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The latest Ohio Dominican alumni news, events and happenings around campus! This edition was published in August 2022. If you would like to be notified whenever we release a new ODU Insider, click here to make sure we have your current email address on file!

Greetings, Friends!

As hard as it is to believe, a new academic year is once again underway at Ohio Dominican University! Campus is buzzing with activity, excitement and a new energy that can only come with the beginning of a new year – what a special time to be at 1216 Sunbury Road.

New students moved into their residence halls on Aug. 13, and we were blessed to have Most Reverend Earl Fernandes, the new Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, officiate a special Mass and deliver a wonderful keynote address during Convocation on the Oval. This really was a wonderful moment for our new students, their families, and our entire campus community.

Read about Convocation and other campus happenings in this month's ODU Insider below.

Please take a moment to read this month’s Insider closely, as it contains new details related to our Homecoming Weekend and Celebration on Oct. 1. I hope that you and your family plan to join us as we celebrate this most special place and all who call Ohio Dominican “home.”

God Bless,


Weiner, C
Christie Flood Weiner ’90
Director of Alumni Relations
  • Alumni and Campus News
    Ohio Dominican Welcomes New Students at Convocation
    Ohio Dominican faculty, staff, students and alumni joined together to welcome new students and their families during the university’s annual Convocation Lecture and Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 13. Most Reverend Earl Fernandes, who was recently ordained and installed as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, officiated a special Mass in Christ the King Chapel and then delivered the keynote address during Convocation on the Oval. Following Convocation, attendees enjoyed a free picnic-style dinner on the Oval. ODU welcomed nearly 300 students to campus this fall, including 220 in its freshman class. Members of the university’s incoming class achieved an average high school GPA of 3.5, and nearly 40% were in the top 25% of their high school class. ODU also welcomed 65 new transfer students, 68 graduate students, and 43 international students representing 13 countries. Click here to watch a recording of the ceremony.
    ODU Convocation Erskine  

    Homecoming & Reunion Celebrations
    We’re excited to welcome all alumni back to campus for Homecoming! In addition to our traditional Homecoming celebration, we have a number of milestones to celebrate since we have been unable to have a full celebration over the past few years due to the pandemic. We look forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972. We also are excited to announce five new Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients! Any classes who wish to plan an event on Saturday, Oct. 1 are welcome to gather on campus or wherever works best for the class. We are here to help and welcome you! If you have any questions, please contact Christie Flood Weiner ’90 at weinerc@ohiodominican.edu or 614-253-3502. We look forward to seeing you and your families on campus soon.

    Click here to register for ODU’s Homecoming-related events!

    • Friday, September 30, 2022:
      5:30 – 9 p.m.:
      Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner. More information TBD.
      6 – 9 p.m.:
      Social for the Classes of 1970 and 1971 for a belated 50th anniversary gathering in the Colonial Room in Sansbury Hall.
    • Saturday, October 1:
      11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.:
      Free Homecoming Lunch Tailgate by Panther Stadium. Join us for lunch, games and fun for all ages – and win some free ODU gear! Be sure to stop by the Alumni Office Tent by Panther Stadium to check in and pick up your free tickets.
      11:30 a.m.: Class of 2012 Tailgate: Attention members of the Class of 2012, join with classmates for a special reunion tailgate in a reserved section of the main parking by Panther Stadium. Be sure to bring a comfortable chair, drinks of choice, and any snacks or food that you would like to share. Families and guests are welcome! A tent and tables will be provided.
      1 p.m.:
      ODU Football Panthers vs. Walsh University in Panther Stadium
      4:30 p.m.:
      Homecoming Mass in Christ the King Chapel in Sansbury Hall (Celebrant is Fr. Jerry Rodenfels ’70 and Con-Celebrant is Fr. Dan Millisor ’81, ODU Chaplain)
      5:30 p.m.:
      Reception for Attendees for the Homecoming/Reunion/Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Celebrations in the Fireside Lounge in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center
      6:15 p.m.:
      Homecoming/Reunion Dinner ($25 per Person) in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, Rooms 258-260. Join in fellowship with alumni of all eras! We will celebrate the 50th anniversary classes: 1970, 1971, and 1972 as well as our five new ODU Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients: Dr. Martha Armstrong ’71, Jaime Capestany ’90, Valerie Peters Cardwell ’83, Janice Knoefel ’72, and Martha (Marty) Galloway Petrucci ’56.

    Sunbury Road Closure
    The Franklin County Engineer’s Office is currently working to repair and widen the bridge on Sunbury Road at Woodward Avenue. This work is expected to last through mid-October, during which time Sunbury Road will be completely closed to traffic in both directions. We anticipate this project to have a significant impact on traffic to and from campus. If you access campus from the north via Sunbury Road, you will not be impacted. However, if you usually access campus from the south, you will be required to take a detour that includes taking Brentnell Avenue north, Holt Avenue east, and then Sunbury Road south. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

    New Master of Science in Anesthesiologist Assistant Studies Program Approved by Ohio Department of Higher Education
    Over the past several weeks, ODU’s new Master of Science in Anesthesiologist Assistant Studies program has received approval from both the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education. This approval means that ODU is allowed to begin recruiting students and accepting applications for its inaugural class of 25 students, which is expected to begin in Jan. 2023. The university continues to await the outcome from its virtual site visit with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, which took place on May 2. Meanwhile, renovation work is officially underway in Peace Hall and program staff are meeting with a number of highly qualified and experienced individuals to serve as faculty in the program. We will provide additional updates on this exciting program as they become available.

    ODU Announces 2022-23 Lecture Series and Dominican Saint Celebrations
    Ohio Dominican invites members of the campus and surrounding communities to attend several on-campus lectures scheduled to take place during the 2022-23 academic year related to its fall seminar series and annual celebration of Dominican saints. ODU’s Center for Dominican Studies will present a series of lectures this fall that focuses on the university’s academic theme for the upcoming academic year: What is our call to justice and peace? Each of the four lectures in the series will be presented or led by an ODU faculty member. The presentations are free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. In addition to the fall seminar series, ODU will host its three annual lectures celebrating the feast days of St. Albert the Great, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Catherine of Siena. Each lecture will be presented by a Dominican Sister of Peace, representing ODU’s founding congregation. These presentations also are free and open to the public; however, registration is not required beforehand. Click here to view a complete list of events.

    Wehrle Gallery Announces 2022-23 Art Exhibition Schedule
    ODU’s Wehrle Gallery has released its exhibition schedule for the 2022-23 academic year. The gallery’s first exhibition, “Nature’s Underside: Of Bones, Beasts, and Breath-Taking – Work by Martha G. Michael” will run from Aug. 28 through Oct. 15. Click here to view a full schedule of exhibitions for the 2022-23 academic year. The Wehrle Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

    ODU Announces Preview Day on Saturday, Oct. 15, for Future Panthers
    Ohio Dominican invites all future Panthers to attend its Preview Day from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. The free event will take place in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, located on ODU’s campus. During Preview Day, students can take a tour of campus, explore available majors, discuss financial aid options, enjoy a complimentary meal, learn about student clubs and honors programs, meet with professors, and talk with current students about what life is like as a Panther. Interested high school students and their families can register for the event by visiting ohiodominican.edu/PreviewDay.

  • Class Notes (as of Aug. 26, 2022)

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    Robert Traphagan '78 is the Curator and President of the Central Ohio Military Museum in Harrisburg, OH.

    Lisa Coomes Stunek '87 is the Operations Associate for Columbus Collegiate Academy.

    Jerry Lozier '94, Assistant Principal of Global High School was named the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Region X Assistant Principal of the Year in June 2022.

    Richard Fambro '04 is the new Chief of the Grove City Division of Police in September 2022.

    Ben Schaad '06 is a new intervention specialist for the Mansfield lab for GOAL Digital Academy in August 2022.

    Desiree Williams '07 (MBA) is the Director of the Clark State Center for Teaching and Learning and will represent the college in the 2022-23 Leadership Academy for Student Success cohort.

    Bora Dawson '14 Founded Ark Coffee Company in June 2021.

    Kelly Litt Parrett '14 was promoted to Senior Grants Manager for LifeCare Alliance in July 2022.

    Matthew Misener '17 joined the district from South-Western City School District as director of career and college pathways in July 2022.



    Vincent Relli-Dempsey '18 and Elizabeth Maloof '18 were married in the ODU Christ the King Chapel on June 18, 2022.


    In Memoriam

    Louise Thalheimer Visinger '52, February 26, 2022

    Mary Virginia Botkin Tracy '53, June 2, 2022

    Marguerite Marinik Fishbaugh '58, June 22, 2022

    Lourann McGovern Kahler '58, June 18, 2022

    Mary Weisenbach Wallace '58, March 13, 2021

    Joyce Killian Mauchamer '62, July 21, 2022

    Andrea Vadas Ashburn '66, June 29, 2022

    Joseph Fodor '69, June 23, 2022

    David J. Gentilini '69, September 28, 2019

    Donarila Priddle Vocca '77, July 1, 2022

    Ann Schiele '08 (Honorary Degree), July 25, 2022

    Robert Ludman '90, October 18, 2021

    Patrick “Joe” Murtha '90, June 26, 22

    Ann Schiele '08 (Honorary Degree), July 25, 2022

    Nichole Shuff '16 (Masters in Physician Assistant Studies), July 29, 2022

    Thomas J. Huneck (Non-Grad), June 5, 2022

    Peter Broeckel, Father of Mark Broeckel '98 and Maria Broeckel '01, July 9, 2022

  • Your Support Matters

    As we get further into the fall semester, we hope you will take a moment to make a gift in support of Ohio Dominican and, especially, our incredible students – your gifts and support really do matter. Click here to make a safe and secure online gift right now. Thank you to all of you who have already made a gift this year – your generosity is so appreciated!

    If you would rather make a gift via check, kindly send your check made payable to “Ohio Dominican University” to:

    Ohio Dominican University
    1216 Sunbury Road
    Columbus, OH 43219

    In order to streamline the giving process, we ask that you please request that your financial manager include your name and address (or complete contact information) with each and every gift you make to Ohio Dominican. This will enable us to more quickly identify your gift, process the gift in our system and provide prompt acknowledgement of your generous support of ODU!

    Make a Gift via IRA Distribution
    One of the great ways that our donors support ODU is by making a gift via IRA distribution. Making a charitable donation via IRA distribution could help lower your tax bill while supporting a worthy cause. Distributions must be made directly to the charity instead of to the owner or beneficiary, and all distribution checks must to be made payable to the charity or they will be counted as taxable distributions.

    Thinking About Planned Giving?
    Planned gifts are a wonderful way to support ODU students while helping you reduce your taxes, increase your income, and provide for your family after you’re gone. The friendly staff in ODU’s Advancement and Alumni Relations Office is at your service to answer any questions you may have, and we are happy to get you started via phone or email! We are excited to work with you and your financial advisor to help you select the giving tools that best meet your personal philanthropic goals while having the greatest impact on the students we serve. Click here to learn more about planned giving.

  • Faculty, Staff & Student News

    Martin Brick, Ph.D. (bio), English, gave a presentation on June 9 on the works of author Margaret Atwood. The event took place at the Old Worthington Library, located at 820 High Street, Worthington, 43085.

    Leo Madden, S.T.D. (bio), Theology, provided live commentary during the radio broadcast of the ordination and installation of the new Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, Bishop Earl Fernandes on May 31. The ceremony was broadcast live on AM 820, St. Gabriel Catholic Radio.

    Martin Brick, Ph.D. (bio), English, published an article, “It Skips a Generation: Spirituality in David Foster Wallace and James Joyce” in the March 2022 issue of the journal Christianity & Literature. The article traces the influence that James Joyce's writing in the early 20th century may have had on the more contemporary writing of David Foster Wallace.

    Ken Fah, Ph.D. (bio), Economics and Business, presented, “U.S. Economy: Basics and Trends,” to the Service Employees Union International staff on June 7 in the Crown Plaza-Columbus North. The union represents healthcare and social service workers in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, including the professional unit of the State of Ohio. 

    Julie Hart, Ph.D., Sociology, published an article “Impacts of Teaching Critical Race Theory and Applying Contact Theory Methods to Student’s Cross-Cultural Competency in Diversity Courses” in the June issue of journal Teaching Sociology.  

    Amy Spencer, Academic Resource Center, presented at the 2022 Ohio College Learning Center Association’s conference on June 14 at ODU. She presented a session entitled “When Students Need More Structure,” during which she explained how to facilitate the academic success of neuro-diverse students and students who are nonnative speakers of English.

    Mendell Hibbard, University Band, was one of the directors with the All-Ohio State Fair Band who performed during the Ohio State Fair July 27 through Aug. 7.

    Kristall Day, Ph.D. (bio), Education, recently co-authored a chapter, “Systematically Designing Instruction Towards a Specific Goal,” that was published in “High Leverage Practices for Inclusive Classrooms: Second Edition.”

    Imali Abala, Ph.D. (bio), English, had a book published titled, “Fragmented Lives.” Click here to learn more about the book.

    Ohio Dominican was mentioned on ABC6 during its morning broadcast on Aug. 13 in a segment highlighting the university’s Move-In Day and the beginning of classes. ODU’s new academic year also was mentioned on ABC6, 10TV and WTVN during their morning broadcasts on Aug. 15.

    Amy Thomas, Students Affairs, and Tom Brockman, Advancement and Marketing, appeared on ABC6 and FOX28 on Aug. 13, as part of stories highlighting the beginning of the academic year at ODU.

    Jeremy Sony, Marketing and Public Relations, wrote a play, “The Last Queen of Wonderland,” which was staged Aug. 26-28 at Wagnalls Memorial Library Theater in Lithopolis. This reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s classic Wonderland stories was presented by Mouth of the Wolf Productions. Click here for more information.

    John Marazita, Ph.D. (bio), Psychology, was awarded a grant from the Association for Psychological Science to support his project, “The Psychological Detectives Activity Boxes.” The goal of the project is to provide hands-on resources to introduce and immerse young learners in the science of psychology. Each activity box will address a particular set of concepts and include an activity guide, manipulative(s), data collection records, data analysis summary records, and critical thinking questions. Maryam Elmajdoubi, a senior Psychology major, will design an edition of the box for her honors project focused on children’s mental health and wellness. Dr. Marazita and Maryam will work with Crazy Ape Design, whose experience includes toy and game development for Hasbro, Little Tikes, and MGA Entertainment. The activity boxes will be field tested in the Worthington School District.

    Kaylee Meade, Admission, has been named the recipient of the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s 2022 Rising Star Award. Kaylee will be presented with the award at a special event next month in Houston, Texas. Click here to learn more about this honor.

  • Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

    Friday, September 30 & Saturday, October 1, 2022:
    Athletic Hall of Fame
    Reunion Celebrations (Special Celebration for 50th Classes of 1970, 1971 & 1972)
    Distinguished Alumni Awards

    Saturday, November 12 – Veterans Appreciation Event
    ODU’s annual Veteran’s Appreciation tailgate will take place on Nov. 12 prior to the ODU Football Panthers’ 1 p.m. matchup against Hillsdale. We celebrate all of our alumni, student and friends who are Veterans or currently serving.

    Stay tuned for more events and details! Contact Christie Flood Weiner ’90 at weinerc@ohiodominican.edu or 614-253-3502 for any questions.


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