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Vol. 11, Issue 2 2007
How to build and sell a better
John Carroll University President Robert L. Niehoff, SJ Interim Vice President for University Advancement James Noffke Director of University Marketing and Communications Christine Somosi Editor Jerry Pockar Alumni Journal Michele McFarland Advisory Board Dr. George Bilgere Dr. Karen Schuele Dr. Sherri Crahen Dr. Linda Eisenmann Ms. Kimyette Finley ’95 Rev. Howard Gray, SJ Mr. John Marcus ’72 Dr. Paul V. Murphy Mrs. Barbara Schubert ’62 Ms. Christine Somosi ’81 Mr. Brian Williams
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COVER STORY 14 To Build and Sell a Better Mousetrap FEATURES 20 Vision, Mission, Core Values. . . 22 Jaimé Maldonado’s Great Leap 26 Q &A: Maria Alfaro-Lopez 28 Students With Disabilities 33 The Lion’s Head 61 Jouney to the Top of the World 62 Letter From Chile 63 Lines on Howard Gray DEPARTMENTS 2 President’s Message 3 HOME - News On Campus 3 Commencement 5 Appointments 6 Faculty Awards 8 Advancement 10 Athletics 30 Enrollment 34 Images of Carroll 35 Alumni Journal 36 Class Notes 59 In Memoriam 64 My Turn - Howard Gray Inside Back Cover Profile - Dr. Richard Hansler
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college-educated worker earns in a career an average of $1.1 million more than a high school graduate. Ohio ranks 39th among the states in percentage of college grads. Those are provocative sentences. We live in a competitive world, whether the “we” refers to individuals, cities, states, a university or a nation. Thirtyninth isn’t going to get it done. Consider that first sentence and then think about what is lost in economic activity, taxes, and social vitality when you have a work force that places in the lowest 11 among the states in percentage of college graduates: you begin to comprehend the urgency of our doing a better job in helping our young people earn degrees. Helping our young people earn degrees is part of what I talked about at the Cleveland City Club on May 24. I also touched on how strongly I feel about saving the Ohio Student Choice Grant (SCG). You may be reading this after the SCG legislation has been signed. Even if the matter has been – temporarily – settled, I want you to know about this issue because we haven’t seen the
last of it, and it’s important for JCU. Governor Strickland proposed cutting $35 million from grants that have for two decades been given to Ohio students who attend in-state private colleges. Last year, 58,000 Ohio students received $900 toward their tuition – almost 2,000 at John Carroll. Our reality is that the cost of higher education and the competition among colleges for enrollees are such that $900 can make a difference in whether or not a student enrolls at John Carroll. Private colleges award 36 percent of the bachelor degrees in the state, yet financial aid to private college students is less than five percent of the state’s higher education budget. Since fostering a high number of degree achievers is critical, that five percent is a good investment. Before the SCG program, the number of students from Ohio attending independent colleges in Ohio was 48 percent. Today, it is approximately 72 percent. The grants keep our students in Ohio; they support institutions like JCU; they strengthen our chance of being competitive as a university, city, state. We were active in lobbying to restore the SCG cuts. It appears we will be at least partially successful, but the cause will take our best effort over time. The SCG matter is a corollary of our commitment to making higher education affordable. If we don’t do that, we will enable the gap between the haves and have-nots to grow and contribute to the decline of our city and state. There was an article in the NY Times a couple of days ago about how “elite” colleges like Harvard and Princeton are trying hard to help a diverse population of economically challenged/academically qualified young people gain a
degree from a very good school. We are part of that group. Our lower-income student initiative, discussed by Brian Williams, our VP for enrollment, in the last issue, has elicited a powerfully positive response. I heard that at the City Club. I heard support for it from Cleveland’s Mayor Frank Jackson when I met with him recently. I hear it from a multitude of citizens whose paths cross mine. I also hear it when I speak with alumni. The commitment to this kind of initiative speaks to the heart of the Vision, Mission, Core Values and Strategic Initiatives Statement our board recently passed, and which you can read on page 20. Our enrollment numbers are still coming in, but they look pretty good. Our new approaches won’t really bear fruit until next year, but Williams tells me that applicants, even the ones who don’t choose JCU, are positive about us. That’s good news. As is the fact that our campus master plan study is well under way. And that we are receiving significant gifts (page 8) and are investing them in areas like mission, student aid, faculty chairs and academic program support. Bud Koch, who has been a friend and a wise counsel as board chair, has completed his term and the torch is being passed to Allyn Adams ’64, one of those stalwarts who has added so much to the university community over so many years. I thank them both, and also the irreplaceable Howard Gray, SJ (page 63). It’s a beautiful spring. We had a wonderful Commencement. We look forward to the best party of the year, Reunion. I think our present and our prospect get better with each passing day. I thank you for all you do for John Carroll. May you have a satisfying summer.
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n the morning of Commencement, the weather was “iffy.” But, as we’ve said before in these pages, nature seems to smile on JCU on graduation day, and that was the case again. It happened. It was joyous, it was what it should have been. Six hundred and sixteen undergraduates clutched their hard-won diplomas. Seventy-eight graduate students did the same. Honorary degrees were bestowed upon Rev. Jared Wicks, SJ; Rev. Gerald O’Collins, SJ; Rev. John O’Malley, SJ; and the Federal Reserve’s Sandra Pianalto, who was the commencement speaker. You may listen to Ms. Pianalto’s talk at the JCU Web site: www.JCU.edu. Two-time Student Union president Dan O’Malley was the Millor Orator and the Beaudry Award winner was Erin Grzegorzewski. It is fair to say that a good time was had by all.
levada receives honorary Doctorate
Though he received his honorary degree almost a month earlier at Gesu Church, Cardinal William Levada, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the highest ranking American in the Vatican was, because of his honorary degree, part of the Commencement experience. The cardinal delivered an address, “Where I Find Hope, at Gesu under the auspices of the university’s Cardinal Suenens Center for Theology and Church Life. You will find the text of that address at the university’s Web site-www.JCU.edu.
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Doreen Riley named vice president for advancement
Following a national search, Doreen Riley has been named John Carroll University’s vice president for advancement. Riley, a native of Northeast Ohio, is the first female vice president in the university’s history. Before her selection by John Carroll, she was the director of foundation programs for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Prior to that, she was the vice president of development for the Aspen Institute. She also served in high-level development positions at Kent State University and the University of Georgia. Upon receiving notice of her appointment, Riley said: “I am honored to be given this opportunity and delighted to join an excellent university with such a rich academic tradition and history. I look forward to working with alumni and community leaders to see how we can better engage them in John Carroll University’s future success and development.” Riley replaces interim vice president James Noffke. Noffke was called upon as an interim executive after Timothy Shannon, SJ, left the management of Advancement to become a special assistant to the university president. Shannon confronted health issues and has now been reassigned to another post in Michigan. Two other important appointments occurred in Advancement in early spring. Lisa Mencini, who had been the university’s director of human resources, made an internal move to become a development director. Richard Ryan Daly ’99, who has been John Carroll’s director of alumni relations, accepted a similar change in job focus to also become a development director. Daly is temporarily filling both the development officer and alumni relations role.
In other appointment news, Dr. Jonathan smith, chair of Management, Marketing and Logistics, was, in early May, named executive assistant to the president, Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, SJ. The president said, on the occasion of Smith’s appointment, “His management and leadership skills will be a great benefit for the future of the university.” timothy Peppard ’68 is now on campus as the director of Campus Safety Services. He was the chief of police of University Circle, Inc. “We couldn’t be happier to have someone with Tim’s level of experience and qualifications,” said Dr. Sherri Crahen, the dean of students and chair of the search committee. Gerald sabo, sJ, professor in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages since 98, is the new rector of the John Carroll local Jesuit Community. As such, he is responsible for the physical and spiritual welfare of the local community Jesuits. Fr. Sabo succeeds howard Gray, sJ, who ended a six-year term as rector and is leaving the university for another assignment.
Luis Calingo steps down at Boler
Less than a year after becoming dean of the Boler School of Business, Dr. Luis Calingo resigned from his post, citing family reasons. A letter Calingo wrote to faculty and staff in April said: “I have made this decision after thorough consideration of my family’s needs, which unfortunately must override the commitments that I have made to my professional colleagues.” David La Guardia, academic vice president, was quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer as saying, “[Calingo} has some very demanding family pressures that prompted his decision. It has nothing to do with any pressure we brought on him at all.” Dr. Karen Schuele was named acting dean of the school after Calingo’s departure. Schuele, who first taught at the university in 1985, is an associate professor in the Department of Accountancy. In announcing her appointment, La Guardia said, “Dr. Schuele comes to this position with the strong support of the faculty and staff in the Boler School. I am most grateful to her for her willingness to assume this important position of leadership in the business school and in the university.” He also said that the university will delay its search for a permanent dean to “allow the pool of applicants to grow.” Dr. James Martin, professor in the Department of Management, Marketing and Logistics, accepted the post of interim associate dean of the Boler School. He replaces Schuele. Martin joined the faculty in 1986.
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The Culicchia Award: for excellence in teaching
Dr. James Lissemore, Biology
am honored to be the recipient of this year’s Culicchia Award and I accept it as a tribute to the many fine teachers at JCU who work so hard every day for our students. Over the course of my life, many teachers have inspired and guided me, but the most memorable may have been Brother Robert Grondin, my high school biology teacher. I vividly remember that early in the course Br. Grondin told us that we would eventually be learning about DNA and about the discovery of the double helix by Watson and Crick, at which point he genuflected, which he did throughout the course at the mention of their names. This comical gesture had the desired effect of capturing my attention and leaving no doubt that my future lay in genetics and molecular biology. While it is a privilege to receive this award, it is an even greater privilege to have had the educational opportunities that I have had throughout my life. At the start of each semester, I remind my students that it truly is a privilege to receive a college education, available to only a tiny fraction of the world. As a result, I challenge my students, as well as myself, with the charge from Father PeterHans Kolvenbach, SJ that in the course of their education, students “should learn to perceive, think, judge, choose and act for the rights of others, especially the disadvantaged and the oppressed.” To the extent that I have been able to encourage students to take this goal seriously, I can consider myself worthy of this award.
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The Distinguished Faculty Award
Dr. Paul Lauritzen, Religious Studies
ast year’s recipient said, “We are in the business of planting seeds; we may not see the results of our labors, but we go on planting anyway, trusting in a person’s innate goodness and potential for growth.” I thought of those remarks when I received an amazing email from a former student, Jude Killy, thanking me for a class he had taken with me over ten years ago. I keep in touch with a fair number of former students, in whom the seeds planted at John Carroll University have bloomed in beautiful ways, so hearing from a former student was not unusual. But Jude is not a student with whom I have stayed in touch. Thus, his note was a complete surprise: “You have had and still have,” he wrote, “a tremendous impact on my life and my outlook on life.” Jude’s note was a reminder of the responsibility we have as members of a university community, for we can and do have an enormous impact on the lives of those who are entrusted to our care, even when we are completely unaware of that impact. We are fortunate to be part of a community that takes that responsibility very seriously. To paraphrase Howard Gray, in professing our commitment to the young people whom we serve, we express our devotion to making the university a place of justice and solidarity. This is never an easy commitment to keep, and, as Howard reminds us, keeping that commitment at a Jesuit institution that combines religious seriousness and academic pluralism can be a risky business. May we dedicate ourselves to make John Carroll a university community where risk in the service of justice and solidarity is always a way of life.
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Three major gifts support university initiatives
Three couples who have long been among the primary sources of philanthropy to John Carroll have once again blessed the university with their generosity. John and Mary Jo Boler, in whose honor the Boler School of Business is named, recently gave $2.5 million dollars to the university. The gift is intended to be the beginning of what has been called The President’s Opportunity Fund, a resource that will allow President Niehoff to expeditiously make strategic investments in institutional priorities. Schubert announced that they are giving $1 million in support of mission and identity programs. The gift was made in honor of Rev. Howard Gray, SJ, who is leaving the university for another assignment. Barbara Schubert said: “John and I wanted to help insure that Howard Gray’s initiatives in mission and identity will continue after he leaves the university.” The Schubert gift will allow the university to appoint a senior administrative leader in the mission and identity area, one who will articulate Ignatian thought, as has Father Gray, and serve as a liaison with Jesuit leaders throughout the country. Like Jack Breen and John Boler, Barbara Schubert has had long service on the university board and has been a volunteer in many capacities. She and her husband tutored in a Jesuit school in Tanzania several years ago and have been dedicated supporters of Ignatian ideals and Jesuit education. The same can be said of the Bolers and Breens. Reflecting on the three gifts, Fr. Niehoff said: “It is great to have loyal alumni like these three couples who are willing to partner with me to make JCU – already great – stronger and better for future generations of Blue Streaks. I am grateful for their friendship and support.”
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John Boler ’56 said after news of their gift was received: “I told Fr. Niehoff that I believe he should have a discretionary fund, and that if he saw a project that needed to be done, he should have the resources to be able to accomplish that. However effective the board may be, sometimes a chief executive needs to move quickly. I told him that we would give $2.5 million, and that we would see where it went from there. The continuing growth and success of the university is among our important concerns. I will be forever grateful that I graduated from John Carroll.” Boler’s friend and classmate, John Breen ’56 has, with his wife, Mary Jane ’91, ’94G, also been a profoundly important benefactor and university leader over the course of decades. This spring, the Breens announced that they are giving $2.5 million to endow a chair in Catholic
Systematic Theology within the Department of Religious Studies. The endowment is intended to fund an outstanding teacher/ scholar who will interact with students and provide resources for teaching and research projects in Catholic theology. Jack Breen told John Carroll: “Mary Jane and I are pleased to support Fr. Niehoff’s vision for John Carroll University. This chair will strengthen our understanding of our rich Catholic tradition, which has been the foundation for building and growing John Carroll.” Dr. Joseph Kelly, the chair of the Department of Religious Studies, said after the Breen gift was announced: “This generous gift from the Breens will enable the Department of Religious Studies to get an accomplished scholar of Roman Catholic systematic theology to teach courses and do research. This chair will augment the quality and range of our offerings. We are very grateful.” College of Arts and Sciences dean Linda Eisenmann added, “The creation of this endowed chair expands our ability to strengthen students’ experience with and understanding of Catholic theology, both inside and outside the classroom.” John and Barbara ’62, ’67G, ’80G
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The Piercy/Goerbert Endowment for Lower-income families
By Peter Bernardo ’67
Director of Planned Giving
When John Carroll University announced it was seeking partners to make our new lowerincome initiative possible, Dr. James Piercy and his wife, Ursula, were the first to respond with an endowed scholarship. Jim and Ursula are the first of their families to go to college. Jim’s father was a laborer in central Mississippi and Ursula’s father was a pattern maker in a steel plant. Her mother worked as a maid during the Depression. Both sets of parents shared a dream: to see their children develop their potential and make a contribution to their society. Jim and Ursula’s parents instilled the importance of performing to one’s potential. The children’s lives are a testament to their parents. Jim entered the army Dr. James Piercy during WWII as an enlisted man and received a battlefield commission. Ursula earned a degree in nursing and was commissioned a lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. Jim met Ursula during WWII, in Marseille, France where she was working as a nurse. They
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married in 1947 and had three sons. While in the army Jim received a BA at the University of Maryland, and his MS at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He rose to the rank of full Colonel and was the Professor of Military Science from 1969 to 1973 at JCU. He retired from the Army and received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, and then returned to JCU as an associate professor of management in 1977. He chaired the Department of Business Administration from 1977 to 1981 and became the acting dean of the School of Business in 1984-1985. He retired in 1987. He was rehired as a private consultant for space planning in the early 90s and his recommendations were responsible for moving Development, Business Office, Admissions, and IT into Rodman Hall.
Jim and Ursula have dedicated this scholarship to their parents: Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Piercy and Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Goerbert. The Piercys also wanted it made clear that: “There are thousands of lower-income parents in Ohio who have the same dreams for their children and have worked ceaselessly toward this goal. This scholarship is in their honor as well. Ursula and I are blessed to be able to participate in this new initiative to make JCU more affordable to deserving students from lower-income families.” John Carroll University is proud to sponsor this lower-income initiative, and of the alumni, friends, and parents who are helping make it possible. Jim and Ursula’s lives are indeed what we envision and hope will be the reality for these lower-income students. If you would like to find a way to join the Piercys, please call Pete Bernardo ’67, director of planned giving, at 216.397.4217.
Carroll Fund surpasses the $2 million mark
For the first time since 999 the Carroll Fund has surpassed the $ million mark. This milestone continues a trend of success that includes an almost 0 percent increase in annual dollars raised over the past three fiscal years. Leading the charge this year were the board of directors and board of regents. At their joint meeting this past fall both boards committed to making their first gift to the institution a Carroll Fund donation. Honoring their word, 00% of the members of each group have contributed or made a pledge of support this year. “It is my hope the commitment made by the board of directors and board of regents will serve as an inspiration for our alumni,” said Robert P. Kirschner, director of annual giving. “Their example is especially important when we talk about John Carroll’s participation rate. Indeed, giving at any level is important since John Carroll’s participation rate is a sign of strength and vitality that not only impacts our ranking, but is reviewed by grant awarding and other funding sources. The Carroll Fund is an important tool for the university, as it helps Fr. Niehoff and other university leadership create and maintain an extraordinary learning experience for future graduates. To make a gift, please visit www.jcu.edu/givetojcu or call .9.98.
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Chris Kempf and Jenny Sopkovich receive Clyde A. Lamb Award
ohn Carroll seniors Chris Kempf and Jenny Sopkovich were among 20 student athletes in the Ohio Athletic Conference who received the Clyde A. Lamb Award as the top male and female scholar athletes of their schools. Kempf’s particulars are detailed elsewhere on these pages. Sopkovich was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter for the women’s soccer team, earning second team All-OAC honors as a forward in 2006. She was a Department of Chemistry Student of the Year, won the 2007 Ohio Board of Regents Graduate Fellowship Scholarship and was a recipient of the Callahan Endowed Scholarship.
Overlaps between OAC track excellence and all-academic
Senior Chris Kempf and junior Katie Winings both became first-time league champions by winning the men’s 5,000meter run and the women’s triple jump, respectively, at the 2007 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Baldwin-Wallace. Kempf’s effort accounted for nearly one third of John Carroll’s team points as the Streaks finished ninth out of ten schools. Winings was a major factor in the JCU women placing seventh among ten teams. Joining Winings in earning All-OAC status, which goes to those taking first through third places, were senior Mary
Gilloon, senior Tricia Stege and sophomore Tara Ford. Kempf captured his first career OAC title with a thrilling finish in the 5,000-meter run, holding off a pair of Mount Union runners. Although Kempf was the only JCU male athlete to earn allconference status, two other Streaks made valiant bids for top three showings. Senior Josh Zamiska was fourth in the long jump final while junior Kevin McPeek was fourth in the shot. Gilloon, Stege and Kempf were also named to the 2007 Academic All-OAC Cross Country/Track & Field team. Gilloon was all-conference in cross country, then followed with an OAC indoor title in the 1,000-meter run. An eight-time All-OAC honoree in track and cross country, Gilloon was an accountancy major with a 3.56 G.P.A. Stege earned Academic All-OAC honorable mention. Kempf was the male Clyde A. Lamb Award recipient. He lettered seven times in cross country and track & field. A two-time OAC track champion, Kempf also earned All-Great Lakes Region accolades twice. He was an English major with a 3.84 G.P.A.
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OAC’s all-academic and all-conference baseball and softball players
Junior Adam Sockel and senior Matt McKinnon headed up a contingent of five Blue Streaks named to the 2007 All-Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Teams. In a coaches vote, Sockel and McKinnon were named first team, junior Sean McCarthy and freshman Michael Carbo were selected to the second team, and junior Brandon Kurtz received honorable mention status. Sockel, the designated hitter on the first team, batted .391. McKinnon finished the 2007 regular season as the league leader in ERA 2.29 and wins 8. JCU finished the year 21-14 overall and 10-7 in conference play. Seniors Warren Ciabattoni and Matt McKinnon and junior Marty Smith, were selected from the baseball team for the OAC All-Academic squad. Ciabattoni, an English and Italian Studies double major with a 3.70 G.P.A. batted .243 and drove in 15 runs. McKinnon is a senior finance major with a 3.26 G.P.A.
Men, 3rd; women, 6th in oaC all-sports
The John Carroll men’s program finished third and the women’s sixth in the final Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) All-Sports Trophy standings Bolstered by a regular season championship in basketball and wrestling, John Carroll tallied 8.00 points to finish behind Ohio Northern (.) and Mount Union (9.0) in the men’s standings. On the women’s side, the JCU program, whose best finish this year was a runner-up by the golf squad, was a distant sixth at .9 points.
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2007 men’s and women’s tennis results
Smith, the closer, is an accounting major with a 3.76 G.P.A. On the softball side, senior Betsy Rafferty was Academic AllOAC with a 3.61 G.P.A. as a mathematics and religious studies double major. She had a .419 on-base percentage.
Sophomore James steward and German study-abroad student roman lehberger were named to the 00 All-Ohio Athletic Conference First Team Men’s Tennis team, and freshman Matt tomayko received honorable mention. Steward completed his sophomore year with a record of - as John Carroll’s # singles player. Lehberger completed his first and only season at JCU with an 8- record in singles. Tomayko won of his matches. On the women’s side, senior elizabeth spirk was the lone John Carroll representative as an honorable mention. The JCU men’s tennis team was 0- this season overall and - in the OAC. The Blue Streaks reached the semifinal round of the OAC Tournament before falling to eventual champion Ohio Northern. The women’s team completed its fifth consecutive winning season, posting an 8- record in all matches and a - ledger in league play. They lost in the quarterfinals to Mount Union.
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For streak gridders, it’s springtime in switzerland
For the fifth time in the program’s history, the JCU football team traveled across the pond to play a springtime exhibition game against a team in Europe. After Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland, Switzerland was the destination this spring. The gridders left on May 21 and played the Landquart Broncos near Switzerland’s border with Liechtenstein and Austria on May 26. They had an easy match with the Swiss and triumphed 49-0. They returned on May 29.
Heartland-Delta V brought the region’s Jesuit universities to confer on mission
Heartland-Delta V, a major regional conference of leaders from eleven U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities and one institution abroad, took place on campus from May 29 to June 1. The assembly brought 497 representatives from the schools, most of which are in the Midwest. These gatherings, which begin in 1994, are an effort to foster community among a cluster of Jesuit educational centers. The conferences, of which the one at John Carroll was only the fifth, initially drew schools from the Midwest, but the range of the participants has been expanded along the way to inlcude St. John’s College in Belize, Loyola of New Orleans and Alabama’s Spring Hill. The western edge of the Heartland is represented by Denver’s Regis, Nebraska’s Creighton and Kansas City’s Rockhurst. The other contingents present were from the host school, Detroit-Mercy, Saint Louis; Xavier, Marquette, and Loyola Chicago. The theme of the conference was Learning from Each Other: Companions in Mission. The event featured a wide range of speakers and small and large group sessions. On Tuesday, the initial gathering featured an address on the Jesuit tradition by John Carroll’s Rev. Howard Gray, SJ. The Heartland conferences are an important regional element of the ongoing effort in Jesuit education to creatively focus on issues of mission and identity, so that the Jesuit vision of education will be preserved and enhanced in an era of change.
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Allyn Adams’64 is new board chair
Allyn Adams, a very active alumnus who holds the university’s Alumni Medal, is John Carroll’s chair of the board of directors. Adams succeeds Charles “Bud” Koch, who led the directors since 2003. Adams, a retired partner of the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, has been a member of the board since 1997. In accepting the appointment, Adams said, “I appreciate the confidence that the other directors have in electing me to chair the Board of Directors of John Carroll University. Fr. Niehoff has addressed and resolved a number of critical issues in the two years that he has been president of John Carroll. I am looking forward to the opportunity of working together with him and the board as we move forward in the implementation of the strategic initiatives and master plan for our university.” Rev. Robert Niehoff, the university president said, “Bud Koch has been a friend and a wise counsel. He has served John Carroll extraordinarily well during his term as leader of the board. We are grateful for his stewardship. Allyn Adams is one of those stalwarts who has added so much to the university community over so many years. We thank him for accepting the charge to lead the board. Jose Feliciano ’72 was named vice chair of the board. He succeeds Kathleen O’Neil ’74.
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Relay for Life 2007 is a triumph
• Thirteen students, four faculty members and one staff person are participating in this summer’s South Africa Institute. The contingent, led by Dr. Jeanne Colleran ’, will be in South Africa from June to July 0. The trip is part of a course and was preceded by classroom work on campus. The South African expedition is a variation on the theme established several years ago by the Belfast Peace Institute and will be rich in academic and cultural experience. • The Carroll News did well in awards. In the Society of Professional Journalists Region . The CN won second place in the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper category. The CN staff took five individual awards. Robert Duns of WJCU won a third place for a radio feature on “The Presidential Debate.”
Relay for Life, the 18-hour fund-raising event and accompanying festival of fun, food and frolic raised, $100,106.86 for the American Cancer Society on campus on April 21-22. When, after Fr. Niehoff’s liturgy in Saint Francis Chapel, the relay participants were finally asleep and the campus quiet, the event co-chairs, graduating seniors Joel Mullner and Patrick Kelly, put
out a statement saying: “Thanks to your dedication and commitment to supporting this cause, the American Cancer Society’s research, education, advocacy, and service programs have considerably more funding from our Relay than even we thought possible. This amount speaks volumes about the type of people associated with John Carroll University, and we are so very proud of everyone who volunteered, participated, donated, or otherwise supported our efforts.”
Remembering Dean Farrell
You did have to be there at p.m. on March 0 in Euclid, Ohio. And you also had to know Joe Farrell, which an enormous number of people did. On the day after the tenth anniversary of the death of the former dean of students, a very large number of people gathered at Henn House to celebrate liturgy and tell stories about the unforgettable man who was a profoundly important figure on campus. The attendees included a sizable JCU contingent.
there a bit many people for photo iDs, but present are ohio senator sherrod Brown, Dr. Patrick rombalski, Jerry sheehan, associate vice president government and community relations, and the members of rombalski’s The Politics of Education class. the vice president for student affairs, and sheehan, took the class to the nation’s capital for a close-up view of part of their government.
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How to build and sell a better
By Jerry Pockar
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wo golden goals: build a better mousetrap; and, second, market that better mousetrap. Actually, Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke only to the first. The 19th century American writer famously said, “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” Emerson asserted that the fabrication of a quality product will bring about – in a causal relationship – the buying of that object. He apparently didn’t see any particular need for the marketing dimension that is such a powerful part of our economy and, consequently, of the Boler School of Business. But as marketing student Lisa Iafelice ’07 says elsewhere on these pages, the product – e.g., the better mousetrap – is but one of the sacred Four Ps of the marketing creed. The others are pricing, placement, and promotion.
E. Jerome McCarthy, the author of Basic Marketing, identified the critical importance of the Four Ps. E. Jerome would be hard pressed to out-duel Emerson on the fields of poetry or philosophy, but he could probably teach Ralph Waldo a thing or two about getting those traps off the shelves. Fair to say that the nine graduating John Carroll seniors playing the Mouse Trap game on our cover would tend to line up with McCarthy on the question of whether building that quality trap and sitting back to wait for the mob to beat a path to your door is the way to go. The majority of our nine, six, are marketers in training. Those six drew the magazine’s interest because they performed well in a student project: creating a marketing plan for devices JCU maintenance man Ken Boehnlein designed to deal with the often extreme vibration problem of front-loading washing machines. Lisa Iafelice is simply an articulate marketing major. The other three guys, Dan Lynch, Phil Terpolilli and Aaron Joslin, are management majors, not marketers, but the name of the relevant department for all these students is Management, Marketing and Logistics, and Lynch, Terpolilli and Joslin, whose venture company is MAP*D.Net, are on the way, they hope, to building a better mousetrap – or, in their case, a Global Positioning System (GPS)-based personal security device. They are also well aware, at what is still an early stage of their entrepreneurial adventure, that they will need to market the product once they get the technology and manufacturing parts down. These young people are also engaged in the adventure of marketing themselves. They either are, or will soon be, in the process of hooking on with a real-world employer who will pay a real-world salary so that they can assist said employer in a variation on the better mousetrap theme and/or work with a crew of colleagues in marketing some kind of better mousetrap/ product. Which is also to say, the main thrust of this story is that the young Boler graduates are beginning their career paths. Their personal start-ups are undoubtedly exciting (and anxiety producing) for the students living them. Dan Lynch, Phil Terpolilli and
“These young people, who will have become JCU graduates between the time this is written and the point when it reaches your eyes, are also engaged in the adventure of marketing themselves.”
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Aaron Joslin carry their excitement with appropriate restraint. They are a ways from their destination and they’ve been schooled in business deportment. Their excitement is, nonetheless, smack-dabin-the-middle obvious. The short of it is that an idea came out of a class the trio had with part-time management instructor
Joe Menger. The young grads give their young teacher major credit for the notion. Which was and still is: wouldn’t it be good if there were a David Graves miniaturized Global Positioning System device that a student could carry, say, on her cell phone, or around his wrist, or maybe even in a slightly fatter student I.D.? This gizmo would allow the student in any kind of difficulty to press a button, which would transmit the student’s location to campus security.
Dan Lynch said: “There is a blue light marking four campus safety phones. If you’re in some kind of trouble, you may not be able to get to those blue lights. With our device you’ll be able to call for help from anywhere and your location will be immediately known. So, response time becomes the only issue.” A bunch of people saw light bulbs when they heard the idea. Personal security and campus safety are big issues. John Carroll has had a relatively troublefree history in this regard, though student affairs personnel might snort derisively at “relatively”– from their perspective, one sexual assault or other act of violence is too many. Be that as it may, there are many universities whose campuses are in high crime locations. You don’t need to be a visionary to understand the appeal of a device that will pinpoint the location of a student in trouble. The magazine talked to the MAP*D. Net crew after the violence at Virginia Tech (VT), and the guys were gracefully skittish about even acknowledging that horror as a potential marketing re-enforcer. Nonetheless, the VT incident will Katie Krueger have that kind of effect, as the World Trade Center nightmare did. It is quite likely that you can count on the MAP*D.Net crew not to do anything in marketing that their ethics and religious
From left, Joe Bugaj, Katie Krueger, eric Garling, Ken Boehnlein, David Graves, Matt tavernelli and Dave Kukurza
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“Putting their heads together, they worked backward from Boehnlein’s goal and designed a 12-step plan to place the entrepreneur’s version of a better mousetrap in the marketplace.”
“How many times do we hear professors talk about hypotheticals. This is a real product in the real world, and we had the experience of working to try to place it in the market.”
studies profs would look askance upon. Nevertheless, the truth is that because we live in a dangerous world, the “promotion” part of the guys’ Four Ps will probably fall into place. They have a list of universities to which they will try to market their product when they have a product. The MAP*D.Net team took the idea to the LaunchTown Entrepreneurship competition sponsored by the Boler School in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation and several other local entities. This was the initial year of the LaunchTown Entrepreneurship Award, and this time it was open only to JCU students – next year, six other area universities will participate. Nineteen teams of would-be university entrepreneurs submitted business plan ideas to be judged by business leaders and venture capitalists. The MAP*D.Net Boler team won the award and with it $1,000 in cash and $50,000 in in-kind consulting and business services. The LaunchTown Award was a blessing for the MAP*D.Net venture. The team took that momentum to California, where they became one of nine semifinalists in the Spirit of eric Garling Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (SEED) jamboree in Santa Barbara. They didn’t take top honors. The team that did already had $2 million in venture capital and was celebrated on CNN after being anointed. However, most of the SEED competitors were grad students from places like Yale, Johns Hopkins, Virginia. The JCU guys took meetings with the likes of David Morgenthaler, recently dubbed “the senior statesman of venture capital.” “Two and a half hours we spent with him was more valuable than the six weeks we spent before that,” said Aaron Joslin. The guys came back in early March on a cloud disguised as an airliner. The Plain Dealer ran a significant “above-the-fold” Joe Bugaj feature on them and many interested bystanders smiled on their promise. They met with a team of Akron Archangels, a regional group that introduces investors to market-driven, technology-based investments. That group was positive but more discussion – and more work – is required. MAP*D.NET also, post California, sat down with a technology whiz, expensive whiz, from Case Western Reserve Univer-
sity. His task, should he accept it, will be to design a prototype of the MAP.D.Net gizmo. That’s the rub: at this point the product is only a vision. However, apparently essentially no one familiar with this kind of product and industry thinks the technological impediments should be at all daunting. GPS devices exist; that mythical they entity routinely does wonders with miniaturization. It may take a while and cleverness, but if they stay with it, MAP*D.Net may be a fair bet. Incidentally, the name of the venture translates as Mappednet for the intended location-tracing power of their device. It also reflects the first initials of the first names of what were four principals in the operation. One, fellow senior Mike Rohrer, has amicably left the venture, providing everyone with a lesson in the human complexity of entrepreneurial aspirations. Dr. John Soper, the holder of the Kahl
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Chair in Entrepreneurship and one of the primary advisors of the group, said, “They’ve done a nice job so far. What they come up with as a patentable entity is an important part of the process, but I think they have a fair chance of bringing this to market.” “We are passionate about this,” says Dan Lynch, who will work on the project all summer before getting on board with JPMorgan Chase & Co. Terpolilli and Joslin have internships in the short term, but all their available time will be spent on the entrepreneurial venture for the foreseeable future.
agement class of IBM lifer turned Boler School visiting instructor Dave Kukurza. Here is the story on #495’s Good Vibration’s marketing plan(s). Veteran John Carroll maintenance man Ken Boehnlein created a product that he hopes to place in appropriate “Big Box” stores. Aware of the chronic vibration problem with front-loading washing machines, Boehnlein bought a front-loader and experimented. He says, “I watched my washer for many hours. The first time it shook the house. They vibrate so strongly because they’re moving at 8001400 RPMs in the spin cycle – much faster than top-loading washers.” Boehnlein said he runs the washer drain hose off his deck
This gizmo would allow the student in any kind of difficulty to press a button which would transmit the students’ precise location to campus security officers.
Lynch, Terpolilli, Joslin and Lisa Iafelice only make four out of nine. The other five on the cover, David Graves, Katie Krueger, Joe Bugaj, Matt Tavernelli and Eric Garling, aren’t joined in a “maybe we’ll hit it big” entrepreneurial venture. They are, rather, aspiring marketers who were busy this semester learning their future trade in the #495 Marketing Manand one time forgot to place the hose outside and flooded his kitchen. His product consists of four hard rubber disks, each of which contains an aluminum plate in the middle. Used as anti-vibration pads under the washer, the disks, which look like large hockey pucks, reduce vibrations sharply for washers, dryers and dishwashers.
Possible shell of the MaP*D.net GPs Device
Kukurza had his three classes break into teams and come up with 13 different marketing plans for Boehnlein’s venture. All 13 teams did presentations and Boehnlein most liked the suggestions of Graves, Krueger, Bugaj, Tavernelli and Garling, though he is free to pick ideas from the other twelve plans. The no-name student quintet listened to Boehnlein and prepared a 12-page marketing plan. They worked backward from Boehnlein’s goal and designed a 12-step approach to place the entrepreneur’s version of a better mousetrap in the marketplace. One of the group’s recommendations was to increase the Phil terpolilli price of the product by 30% to $29.95. Another was to seek placement of information about the product in an article in John Carroll magazine. The price has already been increased; you are reading the accomplishment of one of the team’s suggestions for a low-budget advertising campaign. Another ad suggestion was using church bulletins. The team did a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis. They determined that the weaknesses of GVI Enterprises Inc, LLC included the fact that Boehnlein has limited business experience and financial resources. Among the Good Vibrations opportunities, said the students, are the facts that front-loading washers
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use less water and electricity and in an environmentallyconcerned age are “greener” than top-loaders. Other pluses are that the product seems to work better than its several competitors, Dan lynch and Boehnlein’s price is right since his lowest-priced competitor comes in at $15 higher. Matt Tavernelli, said: “How many times do we hear professors talk about hypotheticals. This is a real product in the real world, and we had the experience of working to try to place it in the market.” Katie Krueger said, “We had to think outside the box and consider creative ways to get the word out. Ken really likes the pamphlet we did for Good Vibrations.” Ken Boehnlein and his student coaches will be absolutely delighted if you check out the colorful Good Vibrations web site at GVIInc.net. Similarly, the MAP*D.Net crew would love it if they could have the pleasure of your company at GetMAPD.Net. That famous real world beckons these seniors. There is neither clarity nor security about their path. But in one case, the MAP*D.Net team, there may be a winning entrepreneurial venture down the road. In another, the Good Vibrations #495 class team, the student quintet feels like they received Matt tavernelli solid prep that will be useful when they do this for money. In the final case, Lisa Iafelice says she has achieved an incisive understanding of what the real mission is – corralling customers. These students are all on the way. If you’re looking for a better mousetrap, we just might know where you can find one, or get some help selling one.
My marketing major
By Lisa Iafelice ’07
As a freshman coming into John Carroll University, like many other students, I wasn’t sure which major I should choose. I eventually realized that I wanted to do something related to business. I ended up deciding on marketing. At the time, I thought that marketing was essentially the same as advertising. I then started reading the course catalog, and realized that since there were only two advertising classes listed, there must be more to marketing than I had thought. My first exposure to the real “marketing” was in Marketing Principles. I learned that advertising is only a small part of promotion, which is one of the Four Ps of marketing. The other three are product, price, and placement. Throughout the next years, I took a variety of marketing courses, and learned a great deal about product, price, placement, lisa iafelice and promotion. In Advertising, I learned how to format ads to make them eye-
catching and effective. Multinational Marketing taught me important cultural differences from various parts of the world. My Logistics course taught me how to make the best economic use of each shipment, and also which modes of transportation were the best in certain situations. In Marketing Technology, I learned skills for creating customer databases to track purchases and customer information. Through Market Analysis, I learned the various methods of researching customers, and analyzing the results mathematically. I also learned that all of the information in these courses will be useless without customers. I learned that if you do not create a product customers want, at a price they can afford, if you do not make it available and convenient for them to purchase, and find ways to let them know your product is out there, you will not sell one item. Many things have changed since I first considered majoring in marketing. I now see marketing as meeting customer needs, while making money for the people who’ve put funds into the company. There is more to marketing than creating ads and producing a product that you think customers will buy. Where I used to think in terms of what I would personally want in a product, now I know
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Vision, Mission, Core Values and
President Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, the staff and the members of the board of directors have spent a great deal of time over the past several months reflecting upon and crafting a vision, mission, core values and strategic initiatives statement. The statement to the right has been unanimously approved by the board. It does not supplant but supplement the university’s mission statement, which has been very slightly amended. The words to the right are intended to stand as a strong statement about direction, commitment and values. These words constitute a kind of road map for the university. On the facing page, there is a small sample of comment about the statement.
John Carroll University will graduate individuals of intellect and character who lead and serve by engaging the world around them and around the globe.
As a Jesuit Catholic university, John Carroll inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world.
The university’s core values include a commitment to learning in order to create: • An environment of inquiry which embraces Jesuit Catholic education as a search for truth where faith and reason complement each other in learning. In pursuit of our educational mission, the university welcomes the perspectives and participation in our mission of faculty, staff, students, and alumni of all faiths and of no faith. • A rigorous approach to scholarship that instills in our graduates the knowledge, eloquence, sensitivity, and commitment to embrace and to live humane values. • A campus committed to the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical development of each student. • An inclusive community where differing points of view and experience are valued as opportunities for mutual learning. • A culture of service and excellence that permeates every program and office. • A commitment to sharing our gifts in service to each other and the community. • A campus that responds to demographic, economic, and social challenges. • An appreciation that our personal and collective choices can build a more just world.
The following initiatives are essential to the university being recognized as a center of learning and service:
• Create a diverse community of faculty, staff, alumni and friends dedicated to
advancing the university’s vision, mission, and core values.
• Create a learning community of outstanding teacher-scholars characterized
by the commitment to student achievement.
• Create a talented cohort of service-oriented staff committed to achieving and
being recognized as a center of learning and service.
• Recruit, enroll, retain, and graduate a talented, diverse student body prepared
for today’s global reality and committed to learning, leadership and service that will engage the world.
• Secure resources necessary to foster an extraordinary learning experience
and promote John Carroll’s mission as a Jesuit Catholic university.
• Assist in responding to demographic, economic, and social challenges in our
region in order to support investment and employment opportunities and build confidence in our shared future.
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Strategic Initiatives Statement
The university community has worked together most effectively to produce a document that states clearly the Jesuit Catholic vision and mission of our university, affirms and reinforces our core values, and sets forth specific strategic initiatives to accomplish our mission. The statement definitely distinguishes and differentiates John Carroll University in a very positive and desirable manner from the numerous alternatives offered to an individual making critical decisions about a college education. Allyn Adams ’64
Partner (retired), Deloitte & Touche, LLP Chairman, John Carroll University Board of Directors
Passionate, committed people of character and integrity are needed in all facets of our world today. Engaging in the challenge to fill that need with people of faith is the embodiment of John Carroll’s mission. James Kirsch
President and CEO Ferro Corporation Member John Carroll University Board of Directors
This is an ambitious, energetic, far-reaching statement. I am encouraged by its emphasis on inclusivity and on engagement and I welcome its insistence on rigorous, openminded inquiry. This statement articulates high standards for learning and for action and I hope that its expectations will not only inform but enliven how we see ourselves at John Carroll and how we move forward. Anne Kugler
Associate Professor and Chair Department of History
My favorite image in the new statement is the “environment of inquiry” we are fostering at John Carroll. To me, this phrase captures the combined longstanding commitment of the Jesuits, the dedicated effort of our faculty, and the goal of our students as work that challenges and sustains us all. Dr. Linda Eisenmann
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
I am delighted that John Carroll will be emphasizing the core values of inclusion and diversity as it prepares present and future students to “lead and serve.” The demographics of America have dramatically changed from my days as a student, and this can only help our students and university as they faces the challenges and opportunities of the future and engage the world around them. Jose Feliciano ’72
Partner, Baker & Hostetler, LLP Vice Chairman, John Carroll University Board of Directors
Every organization, whether in education or industry, needs to have stated goals and a path to follow. The Vision, Mission, Core Values and Strategic Initiatives recently developed provide that road map for John Carroll University. Fr. Niehoff and the other contributors are to be applauded for articulating JCU’s vision and mission so clearly and succinctly. Preparing our students for the 21st century with learning, leadership and service, combined with both a local and global perspective, will only help to make a more just world. Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ’75
President, St. Joseph Academy Member, John Carroll University Board of Directors
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By Jerry Pockar
Jaimé (Himee) Maldonado ’04 has made a gap-spanning leap ... from the Developing World to our privileged one. That doesn’t make him rare: many of our family members made the same kind of leap, moving with varying degrees of ease between very different cultural and economic worlds. Most of us are removed from that classic American experience now, so Jaimé provides a refresher course. In his case, the transition was also a little more rapid, the leap a little more extreme than it is for many immigrants.
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Maldonado met Rombalski when The just-turned 28-year old Maldonado, the former was a pre-teen; they stayed in who has a good job at a hot local company touch during Patrick’s Duran expeditions. – Hyland Software in suburban Westlake Maldonado, the son of a factory worker – sprang across an ocean and a cultural gap, and the operator of a tiny tienda corner to matriculate at John Carroll in 1999. He grocery did well at Nuevo Mundo. He had took off from dusty Duran, Ecuador, a poor a gift for working with computers and suburb of the port city Guayaquil – itself when he graduated in 1997 he was emnot exactly the opposite of “poor.” Jaimé’s ployed for a year in the school’s computer leap was profoundly aided by Dr. Patrick lab. Before the job began, he experienced Rombalski, the university’s vice president a short immersion at a Brockton, Massafor student affairs, and for many years chusetts, high school, where he sharpened now the passionate leader of the Rostro de Cristro (Face of Christ) program in Duran. Rombalski was captured by the Face of Christ program in the early ’90s, and for several years has been its long-distance leader. Rostro de Cristo, founded 18 years ago by an American priest, Fr. James Ronan, aims to help the people of Duran with various assistance programs, and to help young Americans to know the poor by visiting the people of Duran. The program’s “deep mission,” if you will, is to facilitate knowing the poor so that one is able to see the face of Christ in them. For some years, Carroll students have traveled to the land of the Equator the Maldonado family in Duran for a “faith-based immersion” trip. Some his English. The year working at Nuevo graduates have also committed to a postMundo was followed by another doing graduation volunteer year, serving the technical support for a Guayaquil bank. people there and shepherding visiting In the middle of all that, Rombalski U.S. student groups. Rostro de Cristo (see asked Jaimé how he felt about pursuing page 25) is relatively modest in scope and an American college education. With simple in approach, but it’s seemingly had Rombalski’s sponsorship in place, Jaimé a big impact on some of the people of passed John Carroll’s tests, gained admisDuran and their gringo visitors. sion and obtained the financial package Jaimé Maldonado helped guide that enabled the aforementioned leap. visiting Rostro de Cristo groups as a boy in As Jaimé’s departure approached, his Duran. Independently, he was admitted mother, Rosa, hearing about the shootings to a life-changing school, Escuela Nuevo at Columbine in Colorado, expressed fear. Mundo (New World), with strong lines Jaimé, realizing what moving north could of connection to Rostro de Cristo. He bring, remembers, “It was exciting.” There obtained a good secondary education. were other staff and student members of Nuevo Mundo also has a dual purpose. the campus community who embraced Founded by two former Catholic nuns, him here when he arrived, but initially the the school offers an excellent education main bonds were with Patrick and Helen to the children of Guayaquil’s affluent Rombalski and their two very small (then) in the morning and then buses in sons, Matthew and Joseph. Jaimé lived scholarship students in the afternoon.
with the family for his freshman year. Rombalski says now: “We anticipated that his adjustment would be difficult and we knew we couldn’t move him into a residence hall. He came from a very family-based culture and we also wanted to keep that going. He has always been a great young man, but at first the cultural difference made it hard for him.” To understand Jaimé’s adjustment, know that it is misleading to refer to his parents as being a factory worker and the proprietor of a grocery store. When Jaimé was growing up, his cement block house didn’t have running water and the electricity was pirated. Nuevo Mundo could undoubtedly compete scholastically with a great many American high schools, but Jaimé’s world in Duran was indisputably part of the realm of the planetary have-nots. It certainly wasn’t Darfur, Sudan, but it was and is eye-openingly different from University Heights or wherever most John Carroll students were raised. Jaimé’s perception is: “The language (when he became a student here) was a huge challenge. I went from not having my own room to having my own room and living on a paved road. It was hard to get used to a lot of things. I was very judgmental in the beginning – for the first year or two. In the cafeteria, I saw how much food there was and how some kids wasted it. I worried about a lot of things in the beginning that took me away from what was really happening.” About two years in, though, he made another leap and this one probably required more resources than the first. Looking back, Jaimé reflects; “In my junior year, I said to myself: ‘It’s not their fault that they (his fellow students) had a lot more than I did. Why don’t you try to get to know these people? You have two choices: you can be judgmental, feel sorry for yourself and quit or you can do something about it.’” He said that when he dismantled the little wall his judgment and alienation
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erected, people – fellow students in particular – reached out to him and he was able to reach and touch back. Staff members like Rombalski’s administrative assistant Barb Kingsbury and Student Health Center director Rose Bentivegna were there from the beginning, but, fairly dramatically it seems, students were suddenly connecting with Jaimé and ... he had friends. Simple to talk about transitions like Jaimé’s in a couple of paragraphs, but for this earnest, very polite young man, it must have been an arduous daily march through uncertainty. He says he still worries, “Why me?” and “What will it (his leap) do to my head?” He also says; “I had to make sure I keep my feet on the ground. I went to church and I used to pray a lot. I tried my best to remember who I am. It’s a big, big commitment to remember who I am. I stopped constantly feeling guilty and I started thinking maybe
Be that as it may, he’s done it. He did well academically, his English got better and better, he found friends, he graduated from the Boler School. He graduated and he got a good job at Hyland Software. He says Hyland’s culture “is amazing,” collegial, warm; he says he feels appreciated. He works, managing team work flow, for Hyland’s internal software database team. He also develops electronic forms and still does some technical support – when he first started with the company, he was on the phone lines, offering technical support in Spanish, to Hyland’s South American clients. Jaimé has a roommate from Ecuador,
whom he met here, and another from Mexico, whom he met at John Carroll. He has a girlfriend, a woman pursuing her master’s at Columbia University, whom he met years ago when she visited Duran as a high school student. He plays soccer on Saturday mornings, and though he didn’t allow himself a beer until he turned 24, he is able now to loosen his own reins enough so that he can have an occasional libation. He says that when he goes back to Ecuador, which he does often, people will ask about something in the U.S., and he will say, in Spanish of course, something like, “I can see why you would ask that. I used to feel that way.” He also says, “I’ve
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I did something that makes me deserve it and maybe I can do something about it.” It wasn’t’ clear what the final “it” meant. It felt like it meant some measure of paying back life or others for the wild good fortune that resulted in Jaimé Maldonado’s being enabled to make a leap from the Developing to the First World. It also was not clear what he meant by, “It’s a big, big commitment to remember who I am.” He might well have meant both: It takes a big commitment to remember who I am and I have made a big commitment to remember who I am.
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nueovo Mundo in Duran, ecuador.
learned that this (Hyland, Northeast Ohio, the U.S.) is my reality.” He doesn’t know if he will go back. He says, “When I first went to college, I thought about going back right away, but you have to build a foundation. Ideally, I would like to spend half my time here. I became who I am here. I wish I could succeed the way I am succeeding now back home.” It’s clear his feelings about his two worlds are complex. Rombalski says about that: “There still remains a mystery to it, an anger, a love of his family that always is playing in the back of his mind.” Jaimé has long sent significant money back to his family. He pays for his sister
Rosa’s college education in Ecuador, saying,” I was blessed with a full ride.” There is also, shyly, pride when he relates, “She says I am like her second dad.” At the end of the discussion in the airy Hyland lobby, Maldonado repeats a phrase he used earlier, “I am working on building my own foundation; ...” This time though, he appends a few more words: “it’s not so much about me; it’s about my family.” He also says that the last time he was in Duran, several months ago, his mother told him he had grown up a lot but hadn’t changed. There is a bit of silence in the Hyland lobby and then Jaimé says: “I remember what my parents did for me,
so I try to give back to them a lot.” What resonates most from 45 minutes with an Ecudoran-American in the lobby of a software company in Westlake, Ohio, was Jaimé saying that when he is back in Duran, where his parents now enjoy running water in their casa, when he takes a shower, he continues to fill a bucket with water, and to use a ladle to pour it over his body. The way he said it, it was clear that this was a ritual activity of remembering who he is, a personal way of being baptized once more into the old life for which he has great reverence, the life which gave him the vitality and strength to make the great leap he has made.
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Rostro de Cristo has had a profound impact on many people and Dr. Patrick Rombalski is one of them. In recalling his first experience with the Ecuadoran program, back in the early 1990s when he was at Fairfield University, Rombalski said: “At the first Mass after Ecuador, when it came to the Our Father, it was like the skies opened, and I remember being very emotional … It was as if things were being experienced for the first time.“ He honored that moment and is now the executive director of the organization founded by Fr. James Ronan 18 years ago. Rostro de Cristo will lead well over 20 groups of U.S. students on approximately week-long retreats in Duran, Ecuador, this year. The retreats allow the American students to walk with the poor and to provide some assistance to the Rostro de Cristo programs in Duran, programs such as three after-school tutorial/mentoring efforts. In addition to the visiting students, Rostro de Cristo’s programs are served by graduates of U.S. universities, who volunteer for a year of service to assist the people of Duran and lead the visiting retreatants. Rombalski said there are now more Ecuadorans involved in running Rostro de Cristo in Duran and that, with help from the Jesuit Fe y Alegria (Faith and Joy) and Catholic Relief Services, the effectiveness of Rostro de Cristo’s assistance programs is now being assessed in a more sophisticated way. John Carroll generally has two student trips a year to Duran. A number of faculty and staff members have also had the experience. Dr. John Ropar of the University Counseling
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Center is an important part of the program and has led a number of trips. Young graduates like Mary Seryak ’03 and Marissa Madden ’05 have been among the year-long post-graduate volunteers in Duran. Rombalski said he frequently receives messages about the “haunting” impact the interaction with the people of Duran has had on visitors from this and many other American universities and schools. The leader of John Carroll’s Student Affairs division said: “We try to foster a change of reference for our visitors in terms of how they view the world and how they understand poverty. We pray that will lead to a conversion of heart and mind in terms of how they live their life.”
in foreground, JCu students on an immersion trip
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With Maria Alfaro-Lopez
university counsel and secretary to the board of directors aria Alfaro-Lopez, John Carroll’s new university counsel and secretary to the board of directors, is a lawyer with years experience in the legal offices of Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. She was also the leader of an environmental law team for Wayne County, Michigan, and, subsequently, a prosecutor for that county, which includes Detroit. She was the city attorney for a Detroit suburb before she accepted the university counsel position at John Carroll. Alfaro-Lopez is the mother of three and is married to an immigration attorney. She is the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, who worked for a time as agricultural workers in Texas before moving to the Detroit area.
tell us a little about the background of your birth family?
My father is from Guadalajara and my mother is from a rural area in the state of Zacatecas – her family didn’t have running water or electricity. We traveled every two years to visit our families in Mexico. My dad worked as a laborer at Ford. I’m the oldest daughter among six children. I did not speak English in my first years. In 90 when I was four, we moved to a home in Pontiac, outside Detroit, and people drew up petitions to have us move. It was pretty frightening as a kid. They believed that we were going to bring down the
neighborhood. In a short period, they realized that we enhanced the property. I went to Michigan State undergrad and to Arizona State for law school. I was in the legal office at Wayne State for three years and then I joined the University of Michigan’s legal staff and was there for nine years. I enjoyed both experiences in higher education. When I was at Michigan, I represented the university in an environmental matter in Wayne County. The case took nine years, and when it was over the county recruited me to lead their environmental legal team. After three years, I moved to a larger municipal team. The current
governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, was the corporation counsel for Wayne County at that time, and she was persuasive about my moving to the municipal team. Then I went to the county prosecutor’s office. I was there for four years, after which I served as the city attorney for Highland Park, Michigan.
What special equipment is required for higher education law?
Being open to learning. It’s likely to involve anything one would handle for a corporation – contracts and other business transactions, property matters, managing litigation, employment issues
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– a broad range of legal issues. Added to that are all the higher education areas such as governance, advancement and those related to students and faculty. My experience in higher education predated the accountability and ethics-related standards that follow from the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Fr. Niehoff has made it very clear that he is intent on our integrating standards of transparency into our processes, so I will be attentive to that dimension. Best practices resulting from Sarbanes-Oxley gave rise to the university establishing its anonymous reporting system, EthicsPoint – an important tool to help us identify, understand and address ethics violations, other problems, as well as develop appropriate policies and standards, and even help us prevent litigation. But every day is a new experience. There are some special dimensions because we are a Catholic university. For instance, I’ve already encountered two legal issues that involved aspects of canon law, which is a legal dimension I hadn’t been exposed to prior to this position.
We’re speaking to you on a dark day in higher education – the virginia tech massacre occurred this morning. Will you also be attentive to campus security issues?
Of course. I was just at a conference and one of the issues was workplace violence for faculty and students. That was rarely an issue on American campuses in years gone by. Too often we tend not to pay attention to the warning signs for this kind of violence, but paying attention is also a matter of education, as well as knowing what to do when you witness those warning signs. Interaction with Campus Safety Services will be part of my role. Obviously, a proactive and preventative approach is always advisable. This kind of horrible event continues to be blessedly rare. However, we need to work to ensure that everyone on campus is safe and appropriately treated. To help accomplish that, policies guide our behavior. It’s necessary to review, adjust or update them as is required. At the University of Michigan, whenever there was a law suit, we reviewed the case when it was concluded and determined whether adjustments had to be made in university policy or practice. That kind of attention works to help keep our campus a place of peace and justice.
I know that I will be involved in mentoring here, but right now my focus is on the responsibilities of my job. Having been the first in my family to go to college, I had no idea what a college setting was before I applied. Given who I am and the experience I’ve had, I’m sure I’ll be involved in outreach to Latino students. So, mentoring is going to come naturally.
you suggested that the abandoned houses work was particularly satisfying. Please tell us more?
At Holy Redeemer Parish in Southwest Detroit, we organized to do what we could about the particular kind of urban blight that involves boarded-up, abandoned homes. Then I was asked by Wayne County to approach the issue in my capacity as a municipal attorney and prosecutor. We wound up bringing around 00 lawsuits in the first filing. We asked the court to make an equitable ruling to require the property owners to either demolish the house within 0 days or turn it over to us so we could demolish it – the county would then gain title. We were recognized by Harvard University as having developed an innovative solution to the problem. It was a great experience of public service.
What attracted you to this university?
When I saw the job posting and I read the university’s mission statement, it resonated with me because of my own focus on social justice and education. It was a very appealing statement of the environment at John Carroll. I grew up in a family with a strong commitment to civic activism and building community. One of my satisfying volunteer activities was working within my Catholic parish to help solve the problem of abandoned houses. There is a values base at John Carroll that is harmonious with my values. My husband and children were settled in Michigan and it wasn’t easy to move here – that process is still taking place – but I was drawn to what John Carroll stands for and to how I could help advance its mission.
you’re also secretary to the board. Describe that role?
It’s an important “process” role. I have the responsibility of ensuring that records are maintained appropriately pursuant to our bylaws. The position is largely a matter of managing records, board meetings, minutes, agendas, board policy statements and other official records.
I love what I’ve seen of Cleveland. The campus is beautiful and everyone has been extremely welcoming. We’re in the process of looking for a house. I expect my younger son, Rafael, to attend St. Ignatius and my older son, Miguel, is likely to join the John Carroll class of 0. Our daughter, Dañela, is still determining her next step, but she might also continue her studies here. My husband, Joe, will continue serving some of his legal clients in Michigan, but he will make a gradual transition to the establishment of a practice in Northeast Ohio.
as a latina in a university with a small latina presence, do you also expect to be a mentor in a significant way?
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Christina Mullins is a congenial and relaxed junior from Cortland, Ohio, near Youngstown. When she was in the third grade her visual world became fuzzy. Doctors informed Christina and her parents that the girl had Stargardt’s Disease, a genetically transmitted variation of macular degeneration that manifests in mission and function of the important John Carroll component that operates under the leadership of Coordinator Allison West. Last year Christina spent a semester in London with fellow business majors. Succeeding in carrying out a study-abroad experience is a testament to the fact that Mullins does not allow her visual impairmagnified by the video camera and allows Christina and other visually impaired students to decipher written words. There is another unit of the costly CCTV system in the library, so if Christina needs to read a book (as opposed to listen to a book), she does that in Grasselli. In her residence hall and in campus labs, she has Zoom Text on her computer. The software allows her to magnify text and graphics up to 16 times. The SSD office also provides text in alternative format, such as CDs from Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. There are electronic texts available that are scanned by the publisher or the SSD office and then read aloud to listening students in a clear computer voice through screen-reader computer software. Another available technology, although not one used by Mullins, is an FM radio broadcasting system that can transmit a professor’s words through a tiny microphone into a student’s earpiece. This instrument is likely to be employed by someone with hearing, not visual difficulties. In their tool bag, West and Rosfelder also have, among other items, a Braille printer. The technology is important. Earlier generations of students with disabilities didn’t have the tools human ingenuity has devised to create bridges to those who can’t easily use their sensory apparatus to gather the information they need to succeed. Nonetheless, West, who is working on a Ph.D. in counseling, is far more than a tool dispenser. There is a great deal of counseling and simple encouragement that goes on in West and Rosfelder’s office in the garden level of the Administration Building. Meetings with a given student are sometimes daily occurrences. There is also a wide range of negotiation and liaison activities in the course of which the office advocates for students in every dimension of their university experience, be
From left, allison West and Christina Mullins.
juveniles. A decade down the road, Mullins is a bright Boler School student who intends to pursue a human resources career in the hospitality industry. She has challenges. She can’t drive and can’t read the blackboard. However, her listening skills are first rate, as is her peripheral vision, and it’s clear there will be little Christina cannot accomplish. The 227 students currently served by the university’s office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) are 227 individuals who manage a wide range of challenges. Mullins isn’t necessarily representative, but she illustrates the
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ment to limit her experience. However, as she prepares to embark on her senior year, Mullins emphatically affirms that West’s unit has been an indispensable source of support during Christina’s first three years on campus and an important reason why Mullins is having a productive and happy undergraduate experience. Christina takes all of her exams, including finals (six this past semester), in the room next door to where West and secretary Maureen Rosfelder are based. There is a closed circuit television system (CCTV) in that workroom. The CCTV technology enables print to be greatly
it accommodations, special considerations in the classroom, parking, etc. The complexity of West’s role is shaped by the fact that there are a multitude of categories of students with disabilities. The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 defined “disability” as a serious limitation in one major life function. Those with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) make up the biggest group presently served. The medical condition catchall, including those with problems such as asthma or diabetes, is the second largest contingent. Dyslexia and related learning disabilities challenge those in the third largest grouping, and bipolarity, anxiety disorder and similar psychological issues represent almost a sixth (39) of West’s client population. Students with documented disabilities can register with the office to explore receiving various accommodations and adjustments. They include: extended test time, note-takers, books in alternative format, wheelchair accessible residence hall rooms and classrooms and a variety of other measures to facilitate learning and living. West has been in the coordinator’s role since 2005. The office was established in 1999. West said the university administration has made a profound commitment to serving the students with disabilities population. The office’s mission statement affirms that: Services for Students with Disabilities ensures equal access to the educational opportunities at John Carroll University by supporting the whole student as an individual with unique talents, skills, needs, hopes, and dreams. We also pledge to support the university community in creating and maintaining environments and opportunities where all students, including those with disabilities, can learn and grow into men and women for others. There is a web presence on the university site (www.jcu.edu/studentL/disabilities), a handbook and a newsletter. A good deal of the coordinator’s attention is focused
on accessibility standards mandated by the 1990 ADA legislation. West said, “I think we’ve done a good job with compliance, but there is still more to do. Moreover, compliance with the law is one thing, and meeting the students’ needs and being a welcoming environment is another.” She said members of the campus community are generally sensitive and compassionate to the situations of students with challenges. Faculty will frequently walk students to meet West and seek help. Much of the work of the office involves formal or informal outreach to help everyone comprehend. On April 24, for example, there was a panel discussion in which four students and West talked about their lives, challenges, successes. The students, faculty and staff now have
They refer students to us and we refer students to them. Confidentiality is a major issue for both of our offices. There are times when someone comes in to us and presents with anxiety or depression, but there is occasionally some resistance to being designated as a student with a disability and receiving help for that condition.” West said that her work involves continuous attention to the central mission of Jesuit education; the care of the whole person. She cites the case of one woman student who is taking a semester off to recover from the rigor of her complex challenges. She said, though, that the woman related that her high school guidance counselor had told the student she would not make it through college, and that prediction is in the process of being
a better understanding of students with disabilities and the positive effects of the accommodations that the SSD office facilitates. West’s office works closely with the University Counseling Center. The center’s director, Dr. John Ropar, said, “The number of students served by Allison’s office is steadily going up, and as it does, the numbers at the counseling center also increase.
proven wrong. “I think,” said West, “some people may still perceive a stigma in coming to this office and asking for help, but I believe that is changing. I think we have done a pretty commendable job so far, but every day I discover another way in which there is more for us to do.” jp
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By Tom Fanning
Director of Admissions and Retention
June means Reunion Weekend at John Carroll. Our Quad is transformed with class tents that echo with stories of college days past. Pay close attention, and you can learn what was most important to graduates about their college experience, what was valued, and what has lasted. Reunion Weekend comes relatively soon after most high school seniors make their own college choice and we begin working with the next class of students considering applying to John Carroll. If every prospective student could visit during those June days, they might see firsthand the lasting impact that Carroll could have on their lives. But how can we portray that John Carroll essence to prospective students as they make their choices? Too often the early decision process is based heavily on facts, figures and rankings. Ironically JCU recently completed its portion of the annual U.S. News & World Report (UNS&WR) annual survey. This survey is one of the more prominently used and critiqued college ranking guides and underscores the need to balance facts and feelings in the recruitment process. Data used by USN&WR primarily mea-
sures inputs rather than outputs. Retention and graduation rates measured in the survey can provide clues to student satisfaction. But the value of other elements of this survey are perennially called into question. So far this year, 27 prominent college presidents have come forward to boycott completion of the survey (www. educationconservancy.org/presidents_letter.html). Summarizing their concerns:
• 25% of the total score comes from a school’s reputation among peer college presidents and deans. • 30% of the formula comes from faculty and financial resources – providing a reward for colleges that raise tuition and have high faculty salaries because that equates to higher “educational expenditures per student” and more “faculty resources” in the formula. There are stories behind the data that you won’t capture in a cursory view. Understanding how and why a school is ranked and what data is important makes us all more educated in the college search process. And every guidebook and ranking has its place and purpose. USN&WR is a good first introduction to a campus, but a student should not choose a school simply with this tool alone. To select a school, there are many other tools that tell a larger story.
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For this purpose, John Carroll participates in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). This survey provides information about our currently enrolled students, their expectations, and how the quality of their experience at John Carroll meets these needs. Further, NSSE allows comparisons among the many other schools using the same instrument. Some current findings include: • 78% felt JCU contributed “quite a bit” or “very much” to the ability to think critically and analytically. (NSSE 2005) • JCU students viewed faculty as mostly available, helpful and sympathetic. (NSSE 2005) • About 80% of students felt JCU contributes to students’ ability to make ethical decisions in personal and professional situations. (NSSE 2005) NSSE has historically helped schools reflect on the needs and expectations of their students, and help measure if those expectations are being met. But more recently, NSSE and its data have been opened up to help students in the admission process. NSSE published “A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College.” Its questions go deeper than just facts and figures. The answers to the questions in the guide encourage further explanations and create opportunities for dialogue. It is this dia-
logue that helps students understand what is truly important in choosing a college. The best way to assess a school’s quality is to visit the campus, talk to current students, meet faculty, observe classes and try on the “feel” of the place. Asking the right questions on your campus visits will help you to dig deeper and get beyond statistics. JCU’s reunion captures many of these intangible qualities that no guidebook alone can easily capture. Most of the JCU alumni will speak in lofty terms about a faculty member or an administrator who served as a mentor, the rigor of the classes, the lasting friendships they made, the values and character inherent in the community. This is what lasts. Ultimately, the admission process starts with facts and figures and ends with something much more personal. It’s a balance of making a decision with your head and your heart. It’s about finding the right “fit.” As admission professionals,
we hope that people think deeply about the process because much is at stake in the decision. The goal is to enroll future alumni, like those in the tents in June. When you’re making your choice, use all available information and clues about the institution. Use the guidebooks. Visit. And most importantly, listen. Listen to the stories. Maybe we’ll meet under the tent years from now as your story is added to the legacy of an institution in a way no piece of data can capture.
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are you asking the right Questions on a campus visit?
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The questions below come directly from the National Survey of Student Engagement [NSSE]. Each year NSSE collects information directly from students at hundreds of colleges and universities. Responses to the survey provide valuable information about what is actually going on in the lives of students and the quality of their college experience. John Carroll participates in this student survey. Once you get beyond the numbers, consider asking these questions in your college search. We’re always glad to tell you John Carroll’s story.
Demanding intellectual and creative academic work.
• To what degree is studying and spending time on academic work emphasized? • Do faculty hold students to high standards? • How much time do students spend on homework each week? • What type of thinking do assignments require? • How much writing is expected? • How much reading is expected? • Do exams require students to do their best work?
Meaningful contact with teachers.
• Are faculty members accessible and supportive? • How many students work on research projects with faculty? • Do students receive prompt feedback on academic performance? • How often do students talk with their teachers about what they are learning in class? • How often do students talk with advisors or faculty members about their career plans? • Do students and faculty members work together on committees and projects outside of course work?
• Do students participate in activities that enhance their spirituality? • What percentage of students do community service? • What kinds of activities are students involved in outside of the classroom? • What kinds of events does the campus sponsor? • Is a culminating senior year experience required?
Positive relationships among students, faculty, and staff.
• How well do students get along with other students? • Are students satisfied with their overall educational experience? • How much time do students devote to co-curricular activities? • How well do students get along with administrators and staff? • To what extent does the school help students deal with their academic and social needs? • What types of financial aid or scholarships are available to students? • How accessible are library services? • What safety services are available to students? • What types of health and counseling services are available? • What types of career planning and job placement services are available?
intense involvement in learning.
• How often do students discuss ideas in class? • How often are topics from class discussed outside of the classroom? • Do students work together on projects – inside and outside of class? • How often do students make class presentations? • How many students participate in community-based projects in regular courses? • How many students apply their classroom learning to real life through internships or off-campus field experiences? • Do students have opportunities to tutor or teach other students?
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additional opportunities to deepen learning.
• What types of honors courses, learning communities and other distinctive programs are offered? • In what ways do faculty use technology in their classes? • How often do students interact with peers with different social, political, or religious views? • How often do students interact with peers from different racial or ethnic backgrounds? • How many students study in other countries?
The story of The Lion’s Head
Eamon D’Arcy was trained as a master craftsman in stone in his native County Down, Ireland. He came here in the early 1950s and eventually founded D&W Stone, which subsequently participated in several projects on the John Carroll campus. Eamon also sent two of his children to the university: Kevin ’96 and Annette D’Arcy Blanc ’92. D’Arcy the father played a central role in the establishment of a John Carroll tradition. In the fall of 1973, he donated The Lion’s Head, which sits in the back of Pacelli Hall. According to The Carroll News, the tradition of students painting the approximately four-ton, beautifully crafted sandstone ornament began at the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976. Supposedly, a group of students thought they would improve the lion’s appearance by painting it red,white and blue and stamping stars upon it with a star cut into a potato. For many years now, every John Carroll organization that possesses colors or is able to at least temporarily establish an identity linkage with particular colors has adorned the lion with the mark of its identity. And when someone applies their colors, you can be sure that another John Carroll student organization will soon come upon the scene to re-decorate the stone beast. When beloved Dean Joe Farrell died in 1997, the lion was green in his Irish honor. Donor D’Arcy was recently honored by the Irish American Archives Society for his superb stone work, which is an important element of many buildings in the area and of sites like the Irish Famine Memorial in the Flats. He was also honored for his role in establishing Cleveland’s United Irish societies. He most probably has ambivalent feelings about seeing the lion covered with “thousands of coats of paint.” Part of Darcy’s work was to preserve and enhance the natural (unpainted) beauty of such stone. But in conversation, he expressed his understanding that he had played a key role in establishing what now qualifies as a “venerable” John Carroll tradition. Mr. D’Arcy and his company acquired some decorative elements when the magnificent mansion of brewer Otto Leisy was razed around 1969. Leisy, one of the members the family that owned Cleveland’s largest brewery, built, in 1905, a 36-room home that he called Hochwald (High Forest) on an 80-acre property at the top of Fairhill Road, between University Circle and Shaker Square. What we will now capitalize as The Lion’s Head was a functional piece, one of five lions that stood at the base of 25-foot high columns surrounding the main stairway into the mansion. The lions were engineered so that water falling on the porch of the Leisy estate ran into pipes inside the lions and then spilled through the orifice of their beasts’ mouths into a pond adjacent to the mansion. After the Leisys left in the early 1930s, the mansion was an elegant speakeasy, the Shawnee Club, during the late stages of Prohibition. When that closed, the building became, in turn, a sanatorium, the administrative offices of St. Ann’s Hospital and the residence of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. According to a university release in 1973, D’Arcy’s company lost their lease on their storage yard and disposed of the lion by donating it to John Carroll. The donor remembers discussion about using the ornament as part of an artificial waterfall on the Quadrangle. The 1973 release, on the other hand, read: “It is hoped that we can develop around this object a stone terrace with benches.” The terrace was never built and water never trickled through The Lion’s Head. The ornament stayed in dry-dock, as it were, behind Pacelli Hall, where for 30 years, John Carroll students have used the brewer’s beast to roar their identity on campus. jp
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and directors. I also met the previous presidents of the association. With lots of input and discussion, the board developed our Guiding Principles: Sharing Resources, Spirituality, and Friendship. Everything we did as an organization had to be part of one or more of these principles. The last year or so we have been working on nine Strategic Activities, each of which was championed by one of our board members. These activities included: Admission, Scholarships and Parent Networking (Tim Freeman ’78); Development (Bob Valente ’69); Board Organization (Rich Radke ’91); Reunions (Julie Schwing ’01); Career Networking and Online Services (Ken Honecker ’04G); National Day of Service (Peggy Finucane ’80); City Clubs (John Creamer ’85); Annual Alumni Mass (Fr. Casey Bukala ’54); Engage Faculty with Alumni (Joe Whelan ’65). While we have made progress and laid the foundation for the future, we are not finished. This past year, we also increased the size of the board and now include the president of JCU’s Blue-Gold Club, Mike Pappas ’79, and the chairman of the Entrepreneur’s Association, Chuck Ciuni ’68. These are two very important organizations on campus and we are glad they have begun to be part of the dialog. This has been a fascinating experience for me and I am moving away from the president’s position with a twinge of sadness because I enjoyed it so much. I can’t thank enough my fellow alumni board members who are moving on: Joe Whelan, Julie Schwing, John Creamer and Rich Radke. Their energy and insight has been invaluable. John Carroll is a better place because of them. Thank you for all of your support these past couple of years. Below is a message from the man who in the next issue will address you as the president of the association. Onward On! Paul Hulseman
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Ryan Daly, Director of Alumni Relations and I set out two years ago with the encouragement of Fr. Tim Shannon and the board of directors, to reenergize the National Alumni Association. We quickly assembled a fantastic board of nine dedicated alumni to help us navigate this process and started down a strategic development process. This focused our conversations and gave us purpose and direction. In August of 2005 I had the opportunity to meet with JCU leadership – deans
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Two more from the ’30s at JCU have died, both were Jesuits and in retirement at Colombiere Center in Michigan. Rev. Herman J. Muller, SJ ’31, died on April 19, and five days later Rev. Joseph P. Owens, SJ ’38, passed on April 24. Both were also graduates of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland and both taught at JCU. The last time I saw Fr. Owens was at the Cleveland Clinic shortly before he was transferred to Colombiere. He was the Catholic chaplain and attended to my wife, Frances, when she was a patient in 1995. May they rest in peace. ... I got a long letter from one Fr. George Follen who is retired and living at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, MI. “George” was the “whiz kid” in chemistry in our undergraduate days at JCU. One of these days I will answer his sister – just as soon as I find her letter – again! It’s somewhere in my office. ... This year will be the 70th reunion for the class of 1937. It won’t be the same without Mike Dwyer ’37 (fellow columnist!), Jim Priebe ’37 and Bill McMahon ’37 – both cheerleaders with me at JCU. Jim worked at NASA – Lewis Research Center and we retired on the same day, January 11, 1980. ... During the war, I bumped into Bill McMahon in the men’s room at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. He was in the Navy – in charge of the gun crews on tankers, carrying 150 octane aviation fuel to the ETO. I think I prayed for him every night as I was with an outfit that was with an anti-sub air patrol out of Charleston, SC. Tankers were prime targets of the German subs in the Atlantic Ocean. ... Nadine Nardi Davidson – thanks for the letter and address. ... ‘til later, keep praying. Just Larry Send your notes to: Carl Giblin 1100 Ponce DeLeon Blvd., 401 N Clearwater, FL 33756 727-518-7961 [email protected]
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I am an addict! I am addicted to the possibilities afforded by my MAC, digital camera, printer, scanner, and copier. I get my material downloaded from the Internet. It fills many waking hours. In order to make those hours useful, I have my “mail ministry.” I have a list of shut-ins, old friends, hospital patients, etc. that get mail from me about three times a week. Everyone likes to get first class mail that’s not a bill, a request for money, or advertising. So I scour the Internet and so far, have been able to get enough good material to keep the pipeline full. ... John sweeney, news bureau chief in Cleveland, reports that the lunch bunch agreed to meet on the second Tuesday of each month. They are very eager to make it as easy as possible for anyone interested to attend, and planned to lunch in Rocky River to make it easy for Jack Brennan and Dick Breiner. Had to cancel because Jack had a cold. It is impressive that John Sweeney is willing to travel 36
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From the Alumni Office came word of a gentleman whose whereabouts have been unknown to his classmates for quite a few years. Bill Driscoll died July 22, 2004 and it appears that his residence was in Fairfax, VA. He had many good dorm friends who asked about him many times over the years. In the last issue of the magazine, our column referred to the fact that I was unable to make contact with Fr. Matt herttna, and in the death notices we learned that he died on December 13, 2006. ... Maureen E. Coughlin ’79 cousin to our Tom Coughlin (’43 or ’44) was kind enough to write me and furnish Fr. Herttna’s obituary. Maureen’s family and Fr. Herttna were well acquainted. His obituary follows — A Mass of Christian Burial was offered December 18, at the National Shrine of St. Dymphna, Massillon, OH, for Fr. Matthew Herttna, 85, who died December 13. Fr. Herttna was a retired priest of the diocese. He was born April 12, 1921 in Montville, OH, a son of Matt and Helen Herttna. He attended Hartsgrove Elementary School, Orwell High School, Rome High School, John Carroll University, and St. Mary’s Seminary, Cleveland. He was ordained May 26, 1945, by Bishop James A. McFadden. Following ordination, Fr. Herttna served as associate pastor at St. Peter Parish, Canton (1945-52), Sacred Heart Parish, Youngstown (1952-53) and St. Charles Parish, Boardman (1953-54). While at St. Peter’s he was the first chaplain of the Canton Police Dept. and the Stark County Sheriff’s Dept., where he coordinated a project carried out by the inmates — the renovation of part of the building as a Catholic chapel. He celebrated Mass and counseled there. In January 1954, Fr. Herttna was assigned as Catholic chaplain to Heartland Behavioral Healthcare. He retired on May 31, 1996. In his retirement, he continued to care for the hospital patients as chaplain. During his ministry Fr. Herttna served as diocesan director of Catholic nurses, a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council and chaplain of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Massillon, No. 1244. He was an instructor of religion at Ursuline High School and was a representative for the Ohio Council of Churches Commission on Institutional Ministries. Fr. Herttna leaves several nephews and nieces. ... Art
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to Rocky River from Willoughby, Jim schlecht from Euclid, Bud noetzel from University Heights, and lou sulzer from reform school to accommodate the guys that would miss the lunches otherwise. ... I end these musings each time with “Take care of each other,” the above is what it means in Technicolor and surround sound! ... I wrote James o’C Morgan in Texas and I may get a response for the next column. I recall what I think is straight “Morgan.” It was at the reception prior to dinner at our 50th Reunion we all had our badges on, and one of our hosts, trying to be chummy with Jim, looked at his badge and asked, “Do I call you Jim, Jimmy, or James?” Morgan fixed him without a smile and said, “You can call me Mr. Morgan.” ... Take care of each other. Carl
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In our previous issue we wrote of the passing of ’43 classmen Bob Gorman, al Piccuta, and Bob Wilson. Sadly, the shock continues into this issue with the passing of tony nicolay and John Whelan. Tony died Easter Sunday in Leisure World, AZ, where he and wife, Jane, have lived for years. A couple of months ago Marge and Pete Diemer lunched with the Nicolays at the Phoenix airport on the way to Cleveland. Tony was a loyal Carroll man. Several years ago he called inquiring about replacing his JCU class ring, worn and effaced by chemicals encountered when working at Diamond-Shamrock Chemicals. I put him in touch with the Belfour people. If you recall, we paid $35 — that ring now goes for $500. Belfour gave Tony an $85 credit on his purchase for the gold content in his original ring. Do you still have your ring? Wear it? Or is it in your dresser drawer? ... Professor John W. Whelan died in March at Mill Valley, CA, near San Francisco, his home with Maryrose. John was a professor at the University of California Hastings School of Law in Berkley. He curtailed his teaching the past several years to complete his third legal book. John was one of two summa cum laude grads in our class. Nothing is more distressing as your correspondent than to be the bearer of sad news particularly re the passing of a ’43 classman whose friendship has been a source of enjoyment over the years even though often time and space intervened. These men will long be remembered and respected. ... April anniversaries: Elaine and Don Coburn, 60 years; Rita and Dick Moriarty, 63 years; Mary Ruth and Bruce thompson, 63 years. ... Last December, while in University Hospitals following a hip replacement, Pete Diemer mailed me some miscellaneous reading material “to comfort a recuperating patient.” It arrived at my home in midApril. Interesting reading for Navy men who served in the South Pacific in WWII: Sea of Thunder by Evan Thomas, and Halsey’s Typhoon by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin. ... al Balocca recently called and made mention of his daily routine. For the past 25 years, or more, it begins with Mass and Communion at either Ascension, Mother Queen of Heaven, or Visitation Church — he estimates that he has missed only once or twice! That is devotion and commitment considering the severity of Chicago’s winters. ... A red-letter date: June 20-22, 2008. The 65th reunion of the class of 1943. All classes ending in 3 or 8 will gather in reunion. Mark your calendar in anticipation and hope that you will be on campus for all or part of this once in a lifetime gathering. ... Let’s look at our class mailing list as it now exists — names only: Mrs. l. ray antolik, alfred Balocca, leo Bedell, Sr., Bernard Brysh, Milan Busta, Dr. John Byrne, Mrs. Dennyse Cahill, Gorden Cahours, salvatore Calandra, Mrs. Loretta Cleary, Dr. Donald Coburn, leo Corr, Mrs. Mae Corrigan, Warren Corrigan, thomas Daly, Pierre Diemer, Mrs. Ann Dooling, thomas Dunnigan, Dr. edwin elshaw, Dr. Joseph Gurley, edward heil, edward hurley, John Kerr, Dr. James Kilduff, edward Kipfstuhl,
raymond lanigan, Mrs. Dorothy leslie, John Malone, thomas Mazanec, richard Moriarty, robert obringer, Dr. James Phipps, John rozance, arnold schmidt, J. Walter schwarz, Dr. Joseph seibert, Joseph sepkoski, Mitchell shaker, Jerome sullivan, Frank sullivan, Bruce thompson. ... Notice the absence of ted saker, who was extremely active as a student. Does anyone know the reason why Ted requested his name purged from all JCU communications? Regardless the reason, surely Ted should be on campus. IMPORTANT: Please, will each one of your tell me your thoughts re our 65th class reunion. Take care, Bruce
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On April 24, His Eminence Cardinal William J. Levada, Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Vatican City, Rome, gave a talk held at Gesu, concentrating on the importance of increasing the number of vocations. The Margaret F. Grace lecture was sponsored by The Cardinal Suenens Center at John Carroll and the Church of the Gesu. Pete Bernardo ’67 arranged a dinner following the talk at 7 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room. Currently there are 25 seminarians from the Cleveland seminaries taking courses at John Carroll plus approximately nine students at the university who are thinking about their possible vocations. ... Rev. Gerald J. Sabo, SJ, is the new rector of the John Carroll community starting July 1. All the best to Rev. Howard Gray, SJ, who will be assistant to the president at Georgetown University. ... We welcome Leo Corr ’43 and his wife, April, back to the Cleveland area after many years of residence in Michigan ... Rosalie Massey is back working on special events! Jim Mason ’60 and Rosalie are organizing the golf outing at Sleepy Hollow County Club to be held June 4. ... Take care, Don
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I would like to “invite” members of the classes of ’45 and ’47 to make a supreme effort to spend a moment or two at Reunion, June 22-24. Classmates from both years are becoming more scarce, so give it a try you guys and ladies and say hello to everyone. ... Also for all those with over 50 years since graduation, you are encouraged to join in the ceremonial graduation “march” in honor of the Class of 2007. ... My current “employment and hobby” is project managing the “gas well” drilling at Canterbury Country Club. I’m not an engineer but a “peddler” by trade. You tell me how I got that job! ... Ed
I spoke with vic rozance in Palm Harbor, FL, and expressed condolences on the recent death of his wife, with whom he’d had a happy and loving life for 58 years. I asked if he might move back to Cleveland, and he explained that three of their four children had moved to the nearby Tampa area long ago and established long term careers there, so he’d remain there. Vic spent his life in the banking and mortgage business, while down payments were 20%, and second mortgages few, retired from The Mellon Bank and settled in FL. ... As the snow piled up during Holy Week, I called Dave Gibbons in sunny Palm Coast, FL, to hear some good weather news. As expected it was warm and sunny, but Dave had some new news, his greatniece was a Carroll basketball star! This is brother tom Gibbons’ granddaughter! To learn more details, I called Tom Gibbons in Naples. Jessica Gibbons ’07 was the captain of the JCU ladies basketball team through her junior and senior years. The team was very successful; the “big games” were victories over BW 58, JCU 61; Otterbein 81, JCU 83; Muskingum 71, and JCU 80. In that game Jessica scored 21 points. She plans to continue her studies in grad school. Tom continues to enjoy Florida weather, his only comment, like that of each of our aging classmates is “everything is beautiful, with an occasional rough spot.” ... ed McKenna brought up the subject of men’s basketball at a recent “Gray Streaks” lunch, displaying his copy of The Carroll News of January 15, 1943. JCU had had a grim season, losing to Case 52 to 46, to Akron U 38 to 37, to BW 38 to 33, and to Wooster 50 to 38. Ed explained, he’d brought this old bad news to highlight the fact that this year the basketball team had doubled it’s scores, and has been highly successful, won the big games over Albion 82 to 64, over Otterbein 77 to 86, and beat Muskingum 74 to 81. al Zippert pointed out the fact that both the men’s and women’s teams are
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And it happens again ... Death has taken one of the most illustrious members of the class of ’48. ed Muldoon passed away recently at his home at Coto DeCaza, CA. Ed had his roots in Cleveland – attending Cathedral Latin School and then John Carroll. After graduating, Ed worked and eventually became CEO of a Cleveland company and then on to California to conquer the West. Ed was genuine in giving to non-profit entities and especially to Carroll. The university named the Dolan Science Center atrium in his honor – Edward M. and Ann Muldoon Atrium. He will always be missed with his gregarious demeanor and wonderful sense of humor. He leaves his wife, Ann, and four children. We will always remember him. Adios old friend, R.I.P. ... J.P.S.
playing in faster company than in ’40s, and that both have been winners. ... Frank Washko, long retired from Lear Siegler, joined the group for the April lunch, enjoyed it, and looks forward to its resumption in the fall. ... Bill Primavesi fell ill while visiting with his few remaining relatives in Chicago, and after a long hospitalization, died. Carol and I, and Eileen and ray Fox, attended his memorial Mass at St. Malachi Church. Father Jim Conry was a concelebrant. We visited briefly after Mass. ... len neiger recently passed away. Len had a busy dental practice located on Center Ridge Road in Rocky River. He suffered failing health for the past year. ... Send news! Good news, preferred. All reported with reasonable accuracy, Tom Send your notes to: Jack reilly 216.291.5762
I had but one contestant respond to my picture quiz of last month, and yes it was John Buckon, identified by Joe raymond, long time resident of Saginaw, MI. Joe spent time in the Marine Corps, as this writer did, and was relocated to Saginaw by Procter & Gamble as a regional sales manager for many years. (Serving in the Corps in Korea for a year can prepare you for anything!) The father of seven children and 13 grandchildren, with some family in town, he keeps busy with this twenty! Yet, I hope to be able to buy him that beer! ... I was able to reach an old pal, Pat Monroe (Kay), by phone to find out he too is still working! Though his children bought the business (tools sold to the fiberglass trade) in 2000, they can’t seem to get rid of Pat, the wise old master no doubt! Wonder if he gets a salary yet? He and Kay have six children, all in the area, half of them working with him; they produced 19 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, with three more expected! Prolific group they! ... Some fellas take their Godfather responsibility seriously – Jim Conway, Godfather of neal Buckon ’75, recently visited the Lt. Col. chaplain at his post-Iraq assignment to the 57,000 soldier garrison at Fort Sill, OK. Jim, who retired in 1967 as a Lt. Col. after 24 years as an Infantry officer (five years active and 19 years reserves) has tracked his Godson ... visiting him in 2001 at Fort Stewart, GA; in 2004 at Heidelberg, Germany and now Fort Sill ... and a long way to go for confession! ... hugh Gallagher is doing well after his triple bypass of almost a year ago. Has retired from his business of “giveaway” type products — Chinese competition here too he says. ... We have lost two classmates this year, robert stack and Fernando CalimanoMacCormac. Our sympathies. ... Class president Jack reilly likes to call some of you from time to time and pass on information to all the class, and since my recent right arm rotator cuff surgery was not successful, I find my attempt at typing this occasional article a difficulty. Thus, I am asking him to take over this task! Good luck comrade! Finis, Charlie Thank you, Charlie. Long, diligent, dedicated service. You have done very well by your alma mater. May you long enjoy.
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It is a beautiful spring day, after all the snow we have had, I am enjoying the sunshine. This column will be very short because I have not heard from many of you. I have had e-mails from Don terrell and Lee Cirillo ’51 and Tom Fields ’71, but where are the rest of you hiding? If any of you are interested in “Elder Abuse/Law” the go-to guy is Tom Fields. I have his e-mail address if any of you are interested. This is our 55th Reunion year and I hope many of you are planning to attend at least some of the events. I did get to the last Gray Streaks luncheon early in April and saw George englehart. Any of you who are still in the vicinity should try to make some of these luncheons. The food is good, the company is exceptional and the speaker brings a wealth of knowledge to us. I began writing this column November of 1981 to August of 1992 when Paul Mooney took over. When Sam Wetzel asked for help a few years ago, I was happy to help. It is really difficult to give out news of classmates when nobody tells me what is happening in their lives. I would really appreciate hearing from you! Till next time, God bless and I hope to see you at the Reunion in June. Dorothy
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GOOD NEWS: I am happy to report that our snowbirds have returned to their Northern area nesting grounds safely and in good health. BETTER NEWS: Dick Mulac will testify to the power of prayer. In the last issue of the John Carroll magazine, we asked you to pray for Dick, who was paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors had told Dick and Kathy that he probably would never walk again. In just three months he has progressed from using a wheel chair to a walker to a cane. The doctors at the Texas Medical Center are amazed at the progress he has made. Lots more rehab is necessary but he is on the mend. ... While we Clevelanders are suffering from the coldest and snowiest winter in a very long time, Lady Lake in Central Florida was also misbehaving. tom Jira reports that on February 1 and 2, five tornado cells blew through the area and narrowly missed his home. In The Villages and surrounding area, where Tom lives, lives were lost and property damage was extensive. ... stan Gorski recently renewed his friendship with Robert Tuma ’57. Stan served as Tom’s campaign manager when Tom ran for the Ohio Senate in the ’60s. ... Joan and Dave hauer
Here I am again facing the deadline for the class of ’51 column — for a change a note in my files provides me an opportunity to highlight the activity and recognition of one our classmates. ... larry Badar was recently listed among the 75 “notable people in physics and physics education” selected by members of the American Association of Physics Teachers, commemorating the organization’s 75th anniversary. Now retired, Larry’s physics career spanned a half century, including nearly 30 years teaching at Rocky River High School and 15 years at Case Western Reserve University as director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education, as well as teaching at St. Bonaventure University and serving as a program officer at the National Science Foundation. Congratulations Larry — well deserved! In addition I feel certain most of us have had the opportunity to view our classmate’s recent television commercial on weight loss — I wonder if we might be able to obtain a class group rate. Don
...news from the most interesting places ... if you are a business reader and a stock player one of our classmates is mentioned in a book written by Jeremy Siegel a prof at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Title of the book is Stocks for the Long Run ... He writes that one of his best students, Clarence Blake, followed the profs advice and was a force while on Wall Street. To many of us Clarence is known as Jake. ... austie Groden took a top ten in a California Seniors Golf Tournament. He plans to spend the summer looking for loose change at local courses. ... While vacationing in Florida, Don Buynack and wife Marilyn entered an AARP Dancing with the Stars contest and won it all! Marilyn must be the star. ... Dave nilges is still concerned about “is Denver, Colorado, overbuilt”? His newsletter is a compendium of the world of capital and land in and around Denver. ... In our last publication I mentioned Gene Flynn, who has an accounting firm in Hudson, OH. Seems that last year he fell and injured his left shoulder ... still hurts ... but after much thermo kinematics he mastered the use of his right hand (he has been left handed for the last 70+ years) and sailed through the tax season. The IRS may question his right hand signature on those forms. ... Prayers for Bob Coerdt who recently had some health challenges. ... Keep the faith, Pete
cruised the Atlantic and Pacific oceans via the Panama Canal in January. But time marches on ... Dave reports that his nine-year-old granddaughter now shows him up while doing California style skiing and certainly will leave him in her wake next year. ... Remember Paul Kozak ’04 from the cover of the last issue of the John Carroll magazine? tony Musca thinks that maybe the Class of ’55 can take some pride in molding his strong character. It seems that our Jim lawless and Mike Cleary ’56 coached Paul in basketball while he was at St. Philomena’s Elementary School. Tony Musca also attended St. Philomena’s but missed out on the excellent coaching of Jim and Mike. Another example of character building in the Class of ’55: ed tePas plays golf almost every day in sunny California and reported that good things are starting to happen to his golf game. He had his second hole-in-one this year and that came one hour after he took his first ever golf lesson. Way to go! ... Molly sweeney reports that her 13th grandchild has arrived. ... Please remember in your prayers, John M. skoda, who passed away March 5, 2007. ... Stay well and remember to pray for our many classmates who are in poor health and suffering greatly, Ray Send your notes to: leo duffy 1561 Towhee Ln. Naperville, IL 60565 630.355.2199 January-May 1500 Park Beach Cir. Unit 5G Punta Gorda, FL 33950 941.505.8394 [email protected]
The class of ’56 Florida mini-reunion hosted by John Boler, in Fort Myers, was held March 15, 2007. Those attending, with our spouses, were John Boler, Mike Conti, ed Daugherty, al DeGulis, leo Duffy, Jim Knechtges, Ben Miralia, tom o’neil, Bob Pascente, Phil schaefer, Paul schlimm, and leo slack. Mary Therese and I were joined by all our children and grandchildren at our daughter’s home in Orlando to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary on February 2. ... Ruth Ann and Fritz eder will be celebrating their anniversary with their family on a cruise in June, and Mary Jo and John Boler will also be celebrating theirs with a family trip to Italy in November. ... Leo
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Your reunion committee worked long and hard to make our “big 50” a truly special event. Thank you to all committee members and others for their phone calls, letters and e-mails to make it all happen! ... Joe luby was in Ireland in October 2006 and April 2007 working with his wife, Frances, on genealogy searches in Counties Limerick and Monaghan. Joe closed his consulting business at year end 2006. ... John Gormley reports that Jerry holzhall, who is doing well, has moved permanently to Destin, FL. Jerry’s phone is 850.837.6380.
Sadly, the Virginia Tech disaster hit the Gormley family exceptionally hard. John’s cousin, Katie Read, lost her granddaughter in the shooting in mid-April. Mary Read, daughter of Peter Read, was half Korean. Katie’s son Peter, father of Mary, married a Korean girl upon graduating from the Air Force Academy. Kindly, keep the Read and Gormley families, along with the kin of all the slain victims in your prayers. ... Georgia and Jim Gasper became grandparents for the eighth time with the birth of beautiful Kyle Marie, the daughter of son Charles and wife Lisa on February 8. ... Frank Petro, Esq., still working and loving it, is looking forward to visiting with old friends at Reunion 50. Frank has been representing railroad unions for over 45 years. Of the six children, Danny and Debbie are both attorneys. The youngest, Mary Frances, is an opera singer and real estate broker in Connecticut, near Long Island Sound. She sang in Rome in the early ’90s. Daughter Catherine has been married to an Australian Naval officer for 26 years and lives in Australia. Other children are Lisa and Thomas. ... larry lau - [email protected]
or 704.969.8627 - is retired and living in Charlotte, NC. He and wife Lynn have five children – Barbara, Michael, Lisa, Jennifer and Jon. ... richard a. Donahue - [email protected]
or 440.355.4581 - is retired and resides with wife Erma in LaGrange, OH. ... John scanlan and Nancy, from Williamsburg, VA, - 757.565.1625 - are most anxious to be with good friends at Carroll on Reunion Weekend. ... Bart Merella attended a St. Ignatius (Cleveland) reunion in Washington, DC, on April 19 and reports a good turn-out. He says there are about 450 Ignatius alumni living in the DC area. ... Our class family has lost two more members: enos Fouratt (12/29/06) and James D. Mix (4/08/07). Enos was retired and living in Capitan, NM. Jim lived in Hudson, OH, with wife Gail since 1990 and passed away after a year long battle with multiple myeloma. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the Fouratt and Mix families. This loss brings our total deceased class members to 99 (that we are aware of) – six of which were graduate student members. I’ll look forward to seeing you all at our SPECIAL and FREE 50th Class Reunion! 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 [email protected]
found there. Jim was a graduate of St. Ignatius and served as a self-employed public accountant until he retired three years ago. His five children, and three grandchildren all live in the area. At age 74, Jim still manages to get up each day and turn on the TV, and occasionally get to a baseball game. A recent stroke has slowed him down, but his sense of humor is still evident. ... I conclude with a piece of sad news: Bill Doran died on the afternoon of March 14. His son, Bill Jr., told me that for several months before, and including on the 14th, his wife, Judy, and his four children and five grandchildren “got the opportunity to tell him exactly how they felt about him. Best of all, he had ample time for rebuttal.” Knowing Bill for 60 years, I’m sure the rebuttal was in good humor. When we were growing up, Bill and his sister, Elinor, lived on 201st Street in Euclid just down from Holy Cross School. I lived on 196th Street. We both graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1954. Col. William K. Doran, U.S. Army (Ret.) is scheduled for burial with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in May. Over the past years, Bill regularly sent me insulting, derogatory, negative, ridiculing (but funny) e-mails about Texans and Texas. I miss those e-mails, Bill. ... On the road to the Big Five O! Peace, JEC Send your notes to: Jerry Burke 1219 W. Grove St. Arlington Heights, IL 60005-2217 847-398-4620 [email protected]
Fisher, Dave nichting, Frank Dempsey and me on our annual trip to Santee, SC, for a week of golf. We wouldn’t mind expanding the group. If you have an interest, let me know and I’ll send details. We have already reserved our dates for ’08. We will leave Cleveland on Friday, March 28 and return on Friday, April 4. Denny McGrath has surfaced as a potential first round draft choice for next spring. ... Bev and I joined Melinda and Jim Mason, Judy and Denny Judy McGrath, Lynne and John Magnotto, Jim shannon and his friend, Diana, for a quick trip to the Grand Canyon in late February, after which we headed to Phoenix for a visit with Jerry Malizia and his fiancée, Jeanie Ralls. Needless to say, we had a great time with an abundance of laughter. ... Plans are being made for a joint mini-reunion with the class of ’59 at Homecoming this fall. We will make it a “pay as you go event,” but will probably ask for some kind of reservations. At the moment we are thinking of a get together on Thursday evening for those who come in early or are local residents. The university will work with us concerning Friday. Golf for the guys who are interested can be arranged with a possible tour of some of the attractions of Cleveland for non-golfers and wives. Friday evening dinner could be held in the new Alumni Lounge in Rodman Hall depending on the number of attendees. Saturday is the Street Fair on Belvoir and the football game. At the moment, we are thinking of leaving Saturday evening and the annual Alumni Mass and Breakfast on Sunday open to individual choice. Homecoming is the last weekend in September. ... Please send an e-mail to journal@ jcu.edu if you are interested in attending this minireunion! We will plan accordingly. Be well, Jerry Send your notes to: Jack T. hearns 4186 Silsby Rd. University Heights, OH 44118 216-291-2319 216-291-1560 (fax) [email protected]
I write this on April 24, during the wettest spring I can remember in my 35 years living in South Texas. As a result, my peach trees are full, and I trust that later the apple tree will bear fruit – apples. If you listened to WGAR at night on this day in 1951 you heard The Micky McQueen Matter on Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. ... Speaking of accounting, we heard from another business major — one who has not strayed too far from home. When he was at Carroll, he lived in Wickliffe. Now Jim Cromie lives in Willowick with his wife, Ellen Devitt Cromie, ’60 English major. Jim and Ellen have six children and ten grandchildren, most living in the Cleveland area. He keeps busy working part-time at the public library. ... Speaking of another business major still living in the Cleveland area, James Gray lived in Lakewood during his JCU years, and he can still be
I am saddened to report that our classmate Jim Kaiser passed away on March 15. Not a good way to begin the column! ... Continuing with the information sent by larry Beaudin, for which I had no room in the last column, he was able to spend some time with tom Bausch at a Jesuit function. He reports that Tom is still with Marquette University. They shared memories of Pacelli Hall. Larry is an instructor with the AARP Safe Driver Program (wonder why they use young people to teach in AARP?). He also teaches seventh grade Religious Education at his daughter’s parish. She teaches fifth grade and her 16-year-old daughter teaches first grade. (Don’t do the math we are all that old!) Larry is active in Knights of Columbus serving as an officer at both his council and assembly. The Beaudins have 14 grandchildren living in the Chicago area and Larry is even an official “assistant Den leader” in his daughter’s Cub Scout Pack. At the time he sent this info, he and his wife, Peg, were heading for the Jesuit retirement community in Clarkston, MI, to visit some long time friends including, hopefully, J. Otis Schell, S.J. Thanks for sharing this news, Larry. ... If more of you guys would do the same, you wouldn’t have to put up with the following: steve schuda has joined our third Friday lunch group a couple of times since Thanksgiving. How many guys do you know who would drive from Pittsburgh to join you for lunch? He also joined Jim Mason, Bob Fitzgerald, Greg
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Jack Doerr, Dick Murray, lou Colombo, and Gerry o’Connell recently spent a week in Palm Desert, CA, improving their golf game and are planning a tour of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland for ten days of golf this coming September. Jack is retired from his executive position in the insurance industry and has done extensive traveling around the world. He has been instrumental in representing the Chicago diocese in leasing prime land in the Oakbrook area West of Chicago for the development of a world class golf course. Jack has spent more than five years driving this project and taking the lead in screening and selecting the course architects. He is also the current president of Big Foot, his golf club in Lake Geneva, WI. ... Lou resides just outside Denver. After his service experiences as a pilot shuttling troops and supplies to Vietnam, he spent most of his career with Continental Air. He is back in the pilot seat, this time flying a Lear 55 for members of the Coors family (as in beer). Lou was the president of his golf club in Colorado last year. ... Dick Murray moved from Dallas to Asheville, NC, a few years ago and, while he is retired from a career in the advertising business, he is active in support of church, hospital, retirees, and the needy. ... Joe esser from New Providence, NJ, is retired but has taken two courses on George Washington and has
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made visits to Washington’s headquarters in Morristown, NJ, as well as viewing the locations of his winter encampments in Jockey Hollow Park in 1779-80. ... Irene and John Cleary recently returned from a spring trip to Fort Lauderdale and the Cayman Islands. ... ed “Clarkee” Clarke was spotted viewing Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. While many JCU grads weathered the snowy, cold, windy march down Superior Avenue — Ed (always Irish to the core) was discovered sitting in front of a fireplace at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Cleveland watching the parade on TV. ... Peg and Jack Durkin spent some time recently in Florida at New Smyrna and Amelia Island. Jack is an avid baseball fan and took the opportunity to scout the Cleveland Indians during spring training. ... Jeanne Woolever Kinney is retired from education and is living in Hopedale, MA. She is the mother of seven children, was a member of the English department at Stonehill College, and for thirteen years taught English as a secondary language at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Framingham, MA. ... Mike Caton who lives in Naples, FL, for the last seven years is semiretired and believes he is twice blessed because he resides in the Sun Belt and all of his children and grandchildren live in close proximity. ... ed McGervey and his wife, June, are enjoying retirement in Savannah, GA, by playing lots of golf, walking, and bike riding. They recently returned from Ireland, where they combined golf with a sight seeing trip. Ed is still doing some consulting for his former accounting firm via the computer. The McGerveys now have seven grandchildren. ... Patrick Meanor is Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at the State University of New York in Oneonta, NY. He is in his 33rd year at the university; received his MA from JCU, and a Ph.D. from Kent State University. He has authored three books, close to two hundred articles, and is the editor of five volumes of the Dictionary of Literary Biography. He also serves as a classic music reviewer for Fanfare and Listener magazines. ... Keep us informed, Jack with Sharon and Paul Dwyer, who are planning on attending Reunion. ... Don hagerty ’59, ’62 MA who resides with his wife, Phyllis, in Centerville, OH, was recently awarded the prestigious Circle of Distinction Sales Award by the CEO of Prudential Residenz, Jim Keyes at the NCR Country Club in Dayton. ... The members of the reunion committee: Bob Andolsen, Marty Burke, James Carnago, Jim Devine, Mike evans, Doc Kopfinger, Michael leonard, tom McDonough, Gerry o’Malley, Jerry stanoch, Mike shean, and Joe suranni are appreciative of your generosity toward our memorable class gift and your cooperation and friendliness during our efforts to encourage your attendance at this Reunion. It is difficult to make cold calls, often times to classmates that we have not talked to for many years, but great to be received with friendship and understanding. ... As a result of your responses, we were able to successfully locate a number of missing classmates, including Daniel Doyle in Belleair, FL, and edward thomas in Geneva, IL, and to add them to the list of active classmates. ... We are looking forward to reporting next time on Reunion participants and activities. Have a great summer and stay safe. Bob Send your notes to: Pete Mykytyn 3015 Alveria Drive Carbondale, IL 62901 618-549-1946 618-453-7885 (w) [email protected]
the stove. I’ll bet the “Nor’easter” in April caused some concern. Robert also used to sing in the Glee Club, I might add. Robert and his bride (you didn’t give me her name or how long you have been married, Robert) are proud to say that they enjoy a bottle of Il Mulino di Grace now and then. In case you have forgotten, that comes from the vineyards of Frank Grace and his Tuscan winery. Their first toast was to their late pals, Billy Petro and Pete attenweiler. Then they toasted the “pine riders” from 1963. I had to e-mail Robert back because I didn’t know what a pine rider was. Robert said they were the football players who rode the bench and never got into a game. What with the vino from Frank’s vineyard, the nice fire, a great couple, and great food, Robert said it was “not a bad evening.” For the record, he retired in 2003 after spending 36 years working? (his question mark, not mine) as a reporter and columnist with the Indianapolis Star. His bride was from East Boothbay, ME, and she suggested that they retire to Maine. Turns out it was a great idea. Robert added a postscript too — he had seen Ron Timpanaro’s ’64 name in the Alumni Journal, and was glad to read that. The last time he had seen Ron was in a dusty USMC mess hall in Vietnam. Pete Send your notes to: Frank Kelley 20 County Knoll Dr. Binghamton, NY 13901-6109 607-648-5947 [email protected]
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The reunion committee for the class of 1962 has been hard at work over the past few months attempting to contact you and encourage your participation in our class gift and your attendance at our 45th Reunion. I know that each member of the committee was hard at work finding those of you that were difficult to reach, as well as whose addresses are unknown. I was amazed at some of your reactions to being contacted over the phone, and encouraged by the numbers who indicated their plans to attend this Reunion. We are all looking forward to seeing you in June and sharing in the good times with one another. ... While spending the cold months in Florida, we had the pleasure of having dinner in Satellite Beach with Mary Kay and Paul ’63 Kantz, Judith and John Doyle, Donna and Bud Meyers, and Jean and Bob andolsen. We also had the opportunity later that month to have lunch at the beautiful gulf coast Sanibel Lighthouse 40
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I received a few nice notes this time around, but as you know, I am always asking for more updates. There are many of you who haven’t responded at all over the years, so do so now. ... John Jarrett - [email protected]
- was, like most of us, very saddened about the passing of Chick Montrose. John lived next door to Chick for the first two years at Carroll and got to know him very well. As I can attest, John indicated that Chick was the resident genius, a great guy, and a great friend. As for John, he received a master’s of public health at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and never left! He has since retired from the U of M hospitals, where he was a supervisor in the chemical pathology lab for more than 40 years. John was married, but unfortunately his wife passed away in 1999. Please accept our condolences, John. He has two grown daughters in the medical field and two wonderful grandchildren. John remembered too that Jack Hearns ’61 mentioned him in an article in John Carroll magazine about music at Carroll, when he was an accompanist for the Glee Club. He still plays the piano daily and does a little accompanying for singers, local theater rehearsals and pit orchestra. ... Don Baltz - [email protected]
- lives in North Las Vegas, NV. Hey, Don, remember Jack Kodweis? The last time I heard from Jack, he too had retired to Vegas. Anyway, Don went on to obtain an advanced degree at UNLV in 1989. He and his wife, Pamela, have three children, Michael, Michelle, and Kevin. In case some of you may be wondering, Don indicated to the alumni office that this is a change of address. So, Don, are you new to Vegas or just changing addresses there? ... robert Gelarden - [email protected]
- lives on the rockbound coast of Maine. When he contacted me in January, he said the wind was howling, the snow was blowing, but he had a fire crackling in
Happy summer! I hope this column finds you healthy, well supplied with 30 (minimum) sun block, tennis racquets restrung, and golf clubs bright and shiny ... al rutledge writes that he’s ready for 2007 golf; his ball retriever has been re-gripped and his #1 iron has been carefully removed from its cosmoline-lined winter storage container. I told Al of my recent cervical spine operation for a compressed spinal cord and requested strokes when we match up this summer. His response: “bring your x-rays and we’ll ‘discuss’ it.” Lobo y olla, indeed! I think Mo smells blood in the water. ... In other surgical matters, Pat nally visited Ann Arbor at year’s end for repair of a left iliac aneurysm (abdomen) which was discovered during a routine checkup. Four months later, Pat reports he’s getting back to normal activity. Be wary of an opportunistic phone call from Rutledge, Mr. President. ... tony Petricca, ray hofer and Jim Capparelli braved Chicago’s zero degree temperatures to get together at Zol’s annual winter bowling bash. I’ve got no further details, but you know there are grins afoot when these guys get together. I distinctly remember them and tad Walters, spring of 1964, booth at Nagle’s, hair combed down over their eyes, singing along with Beatles songs hour after hour. Tad’s comment: “when those guys cancel Ed Sullivan with stage fright, we’ll be ready.” SIGH, what might have been. ... Closer to the sun, the second annual Sanibel Island luncheon expanded to seven this March. Charter members tim logan, tom Moore, and John Breen were joined by tom Gazdic, ross tisci, Jim Corsica, and lou Mastrian. Further details are also spotty from this meeting. Are we detecting a pattern? ... One of our finest accomplishments is the Class of 1964 Scholarship Fund in commemoration of our 20th year
reunion. Since the inception of the fund in 1984 our class has granted scholarships to 22 daughters, sons, nieces, and nephews of our classmates. Highly noteworthy in 2006 was the first scholarship granted to a grandchild, Tyler Hankinson class of 2010, grandson of John Krebs. The first of many grandkids to be so rewarded, I suspect. The fund continues to be ably administered by allyn adams and John Baker. Thank you, men, from all of us. ... Lastly, on a very sad note, Tony Petricca and tom leahy wrote in early February of the passing of Mike “Ripper” Collins on January 30, 2007. The notice was received just past the March issue deadline, thus the delay in this report. Mike was a great guy who would always lend a hand or do a favor. I worked with Ripper on many an IXY project; you could always count on him in a tough situation. The news prompted a great many messages; Pat Nally wrote: “Mike was a spirited classmate with a constant mischievous smile and a twinkle in his eye.” Indeed, witness his class picture on yearbook page 180 and that twinkle leaps right off the page. Our prayers are with Mike’s wife, Pam, and their children Brian and Kerry. Rest in peace, Mike. We will remember you. ... Until next time, God bless all Streaks! Frank Send your notes to: dave Griffin 1347 Solitaire Pl. Holiday, FL 34690 6454 727-944-5229 [email protected]
Reunion at Carroll in June. Charlie is an attorney in Oak Brook, near Chicago. ... Recently I heard from: Frank tricomi from Chesterland, MO, writes that he is a VP of Operations & Business Division at Conley & Associates Inc. While at JCU, Frank was a member of the Pershing Rifles and the Scabbard & Blade. Frank and his wife, Barbara, are well. ... Daniel harrington writes that he and his wife, Kathleen, reside in South Euclid, OH, (my old home town). Daniel is the CFO at Saint Luke’s Foundation. He sends his greetings to all. ... Heard from robert sledz. He and his wife, Ingrid, reside in Rocky River, OH. Robert reports that he retired from Garfield Heights High School after 35 years of teaching. Since 2003 he’s been the president of the Cleveland Astronomical Society. ... Joseph Mosinski advises that he lives in Hinckley, OH, and is the president of the Mosinski Funeral Home, Inc., in the Cleveland area. ... A note for our sports-minded alumni, John Gibbons recently became the new head football coach at Bedford High School. John has a career coaching record of 204-74 since he began his career at his alma mater, Cathedral Latin School. John has won two Division III state football titles. Congratulations and good luck John. ... Looking forward to the class of ’67 Reunion Weekend on June 22-24 on campus in University Heights. It’s been 40 years! Can this be? As you know, our goal is to reach $100,000 as a class gift. To date, we have reached over $67,000 and are almost there – we can reach it with the class of ’67s help. Any Reunion Weekend questions, please contact Theresa Spada - [email protected]
. ... Keep the cards and notes coming. As always, Peter Send your notes to: ray Burchyns P.O. Box 771 White River Jct., VT 05001 802.234.9780 [email protected]
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- report they have become residents of Florida this year. Although he retired from Ford Motor Company back in 1999, they now call Venice, FL, their home, a big change from Michigan. ... I note from a previous column that Mark hanket and his wife, Carole, also have a condo in Venice, FL. Do they know something about Venice that the rest of us don’t? ... Dave MacDowell - [email protected]
- and wife, Susan (Hoffman), contacted me from their home in Glendale, AZ. Dave was active in IXY and the Brotherhood Through Song, the Glee Club conducted by Jack Hearns at Carroll. He also wrote for our school’s paper. In 2001, Dave received an MBA from Capella University. He and his wife have three grown children, Connor (28); Blaine (26); and Bride (24). ... Chuck Friedman, still working full time in the environmental compliance field, would like to send his greetings to everyone. Chuck just recently won a “Bridging the Gap Award” from his employer for exemplary work with the Environmental Protection Agency on compliance issues. ... I got an e-mail recently from Jack Kenesey, who is still enjoying retirement in the Chicago area with his wife, Mary Ann, who, by the way, judging from recent photos, looks very much like she did when I first met her as a teenager. As for Jack... My wife, Cecile, and I have finally managed to spend a few consecutive months at home; however, travel looms again in June. I will accompany her to French Guyana for a week, where she will attend a conference in Cayenne and we will visit Kourou, the French equivalent of Cape Canaveral and Devil’s Island, the former temporary “residence” of Alfred Dreyfus and Henri Charrière (AKA “Papillon”). ...Time to get my vaccinations up to date. Regards to all of you – and send your news. Dick
Hello to all. I had a good talk with steve Chamberlain. He gave me some advice about the column and what to do about getting all of you involved. Steve was our scribe for many years so he has the experience. He told me that he and John schwartz were at the JCU vs. Wooster College basketball game in Rochester for the NCAA Division III Championship tournament. ... ron Gillenkirk told me that he could not make it to the NCAA game. He is enjoying his retirement after teaching for all these years. He has a couple odd jobs that keep him busy and right now is getting their 1000 Island retreat ready for the season. ... rob searson told me that he is still involved with some teaching at CCC in Cleveland. He is also building his own business, helping companies screen prospective employees with various profile tests to determine aptitudes and positions within a company. Rob told me that they are attending a tim robertson wedding soon. It seems as though Tim’s son is getting married in the spring. We wish them the best. I had an e-mail from Jim Fineran. He was involved in the successful election of the governor of Maryland and now holds a position in the Maryland Public Information Office. ... I had an unexpected e-mail from Dale Christman after he saw the last column. He remembers going into the Navy Pilot Officer Candidate School with Jack Mclain. ... I had a talk with Peter Kassay-Farkas, who is doing well and still living in Nebraska. He and his wife, Joan, enjoy their travels. Peter is retired after 32 years in the pharmaceutical industry. You may remember that Peter was a founder of the soccer program at JCU. Believe it or not, he still plays today. ... That is all for this edition. If I left anyone out, it is because you did not call, write or e-mail. I would like to have the longest column in the class section but that depends on all of you. I would love to hear from everyone so I can write what you are up to today. Tell me about your children, your grandchildren, and your job that you hate or love or why you are retired and I am not. Talk to me! Take care everyone, Dave
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My wife, Jan, and I recently went to Chicago to visit our daughter, Jennifer ’99. As we were driving by Lake Michigan, we were struck at the number of people along the shores of Lake Michigan. The beach was crowded. On our stay there, I left several copies of the last two John Carroll magazines in the lobby area of the Drake Hotel, where we were staying. It took 24 hours, but comments on the magazines were very favorable. Some people were there to attend various meetings. You never know! ... I called our friend Charlie McCarthy, but he was not home. I left a message about our
Hope each and everyone is doing well. Since my last column I have visited Buffalo, NY, and Providence, RI, in my endless search for news but the best news report came from tom nowel. Tom wrote first about the passing of Father Woelfl and how much he admired him. Tom reminded me of Father’s run for Congress at the height of the war and how his attempt at office was done out of a strong sense of principle and not for personal gain. Tom also shared with me the fact that his son, Will, has enrolled at JCU and starts in the fall. Tom, you do know we will have our 40th Reunion before, Will graduates — just kidding. That is great news as second generation attendance is a key indicator of a great college. Tom also reported that since leaving University Heights he has been active as a union organizer, negotiator and currently works in human resources for a Children Services agency, but it was Tom’s new career position that is really interesting. Effective May 1, Tom will become the presiding clerk of the Miami Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. This organization represents Quakers in Southwest Ohio and
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Kentucky. Tom, I think Father Woelfl would be very proud of this career choice. Hope to see you on campus for our 40th — get your son to work the weekend. ... My wife and I recently spent four great days in Providence visiting with longtime friend and classmate Dr. John Parsons and his lovely wife, Margie. They have a wonderful house right on the river, which they have renovated. John retired from the Veterans Administration but still works 70 hours a week in his private practice and is lucky to have Margie as his partner in this practice. It was also a great visit because John has a great wine cellar, which I will dub the Best in the Class of 1969 until I get offers to try other great cellars, so I can make a truly objective decision. Please e-mail me and I will schedule my visit for a tasting of your best offerings. Thanks, John and Margie, for a great visit. ... Seeing Bill Badke was the highlight of my visit to Buffalo. Mr. Badke still roams the mean streets of Chicago but was in Buffalo to watch first round action in March Madness. Bill is truly enjoying retirement with lots of great travel all over the world. Since it was St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Bill and I shared some excellent green beer under the name of Rolling Rock. We were joined for the weekend by the ever famous ed Christy. Big Ed has all the sports teams in Pittsburgh sad by choosing Phoenix, AZ, as his new home. Ed and Peg should be moved into their new home and ready for visitors by the time you read this column. We were also to meet George Mackey down from Rochester but missed the former Student Union president in the crowds. Tom Nowel, George has a son still in high school that might go to JCU, which would make you both winners of some kind of award at our 40th reunion. ... Everyone please, if you have not already done so make a gift to the Carroll Fund. A strong annual fund is essential to JCU’s long term future; make a gift today; it will not hurt. ... Still looking to get back to Ohio; please keep me in your thoughts. Go Tribe, Grimmer Send your notes to: Ted heutsche 2137 East Howe Road Dewitt, MI 48820 517-669-4005 [email protected]
He felt it important to tell us about the National Hockey Champions Spartans. Mike is retired and he and wife Nancy just recently returned from a trip to China. ... Jim Girardy is mulling retirement from his surgical practice as he and wife Karen approach 30 years of friendship. Jim’s oldest son, John, is a Navy Medical Corpsman on his way to the Middle East, and son Mark will soon be a newly minted teacher from Loras College. ... Where are Calabrese, Cass and root? If they only knew the damage that Spotty’s was doing to their bodies. ... Dick leehr is living with wife Karen in Warwick, NY, where he is building an $800 million pipeline across New York state. Dick’s daughter graduates in May from Eastern Michigan and better yet, she has a job. He has plans in July to see Holly and John Collins ’72 in Newport. Hope he visits the Tennis Hall of Fame. ... Paul Pojman is the staff librarian for the Bedford Historical Society. He retired from the parish school where he was the librarian for 31 years. You might spot Paul as a member of the Blossom Festival Chorus, as they are doing music from Lord of the Rings this summer. ... You might recall that we have sadly mentioned the death of Sheila ’73 and Denis nowacki’s son, Andy, in Iraq. Heard from George Batyko and Mike Bobinski about a foundation that was founded at Lakeland Community College in his memory. At the second annual fundraising event were Dennis Perry, Terry Dziak ’69, Tom Czech ’72, Ted Klimczak ’75. ... We want to remind everyone that the Friday night of the June Reunion Weekend is open to all classes. So if you are in town or looking for an excuse to relive the good times, put it on your calendar. Have a terrific summer. ... If you have not heard from us in the last month, we do not have a good e-mail address for you. Please update us at [email protected]
. Tom and Rosemary Send your notes to: John M. Marcus 5707 Trafton Pl. Bethesda, MD 20817-3738 202-296-0901 [email protected]
Bill o’rourke ’70 standing on the frozen volga down to under 10,000 now, while production is “up” by over 25% and investments exceed $200 million more; revenue is $1 billion. The future for aluminum in Russia is very bright (per capita consumption of aluminum is about 4 kilogram/person in Russia, while in Western Europe and North America it’s closer to 40 kilogram/person. Life here is an adventure, that’s for sure. I live in the city of Samara, where our largest plant is located (388 acres, 129 buildings, 20 kilometers of sidewalks, etc.). Samara sits on the Volga River. I’ll attach a photo of me standing in the middle of the frozen river. To give you an idea of the extremes: it’s -30 degrees (Centigrade) today — that’s cold. I hope you are well. Bill O.” According to the web site, Bill is a vice president of Alcoa Aluminum of America, and president of Alcoa Russia - William.O’[email protected]
. Another JCU success story! ... Paul DeFranco - the.oec.man@ earthlink.net - updated his alumni profile online. Paul is living in Twinsburg, OH, and is a research associate at Ferro Corp. in Independence, OH. While at JCU, Paul was affiliated with the American Chemical Society. ... The alumni office also forwarded me notice of the passing of robert C. Mann, ’70G, on March 28. Please pray for his family and friends, and the repose of his soul. ... Hope this finds you all well. Drop me a note or an e-mail with what’s going on with you and yours. Regards, Ted
I don’t have a lot of news this time around. In my spare time, I have been trying to locate and contact some old classmates whom I have not heard from or talked to in quite some time. My recent “detective work” turned up Bill o’rourke. After John Carroll, Bill and I both attended Duquesne University School of Law (he graduated — I didn’t). I “googled” his name and turned him up on the Alcoa Aluminum web site. I sent an e-mail to the Web site editor asking if there was any way that I could get in contact with Bill, and lo and behold, a week or two later I received the following e-mail (dated in February): “Ted, I got a note from our Alcoa Internet editor saying you were looking for me. Well, you found me. In fact you found me in the middle of Russia, where I have been for two years now. Alcoa invested ($257.5 million) in two very large aluminum manufacturing facilities in Russia, They’re about 50years old and include the largest forging press in the world, the largest extrusion press in the world, one of the largest rolling mills in the world, and when we came here they had over 13,000 employees. That’s 42
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Greetings from Champaign Urbana, the home of Ebertfest, which has just concluded. I understand it received two thumbs up. A big thanks and a hearty handshake to those of you who sent us a note of current news. A number of you have changed e-mails or have ordered me to the spam tank. If you can update us with the latest e-mail, we can stay in touch and put a smile on the bust of John Carroll on the quad. Now as they say, here’s the news. Pete hamm took a month off to get rid of that pain in his back. His biggest regret is that he claims his golf game suffered as a result. I am sure that golf pals vic Matteucci, Mark Plush and Jim McHale ’72 have seen a dip in their golf income. ... Mike Bobinski sends greetings from East Lansing.
Got a nice phone call from Doug Webber. Didn’t understand a word he said — so I nonchalantly said, “Douggy – my memory is going SO fast would you mind jotting down a few notes so I could include this stuff in the column.” The note came, so I can pass on his news. Now you all remember Doug – he’s the guy from Jasper, IN, who had a very distinguished accent from ... Jasper, IN. No one could understand him. He was a star student for Joe Miller in Public Address and Austin Freeley in Argumentation and Debate – he was the golden boy of the speech department. But nobody could understand a word he said. But he spoke with such homegrown resolve, energy and conviction that everyone thought – “he MUST be smart.” Doug was a big shot in the Student Union where his speeches were so passionate ... but nobody could understand. He pledged the ICHIs – they didn’t understand him, but he seemed so smart when he spoke, that they couldn’t cut him. (Instead they cut Don Farrell, Billy Doyle, Gregg Gianpetro, Timmy Manning, ron smith (who deserved to be cut) and yours truly. So now where is this modern day speech dyslexic Forest Gump? You got it – he’s a big shot! He’s deputy attorney general of Indiana. Seems they’re the only ones who could understand the Jasper
accent — and they found out he really is smart. We knew it though, because he wrote our class column for ten years, before me (and after Dan Pierce). We also know he’s smart because his daughter is smart. His middle daughter, Kate, just got her doctorate in pathology from Case, after tearing up the science department at Carroll. If you see him at Reunion, say “hi!” — then just nod and smile and listen on autopilot. ... Also heard from Billy Petrovic – he too will be at Reunion. But the question is: have you heard from Petrovic? Bill and a gang that includes Jimmy Peters, Mark Pacelli, tom Czech, linda hurley, elizabeth Brannigan rock, and vic sossi have taken it upon themselves to call members of the class to get support for our class gift. If you can’t make it back to the Reunion, please try to help out with the gift. ... Finally, I heard from Duff, andrea Wasdovich’s husband and PR agent. Duff reports that Andrea has finished her third year as chief nursing officer at the Cleveland Clinic. Duff and Andi have been traveling to Ireland, San Francisco, and down South. Andrea is just one of the stars of our class. I know a.J. Cianflocco and Marty schreiber have distinguished themselves and I know of Carroll grads from other classes who have done good work there, as well. As I look back on how we have done in 35 years it’s quite an accomplishment – starting with our Beaudry man tim russert and going through our class to people like Andrea, the lawyers, the priests (Fr. sandy ytsen), teachers and coaches and advisors and counselors, business people, proud mothers and fathers, and of course Doug Webber, who knows I tease; a better man, you can’t find. By the time you get this column it will be, like three days, before the Reunion. If you decided to come – I look forward to seeing you. If you decided not to – do something you haven’t done in a while – be spontaneous and pack up your car and head over to University Heights and surprise us. We’ll be the class in the Big Tent smiling, snapping photos, telling stories of past glory ... and smoking Frankie P’s Cubans. Hope to see you in June. JM Send your notes to: Gerry o. Patno 13421 Merl Ave. Lakewood, OH 44107-2707 216-410-0129 [email protected]
daughter Darice ’04 is involved with special events marketing for Porsche Audi. Darice is named in honor of former JCU roomie Darice Zabak, who is a physician in Toledo, married to Martin Lipsky. ... In other news, robert Keenan’s son, Ryan, a lineman from Northwestern via Lakewood St. Edward, saw his stock rise considerably. According to the Plain Dealer, during a local tryout with the Cleveland Browns, he has an excellent chance to be drafted or signed as a free agent. ... And Cleveland’s current Police Chief Mike McGrath, who has both a son and daughter enrolled at John Carroll, reportedly turned down an opportunity to return to campus himself as Carroll’s top cop, opting instead to stay with the city – and new administration — that needs him the most. That’s all the news for now. Please send me something. gop Send your notes to: dave robinson 3963 Oakland Hills Dr. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 248-642-9615 (h) 800-240-3866 (fax) [email protected]
to Carroll but she has not yet decided if she wants to be a Blue Streak. ... Finally, Kevin and Kathy smith traveled to Florida in February as guests of their daughter, to watch the Super Bowl. Kara is the director of alumni relations for the Chicago Bears. The rest of the Smith clan also made the trip and although “Da Bears” did not win, the trip was a winner for Kathy and Kevin. Kathy is going through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and intends to be an instructor upon completing the program. ... Barbara Danielson Ciofani lives in Solon, OH, with her husband, Peter. Barb received an early retirement package from MBNA/Bank of America, where she had been a credit analyst. She reports enjoying the freedom retirement affords her to spend more time with children — Nicholas who works for the House of Representatives and his wife; and daughter, Kim, who works in Columbus as an actuarial. ... After close to two years in the senior living market, I made the move back to IT this past March, joining Teoma Systems, a systems integrator in Troy, MI. ... That’s all for this column. Hope you all have a great summer. Drop me an e-mail or give me a call; would love to hear from you. Robby Send your notes to: rick rea 7450 Grant Village Dr., Apt. A St. Louis, MO 63123 314.843.4703 [email protected]
The first JCU night at the Great Lakes Theatre Festival downtown proved to be another opportune time to gather a few notes from your classmates. On hand to see Shakespeare’s The Tempest, were Mary Kay ’75 and tom Malone of Cleveland Heights. Their oldest son, Brian, a recent graduate of Cincinnati Xavier, is attending Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. The other two are currently attending Xavier, and each one has picked up one of their dad’s avocations from his Carroll years. Middle son Dan plays club rugby for the Musketeers, while youngest daughter Kate is involved in the theatre. Tom is still the finance director for the city of Cleveland Heights, while Mary Kay is the financial secretary for Brush High. ... lucy (Giuffrida) Kopcak from Lyndhurst has completed 28 years of teaching at St. Clare School, recently being named for the seventh time to the “Who’s Who of American Teachers.” Lucy’s oldest son, Michael, is a cardio research physician, younger son Chris is a physical therapist in Columbus and is expecting Lucy’s first grandchild in July. Youngest
ed Kelly and Dan Conrad entertained fellow classmates Chris schuba, tim McMahon, roger hull, Marc haag, Jim Cannan, ron Deneweth and Joe Samuelson ’75 at their “home away from home,” Las Vegas, in March for some serious golfing. Joe Sam showed up his class of ’74 alumni, winning the “high” stakes golf match. A special thanks to the Alumni Office for providing golf hats and playing cards to compliment the 19th hole entertainment. ... art shibley shared news that his restaurant chain, Yours Truly, will add its eighth location this summer at Rockside and Canal, just minutes from the I-77 exit at Rockside. Last year, the readers of Northern Ohio Live magazine voted Yours Truly “Best Breakfast Menu,” “Best Cheap Eats,” and “Best Place to Take Kids.” Cleveland Magazine readers recognized Yours Truly in four categories in 2006, including, “Best Breakfast,” “Best Family Dining,” “Best Burger,” and “Best Cheap Eats.” ... Joe virostek and wife, Lale, will celebrate oldest daughter Margaret’s graduation this spring from John Carroll with a degree in psychology. She plans to attend graduate school at Carroll in the fall. Daughter Laura is a junior business major at Duquesne University; and son Alexander was recently accepted to the John Carroll fall 2007 freshman class. Joe wanted to pass along the following: Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity is holding a Reunion for all members this summer in Cleveland the weekend of June 22-24. All past and current members are invited to meet at the JCU beer tent on Saturday, June 23 at 3 p.m. Joe is VP investment operations at BPU Investment Management in Pittsburgh. ... Jim “Chico” rados and his wife, Sandy, will celebrate their 25th anniversary this May. Jim has been practicing law in Chicago for 30 years. He is the controlling partner of an eight person firm, Beverly & Pause. Jim and Sandy have three kids. Their oldest, Christopher, graduated from Miami of Ohio and is following in his dad’s footsteps and is a first year law student at Valparaiso. Middle daughter Stephanie spent a semester abroad in Italy while in her junior year at the University of Missouri; and youngest child, Nicole, is a junior in high school. They paid a visit
Hello classmates! Melissa and I are settling into our new digs in St. Louis. We still have not sold our former digs in Hermitage, PA. If anyone is planning a move to the Shenango Valley (right!) we’ll make you a heck of a deal! My son, Brian, and daughterin-law, Dayna, recently informed me that I will be a grandfather towards the end of October! Didn’t we just graduate? This past week NBC’s 30 Rock had an episode with a story line in Cleveland. There were a lot of nice scenes of the Cleveland area. but I didn’t see any of the Mad Hatter at Cleveland State (drum roll please, get it?) Didn’t we just graduate? My pleas for news went unanswered this time but I will be glad to put ANYTHING — ANYTHING — ANYTHING in my next column, so e-mail me some NEWS — NEWS — NEWS or I’ll have to make some up and embarrass you! ... The Alumni Office notified me that Betsy l. Billings passed away on March 9. Remember her in your prayers and pray for peace. ... RR
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months before the Reunion. I haven’t even gotten my plane tickets for Cleveland yet! Anyway, it was great seeing you; at least it was good to see those of you that I did see. Unless of course for some yet unknown reason I didn’t make it which would mean that I didn’t see anybody. Ahem. ... I did see a few of the class of ’77 in March though. Brian henke and stan Mambort once again organized a great JCU Spring Training trip to Naples, FL. Bill Gagliano, Bob Keir, urban Picard, Mike Downing, Dave Cullen, Joe Crogan, John rutherford, Al Hess’79 and, yours truly got together for five days of golf, baseball, boating and male bonding. At one point, while lounging around the pool, Stan threw out a challenge to see if we could all lose ten percent of our body weight before our Reunion. I guess Stan was inspired by the sight of all of us sitting around in our bathing suits. Again, by the time you read this column the Reunion will be over with, so you’ll just have to wait for the fall issue to find out who lost what. ... The alumni office sent me some info on other members of our class too. ... Deborah (Calevich) Wilson checked in from Charleston, WV, where she lives with her husband, Michael, and their two kids, Tyler (14) and Emily (9). Deborah is the senior vice president for Kimley-Horn and Associates, an engineering and land planning company. ... We also heard from randy D’amore. Randy is living in Farmington Hills, MI, with his wife, Deirdre, and their four kids. Three of Randy’s kids, Donovan (10), Caragh (9) and Bridget (5) all dance competitively in Irish Dance. The oldest, Donovan, competed in the World Championships in Glasgow Scotland this past April. The fourth child, Dillon, is still in the predancing stage. He turns one this September. ... Darlene (“Darby”) Watts is living in Maple Heights, OH, with husband Danny Baldwin. Darlene is the president and CEO of Midtown Scientific in Cleveland. ... Former Little Theatre director extraordinaire, Carol Dougherty, dropped a note from San Francisco, CA. Last year Carol was ordained as a Soto Zen Buddhist priest by Teah Strozer. Carol spent three years at the Tassajara Monastery in Carmel Valley. She writes that her Buddhist name is KanShin KiJaku which means Generous Heart, Returning to Silence. Peace. ... Keep those cards and letters coming. Your real news is better than the stuff I make up! Dennis Send your notes to: Tim Freeman 334 N. Catherine Ave. LaGrange Park, IL 60526 773-975-6909 (w) 708-579-9075 (h) [email protected]
well. ... tom Keir has been married to Beth Friedel ’80 for 25 years. The Keirs have two boys: Cameron, a freshman at Ohio Northern University, and Evan, a freshman at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. Beth is a fourth grade teacher in Brecksville, OH. Tom has been with the Lubrizol Corporation for 27 years and is the global business director of a business that sells specialty chemicals to the civil explosives industry. Tom has traveled to over 25 countries including South Africa, China, Russia, all over Europe, Latin America and Australia. Tom gets a great perspective about a country, seeing their beautiful cities as well as the “interior” or rural regions, where customers are usually located. He keeps in touch with Mark McGinley and ray Dalessandro, Mike Keresman ’79 and Tom Kaiser ’79. Tom would like to hear from Dan Patalita, rich seiple and John Baran. ... John Bundra and his wife, Debi, have been married for 27 years and this summer will be celebrating the marriage of their oldest daughter to Sean Mullen in Dublin, Ireland. ... Jeff shibley expands his business once again. Yours Truly Restaurants has announced plans to open its eighth restaurant at 8111 Rockside Road (near the I77 exit at Rockside). Slated to open this summer, Yours Truly will seat 100 guests and, like many other Yours Truly locations, will offer patio seating for seasonal outdoor dining. Jeff and his siblings opened the first Yours Truly location in Beachwood in 1981. Last year, the readers of Northern Ohio Live magazine voted Yours Truly “Best Breakfast Menu,” “Best Cheap Eats,” and “Best Place to Take Kids.” Cleveland Magazine readers recognized Yours Truly in four categories in 2006, including, “Best Breakfast,” “Best Family Dining,” “Best Burger,” and “Best Cheap Eats.” Named by the Employers Resource Council as one of the “99 Best Places to Work in Northeast Ohio,” Yours Truly employs 400 full and part-time employees and estimates hiring 50 employees at the new location. ... Condolences to steve ryan on the passing of his mother, Elizabeth Ryan, in March. Steve and spouse Linda live in Farmington Hills, MI. Linda works with Head Start pre-schoolers. Daughter Katie graduated from Michigan State and began working for Nordstrom’s. Kelsey is a sophomore English major at Western Michigan. Steve said she has inherited her namesake’s (robin ‘Duke’ Kelsey ’78) gift for reading and writing. Charlie, the baby, is a high school senior. ... In March, Dr. Brian Farrell joined other celebrities in Chicago by raising thousands of dollars for medical research and prevention of childhood cancer. Eight years ago St. Baldrick’s began as a casual conversation between friends and has exploded into the world’s biggest volunteerdriven fundraising program for childhood cancer! Events have taken place in 10 countries and 42 U.S. states, raising over $20 million, and shaving more than 26,000 heads, including Brian’s. ... Thanks for writing. Tim Send your notes to: nancy agacinski 4009 Washington Blvd., #3 University Heights, OH 44118-3865 216-932-2824 [email protected]
areas). Christmas and Easter swapped seasons this year! ... I am sorry to report that one of our classmates has passed away — Will secre died on February 18, 2007. ... Jeffrey Kraus, his wife Cherie (Balan), and children Josh (17) and Jamie (14) are living in Chicago. Jeff received his law degree from the University of Chicago and works for ALAS, Inc. as loss prevention counsel. ... Michael allison has relocated to sunnier, warmer climes. Michael is working for Office Depot and now lives near Coral Springs, FL. ... I was coming back from San Francisco in March and ran into Pete hughes on my flight. He and his wife, Bonnie, had been celebrating their 25th anniversary with friends in Carmel, CA. Pete’s wife mentioned that one of Bryan (Harpo) Kennedy’s ’80 children attends the school that she teaches at! Small world. ... The Singing Angels, Cleveland’s world-renowned youth chorus, recently elected, Michael Pappas, CPA, its president and chief executive officer. Mike is a director at Cleveland-based accounting firm, Barnes Wendling CPAs, Inc. and is the head of the accounting and assurance services department. Mike has been involved with The Singing Angels since 2004 and has also served as treasurer. Mike lives in Kirtland with his wife, Christine, and three children, Angela, Carli and Michael. ... Mary (Miller) ’84 - [email protected]
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- report that they will both be turning 50 soon. They have three children: Kevin (23), Selah (20) and Leah (19). Ed has been in vending sales and has owned and operated several bread and cookie routes. He claims that this attributes to the extra pounds they both carry! Mary is finishing up a second master’s in educational leadership. She works for the central office in the Mobile County Public School System. They have lived in the sunny south for 20+ years! ... Denise leGrand - [email protected]
- wrote to say that she is a math instructor and director of the math lab at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock (UALR). She has worked there for 17 years and previously taught at LSU for seven years. Denise received her master’s from the University of Arizona and then spent two years in New York City. She enjoys traveling (Hong Kong, Hawaii, Alaska, Paris, Austria), fishing, dancing and motorcycle riding (she traveled 14,000 miles last year on the back of one!). She is divorced with two sons - Christopher (26) and Bruce (24). ... Paula Bruening has joined the firm of Hunton & Williams LLP as deputy executive director for The Center for Information Policy Leadership (“The Center”) and senior policy advisor at the firm. Previously, Paula was counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a nonprofit, public interest organization, where she focused on cyber-privacy issues. She will be based in the firm’s Washington office. ... So how will you all be celebrating the big 5-0 milestone? Would love to hear about your plans and adventures! Beth Maher rinz and I rang in sue vargo Kunas’ 50th with her in January and then I celebrated Cathy Dinkel newell’s 50th with her and a couple of other gals at Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake during the middle of March in a lovely winter snowstorm. We have all had a spectacular time welcoming in these “fantastic 50s”! Wishing you all your own spectacular festivities! ... Keep your news coming. Your JCU friends want to know what you’ve been up to all these years! With love, Nancy
Greetings! Here’s the latest from our classmates: Greg DiCillo is founding partner of Life Cycle Strategies, Inc. which is a consulting and training firm specializing in product management and planning. The firm began nine years ago, working with industrial and business to business companies throughout the United States and in Europe. Greg’s been enjoying the trips to UK, Germany, and Italy. He and spouse Tina celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last July. The DiCillos live in Willoughby and have three children: Michelle recent graduate of Kent State University, Brian currently training for EMT and ultimately Fire Academy, and youngest, Kenneth, is a sophomore at Willoughby South High School. Greg is still working on his golf game as 44
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Hi everyone! I certainly hope that spring has arrived by the time you are reading this! Easter was this past weekend, and Cleveland had 12+ inches of snow over the weekend alone (up to 30 in some
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Five alumni received the John Carroll national alumni association’s highest award, the alumni Medal, at Commencement on May 20. they were also honored at the alumni awards Dinner on May 18. Barbara Schubert ’62 holds three degrees from the university, is a long-time member of the board of directors and is, with her husband, John, a notable benefactor of long standing. Mrs. Schubert’s award citation said in part: “If one set out to imagine the ideal graduate, board member, volunteer, benefactor, it would be exceedingly difficult to improve on the reality of Barbara Schubert. … Barbara has given so much in so many ways and has so lovingly honored and served her attachments. As association president Paul Hulseman ’82 said in nominating her, ‘Her life is the model for Alumni Medal recipients, and she is a role model for us all.’” Vincent Panichi ’57 was for 26 years a professor of accountancy. He went on to become an important member of the advancement staff and the creator of the Magis Society. Panichi co-founded a major regional accounting firm and he has been an advisor to the White House and the federal government on small businesses. He has also been a political and civic leader. Robert Welsh, SJ, who seconded Vince’s nomination for the medal, wrote: “I have been a Jesuit for 53 years. I was a member of the John Carroll board for 15 years. During this time, I have met many very fine men and women. But I have not met a person who can touch Vince Panichi’s loyalty, love of John Carroll and strong Christian values.” Timothy Freeman ’78 was a Student Union president whose heart was captured by his alma mater. He returned as director of alumni relations in the early 1980s and was the architect of the reunion and class agent programs. He was drawn back to his native Chicago in the late 1980s and has long been a lay leader of the Chicago Jesuit province. He has, however, continued at John Carroll as the Silver Quill-winning alumni magazine class columnist, as a force for reunions and within the alumni association. The Alumni Medal citation says in part: Tim is a well-spring of Ignatian spirituality. He coordinates retreats, develops workshops in Ignatian values, oversees the publication of Partners magazine, travels to a place like Nepal to see Ignatian works, and serves on the board of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. John Lewis ’62 is a Boler School grad who became a successful entrepreneur and a man for others. He has long been a stalwart of the university’s Entrepreneurs
Association (EA), and in 2004, in the association’s moment of need, John volunteered to be its acting director, steering it through temporarily difficult waters. Another dimension of John Lewis is his volunteer work. Last year he was named Volunteer of the Year at the Franklin Circle Hunger Center. Among his many board and service roles, he was for a decade the chair of the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Cuyahoga County; was president of the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Federation of Ohio and chair of the Cleveland Alternative Education program. Gerald J. Breen ’68 had the vision which came to be realized as the Entrepreneurs Association, which is aligned with the university’s Muldoon Center. The heart of that vision was to connect the hundreds of alumni who are business owners in the region. Breen, a notable entrepreneur and business owner, has been president of the Alumni Association and a very active member of a number of the association’s committees. He has also been a member of the university’s board and was the chairman of its Properties Committee during the critical period in which the Dolan Science Center was being designed and built. Jerry Breen has been a very active and unfailingly generous servant of his alma mater and his community.
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spouse, Helen, have five kids. Tom is the oldest, graduating from University of Delaware; Catherine is in her second year at University of Connecticut; John is a junior in high school, and Elizabeth and Helen are still in grade school. Tom also recently started on his MBA, so that will keep him busy. ... June 22 to 24 is Reunion Weekend at JCU. The 30th class reunion is three years away. Keep the notes coming. Go Tribe! MFH Send your notes to: Julie sanner hepfer 406 Hunt Club Dr. St. Charles, IL 60174 630-586-3367 [email protected]
a book and will be giving a presentation about it during reunion. Don’t Chew Jesus! A Collection of Memorable Nun Stories” came out last November. I just picked up a copy for my father at Barnes and Noble. Anyone who went to a Catholic grade school will relate to this book. I may have to dust off a few memories of Sister Angelica for his next book. ... Gina iaderosa samuels is slowing down? Nah, but she has moved her activities from New York City to Canfield, OH. While working in marketing and investor relations in NYC, our very own Gina was on the board of directors of the American Suicide Foundation. She co-founded the Junior Lifesavers League. Gina was awarded Fashion Group International’s Frontliner award for her work in public relations and advertising and was asked to sit on the board of directors for Frontliners. She has been published with by-lines in Runners’ World, New York Magazine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Retired to Ohio? Nope. Gina is now buying jewelry for Saks Fifth Avenue in Beachwood, OH. ... Paul Zakelj earned an advanced degree from Penn State in 2001 and is currently senior engineer at Bridgestone Firestone in Akron. He and his wife, Kathleen ’86, live in Stow, OH, and have two boys and two girls ranging in age from 20 to 15. ... Carol Berg rolecek has landed! After 20 years with United Airlines in sales and marketing, Carol has become a full-time mom. Carol and her husband, Terry, live in Barrington, IL, with their two girls and one boy ranging from almost 6 to 10. Carol has a nephew who transferred to John Carroll after his freshman year. So the Berg tradition lives on in University Heights. ... Frank Cicco was in Chicago for business recently and agreed to stay with Patrice and me and 11 of our 13 kids (the other two are at John Carroll). After getting his clock cleaned by my 10-year old pool shark son, enduring a 5:30 a.m. swim practice with old farts, and getting the kids fed and off to school on Monday morning, Frank was looking forward to returning to Butler, PA. ... Onward on! Paul Send your notes to: Tony Pallotta 31507 Drake Dr. Bay Village, OH 44140 440-892-4766 [email protected]
Hello from the North Coast ... it is summer vacation time. My gang, Adam, Patrick, Rosemary and spouse Mary are planning a get away to Myrtle Beach. We have never been there so it should be fun and the pictures look nice. I laugh to myself, knowing that pictures can make Edgewater Beach on Lake Erie a hot vacation spot also. My other hot spot will be the Visa bill hitting my checking account. ... Let me share with you what I found in my e-mail bin. Wendy and Paul lioon are celebrating their 10th year living in Southwest Florida, where they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. I will never forget visiting the Indians at Chain O’Lakes Park in Winter Haven with about 5,000 other fans and hearing someone yell my name and seeing it was none other than Paul and Wendy. Clare Lioon is a junior at the University of Florida, majoring in journalism; middle daughter Virginia is a freshman at Florida State University, majoring in mass communications; and youngest, Geoff, is a junior in high school playing football. Wendy is teaching first grade and Paul is working at Charlotte State Bank, where he started a Trust Department five years ago. The Lioons spent Easter break with herb Kramer and his family. Herb has two daughters — Annalise a senior in high school and Julia a freshman in high school. Herb is a partner in the law firm of Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich Co., L.P.A. ... rich Chelko keeps in touch reliving those Pacelli Hall memories with scott heran, Bruce lockhart and John Moeschberger. Rich stays connected with happenings on the East Coast via Don McGuire and has the latest news from the Columbus area coming to him from tom Cua, who is president of Cua Builders. Rick’s oldest daughter is out of college and his son is a soccer player at Wake Forest. Rick is also active in the JCU Entrepreneurs Association. ... Ken Perusek sends word that he is the director of operations for Great Lakes Management in Golden Valley, MN. His company develops and manages real estate: apartments, condominiums, retail and office space throughout the state of Minnesota. Ken also manages his own portfolio of apartments, including student housing apartments on the University of Minnesota’s main campus — home of the Golden Gophers. Ken and spouse, Joan, live in Inver Grove Heights, which is located about nine miles south of St. Paul. Ken has two daughters, Katie and Jenny, living out of town. ... Kevin Whalen dropped me a note from sunny Florida. I am not sure if he sent it from his primary home beach condo or while walking the dog using one of those high tech gizmos. Kevin has been with Cisco for the past seven years and prior to that he spent 13 years with Storage Tek. Suzanne and Kevin have two children — their son, also a swimmer, will be graduating from Notre Dame and their daughter enrolling in Notre Dame. Kevin received a note from former Dolan Hall resident and Blue Streak swim team captain, tom Burland. Tom is now a realtor for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Madison, CT. Tom and 46
Hi everyone! The news is brief but, as always, important. Melinda (valena) sheets joined Mo Huntley as a principal partner to form Huntley-Valena Hospitality Group. Their company has acquired four Michigan restaurants. Their acquisitions include Gilbert and Blake Seafood and Steak Grille in Okemos, D Coy Duck’s in Lawton, The Parlour Old Fashioned Hand Dipped Ice Cream in Jackson, and The Parlour in Kalamazoo. Melinda will serve as vice president/ secretary and general council for the company. She is an attorney with an extensive background in real property law, business organization, and probateestate planning. Melinda, we wish you well in your new venture! ... I’m sad to share with you the news that one of our classmates has passed away. Patrick J. hanrahan died on February 2, 2007. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. ... One last thought; after 16 years as class columnist, I’m well aware that I have made mistakes in the column. I don’t do it intentionally, and I consider these errors to be incentives to keep you curious about my articles. Hopefully, I have never offended anyone. Please try to find humor in the mistakes. God Bless, Julie
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Greetings from Chicago! ... It was 26-degrees on Saturday for Winnetka’s annual Easter egg hunt. Cleveland’s opening baseball weekend was snowed out? While I can’t guarantee perfect weather for our 25th reunion in June, I will go out on a limb and say it will not snow – I promise. Pack your bags and get ready for a great weekend. Great reunions are not weather dependent! ... Judy schoen thomas, former Maumee domestic engineer of the year, has hung an Internet shingle focused on travel and entertainment. Check out her web site - www.ticketsbyjudy.com. ... The highlight of our Christmas cards has to be Char Murawa Donelan’s. Don’t let her business degree fool you, this classmate can write! It made me laugh. It made me cry. It had a good beat and was easy to dance to, too! I’d give it an 82. ... Mary lou Petrancosta Prendergast dropped me a great e-mail. Her husband, Mike, has published
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Greetings, Blue Steaks! As I write this column, the Indians are in first place in their division and the Yankees are in the cellar in their’s. I know the only standings that matter are at the end of September, not April, but it’s still fun to see. A huge thank you to Deb solyan for filling in as guest columnist for the past two issues. I don’t know how you all survived without an update on the Bunecke/Czekaj/ Mockler/Pallotta/hadley animal. As Deb mentioned, I did make an employment change. Two of my colleagues and I broke away from our old firm and formed GPS Financial Group, LLC ... “Navigating your Financial World.” Pretty catchy, eh? Good thing I partnered with guys named Gallagher and Smola. Otherwise, it would’ve been hard to capture the GPS thing! ... Janice Marin arouh was featured in a recent JCU e-news. She lives in Los Angeles with husband, Albert, daughter Mackenzie (13) and son Alec (5). Janice is senior VP of Network
Distribution & Service for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel. She’s won many Cable TV and Marketing Assoc. (CTAM) awards and was named one of the 50 most powerful women in cable and one of the top 100 leaders by Cable World magazine for 2006. Congratulations, Janice. ... robert Forrest checked in from Naples, FL. His oldest daughter, Jenna, will have graduated from The Ohio State University by the time you read this. Rounding out the rest of the Forrest family are son Bobby (19) and daughter Ally (15). ... Congratulations to andy Majeske for obtaining his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of California-Davis. He moved with wife Andrea Ross and son Owen (4) to Philadelphia in 2005, where he has been employed at the Law School Admission Council helping to write the LSAT. He’s also been teaching at Temple University Beasley School of Law and at the Drexel University Pennoni Honors College. He will be an associate professor in the English department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY in the fall of 2007. His book, Equity in English Renaissance Literature: Thomas More and Edmund Spenser, was published by Routledge Press in November 2006. His most prestigious accomplishment, though, was surviving freshman year as John Mockler’s roommate! (Just kidding! I spent two years as John’s roommate and we got along great and are still friends 25 years later.) ... Speaking of 25 years, it’s not too early to mark your calendar for the weekend of June 20-22, 2008, for our 25-year Reunion! Circle the weekend in red so it doesn’t sneak up on you. ... OK, more news after that brief commercial announcement: James lindsay checked in from Maumee, OH, where he is VP-legal counsel for Louisville Title Agency for Northwest Ohio. James and his wife, the former Julie Mylander, have four children, Erin (20), Molly (18), Connor (14), and Madison (11). ... alan McDonough checked in from Hudson, OH. He and wife Holly have one child, Randy (14). ... Lastly, David Wiemels reported in from London, where he is information programs officer at the U.S. Embassy. ... All right, Blue Streaks, as you begin your summer vacations and stop on your way to somewhere else to visit with classmates, please drop me a note so the rest of us can listen in on your conversations! Stay safe this summer; see you in June! Tony Send your notes to: don d’amore 29570 Dorchester Dr. North Olmsted, OH 44070 440-235-1323 [email protected]
Kevin as freshmen in JCU’s honors program. “He was probably the finest man I’ve ever known,” Mary said “Integrity and chivalry were part of his genetic makeup.” Mary sent an e-mail to Kevin on the day the news of the shooting first came out, but she never got a response. Chris Fortunato wrote to me that he remembered Kevin being on the quiet side, but very pleasant when he was at JCU. Kevin transferred to OSU because of their engineering program. He and his wife, Linda, had children ages 11 to 14. I heard from eight other classmates regarding Kevin in the days following the event. The prayers of our class go out to Kevin and his family and all those affected by that tragedy. ... David olderman in St. Louis, MO, was recently thinking about JCU when he found out his niece went on a tour of JCU and it became her number one school of choice. Even more interesting is that the tour took David’s niece through Dolan Hall, and ironically she was shown Dave’s old dorm room: the famous corner room that he shared with tim Cavanagh sophomore year and ed Cooper junior year. Dave thought it was interesting that the article that featured successful Chicago alumni included both Cavanagh and Cooper, and maybe he should get a little credit for their success! David heard from Tony Gregorich, “SLAV,” who says his daughter is considering Saint Louis University. David was very saddened about losing our friend Pat Goold. David fondly recalls a humorous moment: he and Pat were up in the middle of the night studying for an accounting final, when suddenly Pat enthusiastically declared that he had enough and was going to switch majors and go into business with his father. David said: “I knew right then that the moment was definitive in his life.” David says his family is — “My 17-year old, Patrick, set the school record for interceptions in his football team and is doing well in school — but no JCU in the cards for him. My 13year old, David, is in all sports and just having a great time in middle school. Wrestling begins next year for him. And my daughter, Gracie (10), is my princess and a terror in soccer, basketball, and track.” David’s wife is a speech language pathologist (like me) who just returned to full-time work and who very much likes what she does. David continues teaching history — AP U.S. History and regular U.S. History. He is finishing up his second master’s; an Ed.S. - principal certification, but David adds “…though I am in no rush to become one.” (I have a niece myself attending JCU! Lisa Ugran ’09! We visited Lisa this spring and she gave us a tour of the modern campus. We can’t get over all the changes and additions. We ended with a nice reminiscent visit to Geraci’s pizza, which is exactly the same BTW.) ... I am sad to report that I received word that classmate Cheryl (Baird) ramsey passed away on January 10. Our prayers go out to her family as well. ... Don Send your notes to: diane (nerem) Wendel 629 Quaker Road Rte 120 Chappaqua, NY 10514-1507 914-238-2227 [email protected]
sleepover camp, swim team, golf, family vacations come to mind? Appreciating the little stuff in life is so important. I hope you are enjoying some fun in the sun right now. ... Congratulations are in order for first time papa, Matt Koenig, expecting in September and living in Duxbury, MA. Matt also jokingly asked me to add that his house on Martha’s Vineyard is for sale. If you are interested in congratulating, buying or just want to say hello, contact Matt - [email protected]
. ... Another Bostonian, Maureen Flaherty Menton, has recently been hired as head of human resources in the U.S. for British Telecom Conferencing. BTC is the leading specialist in the field of telecommunication, video and web conferencing. ... I received a press release on our beloved “Captain” Marsh. This past March, John Marsh joined the law firm of Hahn Loeser and Parks, LLP as a partner in the Columbus office. Partner in charge, Stephen E. Chappelear stated, “John brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in litigation area that complements the strong team in place at Hahn Loeser. John’s background is ideal for the clients we serve.” Marsh, who joins the firm’s litigation practice area, earned his JD in 1989 from Vanderbilt University. He resides in Worthington with his wife and stepson. Additional information can be found at www.hahnlaw.com. ... John and Franca Rago’s son Jack, is attending WVU as music major in percussion. Franca is a middle school teacher at Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh. John still keeps in contact with Jeanguenat and tom smith, who reside in North Carolina. ... I have been asked a lot lately about all the press regarding the “Westchester Wine Sisters” that I formed three years ago. If you have any desire to learn about wine the “wine sister way” or wish to read the articles visit www.winesisters.com. ... The third annual reverse raffle for the Bob and Tony steele Scholarship Fund at St. Ignatius High School was held February 9 at Brennan’s Party Center in Cleveland – it was a big success. Well over 200 people attended and raised over $6,000 for the educational scholarship fund for a well deserving St. Ignatius High School student. ... Please continue to pray for Peggy Bertsch Currier and her family – Joe, Ryan and Grace – as she continues her treatments. My mother, Nancy Nerem, just completed her radiation treatments as she was diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the voice box this winter and is recovering wonderfully. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for our family. God bless! Diane Send your notes to: Gigi Togliatti-rice 931 Sheirer Rd. Mansfield, OH 44093 419.529.5530 [email protected]
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We have heard from several people since the last column so we want to get right into the scoops. Maureen Turney Guise and her husband, Rick, live in Downington, PA, with their three children — Rick (9), Kelly (7) and Katie (6). We have heard from Sister Donna Gribschaw, who is in Arecibo, 47
Tragically, we lost a classmate (of two years) in the Virginia Tech massacre on April 16, 2007. Kevin Granata, a professor at V.T. and a member of our class from September 1980 until he transferred to OSU December 1982, was killed that day. JCU held a memorial prayer service for him soon after the event. By all accounts, Kevin was an extraordinary person, who loved helping people and teaching. He was considered one of the top five biomechanics researchers in the country, working on movement dynamics in cerebral palsy. The Plain Dealer on April 18 quoted their business reporter (and our classmate) Mary vanac, who was friends with
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PR, which is about 60 miles from San Juan. She is supervisor of four AmeriCorps* Vista members for grant writing and fund-raising activities, she can be reached through the admissions office if you are heading her direction. ... Eileen McDonough ’83 is living in Portugal; she reports that elizabeth Gallant Grundy is an IronMan. The race sounded very exciting – Elizabeth’s whole family was in Arizona to cheer her on. What an accomplishment, Elizabeth; congratulations. ... Mary Cavanaugh Monroe is an attorney practicing in Cleveland. She is married to John and they have two boys: Reilly (6) and Aiden (4). They live right next door to Jeff and Letitia Linker, both ’85, in Euclid. ... Denise Borkowski siemborski lives in Old Brooklyn with her husband, John. ... Mary Kulina Jurcisin ’87 is a teacher and is married to Tommy, a firefighter in Cleveland. They have three kids: Kaitlan, Alex and Hannah. ... We heard from Bill o’Donnell; he reports that susan Caraher just moved back to Chicago after a three-year job transfer to LA. She is the VP of corporate marketing for Mac Steel USA. She has been with them for seven years and with the steel industry for 19 years. She misses the weather but is happy to be home. Bill also met up with randall Koczara in Chicago for a business meeting. He, his wife and daughter Camilla (10) live in Dallas. ... Jamie Foley Bautista lives in Clarendon Hills, IL, with her husband, Michael, and three boys. Jamie contact us, we would love to hear more. ... Chris (o’Brien) and rich Kramer reside in Bath, OH, with their four children. I know the children are doing well in sports and hopefully I will have an update for the next column. rich was named president, North American Tire for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, in March 2007. ... I also heard from Jamie Milton Marsh, who is still working in NY. He resides in New Canaan, CT, and has four children: Max (9), Charlie (8), Betsy (6), and Sammy (4). It was good to hear from you, Milts. ... Thanks for all the e-mails and calls. We would love to hear from Kevin Flynn, howard Dobbins, rita schafer Carroll; where are you guys? ... Your friends, Beth and Gigi Cleveland occasionally. He also keeps in touch with Frank Murino (who was just in town), Chris statt, Chris Bender, John rock, Chris o’Brien, neil Koreman, John Redding, Joe Mooney and John Fox. Thanks for the update. ... I received an update from rob “Beto” aldave, who is so looking forward to Reunion this summer. He and his friends typically have a “Crusty Boy Open” golf/fun trip every couple years and this year are going to combine it with Reunion. This group includes friends like Dave till, Joe semancik, Joe Bonafede, Frank Murino, Brian eslick, Gary Giangreco, Art Johanson ’85, Kevin Garmey ’88, Rick Siberski ’84, Jim Hansen ’88 and Mark Oswald ’88. Rob said he can’t wait to do a little “fun in a box” at Mama’s Boy, whatever that means! Rob lives in Baltimore (Catonsville), MD with wife Missy and three girls: Maddy (12), Paige (9) and Andie (7). They spend most of the year playing lacrosse. ... I was also informed that JoAnn and Bill lock just became grandparents for the 8th time. And, they will also be spending part of their summer traveling to Spain and Australia. ... Jane overslaugh rathbun is living in Alexandria, VA, with husband, Roy, and daughter Lillian (5). Jane is chief of staff to the Department of Defense. How impressive, Jane, and I hope to see you at Reunion to hear more. ... Thank you all for the updates. Have a great summer, Sue Send your notes to: Jamie Jamison 7072 Kildeer Rd. Canfield, OH 44406 330-702-1965 [email protected]
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We’ve been getting a few updates but they are definitely slow in coming. We did get an update from ed hammele and his wife, Dana Lemmons. They are living in Fairhope, AL, with their children and loving the laid back lifestyle of the South along with the good weather! ... David Williams checked in and he, his wife, and three children live in Florence, SC. David works for South Carolina Cardiovascular Surgery. … I recently ran into the Honorable Mike Donnelly and begged him to help gather updates, so for those of you who know Mike, please help keep the updates coming. ... In April, Megan leahy tilles ran the Boston Marathon for a great cause – The Boston Ronald McDonald House. As you may recall, it was the worst weather Boston has had for this event in over 100 years! Congratulations, Megan! ... Speaking of updates, when we agreed to take over our column, we did so as a team, hoping that we would have a little more to report each issue. However, we are running a little thin on material lately. So we don’t leave you with another empty column in the months to come, we thought we would give you: The Top Ten Reasons to Send Column Updates. It takes five minutes to e-mail us and our column will be much more interesting. Simple updates are great, we don’t want to start adding “fluff” or worse yet have nothing to say at all. Alums in Virginia, North Carolina, California, Colorado, New York, and Florida have interesting lives too. Let’s hear from you. It’s a great way to connect with fellow classmates. You may find that a fellow classmate lives in your backyard. Many of us have kids, new jobs and successes. You’re not bragging; we are celebrating with you. It’s fun to hear about everyone in our class and it only takes a few minutes. Did we mention it only takes a few minutes! Our reunion is around the corner and the more updates we have, the more you’ll be in the know at reunion. Writing the column is great fun, but we are desperate for material. We may pass this baton to you! ... Hope to hear from you. Best wishes, Jamie and Kathy Send your notes to: david Gassman 3996 Astoria Way Avon, OH 44011 440-934-0366 [email protected]
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By the time you read this column we should be within a week of Reunion. I can’t wait, as well as many of you. Please be sure to send me some great stories for the next column. I had a few classmates write for this issue, as well as some information sent by the alumni office. ... robert reaume sent me a note that he and his wife Bridget and their six children: Liam (11), Jack (9), Daniel (7), Anna (5) Bobby (3) and MaryJo (1) are living in Beverly Hills, MI. The children attend Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School. The family spends most of their free time hunting, fishing, and skiing at their cottage in Searchmont, Ontario. Robert is a partner in The Reaume Company, an insurance, investment and employee benefits firm, with his two brothers. He is fortunate to have some old JCU friends as clients, and does make it back to 50
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I hope everyone is well and enjoying the spring weather. I have to tell you even though JCU seems like a small college, its arms truly reach around the world. My wife, Beth, and I were fortunate enough to travel to Rome, Florence and Venice over the Easter holiday and I took along some JCU shirts. Our last day in Rome I was approached by two girls from Ohio Northern and the mother of one of them was a professor at JCU. On our first day in Florence, I was approached by Dr. Tom Nevin’s son and daughter as well; small world but full of JCU contacts. ... Well the news was sparse this quarter but I did run into Mike Murphy at our parish fund raiser. The former JCU baseballer is now an attorney and doing well; we shared a few names of other alumni we both knew and had talked to. ... I also sat with Mike Bilardo and his wife at the event as well. Mike is head of government sales for Hyland Software and keeps in touch with Jeff smith and amy van strien, who live in Cincinnati. ... Joan Kiernan Korinek wrote in to give me grief about things and mentioned she, husband Jim, and daughter Margaret are doing well and the Baxter gig is going well. ... I received notice that Mike Mastrian and wife Theresa (Scimeca) welcomed baby Thomas on December 27, 2006 to join brother Zachary (23 mos.). Mike is with the U.S. Senate and is the director of radio and TV gallery at the capital. ... Last but not least, I heard from Doug Wood right after I submitted my notes for the last column so sorry this seems so long ago, but Doug welcomed daughter Isabel in April 2006. The baby and wife joined Doug during his fall tour across the country; 50 states in all. Doug also has released his second CD titled DreamCatcher, which features Jamey Haddad and Tracy Silverman. Doug also is/was up for “best guitarist” in the Cleveland FREE TIMES and I hope you did well. Thanks for the update and continued success. ... Well ’89ers, as always, keep the news coming and GO TRIBE ... David Send your notes to: Melissa Wenzler 4021 Wandsworth Road South Euclid, OH 44121 216-691-3759 [email protected]
April 21-22 was the First Annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life on campus. The Relay is an eighteen-hour walk to raise money for advocacy, research and services related to cancer. It celebrates the survivors and memorializes those lost. I took part in the Relay on Chris’ team – JCU Sports Informa-
tion — with the students in his office. I never felt more proud to be alumni as I walked with the hundreds of students who walked for life, and celebrated raising over $76,000.00 toward a cure! ... I got an e-mail from Mike schilling all the way from Thailand!! He is doing well ... he and his wife, Whan, have a baby daughter, Eve. Mike is looking forward to a visit this spring from classmates, scott Mosser and Gary ritter. He mentioned that asad sultan is getting married and will be heading to India to work for Cantor Fitzgerald. Mike is already gearing for retirement. He told me the party will be on January 8, 2014, on the beach in Phuket, Thailand! All are invited! ... Dave rastoka is living in Columbus. He is the regional director for ResCare, the largest provider for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Dave is also the president of HeartFelt Stories. With the help of Tony DeCarlo ’88, Dave began Heartfelt Stories, a children’s book company. The stories provide wonderful illustrations and are packed with great messages. My son Oliver got an autographed copy of More Than a Spoonful; it quickly became one of his favorites. Check out Heartfelt Stories - www.heartfeltstoriesllc.com. ... rita abdallah is an LISW for the Ireland Cancer Center in Cleveland. She leads workshops on topics related to cancer. She recently was recognized for her work in her field by her peers. ... ann-Margaret (leshinsky) and Jamie lambo recently purchased a new home in Jackson Township (North Canton area). Jamie took a new job in August with Diebold. He is the vice president of internal audit. ... tracey (ludwig) holecek and her hubby, Terry, have relocated to Powell, OH, near Columbus. Their three girls: Abby (9), Kristen (8) and Anna (5) are growing fast! Tracey mentioned that they love the Columbus area and the girls are happy and thriving! ... Jane (Wagner) nicolette e-mailed me. She is a senior training consultant with Mellon Financial Corp. in Pittsburgh. She mentioned that larry was elected to the Murrysville local municipal council. He is in his second of four years and holds the VP position on council. ... Life in L.A. continues to be an adventure for Bob Kasunic! He decided to use these adventures to create, write and produce a short film! The film made the rounds of some film festivals in the fall, but you can view it on YouTube — http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3Efnc828AM. Bob has been writing for a few magazines; still does consulting work with his marketing and strategy company he started a few years ago. He took a longterm project in NYC as the director of creative development for a new green/health and wellness company. ... Beth (Warfield) hansen is living in Solon with her husband, Toby. She writes that their three children, Eric (11), Emily (7) and Luke (4) are doing fine. ... tracy Backer has been living in Minnesota the past 15 years; working in the mortgage industry with GMAC-ResCap. Tracy recently returned from a seven week, 10-country, solo trip around the world. Tracy wrote that Prague, Paris and Istanbul were favorites on the itinerary! Check out Tracy’s trip blog - http://realtravel.com/ member-m1942408-tracer1.htm ... Be sure to keep in touch and enjoy summer! Cheers, Melissa Send your notes to: Molly Coughlin Fanta 25107 Wildwood Dr. Westlake, OH 44145 440-716-1749 [email protected]
greener pastures of the suburbs. So the couple bought a house in Glen Ellyn (Western ‘burbs of Chicago) last spring and learned soon after the move that twins were in their future! They moved last July, and spent the summer getting settled and acclimated with their two boys, Jack (4 1/2) and Michael (2). Molly said “It’s a total change from city living but so much better!!” Coinciding with the move, Molly quit her job in pharmaceutical advertising to be a stay at home mom. While she misses the work (at times), she doesn’t miss the stress that goes with being a working mom! On November 25, 2006 the JCU stork delivered twin sisters Meghan and Riley to join the happy family. ... sean Kearns has three children: Jackie (4), Liam (3) and Brendan (1). He left the telecommunications industry a couple of years ago and is in the software industry working for Oracle. Sean has been running in a lot of marathons. He ran the Cleveland Marathon last spring and Akron Marathon last fall. ... Brent Desiderio and Mark Francl ’93 came to town to run the Cleveland Marathon as well. Brent started working for SAP about five months ago and is doing well. Brent and Sean are thinking that they should run another spring marathon. The class of 1992 says, “Go for it!” ... tim Keo is in his third year as an actor/teacher for Great Lakes Theater Festival. Tim goes to different schools each week and spends the week acting with them. He covers grade 1 through grade 12, using various stories for the younger students and Shakespeare and Arthur Miller for the high school students. Tim is still in The Bel-Airs, a ’50s band, where he plays bass and sings backup vocals, plus he has been playing in various pit orchestras including playing for The Cleveland Cabaret Project downtown. ... I was happy to hear that Catherine Glaser was married on July 21, 2006, in Pittsburgh. She and her husband, Rich, work for Quaker Valley School District in Sewickley, PA. Megan larkin-Curry, susie (Bresnahan) Mclaughlin, and ann showers were in her wedding. Also in attendance was Beth horstman Zugelder and Julie Kovass lynch. Catherine said, “Everyone is doing well and busy with kids and other priorities!” ... Jim Send your notes to: Julie reardon 12361 Woodridge Dr. North Royalton, OH 44133 440-877-0939 [email protected]
I hope this column finds all of you well and enjoying some nice weather. I recently went to a party at the home of Amy Finke Cook ’90 in Westlake. Amy and her husband, Brian, have five children and are members of St. Bernadette Parish. Amy’s daughter and my son recently had roles in Music Man Jr. Amy is a stay at home mom and traveled to Italy last summer. It is always fun to reconnect with JCU alumnae and flourish friendships; it is like you have a common bond. ... I was happy to hear from several of you recently. Kristin Gulling lives on the West Side of Cleveland and will be married August 10 to Michael Zeno. Kristin’s husband will be deployed to Iraq after the wedding. Please keep the soldiers in your prayers and especially Kristin and Michael. Best Wishes, Kristin! ... Julie Bjorkman lives in Illinois, where she is the director of human resources and culture communications for the Sara Lee Corporation. She will finish her Ph.D. in organizational development at Benedictine University. She earned her master’s in OD from Case Western Reserve University. She’ll continue working at Sara Lee and teach at the University of Chicago and Elmhurst College after finishing the Ph.D. ... David Bobango resides in Erie, PA, and is a material manager at Plastek Group. ... Melissa Butler resides in Chagrin Falls and has three girls. ... lynn Zimmerman resides in Lorain, OH, and has one son. ... elizabeth uber resides in Charlotte, NC. ... It is great to receive your updates; keep the info coming! Start thinking about making arrangements to visit Carroll in June for Reunion Weekend. May God continue to bless all of you! Molly
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Hello everyone. My next column will feature all the highlights from our 15th Reunion. However, I wanted to include some recent news in this column. ... Molly (Mctigue) Mcnally dropped me a note to share some positive changes that have been going on in her life over the past year or so. She and her husband, Tom, decided last spring that it was time to leave their condo in the city for the
Dennis and I ran into Doug shostek and his wife, Debby, at the mall; they were with their daughter, Emily (4), and son Ryan, born December 6. Doug works at Parkwood Corporation as a manager of tax and they live in Strongsville. ... lori (Polisseni) Deuberry and husband, Robert, live in Hudson with Payton Elizabeth (6), Robert Nathaniel (3) and Bronwyn Alexandra (1). Lori is a regional VP for American Funds Distributors. ... stacy (stahurski) Gray is in Olmsted Township with husband, Edward, and three kids: Samuel (6), Rocco (4) and Erin (1). ... laura (Willig) Miller was married recently to Ken Miller, she is managing director for Navigant Consulting, Inc. in Pittsburgh. ... sarah Drickhamer married Ryan Sawyer in December, and is living in Denver, CO. In attendance were Doug ’88 and Maggie (andros) stumpfl. ... ryan hoffecker works for Lincoln Electric as the Workers’ Comp
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administrator. He has a son, Diego (2). Ryan says hello to Matt hite and his family. ... Daniel o’Brien is in Denver at Arrupe Jesuit High School as the work-study director. ... Todd and rachel (long) Brenner are in Boca Raton, FL, with Dylan Rae (2). Rachel is a senior consultant with Oasis Outsourcing. ... elizabeth (Beth) suter-haas moved to Zurich, Switzerland in 1995 to be with her husband, Stefan. They have two children: Jeremy (8) and Emilie (6). Beth teaches grades five and six at a bilingual school. … Jeff siegel and his wife, Janet, had their third child in October, Cole Michael joins Carter (5) and Ryan (3). Jeff was promoted in August to SVP, customer marketing and sales at ESPN out of their NY offices. andy Botzer, Craig Frabotta, Mike Costanzo, Brian Kurtz and Jeff still get together once a year. This year’s trip was delayed because Andy Botzer got married and had his second and third children (twins). ... lori (souser) sprague e-mailed me: Lori is married to Tim and they live in Sagamore Hills. Lori is an HRIS analyst with John Carroll. ... Mark Henderson ’92 and Julie (lull) henderson live in Macedonia with Alek (8) and Ryan (5). Mark is working for the Cleveland Clinic and Julie is working at Datatrak International. They are expecting their third child in August. ... Jan (huczko) and Mike vulku live in Westlake with Matthew (6) and Luke (4). Mike is a financial planner with H&R Block Financial and Jan is a stay-at-home mom. ... elizabeth (Gallagher) higgins and her husband, Kevin, are expecting their second daughter in August. She works for Accenture and lives in Naperville, IL. ... Chris Frank ’98G and Donna lucente Frank live in Broadview Heights, where they are raising Lucina (4), Christian (3) and Patrick (1). Donna teaches religion at St. Basil the Great. … Dean and Diann (Dellafiora) Jenne live in Westlake and have a daughter Leah (2). ... lynn (Flaherty) Kessel and husband Tim ’90 live in Gibsonia, PA, raising their four children. ... Mike and Kelly (holmes) nolan live in Downers Grove, IL, with three sons Jack, Luke and Brent. ... sarah swingle is an HR consultant at Progressive and lives in Cleveland Heights with Frank Kuhar ’94. Frank is working for Rysar Properties in sales. Thanks Lori. ... larissa Kosmos and husband, Jim, had a son in August, Alexander. He joins his sister, Sofia (4) in NYC. ... Amy and PJ hruschak had a son, Rory Joseph on January 29. Amy works as a page designer for the Dayton Daily News. PJ writes a video game column for Cincinnati Enquirer’s CiN Weekly magazine and freelances for various print and web publications. ... Thanks for the updates. Take care, Julie U. of Michigan. This summer she will be working for NASA Glenn in their Bioscience and Technology Branch. ... andrea tuckerman earley had her third child in February. Julia Katherine joins Sophia (5) and Charlie (3). ... Michelle thomas Burchfiel and husband Brian just had their third child, Madison, who joins brothers Evan and Andrew. They are still in Houston, TX, where Michelle works for Exxon. ... ami reed Casper and husband, Brent, had triplets in January of 2005. James Dwight, Luke William and Reagan Elizabeth joined big sister Lucy and they are hitting the “terrible twos.” (WOW). ... Maria (DeMichele) Kerekes will be celebrating 13 years with husband Ed this September. They have three children — Eddie, Angela and Julia. Maria is working for Life Center Plus as a manager in Hudson, OH. Both Maria and her husband are training for the Columbus marathon in October. ... susie Donegan Magyar in this column for the first time! Susie and husband Jason are living in Dublin, OH, and have three boys — Casey, Aiden and Brady (great Irish names!). She is training for the Chicago marathon and raising money for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Susie and Jason’s youngest, Brady, was born with life-threatening liver tumors. If you would like to assist the Magyars in their quest, contact Susie at [email protected]
. ... Our very own Jim Driscoll is a proud father of Jacob Badger Driscoll. Jim says he is “the coolest guy ever”! He would love for anyone to contact him in Columbus - jimd@ paydayperx.com. Jim’s younger sister, Joanne, married JCU classmate, Brian Fox. Pete Duggan, Peter Chapman, Matt sullivan, tim Bayne, Bill Morcze, and John Mangan were in attendance. ... Jonathan eric agin writes that he is a partner at his own law firm of Taylor Sylla and Agin in Washington, D.C. His legal specialty is insurance defense and general civil litigation matters. Jonathan and his wife, Neely, have a daughter, Alexis, and reside in Arlington, VA. He is training to do his seventh marathon . ... Danielle nadolski has been married to Scott for eight years in August. They live in Concord Township, OH, with Nicoletta and Antoinette. ... Margaret and Dale hall moved to Bloomington, IL, six years ago. They have two daughters, Regan and Cailin. Dale is vice president and chief actuary of COUNTRY Insurance & Financial Services and Margaret is a mom and busy volunteering at the kids’ school. ... Mike Connole returned from a year in Iraq in October. The Connole family, Mike, Kris and children, Liam and Alexis moved from San Francisco to Washington. Mike also wrote that Brian Beckno is a major in the Army and stationed in Italy. He will soon deploy to the Middle East for his fourth time. ... I had to cut all the information I got in two. So if you didn’t see your info here it will be in the next column. Sorry ... I have editors too. Keep things coming my way - moe@ unt.edu. And if you couldn’t tell by the change in the last name I have gotten a divorce and returned to my Irish roots of Moe McGuinness. ... Luck to you always, Moe Send your notes to: annie (hummer) dePerro 4161 Glenmoor Rd. N.W. Canton, OH 44718 330-966-8845 [email protected]
former classmates. The first comes from Hillary (Garard) Jackson ’97. Hillary writes that she and Ben Jackson will happily celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary this August. Their son, Nathaniel, was born last year. Ben is the COO of Kiodex, a division of Sungard, in NYC; they reside in Wilton, CT. Hillary’s brother-in-law is John Paul (JP) Bania ’93. JP married Hillary’s sister in 1999 after they fell in love when she visited Hillary, at Carroll her sophomore year. In other news, Hillary reports that the actual John Carroll ’94, Colleen Carroll’s brother, is an attorney for Cook County (Chicago) courts. Hillary also writes that Gerry thomas welcomed his first born in December 2006, Bridgette Thomas. Gerry and his wife, Mary, teach and reside in Euclid, OH. Finally, Hillary mentioned that Danny Mazzucca ’93 and his wonderful wife have twin girls and live in Arizona. ... My next tale of love comes from the border states. It all began four years ago when Joe vankos became a Border Patrol agent. Originally stationed in Casa Grande, AZ, Joe joined the Border Patrol’s special response team based in Tucson in 1995. The SRT is essentially the SWAT team of Border Patrol. Joe’s job is to respond to shootings and to serve arrest warrants whenever needed and to do special operations involving drug smuggling. In all of this chaos, Joe was also able to find true love. March 24 was the date of his wedding to Anica, a fellow agent of the Border Patrol. Sounds like big changes for a guy who spent six years doing computer programming in Cleveland! ... My accounts of love would not be complete without sharing some baby news: Greg Weishaar and wife Kristine recently became parents to Audrey Elizabeth in March. Greg became a senior recruiter for Bausch & Lomb in January. They plan to travel to Cleveland this summer for a mini-reunion with Jeff and Jen yost, Jason evans, scott Martin and Gerry nannen. In Rochester they see John Kendall, his wife, Jen, and their daughter, Carmen, on a regular basis. ... sara (Mitchell) ohlin reports her love affair with the Pacific Northwest, which she says is about as close to paradise as one can get. Sarah and husband, Greg, spend their free time there when not working from home in Everett, WA. Sara is a writer, personal chef and teaches cooking classes. Additionally they are fixing up their 94-year-old house. ... Speaking of 94-year-olds, I have a bittersweet love story also to report. A man I knew died of a broken heart just three weeks after his wife of 66 years passed away. Now that’s love! Among the other mourners at the funeral were JC alumni Robert Lombardi ’80 and Cathy (Coburn) Costello ’73. Mr. Lombardi lives and works just outside of New Orleans, where he has been for the past 20 years and Mrs. Costello is a neighbor of my parents in Columbus. Both were close to my grandparents and I wanted to express my appreciation for their support of our family’s loss. Thanks for all the love stories. Until next time, Annie
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Patrice adamonis works from home in Cleveland for Polytech Inc. and gets to take care of daughters Mackenzie (3) and Sydney (9 mos.). ... Melissa lohman Manner and husband Kevin ’93 are expecting their first child in August. ... sionann Jones Monroe is a manager at Progressive Urban Real Estate’s Cleveland Heights office. She is married and has two sons, Malachi and Kieran. ... angela harrivel is pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the 52
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Shrek III is coming to a theater near all of us this spring so with this fairy tale romance on my mind let me share a few real love stories from our
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Katy Perrone McGrath ’97 a former Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-OAC in 1996, Katy Perrone was a guiding force behind the Blue Streaks’ three NCAA teams in the 1990s. She helped JCU reach the NCAA Elite Eight in 1994 and 1995. Her play earned her Outstanding Defensive Player in 1994, and team captain in 1995 and 1996. At the time of her graduation, she held the record for career games played (438) and the conference record with 1,684 digs. Matt Colucci ’97 a former two-time Ohio Athletic Conference champion and two-time All-American at 126 pounds, Matt Colucci finished his career with an 80-26 record and his wins ranked 14th in program history. He was a three-time national qualifier, earning All-American accolades in both 1994 and 1997. His contributions helped the team earn an OAC title in 1994. scott o’Donnell ’97 was the only Blue Streak to be the Most Valuable Defensive Lineman in the Ohio Athletic Conference. In 1995 and 1996, he was voted to the All-OAC First Team. He was named Football Gazette National Division III Defensive Lineman of the Year and an All-American. O’Donnell led his team in sacks for four years. He remains the school record holder for the most sacks in a game, season, and career. In 1994, he helped lead the team to a share of the OAC title. Frank D’angelo ’97 captured eight Ohio Athletic Conference titles and set both school and conference records in 1- and 3-meter events. In1997, he earned OAC Diver of the Year. His best national finish at the NCAA Division III Championship was eighth. He helped lead the Blue Streaks to OAC titles in 1994, 1995, 1996. Darlene sheehan neitzel ’95, who was named a Kodak and AWSF All-American in 1994, was part of the most successful era of women’s basketball in school history. She was named first team All-Ohio Athletic Conference as a junior and second team as a senior. The team’s Most Valuable Player as both a junior and senior, Sheehan finished her career ranked second all-time in JCU history with 1,494 career points and 281 assists. She remains the school record holder for career 3-pointers made and attempted. steve voinovich ’97, a three-time Division III All-American, was a member of one of the most accomplished JCU golf teams. He was a three-time All-OAC golfer and was the runner-up in the OAC Championship tournament in both 1995 and 1997. He also had his best finish at the national tournament in 1995, when he tied for second in the nation. Voinovich’s skills helped his team place in the top ten of the nation in all four years of his career. Matt Glovna ’96 joins teammates Steve Voinovich and Brian Unk as Hall of Fame members from the powerhouse John Carroll teams of the mid 1990s. A threeyear letter winner, Glovna helped the Blue Streaks finish third nationally in his sophomore and junior years, and fourth in his senior year. In both his junior and senior years, Glovna topped very talented fields – including future Hall of Famers on his own roster – to capture medalist honors at the OAC Championships. He played a vital role in leading John Carroll to OAC championship crowns in both 1994 and 1995. Chris anderson ’97 was named to the American Football Coaches Association Division III All-American team in 1996. He also received the Bill Edwards Award as the Most Valuable Linebacker in the Ohio Athletic Conference in both 1995 and 1996. He was named First Team All-OAC on two occasions. He was a four-year letter winner and starter, and led the team in tackles in each of his first three seasons.
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The big news coming up for us is Reunion Weekend taking place June 22-24. You’ll probably be receiving this just before the event takes place. Hopefully you can make it. We’ll have plenty of stories to share! ... I heard from Maureen (Shaughnessy) Mackar. She works in marketing and community relations for Barnes and Noble in Cleveland, and recently planned area events for the final Harry Potter book coming out this July. Sadly, she couldn’t spill the beans on how the series ends. ... arthur soroka is living in Mayfield and is a senior manager with Accenture. ... laura (seide) Davidson lives in Holiday, FL, and has a son named William (2). ... russell Kunic was recently named manager of VPEC, the anesthesia pre-operative evaluation clinic at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. ... elaine (Cirino) Perdion lives in Brecksville, OH, (my neck of the woods!) and has a daughter named Ella (8). ... Maureen (sweeney) Calkins lives in Hamburg, NY, and has a son named Gavin (3). ... J.J. huszczo lives in Concord, OH, and is a sales executive with IntraLinks. ... Bridget (smith) Wendt just moved back to the Philadelphia area after living in Germany for three years. She is working for Siemens Medical Solutions and has a daughter named Louisa (1). ... John C. Mclaughlin is a traffic supervisor with John Morrell & Co. in Cincinnati. ... anthony Mahfood is a wealth management advisor with BB&T Wealth Management in Greenville, SC. ... I heard from Angel Kornuc ’98, who shared the stage with me in a number of JCU theatre productions (actually, she was usually at the front of the stage, while I stayed in the back with the other chorus members) “I spent the last ten years as an entertainer: first doing a cruise ship, then cabarets and singing telegrams. I also worked for five years with grades K-12 in performance shows and workshops. Currently, I am the full-time musical
theatre director for Estero High School, in Estero, FL. I am getting married to Michael McNeeley (he went to Carroll, too) in December, in Ohio.” ... My wife annmarie tirpak and I ran into amy everetts following a Billy Joel concert here in Cleveland. Amy’s working for the American Red Cross. ... As for me, I headed Down Under earlier this year for a work-related meeting in Tasmania and New Zealand. You can read a bit about my trip (hopefully the fruit growing information doesn’t bore you to tears), and see a few photos, by going to www. americanfruitgrower.com/ifta. ... Talk to you soon! Brian
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Kristen (schneidler) schultz ’98 and her husband, Jeff as the sales promotions manager for The Cleveland Orchestra, but she left that position several months ago to launch her own non-profit organization — a brain tumor support group. Kristen hopes to hold a fundraising event for research and support in the near future, so stay tuned for upcoming details. Or, visit www.braintumorsupport.org for more information. ... Summer is upon us, and I hope you all have a great one. But before you put down this magazine and go outside to enjoy the sun, please take a moment and send me an e-mail about what’s new in your life. I’d love to include you in our next column. Until then, take care, Cherie
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Congratulations to my good friends Kelly and adam Mordock who welcomed their adorable son, Owen Ross, to their lives on a very snowy February 15. Adam works as an IT consultant in the Cleveland area, and Kelly is a recovery room nurse at the Cleveland Clinic. The Mordocks live in Beachwood. ... Also congrats to Michael Maassen and Dana Kubilis Maassen, who welcomed Jonathan Michael on March 24. Dana is a manager of financial reporting at First Advantage Corporation, where she has been for almost three years. Michael is a senior buyer at the CarMax. The Maassens live in Largo, FL, about an hour from Dana’s parents and brother and just 15 minutes from the beach. ... Laurie and Brian Pellow were married on August 20, 2005, in Bay Village, OH. Their son, Quinn Xavier, was born on December 23. Brian recently started a new job as a quality assurance analyst for Ernst & Young in Cleveland. Previously he worked as an QA analyst for the TALX Corporation for nine years. ... scott and Kara (Keating) Copeland were married in Cleveland on September 16, 2006. Many JCU grads attended the fun wedding. Scott is a manager at the Moreland Partners consulting firm in Beachwood, OH, and Kara is the director of resource development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Kara said her matron of honor, Jessica Pinter, and her husband, Todd, have a beautiful little girl named Camille, and they are expecting another baby in September. Jessica is an attorney at the Federal Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals. ... Congrats to my good friend ann hricko who received a promotion to vice president in March. As a workgroup manager in National City’s Corporate Operations and Information Services Division in Cleveland, OH, she focuses on the bank’s acquisition conversions. Ann is looking forward to visiting her JCU roommate, Christine Castro, in Chicago, IL, in May. And we’re both looking forward to returning to our favorite long-weekend city of Nashville, TN, this summer! ... Jeff and Kristen (schneidler) schultz were married on February 4, 2006. They were happy to have many John Carroll alumni at their wedding, including Christy (Wilder) Babbitt, Karen salerno, alexia Kapeluck, steve and Kate (Curry) Conway, George schaefer, and Mike Schneidler ’00. Kristen and Jeff honeymooned in Hawaii and are looking forward to another big trip this spring: Paris and Rome. They live in Bay Village, OH. Kristen most recently worked
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Hello friends. Because I missed the last issue, I have a lot to catch up on (and little space), so here we go... I am fortunate to keep in touch with randy and Michelle (laurio) roark. Randy recently got back from Afghanistan, where he was serving as a dentist in the U.S. Army. They have a son, Jackson (2 1/2). Michelle is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the emergency room. At the moment I’m typing this, they live in the Ft. Bragg, NC, area, but by the time this hits your hands, they will be in Columbus, OH. ... adrienne timonere-Publicover is the assistant principal of Saint Ann School in Cleveland Heights. She and her husband, Dan, got married in 2001 and live in University Heights. ... Michelle (Bjel) and rob velotta were married at Saint Francis Chapel in 2002. They had their first baby, Thomas Robert, on October 14 and are living in Willoughby, OH. ... shannon (shepard) and Michael ’98 scott had a son, William, who will be two years old this June. ... I saw Maria Mahfood terezis this fall and I heard from her again this winter. She and her husband, Nick, also had their first child, Ava Tsambika arrived into this world on October 24. ... ryan Gorczyca and his wife, Michelle, now have two children: Gavan Michael (2) and Sean Ryan (5 mos.). ... rochelle (nowinski) young married a University of Dayton graduate, Jason, in September. Those on hand at the wedding included JCU’s Beth Wood, leah Kramer, emily Berdell, and siegmund Fuchs, as well as Allyson Hunter ’98 (exchange student from Ireland). Rochelle
is working at the CBS affiliate in Columbus and working toward her MBA from Capital University. ... In November, shaena (Welsh) and Chad ’00 Miller had a baby girl, Shaunee. ... ed novak married Lori Nita of Lansing, IL, in 2005. Ed also successfully completed his first marathon that year in Chicago. Then in 2006, he received his MBA from the University of Chicago. They reside in Lincoln Park in Chicago. ... suzanne Brown recently moved to Gilbert, AZ, to teach first grade. She had been teaching in the Cleveland Municipal Schools prior to the move. She’d love to hear from any other JCU alumni in the Phoenix area. ... ann (Crowley) raven brought another Blue Streak into this world on November 25. Welcome to the JCU family, little John “Jack” Adam Raven. ... I heard from Brian leisgang. He and his wife, Jennifer, started a new division of their printing and promotional products company in November 2004. They offer over 30,000 office products, office furniture, and janitorial products - www.bplofficeproducts.com. ... Kelly (sobek) and Tom ’00 Clark had a baby boy, T.J., in June. Congratulations, Clarks. ... On August 18, Claire Kew successfully defended her doctorial thesis in French literature at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She was set to marry Dr. Gerardo Vazquez on December 21 in Walt Disney World. ... raymond Krohn is married to Hannah Rodabaugh and living in West Lafayette, IN. Ray is a Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University.... Jennifer Bryk hechko, DDS, MS graduated from OSU College of Dentistry and did her residency training at Columbus Children’s Hospital. In June, she married Adam Hechko, DVM. Wedding guests included John Kochilla, Carrie (Gargasz) Balthaser, Michael hart, Kelly (Baracz) hanobik, erin Biehle Wimmer, and Dan nauert. Jennifer practices pediatric dentistry in Aurora, OH. She also manages her husband’s office at his veterinary practice. ... leslie (Butler) and Darren hilliard welcomed a baby boy. Owen Butler, into this world in October. ... I look forward to hearing from YOU next! All my best, Mark making headlines and doing his part to bring relief and peace of mind to children in need. Captain Jonathan Powers, who now lives in Washington, D.C., spent 14 months serving in Iraq throughout 2003 and 2004 with the Army’s 1st Armored Division. His experiences lead him to found the War Kids Relief Program under the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. The mission of War Kids Relief, which launched in November 2005, is to help the children of Iraq recover from the destructive effects of war and give them hope and resources for a better future. Jon and War Kids Relief were featured in the January 24, 2007, cover story of Newsweek. We encourage you to visit the program’s web site - http://www. veteransforamerica.org/programs/war-kids-relief/ - and see for yourself what a positive impact one person can make on children’s lives. You can read about his efforts and donate to the cause. We are proud to call Jon one of our fellow classmates and we should all do what we can to help him as he supports innocent children who are caught in the middle of war. Thank you, Jon, for stepping forward when you saw a need and using your talents to make a difference. ... Clare and Lisa
’01 friends at Joe enright’s wedding – left to right – Brendan hotchkiss, Pat Fitzgibbons, nish vartabedian, Joe, Matt Covell, liam Bresnahan, and Brian Barton. kneeling John Frye and Jim Comerford of Joshua (3) and Lysandra (7 mos.). The Santos family lives in Brook Park. Amy has been teaching in Shaker Heights since graduating from JCU; she earned her master’s in educational administration at CSU. ... Many classmates sent updates on both location and work. erica taylor lives in Westlake, OH ... robert Matelski III lives in San Francisco, CA ... Zoe Corson lives in Atlanta, GA ... Chris Kozlik lives in Santa Rosa, CA, and works as a supply chain manager for Medtronic. ... scott Williams lives in New York, NY, and works as a senior consultant for Protiviti. ... David Burrows lives in San Diego, CA, and plays music full-time with the band Modern Day Moonshine; the band’s debut album was released in spring 2006 and a second album is expected in summer 2007. ... The legacy of tim anderberg, a classmate who died in 2004, continues to affect lives. In his memory, the Anderberg family established Tim’s Fund for Kids. Tim’s Fund works in connection with Hope Clinic International; a medical mission organization that serves needy children throughout the world. Since its inception, Tim’s Fund has established a clinic in Nicaragua named Tim’s Clinic for Women and Children, which has provided critical medicine and treatment for countless families in this impoverished community. Fundraisers were held in the Chicago area in April, including an evening out at Quartino’s and a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds. Make the most of every moment; each is a gift to be treasured and shared. Maureen
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As the weather warms, we are excited to bring news of some classmates’ weddings. Kevin Garvey and Kim Oblak were married April 21 at John Carroll. scott vanDenhaute, Tim Corrigan ’01, Chris Miklich, Mike hofherr and scott Beran served as groomsmen. ... laura Pyzik and Courtney Cheney will marry on July 7 in Toledo. Jane (howarth) vogelsberger is a bridesmaid in the wedding. Laura and Courtney live in the Washington, D.C., area. ... Congratulations to tori (rendano) nook, who was recently promoted to vice president, retail division of Kowit & Passov Real Estate Group in Beachwood, OH. Tori and her husband, Jon, also recently purchased a home in Gates Mills. ... We have some great news about another one of our classmates who is
Happy spring! Many marriages to celebrate and share — tom rennie proposed to Michelle Hawkins late summer 2006 and will marry Michelle this June in Dallas, TX. Anthony Mastro ’00, Dave LaRusse ’00 and Jeb Schmitt ’00 are in the wedding party. aaron Brown and Jen (Croston) Brown, Kevin Kuhar ’00 and Chris Tomley ’96 will also attend the celebration. ... Joe enright provided his own update and those of his “knucklehead” friends: In December 2006, Joe married Lauren (Clark) Enright of Chicago at St. Francis Xavier Church in LaGrange, IL. JCU alums in attendance included Pat Fitzgibbons, John Frye, Brian Barton, Brendan hotchkiss, Jim Comerford, Matt Covell, nish vartabedian, liam Bresnahan, Catherine Cummings, Michelle Marquette, susie Kovass, and Lauren Ferrari ’02. Weeks after Joe’s wedding, Brian Barton got down on one knee at the Chicago Ridge Red Lobster and proposed to long-time girlfriend Catherine Cummings. They are planning a wedding in May 2008. In the next several months, Liam Bresnahan, Jim Comerford and Michelle Marquette, John Frye, and Matt Covell will all be getting married. ... Patrick Connors ’02 shares the good news of his friend, Katie Kitsko, who married Christopher Topolewski on October 28. Her bridesmaids included natasha Marin and lindsay hofmann. Patrick Connors served as a groomsman. nick Gentilcore was the cantor and John Paul Fielder ’02 served as a reader. Dr. Erica Roesch ’02 also attended. Katie and Chris honeymooned for ten days in Dubai. They live in Philadelphia, where Katie is an attorney for Segal McCambridge and Chris is investment counsel at West Capital Management. ... amy (atanacio) santos sent, in her words, a long overdue update on her life. She married Edgar in August 2001 and they are the proud parents
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- with your news. On behalf of all of our classmates I would like to thank Gina Ferrara for doing such a fantastic job keeping us informed over the last three years. It’s an honor to take over her post, and I look forward to hearing from you! ... heather (Fox) Barringer and her husband, Chris, are living in Brunswick, OH. Heather is a global sourcing project manager at Lubrizol. ...
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Meghan (ehrlich) Conley and her husband, Mike ’00, welcomed their first child, Mackenzie Marie, on March 19. Meghan is a chemistry teacher at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron. ... sermonte anderson Walker married Colin Walker on February 24. The couple has known each other since high school and is now residing in South Euclid. ... scott Martin is living in Omaha, NE, and works as a network manager for Werner Enterprises. ... John Pacini is a client manager for SmithBucklin in Chicago. ... rich and emily (Farkas) Wyman both attended Youngstown State University after graduating from JCU. Emily graduated with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and Rich graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. After eight years of dating, they married on August 19, 2006. JCU’s own Fr. Casey Bukala, SJ ’54, traveled to St. Charles church in Boardman to marry them. Emily is working as an intervention aide with autistic children at the Rich Center for Autism at Youngstown State University and Rich works as an electrical engineer for First Energy in Akron. They recently became the proud owners of an English bulldog puppy named Finnegan. ... David and Jessica (Craig) Duke moved back to Ohio from Lexington, KY, and are enjoying their new jobs. ... amanda (Karpus) Mooney and her husband, Sean ’04, welcomed their first child, Ryan. ... raechel Betz scarchilli married John Scarchilli in April 2006 on the beach in Gulf Shores, AL. Several JCU classmates were there for the celebration, including: Jen langley, sara Zezzo, ashlie trudnowski, oliviana (Grama) Catrone, Christine taddeo and amy Marcelis. ... erin Cullen graduated with her master’s in science from Gannon University in 2004 and just received her license in mental health counseling (LPC). She works in Erie, PA, at Sarah Reed Children’s Center as a therapist. ... David rothstein is a policy researcher with Policy Matters Ohio, where he focuses on economic issues in Ohio, including tax, education, energy, and consumer protection issues. David recently testified to the U.S. House of Representatives and also was appointed to the Board of the National Community Tax Coalition. ... As for me, 2006 was a busy wedding year. I was married to Scott McVean in May 2006. angie sabatini Milks was my maid of honor, Joelle (lindner) Byers and theresa litz were bridesmaids, and laura (ley) Carlson sang at the ceremony. ... Angie Sabatini married Jim Milks in November and I had the privilege of being her matron of honor. ... Stacey (Borecek) Raso ’03, natalie nicholas, and Kristie raynovich were bridesmaids. ... Last but not least, Joelle Lindner married Barry Byers in December; Theresa Litz and Laura (Ley) Carlson were bridesmaids. Angie, Joelle and I were all fortunate to have many additional JCU friends surrounding us as guests on our special days. Again, I look forward to providing you with our class news – keep the updates coming! Kristen He is mainly practicing corporate law. ... rhose (Donley) huffmyer married Scott Huffmyer in June 2006; the two built a house in Pittsburgh and just welcomed their first baby into the world! Scott Alan Huffmyer Jr. was born on March 18, 2007 at 1:28 p.m. Congratulations to the Huffmyer Family! ... Caitlin rohrer is living in Pittsburgh and works as an interventionist at Every Child, Inc. She is starting an M.Div. degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2007-2008. Good luck, Caitlin! ... ann ortega is a systems analyst with The MetroHealth System and lives in North Royalton. ... Jennifer laGuardia wrote to say that she received her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree from Case Western Reserve University with a specialization in pediatrics. She’ll be sitting for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certification exam in the next two months (as of April) and is continuing to work on her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a focus on clinical expertise. ... Michael Roche ’02 is living in South Euclid. ... laura Wray is on cloud nine, she just got engaged! She and her fiancé bought a condo in Chicago and she started a new job in advertising at AOL. ... Mark Gunn is a network engineer II with Verizon Business. He and his wife, Antoinette, bought a house in New Albany, where they live with their three children. Antoinette will take the MCAT in June, and their son in taking his Green/Dk Green belt test in Tai Kwan Doe. Mark will also be starting a master’s program in the fall. ... And there isn’t really anything new with me, except that we acquired a puppy, a chocolate lab named Malley who now rules the roost. I’m having a blast chasing her around. Hope everyone enjoys the summer! Take care, Theresa
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“Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.“ Leo Durocher (1906 - 1991) It’s my favorite time of the year – baseball season! I’m crossing my fingers for the Tribe this year. ... I heard from lots of people this time around, thanks for sending in all your news! Here’s what everyone had to say. vanessa (vienna) Braun lives in Memphis, TN, with her husband and daughter Natalie (15 mos.). Vanessa taught first grade in Memphis until the birth of her daughter and now owns her own handmade jewelry business and works from home - www.viennastreasures.com. ... amy Keating graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in May 2006 and passed the Ohio Bar. She’s now working as an associate with the law firm of Slive & Slive Co., LPA in downtown Cleveland and lives in Cleveland Heights. ... Another of our classmates can now add “Esquire” to his name; Patrick Kang passed the Nevada Bar and just made associate attorney at Callister & Reynolds in Las Vegas!
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I got so many updates that I had to shorten a few ... Mauni Khoury completed her master’s in school psychology from Carroll ’06. She’ll be a school psychologist with Fairview Park City Schools. ... Claire (yeasted) holekamp attends the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She married Dr. Scott Holekamp in 2006 and plans to work at a New York City hospital in Manhattan. ... Caroline (ortega) stull and husband Chris are living in Ithaca, NY, while Chris pursues his Ph.D. Caroline became PHR certified in September and is the HR rep for a medical facility in Ithaca. ... lisa Krall is the manager of camp programs at the Achievement Centers for Children’s Camp Cheerful in Strongsville. ... John skendall graduated May ’06 from American University with his master’s in political science. He’s working as a writer for a trade association in the D.C. area. ... Dan and Kim (Cahill) Knoch are living in Eastlake. Kim is working as a kindergarten teacher in Mentor and has only a couple more classes to complete her master’s in educational literacy. ... Jennifer randall is living in the Ft. Lauderdale area, where she is a risk manager of operations for the Florida division of Balfour Beatty Construction. ... Mark spilker is a financial analyst for Henkel Corporation, and has obtained his CPA. ... Greg holcomb works at the Lorain County Auditor’s office as a tax settlement specialist. He’s also in his first term as a Lorain City councilman — working
Anthony Garofalo ’04 is part of the area’s hottest Hip Hop group
Anthony Garofalo ’04 and the Ill Disciples say on their web site: “We spit lyrics for real Hip Hop heads and represent the good lyrical Hip Hop to the fullest. We ...appreciate all the love we receive when we are performing, in the streets, or just around. Keep the comments coming. Good or bad we keeps it movin.” That is not a voice familiar to John Carroll alumni of all ages. It is a voice comfortable for alumni of the last decade or two. That includes Garofalo, who used his day-job voice over the phone and didn’t sound much like Antik DJ, his nom de Hip when he is working on stage with the Disciples. The big news is that Anthony and the group not long ago won in the Best Rap/Hip Hop category of the Cleveland Free Times 8th Annual Music Awards. That’s pretty good. You don’t have to be of an age to appreciate Hip Hop to know that the music biz has a deserved rep for breaking the emotional knee-caps of those who aspire to thrive within it. Still, the Disciples have recently headlined at Cleveland’s Agora; they’ve opened for big name acts; they’re searching for a record company, and they’re enjoying the ample love they’re picking up locally, as reflected in the Free Times award. Garofalo was a marketing major here, had a WJCU radio show and DJed Homecoming dances when he was a regular on campus. He also could be found making contemporary sounds wherever “to pay the John Carroll bill.” Garofalo grew up in Canton, Ohio, digging his parents’ Pink Floyd and the Temptations – “ listening to everything.” His day job now is telecommunications sales and consulting for businesses. He found his passion a couple of years ago, though, when he encountered A.J. Jennings and Khaz Finley performing at a Coventry club. They gave him some sounds to take home; shortly after, he countered with some instrumental tracks he had laid down with his computer.
From left, Khaz Finley, a.J. Jennings and anthony Garofalo in downtown Cleveland.
The three hooked up. Garofalo doesn’t have to open his mouth on stage to complete his part of the act. He’s still managing sounds, as when he was a DJ. He’s up there with turntables and a slew of equipment, playing a CD with the instrumental base for Jennings and Finley and then making the music fresh and improvisatory by “scratching”– in, seamlessly integrating – parts of other songs, other sounds. “My job,” says Anthony, “is to make it all sound good.” Garofalo is emphatic that the Disciples do not do gangsta. He said Jennings and Finley are classically trained and are into talking, in their music, about their lives and having good times – “We would never talk about having a brand new Cadillac. I have a Honda Civic.” The force of the name is a little elusive, but Garofalo says the Ill Disciples moniker is
a reference to the fact that the group isn’t faithful to the conventions of Hip Hop, that it marches to its own beat box. Garofalo also said he and his guys put on a “crazy” stage act, with fireworks and fog machines and whatever they can think of to stir it up. The Free Times related: “The Ill Disciples, winner of Best Rap/Hip Hop, then delivered an over-the-top set. One of the band members wore a Scream mask and waved a giant flag, often jumping into the crowd...the guys graciously thanked everyone for the love and put on an entertaining show that got more than one head bobbing.” Another mag said the group returns Hip Hop to its “roots as a lyrically driven art form...With few fancy production tricks, their words bounce across crisp drum loops and a steady dose of sampled instruments, such as flute and strings.” Check it out and listen at www.theilldisciples.com.
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England, where Heather will be teaching. audra Welch married Brian Van Winkle June 16. ... The list of who’s expecting: randall and lisa (nau) White are having a baby girl at the end of August. Matt and Melissa (D’amore) Joseph moved to Erie, PA, and are expecting in July. Amanda (Karpus) ’02 and sean Mooney had their first born, Ryan Joseph, on February 14. ... And those who are engaged: emilie lupiani got engaged in February and plans to get married in Barcelona, Spain, in July 2008. amanda Kresak and Joe Calabro will be married in July. Kristy Monday and Bill Kerr plan to marry in October in California — Megan Maier and abby Fernandez will be in the wedding. ... Paul
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Wildali lugo ’04 and luis DeJesus ’05 on his re-election. And if that’s not enough, he’s going to Cleveland State University in pursuit of a master’s of public administration. ... Kate Ferguson trains federal government employees on leadership and management at the Council for Excellence in Government in DC. ... lindsay Marciniak is working in fundraising at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. ... Brice Civiello is doing political consulting for American Strategies, LLC in Columbus, OH, while he finishes a master’s of applied politics at the University of Akron. ... aimee Bragle just opened a new boutique, Cosmetique de Stefino, in Pittsburgh. ... Matt Krupa and Barb Bain graduated with their master’s from Cleveland State. ... ryan Paugh finished his master’s in finance at Cleveland State in December and is now a financial advisor for Raymond James & Associates, Cleveland. ... Megan Macala finished her master’s in chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and works for Schering-Plough in New Jersey. ... Matt rura moved to D.C. to work in golf course management in 2007. ... erika thomas moved to Michigan to work on her Ph.D. in communications at Wayne State. ... Caroline salib is starting her fourth year at CWRU School of Dental Medicine — she’ll earn a DMD May 2008. ... After completing her first year of doctoral studies at the University of Akron, sarah Chessar will be interning with the ACT testing corporation where she will develop an assessment tool for determining eligibility for testing accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. ... The list of marriages grew: In January, Wildali lugo-santiago and Luis DeJesus ’05 were married in San Juan, Puerto Rico — best man was Matt Davenport ’05. ... Kevin Garvey ’00 and Kim Obluk married on April 21. heather (Buchkoski) Calvert married Simon Calvert on January 5 and they are moving to Todmorden,
Hi, everyone. I’m writing this column in the week after the shootings at Virginia Tech, and I’m sure that tragedy is on all of our minds right now. Only two years out of school ourselves, we can all sympathize with what those students are dealing with, even though none of us can really comprehend it. We’ll keep those affected in our thoughts and prayers. Not much to report this time — you must all be too busy enjoying the beginning of summer to write to your bored, lonely class columnist. ... Janet Kramer started in April in the human resources department of Yahoo Inc. She’s working in Santa Monica, CA, a city that will probably never see a “white Easter,” and I for one am jealous. ... erin Wall fled to California too, and is working as a business and legal coordinator at GRB Entertainment Inc., in Sherman Oaks. ... alicia sadonick is closer to home, teaching at Citizens’ Academy and living in Fairview Park. ... Michael Johnston is working as a field representative for Capital Planners, Inc. in Beachwood. ... David Borowske is working at Borowske Builders in North Royalton. ... robyn (rodock) abens is living in Galloway, OH, with her husband, Todd, and is doing membership services work for Kappa Kappa Gamma. ... elisa Corrao is a vendor manager for First American Title Insurance Co. in Cleveland. ... anne talabisco traveled East to work as a media buyer for Mentzer Media Services Inc. in Maryland. ... Those still in school include Matthew hunt, class of 2008 at Case Western Reserve School of Law, and Denise White, who will graduate from medical school in 2009. ... Wildali Lugo ’04 and luis DeJesus were married on January 14, 2007, in Puerto Rico. They were accompanied by their fellow classmate Matt Davenport, who served as bestman. ... Keep the news coming, people! Jennifer
Busy, busy, busy ... it’s finally spring and a year since we all graduated! It seems like we all have been keeping busy. I keep hearing of new job news and moves to new cities so ... including a large group in New York City. I heard from Melissa Witek, who says that tim Mahoney is doing sales for CARR Business Systems, Curtis Watkins is working at KPMG and Brad neumeister just started his new job at Goldman Sachs doing execution and clearing sales. In addition, Meghan Betz is working for Condé Nast as a sales assistant in the bridal group. Melissa says, “It’s nice to have everyone here in such a big city. It’s made the transition of working and moving to a new city so much easier.” ... Another grad who recently made a big move is Mike scanlan, who accepted a job with the LPGA as the media relations coordinator in Florida. Mike accepted this position after concluding this past football season doing media relations with the Buffalo Bills. Mike joins sean Martin, who is also working in Florida as a tax associate for Grant Thornton LLP. ... Some Pittsburgh news includes Brigid o’neil, who is finishing up her nursing master’s at Duquesne this spring and plans to move back to Cleveland this summer while Brian Walsh is still taking MBA classes at Duquesne. ... In Cleveland, Jeffrey nick MBA ’06 works for Oatey Company corporate director for EHS while Jocelyn Mazzoni is working for Exel Global Logistics as a project manager. William George continues to work as a personal trainer for JCU and the JCC and Megan Mahaffey works at Stern Advertising as an account executive. ... Thanks to everyone I’ve talked to. Unfortunately, I’m afraid this is going to be my last column. The time is unfortunately not there to stay in touch with everyone and produce a column each time, so if you’re interested in writing for the class of 2006, contact [email protected]
. ... Hope things are well, Meghan
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Jack hearns ’61, shown here after receiving the award from the magazine’s editor, was this year’s recipient of the silver Quill award for the year’s outstanding class columnist.
Edward Muldoon ’48, entrepreneur, philanthropist
The magazine did a piece on Edward Muldoon six years ago. It began with the line, “Edward Muldoon ’48, ’98H is a good working model of what it is to be an entrepreneur. True, but the sentence didn’t take account of how generous and gracious Mr. Muldoon was as he captured his share of the American Dream and spent a lifetime serving his customers and his employees, to whom he ultimately turned over ownership of Bivar, an optoelectronics company and assembly hardware company based in Irvine, California. After a long illness, Mr. Muldoon died on March 23 in Southern California. Mr. Muldoon was born in Youngstown, Ohio, went through the V-12 program at JCU in the early 1940s, and then served as an ensign in the Pacific. He returned to school here and graduated in physics and mathematics. He served another tour of duty in the Korean War, after which he founded a company, ETC, in the Cleveland area. After divesting himself of that firm in the mid-1960s, Mr. Muldoon relocated to Southern California and acquired Bivar, which he built into a firm modest in size but vibrant in ingenuity and market reach. When the aforementioned piece was written in 2001, Bivar had a product line of over “12,000 different standard styles and sizes of products.” Mr. Muldoon and his wife, Ann, were extraordinarily generous to John Carroll and to a Southern California hospital. The Edward M. Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship at the Boler School and the Edward M. and Ann Muldoon Atrium of the Dolan Science Center are testaments to Mr. Muldoon’s philanthropy. The Muldoons also donated generous amounts for scholarships in honor of the late Jesuit academic leaders Michael Lavelle, SJ, and Frederick Welfle, SJ. Mr. Muldoon is survived by his wife and by his children: Edward, Kevin, Constance, and Mary Ryan; and by four grandchildren.
Rev. Joseph Owens, SJ, ’38, education faculty
Fr. Joseph Owens was one of the Jesuits who had a profound impact on the students of John Carroll for a goodly portion of the last half of the 20th century. From 1953 to 1987, Fr. Owens was a faculty member in the Department of Education and after he, quickly, hit his stride, he became a shaping force with a major role in the formation of generations of elementary and high school educators. Fr. Owens died on April 24 at the age of 81 at Colombiere, the Jesuit retirement center in Michigan. Fr. Owens middle name was not “Rigor,” but a multitude of stories attest that it could have been. Dr. Jack Hearns ’61 said upon learning of the death of his professor and friend: “Those of us who took Fr. Owens’ courses quickly discovered why he was viewed as one of the most demanding professors. We learned how to study, take notes, become critical
thinkers, give oral presentations and write scholarly papers. It was not that we had not developed such skills, but Fr. Owens’ expectations took us to higher levels. He was tough and demanding, but with a purpose. He was an educator of educators and as good a teacher as one could ever have hoped to have encountered.” Fr. Owens was born in Cleveland and graduated from St. Ignatius High School here and from John Carroll in 1938. He entered the Jesuits that year. He earned additional degrees from Xaxier University and West Baden College, and took his Ph.D. in education at Fordham University. He was ordained in 1948. He taught at Xavier High School in Cincinnati and the University of Detroit before returning to his alma mater. The Department of Education confers an annual student award in Fr. Owens honor.
Lucien Aubé, professor or French
Lucien Aubé was for 40 years a professor of French in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages. After his death on May 5, Virginia Beyer Ivec ’77 wrote in an online memorial book, ”Reading through the entries. I am missing Dr. Aubé even more. My French classes are vividly called to mind. Oh how he would tease me till I talked back. A superb tacher, counselor, friend.” Another student, Christine Allen also ’77, wrote: “A great motivator and mentor. I will always remember his ‘dancing eyebrows’ as symbolic of his wit and good-natured outlook on life.” Dr. Aubé was born in Maine. He moved to the Cleveland area as a young man and received his degrees from Western Reserve University. He is survived by his wife, Dolores, sons Larry and Edward; by his daughter, Mary Elizabeth; by four grandchildren.
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Harry Svec ’40, noted scientist
Harry Svec was a Cleveland native who graduated magna cum laude in pre-medicine and then did graduate work in biochemistry at Iowa State University because he couldn’t afford medical school tuition. He became an important part in the development of the atomic bomb. He was called from his graduate studies to work on the Manhattan Project, for which he was involved in producing large quantities of enriched uranium that was utilized in developing the nuclear bombs used at the end of the Second World War. Dr. Svec, who earned his Ph.D. in 1950, died at 88 on November 28. After WWII, he joined the Iowa State faculty and was a longtime member of the Chemistry Department. He concluded his career by being named Distinguished Professor in Science and Humanities. He gained an international reputation for his use of mass spectrometry in physical, inorganic and analytical chemistry. Upon Dr. Svec’s death, a statement from Iowa State read in part: Professor Svec was a very enthusiastic teacher, especially about lab instruction. He thought the labs often got short shrift and made it his personal cause to look out for them, particularly the physical chemistry lab for undergraduates. His love of personal skill led him to require all the p-chem lab students to submit a very small glass object that required some glass blowing. He would keep the better of these on a shelf in his office.” Dr. Svec is survived by his wife, Edna, with whom he raised their nine children.
Fenton Moore ’64, biology professor
Dr. Fenton Moore was a graduate of the university and a longtime professor in the Department of Biology. He joined the faculty in 1972 and from 1980 to 1990 was department chair. He also served for a lengthy period as the chair of the Health Professions Advisory Committee, which oversees the education of those preparing for advanced degrees in health professions. Dr. Moore retired several years ago but continued until recently to serve on a part-time basis. Dr. Moore’s retired biology colleague, Dr. Andrew White, said :”Fenton was good at teaching and he was good at research. He had a grasp on the totality of biology. He was an extraordinarily astute cell biologist, and was able to integrate the various dimensions of biology – he could take cell biology, physiology and ecology and integrate them and do it well. He was also a brilliant and a dedicated teacher. Over the years I would see him spending hours with a single student explaining a concept to them.” Dr. Moore is survived by Kathleen, his wife of 45 years; by sons Fenton and Gregory; by daughters Kathleen and Megan; by five grandchildren and by a sister.
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Journey to the Top of the World
(Or, At Least, the Top of University Heights)
By Dr. George Bilgere
It was the editor’s fault. The reason I was clinging for dear life to a rusted iron ladder, thirty feet above the floor, was that the editor was doing an article about me for the magazine, and he wanted a photograph of me that was “different.” Did I have any ideas? As I was pondering this in my office, I heard the bells from the clock tower begin to chime, and I realized that in the fifteen years I’ve taught at John Carroll I’d never been up there. What mysteries did it house? Did John Carroll have its very own Quasimodo ? The editor liked the idea. Our Sherpa on this journey was Ken Boehnlein of Facilities. He unlocked an ordinary-looking door on the third floor of the Administration Building, and the three of us, along with a very fit young photographer, headed up an old spiral staircase. Very steep, very dusty, very narrow. But doable. So far, I thought, so good. Now we were at the level where, from outside the building, you can see that first set of high windows. Turns out that in ancient days this is where WJCU, the college radio station, used to be housed. It makes sense, as the station’s antenna is attached to the top of the tower. That’s when Ken told us that he’d arranged to have the station power down its signal strength during our visit. Otherwise, he explained, we’d all be more or less microwaved by the recently boosted signal coming from the antenna. The young photographer, recently married and thinking about having kids, looked longingly down the staircase we’d just climbed. The view from the little windows was spectacular. I figured I was already higher than I’d ever been in Cleveland. After all, there’s a reason the area is called University Heights. Note to self: if I claimed this abandoned space I could then have the coolest office in the university, safe from the students who pester me during office hours. On to the next floor. Another spiral
staircase. A single, naked light bulb illuminating the way. And now we emerged into a large room that contained only two things. There was a huge, black water tank, scrawled over with student graffiti going back to the Pleistocene. In the dim light I could make out the names of fearless, longforgotten JCU students, who had managed to climb and leave their mark. Next to the water tank was a beautiful machine, an ornately crafted mass of gears and levers and pulleys. This was the clockworks, the actual machine that turns the big hands on the clock face. I stood behind the heavy glass of the clock face itself, feeling as if I’d passed through a mirror and was looking out at the world from the other side of time. We had to get going, before the radio antenna went on again and cooked us. And, we had to be there well before the hands on the clock reached the top of the hour. If we were standing next to the bells when the big clappers hit them we’d be vibrated into atoms. The last leg of the journey involved a 30-foot climb up a rusting ladder bolted to the wall with rusting staples. It led to a little
hatchway on the ceiling. Ken and the photographer scrambled up without a problem. Now it was up to the editor and me to make it look like the kind of thing we did every day. As the editor made his painstaking way up the ladder, I wondered whether, if he slipped, I should try to catch him in order to break his fall. No, I thought. Probably it would be better to preserve my own life, in order to write a poem about his sacrifice. Panting, I squeezed through the little hatchway. Suddenly the whole world was stretched out before me. Before we got down to the business of photographing me in front of the bells, we all rewarded ourselves by taking in the view. This was October, and the leaves were in their fall glory. I’d never seen the city look more beautiful. On the way back down, which was, if anything, more terrifying than the climb up, I briefly wished I had a piece of chalk, or maybe a can of spray paint. I wanted to leave my name on that water tank, among the other ancient petroglyphs of John Carroll history. Maybe next time. George Bilgere is a poet, English professor and frequent contributor to John Carroll.
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LETTER FROM CHILE
By Dr. Maria Marsilli, History
in the country’s aggressive neoliberal economy, spend some pesos on sparkling wine and exchange toasts with strangers. They rejoice because the tyrant is dead. The news stations avidly report the celebrations taking place in Plaza Italia. Suddenly, a banner appears floating in the midst of the crowd. It reads: “Por favor no lo devuelva Don Sata” (Satan, please do not send him back). Catholicism pervades Chile, and the belief that Satan has taken Pinochet’s soul gives comfort to many. There is something painfully true in the banner. The TV reporter notices it and comments on the ingenuity of the text. At that moment, my son enters the family room. His Spanish has blossomed during our time in Chile, and he understands the news. He asks two questions that I will struggle to answer: “Por qué celebran que se murió ese Pinochet?” and “Quién es Don Sata?” (Why are they celebrating the death of that Pinochet guy? And who is Satan?). Pinochet’s regime affected every Chilean profoundly. We all remember where we were on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 1973, when Chilean military forces led by Pinochet and three other chief commanders attacked the presidential palace. The military coup resulted in the death of Salvador Allende, a democratically elected president, and launched Pinochet’s seventeen-year dictatorship. We also all remember what we were doing on the evening of October 5, 1988. The results of a plebiscite held that day indicated that Pinochet should step down in 1990. The years in between left deep emotional wounds in all of us. Over 3,000 Chileans were killed by Pinochet’s secret police and many more were tortured; thousands left the country to live in exile; bloody street protests took the energy and lives of many young men and women. In
A Quiet Afternoon with Pinochet and Satan
the same period, the country’s economy underwent an acute depression, which was largely a result of Pinochet’s neoliberal economic policies. Over time, this system made the rich richer and the poor even poorer. Pinochet’s administration tore Chile in two, creating a country of winners and a country of losers. The Chilean-against-Chilean country that the dictator so eagerly promoted was more visible than ever the afternoon he died. On a split screen, the TV showed two unrelated Chiles, one mourning and the other celebrating Pinochet’s death. In the emotional days that followed Pinochet’s funeral, an anecdote from his biography caught my attention. Not long ago, one of the general’s biographers asked him what his main fear was. Augusto Pinochet had known the answer all his life: “Going to hell. I have feared Satan since I was five,” he replied. My son intuitively knows that death should cause sorrow, not happiness, and I struggle to answer his first question. The second one, about Satan, is far more dangerous, however. I have read enough inquisitorial cases to know that Satan appears only to those who go looking for him. One afternoon of TV and that detail in Pinochet’s biography prompt my decision: I will hold my answer until my arguments (and emotions) are sound enough to pass the test of his unbeatable preschool logic. Since 2002, Dr. Maria Marsilli has been an assistant professor in John Carroll’s Department of History. She is presently on leave as a visiting professor at the Center for the Study of Desert Man at the University of Tarapaca in Arica, Chile.
It is Sunday, December 10th, early afternoon in Chile. My five-year-old son and I are enjoying the last minutes of a nap. He is still asleep at 2:30, so I go into the family room to watch the news. A headline, frantically announced on every Chilean channel, paralyzes me: Augusto Pinochet is dead. The 91-year-old former dictator had been rushed to the hospital a week ago, gasping for breath, the victim of a heart attack. His condition improved over the following days, and his supporters spread the rumor that he was, indeed, immortal. Now the news headlines shout that Pinochet – the dictator who kept Chile under his iron fist for 17 years, the man who claimed that not a leaf shook in the country without his knowledge, the Chilean who sentenced thousands of fellow citizens to torture and death, the leader who said he worked an economic miracle – is dead. The afternoon will unveil two different countries coexisting in Chile. Around the hospital, the general’s supporters are crying. For them, the event is like the passing of a close relative. Women sob in front of the cameras, showing deep sorrow for the passing of their tata (grandfather), as Pinochet’s followers affectionately called him. At the same time, a different Chile gathers in the Plaza Italia. The square is the center of public life in the country, where Chileans spontaneously gather to celebrate happy events. TV cameras broadcast the square inundated with people dancing, chanting, and generally expressing happiness. Even poor people, those viewed as “disposable”
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Howard Gray, SJ
Little did I know nearly six years ago what a blessing it would be to work with a funny little Jesuit priest. While I had worked at the university for nearly 18 months, and my son had just entered Walsh Jesuit High School, I knew nothing about the Jesuits. Father Gray opened my heart to what he loves: the Jesuit tradition and Ignatian spirituality and for this I am grateful. Over the course of these years I have learned from Father Gray through the many ways that he has touched my life and the lives of so many others he encounters including our students, staff members, faculty, and yes, even my own children. While he is moving on from JCU, everything that Father Gray has and continues to teach me will forever remain ingrained in my heart and soul. I am blessed to call him teacher, mentor and friend. Laurie Frantz Assistant to Fr. Gray To my brother in the Society of Jesus, housemate, fellow grocery shopper, cohost of dinner parties, companion at the Eucharist, and dear friend: I shall forever remember your joy, welcoming smile, infectious humor, birthday greetings, and singing operatic arias in a language that only the Holy Spirit could understand. As teacher, preacher, and spiritual mentor of many thousands, you generously share with us your wisdom, knowledge, love, and joy. You make us laugh and help us to feel good about ourselves. No wonder that we feel supremely good about you. Rev. Tom Schubeck, SJ Religious Studies Howard Gray has been a wonderful gift to the John Carroll Community, students, faculty, staff, administrators and board. To say that we will miss him seems so understated. His is among the most sought after voice in the community. No one is more loving or loveable than Howard Gray. When Howard Gray appears at the altar in the Carmelite Chapel there is a quiet but unmistakable sound that can be heard. It translates as “Oh, lucky us, Howard Gray is presiding today.” We cannot replace Howard, but we also cannot allow his good work to languish. When I think of Howard Gray I think of the importance of loving one another – and of keeping a sense of humor about those times when it might be difficult to do so. Barbara Schubert ’62, ’67, ’80G Board of Directors Like so many at John Carroll, I am happy to call Howard Gray both mentor and friend. He is an extraordinary example of the Jesuits’ public commitment to share their spiritual heritage, resources, and friendship with all of us who would be their partners in mission. I am inspired to see how many people have been touched by his ministry and who have accepted his inclusive invitation to become more engaged in the many facets of our Ignatian mission. I have never heard anyone speak more convincingly or eloquently about God’s unconditional love for us. Dr. Edward Peck Associate Dean of The Graduate School Sometime after 1991 I met and listened to Howard give an address. I began to see the qualities which I had heard described for so many years: the ability to articulate Jesuit history, spirituality and tradition in an extraordinary manner; a style of cura personalis which makes each person feel that the Spirit of God is in them and that Spirit is doing great things now and forever. Then and now, I often felt that Howard had taken on the mind of Ignatius and translated that for me in our day. In gratitude for the ‘care’ Howard has shown to me and to so many others at Carroll, thank you. In gratitude for his efforts to strengthen our Jesuit Catholic mission and identity, our hope is stronger as Howard has shown the way, and we see more clearly the face of our companion Ignatius. In gratitude for Howard’s companionship, we see more clearly the face of our companion Jesus Christ. Blessings, my friend. Go with our love and gratitude – Go with God. Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, SJ President
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The images I carry with me from John Carroll
Howard Gray, SJ Recently I chanced on a volume of portraits by famed photographer Yousuf Karsh, a book that offers a marvelous set of photos that caught the personalities of artists, politicians, scientists, and ordinary folks from our last century. This collection triggered envy because in reviewing my past six years, I wish I could lay out the images of the people who populate my memories of John Carroll. But I am a lousy picture taker; however, the symbol of images is a good one. My internal images can be grouped into three. First, there are images that illustrate what we mean in Jesuit education when we talk about cura personalis. Second, there are images that reflect what we mean by saying we are Catholic and Jesuit. Third, there are images that catch what we mean when we talk about community and tradition. Images of Cura Personalis. The phrase attempts to catch a characteristic of Jesuit education. It has been feebly translated as personal care, a literalism that snatches the phrase from its spiritual context. The phrase truly connotes a dedication to helping young adults recognize that authentic freedom flourishes when people learn to use their talents to help other people. Cura personalis represents one of the ends of Jesuit education: to help educators and students become better people. When I think of John Carroll, one set of images will be the moments when I saw this happen: when a young woman or man came to see in literature or history or biology – whatever – a revelation about learning as a gift and an opportunity. The images appeared, often dramatically, in the service immersion experiences, where students learned hospitality was not conspicuous consumption but the of images features the Carroll community in dialogue about faith, images of dedicated people looking at their beliefs and moral choices. Images of community and tradition. Some years ago in an interview with a prospective administrative candidate, I asked why he wanted to come to John Carroll. His answer remained long after he himself had departed: “I want to be part of an institution that has not just a history but a tradition.” I interpret tradition as the passing along of values and the culture that nurtures them. The people of John Carroll form a collage of dedications. From the maintenance worker who fights the snow, to the Garden Café servers who know students by name and pass along encouragement at exam time, to the professors who move beyond specializations to oversee service immersion programs, to the team in Campus Ministry who keep the soul of Carroll alive and generous: these are the images I hold of this community that is rich with tradition. As I mentioned at the baccalaureate liturgy this year, I feel a little like Salvatore (Toto) at the end of the film Cinema Paradiso. As the now successful film director views the film reel he has inherited from his deceased friend – the wise and loving father-figure Alfredo – he begins to weep and laugh at the images that have been saved for this moment. Salvatore momentarily becomes the boy he was, Toto, as images of love coalesce into a life symbol that helped him grow into manhood. I think the reason that the film worked and why this concluding scene is renowned is that we need images of love. For me that is what I will remember most: John Carroll as a place that for all its struggles gave me images of love and hope.
quiet generosity that made the poor their hosts and friends. The images were also frequently sacred ones as students came to receive communion or opened their hearts to the action of God in a retreat. Images of Catholic and Jesuit. This final year at John Carroll I spent time working on a modest document that attempted to represent briefly but accurately the Catholic and Jesuit character of the school. This project received the cooperation of the community. It was a project that involved Catholic members as well as colleagues with other religious convictions and philosophies. I was never rejected in my inquiry and more frequently was healthily challenged to dig more deeply into what these realities mean at John Carroll. What I came to appreciate was the deeply inclusive sense of Catholicism that John Carroll represents, a place where all have a right to search for their personal creed because only that search allows us, in our Catholic and Jesuit context, to truly find God in all things. My second set
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A scientist not a wizard
Here is part of what Dr. Richard Hansler believes: The veteran lighting scientist thinks there is compelling evidence our artificially lit-up lifestyle disturbs the natural melatonin production of our bodies, and this results in consequences for our sleep and our susceptibility to cancer. That sentence invokes a world of complexity, which will not be resolved in these 750 words . Much of the medical/scientific community isn’t ready to nod their heads . Some, however, including a leading light at the Cleveland Clinic, generally agree with Hansler. It may be useful to ponder that the blind, who produce melatonin in their darkness, have a far lower incidence of many cancers; and the same is true for citizens of “primitive” (less artificially illuminated) societies. Similarly, there is persuasive data that night shift workers, who spend more time under artificial light, have much higher rates of breast cancer. Hansler knows it is the blue-spectrum of visible light that disturbs melatonin production. He and his colleagues at the Lighting Innovations Institute (LII) in the basement of Bohannon Center have devised a pair of plastic glasses that block blue light and – unlike many blue-blocking shades – allow the rest of the spectrum in. Hansler is convinced wearing the glasses for a couple of hours before bedtime is likely to improve sleep. Again, complexity’s daunting head rears. There are individual variations in melatonin production and the ramifications for health of using the glasses hasn’t yet been established. Those two paragraphs above are much of what Dick Hansler is about: light and sleep, light and health, and under that enormous umbrella cluster conditions like Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD), post-partum depression, ADHD. In brief, Hansler’s work suggests we need to ensure we have melatonin at night, but should seek to suppress it when there is a need to awake, or when we’re depressed. Thus, SAD sufferers get a prescribed regimen of bombardment by melatonin suppressing blue light. Not simple stuff. Nor is Hansler’s work with Light Emitting Diodes (LED), the other enormous part of the applied scientific work the Minnesota native shares in the basement of Bohannon with Dr. Ed Carome ’51, Vilnis Kubulins ’89 G and Dr. Marty Alpert. Hansler and colleagues have had sizable contracts with, among others, German-based conglomerate Siemens and with the Federal Aviation Administration. The LII crew has produced, among other illumination, L.E.D. runway lights, which aren’t prone to sudden failure and involve far less maintenance costs. You can also use a one-watt blue L.E.D. in place of a 40-watt white light with a blue filter. The L.E.D. is more potent because it is itself – not a filter – blue, green, red, etc. An L.E.D.’s color depends on the kind of crystalline material the electric current is passing through. L.E.D.s are becoming vastly more important and Hansler and his basement bunch have a piece of the action. You want to call Dick Hansler a wizard, The Cleveland Plain Dealer did some years ago, but the fit isn’t exact. The “skilled or clever person” part is right on, but the “sorcerer, magician” stuff doesn’t work. Scientist...yes. Hansler has a doctorate in physics from Ohio State. For 42 years, he was a leading optical scientist at General Electric’s Nela Park in Cleveland. A fervent disbeliever in retirement, Hansler was
Dr. Richard Hansler
lured to John Carroll 11 years ago when he faced a corporate age boundary. His title on campus is adjunct professor, but he has been a de facto scientist in residence, working with faculty and student colleagues on a variety of lighting challenges. For a time, it seemed that the Lighting Innovation Institute (LII) Hansler created on campus would be the first entity in the university’s JCCI (John Carroll Collaboration with Industry). Alas, the JCCI concept unraveled, but Hansler and his LII colleagues continue to generate applied scientific work of great interest and innovation. Someone once said of teachers: “a good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” Nice, and it applies also to Dick Hansler, who teaches but is first a researcher. Dr. Richard Hansler, a lighting scientist, has devoted himself to illuminating the way for all of us for a more than a half century. On the sunny side of his ninth decade (that doesn’t mean he’s 90), there isn’t any indication his flame is diminished.
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