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Robert Martin ‘00 and Kristin (Lynch) Martin '99
Class Year:
2000

Kristin (Lynch) ‘99 and Robert Martin ‘00, celebrated the graduation of their daughter, Lauren Marie, from Dublin Scioto High School in May of 2021. Lauren has overcome much in her life with grace, laughter, and a smile, including an Autism diagnosis at age 5.  She will attend the PATHS program at Emerald Campus through Dublin City Schools in the fall.  Lauren’s goal is to show the world that people with Autism can do great things.

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Kristin (Lynch) ‘99 and Robert Martin ‘00
Class Year:
1999

Kristin (Lynch) ‘99 and Robert Martin ‘00, celebrated the graduation of their daughter, Lauren Marie, from Dublin Scioto High School in May of 2021. Lauren has overcome much in her life with grace, laughter, and a smile, including an Autism diagnosis at age 5.  She will attend the PATHS program at Emerald Campus through Dublin City Schools in the fall.  Lauren’s goal is to show the world that people with Autism can do great things.
 

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COL/Dr. Jared A. Farley, Class of '98
Class Year:
1998

Dr. Jared A. Farley '98 has been awarded tenure and promotion at the New Mexico Military Institute. His military rank is now colonel (from lieutenant colonel) and his academic rank is full professor (from associate professor). Faculty at the Institute serve as aides-de-camp to the Governor of New Mexico. Dr. Farley will start his sixth year teaching political science at the New Mexico Military Institute in August, which will be his sixteenth year of full-time teaching at the university level. He earned his Ph.D. from Miami University (Oxford, OH) in 2006.

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Bill Goetz, Class of 1986
Class Year:
1986

Diamond Crystal Brands Appoints Bill Goetz as CEO

Bill Goetz’s appointment complements Diamond Crystal Brands’ growth trajectory and
continued emphasis on excellence in sales, marketing, and operations.

Savannah, GA – (August 13, 2020) – Diamond Crystal Brands® – an industry leading manufacturer of dry and liquid portion control condiments, seasonings and dry blended mixes – today announced that Bill Goetz has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Goetz joins Diamond Crystal Brands with significant experience in the foodservice industry, recently serving as SVP of Sales and Marketing at Sysco, where he oversaw the National Accounts business and significantly increased sales during his tenure. Most recently, Mr. Goetz was President & COO of Carriage Services. Previously, he spent 23 years at Cintas in various executive leadership roles, including President & COO of Global Accounts and Strategic Markets. Mr. Goetz’s other prior experience includes leadership positions at Ecolab.

Peter Leibman, a member of the Board of Directors at Diamond Crystal Brands, stated, ““We are grateful to Tony Muscato for his dedication and contribution to Diamond Crystal Brands, from the successful carve-out and stand-up of the business to his leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to announce Bill’s appointment as CEO and are confident that his industry expertise will further empower Diamond Crystal Brands to achieve its strategic goals, while positioning itself for long-term success.”  Mr. Goetz added, “Diamond Crystal Brands is a clear leader in the foodservice industry, providing best-in-class foodservice solutions and services to its blue-chip customers. I am excited to join Diamond Crystal Brands as CEO and to work alongside the strong team to accelerate our growth trajectory.”

About Diamond Crystal Brands
Diamond Crystal Brands is a privately held leader in portion control condiments, seasonings and dry blend mixes to the foodservice industry. Based in historic Savannah, GA, Diamond Crystal Brands is a premier company specializing in right-size packaging, wet and dry-blended products and custom printing. Their product portfolio includes brands such as Single Serv, Chef’s Companion and Flavor Fresh as well as licensed properties. Diamond Crystal Brands is known for consistent quality, service, flexibility and innovation.
 

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Dr. Corina Bondi (’03) Awarded Grant
Class Year:
2003

Corina Bondi (’03), Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was awarded a five year, $1.4 million grant entitled “Traumatic brain injury and aging: targeting the cholinergic system for deficits in sustained attention and executive function” from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Bondi holds a BS in Neuroscience and Physics from Muskingum University (2003), where she was proud recipient of a John Glenn scholarship, and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology/Neuroscience from the University of Texas Health at San Antonio (2008), mentored by Muskingum alumnus, David Morilak (’82), Ph.D. She undertook a postdoctoral position in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a second postdoctoral position at the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research (SCRR). She transitioned to faculty in PM&R in 2015 and became an Associate Director in Executive Function and Neuropharmacology at the SCRR in 2017.  

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) affect 2.8 million individuals each year in the United States and often cause long-lasting cognitive and mood alterations, with the greatest external cause for TBI being falls, especially in older adults over 65 years of age. Therefore, the project aims to characterize alterations in sustained attention, behavioral flexibility, and anxiety-like responses after TBI in young adult and aged, male and female rats, and to address mechanistic questions regarding altered cholinergic neurotransmission responsible for such behavioral impairments by restoring behavioral performance and cholinergic signaling with NS 1738 - a positive allosteric modulator of alpha-7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors – alone or in a combination with enriched environment, a preclinical model of neurorehabilitation.
 

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Alexis (Christman) Wells '18

Alexis (Christman) Wells '18 received her Master of Education degree in school counseling from Ohio University in May of 2020. She accepted a position at Caldwell Exempted Village Schools located 30 minutes from Muskingum in Caldwell, OH.

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Lucas Kaspar, Class of 2010
Class Year:
2010

Lucas J. Kaspar, class of 2010, has recently accepted a teaching position at Cameron University in Oklahoma.

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Michael (Mick) Amicone '78 and Harriet Kainaroi Amicone '80 Announced Retirement
Class Year:
1980

Michael (Mick) Amicone '78 and Harriet Kainaroi Amicone '80 have announced their retirement from The Fieldhouse Family of Companies after 31 years as CEO and President respectively.

Muskie Grads, Alainna Amicone Durfee '06 has taken over as CEO for her Dad, and Adam Fitzerald '06 has assumed the position of President/Director of Operations.

The elder Amicones founded the corporation in 1988 after Mick left the accounting/finance field and Harriet left teaching 4th grade.

The Fieldhouse Family of Companies consist of:

*a 115,000 sq ft Sports and Recreation Facility,

*The Fieldhouse Group Limited Consulting  

*SportCO, Institutional Sporting Goods Company

The Fieldhouse Foundation, Founded by Harriet in 2010 as a Ohio 501,c.3 non-profit organization, provides physical and recreational therapy for physically handicapped, disabled and special needs children ages 5 to 21. 

Harriet will remain with The Fieldhouse Family of Comapnies on a limited basis overseeing the Fieldhouse Foundation. Mick will consult and will become more involved with the company's mission and faith based ministry for youth.

Harriet, an active Kianu, was an RA and RD during her time at Muskingum and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Mick was a letterman in Soccer, Baseball and Track. Years later he returned to college at OUZ where he set a college baseball record by making the Ohio Regional College Conference, 2nd Team as a Second baseman and becoming the oldest college baseball player at 61 years of age to play the game.

Mick also retired from high school coaching and refereeing after 40 years of service.                                                                                

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Michael (Mick) Amicone '78 and Harriet Kainaroi Amicone '80 Announce Retirement
Class Year:
1978

Michael (Mick) Amicone '78 and Harriet Kainaroi Amicone '80 have announced their retirement from The Fieldhouse Family of Companies after 31 years as CEO and President respectively.

Muskie Grads, Alainna Amicone Durfee '06 has taken over as CEO for her Dad, and Adam Fitzerald '06 has assumed the position of President/Director of Operations.

The elder Amicones founded the corporation in 1988 after Mick left the accounting/finance field and Harriet left teaching 4th grade.

The Fieldhouse Family of Companies consist of:

*a 115,000 sq ft Sports and Recreation Facility,

*The Fieldhouse Group Limited Consulting  

*SportCO, Institutional Sporting Goods Company

The Fieldhouse Foundation, Founded by Harriet in 2010 as a Ohio 501,c.3 non-profit organization, provides physical and recreational therapy for physically handicapped, disabled and special needs children ages 5 to 21. 

Harriet will remain with The Fieldhouse Family of Comapnies on a limited basis overseeing the Fieldhouse Foundation. Mick will consult and will become more involved with the company's mission and faith based ministry for youth.

Harriet, an active Kianu, was an RA and RD during her time at Muskingum and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Mick was a letterman in Soccer, Baseball and Track. Years later he returned to college at OUZ where he set a college baseball record by making the Ohio Regional College Conference, 2nd Team as a Second baseman and becoming the oldest college baseball player at 61 years of age to play the game.

Mick also retired from high school coaching and refereeing after 40 years of service.                                                                                

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David E. Reichle, Class of 1960
Class Year:
1960
David E. Reichle, retired Associate Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, B.S. Muskingum (1960) and Recipient of Muskingum University Distinguished Service Award (1996) has just published a book with Elsevier (November, 2019) entitled:
 
Dr. Reichle brings over four decades of research on the structure and function of forest ecosystems to bear on the existential issue of our time, climate change.Using a comprehensive review of carbon biogeochemistry as scaled from the physiology of organisms to landscape processes, his analysis provides an integrated discussion of how diverse processes at varying time and spatial scales function.The work speaks to several audiences.Too often students study their courses in a vacuum without necessarily understanding the relationships that transcend from the cellular process, to organism, to biosphere levels and exist in a dynamic atmosphere with its own processes, and spatial dimensions.This book provides the template whereupon students can be guided to see how the pieces fit together.The book is self-contained but lends itself to be amplified upon by a student or professor.The same intellectual quest would also apply for the lay reader who seeks a broad understanding.
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Jeffrey G. Reed, Ph.D. recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators
Class Year:
1970

Jeffrey G. Reed, Retired Organization Psychologist and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education and organizational psychology.

Dr. Reed entered his profession to follow in the footsteps of his mother, who was a teacher. He attended Muskingum College and graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He later received a master’s degree from Towson University and a subsequent PhD from Kansas State University, both in psychology. His educational background set him up for a full and prosperous career. Dr. Reed worked as an assistant professor of industrial and organizational psychology at the State University of New York, Geneseo, from 1979 to 1983. Later, from 1985 to 1996, Dr. Reed worked his way up the professional ranks of Xerox Corporation, holding titles such as user interface developer, electronics and system software manager, and ultimately, planning and process manager. He then transitioned to a career in education at Marian College in Fon Du Lac, Wisconsin, where he taught and directed in the management program from 1998 until 2019. Dr. Reed was also the dean of the Marian University School of Business in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 2008 until 2017. He cites his moves through the higher education and consulting industries as the highlights of his career.

Dr. Reed is additionally an accomplished author and has contributed to many professional articles and papers throughout his career. In recognition of his success, he has been honored multiple times by the Xerox Corporation, those honors include the Teamwork Award and the Special Merit Award. In 2008, he was inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, and he is currently the president of the Fond Du Lac Morning Rotary, among several other professional organizations in which he participates. He has been featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in the East, as well as the 27th edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest and the 12th edition of Who’s Who in the World.

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Jim Uszynski, Class of 1968, Lorain Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
Class Year:
1968
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Steve Hale '89 named Head Coach of the year
Class Year:
1989

Olentangy Liberty High School Head Football Coach Stephen Hale was recently named the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association (OHSFCA) Head Coach of the Year.  

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The Baddest Girl on the Planet, has won the Lee Smith Novel Prize
Class Year:
2004

Heather Frese '04 wins the Lee Smith Novel Prize for her novel The Baddest Girl on the Planet.

More about this award can be read in the official press release.

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Bryan Gulley
Class Year:
2008

Bryan Gulley (2008), Amanda Gulley & Son Bryan

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Brandon Galm earns PhD in Literature and Criticism
Class Year:
2002

On October 24th, I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation, “Defining Post-Katrina Literature: Hurricane Katrina and Experiences of Disaster, Race, and Environment,” and will be graduating on Dec. 15th with my PhD in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  

Pictured Left to right: Reader Susan Comfort, Dissertation Chair Mike Sell, Brandon Galm, and Reader Veronica Watson

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Dr. Alisha Lenning Solan Publishes New Book
Class Year:
1989

Dr. Alisha Lenning Solan recently published a book Brain Changers 365: Build a Better Brain Use Your Brain 7 Activities Each Day. The book offers a year’s worth of activity sets to keep your brain active and healthy. It has been endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation. The book is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Alisha lives in San Diego, CA and can be reached at alisha.lenning@gmail.com

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Benjamin Davis promoted to Operations Manager for Gannett Publishing Services at the Indianapolis Star.
Class Year:
1988

Benjamin E. Davis '88 was promoted to Operations Manager for Gannett Publishing Services at the Indianapolis Star. This promotion involved moving from Anderson, SC to Indianapolis, IN. The Indianapolis Star is a Gannett owned newspaper and part of the USA Today Network.

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Mark Glaspell
Class Year:
1992

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Glaspell has been selected by the Department of the Army to command 3rd Battalion, 410th Engineer Regiment, 5th Armor Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas.  He is currently the Capabilities Analysis Branch Chief, U.S. Army Joint Modernization Command

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Cathy Lirgg
Class Year:
1972

Cathy has been promoted to full Professor of Kinesiology in the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation at the University of Arkansas.

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David W. Litt
Class Year:
1978

Ulster fraternity brothers, family and friends of David W. Litt, a member of the graduating class of 1978, have established a memorial fund in Dave’s honor and will begin the awarding of scholarships from that fund. The David W. Litt Memorial Fund now exceeds $50,000 and will award its first grants in this 40th anniversary year of Dave’s graduation. Annual grants will be given to students who demonstrate a marked improvement in their academic performance while at Muskingum and who are involved in leadership activities or otherwise active in campus life. Also, an equal amount each year will be contributed from the Fund to Muskingum’s Annual Fund to provide general financial aid in Dave’s honor for all Muskingum students. Those wishing to contribute to The David W Litt Memorial Fund may send their checks payable to the Fund to the Office of University Advancement, Muskingum University, Attention: Paul McClelland, New Concord, OH 43762 or call/email: 740-826-8468; paulm@muskingum.edu with questions about tax advantaged gifts to the Fund.

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Sarah Bishop
Class Year:
2005

On July 8, 2018, Sarah Bishop will be installed as the Associate Pastor of Christian Education and Family Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven, Florida.

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Martha Marne Deithorn
Class Year:
1993

Martha Marne Deithorn was promoted to Director of Human Resources at the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois.

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Scott Chappuis
Class Year:
2012

On May 4, 2018, Scott Chappuis graduated with my PhD in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University. He is moving to Wooster, Ohio to begin working as a Visiting Assistant Professor at The College of Wooster.

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Stephen Fondriest
Class Year:
2015

On May 20, 2018, Stephen Fondriest will be graduating from Ohio Northern University's Claude W. Pettit College of Law.

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Keith Roberts
Class Year:
1969

Keith Roberts recently published the book “Meaning Making with Malignancy: A Theologically Trained Sociologist Reflects on Living Meaningfully with Cancer.”

In some of these essays, Roberts focused on advice to people who have a chronically ill friend, such as the chapter, “Awkward! What to Say (or NOT Say) to Friends with a Life-threatening Disease.” Other chapters are directed to the ill person, such as the essay “Planning for the Future When ‘Planning the Future’ Feels like an Oxymoron.” The reflections are sometimes informed by philosophical or theological analyses and sometimes by a sociological lens.

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Dan Shuey
Class Year:
2006

On January 1, 2018, Dan Shuey was promoted to partnership at the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Columbus, OH. Dan is a litigator specializing in appellate, real property, and general commercial litigation.

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Jeffrey Reed
Class Year:
1970

After serving as Dean of the School of Business at Marian University Wisconsin since 2008, and Professor of Management since 2006, Jeffrey Reed resigned his administrative position at Marian and began a sabbatical in June 2017. During the 2017-18 Rotary year, he serves as Governor of Rotary International District 6270, serving 54 Rotary Clubs in Wisconsin.  A member of the Rotary Club of Fond du Lac Morning, in March 2017 he traveled to Peru to visit soy cow and soy bakery Rotary Project Sites. In January 2018, he traveled to South India on a Rotary Friendship Exchange tour. Previously, he traveled as a site visitor to observe the Rotary micro-loan project in Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia.

Jeff has also served in leadership roles with the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, Wisconsin State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, Midwest Leadership School, Central Midwest District of the UUA, Midwest Unitarian Universalist Conference and on boards of several organizations.

His wife Sylvia (PhD, St. Louis University) retired from her position in Institutional Research at Marian University and serves on three non-profit boards in Fond du Lac. Their son Daniel (ND, NCNM) is in practice as a Naturopath in Salt Lake City, UT.

In his free time, Jeff enjoys travel (there are still a few places on his bucket list), playing the piano at the Open Circle fellowship, and their prairie garden.

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David Briggs
Class Year:
1979

David Briggs, director of High Point Theatre, was elected during January’s Association of Performing Arts Professionals meeting in New York to serve a three-year term on the board of North American Performing Arts Agents and Managers and Agents (NAPAMA). NAPAMA is an organization serving the Performing Arts industry professionals in developing ethical guidelines, professional development, best industry practices and works to bridge the gap between artists, management and performing arts presenters.

David started in the performing arts management industry in 1983 and is honored to be part of an outstanding group of industry leaders. His role on the board is to bolster the relationship between the presenters and artists and their representatives. The current board contains 15 industry professionals, with three of the board members representing municipal, non-profit and university presenting. The other twelve board members make up agency representatives/owners, artists and agents.

Laurel Canan, Board President, commented: “We are delighted to have someone with David’s knowledge of the presenting side and his connections to the arts management field. It’s safe to say that everyone on the board was honored that he agreed to be nominated and know that his input will help take the organization to even greater prominence in the field.”

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Jennifer Peeke
Class Year:
1998

Jennifer Peeke was promoted to Supervisor at a Children Services Agency (Licking County) in October of 2016.

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Seth Cosens
Class Year:
1984

Seth Cosens is in his 31st year of teaching Business Education at Susquehanna Valley High School (Conklin, NY). And his 30th year as Boy’s Head track and field coach. His son, Tanner, was a four-year letter-winner on the Binghamton University Men's Lacrosse team. As a senior, he was a team captain. Tanner is currently completing his degree work in anthropology and is a member of the BU Men's Lacrosse coaching staff.

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Benjamin E. Davis
Class Year:
1988

Benjamin E. Davis was named President of the IPC Employee Relief Fund, Inc., a not for profit organization. This non-profit organization was established in February 2000 to assist local employees in the publishing industry manage personal financial crisis.  10/17

Benjamin E. Davis has been named the General Manager and Senior Director of Newspaper Operations for the Anderson Independent Mail (part of the USA Today Network) located in Anderson, South Carolina. The Independent Mail is a daily newspaper serving Anderson County, South Carolina and parts of northwestern Georgia.

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Chris Briggs
Class Year:
1991

Dr. Chris Briggs is the new superintendent of Pickerington Local Schools in Pickerington, Ohio. Dr. Briggs served as the superintendent of Northridge Local Schools for the last four and a half years before taking over Ohio's 15th largest school district in July, 2017.

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