Ohio State Alumni Association Honors ASC Alumni

The Ohio State University Alumni Association’s annual awards program honors living alumni who personify the university’s tradition of excellence, thereby bringing distinction to themselves and to our alma mater through their outstanding achievements. This year’s ceremony, held on Sept. 12, 2014, honored the following arts and sciences friends and alumni:

Ralph Davenport Mershon Award

John L Melvin

John L. Melvin

(BS, biological sciences, 1955)
Dr. Melvin has been driven by the wish to serve others. He is the Michie Professor and chair of Rehabilitation Medicine, Jefferson College of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University.


Ralph Davenport Mershon Award

Jeffrey MeyersJeffrey Myers

Dr. Myers has made significant contributions to Ohio State for 30 years. He received a Bachelor of Physiologic Optics in 1982 and a Doctorate in Optometry from the College of Optometry in 1984.


Thompson Award for Early Career Achievement

Chukwuemeka OnyejekweChukwuemeka Onyejekwe

(political science, 2002)
Onyejekwe, aka rapper Mekka Don, the son of Nigerian immigrants, and a former walk-on for the football team, gave up his career as a lawyer, at a prestigious New York City law firm, to make it big in the music industry.


Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award

Ann Thomas McDonaldAnn Thomas-MacDonald

(BA, psychology, 1988)
 “Ann is a behind-the-scenes, unsung hero of our time. All totaled, Ann has raised over $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help us accelerate miraculous new treatments and healing therapies once thought impossible.”


Thompson Award for Early Career Achievement

David E VollmanDavid E. Vollman

(BS, chemistry, 2001)
Dr. Vollman has achieved significant success as he reaches his mid-30s. He currently serves as an assistant professor, patient safety officer and assistant residency program director at Washington University, as well as a staff ophthalmologist at the St. Louis VA Medical Center.