OWU in the News

Colin Stolly ’18 Part of Championship-Winning Summer Baseball Team

August 10, 2015 – by Cole Hatcher

Dan Stroka ’00

Also in this edition: Gregory Dyson ’80, Melissa Schoger ’02, Ken Bradbury ’74, W. Scott Fowler ’81, Stephen Tuzik ’85, Jeff Clapper ’02, Maggie Smith-Beehler ’99, Eric Korn ’04, and Dan Stroka ’00.

Colin Stolly ’18

Colin Stolly ’18

Colin Stolly ’18, a pitcher-infielder for the Battling Bishop baseball team, spends his summer playing for the Lima Locos and watches his hometown team win the 2015 Great Lakes Collegiate League championship.

“Being out here since I was in the fourth grade, and always wanting to be a Loco, it was an awesome summer,” Stolly tells reporter Tom Usher of The Lima News. “Being a part of a championship in Lima is awesome, knowing how much it means to the fans and the people of Lima.”

The victory marks the fourth GLCL championship for the Locos, which also earned the top spot in 1993, 2004, and 2011.

Read the complete Lima News article, “Locos complete one memorable summer.”

Gregory Dyson ’80

Gregory Dyson ’80

Gregory Dyson, senior vice president and chief operations and chief marketing officer for ICMA-RC, is awarded the National Forum for Black Public Administrators’ (NFBPA) highest honor, the National Leadership Award.

ICMA-RC is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit financial services corporation that serves public-sector employees.

Of Dyson’s award, ICMA-RC President and CEO Bob Schultze says: “ICMA-RC and its associates are delighted that NFBPA selected the accomplished and respected Gregory Dyson to receive its National Leadership Award. NFBPA’s endorsement underscores Gregory’s long-standing commitment to helping public sector employees who devote their careers to serving their communities.”

At Ohio Wesleyan, Dyson majored in journalism and politics and government.

Read the full icmarc.org award announcement to learn more about Dyson’s accomplishments.

Melissa Schoger ’02

Melissa Schoger ’02

Melissa Schoger is promoted to vice president of planning and financial analysis for RPM International Inc. in Medina, Ohio.

In her new role, Schoger is responsible for developing annual budgets and long-term planning. Previously, she served as a staff auditor and senior corporate financial analyst, and she relocated to Europe for two years as part of RPM’s growing European business.

Schoger holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ohio Wesleyan and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Read the full PRNewswire article, “RPM Announces Three Corporate Officer Promotions.”

Ken Bradbury ’74

Ken Bradbury ’74

Ken Bradbury, Ph.D., is named director and state geologist for the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, part of University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension.

“Dr. Bradbury brings a wealth of experience in hydrogeology and a broad knowledge of the work of the Survey to this new position,” says Rick Klemme, dean and director of UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension. “He has demonstrated great abilities in communicating the value of groundwater research and outreach to a broad constituency, and I look forward to his doing this on behalf of the entire Survey.”

After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan, Bradbury earned his master’s degree from Indiana University and doctoral degree from UW-Madison. His current research interests include virus transport in groundwater, groundwater flow in fractured media, aquitard hydrogeology, groundwater recharge processes, wellhead protection, regional groundwater simulation, and the hydrogeology of glacial deposits.

Read the full UW Extension article, “Ken Bradbury selected to lead Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.”

W. Scott Fowler ’81

W. Scott Fowler ’81

Scott Fowler, a partner at Comstock, Springer & Wilson Co., receives The Mahoning County Bar Association 2015 Distinguished Service Award.

“Scott is always the first one to volunteer to assist anyone,” Linda Martin Saunders, co-chair of The Mahoning County Bar Association Lawyers Assistance Committee, tells Akron Legal News writer Sherry Karabin. “He is very unselfish. He gives a lot of his time, whether it’s helping someone struggling with an addiction or a young lawyer in need of advice.”

A native of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, Fowler majored in political science and English at Ohio Wesleyan. After earning his juris doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1984, he began his legal career as an associate at Comstock, Springer & Wilson. He became a partner in 1990.

Read the full Akron Legal News article, “Youngstown attorney receives Distinguished Service Award.”

Stephen Tuzik ’85

Stephen Tuzik ’85

Stephen Tuzik is hired as the new human resources director of Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Previously, Tuzik served in HR roles in Michigan, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

Tuzik majored in geology, geography, and elementary education at Ohio Wesleyan, and later earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Read the full The Inquirer & Mirror article, “Town hires new department heads.”

Jeff Clapper ’02

Jeff Clapper ’02

Jeff Clapper, chairman and CEO of 8th & Walton, is included among the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s 2015 list of 40 outstanding individuals under 40.

With success as an entrepreneur under his belt, Clapper became the owner and chairman of 8th & Walton in 2013. Today, the company offers HR services for suppliers, a weekly TV program for the supplier community, and extended courses and custom training.

Clapper majored in economics management and philosophy and minored in music at Ohio Wesleyan.

Read the full Business Journal article, “Jeff Clapper Honored in 40 Under 40.”

Maggie Smith-Beehler ’99

Maggie Smith-Beehler ’99

Poet Maggie Smith, a central Ohio native, discusses balancing her writing career with her family life in a Columbus Dispatch article.

“I joke that it helps that I write poems and not novels. My writing process is one of accruing snippets,” Smith tells writer Jeannie Nuss.

While raising a 2-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter with husband Jason Beehler in Bexley, Smith has to carve out time to writes stories and poems for children’s textbooks.

At Ohio Wesleyan, where she double majored in English and Women’s Studies and minored in Humanities/Classics. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at The Ohio State University. Her first book, “Lamp of the Body,” is a revision of her master’s thesis. Smith also teaches graduate-level poetry workshops at OSU.

Read Nuss’s full article, “Writer Finds Snippets of Time for Her Poetry.”

Eric Korn ’04

Eric Korn ’04

Chef Eric Korn’s restaurant, Wolfert’s Roost, is voted Westchester’s Best New Restaurant for 2015 by Westchester Magazine readers.

In addition, Korn’s high-end catering company, Good-Life Gourmet, is named Best Caterer and Best Wedding Caterer.

Korn majored in economics management at Ohio Wesleyan.

Check out this video about Wolfert’s Roost put together by Westchester Magazine.

Dan Stroka ’00

Dan Stroka ’00

Dan Stroka is voted one of Hunterdon Central High School’s top 4 athletes of all-time by NJ.com readers, garnering more that 17,000 votes to earn the honor.

Stroka played lacrosse and football at his high school, and he was the 1996 State Player of the Year. A midfielder, Stroka also was a three-time First-Team All-State player and a member of The Star-Ledger’s All Decade Team of the 1990s. He finished his career with 69 goals and a school record 200 points, and was named All-American in 1996.

At Ohio Wesleyan, Stroka was a three-time All-American athlete. He majored in physical education and minored in sociology/anthropology.

Read the full nj.com article “Mt. Rushmore: See who was voted as Hunterdon Central’s 4 best athletes of all time.”