Noelle (Hone) Beck ’01 is the founder and executive director of First Glance. a youth center in Akron providing a safe environment for students to gather. The outreach ministry started with 22 students but quickly grew. Today, First Glance has two buildings, hosts 11 programs and has served thousands of teens and young adults. Noelle graduated with a master’s degree in arts and religion from Trinity International University (IL) in 2003. Read more about First Glance here.
Kristen Moore ’04 has been named a Magistrate with the Stark County Court of Common Pleas. Kristen earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron Law School and joined the law firm of Day Ketterer, Ltd. in Canton. She is a member and Fellow of the Ohio Bar Association. Kristen serves on the Jackson High School Community Advisory Board and Emerging Leaders Board of Akron Children’s Hospital. She served on the Malone Young Alumni Community Board of Directors and as president from 2012-2013.
Julie Burley ’99 has been promoted to Youth Services Manager at the Stark County District Library’s main branch in downtown Canton. Burley graduated from Malone with a degree in elementary education, earned a master’s degree in education from Ashland University in literacy and reading instruction and a master’s in library and information science with a concentration in K-12 School Library Media from Kent State University, and earned her Reading Endorsement. After more than 15 years as a teacher and school librarian, she was hired by the Stark County District Library as the North Branch Children’s Librarian in March, 2015.
Merv Yoder ’75, M.D., will be honored with induction into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence. He is the director of the Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research at Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children. Inductees are chosen by a committee of OFIC presidential and corporate trustees based on the criteria of professional achievement; impact on society through service, leadership, scholarship, minority affairs, sciences, research, arts or elected office; and service to alma mater, all of which exemplify the value of a liberal arts education.
Some well-known inductees to the OFIC Hall of Excellence are Hugh Downs, Senator John H. Glenn, Coretta Scott King, and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. Malone graduates inducted in previous years include missionary and educator Meredythe Scheflen and United States Ambassador David Rawson.
Jeffrey Hines, MBA ’99 was hired as executive vice president by McCarl’s Inc., a $150 million industrial contractor serving oil and gas, power generation, chemical and manufacturing industries. Hines will lead the expansion of all of McCarl’s Inc. services, including industrial construction, maintenance and fabrication. He has over 30 years of experience in construction and construction management previously serving as general manager of strategy and business development at Babcock & Wilcox Construction Company.
Cassie Berringer ’10 graduated from Malone with a bachelor of art degree in Art with concentrations in Drawing and Painting. In December, she graduated from The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) with a Master of Fine Art (MFA), the terminal degree in the field of studio art. See some of Cassie’s art at cassieberringer.com.
Erin Hollenbaugh ’03, Ph.D., associate professor of communication studies at Kent State University Stark, presented “A Uses and Gratifications Approach to Exploring Antecedents to Facebook Dependency” at the National Communication Association Conference in November, 2015. In previous studies, “Facebook Self-disclosure: Examining the Role of Traits, Social Cohesion, and Motives” (2014) and “Predictors of Honesty, Intent, and Valence of Facebook Self-disclosure” (2015) published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, Dr. Hollenbaugh and Amber Ferris, assistant professor of communication at The University of Akron’s Wayne College, uncovered personality traits common among specific types of Facebook users. Read more here.
Brayton Bolinger ’08 was hired as a VAR Operations Manager at DAS Health in Tampa, Florida. He is an MBA and MS Marketing candidate at UT Sykes College of Business. Bolinger earned a bachelor of arts degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science at Malone, graduating with honors. He was named Outstanding Graduate in Exercise Science.
Abigail Farmer ’04 successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS, and graduated with a Doctor of Education degree in December, 2015. She is making edits to her dissertation “Choctaw Tribal School Instructional Aides’ Perceptions of Preparedness for Implementing Choctaw Language Materials in Elementary Classrooms” and will present her academic research and findings to the Choctaw Tribal Council in the spring of 2016. Dr. Farmer works with the Choctaw Bible Translation Committee and Choctaw Tribal Language Program as an Education and Literacy Specialist.
Melody Scott ’95 is Director of Community Living at Malone. She fosters an environment of intentional community among residential and commuter students. Scott previously served as youth director with the Evangelical Friends Church for eight years before returning to Malone where she has served as resident director, associate dean, and as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Bible, Theology, and Ministry. She has also performed humanitarian work in the UK, India, Nepal, Hungary, Malawi, New Zealand, and domestically. Scott earned a master’s degree in intercultural studies from Wheaton College, and a master’s degree in theology and religion from Durham University.