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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!

    On behalf of Ohio Dominican’s Alumni and Advancement Office, we hope that 2018 is off to a wonderful start for you and your family. Thank you to our amazing donors who gave in December and throughout 2017 with amazing generosity. Together, we can make a big difference in the lives of our students and for our beloved university.

    We are excited to kick off 2018 with a $75,000 matching gift opportunity from Huntington Bank to help complete our Sr. Mary Andrew Matesich, O.P. Theatre Restoration Project. Phase two is expected to begin this summer, with hopes of completing the project by December. We hope you’ll consider making a gift today or perhaps buying a seat! Click here to explore additional giving opportunities.

    We hope you enjoy reading this month’s ODU Insider and mark your calendars for upcoming events, which include lectures, special events, athletic games, and, of course, the Inauguration of Dr. Robert A. Gervasi as ODU’s 16th president. 

    Read more about all the exciting things happening at your alma mater in this month's ODU Insider. 

    God bless, 

    Christie Flood Weiner '90                         
    Director of Alumni Relations

    Kyrsten Stenerson
    Assistant Director of Alumni Relations & Development

  • Alumni and Campus News

    Save the Date: Inauguration of Dr. Robert A. Gervasi on April 27
    Please mark your calendars for 2 p.m. on April 27 to attend the inauguration of Dr. Robert A. Gervasi as Ohio Dominican’s sixteenth president. In addition to the Installation Ceremony, an Inauguration Mass will take place at 11 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel. You will receive additional details in a formal invitation in the coming weeks. 

    Join us for Reunion 2018 on April 28
    Reunion 2018 celebrates the College of St. Mary of the Springs Alumni and is open to all alumni. This year’s reunion will take place on Saturday, April 28, which is the day following the Inauguration of Dr. Robert Gervasi. We hope you will consider joining us for two special celebrations on campus. Stay tuned for news regarding this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients. Click here for a full schedule of events and additional information. Registration materials will be sent out in the coming weeks for classes 1939-1968; however, all alumni are welcome to join in the festivities. This is a wonderful celebration for the entire ODU family. 

    Center for Dominican Studies Announces Lecture Series
    Ohio Dominican University’s Center for Dominican Studies is presenting a lecture series, “Behold the Inheritance of St. Dominic,” during the 2017-18 academic year. The series explores how the Dominican charism and legacy continues to unfold and manifest at the present time. Each of the lectures will be presented by a Dominican Sister of Peace, which is ODU’s founding congregation. Please see the below remaining lectures.

    • Feb. 7, 2018 – “Welcome Into Courage”; Presenter: Sr. Rosemary Loomis, OP. Noon to 12:30 p.m. in the St. Catherine of Siena Room.
    • Feb. 21 & 28 and March 7 & 21, 2018 – “Lent – A Time to Focus Discipleship”; Presenter: Sr. Carol Ann Spencer, OP. Noon to 12:30 p.m. in the St. Catherine of Siena Room.
    • April 11, 2018 – “Art – A Special Way to Preach”; Sr. Thoma Swanson, OP. Noon to 12:30 p.m. in the St. Catherine of Siena Room.

    Matesich Theatre Has a Seat for You
    Thanks to a generous gift of $75,000 from Huntington Bank, a matching opportunity is available for gifts to benefit the restoration of our historic Matesich Theatre. Huntington Bank will match a total of $75,000 in any new gifts for the theater. There are numerous ways to give toward this project. With a gift to the Save Your Seat Campaign, you can contribute to the theater’s restoration by purchasing a personalized theater seat to commemorate a special person or a fond memory. For questions or more information, please email Christie Flood Weiner, alumni director, or call her at 614-253-3502. We also encourage you to visit our Save Your Seat Campaign website.

    ODU to Open “Convergence” Exhibit on Jan. 26
    Ohio Dominican’s Wehrle Gallery will host the opening of a new exhibit, “Convergence: two views – New Work by Char Norman and Anita Dawson,” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, in the Wehrle Gallery. An Artists’ Talk will take place at noon on Feb. 21 in the gallery. The exhibition is scheduled to run Jan. 26 – March 31. Click here for more information.

    ODU Seeks Public Comments for Accreditation
    Ohio Dominican University is seeking comments from the campus community, alumni and the general public about ODU in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. Ohio Dominican will host a visit on March 26 & 27, 2018, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Ohio Dominican University has been accredited by HLC since 1934. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college by Feb. 23, 2018 at hlcommission.org/comment or to:

    Public Comment on Ohio Dominican University
    Higher Learning Commission
    230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
    Chicago, IL 60604-1411

    Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

    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.

    Gift & Estate Planning
    Welcome to the New Year of 2018! Prayers that the new year brings continued blessings to you and your loved ones.

    As we welcome the New Year, the federal government has approved a new tax reform plan. And with this very significant change, many are asking how does the new tax plan impact my ability to give charitably?

    Although research continues to show that donors who give charitably do so from a genuine interest in giving, not the tax deduction. The new tax plan may allow donors to give more to make a bigger impact with their giving.
    Here are a few things to consider when giving to Ohio Dominican University in light of the new tax plan.

    • Donate appreciated stock;
    • Name ODU as a beneficiary of a retirement plan assets
    • Give from your IRA (if age 70½ or older)
    • Consider gifts of real estate

    For more information about these and other types of charitable gifts, please click on the following link, http://plannedgiving.ohiodominican.edu/best-gifts-2018. Or contact me directly, Whitney G. Briggs, Director of Gift & Estate Planning, at 614.253.4804 or briggsw@ohiodominican.edu.

  • Faculty and Staff News

    Jalyn Devereaux ’17 will participate in the Run Across Haiti in February. The eight-day, 230-mile run is intended to raise money to benefit the organization, Work, which supports impoverished families who live in the village of Menelas. You can learn more about the organization here, and make a donation to support Jalyn’s run here.

    Students in ODU’s online MBA 690 capstone Strategic Management course competed against students from around the world during the Fall Two term in the GLO-BUS business simulation model. More than 30,000 students from nearly 300 universities in 29 countries participated in the simulation. ODU had one team rank ninth overall. The students took the online course from Steven Vickner, Ph.D., Business.

    Ohio Dominican was mentioned in a Jan. 4 article on EdSurge that discusses how colleges are increasingly providing free or low-cost alternatives to textbooks. ODU is one of several universities supported by a $1.3 million grant from the Ohio Department Education to create free educational materials for students. Read the article here

    Anna Davis, Ph.D. and Candace Joswick, Mathematics, wrote an article, “The Fine Art of Teaching Functions,” that will be published as a cover story in the March edition of The Mathematics Teacher. The article describes the connection between functions, computer graphics and anamorphic art. The Mathematics Teacher is an official journal of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the world's largest mathematics education organization.

    Julie Hart, Ph.D. and Anjel Stough-Hunter, Ph.D. have published a new book, “Pathways to Pacifism and Antiwar Activism among U.S. Veterans: The Role of Moral Identity in Personal Transformation.”

  • Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

    Feb. 8, 2018 – Common Read Lecture “Tattoos on the Heart”
    Gregory Boyle, S.J., Author of “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion” will speak at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Click here to read more.

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    Feb. 9, 2018 – Peace Concert
    ODU’s Office of Campus Ministry and the Dominican Sisters of Peace will host a Peace Concert from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, in Christ the King Chapel. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be taken to support this event. The event will feature music performed by E. Louis Canter and Jim Hughes, two directors of music from Catholic Dioceses in Florida. All are invited to join us as we pray for peace through music and preaching, from the three Faiths that are children of Abraham: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim. Click here to read more. 


    Feb. 15, 2018
    – PATRIOTS Event Featuring Lawrence Wilkerson
    Ohio Dominican will welcome retired Army Colonel, former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and renowned national security expert Lawrence Wilkerson on Thursday, Feb. 15. Wilkerson will present “National Security in the Age of Trump” at 7 p.m. in the Griffin Student Center in rooms 258-260. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Click here to register, and click here to read more. 

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    Feb. 21, 2018 – Wehrle Artist's Talk "Convergence"
    Ohio Dominican University’s Wehrle Gallery will host an artist presentation for the current exhibit “Convergence” at noon on Feb. 21. The full exhibition runs from Jan. 26 to March 31. Click here for more information.

    Convergence-Artists-Talk_Feb-21 

    Feb. 24, 2018 – ODU Cultural Festival
    Ohio Dominican will host a Cultural Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24. The free event is open to the public and will take place in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, located on ODU’s campus. During this family friendly event, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy food from around the world, listen to live music, experience a unique dance performance, and more. Click here to register. 

    March 20, 2018 – “Religion, Science and the Common Good”
    Presented by Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Director of the Vatican Observatory. 7 p.m. in the Colonial Room.


    April 26, 2018 – St. Catherine of Siena Lecture “Catherine of Siena: Model of the Common Good”
    Presented by Matthew Ponesse, Ph.D., ODU Associate Professor of History. 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room in Sansbury Hall.  


    April 27, 2018
    Inauguration of Robert A. Gervasi, Ph.D. as ODU’s 16th President
    Inaugural Mass at 11 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel. Installation ceremony at 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Click here for more information. 

    April 28, 2018 – Reunion 2018
    Celebrating the Classes ending in ’3 & ’8. The Class of 1968 will celebrate their 50th Class Reunion. All St. Mary of the Springs Alumnae and Alumni will be invited and all are welcome to attend. Plans are underway! If you are interested in serving as a Class Representative, please email Christie Flood Weiner, alumni director, or call her at 614-253-3502.

  • Class Notes (as of Jan. 19, 2018)

    News

    Schuyler Wright ’17 has been hired as the Assistant Director of Merchandising for the Columbus Clippers.  

    Nicholas D. Trego, Pharm.D. ’10 has been appointed Pharmacy Program Director for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Nicholas will oversee BWC’s pharmacy benefits program, which manages more than 768,000 prescriptions in the BWC system.

    Julie Hart, Ph.D. and Anjel Stough-Hunter, Ph.D. (Faculty) has published a new book, “Pathways to Pacifism and Antiwar Activism among U.S. Veterans: The Role of Moral Identity in Personal Transformation.”

    Mary Jane Stluka Cope ’63 organized a fundraising concert in Santa Cruz, California, in November 2017 to assist victims of the horrific fires in northern California. The ‘Music for Healing’ concert, a program of meditative music featuring Mary Jane as a pianist with three other colleagues, raised over $6,000 in donations for the fire relief efforts.

    Marriage

    Juan Torres ‘06/’11 (MBA) and Leslie Koch were married on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

    Births 

    Kolson Wyatt Judy, September 15, 2017, son of Jenna M Curnutte-Judy ’14 and James R (JR) Judy ’13.

    Hannah Marie Kubu, December 24, 2017, daughter of Joe Kubu ’99 and Suzanne Kubu.

    Zelie Jo Whiteside, December 22, 2017, daughter of Max A. Whiteside ’10/’11 (MBA) and Teresa Kurth Whiteside ’12.

    In Memoriam

    Angela Kay Perry ‘98/’07 (M.Ed.), December 30, 2017
    Sr. Francine Ashoff, O.P. ’54, January 9, 2018
    William Roach ‘87, January 5, 2018
    Mary Lee Wagenbrenner Hanson ’56, sister of Mike Wagenbrenner ’68 and sister-in-law of Polly Russ Wagenbrenner ’68, December 29, 2017
    Sr. Virginia Bau, OPA ’60, December 7, 2017
    Sally Schell Reed ’48, December 20, 2017
    Anne Duffy Weldon ’43, December 29, 2017
    Jada Hightower Brooks ’05, December 21, 2017
    Janet C. Bosch Wolf ’59, January 17, 2018

    Friends:

    William J. Doran, husband of Ann Quinn Doran ’52, December 17, 2017
    Donald Stuhldreher (Former Trustee), December 26, 2017
    Mark G. Hannan, husband of Dee Hudson Hannon ’72, December 3, 2017
    Jeanne Feldmeier, mother of John Feldmeier ’88 and Julie Feldmeier Susey ’91, December 20, 2017
    John Ritchey, father of Lisa Ritchey Snide ’86 and Timothy Ritchey ’87, December 22, 2017
    Mary Wampler, December 27, 2017
    Cecilia Green Neff, December 31, 2017
    Clyde Brown, father of Craig A. Brown ’99, January 21, 2018

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