Faces of democracy: Alumni who serve

Sep 12, 2012

Bulletin Summer 2012 CoverEight years ago, Aaron Montz was sitting in a political science class in Aigler Hall. Now, he’s running the city of Tiffin as its youngest-ever mayor. As this election season plays out on stages large and small, the democratic process is in full display among many Heidelberg alumni and on the campus as well.

Early in his first term, Montz, who graduated from Heidelberg in 2008, is making an impact as he tries to turn around a town hit hard by poor economic conditions. Already, he was instrumental in landing a new agricultural retailer who located in Tiffin, and several other manufacturers have announced expansions and the creation of new jobs. He also has addressed such concerns as street paving and the city’s sign code.

“I love it more than I thought I would,” Montz says. “It doesn’t feel like work. … I go home tired, but with the knowledge that we’re moving the community forward.”

Several other alumni who have chosen careers in public service as their contributions to democracy are featured in the new issue of The Heidelberg Bulletin. The issue also includes profiles on Judge Tim McGinty, ’73, of Cleveland; political science professor Dr. Wesley Renfro, ’03; of St. John Fisher College in New York; police officer Thomas Rovniak, ’90, of Mentor, Ohio; National Resources Defense Council Action Fund communication director Melissa Harrison, ’02; and Federal Trade Commission attorney Marianne (Rudisell) Watts, ’81.

Faculty and staff on campus have found their own niches as they provide service in different ways. Dr. Cynthia Lepeley puts her fluent Spanish skills to good use as a legal and medical interpreter. Dr. Marc O’Reilly writes about the value of study abroad as he organizes trips for students each year.

You can also read all about Alumni Weekend 2012 and get informed about ACCE – the Academic Comprehensive Campaign for Excellence, the most ambitious fund-raising initiative in Heidelberg’s history. Check in to find out the happenings in the lives of your classmates and read about how alumni are helping to secure Heidelberg’s future.

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