The Ohio State University Alumni Association

2016 Alumni Awards quotes

What does it take to be a Buckeye leader? How can Ohio State shape a career path? Alumni association staff recently asked our 2016 Alumni Award winners questions about leadership, service and Buckeye pride. Here are some of our favorite answers.

Sandman

Dr. Dan D. Sandman BA, ’70 JD, Law, ’73

Dan L. Heinlen Award

What is one characteristic that you believe every Buckeye leader should possess?

Commitment. We all must be committed to a greater goal and a greater good, larger than ourselves. Where better than Ohio State — large, diverse and vibrant — to learn these values?

Tomeny

Hilary N. Tomeny BA, ’06

William Oxley Thompson Award

How did Ohio State help shape your career path?

My academic advisor went above and beyond to ensure that I was able to pursue ambitious study abroad and internship opportunities that not only supported my degree, but critically shaped my future academic studies and career in Washington, D.C.

BuckeyeThon

Felix Alonso on behalf of BuckeyeThon

E. Gordon Gee Spirit of Ohio State Award

What is your favorite Buckeye tradition?

Every year, thousands of Buckeyes gather in the Ohio Union to celebrate a year of fundraising For The Kids at BuckeyeThon’s Dance Marathon. This is a great tradition in itself, but perhaps the best part comes at the end of the 24-hour event. During closing ceremonies, the fundraising total for the year is revealed, and nearly 4,000 Buckeyes sing Carmen Ohio. In that moment, the Great Hall of the Ohio Union is filled with hope, joy and Buckeye spirit.

Bennett

Marialice S. Bennett BS, ’69

Josephine Sitterle Failer Award

What is one of your favorite memories of your time as a student?

One of my favorite memoires as a student is graduation in the Shoe. I remember lining up in the French Field House and it just hit me that I was graduating from the College of Pharmacy — not something every little girl could dream of doing in 1969. The excitement of entering the stadium and actually receiving my real diploma from my dean in the midst of all those graduates was so thrilling. Attending the hooding ceremonies for pharmacy students today is just as exciting as the faculty lining the oval to welcome graduates into Mershon Auditorium to be recognized as the next generation of pharmacists.

Logan

Mr. Jeffrey D. Logan BA, ’78

Ralph Davenport Mershon Award

What is one of your favorite memories of your time as a student?

Public relations classes with the great Professor Walt Seifert. He created PR as we know it today and afforded me the knowledge of the importance of communication as a means to success. Of course, four Big Ten championships for our football team and playing in two Rose Bowls, Orange and Sugar Bowls were pretty special too.

Cline

Peter A. Cline BA, ’91

Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award

What is one characteristic that you believe every Buckeye leader should possess?

Integrity. Be true to yourself but have empathy for those not sharing your viewpoint.

Brass

Alan W. Brass MS, ’73

Archie M. Griffin Professional Achievement Award

What advice would you share with current students?

Develop friends that share your values. You will find them to become lifelong friends.

Aweng

Bol B. Aweng BA, ’09

Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award

What is one characteristic that you believe every Buckeye leader should possess?

I would love every Buckeye leader to strongly believe in Buckeye spirit and legacy.

Pinnell

Gay Su Pinnell MA, ’68, PhD ’75

Alumni Medalist Award

How did Ohio State help shape your career path?

In my graduate programs at Ohio State, I was privileged to work with professors who were on fire with idealism. They had the goal of making education both effective and joyful for every child, and they went far beyond teaching their classes to accomplish this. They were not just on campus; they were in schools, particularly schools for children who lived in poverty. They made books come alive and supported teachers in this challenging and very rewarding work. What they did had to be made, and then remade, and remade because of instabilities in educational systems, but they cared enough for children to do it. They taught me everything they could about having a mission and remaining dedicated to it. So, my goals as a faculty member were not just centered on getting tenure and promotion. I did want to publish, but the goal was the larger mission, as theirs was.