OWU in the News

Daniel S. Glaser ’82 Selected As Chair of Federal Advisory Committee

August 26, 2014 – by Ohio Wesleyan University

Daniel S. Glaser ’82

Ohio Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and alumni make headlines every day with their expertise and accomplishments. Here are a few of the latest highlights…

Daniel S. Glaser ’82

Dan Glaser, president and chief executive officer of New York-based Marsh & McLennan Companies, is selected to chair the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance, created in 2011 to provide advice to the Federal Insurance Office.

“The committee is presented with a number of important domestic and international policy matters, and I look forward to working with Director (Michael) McRaith and my fellow members to address these important issues on behalf of our industry and the public,” Glaser tells Business Insurance reporter Mark A. Hofmann.

At Ohio Wesleyan, Glaser serves as a Trustee-at-Large and a member of the capital campaign planning committee. As a student, he was a double-major in economics and politics and government.

Recognizing the value of his OWU education, Glaser in March made a five-year, $850,000 gift commitment to OWU to create an endowed scholarship for students from single-parent homes, aid the university’s Spectrum Resource Center, and support the Ohio Wesleyan Fund.

Read the full Business Insurance/Crain Communications article, “Marsh & McLennan’s Glaser to chair Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance.”

Sean Kay

Sean Kay, Ph.D., professor of politics and government, discusses with Voice of America NATO’s relationship with Russia, and he discusses with McClatchy DC the shooting death of U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene by an Afghan soldier in Kabul.

“In terms of defending the NATO allies against Russia – the NATO allies have an overwhelming military advantage in terms of their combined capabilities,” Kay tells VOA reporter Andre de Nesnera. “The structure of power singularly is in the hands of the West. So it’s a question of how they want to best leverage the future relationship with Russia given its recent behavior.”

Read the full Voice of America article, “NATO Plots Defense Against Russia.”

Regarding the shooting in Kabul, Kay tells McClatchy DC writer Nancy A. Youssef: “There is little hope for long-term stability in Afghanistan after American troops depart if the mission of training Afghan forces cannot be achieved successfully.” Kay is the author of the newly published book, “America’s Search for Security: The Triumph of Idealism and the Return of Realism.

Read the complete McClatchy DC article, “Killing of U.S. major general in Afghanistan revives worries about safety of trainers.”

Christopher Wyche ’08

Christopher Wyche is named director of external affairs for AT&T in northwestern Ohio, based out of Toledo and Findlay.

As director, he specializes in government relations at local, state, and federal levels, and works with community and business leaders to promote AT&T’s advanced communication technologies.

Wyche studied economics management at Ohio Wesleyan. Read the full Findlay Courier article, “Wyche appointed to AT&T position.”

Michael L. McCluggage ’69

Michael McCluggage receives the Alumni Achievement Award from Delta Tau Delta Fraternity at its 92nd national biennial convention on July 26. He is one of only 230 Delta Tau Delta alumni to receive the award and the eighth from Ohio Wesleyan’s Mu Chapter.

The awards, first presented in 1966, are given to alumni whose achievements bring honor and prestige to the fraternity. McCluggage receives the award for his work as a trial lawyer and litigator, with a focus in antitrust law.

McCluggage serves on Ohio Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees and was president of Delta Tau Delta as a student.

Steve Cooper ’78

Steve Cooper is chief information officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce, managing department information technology operations and strategy as well as security risk programs.

He previously served as CIO and acting deputy assistant administrator for information services at the Federal Aviation Administration, as IT director of the air traffic organization. Cooper has served in a similar capacity with the American Red Cross, Department of Homeland Security, and White House Office of Homeland Security.

His public service work follows 20 years in the private sector, where he was named one of the Top 100 CIOs in America by CIO Insight in 2007. Cooper is a retired Naval Air Reserve petty officer. Read more at “Profile: Steve Cooper, Commerce Dept. CIO.”

Cynthia Susalla ’12

Cynthia Susalla co-authors an article with OWU associate professor and director of classics Lee Fratantuono, Ph.D. The article, “Drowned Doublets: Virgil’s Doomed Sailors and the Archytas Ode of Horace,” is printed in the first quarterly edition of Maia: Rivista di letterature classiche, an Italian Classics journal.

“Drowned Doublets” considers the intertextual parallels between passages in Virgil’s Aeneid and Horace’s odes that involve shipwreck and the loss of mariners. The article was inspired by Susalla’s 2009 course on Horace with Fratantuono.

Susalla also recently earned her master’s degree in Ancient Greek & Roman Studies at Brandeis University. In the fall, she will begin working toward her Ph.D. in ancient history at the University of Pennsylvania.

Justin Akers ’12

Justin Akers is selected to start the first men’s golf team at Indiana University South Bend. The team will begin competition in 2015-2016.

He studied sports management at Ohio Wesleyan and played three years on the Battling Bishop men’s golf team, leading the team to a second-place finish in the North Coast Athletic Conference his senior year.

“It’s an exciting time for the university and my hope is to bring the best scholar-athletes both on the course and in the classroom to IU South Bend and firmly put the new tradition of IU South Bend golf on the map,” said Akers.

“We welcome Justin to our ‘Titan Family’ and are excited to have him as our men’s golf coach,” said IUSB Athletic Director Steve Bruce, also an Ohio Wesleyan alumnus. Read the full announcement.

Andrew Diehl ’14

Andre Diehl joins the track and field coaching staff at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

At Ohio Wesleyan, Diehl majored in health and human kinetics and served as a championship intern for the 2014 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at OWU in May. St. Lawrence is set to host the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Diehl also has served as a U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coach Association (USTFCCCA) Intern.

He was a 10-time all-conference honoree for the Battling Bishops. Read the full article, “Thirteen new coaches join Saints coaching staffs.”

Jud Hall ’11

Jud Hall is named as director of player development for The Ohio State University’s lacrosse team. He will work as a life skills director, handle community service, and run camps and clinics, as well as assist with coaching.

“Jud has been an incredibly important member of our coaching staff over the past three seasons and has made a significant impact on our men both on and off the field,” says Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach.

“We are excited we have the opportunity to promote Jud and add the life skills and community outreach coordinator responsibilities to his plate for this upcoming season.”

At Ohio Wesleyan, Hall was a team captain his junior and senior years and the Battling Bishop team made it to the NCAA tournament all four years. Read more at “Jud Hall Promoted to Ohio State Director of Player Development.”

Travis Wall ’12

Travis Wall joins the men’s soccer staff at Xavier University as director of operations. He has coached previously at Bowling Green State University and the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

At Ohio Wesleyan, Wall was captain of the national-championship-winning team in 2011, was named a Player of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and was a two-time, first-team All-American.

After graduation, Wall attended training camp with the Columbus Crew before playing two years with Minnesota in the North American Soccer League. In his offseason, he worked as a youth development intern with the Crew and a coach with St. Thomas.

“Travis is well-spoken, poised, played with a high soccer IQ and is a well-rounded young man,” says head coach Andy Fleming. Read the full announcement.

Andy Winters ’13

Andy Winters is named an assistant men’s basketball coach at Capital University. He joins the staff after spending the 2013-14 season as a member of the men’s basketball staff at Ohio Dominican University.

At Ohio Wesleyan, Winters earned a bachelor of education in history and was an All-American and four-year starter on the Battling Bishop men’s basketball team. By the end of his OWU career, he had become a three-time all-conference selection and a North Coast Athletic Conference All-Decade Team honoree, broken all OWU assist records, and participated in the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star Game.

In his senior year, Winters and the Battling Bishops hosted the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988. That year, he found himself in the top five nationally for assists (204) and assists per game (7.03), and averaged a team-best 14.1 points per contest.

“As an All-American player, Andy was a true leader in every sense of the word and brings that quality to our program,” Capital coach Damon Goodwin says. Read the full announcement.