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Keep up with the latest Ohio Dominican alumni news, events and happenings around campus.
  • A Note from your Alumni Office (expand to read more)

    Greetings Alumni and Friends,

    As students wrap up their final exams and head home for Christmas break, we reflect on all we have to celebrate at Ohio Dominican. At the top of the list are our generous and talented alumni, faculty, staff and friends who make ODU such a special place for our students to learn and prepare for their future. We hope you’ll keep an eye out for the next edition of 1216 Magazine in January, which features some of these wonderful individuals.

    As you’ll see in this month’s Insider, we’re asking all ODC/ODU alumni to complete a brief survey to provide information so we may better serve you in the New Year. Thank you to all the College of St. Mary of the Springs alumni who completed a similar survey earlier this year.

    Read more in this month's Insider!

    On behalf of Ohio Dominican’s Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations, I wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas and joyous New Year.

    Christie Flood Weiner '90
    Associate Vice President for Advancement and Director of Alumni Relations

  • Alumni and Campus News

    Alumni Survey for the Classes of 1969 – 2019
    Calling all alumni and alumnae! We need your help to better understand and improve your experience as ODC/ODU alumni. Complete a brief 10-minute survey by Feb. 14 and you’ll be eligible to win one of five $20 Amazon gift cards! Click here to get started. Contact the Alumni Office with any questions at alumnioffice@ohiodominican.edu or 614-253-3502.

    ODU Celebrates Annual Christmas Celebration
    Ohio Dominican alumni, students, faculty and staff came together on Dec. 6 to participate in the University’s annual Christmas Celebration. The evening included the tree-lighting ceremony, blessing of the Crèche, sleigh rides across campus, visits with Santa, and the University Chorus’ Christmas Concert. Thanks to all who attended this special evening! See more photos on our Flickr page.

    2019 Christmas Sleigh Ride

    Ohio Dominican Named a “Wonderful Workplace for Young Professionals”
    The Columbus Young Professionals Club (CYP Club) has recognized Ohio Dominican as one of its Wonderful Workplaces for Young Professionals in 2019. The recognition is based on ODU’s ongoing engagement and support of young professionals and millennials in the Columbus region. ODU will be recognized at a reception on Dec. 12.

    Football Panthers Compete in the America’s Crossroads Bowl
    Congratulations to ODU’s football team on its invitation to compete in the inaugural America’s Crossroads Bowl this past Saturday at Brickyard Stadium in Hobart, Indiana. ODU fell to No. 23 Truman State University 21-7. The Panthers conclude their season with a 7-3 record, finishing with seven-plus wins for the seventh consecutive season. Thank you to everyone who made the trip to Indiana to support the team. Click here to read more about the game.

    New Minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    ODU has launched a new minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to launch a new venture or bring innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to their current role. Click here to learn more about this new minor.

    2019-20 Wehrle Gallery Art Exhibitions Celebrate “Year of the Body”
    Ohio Dominican’s Wehrle Gallery will host several exhibitions during the 2019-20 academic year that celebrate its theme of “The Year of the Body.” This year’s schedule for the gallery revolves around three artists, all women, who address aspects of the human or social body in some way through their works. “Have You Got a Pulse?” by Terri Maloney-Houston is currently on display in the Wehrle Gallery, and will be available until Jan. 25. Click here to view a list of upcoming exhibitions.

  • Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

    Jan. 23, 2020 – Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas
    You’re invited to join us on Thursday, Jan. 23, as the ODU Community celebrates the annual Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. Anthony Lisska, Ph.D., the Maria Theresa Barney Professor of Philosophy at Denison University, will present “Mindfulness and St. Thomas: Reason and the Good Life” at 11 a.m. in the Matesich Theatre. That will be followed by Mass at noon in Christ the King Chapel.

    Prior to the presentation, alumni are invited to attend a breakfast reception from 10-10:45 a.m. in the Alumni Office, which is located in Erksine Hall, suite 105. Following Mass, alumni are invited to join us for lunch in the St. Catherine of Siena Room in Erskine Hall.

    Alumni who are interested in attending can RSVP by contacting Christie Flood Weiner ’90 at weinerc@ohiodominican.edu or 614-253-3502.

  • Ways to Support ODU

    This year – 2019 – has been a good one for Ohio Dominican University. More than 475 generous alumni and friends made financial gifts since last July 1. Dozens of ODU alumni have volunteered on committees and at events, shared our good news in Columbus and beyond, recruited students, and hired graduates. For all of these ways that you have helped in the quest to advance the mission of Ohio Dominican, thank you. We know that our success is due in large measure to your efforts and the countless others who have cherished this very special place since its founding, and we’re very grateful.

    I would bet that you are grateful, too, for what you learned and who taught you along the way. A Japanese proverb says, “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” If your educational experience was anything like mine, there was that one great professor whose interest in you made all the difference. Who was that Ohio Dominican professor in your life? We would love to hear about that V.S.P. (Very Special Professor). Send your recollection, memories, and stories about past and present teachers to odfund@ohiodominican.edu, and we will share some of them in upcoming issues of the Insider.

    Thank you for your support of ODU this year!

    Patricia Wallendjack
    Director of Annual Giving 

  • Faculty, Staff & Student News

    ODU honored Kate Riley, Ph.D., on Wednesday, Dec. 4, as she prepares for her retirement at the end of this semester after 24 years of teaching at ODU. To honor Dr. Riley, an endowed scholarship was created in her name with the lead donation given by Dr. Ron Carstens. The Dr. Kathleen L. Riley Endowed Scholarship Fund which will provide financial support to students majoring in History and Political Science. If you would like to send a note of congratulations to Dr. Riley via the Alumni Office, please email alumnioffice@ohiodominican.edu. If you would like to make a donation to the scholarship, please make your gift online and list Dr. Riley Scholarship under the special instructions text box. Congratulations to Dr. Riley! Click here to view photos from the event.

    Kate Riley Retirement Gathering

    Thomas Eveland
    , Ph.D., Graduate Programs in Business, participated recently in a panel discussion held at The Starting Line event at the STEAM Factory in downtown Columbus. The event was attended by about 50 aspiring and current entrepreneurs, and covered topics including how to start a business, challenges entrepreneurs face, and how the city is trying to provide resources to foster a more inclusive small business ecosystem. Click here to read more about the event.

    Arlene Ramkissoon, DBA, Business, was selected to receive a 2019 Emerald Literati Award from Emerald Publishing for her work on her co-authored article, “Millennials and Organizational Citizenship Behavior: The Role of Job Crafting and Career Anchor on Service.” The article can be viewed by clicking here.

    Kelsey Squire, Ph.D., English, spoke with The Chronicle of Higher Education on behalf of Ohio Dominican's Affordable Learning team for an article about Open Educational Resources (OERs) and inclusive access. A portion of this interview can be found in the article, “What Exactly Is a ‘Free’ Textbook, and Other Questions About Open Resources,” which was published on Oct. 31, 2019. Click here to read the article.

    Jeremy Glazier, English, conducted a series of professional development seminars on Nov. 5 for high school English teachers across the Westerville city school districts. The workshops took place at Westerville Central High School and focused on techniques for reading and analyzing contemporary poetry.

    Martin Brick, Ph.D., English, co-edited a collection of essays that was recently published. “David Foster Wallace and Religion: Essays on Faith and Fiction” is now available from Bloomsbury Academic Publishing. Click here for more information.

    Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich (Ret.), PATRIOTS Program, participated in a discussion about the all-volunteer force, “Is it Fair, Equitable, Ethical, Efficient, Effective, Sustainable?” on Nov. 19 at the Senate Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. The discussion was presented by the All-Volunteer Force Forum.

    Catherine Spittell ’19, Biopsychology and Environmental Science, presented her senior Honors project, “The Effect of Virtual Versus Live Aquarium Viewing on Induced Stress Reduction,” on Dec. 6.

    Kelsey Squire, Ph.D., English, presented a paper, “Doubles, Duality, and Doppelgängers of the Midwest in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘Winter Dreams’,” on Nov. 15 at the 61st annual Midwestern Modern Language (MMLA) Convention in Chicago.

    Thomas Eveland, Ph.D., presented “Supporting First-Generation College Students: Theory, Findings, and Exemplary Programs” at the Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, which took place on Nov. 15 at La Roche University in Pittsburgh. His research included survey data that he collected from more than 1,000 students across all campuses of a large state school in Ohio. The research was a statistical analysis of how social and academically supportive environments inequitably affected the academic performance of first- and later-generation students.

    Natalie Kompa, Ed.D., Public Relations and Marketing Communications, presented research on Generation Z, “Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce: Hiring and Retention for a Changing Market,” on Nov. 21 at the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio’s Business Update. Click here for more information.

    On Nov. 23, Jeremy Glazier, English, was part of a collaborative effort by 40 local poets to record all of Shakespeare's sonnets for an open-source educational resource that will be free and online starting in January 2020. The sonnets he performed are 20, 53, 99, 126, and 151.

    Julie Hart, Ph.D., Sociology, presented a paper, “Pathways to Pacifism and Antiwar Activism among US Veterans,” on Nov. 9 at the University of Notre Dame KROC Institute’s for International Peace Studies Conference, “Building Sustainable Peace.”

    Larry Masek, Ph.D., Philosophy, had his book, “Intention, Character, and Double Effect,” discussed in an author-meet-critics session on Nov. 23 at the American Catholic Philosophical Association meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Michael Dougherty, Ph.D., Philosophy, had a class project with his spring 2019 HON 379 students mentioned in a recent story on Retraction Watch.

    On Nov. 22, Residence Life staff and the Dominican Sisters of Peace met for their second annual Thanksgiving Celebration. Each Resident Assistant is paired throughout the academic year with one of the sisters for support, prayer and community. The group shared snacks, Thanksgiving stories, and an opportunity to express gratitude for the many blessings in their lives.

    Residence Life and Dominican Sisters 2019

  • Class Notes (as of Dec. 11, 2019)


    Don Wietmarschen ’77 has been named a lifetime trustee of the Zanesville Museum of Art.

    Dave ’78 and Janice Horton Logsdon ’74 worked tirelessly to expand healthcare options for underserved populations and identify new initiatives to improve the community.  Since Jan’s untimely passing, Dave continues to share her vision through the Lodsdon Family Wellness Center for Integrative Medicine at Medina Hospital. The Center will offer new and enhanced integrative medicine options that make a significant difference for patients.  Dave accepted the 2019 Crile Award at Cleveland Clinic’s State of Philanthropy event on July 23, 2019.

    Tom Hanf ’82 was promoted in September 2019 to Environmental Analysis Unit Supervisor in the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Environmental Services Section.

    Beryl Brown Piccolantonio ’99 was re-elected to the Gahanna-Jefferson School Board on November 5, 2019.

    Kellie Sitterly Polito ’04 was promoted to Senior Tax Manager at Abercrombie & Fitch.

    Lori Yacobozzi Dulin ‘09 was named Associate Director of Marketing and enrollment for the Diocese of Columbus – Office of Catholic Schools. 

    Joshua Stutz ’10 was hired as the Development Director for HomeAgain Richmond, the Richmond area’s leading homeless support organization.

    Chris Liebold ’14 has announced that he will run for the Ohio House of Representatives 88th District seat which covers most of Seneca and all of Sandusky County.  In 2017, Chris won election to the Fremont City Council as its Fourth Ward representative.  He has also served as the Sandusky County Democratic chairman.  He is a law clerk at the firm of Albrechta & Coble, Ltd.  Chris is married to Ohio Dominican University graduate, Erin Messerly Liebold ‘15

    Michael Doersam II ’15 has a new position as a Human Resources Analyst within the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

    Hank Schaab ’16, has passed the Bar Exam.  He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Capital University.



    Luca Arnold, born October 25, 2019, Carrie Ghiloni Arnold ’16 and Madison Arnold ‘17


    In Memoriam

    Carole Downs Wright, September 24, 2019, wife of Robert “Bob” Wright

    Rosemary McCarty ’48, July 25, 2018

    Miriam Wagner Murray ’53, October 19, 2019

    Sr. Marialein Anzenberger, O.P. ’58, December 7, 2019

    Suzanne Zureich Campbell ’63, November 10, 2019

    Mary Green Herendeen ’68, November 24, 2019

    Alice Day ’73, November 19, 2019

    Melanie A. Thompson ’82, November 1, 2019

    Steven G. Roberts ’84, October 30, 2019

    Donna Kaye Morrison ’96, September 27, 2019

    Lory Hunter-Greene ’89, November 14, 2019

    Patricia J. Polito, June 6, 2019, mother-in-law of Kellie Sitterly Polito ‘04

    Bernadine Baughman McMahon ’65, April 8, 2019

    Ron Casserly, November 10, 2019.  Ron served as a volunteer baseball coach at Ohio Dominican University for over 20 years.  He is survived by his wife Judy Casserly, son Craig Casserly ’86 and daughter, Debi Skufca.

    Dr. Larry Cepek, former Director of Learning and Information Services at Ohio Dominican University, October 27, 2019

  • More ODU Insider
    Did you miss an issue? Previous editions of the online ODU Insider are archived below.


    October 2019
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    December 2018
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     December 2017
     November 2017
    October 2017
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    December 2016 
    November 2016

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