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O T T E R B E I N    •   C O L L E G E

                              Summer, 2007

                 A Towers Wedding
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           ONTENTS                                                     VOLUME 80 • NUMBER 3 • Summer 2007

                                                                                                  Commencement 2007                                 13
                                                                                                       Six hundred and eighty-five graduates,
                                                                                                       and a surprise award to President DeVore
                                                                                                       from President Bush.
                                                                                                  Sustainability, Bon Appétit & Good Food           18
                                                                                                       Bon Appétit, Otterbein’s Food Services,
                                                                                                       not only makes great food, it’s also a
                                                                                                       company with a conscience.
                                                                                                  Seeing Double: Twins at Otterbein                 22
                                                                                                       Two sets of twins at Otterbein also share
                                                                                                       common majors—one set in Life Sciences,
About the cover: Tiffany                                                                               the other in Communication.
Edwards ’06 and Otterbein
senior Mark Haynes exchanged
vows on Towers lawn June 30.
                                                                                                  Alumni Weekend                                    26
You can see more photos on page
                                                                                                       Candids, class photos, award winners...
46. All photos by Tony Binford.                                                                        the fun is all here.

President of the College • Brent DeVore H’86
Vice President for Institutional Advancement • Rick Dorman
Director of Alumni Relations • Becky Fickel Smith ’81                                             Letters                             2
Executive Director of Mktg. & Communications • Jennifer Slager Pearce ’87
                                                                                                  College News                                          4
Editor/Designer • Roger Routson
Assistant Editor/Communications Coordinator • Jenny Hill ’05
                                                                                                    • Otterbein Purchases Altercare Facility ~ 4
                                                                                                    • Otterbein Reclassified ~ 5
Photographer • Ed Syguda
                                                                                                    • Renovations Begin on McFadden Hall ~ 6
Email:      Classnotes and Milestones:                                     • Science Committee’s Inaugural Meeting ~ 7
            Editor:                                                          • International Panel on “Citizen Journalists” ~ 8
       Towers Magazine is produced in cooperation with the Alumni Council in the
                                                                                                    • 2008 Common Book Selected ~ 10
interest of Otterbein alumni and friends. Published by the Office of Marketing &                    • Vernon Pack Fellows Named ~ 11
Communications, phone (614) 823-1600.                                                               • Otterbein Honors Armed Forces Members ~ 12
       Towers (USPS 413-720) is published quarterly by the Office of Marketing &
Communications of Otterbein College, 141 W. Park St., Westerville, Ohio 43081. Peri-              Classnotes                                           39
odic postage paid at Westerville, Ohio 43081. POSTMASTER: Send address changes                      • Profile: Young Pilot Takes to Flight to
to Towers, Institutional Advancement, Howard House, Otterbein College, 131 W. Park
St., Westerville, Ohio 43081.                                                                          Honor Friend ~ 41
       Otterbein College is committed to providing equal educational opportunities
regardless of sex, race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, marital
                                                                                                  Milestones                                          47
or parental status, veteran status, national origin or disabling condition in the admission
of students, educational policies, financial aid and scholarships, housing, athletics,
                                                                                                  Investing in Otterbein                              51
employment and other activities. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the            Alumni Notes                                        54
vice president for Academic Affairs, chair of the Affirmative Action Committee, or the
director of Human Resources/Sexual Harrassment investigation officer.

Letters to the
Greetings to Otterbein College Alumni!
     My names is Helen Cole Young and I am a 1932 gradu-
                                                                         Thanks for the Guy Bishop story! Here’s Guy with me
ate of Otterbein. I would love to be with you for the reunion         (Guy’s on the left) at a Pi Beta Sigma party in 1948 or 49.
celebration but since I am 97 years old, I cannot do so.
Instead, I will include a memory from my Otterbein days!              Robert “Bing” Crosby ’50
     As I was about to graduate at age 21, the Mission Board
made a request to the following institutions: Dayton Bone-
break Seminary (United Seminary); Otterbein College;
Lebanon Valley College; Indiana Central College; York Col-
lege and Shenadoah Valley College. The request was for each
institution to send a graduate to Sierra Leone, West Africa.
The purpose was for the youth of the United States to meet
the youth of Africa. The institution offering the most money
per capita would send the first delegate and on down until all
had sent a representative. The need during the year of 1932
was to send a graduate with a degree in Domestic Science.
The first request came from Harford School for Girls in
Moyamba, Sierra Leone. Otterbein College earned the privi-
lege of sending the first graduate and I was chosen.
     Before leaving in the fall of 1932, I was asked to present
the proposed plan to each participating school. Upon
returning from my two-year stay, I was asked to speak about
my experiences at the same schools. My assignment at Har-
ford School was to teach the girls ranging from first year stu-
                                                                      Guy Bishop ’49 and Robert “Bing” Crosby ’50
dents to those in the graduating class. The school year ended
in November so I had the opportunity of attending their
graduation. My first concern was how I would be able to get           Dear Editor,
to know each girl individually? With time, I learned to know                I received a degree in Fine Arts in ’53. I thought that I
each person with their own unique personalities.                      would receive a degree in Political Science but as this letter
     In addition to Home Economics, I taught a few other              will explain, things were going to change.
classes. We used the teaching techniques most similar to their              Let me introduce myself to you. I am Gardner
village training and upbringing. They were used to steaming           “Harpagon” Hunt. Please call me Gary. Harpagon was the
their rice and making their stew in iron pots. I used those           lead character in Moliere’s The Miser. This is a three act
same pots to teach them to bake bread with the hot coals on           French play with all lines are spoken in French. This may
top of the lid. Some of my other classes were English and             have been the only foreign language play given at Otterbein.
Hygiene.                                                                    The play was given one night only at Cowan Hall in late
     I was privileged to learn from them some beautiful arts          April or early May 1952. It’s of interest that the French
such as crocheting and tie dying. I can still picture the girls       Department put on the play and not the Speech Dept.,
carrying their buckets to the well with their crochet needles         responsible for plays at that time, I believe, which may have
stuck into their hair braids. As they waited to draw the water,       added to confusion about the play. All of the actors and
the needles would come out and a beautiful piece of art was           actresses were French students and that did not include Dr.
created.                                                              E.W.E Schear, as he was not an undergraduate at the time,
     I am grateful to Otterbein for choosing me to serve and          nor a French student participating in the play.
it was a wonderful, life changing experience for me. I was                  The real purpose of this letter is to applaud Professor
able to share God’s love and watch the students grow and              LaVelle Rosselot, an extraordinary French professor who
become mature Christians. I will never forget the opportuni-          thought of the idea to do The Miser and directed it. Can
ty to represent Otterbein College in the beautiful country of         you believe the courage she had? She put her reputation in
Sierra Leone, West Africa.                                            the hands of students with little acting ability and still
     Thanks you for listening and God Bless you!                      learning the French language. WOW! And to top that off
                                                                      she lost her top student and the planned miser, Ruth Orr,
Helen Young ’32                                                       who had to take care of a family matter. I was given the
                                                                      title of court jester originally, which was within my reach.

But all of that changed. Prof. Rosselot asked me to take the               My wife, Barbara June Warner Hunt, was also in the
lead part. Again she showed great courage for I was not               play. We later married and will celebrate our 53rd anniver-
that good of a student.                                               sary on October 17, 2007.
     For almost five months I slept with my lines, (literally              Sadly, Prof. Rosselot died a few years later in an unfortu-
with tape recordings in my sleep), seven days a week and              nate accident, much too soon. For Prof. Rosselot’s benefit,
most of my other courses were almost forgotten. But I was a           given the chance she took and the vision she had, her history
kid and Prof. Rosselot had much to lose. Even today I                 should be accurate. This letter is to tell about the courage
remember some lines and when studying Korean later on,                and strength of a fine teacher and a wonderful person. Otter-
French would sneak in.                                                bein College should know the Cardinal truth.
     Prof. Rosselot contacted all of the French classes in cen-
tral Ohio and beyond and most of our audience was made of             Respectfully,
these classes. Perhaps some of the locals came.                       Gardner [Gary] Hunt ’53

Scrap Day 1940. Look familiar? If you can identify any of the students in this photo, please contact the College Archives
( or 614-823-1761.

Flashback: 1940 and the Events of Scrap Day
     How long will the freshmen have to wear their bean-              even the College President, John Ruskin Howe, cheered the
ies? That was the question answered on Scrap Day. The                 contestants onward. Members of the Varsity “O” were
sack race….the tug of war over Alum Creek….co-eds                     always on hand to ensure fair play and good sportsman-
cheering them on! Who would win? The lowly freshmen?                  ship. According to the Tan and Cardinal, the sophomores
If so, the beanies would come off at Thanksgiving. The                usually won the day….leaving the freshmen exhausted but
outstanding sophomores? Then the beanies would remain                 ready for next year’s games.
on until Christmas holiday. All the campus wanted to get
into the act. In this photograph from 1940, we see that               Michael J. Maxwell ’87

          compiled by Jenny Hill

Otterbein Purchases Altercare Building
             Facility will house 180 students on campus by fall 2008.
O    tterbein College and the owners of Altercare, 25 W.
Home St. in Westerville, announced that the two parties
                                                                      closer to its goal of having 60 percent of enrolled students
                                                                      living on campus.
have entered into a definitive agreement whereby the Col-                   The purchase will be funded by revenue from rent.
lege will purchase the property adjacent to its campus.               Renovations to the three-story property, which has over
Altercare is currently a nursing and residential care facility.       60,000 square feet, are expected to be completed for occu-
The owners are constructing two new facilities to accom-              pancy by fall 2008. The purchase will also include 88 park-
modate the current residents in the central Ohio area.                ing spaces, approximately 2,800 square feet of flexible
     The completion of the purchase of the property will              office space, a cafeteria-style dining space and the vacant
occur in late summer or early fall 2007. The facility will be         parcel of land next to Hanby Hall.
converted into a residence hall for 180 students, similar in                The purchase of Altercare was first explored in
style to the newly constructed Suites that opened in fall 2006.       November 2004. The College determined it was more fea-
     Otterbein President Brent DeVore told the campus                 sible to build the Suites at the time.
community, “This substantial addition to the footprint of                   The Suites, the last addition to Otterbein’s residential
the campus is very exciting. The purchase and renovation              facilities, features kitchen facilities, a computer lab, a laun-
of this facility will increase the percentage of full-time stu-       dry room, air-conditioning and semi-private bathrooms,
dents living on campus.” According to Vice President for              with a maximum of four students to a bathroom. They
Business Affairs David Mead, the hall will bring Otterbein            opened in fall ’06.

Otterbein Gets New Classification
      In the U.S. News and World                  “Such a shift is not unusual, and         “Because we are in a new catego-
Report’s 2007 Guide to America’s Best        we are joined by many institutions that   ry, many of our peers are not familiar
Colleges, Otterbein College was              were previously in the Baccalaureate      with our work,” Weispfenning said.
ranked seventh among the Midwest’s           category, such as our Ohio neighbors           The U.S. News and World Report
107 Comprehensive Colleges. But              Heidelberg, Muskingum, and Ohio           rankings are based on 15 measures of
next year, Otterbein will be facing          Dominican,” Weispfenning said. “The       “academic excellence,” which fall into
new competition.                             new category does include institutions    seven categories, peer assessment
      According to Associate Dean of         with strong national reputations,         being the most important. Other cat-
Academic Affairs John Weispfenning,          which will challenge us to continue to    egories include retention rates, faculty
the Carnegie Foundation for the              improve what we do, including schools     resources, student selectivity, financial
Advancement of Teaching develops             such as Butler, Drake, Bradley, Wash-     resources, graduation rate perfor-
classifications for institutions of high-    burn and Hamline.                         mances and alumni giving rates.
er education, which U.S. News and
World Report uses as the general basis
for its categories.
      The Foundation periodically
refines its system. Previously, Otter-
bein was classified as a Baccalaureate-
General institution, placing it in the
U.S. News and World Report category
“Comprehensive Colleges.”
      According to the guide, Compre-
hensive Colleges are “institutions that
focus on undergraduate education
and offer a range of degree programs
in the liberal arts, which account for
fewer than half of their bachelor’s
degrees, and in professional fields
such as business, nursing and educa-
tion.” In 2006, Otterbein competed
with 107 colleges from Ohio, Indiana,
Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Min-
nesota, North Dakota, South Dakota,
Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.
      In 2005, Carnegie re-classified
institutions, and based on the number
of master’s degrees granted by Otter-
bein, moved the College into the cate-
                                                  “From a statistical standpoint, we   Graduates exit Cowan Hall after the
gory of Master’s Colleges and Universi-
                                             compare favorably with the top insti-     2007 Master’s Commencement on June
ties, medium programs. U.S. News and
                                             tutions in our new category,”             9. The number of master’s degrees grant-
World Report did not have time to shift
                                             Weispfenning said, adding that the        ed by Otterbein moved it to a new classi-
institutions for last year’s rankings, but
                                             biggest challenge will be the subjec-     fication in U.S. News and World
is moving colleges this year. As a result,
                                             tive “peer assessment” rating given to    Report’s Guide to America’s Best Col-
Otterbein will be in the U.S. News and
                                             each institution.                         leges. For more photos and stories from
World Report category of “Universities-
                                                  Presidents and academic vice         Otterbein’s Commencement, see pages
Master’s (Midwest).”
                                             presidents are surveyed in the spring     13-17.
      According to U.S. News and
                                             each year and are asked to rate their
World Report, institutions in this cate-
                                             peer institutions (those schools in the
gory provide a full range of under-
                                             same category and region) on a scale
graduate and master’s programs while
                                             of one to five, one being “distin-
offering few, if any, doctoral pro-
                                             guished” and five being “marginal.”

Work began on McFadden Hall this June. Note in the right photo the original large window spaces being restored.

Science Renovation Begins
      Renovations on the science facility    cost of cooling the facility. Unbrick-       Department has been preparing logis-
began in June, just days after gradua-       ing the windows will also allow natur- tically for the move since earlier this
tion. This first phase of the two-phase      al light into the building, reducing the year, securing the necessary permis-
project will renovate the McFadden           amount of necessary electrical light-        sions and carefully planning the phys-
Hall side of the science facility and is     ing, which will be attached to occu-         ical aspects of the move. The tempo-
expected to be finished in late 2007.        pancy sensors to automatically turn          rary facility has been brought up to
Not only will interior renovations take      on and off and will have adjustable          code, as well.
place, but also exterior renovations that    light brilliance. Also in the plans are           The Office of Institutional
will restore the original appearance of      low flow water fixtures.                     Advancement is overseeing the
the building, which had large windows              According to Bell, whenever possi-     fundraising for the project. The $20
that were bricked over during the ener-      ble, Otterbein is working with local         million project will be funded
gy crisis of the 1970s. Other exterior       suppliers to boost the local economy         through $5 million from bonds, $3
renovations include work on the roof         and eliminate the necessity for materi-      million from institutional funds and
and cleaning the bricks and masonry.         als to be                                                              $12 million
The greenhouse has been removed              shipped long                                                           from private
during this phase and a new green-           distances.                                                             gifts. Although
house will be built onto Schear Hall as            While ren-                                                       renovations
part of Phase Two.                           ovations are                                                           are already
      Phase Two is expected to begin         underway, fac-                                                         underway,
early in 2008, at which time an approx-      ulty offices,                                                          raising the $12
imately 30,000-square-feet addition          classrooms and                                                         million is key
will be added to the south side of           laboratories will                                                      to the success
Schear Hall, which will include an           be moved to                                                            of the project.
indoor atrium where students can             other campus                                                                “Naming
gather. Phase Two will include the ren-      locations. The The recently purchased facility at 60 Collegeview rights to the
ovation of the interior of Schear Hall.      recently pur-      Road will temporarily house 14 science offices,     entire complex
The overall plans will bring together        chased facility at eight teaching labs and two project labs.           are still avail-
the different branches of science,           60 Collegeview                                                         able, and we are
encouraging a flow of information            Rd. will temporarily house 14 offices,       looking for one lead donor to give $4
between them. A state-of-the art venti-      eight teaching labs and two project          million or two lead donors to give $2
lation system will also be installed. This   labs. Which departments are housed           million each to fulfill that need,” said
phase is expected to be completed in         there will change as progress is made        Rick Dorman, vice president for Insti-
March of 2009.                               on the renovations.                          tutional Advancement.
      Director of the Physical Plant               Moving into a temporary home                Working closely with the Office
David Bell said the renovations and          is no small feat for the sciences. Strict    of Institutional Advancement, the
addition to the science facility will        laws regulate the transport of chemi-        Board of Trustees has taken a leader-
incorporate many green features. The         cals, especially over bodies of water        ship role in the fundraising and has
buildings will have white reflective         such as Alum Creek, as well as hous-         already committed $1 million to the
roofs to reflect heat and lower the          ing the chemicals. The Service               project.

Meeting for the first time to discuss plans, the Science           Etzler ’62. Back row: Bob Dominici ’67, Jerry Lingrel ’57,
Committee members are, font row: Bruce Flinchbaugh                 Hugh D. Allen ’62, Tom Martin ’63, Wendell Foote ’60,
’75, Bill LeMay ’48, Tina Marrelli-Glass ’97, Marilynn             Ted Huston ’57. Not pictured: Brad Mullin ’84

Science Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting
     On June 1, members of the Science Building Cam-                     Since the science complex is a cause in which the
paign Committee gathered for its inaugural meeting on              committee members are strongly committed, they have
the Otterbein College campus. The two-day gathering                taken on many responsibilities in the effort to raise
allowed the Otterbein College staff to present an outline of       funds for Otterbein’s new science complex. They are
the project progress and plans to the committee, with the          involved with developing marketing strategies for the
expertise of the architectural firm of BHDP Associates.            campaign, designating various naming opportunities
Paul Orban of BHDP lent his insights to the discussion.            within the complex, in addition to personally helping to
The meeting also allowed the committee members an                  raise the funds and pledging their own financial support
opportunity to become better acquainted with each other.           to the project.
     In attendance were committee members Hugh D.                        According to Ted, an additional duty of the commit-
Allen ’62, Robert J. Dominici ’67, Marilynn E. Etzler ’62,         tee is to “assist in identifying people who are willing, able
Bruce E. Flinchbaugh ’75, Wendell L. Foote ’60, John T.            and excited to give financial support.”
Huston ’57, Jerry B. Lingrel ’57, William E. LeMay ’48, Tina             Ted believes this support will have a positive influ-
Marrelli-Glass ’97, and Thomas R. Martin ’63. Brad                 ence on the entire campus. “This will have an impact on
Mullin ’84 was not able to attend.                                 the entire institution because Otterbein requires all stu-
     Cardiologist and committee member Ted Huston                  dents to take science courses and because all citizens in
said, “I think all the people on the committee have been           our communities need to be educated about how science
favorably influenced by their science education at Otter-          affects their lives. We have elected officials now who are
bein and believe Otterbein can continue to deliver a fine          not educated about the scientific issues, yet they are mak-
education, but have been embarrassed by the facilities.            ing decisions. With this building, Otterbein can be a cor-
We are eager to help rectify that.”                                rective influence in that process.”

International Panel Addresses “The Citizen Journalist”
     In support of World Freedom           documents press freedom worldwide              “I do not know what will happen
Press Day, Otterbein College and           in its annual Country Reports on          to me when I go back to Egypt,” You-
Columbus International Programs            Human Rights. For the first time, the     nis said. “I could be arrested at the
hosted a panel presented by the Unit-      2006 reports include a section on         airport. But I am not thinking of that
ed States Mission to the United            Internet repression. The United           now. I am trying to spread the word
Nations titled “The Citizen Journalist:    States is concerned with a number of      about these injustices while I am here
The Internet as a Tool for Freedom of      countries that have continually poor      (in the United States).”
Speech” on May 4 in Roush Hall.            conditions for the press, as well as           Younis, who began her discussion
     Panel members represented a vari-     countries with deteriorating condi-       with an intense video of torture in an
ety of sectors from media and bloggers     tions. The report is available at         Egyptian police station filmed on a
in countries with press freedom restric-      camera phone, was impressed by the
tions (whose friends have been arrested          Bloggers, also                                        freedom of expression
for blogging), to government and non-      known as citizen                                            she saw across the
government organizations serving as        journalists such as                                         Otterbein campus. “In
proponents of freedom of expression.       Egyptian Nora You-                                          Egypt, people would
They included Lucie Morillon, Wash-        nis, report on                                              be arrested and tor-
ington director of Reporters Without       oppressive and                                              tured by the govern-
Borders; Nora Younis, Egyptian blog-       inhumane practices                                          ment for hanging
ger and human rights activist; Watson      of governments,                                             some of these posters,”
Meng, founder of Boxun News in             something which                                             she said. She took pic-
China; James Viray, director of the        reporters often are                                         tures of many exam-
Office of International Labor and Cor-     not free to do.                                             ples of free speech she
porate Social Responsibility, U.S.         Many bloggers                                               witnessed at Otter-
Department of State; and Bridget           remain anonymous                                            bein, from chalked
Johnson, columnist and blogger for the     so they can avoid                                            sidewalks to issues of
Los Angeles Daily News. The panel was      the same oppres- Kirk Lawson of Columbus Interna-            Tan and Cardinal.
moderated by Kirk Lawson of Colum-         sion reporters        tional Programs moderated the panel.     Luckily, Younis has
bus International Programs.                experience. Those                                            continued to blog
     Internet freedom is a key compo-      who make their names public often         since her return to Egypt.
nent of press freedom in the 21st          do not know their fates if they remain         Covering the event at Otterbein
Century. The U.S. State Department         in oppressive countries.                  for broadcast to an Arabic audience

Panel members included from left, Bridget Johnson of the Los Angeles Daily News, James Viray of the Office of International
Labor and Corporate Responsibility, Lucie Morillon of Reporters Without Borders, and Watson Meng of Boxun News in China.

was Mahmoud El-Hamalawy, associ-
ate producer of Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera,
the controversial 24-hour Arabic-lan-
guage news and current affairs chan-
nel, was founded in 1996 and is based
in Qatar. It has changed the face of
news within the Middle East, earning
the loyalty of the largest audience of
any news station in the Middle East.
Most controversial is Al Jazeera’s
bloody footage from war zones and
coverage of violent groups. However,
criticism from oppressive govern-
ments has lent credibility to Al
Jazeera from an audience accustomed
to extreme government censorship
and biased coverage in favor of
oppressive regimes.
     Lucie Morillon opened the
Washington, D.C., office of Reporters
Without Borders in 2004, where she
directs Reporters Without Borders
USA in partnership with the New
York City office and acts as a liaison

with political decision-makers. She
covers issues related to press freedom
in the United States and supervises            I do not know what will happen to me when I go

press relations to ensure that the             back to Egypt. I could be arrested at the airport.
American media give more coverage
to press freedom abuses abroad by                        ~ Nora Younnis, Egyptian blogger &
challenging the international reputa-
tions of repressive countries.                             Human Rights Activist
     Nora Younis is a journalist and
pro-democracy activist who has
worked outside of state structures to
strengthen Egyptian media and civil       approximately 1,400 other blogs.           free trade agreements, and combats
society for the past seven years. Her     Boxun News ( and              trafficking in persons. He previously
pieces of citizen journalism on  was launched in March           was the deputy director of the Africa
her socio-political blog www.noray-       2000 from its origin as a weekly online    Division at the International Republi- have gained her wide read-      magazine. From the beginning Boxun         can Institute, where he led projects
ership, including her coverage of the     has been using the model of citizen        promoting democracy and human
Sudanese refugees massacre in Cairo       journalism, which makes it the only        rights in Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia,
in December 2005. She spearheaded         online Chinese news service which is       Mali, Togo, Morocco, Somalia, and Dji-
campaigns for freedom of speech in        updated constantly. Meng is also a         bouti.
Egypt and for the release of detained     founder of China Free Press, an NGO             Bridget Johnson is an interna-
bloggers Monem and Kareem, as well        promoting free speech in China.            tional news columnist at the Los
as citizenship rights for Bahaie reli-          James Viray is director of the       Angeles Daily News and freelance con-
gious minorities in Egypt who are         Office of International Labor and Cor-     tributor to USA Today, The Wall Street
denied access to personal IDs             porate Social Responsibility (ILCSR),      Journal, National Review Online, The
and official documents.                   which leads the Department of State’s      Politico and Jewish World Review. Syn-
     Watson Meng is founder and           efforts in promoting human rights,         dicated on The New York Times News
administrator of Boxun, an indepen-       including labor rights, and good gover-    Service, her columns have run in
dent Chinese online news service,         nance in the private sector. Additional-   numerous publications. She runs the
which hosts the biggest blog for dissi-   ly, his office supports organized labor    blog GOP Vixen and is a fellow on the
dent Chinese writers                      in their role as reformers in developing   blog Political Mavens.
(, along with          countries, protects labor rights through

                 2007-2008 Common Book

         Under the Feet of Jesus
T     his summer, incoming freshmen
at Otterbein will be reading the 2007-
                                               her mission to save him, making great
                                               sacrifices in the process.                        Past Common Books
08 Common Book, Under the Feet of                    Author Helena Maria Viramontes             The Inextinguishable Symphony
Jesus, by Helena María Viramontes.             was born in East Los Angeles in 1954,            Martin Goldsmith, 2006-07
The accompanying theme for the 13th            to a construction worker and a Chi-
Common Book is “Courage, Compas-               cana housewife with six daughters and            Mountains Beyond Mountains
sion, Commitment.”                             three sons. She was raised in a commu-           Tracy Kidder, 2005-06
      Under the Feet of Jesus is a novel       nity for relatives and friends who               The Eagle’s Shadow
about conflicts of culture, generations,       crossed the border from Mexico into              Mark Hertsgaard, 2004-05
love and human nature. Thirteen-year-          California. Viramontes worked twenty
old Estrella is blossoming into woman-         hours a week while earning her B.A.              Bombingham
hood in California, where she lives            from Immaculate Heart College before             Anthony Grooms, 2003-04
with her Mexican migrant mother.               entering the University of California at         My Year of Meats
Abandoned by her father and treated            Irvine’s graduate creative writing pro-          Ruth Ozeki, 2002-03
as if invisible by those who are fed by        gram. She left in 1981, but completed
the crops, Estrella picks with her moth-       her master’s degree after the publica-           The Sparrow
er and siblings under the stifling heat        tion of her stories.                             Mary Doria Russell, 2001-02
of the California sun. Estrella’s first love         Viramontes’ early stories appeared         After Long Silence
is Alejo, a teenager who is poisoned           in small magazines. Her first book, The          Helen Fremont, 2000-01
with pesticides as he is perched in a          Moths and Other Stories, was published
tree on the fruit farm. Alejo becomes          in 1985. She then wrote Beyond Stereo-           There Are No Children Here
so sick that the workers plan to leave         types: A Critical Analysis of Chicana Lit-       Alex Kotlowitz, 1999-2000
him behind, while Estrella makes it               erature (1985) after attending the            She Walks These Hills
                                                   first national conference on Mexi-           Sharyn McCrumb, 1998-99
                                                    can American women writers. She
                                                     received a National Endowment              The Paradise of Bombs
                                                      for the Arts Fellowship grant in          Scott Russell Sanders, 1997-98
                                                       1989; published her second book          China Boy
                                                        of short stories, Paris Rats in         Gus Lee, 1996-97
                                                         E.L.A. in 1993; and penned her
                                                          first novel, Under the Feet of        Fires in the Mirror
                                                           Jesus, in 1995.                      Anna Deavere Smith, 1995-96
                                                                 The Otterbein Common
                                                             Book program was estab-           community willing to grapple with sig-
                                                              lished through a gift from       nificant contemporary issues. Since
                                                               the late Mary Thomas ’28        1995, the series seeks to stimulate a
                                                                to honor her parents. The      year-long discussion of an academic
                                                                 selection of books for the    theme derived from common book
                                                                  common reading experi-       issues by exploring it in classes, resi-
                                                                   ence reflects Otterbein’s   dence halls, and co-curricular pro-
                                                                    resolve to add an acade-   gramming. This common reading
                                                                     mic component to new      experience involves all incoming first-
                                                                     student orientation       year students, faculty, many staff mem-
                                                                      and to present itself    bers, and student leaders. A committee
                                                                       to incoming students    of faculty, staff, and students select
                                                                        as an intellectual     from over 50 books each year.

                                                                     For more information on the Common Book, go to

2007 Vernon Pack Fellows Named
      The 2007-08 recipients of the Ver-
non L. Pack Fellowship are early child-
hood education major Tamika
Andrews, who is currently a senior, and
middle childhood education major
Kevin Rieman, a junior.
      Tamika’s project is entitled, “The
Impact of Quality Nutrition and Access
to Physical Activity on a Community.”
Tamika will work with the Children’s
Hunger Alliance and faculty advisor
Grace McDaniel to assess the need for
improving nutrition and increasing
physical activity for impoverished fam-
ilies living in Franklin County, primar-
ily focusing on the Columbus area.
      She will work to connect the
Franklin County community to an              Tamika Andrews, a senior middle childhood education major, receives a plaque
online resource of existing aid pro-         denoting her Pack Fellowship Award from Vernon Pack ’50.
grams and services in order to reach
and educate more families. This web-         and faculty and students from Otter-        Administration major with minors in
site will be similar to a search engine      bein to develop ideas for imbedding         Environmental Studies and Legal Stud-
that allows community members to             service-learning in current school stan-    ies who graduated in June 2007,
search for or browse programs in and         dards.                                      employed specific theoretical and
around the area where they reside.                 Kevin coaches junior varsity          methodological models firmly ground-
       Ultimately, based on her research,    wrestling at Rutherford B. Hayes High       ed in his coursework. Under the
Tamika hopes to build a sustainable          School in Delaware and recently visited     supervision of Economics professor
online resource that will provide infor-     Genoa Middle School to speak to stu-        Allen Prindle, Gabriel assessed the
mation and advocate for the needs of         dents about bullying.                       costs associated with this sprawl and
the greater Columbus community.                    In 2006, Chris Wyse and Gabriel       explored new legislation related to land
      Tamika has been involved with          Riggle were awarded the Fellowship.         use and impact fees. Based on their
America Reads, Sisters United, and           Chris, a psychology major who will          findings, Gabriel is educating township
Head Start.                                  graduate in 2008, presented “Home-          officials and citizens on maintaining
      Kevin Rieman’s project is called       lessness: Identify a Problem, Enact a       farmland while encouraging local
“Service Learning and Academic               Solution” during spring quarter 2007.       development.
Achievement in the Middle (SLAM).”           Chris collaborated with the Columbus             The Vernon L. Pack Fellowship
Kevin will work with faculty advisor         Coalition for the Homeless to investi-      was established at the Center for Com-
Diane Ross, to continue and expand           gate the underlying causes of home-         munity Engagement in 2006 through
the success of the current SLAM pro-         lessness and to raise awareness of social   the generosity of Vernon Pack ’50, a
gram. He will collaborate with other         injustice. Chaplain Monty Bradley and       leader in the Westerville community.
Otterbein middle childhood education         Psychology Professor Michelle Acker         The Fellowship celebrates exceptional
students and Dr. Ross to further inte-       advised Chris during his research,          academic performance, leadership and
grate service-learning into the curricu-     which includes biographical case stud-      community service by Otterbein stu-
lum of Westerville City Schools.             ies and personality assessments of the      dents. Recipients receive support to
      This project is reciprocal, benefit-   homeless population in Columbus.            undertake a community engagement
ing both the local schools and Otter-              Gabriel’s project was titled “Genoa   project with one of the College’s com-
bein College through the involvement         Township—Economic Effects of Rapid          munity partners. Faculty fellows, fac-
of students from both and through the        Growth.” Working with the Ohio Cen-         ulty sponsors, student fellows and staff
inclusion of programs that will necessi-     ter for Farmland Policy Intervention,       participate throughout the year in the
tate all parties working together. This      Gabriel explored Genoa Township’s           Pack Society, a community of practice
summer, Kevin will meet with teachers        development and its effect on remain-       for dialogue about the student research
and staff from Westerville City Schools      ing farmland. Gabriel, a Business           projects.

Otterbein Honors Members
of the Armed Forces
     The Otterbein Board of Trustees sought to show their              was held on May 11 in the Fisher Gallery of Roush Hall. The
deep appreciation for all members of the Otterbein Commu-              Board honored past and present members of the Armed Forces
nity who have served or currently serve in some branch of the          for their commitment to our country. Attendees included stu-
Armed Forces. A reception in honor of those who have served            dents, faculty, staff, spouses and parents.

Right: Vice President for Institutional Advancement Rick Dorman and Vice Presi-
dent for Admission Tom Stein chat with Col. Rufus Smith. Rufus, husband of
Phillipa Smith, an executive assistant in the Office of Admission, has served in Iraq.
Below upper left: Chairman of the Otterbein Board of Trustees Tom Morrison vis-
its with Mark Karman of the Equine Department. Mark was recently called for
active duty. Below upper right: Students Matt Lofy, Alex Ailer, and Lucas Crum-
ley, all members of Sigma Delta Phi, converse with Trustees Mark Thresher and
Kent Stuckey. Kent also belonged to the same fraternity. Inset left: This young
American likes to show his American pride. Inset right: A tattoo with American
and Irish Catholic themes. Below: the reception in Fisher Gallery.

Awards Ceremony Honors Students of Color
        By Nadera Lopez-Garrity                 Furthermore, Harris said she real-        According to Harris, anyone who
      The Otterbein College Office of     izes that “some people may question        supports AASU can be recognized for
Ethnic Diversity and the African          why this baccalaureate service may be      an award and they do not necessarily
American Student Union (AASU)             separate from other award cere-            have to be African American. Last year,
sponsored this year’s Black Baccalaure- monies” and she said that, “Everyone         Richard Dwyer received an award for
ate award ceremony on Friday, May 18, has different backgrounds and stories          his dedication and participation in
at the Little Turtle Country Club.        and we just want to make sure that all     AASU.
      Black Baccalaureate is a tradition- those stories are heard.”                       Harris said that most of the stu-
al award ceremony that                                                                               dents who receive awards
acknowledges the achieve-                                                                            at Black Baccalaureate
ments of African American                                                                            have actively participated
seniors on campus and                                                                                with the Office of Ethnic
recognizes the achieve-                                                                              Diversity and/or AASU.
ments of African Ameri-                                                                              The graduating seniors
cans who have proven to                                                                              get an opportunity to give
be active leaders in the                                                                             testimonials and express
Otterbein community.                                                                                 their gratitude towards
      Assistant Dean of                                                                              anyone who had helped
Students and Coordinator                                                                             them succeed while
of Ethnic Diversity Angela                                                                           attending Otterbein,
Harris said, “I have seen                                                                            including faculty and staff
African American students                                                                            members.
here struggle and I know                                                                                 Vice President for Stu-
some of their personal                                                                               dent Affairs Robert Gatti
stories and testaments,”                                                                             congratulated the seniors
which is why the event is                                                                            and recognized the faculty
so important to her.                                                                                 and staff members who
      Otterbein music per-                                                                           were present at the cere-
formance major Kyle                                                                                  mony, including Associate
Williams won the Out-                                                                                Director of Admission
standing Senior Award for Graduating seniors at the Black Baccalaureate held May 18.                 Jeanne Talley, who retired
participating in various                                                                             this year after 21 years of
leadership roles at Otterbein. “It hasn’t       For that reason, Otterbein also has  service and has had a considerable
been an easy road to get to where I am    an annual baccalaureate ceremony that      impact on the lives of several students
today,” said Williams. “It was different  acknowledges the achievements of all       who were present at the ceremony.
sitting at the graduating students’ table Otterbein graduating seniors and an             Otterbein student Marcus Mattox,
because I have always planned it and      Academic Honors Convocation.               who is graduating with a double major
watched it, and to have the ability to          Harris also emphasized that even     in business administration and organi-
actually sit and participate was a little though Black Baccalaureate is intended     zational communication, received an
much for me.”                             to highlight the achievements of           award at the ceremony. Mattox said
      Harris also said the award cere-    African American students, all students    that Talley “is the kind of lady you can
mony gives Otterbein’s faculty and        are welcomed to share in the event.        come with some type of problem and
staff members the opportunity to say,           “I really believe that every student you’ll say, ‘It’s okay Mrs. Talley, I can
“We understand your struggle, the tri-    should experience Black Baccalaureate,” work it out,’ and she’ll say, ‘No. We’re
als and some of the tribulations you      said Harris. “I know that the name         going to work it out together.’”
were going through, but you did it. So    could be one of those things that peo-          President Brent DeVore gave each
we need to highlight and showcase you ple may think it’s only for black stu-         senior an African garment called the
so you can show other students that       dents but everyone is welcomed to          Kente cloth and encouraged them to
they can do it too.”                      attend.”                                   wear it over their black robe during
                                                                                     Otterbein’s graduation ceremony.

                         COMMENCEMENT 2007

                         Surprise Award, Eisner Speech Highlight Ceremonies
                              The weekend of June 9 and 10         vice president at AOL Time Warner,          Ohio that engage urban youth and
                         was a busy one on Otterbein College’s     where he directed the company’s             college students in programs to
                         campus. Students from Otterbein’s         charitable foundation. Before that he       strengthen their communities. The
                         second largest graduating class, com-     was a senior vice president of Fleish-      Corporation for National and Com-
                         prised of 685 bachelor’s and master’s     man-Hilliard International Commu-           munity Service also provides Otter-
                         students, were busy celebrating their     nications and managed public rela-          bein students who are AmeriCorps
                         achievements. Alumni were reuniting       tions at the Legal Services Corpora-        Fellows serving the literacy needs of
                                                                   tion. He also has served as press sec-      urban youth with education awards
                                                                   retary for three members of Congress.       to help offset the costs of a college
                                                                         In addition to his professional       education. Through the Corporation
                                                                         activities, Eisner has served on      for National and Community Service,
photos by Bob McElheny

                                                                            the boards of several national     Otterbein hosts an AmeriCorps
                                                                                nonprofit organizations,       VISTA each year who serves as our
                                                                                  including Independent        Volunteer Recruitment and Training
                                                                                   Sector, the National 4-H    Coordinator.
                                                                                   Council and Network for          Melissa Kesler Gilbert, director of
                                                                                    Good. A graduate of        Otterbein’s Center for Community
                                                                                    Stanford University, he    Engagement, said, “The Corporation
                                                                                     received his law degree   for National and Community Service
                                                                                     from Georgetown Uni-      has enabled Otterbein College to
                                                                                    versity Law Center.        build the capacity to recruit and edu-
                                                                                         The Corporation       cate college student volunteers who
                                                                                    supports Governor-         are serving side-by-side for social jus-
                                                                                    appointed Service          tice with urban youth in our most
                                                                                    Commissions in all 50      distressed local communities. In
                                                                                  states and is the primary    recognition of our exemplary com-
                                                                                 funder for such service       mitment to our local communities,
                                                                               organizations as Teach for      Otterbein College was named as one
                                                                            America, The Points of Light
                                                                       Foundation, City Year and Habitat
                                                                   for Humanity.
                         Commencement speaker David Eisner               Otterbein College has shared a
                                                                   close relationship with the Corpora-
                         at Alumni Weekend. And special            tion for National and Community
                         guest David Eisner, CEO of the Cor-       Service through the years through
                         poration for National and Communi-        efforts to educate students about
                         ty Service in Washington, D.C., was       lifelong service and community-
                         on campus to give a commencement          building.
                         address and present Otterbein Presi-            The College received funding
                         dent Brent DeVore with a surprise         from Learn and Serve America
                         award for service learning from Presi-    from 2003-2006 to found its
                         dent George W. Bush.                      Center for Community Engage-
                              Eisner has served the Corpora-       ment and develop core partner-
                         tion for National and Community           ships with local school districts
                         Service, a $900 million federal agency    to engage college students and
                         that is the second largest grant-maker    K-12 children in service-learning.
                         to the nonprofit community after the            A grant for $427,000 in 2006
                         Gates Foundation, since 2003. He is a     from Learn and Serve has created a
                         nationally recognized leader on non-      statewide consortium under Otter-
                         profit capacity building, infrastruc-     bein’s leadership, Great Cities Great
                         ture, and organizational effectiveness.   Service, to build higher education
                         From 1997 until 2003, Eisner was a        partnerships throughout the state of                President Brent DeVore

of the top twelve colleges and univer-     the Private Industry Council of
sities in the United States on the 2006    Columbus and Franklin County. Presi-
President’s Higher Education Com-          dent DeVore holds a bachelor’s of sci-
munity Service Honor Roll.”                ence in journalism degree from Ohio
      It was in this spirit of community   University and master’s and doctorate
that President DeVore was selected to      degrees from Kent State University.
receive a Lifetime Achievement in               The award came as a surprise to
Service Learning Award from Presi-         President DeVore, but not to Mary Kerr,
dent Bush at the commencement cer-         administrative assistant to the president
emony on June 10. President DeVore’s       who worked behind the scenes with
                                           Eisner on the award. And while she
                                           was celebrating President DeVore’s
                                           achievements, she was also celebrating
                                           her family’s achievements. That
                                           weekend, late night mother-daughter
                                           study sessions officially became a thing
                                           of the past as Mary and her daughter
                                           Anna both graduated from Otterbein.
                                           Mary received her master’s of business
                                           administration degree, while her
                                           daughter Anna received her bachelor’s          Student commencement speaker
                                           degree in nursing.                                      Nick Caruso
                                                Mary began her degree in 2004
                                           and Anna enrolled in Otterbein in           ship Award, as well as Music and The-
                                           2003. Mary said the pair spent many         atre talent awards. He has made many
                                           nights at home studying at the table,       appearances on the Dean’s List and in
                                           and when she completed her MBA              the credits of Otterbein College The-
                                           last quarter, she decided to wait to        atre and Dance productions. He is a
                                           receive her degree until her daughter       member of the concert choir, a for-
   Student flautist Kelli Wallenhorst      graduated so they could share the           mer member of Opus One and a
                                           unique mother-daughter experience.          vocalist and pianist. He’s a member of
service to 23 national and local                “It’s been very special to share       Phi Eta Sigma academic honorary
boards totals 37 years.                    this with Anna,” Mary said. “Most           society.
      President DeVore has served          mothers don’t get to celebrate a
Otterbein College since 1984. Prior to     shared achievement like this with
joining Otterbein he served as Presi-      their daughters.” Mary accompanied
dent of Davis and Elkins College, Vice     Anna on her required Senior Year
President of Hiram College and Exec-       Experience class in England over
utive Director of the Kent State Uni-      winter break.
versity Foundation. His current and             Another member of the Class of
recent professional affiliations include   2007 spoke to his classmates at the
serving on the boards of: Council of       ceremony on June 10. Theatre major
Independent Colleges, National Asso-       and music minor Nick Caruso was
ciation of Independent Colleges and        the annual student commencement
Universities, Ohio College Association,    speaker. A native of Muskegon,
Nationwide Mutual Funds, Nation-           Michigan, Nick plans to pursue a
wide Variable Insurance Trust, Nation-     career in film and television in Los
al Campus Compact, Phi Kappa Tau           Angeles or New York City, where he
Foundation, Grant Riverside                has held internships for Nelson Page
Methodist Hospitals, James A. and          Entertainment and The Rachael Ray
Katherine Rutherford Foundation,           Show, respectively.
Ohio Foundation of Independent Col-             As a student at Otterbein, Nick
leges, Seran Foundation, United            has served as a student senator, Per-
Methodist Higher Education Founda-         sonnel Committee member and a
tion, Communities in Schools, Wester-      campus tour guide and coordinator.
ville Area Chamber of Commerce and         He received the President’s Scholar-              MBA graduate Mary Kerr

           most photos by Bob McElheny
Class of 2007!
Sustainability, Bon Appé tit, and of course...

In 1987, the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development                      “Allen Prindle has been an inspi-
(WCED) defined sustainability in their “Our Common Future” report as:“that                 ration for me,” Bill said. “He has
[which] meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future          introduced me to farmers, state agen-
generations to meet their own needs.”                                                      cies and others who can help us meet
                                                                                           our goals. We recently met with the
                                    by Jenny Hill

                                                                                           Ohio Beef Association to explore our
      t Bon Appétit Management Com-            apart from their food being very            options for buying beef locally.”
pany, a definition of sustainabil-                    good, is that they are a socially          Allen grew up on a dairy farm in
ity specific to food service                              responsible company, from        Wisconsin and has always been inter-
was created: Food choices                                   their sustainability efforts   ested in agriculture. When he learned
that celebrate flavor, affirm                                to buying locally to using    of Bon Appétit’s efforts, he contacted
regional cultural tradi-                                     free-trade coffee.”           Bill and established a good relation-
tions, and support local                                          “Since they’ve come      ship. “We are both learning a lot
communities without com-                                    to Otterbein, they have        about creating a food industry in
promising air, water or soil,                              helped to raise the con-        Ohio,” Allen said.
now and in the future.                                  sciousness of others,” Bob               When it was decided that a spe-
      Bon Appétit was the first food              said. “One class conducted a sus-        cial meal would be served for Earth
company to address the issues related to    tainability audit that found Bon               Day, Allen took an active interest. “I
where our food comes from and how it        Appétit to be a leader in socially             wanted to make sure this meal was
is grown. It was founded nearly 20 years    responsible efforts at Otterbein.”             planned in terms of where the food
ago on the foundation of social respon-           The relationship with Otterbein          comes from, and I knew that was part
sibility and as it has grown, so have its   has been a symbiotic one, as Bill Tay-         of the company’s mission. Many peo-
efforts and its reach – right onto the      lor, food service manager for Bon              ple on campus didn’t know that
Otterbein College campus.                   Appétit at Otterbein, has worked               about Bon Appétit, and I wanted to
      When Bon Appétit came to Otter-       extensively with Professor Allen               help Bill tell that story.”
bein in 2004, the choice was a good one     Prindle of the Department of Busi-                   Trained as a chef, Bill is most
for two reasons, according to Vice Pres-    ness, Accounting and Economics to              proud of Bon Appétit’s practice of
ident for Student Affairs Bob Gatti.        identify and implement new pro-                cooking and baking from scratch,
“One of the reasons we chose them,          grams and procedures.                          which allows them to buy whole food

ingredients locally. “We are really         and businesses learn about the mar-         This decreases global warming, air
unique in our business for not using        ket and its benefits and choose to buy      pollution, water contamination, traf-
canned or frozen foods, with the            from local producers,” Allen said.          fic congestion, and the need for oil.
exception of frozen peas, corn                         Through its Farm to Fork               Students sometimes are willing
and green beans,” but Bill                             program, Bon Appétit buys        to try new things, but according to
noted he is looking into                                  produce in season within a    Bill, sustainable food is not always an
buying even these items                                    150-mile radius of the       easy sell to the students. “If there is
from Knox County farm-                                      campus. Buying local        something they are not familiar
ers in the near future.                                     and sustainable ingredi-    with, and we don’t do a good enough
     Kenyon College cur-                                    ents preserves flavor and   job of convincing them to try it, the
rently has a relationship                                 regional diversity while      food will just sit there. I like to
with Knox County farmers,                               investing in the community.     encourage them to try new
and Allen and Bill hope to capi-                         “While our local produce       and healthier things and
talize on this. “Once the producers         is not certified organic, we do ask that    tell them their moms
know they have a market, they will          the farmers we buy from be good             want them to eat these
make longer term commitments to             stewards to the land,” Bill said. “By       things.
grow for Kenyon and Otterbein and           buying local produce, the food just               “Right now we are
we will know that the food we buy           tastes better.”                             looking into buying
and eat is safe, grown with certain              In addition, according to Bon          local, grass-fed cows. A
standards and that we have a relation-      Appétit literature, buying ingredients      grass-fed cow does taste dif-
ship with the growers,” Allen said.         from within a 150-mile radius greatly       ferent than other beef, so we need
     “I can only imagine this industry      reduces “food miles,” the distance          to test it first to see if the students will
will grow as other schools, hospitals       food travels from harvest to table.         eat it.”
                                                                                              Bon Appétit already buys milk
                                                                                        from Ohio cows, as well as Ohio-
                                                                                        made Velvet ice cream, which is made
                                                                                        from milk from Hatfield 7 Dairy, Inc.,
                                                                                        the farm of Lee Hatfield ’93. “We buy
                                                                                        milk from cows that are hormone and
                                                                                        antibiotic free,” Bill said.
                                                                                              Both hormones and antibiotics
                                                                                        are thought to have detrimental
                                                                                        effects on the health of humans who
                                                                                        consume these products.
                                                                                              rBGH is a genetically engineered
                                                                                        hormone that is injected into dairy
                                                                                        cows to artificially increase their milk
                                                                                        production. It has been shown to
                                                                                        increase disease rates in cows and a
 Bill Taylor, food services general manager for Bon Appétit, stands in front of a       significant body of scientific data has
 display in the Cardinal’s Nest that helps students make good food choices.             linked it to possible increases in

                                                                                cancer and antibiotic resistance in
                                                                                      The presence of antibiotics in
                                                                                milk from cows treated with them has
                                                                                been accused of causing the declining
                                                                                effectiveness of antibiotics in humans,
                                                                                who develop a resistance as they con-
                                                                                tinually consume low levels of the
                                                                                drugs through not only milk, but also
                                                                                      Bon Appétit stocks only fair trade
                                                                                coffee on the Otterbein campus. This
                                                                                coffee is socially responsible, keeping
                                                                                the workers and farmers rights in
                                                                                      Bon Appétit also has taken an
                                                                                active role in social responsibility of
                                                                                its seafood purchases. “We abide by
                                                                                the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood
                                                                                     Watch and plan our menus
                                                                                          around their recommenda-
                                                                                             tions, which can some-
                                                                                               times be difficult,” Bill
                                                                                                      Monterey Bay
                                                                                                Aquariums guidelines
                                                                                               classify seafood into three
                                                                                            categories: Best Choices,
                                                                                         Good Alternatives and Avoid.
                                                                                   Whenever possible, Bill will pur-
                                                                                chase seafood from the Best Choices
                                                                                list, and to a lesser extent from the
                                                                                Good Alternatives list, but never from
                                                                                the Avoid list. The guideline looks
                                                                                for “seafood from sources, whether
                                                                                fished or farmed, that can exist into
                                                                                the long-term without compromising
                                                                                species’ survival or the integrity of the
                                                                                surrounding ecosystem.”
                                                                                      These guidelines are based on
                                                                                such damaging practices as overfish-
                                                                                ing; bycatch, the process by which sea
                                                                                creatures that are not intended to be
                                                                                caught become victims of the fishing
                                                                                process; habitat destruction and other
                                                                                harmful activities that put fish popu-
                                                                                lations at risk. That includes irrespon-
                                                                                sible fish farming, which can create
                                                                                pollution and impact local fish popu-
                                                                                lations when farm fish escape their
                                                                                net-pens and compete for food with
Chef Cheffins in Action: Bon Appétit Executive Chef Mark Cheffins chops a red   wild fish.
bell pepper. Through its Farm to Fork program, Bon Appétit buys produce from          Animal welfare is also important
farmers within a 150-mile radius of the campus.                                 to the purchasing practices of Bon
                                                                                Appétit nationally and at Otterbein.
                                                                                All the shell eggs Bon Appétit buys

“     I try to encourage students to try new and healthier
      things and tell them their mom wants them to eat
      these things.
              ~ Bill Taylor, Food Services Manager

are cage-free and Certified Humane,
which means battery cages are not
permitted and the housing facilities
must include areas for hens to nest,
dust bathe, scratch and perch. For
                                          the kitchen with scratch cooking, and
                                          we make food as it is really meant to
                                          taste and make a difference, too. It’s
                                          exciting to see the trend, but also to
                                          see people enjoying the food,” Bill
this, the company was awarded the         said.
Humane Society of the United States’           Bill also enjoys educating stu-
Award for Excellence in Food Service.     dents on healthy lifestyle choices,
     Bill went out of his way to keep     which is part of the company’s mis-
with the company’s commitment at          sion. At the Cardinal’s Nest in the
Otterbein. “I used to buy eggs at the     Campus Center, Bill maintains a bul-
local Whole Foods store because I         letin board with a variety of informa-
couldn’t get it otherwise,” Bill said.    tion on nutrition and exercise. The
But as consumers and companies like       board is part of Bon Appétit’s Circle
Bon Appétit demand these products,        of Responsibility program. Also
their availability grows and a shift      included on the board are icons to
occurs in the industry as a whole.        indicate which dishes are low fat, In
     Other practices at Otterbein         Balance, vegetarian, vegan, local
include the use of canola oil for fry-    organic and For Your Well-Being.
ing and unbleached, biodegradable         These labels appear throughout the
napkins in the cafeterias and cafes on    cafeteria to help students make the
campus. Bill is also looking into pur-    best decisions for themselves.
chasing local wheat for breads and             To help them, vegetarian options
flour for baking. Used frying oil is      are plentiful at every meal; stocks are
given to The Ohio State University,       made from scratch, the day before use
which uses the oil as an alternative      to ensure the removal of fats; turkey
fuel for their vehicles.                  and beef are roasted in-house daily
     What it all comes down to is the     for deli meat; trans fats are not used;
taste of the food. “Students appreci-         and MSG and peanut oil are never
ate good food,” Bill said. “The                     used.
faculty and staff appreciate                                   Allen thinks that
good food, but also the                                  the efforts of Bon
boost to the local econo-                                 Appétit are leading
my from buying locally.”                                   Otterbein in a good
     Mark Cheffins is the                                 direction, one which he
chef at Otterbein. He is                                  hopes the College will
French trained and under-                               follow in all aspects of
stands the need for both sus-                        education and operations.
tainability and good food, accord-              “If we can think about ways as
ing to Bill. Scratch cooking extends to   an institution to do what we want
baked goods, salad dressings, salsas,     people to do as individuals, we will
pizza, marinara and other sauces.         become a model of sustainability and
     Bill also agrees with the commit-    draw the kind of students to campus
ments Bon Appétit has made. “We           that will further this effort,” Allen
brought the restaurant concept into       said.

Seeing Double

             Otterbein College is a family affair for many students, through close relatives, parents or even grandparents.
             But these students give an entirely different meaning to this concept. Meet Erin and Katelyn Glaser, twin
             sisters both majoring in communication at Otterbein, and Molly and Megan Myers, twin sisters who both
             majored in life sciences at Otterbein. As you’ll see, while these siblings share the same majors and may be
             closer than most siblings, they don’t always agree! (The following interviews are edited.)

                                                   Megan and Molly Myers

Born on July 23, 1985, Megan and Molly      What was growing up as twins like?          MEGAN: My sister and I were always
Myers both majored in life sciences at      MOLLY: It was definitely interesting        together, and we’ve always been really
Otterbein, earning their bachelors’         being a twin. We had to share a lot of      close. We had to share a lot of things,
degrees in June 2007. Originally from       things and we tend to fight a lot, but      including a room. She has always been
Wheeling, West Virginia, the twins lived    we get along really well. It was always     my best friend, but we’ve had our share
together in college and since graduation.   nice having someone around all of the       of ups and downs. We’ve always “bick-
They both admit that being identical        time, and our two older brothers had a      ered” with one another like typical sis-
twins can be a lot of fun, and Megan        lot of fun with us. Sometimes, it was       ters tend to do.
says sometimes people on campus were        hard being a twin, because people
surprised how quickly one person could      always group you together — your            What was it like attending college
leave one place and show up minutes         individual identity is overlooked some-     with your sister?
later after an apparent wardrobe change!    times. I wouldn’t trade being a twin for    MOLLY: We had the same major, so we
                                            anything. It has its ups and downs, but     were in a lot of classes together. Again, it
                                            I could never imagine my life without       was good and bad. Some people treated
                                            my sister.                                  us as if we were the same person. A lot of

       “           It’s funny how twins have the same interests in things...especially
                   since our personalities are black and white from one another.

our professors got a kick out of it. We
can’t study together because we fight.
 We never had classes together in high
school, so it was an adjustment. It wasn’t
all that bad though, that’s for sure. I love
having my sister around a lot, especially
                                                                       ~ Molly Myers

                                               have an interest in the medical field.
                                               We both love science, but we plan on
                                               doing different things with it. It’s funny
                                               how twins have the same interests in
                                               things. It must be one of those genetic
                                               things, especially since our personalities
                                                                                            didn’t really study together that often
                                                                                            to help one another academically.

                                                                                            What are you doing now that you’ve
                                                                                            MOLLY: Now that I have graduated, I
because we don’t spend as much time            are black and white from one another.        am currently applying to pharmacy
around each other outside of school.           MEGAN: I started enjoying science in         school and graduate school. I hope to
MEGAN: Going to the same college               high school. I liked biology, chemistry,     get enrolled in a PhD program. Other
with my sister had its pros and cons. For      and physics. I originally wanted to go       than that, I am in the process of look-
the most part, it is nice having my sister     into physical therapy. However, after        ing for a good job. I’m thinking about
with me. A lot of times, people don’t          being at Otterbein for about a year I        doing pharmaceutical sales.
know we’re twins. They get confused            changed my goals. I mostly enjoyed the       MEGAN: Now that I have graduated, I
when they talk with one of us and then         different micro and molecular biology        am getting married in September.
see the other one walking down the hall-       classes.                                     Additionally, I plan on going to gradu-
way with a different outfit on a few min-                                                   ate school in September of 2008. I hope
utes later. Sometimes it’s really funny.       What things were you involved with           to get my master’s degree in molecular
                                               in the science department?                   biology. I think my science classes have
What do you like to do in your spare           MOLLY: We were both involved in              laid a solid foundation of knowledge for
time?                                          microbiology research projects with          me. Overall, my classes have greatly
MOLLY: We tend to share the same               turtles.                                     prepared me for graduate school.
interests. I love fishing, hiking, camping,    MEGAN: Besides lecture and laborato-
hunting, and everything else about the         ry courses, I did work-study for the         Is there anyone in your department
outdoors. My sister is the same. Megan         Department of Life and Earth Sciences.       who has been a particular inspiration
doesn’t really like baseball, and I am a       I was a teaching assistant for the micro-    or mentor for you?
die-hard fan of the Cincinnati Reds.           biology lab on a few occasions. I also       MOLLY: In the Department of Life and
MEGAN: We spend time together                  assisted the lab coordinator, Tara           Earth Sciences, I have various inspira-
when we’re at home, but we have our            Grove, in the life science department        tions. My two research advisors were Dr.
own sets of friends. Mostly, I like to         and helped prepare for labs each week.       Sarah Bouchard and Dr. Amy Jessen-
spend time with my fiancé. I love jog-         Additionally, I worked on a long-term        Marshall. I really enjoyed working with
ging and playing tennis, although I’m          research project under Dr. Sarah             these ladies on a project entitled, “The
not that good at tennis. Eating is always      Bouchard and Dr. Amy Jessen-Mar-             Effects of Antibiotics on the Gastroin-
fun — I live for food! I also enjoy            shall. I studied yellow-bellied slider       testinal Microflora in Slider Turtles, Tra-
hanging out with my friends, going to          turtles and wrote a thesis for Distinc-      chemys Scripta.” We had a lot of fun.
movies, and going to church.                   tion. I hope to have my paper pub-            Dr. Bouchard kept me on my toes the
                                               lished in the near future.                   whole time. If I ever decide to be a pro-
Why did you choose to come to                                                               fessor, I hope that I will be exactly like
Otterbein? Was your sister a factor in         Did you feel you have an advantage           these two ladies. They make their stu-
your decision?                                 over other students having your twin         dents feel comfortable, and they are
MOLLY: Basically because it was close,         here as support?                             excellent teachers. Almost all of my pro-
and we got a lot of financial aid. Megan       MOLLY: I definitely felt like I had an       fessors in the Department of Life and
and I did intend on choosing the same          advantage having my sister attend the        Earth Sciences were inspirations to me.
school mainly for financial reasons.           same school. Especially our freshman          They are great people, and I wouldn’t
MEGAN: My sister wasn’t really a fac-          year, it was nice having her around for      have been able to graduate, or obtain the
tor in choosing a college. We both just        support while attending a new place          knowledge I have gained, without them.
so happened to get a lot of financial aid      with new people. I think that this would      MEGAN: In the science department,
from Otterbein.                                apply to all siblings, not just twins.       Dr. Sarah Bouchard and Tara Grove
                                               MEGAN: Not really. Most people make          have been great mentors for me. I
Why did you choose to study science?           close friends in college for support, and    appreciate everything they have both
MOLLY: We both chose it because we             others also have their families. Also, we    done for me!

Seeing Double


                                                      Erin and Katelyn Glaser

Communication majors Erin and                  What was growing up as twins like?          Otterbein, people thought that we were
Katelyn Glaser were raised in McMur-           KATELYN: It was great — there was           just really good friends, and didn’t
ray, PA, near Pittsburgh. Born on Jan. 9,      always someone around. We are actual-       know that we were related. It was more
1987, these juniors may seem like ordi-        ly triplets. Our brother Sean goes to the   fun that way. People got to know us
nary twins sisters, but they are actually      College of Wooster and studies history.     individually, instead of just as “the
triplets with a brother. Still, the two are    It was a lot of fun growing up. We defi-    twins.”
friends as well as sisters, and are happy to   nitely have a stronger bond because we      ERIN: I like that we both ended up at
be living together on campus in the Com-       are triplets. I couldn’t see us as being    Otterbein together. It made the transi-
mons residence hall next school year.          any other way.                              tion, I believe for the both of us, much
Since they share a major, people might be      ERIN: I have really never known any-        easier.
quick to group them together. However,         thing different, but I loved it because
although the sisters take many of the          there was always someone around,            Do you feel you have an advantage
same classes, they consciously try to take     whether it was my sister or brother.        over other students having your twin
them separately to remain somewhat                                                         here as support?
independent. But outside the classroom,        What is it like attending college with      KATELYN: Yes definitely. We are
the sisters spend a lot of time together,      your sister?                                stronger because we have gone to col-
and separately they even enjoy the same        KATELYN: I like it. It made the transi-     lege together. At least that is how I feel,
hobbies, including watching movies,            tion easier. We actually act more like      I don’t know about Erin!
reading, knitting and shopping.                friends, so when we first arrived at        ERIN: I don’t necessarily think I have

         “           I like that we both ended up at Otterbein together. It made
                     the transition, I believe for the both of us, much easier.

an advantage, but I do think it has
helped a lot. We are support systems
for each other.

Do you spend a lot of time together
outside the classroom?
KATELYN: Yeah we do. We share the
                                                                     ~ Erin Glaser
                                            so that kind of pushed me into these
                                            majors. When I was younger, I wanted
                                            to teach English, but I think journalism
                                            is an even trade.
                                            ERIN: I am a public relations major.
                                             At first I was an education major, but I
                                            decided halfway through my freshmen
                                                                                        definitely knows what she is talking
                                                                                        about and practices what she preaches.
                                                                                        She has great connections, too. Dr. Lud-
                                                                                        lum is a great teacher. I also like Dr. Kelly.
                                                                                        She works in the design side of journal-
                                                                                        ism, which I hope to do one day.
                                                                                        ERIN: I would have to say my advisor
same group of friends, so it makes it       year that being an education major was      Denise Shively because she has really
nice when we go out or hang out.            not the right path for me. I was brows-     helped me along the way and with my
ERIN: We do spend a lot of time             ing through the different majors and        decision to major in public relations.
together outside of the classroom. We       public relations really caught my eye.       And Dr. Strayer, because her classes are
have a lot of the same friends, who                                                     wonderful and she is an amazing profes-
have become like family to both of us.      What are some activities you are            sor. I have had nothing but great experi-
We have been suite mates and we will        involved with related to your area of       ences with both of these professors.
be living in the Commons next year          study?
with two other girls. We have never         KATELYN: I am the advertising editor        How do you feel about studying in the
been roommates in college, though. As       for the Tan and Cardinal.                   new communication building next
freshmen, we thought it would be a          ERIN: I wrote for the Tan and               year?
really good idea to live separately to      Cardinal, will be a member of PRSSA,        KATELYN: The new space will be great
meet more people and ultimately, I          and I was one of the two entertainment      and having all new equipment and
think that was a very good plan             team leaders, but am now the treasurer      everything will benefit us. I also like the
because we did just that.                   for the Campus Programming Board            fact that we are sharing the building
                                            (CPB).                                      with the Art Department. I minor in
Why did you choose to come to Otter-                                                    art, and I feel like the departments
bein? Was your sister a factor in your      What activities are you involved in         overlap a lot. So this change will be
decision?                                   outside the classroom?                      good.
KATELYN: I came because of the loca-        KATELYN: I am a campus tour guide,          ERIN: I like the fact that the depart-
tion, size, and the scholarships I          the operational vice president for the      ment has its own building. I have yet to
received. Erin was not a factor in my       Campus Programming Board (CPB),             visit the building but from what I have
decision, but more of a bonus. We           and a member of the Otterbein Christ-       heard, it is a very nice.
made our college decisions on our own       ian Fellowship (OCF).
based on our individual needs and           ERIN: I am somewhat involved with           Have you studied abroad?
wants.                                      OCF and CPB, and I work for the             KATELYN: I am actually going in the
ERIN: At first we were not going to         Office of Admission as a tour guide.        fall to Brighton, England. It is close to
attend the same college — Katelyn was                                                   London. I am traveling with four of
really interested in Allegheny and I was    What would you like to do when you          my friends, and I think it will be
very interested in Mercyhurst — but         graduate?                                   great. I think everyone should be able
then we made a visit to Otterbein and       KATELYN: My dream job would be to           to go abroad once during their educa-
we both fell in love with it. Katelyn was   work for People Magazine. Until that        tion. This trip will actually be the first
not a factor when choosing a college; it    day comes, I hope to work for a maga-       time Erin and I will be apart for this
just so happened that we fell in love       zine or newspaper writing or doing          long of a time. I think it will be good
with the same place.                        layout design.                              for us, and maybe it will make us
                                            ERIN: I am not really sure yet. I think     more individualized.
What is your major? When did you            I would like to be a wedding planner.       ERIN: I have not and I probably will
first become interested in that area of                                                 not. Studying abroad is not something
study?                                      Is there anyone in your department          I’d like to do. It is a great experience for
KATELYN: Journalism and public rela-        who has been a particular inspiration       people who like to travel, but I am okay
tions. I love to write. I was a yearbook    or mentor for you?                          with looking at pictures in books and
and newspaper editor in high school,        KATELYN: My adviser, Dr. Shively. She       magazines.


                                                   of Otterbein
Gorgeous weather, hearty laughter, warm remembrances…
       It was a gorgeous weekend for the 91st Otterbein                   Quizzes,” and, of course, all the smiling faces of alumni.
Alumni Weekend. Over 250 alumni and friends gathered                           It was an opportunity for alumni to share Otterbein
to reminiscence with classmates on their Otterbein experi-                memories as well as a sense of nostalgia and deep commit-
ence and to view the beauty of the campus. Seventy-two                    ment to their alma mater. Our Otterbein memories touch
individuals came from 23 states including Maine, Florida,                 our hearts and leave an impression for a lifetime.
Iowa, Texas… and all the way from Washington and Cali-                         The reunion planning began in November 2006 with
fornia. Even Hawaii had a representative. There were grad-                a group of alumni coordinating this year’s activities.
uates and students from the Class of 1929 to 2010.                        Through their support and leadership the weekend
       The weekend goal was to provide alumni with connec-                reunions, “Classes Without Quizzes,” campus tours, and
tions to Otterbein’s people, places and events which enriched             many other events provided long lasting memories. The
your life. The “Faces of Otterbein” theme was the focus of                time and effort of these loyal alumni volunteers provided
the weekend – the faces of our new buildings and the face-                great celebrations for over 250 people gathered at the Old
lifts to old, the faces of friendships at class reunions, the face        Bag of Nails, The Lakes Country Club and the 60th
of academic learning through our “Classes Without                         reunion of the Class of 1947.

1st Row (seated)       2nd Row                       3rd Row                     4th Row
Nancy Lee Swortzel     Jane Boothe Smith             Marge Curtis Henn           Eugene Purdy
Jane Zaebst Alstrom    Elaine Ellis Comegys          Lois A. Vore                Bob Henn
Carolyn Lucas Zolg     Eileen Fagan Huston           Shirley McCollough Payton   Bill Bale
Janet Watkins Black    Joan Ensign Heslet            Martha Gilliland Jennings   Alan Norris
Sheila Mason School    Barbara Fast Reichter         Andy Lechler                William Freeman
Carolyn Cribbs Smith   Gay Fravert Spears            Carol Peterson Carter       Allen Kepke
Doris Wise Gantz       Marilla Clark Eschbach        Ronald Rankin               Jerry B. Lingrel
Clara “Betty” Colsch   Janice Gunn Dunphy            Bob Fulton                  Donald Lee Martin
     Kirkpatrick       Lois Koons Scott              Marvin McRoberts            Gary Murray
Alice Horner Chapan    John W. Magaw                 Beverly Brumley Leonard     Fred Smith
                                                     Keith Leonard               Harold Hixon

                                                                                 5th Row
                                                                                 John Ted Huston
                                                                                 Charles “Chuck” Selby
                                                                                 Glenn Wyville
                                                                                 Néstor Martinez
                                                                                 Dean V. Roush
                                                                                 Dave Cox

             ALUMNI WEEKEND 2007
A Special 60th Reunion...Class of ’47

Front Row: Irene Shinew Hampshire, Jean McClay, Lila Meany Severin, Ruth Wolfe Holland, Margie Robson Eglie, Peg Wilson
Cherrington, Mary McConnell Miller, Hazel Brehm Hayes, Helen Hilt LeMay, Les Mokry. Back row: Sylvia Phillips Vance, Miri-
am Woodford King, William Esselstyn, Edwin "Dubbs" Roush, Charles Phallen, James "Bud" Kraner, Cliff Gebhart, Wanda Boyles
Gebhart, Nancy Ewing Askins, Mary Cay Carlson Wells.

                                           Round Robin’s Still Flyin’
            ’47                            Started fresh out of college, this letter chain’s been going on for 60 years.

Sixty years and Counting...
It started 60 years ago, right after
graduation...14 friends were deter-
mined to stay in touch with each
other. They started a round robin
that’s still going on to this day. The
letters wend their way through Wash-
ington, Pennsylvania, New York,
Michigan and Ohio. They told first of
jobs and marriages, then kids, then
grandkids. The letters kept together
14 close friends belonging to different
Greek organizations, different majors,
but united still in the friendships they
made so many years ago at Otterbein.
Because of deaths, the number is now
down to 10. But three or four times a      Front Row: Irene Shinew Hampshire, Lila Meany Severin, Ruth Wolfe Holland,
year, each member will open the oth-       Margie Robson Eglie, Peg Wilson Cherrington. Back row: Miriam Woodford King,
ers’ letters, and remain a part of each    Mary Cay Carlson Wells, Sylvia Phillips Vance, Wanda Boyles Gebhart. Not pictured:
others’ lives still.                       Elizabeth Mills Coughlin.

                                              Pre-Class of 1957

Front Row: Marilyn Steiner Mokry ’49, Leslie Mokry ’47, Miriam Wise Keller ’53. 2nd Row: Harvey Smith ’55,
John Wells ’48, Jane Morrison Horn ’50, Dick Sellers ’50. 3rd Row: Richard Reichter ’56, Anita Ranck Morris ’51,
Richard Sanders ’29, Bob Keller ’50.

                                                  Class of 1962

Front Row left to right: Judith Jones Schrek, Jean Erichsen Parker, Lei Shoda Tobias, Kay Ayers Trazier, Ella Jurrene Shaffer, Bev
Peck Ringo, Marilyn Grimes Birckbichler, Sharron Smith Schar, Myra Hiett Traxler. 2nd Row: Jim Bebee, Cathie Hawkins Hickin,
Jack Pietila, Suzi Shelley Jones, Sherry Neibler Kuntz, Opal Adkins Gilson, Ken Gilson, Dale Sauer, David Schar. 3rd Row: Hugh
D. Allen, Gary F. McKinley, Lois Marburder Reinhardt, Ron Tobias, Tom Jenkins, Susan Allaman Wright. 4th Row: Max Weaver,
Glenn Aidt, Nancy Bone Hollifield, Louise Bollechino Klump, Barbara Glor Martin, David Hutchings.

                                                 Class of 1967

Front Row: Laurie Elwell Paulus, Sharon Banbury Shoaf, Joy Kiger, Maxine Bamburger Hegnauer, Jane Arnold Olson, Jeff Olson.
2nd Row: Florence Gee Lowe, Janet Radebaugh Purdy, Linda Bixby, Toni Churches Carter, Elaine Ellis Brookes. 3rd Row: Don R.
Lutz, Allen Myers, Barb Billings Hazelbaker, David Evans, Robert Woodruff, Jerry L. Pearson, James Bruce, Philip J. Hardy. 4th
Row: Brian C. Johnston, Tom Shoaf, Brian Wood, Carl Weaver, George Biggs, Earl Warren Bennett, Warren Wheeler.

                                                 Class of 1972

Front Row: Jim Fox, Kathy Benson Moling, Amy Weinrich, Deborah Beetham Ford. 2nd Row: Lynne Hokanson, Mary Temple
Norton, Kathy Butler, Charles Ford, Helen Johnson Hutchinson. 3rd Row: Kathy Sellers, William Gabriele, Alan Hyre, Jim
Roshon, Nate VanWey. 4th Row: Gail Williams Bloom, David C. Bloom, George Miller, Jim Vetter, Joe Pallay, Gary Armbrust.

                                            Class of 1977

Front Row: Nancy Flinchbaugh, Karen Maurer Fortner, Peter Bunnell. 2nd Row: Thomas Brown, Carol Meyer Carter,
Robin Sando Mead, Joe Antram

                                                               What do the following
               Class of 1982                                   people have in common?
                                                               MSNBC News correspondent and TV Anchor - Chris
                                                               Kapostasy Jansing '78
                                                               Retired Four Star General in U.S. Air Force - General
                                                               Lance Lord '69
                                                               NASA Astronaut Trainer - Al Manson '60
                                                               CEO of Columbus Urban League - Eddie Harrell '94
                                                               CEO and President of Westerville Chamber of
                                                               Commerce - Janet Davis '82
                                                               Cleveland Clinic Medical Director - Dr. Mellar P.
                                                               Davis '74
                                                               CEO of Rubbermaid - Wolfgang R. Schmitt '66
                                                               U.S Federal Court Judge - Judge Alan Norris '57
                                                               Professor in biochemistry who has received honors world-
                                                               wide - Marilynn Etzler '62

                                                               They are all proud Otterbein College Alumni
                                                               and recipients of an Otterbein Alumni Award.

Al Waterhouse, Amy Conrad Levine.                              Know alumni to add to this list? Nominations for
                                                               awards being accepted until December 3, 2007. Forms
                                                               available at click 'Get

     2007 Alumni Awards

            Chuck Vedder
       Honorary Alumnus Award

C       harles “Chuck” Vedder was born in Columbus,
Ohio, where his father was a professor of music at The
                                                                       At Otterbein, Chuck presides over the expansion of
                                                                  exchange programs and other study abroad opportunities,
Ohio State University and his mother a piano teacher.             continues to teach Spanish, and offers enthusiastic and
     Although he was musically inclined like his parents,         dedicated personalized service to a diverse group of inter-
Chuck also cultivated a passion for foreign languages. He         national students. One of his major responsibilities is
majored in Spanish and minored in French at The Ohio              keeping abreast of immigration rules and helping the
State University, graduating in 1969. He then earned a            international students follow them.
master’s degree in Spanish and Spanish American litera-                Since his college days, Chuck has maintained an active
ture in 1971, also from Ohio State. During his undergrad-         interest in music. Another interest has been traveling,
uate years, he studied at the Universidad Iberoamericana          which he has done on four continents with his family and
in Mexico City and lived with a Mexican family.                   also on behalf of Otterbein.
     From 1971 to 1978 Chuck taught Spanish and French                 Chuck said, “The college is such a special place. It
in Columbus. He met his future wife Debby Scott Vedder            offers a friendly, helpful, comfortable environment but is
’73 while teaching at Ridgeview Junior High School, where         also constantly working to improve and grow. Otterbein is
she was a student teacher. Chuck and Debby were married           strong now, but it has an incredible amount of potential.
in 1974. They have one son, Rod Vedder ’05.                       I’m proud to be a part of it and optimistic about its
     Chuck began his work with international students in          future.”
1979, when he became assistant director of the ESL pro-
gram at Ohio Wesleyan University. After five-and-a-half
years at OWU and several years in other positions, Chuck
had the good fortune of being hired by Otterbein as Direc-
tor of International Student Programs in 1987.

     2007 Alumni Awards

         David A. Brown ’64
     Special Achievement Award

D       r. David A. Brown graduated from Otterbein with a
double major in mathematics and education, after which
                                                                    among high school students in high-risk areas for E.S.E.A.
                                                                    Title III. He has led groups of 300 pharmacists through
he earned his master’s degree in counseling from John               personal conflict resolution experiences, as well as neigh-
Carroll University and his doctoral degree in leadership            borhood groups in emotional survival encounters. Ratio-
and human behavior from the United States International             nal living, stress management, conflict resolution, and
University in San Diego, California. He completed inten-            problem solving workshops were presented to industrial
sive postdoctoral work at the Rational Behavior Therapy             managers, school psychologists, college students, coun-
Center of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine            selors and administrators, and J.T.P.A. participants with
and at the Outward Bound School in Morganton, North                 exciting success. He has developed and directed grants for
Carolina.                                                           the United States Office of Education and the Office of
      He has been a professor of psychology at International        Economic Opportunity, utilizing educational innovations.
College in Fort Myers for the past 12 years. He is the                   He is board certified by the National Academy of Cer-
author and developer, as well as executive and clinical             tified Clinical Mental Health Counselors and the National
director, of an intensive, long-term, family-oriented, ado-         Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. He is certified in
lescent, drug rehabilitation treatment program in Florida.          Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy by the Rational
He has had more than 30 years of success working with               Behavioral Therapy Center of the University of Kentucky.
drug abusers, would-be suicides, managers unable to cope,           He has served as adjunct instructor at Indiana University,
couples with marital problems, and juveniles with aberrant          Ball State University, Indiana Vocational-Technical Col-
behavior problems.                                                  lege, and Edison Community College.
      Dr. Brown has developed and led successful experien-               Dr. Brown authored The Pocket Therapist and The
tial training programs in the Florida swamps to resolve             Pocket Therapist II and has published numerous articles
interpersonal and intrapersonal relationship problems               regarding the practical application of rational thinking.

     2007 Alumni Awards

 Norris Wayne Cummerlander ’80
   Special Achievement Award

N       orris Wayne Cummerlander has lived and worked
in Columbus his entire life. From as early as Wayne can
                                                                            For the past 5 years Wayne has been working at
                                                                       Franklin Heights High School. Prior to Wayne’s arrival, the
remember, his parents stressed the importance of an edu-               school was averaging 23 percent of its student body
cation. It was from his parent’s conviction and support                attending a two- or four-year college, with an average total
that lead Wayne on the path to pursue a college degree in              of $600,000 in scholarships. In 2004, his first senior class
education and ultimately enhance the education and                     boasted an average of 68 percent of the class admitted to a
futures of thousands of Central Ohio students.                         two year and four year college, and had a total of $3 mil-
     At Otterbein, Wayne was a member of the 1977 foot-                lion in scholarships. Wayne was named one of the 2004
ball team, which shares the best record in the College’s his-          Teachers of the Year Award in the South-Western City
tory, with a record of 8 wins, 1 loss. At the end of his career        Schools.Wayne’s leadership in his school and community
in football, Wayne owned 6 of the 7 rushing school                     comes from his passion to help at-risk students maximize
records. Wayne was named All-America in 1974, making                   their potential.
him the first African-American All-American in football at                  Wayne states, “My goal is to make the dreams of my
Otterbein.                                                             students their reality by sharing the lessons instilled in me
     After graduating from Otterbein in 1980, Wayne was                by my parents.”
hired as a social studies teacher at his alma mater, Grove                  Wayne and his wife, Marie, are the parents of Lauren,
City High School. He taught and coached football and                   Anthony, and Angela.
track for 13 years. Seeing students who faced obstacles to
success led him to earn his master’s degree in school coun-
seling from the University of Dayton in 1993. Within six
months he was hired into his first counseling position at
Brookpark Middle School, which he held for eight years.

     2007 Alumni Awards

          Jack G. Mehl ’72
     Special Achievement Award

J   ack G. Mehl was born in Greensville, Ohio. His dedica-
tion to the athletic arena spans 30 years, throughout which
                                                                first has resulted in individual Golden Grizzlie student-
                                                                athletes gaining recognition 554 times as Academic All-
he has been known for his diligent work to ensure the aca-      Mid-Con. During his tenure, Oakland won 36 Mid-Con
demic and athletic success of student-athletes.                 titles, sent 17 teams to NCAA Tournament appearances.
      Following graduation, Jack served as the Director of      After 11 years of service, he retired.
Athletics at Florida Atlantic University for 12 years, where          Also a coach, Mehl was Florida Atlantic’s golf coach
he was responsible for proposals that moved the athletic        from 1979-84 and coached basketball at three different
program from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II, and              institutions, including the University of North Carolina at
ultimately to NCAA Division I.                                  Greensboro from 1975-78.
      From 1993-95, Jack served as the business and mar-              Jack said, “The lessons learned while attending Otter-
keting director for the Rose Bowl, where he utilized busi-      bein were and continue to be a foundation which permits
ness and marketing strategies to gain advertising and           me to move, function and live life to the fullest within my
sponsorship.                                                    community.”
      In 1995, Jack became director of athletics at Oakland           Jack is enjoying his retirement in Sarasota, Florida.
University. During his first season as director, Oakland
University captured the GLIAC’s President’s Cup as the top
all-around athletic program in the Great Lakes Intercolle-
giate Athletic Conference. Since joining Jack has guided
the athletics program into NCAA Division I from Division
II. Also, he oversaw the construction of a new $37 million
athletics center and the adoption of a new mascot, the
Golden Grizzlies. His insistence that academics must come

     2007 Alumni Awards

         Mark Puskarich ’86
      Alumni Community Service

G       iving up his childhood dreams to become a rock star,
Mark Puskarich came to Otterbein from Cadiz, Ohio, leav-
                                                                      years later, Mark and his friends have raised a total of
                                                                      $440,000 through their “A Christmas to Cure Cancer” bene-
ing behind the band and best friends he’d been with for four          fit concerts and their Christmas CD releases.
years. After graduating from Otterbein in 1986 with a double                Locally, their contributions have benefited cancer
major in business administration and computer science,                research efforts through the American Cancer Society, James
Mark began his 21-year career at Worthington Industries.              Cancer Hospital, the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Can-
He also went back to his rock star roots to support cancer            cer Research and the Ohio Cancer Research Associates. At
research through music.                                               their December 2006 Columbus benefit concert, Heather
      In 1997, Mark and three of his former high school               Pick of 10TV and Stefanie Spielman served as guest speakers
friends reunited their band, along with the wife of one, to           and John McConnell, CEO of Worthington Industries, and
record a Christmas music CD. Their pursuit was halted                 his wife served as Honorary Chairs. The event raised $65,000
when one of the band members was diagnosed with                       through a dinner, concert, silent/live auctions and donations.
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer. Four years later, he overcame              All donations that evening went to The James Cancer Hospi-
the cancer and is currently in remission. The group decided           tal and Solove Research Institute.
to use their love of music as a way to give back, celebrate                 In 2006, Mark was honored as one of ten Columbus Dis-
their bandmate’s survival and help raise money for cancer             patch Jefferson Award recipients for his service to the com-
research and treatment.                                               munity.
      Mark is the president and founder of A Christmas to                   Mark stated,“The most meaningful memories I have of
Cure Cancer, Inc., a non-profit entity to raise money for can-        Otterbein center around the people and the relationships I
cer research and donate the net proceeds to organizations             developed there. Otterbein is a great institution and I know
engaged in cancer research. In 2002, the group released their         it was the best place for me.”
first Christmas CD and held their first benefit concert. Five

     2007 Alumni Awards

      Bruce E. Flinchbaugh ’75
   Distinguished Alumnus Award

D       r. Flinchbaugh remembers his days at Otterbein Col-
lege as a time of diverse learning, good friends and great fun.
A mathematics student from Dayton, Ohio, he joined Kings
Fraternity and often performed as a singer-songwriter playing
guitar. He studied abroad his junior year at the University of
Durham, England, and was selected for the undergraduate
honors research summer program at Argonne National Lab-
oratory, Chicago. He graduated with college and departmen-
tal honors. His advances in computer science have strength-
ened the way technology is used in safety and security sys-
tems around the world.
      After graduating from Otterbein, he received a master’s
and a doctoral degree in computer and information science
at The Ohio State University. During his doctoral research he
began tackling problems in the field of computer vision – to
give computers the ability to ‘see.’ Dr. Flinchbaugh continued
this in postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT) and at OSU before joining Texas Instru-
ments (TI) in 1982.
      Throughout 25 years with TI, Dr. Flinchbaugh has led
R&D projects contributing to TI digital signal processing                community professionally in numerous capacities, cur-
(DSP) business. He holds 20 patents for TI systems and meth-             rently on advisory boards at OSU and the University of
ods including seismic data interpretation for oil exploration,           Notre Dame, and as Head Technical Chair of the TI Devel-
plasma etch process diagnosis for semiconductor manufactur-              opers Conference.
ing, automatic target recognition for defense systems,                        Past responsibilities have included roles as Associate Edi-
autonomous video surveillance for safety and security, and               tor of IEEE Expert, member of the Industrial Liaison Com-
digital video and image processing for digital cameras and cel-          mittee of the International Association for Pattern Recogni-
lular phones. Dr. Flinchbaugh is a TI Fellow and Manager of              tion, Principal Investigator for DARPA Image Understanding
Video & Image Processing R&D in the TI DSP R&D Center.                   Research, Program Chair of the IEEE Workshop on Applica-
      After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, he began redirecting TI        tions of Computer Vision, and Treasurer for the Lamplighter
target recognition research to develop digital camera and                School Parents Association. Awards recognizing Dr. Flinch-
autonomous video surveillance technology for commercial                  baugh’s achievements include Distinguished Alumnus, OSU
and consumer safety and security. He pioneered computer                  College of Engineering, 2003; TI Fellow, 2002; TI Distin-
vision technology that is now known as video analytics. He               guished Member of Technical Staff, 1998; ACM Recognition
led the design of video monitoring algorithms that automati-             of Service Award, 1993; TI Senior Member of Technical Staff,
cally track and map people and vehicles. By 1998, his R&D                1986; University Fellow, OSU, 1975-79; Otterbein Torch &
team had developed the first stand-alone video monitoring                Key, 1975; Otterbein Scholar, 1971.
camera prototype with the algorithms embedded as software                     Dr. Flinchbaugh said, “I had no idea in my college days of
on a DSP chip. Today, TI DSP processors are used in millions             what I would do for a career. I am certain that the Otterbein
of cameras and video products worldwide.                                 liberal arts education provided me with the flexibility to adapt
      Dr. Flinchbaugh has published or presented in more                 and the courage to help make the world a better place to live.”
than 75 technical forums including journals, conferences,                     Dr. Flinchbaugh and his wife, Mary Fontana, live in Dal-
industry magazines and universities. He has served the                   las with their two children.

   Class     N OTES
              Submit information for Class Notes and Milestones to Classnotes, Office of Advancement Resources, Otterbein College,
              Westerville, Ohio, 43081 or email:

         1927                                         1963
Ruth Hayes McKnight cele-         Imodale Caulker-Burnett has worked to better
brated her 100th birthday         her ancestral village, Mambo, and bring it into
this year on Feb 4, 2007.         the 21st century. The village had no electricity,
Ruth has three children           no running water, no health-care providers or
from her marriage to her          facilities, but she is working on changing and
late husband Wilbur C.            updating all of these to better equip Mambo.
McKnight ’29. She taught          Since she started in 2002, she set up a nonprofit
in Millersburg and Massil-        organization, Lesana Community Develop-
lon, OH, then had a hiatus        ment and a micro-credit program aimed at          The partially built community center
for raising her family            helping women in the village start their own      in the Sierra Leone village of Mambo.
before returning to teach at      businesses.
Hyre Middle School and
Ellet High Schools in the       shire Medical Center in            the Moorings Club Habitat     State University College of
Akron school system. She        Pittsfield, MA. The award          Committee.                    Medicine, a rare distinction
has a great passion for chil-   was given by the Berkshire                                       that can only be obtained
dren, and has crocheted
more than 300 mittens and
                                Health Systems Board of                    1961                  through the praise of stu-
                                Trustees.                          David Norris and his family   dents. Gutheil practices in
more than 100 baby blan-                                                                         the Columbus, OH, area.
kets that she has donated to                                       have moved to a farm in
Ellet Good Neighbors. She
                                         1955                      Gloucestershire, England,
                                Richard Winkler was hon-           where they raise and train    Gerald McFeeley and his
has traveled extensively and                                                                     wife, Nancy, celebrated
has “been on every conti-       ored at Habitat for                event horses. The farm is
                                Humanity’s annual awards           near Berkeley Castle, where   their 50th wedding
nent except for one.”                                                                            anniversary in February.
                                banquet for his all around         Edward II met his sticky
                                support of Habitat’s com-          end in 1327.                  The celebration included a
         1950                                                                                    dinner with family at a
                                mitment to provide a
Richard Whitehead was                                                                            local Columbus, OH,
awarded the Gladys Allen
                                “hand up, not a hand out                   1962
                                to the needy.” Richard has                                       restaurant.
Brigham Award in recogni-                                          Paul Gutheil was recently
                                been the Moorings Habitat          awarded the Preceptor All
tion of over four decades of    Golf Outing chairman for                                         James Thomas retired as
volunteer service to the                                           Star Award from The Ohio
                                two years, and recently has                                      Franklin Golf Club super-
community and to Berk-          become the chairman of                                           intendent in 2005. He
                                                                                                 came back to the same club
                                                                                                 as the assistant superinten-
                           1942                                                                  dent in the spring of 2007.
  Bette Green Elliot was elected for achievement in the                                          He is currently a member
  field of the arts to the YWCA Women’s Hall of Fame of                                          of the Warren County
  Stark County, OH. A panel of judges selected women                                             Retired Senior Volunteer
  who have achieved outstanding accomplishment in the                                            Program (RSVP) in Warren
  fields of arts/performing arts, business/industry, com-                                        County, OH.
  munity service, education, human activites, and sports.
  She was honored at a dinner on May 8 held at the                                                        1965
  McKinley Grand Hotel in Canton, OH.
                                                                                                 Dick Reynolds, coach for
                                                                                                 the Otterbein basketball

team, is ranked first among    and an updated edition is           Beavercreek, OH, entitled        National Arts Advocacy
Ohio Athletic Conference       due out in 2008.                    “Laugh for the Health of         Day in Washington, D.C.
coaches on the all-time                                            It.” Elliott is a professional   As a delegate, he met with
career victory list. In        Carol Lancaster Meeks was           motivational speaker, well-      staff members of Congress-
December the team handed       named to the first group of         ness and fitness coach, and      man Zack Space, Ohio Dis-
him his 600th career victo-    African-American Pioneers           seminar and workshop             trict 18, and Congress-
ry. Reynolds is the fifth      at Florida State University.        leader.                          woman Jean Schmidt, Ohio
NCAA Division III coach        The group represents the                                             District 2, to advocate for
to win 600 games and the       first 40 African American           Ronn Rucker was one of           the National Endowment
46th NCAA coach to do it       doctoral graduates of the           two Grand Marshalls for          for the Arts and the U.S.
overall. Reynolds is also      College of Education after          the Gay Pride Festival in        Department of Education’s
featured in Leadership         integration of the Universi-        June in Cincinnati, OH. He       Arts in Education pro-
Within Reach, a book           ty. She is currently teach-         founded the first anony-         grams. On a side trip to
which deals with keys to       ing part-time at Rowan-             mous HIV test site in the        Baltimore, David visited
leadership success.            Cabarrus Community Col-             world and has spoken on          the Old Otterbein United
                               lege and full-time at a pub-        Gay Lesbian issues and           Methodist Church, burial
         1966                  lic alternative high school         AIDS around the world.           place of Philip Wilhelm
Mary Ellen Armentrout is       in Salisbury, NC.                   He was previously selected       Otterbein, for whom our
considered the foremost                                            as man of the year for a         college was named.
expert in the birth and evo-   J. Thomas Pascoe was                Cincinnati gay publication
lution of the Andrew           recently re-elected to serve        and was pictured in the          Gary Smith was elected to
Carnegie public library sys-   as chairman of the Ohio             National Advocate Maga-          the Board of Directors of
tem throughout the entire      Waterways Safety Council            zine upon his retirement in      the Flagstaff Mission to the
state of Ohio. She is          in Sandusky, OH. He is              September of 2005. When          Navajos in April 2007.
sought out to give talks to    serving his second term as          he retired, then Mayor
various library groups and     Perkins Township trustee,           Luken proclaimed Monday                   1975
other interested organiza-     and served as vice-presi-           Oct. 10, 2005 as “Ronn           Deborah Lytle Schrock and
tions. She wrote and pub-      dent and secretary of Pas-          Rucker Day” in Cincinnati.       her husband, Glenn, have
lished a book entitled, The    coe Insurance until 1997.                                            four wonderful children,
Carnegie Public Libraries:     He is also a former part-                     1973                   Byron, Meghan, Chloe and
Our Cultural Heritage in       time police officer for Put-        Nancy Grace, professor of        Noelle. They have been a
2003. She has personally       In-Bay and deputy sheriff           English at the College of        precious gift and bring them
visited every library that     in Erie County.                     Wooster, examined the            much joy. They are active at
has received a Carnegie                                            writer Jack Kerouac in her       Wooster Grace Brethern
Grant.                         Barry Pfahl retired from            new book entitled Jack Ker-      Church in Wooster, OH.
                               the Willard City Schools in         ouac and the Literary Imag-      Deborah enjoys her work as
         1967                  Willard, OH, after 39 years         ination. She has written         a home health aide.
                               in education and 32 years           and edited three other
Deborah Barndt recently
                               of basketball coaching.             books.                                    1976
edited Wild Fire: Art as
Activism, a volume of con-                                                                          Ronald Gorman has been
                               Sheryl Deyo Poplstein and           Steven Jesseph, vice chair-
tributions by former grad-                                                                          appointed as the regional
                               her husband are the proud           man of the Board of Direc-
uate students at York Uni-                                                                          president for Harleysville
                               grandparents of 10 won-             tors for the Worldwide
versity in Toronto, Canada.                                                                         Insurance in Harleysville, PA.
                               derful grandchildren.               Responsible Apparel Pro-
She coordinates a new cer-
tificate program at the uni-                                       duction, spoke at The            Harland Hale was the guest
versity in Community Arts
                                        1970                       Hosiery Association’s            speaker for the Govern-
Practice, and recently fin-    David Bach has been hired           102nd Annual Convention          ment Agencies Committee
ished a term as associate      by The Minnesota Center             in April on the topic of         of the Columbus Bar in
dean of Environmental          for Environmental Advoca-           “Global Insights to Social       May, where he provided an
Studies. A Spanish edition     cy to be their development          Compliance” in                   overview of the environ-
of her book, Tangled           director.                           Charleston, SC.                  mental court, which has
Routes: Women, Work, and                                                                            exclusive jurisdiction over
Globalization on the Toma-     Cea Cohen-Elliott led a             David Leist represented the      cases involving neighbor-
to Trail (2002) was pub-       presentation at the Beaver-         Ohio Educational Theatre         hood environmental issues
lished this year in Mexico     creek HealthPark of Greene          Association on March 13,         such as housing standards,
                               Memorial Hospital in                2007 as a delegate to the

          Young Pilot Takes Flight to Honor Memory of Friend
                                                                   by Jenny Hill
      Some people fly for adventure, some fly for fun, but last fall,        sion of a 1940s John Thorpe design they fondly called the Thorpe-
Preston Bentley ’03 flew for charity to honor the memory of his              do. It was yellow and black, painted like a racecar, and attracted
close friend and cousin. During his 44-day trip, Preston touched             attention wherever Preston landed.
down in all 48 contiguous states and raised over $25,000 to name a                The 44-day, 8,000 nautical-mile journey began on Sept. 17,
room at the Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House in honor of Seth                2006, during the Blue Ash Airshow. During his flight, Preston
Bailey.                                                                      stopped at Ronald McDonald Houses where he landed to meet
      Originally from Washington Courthouse, Ohio, Preston                   families and help raise money. If there were rooms available, he
came to Otterbein to study English and play baseball under Coach                                       would stay at the houses.
Fishbaugh. During his senior year, Preston studied abroad in Lon-                                          “I enjoyed being able to meet many of
don and took the opportunity to travel throughout Europe. After                                        the families who were staying in Ronald
he graduated, he moved to Japan to teach English.                                                      McDonald Houses across America,” Preston
      “I went to Japan on a total whim,” Preston explained. “I had                                     said. “Not surprisingly, that was also difficult
just come back home from studying in                                                                         for me at times, considering the dire
London when I received the opportu-                                                                          situations some of these families were
nity to live and work in Tokyo as an                                                                         having to endure.”
English instructor. I’d never aspired to                                                                          Preston kept a blog of the trip,
be a teacher, but I also felt that after                                                                     which can be found at
living in London, I was ready for                                                                   Classes
another international adventure.”                                                                            around the country incorporated his
      “For two and a half years, I                                                                           journey into geography lesson plans.
taught English in four junior high                                                                               “The blog served as a way kids in
schools and made weekly visits to area                                                                       classrooms around the country, as well
elementary schools.”                                                                                         as families staying in Ronald McDonald
      Preston once again took the                                                                            Houses, could follow my flight,” he said.
opportunity to travel, this time to such                                                                     “After I finished the trip, I spent about a
places as Cambodia and Mongolia.                                                                             month traveling around the country,
“They had to add pages to my pass-                                                                           visiting schools and classrooms that fol-
port,” he said. “I wanted to go places that nobody I knew had been           lowed my blog and stayed in touch with me along the way.”
before.”                                                                            Thinking back on his trip, Preston has many vivid memories.
      When Preston came back to the United States, he bought a               “The Pacific Northwest is my favorite part of the country. I saw so
car and drove to Alaska and back. Considering his wanderlust, it             many spectacular sunsets from both the sky and the ground on this
was no surprise when Preston returned to Cincinnati and started              trip,” he said.
planning his next adventure: learning to fly.                                       “Flying over the Rocky Mountains was spectacular, although I
      While Preston was logging hours of flying, he thought he               was admittedly out of my element. Mountain flying is much differ-
should do something worthwhile with those hours. So he decided               ent than what you get around here, so much of that was learn-as-
to honor the memory of Seth Bailey, his good friend and distant              you-go, all the while being tossed around from the different air
relative.                                                                    flows, updrafts and downdrafts, but it was fun,” he said.
      Seth lived most of his life with a tracheotomy tube due to a                  Preston is now joining the “real world” after all his adventures.
childhood illness and died in 2004 at age 21. “He somehow                    “I’d like to gain some work experience in the business field before
remained positive and retained hope. Instead of showing how                  going back to school for a master’s degree in economics,” he
much pain he was in, he showed enthusiasm for life,” Preston said.           said. “Of course, I’ll continue to fly, but doing so for fun and on my
“More than anyone I know, Seth just wanted to do things a normal             terms is more appealing, at least for the time being.”
kid would do, like playing pickup football games.”                                  Throughout his travels, Preston has never forgotten Otterbein.
      Seth and his family lived in Virginia and frequently stayed at         He remains in contact with Professor Emeritus Nancy Woodson,
the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati when Seth was receiv-                even flying to Columbus to have dinner with her and her husband
ing medical care. “We used to go to Reds games, and I didn’t realize         the day he received his pilot’s license.
at the time that he was in Cincinnati for treatments,” Preston said.                He also follows the baseball team. “My best memories at
      Preston was studying for his pilot’s license when he first             Otterbein come from having played baseball for four years. I was
thought of a charity flight. He quickly learned that the aviation            fortunate enough to play under two great coaches—Dick Fish-
community is a small one. People thought the idea was grandiose              baugh and George Powell,” he said. “Many of my closest friends in
for a new pilot, and gossip spread about Preston’s idea among                college were my teammates. I look forward to actually seeing some
other pilots.                                                                games in person next season.”
      One day, IndUS Aviation in Dallas, Texas, called Preston at                   If you wish to support Preston’s cause, donations can be made
work and said they had heard about his idea and wanted to donate             by check to Ronald McDonald House of Greater Cincinnati (noting
a plane for the trip, which would be the first of its kind ever made         Seth Bailey Memorial Flight on the memo line), 350 Erkenbrecher
in a Light Sport Aircraft. The plane was a T-211, an updated ver-            Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229, or online at

building standards and
health, sanitation, fire safe-                                  1986
ty, air pollution and zoning      Kathleen Ruehle Jenney took over as superintendent for the
issues.                           Galion school system in Galion, OH on August 1, 2007.
                                  Kathy is shown at far right with her daughter, Sarah ’10.
Carol Ventresca was               Other Otterbein relatives are Kathy’s late grandmother,
awarded the Msgr. James           Grace Farrell Wiley ’26; mother, Gertrude Wiley Ruehle ’56;
Berendt/Patrick Rossetti          uncle, Roger Wiley ’52; aunt, Elizabeth Laughbaum Wiley
Award from DeSales High           ’86; and cousins, Stephen Wiley ’84 and Susan Wiley ’86.
School in Columbus, OH.
This award is given annual-                                                                          called The Paper Street
                                 in instrumental music for           on the Johnstown Monroe         Audio Company. It was
ly to two alumni who have
                                 the fall of 2007.                   school board in Johnstown,      constructed in late 2005,
excelled in their profession-
                                                                     OH.                             and is doing very well. He
al careers. The recipients
of this award are examples
                                           1986                                                      mixes and edits music
of how the lessons learned       Regina Anderson is                           1989                   within the studio, and
at St. Francis DeSales pro-      engaged to Robert Steven-           Leigh Ann Inskeep-Simpson       when he is not in the stu-
mote continued excellence        son. They are planning an           had six paintings on display    dio he is doing live sound.
                                 Aug. 25, 2007 wedding.              in May at the Depot Coffee
          1977                                                       House in Urbana, OH.            Aaron Kerr received his
                                 Michael Olin-Hitt was the                                           Ph.D from Duquesne Uni-
Cinda Terry Miller and her
husband, Randy Miller ’76,
                                 speaker at Fieldcrest of                     1990                   versity on May 4, 2007. On
                                 North Canton in North               Richard Uhrick is currently     July 1, 2007, he became
still happily reside in West-
                                 Canton, OH. Michael is              involved with the local         pastor at First United
erville. December 2007
                                 the author of The Word of           bonsai club as well as being    Methodist Church in Erie,
will be eventful—their 30th
                                 God Upon my Lips...A Mes-           a certified foster parent.      PA. The church facility is
wedding anniversary and
                                 senger Speaks. He is also                                           in downtown Erie, and is
the arrival of twins (daugh-
                                 the founder of the Spiritual                 1991                   located adjacent to Gannon
ter Heather is expecting)
                                 Quest Foundation, with a                                            University where Aaron has
making them first-time                                               Traci Ann Kanaan has a
                                 mission to create forums in                                         been teaching for several
grandparents. Their son,                                             business named Traci Key-
                                 which the spiritually gifted                                        years. He will continue to
Chris, currently resides in                                          chain Advertising Special-
                                 can grow and share in the                                           teach at Gannon.
Pittsburgh after graduating                                          ties, Inc. where she finds
                                 spirit of God, and serves as
from the Art Institue of                                             creative ways to get busi-
                                 professor of English at                                             Melanie Steel Schmechel
Pittsburgh. They enjoy                                               nesses attention. When she
                                 Mount Union College.                                                started her own tax prepa-
their mountain vacation                                              is not working, she is serv-
home on the Maryland/                                                ing some laughs at the local    ration service in 2003. She
West Virginia border                                                 comedy club, where she          is at home with her chil-
whenever they have free                                              sings witty song parodies       dren and works January
time. Randy still practices                                          and sings about her life        until April from home
Neonatology, working for                                             experiences, pop culture,       preparing tax returns.
Pediatrix. He is chief of the                                        and political happenings.
neonatal department at St.
                                           1988                      She has received numerous                 1992
Ann’s Hospital in Wester-        Polly Moore Moore has               awards and is very involved     Todd Cordisco was recently
ville, OH.                       been selected to fill a seat        in her community.               named director of develop-
                                                                                                     ment for Lee Mental
         1985                                                        Paul Kavicky is the owner       Health Center, Inc. in Fort
Kelly Syx Hicks has been                                             of his own audio company        Myers, FL. Lee Mental
named the new principal
for Plain City Elementary
School in Plain City, OH.                                                                     1986
                                                                     Garth Walker and business partner Mike Hill completed
Robert Humphrey recently                                             the purchase of Little Turtle Golf Club this spring. The
completed classes for re-                                            35-year-old private club is located in Westerville and is a
certification and will be                                            big supporter of Otterbein.
seeking a teaching position

                               principal of the Wayne                       1998                  bition opened May 16,
                               County Schools Career                                              2007. This past fall he had
                                                                   Rebekah Wolf Doak gradu-
                               Center in Smithville, OH                                           a video piece in the Singa-
                                                                   ated in February, 2007
                               for the past seven years.                                          pore Biennale.
                                                                   from American InterConti-
Health is a private, non-                                          nental University in Dallas,
profit community behav-        Linda Marie LePage hosted                                          Carli Amlin Dean was
                                                                   TX with a 4.0 GPA. She
ioral health care provider     a gathering for Otterbein                                          awarded the Accredited
                                                                   received a master’s of edu-
offering a wide spectrum of    College MBA students and                                           Buyer Representative (ABR)
                                                                   cation degree with a con-
services for both adults and   alumni employed at JPMor-                                          designation by the Real
                                                                   centration in curriculum
children. Todd and his         gan Chase in Columbus,                                             Estate Buyer’s Agent Coun-
                                                                   design & instruction.
wife have also recently        OH on April 25, 2007.                                              cil of the National Associa-
                                                                   Rebekah is currently seek-
moved from Bonita                                                                                 tion of Realtors. Carli also
                                                                   ing Alternative Credential-
Springs to Ft. Myers, FL.               1996                       ing from the Ohio Depart-
                                                                                                  serves on the Tipp City, OH
                               J. Lynne Darling works as                                          Chamber of Commerce
                                                                   ment of Education to
         1993                  the investigative agent with        become a special education
                                                                                                  Board of Directors.
Holly Mitchell Powers was      the Franklin County Board           teacher.
                               of Mental Retardation                                              Melissa Mehaffey Garden is
honored by the Belle-
                               and/or Developmental Dis-                                          currently living in Singapore
fontaine Rotary Club as                                            Marina Ourshansky Eller
                               ability in Franklin County,                                        with her husband, Derek,
one of three Excellence in                                         has completed her dual
                               OH.                                                                and daughter, Delaney.
Teaching award winners.                                            master’s of science in nurs-
                                                                                                  Derek currently works for
She works as a first and                                           ing and master’s in busi-
second grade teacher at                                            ness administration with
Huntsville’s Elementary                                            concentration in health-
                                                                                                  Timothy Marsac has recent-
School in the Indian Lake                                          care management from the
                                                                                                  ly relocated to Charleston,
local school district in                                           University of Phoenix. She
                                                                                                  SC. He works for Forever
Indian Lake, OH.                                                   is a staff nurse with many
                                        1997                                                      Green, Inc. a turf manage-
                                                                   other additional duties at
                                                                                                  ment/landscape design
         1994                  Angela Bauer Crum recent-           Berger Hospital in Cir-
                                                                                                  firm in marketing/sales.
John George has been           ly earned her masters of            cleville, OH.
named by the Groveport         science degree in middle
                                                                                                  Margaret “Meg” Morman is
Madison Board of Educa-        level education. She cur-                    1999                  the casting director for
tion as the supervisor in      rently teaches eighth grade         Erin Fishel Balow was          Morman Boling Casting in
the high school athletic       language arts at Reynolds-          recently hired by SBC          California. As a casting
department for Groveport       burg Junior High School in          Advertising in Westerville,    director, she has built a
Madison High School.           Reynoldsburg, OH.                   OH, as their marketing         respectable resume. Her
                                                                   director. She was previous-    projects include writer-
Michael Hall will become       Mark Nagel, art educator at         ly the marketing director      director-actor Miranda
principal of the Cuyahoga      the Upper Arlington High            for Hondros College, also      July’s Me and You and
Valley Career Center in        School in Upper Arlington,          in Westerville.                Everyone We Know, which
Brecksville, OH in August      OH, is on the 2007 Adviso-
                                                                                                  won awards at the 2005
2007. Hall has served as       ry Board of Directors for           Scott Bowe graduated in        Cannes and Sundance fes-
                               the Ohio Governor’s Youth           May from the MFA pro-          tivals and elsewhere; Daltry
                               Art Exhibition.                     gram at Hunter College in      Calhoun, starring Johnny
                                                                   New York. His thesis exhi-

                               Bryan “Thao” Worra will have his first full-length book of
                               poetry, On The Other Side of the Eye, published in August.
                               This book collects poems from over 60 different publica-
                               tions from around the world including England, Singa-
                               pore, Germany, Australia, and across the United States.
                               The book also includes several all-new pieces created for
                               this edition. Currently Bryan lives in Twin Cities, MN.

Knoxville and Elizabeth        also writes a parenting col-        strategy at Nationwide Bet-      Design department at Cen-
Banks; and this year’s Sun-    umn for Suburban News               ter Health in Columbus. A        tral Ohio Technical College
dance hit Waitress, starring   Publications. Her column            Westerville resident, he is a    in Newark, OH.
Keri Russell and Nathan        serves as the basis for her         ski instructor at Mad River
Fillion.                       book entitled No Parent             Mountain in Bellefontaine,       Amanda Rachelle Bruno is
                               Left Behind: A Handbook             OH. Eric was recently            stepping into the role of
Rod Skaff recently received    for Parents of Struggling           named to Otterbein’s             Eponine and joining the
the Chairman’s Council         Students.                           alumni council.                  Broadway cast of Les Miser-
award from MetLife Inc. in                                                                          ables. Mandy secured her
Dublin, OH.                                                                 2003                    spot in the Broadway pro-
                                                                   Jessica Perry Brantner has       duction after an audition
         2000                                                      graduated from the Flight        that included meeting with
Evelyn Marie Davis’ pho-                                           Nurse Course at the School       Claude-Michel Schonberg,
tographs and fine art pieces                                       of Aerospace Medicine,           who is the co-creator of Les
have been accepted into                 2002                       Brooks City Base, San            Miserables and also wrote
juried competitions and        Benjamin Davey is working           Antonio, TX. Jessica earned      the music for the musical
award shows. Her work          as an assistant prosecuting         honors as a distinguished        drama.
was selected for exhibitions   attorney in the Lorain              graduate of the course. She
in New Jersey, Virginia,       County Prosecutor’s Office          is a flight nurse assigned to    Rev. Derrick Fetz has been
California, Maryland,          in Elyria, OH.                      the 375th Aeromedical            approved for ordination
Washington, and New                                                Evacuation Squadron, Scott       into the priesthood by the
York.                          Raymond Lengel has pub-             Air Force Base, Bellville, IL.   Standing Committee of the
                               lished a book that will                                              Episcopal Diocese of
Deke Hocker has joined         enable the health care con-         Samuel Pearson has grad-         Southern Ohio. He was
Ray & Barney Group, a          sumer to take charge of his         uated from basic combat          ordained on June 16, 2007
provider of workforce          or her health care while            training at Fort Jackson,        at St. Philip’s Episcopal
strategy and information       preventing medical errors           Columbia, SC. He is a spe-       Church in Columbus, OH.
technology solutions, as       and poor quality health             cialist for the Army
account director. He is        care. The book is entitled          Reserve.                         Sarah Hoffert is in her first
responsible for managing       Health Care Responsibility:                                          year at the University of
the firm’s central Ohio        The Older Adult’s Guide to          Elizabeth Fuller Ryba was        Vermont working on her
accounts within the manu-      Surviving the Health Care           promoted to vice president       master’s in higher educa-
facturing and health care      System. Raymond is a fam-           at JPMorgan Asset Man-           tion and student affairs
industries.                    ily nurse practitioner who          agement in Columbus,             administration with an
                               lives in Cleveland, OH,             OH.                              assistantship in community
         2001                  with his wife and three                                              service programs.
Marisa Valerio Glaviano        children.                                    2004
                                                                                                    Diana Esterkamp Noles is
will graduate from Kent                                            Brittany Ann Bowers has a
                               Eric Lloyd is a strategic                                            head women’s cross coun-
State University in Decem-                                         new position as an Instruc-
                               planning consultant in                                               try coach and assistant
ber 2007 with a master’s of                                        tor in the Digital Media
                               business development,                                                women’s basketball coach
library and information
                               product management, and                                              for Ohio Dominican Uni-
science. She has also been
working as a youth librari-
an at the Westerville Public                             2003
Library since October            Katherina Nikzad was recently awarded a Hartford Doc-
2006.                            toral Fellowship, a $70,000 dissertation grant given to
                                 students pursuing work in gerontology and social work.
Andrew Murphy has                The Hartford Foundation is one of the leading providers
worked for Dominion              of funds for geriatric and social work research across the
Homes for three years in         country. Katie is currently a fourth year doctoral fellow
the sales department.            in the Graduate Center for Gerontology at the Universi-
                                 ty of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. She works as an associ-
Lisa Ann Riegel is an Eng-       ate therapist at Family Counseling Service in Lexington,
lish and communications          and teaches in the College of Social Work at the Univer-
teacher at Worthington Kil-      sity of Kentucky.
bourne High School. She

versity in Columbus, OH.       Kari Benge will be working               Beth Klopfer accepted the       Mary Siembida is one of
She was the assistant coach    in Ghana until September                 position of individual rela-    two new health educators
for Otterbein’s women’s        2009 as a Peace Corp Vol-                tions manager for the Big       for Licking County, OH.
basketball team for the        unteer teaching visual arts              Brothers Big Sisters of Cen-    She will lead the depart-
2005-2006 season.              at a school for the deaf.                tral Ohio.                      ment’s tobacco prevention
         2005                  Marybeth Cave is working as              Michelle Mohler is in the
Zachary Balas graduated        a freelance electrician in the           process of moving to Rus-       Jeurell Smith has been pro-
from the Air National          Chicago area and is current-             sia to work as a missionary     moted to the head coach
Guard Academy of Military      ly the assistant master elec-            and teach English and           for Thiel College’s women’s
Science at McGhee Tyson        trician at the Chicago Shake-            chemistry at a university in    program in Greenville, PA.
Air National Guard Base in     speare Theatre on Navy Pier.             Vladivostok.
Knoxville, TN. Balas was                                                                                        Emeriti
then commissioned as a         Katherine Chrien is                      James Neben has accepted        Joanne Van Sant ’H70,
second lieutenant in the Air   engaged to Billy Moore of                a new position with Veri-       Otterbein College’s former
National Guard.                Reynoldsburg, OH. Their                  zon Wireless in Irvine, CA.     dean of students, was recent-
                               wedding date is set for Nov.             Although the work is simil-     ly awarded the A. Monroe
Kaitlin Ringer Peterman        21, 2007.                                iar to what he was doing in     Courtwright Award from
was the female vocalist for                                             Columbus, OH, he will be        the Rotary Club of Wester-
this year’s performance at     Caitlin Czarnecki was the                better able to pursue a         ville for contributions to the
the Piqua Arts Council’s       musical director for a                   career in the film industry     community over her many
annual community con-          youth theatre program in                 since he will be close to Los   years as a Westerville resi-
cert. The performance,         Birmingham, MI and                       Angeles.                        dent. The award is given
entitled A Classical After-    directed a production of                                                 each year to a person whose
noon, was held in April.       Charlie and the Chocolate                Charles “Chaz” O’Neil is        contributions to the com-
                               Factory in April 2006.                   the assistant gallery direc-    munity have significantly
Yootapoom “Tommy”                                                       tor for the Ohio State Fair.    enhanced life in Westerville.
Timam led and facilitated      Jessica Hall will be getting                                             “Dean Van” was also hon-
the Otterbein MBA Infor-       married in September 2007                David Root received a grad-     ored by Zonta International
mation Session on May 5,       in Granville, OH.                        uate assistantship as speech    and the Zonta Club of
2007. As the facilitator,                                               and debate team coach at        Columbus for her 36 years
Tommy opened the Infor-        Amanda Helmrich Julca is                 The Ohio State University       of service and leadership.
mation Session, introduced     the executive director for               while he works on his mas-      She has been a member
the agenda, coordinated        Terra Gallery, a new gallery             ters of social work.            since 1971 and served as
introductions, presented       in the Short North in down-                                              Club President in 1978-
information about the          town Columbus, OH. She                   Colleen Shaver continues        1980.
MBA program and shared         was also hired as the Execu-             to serve as a missionary at
his own MBA experiences.       tive Director of Abstract                Hogar Rafael Ayau
                               Earth Gallery, an online,                Orphanage in Guatemala
Gregory White was pro-         artists database gallery. It is a        and looks forward to
moted to the position of       resource for artists to post             beginning law school,
head coach for the North       their work and clients to buy.           where she hopes to pursue
Union High School track                                                 a concentration in Interna-
and field team in Rich-        Cheryl Kennedy has accepted              tional adoption laws.
wood, OH.                      a position with the Rain Bird
                               Corporation in Azusa, CA.
Dennis Ziegler is the new
assistant football coach for
Valley City State University
in Valley City, ND.
         2006                    Holly Fenner serves as assistant editor in the central
Ashley Alfman is engaged         office for the Association of College and University
to Justin Howard. They are       Housing Officers International located at The Ohio State
planning a Sept. 22, 2007,       University.
outdoor wedding.

                                                                       Tiffany and Mark aren’t the only ones bit by the Car-

 A Towers Wedding                                                 dinal love bug. Current records indicate that there are
                                                                  1,508 living alumni couples! That’s 3,016 graduates who
                                                                  managed to hold hands, fall in love and obtain their
                                                                  degree during their days at Otterbein or 15 percent of the
     June 30, 2007 ushered in a gorgeous day for a beauti-        alumni population. There’s something to be said for our
ful wedding as Tiffany Edwards ’06 married the love of her        romantic campus tucked away in the heart of Westerville.
life Otterbein senior Mark Haynes, on the lawn of Towers          Strolls along State Street and long talks in the Alum Creek
Hall. “Our hearts collided on campus and we felt it would         Park have lead to a lifetime of happy memories and
make the perfect back drop to our ceremony,” said Tiffany,        future Otterbein legacy students!
a broadcasting major and current pre-school teacher.                   Did you fall in love during your time at Otterbein?
Many family and friends enjoyed the peaceful plaza and            If so, send us a photo (then or now) for a special Valen-
bountiful shade along Grove Street. Tiffany and Mark              tine’s alumni project. Please send to AlumniInfo@otter-
reside in Canal Winchester, Ohio.                        by the end of November.

                                                                                                                     photos by Tony Binford

An Otterbein Wedding Party. Flower girls- Khristian and           Haynes ’08. Groomsmen- James Prysock III ’09, Matthew
Kearra Holloway. Maids of honor- Shenita Miller ’05, Brit-        Reed ’08. Groomswoman- Iiesha Poindexter. Best man-
tany Edwards ’09, Sarah Sargent, and Qwalisha Wright. The         Andre Kates. Ring Bearers- Dominique and Daniel
bride and groom - Tiffany Edwards Haynes ’06, Mark                Edwards.

Mile     STONES
                               Morgan Woodward to Wes-
     Marriages                 ley Houck, April 28, 2007.

         1991                           2004
Paul Kavicky to Tammy          Abby France to Brett Dil-
Elich, July 2, 2005.           lion, April 21, 2007.

         1996                  Andrea Vernon to Nathan
Keith Mangine to Ellen         Ritz ’06, April 24, 2007.
Gee, March 4, 2006.
         1999                  Kelley Youman to Gabriel
Tracy Sturtz to Matthew        Truxall, Oct. 28, 2006.
Shoemaker, July 29, 2006.
         2001                  Kathleen Bodey to Ryan
Heather Adkins to Natasha      Oliver, Jan. 24, 2007.
Anderson, April 20, 2007.
                               Melissa Foreman to Kent
Andrew Murphy to Aman-         Rossi, Sept. 2, 2006.
da Murphy, May 25, 2006.                                           Katherine Starling Tobias   Jessica Peter Fitzwater ’03
                               Shannon Jenkins to Scott            ’07 with husband Matt.      with husband Joshua ’05.
Mary Anne Wheeler to           Bugg, June 23, 2007.
William I. Souder, May 20,
2006.                          Wendy Kuszmaul to
                               Christopher Greasamar,
                               Aug. 12, 2006.
Kayne Kirby to Kathleen        Jillian Shellabarger to Zack
Williams, Nov. 4, 2006.        Tobias, July 14, 2007.

         2003                           2007
Jessica Peter to Joshua        Katherine Starling to Matt
Fitzwater ’05 , June 14,       Tobias, March 10, 2007.
2007.                                                                                          Tracy Sturtz Shoemaker ’99
                                                                   Kayne Kirby ’02 with wife   with husband Matthew.

             C li ck!
      We always love hearing from you, but we’d like to see you,
  too. Send us your photos for Classnotes, Additions and Mar-
  riages sections. But make them high resolution, please! Photos
  should be at least 2 x 4 inches at 300 dpi. Send photos to Becky
  Smith, Show us your stuff, Otter-
  bein Alumni, we want to see you!

                               Judith Sands Richardson                       2000                               2002
     Additions                 and husband, Trent, a son,
                                                                   Tiffany Compan McCallen             Jessica Bowden Walters
                               Evan Roth, April 5, 2007.
                                                                   and husband, David, a son,          and husband, Tim, a
         1986                                                      Noah Riley, June 2, 2007.           daughter, Iliana Rose, July
Bradley Anderson and wife,                                                                             15, 2006.
Suzanne, a daughter, Reagan
Noel, April 26, 2006. Reagan                                                                                    2003
joins big brothers Brian, 9,                                                                           Jennifer Groseclose Koval
and Joshua, 3.                                                                                         and husband, Erik , a boy,
                                                                                                       Christopher Grant, May 16,
Rae Justice Fisher and                                                                                 2006.
husband, David ’88, a
daughter, Annslee Lucille,
March 21, 2007. Annslee           Evan Roth Richardson
joins siblings Allyson
Marie, Robert Dale, Abby-                                              Noah Riley McCallen
gail Lynn, Reiland Owen,
Randall Thomas, and Reg-       Kimberly Jean Glann and             Tara Light Mowry and hus-
ginald Scott.                  husband, John Wojcieszyn            band, Kris, a daughter,
                               ’92, a daughter, Sophie             Macyn Jean, April 26, 2007.
Todd Weihl and wife, Missi,    Louise, April 12, 2006.             She joins big brother Kam-
a son, Landon James, Jan.                                          den Bradley, 2.
10, 2006. Landon joins big     Carol Shell Greeley and
sister Alaina, and big         husband, Pete, a daughter,                    2001
brothers John and Jason.       Emily Cecelia, July 13,
                                                                   Kimberly Corwin Ayala and
                                                                   husband, Pedro, a son, Ian
         1990                                                      Anthony, Feb. 27, 2007. Ian
Gayle Wilson Manculich
                                        1995                       joins big sister Isabella, age 3.
and husband, Paul, a           Toby Fischer and wife,
daughter, Josephine, Dec.      Melissa, a girl, Cheyenne           Adrienne Tapply Smela
18, 2006.                      Autumn, July 29, 2007.              and husband Jonathan, a
                                                                   boy, Curtis Jacob, Feb. 11,
                               Traci Brown Leopold and             2007.
                               husband, David, a son, Max                                                  Curtis Jacob Smela
                               Richard, March 9, 2007.

                               Curt Mellott and wife,
                               Melissa, a daughter, Mat-
                               tingly Elizabeth, Aug. 21,
                               2006. Mattingly joins big
                               brother Carson McKinley.

Josephine “Josie” Manculich
                               Alisha Conn Pagniano and
                               husband, Michael, a
         1992                  daughter, Reagan Nicole,
Grant Paullo and wife,         Feb. 18, 2007. She joins big
Michelle, a son, Grant         brother Anthony, 3.
Ramsey, May 7, 2007.                                                                    Reagan Nicole Pagniano
Grant joins big sisters                 1999
Elysia Claire and Gabrielle    Michelle Lohr Paul and                    Check
Simone.                        husband, John, a daughter,                          click photos
                               Aubrey, May 4, 2007.                      for more baby and wedding pics!

                              Lois Smathers Wood                  State University in 1981.                1953
       Deaths                 passed away Feb. 17, 2007.          Marian taught science at
                                                                                                  Max A. Bailor passed away
                              Lois was a flight attendant         Carlisle for five years then
                                                                                                  Nov. 29, 2006. Bailor was a
                              for American Airlines               chemistry and physics at
         1934                 before beginning her teach-         Southeastern for 22 years.
                                                                                                  principal of Albert Acade-
Robert Shipley passed                                                                             my in Sierra Leone. “Pa
                              ing career for 35 years.            Marian is survived by her
away Dec. 31, 2006. He is                                                                         Bailor,” as he was known by
                              Lois was a 50-year member           husband Charles William
preceded in death by his                                                                          the students, was deeply
                              of Church of The Master,            Locke ’49; son Steven
brother, Reginald Shipley                                                                         loved and respected as a
                              member of the Westerville           (Patricia) Locke; daughters
’27. He is survived by his                                                                        man of high integrity and
                              Horizon Club, Westerville           Cindy Locke (Mike Davis)
sister, Janet Shipley                                                                             discipline. He ran one of
                              Red Hat Society, Otterbein          and Julie (Ray) Schaffer;
Hartzell ’45 and his broth-                                                                       the best schools in Africa,
                              “O“ Club, avid golfer and           sister Mildred Ice; brothers
er-in-law, Richard L.                                                                             where students from all of
                              world traveler. She is pre-         Jim (Rita) and Bob
Hartzell ’44; and nephew                                                                          Sierra Leone and the rest of
                              ceded in death by husband           (Nancy) Thorpe; six grand-
Roger Shipley ’64.                                                                                the world studied in an
                              James Wood ’43; parents             children; numerous neices,
                                                                                                  atmosphere of peace and
                              Warren and Beatrice                 nephews, and cousins; and
         1942                                                                                     brotherhood and made
                              Smathers, sisters Jacuelyn          many dear friends.
                                                                                                  lifetime friendships.
Janet Woolery Osterwise       Arn and Joanne Snyder.
passed away October 2006.     She is survived by brothers-        Janet Young Spurlock
                                                                                                  Elizabeth Drake Sergeant
She is preceded in death by   in-law, Robert Arn and              passed away April 20, 2007.
                                                                                                  passed away April 23, 2007.
husband Oliver Osterwise      Claire Wood; sister-in-law,
                                                                                                  She was preceded in death
’41. She is survived by       Anne Mae Henderson; and                      1949                   by her husbands, John A.
daughters Diane Osterwise     numerous nieces and                 J. W. McQueen passed away       Norton in June 1964, and
‘68, and Susan Manhire.       nephews.                            Dec. 11, 2006. He is sur-       Clare H. Sergeant in Sept.
                                                                  vived by his wife, Phyllis      2005; her parents; and
         1944                          1947                       Dill McQueen ’50; and sons      brother, Jim Drake. She is
Robert Bridgers passed        Marian Thorpe Locke                 Bill McQueen and John           survived by sister-in-law,
away Nov. 26, 2006 after a    passed away March 20,               McQueen ’79.                    Betty Sergeant; and numer-
lengthy illness. Robert       2007. She had a very diffi-                                         ous neices and nephews.
served as a former E.U.B.     cult time the past few years                 1952
pastor and a United           due to Alzheimer’s and              Virginia Smith Shively                   1956
Methodist pastor for 41       cancer. She graduated               passed away in January          Sheldon Bentley passed
years before retiring in      Valedictorian of Center-            2006. She is survived by her    away June 16, 2006.
1985. He is survived by his   burg H.S. in 1944 and               husband, Jack F. Shively ’54.
wife, Bonnie Bridgers.        received her master’s of
                              education from Wright

                                    Oscar Lord H’90 passed away July 17, 2007. Oscar retired from the United States
                                    Army after 40 years of active and reserve service at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel
                                    and was a D-Day survivor. He also retired from State Automobile Mutual Insurance
                                    Co. as agency director. Oscar is the only person to have served two non-concurrent
                                    terms as “O” Club president: 1992-1994 and 1998-2000. He continued to actively
                                    serve on the “O” Club executive committee and assist with “O” Club projects until his
                                    declining health prevented him from doing so. He and his wife, Patti, were also “O”
                                    Club Foundation members. Member of the Church of the Messiah United
                                    Methodist for 42 years where he taught Teammates Sunday School Class and served
                                    on many committees. He was also a member of Westerville Sertoma and Blendon
                                    Lodge #339 F&AM. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Welty Lord; daughters, Melin-
                                    da Barnhard, Pattybeth Losey and Amanda Rose; sons, Gen. Lance Lord ’69, USAF
                                    Ret., Oscar Louis Lord III ’71 and Christian Lord; granddaughters, Melissa Conley,
                                    Shannon Lord, Shelley Losey, Amanda Watkinson, Kristen (Pierre) Uribe, Samantha
                                    Lord; grandsons, Raymond (Mischelle) Reece, Jason Lord, Joshua (Sara) Lord, Shane
                                    (Gisela) Watkinson, Andrew Rose, Joseph Lord, Nathan Lord and Oscar Lord, IV; 15
                                    great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. In
                                    1990, Mr. Lord received an honorary alumnus degree from Otterbein College and the
                                    The “O” Club’s Outstanding Service Award, the “O” Club’s highest honor.

         1957                  teaching 3rd grade at Mif-                   1967                   1991. He retired from the
                               flin Elementary. In 1963                                            Ohio State University Math
Sally Gordon Brallier                                              H. Thomas Langshaw
                               she began teaching in the                                           Department. He is sur-
passed away March 17,                                              passed away Dec. 8, 2006.
                               Westerville School system                                           vived by his wife, Pat
2007. Sally taught French
                               and received a master’s                                             Reeves, and his son, James
and English at college and
                               from The Ohio State Uni-
                                                                            1969                   A. Reeves ’76.
high school levels. She is                                         Sherrie Billings Snyder
                               versity in 1972. In1 968 she
preceded in death by her                                           passed away March 1, 2007.
father and mother; her
                               implemented and adminis-                                                   Friends
                               tered the first Learning            She was a dedicated friend
brother, Dave, and her                                                                             Catherine Daggett passed
                               Disabilities program in the         to public service and
daughter, Mary Anne. She                                                                           away May 16, 2007. She
                               Westerville and Worthing-           worked in numerous states
is survived by her husband                                                                         was preceded in death by
                               ton school systems. Druise          across the U.S. helping to
Marlin; children, Andy                                                                             her father, Robert B.
                               was a loving mother, caring         better public service both
(Susie), Amy, Carole (Ken),                                                                        Bromeley ’29. She is sur-
                               wife, and a pioneer in edu-         in and out of community
Meg Anne and Shawn; sis-                                                                           vived by her mother, Mari-
                               cation.                             libraries. She is survived by
ter, Jane and brother, Bill                                                                        an Grow Bromeley ’29;
                                                                   her husband, Lee Snyder
(Carole); three grandchil-                                                                         brother, Thomas R. Brome-
                                                                   and numerous other family
dren and numerous nieces,                                                                          ley ’51; daughter and son-
nephews, and cousins.                                                                              in-law, Deborah and Scott
                                                                                                   Cavagnaro; and grand-
                                                                            1970                   daughter, Catherine Marie
Kenneth L. Domer passed
                                                                   Linda Smith Carter passed       Cavagnaro ’07.
away Feb. 14, 2007. He was
                                                                   away March 15, 2007. She
a valued member of the
                                                                   was a math teacher for 25       Alice Gretchen Salt passed
United States Army Band
                                                                   years at Pickerington High      away April 13, 2007. She is
where he played clarinet
                                                                   School in Pickerington,         survived by husband,
and several other instru-
                                                                   OH. She was also the            Charles F. Salt and daugh-
ments. He retired to Mel-
                                                                   organist for over 25 years at   ter, Elizabeth “Betsy” Salt,
bourne, FL, several years
                                                                   Peace United Methodist          who works in Otterbein’s
ago where he was active in
                                                                   Church in Pickerington,         Courtright Memorial
local music groups.
                                                                   OH. She is survived by          Library.
                                                                   husband, John E. Carter;
         1958                                                      daughters Melinda Ann
John Frizzell passed away                                          Carter ’04 and Julie Carter
Oct. 9, 2005.                       Druise Scott ’62.
                                                                   Porr ’05.                           Correction
         1962                           1963                                                       The death notice of
                                                                   R. Kenneth Green passed         Gertrude Van Sickle ’35
                               Jeanne Leohner Woodyard
Druise Scott passed away                                           away May 19, 2007. He           contained some incorrect
                               passed away April 14, 2007.
May 7, 2006 after a long                                           resided in Redlands. CA.        information in the Spring
                               She was preceded in death
and distinguished career as                                                                        Towers ’07. Her father,
                               by her son, Robert. She is
an educator. She graduated
                               survived by her husband,
                                                                            1974                   Frank O. Van Sickle ’06,
from Morehead State                                                Diana Barger Kauffman           was a former trusteee of
                               David ‘66 and daughter,
Teacher’s College in 1941                                          passed away Nov. 6, 2006.       Otterbein. Her mother was
                               Jennifer Woodyard Raduls-
and taught in rural Ken-                                                                           Elsie Smith Van Sickle ’03,
                               ki ’95.
tucky where she rode a                                                    Emeriti                  and brothers were Robert
horse five miles to the one-
room school house that
                                        1966                       Roy F. Reeves, faculty          W. Van Sickle ’35 (wife
                                                                   emeritus, passed away May       Mary Faye McMillan ’44)
accommodated grades 1          Dorcas Rusk passed away
                                                                   5, 2007. Dr. Reeves was the     and Frank M. Van Sickle
through 8. In 1948 Druise      on Feb. 19, 2007. She is
                                                                   holder of the John A. Pat-      ’41 (wife Mary Jane Kline
moved to Columbus with         survived by husband, Mar-
                                                                   ton Chair for Computer          ’42). The family has had
husband, Kenneth, and son      vin Rusk; and sons, Marvin
                                                                   Science and Chairperson of      relatives at Otterbein from
John ’67. She pursued her      D. Rusk ‘67 (Juanita Wal-
                                                                   the Mathematical Sciences       1899 to 1993.
elementary education           raven ‘60), Wade A. Rusk,
                                                                   Department during his
career at Otterbein while      and Larry L. Rusk.
                                                                   teaching career at Otter-
                                                                   bein between 1981 and

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Award-Winning Research Made Possible by Donors
     Otterbein faculty and students are engaged in some                   The PAT-1 protein was previously unknown to science
exciting opportunities – beyond the classroom. Recently,             and Otterbein is one of only four laboratories in the world
research conducted by Dr. John Tansey of the Department              currently studying it. The other three labs – at Washington
of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Sadie Bartholomew                  University, The University of Hyogo, Japan, and The Nation-
                                            ’07 was presented        al Institutes of Health – are all tier-1 research institutions.
                                            in a poster ses-              For the first time ever, a meeting sponsored by The
                                            sion at the 233rd        Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biolo-
                                            National Meeting         gy (FASEB), will be held this summer on the topic of lipid
                                            of the American          droplets. Funding provided by Otterbein investors
                                            Chemical Society         through endowed funds will help provide financing for Dr.
                                            (see Towers              Tansey to attend this conference as part of his professional
                                            Spring 2007) and         development: George W. and Mildred K. White Faculty
                                            at the April con-        Endowment Fund and the George W. and Mildred K.
                                            vention of the           White Science Seminar Fund. The meeting is limited to
                                            American Society         150 attendees, and to those post-doctoral scientists
                                            of Biochemistry          researching lipid
                                            and Molecular-           droplets. Meeting
                                            Biology                  co-chair Rosalind
                                            (ASBMB). Dur-            A. Coleman, M.D.
                                            ing the latter,          of the University of
                                            more than 50             North Carolina,
                                            judges evaluated         met Sadie at the
                                            the 100-plus             ASBMB conference
     Assistant Professor John Tansey        poster presenta-         and invited her to
                                            tions and chose          attend the FASEB
four grand prize winners, according to the June 2007 issue           conference; she is
of ASBMB Today. Sadie was named one of these grand                   one of the very few
prize winners, along with students from Bates College,               undergraduates
University of Richmond, and the University of Puerto                 ever invited to
Rico. Sadie and Otterbein also won ASBMB’s award for                 attend a Vermont
outstanding undergraduate research and a travel award.               Academy meeting.
     Sadie’s work, “Expression of PAT-1/MLDP increases                    “While con-
triacylglycerol stores and promotes changes in lipid drop            ducting research at
morphology in a CHO cell model,” examines lipids, lipid              a smaller school
droplets and the nature of the family of PAT proteins that           like Otterbein is                  Sadie Bartholomew
includes movement regulation, storage and metabolism of              decidedly a chal-
these fats. This is a growing field of research that did not         lenge,” Dr. Tansey said, “it has significant positive impact
exist 10 years ago and is a continuation of work Dr. Tansey          on the campus as a whole and our students in particular.”
began as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Insti-                 Of recent alumni who have conducted student
tutes of Health.                                                     research with Dr. Tansey in an Otterbein chemistry labo-

ratory for a year or more, two
now are in biochemistry
Ph.D. programs (Stanford
and Johns Hopkins), four are
enrolled in medical school
(Wright State, Cincinnati,
and Ohio University), one is
in pharmacy school (Univer-
sity of Cincinnati), and one is
in veterinary medical school
(Ohio State).
     Otterbein has always
attracted top students and
had a caring, high quality fac-
ulty. Alumni and friends’
investments in our future –
our faculty, our students and
our facilities – will help us to
achieve greater things.

New Endowed
The Robert L Corbin Endowed
Scholarship in Business
Created by Robert L. Corbin
’49, this endowed scholarship Students Lindsey Schramm and Anna Haller serve at Avalon Elementary School during the
will provide financial support Fall Community Plunge. Both Anna and Lindsey are Columbus Foundation Fellows.
for an endowed scholar who
will major in business. A resident of Centerville, Ohio,
Bob is a long-time investor in Otterbein and its students.  was a minister with the West Ohio Conference of the Unit-
                                                            ed Methodist Church for over 40 years. Janet taught
The Albert E. Lovejoy Award in Sociology                    mathematics for more than 35 years. Their daughter
This award recently was amended by originator Carol Ven-    Melinda ’85, of Luckey, Ohio, has taught science for nearly
tresca ’76, in collaboration with Department Chair Heidi    22 years; son Mark ’85 works in a marketing firm and lives
Ballard, in order to capture the excitement and research    with his family in Boulder, Co.; son Matthew, who attend-
being done in the Department of Sociology. This             ed Otterbein, works in pharmaceutical sales and lives with
endowed fund is meant to “honor Dr. Lovejoy’s dedication    his family in New Albany, OH.
to teaching and the students,” Carol noted, and “to recog-
nize bright students and their work which is over and       Recent Grant Awards
above the norm.” Awarding this fund now will be accom-           The Ohio Department of Natural Resources awarded
plished by a selection committee, headed by the chair of    Dr. Sarah Bouchard $10,000 for her project, “The Effect of
the Department of Sociology, and will consider nominees’    Exotic Invasive Aquatic Plants on Freshwater Turtle Ecolo-
commitment to public and community leadership,              gy.” Through laboratory tank experiments, field capture,
demonstration of a strong global perspective, and exhibi-   and field assessment of turtle environments and growth,
tion of a strong academic performance.                      this program will allow faculty and students to gain insight
                                                            into the mechanisms by which invasive aquatic plants may
The Selby Family Award                                      negatively impact freshwater turtle populations. Data
This award was created by Charles E. ’57 and Janet Risch    from this project will assist in the efforts to control and
’59 Selby to honor their families – past and present. The   eradicate exotic invasive aquatic plants and support reptile
fund provides an award for outstanding students majoring    conservation.
in Education who are the son or daughter of a United             The Center for Community Engagement was awarded
Methodist minister or of the UM faith. The Selbys decid-    $8,000 from Ohio Campus Compact for the Cardinal Service
ed to pursue this endowed fund at this time in order to     Leaders program. This new service-learning initiative will
help fulfill Charles’ 1957 Class Legacy Gift; the endowment provide a cohort of first generation and/or low-income stu-
also will count toward Janet’s Class Legacy Gift. Charles   dents the opportunity to serve as Columbus Foundation Cit-

izen-Scholar Fellows at the Center for Community Engage-            technologies for the teaching of math and science. Project
ment. Working with the existing Cardinal Corps structure,           DIDI-II will specifically focus on introducing pre-service
Service Leaders will have the opportunity to become                 teachers to visualization technologies through Otterbein
involved with seven various weekly service programs. Fel-           methods courses and use during student teaching place-
lows will serve 300 hours of community service by acting as         ments. In addition, strategies for the use of visualization
civic capacity-builders on campus and coordinating weekly           technology will be included in contract courses and pro-
volunteer programs at area nonprofit agencies.                      fessional development workshops for Columbus Public
     The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges                    School personnel.
awarded a follow-on grant of $3,565 to Dr. Niki Fayne for                The Nationwide Foundation has given $4,000 for The
Project DIDI-II: Digital Imaging and Data Investigation.            George H. Dunlap Scholarship program. This scholarship
This follow-on program will pick-up where Project DIDI              was established to support students majoring in Business
ended by continuing to promote the use of visualization             Administration and/or Social Sciences.

Annual Fund Breaks Record!
     The Annual Fund at Otterbein exceeded its goal of
$640,000 for fiscal year 2007 (July 1, 2006 through June 30,
2007) by raising more than $685,000. Nearly 3,100
Otterbein alumni and friends contributed to this effort
with their generous pledge payments and gifts.
     The Annual Fund makes a difference in the kind of
education the College can offer. Annual Fund gifts are
unrestricted, allowing them to be used:
       • for scholarships assistance
       • in acquiring library books
       • to upgrade facilities and equipment
       • to renovate buildings
       • to create faculty development opportunities
     The Annual Fund office is busy with fiscal year 2008
efforts (July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008). Phonathon
calling will begin September 24 and run through November
1. Two additional calling sessions will be scheduled next
     For additional information on how your investment
can help, please contact Jennifer Westbrook ’01, Director
of Annual Giving, at (614) 823-1948 or                                                  Allison Raygor ’09

Students Get in the Spirit of Giving, Too
                                                   Bob Keep ’08 presented President C. Brent DeVore with a check from
                                                   Otterbein students representing their efforts on behalf of the Annual
                                                   Fund. More than 4% of the student body, representing the highest
                                                   ever participation rate, contributed to the 2006-07 campaign by mak-
                                                   ing a pledge or gift to the Annual Fund. Student giving efforts are led
                                                   by a group of students who serve as Legacy Leaders. Working with
                                                   Assistant Annual Fund Director Annie Boehm, they host information
                                                   sessions and campaign drives throughout the year. The 2007-08 goal
                                                   is to exceed 5% participation by the entire student body. For more
                                                   information about student giving visit

               Cardinal Pride...?

          How Do You Show It?
           Drs. Jim ’91 and John Worley ’60, Westerville area dentists, tout their love of Otterbein
           in their dental practice on South State Street. Guests are greeted with the Fighting
           Cardinal flag in the reception area and for those lucky enough to visit Dr. Jim’s exam
           room, they can see his Otterbein Basketball jersey proudly on display.

Other Pride Tips:                   How do YOU share your Otterbein spirit?
• Use an Otterbein coffee           Let us know by emailing a photo and caption to
   mug at work.           

•   Have clients sign with          Need an alumni window cling for your vehicle?
    an Otterbein pen.               Give us a call and we’ll mail you one. 1-888-614-2600

•   Wear Otterbein attire in        Need some updated Otterbein items?
    your community. Get             Visit the online bookstore at to stock up
    folks asking!                   or stop by the bookstore at the Campus Center.

                                                                       The professor reached out and took the beaker in his hand
Cardinal Tales...                                                      to look at it more closely, taking it of course by the bottom
                                                                       where the student had been holding it over the flame. The
We want to hear from you! Specifically, we’d like to hear              look which immediately came over his face was indescrib-
any stories you might have of your time at Otterbein that              able -- he then set the beaker down very carefully on the
relate to the sciences. Tell us an anecdote about a favorite           tiled labtop, and quietly said, "That was hot!!"
science professor, a prank pulled in Schear-McFadden, or               Doris Jean Franks Wolfram '61
an inspiration that came from a science class. Or any-
thing else about your experiences with the sciences at
Otterbein. Here are two submissions....                                ...& Cardinals in Flight
     I always hated studying ANY form of science, so I                 Traveling? Got your Otterbein shirt or sweatshirt handy?
delayed the then infamous freshman biology class until my              We want to see pics of Otterbein alumni around the
sophomore year. My lab partner and I made a pact. She                  world wearing the good ole tan and cardinal. Photos
hated to read and I hated everything else, so she “cut”                should be high resolution (i.e. at least 3 x 5 at 300 dots
while I read what she was supposed to do. Communication                per inch, or 900 x 1500 pixels).
wasn’t always the best and this early effort at “co-operative
learning” wasn’t always successful, especially when it came                                                           Harvey ’55 and
to the poor kitty cat! I remember little of the class, but I do                                                       Carolyn Cribbs
have a clutching of the heart when I recall the lab practical                                                         ’57 Smith at
exam. All of us were lined up single file back from the lab,                                                          Blarney Castle
winding down the halls and the steps, out on to the side-                                                             in Ireland show
walk, nearly back to Towers! Most of us were still holding                                                            their Otterbein
on to the text, and either silencing everyone around us so                                                            spirit.
we could CONCENTRATE, or drilling each other on the
notes and lab drawings in our folders! Once in the lab, we
moved, oh so silently, snaking from exhibit to exhibit,
viewing assorted muscles, veins and other organs, tied off
with bands and marked with flags to identify them on our
papers. I've never felt so stressed by any class before or
since. We were told later that the College only offered one
freshman biology class and so this content was part of the
pre-med program! Yikes! I passed, but as a French and his-
tory major, this didn't do my GPA a lot of good!
Mary Meek Delk ’64

     Professor Esselstyn was a person who seemed at all
times to be in perfect control of himself, never raising his
voice, not getting excited when a student did something
dumb or even dangerous, and he never seemed to show
extreme emotions. This was of course a big advantage
when monitoring an organic chemistry lab full of students
who often didn’t have any idea what they were doing.
     This is an incident where he showed, for him, extreme
emotion! He always told us, if you accidentally grab some-
thing that’s too hot, it’s better to burn your fingers than to
lose the experiment. One day, he had a beautiful chance to
demonstrate this. In order to calibrate our 200° ther-
mometers, each student had a beaker of paraffin which
had to be melted over the Bunsen burner. One student                   Raymond White '65 showed the colors out west and down
mistakenly tried to do this by heating the beaker from the             south at Big Bend National Park in Texas.
bottom, instead of working down slowly from the sides.
When he couldn’t see any progress, he took the beaker by                    Send stories and/or pics to Jenny Hill,
the top, where it was of course still cool, and brought it to , or to Otterbein College,
Prof. Esselstyn, holding it up to him with the words,                  Department of Marketing and Communications,
“Something’s wrong because my paraffin doesn’t melt.”                  One Otterbein College, Westerville, OH 43081.

Cardinal Migration 2008


 April 24-26th, 2008

  Salt Lake City, Utah, is many
    things. It is mountains. A
 unique culture. The Salt Lake
Flats. An Olympic town. Home
of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
  Dynamic, Diverse, Different...

Join the 14th Otterbein migration
 by making your advanced hotel
   reservations for $129 + tax.
   Call Sheraton City Centre at
       801-401-2000 x2186.

  More info to come in the fall issue!
A New Way to Connect with Old Friends!
The Alumni Online Directory is free and easy to use. Use             As always, if you have any questions about the online
it to find old friends, post Classnotes, and even update             directory or if you need assistance, contact the Office of
your own contact information.                                        Alumni Relations at 614-823-1650 or 1-888-614-2600, or
                                                                     email us at
Using the Online Directory is as
Easy as 1-2-3...                                                     What’s stopping you? Old friends, new friends, and a
                                                                     brand new way to communicate awaits you!
1.    Go to and select “Online
      Directory” in the menu bar.                                    Opting Out
2.    Login for the first time using the username and pass-          Standard directory information includes name, preferred
      word printed above your address label of Towers.               class year, address, phone number, e-mail address and
3.    Once you have logged in for the first time, you will be        employment information. Your name and preferred class
      prompted to change your password to something                  year will always be viewable by other alumni. You may
      easy to remember.                                              ‘opt out’ from having some or all of your directory infor-
                                                                     mation viewable by other alumni by completing the online
                                                                     form at or call
                                                                     1-888-614-2600 or 614-823-1650.

                                                                     Privacy Statement: All information contained within the Otterbein Alumni Online Directory
                                                                     remains the property of Otterbein College and is provided on a secure server and is only accessi-
                                                                     ble to Otterbein alumni with a password. The directory information is for individual use only; it
                                                                     may not be retransmitted or published for any reason. Mass communications will only be
                                                                     approved to support the mission of Otterbein College and from Otterbein-affiliated organiza-
                                                                     tions and alumni constituent groups in support of approved activities. Sale or other distribution
                                                                     of this information is prohibited by College policy.

          Otterbein Night Out
            in Central Ohio
               Sat., Aug. 25, 7:00 pm–11:00 pm                            Cardinals & Pumpkins
                                                                                             Sat., Oct. 20, in Circleville, OH
The Otterbein Central Ohio Alumni invite you to a night
out welcoming the Class of 2007 into the alumni family
                                                                      The Circleville Pumpkin Festival is
and thanking alumni who are also OC faculty and staff.
                                                                      Ohio's oldest and largest
                                     See you at Old Bag
                                                                      festival, and the 2007
                                     for refreshments,
                                                                      festival will be even better
                                     prizes and more!
                                                                      when the Cardinals join the
                                     (This is a night out
                                                                      fun. Save the date for an
                                     for adults only,
                                                                      alumni gathering among
                                                                      the pumpkins in Circleville,
                                     Old Bag of Nails
                                                                      OH, on Saturday, October 20
                                     on 24 N. State
                                                                      (time and location T.B.A.)
                                     Street , Westerville,
                                     OH 43081
                                                                      Are you a Pumpkin Festival lover? We are seeking alum-
                                                                      ni who can help plan the pumpkin party!
          $5 pre-register by Aug. 22, $7 at the door
                                                                            Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at click ‘events/registration’               
          Sponsored by the Otterbein Alumni Club                                     or call 1-888-614-2600.
                      of Central Ohio

                     Recent Alumni Gatherings

                         June Bug Jamboree
                                    The 11th annual June Bug Jamboree delivered a late afternoon of food
                                    and fun at Bill ’48 and Helen ’47 LeMay's farm in Waynesville, Ohio.
                                    Special thanks to the committee members led by Ed Mentzer ’58 who
                                    hosted 90 Otterbein alumni. Left: Bob Arledge ’55, Dick Smith ’79 and
                                    Bill Cole ’54. Lower Left: Beverly Hancock Corcoran ’48, Miriam Wetzel
                                    Ridinger ’51. Below, Front Row: Shirley Adams Detamore ’51, Miriam
                                    Wetzel Ridinger ’51, Ruth Ann Smith Moore ’51, Priscilla Warner Berry
                                    ’51. Back Row: Bill Detamore ’51, Jim Shand ’51, Martha Weller Shand
                                    ’51, Jug Ridinger ’49, Paul Moore ’51, Jim Berry ’50.

                 The Otterbein emeriti faculty and retired staff meet monthly for lunch and to learn about cam-
                 pus events and happenings. Here they join their annual picnic in May at Dr. Tom and Donna
                 Kerr's home. Top Left: Janet Carr ’86, wife of Jim Carr; Norma Webster, Dr. Eva Sebo, Dr.
Emeriti Picnic   Marty Savenson and Petie Dodrill, wife of the late Dr. Chuck Dodrill. Bottom Left: Dr. Sylvia
                 Vance ’47, Dr. Mary Cay Wells ’47, and Rev.John Wells ’48 Below, First row: Dr. Eva Sebo,
                 Judy Christian, Dr. Phil Barnhart, Dr. Marty Saveson, Jean Spero, Jeanne Augustus, Suzanne
                              Neal. Second row: Dr. Thomas Kerr, Dr. Bill Amy, Dr. Sylvia Vance, Dr. Mary
                              Cay Wells. Third row: Dr. Dick Yantis, Jim Carr, Fred Thayer, Larry Cox, and
                              Dr. Roger Deibel. Back row: Gary Tirey, Dr. David Holl, Dr. Bob Place.

                            Zero Year Reunion
                          Congratulations to the Class of ’07! The Zero Year reunion for
                          the Class of ’07 was held after commencement rehearsal in the
                          Clements Recreation Center. After 300 seniors had their class
                          picture taken, they celebrated with classmates at a picnic dinner
                          and won donated prizes from campus offices and the Westerville
                          community. Alumni scoop the ice cream, serve the cake, pop
                          the popcorn and congratulate the class with a CD case contain-
                          ing a customized CD identifying the benefits and services of an
                                                         Otterbein alumni. A master’s
                                                         reception is held the following day
                                                         to greet the graduate students to
                                                         the Otterbein alumni association.
                                                         The events are sponsored by the
                                                         Otterbein Alumni Council.

                                       More pics at

Hello Dolly Brunch        A sell-out crowd enjoyed omelets cooked to order for the Sun-
                          day Brunch and Spring Musical performance of Hello Dolly.
                          Join us for next year’s spring musical of Peter Pan. Left:
                          Grace, Noah and Rob Fetters. Below: Charis Bridgman ’07
                          with her grandparent, Dick Bridgman ’50 and Carolyn Boda
                          Bridgman ’50.

                                                                        Save the Date for AlumMatters
                                                                        Register online for these events at
     OARS - Otterbein Alumni Recruiting Students                                          click “Events/Registration”
       We are looking for alumni interested in recruiting at
                 fall college fairs in these areas:
                                                                       Week of Aug. 7 Alumni host Summer Send-Offs for new
          Chicago, Illinois - north, northwest and western suburbs     students/parents. Summer send-offs will occur in Cleve-
                         Houston and Dallas, Texas                     land, Akron-Canton, Cincinnati, Dayton, Central
                         Pittsburgh and Western PA
                                                                       Ohio/Westerville (Contact
                               Washington D.C.
     Florida - Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers, Miami and Fort Lauderdale
                                                                       Aug. 24 Alumni Council Meeting, Otterbein Campus
     Contact Bonnie Robinson in the Office of Alumni Relations at      Aug. 25 Central Ohio Alumni Gathering, Old Bag of Nails
        or call                               (see page 57)
                     toll free at 1-888-614-2600.
                                                                       Aug. 31 Cross Country Alumni Meet

                                                                       Sept. 6 New students with Alumni Relatives Lunch on
                                                                       Move-in Day, Otterbein campus

                                                                       Sept. 15-23 Otterbein Ireland Alumni Trip

                                                                       Oct. 13 Homecoming ’07, Reunions for Classes of ’87, ’92,
                                                                       ’97 and ’02.
                                                                       Oct. 20 Otterbein – Circleville Alumni Gathering,
                                                                       Circleville, OH (see page 57)

Prospective Cardinal
Student’s name
City                                                   State                   Zip
Telephone number (           )                         Female          Male
Student’s e-mail                                High School
Graduation Yr                                   Academic Interest
Your name
City                                                      State                Zip
Telephone number (           )
Your relationship to student
  Please check here if you’re willing to help with student recruitment efforts in your area.
                    Please return this form in an envelope addressed to:
   Mark Moffit, Associate Director of Admission, 1 Otterbein College, Westerville, OH 43081
                                               WESTERVILLE, OHIO
                                               FOUNDED IN 1847

Board of Trustees                                        Alumni Council
Emmanuel Brown ’08                                       Alicia Caudill Colburn ’95
Ramsey Coates                                            Janet Tressler Davis ’82
C. Brent DeVore H’86                                     David Gault ’69
Michael E. Ducey ’70                                     Annie Gaunt ’86
William L. Evans ’56                                     Eddie Harrell ’94
Judith Gebhart ’61                                       James Heinisch ’53
Mary F. Hall ’64                                         Gary Hoyle ’79
William E. Harrell, Jr. ’94                              Michael Huston ’86
James Heinisch ’53                                       Steven Johnston ’82
Nicholas Hill                                            Stephen D. Jones ’77
John T. Huston ’57                                       K. Chris Kaiser ’77
Joseph Ignat ’65                                         Jane Leiby ’73
Robert Keep ’08                                          Robert Eric Lloyd ’02
Erwin K. Kerr H’02                                       Colette Masterson ’05
John E. King ’68                                         Tiffany Compan McCallen ’00
Angela D. Lewis                                          Susan Gaskell Merryman ’88
John W. Magaw ’57                                        Jean Weixel Reynolds ’77
Thomas C. Morrison ’63                                   Marsha Rice Scanlin ’74
Jane W. Oman H’96                                        Tamara Staley ’96
Alison Prindle                                           Jolene Thompson ’88
Peggy M. Ruhlin ’79                                      Margaret Lloyd Trent ’65
Wolfgang R. Schmitt ’66                                  Kent Witt ’75
Kent Stuckey ’79                                         Jane Melhorn Witt ’75
Mark R. Thresher ’78
Alan Waterhouse ’82                                      Becky Fickel Smith ’81, Director of Alumni Relations
Executive Committee                                      Bonnie L. Robinson, Asst. Director of Alumni Relations
Chairman of the Board: Thomas C. Morrison          
Vice Chairman: Mark R. Thresher                          Laurie Draper, Administrative Assistant
Vice Chairman: John E. King                        
Secretary: Jane W. Oman                                  614-823-1650
Assistant Secretary: William L. Evans                    1-888-614-2600
President of the College: C. Brent DeVore
                                                         Institutional Mission
Cabinet                                                  The mission of Otterbein College is to educate the whole
President of the College: C. Brent DeVore                person in a context that fosters the development of
V.P. for Institutional Advancement: Richard H. Dorman    humane values. Otterbein College is a private, church-
V.P. for Student Affairs: Robert M. Gatti H’02           related, four-year coeducational college that sponsors tra-
V.P. for Academic Affairs: Abíódún Gòkè-Paríolá          ditional and continuing education programs of liberal arts
V.P. for Business Affairs: David L. Mead ’76             and professional education at Baccalaureate and Master’s
V.P. for Enrollment: Thomas H. Stein                     levels. Our commitment is to the liberal arts as the broad
                                                         base of all learning.

                                        Otterbein College
                                        One Otterbein College
                                        Westerville, OH 43081

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 2007-08 Otterbein Theatre Season

 A New Century of Excellence...
 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?                                 Caucasion Chalk Circle
 Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is the           A parable inspired by the Chinese play Chalk Circle, this Bertolt
 story of George and Martha, two of the most famous              Brecht play is set at the close of World War II and retells the King
 roles ever written for the stage. One wicked evening!           Solomon story of a child claimed by two mothers.
 October 4-6, 12 & 13, 2007                                      January 31-February 3, February 7-9, 2008
 Campus Center Theatre                                           Cowan Hall

 URINETOWN                                                             Dance Concert 2008
 One of the most uproariously funny musicals in                        Stella Hiatt-Kane and fellow choreographers create an
 recent years, URINETOWN is a hilarious tale                           evening of dance movie favorites.
 of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a                       March 6-9, 2008 • Cowan Hall
 time when water is worth its weight in gold and
 there is a ban on private toilets!                                       Miss Witherspoon
 November 1-4, 8-10, 2007
                                                                          In life, Veronica turned her back on religion–so why is she
 Cowan Hall
                                                                          spending eternity in the netherworld with a Hindu spirit guide?
                                                                          May 1-3, 9 & 10, 2008 • Campus Center Theatre

                                                                                 Peter Pan
                                                                                 One of the world’s most celebrated musicals, this J.M.
                                                                                 Barrie play takes you to Never Never Land where
                                                                                 you’ll never grow up.
  Kari Ringer ’09, as Dolly in Hello                                             May 21-25, 29-31, 2008 • Cowan Hall
  Dolly from the 2007 production.

                                                                For subscriptions or more information on the 2007-08
                                                                 season, please call the Box Office at 614-823-1109.

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