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

    Alumni Survey for the Classes of 1969 – 2019
    Attention, Alumni – we need your help to better understand and improve your experience as ODC/ODU alumni. Complete a brief 10-minute survey by Feb. 14 and you’ll be eligible to win one of five $20 Amazon gift cards! Click here to get started. Contact the Alumni Office with any questions at alumnioffice@ohiodominican.edu or 614-253-3502.

    St. Mary of the Springs Survey Results
    We are excited to share the results of the St. Mary of the Springs alumni survey that was conducted in Fall of 2019. We want to thank the 159 respondents who participated. This number represents 15% of the St. Mary of the Springs alumni, exceeding the industry average of a 5-12% response rate. In addition, 66 respondents took the time to supply additional comments and feedback. View a summary of the results here (PDF).

    Alumni Council Met Jan. 25, 2020
    The 2019-2020 Alumni Council met on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. The Alumni Council serves as the leadership for the general alumni community. The Council meets three times per year on campus to provide input, feedback, and guidance to the University as the official voice the alumni community. Thank you to the following Alumni Council volunteers: Valerie Peters Cardwell ’83, Dan Garrick ’83, Amy Kuhlman ’99, Jonathan McKay ’09, Kevin McIntyre ‘12/13 (MBA), John Mascazine ’82, Martha Johnson Miller ’71, Kelly Litt Parrett ’14, Terra Smith Purdy ’11. Meaghan Torres ’13, Eric Watts ’11 (MBA), Tony Weaver ’99, and Mira Wright ’78.

    Members of the Alumni Council gather at the January 2020 meeting.

    Front row (L-R): Martha Johnson Miller ’71, Terra Smith Purdy ’11, Amy Kuhlman ’99, Meaghan Torres ’13, Valerie Peters Cardwell ’83, Kelly Litt Parrett ’14, and Alumni Director Christie Flood Weiner ’90. Second row (L-R): Vice President of Advancement & External Relations Mark Cooper, John Mascazine ’82, Mira Wright ’78, Jonathan McKay ’09, Dan Garrick ’83, Tony Weaver ’99, Kevin McIntyre ‘12/13 (MBA), and President Dr. Bob Gervasi. Not pictured: Ali Clark ’12, Jay DeLuca ’96, Cia Delewese McQuaide ’70, and Eric Watts ’11 (MBA).

    Members of the Alumni Council gather at the January 2020 meeting.

  • Class Notes (as of Jan. 27, 2020)


    Orlando Uriarte ’89 has a new position as Vice President of Sales at the Action Group, Inc.

    Donna Holycross ’01 has a new position with Commodore Bank as Business Development Specialist.

    Andrea Pore ’05, assistant principal of Bishop Watterson High School, was mentioned in an article in The Catholic Times titled, “One class can make a difference in students’ faith journey.” See page 5 in The Catholic Times Jan. 26, 2020 edition.

    John O’Grady ’08 has been elected Franklin County Board of Commissioners President for 2020. He was first elected to the board in 2008. He previously served as president in 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2017. This is his third term of office and his fifth time as board president.

    Justin Nahvi, MBA ’08 has been appointed Director of the City of Delaware’s Finance Department. Justin has experience at the state and county levels and was most recently Financial Director and Assistant City Manager for the City of Marysville. 

    Freshaun Porter ’06 has a Christian documentary--Rez Documentary: Road To The Making Of Establishing Christian Psalms--on IMDb. It will soon be on Amazon Prime.  He and his wife debuted their Gospel album with merchandise under the group Rez Resorvoirs. The title of the album is Miracle Moolah.

    Jill Anderson Guinan 13 is a Case Manager at Celebrate One, the Ohio Public Health Department program to reduce infant mortality in Columbus. 

    Mario Casselli ’13 is Account Manager at Lower.com, a National Lender which has been Rated # 2 in Ohio-Glassdoor and Rated #21 out of #214,000 companies, Best Place to Work- Glassdoor. In 2019 he became a Mortgage Loan Originator Licensed (CA, NC, FL, TN, PA, OH) and in 2015 he earned his Real Estate Sales License (Columbus, State, National). His awards and recognition since graduation include: 2018 Circle of Champions, Mettler Toledo; 2018 Exclusive Jamaica Trip, Circle of Champions; 2016 Top Business Acquisition Specialist, Dental Practice Sales; $10M in sales; 2013-2014 Top 15% Business Sales, Verizon Wireless; 2013-2014 Elected Team Captain, Verizon Wireless; 2010-2013 Winner's Circle, Verizon Wireless. His community service includes Columbus Habitat for Humanity, Mt. Vernon Habitat for Humanity, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Ohio.

    Lindsey Blanford MBA ’18 has accepted a position with Stryker Orthopedics as a Joint Replacement Sales Associate.

    Mariam Ali ’18 is a Case Manager at Celebrate One, the Ohio Public Health Department program to reduce infant mortality in Columbus.

    Kendall White ’18,
    Management Analyst at Franklin County Job and Family Services, recently moderated "Walking A Mile In My Shoes,” a Gun Violence Youth Summit for participants to discuss fighting gun violence within their neighborhoods.



    Montana Fishel ’15 and Justin Childers ’18, January 10, 2020

    Ashley Swartz ‘14 and Alex Nikias ’14, June 3, 2018

    New Arrival

    Ansley Ryan, December 16, 2019, daughter of Justin Duehren ’11 and Samantha Wolfe Duehren ‘11


    In Memoriam

    Greg Dillon ’10, January 27, 2020

    Thomas “Tom” Burke ’71, January 27, 2019, former husband of Evelyn Kirwin Burke ’70; father of Kathleen Burke ‘11

    Warren Kappeler III, former instructor, died January 14, 2020

    Charles “Chick” Campbell ’88, January 10, 2020.  Chick was a long time teacher and baseball coach for the Pickerington Schools.

    Marianne Conley Phelan ’57, January 7, 2020

    Robert “Bob” Osborne, former faculty, December 23, 2019

    Gregory H. McDonald ’72, December 21, 2019

    Craig Kleiman ’05, December 19, 2019

    Sr. Margaret Walsh, O.P. ’71, December 15, 2019

    Shantel Grigsby-DeCoux ’02, December 13, 2019

    Irene Bruen, December 9, 2019, mother of Sr. Virginia Bruen, O.P. ‘68

    Sr. Marialein Anzenberger, O.P. ’58, December 7, 2019

  • Giving News - The Impact of Your Support
    Ohio Dominican is supported every year by thousands of generous alumni and friends, including individuals, families, corporations and foundations. Thank you to these generous donors who made gifts between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

    View ODU's Honor Roll of Giving
  • Campus News

    Half-Price Summer Courses at ODU
    High school students in Central Ohio have a convenient and affordable option to keep their education on track this summer. ODU will offer more than 30 undergraduate courses at nearly half the usual cost. Courses will be 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.

    State of Ohio Awards ODU $180,000 Choose Ohio First Grant
    The state of Ohio has awarded Ohio Dominican a five-year $180,000 Choose Ohio First Grant that will help fund Computer Science scholarships to support students and strengthen Ohio’s workforce development in numerous high-tech fields. Click here to read more.

    ODU Partners with Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce
    Ohio Dominican has partnered with the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce (GCACC) to offer its members and employees an opportunity to complete a wide range of business-related undergraduate or graduate degrees as well as certificate programs at a discounted rate. Click here to read more. The partnership was mentioned in an article in Columbus Business First and during NBC4’s 7 p.m. newscast on Jan. 17.

    High School Visit Day on Feb. 15
    All high school students and their families are invited to attend ODU’s Visit Day on Saturday, Feb. 15. The free event will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Griffin student center. During Visit Day, students can take a tour of campus and meet with an admission counselor to discuss available majors, financial aid options, and the application process. To register for Visit Day, visit ohiodominican.edu/Visit. Once there, click the button, “RSVP to an Event” and scroll down to “Saturday Campus Visit.”

    More Than 380 Students Named to Fall Dean’s List
    Ohio Dominican named 382 students to its fall 2019 semester Dean’s List. The group represents 58 Ohio counties, 10 states and four countries. 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 a list of students who were named to the Dean’s List.

    Experience ODU’s New Virtual Tour
    Prospective students now have an opportunity to experience Ohio Dominican’s campus anytime, anywhere with a new virtual tour available on its website and on Google Maps. The comprehensive tour features more than 120 high-resolution, 360-degree photos that give users the ability to visit a wide range of academic, athletic and student life locations. Click here to access ODU's Virtual Tour.

    Ohio Dominican Announces Fall 2019 Graduates
    Congratulations to the 161 students who earned their degree following the fall 2019 semester. This group of graduates represents 27 Ohio counties and 17 states. Click here to view a complete list of Fall 2019 graduates.

    Affordable Learning Initiative Saving ODU Students Thousands on Textbooks
    A year after launching its Affordable Learning Initiative, ODU students have saved thousands of dollars, and as much as 80%, on their textbook expenses due to the use of free or reduced-cost course materials. During the spring, summer and fall semesters of 2019, nearly 800 students who participated in courses that utilized Inclusive Access course materials, such as e-textbooks and electronic courseware, saved a total of $106,000, or about $115 per course material. This spring semester, more than 500 students are expected to save as much as $70,000 on required course materials. Click here to read more.

    2019-20 Wehrle Gallery Art Exhibitions Celebrate “Year of the Body”
    Ohio Dominican’s Wehrle Gallery will host several exhibitions during the 2019-20 academic year that celebrate its theme of “The Year of the Body.” This year’s schedule for the gallery revolves around three artists, all women, who address aspects of the human or social body in some way through their works. “Have You Got a Pulse?” by Terri Maloney-Houston is currently on display in the Wehrle Gallery, and will be available until Jan. 25. Click here to view a list of upcoming exhibitions.

    Support ODU’s New Campus Cupboard
    With the issue of student hunger a rising concern on college campuses across the country, ODU has opened a food resource center for students who are food insecure. The Campus Cupboard is now available to students for two hours a day, two days a week. If you are interested in donating, please try to purchase the specific non-refrigerated, unexpired items listed below. Items can be dropped off either in the Residence Life or Campus Ministry offices. For more information, contact the Office of Residence Life at 614-251-4718 or reslife@ohiodominican.edu.

    Oatmeal Cups
    Granola Bars
    JELL-O Cups
    Mac ‘n Cheese Cups
    Single-Serve Snacks
    Instant Mashed Potatoes Cups
    Applesauce Cups
    Peanut Butter
    Microwavable Soups & Meals
    Pudding Cups

  • Faculty, Staff & Student News

    Robert Gervasi, Ph.D., President, had an article published in the Jan. 26 edition of The Catholic Times. The article, “Ohio Dominican University: Aligning Our Mission and Our Students’ Future,” discusses the creation of a new briefing statement that is meant to help guide the University as it pursues, considers and enters into new partnerships with outside organizations. The article appears on page six, and can be viewed here.

    Kristall Day, Ph.D. and Marlissa Stauffer, Ph.D., Education, presented at the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children Conference, which took place Jan. 22-24 in Dublin, Ohio. Their presentation, “Teaching Candidates Ways to Combat Disproportionate Representation in Special Education,” highlighted the innovative work that ODU’s Education Division is doing related to the Noyce NSF grant and the Ohio Deans Compact dual licensure grant. They shared content and strategies to better prepare teacher candidates to work with all students and to combat bias that might impact referral to special education for marginalized groups of students.

    Ginny McCormack, Ed.D. and Kristall Day, Ph.D., Education, also presented at the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children Conference on behalf of the dual licensure grant team including Martin Brick, Ph.D., Kelsey Squire, Ph.D., and Sonya Goshe, Ph.D. They shared progress related to the formation of a dual licensure program for the Adolescence and Young Adult (AYA) Integrated Language Arts and Mild to Moderate Intervention Specialist licensure program. ODU continues to be a leader in the state in offering dual licensure teacher preparation programs within the 7-12 grade-band.

    Martin Brick, Ph.D., English, appeared recently as a guest on the David Foster Wallace-themed podcast, “The Great Concavity,” to promote his book, “David Foster Wallace and Religion: Essays on Faith and Fiction.” Brick appeared alongside co-editor Michael McGowan. The podcast can be streamed online here.

    Eliana Calle-Saari, Art, was featured on WOSU’s “High & Broad” program on Thursday, Dec. 26, in a segment highlighting the printmaking process. Some of the video for the segment was shot in Wehrle Hall’s Printmaking Studio. Click here to view the program.

    Members of the women’s basketball team packaged dozens of meals on Jan. 5 to distribute to women who are victims of human trafficking and homelessness in the Linden area. The effort was in support of Reaching for the Shining Starz, a nonprofit organization that participates in street outreach for that population.

    Ann Killian, Ph.D., English, published an article, “Listening for Lyric Voice in Sermon Verses and The Book of Margery Kempe,” in the 2019 issue of Studies in the Age of Chaucer, a journal that explores the culture and writing of later medieval Britain (1200-1500).

    Jessica Hall, Career Development Center, participated in the Community Workforce Development panel discussion at the Dawson Annual Meeting, “Growth is the Goal 2020,” which took place on Jan. 10 at Dawson’s home office in Columbus.

    Kathleen Gorman-Ezell, Ph.D., Social Work, published an article, “Development and Preliminary Validation of a Tool for Screening Suicide Risk in Chronically Ill Women” in the current issue of Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development with colleagues from Wittenberg University. Click here for more information.

    Jeremy Glazier, English, presented a paper, “'Allô, c’est toi?': Questioning the Telephone in ‘La Voix humaine’,” on Jan. 9 at the annual Modern Language Association conference in Seattle, Washington. The paper examines the complex network of cultural, historical, and economic ramifications of the telephone, the principal prop in a one-act opera (1958) by Francis Poulenc. 

    Kendall White ’18, Criminology and Criminal Justice, will moderate a discussion on the topic of gun violence, “Walking a Mile in my Shoes,” on Jan. 29. The free event will take place from 6-8 p.m. at Franklin County Job and Family Services, located at 1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, 43229. The event is sponsored by a nonprofit organization, A Hand Up to Success. Click here for more information and to register.

    Mendell Hibbard, University Band, will lead a panel discussion group, “Issues and Trends in Community Theatre,” at BroadwayCon on Jan. 26 in New York City.

    Kristall Day, Ph.D., Education, is the first author on a newly published book chapter entitled, “Inclusive Assessment Practices: Using Formative Instructional Practices to Support the Needs of All Students.” The title of the book is “Inclusive Education: A Systematic Perspective.” More information about the book can be found here.

    Doug Ruml, D.B.A., Finance, received this year’s Sister Charles Marie Brantl Award during ODU Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night on Feb. 6. This award honors the late Sister Charles Marie for her dedication to helping students achieve success, and is voted on by ODU’s senior student-athletes to recognize the most influential faculty or staff member during their time at Ohio Dominican.

    John Naughton, Enrollment and Student Success, appeared on 10TV’s “Face the State” on Sunday morning, Feb. 9. The show covered a range of education-related topics, including college affordability. Click here to watch the program.

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