Ohio Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and alumni make headlines every day with their expertise and accomplishments. Here are a few of the latest highlights…
Tim Corbin ’84
Tim Corbin, a former Battling Bishop baseball player, leads his Vanderbilt University team to an NCAA Division I national championship.
At OWU, Corbin was a four-time varsity letterman. His coach, now-Athletic Director Roger Ingles recalls Corbin’s drive: “He was so darn competitive and he thought he could do anything. And he basically could.”
Corbin previously spoke with the OWU Magazine about his life and career. Read the magazine article, “At the Top of his Game.”
Leah Shaeffer ’13
Leah Shaeffer is named the new director of education for the Naples, Florida-based Gulfshore Playhouse.
At Ohio Wesleyan, Shaeffer earned her Bachelor of Arts in theatre education and a teaching license in drama/theatre, grades Pre-K through 12. She previously completed an education apprenticeship with Cleveland Play House and has worked as an actor and teaching artist.
Read the full Broadway.com announcement, “Gulfshore Playhouse Welcomes New Director of Education.”
Joe Wanjui ’61
Joe Wanjui, one of former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki’s confidantes, releases his third book, “The Native Son: Experiences of a Kenyan Entrepreneur.”
According to reviewers, the book is “largely framed as ‘a celebration of the spirit of free enterprise; an insight into the policies and philosophies that drive business, trade and industry,’ but it also inevitably captures some of the country’s most critical political moments. Wanjui currently is chancellor of the University of Nairobi.
Read the full Daily Nation article, “Joe Wanjui: Family man, industry captain and shrewd king-maker.”
David Hobson ’58
David Hobson, U.S. representative for Ohio’s 7th district from 1991 to 2009, discusses his work to help secure funding the creation of the American Cemetery in Normandy, France, where 9,387 American military personnel are buried.
“It’s quite an experience to stand up on the hills and look out at the beach,” but it can be hard for outsiders to understand what really happened, Hobson told reporter Katie Wedell. “We’re trying to improve the understanding for future generations.”
Read the complete Dayton Daily News article, “Hobson had big hand in France’s D-Day museum.”
OWU President Rock Jones and Vice President for Finance and Administration Dan Hitchell discuss the $8-million-donor-funded renovation of Merrick Hall with writer Thomas Gallick.
“We envision this space as a sort of OWU Connection concierge service,” Jones says of the building’s new role when it reopens in fall 2015. “It’s a place where students come with an idea, and then they receive counsel on how they can implement that idea.”
Read the complete ThisWeek Delaware News article, “Donation to help restore OWU’s Merrick Hall.”
Brian Rellinger, Ed.D., OWU’s chief information officer, is featured in a Huffington Post article discussing ways to use Google Glass.
“Based on the OWU list, here are 14 ways that Google Glass can improve higher education,” post contributor Vala Afshar writes.
Read the complete article, “14 Google Glass Innovative Uses In Education.”
L. Marshall Washington ’91
L. Marshall Washington, Ph.D., president of New River Community and Technical College in Beckley, West Virginia, is elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges.
At Ohio Wesleyan, Washington majored in elementary education.
Read more about Washington’s achievement.
Marty McGann ’02
Marty McGann is named senior vice president of government advocacy for the Greater Cleveland Partnership. McGann has served as GCP’s vice president of state and local government advocacy since February 2011.
At Ohio Wesleyan, he studied political science and philosophy.
Read more about McGann’s appointment.
Ohio Wesleyan Office of Admission
Insights from the OWU Office of Admission are included in an article in The Choice Blog. According to Office of Admission representatives, prospective students and their families are “asking fewer general questions and more questions about specific processes and unique programs, such as Ohio Wesleyan’s University-funded Theory-to-Practice Grant program and Travel-Learning Courses.”
Read the full article, “Shifting priorities: How campus tour questions and concerns have changed over the years.”
John E. Bassett Jr. ’63
John Bassett, Ph.D., president of Toppenish, Washington-based Heritage University, testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) during a hearing to discuss “Strengthening Minority Serving Institutions: Best Practices and Innovations for Student Success.”
Read more about Bassett’s testimony.
Randy Kilgore ’81
Randy Kilgore is named president of national sales for Gannett Co., Inc., effective June 23.
Kilgore will be responsible for national advertising revenue across Gannett’s multi-platform media network, including USA TODAY, Gannett Digital, and U.S. Community Publishing. He previously has been named to Media Magazine’s 100 Most Influential list.
Read more about Kilgore’s appointment.