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Tiger Tales - October 2017 Issue

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Published Oct. 26, 2017

Writing CenterWriting Excellence

Wittenberg's Writing Center was recently certified by the College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program. “The certification is an acknowledgement of the work we do to prepare our advisors for working with writers,” said Director Mike Mattison. "Quite simply, we've got one of the best writing centers in the country at any level."

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Church FacadeFor the 500th

In commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Wittenberg will host a series of special events, including the annual Kenneth H. Sauer Luther Symposium presented by Luther theologian Joy A. Schroeder and a re-enactment of Martin Luther's posting of his Ninety-Five Theses.

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Taste of WittTaste of Witt

From Graeter’s Ice Cream to Mother Stewart’s Brewery, alumni entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry returned to campus to showcase their products and talk with students about their successful journeys during “Taste of Witt.” The first-of-its-kind event at Wittenberg is part of the university’s new entrepreneurial-inspired programming series called Enlight, which reaffirms the university being ranked 46th among the “Most Entrepreneurial Colleges in America” by Forbes Magazine.

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ELCA StudentsMission-Driven

Three alumni have embarked on a transformative, year-long journey in international service with the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program, continuing a legacy of Tigers who have served in the program over the years. Lauren Elwell ’17 will teach English in Madagascar, Nichole Martinez ’17 will teach in Argentina, and Deanna Torstenson '17 will serve in Hungary.

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Heather RuckerDream Achieved

Heather Rucker, class of 2019 from Chicago, Ill., didn’t let limited funds stand in the way of making her dream of studying abroad come true. The recipient of three scholarships for students studying abroad, she is now immersed in Japanese language, culture and history at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan.

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Teaching Excellence

Kelly DillonAssistant Professor of Communication Kelly Dillon is receiving international attention after her co-authored research article examining the impact of popular culture on children’s curiosity with guns hit the media. The study aimed to determine the immediate effects of exposure to movie characters with guns on children’s unsupervised play with guns.

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Alumni In The News / #LifeAfterWitt

Peter RahalJust four years after launching his protein bar company in the basement of his parents’ home, Peter Rahal ’08, co-founder and CEO of RXBar, recently sold the business to Kellogg Co. for $600 million.

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Meet The Board

The three members of the Wittenberg Board of Directors featured in this edition are: R. Andrew "Andy" Bell, James Henson '75, and Robert E. "Bob" Ness '63.

Andy BellBell is currently a senior vice president at Marsh & McLennan Agency, L.L.C. in Springfield. Previously, he was president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Ohio and was director of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America. Bell is active on numerous boards throughout the Springfield/Clark County area, including Global Impact STEM Academy, the Clark State Foundation, the Springfield Family YMCA, United Way, Springfield Foundation, Springfield Rotary Club and Security National Bank.

James HensonHenson is the senior managing director and general counsel of RED Capital Group in Columbus, Ohio. Previously, he was principal at Pelerin Financial and at Stonehenge Holdings Inc. He specializes in complex structured financings and bond refundings and holds a law degree from the University of Dayton. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Henson has served as a volunteer for the Office of Advancement and has hosted regional alumni meetings.

Bob NessNess is chairman of ODW Logistics Inc., a third-party logistics provider that supports businesses in the health and beauty, food and beverage, manufacturing and consumer packaged goods sectors. A member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity, he has served as a volunteer for the Office of Advancement. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Citation in 1985, the Class of 1914 Award in 1994, and the Medal of Honor in 1997.


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