Ohio Dominican University Recognizes Professor, Honors Nun with Mentor Award

Jim Strode


Columbus, OH (43219) – Ohio Dominican University’s (ODU’s) Athletic Department has named Jim Strode, Ph.D., the recipient of the first annual Sister Charles Marie Brantl Most Influential Panther Award. 

Dr. Strode is an assistant professor of Sport Management. 

The University established the award in recognition of Sister Brantl’s contributions to the development and growth of its intercollegiate athletic programs. Sister Brantl directed programs in Economics and Business at the University from 1965 to 1976. In 1997, she was inducted into the ODU Athletic Hall of Fame for her support of student-athletes and her insistence on their academic priorities. 

To be considered for the award, senior student-athletes nominate members of faculty or staff based on the influence they had on the student’s career at ODU. A winner is selected from the pool of nominees. Dr. Strode is one of 18 nominees. 

Sister Brantl presented the award to Dr. Strode during ODU’s annual Academic Excellence and Faculty & Staff Spirit Night on Jan. 24. 

“I was certainly surprised and humbled,” Dr. Strode said. “I appreciate the hard work ethic and positive, winning attitude our student-athletes bring to the classroom, and I'm honored they considered me for this recognition. I appreciate how our student-athletes at Ohio Dominican bring a competitive energy to my courses.” 

“I am deeply honored to have the profound award named after me,” said Sister Brantl. “I have taught for 60 years - 50 of them on the collegiate level. Central to the role of a teacher is the influence the teacher has on the students within and outside the classroom. It is a blessing to be able to reflect on my years of teaching and to recall all the people who I have influenced.” 

Also during Academic Excellence and Faculty & Staff Spirit Night, the University recognized 224 student-athletes who achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for the fall 2012 semester. Overall, the Athletic Department finished the semester with a cumulative 3.11 GPA; 60 percent of the student-athlete population surpassed a 3.0 GPA for the term. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private comprehensive liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.