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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,

    I hope your summer is off to a wonderful start. Many staff members have returned to work on campus, and we continue to do everything we can to prepare and plan for an exciting, fun and safe academic year for our entire community.

    President Gervasi shared some important news with the campus community yesterday afternoon when he announced that he will step down as president when his contract with the university expires in June of 2021. We have been blessed by Bob’s leadership, as he will continue to advance ODU with his boundless energy in the year ahead. Read the full announcement in the Alumni and Campus News section of the Insider.

    Please keep an eye on your mailbox for the newest edition of 1216 Magazine, which should arrive in early July. This issue takes an in-depth look at how the university responded to the COVID-19 health crisis. I hope that you will enjoy reading about this unprecedented chapter in ODU’s history.

    Finally, I want to thank you for your support over the past year. Our current fiscal year ends June 30, and we have been overwhelmed by your generosity. We also want to thank the dozens of donors who gave more than $20,000 to ODU as part of the Columbus Foundation’s “The Big Give” online giving rally. (That number doesn’t even reflect the amplified amount, which we won’t learn for another several weeks.) Your gifts will support Panthers for many years to come.

    Together, we will continue to advance the mission of Ohio Dominican.

    God Bless,

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

  • Alumni and Campus News

    Ohio Dominican President Robert Gervasi Announces Plans to Step Down Next Year
    Ohio Dominican University President Robert Gervasi, Ph.D., announced that he will step down in June of 2021 at the completion of his current contract with the university.

    Gervasi, who recently turned 70, will have led the university for four years by the time he steps down next summer. He shared the news with the university’s Board of Trustees Thursday morning and announced it to an assembly of ODU faculty and staff Thursday afternoon.

    “I have reached a point in my life and my career when it is time to look ahead to a new chapter,” Gervasi said. “It has been and will continue to be my honor to serve as Ohio Dominican’s president, and I have profound respect and affection for the entire ODU community. I will continue to dedicate myself to the advancement of the university's mission throughout the remainder of my service, and I will always wish the best for the wonderful people who make up the ODU community.”

    Gervasi came to Ohio Dominican in 2017 from Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois, where he also served as president. During his tenure as ODU’s president, the university successfully completed its 10-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. In December of 2018, the university launched its first-ever public bond refinancing to help stabilize the school’s finances. Under his leadership, the university has reversed a period of enrollment declines that preceded his tenure, and his focus on building external relationships and visibility for ODU continues to generate new partnerships with corporate and civic partners across the region, as well as other educational institutions. Gervasi and his wife, Jen, have a close relationship with ODU’s students, often hosting student gatherings in their home adjacent to campus. He oversaw the completion and rededication of the university’s $1 million refurbishment of its historic Sr. Mary Andrew Matesich OP Theatre. Gervasi’s decisive leadership continues to guide ODU in its coordinated and thorough response to the unprecedented crisis brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

    “President Gervasi brings a positive energy to ODU’s campus family and he is determined in his efforts to elevate the university’s position in Central Ohio,” said Tom Winters, incoming chair of Ohio Dominican’s Board of Trustees. “We are grateful to Bob for his service and commitment to ODU. I have every confidence that he will build on his record of success to make the year ahead an outstanding one for our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and all who hold Ohio Dominican dear in their hearts.”

    ODU Trustee Sr. Gemma Doll, OP serves on the Leadership Team of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, the university’s founding congregation.

    “Dr. Gervasi has an obvious passion for Ohio Dominican’s mission and has been a fierce advocate for our students throughout his time as president,” Sr. Gemma said. “His tireless efforts to build external relationships and promote ODU as Central Ohio’s only Catholic university have been extremely productive, and the Dominican Sisters of Peace are grateful for the positive impact he has made – and will continue to make – on this very special place.”

    Winters said the ODU Board of Trustees will work on a succession plan in the months ahead.

    More Than 400 Students Named to Spring Dean’s List
    Ohio Dominican named 413 students to its 2020 spring semester Dean’s List. In order to make the Dean’s List, full-time undergraduate students must have achieved a 3.5 GPA or better after taking a minimum of 12 credit hours. Click here to view the complete list. 

    The Wehrle Gallery Announces 2020-21 Exhibitions
    Ohio Dominican’s Wehrle Gallery will host several exhibitions during the 2020-21 academic year that support its theme of “Focusing Our Vision.” These exhibits will be designed to inspire individuals to further examine the significance of current events, including the COVID-19 pandemic, calls for social justice reform, and a range of environmental matters. Click here to read more and to view the full schedule.

    2020 Senior Exhibition Now Available Online
    ODU’s 2020 Senior Art Exhibition, “From the Halls of Wehrle,” is now available online. This year’s exhibition features works by graduating Art, Art Education and Graphic Design seniors Ephraim AverhartEmma BarthChristina DresdowJaren GilliamTaylor Petree and Michael Woerner. Click here to view this year’s exhibition.

    Wehrle Hall Senior Show 2020

    ODU Partners with Financial Planning Association of Central Ohio
    ODU has partnered with the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Central Ohio to offer its members an opportunity to complete a wide range of business degree and certificate programs at a discounted rate. Click here to read more.

    Virtual Alumni Career Fair on July 23
    Hire Talent will host its HireOhio 2020 Virtual Alumni Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 23. This free event will feature a special virtual platform, allowing one-on-one audio, video or chat interviews between employers and candidates. Click here to learn more or to register.

  • Ways to Support ODU

    The Advancement Team is ever so grateful to all of our alumni for their generosity during the 2019-2020 fiscal year (July 1-June 30). You’ve shared your volunteer efforts at events (before the pandemic), your counsel through surveys and alumni meetings, and your dollars for scholarships, student emergencies, and ODU operations. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

    We hope you’ll join us in continuing this positive momentum into a new fiscal year by being one of the first (or maybe the actual first) alumna/alumnus to make a gift after midnight on July 1, 2020. Have you become a night owl during these anxious times? Go online here and start our new year off right with your new fiscal year gift. We look forward to recognizing special early bird donors in next month’s Insider as well as on our website throughout the year!

    If you would rather mail a check or give through your Donor Advised Fund, please send it to the address below:

    Advancement Office
    Ohio Dominican University
    1216 Sunbury Road
    Columbus, OH 43219

    For all you’ve done and continue to do, thank you for your generous and heartfelt kindness.

  • Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

    Homecoming Rescheduled for Oct. 17
    ODU’s Homecoming, which was originally scheduled to take place on Oct. 3, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17. This is due to our football opponent’s transition to a new athletic conference. We will provide more information in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this process.

  • Faculty, Staff & Student News

    Robert Gervasi, Ph.D., president, participated in a special report livestream hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Club on June 3. Dr. Gervasi was interviewed alongside Columbus City Schools Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon to discuss education and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to watch the forum. Segments of the report were featured on NBC4’s 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts as well as The Spectrum on June 7.

    Ann Killian, Ph.D., Visiting Professor of English, recently wrote about current events following the death of George Floyd in a post on the Dominican Sisters of Peace website. Click here to read her reflection, “Peace and Protest after the Murder of George Floyd.”

    Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich (Ret.), PATRIOTS Program, participated in a town hall event on June 8. The Veterans Breakfast Club hosted “Should We Bring Back the Draft” on on Zoom. Laich is the author of, “Skin in the Game: Poor Kids and Patriots,” in which he argues that the All-Volunteer Force is broken and needs to be overhauled. This conversation included what a new Draft might look like and the impact it would have on the United States, its families, and its young people.

    Kelsey Squire, Ph.D., English, has published a book, “Willa Cather: The Critical Conversation.” This volume provides Cather scholars and students at the graduate and undergraduate levels with an approachable overview of Cather's reception from the 1920s through the early decades of the 21st century. The book is part of the publisher's (Boydell and Brewer) virtual American Literature Association booth, which allows you to get 40% off.

    John Naughton, vice president for Enrollment and Student Success, was interviewed for an article published in Cleveland and Columbus Jewish News that discusses the process of choosing a major of study. Click here to read the article.

    Kathleen Gorman-Ezell, Ph.D., Social Work, had an article published recently in the journal of Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health, & Behavior with Cathy Pederson and Jeff Brookings from Wittenberg University. The title of the article is “Pscyhological Distress among postural tachycardia syndrome patients in the Fennell Crisis phase.”

    Ann Killian, Ph.D., English, was officially accepted to the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate for the Dominican Sisters of Peace in an online ceremony held June 14, 2020. She entered the Congregation as a candidate in 2019, and her acceptance to the novitiate marks a major step both in her formation as a religious Sister and with the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

  • Class Notes (as of June 22, 2020)


    Mary Dwyer-Kueller ’76 retired as of June 2020 after 44 years in Catholic education.


    Tori Beth Leader ’17 and Brian Snoad ’16, June 13, 2020

    In Memoriam

    James H. Hefner ’05, May 15, 2020

    Debra Lynn Vander Horst Myers, Library Science graduate, June 10, 2020

    Elizabeth “Fay” Layden, June 8, 2020, mother of Jim Layden, Library Staff

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


    May 2020
    April 2020
    February 2020


    December 2019
    October 2019
    September 2019
    August 2019
    July 2019 
    June 2019 
      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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