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Congratulations Susan Davis-Ali, PhD, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumna

Susan-Davis-Ali CropSusan Davis-Ali, PhD (Susan Davis) graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1982. She was a class officer for two years, a loud and proud cheerleader for 4 years, and was actively involved on the yearbook staff. After an undergraduate career at Miami University, Susan furthered her education by obtaining a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan.

Susan moved to Minnesota with her husband in 1992, and for over a decade was a successful business executive in test development. However, in 2006, Susan followed her passion and started her own e-platform leadership development and coaching company called Leadhership1 (the “her” is for the company’s focus on women’s leadership). Susan’s area of expertise is in the retention and advancement of women technologists, and she developed a program that is used with women all around the world who work for large technology companies.

Susan also serves as the Chief Social Science Advisor to the Anita Borg Institute – the premier nonprofit organization serving women technologists. She published a book called How to Become Successful Without Becoming a Man and was a weekly career advice columnist for USA Today. In her “spare” time, Susan volunteers for non-profits that serve the homeless in St. Paul, MN, where she lives with her husband Jeff and their children Kate (19) and Andrew (14). She returns to Mariemont often to visit her family in her childhood home on Fieldhouse Way and she still calls Mariemont “home.”

On Friday, September 28, this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

Congratulations Jim Verdin, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus

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James R. Verdin (Jim) grew up in Mariemont and graduated with the Class of 1955. He was President and CEO of The Verdin Company, a 175 year old family business located in Cincinnati. Verdin manufactures and sells bronze bells, tower and street clocks, electronic carillons and organs. Jim was instrumental in creating the Verdin Bell Foundry on Wheels for the Ohio Bicentennial. The foundry cast bells in each of Ohio’s 88 counties as a gifts to the counties. Along with church bells and clocks, Verdin creates many unique installations using bells, clocks and towers.

Nationwide, Verdin is involved in projects honoring veterans and first responders with custom bells and bell towers. The bell that opens and closes the New York Stock Exchange was recently cast by Verdin in Cincinnati. Greater Cincinnati projects include the “Foot Piano” at Smale Park; the glockenspiel in Covington, KY; and the World Peace Bell in Newport, KY. In Mariemont, the clocks in front of the Mariemont Inn and atop the Parish Center are Verdin clocks. The Emery Carillon in Dogwood Park was also a Verdin project.

Jim was also a founder of three Pendleton Art Centers. Cincinnati is the largest, with more than 250 working artists in the warehouse in Pendleton-OTR. Other Pendleton locations are Middletown, Ohio and Rising Sun, Indiana. He has been honored many times for his involvement in the arts, preservation, business and community involvement. Most recently, Jim and The Verdin Company were honored by the State of Ohio for their work in honoring and hiring veterans.

Jim passed away on August 8, 2018 at the age of 82.  His daughter and family reside in Mariemont.

On Friday, September 28, this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

2018 Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni Selected

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The Mariemont Alumni Association and the Mariemont School Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of Mariemont High School’s sixth annual Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes Mariemont High School graduates of at least 10 years who have notably distinguished themselves by extraordinary contributions and/or remarkable accomplishments in their chosen career; skill, trade or business; in civic duties; in military service; in philanthropy; in volunteerism; in the arts; in the sciences; in education; in religion; or any other field, endeavor or pursuit.

The 2018 recipients are Susan Davis, class of 1982, and James Verdin, class of 1955. The sixth class of recipients was selected from nominations submitted to a committee of Mariemont School Foundation (MSF) board members.

On Friday, September 28, these truly distinguished alumni will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the Homecoming football game at Kusel Stadium.

Susan Davis-Ali, PhD (Susan Davis) graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1982. She was a class officer for two years, a loud and proud cheerleader for 4 years, and was actively involved on the yearbook staff. After an undergraduate career at Miami University, Susan furthered her education by obtaining a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan. She moved to Minnesota with her husband in 1992, and for over a decade was a successful business executive in test development. However, in 2006, Susan followed her passion and started her own e-platform leadership development and coaching company called Leadhership1 (the “her” is for the company’s focus on women’s leadership). Susan’s area of expertise is in the retention and advancement of women technologists, and she developed a program that is used with women all around the world who work for large technology companies. Susan also serves as the Chief Social Science Advisor to the Anita Borg Institute – the premier nonprofit organization serving women technologists. She published a book called How to Become Successful Without Becoming a Man and was a weekly career advice columnist for USA Today. In her “spare” time, Susan volunteers for non-profits that serve the homeless in St. Paul, MN, where she lives with her husband Jeff and their children Kate (19) and Andrew (14). She returns to Mariemont often to visit her family in her childhood home on Fieldhouse Way and she still calls Mariemont “home.”

James R. Verdin (Jim) grew up in Mariemont and graduated with the Class of 1955. He was President and CEO of The Verdin Company, a 175 year old family business located in Cincinnati. Verdin manufactures and sells bronze bells, tower and street clocks, electronic carillons and organs. Jim was instrumental in creating the Verdin Bell Foundry on Wheels for the Ohio Bicentennial. The foundry cast bells in each of Ohio’s 88 counties as a gifts to the counties. Along with church bells and clocks, Verdin creates many unique installations using bells, clocks and towers. Nationwide, Verdin is involved in projects honoring veterans and first responders with custom bells and bell towers. The bell that opens and closes the New York Stock Exchange was recently cast by Verdin in Cincinnati. Greater Cincinnati projects include the “Foot Piano” at Smale Park; the glockenspiel in Covington, KY; and the World Peace Bell in Newport, KY. In Mariemont, the clocks in front of the Mariemont Inn and atop the Parish Center are Verdin clocks. The Emery Carillon in Dogwood Park was also a Verdin project. Jim was also a founder of three Pendleton Art Centers. Cincinnati is the largest, with more than 250 working artists in the warehouse in Pendleton-OTR. Other Pendleton locations are Middletown, Ohio and Rising Sun, Indiana. He has been honored many times for his involvement in the arts, preservation, business and community. Most recently, Jim and The Verdin Company were honored by the State of Ohio for their work in honoring and hiring veterans. Jim’s daughter and family reside in Mariemont.

The Mariemont School Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the long-term success of our students and community through initiatives that enhance educational excellence in the Mariemont City School District. Your support of its Annual Fund Drive is critical to the success of the organization. For more information contact Molly Smyth, MSF Trustee, at 513-271-3316. Nominations for the sixth annual Distinguished Alumni Award will be solicited in the spring. Visit http://mariemontschoolfoundation.org/ for more information.

Now Accepting Nominations for Distinguished Alumni

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The Mariemont School Foundation and the Mariemont High School Alumni Association are seeking nominations for the Mariemont Distinguished Alumni Award. Visit our Distinguished Alumni page for more details and nomination forms. Nominations are due May 31, 2018.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes Mariemont High School alumni who have been graduated at least 10 years and who have notably distinguished themselves by their significant contributions and/or remarkable accomplishments in their chosen career, skill, trade or business; in civic duties; in military service; in philanthropy; in volunteerism; in the arts; in the sciences; in education; in religion; or any other endeavor or pursuit, including post-high school athletics. Nominees may be living or deceased.

Nominations will be considered by a committee comprised of Mariemont School Foundation trustees, Mariemont High School Alumni Association members and district officials. The number of recipients each year is at the discretion of the committee. Nominations will remain on file for five (5) years.

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be recognized during the Mariemont High School Homecoming weekend in the fall of 2018. A permanent dedicated space at Mariemont High School also honors recipients.

Contact: Brian Nichols, Mariemont School Foundation
Phone: (513)272-7509
Email: info@mariemontfoundation.org

Congratulations Maritza Stapanian (Crabtree), Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni

Maritza_Stapanian_Crabtree (crop)Maritza Stapanian (Crabtree) graduated Valedictorian of the class of 1967.  Upon graduation, Maritza studied at the Space Physics Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she graduated with Honors.  She subsequently was admitted to the Planetary Science Program at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where she earned a PhD.  The conclusions from her doctoral thesis helped to update the time horizon calculations for the creation and evolution of individual stars, our galaxy and solar systems.  

After earning her PhD, Maritza enlisted in the US Air Force where she had a distinguished career with assignments in programs highly critical to national security.  She received numerous Air Force honors including the Commendation Medal (twice) and the Meritorious Service Medal (three times).  

Martitza’s diagnosis of ovarian cancer led her to actively support scientific research of the disease.  She died in Cincinnati in October 2001.

On Friday, October 6th, all of this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

Congratulations Christopher Martin, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni

martinheadshot (crop)Christopher Martin was a member of the class of 1974. He attended Oberlin College where he graduated with Honors in Physics and was Phi Beta Kappa. Chris received a PhD in Physics from the University of California Berkeley before teaching Physics at Columbia University for 6 years. In 1993, he became Professor of Physics at the California University of Technology (Caltech), where he has taught ever since.

Christopher’s research includes his role as Principal Investigator for GALEX, a NASA Small Explorer mission, which involves an orbiting space telescope observing galaxies in ultraviolet light across 10 billion years of cosmic history. GALEX’s observations are telling scientists how galaxies evolve and change. He conceived and designed the Cosmic Web Imager at Caltech, where astronomers can obtain the first three-dimensional pictures of the inter-galactic medium (IGM). Christopher has received numerous awards for his work, including the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.

We look forward to welcoming Chris back to the Mariemont City Schools as a part of the 2017 Class of Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni! On Friday, October 6th, all of this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

Congratulations Gayle Gleckler, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni

Gayle GlecklerGayle Gleckler graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1960. She was active as class Vice-President, editor of the Warpath, a member of the Pep Club, and in the visual arts. She attended the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor of Design degree.

Gayle went to New York and quickly made her mark in the advertising world. She was responsible for Clairol’s “I’m gonna wash that gray right out of my hair” and many other ad campaigns. Gayle co-wrote “Lord of the Flatbush”, a film starring Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler and has written and illustrated several books. Her paintings are shown in galleries in New York City and along the East Coast.

In her “free” time, Gayle volunteers for Pegasus Therapeutic Riding and AdVets for WarVets Foundation. Gayle and her husband enjoy travelling the world and use their experiences to inspire their next artistic endeavor.

We look forward to welcoming Gayle back to the Mariemont City Schools as a part of the 2017 Class of Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni! On FridayOctober 6th,  all of this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success.   At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

2017 Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni Selected

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The Mariemont Alumni Association and the Mariemont School Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of Mariemont High School’s fifth annual Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes Mariemont High School graduates of at least 10 years who have notably distinguished themselves by extraordinary contributions and/or remarkable accomplishments in their chosen career; skill, trade or business; in civic duties; in military service; in philanthropy; in volunteerism; in the arts; in the sciences; in education; in religion; or any other field, endeavor or pursuit.

The 2017 recipients are Gayle Gleckler, class of 1960, Advertising Executive, Writer, Artist; Christopher Martin, class of 1974, Astrophysicist and Professor; and Maritza (Crabtree) Stapanian (dec.), class of 1967, Astrophysicist and Air Force Major. The fifth class of recipients was selected from nominations submitted to a committee of Mariemont School Foundation (MSF) board members.

On Friday, October 6, these truly distinguished alumni will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the Homecoming football game at Kusel Stadium.

Gayle Gleckler graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1960.  She was active as class Vice-President, editor of the Warpath, a member of the Pep Club, and in the visual arts.  She attended the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor of Design degree.  Gayle went to New York and quickly made her mark in the advertising world.  She was responsible for Clairol’s “I’m gonna wash that gray right out of my hair” and many other ad campaigns.  Gayle co-wrote “Lord of the Flatbush”, a film starring Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler and has written and illustrated several books.  Her paintings are shown in galleries in New York City and along the East Coast.   In her “free” time, Gayle volunteers for Pegasus Therapeutic Riding and AdVets for WarVets Foundation.  Gayle and her husband enjoy travelling the world and use their experiences to inspire their next artistic endeavor.

Christopher Martin was a member of the class of 1974.  He attended Oberlin College where he graduated with Honors in Physics and was Phi Beta Kappa.  Chris received a PhD in Physics from the University of California Berkeley before teaching Physics at Columbia University for 6 years.  In 1993, he became Professor of Physics at the California University of Technology (Caltech), where he has taught ever since.  Christopher’s research includes his role as Principal Investigator for GALEX, a NASA Small Explorer mission, which involves an orbiting space telescope observing galaxies in ultraviolet light across 10 billion years of cosmic history.  GALEX’s observations are telling scientists how galaxies evolve and change.  He conceived and designed the Cosmic Web Imager at Caltech, where astronomers can obtain the first three-dimensional pictures of the inter-galactic medium (IGM).  Christopher has received numerous awards for his work, including the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.

Maritza Stapanian (Crabtree) graduated Valedictorian of the class of 1967.  Upon graduation, Maritza studied at the Space Physics Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she graduated with Honors.  She subsequently was admitted to the Planetary Science Program at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where she earned a PhD.  The conclusions from her doctoral thesis helped to update the time horizon calculations for the creation and evolution of individual stars, our galaxy and solar systems.  After earning her PhD, Maritza enlisted in the US Air Force where she had a distinguished career with assignments in programs highly critical to national security.  She received numerous Air Force honors including the Commendation Medal (twice) and the Meritorious Service Medal (three times).  Martitza’s diagnosis of ovarian cancer led her to actively support scientific research of the disease.  She died in Cincinnati in October 2001.

The Mariemont School Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the long-term success of our students and community through initiatives that enhance educational excellence in the Mariemont City School District. Your support of its Annual Fund Drive is critical to the success of the organization. For more information contact Molly Smyth, MSF Trustee, at 513-271-3316. Nominations for the sixth annual Distinguished Alumni Award will be solicited in the spring. Visit http://mariemontschoolfoundation.org/ for more information.

 

Now Accepting Distinguished Mariemont High School Alumni Nominations

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The Mariemont School Foundation and the Mariemont High School Alumni Association are seeking nominations for the Mariemont Distinguished Alumni Award. A nomination form and guidelines are available here, or by calling the Mariemont School Foundation office at (513) 272-7509. Nominations are due May 31, 2017.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes Mariemont High School alumni who have been graduated at least 10 years and who have notably distinguished themselves by their significant contributions and/or remarkable accomplishments in their chosen career, skill, trade or business; in civic duties; in military service; in philanthropy; in volunteerism; in the arts; in the sciences; in education; in religion; or any other endeavor or pursuit, including post-high school athletics. Nominees may be living or deceased.

Nominations will be considered by a committee comprised of Mariemont School Foundation trustees, Mariemont High School Alumni Association members and district officials. The number of recipients each year is at the discretion of the committee. Nominations will remain on file for five (5) years.

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be recognized during the Mariemont High School Homecoming weekend in the fall of 2017. A permanent dedicated space at Mariemont High School also honors recipients.

Support for The LO.V.E. Fund from the Phelans

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 A note in support of The Love Fund from the Drs. KJ and Jackie Phelan.

Neighbors and Friends,

Liv and KieranRecently the Erhardt family announced the Olivia V. Erhardt Memorial Fund for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows, the LO.V.E Fund, in memory of their daughter Olivia, a 2014 graduate of Mariemont High School. The Fund will enable more Mariemont students to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. This highly competitive and innovative program matches qualified high school seniors and undergraduates with an interest in the bio-medical sciences to a research lab where they spend their summer break investigating research ideas.

We are physicians at Children’s Hospital and have three sons educated in the Mariemont schools. As parents and doctors, we recognize the impact this prestigious program can have on aspiring students, and the value these students add to the important research conducted in labs able to find funding to sponsor a SURF student.

Olivia was a dear friend of our son, Kieran and both participated in the SURF program. Kieran, who is now pre-med at University of Notre Dame, worked on a project related to the genetics of childhood liver disease in the laboratory of Jorge Bezerra, MD (a Mariemont resident whose three sons are graduates of Mariemont High School). Olivia, who attended Columbia University, worked in the laboratory of Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD a world renowned expert in the sub-type of white blood cell known as the eosinophil and its cellular biology in allergic disease.

Learn about SURFJackie and I have had the pleasure of supporting several SURF students in our clinical laboratories. Regardless of the division or laboratory in which a SURF student works, it is an unparalleled experience. The students are assigned to work on an ongoing research project, usually funded by institutions such as the US Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and other similar scientific funding organizations and foundations.

Supporting a SURF student for a 10-week experience can be challenging, even for a well-funded, world renowned scientific laboratory at Cincinnati Children’s or the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Research projects typically face extremely tight funding environments and budgets are often stretched even in well-supported laboratories. When qualified and interested undergraduates apply and contact a laboratory, it can be difficult to find the resources to support such a student for the summer. As a physician it is an honor to take on SURF students, however due to these resource limitations, not all qualified students are able to be placed in a postion.

The L O.V.E Fund will help overcome the financial barrier that many research labs face when deciding whether or not to take on a SURF participant. It will also open up additional less well-resourced laboratories, that may be a better match for a given students interests.

Learn about The LOVE FundJackie and I enthusiastically support the LO.V.E fund and will be partners along with SURF leadership and the Mariemont community in helping identify and match students to the program. This is a valuable investment in our students and in medical research, and we encourage you to join us in supporting the L O.V.E. fund.

Sincerely,

KJ Phelan, MD, MSc. and
Jackie Grupp-Phelan, MD, MPH  
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Residents of Terrace Park, Ohio since 2005
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