ODU Alumni Honored for Connecting their Passion with a Purpose to Serve Others

2014 Distinguished Alumni Award

2014-07-07

Columbus, OHOhio Dominican University (ODU) recognized six alumni for their exceptional contributions to the University and society. ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D., presented them with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award during a banquet held in their honor on June 28 in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center on ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219. Fellow ODU alumni, friends and family attended the event. 

The 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are: 

  • Mary Evelyn Ruetty ’54 – Ruetty retired from her 50-year career with Catholic Social Services in 2004. She held numerous positions including vice president of Administration at the Holy Rosary Family Center, Clinical Supervisor and social worker. Ruetty is a member of the Catholic Record Society of Columbus. 
  • Mary Anne Duffy Brennan ’64 – Brennan worked for the Hamilton County Welfare Department and served as the co-owner of PSB Educational Services. She has volunteered as a literacy tutor and served on the board of trustees for the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. She also was president of several organizations: the Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and Catholic Social Services of Southwestern Ohio. Nine members of her family have graduated from ODU. 
  • John Collins ’69 – Collins spent his 40-year career working in housing and residence life at universities and colleges throughout the east and Midwest. He has participated in the Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers and the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International. He volunteers at his church and with Habitat for Humanity.  
  • Dr. Ed Burney ’74 – Dr. Burney is a professor of Ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and director of Anterior Segment Diseases and the Surgery Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. He also is the director of Ophthalmology at the Louis B. Stokes Veterans Medical Center in Cleveland. He has taught and mentored more than 250 resident doctors and fellows. He volunteers in the community by offering glaucoma screening, mentoring high school students who are considering medicine as a career, and fundraising for his church. 
  • Matt Yuskewich ’74 – Yuskewich founded Winterset CPA Group in 1988. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Ohio Society of CPAs. He served on the Ohio Society’s PAC Committee of Fifty and as treasurer of the Ohio House Republican Campaign Committee. Former Governor Bob Taft appointed Yuskewich to the Ohio Business Gateway Commission. He also was chairman of the Board of Tax Appeals for the City of Upper Arlington. He previously served on the ODU Alumni Council. Yuskewich is active at St. Agatha Parish and Bishop Watterson High School. 
  • Mark Weiner ’94 – Weiner is the director of Licking County Victim Services, and has provided direct services to crime victims for 21 years. He is a member of the Ohio Crisis Response Team and the National Organization for Victim Assistance’s National Crisis Response Team. 

Alumni awards 2014

View photos from the awards event.

“I am proud to recognize our outstanding alumni and celebrate their tireless work and valuable contributions to Ohio Dominican University and their professions, families and communities,” Cimbolic said. “Each of our Distinguished Alumni Award recipients has used their unique talents, skills and passions to realize God’s purpose for their lives. Their personal and professional accomplishments and commitment to community service serve as a shining example of the type of extraordinary leadership that all ODU graduates can aspire to achieve.” 

About the Distinguished Alumni Award 

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to an alumna or alumnus who has demonstrated a life according to the Ohio Dominican University motto: “To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation.” Recipients of the award display a commitment to intellectual, spiritual and professional growth; are lifelong learners; show 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 ODU community at-large nominate alumni for the award. A committee of ODU alumni, faculty and staff select the recipients. 

About Ohio Dominican University 

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 45 majors as well as 11 graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion with a purpose. 

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