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October 1, 2016
Results from the Alumni Attitude Study
Alumni of all ages and majors from around the globe are proud to be affiliated with Kent State, eager to tell the world about their alma mater, and hungry for information about today’s people, programs and progress, according to a recent, independent study of Kent State graduates.
To ensure that alumni perspectives and experiences guide the development of the Kent State Alumni Association’s strategic plan and future actions, the association commissioned Performance Enhancement Group to conduct a comprehensive survey, which was sent to alumni with valid email addresses last October. More than 250 universities and associations have used this Alumni Attitude Study to understand alumni attitudes, opinions, motivations and concerns.
“We want to provide the strongest-possible support to alumni at all points in their lives after graduation,” says Lori Randorf, alumni association assistant vice president. “The survey results will help us improve the ways we connect and communicate with alumni and affirm the growing value of their degrees.”
Thank you to all alumni who participated in the survey for providing valuable feedback to the alumni association. We will be incorporating findings from the study into our alumni outreach as we work together to create a successful and vibrant future for Kent State. For more information about the benefits and services offered by the alumni association, please visit www.ksualumni.org.
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Fall: May 30
Spring: September 30
Summer: January 31
Donald Barry, BS, Grand Blanc, Mich., wrote: “My wife, Patricia Ulmer Barry (who attended Kent State in 1952-53), and I celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary on February 25, 2016. We both attended Kent State University in the 1950s and enjoyed and benefited from it. We have four children and eight grandchildren.” See a Kentwired.com story about the couple at http://bit.ly/Barry2.
Nobby Lewandowski, BBA, Medina, Ohio, was the keynote speaker at the Ohio School Speech Pathology Educational Audiology Coalition (OSSPEAC) conference in Columbus. He also received the coalition’s Annie Glenn National Leadership Award, which was created to recognize individuals who are committed to innovative change through sustained clinical and research excellence in communication, language and literacy.
Margaret Hott Kreiner, BS, North Canton, Ohio, has semiretired from the practice of elder law (32 years) after a 30-year career in the rubber industry as an engineer and tech/rep marketer, using her chemistry degree from Kent State and her MBA and JD from the University of Akron. Recently widowed, she is now a Key Largo snowbird who loves boating and fishing.
We hope to see you at the 50th Reunion in the fall! Please see www.ksualumni.org/GoldenOrder1966 for details.
Don Burrier, BA ’68, MLS ’75, North Canton, Ohio, retired director of the Elyria Public Library, recently cycled Mt. Ventoux, France.
Judith (Chisman) Zimmerman, BS, Elmore, Ohio, is associate professor emeritus of leadership studies at Bowling Green State University. In her 42-year career, she published book chapters and articles about leadership, leading change and professional learning, and she also worked in a variety of teaching, counseling and administrative roles. Zimmerman and her husband have four daughters, eight grandchildren and love to travel.
Kathy Frazier BA ’70, MA ’75, EDS ’81, Kent, Ohio, and Deborah Walker, MA ’78, Kent, Ohio, are educators who established a consulting company, Touching the Future Today, which provides professional development in the area of creative thinking, problem solving and integration of the arts into the curriculum. They co-wrote a children’s book, And Now You Know Too!: The Story of How the Black Squirrel Came to Kent, illustrated by Ariel VanNatter, BFA ’15, Lakewood, Ohio, so all ages can learn the true story. You may purchase the book at Off the Wagon in Acorn Alley in Kent or through touchingthefuturetoday.com.
View other alumni authors at ksualumni.org/alumniauthors.
Harry Dempsey, MM ’77, Stanwood, Mich., wrote: “After 39 years of teaching music at Ferris State University, I retired at the conclusion of this academic year. I also served as band director at Chanel High School in Bedford, Ohio, and held a graduate teaching assistantship at Kent State (1973-75) working with the Marching Band, Basketball Show Band and Tuesday Jazz Band. Although I have retired from teaching, I will continue to perform with various bands.”
James Thompson, BS, Oldsmar, Fla., has retired. After earning a master’s degree from the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona, his career spanned more than 30 years with AT&T, American Express TRS, Thomas Cook Travel USA, and Travelocity. He was credited with innovation and automation of the travel industry and played a major role in the development and implementation of call center technology. He and his wife of 39 years, Barbara, have two sons and two grandchildren.
Dixie Benshoff Ludick, MEd, PhD ’77, Aurora, Ohio, was inducted into her high school Hall of Fame on October 24, 2015. She received the Academic/Career Accomplishment Award due to her contributions to the field of education and psychology. Formerly a department director at Akron General Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Benshoff Ludick has provided psychological and educational services to Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. She is married to Tim Ludick, a magistrate, and their son, David, is a student at Kent State.
Vincent Mintus, BS ’74, Lake Worth, Fla., wrote: “I served for 22 years as a Delray Beach police detective in organized crime and the major crimes divisions. After I retired, I worked for the Palm Beach County School District as a detective specializing in sexual crimes against children. I retired from there in 2013. I now do background investigations for the Delray Beach Police Department—fortunately working from home.”
Vincent Mintus, BS ’74, Lake Worth, Fla., used his skills as a detective to reconnect with his college roommates. “For the past 8 years, we have returned to Kent State to attend May 4 commemorations and occasional football games. Kent is a great city, and Kent State is the best of universities. We love coming home!” Pictured from left: Loren Harris, BBA ’72, Johnstown, Pa., Vincent Mintus, Richard Loibl, BA ’72, Atlanta, Ga.
Roger Stevenson, BA, BS ’77, Fairlawn, Ohio, a partner in Roetzel’s Akron, Ohio, office has been named a 2016 Ohio Super Lawyer in the field of Creditor Debtor Rights by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.
Sally Burnell, BA, Kent, Ohio, wrote: “I am the discoverer and co-owner, along with three other individuals, of the historic 1858 Kent Wells Sherman House, relocated to North Water Street in downtown Kent in 2013 and restored in 2014. I retired from my career in library work in 2013, after 30 years, to devote my time to historic preservation advocacy.”
Gerald Canton, BS, MEd ’98, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was elected to the South Russell, Ohio Village Council on November 3, 2015. After a 30-year career as a classroom teacher, he joined the Chagrin Falls Local Schools staff as a substitute teacher.
Susan Dlouhy, BS, Columbus, Ohio, has co-authored a book, Upcycling Sheltered Workshops: A Revolutionary Approach for Transforming Workshops Into Creative Spaces (Ohio University Press, 2014). Her work is also featured in a WOUB-TV (Athens, Ohio PBS affiliate) program, “Creative Abundance.”
Tracy (Smith) Hart, BS, Gaithersburg, Md., is the 2016 chairperson of the National Health Council’s Board of Directors. Hart is the Chief Executive Officer of the Gaithersburg-based Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation (OI Foundation), whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people with OI through research to find treatments and a cure, education, awareness and mutual support.
Carol Markino, BA, BSE ’88, Rome, Italy, has been elected to a one-year term as President of the American International Club of Rome, after serving a number of years on its board of directors. For the Club, she also has created and led a community service program and served as treasurer.
Thomas Clareson, MLS, Westerville, Ohio, is senior consultant for digital and preservation services at LYRASIS, the largest United States library and cultural heritage network. An international leader in the field of preservation, Clareson was selected as the 2014 recipient of the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association. The award recognizes career work in cooperative/collaborative preservation initiatives.
Timothy Kalil, MA, PhD ’93, Ashtabula, Ohio, was honored for 25 years of volunteer service to the arts in Ashtabula County by an Official Proclamation from Ashtabula City Council on December 21, 2015. The pianist, ethnomusicologist, music author and presenter of concerts was recognized for “enhancing the quality of life for those who live and visit Ashtabula.” For the past 10 years, Kalil has coordinated the City of Ashtabula’s “Big Bands on the Beach” Summer Concert Series.
Susan Peters, MBA, Florence, S.C., wrote: “I am an American Council of Education Emerging Leader Fellow, serving my one-year fellowship at Armstrong State in Savannah, Georgia. My home institution is Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina.”
Kathryn Stiwald, BBA, Amherst, Ohio, was promoted to supervisor at Walthall CPAs, a leading regional certified public accounting and business advisory firm.
Nancy Albert, MSN ’91, PhD ’05, Chesterland, Ohio, an associate chief nursing officer for Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Nursing Research and Innovation, was one of 163 nurse leaders recently inducted as Academy Fellows by the American Academy of Nursing at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. This is the highest honor a nurse can receive—only .08 percent of U.S. registered nurses are inducted.
Katherine Slaughter, MSN, Richmond Heights, Ohio, has been promoted to director of patient safety, risk management and patient advocacy at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.
Jennifer (Matlak) Cirincione, BBA, Westlake, Ohio, is owner of Baskets by Jen LLC, a theme basket gift company that makes custom-made gift baskets for silent auctions, raffles, fundraisers and gifts.
Benjamin Danals, BA, Columbus, Ohio, wrote: “I’m a special education coordinator for Total Education Solutions. I facilitate the delivery of special education services in Central Ohio, Cincinnati and Toledo, and I also supervise TES educators and specialists placed in those regions.”
Rachel Downey, BFA, Cleveland, Ohio, is president and founder of Studio Graphique, a lead branding and wayfinding consultancy with expertise in shaping how people interact with public entities and environments. She plans to continue leading the agency while building a new consultancy, PlaceHolder, focused on strategic planning for destinations.
John Penhollow, BBA, Minneapolis, Minn., was recently promoted to vice president of corporate and technology partnerships for the Minnesota Vikings, as they continue to transition to U.S. Bank Stadium, set to open in 2016.
John Dabrowski, PhD, Navarre, Fla., retired in June 2015 from federal civil service after 33 years, most of it as a government historian. His last assignment was chief historian for the Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Dabrowski is now an adjunct instructor of history at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, Florida.
Robert Slaby, BBA, Mobile, Ala., a manager with Wilkins Miller, LLC, was selected as one of CPA Practice Advisor’s 40 Under 40.
Teresa Cianchetti, MEd, Munroe Falls, Ohio, a first-grade teacher at Suffield Elementary School in Portage County, received the 2016 Ohio Teacher of the Year award during a surprise assembly at the school in October 2015. She focuses on literacy skills and is described by the school principal as an “amazing teacher” who consistently excels at engaging and empowering students.
Jayne Juvan, BA, Twinsburg, Ohio, a partner in Roetzel's Cleveland, Ohio, office, has been named a 2016 Ohio Super Lawyer—Rising Star in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine.
Donald Crews, MLIS, Cincinnati, Ohio, wrote: “My first book, Cincinnati’s Freemasons was published by Arcadia Publishing late last year. Told with a combination of text and historic images, it reveals the story of the fraternity’s activities, personalities and buildings in the Queen City.”
Vincent Defebo, BS, North Hollywood, Calif., was promoted to production supervisor at Stereo D, the industry leader in theatrical 3D conversion. They recently completed work on Star Wars Episode 7 and this summer’s The BFG, directed by Stephen Speilberg.
Paul Marnecheck, BA, MA ’10, North Royalton, Ohio, wrote: “I was reelected to my fourth term on North Royalton City Council.”
Jennifer Carle, BBA, Canal Winchester, Ohio, has been named staff accountant for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). Carle will work on financial activities for OFBF, Ohio Farm Bureau Development Corporation, Our Ohio, county Farm Bureaus and contractual companies.
Haraz Ghanbari, BS, Perrysburg, Ohio, director of military and veteran affairs at the University of Toledo and a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, received a 2015 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award presented in September at the 20th Anniversary of the annual 20 Under 40 awards ceremony. He was selected from a field of 148 candidates.
Marling Engle, BS, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, founder and CEO of Metisentry, announced that the company was selected as one of the 2015 Top 25 Coolest Tech Companies in Northeast Ohio by Inside Business magazine.
Janet Gbur, BS, doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University, was awarded a $10,000 American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Graduate Scholarship. In addition, she recently was awarded the Ruby Leigh Orgain Founders Grant for $9,000 from the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation.
Kelly Hirsch, BS, Columbia Station, Ohio, and her sister Katie (Cvijovic) Kekelik, BS ’11, are celebrating the third anniversary of their business, Wicked Sugar Fashion Jewelry & Accessories Boutique, located in Strongsville, Ohio. They recently launched an eCommerce website.
Luigi Russo, MLS, Mantua, Ohio, wrote: “I self-published a poetry book, Zombie Land Poetics, available on Amazon, and I will be donating a copy to KSU’s library.”
Jennifer Bandura, BS, Cleveland, Ohio, married Jerry Bandura on June 28, 2014. They welcomed their first child, Kaitlyn Marie, on their one-year anniversary. Kaitlyn also shares her birthday with her great-grandfather.
Tammi Mackey-Shrum, BA, Canton, Ohio, has joined Historic Zoar Village and Fort Laurens as historic site director. She is a board member for the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Taylor (Moss) Brodersen, BBA ’08, and Sean Brodersen, BBA ’10, were married on September 12, 2015 at the Barn at Fallingwater. They first met in 2005 at Kent State. Several Kent State alumni attended the wedding. The couple now reside in Raleigh, N.C.
Daniel Alcorn, BGS, Rutland, Vt., is the assistant varsity football coach for Rutland High School. His team won the Vermont Division 1 State Championship on November 7, 2015. RHS has won 18 state D1 Football Championships.
Brandi Neloms, BS, Charlotte, N.C., announced the launch of Spring Blossoms Agency, a boutique communications firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Focusing on strategy, dynamic tactics and real-time analysis, Spring Blossoms Agency uses exceptional communication to elevate brands of all sizes.
Ryan Collins, BS, Lakewood, Ohio, has accepted a position as an admission counselor at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.
Joseph Profera, BS, and Tiffany Korzan, BSE, were married July 4, 2015 in Medina, Ohio, and reside in Defiance, Ohio. Joe is a supervisor at General Motors in Defiance, Ohio, and Tiffany is a high school English teacher in Stryker, Ohio. They met eating breakfast together in Eastway their sophomore year.
Veronica Ceci, MFA, Austin, Texas, wrote: “I’ve recently accepted a position as gallery director for the Bone Black Gallery in Austin, Texas. My first season of programming is focused on self-identified female artists who work on paper or in variations of the printmaking medium.”
When Ali Fuhrman BS ’14, Erie, Pa., died in a hit-and-run car accident on December 27, 2015, her Delta Gamma sister Allison Rapp, BA ’13, Lakewood, Ohio, set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of her funeral and ongoing medical bills for her father, who was injured in the crash. “The campaign raised $10,000 in the first 10 hours,” wrote Rapp. “Overall, the campaign raised $25,000 in under two weeks.”
In addition, the sisters of Delta Gamma and the brothers of Phi Delta Theta held an Anchors Aweigh 5K at Kent State in May, with proceeds going to an Ali Fuhrman Memorial Scholarship for students involved in fraternities and sororities. To donate to the scholarship, contact senior Keri Richmond: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The little sunburst denotes an Alumni Association member. For a list of life members, visit www.ksualumni.org/lifemembers.
Jane Russo ’36, April 3, 2014
Mary Ann Frazier ’38, April 1, 2014
Russell Doan ’39, December 10, 2015
Eleanor Marvin ’43, December 5, 2015
Calvin Anweiler ’48, September 25, 2015
Theodore Burke ’49, August 26, 2015
Robert Evans ’49, January 27, 2016
James Georgiadis ’51, January 14, 2016
Thomas Lindsey ’51, September 6, 2015
Hurd Robenstine ’51, November 15, 2015
W. Workman ’51, September 29, 2015
Michael Furillo ’52, November 5, 2014
Robert Gaither ’52, September 30, 2015
Donald Beck ’53, December 16, 2015
Sheldon Factor ’53, September 1, 2015
Daniel Whitacre ’53, March 25, 2014
Reita Crawford ’54, February 1, 2015
William Lineberry ’56, February 6, 2015
Harriet Rymer ’56, October 27, 2015
Richard Velzy ’56, December 21, 2015
Robert Runkle ’58, December 11, 2015
Walter Weston ’58, June 13, 2014
Rosemary Woodworth ’58, June 6, 2015
Ramon (Ray) A. Green ’59, April 30, 2015
Donald Clark ’60, July 2, 2015
Donald Hawker ’60, October 27, 2015
John West ’60, September 24, 2015
L. Ludwig ’62, August 1, 2015
Robert Morgan ’62, September 27, 2015
William Sell ’62, November 9, 2015
William von Stein ’62, February 1, 2015
Frank Boffa ’63, April 25, 2015
Roger Bollen ’63, October 3, 2015
Robert Householder ’63, November 30, 2014
Jeffrey Kreutzer ’63, June 30, 2014
Thomas Suchan ’63, October 2, 2015
James Shelly ’64, February 22, 2015
William Havens ’65, October 12, 2014
Earl Stutzman ’65, August 22, 2014
Ellen Kidder ’66, January 28, 2016
Linda Rea ’66, October 11, 2015
Jon Ruding ’66, August 17, 2015
Donald Saye ’67, September 19, 2015
Bruce Chamlis ’68, October 12, 2014
Richard Burton ’69, October 8, 2015
Kathy Chappelear ’69, October 2, 2015
Joyce Hammer ’69, July 17, 2014
Daniel Kaminsky ’69, June 5, 2015
Larry Lisowski ’69, September 21, 2014
Joan Woolf ’69, September 23, 2015
Thelma Shapiro ’70, March 4, 2015
Bert Smith ’70, September 27, 2014
James Hummel ’71, December 29, 2015
James Bodnar ’72, July 8, 2015
Bruce Hudec ’72, December 5, 2014
David Archer ’73, December 29, 2015
Theodore Brandle ’73, December 5, 2015
Thomas Disantis ’73, November 19, 2014
Maurine Hahn ’73, April 21, 2015
Meredith Hales ’73, August 10, 2014
Anne Kocur ’74, April 13, 2015
Clarice Merrin ’74, January 3, 2016
Fay Mynchenberg ’74, May 12, 2015
Terence Orin ’74, October 17, 2015
Geraldine Rothrock ’74, January 10, 2016
Jorma Sjoblom ’74, August 26, 2015
Gary Fatica ’75, May 13, 2015
Constance Kowatch ’75, September 15, 2014
Darrell Thomas ’75, June 13, 2015
Antoinette Oliverio ’76, December 9, 2014
Leta Cardwell ’77, November 10, 2014
Ronald Pokorny ’77, January 9, 2015
Bradley Tucker ’77, April 15, 2015
Paul M. Weber ’77, November 30, 2015
Terry Klem ’78, August 30, 2014
Clyde Root ’79, November 1, 2015
Nancy Craine ’80, August 24, 2015
David Soltesz ’80, June 7, 2015
Walter Terhune ’82, October 1, 2015
Denise Chisner ’83, November 13, 2015
William Schaefer ’84, June 1, 2015
Goffredo Ianiro ’85, May 23, 2015
Claudia Metzger ’85, March 1, 2014
Julia Myers ’85, April 4, 2015
Christina Pastor ’88, January 13, 2016
Nick Shemensky ’92, February 8, 2015
Michele Holler ’94, October 29, 2015
H. Mohan ’94, November 22, 2015
Melissa Wardell ’94, September 30, 2015
Merrit Brinkman ’97, June 5, 2015
Andrea Rakocy Burton ’98, October 27, 2015
Gene Crutsinger ’00, September 27, 2015
Amy Simpson ’00, October 31, 2014
Sharon Strawn ’01, July 14, 2014
Sandra Shorter ’03, November 26, 2015
Katherine Hooper ’05, October 20, 2015
Jason Kunkle ’05, May 9, 2014
Jaclyn Winterborne ’05, December 28, 2015
Timothy Groff ’06, October 1, 2013
David McGlynn ’11, December 1, 2014
Ali Fuhrman ’14, December 27, 2015
Timothy Ries ’15, October 23, 2015
Constance M. Mellot, Faculty Emeritus, September 20, 2015