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Dana Scallon, Harold Ziegler Honored at Walsh Commencement Ceremony

What's New, 2012-12-10

International recording artist, politician, and advocate of Catholic faith, Dana Scallon (commonly known as Dana), was the Keynote Speaker at the Walsh University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, December 16, in the Gaetano M. Cecchini Family Health and Wellness Complex.

Click here to view photos from the ceremony.

Over two hundred and fifty summer and fall graduates were awarded their respective degrees at the formal Commencement Ceremony.

During the Commencement Ceremony, Dana was awarded the Honorary Degree Doctor of Humane Arts and Letters from Walsh University. In addition, Harold Ziegler was honored with the Distinguished Service Medal. The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to those who have rendered distinguished professional or voluntary service to others within the national, regional or local Walsh University community. Those who are awarded this honor reflect the University's steadfast commitment to the strength of noble character.

Harold E. Ziegler has been a longtime friend and supporter of Walsh University. As an advocate of Walsh's mission, his generosity towards Walsh University encompasses many aspects of the University mission. Over the years, he has offered his support through scholarship aid, donations and organizing cultural events on campus, including Father Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute in 2011, the Guadalupe Festival in 2010 and Immaculee Ilibagiza in 2009. Harold Ziegler was also instrumental in the establishment of the Father Matthew Herttna Counseling Center in 2008. In addition, for over 30 years, he has generously given of his time, serving as chair of the Annual Fund Drive for two years and a member of the Walsh University Advisory Board since 1983. In addition to his generosity towards Walsh, he has supported the arts, education and many social service agencies in the Stark County community.

A native of Canton, Harold Ziegler attended elementary school and has been a lifetime parishioner at St. Peter Catholic Church in Canton. A graduate of Central Catholic High School, he went on to earn his degree from John Carroll University in 1955. Through the ROTC program at John Carroll, Ziegler spent two years in the Army before joining the family business, Ziegler Tire & Supply Co., founded by his father and uncle, Harold and Oliver Ziegler, in 1919. He joined the company in 1958 and has held various positions during his career, including over 21 years as President and his current position as Treasurer.

About Dana: In the midst of a very successful career in secular music, Dana started to speak publicly about her faith. Together with her husband, Damien, she began to write Christian songs, including "Totus Tuus," inspired by the motto of the Late Pope John Paul II. Years of recording success followed with chart-topping albums and single-records.

Additionally, Dana continued to gain notoriety as a television personality on major domestic and international programs, including her own hit series A Day Out with Dana (BBC), Wake Up Sunday (BBC), and the Dana Series (RTE). In 1987, she was invited to lead 86,000 young people in the singing of her song Totus Tuus for Pope John Paul II.

While living in the United States, Dana entered the world of politics when she secured a nomination to run in the 1997 Irish presidential election, the first non-political, non-party candidate ever to do so. She campaigned on protecting the Christian family values and life enshrined in the Irish Constitution and earned a respectable 14 percent of the votes, beating out one of Ireland's major political parties. Then, in 1999, Dana was subsequently elected as a member of the European Parliament, representing Ireland's Connacht-Ulster constituency from 1999 to 2004.

Since leaving the European Parliament in 2004, Dana has spoken at many colleges and universities in Ireland and the United States on the subject of Ireland and the European Union, the European Constitution, and the relationship between the European Union and the United States.

In early 2006, Dana and her husband Damien founded their own new music production company called DS Music Productions. In January 2007, Dana released a new album of prayers and songs for children of all ages called Good Morning Jesus! November of 2007 marked an exciting time for Dana as she released her long-awaited autobiography, All Kinds of Everything, which is now available in Ireland through DS Music Productions23 and will be made available elsewhere in the near future. In 2008, Dana, together with her husband Damien, released the new prayer album The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.