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Each month since August 2016, Wittenberg's Office of Alumni Engagement has prepared an alumni newsletter known as Tiger Tales. Each issue is now available online as well. Happy reading ... and #TigerUp!

In addition to reading these complete issues, check out this Alumni Photo Gallery as well. #Having Light

Published May 17, 2019

GraduatesCommencement

Nearly 400 members of the Class of 2019 crossed the stage in picturesque Commencement Hollow during Wittenberg's 169th Commencement exercises on May 11. Highlights included: educational leader P. Kay Carl '59, Ph.D., being recognized with an honorary degree and sharing some words of wisdom; twins Ashley and Emma Byrd being able to graduate together at Wittenberg despite Ashley graduating from a different school, and tons of applause for Irene Bilal-Engle, the oldest graduate on record at age 78.

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Published April 16, 2019

Commit 2 Witt#Commit2Witt

Twenty-four hours, one celebration, and a long-lasting impact – that’s the opportunity waiting for you on Commit to Witt day. Show your Tiger pride and pass your light on to future students with a gift on Wednesday, April 24.

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Published March 15, 2019

HWA Tour ScreenshotBuilding Champions

Springfield-area leaders and local media visited Wittenberg’s campus for a special preview tour of the new Health, Wellness and Athletics (HWA) facilities. Scheduled to be fully operational by Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Oct. 24-27, the HWA facilities will elevate Wittenberg’s commitment to student success and community building, and set the standard for excellence in Division III.

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Published February 16, 2019

Michelle MattsonProvost Named

President Michael L. Frandsen has announced that Michelle Mattson, associate vice president of academic affairs for institutional effectiveness at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, will serve as the institution’s new Provost. Mattson is expected to begin her new role on or before July 1.

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Published January 19, 2019

Adam FossVision For Justice

Adam Foss, advocate for criminal justice reform and founder of Prosecutor Impact, will deliver the keynote address “A Prosecutor’s Vision for a Better Justice System” during the annual Wittenberg Series-sponsored Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Convocation on Monday, Jan. 21.

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Published December 17, 2018

Myers HallCampus Advocacy Grant

Wittenberg will receive $95,782 from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office to support the university’s Campus Advocacy and Support Service or CASS program, which assists victims of sexual assault or violence. The funds will support programming, crisis intervention, and support groups.

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Published November 19, 2018

Unity WeekUnity Week

The Wittenberg community focused on unity and respect during a week of special programming, Nov. 5-9, which included the Choose a Better Word campaign and a celebration of diversity. Events were sponsored by the McClain Center for Diversity, Concerned Black Students, American International Association, the Gender and Sexual Diversity Alliance, and Shades of Pearls.

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Published October 18, 2018

Alumni AwardsHomecoming

The second annual Legacies & Leadership: A Celebration of Philanthropy recognized all alumni award winners, members of the Benjamin Prince Society and other giving societies, as well as Karin ’64 and Roy Allen ’63, and the late William Allen Harris ’46, whose names were among the latest to be added to the $1M donor wall at the campus Seal.

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Published September 13, 2018

Alumni at HomecomingHomecoming

On October 4-7, the biggest alumni event of the year will commence. Highlights of Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2018 include the Pam Evans Smith Memorial 5K, the Athletics Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony, a Celebration of Legacies and Leadership, the annual Tiger Tailgate, Tiger Football vs. Hiram, milestone reunions for the Classes of 1958 (60th), 1968 (50th) and 1993 (25th), and so much more.

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Published August 17, 2018

Admission Video Screen ShotWelcome New Students

On August 16, the 536 members of the Class of 2022 arrived on campus where they were greeted by fellow students, faculty, and staff as part of Wittenberg's official all-campus move-in experience. This followed a special Facebook Live event, August 8, to help incoming students and their families prepare for the transition.

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Published July 13, 2018

ArchaeologyThriving Program

Wittenberg’s unique archaeology program has opened doors to exciting hands-on experiences both near campus and internationally, as evidenced by several summer opportunities for students. A class of archaeology students, under the direction of Professor of History Darlene Brooks Hedstrom, spent the month of May in the Columbia St. Cemetery. Students collected and created records of the cemetery, dug up lost artifacts, and unearthed buried headstones in an effort to help the City of Springfield preserve the cemetery.

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Published June 14, 2018

Snorkeling in the BahamasHands-On Learning

Wittenberg's Marine Science program offers many opportunities for field study, which are practical, hands-on experiences that often lead to more extensive collaborative research projects with faculty members. One of the most popular field study experiences is currently taking place in The Bahamas.

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Published May 18, 2018

Inauguration PhotoCommencement

Wittenberg’s service-focused mission was on full display during the 168th Commencement exercises on May 12, as the university celebrated with the Class of 2018, their families and distinguished guests. President Michael Frandsen welcomed the 370 graduates and their families, along with keynote speaker, His Majesty King Letsie III, the Constitutional Monarch of the southern African Kingdom of Lesotho and an education leader in his role as chancellor of the National University of Lesotho.

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Published April 12, 2018

Inauguration PhotoLight Illuminated

During an inaugural ceremony steeped in tradition and reflective of the university’s mission, Michael L. Frandsen, Ph.D., was formally installed as Wittenberg University’s 15th president on April 5. Watch video, read recap of the ceremony, and check out all the week's inaugural festivities by clicking link below.

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Published March 26, 2018

Myers HallNew Programs

In response to the evolving needs of the job market as well as the interests and expectations of current and future students, Wittenberg is launching several new academic programs and partnerships to prepare students for success in their chosen field. The new programs include Educational Studies, Social Work, and Justice, Law & Public Policy.

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Published Feb. 13, 2018

Inauguration GraphicSave-The-Date

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends will celebrate a new chapter at Wittenberg when the university inaugurates its 15th president, Dr. Michael L. Frandsen, on April 5, 2018. The totality of the Wittenberg experience will shine during the ceremony and in events planned throughout the week, all of which will center around the theme of "Light Illuminated." The ceremony will also feature guest speaker Randy Bass, Ph.D., founding executive director of Georgetown University's Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship.

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Published Jan. 18, 2018

Matt CrociRed-Hot Hoops

For the first time since the 1993-94 season, Wittenberg men’s basketball has won its first 16 games, in the process rocketing up to No. 5 in the NCAA Division III poll. Heading into the final month of the 2017-18 regular season, Wittenberg holds a commanding three-game lead in the North Coast Athletic Conference standings following wins over arch-rival Wooster and defending league champion Ohio Wesleyan as Head Coach Matt Croci ’94 reached 100 wins as a head coach.

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Published Dec. 17, 2017

Lesotho Group Photo2018 Class Speaker

The Class of 2018 is excited to announce that King Letsie III, the Constitutional Monarch of the southern African Kingdom of Lesotho, has agreed to serve as the class' Commencement speaker.

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Published Nov. 16, 2017

Fincham FamilyTiger Milestone

The recent 42-23 victory over Ohio Wesleyan marked Head Football Coach Joe Fincham’s 200th victory. Since assuming his position in 1996, he has guided the Tigers to an astounding record of 200-43 – a winning percentage of 82.3 that ranks eighth in NCAA Division III history and fourth among active coaches.

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Published Oct. 26, 2017

Writing CenterWriting Excellence

Wittenberg's Writing Center was recently certified by the College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program. “The certification is an acknowledgement of the work we do to prepare our advisors for working with writers,” said Director Mike Mattison. "Quite simply, we've got one of the best writing centers in the country at any level."

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Published Sept. 28, 2017

Writing CenterHomecoming

With sunny, blue skies above, hundreds of alumni gathered on campus to enjoy Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, Sept. 14-17. The weekend included class gatherings, the Legacies & Leadership philanthropy celebration, alumni awards, the Athletics Hall of Honor induction ceremony, an alumni career panel, an archaeological dig, the Pam Evans Smith Memorial 5K, and plenty of Tiger victories.

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Published Aug. 14, 2017

EclipseWriting Excellence

Known for doing whatever it takes to help Wittenberg students succeed, Dan Fleisch, professor of physics, best-selling author, astronomer and the 2010 Ohio Professor of the Year, takes time to educate the campus and beyond on the North American eclipse, which will happen on Aug. 21, 2017.

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Published July 14, 2017

Mike FrandsenA New Era Begins

Known for doing whatever it takes to help Wittenberg students succeed, Dan Fleisch, professor of physics, best-selling author, astronomer and the 2010 Ohio Professor of the Year, takes time to educate the campus and beyond on the North American eclipse, which will happen on Aug. 21, 2017.

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Published June 21, 2017

Dick HeltonFarewell

As Wittenberg prepares to welcome its new president, Dr. Michael Frandsen, on July 1, Interim President Dick Helton takes a few moments to offer his thanks and reflect on the past 18 months at the helm. "To say that I have enjoyed my time at Wittenberg – and the opportunity to get to know each and every one of you – is an understatement. It has been a joy and honor to be a part of this family."

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Published May 18, 2017

Student Stomping The SealCommencement 2017

Nothing but blue skies welcomed a standing-room only crowd in Commencement Hollow to celebrate the Class of 2017 as Wittenberg hosted its 167th Commencement exercises on May 13. Interim University President Dick Helton recognized the 430 graduates and also awarded honorary degrees to two distinguished guests: Commencement speaker Sandra L. Postel ’78 and Christopher Philip Long ’91.

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Published April 20, 2017

Student Stomping The SealKeynote Speaker

Sandra L. Postel ’78, a leading authority and prolific writer on international water issues, has been selected to present the keynote address at the university’s 167th Commencement Exercises on May 13. Currently the director of the independent Global Water Policy Project, she was named one of the Scientific American 50 for her contributions to science and technology.

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Published March 24, 2017

Ground BreakingGround Broken

Wittenberg University officially broke ground today on its nearly $40 million Health, Wellness and Athletics (HWA) Complex. “This is a defining day for Wittenberg and our hometown of Springfield,” said Interim President Dick Helton. “We are excited about what this facility will mean to our students, faculty, staff and our community, and we look forward to our shared future.”

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Published Feb. 22, 2017

Michael FrandsenA New Leader

Wittenberg is celebrating the selection of Dr. Michael Frandsen, vice president for finance and administration at Oberlin College, as the university’s 15th president. Unanimously selected by the Board of Directors, Frandsen is “an outstanding leader in higher education and a passionate advocate for the liberal arts who exemplifies our mission,” said the Rev. Jonathan Eilert, board chair and chair of the presidential search committee.

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Published Jan. 25, 2017

Children in LesothoServing Lesotho

Thanks in part to the generosity of Wittenberg students and alumni, including local alumni involved in the Springfield Rotary Club, orphans and vulnerable children in the South African nation of Lesotho received food and other supplies, along with a Christmas present from the Office of Alumni Relations.

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Published Dec. 19, 2016

Vanessa OrdunaTop Choice

Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient Vanessa Orduna, class of 2020, had her pick of any college in the nation. She chose Wittenberg.

 

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Published Nov. 16, 2016

Packing for LesothoBeyond Borders

In an effort to help orphans under the age of 5 who suffer from malnutrition and stunting, Wittenberg students have started the Lesotho Nutrition Initiative (LNI) as part of the university's Peace Corps Preparation Program. LNI is currently partnering with Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati area schools and youth groups to pack 350,000 meals by May 2017.

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Published Oct. 20, 2016

Packing for LesothoOnward and Upward

Looking back on the week leading into Homecoming, I believe we are definitely experiencing a renewed sense of energy at Wittenberg. In addition to kicking off the public campaign launch of our new Health, Wellness & Athletics Restoration and Expansion Initiative, the Board approved March 24, 2017 as the official groundbreaking. Thanks to the generous support of lead donor Alicia Sweet Hupp ’82, we also celebrated the naming of COMPASS: Sweet Success Center. Located on the main floor of Thomas Library, the center has already assisted more than 1,200 students since the semester began. We also celebrated the generosity of late alumna Lois Huebner, who, at age 107, left Wittenberg $2.6 million, all of which will be endowed to fund music scholarships for deserving students. Indeed, it was a tremendous week. - Dick Helton, Ph.D.

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Published Sept. 27, 2016

Packing for LesothoPresidential Search

Board Chair Jonathan Eilert ’93 has announced that the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors has retained Dr. Thomas B. Courtice as the search consultant for Wittenberg’s 15th president. A three-time president himself, Courtice has completed more than 100 searches with an emphasis on presidential leadership for independent, residential, church-related, liberal arts colleges and universities since starting his search practice in 2005. During this time, he has served as the president of Academic Search Inc., and then as managing principal of AGB Search. Now working on an independent basis, he will bring a deep network of invaluable contacts and potential candidates, a seasoned understanding of best search practices, and a track record of impressive successes as a search consultant. Tom recently spent two full days in intensive meetings on campus with both large and small groups, including with local alumni.

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Published Aug. 18, 2016

Dick Veler"The Conscience of the University"

Professor, scholar, senior administrator, editor and distinguished alumnus Richard P. "Dick" Veler passes away. Called “the conscience of the university” by former Wittenberg President Baird Tipson, Richard P. “Dick” Veler passed away peacefully in his home on Aug. 4, 2016.

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