Ohio Dominican University will recognize three alumni who are leaders in their community with its Distinguished Alumni Award during Reunion 2018, which will take place on Saturday, April 28, on its campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards were established in 1980 in recognition of an alumna or alumnus who, in accordance of the University Mission Statement, demonstrates a commitment to serving others in a global society as an ethical and effective leader; and are grounded in the pursuit of truth, justice and peace.
The following alumni will be presented with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award at a banquet held in their honor on April 28.
Mira R. Wright ’78 earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ohio Dominican. A former member of the Women’s Basketball Team, Mira was also the first African American to serve in a coaching role, as an assistant coach in 1979. Mira is a devoted and inspiring advocate of her alma mater – she has helped to recruit students to ODU; has served as a mentor; has attended numerous campus events; is a member of the President’s Society; and is an active member on ODU’s Alumni Association Council, on which she has served since 2011. She is also a graduate of Collinwood High School in Cleveland and Xavier University, where she earned a Master of Education in Counseling and Education. Mira has held the position of Director of Human Resources Administration for Columbus City Schools since 2003. In 2011, she established The Multicultural Gift Fund at Ohio Dominican, a fund that provides financial assistance to ODU’s multicultural students.
Sister Margie Davis, OP ’72 earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Ohio Dominican College. A native of Columbus, Ohio, she is also a graduate of Our Lady of Peace Grade School, Bishop Watterson High School and The Ohio State University. In 1982, Sr. Margie took her first profession of vows and joined the congregation of Sisters of Saint Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, which is ODU’s founding congregation. Sr. Margie has worked in various ministries, including as a case manager and team leader at Southeast Community Mental Health Center; at The Dwelling Place, a shelter for homeless women in New York City; and as director of Social Work at Mohun Health Care Center. Sr. Margie has served as the director of Campus Ministry at ODU since 2013. During her tenure, ODU has participated in numerous service trips, including annual Spring Break service mission trips to Haiti. Sr. Margie is heavily involved on and around her alma mater, such as attending campus events, coordinating opportunities to serve in the community, and meeting with students.
Reta Clemans Holden ’65 earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from St. Mary of the Springs College. She graduated from Newark Catholic High School, and attended The Ohio State University and Santa Clara University Graduate School of Business. Reta has worked at Battelle Memorial Institute; Syntex Corporation; Indianapolis Children’s Museum; John Strange Elementary School; H&R Block; Conner Prairie; and Trader Joe’s. She is a long-time member of ODU’s Alumni Association Council, and is a member of the President’s Society and Legacy Society. She also has given generously toward faculty research and student scholarships. Reta lives in Indianapolis, Indiana where she enjoys walking her dogs and hiking in Indiana’s State Parks.