Six to enter ONU Athletic Hall of Fame
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.
Sandra R. (Hoying) Paeltz
Paeltz is an 11-time All-OAC (Ohio Athletic Conference) athlete, a two-time All-American in the long jump at both indoor and outdoor conference championships, a two-time OAC Champion and a Clyde Lamb Award recipient. Additionally, she is the current ONU record-holder in indoor and outdoor long jump, and a current OAC record-holder in the outdoor long jump.
Besides varsity sports, Paeltz was a member of the Professional Association of Women in Science, Beta Beta Beta and the American Pharmacist Association and participated on the intramural volleyball and flag football teams. After graduating from ONU, Paeltz went on to acquire her doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Cincinnati. She currently works as a pharmacist at Discount Drug Mart. Since college, she has completed one marathon and volunteers as a long jump coach at Fort Loramie High School.
Benjamin David Shaffer
As a pole-vaulter, Shaffer was a seven-time NCAA National Championship qualifier, gaining All-American status six times (four in outdoor track and field and twice in indoor). He also is a two-time Ohio Athletic Conference champion and eight-time letter-winner.
After graduating from ONU, Shaffer served as a pharmacist for Dayton Heart Hospital and director of pharmacy at Grady Memorial Hospital. He currently serves as the director of growth and business development at Grady Memorial Hospital and Dublin Methodist Hospitals.
Shaffer received an MBA in health care administration from Columbia Southern University in 2007 and is a member of the Ohio Board of Pharmacy Rules and Regulations Committee. He also offers his time to coaching, People in Need of Delaware County, Project SEARCH (a job program for disabled individuals), and the Rotary Club of Delaware.
James P. Shaw III
In addition to earning his civil engineering degree, Shaw amassed nine varsity letters as a Polar Bear in three different sports: football and indoor and outdoor track and field. On the gridiron, Shaw worked his way to captain and earned All-Conference nods in 1985 and 1986. He became ONU’s first indoor track and field NCAA qualifier, earned the individual title in indoor shot put in 1987 and still ranks in the top 10 of Northern’s shot-putters.
Shaw now works for Lucas County as a sanitation engineer and has been recognized several times as Young Engineer of the Year for his work. He also is continually active in his community, lending his time to organizations such as the YMCA, Habitat for Humanity and the Catholic Youth Organization.
Additionally, Shaw has been a collegiate on-field football official since 1988, working games at all three NCAA levels. He has refereed several postseason games (including the FCS Championship in 2006), and, in 2009, he began officiating for the Big Ten Conference.
Karla J. (Thobe) Siereveld
Siereveld was the first and only women’s basketball player in ONU history to be named WBCA Kodak All-American. In addition, she earned numerous awards for her work on and off the court. She was named All-OAC twice as well as Academic All-OAC.
Siereveld holds several ONU records, including all-time rebounds, single-season rebounds, single-game rebounds and career field goals made. She also ranks in the top 10 in all-time steals (second), scoring (sixth) and points in a game (tied for sixth). She broke the single-game rebounding record twice, pulling down 22 boards in both contests.
Siereveld was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the American Chemical Society. Her work in the classroom and in her career field has allowed her to be published in some way in a variety of publications, including Scientific Journal, Prevention Magazine and ClubMom.com. Siereveld currently works with Proctor & Gamble as a senior researcher and is an active member of Saint Maximillian Kolbe Catholic Church, where she coached basketball for the youth organization for four seasons.
Jeremy B. Thompson
Thompson played in three NCAA basketball tournaments, was a member of several Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championship teams and still holds several ONU records. The two-time All-American is ONU’s all-time leader in scoring (1,978 points), three-pointers (277) and field goals (660).
Thompson received the Gregory Award in 1998 as the OAC Player of the Year and was named First Team All-OAC, First Team All-Great Lakes Region and Honorable Mention All-American in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Since graduating, Thompson has been employed by Sagemark Consulting as a wealth management advisor. He also is a partner in Barrett Wealth Advisors and a partner in Independent Pharmacy Consulting Group LLC. Additionally, Thompson serves on the Ohio Northern Planned Giving Council.
Mandy (Miller) Yates
Yates is one of the most decorated runners at ONU. She was a three-time All-American in cross country and outdoor track and field, a 16-time All-OAC athlete, a three-time national qualifier for the indoor 5,000-meter run, and a four-time Marcia French Award recipient. She held the school record for four events in both indoor and outdoor track and still holds the OAC Championship record for the 10,000-meter run.
After graduating from ONU, Yates participated in multiple marathons and half marathons. She was the first-place female in the Death Valley Marathon in 2003 and the first-place female in the Akron Half Marathon in 2008 and 2010, setting a course record. She also holds course records and was the first-place female in 2010 at the Cleveland Half Marathon and the Wineglass Marathon. Yates was a Boston Marathon qualifier in 2002 and again in 2010 and has qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials.
Yates currently works at CVS Pharmacy, where she has been employed since graduating from Northern. In addition to her normal duties, she serves as a preceptor for undergraduate pharmacy students and PharmD candidates. Working with students from several Ohio universities throughout the year, she helps provide services to the community by administering immunizations and holding brown-bag lunch events.