Since graduation in 1975, these Malone alumnae have kept in touch and gathered regularly to reminisce and catch up. Sara (Fleming) Bender, Lori (Linerode) Dickerhoof, Cindy (Allen) Groetz, Brenda (Frederick) Hostetler, Gloria (Schneider) Jasperse, Carol (Reinhold) Smith, and Sandy (Kuhn) Vaughn met for a Thanksgiving brunch and spent a spring weekend in Columbiana, Ohio, during the past year.
Tyler ’11 and Anne (Bennington) Schrock ’11 are doing a year of voluntary service through Door:Denver. Both will be working at nonprofits/social justice organizations and living in an intentional living community.
Corrine (Marmon) Buchanan ’71 retired from teaching after 43 years. She writes, ” Thanks Malone for my Education degree. I enjoyed every year of my teaching career.” Corrine lives in Paola, Kansas and plans to do volunteer work.
Lydia Carmany is the Development and Marketing Coordinator at Communities In Schools of Los Angeles, which provides at-risk public school students with adult mentors, and connects them to community organizations that help them to stay in school and achieve in life. With prior nonprofit development experience in Ohio, New Jersey, and Santa Monica, she also has a background as a creative writing teacher and theater production assistant. Lydia graduated with a B.A. in liberal arts from Malone. She hopes to further her reach in educational nonprofit and to connect good people with worthy causes in Los Angeles and beyond. Lydia is married to Aaron Ensweiler, a film executive, and has a little dog named Harvey.
Cordell Coblentz is the Associate Operations Coordinator for The Reckoning International and Forest of Hope. These nonprofit ministries are working to overcome poverty with opportunity. Through micro-loans, business training, and development initiatives, they have pioneered successful economic development projects in impoverished areas of Central America, Ukraine, Uganda, Burundi, and Kenya.
Jerome West earned an associates degree in human social services from Stark State in 2006. He earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management at Malone and decided to keep going. He earned dual master’s degrees in religious education and counseling at Liberty University online, and is taking doctoral classes at Capella University.
Jerome feels called to help youth and has a passion to give back. His jobs have included mental health case manager, teacher, youth pastor, adjunct professor and wrestling coach. His career goal is to be president of a community college.
Ryan Blodgett ’05 is an Outbound Sales Specialist for Wells Fargo in the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Previously, Ryan was an experiential marketing professional with Mosaic Sales Solutions where he consistently achieved campaign bonuses by exceeding quotas on both short and long-term activations. At Malone, Ryan was president of the student body for the 2004-2005 academic year.
Alex Pavlic, a 2013 graduate of the Malone University music production program, has been named a national finalist in the international Great American Song Contest. Alex ranked 17th out of 1,600 entrants from around the globe. His original work “Balloon Ride,” is a composition for chamber orchestra that he composed his senior year at Malone. After graduation, he continued the work and completed it in the summer of 2013. The contest is judged by music industry professionals from all aspects of the music business of which includes, but is not limited to, the film industry, acting industry and more.
“The work is a whimsical melodic feast that creates a lasting and memorable picture of a balloon going on a magical journey across the world,” says Pavlic. “It embarks in the beginning and soon encounters an enjoyable ride but is soon faced with wild weather conditions of which include a tornado, thunderstorm, and snow storm. Later, the balloon reaches the home stretch and the anticipation increases as it strives for its home destination and eventually, it reaches home.”
Pavlic lives in Mesopotamia, Ohio. He hopes to enter the film and game scoring industries and dedicate a career to musical artistry and creation. His Balloon Ride work can be heard at www.newbachmusic.com.
Joel Daniel Harris ’04 was selected to receive the “Layperson of the Year Award” for 2014 by the Canton Professional Educators’ Association. Jason Pigott, a teacher at the Early College Academy at Souers Middle School, nominated Joel for the award based on his devotion to students in Canton City Schools, selfless service in the community of Canton, and professionalism.
Joel is the founder and Executive Dreamer at TomTod Ideas, a non-profit organization in Stark County that empowers middle school students to launch absurd ideas that enhance the common good.
In September 2013, Joel began working with 7th grade students at the Early College Academy. He led TED-Ed pilot clubs which walked students through the ideation process. In February 2014, TomTod Ideas launched “Grasp. Go. Grow.” at the Academy. “Grasp.Go.Grow” is a new in-school pilot program that helps students to explore the process of ideation. “Grasp. Go. Grow.” gives students the tools needed to be innovators and creators.
To learn more about TomTod Ideas and related programs visit www.tomtodideas.org.
Candice McDonald ’08, ’12 recently accepted a position at NASA and will be working at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in emergency management. Since graduating from Malone’s Organizational Leadership program she has been identified as an emerging leader in the fire service on a national level and has been published in multiple fire service magazines. She is also working on her Ph.D. in Human Services with a specialty in Disaster, Crisis, & Intervention. You can visit her website at www.CandiceMcDonald.com.