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2007 Alumni Award recipients

Oct. 10, 2007
By Kaleigh Frazier

The Ohio University Alumni Association and Ohio Athletics will honor 13 individuals during Homecoming weekend. 

Alumna of the Year

  • Dr. Amelia Tunanidas Pantelis, DO '82, is medical director of WellCare Inc., in Tampa, Fla. She endowed the Amelia G. Tunanidas Scholarship at Ohio University to support medical students with financial need and was the first College of Osteopathic Medicine graduate to earn an association Medal of Merit.

Medal of Merit Awards

  • Mark Arnold, BSISE '81, Columbus, Ohio, is a partner and director with Advanced Drainage Systems and, as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has chaired the Russ College of Engineering and Technology Board of Visitors.
  • Robert S. Biscup, DO '80, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., an orthopedic spinal surgeon, is internationally recognized as a pioneer in spine care and spinal surgery. He is the founder and former president of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Sections on Spinal Surgery and the president and CEO of the Biscup Spinal Institute. 
  • Robert L. Chandler, MS '72, of New York City, formed a partnership in 2003 with the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, providing grants to study the reach and frequency of public relations. He is president and co-founder of the Chandler Chicco Agency, a health-care marketing firm that has earned awards in his trade year after year. 
  • Lt. Col. Michael E. Jackson, BSED '68, of Tipp City, Ohio, received 21 American and foreign decorations during his 23-year military career, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart. He is executive director of the National Aviation Hall of Fame and a member of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. 

Distinguished Service Awards

  • Patricia A. Ackerman, BA '66, of Richmond Heights, was named in 1995 to Ohio University's Board of Trustees, and in 2000 became the first African-American woman to chair the board. She also has served on The Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees. She spent 25 years with the Cleveland Heights/University Heights school district.
  • Richard H. Brown, BBA '65, of Chagrin Falls, owns Richard H. Brown and Associates law from. He has served on The Ohio University Foundation, the Ohio University Alumni Association board and as president of the Cleveland Alumni Chapter. 

Charles J. and Claire O. Ping Recent Graduate Award

  • Gregory J. Kaple, BBA '98, of Hoboken, N.J., serves on the professional Sales Advisory Board in the Ralph and Luci Schey Centre at the university and in 2003-04 was a corporate leadership fellow at the College of Business while he worked at AT&T. Kaple is a senior partner with Integrated Management Services. 
  • Julie A. Mann, BBA '02, of Charlotte, N.C., has been president of the Charlotte chapter of the alumni association since 2003. She has organized key events, including an annual banquet to raise money to send a North Carolina high school student to Ohio University. She is a systems analyst/programmer at Wachovia Corp.

Honorary Alumni Award

  • Lewis R. Smoot Sr., of Columbus, is president and chief executive officer of Smoot Construction Corp., which built the new Baker University Center. Smoot's company offers a scholarship to an African-American student interested in a career in civil engineering and is a frequent speaker for the Robe Leadership Institute. 

The Kermit Blosser Athletics Hall of Fame

  • David M. Zastudil, BBA '02, of Westlake, Ohio, is a former Bobcat football player who is now a punter/holder for the Cleveland Browns. He was the first team all-MAC for four consecutive years, the only punter to claim that honor.
  • Joseph A. Zychowicz, BBA '72, of Toledo, is a former Bobcat wrestler and a member of MAC championship teams in '70, '71 and '72. He was named as an All-American in '72 and placed fourth in the NCAA tournament. 
  • Richard J. Schorr, of Lancaster, Ohio, was the voice of the Bobcats for 31 years. He received the Glenn C. Randall Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of the MAC Hall of Fame and the Logan High School Hall of Fame.


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