Regional Roundup: ONU honors distinguished alumni

June 29, 2013

ADA — Ohio Northern University’s alumni association presented its distinguished alumni award.

The awards recognizing outstanding service and loyalty were presented to George Atkinson, Wesley Clarke, Marjorie (Stedke) Hollinger and Ann Donnelly Hamilton.

Atkinson graduated from ONU in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.He has served ONU as chairman and vice chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board in the Dicke College of Business Administration, is a member of the student-employer networking committee and a member of the Henry Solomon Lehr Society.

Clarke graduated from ONU in 1950 with a bachelor of arts in history and political science. At ONU, Clarke established a scholarship in nursing, named in honor of his wife. He has served as an ONU board of trustees member and he and his son, Richard, are both Lehr Society members.

Hollinger graduated from ONU in 1948 with a bachelor of science in education. She has two endowed scholarships at ONU, one in the arts and sciences and a second in engineering, in honor of her husband, Henry, a longtime member of the ONU board of trustees.

Donnelly Hamilton graduated from ONU in 1999 with a bachelor of arts in English and education. She is a member of the Henry Solomon Lehr Society, and has been employed by ONU since 1999 as assistant director, associate director and director of alumni relations. In May, she was appointed the executive assistant to the president at ONU. She serves as adviser to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the President’s Club and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Elida cancer survivor a winner

ELIDA — Steven Musser, of Elida, took home the grand prize in a Facebook contest hosted by HCF and its five local facilities, Lima, Shawnee, Wapakoneta and Roselawn Manors and Burtons Ridge. Musser won a trip for two to Mackinac Island, including transportation, meals and two rounds of golf on the Grand Hotel’s course, The Jewel. The value of the grand package is $3,600.

In April, survivors from across Ohio and Pennsylvania were nominated by their loved ones who posted their stories of survival on one of the four Manors’ Facebook pages. Their friends and family could then vote for them. There were 30 cancer survivors nominated. Musser’s story received 772 of more than 2,300 votes cast online. He was nominated by his wife. The winner was announced June 2 during Lima Memorial Health System’s National Cancer Survival Day celebration.

Musser was diagnosed with Burkett’s Lymphoma in December. He endured four months of intense chemotherapy that kept him from working and separated from his son for weeks at a time. Musser is now in remission.

Wright State students back from Germany

CELINA — Seven students from Wright State University-Lake Campus participated in an International Learning program during the month of June. The mechanical engineering students and their instructor, Dennis Hance, traveled to Jena, Germany, on May 31 and returned June 28. During their stay, the students attended undergraduate classes at the University of Applied Sciences in Jena and studied microprocessors/robotics and electromechanical drives.

The mechanical engineering program collaborated with local companies and organizations to obtain scholarships and donations to help offset the costs to the students. Participating students included David (John) Neiferd, Brad Pontius, Eric Wuebker, Aaron Freeman, Jordon Coffman, John Will and Bill Winner.

Lima student chosen 110% award winner at UNOH

LIMA — Ben Bendele, of Lima, and a current heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration student at the University of Northwestern Ohio, was chosen as the May Snap-On 110% award winner. Bendele began is course of study in February and will complete his degree in February.

This award is sponsored by Snap-On Tools at the University of Northwestern Ohio. Each session, nominations are turned into the deans by the University’s college of applied technologies’ instructors. The winner of each session is then chosen by the division heads with GPAs, outstanding performances and attendance being a determining factor. Dale Stahl, Snap-On representative for UNOH, presents each winner of the 110% award with a Snap-On jacket and tool set valued at more than $250.

Bendele was nominated by Matt Ricker, an instructor in the college of applied technologies at UNOH. Ricker nominated Bendele for the recognition because of his background in electrical theory and troubleshooting and because he takes extra time during class and break times to help other students.

Local girl in pageant

LIMA — Vanessa Stegg, 8, of Lima, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Ohio Pageant that was held Friday and Saturday in Columbus. Stegg will compete with other girls in the ages 7 to 9 category.

She is the daughter of Autum and Dario Stegg, of Lima.

Vanessa was sponsored by Viva Maria, Cut and Color Crew, Touch of Elegance, family and friends.

Kenton radio station celebrates 50th anniversary

KENTON — The local radio station in Kenton, WKTN, celebrated its 50th anniversary on Friday. Former on air personalities and employees were contacted to compile a retrospective, which aired on Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The stations held trivia, giveaways and other things to celebrate this anniversary.

Maple Crest-Mennonite Home residents win competition

BLUFFTON — Four residents from Bluffton’s Maple Crest and three from the Mennonite Memorial Home were winners in this year’s Leading Age of Ohio Art and Writing competition.

The show was held June 20 by Good Samaritan Center, in Arlington. All entries won first-, second- and third-place ribbons, qualifying each contestant to enter the state level contest held Sept. 11 and 12 in Columbus.

Bluffton winners included:

Pat Althaus, third place for her quilted table runner in the small quilted work category.

Iida Bassit, first place for her crocheted hat, in the wearable art category.

Marilyn Bullock, first place for knitted caps and matching mittens, in the wearable art category.

Joanne Niswander, first place for chickadees and dogwood and this old house, which was in the writing competition.

Della Salter, second place for a view from the ruins, in the fine arts one category.

Dean Sommers, third place, for flag city honor flight, in the writing competition.

Phyllis Suter, second place for autumn baskets, in the small quilted work.

ONU Distinguished Alumni