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Alumni Weekend 2014
Special reunions for the Class of 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964 (50 years), 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984 and 1989 (25 years). All are welcome!
Make your 50th reunion count! Join the long magenta line and become involved with 50th reunion planning for your class. Login to your reunion class site below and join the conversation.
Class of 1964 or earlier: To register for Alumni Weekend click here.
All other class years: To register for Alumni Weekend click here.
To join the Muskingum University 50th Reunion website: click here.
To avoid this closure:
If you are planning to travel to campus, please be advised that the Ohio Department of Transportation has closed State Route 83 northbound from Interstate-70 into New Concord until October 15.
Traveling from the east on I-70 WEST, use exit 176, US 40/22, and follow the road west into downtown New Concord.
Traveling from the west on I-70 EAST, use exit 164, US 40/22 and follow the road east into downtown New Concord.
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
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
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.
Congratulations to our 2013 award winners!
Thanks 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.
Robert "Bobby" Alec Fox '92
The 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
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Muskies in Health Care: R. EDWARD HOWELL
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.
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
“I've had a rich and rewarding career,” he says, “one
in which I hope I have made a difference.”
Nursing at Muskingum
On May 5, Commencement Day, graduating nursing students will
mark a milestone – we now have 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 welcome
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.
alumni are well-prepared for twenty-first century health care careers -- a
complex and ever-changing practice environment which requires effective critical
thinking, problem-solving, leadership, communication and technological skills
combined with lifelong learning.
These characteristics, which are fundamental to liberal
arts, are so important in a baccalaureate nursing education that the national
accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, requires
grounding in liberal education as well as in the natural sciences for a program
to be considered for accreditation.
foundation of this new department has been established over the four years since
the first nursing students were accepted. In addition to liberal arts and
natural sciences, majors complete nursing coursework that includes theory,
laboratory and clinical practice. We have seventeen affiliated health care
agencies for the practice component of the major, covering five southeastern
Ohio counties and offering experience in wide-ranging environments including
acute-care hospitals, out-patient care, hospice, senior health, community
health, school nursing and mental health. The pediatrics clinical practice is
held at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
fortunate to have Dr. Elaine Haynes as chair of the department and director of
nursing programs. Dr. Haynes is ideally suited to the task of building the first
baccalaureate nursing program in our region of Ohio. Dean of Capital
University’s school of nursing for eight years of her 32-year career there, she
is also President of the Ohio Council of Deans and Directors of Baccalaureate
and Higher Degree Nursing Programs.
Geographically, Muskingum’s rural
and small community setting is well-located for this program. Students gain a
deeper understanding of health care access issues and the needs of underserved
areas. Local health care facilities have access to resources that previously
have not been available. Area employers have access to Muskingum BSN graduates
to augment their staffing needs and to advance the needs of their current
Click here to learn
more about Muskingum’s nursing program.
FUN FACT QUIZ
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.
1st Muscoljuan 1907
1st Muscoljuan 1907
1st Muscoljuan 1907
1st Muscoljuan 1907
1st Muscoljuan 1907
Muskingum's 175th Anniversary
See photos and documents from Muskingum's rich archives at
our archive website or Facebook page. The website features an amazing panoramic photo viewer deveoped by Caleb
Eno '12, Digital Media Design major.
Read A Digital Historic Campus Walking Tour of Muskingum. Read sample
pages & download this e-book.