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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!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family from Ohio Dominican University! With the year winding down, we want to thank our outstanding alumni and friends for all the wonderful support shown to our campus community and students in 2018.

    ODU celebrated its 110th Commencement this past Saturday and, despite the rainy weather, there was a wonderful energy from our newest class of graduates. We’re now proud to have welcomed more than 19,000 graduates into our alumni family since our founding in 1911.

    To help celebrate this Christmas season, I invite you to watch this short video that features photos from this year’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and a beautiful rendition of “Silent Night” by the University Chorus.

    Thank you to everyone who supported ODU with a donation in 2018, and on #GivingTuesday! If you haven’t yet made a gift this year, it’s not too late to do so; Click here to make a gift today!

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

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    God bless, 

    Christie Flood Weiner '90
    Director of Alumni Relations


  • Alumni and Campus News

    Merry Christmas from Ohio Dominican
    We hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful and blessed Christmas and New Year. Please enjoy the below short video that features photos from this year’s Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 3 and a beautiful rendition of “Silent Night” as performed by the University Chorus at their Christmas concert on Dec. 2.

    ODU Welcomes More Than 170 Graduates into Alumni Family at Fall Commencement
    Ohio Dominican held its 110th commencement ceremony on Dec. 15, 2018. More than 170 students had degrees conferred upon them as they were joined by ODU faculty, staff, alumni, and hundreds of family and friends in Alumni Hall. Jim Strode, Ph.D., ODU associate professor of Sport Management, and dean of Graduate Studies, delivered the Commencement address. Click on the photo below to view a Flickr slideshow from graduation.

    2018 Fall Commencement

    ODU Receives Gift to Expand Scholarship Opportunities for CCS Students
    Ohio Dominican University has received an $80,000 gift from Robert “Bob” Weiler to expand a scholarship fund that provides financial support for Columbus City Schools students who aspire to attain an ODU education through the University’s Panther Promise Program. The Robert J. Weiler Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 and now totals $100,000. Weiler currently serves as chairman of the board for The Robert Weiler Company, a commercial real estate firm located in Columbus, Ohio. Click here to read more.

    New Dual-Licensure Programs Prepare Teachers to Support All Students, Regardless of Disability
    Ohio Dominican has developed the state’s first undergraduate dual-licensure programs for high school mathematics and art teacher candidates to also earn their intervention specialist license within four years. The combination of these licenses will then allow the candidates to better support all students, including students with special needs. The licensure programs, which will launch in fall 2019, were developed with the help of a nearly $225,000 two-year grant funded by the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children. Click here to read more.

    Third Phase of Historic Matesich Theatre Restoration to Take Place over Winter Break
    Crews will begin the third phase of the renovation of the Sister Mary Andrew Matesich, OP Theatre over Christmas Break. This phase will include the replacement of the theater’s carpet and seats, which will offer guests a much more comfortable experience. To make a donation to support the purchase of new lighting, audio and visual equipment, or to purchase a seat as part of the “Save Your Seat” campaign, visit ohiodominican.edu/Theatre. Click on the photo below to view a Flickr slideshow of images of Matesich Theatre.

    Matesich Theater Renovation

    ODU to Host St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture on Jan. 24
    Ohio Dominican University’s Center for Dominican Studies and Office of Academic Affairs will host its annual St. Thomas Aquinas Convocation at 11 a.m. on Jan. 24, 2019. The convocation will take place in the Matesich Theatre, located inside Erskine Hall on ODU’s campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Sr. Kathleen McManus, OP, Ph.D., a member of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, will deliver the keynote address, “Light Out of Darkness: Dominican Stories of Justice.” Click here to read more.

    Ohio Dominican to Host “An Evening with the PA Program” on Jan. 15
    Ohio Dominican will host “An Evening with the PA Program” from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. The informational event will take place in St. Albert Hall on ODU’s campus. Attendees can register for the free event at ohiodominican.edu/PAEvent. Click here to read more. 

    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

    Dr. Robert Gervasi, President, wrote a guest column for the Dec. 16 edition of the Catholic Times. You can read his full article, “Seeing Through Christmas Lights,” on page 4 by clicking here.

    Karen Caver ’18 was featured on 10TV’s 11 p.m. newscast on Saturday, Dec. 15. The story detailed her journey to complete her bachelor’s degree despite being diagnosed with stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, which has spread to her body and brain. Click here to watch her inspiring story.

    Bekah Bell ’18, English, presented “Finding Our ‘Why’: One District's UDL Journey” on Nov. 16 at the National Symposium for Universal Design for Learning, which took place at Indiana University – Purdue University in Columbus, Indiana.

    Barry Brownstein, Physician Assistant Studies, was featured in an article published recently in the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants’ newsletter, which is sent to all certified physician assistants. The article discusses his decision to make a career change and earn his Physician Assistant master’s degree. Click here to read the article.

    Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich (Ret.), PATRIOTS Program, has been named to the Ohio Troops to Teachers Advisory Board. The Troops for Teachers program operates under the Ohio Department of Education and is funded by a five-year federal grant. The program objective is to encourage and fund veterans to become K-12 teachers.

    Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich (Ret.), PATRIOTS Program, co-wrote an article, “The armed forces arithmetic isn’t adding up,” which was published on The Hill’s website on Dec. 6.Click here to read the article.

    Mark Cooper, Advancement & External Relations, was elected to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District Five Board of Directors at its annual conference in Chicago earlier this month. CASE is an international association of education advancement officers, who include alumni administrators, fund raisers, public relations managers, publications editors, and government relations officers. CASE District V includes members from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.


  • Upcoming Events - Save the Date!

    January 19, 2019: Veterans Appreciation Event
    ODU will celebrate Veterans Appreciation Day before and during its men’s and women’s’ basketball games on Jan. 19. The event will begin at 11 a.m. in the President’s Dining Room in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center, and will feature a free luncheon and briefing for ODU alumni and students who are military veterans. The briefing, “Russia and the U.S.: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” will be presented by Sean Kay, Ph.D., professor of Politics and Government, and director of the International Studies Program at Ohio Wesleyan University. Following the briefing, all are invited to cheer on the Women’s (1 p.m.) and Men’s (3 p.m.) basketball games as they face off against Trevecca Nazarene University in Alumni Hall. Angela Billingslea ’95 and William (Bill) Noll ’85 will serve as honorary captains. Please RSVP to Christie Flood Weiner at weinerc@ohiodominican.edu or 614-253-3502. Additional details will be emailed soon to student and alumni veterans.

    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 Dec. 18, 2018)


    Mary Ann Rees ’70 was recently honored by Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus by naming the College and Career Classroom after her.  Mary Ann taught science and was a school counselor at Bishop Hartley for 43 years. 

    Amy Lister Sharp ’06 is a Foster Care Licensing Specialist with Youth Advocate Services in Columbus.

    Leslie Ann Riggle Miller ’08 completed a Master of Art degree in sociology in 2016 at the University of Oklahoma.  She anticipates graduating with her Ph.D. in 2020.

    Tonnisha English ’14 is the CEO and Owner of TJE Communications in Columbus.  Tonnisha began her own business writing press releases and marketing plans and she has built a portfolio of steady clients, mostly comprised of small businesses.  She is a Board member of the organization and was recently named to the annual list of “52 Young Professionals You Should Know in Columbus” compiled by City Pulse.

    Alex Barnes ’18 and Lisa Navarro are engaged and plan to be married July 27, 2019.


    In Memoriam

    Jo Tanous Korge ’39, April 2, 2018

    Bill Hetterscheidt, November 17, 2018, husband of Jeanine Schneider Hetterscheidt ’58

    Janet Murray O’Mahoney ’65, November 17, 2018

    Jayne Barry Condo Chrystal ’71, December 11, 2018

    Douglas Uhlenhake, November 17, 2018, brother of Jeff Uhlenhake and brother-in-law of Angie Benham Uhlenhake ‘01

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


    November 2018
    October 2018
    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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