Also in OWU in the News: Kevin Cellars ’76, Kara Trott ’83, Marilyn (Ellis) Haas ’61, Woodrow “Woody” Clark II ’67, Todd Fitch ’86, Thomas Carnes ’68, Erin Flynn, Sean Kay, Jay Martin, Chris Wolverton, Barbara Terzian, and David Eastman.
Kenneth Nunnenkamp ’83
Kenneth Nunnenkamp joins Dentons, a global law firm, as a partner in its U.S. Export Controls and National Security practice. He will work in a new office in Tysons Corner, Virginia.
Nunnenkamp’s practice involves advising clients in trade and national security matters before U.S. government agencies, including the Departments of State, Commerce, Homeland Security, Defense and Treasury. He also conducts export and import compliance investigations, as well as audit and transactional due diligence for cross-border or global transactions.
A former JAG officer with the U.S. Marines, he advises clients in the space, missile, computer, software, outsourcing, retail, consumer products, chemical, aircraft and aircraft components, marine, and defense services industries. He also represents veterans pro bono before various veterans’ boards and military discharge review boards.
Read the complete Dentons announcement.
Kevin Cellars ’76
Kevin Cellars is elected vice president – construction, for Newark, New Jersey-based PSEG Power LLC, which generates and sells electricity in the wholesale market. In his new role, Cellars is responsible for construction and engineering and the oversight of two service groups: laboratory & testing services, and maintenance & repair services.
Cellars joined PSEG Power in 2009 and has been responsible for the construction of the Kearny, New Jersey, and New Haven, Connecticut, peaking units and the installation of back end technology at Mercer generating station in New Jersey. He majored in mathematics and economics at Ohio Wesleyan and is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honorary society.
Read the complete PSEG Power announcement.
Kara Trott ’83
Kara Trott, founder and CEO of Quantum Health, is named Healthcare Executive of the Year by Columbus CEO magazine. The award is part of the publication’s 2015 HealthCare Achievement Awards announced in its March edition.
Before launching Quantum, a healthcare coordination and consumer navigation company, Trott led two years of research into the “healthcare journeys” of 3,200 patients and over 290 physicians.
Today, “Quantum provides services for self-insured companies with 1,000-plus to 2,500-plus employees. Those clients see reduced costs their first year with Quantum, followed by an average cost reduction of nearly 20 percent by their third year. Member satisfaction ratings are 94 percent,” Columbus CEO reports in announcing Trott’s award.
“Leadership is about understanding what the company needs from you and modifying and managing yourself to be able to give it what it needs,” Trott tells writer Kitty McConnell.
Read the full Columbus CEO article, “Healthcare Executive of the Year: “Kara Trott, Founder & CEO, Quantum Health.”
Marilyn (Ellis) Haas ’61
Marilyn Haas is awarded the 2015 Ron Porter Achievement Award from Downtown Boulder Incorporated (DBI). Haas served as the organization’s first executive director, a position she held for more than 13 years.
Haas retired in 2001, but continued to support downtown and the City of Boulder by serving as a consultant on many downtown projects and from 2008 to 2010 she was the city’s sesquicentennial director.
At Ohio Wesleyan, Haas joined Delta Gamma’s Alpha Rho chapter.
Read more about the 2015 DBI awards.
Woodrow ‘Woody’ Clark II ’67
Woody Clark, co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize along other scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore for the film “An Inconvenient Truth,” is featured in the Sacramento Examiner.
Clark advises organizations and global leaders “how to solve the problems of climate change through sustainable infrastructures and agile energy systems as depicted in his latest textbook, ‘The Green Industrial Revolution.’”
He studied political science and economics at Ohio Wesleyan. In addition to his OWU bachelor’s degree, Clark holds a certificate from Northwestern University in African Studies; three master’s degrees, including a degree from Roosevelt University in political science; Loyola University, Chicago, in education and philosophy; the University of Illinois, Urbana, in anthropology/linguistics; and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, in anthropology/education.
“Earning a degree is the ‘union card’ that can never be taken away from you,” Clark tells writer Karen Hansen. “These degrees are the cornerstone to an entire life of goals and achievements.”
Read the article, “Economics Educator Advises Sacramento Institutions on the Green Revolution.”
Todd Fitch ’86
Boston College promotes Todd Fitch from wide receivers / passing game coordinator to offensive coordinator of the Eagles football team. Fitch also will coach the BC quarterbacks.
Of the promotion, head coach Steve Addazio says: “I am very excited to promote Todd as our quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. Trust and continuity are two very important factors that went into my decision. … With Todd’s leadership and tremendous experience as an offensive coordinator in three different coaching stops, I am confident that he will help us continue to develop and bring us to new heights.”
Fitch played defensive back for the Battling Bishops, starting in his final three seasons and earning all-league honors as a senior.
Read the complete Boston College article, “Fitch Promoted to Offensive Coordinator.”
Thomas Carnes ’68
Thomas Carnes concludes his career as Portage County, Ohio’s longest-serving juvenile and probate court judge and shares thoughts on public service with Record-Courier writer Dave O’Brien.
Carnes was elected to the Portage County Municipal Court in 1980 and served there for eight years. In 1989, he was appointed to fill an unexpired juvenile/probate term, where he remained judge for another 26 years.
He says drugs and alcohol are one of the primary issues affecting today’s youths. “I’ve read reports of juvenile defendants who tell the chemical dependency counselor at the juvenile court they had their first alcoholic drink at 13, and their first marijuana joint at 11,” he says. “Everything’s available. It’s tough being a kid these days.”
Carnes also is known for his basketball playing and coaching. At Ohio Wesleyan, Carnes was a four-year starter, ending his OWU career with 1,250 points. He has since been selected for the Ohio Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame.
Read O’Brien’s complete Record-Courier article, “Judge Thomas Carnes reflects on 40 years of public service.”
Erin Flynn, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, is featured in a SportsEthicist.com podcast discussing, “The Ethics of Fouls.”
According to the site: “In the 2010 World Cup, Luis Suárez committed an infamous handball in the Uruguay and Ghana match that prevented Ghana from winning the match.
“This incident raised many questions about the propriety of strategic fouls. Erin Flynn of Ohio Wesleyan University joins Shawn Klein on the podcast to discuss whether the commission of intentional fouls for strategic gain is blameworthy. In the course of the conversation, they touch on the value of winning and its relationship to skillful play.”
Listen to the complete Sports Ethics Show podcast, “The Ethics of Fouls.”
Sean Kay, Ph.D., OWU professor of politics and government, discusses the Russia-Ukraine situation on ForeignPolicy.com and in an interview with CTV (Canadian National TV) News.
In the Foreign Policy article, Kay, author of “Global Security in the Twenty-First Century” and “America’s Search for Security,” discusses the International Monetary Fund’s $17.5 billion for Ukraine, announced soon after the cease-fire was signed. With other contributions, Ukraine could receive up to $40 billion, according to the article.
“Ukraine may have needed this deal as much as anyone,” Kay tells writer David Francis. The IMF “was reticent to make that commitment without the prospect of a stable window, and Ukraine probably felt a pretty significant need to create stability. For all the bluster about sending weapons, I don’t hear the same people making the argument that we should be sending a big check.”
Read the complete Foreign Policy article, “How the Ceasefire with Russia Might Save Ukraine.”
OWU men’s soccer coach Jay Martin, Ph.D. – the winningest coach in college soccer history – discusses his 30-year career with writer Mat Herold and EmpoweredAthletes.com.
In introducing the question-and-answer interview, Herold says: “It is pretty safe to say that Dr. Jay Martin knows the game of soccer inside and out. More important than his knowledge of the game is his understanding of competitiveness, character development, and what the pillars of success are whether we are talking about sports, or life in general. He is the John Wooden of soccer.”
Asked about what still excites him as a coach, Martin says: “The relationships developed over time have been sensational. The most exciting thing is trying to get a group of strong and independent young men to get on the same page; work together and reach common goals. That is exciting and is the challenge of coaching at any level.”
Read Herold’s complete article, “Interview with Dr. Jay Martin, The Winningest Coach in College Soccer History.”
Chris Wolverton, Ph.D., professor of botany, discusses his plant-gravity research, recently selected by NASA to be funded and conducted on the International Space Station, with ThisWeek Delaware News writer Thomas Gallick.
Wolverton says the research conducted in space will build on work he and his students have been conducting at OWU for years using the arabidopsis, a small, flowering plant commonly used in biology experiments.
“We really need to eliminate gravity to do the next step,” Wolverton says. “We want to take these mutant plants that don’t sense gravity normally … and we need to get them out of Earth’s gravity and into microgravity to test exactly what they’re sensing and how sensitive they are to it.”
NASA will provide about $215,000 in grant funding for research on OWU’s campus, Gallick reports, enabling Wolverton to hire five or six students per year to assist him with the project for the next several years.
Read Gallick’s complete ThisWeek Delaware News article, “Research by OWU’s Chris Wolverton into gravity’s effect on plants will continue in orbit.”
Barbara Terzian, David Eastman
Ohio Wesleyan faculty members Barbara Terzian and David Eastman discuss slavery during a documentary screening and conversation that is part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant-supported series called “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.”
The discussion, covered on Page 1 of The Delaware Gazette, focuses on the continuation of slavery following the Emancipation Proclamation. Terzian, Ph.D., a history professor, tells the crowd that former slave owners used a loophole in the 13th Amendment to perpetuate forced labor and industrialize the South.
Eastman, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion, says there are currently 27 million slaves worldwide, more than all of the years of the trans-Atlantic slave trade combined. He says Columbus is an important crossroads in human trafficking, because of interstates 70 and 71.
Read Gary Budzak’s complete Delaware Gazette article, “Slavery still a problem today.”