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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 from your Alumni Office!

    I’m excited to announce that our alumni family is 236 members stronger following a wonderful Spring Commencement ceremony on May 11. Sr. Margaret Ormond, OP, president of Dominican Academy in New York and former prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, delivered an inspiring keynote address. Links to photos and a video are included in this month’s ODU Insider.

    I have more exciting news to share – Homecoming 2019 will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21. I hope you and your family will join us for a special day of activities. All alumni are invited as we celebrate classes that end in '4 and '9, including the Class of 1969 who will celebrate their 50th reunion. Festivities will kick off the night before with the Black and Gold Athletic Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.

    You should have recently received a special letter from Public Relations Professor Natalie Kompa highlighting new alumna Myrissa Stalter ’19. Please join us in helping to support students and scholarships by making a gift today (Our 2018-2019 Fiscal Year ends on June 30.)

    Learn more about these news items and more in this month’s ODU Insider!

    From all of us at ODU, have a fun, relaxing and safe summer. We hope to see you on campus soon for a visit or event!

    God bless, 

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


  • Alumni and Campus News

    Ohio Dominican Holds 111th Commencement
    Ohio Dominican held its Spring Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11. More than 230 students had degrees conferred upon them as they were joined by ODU faculty, staff, alumni, and hundreds of family and friends in Alumni Hall. Sr. Margaret Ormond, OP, president of Dominican Academy and former prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace delivered the keynote address. Click the image below to view more graduation photos, or visit our Flickr albums.

    2019 Spring Commencement


    Ohio Dominican to Serve as Host of Central Ohio Chapter of Fulbright Association
    The Fulbright Association has approved Ohio Dominican to serve as the host institution for its Central Ohio chapter. As the newest of its more than 50 local chapters, ODU will provide Fulbright alumni and visiting Fulbrighters with diverse opportunities for networking, professional development, mentoring, cultural enrichment, and community service. Click here to read more.

    ODU Fulbright Chapter Board of Directors

    ODU Senior Art Currently on Display
    Ohio Dominican’s Senior Art Exhibition will remain on display in the Wehrle Gallery until June 14. “From the Halls of Wehrle: 2019 Senior Exhibition” features a range of content and media by Art, Graphic Design and Art Education students. Click here for more information. 
    Wehrle Senior Show 2019

    Matesich Theatre Blessing and 10th Anniversary of the Dominican Sisters of Peace
    The Ohio Dominican Community joined together in song and prayer on April 24 to bless the newly refurbished Sr. Mary Andrew Matesich, OP Theatre. Following the blessing ceremony, attendees gathered at the St. Catherine of Siena statue to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The ceremony included the blessing of two burning bushes that were planted beside the statue. The bushes remind us of St. Catherine’s quote, “Be who God created you to be, and you will set the world on fire.” Click the images below to view both celebrations, or visit our Flickr albums.

    Matesich Theatre Blessing

    Dominican Sisters of Peace 10th Anniversary Celebration

    ODU Partners with Grove City to Offer Scholarships, Keep Talent in Central Ohio
    Current and future college-bound students from Grove City now have access to additional scholarships to attend Ohio Dominican. ODU has joined the Grove City Higher Education Investment Program, which is designed to encourage students to remain in Grove City after completing their college degree. Click here to read more.

    Reduced-Priced Summer Courses at ODU
    Do you know someone who is looking for convenient and affordable options to keep their education on track this summer? ODU is offering more than 40 undergraduate courses at nearly half the usual cost. Courses are available online and on campus, and cover a wide range of popular fields of study, including art, science, business, education, English, history and theology. Click here for more information. 

    Summer Scholars Program July 8-12
    High school students graduating in 2020, 2021 or 2022 are invited to attend Ohio Dominican University’s Summer Scholars Program from July 8-12. The five-day program consists of four daily classes, which include classroom discussions, out-of-classroom labs, and numerous hands-on activities. The camp costs $150 per student for the daytime-only option and $350 for the overnight option. Participants will not receive college credit. Registration is limited to the first 50 respondents. Click here to register and learn more. 

    Find Job and Internship Postings on The ODU JobLine
    Are you looking for a job? The ODU JobLine lists part- and full-time employment opportunities that are available for ODU students and alumni. Job seekers are able to post resumes, search listings and, in many cases, apply online. New job postings are added daily. There are currently nearly 500 internship, part- and full-time positions on the JobLine.

  • Ways to Support ODU

    IRA Charitable Rollover: A Great Way to Help Support ODU
    You may be looking for a way to make a big difference to help further ODU’s mission and help our students. If you are 70½ or older you may also be interested in a way to lower the income and taxes from your IRA withdrawals. An IRA charitable rollover is a way you can help.

    Benefits of an IRA Charitable Rollover

    Avoid taxes on transfers of up to $100,000 from your IRA to ODU
     Satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year
     Reduce your taxable income, even if you do not itemize deductions
     Make a gift that is not subject to the deduction limits on charitable gifts
    • Help further the work and mission of ODU

    How an IRA Charitable Rollover Gift Works

    1. Contact your IRA plan administrator to make a gift from your IRA to ODU.
    2. Your IRA funds will be directly transferred to ODU to help continue our important work.
    3. Please note that IRA charitable rollover gifts do not qualify for a charitable deduction.
    4. You can designate your gift to be used for a specific purpose or for the area of greatest need.

  • Faculty, Staff & Student News

    Ohio Dominican was featured in a post on the Fulbright Association’s website on April 25 that highlights the University’s new membership as Central Ohio’s host institution. Click here to read more.

    Ohio Dominican was mentioned in the May 2 edition of The Columbus Dispatch in an article discussing the COSI Science Festival. Several ODU faculty participated in the four-day festival, which took place May 1-4. Click here to read the article.

    Ohio Dominican was mentioned in a May 5 article that appeared on University Business that discusses ODU’s new partnership with the Grove City Higher Education Investment Program. The program is designed to encourage students to remain in Grove City after completing their college degree. Click here to read more.

    A new work by Jeremy Glazier, English, and California composer Charlie Wilmoth premiered at the Short North Stage on May 22. The performance was part of “The Big Score,” which was a free, hour-long concert sponsored by the Johnstone Fund for New Music. “The Big Score” commissioned six poets to pair up with six composers to spark artistic innovation across disciplines. Other area talent includes ODU alumna Barbara Fant ’10, WOSU’s Jennifer Hambrick, and award-winning jazz composer Mark Lomax II.

    Jeremy Glazier, English, has published an essay review on the American artist Cy Twombly's lifelong obsession with Homer's “lliad.” His essay, “On Lately Looking Into Twombly's Homer,” appears on the blog of the Journal of the History of Ideas. Click here to read his essay.

    Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education, held its 2019 induction ceremony on April 23. Inductees must meet academic and volunteer service requirements to be a part of the honor society. During this 16th induction ceremony, the Education Division welcomed the following ODU teacher education students: Brittany BurdRachel DoranBrooke HernandezLindsay GallaugherSara PeacockAlysee RutterCorey Taylor-Sprague, and Alyssa ToddJohn Mascazine, Ph.D., Kate Fishley, Ph.D., and Ginny McCormack, Ed.D. serve as faculty advisors.

    Robert Gervasi, Ph.D., President, was mentioned in an article that appeared in the April 29 edition of The Columbus Dispatch. The article highlights the newest Dominican Sister of Peace, Sr. Beata Tiboldi, OP, and shares the congregation’s history and the significance of its evolution. Click here to read the article.

    Michelle Sarff, Library, and Anna Davis, Ph.D., Mathematics, were featured in an article that was posted on OhioLINK’s blog on May 1. The article highlights ODU’s efforts to use open educational resources to help reduce the cost of textbooks for students. Click here to read the article.

    Katie Gorman-Ezell, Ph.D., Social Work, will host a movie screening and discussion revolving around the issue of anxiety from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at the Martin de Porres Center. The event, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety,” is presented by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Catholic Health Initiatives, and Columbus Public Health.

    Imali Abala, Ph.D., English, has been accepted into the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP). Starting in mid-May, Abala will begin teaching at Kisii University, which is located in Kisii, Kenya. During the 60-day fellowship, she will share her expertise and passion as she teaches a Creative Writing course, conducts student workshops for the university, mentors local high school students, works with students on their graduate research projects, and helps the university develop its creative writing program and curriculum. Click here to read more.

    Yanette Robinson ’19, Psychology, is featured in the State of Ohio’s Latino Affairs Commission e-newsletter. The interview discusses Robinson’s path to ODU and why she hopes to help educate and help Latinos as they cope with the challenges presented by mental and behavioral health issues. Click here to read the interview.

  • Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

    Hold the Date: Homecoming 2019 – Saturday, Sept. 21 (More details to follow soon.)

    Alumni at the Homecoming Tailgate

  • Class Notes (as of May 16, 2019)


    Mira Wright ’78 has been named Interim Senior Executive Director of Human Resources for the Columbus City School System.

    Dr. Brad E. Hollingshead ’89 has been appointed Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.  He is a tenured Professor of English and in 2016 was appointed to the Dahl and Lottie Pryor Endowed Chair in English.  He earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Duquesne University, where he began teaching on a fellowship in 1989.  He has also taught at Carlow College and Medaille College. 

    Andrea Rector White ’97, Business Development VP, Midwest, CLEAResult has been named to the Leadership Ohio Class of 2019.  As Business Development VP, Midwest for CLEAResult, Andrea White is responsible for managing a team of over 100 energy efficiency professionals in the delivery of statewide energy efficiency programs on behalf of Ohio utilities including AEP Ohio, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Dayton Power & Light, Dominion Energy Ohio and Vectren Energy Ohio. Helping Ohioans save energy while creating a more comfortable work or home environment is Andrea’s passion.

    Juan Torres ’06, MBA ’11 has been promoted to Chief Information Officer for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.  He has also been named to the Columbus Leadership Class of 2019.

    Maggie Plank Ference ’07, Senior Vice President, Business Banking Credit, Operations & SBA Director at Huntington National Bank, has been named to the 2019 Columbus Business First 40 under 40 list of successful business leaders in the Columbus area.

    Lamar Thornton ’15 has been named an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Ohio University in Athens.  Prior to his new position, Lamar was an assistant coach at Stony Brook for two seasons.  He also served as a graduate assistant and video coordinator at the University of Toledo under head coach Tod Kowalczyk during the 2016-17 season.  Lamar spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at one of the premier prep schools in the country, Hargrave Military Academy.  Lamar was a student assistant at Ohio Dominican while earning his degree.  He holds a master's degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Toledo.

    Jason Connell MBA ’16 is a Portfolio Manager at Wilcox Financial and Sports Management in Toledo, Ohio.  He became a Certified Financial Planner in December 2018. He and his wife, Stephanie, are parents to a new son, Parker, who was born April 17, 2019.


    In Memoriam

    Sr. Helen Wilxman, O.P. ’48, May 3, 2019, sister of Beth Wilxman Schodorf ’51

    Sr. Camilla Smith, O.P. ’48, May 6, 2019

    Margaret “Peggy” Leach Corbett Powell, ’56, April 17, 2019

    Joann Reynolds (James) Kamer ’93, May 1, 2019


    Family and Friends

    Robert Edward Parks, father of Robert Parks ’08 and father-in-law of Julia Frye Parks ’08, May 4, 2019


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


     April 2019
     March 2019
     February 2019
     January 2019


    December 2018
    November 2018
    October 2018
    September 2018
    August 2018
    July 2018
    June 2018
    May 2018
    April 2018
    March 2018
    February 2018
    January 2018


     December 2017
     November 2017
    October 2017
    September 2017
    August 2017
    July 2017
    May 2017
    April 2017
    March 2017
    February 2017
    January 2017


    December 2016 
    November 2016

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