Ohio Northern presents Young Alumni awards
Ohio Northern University alumni Stephanie (Spirer) Crandall and Justin Schultz are the latest recipients of the William L. Robinson Young Alumni Award from their alma mater. The award was established by the ONU Alumni Association to honor individuals who have graduated from the University in the last 15 years and who demonstrate passion and loyalty toward their profession, community and alma mater.
The Young Alumni Award is named in honor of Bill Robinson, who dedicated 50 years to serving the University and its students and who remains a stanch supporter of ONU’s mission, values and vision. Crandall and Schultz were recognized during ceremonies prior to ONU’s Homecoming football game Sept. 23 at Dial-Roberson Stadium. Robinson and ONU President Daniel DiBiasio presented the awards.
Crandall, who grew up in Monroeville, Pa., and now resides in Fort Wayne, Ind., earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish with a minor in philosophy from ONU in 2003. She is currently the director of intergovernmental affairs for the city of Fort Wayne. In this role, she provides strategic counsel to the mayor and the mayor’s cabinet on matters related to all levels of government – local, state and federal. Crandall is a member of the city’s Legacy Joint Funding Committee and the United Way of Allen County’s Public Policy Committee. She was recently named to the incoming class of Leadership Fort Wayne as well as the Indiana Democratic Party’s Emerging Leaders program.
After earning her undergraduate degree from ONU, Crandall graduated from William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Va. She joined the Indianapolis office of Baker & Daniels LLP (now Faegre Baker Daniels LLP) as an attorney in public and municipal finance. She later worked in federal advocacy at the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C. Crandall previously served as president of the Capital City Polar Bears, which is ONU’s D.C. alumni club, and she currently serves on the ONU Getty College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board.
Schultz, who grew up in Waterville, Ohio, and currently resides in Galena, Ohio, earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 2003. He leads the technology engineering design group at Korda Engineering in Columbus, Ohio, designing communication systems, audio/video systems, and safety and security systems. He is the author of several articles in various trade magazines on technology design, energy codes, electrical codes and lighting.
Schultz is a Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine 40 Under 40 award recipient for the most talented young individuals in the North America engineering community supporting the building industry. He is the recipient of three IES Illumination Awards of Merit, including one for the lighting design of the ONU law school’s David C. Crago Rare Book and Special Collections Room. Schultz also is the sole inventor named on multiple patents for the design of engineering software. He earned an MBA from Ashland University.
In his community, Schultz has participated in multiple Habitat for Humanity builds through his church, built furniture for central Ohio families in poverty, and read books during his lunch hours with first-grade students in need of extra assistance. He has volunteered his time on committees and boards with the Illuminating Engineering Society, BICSI, U.S. Green Building Council and a children’s STEM expo.
Since graduating, Schultz has continued to serve ONU. He has participated on the ECCS Program Working Group. Also, Schultz recruits on campus via career fairs and promotes to others the high caliber of ONU graduates. He is leading the technology design for ONU’s new engineering building.