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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!

    Several alumni have reached out to me recently to ask how they can help support Ohio Dominican. Simply put, there are many ways to support ODU: they include attending or volunteering to host an alumni gathering; helping students and other alumni find internship and employment opportunities; and sharing information about ODU with prospective students. Share your volunteer interest with us today!

    Of course, one of the most impactful ways you can support current and future Panthers is by making a financial contribution to the ODU Fund. Your gift, of any amount, will equip our students with the resources they need to pursue an ODU education, discover their passion, and become a leader of tomorrow. There are only six more days to make a donation to ODU this fiscal year, make your gift today!

    Enjoy the June ODU Insider and learn about some of the exciting things happening at your alma mater, and how you can further support Ohio Dominican.

    God bless, 

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


  • Alumni and Campus News

    ODU Awarded $1.2 Million Grant to Fund Scholarships for Teachers in STEM
    Ohio Dominican University has been awarded a five-year grant totaling $1,193,659 from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to recruit and train secondary school teachers who specialize in the areas of science, mathematics, technology, and computing. The majority of the grant funds is dedicated to providing scholarship and activity dollars to students who, upon earning their teaching degree, commit to teaching STEM in schools located in underserved communities. Click here to read more.

    ODU Partnering with Handshake Career Development Platform
    Ohio Dominican has partnered with a service, Handshake, to provide students and alumni with a one-stop-shop for career advancement. We are excited to launch Handshake this summer and join the platform’s more than 14 million users, over 700 campus partners, 250,000 employer partners, and 100% of the Fortune 500 companies. Handshake’s features will enable you to:

    • Access personalized job recommendations based on your interests.
    • Register for career fairs.
    • Schedule appointments with Career Development Center staff.
    • Post jobs for current students and alumni.

    ODU’s previous service, ODU JobLine, will be discontinued on June 30, and we will launch Handshake on August 12. More information about how you can take advantage of Handshake will be provided to you later in the summer. In the meantime, if you need assistance with scheduling an appointment with a career advisor or accessing additional online resources, please contact Jessica Hall, director of the Career Development Center, at hallj@ohiodominican.edu.

    Wehrle Gallery to Host Exhibit by Designer Celeste Malvar-Stewart
    Ohio Dominican University’s Wehrle Gallery will host an exhibition by Columbus-based textile and fashion designer Celeste Malvar-Stewart from Sept. 6 – Oct. 25. The exhibit, “I AM: Exploring Spiritual Connectivity through Fiber,” features unique, sustainable and ethical pieces and will be on display exclusively at ODU to help celebrate the gallery’s theme of “The Year of the Body.” An opening reception for the exhibit will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, in the gallery and is open to the public. Click here to read more.

    Celeste Malvar-Stewart

    ODU to Host One-Stop Admission Days July 20 & Aug. 1
    Students who are interested in enrolling or transferring to Ohio Dominican University will have an opportunity to begin and complete the entire admission process in as few as 60 minutes during ODU’s One-Stop Admission Day. The free events will take place on the following dates in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center. Click here to read more.

    • Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. – Noon
    • Thursday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. – Noon

    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.

  • Ways to Support ODU

    Give to the ODU Fund Today!
    ODU’s fiscal year ends on Sunday, June 30! Your unrestricted gift to the Ohio Dominican Fund supports projects and programs that make a great impact on our students, our campus and our future.

    Make Your Gift Today.

  • Faculty, Staff & Student News

    Myrissa Stalter ’19, Public Relations and Marketing Communications, received the Outstanding Graduate Prism Award from the Public Relations Society of America’s Central Ohio chapter on May 16.

    John Naughton, Graduate and Adult Enrollment, was featured in the May 13 edition of This Week newspaper. The article discusses ODU’s new partnership with Grove City’s Higher Education Investment Program. Click here to read the article.

    Martin Brick, Ph.D., English, presented a paper, “On The Spectrum: Empathy and Neurodiversity in the writing of David Foster Wallace,” at the 30th annual American Literature Association Conference, which took place May 23-26 in Boston.

    Martin Brick, Ph.D., English, attended the 29th Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, which took place June 6-9 at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati. He delivered a paper titled "Trauma, Adversity, and Empathy: A Cognitive Approach to Woolf."

    Anne Lombardi, Wellness Center, has been invited to join the board of trustees for Mohan Healthcare Center. She also has joined the Clinical Program Advisory Board for Capital University’s Counseling Education program.

  • Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

    Homecoming 2019 – Saturday, Sept. 21 

    We hope to see you this fall at Homecoming where you’ll have the opportunity to reconnect with friends, former classmates, faculty and staff. All alumni are welcome!

    Homecoming 2019 will feature:

    • Tailgate Brunch
    • Golf Cart Parade & Games for Children
    • Football Game: ODU Panthers vs. The University of Findlay Oilers
    • Homecoming Mass
    • 2019 ODU Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner
    • Special Celebration for the Classes that end in ’4 and ’9
    • Class of 1969 50th Anniversary Celebration
    • Black & Gold Athletics Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner (Friday evening, Sept. 20)

    A full schedule of events and registration details will be emailed to alumni in the coming weeks.

    Alumni at the Homecoming Tailgate

  • Class Notes (as of June 12, 2019)


    Evelyn Kirwin Burke ’70 has an exhibition of paintings on display from May 7- July 27 at Jung Haus, 59 W. 3rd Avenue, Columbus.

    Dinah Meyer, Ph.D., ’89, Associate Professor at Psychology at Muskingum University, recently published an article “Psychosocial needs of first-time mothers over 40,” in the Journal of Women & Aging. The study focuses on women who gave birth to their first child at age 40 or later, an understudied group.

    Steven Polovick ’94 is Director of Lumin Academy, Mohican. He earned his MS in Human Services Management at Franklin University in 2002. He was honored by the Franklin County ADAMH Board with the Barry Masterine award for advocacy. 

    Father Brian Beal ’00 was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert Brennan on May 25. 2019, at Columbus St. Joseph Cathedral. For the past five years, Father Beal had been studying at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, MA.

    Erin Messerly Liebold ’15 has earned her RN and Master of Public Health degrees. She has accepted a job in ProMedica Toledo Children’s NICU as a nurse.

    Hank Schaab ’16 earned his Juris Doctor degree at Capital University this spring.

    Austin Ernst ’17, MS ’18 is employed as a Regional Sales Representative, Cintas Corporation, Ft. Myers, FL. He was selected to join the USAF officers program after graduation in 2018 for the 2020 flight class. 

    Donna Zuiderweg MBA ’18 is being honored by AFP Central Ohio as 2019’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional.  She has dedicated her philanthropy career to two organizations that have deep impact on the Columbus community:  the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.  The award will be present on National Philanthropy Day in November.

    In Memoriam

    Sr. Camilla Smith (formerly Sr. Leonita) ’48, May 6, 2019

    Ann Hotz ’76, May 23, 2019

    Naomi Wright Phillips ’89, May 25, 2019, mother of Peggy Yvonne Phillips ‘89

    Joyce McKown Schneider ’18, June 4, 2019

    Kristina Raffa Binder, May 29, 2019, ODU volleyball team member 2001-2002

    Family and Friends

    Judith Vadas Paquelet, April 16, 2019, sister of Andrea Vadas Ashburn ’66

    Ben Nye, May 17, 2019, father of Ben Nye ’81, Shawn Nye ‘82 and Beth Nye ‘01

    James Ort, May 18, 2019, father of Michelle Sarff, Head Librarian, Spangler Library

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


     May 2019
     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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