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Alumni Life | Summer 2015
Douglas Graham '05
He vetted presidential appointees for Obama’s second-term cabinet, and now he’s the managing director of an investigation and corporate intelligence firm. Here are his tips for finding the truth about someone.
Save the Date!
Homecoming 2015: October 3, 2015
Revisit your favorite campus destinations and gather with your friends.
Start the day off at 8 a.m. with the Bowman Cup 5K Race and conclude by watching the Golden Flashes clip the wings of the Miami University RedHawks at 3:30 p.m.
In between, enjoy the Homecoming parade, continental breakfast and spirit tent at the Williamson Alumni Center. Share a smooch during Kiss on the K, go back to class with a faculty lecture or enjoy open houses across campus.
For detailed event information, please check www.ksualumni.org/homecoming.
Do you have any of these missing student newspapers?
Kent State University Libraries is creating a digital online archive for the student-run newspaper (http://dks.library.kent.edu/), which has been published since 1926 under various names.
To complete the run, we are looking for issues of the Kent Stater newspaper from July 1943 through August 1944 and September 1950 through December 1950.
If you have an original copy of any of those issues (or know of a lapse in publication during those timeframes), please contact Cara Gilgenbach, Head of Special Collections and Archives at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer 2015: Class Notes
Summer 2015: 1950s
Terence Burley, MA, Bristol, England, wrote, “I am proud to announce the recent publication of my first work of fiction, The Sparrow, an account of a schoolboy in the 1930s who engages in a succession of adventures around the world, including Boston, New Orleans, the Cayman Islands, Honduras and Brazil. It is available in a Kindle version and is soon to be in print.”
Summer 2015: 1960s
Thomas Barto, Adrian, Mich., retired as a Certified Public Accountant in June 2000 and as a Commander, OSCGR, in September 2002.
Summer 2015: 1970s
James Walker, MEd ’79, Massillon, Ohio, had his collection of papers, photographs and published writings accepted into the library archives of Kent State University in May 2014. Walker began to write opinion pieces for the Canton Repository in 1986 following the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. His writing has extended to professional journals such as Electronic Education, Ohio Media Spectrum, School Science & Mathematics and Science Scope. Walker’s 2003 memoir, Before I Go: My First Fifty-Six Trips Around the Sun became an e-book in 2012 and is available on Amazon.
Roger Stevenson, BS ’77, Fairlawn, Ohio, a partner in the Akron law office of Roetzel & Andress LPA, has been named a 2015 Ohio Super Lawyer in the field of Creditor Debtor Rights.
Thomas Haren, Canton, Ohio, recently retired from Canton City Schools after more than 35 years as a biology teacher and 27 years as the McKinley Varsity Head Tennis coach for both the boys and girls teams. He was inspired to be a biology teacher by KSU biology professor, role model and friend, Dr. Ben Foote.
Summer 2015: 1980s
Christopher Sopko, Windermere, Fla., recently released a new book titled, The Pyramid of Business Success: 15 Characteristics All Leaders Need to Build a Successful, Long Term Business.
Christine Meeker-Lange, Sarasota, Fla., has been appointed to The Suncoast Science Center’s executive leadership team as chief operating officer. An idea strategist, special projects director and public relations/marketing communications professional with 25 years in the media, technology and higher education fields, Lange was previously employed as special assistant to the president, Dr. Larry Thompson, at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, where she had worked since 2000.
Andrea Testa, Long Beach, Calif., wrote, “I had a career change last year and got Rookie of the Year in 2014 from Keller Williams Pacific Estates Realty.”
Summer 2015: 1990s
David Jakubowski, Hudson, Ohio, wrote, “I am on the committee for the 65th anniversary of Delta Tau Delta’s Kent State chapter, which will be celebrated during a weekend of planned activities culminating in a dinner at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center in Kent, Ohio, on August 29, 2015. For more information, contact email@example.com or call Dave Bransky at 216-396-3558.”
Marianne Vitullo, Stow, Ohio, is owner of Pinnacle Events & Expos, currently producing Women’s Expos in Ohio and Indiana. Visit www.womens-expo.com.
Bob Christy, Green, Ohio, wrote, “I produce a calendar every year with some publisher friends of mine. It’s called ‘Broken Down Heroes’ and consists of photos of old, rusty cars sitting in fields and barns. It won first place for black and white photography in the retail division of the Calendar Marketing Association’s 2015 National and World Calendar Awards.” See http://tinyurl.com/BrokenDownHeroes
Ann Watson, MLS, Shepherdstown, W. Va., has accepted a position as the new associate state librarian for library services at the State Library of Ohio; she will lead and manage the Library Services Division.
Derek Wolfgram, MLS, San Jose, Calif., was named the director of the Redwood City Public Library in November 2014.
Summer 2015: 2000s
Jill McConnell, MLIS, Allison Park, Pa., is the newly appointed executive director at Cooper-Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel. She will oversee the library collection of 80,000 books, CDs and reference materials, balance budgets, supervise staff and promote programming.
Lauren Worley, Washington, D.C., and Brett Silcox ’02, MPA ’05, Washington, D.C., witnessed the historic test flight of the Orion spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center on December 5, 2014. Worley is press secretary and senior advisor at NASA; Silcox is manager, external outreach and legislative affairs specialist for Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA. Both Silcox and Worley serve as political appointees of President Barack Obama’s administration.
Paul Marnecheck, MA ’10, North Royalton, Ohio, wrote, “Our son, Philip Alan Marnecheck II, was born on December 23, 2014.”
Carrie (Wissinger) Short, MEd, is the associate director of Student Financial Aid at The University of Akron. She and her husband, Ben, reside in Medina, Ohio.
Marling Engle, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, owner of Certified Nerds, a computer sales and repair service in Akron, Ohio, announced that they have been named a 2015 NEO Success Award winner for the second year in a row. The program annually recognizes the top-performing companies in Northeast Ohio, measuring business success in sales, growth and profitability.
Murat Gurer, Cleveland, Ohio, wrote, “My wife and I welcomed our first baby boy, Sedat Ali.”
Dustin Lee, Garfield Heights, Ohio; Jon Jivan ’08, Munroe Falls, Ohio; and Terry Geer ’12, Willoughby, Ohio, are partners in Maple Films, Ltd., a Cleveland, Ohio–based multimedia production company that had three short films chosen for screening at the 39th International Cleveland Film Festival in March. Their documentary, Super Pimp, was awarded the FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Short Film, along with a $1,000 cash prize. Visit www.maple-films.com.
Julie Fitzwater ’09, Columbus, Ohio, wrote, “On August 8, 2014, my husband, Kevin Pospichel ’10, and I were married at Fred Fuller Park in Kent, Ohio. Kent was the perfect location for our wedding because Kevin and I first met at the Kent State University Student Center. We celebrated our wedding with pictures at the riverfront (including our dog, Balto, and cat, Abraham), and we danced the night away. Kevin and I both graduated from Kent State, and it will forever be a big part of our lives.” Pictured above: Genevieve Okenka, Kelsey Gerbig ’12, Ryan King, Jennifer Fitzwater ’06, Aaron Urchek, Jessica Fitzwater ’10, Greg Pospichel ’03, Kara Pospichel ’05, Ron Dear ’11, Jacki Fitzwater ’01 and ’06, Kevin Pospichel, Julie Fitzwater
Summer 2015: 2010s
Kevin Ray, MLIS, Cleveland, Ohio, is one of 10 librarians in the country to receive a 2014 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times “I Love My Librarian Award.” Recipients were selected for their dedicated public service and the valuable role they play in transforming lives through education in our nation’s communities. Ray is a children’s librarian at the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch of the Cleveland Public Library.
Daniel Blair, Haverford, Pennsylvania, wrote, “I married Colleen Campbell on October 25, 2014.”
Sonya Knisley, MLIS, Arcanum, Ohio, has accepted a position as the head of Children’s Services at Clark County Public Library (CCPL). She has previously worked as a children’s librarian for CCPL and as the collection development librarian and children’s assistant at Preble County District Library.
Cynthia Boyden, MLIS, Columbus, Ohio, has accepted a position as library assistant in Circulation and Special Services at the State Library of Ohio. She will be responsible for providing resources to state employees and Ohio residents.
Trevor Watkins, MLIS, has been hired as the new science librarian at Kent State University Libraries. He will work closely with faculty and students to assist with science research inquiries relative to the departments of chemistry, computer science, liquid crystals, mathematical sciences, physics and technology.
Summer 2015: In Memory
The little sunburst denotes an Alumni Association member.
Olive Gifford ’36, January 18, 2015
Harold Briola ’37, January 15, 2015
Arlynn Burton ’41, November 21, 2014
Ruth Fenton ’43, January 2, 2015
William Lee Guisewite ’43, January 25, 2015
Earl Stanley ’43, February 11, 2014
Barbara Gallivan ’47, May 18, 2014
Charles Francis ’48, March 20, 2014
Robert Proper ’49, April 18, 2013
George Diem ’50, August 7, 2013
James Barkes ’51, November 26, 2014
James Wasil ’51, January 29, 2014
Daniel Bella ’52, November 13, 2013
Patricia Moseley ’52, January 15, 2013
Richard Roberts ’52, December 3, 2013
John Frankenburger ’53, December 16, 2014
Antonia Gittler ’53, January 24, 2015
Andrew Lokie ’55, January 12, 2015
Frances Schneider ’55, May 26, 2013
Thomas Averill ’56, April 23, 2014
Kent Damschroder ’57, December 15, 2014
Edwin Cairns ’59, September 5, 2014
George Schultz ’60, December 31, 2013
Peter Karis ’64, January 31, 2015
John Lioce ’65, December 22, 2013
Emmett Cunningham ’66, October 14, 2014
Elaine Hoffmann ’66, October 2, 1014
James Eaton ’67, January 19, 2015
Fritz Overs ’67, March 1, 2014
Samuel Corpe ’68, January 16, 2015
Jacqueline DeCosmo-Carroll ’68, March 6, 2014
Janice Usher ’68, January 2, 2014
Beverly Bahr ’69, October 16, 2013
John Doutt ’71, November 13, 2014
James Huxel ’71, December 14, 2013
John Kavcar ’71, January 2, 2015
Paul Timko ’71, December 29, 2013
Fred Tokarsky ’71, November 21, 2013
Jane Weiser ’73, March 24, 2013
Allen Batis ’74, September 23, 2014
Donald Hillegass ’74, January 14, 2015
Fred Oblak ’74, August 10, 2014
Laurence Coleman ’75, September 5, 2013
Daniel Peters ’76, October 27, 2014
Laurel Wilms ’76, November 18, 2013
Edward Cooper ’77, April 27, 2014
Nancy Anderson ’78, June 3, 2014
Sally Overs ’78, January 5, 2015
Ron Tomola ’80, March 11, 2015
Kevin Hiltbrand ’82, July 1, 2013
Gaylord Kellem ’82, July 11, 2014
Pamela Johnston ’84, October 21, 2014
Sandra Gustafson ’85, April 3, 2014
Dennis Reidy ’85, January 26, 2015
Eric Widen ’86, July 2011
Kenneth Scott ’88, April 1, 2014
Daryl Dutcher ’92, September 2, 2014
Cliff Whitman ’96, July 10, 2013
Marsha Forrest ’05, February 19, 2014