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ONU announces Athletic Hall of Fame inductees

Jul 19, 2011

Six members of the Ohio Northern University athletics family will be inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 30, as part of ONU’s Homecoming weekend.

They will be inducted Friday during a banquet in McIntosh Center and introduced Saturday before the ONU football game at Dial-Roberson Stadium.

The six inductees are Sandra (Hoying) Paeltz, a 2001 biology/medical technology graduate and track athlete from Fort Loramie, Ohio, who now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio; Benjamin D. Shaffer, a 1999 pharmacy graduate and track athlete from Spencerville, Ohio, who now resides in Plain City, Ohio; Mandy (Miller) Yates, a 2002 pharmacy graduate and track athlete from Pickerington, Ohio, who now resides in Medina, Ohio; James P. Shaw III, a 1987 civil engineering graduate and football and track athlete from McComb, Ohio, who now resides in Holland, Ohio; Karla (Thobe) Siereveld, a 1996 chemistry graduate and basketball and track athlete from Coldwater, Ohio, who now resides in Hamilton, Ohio; and Jeremy B. Thompson, a 2000 business administration graduate and basketball player from Findlay, Ohio, who now resides in Solon, Ohio.

To be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, one must have made great contributions to the field of athletics through their athletic performance at the University or meritorious efforts made on behalf of athletics. Nominees do not necessarily have to be former ONU students unless they are nominated as an athlete; however, they do have to have served the University for at least 12 years.

Athletes must have graduated from Northern at least 10 years ago and must have earned two letters in one sport or one letter in three or more sports. All nominees must have demonstrated good citizenship both at ONU and beyond and served the athletics program in any capacity that contributed to the overall program.