Omicron Delta Kappa gives back to the community
The Muskingum University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) has made a donation of more than $600 to the New Concord Food Pantry in an effort to give back to the community.
The chapter raised money by doing yard work in the New Concord area in exchange for donations, including raking leaves and other general cleanup projects. More than 30 chapter members helped, along with 11 Muskingum faculty members, who worked together at a total of 11 homes.
The food pantry, located at College Drive Presbyterian Church in New Concord, typically distributes 4,000 pounds of food per month to those in need.
ODK is the national leadership honor society founded on the idea that leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized, that representatives in all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavors and that outstanding students, faculty and administration members should meet on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness.
Muskingum University senior Megan Duke is the chapter president and the faculty advisor is Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Shelley Amstutz-Szalay.
IN THE PHOTO: Pictured from left to right are Lindsay Mullen, chapter vice president; Dr. Shelley Amstutz-Szalay, the chapter’s faculty advisor; Megan Duke, chapter president; Reverend Anne Weirich, pastor of the College Drive Presbyterian Church; and Karen Sidwell, chapter treasurer.
Student-broadcasters earn state and national honors
Muskingum University’s student-broadcasters have earned both state and national recognition for their work on the university’s two stations, WMCO-90.7 FM radio and WMCO-TV, which operate under the banner of Orbit Media.
Overall broadcast operations for both stations have earned the “Ohio's Distinguished Student Organization” award, granted by the Ohio Communication Association (OCA). The award was presented at the OCA annual convention held recently in Marietta. Student-broadcasters accepting the award on behalf of the station were Joe Lemasters, Kaylee Lukacena, Kayla Rausch and Jessica White. WMCO was nominated for the award by Muskingum alumnus Doug Switzer’ 79, who was on the WMCO staff as a student. He was motivated to make the nomination after he visited campus during WMCO’s 50th anniversary celebration and was impressed with what he saw. He also was on hand in Marietta to present the award.
At the national level, Mark Danner and Luke Carmichael were named finalists at the College Broadcasters, Incorporated (CBI) National Student Electronic Media Convention, held recently in San Antonio, Texas. They were recognized for their work on a "Freedom of Speech Public Service Announcement" in CBI’s National Student Production Awards. The two were named finalists in a field of more than 700 submissions from 100 college and university broadcasting organizations.
Muskingum University’s Obit Media currently have a total of 32 students on staff. They are advised by Professor of Communication Dr. Jeff Harman and Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Lisa Marshall. Mark Bohach serves as broadcast engineer.
TOP PHOTO: Muskingum University Orbit Media student-broadcasters were named “Student Organization of the Year” by the Ohio Communications Association at its annual meeting, held recently in Marietta. Accepting the award were, from the left to right, Jessica White, Kaylee Lukecena, Kayla Rausch, Joe Lemasters, Muskingum alumnus Doug Switzer ’79 (who made the award nomination) and Muskingum Professor of Communication Dr. Jeff Harman.
BOTTOM PHOTO: WMCO had two finalists in the College Broadcasters Incorporated National Student Production Awards. Mark Danner and Luke Carmichael, seen here left to right, were finalists for their “Freedom of Speech Public Service Announcement” out of 700 entrants from 100 colleges and universities nationwide.
Muskingum well-represented at first Rural Education Forum
Muskingum University was well-represented at the first Rural Educational National Forum in Columbus, held October 31 to November 1. The event was chaired by Dr. Barbara Hansen, Muskingum’s Dave Longaberger Professor of Teaching and Learning, and Distinguished Professor of Education. Dr. Rae White, director of Muskingum’s Educator Preparation Unit and professor of education, presented at the event. Muskingum University students were also in attendance.
A highlight of the event was an address by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “In today’s world, rural schools must be more globally connected than ever before and prepare students for a rapidly changing economy at home. They will produce the next generation of leaders in rural America, who will sustain and possibly reinvent their local economies,” said Duncan.
The forum was the first rural-specific event co-hosted by the Ohio Department of Education and Battelle for Kids. The purpose was to bring leaders and practitioners together to advance conversations about rural education and long-term prosperity. In an effort to encourage regional attendance and leverage other successful rural work, the Ohio Department of Education and Battelle for Kids also partnered with the Kentucky and Tennessee Departments of Education to host this event.
To see coverage of the event from the Columbus Dispatch, click here.
Dominick Williams ’17 returns a punt 74 yards for a touchdown and national media attention
First-year defensive back Dominick Williams put
McConagha Stadium in the national spotlight on October 26 when he
returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown against Heidelberg University.
His big run has been named Play of the Week by D3football.com (click here) and has been featured on ESPNU, ESPN.com (click here) FoxSports 1, SI.com's Extra Mustard (click here), USA Today (click here), Yahoo Sports (click here), deadspin.com (click here) and osgsports.blogspot.com (click here).
The highlight has also gone viral on YouTube (click here) as it approaches 500,000 views.
Two art students accepted into juried exhibition
Two Muskingum University students have had their work accepted into the 2013 Southeastern Ohio Watermedia Society’s juried art exhibition, titled Living Water.
Mandahu He received a merit award for his painting, Early Autumn, and Chenxuan Zhang was accepted into the exhibition for her work, Dream of the Sea. Both created their pieces this semester as a part of a painting class with Yan Sun, who is the Ruth Dorsey Neptune Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts.
The exhibition is on display at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Coshocton, now through December 31.
Area media learn about new University Center from
President Anne C. Steele sat down with reporters from
WHIZ-TV, the Zanesville Times Recorder and The Daily and Sunday
Jeffersonian to talk about plans for Muskingum’s new University Center.
Also in attendance were Jim Wilson, vice president of business and finance; Dr.
Sheila Ellenberger, the Henry S. and Katherine W. Evans Director and
Distinguished Librarian; and Kevin Wagner, senior director of facilities and
physical plant. To read more about the project in the latest issue of the Muskingum Update, click here.
To read the story in the Zanesville paper, click
To see the story on WHIZ-TV, click
To view the story in the Jeffersonian, click
Muskingum University signs agreement with Lanzhou University
Muskingum University President Anne C. Steele (left) and Lanzhou University President Professor Wang Cheng recently signed a “3+1” agreement with Lanzhou University, under which Chinese students will spent three years at Lanzhou and one year at Muskingum.
Also on hand were Muskingum’s Director of International Admission and Immigration Services Operations, Coordinator of Study Abroad Program and the English Support Program Coordinator Meri Linn McCollum, Muskingum’s Vice President of Enrollment Jeff Zellers, Muskingum’s Special Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs Hong Yin, Lanzhou’s Director of the Office of Financial Affairs Ma Chunying, Lanzhou’s Director of the Office of Financial Affairs Prof. Xu Pengfei, Director of Lanzhou University’s Second Hospital Professor Li Yumin, Muskingum’s Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Janet Heeter-Bass, Director of Lanzhou’s International Office Professor Wang Yuhua, Muskingum Professor of Art Yan Sun and the Deputy Section Chief of Lanzhou’s International Office Teng Guofeng.
Dr. Karen Dunak publishes new book on the history of weddings in postwar America
Assistant Professor of History Dr. Karen Dunak has just published a new book, As Long as We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America.
Dr. Dunak’s book establishes that the evolution of the American white wedding emerges from our nation’s tendency towards privacy and the individual, as well as the increasingly egalitarian relationships between men and women in the decades following World War II.
Blending cultural analysis of film, fiction and advertising, as well as personal views expressed in letters, diaries, essays and oral histories, Dr. Dunak engages ways in which the modern wedding emblemizes a diverse and consumerist culture and aims to reveal a continuing debate about the power of peer culture, media and the marketplace in America.
Dr. Dunak joined the faculty in 2010. She earned her bachelor’s degree at American University and both her master’s and doctoral degrees at Indiana University. As a historian, she specializes in post-World War II United States history, with a particular interest in topics related to women and gender, youth culture, media and celebrity.
Published by New York University Press, the book is available form Amazon and from the publisher at nyupress.org.
Muskingum University held its Convocation on August 27, featuring an address by 1995 alumnus Prashant Gupta.
Convocation features address by 1995 alumnus Prashant Gupta
In his address, Mr. Gupta told the students, “Never again will you be in a place with so much diversity. The next four years will be among the richest of your lives. There are more possibilities here than you can imagine. Take advantage of as many of them as you can.”
Mr. Gupta is the chief financial officer of LAMB Partners, a Forbes 400 family enterprise, and partner and chief financial officer of DSC Quantitative Group, a privately-held financial services firm providing quantitative alternative investments solutions to institutions, investment advisors, family enterprises and individuals. He oversees all investment, accounting, and taxation matters for both Chicago-based entities.
Previously, Mr. Gupta was a senior manager with Ernst & Young, where he specialized in hedge funds, mutual funds and broker-deals, including serving in an international jurisdiction and overseeing more than 100 hedge funds, varying in size from start-ups to multi-billion dollar funds.
Mr. Gupta earned his bachelor of arts degree summa cum laude from Muskingum, with majors in economics, accounting, and German, and a minor in computer science. His name is inscribed on the university’s Montgomery Hall honor roll plaques, in recognition of his achieving top five percent class standing in each of his four years at Muskingum. He earned his master of science degree in accounting from the University of Virginia.
He and his wife, Jennifer Pingledis, a 1996 Muskingum alumna, reside in Wilmette, Illinois. They are the parents of Elainia, Erenia, Mira, and Nikhil.
Awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship and faculty service granted at Convocation
At Muskingum University's Convocation, held August 27 on the campus, three faculty members were recognized for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The awards were presented by Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. James E. Callaghan.
The William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching was awarded to Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Shelley Amstutz-Szalay. This award is named in honor of an alumnus whose career combined teaching, ministry and service as president of Miami University and The Ohio State University.
In recognizing Dr. Amstutz-Szalay, Dr. Callaghan said, “Dr. Amstutz-Szalay understands the needs of students and the challenges that they face, particularly in the sciences. In addition, she helped develop refined assessment tools to measure student learning and success. Her dedication to students is not only evident, but genuinely sincere and grounded in solid assessment practices.”
Dr. Amstutz-Szalay joined the faculty in 2008. She received her bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, her master’s degree from the University of Michigan and her doctoral degree from Walden University.
The William Rainey Harper Award for Outstanding Scholarship was granted to Dr. William T. Kerrigan, Muskingum’s Arthur G. Cole and Eloise Barnes Cole Distinguished Professor of American History. In addition to this award, Dr. Kerrigan also received the university’s William Oxley Thompson for Excellence in Teaching in 2011 and the 2007 Cora I. Orr Award for Service in 2007.
Of Dr. Kerrigan’s scholarship, Dr. Callaghan said, “This past year, Dr. Kerrigan published a book that is already getting a lot of attention. Entitled Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard: A Cultural History, and published by the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Press, it has quickly become a selection of the History Book Club and a portion of the final chapter was accepted by the highly-regarded Antioch Review, which made it their lead essay in their Fall 2012 issue.”
Dr.Kerrigan joined the faculty in 1997. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Austin College, his master’s degree from Texas-Christian University and his doctoral degree from the University of Michigan.
The Cora I. Orr Faculty Service Award was bestowed upon Dr. Larry Normansell, who is the Harry and Mary Evelyn Laurent Distinguished Professor of Psychology. It is named in honor of a Muskingum faculty member and administrator who served the university with devotion and distinction for four decades.
Citing Dr. Normansell’s achievements at the university, Dr. Callaghan said, “Dr. Normansell has distinguished himself through his dedication to his students and – equally – through his dedication to a broad spectrum of service to the university. He is devoted to students and to student success. From first-year students to upper-class and transfers and more, you can count on Dr. Normansell to step-up and be available to not only assist, but to take a personal interest in the success of our students.”
Dr. Normansell joined the faculty in 1986. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and both his master’s degree and his doctoral degree from Bowling Green State University.
IN THE PHOTO: Award recipients are, from the left to right, Dr. Larry Normansell, Dr. William Kerrigan, Dr. Shelley Amstutz Szalay and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. James Callaghan, who presented the awards.
The Louis O. Palmer Gallery
The new Louis O. Palmer Gallery, dedicated on October 11, is the final keystone of Muskingum’s Studio Arts Complex. It is located between historic Paul Hall – home to the two-dimensional art program – and the Ruth and John Neptune Center – home to the three-dimensional art program.
The Palmer Gallery is a teaching gallery designed to showcase the work of Muskingum students, faculty, alumni, and guest artists. It features a central gallery, auxiliary spaces to support events, and environmentally-friendly solar panels to help support its electricity consumption.
The Palmer Gallery was built through the generosity of Muskingum alumni and named in honor and memory of Louis Orton Palmer III (1915-1997), Muskingum Professor of Art from 1956-1981.
Professor Louis O. Palmer earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lake Forest College, with a major in speech and a minor in romantic languages and English. He earned his Master of Music degree from the University of Chicago, and completed further studies in music at the American Academy in Fontainebleau, France, where his teachers included the noted composers Igor Stravinsky and Nadia Boulanger.
During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in North Africa and Italy as a band master and liaison to the French Army. Prior to joining Muskingum, Professor Palmer taught at Lake Forest College and in Italy, and served as music critic for the Chicago Sun Times, the Chicago broadcast station WFMT, and for the national music magazine Musical America.
A larger-than-life personality, he was known as Il Professore across campus and in town. In the words of Ann G. Wilmoth ’67: “the Caribinieri cape and Borsalino hat, the ring and the dog, he would live without not a one of them.” She noted that “in the years between 1956 and 1981 more Muskingum students were taught by Louis Palmer than by any other single professor, perhaps in all of Muskingum’s history.”
His charge, as recalled by Ms. Wilmoth – “Look up, look at the world around you; There is beauty everywhere; all you need do is look for it” –became an inspiration for his students and an enduring legacy of his teaching.
Nick Gallagher named as Muskingum’s first men's lacrosse coach
Muskingum University has named Nick Gallagher as its first-ever men's lacrosse head coach.
Gallagher arrives at Muskingum after being an assistant coach for the men’s lacrosse team at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Since 2010, Gallagher has assisted in all day-to-day operations of the Mule program and served as the offensive coordinator, goalie coach, face-off coach and man-down coach. Under Gallagher’s tutelage, nine Mule players were named all-conference and the team achieved three victories over nationally-ranked opponents.
"Muskingum is excited to announce that Nick Gallagher has been hired as its first men’s lacrosse coach,” said Muskingum Athletic Director Larry Shank. “Nick’s experience and deep knowledge of the sport, coupled with his enthusiasm make him a perfect fit at Muskingum. I’m looking forward to Nick building a successful men’s lacrosse program."
Prior to Muhlenberg, Gallagher was the assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He aided in managing the squad to its longest winning streak in school history and assisted in all operations of the NCAA Division III program.
"I’m overwhelmed with excitement and very grateful to be given the opportunity to build Muskingum’s men’s lacrosse program,” said Gallagher. “I think we have a great opportunity to recruit some outstanding student-athletes who will help showcase Muskingum and set the foundation for a national-caliber program."
Gallagher played collegiate lacrosse at Ohio Wesleyan University where he was a four-year letterwinner and captain. He helped lead the Battling Bishops to the 2005 North Coast Athletic Conference championship and to four NCAA Tournament appearances. Gallagher ended his tenure as a three-time all-league honoree. Gallagher graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a concentration in sports management.
During his high school career at Dublin Scioto, Gallagher was a four-year starter and captain who earned All-American honors in 2004. He guided the team to the 2003 Division I Ohio State Championship and to runner-up positions in 2001 and 2004. Gallagher’s outstanding play was recognized by being a three-time All-Ohio and three-time All-Midwest honoree.
For the 2013-14 year, Muskingum will field a team that will compete at the junior varsity level, in preparation for the NCAA Division III competition the following year. The teams will play their home games on the ProGrass Turf on Sherman Field in McConagha Stadium.
Rachel Cibulas named as Muskingum's first women's lacrosse coach
Muskingum University has named Rachel Cibulas as its first-ever women's lacrosse head coach.
Cibulas arrives at Muskingum after a highly successful two-year stint as head women’s lacrosse coach at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. During her tenure at Adrian, Cibulas guided the Bulldogs to a 34-6 record, two league championships and two appearances in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
“Muskingum is thrilled to have Rachel Cibulas as its first women’s lacrosse coach,” said Muskingum Athletic Director Larry Shank. “Rachel brings a wealth of lacrosse knowledge and a proven track record of success to the university. I’m looking forward to her building the program and competing on a national level.”
At Adrain, Cibulas coached 15 conference players of the week, 13 players honored with all-league accolades, five players who were named IWLCA All-Region and coached one All-American, Stacey Birlson, who was invited to play in the North-South All-Star game. Cibulas’ peers recognized her excellence on the sidelines by naming her the 2012 MWLC Coach of the Year.
“I’m very excited and thankful to be given the opportunity to start the women’s lacrosse program at Muskingum,” said Cibulas. “I’m looking forward to creating a culture and an environment that everybody can be proud of. Muskingum has a proud academic and athletic history, and that’s a great foundation to build a team.”
Prior to Adrian, Cibulas served as the head coach at NCAA Division II Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. She was in charge of all facets of the first-year program.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native coached a pair of teams in her hometown as assistant coach at Bethel Park High School in 2010 and as head coach of the Intrepid Girls Lacrosse Club from May 2009 to August 2010. While at Bethel Park, Cibulas helped the team to a four-win improvement, going 10-6 in 2010. The squad also made its first-ever WPIAL playoff appearance and Cibulas coached three all-sectional players.
Cibulas joined Slippery Rock University in June 2008 after leaving the Bulldog program. She was in charge of goalkeeping and defensive units for The Rock and coached two all-league student athletes.
Cibulas played collegiately at Robert Morris University (Pa.) and was a letterwinner for the Colonials for two years. She was named team captain for both the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons and was the first female player to sign a National Letter of Intent for the Colonial lacrosse program. Her grandfather, Joseph, played professional football for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
She graduated from Robert Morris University in May 2007 with a bachelor of science in business administration. She completed her master of science in sport management from Slippery Rock University in May 2010. She is also a registered athletic administrator through the N.I.A.A.A.
For the 2013-14 year, Muskingum will field a team that will compete at the junior varsity level, in preparation for the NCAA Division III competition the following year. The teams will play their home games on the ProGrass Turf on Sherman Field in McConagha Stadium.
Dale W. Dickson Scholarship awards support to Mallory Taylor of Cambridge
A first-year Muskingum University student has been awarded financial support from the Dale W. Dickson Endowed Scholarship Fund. Mallory Taylor, a 2013 Cambridge High School graduate from Cambridge, began her studies at Muskingum this fall. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Taylor of Cambridge.
As a high school student, Mallory was in the top five percent of her class and was a member of the National Honor Society, the basketball and volleyball teams and 4-H. She is also a recipient of a Muskingum Academic Scholarship.
The Dale W. Dickson Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1998, following his death, by his family, friends and the Mace Club, a social club at Muskingum. Dickson, who graduated from Muskingum in 1965, was a member of the Mace Club and served on its advisory board after his graduation. The purpose of the fund is to make it financially possible for deserving and qualified students, preferably from Guernsey County, to attend Muskingum University.
Dickson was a teacher and coach at Meadowbrook High School, Cambridge High School, Cloverleaf High School near Cleveland and Mt. Vernon High School. Beginning in 1986, he was employed by Cambridge Savings Bank, where he served as vice president and secretary and as a board member of Camco Mortgage. He also was the high school football coach of Cambridge native Dom Capers, who is defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers. Capers also won Coach of the Year honors in the NFL as head coach of the Carolina Panthers.
Dickson was a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club, the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce Board, the Guernsey County United Way campaign and the board of directors of the Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center. In tribute to his college athletic career, he was inducted into the Muskingum University Hall of Fame in 1993.
Students and faculty collaborate on research for 2013 Summer Muskie Fellows program
Several students were accepted into the 2013 Summer Muskie Fellows program.
The program allows students and faculty to immerse themselves in the pursuit of specific and challenging areas of research that the students study during the regular school year.
To be considered for a fellowship, students must write a detailed proposal of what they intend to study and what they hope that study will achieve. This is done in tandem with the faculty members with whom they intend to work, and who must provide the formal nomination for the fellowship. Proposals are then considered by the office of the vice president of academic affairs and ultimately approved by the president of the university.
The following students and faculty worked together this summer:
Megan Duke ’14 conducted research on mathematical problems posed in professional mathematics journals with Professor of Mathematics Dr. Richard Daquila.
Ryan Burke ’14 and Andy Piper ’14 studied point counts and nest detection of grassland shrub-nesting birds at The Wilds with Dr. Jim Dooley, the Bill and Martha Lovejoy Distinguished Professor of Biology, and Dr. Danny Ingold, the Homer A. Anderson Distinguished Professor in the Natural Sciences.
Connie Montoney ’14 and Marc Patti ’14 studied the management and digitization of Muskingum’s archival materials with Dr. William Kerrigan, the Arthur G. Cole and Eloise Barnes Cole Distinguished Professor of American History.
Caitlin Deep ’14 studied capital punishment clemency decisions in Ohio with Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Stacy Parker.
Katherine Simms ’13 studied the development of branding strategies, market research for a new business with Instructor of Business Kristine Pray.
Sarah Francino ’16 continued a study of a more blight resistant hybrid type of chestnut trees at a reclaimed surface coal mine with Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Amy Santas.
Phillip Krall ’15 and Nicholas Rohozen ’14 studied the creation of unmanned aerial vehicle technology to be deployed to civilian search and rescue teams with Jay Shaffstall.
Chris Deal ’13 studied the development of a model to predict shoreline erosion in Salt Fork Lake with Associate Professor of Geology Dr. Stephen Van Horn.
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Undergraduate commencement features address by Wiley W. Souba ’75 and baccalaureate speech by Myron E. Moorehead II ’58
Muskingum University held its undergraduate commencement exercises on May 11, featuring an address by 1975 alumnus Dr. Wiley W. Souba. The baccalaureate address was delivered by 1958 alumnus Dr. Myron E. Moorehead II. Bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and bachelor of science in nursing degrees were conferred.
Dr. Souba serves Dartmouth College as vice president for health affairs, dean of the Geisel School of Medicine, professor of surgery and professor of business administration in the Tuck School of Business. His was previously vice president and executive dean for Health Sciences and dean of the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University; chair of the Department of Surgery at Penn State University College of Medicine, surgeon-in-chief at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and director of the Penn State Hershey Center for Leadership Development; chief of surgical oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member of the University of Florida College of Medicine.
Recognized by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America for surgical oncology, Dr. Souba’s scientific research on amino acid metabolism in relation to intestinal cancer is funded by the National Institutes of Health. A prolific author of peer-reviewed journal articles and co-editor of the Journal of Surgical Research, he is active in multiple professional societies and serves on the administrative board of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is a frequent lecturer and workshop presenter on health care leadership and leadership development.
Dr. Souba graduated summa cum laude from Muskingum with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, a doctor of science degree in Nutritional Biochemistry at the Harvard School of Public Health and a master of business administration degree from the Boston University College of Business. He served a residency at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and fellowships at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, MA), and surgical oncology at MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute (Houston, TX).
He is a native of Caracas, Venezuela, and moved to the New Jersey area as a teenager. He and his wife, Lynne Hayes Souba, reside in Hanover, NH, and are the parents of a son and a daughter.
In his commencement address, Dr. Souba referred to what he coined “The Muskingum Multiplier,” or the high value of a Muskingum education coupled with the students’ own sense of commitment and personal dedication. “Today,” he said, “you go out into the world as our new leaders. Be bold, be confident and don’t be afraid to set the bar high. Your actions are the best definition of your true self.”
In recognition of his achievements, the university bestowed upon Dr. Souba the honorary degree of doctor of science.
In her remarks to the graduating class, Muskingum University President Dr. Anne C. Steele said, “Today is your day. You have worked hard and with distinction. Your Muskingum education is a cornerstone of your life, and it will continue to serve you and shape your future.”
Taylor W. Arnold ’13 represented the class of 2013. The charge to the class from the faculty was presented by Associate Professor of Business Gary Golden and the charge from the Board of Trustees was presented by alumnus and Board Chair Harold W. Burlingame.
The baccalaureate service was held at 10:00 a.m. In his address, Dr. Moorehead “You are prepared to flourish and do your part. Remember that you must first serve before you can lead. Allow yourself to take a chance so you can make a change.”
In recognition of his lifetime of work, Dr. Moorehead was granted an honorary doctor of science degree.
Dr. Myron Moorehead is a private practice physician specializing in gynecology and laser micro surgery, and the founder and director of the Women’s Laser Institute and the Fibroid Center. He has pioneered laser treatment of fibroids for gynecological and infertility problems, providing women throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area with alternatives to hysterectomy.
An active community leader, Dr. Moorehead was elected in 1999 to serve as King Zulu, representing Mardi Gras’ largest predominantly African-American carnival krewe established in 1909. He took an historic step forward to create a new Mardi Gras tradition, becoming the first King Zulu to formally meet with Rex, the King of Carnival representing the predominantly-white krewe founded in 1872. Their meeting took place 50 years after Louis Armstrong reigned as King Zulu in 1949, and 31 years after the Zulu krewe first appeared on the city’s main parade route in 1968. Since Dr. Moorehead launched the tradition, the formal meeting of krewe Kings has endured as an annual rite of “Lundi Gras” (Fat Monday).
Dr. Moorehead is dedicated to furthering education, human services, civic development, and the arts. He has served as chairman of the board of Xavier University of Louisiana and of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and as a board member of Covenant House of New Orleans, the Audubon Institute, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Contemporary Arts Center, Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, and the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. He has helped shape Muskingum’s future through his service on the University Board of Trustees.
A biology major at Muskingum, Dr. Moorehead earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C. and served in the United States Air Force. He is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a leader in multiple professional societies. He and his wife, Patricia, reside in Kenner, Louisiana, and are the parents of three children.
Itunu D. Dacosta ’13 read the scripture lesson for baccalaureate and Kara M. Kimes ’13 led the Collect.
Master’s degrees granted at 2013 graduate commencement, with address by D. Tom McCalmont ’76
Muskingum University granted master’s degrees at its graduate commencement exercises, held May 9 in Brown Chapel on the campus. The address was delivered by 1976 alumnus D. Tom McCalmont.
Degrees conferred were the Master of Arts in Teaching, the Master of Arts in Education and the Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology.
Muskingum University President Anne C. Steele congratulated the assembled graduates and said, “You have worked hard, and we are very proud of you. What you have done here will have an impact on thousands of individuals, your communities and the world.”
In his address, Mr. McCalmont told the graduates, “What you know matters much less than what you do with what you know. Make good use of what you know and push forward fearlessly.”
Recognizing his lifetime of achievement, the university bestowed upon him an honorary doctor of science degree.
D. Tom McCalmont, an entrepreneur and inventor, holds 13 United States patents and has focused his career on developing new businesses that deliver innovative technology solutions and solve real-world customer problems.
He is the president and co-founder of McCalmont Engineering, a leading designer of large-scale solar power plants and related renewable energy technology. He also serves as a director of Solmetric Corporation, an award-winning provider of software and hardware tools for the solar installation industry. Previously, he co-founded and served as CEO of REgrid Power, which rapidly became one of California’s largest and most respected solar electric integrators.
Mr. McCalmont advances the use of solar energy throughout the country, as co-founder and chairman of SolarTech, a non-profit private/public consortium. SolarTech brings together industry and the public sector to drive the growth of solar energy, by eliminating state and local barriers to solar power adoption and serving as a collaborative forum for addressing solar integration challenges.
He shares his expertise in support of education and economic development as a member of the Santa Clara University School of Engineering Advisory Board, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), the nationally recognized certification agency for solar professionals; Joint Venture:Silicon Valley Network and the Climate Prosperity Council. His service as a member of Muskingum’s Board of Trustees has helped shape the University’s future.
A physics major at Muskingum, Mr. McCalmont earned a master of science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and completed the AEA/Stanford Executive MBA program.
He and his wife Darlene, his co-founder in REgrid and the first woman in California to become a NABCEP-certified solar engineer, reside in San Jose, California. They are the parents of Stacey and Aaron.
Candidates for master’s degrees were presented by Vice President of Academic Affairs James Callaghan The degrees were conferred by President Steele, Muskingum University Trustee and alumnus Gordon Spillman, Vice President of Graduate and Continuing Studies Dr. Mark Sanford, Department of Education Chair Dr. Rae Harriott White and Associate Professor of Informatics Dr. Doyt L. Perry.
Faculty marshals were Professor of Communication and Theatre Dr. Jerry Martin and Dr. Larry Normansell, the Henry and Mary Evelyn Laurent Distinguished Professor of Psychology.
The student marshal was Evan M. McCullough.
Karen DeBaldo ’13 receives highest award from international foreign language honor society
Karen DeBaldo ’13 received the Dr. Henry Ward Church Scholarship, the highest honor granted by Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society. DeBaldo, a German and education major who graduated on May 11, was the second student at Muskingum to earn the Church scholarship, which is granted to only one student in the United States. Read the whole story.
Dr. Homer A. Anderson Lecture features Dr. Sarah McBeth ’04 and presentations of student research findings
The Science Division held its annual Dr. Homer A. Anderson Lecture on April 25, delivered by alumna Dr. Sarah McBeth ’04. Her presentation, titled AIDS is Problematic: And Other Things I've Learned Since College, focused on the challenges facing those in the developing world who need treatment for HIV and AIDS, as compared to the options available in the developed world.
Following the Anderson Lecture, students from the Science Division made poster presentations of their research findings. The Science Division includes the departments of biology, chemistry, geology, physics and engineering, mathematics, computer science and psychology as well as interdisciplinary programs in molecular biology, environmental science, neuroscience and conservation science. Their work was judged by the division’s faculty and three prize winners and one honorable mentions were named. Read the whole story.
Senior Science Division students present research findings at Bradford Colloquium
Senior Science Division students presented their research findings at the annual James Bradford Colloquium, held April 22 in Boyd Science Center. The colloquium is the culmination of research conducted by seniors from the division’s biology, chemistry, geology, physics and engineering, mathematics, computer science and psychology departments, as well as interdisciplinary programs in molecular biology, environmental science, neuroscience and conservation science.
Their presentations were made to their student peers and the Science Division faculty. The faculty then chose the top three presenters. Read the whole story.
Four students place second in business case competition
Four Muskingum University students placed second in the 2013 Peoples Bank Undergraduate Business Case Competition, held recently as part of this year’s McDonough Leadership Conference at Marietta College. Read the whole story.
Dr. Barb Hansen honored for international work in invitational learning; Education Department receives grant for research study
Dr. Barb Hansen, Dave Longaberger Professor of Teaching and Learning and Distinguished Professor of Education at Muskingum University, was recently recognized for her leadership in the International Alliance for Invitational Education (IAIE) , receiving the William Stafford Leadership Award. It is the highest award presented by the organization. Read the whole story.
Professors donate their latest book to university library
Professor of Art Yan Sun and his wife, Assistant Professor of Art Hong Yin, have donated a book they co-authored to the university’s library. Read the whole story.
Professor screens documentary at film festival
Muskingum University Professor of Sociology Dr. Steve McGuire was selected to screen his documentary film, 1948 and Counting, at the 4th Annual Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival in Gainesville, Florida.
Dr. McGuire’s film centers on Costa Rica’s 1948 decision to not maintain a formal army, despite various regional threats. Previously, Dr. McGuire’s experimental film, A Day in the Life, was screened at the Seattle Truly Independent Film Festival and the San Francisco New Media Film Festival, as well as earning an award from The Indie Gathering, an Ohio film festival.
The Cinema Verde Festival is committed to bringing together community organizations, businesses and individuals who wish to help forge sustainable solutions to important issues facing the world.
Two Muskingum University students and Professor of Education Dr. Rae White presented a paper at the Appalachia From An Assets Perspective Conference held on the campus of Shawnee State University. Read the whole story.
Two students present paper at educators’ conference
Dr. Harsha Abeyaratne performs at Carnegie Hall
Associate Professor of Music Dr. Harsha Abeyaratne performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall last December. The performance was his New York solo debut, and featured Robert Muczynski’s Third Piano Sonata and Franz Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz. Read the whole story.
To read a feature from The Daily Jeffersonian on Dr. Abeyaratne's preparation for the performance and his career in music, click here.
Dr. William Kerrigan publishes book on Johnny Appleseed
Professor of American History Dr. William Kerrigan published a new book, Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard A Cultural History. Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, the book is available from the Muskingum University bookstore and from Amazon. It illuminates the meaning of Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman’s life and the environmental and cultural significance of the plant he propagated. Read the whole story.
Student-broadcasters named finalists in national competition
Muskingum University’s radio and television stations had three projects that were finalists in the College Broadcasters, Incorporated (CBI) national competition. Both WMCO, the university’s radio station, and Orbit TV, the television station, were named. Read the whole story.
Library receives donation of valuable reference books from the Daughters of the American Revolution
The Muskingum University Library accepted the donation of a valuable set of reference books from the Cambridge chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Read the whole story.
IN THE PHOTO: Pictured from left to right are Mary Davis, Mary Lou Eagleson, president of the Anna Asbury Stone Chapter of the DAR in Cambridge; Dr. Sheila Ellenberger, Muskingum University’s Henry S. and Katherine W. Evans Director and Distinguished Librarian; and Bernice Litt.
Librarian Nicole Arnold receives OPAL service award
Reference librarian Nicole Arnold received a service award from the Ohio Private Academic Libraries (OPAL), a consortium of 24 private college and university libraries in Ohio.
In presenting the award, OPAL cited Arnold’s work in the development of LibGuides, a system of creating research guides and sharing information, and her management of an OPAL digitization pilot project. Currently, she is on the group’s Information Literacy Task Force and is chair of the OPAL Users Services Committee.
Arnold joined the staff of the Muskingum Library in 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and both her master’s degree and her master of library science degree from Indiana University.
The OPAL consortium offers more than one million titles and three million individual items to the patrons of 24 Ohio academic libraries. All are also members of OhioLINK, a statewide initiative offering a shared union of database and the reciprocal borrowing of over 46 million items amongst 87 libraries in the state.
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