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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!

    This time of year is always extra full with Dominican spirit and energy! In just a couple of weeks, we will officially welcome more than 200 new graduates into our alumni family. It was wonderful to see so many alumni attend the Inauguration of Ohio Dominican’s 16th President, Dr. Robert A. Gervasi, and our Reunion celebration. What an exciting time in the life of our beloved University.

    We want to remind you of our first event at the Columbus Crew SC game on June 9. All are invited, so please RSVP today. You can read more about these and other exciting events in this month’s ODU Insider.

    Over the next couple of weeks, you will receive an appeal from ODU. We invite you to consider making a donation to Ohio Dominican to help support our students and campus community – we’d love to set a new participation rate record this year!  All gift sizes are needed and truly make a difference. Click here to make a gift today!

    God bless, 

    Christie Flood Weiner '90                         
    Director of Alumni Relations

    Kyrsten Stenerson
    Assistant Director of Alumni Relations & Development

  • Alumni and Campus News

    Dr. Robert A. Gervasi Inaugurated as ODU’s 16th President on April 27

    Robert A. Gervasi, Ph.D. was officially installed as Ohio Dominican University’s sixteenth president at a special ceremony held on April 27, 2018 in Alumni Hall. Hundreds of faculty, staff, students, alumni, Trustees, Dominican Sisters of Peace, delegates and friends attended the ceremony and participated in the campuswide celebration held to commemorate this historic occasion in the life of the University. The theme of the Inauguration, “Catching Fire,” was inspired by St. Catherine of Siena’s words, “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire.”

    Click the photo below to view our Flickr album of photos from the events:
    Gervasi Inauguration photos

    Watch the full Inauguration ceremony below.

    Alumni Honored at 2018 Reunion

    ODU hosted its 2018 Reunion April 27-29. We had a wonderful turnout as we welcomed home more than 120 alumni. Alumnae from St. Mary of the Springs’ class of 1968 were recognized during a reception in honor of their 50th reunion, and were inducted into the Golden Flame Society. We also recognized individual alumnae for their outstanding and profoundly important contributions to ODU and the community. Mira R. Wright ’78, Sister Margie Davis, OP ’72, and Reta Clemans Holden ’65 were presented with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award during a banquet held in their honor on April 28.

    Click the photo below to view our Flickr album from Reunion 2018:
    Reunion 2018 Flickr Album Photos

    Ohio Dominican to Hold 109
    th Commencement Ceremony On May 12
    Ohio Dominican will hold its 109th Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Alumni Hall. Baccalaureate will be held at 9 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel. ODU Board of Trustees member Ann Gallagher will deliver the keynote address. In addition to awarding more than 200 student degrees, ODU will confer the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa upon Board of Trustees member Sister Janice Bachman, OP, and Board chair Thomas Mueller. 

    ODU Night at the Columbus Crew SC on June 9
    You’re invited to join fellow ODU alumni and friends for our first-ever alumni and friends event during the Columbus Crew SC’s matchup against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, June 9. The pre-party will take place at 4 p.m. in the Upper 90 Lounge in MAPFRE Stadium, and the match will begin at 5 p.m. The cost to attend is just $30 a person (an $80 value!). You’ll receive a lower bowl ticket (ODU tickets will be in the same section), a meal, nonalcoholic drink, and a limited edition Columbus Crew SC scarf. Children two years of age and under will be admitted without a ticket, but will be required to remain seated in the lap of their guardian. Click here to register now. 

    Historic Matesich Theatre Restoration Campaign Nearing Completion
    We are getting close to achieving our $1 million dollar goal to help restore and modernize ODU’s historic performance arts venue, the Sister Mary Andrew Matesich, OP Theatre. If you have not made a gift yet or purchased a new seat, please consider a gift today. In the coming weeks, crews will begin restoring the theater’s plaster and woodwork, painting its walls, and making other critical repairs and updates. Click here to read more. The University is still raising funds to complete phase three of the theater renovation, which will be the replacement of carpet and seats in the theater. We hope to begin this phase in December. ODU welcomes anyone who desires to contribute at ohiodominican.edu/Theater. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Christie Flood Weiner ’90 at 614-253-3502 or weinerc@ohiodominican.edu.

    2018 Senior Art Exhibition Now Open
    We hope you’ll stop by the Wehrle Gallery to enjoy some of the outstanding works by ODU Art, Art Education and Graphic Design students as part of this year’s Senior Exhibition. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and will run through June 30. The Wehrle Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Click here for more information. 

    ODU Students Help 160 Community Members Complete Tax Returns
    ODU’s Accounting students and faculty prepared 160 federal and state income tax returns during ODU’s 12th annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. ODU is one of several sites around Columbus that coordinates with the United Way of Central Ohio to prepare tax returns free of charge. The service was offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Feb. 24 – April 11. ODU faculty and students have helped prepare 2,905 tax returns since 2007. Click here to read more.

    ODU to Host Summer Scholars Program July 23-27
    High school students graduating in 2019, 2020 or 2021 are invited to attend Ohio Dominican’s first Summer Scholars Program from July 23-27. The camp costs $150 per student and will take place on ODU’s campus. Attendees will not receive college credit. Registration is limited to the first 75 respondents. Click here to read more.

    ODU to Offer Half-Priced Summer Courses
    College students in Central Ohio will have a convenient and affordable option to keep their education on track during the summer of 2018. Ohio Dominican University will offer more than 40 undergraduate courses at nearly half the usual cost. Click here to read more. 

    Panther Promise Program Creates Scholarship Opportunities for CCS Students
    Ohio Dominican has partnered with I Know I Can to create the Panther Promise Program, which provides eligible Columbus City Schools students with financial resources and support to help make an ODU education attainable. Click here to read 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 postings 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.

  • Faculty, Staff & Student News

    Julie Hart, Ph.D. and Anjel Stough-Hunter, Ph.D., Sociology, presented two papers at the annual North Central Sociological Association meeting, which took place April 6-7 in Pittsburgh. The papers were titled “Pathways to Pacifism and Antiwar Activism among US Veterans” and “Comparing Changes in Cultural Competence and Aversive Racism in a Blended and Traditional Face-to-Face Classroom.” 

    Joseph Ozias ’17, English, launched a book, “Happily Sleepless,” on April 25 at an event in the ODU Bookstore. Ozias worked with Manuel Martinez, Ph.D., Arts & Letters, to have the book translated into Spanish.

    Jeremy Sony, Marketing & Public Relations, was featured in the March 15 edition of the LaGrange Daily News. Sony's play, "The Last Queen of Wonderland," was presented at the Lafayette Society for the Performing Arts from March 14-24 in LaGrange, Georgia. Click here to read the article.

    Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich (Ret.), PATRIOTS Program, spoke at the National Security Fellows Program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government on April 16. He also presented at a dinner that will be hosted by the Defense Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Student Armed Forces Committee.

    Maria Gluys, Physician Assistant Studies, presented “Expanding Access to Care: Implementation of Advanced Practice Providers” at the 2018 Safety-Net Symposium, which was hosted by the Ohio Association of Free Clinics on April 24 in Dublin, Ohio. Her presentation outlined the advantages of utilizing advanced practice providers as a volunteer resource for free clinics in Ohio. The presentation also outlined the education, scope of practice and steps to implement a physician assistant into a free clinic arrangement. The purpose of the lecture was to explore methods for improving access to primary care health services across the state for vulnerable populations.

    John Grant, Ph.D., Business, will present “Developing a Conscious in Capitalism: A Dominican Business Capstone Course” during the 15th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and Universities, which will take place June 21-24 at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island.

    Jeremy Glazier, English, will moderate a discussion with poets David Baker and Ann Townsend about their new book, “Seek After: On Seven Modern Lyric Poets,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8 at Gramercy Books in Bexley. Baker served as a judge for this year's Pulitzer Prize in poetry. He and Townsend are distinguished professors at Denison University. The event is free and open to the public. 

    Kathleen Gorman-Ezell, Ph.D., Social Work, presented “Suicide risk assessment for persons with chronic, invisible illnesses” with Jeff Brookings, Ph.D., Cathy Pederson, Ph.D., and Greta Mayer, M.S. on April 14 at the Southwestern Psychological Association in Houston. She also presented “Getting through difficult times: College students coping resources and their appraisal of care” with Susan De Luca, Ph.D. and Daley DiCorcia on April 19 at the American Association of Suicidology Conference, in Washington, D.C.

    Margaret Smith, Mattheiu Meihls, Sarah Stefaniak and Zachary Ratliff were inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa during a ceremony on April 23. Theta Alpha Kappa is the National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology. To be eligible for induction, a student must have a 3.5 GPA in Religious Studies and/or Theology and a 3.0 GPA overall.

    Sophia Oster ’19, Exercise Science, was featured in the April 23 edition of Mount Vernon News. She recently participated in a taping of American Ninja Warrior, which took place on Sunday in Indianapolis. The episode will air on NBC in June. Click here to read the article.

    Nicole Franklin ’20, Business Administration, was awarded the 2018 Zonta Scholarship for Nontraditional Students at an award ceremony on April 14 at Wedgewood Country Club in Powell.

  • Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

    June 9, 2018 – ODU Alumni Night at the Columbus Crew SC
    The Alumni Relations Office will host a night of fun during the Columbus Crew SC soccer game at MAPFRE Stadium from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. Click here to sign up. 

    September 8, 2018 – Veterans Appreciation Day Football Tailgate

    September 29 – Homecoming 2018

  • Class Notes (as of May 1, 2018)


    Kari Black ’12/’13 (MBA) received the Bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award from Nationwide Insurance.

    Patricia David Gibboney ’58 will receive the 2018 Hope for Today Award on May 24th at the Jewish Community Center on behalf of The Spirituality Network and the 2018 Living Faith Award Committee.

    Lauren Mason Jagoditz ’10 works as a Property Manager for DMG Rentals.

    Susan Leister ’77 recently celebrated her 25th anniversary of employment at Alverno College, a Franciscan women’s college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Susan has worked as the Director of the Internship Program in the Career & Professional Development Center for the past 16 years and previously worked in the college’s Assessment Center.

    Georganna Price ’08 will be receiving a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Saint Francis on May 5, 2018.

    In Memoriam

    Marcia Bell Love ’74, April 23, 2018
    Marilyn Rose Sturmi McDonald ’48, April 20, 2018
    Sr. Dorothy Sarachene, O.P. ’57, June 29, 2017
    Kathleen Cody McClernon ’68, April 13, 2018
    Cheryl Wilkins Geyer ’71, March 24, 2018
    Geraldine “Geri” Baker ’73, April 11, 2018
    Sr. “Sally” Helen Groom, O.P. ’73, sister of Marie Groom Bresson ’57, April 11, 2018
    Sr. Mary Julian, O.P. ’58, April 29, 2018.


    Samir Ahmed Gharbo (Former Faculty), April 10, 2018
    Mildred A. Bennett, mother of Robert C. Bennett ’71 and grandmother of Rob Bennett ’96, April 14, 2018
    Barbara Ann Gargaro (Former Staff Member), March 24, 2018

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


    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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