Maggie Barno, Dean Stambules and Seth Patton. Photo credit Gary Chisolm.
GRANVILLE, Ohio—The 2012 Louis Kussmaul Friendship Award, presented to Denison University students “who have contributed most to the friendly relations between Granville and the college,” has been awarded to Denison senior Dean Stambules. Stambules, an economics major who hails from Leesburg, Va., was presented his award at the Kussmaul Award Luncheon held on Wednesday, April 18, at Denison. In addition, two more Denison seniors were recognized for their outstanding service to the Granville Community: Colleen Henegan (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Maxwell Newton (Readfield, Maine). Seth Patton, Denison University vice president for finance and management, and Maggie Barno, executive director of the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce, presented Stambules with the award certificate and a check for $300.
Stambules was nominated for the prestigious award by Rob Cathcart, marketing consultant and president for six years of the former Granville Lacrosse Club. In his nomination letter, Cathcart noted that “From his first year at Denison, Dean has coached the boys’ middle school team and has made a great impression on the boys from day one. Dean established an environment of sportsmanship and best-behavior in addition to creating competitive, talented teams.” Cathcart added “Dean has worked with more than 100 seventh-grade and eighth-grade boys over four years and has spent more than 1,000 hours leading practices and managing games in all kinds of the weather.” In addition, Stambules is active in his fraternity, Delta Chi, and on campus in the Entrepreneurship Club. Over the last three years, he has held summer internships as an appraisal associate in commercial real estate.
Henegan was recognized for her community service as chair for the Environmental Education and Mentorship Program for the last two years. Henegan, with her team of student volunteers, created a curriculum for second-grade and third-grade students to develop a deeper appreciation for nature and our environment.
Newton was recognized for his community service as an active student volunteer firefighter and EMT. Since joining the Granville Township Fire Department in January, 2010, Newton has responded to more than 350 emergency calls in the community and attended more than 50 departmental training sessions. He also gained certification through the Ohio Fire Academy as a professional firefighter, driver/operator and hazardous materials responder.
Louis Kussmaul, brother of former printer and owner of the Granville Times, W. H. Kussmaul, was a well-loved character in Granville during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Kussmaul was intensely interested in both Granville and Denison and the relationship between them. His good friend Harry Amos, editor of the Cambridge (Ohio) Daily Jeffersonian, honored “Lou” in 1947 by funding the annual award. The Louis Kussmaul Friendship Award stands as a testimony to the friendship of the two men and to the importance of friendly relations between a college and its hometown.