Ohio Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and alumni make headlines every day with their expertise and accomplishments. Here are a few of the latest highlights…
Christina (Diersing) Zamarro ’94
Christina Zamarro is named vice president of investor relations for the Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
“Christina combines a deep knowledge of the Goodyear business and the tire industry along with an in-depth understanding of the financial markets and strong leadership and communications skills,” says Laura Thompson, Goodyear’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. “I look forward to her contributions in this key role interacting with the investor community.”
Zamarro majored in economics at Ohio Wesleyan and later earned her MBA from the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management.
Read more about Zamarro’s new appointment.
Glenn Cummings ’83
Glenn Cummings is named interim president of the University of Maine Augusta, effective Sept. 9. He most recently served as president and executive director of the G.W. Hinckley organization and the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences at Good Will-Hinckley in Hinckley.
Previously, he served the Obama Administration as a deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education, taught educational leadership at the University of Southern Maine, and served as speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, where he chaired the Joint Committee of Education and Cultural Affairs. Cummings majored in history at Ohio Wesleyan.
“In Dr. Cummings we add a proven Maine leader and public servant who combines state and federal policy expertise with the practical experience of running a Maine-based institution,” University of Maine System Chancellor James Page said in announcing Cummings’ appointment.
Read the complete Portland Press Herald article, “Glenn Cummings named interim president at UMA.”
Carol J. Galante ’76
Carol J. Galante, commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration for the Obama Administration since July 2011, announces plans to step down near year’s end, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In January, Galante will become a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She also will serve as director of the Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy and co-chair of the Fisher Center for Real Estate Policy Advisory Board.
“This is a compelling opportunity for me to continue with work I am passionate about and also return home to California,” she said in announcing the news to her staff. At Ohio Wesleyan, Galante majored in politics and government.
Read the complete Wall Street Journal article, “Top Obama Housing Official Carol Galante to Step Down.”
Frank Chiou, D.M.A., assistant professor of music, is featured in The (Columbus) Dispatch discussing his public performances and his teaching at Ohio Wesleyan.
“I try to choose a program that is somewhat out of the ordinary, something that people may not hear quite so often, and put that in combination with something that is a little more standard,” he tells writer Bill Mayr of his frequent public concerts.
Of his teaching, Chiou says: “It is nice to work with students individually and not to worry about a really, really large student body. … The classes, the way they are designed here, I see some students every single day, Monday through Friday. I get to know some of these students pretty well before the year is over.”
Read the complete Dispatch article, “Ohio Wesleyan piano performance a free, unique showcase.”
Colton Bloecher ’15
OWU student-athlete Colton Bloecher discusses his goals on and off the soccer field with reporter Allison Manning of The (Columbus) Dispatch.
“I look forward to playing every day, every game,” Bloecher says of his senior year with the men’s soccer team. “It’ll be hard to say goodbye.”
After graduation, Bloecher says he intends to go to law school. At Ohio Wesleyan, he is studying creative writing and economic finance. “When you write, you kind of find a different voice,” he tells Manning.
Read the complete Dispatch article, “Bloecher, quiet leader of OWU men’s soccer, shares school’s lofty goals.”
Kaylie Titus ’11
Kaylie Titus is appointed the women’s athletic director, volleyball coach at Fuchs Mizrachi School in Beachwood, Ohio.
Titus, who also teaches physical education at the college preparatory school, previously worked as an assistant softball coach at Hiram College, where she earned her master’s degree. At Ohio Wesleyan, she majored in physical education.
Read the complete Cleveland Jewish News article, “Optimism reigns over Fuchs Mizrachi fall teams.”
Hannah Coughlin ’11
Hannah Coughlin is named new coach of the Dublin Scioto High School field hockey team.
Coughlin is a 2007 Scioto graduate and an OWU education major and Battling Bishop field hockey player.
“Ever since I went off to play in college, my goal has been to come back to Dublin to coach and teach in the district, so this has always been my dream job,” Coughlin tells Dublin Villager reporter Aaron Blankenship.
Read the complete ThisWeek News article, “New coach excited about Irish.”
Nick Levine ’06
Nick Levine is appointed head coach of boys’ varsity basketball at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California.
Levine holds a master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in Irvine and previously worked at the Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad. At Ohio Wesleyan, he majored in physical education and competed on the Battling Bishops men’s basketball team.
Read more about Levine’s appointment.
Jeffrey Bergeson ’03
Jeffrey Bergeson is appointed pastor of Unity Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, Ohio.
He previously was a member of the full-time Campus Ministry Staff at Kenyon College through the Coalition for Christian Outreach. Bergeson studied music at Ohio Wesleyan and received his master of divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and officially installed as pastor of Unity Presbyterian Church on Aug. 31.
Read the full Daily Jeffersonian article, “New pastor welcomed at Unity Presbyterian in Cambridge.”
Ohio Wesleyan Volunteers
Nearly 60 volunteers from Ohio Wesleyan and the local community work with Keep Delaware County Beautiful on Sept. 7 to pull trash from the nearby Scioto River.
Delaware Gazette reporter Stacy Kess writes that “more than 20 canoe teams collected tires and other trash from the waters of the Scioto River in Radnor Township as part of the 2014 River Sweep.”
Together, their efforts collect “about 35 tires, an old television, several mattresses and a children’s power-operated mini-car,” Kess reports.
Read the complete Delaware Gazette article, “Saturday’s River Sweep volunteers pull 35 tires from Scioto.”