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Keep up with the latest Ohio Dominican alumni news, events and happenings around campus.

Greetings, Alumni!

It’s so hard to believe that next week officially marks the beginning of November. While the academic year is most certainly flying, we’ve been so fortunate to enjoy a safe, successful and exciting fall semester, even as we continue to make our way through this pandemic. We’ve celebrated a number of events this past month, including a wonderful 1980s reunion and the return of our annual Homecoming celebration!

The COVID-19 health crisis has been challenging for so many, including ODU. That’s why I hope you’ll join me and our campus community in making a gift to support current and future students. ODU celebrates its 110th birthday this year, so wouldn’t it be great if we could get 110 alumni to each donate $110 – or even more? What a great way to celebrate this milestone in ODU’s history. Click here to make a gift today!

Read about campus news, events, updates and more below.

Thank you for your support and, as always, it’s a great day to be a Panther!

God Bless,


Weiner, C
Christie Flood Weiner ’90
Associate Vice President for Advancement and Director of Alumni Relations
  • Alumni and Campus News

    Homecoming 2021 a Success
    Thank you to all our alumni and friends who returned to campus this past Saturday to celebrate Homecoming. What a great opportunity to come together with former classmates and their families (and also to get a healthy dose of Panther Spirit!) The day started off with ODU’s annual Golf Cart Parade and also included a special tailgate, Mass and football game against Walsh University, which ODU won by a score of 56 to 17. We hope to see you back on campus again soon!

    Click Here to View Photos from Homecoming

    Homecoming Golf Cart Parade

    A Celebration of 1980s Classes
    Thanks to our alumni from the classes of 1980-1989 who joined us for a special “decade” celebration on Oct. 16. The Class of 1986 celebrated its 35th anniversary and the Class of 1981 celebrated its 40th year! The celebration included a tailgate prior to ODU’s football game against the University of Findlay, with representatives from the 1986 class participating in the coin toss. The celebration then continued in the student center and at Old Bag of Nails (formerly the Broad N Nel). A big thanks to the class representatives for organizing this event, including Julie Siler Prater ’86, Elizabeth Ingram Vogt ’96, Alex Jamieson ’85 and Jackie Zuber Jenkins ’86.

    Click Here to View Photos from the Celebration

    Alumni Reunion Tailgate

    Veterans Appreciation Day on Nov. 6
    All alumni veterans are invited to join together on Saturday, Nov. 6, as ODU celebrates Veterans Appreciation Day. The celebration will include a free tailgate party for ODU’s alumni veterans starting at 10:30 a.m. near the entrance to the football stadium prior to the football team’s noon matchup against Lake Erie College. The honorary captain this year is Zach McPherson ’14, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2005-2009. Zach currently serves as an officer with the Columbus Division of Police. Entertainment will be provided at the tailgate by a Scottish piper and the ODU Marching Band. Complimentary tickets to the game are available for veteran alumni and one guest. Please RSVP by Nov. 1, to Christie Flood Weiner ’90 by clicking here or calling 614-253-3502. Please also share the name of your guest.

    ODU Panther Pairings – Brews & Bundts on Nov. 9
    Alumni are invited to meet and network with ODU faculty, staff and friends on Nov. 9 as we pair different beers and bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes. This special and free event will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the Griffin Student Center’s Fireplace Lounge. The event is made possible thanks to the generosity of alumni Valerie Peters Cardwell ’83 (ODU Board Member), as well as Jay ’96 and Amy ’95 DeLuca, who own six Nothing Bundt Cake bakeries. Guests are welcome! Click here to register.

    ODU to Host Preview Day on Nov. 13
    Ohio Dominican will host a Preview Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 13 in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center. Attendees are invited to attend in person or virtually. Interested high school students and their families can register for the free event by visiting ohiodominican.edu/PreviewDay. During Preview Day, students can take a tour of campus, explore available majors, discuss financial aid options, enjoy a complimentary meal, learn about student clubs and honors programs, meet with professors, and talk with current students about why they chose to attend ODU. Click here to read more.

    Giving Tuesday is Nov. 30
    Please mark your calendars and set your reminders for Giving Tuesday on Nov. 30! Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement designed to unleash the power of radical generosity. Created in 2012, this day of giving encourages people to do good and to support the causes that are near and dear to their hearts. Please be on the lookout for more information on how you can support ODU during this special day. Thank you for your generosity!

    HireOhio Multi-University Alumni Virtual Career Fair on Nov. 9-10
    The HireOhio Multi-University Alumni Virtual Career Fair is coming up soon! HireOhio is a wonderful opportunity for alumni to meet with an impressive and diverse employer roster. ODU alumni will have two opportunities to connect with hiring managers and recruiters:  Group Sessions and Private Candidate Interviews. Click here to register now!

    • Employer Group Info Sessions: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Private Interview Sessions:  Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Your Support of ODU Makes an Impact!
    A friendly reminder that ODU’s Fiscal Year runs from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. We are so grateful for the generous support of our many donors. With ongoing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its financial impact on our students, your support is more important now than ever before. We hope that you will consider making a gift (no gift is too small) to help support our students. Click here to make a gift now. If you have any questions about making a gift, or you are considering a bequest for ODU, please contact Christie Flood Weiner ’90 at weinerc@ohiodominican.edu or 614-253-3502. Thank you!

    Panthers Connect Live: A New Virtual Collaboration with the Career Development Center and Office of Alumni Relations
    The Career Development Center is partnering with Alumni Relations to begin monthly professional development virtual conversations featuring alumni speaking to other alumni. On the third Wednesday of each month, all ODU alumni are invited to join together virtually to learn personal and professional success strategies from fellow Panthers! Each conversation will focus on the topic “Life on Purpose” – how to live a joyful, meaningful life – personally and professionally: at home, work, and in the community. Each facilitator will lead a conversation that aligns with the holistic mission of Ohio Dominican, which is to educate lifelong learners, serving others in a global society, and develop ethical and effective leaders grounded in the pursuit of truth, justice and peace.

    The programs will take place from noon-12:30 p.m. and will include a presentation as well as time for conversation and Q&A. Alumni are encouraged to attend live; however, the sessions will also be recorded and shared with all alumni via email. Additional speakers and dates are in the process of being scheduled. All are welcome, so please let us know if you plan on attending by emailing Christie Flood Weiner ‘90 at weinerc@ohiodominican.edu. A special thanks to Jay DeLuca ’96 for participating in our first Panthers Connect Live event on Oct. 19. Please keep an eye out for more information about his presentation in the near future. 

    Scheduled Panthers Connect Live Events:

    • Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021: Featuring Tonnisha English, Class of 2014
      • Tonnisha is the Founder and CEO of TJE Communications, LLC. Tonnisha earned her BA in Communications. Click here to attend the Zoom meeting. (Meeting ID: 845 4935 9650 Passcode: 072020)
    • Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022: Featuring Grady Campbell, ODU Trustee
      • Grady is the President & Executive Vice President of Encova Insurance. Click here to attend the Zoom meeting. (Meeting ID: 823 2018 8534 Passcode: 229824)
  • Class Notes (as of Oct. 21, 2021)


    David Logsdon ’78, “Double Dominican” & husband of the late Janice (Horton) Logsdon, 1974, retired as chairman of Wayne Homes after 35 years. He began his career as president of Wayne Homes Bowling Green and retired after expanding the company into all of Ohio’s surrounding states, and building over 15,000 custom, on-your-lot homes.

    Jared Franklin ’09 was welcomed as the head coach for the inaugural baseball program beginning in 2022-2023  for the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Edouard Wemy ’09 is the Assistant Professor of Economics at Clark University. He is an active member of the American Economics Association and a fellow of the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics (DITE)—an NSF funded program aimed at increasing the representation of minorities in the economics field.



    Aaron Arnold ’18 and wife, Jenna Irwin, were married in Findlay, OH on September 25, 2021.


    In Memoriam

    Sr. Joan Ford, OP ’53, October 15, 2021

    Sr. Adrienne Colson, OP ‘58, October 12, 2021

    Carolyn S. Berger ’91, September 24, 2021

    Fredina (Dina) Williams Eskridge ’05, September 28, 2021

    Jason Morgan ’16, September 25, 2021

    Emmily Boyer (Non-Grad), September 22, 2021

  • Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

    November 6 – Veterans Appreciation Day
    ODU will celebrate its veterans with a free tailgate party and celebration on Saturday, Nov. 6, prior to the ODU football team’s noon matchup against Lake Erie College.

    November 9 – Brews & Bundts
    Meet and network with ODU faculty, staff and friends as we pair different beers and bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes. This special and free event will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the Griffin Student Center’s Fireplace Lounge

  • Faculty, Staff & Student News

    Dr. Kelsey Squire , Ph.D., English, participated in an online panel, “Rethinking Biography,” hosted by J19: The Journal of Nineteenth Century Americanists editors Stacey Margolis and Elizabeth Duquette on Sept. 14. The live, interdisciplinary discussion featured participants who had published in J19’s Spring 2021 issue. On Sept. 23, Dr. Squire was the featured speaker for the National Willa Cather Center’s Virtual Author Series. She discussed her book, “Willa Cather: The Critical Conversation” (Camden House, 2020) and how it can be used in teaching Willa Cather’s fiction.  

    The Wehrle Gallery’s upcoming exhibit, “My Song: New Work by Creative Women of Color,” was included in Columbus Monthly’s “Things to See and Do in Columbus in October” article on its website. Click here to view the article.

    Robert Parks, Ph.D., '08, Theology, has had the mandatum conferred on him by Bishop Robert Brennan as his recognition of Dr. Parks as a truthful and reliable teacher of Catholic doctrine. Possession of the mandatum is a requirement for anyone who teaches “Theological Disciplines,” according to Canon Law (“Can. 812: Those who teach theological disciplines in any institutes of higher studies whatsoever must have a mandate from the competent ecclesiastical authority.”)

    ODU’s new partnership with Xavier University’s College of Nursing was mentioned by Columbus Business First on its website on Sept. 28. Click here to read the article.

    ODU’s Instant Admission Day on Oct. 20 was featured in the “Campus Innovations” section of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio’s weekly newsletter on Friday, Oct. 1.

    Ohio Dominican has named eight students to the President’s Society for the 2021-22 academic year. Members of the President’s Society serve as representatives of the Office of the President. This year’s new President’s Society members are Lydia Fry, Daniella Sanchez, Sophia Sahr, Macy Tallarico, Kaitlyn Richard, Braxton Downs, Takunda Mandinde and Gregory Thiel. Congratulations!

    ODU’s new partnership with Xavier University’s College of Nursing was featured in the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio’s weekly newsletter on Oct. 8. The partnership creates a pathway for ODU students to pursue a career in the nursing field. Established in fall 2021, ODU students have the ability to apply for a select number of guaranteed seats into XU’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Program upon the completion of their bachelor’s degree. Click here to read more about the partnership.

    Robert Parks, Ph.D., '08, Theology, presented a paper, “An Opening of Heart and Mind to Woman: Augustine's Correspondence with Paulinus and Therasia of Nola,” on Oct. 15 at Villanova University's annual Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference. 

    Julia Parks ’08 presented a paper, “#Blessed: Mary’s Heart and Beatitude in Scripture and the Fathers,” on Oct. 15 at Villanova University's annual Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference.

    Leo Madden, S.S.L., S.T.D., Theology, led a daylong Continuing Education Program for the newly ordained Deacons of the Diocese of Columbus on Oct. 16. The theme was, “A Recovery of the Theology of Revelation.”
  • More ODU Insider
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