Former OU-C student named recipient
of initial Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership Award
James Lungo has been named the recipient of the initial Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership Award and will deliver the keynote remarks at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on June 11 in the Shoemaker Center on campus.
The award recognizes former OU-C students who exemplify service to the university, philanthropic support, recognition in their professional field and service to the community.
The award is named in honor of outgoing OU-C Dean Richard Bebee, who has led the Chillicothe Campus since 2001.
“With his distinguished professional career and service to others, especially the local community, Jim Lungo exemplifies the spirit of the Chillicothe Campus,” Bebee said. “He obviously understands how higher education opens doors of opportunity and the importance of using the skills and insights he developed during his college career to help others. I look forward to hearing his talk as he shares his experience with this year’s graduates. I am confident they will benefit from his insights.”
Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend the event.
A local native and Chillicothe High School graduate, Lungo pursued his college career on the Chillicothe Campus. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University in 1963 and a master’s degree in education from the university in 1964. His graduate work focused on secondary education.
Lungo then pursued a professional career in education and business, both locally and abroad.
During his 30-year career in education, Lungo taught in Ross County schools, Defense Department schools in Turkey and Germany, and Chillicothe City schools. During his 24-year tenure with the Chillicothe City Schools, Lungo was a leader in developing district professional development programs that impacted student performance and introduced media as part of the instructional delivery in the classroom.
After his retirement, Lungo returned to spearhead the alumni funding for the $1.2 million library renovation and expansion at Chillicothe High School.
Not only was Lungo well known for his work in the field of education, but he is well respected in the business arena. He was one of the early board members and store owners of Petland of Chillicothe. Lungo also worked with Mead, Kenworth and Chillicothe Correctional Institute, furthering media usage.
Later, he opened Bavarian Toy Works, which was noted for unique toy offerings.
Community service is another important aspect of his life. He was active in the Downtown Redevelopment Committee. Further, Lungo served as president of the Ross County Children’s Services Board, president of Design and Review Board, and on the Juvenile Detention Review Board. Lungo also served on the Ross County Library Board as well as other community committees.
Upon retirement, Lungo moved to Naples, Fla., but returns to his home in Circleville, Ohio throughout the year. He still is active in the Florida Homeowner’s Association, and he has served as president of the Homeowners’ Association in Florida and in Ohio.
He and his wife, Kay, have two Shelties, Tracy and Teddy, which occupy most of their time. When not caring for their pets, they enjoy biking.
A reception for the graduates and their families will be held after the ceremony in the Family Service/Child Development Center. A reception for faculty members will be held prior to the ceremony, at 6:30 p.m. in Shoemaker rooms 215 and 217.
A pinning ceremony for graduates of OU-C’s nursing program will be held at 2:30 p.m. that day in the Shoemaker Center.
Lungo is one of 10 distinguished alumni of Ohio University-Chillicothe who will be recognized during the ceremony. Biographical sketches listing their accomplishments will be displayed in the Bennett Hall hallway. Other distinguished alumni include:
Kenneth A. Breidenbaugh earned his bachelor’s degree in theater from Ohio University in 1975 and his master’s degree of fine arts in 1986. Breidenbaugh then earned his doctorate from Ohio University in 1995. He currently is assistant professor in the comparative arts/theatre department at OU-C. In addition to his teaching duties, Breidenbaugh has been the driving force in the theater program on campus. Since presenting its first performance in March 1997, OU-C’s theater program has become a staple of campus life and has supported the cultural life of the campus and community as well as the vitality of life on campus. In the fall of 2009, he produced his 50th play at the Chillicothe Campus.
Todd Burkitt earned his degree in education from Ohio University in 1996 and his master’s degree in education from the University of Dayton in 1997. In 2002, Burkitt earned an educational specialist degree in educational administration at the University of Dayton. Burkitt earned a doctorate in education from the California Coast University in 2004. While working on his graduate degrees, he taught fifth/sixth grade science at Western Local School District. From 1998-1999, Burkitt was an occupational work adjustment instructor and high school mathematics teacher at Pike County Career and Technology Center. In 1999, he began his career at Scioto Valley Local Schools. He was principal at Jasper Elementary and then became director of school improvement coordinating curriculum, EMIS and assessments. Currently, Burkitt is superintendent of the district.
Shad Caplinger earned an associate degree in applied science from Ohio University in 2001. He pursued a career in law enforcement and was a member of the Ohio State Highway Patrol 134th Academic Class, graduating in December 1999. Caplinger was promoted to sergeant, assistant post commander in August 2007. Caplinger has received many professional awards. In 2004, Caplinger was named the Circleville Post Trooper of the Year, District 6 Trooper of the Year, and State Trooper of the Year. Other Ohio State Highway Patrol awards include the Field Training Officer and Technical Crash Investigator in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 (two). Also, the Ace Award for Auto Larceny was awarded to Caplinger for six years: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. He has also received community awards by MADD and Local VFW Post.
Patricia Griffith earned her bachelor's degree in sociology in 1974 from the University of Cincinnati and her master's degree in education, with an emphasis in microcomputer education, from Ohio University in 1993. She began her career in 1977 in the library of Ohio University - Chillicothe, and left for a career in sales and marketing. She rejoined the university staff in 1988, as the director of Computer Services until 2006, and she currently is the director of Information and Technology Services. In addition to her administrative duties, Griffith has taught several classes at Ohio University-Chillicothe, conducted credit and non-credit workshops and served as an instructor in undergraduate and graduate workshops. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of the OU-C Learning Commons.
Cynthia (Lieurance) Henderson earned her bachelor’s degree in education, cum laude, from Ohio University in 1977. She has completed work toward a master’s degree in public relations/administration. Henderson began her professional career as a teacher at Huntington Elementary in Ross County and taught elementary students for seven years. Henderson changed her career and has been a pharmacy franchise owner for the past 20 years. She is the owner of the Pharmacy and Home Medical Companies in Chillicothe and Lancaster. Since her graduation, she has served Ohio University-Chillicothe in several capacities. Henderson has been involved with OU-C Student Senate, and she recently completed her term as a member of the campus’ Regional Coordinating Council. Henderson supported and contributed to the Ross County/Ohio University-Chillicothe Child Development and Family Service Center. Further, she served on Chillicothe City Council as an at-large member and was finance chair for 10 years.
Kathy Maybriar earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Ohio University in 2001. She was a member of the first OU-C class of graduates in the communications program. Her professional work experiences over the past 21 years have been both at the local and state levels. Since 2009, she has been the Rapid Response program administrator for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services which is responsible for Ohio’s Rapid Response program for dislocated workers. She previously was One-Stop coordinator for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and was the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program administrator for Pickaway and Ross County Job and Family Services. While working for the local workforce development system, Maybriar has continued developing and strengthening partnerships between workforce development providers (including Ohio University-Chillicothe) to improve access to employment and training services to local residents.
Stephen A. Neal was selected as the Outstanding Student in the College of Business while earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio University in 1977. His educational background provided the foundation for his work in retail sales and management for eight years, Chief Deputy Ross County Auditor for two years, and Ross County Auditor for 25 years. He is the longest serving county auditor in Ross County history. He has been involved in the Planning Committee and Financial officer for the Construction of the OU-C Early Childhood Center. Neal has been very active in the community. He served in various capacities for the Ross County United Way and, most recently, he was vice president for the Administration Committee. He has served as a board member, past president and treasurer for the Good Samaritan Network of Ross County and is current treasurer and past president of the Ross County Community Improvement Corporation.
Donald Raymond Pollock II earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio University in 1994, and earned his master’s degree in fine arts (fiction) from Ohio State University in 2009. He has made his name as a well-known author who relies on his upbringing in rural Ross County for much of his inspiration. His first book, Knockemstiff, a collection of short stories, was named one of the top books of the year in 2008 by Publisher’s Weekly and Amazon. He was awarded the Pen/Bingham Fellowship for Emerging Writers in 2009 and the 2009 Devil’s Kitchen Award for Prose. On April 9, 2010, he received news that he had been awarded an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Pollock has read for the Kennedy Lecture Series at the Chillicothe Campus in April 2008. He read at the CEAO Spring Conference at OU-Chillicothe in April 2009, and he has shared his insights with OU-C students in Professor Ron Salomone’s American Fiction class.
Dr. Gregory E. Weisenberger earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, summa cum laude, from Ohio University in 1976 and a degree in medicine and public health from Ohio State University in 1979. He served in the U.S. Army, completing his internship at William Beaumont AMC in El Paso, Texas, and attending the Army flight surgeon course at Fort Rucker in Alabama. He served three years as a flight surgeon and general medical officer in West Germany and was chairman of the U.S. Army Child and Spouse Abuse program in Germany. Weisenberger completed an internal medicine residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center. He has been in private practice since 1986 at Reynoldsburg Internal Medicine and has been on the staff at Mount Carmel East Hospital and on multiple hospital and medical staff committees. Weisenberger is a member of St. Matthew Parish in Gahanna, the Columbus Medical Association, and the Knights of Columbus and is past member of the Bishop Hartley Advisory Board.