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Ohio Northern Presents Distinguished Alumni Awards

Jun 27, 2008
The Alumni Association of Ohio Northern University presented Distinguished Alumni Awards during the Alumni Awards Banquet on May 31.

The awards, recognizing outstanding service and loyalty, were presented to Edward "Ed" Gmyrek, BSEd '65; Floyd Keith, BSEd '70, H of F '03; Michael Rencheck, BSEE '83; Patricia "Pat" Parteleno, BSPh '90, PharmD '96; James Patsiavos, BSPh '53; and Judy (Reed) Weir, BSBA '60. The banquet was part of Northern's 2008 Alumni Weekend, held May 30 through June 1.

Gmyrek, of The Villages, Fla., served in the U.S. Air Force after his graduation from ONU and went on to earn a masters in education from Kennesaw State University. He became certified as an education specialist from West Georgia University and taught 8th-grade math in the Paulding County School System in Dallas, Ga. A member of the Henry Solomon Lehr Society and ONU Heritage Club, Gmyrek and his wife, Gayle, established the Edward W. and Lynda Gayle Gmyrek Endowed Scholarship Fund. A baseball and football letter-winner, he is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and a member of the N-Men. In 2005, he represented the state of Florida in the National Senior Games and took the fifth place ribbon in the 60-64 age group.

Keith, of Indianapolis, Ind., and formerly of St. Marys, Ohio, is the executive director of the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA). Prior to taking that position in 2001, he served as a head football coach at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I-AA level. Under his leadership, the BCA has reinforced its position as the preeminent force for the social consciousness of ethnicity in American sports. As executive director, he has conducted an ongoing collaborative effort known as "Equity in Hiring" and coordinated annual equity in hiring summits. These national summits are dedicated to the resolution of the inequities in the hiring of candidates of color for head coaching and administrative athletic positions on the intercollegiate level. He is most proud of the development and realization of the "Achieving Coaching Excellence Program" (A.C.E.) for collegiate basketball coaches. A.C.E. is designed to facilitate the advancement of ethnic minority basketball coaches to become head basketball coaches on the collegiate level.

Rencheck, of Powell, Ohio, is the senior vice president and chief nuclear officer for Nuclear Generation Group of American Electric Power and is responsible for the nuclear operations of the Donald C. Cook nuclear plant. The plant is capable of producing approximately 2,200 megawatts of power and employs 1,400 full-time individuals. He is a professional engineer and certified senior reactor operator. He also serves as chair of The Ohio State University Nuclear Engineering Advisory Board, chair of the Ohio Northern University Engineering Advisory Board, and member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Industry Advisory Board and Electric Power Research Institute's Research Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Nuclear Society and Sigma Beta Delta, the national honor society in business, management and administration.

Parteleno, of Ada, Ohio, is director of experiential education in ONU's Raabe College of Pharmacy. She is responsible for the off-campus educational rotations required for every pharmacy student. Prior to that, she was associate director of drug information for the college and a lecturer and laboratory instructor. She also has worked as a retail pharmacist. She is a member of the West Central Society of Hospital Pharmacists, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Ohio Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and Northwest Ohio Pharmacists Association. In her community, she is active in Girl Scouts, Ada Kiwanis and ReStore.

Patsiavos will be honored as a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient at Homecoming 2008.

Weir, of Merritt Island, Fla., is retired from Guardian Life Insurance Company, where she was an office manager for 10 years and a corporate trainer for three. Before raising her family, she taught high school business. She is a former president of the Northeastern Ohio ONU Alumni Club, a member of the ONU Alumni Board of Directors, member and treasurer of Henderson Memorial Library Board of Trustees, member and president to the Jefferson Area School Board, SportsChassis Owner's Association and member and past president of the Hilliard Area School Music Boosters. Currently, she is a member of the board of directors of the James R. Crumley Archives located at the Southern Lutheran Seminary, Columbia, S.C.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are based on outstanding service to the objectives of the Alumni Association of Ohio Northern University, service with distinction in the nominee's chosen profession and tangible expression of loyalty to ONU.