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Signs of those times
Still, it was a fun time to be on campus. Lot of stories.
Cindy Wentz ’62
With dialogue comes change
In June, Ohio State posted an alumni magazine article titled “Head of the Class” and an accompanying photo on LinkedIn. In response, I shared this comment about the post: “Of these 21 people, there may be three women. Of these 21, there is no representation or diversity — only white bodies are present. There are four words, ‘Head of the class’ and one image. How does this image represent and/or challenge The Ohio State University’s commitment to racial equity and justice?”
My stomach churned as I watched several pejorative responses to my post accumulate. I thought of this quote from Mélisande Short-Colomb, a descendant of two families enslaved and then sold to ensure the solvency of Georgetown University: “It is because I love you that I can demand accountability.”
As a 1990 graduate and executive coach and co-creator of the Reimagining Racial Equity workshop, I felt the need to reach out to connect with the author. To her credit, she openly engaged in conversation and connected me to the editor of the magazine. From there, we leaned into learning together. I shared about the use of an equity filter and wondered how the use of one question — “What are the unintended outcomes of using this picture with this article?” — may have eliminated this discordance altogether.
The alumni magazine staff changed out the picture on its website, and Ohio State replied on LinkedIn: “We hear and agree with your concerns, Wendy, and we’ve chosen a more fitting photo to accompany the story on our website.”
My wish is that, because of our enduring love for Ohio State, we will all continue to demand accountability that sustains our university’s commitment to racial equity and justice.
Together we rise.
Wendy Moomaw ’90
The native lands of the Piscataway, halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
A true Buckeye for life
Libby Buckley ’07 DDS
Small but sweet tradition
Stuart Fisher ’66 MD
They love a parade
How do you create a great parade? Pataskala’s Rotary Club has the answer: Invite two unforgettable and outstanding former drum majors of The Ohio State University Marching Band to lead it! In August, Dwight Hudson and Bruce Hart ’84 served as grand marshals of the annual Pataskala Street Fair Parade, which had the theme “We’re Back, Folks!”
Dwight and Bruce were raised in Pataskala, participated in the parade as youngsters, were drum majors at Licking Heights High School and made a name for themselves at Ohio State as charismatic drum majors. Both were known for their showmanship, athleticism, twirling skills (including the heights their batons reached!) and magnetic personalities
Dwight was Ohio State’s drum major from 1977 through 1979 and Most Inspirational Band Member in 1978. Bruce was drum major in 1982 and 1983, filling the role just before Paul Droste retired after 14 years as band director
After graduating, both had successful careers. Dwight performed with the LA Rams and then at Lake Tahoe. He recently retired from his accounting position at the University of California Hastings College of Law and lives in Columbus.
Bruce taught high school social studies in Dallas while also touring the nation to conduct clinics for drum majors. He found his passion in 1992 when he founded ESP Productions, which specializes in large-scale pageantry productions for sporting events, including college bowl games. Bruce also produced and directed such notable events as the U.S. Olympic Festival and the World Expo Opening Ceremonies in Brisbane, Australia.
Our recent Pataskala parade will be long remembered for the huge crowds that loudly showed their admiration for these two hometown celebrities. Dwight and Bruce won’t forget that warm welcome, cheers from their high school band and the love of old friends. And having cheered on Dwight and Bruce at Licking Heights and Ohio State football games, I’ll long remember this year’s magical parade day in Pataskala, too.
Judy Switzer Baird ’75
Parade chair, Pataskala Rotary Club
Magic thoughts and more
Readers of Ohio State Alumni Magazine online shared these sentiments after the spring and summer issues.
I was impressed with the different perspectives Joshua Jay ’05 incorporates into magic. It is an all-encompassing passion. Your summer issue article offered an excellent opportunity to expand our attitudes toward magic.
Pat Fisher Clendenin ’68
I think it is great that Ohio State has dedicated a professional person and resources to further research and innovation, as noted in the summer issue story on Grace Wang, executive vice president for research, innovation and knowledge. This coordinated combination and support of startups can be an incubator of new technologies applied to new businesses. If properly nurtured, the possibilities can be endless — with the only limitation being the boundaries of imagination.
Bruce Bauchmire ’76
Lewis Center, Ohio
The summer issue story on Molly Ranz Calhoun ’86 conveyed something I have always known: Giving your time is just as — and usually more — important than giving your money. Giving your time is definitely the way to get serious about something. You can always make more money; you can’t create more time for yourself. It’s finite.
Shawn Meade ’94
The reflections of Molly Ranz Calhoun concerning her first year as alumni association president and CEO explain why she was the right person at the right time for this role. I have talked to university employees who have had contact with Molly over the years and, like me, they have always found her to be “people first.” As leader of the Phoenix Alumni Club, I got a call from her in the weeks leading up to her start in her new role, and we had a good conversation. I wish her well going forward.
David Hocevar ’71
Sun Lakes, Arizona
I really enjoyed the spring digital exclusive on emotional quotients (EQs) for professional and personal reasons. It is very easy to see the world in black and white, which it isn’t — because each person is an individual and each has a story to tell. This article gave us tools to help us really hear the stories, to learn from them and to let us relate to others in a beneficial way.
Estelle Scott ’69
Yours was a succinct, yet thorough and comprehensive guide to EQ. Having it explained more in detail is a great benefit to improving relationships.
Paige Squires ’82