Ohio Dominican University will hold its 110th Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. More than 170 students will have degrees conferred upon them as they are joined by ODU faculty, staff, alumni, and hundreds of family and friends in Alumni Hall, located on the University’s campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219. Baccalaureate will be held at 9 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel.
Jim Strode, Ph.D., ODU associate professor of Sport Management, and dean of Graduate Studies, will deliver the Commencement address.
“Our entire campus community is thrilled to celebrate this exceptional class of Ohio Dominican graduates, and recognize their outstanding individual achievements, as well as their contributions to ODU’s story,” said Ohio Dominican President Robert Gervasi, Ph.D. “Dr. Strode’s tremendous energy, appreciation and passion for teaching and his students is a wonderful example of what makes an ODU education so special and valuable in today’s world.”
Strode earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, and his master’s and doctorate in Sport Management from The Ohio State University.
He has received numerous faculty awards at Ohio Dominican, including the Sr. Angelita Conley Award, which recognizes excellence in teaching, and the Sr. Charles Marie Brantl Influential Panther Award, which is awarded by student-athletes based on effectiveness in teaching and mentoring.
Strode has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research on athletic donor motivations and issues related to coaching effectiveness at the North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM), the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), and other national and international conferences.
Outside of ODU, Strode is the head coach of the Worthington Kilbourne High School girl's basketball team, and is a past president of the Ohio District 10 Basketball Coaches Association.