Tiger Tales - April 2024 Issue

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Published April 13, 2024

Wittenberg Student Viewing the Eclipse

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As North America experienced a total solar eclipse on April 8, Wittenberg was positioned perfectly in the path of 100% totality. The campus community and prospective students marked the astronomical phenomenon with space-themed food, Blackout Poetry, pinhole and colander viewers, lawn games, a library exhibit about Neil Armstrong receiving an honorary degree from Wittenberg in 1969, and an eclipse-focused chapel service. Professor Emeritus of Physics Dan Fleisch installed an accurately scaled model of the solar system on campus and provided a telescope for viewing. Click on the video above to take a look back at WittClipse 2024 and the path of totality.

Honors ConvocationHonors Convocation

Wittenberg celebrated the achievements of students and faculty during the annual Honors Convocation in Weaver Chapel, April 5. Victoria Pipinich, Lucas, Texas, was named Alma Mater, and Naevon Boykin, Bowie, Maryland, was named Alma Lux. The 2024 Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching was presented to Professor of Education and Department Chair Amy McGuffey. Layla Besson, professor of practice in education, received the Omicron Delta Kappa Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the Academic Advisor of the Year Award.

Wittenberg Students Connections SymposiumConnections Symposium 2024

Recognizing academic accomplishments of students and to highlight Wittenberg’s diversity of experiential learning opportunities, the University community will come together to present the second annual Connections Symposium on Friday, April 19, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in several locations across campus.

Leadership AwardsLeadership Awards

Celebrating individuals, organizations, or events that have impacted the campus community in a positive way, Wittenberg hosted the 12th annual Student Leadership Awards on Wednesday, April 10, in historic Weaver Chapel.

Daniel Marous and Michael DaigaLilly Fellows Named

Wittenberg faculty members Danny Marous, associate professor of chemistry, and Michael Daiga, associate professor of education, have been awarded Lilly Faculty Fellowships through the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities.

Megan FrostCommencement 2024

Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2024 are scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in Commencement Hollow. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in Pam Evans Smith Arena, located in the Health, Wellness & Athletics (HWA) Complex. Megan Frost ’94, director of product design at Apple Inc., will deliver the keynote address.

Chris Hartenstine Life At Witt#LifeAtWitt

A glimpse of Saturn through the lens of Wittenberg’s Weaver Observatory telescope became a pivotal moment for Chris Hartenstine ’03. Even though he could only see a quarter inch of the planet across the lens, it inspired a passion that would lead him to a career at NASA.

Read more #LifeAtWitt stories here.

Scholarship Opportunity for Alumni

Beginning in Fall 2024, Wittenberg undergraduate alumni will be eligible to receive a $5,000 Alumni Graduate Scholarship to continue their education in one of the University’s graduate programs. Students starting their graduate program in August 2024 will be automatically considered for the scholarship, which reflects the University's commitment to supporting its alumni in their academic endeavors and fostering a strong sense of community. Wittenberg offers a Master of Science in Analytics, Master of Arts in Sport Administration, Master of Arts in Education, and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education. These programs are offered either fully online or in a hybrid environment. Contact the Office of Admission for more information.

Why Witt LogoWhy Witt? Podcast

Finding a path isn’t always easy. That’s why Timmy McCarthy ’02, Wittenberg Professional-In-Residence, co-created Why Witt?, a podcast that seeks to help Wittenberg students navigate their “next” by listening to and engaging in others’ stories as told by Witt alumni who have been right where they are. Follow along and revisit past episodes by subscribing to the podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. For more on the show, visit the website here. Tune in to the next episode with Wittenberg Board of Directors member Charlie Giffin ’00, managing director and head of the public finance group at J.P. Morgan in New York, on May 2 to discuss “Witt on Wall Street” on the live podcast stage starting at 7 p.m. in Founders on the lower level of the Benham-Pence Student Center.

Alumni Association LogoConnect with Your Alumni Association

The Wittenberg University Alumni Association Board is here to serve the alumni community by supporting programming and welcoming suggestions that will help alumni feel more connected to and involved with the University. Do you have something you want to share with the Alumni Association Board? Submit this form to voice ideas, feedback, and suggestions to an Alumni Association Board member.

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