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Nominate a Buckeye you know for a 2017 Alumni Award.

Alumni Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Ohio State Alumni Awards, which showcase members of Buckeye Nation who are paying forward and giving back in incredible ways.

Ohio State alumni can be nominated in eight award categories that recognize a number of achievement areas. Know someone who might fit the bill? Nominate him or her today. The nomination period closes March 31, so don’t wait long.

Need a little more inspiration? Take a look at some of the 2016 award winners.


Josephine Sitterle Failer Award
Presented to alumni who exemplify the spirit of selfless caring for Ohio State students.

2016 recipient: Marialice S. Bennett ’69

Bennett was a new member of the College of Pharmacy faculty in the early 1970s when she gave birth to her second son. Upon hearing the news, her students assumed classes the following week would be canceled or turned over to a substitute. Instead, Bennett invited them to her home, where she held class in her living room.

Bennett showed that same passion and dedication for more 40 years as one of the nation’s top professors and practitioners in pharmacy. She was hired as an adjunct professor of clinical pharmacy in 1973 and was named professor emeritus upon her retirement in 2014.

A past president of the American Pharmacists Association, she was one of the first clinical pharmacists who provided patient care service rather than simply dispensing medications. She also developed community-based practices and pharmacy residency programs that produced more than 100 pharmacists now serving in practice, academic and leadership positions.


William Oxley Thompson Alumni Award
Presented to young alumni who have demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career, civic involvement or both.

2016 recipient: John C. Welch ’03

Welch’s early career took him from a Boston hospital to fighting Ebola in West Africa to assisting hurricane victims in Haiti. He is affiliated with Partners in Health, a nonprofit that addresses the root causes of illness for many: poverty and marginalization that accompany social injustice.

Welch joined Boston Children’s Hospital as a nurse anesthetist in 2012 — he specializes in pediatric cardiac anesthesia — and has been assisting Partners in Health since 2013. His introduction to global health care came when the nonprofit opened a teaching hospital in Haiti, where his role included anesthesia practice, teaching, mentoring, advocating and program development. He departed for Haiti again in October 2016 to assist in Hurricane Matthew relief efforts.

Welch also has assisted with Partners’ fight against Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone, helping the agency roll out treatment units, increase the pipeline of medical supplies and improve care.


Robert R. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award
Presented to alumni who have distinguished themselves in service to humanity and exemplify the university motto, “Education for Citizenship.”

2016 recipient: Peter A. Cline ’91

A chance viewing of a BBC America broadcast prompted Cline to create a life-changing organization for injured veterans.

VETMotorsports provides veterans struggling to re-assimilate to civilian life the opportunity to work with professional motorcycle and auto racing teams. More than 130 veterans have been helped since 2012.

The BBC program showed how injured troops used motorsports to recover, and Cline believed the same approach could work in the United States. A former professional motorcycle racer, Cline facilitates race experiences across the States during the racing season and focuses on fundraising and outreach to partners during the off-season.

Cline volunteers his time as executive director of VETMotorsports while working full-time as a traffic safety specialist at Motorcycle Ohio, part of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.


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