Alumni Notes

Kaye Bache-Snyder  |  Stephen M. Baker  |  Nancie Bell Brooks  |  Stefania Canali
Chris Chapman  |  Dorian Cohen  |  John Alan Day  |  Kara Ford  |  Tyler Gabbard
Scott Harrison  |  Edward E. Hubbard  |  Brian Huysman  |  Geary H. Larrick  |  Richard Moffa
Trina Paulus Carter Phillips  |  Andrew Plaut  |  John Robich  |  John Splettstoesser
Robert M. Thrash, Sr.  |  Gabriel Turk  |  Donald A. Weber  |  John R. (Jack) Wolcott


Kaye Bache-Snyder (English, Education, 1957)
Poet, Novelist, former Professor of English

Ohio State is a large and diverse community, where I had the freedom to explore ideas. Back then, I was co-chairman of International Week with my good friend from India. I lived in the Zonta House for international students for a quarter.

My advisor, Prof. Robert Shedd, English, encouraged me to continue my education. Thus, I have a MA and MS from the University of Colorado and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I was not that confident of my ability back then. Thank you for the article on World War II. In those years, my father, who was 4F a hard of hearing, worked in the war industry in Toledo seven days a week.

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Stephen M. Baker (History, 1968)
CEO and OWNER, LogiVision

After OSU, I finished 20 years in the Army. I went right to Vietnam after graduation, highest rank Major, while in Reserve worked in Southern California aerospace Industry General Dynamics, Hughes, Rockwell; I worked GPS and Shuttle and numerous "black programs," and retired twice, Army and aerospace. While on active duty, I obtained an MBA at Tulane, New Orleans and selected after Officer Advanced Course for further education. I returned to Ohio in 1997, obtained AAS in Mental Health Technology from Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio, and worked at Daymont West, a community based mental health organization. I was awarded a degree in social work from Capital University, Dayton in 2004, and obtained job in Atlanta as Director of a Methadone Clinic for 4 years. I finally retired 3 times; now, I do what I want, when I want, and where I want!

Ohio State was the start of my career, Army, Aerospace and Social Work. 1968 was the greatest OSU football team, undefeated, 10-0, and beat O.J. and Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl. I was in Vietnam and Woodie, Rex Kern, and John Beockington visited on an Ohio State trip.

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Nancie Bell Brooks.Nancie Bell Brooks (d. 2008) (Biological Science, 1960; MS, PhD Microbiology 1963, 1967)

Shortly after completing her studies at Ohio State she began her career at Ames Research Center. Always the lover of adventure, it’s not surprising that she ended up at NASA. Along with being an equal employment opportunity counselor at Ames, she also worked on the Mars Titan ’73 Bio-experiments Team. Early this August the latest in the Mars Exploration Program, Curiosity rover, landed on Mars.

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Stefania Canali (MA, History, 1978)

It was so good to receive the new magazine. I was a Fulbright student from Florence, Italy, and got my MA at Ohio State in 1977. I enjoyed every day of my stay in Columbus and this great experience surely contributed to change my life. Today I produce Chianti Classico in Nittardi, an historical estate in Castellina in Chianti, between Siena and Florence, and remember with affection teachers and friends of those years at Ohio State.

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Chris Chapman (Music, 1992)
Director of Bands, Oregon State University

Recently the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble was selected to perform at the College Band Directors National Association divisional conference in Reno, Nevada. This same ensemble is also taking a concert tour to the Kyushu Island of Japan in June. Leading up to this tour, we invited the recently retired Director of Athletic Bands, Dr. Jon R. Woods from The Ohio State University, to serve as a guest conductor/clinician. The concert, and Dr. Woods's interpretation of Ralph Vaughan Williams' "English Folk Songs Suite" were a tremendous success. Bravo to Woods on his retirement – his legacy will certainly be the profound impact on his students.

The knowledge gained from the professors at Ohio State were instrumental (pun intended) in much of my success. Aside from gaining the musical knowledge, the experiences gained at Ohio State have now been passed on to my current students at Oregon State

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Dorian Cohen (Psychology, 2012)
Teacher; Teach For America/ICEF Public Schools Frederick Douglass Academy Middle School; Los Angeles, CA

Ohio State means home. It means family no matter what, a place and a group of people who are always accepting and friendly and who love their family across state lines. It means tradition, it means community. Ohio State is one of the strongest communities I have ever had the privilege of being apart of, they taught me the importance of knowing your past and while not always following it perfectly also recognizing why it is foundational, relevant and a part of everything that makes a person who they are present day.

My apparel, my fridge, my apartment, my car, my education, my acceptance and my demeanor all represent The Ohio State University wherever I go and I will make sure that I share that with every last one of my students here in Los Angeles as they start to plant the seeds that will hopefully grow into the dreams of a large Buckeye tree as they move into their critical years for getting college ready.

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John Alan Day (BA, History, 1968)

I spent 40 years in the banking industry; the past 28 working in a variety of positions at TD Bank, NA -- subsidiary CFO, Director of Fixed Investments/Asset Liability Management, Wealth Management Relationship Management, Senior Investment Officer, Wealth Management.

What does OSU mean to me -- opportunity for our students; fond memories and pride for our alumni. As I said in the latest newsletter, OSU is more than football -- it is opportunity and this is why I am so proud of Ohio State.

Currently working as a part-time guide at the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont. It is a wonderful museum, 35 buildings on 44 acres. We have great impressionist paintings, American folk art, the steamship Ticonderoga, a steam locomotive, craft galleries, antique furniture, and many other objects for your enjoyment. For retired folks like myself, it is a wonderful place to work.

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Kara Ford with a baby.Kara Ford (Political Science, 2012)

I spent the past month in Asitey, Ghana, volunteering at an orphanage. I went with a group of 17 volunteers, 15 of which were fellow Buckeyes. We got up every morning at 5:30 to bath the kids and help them get ready. We also spent time doing their laundry, painting, playing with the kids, and teaching them English and math. It was difficult to see how little the kids had and how tough their lives had been, but it was a gratifying experience.

Ohio State is my community, my home, and my classroom. It is where I learned about myself, who I am not, who I want to be, and what I'm passionate about. I think anyone can find his/her niche at Ohio State because every organization, every personality, every subject, and every opportunity can be found there. It is a place in which complete strangers consider each other family, and a place in which every OH is finished with an IO. It's a place where 50,000 students doesn't seem like that large of a number.

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Tyler Gabbard (Spanish, 2012)

After my brief study abroad experience, I became addicted to travelling. I am now a graduate student in Madrid, Spain, where I will live and learn for the next two years!

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Scott Harrison (Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1988)
LTC/Project Manager, U.S. Army and IBM

I recently completed final year of active duty with Central Command and reassigned to Chief of Logistics (G4), US Army Reserve Medical Command in Pinellas Park, Florida.

Ohio State provided me with the ability to transition from an Army Non-commissioned officer to a commissioned officer and provided me with the foundational education used to succeed as an Army officer.

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Edward E. Hubbard (BA, MA; Black Studies; 1974, 1975)
International Management Consultant / President & CEO; Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.; St. George, Utah

Dr. Hubbard has been recognized and acknowledged throughout the years for his continued contributions and his pioneering work in Diversity Measurement/Analytics and calculating the Return-On-Investment Impact of Diversity Initiatives. He has developed numerous diversity management and measurement processes including the state-of-the-art computerized systems and "MetricLink" Online Diversity ROI Performance Measurement and Management Systems, an array of services and Diversity ROI automated evaluation technologies.

As an inner-city youth growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, attending The Ohio State University was always my dream. I got my start through the OSU Developmental Education program, which helped prepare me for the academic rigor I would face. I was able to finish my Bachelors and Masters Degrees in four years. I was honored to be asked to work with other students as the Program Director of Developmental Education at Ohio State University Newark after receiving my Masters Degree.

My OSU experience, with the help of some very caring OSU Faculty and staff members such as Dr. Mac Stewart, Dr. Frank Hale, Dr. George Davis, Dr. William Nelson, and Dean Mount, helped me forge the life values that have guided me throughout the years. Their mentoring, encouragement, and words of wisdom helped frame my life's work to further the field of Diversity and Inclusion. I am forever in their debt.

I have many fond memories of my years at Ohio State, especially my student life. As large as the campus is, I felt like a member of a large family. I was involved on campus, for example, as the String and Electric Bass player for the Ohio State University Black Choir, attending football games, and as Program Director for Developmental Education OSU Newark, I assisted minority and other students as the Faculty Advisor for the Black Student Union. We worked with the community agencies and local vendors to conduct food drives every Thanksgiving and Christmas to feed the homeless and families who were in need of food and help. The effort was designed to teach students the value of giving back to others in need.

OSU will always have a special place in my heart and life. I would highly recommend OSU as the place to get a "life changing" education and roadmap for the future! I am a Lifetime Alumni member and will always be an OSU Buckeye!

A heart-felt "Thank You" to all of the faculty and staff who made a tremendous difference in my life. I hope that my research, books, computer science applications to create the field of Diversity ROI Measurement and Analytics will inspire and encourage other OSU students to find ways to contribute to the fields they specialize in and apply what they learn.

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Brian Huysman (History, 2002)
US Marine Corps Infantry Officer/Captain; Arlington, VA

Recent activities or accomplishments:

-10 Years as an Infantry Officer.
-Two tours in Iraq (2004, 2005) and two tours in Afghanistan (2009, 2011)
-Currently selected as a Marine Corps United States Congressional Fellow for Calendar Year 2013.

Ohio State provided the friends, knowledge, and experience to begin a tremendous and successful career in Service to my fellow countrymen and those in need.

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Geary H. Larrick (Music Education, 1965)
Assistant Professor of Music, Retired, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point

I have written ten scholarly books, published 1989 to 2007, that are in libraries around the world. As a result, I have 10 references in Books in Print, 47 in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, 82 in Music Index and 134 in WorldCat. I currently reside in central Wisconsin and performs on percussion and piano.

I got a very good education at Ohio State, various and interesting. I regularly utilize the skills I gained during that time, to my advantage in serving the profession and society in general.

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Richard Moffa (International Studies, 1968)

Written and, after retirement, finally published two historical novels about an American fighter pilot in the Mediterranean in WWII, The Vaulted Sky and The Sky Suspended.

What does Ohio State mean to you? It's made me a Buckeye. I enjoy visiting the campus, especially during football seasons. I've been impressed with the changes over the years, especially the new Library, truly stunning. The new Ohio Union also merits that description. And the stadium? We have season tickets (my wife works there), and great seats. The games we attend, meeting friends before, and walking across campus, sometimes the Oval, are always good memories. I'm more attached to OSU than when I was there, and in the years shortly after I left. I think it's one of the reasons we've stayed in the Columbus Area.

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Trina Paulus (Fine Art, 1966, Summa Cum Laude)

Alumna and author, Trina Paulus, recently turned 81 and her book Hope for the Flowers, is its 40th anniversary in print. Paulus wrote and illustrated Hope for the Flowers after completing her education at Ohio State. It is a perennial bestseller and continues to spread its message of hope around the world. It is also available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Russian. New foreign translation editions in Thai, French and German are on the horizon as is the release of Hope for the Flowers as an eBook.

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Carter Phillips.Carter Phillips (Political Science, 1973)
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Phillips and the firm’s appellate group have achieved an unusual string of victories before the U.S. Supreme Court by winning three cases in a week. Sidley represented Fox Television in FCC v. Fox Television, Southern Union in Southern Union Company v. U.S., and a group of Native American tribes in Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter. Phillips argued all three cases successfully before the court.

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Andrew Plaut.Andrew Plaut, M.D.
Staff Physician and Professor of Medicine; Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine

I recently read through the ASCENT, and found a welcome opportunity to communicate with the College of Arts and Sciences. I graduated from OSU in what must seem like the second glaciation to some of your readers: Class of 1958.

Aside from writing a few of my old professors from time to time, I wanted to issue a global “thank you“ to the institution itself.  Why? Because there is no doubt that something in the OSU soil allowed me to dig in academically, and jump-started my work as a physician and biomedical scientist.

At age 75 years I¹m seeing patients at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, and my research laboratory is developing a microbial proteolytic enzyme as a specific therapy for one of the leading causes of kidney failure in the world, IgA nephropathy.

This illness begins in childhood, leads to kidney failure in about 30% of those affected, and about 90% of patients who have this illness are ethnic Asians (reasons not clear, as yet).

For about 22 years I directed the gastrointestinal research program funded by the National Institutes of Health at Tufts University School of Medicine, so my work has been in both clinical medicine (mainly digestive diseases) and in enzyme biochemistry and microbiology research.

It’s been quite a ride. Where exactly did OSU fit in? Organic chemistry, which for me was the first true insight into how the world is put together and stays together, the dreaded Quantitative Analysis courses in chemistry, physical anthropology (with the unusual but effective Prof Leo Estel at the lectern), American literature (Roy Harvey Pierce at OSU turned me on to the arcane topic of colonial American literature), Art History, Philosophy, and all that Zoology mixed in. Can’t recall all the teachers’ names, but I obviously dug into the School in the way a hungry soul handles a wedding buffet.  And I had a great job as a student, selecting and changing the classical music recordings in the music room of the Student Union – essentially a highbrow disc jockey. A season ticket to all Buckeye football home games cost $25 for students back then, and the market value on each Saturday was clearly evident for those of us given to scalping (I hope the statute of limitations has now run out).  

Our OSU benefactor Les Wexner was in my cohort, perhaps a year behind me. I¹d like to revisit some day, but given all the changes there, I¹ll have to recast my memories.

So my teachers are most certainly all replaced by now, but here is my collective thanks to them all, and my fellow students, and finally to OSU who put us together. 

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John Robich

I am retiring my college teaching career, which began at Ohio State in sociology graduate school/1966 as a R/TA and will finish July 31, 2012, where I am a full professor and was Human Services, Criminal Justice Department Chairman and Public Services Division Chairman at Richmond Community College, Hamlet, NC, following 39 full years of service.

I was a double major undergrad in Sociology and Political Science with advisors Simon Dinitz and Louis Nemzer, graduating in June, 1966.  I was commissioned thru Army ROTC in June, 1966 and completed my Army tour as a Captain, with Vietnam service, extensive command and law enforcement experience,

Thank you OSU College of Arts and Sciences for making my fulfilling career an achieved reality.  My recognized teaching gifts were a result of many inspiring professors, especially my two advisors, and all that OSU and the College of Arts and Sciences is about!   

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John Splettstoesser

I received the Spring 2012 issue of ASCENT today, and am impressed at the caliber of excellence in the faculty and students that were illustrated at The Ohio State University. I am not a graduate of the university, but have close ties with the organization as a result of my seven years (1967-74) there as Associate Director of the Institute of Polar Studies, now the Byrd Polar Research Center. The Director of BPRC, Dr. Ellen Mosley-Thompson, and Dr. Lonnie Thompson, were graduate students when I was there, conducting their research through the Institute that led to their Ph.D. degrees in Geography and Geology, respectively. Their accomplishments are many in their fields of science, as pointed out in the featured sections on each of them in ASCENT. I do not know of another husband-wife team who has spent that much time of their adult lives in conducting research on subjects that relate to climate change, ongoing effects that become more significant as the Earth appears to increasingly warm.

My reason for sending this is not only to say those kind and well-deserved plaudits about both of them, but also to point out that the awards, prizes, and memberships in professional societies that are mentioned are only a small part of the total. In addition, I want to emphasize one of those awards, the National Medal of Science, received from President Bush in the White House in 2005. As far as I am aware, Lonnie is only one of two individuals to receive this medal, the highest honor the United States bestows on an American scientist, who have made significant contributions in polar science. The photo says it all. 

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Robert M. Thrash, Sr. (Psychology, English,1951)
Human Resources/HR Manager (retired), International Monetary Fund

I have traveled around the world by ship 2+ times and toured all the lower 48 states by auto and Hawaii and Alaska by ship and auto.

I developed and implemented quantitative job evaluation systems, wage and salary and benefits programs for the City of Columbus, Ohio, plus some 50 city, county, and state governments as well as the Interamerican Development Bank, the Organization of American States, the International Monetary fund, and the African Development Bank (Abidjan, Ivory Coast).

I found OSU to be a great school to have attended while growing up. I followed a full academic program available through Twilight School. This enabled me to work full time to pay for my education and to take the courses I needed for graduation.

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Gabriel Turk (Communications Analysis and Practice, 2012)
Digital Advertising/Campaign Optimization and Reporting Analyst; The Columbus Dispatch

In Late February I ended my two-year tenure as a Marketing Specialist for the fortune 1000 Logistics Company Pacer International to join the Columbus Dispatch. Ohio State represents the launching point of my professional career. I leveraged my course curriculum to attain several internships throughout my college career.

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Donald A. Weber (Radio Speech, 1951)

Just got my first copy of ASCENT, and had to compliment you on a fine publication.

As an old Navy carrier pilot in the Korean War who had the privilege of working with James Michener, then a GM public affairs executive after a brief period of actually working in my Ohio State major field, I’ve seen many such attempts at an all-encompassing literature, but this one is the best.

Congratulations for yet another Ohio State outstanding accomplishment.

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John R. (Jack) Wolcott (PhD, Theatre History, 1967)
Partner, VideOccasions

Our video production company has just completed a five-month shoot working with Turner Construction Co. on the Port of Seattle Car Rental Facility. This capped work begun in January 2011 with Turner on two other projects.  Although we produce a wide variety of work, much of what we do is focused on development of instructional video materials.  We are currently working with A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) to document the 50-year history of this Seattle theatre.

Throughout my 31 years on the faculty of the University of Washington and my 14 years as a partner in VideOccasions, I have drawn heavily on the education I received at Ohio State and on the ethic the university instilled in me with regard to excellence in thought and performance.

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