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2016 Awardees


Clarence Page

Alumnus of the Year

President Roderick J. McDavis, BSEd ’70

Distinguished President and tireless OHIO ambassador

  • Serving Ohio University for over 12 years as the University’s first African-American, and second alumnus, to lead as president
  • Previously taught education courses at colleges in Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Arkansas and Virginia
  • Held several administrative positions like dean of University of Arkansas’s College of Education and provost and vice president for academic affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Expanded the University’s reach while boosting student’s learning experiences, supporting faculty and staff and remaining connected to Bobcat alumni
  • Led OHIO to successfully attaining increased multicultural enrollment, three named academic colleges, record enrollment growth, a $500 million capital campaign, the Urban and Appalachian Scholars Program, the Century Bond debt management program, the OHIO Guarantee level-rate tuition and fee model and the OHIO Match undergraduate scholarship matching program
  • Directed the University’s creation of two new extension campuses in Dublin and Cleveland, five new residence halls, a new Baker Center and more than a dozen newly added buildings to the Athens and regional campuses

Rev. Dr. Joel C. Hunter

Medal of Merit

John P. Gainor, Jr., BSC ’78

Outstanding president and CEO of International Dairy Queen, Inc.

  • President and chief executive officer of International Dairy Queen, Inc. (IDQ), managing 6,750 restaurants throughout 30 countries
  • Increased IDQ’s international store count by 1,600 units, encouraged a customer-centric culture and led Dairy Queen’s “Fan Food, Not Fast Food” marketing slogan and the “5 Buck Lunch” promotion
  • Served as the chief supply chain officer for IDQ’s Unified Supply Chain, Inc., fulfilling all supply chain functions and needs
  • Received a Golden Chain Award from Nation’s Restaurant News for exceptional leadership, consistent and admirable company performance and careers emphasizing volunteerism
  • Assisted IDQ in raising over $115 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and serves as the first chairman of YMCA in the Greater Twin Cities area

Robert Shook

Medal of Merit

Francis “Frank” Papay, BA ’75

Celebrated plastic and reconstructive surgeon

  • World-renowned surgeon and innovator currently completing a doctor of management degree and teaching at Case Western Reserve University
  • Leads Cleveland Clinic’s craniofacial cleft palate surgical center
  • Named as one of the United States’ Best Doctors specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and a 2014 WebMD Health Hero
  • Served as the chief craniofacial plastic surgeon during the first face transplant in America in 2008
  • Aided in the creation of a neuromodulation device to help cure cluster and migraine headaches
  • Published over 100 writings, helped invent ten medical device patents and serves on countless medical advisory boards and committees


Distinguished Service Award

David Abram, BSC ’89

Successful sales manager and devoted volunteer

  • Leads in marketing branded and specialty building products as sales manager for Parksite, Inc.
  • Expanded the Massachusetts Chapter Serving New England’s reach and integrated groups from several New England states while serving as the chapter’s president
  • Conducts countless OHIO game watch parties throughout the New England region
  • Helped establish the Bunch of Grapes Scholarship, which provides four years of funding for a Bobcat from the New England area every year
  • Oversaw the First Annual Manasseh Cutler Lobster Fest and has served on several major boards for the University, like the OHIO Alumni Association Board of Directors and the OHIO Bobcat Club Board of Directors


Distinguished Service Award

Charles “Chuck” W. Beck, Jr., BS ’62

Financial investment aficionado and outstanding OHIO contributor

  • Retired chairman and CEO of Fiduciary Trust International of California, a wealth advising company
  • Previously worked as the senior vice president of investment management, managing the bond department and client accounts
  • Served as a trustee on the Ohio University Foundation Board and chaired the Grants Committee
  • Mentors Bobcat investment groups in the College of Business, allowing groups to successfully invest millions of dollars of University money
  • Continually supports the College of Health Sciences and Professions, ROTC, College of Fine Arts, School of Nursing and Kids on Campus Programs
  • Regularly volunteers at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California


Distinguished Service Award

Amy Hollis, BSJ ’96

Educational editor and stalwart leader

  • Editor for Formulas for Success, an educational publishing company
  • Served several years through the Association, excelling in positions like president of the Women’s Club of Greater Cleveland, alumni liaison for the Parents Club in Cleveland and member of the Akron Association of OHIO women
  • Guided and led the Greater Cleveland Chapter, which received various awards during OHIO’s Alumni Leaders Conference
  • Instrumental member of the Cleveland Regional The Promise Lives Campaign Committee and the Chapter and Society Leaders Advisory Council
  • Appeared on Jeopardy and chatted with Alex Trebek about her “Stand Up and Cheer” live solo for WOIO Cleveland 19 News during an OHIO game watch party
  • Dedicated OHIO alumna with an infectiously enthusiastic personality and Bobcat spirit


Charles J. and Claire O. Ping Recent Graduate Award

Kelly Baylog, BBA ’04

Precocious compensation analyst and dedicated Bobcat

  • Senior compensation analyst for KeyBank, one of the United States’ largest bank-based financial companies
  • Member of both KeyBank United Way and KeyCorp Community Action Rewards Everyone who Serves (CARES) committees and previous worked as the team lead for KeyBank’s Finance Analyst program’s OHIO recruiting team
  • Dedicated supporter of OHIO’s Women’s Club of Greater Cleveland, holding several positions ranging from former president to current “ways and means” chair
  • Former kickoff event organizer and co-chair of the Cleveland-area committee for OHIO’s Promise Lives Campaign and current member of the Society Leaders Advisory Council for the Association


Charles J. and Claire O. Ping Recent Graduate Award

Travis Kidner, BS ’00

Acclaimed surgical oncologist

  • Surgical oncologist and American Board of Surgery certified general surgeon working at Rox Cancer Center, a private medical corporation that focuses on cancer treatment through medical and radiation oncology
  • Specializes in melanoma, breast cancer and solid tumors of the neck and abdomen
  • Candidly speaks about the necessity of cancer screening and prevention on local news programs and The Doctors, an Emmy-winning TV show based on the Rox Cancer Center
  • Awarded accolades like HealthTap’s Top Surgical Oncologist, first place in the 2009 Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine and the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, a grant that helps fund predoctoral or postdoctoral training
  • Committed member of the OHIO Alumni Band, has contributed to groups like Bowling for Boobies and Miles for Melanoma, and volunteered to provide surgical care for locals in Pursat, Cambodia


Honorary Alumna

Mrs. Deborah McDavis

Outstanding First Lady and devoted community advocate

  • Participates in countless OHIO events, workshops and engagements while serving as Ohio University’s First Lady
  • Spent 34 years teaching English at colleges and high schools in Arkansas, Florida, Ohio and Virginia
  • Unwavering advocate and representative of OHIO as a whole, in addition to the University’s students, faculty and staff
  • Visits public schools throughout Southeast Ohio to discuss and express the importance of quality education for students in grades K-12
  • Recognizes the importance of meaningful dialogue and communicates with Bobcats to highlight the importance of excelling academically while being a responsible citizen and maintaining a respectable morale
  • Supports several economic development initiatives through collaboration with non-profit organizations, boards and groups dedicated to improving the quality of life for Southeastern Ohio residents


The Kermit Blosser Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame

Timothy Courtad, BSSP ’00

Wrestling 2000

  • One of the best single season performances for the Bobcats wrestling program
  • Won a MAC Championship at heavyweight, earning MAC All-Tournament Team honors and becoming an All-American by placing fifth at the NCAA Championships in 2000
  • Served as team captain and was named team MVP
  • Placed second in the 2001 University Freestyle National Championships, third at the 2000 University Freestyle Nations Wrestling Championships and seventh in the 2000 U.S. Freestyle Nationals Wrestling Championships following OHIO career


The Kermit Blosser Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame

Ellen Herman, BSH ’10

OHIO Volleyball 2006-2009

  • Led the Bobcats to four straight Mid-American Conference Championships and four trips to the NCAA Tournament
  • Ranks atop the MAC record book in career kills (1,984) and ranks fifth in career attack attempts (4,925)
  • OHIO record holder in career kills, career attacks, career points (2,191.5), career matches played (126) and career sets played (454)
  • Two-time AVC All-American Honorable Mention in 2008 and 2009, First-Team All-District Selection in 2008-09 and Honorable Mention in 2007
  • Four-time All-MAC First Team Selection and named to the All-Freshman team in 2006
  • Twice the MAC Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, Freshman of the Year in 2006 and made the MAC All-Tournament Team in 2006 and 2008 including being named tournament MVP in 2008
  • Earned the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District and a trio of awards from CVU.com – Rising Star in 2006 and Stellar Spiker in 2008 and 2009


The Kermit Blosser Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame

Samuel Shon, BBA ’13

Football 1978 - 1981

  • Four-year letter winner playing quarterback for the Bobcats from 1978-81
  • MAC Player of the Year, First Team All-MAC and Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention while leading the MAC in total offense and passing efficiency as a senior in 1981
  • Named Second Team All-MAC as a junior and MAC Player of the Week four times during his career
  • OHIO career leader in total offense, passing yards, pass attempts, pass completions and touchdown passes


The Kermit Blosser Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award

Criss Somerlot, BSEd ’69

Track & Field 1967-69 and Olympic Coach

  • Competed at OHIO as a thrower on the Bobcats track & field team
  • Set the school record in the hammer throw in 1968 while also setting a NCAA record in total hammer throw set in 1968 and then again in 1969
  • Placed in both discus and hammer throw at the three MAC meets he competed in
  • 30-year high school coaching and teaching career serving as a track & field, football, basketball and cross country coach
  • Earned the Ohio University Medal of Merit in 2006
  • Track & Field coach for the USA at the 1991 Eight Nations Games, 1994 US Olympic Festival and 1999 World Indoor Championships
  • Served as the Shot Put and Discus Chair of the USATF Men’s Development Committee for elite throwers who are developing to compete at the Olympics
  • Men’s Olympic throws and decathlon coach in 2004 and 2008
  • Won over 219 major invitational, league, regional and state titles while coaching 26 high school All-Americans
  • Coached over 275 athletes who continued their careers at the collegiate level