DEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance Homecoming activities are slated for Oct. 4-10 featuring a variety of activities including a groundbreaking celebration for a new field house and wellness and fitness center. Groundbreaking is planned for Friday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m. for the facility which is expected to be the largest of its kind in northwest Ohio.
The week’s events begin Monday with an art opening and reception for the Steve Smith Collection at 6 p.m. in the Women’s Commission Art Gallery followed immediately by a presentation from Smith on “The Art of Collecting.”
A “Wings and Things” reception will be held Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Serrick Campus Center as a prelude to the annual “DC Follies” employee talent show in Schomburg Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. This year’s follies will be judged by a student panel. There is a nominal charge for the reception.
Thursday is a night for the community beginning with a Chamber of Commerce reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Weaner Community Center followed by a pep rally at 7 p.m. and campus/community fireworks at 7:40 p.m. The Schomburg Series concert begins at 8:15 p.m. with “Cole Remembered: Music of Nat King Cole.” Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.
This performance is co-sponsored by the Defiance Community Cultural Council (DCCC).
Alumni award winners will give presentations Friday as part of the Alumni Leadership Symposium and will receive their awards at the Celebrate DC Dinner scheduled for 5:45 p.m. in the Weaner Community Center.
Alumni honorees scheduled to present are Susan Crossland, Cristina Hernandez Thompson, Mark Lee, Mark Klein, and Ray Etzler, recipients of this year’s Alumni Achievement Award; Dr. David Siemens, Academic Citation of Excellence award recipient; and Renee Steffen, Young Alumni Service Award recipient.
The Alumni Leadership Symposium is free and open to the public.
Crossland, a 1974 graduate, recently retired from teaching at Paulding Exempted Village Schools to focus on the running of Bittersweet Inn and development of Bittersweet Village, a retirement community. She is a past member of the DC Alumni Executive Board, Varsity “D” Board, DC Women’s Commission, and a past president of the Alpha Xi Delta Alumni chapter. She continues to serve as the emergency service coordinator for Paulding where she has been an EMT for more than 30 years.
Thompson, a 1981 alumnus, has worked for 13 years as a contract negotiator, procurement analyst, and branch/section chief at Wright Patterson US Air Force Base. She was honored with the EPA Agency Award for Exemplary Leadership in 2004 and the National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives Distinguished Public Service Award in 2005. Thompson earned her Master of Science in Management from Central Michigan.
Lee, a 1992 graduate, has had a distinguished career in the US Army and US Marine Corps, currently holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He completed his Master of Education at the University of South Carolina and his Ph.D in higher education from Capella University. Lee has received the Army’s Meritorious Service and Commendation medal multiple times, been honored for his work in most every station of service and has authored a book titled “Leadership! What is This Thing? Grab it, Hold it, Learn it – A key to Life.”
Klein, a 1976 alum, has worked within the financial/banking industry for more than 30 years, most recently serving as the president and CEO of The State Bank and Trust Company. His community involvement includes serving as a Defiance City Schools board member, Rotary member, board member of the Toledo Opera, past president and director of the Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce and past member of the DC Alumni Executive Board.
Etzler, a 1963 graduate, recently retired from over 40 years in the education field as a teacher, coach and principal within the Crestview Local School system, Antwerp. He is still active on campus as a member of the Alumni Executive Board and president of the Alumni Varsity “D” club. He was inducted into the DC Hall of Fame in 1982 for his athletic accomplishments.
Steffen served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for Marietta College after finishing her undergraduate degree in 2007. After her two year service, the second as a VISTA Leader, Steffen returned to high education by enrolling in Ohio University to pursue her Master of Public Administration degree. She has received numerous recognitions since DC, including the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Young Emerging Leader Award and the Washington County Habitat for Humanity Annual Service award and was recently selected to attend the National Rural Youth Assembly in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Siemens, class of 1947, has had a varied career as a high school teacher, college professor, pastor, and a writer-producer for the Moody Institute of Science. A prodigious writer, he has published four books and 26 articles. He received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School in philosophy. Siemens is unable to attend the Homecoming events and will be presented his award at a future alumni event.
Hall of Fame inductees will also be presenting on Friday as part of the Leadership Symposium. Honorees include Tim Lee, class of 1976; Tami Jane Lupton (Moser), class of 1998; and Steven Wilkin, class of 1975.
Also being honored at the dinner are Schauffler Legacy Award winners Donald Smith, retired chief probation officer of Putnam County, and the late Dr. George Michaelides, the last president of Schauffler College of Cleveland and the forerunner for the Defiance College Schauffler programs of social work and Christian ministries.
Homecoming events on Saturday begin with a 5k Fun Run/Walk (with optional 1 mile loop) at 8 a.m. at the Weaner Community Center. Families and pets are welcome.
The Alumni Varsity “D” will recognize Hall of Fame inductees at an 8:15 a.m. breakfast in the Serrick Campus Center, Hubbard Banquet Room. Inductees will participate in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at the Alumni Varsity “D” Hall of Fame walkway in front of the Justin F. Coressel Stadium.
This year’s homecoming court will be recognized and the queen and king crowned at 1 p.m. in the stadium, followed by the football team’s game with Mount St. Joseph. After the football game, alumni will take part in a Fifth Quarter from 4:30 – 11 p.m. in the Serrick Campus Center with live entertainment.
Homecoming events will conclude Sunday with 10:30 a.m. worship services at St. John United Church of Christ. Speaking will be Harold Steindam, class of 1972 and senior minister of Westerville Community United Church of Christ in Westerville.
For a complete list of homecoming activities, visit the college website at www.defiance.edu.
Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement.
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September 24, 2010