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The Problem-Solver: After selling company to Google, Raj Malik ’98 focuses on next venture

Rebecca Malik had a problem. The online merchant with discerning taste in interior design and home furnishings had products customers wanted to buy on her website, 17thandRiggs.com. She saw the traffic from where they pored over pages of elegant lamps [...]

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Eight More Years: Alumna makes career of advising Ohio’s leaders

Looking out of her corner office window from the 17th floor of the Rhodes Tower in downtown Columbus, Mary Mertz ’02 can see her resume on Capitol Square. She spent eight years in the Rife Building, working for former Lieutenant [...]

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Alumna’s Today Show blog post goes viral

Jennifer Towell ’00 was eloquent, persuasive, and as no-nonsense as any mother can be in her blog post criticizing a segment that recently aired on The Today Show.

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Alumnus to be honored with Distinguished Service Award

The Ohio State University will present William P. Blair III ’70 with the University Distinguished Service Award at the August commencement ceremony. Blair is one of seven people to receive the prestigious award in 2013.

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Following her calling: Retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton ’79 prepares for next chapter in advocacy

As a trial judge in Franklin County, Ohio, Evelyn Lundberg Stratton ’79 often stared down from her bench at defendants buckling under the weight of more than just lengthy criminal records. They were dealing with mental health issues that contributed to the [...]

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Alumna leads arts organization, finds ‘purpose work’

Demetries Jo Neely ’84 has been involved in the arts her entire life. Now, after spending 22 years at Nationwide Insurance, Neely is finding ways to use her business experience and law education to get creative.

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Judge handles difficult, sensitive cases

As a domestic relations and juvenile judge in Henry County, Ohio, Denise Herman McColley ’81 is more than just an observer in her courtroom. Often, she is put into the role of an advocate for children and advisor to couples in turmoil.

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Being open to risks, change leads to opportunity

Michael A. Womack ’93 has never been afraid of change. Change has created his opportunities.
“In order to take advantage of opportunities, you need to be willing to move,” said Womack, the senior vice president of human resources at AutoZone in Memphis, Tenn.

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Alumna adjusts to civilian practice

After serving 11 years as an active duty Marine Corps officer, Melissa Palmisciano ’05 is happy with her decision to transition to civilian life.

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Changing justice system through mentoring

Whether she’s in a public defender’s office or standing at the front of a lecture hall – and even when she’s trekking through the Himalayas, developing legal aid offices in Nepal – Priya Lakhi ’99 has consistently centered her career on mentorship.

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Sweepstakes to race tracks: Alumnus finds niche in gaming law

With the passing of Ohio’s Casino Initiative in 2009, Mike Zatezalo’s practice was bound to mature beyond helping children win tickets at Chuck E. Cheese or play McDonald’s Monopoly.

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Bronze star recipient’s work has global reach

John Swords ’06 has a bronze star medal, an award bestowed on soldiers who exhibit meritorious achievement or valor in a combat environment.

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