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Distinguished Alumni Awards to be Presented

The Alumni Association of Ohio Northern University will present Distinguished Alumni Awards as part of the 2008 Alumni Weekend, May 30-June 1.

The awards, recognizing outstanding service and loyalty, will be presented to Edward Gmyrek, BSEd '65, Floyd Keith, BSEd '70, H of F '03, Michael Rencheck, BSEE '83, Pat Parteleno, BSPh '90, PharmD '96, James Patsiavos, BSPh '53 and Judy (Reed) Weir, BSBA '60, at the Alumni Awards Banquet, 6 p.m., May 31, in McIntosh Center.

Edward "Ed" Gmyrek served in the U.S. Air Force after his graduation from ONU, then 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 eighth grade math in the Paulding County School System in Dallas, Ga. A member of the Henry Solomon Lehr Society and ONU Heritage Club of the University, 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.

Floyd Keith is currently the executive director of the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) office, located in Indianapolis, Ind. Prior to taking that position in 2001, he served as a head football coach on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division IAA 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., funded by a matching grant from the NCAA's Committee on Women's Athletics and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is designed to facilitate the advancement of ethnic minority basketball coaches to become head basketball coaches on the collegiate level.

Michael Rencheck 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 employees.
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.

Patricia "Pat" Parteleno 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 has also 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.

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

Judy (Reed) Weir 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.