend some of our great upcoming events and activities! 

God bless,

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

Alumni and Campus News

  • NCAA DII Women’s Basketball Elite Eight Tickets Now Available for Purchase
    ODU will host this year’s NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Elite Eight Tournament from March 19–24. We hope you can join us during this exciting time for our university! If you are interested in attending a game, you can purchase tickets by clicking here. To buy tickets online, you will be required to create an account. Tickets also will be available at the door on game days.
  • Former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman Speaks at Ohio Dominican
    Former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman presented "Being Human: Civic Engagement, Civility and Community" on Feb. 16 in Alumni Hall. ODU's Core Curriculum is a series of courses that provide a unifying academic experience throughout each student's academic journey. A special thank you to Michael Coleman for taking the time to join faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends during this wonderful event.
  • ODU Announces Online TESOL Endorsement
    Starting this summer (2017), ODU’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement program will be available completely online. This format makes it possible for working teachers to add an endorsement to their license in just one year of study. Click here to read more.
  • ODU Appoints Michael Halligan Director of Undergraduate Admissions
    ODU has appointed Michael Halligan as director of Undergraduate Admissions. Halligan is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing strategic student recruitment efforts for ODU’s undergraduate programs at the local and national levels. Most recently, Halligan served as the interim director of Admission at Saint Leo University in Florida. 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 or supporting the DPT Program, please email Adam Neal, Vice President for Advancement, or call 614-251-4786.

Upcoming Events – Save the Date!

  • Alumni March Madness Social Event on Saturday, March 25
    Join Ohio Dominican alumni as we 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 ticket for drink of your 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.
  • ODU to Host Preview Day on Saturday, April 1
    Ohio Dominican University (ODU) will host a Preview Day 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.
  • ODU Alumni Tour and Wine Tasting at Wyandotte Winery, Tuesday, May 16
    You're invited to join us for a tour and wine tasting event at Wyandotte Winery during the evening on Tuesday, May 16. Details are being finalized. We hope you will join us as we enjoy Wyandotte Winery, the oldest winery in Central Ohio, located in Columbus. It has been in operation since 1977 and features fine wines hand crafted by the Coolidge family for a wide range of tastes. Valerie Coolidge ’05 is the “Chief Whiner” and owner and is excited to provide the opportunity for a special alumni event. More details to come soon!
  • 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, O.P. ’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.

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. The exhibit of her work, Editions and Experiences, continues at Wehrle Gallery through March 26.

    Wehrle Eliana Calle Saari Exhibit runs Jan-Mar 2017

Class Notes

  • (Received as of Feb. 22, 2017)

News

  • Michelle Miller Fidler ’95 celebrated her 16th year at Kenyon College Library. Michelle is a full-time Library Services Supervisor.
  • Daniel Nofziger ’78 retired, for the second time, May 2016 from North Carolina Department of Public Safety/Division of Community Corrections. Since retirement, Daniel has been volunteering at North Carolina Historic Sites, Ft. Fisher Civil War Museum and the USS North Carolina Battleship Museum.
  • Karen Days ’09 and McQuetta Williams ’13 were recognized by Sunny 95’s Top 20 Outstanding Women of 2017.
  • Joe Lang ’79, Dean of Students and girls’ basketball coach at Bishop Ready High School, won his 500th game as a varsity coach.

Birth

  • Maclaine Robert, January 3, 2017, son of Elizabeth Harrison Benson ’02 and Eric Benson.

Engagement

  • Erin Messerly ’15 and Chris Liebold ’14 are engaged to be married November 11, 2017. Erin and Chris are excited to be Double Dominicans.

In Memoriam

  • Geraldine (Gerry) Heller Gerken ’48, January 13, 2017
  • Patricia Fitzburgh Favret ’51, February 4, 2017
  • Peter Bidinger ’06, January 9, 2017
  • Patricia Cameron McCann ’67, November 4, 2014
  • Rita Demko Stozich ’48, February 7, 2017 

    Friends:
  • Nancy Ray, wife of Ben Ray (Former ODU Board of Trustee Member), January 23, 2017

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