Springfield, Ohio -
Wittenberg University honored six alumni and an employee as part of its Alumni Weekend celebration, June 7-9.
Receiving the Alumni Citation Award were Jack Butterfield '75 of Zanesville, Ohio, Janet Heinicke '52 of Indianola, Iowa, Janet Jackson '75 of Columbus, Ohio, Wendell Lutz '66 of Tucson, Arizona and Frederick Oremus '70 of Athens, Ohio. Also honored were Michael Senich '72 of Midland, Texas, with the 1914 Award, and John Paulsen of Springfield with the Honorary Alumnus Award.
The Wittenberg Alumni Citation recognizes those who have brought honor to Wittenberg through exceptional accomplishments in which service to humanity is placed ahead of personal gain or recognition.
Butterfield, a '75 chemistry magna cum laud graduate, is now co-founder and president of the board of directors for PrimeCare of Southeastern Ohio, Inc. (professional medical group). Butterfield is quite active in his hometown participating, in the Zanesville band and soccer boosters, as well as being the Zanesville High School team physician.
Heinicke received her bachelor of science cum laude from Wittenberg in 1952 and is currently active on campus at Simpson University with the art department, she is also a book reviewer for "Choice," a book review service prepared by the American Library Association.
Jackson received her bachelor of arts from Wittenberg in 1975. As a 12-year member of the board of directors, Jackson went on to become the first black woman to serve on the bench in Franklin County by appointment in 1987. Later she ran for the position and won the seat making her the first black woman elected to that position. She is currently the Columbus city attorney.
Lutz received his bachelor of science degree in physics, cum laude, from Wittenberg in 1966. He is currently on the faculty of radiation oncology at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, and is also director of clinical physics at the University Medical Center. Lutz is known both nationally and internationally for his many contributions to radiation oncology research and development, teaching and clinical care.
Oremus received his bachelor of art degree in economics from Wittenberg in 1970. At present, he is with Eslocker and Oremus Co. Oremus serves on the board of many community organizations as well, including the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation, the Doctors Hospital Foundation and the Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company.
The 1914 Award is given to an individual from our community of alumni, faculty and staff who has served Wittenberg above and beyond what might be expected of any contributor to the college's welfare. Senich received his B.A. in geology from Wittenberg University in 1972. He has served as President of the alumni board and is currently employed with Independent Petroleum as a geologist.
The Honorary Alumnus Award is given to those who have demonstrated a loyalty and devotion to Wittenberg that is exemplary, and have worked diligently to sustain it. Paulsen received his B.S.E. in mechanical systems engineering from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio in 1985. He is currently director of the physical plant at Wittenberg and has been with the university since 1988. Paulsen has overseen the major construction projects of Hollenbeck Hall and currently the new Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center.
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