The little sunburst denotes an Alumni Association member.
For a list of life members, visit www.ksualumni.org/lifemembers.
Alumni Service Day has been a tradition of giving back since 2009.
International Alumni and Friends launched in 2015.
The Kent State University Alumni Association, KSU Foundation and Institutional Advancement offices are now under one roof. The new Center for Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement is located at 350 S. Lincoln St. in Kent, so the next time you’re in the area, come visit your new home on campus!
We’d love to hear from you!
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Limit your notes to 100 words or less and include your class year, city, state and degree(s). Notes may be edited for length or clarity and published as space allows.
Deadlines for submissions:
Fall: May 30
Spring: September 30
Summer: January 31
Robert Lape, BS, Olmsted Twp., Ohio, was named to 2016’s “Who’s Who in the World” and “Who’s Who in America.” A founding member of Eyewitness News at WABCV-TV in New York, his daily radio feature, “Dining Diary,” has passed the 7,500 episode mark and is in its 31st year at WCBS Newsradio in New York. Lape has been a wide-ranging reporter for 65 years.
Arch McDonnell, BS, Akron, Ohio, wrote, “I was inducted into the Hudson High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. In 1987 I retired as Hudson High School principal after serving the school system for 27 years as teacher, coach, assistant principal and then 14 years as principal—the longest-serving principal in the history of the Hudson Schools. I graduated with my wife of 58 years, Eleanor Bland '57.”
Sanford Hinkes, BBA, Homestead, Fla., wrote, “After working as a marketing coordinator in Pittsburgh, I was promoted to product manager at Chicago Printed String Company [makers of tying tape for bakery and candy boxes]. While working there from 1971 to 1981, I introduced new products that accounted for more than 25 percent of the total product line, and I developed several private label Christmas programs for mass merchandisers. When I first started, the company was doing only $10,000 a year in sales; within a few years my gross sales topped $8 million.”
Thomas Allan, BS, MEd ’76, Vernon-Rockville, Conn., retired as the director of health, physical education & athletics from Vernon Public Schools in 2004 after a 35-year career. He is presently serving as a site administrator of adult education for the Vernon Regional Adult Education program.
Mark Levin, MPA, Bloomington, Ind., retired as city administrator of Maryland Heights, Mo., a position he had held since that city was incorporated in 1985. Mark is now a clinical associate professor in the School of Public & Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he is teaching graduate courses in urban management and government budgeting.
Jeff Fair, BS, MS ’76, MEd ’87, Arnold, Md., was inducted into the Oklahoma State University College of Education Hall of Fame May 15, 2015. He was selected as an honorary member of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2015, commissioned on May 22, 2015. Fair retired as associate athletic director for sports medicine from the Naval Academy in April 2015.
Linda Janosko, BS, MA ’81, Mentor, Ohio, retired from the theater department at Indiana State University in May 2015 and moved back to the Cleveland area to pursue other artistic endeavors.
Gary Fincke, PhD, Selinsgrove, Pa., has been awarded two 2015 national book awards, the Elixir Press Fiction Prize for The Killer’s Dog (stories) and the Jacar Press Poetry Prize for After the Three-Moon Era. Both books are to be published in 2016. Bringing Back the Bones: New and Selected Poems was published in late 2015 by Stephen F. Austin University.
D. Scott Schmid, BA, Grayson, Ga., joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January, 1986, where he leads a team of 10 scientists conducting research on human herpesviruses and directs the national reference laboratory for varicella-zoster virus (chickenpox and shingles), which helps monitor the impact of varicella and shingles vaccination in the United States. He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed publications related to herpesviruses, basic immunology and molecular biology.
Guy Trinetti Sr., BS, Willowick, Ohio, has been a wrestling official in the state of Ohio for the past 30 years. He has worked at 12 Ohio State Wrestling Championships and was inducted this past season into the Ohio Wrestling Officials Hall of Fame.
Lawrence Cariglio, BBA, Amherst, Ohio, founded Lorenzo’s Pizzeria in Oberlin, Ohio, in 1982 and earned a certificate from Verace Pizza Napoletana-Americas, the official Italian government association for the traditional craft of Neapolitan pizza making. He travels to Italy, New York and Los Angeles to study with top artisans in the field.
Gregory Schmutte, MA, PhD ’79, Wilbraham, Mass., wrote, “After leaving Kent in 1979, I joined the psychology faculty at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, where I am now serving as vice president for institutional effectiveness.”
Bruce King, BBA, Strongsville, Ohio, has been named national sales director for La Maison LeGrand, Quebec, Canada, and he will be responsible for the company expansion in the United States. He and his wife, Cindy, volunteer as mission team leaders in Peru and the Amazon rainforest.
Alanna Welling-Arnold, BA, MA ’80, Medina, Ohio, was recognized as volunteer attorney of the year for Medina County by the Community Legal Aid of Northeast Ohio.
Deane Nettles, BA, Baltimore, Md., received an MFA in integrated design (print, web and video) from the University of Baltimore.
Gregory Tomei, BBA, Tallmadge, Ohio, wrote, “I served as editor-in-chief and project manager for The Babcock & Wilcox Company’s 42nd edition of Steam: Its generation and use, the longest continually published engineering textbook in the world. This edition marks the 140th anniversary of its first publication in 1875. It has evolved to become a highly technical and comprehensive reference for advanced steam generation and emissions control technologies, steam fundamentals and related subjects.”
Deborah Defer, BBA, Kent, Ohio, business services and outsourcing senior manager for BDO USA, a professional services firm, was recognized as Insightful Accountant’s 2015 Top Business Process Outsourcing ProAdvisor, as well as a Top 100 ProAdvisor.
Sandra Halman Ranck, BSN, Ashtabula, Ohio, was appointed by Governor John Kasich in March 2015 to serve on the Ohio Board of Nursing for a four-year term. She currently is the program administrator at the Auburn Practical Nursing Program in Concord Twp., Ohio.
Linda Turner, BSN, North Ridgeville, Ohio, a registered nurse in cardiovascular services at Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview Hospital, was recently honored with a Health Care Hero nomination by Crain’s Cleveland Business. She was recognized for her exceptional service and dedication to Northeast Ohio’s health care.
Linda (Arvin) Caldwell, BS, Longwood, Fla., was promoted to director of marketing and development for the Office of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Orlando. Previously, she was the writer/photographer for The Florida Catholic.
Vanessa Candow, BBA, Crystal Lake, Ill., expanded her IT leadership role at Nokia to include Nokia's services business as well as R&D. She now leads an internal and external organization of 850 colleagues who deliver IT solutions and support for Nokia worldwide.
Lori Anderson, MSN, Clayton, N.C., received a PhD in nursing from East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., on May 8, 2015. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the impact of simulation experiences in new graduate registered nurses.
Jan Jumet, BBA, Darlington, Pa., opened an office in Boston for Allocated Financial Planning, the investment management and advisory firm that he co-founded. It now has offices in Boston; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Darlington, Pa. and Golden, Colo., with clients in 25 states.
Michael Lanstrum, BS, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, received the 2014 Dr. Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leadership Award from The Chair Academy. In 2015 he published “Review of Mathematics for Equity” in Mathematics Teacher, a publication for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and he presented “Historical Women in Mathematics” in Broadview Heights and Berea, Ohio. He also served on the geometry range-finding committee with PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
Scott Gainer, BBA, Cleveland, Ohio, chief financial officer of the Cleveland Heights–University Heights City School District, has been named a Crain’s Cleveland Business 2014 CFO of the Year in the government category.
John Koski, AA, Ashtabula, Ohio, has retired from law enforcement at the rank of lieutenant/uniform division commander, after 30 years of service. He was selected by his peers as officer of the year four times, and he received many other awards and commendations with his K-9 partner, Adrian.
Jeffery Botzenhart, BA, Girard, Ohio, is a published author of several romance novels, including Clockwork Heart (2014), and he is an artist who has displayed his drawings and paintings publicly. He also coaches soccer for autistic and special needs children.
Rebecca Stoneman-Washee, BA, MA ’97, Blanding, Utah, wrote, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to coordinate development of Navajo language curriculum materials and the creation of bilingual books for the San Juan School District. Our Navajo language materials are used in classrooms across the Southwest (see media.sjsd.org).”
Bernard Smith, MEd, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, has joined the Rehabilitation Counseling & Mental Health Counseling group in Ohio. He has worked with homeless veterans and battered women, and he also volunteers for Paralyzed Veterans of America, Volunteers of America, Community Outreach programs, as well as with churches and community groups for veterans and the homeless. He received the 2013 State of Ohio Volunteer Services Award for the highest number of volunteer hours (30k+).
Mark Fink, BGS, Las Vegas, Nev., associate vice provost of online education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, received the Center of Excellence award from the New Media Consortium for demonstrating excellence and outstanding achievement in the application of technology to teaching, learning or creative inquiry. Dr. Fink also was recognized among the “Distinguished Women & Men in Nevada” for his commitment to higher education.
Jen (Anderson) Thames, BBA, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, was accepted into the 2015/16 Class XXI of the Child & Family Leadership Exchange Program. She volunteered for Summit County Children’s Services for 6 years before joining their Women’s Auxiliary Board in 2010.
Ellen (Freiberg) Clarke, BA, Saint Petersburg, Fla., was named editor of tbt*, a free daily newspaper published by the Tampa Bay Times. It has a daily circulation of 80,000 Monday–Thursday and 113,000 on Friday. She’s been with Times Publishing Co. for 15 years.
Lisa (Schifano) Dunick, BA, Fairfax, Va., is releasing her second young adult novel, Gathering Deep (Flux), in October 2015 and her third, The Stars Turned Away (Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster), in February 2016.
Alan Weston II, BS, MA ’03, Gordon, Ga., was promoted to assistant athletic director for communications at the Georgia College Department of Athletics. He has served Georgia College for nine years as the school’s sports information director and was named 2014–15 Sports Information Staff of the Year by the Peach Belt Conference.
Carrie Lewis, BSN, Windermere, Fla., received a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Central Florida in May and transferred into a new role at Florida Hospital as a clinical documentation specialist.
Sara Sampson, MLIS, Columbus, Ohio, has co-authored Ohio Legal Research, which provides a concise introduction to Ohio-specific primary authorities and research tools for readers new to legal research or Ohio law. She is the assistant dean for information services and director of the law library at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Marling Engle, BS, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, is the founder and CEO of Metisentry, a web development firm in Akron, Ohio, which was named a 2015 Cascade Capital Corp. Business Growth Awards’ Honoree. It is their second win. The awards recognize businesses within a seven-county region that have achieved superior growth in sales and/or employment over the past five years.
Laura Fredrick Lytle, BS, Ashtabula, Ohio, is the president and CEO of Little L Communications, a marketing and public relations agency. Her firm received both gold and silver awards in public relations during the Lake Communicators 10th Annual APEX Awards evening ceremony held on May 20, 2015.
Jeffrey Meyer, MM, Alpine, Texas, has accepted the position of director of bands and brass studies at Sul Ross State University. His wife, Mary Elizabeth Thompson, MM ’06, has accepted the position of director of instrumental studies and woodwinds at Sul Ross. She also premiered his composition “Metro Chapultepec” for flute/piccolo and electronics at the 2015 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.
Sara Hill, BS, North Royalton, Ohio, wrote, “I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in newspaper journalism and a minor in sociology. I had my first baby on Dec. 31, 2014. Her name is Charlotte Rachel Hill, and she’s amazing! I also began a new position in the guest services department of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Erin (Satzger) Clemons, BA, West Chester, Ohio, has been selected new president and CEO of the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty. She had served as the foundation’s vice president of development and donor relations since October 2014, and she previously worked as a staff member and field representative in Congressman John Boehner’s office from 2007 to 2014.
Rebecca McMenamin, BA, Saint Louis, Mo., graduated from Youngstown State University with her MEd in counseling/student affairs in August 2015. She is employed at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, as the manager of veteran and military services.
Nicholas DiSabatino, BA, Somerville, Mass., (at right) married Joshua Garstka of Richmond, Va., on May 29, 2015, in Boston. They met each other at Emerson College’s publishing and writing graduate program and now reside in Somerville, Mass., with their cat, Roxie. DiSabatino works as an associate publicist at Beacon Press.
When Yvette Mendoza, BA, married David Pittman, BA ’08, on September 12, 2015, instead of wedding gifts the couple asked for donations to their newly launched Mendoza-Pittman scholarship fund for students who complete Kent State’s Pre-College TRIO Upward Bound program. The program provides educational opportunities and assistance for first-generation, low-income students and families.
As a GED Scholar and graduate student at Kent State, Mendoza has benefited from scholarships herself. To pay it forward, the newlyweds have raised more than $3,000, with the goal of reaching $25,000 through donations and upcoming fundraisers.
View an interview with Yvette Mendoza at http://bit.ly/1IKyIHn.
To help low-income students succeed, donate at ksu.convio.net/Mendoza-Pittman and visit www.kent.edu/upwardboundprogram.
Caitlin Saniga, BS, got engaged to Joel Hawksley on October 10, 2015 in Eagle Bay, NY. “Since Joel is a photographer, he always takes pictures of us at the end of our hikes. This time he surprised me and proposed as the camera timer counted down.”
Gregg McCullough, MLIS, Seaford, Del., became adult services librarian at Laurel Public Library, Laurel, Del., on June 1, 2015.
Jill Miller, AAS, Wadsworth, Ohio, and her husband, Matt Carpenter, proudly announce the birth of their son, Lucas James Carpenter, on February 27, 2015.
Michael Collier, BA, Sagamore Hills, Ohio, has recently accepted a position with the office of Marcia L. Fudge, the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 11th congressional district. He serves as the economic development liaison, working with agency partners and private industry within the district to recognize and facilitate growth opportunities. He also handles constituent casework in the areas of government oversight, housing, transportation and small business.
Rick Hadley, MA, Dallas, began his new job as executive director of communications for the Grapevine-Colleyville school district on July 20, 2015, just eight months after completing Kent State’s online master’s program in journalism and mass communication with a public relations concentration. Hadley, a 30-year broadcast news veteran, was news director at WBAP/KLIF Radio in Dallas.
The little sunburst denotes an Alumni Association member. For a list of life members, visit www.ksualumni.org/lifemembers.
Oscar Dobkin ’36, November 5, 2014
Ruth Hannum ’36, April 19, 2015
Maxine Horning ’40, February 13, 2015
Dona Athey ’42, January 1, 2015
Elizabeth Baird ’42, January 7, 2015
Margaret Gephart ’42, June 10, 2015
Robert Fry ’43, February 4, 2015
Joyce Cain ’49, July 3, 2015
Elliott Anderson ’50, September 13, 2014
Agnes Gabrielsen ’50, September 27, 2014
Robert Kennard ’50, March 5, 2015
Robert West ’50, June 20, 2015
Howard Baxter ’51, July 3, 2015
Robert Higgs ’51, December 11, 2014
Sam Leles ’51, May 5, 2014
Alan Silver ’51, July 22, 2015
John McGraw ’52, June 15, 2015
Mary Ritz ’52, June 2, 2015
Hildreth Stevenson ’52, July 2, 2015
Elizabeth Hillick ’53, June 2, 2015
Alfred Sprague ’53, May 14, 2015
Jack Frankenburger ’53, December 16, 2015
Thomas Bartchy ’54, May 10, 2015
Anne Buck ’54, April 8, 2014
Leonard Wilkes ’54, February 11, 2014
Joseph Kainrad ’55, August 5, 2015
Gerald Hart ’56, July 30, 2015
Annabelle Henry ’56, July 17, 2015
Ina Federman '57, April 20, 2014
James Thompson '57, May 25, 2015
Jerome Butchko ’58, July 10, 2015
Clifford Hurst ’58, April 7, 2015
Donald Paxton ’58, August 2, 2014
Michael Perrone ’58, September 14, 2015
Arlene Simpkins ’58, July 26, 2015
James Biliuris ’60, November 25, 2014
Daniel Lee ’60, May 13, 2015
Michael Corbissero ’61, July 15, 2015
Eugene Hatch ’61, February 17, 2015
Joseph Bachna ’62, May 16, 2015
Charles Nicholson ’62, April 4, 2014
Marilyn Rothkin ’62, August 3, 2015
Thomas Korllos ’64, June 16, 2015
Rosalyn Sasala ’64, August 28, 2014
Mary Fenton ’65, August 17, 2015
Ruth Gretsinger ’65, May 31, 2015
Robert Hemenway ’65, July 27, 2015
Robert Kastelic ’65, November 12, 2014
Michael Lapides ’65, June 4, 2015
Robert Richard ’65, August 7, 2015
James Brown ’66, July 29, 2015
John Harman '67, January 6, 2015
Anna Parker ’68, June 15, 2014
Karen Spies ’68, July 15, 2015
Peggy Mainwaring ’70, March 14, 2015
Janie Tarr Wittmer ’70, July 2, 2015
Anita Isler ’71, February 16, 2015
Jackie Rowe ’71, April 27, 2015
Kenneth Harth ’72, September 2, 2015
John Pawlak ’72, July 23, 2014
Robert Steffens ’72, June 13, 2015
Stephen Dzuray ’73, June 1, 2014
James Sinn ’73, March 5, 2015
Susan Corrigan ’74, September 10, 2015
Nancy Brown ’75, September 4, 2014
Vaughna Moine ’75, May 23, 2015
Antoinette Oliverio ’76, December 9, 2014
Valerie Smith ’76, May 12, 2015
Patrick Killen ’77, August 8, 2015
Henry Nickerson ’77, November 14, 2014
Shirley Schuster ’78, December 16, 2014
Stephen Walzer ’78, August 11, 2015
John Whiteside ’78, October 30, 2014
Mary Clark ’79, December 2, 2014
Oscar Damron ’80, July 14, 2015
Verner Mock ’80, June 7, 2015
Keith Weir ’80, December 25, 2014
Shirley Doane ’83, July 29, 2015
Nancy Warzecha ’84, November 17, 2014
Bill Stainer ’86, January 1, 2015
Kevin Lyons ’88, April 16, 2015
Shari Wiesler ’88, August 13, 2015
Sharon Crifasi ’89, August 14, 2015
Lilian Lampa ’89, August 3, 2014
John Castellani ’90, March 25, 2015
John Perkins ’90, March 22, 2014
Joseph Teknipp ’90, July 4, 2015
John Abdoo ’91, December 7, 2014
James Berry ’93, May 1, 2015
Mark Hays ’93, July 29, 2015
Donald Oglesby ’93, June 30, 2014
Virginia Curtis ’94, May 30, 2015
Ann Marie Young ’94, July 31, 2015
Theresa Conway ’97, August 9, 2015
Jennifer Phipps ’98, August 15, 2015
John Mazi ’99, May 18, 2014
Nancy Schwartz ’99, May 26, 2015
Melissa Belser ’01, April 21, 2015
Paul Eisenzimmer Jr. ’02, June 12, 2015
Christy Robertson ’05, July 6, 2015
Elizabeth Lontor ’07, August 10, 2015
Dawn Pechman ’13, April 4, 2015