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2004-2005 ANNUAL REPORT
JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY President Robert Niehoff, SJ Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Timothy T. Shannon, SJ Director of Public Affairs Jerry Sheehan Editor Jerry Pockar Alumni Journal Michele McFarland Advisory Board Howard Gray, SJ Barbara Schubert ‘62 John Marcus ‘72 Dr. George Bilgere Kimyette Finley ’95
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
I was absolutely thrilled to see the section on Chicago grads in your latest issue. To say the least, it was extremely well done. As a graduate of Chicago’s Fenwick High School, I was concerned to read recent statistics indicating that no Fenwick seniors were going to Carroll. There was a time when every JCU freshman class would have a large Chicago Catholic League representation. Fenwick alone would regularly send 10-15 students to JCU. While I have no knowledge of Carroll’s current recruiting philosophy, I hope that the Chicago section in the magazine signals an intention to return to the valuable and venerable John CarrollChicago connection. James V. Fineran ’66, Former PresidentJCU Chicago Club ■ I am a ’90 graduate of JCU and until today a supporter of the school. Your piece on a Chicago trial lawyer, Tim Cavanagh, was a very poor choice of topic. I do not know the man and do not harbor ill will towards him. But...your feature made it seem sensational to be a trial lawyer. While in reality these type of attorneys are a good example of what is wrong with society. I cite as my evidence that your story was in ill taste the upper right corner where you have pictured Mr. Cavanagh’s own advertisement and Web site in bold blue letters. He is sensationalizing how much money he has won in both a car accident case and a medical case and your alumni journal is assisting him to do it. These people do not play the role of ombudsman for people injured...they try to extort as much financial gain for themselves at the injured parties expense. That is a fact...just read your own article about how Mr. Cavanagh has a summer house in Arizona and plays a lot of golf. Or take a good look at trial lawyer fees and expenses, which commonly take over 50% of judgments. I found this weak attempt to defend the fees malpractice lawyers demand misplaced in such a fine article. “Cogent” voices can argue either side of this issue but I would prefer to leave this debate to other venues so as not to distract Tim from what makes him the happiest: “20 hour work days.” Edward “Scott” Logue, MD. ’84 ■ Splendid issue. Charles Byrne ’50 ■ Every issue has been a good issue, but this, I thought, was an outstanding one, and it was nice to read about some of my friends like the Gonnellas. Rev. Joseph Schell, SJ ■ I keep hoping to see more scholarly articles in the alumni publication, like one or two per issue by Carroll staffers, and say one by an alumnus or alumna. After all, good thinking coupled with the problems of the modern world seem a natural for the pages of the quarterly. Something in depth, well written, understandable and, controversial or not, an issue widespread and with which most all of us grapple. There are so many good minds on staff that the magazine seems a natural for one or two of them expounding on a topic, not so much to promote a point of view, but to provide a fair discussion of merits and demerits. The magazine continues to improve in looks and design, but I do hope for occasional entries representative of what’s stimulating the minds of faculty standouts these days. Ditto alumni from time to time. Might just freshen things up and build in attraction. Paul Bohn ’49
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If this is what Rev. Niehoff or his advisory board feels is good journalism or a good representation of the type of education my children would receive at JCU...he should resign. I can assure you that this very bad article will affect my contribution (or lack there of) to the school in the future. Dr. John Brokloff ’90 ■ I read with great interest the article describing the success of my good friend and classmate Tim Cavanagh in the summer 2005 issue of John Carroll University. Those of us who have known Tim would agree that one of his greatest achievements is that he has remained the humble, fun loving and passionate person we knew at JCU. I was, however, confused by the part of the article regarding medical malpractice. There can be no debate that large jury awards drive skyrocketing malpractice insurance rates as the two are directly associated. Without high jury awards medical malpractice insurance would be superfluous. The relevant argument is whether limiting these awards is legal, ethical, and effective in reigning in astronomical malpractice insurance rates.
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President Niehoff creates an Administrative Leadership Team
On September 14, the new university president, Robert Niehoff, SJ, announced the formation of the John Carroll University Leadership Team to assist him in the institution’s governance. In the memo announcing the group’s formation, Fr. Niehoff said: “The reasons for establishing this group include the following: to improve internal communication; to clarify our strategic choices; to improve the coordination of administrative units; to increase the gender diversity of the senior university leadership; and to build an increased sense of common organizational goals and administrative accountability to each other.” The president said he anticipated the team would meet once a month during the academic year. Elsewhere in these pages, he speaks of the areaaccountability provided by having 14 university operatives whose administrative expertise, collectively, encompasses every aspect of university governance. Niehoff said that he would be soliciting the advisory input of this group and calling upon them to “help process the strategic choices facing the university.” The team members are: Mary Beadle, dean, The Graduate School; Robert Celli, executive director, facilities management; Sherri Crahen, dean of students; Linda Eisenmann, dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Thomas Fanning, interim dean of enrollment services; Janetta Hammock, assistant to the president and secretary to the board of directors; Jonathan Ivec, vice president for finance and administrative services; David La Guardia, academic vice president; Richard Mausser, executive director of finance and controller; Lisa Mencini, director of human resources; Patrick Rombalski, vice president for student affairs; Timothy T. Shannon, S.J., vice president for development and alumni relations; J. Gerard Sheehan, director of public affairs; Thomas Zlatoper, interim dean, Boler School of Business. At the group’s first meeting on September 19, the new president said future team agenda items would include enrollment targets, clarification of fund raising goals, the university marketing project, and disaster preparedness. He reiterated that the accomplishment of diversity will be a priority in the team’s deliberations. As has been the case in other communications, the president stressed that candor is desirable and that, except when noted, the team’s discussions should be open to being shared with other members of the university community.
University Budget Committee formed
A new University Budget Committee has been formed and charged to find revenue opportunities and reduce expenses through efficiencies. The members of the committee are: faculty members Dwight Olson, Andreas Sobisch, Elizabeth Swenson, Brenda Wirkus and Charles Watts; Laurie Massa, director of athletics and recreation; Richard Mausser, executive director of Dr. Edward Peck finance and controller; David Wong, director of budget and analysis, and Edward Peck, the assistant dean of The Graduate School, who will serve as chairperson. The university president, Robert Niehoff, SJ, said the committee was formed to respond to the institution’s fiscal challenges. Those challenges were brought about by multiple factors, including a steep increase in utility costs. The main reason why John Carroll is under financial constraint, however, is that enrollment during the last two years has not kept pace with the large classes admitted in 2002 and 2003. While the current freshman class is 52 students larger than its predecessor, there will, nonetheless, be a significant decline in tuition revenue as the large graduation classes of ’06 and ’07 prepare to leave the university. Alluding to the university’s overall financial situation, Niehoff said, “These challenges will make building next year’s budget more difficult. Adding to this challenge is my request that the budget provide a compensation increase pool for all employee groups of 2.5 percent….” “In response to our fiscal challenges, I am charging the Budget Committee with reducing the university Operations budget by $2.7 million in order that we can fund the primary budget needs enumerated above. This budget situation may not be solved in one year. Only enrollment and net revenue growth will provide sufficient funds for all we wish to do in the future.” The president also emphasized his dedication to not sacrifice the university’s commitment to student quality and his determination to remain focused on being true to John Carroll’s mission.
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The Commitment to Justice Conference:
“What can we do now?”
That was the question for more than 300 representatives of Jesuit higher education in the U.S., Korea and El Salvador as they closed the four-day Commitment to Justice conference hosted by John Carroll from October 13-16. The Jesuit educational leaders gathered to assess how well their colleges and universities had responded to the challenge offered five years ago by Jesuit Superior General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ: that the institutions make educating for social justice an integral part of the mission of their institutions.
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By Mike Quinn, Public Affairs
Echoing in the minds of the conference attendees in mid-October were many voices, including those of: Robert Niehoff, SJ, the newly inaugurated president of John Carroll, who welcomed the conferees on the first night (Oct. 13) by recalling the October 2000 conference at Santa Clara that featured Kolvenbach’s seminal address: “What I took away from that was the need to embed our commitment to justice in everything we do,” Niehoff said. “I hope this conference will spill over and that our walls will listen because we need that, too.” Dean Brackley, SJ, who is in his 15th year at Universidad Centro Americana (UCA) in El Salvador since succeeding one of the six martyred Jesuits slain on November 16, 1989. Brackley minced no words as he spelled out what Kolvenbach’s charge means: “We’re called to fashion a new university that
strives to understand the great life-anddeath issues, that struggles to overcome violence, that helps students discover their vocation to serve, that embraces the Catholic tradition in open dialogue, that opens its doors to minorities and the poor, that takes a public stand on vital issues. All this will provoke conflict, persecution, even financial trouble. It may entail the loss of prestige as the world defines it, but it will also provide a stronger sense of identity and mission and a more universal and lasting good for the glory of God.” Bishop Roger Gries, O.S.B, who chairs the “Church in the City” initiative of Bishop Anthony Pilla ’61, in highlighting the collaboration between the Diocese of Cleveland and John Carroll, said: “More than ever our world needs the kind of social action that is the subject of your conference.” Paul Locatelli, SJ, president of the University of Santa Clara since 1988, expanded on Kolvenbach’s charge to educate students in solidarity with the real world: “I think solidarity is a virtue, much like justice, much like charity, much like hope, that’s hard to define sometimes, but when you see it you know it.” Locatelli
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also recalled the words of one of the panelists from El Salvador, “Griselda said Father Kolvenbach’s talk was a ‘gift from God.’” Reyes represented Casa de la Solidaridad (House of Solidarity) with Julio Peres and Kevin and Trena ’01 YonkersTalz. Sponsored by UCA and AJCU (Assn. of Jesuit Colleges and Universities), the Casa offers semester and year-long immersion experiences in El Salvador. Although many of the people attending the panel spoke Spanish, Reyes was translated by her husband and by Paul Kozak ’04, who spent his junior year at the Casa and went back last year as a community facilitator. Reyes spoke of “many fruits” yielded by the interaction of the Casa’s college students with the people of El Salvador. “We learned that the U.S. isn’t just about war,” she said. “There really are people who are interested in our country. Often the little things have the biggest impact. This program has helped me to know my own country better.” Reyes said she was encouraged when she heard of Kolvenbach’s call for social justice. “I think his vision is possible,” she said, “if it were embraced by each person, students and others, and if we have faith in his vision. I don’t see any excuse for not trying to fulfill it. We are inspired by the UCA martyrs to continue, but we cannot just depend on that memory to inspire others. We all have a responsibility.” Reyes’ witness was one of the more compelling in more than 120 hours of panel and group discussions. There were many other powerful moments. Those who attended the sessions in the East Wing of the Dolan Center heard encouraging reports, such as those of:
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• A finance major returning from an immersion trip with a new view of his life’s work: “I found all kinds of ways in which I can use my finance degree.” • A nursing student, initially afraid of the homeless outreach environment, gradually became more comfortable. She wound up creating a health center, serving as staff nurse and recruiting two of the physicians where she works to volunteer their time: “This little woman who was so scared is now a strident healthcare advocate for the homeless!” • A doctoral candidate in English, copy editing a local homeless publication, then organizing homeless writers’ workshops, enlisting her undergraduate students as editors and organizing an international Web site of articles written in a score of different languages and translated into English: “We’re trying to be the Reuters of poverty reporting.”
Thinking about justice
During the four-day conference, there was an enormous amount of information communicated about ongoing effort in pursuit of social justice. In fact, reports on the work already underway may have been overwhelming for some listeners. “When I hear what others are doing, I’m embarrassed for my university,” sighed one delegate. Indeed, the participants revealed little interest in self-congratulation. During the follow-up discussions that consumed all of Sunday morning, most comments focused on what still needs to be done. In those discussions, the following points were passionately made by the assembled seekers of justice: • “We don’t do enough to encourage faculty to incorporate social justice issues into their courses.” • “We have to respond to needs that community organizations identify for us. I came from a nonprofit and saw how much time it took the organization to accommodate what the university wanted students to do. Service learning can’t be ‘top down.’ We can’t put our needs ahead of the recipients’ needs.” • “If we just tell students they have to perform service for a course, they may panic: ‘I have to find something fast.’ Service becomes ‘episodic’ and the kind of longer term relationships that would be helpful don’t develop.” • “Charity work is very sexy and comfortable for our universities. The reality isn’t comfortable.” • “It’s one thing to have a service requirement but once someone’s fulfilled it, then it’s ‘been there, done that.’ But if all of our courses have a little piece of it, if everybody’s doing it, that’s when the culture changes.” • “The objective must be systemic change, so that 10 years from now we don’t have to serve the same meals at the same soup kitchens.” • “Service is not ‘One size fits all.’ It’s very specific, very personal. A good program is a function of quality relationships. We can look at how others have done it, but it depends on each location and the relationships that exist there.” • “Many parents are incredibly supportive, but we can’t underestimate the ‘fear factor.’ We see students eagerly signing up for an immersion experience on Friday only to come back on Monday (‘Sorry, I can’t do it.’) after that phone call home.” • “The people who need this (conference) the most aren’t here.”
For more, go to www.jcu.edu and click on Justice Conference Keynotes
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BREAKING NEWS: As the magazine was going to press, the men’s soccer team had a seesaw weekend Nov. 12, 13. On Saturday, playing a first-round NCAA Division III match at home against the Washington and Jefferson Presidents, Coach Ali Kazemaini’s squad jumped out to a quick lead and beat W&J 3-1. Alas, on Sunday, the soccer Streaks succumbed to Fredonia State 1-0 in overtime. JCU’s season ended at 13-7-1.
• Ellie Fernandez was the individual champ and she led her team to a near miss second place in the OAC team cross country championships. Cyril Pinchak lead the men’s squad to a fourth place finish. • The JCU men’s basketball team was picked to win the OAC cage crown by the conference coaches, and the women were tabbed to be fifth. • JCU wrestlers were ranked #13 nationally in a pre-season national Division III coaches poll. • B-W beat the JCU volleyball team in a quarterfinal OAC tourney match. • Both the men’s and women’s swim teams rebounded from losses to Ohio Northern by defeating Mount Union on November 4. They also both solidly beat Wilmington in the season opener.
Men’ soccer OAC champs, fall in second round
Dejan Mladenovic’s acrobatic goal in the third minute of overtime lifted John Carroll to a 2-1 victory over Wilmington in the championship match of the 2005 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) tournament played at Don Shula Stadium on the afternoon of November 5. Milko Cecez sent a pass toward the middle of the goal box, which his former high school and current collegiate teammate Mladenovic was able to get a foot on, using a bicycle kick after he vaulted himself into the air. The goal ended an affair which featured an early score, a short-handed goal that tied the match, several near misses, and a dazzling game winner. JCU opened the scoring by connecting on the first shot of the match as Kevin Pap sliced through a pair of defenders and slid a pass to Alex Bernot, who was able to sell Wilmington keeper Justin Saylor to his right, then beat him with a low shot to put the Blue Streaks on the scoreboard at the 5:03 mark. For the next 60 minutes, 23 shots were launched but neither team could connect. At the 70:58 mark, the Quakers nailed a deflection to tie the score. In overtime, JCU controlled the action. Cecez’s initial try was knocked back to him, so he passed to Mladenovic, who drilled the goal. JCU (12-6-1) won its fourth OAC Tournament title in its tenth appearance in the title match. By virtue of winning the tournament, the Blue Streaks automatically qualified for the 2005 NCAA Division III Championship and were slated to play Washington &
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Jefferson on November 12, for the first round in the NCAA championship tournament. The women’s soccer squad finished with a pretty symmetrical 10-10-1 mark, as Otterbein dashed their OAC championship hopes with a 1-0 victory on November 2. John Carroll junior forward Jenny Sopkovich was named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Women’s Soccer Team for the college division. In earning second team honors, Sopkovich is the first Blue Streak women’s soccer player to earn academic all-district accolades since Samantha Sommer in 1999 and the sixth overall since Danielle Sluga became the program’s first recipient in 1993. Milko Cecez and Brandon DiGuilio were both picked for the men’s squad of the ESPN team.
The Homecoming king was senior Patrick Range and the queen was his classmate Kelly Lavelle.
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Capital ends 6-game JCU grid streak
Capital, ranked #25 to JCU’s #21 in NCAA Division III, knocked over JCU 19-7 in Columbus on November 5. Turnovers told the tale, as the Streaks coughed up four and Capital nada. The game’s opening play from scrimmage provided a portend of things to come. Doug Phillips, who entered the game as the OAC leader in pass efficiency, sailed his first pass over the head of his intended receiver and into the waiting hands of Capital’s Kyle Hausler, who returned the interception 15 yards for a touchdown. The contest seesawed but the Streaks never got a grip on it. It was the first road loss of the season, which is a weird turnabout from last season, when John Carroll was undefeated at home. Be that as it may, Regis Scafe’s squad is a tough bunch. Even in the losing Capital contest, Phillips was 15-25 passing, and defenders like David Graves, who had a career-high 15 tackles; and preseason All-American Joe Motley, who posted a season-high 12 stops; shined. At this juncture, with the Blue Streaks at 7-2 overall and 6-2 in the OAC and with but one contest remaining, it looks very doubtful that Carroll will be picked for the playoffs. The Capital loss was very costly in that respect, but of course that other loss lurking in those innocent numerals, 7-2, is the one everyone in the
Shannon McConville ’05 wins Julie Zajac Run/Walk
Shannon McConville, the remarkable distance runner who graduated in May and has remained at the university as a coach, was the winner of the 5th annual Julie Zajac Memorial Run. McConville, who wrote a large portion of the Streak women’s distance record book, finished the five kilometer run through the streets of University Heights in a time of 19:05. Tim Budic, a 25-year-old, who did not attend the
university community fervently wants to expunge from our collective memory. At home, on September 17, under the unforgiving lights, John Carroll was defeated by Mount Union by the emphatic score of 70-0. There was no mistake about that one, but the good news is that the Streaks reeled off six straight wins after that crushing defeat. The other good news is that the September 17 battle is going to serve as motivational fuel for a very long time. At the least, John Carroll will, after battling Baldwin-Wallace, conclude a football season in which they won more than twice as much as they lost. It was a season in which there was no shortage of heroics from athletes like Graves, Motley, Phillips, and the latter’s favorite target, Joe Konrad. Brandon Oing has been good on the ground and Carter Welo, Matt Matteucci and Tommy McDonald joined Konrad in excelling at plucking balls out of the sky. Anthony Fanelli was stellar as an interceptor and punt returner. Carlo Melaragno, Luke Palmisano and Andrew Provost were some of the defenders who were the bane of opponents with the ball.
university, won the men’s competition in a snappy 16:28. On a fall day when the weather was unexpectedly good, McConville and Budic led 300 runners, starting at the entrance to the DeCarlo Varsity Center gym and finishing on the track in Shula Stadium. Enjoying a rare blast of November sunshine, the runners wound through the leafy streets of John Carroll’s city in an athletic event that honors the courageous spirit who excelled on JCU’s track until cancer ended her life in August of 2001. The proceeds from the entry fees for the race were dedicated to the Julie Zajac Foundation, which supports a university scholarship in the Pittsburgh native’s name. Julie’s father Robert and her sister Laura participated in this year’s event. Her mother Ginny ran and completed the course, as did Julie’s roommate, Jenny Miller; Kathy Lanese; her coach, and her high school and JCU teammate Molly Byrnes Daly ’02.
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Class Agents help the Carroll Fund
By Robert P. Kirschner, Director of Annual Giving
Following the Blue Streaks Homecoming victory on October 22, a group of volunteers gathered for the first time in nearly eight years. In recognition of their commitment to Carroll, the Office of Annual Giving hosted a reception for the 45 class agents who now make-up the reinstated agent program. Inactive since 1998, the Class Agent Program plays an important role for the university and for the Carroll Fund. Charged with updating their peers on current activities at John Carroll and with performing solicitation for the Carroll Fund, a class agent’s role is multi-faceted and his and her impact is broad. “With our division’s focus on relationshipbuilding, our class agents are one of the best ambassadors available to us,” explains
Patricia Callahan, assistant director of annual giving. “They not only help us communicate with their classmates, but serve as a vehicle for our alumni to contribute both money and ideas.” There are class agents representing the classes 1970 through 2005. The program will expand this year with a goal of having a class agent representing every class by May 31, the end of the fiscal year. As the program begins to mature, additional volunteers will be added to serve larger classes, a progression that will further increase the role the class agents play in the Carroll Fund. Our ultimate goal is to reach the same level of participation and impact achieved in 1997 when the class agents were responsible for 5,000 donors to the Carroll Fund. This
growth will take several years but the enthusiasm I have seen leaves little doubt that the agents will be successful. Excitement is expressed by Molly Robinson ’75, who was one of the original class agents when the program began in the early 1970s. Asked to volunteer with the now reinstated program, Molly agreed without a moment’s hesitation, saying: “I continue to volunteer as a class agent because it ignites all the positive memories and feelings of our college days at John Carroll. We need to continue giving back so our friends and families will also have the opportunity to experience what a marvelous place John Carroll truly is.” If you are interested in volunteering as a class agent, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 1-800-736-2586.
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Remembering Sister Dorothy
In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the deaths of the four churchwomen in El Salvador, John Carroll University honors one of its graduates – Sr. Dorothy Kazel, OSU. Sr. Dorothy ’74G gave her life for the people of El Salvador. The university is acting to honor her legacy of service to the poor and her desire for social justice. The Dorothy Kazel Endowment for Latin American Studies will provide funds for students who wish to pursue study or research projects in El Salvador or other Latin American countries. John Carroll students learn about social justice through immersion trips coordinated by such university groups as Campus Ministry, Latin American Studies, and the Center for
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Community Service. A year before her death, Sr. Dorothy wrote a letter to one of her Ursuline sisters, saying, “If a day comes when others will have to understand, please explain it for me.” The endowment will continue Sr. Dorothy’s legacy of social justice and explain her commitment to those who follow in her footsteps. For more information about the Dorothy Kazel Endowment at John Carroll University, contact Perry Clark, development officer, at 216.397.1907 or via e-mail at [email protected]
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Drawing: Joseph Kaczmarck
Hymers Scholarship established to remember fallen alumnus
Charles S. Hymers was a familiar face on campus in his day. The 1965 graduate served as vice president of what was then the Carroll Union. He was part of the University Club, Who’s Who, N.S.A. and the Carroll News. Hymers also played varsity tennis and ran cross country. In 1965, Hymers went off to war and served his country in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army. On Valentine’s Day 1967, Hymers was killed when his helicopter was shot down by the North Vietnamese. Before he died, Hymers was able to crash-land the helicopter, saving the lives of three of the eighteen crewmen on board. He was the second John Carroll alumnus of five to die in the war. Nearly 40 years later, Hymers is being remembered in a new scholarship at his alma mater, the 1LT Charles S. Hymers, III and Mary Madelyn B. Hymers Scholarship at John Carroll University. Charles Hymer’s father, Lt. Col. Charles S. Hymers, Jr. established the scholarship as a way of expressing his love for his son and wife. Lt. Col. Hymers had always thought of starting a scholarship. The recent death of Mrs. Hymers prompted him to make a call to the university. “When I was looking at our financial set-up and what we had, I wanted to do something with the stock that was left to us by my wife’s family. She was very happy with the school and we were very proud that Chuck went to John Carroll. He was very much dedicated to the school. He matured a lot while he was there. I know that his mother would be very happy that this gift from her family could be used in this way. Hopefully the scholarship will sponsor some more men and women in ROTC,” said Lt. Col. Hymers. The Hymers Scholarship is the university’s first private scholarship solely for the young men and women in John Carroll’s Military Science Program. It will aid in recruiting students enrolled in the ROTC program as three-year advanced designees, and it will also provide them with needed financial support during their first year at Carroll. To learn more about the Hymers Scholarship, contact Lt. Col. Michael Harris in the John Carroll Department of Military Science at 216.397.4354.
Mason is 1st Benacci Award recipient
The first recipient of the David M. Benacci Award for Promising Investment Managers was named this past spring. Michael R. Mason, who graduated in 2005 with a degree in finance from the Boler School of Business, received the award in his final semester at John Carroll. The award is given annually through the Office of Financial Aid to a graduating senior to help defray the cost of the student’s last semester as an undergraduate. The Benacci Award was established by Lakepoint Investment Partners LLC in memory of their colleague David M. Benacci, a 1976 graduate of the university, who passed away in February 2004. Mr. Benacci and his wife, Nancy Cunningham Benacci ’77, were named to the Boler School’s “Fifty Finest.”
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Just passing through, one student’s story
Remember this name: Willard Hill
By Michele Brown, director of communications content The 23-year-old undergrad on the cover of this issue is just passing through John Carroll on his way to… something great. As he sat in my office, I expected to hear a harrowing story of how he and his family escaped from their home in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans just hours before Katrina made landfall. Instead, I sat inspired by something different: a young man focused on his blessings, not his misfortune. Hill’s talent became known to the John Carroll community on the night of the presidential inauguration, October 11. He brought a crowd of 200 to silence as he played a slow, sad John Coltrane tune on the piano at a dinner honoring the new university president. The song was Willard’s way of saying thanks for the generosity he’s received as a visiting student: “It’s the song I love to play the most on my grandmother’s piano. She was a musician too. Her piano is still sitting in my house in New Orleans.” Hill left his home in the 9th Ward on Saturday afternoon with two changes of clothes and his puppy. He went to meet his father and sister in hopes of finding a hotel for a few nights. He wasn’t intending to be gone long, so the piano stayed. “We drove across the entire state of Louisiana,” Hill related. “We finally found a hotel that could take my dog too, just
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across the border in Texas. Once they started to talk on TV about people in the Convention Center, I knew we couldn’t go back right away.” After more than a week on the road, Willard and his family decided to take the offer of shelter from family and friends in Cleveland. Hill studied for four years at Howard University: two years as a jazz voice major, and then switched majors to audio production. As much as he loves music, Hill is still in search of the right academic path. This summer, he discovered a program at Loyola of New Orleans and was about to become immersed in the music industry studies major there when Katrina hit. “I was prepared not to go to school when we got to Cleveland, but my dad said I needed to go. I was commuting from East Cleveland...had no friends on campus and was really homesick. It was a tough adjustment…I’m very social. What made me feel most comfortable was when I got a chance to do my music again,” he explained as he tapped the two drumsticks in his hands.
This semester Hill is getting some core requirements under his belt for his transition back to Loyola. Despite the ups and downs of his journey, Willard remains focused on his blessings and what he hopes to do with what God has given him. “We sing: ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow’…creativity is a blessing. I could write some lyrics that might not mean anything to you, but could save someone else’s life tomorrow,” he said thoughtfully. Hill is anxious to get back to his home and the city he loves. He hopes to be one of brave entrepreneurs to help rebuild New Orleans. Whether he opens a recording studio or makes it big as a performer, he’s bound to make his mark and we can say we knew him when.
Evacuated students find shelter, welcome at Carroll
One of the first tasks of the university’s new president, Rev. Robert Niehoff, SJ, was responding to the complex catastrophe that was Hurricane Katrina. He conferred with national Jesuit officials to make arrangements for the accommodation at John Carroll of students displaced from Loyola of New Orleans, Tulane and Xavier universities; e-mailed the local university community and the alumni to solicit attention and assistance; and, generally oversaw a still unfolding university response to offer compassionate assistance in a variety of forms. In this hurricanerelated section, we offer some information about the university’s response and about one alumnus involved on the ground in New Orleans. Space limitations preclude comprehensive coverage, but we will offer additional information and alumni accounts in the next issue. As Hurricane Katrina was bearing down on the Gulf Coast in late August, many students were arriving at college campuses for the start of a new year. First-year students were getting used to surroundings; upperclasswomen and men were looking forward to catching up with friends and settling in for the semester. Little did they know what was about to happen. “I didn’t know how bad the storm was going to be until it was too late,” said and her staff have done a wonderful job working hand-in-hand with parents and students in an effort to minimize the impact of the disaster on their education.” Jennifer, a Loyola student native to Michigan, was evacuated to a U.S. Air Force base before making her way to John Carroll. Her experience has given her a sense of mission, “I want to go back in January to help whether or not Loyola is open. They have done so much for me, I want to give back. I owe it to them,” she added. Harold, a junior from Nashville, TN, who arrived on the Loyola University of New Orleans campus on Friday, Aug. 26. By Sunday, Harold and his classmates were heeding the city’s evacuation warnings. Harold is one of 24 undergraduate students calling John Carroll home this semester in the unique category of “transient student. ”Harold says he’s “happy to be someone who came out O.K.” John Carroll, along with the other 27 Jesuit colleges and universities across the country, is answering the call to assist college students affected by the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. Students from Loyola of New Orleans, Tulane, and Xavier University of Louisiana are spending the semester at Carroll, even as they carry the hope they will be able to return to their schools next semester. For this semester, tuition funds from those students will go to the institutions from which they were evacuated. “We saw a need and we responded,” explained Steve Vitatoe ’95, interim director of admission. “While classes were already starting on campus, we decided to extend deadlines for enrollment and delay or suspend financial commitments. Marcia MacBride, director of transfer admission,
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Campus responds in wake of hurricanes
A Relief Response Coordinating Team was established just days after the first hurricane struck the Gulf Coast. The team, led by the Center for Community Service and the Office of Campus Ministry, has kept the campus community informed of initiatives such as charitable donations, prayer services, benefit concerts, and imminent service trips to the affected areas. “We have our first team going down to the New Orleans area December 17-24. We’re organizing a team of 14. We’ll be hosted by one of the Catholic parishes and we’re working with Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of New Orleans,” explained Dr. Mark Falbo, director of the Center for Community Service at John Carroll. “It’s about $450 per student or participant,” continued Falbo, “so we welcome any financial support for those who might want to sponsor a student who will be providing care, comfort and relief. We would also be happy to help organize a group of alumni to serve in New Orleans as well.” Plans are underway to organize additional service trips to New Orleans in March and May. A campuswide fundraising effort has raised some $4,500 to be donated to the American Red Cross and Catholic Charities. In addition, The Graduate School sponsored a carnation sale to raise money for a Catholic school in New Orleans. And, as part of their annual blood drive, ROTC channeled monetary donations to the hurricane relief efforts. In October, the Commitment to Justice Conference hosted by the Center for Community Service raised $1,000 at a musical benefit for the Loyola University Relief Fund. That event inspired a larger benefit concert, Hurricane Heartache, held in Kulas Auditorium on November 8. In that event, Community Service teamed up with the Program in Hurricane Heartache Applied Ethics, the Department of Art History and Humanities, the Office of Campus Ministry and a community partner, Roots of American Music, for “An Evening of Jazz, Blues, and Folk Music – Supporting Hurricane Relief for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Region.” To find out how you can be part of the campus relief efforts, contact the Center for Community Service at 216.397.4698 or the Office of Campus Ministry at 216.397.4717. by Michele Brown
The plight of friends
Xavier University of Louisiana is Catholic and historically black. It is the only university in America that is both Catholic and predominantly African-American – Xavier enrolls students of all races. Founded by Saint Katherine Drexel – that’s saint, not sister, though she was a nun – Xavier is number one in the nation in the placement of African-American students in medical schools. It is #1 in the nation in the number of pharmacy Ph.D.s awarded African Americans. It is #1 in degrees awarded African-Americans in biology and the life sciences. Xavier was devastated by the hurricane. Though it is scheduled to reopen in the middle of January, observers see that as problematic. There is a stillevolving consortium of Loyola University of New Orleans, Dillard University, Tulane University and Xavier. It appears
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that Loyola and Tulane, which were not damaged as severely as the historically black institutions of Xavier and Dillard, will be able to meet many of the shortterm educational needs of the students at Xavier and Dillard. John Carroll has three “transient” students from Xavier. In seeking a reproducible logo for the magazine, we spoke with Karen Watkins, assistant to President Norman Francis. Ms. Watkins, who lost her family’s home, said: “If you keep us in your prayers – that’s the biggest thing.” But she also said, ”It’s very hard to get up every day and put one foot in front of the other.” To learn more about Xavier and their dire financial needs, visit their Web site at www.XULA.edu. Sr. Cecilia Dimaku, SSH ’87 is a Nigerian nun who was one of the people on the cover of John Carroll magazine in
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the Winter 2003 issue. Sr. Cecilia, whose degree is from the Boler School, was part of the Making a Difference Class of 2002 for her work in trying to stop trafficking in sexual slaves in Nigeria and Europe. Sr. Cecilia’s religious community, the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, have a motherhouse near New Orleans. It was inundated by the flood waters and Sr. Cecilia and her sisters had to flee. Those interested in contributing to the disaster fund of Sr. Cecilia’s community, may send checks to Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus/Catholic Center/3500 Fairfield Ave./Shreveport, LA 71104.
Hurricane Response Living through Hurricane Katrina:
“Absolutely we are coming back”
“I don’t even know what day it is,” said Bill Ryan ’67, as he waited in a long line to get through a checkpoint at Metairie just outside New Orleans (N.O.). Ryan was heading to the French Quarter with a crew of workmen in separate vehicles. At one point he had to break off our call so he could intercede for a worker who hailed Ryan’s cell because the troopers were balking at letting the employee through. Ryan and crew were intending to engage in serious clean-up activities at some of the properties the alumnus owns in the Vieux Carre! This was September 16, 20 days after Katrina roared into the Gulf Coast on the night of August 28. With the exception of a three-day jaunt to Louisville, KY, two weeks into the ordeal, Ryan, 60, was present at his Audubon Park home in the Uptown district throughout the chaos following nature’s cataclysmic visitation. His wife, Pamela, daughter Meaghan, older son Neal and brand new daughter-in-law Mimi, joined the exodus out of the city at 8 a.m. on the 28th with a destination of Louisville. Once their evacuees departed, Bill, younger son Andrew and canine buddies Beau, Lacey and Rascal hunkered down and took Katrinas’s best shot. “The gusts in Audubon Park got as high as the 90s,” related Ryan. “We had a crack in the front door, and when the gusts came through that opening there was an unbelievable sound that had us believing the whole house was going to go.” Over the phone, Ryan offered an impressive screech in imitation of Katrina. While Ryan lives two bends of the Mississippi from the most devastated neighborhoods and scant miles from the Superdome, he and his family inhabit a different world than the one that filled TV screens. Audubon Park, close by unflooded Loyola University of New Orleans and Tulane (“The water came to Freret St. dividing Loyola and Tulane and it
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From left, Pamela, Andrew, Bill, Meaghan, Neal and Mimi Ryan
stopped; it was like the hand of God.”), is a model of gracious living, and the people who reside there possess resources unimaginable to the citizens of the city’s hardest hit Ninth Ward. Ryan lives in a 7500 sq. ft. masonry home that sports a just activated hurricane protection system. He had a generator, ample dry provisions, a working gas stove, “my old Marine 45, a bunch of shotguns and 9 mms.,” and the only working land-line phone in the area. “We were ready,” said the patriarch. Which is not at all to say that he and Andrew did not endure a small version of hell. “The worst night, Tuesday, was when we had looters in our area. Andrew and I were on the back porch with our guns and we could hear the firing around us. We kept the dogs inside. It was black as coal and spooky!” The power from his generator was used to pump out their basement. For fear of attracting roving bands of thugs, Ryan didn’t run the home’s electricity and counseled neighbors not to operate lights. The food in the Ryan’s useless refrigerator spoiled like everyone else’s and the heat and anxiety were relentless.
Huddled in the darkness, Bill and Andrew had their first conversations ever about what Bill went through in Vietnam. The day John Carroll reached Ryan, the venerable New Orleans daily, The Times Picayune (TP), published an online story titled “Saving Lieutenant Ryan.” It’s a compelling tale, though allegedly embellished in some measure. Ryan said, “no way, poetic license” to the report that, “I (Ryan) spent many nights crying” during Katrina’s first weeks. The first lines of the Times Picayune story are evocative and carry illuminating info about the I-Chi who was a co-founder of the Rugby Club: “Bill Ryan survived the treacherous jungle warfare of Vietnam. He was wounded three times – so much so that he couldn’t return even though he wanted to. He lost an eye, had his shoulder torn up and was awarded three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star during his tour of duty. The former Marine corps lieutenant, as anyone who knows the Irish leatherneck would tell you, is the toughest of the tough guys, a survivor who has seen it all or so he thought. … Ryan and his younger son
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Andy stayed behind in Uptown New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina to help neighbors and because…that’s what the Bill Ryans of the world do in life and death situations. …” The writer breathes a bit heavily, but it seems his words carry truth. Ryan and Andrew apparently spent weeks walking, driving, riding bikes on missions to provide aid and comfort, missions in which they spent much of their time chainsawing large fallen trees so neighbors could escape the beleaguered city. “We probably got about 25 people out,” said Ryan “ including Tom Lemann and Sheila Bosworth (Bosworth is a praised novelist). We spent about two hours chainsawing for them – a Le Vieux Carre tree had toppled over onto their garage and driveway. Most of the people we got out were elderly. One of the fellows was about 75, and he had no way of leaving town. I gave him a pistol and my daughter’s car and he, Hal Roark, took off for Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He said, ‘How will I get it back to you?’ I said, ‘Eventually, you’ll get it back.’ “We sent them out via the Crescent City Connection. As the people were evacuating, they were going over this enormous bridge over the Mississippi and some of them were being car-jacked. So, what I did was make sure they had weapons, and I told them, ‘Don’t stop, even if you have to run people over.’” “The thing just overwhelmed the city,” said Ryan. “I believe the governor should have immediately declared martial law and brought the military in. The beautiful oak trees were crushed on St. Charles Avenue, the trolley lines were down and you had people car-jacking and bike-jacking. I think FEMA made a mess of it. About 300 police officers just walked off the job. I knew Paul Accardo very well. He was the information officer for the police department. It all just
overwhelmed him and he shot himself in the head.” After two weeks, Ryan drove Andrew to the family outpost in Louisville, commandeered a family SUV, filled it with generators and saws and returned to
the fray: Since, “I’ve just been helping reclaim the neighborhood, day to day. It’s just something you do to help people out. I had to come back.” Ryan has made an impact throughout his six decades. One of 12 children raised in Buffalo, he was recruited here because of his grid ability. Not too many linebackers become MVPs, but Ryan did on John Ray’s JCU ’66 grid squad. He was also the aforementioned co-creator of the Rugby Club that has warmed the soul and bruised the bodies of generations of Blue Streak males. “He was an impact player,” said his former football coach Tony DeCarlo. After graduation, Ryan was commissioned as a Marine officer and served in Central and South America, a harbinger of his marriage, years later, to Venezuela-born Pamela. The sojourn in Latin America was followed by a rough stint in Vietnam – “I was a platoon commander in the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) at Quang Tri near the Laotian border; jungle fighting day in and day out; I lost an eye and part of a lung.” In the hospital, a fellow patient told
him about the MBA program at what is now the Thunderbird School of International Management in Phoenix. He enrolled and met Pamela, whose parents were living in New Orleans. Marriage and law school at Tulane followed. Ryan built a thriving career in real estate financing and investment and he and Pamela created a family and a life in Audubon Park. He presently has extensive commercial holdings in the French Quarter, has made fortunate investments in a host of start-ups, and has other projects in process, such as his Dagwood sub shop franchising operation temporarily relocated to Tampa when the wind and water hit. The wind and water are still dogging the Big Easy and what had been the hugely appealing territory along the long Gulf Coast. When his alma mater last spoke to him, Ryan was intending to start up his business operation. He was heading back into N.O. with daughter Meaghan, fetched from Louisville. He was equipped, he said, with emergency credentials that would allow him to slip by any checkpoint chokepoint. Shortly after that call, Katrinas’s nasty sister Rita bore down on the Texas coast. When last spoken to, though, Bill was ebullient. It was possible his resilience would suffer setbacks, but you dare not bet against him reclaiming his world. He is seemingly a willful gentleman, accustomed to shaping results. “I am going to participate very significantly in rebuilding New Orleans,” Ryan affirmed. I am giving my tenants money to get their businesses open because the French Quarter is going to be open soon. Absolutely we are coming back. New Orleans may not wind up being bigger, but it will be better.” jp
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The era of President Robert Niehoff, SJ, has been inaugurated
THE INAUGURATION OF
ROBERT L. NIEHOFF S.J., PH.D.
TWENTY-FOURTH PRESIDENT JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY
OCTOBER 10 AND 11, 2005
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“…When I reflect on the events of inauguration day, I am most impressed and most proud of the sense of community and commitment demonstrated by faculty, students, staff, and administrators.”
So said John Carroll’s 24th president, Rev. Robert Niehoff, SJ, in a thank you e-mail to the campus the day after he was formally installed as president on October 11. The focus on “community” was indicative of the message communicated in many different ways during the 24-plus hours dedicated to acknowledging the university’s new Jesuit leadership. Whether the speaker was Joel Tabora, SJ, president of Ateneo de Naga University in the Philippines on Monday night; Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau, Bahamas in his homily at Tuesday morning Mass; Fr. Niehoff; or other local and national leaders, the rhetoric enjoined
members of the institution to work together in pursuit of “diversity,” justice and the Kingdom of God. The shared message was: let us open ourselves wholeheartedly to the world and together pursue peace and justice as a means to the creation of the Kingdom of God. Since he arrived, Fr. Niehoff has emphasized ideals that fit within the umbrella of “building community.” He has repeatedly noted that diversity of race, ethnicity and gender is a vital aspect of the community being built. In the middle of his address, the Jesuit president spoke passionately about a recent nighttime incident in which a water balloon and a racial epithet were inflicted on an African-American campus worker. The weight Fr. Niehoff gave to the incident and the public apology he extended to the employee were seen as a testament to the seriousness with which Fr. Niehoff embraces both the ideal of diversity and the commitment to engage the world. As Fr. Niehoff’s e-mail implied, the events of October 10 and 11 went smoothly. While the new president had been hard at work for six weeks prior to the inauguration, the well-attended events, blessed with good weather and great music, were an opportunity taken to signal a new era for John Carroll University, an era in which all the members of the university community are being passionately encouraged to “be the change we wish to see.”
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The Inaugural Address of Rev. Robert Niehoff, SJ, the 24th president of John Carroll University
“…So why are we here? …
he mission of Jesuit education, although not in the early plans St. Ignatius had for the Society of Jesus, soon became a major enterprise because Ignatius saw knowledge as one more way for the transcendent to act upon the person (though I suspect Ignatius would have said “soul”). For Ignatius himself, the spiritual conversion came first, then the desire for knowledge to be of “greater” service. I imagine that Ignatius would be very comfortable with the thought that it could be in the acquisition of knowledge that a person would be intrigued by the immensity of the challenge and thus called to conversion and service. This path of education to service was clearly the pattern of St. Ignatius and his first companions – those with whom he formed the Society of Jesus. It is perhaps best exemplified by St. Francis Xavier, the patron of the missions, a man who clearly engaged the world. Global education helps us to engage the tremendous needs in our world. No matter where the insight or call to service comes – in the classroom, in the residence hall, in a student service project or in the Spiritual Exercises – the call is often expressed as a personal call to respond to the needs we see in the world. … John Carroll University exists in order to provide our students with the skills to analyze the real needs of our world and to open their hearts to the many individuals in our world who live lives of struggle, in situations which seem intractable as the result both of human action and inaction – hunger, disease, human rights abuses, illiteracy, discrimination or violence – and often lead to a lack of hope.
…Educating the whole person can only happen in an inclusive and diverse community. John Carroll is not as diverse as it should be. We must diversify our faculty and staff in order to create the learning environment that engages our world. This is not an easy task in higher education or in Cleveland. However, the racial incident that took place on campus two weeks ago calls us to a new vigilance. Until we become a more diverse university community, we will continue to provide the opportunity for individuals to avoid the learning that comes from being with people who are different from ourselves. Can’t I do something? Yes, you can. I invite you today to commit yourselves to making Carroll a community of justice and inclusiveness. We have the good will we need to begin. Let us work to build an inclusive community. Let us work to build a Carroll more engaged with our city and our world. This will mean confronting our fears and reaching out. Let us engage the world together. … Let us as a university community commit ourselves to building a diverse community on this campus where all are respected and supported. We must be the change we wish to see. … I would like to conclude with a story by a now deceased Jesuit from India. Tony de Mello collected these stories from many different cultures and faith traditions of the east. …The Salt Doll is a reminder that we cannot engage the world and make it different by ourselves. We can create the community we want through our choices. We can engage the world by becoming the change we wanted to see in our world. …
The Salt Doll
A salt doll journeyed for thousands of miles over land, until it finally came to the sea. It was fascinated by this strange moving mass, quite unlike anything it had ever seen before.“Who are you?’’ said the salt doll to the sea. The sea smilingly replied, “Come in and see.’’ So the doll waded in. The farther it walked into the sea the more it dissolved, until there was only very little of it left. Before that last bit dissolved, the doll exclaimed in wonder, “Now I know what I am!’’ My friends let us walk into this sea together. Let us learn from each other, let us challenge each other to live fully our opportunity to make John Carroll a community of learning and compassion. Let us keep refining our vision for John Carroll, for we cannot waste this opportunity. Let us inspire each other to keep growing. Let us pray for ourselves and each other, as we engage our world together. Let us be the change we want to see. May we believe what the prophet Micah tells us: “This is what God asks of you, only this. That you love tenderly, act justly and walk humbly with your God (Micah 8:6)”.
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The address of Rev. Joel Tabora, SJ,
president of Ateneo de Naga University
on the occasion of the inauguration of Rev. Robert Niehoff, SJ, as the 24th president of John Carroll University
Except ourselves we have no other prayer. That truth is among your most generous gifts to us, Lord: This calling to be unique and uniquely yours. And we know, from stipple on trout, Seventy shades of green, More than a hundred periodic elements, Birds and beast innumerable: You love best what is varied, different, And ineffably itself…. There are many moments of sacred time: Let these years of learning be among them. From this blossoming labor, let us know Both resolution and resolve; Use all our ordinary efforts to find The just way, the open heart, Our truest self And You. We are grateful, Lord, that you have sent Bob Niehoff to join our community. We ask your blessings on his time of leadership: May it be fruitful for the university, Satisfying and sustaining for him. We pray that John Carroll will always be A sacred space of learning, Lit by your wisdom, your mercy, and your grace. We ask these blessings, Lord, O Word in whom our wordiness dissolves, Grateful that we have no prayer Except ourselves.
…University Mission [Ateneo de Naga]
“We understand our mission to be integral human development through a university that is Filipino, Catholic and Jesuit. We have taken pains to explicitate a profile of our graduate: We educate towards competence. Our graduates must be competent as human beings in today’s world; they must be able to contribute to and profit from a global world both as human beings and specialists in a field of endeavor. In the latter, competence means they excel. We educate towards conscience. It is not enough that they excel; they must be formed to use their competence conscientiously. We form our students to make moral choices through moral philosophy and theology and exposure to real-life situations. We sensitize them to the moral imperatives of pervasive poverty impacting on their lives. We educate towards developing a concrete commitment to change in our region. With a conscience stirred to action, our graduates become convinced that injustice, the trampling of dignity, and inhumane conditions cannot continue to exist. This hopefully leads them to a strong commitment to work for change. Finally, fundamentally, we educate towards a love for Jesus Christ and the desire to make Him and His Kingdom central in their lives. The Ateneo de Naga University motto is Primum Regnum Dei – Above all else, the Kingdom of God. Everything begins and ends with this Kingdom and its King – the Resurrected Lord still carrying his Cross in our world today. This is not essentially different from what many other Jesuit universities do. But happily, we have been privileged on many occasions to witness this mission translated into concrete, transforming, liberating action in the lives of our graduates. …”
Archbishop Patrick Pinder’s powerful homily is available at www.jcu.edu
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This is a relatively small campus, but, though he has been extraordinarily present, as of October 21 many faculty and students had not yet encountered Rev. Robert Niehoff. Others had a passing connection. If it is too early to assess the impact of the new president, it seems fair to say that the Jesuit has had a strong beginning, one in which it has become clear that the first thing he intends to do – in a single-minded and open way – is “to build community.” For Niehoff building community means, in the main, creating trust, solid relationships and a warm concern for the well-being of each other. One of the primary openings for him to achieve that is by focusing on campus relations involving people of color. In two of his major campus appearances, the inaugural address and a book discussion on Oct. 19, the priest spoke with passion of several recent racial incidents on campus.
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While unquestionably ugly, these incidents would ordinarily be quickly forgotten, though probably not by the African-American employee assaulted with a water balloon and a racial epithet; or the African-American student whose door was marked with an epithet. Niehoff made it clear that there will be extended dialogue about the racial events and that he will use it “to build community.” When asked why he is so “lit up” by building community, he replied: “I used to joke about Jesuit institutions and say, ‘Let’s manage as if people mattered because we have all the rhetoric,’ and, often enough, at other institutions, I had not seen a lot of performance. This is the key component. Whether it’s mission, service, commitment, it is about community first,” shared understanding, respect, compassion, affection. That was the easy story of the first 60 days: Niehoff’s promise to respect, hear,
understand and foster honest talk. Some women who heard his book discussion left feeling that “he might understand women’s issues and feelings.” The people with whom Niehoff worked reported this, but one still tends to be taken aback by his evident absence of ego. He has a habit of speaking with startling candor about his maneuvers. He will relate that a major regional dignitary said, with excitement, to the man next to him (as the man told Niehoff later), “He’s here, he’s here,” when Niehoff arrived at a civic gathering. When one said, “Just about everyone I know who says that kind of thing says it with an admixture of ego, but I’m not getting that from you,” the president shook his head vigorously in the negative. To a startling degree, it does seem that it is not about him, but about mission. Jesuit formation aims at taking men beyond ego and this president is not a different species. The 24th president
effusively praised Fr. Glynn at the dinner that followed 24th’s inauguration on October 11; the values and goals of the 24th and 23rd university leaders are unquestionably not markedly dissimilar. What appears to distinguish Niehoff is his openness about process, and the intensity of his commitment to realize his mission. The other thing that creates hope that Niehoff’s promise may enjoy greater fruition than most is that he is “an accountant by trade…careful and risk averse.” He is not, first, a hand-wringing liberal whose quest is to feel everyone’s pain. He may be a warm-hearted priest
with a pastoral agenda but he is also an “operations guy,” an administrator who understands money, systems, personnel and getting the job done. He has been paying warm attention to people, but just as important in his first days is that he created a Leadership Team “to establish accountability.” The amount of thought he gave to the make-up of that team? “Huge.” Paying warm attention to people is an effective instrument of building community. A skilled financial and administrative performance is also emerging. Nonetheless, Fr. Niehoff’s mission will be challenging. One veteran
African-American faculty member applauded the president’s concern for good race relations, but observed that it is important Caucasian students not feel judged. He also said, “A lot of it all may come down to money; will there be enough money to do it all and keep everyone happy?” That is a pressing question. Be that as it may, the first 60+ days revealed that John Carroll has appointed a savvy priest/ president with an open heart, one who shows promise of being a skilled, careful and determined leader.
At Brian Linnane, SJ’s Loyola Maryland inauguration
I’m hearing from trustees that I walked through the residence halls on move-in day (August 27), so clearly that information has traveled many layers. I expected a honeymoon. I didn’t expect a celebration. I didn’t expect the warmth in that room at that Convocation social in my first week. That was wonderful. I have been welcomed more than I could have imagined.
Mayor Campbell. She said, “You need to meet Donna.” Well, Donna, one of the caterers, is an African-American woman whose daughter was going to go to Loyola of New Orleans and is now here. Donna was delighted to meet me. From the podium, the mayor said, “Donna is so pleased to have her daughter taken care of by John Carroll, and I don’t even know the name of the new president.” So, I was the first person to say who I am in that room of mostly Protestant ministers.
When we went to the comedy club, the business office staff saw me in a situation they wouldn’t normally see me in. I think they liked that and I enjoyed being with them.
Every person of whom I have asked anything has more than done whatever I asked. I have to be careful what I ask for because I want people to respond to my requests if they are reasonable. I don’t want them to do it just because I’ve asked. When the staff hears that my computer is down, they may have more pressing issues than my computer.
I went down with the (Jon) Ivecs to the Ignite celebration on Playhouse Square (September 10). I met some board members there. Last night (September 13) I was at the Entrepreneurs Association, where Chuck Geschke, the founder of Adobe and the chairman of the board at the University of San Francisco, gave his talk. Now, I’m running into people who’ve seen me at Ignite, at various events and I’m beginning to hear, “You probably have to slow down soon.” I wanted to engage strongly and I have.
At the city’s Unity Prayer Breakfast on 9/11, Rev. Val Lassiter introduced me to
What surprises me is that I have enjoyed all the people contact and it hasn’t tired me
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the way I thought it would. The people who’ve known me for a long time and were at the inauguration said they were amazed at my looseness and with my being able to be out there in all the environments.
I joke with people that I may not be able to remember their names, but I know what’s going on with their marriage and their jobs and their children and their health.
My clothes didn’t arrive in Zagreb. I worried about the television interview because I was dressed very casually, but the television interview wasn’t broadcast. Croatia is very concerned about creating a Catholic university. This is an activity the Zagreb diocese is involved in. I went down and visited with a Jesuit auxiliary bishop. I told them that Catholic education in this country originally came about because Catholics were not accepted. I was able to talk to them about the fact that the role of the Catholic higher educational institution is not necessarily to be in opposition to government, but is the place where faith and knowledge come together. I told Joe Bombelles (retired JCU
It was a little unnerving for me to be the focus. It is not something that I have ever sought.
The fact that I was the Red Mass ( for lawyers in the diocese) the other day was noticed. That was Friday. Bishop Pilla had been here on Tuesday, and he knew very well what kind of a week I had. I am connecting with people in the region and the diocese, and that has been good for me to learn about them and to show them John Carroll is around.
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faculty)that I was amazed by the number of faculty who had spent weeks or months here. I was stunned by the impact of John Carroll on that institution. I stayed with the Jesuit community; most of them didn’t speak English, but they were pleased to have me there.
Then back to London and from there to Armenia, which is nine hours from here. Incredible institution. One of the things we noticed is that students had conversations with their professors, but never with each other in class. So, one of the things we invited them to do is to create more student-to-student dialogue in class. I talked to the staff in an auditorium set up for simultaneous translation about academic freedom, due process, equal opportunity and non-discrimination. I could tell from people’s faces that these values are unusual in Armenia. Their first program was engineering, to help them rebuild after the earthquake. They proceeded on to public health, IT, law – to create an independent judiciary. All of the people were so warm and grateful. The founders are very American. Much of the food was very good, but I didn’t care for the pickled fish.
I said to the two Californians sitting next to me: “This isn’t Paris.” Union problems and weather shut down the Paris airport so we landed in Luxembourg, and I had to buy another ticket and go through London. I only got home four hours later than anticipated.
From left, Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassua, Bahamas, Susumu Hayashi, an East Asian Studies Program benefactor who also donated the cherry tree in the background; Fr. Niehoff and Dr. Susan Long of East Asian Studies and Sociology.
experiences. I went over to be with the students in the gym the night before the inauguration – the music was great and so were the students. I’m working on scheduling dinners with different campus student groups.
I am listening to folks. I met with a trustee and his wife this morning. I am listening to the history. I am trying to put that together with the pieces I already know, and, as is my style, manage by exception, so that when I hear a different perspective on something, I say to myself, “That’s curious.” At times I get tired but it is energizing to have people responding so well and feeling that I am doing what the university needs me to be doing.
In some ways I think my primary job is to hear from all the constituencies and try to bring all that together.
With Barbara Schubert ’62, a member of the Board of Directors. ■
Building community is the highest priority. Patrick (Rombalski), (Student Union President ) Dan O’Malley and I will sit down and decide how I engage students. We had that athlete’s reception in early September; another one in which students talked about their international
A major donor, whom I heard was very negative, said to me this morning, “I’m with you going forward. I’ve had my issues in the past but let’s go forward, so that was another surprise.
I told the students from New Orleans: “We are grateful you are here. We will learn a lot from you.” I also told them we expect them to go back in January.
I’m experiencing huge good will and hope.
The VPs and I had a very frank conversation about diversity, and I said to a couple of people later, ”That’s just the first beachhead.”
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THOUGHTS ON JUSTICE &
You probably have heard me say, ”Be the change you want to see.” It doesn’t matter what the issue is. The way we start making progress is by doing it.
At the Justice Conference, Dean Brackley (an American Jesuit who teaches at the University of Central America in San Salvador) pushed people about,”Why support study abroad in Western Europe?” Well, I don’t say that means we shouldn’t do Western Europe at all, but we should try to encourage more students to get the Third World piece of it.
We had another racial incident over the weekend, and I have another parent coming to see me about his son on October 19. I want to try to create a demonstration moment about diversity. I did that at the inaugural but the students weren’t all there. I did that but I don’t want to be the only one. I want this to be us, whoever us is, but I am happy to be right there. I suspect there are folks who don’t want to hear it. The ovation I got from the board on the morning of the inauguration when I told them what I was going to do gave me even more confidence. I am sorry but I am going to look upon the alternative responses as resistance.
From left, Megan Weiss ’06, Fr. Niehoff, Liliana Morales ’07 and Jeremy Burkhart ’08.
In the book Bad Girl we see a model of taking control of an individual. They used physical restraints. They took away all
control and essentially destroyed personalities before rebuilding them. After finishing the book, one of my reflections was that people in charge of Jesuit formation used to do that same thing: they destroyed personalities because they wanted to form perfect little Jesuits. We too had all the rules, and the only difference was that we didn’t have two counselors come and sit on us when we violated the rules. But the psychic pressure to conform to the rules was enormous. One of the realities of the old time religious formation is that it was very difficult in those days to go from that to the real world.
One of the things they used to say about religious formation is that they would treat everyone the same. If our goal is to produce people who are more or less the same, then it doesn’t make sense to treat everyone the same because they are not the same now, so you need to be thoughtful about what each person needs. I think we need to be very thoughtful about what each student needs.
We load more negativity on women’s behaviors. We know that.
At Ignite in Playhouse Square with Joe Sullivan ’52, former chairman of the university board. 24
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There is a model that has been around for generations about how you train people. Do you work with the native skills and the structure that’s already there or do you destroy it and start all over. When people are basically healthy, it’s easy to train them.
It is very difficult for us to share our fears. It would be very helpful if we had relationships where we could share our fears because it is amazing to me how often fear drives us away from doing the things we can do.
Let’s go. There’s a lot to be done.
The call is being answered
Brother James Boynton, SJ, the provincial assistant for vocation promotion, notes below that, perhaps contrary to popular perception, the vocation picture is not particularly bleak in our area. Indeed, three members of John Carroll’s Class of 1997 and one recent Graduate School degree recipient have made the decision to join the Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus. We don’t have up-to-date numbers on Jesuit vocations worldwide, but it can be said that, while shrinking numbers continue to be a profoundly important issue for the Jesuits and other congregations of the clergy and religious, it is, nonetheless, true that in many areas of the world Jesuit novitiates are bustling. Similarly, sources at the Diocese of Cleveland said that there are presently 38 students in the diocese’s undergraduate Borromeo Seminary and 29 men who are studying in the graduate theologate at St. Mary Seminary within the Center for Pastoral Leadership. Ten members of the undergraduate contingent are Capuchin Franciscans and two are members of the Congregation of St. Joseph. Thirty of the undergraduates are studying at John
Carroll and 15 of the graduate students pursuing a Master of Divinity are graduates of JCU. Rev. Thomas Dragga, the seminary “The Jesuit vocation means going directly and radically to the Gospel and living its message fully, generously, and in this historic moment perhaps even heroically. It is not an easy life. It is a wonderful vocation. Everything for the greater glory of God: more is not possible.” Pedro Arrupe, SJ These words of Father Arrupe, SJ, the former Father-General of the Society of Jesus, sum up the search of young men who wish to be Jesuits. It is my ministry, as vocation director of the Detroit Province, to work with these young men and help them discover what they most deeply desire in their lives, and what God desires for them. This is accomplished by having them get to know many Jesuits through spiritual direction; a series of silent Ignatian retreats; and visits to the novitiate, where men (novices) first begin rector, said: “In a world vying for everyone’s attention, the men entering the seminary today are making a bold and courageous move in service to the Gospel.” their studies. Hopefully, as a man grows in his relationship with Jesus, the way he chooses to serve also becomes clearer. This year we have 15 novices (men in the earliest stages of formation) at Loyola House Novitiate near Detroit. More than half of our Jesuits in formation are former students of a Jesuit high school or university, and in recent years a good number of former John Carroll students have been included in their ranks. World-wide, there are thousands of Jesuits in training. In June of 2006, there will be a meeting of all American and Canadian Jesuits in training, and more than 300 are expected to attend. Our future is bright, and it is one of service to the Gospel and those most in need. If you would like to find out how you can be a part of our mission, feel free to contact me at: [email protected]
Brother Jim Boynton, SJ
Four John Carroll men have recently joined the Jesuits
Pat Gilday, SJ ’97
Why did I join the Jesuits? The simple answer is that I believe God called me. It is a challenging way of life and I needed convincing. Curiously, the possibility of being a priest seems to have always been a career choice since elementary and high school. I had teachers over the years suggest this option to me, but I never really took the possibility seriously. Things changed in college when I found my faith to be so meaningful. Jesuits at John Carroll, like Frs.Tom Schubeck and Dan Reim, invited me to take seriously whatever vocation God was calling me to. By the time I graduated I had begun talking to Dan about the possibility of a Jesuit vocation. Why the Jesuits? At JCU I went on an eight-day Ignatian retreat and found the
Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius to be a lifechanging way to God. I’ve been stamped ‘Ignatian’ ever since. It took some years to clarify my call to the Jesuits however. I stayed connected with the Jesuits as a student at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and as a campus minister at Le Moyne College. I found myself loving ministry as a lay minister, yet I felt that God was continuing to call me further. I felt called to give up all I have for Jesus’ mission, as expressed in the Jesuit mission of helping souls and proclaiming a faith that does justice in our world. Living the life of Jesuit as a poor, chaste and obedient servant is challenging, yet I am grateful that I have been set free to be on mission with Jesus.
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Chris Staab, nSJ ’98
I am going to start volunteering in a nursing home next week. After that, I will make a 30-day retreat. Then I will do what is called a “short experiment,” in which I work anywhere in the country in some work of ministry. Down the road, I will take classes, and then I will write a letter asking permission to take vows. Along the way, I will do a “long experiment,” which is working in a Jesuit apostolate. For me, that will probably be teaching English. The great thing about the society is that it is affective–based. You pay attention to your heart and you realize that you’re happy. There is a great deal of reflection built into the formation process. If you had no time to pray, Ignatius would say take five minutes to review your day and find out where your heart is. For me, I think it was a matter of becoming the person I want to be, and then there was a desire to join this group in their work. A big part of it over the past year had been working for the society and experiencing myself being happy and then seeing myself be happy in the future. The society takes the world seriously; it takes our post-modern culture seriously. The society only wants deeply human people who are loving, and I find myself wanting to be one of those people. I’m realizing Ignatian Spirituality is fundamentally paying attention to your own heart.
John Shea, SJ ’97
Ryan Duns, nSJ ’04G
I did my undergraduate work at Canisius College and came to JCU for a master’s in religious studies. Fr. Howard Gray, Dr. Joan Nuth and Dr. Ed Peck were important for me at the university in helping to guide me as a student. It was at John Carroll that I began to discern seriously what I wanted to do with my life. As I reviewed the men who had been good role models and had set an example of the life a Christian man might lead, I realized that the Jesuits I encountered in undergrad and grad school were the type of men that I wanted to become. We are very good at saying what we want to be when we grow up. A deeper question is: “Who do I want to be when I grow up?” I believe the answer isn’t provided by a job description; it is, instead, listening for Jesus’ call to “come and see,” and, for me, the person I want most to be is one dedicated to embracing Ignatian Spirituality as a member of the Society of Jesus. I’m teaching remedial math and algebra to students at the University of Detroit Mercy, and I expect to teach at various points in my life. I’m open, however, to whatever service I can provide the Church and the people of God.
A cynicism typical of teenagers characterized my religious life when I started John Carroll. This changed when a friend invited me to attend an Intervarsity Christian Fellowship meeting. I met new friends and, although suspicious of their intense Christianity, made an effort to be a regular. These new friends praised the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and I decided to prepare myself for this eight-day retreat during my senior year. For the first time, God’s love manifested itself to me on the retreat. This love did not involve a calling to religious life however. That came just over a year later while I was at Ohio State as a grad student. Impressed by the pastor at the Newman Center, I thought to myself, “I could do that” and then, “Why don’t I do that”? Having no answer, I realized that God was calling me to religious life as a priest and I was filled with a tremendous feeling of joy and peace. My deepest desire, to serve God as a religious priest, was, I came to believe, also God’s deepest desire for me. After several years of discerning with various religious orders, I felt most comfortable with the Jesuits, whose spirituality I knew through the Exercises. Days after earning my Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, I entered the Society of Jesus.
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The John Carroll Community:
An Investment In Love
An Evening with Brad and Heidi Sellers, who have put six children (so far) through John Carroll.
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It’s a warm, soft evening in early October. I pull my car up and park on the street outside a dark-red brick house that sits on a corner of two quiet side-streets in Canton, Ohio. The sun is yet to set and the western sky is pink and orange and deepening blue. The red brick house sits among other sturdy, middle-class houses like it. Many of the houses are decorated three weeks early for Halloween. I walk up the steps and see that a few small pumpkins sit on the front porch, along with two flowerpots, a door wreath, and – hanging from the house – an American flag. A couple answers the door. They are Brad and Helen “Heidi” Sellers, 51 and 50 years old, respectively. At first, when I see Heidi, I think she must be one of the six students the Sellers sent through John Carroll. This can’t Mark and Betsy. be the mother of ten. She introduces herself, then her husband, Brad, and it’s nearly impossible enrolled now. The other four are still in for me to believe that this calm, attractive grade school and high school at Central couple I’m about to interview has ten Catholic, where their six older siblings children, and of those ten, four have also went. graduated from John Carroll, and two are Brad and Heidi escort me into their
dining room. The dining room walls were painted red this past spring. The rest of the interior painting had to be postponed last May, Brad tells me, when he had sudden and unexpected heart bypass surgery. He tells me the story of how he was exercising and then drove himself to the hospital when his chest began to burn and his arms began to tingle. He was, he said, “very lucky,” and while his chest still feels tight, he’s feeling much better. Heidi touches Brad’s arm as we sit down. “But he’s good now.” She looks at him and smiles. We sit on tall-backed wooden chairs at a long wooden table. Heidi brings me coffee, cookies and freshly baked bread. Brad and Heidi Sellers have been married for thirty years. They met halfway through their senior year at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Canton, which no longer exists. During the last couple of months of high school, they became sweethearts. At the beginning of their courtship, Heidi went to college at Kent State’s Stark branch and Brad went to work at Timken. A year later, they married. They moved into an apartment for a while, then bought Heidi’s grandmother’s house. Heidi worked for a year. Twenty-eight years ago the couple had their first child, Eileen. There was no way to know how much a university an hour up the road near Cleveland would be part of their lives. Brad went to work for Hoover, and 29 years later, he is still there as an hourly factory employee. When I ask him if he’s getting ready to retire, he looks mildly surprised. “Joy’s still in 6th grade,” he says.”
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“A lot of tuition money,” Heidi adds quietly. Brad and Heidi ran out of room at their first house, and they purchased the brick home the live in now. “But we did go seventeen years with one car,” Brad says. “Until Eileen started driving.” He looks wistful. “It was nice on the insurance rates.” That the John Carroll-Sellers family tradition began modestly makes sense, because everything about Brad and Heidi – and the children I will soon meet – is humble, gentle and unassuming. When Eileen, who lives a few miles away, arrives for a visit, Brad says, “She’s the one who started it all!” and everyone bursts out laughing. I ask Eileen how it was that she ended up at John Carroll. “I applied to John Carroll, Ohio State and Kent State. John From left, Eileen, Nick, Ann, Maria. Carroll was my first choice. I knew I wanted a smaller school a junior, majoring in political science. and I didn’t want to go to a big state There are still four more to go – school. I didn’t think we’d be able to Andrew, a senior in high school, and afford a private school, though.” However, with John Carroll’s financial another cross country runner; Doug, a sophomore in high school; Kevin, a aid package, it was less expensive than freshman; and Joy. OSU and KSU. Whether the other children will go to “I got a lot more help at John Carroll,” John Carroll is not a given, because Brad she says. “I loved it there,” says Eileen, who was and Heidi have a philosophy: Each of the six have chosen John Carroll freely, and the an English major, and who now teaches second grade at St. Joseph’s in Canton. “I next four should have that same freedom. So instead of pressure, the Sellers let liked the small community factor of it. I the proof of the pudding be in the eating. liked being in Cleveland, seeing the “When we would go to visit Eileen on Indians. There’s a lot to do up there. The Little Sis weekends or whatever,” says teachers knew my name. In a big school Brad, “the other kids would just love it.” they don’t. Loving John Carroll translated into Nick, only a year younger than Eileen, came next. He ran cross-country for John applying, getting accepted, and attending. But that’s not where the John Carroll Carroll. Then came Annie, who experience ended for the Sellers children. graduated as a business major, married, “There’s a lot of opportunity for them and gave Brad and Heidi their first for getting internships and jobs, being grandchild this past summer. Maria, an near Cleveland,” Heidi says. English major, graduated in 2004. For example, Maria, the fourth child, Mark Sellers, now in his last year, is a business major, and Elizabeth or “Betsy,” is graduated in 2004, and is already an
editorial assistant with KeyBanc Capital Markets, a division of McDonald Investments in Cleveland. Financial aid has been a large part – or perhaps a better word is partner – of Brad and Heidi Sellers’ quest to give their children the best possible education. Eileen, Brad and Heidi all spoke glowingly of the people in the financial aid office, where all of the Sellers kids have worked. Maria Sellers wrote to me and gave me the names of all off the people in that office. “They really did act as our parents away from home,” wrote Maria. They took an interest in everything going on in our lives…our accomplishments, our problems, our family. They’d even provide meals for us occasionally! They’re really just great people.” The generosity of spirit that is contained in just one e-mail from Maria is what I saw in everyone I met in the Sellers family. The reason was pretty obvious: the apples haven’t fallen far from the tree. In my entire time with them, I didn’t hear a hint or whisper of self-sacrifice or self-pity, not a single complaint about anything. So I ask Brad and Heidi: What about the sacrifice you’ve made? I mean, this man is a factory worker and Heidi just went to work again recently, as a receptionist at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic. “We look at it as an investment,” Brad says. “Instead of putting our money into stocks and bonds…” “I mean, Brad and I didn’t really go to college,” Heidi says. “I think the kids all just grew up knowing that they would. Because you have to have something, education or training of some kind,” she says emphatically. It’s a priority of ours to send them through Catholic school. So…yes…you didn’t have a fancy home or vacations very often. But this is what was important to us. So that’s what we did.” Between the banana bread I’ve been
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devouring and just being around a few members of this wonderful family, it’s getting tougher to dig for something, well, negative. As a writer, though, I’m supposed to dig, so I do my job and ask the two of them, and Eileen, if there is anything about John Carroll they don’t, or didn’t like. There’s a pause. The sun has set but there’s a little light left. There’s a window right over Heidi’s head and it’s glowing beatifically. Anything? I plead silently. Then Heidi bursts out From left, Kevin, Jay, Doug, Andrew. laughing. “I just think John Carroll’s so great!” she says. I look at John Carroll,” Heidi says. Eileen imploringly. She looks back with So much for any negative spin, I think. large, blue, sympathetic eyes. How do the Sellers children support “There’s nothing I can think of,” each other when there are problems, I ask. Eileen says. “We’re very close,” Eileen says. “My I look at Brad. Come on, Brad. You brother [Nick] was a year younger. We’d can think of something. go to the same parties at the same places. “Well…we don’t like the middle-ofHe’d call me if ever he had a problem the-night fire drills,” he says. with school or people in general. And “Did you guys have a fire drill when even now, I have a sister and brother you went up to visit?” asks Eileen, there right now. I talk to them all the surprised. time while they’re at school. I get their “Yes, in January, during exams,” Brad wisdom, too.” answers. “Like, ‘Take this professor and not that And, of course, the Sellers all bust up one!’” Heidi injects, and they all laugh. laughing. Speaking of professors, the Sellers OK, I give up. children have had their share. Eileen But wait, Heidi’s remembered majored in education, and Nick and something! Annie were both business majors, as is There was the time when Maria was a Mark now. Maria was an English major, freshman and said she wasn’t going back and Betsy’s a political science major. after winter break, Heidi says. Brad says he was impressed that at Her voice firms up a bit when she tells John Carroll electives are as important as me what she told Maria: “Well, Maria, one’s major. you can make that choice when you finish “They want you to have a wellthis next semester, because it’s already a rounded education when you leave John done deal. So you’re going to finish out Carroll,” says Brad. “They teach you to and then if you choose this summer to find out what you love and everything will apply and go to Kent, OK.” follow.” Eileen jumps in and tells me that they The window over Heidi’s head is filled explained to Maria that after you come with nighttime now, but there is light and home for Christmas that first year, it’s warmth coming from this brick house. hard to go back. Heidi says, “To me, it’s amazing. What happened? I ask. Because…we didn’t go to college. I mean, “She went back and ended up loving it’s just like…wow.”
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“We had only the one income for seventeen years,” Brad continues. “To think that we were able to put them through grade school, high school, and a Catholic education, and then they went on to John Carroll. It’s a real blessing. I never thought it would be possible, and I still don’t know how it was. It just worked out.” I get up to leave and notice the upright piano that Heidi likes to play sometimes. There’s a piece of Louis Armstrong sheet music: A Wonderful World. “It’s my favorite song,” Heidi says. “That doesn’t surprise me,” I say. I walk into the kitchen to say goodbye to Kevin. He looks up from his homework and smiles shyly through his braces. There’s an old, worn, well-used bible on a shelf. Brad turns and goes into the pantry and comes out with a bag of something and gives it to me. I’m hoping it’s what I think it is. And so it is. On the way home I eat the rest of Heidi’s homemade banana bread. It tastes incredibly good. I wonder how many times she’s made that bread and I think about how hard she and Brad have worked to make sure their children have the opportunities that they didn’t have. I drive toward Cleveland and think about how often the Sellers have made this trip. I think about this incredible family of twelve that has invested so much in each other and in John Carroll University and I think about what John Carroll has given them, too. And what I finally conclude is that the biggest investment isn’t in a school or in education, or in future careers. For what I’ve just seen, and heard, was indeed about an investment, but not the kind that you can check on-line or by calling your broker. The investment of Brad and Heidi Sellers, two kind-hearted middle class kids from Canton, who grew up together and raised ten more kids of their own, is in the power of family, faith, and love.
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The Alumni Association is on the move
Fr. Niehoff frequently comments on the clear affection so many alumni feel for their alma mater. And our alumni are finding this Jesuit from out West to be a warm leader with a strong message. The Alumni Association is definitely on the move again. With the dynamic leadership of Paul Hulseman ’82, the association is showing exciting new life. We’ve reinstated the class agent program that was a vital part of the association in years past. We now have class agents for all of the John Carroll classes from 1970 to 2005. I’m sure that the ranks of our class agents for the earlier decades that begin with 6,5,4,3 will soon be filled. I want to express my gratitude to all of the wonderful women and men who have volunteered to handle this vital role for the university. We are also re-invigorating the City Club Program. We are doing that by calling on Hulseman’s guidance and on the impressive leadership skills of people like Julie Thorud Adrianopoli ’99, who is heading up the Chicago Club and Melanie Shakarian ’00, who will oversee the Cleveland Club. They are both extraordinary young women. We are targeting five cities initially – Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. – to revitalize the City Club Program and we plan to grow it from there. There is no question that John Carroll will soon have a vibrant presence in most of the cities of our region – and beyond. I also have the responsibility of leading the university’s Marketing Committee effort. I can tell you that John Carroll has just hired the outstanding Chicago firm of Lipman Hearne to help us present ourselves in the most effective way possible. Stay tuned!
Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, Cleveland…22 receptions in total in six months. Our office and I have orchestrated these receptions in order for the president to meet alumni groups in some of the university’s key cities.
Talk about opportunities for excellent activities
By Paul Hulseman ’82, president of the John Carroll University National Alumni Association
The National Alumni Association continues to progress down the strategic development path we started in June. With the overall goal of making John Carroll a better place, we have segmented activities into three key categories that follow the guidelines for the Jesuits in working with laity: sharing resources, spiritual heritage, and friendship. Our next step is to prioritize the large number of suggested activities and work
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with the local chapters and the Alumni Office to bring these activities to fruition. The Alumni Association board met with JCU deans and directors including Linda Eisenmann, dean of Arts and Sciences, Mary Beadle, dean of The Graduate School, Tom Zlatoper, interim dean of the Boler School of Business, Sherri Crahen, dean of students, and Laurie Massa, director of athletics. The message from this group was extremely positive and encouraging. They want alumni involved with students (mentoring, internships, career networking, practice interviewing…) and faculty involved with the alumni (seminars, workshops, continuing education…). Talk about
opportunities for excellent activities! The National Alumni Association Board is blessed with a geographic and class year diversity that I think will serve us well. Current members include: Fr. Casey Bukala SJ ’54; John Creamer ’85; Ryan Daly ’99; Peggy Finucane ’80; Ken Honecker ’04G; Tim Freeman ’78; Paul Hulseman ’82; Rich Radke ’91; Julie Schwing ’01; Bob Valente ’69; and Joe Whelan, ’65. The plan is to insure the National Alumni Association’s activities are consistent with the goals of the university, consistent in their quality across the country, and inclusive of all alumni. May John Carroll Be a Better Place Because We Are Here!
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TH E GOLDE N YEARS
Send your notes to: Larry Kelley 16213 Marquis Ave. Cleveland, OH 44111 216-941-1795
This is the most difficult column to start – after 25 years you’d think it would be easy. Back in the ’80s and ’90s, there were more of our contemporaries to write about – today I think that only about nine from our class are still alive. That brings me to the reason I’m having difficulty writing this column. We lost two more classmates, and I didn’t know until long after they were buried — Jim Darling on July 27 and Francis Burns M.D. on September 5. I found out about Jim when I dropped in at the Journal office during August and they told me that Jim had died! And only yesterday when I called Joan Brosius at JCU did I find out the date Francis passed away. I knew he died, because I received a note from Kaye, his wife, addressed to the “JCU Alumni Association” thanking them for having a Mass said for Francis. These two fellows put on more mileage getting their education than the rest of our class. Francis lived in Ashtabula, OH, and rode the train (both ways) – first to Latin at E. 107 and Euclid Ave. for four years, then four more to JCU – three to W. 30 and Carroll and the last one to University Heights. Jim took the train for three years to JCU on the West Side and drove from Mantua, OH, to University Heights his last year. Jim was the first columnist for our class until 1980 when he asked me to take over the job. However, every year I would hear from him often – a card from someplace in Europe or a phone call from San Antonio, TX, (for years he took care of his wife who had a heart condition.) ... My Frances has been back in the hospital twice since we came back from Washington, D.C. Getting into bed, her right leg got tangled up with her shoe brace, the wheel chair and the bed – resulting in a broken femur bone in her right leg – this put her in the hospital for four weeks. Later, she returned for another two weeks with an infection, but she’s bouncing back very slowly. June 23-25, 2006 is “Reunion Weekend” at Carroll for the years that end in 1 or 6 (Father’s Day is the week before so it won’t interfere with the Reunion.) So get your wheelchairs in shape, your crutches polished and show up; the university is “Handicapped Accessible” and stay on campus if you are able. If you have any special needs, contact Rosalie Massey at 216.397.3014. ... ‘til later keep praying. Just Larry
11:50 and Bud Noetzel showed at 11:55. They got a table for four and waited. Ray McGorray and Jim Carey came together at 12:05 got a table for four in a different part of the restaurant and settled down to wait for John and Bud. At 12:30 they found each other and finally adjourned at 2:30. Any classmates who would like to join the group can call John at 440-975-1403. ... Jack Brennan is noting some improvement in his condition, recovering from a stroke, but is confined to a wheelchair, with round the clock care givers. ... Jim Schlecht is recovering from a gall bladder job and is getting his strength for further surgery for carotid artery. ... Got a nice note from Lou and Bea Sulzer (Bea), who have done their best to perpetuate their blood line: they have 16 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Their grandson Matthew plays football at JCU. Their sons and daughter, Joan, have their own business in Chicago. Life is good for the Sulzers. ... I continue to try to imitate Dick Breiner and play the keyboard for the old folks at happy hour twice a week. If we want to be happy more than twice a week, we ad lib. Have a wonderful holiday season! Take care of each other, Carl
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I had been a trustee of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 1983 and by 2003 was serving as vice-chairman of the board. In that role I participated in governance, helping guide a paid staff of 30, raise and give money. Especially the latter! The orchestra, founded 80 plus years ago, is now classified as a Division I outfit, where we rub shoulders with the big five (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Cleveland). We have recently engaged a new music director, who has been leading Detroit for the past 12 years, and a new president/CEO, who was number two in Philadelphia. Our really big accomplishment has been the purchase of 30 rare string instruments made by such master’s as Stradivari, Guarneri, and Amati in the late 1600s and early 1700s. They had been collected over the years by a quirky philanthropist. He had already given six such instruments to the Smithsonian but wanted the remaining 30 to be played regularly in his home state. After much negotiating and financing we acquired them in early 2003. All the principals (first and second violin, viola, cello) were given their choice and the remaining 26 rotate among the four string sections. Our sound, which had been first rate, is now even better, especially when we play in our main venue, the recently opened New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. ... Art
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The Ohio lunch bunch has a rather unique seating arrangement. The East siders meet the West siders on neutral ground at Hornblower’s Barge & Grill on E. 9th at the pier. John Sweeney arrived at
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Arising out of the East Coast of the Pacific Ocean and a high promontory above it, sits Villa Trivisonno, four and a half levels of delightful architecture and landscaping, home of Susan and Bob Trivison where Fran and I spent four delightful days in September as guests. We occupied the eastern-most room which had three ceiling levels, the highest of which was twelve feet high with large windows which flooded us with the morning sun. Each room had fresh flowers. On September 21, Jean and Jack Miller along with Mar and Bob Cleary ’43 joined us in a great meal headlined by fabulous tenderloin prepared by a gourmet chef friend of the Trivisons. It was another ’42 reunion and Cathedral Latin School ’38 reunion in Encinitas, CA. At 85, Jack ranked eighth nationally among tennis players in his age group. ... On Friday, September 23, Bob and I visited Rich Sylvester ’68 at his ETV or Encinitas TV, Audio Sales and Service on historic U.S. R101. Rich is succeeding in a very competitive market by participating in a buying co-op. I saw a $13,000 Sony screen, which sure covered a lot of the wall! ... Eileen M. (Byrne) Hickerson ’83 sent a note thanking us for remembering her late dad and our classmate, James T. Byrne, in the 2004 fall edition. She advised that her mother, Geri Byrne, died on August 20, 2005. She and her family cared for her in their Olmsted Falls home. The late Geri loved the university. In addition to the late Jim, their children, Brian ’70 and Eileen ’83, attended JCU. ... The third section of Frank Honn’s December 29, 2004 career review letter follows: Now what to do to fill in the time? I had given up golf, even though I belong to a first-rate club, because I was really lousy at the game. Some travel but there was still lots of empty time.
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Coincident with this fall writing news media headlines are featuring news bytes re Supreme Court nominees. Why not here too? Had the Bush minions singled out from the six original nominees one other than they did, we might have had a much more personal, up-close interest in the procedure. Maura Corrigan, daughter of Mae Corrigan and the late Dr. Pete Corrigan, is on that original list of six Supreme Court nominees. Maura recently concluded a six year term as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Michigan. She declined that court’s unanimous request to serve a second six year term preferring to continue to sit as Justice Maura Corrigan, Michigan Supreme Court. Michiganders Bob Gorman and Bob Obringer take note, you may have a “friend in court” if you ever run afoul of the law. ... As ever it was disappointing to report the death of another ’43 classman, Rev. Fr. Claude Gaebelein. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family. Fr. Claude was the last of the eight priests in our class to die. He was preceded by Msgr. Casey Ciolek, Frs. Larry Cahill, Dick Huelsman, Pat O’Shaughnessy, Nick Predovich, Tom Sebian, and Bob Teknipp. ... The Carroll scene for Fr. Niehoff’s installation as president was also one of colorful splendor. For our appearance, class correspondents were garbed in cap and gown highlighted by a gold and blue shoulder sash bearing the individual class designator — 65 classes were so identified. Larry Kelley ’36 (he’s 91) led our group along with Dr. Art Noetzel ’38, Art Wincek ’42 (he flew in from Calif.), BET and so on. It was a moving display of association with and loyalty to our alma mater. Pete Diemer and
Tom Dunnigan (he drove in from D.C.) also participated in the day’s events. ... Dick Schmidle’s letter was warmly received. Post WWII, Dick returned to the Upstate New York area where he earned his Ph.D., and began a successful career in education, retiring in 1979 as superintendent of schools in Newark, NY. Over the next 22 years he and his wife, Jeanne, had their share of travel and acquired a home in Florida, traveling back and forth with the seasons. Now Dick and Jeanne, after 61 years of marriage and raising two sons and a daughter, have settled in Wilson, NY, on Lake Ontario’s shore enjoying the sedentary life such a pleasant little village provides. Dick’s wit and humor which I well recall from Carroll glee club days comes to the fore as he writes “Why do I feel that I am writing my obituary?” Far from it Dick. We expect you to be on campus for our 65th in 2008. Or earlier. ... Had a call from Ed Heil in the New Philadelphia-Dover area of Tuscarawas County, OH, south of Canton. Rather than build and manage courses he now plans to play them. Also sold his home in Florida, and his local Pepsi bottling franchise. ... Tony and Jane Nicolay called from Leisure World, Mesa, AZ, to say hello and send warm greetings to all. ... Leo Corr celebrates his 84th as I write this. Grandson John Corr is a JCU sophomore. Wisconsin grand-daughter enrolls next September. ... With the arrival of twins, Wally and Rosemary Schwarz now have five great grandchildren. ... Katrina’s winds whisked shingles off Tom and Helen Mazanec’s Mobile Bay vacation home. JCU has accepted 20 or so Katrina displaced students from Loyola New Orleans, Tulane, and Louisiana Xavier. ... That’s really stretching my word quota. Take care, Bruce
the Gesu Annual Art Show. She has also done one of her late husband, Jim ’40. ... There are so many activities and events this time of year that it is a job to get to them all but when you attend it’s very rewarding just seeing people you haven’t been with for a long time. ... Keep moving, stay healthy, and until next time all the best. Don
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Fr. Niehoff’s inauguration events were outstanding — especially his inaugural address. Everyone was impressed with his plans and remarks. He has great plans for this university. The election of Fr. Howard Gray, SJ, to the board of directors was very well received. ... And so on to the activities of the members of the class of ’44. Jay and Coletta Ansberry attended the inaugural Mass and lunch. Unfortunately we did not get together. They have 21 very active grandchildren the newest of whom, Eli Smith, was born September 28. Jay’s son is the director of development at St. Edward High School. ... Harry Badger is still very active in his insurance business and his volunteer work with the Lake County Council on Aging for the past twelve years. ... Tried to contact Dr. Joe Kolp without success, so if anyone has a new phone number for him please let me know. ... Tony Palermo continues to be active attending meetings of groups he belongs to. ... Marty Franey is finally recovering from a four-month bout with pneumonia and is still practicing law. ... Bob and Ruth Mannion are still members of Gesu Parish but have been restricted by Bob’s weight loss problems. ... Helen Sennet did a great portrait of Ethel McGuigan, which was shown at
I was honored to be selected to march in the robed processional representing the class of ’48 in the ceremony installing Fr. Niehoff as the new president of John Carroll. Since my association with JCU starting in 1942, there have been 10 presidents: Fr. Donnelly, Fr. Welfle, Fr. Dunn, Fr. Schell, Fr. Birkenhauer, Fr. O’Malley, Fr. Lavelle, Fr. Shea, Fr. Glynn and now Fr. Niehoff. My only regret was that I was the only ’48 alum in attendance. ... In the news – Gale and Bill Brugeman were featured in a medical magazine regarding their transition from city life to the rural life on a working farm in North Carolina. They work the farm for at least 12 hours and are happy doing the strenuous work of farming. ... Jack Quinlan and wife Catherine have been traveling quite extensively – Las Vegas, Florida, St. Louis, Lake of the Ozark, and Pennsylvania have been their destinations. ... Bill Sweeney is recovering from a viral infection that laid him low for a month. ... Fr. Eugene Moynihan is seriously ill and is in the infirmary at his seminary in Baltimore, MD. Please remember him. ... Bert Ross is in a convalescent facility in California. ... Please send some news! Adios, JPS
trip, and the change of locale was great. ... Al Zippert is also pleased with the new luncheon location. Al is sporting a new cane, which I discovered, after close inspection is adjustable. Al is completing his ninth semester of history at JCU, attending on an audit basis. Al appreciates and enjoys this benefit offered to alumni on a space available basis. ... Pete Corrigan saved a mile on his trip to the luncheon, being a West Sider. Pete stills serves on the insurance board of the Firemen’s Credit Union. This takes him to monthly meetings in Columbus. ... Ray Fox, with wife Eileen, accompanied Carol and I to the installation ceremony of Fr. Niehoff as president of Carroll on Tuesday, October 11. Representatives of every Jesuit College, officials of many Ohio colleges, what appeared to be the entire Carroll faculty, a large student representation and many local alumni, attended the ceremony. Ray and I agreed that the daylong ceremony was impressive and the full use of the beautiful new facilities combined with the serious participation of all in attendance made this a truly memorable affair. Ray was impressed to the point that he agreed to attend his first Second Wednesday Lunch the next day. Ray enjoyed the lunch, and after learning of the many activities of his old classmates, he decided to drive out to Vermillion and mow the lawn at his cottage. ... Send News! If you live within 50 miles of Cleveland, make a worthwhile trip to the next Second Wednesday Lunch. ... Tom
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The second Wednesday luncheon, October 12, convened at a new location – Massimo Da Milano’s restaurant, which is situated on the southwest corner of West 25th and Detroit Ave., on the edge of downtown. This attractive stone building, which once housed a bank, offers an impressive entrance, large, commodious dining area, pleasant atmosphere, great service, good food, and free parking. What else could anyone want? ... Bill Monroe was seated at another table; I joined him to learn of his recent activities. Bill is observing the elections in the city of Euclid, where his son John is a candidate for council. ... Ed McKenna enjoyed the new location for lunch, commented the location added only a mile to his
A number of class members were at the Little Sisters of the Poor on October 8 for the 80th birthday Mass for Dave Hackman ’49. Bishop Pevec G’56 was the celebrant, and there was quite a crowd! The Hackman children provided a great lunch following Mass. ... John and Rita Buckon, Jim and K.T. Conway, Ed and Dorothy Hawkins from the class of ’50 attended. Bill Sweeney ’48 and Myron Wettrich ’45 were on hand as well. Myron “tickled the ivories” of course. Dave seemed to enjoy the festivities. ... In a previous column I referred to Ed and Dorothy Hawkins as Calkins in error, a likely bit of dementia per chance, and since Fran Calkins is a ’50 class member, the able editor and staff accepted it. Oh well? ... The inauguration of Robert Niehoff, SJ, Ph.D., was a festive event — countless classes were represented, representatives from a number of Jesuit colleges and universities, not to mention delegates from a number of other colleges and universities. Quite a gathering! ... We had the initial Kelley/Ryan Lunch Bunch at Massimo Da Milano’s at West 25th St. and Detroit and it seemed to be well received. The Play House Club was not too convenient for many. ... Finis CAB
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Send your notes to: J. Donald FitzGerald 2872 Lander Rd. Pepper Pike, OH 44124 216-765-1165 E-mail: [email protected]
Your correspondent failed to make a report on time for the last issue of the Journal. Not much to report at the time, other than the attendees at the annual class reunion for the “Gray Streaks.” Saturday night dinner had Jim Abood, Bob Burkhart, Don Carroll, Dick Joliat, Bob Revello, Ray Smiley and Joe Stipkala in attendance. Joe gets the award for the longest distance traveled – Avon Lake. ... Upcoming is our 55th reunion – June 23-25, 2006. It would be great to see a return of those that attended our 50th and those that missed a great reunion. Ray Smiley do you hear us? We missed you the last time. ... A committee is being formed to prepare and encourage your attendance. Info has been sent by the alumni office to ask you to join us in this endeavor. ... Had an e-mail report from Don Ungar reporting on some of our class members at the 2005 graduation ceremony - Bill Riski, Bob Revello, Joe Stipkala and Don Ungar. ... For those who have not been on campus the last 30 years or so — you will be amazed at the changes. Reunion is a great time to plan your visit. See you in June. E-mail your class info to the above. Don
one of those hot fudge sundaes. Sorry, Lee, you weren’t invited. Lee mentioned faculty advisor professor Bernard Campbell, trying to hold the line between control and chaos. It was all hot lead (linotype machines), cold beer (but not on campus), brash talk and heated debates. Lee and wife Joan are off to London to play grandma and grandpa to two Brit grandsons, offspring of youngest daughter Leslie. ... I was honored to represent the class of 1952 at the inauguration of the 24th president of John Carroll. It was very impressive! Thanks for the news gentlemen. I hope this means that a few more of you will do the right thing and send some tidbits my way. Take care of each other till next time. Dorothy
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Hello to all in the class of ’53 and to your families and friends. I talked recently with Max Fabian who again lives in the Chicago area after living in the Sarasota, FL, area for ten years. Max retired after finishing his career as an administrator in the public school system. He was very much involved in special education. Max says he stays in touch with his old roommate Leo Scully as well as with Dick Zoller and Paul Schmidt. Max was reminiscing about the story of being at our “old watering hole,” the Mayflower, one evening
sometime after curfew. He felt a tap on his shoulder and when he turned was surprised to see Father Millor, who asked “Are you having a good time.” Max responded “I was until now.” ... Tom Stock is a retired cardiologist who now lives in West Bloomfield, MI. He and his wife, Patricia, have seven children, four of whom are boys who went to the University of Detroit. They also have 14 grandchildren. Tom says he enjoys hunting and fishing and is still trying to learn golf. He and Patricia look forward to spending part of each winter in Sanibel Island, FL, as they have done for the past 15 years. ... Jack Ziegler tells us of a JCU-Ursuline seven day cruise “mini-reunion” that took place last February in the southern Caribbean. Among those aboard were Jack and Mary Ann Ziegler, Hal and Ann Traverse, Jim and Kay McCay, George and Joan Stanton, Helen [Mrs. Hugh] Kelly, and Rosemary [Mrs. Wally] Martin ’50. They agreed they would like to do it again soon. ... When I talked with Leo Longville recently he said that he and his wife, Sally, were planning to meet with Ed and Lynn Metzger the next day to go bicycling, as they fairly often do together. Leo has been retired for about five years from his warehouse manager position at Tires International in Akron. ... At lunch the other day, Norm Perney, Carl Munn, Ed Mundzak and I were thanking Bob Sullens for continuing to work enough to help keep the Social Security System solvent for those of us who depend on it. Our thanks to any others of you who continue to contribute. ... A couple of final comments about Harry Gauzman, who seems to have stirred up some interest in this column. I received replies
John Carroll University Presidential Receptions 2006 As of November 2005, the dates for the receptions are form but the locations and times are tentative. Stay tuned...
1/11/06 Naples, FL Cocktail Reception 5:30pm-7pm 1/12/06 West Palm Beach, FL Cocktail Reception 5:30pm-7pm 1/31/06 Boston, MA Cocktail Reception 6pm-7:30pm 2/1/06 New York, NY Cocktail Reception 6:30pm-8pm 2/7/06 Washington, DC Cocktail Reception 6pm-7:30pm 2/18/06 West Palm Beach, FL Detroit Province Evening Mass and Reception 2/19/06 Naples, FL Detroit Province Mass and Breakfast 3/6/06 Buffalo, NY – Cocktail Reception 6pm-7:00pm 3/7/06 Rochester, NY Cocktail Reception 6pm-7:30pm 4/3/06 San Diego, CA Cocktail Reception 6pm-7:30pm 4/4/06 Los Angeles, CA Cocktail Reception 6pm-7:30pm 4/5/06 San Francisco, CA Cocktail Reception 6pm-7:30pm
Greetings once again. It was a busy summer. We (the seven children, their spouses and some grandchildren) met for a mini reunion in Ramona, CA, for a week in August. Cookouts, beaches, spa, golf — lots of fun. ... I must apologize. I ask for news from you and then neglect to print the news I do get. Larry Buynak sent me a note last March and it got away from me. He is retired, lives in Gahanna, OH, and is keeping busy restoring a 1966 Dodge Charger hard top, slant back sedan. According to Larry, this is the model year that put Chrysler back into the lead in auto racing. The car was found in Pennsylvania, a total basket case, but is being worked on with great hopes for success. I admire you for your dedication. I know where the gas cap is and the tires need air, but that’s about it. Good luck! ... I also had a note from Ray Wiemer ’51, who lives in Rocky River and is also retired. Ray especially remembers the time he and Pat Trese put out a special edition of the Carroll News for the JCU/ Syracuse game. Pat Trese was editor in chief and Ray was managing editor. He enlisted in the Coast Guard from 1952-1956, married in 1953 and raised four children, a boy and three girls while working in the advertising business. Ray’s wife has also retired from a career as an RN. ... Lee Cirillo ’51 sent a note mentioning memories of putting the Carroll News together, but regrets he never had 34
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Class of ‘54 from left to right: Jake Blake, Eileen Blake, Louise Sutphin, Jim Sutphin, Susan Schuler and Dave Schuler. from three other readers who attribute the birth of Harry Gauzman to Al Bieshada, a member of our class who brought Harry with him from Al’s time in the military before coming to John Carroll. Also I recently received e-mail inquiries from two current JCU students who had received an assignment to write an essay on “Who is Harry Gauzman?” I promise to put in no more references to Harry for at least the next year. ... I heard from Bill Homoly ’59, who was with our class until just before graduation. Bill taught for many years at Collinwood high school in Cleveland before retiring. ... Last but not least, I was honored to represent the class of 1953 in the formal procession at the inauguration of Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, as the 24th president of John Carroll University. Send in your news for the next issue. God’s blessing to you all, Jim ... The other member of our class who has his name on property is Fr. Tom Gafney, SJ, who has a plaque on the wall in the library. Congratulations Casey well deserved ... and while on the subject of congratulations, Jim and Louise Sutphin with Jake and Eileen Blake were on the road to visit Tom and Ann Sullivan then to Upper MI (Siberia) to see Dave and Susan Schuler. ... The Sutphins celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary with the Schulers and Blakes at a game preserve and mink farm ... not to leave Sutphin alone, his summer was spent wearing golf shoes and looking for someone who didn’t know what a mulligan was ... he claims that Blake has an eraser on his pencil, Don Buynack is so strong that he putts like a gorilla and Charlie O’Toole, now returned from Guantanamo Bay where he was representing the ACLU, has problems with his mashie and nib lick. ... A final note about Casey’s Causeway — attending the Mass before the dedication (homily by Casey) were Gene Burns, Joe Wasserbauer, Dick Kilfoyle and Jim Sutphin (in his golf shoes). ... Keep the faith, Pete
II for a trip to England. ... Tony Stavole confirms the old “it’s a small world” adage. Seems that Tony and his wife, Mary Lou, were attending Mass in Huron, OH, shortly after our 50th JCU reunion in June. Classmate Bob Spettel spotted Tony’s JCU golf shirt which he had just received at the reunion and although they didn’t recognize one another immediately, they struck up a conversation. Bob was in Europe and unable to attend the reunion. Bob is a retired dentist and spends his summers in Huron and winters in Naples, FL. Bob and his bride, Maureen, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in November 2005. They have 18 grandchildren. He enjoys sailing, tennis and bicycling wherever he is. ... Jim Barrett retired after many years as a manufacturer’s representative in the mining and quarry industries. He is living in Columbus, OH, near his seven children. He also has been married almost 50 years (49 actually). ... Jerry Geiss has a very active second career in “social work.” He spends many hours each week helping in elder care programs and working with retarded adults. He is also very active with the Cleveland Right to Life cause. Jerry retired several years ago after many years in the computer and computer software industry. He was with TRW for 20 years in Cleveland. He also has been married 49 years and has seven children and 17 grandchildren. ... George Thomey is still at it. He goes to his office at the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts every day as he has for over 25 years. George has three children. One of his daughters received her undergraduate and MBA from John Carroll and is presently a VP at National City Bank. ... Remember in your prayers, our classmate Francis Gallagher, who passed away in September. Also pray very hard and often for our many classmates who are in poor health. ... Call or e-mail me if you have any news that you would like to share with your classmates and/or the JCU community. Stay well! Ray
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...some notes about summer happenings in our class — saw Gene Burns and Herb Ramerman walking the shores of the lakes and streams at Hilliard Lakes Golf Club. Gene looking for wet Titleists and Herb looking for cat fish. ... Lou LaRiche made his annual trip to Rome and delivered his famous comment “Scuzi Papa, mia Lexus deliverio” as Lou tells it, the first Pope mobile was for Paul VI and was a white Toyota. ... more honors for our classmates ... Fr. Casey Bukala, SJ, was recognized for his service to the university by the dedication of Casey’s Concourse at Shula Stadium. I feel it would be better named Casey’s Causeway. Casey being a psychologist and always looking for the cause that results in the way. Casey is also an Alumni Medal winner.
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Several classmates have indicated an interest in a mini-reunion sometime between now and our 55th reunion. If anyone has any ideas, suggestions or comments, please send them to me, Larry Faulhaber 216.226.4778 [email protected]
- or Jerry Donatucci 717.795.8137 - [email protected]
... I don’t know whether it was fear of flying or love of the sea, but Joe Doman was one the nostalgic adventurers who booked passage on Cunard Steamship Lines’ newest Queen Mary
With the passing of Dick Giffels, the class not only lost a dear friend but also our class correspondent. To remedy this situation, John Boler and Al DeGulis “volunteered” yours truly. You are stuck with me until saner hands prevail. It’s obvious that they didn’t look up my old English grades. The adage of “garbage in — garbage out” applies to any class column, so send any news items to either the alumni office or myself. ... In talking to Boler, he is again hosting a class luncheon, in Fort Myers in the middle of March. If you are going to be in the area, call John at 847.358.6141, or myself, for more details. Of course, our “Last Hurrah,” will occur June 23-25. The reunion will only be as good as the turnout, so let’s all make an effort to attend. ... Tom
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The 57s at Fr. Niehoff’s inauguration; from left, Sal Felice, Jim Clark, Fr. Niehoff, Chuck Novak, Bart Merella, Dick Murphy, Jay Holler.
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As we approach the year’s end and reflect back, we have much to be thankful for, especially in light of all the world wide crisis ... In late July, Nancy and John Gormley attended a 70th birthday party in Chicago for Jerry Holzhall and reports that Jerry is doing much better. ... George and Carol Billings relocated to Hope Sound, FL, in 1999, when George retired from the Nippert Company (Delaware, OH) after 19 years service as engineer. Prior to that, George had his own company. Their daughter, Deborah Kim Diehl, and husband Edward reside in Parma, OH. Grandchildren are Zachary, a senior at Holy Name High and Nicole, a 6th grader at St. Columbkille Elementary. ... Jim Gasper is doing very well health wise and survived Hurricane Rita. Jim was recently appointed to the Depressive Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) of Greater Houston as an Advisory Board member. He also worked the booth for the University of Texas Medical School representing DBSA on “The Aging Brain.” He is director-at-large in their Galveston subdivision (Spanish Grant), where he and wife Georgia have a beach house. They have been busy working with the Shoreline Committee attempting to get state funding against future hurricanes and tropical storms. Jim also reports that Dick Trimarco ’55 passed away in June. Dick and wife Bebe had six children and six grandsons. Dick died peacefully five days after a three-way heart by-pass. ... In late September, Ruth and John Cicotta began their annual trek to their southern home in Florida. Joan and Morris “Pat” Patarini have been busy with traveling and visiting children – a daughter in Arizona, a son in Alaska, a son in Virginia. They plan to be with their daughter’s family in California in January and February of 2006. They also have two children in Maryland. They are a family “on the go.” Joan had her 50th class reunion in late September and had the opportunity to be with Sam Frontino and Frank 36
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Singel, since both of their wives were Joan’s classmates. ... In September, Margaret and Dave Milroy celebrated their anniversary in Hawaii. ... Jim and Joan Clark returned home in Wadsworth, OH, in August, after an extended trip to Missouri, Arkansas and Kentucky visiting with their son. ... On October 10th and 11th, this reporter had the honor and privilege to participate in the inaugural activities at JCU. I represented the class of 1957 in the installation ceremony of Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, JCU’s 24th president. Also in attendance were Richard Murphy, James “Jay” Holler, Chuck Novak, Jim Clark and spouses. Rev. Mr. Bart Merella, along with Rev. Dr. Louis Pecek G’55, concelebrated the inspirational inaugural Mass with Bishop Anthony M. Pilla ’61 and G’67 and numerous other clergy. The choir was magnificent. ... Plans, as of now, are to have Reunion 2007 (our 50th) the weekend AFTER Father’s Day – that is June 22, 23 & 24, 2007. Kindly make a note to hold those dates. Your reunion committee is getting anxious to begin planning activities. As a reminder, and also stated in John Carroll magazine, summer edition, “ ...to insure proper credit when sending any financial gifts to JCU, indicate - To be applied to the Class of 1957 Endowed Scholarship Fund on your checks or letters.” Our class goal is to reach $300,000 by our 50th reunion. ... Please continue supporting and praying for the safe return of all our dedicated men and women in the military services – Active, Reserve and National Guard. God bless, Sal
Send your notes to: John E. Clifford 922 Hedgestone Dr. San Antonio TX 78258-2335 210-497-3427 (w) 1-888-248-3679 E-mail: [email protected]
I was part of the largest crowd in Alamodome history yesterday - 65,589 in a 65,000 capacity dome. Go figure. In addition to the New Orleans Saints who are making San Antonio home for awhile, there are still thousands of other evacuees
from Louisiana here. Many are at the former Kelly AFB, the old Levi-Strauss plant, and an abandoned shopping mall. Of course, a number are also staying in private homes and churches. ... Tim Abraham is teaching part-time at Touro College (a Jewish-sponsored college on West 23rd St. in NYC) as his way of easing into retirement from the NYC Board of Education as an English teacher in an alternative high school program. He also recently taught English in different parts of China. He writes about his experience visiting the famous ice sculptures in Harbin in January where it was not only spectacular at night, but also “bloody cold.” ... Speaking of “bloody cold,” Bill Anderson and his wife live in Novi, MI. That’s somewhere off of I-96 between East Lansing (where I spent two “bloody cold” winters back in the ’60s) and Detroit. The other six months he can be found in Sarasota, FL. Now, that’s a good plan. Bill is in retirement now after 27 years in The Henry Ford Hospital System. He was section head of the Division of Behavioral Gynecology and Urogynecology. Bill is recovering just fine from his second “four vessel by-pass” at the Cleveland Clinic. ... Speaking again about “bloody cold,” and speaking about football, here’s an update on Chuck Jacobson. He’s still living way up in the cold north in Rochester, MN. Well, he has just recently welcomed into this world his 20th grandchild! Two more, and he’ll have two football teams. Last week Chuck stepped down from the post of immediate past governor of the Minnesota-Dakotas district of Kiwanis International, but it looks as though he might have to step back up as the IP governor. Chuck would like to know if there are any other ’58 classmates who are Kiwanians. It’s a good way to “repay the blessings that have come our way,” he says. If you are one, write him - [email protected]
He will be rehearsing the role of Mr. Macy in the musical version of “Miracle on 34th Street” for the Rochester Community Theatre. ... Speaking of “miracles,” here’s some sort of unbelievable news about two of our classmates. Daniel Stegmaier writes about a series of strange coincidences. It seems that he and John J. Young were in accounting class at JCU and became friends. They both moved to Independence about fifteen years ago, where they have continued to enjoy their friendship, playing bridge together with their wives and engaging in other friendly activities. Dan’s youngest daughter, Janet, and John’s youngest son, David, attended Independence High School together. Well, they started dating, and after college they got married. So ... both John and Dan are now the proud grandfathers of Rachel Young born in September 2004. And to think it all started in accounting class 50 years ago. Who would have thunk it? ... That’s it for now, October 17, 2004, the evening in 1946 when on The Burns Allen Show Gracie wanted George to replace Clark Gable in a film; and if you came home from school early that day in 1947, you heard Terry and the Pirates and the episode of “The Mechanical Eye”; and in 1948 you heard Don Ameche as the guest on The Charlie McCarthy Show on NBC…Peace, JEC
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Jack Toronski called with some sad news. After a long struggle with heart and lung problems, Tom Szarwark passed away on September 12 in Chesapeake, VA. Jack’s wife, Dianne, and Tom’s wife, Rita, are first cousins. Tom had contacted me to let me know that he was probably not going to be able to attend our last reunion, but indeed he and wife Rita did show up. It was only when we walked from Mass to the class picture and he had to stop and rest that I realized how weakened and vulnerable he had become. He was a man of great faith who fought the good fight as long as he could. Tom was involved for many years with the JCU alumni-in-admission recruiting program when he lived in Pittsburgh and played an important role in making that program the most successful one in the country. Our class has lost a very special person. ... Leland Hall checked in to let us know that “Sweet Face” is still alive and well and living in Florida. Lee received his Ph.D. in mental health administration in 1975 and since 1987 has been a professor at the Union Institute, which is classified as a “college without walls.” He recently retired but still helps out as a consultant. ... Marty Dempsey and I made the trip from Chicago to JCU recently for the Mount Union football game. We were joined by Frank Dempsey ’60 and Dave Nichting ’60, who gave us a tour of the new football stadium facilities. Everything was fun except the score of the game. ... Dave Nichting also plans to join us as Bill Marks, F.X. Walton and I journey over to Auburn, NY, to attend the Auburn High School Hall of Fame Induction of Leon “Mattie” Matthews. If Mattie performed as well in high school as he did on the JCU gridiron, this is a much-deserved honor. ... Bonnie and I had dinner recently with Bill and Barbara Beahan, who were in from Florida for the Notre Dame/USC football game. A good time was had by all! ... Tomorrow we plane over to Washington, D.C., for the swearing-in ceremony of our oldest son, Joe, into the U.S. Foreign Service. After training in Washington, D.C., he will be stationed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with his wife, Danielle, and their two children. ... Our thanks to the editor for including my picture in the recent article on Chicago-area residents. It was undeserved, but helped make up a little bit for my being dethroned as free-throw-shooting champ by John Breznai at the recent Walton weekend in South Carolina as guests of F.X. and Cathy Walton. I also knew that I was in trouble when Paul Brust called and asked to speak to “Sparky.” ... Hopefully, by the time you read this, the Chicago White Sox will have won the World Series. The last time they participated was the year we graduated – 1959. Stay warm ... Peace, JB
What better way to begin the fall column than to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I think I’m finally getting the hang of this, but it is tough to think two months ahead. ... Heard from Bob O’Connor. He was looking for John Slosar. If Bob had not retired from the DEA at age 50, I would be worried about my old roomie. John did spend a lot of time in California. Bob is living in Portland, OR, and has not felt the urge to be anything but retired for the past 17 years or so. Good for you, Bob. I got the feeling that Bob does not miss winters in Batavia, NY. ... Don Kucera contacted me to explain that he planned to be at our reunion last June, but he wound up having an angiogram and stent, which kept him from attending. Do not ever do it again Don or you will answer to all of us. For the past six years, Don has been doing motivational speaking at seminars on business and communication. According to Don, it is a mini-retirement job of about two weeks each month. In his travels, he has seen Jerry Rachfal, Bill Harmon, Denny McGrath and Jerry Malizia. With all eight of their children out of the house, Jane is able to join him on his seminar travels. They are expecting their 13th grandchild; life is good as is his health after the stent. Don says hello to all JCU friends. ... Bill Buescher and the rest of the powerhouse “Benchwarmers” IM basketball team held a minireunion at Bill and Peg’s recently. Karl and Gail Rill came from Cincinnati, Jim and Liz Powers came from Rockford, Don and Joyce Muno from Beverly Hills, MI, but Jim Phillips was unable to attend due to recent eye surgery. Bill sent a warning that he is due for another Corky & Lenny’s run. (Lock the door and get the children off the streets all who reside in the Cleveland
area). Frank Dempsey and I will try to distract him while he is here. Bill informs me that Brother Dave Marr has taken First Vows and now resides at Cascia Hall Monastery, 2520 South Yorktown Ave, Tulsa, OK 74114-2803. ... Joe Morrissey, after viewing pictures of our 45-year reunion, is praying we all look better for the 50th. He is hoping that Drs. Collins and Conomy can hook us up with a cosmetic surgeon. I don’t know about you Joe, but “I’ve grown accustomed to my face. It almost makes the day begin. ... ” I know - that is a scary thought. ... If it looks like I am grasping for material, I am. I’m also procrastinating writing the following. Sad to say, John Lovas and Jim Forrestal passed away recently. I realize this is about three months after the fact, but if I had more of your e-mail addresses, I could have let you know sooner. Please send address and material for the winter column. Addresses for the Forrestal and Lovas families in the event you want to express condolences are: The Forrestal Family, 5416 Horse Ridge Way, Bonita, CA 91902 ... The Lovas Family, 650 Coleridge Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-3801 ... Jerry
Send your notes to: Jack T. Hearns 4186 Silsby Rd. University Heights, OH 44118 216-291-2319 216-291-1560 (fax) E-mail: [email protected]
Our class warmed up for the 45th reunion next summer by holding our second mini-reunion on October 8. After the JCU/Muskingum football game at Shula Stadium, there was a class dinner at the Claddagh Irish Pub at Legacy Village. Present were Tom Gerst and Joanne, Kathleen and Ed “Clarkee” Clarke, Peg and Jack Durkin, Ellen and Jack Hearns, JoAnn and Gene Kramer, and Tom Theriot, who came to the festivities all
A mini-reunion for a gaggle of 61s; from left, back row: Ed Clarke, Jack Hearns, Gene Kramer, Jack Durkin, Tom Gerst, Tom Theriot; from left, front row: Kathleen Gerst, Ellen Hearns, JoAnn Kramer, Peg Durkin, Joanne Gerst.
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the way from Virginia. ... Philip Barber is living in Dade City, FL, with his wife, Barbara. They have four children and eight grandchildren - three of whom were adopted from Russia. Prior to his retirement, Phil was president and a director of Coastal Bank. Both he and his wife enjoyed sailing the Gulf of Mexico on several occasions and now have a 40-ft. motor home in which they travel throughout the U.S. four months a year. ... Jack Durkin reports that Dr. Jim Dowling and his wife, Ann, escaped the recent hurricanes without too much inconvenience other than some water damage. Jim, who has retired from his general surgery practice, was considered one of the top surgeons in Louisiana and was also the team physician for the New Orleans Saints. The Dowlings live outside the Big Easy in Mandeville, LA. ... Jim Biaglow is a retired aerospace engineer from the Glenn Research Center of NASA - he also received his graduate degree from JCU. He and his wife, Vera, live in Strongsville and have four children and three grandchildren. Jim has over 8,000 daylilies, breeds new varieties, and has 50 registered varieties. The daylilies comprise the small genus Hemerocallis of flowering plants in the family Hemerocallidaceae. The name Hemerocallis is based on the Greek words for day and beauty, which reflects the fact that the individual flowers last for only one day. ... Mike Frank retired from 44 years of teaching - most of his career was at Troy (MI) High School, where he taught English, Latin, and film. He received his MA from the University of Michigan in English Literature and also taught at Oakland Community College. His hobbies include biking, hiking, and writing. He and his wife, Judith, live in Troy and have one daughter, who lives in Chicago. ... Ray Fosselman has retired from management at the Red Cross, where he worked for 22 years. He and his wife, Loretta, have three children and three grandchildren. The Fosselmans just returned from Beijing, China. Other destinations they have enjoyed include Zurich, Switzerland and Edinburgh, Scotland. ... Returning to the topic of our 45th reunion which will take place June 23-25, 2006, all of you should have received a personal profile that will assist in updating records in the alumni office. You can also go on the web site - www.jcu.edu/alumni - to complete the form. The questionnaire also asks for volunteers to serve on the Reunion Committee which thus far includes Ed Clarke, Jack Durkin, Tom Gerst, Harry Hanna, Jack Hearns, Gene Kramer, Larry Mulvihill, Dick Murray, Tom Theriot, and Bill Tighe. All volunteers can be assured membership in this esteemed committee that primarily will make calls to classmates to encourage attendance at Reunion 2006. ... Keep us informed, Jack
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I had the honor of representing our class at the installation procession on October 11 at the inauguration ceremony of Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, SJ. Those in attendance included classmates Barbara Schubert, John D. Smith, and Jack
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Kahl. ... We received an update in July from Terry Leahy who has been successfully battling multiple myeloma, and received a bone marrow transplant from his sister Mary Jo two years ago. Terry has been told by his doctor that he is almost through the most dangerous part of his procedure. All blood tests are reading in the normal range, and it appears that his cancer is in remission. Terry thanks all of those who have provided support through cards, phone call, visits, and prayers. ... Heard from Terry Leiden, still practicing bankruptcy law with Leiden and Leiden in Augusta, GA. He relates he may be looking at retirement within the next 18 months. Terry has been involved with senior softball and was inducted into the Senior Softball Hall of Fame. Terry is also hoping to publish his current endeavor called Get Back in the Game, a compilation of stories of prostate cancer survivors. Terry and his wife, Sara, are looking forward to grandchildren, and have three sons, two of whom are married. ... Dan Shaughnessy is working with groups involved in hurricane relief in the South as well as others engaged in rebuilding after the tsunami in Asia. Dan is president and owner of TCR Services, Inc. His work has taken him to Jordan, Ecuador, Belize, and over 75 other countries throughout the years. ... We hear that Dick Bohan is recovering from brain surgery performed in May 2005. Dick was paralyzed on his left side but with months of therapy he has only a few months remaining before he will be able to discard a brace to assist in walking. ... Jim Mullin shares from Ponte Vedra, FL, that his wife, Sarita, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in April at the 12th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Awards Recognition from the Florida Times Union and the First Coast Family Center in Jacksonville. Sarita has spent the last 27 years as a social and family therapist assisting children and families. Jim and Sarita have five children, all graduated from Florida University. ... Charles Fitzgerald [email protected]
- writes that he and his wife, Lyn, were visited in Southampton, NY, by the Doc and Betty Kopfinger family in August. Charles and Lyn have three boys, who in spite of their father, seem to be doing fine. Son Charles is in San Francisco, Brian in NYC and son Stephen is in Lake Tahoe. Charles invites any classmate traveling to NYC to contact him at his e-mail address as he would be most happy to host them. ... For the past five years, Chuck Hillig has been working as a statelicensed psychotherapist for the Navy in southern California. After he retires in February, Chuck will leave on a three-month promotional tour around India to help his publisher launch the new English editions of his five books. When Chuck returns to California, he plans to travel around the country in an RV selling his books, giving presentations, and having fun. On the side of the coach will be written the cryptic words: “Enlightenment? Inquire within...” You can visit him on the Web www.ChuckHillig.com. ... Jim Timko, a retired Navy Captain, died on April 4, 2005 after a 10 week battle with cancer. Jim had served two terms on the Worthington (Ohio) Board of Education. Thanks to all who wrote to me. Until next time, take care, and stay in touch, Bob
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Greetings ... John Dix - [email protected]
- continues serving on different boards of directors. John informed me that he had been appointed to the board of Dare Holdings Ltd., a family-owned Canadian firm that makes crackers, cookies, and candy and supplies these products to all major retailers in North America and 27 other countries. John was also appointed to the board of Kahiki Foods, Inc., a Columbus, OH, based manufacturer of frozen foods. John continues as a part-time faculty member in the MBA program at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State. ... I received a note from Tom Ryan - [email protected]
- who was sad to read about Mike DiSanto but also encouraged that Mike appeared to be on the road to recovery. Tom told me he had moved into his condo, but workers were still all over the place. ... I also received a note from John Leonard [email protected]
John remains busy and is still flying. John returned to the U.S. after 3 1/2 months based in Milan, Italy, but flying all over Europe, the Mideast, and the Med area. As John said, at least part of his time when not flying was lounging on the shores of the Med with a healthy expense account. He is still DO (might that be director of operations?) for a corporate flight department based out of Miami and is flying a Lear 45 and a Challenger 604. Up until three years ago, he was flying DC-10s from Alaska to Okinawa and from Frankfurt to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. John was also happy to point out that this past summer he spent time in Cannes, Sardinia, and Palma. As for flying, I’ve made six trips to Asia in the past three years, and it gets old in a hurry, especially 13-15 hours on a 747. ... I received a phone call in midOctober from Joe Oberheuser’s wife, Judie, who informed me that Joe passed away on October 11 in Ft. Wayne, IN, after a short illness. Joe was from Pittsburgh and spent a distinguished career as an electro-optical aerospace engineer working companies such as Bausch & Lomb, Wollensak, PerkinElmer and, most recently, ITT Industries. During his career, Joe received several patents for his work and authored numerous papers. Joe was most proud of designing the optical system for the Hubble Space Telescope. His survivors include Judie; a son, Joseph III; a daughter, Jennifer. Joe and Judie celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary three days before Joe fell ill and two days after their son, Joe III, had gotten married. Judie will be setting up a scholarship in Joe’s name at the University of Rochester for students majoring in optics. Our deepest sympathies to you, Judie, and your family. ... I have another sad note to pass on. Pete Hoffmann’s wife, Kathleen, passed away on July 15 after battling cancer for four years. Pete and Kathi lived in Homestead, FL, for over 30 years. Kathi owned and operated a pre-school, kindergarten, and daycare for 10 years in Homestead, and she also was a 30-year veteran of the Miami-Dade County Schools system. Pete and Kathi were married for 42 years, and she is survived by Pete, son Mark, daughter Jennifer,
son Christopher, and six grandchildren. ... Kathy and I are building a new home in Carbondale. We started it in late May, and we should be in by December 1. We have our family coming in for Christmas, so the builder is faced with a deadline. Until next time — don’t forget to write, Pete
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... Warm Christmas greetings to all. We’ll begin with two stockingstuffer book recommendations: Charlie Englehart highly recommends First In by Gary Schroen, a terrific autobiographical account by the CIA team leader of the first response into Afghanistan one week after September 11, laying the groundwork for the Special Forces entry. Highly informative and compelling, this story puts you on the scene; much like our own Jim Joyce’s acclaimed Pucker Factor 10, which recounts his helicopter adventures in Vietnam. Both books rate the FK 4-star award. ... In September, another former chopper pilot, Ted Bidigare, along with Al and Cathy Rutledge, Frank and Joanne Kelley, and John Glei, gathered for the 45th reunion of Austin Catholic High School Class of ’60 in Detroit. As the evening wore on, Bidigare shared several complimentary stories of Glei’s heretofore unchronicled prowess piloting river craft in Vietnam. The class of ’64 had many heroes during those years. ... Congratulations to Bob Klepac, who has been honored by JCU, receiving the Nicholas DiCaprio Award for Outstanding Alumni in Psychology. Bob was also elected to his second term as treasurer of the Society of Clinical Psychology and is president of the Clinical Psychology Specialty Council. I’ve suggested before that Bob has been greatly assisted in his outstanding career by the wealth of stimulating subjects found within the ranks of our early classmates. ... Tony Culicchia established the Lucrezia Culicchia Award for Teaching Excellence at JCU in 1990 and it has been presented annually since. Nominations must include a minimum of three recommendations from students and at least two from faculty colleagues. This year’s winner, Mariana Ortega, Ph.D., is featured on the JCU web site and I highly recommend you listen to her introduction and her comments. We’ve all discussed how one teacher or another was an extraordinary inspiration or mentor during our time at Carroll. How perfect that Tony was able to discover a way for subsequent generations to express their thanks in a timely fashion. Google “Culicchia Award” and you’ll discover many past award winners and the esteem in which this award is held. Well done, Tony. We miss you. ... The JCU web site also contains the brilliant and challenging inaugural speech of incoming JCU president Robert Niehoff, SJ. The Class of ’64 was represented at the ceremony with appropriate character and dignity by Tom Leahy. Father Niehoff was strongly impressed during the
interview process by the passion of the JCU community, board of director members, and alumni. Amen to that. ... Brings back memories of several great prezs, especially our own Joe Schell and the great Mike Lavelle, who once joked that the Jesuit education, with its concentration on Greek and Latin only prepared you for one job – Roman Emperor. Upon Fr. Lavelle’s premature death, Culicchia stated that Father Mike was one who could “talk with crowds, walk with kings, and fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run.” If that doesn’t beautifully sum up the JCU experience: Tony, an unrepentant business major, quoting Rudyard Kipling. ... A happy and healthy New Year to all. God bless all Streaks, Frank
September, but missed one another by a week or so. Jack just retired from Walgreens and is now enjoying his “free” time. I hope Jack found Rome as engaging as we did. We spent only three days there after visiting family in southern France. Being crowd averse, we did not take in the weekly public audience of Benedict XVI at the Vatican. The following day, however, we enjoyed a relatively sparsely crowded St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican museum. A return to Rome is a must for us, especially to revisit the treasures of the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel. ... Best wishes for the coming holidays, Dick
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My mention of Mike Hogan, now living in Arizona, in my last column, sparked a response from Dan Peitzmeyer. He reports that he has been in Phoenix since 1976 and enjoying his fifth (although probably not last) “career” as a chaplain with Hospice of the Valley. Occasionally Dan sells real estate, his second career. Check out his web site - www.dansazre.com. Dan has an MA in psychology from Northern Arizona University and is pursuing a master’s in pastoral studies from Loyola University; teaching as adjunct faculty member for the Maricopa County Community College District; participating in theater; enjoying the outdoors - hiking, biking, camping, skiing, motorcycling; and working as mayoral appointee to the South Mountain Village Planning Committee. He is also a member of Jesuit Alumni in Arizona (JAAZ) which plans to have brunches the second Sunday of each month at Xavier College Prep. If you are in Arizona and interested in seeing Dan and joining JAAZ go to yahoo.com, click on “groups,” type in JAAZ in “find a group,” click on the hyperlink JAAZ, click on “join this group.” ... Patrick Flash regrets having missed the reunion but was in Florida at the time. Patrick recently retired from Kent State after 30 years at its Ashtabula campus. He reports an interesting career and thanks the chemistry department at JCU for an excellent start. In 1970, he received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Iowa State. Patrick spent two years in the Peace Corps in Kenya teaching chemistry at Kenyatta College and then a year each at the University of Liberia and University of Zambia as a Fulbright exchange teacher. Along the way, he met and married Sally Saul and they had a child, Kim, now 33. Patrick is looking into the possibility of some volunteer teaching in Africa and is hoping to hear how things went after JCU from some of the other ’65 chemistry grads. He and Sally had some interesting experiences in Africa. She founded a nursery school at Kenyatta College as a Peace Corps volunteer and they found it still operating ten years later. Having been retrained as a physical therapist in the ’80s, Sally got to teach it during a trip to Zambia. ... My wife, Cecile, and I almost crossed paths in Rome with Jack Kenesey and his wife, Mary Ann, in
Bob Spicer’s Gilmour Academy football team recently had their 26 game regular season winning streak end. The streak, second longest in Gilmour history, nearly matched the 29-0 streak accomplished during the 1960s. With only five seniors on the team, the future is certainly bright for Gilmour. On a happier note, Bob, a JCU Hall of Famer, saw his son, Ryan, inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan Hall of Fame this past September. ... Tony Fuger - [email protected]
, who is employed by Sears, reports that he and his wife, Virginia, still reside in Chesterland, OH. ... On October 11th, I represented the Class of 1966, during the installation ceremonies for John Carroll’s new president, Fr. Robert Niehoff, SJ. The Mass was beautiful and the installation ceremony was dignified and impressive. The theme of the week’s events was “Engaging the World.” Father Niehoff’s message cited the need for JCU to continue to educate women and men for others, especially for those throughout the world who are bereft of human dignity. He also emphasized the need to seek greater diversity among the faculty of JCU and to pursue a more diverse student population. ... Hope you enjoyed the autumn colors! Fran
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A major attraction at the JCU games is to see our own Pete Bernardo run the sidelines as a lineman for all of JCU home games. He does a great job and Pete says that it keeps him in shape. Alumni should not forget that Pete is the director of planned giving at JCU. The Magis Society was created over 12 years ago. Call him at 216-3974217 to get more information. As a side concerning the terrible Mt. Union game, their outside linebacker is a young man by the name of Mike Gibbons. Mike was recruited by JCU but Mt.
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Union was a better fit. If the name sounds familiar, his father is John Gibbons former head coach at Lake Catholic High School and the head coach of St. Edward High School. Mike also wants to get into coaching after college. ... The most rewarding experience of the inauguration on October 11 was that as class scribe, I was asked to be part of the alumni who marched across campus as part of the procession. I had the chance to talk to other reps and get their view of the days’ activities and all were extremely positive. I especially enjoyed talking to class scribe Fran Nunney ’66 at lunch. It was a festive atmosphere. ... Yours truly recently attended a reception with mayor Jane L. Campbell for my work on the Reentry Committee. We deal with the return of individuals from prison and the challenges they face and the impact for all of us from families and neighborhoods to government and businesses. I continue to be part of the City of Cleveland Reentry Initiative. Great program. ... Hope to hear from all soon [email protected]
- or 216-881-7882. Have a great fall and go JCU! Peter
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next Olympics. Jim works for the University of Idaho, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences as director, Business Incubator. The job is basically helping new business growth but it has very interesting aspects, like you can bring your new food idea to Jim and he will see if it has merit. He says he’s swamped with barbecue sauces and salsa ideas but he likes my two-sided pizza idea. Well it’s off to Idaho for me. ... Again please pass on any news of classmates affected by the storms. Great story on Billy Ryan ’67 in the New Orleans paper for his outstanding efforts in helping people when the storm hit. ... Every day I am more impressed with the importance of being the class columnist (just kidding), but I just did get a press release with the words White House in the upper left hand column about one of our classmates, Donald Gambatesa. Don was nominated by the president, yes that’s right the president of the United States to be the inspector general of the United States Agency for International Development. Of course if you’re wondering what the USAID does I am glad to keep you informed – it’s an agency that provides economic and humanitarian aid to over 100 countries around the world. Prior to this job, Don was the deputy director for the United States Marshall Society. Congratulations Donald. Just think that a little under 40 years ago you were standing right next to Donald at the Blue Streak Lounge having a beer and he said you know someday I am going to work for the president of the United States and you laughed. ... Stay well and please support JCU’s Carroll Fund. Grimmer
Hello everyone. Most important: if anyone knows of a classmate affected by Katrina or Rita, please let me know. Dr. John Parsons spent two weeks in Baton Rouge helping with the Red Cross in a shelter for 400 evacuees. ... Had to read the St. Ignatius High School alumni magazine to find news on Michael Scanlon. Mike is living on Hilton Head Island and working with Self Storage Association. Mike please drop me note and give us some news. ... My Pacelli T-wingers responded, with Fred Schmidt sending a nice note. The Greek actually wrote me his note in Greek so I had to work extra hard to understand. Fred will be joining the reunion group; I look forward to hearing from others shortly. I think I forgot Robert Schmidt in my original list. ... Attended the wedding recently of Thomas Kelly’s oldest son (I am not sure how to tell you which Tom Kelly from our class). It was a great wedding and Tom now has a very beautiful daughter-in-law. The Mass was held at St Peter’s Church at E 17th and Superior. I recommend a visit if you’re in Cleveland. It is very old and worth a visit. ... I had a great phone conversation with Jim Toomey yesterday. The call made me realize why this is such a neat volunteer job. The former Clevelander is now in one of the most beautiful spots in America, Treasure Valley, ID. Keep your eye on some great wines coming out of Jim’s area. Jim and wife Maureen live in Caldwell, ID, with their two children. I have it on inside authority that Jim’s daughter, Colleen, is an outstanding sprinter in 400 and 100, maybe watch for Colleen in the 40
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Send your notes to: Ted Heutsche 2137 East Howe Road Dewitt, MI 48820 517-669-4005 E-mail: [email protected]
In my last column, I promised that anyone who emailed me with info to use in my future columns would receive a pictures from Reunion Weekend. I hoped my e-mail inbox would be deluged, but the only one who took me up on the offer was Dennis Fogarty. Denny wrote to say that he was retired and living between Westport, CT, and Naples, FL, with his wife Pat. Their son, Michael, is attending James Madison University. One of their neighbors in Naples is Tony DeCarlo G’66. You can reach Denny at Naples Capital Mgmt., 239-530-0291 - [email protected]
Now that Denny has “the ball rolling,” keep those e-mails coming!! ... The JCU alumni office had a couple of online updates to classmates’ profiles: Greg Schoen is living in Port Ludlow, WA, [email protected]
... Michael A. McFarland is living in South Bend, IN, 574-2882039 - [email protected]
Michael and his wife, Sheila (nee Koenig), have one son, Michael. “Our” Michael is manager of Instructional Resources for Notre Dame. Reminds me of an event held at ND a couple of years ago. My cousin Dick Huether is an instructor at Notre Dame, and Dick made a rather substantial donation towards redoing the president’s and vice president’s offices when the ND Administration Bldg. (“the” golden dome) was being renovated. There was a
dinner to recognize Dick’s generous contribution, and quite a few of our family members attended. The director of alumni giving for ND mentioned that any other Huether family members who also wanted to give a contribution to ND were welcome to do so. Since I was giving the invocation before the meal, I mentioned that there were far more JCU alumni (my brother Bob ’64, my cousin Mike Storey ’64, and myself) than ND grads in the crowd, and that if there was any “giving” to be done, it would be to JCU. ... I mentioned that I took some notes at the reunion, wanting to update all of you on what is going on in the lives of some of those that attended. You probably saw in the summer 2005 edition of John Carroll magazine that Donna Bowen Brown ’72 and her husband, our own Don Brown, were recognized as being part of “The Chicago Network” of JCU alumni. Don and Donna have two daughters, Megan and Maura. Megan is married to Dan Mazzuca, and they have a son, Michael Joseph. Don has been practicing law for 32 years, and is with Donohue, Brown, Mathewson & Smyth, involved in civil litigation, primarily defending doctors and lawyers in malpractice matters. ... I gave you a partial update in my last column about another prominent Chicago area alumnus, Tom Ahern, who attended the reunion. Tom and his wife, Pat, have been married 32 years, and have three children, Sheila (a journalist), Maureen (an accountant who celebrated her marriage in September), and Dan (attending Marquette). Tom is an attorney who worked for United Air Lines until 1992, and has been in private practice since then, specifically in civil litigation and estate planning. ... Yet another Chi-town attendee was Howie Burgh. Howie and his wife, Julia Wilson Burgh, have been married 22 years. Howie is president of Flow Products in Chicago, which deals with fluid power. Howie and Julia are renovating an old officer’s home at Old Fort Sheridan (a decommissioned military base) in Highland Park, IL. Howie is a cancer survivor, having had one of his kidneys removed in 2004. ... Keep those e-mails coming! Ted
Send your notes to: Tom and Rosemary Costello 716 West Vermont Ave. Urbana, IL 61801-4827 217-344-2076 E-mail: [email protected]
June 23-25 2006 — will be time once more for all 1971 Blue Streak graduates to come together. The stories get better, the refreshments colder and the fun of reliving those college days will bring tears to your eyes. Usually tears of laughter. Remember what happens in University Heights stays in University Heights especially if it happened during your days at JCU. I am looking forward to meeting all the retirees who may want to take a vacation from retirement and join us. The reunions are a terrific way to visit with old friends who know things about you even your parents don’t. I am told that the Shaker Inn pool will not be available for swimming. If you have yet to attend a reunion you are missing a great time. More importantly
you are missing a chance to relive, with friends, the fun times. ... We had the opportunity to represent the class of ’71 at Fr. Niehoff’s inauguration. Mass was celebrated by Cleveland’s Bishop Pilla ’61 and G’67. The inauguration was an awesome sight as faculty, alums and students marched in full regalia across campus to the DeCarlo Varsity Center. Kerry Volkmann was looking great and the JCU wrestling team is doing quite well too. Carol Shockley joined us in representing our class. ... Paul Armstrong and Cormac DeLaney were spotted on television attending the Notre Dame USC game in October and despite their best efforts they couldn’t bring home the ”W.” ... Speaking of Notre Dame, Jim Mackey was seen taking legal continuing education credit at the hallowed halls of the Irish. Please remember that we are a Boston College household: Go Eagles. ... Paul Cass - [email protected]
tells us that sadly the mutton chops are long gone as he sings the praises of Lenny Calabrese’s pony tail. Much traveled Paul and his wife of 24 years, Helene, now live in Eliot, ME. Paul is the senior partner in a neurology practice along with three other brainy people. He also spends half his time in hospital administration. (Remember St. Elsewhere?) Helene has the difficult job of school board chair. I am sure like others she deals with beans, balls and buses the toughest part of education. They have two children Blake (21) and Maura (17). Paul has laid down the challenge to Lenny Calabrese, Ken Root, Jim Anderson, Jim Girardy and Poncho to meet at Spotty’s for a beverage on 6/24/06. Since Spotty’s is now a cleaners, another location will be announced. ... It must have been prophetic when Dom Iacuzio
drove home to Connecticut in the ’70s with a car full of chickens; now he spends time thinking about the bird flu. ... George Burke [email protected]
- is alive and well working at Cleveland State and living in Cleveland Heights along with wife Peggy. The Irish are proud of their four children, Jean (27), Marie (23), George IV (19) and Shannon. ... On the medical beat, U of I pharmacy grad John Zarek [email protected]
- is living in Seattle and is the system clinical manager for Swedish Health System. John has three children and is a grampa. ... Remember the reunion dates June 23-25 and stay healthy! Tom - [email protected]
- and Rose
Send your notes to: John M. Marcus 5707 Trafton Pl. Bethesda, MD 20817-3738 202-296-0901 E-mail: [email protected]
Last time, I reported that I was to visit Sir Francis Palamara in London at his Overstrand Mansions digs. I did. Let me tell you, once you get past his personal assistant, butler, and chauffeur and take a seat in his library, complete with a Cuban cigar and a snifter of the best brandy this Detroit schoolboy ever had, it proves to be quite an enjoyable experience. Frankie greeted me in his silk lined evening jacket (thought the cravat was a bit much, but, being a graceful visitor, I didn’t comment) and was very warm in his welcome.
Told me about the buying selling wheeling dealing of life in “The City” (London’s financial district for those of you, like Mark Pacelli, who don’t deal in soybean futures). He’s doing very well. We “chatted” then jumped in his vintage Aston-Martin and drove to his 14 bedroom “cottage” in the country, catching six pound rainbow trout, smoking more Cubans and, by now, drinking the brandy right out of the bottle ... (Pardon the interruption ... EDITOR: John. Is ANY of this true? JOHN: Yes, I met him in England this summer.) Anyway, Frank said “Hi” to everyone and hopes to see you all at Reunion ’07. ... Got a nice note from Judge Anne Conway. “Her Honor” writes from Florida – where her court is one of the busiest and most productive in the nation. Anne and her daughters spent a month in Peru doing volunteer work this past summer at a home for sick and destitute children. Anne’s “job” was to entertain the babies (for which she had great training at JCU) and she recommends the trip to anyone interested in helping others and opening up their world to the cruel reality others face. Check it out at villalapazfoundation.org. Anne’s two daughters are slackers – Carolyn graduated from Duke and is in med school; Nell is graduating from Duke this year and will go to law school ... Also got a nice note from Tom Hill, after writing about how he and Molly starred in the Western Reserve Junior Service League’s charity musical “Isle Show You the Beach.” He reminded me that the GDIs won the IM championship in football, not basketball as I had reported. (Tom – like I care about the facts. I’ve given up on winning the
It’s all about friends!
Classes ending in 1s and 6s – it is your reunion – June 23-25, 2006!
Visit with classmates and reminisce about your years at JCU. Meet old friends and make new ones. See the campus and the changes. There will be some new events and your favorite events will happen again. Friday night is ‘all alumni night’. All alumni are invited to return to campus on Friday night after 9 pm and celebrate with the reunion classes.
For more details check the web site at www.jcu.edu/alumni/reunion or call 1-800-736-2586 and ask for Rosalie Massey.
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Pulitzer for this column long ago) ... Finally, though I haven’t heard from too many of you — I did hear from Betty Dabrowski, with some bad news. Betty let me know that our classmate Peter Maxymiv passed away recently. Peter was a great guy and I will always remember how kind he was. According to Betty “he was devoted to Scouting with his sons and several of his awards were displayed at his wake. Pete was a pharmacist and mentored pharmacy students in the greater Cleveland area. His mother remembered how every Sunday for the last ten years Pete would pick her up, take her to Mass, then take her to his house for lunch with his family.” Betty writes: “he was a good son, a good father and husband, a good classmate.” Our prayers are with you Pete. ... Take care, JM
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I was invited to represent the class of ’73 (as were other class columnists) in the procession to the inauguration ceremony of Fr. Robert Niehoff, SJ, on October 11. Under the theme, “Engaging the World,” the procession was led by flags of countries throughout the world carried by international students, faculty and study-abroad participants. They were followed by groups representing JCU students, staff, administration, board of directors, Jesuits from around the world, presidents from the other Jesuit colleges and universities, presidents and representatives of other colleges and universities — all of us robed in cap ‘n gown. Unfortunately, our two “sandwich” classes (’72 and ’74) were not represented in the procession, but I did have fun with Tom and Rosemary Costello ’71, who came in from Illinois. I also had a nice opportunity to catch up with “The Golden Years” class columnist, Larry Kelley. Larry’s son, Dan, a Kent State grad (boo!), whom I met through radio sales, is my “hunting buddy.” He takes me to Cambridge every fall for deer season and to Wellington for pheasant hunting. “Don’t know where he gets that from,” says Larry about Dan’s hunting prowess, “certainly not me.” Inside the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center, where most of the festivities took place, I had the opportunity to say hi to ... Tony DeCarlo G’66! You know it’s very cool to go into a nice building and actually talk to the guy it’s named for. After all, who of us know Pacelli, Dolan, or Grasselli ... but DeCarlo — the wrestling coach of our era who became the football coach and then the athletic director, finally ran out of things to do, so they named the gym after him! And they look great (the gym and Tony). – GOP
Love those autumn weddings! Best wishes go out to Gwen Benovich who became the wife of Gregory Dickerhoof on October 8th in the Magnolia Chapel of the Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas. I attended online and it was beautiful! ... Don’t forget that our 30th reunion is coming up June 23-25, 2006. It’s been five years since we have returned to campus. For those of us who have yet to return, make this the year you decide it’s time. You’ll be pleased if you do! Everyone wanting to help make this reunion a success should contact Rosalie Massey - [email protected]
... That’s it for this issue. Happy Holidays to you all and a very healthy New Year! Cools
Kulas. After John Carroll, Joe headed west and eventually enrolled in the film school at Southern Cal. He graduated from USC in 1986 and dabbled in the film industry for a few years before heading back to school yet again to get his law degree and is now in private practice. ... I actually received a third e-mail from Brian Henke, but that doesn’t really count since I wrote about him in the last column. All Brian had to add was that no one was ever likely to offer to replace me as class columnist and that I would never win Pulitzer for my efforts. Thanks Peaches. ... I may never win a Pulitzer but I do intend to exercise a fair degree of poetic license in this quarterly update. One of the tools that the alumni office provides me with is a list of all of our former classmates and their last known whereabouts. It’s fairly accurate but there are mistakes and gaps. In any event I have decided to utilize it to see if I can provoke some response from other members of our class. In the last column I pondered on the fate of Peter Norton (still no word). This month’s target is Sue Bergquist. I last spoke with her about 10 years ago. My handy dandy alumni list has her hiding out in Palos Heights, IL. So Sue, it’s time to check in before I pull out my poetic license and start making stuff up. ... That is apparently a common practice amongst class columnists. I met a few of my fellow scribes at the inauguration and picked up a few tips on column fabrication. So unless you want me to start spreading rumors like the one about Peter Gailey being an emu rancher in Encinitas, ya better drop me a note. ... Dennis
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Send your notes to: Tim Freeman 334 N. Catherine Ave. LaGrange Park, IL 60526 773-975-6909 (w) 708-579-9075 (h) E-mail: [email protected]
Once again I find myself writing this column while flying back to Baltimore from Cleveland. This time I was in Cleveland for the inauguration of John Carroll’s new president, Father Robert L. Niehoff, SJ. One of the perks of the class columnist gig is that you get invited to things like that. I was asked to represent our class in the ceremony along with our class agent, Bill Gagliano. Jonathan Ivec was also in the ceremony since he is John Carroll’s vice president of finance and administrative services. Who’d have thought that one day one of us would be running the joint? ... Continuing on with that inaugural thread, I have received two e-mails from former classmates since my inaugural column. The first to check in was Ann (Fissinger) Manning. Ann lives in Traverse City, MI, where she has been since 1993. She has a son, Andrew, attending Central Michigan University and a daughter, Amy, attending the U. of Michigan. Her other son, Craig, is a freshman in high school. She is teaching figure skating and she still acts and sings. Anyone recall her role in The Fantastics in our senior year? ... Anyone remember Cosmic Joe? Joe (“Cosmic”) Haytas was the impresario of the Student Union Film Series in
Empty nester Paul Cipar lives on a farm with wife, Pat, in Port Washington, OH. Paul is president of Paramount Machine Company in New Philadelphia, OH, and is planning for retirement. Daughter, Michelle Cameron ’01, and son, Paul, live in the area. Besides the farm duties, two granddaughters keep grandma Pat’s schedule busy and Paul enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson and golfing (in both Ohio and North Carolina). Paul lost contact with JCU roommate Jim Gregorich a couple years ago and would love to reconnect with Jim. ... J. Mike Murukis and spouse Mary live in San Diego. Mike works as an environmental engineer for the Dept. of Defense at MCAS (Marine Corps Air Station) Miramar and is very grateful that the base did not appear on the BRAC (Base ReAlignment and Closure) list last May. Oldest son Brian is a high school senior, and the college search is in process. Other son David is enjoying high school and wife Mary works for a major airline. The Murukis family travels to Ireland every summer to tour and visit Mary’s relatives and they plan more world travel as the kids get older. Mike still keeps in touch with Jim Valenti. ... As of this writing, hurricane Wilma is heading for Florida and Anne (JCU’79) and Tim Bailey are boarding up their home in Bonita Springs, FL. The Baileys left their ‘raising kids’ home in Naperville, IL, after 17 years and moved to Florida in 2002.
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Tim sells Web sites and Internet strategies to realtors and real estate offices throughout several southern states and manages to maintain a four or five golf handicap. Anne continues her real estate career (from ReMax in Illinois to ReMax in Southwest Florida). The Baileys are ‘empty nesters’ and grandparents-to-be with son Mike’s wife expecting. Daughter Kelly is a senior at the University of South Florida. ... Thanks for writing! Tim
Send your notes to: Nancy Agacinski 4009 Washington Blvd., #3 University Heights, OH 44118-3865 216-932-2824 E-mail: [email protected]
Hello, it’s me ... it’s so amazing when you hear a song from the old days and it brings you back. ... whenever I hear the old Todd Rundgren “Hello, it’s me” I am reminded of the rat bar, dances, etc. What songs bring you back? It always amazes me how profound of an effect music can have on our memories. ... Heard from Rick Ryznar. He and his wife, Ree, live with their FIVE children in Hilliard, OH, Annie (19), Ricky (17), Patrick (14), Timmy (11) and Mary (9). What do you do in your spare time, Rick? Rick [email protected]
- would love to hear from the guys that lived in the first-floor Pacelli T-wing. Let us
know who you connect with, Rick. ... Michael Allison is enjoying an early temporary retirement these days ... nice article last John Carroll magazine about JCU’s Chicago connection. So nice to see and read about the successes of the familiar faces from our era: Mary Ann Bergerson Ahern ’76, Paul Hulseman ’82, The Farrell “boys” Bill ’77, Brian ’78 and Rick, Tim Freeman ’78, Jim Purcell ’80, Mark Talamonti ’78, Terry O’Brien ’78 and coach Schweickert ’60. ... Recently enjoyed “chaperoning” my parents on a trip to northern Michigan for their 49th wedding anniversary. During our trip, we had the pleasure of visiting the Boskydel Vineyards in Lake Leelanau. My parents had been there before and loved it — not only for the high quality Michigan wine, but for the Jesuit/JCU connection. The vintner - Bernard Rink is from JCU’s class of ’48. Mr. Rink has been visited by Father Birkenhauer and National Geographic in the past and is currently being honored by his fellow Michigan winemakers for pioneering the northern Michigan wine industry. Congratulations to you, Mr. Rink! We enjoyed visiting with him for his tasty wine and quick wit. I tried to convince him to return to campus for his 60th reunion in a few years, but he said he only would if he doesn’t have to leave Leelanau county, MI! ... not much else to report. Time to go, because “baby, I was Born to Run!” Nancy
Send your notes to: Matt Holtz 22487 Laramie Dr. Rocky River, OH 44116 440-331-1759 E-mail: [email protected]
Greetings to the class of ’80. I had the opportunity to represent our class at the inauguration of Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, Ph.D., as the 24th president of John Carroll University. The main theme of the celebration centered on Engaging the World and how John Carroll can provide the opportunity for a global education to its students and the community it represents. ... I received an e-mail from Beth Wright who spoke with Mimi Luecke regarding Rob Lombardi. Rob and his family are making the best of a challenging situation brought on by the recent hurricane Katrina. Rob’s business is in the French Quarter in New Orleans called Vincent Art. As of this writing, he had not had time to assess all his options. He can be reached at the following address: 3005 White Oak Lane, Mandeville, LA 70448, home phone 985-674-9630, cell phone 504-458-9473. ... Congratulations are in order to Bob Kasper upon his return from a tour of duty in Iraq. Bob, a family practice physician in the Army Medical Corp, provided medical assistance to U.S. soldiers in addition to making regular visits to Iraqi villages. ... Received a note from Clement Hren, who is doing well and living in Mentor, OH. ... Keep the notes coming in, mfh
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Hi everyone! Did I mention before that our 25th Class Reunion will be June 23-25, 2006? Let’s all make a special effort to attend. It will be a wonderful weekend of renewing old friendships, strolling an ever changing campus and enjoying multiple activities. And I have great news; Hal Hawk will be our gift chairperson. Hal sent an email to tell us the news of his appointment to the reunion committee and to share some family news. The Hawks had just returned from their annual vacation to Orlando, FL, with the Cua and Whalen families. He said that they were all well. His children are growing up fast. Megan (9) is a fourth grader and Morgan (6) is a first grader. I have very vivid memories of a past reunion and the Hawks had a stroller with a new baby in tow. ... Thank goodness we have these regular get togethers so we can get caught up! I also received updates on other classmates. Marianne Breen is living in St. Louis, MO, and is the director of development for the Humane Society. ... Jim Bichl and his wife, Tracy, and their children Suzy (18) and James, Jr. (13) live in Cleveland. Jim is a member of the National Ski Patrol, is certified in outdoor emergency medical care and is an instructor of Mountain Search and Rescue. ... Patrick McDonnell and Cathy’s oldest daughter, Allison, is a senior at JCU this year. Pat is the president and CEO of McDonnell Horticulture Inc. in Cameron, NC. He and Cathy have three other JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY • FALL 2005 43
ALUMNI MEDAL NOMINATIONS
The Alumni Office is seeking nominations for the Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Alumni Medal. The award is given on the basis of distinguished service to a profession, exemplary family and personal life, contributions to community, and leadership service to the university and the association. Please send the name, title, organization and class year of the nominee, as well as a brief career summary to:
Ryan Daly, Director of Alumni Relations John Carroll University 20700 North Park Boulevard University Heights, OH 44118 or via e-mail to [email protected]
by March 31, 2006. Nomination forms can be found at www.jcu.edu/ alumni/nominations_forms.asp
children: Caitlin (18), Meghan (16), and Shannon (12). ... And lastly, I heard from Daniel Bader. He is a sergeant with the Cleveland Metroparks Department. He and his three children, Jessica (18), Michael (17) and Danny (6), live in Lakewood, OH. ... Thank you for all the updates. One last request from Hal Hawk — Hal is asking all classmates to dig deep for our 25th. We need to make this a great reunion, for both attendance and class gift. And I second that! God bless, Julie
didn’t find that funny! Thanks for the scoop, though, Katie. ... Barb Nagel Rosene dropped me an e-mail. She is still living the dream while raising two kids and splitting time between Cleveland and New York City. Barb is singing her heart out and has recorded three CDs. Check out her web site – www.barbararosene.com! I have a CD on order, but Amazon keeps sending me the wrong one. Barb keeps up with Katie Brandt, Suzanne Fortunato, Michael Day ’81, and Eric Kater (free lance writer “working on a lot of cool projects.”) ... Matt Keresman welcomed Jim Holler and Nick Burlij to his farm in August. They took a 20-mile bike ride along the Delaware River. ... Frank Cicco is living in Butler, PA, with his wife, Jill, and two sons – Dante (9) and Nico (6). Dante is following the Cicco tradition in the pool while Nico is playing soccer and T-ball. ... Finally, Nick Conyngham just sent his son to Boston College, where he is following in Nick’s style (read between the lines). Nick runs a performance improvement company where they implement non-cash incentive and loyalty programs for some very large, Fortune 100 companies. He will be growing the company by adding sales reps in Chicago, Cleveland and the West Coast. Nick keeps up with Eric Kater and Tom O’Leary, ’84. Nick has been begging Tom Fox ’83 to play golf, but thinks Foxy is “chicken”! ... Please drop me a line and let me know how you are doing. Onward on! Paul
Italian culture through education, language and the arts. She also makes awesome meatballs. (OK, so I made up that last part. I’m allowed, I’ve got a vowel at the end of my name too!) ... Lastly, Steve Bunecke married Jennifer Johnson in May. Steve pretends not to care if I mention him in this column, but I know, deep down, he really likes to be famous. Poor Jen, she’s going to have to pronounce and spell her name for the rest of her life, “That’s B-u-n-e-c-k-e, just like it sounds!” Joe Czekaj, John Mockler, Keith Hadley, and I were all there to witness the event in Greenville, SC. We couldn’t remember the last time all five of us were together. We’ve had four of five on several occasions but the wedding was a special treat! ... OK, tell me what’s going on with you all or I’ll be forced to report on the trials and triumphs of my daughter’s 6th grade CYO volleyball team. I’m an assistant coach so I now know what bumping and setting are and I’m prepared to describe them in detail! ... Tony
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Greetings from Chicago! The inauguration festivities in October for Fr. Niehoff were awesome. Make sure you get to meet our new president when he comes to your area. He is on a whirlwind tour of the country as he gets to understand our alma mater. ... I had lunch between the Mass and inauguration with Jean Nester Turcu and Mike Hermann. Jean lives in the neighborhood and her oldest son, Colin, is in eighth grade at Gesu and looking towards high school. The students in that area seem to have lots of good choices for high school. Mike marched in the academic procession for Fr. Niehoff’s inauguration as a representative of Niagara University, where Mike is athletic director and received his master’s. It was great to see both Jean and Mike. ... If you are in Chicago and looking for a mini-1982 reunion, head to Old St. Patrick’s Church. Katie Grace Brandt recently spotted Patrick Harrington and Art Matteotti there this fall. Art and his wife, Beth, were proudly showing off their baby, Arthur. Katie made some wisecrack about dads with gray hair and babies – I 44
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Received several congratulatory e-mails after the last issue of the alumni mag went out without a class of ’83 column, not even a hopeful plea for more information. Thanks for noticing, Joe Boyle ’84. Let’s see if we can’t improve on that. ... Congratulations to Mary Power Patton. For those who don’t read anything other than the class notes, you may not have known that Mary was awarded the Alumni Medal, JCU’s highest honor. ... Got word of another girls’ weekend, this one in Columbus, with Karen Castelli, Diane (Winter) O’Brien, Mary Kay (Sweeney) Friend, Jane Mackall, Peg (Morgan) Bollinger and Kathleen (Murphy) Emeterio. Di, is it true that the fire department really comes when the smoke detectors go off? Apparently, Mary Kay is an expert with her digital camera and printer and Karen has mastered the blender, resulting in wonderful Italian lemonades! ... John Purdy checked in from Kings Park, NY, where he resides with his wife, Nancy. John earned an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace in 1995 and is director of planning and development at E-Z-EM, Inc. ... Deb Solyan checked in with a new venture www.IambicChick.com. Deb can create a personalized greeting card for you that rhymes. Pretty cool. (Now would be the perfect time for me to slip into verse, but I’m going to leave that to the experts.) ... Lisa Amato Reid, an attorney with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur in Cleveland, has been named a trustee of the Italian American Cultural Foundation. The foundation promotes the
By popular demand (OK, one person said they thought it was funny) I am going to continue to start with some mutually relevant humor... You know you are over 40 when: Over 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work ... Dinner and a movie has become the whole date instead of the beginning of one ... A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer ‘pretty good stuff’ ... You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald’s ... Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt ... You actually eat breakfast foods at breakfast time ... Now the news — Did you read through the last issue of the John Carroll magazine? If you did, you couldn’t miss the two page article and photo featuring classmate Tim Cavanagh, representing our class in the magazine’s special feature on the Chicago connections to JCU. Tim gave insights into his successful C-town law practice. ... Ed Cooper and family also had their photo and a mention regarding him being a central figure in the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention in that issue! ... Janet (Jirus) Gaydosh, husband James “JJ” and five-year-old son John Thomas are now back in the local JCU territory. Janet said: “We just moved back to the Cleveland area after living in Ann Arbor for the last seven years. It is really good to be back home. In addition to being John’s mom (he’s in kindergarten at St. Dominic, Shaker Heights), I do freelance marketing and communications; plus I volunteer. For the last two years, I served as president of a not-for-profit in Ann Arbor. Now that we are back in Cleveland, I’m looking for new freelance clients and volunteer opportunities. As always, I gotta keep busy!” ... Christopher Fortunato found his summer to be quite busy. He is a professional actor in addition to being an attorney. He took three weeks off from practicing law (OK, he went in at night) and he made his Porthouse Theatre/KSU debut in West Side Story playing Detective Schrank, the nemesis of the
Jets and Sharks. Chris says: “It seems I have played police detectives or investigators in the last year. I played the head of the Secret Service, Col. Starling, in Camping with Henry and Tom, which also marked his debut in the Cleveland Public Theatre. Chris has also been in an industrial film for Ernst & Young. ... Teri Beran Kulat lives in Downers Grove, IL, with children Kevin (10) and Benjamin (4). Teri got her law degree from the University of Illinois in 1992. She is principal of her company: Theresa Beran Kulat, PC. ... Also heard Annette Summers lives in Naperville, IL, with her two kids David (15) and Nicholas (12). ... Rick Kuneman makes his home in Seal Beach, CA. ... Did you hear that? It is my deadline for the next column barreling down on me! Send in your news soon! (If nothing else, send me a good joke!) Don
Send your notes to: Diane (Nerem) Wendel 629 Quaker Road Rte 120 Chappaqua, NY 10514-1507 914-238-2227 E-mail: [email protected]
Once again, it was truly great to see everyone at our 20th Reunion this past June. As promised, I am getting back to some other “highlights” of the weekend. Spotted in attendance were Andy Saluan, a real estate developer in Naples, Meg (Flaherty) Huwar, Mary Gabel Hurt, Ellen (Titus) Cannon, Martha (Friday) Cusick and Jill (Arnold) Monk. Jill is living in D.C. and had hit back-to-back reunions this past summer — JCU and her 10 year Harvard MBA in Beantown. Also in attendance were Mary Beth and Jack ’84 Bedell, Wally Belleza, Brian Boose, Anne Fallon Carney, Daniel Cassavar, John Creamer, Tom Croft, Lisa Dellafiora, John Erste, Janet Gaugler, Vito Gruttadauria, Mary (Miralia) and Bob Hagar ’84, Teri (Johnson) and Mike Long ’83, Tom Healy, Myron Hill, Jim Hopkins, Lisa (Stevens) Kerka, Laurie (Barnhart) and Norm Kotoch, Sally Francis Leahy, Letitia and Jeff Linker, Jeff Louis, Amy (McKitrick) Malloy, Michelle (Sisson) Mares, Mike McCuen, Lou McMahon, Mike McNarney, Tim Miller, Jeannie (Berg) Muldowney, Tom Nicholas, Beth O’Donnell, Andrew Ondo, Cornelius O’Sullivan, Sue (Walsh) Vincent ’84 Pompili, Richard Poorman, Mary (McIntyre) Rumsey, Marie O’Leary-Stark, George and Gloria Stepanic, Paul Toutounji, John Reedy ’84. Wrapping up Saturday night’s evening festivities, Kathy (Egan) Ecklund surprised everyone as she dusted off her LGS tshirt from the closet to model - GO PANKY GO! ... Brian Boose contacted me and wanted us all to know that he just returned from the inauguration of Reverend Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, as JCU’s 24th president. “It was an impressive event with many attendees. They had a procession of many different groups and participants – including various campus groups (staff and faculty) as well as alumni from each class year. I was in full cap and gown representing our Class of ’85 and had a lot of fun.” Congratulations are in order as he is our new “Class Agent” to inform us of events taking place on campus and educate us all about the Carroll Fund. So if you hear from him, please don’t hang up! Brian is a national sales director
with Met Life and lives in Strongsville, OH, with his terrific wife, Susan, and three children, Stephen, Tyler, Alyssa. ... In July Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz and Jennifer (Tomko) Kehm walked in the Susan B. Komen 3-Day 60-mile Breast Cancer walk in Boston. Together they have raised over $32,000 for a cause that is very dear to my heart. In September I ran in the Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer in NYC. Incredible support and generous contributions were made by Stephen Healy, David D’Onofrio, Carol (Brennan) Joseph, Dolores (Beiswenger) Kimberly, Maureen (Flaherty) Menton, Susan “Bubbles” McAllister Cahill, Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz, and Maura Rowley and Elaine (Ashton) Reichart – mucho gracias amigos! ... Morris Grassi and wife, Belinda Glavic Grassi ’86, have two boys – Dante (5) and Marco (3) and reside in Concord Township, OH. Morris recently joined Sealtech Block which is a division of U.S. Technology Corp as regional sales manager. ... DOUBLE CONGRATULATIONS are in order as Matt Koenig finally tied the knot to Jessica E. Merry on October 8th in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. I’m still waiting for the wedding details! Matt recently joined Globe Composite Solutions as business manager for the Marine Products Division. The newlyweds reside in Duxbury, MA. ... Fellow CT neighbor, James Milton Marsh, Jr. ’86, dropped me a line informing me of his trip to Columbus for the OSU vs. Texas game with his brother, “Captain” John Marsh, et al. I’m still waiting to get the scoop! ... In closing, heartfelt condolences to Anne (Walker) Watterson ’86 who recently lost her beloved father, Richard Walker. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. ... XO Diane
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daughter, Jessica (4); and son; Jack (2). He noted that he drives by JCU twice daily on his commute to work. And YES, things sure DO look different now. ... For those of you who are foodies out there, check out Bob Sferra from Viking Culinary Arts. He was recently spotted at the Greater Cleveland Community Shares 20th anniversary celebration. He was a member of a panel of judges forced to endure a chicken-wing cook-off (as if that could possibly be a bad thing). The event was held on August 17th in the pavilion at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. If you can believe it, 300 guests ate more than 5,000 wings from 11 contenders. The judge’s unanimous decision went to Rock Bottom Brewery’s sweet and spicy Asian-style wings. Cleveland Community Shares was founded in 1985 and supports 40 local social justice organizations through workplace giving programs and philanthropic initiatives. (By the way, the accountant in me couldn’t let it rest ... that’s an average of 16.67 wings per person!) ... I ran into Pam Malone Mitchell at my son’s elementary school open house just a few weeks ago. She looked great as always, and had her two daughters in tow. She lives a stone’s throw from me in Concord Township, OH, with her husband, Wayne, and daughters Anna (2nd grade) and Mindy (5th grade). Seems our kids now go to the same elementary school. Funny how we end up where we begin ... I’ve known Pam since we went to grade school together ... then high school ... etc. We live so close, yet we never seem to run into each other! ... Finally, did you know you can update your alumni information directly online at www.jcu.edu? If you take a few moments to do that, the alumni office sends your class columnist the information the very next day! Well, maybe not THAT quick, but trust me, I get the word! So, for those of you who are reluctant to send information to your class columnist (yeah ... me), then GET ONLINE and fill out the information. It only takes a few quick moments, and it’s painless! Until next time ... Caio! Belinda
I’ll remind you all again ... REUNION ... next June 2325. BE THERE. If anyone is interested in being on our reunion committee, please contact Rosalie Massey [email protected]
- or 216.397.3014 or 1.800.736.2586. ... Finally I heard back from Jordan Pace regarding the status of his pending partnership at Plante & Moran. The great news is that it is now official and was effective July 1. He is now a partner in the Health and Human Services Group. Even with all the new responsibilities, I’m sure he still has time to spend with his favorite 1-year-old (Siena)! Jordan and his wife, Marci, are still in Columbus. ... I got an email from John Bruening. I am flattered that he thinks I am the keeper of all things 1986, but much credit must go to Michele McFarland at JCU who does lots of the behind-the-scenes forwarding! She is definitely my life saver! Anyway, John sounds like he has this really cool job as media relations manager at Telarc Records, an independent record label in Beachwood, OH. The company has won 42 Grammy Awards in its 27 years - mostly in classical and jazz. He is living in South Euclid with his wife, Mariah;
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As the leaves change to present their beautiful fall colors, we are writing our column, and it causes us to reflect on the many changes in our lives — new jobs, new homes, and the always joyful new additions to a family, to name a few. ... First let me say thank you to Kathy. When we agreed to do the column “together,” I was in the middle of a huge change. We built a new home last year, and although it was a good experience, it was overwhelming and we will never do it again
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Jim Sislo ’92 hanging with Don King. (famous last words). Kathy took on the column and now that the dust has settled, I promise to help fill our column with news of classmates. We really want to hear about the changes in your lives so we can keep our class well connected! ... Over the summer we did hear from Julia Welsh Lundy, who lives in State College, PA. She and her husband, John, welcomed their third child, Grace Anne, in July. Grace joins big sister Kate and big brother Will. ... Heather Stewart Kaznoski is enjoying family life in Marblehead, MA. She and her husband, Pete, have a three-year-old son, Wilson. ... Staci Blagovich wrote to tell us she got married this summer to Morgan Dunbar. Staci and Morgan were married at their favorite vineyard on Long Island. In addition to being a newlywed, Staci also runs her own production company, Eden Creative. Joining the wedding festivities were Sandra Ripepi Safford. Sandy moved this year to Hunting Valley, OH. Sandy owns a PR firm that handles clients such as the Great Lakes Science Center. In addition she also has two children — Gianna (5) and Vincent (2). ... Cindy Constantakis Russell is busy with her three girls — Alexis, Danielle, and Katherine. She and husband, Mark, live in Leesburg, VA. ... And finally, I ran into a long lost classmate, Marcianne Walach, at a mutual friend’s birthday in Canfield. Marci lives in Erie, has two teenage girls and is doing terrific. She often sees Craig DeMarco and Erin Doolin Fessler and reports all is well with them. We need updates from the Erie gang. ... As Jamie talks about change, JCU also continues to grow and change. In addition to the state-of-the art Dolan Science Center, beginning this fall, JCU welcomed its 24th president, Fr. Robert Niehoff. I had the honor of representing the class of ’88 at the Mass and inaugural celebration and it was a pleasure to be able to participate. If you haven’t been back to JCU lately, I encourage you to do so. Although much has changed in the looks of the campus and the faces of the faculty and staff, much remains familiar and it was so very nice to return to the place we called home for four or five years. That’s all for now. Let us know about the changes in your lives. Send your holiday greetings our way so we may include your updates in the next column. ... Cheers, Jamie and Kathy 46
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Send your notes to: David Gassman 3996 Astoria Way Avon, OH 44011 440-934-0366 E-mail: [email protected]
Greetings ’89ers ... Hope your summer went well and everyone is adjusting to the new climate. As fall rolls in, our sports teams here in Cleveland are dying; Indians failed to make the playoffs and the Browns combo of Trent Dilfer to Braylon Edwards so far looks like Craddock to Gosser back at Wasmer field. Oh well, on to the business at hand and it was SLOW business this month on the alumni news front. ... Pat Forebaugh has finally tied the knot after much badgering from his friends. He and his bride, Amy, were married in Chicago the last weekend of August. ’89ers in attendance were Chris Pelinsky and Brad Gosser. Pat and Amy will remain in Chicago, where they both work in the downtown area. Good luck Pat; we wish you all the best. ... The alumni office heard from Mike Mastrian, who is in Alexandria, VA, with his wife, Theresa, and their son, Zachary (15 mos.). Mike is the director of the U.S. Senate, Radio Television Gallery. Well unfortunately that is all of the information I received from all of you guys ... c’mon, how about some NEW news ... talk to you soon; pray for low heating bills! David
and use them to better the community around us. The awesome accomplishments of our alumni never cease to amaze me and inspire me. This is a perfect segue into the news of our classmates and what they are doing ... Stefanie (Ulatowski) Rhine is getting involved in the political process and is running for a seat on the South Euclid-Lyndhurst school board. She and her husband, Dan, live in Lyndhurst with their three children. Good luck, Stefanie, you’ve got my vote! ... Lisa (Miaskowski) Arnold updated me with some of her own good news ... she and hubby, Matt, are expecting triplets any day now (I am writing this in October, so by the time it reaches you, the babies will have arrived). They are living in Lakewood and Lisa has left her job as a high school guidance counselor to focus on being a mom. Lisa mentioned that they won’t know the sexes of the babies until they are born. I think that is cool particularly since it seems everybody wants to know ahead of time. Lisa wrote that she sees Leslie (Nagley) McCarthy and Vicki (Frabotta) Cowman each month for brunch. Leslie just had her third child in April. Megan joins big brother Evan (5) and sister,Kelly (3). Leslie is doing her student teaching this semester and will be licensed in December to teach special education. Congratulations, Leslie. Vicki is teaching at Notre DameCathedral Latin in Chardon and is mom to Brianna (5). ... Sally Ingberg-Lee and her husband Dan, are living in Twinsburg. They welcomed their new daughter, Nicole Ann, to the family on December 27, 2004. Sally writes that she and Dan are very fortunate in that Nicole has a great disposition – she hardly ever cries and has slept through the night since she was less than six weeks old! Thanks for the update, Sally. ... Donald Pirc checked in with the alumni office. He and his wife, Kirsten, live in Concord with their children, Evan (12), Tyler (12), Alexander (10), and Steven (3). Don works for Medical Mutual as director of provider contracting. ... Alumni getting involved in the political process to improve the school system, alumni teaching the future generation, alumni raising happy, healthy children ... like I said, I am always inspired by the accomplishments of JCU alumni! I hope you and yours have a blessed holiday season. Cheers, Melissa
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I had the honor of being a guest at the inauguration of Father Niehoff, JCU’s 24th president, in October. As I listened to his speech, I was reminded of how important it is that we take the values learned at JCU
Happy fall — hopefully, some of you made it for the homecoming festivities and the inauguration of our new president. I was thrilled to receive several emails for the column. … Robert Schaefer and his wife reside in North Carolina. Anyone from our class in Charlotte? Please contact me and I will give you Robert’s info. Robert has three children and is the director of sales for Jacobsen. ... Brad Zediker is residing outside of Pittsburgh with his wife and two daughters. He works for AT&T. He is the drummer in a band called “Fun Money.” ... Kim Ballenger is residing in Chicago. She is the producer for Esser Hayes Insurance Group. ... Joe Lardie and wife, Megan, just had a fourth baby named Brendan. Congrats to you! ... Congratulations goes out to
Stephen ’90 and Mary Beth Tirpak on the birth of a son, Stephen John. Stephen (dad) works at Chambers Funeral Home in Cleveland and Mary teaches at Goldwood in Rocky River, OH. ... Tony Georges and his wife reside in my neighborhood now. They recently moved to Westlake with their three boys. It has been fun running into them in the area. ... I e-mailed Tara O’Neill, who resides in Avon with her husband. Tara works at American Greetings and teaches ski lessons as well. ... Bryan Barnhart is living in Westerville, OH, with his wife, Tina, and Austin (17 mos). He is a territory manager for Abbott Laboratories. ... Please let us know what you or a fellow classmate are up to. Enjoy the upcoming holiday season with family and friends and remember — laugh often, love much, and live well. Molly
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Coral, FL, with son Terrance (8). Joseph is COO for Sports Image, Inc. out of Franklin, OH. ... Geraldine Butler, a graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has been appointed to the NCAA Division III committee of infractions. She will hold that position until January 2009. Geraldine works for Baker Hostetler & Patterson, LLP. ... John Pieschalski received his master’s in education from Cleveland State and is an English teacher and football coach for Clearview Local Schools. He and wife, Michelle, live in Lorain, OH, with their son Drew (9 mos). ... Anne-Marie (Wolanin) Connors and husband, Andrew ’96, had a busy 2004.They welcomed identical twin boys, James and Cameron, on July 17, then two weeks later moved from Westlake, OH, to Anne-Marie’s hometown of Chesterland, OH; AND Andy started a new position as vice president at Fairport Asset Management, a local wealth management firm. Four months later, they moved into a new home. Anne-Marie continues to work at Case Western Reserve University School of Law as director of regional development, alumni relations and special gifts, on a part-time basis now. And I quote: “A year later, we can say we’ve survived! Life is good, albeit hectic.” ... Brad Raitz and his wife, Karen, welcomed their first son, Bryan Douglas, into the world on July 29. Brad is director of RBR Technology Systems in Dallas, TX. ... Thanks for taking the time to read up on what others in our class are doing, now please take the time to send me an update on you! God Bless, Julie
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I had the honor of representing our class at the inauguration of John Carroll’s 24th president, Father Robert Niehoff, SJ, on October 11. For the future of the John Carroll community, Father Niehoff’s challenge is to “engage the world” in our lives. The event was wonderful and made me miss our days at JCU. The campus has changed but it was also comforting to see many familiar faces. There is a television commercial for John Carroll that I saw the other day and it made me excited and proud. ... Dennis Reardon and I are doing well. Dennis started a new job with Alliance Data Systems as a manager in their Consulting Services Division. ... I received several updates from Kevin Joyce. He is a state representative for the State of Illinois. He and wife, Krista, have five children and are expecting their sixth in January (wow). Their children are: son Cameron (9), daughters Kaila (5) and Jessica (4), son Michael (3) and daughter Kristen (2). Mike Kelly and his wife have two sons: Seamus and Liam. Tim Nitsche and his wife, Colleen, have three children. Thanks for the update, Kevin, and good luck with # six. ... Michelle Cerino Yarris and Chris Yarris moved back from Switzerland and are now living in Naperville, IL. Chris is working for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Michelle is staying home with the kids for now. Their kids are Elizabeth (7), Blake (5) and Jacques (21 mos.). Michelle, there was much information about JCUers in Chicago in the last issue, I hope you found it useful and can get involved in the alumni group there. ... Vanessa Case was married in August 2004 to Michael Ruppe, whom she met at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, where she works as a nurse practitioner. Dianna (Hilterman) Rowley, still living in Oakland, CA, with husband Dan, was a bridesmaid. In May 2005, Vanessa and Michael had their first baby, Joseph William. ... Joseph Wieleba and wife, Ashley, live in Cape
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Hello classmates! Hope you are all doing well. Not too much to report this time, so get your information in to me if you are reading this and haven’t seen your name in a while. ... Congratulations to Sarah Kocian Alzamora and her husband, Mike, who welcomed their first child, Robert “Bobby” Alzamora on July 1.They are living in Evanston, IL, and love parenthood. ... John Fleckenstein reports from Florida that he is a project manager for TNT Logistics. ... Amy Huth-Hazelton is teaching math for Beachwood City Schools. She has two children, Kaitlyn (5) and Sydney (3). ... Jennifer Dietrick reports that she is working in New York City as a management supervisor for OgilvyOne Worldwide. ... Finally, I have some stork news! Alex Spinos and his wife, Allison, are expecting their first baby in February, and Kelly Crowe and Sara Tabis Crowe ’95 are expecting a little girl in February. I guess old roommates even plan on having babies at the same time. We will keep you posted! ... Luck to you always, Moe
Julie (Birmingham) Hoeper reports that she and husband, Eric, returned last year to her native Arlington Heights, IL, from Southern California, where he was doing his sports medicine residency. After 10 years of teaching third grade, Julie is a stay home mom to daughter, Emma, born in March. She also works part time from home as an instructional consultant and freelance writer. Julie’s husband was in residency with Eric Boose. ... Eric was spotted at the wedding of John O’Block to Ely Bueno in Massachusetts by Vincent Cannata. Vince and his wife, Tina, are busy raising twins Katie and Kelly (2) but managed to sneak off to the wedding where they celebrated with Bryan and Jackie (St. Marie) Davis, Mike and Kate (Donnelly) O’Leary, Todd Guth, Kevin Furlong, Romeo Monzones, Joe Masek, Jim Vernon ’94, Mike Reichart ’94, Dan Reichart ’96. ... Gesu Church was the site of Ann (Crowley) Raven’s ’99 recent wedding to Mike Raven. They are renovating a house in Kent. Up the road in Hudson, OH, lives Dr. Ioanna Giatis with her husband, Brian Kessler, and their two children, Katherine (3) and Ethan (1). ... Chardon (OH) High School is “home” for Julie (Pavolino) Kolcum, an English teacher and volleyball coach for 10 years. She and husband, Jim, married in December 2004. Also working there are Kristen Niedzwiecki ’96, Casey (Shepard) Ptasznik, Lynn (Roessner) Monaco ’98 and Kathy (Apple) Francis, a guidance counselor and yearbook advisor. Kathy just gave birth to Will on September 14. Kathy’s husband, Bob, the CHS assistant football coach, says that brother Sam is not a bit jealous of his new competition. ... Brian Barrett and Jeanne Romano married after our JCU days and have two children, Colin (2) and Samantha (1). Jeanne is a part-time CPA. Brian earned his second master’s degree in 1999 (MBA and MIS), and works for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Brian hangs with the JCU Pittsburgh crew and is a Steeler season ticket holder with Mike Napolitano. ... Jake Freppel lives in his hometown of Napoleon, OH, and works at an accounting firm. Jake says Paul Knaus is engaged to his longtime girlfriend. They live in Germany, where Paul is an English teacher. ... Brian and Susan (Clark) Robinson live in Chicago. Brian works for ABN AMRO. ... After graduating, Teresa Hurst, worked as an internet strategy consultant in New York City and Jakarta, Indonesia. She now lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her partner, Allison. In addition to working as a community organizer against child sexual abuse, she has a private psychotherapy practice. She is working towards a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the New School for Social Research. Theresa stays in touch with Jessica Humphrey (finishing her Ph.D. in English from UC Santa Barbara), Teresa (Camarota) McCrumb (teaching in Michigan and raising two daughters), Susan Hunter and Nicole Nashar ’94 (both living in Cleveland and working in marketing). ... Former basketball player, Lori Neider Coy and husband, Bob, had their first child, Anna, in May They have
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lived in Colorado for three years. ... Michelle Vis gave birth to Kara Marie in August. ... Swim classes and Kindermusik have replaced the corporate grind for Jennifer (Wagner) Gerborg. Now a full-time mom to Jack (2), Jennifer moved back to Ohio in May after a five-year stint in Atlanta, where she was the PR manager for a company. ... Justin Polburn has been busy with his new company Jay-Ray Products, Inc. since 2003. Potential investors may want to visit his web site http://www.jayrayproducts.com. In addition to the Jay-Ray venture, Justin is the IT director at Visual South, Inc. Justin’s daughters, Brittany (6) and Kaitlyn (3), are attending private Christian schools. The family participates in several Christian dramatic productions by Narroway. ... Until next time, Annie
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... Roslyn Valentino Ellerbusch has been living in Dallas for over five years and recently celebrated her nine-year anniversary with Ashland, Inc. She was promoted to territory manager in the Environmental Services Division and has responsibility for the Dallas, East Texas, Northern Louisiana and Southern Arkansas region. Roslyn writes that one of the most exciting challenges she has been given is to coordinate waste disposal for the DEA and various police and government agencies for residential drug seizures. ... Jamie Wheeler became engaged to Jaime Ellison in Central Park, NYC. They live in Tremont and Jamie works for Bristol-Myers Squibb as a cardiovascular risk specialist and attends CWRU as a part-time MBA student. ... Edward Cabrera, who obtained an MBA from CSU in 2004, is working as CEO of Cabrera Enterprises, Ltd. and is living in Miami, FL. He married Kristina Petkov on September 17 in Sanibel, FL. ... Vanessa Lindeman Downey was married February 10, 2004 on the beach in Maui, HI, to John Downey (Miami University grad). Vanessa writes that Laurie Birko was able to attend the wedding. The newlyweds live in NJ and Vanessa works in sales. The couple welcomed their first child – baby girl Savannah Michele Downey June 21. Vanessa says Laurie now works at MTD Products as a marketing manager, Amy Diorio works at Sherwin-Williams in marketing and Colleen Bender got married and is expecting her first child this November. ... I heard from Megan Gill Kopp who is living in San Diego and works as a chef for a catering company. She entered a contest sponsored by Gourmet Magazine and www.epicurious.com. Her recipe for “Mexican Turtle Chocolate Mink” was selected as one of three finalist entries. Megan was vying for the opportunity to attend events at the Gourmet Institute in NYC for a weekend. Voting went until October 17. ... John Bardwell lives in Brunswick, 48
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OH, with his wife, Giselle, and their four children – Nathan (8), Danielle (5), Emily (3) and Abigail (1). John works as director, online sales and marketing, for Clear Channel Radio in Independence. He writes that he plans to attend the reunion this year along with his JCU roommate, Benwa. ... Ryan Lex a classmate who went on to graduate from Miami U. wrote to say hello to all of his former JCU classmates — praying that everyone is well. Ryan lives in Cincinnati, OH, with his wife, Stefanie, and children Ethan (2) and Kate (6 mos). ... Leslie McAndrew Logan and husband, Sean ’98, delivered a (10 lbs. 5 oz.) baby boy, Liam, on August 22. They reside in Richmond Heights, OH. ... James Auricchio has been appointed assistant district attorney in Erie County, NY, specializing in white collar crime. He and his wife, Robin, welcomed their first child, Katherine Marie (Kate) on April 1. ... Jacqueline Skotzke is living in Chardon, OH, with husband Rich ’95 and son Luke Anthony born July 6. Jacqueline earned her M.Ed. from JCU in ’97 and is an elementary school teacher in the Kenston School District. ... Nathaniel Schoen lives in Toledo, OH, and is president of Bridgewater Consulting, Inc. ... Laura Gleason and her daughter, Abby Kay Schultz (3), just moved into a new house in PA and are excited about making it feel like home. Laura was promoted to adoption service coordinator and is excited to be using her training and skills to help special needs children and loving families find each other. ... Christopher Flynn and wife Molly are living in Los Angeles, where Christopher works as an agent trainee for William Morris. ... Until next time, may the Lord bless you and keep you, Amy
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Patricia Nowak is the owner of Charlotte Braun Dance Studio in Parma Heights, OH. ... Dan Tartabini works in sales with KB Home in Phoenix, AZ. ... Brian Polian is living out his dream as the special teams and assistant defensive backs coach at the University of Notre Dame. ... Brian Tommasone works with Park View Federal Savings Bank in Solon, OH. He and his wife, Valerie, have a two-year-old daughter named Kassandra. ... Linda Iekel Murray lives in her hometown of Rochester, NY. She’s been happily married for four years and just had her second child, Elena, in April. (Joseph is their son who’s only 14 months older!) In terms of career, “I’m raising these kids. And, after four years as a parent educator with a local non-profit agency I’m starting a consulting business to teach parenting skills and support local parents. I couldn’t ask for anything more. We are truly blessed.” ... Beth Weist is a teacher at Catholic Central Elementary in Urbana, OH. ... Please keep the news coming. I frequently get notes from classmates who enjoy reading about friends they’ve lost touch with over the years. And don’t forget that it’s possible to include recent pictures of you and your classmates in the Alumni Journal. Just drop me an email. Thanks! ... Brian
I had the privilege of representing our class at the inauguration of Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, John Carroll’s 24th president. I was honored and humbled to join representatives from other classes in the procession around the Quad and into the DeCarlo Varsity Center. It’s obvious that Rev. Niehoff is going to do great things for our alma mater. ... In other news, I was proud to become an “aunt” this summer when my roommate of four years, Kristie (Kontak) Crane, and her husband, Aaron, welcomed little Ava Elizabeth into their lives on September 4. The Cranes are doing well, living in Columbus, OH. ... Ian Meyers recently bought a home in Cleveland and is pursuing his master’s degree in Homeland Security/Terrorism Studies from the American Military University. Ian writes that Jen and Ken Gaume are expecting their first child and are now living in Medina, OH, after spending a few years in Philadelphia, PA. ... Nathan Lambert and Jenny (Maloney) Lambert ’00 had a baby girl in April; they named Matt Carver the godfather and Tara Wisniewski ’00 the godmother. Speaking of Matt, he and Lynda (Hogan) Carver had a baby girl in September, as did Mike Ziccardi and his wife. ... This October, Peter Andolino and Michelle Nigon ’00 were married in Philadelphia, PA. ... Sandra Lobritz Gaston and her husband, Jay, are living in Flowery Branch, GA. ... Erin Fagan recently relocated from Boston, MA, to Charleston, SC, where she is teaching third grade at Fort Dorchester Elementary School in Summerville, SC. Erin graduated from Lesley University with a dual master’s degree in elementary education and reading. ... Travis and Theresa (Henn) Day welcomed their first child, Dylan Thomas, on July 18. Theresa writes that they are living near Indianapolis, IN, where Travis is the primary research scientist for the pediatric surgery group at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and she is an assistant senior biologist within the Neuroscience Department at the pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly and Company. Theresa would love to hear from other JCU folks living in Indianapolis - [email protected]
... John and Jane (Rich) Wieland welcomed baby Jacob Michael to their family on Mother’s Day 2004. This May, Jane earned her MBA from Ohio Dominican University and recently was promoted to operations manager at Grainger Industrial Supply. The Wielands live in Powell, OH. Jane writes that she and Natalie (Barrington) Hackney still get together for mini-reunions and shopping trips. Natalie and her husband Brad are expecting their first child this November. The Hackneys live in Cleveland, OH, where Natalie works as a school psychologist. ... And that wraps up our last class update for 2005. Best wishes to all of you and your families for a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy and fun new year – after all, this is the year many of us celebrate the big 3-0! In the midst of your busy lives, please take a moment to send me an e-mail so that I can write about you in our next class column. Looking forward to hearing from you soon – Cherie
Send your notes to: Martin Fox E-mail: [email protected]
After being away for a few issues, it’s nice to be back at the quill. A special thanks to Kathryn Taylor for serving as a guest columnist. I just wish KT could have fit in some news about classmates with Chicago roots. ... Seriously, who’s ready for a Brian Gomo update? Brian lives in Erie, PA, and is the general manager of First Machine and Manufacturing. Brian also entered into a storage rental property venture with his brother. ... “How’s Resa Whipkey, you say?” Funny, you should ask because Resa is doing well and works at the Aurora (OH) City Schools as a school psychologist. ... Congrats to Joni (Cola) Krause on her recent promotion at Ernst & Young. Joni and her husband are planning a trip to Orlando, FL, for Jennifer Wilson’s upcoming wedding. ... “How’s life in Poland ... OH?” Just ask Maura Evans, who was married in September to Michael Wernicki. Maura is completing her master’s in reading at YSU. After the program is finished, Maura will begin her job as a reading specialist. Cheers to Maura and Michael. ... Speaking of Y-Town, Daniel Memo and his wife, Erin (Fritz) ’00 are doing well there too. For the past six years, Daniel has been a financial consultant for Smith Barney. ... Since college, CPT Mike Stull has been in the U.S. Army flying UH60L Black Hawk helicopters for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). In 2002, Mike served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and in Iraq in 2003 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mike would like to thank everyone for their support and please keep him in your prayers as he is in Iraq. ... Thanks to correspondence from his sister, Betsy, we have some great news to share about Vince Benander. After graduation, Vince worked at Progressive Insurance for a few years in computer programming but felt he had a “higher calling” in life. In 2003, Vince was accepted at St. Michael’s Abbey in California and joined an order of monks called the Norbertines. Later that year, Vince became a brother and now is officially known as Brother (Frater) Alan. He has limited contact with his family and friends but he is able to get mail. Feel free to write Vince (even if it’s just to vent about Casey Blake) at: Vince Benander (Fr. Alan Benander), c/o St. Michael’s Abbey,19292 El Toro Road, Silverado, CA 92676. ... As always, please e-mail your updates and news ... Until the next issue, Marty
office in Sydney. ... Jennifer Lamielle married Robert Tew in September and lives in Arlington Heights, IL. ... Kevin Garvey lives in Westlake, OH. ... After living in Park City, UT, for the past few years, Jim Flock joined the Peace Corps in September and will be stationed in Kenya for the next two years. Jim has wanted to join the Peace Corps since high school. Jim’s contact information is James H. Flock, PCV/U.S. Peace Corps/P.O. Box 30518/Village Market, 00621/Nairobi, Kenya [email protected]
... Carrie Mack moved to Washington, D.C., in August where she is manager of sales and marketing for MAPI, an executive development and business research organization in Arlington, VA. ... Jennifer (Capuano) Puffer works for St. John, Inc. in Ashtabula, OH, in the alumni and development office. ... Jillian DelSignore ’99 lives in Chicago and works as a regional consultant-senior analyst for Goldman Sachs & Co. Jillian earned her MBA at the University of Pittsburgh in 2004. ... Jon Powers let us know that the Orphans and Street Kids Project was officially launched as a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation www.vvaf.org - as “War Kids Relief,” on November 10 in New York at the Torch for Tomorrow Awards. Jon feels that finally, after all the effort put forth, the project will begin to make a difference in the lives of the children of Iraq. ... Keep the class column in mind and let us know when you move, get promoted, start a new job, get married, welcome a new baby or just want to catch up with classmates. ... Have fun and keep us informed, Clare and Lisa
Katie McCoy, Ray Braum ’99, John Fuller, Doug Hayes, Nick Lever, and Scott Williams. Shannon is a fifth grade teacher in Greenwood, MS. ... Henry Burns is someone who spent time at a few weddings this summer and sends news on behalf of his friends. Henry attended Pat Corrigan’s ’02 wedding in Omaha and shared in the occasion with Rob Stircula ’03 and Tarek Said. Henry’s summary: Pat is working as an accountant for a local construction company. Rob is engaged to marry Tara Heck and is the head basketball coach at Benedictine High School. Tarek is a secondyear law student at Thomas Cooley in Michigan. Henry also attended Nicole Chance’s wedding this summer. Nicole is studying for a master’s in physical therapy at Akron U. Also in attendance for Nicole’s wedding were: Tania Nemer, a third-year law student at Thomas Cooley; John Colan, who is in Washington, D.C., working for an internet company after finishing law school; and Joe George, who finished law school at CSU and currently coaches football at St. Edward’s. Chad and Sarah Stein welcome Ave Marie to their family. Henry spent some time at Fashion Week in New York and took advantage of a photo-op with fellow JCU alumnus and model, Ross Donadio; the photo was published in a September issue of the Plain Dealer. When he’s not posing for pictures, Henry can be found at Ernst & Young in New York City. ... Reminders: reserve the reunion dates and encourage your friends to attend. Information updates can be sent in response to mailings as well as through the alumni web site. ... Live joyfully, Maureen
Send your notes to: Maureen DeMers Fariello 2133 South Finley Rd., #515 Lombard, IL 60148 E-mail: [email protected]
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The holidays are approaching and the year is winding down, but our fellow alums are still on the move! ... Melissa Monaco is working on an MBA from Macquarie University in Australia and works in strategic communications at the Ernst & Young
Before you continue reading this column, find your calendar and write down the dates for our 5-year reunion: June 23-25, 2006. It’s hard to believe, but it’s time to plan some official celebrating of our JCU memories and how our lives have changed since. Please continue to send updates on you and your friends so the goodness of our lives can be shared. ... Adam Selsby is living in Chicago and so is Catherine Watts, who is working on her master’s in speech and language pathology at St. Xavier University. ... Jared Huelsman is “residing happily” in Columbia, MD, while he studies for an MBA at Loyola College and works as a production/inventory control analyst for Sherwin-Williams. ... Melanie (Rhodes) Johnson is a senior admissions advisor at Bryant & Stratton College in Willoughby Hills; she and her husband, Mark, celebrated their first anniversary in midOctober. ... Congratulations to all who are celebrating anniversaries and marriages, including Matt Guzzo, who recently married Suzie (Valentin) Guzzo ’04. Matt and Suzie live in Pittsburgh. ... Shannon (Brininger) Melton married Moss Melton in May. ... Indu (Velayudhan) Braum and Sara Anderson were bridesmaids and guests included: Marisa Downs,
Hello ... I have exciting updates to share with you. ... Toni DiNallo is living in South Euclid and working as a manager at ECRM, a trade show/ marketing company in Solon. She is also training to become a Tae Kwon Do instructor. ... Dave and Kate (Morrissy) Galise were recently married and are living in Naperville, IL, outside of Chicago. ... Jennifer Kelley married Brad Piroli ’03 on July 30 in Saint Francis Chapel. The wedding party included Alison Robinette, Jessica Greco ’03, and Scott Bryson ’01. Jennifer is a third grade teacher at St. Paschal Baylon School in Highland Heights. Jennifer and Brad honeymooned in Jamaica and are living in Stow. ... Katrina King just moved to NYC to take a position as a national producer for CBS. She produces all the national stories for CBS’s O & O web sites and manages over 40 major market CBS station web sites. ... Nicole Kropiwnicki graduated in May 2005 from Youngstown State University with a master’s degree in physical therapy. She is working at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland as an inpatient physical therapist. She is engaged to Fred Haun and is planning a fall 2006 wedding. ... Raven Lugo and Peter Noveske ’01 are getting married in October 2006. ... Scott Martin is living and working as a planner for Werner Enterprises in Omaha, NB. ... Lisa Parks is the director of
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Emilie Alesnik and Mark Lucia were married on July 23 in Parma. They are living in Cincinnati where Mark is attending medical school at the University of Cincinnati. Classmates who were in the wedding were: from left, Theresa Spada, Samantha Crish, Mark Lucia, Emilie Lucia, Jessica Franck, Tim Cherney, Natalie Alesnik. events services for ECRM in Warrensville Heights. Her position has given her the opportunity to travel the world coordinating manufacturer and retailer conferences. She is preparing to one day own and operate her own dance studio. ... Brian Perkins is a field clinical representative for Guidant Corporation. Brian and his wife, Lauren, are proud parents of Elizabeth “Ellie,” who was born on May 11. They are living in South Euclid. ... Shannon Thomas-Ziemnik earned her MA from DePaul University in English in 2004. She is living, with her husband, Brian, in Mayfield Heights, and teaching English at Kent State University and Cuyahoga Community College. ... Thank you to everyone who took the time to share your news with us. Have a wonderful holiday season, and keep in touch. Gina
Send your notes to: Theresa Polachek 4844 Westbourne Rd. Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124 E-mail: [email protected]
“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read.” ~ Mark Twain (1835-1910) I thought this might be a nice way to start off our fall/winter column, since we are headed into the holiday season and our country is on the road to recovery from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who were affected by these storms. The news is brief. ... Jack Gutowitz is starting work on his third season of “The West Wing,” where he is a producer’s assistant for the show. He has also worked as a production assistant on the HBO television show “The Comeback.” ... Jennifer Kelley ’02 and Brad Piroli were married July 30 at Saint Francis Chapel. The couple is living in Stow, OH. Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couple! ... Hannah Fritzman recently accepted a
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position as program coordinator for the Civic Innovation Lab and the Cleveland Executive Fellowship, two economic development programs funded by the Cleveland Foundation. In between working and playing, Hannah writes a blog for the Young Professional section of Cleveland.com. Make sure you check it out at http:// www.cleveland.com/weblogs/theview/ ... Kelly Klima is in her second year of teaching science at Berea and Midpark High Schools, where she also coaches volleyball and softball. ... Jeannie Kidera, who earned an M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University this past spring, is teaching English and creative writing at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH. She’s also hitting the sports field as a girl’s soccer coach. ... That’s it for the news this time, make sure to send any notes to our new email address - [email protected]
Also, I was recently chatting with some fellow alumni and someone suggested the idea of a Class of 2003 web page to help everyone keep up more frequently. (The Class of 2000 has one up and running already! If anyone wants to check it out, there is a link on the JCU site under alumni.) If anyone has Web talents and would like to share their knowledge and time to help, please drop me a line. Best wishes to everyone as we head from summer into fall, and then into a Cleveland winter. Keep warm! Take care, Theresa
Send your notes to: Paul S. Clapp aol: ClapperJCU 440-812-3837 (c) E-mail: [email protected]
especially near the tennis courts. It was nice to catch up with all our friends. I’ll keep this one short, as there are so many updates this time around (we even have pictures). ... Jamie Anderson is working in training and development at National City (Home Equity). She and Matt Warzel ’03 are engaged and plan on getting married next year. Matt is currently working on a screenplay. ... Melissa A. Bresler is currently working in Los Angeles at Real Orange Creative, Inc., a full-service advertising agency and creative company. She is the director of account services and the Ambassador to Irwindale, CA (Which is the city the agency is in). ... Emilie Alesnik and Mark Lucia got married in July in Cleveland and have moved to Cincinnati, where Emilie will be teaching high school English at ClermontNortheastern and Mark will be attending his second year of medical school at the University of Cincinnati. Thanks to Theresa Spada for sending a picture from the wedding. ... Lindsay Recktenwald is living in Virginia Beach and just began a job as a proofreader for Harris Connect after attending the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver this past summer. ... Tim Seeberg is now living in Boston working as an assistant account manager at David Wilson Advertising. If anyone is living near Boston, give Tim a shout. ... Carrie Huszczo, one of our favorite people in the mail center sent great news. Her son, JJ Huszczo ’97 and his wife, Karla, just had a beautiful baby boy, Jayden Michael. This is Carrie’s first grandchild, a future Carroll grad for sure. ... Jessica Franck is teaching seventh grade at Mayfield Middle School, while Tim Cherney is at grad school at the University of Colorado, and Jessie Kron is engaged to Larry Nolte ’02 and will be married on June 3, 2006 at Saint Francis Chapel. ... Sarah Weese is enjoying beautiful Greensboro, NC. She will be graduating in August 2006 with her master’s degree in counseling. Currently she is in the middle of a year-long internship as a counselor at an agency for troubled youth and adolescents. ... Jen (Szymanski) Konoff was married on June 18, 2005 to her high school sweetheart. Her twin sister Jacki Szymanski was her maid of honor, and Lisa Krall was a bridesmaid. After enjoying the honeymoon in Aruba, they are now living in Cleveland where Jen is working in human resources at Parma Community General Hospital. ... Time for some updates ... ENS Josh and Sara (Bryan) Falbo, were married June 4, 2005 on the beach in Virginia Beach. They have moved to Brunswick, ME, where Josh has been assigned to Patrol Squadron 26 at Naval Air Station Brunswick. Sara has gone back to school to earn a nursing degree at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. ... Meghan Kelly arrived back in the U.S. on August 5 and began classes at Indiana University School of Medicine on August 15. It took her a while to get both feet back into the American lifestyle but is now adjusted. ... Thanks again to everyone for sending updates. Paul
Hello to all of you. I want to thank everyone who sent in updates. My e-mail inbox was flooded with updates ... which makes my job that much easier. ... I am writing this note just after attending homecoming weekend. It was really nice to get back to campus and see everyone doing so well. I couldn’t help but notice how happy everyone was,
Send your notes to: Jennifer Tolhurst 1360 W. Clifton Blvd. Lakewood, OH 44107 614.370.1565 (c) E-mail: [email protected]
I’m really excited to be class columnist and to hear what everybody’s doing. Since graduation, I’ve been living in Lakewood and working in Lorain at The Morning Journal as a copy editor, along with my fellow Carroll News alum, Beth Stallings, who is working as a reporter. It’s been great hearing from everybody, and I hope that you’ll all keep sending me your news. We’ve already got a lot going on, so here it is. ... Maureen Joyce is pursuing her master’s degree in public health at Dartmouth College. ... Tiffany Negin is working as an accountant in the corporate accounting department with National Enterprise Systems, a debt collecting agency in Solon. ... Jessica Hackman is getting her master’s degree in community counseling from Loyola University Chicago. She eventually wants to work in marriage and family therapy. ... Joanna LeFebvre is an assistant editor at Penton Media in Cleveland, working on a food management publication. ... Megan Mahany is in law school at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. ... Arianne Anderson is in a two-year management training program at Cintas Corporation. She is hoping to work in sales. ... Emma Ghannoum recently got engaged to Brett Ferek. She is now working part time at University Hospitals in the dermatology department and pursuing her master’s degree and licensure in elementary education from JCU. The wedding will take place on May 27 at the Amasa Stone Chapel at Case Western Reserve University. Her bridal party includes me, Ali Smouse, who is working as an account coordinator at Malone Advertising in Akron, Lauren Smith and Kaela Jones. ... Tim Grose is finishing up his first semester at the University of Virginia. In February, he will travel to China on a Fulbright Grant to research a Turkic, Muslim minority group called the Uighurs who live in China’s Xinjiang province. He will study social and economic change in the region and how China’s attempts at modernization have changed Muslim life. ... Tiffany Olson is working as a marketing assistant for Aero Distributing. She does marketing for bookstores and libraries, setting up in-store performances and displays. ... Please call or e-mail me with any updates. Jennifer
Dare we say: Students engaging the world
Marissa Madden’05 with friends in Duran, Ecuador. Marissa is spending a year as a volunteer with the Rostro de Cristo (Face of Christ) program. We will say more about Marissa in a future issue.
After graduation, Meghan Kelly ‘05 was in Rome for three months of training then left for Kove, Togo where she was scheduled to work in a clinic in Kove in the African country Sept 7th. There were delays in the building, so she taught in a school for women ages 15 to 30 operated by the Cannossian Daughters of Charity congregation of religious women. Meghan arrived back in the US in early August and began classes at Indiana University School of Medicine.
The only commitment is to produce an interesting, relevant and entertaining 600-word class notes column four times a year. The classes of 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1945 and 1946 need you. It doesn’t have to be a long commitment – however long you can write for your class will be appreciated. Contact: [email protected]
or call Michele McFarland at 216.397.4321.
Seniors Brian Mauk(left) and Megan Weiss (far right) were among the estimated million young people who visited with Pope Benedict in the area of Cologne, Germany on August 21. After planes, trains and buses, Weiss walked six miles and Mauk walked 26 miles to arrive at the location where the pope addressed the throng. The trip of Weiss and Mauk was sponsored by Campus Ministry
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J O H N
Richard Ward ’55, educator
Richard Ward grew up in Cleveland, served in the Navy in WWII, earned a bachelor and a master’s degree from John Carroll; taught elementary and high school in Northeast Ohio, and then migrated with his family to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, where he became a revered college professor. Mr. Ward died at the age of 77 in Florence, KY. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati and taught at Mount St. Joseph in the Queen City and then became a driving force in the creation of Northern Kentucky University’s political science department. He was the author of India’s Pro Arab Policy. He retired from the university in 1991 and he and his wife subsequently lived in Arizona and Florida before returning to Florence. Mr. Ward and Susanne, his wife of 53 years, were the parents of nine children. At the memorial service for Mr. Ward, his daughter Cathy Koop said: ”Dad made everyone feel so special – from each of his children to friends, colleagues and students. When you speak to dad, you have his fullest attention, as if you are the most important person in his life. He made you feel as if you were his favorite child, favorite son-in-law, daughter-in-law, favorite student and best friend. And he always gave you words of encouragement, making you feel as if you could accomplish anything…” Mr. Ward is survived by his wife; by sons, Thomas, Timothy, Richard; by daughters, Therese Stewart, Jeanne Bloebaum, Carol Engleman, Susanne Britton, Catherine Koop and Christine Kidd; 19 grandchildren; and by one great-grandchild.
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Fr. Glaude Gaebelein’43, diocesan priest
Fr. Claude Gaebelein served as a Catholic priest at many parishes in the Diocese of Cleveland. He concluded his career as pastor emeritus of St. Mary Church in Barberton, Ohio, and as a servant in pastoral ministry to retired priests.. Fr. Gaebelein, a proud member of the Class of 1943, died September 19, at 83. Born in 1921 in Cleveland, Claude Gaebelein attended Holy Name High School, John Carroll, St. Mary College in Kentucky and St. Mary Seminary, Cleveland. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1946. He worked in five parishes before becoming chaplain at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland. He moved from there to Sheffield Lake, Cuyahoga Falls and finally to Barberton, where he became, first, pastor and, in 1994, pastor emeritus at St. Mary Aside from his work in parishes, Fr. Gaebelein served on the board of trustees for the Catholic Cemeteries Association, as delegate for senior priests and as the manager of Issenmann Place, the diocesan residence for retired priests. Fr. Don Cozzens, who is now a writer-inresidence at John Carroll, knew Fr. Gaebelein from their work in the Cleveland diocese. Cozzens said: ”Whenever I met Claude I thought I was talking to a sleepy country pastor, but behind that almost droll personality was a man who was very alert to church life and who had a special regard for his brother priests. “
Robert E Sheehan Francis J. Burns Frank J. Otto David I. Kaplan Joseph A. Cicerrella James W. McMahon Claude J. Gaebelein Donald U. Bissonnette Robert W. Kline Thomas A. Lies Andrew Boyko John V. Boberg
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Joseph L. Audino William D. Sweeney Donald N. Novak Gerald J. Brock Paul A. Hoffmeyer Francis J. Gallagher Richard E. Ward William A. Bertsch Lucila C. Rivera Thomas Szarwark James J. Forrestal Kenneth Pawlicki
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Gerald R. Roda Richard A. Chiancone Donald W. Suopis Peter V. Maxymiv Marion D. Frankel Harry Giles Vincent Gregory J. Suchocki Nancy L. Olson Ann R. Lesser Cynthia R. Isler
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This is the deceased list as we know it. We apologize for any omission and ask that you please notify Joan Brosius at 216.397.4332. Thank you.
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A Poet In Autumn
By George Bilgere, Department of English
It was 1992 and I had just begun teaching my first term in the English Department at John Carroll. I had spent the previous year in Bilbao, Spain, as a Fulbright Fellow, and Cleveland was foreign territory. For one thing, the nights in Bilbao had been full of friends and restaurants and tiny, charming bars. It was all color and excitement, and so far, University Heights seemed rather quiet in comparison. I had a nice group of colleagues, but I had yet to make any friends. As I was sitting in my office that first week, contemplating my isolation, there was a knock at the door. I opened it to see a tall, elegant, white-haired priest, who stuck his hand out and said, “I’m Frank Smith. I understand you’re the new poet on campus. This calls for a revel! ” And we headed off to lunch. It was natural that our long friendship would begin with a meal, because eating out is Father Smith’s specialty. That first day he wasn’t about to take me to the school cafeteria. Nothing as mundane as that would suit him. Instead, we drove down to Nighttown, that charming little pub-style restaurant whose walls are covered with pictures of great writers, and we talked about poetry and England—a country we had both visited often—and his days as a student at Oxford. It was a delightful lunch with a man who embodied all that I had expected of a Jesuit priest: he was erudite, witty, he had known C.S. Lewis, he was a personal friend of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. And what’s more, he was a poet. And a very confident one at that (he once described Gerard Manley Hopkins, the great writer and Catholic priest, as the other Jesuit poet). Father Smith is an expert on Chaucer, Shakespeare—and wine. Like the two characters in the wonderful film we saw together recently, Sideways, we have explored the farthest reaches of Cleveland, seeking the perfect pinot noir. On one of
little chapbook called Magnolias and Snow. Reading through it, I was reminded again that, although Frank is a priest, his poems have always dealt more closely with the physical than the spiritual world. Like William Carlos Williams, he sees “no ideas but in things.” It is in the wondrous physicality of the actual world that he discovers God. Frank is in his eighties now, and there is an autumnal beauty to these poems. But there is also a subversive wit, a pervasive optimism, that shows you how many lovely rewards the world has for us if we simply attention. It’s a fine book, one that would go well with a good pinot noir. As Frank would say, it’s time for a revel! I live in a region with changing seasons, In training for multiple farewells and endings (better this than scammed by glib these excursions, about four years ago, we were joined by a wealthy Cleveland philanthropist who was so impressed by our wide-ranging discussion of poetry that he offered to endow a visiting writers program in Frank’s name that would allow us to bring the best-known poets in the country to our campus. Since that fateful dinner the Francis Smith Poetry Endowment has made it possible for us to host three U.S. Poet Laureates at our school: Billy Collins, Rita Dove, and, in February of 2005, Robert Pinsky. These standing-room- only events have helped make our visiting writers series the envy of every school in the city. Over the years, Frank has published three collections of poetry and over fifty individual poems in national magazines. I’ve always admired his work for its precision, its delicate wit, its sudden flashes of dark beauty. So I was delighted to see that a new book has come from his pen, a handsome climates That gloss over divorces and little deaths), But, fall after fall, lured by bright Displays like this – now already spent – Roseate, mindless of cautions taught, I still expect a spring of love That shines in fallen leaves and snow. From “Autumn Sunset” Magnolias and Snow, by Francis J. Smith. Finishing Line Press, 2005. Send $12 by check to: Finishing Line Press/P.O. Box 1626 Georgetown,KY 40324 or by ordering online at finishinglinepress.com
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Rev. William J. Murphy, SJ
By Jack Hearns ’61
When older alumni return to the JCU campus, I happen to know that they tend to feel justice has been served when they view Murphy Hall, the university’s largest residence hall. In their day, Murphy Hall was somewhat smaller. Actually, it was the birdhouse that stood in the midst of the Quad. Both halls were named in honor of the late and dearly beloved dean of men, Rev. William J. Murphy, S.J.
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“Fr. Murphy is a complete man. He is all for John Carroll. He lives, and he schemes, and dreams for John Carroll. He is devoted, and he is consecrated.”
“Murph” symbolically carried a large stick, set the curfew hours, and was the disciplinarian the students were supposed to dislike intensely. He was roasted more than any individual on campus each year at Stunt Nite. Nevertheless, when he came on stage in Kulas Auditorium to present the winning trophy for the best performance, he always received a rousing, standing ovation. Murph’s “ boys” loved to tease him, and consequently that long-lasting birdhouse came to be dedicated in his honor. Later, it was those same boys who encouraged the university to honor the Jesuit in a more significant manner. In addition to the residence hall, the Murphy Room in the D. J. Lombardo Student Center is also named for JCU’s first dean of students. Seventy-five years ago, Fr. Murphy joined the JCU staff on the old campus at West 30th and Lorain as an instructor of philosophy. He had every reason to believe he would spend the rest of his life in the classroom. He had completed his Ph.D. in philosophy and felt at home working with students, particularly on the old campus that was so close to where he was brought up and his alma mater, St. Ignatius High School. Just prior to his first academic year here, he was also named athletic director and over the next several years was at the helm when the Big Four (BW, Case, Reserve, and JCU) was organized and local collegiate rivalry was at its zenith. Also, in 1930, the priest-violinist decided the athletic program would not be complete without a band. He raised the money for uniforms and instruments and continued as the band moderator until his death twenty-nine years later. In 1933, he was assigned to the position of dean of men and continued as
such for the next twenty-six years. In 1935, JCU moved to its new campus and Murph became the first prefect of Bernet Hall, a position he held until 1946. One of the results of the Great Depression was the urgent need to draw more students to the campus and this, too, became one of the irrepressible Jesuit’s responsibilities. During the World War II years and the V-12 program, intercollegiate athletics were suspended and enrollment dwindled, but there was still a need for a dean of
men, and Murph continued to moderate his beloved band, now wearing navy whites rather than blue and gold. The postwar surge of students caused an expansion in the student activity programs offered by the university, and almost all programs were answerable to the dean of students. Fr. Murphy also functioned as moderator of the Carroll Union, the Glee Club (Beta Tau Sigma), booster club (Iota Chi Upsilon), Campus Capers, Stunt Nite, National Federation of Catholic College Students; National Student Association, and the Little
Theatre Society. He also was the chaplain for the Pershing Rifles and moderator of the Alumni Association. No student event was ever complete during the 40s and 50s without Fr. Murphy stepping to the front and proclaiming, “Give me a Carroll song.” The music of John Carroll includes the Motto, the Alma Mater, and five marches including the Rally Song , with lyrics by William J. Murphy, S.J. He was equally visible at funerals of graduates and parents of students - often traveling to cities outside Ohio via an overnight train. According to numerous graduates, he was not adverse to calling a breakfast meeting of his former Carroll men and passing the hat to help defray tuition for a student who had just lost a parent and would otherwise lack the financial resources to complete his education. The Carillon staff dedicated its 1954 yearbook to “the priestly priest” and declared that: “John Carroll University has been fortunate in having on its faculty one of the most loyal priests ever to serve any institution. That priest is Father William J. Murphy, properly also referred to as “Father John Carroll U.” The following year, Murph celebrated his 25th anniversary at JCU, and the school held a dinner in his honor - at the time, he was the Jesuit with the longest service at Carroll. Rev. Frederick Welfe, S.J., then president, indicated that “Fr. Murphy is a complete man. He is all for John Carroll. He lives, and he schemes, and dreams for John Carroll. He is devoted, and he is consecrated. If we all could emulate Fr. Murphy in his devotion and his duty, we would have a greater John Carroll University.” When the men of the Murphy era get
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Fr. Murphy was at his best as the campus detective. He believed sinners could be converted, but first they had to be caught.
together, it is the disciplinarian side of their dean that is most recounted. In an era in which students attended required retreats, Murph was on the second floor of the auditorium with his master chart checking off attendance. Eventually, he would venture down to the floor to make sure that the individual in the chair matched the name on his chart – to pay another to sit in on a retreat got both individuals a private retreat at St. Stanislaus Retreat House – at their expense. If he discovered they were absent from a class, this multi-dimensional man of the Society could clear the basement of card sharks faster than the money changers left the Temple. He descended upon Crossroads, the local bar, faster than a swat team chasing a mass murderer. After sharing a drink with his boys, he would survey the situation and decide if it were in a student’s best interest to immediately return to the dorm. And then there was the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In the early 50s, almost all of the freshmen and sophomores were in ROTC. They attended military drills each Friday and marched in the parade as a military unit, taking up several blocks going down Euclid Avenue. First, however, they were inspected by Fr. Murphy at 13th. Street and Euclid Avenue. With a jerk of his thumb, he removed anyone he felt was in a condition to embarrass JCU, and his judgment was not questioned. Fr. Murphy was at his best as the campus detective. He believed sinners could be converted, but first they had to be caught. Once, walking the campus, he noted that several seniors, adorned in freshman beanies, were washing a car behind Pacelli Hall. Memorizing the license plate, he tracked down the owner and discovered it belonged to a professor, who informed the
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dean that the froshmen came to his office and offered to wash his car as part of an initiation. Further conversation between Murph and the prof centered on the teacher’s methods for securing his record book and tests – “I print the tests at home, lock them in my trunk, and have the only key. I took the car to them – so they never
had possession of the key.” “No,” said the dean, “but a locksmith’s truck was seen on campus yesterday. Professor, you no longer have the only key.” He also utilized a locksmith to unravel a situation where a baseball was found on the floor in Fr. Tepley’s print shop. Surveying the broken window, and knowing tests and tickets for school events were produced there, he became suspicious. Noting that there were scuff marks on the lock and recently painted door hinges set him in motion. Armed with a yearbook, he visited several locksmiths before he quickly had the culprits identified. When Fr. Murphy died on February 20, 1959 - The Carroll News declared: “A certain spirit and very definite chapter in
the history of this university closed last Friday. That spirit represented the uphill years, putting a campus born in the depression upon its feet.” Members of the Alumni Association, Iota Chi Upsilon, the band, the Pershing Rifles, and the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus served as guards of honor while Fr. Murphy lay in state in the Auditorium. His funeral Mass at Gesu Church was not soon to be forgotten. The mourners filled the church a half hour before the service. Pomp and circumstance was provided by the Pershing Rifles, Scabbard and Blade, and the Knights of Columbus. Music was provided by the 90-voice JCU Glee Club, with which the Jesuit toured nine states. An eloquent homily was delivered by Msgr. Richard Walsh of St. John Cathedral. Many in the congregation unashamedly shed tears as Fr. Walsh touchingly reminisced over the eventful and productive life of Fr. Murphy. After Archbishop Hoban gave the final absolution, the recessional was the JCU Alma Mater, the funeral procession that moved out to Miramar Blvd. was flanked on both sides by ROTC students holding M-1 rifles . As the hearse pulled away from Gesu Church, the JCU band stood at attention and performed Wearing of the Green. It was not so much the ending of an era, as it was the recognition that a central figure had elevated the university, leaving it a far better and humanly richer place than he found it. Jack Hearns ’61, the former superintendent of the Warrensville Schools, has been part of the JCU family for more than half a century. His father, Jack, Sr., was the band and glee club director for 41 years, Jack, Jr. was charmed by Murph when the former was a boy.
A year of change and challenge.
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The past year (June 2004 to May 2005) was the end of The Glynn Years, a seven-year period in which John Carroll University built a signature building - the Dolan Center for Science and Technology - and experienced a wealth of other changes in physical plant and programs. The selection in March of Robert Niehoff, SJ, to be the university’s 24th president was the year’s critical event. As with all changes in leadership, it provides an opportunity for the university to reassess critical challenges and review strategic priorities in response to a rapidly changing competitive environment. The commitment to strengthen enrollment after the university experienced a sharp drop in first-year students was one of the most important aspects of the past year. The 2004 first-year class of 734 was the lowest in 17 years and 14.6 percent less than the record 859 a year earlier. While the financial ramification of that drop will affect the university’s revenue for the next four years, Admission and Financial Aid immediately set about implementing a vigorous program to increase applications. Nevertheless, a drop in enrollment of first-year students was a “wake-up call,” one reiterated by Fr. Glynn in several statements enjoining the university staff to intensify its recruitment effort overall and to expand the geographical reach of the university’s enrollment. University leaders have observed in the context of enrollment that competition among the many private colleges in Ohio for high quality students continues to be strong. Demographics and limited financial aid are major enrollment challenges. Careful spending and an increase in investment value allowed the university to overcome a $273,000 operating loss and finish the year with an increase in total net assests. Improvements in financial markets brought endowment to $142.4 million as of 5/31, surpassing the “pre-bubble market” peak — endowment had fallen from $140 million in 2001 to $122million in 2003. Inasmuch as the university is a tuition-driven institution, Jonathan Ivec, vice president for finance and administrative services, sees a formidable challenge over the next few years: “Total enrollment has declined over the past few years as incoming classes of undergraduate and graduate students have failed to replace the numbers of our outgoing classes. This situation in conjunction with rising health benefit expenditures, utility and insurance costs, will put pressure on the operating budget for the foreseeable future. Increasing total enrollment remains a key factor in sustaining the university’s overall financial health.” Before the end of the fiscal year, a new strategy was in place to raise total enrollment. The Office of Admission and Financial Aid elected to employ sophisticated online marketing and recruitment tactics and to vigorously make the case for John Carroll through visits by Admission staff in regions and at schools that previously provided a modest percentage of the university’s students.
Change and challenge affected all three of Carroll’s schools. One of the challenges affecting the entire university is the disposition of the old Bohannon Science Building, which housed science and math classes until the Dolan Science Center replaced it. Dr. David LaGuardia, academic vice president, said of Bohannon: “That remains the $64,000 question. Either it will be refurbished or it will be torn down and a different building built in that space.” La Guardia continues to express great enthusiasm when he talks about the $67 million Dolan Center, its impact on the morale of the departments in it, and “how meaningful that building has already become.” “In our college, it’s certainly been a year of change,” said Dr. Linda Eisenmann, who assumed the deanship of the College of Arts and Sciences at mid-year. “Any time you have a new dean, several new chairpersons and new directors in important programs, it’s a year of change.” Notable among a myriad of new arts and sciences programs is a partnership with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights (CH-UH) School District to promote professional development for both the district’s teachers and John Carroll’s education students. Five Carroll students will be assigned to Gearity Elementary School and five to Wiley Middle School in the inner-ring suburb. Carroll will also help the CH-UH schools develop an effective reading development program. “If we can’t help Cleveland Heights-University Heights, I don’t think we’re doing our job,” Eisenmann observes. In the college’s Department of Education and Allied Studies, Drs. Cathy Rosemary and Kathy Roskos continue to expand their Literacy Specialist Project throughout Ohio. The department shares in $2.5 million a year from the State for the Literacy Specialist Project and $1.3 million from the federal government for the Reading First Ohio Center, a joint program of JCU, Cleveland State University and the University of Akron. Eisenmann said she is pleased with the interdepartmental effort that created the Learning Community on Leadership and Social Justice. Students in the learning community take classes in the Department of Political Science and the Communication and Theater Arts Department at the same time as they intern with social justice organizations. The Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies, an academic chair occupied by Turkish native Dr. Zeki Saritopak within the Religious Studies Department, was new to the College of Arts & Sciences. Saritopak and the Nursi program quickly became an open bridge between John Carroll and the region’s Islamic community. The Boler School of Business was unsuccessful in its search to find a new permanent dean to replace Dr. Frank Navratil, who will return to teaching after a sabbatical. Consequently, another search was initiated. Dr. Thomas Zlatoper, the acting dean, said the school
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hopes to announce the permanent dean by as early as the end of the calendar year. The number of undergraduate business students was slightly down, as was the number of Boler students enrolled in graduate degree programs. Zlatoper said the lack of student financial aid and reduced employer tuition reimbursement are contributing factors in the decline in graduate student enrollment. Despite these challenges the school’s performance was unequivocally high, based on measures such as its recent reaccreditation review and its students’ accomplishments in intercollegiate competitions. For example, Blue Streak Advertising was district champion in the National Student Advertising Competition of the American Advertising Federation and finished 12th in the national competition. There were also notable faculty achievements. Dr. Andrew Welki, three-time recipient of the Boler School of Business Wasmer Teaching Award, received the 2005 John Carroll University Distinguished Faculty Award. A paper cowritten by Dr. Richard Fleischman won an award as the best article published in an accounting history journal. There is a new leadership team in the Boler School’s Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship. Mr. Mark Hauserman directs the Entrepreneurs Association; and Dr. John Soper, the Kahl Chair in Entrepreneurship, heads the Center’s academic arm. The Graduate School’s enrollment declined by a small number. Dean Mary Beadle said that the school did receive additional tuition assistance money and celebrated a number of signal successes. However, as the dean observed: “Once you lose a significant portion of your audience, it’s a challenge to get it back.” The Graduate School’s communications management master’s program continued to thrive. The school will expand its master’s degree offerings in 2006. An interdisciplinary program in nonprofit management is in the approval stages. The school also graduated its first cohorts in the programs developed with an NSF grant awarded to the Cleveland Municipal School District: 14 teachers in integrated science and 15 in mathematics The annual Celebration of Scholarship in March featured more than 50 presentations by faculty and students. The school hired its first enrollment recruiter, reorganized its Web site, and undertook a robust marketing effort. In the bustling Student Affairs sector, the university had a central role in the 2004 International Children’s Games, which attracted worldwide attention. Dr. Patrick Rombalski, vice president for student activities, reported the university housed 2,000 athletes, provided venues for a large portion of the competitions, and elicited widespread admiration for its embrace of the child athletes of the world. A new athletics director, Laurie Massa, supervised 21 varsity sports and seven club sports. JCU won Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) championships in wrestling
and men’s basketball, with the basketball team again making the NCAA tournament. Kerry Volkmann was OAC wrestling coach of the year. The football team played its first-ever home night game under the lights of year-old Shula Stadium. The Student Activities Programming Board continued as an important instrument for creating a more vibrant campus culture. A varied program of events included a host of musical performers and some of the leading political, religious and cultural figures in the world. Under the aegis of Campus Ministry and the Center for Community Service, student groups prayed together in Christian Life Communities; participated in retreat experiences; and spent thousands of hours in service trips to Ecuador, Mexico, Florida migrant workers camps, and other destinations.. In the Division of Development and Alumni Relations, Rev. Timothy T. Shannon’s priority was “relationship-building” with alumni. “We’re trying to engage our alumni more and more and bring them back to campus to see all the new things that occurred at John Carroll University,” he said. The division staff has re-invigorated the Alumni Association, and revived alumni clubs in Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Washington. Staff members also re-established the system of class agents who lead class fund-raising. Contributions to the Annual Fund increased to $1.3 million. The number of gifts of $5,000 or more rose from 13 in 2003-04 to 63 last year. The university added 27 members to the Magis Society, a planned giving program for those who include John Carroll in their wills. Carroll’s most important decision of the year, naming a new president, was a significant event in refining the university’s Catholic and Jesuit identity, according to Howard Gray, SJ, assistant to the president for university mission and identity. As a member of the search committee, Gray met with focus groups from inside and outside the university. “What tied it all together was the mission,” he reports. “And what I found gratifying was a strong confirmation of social justice as a constitutive element of Jesuit education.” Gray’s office sponsored and participated in a number of events: the feast of Ignatius Mass and cookout which drew 225 staff and faculty; the Bagging Ignatius Series, a monthly lunchtime discussion which focused on the so-called “Autobiography” of Ignatius; Ignatian Day for over 300 faculty and staff, whose theme was “Mentors of God: Education beyond the Classroom”; Blazing Trails, a new venture involving the Cleveland Diocese, the Charity Health Care System, and JCU; the Heartland/Delta Faculty Conversations Weekend which brought together 90 faculty from the eleven Midwest and Southern Jesuit colleges and universities to discuss “the Ignatian Vision of the Teacher”; and the Magis Faculty Retreat, the first annual faculty retreat for USA Jesuit colleges and universities, which drew 26 faculty and administrators from 10 Jesuit universities and colleges for a five-day experience of the Exercises of Ignatius.
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SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS*
(Dollars in thousands)
% Increase (Decrease) 2003-04 to 2004-05 3.2% 5.8% 1.8% 4.8% 9.4% 3.6% 96.2% -16.7% 7.8% -0.4%
REVENUES AND EXPENSES Revenues Tuition and fees Less scholarships and grants Net tuition and fee revenue Contributions and private grants Government grants and contracts Investment return designated for operations Interest income Auxiliary enterprises Other Total operating revenues Expenses Instructional Sponsored programs Library Physical plant Administrative and general Student activities Auxiliary enterprises Depreciation Interest Total operating expenses Increase (decrease) in operating net assets
2004-05 $78,998 28,315 50,683 5,435 5,341 7,301 514 13,254 2,787 $85,315
2003-04 $76,564 26,775 49,789 5,187 4,884 7,045 262 15,902 2,585 $85,654
30,465 7,309 2,684 7,849 14,784 2,773 8,373 7,076 4,275 $85,588 (273)
30,340 6,980 2,850 6,965 14,923 2,707 10,750 6,155 4,109 $85,779 (125)
0.4% 4.7% -5.8% 12.7% -0.9% 2.4% -22.1% 15.0% 4.0% -0.2%
SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL POSITION* Total Assets Total Liabilities Total Net Assets
$378,259 $100,572 $277,687
$374,833 $106,039 $268,794
0.9% -5.2% 3.3%
Note: Readers interested in obtaining a copy of the university’s audited financial statement may write to Mr. Jonathan C. Ivec, Vice President for Finance & Administrative Services, John Carroll University, 20700 North Park Boulevard, University Heights, OH 44118 *As of May 31 for years noted
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INVESTMENT IN LAND, BUILDINGS, AND EQUIPMENT NET OF DEPRECIATION* The capitalized value of the university’s physical plant increased substantially between 2000 and 2004 as the result of the construction of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology and Don Shula Stadium as well as the renovation of the Administration Building, Dolan Hall and Pacelli Hall. The value declined slightly during 2005 as depreciation on existing buildings and equipment exceeded new capital investment.
100 $76.3 75
0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 $ Millions
$142. 4 $139.4 $139.8 $132.4 $122.4 $135.8
ENDOWMENT FUND MARKET VALUE* The 2005 market value of the John Carroll Endowment Fund increased slightly from its 2000 level and in comparison to the prior year. Rebounding market values and donor generosity propelled the endowment to its highest level ever, exceeding the previous peak value achieved in 2001.
75 100 125
The policy of the university is to use 5% of the fund’s average market value during the past three years to finance student scholarships, faculty development, and current operations.
LONG-TERM DEBT TO TOTAL ENDOWMENT* The ratio of long-term debt to total endowment spiked upward in 2002 as a result of $34.5 million in new borrowing used to fund construction of the Dolan Center, and again in 2003 as new debt was added to fund construction of Shula Stadium. The ratio declined (improved) during both 2004 and 2005. The improvement was primarily due to the generosity of donors who enabled the university to pay down $7 million of the Dolan Center debt during 2004 and 2005. The Dolan Center debt balance now stands at $28.4 million. Also contributing to the improvement was an increase in the market value of endowment investments.
67.3% 63.9% 65.4% 58.8%
($Millions) Long-term debt/ Endowment
2000 $49.3/ $139.4
2001 $47.2/ $139.8
2002 $84.6/ $132.4
2003 $82.3/ $122.4
2004 $88.8/ $135.8
2005 $83.7/ $142.4
*As of May 31 for years noted.
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Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, Ph.D., President David M. La Guardia, Ph.D., Academic Vice President Patrick H. Rombalski, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs Jonathan C. Ivec, M.B.A., C.P.A., Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services Timothy T. Shannon, SJ, Ph.D., Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Rev. Howard J. Gray, SJ, Ph.D., Assistant to the President for University Mission and Identity Janetta M. Hammock, M.A., Secretary to the Board and Assistant to the President James H. Krukones, Ph.D., Associate Academic Vice President Thomas Fanning, B.A., Interim Dean for Enrollment Services Thomas J. Zlatoper, Ph.D., Interim Dean of the Boler School of Business Linda Eisenmann, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Mary E. Beadle, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School Sherri A. Crahen, Ph.D., Dean of Students BOARD OF DIRECTORS*
Charles J. “Bud” Koch Chairman Charter One Bank Chair, Board of Directors Kathleen A. O’Neil ’74 President and CEO Liberty Street Advisors, LLC Vice Chair, Board of Directors Allyn R. Adams ’64 Partner (retired) Deloitte & Touche LLP Patrick V. Auletta ’72 President Emeritus KeyBank, N.A. John M. Boler ’56, ’96H Chairman and Founder The Boler Company. Gerald J. Breen ’68, ’73G Chairman and CEO IER Industries, Inc. John G. Breen ’56, ’97H Chairman and CEO (retired) The Sherwin-Williams Company Dr. Kenneth R. Callahan ’50 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Vincent A. Chiarucci Business Consultant President and COO (retired) Figgie International, Inc. Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ’75 Former Senior Vice President American Greetings Corporation Albert J. DeGulis ’56 Senior Vice President (retired) Alliance Capital Management Timothy M. Donahue ’71 Chairman Sprint Nextel Corporation Michael A. Fahey, SJ Emmett Doerr Professor of Theology Marquette University Umberto P. Fedeli ’82 President and CEO The Fedeli Group José C. Feliciano ’72 Partner Baker & Hostetler LLP Rev. Howard J. Gray, SJ Assistant to the President for University Mission and Identity John Carroll University Robert D. Gries President Gries Investments Richard M. Hamlin, Sr. ’49 Chairman The Reserve Group, Inc. Paul Hulseman ’82 Ex Officio Senior VP and Director of Operations Solo Cup Company Jack Kahl ’62 President and CEO Jack Kahl and Associates, LLC Timothy P. Kesicki, SJ ’84 President St. Ignatius High School Michael J. Merriman ’78 Chief Financial Officer American Greetings Corp. J-Glenn Murray, SJ Director Office for Pastoral Liturgy The Catholic Center Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, Ex Officio President John Carroll University Joseph M. O’Keefe, SJ Dean Lynch School of Education Boston College Audrey Gilbert Ratner Community Leader Cleveland and Chicago James S. Reid, Jr. ’92H Chief Executive Officer (retired) The Standard Products Company Charles A. Rini, Sr. Chairman and CEO Rini Realty Company Myron F. Robinson President and CEO Urban League of Greater Cleveland Barbara S. Schubert ’62, ’67G, ’80G Associate Director (retired) Ohio Ballet John Sherwin, Jr. ’68 President Mid-Continent Ventures, Inc. David W. Short ’81 Chairman of the Board American Funds, Inc. Joseph D. Sullivan ’53 Partner (retired) Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP Daniel C. Sussen ’51 Chairman (retired) Ohio Division General Parts, Inc., and Shaker Realty, LTD Dennis C. Winchester ’71 Executive Vice President The QUIKRETE Companies
BOARD OF REGENTS*
Dr. Evelyn Jenkins Gunn ’72G National Board Certified Teacher, ELA Pelham Memorial High School (retired) Chair, Board of Regents Robert A. Hager ’84 Partner, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP Vice Chair, Board of Regents Mary Ann Ahern ’76 Reporter NBC 5 Chicago James J. Barrett ’84 Managing Director of Institutional Marketing and Sales Asset Management Group Bank of New York William C. Connelly ’66 Vice President and CFO Automotive Components Holdings Ford Motor Company Matthew R. Cox ’95 Associate Tucker Ellis & West LLP Thomas M. Freyvogel, Jr. ’70 President and CEO Freyvogel Communications, Inc. Robert M. Ginn Chairman Emeritus Centerior Energy Corporation Dennis F. Hareza ’81 Senior Vice President, Finance & CFO QTG (Quaker, Tropicana, and Gatorade) Ric Harris ’86 ’05G Executive Vice President and General Manager Digital Media and Strategic Marketing NBC Universal Television Stations Joseph F. Hubach ’80 Senior VP, Secretary and General Counsel Texas Instruments Incorporated Joseph A. Klema ’88 President Klema Enterprises, Inc. Alyce M. Cafaro Martin ’00 Co-Chairperson Cafaro Foundation The Cafaro Company Gerald C. McDonough ’52 Chairman of the Board of Directors York International Corporation Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, Ex Officio President John Carroll University David M. O’Brien ’72G Executive VP, Government Services Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Jeffrey H. Paravano ’88 Partner Baker & Hostetler LLP Timothy Russert ’72, ’97H Senior Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief, NBC News Moderator of Meet the Press Melanie A. Shakarian ’00 Ex Officio Director of Development The Legal Aid Society Timothy T. Shannon, SJ, Ex Officio Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations John Carroll University Donald F. Shula ’51, ’73H National Football League Coach (retired) John C. Wasmer, Jr. ’45, ’85H Chairman (retired) Lake Erie Screw Corporation
*(as of October 11, 2005)
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“The Christ” offers a passionate message of faith
the Hollywood star and held his audience with his skilled mimicry of, among others, John Paul II, the actor’s message affirmed the power of faith and the redemptive role of suffering. As he came down from the stage at the end of his nearly hour-long presentation, there were tears in Cavielzel’s eyes. The actor preached: “I would assume that some of you are miserable in some From left: Raymond Arroyo news director for the EWTN way, uncertain of the future, network, actor James Caveziel, and Umberto Fedeli ’82. hurting…When I was up James Caviezel played Christ in Mel there on that cross, I learned that in His Gibson’s controversial and extraordinarily suffering was our redemption, the gold was successful 2004 film, The Passion of the in the suffering. Each of us must carry our Christ. Caviezel came to Kulas Hall in the own cross; there is a price for our faith…I early afternoon of September 19 to speak have been scourged, crucified and, oh yes, to a large audience composed primarily of on the last day of filming, struck by area Catholic high school students. The lightning. 37-year-old actor offered a riveting account “I know from whence I speak. That’s of the making of the movie and a powerful why I came here today not merely to talk testament of his own Catholic faith. about the movie because it speaks for itself. Though Caviezel looked every inch But I went each and every one of you to step into this pagan world and express your faith in public.” Cavielzel said the extreme rigors of the five-month shooting process in Italy fostered an imaginative understanding in him of Christ’s suffering and had the effect of changing the actor’s life. Though he continues to act in a wide variety of film roles, he is also doing speaking engagements with an evangelical message. Cavielzel was brought to the university by his friend, Umberto Fedeli ’82, a board member and a supporter of a range of Catholic organizations and causes. “This is a film that became one of the top films in the history of films, and it’s about the ultimate sacrifice and the power of redemptive love,” said Fedeli ‘82. “Jim’s performance in the film was unbelievable. This is a very talented actor who is also a passionate Catholic. I thought we could invite high school students to hear him speak, see the campus and experience what John Carroll is all about. If Jim’s message touches people’s lives, that’s terrific.”
JCU wins Apex Awards for publications
Villa Beach Communications, Inc. was presented with two special recognition awards at the 2005 Lake County Apex Awards, sponsored by the Lake County Professional Communicators.
The awards were for two separate John Carroll publications: The John Carroll University magazine, Fall 2004 (2003-2004 Annual Report) New Student Orientation collateral package
Rev. Andrew Young, former U.N. ambassador, author and minister spoke in the Dolan Center’s Donahue Auditorium on September 27 as part of the Shirley S. Season Cultural Awareness Series.The series is named after the longtime university director of multicultural affairs.
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A Tale of Hurricane Katrina
Dr. Sheila McGinn is a long-time Religious Studies professor. Her daughter Miriam is enrolled as a sophomore at Loyola University of New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina hit, Miriam evacuated. What follows is a daughter-mother diary. Dr. McGinn’s comments are in italics.
18.19 Arrive in “Nawlins” and begin moving into the two-flat I’m sharing with five friends–-five blocks from campus, two from the streetcar to downtown. 8.25 My housemates and I spend the week shopping, stocking pantry and fridge, getting scheduled, and reconnecting. 8.26 The last roommate arrives. We’re excited to be together, especially since, for most of us, it’s the first time on our own. We’re not taking the threat of a hurricane too seriously. 8.27 At 10 a.m., Gavin barges into Annie’s room, exclaiming, “Y’all, we gotta get outta here! They’re evacuatin’ the city!” I stow my computer in a garbage bag with other stuff in a closet, pack a backpack with toiletries and three days’ worth of summer clothing, and go to Maggie’s in Baton Rouge. We have a three-car caravan and the ninety miles takes six hours. Maggie’s parents welcome seven of us for what turns out almost a week. 8.29 We watch the news, realizing the city we’d grown to love might be lost. This morning we wake to strewn trees and no electricity. We sit at the kitchen table, in front of the battery-powered TV, eating breakfast and watching the water engulfing the streets of N.O. We spend the morning cleaning the yard, and hoping that our school and neighborhood escaped destruction.
Our house guest is watching CNN nonstop, though we know Miriam is in Baton Rouge. Between this crisis and the beginning of classes tomorrow, I’m ready to scream. 8.31 We decide to go home. Four ride with Mark to Omaha. Jeannie and I start for Ohio. We pass by National Guard cleaning debris, downed trees, and badly damaged houses. The gas light comes on and we realize we forgot to fill the tank. We try two exits but stations are closed. On the 3rd try, the line is a mile. We wait two hours, hoping we will make it to the pump before we run out. Two blocks from gas, the car stalls. When the line starts, I ask a man in the car behind to help push. He mutters and drives around – so do 50 other cars. I start pushing, but we come to a hill. Two guys help me push. Ten cars back … the station announces they’re closing. We push the car to a parking lot and make a deal with the people in the car behind that we will pay for their gas if they take us to get some. We find a station where we wait two hours. A man in line has a 10-gal water bottle he lets us use. The owners are directing traffic and making sure no one cuts the line. A lady tries to jump in and is reprimanded by an owner. He tells her to go to the end of the line, but she refuses, so the owner calls a man who pulls a gun, saying “If you don’t move your [expletive] car, I’ll shoot you.” We bail out of the car and back away. She decides to move her car, and we get back in line. We succeed in getting gas, filling a 10-gal jug. In Jackson, MS, we fill the car again, but this time the wait is 30 min. I call my mom.
Miriam McGinn Moorer and Sheila McGinn
9.1 Arrive at Ginny’s house (Huntsville, AL) at 2:30 a.m. At 9:00 we’re up. It feels great to have a warm shower. On the road again. M calls from Louisville. They may be home by dinnertime. Get home about 8 pm. Jeannie comes in to rest and we reiterate our saga. By 9:30 Jeannie wants to go on to Rochester. I go to visit friends. 9. 2 Email to friends: “Miriam and her friend arrived last night. Pretty cranked up, they spent the first hour “decompressing” and telling their story, including a gun-toting gas station attendant trying to prevent folks jumping the line…. My heart goes out to the parents of the 400 Xavier NO students trapped in dorms, but I am selfishly glad my child is not one of them.” 9.6 M begins a full schedule of classes at JCU. Herself is now ensconced in a single in one of the freshwomen’s dorms. She may not be altogether delighted, but it’s better than being at home, I guess–-or in NO right now. Miriam McGinn Moorer will return to Loyola NO in January.
JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY • FALL 2005