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It was familiar places and happy faces as BW alumni and friends came to campus for Alumni Celebration, a day filled with reunions, awards and fun.

Alumni Celebration Reunites "YJ4Ls," Honors Merit Award Winners and More

May 16, 2016

Photo of Alumni CelebrationBW graduates returned to the Berea campus on Friday-Saturday, May 13-14 for a weekend of fun, photos and alumni events that included the “Golden Reunion” of the Class of 1966, a luncheon recognizing the 2016 Alumni Merit Award winners and Family Heritage honorees, and a Gala Dinner connecting BW alumni across generations. 

Family Heritage Award

photo of Family Heritage Award winnersBW legacy is often seen in many families whose members have followed the footsteps of grandparents, parents and siblings who proudly wore the Brown and Gold. At Saturday's luncheon, BW recognized the 2016 Family Heritage Award honorees–the Merkle, Bassett, Bomgardner, Meyer, Hughes, Amy Family, who together represent many generations of graduates and service to Baldwin Wallace.

Four Recognized with BW’s Highest Alumni Honor

Also at the recognition luncheon, BW honored the accomplishments of four distinguished individuals with the Alumni Merit Award, the highest honor bestowed to University alumni.

Photo of 2016 Alumni Merit winnersThe 2016 recipients (pictured left to right) were Dr. Laura K. Simpson Bosworth '67, for her influential leadership in developing effective educators and improving the lives of at-risk youth; Dr. Don Swegan '47, for his dedication to the Baldwin Wallace community and an exceptional, diverse career as an educator, coach and fundraiser; Kim Dell-Wagner '88, for her leadership of the Cleveland National Air Show and standard-setting contributions to the air show industry; and Dr. James Ulchaker '87, for his outstanding achievements in the field of urology and leadership in shaping healthcare policy.  

Dr. Laura K. (“Kris”) Simpson Bosworth '67

Dr. Bosworth holds the Smith Endowed Chair in substance abuse education and is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Arizona. Prior to her appointment at the University of Arizona, she was an associate professor and the director of the Center for Adolescent Studies at Indiana University and a visiting scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the Youth Violence Prevention Team.

At the University of Wisconsin, she was a pioneer in the development of computer games and simulations to teach adolescents strategies to prevent drug use, violence and pregnancy. At the University of Arizona, Bosworth has focused her efforts on the role of school culture and climate as a buffer for individual risk factors for risk-taking behavior. Her nationally recognized work has been funded by grants from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Lilly Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the U.S. Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute of Justice.

Bosworth’s many honors include: the Focus Award from the Pima County Child Abuse Prevention Council; the Maria Urquides Laureate Award from the College of Education Advisory Board at the University of Arizona; and the Baldwin Wallace Outstanding Educator Award. Bosworth earned a B.A. in history from Baldwin Wallace before completing a Master of Sciences degree in counseling and guidance in 1975 and a Ph.D. in adult education/program evaluation in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Kim Dell-Wagner ’88

Dell-Wagner has worked at the special events management firm of C.K. Newcomb & Associates, the largest producer of air shows in the U.S., since 1992. Originally hired as a promotions assistant, she advanced quickly and was named director of marketing and promotions in 1994. She is now the executive director of the Cleveland National Air Show, one of the country’s most prestigious air shows.

Under Dell-Wagner’s leadership, the Cleveland National Air Show has won numerous industry awards including “Airshow of the Year” (by World Airshow News) and marketing awards from the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS). ICAS also relies on Dell-Wagner’s talents for seminars and round table discussions on industry issues. Many of her processes are now recognized as “the standard” among the country’s most successful air shows. In 1993, Dell-Wagner developed and executed the promotional plan for Colorado Takes Off: Denver International Air Show, marking the grand opening of the globally anticipated Denver International Airport.

Dell-Wagner also has taken an active role in establishing a community presence for air shows, including Make-a-Wish Foundation programs, scholarships and educational outreach programs. At C.K. Newcomb & Associates, she created an innovative seasonal internship program that provided valuable learning opportunities for college students (including many from BW) and recent graduates. Dell-Wagner graduated from Baldwin Wallace with a B.A. in speech communications and a minor in business/marketing.

Dr. Don Swegan '47

Dr. Swegan served Baldwin Wallace in six different roles over 25 years, after first studying as a student in the Navy V-12 program. In 1960, Swegan joined BW as head basketball coach, an assistant to Lee Tressel in football, and as chairman of the Health and Physical Education Department. Retiring from coaching in 1964, he continued to serve as professor of education and director of teacher education until 1968 and dean of student affairs until 1969. He shifted to a fundraising role as vice president for development from 1971 through 1975, leading a highly successful capital campaign. Swegan also led the Cleveland Commission on Higher Education from 1969 until 1971.

After serving as vice president at Ashland University and then as director of university development and associate vice president for health sciences development at the University of South Florida, Swegan returned to serve BW in retirement as a special assistant to the vice president for advancement. While there, he helped to sustain relationships with donors and organized volunteers for 50th reunions.

During his time as a BW undergrad, Swegan lettered in football, baseball and basketball. He was captain of the basketball team. He later earned a master’s degree in health and physical education from The Ohio State University and a doctorate in education from Penn State.  Swegan also attended Harvard University and The College of Wooster, where he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. He was honored as an Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the National Society of Fundraising Executives, and received BW’s Outstanding Staff Award and the Student Service Award. Swegan is currently co-authoring a book celebrating three coaching legends from The College of Wooster.

James C. Ulchaker ’87, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Ulchaker has been an integral member of the medical staff at the Cleveland Clinic’s Urologic Oncology/Prostate Center for the past 19 years and a leader in his field. A member of the American Urological Association’s (AUA) Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) Guidelines panel, Ulchaker also has served on the Board of Directors of the AUA and is the current president-elect for its North Central section. Ulchaker has participated as the chair of both the AUA’s Young Urologists and Legislative Affairs Committees; was the AUA’s 2012 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar and was former vice-chair of UROPAC, organized urology’s political action committee. He is past president of both the Cleveland Urological Society and the Ohio Urological Society.

The majority of Ulchaker’s research has been in the field of new technologies associated with benign hyperplasia, prostate cancer, bladder cancer and tumor markers. In 2000, he co-authored "Office Urology: The Clinician’s Guide" and contributed to "Urology Secrets" by Martin J. Resnick, M.D. He was named one of America’s Best Doctors in 2007.

At BW, he graduated with a B.S. in biology and chemistry. He went on to earn his M.D. at Case Western Reserve University Medical School in 1991. During his residency in urology at the Cleveland Clinic, he was awarded the Bruce H. Stewart Award for being the top resident at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. A lifelong resident of Rocky River, Ulchaker serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission for the City of Rocky River.

Alumni Celebration and 50th Reunion

Alumni Celebration kicked off with Friday night’s "Golden Reunion," which included a welcome reception with wine and cheese mixed with memories, a class dinner hosted by BW Student Ambassadors and star gazing in the Burrell Observatory. The following day, the Class of 1966 also renewed its colors on the Ring of Ribbons, a BW tradition that turned 101 this year and includes the class colors of every graduating class since 1915.

During Saturday’s Alumni Celebration, grads from every era enjoyed a continental breakfast and a fireside chat with President Robert C. Helmer, engaging faculty presentations, a "nostalgia walk" in the Cleveland Metroparks and tours of a campus that has evolved since their days in Berea. Alumni also took in historical displays by the BW archivist and had opportunities to participate in BW's ongoing oral history project. The day was capped by a Gala Dinner with live music, dancing and reminiscing.