The Greater Dayton Chapter and the Greater Toledo Chapter have been chosen
by the National Alumni Board of Directors as winners of the 1995 Outstanding
Chapter Award in Division I. Division I includes chapters with more than
1,000 registered alumni in the region. The award recognizes chapters demonstrating
initiative, quality and high participation levels.
With more than 3,700 alumni in the region, the Greater Dayton Chapter attracts members from Montgomery, Greene, Clark, Miami, Preble and Darke counties. Last fiscal year, the chapter held eight board meetings and sponsored nine alumni events.
The biggest example of chapter support for campus is the Dayton Area Telefund to raise money for scholarships for Dayton area students. More than $12,000 was raised this year for the scholarship fund, including a donation to the Alumni Association.
This award marks the fourth time that Dayton has been recognized as an outstanding chapter. Kevin Bressler, BBA '82, MBA '84, is chapter president.
More than 2,300 alumni in Northwestern Ohio benefit from programs sponsored by the Greater Toledo Chapter. Five executive committee meetings and seven programs offered opportunities for plenty of involvement by OU graduates last year.
One campus support program included the annual Siblings Bus Trip to help parents avoid the long drive to Athens for this special weekend for brothers and sisters. The chapter also sponsored a reception for OU fans, including the Pep Band, at the Mid-American Conference Basketball Tournament in Toledo.
Points of pride were the establishment of a regular newsletter edited by Stacia Roth, BSC '82, the beginning of a membership drive, and events that brought out alumni who had never previously attended a chapter activity. With plans for establishing a scholarship and continuing quality programming, this group epitomizes the role that chapters can play in instilling loyalty among alumni. Earl Apgar, BSED '66, MED '67, serves as chapter president.
Linda Ong Weaver, AB '84, MA '86, executive director of Children's Support
Rights Inc. in Cleveland, has been awarded the Ping Recent Graduate Award
this year. The award, named after President Emeritus Charles J. Ping and
his wife, Claire, is presented annually by the Ohio University Alumni Association.
The award recognizes those who have graduated in the past 15 years, and
have shown active interest in the university and/or how an OU education
has been a factor in their career development.
Weaver is recognized in Cleveland as a pioneer in the area of children's support rights and an authority on domestic violence. During the past five years, Weaver has worked as a social worker helping victims of domestic violence. With the nonprofit Children's Support Rights Inc., Weaver works to help families trying to obtain child support payments from delinquent parents. Weaver also teaches sociological concepts as an adjunct faculty member at Lorain County Community College. She is vice president of the Ohio University Women's Club of Greater Cleveland.
From 1988 to 1992, Weaver was active in civil service. She was a counselor for the Edna Brooks Foundation Inc., where she coordinated emergency support of displaced homemakers in Athens, Hocking and Vinton counties; served as associate director of Women Helping Women Inc., where she oversaw a 24-hour crisis intervention service; and worked as a hospital advocacy liaison for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.
Three alumni have been named winners of the Alumni Association's 1995
Distinguished Service Awards, recognizing leadership in alumni activities,
chapter organization and with constituent society groups.
Rick Bagby, BSED '76, has been involved with the Fairfield County Chapter of the Ohio University Alumni Association for most of the past decade. A board member for six years, Bagby served a three-year term as president and a year as treasurer, and continues to serve as chair of the scholarship committee. He helped create the Ray Wilkes Memorial Golf Tournament in memory of the former OU-Lancaster campus dean; proceeds from the tournament support a scholarship fund that is nearing endowment. Bagby has welcomed new students to the OU-Lancaster campus, and has served on a welcoming committee for international students visiting Lancaster from Athens.
William R. Damschroder, BBA '85, has been an active member and advocate of the College of Business Society of Alumni and Friends for more than three years, including one term as president. His year as president was characterized by enhanced activity, including the initiation of a Society Student Lecture Series. Damschroder has remained active by offering internships and placement assistance services for students from the College of Business. His involvement extends to the local community as well, as he has served as a board member and event coordinator for the Central Ohio Chapter of the Ohio University Alumni Association. Damschroder has served as a chaperon on buses during Siblings Weekend and has coordinated the annual Central Ohio Chapter golf tournament.
Steven P. Yonkers, AB '88, has served on the executive board of the Nation's Capital Chapter for the past five years. During that time, he was elected to the positions of awards chair, vice president and three consecutive terms as president. He initiated the Joseph M. Lichtenberg Memorial Scholarship, which has nearly reached endowment level. Under his leadership, the Nation's Capital Chapter received the Most Outstanding Alumni Chapter Award. He also has worked with OU students interested in the field of criminal justice to obtain internships and job opportunities. Yonkers is one of the university's most ardent supporters in the Washington, D.C., area.
Look no further for summer vacation planning ideas: Alumni College will
take place this year from July 18-21. The three-day weekend offers a range
of activities that are both entertaining and intellectually stimulating.
The foundation of Alumni College rests with academic seminars featuring some of Ohio University's finest professors lecturing on topics that reflect current issues and trends.
For those who enjoy recreational activities, you'll have a chance to golf, swim, aerobicize and walk along the Hocking River on the lighted bike path. You'll also have a chance to see the recently opened $26 million Ping Student Recreation Center, take a dance class, work on a quilt, learn about the Internet, and attend the Ohio Valley Summer Theater production of "The Music Man."
Children ages 6-12 can participate in Junior Alumni College, which includes supervised daytime and evening activities.
Seminars and Ohio University lecturers includes the following:
Big Brother and the New Technology: Assistant Professor of Political Science John Gilliom; Tuning in Trouble: Talk TV's Destructive Impact on Mental Health: Psychologist Jeanne Heaton; Women and History: Assistant Professor of History Katherine Jellison; The Development of the Brain: Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology Linda Ross; Historical Foundations of Great Management Organizations: O'Bleness Professor of Management Systems John Schermerhorn; From Professor to Principal: Putting the Principles of Democratic Education into Practice: Professor of Curriculum and Instruction George Wood.
Dave Jamerson, the leading scorer in Ohio University basketball history
with 2,236 points, heads the 31st class to be inducted into the OU Athletics
Hall of Fame. The seven inductees were honored at halftime of the Bobcat-Bowling
Green men's basketball game on Feb. 10 in the Convocation Center.
Joining Jamerson, BSJ '90, in the Hall of Fame class were Anne Bolyard, BSPE '88; John Bier, BSCOM '56; Gail (Hudson) Ruffins, BSRS '84; Gus Malavite, BS '76; Glenn Romanek, BFA '54; and Ted Stute, BSED '63.
The 1990 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Player of the Year, Jamerson was the 15th pick in the NBA draft and had his career with the Houston Rockets cut short by a knee injury. Bolyard starred in track and basketball. She was a three-time MAC javelin champion, and her throw of 169 feet, 7 inches was the second-best in conference history. She also played on the women's basketball team, which won the MAC championship and advanced to the 1986 NCAA Tournament.
Bier, a three-time all-conference selection, was the top pitcher in the MAC in 1954 with a 0.90 ERA and a 9-2 overall record. Ruffins also was a two-sport star, earning regional All-American lacrosse honors and leading OU to the 1982 conference field hockey title.
Malavite was a MAC wrestling champion in 1975 and 1976 at 142 and 150 pounds, respectively, and the MAC Outstanding Wrestler of 1976. Romanek won five events at the 1953 MAC Swimming Championships in leading the Bobcats to the title. He was the only three-event winner at the Central Collegiate Championships.
Stute was a football and baseball standout. He played offensive end and defensive tackle on OU's undefeated national small college football championship team in 1960 and was a two-time All-MAC selection. He also finished with a 14-7 career record as a baseball pitcher.
The Ohio University Libraries' paperback edition of John C. Baker: An
Oral History, a special printing of interviews with the former university
president, is now available to Ohio University Today readers.
The book, which was presented in October as the libraries' 2 millionth volume, is comprised of 19 interviews with Baker and highlights an important 17-year period at Ohio University. Baker was Ohio University's 14th president from 1945 through 1961.
The book is available for $20 each, plus $3 for shipping and handling. Make checks payable to the "Friends of the Libraries of Ohio University," and send orders to Friends of the Libraries, Archives and Special Collections, Ohio University Libraries, Athens, Ohio 45701-2978.