Alumni Awards


Every year, the College of Arts and Sciences recognizes and honors some of our outstanding alumni whose accomplishments and service are tangible evidence of the growing distinction of arts and sciences alumni. Arts and Sciences Alumni Awards include: Distinguished Alumni Achievement; Young Alumni Achievement; and Alumni Distinguished Service.

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award recognizes the outstanding career achievements and contributions of our alumni in fields such as arts, business, research, academic, and public service. We are particularly looking for nominees whose work and contributions have been nationally or internationally recognized as outstanding in their fields.

The Distinguished Service Award is to recognize exemplary service to the College of Arts and Sciences, its faculty, students, prospective students or programs.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes an alumnus/a, 35 years old and younger, who has demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career or civic involvement or both.

Nominees for all awards must be living alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences and degree holding graduates of programs currently or previously within the college.

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Distinguished Service Award

Ratmir MS ’96 and Angela Timashev

Ratmir Timashev is a globally recognized entrepreneur, technologist and philanthropist. He is the founder of Veeam Software — the global leader in cloud data protection and management software, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, as well as Kubeshop and SaaS Studio, software incubators. A champion of education and technological innovation in the Midwest, Timashev's family foundation is a leading supporter of Ohio State. 

He earned a master’s degree in chemical physics from Ohio State in 1996 and maintains strong ties to the university, where he has established several scholarship funds for undergraduate students and scientific research. In 2016, he created the Dr. Terry A. Miller Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Chemical Physics in honor of his mentor and friend. In 2020, Ratmir and his wife, Angela Timashev, directed their foundation’s major gift to the College of Arts and Sciences to endow a state-of-the-art music facility as part of the university’s emerging Arts District.

Angela is an avid art collector who thrives in creative environments and supports artists from around the world and has maintained a global philanthropic presence throughout her life.

The couple currently lives in Connecticut with their children, Dasha, Matvey and Philipp.

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Jeff Charney MA ’82

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Jeff Charney is a marketing industry executive and creative leader who, alongside his teams — through both out-creation and disruption — has transformed the marketing and advertising industry. 

Charney is often described as the “Lorne Michaels of Marketing” because of his similar emphasis on using “Saturday Night Live”-like improv actors to create humorous, timely content that capitalizes on social and cultural currency. His ability to stay relevant has earned him unrivaled success as a marketer and led to the development of not just one, but three of the most historic brand icons of this century with the Aflac “Duck,” Progressive’s “Flo,” and the newest of his Charney-created characters, the parental-life coach affectionately known as “Dr. Rick.”

Along the way, Charney’s game-changing marketing has led to him being one of the nation’s most heralded chief marketing officers (CMO). Charney and his teams have won more than 100 national and international awards — and even presidential recognition — for their creativity, communications and business effectiveness. The most recent recognition came in June of 2021 when Charney was named the “Brand CMO of the Year” by Ad Age, the industry’s leading publication.

Charney earned his master’s degree in communications and journalism from Ohio State in 1982.

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

J. Jean Cui PhD ’94

Dr. Jingrong Jean Cui is an internationally renowned oncology drug designer with more than 25 years of experience in drug discovery and project management at major pharmaceutical and biotech companies. As the scientific founder, president and CEO at BlossomHill Therapeutics (BHT), she led the invention of Pfizer’s precision oncology medicine, Crizotinib, which gained fast-track approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 for ALK-positive late-stage non-small cell lung cancer.

Prior to BHT, Cui was the scientific founder of Turning Point Therapeutics (TPT), focusing on the design and development of novel medicines for cancer patients. At TPT, she created four clinical compounds for addressing cancer resistance, with the leading compound, Repotrectinib, achieving FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation.

Cui and her Crizotinib chemistry team at Pfizer were selected for the 38th National Inventor of the Year Award in 2011. Cui was also awarded two Pfizer Worldwide R&D Achievement Awards, and the Pfizer Innovation Award that same year.

Cui received her PhD in organic chemistry from Ohio State in 1994 and her MS and BS from the University of Science and Technology of China.

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

John R. Kasich ’74

The Honorable John Kasich is the two-term former governor of the state of Ohio, a policymaker, a New York Times best-selling author, former television host and American citizen who believes unity is the answer to our most common problems. 

Gov. Kasich has had a storied career in both the public and private sectors. He served as a member of Congress from central Ohio for 18 years. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives at just 30 years old, after having become the youngest state senator in Ohio history. He went on to become the chairman of the House Budget Committee and balanced the Federal Budget four times. After leaving Congress in 2000, Kasich worked as a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers, where he helped companies secure the resources they needed to succeed and create jobs. 

Kasich is the author of four New York Times best-sellers: Courage is Contagious; Stand for Something: The Battle for America’s Soul; Every Other MondayTwo Paths: America Divided or United; and It’s Up to Us: Ten Little Ways We Can Bring About Big Change.

Kasich earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio State in 1974. He also served the university as a Presidential Fellow.

Young Alumni Achievement Award

Zuri Hall ’10

Zuri Hall is an Emmy Award-winning television host, entertainment reporter and producer. She currently serves up personality packed with charisma, empathy and insight on some of the country’s top-rated shows, including “Access Hollywood” and NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.” The Ohio native's YouTube channel, HeyZuriHall, boasts more than five million views.

Before joining “Access Hollywood,” Zuri could be seen across all E! Entertainment platforms as an E! News correspondent; co-host of “What the Fashion” on Snapchat Discover; and creator, host and co-producer of “What's Good with Zuri Hall” — an E! News original series that took a bite-sized deep dive into pop culture topics celebrating and exploring diversity in Hollywood.​

Hall uses her platform to motivate and empower women to live their best lives with substance and style. She gave the NAACP keynote speech on the power of voting and personal economic empowerment at her hometown chapter's 2018 Freedom Fund banquet; and participates in the Ad Council's “Know Your Girls” campaign to raise breast cancer awareness for Black women. Her passion for working with single mothers and underprivileged youth drives her volunteer time at local shelters and organizations, including Alexandria House.

She graduated from Ohio State with her bachelor’s degree in communication in 2010 and currently serves on the School of Communication Advisory Committee.

Young Alumni Achievement Award

Gretchen Klingler ’19

Gretchen Klingler is the Veterans Outreach Manager for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), a bipartisan 501(c)3 based in Washington, D.C., whose objective is to educate the public on the broad mission of the International Affairs Budget (IAB) and advocate to U.S. Congress to fully fund this budget every year. Klingler is responsible for veterans’ outreach and event programming in-person and virtually across 16 states. She is also tasked with identifying veteran community leaders, educating these leaders on the breadth and depth of the IAB, and empowering veterans to share their experiences with their elected officials in support of diplomacy and development.

Prior to attending Ohio State, Klingler served on active duty for six years as an Airborne Tactical Systems Operator in the Air Force Special Operations community, deploying to Afghanistan in 2013 and Djibouti and Iraq in 2014. She learned the Iraqi dialect of Arabic while stationed at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and was able to utilize her language skills to supplement communication between U.S. forces and Iraqi local contractors while forward deployed. 

At Ohio State, Klingler volunteered teaching English and American citizenship to the Iraqi and Syrian immigrant and refugee communities in Hilliard, Ohio, conducting classes in both English and Arabic. Her undergraduate research with Iraqi women was presented at local, national and international conferences. She also served two years as the president of Ohio State’s Student Veterans of America chapter, Vets 4 Vets, and was a Major Lawrence Miller Military Community Advocate. In 2017, she was honored as the Ohio State Veteran and Military Student of the Year and was selected by the Pat Tillman Foundation as the university’s first undergraduate Tillman Scholar. Klingler graduated in 2019 with dual bachelor's degrees in anthropology and Arabic with minors in women’s, gender and sexuality studies and Middle East studies. 


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Past Winners


Distinguished Achievement Award

Rosie Phillips Davis
MA, Education, 1973; PhD, Psychology, 1977

Rosie Phillips Davis is a professor of counseling psychology at the University of Memphis, earned her doctorate from Ohio State. The president of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2019, she served on the APA Finance Committee, APA Board of Directors and the American Psychological Foundation Board. She has also been the president of the Society of Counseling Psychology.

Davis served on several editorial boards, including currently on the Journal of Career Assessment. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters and co-edited two books. Her awards include the Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship, being named Elder by the National Multicultural Conference and Summit (of which she is co-founder) and the APA’s Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Institutional Practice.

Two funds at the University of Memphis are named in her honor: the Rosie Phillips Bingham Book Scholarship and the Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham Emergency Student Fund. Davis currently serves on the Board of Trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College, a Historically Black College in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the daughter of Savanah and Jake Phillips, a former sanitation worker who participated in the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike. She is married to John Davis and is mother to Akil “Apollo” Davis, an adjunct professor and entertainer living in New York.

Distinguished Service Award

Dean Gibson
BA, Sociology, 1974

Dean Gibson is a retired partner of Aon Hewitt, a global human resources, actuarial, benefits and risk management consulting firm. An active member of the Ohio State community, he created, chaired and is immediate past chair of the Sociology Advisory Board, whose members serve the department chair with advice, philanthropic and mentorship support for students, and opportunities to advance the long-term vision and goals of the department.

Gibson serves as a mentor in the College of Arts and Sciences Match Mentor Program as well as the new Sociology Mentorship Program, which serves to guide students in their professional and career development success. Gibson also serves as a mentor in the Ohio State Young Alumni Academy, a professional and personal development program for early-career Ohio State alumni to help participants succeed in their career and life journeys.

Gibson and his wife Susan support the Department of Psychology's Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging, creating a fund in 2010 to provide scholarships for outstanding graduate and undergraduate students and researchers engaged in state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary neuroscience research while seeking solutions to some of the most serious and complex brain disorders. Gibson served two three-year terms on the Ohio State National Alumni Advisory Council as liaison to the College of Arts and Sciences and social and behavioral sciences division. 

Gibson also serves on the Board of Watoto Read, a nonprofit that advocates and provides resources for the education of Sub-Saharan African refugee children.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Keith Key
BS, Economics, 1989

As CEO of Keith B. Key (KBK) Enterprises, Keith Key brings a host of banking disciplines and entrepreneurial skills to the operations and financial management of the company and all related entities. He has been involved with over $1 billion of real-estate development across the country inclusive of residential, commercial and religious-oriented projects. A native of Pittsburgh, Key relocated to Columbus to attend Ohio State as a student-athlete.

Though his athletic career was unfortunately cut short, he channeled his leadership qualities from the field to become engaged in student life, where he served as president of several student organizations and received a bachelor of science in economics. Key used the skills he developed from his experiences in college and his tenure in the banking and finance industries to build a successful real estate development company. He is committed to shaping the future generations of entrepreneurs through his philanthropic efforts at Ohio State. Most notably, Keith donated $1 million to support the Office of Student Life and the Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service.

Key is the founder of the Keith B. Key Buckeye Social Entrepreneurship program (KBK BSEP), and he serves as a board member of The Ohio State University Alumni Advisory Committee and The Ohio State University Foundation.

Young Alumni Achievement Award

Michael Juang
BA, International Studies, BS, Microbiology, 2008

Michael Jaung is an assistant professor at the Henry J.N. Taub Department of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. As an emergency physician, Jaung works to improve emergency medical care in the United States and abroad. During his time at Ohio State, he studied microbiology and international studies and completed an undergraduate thesis while working as a research assistant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Injury Research and Policy. Jaung attended Harvard Medical School, trained in emergency and tropical medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and completed a master’s degree in global health policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Focusing on global emergency care development in post-conflict and post-disaster settings, Jaung has worked with organizations including Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders in Sierra Leone where he served as an emergency physician at a new rural hospital project for children. He currently works on medical education and research projects in Houston, Texas, Belize and Liberia, and he has presented over 40 lectures around the world on topics including emergency and critical care, point-of-care ultrasound and humanitarian relief.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jaung has been a frontline doctor and helped manage projects in the U.S., Brazil, Lebanon and Peru. Jaung plans to continue missions with humanitarian organizations while alternating time dedicated to clinical and academic work at Baylor College of Medicine.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Pam Tanowitz
BFA, Dance, 1991

Pam Tanowitz is a critically acclaimed New York-based choreographer and founder of Pam Tanowitz Dance.

Her 2017 dance “New Work for Goldberg Variations” created for her company in collaboration with pianist Simone Dinnerstein, was called a “rare achievement” by The New York Times. Her 2018 creation, “Four Quartets,” inspired by T.S. Eliot’s literary masterpiece and set to music by Kaija Saariaho, was called “the greatest creation of dance theater so far this century,” also by The New York Times.

Tanowitz was recently named a 2020 Doris Duke Artist. She is currently the first-ever choreographer in residence at The Fisher Center at Bard in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Other honors include a 2019 Herb Alpert Award, 2017 BAC Cage Cunningham Fellowship, 2016 and 2009 Bessie awards, 2010 Foundation for Contemporary Arts award, 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, Hodder Fellowship, CBA Fellowship at NYU, BAC Cage Cunningham Fellowship and a New York City Center Choreography Fellowship. Her work was included in The New York Times’ “Best of Dance” 2013-2020.

Tanowitz has created for New York City Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, The Royal Ballet, The Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America, Juilliard Dance, Ballet Austin and New York Theatre Ballet. Other commissions include Barbican Centre, The Joyce Theater, Bard Summerscape, Vail International Dance Festival, New York Live Arts, Guggenheim Works & Process, Duke Performances, Peak Performances and ICA/Boston.

Originally from New Rochelle, New York, Tanowitz holds degrees from Ohio State and Sarah Lawrence College and is a visiting guest artist at Rutgers University.


Distinguished Service Award

Gifford Weary
Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Dr. Gifford Weary has been a faculty member at Ohio State since 1978 and was elected to The Ohio State University Foundation Board in 2012. In August 2014, she retired as dean of social and behavioral sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Currently, Weary is an emeritus professor in the Department of Psychology, where she served a six-year tenure as chair from 2002 to 2008.

Weary received Ohio State’s Distinguished Scholar award in 1984 and the Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2000. She has been elected as a fellow in five professional organizations and served as president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in 1998. Weary earned her PhD and MA from Vanderbilt University and her BA from the University of Kansas.

Young Alumni Achievement Award

Sabrina Hersi Issa
BA, International Studies and Women's Studies, 2006

Sabrina Hersi Issa is a human rights technologist committed to leveraging technological innovation as a tool to unlock opportunity and dignity for all. She is the founder of Survivor Fund, a political fund focused on championing the rights of survivors of sexual violence.

As Chief Executive Officer, Issa leads Be Bold Media, a global digital agency that works with organizations and campaigns on strategic transformation initiatives, policy innovation and movement-building. The firm leads award- winning, innovative work building technology and media for healthcare, press freedom, humanitarian relief and refugee services. She organizes The People’s Iftar, a campaign to gather community and raise funds for grassroots organizations serving Muslim communities and Rights x Tech, a gathering for technologists and activists.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Michael Ansari
BA, Political Science, 1969

Michael Saeed Ansari is an industrialist and a philanthropist. He founded M.I.C. Industries, Inc. in 1981 and has served as chairman, president and CEO since its inception. M.I.C. reached Inc. Magazine’s list of America’s 500 fastest growing companies in the 1990s, and has grown to be the global leader in industrial manufacturing of its kind. Prior to founding M.I.C., Ansari owned a number of other manufacturing and trading companies.

In the 1990s Ansari, in partnership with former U.S. Secretary of State General Alexander Haig, formed US-CIS Ventures, Inc. to participate in developmental programs of certain CIS countries. Ansari was a principal and a major participant in the development of oil and gas pipeline concepts between countries in central Asia and Europe. For a period of time, he was the United States Honorary Consul for Turkmenistan and was a member of President George H.W. Bush’s OPIC Investment Mission delegation overseas.

Distinguished Achievement Award

P. Dee Boersma
PhD, Zoology, 1974

Dr. Dee Boersma’s academic research is in the area of conservation biology, focusing on penguins and other ecosystem sentinel species that serve as early warning systems of natural or human caused environmental change. She directs the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels at the University of Washington where she holds the Wadsworth Endowed Chair in Conservation Science and is the co-chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission Penguin Specialist Group.

Boersma is currently funding an endowed chair in natural history and conservation at the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels to provide a lasting foundation for research that strengthens our connection to the natural world. Her inspiration to create this legacy came from her immersion in nature — first as a child at her family’s cottage in Michigan, then as a graduate student at Ohio State conducting research on an uninhabited Galápagos island and now as a scientist and professor living among wildlife in remote places like Alaska and Argentina. Boersma’s endowment will support future generations of scientists seeking to inform policy with science and inspire people with the awe of nature.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Vince Doria
BA, Journalism, 1970

Vince Doria is the former senior vice president and director of news at ESPN, retiring in 2015, after 23 years at the network.

In his time at ESPN, Doria was the recipient of 32 Emmy Awards for his involvement in SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, E:60, NFL Countdown, Baseball Tonight and a number of enterprise and investigative projects.

In 2009, Doria was honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) with the Red Smith Award for his contributions to journalism, at both ESPN and The Boston Globe, where he worked from 1975 to 1989. He has also been honored by a number of journalistic organizations, including the Peabody Award, the Dupont Columbia Award, several RTNDA Murrow awards, the National Headliner award, and the Robert F. Kennedy journalism award.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Patricia Heaton
BA, Theatre, 1980

Patricia Heaton is an Emmy-winning actress who has played not one, but two beloved TV moms. She most recently starred in ABC’s critically acclaimed comedy, "The Middle," as Frankie, a mom who is trying to find balance between her family and career in the Midwest. The show ran from 2009 to 2018. She is perhaps best known for her role as Debra Barone on the classic series "Everybody Loves Raymond." She won two Emmy Awards for the role and was nominated seven times. In addition to her Emmy wins, Heaton is also the recipient of the Best Comedy Actress award from the Viewers for Quality Television, a SAG award and three SAG nominations in the Best Actress category for her role on "Raymond."


Distinguished Service Award

Thomas Murnane 
Marketing, Business Administration, 1970, 1977

Thomas Murnane is a co-founder and principal of ARC Business Advisors, a strategic advisory firm focused on apparel, retail and consumer industries. Murnane currently serves as a director and chair of the audit committee for Blain Supply; as vice-chair of Goodwill Southern California; and as a member of the advisory board of SIRUM, a non-profit organization that matches up unused medicines with indigent patients who need them. Murnane is active in the Ohio State community, serving as the vice-chair of the President’s Alumni Advisory Council and as the vice-chair of the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Committee.

Distinguished Service Award

Derek Whiddon
Political Science, 2018

Derek Whiddon is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Ohio State, double majoring in economics and political science, and minoring in history. He has served as a student representative with the Arts and Sciences Alumni Society Board of Directors since the spring of his freshman year. Whiddon also worked with Arts and Sciences Advancement to create the Student Ambassador Program. Additionally, he had a hand in developing Framework 2.0, a long-term plan to develop Ohio State’s Columbus campus, working with President Drake and other influential members of the Ohio State community. 

Young Alumni Achievement Award

Malcom Jenkins
Communication, 2009

Malcolm Jenkins, a former Ohio State football player, is currently a safety for the 2018 Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. He also holds the honor of being the first Buckeye to win a Super Bowl with two different teams, first with the New Orleans Saints in 2009. In 2010, he launched The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, a non-profit public charity with a mission to bring about positive change in the lives of youth in low-income communities. The foundation emphasizes education, health and wellness, life skills and scholarship. 

Distinguished Achievement Award

Judge Colleen McMahon
Political Science, 1973

Colleen McMahon has served as the Chief Judge for the Southern District of New York since June 1, 2016. She was appointed to the bench by President Clinton and confirmed on Oct. 21, 1998. Prior to being appointed to the federal bench, Judge McMahon worked in private practice for 19 years at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, becoming the first woman litigator elected in the partnership. Judge McMahon continues to be an active member of the Ohio State community by serving on the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Committee. 

Distinguished Achievement Award

Fred Silverman
Speech, 1960

Fred Silverman is president of The Fred Silverman Company, a multi-faceted production and program consulting entity. Some of his clients have included MTV Networks, Chris Craft TV Stations, ABC Entertainment and Discovery’s Hub Channel. The New York City native has worked for all three leading television networks — CBS, ABC and NBC — and is the only individual to ever do so. His leadership and expertise played a significant role in the creation of popular television shows such as Charlie’s Angels, Battlestar Gallactica, Family Feud, Late Show with David Letterman, M*A*S*H, Price is Right and Roots.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Shuzaburo Takeda
Physics, 1969

Shuzaburo Takeda is the President of Takeda and Associates in Japan. He also serves as Senior Advisor to the President’s Office at Nagoya University and a Management Advisor at RIKEN, Japan’s largest comprehensive research institution. As the senior advisor to Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, he has been heavily involved in Japan-United States relations, helping to foster a spirit of collaboration between universities and research institutions in Japan and the U.S.  


Distinguished Service Award

Susan Munthe
BA, Political Science, 1974

Susan Munthe is passionate about higher education and is a tireless advocate for the college and Ohio State. Munthe is past president and current member-at-large of the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Society, where she has been instrumental in drafting the society’s bylaws and designing diversity programming. In 2014, she established the Susan Pratt Munthe Fund for Latin American Studies.

Munthe served as co-chair for The Ohio State University Capital Campaign, representing the Alumni Association. She has also served in a variety of officer and board positions with the Greater Kansas City Alumni Club and currently with the Orange County Alumni Club in California, with an emphasis on student recruiting and scholarship. 

Young Alumni Achievement Award

J.D. Vance
BA, Political Science, 2009

J.D. Vance is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. Vance grew up in Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served in Iraq. A graduate of Yale Law School, he has contributed to the National Review and The New York Times and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC.

Vance has joined the Ohio State Department of Political Science as scholar in residence. He will be working with undergraduates to study the public policies addressing the state’s opioid crisis, employment and educational challenges and impacting all Ohioans.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Edward Hubbard
BA, 1974; MA, 1975: African American and African Studies

Edward E. Hubbard, PhD, is president and CEO of Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc., an international organization and human performance-consulting corporation specializing in techniques for applied business performance improvement, workforce diversity measurement, instructional design and organizational development.

Hubbard is one of the first metrics authors in the field of diversity and one of the first to develop automated software technologies for measuring diversity return on investment and performance improvements. Hubbard has performed client work in organizational change and diverse workforce integration for private Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. government and corporations across the globe.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Dr. Redonda Miller
BS, Biology, 1988

Redonda Miller, MD, is president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Before her July 2016 appointment as the hospital’s 11th president and the first woman to hold the position in the hospital’s 127-year history, she served as vice president of medical affairs for The Johns Hopkins Hospital and senior vice president of medical affairs for The Johns Hopkins Health System.

A 1988 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio State, Miller obtained her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1992. Miller has been voted by Baltimore magazine as one of “Baltimore’s Best Doctors” and one of “Baltimore’s Best Doctors for Women.” She was honored by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of “100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know.”

Distinguished Achievement Award

Charles Newirth
BA, Photography and Cinema, 1977

Charles Newirth is a film producer currently in production on his third film for Marvel Studios, Ant Man and the Wasp. He broke into the film industry as a location manager on such films as Flashdance and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and moved up to producing titles like 1999’s sleeper hit Galaxy Quest, as well as Robert Zemeckis’ Academy Award-winning blockbuster film, Forrest Gump. Newirth has been instrumental in providing support and counsel to the college on the new Moving Image Production major. Newirth served as executive producer on Marvel’s blockbusters Doctor Strange and Iron Man 3 and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.


Service Award

W. Rodney Sharp

William “Rod” Sharp’s background resides in biotechnology, translation of science into business ideas, spawning start-up companies and extensive technology transfer experience in the Americas and Asia with important corporate research and development collaborations with the University of Sao Paulo and institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Sharp joined the faculty of Ohio State in 1969 as an assistant professor in the College of Biological Sciences, becoming a full professor in 1978. In 1979, he left the university to become director of Pioneer Research at the Campbell Institute for Research and Technology. He went on to become founder and/or director of several successful biotechnology companies and has authored more than 70 papers, abstracts and books in the field of plant cell biology, including the five-volume Handbook of Plant Cell Culture.

He continued to maintain close ties with Ohio State, serving as a non-salaried adjunct professor and sharing his experience and expertise with students in the Department of Microbiology. He has long fostered an entrepreneurial spirit among Ohio State's faculty and has promoted and facilitated several global partnerships, notably with the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and Cairo University in Egypt. In 1999, he established the Rod Sharp Professorship in Microbiology at Ohio State.

Sharp is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Committee and serves as an advisor to Ohio State’s STEAM Factory.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Carter G. Phillips
BA, Political Science, 1973

Carter Phillips is a partner of the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley Austin LLP and is the chair of the firm’s executive committee. He has the distinction of having argued more cases (82) as a private litigator before the U.S. Supreme Court than any other living lawyer.

Phillips served as a law clerk to both Judge Robert Sprecher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the seventh circuit and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger on the United States Supreme Court. Phillips served as assistant to the solicitor general for three years, during which time he argued nine cases on behalf of the federal government in the United States Supreme Court.

In recognition of Phillips’s litigation success, he is ranked among the nation’s top lawyers by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States, The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal and The National Law Journal. In 2015, Phillips was named to the National Law Journal’s list of Litigation Trailblazers, and The Legal 500, Carter recommended as a “Leading Lawyer.”

Washingtonian magazine named Phillips to its list of Washington’s Best Lawyers as one of the region’s “best legal minds” for his Supreme Court practice, every year since 2013. He has been listed in the top 10 among Super Lawyers magazine’s Top 100 lawyers in Washington, from 2007–2013, and also earned a spot on Law360’s list of Appellate MVPs that year. Phillips was honored as one of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” in 2010 by the National Law Journal.

In 2010, Phillips and his wife, Sue Henry, endowed a professorship in the Department of Political Science. He is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Committee and The Ohio State University Foundation Board.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Rand Morrison
BA, English, 1971

Rand Morrison is executive producer, CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.

He is the winner of 15 Emmy Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards and two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. Under Morrison's leadership CBS Sunday Morning has earned two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program.

Before joining CBS Sunday Morning, in 1999, Morrison served as executive producer of CBS News Productions where he produced, among other projects, the critically acclaimed 13-part Century of Country series on the history of country music for The Nashville Network.

Prior to Sunday Morning, Morrison served in senior management positions on several CBS News prime time magazine broadcasts, including senior broadcast producer at Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel, 48 Hours and as a senior producer for Eye to Eye with Connie Chung. Before joining 48 Hours, Morrison was a producer for the weekend editions of the CBS Evening News and served as a broadcast producer for the CBS Morning News. He joined CBS News in 1982 as a writer for Nightwatch, an overnight news broadcast, after having held a variety of positions at the Associated Press and United Press International (1977-82).

Young Achievement Award

George Wang
BS, Molecular Genetics, 2003

George Wang grew up in Hilliard, Ohio and followed his brother’s footsteps in attending Ohio State as a Battelle Memorial Scholar. In 2003, Wang graduated summa cum laude with a BS in molecular genetics, with distinction and honors and Phi Beta Kappa.

After Ohio State, Wang was honored with a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Stanford Graduate Fellowship at Stanford University. In 2011, Wang co-founded SIRUM, a technology-based non-profit in Silicon Valley with two other Stanford alumni.

SIRUM uses an online platform to make it easy for healthcare institutions such as nursing homes, pharmacies and drug manufacturers to donate unused, unexpired medicine rather than destroy it. Today, SIRUM operates the largest redistribution system in the country and has helped more than 200 healthcare organizations redistribute more than five million worth of medicine, enough to supply 150,000 uninsured and under-insured patients throughout California, Colorado, Oregon and Ohio. In Columbus, SIRUM is proud to be partnering with the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio.

SIRUM’s vision is to create a nationwide program to get every unused pill to a patient in need.

Wang currently lives in Menlo Park, California with his wife and 11 month old son, Elliot, and four year old daughter, Emma.



Distinguished Achievement

David A. Lewis
MD, 1979; BA, 1974, Psychology

Chairman, Department of Psychiatry; medical director and director of research, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and director, Translational Neuroscience Program, University of Pittsburgh.

David Lewis is one of the world’s most preeminent researchers on schizophrenia and related mental health issues, and has been recognized as such by countless organizations and peers within the field of psychiatry. His work has contributed greatly to furthering our understanding of schizophrenia and to improving treatment options and symptom management for those who suffer from it.

Lewis was named chair of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry and medical director of the Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic (WPIC) in 2009. His research focuses on the neural circuitry of the prefrontal cortex and related brain regions and the alterations of this circuitry in schizophrenia. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Lewis serves as director of a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders at WPIC, which is focused on understanding the role of prefrontal cortical dysfunction in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia.

The overall objective of the Translational Neuroscience Program, directed by Lewis, is to understand the neurobiological basis for complex human cognitive and emotional functions, and the manner in which alterations in the brain give rise to the types of disturbances in these functions that characterize psychiatric disorders. Disorders of particular interest include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, addiction, and Alzheimer disease with psychosis. Lewis and his team of program scientists work to "translate" clinical observations into hypotheses about the biological mechanisms involved in a disease process that can be tested in the more tractable conditions of the laboratory in order to guide the identification of molecular targets for drug development.

What first interested Lewis in schizophrenia?

"As the youngest member of a large extended family, I was always the kid left out at family gatherings, unable to keep up with the older kids. But I had an aunt, who was unmarried and lived with my grandmother, who always spent time with me. But, as a very young child, I realized there were times when Aunt Jessie disappeared. Weeks or months would pass, and then she'd come back, clearly not the same. I didn't understand it, but gradually she'd get better, we'd spend time together, and then the same thing would happen again."

Lewis’s research findings have been published in more than 425 scientific articles. Lewis serves as deputy editor of both The American Journal of Psychiatry and Neurobiology of Disease.

In 2007, Lewis was appointed to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences for his contributions to the advancement of schizophrenia treatments and his efforts to bring the importance of this major public health issue to the forefront.

Recognition of Lewis’ research accomplishments have included the Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research from NARSAD; the William K. Warren Award from the International Congress of Schizophrenia Research; the Stanley Dean Research Award from the American College of Psychiatrists; the American Psychiatric Association’s Research Award and NIMH Senior Scientist and MERIT Awards. In addition, he has twice received the APIRE/Kempf award for mentorship from the American Psychiatric Association.

“Although schizophrenia is a very complex disorder, we are beginning to understand aspects of the pathology and pathophysiology of this illness, and this understanding offers hope for new treatments that are based on knowledge of the underlying disease process.”

Lewis is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and currently serves on the Scientific Councils for the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the Simons Foundation and the One Mind Institute. He has previously served as a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council and as President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Distinguished Young Achievement

Rosa Ailabouni
BA, French, International Studies, Political Science, 2001

International strategy consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton.

Rosa Ailabouni (French, International Studies, Political Science, 2001), has more than 12 years of consulting experience with expertise in strategic planning, organization design and development, business process improvement, change management and project management and implementation. She has worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, a top tier consulting firm, advising Fortune 500 companies, U.S. government agencies and governments and non-profits in nearly a dozen different countries in the world.

Ailabouni has worked and traveled to more than 30 countries around the world in her capacity as an international strategic consultant. In 2008, Ailabouni was selected to work on an overseas assignment for Booz Allen Hamilton in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). In 2009-2010, she led a business process improvement project for a client that took her to Senegal, South Africa, India and Hungary. More recently, Ailabouni worked in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire to support work that was being done in supply chain management at medical supply warehouses. She has also supported an international trade project in Egypt and an Emergency and Crisis Management project in Jordan.

While her consulting career has focused on commercial and government strategy issues at the national and international levels, Ailabouni has demonstrated and continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to the betterment of the university as a whole.  As a student at Ohio State, Ailabouni started BuckeyeThon, a non-profit organization benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network by bringing together the university and community in support of children with cancer and cancer research. As an alumna, Ailabouni continues to attend and support BuckeyeThon, now the largest student-run philanthropic organization on campus raising more than $1 million annually and with over 5,000 students participating every year.

Moreover, Ailabouni continues to mentor arts and sciences students, and participated as a mentor in the John Glenn internship program in Washington D.C. While in London, she joined Ohio State honors students for an evening of mentorship and discussion. She has also planned and executed a collaborative event between Ohio State’s Office of Student Life and the non-profit organization Youth Venture, an affiliate of Ashoka, to teach students about social entrepreneurship.

In 2012, Ailabouni was recognized as One of the 100 Buckeyes You Should Know and in 2013, The Ohio State University Alumni Association selected Ailabouni for the William Oxley Thompson Alumni Award for young alumni achievement. Ailabouni has earned several awards from Booz Allen Hamilton.

In addition to her two bachelor degrees earned at Ohio State, with honors and with distinction,  Ailabouni earned an MBA from Cornell University;  a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University; a Diplome (master’s equivalent) from the Institut D’Etudes Politiques in Paris, France and Graduate Certificates from George Washington University in Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness, and Response and from Columbia University in Western European studies. She is also certified in Business Continuity Planning.

Ailabouni is married and has two children.

Distinguished Service

Keith D. Monda
BS, Economics, 1968; MA, Economics, 1971

It’s impossible to talk about Keith Monda’s service and generosity without invoking his father and grandfather — the two people who most influenced his life and shaped his character.

“I am blessed because I had people in my life who taught me humility and honesty,” said Monda, Ohio native and retired president and chief operating officer of Coach, Inc. “I feel an obligation to give back.”

Monda has a proud and distinguished record of service to students in the arts and sciences, the college and the university. He created the Keith and Linda Monda Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for students from Ohio studying economics and when he retired from Coach, at his request and in his honor, the company directed a gift to Ohio State’s Students First Students Now initiative.

Monda grew up in Canton, Ohio, under the guidance of both his parents and grandparents. He left Canton in the early 1960s to attend Ohio State. His early careers in the world of finance included senior level financial positions at Pfizer Inc., J. Crew, Inc. and Timberland Company.

In 1998, Monda joined Coach, Inc. Over the next ten years, he spearheaded the transformation of Coach from a manufacturer to a marketing company, implementing a global sourcing strategy that enabled the company to expand its product offering. Monda retired from Coach in 2009 to devote the rest of his life to philanthropy and service.

“Investing in a young person’s education is one of my efforts to pay it forward.”

In 2011, Monda and his wife, Linda, gave $5 million to establish the Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarship. In 2012 they generously committed an additional $5 million to the fund. Once the endowment is fully funded, each year, in perpetuity, the need-based scholarships will enable approximately 100 arts and sciences students to have an international experience. Since 2012, more than 160 arts and sciences students have realized their dreams of studying abroad.

“Keith has dedicated his life to finding ways to make education and educational experiences accessible and affordable to all persons,” said David Manderscheid, executive dean and vice provost, College of Arts and Sciences. “His passion and vision has allowed many of our students who do not have the means to experience education and life in another country. It is truly a transformational gift.”

In addition to his philanthropic commitments to the college and the university, Monda is incredibly generous sharing his time and wisdom. He returns to campus to lecture in the Department of Economics and has volunteered his time to the Undergraduate Economics Club and to the college’s Politics, Society and Law scholars group. He never leaves a classroom or an encounter without encouraging students to personally contact him for any reason.

In addition to his deep connection and commitment to education, Monda is passionate about making a dent in the battle on hunger.

“One in five children in the U.S. is food insecure,” said Monda. “Put another way, 20 percent of our children don’t know where their next meal will come from, or if it will come at all.”

Monda serves on the Board of Directors of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization and All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota, Florida where he and his wife Linda live.

Monda is a principal investor and business partner in 2 Degrees, a small cause-related marketing food company dedicated to eradicating childhood hunger and Aleph Sciences Group (ASG), a startup scientific company that has an objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from coal fired furnaces.

Monda is a vice chair of The Ohio State University’s Foundation Board, chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Committee and campaign chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Capital Campaign. In addition, Monda is the chairman of the Board of Trustees, New College of Florida, the State of Florida’s public honors college for liberal arts and sciences.

“Keith has been an exemplary volunteer for Ohio State, enriching the lives of students, faculty and friends of the university,” said Manderscheid.


Distinguished Achievement Award

Anna Barker
MA, Education, 1967 and PhD, Microbiology, 1971

Professor and director of Transformative Healthcare Networks and co-director of the Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) Initiative, Arizona State University

In her role as co-director of CAS, Barker designs and implements transformative knowledge networks that are specifically directed toward viewing and controlling diseases such as cancer. These networks establish new research models that leverage convergent knowledge, innovative teams and novel research funding approaches. One of these initiatives, a national effort in biomarker development, the National Biomarker Development Alliance (NBDA), is underway with Barker as the founding director.

Prior to joining Arizona State, Barker served as the deputy director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and as the NCI’s deputy director for Strategic Scientific Initiatives from 2002 until her retirement in 2010. Barker led the planning, development and implementation of a number of strategic scientific and advanced technology initiatives and novel partnerships that emphasized innovation, trans-disciplinary teams and convergence of scientific disciplines to enable progress against cancer. These programs also stressed the synergy of large scale and individual initiated research, precompetitive research and public databases and translation of discoveries into new interventions to detect prevent and treat cancer more effectively.

At the NCI Barker collaborated on the planning and implementation for the Institute’s major initiative in bioinformatics (the Cancer Bioinformatics Grid); planned and initiated an NCI wide program to establish biospecimen standards and best practices; and planned and launched the Clinic Proteomics Technology Initiative for Cancer; with an overall goal of developing, standardizing and deploying the technologies, reagents and protocols needed to enable the reproducible identification of protein cancer biomarkers.  She also co-developed The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) pilot and full-scale programs jointly with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

Barker also served as the co-founding chair, along with the FDA, of the NCI-FDA Interagency Oncology Task Force (IOTF). She was also founding co-chair of the Cancer Steering Committee of the FNIH Biomarkers Consortium (FNIH-BC); and among other achievements, oversaw and supported the design and implementation of the ISPY2 trial.  Barker also led the development of the NCI’s international efforts including strategic international research programs in Latin America and China.

Dr. Barker has a long history in research and the leadership and management of advanced research and development in the academic, non-profit and private sectors. She served as a senior scientist and subsequently as a senior executive at Battelle Memorial Institute for 18 years; and co-founded and served as the CEO of a public biotechnology drug development company programs.

Barkers has served as a member of the National Coalition of Cancer Research; a Partner and member of the Board of Directors of C-Change; chairperson of the C-Change Cancer Research Team; founding member of the Department of Defense (DOD) Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Integration Panel and chairperson of the BCRP Integration Panel; and in varying capacities for a number of additional organizations.

Barker has received a number of awards for her work in support of cancer research, cancer patients, professional and advocacy organizations and the ongoing national effort to prevent and cure cancer. In 2009, Barker received the American Association for Cancer Research’s Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research and was named to the list of "The 100 People Changing America" by Rolling Stone magazine.


Martin Keen
BS, Product Design, 1989

Founder, KEEN™ Footwear and founder of Focal Upright™ furniture

The majority of my career has been spent creating and building new categories where before they did not exist. Ideas born out of need. I enjoy the thrill of thinking in an entrepreneurial way.

Martin Keen grew up in a family that liked to make stuff—groovy 70’s style furniture, custom clothing and conceptual art featuring found objects. He could macramé a nifty plant hanger, operate his dad’s power tools, and run his mother’s sewing machine all by the age of twelve.

Keen came to Ohio State to study engineering but shifted his focus to product design, a serendipitous choice since Ohio State already boasted one of the top industrial design programs in the country. There, his German instructors taught him about design semantics, the Bauhaus movement and the unification of art, craft and technology. They taught him a design philosophy he has adhered to since: form follows function.

Keen opened his first industrial design office, KEEN Design Studio, in Rhode Island in 1994, focusing on outdoor and sport footwear design. Although the studio was successful, Keen was frustrated with the industry’s emphasis on disposable fashion and quick profit. He wanted to find a way to mix corporate responsibility with the production of an enduring, functional product.

In 2003, Keen launched KEEN® Footwear, introducing a hybrid shoe/sandal with a large rubber bumper to protect the toes. The company was named 2003's "Launch of the Year" by the shoe industry's leading trade publication, Footwear News, which also identified it as a hot brand to watch. With its innovative product and unique corporate philosophy of consciousness and sustainability, KEEN quickly became the fastest-growing outdoor brand in the world.

When building his footwear design studio in 1994 Keen decided he wanted to make a postural change from traditional sitting, while working. He developed a prototype leaning seat and upright desk that would eventually become Focal Upright. But he was deep into footwear design and then in 2003, when Keen launched his footwear brand he had to postpone his vision for the future of work furniture as the success of Keen Footwear did not allow time to pursue that vision.

In early 2012, after more than two decades in the shoe industry, Keen sold his remaining stake in Keen and launched Focal Upright™ with the aim of transforming the way we work. After almost two decades in development, the Locus Workstation, an ergonomic standing desk and seat, debuted at the May 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. By the end of the year, Keen’s workstation won the ErgoExpo award for best new product and, in 2013, the Grand Prize in Product Innovation from NeoCon/Buildings Magazine. Focal products can be found is use at Apple, Pixar, Google, Wikimedia, GE, Honda, Harley Davidson and many other forward thinking companies.

Focal Upright’s products are designed and assembled in Rhode Island from domestically and internationally sourced components. Whenever possible, Keen sources components domestically.


Charles Csuri
BS, Education, 1947 and MA, Fine Art, 1948

Digital artist and professor emeritus of art education and computer and information science at The Ohio State University

Csuri is best known for pioneering the field of computer graphics, computer animation and digital fine art. Recognized by Smithsonian magazine as the "father of digital art and computer animation," Csuri established the Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design (ACCAD) at Ohio State, one of the world's first computer art, animation teaching, and research programs.

Csuri began his work in the intertwining of art and computer science in the 1960s; in 1964, he experimented with computer graphics technology and in 1965 he began creating computer animated films. Between 1971 and 1987, Csuri founded the Computer Graphics Research Group, the Ohio Super Computer Graphics Project, and ACCAD. Csuri was co-founder of Cranston/Csuri Productions (CCP), one of the world's first computer animation production companies.

With support from the National Science Foundation, the Navy, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Csuri directed basic research in computer graphics for over 22 years. This research activity involved 15 major projects and more than eight million dollars. Graduate students in the fields of computer science and art were engaged in his research.

The results of Csuri’s ground-breaking work have been applied to flight simulators, computer-aided design, visualization of scientific phenomena, magnetic resonance imaging, education for the deaf, architecture and special effects for television and films.

Csuri’s works are on display in the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art and are included in the personal collections of noted artists Roy Lichtenstein and George Segal. Csuri’s work appears in more than 20 books on digital art and has appeared in exhibitions around the world.

Csuri’s artistic and research efforts have won him numerous art awards throughout Europe and the United States. In 2000, he received both the 2000 Ohio Governor's Award for the Arts for the best individual artist, and The Ohio State University Joseph Sullivant Medal, in acknowledgment of his lifetime achievements in the fields of digital art and computer animation. In 2011, Csuri was selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award in Digital Art from the Association for Computing Machinery.

Graduates from Csuri’s program are employees of Industrial Light and Magic, Pacific Data Images, Metro Light, Pixar, Rezn8, Silicon Graphics Inc., Rhythm and Hues, Xaos, Walt Disney Productions and others. His former students have worked on such films as Star Wars, Terminator 2, Lawnmower Man, Jurassic Park, Casper, Toy Story, Monsters, Ice Age and more.

The Charles A. Csuri Project at Ohio State documents the art, writings and major life events of Csuri from 1945–present. This online resource historically contextualizes Csuri's work, making it available for teaching and research world-wide.

A decorated World War II veteran, Csuri was named MVP by his teammates of Ohio State's first national championship football team in 1942.

Distinguished Service Award

Gary Booth
PhD, Chemistry, 1965

Retired vice president of research and development, Procter & Gamble (P&G)

After earning his PhD in organic chemistry from Ohio State, Booth enjoyed a successful 31-year career at P&G. During his time there, he became a VP of Research and worked abroad for 10 years in Brussels and London. His work was instrumental in the development of many popular household brands, including Pantene, Bounty, Folgers, Crest, and many more.

After retirement from P&G, Booth began thinking about his career and the success that was made possible because of his education and a grant from Ohio State. During his second year at Ohio State, Booth earned a research fellowship. Booth credits his career to this education at Ohio State.

“The professors taught me how to think about science and planning, and how to experiment,” says Booth. “They taught me to think like a molecule.”

In 2007, Booth, along with his wife Jane, established several scholarships to provide support for undergraduates in chemistry and biochemistry. They are active donors and meet with every student who receives a scholarship. For Booth, it’s as much about mentoring as it is about the monetary support.

He recently took 18 chemistry students to P&G to expose them to science beyond the academic walls. All of the students who visited P&G walked away with a better understanding of the joy that comes from working in a lab. Their deep interpersonal connections to students are a reflection of their commitment to education and to the arts and sciences.

Booth is the committee chairman for Ohio State’s CBEC Chemistry and Biochemistry National Committee and is leading the committee’s efforts to raise $8 million for the new facility.

“I am honored to be able to contribute toward funding this facility,” Booth says. “How often do you get the opportunity to be part of something that will allow thousands of chemists and biochemists to get a better education?”

Distinguished Young Achievement Award

Peter Michailidis
BS, Biochemistry, 2007

Co-founder and CMO, Pushpins, Inc.

Columbus-born and raised entrepreneur Peter Michailidis worked on his first startup, Substruct Systems, a retail technology company specializing in advance retail point of sale and inventory management software, while in high school (Upper Arlington) and during his undergraduate years at Ohio State. Michailidis’ company developed a computerized point-of-sale, inventory-control and accounting system for Zettler Hardware, a central Ohio family-owned business with multiple locations.

In 2009, Michailidis co-created Pushpins Inc., during his first semester at Harvard Business School (where he earned an MBA in 2011). Pushpins Inc. is a free mobile shopping app that provides digital manufacturers’ coupons and rewards to shoppers when they scan UPC bar codes at the grocery store. In addition to instant discounts at the checkout counter, the Pushpins’ app provides shoppers access to digital shopping lists, nutritional information and their shopping history.

Michailidis and his business partner and fellow Harvard student Jason Gurwin were able to raise cash for their idea by winning the MIT100K Executive Summary Competition — which isn’t exclusive to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology community — and other competitions at Harvard Business School.

Pushpins was given a $50,000 grant from Lightspeed Venture Partners that included mentorship while building the app. The investment allowed Michailidis to build a prototype of the app and integrate it into over 2,000 stores across the country.

In 2013, Michailidis and his partner sold Pushpins to retail giant Performance Marketing Brands parent of and Michailidis continues to work with Pushpins, expanding their capabilities to the web and Android.

Since graduating from Ohio State in 2007, Michailidis has kept in touch with Daniel Oglevee, professor at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business. Oglevee, who teaches courses in the executive MBA and Executive Education programs, allowed Michailidis to sit in on his financial modeling class while Michailidis was preparing to begin studies at Harvard.

Michailidis returns often to Oglevee’s classes – this time as a guest lecturer – to share with students his insights on entrepreneurial finance and his experience launching a venture-backed company.


Alumni Distinguished Service Award

John G. Johnstone
PhD, Musicology, 1984

Zoe Johnstone
Honorary Alumna

Jack and Zoe met as music students at San Jose State University and have always shared an interest in contemporary music. In 1979, they moved to Columbus from California so that Jack could pursue a PhD in musicology at Ohio State.

For the more than 30 years they have lived in Columbus, the Johnstones have developed an international company in the heart of the Short North and, through volunteerism and generous financial support, have helped transform the area into a vibrant cultural district. The community improvement projects they have had a hand in over the years can be seen all around the Short North and Central Ohio.

In 2000, they established the Johnstone Award for Excellence in Musicology as an endowment fund for the School of Music. The award provides $2,000 each year to an Ohio State musicology graduate student selected by School of Music faculty.

In 2006, Jack, a bassoonist with the Upper Arlington Community Orchestra, and Zoe worked with Ohio State woodwind faculty to create the Johnstone Woodwind Master Series. This annual event celebrates the exemplary work of the woodwind faculty and enhances the School of Music’s curriculum by bringing eminent teachers and performers to campus; highlighting newly commissioned works by recognized composers; encouraging and performing student compositions for woodwinds; and recognizing the contributions of Ohio woodwind teachers.

In 2007, Jack and Zoe established the Johnstone Fund for New Music at the Columbus Foundation. Designed to generate new collaborations between local composers and musicians and to introduce new music to wider audiences, the fund offers grants to commission new art music, which includes contemporary classical music, some forms of jazz, and dance. The Fund for New Music provides support for performances by Ohio State’s New Music Collective, an ensemble of student and faculty musicians; ensembles in the university’s dance department; and new works for the School of Music’s annual Contemporary Music Festival.

The generosity of Jack and Zoe Johnstone has created the most exciting and successful stimulus to the support of new concert music in the cultural history of Columbus and Central Ohio. They are committed to invigorating the learning experience and to advancing the energy and creativity of the faculty and students in the School of Music.

"We have longstanding, personal, and increasingly urgent devotion to new music. Why? Because it shows us that integrity, 
hard work, and common purpose make a difference in life. The faculty, staff, and students of the School of Music embody 
these qualities through their composing, teaching, and performance."

Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award

Chief Kim Jacobs
BA, Sociology, 1979

Kim Jacobs has had a remarkable, pioneering career inside the Columbus Division of Police. On April 6, 2012, Jacobs completed her climb from patrol officer to take the helm of the Columbus Division of Police, becoming the first woman to hold the post—one of only a handful of female chiefs in a major metropolitan area—and the first open member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community to wear the city’s top badge.

A native of Ashland, Ohio, Jacobs graduated from Ohio State in June 1979 with a degree in sociology. In October 1979, she entered the Columbus Division of Police. This was only four years after the Columbus Police first started training women to work in patrol. After patrolling the streets of Columbus for seven years, Jacobs was promoted to sergeant. In 1991, she was awarded the rank of lieutenant.

In 1995, Jacobs earned the rank of commander—the first woman in the history of the Columbus police to do so. She commanded the communications, training, and internal affairs bureaus and a patrol zone that included the Ohio State University campus area, the Short North, Clintonville, and the far Northwest neighborhoods.

In 2009, Jacobs attained another first—by being the first woman to be promoted to the rank of deputy chief. As a deputy chief, Jacobs oversaw the administrative subdivision, which handles budgeting, personnel, and other areas. She also served as the division’s liaison to the mayor and city’s safety director.

Throughout her career, Chief Jacobs has been involved in projects aimed at improving operations, community relations, and recruitment. Among those accomplishments are her work in helping to set up the division’s Citizen Police Academy, the development of a separate Domestic Violence report, the reorganization of internal affairs to focus on citizen complaints, and the establishment of two new precincts. For more than 20 years, Jacobs has volunteered her time to speak to Ohio State undergraduates enrolled in sociology classes on policing and criminology.

Jacobs serves on the board of directors for the Center for Family Safety and Healing, the board of trustees for the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation, and is a member of the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council and Pride Council.

"I grew up at Ohio State. I met people from all walks of life and from different backgrounds. 
I found my calling in the sociology and criminology classes."


Dennis C. Liotta
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Chemistry, 1974-76

Dennis Liotta has distinguished himself as an international leader in academic organic chemistry. He is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Chemistry at Emory University, executive director of the Emory Institute for Drug Development, and co-director of the Emory/Republic of South Africa Drug Discovery Training Program. He also is co-inventor of several of the world’s most successful and commonly used anti-HIV/AIDS drugs.

As the HIV/AIDS epidemic emerged as a national and global crisis, Liotta began research and experimenting with anti-viral drugs. In the late 1980s, he and his team developed two of the major drugs in the HIV/AIDS arsenal: 3TC and FTC. These breakthrough discoveries are used by approximately 80 percent of all HIV/AIDS patients who are receiving treatment.

In 2008, Liotta established iThemba Pharmaceuticals in Johannesburg, South Africa, one component of his efforts to foster a vital, missing element in global health—human capital in the developing world. The Emory/Republic of South Africa Drug Discovery Training Program, brings South African scholars to the U. S. for hands-on research training.

Liotta is a fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the recipient of a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Fellowship, an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, the 2005 Herty Award, and the Thomas Jefferson Award­—the highest award given at Emory. Liotta was recently inducted into the American Chemical Society (ACS) division of Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame.

Liotta serves as a member of the scientific advisory boards and boards of directors of several biopharmaceutical companies including: Triangle Pharmaceuticals, Altiris, Pharmasset, iThemba Pharmaceuticals, and FOB Synthesis. He has authored more than 230 research publications and 70 issued  U.S. patents.

Liotta serves as editor-in-chief for the ACS’s Medicinal Chemistry Letters. Additionally, he provides consultation to many major pharmaceutical firms, including Merck, Glaxo, Burroughs Wellcome, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Johnson & Johnson.

Liotta received his PhD in organic chemistry in 1974 from The City University of New York. He completed his post-doctoral training at Ohio State under the direction of Dr. Leo A. Paquette.

"The quality of the scientific community I encountered during my postdoctoral training in the Department of Chemistry was simply amazing. Professor Leo Paquette set my standards for professionalism, productivity, and scientific quality."


Distinguished Achievement Award

Dianne McIntyre
BFA, Dance, 1969

McIntyre, choreographer, dancer, director, and scholar, is a Cleveland native. She has performed around the world, from Hollywood to Broadway to Europe and back—on big stages, dance floors, film sets, and concert halls.

A 2007 John S. Guggenheim Fellow for Choreography, McIntyre founded Harlem’s legendary dance/music ensemble, Sounds in Motion. In addition to completing works for her own company, she has choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Dallas Black Dance, as well as college dance groups.

McIntyre’s theater work includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional productions, and productions in London, England. McIntyre’s work appeared in the film, Beloved and the television productions of for colored girls who have considered suicide, When the Rainbow is Enuf; Langston Hughes: The Dream Keeper, and Miss Evers’ Boys­—for which she received an Emmy nomination.

"The faculty at Ohio State really supported and actually pushed me as a choreographer through my studies in the dance department, meeting my professors and the professionals they brought in for us to study with, the guest artists—these were people that I thought, ‘Here, they have made their lives through dance, and they have changed people’s lives through dance.’ I said, ‘Oh, I can do that, too!’ When I went to New York, I was fully equipped. Not only did I wonder if I was—I knew that I was. That was what was instilled in us as students."


Ellen Mosley-Thompson
PhD, Geography, 1979

Mosley-Thompson, Distinguished University Professor of Geography and director of Ohio State’s Byrd Polar Research Center, is considered one of the world’s leading experts on paleoclimatology, the study of ancient climates. She has led nine expeditions to Antarctica and six to Greenland to retrieve ice cores.

Mosley-Thompson was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011, the American Philosophical Society in 2009 and is a Fellow in the American Geophysical Union. She is also a member of the National Research Council’s National Academy of Sciences’ Polar Research Board and a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.

Mosley-Thompson, with her research partner and husband Lonnie Thompson, founded the world-class Ice Core Paleoclimate Research Group (ICPRG) and created one of the most impressive “libraries” of the Earth’s climate history, both located at Ohio State. Under their leadership, the Byrd Polar Research Center has amassed the second largest archive of prehistoric ice core samples in the world.

"People have asked: as your program became more successful, why didn’t you, like many people do, pick up and go some place else? We’ve never found anything that we couldn’t do at Ohio State. Ohio State has been a fantastic place to build our program, our careers and Columbus, Ohio, has been a wonderful place to raise our daughter."


R.L. (Robert Lawrence) Stine
BA, English, 1965

Stine is one of the best-selling authors of children’s books in history. His Goosebumps series, along with such series as Fear Street, The Nightmare Room, Rotten School, and Mostly Ghostly have sold nearly 400 million books in the U.S. alone and are translated into 32 languages.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Goosebumps book series, comprised of more than 100 books. Stine continues to write Goosebumps books, published by Scholastic. In addition, Touchstone books will publish his first hardcover horror novel for adults in many years, Red Rain, in October 2012.

As a student, Stine edited the student comic magazine­—The Sundial. He has been honored with many awards, including the Disney Children’s Choice Award and the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award. In 2011, the International Thriller Writers honored him as “Thrillermaster” at their annual banquet.

"I was so excited to learn upon arriving at Ohio State that there was a humor magazine there called The Sundial, this was a wonderful magazine that had been around, done by students, for over 100 years—James Thurber had actually worked on it in 1917. I just thought, ‘Wow, this is great, this is all I want to do in college.’ Actually, working on The Sundial paid my way to New York City."


Lonnie Thompson
PhD, Geology, 1976

Thompson, Distinguished University Professor in Earth Sciences and senior research scientist, Ohio State’s Byrd Polar Research Center, has led more than 50 expeditions to ice caps and glaciers on five continents, retrieving ice cores that contain a diary of past climate conditions around the globe, some dating back farther than 750,000 years. His observations of glacier retreat over the last three decades confirm that glaciers around the world are melting and provide clear evidence that the warming of the last 50 years is now outside the range of climate variability for several millennia, if not more.

Thompson’s list of accomplishments is long. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of the National Medal of Science, the highest honor the United States bestows on an American scientist; the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and the Heineken Prize for environmental sciences research, both environmental science equivalents of the Nobel Prize. He was the only American scientist ever elected a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and has been named one of America’s Best by Time and CNN and featured as one of “25 leaders who are fighting to stave off the planet-wide catastrophe” in Rolling Stone.

"One of the things I see in the newer generation is that they’re very concerned with doing something that will make a difference—that can improve the world as we know it. To me, that is a very good turn of events, and I think that the way we’ll change the future is through the young people."

Distinguished Service Award

Stephen E. Chappelear
BA, Social Sciences, 1974, JD, 1977

Chappelear is the managing partner of the Columbus offices of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, one of the country’s premier law firms. Currently, he is president of the National Conference of Bar Foundations and serves as the chair of the Trial Techniques Committee of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. He is the past president of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Columbus Bar Association. He currently serves as a member of the OSU Moritz College of Law National Council and president of its Law Alumni Association.

Chappelear has a long history of service to the arts and sciences. In 2006, he was instrumental in getting the SBS Alumni Society off the ground by providing legal guidance in crafting the Society’s constitution and bylaws. When the university announced the move to a unified College of Arts and Sciences in 2009, Chappelear assumed the leadership role to transition the SBS Alumni Society into the new Arts and Sciences Alumni Society. His strong leadership skills were a tremendous asset in building the consensus and support necessary to ensure a seamless and smooth transition.

"I felt like I received so much from the university when I was here and it gave me so many opportunities, that it’s really been a pleasure for me to continue my association with the university—I don’t think I’ve ever stopped, ever since I took classes here I’ve continued to have some involvement with Ohio State."


Distinguished Achievement Award

Chester A. Crocker

Crocker is a research professor of diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and chairman of the board of directors of the United States Institute of Peace. Crocker’s work as a mediator led to Namibia’s transition to democratic governance and independence and to the withdrawal of Cuban forces from Angola. Crocker received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in 1963, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, with distinction in history. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

Nancy J. Currie

Currie is a veteran of four space shuttle missions and has accrued 1,000 hours in space. She is the NESC Chief Engineer at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) and concurrently holds an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University. She received a bachelor’s degree, with honors, in biological sciences from Ohio State University in 1980, a master’s degree in safety engineering from the University of Southern California in 1985, and a doctorate in industrial engineering from the University of Houston in 1997.

John D. Ong

Ong was appointed by President George W. Bush as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Kingdom of Norway in 2001, serving in this capacity until 2005. He is Chairman Emeritus of the B.F. Goodrich Company. Ong received both his undergraduate and master’s degrees in history from Ohio State University in 1954 and his law degree from Harvard University in 1957.

Distinguished Service Award

Ronald H. Schild

Schild has long been an active member in the Ohio State Alumni Club of Chicago; he has spent numerous hours recruiting Chicago area students for Ohio State. He currently serves on the Honors and Scholars Advisory Committee and served as past Biological Sciences Alumni Society President and the College of Biological Sciences Representative to the Ohio State University Alumni Association Advisory Council. Schild is a retired general manager of Nalco Chemical Company sales and marketing operations group, as well as a consultant and training facilitator with RHS Consulting. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Ohio State University in 1970.