Beth Burns ’79 Tapped as Associate Head Coach for USC Women’s Basketball Team

Ohio Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, and alumni make headlines every day with their expertise and accomplishments. Here are a few of the latest highlights…

Beth Burns ’79

Beth Burns ’79

Beth Burns ’79

Beth Burns joins the University of Southern California women’s basketball team as associate head coach for the 2014-2015 season.

Burns previously worked at San Diego State, where she was the winningest coach in program history. Burns also spent five seasons as head coach at The Ohio State University. Overall, she has 21 years of head coaching experience, earning six conference Coach of the Year awards and eight NCAA appearances.

As a basketball player at Ohio Wesleyan, Burns became the all-time leading rebounder and has since been inducted into the Hall of Fame. She received her OWU bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. Read more about Burns and her coaching career.

Andy Warnock ’06

Andy Warnock ’06

Andy Warnock ’06

Andy Warnock, assistant vice president of Red Capital Group, is named to Columbus Business First’s list of “Forty Under 40” business leaders.

At Ohio Wesleyan, Warnock majored in economics management and graduated summa cum laude. See the full “Forty Under 40” list.

Bob Walick ’81

Bob Walick ’81

Bob Walick ’81

Bob Walick’s Nashville-based company, Walick-Kemp & Associates, is named the 2013 President’s Cup winner by Emerson Network Power.

The President’s Cup is awarded to the U.S. field sales office for Emerson Network Power that best exhibits “an extraordinary commitment to business management and leadership, personal and professional integrity, and an unwavering responsiveness to customer needs.” Read more about Walick-Kemp.

Michael Portnoy ’73

Michael Portnoy ’73

Michael Portnoy ’73

Michael Portnoy joins Westport Resources in Connecticut as part of a team of managing directors who specialize in creating mutual funds by utilizing the experience of hedge fund managers.

Portnoy will serves as portfolio manager for the ALPS/Westport Resources Hedged High Income Fund. Read the full article, “Mutual Fund Team Joins Westport Resources.”

Sean Kay, Ph.D.

Sean Kay, Ph.D.

Sean Kay

Sean Kay, Ph.D., OWU professor of politics and government, continues to garner national and international attention as media turn to him for insight and analysis of the Russia-Ukraine situation.

Kay’s thoughts are featured in multiple news outlets, including an April 24 New York Times article, “Eastern Europe Frets About NATO’s Ability to Curb Russia”; an April 17 Chicago Tribune column, “Obama and missile defense myths”; an April 17 Australian Broadcasting Corporation interview, “Stakes get higher in Russia and Ukraine stand-off”; and an April 14 Bloomberg/BusinessWeek article, “Fragile Europe Weakens U.S. Push for Russia Sanctions.”

Of the U.S. decision to commit troops for temporary military exercises in Poland and the Baltics, Kay tells New York Times reporter Steven Erlanger: “This is very symbolic reassurance, very carefully calibrated to ratchet up if need be.”

As for next steps, Kay tells Bloomberg writer Sangwon Yoon: “The best thing that can be done right now is some significant diplomatic engagements that would try to find off-ramps, that would both reassure Ukraine about its sovereignty and also find innovative ways or creative ways to make sure that the Russians in eastern Ukraine are also satisfied with the existing state of affairs.”

Jennifer Jolley, D.M.A.

Jennifer Jolley, D.M.A.

Jennifer Jolley

Jennifer Jolley, D.M.A., assistant professor of music, serves as a composer-in-residence at Brevard Elementary School in Brevard, N.C., where she works with fifth-graders to create an original piece of music.

Their collaborative composition, titled “Through the Looking Glass Falls,” debuts April 17 at Brevard College.

Two of the elementary school students write an article about the experience for their local newspaper, The Transylvania Times. Read their full article, “BES Students Help Jolley Compose Music.”

Will Day ’93

Will Day ’93

Will Day ’93

Award-winning artist Will Day is set to exhibit his new “Awakening” collection from May 2-June 3 at the Anam Cara Gallery in Greenwich, Conn.

Day’s work is described as “color drenched, bold and gestural.” He lives and works out of his studio in Boulder, Colo., and also has a West Coast studio in Los Angeles. Read more about Will Day Art.

Dylan Brown ’09

Dylan Brown ’09

Dylan Brown ’09

Dylan Brown, director of education for NXTsports, collaborates with former Denison Big Red rival Frank Clark to help expand NXT’s Cradle Lacrosse program to the State of Minnesota, where Clark coaches.

The program, which provides lacrosse programs for boys and girls ages 4-16, is now active in seven states. Brown majored in sociology/anthropology at Ohio Wesleyan. Read more about Brown and Cradle Lacrosse.

Michael McGlaughlin ’13

Michael McGlaughlin ’13

Michael McGlaughlin ’13

Mikey McGlaughlin signs with AFC Cleveland for the 2014 National Premier Soccer League season.

The midfielder and Nottingham, England, native “will bring a tenacity and work rate to the squad that we lacked at times last year,” says head coach Andy Hoggarth. “He is also a very versatile player who will fight for time in a couple of different roles.” Read the full SoccerNation.com article.

Travis Wall ’12

Travis Wall ’12

Travis Wall ’12

Travis Wall joins the Bowling Green State University men team as a volunteer assistant.

He joins the Falcon program after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

At Ohio Wesleyan, Wall majored in human health and kinetics with a concentration on sport exercise and management. He also served as captain of the 2011 national championship men’s soccer team. Read more about Wall and his career.

Edwards Gymnasium

Edwards Gymnasium

Edwards Gymnasium

An artistic 360-degree photograph of the newly renovated basketball court in Edwards Gymnasium is featured on the international photography site One Eyeland.

Founder and award-winning lensman Sharad Haksar says the site was created “out of a whim to create a dark room large enough to fit photographers of every hue.” See the eye-catching image of OWU’s Edwards Gymnasium.

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