Issue 2013.1 - University of Dayton by yaosaigeng


									              News and notes from the University of Dayton Honors Program

                                                         Inside this issue
The Road Less Traveled                                      UHP News, Page 2
Alumnus George Mertz ’05                           The Beckoning Path, Page 4
surveys his organic farm                                Student Profile, Page 7
(Pages 8-10)                                               Classnotes, Page 10
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                                                                      the community                                Berry, Jr., his wife, Shirley, and Charles                                                                                                  ail.
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                                                                      David Darrow.                                alumni of the Honors                                                                                                                                                                       Univers                         uidance                     ships
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                                                                     The Honors Program Student Advisory           programs and current
                                                                     Committee has agreed to continue the          Berry Scholars and
                                                                     Memorial 5K in the future, so stay            Berry Summer Thesis
                                                                     tuned for future dates. Donations to the      Institutes participants.
                                                                     scholarship are also welcome; please          Bro. Raymond Fitz,
                                                                     contact the Honors Program for more           former president of the
                                                                                                                                                                          Thesis Institute, which continues to honor the
                                                                                                                                                                          Berry family legacy. This summer residency
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Retreat into Prayer
                                                                     information. Thanks to all those who          University was also in             John W. Berry Sr.
                                                                                                                                                                          research program for faculty-nominated                                The sophomore Chaminade                                                   This unforgettable retreat helped bond our
                                                                     have donated to the scholarship so far        attendance and shared                                                                                                        Scholars traveled to Indiana for a                                        Chaminade Scholars cohort, allowed us to
                                                                                                                                                                          rising juniors was inaugurated with great
A beautiful late summer day on campus for the first “Danny 5K”       — the generosity will help support the        memories of John Berry, Sr.                                                                                                  weekend retreat together in the fall of                                   evaluate our own prayer life and relationship
run/walk                            Photo courtesy of Kevin Arnold                                                                                                        success this past summer. After students
                                                                     next generation of Honors students.                                                                                                                                        2012. As a part of the Chaminade Scholars                                 with God, and recognize how that all
                                                                                                                                                                          complete the residency, those who commit to
                                                                                                                   The event also served to commemorate the                                                                                     course, The Christian Tradition of Prayer, the                            transcends into what we are called to do.
                                                                                           — Amy Timmerman ‘14                                                            completing an Honors thesis are then invited
had gained early admission to Wright State                                                                         final graduating class of Berry Scholars                                                                                     retreat took place at St. Meinrad Archabbey,
                                                                                                                                                                          to become Berry Fellows. Proceeds from
University’s medical school, tragically passed                                                                     while introducing the new Berry Summer                                                                                       home to monks who pray, work, and live in                                                                                  — Cassie Brakers ‘15
                                                                                                                                                                          the Berry endowment are supporting
                                                                                                                                                                          scholarships for these upper-class students.                          community.                                                                                                                  Chaminade Scholar

                                                                                                                                                                          After an introduction and brief remarks                               The retreat gave us the opportunity
link Staff                                                     Dear Alumni and Friends of the Honors Program,                                                             by Honors Program director Dr. David
                                                                                                                                                                          Darrow, Amber Rose, an alumna of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to experience and participate in the daily
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                prayer life of the Benedictine monks. This
                                                                                                                                                                          inaugural Berry Scholars class, served as                             involved getting up at 5 am for morning
Student Contributors                                           This past year has been an exciting time in our office, as the Program and its
                                                                                                                                                                          Master of Ceremonies, assisted by recent                              prayer, known as Vigils and Lauds. While
                                                               students have both embarked on new paths and trod old ones in new ways.
Cassandra Brakers                                                                                                                                                         Berry Scholar alumnus Jacob Rosen.                                    we were not accustomed to waking up at
                                                               Recognizing a need to emphasize civic engagement and leadership among
Whitney Crim                                                                                                                                                              Following the brief program, guests mingled                           such early hours, the experience provided
                                                               our students, we enabled Honors students to earn credit toward their Honors
                                                                                                                                                                          in the Ballroom, sampling finger foods while                          a new perspective and set a prayerful and
                                                               diplomas by completing the leadership, service and curricular components of
Student Staff                                                  the Dayton Civic Scholars and the River Stewards programs. The launch of the                               circling the room where Berry Summer                                  anticipatory tone for the full day ahead. Our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                time at the monastery included a tour of                                                                                              2015
Lauren Banfield, Lead Production                               Berry Summer Thesis Institute has provided an avenue for students to partic-                               Thesis Institute participants with posters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cohort at
                                                                                                                                                                          of their projects explained their research                            the Archabbey and a pilgrimage to Monte
Kristina Demichele, Lead Reporter                              ipate in the University’s community of scholars in more profound ways, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             St. Meinrad
                                                                                                                                                        David Darrow      to the interested guests.                                             Cassino, a chapel two miles away.                                                                                                     Archabbey
Catherine Devlin, Reporter, Editor                             the Chaminade Scholars pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome put them “on the air”
Annmarie Fisher, Reporter                                      with Vatican Radio. These are just two of the ways that our office has worked
                                                                                                                                                                          Reconvening for the remaining program,                                One of the most significant parts of the
Stephanie Greve, Reporter                                      to encourage honors students to venture down the “road not taken” as a means of discerning who
                                                                                                                                                                          guests viewed short video vignettes from                              retreat for me was hearing the vocation talks
                                                               they are called to be. Please join us in thanking the Berry family and Berry Foundation for their
C.C. Hutten, Reporter, Editor                                                                                                                                             Program alumni and current thesis institute                           from two monks. Listening to their stories,
                                                               generous support of the Thesis Institute.
Ann-Marie Lee, Reporter, Editor,                                                                                                                                          students which offered heartfelt thanks to the                        I found it was surprising, yet comforting,
 Photographer                                                                                                                                                             Berry family and appreciation for what this                           to see the parallels between their lives and
                                                               On behalf of the Program, I thank you for keeping us updated on the roads (figurative and literal)
Sarah Reynolds, Reporter                                                                                                                                                  endowment has meant to so many students                               mine. They did not go through life knowing
                                                               that you are traveling. For those of you on the east coast suffering the ravages of the recent storms,
                                                                                                                                                                          in the Honors Program over so many years.                             they were going to become monks. Their
Amy Timmerman, Reporter, Editor                                please know that you are in our thoughts and in our prayers.
                                                                                                                                                                          Finally, the Office of Advancement presented                          lives strayed from their own plans and were
  and Content Coordinator                                                                                                                                                                                                                       enlightened by God’s plans for them. They so
                                                               Wishing you all the best,                                                                                  commemorative gifts to the Berry family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                graciously accepted this change in their lives
Administrative Staff                                                                                                                                                      members concluding the evening’s festivities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to actively seek God and serve the Church,
Jeanne Palermo, Editing Manager                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and this is something I would like to emulate.
Ramona Speranza, Managing Editor,                                                                                 David W. Darrow, Ph.D.                                                                            — Jeanne Palermo                                                                                        Scholar in
                                                                                                                  Director                                                                                                 UHP Staff                                                                                    contemplation
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              Whether abroad or in the States,          Publishing in Spain                                Heine says she befriended a variety               Miller says his time in Costa Rica made           says, she was selected to meet Michelle          at writing press releases. “It was so exciting
              Honors students often take great                                                             of individuals who were “older, wiser and         him a happier person who truly learned the        Obama when the first lady visited Dayton         to see how the communications staff crafted
                                                        Senior English and Spanish major Kristina          incredibly successful” during her travels.        sacrifices and benefits of living a sustainable   to give a speech at the Dayton Convention        the governor’s message,” Timmerman (below
              advantage of their summer breaks
              in unique and intriguing ways. More
              than two dozen students sent in their
                                                        DeMichele and senior Spanish, journalism,
                                                        and visual communications design major
                                                        Kaitlyn Malson both interned at University
                                                                                                           On meeting CEOs of multi-million dollar
                                                                                                           companies through her travels she realized
                                                                                                                                                             life. “Living in a tree in the rain forest gave
                                                                                                                                                             me a new definition of nature and the role of
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Center. “This experience was life-changing,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Clark says, “an opportunity of a lifetime.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                left) said, “particularly in response to some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                major events of the summer, including the
              thoughts about the Summer of 2012                                                            that she was expanding her resume in a            humans in it,” Miller says. “Nature really had    She also states that after the experience                                          Supreme
                                                        of Dayton Publishing in Madrid, Spain.             different way than most. “Traveling isn’t a       provided us with everything we needed             she became more involved in politics and is                                        Court’s health
              — and spotlighted are nine Honors
              students who enriched their lives                                                            waste when it comes to progressing your           to live happy, fulfilling lives.”                 “passionate about the importance of deter-                                         care ruling
              during that time with particularly                                                           professional career because the skills                                                              mining the direction we want and need our                                          and the major
              unforgettable experiences.                                                                   learned and the maturing that happens while                                                         country to go.”                                                                    storms which
                                                                                                           traveling looks attractive to employers,”                                                                                                                                              blew through
                                                                                                           Heine says.                                                                                                                                                                            at the end of

                                                                                                            “The fact that
                                                                                                                                                             DOMESTIC                                          Supporting Critical Energy                                                         June.”

              ABROAD                                                                                       I was able to                                     Clowning Around                                   First-year electrical engineering major                                            Timmerman
                                                                                                                                                                                                               William Sember worked for a power-
              Zambia Mission                                                                               complete my
                                                                                                           life-dream of
                                                                                                                                                             First-year psychology and political science
                                                                                                                                                                                                               electronics company outside of Milwaukee,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  said the
                                                                                                                                                             major Michael Brill worked as a juggler this
              First-year engineering major Daniel                                                          traveling the                                     summer at the Cincinnati Circus Company.          Wisconsin. The company makes equipment                                             was a great
              Buck recently traveled to Zambia          DeMichele served as an editorial intern and        world at the                                                                                        that provides backup power for hospitals and     experience because she not only participated
                                                                                                                                                             Brill says the company entertains the public
              in south-central Africa as part of an     Malson served as a graphic design intern for       age of 21 is                                                                                        houses and stabilizes power from wind farms,     in the day-to-day workings of the governor’s
                                                                                                                                                             in Cincinnati, Dayton, Northern Kentucky
              international mission trip. Buck says     two months. University of Dayton Publishing,       something that                                                                                      Sember says. One of Sember’s major accom-        office, but met a staff that was truly devoted
                                                                                                                                                                                    and Indiana with
              of his travels that he experienced the    or UDP, is the English language imprint of         no one can ever                                                                                     plishments was to create a computer program      to making Ohio a better state.
                                                                                                                                                                                    parties, corporate
              world in a completely new way as he       Grupo SM, the third largest educational            take away from                                                                                      that helped automate the company’s testing
                                                                                                                                                                                    events, fundraisers
              and his team of 22 people traveled to     publisher in the Spanish speaking world, with      me,” Heine says.                                                                                    procedures to make sure that the equipment       “It was amazing to see how devoted the
                                                                                                                                                                                    and more. Through
              the city of Mongu and spent time          branches in Spain, Mexico, Peru and Chile.         “I matured and                                                                                      worked correctly.                                staff was to public service, and it set a great
                                                                                                                                                                                    his experience Brill
              with orphaned children.                   UDP publishes textbooks for pre-primary,           learned more in                                                                                                                                      example for me as a young student who really
                                                                                                                                                                                    says he learned how to
                                                        primary, and secondary learners in English         those two months                                                                                    “After I had been working for a while,”          wasn’t sure where I wanted to end up after
                                                                                                                                                                                    make balloon art and
                                                        for the bilingual education market and also        about myself and                                                                                    Sember says, “I found out that some of           college until I completed this internship.
                                                                                                                                                                                    stilt walk.
                                                        does professional training for teachers.           the world than I have in my 21 years of life.”                                                      the company’s equipment was providing            Hopefully, one day, I will find myself in the
                                                                                                                                                                                    “I now also work as        backup power for antennas NASA is using to       position to do some of the amazing work that
                                                        Among duties such as proofreading                                                                                                                      communicate with the latest Mars rover. My       Governor Kasich and his staff have done to
                                                                                                                                                                                    an inflatable attendant
                                                        manuscripts, checking corrections and                                                                                                                  program isn’t involved in testing those units,   improve the state of Ohio.”
                                                        translating interactive activities online, both    Treehouse in Costa Rica                                                  and have improved
                                                                                                                                                                                                               but it may be involved in testing similar
                                                                                                                                                                                    my juggling skills,”
                                                        Malson and DeMichele worked on various             Senior international studies major Michael                                                          things in the future. The revelation really                                 — Kristina DeMichelle ‘13
                                                                                                                                                                                    he says. Brill made
                                                        projects for the company. “I got to translate      Miller lived in a tree house community in                                                           excited me.”
                                                                                                                                                                                    balloon animals at
                                                        the text of illustrated bible stories for fourth   the Southern Zone of Costa Rica. “I heard                                Applebee’s, juggled
                                                        graders from Spanish to English. Then              about this opportunity from a friend, visited                                                       Sember says that despite the fact that he
                                                                                                                                                                                    for terminally ill and
                                                        Kaitlyn put the text into the page and worked      the website and when I found out you could                                                          had to learn an extensive amount about
                                                                                                                                                                                    foster children, stilt-
                                                        with the design,” DeMichele says. “It was so       volunteer I called the owners and found out                                                         computer programming                             (Read more summer stories on Page 6)
                                                                                                                                                                                    walked outside of
                                                        interesting to translate and simplify the text     they had a slot open the first week of June.”                                                       language without much
                                                                                                                                                             stores and set up a carnival at Mr. Soin of
              Sometimes these trips would go awry.      for bible stories in a religion textbook.”         While there he volunteered at the organic                                                           guidance from his
                                                                                                                                                             Soin Hospital’s mansion on Independence
              On his way to Mongu he experienced                                                           garden facility in the community and lived        Day.                                              superiors, he learned an
              several bus break- downs and had to       Both DeMichele and Malson say they loved           off of the water and natural energy, all while                                                      invaluable lesson trusting
              transfer buses three different times      their experience at UDP. “My internship            enduring extremely high levels of humidity.                                                         his instincts and making
                                                                                                                                                             The joy on a child’s face after handing them
              during the eight hour drive from          this summer was an invaluable learning             “Living without a computer, cell phone, or                                                          decisions on the spot.
                                                                                                                                                             a balloon was one of the ways in which the job
              Lusaka. Though these mishaps were         experience,” Malson says. “Not only did I          TV, but with multi-colored lightening bugs,       was so meaningful to him. “[The experience]                                                            Inspiration for this issue’s cover story and
              difficult, Buck says he realized that     gain international working experience and          monkeys and every type of insect under the                                                          “We don’t know what
                                                                                                                                                             allowed me to turn my juggling hobby into a
              he and his team were not in control       gain knowledge of another country’s business       sun changed forever how I want to spend my                                                          we can achieve until                                 alumni profiles came in part from Robert Frost,
                                                                                                                                                             summer job and a way to use my talents
              and that trusting God was their only      culture, but I also gained knowledge of            time on Earth,” Miller stated.                                                                      we’re thrown into completely new situations          the American poet well known for his piece,
                                                                                                                                                             for other people.”
              option, a theme that became central       the Spanish people and their culture. This                                                                                                             that toss us around, test us forwards and            The Road Not Taken:
              for the entire trip.                      experience pushed me out of my comfort                                             Miller says                                                         backwards, shake us a bit, encourage us and
                                                        zone, forcing me to rely on my second                                              nature came                                                         leave us surprised at the talents God has            Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
              Buck said that witnessing the poverty     language to learn about the company and to                                         to surprise       The Campaign Trail                                given us,” Sember says.                              And sorry I could not travel both
              of Zambia taught him about the role       carry out most of my work. This discomfort,                                        him every day.    Sophomore international studies and Spanish                                                            And be one traveler, long I stood
              of Americans in the world. He now         though, pushed me to grow. Through this                                            One particular    major Lauren Clark interned with the                                                                   And looked down one as far as I could
              sees that he wants to pursue a career     internship, I grew professionally, intellec-                                       morning he                                                                                                               To where it bent in the undergrowth;
              of service and help others through        tually and culturally, which is invaluable as                                      was about to
                                                                                                                                                             Ohio branch of “Organizing for America,”          Summer at the Statehouse
                                                                                                                                                             an organization affiliated with the Obama
              other church missions in the future.      I begin to plan my life after UD.”                                                 start eating                                                        Before 2012 Junior political science and             Then took the other, as just as fair,
                                                                                                                                                             campaign. Clark said she organized events
              “Praising God and sharing the worship                                                                                                                                                            English double-major Amy Timmerman’s                 And having perhaps the better claim,
                                                                                                                                           breakfast with    for the campaign such as house parties,
              experience with people halfway                                                                                                                                                                   last six summers had been devoted to high            Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
                                                                                                                                           the community     phone banks                                                                                            Though as for that the passing there
              across the world made me realize the      Globetrekker                                                                       when a visitor    and canvassing                                    school marching band or working a local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Had worn them really about the same,
              extent of our Christian community                                                                                            commented on      events, and                                       job. This past year, however, she received
              and what an influence mission work        Junior public relations and Spanish double                                         the fascinating                                                     the opportunity to intern in Ohio Governor
                                                                                                                                                             served as a                                                                                            And both that morning equally lay
              can have.”                                major Hannah Heine not only studied abroad                                         decorative                                                          John Kasich’s communications office. As an
                                                                                                                                                             liaison for the                                                                                        In leaves no step had trodden black.
                                                        in Spain Spring 2012, but she also used her                                        snake on the                                                        unapologetic student of politics, Timmerman
                                                                                                                                                             Hispanic/Latino                                                                                        Oh, I kept the first for another day!
                                                        life savings to travel the globe this past                                         kitchen roof.                                                       says she was incredibly excited her first day        Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
                                                        summer. She visited 16 different countries         Community members immediately reacted                                                               to be in the governor’s office and was star-         I doubted if I should ever come back.
                                                                                                                                                             being a trans-
                                                        throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, the         because there were definitely no such                                                               struck when she met Gov. Kasich.
                                                                                                                                                             lator and
                                                        Middle East, United Arab Emirates and Asia.        reptiles placed in their area. The “decorative                                                      Timmerman says she did some usual intern             I shall be telling this with a sigh
                                                        “My friend and I planned, navigated and            snake” curling down a pole was actually a                                                           tasks like making copies and running out to          Somewhere ages and ages hence:
                                                        budgeted our way around the globe without          nonvenemous four-foot-long live snake that                                                          get coffee, but she also went on advance trips       Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
                                                                                                                                                             Because of her
                                                        the help of our parents or a travel agent.”        snacks on other dangerous snakes.                                                                   for event planning and got to try her hand           I took the one less traveled by,
                                                                                                                                                             work, Clark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And that has made all the difference.

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Elizabeth Brumleve ’16 spent her                                                                    Maggie Reuter ’14 volunteered full-time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Kaitlin Meme
                                                  appreciation for my own culture and the
summer working in the office of a                 Latin American culture as well.”                  at TRAMA Textiles, a weaving cooperative, in     Susan Gogniat ’13 received the Earl F. Morris                                                                           to be an experience through a different sense,” she
Commonwealth’s attorney in Kentucky                                                                 Guatemala. Maggie completed a wide range         Memorial Scholarship this year. The award recognizes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             said. “I wanted to show this idea of seeing what
where she worked to better understand the         Lauren Glass ’13 spent this past summer           of tasks from designing                          high achieving Ohio undergraduates who are looking          Kaitlin Meme          ‘14, a graphic design student,        sound actually looks like.”
necessary preparations for legal proceedings      traveling around Europe. She participated in      publicity materials to                           to pursue a legal career.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 took advantage of an opportunity to broaden her
and was given the opportunity to work closely     the Chaminade Scholars pilgrimage to Rome         demonstrating weaving.                                                                                       abilities this summer by staying at the University
with attorneys and attend court with them.        and Assisi. From there Glass travelled to         “At TRAMA Textiles,                              Carol harper ’13 presented her thesis research                                                                          It was valuable to learn about dealing with clients
                                                                                                                                                     on “Improving Teacher Preparation to Enhance                to participate in the Artist in Residence program.          and setting up her own meetings, stated Meme.
“This job deepened my compassion for              France where she spent time with family.          I was more than just a
others and taught me the importance                                                                 volunteer. I felt truly                          Academic Achievement of English Language Learners”                                                                      “It was more independent than I thought it would
of justice in the community.”                                                                                                                        at Ohio TESOL at The Ohio State University.                 “The students are essentially paid to live on campus
                                                                                                    integrated into the lives                                                                                                                                                be. We had a little bit of guidance, but we were in
                                                                                                    of the women I worked                                                                                        over the summer and work cooperatively in a studio          charge of setting it up,” she said. “We were treated
Stacey Buckman ’13 traveled to Zambia,                                                              for, and I will never                            Chloe McEldowney ’14 has been awarded the                   environment to create artwork for spaces around
                                                                                                                                                     Yeck Artist Fellowship through the Dayton Art Institute.                                                                like professionals, which was weird, but it was cool,
Africa, volunteering with the Marianist                                                             forget their kindness                                                                                        campus,” said Associate Director of ArtStreet and
                                                                                                                                                     Fellows receive a stipend, run workshops and teach local                                                                to see how it would’ve actually worked in real life.”
                   brothers in the area. “My                                                        and compassion.”                                                                                             Honors Program alumna, Adrienne Niess’04. When
                                                                                                                                                     high school art students. There will also be an upcoming
                   heart broke at the sight of                                                                                                       exhibit for McEldowney and the other fellows at the         Meme got wind of the application, she said that it
                   extreme poverty, sickness,                                                       Brooke Scollin ’15 traveled to San               Dayton Art Institute.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Meme said that even though her major is graphic
                   abuse and alcoholism,          “I discovered God in so many ways, people                                                                                                                      sounded like something she wanted to do. “It was            design, freshman year she had to take fine arts
                                                                                                    Francisco with her family to visit her
                   but I also met people          and places that I never could have imagined                          brother, an opera singer                                                                  something completely different than what I’m used           classes such as drawing and painting, “so it was
                                                                                                                                                     Annea hapciu’s ’12 thesis research, The Internal
                   who were always happy          before.”                                                             with the San Francisco        Effect of the Kosovo: The Young Europeans Nation-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to,” Meme said. “We had a budget we had to work             less intimidating to be told to ‘make artwork for
                   and who appreciated                                                                                 Opera. Her family             Branding Campaign on the Kosovar Population, was            within, so it was definitely good in determining what       ArtStreet’ because if I didn’t have those courses, I
                   everything God had given       Molly harkins ’15 interned at UIL, a                                 also attended the U.S.        published by the Friedrich Ebert Stuftung organization      materials I would need to get to fit in the budget.”        probably wouldn’t have applied for it.” She said the
                   them.”                         Connecticut-based electric distribution                              Open golf tournament          in Prishtina, the oldest German democracy-promoting
                                                  company. “Interning at UIL this past summer                          while they were in            organization.                                                                                                           foundation classes were necessary, and that even
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Meme’s project was centered on spicing up the
Kylee Byrd ’13                                    was an excellent opportunity that I am so                            town. “It was a great                                                                                                                                 graphic design classes, which are more flat work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 music studio in ArtStreet — but the challenge was
worked on her                                     very grateful to have had. I gained not only                         trip full of fun family       Jenna Rindler ’15 received the Alpha & Omega /                                                                          as opposed to installation, helped her with different
grandparents’                                     knowledge but also practical experience in                           memories and some great       Jim Baker Scholarship this semester.                        for her to create something that would not hinder           principles of design for the program.
vegetable farm                                    the fields of public relations and marketing.”                       golf-watching!”                                                                           the sound. She said that ArtStreet provided her with
this summer.                                                                                                                                         Erin Roark ’13 has accepted a job at Procter & Gamble       an abundance of foam material and the task of               Not only did the foundation classes in art prepare
She assisted                                      Ellie Klug’s ’14 poetry blog was featured         Marc Torchio ’15 spent the summer as             in Cincinnati doing Research and Development in the         creating a piece that not only made the studio inter-       Meme for her new experience, but she said her
in selling and                                    in the Dayton Daily News this summer by           a junior business analyst for a local debt       company’s Fabric and Homecare department.                   esting to the eye, but to dampen the sound being
harvesting crops                                                                                    collection agency. Before beginning his work,                                                                                                                            Honors Program involvement also proved to be quite
                                                  Sharon Short, who runs the Antioch Writer’s                                                                                                                    made in the room as well.
and expanding the                                 Workshop. “It was meaningful to me to see         Mark had to complete a long process to gain      Joseph Salomone ’13 earned second place among                                                                           useful. “[The Honors Program] helped with my work
business to social                                my work so recognized. I’ve been writing          clearance from the United States government      undergraduate students for his poster entitled “Identify-                                                               ethic in general. In [the Program] you’re treated
networking. “My                                   for ten years now, in little notebooks and        to have the right to access sensitive            ing cis-regulatory element changes that underlie gene       “[The piece] is music-themed. Sound waves                   more independently, like there’s more expected of
grandparents have                                 other blogs, but this was the first big project   information.                                     expression and phenotypic evolution between species”        from different instruments are the three big panels,”       you, you’re treated more like an adult,” Meme said.
11 grandchildren and we all grew up on the        I decided to undertake. The fact that it was                                                       at the meeting for the Society for Developmental Biology    she said. “It’s foam material, mounted to wooden
                                                                                                                                                     in Montreal, Canada.                                                                                                    “I feel like Honors professors expect you to be on top
farm.”                                            successful beyond my imagination meant a          Alex Ulintz ’13 traveled to the UK                                                                           boxes, and three-dimensional coming out of the              of it yourself, and that mind set definitely helped.”
                                                  lot to me.”                                       to work on his Honors thesis at the University                                                               wall.” Meme recorded different instruments —
Kar Yen Chai ’13 was in the Miss                                                                    of Surrey. He lived with other students in a     Brooke Scollin ’15 received a scholarship
                                                                                                                                                     from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars            drum, guitar and piano — in little snippets, pulled         Meme offers advice to students: “I would say don’t
Singapore Beauty Pageant 2012. The contes-        Connor Mcnamee ’13 studied German                 dorm and traveled through London, southern
                                                                                                                                                     for her essay on Christmas on Campus.                       up the sound waves on a computer and enlarged
tants of the Pageant are required to commit       abroad in Augsburg, Germany, then traveled                                                                                                                                                                                 hesitate to do something if you’re worried about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 them to eight feet. “In that room, everyone experi-         how it’s going to turn out….if there is a chance you
                                                  Europe “taking lots of pictures” this summer.
                                                                                                                                                     Andrew Steffensmeier ’14 received the Fight                 ences sound through making music.…I wanted it
                                                                                                                                                     for Sight Fellowship. This prestigious, international                                                                                 might like it and think you’re going to
                                                  Patrick Mellis ’13 helped lead a summer                                                            award will assist him as he continues his undergraduate                                                                               gain experience from it then you will,
                                                  leadership training program for the                                                                thesis research.                                                                                                                      you know?” She said she was nervous
                                                  Navigators, a Christian ministry group.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to apply, because she wasn’t sure
                                                                                                                                                     Maddie Szaller ’13 presented her thesis research                                                                                      exactly what she would be doing and
                                                  Milena Pisani ’13 spent the summer                                                                 at the Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and
                                                  in Honduras as a part of the ETHOS program                                                                                                                                                                                               as a graphic designer, the program was
                                                                                                                                                     Classroom Practice.
                                                  at UD and worked with other UD students to                                                                                                                                                                                               not necessarily catered to her. She did
time and effort to better themselves in           build homes                                                                                        Adam Tardio ’13 received the John William Flood                                                                                       not, however, let that hold her back.
beauty and poise. “I was able to network with     for the                                           England and Scotland on the weekends. “The       Memorial Scholarship this semester.                                                                                                   “I think you can make any opportunity
people from different walks of life, and learn    homeless in                                       entire research experience, especially the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           like that work for your benefit ‘cause
firsthand about the pageant industry              the country.                                      component in the UK, has forever changed         Elizabeth Wetzel ’13 presented her thesis research
in Singapore.”                                                                                      me as a student and scientist.”                                                                                                                                                        now on a resume I can say I did
                                                  “I hope                                                                                            at the 27th Annual Ohio Physiological Society meeting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           this…it’s not in my field, but I can do
                                                  to always                                                                                          at Wright State University.
Libby Dunwald ’15 travelled to Guatemala          remember                                          Erin Yacovoni ’14 participated in the                                                                                                                                                  something outside of my field. That’s
where she studied Spanish, lived with a           all that I                                        summer RET-NSF STEM program for                  Alyssa Lesko ’13, hailey Kwon ’15, and                                                                                                a positive thing...‘Oh, she’s versatile,
host family and volunteered as an English         learned, not                                      teachers, paired with two teachers, an           Greg Mancini ’14 presented their thesis research                                                                                      she’s well rounded,’” Meme said. “I
                          teacher in three        only about                                        engineering student, a company, and an           at the Council of Undergraduate Research Meeting                                                                                      feel like if you have an opportunity that
                          schools. “Being         the culture                                       engineering professor. They worked to create     in Wooster, Ohio.                                                                                                                     comes up that seems awesome, just
                          in Guatemala            and the people of Honduras, but also what I       a STEM curriculum for seventh grade. “This
                          allowed me to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    take it no matter if it’s directly related,
                                                  learned personally and spiritually.”              gave me the opportunity to learn about           The following Honors students graduating in 2013
                          expose myself                                                             engineering and how this can enhance my          received scholarships from the Accounting Department:                                                                                 because any outside experience that
                          to a culture unlike     Amanda Schultz ’14 studied French                 future classroom experience.”                    Catherine Bigoness, Adeline Bodart,                                                                                                   you can pull is just as good.”
                          mine, which             abroad in Angers, France and then spent a                                                          Ben Foster, Brittany Fritsch, Brittan
                          humbled and gave        week in Paris with family. “It was an amazing                                                                                                                                                                                                                      — CC Hutten ‘15
                                                                                                                                                     Stegemiller, Kelsey Stroble, Jessica
                          me new-found            experience.”                                                                                       Thomas and Mary hannah Viertel.                             Meme with her installation at ArtStreet        Photo courtesy of K. Meme

6                                                News and notes from the University of Dayton Honors Program                                                                                                                                                                                                                         7
ThE ROAD LESS TRAVELED                           and that the guidance of the professors and
                                                 the faculty are invaluable. In addition to
                                                                                                     a lay minister for social-justice and intercul-
                                                                                                     tural issues in the Catholic Diocese of France.
                                                                                                                                                       and prepared her to be a lay minister. Before
                                                                                                                                                       her junior-year seminar, the Honors Program
                                                                                                                                                       sent a group to the poor country of Sierra
                                                                                                                                                       Leone for a week. Looking back, she realizes
                                                                                                                                                       that that brief intercultural experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hanes’ inspiration to join the program was
                                                                                                                                                                                                          her family friend and her shadowing and
                                                                                                                                                                                                          volunteer experiences at hospitals. For her,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          nursing offered a more holistic view and
                                                                                                                                                                                                          more interaction with people than a doctor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             studying for his Masters, Mertz worked at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             UD’s Industrial Assessment Center where he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             measured and recommended potential energy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             savings for factories. After graduate school
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Mertz worked flexible hours in an energy
                                                 achieving the Honors diploma that segued            She is in her fourth                              changed her life. “The people I met and the        would have. She expects the best part of her       efficiency consulting business which was
                                                 into her attending Harvard, Baumann said            year of a six-year                                experiences I had shaped my graduate work          future and current work to be the relation-        comprised of several other UD graduates,
                                                 she learned how to think analytically in all        mission. Serving                                  and the work I do now.” She went back to           ships she can build and the ability to touch       putting his mechanical engineering
 As the next class of seniors                    of her Honors classes at UD, an extremely           God, the Church                                   volunteer in Sierra Leone after graduation.        another’s life if even only for a few days. In     knowledge to good use. However, his real
                                                 important skill in law school.                      and the community                                                                                    one volunteer experience Hanes was able            dream was to own his own farm, which he
 prepare to graduate from UD with their
                                                                                                     have always been                                  Gorgette comments on having so many                to recognize her importance to an elderly          fulfilled when he bought a twelve-acre farm
 own fond and unique memories, some              Her decision to go to law school rather than        important to her. Her                             wonderful memories from UD. Some                   woman who was too afraid to get from the           on West Third Street in Dayton, Ohio, in 2007.
 might also be interested in embarking           teaching right after graduation has had a           lay minister position                             highlights include euchre tournaments in           kitchen to her bedroom alone. That moment
                                                 huge impact on her future career. Baumann           now brings church and                             Marycrest, mass and dinner with the Trinity        was when she realized that this was what she       Mertz always had a clear idea that he did not
 on careers that are radically different         said that although she loves teaching and may       community service                                 Avenue Marianists, and Thanksgiving                wanted to do for the rest of her life.             want a desk job, and he revels in the self-
 from their academic majors. The                 one day return to it, she has now been given        to the center of her                              on Alberta Street. She states, “The best                                                              sufficiency and ability to be his own boss that
                                                 a unique opportunity to impact education in         professional life.                                memories involve fun times with good               Although she took a different path than most       owning a farm has allowed him. Growing up
 successful and meaningful career                a broader way. After her anticipated gradu-                                                           friends. Joyful community is what UD does          of her fellow biology majors, UD and the           Mertz’s parents were very self-sufficient as
 choices portrayed in the stories                ation from Harvard in 2015, she hopes to            As a University of Dayton student studying        best.”                                             Honors Program helped immensely. Hanes             well. They built their own log cabin in which
                                                 begin practicing as a lawyer specializing in        world literature in English with a focus on                                                          completed an Honors thesis on the role             Mertz spent his childhood and youth, while
 following may provide some inspiration.         education law. Baumann said she wants to            African literature, becoming a lay minister       For current Honors students thinking about a       genetics play in eye function with the help        his dad was a mechanic and his mom was
                                                 give guidance to school districts to ensure         may not have been the clearest or first career    unique career path, as in her position, Mary       of Dr. Madhuri Kango-Singh. She reported           skilled at sewing. This emphasis on having
                                                 the laws that affect education are understood       path. However, because of the frequency that      Harvan Gorgette suggests being open to the         that this experience, as well as taking BIO        do-it-yourself skills was a mentality that he
 Jordan Baumann ’12                              and carried out in a way that will benefit the
                                                 youth of our nation.
                                                                                                     she uses knowledge learned as a student at
                                                                                                     UD, and later and the University of Texas,
                                                                                                                                                       calls that may come along.                         404 (Physiology 2) with Dr. Krane, as being        has been immersed in his entire life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          the most helpful to her. She went on to say
                        On the way to her                                                            Gorgette feels that her career is more closely                                — Sarah Reynolds ‘14   that material covered in Krane’s class has         Mertz cites his years at UD as a time during
                        Bachelor of Science      For example, Bauman said she would like             aligned with her studies at UD than may be                                                           been crucial in her nursing studies now and        which an important transition happened
                        degree in Education      to make the curriculum more accessible to           thought.                                                                                             highly recommends Dr. Krane’s class to other       in his mind. “I realized that I wanted to do
                        Jordan Baumann’s         students with special needs, and make policy                                                                                                             biology majors.                                    something that was healthier for me, and
                        experience in special    changes to benefit marginalized students and        Upon graduating from UD, Gorgette taught                                                                                                                that was being outside and using my body,
                        education led her to     schools. She anticipates that her experience        literature while completing her PhD at the        Katelin Hanes ’12                                  On a less academic note, Hanes looks back          and eating healthy food and bringing that to
                        develop an interest      at Harvard Law School will allow her to             University of Texas in Austin. After moving
                                                                                                                                                       Katelin knew even                                  fondly at her favorite memories at UD,             other people too.” Indeed, Mertz truly enjoys
                        in education law and     create relationships with powerful alumni           to France, she taught English-language and
                                                                                                                                                       before she graduated                               which basically included her entire senior         the ethos of good, old-fashioned hard work
                        policy.                  across the nation, and will provide her with        American-culture classes at various univer-
                                                                                                                                                       that she was going to                              year, especially the end. Being together with      that life on a farm entails. “Working on a
                                                 the tools necessary to achieve these goals.         sities. Her academic path started to become                                                          her roommates and parents during gradu-            farm, it’s an honest day’s work. At the end
                          While still in high                                                                                                          take a rather unusual
                                                 Baumann said she has already met so many            less attractive when she started applying for                                                        ation weekend was something she will never         of the day, you can sleep well, and you have
                          school, Baumann                                                                                                              path out of college.
                                                 wonderful people and learned so much in her         full-time positions. Her teaching interests                                                          forget.                                            something tangible to show for your actions.”
 had the rewarding task of tutoring a second                                                                                                           Hanes came into the
                                                 short time at Harvard, and she believes her         were not in high demand, she was dissatisfied                                                                                                           While Mertz has found true satisfaction
 grade student with disabilities leading to                                                                                                            University of Dayton
                                                 experience will only continue to be enriched        with the French university system and her                                                            Hanes urges students to embrace any                from working on the farm, he still credits
 her interest in special education. After                                                                                                              as an undecided arts
                                                 throughout the remainder of her law school          mobility was limited by family commitments.                                                          opportunity they might be offered to learn         his mechanical engineering degrees and
 that experience, Baumann said she wanted                                                                                                              and sciences major.
                                                 career.                                             After much thought, she decided to accept                                                            more about their interests. As an under-           part-time consulting work for allowing him to
 to delve further in the field, becoming an                                                                                                            Like many others, she
                                                                                                     an offer from a lay minister and priest at her                                                       classman she thought she wanted control and        own and support the farm financially.
 intervention specialist major at UD. She                                                                                                              changed her major
                                                 Bauman’s advice to students is to always            parish to help in a formation program for                                                            the “Doctor” title seemed to fit. However,
 said she learned about special education                                                                                                              too many times to
                                                 believe in yourself. A year ago, when she           ministry.                                                                                            after shadowing and learning more about it,        Mertz’s farm is involved in community
 laws and experienced some structural                                                                                                                  remember. She finally decided to major in
                                                 was in the middle of the stressful law school                                                                                                            she realized that it wasn’t exactly what she       supported agriculture, which allows residents
 issues in school systems. This caused her                                                                                                             biology with the idea of going to medical
                                                 application process, she said she would             In this position Gorgette is rewarded through                                                        thought it was. Thinking of changing a career      in the Dayton and Cincinnati area to buy
 passion for education to progress into a                                                                                                              school. As soon as the end of her sophomore
                                                 have never dreamed she would find herself           helping others and says that she grows closer                                                        path? Hanes says, “Go with it, you never           fresh, pesticide-free vegetables that are
 desire to advocate for children and become                                                                                                            year, though, she realized that medical
                                                 sitting in the law library at Harvard. In fact,     to Christ because of it. An example of her                                                           know what will may even end          grown on his farm throughout the season.
 involved in educational law. From there,                                                                                                              school was probably not going to be her path.
                                                 Baumann said that she almost did not apply          time spent includes working with a team                                                              up at Xavier!”                                     When asked to give some beginners’ tips for a
 she joined the pre-law fraternity, Phi Alpha                                                                                                          Through various experiences shadowing
                                                 to Harvard Law. She recalled telling her close      that supports Roma families living in the                                                                                                               sustainable lifestyle to urbanites and college
 Delta, at UD, contacted current attorneys                                                                                                             and volunteering, she finally found her true
                                                 friend at the time, “I probably wouldn’t get        area. Roma are some of the poorest people                                                                                        — Sarah Reynolds ‘14   kids who live on microwaveable convenience
 practicing education law, researched law                                                                                                              love: nursing. The only problem was that the
                                                 in anyway, and then it would be a waste of          in Romania and come to France in hopes of                                                                                                               foods, Mertz enthuses, “Go to a farmer’s
 schools and studied intensely for the LSAT,                                                                                                           University of Dayton does not have a nursing
                                                 $100.” Baumann said she was reminded to             “living better off the trash in France than                                                                                                             market and buy fresh food, and learn about
 Baumann said. After applying to a number                                                                                                              program.
                                                 believe in herself and that it is amazing how       in Romania.” Along with others, Gorgette                                                                                                                it too. Learn what different types of produce
 of law schools, Bauman was surprised to be      far that advice has already taken her.              helped to integrate these families into the                                                                                                             are.” He also added that good fresh produce
 admitted to Harvard Law School, where she                                                           French community. Still, many got evicted,
                                                                                                                                                       Hanes then looked at other schools with the
                                                                                                                                                       idea of transferring, but was torn because of
                                                                                                                                                                                                          George Mertz ’05                                   requires very little cooking and preparation,
 studies today.                                  Bauman adds, ”Do not be discouraged if you          found no place to settle, or were sent back
                                                                                                                                                       her love for UD. A family friend suggested         Looking casual and friendly while working          and yet the difference from store-bought
                                                 don’t always get what you want.” She notes          to Romania. She saw suffering that she was                                                                                                              produce can be readily tasted.
 Baumann said that the teacher education                                                                                                               a solution, one in which Hanes could stay          on his farm, George Mertz is hardly what
                                                 that she was wait-listed at some other law          not able to relieve, but the people’s hope and
 department at UD did a superb job of                                                                                                                  at Dayton yet still use her degree towards         you’d expect a typical person with a Master’s
                                                 schools that she believed she would get into        energy provoked inspiration.                                                                                                                            When Mertz was a member of the Honors
 placing her in diverse schools so she had                                                                                                             a nursing career. Upon graduation, she             degree in mechanical engineering to look
                                                 without a problem. Now, she is doing well at                                                                                                                                                                Program and a Berry Scholar, Honors
 an opportunity to learn about a variety of                                                                                                            enrolled in a rather unique program at                                    like while at work.
                                                 Harvard, and is enjoying every minute of it.        Much of Gorgette’s literary and cultural                                                                                                                Program Director Steven Dandaneau
 settings and structures, as well as see some                                                                                                          Xavier University in Cincinnati designed                                  Yet those are exactly
                                                                                                     studies informs her current work. She                                                                                                                   encouraged Mertz to do whatever he found
 of the major problems in our state’s school                                                                                                           specifically for people who already have                                  Mertz’s credentials.
                                                                             — Stephanie Greve ‘15   remarks that the UD Honors Program                                                                                                                      meaningful and worthwhile. “Steve was a
 systems. She said all of the studying skills                                                                                                          an undergraduate degree in an area other
                                                                                                     helped in all kinds of ways: by encouraging                                                                                                             very influential person in my life,” Mertz
 she learned at UD are still aiding her as                                                                                                             than nursing. It is an accelerated program                                Mertz graduated from
                                                                                                     interdisciplinary work, by having students                                                                                                              recalls. “He definitely helped give me the
 she takes on the dense material in her first                                                                                                          that incorporates both undergraduate and                                  UD with a Bachelor
                                                                                                     work in groups of people from a variety                                                                                                                 courage to do something different.”
 year classes at Harvard Law, and that the                                                                                                             Masters-level nursing classes. After 20                                   of Mechanical
                                                                                                     of backgrounds, and by teaching critical
 Honors Program was a wonderful resource         Mary Harvan Gorgette ’91                            thinking skills. Pat Donnelly’s sociology
                                                                                                                                                       months, she will graduate from the program
                                                                                                                                                       with a Master’s degree in nursing, trained to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Engineering in 2005
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and completed his
 throughout her undergraduate career. She        Mary Harvan Gorgette, ‘91 is a woman living         seminar especially came to mind. She was
 explained how the Program has always been                                                                                                             take on the clinical nurse leader role.                                   Masters of Mechanical
                                                 a life that the University of Dayton’s mission      also given an unusual experience through the
 supportive and willing to work with her,                                                                                                                                                                                        Engineering, also at
                                                 and morals would celebrate. She is currently        Honors Program that inspired future work                                                                                                                                       (Continued on Page 10)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 UD, in 2007. While

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Besides the Honors and Berry Scholars
Program, another highlight of Mertz’s
time at UD was getting to go on a study
abroad program during the summer of
his sophomore year. Mertz and his class-
mates travelled around Morocco for a
month, studying art and politics and social
movements in Morocco. His fondest memory
involved a mischievous monkey snatching
up his good friend’s orange juice bottle while
they were in a mountainous wooded area that
was crawling with monkeys. The monkey
jumped around and hollered as it taunted
Mertz’s friend with the orange juice it stole,
while everyone looked on helplessly and
laughed about it later, even to this day.
                                                    Not having any job prospects in her intended
                                                    field, Wagner decided to interview for the
                                                    position at El Puente, an organization whose
                                                    name means “The Bridge” and represents the
                                                    bridge between Spanish and English as well
                                                    as the bridge between schools and homes for
                                                    people who may not understand American
                                                    schooling. In the interview, Wagner admitted
                                                    she had “no recent hands-on experience with
                                                    children and zero discipline theory,” to which
                                                    the interviewers responded, “You’ll learn.”

                                                    Although it took her several months to get
                                                    her feet on the ground, Wagner absolutely
                                                    loves her job now that she is three years into
                                                    it. She often stops and thinks, “Oh my gosh,
                                                    I’m getting paid to do this? This is crazy!”
                                                    Because she did not seek out the position,
                                                    Wagner said she feels a stronger sense of
                                                    calling, a sign that she must be meant to
                                                                                                          Class of 1985
                                                                                                          Mark Smucker:             Here in Richmond, Virginia, I
                                                                                                          am Director of Brand Management for McKesson Brand,
                                                                                                          where I help lead/manage our private label program.
                                                                                                          Terri (Minen,’87) and I celebrated our 25th wedding
                                                                                                          anniversary this summer with a trip to the London
                                                                                                          Olympics. It wasn’t a typical anniversary trip as we
                                                                                                          included our kids. Kate is a senior and Christian is an 8th
                                                                                                          grader. Both are good students when they work at it, and
                                                                                                          both are great kids. In short, we’re blessed, and enjoy
                                                                                                          and are grateful for each day.

                                                                                                          Class of 1986
                                                                                                          André Boehman:                I was inducted as a Fellow
                                                                                                                                                                        Class of 1992
                                                                                                                                                                        Kathryn Kuehner Chase:                    This past June I
                                                                                                                                                                        graduated from Sinclair’s nursing program and passed
                                                                                                                                                                        the state board exam to become an RN. I live in Oakwood
                                                                                                                                                                        so I see “Uncle Pat,” as my class called him, fairly regu-
                                                                                                                                                                        larly out on his bike, walking, or going to the pool.

                                                                                                                                                                        Class of 1994
                                                                                                                                                                        Elizabeth Biedenharn Blust:                   Blust was
                                                                                                                                                                        awarded a 2011 Excellence in Journalism Award by
                                                                                                                                                                        the San Diego Press Club for her contributions to San
                                                                                                                                                                        Diego Lawyer Magazine, two articles, both featuring
                                                                                                                                                                        photos taken by her husband Jim (UD ’92). The magazine
                                                                                                                                                                        took second place in the Trade Publication category. “I
                                                                                                                                                                        practice real estate law and estate planning in San Diego.
                                                                                                                                                                        Jim and I have two daughters, Kira (1998) and Cassandra
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I continue to fly as a flight physician with University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     AirCare as well. We recently took our kids up to UD. It
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     was fun to see how the campus has changed! Whereas I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     knew I wanted to end up in medicine as a physician, I had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     no idea where that path would take me. To end up work-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ing in an academic practice in the ED, the ICU and with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     AirCare — plus running a Mid-Level Provider program —
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     is way different than what I expected!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Class of 2004
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Amy Batchman:               I’m engaged to be married in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     October of this year to Aaron Dourson. Together we cur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     rently help run his family’s cabin rental business in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Red River Gorge, KY. We still own and operate our small
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     organic farm in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Radical Roots, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I’m still a vendor at the farmer’s market there. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     winter we plan to stretch our bicycle-legs out on a tour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of New Zealand.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Matt naveau: Naveau and Meghann (Heft)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Naveau ’10, were married April 21, 2012, at St. Denis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Catholic Church in Versailles, Ohio. More than 40 alumni
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and current students attended the celebration, including
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wedding party members Tim Truster ’08, Ryan Galicki
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ’08, Phil Vedda ’08, Kelly Kranjc ’10 and Abby Naveau ’16.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The couple lives in Bellbrook, Ohio. “I am lead hardware
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    engineer at Advatach Pacific in Dayton, and Meghann is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    public relations account executive in Fahlgren Mortine’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dayton office.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Class of 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Emily Klein McFadden:                   I decided to major
                                                    do the work. “If I would have been the one            of the Society of Automotive Engineers for 2012 last          Class of 1995                                                Class of 2005                                                  in religious studies at UD because I wanted to be a
Mertz encourages everyone to follow their           seeking this,” she comments, “I don’t know            April during the SAE International Congress and Exposi-
                                                    that I would have had that sense of calling           tion. Also, after 18 years at Penn State University, I        nancy Phelan harrison:                   While I was a       Fr. Brian May:           Fr. May has been reassigned to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    high school religion teacher. The many opportunities I
goals, especially if it is something they                                                                                                                               secondary social studies education major at UD, I                                                                           had, especially in the Fitz Center, redirected my career
                                                    and certainty that I am in the right place.”          accepted an offer to join the Department of Mechanical                                                                     the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Boi-
strongly believe in. On his farming adventure                                                                                                                           returned to school in 2009 to earn an endorsement in                                                                        path. I got my masters in public administration and was
                                                                                                          Engineering at the University of Michigan as a Professor                                                                   se, Idaho. “One does not tend to run into many UD alumni
thus far, he says “I’ve learned a lot along the                                                                                                                         English for Speakers of Other Languages. I am now an                                                                        headed toward a career in nonprofit management but I
                                                    El Puente primarily serves the Twin Towers            of Mechanical Engineering. My wife and two sons are                                                                        in Idaho, but I was pleased to discover that several of my
way, and I continue to learn. That’s really,                                                                                                                            elementary English Language Learners teacher at Slate                                                                       could feel that I just wasn’t quite in the right place. In
                                                                                                          getting settled in Ann Arbor, while my oldest started                                                                      new parishioners are Flyers!”
to me, what’s fun about life: encountering          community, where most of Dayton’s Hispanic                                                                          Hill Elementary in Worthington, Ohio. At this point, I                                                                      August, I started a teaching job at Saint Martin de Porres
                                                    community resides. Working with children              her freshman year of college. I will be performing my                                                                                                                                     High School, a Cristo Rey school where students come
new problems and creatively solving them.”                                                                                                                              have literally taught all ages from 6 to 60!
These wise words, together with a motivating        from this background is much different from
                                                                                                          research at the world famous Auto Lab at U-M. I know                                                                                                Karen Setty: My husband               from generally low economic means. I’m teaching reli-
                                                                                                          my father, Lou Boehman, (deceased) Professor Emeritus                                                                                               (Fabio Bolognesi) and I wel-          gion to 9th graders. It is so interesting to see how
mindset, are applicable to anyone, regardless       working with the children she babysat in
                                                                                                          in Mechanical Engineering at UD, would be very proud to                                                                                             comed a baby boy (our first) into     God guides us on our paths to find our true vocation.
of their major and ultimate goals in life.          high school. “I see kids from situations where        see me teaching at U-M.                                       Class of 1996                                                                         the family on April 20. His name
                                                    they’ve just gotten the short end of the stick,”
                                                    Wagner says. “You know, they’ve known three
                                                                                                                                                                        Bill King: King is now an alumnus of the Harvard                                      is Niccolò Remo Bolognesi. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Meghan Tobin: I graduated with a double major
                              — Ann-Marie Lee ‘14                                                                                                                       Business School (2012), where he attended the                                         learned to roll over Labor Day
                                                    different dads, are living well-below the             Class of 1987                                                                                                                                                                             in Spanish and international studies/human rights and
                                                                                                                                                                        Program for Leadership Development.                                                   weekend while we were visiting
                                                    poverty line. Their mom is working from four                                                                                                                                                                                                    was transformed from an introverted timid girl into a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ohio for a UD classmate’s wed-
                                                    until two in the morning, and they just don’t         Rafe Donahue:             Michelle and I now live almost                                                                                                                                  woman who has plunged into the workforce of Denmark,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ding (Greg Raffio, also a 2005
                                                    get to see their parents. When you call as an         completely vicariously through the kids. Harry is in his                                                                                                                                  into the rural landscape of Nebraska, and most currently
                                                                                                                                                                        Class of 1997                                                                         Berry Scholar).
Alyssa Wagner ’09                                   educator and ask for help with the kids, the          second year at West Point. Zach started at Gonzaga in                                                                                                                                     as a Jesuit Volunteer in Nicaragua. I am completing my
                                                    parents say they will, but it never happens
                                                                                                          August. Olivia is a junior in high school. She and I ap-      Joseph Acquisto:           Acquisto has published his                                                                       two years of service in December and will begin the next
The world can be split into two categories,                                                               peared recently in an article in a local magazine. Earlier    second book, entitled Crusoes and Other Castaways                                                                           phase of my life as a regular ex-pat who has joined the
consisting of those who love children and
                                                    because [the mother] is just barely keeping
                                                                                                          this year I built an orrery that demonstrates the earth’s                                                                  Class of 2007                                                  Nicaraguan workforce. I attribute the fulfillment of my
                                                    her head above the water, much less being                                                                           in Modern French Literature: Solitary Adventures
                        those who do not.
                                                    able to discipline.”
                                                                                                          orbit around the sun and compensates for leap years, the      (University of Delaware Press, 2012). He is Associate        Deepika D’Cunha Burkardt:                     I studied        lifelong dream to live and work abroad to the confidence
                        When Alyssa Wagner                                                                seasons and the orbit of the moon, complete with models       Professor of French at the University of Vermont.            osteopathic medicine at Michigan State University taking       and passion for social justice that UD helped me develop.
                        graduated, she                                                                    of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. At BrickWorld, a Lego con-                                                                  an extra year for research at the Medical Genetics Insti-
                                                    Despite — and because of — these many                 vention in Chicago in June, it garnered a nomination for
                        believed herself to                                                                                                                                                                                          tute at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. Since I got married a
                                                    challenges, Wagner has fallen in love with            “Best Mechanical.” My current project is a mechanical                                                                      semester into medical school (Leo Burkardt, UD ‘07) and        Class of 2010
                        be a firm member
                        of the latter group.
                                                    her job. Before working at El Puente, she was         model of the concept of alternating current.                  Class of 1998                                                the Air Force shipped him out to Edwards AFB in Cali-
                                                    easily annoyed by children. Now, although                                                                                                                                        fornia, I spent every break from school traveling out to
                        How, then, did she find
                                                    their “squeaky little voices” can still grate,
                                                                                                                                                                        Jeffrey Spieles:          I currently teach fifth grade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Meghann heft naveau:
                        herself working as a                                                                                                                            for Northmont City Schools in Englewood, Ohio. My first      see him. I’ve graduated from medical school and recently
                                                    she has found much to love about them.                                                                                                                                           started my surgical residency as an intern at Miami Val-                           (See details under Matt Naveau ’08).
                        program director for                                                                                                                                                       novel, In Sherman’s Path, has
                                                    “They just give themselves over to loving so                                                                                                   been released by Royal Fire-      ley Hospital in the General Surgery Program.
                        an organization
                                                    easily,” she says, smiling. “They are so open,                                                                                                 works Press of New York. It is
                        that provides tutoring
                                                    so honest. They just have a sweet heart at this                                                                                                a historical fiction novel that
                        and after school
activities for Spanish-speaking children
                                                    point in their lives.”                                                                                                                         takes place in 1864 during        Class of 2008
from kindergarten through high school?                                                                                                                                                             General Sherman’s March           Erin Aldrich Miller:               My husband, Matt, and I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kate Jennrich
                                                    While Wagner may have never expected to be                                                                                                     to the Sea. It is intended for    welcomed our first child, Natalie Teresa, on February 11,
Wagner graduated with a double major in
                                                    working with children day in and day out, she                                                                                                  readers 12                        2012. I started at Cleveland Clinic in 2010 in the Office      Taliaferro: My husband
                                                    has found a calling and a home in El Puente.                                                                                                   years and                         of Government Relations working on federal legislative         Ben (UD ’10) and I just wel-
Spanish and international studies and moved
                                                    She encourages students to look outside of                                                                                                     up. You                           issues. I will be moving to our Institutional Relations        comed our second child into our
to the Dominican Republic immediately after                                                                                                                                                        can view
                                                    their comfort zones, especially emphasizing,          Class of 1988                                                                                                              and Development Department to be a development                 family, Rosemary Elizabeth, on
college, not sure of what she would be doing                                                                                                                                                       the book
                                                    “study abroad, study abroad, study abroad!”                                                                                                                                      researcher. I had no idea there were positions for people      9/4/12. She is doing beautifully.
but hoping to volunteer there somehow. After                                                              Michael Pratt:           Pratt has been appointed the                                    and read                          like me at hospitals, but it’s a sector students of liberal
six months without any leads on jobs, she                                                                 inaugural holder of the O’Connor Family Professorship         reviews at I have
got a call from a contact back in Dayton with
                                                                                 — Annemarie Fisher ‘15                                                                                                                              arts/humanities should be aware of.                            Meghan McDevitt:               I just celebrated my first
                                                                                                          in the Carroll School of Management at Boston                 also written a teacher’s manual to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    anniversary with the American Society for Gastrointes-
information about a tutoring program that                                                                 College. In addition to teaching courses in organizational    accompany the novel.
needed a coordinator.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tracy Kemme:              In college, I discovered a passion   tinal Endoscopy (Oak Brook, Illinois) where I work as an
                                                        on-line issues of                                 behavior, leadership, and qualitative research methods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in myself for service, faith, and justice. I volunteered for   Editorial Assistant for the journal, GIE: Gastrointestinal
                                                         HonoRSlink                                       in the Organization and Management Department, he is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     two years in Ecuador after college (my first time out of       Endoscopy. I am a member of the International Society
“She told me it would be a tutoring program                                                               director of its doctoral program, a fellow at the Winston     Class of 1999                                                                                                               for Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) and serve
for Hispanic ESL (English as a Second
                                                        can be found at:                                  Center for Leadership and Ethics, and holds a courtesy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the country was our Berry Scholars Paris trip freshman
                                                                               appointment in the Psychology Department of the College       William Knight:           My wife Annie (Poirier) Knight     year). For the last two years I have been living in El Paso    as an Associate Editor for Editorial Office News, their
Language) students,” Wagner explained,                                                                                                                                  (UD ’99) and I live in Loveland, Ohio, with our two          and working in Mexico, and this summer I started the           monthly newsletter. In August, I attended the ISMTE
“and my first reaction was, ‘I like that first           udhonorsnews                                     of Arts and Sciences.
                                                                                                                                                                        children (Reina − 5, Liam − 3). I work for the University    process of becoming a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati.         North American conference where I was part of a panel
part, but students?! How old are these                                         ALUMnI                                                                                   of Cincinnati as a physician in the University Hospital      Becoming a sister is something I never wanted or               on the use of social media in scholarly journals. I enjoyed
munchkins?’”                                                                    Classnotes are                                                                          Emergency Department and the Neuroscience ICU.               expected, but it is certainly my call. My time at UD led       attending UD alumni weekend in June and hope to visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     me to this moment.                                             again soon!
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Class of 2011                                                   immigrants, volunteering through FrancisCorps
                                                                (a lay Franciscan program) and living in an intentional
Marie-Claire Tuzeneu:                 I finished my
                                                                community. When I entered college, I intended to con-
master’s at the end of June 2012. I secured myself a
                                                                tinue straight to medical school but I feel that deferring
three-month contract in a different department of the
                                                                medical school is the path that God had planned out all
OECD which was just renewed, so I stayed in Paris,
with the possibility of it being extended again....I have
definitely begun to settle more into the daily rhythm of                                                                     January
                        the job.                                Lindsay Cummings:               I am moving to Beirut,
                                                                                                                             16 Chaminade Scholars Application Due
                                                                Lebanon, to take a job as a teacher at a Christian school.
                       Alexandria harris:             Tim
                                                                I will be teaching reading and one class of world history    31 Hull Fellowship Application Due
                                                                to 9th graders. Most of the teachers at the school are
                       Vollmer (UD ’11) and I got engaged
                                                                Lebanese, but there are a handful of international           31 Honors Students Symposium:
                       this past season and plan to have
                                                                volunteers as well. My plan, for now, is to stay for one         Senior Registration Due
                       the wedding in October 2014. I
                                                                year and to begin graduate school next fall.
                       am still working on my physical
                       therapy doctorate at Washington
                       University School of Medicine.
                                                                                                                              1 2013 Honors Art Exhibit Open House
Chris Lemon:            After finishing up my Fulbright
English Teaching Assistantship in Mexico, I came back
to UD and worked at the Intensive English Program over
                                                                      help make                                               1 2013 Berry Summer Thesis Institute
                                                                                                                                 Applications Due
the summer. I landed a job at Trotwood-Madison High
School (Trotwood, Ohio) as a Spanish I and II teacher. I
am also still training for road races and hope to run some
                                                                      a difference                                           March
track races in the spring. On the side I am practicing                        in the lives of current                        22 Honors Students Symposium
the banjo and playing with my brother’s bluegrass band,
North and South.
                                                                                Honors students.

                                                                                   To donate:
Class of 2012                                                                   Mail a check to                               1 Juniors: Thesis Proposal and Fellowship
Lawrence Funke:                I started my doctoral                          University of Dayton                               Request Application Due
program in Mechanical Engineering at the University                            300 College Park                               1 Seniors: Theses Due
of Notre Dame. I am working on shape-changing mecha-                       Dayton, Ohio 45469-2961
nisms, a joint project between my advisor here,                                                                              17 Joseph W. Stander Symposium
Dr. Schmiedeler, and Dr. Murray and Dr. Myszka from
                                                                                   or go online at
UD, funded by the National Science Foundation. So it is
kind of fun to still have at least a bit of a UD connection.                                       May
In other news I got engaged to Liz Belt (UD ’12) and we                  and designate your gift to the                       4 Honors Graduation Brunch
will be married on July 20, 2013, by Fr. Jim Fitz.                      Patrick F. Palermo Founders Fund
                                                                                                                              5 Graduation
                                                                                       or the
Glenna Knape:            I am living in Moravia, Costa                   Chaminade Scholars Program
Rica, and committing to a year of service in el FUNDEO,
a breast cancer clinic that focuses on serving poor

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