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Alumnus notes declining religious climate on campus
I commend you and the Wittenberg Magazine staff for the upsurge in quality of the magazine. I read it thoroughly.
My only criticism is the steadily decreasing religious attitude in university campus life today compared with my student era. Publicity producers must search much harder today to find stories with a clear religious expression. I believe everything in this world is a continuing expression of God’s creation and to be duly recognized and accredited in everything we do.
You made a notable omission in the article recognizing President Emeritus William Kinnison. He wrote a very precise and definitive book that supports the religious heritage of Witt that should have been credited to him.
An American Seminary: A History of Hamma School of Theology was published privately by the Ohio Synod in 1980. It surely has some of the vital information of the purpose and persons responsible and significant for the existence and ongoing mission at Witt. I’m certain copies are in the library. Additional information and perspective can be gained from it.
Harold Figley ’49, ’53S
“Called to Coach” garners accolades
Editor’s Note: The following was sent to Ryan Maurer, director of sports information and new media, after his feature, “Called to Coach,” appeared in the Spring 2002 issue of Wittenberg Magazine.
I just wanted to take a few moments to thank you for the very interesting article in the Spring edition of Wittenberg Magazine. I am referring, of course, to your article titled “Called to Coach.”
What a powerful testimony to the character and work ethic that is instilled in the minds of the young during their days as a Tiger athlete. My classmates and I were the last group of Tigers to play for Coach Ron Murphy, and to this very day, we still reflect on all the tough lessons he taught us as freshmen Tiger football players. I really enjoyed the article on Taver Johnson. Taver is a very old close friend of mine.
Since graduating from Witt, I have been the assisant wrestling coach, defensive coordinator for the varsity football team and now serve as the assistant athletics director at my alma mater, Purcell Marian High School. I, and many of my Tiger buddies, feel that you should run that article at least once a year.
You did happen to miss one of my college teammates and roommates, Tim Bolden ’94 who has been a long time coach here in Cincinnati. Tom is the head softball coach at his alma mater, Colerain High School. He also serves as the offensive coordinator for Northwest High School down here in Cincinnati. Thanks again for the great article, and, of course, GO TIGERS!
Cliff Pope ’92
Alumnus creates art with calendar
I was so delighted with the calendar sent for 2001 that I cut out the wide-angle photos included on the various pages of the calendar.
I have enclosed a “rough” photo taken with a “point-and-shoot” camera to show how I had these various scenes mounted in to what I think is a very handsome piece.
It has a prominent placement in our living room and receives many comments.
It is a fine visual reminder of my alma mater...but never so fine as the memories I carry from my days at Wittenberg (1955-59 and Hamma (1959-62). ...
While writing you, I might also take the opportunity to compliment you on the much improved and very readable new publications you send from your office.
John F. Uhle ’59, ’62S
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