Published Dec. 15, 2017
On behalf of the Office of Alumni and Lifelong Engagement, warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season and our best in the year ahead.
2018 Class Speaker
The Class of 2018 is excited to announce that King Letsie III, the Constitutional Monarch of the southern African Kingdom of Lesotho, has agreed to serve as the class' Commencement speaker.
Caroline Matchett ’14, a second-year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wis., was recently named a 2017 TYLENOL® Future Care Scholar. This competitive national scholarship is awarded to students pursuing careers in health care who have displayed academic excellence, exemplary leadership, community involvement and dedication to a career of caring for others.
Never giving up on her passion, Caitlin Lobl '16 is forging a unique path to a career in archaeology. She recently completed her dissertation while studying at the University College Dublin School of Archaeology in Ireland in a newly formed program in experimental archaeology.
Honored To Serve
H. Orth Hirt Professor of History Amy Livingstone, recently appointed to lead the university’s Honors Program, is excited by the prospect of creating something vibrant for the Wittenberg University community that could further enhance the intellectual environment on campus.
Night Of Light
In the spirit of the season, the Wittenberg community came together for the annual Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas to reflect on the theme “On this Still and Silent Night,” based on a choral piece of the same name. President Frandsen and wife Sharon were among the featured readers, and more than 100 musicians from Wittenberg’s student ensembles performed carols and hymns.
Wittenberg is proud to offer a Legacy Scholarship ($18,450/year), as well as a way for alumni to help with recruitment through the Alumni Recognition Award Program ($1,000/year). A legacy is a child or grandchild of Wittenberg alumni. The ARAP program allows alumni to nominate a student that they believe would be perfect at Wittenberg. Alumni participating in ARAP must nominate a student(s) by Jan. 1, 2018. The student(s) also must apply for admission by Jan. 15, 2018. Legacy students will be awarded at the time of acceptance.
Associate Professor of Geology Sarah Fortner has been selected as a Member Society Scholar-in-Residence by the American Geosciences Institute. In this role, she will work to expand and deepen civic engagement at the local level in the geoscience community.
Dar Brooks Hedstrom, professor of history and department chair, has published The Monastic Landscape of Late Antique Egypt: An Archaeological Reconstruction (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Her book, which offers a new history of the field of Egyptian monastic archaeology, is the first study in English to trace how scholars identified a space or site as monastic within the Egyptian landscape and how such identifications impacted perceptions of monasticism.
Alumni In The News / #LifeAfterWitt
Lisa Clark O’Neill ’93 has turned her passion for romance novels into a successful career. She’s the author of 10 romantic suspense novels, including the Southern Comfort and Sweetwater series.
Accomplished composer and organist Robert Hobby ’85 is featured as the Keyboard & Choral Composer of the Month in In Tune, the online news blog for ECS Publishing Group.
Meet The Board
The three members of the Wittenberg Board of Directors featured in this edition are: Roy Allen '63, William Boggs '67 and William “Bill” Edwards ’89.
Allen is retired CEO and chairman of Buckeye Corrugated. He owns Thermo-Rite Manufacturing, as well as Star-Fire Distributing, both located in Akron, Ohio. A member of Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Mr. Allen played football and baseball at Wittenberg. As an alumnus, he has been an active volunteer for Wittenberg’s Office of Advancement. In 1991, Mr. Allen was inducted into Wittenberg’s Athletics Hall of Honor. He is married to Karin Anderson Allen ’64, and together they are a proud third-generation Wittenberg family.
After retiring in 2016 as an attorney with DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP in San Diego, Calif., Boggs now acts as a consultant with the firm’s National Litigation Training Program. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School. At Wittenberg, he was a member of the football team and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. As a board member, he has served on the Academic-Student Life, Advancement-Alumni Relations, and Real Estate committees.
Edwards is an attorney with Ulmer & Berne LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, and serves as the chair of their Employment & Labor Group. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, he has been recognized numerous times as one of the Best Lawyers in America and in Ohio Super Lawyers. He has served on the Board of Directors’ committees on Academic-Student Life, Audit-Compliance and Governance-Board Affairs.