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I think my biography is a retrospective connect-the-dots story. I did not identify a passionate career interest until midlife. I earned a graduate degree in counseling, worked in community mental health, and decided I needed to earn the doctoral degree. My graduate internship led me to work in a college counseling center, where I learned that I loved working with young adults in this developmental stage of life. Transitioning to, navigating through, and learning to succeed in college is a journey filled with many adventures and challenges. My own reading and research over the years, combined with professional experience and life experience as a parent, has prepared me for this work.
I am currently working on my dissertation, a qualitative project to examine the experience of college students with ADHD in academia.
Kaitlin Goody, cello, is a graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a minor in music. She has studied with Dr. Michael Gelfand, Deborah Newcomb, and Dr. Alice Ann O’Neill and received her Suzuki training at the Chicago Suzuki Institute.
Kayla Gordon has served as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Denison since 2012. Gordon came to Denison after spending one season as an assistant coach at Heidelberg University in 2011-12. At Heidelberg, Gordon assisted in all aspects of the basketball program while also serving as head coach of the junior varsity program. In the spring she assisted as a volunteer coach with the Heidelberg softball team and was an academic advisor at the university.
A 2011 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Gordon was a four-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection and the conference’s Newcomer of the Year in 2008. In 108 career games with the Battling Bishops she scored 1,461 career points and grabbed 673 rebounds. Gordon averaged 13.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg and ranks 18th on the North Coast Athletic Conference’s all-time scoring list.
Gordon earned her bachelor of arts in psychology and women’s studies from Ohio Wesleyan. She is currently taking classes to receive a master’s degree in education.
Tara’s Denison career began in 2009. Currently she is responsible for the daily operations for the Offices of Donor Relations/Special Events and Stewardship, providing assistance for the Director and Assistant Director in those areas. Tara’s previous position at Denison was in the Office of Advancement Services where her professional experience in document management helped bring the college into a new phase of records management. She implemented a campus-wide document imaging user group and began the transfer of paper files to electronic files within the division.
Jamie joined the Denison community in 2010 after spending eight years at home with her children. Prior to that time, she worked as an office manager for a computer consulting firm where she met her husband, Jeff Haidet '97. Jamie works part-time for Alumni Relations, where she is responsible for posting stories of alumni in the news through various social networking sites.
Jamie received a B.A. in English and studio art from Denison in 1978 and went directly to Time, Inc. as a photography researcher for Time, Life, People and Fortune magazines. He illustrated his first children's book for HarperCollins in 1990 and continued to publish trade books with HC, Scholastic and other publishers. He moved his home and illustration business from NYC to Granville and began working for Denison in 2008. His responsibilities include photography and magazine editing, and he is a contributing writer for both the magazine and TheDEN. Last year, one of his stories won a national CASE gold award for Best Article of the Year.
Sherry earned her Ph.D. in art history in 2010 from Arizona State University. Her dissertation “Picturing the Dhamma: Text and Image in Late Colonial Sri Lanka” offers an interdisciplinary examination of Theravada Buddhist book art practices in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Her museum experience includes curatorial and registration work at Arizona’s Phoenix Art Museum (2001-2006) where she continues to consult on the Museum’s Sri Lankan art collection. Sherry has significant university classroom experience in teaching Western and Asian art. Her principal research interests include Buddhist and Hindu material culture, Chinese ceramics, materials analysis, and the transfer of art-making technologies.
Maureen earned a B.A. in English with a concentration in literature from Penn State-Behrend in 2000. She has spent 12 years working on college magazines, first as an associate editor, then senior editor at The Penn Stater. During that time, the magazine earned a number of national awards, including Sibley Award from CASE—the highest award given by CASE to publications of its kind. Mo joined the Denison family in 2009 as editor of Denison Magazine, which has continued to earn national notice and top awards under her editorship. In addition, she co-manages the college's social media channels and writes for TheDEN.
Tricia Harris is a part of the athletic training staff at Denison. A 2002 graduate of Wilmington College, Harris has had two stints as an assistant athletic trainer with the Big Red. After serving two years as the head athletic trainer at Granville High School, Harris joined the Denison staff in 2006 serving as the primary trainer for the volleyball, field hockey, softball, men's basketball and baseball teams.
In 2007 she enrolled in the graduate program at Ohio University where she served as a graduate assistant while working with the Bobcat baseball and softball teams. She earned her master of science in recreation and sports sciences in 2008. After graduate school, Harris returned to Denison in 2008 and served as the primary trainer for men's basketball, men's soccer, baseball and softball. In 2011, she was the primary trainer for women's soccer, cross country, men's basketball, softball and tennis. Harris also oversees the training room student work staff.
Harris is a Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association, the Ohio Athletic Trainers' Association and is an authorized instructor with the American Red Cross.
Jack Hatem has served as the head football coach since 2010. Prior to that, he had spent five seasons as an assistant football coach at Denison. In 2011 Hatem guided the Big Red to a 5-5 record and a 4-2 mark in the North Coast Athletic Conference that resulted in a third-place finish in the league standings. In the spring of 2012, Hatem and his Denison staff were selected to coach the South team at the third annual Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl. On April 13, the South squad, coached by Hatem, defeated the North, 21-7 at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Prior to coming to Denison, Hatem spent 13 years as a high school football head coach. He also served three seasons as the head baseball coach at his alma mater, The University of Rio Grande. Hatem graduated from Rio Grande in 1982, earning his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. He also holds a master’s degree in physical education from Ohio University (1992). A two-time Ohio High School Football Coach of the Year, Hatem brought 25 years of coaching experience and 13 years as a head coach at the high school level to the Denison program. A native of Lancaster, Ohio, and a graduate of Fisher Catholic High School, Hatem was named head football coach at Fisher in 1992. Over the course of three seasons, he led the Fighting Irish to a 22-9 record, including the program’s third undefeated season in school history in 1993. That year, Hatem earned his first Ohio High School Coach of the Year recognition and guided his Fisher squad to its first-ever state playoff appearance.
From 1995 to 1997, Hatem served as head football coach at Highland High School in Sparta, Ohio, and in 1998, he took over a struggling New Albany High School football program, quickly turning it into one of the top programs in central Ohio. Hatem was named Ohio High School Football Coach of the Year again in 1999 after guiding New Albany to a 9-1 record, the program’s best season dating to 1966.
In addition to his accomplishments on the football field, Hatem also has had considerable success on the baseball diamond. A former baseball standout at Fisher Catholic, Hatem served as head baseball coach at Rio Grande for three seasons, shortly after his graduation from the college. While he was an assistant football coach at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Hatem also served as head baseball coach there. In 1991, he led Watterson to its second state baseball championship.
Emily Henson graduated from Miami University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Latin American Studies. Her current responsibilities include creating programs with regard to diversity and multi-cultural relations. She assists both the Director of Multi-Cultural Student Affairs, Erik S. Farley, and the Director of International Student Services, Marilyn Andrew. She currently lives in Granville with her two dogs, Loki and Eevee.
Craig Hicks has served as the Sports Information Director at Denison University since 2002. Hicks coordinates the day-to-day publicity of Denison's 23 varsity sports while serving as the primary media contact for Denison athletics. Since his arrival he has guided the department through three complete website redesigns. In addition, Hicks has assisted Denison in hosting numerous North Coast Athletic Conference and NCAA Championship events as well as the publicity surrounding Denison's men's swimming and diving national championship in 2011 and 2012.
In 2008 Hicks oversaw the creation of the Denison Sports Network, organizing an training a team of student broadcasters to provide live audio and video play-by-play over the Denison athletics website. Hicks has also had the opportunity to promote numerous Capital One Academic All-Americans and NCAA Postgraduate Scholars since 2002-03, helping Denison rank among the national leaders in these two prestigious categories. In 2011 he led a committee that developed a visual identity guide for the athletic department. The development of social media has also been a focal point under Hicks, as Denison's twitter and facebook pages have gained popularity among fans since its inception in 2009.
A native of Sugarcreek, Ohio, Hicks came to Denison after spending two years as the Graduate Assistant in Sports Information at Ashland University. As an assistant at Ashland, Hicks was involved in the daily operation of the Eagles' 20-sport Division II athletic program. Hicks received his Bachelor of Science from Ashland University in 1999 and graduated with majors in Journalism/English and Sports Communication. In May of 2002 he received his Master of Science in Sports Education, also from Ashland University.
In between his undergraduate and graduate years, Hicks spent 1999-2000 as an intern in the athletic ticketing office at the University of Notre Dame. He has also served internships with the Cleveland Indians AA affiliate, Akron Aeros (1998), and the Ashland University Public Relations office (1999).
He is an active member of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) serving as a District Coordinator on the Capital One Academic All-America committee, in addition to his role as a New Media Coordinator for the Capital One Academic All-America program.
Mike Hills is the Senior Associate Director of Admissions and Director of External Communications at Denison University. He began his career in admissions at his undergraduate alma mater, Hartwick College, where he worked for six years in their admissions office. In 1992 he received his Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University while also working part time in the undergraduate admissions office as an Admissions Representative. For the past 20 years, Mike has worked at Denison recruiting prospective students from New York, Minnesota and the northwest part of Ohio. Aside from visiting secondary schools, attending college fairs, interviewing prospective students and reviewing applications, Mike serves as the athletic liaison at Denison while also coordinating the alumni admissions program.
Jack holds a B.S. in psychology and began working at Denison as an assistant football coach in 1974, while pursuing graduate-level work in organizational behavior at Ohio State. An allconference athlete while a student at Denison, he remained in the athletic department for 26 years as a coach, instructor, recruiting coordinator and sports information director. In 2000, after taking DU's sports promotion efforts online, he moved to University Communications and became Denison's first editor of new media. He was subsequently promoted to senior associate director (including stints as acting director) and administrative director, before being named director of the office in 2012.
Kim Hitchcock is the Assistant to the Director of the Campus Leadership & Involvement Center (CLIC). Prior to coming to the CLIC, Kim was an office assistant in Office Services here at Denison.
Kim oversees the paraprofessional staff in CLIC (called the CLICkers), works with campus organization leaders on registration and renewal, forms, key requests, and the Involvement Fair and manages office budgets. Kim also originates event publicity for our office-sponsored events through the Summer Programming Calendar and This Week on Campus.
Kim is married and has three children. She spends her free time with family and enjoys going to sporting events and scrapbooking with friends.
Brett focused on graphic design and motion graphics at Kendall College of Art and Design, and pursued media studies at Columbus College of Art and Design. He worked independently for three years in disciplines including web development, graphic design and print publications prior to being brought in as a consultant to assist in the day-to-day management and development of Denison's current and emerging web properties. He officially joined the Denison staff full-time in 2012 as web communications specialist in the Office of University Communications.
Austin Holter has served as an assistant football coach since 2010. After spending his first three seasons at Denison as the team's quarterback coach, Holter will move into the role of Offensive Coordinator for the 2013 season.
In 2012 the Denison passing game, led by senior quarterback and three-year starter, Max Paulus, threw for over 2,000 yards for the third straight season. Paulus left Denison as the career leader in passing yards (6,545), touchdown passes (53), completions (587), attempts (983) and completion percentage (59.7). He was named to the All-NCAC honorable mention in 2011 and 2012.
A 2010 Wooster graduate, Holter spent three seasons as the Fighting Scots’ starting quarterback. He was a two-time All-NCAC selection and in 2009, he set a school-record with 2,873 yards of total offense. His 2,106 passing yards were also a school record. A native of nearby Johnstown, Ohio, Holter was the Johnnies starting signal caller till his graduation in 2006.
Dr. Brian Hortz has been a part of the athletic training staff since 1995. He has been in the role of head athletic trainer since 1997. In addition to his on-field work with Denison athletes, Hortz also serves as an Associate Professor in the university's Physical Education department and athletic training major.
In 2008-09, Hortz was named the Ohio Athletic Trainer of the Year which was awarded by the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association. Hortz is the second Denison athletic trainer to receive the coveted award from the OATA. His mentor, Dale Googins, was named the Ohio Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1986. Hortz was selected for the award thanks to his outstanding contributions to the profession of athletic training at the state and national level. He has also excelled in the classroom through authored publications, presentations and in his preparation of future athletic trainers.
A native of nearby Heath, Ohio, Hortz graduated from Heath High School in 1990. Hortz's interest in sports medicine began when he was an undergraduate at Denison where he graduated in 1994 with a B.A. in physical education with a concentration in sports medicine. Upon graduation form DU, Hortz pursued a master's degree in sports medicine from Ohio University while spending one year as the head athletic trainer at Crooksville High School. Hortz then continued his post-graduate studies at The Ohio State University where he completed his doctoral degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in health education.
Hortz's primary responsibilities at Denison include the supervision and instruction of student athletic trainers, both in and out of the classroom, as a professor in Denison's department of athletics, physical education and recreation, as well as administrating the athletic training program at Denison.
Included among Hortz's professional affiliations are membership in the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Great Lakes Athletic Association and the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association. Hortz is also an active member in several Denison University committees.