Interview of Wendell William Ellenwood by Robert W. Wagner

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Title: Interview of Wendell William Ellenwood by Robert W. Wagner
Creators: Ellenwood, Wendell William
Contributors: Wagner, Robert W.
Keywords: ROTC
OSU Marching Band
Ohio State University. Tower Club
Stadium Club
Buckeye Club
Ohio State University. Drake Union
Subjects (LCSH): Ohio State University. Ohio Union
Student unions -- History
Ellenwood, Wendell William -- Interviews
Ohio State University -- History -- Sources
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Ohio State University Archives
Series/Report no.: Ohio State University. University Archives Oral History Program. Ohio State University Oral History Project
Abstract: Wendell Ellenwood has had a life-long relationship with OSU. His father graduated from OSU in 1915. On visits to the campus, they would visit with OSU friends. He describes the qualifications for stadium dorm scholarships and the establishment of the Tower Club, Stadium Club, and Buckeye Club. Student activities included polo, marching band and ROTC. After graduation, Ellenwood was sent to OCS and on to Europe as a member of the Third U.S. Army. Some of his army experiences are summarized. After completing his M.S. and working for the Civil Service Commission for 11 years, Ellenwood was appointed Director of the Ohio Union. The Drake Union was built during his administration. The various types of programs and events in the Unions are summarized. The influences of economics and culture on programming are described. He considers the 1960’s as the “good old days,” the time when the Union was the hearthstone of the campus. He sees signs that the Union may become the “hearthstone” again. The role of Mrs. Fawcett in supporting many campus activities is mentioned. After retirement Ellenwood has assisted other colleges in establishing “hearthstone Unions.”
Description: Dr. Harvey Spencer (pp. 2, 3) -- Dr. Fred Heimberger (p. 3) -- Bland L. Stradley: V.P. (pp. 3, 4, 5) -- Beanie Drake (pp. 3, 5, 14, 15) -- Dean Park (pp. 3, 4) -- Leu Morrill: V.P. (p. 4) -- Edith Cockins (p. 4) -- Carl Steeb (p. 4) -- John Mount (pp. 4, 29) -- Prof. Manley Whitcomb: Director of Bands (p. 6) -- Bill Guthrie Jr.: Dean of Arts College (pp. 10, 11, 30) -- Fred Stecker: Executive Director Of University Relations (p. 11) -- Willard Kiplinger: Publisher of “Changing Times Magazine” (pp. 12, 13) -- Dale Kinzel: Director of School of Journalism (p. 13) -- Wilbur Stout: State Geologist (p. 14) -- James Thurber (p. 16) -- Roy Bowen (p. 16)
Other Identifiers: SPEC.RG.41.U
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