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Greetings from your Alumni Office!

We hope you're having a wonderful spring! As you’ll see below, it's been a busy and exciting semester at your alma mater. Earlier this month, ODU announced that it received a generous $1.5 million gift from the Dominican Sisters of Peace to support ODU’s proposed Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Also, the NCAA recently announced that the Division II Women's Basketball Elite Eight tournament is coming back to ODU in 2019 and 2021. And, of course, we can't wait to welcome hundreds of new graduates into the alumni family following Spring Commencement on May 13.

Every gift is important to ODU and we hope you will continue to support your alma mater by recruiting students, making a financial contribution, and connecting students with great internships and 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

  • Ohio Dominican Receives $1.5 Million Gift from Dominican Sisters of Peace
    Ohio Dominican announced on April 6 and it received a generous $1.5 million gift from its founding congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The gift will be used to renovate ODU’s east campus building, located at 2600 Airport Drive, to house the University’s proposed Doctor of Physical Therapy program. In recognition of the gift, the building will be named Peace Hall. The $1.5 million gift includes a $500,000 matching gift to challenge other donors to support ODU’s first doctoral program. Click here to read more.

    Dominican Sisters of Peace Gift Announcement

  • New Gift to ODU Increases Knowlton Scholarship Endowment to $700,000
    The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation of Cincinnati, Ohio, has made a $200,000 gift to Ohio Dominican University (ODU) to endow additional Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarships. This recent gift brings the foundation’s total contribution to ODU to $700,000 since the scholarship was established in 2012. The $5,000 Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a first-year student, and can be renewed annually for a total of four years. The scholarship is designed to support students from Ohio who have an interest in majoring in mathematics or a mathematics-related field. Click here to read more.
  • ODU’s Insurance & Risk Management Program Ranked 8th in U.S.
    Ohio Dominican’s Insurance & Risk Management (IRM) program has been ranked as one of the most valuable programs in the United States according to Online Accounting Degree Programs (ACDP). The organization ranked ODU's IRM program eighth in the nation. ACDP's rankings are based on multiple criteria, including dedication of department, specializations, productivity, Gamma Iota Sigma chapter, actuarial excellence, and advanced program options. Click here to read more.
  • ODU selected to Host 2019 & 2021 Div. II Women’s Basketball National Championships
    After serving as the host for the 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship in March, the NCAA announced on April 18 that it has selected Ohio Dominican to host the 2019 and 2021 Division II Women's Basketball National Championships. The championship events consists of the Elite Eight, semifinals and championship game and will take place in ODU's Alumni Hall. Click here to read more.

    NCAA DII Women's Basketball Elite 8 2017
  • 107th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 13
    Ohio Dominican will hold its 107th Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Alumni Hall. Baccalaureate will be held at 9 a.m. in Alumni Hall. ODU Trustee Thomas R. Winters, Esq. ’72 will deliver the keynote address. In addition to awarding more than 300 student degrees, ODU will confer the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honors causa upon Winters and fellow Trustee Richard (Dick) W. Maxwell ’69
  • Student-Veteran Association to Sponsor 5 Miler at ODU on Saturday, April 29
    Enjoy a fun walk/run on campus and also support ODU student-veterans at the Sua Sponte 5-Miler on April 29. For more information about the event, click here. The Sua Sponte 5 Miler was organized to promote the success of student-veterans at ODU and inspire servicemen and servicewomen to advance their education and prepare for rewarding careers following their military careers. All are welcome to participate!
  • Historical Marker Commemorates Importance of Alum Creek to Underground Railroad
    Representatives of the Columbus Recreation & Parks Dept., Friends of Freedom Society, Ohio Dominican University and the Dominican Sisters of Peace gathered on April 20 to dedicate a historical marker that commemorates the importance of Alum Creek and other Central Ohio tributaries as routes used by escaped slaves during the Underground Railroad. The marker is located near the Alum Creek Trail bridge on Ohio Dominican’s campus. Click here to read more.

    Alum Creek & The Underground Railroad Historical Marker Unveiling
  • Introducing Whitney Briggs, Director of Gift & Estate Planning
    The ODU Advancement Department welcomes Whitney Briggs as director of Gift & Estate Planning. Whitney will focus on assisting alumni and friends of ODU with current and deferred planned gifts using various charitable vehicles such as securities, property, CGA and trusts. Whitney has more than 15 years of experience in the corporate and higher education environments. She previously served as a development officer at The Dayton Foundation and business operations manager for the athletic department of Lincoln University. Whitney has a bachelor's degree in communications rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in mass communications from the University of Florida. She has two children, Taylor and Jerryl.

    Whitney Briggs
  • ODU to Offer 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.
  • Panther Players to Present “High School Musical” April 27-29
    ODU’s student theater organization, the Panther Players, will perform “High School Musical” this Friday through Sunday, April 27-29. The performances will take place in the Sr. Mary Andrew Matesich, OP Theatre. General admission is $8. Click here to read more.

    HS musical
  • Senior Art & Design Students Exhibition
    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. It will be available through June 30. 

    From the Halls of Wehrle, Senior Exhibition run through June 30, 2017
  • Adult & Continuing Education Info Session on May 3
    ODU will host an Adult & Continuing Education Information Session from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3. The free event will take place in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center. Click here to register. 
  • 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.
  • Alumni Career Partners Event Featuring Alumni in Government, Politics and Law
    ODU welcomed three alumni to campus on April 5 for an Alumni Career Partners Event that focused on the areas of government, politics and law. It was wonderful to welcome Amy Kuhlman ’99, Marc Guthrie ‘91 and Mark Weiner ’94 back to Ohio Dominican. The event was held on campus and attended by students and staff. Amy is an Attorney with Newhouse, Prophater, Kolman & Hogan. Marc Guthrie is retired and served in a number of positions in his career, including as a State Representative for the 77th House District and County Commissioner in Licking County. Mark is the Director of Victim Services for the Licking County Sheriff’s Office.

    April 2017 Alumni Career Partners Lunch
  • 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.
  • Need a Graduation Cake?
    If you are in need of a Graduation Cake, please consider Nothing Bundt Cakes in Columbus-Gahanna. Jay and Amy (McQuade) DeLuca ‘96/’95 are Double Dominicans and the owners of the bakery. They would be happy to help you out with one of their specialty Bundt cakes. Nothing Bundt Cakes has been a wonderful sponsor of several ODU Alumni and Campus events.

     Commence with cake at Nothing Bundt Cakes in Gahanna

Upcoming Events – Save the Date!

  • May 16 – ODU Wine Tasting Social at Wyandotte Winery in Columbus
    Join in a fun event for the ODU alumni, friends, faculty and staff at the beautiful Wyandotte Winery in Columbus. Wyandotte Winery is owned by Valerie Coolidge '05, and her husband, Robin. ODU has the wonderful opportunity to host an event at Wyandotte Winery from 7 to 9 p.m., on Tuesday, May 16. Attendees will receive a ticket for a flight of five wines to taste, a ticket for a full glass of your favorite wine selected, and appetizers. Valerie will share information about starting a winery (she and her husband also own Rockside Winery & Vineyards in Lancaster, OH). The cost is $20 per person. You must RSVP in advance of the event by clicking here. Please contact Christie Flood Weiner ’90 with any questions at weinerc@ohiodominican.edu or 614-253-3502.
  • June 11-21 – 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. 
  • June 23-25 – Reunion 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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 April 20, 2017)


  • Peggy Furrow ’05 was promoted to Accounts Receivable Manager for the National Youth Advocate Program, Inc.
  • Tammy Shade ’05 has recently accepted the position of Administrator at Harrington Asset Management.
  • Sara Dorsten ’15 has been accepted to graduate school at the University of Toledo, where she was offered a full ride. She plans to use her English background to focus on disability studies. 
  • Bob George ’91 has been with Buck Knives for the past 10 years and has held several key sales and marketing positions.  He has taken on the added responsibility of Business Development in his new role as Vice President of Sales and Business Development.  George will be tasked with securing new markets, increasing non-endemic branding opportunities as well as managing the licensing for Buck Knives.
  • Hayley Cotter ’08 began study toward her PhD. last fall at UMass Amherst.
  • Stephen Tabatowski ’16 is attending Capital University Law School.
  • Luke Carothers ’16 is attending the University of Arkansas and enrolled in the English Ph.D. Program.
  • Bryan Santin ’09 recently earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Notre Dame and has been offered a tenure-track position in Irvine, CA.
  • Sirena Frost ‘16 is working at Wallick Companies as a Marketing Communications Assistant.

In Memoriam

  • Ruth Conroy Poth ’47, April 6, 2017
  • Mary Grace Davis ’50, March 24, 2017
  • Charlotte Walker Woodyard ’51, March 19, 2017
  • Jackie Reiser Redding '59, November 5, 2016
  • Ruth Ann Merifield ’62, March 9, 2017
  • Sheriff David Barber ’90, April 2, 2017
  • Sam Fogle, April 19, 2017, son of Ty and Denice D’Amore Fogle ’82, and grandson of Marie Fogle ’93

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