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Defiance College to present “Sounds of the Season” in Defiance and Bryan

November 30, 2015

The Defiance College Chamber Singers and Black Swamp Symphony Orchestra will put on a “Sounds of the Season” concert Friday, Dec. 4, at the Defiance Church of God at 7 p.m., with a repeat performance on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Wesley United Methodist in Bryan at 7 p.m.


Christmas carnival at Defiance College on Dec. 4

November 30, 2015

A Christmas Carnival on the Defiance College campus on Friday, Dec. 4, will benefit the college's Dance Marathon project in support of the Toledo Children's Miracle Network. The carnival will run from 4 to 8 p.m. at the George M. Smart Athletic Center and is open to the public.


Defiance College’s Chamber Singers on fall tour Nov. 20 – 24

November 16, 2015

The Defiance College Chamber Singers will be traveling to Nashville, Tenn. as part of their 2015 fall tour. 


Defiance College again named to Military Friendly Schools list

November 9, 2015

Defiance College has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School. This is the seventh consecutive year that DC has been named to the list. 

Black Swamp Symphony Orchestra to present “Portraits of the Mind, Body, and Soul” Nov. 15

November 9, 2015

The Defiance College Black Swamp Symphony Orchestra will be performing its first concert of the 2015-2016 season on Sunday, Nov. 15. The orchestra consists of more than 60 Defiance College students, community members of all ages, and professional musicians to perform quality orchestral repertoire for the greater Defiance area.

Defiance College’s Burkhardt recognized with McMaster award

November 6, 2015

Dr. Jo Ann Burkhardt was recognized with the first-ever Harold A. McMaster Life is Action Award during recent Defiance College homecoming festivities. Burkhardt, professor of education at DC, was lauded for her involvement with the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity since 2003.

Breast cancer charity event Nov. 7 at Defiance College

November 4, 2015

This Saturday, Nov. 7, a Defiance College student organization will be hosting a breast cancer charity event.


Defiance College alumni recognized during homecoming for accomplishments

October 30, 2015

Seven Defiance College alumni were recognized during homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 24 for their accomplishments.


Honorees announced for DC Hall of Fame, Coaches of the Year

October 30, 2015

Four Defiance College alumni were inducted in the Alumni Varsity D Hall of Fame during homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 24. They included: Stephanie Nafziger Fetter, Adrian, Mich.; Paul (Larry) Flynn, Avon, Ohio; Maurice (Marv) Rotondo, Sylvania, Ohio; and Michael Bixel, Willoughby, Ohio


Dr. Richanne Mankey named president of Defiance College

October 29, 2015

The Defiance College Board of Trustees voted unanimously during their recent meeting to name Dr. Richanne C. Mankey as the college’s 19th president. She is the first woman president in the 165-year history of the college.

Defiance College Community Band to present tribute to veterans Nov. 10

October 28, 2015

The Defiance College Community Band will be performing a tribute to veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 pm at the Defiance Community Auditorium. The concert will highlight and honor our veterans with a variety of patriotic selections.

DC Players to perform Clown Bar Nov. 5 - 7

October 26, 2015

Ten clowns walk into a bar. How many make it out alive? Find out this November, as the Defiance College Players present the regional premiere of Adam Szymkowicz’s 2011 play Clown Bar Nov. 5-7 in the Serrick Center Cultural Arts Room beginning at 8 p.m. nightly.

Twirl and dance clinic at Defiance College Nov. 14

October 22, 2015

The Defiance College Yellow Jacket Band majorettes will be hosting a twirl and dance clinic on Saturday, Nov. 14, starting at 8 am on the Defiance College campus.

Defiance College celebrates homecoming Oct. 19-25

October 16, 2015

Defiance College will celebrate 2015 homecoming Oct. 19–25 with a “haunted” theme that will include awards, activities, presentations, and a reunion dinner.


Black Swamp Honors Choir, Northwesternaires, and DC Choirs featured at Defiance College choral festival Nov. 1

October 15, 2015

Defiance College music programs will present the W. Oscar Jones Choral Festival on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 4 pm and 6 pm at St. John United Church of Christ, 950 Webster St.

Defiance College awarded $221,529 Career Ready Internship Grant from Great Lakes; 220 new paid internships will be created exclusively for students with financial need

October 13, 2015

Local poet to read Oct. 15 at Defiance College

October 12, 2015

Jennifer Moore will give a poetry reading Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7:00 pm in the Hubbard Banquet Room of the Serrick Center. A reception, along with questions & answers, will follow.


Trick-or-Treat 5K led by Defiance College students on Oct. 24

October 9, 2015

A Halloween-themed walk/run will be offered to the community by Defiance College students on Saturday, Oct. 24. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes and can trick-or-treat to receive candy along the route.

More than one hundred years of music tradition at Defiance College

October 6, 2015

“Great music, great people, and great fun” - Defiance College has more than a century of tradition in the music arts and continues to inspire, teach, and present programs to the DC campus and the surrounding community.


Defiance College to hold Military Appreciation Day at Oct. 10 football game

October 2, 2015

Defiance College will hold a Military and Veterans Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct. 10, at the DC-Manchester football game. All area veterans are welcome and will be admitted to the game free with their military ID. Kick-off is at 1:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Defiance College Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Defiance College completes thermal solar project on campus

September 30, 2015

In an effort to become a greener and more energy efficient campus, Defiance College has completed a thermal solar project with installation in August of solar panels on two residence halls. This is in addition to the solar panels installed on the George M. Smart Athletic Center when it was constructed in 2011.

Unknown/Uncovered art exhibit opening at Defiance College

September 24, 2015

Defiance College’s Women’s Commission Art Gallery presents “Unknown/Uncovered” featuring the work of numerous sculptors, illustrators, and painters who compose the works of Defiance College’s Permanent Collection.


Student at Defiance College attends United Nations conference

September 17, 2015

For Defiance College senior Dava Donaldson, a summer conference at the United Nations in New York City gave her the opportunity to share her passion for social justice and sustainable development with more than 500 like-minded college students.

Defiance College welcomes new full-time faculty to campus

September 10, 2015

Three new full-time faculty members have been appointed at Defiance College in the fields of education, business, and nursing.

Update on Presidential Search (pdf)

September 9, 2015

The search to find a new president for Defiance College is progressing.


Student engagement earns Defiance College national recognition

August 18, 2015

Innovative learning opportunities for students at Defiance College in 2014–2015 earned the school recognition among the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

Call for Third-Party Comments

August 1, 2015

The Teacher Education Program at Defiance College is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation in September, 2015.


Edward R. Buhl to serve as interim president of Defiance College

July 1, 2015

The Defiance College Board of Trustees has appointed Edward R. Buhl as interim president effective July 1, 2015.


Defiance College students aim to rescue child sex trafficking victims

June 15, 2015

A dedicated group of Defiance College students has spent the last several months developing software that has the potential to solve thousands of missing person cases and bring human traffickers to justice. A June 24 campus presentation will demonstrate the project.


Defiance College Dean's, Honors lists announced for Spring 2015

June 11, 2015

Each semester Defiance College recognizes students who have attained an outstanding level of academic excellence by naming them to either the Dean’s list or the school honors list.


Defiance College students to aid with NOCAC summer food program

May 29, 2015

Defiance College Service Leadership Program is collaborating with Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission (NOCAC) for a children’s lunch program in Defiance County this summer.


Defiance College to conduct detectives camp for youth June 25-28

May 12, 2015

Defiance College invites students entering grades 10-12 to participate in a four-day, overnight detective camp by DC’s Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Digital Forensic Science programs on June 25-28, 2015.


128th Defiance College Commencement ceremony held Sunday

May 4, 2015

Defiance College held its 128th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 3. Two hundred and nineteen graduates were awarded diplomas during the 12 noon event.


Defiance College welcomes Laura Caldwell as commencement speaker

April 27, 2015

Two hundred and nineteen graduates will be awarded diplomas during Defiance College’s 2015 commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 3. The ceremony will begin at 12 noon on the Colonnade Green in front of Pilgrim Library.


Annual DC Honors Convocation recognizes student achievements

April 24, 2015

Defiance College held its annual Honors Day Convocation recently to recognize academic achievements of students. Special recognition was also given to faculty and staff.


Defiance College’s Lindsay Kasmer receives state service award from Ohio Campus Compact

April 23, 2015

Defiance College student Lindsay Kasmer, Medina, Ohio, is a 2014-15 recipient of the Charles J. Ping Student Service Award from Ohio Campus Compact. Kasmer, a senior majoring in social work and psychology, is one of only 14 college and university students in Ohio to receive the honor.


Defiance College Chamber Singers and Choral Union to hold spring concert

April 21, 2015

The Defiance College Choral Union and Defiance College Chamber Singers will be presenting an evening of choral music on Saturday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m. in St. John United Church of Christ, Webster Street. The concert program is entitled “Imprints,” and focuses on the influences of music on the mind, body, soul.


DC Black Swamp Symphony Orchestra to present concert May 1

April 20, 2015

The Defiance College Black Swamp Symphony Orchestra will be performing its final concert of the 2014-2015 season, titled “Masterworks and Friends.”


Defiance College seniors to present their work in art gallery

April 17, 2015

Defiance College Women’s Commission Art Gallery and the Defiance College Design Department presents the work of Michael Degler and Britny Krill for their Senior Show “Artmageddon: The End is Near.” With two differing approaches to their work, Degler and Krill both address salient issues in their lives through painting, physical collage, and ceramics.


DC Chamber Singers to hold Church Sing this Sunday

April 15, 2015

On Sunday, April 19, the Defiance College Chamber Singers will be visiting a number of Defiance area churches for their annual Spring Church Sing. The 40 singers will attend seven area church services sharing their musical talents with each congregation.


Defiance College Community Band wraps up season on April 28

April 14, 2015

The Defiance College Community Band will present its final concert of the 2014-2015 season on Tuesday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Defiance Community Auditorium. Themed “Americana!” this concert will feature music that captures the American spirit with selections by Aaron Copland, Ryan Nowlin, Rogers and Hammerstein, and more.


Defiance College’s Hench Autism Studies Program to sponsor Community Outreach Event

April 6, 2015

The Hench Autism Studies Program is sponsoring a Community Outreach Event on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Serrick Campus Center on the Defiance College campus.


McMaster School for Advancing Humanity to hold Annual Symposium April 8-9

March 24, 2015

Defiance College’s McMaster School for Advancing Humanity will hold its tenth annual McMaster Symposium April 8-9 on the DC campus. The theme will be “The Question of Individual Liberties as Critical to Improving the Human Condition.” All presentations are free and open to the public.


Defiance College concert to benefit Tanzania water project

March 24, 2015

When Defiance College student Dava Donaldson spent two weeks in Tanzania last year as a McMaster Scholar, she was impacted by the people’s need for clean water. In rural areas of the country, water is not easily accessible, and it is often contaminated, causing illness to those who use it.


Conference on human trafficking set for March 23 at Defiance College

March 13, 2015

“It Takes a Community,” a conference on human trafficking, will be held Monday, March 23, on the campus of Defiance College. The education and awareness event is sponsored by the DC chapter of Free the Slaves. The conference sessions begin at 8 a.m. in Dana Hall and Schomburg Auditorium.


DCCB Cabaret will feature three local musicians

March 5, 2015

It’s not too late to reserve a seat for the Defiance College Community Band’s annual Cabaret Concert on Saturday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weaner Center on the Defiance College campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and all seats are by reservation.


Defiance College students present at national political science conference

March 3, 2015

Two Defiance College students were among presenters at the recent Southern Political Science Association Conference held in New Orleans. Senior Abby Taylor, Carmel, Ind., and junior Dava Donaldson, Elyria, Ohio, were selected to present papers at the SPSA conference, one of largest political science conferences in the U.S.


DCCB annual Cabaret concert set for March 21

February 23, 2015

Come join the Defiance College Community Band for its seventh annual Cabaret concert on Saturday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. This year’s event will once again be held in the Weaner Center on the Defiance College campus with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.


DC fraternity plans bench press fundraiser for Susan G. Komen

February 23, 2015

The Phi Sigma Chi fraternity at Defiance College will sponsor a Bench Press for Breast Cancer fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen organization.


DC Black Swamp Symphony Orchestra to present pops concert

February 11, 2015

The Defiance College Black Swamp Symphony Orchestra will be performing a pops concert featuring music from hit movies. The performance is on Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at the Gathering Place Church (formerly the Valentine Theatre) in downtown Defiance.


Defiance College students conduct research in Belize

February 10, 2015

Seven Defiance College students recently spent several days in rural Belize conducting community-based research through the college’s McMaster School for Advancing Humanity.


DC Players spring production to feature Ives comedies

February 3, 2015

Defiance College’s DC Players kick off the spring with an over-the-top, gut-busting, comedy-filled extravaganza of short one-acts by playwright David Ives. Performances will be Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m., and, Saturday, Feb. 21, at 2 and 8 p.m. at the Schomburg Auditorium in Dana Hall on the DC campus, under the direction of JP Staszel.


Defiance College Service Leaders learn about homelessness in nation’s capital

February 3, 2015

Twenty Defiance College students spent part of their recent holiday break learning about hunger and homelessness in the nation’s capital. As members of the college’s Service Leadership Program, they traveled to Washington, D.C., where they worked in five different locations in partnership with Amizade: Global Service Learning.

Maurice Clarett to speak Feb. 19 at Defiance College

January 29, 2015

Former Ohio State football player Maurice Clarett will be speaking at Defiance College on Thursday, Feb. 19. His 7 p.m. appearance at the Weaner Center on Webster Street is free and open to the public. He will be talking about his personal journey and the impact of sport on society.


Annual Defiance College Empty Bowls event slated for Feb. 19

January 27, 2015

The 15th annual Empty Bowls event to benefit the PATH Center is planned for Thursday, Feb. 19, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 111 Elliott Road. The project is sponsored by the Defiance College Social Work Organization.


Defiance College musicians selected for state honor band

January 26, 2015

Six members of the Defiance College Bands were represented at the Ohio Private Colleges Instrumental Conductors Association (OPCICA) Honor Band this past weekend at Malone University in Canton.


Defiance College Dean’s Honors lists announced for fall 2014

January 22, 2015

Each semester Defiance College recognizes students who have attained an outstanding level of academic excellence by naming them to either the Dean’s list or the school honors list.

Defiance College faculty art show open through Feb. 6

January 22, 2015

Defiance College’s Women’s Commission Art Gallery is currently hosting a faculty art show featuring the work of professors Jason Stockman, Amy Drees, Mia Cinelli and Kathy Funderburg, full- and part-time faculty teaching in the new Design program at Defiance College.


President Gordon to step down; accepts position as president and dean of William Mitchell College of Law

January 20, 2015

Defiance College announced today that President Mark C. Gordon will be stepping down as its 18th president on June 30 in order to accept a position as President and Dean at William Mitchell College of Law in Minnesota.


Defiance College receives national recognition for community service, engagement

January 13, 2015

Defiance College has again received national recognition for its leadership in community service and engagement with its inclusion in the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This is the eighth consecutive year that Defiance College has been honored.

Defiance College appoints Repka to advancement staff

January 8, 2015

Kelly Repka was recently named major gifts officer at Defiance College. She brings more than 20 years of development and fundraising experience to the college’s institutional advancement staff.


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