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Vol. 10, Issue 4 FAll 2006

The World Engages John Carroll

John CaRRoll UnivERsiTy President Robert L. Niehoff, SJ Interim Vice President for University Advancement James Noffke Interim Director of University Marketing and Communications Christine Somosi Editor Jerry Pockar Alumni Journal Michele McFarland Advisory Board Dr. George Bilgere Dr. Luis Ma. R. Calingo 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 12 The World Engages John Carroll FeAtUreS 19 Boler School – Boler/Calingo 23 Dr. Penny Harris 26 Writers’ Work Nevin, Cozzens, Bilgere DePArtMentS 2 President’s Message 3 Letters 4 HOME - News On Campus 8 Enrollment 9 Advancement 10 Athletics 32 Images of Carroll 33 Alumni Journal Class Notes 54 In Memoriam 55 My Turn Charlie Hauck ’63 Inside Back Cover: Profile Erin Grzegorzewski ’07

Contributing photographers: Zoltan Bugnyar, John Reid, Rob Wetzler Designed by Villa Beach Communications, Inc. Printed by Lane Press


John Carroll magazine is published quarterly by John Carroll University, 20700 North Park Blvd., University Heights, Ohio 44118. Periodical postage paid at Cleveland, Ohio, 44118 and additional mailing offices. ISSN 1542-0418 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: John Carroll magazine UMC 20700 North Park Blvd. University Heights, OH 44118 It is the mission of the magazine to provide an engaging and accurate reflection of the university and its extended community for its alumni and the other members of the John Carroll family.

he October 4, 5 visit of the Very Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, the superior general of the Society of Jesus, was a blessing for me. I think it also had that impact for Cleveland’s Jesuits and the leaders of the John Carroll campus community. I was struck some years ago when I realized that the word courage literally means heart, in a metaphorical sense, and that to encourage someone is to give them heart, courage. I think it heartened us to have the man we call Father General warmly remind us of the powerful lines of connection that tie us to the Society of Jesus around the world, and back to Ignatius and Xavier and St. Peter Faber, whose anniversaries we celebrate this year, and all those other Jesuit giants who showed us a way to live the Gospel. You Gotta Have Heart was a song popular when I was a kid. It’s true; you do. The world is a challenging place with alarming power to wear us down. The counterbalance, I think, is heart, most especially the Sacred Heart of Jesus and also the heart the Jesuits and other religious and lay people have shown in finding ways to live in harmony with the love and call of the Christ. Meeting Fr. Kolvenbach again heartened me. I knew that we were brothers, but looking into his eyes this time made me more aware of our kinship and just a little more fervent about doing my part to realize our shared mission. I think the members of the board were also heartened by the passionate appeal Father General made to them in an afternoon talk: an appeal for a powerful Jesuit-lay collaboration in advancing the university and every Jesuit-sponsored work.


That appeal is, of course, grounded in part in sobering fact. In the mid-Sixties, there were around 3500 young men undergoing formation as Jesuits in the U.S. Today, there are roughly a tenth as many preparing for a Jesuit life. There are parts of the world where the numbers are very different, and as we become deeply involved in the world, Jesuits in places like India and Africa will engage us and help us live in harmony with the Gospel. Irrespective of that, as Father General reminded us, we Jesuits need and want collaboration with all of our brothers and sisters. In a now famous talk at Santa Clara University six years ago, Father General told American Jesuits in higher education that the measure of our universities is who our students become. He eloquently said that one way that we assess who they become is to discern the degree to which they become committed in their varying ways to the “promotion of justice.” I am going to do what I can to move this university in directions that will lead to our students becoming more engaged with our world and the promotion of justice. We want to shape young people who do well in the world, and we want to form young people who have open minds and a heart for justice. The new Arrupe Scholars program described on page four is a movement in the right direction. Most of the new scholarships described on page eight involve a service component and are consistent with that direction. Dean Luis Calingo speaks on page 21 about a very early vision of what he is tentatively calling a John Carroll Academy that would be a step along the same path. The multi-faceted program of poverty studies, Poverty and Solidarity: Educating for Social Responsibility, that we described in the last issue is another big step on that path. I think that path will take us to a university that is even more effective in helping shape what I like to see as a John Carroll outcome: “persons of character.” We’ve been shaping those persons for 120 years, but I think we can do even better. Father General in that Santa Clara speech said: “The way to faith and the way to justice are inseparable ways. It is up this undivided road, this steep road, that the pilgrim Church, the Society of Jesus, the Jesuit college and university must travel…” I believe that. I think it is what sets us apart as an institution and as a community. I am encouraged when I see clear evidence that we are moving vigorously on that road. I am encouraged, heartened, by Father General’s presence and his words, and by our collaboration with all of you. May you and yours enjoy the blessings of the season.


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P r e s i D e n t ’ s

Compliments on the ever-improving John Carroll magazine. I especially appreciate the update on changes with Fr. Niehoff’s notes, and the profiles of Carroll graduates entitled: Making a Difference. The co-authored article concerning Creationism and Intelligent Design from professors Joseph Kelly and Valerie Flechtner was well written; however something seemed missing. I agreed with almost everything they said about Creationism and Intelligent Design, so what was the problem? On reflection I realized it is easy to say what must not be used or depended upon for faith, but much more difficult to express what should constitute the foundations of our faith. If the professors are persons of faith, as I presume they are, on what are each of their respective faiths based? A follow-up essay by the professor of religious studies and the professor of biology expressing their beliefs and the rational basis for them would be most appealing. W. J. Duhigg, M.D. ’48

“explanation” as to how the existence of the human race (and by implication even the physical world) came about without the need for creation by an infinitely intelligent God. And this, of course, is why materialists embrace Darwinism so dogmatically and enthusiastically. What scientists and theologians should recognize are the shortcomings of the evolutionary theory as an adequate explanation of our existence… George A. Csiky ’70G

I welcomed the article “Creationism & Intelligent Design” by Joseph Kelly and Valerie Flechtner that was published in the Spring 2006 John Carroll magazine. It is a topic that generates much debate and passion, and those are important features to encourage in an academic setting. The purpose of the article, as I understand it, is not to deny the existence of God, but to explain why the discipline of science cannot be used as a tool to explain the existence of God. As Frederick Buechner said, “It is as impossible for man to demonstrate the existence of God as it would be for even Sherlock Holmes to demonstrate the existence of Arthur Conan Doyle.” Ginny Zajac

ment that “no thinking theist could possibly accept either creationism or intelligent design.” As Christians, we all believe that God had some part in our creation. This takes faith, not scientific evidence. We all believe in heaven, yet have no scientific proof of its existence. Belief that God is our creator is essential to our faith, and if you do not believe this, then you might as well be an atheist. Of course, the science of evolution makes sense, and most people believe it, yet that does not preclude us from believing that God was there in the beginning. Nobody could ever prove scientifically that God did not play a role in Creation. Science is what it is, science, yet I would challenge anyone who has ever held a newborn baby in their arms to not admit that God indeed had a hand in creating it! Laura Caserta M.D. ’94

Dr. Kelly’s response: I cannot provide the essay Dr. Duhigg requested, but this is my faith stance: a lifelong practicing Catholic. I agree with Dr. Caserta that “This takes faith, not science,” but I disagree with Intelligent Design supporters’ claim ID is scientifically provable. As a Catholic, I believe that God plays a role in the created world. Ms. Zajac’s understanding is completely correct.

I am a graduate of JCU and now a pediatrician, and would proudly consider myself a “thinking theist.” Especially at a Catholic institution like JCU, I never found it hard to be both a Christian and an educated scientist; my religion teachers and Dr. Flechtner helped me personally in both regards. Therefore, I took offense at Dr. Kelly’s state-

To be sure, I don’t reject an intelligent interpretation of the Bible that is compatible with logic and science. (God chooses to speak to us in many ways: tradition, history, poetry, etc. and I’m sure he knew that a scientific treatise would not have been a lot more effective for His objectives.) Neither do I question the scientifically established aspects of Darwin’s studies and theory regarding the mechanics of physical (biological) evolution and natural selection. The problem comes in when Darwin’s theory, highly unscientifically, is equated with an

Editor’s Note: We did not run letters in the previous issue. We had many responses to the article on Creationism and Intelligent Design in the Spring issue. Of the letters printed here, George Csiky’s was severely edited for length. We were not able to find room for strongly argued letters by J. Possavino ’75, M.J. “Pete” Welch ’61 and by Ray Tapajna ’55 on Fr. Niehoff’s message regarding globalism. The ones not printed here, as well as the full version of George Csiky’s will be posted in a section of John Carroll magazine on the web. See www. JCU.EDU/ JohnCarroll Magazine We hope to have more pages available in coming issues and we strongly encourage you to write us with your responses.

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Arrupe Scholars Program for Social Action
The Arrupe Scholars Program for Social Action has been approved by President Niehoff, the faculty, and student affairs administrators and will begin a process of implementation. Named in honor of the Spanish Jesuit, Pedro Arrupe, SJ, who coined the phrase “men and women for others,” the Arrupe Scholars Program has been developed to form students who “live the mission while they are students and well beyond.” The scholars will be identified and enrolled in the Arrupe program before they matriculate. They will receive subinvolvement and leadership. The Arrupe Scholars will be assigned a mentor who will have regular interaction with the scholars through their collegiate experience. They will also have a series of “integrating activities,” including a shared freshman English class with justice-focused readings. The Arrupe program is envisioned as an intertwining of curricular and co-curricular paths. It is expected to shape effective advocates for social change; to promote social justice on campus; and to develop in students intellectual competence related to social justice. The scholars’ project is consonant with a number of initiatives, either in process or announced, to strengthen John Carroll’s engagement with social justice issues. Dr. Peggy Finucane ’80, the interim director of the Center for Community service and the co-director, with Chris Kerr ’00, of the Arrupe program, said : “This unique collaborative effort between academic and student affairs emphasizes the importance of student learning in and out of the classroom.” Kerr added: “The Arrupe Scholars program will place increased value on the efforts of our students to learn about and engage in issues of social justice.”

An annual report for John Carroll University will be posted on the magazine website by January 20.

stantial scholarship assistance throughout their undergraduate years, and will satisfy a rigorous set of academic and service standards. That will include taking at least three courses that engage questions of justice; participating in community engagement locally and globally for three semesters; and giving of themselves for a minimum of three semesters of campus

alfaro-lopez is John Carroll’s general counsel
Maria Alfaro-Lopez, who was the city attorney for Highland Park, Michigan, has become the general counsel and secretary to the board of directors at John Carroll. Alfaro-Lopez was assistant general counsel and university attorney at the University of Michigan for nine years, and she held the same titles at Wayne State University for three years. Prior to her Highland Park position, she served Wayne County in a variety of legal capacities for nine years. Alfaro-Lopez did her undergraduate work at Michigan State University, and took her J.D. at Arizona State University. She is a member of many professional associations, including the Michigan Bar Association and the Michigan Hispanic Bar.


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Boler student excellence
According to the most recent tests, the in the 80th percentile of the Educational Testing Service Major Field Test (ETS) in business and the 85th percentile in economics. The ETS tests are the leading stand-alone assessment of learning

Boler School’s graduating seniors scored


outcomes in business and economics programs. Similarly, graduates of the school’s accountancy program consistently rank at or near the top in CPA passing rates and have achieved top-ten national rankings on several occasions in recent years.

Collegiate entrepreneurs organization

Princeton Review admires the Boler school
The Princeton Review cited the Boler School among its Best 282 Business Schools for 2007, a national recognition that also occurred with a smaller set of 237 business school in 2007. The Review’s spokesperson said, “We are pleased to recommend the Boler School of Business to readers of our book and users of our website as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA.” n Ohio Magazine honored Drs. James Martin of Management, Marketing and

On October 13, at a luncheon at the Shaker Heights Country Club, the new class of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) was inducted. CEO inductees, who are nominated by faculty, are afforded a series of opportunities to get to know the business owners who are members of the association, and to participate in programs designed to give them an insight into the challenges of running a company.

At an Entrepreneurs Association meeting in the Dolan Center on September 25, Howard “Hoddy’ Hanna III ’69, shared the lessons he learned as he built his family company into the fifth largest residential real estate company in the U.S.

Logistics and Andrew Welki of Economics and Finance with its “Excellence in Education’ achievement award. n Inside Business included Jason Therrien ’01 and Rose Abood ’95 in its “Top 25 Under 35” list. Therrien is president of Thunder:Tech, which he grew from a part-time operation housed in his college residence hall to a rapidly growing12-person marketing studio. Abood is director of marketing for Roetzel & Andress and is president of the board of the Legal Marketing Association of Northeast Ohio.

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JCu’s Belfast institute honored
John Carroll’s summer Belfast Institute in Peace Building and Conflict Transformation is a recipient of this year’s British-American Chamber of Commerce’s Bilateral Achievement Award. The chamber is engaged in promoting trade between the U.S. and the United Kingdom, and its annual awards recognize organizations that help build transatlantic alliances. The institute received its honor for “fostering knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills that engage students in peace-building, social justice and conflict transformation initiatives at home and abroad.” The institute’s 2006 program consisted of a sixcredit hour undergraduate course in sociology and political science that culminated in a trip to Northern Ireland, where the students met with a wide range of stakeholders in the peace process.

MBa programs

for science students
Six new five-year BS/MBA programs were launched this year for students in the sciences who want to acquire managerial and other business skills. Enrolling students will take Boler School of Business courses throughout their undergraduate years, so that they need only take 11 additional graduate courses to complete their MBA. There will also be a substantial tuition discount for graduate courses offered to students enrolling in the program. The rationale for the program is that corporations engaged in science-related activity require employees who have a background in both sciences and business. “It’s the best of both worlds for a student doing science in the corporate world to have strong skills in science and in business, and John Carroll is a place where they can obtain both skill sets,” said Dr. Beth Martin, the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information about these science/MBA programs, contact Dr. Martin at 216.397.4287.

IslAmIC stUdIes’

international conference on Islam in today’s Turkey
John Carroll’s Nursi Chair in Islamic studies hosted an international conference, Perspectives of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, on Monday, November 6. Nursi, in whose honor the university’s Islamic Studies chair is named, devoted his life to the study of the Qur’an and wrote many books on Islamic studies. He is most perhaps best known for Risale-i Nur (Treatises of Light). The conference was dedicated to creating awareness of Islam and an accurate perception of its practices and thinking. Among the many academics who participated in the day-long event were Dr. Colin Turner of Durham University in the UK, Dr. Asma Afsaruddin of the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Ihsan Yilmaz of the University of London and Dr. Zeki Saritoprak, the holder of the chair and a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at John Carroll.


Celebrating noel in new orleans
A contingent of 10 students Hayes will live in a “tent city” 16-23. The group will help at various clean-up sites; work the Katrina recovery process and explore the impact the hurricane had on the poor of Louisiana and Mississippi.

and Campus Ministry’s Emma

in New Orleans from December

for Habitat for Humanity; study


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‘Father General’
Very Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach,SJ, visits John Carroll
n October 4 and 5, Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, the superior general of the Society of Jesus, was in the Cleveland area. He met with members of the university board and administration on the 4th and celebrated a Mass at the Church of the Gesu that evening. There were other events with area Jesuits on October 5th. Father Kolvenbach is a native of the Netherlands and has been the leader of the world’s Jesuits since 1983. In his 23 years as superior general, he has been a powerful voice for justice and for partnership with the laity. He will retire from his elected office in January of 2008 and this was almost certainly his last visit to John Carroll. The man the Jesuits call Father General had a number of public messages on October 4. What follows are brief excerpts from his talk to the university board. “...The documents of our most recent General Congregation state that the Society of Jesus acknowledges as a grace of our day and a hope for the future that the laity take an active, conscientious, and responsible part in the mission of the Church in this great moment of history and that we [Jesuits] seek to respond to this grace by offering ourselves in service to the full realization of the mission of the laity and commit ourselves to that end by cooperation with them in their mission...


It has become increasingly clear to the Society of Jesus that its service of the Church should focus most on service to those who are victims of injustice. With increasing frequency and urgency, Jesuits hear themselves called not only to a deeper faith but also to a faith that does justice – with a preferential option for the poor “...As I have noted in reflecting upon last November’s meeting of major Jesuit Superiors in Spain, this process of “Preparing the Next Generation” demands that we not hide our religious

beliefs, our experiences of the divine, and the deepest motivations of our work. True dialogue always presumes convinced believers who openly manifest their faith while treasuring and learning from the experience of others. “Thank you for all you have done to make Jesuit institutions the excellent foundations they have become. Thank you for what you are now doing to make Jesuit institutions even greater manifestations of God’s glory. ... May the Lord in His great love and mercy bless you now and forever.”
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Keeping a John Carroll education affordable is central to our mission
approximately the top twenty percent of our incoming freshmen class. Awards will be at designations of $7,000, $14,000 and $21,000. All students applying for admission will be reviewed for these awards. However, in order to be competitive students typically should have a consistent A/A- average in high school in a strong college preparatory curriculum and score at least 620 on all SAT components, or comparably, a 28 on all components of the ACT. Students in consideration for this award additionally will be highly competitive in our Honors Program review. The Presidential Leadership Award is our designated scholarship for those students who have made an impact in their high school community and have, we think, the greatest potential to have a powerful impact on the John Carroll community. The awards of $7,000 and $14,000 will renew all four years. Recipients will be chosen through a scholarship committee, which includes current student leaders. Students will be required to be involved in and engaged in the campus community and to perform community service projects to renew. The Arrupe Scholarship is our commitment to honoring community service. The awards of $14,000 will renew all four years. Applicants for admission will be reviewed for a commitment to service and selected to attend a service interview weekend in February. The Arrupe Scholars will follow a newly created curricular and service program during their four years. Details can be found at www.jcu. edu/forum/proposals/Arrupe_Scholar_Program_revised_Sept_2006.pdf Magis Scholars. Magis is the Latin word for “more” and the concept is a guiding principle of the Jesuit tradition. It refers to the simple philosophy of doing more for others, going above and beyond the requirements. Each year John Carroll will select no more than 10 students in our freshmen class who embody this spirit of magis. This full-tuition scholarship will be awarded to students who exhibit all the characteristics of our other merit-based programs – knowledge, character, leadership and service. As Fr. Niehoff makes clear in his message on page two, we are intensifying our already strong efforts to help form young people into persons of character. This set of scholarships will advance that mission. We need to keep in mind that keeping private higher education affordable for families is central to our mission as a Catholic and Jesuit university. We are compelled to remember that the majority of our funding must be in need-based aid programs in order to ensure that John Carroll remains an affordable choice to as many families as possible. For more information about these new merit programs and the financial aid process in general, please visit our website at

By Brian Williams,
Vice president for enrollment

Awarding financial aid to our incoming students is one of the most humbling and sacred jobs that we perform in the enrollment process. Just as families make decisions about where to spend their money, each year we need to make decisions on how to spend our financial aid dollars to shape the best incoming class of students for the university. In my first five months, I have been amazed at the level of commitment to our mission in everyone I have met. It was then only logical to consider how our merit and need-based programs also can honor our mission – developing men and women with the knowledge and character to lead and to serve. Typically a financial aid program has two goals: helping families afford a quality John Carroll education (need-based aid) and rewarding students who will enrich our campus (merit scholarships). Our ability to select students who will advance our mission is best done through a competitive merit program that goes beyond test scores and GPAs to identify students that fit mission in a very tangible way. Students make lasting impacts on their high school through leadership and service, do so in ways that are not always apparent on a transcript. It is our responsibility to celebrate these students in hopes that they will have a similar impact here and continue to make John Carroll a better university. Four merit scholarship programs have been revised to help us achieve this goal. The Presidential Honors Award is our prestigious academic award, going to
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Class of 2010 Financial Aid Support Class size = 712

JCU Assistance
($7,815,521) Federal Aid ($4,794,191) State Aid ($754,324) Other ($1,270,001)


It has been said that we are a disposable society. There is nothing permanent; we lack a sense of tradition; we think only of ourselves and only for the here and now. Belying this criticism are the actions of alumni who invest in the future, and By Peter Bernardo ’67 leave a legacy by creating perDirector of planned giving manently endowed scholarships in their family name. One such individual is Edmond Sobey. Ed didn’t graduate from John Carroll University, but his nephew William Sobey ’69 and Bill’s two children earned JCU diplomas. It was through them that Ed became acquainted with JCU. His nephew Matt Sobey ’02 graduated with a B.A. in physics and a B.S. in computer science in ’04. He also played football and competed in the game against Mount Union that went into triple overtime. Ed’s niece Kathryn ’99 graduated with a B.S. in communications. With the intention of providing an opportunity for students majoring in arts and sciences, Ed created a perpetually endowed scholarship at John Carroll in the memory of his wife, Alice A. Sobey. The scholarship will be a permanent endowment with the principal to remain intact for perpetuity. The income from the endowment will be utilized to provide a scholarship to an incoming freshman with unmet financial need. Ed has requested that the Sobey family be notified of the recipient each year. This scholarship will provide financial aid for generations of

Ed and Alice Sobey

John Carroll University students and provide a legacy for the Sobey family for as long as John Carroll University remains in existence. The Alice A. Sobey Endowed Scholarship will allow John Carroll to continue to reach out to deserving freshman and provide an education steeped in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition. It is a tradition that has lasted for over 500 years and with the commitment of people like the Sobeys, it will long endure. Edmond Sobey, a member of the “greatest generation,” stands as an example for our community of a man who does not believe in a disposable society, has a firm sense of tradition, values the future and is making the memory of his beloved Alice, a permanent part of John Carroll University for generations to come. If you think you would like to help support John Carroll University’s educational mission and invest in the future generations of students, please called me at 216-397-4217 or access our JCU website and click on Giving at JCU and then Planned Giving opportunities.

matching gifts
Double, or even triple, your gift to John Carroll by having your employer match your donation! Thousands of companies offer to match their employee’s charitable contributions. Last year John Carroll received $240,478 from 119 different companies with matching gift programs. Even if you do not work for a matching gift company, many organizations

are a blessing for the university
match the donations of an employee’s spouse, or will match the donation from a retiree. Verifying your company’s matching gift policy has never been easier. Visit and select the matching gift link. There you will be able to search a database that will provide you with your organization’s matching gift policy, the specific guidelines that the non-profit organization and employee must meet before a donation can be matched, and contact information within your company. For more information about matching gifts to John Carroll University, contact Robert P. Kirschner, director of annual giving at 216-397-4198 or [email protected].
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The Alice A. Sobey Scholarship:



Gridders finish even at 5-5
It was not the Blue Streaks most memorable football season, and it turned out that they were not “in the hunt,” after opening the season at 1-4. But the second half showed the Streaks’ fans a different team, with a tough defense that registered three shutouts in the last four games. To be sure, the one that wasn’t a blanking of their opponent Joe Konrad was a 31-14 defeat at the hands of John Carroll’s nemesis, Mount Union’s Purple Raiders. Even against the all-everything Raiders, though, Coach Regis Scafe’s squad acquitted itself honorably. This was the first time in 19 seasons that JCU did not have a winning season, but they continued to an even score their mark of not having a losing season. There were too many stalwarts on the defense who made those three out of four shutouts happen at season’s end, but sophomores Mike Nettling, linebacker who led the team in tackles, and ballhawking defensive back Carlo Melaragno were both standouts on the other side of the ball. Sophomore Mark Petruziello had a nice year throwing to senior Joe Konrad before Petruziello ran into injury issues toward the end of the season. Konrad tied the school record, 13, for touchdown passes. Senior Matt Divis, from Cleveland St. Ignatius, had a fine year running the ball. The scoreboard was: Wooster 30-JCU 22; JCU 42-Heidelberg 7; Ohio Northern 23-JCU-9; Baldwin-Wallace 24-JCU 8; Capital 24-JCU 21; JCU 20- Marietta 7; JCU 38-Muskingum 0; JCU 35Wilmington 0; Mount Union 31-JCU 14; JCU 14-Otterbein 7.

Mark Petruziello

Kempf and stege earn all-region honors in cross country
Both men’s and women’s harriers had mid-pack finishes at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Championships in Hanover, IN, on Nov. 11. The JCU men placed 16th of 31 and the Streak women took 17th of 31. Senior Chris Kempf earned all-region honors (top 35) by placing 28th and senior tricia stege crossed the finish line at the 31st place out of the 222 runners in the race.

Men’s soccer team makes playoffs but is shut down by the Polar Bears
The men’s soccer team, coached by first-year coach and longtime soccer legend Hector Marinaro, wound up at 5-8-4, but they were 5-2-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, and they made the playoffs before being upended by Ohio Northern’s Polar Bears in the first round of the tourney. Junior Mike Valentine was named to the All-OAC second team and junior Alex Bernot, who enjoyed a week as OAC Player of the Week, was selected for the honorable mention team, as was senior Dan Hinkle.
tricia stege (left) and Julie Myers (right)

Dan hinkle


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Wrestlers open with a 4th in National Catholic tourney; picked to finish 3rd in OAC
Competing as the only Division III team, the Streak grapplers finished fourth at the National Catholic Invitational at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, on November 11. Ryan Summers, the 2005 Division III runner-up at 184 lbs., who was sidelined for almost a year with an injury, finished second, and four other Streaks finished in the top four in their weight classes. One year from its lowest OAC finish in its championship history, JCU’s wrestlers received a moderate vote of confidence in the pre-season coaches poll. The Streaks were picked to finish third in both the conference dual meet and championship polls. The Heidelberg Student Princes, who won the regular season and tourney last year, were picked to finish first. Of last year’s tough season in which three strong starters went down with injuries, Coach Kerry Volkmann ’71 said, “The die had been cast when all those starters went down and we didn’t have the depth to replace that type of proven talent. I feel as a result of what we went through, however, that this year’s team is in a much better place as far as talent and depth go.” Among many others in a squad where there is intense competition to start in many weight classes, look for Adam Pizzarro at 133lbs., Dominic Spitalieri at 141, Dan Mizener at 149, Elie Naoum at 125 and the aforementioned Summers.

Women’s soccer comes to a finish at 9-9-1


The women’s soccer squad made a miraculous comeback to force overtime, but succumbed to Marietta in double overtime by a 3-2 tally in the last match of the season on Oct. 28. The women’s team finished at 9-9-1, but were 2-6-1 in the OAC. Senior forwards laura violante and Jenny sopkovich sere selected to the All-OAC second team, and freshman Caitlynn Walton made the conference’s honorable mention ranks.


lemke and Csak are ESPN The Magazine’s picks
Senior defensive lineman Matt lemke was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Football First Team. Lemke, a biology and chemistry major with a 3.88 GPA, will be on the ballot for the publication’s academic All-American team. Senior volleyball standout niki Csak was named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Volleyball Third Team. Csak niki Csak is also a biology major. She finished her career ranked fifth all time at JCU in volleyball kills.

adam Pizzarro and Dominic spitalieri

Defense key if Streak WOMEn’s BaskEtBall to do well
Last year’s fifth place OAC finish (14-11, 10-8 OAC) was the best in over a decade. On the eve of the basketball season, Coach Kristie Maravalli said, “We really need to work on creating a stronger defense this
Jessica Gibbons

aquanauts split with the Purple Raiders of Mount Union
The JCU women and the Mount Union men scored victories in a men’s and women’s dual meet in Alliance, Ohio, on November 3. The women won 152-79 and the men lost 129112. Melissa anderson, Kristen Kovach, Kim Kern and andrea Kovacs began the women’s party by taking the 200 Medley Relay. Kaitlin Griffin followed with a victory in the 1000 free; heather Gilmour won the 100 and 200 free, and Kern also took the 100 fly. Anderson won the 100 backstroke, liana sved triumphed in the 500 freestyle and Kovach took the breaststroke. Diver lauren singley won the 1-meter. On the men’s side, ryan Flaherty won twice individually and once on a relay. Matt Finney won the 500-freestyle, and sophomore Patrick hulseman was the 1-meter champ.
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year in order to beat some of the OAC powerhouses. Maravalli has the problem of compensating for the

huge loss of shayla Bell, as well as for the departure of Caitlin hubach, one of John Carroll’s all-time leading rebounders. This year’s team is likely to be built around three seniors: Jessica Gibbons, allison Kern and tracey Prosinski. A promising crew of juniors are: abbey Baum, Courtney hanak and Molly scholla. alex D’amico, rachael Price and erin Zahariev are the pre-season of the squad’s sophomore contingent.

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It is foolish to believe that you should be able to spot them, but there is a small jolt when Makiko Hisato, Andres Roch, Theresia Speitel or Innocent Edache start speaking, and you realize they are different, that they are indeed part of that world that Fr. Robert Niehoff has asked us to more intentionally engage. In the MakikoAdresTheresiaInnocent variation on the president’s engagement theme, the world has traveled here to engage us, making it especially easy for the encounter to occur. As for that

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little psychic jolt, one of the messages it communicates is: Surprise: the world looks like us!

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These four, Makiko (Makeeko), Andres (Andrace), Theresia (Tearesia) and Innocent from, respectively, Japan, Spain, Germany and Nigeria do indeed look like us. They are all, by chance, very handsome creatures and their good manners, punctuality and manifest desire to connect are striking when you spend a little time with them. John Carroll students are a generally courteous crew but these four are notable for their clear wish to be appropriate, helpful and likable. They are appealing young people by any standard, but we do tend to put on our company manners when we go visiting and there may be a bit of that going on with Makiko, Andres, Theresia and Innocent. There are American universities where international students are as common as research papers. John Carroll has long had the occasional student from, say, Ireland, Israel or India … but the operative word is “occasional.” Post 9/11 difficulties securing student visas have also been a factor impeding the presence of foreign students on campus. Nonetheless, even as the university is taking steps to expand study-abroad possibilities for our homegrown scholars, students are coming to study in University Heights from abroad With about 20 this semester, it’s certainly not a torrent, but neither is it a trickle, and Dr. Andreas Sobisch, the native of Hamburg,
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Germany, who is the director of the Center for Global Education, is trying to increase the flow going both ways. The foursome on our cover illustrate some of the variations on the JCU international student theme. Theresia Speitel is a 23 year-

Like her three compatriots, Theresia celebrates the small size of classes here and the consequent opportunity for individual attention. She says the work load “is quite heavy-much more than I’m used to in Germany.”

old with a luminous smile. She is a senior at the Universität Dortmund. She grew up in the Ruhr region town of Selm, and her parents are both physicians. Her school is not far away, in 600,000-population Dortmund. U. of D. is a 24,000-student institution with strong departments in science and technology and an assortment of high technology companies spawned by the university’s research labs. The symbol of the university is a monorail that traverses the campus and beyond. John Carroll has had an exchange student agreement with Dortmund and one

of Theresia’s friends enjoyed her temporary migration from the Westphalian institution to the Jesuit school in University Heights. Theresia said she believes a half dozen of her fellow Dortmunders will cross to JCU next year. She is only here for a semester and came equipped with fair fluency in English. Ms. Speitel has aspirations of becoming an editor or publisher of international books translated into German. In her semester here, she is studying public relations, non-verbal communications, British literature and 19th century American literature. She’s enjoyed reading Moby Dick and comparing the fictional Uncle Tom’s Cabin with the nonfiction life of a slave. She had never been to the States, and she says part of her motivation for coming was that, “We are really influenced in Germany by the American way of life, so I wanted to get to know this country better. In Germany we have a really superficial view of the U.S.” She says that her time in this country is allowing her to rapidly penetrate and discard the stereotypes she brought. Like her three compatriots, Theresia celebrates the small size of classes here and the consequent opportunity for individual attention. She says the work load “is quite heavymuch more than I’m used to in Germany.

The academic level is quite similar, but there are much more exams here.” She said she was startled when she saw a few students coming to class in pajamas, “but I like it actually.” She also said, “I really like the campus. It’s very beautiful. We don’t have these kinds of campuses in Germany.” Don’t ask Theresia to go to an Oktoberfest celebration because “that’s a Bavarian thing and they are very oom-pah-pah.” This modern German woman is anything but oom-pah-pah. Come semester’s end, Theresia is off with Ramon Lemcke, her fellow Dortmund exchange student, and her German boyfriend to see San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Having experienced an engaging and more than superficial sojourn in this part of the planet, Theresia will return to Deutschland with improved language skills and a sharper sense of who her American neighbors are. Innocent Edache is doing something far different than a one-semester study abroad. When he graduates next May, he will have spent four years at John Carroll, earning his undergraduate degree in sociology. Innocent is a member of the first graduating class of Loyola Jesuit College of Abuja, Nigeria, and the Jesuits in that very modern, planned capital city shepherded him to apply here.

He celebrates the decision: “The size worked for me. if I had gone to a bigger school, I’d have felt lost. The individual attention has been important and I’ve met some fantastic people ever since I walked onto campus. The people have been out-

“I like to consider one human life as important as another, and I try not to be condescending to any culture.”

standing in every regard.” Innocent is the only one of these four internationals whose first language is English, and that fact is reflected in the complexity of his speech. He also speaks Hausa and Edoma, the tongue of his tribe of the same name. He is tall and thin, with a face possessing the sculptural beauty of an African mask. He startles with his maturity and idealism, saying such things as. “I like to consider one human life as important as another, and I try not to be condescending to any culture.” He is a notably sophisticated citizen of the world. His father and mother are now based in Ghana, where his father, John, is a staff member of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The

elder Edache was previously a high-level Nigerian civil servant, doing stints as the West African nation’s director of agriculture and the permanent secretary of its federal department of agriculture. His father earned a master’s at Kansas State, so Innocent makes the second Edache generation to be educated in part in the U.S. However, the son stresses his family’s closeness to the poverty of the African masses: “He (his father) was as poor as it gets; Catholic missionaries showed up at the right time for him to get an education.” Innocent said that one of the great things in his life was attending Loyola Jesuit in Abuja, which also graduated Osasiuwa Edomwande ’09, a Making a Difference selection in our spring issue. Siuwa was a friend of Innocent’s in Nigeria and she is performing a grand march down the trail he blazed at JCU. Innocent said of his Jesuit boarding school: “It is a fantastic place. They always let us know we were part of something special. There were huge financial differences among the students and they effectively downplayed them. I did service for an entire summer when I was 14. They took my summer away but it worked. The school is situated in the middle of a really poor village. Every Sunday, for two hours, the villagers came on campus and
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the students taught them basic reading and writing, and that worked too. It was nice to share with them.” Innocent said he loves the “humor and unbelievable optimism,” as well as “the food, the attitude, the music, the clothing,” of his fellow Nigerians, but he believes that “greed and corruption are killing that country, and he asserts, “the focus on the self as opposed to the common good really disturbs me.” After graduation, he will return to Nigeria for a year of national service, and then he hopes to earn a master’s in this country, before jumping the pond again and – he intends – working with an NGO (non-governmental organization) doing humanitarian work in Nigeria or elsewhere in Africa. He’s seen the effects of racism here, but hasn’t personally felt its abrasion. Nonetheless, he says, “Americans get a bad rap the world over. They are certainly a much nicer people than I expected.” Makiko Hisato doesn’t like hamburgers and hot dogs and misses the sushi she enjoyed back home in Nagoya, Japan. She beamed when it was explained that she could walk to a nearby supermarket and buy okay sushi. Makiko is a junior at Nanzan University in Nagoya, a Catholic school founded by the Divine Word order in 1949. Nanzan is an
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exchange partner with John Carroll. Makiko, who brings serenity into a space, met John Carroll exchange students Frank Blazunas ’07 and Nick Brundula ’08 at Nanzan, and they encouraged her to make her trip from Nagoya to University Heights. Established here for this

much will have become familiar, and so many of those words, which today must sound like noise, will no doubt stand alert on the tongue and fly smoothly into the ear.
academic year, she is living away from home for the first time. She’s enjoying it, but she is also a little daunted by having to do “laundry and all this stuff” that she never had to do when she was living under her single mother’s wing. In the five weeks that she’s been here, she has also found American food to be a challenge: “Food is a problem for me. I really miss Japanese food.” It was a treat when she went with Keiko Nakano, a JCU faculty member who teaches Japanese, to enjoy her customary food at nottoo-far-away Shinano Restaurant, which is owned by Nakano’s parents. In addition to her own course load,

featuring two courses in communications, Makiko is helping out Sensei (teacher) Nakano in her Japanese language classes. Makiko finds her other classes challenging. Like her fellow international students, she is struck by the generally small class size and the individual attention she is receiving. She is aware that quality attention is particularly desirable for her because her English is not yet so secure. She offers this thought about her communications courses: “What I like about my communication classes is: we do communicate every day and we can not avoid communication, but we do not really pay attention to it because we communicate unconsciously. So, in the class when I read the textbook, there are many things I did not notice before. Studying about human communication is interesting to me.” It does take an intrepid heart to venture to a very different culture and conduct your life in a language that at this point is probably most easily managed when it appears in the pages of a book. Makiko is also homesick, and in addition to the cuisine, she yearns for the Japanese landscape – “I miss the way it looks.” It is a long way till May. When it comes, much will have become familiar, and so many of those words, which today must

sound like noise, will no doubt stand alert on her tongue and fly smoothly into her ear. At winter break, and again before she leaves in the spring, Makiko will see (more of ) the USA. And she won’t be alone. “I have many friends in the USA, like Nick and Frank.” Andres is a suave young native of Barcelona, many people’s favorite city and a world cultural center. He was looking for a small American college, and some family friends recommended John Carroll. He applied like any other student and here he is: he plans to stay for four years and to graduate with a degree in one of the business majors. He said, “Spanish education didn’t convince me. I didn’t find what I was looking for. The way of teaching is different; the examinations are different. There, it’s basically going over the book. It’s essentially the same book, but the professor’s book is expanded. You combine what the teacher says in class with the book. It’s more individual and you don’t interact as much with the professor.” As that quote reveals, Andres is very fluent in English. In his first semester on campus, he is taking economics, English, First-Year Seminar, calculus, sociology and business information systems – a load. He says, “I wasn’t expecting this much work, but there is a lot of


free time if time management goes well.” He’s living in Murphy Hall and says,”It’s okay. I have gotten used to the small space that we have. The only thing I don’t like is that the tables are too small to study, which forces me to go to the library. Also, in the hall

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there is a lot of movement, and it is difficult to concentrate sometimes.” He says he was expecting pretty much what he found here. As with Makiko, the food is strange for him, and since the Spanish eat dinner at 10 or 11 p.m. the early dinner hour here is an adjustment. What comes across most strongly is Andres’ determination to have a positive experience here: “I feel I will have more fun and will improve if I come with an open mind.” Fun, he said, “is something that hasn’t been a problem. I play sports every day. I play intramural soccer, and I go out with my friends. I have made a lot of friends, and the good thing is that the university gives you a lot of options of things to do. They provide

shuttles, and I like that.” Andres observed that, “I translate everything into Spanish in order to understand the concepts. I am getting used to hearing English all the time. I am trying to think in English, but it is challenging. It’s also a challenge with vocabulary, so I always have a dictionary. But the professors are helpful and they offer extra help.” He misses his Barcelona girlfriend most, but his landscaping company owner father and school transportation coordinator mother are also in his thoughts. After two months, he sums up: “I’m still getting used to things and moving around here is my priority.” From the evidence, Andres will do just fine. Barcelona’s at least temporary loss is John Carroll’s gain. That judgment applies to each of these four and most probably to all their score or so fellow international students. Whether it’s for a study-abroad semester or two, as is the case with Theresia and Makiko, or a full four years, like Innocent and Andres, our international students enrich our community and build a bridge between the Jesuit school in Cleveland and some far-flung corners of the world. jerry pockar
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German native Dr. Andreas Sobisch leads the Center for Global Education
JCU programs, like the Boler London operation and the relatively new Italian option. There are the aforementioned Jesuit-affiliated choices. Also in play are non-Jesuit-affiliated programs, including Denmark’s International Studies Program, AustralLearn and a new one at the University of Hull in England. Finally, there are non-affiliated programs like the Scholar Ship in which students sail around the world while cracking books. Individual programs wax and wane, but the trend is expansionary. “Students are demanding study abroad,” Sobisch said. “The number asking about it is increasing dramatically. I just talked to a student who said that she came here because of our study-abroad programs.” Sobisch is strong in his affirmation of study-abroad programs: “Students come back totally transformed and more mature. It can really open their eyes and be incredibly valuable.” He said he would like to see the number of our students abroad double to approximately 200 per academic year. Loyola College of Maryland is a role model, each year sending about 500 of its students to another country. Loyola is a challenging model because it is blessed with robust enrollment. It’s able to manage enrollment so as to counterbalance the net outflow of funds that study-abroad brings to John Carroll. JCU participates in a variety of financial arrangements with international schools. We collect tuition from our students who study in other lands. In some cases, we benefit from lower tuition required by a foreign school, which helps to balance our tuition loss to other programs. Overall, Sobisch said, studyabroad entails an approximately half million dollar budgetary cost. Given John Carroll’s enrollment situation, increasing the number of our students studying abroad would create additional financial pressures. “Successfully managing the financial dimension involves increasing enrollment,” Sobisch said. “If our enrollment issue is solved, the study-abroad cost issue will be solved. We are part of the problem and part of the solution in the sense that a vibrant study-abroad program attracts students to the university.” Sobisch is focused on enhancing the mission and cultural immersion dimensions of John Carroll’s international programs. The one in El Salvador exemplifies the justice, service and Catholicity aspects of a study-abroad program with a strong “mission” component. International programs vary and not all of them will be so congruent with the “men and women for others” commitment at the heart of Jesuit education. Nevertheless, the Center for Global Education works to see that Jesuit values are significantly represented in foreign study experience. The university’s summer institutes in Belfast and Ghana are characteristic of programs with a strong “justice” focus. In addition to seeing that international programs engage JCU students with justice and service, Sobisch works to ensure that international opportunities offer a rich academic experience. That may mean sending along faculty, as when Sobisch and his colleague Dr. Matt Berg took students on a shorter academic trip to Berlin. There are Madrid and Costa Rica programs which have recently been approved. There is one with the National University of Ireland in the planning stages, and others in Poland and Turkey are being conceptualized. The number of students coming from abroad to study here will probably not increase as greatly as the number of our students going out to engage the world. Nonetheless, as John Carroll develops more exchange programs, and it will, the flow of students coming here will inevitably increase. John Carroll was created by Jesuit missionaries from Germany. There was an international dimension at the origin that has never totally disappeared, but which is becoming more important for the contemporary university.

Dr. Andreas Sobisch is a testament to the transformative power of study-abroad programs, although the outcome of the German native’s expedition from the University of Hamburg to Georgia College in the early ’80s was atypical. Sobisch stayed at Georgia for three years; spent seven more earning advanced degrees at Emory University; and came here as a political science teacher in 1990. Along the way, he married an American, began a family and at least temporarily closed the book on his residential German experience. Nonetheless, Sobisch has ample family in his native land; travels there frequently and is bi-cultural. As such, he is equipped to help lead John Carroll students to study-abroad experiences, and to facilitate students from abroad studying at this university. Approximately 100 John Carroll students will spend a semester abroad during this academic year. About half of those traveling scholars are in two programs: the Boler School London Program and the Vatican City Italian Studies Program. The remainder are distributed among a range of foreign study options. The Loyola University Rome Center will have four of our students this year, whereas another Jesuit-affiliated program, the service and justice-focused semester at Casa de la Solaridad in El Salvador, which captured three John Carroll students last year, will lack a JCU presence this academic year. There are exchange programs in which we send students and receive them. There are
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On September 21 John boler ’56 met with Dr. luis Calingo at the headquarters of The Boler Company in suburban Chicago. The man whose name is on John Carroll’s business school and the institution’s new dean sat down around a conference table to talk about their perspectives on the Boler School and its future. John Carroll was there and the following is a record of their dialogue.

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John boler: I have spent considerable time talking with Luis over the phone. I believe he will be very effective as the dean of the Boler School of Business. He has a great leadership track record, and he is working with a proven product. To cite just one area that impresses me greatly, we have demonstrated remarkable proficiency in accounting, and have had great success against the biggest and the best. I would like us to soon evolve to the point where we are able to be more selective. I also think that before long we will have a Boler School student body that is more diverse. At present, though, I do think it is clear that the school turns out graduates who are willing to work hard, assume leadership and seek responsibility. I think it is also clear that Dr. Luis Calingo gives us every indication of being a superb new leader. luis Calingo: The reputation of the business school hinges upon the fact that we have alumni who have made a profound mark on the world, people like John Boler, Jack Breen, and the Class of 1956, for instance. I think the Boler School has the capacity to be one of the top 10-20 Catholic schools of business in the U.S. For a number of reasons, I believe that is a realistic goal for the next five years. We have faculty who are distinguished in their fields. However, the reality is that business schools, particularly those with the accreditation that we have, are very much alike. Tom Peters, who wrote In Search of Excellence, said that a defining characteristic of the marketplace, in general, is that different brands are able to command different prices. A school should seek to differentiate itself, to build distinct areas of competence and to establish its brand. I think the source of differentiation for the Boler School lies not only in the quality of our students’ learning experience, which includes what they do in internships and the access they have to the business community, but also in the mission of the university, which is to provide students with the knowledge and character to lead and to serve. That word, character, may be the key to our essential difference. Based on my conversations within the campus, I strongly believe that we could be the destination school for gifted business students with a social conscience. My first initiative in the business school is an ethics-across-the-business-curriculum program. We are going to give grants to our faculty members to develop and introduce an ethics and social responsibility module in their courses and then publish their work for the benefit of other professors around the nation.

boler: It is also important, Luis, that you take time to learn our culture. We have been successful. We can be more successful. But I think it is important that we not lose sight of what got us where we are, which I am putting under the big umbrella of “our culture.” We have long had a culture where achieving excellence is a primary value. Calingo: Understood! I’d also like to say that I think there are a number of elements separating the best business schools from the rest. The first is memorable academic programs. One of the things we have begun is the refinement and reform of our curriculum. Among other ends, we would like to modify it so that it is more responsive to the needs of the community. Relationship building with the community at large is very important in developing the stature of a business school. I will say that in my experience one of the most common “dean killers” is “touching” the curriculum. My feeling is that if I am going to be an effective force in reforming the curriculum at any point in time during my JCU career, this is the time to do it. Faculty buy-in to curriculum reform is essential. The main instrument that I have in seeking to reform the curriculum is arming the faculty with information. Another way through which we can make our programs more memorable is by integrating themes such as ethics and social responsibility, entrepreneurship, and globalization into our curriculum. It is also vital for a world-class business school to have programs delivered by worldclass faculty. We would like to have more endowed professorial chairs so that we could use these chairs to attract and retain more outstanding teachers and scholars. boler: I think building the faculty and having the best qualified educators we can possibly provide is an absolute essential. In order for that to happen, there is going to have to be substantial work done to increase endowment, so that we are at the level where we can create those chairs. Calingo: We already have a lot of which to be proud. In the state Certified Public Accountant exam, over the course of the last few years, we have had first, second and third rankings in the state, and we have


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also had top ten rankings in the nation. That superior performance holds true for non-accounting students as well. When our graduates take the national test for business students, they almost all rank close to the 90th percentile in the country. That is a level of performance that you find in the top ten Catholic business schools, so we are, in actuality, already very close to the upper echelon.

boler: What helped me so greatly at John Carroll was being taught to think, and much of that, frankly, did not just occur within the boundaries of the business school. Philosophy and other liberal arts courses were very important to me and my classmates. A fine liberal education is a blessing. Calingo: Cleveland was
recently ranked as the poorest city in America. As a Jesuit institution we have a responsibility to help alleviate poverty. I think the longterm solution for the people of the city lies in education and in generating greater employment opportunities in Northeast Ohio. Where the business school can be an important contribution is in creating opportunities for education. I am developing, in collaboration with our enrollment division and key people in the university, what presently has the working title of: the John Carroll Academy. The academy will be a Heartland project that will provide young central-city students with pre-college enrichment activities from the seventh grade through their senior year in high school. We will work with prospective firstgeneration college-bound students from underrepresented segments of Cleveland’s low income neighborhoods, young people who would otherwise not think of college. dollars we were charged were something like 65% of the actual cost. I do believe that we have a debt, and “giving back” is the term. Finally, it is all about mission. We’ve long had a culture where giving back is a primary value. My class just had their 50th Reunion. We said our goal was to give the university a million dollars. For a while the response lagged a bit, but as we came to Reunion, I couldn’t believe how the checkbooks came out. We wound up giving a million plus.

Calingo: Giving back is unquestionably a corollary of our sense of mission. I was really attracted to John Carroll because of the sense of mission. Although I got my early Catholic education from the Augustinian Recollects, I was formed to a great extent by the Jesuits, who provided my supplemental religious education when I was in high school. It was the time of Pedro Arrupe, who gave us the words, “man for others.” That phrase stuck with me, and when this opportunity came up, I was happy to apply. Speaking of mission, I was so impressed when I got here that about 42% of our students participate in community service – and that is from the service numbers recorded by the Center for Community Service. The actual figure is undoubtedly higher than that. boler: I had not heard this and I think it’s very meaningful. Now I am prouder than ever. Luis, share some of the other aspects of your vision for the deanship. Calingo: A significant part of my mandate is to be, to a very significant degree, an external dean, one who works at cultivating relationships with the local business community, as well as with business and academic leaders throughout the world. I have told my faculty and staff that as time goes on, if they see me more than three days a week in the dean’s office, then there is something wrong, and I’m not doing my job. Part of what I have been doing in these first few months is linking with leaders in the community. boler: One of the things that impressed me most when I was talking to Luis the first time was his expressed determination to connect with the business community in the Cleveland area and to make them
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boler: What Luis is saying absolutely appeals to me. I think this is part of the responsibility that comes with having been blessed with a good education, an education that opens doors. I was a first-generation college student. I believe that when I went to Carroll in the ’50s the


aware of the important assets John Carroll has provided in the form of well educated business leaders. I think there is a communication job that has to be performed with the area business community, and I believe Dr. Calingo will do that well. He will be well received.

Calingo: Within the school itself, I am beginning by focusing on our infrastructure. Part of that task involves strengthening the associate dean position. Right now we have a part-time associate dean. The person in that position should really be the school’s chief operating officer. I am now doing an internal search for an associate dean. In consultation with the university leadership, I have crafted a job description that will actually make this dean a chief operating officer, with duties phased in over a three-year period. boler: I read that when you were dean at Long Beach, you were successful in establishing partnership relations with academic institutions in Asia. What about your plans on that front here? Calingo: My approach is going to be a little different than at my prior institution. At Long Beach, we started partnerships with many universities – I believe a total of 15-20 over six years. At John Carroll, I am looking to build stronger partnerships with fewer institutions – possibly five partnerships maximum. One will be in Brazil or Argentina – preferably one with a Jesuit university. China, Indonesia, and Thailand are other possibilities. That means students going both ways. I am also working on the creation of short-term study-abroad courses in foreign countries. At Long Beach, we did this in China, France, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, and it worked out very well. For example, we ran a

three-week course called, Doing Business in Southeast Asia. We did lectures here and then students and professors went to Thailand, and also to Vietnam. It was a very focused trip, with the academic credits granted by Thammasat University in Bangkok. We are going to have a program like that in China in 2008, and it will include arts and sciences faculty like Dr. Roger Purdy of the program in East Asian Studies. I would like to look at Latin America and Africa as well.

boler: How about the Middle East? Calingo: The Middle East is a possibility. I am on the academic advisory council of a business school in Dubai and I am going there in November – I go there twice a year. I see some opportunity for us to provide, for example, executive development courses. I am also going to Pakistan and Indonesia in December at the invitation of their governments to deliver lectures on quality and business, and I will also explore opportunities there. Our faith-based orientation may, however, work against us in that part of the world and in China as well. boler: We have to have relationships in that part of the world. What about satellite programs in our own neighborhood? Calingo: It may be a little early to talk about satellite programs in the Northeast Ohio area. I have been discussing with our faculty and staff the creation of off-campus sites for our MBA program. We are developing a strategic approach to this, and it is premature to provide details right now. Moving to a summary: What I’m envisioning at this juncture, is greater outward movement of the school both into the local community and to global relationships; an ongoing commitment to strengthening our faculty; a careful effort to refine curriculum; and an intensified focus on building our endowment. boler: I very much believe in endowment. Calingo: We need to build endowment for faculty chairs; for example, in such areas as accounting information systems, logistics and supply chain management, and ethical leadership. Endowment for student scholarships is a critical area. We need to find ways of assisting first-generation college students to be able to pursue a higher education. boler: You have ambitious goals. Calingo: If we aim high, we still make substantial progress even if we achieve only half the results. The program will be modified as we move forward, but I do believe we have a lot to work with at the Boler School and some clear and compelling goals that will prove very rewarding. We have begun and I look forward to moving down the path.


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Dr. Penny Harris
‘the bottom line is to change lives’ Working to bring light out of Alzheimer’s darkness
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By Jerry Pockar Phyllis Braudy “Penny” Harris speaks so softly that as the recorder plays back her digital file, the interviewer has to work to screen out ambient noise. New York native Harris also exudes clear-eyed strength. The chair of John Carroll’s Department of Sociology communicates, metaphorically speaking, that she is someone it would be good to have with you in the trenches. Harris suggests an apt combination of compassion and strength. If you devote your life to looking at and touching the lives of people with Alzheimer’s, AIDS, and cancer, the best equipment may well be compassion’s soft embrace and the steel of an unflinching heart. Harris may turn again to study AIDS, cancer, poverty, but her main focus now is Alzheimer’s. The still mysterious neurological disease is a dark reality for four and a half million Americans. That number could increase dramatically as people continue to live longer. Science is potent and Alzheimer’s may succumb, but that outcome is not in sight. Medications and coping strategies are now somewhat effective in slowing the syndrome’s inexorable brain-devouring progress. So much so that Harris’ current thrust is how victims and caregivers can make the best of a bad situation. Much of her research, writing, speaking and teaching deals with ways that AD persons can compensate for what has been lost. She writes, for example, about Building
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Resilience Through Adaptation and Coping In Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease. She talks to aging agency personnel on How To Support Male Caregivers. She doesn’t deal with the nuts and bolts of caregiving techniques – how a man can effectively bathe his wife – but with a theoretical overview, with the stresses – based on his account – such a ministering husband may endure, and with how he can be supported. She is also working with a national committee to “change the face” of Alzheimer’s, a stigmatizing disease, a species of elderly leprosy, whose forbidding label masks the humanity of those who suffer the condition. Academics carry their credentials and achievements in the form of a CV, curriculum vitae. Harris has one that runs 19 singlespaced pages. It details being an invited speaker at the 21st International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease in Istanbul last fall; her status as the founding co-editor of Dementia: The International Journal of Social Behavior and Practice; her co-authoring Men Giving Care: Reflections of Husbands and Sons; and her editing of and contributing to another important volume, The Person With Alzheimer’s Disease. The CV charts 34 articles in scholarly journals, the staggering inventory of her presented papers and addresses, her enormous number of committee and board memberships, and a wide range of other scholarly and service activities. The two sons Harris

raised with her husband, Jim, have been away at school. Even so, a cursory glance at the vitae elicits wonder at the sociologist’s productivity and her record of service to university, community and profession. It is a record perfect for short circuiting a disparager of academics inclined to niggle, “But they have their summers off.” Educated at Maryland’s Goucher College, the University of Michigan and CWRU, Harris was trained in the quantitative social science paradigm with an emphasis on data-based measurement. Along the way, she moved from a quantitative to a qualitative approach, finding her work in people’s stories. It was a shift from harvesting data to interpreting human truth by listening to a voice speaking its experience. Harvesting data is, to be sure, not a fool’s errand and truth in its various forms is the prize, whether the approach be quantitative or qualitative. It is valuable to discover why some men become a good caretaker for a person with Alzheimer’s and some men don’t. It’s clear, though, that while Harris is constantly at play with a body of knowledge, social science facts are subordinate to fostering an understanding of what it’s like to have Alzheimer’s, or to be an AD person’s family member. Harris is a social scientist who adheres to established research criteria, but she is also, and perhaps more importantly, an advocate, who affirms that, “the bottom line is to change lives.” She admiringly quotes the anthropologist Margaret Mead as saying, “Never doubt that a group of committed citizens can change the world, and they are the only ones who have.” The late Gloria Sterin offers a model of Harris’ current direction. Sterin, a local woman, had her Ph.D. and knew Harris from when they were post-docs together. Around the time she was diagnosed with AD, she went to lunch with Harris and asked her friend to help her make “scrambled eggs out of the broken ones.” Harris accomplished that by persuading Sterin to do an essay from inside Alzheimer’s. Harris edited. The result became an introduction to Person’s With Alzheimer’s Disease and an unquestionable triumph in the face of looming darkness.

Sterin died. AD doesn’t admit “she lived happily ever after” endings. Nonetheless, “triumph” isn’t too strong a word. Of her friend Gloria, Penny says, “It allowed her to make sense of what was happening to her; it allowed her to be a participant and researcher; and it (her essay) allowed her to be productive. The essence of Gloria was still there, but it took more from people around her to understand that.” The “essence” of a human being is inherently ambiguous, mysterious, but Sterin and Harris both argue that whatever that essence is, it is certainly more than short term memory. Harris would no doubt assert that even if Sterin had been unable to come up with a good essay, Gloria would have still been Gloria. Be that as it may, a significant portion of the sociology professor’s mission is to help find ways of preserving, protecting, and strengthening the human essences (you don’t have to be able to define one to know it) of persons under assault from Alzehimer’s. Harris speaks with evident feeling. The professor’s various academic roles, which include being the director of the university’s Aging Studies Concentration and the sociology department’s chair, all seem to be animated by her reverence for the whole person. If that language is reminiscent of the Jesuit’s central principle of cura personalis (care of the whole person), the congruence isn’t accidental. Harris is Jewish and while she is no doubt respectful of Loyola, she comes at her ideas of caring for the whole person from a different angle of approach. In practice, the result seems much the same: compassionate and reverential attention to and service of the whole human person. The New York native has stature as an academic and there are bigger ponds in which she could swim. She says justice keeps her here, “It is a place with similar values. I really do think there is a concern for the whole person and a concern for inequities.” The teacher says that one of the important reasons Alzheimer’s has surfaced with such a vengeance in recent decades is that while the diseases’s causes may be complex, it correlates powerfully with aging. At the turn from the 19th to the 20th century, life expectancy was approximately 47. She notes that by age 85 a third to forty percent have Alzheimer’s. Her father, who is 94, is in the middle stages of

the disease. Echoing the assertions above that short term memory cannot be equated with the person, Harris’ father, unable to remember his grandchildren’s names, told his daughter, “Penny, just because I don’t remember doesn’t mean I don’t care.” The act of caring, the profound importance of relationships, the person as “infinitely valuable:”these matters are at the heart of what Phyllis Braudy Harris does. She says it is work that humbles and serves to deflate the human ego’s inflations. To open the pages of Men Giving Care is to access a world of guts, grandeur and resilience, but also of heartbreak. Mr. Quidy, ’73, laments his wife lost to a nursing home: “I’m so close to her, that body that’s always been mine, we share. I wish my little girl was back with me. I know the heartache and grief that is involved. I’m not eating very good now. I’m never very hungry now, I eat because I have to. I don’t like eating my meals alone.” Or, there is Mr. Plastoff, who says of his wife: “…She had the most beautiful penmanship of anybody and then it just got to the point where it was more like scribble. She, at times, even hesitates in writing her name.” His wife responds, “It came to a point where I couldn’t write my name. How could I not remember my last name?” Sections detailing more intimate care of wives by husbands are more painful. No one could argue that persons with AD do not face an excruciating human real-

ity. Harris can’t fundamentally change that reality, but what she can do is illuminate what is working to help people best cope with AD, and she can also honor, through attention and the illumination of her writing, speaking and teaching, the reality and dignity of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease. The sociologist is encouraged by what medication can do She is encouraged by the positive effect of widely taught coping strategies. She is so encouraged by the positive effects of these developments that she is almost able to talk of persons with AD “aging well.” The latter is a common gerontological term that seems inimical when the person in question is afflicted with a species of dementia. When she spoke of the people with AD who have, for a time at least, some fair quality of life, Harris’ body language communicated that there is an inherent tension between “aging well,” and Alzheimer’s . She says the three words are moving closer; “I do believe someone with Alzheimer’s can age with grace and integrity. And, positive attitude makes a great difference.” Dr. Phyllis Braudy Harris is a leader in the effort to see, honor and capture in words the rich humanity of those with Alzheimer’s. She is a determined and vigorous coach working hard to foster positive attitude in persons with AD, their families, and those who care for and about them.
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Thomas Nevin

Thérèse of Lisieux: God’s Gentle Warrior
Dr. Thomas Nevin of the faculty of Classical and Modern Languages, has published a 416page biography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower, who was canonized 35 years after her death and made a Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II. Her autobiography, Story of a Soul, has been translated into more than 60 languages, and Thérèse is widely venerated by Catholics and non-Catholics alike – for example, within Islam. Nevin, who was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Simone Weil, spent seven years on his Thérèse book. He has been so captured by her that he is writing a second work devoted to the young Carmelite nun. Nevin’s present volume, which has been embraced by the Carmelites, is unique and challenging in its focus on Thérèse’s sécheresse, on the terrifying spiritual desert she inhabited during the last 18 months of her short life. Published by Oxford University Press, Nevin’s study is available online and at all major bookstores. articulated The Little Way, coming unto Christ as a child, as we are enjoined to do in the Gospel. The 20th century Jesuit theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar said that it is finally the only way, given that our need for humility is infinite. Though Thérèse was not a well-educated person, she had an intelligent humility. As the act or writing is an assertion of self, she constantly had to overcome self. Phillippians 2 speaks of how Christ descended and took on the form of a slave. One of the ways Thérèse imitated Christ was that she sat spiritually at the table with the distracted, empty, despairing, and she ate bitter bread. She prayed for those without faith. She is at the threshold of the Church looking out at what is not the Church. Her particular cross was borne beyond the sustenance available within the Church. In the last 18 months of her 24 years, dying from tuberculosis, the bottom fell out. She came into a spiritual darkness that the Carmelites call sécheresse, the dryness, where you simply don’t feel anything. For her, it was the absence of faith and hope. She stopped believing in heaven, and she lived in that darkness and depended solely on her own internal resources. Nonetheless, she held firmly to her love for and trust in God. This profound testing brought her to an identification with non-believers, a central point in her spirituality. The Carmelites affirm that the human soul can work toward perfection. Thérèse turned that on its head. Hers is the way of imperfection, weakness, littleness, an affirmative recognition of final helplessness. She didn’t know that she would get out of the darkness. She was so weak she believed she had to borrow love from God so she could give it back to him. When she expressed her final identification with materialists of “the worst sort,” she wrote that she was sitting with them at the table of sorrow, as their sister, and she was praying on their behalf for the illumination of faith. The very writing of that is a prayer; how could there be that prayer without trust, the trust which Christ in the Gospels asks of us? In her darkness, which was her cross, she cries out for the light of faith for herself and for all those living in darkness. Yet, this darkness was, she believed, another grace. In September of 1896, she wrote that she intended to be love at the heart of the Church, and within nine months she had reached that frightening point where she is bearing a cross in the midst of people who despise and reject, or are at best indifferent to, both the cross and Christ. She is splendidly counter cultural to the extent that our society promotes self-fulfillment and selfadvancement. Paradoxically, it is Thérèse’s weakness that empowers her, but she would say that that too is only by the grace of Jesus. The people who write of her tend to stay clear of those last 18 months, the time of what she called a tunnel, a fog, a vault sealing her off from heaven. There is that familiar statuary of her holding roses, with a small cross in hand. If I could refashion the image, she would be offering thorns. The crown set upon Christ had no roses. Thérèse’s example urges us to diminish the self and keep it small. I hope that writing this book has shrunk me. I owe her immeasurably as a sister, a friend and a sure guide.

Interested in getting beyond writing about intellectuals, I wanted to find out more about Christian spirituality and realized that Thérèse deserved an extensive study. I was also interested in writing about someone who didn’t always know what she was going to say when she sat down for an hour in the evening with her pen. That exercise brought things out in her. Carrying the New Testament with her daily, Thérèse used her writing to think through her own relationship with Jesus. As his spouse and even through the last stage of her life, she was charged with love and joy. In her works, reputedly the most widely read Christian spiritual writing, she

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Donald Cozzens

Liberating Celibacy
Father Donald Cozzens has been a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland for over 41 years. He has been a parish priest, the bishop of Cleveland’s vicar for clergy and religious; the rector of the diocesan seminary, and, as a psychologist, the counselor of his brother priests. For four years he has been a member of the Religious Studies faculty at the university, and most recently a writer in residence in that department. Cozzens has published four books and edited another. His first, The Changing Face of the Priesthood, established him in the U.S. and many other parts of the world as a prophetic and questioning voice speaking from within a Roman Catholic Church challenged by scandal and change. His latest book, Freeing Celibacy, is likely to make a substantial impact and to further extend Cozzens’ reach as a contemporary analyst of the Church. In addition to his experience, accessible style and hard work, Cozzens is blessed in all his books by a voice that is surpassingly gentle and respectful. In a conversation, we asked Father Cozzens to talk about his latest book. next twelve years of elementary and high school education. The tension between priesthood and celibacy, as you can see, goes back a long way. A few months after the publication of The Changing Face of the Priesthood, my publisher suggested a book on celibacy. Two other books came first, but then I came to feel that the time was right and I was ready to tackle the celibacy issue. I don’t think I could have written this book even ten years earlier. The core of my argument is that celibacy is gift of the Spirit given to relatively few individuals. It is a gift that is meant to give witness to the gospel and to further the mission of the church. Individuals who receive the gift of celibacy believe in their hearts that celibacy is their truth, so to speak. Now there are a lot of men who feel called to the priesthood – I’ve met dozens of them here at John Carroll – who also feel called to marriage. But the church says to them that they must accept celibacy if they want to be priests and that God will give them the grace to lead healthy and holy celibate lives. In effect, the church is saying that God will give the gift of celibacy to any one who feels called to the priesthood. It seems to me that that is kind of presumptuous. God apparently called priests, bishops, and popes to both holy orders and marriage for centuries. It wasn’t until the twelfth century that celibacy became universal law for diocesan clergy of the Western or Latin rite. Eastern rite priests in central and Eastern Europe can still marry. The counter argument to my book is that we have had a celibate clergy in the West for over nine hundred years and that it is pretty much locked into the Catholic imagination. When I was ordained, it seemed like celibacy went with priesthood the way fish went with Fridays. Some say that such a long standing practice must certainly have God’s blessing. I try to take very seriously the arguments for mandated celibacy in Freeing Celibacy. But I don’t think they hold. Not today. We will always have a celibate priesthood. Most men called to be religious order priests, at least in theory, feel called to both priesthood and lives of poverty, chastity, and obedience. If a man feels called to be a Jesuit or Dominican or Franciscan, for example, he probably has the gift or charism of celibacy. But this is different than mandated or obligatory celibacy for the diocesan priest. And there are some diocesan priests who have the gift of celibacy. Many, however, do not. I quote an English bishop, John Crowley, in Freeing Celibacy who said on the occasion of his fortieth anniversary as a priest that celibacy “seemed to cost not less than everything.” And it is clear that he loved his life as a priest. The obligation weighs heavy. The gift of celibacy sets one free. Freeing Celibacy is a call for an open, honest, review of mandated celibacy for the diocesan priest. It cherishes the gift but questions the law.

Freeing Celibacy is probably the most personal and most revealing of the books I’ve written. I mention in the introduction that it has been germinating so to speak since I was in the first grade when I felt even then a call to be a priest and discovered at the same time that I was infatuated with JoAnn, one of my classmates, who remained in my homeroom for the

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George Bilgere

poetry of wit and accessibility
Garrison Keillor, most famous for the Prairie Home Companion radio show, has another vehicle, Writer’s Almanac (WA), broadcast over 370 National Public Radio stations. Keillor reads one poem per day. Of the seven read from September 19-26, three were written by Dr. George Bilgere of the Department of English. The point has been made by more than one observer that this kind of attention on WA is akin to a prose writer being celebrated on Oprah. The director of the university’s creative writing program has recently won a number of awards and has become a poet of national standing. Bilgere’s is a poetry of wit and surprise. A copy of Haywire recently passed around a table at a local watering hole quickly elicited laughs and head-nodding affirmations – poetry doesn’t have an impressive record for achieving that effect in an American bar. Bilgere’s poems are funny and very understandable, but humor and accessibility are not at the expense of complexity, compassion and a rich knowledge of the human heart. You can find the poems Keillor read by clicking on the magazine website. Haywire is available online and at all major bookstores.
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I received about 50 e-mails after Garrison Keillor read the first poem on Writer’s Almanac on September 19. It’s weird to hear your words spoken by what may be America’s most famous contemporary radio voice. American poetry went through this period of gloomy seriousness – like the whole 20th century. I blame the British Romantics. Before them, you had this tradition of witty poets, and suddenly everyone got

very serious, and then we graduated to the 20th century with its dark, academic verse. When I was a grad student, dark poetry was in vogue, but also decoder poetry, where, if you aren’t smart enough to decode it, you aren’t in the club. I tried that kind, but it never felt right. And when I heard it at readings, I always felt like I was the dummy in the back of the room – I didn’t get it. It used to be when I gave poetry readings that I didn’t look forward to them because I was bored by them. I’ve always had a cockeyed view of life, but when I sat down to write a poem, all humor was excluded; you were burdened with the conviction that you’d better be serious because everyone else was. I broke out of that in 2000 when I went through my divorce. I said I’m going to write a book and not worry about what anyone thinks. A couple of guys I liked, Billy Collins and Tony Hoagland, were already tapping at that door opening onto the colloquial and accessible. I thought I was starting to hear where I wanted poetry to go. I started trying to get the voice I’d always spoken into my poems. Poetry is serious play. I can tell if a poem is working by whether I’m enjoying the writing. You have to be aware of the poetic tradition, but I like playing against it with irreverence. I hope my poems, like Collins’ or Hoagland’s, work well for any reader, but I think they work best for a reader schooled in that serious tradition. There is this thing about poetry being timeless and immortal, but I think my books are so rooted in the moment that this one may look a little bit funny in maybe ten years. I’m not too concerned about that. I like the idea that the poet hears the way people are talking right now. It comes down to that cliché: finding

your voice. I want to ambush the reader. My poems may initially seem serious, but I’m going to blindside you with something that I hope will surprise you and open the poem to some other possibility. I’m still trying to make sense of my family. We all spend much of our lives trying to figure out our parents, but families are fertile ground; noting how you have become like your parents is another dimension. I try to find the balance between an edge and warmth. What I like in poetry is the ability to compress so much in so little space. There is a poem in Haywire called The Surgeon General. It’s about him, but it’s equally about 1964. It was the year the Surgeon General came out with his warning about smoking; Cassius Clay knocked out Sonny Liston; Vietnam started to get attention; testosterone started happening in my life. I like the idea of taking, in a small space, a huge chunk of American history in the background and in the foreground my mother and her attitude about the whole thing. In a novel you have 300 pages to tell that story – there is something very cool about suggesting the story in 25 lines. I like to take an abstract idea and turn it into the body and the gestures of the body. The ultimate pleasure for me is writing a good poem. All you have is your pen and a sketch pad. It’s a humble operation, and if something good comes out of that, it’s wonderful. With this book, I did have in mind my life being a Puccini opera because they tend to be hammy and cheesy. The stories are absurd. But what I love about arias in opera is that the story stops and this beautiful song happens and you forget about the ridiculous story – there is a moment of beauty.

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Alumni engage and serve the world
nation, no matter where the alums live. Last spring, almost 25 Cleveland alumni joined JCU students, faculty and staff working in the Hough neighborhood of Cleveland to prepare for spring. We painted porches, built raised garden beds, raked, and renovated the ground cover for a school playground, among other projects. We will return to the Hough neighborhood on April 28 to continue our work. We are also very excited to announce that we are planning a medical mission trip to Honduras in May. For our inaugural trip, we anticipate taking four alumni to Nuevo Paraiso to provide medical, dental, and ophthalmic care. The Center for Community Service at John Carroll will identify eight pre-health professions students who will work closely with our medical/dental alumni to provide care for the Honduran people. This five-day trip will allow alumni to work closely with and mentor students who have strong interests in medical and dental professions. Nuevo Paraiso is a small village outside Tegucigalpa that serves single mothers, children orphaned by AIDS, and children with AIDS. Sr. Rosa, the founder of Nuevo Paraiso, strives to provide the educational opportunities for women and children that will empower them to become independent and productive citizens in Honduran society. Sr. Rosa relies on visiting medical personnel to provide medical and dental care to her residents. For more information about participating in alumni sponsored service activities, including the Honduras medical mission trip, please contact me at John Carroll’s Center for Community Service 216.397.1608 or [email protected].

Peggy Finucane ’80
Alumni Association Board of Directors

John Carroll University is committed to developing “men and women for others” as part of our Jesuit tradition. The alumni board is working to extend that commitment to our alumni as well. Currently, we are working to re-kindle the energy around the city clubs. As we move forward with that project, we are planning to initiate a “National Day of Service” in each city. Our long-term plan is to have JCU alumni engaged in service days across the

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The Golden Years
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“The tumult and the shouting ends – the captains and kings depart!” The 70th Year Reunion is over for the “Golden Jubilee Class of 1936” of John Carroll University – forever! It comes around only once in a lifetime, nevertheless you would never know it happened. Nothing was mentioned in the last magazine of the two members, Bill Muth and larry Kelley, of the Class of 1936 who showed up. Bill and I have a picture to prove that we were there! What happened to the other seven that are still around? Ken McCarthy’s wife was very ill at that time and Marie (Tighe) McCarthy died shortly after our reunion. From the 2004 alumni directory, there are six more listed – Bert Beadle, Ben Belkin, hank Dombrowski, Rev. George Follen SJ, Mike hitchko MD, tony Muni, DDS (I’m sure Tony is among us – the last time I saw him, he looked just like he did when he was a freshman over on West 30th!) If any of you want to come back to the John Carroll campus and need a ride, call me. I have a handicapped van – room for three wheelchairs. My wife, Frances, is confined to a wheel chair. ... In the magazine on page 8, I noticed that the “golden” boys of the class of 1956 really did themselves proud – they gave over $1 million, the largest 50th reunion gift ever, also the largest class gift and the highest attendance at the Reunion. If Bill and I each gave a dollar as a reunion gift, we could have been listed as the class that gave the least ever – at least they would have known we were there! I wonder how many of the class of 1956 will show up for their 70th Reunion in 2026? ... We lost another, who was from JCU during the 1930s, that was a regular at our monthly luncheon. al Weiler ’38 died on August 9, 2006. We go back a long way; he used to ride up to Carroll in my old Ford Roadster with Don Birmingham, Jim Foti ’38, rocco Marotta and Jack Lavelle ’38. Our paths crossed many times. We both went overseas together – same stateroom. When I was in the trucking business with Tony

Rocco ’32 and Frank McCaffrey ’32, he was our accountant. After Tony was killed in a car/railroad accident on December 8, 1950, we both parted again. When he moved to the West Side after Betty died and he remarried, we took up where we left off in the ’50s. He called me about two weeks before he died – he talked about all our past encounters. After he hung-up, I mentioned to my wife, Frances, that I thought Al was saying goodbye! He died the following week. Keep praying. Just Larry

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We are indebted to, John sweeney, for another edition (I do the rewrite job). Gleaning whatever we can from these periodic notes has lead to the formation of a core group that has lunch monthly, which confirms the theory of unintended consequences in a positive way. It appears the guys are now busy reaching a conclusion — example: is playing football dangerous for your health? We had 17 varsity members in our class, lou sulzer and Jim Morgan are the only survivors. The survivors continue in a contemplative mode when challenged to name their favorite teachers. Bungart took first with five votes; Pickel and Bardeen each had three; Ryan and Graff had two; Burns, Grauel and Hodous one. Bungart was the only one not wearing the collar. Chet Burns, SJ, was a no nonsense teacher of Greek. I had a one o’clock Greek class, and showed up one minute late. I was trying to finish an ice cream cone. He was not pleased, and lowered the Burns boom thus: “Mr. Giblin, please finish your cone in the hall, and come back next year.” Out city! I switched to Spanish! I had better luck in Latin with Fr. (Mickey Mouse) Kiefer. Each spring he would tell us his favorite – “Tempus fugit.” Translation: “Time flies.” A real thigh slapper. Thanks for the memories, guys, and cheers! Carl

one of the nation’s largest accounting firms, died yesterday in Mercy Hospital of Tiffin. He had been in declining health for more than a year, his son Mark said. Mr. Jacoby, formerly of Sylvania Township, retired in 1981 as a partner in Arthur Young & Co. with which he had been an accountant for 35 years. He audited companies of all types and sizes and let the numbers tell the story, not the client’s say-so — “He was a black-and-white kind of guy” his son said. “In life, in general, it was right or wrong, and the numbers don’t lie.” Mr. Jacoby was born on a farm near Alvada, Ohio. Mr. Jacoby and his first wife, Virginia, married September 6, 1947. She died May 3, 1993. Contributions were suggested to Franciscan Missions in Carey, OH, Little Flower Church, St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo or the St. Vincent de Paul Society. It will be remembered that Bill was our last surviving elected class president. Art Send your notes to: Bruce e. Thompson 2207 South Belvoir Blvd. University Hts., OH 44118 216-382-4408


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Well, I don’t have anything to write for this issue of the magazine. Can you believe it? Now if you’ll send me some news, we won’t have a blank column next time! Hope you are well — take care, Bruce

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reUnIon Year
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It’s the October 20 deadline and I leave for Russia on Sunday, October 15, for two plus weeks which includes a river cruise on the Don River from Moscow to Kazan (formerly Stalingrad). ... Earlier this year, I heard James Hogan, former State Department representative; discuss his various postings during his career. James is approximately 10 years our junior. I asked him if he knew our Tom Dunnigan ’43; he didn’t. When he learned of our JCU connection, he advised that he was acquainted with another of our illustrious grads, whom, he stated, was doing very well in the State Department. His name is John (I think he said John) Callahan, and he is assistant to John Negroponte, U.S. Director of Intelligence. ... You will remember that William Jacoby passed away. Part of his obituary appeared in the spring 2006 column, the remainder of it follows: William A. Jacoby, 84, who was a partner in

Talked with lou turi about the old days and current events. Lou is still very active with his law firm trying cases all over Ohio. He is another one who looks at age as a number and an incentive to just keep moving. He and tony Palermo actively put together the Italian Bocce Ball tournament in Wickliffe, which attracted thousands. Tony is still teaching language at the Wickliffe Italian American Club. The two of them have energy to spare. ... Marty Franey keeps active and now lives on Van Aken Boulevard. He is retired but around and about hitting golf balls every chance he gets. ... Dr. Joe Kolp and Mary are still in Canton doing well after Mary’s fall in California. Her accident stretched their West Coast vacation from 10 days to four months while her hip was healing. They too have trouble driving, particularly after dark. ... Saw Jay ansberry at the last Gray Streaks Lunch. He is doing well after a big family trip to Ireland. He and Coletta will be heading for Florida soon. ... Dottie and harry Badger are doing well; he is still working and she sailed this summer in spite of the bad weather. ... Keep the Gray Streaks Lunch date in mind — they are pretty well attended and occur on Wednesday noon in the Dolan Science Center. The price is right and the food is great and the camaraderie is what brings everyone. Parking is in the garage under the Dolan Center with elevator service to the second floor. Ryan Daly ’99 has made the event extremely easy to attend. RSVP Tim Ryan ’49 - 440.995.1585 - a week before the date. The last two lunches in ’06 are Wednesday, November 8 and December 13. Fr. Niehoff will

speak at the December lunch. The schedule for ’07 will be out shortly. ... Remember Bob Colopy in your prayers for a speedy return to good health. ... All the best for the holidays and give me a call or send a note. Grace and I will be in Florida during March but our mail will be forwarded. Don provides the over 50-year alumni an update on the new developments at Carroll. Brian Williams, John Carroll’s VP for Enrollment, described the recruiting and selection of the freshman class and the ever changing conditions which require attention and innovation. The October lunch featured Dr. Patrick Rombalski, VP of Student Affairs. He described the activities of his department, which functions to support the atmosphere of serious study and development while encouraging interested participation in campus ministry, the Student Union, athletics, recreation, many student organizations, and Greek fraternities. The campus has grown enormously since ’49; we were pleased to see that the collegiate and philosophical atmosphere has kept pace with the growth. ... I was delighted to see Dr. Art Noetzel at the October lunch. He’s just as quick and interesting as he was in ’49. On December 13, the luncheon speaker will be President Niehoff. We look forward to his comments and observations now that he’s completed his first full year at the helm. There will be easy parking, an easy elevator ride to lunch in the Dolan Science Center, so put this event on your schedule and call Tim Ryan at 440.995.1585 for a reservation. ... Bill Primavesi hasn’t been feeling well; he sold his Lakewood Gold Coast condo and moved into an assisted living residence. ... Charlie Cullinan died in Florida in September; Charlie left Carroll before graduation to sell insurance and aggressively pursued other business opportunities. He and classmate Frank Gavin opened a stevedore operation at the Port of Cleveland; he later ventured from the insurance business to operate an auto parts distribution in Florida. Charlie’s funeral was held a St. Luke’s Church in Lakewood, where I was please to visit with Fr. Jim Conry, who concelebrated the Mass. Jim told me he was looking forward to a vacation trip to the West, and hopes to attend the November Gray Streaks Lunch. ... I was pleased to learn that Pete Corrigan’s son is the Corrigan who is the president of St. Ignatius High School, I pressed Pete for more family news and learned younger son, who is a CPA, was recruited by the FBI and is now working enthusiastically in Buffalo, NY. ... I spoke with Paul Bohn recently; his apartment was burglarized twice recently; he called the police, and entertained them while they searched for and obtained fingerprints and any other available clues and supervised the repair of the screens and windows damaged by the burglars. Being a typical discerning and methodical Carroll man, his valuables were unavailable to the thieves; they stole only his prescription medicine. In an effort to maintain the attention of the Rocky River Police department, Paul wrote a letter to the editor which was published in The Plain Dealer. He’s pleased to report that he hasn’t been burglarized in the last six weeks. ... Take care and drop me a line. Tom Send your notes to: Charles Byrne 2412 Euclid Heights Blvd., #302 Cleveland Heights, OH 44106 216-791-7900 1-800-594-4629 time for H&R Block now. He and Dorothy celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last August. They had seven children, and 15 grandkids, and are in general good health. Most of the gang is in the area. ... ray Chay is still enjoying his retirement in the Columbus area. He and Dorothy had three children, and have two grandchildren in the area. Ray was in marketing for Ohio Bell for years and takes in those Ohio State football games when he can. ... Jim Cox, in Erie, had a clothing store in downtown Erie for years; downtown has died as many downtowns have. He was a good college friend of hugh Gallagher and the late Fran Calkins. He still will make a classy custom suit for those willing to be measured on an Erie visit. Fran Calkins was a customer of his. Great Italian clothes of course! He’s had his share of health problems, bad knees from basketball playing at St. Ignatius and the Navy among them. Jim and Mary had five children and 10 grandkids but no one closer than Pittsburgh. ... John Buckon hasn’t had the greatest health of late, but he hasn’t lost his sense of humor at all. Having read the flyer from the university about the John Carroll Mass and brunch for deceased classmates, he suggested he and I couldn’t go because we were still living! Clever English major he! … Ward hill is recovering from a heart valve replacement at his home. He is part cow now. How does it go — how now brown cow? ... Our sorrow to the families of Joe uskert and Jim Cullen, who recently passed away. Jim was not only at JCU with me, but we were at Christ the King and St. Louis parish in Cleveland Heights for years. Jim had a great prayer on his card: I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one; I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun of happy memories that I leave when life is done. CAB Send your notes to: J. donald FitzGerald 2872 Lander Rd. Pepper Pike, OH 44124 216-765-1165 [email protected]

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Didn’t receive any news from the class of ’47 so there isn’t any news. I do want to encourage you to put Reunion Weekend, June 22-24, 2007 on your calendar – our 60th! ... Drop me a line with some news. ... Ed editor’s note: The university received a copy of the Canterbury Crier which has a nice piece about Ed … ed Cunneen a Canterbury member for 37 years was honored at the member appreciation party on August 27. Club president, Kevin Mackay presented the award in recognition for Ed’s years of service to the club. Ed has dedicated thousands of hours over the years to various projects and events from the 1973 PGA championship and all the major golf tournaments that the club has hosted since. He has also served on many committees including the board of directors and most recently headed the gas well project. congratulations Ed, Canterbury is very proud to have a gentleman like you among its members.” Congratulations from JCU, Ed. Send your notes to: Julius sukys


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It’s become difficult to be creative and write about nothing – so please, please send me news so we have an interesting class column! You can call me or e-mail to the university and they’ll send it on to me. ... Hope you have a blessed christmas season. Julius

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After taking a summer break, tim ryan began taking reservations for the Second Wednesday Lunch (now appropriately named the “Gray Streaks Lunch,” which includes all who graduated 50 or mores years ago). One was held September 13, in the Dolan Science Center. I enjoyed visiting with ed McKenna and al Zippert. Both, living nearby campus, arrived early, and challenged we West siders, to begin the eastbound trip to the lunch earlier, or drive faster, or do the smart thing and move to the East suburbs. Pete Corrigan, ray Fox and I are the ’49ers who traveled from the West Side. The new location and format


sal Calabrese is retired from what we knew as Euclid Road Machinery years ago, subsequently Volvo. An accountant by vocation, he works part


Received a note from our classmate Joe isabella, whose daughter-in-law, Sharon Hughes Isabella, works with Susan de Muth, the daughter of classmate Carl taseff at John’s Hopkins University in Baltimore. Joe also provided the university web site — newsandevents/taseff3.htm — info of Carl’s visit to John Carroll a couple of years before Carl died. Carl still holds the touchdown records — after 56 years. ... A note from Joe stipkala following his attendance at the JCU Alumni Mass at Saint Francis Chapel, followed by breakfast in the main dining hall. The Mass and breakfast was attended by three of our classmates – Bob Burkhart, Bob revello, Joe and wives. The celebrant was retired Bishop Anthony M. Pilla ’61, assisted by President Robert Niehoff and fellow Jesuits. A great choir and orchestra made it a very uplifting service. Two reports – a record – lets hear from more. Don

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Well, they say “no news is good news,” but I don’t believe it! I’d love to hear from my classmates so there is something interesting to read. In the meantime, put Reunion Weekend, June 22-24, 2007 on your calendar – our 55th! ... I hope everyone had a delightful fall, and a Happy Thanksgiving – now on to Christmas fun. Please send me some news. I have written about the e-mails I have received, but haven’t gotten any since the last issue. Stay safe and God Bless. Dorothy Send your notes to: Jim Myers 315 Chesapeake Cove Painesville Twp., OH 44077 440-358-0197 [email protected]


Send your notes to: Peter Mahoney 401 Bounty Way, #145 Avon Lake, OH 44012 440-933-2503 [email protected]

Hello to all in the class of ’53 and to your family and friends. I am going to start off the column with some personal stuff about Jim Myers. My spouse Ceale and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in October. After a family gathering in Ohio, we were treated by our children to a six day vacation in Las Vegas. Although not really gamblers we did enjoy taking in the sights out there. From Las Vegas we headed on to Tucson for the winter. Ceale and I are also pleased that our son Jim ’80 has joined John Carroll University’s board of directors as of this October. ... Joe sullivan from our class is also on the board. ... John Platz has been named chairman of the board of trustees of Lake Hospital System. The hospital has several facilities in the Northeast Ohio area. John is also chairman of the Lake County Board of Elections. He is professor emeritus at Lakeland Community College. ... In September I had lunch with leo scully and ed Metzger. Scully and I were expecting to see leo longville there but he was on a family gathering in southern Indiana.

...thank goodness some are responding to my novena to St. Hillary, for information for our Class Notes ... the local papers are reporting a successful fundraiser for the ACLU at the sutphin residence. Jim and Louise along with Carolyn and Charlie o’toole and Mary Alice and herb rammerman joined forces to promote a more civil and liberal culture for the rest of us ... Don Buynack, Bill Stepanek ’52, Dave Curran (U of Detroit) and Jim Sutphin were the team to beat at the JCU Alumni Golf Classic ... next year Lee Trevino (using a green card) will substitute for Jim ... Newspapers forwarded from Rome have much to say about lou lariche. Seems Lou was in Rome supervising the addition of armor plating to the Popemobile ... here is some of the information (translated from the Italian) ... LaRiche Toyota in Findlay, OH, managed by Bob LaRiche, received for the second year in succession, the President’s Award for all aspects of operation. Chevy-Cadillac store, also in Findlay, managed by John LaRiche is setting records and the Chevy store in Plymouth, MI, managed by Scott LaRiche, is doing well relative to Michigan economy. Lou and Gail have

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... Clete oswald is still enjoying his retirement in Parma, OH. Clete has been retired for 12 years. ... When I talked with John robson he had no exciting news to report other than he’s enjoying his retirement in Raleigh, NC. ... The Jim DeChants have a fairly active retirement life. They volunteer at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and at the Cleveland Orchestra. They also attend some classes at Baldwin-Wallace and at Cuyahoga Community College. Jim and Alverda will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in May. The DeChants have four grandchildren two of whom are adopted Asian girls — one from China, one from Korea. ... Send in your news for the next issue. God’s blessing to you all, Jim

13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; when not traveling, Lou hangs his hat at the store in Plymouth and watches NASCAR races on TV. A final note, one of the grandsons (Jim) lives in Boca Raton, FL, and is the World Champion Wake Boarder, age group 14-18. Another grandson is a Rotary exchange student in South Africa. At this point my Italian became a little rusty and I couldn’t translate all the other nice things that they had to say about Lou — something about Lou, Lee Iacocca and the Sopranos. ... Keep the faith, Pete Send your notes to: ray rhode 1543 Laclede Road South Euclid, OH 44121 216-381-1996 [email protected]

If you weren’t there you really missed a great one. Once again George Sweeny’s “wise old owls” gathered for a mini reunion. This one was held at JCU during the Homecoming festivities, September 22 and 23. On Friday, our own Dick Walker was finally inducted into the JCU Hall of Fame. Dick earned two Super Bowl rings while coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers; he also coached in five Rose Bowls, one Orange Bowl and captured a state high school championship in Georgia as head coach. Another career victory: he met his wife while coaching the Canadian Football League. Dick is now coaching a high school team in Las Vegas, NV. Several of the “wise old owls” attended the football game on that very dreary, cold Saturday. Then it was on to tony Musca’s very lovely lake front home for Mass, cocktails, dinner and so many, many memories. To begin our evening celebration, Father Timothy T. Shannon, SJ, formerly VP of Development and Alumni Relations and now special assistant to the president, said Mass in Tony’s mini theatre. Then it was party time. ed Byrne, Joe Doman, Mary Lou and Bob ensign, Rosemary and larry Faulhaber, Laurey and tom Gillen, Mary and Jim Gosser, Marion and John Grdina, Kathy and Dick Mulac, Marge and Brud laGanke, Bob Micco, Mary and John Mackin, Jean and Dick norris, Marge and ed schwallie, Dee and Mike scalabrino, Maureen and Bob spettel, Frank stringer, George thomey, Ann and Joe trivisonno, Cecilia and Bob Dolgan, Barbara and art Dister, Jack Downie, Molly Sweeney, tom skulina, Charlie Wasserbauer, Dick Zunt, Ellie and Dick Walker, Noreen and I, and Molly and Tony Musca drank a few toasts, ate a really great dinner and watched a beautiful sunset over Lake Erie. A truly memorable time was had by all. Our hats off to Tony and Molly for being such fabulous hosts ... many, many thanks! ... Mrs. Terry Gallagher, wife of Francis Gallagher, who passed away in September 2005, donated many JCU items that her late husband had collected over the years. These items fetched donations of $100, which was donated to the JCU alumni fund in her husband’s memory. ... We found out why Frank Stringer has been away from John Carroll for so long. He has been in Florida for over 20 years working in real estate development, both self-employed and with partners, and is presently working as a consultant with Forest City Development. ...Also not heard from in a while


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Class of ’59 at a Florida West Coast gathering. From left, Dennis Fagan, Bob D’alessandro, tom hoban, Dave Washtock and ed Coyne. is Tom Skulina. Tom is still practicing law and will continue to practice until he gets it right. ... Bob Dolgan, recently “bought out” after many years as a sports writer for Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer has a new book out: America’s Polka King, the story of Cleveland’s own Frankie Yankovic. This is Bob’s third book and is available in most bookstores and at ... Although stan Gorski couldn’t make the mini-reunion, he stays in touch. Stan reports that his teacher’s license has been renewed and he will teach business at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center for the seventh year. ... Matt Gresko, Stan’s classmate from Rhodes High and JCU, now resides in Florida. He recently contacted Stan regarding a visit to Florida. ...Please remember John Krawczonek in your prayers. He passed away on June 5, 2006. Also pray for our many classmates who are suffering from serious illness. ... Let me know of any news that may be of interest to our classmates or the JCU community. Stay well! 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]

Some reunion flashbacks! Bob Pascente attended the ’56 reunion but was inadvertently omitted from the list. Also, thanks to Mike Conti for the Bocce Ball tournament. It was a great reunion! If anyone else was omitted, let me know. ... Fr. Schell was unable to join us at the reunion, so John Boler visited him with Fr. Niehoff in late September. He is doing well in retirement and vividly remembers our class. John will be hosting his mini-reunion lunch in Fort Myers, FL, on March 14, 2007. If any of you are going to be in the area, please contact me or John for details. ... I extend my sympathies to ted Druhot, whose wife died in late May. He was unable to attend the reunion but plans to be at the next one. ... Please send your notes to me on any news you may have. Leo

Our Texas connection, Georgia and Jim Gasper have become good friends with Peggy and Tom Grace ’67, brother of Don Grace, in the Galveston and Houston area. ... Dick olivier recently heard from his daughter-in-law that her uncle Joe nieser has a lung ailment and could use some prayers. Joe was our class treasurer senior year. The last I heard, he was residing in Palm Desert, CA. We hope to see Joe Nieser, along with our other senior class officers at the 50th class reunion June 22-24, 2007. ... Fran and Bill Comiskey became grandparents for the 14th time on April 21 when daughter Ellen and Mike Leamon ’89, introduced baby Mary Kate to the Comiskey dynasty. This brings the tally to 11 boys and three girls. ... Here we are in the “count-down phase” of our 50th class reunion (June 22-24, 2007). It is also the “last call” for meeting the $350,000 goal for our Class of 1957 endowed Memorial scholarship Fund. As of mid-September, we were at approximately $250,000 or $100,000 short of our goal. As I recollect over these past 50+ years, it seems like things we did back in the ’50s were from another life. Whether you were fortunate enough to reside on the JCU campus, or struggle with your class schedule requirements while working in order to “get through” Carroll as a “day hop” (like me), we all worked very hard through tough times to get where we are today. Whether or not you agree, John Carroll played a big part in making us what we are now. Some individuals have done much better than others and that’s great! It is now pay back time! I am aware that “financial giving” is a very personal and sensitive issue; however, we do have an obligation to our alma mater if it is to survive to continue providing the quality education that we received. In reviewing class giving over the past six years, I was amazed and shocked at those giving little or nothing back to John Carroll. Possibly you give to other worthwhile organizations or funds – you be the judge! There are various means to give and JCU can assist in ways that will benefit all parties concerned. ... For some of us, this may be our “last hurrah.” To date, some 98 class members have already gone to a “better place.” I apologize for being morbid and outspoken, but “wake up” class of 1957, we are not going to last forever – “open your hearts” and give something back in appreciation for what John Carroll has done for you! 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]

Great news about young Agnes Maynard. You’ll recall that she is married to our own robert Maynard. Agnes received her MA from Carroll

and teaches at St. Dominick’s. Her old husband turned 70 this fall, but continues to work as chief council for the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System. Bob’s trial work is history. ... Speaking of turning 70, thomas McGunigal reaches that milestone in January. Thomas was a graduate of Ursuline High School in Youngstown, which makes him a classmate of Bob Maynard. When you are seeing the local weather on TV from a weather satellite somewhere in geophysical orbit, you can thank Thomas for his work as project director of the program that resulted in the placement of those satellites. That was the culmination of a long, very distinguished career with NASA, starting as a ground satellite technician, moving up through the ranks in senior management, and being a part of the Satellite Aided Search and Rescue project. He speaks proudly of the lives saved and low cost of piggy backing that technology on weather satellites along with Canada, France and the Soviet Union during the cold war. Add all that to his work on a data relay satellite system that eventually got rid of the need for ground stations, and you have an impressive career in physics born under the influence of Fr. Monville at Carroll. And this isn’t even mentioning his job as an NOAA manager and his law degree from Georgetown — same university that gave Bob Maynard his JD. Thomas and Deanna have six children. Son Colonel Mike is finishing up 20 years with the Air Force. ... A third graduate of Ursuline High School in Youngstown, physics major John Mcnicholas, has joined the age 70 club. Jack now lives in Arizona, is retired and sometimes drives his “beautiful and intelligent” granddaughter, Jackie, to kindergarten. Jack was the co-founder of Applied Hydro-Acoustics in Maryland, a company that did work for the Navy under the water. Having spent most of his life traveling to Hawaii, Alaska, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico, when he sold the company he moved to a place far from under water — Prescott, AZ. Jack and Elizabeth have three children: Mainie (mother of Jackie), Michael and John Vincent. Michael has a successful Toyota dealership in Virginia. To take up some time, Jack teaches a five-week research course about six times a year at the University of Phoenix. He does not have a law degree. ... And speaking of not having a law degree, the Hon. William W. Weaver does! He received his from Cleveland State, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law back in 1967. He spent 24 years as a partner in McCarter & Weaver, during which time he also served as councilman, law director, and prosecutor for the city of Mentor-on-the-Lake. The last 16 years Bill has served as judge, Court of Common Pleas, Lake County. His work in the Juvenile Division will end soon as he also joins the age 70 club and will be forced to retire. Bill and Reba have always lived in Lake County, where they raised their six children. All seven grandchildren are roughly in the area, so when Bill hangs up his robe for the last time he looks forward to staying busy with the family. He might get back to sweeping out stables and repairing fences at son Bill Jr.’s horse-boarding stable in Concord, OH. ... That’s it! On this date in 1947 you heard “The Fall of the House of Usher” on Escape on CBS. Write. ... Peace, JEC




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Send your notes to: Jerry Burke 1219 W. Grove St. Arlington Heights, IL 60005-2217 847-398-4620 [email protected] Send your notes to: Jerry schweickert 14285 Washington Blvd. University Hts., OH 44118 216-381-0357 [email protected] then, imprisoning them in the basement. Since I can’t remember such an incident I am sure I never did such a thing. Lou says the Jesuits have two golf courses up there and the food is good while the rates are reasonable. It’s not that long a drive if anyone is interested in a road trip after the weather warms again in the spring. A visit with Joe Schell would be worth the trip, but we could also get in a round of golf. Let me now if you have an interest. By the way Lou says father would put us up on the fifth floor (I sense a reference to sneaking out windows in that comment). ... I also received some pictures by e-mail from terry Pokuta. It seems that Bob Fitzharris was in Chicago recently to visit his children and a group of the guys got together for lunch. Joe Morrissey, Bob Kilbourne, Pete Conboy, Paul Pellegrino, Bob Fitzharris, Ken roznowski, Terry Pokuta as well as Tony Saletta and Sam Vitale (remember them?) were in the pictures. They all looked great and I have to say it — ready for a 50th high school reunion. ... I wandered into Carol and Field retterer tailgating in the parking lot at the Ohio State/Penn State game in September. I knew they were there, but the odds are not real great that one would find anyone in a crowd like that. Actually, I walked right into them after about five minutes of looking. We had a good visit and talked about golfing in South Carolina this spring. ... By the time this goes to press it will be time for the following:


In a very sad and ironic twist of fate, John Chuchman reports the death of his son, Mark, on July 24. Mark was 46-years old and a JCU class of ’82 graduate. John states that his son suffered much in life and never complained. He was truly a gentle man. After a distinguished career in the automotive industry, John has devoted his life to grief counseling and, in his own words, now walks the grief journey that he has walked with many others as pastoral bereavement educator and companion. John, be assured that you and Maureen and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you attempt to cope with this tremendous loss. ... Congratulations to Don hagerty who recently received the prestigious Circle of Distinction Sales Award for his work with Prudential Residenz, Realtors. Don has been specializing in the sale of houses, condominiums, and other residential properties for the past 15 years and is a well known realtor throughout Dayton’s Southern suburbs. He and his wife, Phyllis, are residents of Centerville, OH, where they are active members of the Ketterings Central Christian Church and the Hithergreen Senior Center. ... On November 10, nat Malizia’s sister, Philomena, is having a one year memorial Mass said for her brother that will be attended by friends: Bill Colson, Marty Dempsey, Duffy Moran, roger risher, ed Doody, Jim hill, Bill Marks, tom McGann, tom tully, Jim atten, John o’Brien, Mike Campo, Ken rowley, and Jerry Burke. We will then adjourn to Nat’s favorite restaurant to raise a glass and honor the memory of a truly wonderful guy. ... A week later most of the group will gather again at Loyola University as the JCU Blue Streaks basketball team comes to Chicago to play our fellow-Jesuit school. We believe it will be the first time these two teams have met since our era. We are hoping for a large turnout of JCU alumni to root the Blue Streaks to victory over the Ramblers. ... Bonnie and I were guests of Tom and Ellen Tully for the ND-Stanford game a few weeks ago. We also had a chance to visit there with Tom McGann. He was anxious to get down to his new home in Florida, which he purchased last year. ... Think your financial overhead is high? The Tullys have three kids at Georgetown University this year. Retiring any time soon, Tom? ... Had to miss the Walton weekend this year because a friend was entering our high school Hall of Fame, but did get a call from John Breznai announcing that he again won the basketball free throw shooting contest with a perfect score. Of course, we were thrilled. ... Finally, I can confirm that there is no truth to the rumor that the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs are going to merge and move the new team to the Island of Manila – the new team to be called the Manila Folders. Stay warm. Would love to hear from you. Remember – this is your column. Peace, JB


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As I sit here writing this, I feel old. Just as many of you have already done, or will shortly do, I am heading for Chicago and my 50-year high school reunion. It doesn’t sound so bad until I think in terms of one half century. That sounds old. Oh well — think young! (As soon as the arthritis pain goes away.) ... I heard from lou Burger about six weeks ago. He told me about a reunion he attended at Colombiere Center in Clarkson, MI. As you may or may not recall, he and Fred schaal entered the Jesuit novitiate shortly after graduation. They attended the reunion for all who had been at Colombiere for a length of time. According to Lou, Fred entertained them with stories about Chicago, (he teaches at Lane Tech) train trips he has taken (hope he didn’t bring any slides) and boat trips on the Maumee River. Lou spent eight days there and says that Father Schell is his old self. Although he uses a walker, he is in good health and would love to have some of us “old dogs” visit him. Lou says father was full of memories about certain people he caught going out windows in Pacelli Hall and,


Winery of Frank Grace ’63 named one of world’s best
Frank Grace ’63 is a Steubenville, Ohio, native who majored in English and played football at John Carroll. After graduation, he learned the basics of the moving business while serving in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps. He subsequently started his own executive relocation business, now Team Relocations, and did very well. About a decade ago, he acquired a lovely wine estate in the heart of Tuscany’s Chianti Country and set about building a serious winemaking operation. He has arrived at that goal with trumpets sounding a loud fanfare. Two years ago Molino di Grace was named the best new winery in Italy by Gambero Rosso, the equivalent for Italian wine of France’s Michelin Guide. The guide has also now commended several editions of Grace’s wines with its Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) prize designation. Most recently, Wine and Spirits magazine, a highly respected publication, proclaimed that Molino di Grace is one of the world’s 100 best wineries, and that the winemaker’s Il Riserva Margone is one of the planet’s 100 best wines. While there may be subjective dimensions to these awards, the indisputable facts are that Molino di Grace and Frank Grace have ascended into the aristocracy of the wine industry. To come from nowhere to Grace’s current state of recognition may be unprecedented in the passionately competitive and complicated world of wine. The red wines of Molino di Grace are available at fine restaurants and wine stores in the Cleveland area and elsewhere in the United States.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! May you have a healthy and blessed Christmas with your families. I look forward to hearing from all of you. Be well. Schweick Send your notes to: Jack T. hearns 4186 Silsby Rd. University Heights, OH 44118 216-291-2319 216-291-1560 (fax) [email protected] Run Country Club in Estero, FL - an Arnold Palmer designed golf course. Bill and Barb’s new home overlooks the signature 18th hole. ... Congratulations to classmate Gerry o’Connell whose career in the computer industry was featured in the last edition of this magazine. Gerry and Judy, his wife of 42 years, have six children and 16 grandchildren. He was just named to JCU’s board of directors. ... Keep us informed – Jack who was, this year, the recipient of an Emmy for production for Barry Manilow: Music and Passion. ... Wayne urban - [email protected] - brought me up to date in September. He retired from Georgia State on December 31, 2005; he had been on the faculty there since 1971. On January 1 he started as a professor of education and associate director of the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Wayne is also enjoying “big time football” as well, something he said he has missed since Ohio State in the ’60s. Wayne also invites anyone to stop by if you are in the neighborhood. ... I also received a nice note from Darryl o’sickey - [email protected] - in July. Darryl decided to take me at my word and bring us up to date. Darryl actually was supposed to graduate in ’62 but, along with about 50 others, took five years and did so in ’63. Being a physics major and math minor, I’m sure, had absolutely nothing to do with taking five years. Darryl got his commission, went on active duty in June 1963 and went to France with his new-at-thetime wife, Laurie. Darryl recalled DeGaulle kicking U.S. forces out of France, so he went to Germany for the remainder of his tour. He then spent time with an R&D lab owned by BF Goodrich and Gulf after returning to Cleveland. What followed were stints with Packard Instruments, followed by positions with a subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas. Between Packard Instruments and the MD subsidiary, Darryl and Laurie spent time in Cleveland, Indianapolis, San Francisco, and Austin. I believe his last position with the MD subsidiary was as director of North American Sales/Technical Service. Darryl remained with the company until 1993. In 1998 he and Laurie moved to the Spokane area to be close to their daughter who had two children. Unfortunately, Laurie passed away suddenly in 2003 as a result of a pulmonary embolism. Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss, Darryl. In 2004 he moved to a small place in Northern Idaho, about 40 miles east of Spokane. Not being “a social recluse,” Darryl is enjoying life again. ... John Dix - [email protected] - was appointed a member of the board of directors of Quick Solutions, Inc., a Columbus provider of information technology solutions. John serves as a board member of a number of companies, and he is president of Business Development Index, Ltd. John and Polly became grandparents for the first time in November 2005. Ella Frances lives near them in Columbus, and, of course, they are acting as spoilers. John and Polly should be in Scottsdale, AZ, for the winter when this column appears. Finally, John wanted to point out that he was going to visit with the new dean of the Boler School of Business in late October. ... Again, please keep up the good work by sending me your news. Pete Send your notes to: Frank Kelley 20 County Knoll Dr. Binghamton, NY 13901-6109 607-648-5947 [email protected]


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Don rinehart has retired as a financial analyst with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after 32 years of service with the federal government, including two years in the military. He and his wife, Christine, are living in Washington, D.C., where Don jogs and reads prodigiously. The Rineharts recently toured France and spend considerable time in Maine each summer. ... The Honorable David Zeitzheim has retired as juvenile and probate judge for Ohio’s Ottawa County but is now a visiting judge for Lucas and Fulton counties. He and his wife, Marti, have two children and five grandchildren. When not sitting on the “bench,” he enjoys boating, tennis, and racquetball. ... Mike Caton from Naples, FL, participated in the Sunset City Olympics this summer and attended his 50th high school reunion. ... Irene and John Cleary just returned from two weeks in Ireland and Scotland — one highlight was a stop for a Guinness in Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub, which first opened in 1620. ... Buffalo attorney George narby and his wife, Eleanor, who have four children and 11 grandchildren, just returned from Switzerland. The Narbys own a Bernese Mountain dog that just became an American Kennel Club champion. George’s other avocations include golf, skiing, sailing. ... tom theriot and his wife, Mary Alice, have moved, from Bedford, VA, to a 13 acre farm in Liberty, KY, along with 23 sheep and five dogs. ... Jim ryan from Kensington, MD, and his wife, Kathy, have four children and three grandchildren. Jim has become an avid bicyclist and recently biked through Holland for 13 days and then rode in the famous 2 a.m. L.A.T.E. (Long After Twilight Ends) ride with 10,000 other bicyclists through Chicago’s neighborhoods and along the lakefront. ... John leahy received his law degree from Ohio State and is an attorney with the firm of Daley, Balyeat & Leah in Lima, OH. He and his wife, Jane, are the parents of three children — they also have two grandchildren. Outside the world of law, John has become involved with boating, golf, and travel. ... Don Gallagher is living in Brentwood, TN, with his wife of 43 years, Mary Lou. They have two children and three grandchildren. The Gallaghers have traveled to Ireland, the Alps, and Spain. ... robert “Pat” Burns, a night school student most of his JCU career, has retired after 50 years as a journeyman electrician. He and his wife, Patricia, live in North Royalton and have six children, 16 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. ... Joe Guta and his wife, Rosemarie, reside in Strongsville, OH; they have two daughters and four grandchildren. Joe has a time share in Atlantic City where he likes to play any kind of cards. ... Jerome o’Grady retired as deputy superintendent of the New York State Police after 30 years of service. He and his wife, Mary, are living in Latham, NY. The O’Gradys have five children and three grandchildren. ... From Crown Point, IN, shawn Doolin and his wife just returned from a 4,000-mile cross-county trip by car to California. ... Bill Daberko is president of the Wildcat

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A reminder to mark your calendar for June 22-24, 2007 for the 45th year reunion for the class of 1962 to be held at John Carroll University. For further information, e-mail [email protected]. We hope that you will plan on joining your classmates for an opportunity to renew old acquaintances and friendships while we still have the opportunity to do so. ... We received an update from terry leahy during the summer, and although many of you receive his periodic “Operation Kick-Ass” reports directly, I wanted to be sure that you were aware of his progress. Terry reported that he has undergone another kyphoplasty procedure to try to straighten out compressed vertebrae, help his posture, and give additional space for his lungs to improve breathing and prevent pneumonia. Terry thanks everyone for their prayers and thoughts, and considers himself very lucky to be alive. ... We have also heard from Dennis hudson, who we reported was dealing with throat cancer. Dennis reports that he and his wife, Judy, also a cancer survivor of five years, are back working as innkeepers at The Blue Whale Inn, a four star B&B resort at 6736 Moonstone Beach Drive in Cambria, CA 93428 — www.bluewhaleinn. com. The inn is nestled on the green carpeted bluffs of Cambria and overlooks the Pacific Ocean, just minutes away from Hearst Castle and Paso Robles wine country. Dennis notes that the Lord works in strange ways, and feels very blessed after 1-1/2 years of treatment. ... We hope that your Christmas holidays are healthy and happy, and that your New Year is blessed. We hope to see you all at Reunion June 2007. In the meanwhile, please send your family news and updates to me at the above addresses. Bob Send your notes to: Pete Mykytyn 3015 Alveria Drive Carbondale, IL 62901 618-549-1946 618-453-7885 (w) [email protected]

Happy holidays to all of the ’63ers. richard Kotarba has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 2007 edition. Richard’s primary interests are construction litigation, mediation, and commercial and real estate litigation. ... tom ryan - [email protected] - has his seventh grandchild, William Clement Besinger. William is his daughter’s second boy, and his other daughter also has two boys. ... John Zvolensky - johnZ@kuhlman. com - contacted me in August about his son, John,


Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year to all. Joanne and I are safely returned from a tremendous Alaskan adventure. We cannot manufacture enough superlatives to do the experience justice. Mountain ranges galore, a thrilling sled dog ride, bush planes, glaciers, fiords, glorious wildlife, all in a setting so majestic it takes your breath away. I was finally able to verify the existence of an establishJohn Carroll university Fall 2006


ment I was sure was myth: Skinny Dick’s Halfway Inn is there, south of Fairbanks on the road to Denali. ... Many thanks to russ Centanni for a comprehensive report from the 42-1/2 year reunion. We had 11 classmates in attendance, with three from out-of-state. Participants included Russ and wife Ginny from Idaho, Jude and Bob heutsche from Pennsylvania, and John DePerro from Virginia. Ohioans included Lyn and Gordy Priemer, Mary and tom leahy, Mariann and Jerry Grdina, Peggy and John Baker, allyn adams, Jim Williams, tim logan, and Gus McPhie. Friday night festivities included drinks and snacks at Priemer’s, followed by dinner at Larchmere Tavern. Saturday included, alas, a loss to Ohio Northern, followed by drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Leahy’s featuring a viewing of the 40th reunion DVD. The evening was capped with dinner at the Shaker Country Club. The reunion turnout was short of the typical ’64 performance, and I noted a spate of late regret messages the last couple of weeks before the event, including my own mea culpa. I had every intention of attending until my Godson of 34 years announced his wedding that weekend in Newport, RI. al and Cathy rutledge, the groom’s aunt and uncle, were also in attendance there. We did hoist a Harpoon Lager to the Class of ’64 at Flo’s Clam Shack that Saturday afternoon. ... Meet me in Augusta. Congratulations again to ron timpanaro. Hot on the heels of his first hole-in-one, Tippy now announces that he has scored Master’s tickets for next April. I know this will irritate tony Compisi, who is still awaiting documentation of the HIO. See if he’s got an extra ticket, Tony. ... tom etowski and wife Mary have moved to a new residence in Fayetteville, NC. They can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]. ... Received a nice note from lou Mastrian. He and wife Elaine have a condo in Naples, FL, where they spend the winter. Lou read the last report on the three musketeers from Sanibel Island: tom Moore, tim logan, and John Breen and suggests some Blue Streak networking on the Florida West Coast. Could make for some interesting get-togethers, starting with the Super Bowl. Keep me posted, lads. ... John Breen and wife, Mary Helen, returned safely from Ireland. Reddog writes glowingly of the family trip to Ireland, with kind words in equal measure for Guinness, Jamieson’s, and the Old Head golf course. Ireland is a magical land and all travelers venturing there are warned they will lose their heart forever. ... Keep me posted on your activities. Until next time, God bless all Streaks. Frank five grandchildren, which keeps them traveling often to Birmingham and Atlanta. Their fourth and youngest daughter is mentally retarded and living with them. Jack reports that she spends three days per week out of the house doing various activities from bowling to shopping to arts and crafts and she loves it. They have started the search for a second home, preferably on a lake so that Jack can do what he loves most, fish. He lives close to I-85 at Exit 54 in SC and would love to share a brew with (or provide B&B for) a fellow alum. And if his broker’s license can help anyone in Georgia or South Carolina contact him - [email protected]. ... Got some news from Doug tomaso, who writes from Blaine, WA, just 15 miles up the road from where I live in Bellingham. In case you did not know, Blaine is the farthest you can go Northwest on the continental U.S. Doug lives there with his wife, Rene. They have two children, Karl (30) and Gina (34). ... James Moran contacted me from LaGrange, IL, where he lives with his wife, Catherine. He received his advanced degrees from Michigan State in 1967 and DePaul University in 1978. Jim has his own tax company, J E Moran & Associates. He and Catherine are the parents of five: Patrick (35), Matthew (34) Christopher (30) Joseph (29) and Meghann (27). ... Walter Miller and his wife, Louise (nee Lachowski), are in Chandler, AZ, having just moved there from Colorado Springs. They have one child, David (40). Walt recently retired after more than 30 years in computers/computer services with Digital Equipment Corp., Compaq and HP. Walt wants to concentrate on his golf game and part-time golf business: Walt’s Custom Clubs - The Slicedoctor. He is also planning on some fly fishing in the Arizona mountains and hopes to get back to JCU — way soon and perhaps catch a football game or an alumni golf outing! ... Charlie Prochaska retired in April after 25 years with Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he worked on a number of missile defense programs. Prior to that he had worked 13 years for Perkin-Elmer Corporation, which designed and built the Hubble Space Telescope. Charlie, married for 38 years, has three grown children: daughter Cheryl, sons Jeff and Brian but lost his dear wife, Mary, to cancer last December. He is planning a trip to Thailand soon to visit his son, Jeff, who lives and works there. Charlie was the sole member of our class to attend the Pershing Rifles reunion in September, where he says he met some really nice PRs and won the reunion raffle prize - a bayonet that used to be used by the PR drill teams. I wonder how he explained that item to airport security on the way home! ... My wife, Cecile, and I just got back from three weeks in Europe, a trip which took us to Vienna, Prague, Berlin and Marseille. We enjoyed Prague immensely. Having been stationed in Berlin in 1967 and 1968, I found the changes mind-boggling. Thanks to my wife’s university schedule, we leave again in December for a three week stint in Australia, which I visited in 1969 while on R&R from Vietnam. Anyone else out there traveling? Would like to get your stories. Dick my five years as your correspondent and I am grateful for all who have contributed to the column. A special thanks to Michele McFarland, of JCU’s University Marketing and Communications, for all of her help, encouragement and reminders; she does a great job and deserves much credit for the success of the magazine. Dave Griffin has graciously and enthusiastically agreed to take over the column and he is looking forward to hearing from classmates. Drop Dave your news - [email protected]. Best wishes and thanks to Dave. I look forward to seeing you all at the next reunion. Fran editors note: Fran, thank you for your great service.

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Jack Mesker has “retired” in Greer, SC, but finds himself busier than ever. He and his wife, Sharon, recently celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary and collected their first Social Security checks! Jack is happy to be finally receiving instead of giving. Nevertheless he is giving his time serving as financial secretary for the Knights of Columbus and as a member of the Greenville County Disabilities Board. He also is using his real estate broker’s license to make some “beer and bait money” and help friends and family. Jack and Sharon now have 40
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Dear members of the Class of ’66: This will be my last note as class columnist; I think that it is time for a fresh voice and a fresh perspective. I have enjoyed


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For our column this time, I would like to focus on Reunion Weekend, June 22-24, 2007. Additional information will be directed to alumni through this column and from Theresa Spada ’04 - [email protected] - the new reunion and special events coordinator at Carroll. Reunion June ’07 will be our 40th — which is hard to believe! We have started to form our reunion committee to plan the weekend and have the following members: Mark Delong; Bill ryan; Bob McFarland; Pete Bernardo; John Forhan — our West Coast representative; tom ashdown; and yours truly. We have set an attendance goal of 100 Class of ’67 alumni. Our class has approximately 600 alumni — 54 deceased and 93 address unknown. That gives us 453 alumni to convince that Reunion Weekend is a great time! All ’67 alumni are encouraged to volunteer and become involved in the reunion process. We meet at JCU — which is centrally located for area alumni and we can conference call the meeting. So e-mail Theresa or me to volunteer to serve on the planning committee. ... How about this: being rated in USA Today as one of the top 10 high school football teams in the country; being rated the No.1 high school football team in the Midwest by USA Today; and being rated the top high school football team in the Cleveland area by Cleveland’s newspaper, The Plain Dealer. Congratulations to John Gibbons, head coach at St. Edward High School! FYI, since there are numerous alumni around from St. Ignatius and St. Edward, the famous game was recently held and St. Edward prevailed for the second year in a row with a score of 21-13. ... Recently spent time with Mark Delong and we discussed the reunion and shared some ideas. Mark and his wife, Susan, continue to reside in Huron, OH. ... Bill ryan, in New Orleans, is anxious to return to Cleveland for the reunion. ... Don’t forget to call; write; or e-mail with your ideas and suggestions for Reunion ’07. I look forward to hearing ideas! Have a great holiday season. Yours, Peter Send your notes to: ray Burchyns 336 Golf View Rd. #1106 North Palm Beach, FL 33408 561-622-3314 [email protected]

There are Nun Better cookies than those of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit
Sr. Mary Assumpta ’73G is an amazement. Her Sisters of the Holy Spirit, who wear the traditional nun’s habit and number 10-strong, are a marvel. Assumpta and her merry band have created, in Garfield Heights, Ohio, an astonishing retirement community, Jennings Hall. It includes: a skilled nursing facility, an assisted-living component, independent-living apartments, an adult day-care, a children’s day-care, a wellness center, a new motherhouse. It’s mostly relatively new and it sparkles. The following figure is very “ballpark,” but through donations and grants, the sisters have created a complex that represents something in the neighborhood of $50 million+ in investment. Part of what’s astonishing is that ten mostly elderly religious women are not supposed to be able to put together a shining campus costing that kind of money. The jovial Assumpta, awarded the university’s Alumni Medal in 1998, credits one force: the Holy Spirit. A “ballpark” estimate of the Jennings’ capital assets fits because funding doors have opened due to Sr. Assumpta’s being a high-profile Cleveland Indians fan, one who sports an Indians jacket and has done substantial local and national television (and one movie) in playing out her fervent fanship. In the process, she has drawn potential funders like a magnet – a nun in a habit wearing a baseball jacket is advanced “advancement” equipment. Assumpta has two new projects. She is the east-of-the-Mississippi leader of the Anamcara (Gaelic for “soul friend”) program, a creation of the Sacred Art of Living and Dying Center in Bend, Oregon. Anamcara is a spiritual way of helping the dying in their passage. Over the years, when she wasn’t raising money and guiding Jennings


Hall’s development, Assumpta gave herself to serving the dying. She’s excited about the way Anamcara has codified what she learned, and is eager to teach and otherwise shepherd the program to hospice personnel and others who support the dying. The second project is the cookies. For years, the nuns baked chocolate chip cookies which found their way to baseball players and other hungry souls – Assumpta has sometimes been known as “The cookie nun,” at others, “The baseball nun.” Now, the sisters have trademarked the name Nun Better, vastly expanded their repertoire, and are spending their idle hours (that’s a joke) baking, using acclaimed recipes and the best ingredients. The morsels are indisputably good; they were sold in quantity from the motherhouse last year, but that was a smalltime operation. Still is, but Nun Better looms as a worthy successor to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Here is its secret ingredient, the better than chocolate magic chip in the cookies: Having witnessed how Paul Newman’s various food products have earned more than $200 million in profits, which have been distributed to charity, Assumpta and her eleemosynary gang intend to market the cookies on a large scale (we’re talking cookie factory) and use the profits to fund the work of the Jennings Center. The smart money says the Holy Spirit likes the plan. Nun Better is now in the Monastery Greetings catalog, which markets all those fruitcakes and wheels of cheese prepared by monks and nuns. This little notice is too late for the holiday season, but as Assumpta points out, “a good cookie is a nice thing any time of year.” You can go to to place a Nun Better order. Or, if you do want to leave a plate of Nun Betters for Santa this year, and are willing to pick them up at Jennings Hall, you may call 216.581.2941, ext. 3001.

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Before the news, a quick thanks to rich Guinta and Bob Geiss for the great stuff for last column. ... Creighton Medical School just awarded one of the nicest and smartest guys in our class with its 2006 Alumni Medal. George Bosl, yes tall quiet George, was honored by his medical school for his career dedicated to cancer research. George’s record of accomplishment is just tremendous. He currently serves as chair of the Department of Medicine at a hospital we all read about, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. George has been a leader treating genitourinary tumors, particularly testicular cancers. In his spare time George also teaches medicine at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College. I bet Professor Welch would be proud of George’s accomplishments in fighting this dreaded disease. ... richard shoemaker is living in Popayan, Colombia, and teaching at the Universidad del Cauca. Richard has an MD and MPH degree. He is married and has two wonderful children. Richard any time you want me to do an in depth interview with you I’d be glad to travel down to see you. Your hometown sounds like a wonderful and special place. ... Next, the state of Iowa checks in with a nice note from big John Marshall. John is the proud father of two girls and a boy. John, who got his law degree from DePaul, is a VP of American Republic Insurance Company a provider of medical and life insurance. ... arch Gleason was recently inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame. Arch currently serves as the head of the Kentucky Lottery and as head of the World Lottery Association. ... Two members of the class have recently become important figures in leadership of JCU. Mike hardy has joined the board of regents. Also, after a long period of recovery from rotator cuff surgery, he will back taking money from friends on the golf course. Mike, I still get strokes. Second, a founding member of the rugby club of JCU had its first member on the board of directors of the university: howard hanna. Great job Hoddy. PS: He was also the feature speaker at JCU’s Entrepreneurs Association and drew a full house. You can hear his remarks on the JCU web site. ... In closing, thanks for all the notes. I even had a nice call from Jim toomey just to say hello. ... Also had a nice crowd of JCUers at my daughter’s wedding: Bill Bradt, George Mackey, ed Christy, David letscher, John Kennedy, Jim ’71 and Laura ’75 Mackey, tom Kelly. Thanks all of you and your guests for traveling to share that wonderful day with me. ... Keep the news coming “If you will send it, I will write it’’ (I am original) Grimmer Send your notes to: Ted heutsche 2137 East Howe Road Dewitt, MI 48820 517-669-4005 [email protected]


It was only after I had already submitted my last column that I learned of the passing of howie Burgh in April after a long and valiant fight with cancer. I had not seen Howie in many years until we saw each other at our 35th reunion in June 42
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2005. He greeted me as if we had just graduated 35 days rather than 35 years ago. Howie had a gift for always making people feel at ease around him. I will always remember him as someone with a perpetual smile on his face. tom ahern noted in an e-mail to me that “Howie knew everybody,” and is sorely missed by the JCU Chicago connection. Perhaps Don Brown speaks the most eloquently of him when he e-mailed me: “Howie taught us what it means to laugh, love, and keep friendships strong. He also taught me how to approach the game of golf. In his final months when he must have known that he would never play golf again (which he loved) he gave me some advice that I will always remember with every stroke: ‘Brownie, just remember the three T’s: tempo, turn and trust.’ The next time I played after he told me that, I shot the best game of my life. He always was patient with me (a terrible golfer) on the course. I think of him often and miss him terribly. Howie’s wife and best friend (and fan), Julie Wilson, was with him at all times through the almost two years Howie battled the various cancers. She made sure that friends were always welcome and that Howie had her smile and positive attitude waiting for him after every surgery and treatment. Julie was alone with him the afternoon he died as they returned home from a ride around beautiful Williams Bay, WI, the town they called home for the last several years. For anyone who would wish to send a note to Julie her address is 3 Highwood Court, Unit B, Williams Bay, WI, 53191. ... Donald shina updated his alumni profile via the www.jcu. edu web site. He writes “More than four years ago I left University Hospitals of Cleveland where I was clinical director and residency director in the Department of Radiation Medicine to accept a position as medical director of the St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center in Santa Fe. As both a medical and radiation oncologist this was a great opportunity for me and allowed me the chance to realize my desire to live in New Mexico. After 18 years of traveling to Northern New Mexico for vacations, my partner, Kevin Waidmann, and I finally decided to make the move to this wonderful area. The geography, climate, traditions and history have always attracted us to this area. Kevin and I are avid cyclists and skiers and being in New Mexico has given us the opportunity to continue cycling most of the year — and Taos is only an hour away. Over the past few years we have participated in a number of centuries (100-mile single day cycling events) throughout the Southwest. The past two years the cancer center sponsored the Santa Fe Century. This past August we participated in and completed our first triathlon event in Los Alamos. So in addition to the new cultural milieu we’re living in we’ve been motivated to make serious life style changes as well. We couldn’t have made a better decision.” Those of you wishing to can contact Donald - [email protected]. ... Paul svec - [email protected] - also used the web site to update his alumni profile. He is living in Alameda, CA, and is CEO of Team One Solutions, Inc. in San Leandro, CA. ... I encourage everyone to update their own profiles online. And, please take a minute and drop me a line or an e-mail to let me know what is going on with you and yours. Ted

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As promised, we are continuing our Reunion Weekend report. Mimi Fitzpatrick Cavera (department chair Davenport College) and her husband, David, have enjoyed every Reunion Weekend. They live in Grand Rapids, MI, where they enjoy their five children and 14 grandchildren. Mimi has been on the reunion committee many times. ... John urban, another reunion committee member, continues to practice law from his Middleburgh Heights office. He and his wife, Mary Rita, live in Rocky River. Their son, Michael, is studying to be a chiropractor in St. Louis. Their younger son, Ryan, recently graduated from Columbia College in Chicago. ... Kerry volkmann, everyone’s John Carroll connection, is doing well! He is the assistant football coach and the head wrestling coach for the Blue Streaks. His son is a recent graduate of Carroll as well. ... Bill lavezzi is enjoying his retirement from teaching. He is now the executive director of the Northeast Ohio Education Association. He and his wife, Lynn (honorary class of ’71 alum), have three grandchildren. ... Charlie algier (big time football referee) has been in the trucking business for 33 years. Janet and Charlie have several grandchildren with a new granddaughter being born the weekend of reunion. ... Mike Mannion retired after 22 years in the Army. Much of the talk at the reunion was about grandchildren, but Mike was talking about the two youngest of his six children: they are 2- and 6-years old. Mike works for Battelle in Columbus. ... vic Matteucci continues as an account executive in magazine advertising sales. He and his wife, Mary Kay, have four boys, the youngest having graduated recently from John Carroll. ... sal sirabella is still in politics in Pennsylvania but no longer with the city of Pittsburgh. He is the chief of staff for the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania. It was great to see Sal after so many years. It was fun hearing him bemoan the trials of a father of an actress. ... Pete hamm and his wife, Bobbi, are always great hosts for the Reunion Weekend events. Pete has been on the reunion committee for as long as we can remember. He works for Olympus, overseeing work with endoscopes. ... Anne ’74 and John DiPalermo came in from San Jose. John is a financial planner for New York Life. Anne, Charlie Algier’s sister and John’s wife, teaches kindergarten. John is accepting donations for the many weddings taking place among his daughters. ... Dennis Joyce continues to serve as a judge in suburban Pittsburgh. He was happy to see so many of our class returning for the reunion. ... Mark Plush lives in Solon, though he grew up in the shadows of John Carroll. He proudly pointed out his childhood home from the new press box in Shula Stadium. In addition to his job with Keithley Instruments Inc., Mark serves on the boards of Richmond Heights Hospital, Junior Achievement, and the March of Dimes. He still finds time to be on the reunion committee as well. ... We want to thank John Marcus ’72 for spending time with Jack Costello ’06 in Washington, DC, as Jack begins a career with CBS as an account executive. The John Carroll connection is thriving. Have a great Holiday, Tom and Rosemary

Tim Iacofano ’76 lights up the Tube
Here’s the deal: Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland ) of the still hot TV drama 24 is beset by the bad guys in the basin of the Los Angeles River. Bauer’s up against it when…WOW…24 director Tim Iacofano ’76 calls in the Marines and two F18 fighter jets descend like God’s own wrath down to 250 feet and obliterate the copter containing the villains. Iacofano, who cut his media baby teeth on what was then called WUJC, sweet-talked the Marines into bringing in actual fighter jets for one of the more impressive TV series stunts on prime time. Here’s what was involved; air traffic controller, between 50-75 jarheads, six pilots, dozens more Marines aboard hovering helicopters, an array of safety personnel, the jets, the 24 crew. Cleveland native Iacofano is a TV problem solver, and the problems he solves can, for example, involve jets or coaxing anger from Gary Sinise on CSI New York. The communications grad sometimes sports the title producer, more often lately it’s director. Whatever they label Iacofano, he has been at the heart of episodes on 24, CSI New York, Supernatural. Not long ago, he was a force for Profiler and The Untouchables. When John Carroll reached him, he was in Vancouver, BC, shooting Traveler, a new series for which he expressed excitement: “It’s one of the best pilots I’ve seen. This could be the next 24. It’s a very unique premise. I can’t tell you what it is because it would blow it.” Traveler is a likely mid-season replacement on ABC. Iacofano is one of those important people, little known in comparison to the Sutherlands and Sinises, who light up the Tube. He has a nice career and his trend is rising. He has a long list of production credits and scripts that made it on screen, but for the last two years he has ripened into one of the frequently called upon directors for the aforementioned A-list shows. Life is good for Tim, Laura and Blaise (16), Hunter (13), Lindsey (10) and Gianna (17 mos.) It is a creative vagabond’s life. Iacofano was in Vancouver for a long stint with


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Traveler, and from there was scheduled for a period at home while he worked on CSI NewYork, which is shot in L.A. Nonetheless, he’s away for long periods in places like Vancouver and while he’s in production the days are sometimes beyond dawn to dusk. He’s not complaining. He said, “TV takes a lot of abuse and justifiably so, but I don’t think there has ever been as high a quality level as there is in some of these series. It’s really an exciting thing for me to be a part of it.” He took a road to get there. Former JCU communications professor Dr. Alex MacKenzie told Iacofano that he probably didn’t want to be a 50-year-old disk jockey, and that he had best look to film or TV. “My motivation,” said Iacofano, “was to do something creative and entertaining. I was not a particularly good on-air personality at WUJC. I looked down the road and I didn’t see myself being a top on-air personality.” He turned to TV here, receiving tutelage from, among others, the late James Breslin ’40. His mentors pointed him in the direc-

tion of Loyola Marymount for grad school, and he tied himself to the Jesuit school in L.A., where he received ‘an understanding of how to tell a story.’ What followed was local TV in Kalamazoo, Michigan, succeeded by good runs at, in turn, Ch-3 and Ch-8 in Cleveland. Iacofano paid serious dues in local TV, doing, for example, a documentary on Paul Brown; a nationally syndicated rock show; news; sports projects with local legend Casey Coleman. It was part of a liberal education in television, but there was a time when he realized the local TV limits were firm. So he went back to LA, “met a couple of guys who led to other guys,” and before long he was the executive VP of network TV at Paramount Pictures, which he says was more title than reality. But then, he was with Star Wars’ George Lucas shooting TV in England; producing and writing scripts for The Untouchables; and, successfully, moving through doors that had sprung open. He’s still moving through those doors; calling in the jets when necessary; urging actors toward visible emotion; and sometimes feeling gratitude that some people at John Carroll more than three decades ago, told him he didn’t really want to be a DJ.
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The Big Red One, the United States Army’s 1st Infantry Division is one of the world’s most storied military units – from the worst battles of World War One, to D-Day, Vietnam, Iraq: the “Fighting First” is renowned for gallantry, courage and military excellence. The new commander of The Big Red One, back from Germany and stationed again at Ft. Riley, KS, is John Carroll’s Carter Ham ’76. General Ham, who was the commander of the Northern Iraq sector and who subsequently had an important role in the Pentagon, has been elevated from brigadier to major general. Ham said at the ceremony welcoming the division back to Kansas: “We truly follow in the footsteps of giants,” Major General Ham is married to Christi Ignaut Ham ’75.

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It wasn’t quite the cafeteria with Josie at the door, hickey sneaking in the back door, Mullen sneaking in the side door and a horde of others coming through the kitchen, but I was able to have lunch recently with a couple of classmates. Jack Bertges and Craig roach and I met in downtown Washington. Jack flew in from SF and Dr. Craig is a “local,” running his own energy consulting firm. We had a discussion on politics (Jack’s idea), a discussion on ordering food (Craig’s idea) and a discussion on whether or not Bertges would pick up the tab (my idea). Jack followed up with a note: “he heard Timothy R speak last week in SF” (assuming he meant russert). He continues, “Tim R. was here to raise money for St. Ignatius, where his nephew attends. I had three minutes with him. He is one busy fellow and has much to be proud of. The crowd loved him.” (If you haven’t had a chance to hear Tim work a crowd, it is amazing ... in DC, he told a story about Mary Matalin and James Carville that still makes me laugh.) Back to Jack: “tom Joyce from Pittsburgh was in town last week. He travels for Mellon Bank and gets here every few weeks. The real surprise however was turning around in church two Sundays past and seeing longo. He just moved to SF. His résumé is about eight pages longer than mine.” (I would think it a real surprise to see Longo in church too – if that’s what he meant). Finally he reminded me it (October 25) was lindstrom’s birthday. Happy birthday to the old scrum half! ... Donna Bowen Brown sent me her monthly “you better not miss the deadline for the class column” notes. I take her threats seriously. She also mentioned her brother 44
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John Bowen was on Jeopardy. I wrote back that I saw Russert on Meet the Press. ... ed harrington wrote; I had lunch with him a few months back at the same DC restaurant where Roach, Jack and I met. Ed left Mercantile Bank and moved over to Old Line Bank, in Gaithersburg, MD. Job mobility at 56 years of age – I love it. ... eileen Burger White wrote to tell me she retired from Cooper Tire and Rubber Company after 25 years. So what did she do? Changed the tires on her car, drove out to Sun Valley, back to Findlay, OH, then off on a jet to Australia. She then sold her home, moved to Coldwater Lake in Michigan. (Retirement sounds like too much work for me.). ... Finally, larry ray, Detroit correspondent: “returned from my visit to London with Frank Palamara. We went to his cottage in Stockbridge for a few days of fly-fishing on the River Test. And not surprisingly, he knows everyone in town. Yes, from the green grocer to the deli counter manager - they all know JFP ... Then, on to Overstrand Mansions ... saw quite a bit of London, then went on to Dublin to meet Laura and Mark Pacelli and other friends. We went to the Ryder Cup, then toured across Ireland. Visited Galway, Connemara, and stayed at a castle in Clifden. ... If Eileen Burger White had a castle, would it be Eileen Burger White’s Castle?). ... Finally, heard from Slingin’ sammy Morocco, who has started a company called Patriot Seating – they make ergonomic chairs and hire only military veterans. Check out their web site at ... That’s it — Reunion in June — plan for it. Palamara is bringing the Cubans. Take care. JM Send your notes to: Gerry o. Patno 13421 Merl Ave. Lakewood, OH 44107-2707 216-410-0129 [email protected]

OK classmates, listen up. If tim (aka Fred) Mertz ever calls and tells you to pound salt, you better listen up. After years of working in the proverbial salt mines of H&R Block, with long commutes and receiving very little time off. Tim finally left under the threat of domestic violence from wife Krisi Meathe Mertz for the friendly confines of a real salt mine, joining up with Compass Minerals, the largest producer of salt in North America and a mere two miles from the Mertz household in Overland Park, KS. Now that Tim is home more, Krisi refers to herself as a “kept woman,” who plays bridge competitively at tournaments around the country, a task made much easier thanks to her recent hip replacement (which she highly recommends to anyone who needs one). Elder daughter Katie (29) is assistant director of admissions at Rockhurst Jesuit High School, while younger sis, Emily, (26) is finishing up vet school at Kansas State. Tim, ever the accountant, calculates that with his new, shorter drive to work, he saves an extra 35 eight-hour days each year, more than enough extra time to, well, pound salt! ... Since I received no outpouring of e-mail from other classmates, I’ll fill in with this tid-bit of my own: my daughter, Christine Patno, has moved on from being a head ice hockey coach of a girls’ high school in Milwaukee to assistant coach/defense for Niagara University near Buffalo, whose head coach (Margot Page) recently led Team Canada to the Olympic Gold Medal in Torino, Italy. NU is the oldest Vincentian university in North America (1856) and fields women’s and men’s ice hockey teams at the NCAA Division I level. In addition to her on-ice responsibilities for defense, Christine will also be responsible for team travel arrangements, community service and strength and conditioning. ... Please everyone — someone! — follow the lead of Tim and Krisi Mertz and email an update. Go Purple Eagles hockey! – gop


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As I write this e-mail, the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals are battling it out in the World Series, the Lions are playing like they want another first round draft choice; and I am trying to come up with creative ways to motivate classmates to let me know what’s going on in their lives. ... Thanks to leo Grim for his update. He has been a chiropractor for over 12 years now. He lives with his wife, Joy, and their daughter Jill in Houston. ... Joann and eddy staunton trekked across the country from Maryland and spent their summer vacation mountain climbing in California with their family. ... terry Dwyer was a guest presenter at one of Don Kuratko’s entrepreneurship classes at Indiana University in October. Terry shared his experience on the keys for a business to improving its operations and productivity. ... I close this year end column wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Please make a resolution to send me an update in 2007. Robby


Hello classmates! The leaves are turning in St. Louis and there is a chill in the air. These bring back fond memories of the fall activities on campus: football, soccer and rugby games, Homecoming, concerts, mixers and mid-term exams (yuck!). Melissa and I just completed a move to St. Louis from Sharon, PA. This was my 14th move since graduation. You don’t realize how much stuff you own until you move it! I would like to take this opportunity to thank nancy hudec for the years she served as our class columnist. She did a great job! ... Bill McGah reports from Kansas City (Leawood, KS) where he has lived for the past ten years. He is employed as a district sales manager for Sun Steel, Chicago Heights, IL, an Esmark Company. He is the president of the mid-America chapter of the Metals Service Center Institute, a national trade organization of over 300 member companies. His wife, Ann, finally retired from substitute teaching. Their son, Patrick, graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, in 2006 and is now in graduate school (mechanical engineering) at the University of Washington in Seattle. Their son, Peter, is a sophomore economics major at Claremont McKenna College, in Claremont, CA. ... I recently received an e-mail from rosemary Bilchak. She and husband Gordon MacAlpine are living in Hotchkiss, CO. ... sue navish wrote that she is now living in Nevillewood, PA. ... Joyce (tianello) snodgrass e-mailed that she is living in Leander, TX, and would like to hear from fellow Murphy Hall residents from ’71-’73 - joycets@ ... Thanks to fellow AKY brother and class columnist Gerry Patno ’73, and the summer issue of the magazine, I received some news about Mary ann Corrigan-Davis. She is the new president of her high school alma mater, St. Joseph Academy, on Cleveland’s West Side. I remember Alma Mater wasn’t she a barmaid at Spotty’s or was it the Lemon Tree? ... While I lived in Sharon, I was an assistant coach under head coach Sam Mastrian ’76 for the West Middlesex Area girls’ varsity basketball team. Sam and his family are doing well. ... I also rubbed elbows on occasion with annette st. John o’Brien and her husband, Hugh, at a local watering hole, catching up with each other’s news. ... This past June the Army named Brig. Gen. Carter F. Ham ’76, husband of Christi (ignaut) ham, commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division, “The Big Red One,” which recently moved back to Ft. Riley, KS after spending 11 years in Germany. Carter has been at the Pentagon since March 2005 serving as deputy director of regional operations. ... Fellow business majors may want to send a card to Dr. Art Noetzel ’38 and congratulate him on his 90th birthday. His “Business Policies” class was one of the best. ... Must close for now. This column will only be as good as the info/notes/updates I get FROM YOU so how about some news? Pray for peace, RR

Happy fall, all! We’re working our way up to the holidays very quickly, many great memories of the wonderful reunion in June. Word that rob Cummings - [email protected] - and wife Linn have moved to Lemont, IL, where they have a place that overlooks the 13th fairway at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club. Congratulations to them also on celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary. ... Those of you who subscribe to Cleveland Magazine got a brush with JCU in your July issue, which included a featured house by Fay Architecture, whose president is our own Jack Fay - [email protected]. Jack, wife Deb, and son Dan are happily residing in Chesterland. ... Don Rey - [email protected] says he’s living in Crestwood, IL, and is on the faculty of Robert Morris College in Orland Park, IL. ... Congratulations are in order for Brig. Gen. Carter ham who has been named commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division, otherwise known as The Big Red One. The division, originally located at Fort Riley, KS, was moved to Germany in 1995. Now, the division flag will once again fly over Fort Riley with our classmate in command. Since March 2005, Carter has been assigned to the Pentagon as deputy director of regional operations. A big thanks for serving Carter, from all of us and our best to Christi ’75! ... Thanks to Barb Kozel for sending over the pictures she took in June! ... Bob tullio has been keeping me laughing from Erie. Keep sending me all the news that is fit to print, also the stuff that isn’t but will make me laugh. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! Cools

Shirley Novak ’80 is Pittsburgh’s Thomas Moore Awardee
Shirley Novak is a Pittsburgh lawyer with a long record of working for non-profits in her area. The Class of 1980 alumna was recently named this year’s recipient of the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s St. Thomas Moore Award, an honor in the name of the English lawyer, saint and martyr given by many Catholic dioceses to the outstanding Catholic attorney in their respective dioceses.


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My appeal to keep those cards and letters coming continues to bare fruit. This time around I heard from Mike Mack and terry Bedell again! There is no limit to how many times you can be in this column. Terry reported in with a great memory about the exploits of the ’76 JCU soccer team. “andy szeltner and I were the only two seniors on that rag-tag collection of ‘scholar athletes.’ We knew we took a backseat to some of the higher profile teams on campus — but that didn’t prevent the good times we had. It also didn’t prevent us from packing the sidelines when Notre Dame visited for the final game of the season. Our coach, George Golias, bugged out to go duck hunting. He was replaced by swimming coach Ron Zwirlein (a pretty fair soccer player in his day) to lead us to a 2-1 victory over the Irish. Our second goal was controversial and upset the ND bench to the point they wanted to confront the referee after the game. Andy Szeltner, familiar with the ref from his Lake Erie league play, advised against it because the ref was known to keep a .22 pistol tucked in his waistband in case ‘protestations got out of hand’ (you can’t make up this stuff). During spring break in Lauderdale that next March, by sheer coincidence, I ran into one of the ND players on the beach. He was still bitter and offered an expletive to describe our play. Domers sure can hold a grudge. It would be great to hear from teammates Jon Catalano ’78, Tim Hanrahan ’78, Carl Schikowski ’79, Vin Karl ’78, Marco Iglesias ’80, Jim Perusek, Marty Roberts ’80, Mark Strohbeck ’78, Jim Gregorich ’78, Jim Coyne, Chuck Kretschmer ’78, Brian Coughlin, Tim Ciampi, Roland Karthan ’80, Mike Maurer ’79, Mike Fiedler ’80 and Pete Szeltner.” Thanks Terry, I couldn’t have said it better myself! He also wanted

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me to pass along his e-mail - terbed6@sbcglobal. net - to any former players and, for that matter, any former alum who may wish to contact him. Terry said he is “in” for our 30th reunion next summer. ... Now on to Mike Mack ... Remember Mike? I do, he starred in the Little Theatre production of The Fantasticks our senior year along with ann (Fissinger) Manning and ernie Weninger. I know there were other members of our class in that cast (including yours truly) but I can’t think of them as I write this. Any help here? I do recall that Carol Dougherty directed it. Mike was another of our class who left the cold of Cleveland for the warm California sun. After graduation Mike ended up with Sea World in San Diego, running a chain of their restaurants around the country. After 30 years with Shamu and company, he retired last year. But not for long ... Mike has taken on a new role with “one of Orlando’s largest dinner theatre operations, Pirates Dinner Adventure. He will be busy opening new Pirates around the country until he decides to re-retire. Mike said he is also planning to attend the 30th reunion next June. I hope everyone makes the pilgrimage to University Heights next summer. In the meantime, stay in touch or I’ll just make stuff up. Just ask Pete Gailey! 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] while classmate Greg skoda serves on JCU’s board of regents. Thanks to both Mike and Greg for their leadership service to JCU. ... Prayers and condolences to Brian Farrell on the passing of his mother, to rosemarie Piening on the passing of her mother-in-law, and to Kathy and Tom Caplice on the passing of Kathy’s father. ... tom ruddy and spouse, Julie ’82, have four daughters (ages 17-14-11-7). Tom lives in Glenview, IL, and sees terry o’Brien, Mariellen ’79 and Mike hendricks, Mary and Dave Kavanagh, Tom and Kathy Caplice, Mike Hefner, Tom Lawley, Bill Dunlap, Bob Rooney, Paul ’80 and Marion ’81 Goodworth, Mike Schmidt ’81, John Ruddy ’76, Don ’72 and Patty ’72 Farrell, Jack Person ’80, Brian, Bill ’77 and Rick ’79 Farrell and keeps in touch with earl hamlin, steve ryan, Ed Hayes and Joanie snyder. Since this was his first ’78 news for the Alumni Journal, ‘Ruds’ promises to ‘report in again’ in 28 more years. ... Thanks for writing! Tim Send your notes to: nancy agacinski 4009 Washington Blvd., #3 University Heights, OH 44118-3865 216-932-2824 [email protected] and also spent some time at Great Wolf Lodge. I will offer a few more tidbits since many of you comment that I rarely tell you what I am doing ... I have been employed with Medical Mutual of Ohio for over 20 years. I never imagined staying at a company for that long when I think back to the times that I would scan the bulletin board by Fr. Duffy’s co-op office. I sometimes think what if ... I imagine we all wonder “if I would have done this or that,” where would I be today. I have three wonderful children — twin boys, first graders, Adam and Patrick, who are finishing up their soccer season on the Avalanche team and a daughter Rosemary entering the fourth grade who will be playing basketball this fall. My wife, Mary ’89, is a stay at home mom, drives a van and qualifies as a soccer mom since she coaches the boys’ soccer team. She will also be an assistant coach on Rosemary’s basketball team. I coached the boys’ baseball team and will be looking to field a team in summer ’07. Family duties keep me busy and have started to add the gray hairs. ... Former political science major like myself, Kate FitzGerald dropped a line from West Virginia that she finished her 5th year as assistant principal at Charleston Catholic High School. One of her duties is handling of the discipline duties. I can imagine the smile on Kate’s face when she says “sir, you have just been suspended for three days and if you think I am kidding, we’ll add two more.” Her oldest graduated from high school and will be attending Carleton College in Minnesota. Daughter Nora will be a junior. Kate also coaches track. I would think the track team is in great shape since back in our JCU days I never could keep up with Kate when we went running along the grass median on Belvoir. Kate also enjoys gardening and playing ultimate Frisbee. She and her spouse, Paul Sheridan, have been participating in school housing rehab service projects during their summers. I understand that Kate could give Bob Vila a lesson or two on how to use a hammer or power tools. I could have used Kate’s assistance when installing an in-ground basketball hoop. It took me, three neighbors, and two ladders to get the job done. This was not an America’s Funniest Home Video moment; just the hoop was much heavier than it looked ... go figure. ... I received an inspiring note from cancer survivor, aileen helbling Magnotto. She attended the 25th Reunion and enjoyed seeing many of her friends. She learned to deal with her cancer and conquer it. She now speaks about nutrition and her overall experience. Her main message is “be diligent in health care and cancer, if caught early, is curable.” Aileen also informed me that congratulations are in order to shirley novak in Pittsburgh on receiving the St. Thomas Moore Award. This is a very prestigious award given to attorneys. ... In the JCU sports world I see the men’s basketball team ventured into Chicago to take on the Loyola University Ramblers. Go Streaks! ... Thanks for the info and keep in touch, MFH Send your notes to: Julie sanner hepfer 406 Hunt Club Dr. St. Charles, IL 60174 630-586-3367 [email protected]


Greetings! Here’s the latest from the new 50-yearold classmates: Rev. Walter “Bruce” Brownridge moved to Sewanee, TN, in September to serve as associate dean for community life at the School of Theology. The seminary is a graduate program of the University of the South and is owned by the Episcopal Church. The dean of the graduate school says “Fr. Brownridge is a superb person to oversee community life at the School of Theology, bringing an exceptional combination of gifts. His deep faith, past experience and pastoral insight will be particularly valuable in forming our seminarians and their families for ministry.” Bruce, spouse Tina and sons Thurgood and Martin, return to the U.S. after three years of service in South Africa at St. George’s Cathedral. Bruce’s post-JCU career includes serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, law school, special assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, trial attorney, executive assistant to the mayor of Cleveland, counsel to the chief of police, entering the Episcopal seminary and rector of Christ Church in Shaker Heights. ... Michael J. Merriman Jr., the CFO and senior vice president at American Greetings Corp., has been appointed to succeed John B. Schulze as CEO and president of Lamson & Sessions Co. to begin November 15. Mike’s career includes being an accountant for Arthur Andersen; chief financial officer then CEO for Royal Appliance Manufacturing; and senior vice president at American Greetings. The Lamson & Sessions chair says, Mike is “an outstanding leader who brings a successful track record as CEO of a public company, along with a strong background in retail markets, consumer products, product development, strategic acquisitions and international operations.” Mike continues to serve as a trustee at our alma mater, 46
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Hi all! Ran into Kurt Wollenberg recently. Kurt works for Lubrizol, is married with three children: Abbey, Jill and Ethan. ... Enjoyed a fabulous homecoming celebration with the “fun guys” from those other ’70s classes (and one ’80) — Terry O’Brien ’78, Bill O’Brien ’81, John O’Brien ’76, Bob “Bobo” Rees ’78, Dave DeAngelis ’77, Jon Manilla ’78, Bob Burak ’78 and Mark Fasano ’78. Those guys still know how to have a good time! (Did we win the game, by the way?) ... Also, celebrated Mike tarasco’s 25th wedding anniversary with them (Mike and his wife are such a cute couple!) A great time was had by all. ... After living in Baltimore, for the past four years, Brent Berkman and his wife, Jeannie, will be relocating to Chicago. Brent accepted a position as a senior manager with KPMG, LLP real estate group - [email protected]. ... Ran into Mary Bean Mackessy with her two gorgeous daughters, Abbey and Carly, at an Indians game in August. Supposedly rick Mackessy was there with son Ricky in the “corporate seats,” but I never saw them! ... Other recent sightings in the Cleveland neighborhoods include: Bill Kern ’76, Dave Rodney ’77 and Frances skapek. ... Well, I did it! I achieved my “50 states by 50 goal” in September. I celebrated my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary with them with a land-cruise to Alaska. What a wonderful way to celebrate the culmination of my goal and their 50 years! My favorite excursions were kayaking around Ketchikan’s Eagle Island and flight seeing and landing at Denali’s base camp! Incredible! ... Hope you’re enjoying your own adventures, peace and love, nancy Send your notes to: Matt holtz 22487 Laramie Dr. Rocky River, OH 44116 440-331-1759 [email protected]

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Greetings from Chicago! I got an e-mail from one of our legal eagles, nancy Pryatel Klingshirn. After a law degree from The Ohio State University and a graduate degree in tax from Case Western Reserve, she has been practicing law around Cleveland while raising three kids – Justin (17), Kevin (15), and Lauren (13). Nancy is also teaching Legal Environment part-time at JCU. She would like to hear from Marge Mulanax and Deirdre Donnelly. ... Debbi Casini Klein is living in Pittsburgh and was hoping to get in touch with linda Besl Peters and Mary ann sekerak. Deb and her husband, Bob (they got married on the island of Fiji 10 years ago), have two kids – Michael (9), and Isabella (3). While keeping her TV producing skills honed in Pittsburgh, she has become a part-time travel agent, publicity agent and special events coordinator. ... stacey sanner recently followed her heart from the Big Apple to Seattle. While in NY, Stacey worked at VH1 and was in charge of PR for Teen People Magazine. She’s looking for any JCU contacts in Seattle while pursing the PR market there. ... My old JCU roommate has switched jobs. ron Petnuch left Federated Investors after many years and is now CEO and president of Intertech Security Group. A switch from securities to security? That’s what it looks like to me. ... Mark McDonnell’s oldest son has started at JCU in this year’s freshman class. I met Patrick again (all those Breakfasts with Santa don’t count) at the JCU BBQ this summer hosted by Billy ’83 and Sue ’84 Donnelly in Inverness, IL. A no-show at this party was Molly Mullaney, daughter of Ryan Mullaney and Susie Stokes Mullaney ’83. There’s a third double alumni legacy in this year’s freshman class from Chicago and it isn’t a Hulseman! Tim O’Brien has followed his parents’ footsteps down I-80 – he’s the oldest son of Bill and Mary Carol – both from the class of ’81. Drop me a line if one of your kids is in this year’s class, too. ... On very sad news, I received the following e-mail from Mark Chuchman’s father: Mark Chuchman, our son, your classmate, died on July 24 in Arizona after a lifelong struggle with liver problems. Despite all his hardships, Mark, a truly gentle man, never complained. Any classmate wishing to share memories of Mark may e-mail them to me, his dad, John Chuchman ’59 - [email protected]. ... Hats off to several classmates who continue to help make John Carroll a better place by volunteering to contact prospective students. This year’s honor roll of Alumniin-Admissions volunteers from the class of ’82 includes: Paul Colavincenzo, Katie Grace Brandt, Dan hilson, umberto Fedeli, and Corinne Welty Dupuis. ... I was fortunate to be on campus in early October and it was absolutely beautiful. The campus just shines from one end to the other and I wished I had a little more time to sit on the chapel steps for a while. Please mark your calendars today for Reunion Weekend in late June. You owe it to yourself to come back and drink the JCU Kool-Aid one more time! ... Onward on! Paul


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Greetings! I’m filling in for Tony while he gets a business venture underway. We wish you well in your new endeavor, Tony. ... Go to http://www.jcu. edu/alumni/johncarrollmagazine for the full-length version. Select Online Class Notes. ... I heard from ann Moore, she is in the midst of a home renovation project. Ann is battling MS and it has become necessary to widen doorways and move walls to accommodate her illness. She remains in good spirits and her courage is inspiring. Ann spoke with Michael Campbell. He and wife Michelle (Tomaro) ’84 live in Maryland. Their two sons are Ryan and Evan. Michelle is the executive director for a real estate brokerage firm and Mike is still with the Marine Corps in Indian Head, MD. Ann next mentioned lidia saluan richani. She is the senior director of leasing at Zaremba Group in Lakewood. Lidia and her husband, Naji, own a commercial bakery in Northfield, OH, called Sweetheart USA. Lastly, Ann talked with Betty Moore Childers. She and husband Kevin live in Northern Virginia. Betty works for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington as director of major gifts. Kevin is in private practice as a personal injury attorney and the two of them enjoy travel and golf. ... We heard from Dave Campisano. His two kids and wife Kathleen are all doing well in California. ... Also, tim Killeen wrote that he lives in Grove City, OH, and works for the Ohio Department of Transportation. ... Marie lynch-Julius wrote in to say her life is one big carpool. She mentioned that Billy Donnelly’s son is attending JCU. Like other Chicago correspondents, Marie said that sheila nelson moved back from Minneapolis. Friends and family are thrilled she’s back in Chicago. ... Danny reynolds is the talk of Chicago. He manages a new French restaurant called KODA. sandra ryan wrote to say that the food is excellent. Sandra continued her report by telling me about the Big Shoulders swim that sheila Bigane Bauschelt and Jane Broeren lambesis completed on September 9. Congratulations are in order! ... Recently, I had a girls’ night out with Jane Cunin, Mary Power Patton, Aggie Nagy ’85, and Ann Joyce Durkin ’84. ... I got a pleasant surprise when I opened an e-mail from Mark Biche. He wrote that Bill Donnelly, Brian Flannery, tom Burke, Jim Brown, Jim Kisthardt and he met at Bill and Sue Divane ’84 Donnelly’s vacation home in Hilton Head at the end of September for golf, sailing, and solving the world’s problems. ... I also heard from Kevin savage. He still has his sports card business and is doing quite well! ... eileen McDonough’s father passed away in August. I attended the funeral. Eileen, Amy McDonough Weber ’86, Mary Beth McDonough ’82, and Michael McDonough ’78 all spoke at the Mass or luncheon following the ceremony and they all did a terrific job. I rode to the funeral with Carolyn Mueller Hutchison, and sat with Beth ann McCombs Coughlin afterwards. Later, I saw Chris Coughlin and he looks young and fit as ever! Sadly, the Coughlin family endured a loss too. Their sister-in-law, Judy McCombs, passed away.

And our condolences to susan Benz Callahan on the loss of her brother. ... I saw some classmates at our summer party this year. Mary Margaret Pearson Gleason, Eileen McDonough, Beth Ann McCombs Coughlin, and Carolyn Hutchison made the journey from Pittsburgh. They had fun conversing with Mark schroeder. ... Julie Turnley ’90 and I recently took a wonderful trip to Austin, TX. Take care, Deb - [email protected]

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It was nice to hear from Cathy (Kovach) Collins who this summer participated in the New York City Triathlon as a member of a relay team. She swam the first leg; one mile in the Hudson River! Her team placed 8 out of 24 teams. Cathy’s brother Bob Kovach, his wife, Meg, and their daughter, Maddie (9), cheered her on, along with her husband, Bill, and a number of friends. Cathy’s goal was to finish in less than 30 minutes. With a nice strong current, she completed the swim in under 26 minutes. Cathy says: “As a cancer survivor, finishing was a true accomplishment. It was great to work toward a goal that provided such a sense of joy.” Cathy and Bill live on the upper West Side of Manhattan. ... Bob Kovach is an Emmy awardwinning producer with CNN in Washington, DC. ... I spotted Chris Fortunato on public access television on our local cable, where he was in a discussion regarding the actors’ unions in the Cleveland area. Chris later wrote that this past summer he became eligible to join Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of stage actors. He worked at Porthouse Theatre/Kent State University this past summer in Our Town (his favorite play) acting the part of the town constable, Mr. Warren. Chris says: “I have not joined the union as of yet, but if I audition at certain theatres like the Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes, Carousel Dinner Theatre, or Broadway, I will have to be given an equity contract and join the union. I am now involved in a small part as a lawyer in the Beck Center’s production of “Porgy and Bess” where Diana D’alessandro is the co-stage manager. And while waiting for my big break, I am still practicing law in Lakewood.” ... I was visiting a school building this fall in my travels as a speech language pathologist (SLP), and I was pleasantly surprised to find classmate suzanne smola! Suzanne is in the final year of getting her master’s degree in speech language pathology from the University of Akron, so she was working with the SLP at that school to collect her required supervised hours in the field. It is nice to work collaboratively with Suzanne (at least temporarily), and it will be nice to at last have one other person from our class as a colleague in my profession! ... A few more answers to the question “Where are they now?” Our overseas classmate Kathy Davidson-lambret continues to live in France with her husband Dr. JC Lambret and four children Patrick (15), Alexander (13), Régis (11), and Brian (8). ... Donna (otremsky) ogonek and husband Ed ’83 now make their home in Ottawa, Canada, with their three children Nicholas (17), Benjamin
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(15), and Natalie (14). ... Bob schufreider is North American sales manager for MPS Technologies in Massachusetts, where he lives with wife Kathleen and two kids Hannah (12) and Grace (9). ... Jerry ahmed is senior vice president for Royal Bank of Scotland in Independence, Ohio. He and wife Simone have three children: Jerry Jr. (11), Benjamin (8), and Nicole (7). ... Got Kids? Send an update! We would all like to hear about your families or your ever changing life! Don Send your notes to: diane (nerem) Wendel 629 Quaker Road Rte 120 Chappaqua, NY 10514-1507 914-238-2227 [email protected] Kehm this year, but will have our sneaker power back on real soon! Jennifer, a 6-year survivor herself, has been extremely active helping women under 40 in the Pittsburgh area who have been diagnosed with this disease. Jennifer and Nate ’87 have three beautiful blonde boys: Corey, Justin and Michael. ... Tom ’84 and Maureen o’leary recently purchased a second home in Park City, UT, and snow birds are flying out as I write this to gather for a “city slicker” weekend: Maureen O, Debbie Gilleran Frain, Colleen Flaherty shea, Kathleen egan ecklund, Maureen McDonough Curley, Mary Pat Maretz, Carol Brennan Joseph, Mary Zigmond Petit and Jill hanlon Mancini. I expect a full FUN REPORT upon your return! ... Merry Christmas and a happy healthy New Year to all, Diane Do them a favor, and make their life EASY! I wish them the best and I wish you all the best too. It’s been a great time. My very final ... Ciao! Belinda editors note: We’re grateful for Belinda’s wonderful service

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“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing” ~Anonymous. This past August I spent the weekend at Nemacolin Spa & Resort laughing from the moment I arrived until Sunday when it was time to head back to the airport. It was our annual 3rd floor Sutowski girls’ weekend where we gathered to celebrate our 25th year of friendship. Salute to Maura Rowley, our coordinator, for gathering Peggy Bertsch Currier, Meg Flaherty huwar, Mary Beth Dawes Culbertson, Anne Walker Watterson ’86, Lisa Cortes Dawes ’86 and me for a laugh fest. Maura’s career with Chase is going stronger than ever in Chicago. Meg is busy working at KDKA and family duties between Nathan and Anna. Mary Beth is juggling career at her family-owned dealership, Bob-Boyd in Columbus, and playing athletic director to her three children: Cody, Carly, and Kelly. ... Our heartfelt prayers go out to Maureen Flaherty Menton, who was supposed to join us but her mother-in-law passed suddenly. Maureen and Bernie and son, Patrick (4), still live in Braintree, MA. Peggy has been bravely battling her rheumatoid arthritis for years. This past November she started chemo therapy treatments (protocol 48 weeks) to conquer hepatitis (contracted from a blood transfusion from her car accident during our senior year at JCU). All prayers are appreciated for her, Joe and daughter, Grace (6) during this difficult time. ... I also was able to have lunch with Martha Friday Cusick and Marcy Farrell Kylander. It was hilarious listening to all seven of our children interact during lunch as if they were long lost buds, too. Martha and Mike just moved to another beautiful home in Mt. Lebanon with her three children: Peter (10), Emma (8) and Maggie (3). Marcy had just gotten back from her annual jaunt to Stone Harbor and just started back to work. She heads up the “Meals on Wheels” program in the South Hills. Her daughters, Claire and Evie, are spitting images of her. Her husband, Carl, still works as a mineral broker and still travels extensively to Africa and the Far East. ... The stork must be getting awfully tired flying, for the fifth time, into Kim (Labadie) ’86 and Chris Miller’s home. Congratulations and please let us know when the stork arrives! ... My former Boston roomie Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz and I walked in the 3-Day 60 Mile Breast Cancer Walk in Boston. Our team, “Smiles for Sarah” raised over $28,000. Mary Pat’s daughters, Katie (13), Maggie (11) and Caroline (9), raised over $37,000 with the Youth Core Group Organization for this cause by selling beaded bracelets and donating all their babysitting money for a year! Carol Brennan Joseph came out from her home and cheered us on! ... We missed Jennifer tomko 48
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It is with a mixture of happy and sad that I write this column today, as it will be my final one as your class columnist. My first column was submitted in July of 1999, so it’s been over 7 years that I have been at this post. The time to move on must come some time, so I guess this is as good a time as any. Gigi togliatti-rice and Beth (Bonanno) hausoul requested the chance to write on your behalf, and thus, the torch is passing to them with the next issue. Please be sure to send information to them directly - Gigi [email protected] and Beth [email protected]. I certainly wish them much success with this column and I’ll be anxious to read what they have to report! ... So, onward with the last bits of news that I have in my inbox. Margaret (Peggy rydzel) Grzywacz has moved to Lexington, KY, with her husband, Chris, and daughters, Megan (9) and Ally (7). They are adjusting to their new “Southern” life while Chris attends the University of Kentucky in the Ph.D. program. They are missing the Northern weather (ha ha). ... Mary (Dahl) Frank (MBA grad) is living in Mantua, OH, after a two-year stint in Oregon. She and her family moved back to Ohio in August this past year and have settled nicely into new digs. ... Karen rogers is living in Canton (Michigan — not Ohio) with her husband Kevin Collins and their children: Rebecca (4) and Tyler (3). She graduated from OSU in 1992 with her doctor of veterinary medicine degree and is now an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She works in the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine. ... James Milton Marsh is living in New Canaan, CT, and working for Hanover Square Capital Management as managing partner of their New York office. He received his MBA from New York University in 1996. ... Well, that’s it. My mailbox was a bit empty this time around. Please be sure to send information to your new columnists. Always remember you can still submit and update personal information to JCU online at update_record_new.asp and this information will go directly to the alumni office and then gets forwarded to your columnists if you check the box to ok that. But hey ... TAKE A CHANCE ... PUT YOURSELF OUT ON A LIMB ... STEP OUTSIDE THAT BORING BOX ... and send some news to Gigi and Beth. It’s a hard gig getting enough information to fill this space!

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As I am sitting here writing this column, I am watching the changed leaves falling from the trees. I should be raking, but instead I am going to try to update you on some of our classmates. The column is short this time due to the light e-mails I received ... Erika and Kevin randall welcome a new baby boy to their family. I’m not sure of the specifics at this time, but will update you in the next column. ... Diane olayer laughner currently resides in New Castle, PA, with her husband, Hugh, and their four children: Francis (16), Victoria (15), Meghan (13), and Boyd (11). ... And, last but not least, I heard from John Morrissey. He and wife Ann are living in River Forest, IL, with their three children: Jack (6), Aimee (4) and Molly (2). John is currently working for Chicago Rivet & Machine Company. ... God bless, Sue Send your notes to: Jamie Jamison 7072 Kildeer Rd. Canfield, OH 44406 330-702-1965 [email protected] Kathy reali Matthews 28012 W Oviatt Rd. Cleveland, OH 44140-2145 440-871-7283 [email protected] Happy holidays! We have to say this has been the best flow of information that’s been sent to us since we’ve started writing the class column. Please keep the updates coming. Jim hansen said that after reading all the 40th birthday updates, he figured after 18 years he’d send a note! Jim works as sales manager for Perfection Corp. and lives in Lyndhurst, OH, with his children: Peter (10), Jack (9) and Maddie (6). The kids attend St. Ann’s in Cleveland Heights. Coincidentally, St. Ann’s is where the entire Reali clan attended oh so many years ago. Jim shared that he recently attended a surprise 40th birthday party for Mark oswald at the Winking Lizard in Lakewood, OH. Oz and his wife, Denise, live in Rocky River with their son, Jack. Others in attendance were Jim’s brother, Paul ’86, and his wife, Sue (Bayhurst) ’89. Paul and Sue live in Westlake, OH, with their two girls. Iggy Gannon ’91 and his wife, Emily (Amer) ’92, live in Westpark, OH, with their two children. Jerry ’91 and Lydia (Cornell) ’91 Bourke live in Detroit, MI, with their two children. Greg Robida ’91 and his wife, Nancy (Ayna) ’91, live in Lyndhurst, OH, with their four children and last but not least, Mike Bamrick ’92 who lives in Chicago, IL. Sounds like a great JCU party! Too bad the Rat’s not open to host birthday celebrations for all these JCU grads and that Gretchen Gibbons nock isn’t available to bartend. Now that would be a birthday bash! ... Keeping along the lines of 40th birthday updates, teresa

Malloy Criswell shared that her wonderful husband, Jim ’82, sent her and her sister, Tricia ’94, to London for a week. He even took the week off work to care for their three children. Now that’s a 40th birthday gift! ... libby hill Manthei is living in Medina, OH, with her husband, Jeff, and Blake (5). Libby had the pleasure of helping Dan o’neil and his wife, sheila Davis o’neil celebrate his 40th birthday at their home in Hudson, OH. She also has the pleasure of occasionally running into one of my personal favorites, Jim Rubadue ’92 and his wife, Laura. ... John schramm, his wife, Amy, and their children, Mason (6) and Meredith (9), recently moved to Dallas, TX. He is a vice president at American International Group. ... Dave Williams and his wife, Stephanie, are back living in Erie and in contact with several Erie alums. Dave has three children: Taylor, Aidan and Ethan, and works at the Hamot Heart Institute as an echo cardiographer and vascular technologist (he does ultrasound to check patients’ hearts and blood vessels for disease). He often runs into Craig DeMarco who sells specialized pharmaceutical products to cardiologists. Dave says that Craig, as always, has a smile and a funny quip — we need an update Craig! In addition to friends from Erie, Dave also keeps in touch with his roommate Dan obermiller, who lives in Michigan with his wife, Jeanette. Dan works for Dow Inc. and travels the world training and teaching. Dave also touches base with Brian and Meg (eastman) tuma. Brian is an attorney and Meg works for NASA. ... It turns out that several JCU basketball alums get together annually for fun and laughs. andy Juhola, Jim Berger, Mark Maslona ’87 and others all gather at Coach Tim Baab’s home. We look forward to hearing some fun stories from your gathering. ... As always, keep the updates coming. Until then, best wishes for happy holidays! Jamie and Kathy Send your notes to: david Gassman 3996 Astoria Way Avon, OH 44011 440-934-0366 [email protected] recently interviewed by American Theatre Magazine in the July/August issue (page 54) about the growing field of standardized patient work; congrats Ginny - [email protected]! ... George Ruta is still in Sandusky, OH, and is the president and CEO of Ruta Hotels, Inc - [email protected]. ... M. Colette Donnelly is living in Marysville, OH, but reported no news - [email protected]. ... And last but not least a special THANK YOU to Dr. Tom Collins ’87, an ER doctor and fellow Blue Streak for his special attention to my nephew Chris, a JCU freshman, during our recent visit to MetroHealth hospital. Dr. Tom and his staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and took great care of Chris during his stay in the ER. ... Stay warm everyone and go Cavs! David Send your notes to: Melissa Wenzler 4021 Wandsworth Road South Euclid, OH 44121 216-691-3759 [email protected]

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As I look out the window this fine October day I see the wonderful thing we often see to early this time of year here in Cleveland; snow. Yes kids it is that time of year for the sun to disappear for the next five months and for us to pray for that elusive Indian summer at the end of October. The news notes were somewhat sparse this quarter so I need everyone to make an effort over the next few months to send me some interesting and updated reports. Here is what I have ... Ginny Drda anderson writes from the Big Apple where she and her husband, Michael, now live. Ginny is an actor on stage, in film and commercials, as well as working as a “standardized patient.” Basically she will portray a patient with a specific illness or problem and interact with medical students, residents and international doctors, allowing them to practice their skills in a realistic yet safe and controlled setting; she works with NYU as well as other medical programs around the area. Ginny currently is working on the other side of the stage in an administrative role as the associate program manager of the Clinical Competence Center of New York, where she helps international doctors jump cultural hurdles and improve their chances of passing their medical exam in the U.S. Ginny was


I love this time of year – the sky is so blue, the leaves are like colors found in a box of Crayola crayons, and the air is crisp and smells of apples! With fall comes all of that plus football season (got to love Fantasy Football — how are you doing in your league?) and Homecomings! Hope those of you who live in Cleveland got up to JCU to take in the Homecoming festivities. A special shout out to those who organized and planned the weekend – it was a lot of fun in spite of the clouds! ... I ran into sally ingberg-lee in the Belvoir parking lot – it was great timing as she was leaving as I was arriving. She and her husband, Dan Lee, had their two little girls in tow, Nicole (2) and Erin (8 mos.) – they are just the cutest little girls! They are living in Twinsburg and Sally is still at Forest City Enterprises. Sally, it was great to see you, Dan and the girls! ... I don’t have too much to report – my e-mail inbox is pretty empty (I don’t count the spam, I get)! You can help out by sending me a quick note. Happy holidays, everyone! Cheers, Melissa Send your notes to: Molly Coughlin Fanta 25107 Wildwood Dr. Westlake, OH 44145 440-716-1749 [email protected]


After staying home for 11 years, I am now back in the classroom where my children attend school. I am an educational aide through the state of Ohio in a kindergarten setting. ... Congratulations to richard Moroco who joined Pietragallo Bosick and Gordon LLP. He is a partner in charge and just recently opened a new office in Sharon, PA. ... John Fisher is in New York. He and his wife have four children. ... susan Burke Pero is in Dublin, OH, and has two children. ... Michael o’Connor resides in California and is an attorney. ... I hope all of you enjoy the upcoming holiday season and most of all treasure one of the greatest gifts in life, the gift of time. The most important thing is how we use this gift. Keep me posted on life and what you are up to these days so I can share it with our classmates. May God bless each and everyone of you with good health and happiness. Molly


Hello everyone, even though summer seems far away I’d like to remind everyone to start making plans now to attend our 15th Reunion June 22-24. ... Four years ago, tom Ward sold his house in Ohio City and moved to New York. Currently Tom lives in Greenwich Village and works as an agent and manager for the Paul Taylor Dance Company. In January, he’ll begin earning his MBA through the Executive Program at New York University’s Stern School of Business, which will take two years to complete. While in New York, Tom occasionally crosses paths with Virginia (Drda) Anderson ’89 and Carrie (Lichtman) Yaeger ’95. As Tom put it “I have a fantastic group of friends here. I’m spending much of my summer weekends playing softball, and never tire of exploring Manhattan. I do a bit more traveling than I used too, but not too much. Two recent trips to Santiago, Chile, and Dusseldorf, Germany, were memorable.” ... Cindy Ford ’93 recently bought a “fabulous colonial” house in Lakewood only to take a job in Geauga County an hour’s drive away! As she put it “C’est la vie!” Cindy handles all marketing and public relations concerns for Geauga Park District, which has 12 open parks and over 6,000 acres of beautiful natural areas. Cindy “urges my fellow JCU Cuyahoga Count-ians to head East for a day and experience some gorgeous countryside, stop in The West Woods Nature Center located in Russell Township and say hello.” ... Greg Fleisher lives in Columbus, OH, and has three children: Michael (7), Christopher (5) and Ellie (2). Greg works for TransUnion LLC as the VP of sales for their Great Lakes Sales Division. ... Jim Parker and his wife, Uma, were blessed with twins in Mid July! For regularly updated pictures of Arianna and Ethan Parker, go to ... Paul etzler has accepted a position as a senior manager at Skoda, Minotti & Co. – the same company that founder Greg Skoda ’78 has been recognized for as one of the 50 most distinguished JCU Boler School of Business graduates. Paul has come a long way since his first job out of JCU at a small accounting firm in Beachwood, where he met his wife (now of 13 years) at a company-sponsored fundraiser. Paul then worked for a regional accounting firm downtown Cleveland, moved into industry at a national company downtown, and is back in public accounting in Mayfield Village. Paul hasn’t been back to Carroll for several years, but looks forward to our 15th Reunion. ... What do Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and andy Washlock have in common? They have all been inducted into the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame. Earlier this year Andy was unanimously elected by their board. This is the only world-wide martial arts hall of fame where an individual must be nominated by two current hall of fame members, and approved by its board of directors. To date, only slightly over 100 martial artists have been inducted to this highly prestigious hall of fame. What an honor and achievement! Andy has finally retired from kickboxing. With a 36-5, 29 KOs record, he was the men’s professional IKBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight Champion. Andy continues to teach martial arts, working with
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professional and amateur athletes in improving their performances. Andy is currently in the process of moving from Roanoke, VA, to Coeur d’Alene, ID, to work for NightHawk Radiology Services (NRS). Andy was the CFO for American Teleradiology Nighthawks (ATN), when they successfully completed a merger with NRS in September 2005. He will be leading their hospital finance department and assisting with investor relations. Way to go Andy! ... See you at our 15th reunion in June! Jim Send your notes to: Julie reardon 12361 Woodridge Dr. North Royalton, OH 44133 440-877-0939 [email protected] sources rep for Komar Screw Corp. ... Carrie anke Zvejnieks and husband eric are living in Aurora, IL, with sons Parker (5) and Colin (2). ... Major Pete Wilson writes that he is currently the assistant professor and enrollment officer at Niagara University Army ROTC in New York. Pete is married to Nina Tansey and received his MA at Webster University in 2001. ... sachiko Burns is living in Columbus, OH. Sachiko, it was so great to hear from you! Bridget says hello! ... Kimberly smoot is living in South Euclid and is a court reporter in Cleveland. ... richard McCoppin is living in Issaquah, WA. If you are out on the West Coast or the september 17, 2005, wedding of James Grant,Jr. to allison just want to catch up with Richard Weingart. (From left to right): Brian Marita ‘94, Mary Grant - [email protected]. ... As for Marita ‘95, allison Weingart Grant, Christian hedrick ‘97, James Grant Jr. groom ‘97, Jeffrey Kolo ‘97, Brian racciato ‘97. me, Denton, TX, had a very warm summer and fall and after 12 years moment. In fact I e-mailed her with my impending of living here it still is sometimes hard to get used deadline to try and hurry her along. No such luck. to. I headed towards Erie, PA, this past summer for ... In other interesting news, Michelle Belanger a month and had a “mini-reunion” with Teri and Curt [email protected] - is scaring her neighbors in ross, Sara ’95 and Kelly Crowe, Allison ’02G and Medina, OH, and around the globe, through books alex spinos, and Julie ’93 and toots Castagnero. and speaking engagements; Michelle is a soughtNot only did the adults hang out but we had 10 kids after lecturer represented by Wolfman Producamongst all of us. Thank God for the swing set and tions. Michelle appeared on the History Channel’s monkey bars – right, Toots? I am busy in my housing special “Vampire Secrets” in October. The job, but have also found my way into the classroom. founder of House Kheperu in Brunswick, Michelle I have been teaching graduate school in our Higher published her first major release, The Psychic Education Program and have even made my way Vampire Codex in 2004 following it with Sacred to sitting in on two dissertation committees. Ahhh, Hunger in 2005. Other works are coming out the life of a professor. It is actually kind of fascinatthis year. ... amy B. Wolf-Fischer - awolfsam@ ing and it keeps me busy. In my spare time I hang - lives in Rocky River, OH, with her out with my kids, Kevin (9), Reilly (7) and Regan (3). husband, Kevin Fischer, and her son, Sam Wolf II. Baseball, Disney Princesses, and reading fill most of Amy has been in the commercial real estate busimy time with the kids. They are at such fun ages. ... ness since 1999; in 2000 she started with Colliers Luck to you always, Moe Ostendorf-Morris and is currently a sales agent for the Northeast Ohio region. She also does property Send your notes to: management for the firm. ... For the first time in annie (hummer) dePerro their marriage, Connie (Moore) hubbard and her 4161 Glenmoor Rd. N.W. Navy husband, Charlie, will be home (Monterey, Canton, OH 44718 CA) together for 18 months with no deployments; 330-966-8845 he will attend Naval Postgraduate School after [email protected] 11 years of squadron life in various cities. The Hubbards are parents to Casey, a kindergartener Diya Percy was born to Michelle Maladen-Percy, and Grace (1). ... John Callahan ’93 and liesl wife of Dennis Percy back in January. ... Wendy stalzer-Callahan - [email protected] (Starr) Blaszak ’94 gave birth to identical twin girls, - live in Cleveland Heights, OH. Liesl is completing Kelsey and Maggie this year, joining brothers Zack her master’s in early childhood education at CSU. (5), and Ricky (3-1/2). ... Kelly (Miller) stukus had John is a special education teacher in the Positive Lilly in June, just two weeks after moving into a Education Program and working on his doctoral new Cleveland Heights home with husband David dissertation at CSU. Check out Callahan’s radio ’95. ... annie (Dunn) hughes delivered Megan show on 89.3 WCSB, Cleveland. ... Dawn (swetRitchie Hughes on July 7, joining sibs Danny and land) Cabral - [email protected] - works for Tommy. ... Kristin (Curtin) nestor and husband Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as a senior manager John welcomed their first, John Robert Nestor Jr., in Cambridge, MA. She married Nelson Cabral on July 11. Kristin credits Gina (hoover) reichard over St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Boston and and Kris (haney) Miller with advice on being a then went to Italy for their honeymoon. ... Kristin new mom. Well, Gina and Kris, make sure you Curtin Nestor is a human resources consultant write in next time and let us know what else is for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The going on with you. ... Julie (Birmingham) hoeper aforementioned Dennis Percy - dennis_percy@ gave birth to Charlie on August 31 just 18 months - was promoted this year to director of after his big sister Emma arrived. Jane Eleanor major gifts at the United Way of Greater Dayton, Lease successfully upended the life of 2-1/2 where he has worked since 2002. ... Michelle -year-old Peter on her birth date of September Maladen-Percy is a principal researcher for Proctor 13; mom is Michelle (Cull) lease. ... As of press and Gamble in Lewisburg, OH. ... Colin Mcintyre time, Carole (Chandler) sullivan was due at any - [email protected] - lives in Cleveland


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Joe Brunecz, off campus senator sophomore year, is living in Willoughby with his lovely wife, Melissa. They have two children, PJ (3) and Andrea (1). Joe has been working for Eaton Corporation as a tax supervisor since this past January. ... Believe it or not, our very own tracy allgeier - allgeier@hotmail. com - is the dean of discipline at Lake Middle School in Denver, CO. I guess there is no fooling those students since Tracy probably wrote the book in this area. Tracy says he would love to catch up with alumni in the Denver area. ... Justine Feira reich writes from Park Ridge, IL. She is married to her husband, Tom, and has two children, Kaitlyn (5) and Danny (2). ... Jon Jeswald ’95 writes from Cleveland Heights, where he shares a home with his wife, Kathleen, and three daughters, Alyssa (15), Nicole (12) and Jessica (8). Jon received his MBA from Carroll. ... sarah Kocian alzamora is enjoying motherhood. Her son, Robert, has turned one. Sarah is living is Niles, IL, and works as a sales/human re50
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Hello everyone! Just a few notes again this time, so please send me your updates. ... Kevin and Jill (Wagner) amolsch are still in Shaker Hts., OH. They have three children: Molly (6), Tyler (4) and Jack (2). Jill works for Gunton Corporation as a customer service supervisor. Kevin works at Ganley VW in North Olmsted. ... Monica Merella steiner and ted steiner moved a few blocks away from the Amolschs about a year ago. Monica is now teaching Spanish at St. Dominic’s. The Steiner children, Grace and Isiah, go to school with Molly — they even ride the same bus. Grace is in third grade, Molly is in first and Isiah is in kindergarten. ... vince Polick and wife Leslie live in Michigan with their children, Lauren (6) and Ethan (5). Vince is a project manager for The Garrison Company. ... John Callahan and Liesl Stalzer-Callahan ’95 live in Cleveland Heights, OH. Liesl is completing her master’s in early childhood education at CSU. John is a special education teacher in the Positive Education Program. John is also chugging through his doctoral dissertation at CSU. Check out Callahan’s radio show on 89.3 WCSB, Cleveland - ... Hope you all enjoy the holidays. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Take care, Julie

and works as the director of Transaction Services for PricewaterhouseCoopers. ... Finally, huge congratulations to Claire Mooney who completed the Chicago marathon on October 22 and raised over $9,000 for the Organization for Autism Research in the process. ... Annie

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toni sever uzl is living in Cleveland with her husband, Dan, and children Brandon and Kaitlin. She completed an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in 2003 and is working as an accounting manager for Keithley Instruments Inc. in Solon. ... tina Filippelli Beskid is living in Mississippi with her husband, Scott, and their children, Nathan and John. Tina works in Jackson as a cost accounting manager for Eaton Corporation. ... J.v. Kocian received a JD from Cleveland-Marshall in 2002 and now works as an assistant county prosecutor for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office. ... Martin rodriguez resides in University Heights with his wife, Marlene. He completed an MBA from JCU in ’99 and is vice president at National City Bank in Beachwood, OH. ... Kristen Gajowski Kaleal is founder and president of Fusion Image Group and over this past year was named ClevelandWomen.Com’s Style and Image Expert. Kristen presents seminars and programs to financial institutions, major corporations, universities and women’s organizations on topics of professional image and style. You can read more about Kristen at ClevelandWomen.Com. ... Michelle Kazar Blank is living in Delaware, OH, with her husband, Andrew, and their son, Andrew (AJ). She earned a JD from CWRU in ’99 and now works as an attorney for Franklin County in Columbus, OH. ... erol Gurel - [email protected] - is working for JP Morgan Chase in their Commercial Banking/ Middle Market division in suburban Chicago and lives in downtown Chicago. ... terese adomaites Fennell is living in Aurora with her husband, Donald. She completed a JD at CSU in ’99 and is a senior associate attorney at Reid, Marshall & Wargo in Cleveland. ... tom Monagan earned an M.S. from Eastern Illinois University and is an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. ... It is with a heavy heart that I write of the passing of our classmate Marci Kornblut Gorospe ... beloved mother of Alison Reyes and Caitlyn Isabella, a devoted daughter, sister and friend and a treasured teacher who imparted the gift of knowledge and gained the respect of many teachers and students. An educational fund has been set up to address the specials needs of her daughters. Donations can be made at any National City Bank branch in the name of the Gorospe children, c/o Alison Gorospe. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Marci’s family at this difficult time. May the Lord bless her and keep her. ... Amy

I attended the wedding reception for ernie Petti and Aidess Domagas. The couple were married in California in August and celebrated with receptions on the West Coast and in Cleveland (our own John shea performed a wedding blessing right along the shore!). There were a few of us in attendance in Cleveland, including myself, my wife, annmarie tirpak, Matt ericsson, andy tulenko, Brian and shannon (Kuhlenschmidt) trepka, and steve Potashnik. … liz (Black) ryan lives in Chicago with her husband, Ned, and son, Jack. ... elizabeth (Makarowski) hokaj sent me an update: “After graduating, I earned my master’s in special education and am certified in behavior therapy. I met my husband, Terry, in graduate school. We were married in August of 2001 and have two beautiful children: Luca (4) and Tara Elizabeth (7 weeks). We live in the outskirts of Phoenix, AZ. I was a full-time teacher for five years; this year I am taking off to raise my children. My husband is a certified financial planner and musician among other things. My son attends preschool, and we have him playing hockey. I have become very involved in a lot of volunteer work at my son’s school. I am still involved in Special Olympics, which will always hold a special place in my heart. ... Derek Krajc had been living in Florida for six years before moving back to Pittsburgh, where he now works as a retail manager for Sodexho. He has a son, John Michael Krajc, born March 16 (yes, he’s John 3:16. ... laura (seide) Davidson recently moved from Scotland to Florida. ... richard Pluhar has been living in Atlanta since 2001. He works for COXnet, which provides technological support of all Cox newspaper web sites. He is in charge of the online classifieds for 17 Cox papers. He is single and living in Alpharetta, GA. ... David Frattare is a special agent with the PA office of the Attorney General in Pittsburgh. He has two children, Spencer (5), and Carly (3). ... Doralice (tavolario) ricchiuti is an attorney with Manchester, Bennett, Powers, and Ullman in Youngstown. ... Zandra D. Franco-Dragish is a practice manager with Associates in Cardiothoracic Surgery in Youngstown. ... laith alsayegh recently completed a vascular medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and moved to Milwaukee in July 2006 to join the Vascular Center at St. Luke’s Medical Center. ... sarah roche wrote: “After I finished a master’s of education, I went to Thailand for three years to teach English at a university there. Then, I went to Haiti and taught at a school as a volunteer. I was doing everything from teacher training, to teaching and community development. I was living in the countryside where I had no light or electricity, so we cooked over three stones in a pot on the ground, and washed our laundry by hand with water that came up the mountain on a donkey from the spring 45 minutes away on foot. I learned a great deal about living in a community and my spirituality and am still on the board of directors at the school. I am currently living in the Dominican Republic teaching at a grammar school and at one of the universities here. I go back to Haiti to check on the school and my friends. I will probably be back in Chicago in the next year or so, but who knows which way the wind will blow. ... Keep sending me news! Brian

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If you’ve moved, changed your name or have had additions to your family in the last few years, be sure to update your information with John Carroll. You can do so through the web site - http://www. ... George Coppola moved back to the Cleveland area for his job as a senior pricing analyst with Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake in Elyria, OH. He and wife Jen built a home in Medina, where they live with their son, Tommy. They’re expecting another child in November. ... Ben and tiffany (sutt) schlueter were married in August 2004 in Indianapolis, IN. They moved to St. Petersburg, FL, in December 2005 where Tiffany is a news producer for Fox13. Tiffany said they’re happy to be away from the Northern winters, but they’re definitely missing the leaves changing colors in the fall. ... Grant Mast and Brook (Wantz) Mast ’99 were married in July 1999. After living in Chicago for a brief three-month period, they returned to Cleveland, where Grant worked in operations management with Moen, Inc. This summer, they moved to Raleigh, NC, where Grant works for Moen’s finishing manufacturing facility as a focus factory manager of the PVD operation. They have two energetic children, Paige (4) and Connor (20 mos.), who Grant describes as “way too fun!” ... Mike and lisa (Knall) Buck moved to Northern Virginia in 2003 after living in Rhode Island for three years. On Father’s Day of this year, they welcomed little Addison Lynn to their family. ... Katherine adams - [email protected] - moved to Chicago in 2004 to explore a career in social work. She recently got a job with the attorney general of Illinois working with victims of violent crime. In July she got engaged to Tim Kelly, and they are to be married in Cleveland in October 2007. ... Thanks again to everyone for allowing me to share your good news with the Carroll community. I want to write about many more of you in the New Year, so please send me your news! Until then, take care, Cherie Send your notes to: Mark J. annichine 216.595.4905 [email protected]

Greetings everybody. You are stuck with me for a while as your class columnist. I hope to hear from you all at one point or another. While I realize it will be very difficult to follow in the shoes of my predecessors, I will try to do my best. Please let me know how I’m doing from time to time, but most importantly, let me know how you are doing. ... I might as well start by updating you on my life. I have been married to Christie (hejduk) for over five years. We are expecting a little Annichine to arrive any time now. Christie’s due date is November 8! Christie is a high school English teacher at Hudson High School, and I am a financial planner with a firm called Cleveland Financial Group in Pepper Pike, OH. ... Jodi Johnson-Glading and her husband, Cameron, welcomed their new son, Lincoln Robert, on October 2. Jodi is in her third year of medical
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school at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia. ... William Wetzel received his Ph.D. from Indiana University this year. He’s living in Fort Wright, KY. ... erin (herlihy) hartnett is the director of alumni relations at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. She and her husband, Dennis, were married in July in Buffalo. Many JCU alumni were there to share in their special day. ... angela spitalieri is the executive director of the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation. ... terry sullivan is a captain in the U.S. Army. Keep up the great work, Terry. Thanks for all you are doing for us! ... ann (Crowley) raven and her husband, Michael, are expecting their first child on December 20. They are living in State College, PA. ... Monica (Kramer) russell is an associate attorney with Carlisle-Kesling & Adamczyk Co., LPA. She is married to James and they live in Medina, OH. ... Carlye (Gardner) Fallon recently joined Edelman, a Chicago public relations agency. She is an account supervisor in their corporate reputation management practice. She and her husband, Bob, have moved to a new home in Glenview, IL. ... Jennifer Giordano is an assessment/referral counselor at Meadows Hospital in Bloomington, IN, where she also lives. ... Meitra (Ferek) Fakult is a manager at the practice of Dr. E.J. Walter & Associates. Meitra and her husband, Christopher, live in Twinsburg. ... amanda (slater) Polito is the weekend supervisor/director at KVBC-TV 3 in Las Vegas, NV. She is married to Brian, and they live in Henderson, NV. ... rich nalepka is a material handler for The Cleveland Clinic. He lives in Willoughby Hills, OH. ... Kristen (lyons) McClellan is a corporate auditor for National City Corporation. She and her husband, John, live in Munson Township, OH. ... Germine awad is an assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. ... That is all for now. I truly look forwarding to hearing from you soon! For now, best wishes to all for a happy and healthy holiday season, Mark go and works as an associate at Transwestern. ... Katherine lavelle received her Ph.D. from Wayne State University in August and is a visiting assistant professor at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. ... Danielle (Pinter) novario and husband, John ’01, live in Cleveland. ... Dave and elizabeth (Grega) Bischof live in Mentor, OH. ... Polly Carran lives in Germantown, MD. ... Congrats to angela (turner) Monateri who received the professional designation of certified financial planner. She has been a financial planner at Ameriprise Financial in Cleveland since 2001. ... Thank you to everyone for passing along your good news. Keep us in mind this winter and pass along news of the newest additions to your family, new jobs, relocations and promotions. Have fun and keep us informed, Clare and Lisa Hello 2002! Have we really been out of Carroll long enough for our classmates to be having babies and becoming doctors and priests? Bill Barmann is a senior analyst at Bank of America. He and his wife, Kara, are expecting their first child in December. ... Danielle Carlin and Scott Baldinelli were married in Boston over Labor Day weekend. Jen Fields, Kyle stefano, and Judy schlather were in the wedding party. ... nate Cevasco received his MD from Case Western Reserve University in 2006. ... Kate Cingel married Sean Magaletta in July in NYC, and they are living in Nyack, NY. Kate is in nursing school and will graduate in December. ... steve Fiorilli married Jennifer Reali ’04 in October. They moved to Tampa, FL, where Steve is a commercial underwriter in Chase Auto Finance for JP Morgan Chase. ... Daniel Franjko is the senior IT auditor for KeyBank in Cleveland. ... ashlee (rager) lake is a labor and delivery RN at Licking Memorial Hospital. She and her husband, Cpl. Mike Lake, live in Newark, OH. After 10 months in Iraq, Mike returned home safely and the couple had twin girls, Emma Grace and Lilly Marie. ... amy Marcelis received her master’s in education from Cleveland State and is an educator in the Chicago Public Schools. ... austin McGuan has been named the co-editor of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Review, and had a paper published in that publication. He received his MBA from Carroll this spring, and passed his CPA exam on his first try. ... nick Mehall married Kristen Bognar in May, and they are living in London, England. The wedding party included classmates: Kristie raynovich, tJ schaffner, Jeff Carlson, Brad Freeman, and Brendan nolan. ... Destiny nemeth married Brian Murphy in July. They are living in Royal Oak, MI, while Brian works on his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Wayne State University and Destiny is in medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Both expect to graduate in 2007. ... nicole (ross) rothstein is a communication specialist at Case Western Reserve University. ... Judy schlather is living in Cincinnati and working as an insurance broker for McGohan Brabender. ... eric schild will be ordained a deacon in October at Saint Meinrad Seminary. After finishing his seminary studies, he will be ordained a Catholic priest on June 2. ... Doug stillwagon lives in Chicago and is a project manager for GN Resound. ... Jennifer sturm received a master’s in higher education administration from Michigan State, and is continuing to work on a Ph.D. in sports psychology. She is working as a learning specialist at the University of Cincinnati athletic department. ... shannon (Cramer) and David swiatkowski gave birth to their first child, Lillian Catherine, on March 28. The happy family is living in Euclid. Dave is the manager of the CitiFinancial branch in Maple Heights. Shannon received a master’s in pharmacology from Case Western Reserve and is now working at the university in the Center for Proteomics. ... Jessie turnbull graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in May 2006, and is a pediatric resident at Akron Children’s. ... Michael voute is working for Fay School in Southborough, MA, as a development associate. ... As always, thank you for sharing your and others‘ news. Keep the updates coming and have a wonderful holiday! Best wishes, Gina

2001 2002

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The holidays are near and the weather isn’t the only thing changing. Our fellow 2000 graduates are changing jobs, moving, and adding to their families. Congratulations to Brett and Beth (Kulow) Wilson who welcomed Thomas Edward on October 12. ... Mark Boleky and Trish (Streck) Boleky ’01 also have a new addition: Natalie arrived in September. ... George Dubic and his wife, Adrienne, welcomed their first child, Leyton George, in August. George and Adrienne live in Andover, OH, and George works as a marketing director for Westlake Healthcare Center. ... Congrats are also in order for Khristyn (yurick) o’Malley, who married Kevin O’Malley on May 20, 2006 and moved to Raleigh. Khristyn is a high school English teacher. ... Mary (howarth) Bibbee teaches 4th grade at Lacordaire Academy in Upper Montclair, NJ. ... Jane (howarth) vogelsberger is senior coordinator for university programs and events at Case Western Reserve University. ... Doug and eneida (Crespo) Dentler live in Glendale, CA, with their daughter, Anabella. ... henry lee lives in Chica52
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Congratulations to those sharing marriage, baby, graduation, and career news. Cynthia (Fievet) Barker earned her master’s of education in August. Cynthia and Matt live in Humble, TX, with their daughter, Madilyn. ... regina (hernandez) Griffith is an office manager for the Cleveland Pain Management and Wellness Center. Regina and her husband, Patrick, are expecting a second child this winter to join Paige. ... Kelly (Patten) hatgas lives in Cleveland Heights. ... Michael hill is an account executive with Ventana Medical Systems in Newport Beach, CA. ... Melissa (Corrigan) Janosik lives in Deltona, FL, with her husband, Joe. Melissa works for FedEx as a management asset representative. ... elssy (lawrence) and steve Klug welcomed Mary Katherine, their second daughter, on October 5 to join big sister Caitlyn. The Klug family lives in University Heights. ... lauren (hill) lesagonicz works as the vice president of sales and marketing for the San Diego Better Business Bureau. ... theresa Maroun married Jeremy Orsky on November 11, with several classmates attending the celebration; Theresa and Jeremy are living in Seven Hills. Theresa works as the COO for Microplex-USA in Bedford. ... Meghan (Collins) neill lives in University Heights with her husband, Rory ’02; Meghan teaches third grade in Chagrin Falls. ... Kevin norsen earned a master’s from SUNY at Buffalo and now resides in Chicago. ... John novario lives in Cleveland. ... shannon smith is living in Pittsburgh and works as an associate attorney with Sitko, Rodella, & Bruno, LLC. ... lauren (roberts) and David ’00 Wojnowski were both transferred to GE Healthcare headquarters in Waukesha, WI. David is a repair asset leader, and Lauren is a human resources manager in the HR Leadership Program. ... Please continue to send your updates. As the year quickly comes to a close, choose to cherish every moment. Maureen


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2006 has been a great year for many of us, including lindsay Montague, who married Christopher Soots on August 4. Lindsay and Christopher are living in Chesterland, OH, and Lindsay is teaching kindergarten at Hope Academy Chapelside in Cleveland. She also earned her master’s degree in education in 2005. ... Jocelyn nolte graduated from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work in ’05 and now lives in Phoenix, AZ, doing family counseling with Child Protective Service cases. ... Melissa hoppert finished her MBA at the Boler School and is employed at Sherwin-Williams in the HR/Training Department. ... John hetzel is a risk operations manager with Bank of America in Beachwood. ... Beth Waide wrote to say that she is living in St. Louis, MO, and working at the St. Louis Arc, a non-profit agency. She works with adults with developmental disabilities and is working towards her master’s in psychology with an emphasis on applied behavior analysis. She also recently got engaged to Bryan Golden, and is planning a wedding for October. ... Katie (Mackin) havel married Anthony Havel, her college sweetheart, on December 17, 2005. The couple recently purchased their first home in the Mayfield Heights area. ... rita Mayekar married Greg Van Boening in June at the Church of Saint Clare in Lyndhurst. Greg is a 2004 graduate of Saint Louis University and the two met in 2001 while studying abroad in Beijing, China. Members of the wedding party included adam Feltes and samantha Caspio. Greg and Rita just bought a house in Saint Louis. She is working as a proposal writer at Express Scripts, Inc., a pharmacy benefits manager. Rita also recently took a volunteer position with Special Olympics of Missouri and is responsible for a portion of their web site; plus she will be helping them with various public relations initiatives and special event coordination. ... Jaime (McKay) o’Connor is working at Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Mathematics. She and her husband, Ryan ’01, just bought a house in Montgomery, OH, and are expecting in February 2007. Congratulations, Jaime and Ryan! ... I think that’s it for this issue, but if I’ve missed anything, please let me know. Take care, Theresa

Mary Kate lundeen Wainwright’s wedding party. vision through Bowling Green State University. ... tJ Kolba is the assistant men’s soccer coach at Cleveland State University, after being the assistant at JCU last year. He also coaches youth soccer with the Cleveland Soccer Academy and the Olympic Development Program. TJ is living in North Royalton with his girlfriend, Leah, and loving life. ... noura radwan is completing her second year of med school at St. Matthew University School of Medicine. She is taking a Kaplan course to prepare for the boards and hopes to start clinicals by April 07. She’s looking to graduate May ’09 — other than golfing, studying, and traveling, she says her life is pretty boring. ... Rebecca Gellott ’03 just left her marketing position in Strongsville and returned to Carroll to pursue a language arts licensure and master’s in education. ... sherman Jacobson got engaged to his long time girlfriend, Kristen, over Christmas last year and is planning the wedding for October ’07. rob rosen, John vencl and Rebecca Gellott are all in the wedding. ... nikki spiezio is engaged to Haki Flores. They plan to get hitched in the winter of ’07, with Kristen hudach as the maid of honor. ... Maria (sellers) Papay and Ben were married August 26 in Canton, OH. ... Diana sierra is finishing her master’s in Spanish at CSU and teaching Spanish at Cleveland State this year. ... Gina Dowell earned her M.Ed at Ohio U and then moved to Elon U. in NC, where she serves as the assistant director of Greek life. She also passed along news of John Zaluski, who graduated with his MBA from Cleveland State and works for Dollar Bank in Cleveland. ... Cara Mazzocca and Matt sulzer got married the last weekend of September, Mike Grady and Colleen Kookoothe ’06 got married September 30 as well. ... Kelly ryan just got accepted to Baldwin-Wallace’s master’s in education program. ... hiva vasilj sent a note from Croatia. He loves reading about everyone and is looking forward to coming back to the states this Christmas. He’s been working for a big bank in Croatia. Hiva said it’s fun but lots of work. He’s looking forward to seeing all of his old friends when he’s home and staying with Pat Bittel. ... Katie Zaludek is teaching first grade at Parkside Elementary for Solon City Schools. She also just bought a condo in Twinsburg. ... Mary Kate (lundeen) Wainwright and Nelson Wainwright ’06 were married this past summer and sent us a picture of the wedding party in front of JCU. ... Paul

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I went to Homecoming this year; unfortunately a lot of people were not able to make it, but it was nice to catch up with everyone who did. ... We’ve gotten a lot of people on the class page - http:// - which has really helped with updates and keeping everyone connected. If you haven’t had a chance to look, please do ... you might just talk with people you haven’t seen since graduation. ... Jen Pawlitsch is in her third year of teaching fifth and sixth grade English and reading in Cleveland. She was recently nominated for 2007 Ohio Teacher of the Year. She is also working on her master’s in educational administration and super-

Hi all, lots of news this time ... Monica Ference was recently engaged to Joe orlando. They are planning a wedding in August 2008. Monica returned to JCU in the fall to be a graduate assistant in the English department and pursue a master’s in English. Joe is in his second year of law school at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. ... Kelly Wiltshire and nick Dowling also just got engaged. Their wedding will be October 27 in Cleveland. Kelly just completed her first year as special events coordinator for the YWCA of Greater Cleveland. She plans fund-raising events, such as an awards luncheon for Clevelandarea executives, golf outings and conferences for women. Nick is a marketing representative at National Interstate in Richfield. ... lauren stockhausen was accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and has moved to Fukui City, Japan. She teaches English at Miyama Junior High School and at a school for the hearing-impaired. ... Shawn Robinson is working as a risk consultant with Protiviti. He was recently transferred from the Cleveland office to his hometown of Pittsburgh. ... Mike Costello is serving as a platoon leader for C TRP., 3-73 CAV, 82nd Airborne Division, in Fort Bragg, NC. ... Finally, ali smouse switched to working as an HR assistant at YRCI, a government contractor for the Department of Homeland Security, in Fairfax, VA. ... sarah Bravman is starting her master’s in community counseling at JCU. She and Matt amoroso became engaged on December 25, 2005 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and are planning a January ’08 wedding. ... Now, avid readers will know this is the part where I beg you to keep sending me your info. I’m going to start awarding prizes for the most exciting news (example: “I won the Nobel Prize in Physics”), and the most boring news (“Today I woke up at noon and watched a ‘Project Runway’ marathon”). The winning entries will be awarded a mention in this widely-read column. So send in your news! Jennifer Send your notes to: Meghan Campbell 2500 North Ashland Ave Apt 2F Chicago, IL 60614 [email protected]
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In MeMorIaM

Hugh O’Neil ’46, benefactor, board member
Hugh O’Neill III was a John Carroll board member, a dedicated World War II airman, an outstanding equestrian and a very prominent businessman in this region. Mr. O’Neill died at the age of 84 on November 3. During WWII, Mr. O’Neill flew 64 missions as a navigator over Europe; won six air medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He became board chairman of Leaseway Transportation Corp. in 1975, and later resigned to start his own business but remained a trustee of Leaseway. He purchased Manfredi Motor Transit, changed its name to Distribution Technologies, Inc., which became DistTech in 2004. He was the CEO of DistTech at his death. Mr. O’Neill was a lifelong philanthropist and civic leader. Among the many boards on which he served were: Catholic Charities, the F.J. O’Neill Charitable Corp., the Boy Scouts and John Carroll University. Mr. O’Neill’s wife of 52 years, Betty, died in 1998. He is survived by son, Hugh IV; by daughters, Molly, Michelle Thompson and Peggy O’Neill-Laise; by six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two sisters and his brother.

Sr. Joan Acker, former teacher
Sr. Joan Acker, for 57 years a member of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, was a teacher “par excellence” who taught courses in both religion and science during her years on the John Carroll faculty from 1991 to 1998. She won a John Templeton Foundation Science/Religion award in 1998 for the course she shared with Ernest Spittler, SJ, Issues in Science and Religion. Sr. Joan died August 16 at the age of 80. During her long teaching career, Sr. Acker taught at Lourdes Academy, Magnificat High School, Central Catholic High School in Canton, Ohio, Borromeo Seminary College and John Carroll. She was educated at Villa Maria College and at the University of Notre Dame. She did postgraduate work at several institutions of higher learning and had a one-year fellowship to research hypertension at the Cleveland Clinic. Sr. Joan’s brother, Thomas Acker, SJ, said of her: “Sr. Joan loved all these hues of God’s light: the sound of the evening loon; the stars of the heavens; the eclipse; the rocks of the earth – which are the stuff of prism; the people surrounding her; her family; her prayer companions. She wrote extensively of God’s hues in her 15 spiritual diaries. They were all part of God – ‘light from light, true God from true God.’ “ She is survived by her brother and her sister, Patricia Basista.

Barbara Patterson, teacher, spiritual director
Barbara Patterson, who earned master’s degrees in English literature and education at John Carroll, died November 9 at the age of 71. Mrs. Patterson was too ill to attend her graduation from the university’s Ignatian Spirituality Institute, but she was a member of this year’s John Carroll magazine’s Making a Difference class because she exemplified the commitment to be a spiritual director. Mrs. Patterson taught English at Gilmour Academy and was also for a time the dean of institutional advancement at the suburban Catholic school. She was director of the Cleveland Education Fund in the mid-60s and Director of The Women’s City Club in the early 1980s. She served on the boards of Notre Dame College, St. Edward High School and Templum House. Mrs. Patterson is survived by her husband, Charles; by sons, Charles, David, and Neil; by daughters Barbara, Donna and Mary Agnes; and by nine grandchildren and a sister.


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Marci Kornblut Gorospe ’96, teacher
Marci Kornblut Gorospe was a young teacher and mother who died tragically on October 26 at the age of 31. In addition to earning her undergraduate degree at John Carroll, Ms. Gorospe completed her master’s in education. For the past six years, she had been a teacher at Brush High School. One of her former students said of her: “She was one of the most kind, caring, and understanding people that I have ever known. From the moment that I set foot into her classroom, I knew that I would love having her as a teacher and would love her as a person.” Dr. Anne Kugler, one of Ms. Gorospe’s teachers at John Carroll, said, “Marci was one of those students who stood out immediately as enthusiastic, extraordinarily conscientious, and exceptionally bright. I will always remember her with admiration and affection as an outstanding student, but more importantly, as a thoughtful, humane, and generous person.” Ms. Kornblut Gorospe is survived by her daughters, Alison and Caitlin; by her parents, Tauber and Joan Kornblut; by four brothers and by her grandmother.

Lyndsey Whittingham ’06, biology major
Lyndsey Whittingham was a May graduate, who was struck and killed by a cab in Chicago on October 29 at the age of 23. She donated her organs for transplant. Ms. Whittingham was the daughter of Dr. Raymond Whittingham, a member of the Class of 1977. As quoted in the Carroll News, Ms. Whittingham’s former roommate Colleen Curtis, “remembers being awed at how pretty and nice the brunette was, two words which would come to personify her to her friends and family. She was the girl who lit up the room with what seemed like a permanent smile.” “She was a true blessing on the John Carroll campus,” said her classmate Nina Dambrosio ’06 Ms. Whittingham, a native of Frankfort, IL, and a biology major at John Carroll, was working at a science-related company while waiting to apply to dental school, a path that would have led to her being a dentist, as is her father. Ms. Whittingham is survived by her parents, Raymond and Betsy; by brothers, Joe and Kevin; by her grandparents and by aunts and uncles.

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Gladys T. Bowers Jane K. Herget Nicholas J. Homoky Geraldyne C. Davis Ralph H. Kiehne Edward J. Krygeris J. Mark Chuchman Regina C. Clarke Maria Friedrich Elizabeth A. Puchowicz Marissa Gorospe Lyndsey Whittingham Sr. Joan Acker, HHM

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a Bold Proposal:
Let’s say you’ve created a network television series for the 2006-2007 season. It’s beautifully calibrated to appeal to the only viewers of any value to advertisers: young people. It’s about By Charlie Hauck ’63 a family of migrant lifeguards. They travel to beaches all over the world in revealing swimwear, saving lives and drinking popular beverages. They have a soon-to-be-famous catch phrase, which they use in the face of any adversity: “You can’t stop progress.” The attractive brothers and sisters are in their late teens and early 20s. Mom is played by a movie hottie still in her 30s whose film career has stalled. Dad’s reserve unit was called to Iraq. He can come home during sweeps week. But after your premiere the Nielsen ratings bring distressing news: old people are watching your show. Maybe they like the family’s pet cockatiel. Maybe one of the lifeguards reminds them of the young Alan Ladd. But they are wreaking havoc on your demographics, the lifeblood of a series. Your show is “skewing old.” Many assume that mature viewers, with their $2 trillion a year in spending power, would be welcomed by the networks. Well, they aren’t. Advertisers want to lock in viewers’ buying habits early in life, not struggle with them to change brands in their last few decades. The key demographic in the weekly Nielsen ratings report is 18-49. Anyone outside that range is undesirable. People over 49 do not buy interesting products. They detract from the hip environment advertisers seek. The shows they watch tend not to become “water cooler” shows. They are not, as one media buyer puts it, “an opportunity audience.” The majestic glacier that is network television is very gradually melting. Many young viewers, particularly males in their 20s, have been stolen away by such lures as the Internet, iPods, the Xbox and opera. This makes the young people who do watch all the more valuable to advertisers. They have far greater disposable income than older people, and they actually dispose of it. Advertisers gladly pay steep premiums for those young eyes. But it is more difficult to single them out when older viewers clutter the demographics.
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old people should not be allowed to watch TV
The fact is, mature viewers are threatening the well-being of network television. I have a bold but common-sense suggestion: old people should not be allowed to watch TV. I anticipate the predictable charges of “discriminatory,” “unfair,” “idiotic.” Well, millions of elderly people live in age-restricted retirement communities, and you don’t hear young people whining about that. Right-thinking older Americans will see this as a chance to do something for their country. Nurturing a nation’s consumer base is as vital as protecting its streams and forests. It’s time for people over 49 to “take one for the team.” Besides, it’s really not such a terrible sacrifice; they have Sudoku now. Once the necessary “49 and Out” federal legislation is enacted, we’ll need a system in place to block older viewers’ network access. Fingerprinting, iris scans, re-purposed V-chips, psychoacoustic masking? Perhaps it would be possible to borrow some of the amazing technology being developed in the Transportation Security Administration’s laboratories; they aren’t using it at the airports. Boomers will feel they should be exempt from this law. They’re “younger” than previous old people. They’re in tune with contemporary culture. If you’re a boomer and thinking along those lines, take this simple test: “They combed out Ann Miller’s hair and found the Lindbergh baby.” If you laughed at that, if you understood the references, you have no business in front of a television set. This ban applies only to the Big Four broadcast networks. Older viewers would still be free to tune into the many cable channels. At programs like The O’Reilly Factor, an onslaught of people still in their 50s will be greeted with flowers. A warning to certain lobbyists for the elderly, who may resort to selfish interpretations of the Constitution to thwart this needed legislation: beware the backlash. Nielsen Media Research, the keeper of the ratings, is owned by VNU, an increasingly powerful media conglomerate headquartered in the Netherlands. The Netherlands, where laws governing euthanasia are extremely lenient. “You can’t stop progress.” I’m just saying. Charlie Hauck is a television writer and producer. This piece ran on the opinion and editorial pages of the New York Times on September 19, 2006, and is reprinted here with permission.

Erin’s Light
Erin Grzegorzewski, she of the challenging Polish surname, possesses one of JCU’s brighter gleams. You might not be able to read The Carroll News by it in a dark room, but the senior from Flint, Michigan, is certainly lit by a high wattage internal light. While human incandescence is a mystery, Erin’s shine seems to be a matter of being wonderfully alive and very present -- the real deal in whatever situation. One of the coolest things is how unafraid she is of not seeming cool. She can talk of Jesus, her love for her family, why dentistry is great, yearning for justice, or the love she’s found in working with three brothers with autism, and it is as if the intricate self-protections young people adopt to mask deep caring never existed. We’re not talking Polyanna Two Shoes. Erin can be incisively critical; you’ll very occasionally hear a mild expletive; she acknowledges stress and sensitivities. She bears no resemblance to a plaster saint. When you talk, it becomes clear that Larry and Beth Grzegorzewski’s eldest daughter is an ardent explorer of what it is to be human. She says she has studied her father, mother and grandmother’s tireless generosity and has embraced their lessons. At Powers Catholic in Flint, she discovered soup kitchens and that changed her – “It opened my eyes to seeing what I hadn’t seen before, but which was right in front of me.” As a freshman, she signed on for a challenging summer trip walking with the poor in Duran, Ecuador, which she says was one of the two most powerful experiences she’s had during her undergrad years. Working with the boys is the other – “I think I just see humanity more after working with them. When they see you and give you a hug, you know that is…love. I am part of their family” She’s done two Campus Ministry trips to help the children of migrant workers in Immokalee, Florida. Emotion surfaces: “It’s the kids. When I see Jesus, it’s always in people.“ She also likes, “when you go through scripture, and close your eyes and meditate and put yourself there. I like to think about when He was living … the relationship with Jesus didn’t happen until I came here, and then it was through retreats and a couple of classes. My faith grew stronger and I came to see Jesus as a person. I thought he had humanity, and so do

I and it’s not impossible for me to be like Him.” Serving Mass “is one of the best moments of my life.” Erin is a biology major taking the Catholic Studies Concentration. “It is like science versus theology, and it helps to bring them together. I need that for balance.” She loves the passion for biology exhibited by Dr. Chris Sheil. She’s had three classes with Fr. Howard Gray, as part of her Catholic Studies; she says, “He takes the stress out of life. You go to him with a problem and he puts it in perspective.” Service and justice are, she affirms, her call as she moves down a path that will soon feature dental school. Right now, though, soccer is “huge.” She was second team All-OAC last season. She’s had moments of grace and joy on the field, such as last year against Wilmington when she took the team onto her narrow shoulders, scoring two goals and shaping a critical win. But team is the word: “we are all best friends; our team is so close.” Close also is co-captain Erin to Brian Pender, captain of the men’s squad: “I’ve just been hanging out with him forever. I really didn’t want to have a boyfriend, but he went to London to study and came back and he asked me on a date, and we started dating, and then, ‘See you later.’ He balances me out.” She says her “ultimate goal is to be a mom,” but that’s down the path. Now, it’s giving soccer her all, giving it all her all; and next year there will be one of those 15 dental schools to which she’s applyingshe’d like Case U. so she could continue working with her three boys. And it’s ski trips and cruises with her tight familyparents, older brother, younger sister. All of it, she says, is a matter of “putting myself into it.” Clearly, that is what’s happening and the ambient light is so very bright. jerry pockar









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