Gebhardts’ Travels Span the Globe

George Gebhardt ’63 and his wife Joan Marie are pictured in Grindelwald, Switzerland. George earned his M.B.A. in marketing and finance from the Tuck School of Business. In 1965, his first jobs with PPG Industries were as controller trainee and cobol programmer. In 1968, he became text and monograph editor and manager of new ventures for Williams & Wilkins. He left the corporate world in 1976 and for 40-plus years was an independent IT technical writer. He also taught management at three Baltimore-area colleges. In 2008, the Gebhardts attended the Summer Olympics in Beijing. They’ve been to Europe three times, Nova Scotia 14 times, and Newfoundland three times, in addition to attending baseball games at many of America’s iconic ballparks. They live in Pikesville, Md., and Boynton Beach, Fla., and welcome visitors.

Tilson Wins Community Service Award

Stephen Tilson ’71, attorney at Hottenroth Garverick Tilson & Garverick Co., was honored by the Ohio State Bar Association at its annual awards dinner on Oct. 6 with the 2017 Ramey Award for Distinguished Community Service. A resident of Galion, Ohio, Tilson leads the School Parent Teacher League, campaigns for school levies, and serves on the Crawford County Community Mental Health Board and the Crawford County Business/Education Advisory Council.

OWU and Rutabagas

James Goche ’73: “My father, the son of immigrants, always had a large garden even though he could buy what we grew at the grocery. He understood the fundamental value of food. My family is continuing that tradition with the century-old farm that we saved from development near Olympia, Wash. Now we eat what we grow, sell our surplus commercially, and have teamed up with Kiwanis on half an acre to grow produce for the county food bank (4 to 6 tons annually). Kiwanis volunteers also get to see where food comes from and how agriculture and resource conservation can both support good stewardship of the land. After wearing several hats over the years (deputy prosecutor, lobbyist, administrative law judge, etc.), now as a farmer I appreciate in some new ways my OWU history classes (Dr. Macias, et. al) that gave me a better appreciation for the world’s societies, cultures, and foods.”

Shumate Honored by Who’s Who in Black Columbus

(Photo by Rob Hardin, Columbus CEO)

Alex Shumate ’72, managing partner, Squire Patton Boggs, was the main honoree at the 15th anniversary unveiling of Who’s Who in Black Columbus, held at Ohio State University on March 7. OWU friends were in attendance to celebrate Shumate, at a table hosted by President Rock Jones. Shumate, a former member of the OWU Board of Trustees, also received the publication’s lifetime achievement award.

Members of the 60+ division of OWU LAX alumni (from left): Pete Lee ’65, Kevin Culp ’82, Scott Wilson ’91, coach Bob D’Antonio ’74, and Mike Bishop ’81.

Lacrosse Alumni Reunite for Tournaments

Eighteen years ago, Charlie Hartigan ’75 founded OWU Legends Lacrosse, which allows former OWU men’s lacrosse players to don red and black once again and compete together in national tournaments. Now coordinated by Steve Corrigan ’74, the Legends participate in the Summit Lacrosse Tournament in Lake Placid, N.Y., each August and the Florida Lacrosse Classic in January. At the latter, the Legends competed in four divisions for ages 45 to 60 and older.

Recruitment for August in Lake Placid is underway, with more than 40 players registered. Anyone interested in dusting off the stick, gloves, and helmet to join the Band of Brothers (“Be Somebody, Be a Legend!”) can contact Steve Corrigan at or Pete Lee at Save the date for the OWU Men’s Lacrosse 60th Anniversary Celebration Reunion at Homecoming & Family Weekend 2018.

Janson Wins Silver Medal in 400-Meter Race

David Janson ’73 has been competing for the past 13 years in the 400- and 200-meter races of the master’s division of the USA Track and Field Association. In 2015, he was inducted into the Ohio Senior Games Hall of Fame. In 2016, Janson won the USATF 400 meters championship held at Grand Rapids, Mich. Last year, he won the silver medal in the 400 at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Ala., where he is pictured here, third from left.

Seattle Alums Gather at Bar Owned by ’93 Grad

Seattle-area alumni gathered in November at Brother Barrel, a bar and restaurant owned by Brent Norton ’93. Pictured from left: (bottom row) OWU director of major gifts Pablo Banhos, David Chow ’97, Mary Voytko ’81, Brent Norton ’93, Andrea Kraus ’13, Rachel Ramey ’12, Thomas Simons ’88; (top row) James Scola ’96, Elizabeth Andersen ’13, John Wright ’98, Kevin Vorenkamp ’98, Tracie Winbigler ’87, Sallie Bodie ’74, Brendan Walsh ’93, and Paul Johnson ’73.

OWU Roommates Visit Ireland

Tricia Meggison Kalinowski ’83 (left) and Lori Trego ’83 (right) toured Ireland together for a week in September. The former OWU roommates began their trip in Dublin and continued on to explore Northern Ireland, Belfast, Galway, Innisheer, the Cliffs of Moher, and Cork. “We had a great time together, minus the stress of driving on some very narrow streets (not to mention the ‘wrong’ side of the road), and it was as if all those years since graduation melted away,” Kalinowski says. The Bishop himself came along on the trip to “keep them in line.” Kalinowski and Trego look forward to catching up at their 35th reunion this spring.

The Next Generation of Bishops

Marya Christina Intal Fischer ’07 (left) and Ha Nguyen Feinglass ’06 (right) pose with their “future Bishops,” Elle Grace Fischer and Zahn Feinglass.

No Bull About It, Alumnus on CBS Drama

Ryan Haddad ’15 played the role of “Juror #2” on the Jan. 9 episode of the CBS television series Bull. He is pictured here with the star of the show, Michael Weatherly, whom he asked for a photograph to give to his grandmother for Christmas. Weatherly replied, “Well, that’s my demographic.” Haddad says that he, too, is Weatherly’s demographic.

Celebrating 20 Years of ‘Hope’

Lizzy Wynne ’16 (left), Doug Dittrick ’55, and Emma Sparks ’16 at Pwoje Espwa (Project Hope) orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti, on the facility’s 20th anniversary. Lizzy and Emma are serving as volunteer coordinators there, continuing a long OWU tradition. Dittrick has played an integral role in supporting the operations.

FIJI in Fiji

Alex Widman ’17, from Bucyrus, Ohio, is a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity: “I am serving in the Peace Corps working in the Fiji Islands. I arrived the first of September and will be on the island of Yanuca until December of 2019. I am the only American on the island. As a former British colony, they teach English in the schools and most everybody speaks some English. I am still learning the Fijian language, which is what is spoken at home and social events, etc. At present, my responsibilities include developing a library for elementary school students, assisting in the construction of a community building, and assisting in the planning for several other community projects. The good news is that the temperature never goes below 75 degrees and my machete skills are improving. The bad news is that I only have electricity a couple of hours each day and I have to take a boat 25 miles to secure groceries. Things are going very well.”

Anyone interested in donating English-language new or used books for students grades one through six may contact

Blair-Schwab Wedding

Janice Blair ’02 married Matthew Schwab on Oct. 1 in Estes Park, Colo. Joining in the celebration were, from left: Megan Maurer Hill ’02, the bride and groom, and Michelle Waltz ’02.

McKee-Sedlak Wedding

Charles Russell McKee, Jr. ’07 and Laura Sedlak McKee ’08 were married on Sept. 23 in Hillsboro Beach, Fla. They currently live in Delray Beach, Fla. Pictured from left: Michael Mucher ’07, Annie Almquist Yardis ’02, Jonathan Smith ’07, the groom and bride, Nicholas Johnson ’07, Elizabeth Griffith-Niemann ’08, Timothy Welly ’07, and Amanda Giaco ’08.

Hanahan-Gatz Wedding

Erin Hanahan ’10 married David Gatz ’10 on Sept. 8 in Cleveland. The bride and groom were members of the OWU swimming and diving team. Pictured from left: (back row) Michael Gatz ’12, Kevin Fahey ’10, Syed Usman Javaid ’10, Jaime Javier ’10, Colin Hawes ’20, Kristin Kovach White ’10, Andrew White ’10, Casey Teeters ’08, Jane Hawes (wife of Richard Hawes), Richard Hawes (OWU swimming coach), John Gatz (OWU professor and father of the groom); (front row) Bhavna Mural ’12, Anna Spencer ’12, Kelsie Patton Fahey ’10, the groom and bride, Alex Martin ’09, Katie Donnan ’08, Megan Downing Teeters ’09, and Whitney Marker ’07.

Rozak-Henry Wedding

Ryan Rozak ’08, Phi Delta Theta, married Ellen Henry Rozak on Oct. 21 in Palm Desert, Calif. Pictured from left: Chris Hill ’06, Andrew Keatts ’06, Ben Farber ’08, Dan Dyer ’08, Elliot Kaple ’08, the bride and groom, Ted Thode ’08, Rhett Rybarczyk ’09, Andy Warnock ’06, Ross Rybarczyk ’06, Nick Levine ’06, and Jeff King ’06.

Little-Thomason Wedding

Erika Little ’02 married Matthew Thomason on Oct. 13 in New Albany, Ohio. Pictured from left: Laura Kraly Lee ’00, Terese Klucar Klonowski ’02, Kristen Shockley Mercuri ’00, Lauren Colpitts ’02, Michael Jonesco ’02, Joe Loudenslager ’04, Jeff Bing ’03, the bride and groom, Tyler Mott ’04, Mark Wherry ’03, Seth Tenpenny ’03, Shana Heilbron ’02, Travis Falk ’03, Kim Dubovec Miller ’02, Joe Seddelmeyer ’01, and Heather Hover Seddelmeyer ’00.

Nestleroth-Johnson Wedding

Caitlyn Nestleroth Johnson ’08 married James “JJ” Johnson IV on Aug. 26 in Columbus. Pictured from left: Denise Sabo Brenner ’00, Nick Goulette ’10, Kathryn Seevers ’10, the groom and bride, Erin Hoagland Frey ’08, Theresa Dahlinghaus Kramer ’08, Allison Lehman ’06, and Barbara Sicaras Pasalis ’74. Not pictured: Mike Brenner ’99.

Warren-Bennett Wedding

Lucy Warren ’10 married Gavin Bennett ’10 on Sept. 17, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Pictured from left (front row): Carrie Williams Schlegel ’05, the groom and bride, Katharine Mannix ’10, Chris Ehlinger ’10, John Schlegel ’05; (back row) Jake Bennett, Jonathan Hood ’10, Timmy White, Eliot Hubbell Jeffers ’11, Haleigh Rohr Hauser ’10, Sam Salk ’08, Andrew Newhouse ’10, Jeff Scholtz ’08, Patrick Williams ’10, and Alex Giles ’11. Not pictured: Kelly Marchesi ’10, Chris Sluyter ’11, Elizabeth Lambert ’10, Jessica Copeland Wall ’10, Tyler Wall ’11, and Warren McDaniel ’11.

Hankins-Prantil Wedding

Erika Hankins ’11 married Michael Prantil on March 17, 2017, in Gray Chapel at Ohio Wesleyan. Wedding party members behind the bride and groom in Slocum Reading Room (from left): Laura Bishop, David Prantil, Christina Yost Lelache ’11, Sarah Kenny ’11, Rachel Bowes ’11, Robert Hankins, and Amadea Weber ’12.

Clark-Alonzo Wedding

Gloria Clark Alonzo ’11 and AJ Alonzo ’13 were married on Aug. 26. in Salem, Mass. Pictured from left: (back row) Marisa Popeck ’14, Kate MacLam ’11, Emily Rose ’10, Kristen Curtis ’12, Misa Farslow ’12, Matthew Wasserman ’14, Adithya Manohar ’12, Shane Gorbett ’15, (middle row) Erin Gregory ’14, Dominic Stripoli ’12, Chris Williams ’12, Nick Oleski ’12; (front row) Emily Feldmesser ’16, Whitney Weadock Gorbett ’16, Eric Charette ’12, the groom and bride, and Brian Williams ’15.

Foley-Mastrilli Wedding

Cara Foley ’12 married Alex Mastrilli on Sept. 23 at Wequassett Resort & Golf Club in Chatham, Mass. Pictured from left: (back row) Emily Fitzgibbons ’12, Jake Liebrock ’13, Lilly Jianas ’11, Katie Carlin ’12, Tori Morris ’12, Kelly Zdenek ’12, Aisha Brinkwart ’12, the bride, Erin Clayton Saunders ’12, Kelsey Morrison ’12; (front row) Justin Saunders ’10, and Nathan Barnett ’12.

Dean-Katz Wedding

Shannon Dean ’15 married Mendel Katz on Oct. 22 in Princeton, N.J. Pictured from left: (back row) Zoe Crankshaw ’15, Katie Powell ’15, Lucas Scaros ’15, Emily Poltor ’17, Hannah Simpson ’16, Alyssa Reed ’15, Kelsey Gallaher ’15; (middle row) Anderson Molina ’17, the bride, Anna Campbell ’15, Ben McCoy ’12; (front row) Jason Bogdany ’14, Cara Slotkin ’14, and Alexandra Haubrich ’12. The bride is also pictured with her grandmother, Juddean Ferguson ’56, a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Leeds-Kyrick Wedding

Chelsea Leeds ’13 married Shawn Kyrick on Oct. 1 in Indianapolis. Pictured from left: Lauren Holler ’15, Clare Whitaker ’13, Taurey Overturf ’12, Allyson North ’13, Kate Raulin ’12, the bride and groom, Kelsey Ullom ’14, Shannon Sedgwick ’10, and Allison Kolbe ’13.

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