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Greetings! Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and yours! What a way to close out 2016 with ODU's 106th commencement ceremony on December 17. We welcomed our newest alumni, and honored Julia M. McNamara, Ph.D., class of 1965 and former president of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT, with an honorary degree.

This is the second edition of our new and improved ODU Insider. Our updated format allows you to more easily catch up on campus news and events on any device.Please email us and let us know what you think.

We hope that you enjoy time with family and friends during this beautiful Season. Thank you for your continued support of Ohio Dominican University. We appreciate you and thank you for helping to make 2016 a great year, and we can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store!

God bless,

Christie Flood Weiner '90, Director of Alumni Relations

Kyrsten Stenerson, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations & Development

Merry Christmas from ODU!

  • ODU's Office of Marketing & Public Relations recently produced a Christmas video featuring President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. and several students to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year. Please enjoy the video below.

Merry Christmas 2016

Alumni and Campus News

  • 106th Commencement a Success
    Approximately 200 students had degrees conferred upon them Saturday during ODU's 106th Commencement ceremony. Former president of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, Julia M. McNamara, Ph.D., delivered the keynote address. McNamara, who is a 1965 Ohio Dominican alumna, also received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa.

    2016 Fall Commencement
  • ODU Closed for Christmas Break Dec. 23 – January 2
    The Ohio Dominican University campus will be closed for Christmas break from Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, January 2. The Alumni Office will also be closed Dec. 20-22, and will reopen on Jan. 3.
  • ODU Gives Thanks for #GivingTuesday
    Thank you to everyone who gave to ODU during Giving Tuesday on Nov. 29. Ohio Dominican received an overwhelming response from alumni, friends, faculty and staff. Your generous gift truly makes a difference in the education and lives of today’s students. If you would still like to make a gift, please contact Adam Neal, Vice President for Advancement, at neala2@ohiodominican.edu or by calling 614-251-4786.
  • ODU Named One of the Top Military-Friendly Universities in the Nation
    For the eighth consecutive year, Victory Media has named Ohio Dominican a Military Friendly School. The organization also has named Ohio Dominican a Top 10 Gold school, ranking ODU fifth in the U.S., and the best in Ohio among private colleges and universities with fewer than 10,000 students. Read more here.

    ODU Named Military Friendly School
  • ODU Donates Items from Center for Family Safety and Healing Drive
    Thank you to everyone who donated items during our community service project with the Center for Family Safety and Healing in Columbus. The Center was overjoyed with the generosity of our alumni, friends and the entire campus community. The donated items will assist children and families who are on the path to healing. Pictured below: Laura Crisp, Volunteer Program Coordinator for The Center for Family Safety & Healing with Christie Weiner '90, Alumni Director for Ohio Dominican University.

    Alumni Donations to Family Safety and Healing
  • Presidential Search Update
    The Presidential Search Committee met on Monday, Dec. 5, to review our early progress and to affirm our schedule for the next several weeks. We began the actual review of candidate papers and we discussed evaluation parameters that will help us focus on the desired attributes of ODU's next president. We will use these parameters in assessing applicants for the presidency in the weeks ahead. The search profile continues to be available for your review at ohiodominican.edu/presidential-search.
  • Travel to Italy with ODU Professor, Dr. Ron Carstens
    Dr. Ron Carstens is offering the opportunity to travel with him to Italy June 11-21, 2017. To ensure you have a confirmed seat, please register now or let us know you’re interested by calling call 800-438-7672. We hope to have an online registration form available soon. The reference number for the tour is 56624458. The discount for early registration has been extended through November. The maximum travelers is 35 people and registration is going fast. The more attendees, the lower the cost of the trip.
  • 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.

The First Snowfall of the Season

  • First Snowfall of the Season

Upcoming Events – Save the Date!

  • Veterans Appreciation Day on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
    Join ODU alumni and student veterans on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 to celebrate Veterans Appreciation Day during ODU’s men’s and women’s basketball games. The day’s events will begin with a national security briefing at 11:30 a.m. by Rear Admiral Deborah Loewer in the President's Dining Room on the second floor of the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center. Admiral Loewer was the first warfare qualified female ever to be promoted to flag rank in the U.S. Navy. She commanded two ships, the USS Mount Baker and the USS Camden. She also served as the military assistant to Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen and she served as the director of the White House Situation Room on 9/11. During the briefing, free pizza and refreshments will be offered as lunch. Following Admiral Loewer's briefing, we will walk over to Alumni Hall to watch the presentation of our nation’s colors by the military color guard. Then, join us as we cheer on the Panther men’s and women’s basketball teams as they compete against Walsh University. The women’s game is at 1 p.m. and the men’s game is at 3 p.m. Each veteran will receive two free tickets to the basketball games. We also will honor two accomplished alumni who are military veterans 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. Since retiring from the military she has volunteered for her parish as the leader of Adult Faith Formation. 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. Please RSVP to Kyrsten Stenerson at 614-251-4458 or stenersk@ohiodominican.edu by Friday, Jan. 13.
  • ODU Alumni Networking Event on Friday, February 10, 2017
    You're invited to join ODU alumni at a networking event at the On the Border restaurant at Easton, located at 4175 Morse Crossing, Columbus, OH 43219. This is a great opportunity to meet other alumni, network and have lots of fun. A taco bar; chips and salsa; non-alcoholic drink; and one alcoholic drink of choice is included in the $10 per-person cost. Spouses and guests are welcome. The event will run from 6-8:30 p.m. Please register by Monday, Feb. 6. 2017. Don't forget to bring your business cards!
  • Former Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman Presentation on Feb. 16, 2017
    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. Details for RSVP’ing will be in the January 2017 Insider. 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
  • ODU Alumni March Madness Social Event on Saturday, March 25, 2017
    Join Ohio Dominican alumni as we celebrate March Madness, socialize, network and have some fun on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 7-10 p.m. at Gresso’s Restaurant and Bar, located at 961 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43206. This event includes an appetizer buffet and a cash bar. You’ll also receive one drink ticket for your drink of choice. Cost is only $10 a person. Spouses and guests are welcome. Take the opportunity to get together with classmates and watch some great basketball action! Please register here.
  • Reunion 2017: June 23–25, 2017
    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

  • Todd Camp: Departure: New Mixed Media Works
    Nov. 4, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017
    Todd Camp’s curiosity and sensitivity to a material’s specific attributes gave rise to his newest works in mixed media.

    Todd Camp Exhibit Opens Nov 4
  • Upcoming in Wehrle Gallery
    Editions and Experiences:  Eliana Calle-Saari and the Art of the Print
    Jan. 20 – March 26, 2017
    Opening reception: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20
    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 Dec. 9, 2016)


  • Robert J. Cooper ’15 received his commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, during a ceremony at Officer Training Command Newport in Rhode Island. Rob was a Political Science major at ODU.
  • Jason Leonard ’06 has a new position as Regional Vice President of CarMax in Richmond, Virginia. 


  • Amy Lister Sharp ’06/’15 (MSW) and Brenden Sharp were married August 20, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.


  • Aubrey Leonard, December 30, 2014, daughter of Jason Leonard ’06 and Chelsea Leonard.

In Memoriam

  • Linda Callan Ford ’58, November 13, 2016
  • Angel Berridge ’02, November 30, 2016
  • Janice Ringlein Clements ’64, November 27, 2016

  • Joan Connell, (VP for Academic Affairs at ODC 1981-1984), November 10, 2016
  • Gale Stinson, mother of Jeremy Druckemiller ’95 and Beth Druckemiller Kriausky ’89 and mother-in-law of Jeff Kriausky ’87, December 4, 2016

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