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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!

    We hope you and your family are having a wonderful and restful summer!

    You should have recently received the first issue of ODU’s new 1216 magazine. This magazine will be published twice a year, and each issue will focus on a particular topic or theme. The focal point of the first issue is the Inauguration of ODU President Dr. Robert Gervasi. If you did not receive your copy of 1216 in the mail, please let us know at alumni@ohiodominican.edu.

    July 1 officially marked the beginning of the 2018-19 fiscal year at Ohio Dominican. Your generous support is critical to helping today’s students receive a wonderful education and experience at ODU. One great way to support current and future Panthers is by making a gift to the Annual Fund. Click here to make a gift today!

    Read this month’s ODU Insider in the sections below and learn about some of the exciting things happening at your alma mater.

    God Bless,

    Christie Flood Weiner '90                         
    Director of Alumni Relations

    Kyrsten Stenerson
    Assistant Director of Alumni Relations & Development

  • Alumni and Campus News

    Ohio Dominican Named a College of Distinction for 2018-19
    For the second consecutive year, ODU has been recognized as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. Colleges of Distinction is a national guidebook that recognizes colleges and universities for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. Click here to read more. 

    ODU Partners with Univ. of Dayton to Offer 3+2 Engineering Master’s Program
    Ohio Dominican has partnered with the University of Dayton’s School of Engineering to offer students an accelerated path toward earning their master’s degree in engineering. The program will begin admitting students this fall and will be available in a 3+2 format, meaning students have the option of completing their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as few as five years. Click here to read more. 

    Jacob Saliba ’18 Wins Honors in National Elie Wiesel Essay Contest
    Jacob Saliba, a 2018 graduate of ODU, has earned third place in the prestigious 2018 Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest. His essay, “Why the Night Trilogy Matters: A Study of Faith and Courage in the Novels of Elie Wiesel,” was based on his senior Honors thesis. Thousands of college juniors and seniors from around the country submitted essays to the Foundation as part of this year’s contest. Participants were required to identify an ethical issue they had encountered, and analyze what it taught them about ethics and themselves. Click here to read more.

    Jacob Saliba - news 

    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 48 respondents. Click here for more information.

    ODU to Host One-Stop Admission Day on Aug. 4
    Students who are interested in enrolling or transferring to Ohio Dominican will have an opportunity to begin and complete the entire admission process in as few as 60 minutes during ODU’s One-Stop Admission Day on Saturday, Aug. 4. Click here to read more. 

    Adult Education Information Session on Aug. 14
    Do you know someone who is considering completing their college degree? They’re invited to attend a free information session from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at ODU. During the event, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about ODU’s wide range of high-demand degrees and certificates that are available online and on campus during the evening. Click here to read more. 

    ODU Publishes First Issue of 1216 Magazine
    By now, you should have received the first issue of 1216 magazine in the mail. ODU’s Office of Marketing & Public Relations will publish this magazine twice a year, and each issue will focus on a particular topic or theme. The focal point of this inaugural issue is the Inauguration of ODU’s 16th president, Dr. Robert Gervasi. The magazine is also available electronically at ohiodominican.edu/1216. If you did not receive the magazine, please let us know at alumni@ohiodominican.edu.

    2018-19 Wehrle Gallery Art Exhibitions Celebrate “Year of the Print”
    The Wehrle Gallery will host several exhibitions during the 2018-19 academic year that celebrate its theme, “The Year of the Print.” The first exhibition, “Celebrating Twenty Years of the Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative,” will open on Aug. 26. Click here to read more.

    Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative

    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. 

    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

    Kelsey Squire, Ph.D., English, co-directed the 63rd annual Willa Cather Spring Conference, which took place May 31 – June 2 in Red Cloud, Nebraska. More than 200 participants celebrated the 100th publication anniversary of Cather’s novel, “My Ántonia.” Squire presented a paper, “But Is It Any Good?: Debating Literary Aesthetics with the Fiction of Willa Cather,” as part of a panel dedicated to teaching “My Ántonia” in the 21st century. She also moderated a plenary panel dedicated to “My Ántonia and the Global Midwest,” sponsored by Humanities Nebraska. Click here to read more about the events celebrating the centenary of “My Ántonia.”

    Julie Hart, Ph.D., Sociology, and Manuel Martinez, Ph.D., Languages, recently returned from a two-week trip to Guatemala with nine ODU students; Emily JaskariKatie SpittellMyrissa StalterKylee Risinger O’MalleyBreanna SalyerKaleigh GardinerRyan Louallen and ODU Alumni Shakita Kabicek and Chance Smith. During the class, they studied the complex causes of extreme poverty, the consequences of poverty on a society, and people and solutions to poverty. They also visited with poor families and organizations that are working on constructive long-term solutions beyond charity. The class will be offered again in May 2019.

    Martin Brick, Ph.D., English, attended the 2018 David Foster Wallace Conference, which took place June 7-9 at Illinois State University. He presented a paper, “Old Father, Old Artificer: Revisiting James Joyce in David Foster Wallace's ‘The Soul is Not a Smithy.’”

    Kristall Day, Ph.D. and Marlissa Stauffer, Ph.D., Education, were invited to present their work on P-12 and university partnerships at the June meeting of the Ohio Dean’s Compact for Exceptional Children. Representatives from across the state attend the meeting and engage in discussions about how to prepare future teachers to best meet the needs of all learners.

    Kristall Day, Ph.D., Kate Fishley, Ph.D., Tim Micek, D.A., and Ted Zigler, Ph.D., Education, presented at the Catholic Schools Summer Learning Academy, which took place this month on ODU’s campus. The academy is a professional development opportunity for teachers and administrators from the Catholic K-12 schools.  

    Amy Spencer, Academic Resource Center, and Allen Williams, the Write Place, presented “Defining Tutoring in Three Words: Socratic, Heuristic, Maieutic” on June 28 at the inaugural conference of OCLCA, which was held in Cincinnati. OCLCA is the newly formed Ohio affiliate of the National College Learning Center Association.

    Sr. Diane Traffas OP, Sr. Joan Franks, OP, Ph.D., Mission and Identity, and John Grant, OPA, Ph.D., Business, attended the Dominican Higher Education Colloquium, which took place June 21-24 at Providence College in Rhode Island. This conference provides an opportunity to share the fruits of our contemplation with members from the other Dominican institutions of higher education. Grant presented a paper, “Developing a Conscience in Capitalism:  A Dominican Business Capstone Course.”

    Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich (Ret.), PATRIOTS Program, wrote an article that was published in the June 28 edition of The Hill. “A war is a crisis in no one on our side shows up” discusses the effectiveness and deficiencies of the all-volunteer force. Click here to read the article.

  • Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

    September 8, 2018 – Veterans Appreciation Day Football Tailgate

    September 29 – Homecoming 2018

    April 27, 2019 – St. Mary of the Springs College Reunion

    June 7-16, 2019 – ODU Travels to France
    Ron Carstens, Ph.D. and Sr. Joan Franks, OP, Ph.D. ’64 will lead a tour in Paris from June 7-16, 2019. Visit our Alumni Travel page to view the itinerary of the 10 day trip from Paris to Toulouse, with stops in Giverny, Fanjeaux and the Gaillac wine region. For any questions or for more information please contact Dr. Carstens at carstenr@ohiodominican.edu.

    Paris France Alumni Trip 2019


  • Class Notes (as of July 9, 2018)


    Jeanette Curtis ’00 was recently appointed as the executive director for the Fairfield County Board of Directors.

    Hayley Knostman ’15 graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s PA Program. Knostman has been hired to work as a Physician Assistant in Washington State starting in September.

    Patrick McHale ’09/’12 is now serving as Senior Associate in Business Development at Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc.

    Kevin Green ’98 will be honored in the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame. Green is a varsity baseball coach at New Hartford High School.

    Teresa Whiteside ’12 is the new Pastoral Associate for RCIA and Adult Catechesis & Evangelization at St. Brendan Parish in Hilliard, OH.  


    Michael Barber ’15 and Trinity Gephart ’18 were married in Akron, OH on June 8, 2018. They now join a large list of “Double Dominicans”.  

    Alexis Haynes ’17 and Clayton Hildebrand ’17 were married on campus on June 16, 2018 and are now part of the “Double Dominicans” family.

    In Memoriam

    Sr. Gertrude “Trudy” Tanner, O.P. ’65, May 19, 2018
    Roselyn Fox Mahoney ’49, May 24, 2018
    Douglas R. Alter ’11 (MBA), June 4, 2018
    Sr. Clara Mohan, O.P. ’60, May 30, 2018
    Bridget Robbins Bouchard ’75, June 17, 2018
    Ann Quinn Doran ’52, June 29, 2018
    Jeanne Cross Heubel '57, June 19, 2018


    Richard Lisska, brother of Anthony (Marianne) Lisska and Lawrence (Emily) Lisska, May 18, 2018
    Daniel “Dan” Pertee, father of Kelly Pertee ’06/’18, June 30, 2018


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


    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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