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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!

    It was wonderful to see so many alumni return to campus for Homecoming 2018! The weather was picture perfect for our tailgate, and to cheer the football Panthers on to victory. Our Homecoming celebration kicked off with the 2018 ODU Athletic Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner, during which we recognized our newest Hall of Fame inductees: Stephanie Bowshier Curry ’06, Tara Drumm Stout ’97 and Becky Richter LaBrake ’04.

    We are well into the 2018-19 fiscal year, which will end on June 30, 2019. We hope you’ll prayerfully consider making a gift to help today’s students. Click here to make a gift today! Also, just a friendly reminder that we’ve partnered with The Catholic Foundation to help with bequest planning and other vehicles for supporting ODU.

    The trees on campus are starting to turn, and we hope you’ll consider stopping by for a visit! We have much to be proud of as ODU continues to grow and evolve to prepare current and future students to lead successful careers and lives.

    Read  more about these news items and more in this month’s ODU Insider!

    God Bless,

    Christie Flood Weiner '90                         
    Associate Vice President for Advancement and Director of Alumni Relations

  • Alumni and Campus News

    2018 Hall of Fame Dinner and Homecoming Celebration Recap
    Ohio Dominican celebrated a weekend of fun, fellowship and “coming home” with alumni, faculty, staff, students, friends and family during our Homecoming weekend on Sept. 28-29. We welcomed more than 250 attendees to campus for the 2018 Black & Gold Athletic Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner and Homecoming celebration. Congratulations to our newest Hall of Fame inductees: Stephanie Bowshier Curry '06, Becky Richter LaBrake '04 and Tara Drumm Stout '97. We had a wonderful turnout as we celebrated homecoming, and it was topped off with an exciting victory by ODU’s football team against Alderson Broaddus! 

    Click the photos below to view more images at our ODU Flickr page

    2018 ODU Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Dinner


    Homecoming 2018


    ODU Partnering with University of Dayton to Offer Accelerated Law Program
    Ohio Dominican has partnered with the University of Dayton School of Law to offer ODU students an accelerated path toward earning a Juris Doctor. The program will begin admitting students this fall. The program is available in a 3+2 format, meaning students have the option of completing their bachelor’s and JD in as few as five years. ODU also has a similar partnership with UD’s School of Engineering. Click here to read more. 

    Ohio Dominican Launches New Online Master’s Degrees
    ODU recently launched three additional online master’s degree programs. Students now have the opportunity to pursue and complete a master’s degree 100 percent online in the following areas: 

    • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
    • Master of Science in Sport Management
    • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

    Click here to read more. 

    ODU Welcomes 37 Students in Panther Promise Program Inaugural Class
    More than three dozen students make up Ohio Dominican’s inaugural Panther Promise Program class. The 37 students graduated from a Columbus City Schools (CCS) high school and represent 16 different zip codes across the city. In spring 2018, ODU partnered with I Know I Can to create the Panther Promise Program, which provides eligible CCS students with financial resources and support to help make an ODU education attainable. Click here to read more, and here to read an article that appeared in the Oct. 2 edition of The Columbus Dispatch. 

    Safe Trick-or-Treat on Oct. 30
    Do you have little ones at home who are counting down the days (or hours) until trick-or-treat? We hope to see them at our annual Safe Trick-or-Treat event, which will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in our residence halls. This is a wonderful way for our students to connect with our alumni and friends – as well as our ghosts and goblins! Please RSVP to Lara Conrad. 

    Preview Day on Nov. 3
    Ohio Dominican will host Preview Days from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center. 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 available financial aid options, enjoy a complimentary meal, learn about student clubs and honors programs, meet with professors in their field of interest, and talk with current students about their experience at ODU. 

    Special Programs Open House on Nov. 8
    All high school students are invited to attend Ohio Dominican’s Special Programs Open House from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. The event will take place in Battelle Hall. Interested students and their families can register for the free event by clicking here. Click here to read more. 

    ODU Alumna Recognized as Outstanding Teacher, Receives $25,000 Award
    Krista Trent ’10 is one of only 40 teachers across the nation – and the only teacher in Ohio – to receive the 2018-19 Milken Educator Award, which includes an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. Trent, who earned her Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from ODU, teaches fourth-grade mathematics at Thornville Elementary School in Thornville, Ohio. Click here to read more. 

    Click the photo below to view more images at our ODU Flickr page
    Photo Credit: The Milken Family Foundation

    Krista Trent '10 Recognized as Outstanding Teacher


    Wehrle Gallery to Feature New Works by Nicholas Hill – Opening Reception on Nov. 11
    Ohio Dominican’s Wehrle Gallery will feature a new exhibit, “Delhi to Jaipur: Recent Work by Nicholas Hill,” from Nov. 11, 2018 to Jan. 13, 2019. A free opening reception will take place from 2-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. This is one of several exhibitions during the 2018-19 academic year that celebrate the gallery’s theme of “The Year of the Print.” The Wehrle Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. An internationally-recognized printmaker and curator, and 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, Nicholas Hill’s work involves the exploration of history, other cultures and the creative processes of artists in those cultures. Click here to read more. 

    Historic Matesich Theatre Restoration Campaign Nearing Completion
    ODU recently completed the second phase of its renovation of the Sister Mary Andrew Matesich, OP Theatre. Crews repaired the theater’s plaster and woodwork, painted the walls, and made other critical repairs and updates. We’re are getting very close to achieving our $1 million dollar goal to help us complete the third phase over the Christmas holiday break, which will include replacing the theater’s carpet and seats. 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.

    Click the photo below to view more images at our ODU Flickr page

    Matesich Theater Renovation


    ODU Trip to Paris with Dr. Ron Carstens and Sr. Joan Franks, OP ’64: June 7-16, 2019
    Join Dr. Ron Carstens and Sr. Joan Franks, OP ’64 for an “Art & Architecture of Paris & Toulouse” trip from June 7-16, 2019. Included highlights: Louvre, Musée de Cluny, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, Chartres Cathedral, Hôtel des Invalides, Giverny, Place du Capitole, Maison de la Violette, Pères Dominicans Catholic Church, St. Mary Monastery of Prouilhe, and Gaillacwine region. For any questions or for more information please contact Dr. Ron Carstens at carstenr@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

    Eric Ingram ’20, Economics and Finance, was named Student of the Week for the week of Oct. 1. Click here to read more about Eric and how he is using his ODU education to connect his passion with a purpose.

    Summer Lambert ’22, Business Administration, and Mike Halligan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, were featured in an article published in the Oct. 2 edition of The Columbus Dispatch. The article highlights ODU’s new Panther Promise Program, which provides eligible CCS students with financial resources and support to help make an ODU education attainable. Click here to read the article.

    Phillip Kelly ’19, Political Science, was named Student of the Week for the week of Oct. 8. Click here to read more about Phillip and how he is using his ODU education to connect his passion with a purpose

    Michael Bromberg, former vice president for University Resources (’88-’02) and executive director of Adult Education (’03-’07), passed away on Sept. 29. He was instrumental in launching the LEAD Program (currently known as Adult & Continuing Education), which has helped thousands of working adults earn their degree. In 2011, he was recognized by ODU among the Centennial People of Influence for being a proponent for adult education and Ohio Dominican University. Mike and his wife, Linda ’92 ’96, created The Newman & Kay Bromberg Scholarship Endowment Fund, which is awarded to students who have unmet financial need. Click here to read his obituary.

    Christine Kurth, Chief Information Officer, has been chosen for the Tech Power Player Class of 2018 list of leading IT executives for Central Ohio. Lead Tribune Media Group, in partnership with the Central Ohio CIO Forum and TechLife Columbus, will sponsor an event in November to celebrate the great work of these technology leaders, influencers and advocates, help foster deeper community, and celebrate the technology revolution in our region.

    Christine Kurth, Chief Information Officer, presented a session at the Ellucian Great Lakes Regional Users’ Group conference on Sept. 17 in Livonia, Michigan. She was invited by the conference planning team to share ODU’s process for communicating and tracking student financial responsibility agreements.

    Jillian Vogt ’20, Political Science, was named Student of the Week for the week of Oct. 15. Click here to read more about Jillian and how she is using her ODU education to connect her passion with a purpose.

    Daniel Tippett’s, Healthcare Administration, appointment as director of ODU’s Healthcare Administration master’s program was mentioned on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s website on Oct. 11.

    Jeremy Sony, Marketing and Public Relations, co-presented a session at the Dramatists Guild's Ohio region event, A Playwright's Path to Production, on Oct. 14 in downtown Columbus.   

    Jacob Saliba ’18, Political Science and Economics, earned third place in the prestigious 2018 Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest. Saliba and the other honorees were recognized recently at an awards dinner in New York City, and he had an opportunity to meet Marion Wiesel. Click here to read more about his essay

    Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich (Ret.), PATRIOTS Program, was invited by Sen. Sherrod Brown’s re-election campaign to speak on his behalf at the Perry County Jefferson/Jackson Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 18. He was joined at the podium by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.


  • Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

    October 30, 2019: Residence Life Trick or Treet

    January 24, 2019: St. Thomas Aquinas Convocation and Mass

    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 Oct. 18, 2018)


    Oliva Piper Riley ’79 has worked in public, special, school and academic libraries since graduation from Ohio Dominican.  She is now retired but is busy volunteering at the Whetstone Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and also with her church, University Baptist Church.  She became a grandmother for the first time in summer 2018, which has brought her much enjoyment.

    Kelly Mathias Sagan ’96 was promoted to Executive Director of the Catholic Schools of Zanesville, Ohio.

    Brandee Norris ’06 has a new position as Regional Development Officer at the West Virginia University Foundation.


    Kelly Litt ’14 and Justin Parrett ’15, October 6, 2018

    In Memoriam

    Marie Zinn McCann ’49, October 2, 2018

    Marjorie VonBrockdorff ’51, October 9, 2018

    Sr. Mary Sarita McEneany ’59, September 28, 2018

    Michael Bromberg, September 29, 2018, former Vice President, Ohio Dominican University, husband of Linda Hodge Bromberg ’92, ’96,’05 (died January 5, 2009), father of Angelia Slusher-Bromberg Foster ‘05

    Dr. Leo (Tad) Wagenbrenner, October 4, 2018, brother and brother-in-law of Mike Wagenbrenner ’68 and Polly Russ Wagenbrenner ‘68

    Glenna Jarvis, October 11, 2018, mother of Donna Jarvis-Miller ‘95


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


    September 2018
    August 2018
    July 2018
    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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