4/28/10 ASHLAND, Ohio --Ashland University will hold a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Messerly Natatorium in the Recreation and Rybolt Sport Sciences Center on Thursday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m. The Messerly Natatorium is being named for the late Dr. Charles and Josephine Messerly, formerly of Martins Ferry, and their daughter, Dr. Donna Messerly, who has been an Ashland University faculty member for 40 years.
A brief program will feature remarks by Dr. Randall Gearhart Jr., chair and associate professor of Sport Sciences; Paul Graham, head coach of men's & women's swimming teams, and Dr. Donna Messerly, professor of sport sciences. A plaque unveiling and ribbon cutting will be followed by light refreshments in the lobby of the Recreation and Rybolt Sport Sciences Center.
Dr. Charles D. Messerly, D.S.S., through his interest in health and many years of teaching and practicing medicine, and his wife, Josephine, provided funding for the Natatorium through their family estate plans as a tribute to their family's commitment to higher education. Their wish to express a special appreciation for the opportunity for their daughter, Dr. Donna Messerly, to serve with both incredible dedication and distinction for 40 years in the recreation department of Ashland University is celebrated by the naming of Messerly Natatorium. Dr. Donna Messerly began her career at Ashland College in the summer of 1970 as physical education instructor and she continues today as a professor of sport sciences.
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.