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Annual Oath and Hooding Class of 2014

On Saturday,
May 3, the College of Veterinary Medicine welcomed the 139 new
veterinarians into their chosen field at the annual Oath and Hooding ceremony,
held at Mershon Auditorium, in the Wexner Center, 1871 N. High St.
Surrounded by friends and family, students recieved their scarlet and grey
academic hood as a symbol of their degree. The hood is worn draped around the neck and over the shoulders, displayed down the
back with the lining exposed, and is considered the most formal part of
academic dress, which includes the more familiar cap and gown.

The following Distinguished Alumni were recognized: Dr. Kerry L. Ketring, (DVM 1972, completed residency 1975), was recognized for his many contributions to Veterinary Ophthalmology and his dedication to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Peter L. Nara (MS in Physiology and Pharmacology, 1979, DVM 1984, and PhD in 1986), co-founder, president and CEO of Biological Mimetics, Inc. was recognized for his dedication and success in basic and translational research as well as his entrepreneurial spirit.

College Award winners were also announced and include:

Michele Morscher, William L. Ingalls Award for Outstanding Service

Dr. Tatiana Motta, Creativity in Teaching Award

Dr. Stephen DiBartola, Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award

Dr. Alicia Bertone, Charles Capen Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Ian Davis, Zoetis Excellence in Veterinary Research Award

Dr. Y. Mohamed “Mo” Saif, 2013 William L. Ingalls Award for Outstanding Service winner (was out of the country during last year’s ceremony)

Class of 2014

* Latin Honors

Amberley Tara Amburgy

Lebanon, OH

Bethany Ann Heitkamp* 

St. Henry, OH, Summa Cum Laude

Valerie Elizabeth Nesser 

Columbus, OH 

Kayla Ann Whitfield-Bradley 

Altoona, PA 

Brent Douglas Aona

Clyde, OH 

Kristin Drew Hobbie 

Harrison, OH

Nicole Deborah Opsal 

Shorewood, IL 

Christine Marie Widmann 

Cincinnati, OH 

Michelle Jeanette Bacha* 

Cincinnati, OH, Summa Cum Laude 

Kelly Hazel Holupka 

Pittsburgh, PA 

Daniel Nicholas Pascetta 

New Providence, NJ 

Timothy E. Wyszynski 

Diamond, OH 

Katelyn Rene Bakewell

New Milford, CT 

Cassandra Ariel Horvath 

Columbus, OH

Amanda Lynn Paulhamus 

Linden, PA 

Natalee Rose Ziegler* 

Celina, OH, Summa Cum Laude 

Samantha Wright Barber

Columbus, OH 

Stephen Joseph Horvath 

Toledo, OH 

Michael Joseph Peplowski 

Madison, OH 


Katlyn Nicole Barr 

Pickerington, OH 

James Parker Howard 

Cincinnati, OH 

Kaleen Rae Percha 

Uniontown, OH 


Ashley Nicole Berardi 

Follansbee, WV 

Sarah Elizabeth Husseini 

Stow, OH 

Cornelia Ward Mary Peterson 

Green River, WY


Leeza Michelle Bercaw 

Springfield, OH

Elizabeth Ann Ihms* 

Canton, OH, Summa Cum Laude 

Caitlin Marie Pohlit 

Columbus, OH


Melanie Marie Boretsky 

Pittsburgh, PA

Caitlin Marie Jablonski 

Bowling Green, OH 

Laurie Tamara Ramos 

Adjuntas, PR 


Jacquelyn Rose Boyd* 

Findlay, OH, Summa Cum Laude 

Marie Noelle Jarden 

Columbus, OH 

Maureen Annette Rankin 

Medina, OH 


Kenneth Michael Brunson 

Piqua, OH 

Denise Janine Johnson 

Hayfork, CA 

Marie Catherine Raver 

Springfield, IL 


Danielle Brianne Carey 

Virginia Beach, VA

Lorna Elizabeth Johnston 

Cleveland Heights, OH 

James William Reynolds 

Hebron, OH 


Elizabeth Jo Carstensen* 

Oregon, OH, Summa Cum Laude 

Christine Suzanne Jones 

Carlisle, PA

Emily Rebecca Robinson 

Middletown, OH


Victoria Chu 

Allendale, NJ 

Vera Christina Kazaniwskyj 

Orland Park, IL 

Jilma Rojas 

Fruitland Park, FL


Erin Elizabeth Clark 

Worthington, OH 

Nicole Marie Kelleher 

Medina, OH 

Meaghan Katarzina Ropski 

Erie, PA 


Christina Julia Cocca* 

Kirtland, OH, Summa Cum Laude 

Andrew Warren Keller 

Lancaster, PA 

Laura Marie Rotz 

Novato, CA


Katherine Marie Daniel 

Sycamore, OH

Taylor Malia Kirby-Madden 

Orleans, MA

Nathalie Sanchez 

Newark, NJ


Marie Christine Dantio 

Cleveland, OH 

Jennifer Marie Kleinfelter 

Orrville, OH

Ellen Ann Scherer 

Port Allegany, PA 


Kelsey Anne Davies 

Saline, MI 

Austin Christopher Kleman* 

Sidney, OH, Summa Cum Laude 

Sarah Kristine Schmidt 

Oxford, OH 


 Alexander David de Roziere* 

Cincinnati, OH, Summa Cum Laude

Kelly Marie Kontur 

Northfield, OH 

Laura J. Scoda 

Piscataway, NJ


Jessica Marie Diefenbacher 

Cincinnati, OH 

Amber Lynn Kostelansky 

Grove City, PA 

Kelly Lynn Sesemann 

Mesa, AZ 


Robin Renee Diers 

Pleasant Hill, OH 

Katheryn Marie Kuchyt 

Easthampton, MA 

Lenora Jacqueline Shaman 

Kobe, Japan


Emily Talen Dozeman 

Yellow Springs, OH 

Jennifer Marie Kulp 

Columbus, OH 

Catherine Nicole Shaw 

Lancaster, OH


Lindsay Kay Drake 

Pittsford, NY 

Heather Elizabeth Lane 

Chardon, OH 

Margaret Elizabeth Shoemaker 

Fort Pierce, FL 


Elyse Rowe Durket 


Rebecca Marie Lauer 

North Olmsted, OH 

 Elaine Margaret Simpson* 

Arlington Heights, IL, Magna Cum Laude 


Stephanie Paige Edwards* 

Kittanning, PA, Summa Cum Laude

Jesyrae Marie Lawther 

Mars, PA 

Darcey Lee Hunt Smith 

Cincinnati, OH 


Andrea Marie Eilenfeld 

Lucas, OH

Chang Leung 

Shelby, NC

Graham Michael Smith 

Columbiana, OH 


Jena Marie English 

Wilmington, OH 

Kristopher Makle Lewis 

Lexington, KY

Timothy Ryan Soroosh 

Solon, OH


Emily Jo Falk 

Columbus, OH 

Joshua Nathaniel Lorbach 

Elyria, OH 

Chelsea Dawn Stevens 

Dayton, OH 


Kyla Linn Ferguson 

Mars, PA 

Joseph William Lozier 

Granville, OH

Vaughn Karl Taylor-Lehman 

Zanesville, OH 


Monica Juanita Fernandez 

Miami, FL 

Caitlin Elizabeth Manring 

San Diego, CA 

Narry Tiao 

Columbus, OH 


R. Alexander Fiktus 

Brecksville, OH

Adam Michael Mauser 

Stow, OH 

Mallory Lynne Titler 

Grass Lake, MI 


Joanna Lynn FitzGerald 

East Longmeadow, MA 

Melody Joy Maxwell 

Lexington, OH 

Leah Marie Trout 

Sidman, PA 


Katherine Lorraine Frerick 

Harrison, OH 

Lindsay Marie Mayer 

Lima, OH 

John Warren Van Demark 

Rhinebeck, NY


Alexandra Suzanne Galanski 

Katonah, NY

Julie Marie Michalski 

Worthington, OH

Andrew John Vanden Bosch 

Zeeland, MI 


Dana Nicole Gale 

Brookevile, MD 

Caitlin Elizabeth Miller 

Goshen, CT

Sarah Ann VanGundy 

Sidney, OH 


Mary Lucille Garbett 

Georgetown, OH

Monica Blair Miller 

Youngstown, OH 

Megan Nichole Viniard 

Plain City, OH 


Jennifer Elaine Gerber 

Rossburg, OH

Jennifer McGintee Mirecki 

Windham, ME 

Carina Anne Vitullo 

Youngstown, OH 


Jamie Lee Gimbus 

Midland, PA, Summa Cum Laude 

Ashley Nicole Misner 

Uniontown, OH 

Lauren Michelle Wagner 

Toledo, OH 


Meaghan Nicole Glowacki* 

Brook Park, OH, Summa Cum Laude 

Catherine Elizabeth Moffitt 

Allison Park, PA 

Kristin Marie Walleck 

Columbus, OH 


Susan Holzer Greenbaum 

Harrington Park, NJ 

Kristen Elise Moning 

Cincinnati, OH 

Clare Elise Webb 

Columbus, OH 


Katelynn Ruth Habrat 

Medina, OH 

Kristen Elizabeth Monroe* 

Londonderry, OH, Summa Cum Laude

Katherine Anne Weber 

Madison, OH 


Melissa J. Handler 

Manalapan, NJ 

Jennilee Noel Morrison 

Jeannette. PA 

Jessica Nicole Wells 

Bellbrook, OH


Audra Lynn Hanthorn 

Toledo, OH 

Jennifer Kay Morrow 

Pickerington, OH 

Ellen Christine Wetli 

Antwerp, OH 


Adele Katherine Heintel 

Chagrin Falls, OH 

Katherine Marie Mueller 

Pepper Pike, OH 

Rebecca K White 

Dover-Foxcroft, ME



Celebrating 129 years
of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of
Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000
faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary
Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical
Center is a comprehensive
specialty referral center and is one of the largest facilities of its kind in
the world, with more than 35,000 large and small animal patients each year. A
nationally-recognized large animal ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides
large animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health
Research Program at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
focuses on how to control and prevent disease. More information about the
college can be found at


Posted April 30, 2014


Last updated: 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 1:17pm