TRADITIONS 
     
The Online Newsletter of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association
1950 North Mallway
Columbus OH 43221
   614-487-5007 Ext. 120
DECEMBER, 2010
Please visit your UAAA Web site: BEARALUMS.COM
   
       THANK YOU TO OUR UAAA MEMBERS! NOT A MEMBER? PLEASE JOIN!

As the cold winds of the upcoming winter blow and our alums worldwide are embarking upon holiday TRADITIONS of their own, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the many alums who have joined the UAAA this year and supported our mission and work with their dues. We are proud to be what we think is one of the largest and best connected public high school alumni associations in the country, and without your financial support, we could not make this happen.

It is not too late to make your 2010 tax-deductible contribution of $15 for an Annual Membership, $60 for a 5-year membership, $250 for a Lifetime Membership, and $500 for a Golden Bear membership.

The Life and Golden Bear memberships may be made in 10 installments, and they do not need to be in consecutive months! Members may join by either writing a check or using Paypal. If you are the parent of an alum, consider a membership a great gift for stocking stuffer!

Please visit our Membership page for all the details! NOTE: If you enjoy visiting Bearalums.com and receiving our email newsletter, please consider contributing to your Alumni Association. We really do need your help!

       VERA K. RANDALL MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FUND
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of longtime and beloved English teacher, Vera K. Randall, who passed away in September shortly after celebrating her 100th birthday. Miss Randall taught at UAHS from 1943-1969 and touched the lives of many students. Miss Randall was one of the first inductees into the UAHS Educators' Hall of Fame, and her passing sadly marks the end of a chapter in UAHS history.

Shortly after her passing, members of the Classes of 1954, 1955, and 1956 approached the UA Education Foundation wishing to establish a memorial fund in her memory. The Vera K. Randall Memorial Fund, whose purpose is to support and encourage reading and writing initiatives that benefit Language Arts students at UAHS, was accepted into the UAEF family of funds in November, and the Class of 1949 made an initial contribution of $1,140.00!

If you wish to make a contribution to this fund, please make your tax-deductible contribution payable to "UAEF" and send it to:

UAEF
1950 North Mallway
Columbus, OH 43221

Please write "VK Randall" on the memo line.

We thank the classes of 1949, 1954,1955, and 1956 for their dedication to Miss Randall and UAHS and their work in establishing this memorial fund.

       CONGRATULATIONS TO DAN CRAWFORD '07 - NOMINATED FOR JOHN WOODEN CITIZENSHIP CUP

From Denison.edu, December 3, 2010:

Denison senior Dan Crawford, UAHS Class of 2007, son of Jean and Tom Crawford '74, has been selected as one of five finalists for the 7th annual Coach John Wooden Citizenship Cup. The award is presented to the most outstanding role model among college athletes and recognizes athletes who make the greatest difference in the lives of others.

Denison Associate Director of Athletics and advisor to the Denison Student Athlete Advisory Council, Lynn Schweizer, feels that the Wooden Cup is a perfect fit for Crawford. "I can honestly say that in my 38 years at Denison, Dan is one of the most outstanding students that I have had the opportunity to work with," said Schweizer. "Dan exemplifies the type of student that we are proud to have represent Denison. His leadership style is so effective because he empowers his peers to strive for excellence and challenges them to think critically about the issues at hand." Congratulations to UAHS alumnus and Golden Bear Dan Crawford!

See photo and read the entire article about Dan on Bearalums.com.

       JENNIFER ZHOU , CLASS OF 2010, NOW IN FINALS FOR YOUTUBE SYMPHONY

UAHS alum Jennifer Zhou, Class of 2010, who is now studying flute at the Eastman School of Music, is auditioning for a seat in the 2011 YouTube Symphony. She has made it to the final round and now needs your help by voting for her YouTube audition. If Jennifer is selected, she will win an all-expenses paid trip to Sydney, Australia to play repertoire under Michael Tilson Thomas in the Sydney Opera House!

Voting is open to the public and continues through Friday, December 17. You can vote at youtube.com/symphony and with your participation, you can help to make Jennifer's dream of hopping with the kangaroos while playing flute come true!

Watch Jennifer Zhou's audition video here.

       UA LIBRARY HAS ADDED NEW NORWESTER TO ONLINE COLLECTION

The Upper Arlington Library announces that they have now added the 2000 issue of the Norwester to their online collection.

The contract between the schools and the library provides that the most recent ten years of yearbooks will not be offered online. As a result, one new yearbook will be added per year. Look for the 2001 Norwester to be offered online this time next year. Thank you to our library for investing the time and effort to produce these online versions of our special yearbooks!

Read more about the UA Library'sNorwester Project here.

       BEARALUMS FEATURED ALUMNI WEB SITES

Have you visited our Bearalums.com Alumni Web sites page lately? Many of our alums have sent in the addresses of their personal or company sites, and we've linked to each of them. They are organized by graduation year. You know how it is: people like to do business with people they know and trust, and it's interesting and fun to look through these Web sites to find out what kinds of businesses, organizations, and hobbies our fellow UAHS grads are involved in and enjoy.

Every couple of months, we will feature three of these Alumni Web sites. If you would like for us to link to your Web site, please email us your link and we will add you! You could be featured next!

FEATURED WEB SITES FOR DECEMBER / JANUARY

ProWrite.com
Dottie Garvin Tonjes '62

ProWrite.com is a technical writing company with a permanent staff of technical writers. ProWrite is able to handle any size documentation project including producing user guides, policy and procedure manuals, online help, technical reference manuals, and Web-based training materials. In business since 1982, ProWrite technical writers and designers can produce a brief brochure or a complete series of manuals from concept through printing.
ReelDeepStore.com
Dave Cooper '69
ReelDeepStore.com is a family business dedicated to providing the right saltwater fishing gear and freshwater fishing gear at the right price. All of these products are NEW and in the box shipped directly to you. They offer deep-ly discounted prices for every fisherman on name brand reels, rods and gear. They focus on heavy duty gear for deep sea fishing and open water fishing; however, if you do not see what want, they will find it. ReelDeepStore.com has been in business for more than twenty years.
AspenStaffingServices
Janet Hannaway '77
AspenStaffingServices locates local talent with long-term career goals and matches those skills to the needs of employers. They offer training and testing for candidates, along with proven advice; from jump-starting the process of finding a satisfying position, to building credentials that lead to positive career moves.
When you have a few moments, please browse through the list of alumni Web sites and you'll be surprised at the variety of interesting, beautiful, creative businesses and Web sites that belong to our UAHS grads!
       CLASS NEWS: This BEARS Repeating ...
1960

Jon Agee '60, has published his third novel. Due to a name conflict, Mr. Agee uses the nom de plume Noah Bond. The Lost Testimony of Bones LeBeau describes the plot to assassinate President Kennedy through the eyes of a fictional character. Bones LeBeau went straight from the bayous to work for Carlos Marcello. From the secret back room of a New Orleans restaurant to Jack Ruby's Carousel in Dallas, Bones witnessed the plot from inception to execution. Lansky, Ferrie, Seal, Marcello, Sinatra, Trafficante, Giancana. Oswald, Ruby --- she knew them all. This is what she told to the FBI, who lost the recording. This is the first book to present a compelling, credible account of the plot, and the hidden motive.

Visit NoahBond.com for more information and Jon and his books. The Lost Testimony of Bones LeBeau is available through Amazon.com and AtlasBooks.com.

1975

Amy Neal '95 has been named American Airlines' 2010 Outstanding Employee for her exceptional performance. Amy was inducted into the American Airlines Hall of Fame 12 years ago; only 40 other flight attendants have been accorded that honor since the airline was founded. Now she has a Boeing 757 aircraft named after her!

Currently a purser, Amy has been with the airlines for 31 years, and has received countless hundreds of "orchid" letters from grateful travelers who have greatly appreciated her never-ending efforts to make everyone have a great flight ... a rare occurrence in this day and age. When you are lucky enough to get on an AA flight with Amy in charge, it is like returning to the golden age of airline travel. Congratulations to Amy Neal!

1975

Have you been wondering where to get a genuine Australian leather hat or your next batch of Tim Tam chocolate cookies? Dave Nichols '75 , has just what you need, and you can find more than 1,000 products at SimplyOz.com, Dave's Cincinnati-based online source of everything Australian.

Visit Dave's company Web site, SimplyOz.com
Read an article about Dave and Simply Oz from the Cincinnati Enquirer

1981 Joanie Igel Dugger '81, the Executive Director of both the Upper Arlington Education Foundation and the Upper Arlington Alumni Association, recently received the 2010 Friend of Public Schools Award from the Ohio School Boards Association. This award recognized Joanie for her numerous contributions to our schools on many different levels, from leading and serving on ballot initiative committees to her work directly in each of her children's school through the years. Congratulations to Joanie Igel Dugger!
1981 Karen Waldbillig Kasich '81 will become Ohio's First Lady in January when her husband, John Kasich is sworn in as Governor of Ohio. Congratulations to the Kasichs! Karen and John have twin daughters, Emma and Reese, and they live in Westerville.    
1994 Andrew Lewis '94, who graduated in 1994 (but who was also a part of the class of ’93 had it not been for spending his junior year doing a study abroad in Russia) was promoted in October, 2010 to partner in KPMG LLP’s Washington, DC office. Andrew has been a part of KPMG’s government audit practice for twelve years and has supervised the audits of several federal, state, and local government clients. Since 2005, Andrew has taught courses on government and not-for-profit accounting and auditing as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University.
    
    UAAA WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Our email/online newsletter, Traditions, is UAAA's way of connecting our alums and passing along all kinds of interesting news.We ivite you to send us any news about your own life so that we can share it with other grads!

Please email your news announcement to us and include your full name, graduation year, and your announcement as you would like to have it printed. We welcome photos to accompany your story, and the pictures will be used on the Announcements page of Bearalums.com rather than in the newsletter (we are keeping Traditions text-only for fast loading and readability even on your phone!). Remember - we love to hear about what's happening in your life, whether it is related to education, marriage, family, relocation, career accomplishments, or anything else! Thank you!

Thank you for helping us to keep our newsletter interesting and fun with your input!    

       IN MEMORIAM

As graduates of Upper Arlington High School, we share a special bond that lasts a lifetime, and it is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of the following UAHS alumni and faculty. To their families and friends we extend our sincere condolences.

1952 Jim Watson    
1959 Bob Jencks    
1976 Amy Chilcote Dailey    
       MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Thanks so much to all of you who pay dues to the UAAA. These dues are critical to the support of our organization. Many alums think that funding for the Alumni Association comes from the school district. WRONG! We are completely self-sustaining and need these dues in order to maintain our database of nearly 30,000 graduates and to pay the costs of running our Web site, Bearalums.com. We are proud that we do not require a login and password for our Web site and we do not restrict it to dues-paying members. However, over the past few years, we have seen our number of dues-paying members decline. We need YOU! Our tax-deductible dues are modest, so it is our goal to increase membership, and we hope that we can count on you. Membership in UAAA is available at four levels:

Annual      $15 / year
Reunion - 5 years      $60 (One year free!)
Life      $250: one-time!
Golden Bear      $500: one-time!
DUES ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE!
SPECIAL: We are offering a payment plan for the Life and Golden Bear Membership levels! You can commit to the level you wish and pay it off over 10 months; they don't even need to be consecutive months. We truly hope that you will help us out at whatever level is comfortable for you, and we thank you for your support AT ANY LEVEL!

Some people are online a great deal and prefer to pay with Paypal; others prefer printing the membership form and mailing us a check. We appreciate your dues, and we want to make it easy for you, so please select your preferred method of payment.:

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Paypal Online
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Print the Membership Form and mail in a check
We wish to thank these alums who have recently joined at the Golden Bear and Life Membership levels:
NEW LIFE MEMBERS
1955 Tom Williams    
NEW GOLDEN BEAR MEMBER
1992 Shannon Ingram Tolliver    
Please visit our Membership page for complete details and payment options. See our list of Life Members and Golden Bear members.
       A NOTE ABOUT BEARALUMS.COM: HOW DOES THIS WORK, ANYWAY?

Because we respect our alums' privacy, we list names and email addresses on Bearalums.com ONLY when they are personally submitted by the alum. When we started Bearalums.com in 2000, we had approximately 320 email addresses in our database; we currently have almost 13,000 alums' email addresses listed on Bearalums.com!

If you are not listed on your class page but wish to be, please send in your information. If you notice that one of your classmates isn't listed, please contact that person and ask them to visit Bearalums.com and personally submit his or her information. And if you see someone's name on the Lost list at the bottom of each class page, and you know his or her location, please let us know, or contact that classmate and ask him or her to contact UAAA.

Our goal is to maintain the most complete and accurate database that we possibly can. We are asking for your help! And thank you to those of you who have helped us through your membership dues; your financial help allows us to provide the ongoing hosting and maintenance fees of our Web site.      

       UAAA CONTACT INFORMATION

We hope that you will make sure that we have your current postal mailing address, phone number, and email address. Below are the email addresses to use to send this information to the correct person at UAAA:

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To update your mailing address / phone number Email Joanie Dugger
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To submit your email address to be added to Bearalums.com Email Ellen Clark
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To submit personal or class news for Traditions / Bearalums.com Email Joanie Dugger
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Questions or comments about Bearalums.com Email Ellen Clark
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What do YOU want to hear about in our newsletter? Please let us know! Email Joanie Dugger
We look forward to receiving your news submissions about college, careers, weddings, births, honors and achievements, and anything else you'd like to share with other UAHS alums.
       UA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
These members of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association Board of Directors are working to make sure that all our alums have the ability to be connected and informed through our newsletter and our Web site, BEARALUMS.COM, and that it is easy and fun!
   
  Joanie Igel Dugger '80, Executive Director
  Ellen Isaly Clark '69, President
  Louesa Callahan Foster '61, Director Emerita
       
Shelle Studebaker Bean '80 Mary DeCesaro Cameron '79     Julie May Jones '69
Carolyn Casper-DuVall '62 Carol Gillespie '65     Jan L. Wallace '74
John D. Kost '74       Bradley W. Sharp '72
   

The Upper Arlington Alumni Assocation
1950 North Mallway
Columbus OH 43221
614-487-5007 Ext. 120
Email: Bearalums@aol.com
Please visit your UAAA Web site: BEARALUMS.COM