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Special reunions are planned for 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985 and 1990.

Classes of 1965 and earlier CLICK HERE to view schedule and register for Alumni Weekend.
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Four Alumni Receive 2014 Distinguished Service Awards

2014 Distinguished Service Award winnersA highlight of the 2014 Alumni Weekend, held June 20 - 22 on the campus, was the presentation on June 20 of the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) to four alumni in recognition of their personal and professional achievements. The award is the university’s highest alumni honor.

Sponsored by the Muskingum University Alumni Council, the DSA recognizes and honors alumni who have distinguished themselves through their professional endeavors and exemplary services to society. Any living Muskingum graduate or former student is eligible to receive this award

Awards were granted to William F. Accorsi ’54, Laura Klema Hill ’74,  Marshall C. Phelps, Jr. ’66 and Wiley W. Souba Jr. ’75.

William F. Accorsi ’54

William Accorsi has enriched the lives of others around the globe through his acclaimed work as an artist and author/illustrator.  His work appears in museum exhibitions, galleries, and private collections across the United States and abroad. He is the only artist to have been awarded two solo exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY).

His extraordinary work - known for its “great sense of play” – encompasses sculpture, painting, and drawing.  His three-dimensional pieces incorporate an extensive variety of materials including wood, wire, beads, buttons, and other found objects. The Maine Public Broadcasting Network documentary, “His Own Master: The Art of William Accorsi” (Jan Cannon Films) follows Mr. Accorsi at work in his studio as he reflects on a lifetime of art-making. 

Mr. Accorsi is the author/illustrator of two monographs, Toy Sculpture and Accorsi Puzzles, and eight children’s books.  Known for their interactive puzzles and colorful tactile objects, his highly engaging children’s books have been recognized with many awards, including Parent’s Choice, and translated into multiple languages.  His works include 10 Button Book (19th printing), Ten Color Book, How Big is the Lion? My First Book of Measuring, and Apple, Apple Alligator from Workman Publishing; Friendship’s First Thanksgiving from Scholastic Inc; Short, Short, Short Stories, Billy’s Button, and Rachel Carson from Greenwillow; and My Name is Pocahontas from Holiday House.

Mr. Accorsi earned his Muskingum Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He taught for seven years before devoting his career to art and writing. A Renton, PA native, he currently resides in Woodstock, NY.

Laura Klema Hill ’74

A leading clinician, scholar, and educator, Dr. Laura Hill has dedicated her career to serving others, as a specialist in eating disorder education, prevention, treatment, and research. 

She is the founder and President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Clinical Officer of The Center for Balanced Living, a non-profit clinic in Worthington, Ohio.  She oversees the Center’s patient care offerings – ranging from a partial hospital treatment program to outpatient treatment to community support and education programs – and leads the Center’s ongoing research initiatives on integrating neurobiological research into new standards of patient and family care. She also serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychiatry, in the College of Medicine of The Ohio State University. 

Dr. Hill earned her Muskingum Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, her Master of Education degree in Counseling from Wichita State University, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counseling from Kansas State University.   She is a Founding Member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the 2011 Recipient of the National Eating Disorder Association’s Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorder Prevention and Awareness.

She is the lead author of the Family Eating Disorder Manual (2012) and her articles regularly appear in professional journals. She has shared her work through more than 750 national and international conference presentations.  Active in her community, she has chaired the United Way’s Health Impact and Council and served on the Healthy and Fit task force.

Dr. Hill and her husband Nicholas Hill reside in Granville, OH and are the parents of Sasha Hill, a doctor of veterinary medicine.

Marshall C. Phelps, Jr. ’66

Marshall Phelps’ renowned expertise in intellectual property strategy has generated unprecedented economic development and shaped entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide.

As Corporate Vice President for Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft Corporation from 2002-2010, he led their emergence as one of the world’s largest intellectual property companies, with more than 60,000 patents, extensive copyright holdings, and numerous trademarks.  His prior 28-year career with IBM was distinguished by his role as Vice President of Intellectual Property, where he oversaw a portfolio of more than 40,000 intellectual holdings and applied his innovative licensing strategies to transform a costly overheard function into a $2 billion annual profit center. He currently serves as an Executive Consultant and as the Chief Executive Officer of Article One Partners, the world’s largest patent research community.

His critically-acclaimed book, Burning the Ships: Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft (2009) is an authoritative source on transforming corporate culture through intellectual property strategy.  He has served as a visiting professor at the business, law, and engineering schools of Cornell University, Duke University, the University of North Carolina, and the University of California at Berkeley.  

Mr. Phelps earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Muskingum, a Master of Science degree in Advanced Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell University School of Law. He received a Muskingum University Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2011.

He has received many honors and awards, including election to the inaugural class of the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame. He is an advisor to the National Academy of Science and a member of the board of directors of multiple corporations.

Wiley W. Souba, Jr. ’75

Dr. Wiley “Chip” Souba’s career in medicine, science, and education has been distinguished by his academic excellence and educational vision.  His innovative approaches to leadership development have helped transform physician education and academic medical center administration. 

He is the Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where he also holds faculty appointments as Professor of Surgery and Professor of Business Administration in the Tuck School of Business.  Previously, he served as the Dean of Medicine at Ohio State University and on the medical school faculties at Penn State University College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Souba graduated summa cum laude from Muskingum with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.  He earned his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical School Houston, a Doctor of Science degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University.  He received a Muskingum University Doctor of Science degree in 2013.

A prolific author, he has published three books and nearly 500 scientific articles, abstracts, papers, and book chapters.  Dr. Souba has also served as Editorial Chair of the American College of Surgeons’ journal Surgery and as Co-Editor of the Journal of Surgical Research. He has received numerous honors and awards for his achievements including an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Muskingum University. 

Dr. Souba is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. He and his wife Lynne reside in Hanover, NH, and are the parents of Matthew and Julie.

IN THE PHOTO: From left to right, Marshall C. Phelps, Jr., '66, President Anne C. Steele, Wiley W. Souba, Jr. '75, Laura Klema Hill '74, Alumni Council President Jim Gray '74 and
William F. Accorsi '54.


In Memoriam:
Philip Caldwell '40

Philip Caldwell, July 10, 2013, New Canaan, Connecticut.

A 1940 graduate, Philip Caldwell majored in economics and was a member of Muskingum’s championship debate team. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University in 1942 and served in the United States Navy during World War II.

He began his career with Ford Motor Company in 1953, and rose to become the first non-Ford family member to lead the historic corporation, succeeding Henry Ford II as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1980.  Mr. Caldwell guided Ford through an era of national economic decline, high gasoline prices, and intense competition from international automakers. By emphasizing quality, reliability, and teamwork, he orchestrated one of the most dramatic and successful turnarounds in business history.  He establish Ford as the best-selling truck brand in the nation, introduced the ground-breaking Ford Taurus which would become the best-selling car in America, and created such a strong labor-relations climate that he was named an honorary member of the United Auto Workers union.   Upon his retirement from Ford in 1985, he served as Senior Managing Director of Lehman Brothers until 1998.

Mr. Caldwell was a dedicated member of the Muskingum Board of Trustees for nearly five decades, from 1966-2013.  In 2004, Muskingum dedicated Philip and Betsey Caldwell Hall, the University’s state-of-the-art home for its programs in theatre, speech communication, radio and television broadcasting, journalism and digital media design.  It honors the extraordinary lives and generosity of Mr. Caldwell and his wife, Betsey Clark Caldwell, both lifelong champions of excellence in higher education.

In 2005, Harvard Business School recognized Mr. Caldwell’s historic contributions to American business when he was included in its book, In Their Time: The Greatest Business Leaders Of The Twentieth Century.  Mr. Caldwell was inducted into the National Business Hall of Fame and the Automotive Hall of Fame, and was awarded honorary doctoral degrees from Muskingum and eight other universities.  He served on the boards of directors of many national and multi-national corporations and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Caldwell is survived by his wife, Betsey Clark Caldwell whom he married in 1945, three children, Lawrence Caldwell, Lucy Caldwell-Stair, and Desiree Caldwell Armitage, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Wilson Caldwell, and sister-in-law, Eleanor Riley Caldwell, both /members of the Muskingum Class of 1938.

Our 2013 Distinguished Service Award and Presidential Medal recipients

2013 ALUMNI WEEKEND HONOREESThanks to everyone who attended our 2013 Alumni Weekend!

Special congratulations go to our honorees. Distinguished Service Awards (DSA) were granted to Robert O. Jones '63 and Steve Kokovich '63. The inaugural President's Medal was awarded to Sue Burlingame '63.

To read more about this year's DSA winners, click here.

For more on the inaugural President's Medal recipient, click here.

Pictured from left to right are Steve Kokovich '63, Sue Burlingame '63, Muskingum University President Anne C. Steele and Robert O. Jones '63.








In Memoriam:
Robert "Bobby" Alec Fox '92

FoxThe Muskingum University Community mourns the loss of long-time assistant wrestling coach and football equipment manager Robert "Bobby" Alec Fox, who passed away on February 5, 2013. Fox received a Bachelors Degree in 1992 and a Masters Degree in 2004 from Muskingum, both in Art Education.

Fox was the epitome of a true Fighting Muskie, who diligently approached his responsibilities with conviction. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Muskingum University wrestling program c/o the Muskingum Athletic Department, 163 Stormont Street, New Concord, Ohio, 43762, in his honor.

Newsletter for Alumni & Friends

April 2012

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Muskies in Health Care: R. EDWARD HOWELL '71

R. Edward Imagine that you have a huge academic medical center—seven hospitals, dozens of clinics and specialty centers, $1.1 billion in annual revenue, 6,300 employees (and that’s only the full time staff.) Factor in a national health care delivery system undergoing huge changes and myriad pressing needs squeezing tight budgets. Who would be your choice to lead your institution successfully into a critical future? If you are the prestigious University of Virginia Medical Center, you choose R. Edward “Ed” Howell ’71, who as CEO and vice president has been at the helm of the sprawling teaching-based system since 2002.

University of Virginia president John Casteen praised the new executive for his “unusual depth of understanding of the links between clinical and academic medicine” and for his “convictions about serving people compassionately, as well as his advocacy for doctors, nurses, and patients. He is a visionary for all aspects of health care.”

Ed’s affinity for people and commitment to service are rooted in his early career as a teacher and coach. The son of educators - his father was a high school principal, his mother was a high school teacher - Ed loved what he calls “the family business.”

It was a business he planned to pursue, matriculating at Marietta (his father’s alma mater,) then transferring to Muskingum, his mother’s alma mater, where his legacy roots run deep. (The short list also includes his brother, John Howell ’77, who is married to Karen Schoeppner ’78, and a great uncle, Dwight Lyons’22.) Ed remembers the excitement of Muskingum homecoming during his childhood. His very first sentence, “I want a bite,” was uttered during one of the games, inspired by his mother’s hot dog.

During his own Muskingum years, Ed worked full time in Zanesville at the former Clossman Hardware store, selling sporting goods, notably Muskingum football uniforms. “It was darn hard to find a good magenta,” he laughs. After earning a degree in biology, he joined Zanesville High School as a biology teacher, head track coach and assistant basketball and football coach. In 1974 his track team was favored to win the state championship, but an unusual round of players’ injuries left the team with no points at all! It was time for some serious soul-searching.

Ed discovered his new career when his tennis partner, a hospital administrator, invited him to shadow his job. Within a year, he was enrolled in Ohio State's master's degree program in hospital and health services administration. “I wanted something that was a little different, that would change from day to day and create a demand on the intellect, and I found it,” he says.

Even so, his roots remain in “education and in the values of academic institutions. They are places where you can feel that you're making a difference, where you know you have a crack at leaving a legacy.” He hasn’t left his coaching values behind, either. He knows that principles of motivation and leadership transfer smoothly from the playing field to offices and board rooms. He describes his style as “principle-based collaborative leadership,” which can also be expressed as “Neither good managers nor good coaches can win without good team members.”

Ed’s legacy is extensive. Prior to joining the University of Virginia Medical Center, Ed held leadership positions at the university medical centers of Minnesota, Georgia and Iowa. He has always combined teaching with his administrative career and even now teaches at the universities of North Carolina and Alabama in addition to his own institution. His background in education and hospital leadership made Ed a natural choice to be appointed chair of the Board of Governors for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center. At the time he said, “As an educator I know that the knowledge developed here is for the greater good and that disseminating it to all is paramount.”

Ed’s 14-page resume also details dozens of publications and presentations, and years of service on national, state and local boards, both professional and charitable. He has received distinguished alumnus and/or distinguished service awards from Ohio State, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, American Heart Association, American Hospital Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Ed and his wife, Susan, an RN, have two sons, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

A passionate advocate of liberal arts education, Ed believes that it “sets the foundation for lifelong learning” and “provides an enriching and freeing approach to learning.” His own experience at the Iowa Writer’s workshop bears this out. Although it was a huge challenge for him to participate with the high caliber writers in attendance, he persisted and discovered he loves to write. He looks forward to a later stage of life when he can devote more time to writing.

For now, Ed’s time is devoted to his work and dealing with issues facing his industry—the mega sizes of health care systems, the potential doubling in size of his own system, to the increasing emphasis on health care as a business rather than a social good, the future lying in molecular medicine.

“I've had a rich and rewarding career,” he says, “one in which I hope I have made a difference.”

Nursing at Muskingum

Muskingum Nursing ProgramOn May 5, 2011, Commencement Day, graduating nursing students marked a milestone and became alumni classes from both the traditional and the adult baccalaureate of science in nursing (BSN) tracks of Muskingum’s nationally-accredited nursing department.

In 2011 we welcomed the first graduates of the RN-BSN program – licensed RNs who earned their BSN from Muskingum. In 2012 we welcomed additional RN-BSN graduates and the first graduates from the traditional undergraduate program – the first pre-licensure graduates who have earned their BSN and who are now prepared to take the RN licensing exam.

Click here to learn more about Muskingum’s nursing program.





What year was the Muscoljuan first published? If your answer was 1907, you're correct. If your answer was 1906, you're still correct. The book was published by the juniors (class of '07) in honor of the seniors (class of '06).

These 5 images are from the first published Muscoljuan Click on each image for a larger view.

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Muskingum's 175th Anniversary

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