Vol. 12, Issue 3 • Fall 2008
New Faces on the Faculty
Serving the Homeless with Bryan Mauk ’08
Farewell to Tim Russert ’72
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For Bryan Mauk, a 2008 Carroll graduate, Cleveland’s homeless are a passion – and meeting them where they live, an honor. By Kristin Ohlson
Members of John Carroll’s Labre team head out to meet the homeless community on a Friday night in July, the ministry’s 200th consecutive Friday night on the streets. From left are Bryan Mauk ’08, Jacque Vogt ’09, Brendan McLaughlin ’08, and Jenna Woodarek ’09. See “Homeward Bound,” page 10.
On the cover: Bryan Mauk ’08. Photograph by Janet Century
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Farewell to a Friend John Carroll University says goodbye to Tim Russert ’72. Homily by Reverend James Prehn, SJ. Carroll is in the Details Look closely at the fine points that give the John Carroll campus its unique beauty. Photography by Daniel Milner the start of something Big Introducing the new tenure-track faculty who have joined John Carroll’s ranks this fall, bringing with them a rich array of experiences. Let the learning begin. By David Budin the World according to lo Castro National student columnist of the year Jenna Lo Castro ’09 has something to say – and her own way of saying it. By Ken Kesegich
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John Carroll University President Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, SJ Vice President for university Advancement Doreen Riley Director of university Marketing and Communications Christine Somosi ’81 editor Ken Kesegich Alumni Journal Michele McFarland Campus Photography Coordinator Cheri Slattery Advisory Board George Bilgere Sherri Crahen Linda Eisenmann Kimyette Finley ’95 Jack Hearns ’61 Mary Lavin ’87 John Marcus ’72 (ex officio) Paul V. Murphy Doreen Riley Rev. Thomas Schubeck, SJ Barbara Schubert ’62 Karen Schuele Christine Somosi ’81 Brian Williams
2 President’s Message 3 Mailbox 4 On Campus 28 The Jesuit Way 29 Giving: Investing in John Carroll’s Future 30 Athletics 36 Images of Carroll 37 Alumni Journal / Class Notes 61 In Memoriam 64 My Turn Inside back cover: Carroll People
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Contributors: Jeffrey Bendix, Keith Boyer, David Budin, Janet Century, Kathy Ewing, Sal Felice ’57, Jeff Miller, Daniel Milner, Kristin Ohlson, Peg Quilty, John Reid, William Francis Ryan, Christopher Wenzler ’90, Robert Wetzler Design: Villa Beach Communications, Inc. Printed by Lane Press
isiting Cleveland’s homeless on a frigid Friday night in 2006, I saw something unexpected. I was with the Labre Project, the street ministry founded on John Carroll’s campus two years earlier by three of our students. The group goes out every Friday night and distributes food and other essentials. More than anything else that night (even more than the coldness of my feet!), I was taken by the relationships I saw between the John Carroll group and the men and women on the street. At every stop, the Carroll members, mostly students, asked the homeless for updates on their families. And the homeless asked the same of the students. Meaningful discussions ensued. The students were in no hurry to climb back into the warm vans. Even though I have worked in street ministry and done many immersions of my own, I was surprised by the depth of the relationships. The Labre students live the John Carroll mission. They understand that what we all have in common is far more important than our differences. What a gift. We discover what we have in common only by getting to know those who struggle. That’s what makes immersions and ministries like the Labre Project so valuable. This issue’s cover story chronicles Bryan Mauk ’08, who helped found the Labre ministry at John Carroll and has started a new effort to aid the homeless – the Metanoia Project. I’m proud of our students’ involvement in Labre and other
projects. This past year, 14 different immersion groups went to seven states and four different countries. In the spring, I traveled to Jamaica and there witnessed a sight that moved me. A John Carroll student involved in an immersion experience, junior Alec Barker, was shaving an elderly man. Alec is a Blue Streak football player, a large young man who administers bruises on the gridiron. I’ll never forget the image of the student caring for the infirm man half his size. More than that, I’ll never forget the love he showed.
We discover what we have in common only by getting to know those who struggle.
e join with others in continuing to mourn the loss this summer of Tim Russert ’72; Reverend Joe Schell, SJ; Board of Directors member Jerry Breen ’68, ’75G; faculty member Miles Coburn ’75G; student Marcel Jeffries; and many other alums, parents, and friends. Our sorrow is tempered, however, by our conviction that death constitutes a change of life, not the end of it. Jesus’ own resurrection and his promise of eternal life with God in glory enables us to continue the work of so many committed members of the John Carroll community, even after they have passed on. We are people of hope determined to mold the world ever more closely to the Gospels through leadership and service to the world. You can be proud of your involvement with John Carroll University, because you are contributing to making a difference. God bless,
Reverend Robert L. Niehoff, SJ
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The Class of 1943
My family appreciates the wonderful article on the five members of the class of ’43 that included my father, Leo Bedell. The article captures his personality very well. He is a no-frills guy, as evidenced by his reluctance to take on the mantle of hero and not offering a lot of details of the action surrounding his Silver Star citation. As a kid, I had a natural curiosity about his wartime experiences but also a sense that it wasn’t an open topic. His children respect that, just as we respect his “roll up your sleeves and get to work” attitude that he admitted helped him deal with the aftermath. It also helped him and my dear mother raise nine children, cope with the loss of a tenth to a childhood illness, start a successful business, and instill in us our Catholic values. Contrasting that reluctance in revisiting the horrors of the Central Pacific of 63 years ago is a letter written by my father, at the time a 23-year-old U.S. Navy ensign, to a grieving mother from Granger Township, Ohio. That mother, Mrs. Young, lived on a small farm there on the outskirts of Akron. Her 19-year-old son, LeRoy, a shipmate of my father’s, was killed off the shores of Iwo Jima two days prior to the assault by the U.S. Marines. My father told me of the visit he and my mother made to Mrs. Young shortly after my parents were married. During the visit, Mrs. Young presented that letter she kept safely pressed in the pages of her family Bible since receiving it upon her son’s death. It was a very poignant and moving letter offering my father’s consolation for her son’s sacrifice while bravely carrying out his duties, assurance that he did not suffer, and acknowledgement of the fine upbringing that she gave her son. It is a letter that belies the writer’s youth but affirms his leo W. Bedell sr. responsibility and sensitivity to the boy’s mother. Tom Brokaw, in his book The Greatest Generation, confirms the trademark silence of many of the WWII veterans. But, we should note, many of them have shared the pain of their wartime experiences with those that have suffered most as a result of the war. Thanks again for a fine article. Terry Bedell ’77 Stow, Ohio
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Congratulations on the summer issue, and may future issues bring the school continued identity, plaudits, well wishes, and success in helping cement long-term goals and enrich the lives of students who prize their years at Alma Mater. Paul T. Bohn ’49 Rocky River, Ohio I appreciated the summer issue, especially the remembrance of Fr. Joe Schell. Credit should be given to him going back to the 1950s, when he started the Alumni Sodality composed mostly of graduates of JCU, Notre Dame College, and Ursuline College. We had a great group with Fr. Schell for many years. As a result of our meetings and work together, plus the friendship, many marriages came about from that group of friends. That was how I met my wife, Mary Lou. Going forward over 50 years, the members who are still around met at Bunny and Bob Hill’s house – by coincidence the day of Fr. Joe’s death. Fortunately, he had sent a letter to the group that was dated a few days earlier. Fr. Joe was a once-in-a-lifetime dedicated spiritual leader, friend, and advisor to many of us. Art Walters ’51 Rocky River, Ohio
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Miles M. Coburn
John Carroll University continues to mourn the tragic death of beloved biology professor Miles M. Coburn. Prof. Coburn, 58, was struck by an SUV and killed on Saturday, August 16, while riding his bicycle in Newbury Township, Ohio. “He was a wonderful friend, teacher, and mentor to many in the John Carroll community,” says Reverend Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, John Carroll’s president. “Highly involved in the life of the University, he will be missed. On a personal note, I greatly valued his friendship and often looked to him for advice. We can find comfort and strength in our common bonds and in our faith. While Miles has left us physically, his spirit remains with all who are blessed to have known him.” Prof. Coburn was an avid cyclist and enthusiastic environmentalist, and his commitment to service learning was evident in the many field expeditions he organized for students. He also created “Project Qué?,” a summer science and ? math enrichment program for students in grades 6 through 8. John Carroll partners with La Sagrada Familia, a Cleveland Catholic parish, on the program. In 2003, Prof. Coburn received the Distinguished Faculty Award at John Carroll. The award is presented each year to a faculty member selected by a committee of faculty, students, administrators, and alumni for excellence in classroom teaching and scholarship. Prof. Coburn earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1971, his master’s in biology from John Carroll in 1975, and a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1982, the same year he joined John Carroll. The University Heights native grew up about a block away from John Carroll and had longstanding ties to the University; his father and five of his six siblings are also John Carroll alumni. Prof. Coburn is survived by his wife, Peggy Spaeth; two children, Kevin and Rosey; father, Donald J. Coburn, M.D., class of 1943, and mother, Elaine; brothers James, Howard ’76, Patrick ’77, and Christopher ’79; and sisters Catherine Coburn Costello ’73 and Mary Rose Coburn Sullivan ’82. A Mass of the Christian Burial was held on August 21 at Church of the Gesu. Visit a website established in remembrance of Prof. Coburn at www.jcu.edu/mcoburn; there, you can read and contribute to a guestbook of remembrances.
Miles Coburn, 1949-2008
Jimmy, you really don’t know the birds until you can recognize them by their song.” My friend Miles told me this years ago. We have been separated by time and distance and years, but every morning at my home here in SW Pennsylvania, I sit on my deck, sip my coffee, and listen to the birdsong at dawn. I did that Saturday morning. It was a lovely sunrise, although a bit misty. The music was pleasant and diverse. I could name the callers. House wren. Chipping sparrow. Goldfinch. Mourning dove. Miles taught me to know a bird by the song it sings, but there was no way I could have known it was his last morning to listen. I will remember him by the song he sang. Never loud. Always true. Always a subtle part of a greater voice.
– contribution to the online guestbook by Jim natural ’75G
tribute: In Prof. Coburn’s honor, some friends walked or rode bicycles to his funeral, which filled Church of the Gesu. At his wake the evening before, an estimated 800 people came to the Dolan science Center – again, some riding bikes or walking – to offer condolences to the Coburn family.
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New Leader for Student Affairs
n August 4, John Carroll welcomed Mark D. McCarthy as the new vice-president for student affairs. Dr. McCarthy came to John Carroll from Marquette University, where he served as the assistant vice-president for student affairs and dean of student development. Dr. McCarthy counts nearly 30 years of administrative experience in a variety of student affairs areas at both public and private institutions. He holds a Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership from Marquette, an M.A. in student personnel administration from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University. In his role at Marquette, he was responsible for the Office of Student Development, a department within the Division of Student Affairs, that plans and implements a wide range of co-curricular programs related to community service,
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leadership, student conduct, campus activities, music performing groups, intercultural activities, and first-year students. He also brings extensive experience in the development and implementation of learning assessment in the co-curriculum. Dr. McCarthy is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has served on the executive board of the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators as well as several committees of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He is a frequent presenter on the topics of leadership, community service, and assessment at regional and national conferences and author of a chapter in Service-Learning in Higher Education (Barbara Jacoby and Associates), Jossey Bass, 1996. “I am very excited to join the John Carroll University leadership team to help guide the efforts of the Division of Student Affairs,” says Dr. McCarthy, “as we work to
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more fully engage all students in their learning – both in and out of the classroom.” He succeeds Patrick Rombalski, who last summer left John Carroll after 11 years to become vice-president for student affairs at Boston College.
A Task Force for Diversity
In July, Reverend Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, announced the formation of a Task Force on Diversity for 2008-09. The group, representing the entire institution, convened when the academic year began. “This is an ideal time to ask such a group to advance the efforts of so many across campus as we seek to make our campus more inclusive,” Fr. Niehoff wrote in a message to the University community. He pointed out that numerous groups and initiatives have developed in the recent past, all of which are committed to strengthening the working and learning environment in ways that are cognizant of aspects of diversity. The groups and initiatives include the Faculty of Color Organization, the Women’s Faculty Caucus, the Student Diversity Initiative Task Force, and the Faculty Council Committee on Gender and Diversity. John Carroll’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism was described in a February 2008 presidential memo as well as the Vision, Mission, Core Values, and Strategic Initiatives Statement. The task force will make recommendations to the president on ways the University can best coordinate the commitment to diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism. The task force will gather information about current University efforts related to diversity with the goal of identifying areas of strength, areas for improvement, and ways to minimize duplication of effort. Based on the information gathered, they will make recommendations to the president by May 2009. These recommendations may include: • How to foster a culture for a community of inclusion; • Steps to improve the experience of students, faculty, staff, and administrators (particularly those from historically underrepresented populations); • An institutional structure that would serve the strategic implementation of a diversity agenda in order to institutionalize the commitment to diversity; • And any other recommendations resulting from their fact-finding initiatives. Walter Simmons, chair of the Department of Economics and Finance, and Lauren Bowen, associate academic vice-president for academic programs and faculty diversity, are chairing the task force.
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n August, the University announced the resignation of Jonathan Ivec ’77 from his position as vice-president for finance and administrative services. Working with four presidents, Mr. Ivec served the University as a vice-president for over 13 During that time, Mr. Ivec oversaw endowment growth from $60 million in 1995
years, directing the business office since February 1, 1995. to its present figure of $177 million. As the vice-president in charge of facilities, he played a pivotal role in major construction projects, including the Dolan Center for Science and Technology and Don Shula Stadium. Despite financial challenges over those years, the University enjoys an excellent A2 credit rating. The University appointed Richard F. Mausser ’00G vice-president for finance and treasurer of the John Carroll University Corporation. Mr. Mausser had most recently served as the University’s associate vice-president of finance. He joined John Carroll in 1995.
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Martin and Martin
They met for the first time in a coffee shop at Purdue University. They were with separate groups of friends who sat down together. He drank espresso, she coffee with cream. He was a senior at Purdue who brought his statistics book to study. She was in her first year of graduate school and recognized the book from when she took the class. “So we started a conversation,” says Beth Martin. “Statistics is about as a good as it gets. And we’ve been doing statistics ever since.” Thirty years of marriage, two daughters, and two decorated faculty careers later, Beth and Jim Martin look back and wouldn’t change a thing. Today, they share the distinction of being associate deans in their respective schools at John Carroll – Beth in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Jim in the Boler School of Business. Beth, a member of the psychology faculty, has been in her role for two and a half years. Jim, a marketing faculty member, has been associate dean for one year. They both came to John Carroll in 1986. On the job, the overlap in their roles is limited, but the two deans do consult on student issues. Serving as associate deans is only the latest intersection in their lives at John Carroll. Working at the same university, they have collaborated on research, occasionally taught each other’s classes – “Once again, we’re back to statistics,” says Beth – and gained great respect for the other’s abilities in the classroom and administrative office. Asked to cite her husband’s greatest
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strength as dean, Beth looks at him and says, “You’re very decisive. You don’t let something drag on and on. You force finality. You say, ‘In two weeks, we’re meeting again and we’re making the decision.’ Faculty like to think through things, and that’s good, but at some point, if you push people to a conclusion, I’m not sure the decision would’ve been any different if they’d waited another six months.” Jim, asked the same question about Beth, says, “You’re very organized. It allows you to do so many different things in such a timely manner, and you never seem to struggle. I still have not figured out how you do that. Also, you’re very creative at figuring out solutions to problems. Some of the problems have been around for a long time, and you say, ‘Why don’t we just do this?’ And your solution makes sense.” The Martins think back to their student days in Indiana. “We kept meeting at the coffee shop, acting, of course, like we weren’t there on purpose, but we were,” says Beth. Three decades later, they are gratefully sharing their life on the green campus of John Carroll. “Working at the same school,” says Beth, “has been a blessing from the start.” Ken Kesegich
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The Next Oregon Province Superior
everend Patrick J. Lee, SJ, a member of John Carroll’s Board of Directors, is the new provincial superior of the Oregon Province. In the spring, Reverend Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, superior general of the Society of Jesus, appointed Fr. Lee to the post. Fr. Lee began his six-year term on July 31, the Feast of Saint Ignatius. He succeeds Provincial Father John D. Whitney, SJ, and is based at the province offices in Portland. As provincial superior of the Oregon Province, Fr. Lee leads about 300 Jesuits in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Alaska. Before being named provincial superior, Fr. Lee served as vice-president for mission at Gonzaga University since 2005.
An Invitation to the Winter’s tale
Established 32 years ago, Actors from the London Stage is a renowned touring Shakespeare company. For the third time in four years, the company is visiting John Carroll for a week to conduct workshops with students and perform a Shakespeare play. During the workshops, the actors interact closely with the students, including leading them in acting exercises and directing them in performing parts of the play. This year, the play is The Winter’s Tale, and the acting company will perform it in Kulas Auditorium for three nights: September 25, 26, and 27,
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Mission Committee Update
John Carroll continues to strategize about the best model for promoting mission and identity at the University. In June, the Mission Coordinating Committee, convened in 2006 by Reverend Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, submitted a recommendations report to the president. Also in June, Fr. Niehoff appointed Paul V. Murphy, director of the Institute of Catholic Studies, and Reverend James Prehn, SJ, dean of rev. James Prehn, sJ student development, to serve as co-chairs of the Paul v. Murphy committee. The previous chair of the committee, Patrick Rombalski, left Carroll in May to become vice-president for student affairs at Boston College. Mission and identity continue to be a top priority as the president looks to John Carroll’s future. Fr. Niehoff will work with Dr. Murphy and Fr. Prehn to determine committee membership and structure going forward.
the Bard returns: actors from the london stage, back this year, are shown performing Hamlet at John Carroll in 2006.
with the curtain rising at 7:30 p.m. for all performances. Everyone is invited. The classically trained members of Actors from the London Stage come from prestigious companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, and
A Very large Class
The class of 2012 is the largest freshman class for John Carroll in five years. As of August 25, the class consisted of 805 students. For a “by the numbers” view of the group, turn to Enrollment Quarterly, page 32.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Using five members who perform multiple parts, the company visited John Carroll in 2005 with Othello and 2006 with Hamlet. For more information on the group’s September visit and production of The Winter’s Tale, and to reserve tickets, visit www.jcu.edu/english/winters_tale.htm or call Chris Roark at 216-397-4778.
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ay 16 was a big day for a group of fifth-graders from schools in the Cleveland area – and for the John Carroll students who worked with them all year. The children traveled to John Carroll’s campus and participated in a mock Congressional hearing, the culminating event in “We, the People,” a yearly service-learning program at the University. We, the People provides an opportunity for Carroll students to help the schoolchildren gain a better understanding of the U.S. Constitution, the workings of the federal government, and
what it means to be a citizen. JCU students in the program meet weekly in class to prepare lesson plans. They visit fifth-grade classrooms once each week, working closely with the children and helping with learning exercises and activities. The children explore issues including the purpose of government and the opportunities for citizens to participate. In May, the mock Congressional hearing brought it all together for this year’s participants. Before panels of judges that included civic and educational leaders, the fifth-graders showcased what they had learned.
Back in the Day
Over the summer, during the extensive renovations to the student dining facilities, workers uncovered a wall that recalled the days of the Rathskeller, a student hangout that opened in 1969. The glimpse of history was brief. Construction went on and the wall was covered over again. The wall is gone, but the memories remain. Share your Rathskeller memories by writing to [email protected]
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Let the Games Begin
he Greater Cleveland Sports Commission’s Continental Cup, a youth soccer tournament with teams competing from across the country and around the world, came to John Carroll in early July. Once again, Carroll opened its campus and displayed its hospitality for the third-annual competition. Nearly 100 teams participated during the tournament. John Carroll provided housing for all of the international teams, including groups from Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and India. More than a dozen games were played at Carroll’s Don Shula Stadium, at Wasmer Field. The University also hosted the opening ceremony, a three-hour gala at the stadium that ended with a fireworks display.
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Last summer, Allyn Adams ’64, chair of John Carroll’s Board of Directors, received the Ohio Society of CPAs’ 2008 Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to the Accounting Profession. The gold medal is the society’s highest recognition allyn adams for a member. Mr. Adams, a retired partner of the Cleveland accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, is a past president of the Cleveland chapter of the society. In his 31 years as a member of the society, he also has served in a number of other leadership roles.
Reverend Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, is one of 71 people selected by Leadership Cleveland for its 2009 class. Leadership Cleveland is a civic program bringing together leaders – from business, political, nonprofit, and faith organizations – who are at the top of their professions. Over 10 months, the class members build on their knowledge of the community to help them drive change. Alumni of the program, which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary this summer, number 1,500.
In August, television viewers in Northeast Ohio who tuned in to Cleveland’s NBC affiliate, WKYC-TV3, for the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics saw John Carroll in the spotlight. WKYC ran a promotion spot focusing on its education coverage – a promo featuring JCU, which only days earlier had marshaled students, parents, and administrators on short notice for the station’s filming on campus. The Carroll community came through – both in front of the camera and behind it – for the spot, which ran multiple times throughout the Olympics.
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For Bryan Mauk, a 2008 Carroll
by Kristin Ohlson he first time Bryan Mauk ’08 saw the light of his vocation, he was a junior at St. Ignatius High School wending his way along a dark path through tall weeds, past an abandoned building, to a campfire near railroad tracks. A shirtless man at the campfire whirled around to face Bryan and several other student volunteers. Bryan’s heart faltered as he saw the livid red scars on the man’s back and chest, the result of having been doused with gasoline and torched as he slept in an empty cardboard box. “I’m dead,” Bryan thought. But the homeless man greeted them warmly. He was a street-corner hot dog vendor who wasn’t making enough money to pay for an apartment. He had pooled his money with another homeless man so that they could share a rental, but the other guy had skipped town that morning with their stash.
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“It was one of the worst days of his life, but he led an amazing prayer,” Bryan says. “He prayed for us.”
A Reversal in Thinking
This was Bryan’s first experience with the Labre Project, an outreach program to the homeless started by two teachers at St. Ignatius, in Cleveland. In the seven years since that night, Bryan has continued to visit the city’s homeless nearly every week. He and two fellow St. Ignatius and now, John Carroll, grads – Brendan McLaughlin ’08 and Jodie Bowers ’06G – founded the St. Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry at John Carroll in 2004. Since then, every Friday night, hundreds of JCU students, faculty, and staff have visited people who are homeless. Now, the leadership of JCU’s Labre Ministry has passed from Bryan and Brendan into the able hands of Kelly White and Lena Chapin,
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both juniors. They post a sign-up sheet on campus every Monday morning for the 20 spaces in the vans that go out every Friday night. By noon, all the slots are filled. Meanwhile, Bryan has embarked upon the next stage of his mission. After so many years of talking and walking with the homeless, he has many ideas for helping them transition to safe, comfortable, connected lives. He now has the cash to put some of these plans into action. In the spring, he received the 2008 William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose – which includes a $40,000 award – and promptly founded the Metanoia Project, a nonprofit that will help realize several of the ideas he’s been dreaming about. Metanoia is a Greek word that means “a reversal in thinking.” The first Metanoia project will be an overnight drop-in center for homeless
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Caregivers: top, Bryan at home with his parents, Dennis and Pat, and brother, JCu freshman tim. above, the 200th night begins with prayer in the rodman hall Chapel and prep work, and then the labre volunteers hit the street. labre co-founder Brendan Mclaughlin ’08 is shown holding beverages in the second photo from the right. Fellow volunteer ryan McCullough ’11 is in the next photo to the left. in the bottom photo, Bryan and Jenna Woodarek ’09 visit with a friend.
people who are leery of Cleveland’s crowded shelters and not yet ready to move off the streets. They live behind the urban facade of buildings and highways and greenery, under bridges, behind empty factories, in the middle of weedy thickets near highway offramps, shunning the police and the kids who get their kicks tormenting the homeless. At the “Drop,” they will be able to eat, shower, sleep, watch television, and play board games and maybe ping-pong and basketball. They will mix with medical, mental health, and other service providers in a low-key setting. They will enjoy conversation and
fellowship with Bryan, Brendan, and other Labre regulars. Bryan started Cleveland’s first overnight drop-in center on a four-month trial basis in 2007. It hosted nearly 50 people every Friday night. “The idea was to make it an enticing place socially,” says Bryan, who received the 2007 Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless Award for this effort. “I loved going there – I’d shoot pool and watch movies all night with these guys. A lot of the homeless who would never consider going to a shelter or talking to service providers came in.” Of course, the $40,000 from the Simon
Fellowship won’t be enough to open another drop-in center for the three nights per week that Bryan envisions and keep it going on a permanent basis. He has other funding ideas. For the last few years, he’s been staring wistfully at Cleveland’s abandoned houses. A carpenter himself with many relatives in the construction industry, Bryan imagined training homeless people to fix up the houses, then selling them to raise money for the drop-in center and, someday, maybe, a living-learning community of the homeless. He plans to use the Simon award to start buying some of these abandoned houses – the Department of Housing and Urban Development sells foreclosed homes that have been on the market for more than six months to nonprofits – but the first Metanoia house was donated by a Cleveland attorney eager to help the homeless and impressed by Bryan’s track record.
That track record impresses other advocates for the homeless, too. “Volunteers call us all the time, but no one takes a project to this level,” says Brian Davis, head of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless. “Most people meet one obstacle and they’re off to something else, but Bryan is really committed to providing help and following that commitment through.” “He has a passion for the city’s most vulnerable,” adds Duane Drotar, director of Cleveland’s largest homeless shelter – 400 beds downtown, with another 200 places to sleep in emergencies. “He’s looking at how his energies can have a strategic impact on some of the challenges the system faces.” Bryan’s efforts on the Metanoia Project are happening in tandem with his studies at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, where he began graduate work in the fall.
The 200th Night
On a warm evening in mid-July, the smell of scorched Tater Tots wafted through the first floor of Carroll’s Bohannon Center as Bryan, Brendan, Kelly, and other volunteers prepared for the Labre Ministry’s 200th consecutive Friday night on the streets. Until Labre’s recent move to the former Temple Emanu El campus in South Euclid, which the University purchased earlier this year, Bohannon housed its kitchen, food storage, office, and several rooms stuffed with donated items that the group shares with the homeless. Clothing, canned goods, toiletries, and reading materials for those still on the streets, as well as televisions, couches, lamps, and tables for their homeless friends who have moved into apartments. Bryan pointed to a Sponge Bob piñata lying between two television sets and explained, “That’s for the next apartment-warming party.” Twelve people were going out for the 200th night, including Bryan’s parents, Dennis and Pat Mauk, and his brother, Tim, now a JCU freshman – the one manning the Tater Tots and a large bubbling pot of hot dogs. The group loaded the tots and dogs into large insulated containers and then packed two vans with the hot food as well as boxes stuffed with other supplies. The van’s first stop was the Rodman Hall Chapel, where Kelly led prayers and reflection on the evening’s activity. Then Kelly and Brendan drove the vans toward the setting sun, against the tide of rushhour commuters returning to the suburbs. One question persisted over the next four hours. As Bryan approached the homeless – some outside, some in new apartments – several greeted him joyfully, then asked, “You hurt your back playing ping-pong?” “No, it was paintball,” he explained, sitting on their couch or on the nearest wooden pallet or curb if they were out on the streets. “I was at the world’s largest paintball game, in Wyandotte, Oklahoma. It was my second year – I’m a veteran.” Then he proceeded to tell them about the days of paintball D-Day reenactments on an Oklahoma lake and the camping out and
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“God has a Divine Plan, and we’re active agents in it,” says Bryan, who earlier this year was named one of five recipients of the national 2007 Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award for his commitment to community service. “The homeless are active agents in transforming the students, and the students are active agents in transforming the homeless. We’re walking through their transformation with them. It’s an honor.” These transformations take time, though they often begin on that first night out, as preconceived notions about homelessness break down. Labre is all about building relationships with the homeless, not about handing out hot dogs and toilet paper. Over
the partying and the 16-hour drives there and back, all of which resulted in two herniated disks and a month on his back. One might expect someone with Bryan’s accolades to be serious and saintly – oppressively good, in other words. Instead, he’s quick to seek fun, to inject fun into all his work, to joke about himself and even his homeless friends. “Do I feel like going out every Friday night?” he repeats a question incredulously. Rainy nights are miserable, he says. “The homeless smell so bad on rainy nights. Besides, it’s like going to the same party for four years. Sometimes I really want to go to another party.” “He seems like just a likeable, goofy kid, so people are always surprised to find out that he’s the one in charge,” according to his pal Brendan, who says their partnership is so strong because the two of them are very different – Bryan’s the idea guy, Brendan does the legwork to make the ideas fly. “He also knows more about sociology and Jesuit teachings than just about anyone I know. He knows it and understands it and explains it in a way that makes sense.”
Fellowship and friendship: the group’s stops include bridges and a campsite where Gary and viola live. the next morning, Bryan and Brendan move the couple into a motel (above, far right).
When Bryan was 4 years old and Tim was in utero, their father developed a brain tumor.
Though the tumor proved benign, the elder Mr. Mauk endured a long recovery. The family was without income and teetered dangerously close to homelessness for two years. But Bryan’s work with the homeless goes beyond his family’s understanding that anyone can wind up on the streets, given the wrong circumstances. At John Carroll, he was a sociology major who nearly majored in religious studies, and both disciplines deepened his commitment. Sociology gave him the statistics and tools to take action. Religious studies underscored the divine imperative for reaching out to the poor. At the same time, JCU staff like Patrick Prosser, director of financial aid and an advisor to the Labre Ministry, and Tracee Patterson, a coordinator in the University’s Center for Service and Social Action, helped him develop from a participant in Labre to a thoughtful leader.
the weeks and months and years of mingling, strong relationships form. The homeless find the courage and skills and support to move away from the edge. The students see the interconnections between people and understand how one person can make a difference. As the 200th night unfolds, there is evidence aplenty of the transformative nature of this work. Among their many stops, Bryan and Brendan visited Cadillac Mike, an imposing man with a rich, booming voice. When they first met him four years ago, he lived on the streets and refused their gifts of food. His father had been a welder and his mother a nurse, and he wasn’t raised to take charity. But as he began to look forward to their Friday-night fellowship, he accepted their other gifts. He now lives in a meticulously decorated apartment. Even though he is housed, Bryan and Brendan visit because
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he’s a friend, because they don’t want him to be lonely, because they want to give him the pleasure of entertaining guests. He couldn’t stop talking about how these boys saved his life. He pulled out the program to Bryan and Brendan’s commencement, which he attended. “I will keep this forever,” he said. “When you have people who are this good to you, you need mementos.” They visited Bill, who was panhandling at the entrance of a shopping center and just got out of jail. They visited Joe, who was sleeping under a bridge in the Flats district and woke up long enough to give Bryan career advice. They visited Jean, who lived on the streets for 10 years and was so shy that she didn’t speak to them for a year. She now lives in an apartment
and works in a nursing home and laughs at their jokes. They visited Ricky, who apologized for being drunk the last time they came around. And deep in a nest of cottonwoods, mulberry trees, and sweet-pea vines, they visited a vacant lot where a crowd of homeless hunkered around a boom box. A kind landowner allows them access and gives them firewood and some occasional cash. Gary and Viola have lived there the longest; she used to hide in this spot when her ex-husband beat her. Their campsite has a wooden floor and a camouflage-print tent, and the trees sparkle with the wind-catchers Viola makes from old jewelry. Their refuge had become too much of a good thing, though: Too many homeless people had
been congregating to drink and party. Gary told Bryan that he felt he was slipping backwards, even though he had been close to having a fulltime job and an apartment just a few months ago. So the next morning, Bryan and Brendan returned to pick up Gary and Viola, who sat waiting with packed bags. They moved them to a motel whose owner cuts a break for the homeless when they need to get away from the streets, when a month of showers and sheets and cable television might push them in a new direction. After they settled into their room, enjoying an hour of pizza and conversation, Gary teared up as Bryan and Brendan got ready to leave. “I know these guys love me,” he said. Kristin Ohlson, a writer living in the Cleveland area, is the author of the memoir Stalking the Divine.
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John Carroll university says goodbye to tim russert ’72.
On June 18, 2008, the John Carroll community came together in Saint Francis Chapel to celebrate the life of dear friend and Carroll son Tim Russert, class of 1972, whose sudden passing five days earlier left the campus – and the country – in shock. On the same day, Tim’s memorial service took place in Washington, DC. The nationally televised event was attended by many classmates of Tim’s and other members of the Carroll community, including John Carroll’s president, Reverend Robert L. Niehoff, SJ. Three of Tim’s Carroll friends served as pallbearers: John Caulfield ’72, Bill Brown ’70, and Dennis Quilty ’72. Reverend James Prehn, SJ, led the campus memorial Mass. His homily, which follows, commented on the difference Tim Russert made in the world.
Friend, alumnus: tim russert, 1950-2008
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esus’ warning to be prepared sounds prophetic given our recent unexpected loss. Whenever we experience a death which we did not anticipate, there is an especially disconcerting sense that adds to our mourning. Tim Russert’s death last week has been jarring for the country because we recognized in him a trusted voice in a political arena more often than not marked by exaggeration and misrepresentation. It was not just that Tim was politically astute; he was a believer in a system in which government had to answer to its citizens through the press. We teach our children that our democracy is based on checks and balances, but we can sometimes be cynical in our estimation of how the media plays its role. Tim Russert directly contradicted that cynicism by being transparent, honest, and direct in questions posed to those who purport to lead us. He was neither dismissive nor deferential to the politicians he interviewed; he was always civil and respectful. In that, Tim Russert was a model for all who venture into the field of public service or journalism. Many of us have been surprised at the level of introspection Tim Russert’s passing has caused public servants and journalists. Marc Ambinder writes for the Atlantic, and he commented yesterday that “most of us are exquisitely aware of how our journalism doesn’t
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Salute: After the memorial service in Washington, DC, on June 18, a Carroll contingent gathered on the rooftop of the Kennedy Center and raised a toast to – in the words of classmate John Marcus – “the big Irish guy.” Standing from left are Marty Bergerson ’72, Tom Ryan ’72, Craig Roach ’72, Chris Schuba ’74, Dennis Quilty ’72, Dave Carden ’72, Jack Hague ’72, Mark Pacelli ’72, Joe McMahon, Bill Brown ’70, John Marcus ’72, Paul Gandillot ’70, and Pat Hogan ’72. Kneeling is Frank Maggio ’72.
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always live up to our standards; how it can debase the discourse rather than enhance it; how it can magnify idiotic side stories and render as insignificant the most pressing questions of the day. There are a lot of folks … who emulate Tim Russert consciously and conspicuously. Tim Russert … helped to build and sustain the professional bearings and even confidence of many political journalists because he got it right. He did it right. (It can be done right!)” That is extraordinary praise coming from a peer group that is by nature quite critical. For John Carroll, we recognize in Tim’s passing not just a loss in the area of political journalism, but we mark the loss of one of our own treasured sons. Tim Russert attended John Carroll in the heady days of the Vietnam War and its protests. In the midst of uncertainty and confusion, Tim was recognized with our most prestigious award – the Beaudry Award – for his commitment to leadership and faith. It is a
testament to Tim’s integrity that the things that were important to him as a famous journalist were also important to him as a young man just graduating from college. He didn’t forget where he came from, and he never lost sight of what is truly important. I was watching a rerun of an interview with Tim Russert where he was asked about his own role as a father. His frank honesty was disarming as he answered that he could only hope that the value of a work ethic and intellectual rigor which were given to him were effectively passed on to his son. Tim was proud of his family, his Jesuit education, and his profession. All three join in mourning his being taken from us at such a young age. But we can make sure that Tim’s integrity and passion does not die with him. We can try to live as he did: humbly, respectfully, with both determination and humor. Perhaps in doing so, our sense of loss might be balanced by the joy of a life lived well and for others.
Visit JCU’s “Remembering Tim Russert” website at www.jcu.edu/russert, which includes a message by Fr. Niehoff on Tim’s passing; an account of the Washington, DC, memorial event by John Marcus ’72; and a guestbook of remembrances you can read and to which you can add.
“Goodbye, tim”: this note was placed at the Beaudry shrine on campus after the news of tim’s death.
Carroll Is in the Details
Look closely at the fine points that give the John Carroll campus its unique beauty.
Photography by Daniel Milner
Clockwise from left: D.J. lombardo student Center, administration Building, Kulas porch doors, rodman hall
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Clockwise from upper left: Kulas exterior, Grasselli library/Breen learning Center, Johnson natatorium, Murphy residence hall, D.J. lombardo student Center, saint ignatius of loyola statue, Bernet residence hall
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Clockwise from upper left: administration Building, bust of archbishop John Carroll, Kulas porch, administration Building, Pacelli residence hall, rodman hall
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The start of something Big
Introducing the new tenure-track faculty who have joined John Carroll’s ranks this fall, bringing with them a rich array of experiences. Let the learning begin.
by David Budin
Department: Management, Marketing, and Logistics, Boler School of Business title: Instructor specialty: Marketing Before coming to John Carroll: She most recently served as vice-president of marketing for Management Recruiters International, Inc.
Tina Facca, a native of the Cleveland area, has worked in corporate marketing for seven companies and served as a consultant for a wide range of businesses over the past 18 years. During that same time, she also taught, at different times, at John Carroll, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University. you have been using statistics in marketing. is that unusual? Yes, it is somewhat unusual, but that’s what has given me my edge in my marketing career – the ability to be more quantitative about decisions that are being made and about how money should be spent. It’s the direction and future of marketing. you’ve had this successful career in marketing. is teaching going to be less exciting? No. Teaching marketing is where I want to be right now. We have a lot of work to do in marketing to figure out how we’re going to get our messages across. The typical vehicles we’ve used for the past 20 years – television, cable, direct mail – are becoming passé. We have the Internet, but what about those of us who don’t want to be messaged that way? How do we better understand consumer behaviors and motivate people to do what we want them to do – purchase our product or use our service – in a way that isn’t offensive or bothersome? A lot of that is going to be quantitative: How do we look at the patterns of what people do, find out what they’re interested in, and get a specific message to them, in a way that they associate with a good feeling or motivation? What are your goals in teaching? Our students already have an advantage because they’re here – this is a good school, and this is where you’re expected to be ethical and learn and understand ethics. We need to use that ethical advantage and couple that with preparing our students for the future of marketing – a lot of which is going to be their ability to sit down with the finance people, with the CFO, and say, “This is how we’re spending the money, and this is why, and this is how we’re going to quantify whether or not our project worked.” They have to have that kind of financial and analytical background to be the next round of marketers. So one of my goals would be to see them get into better positions because they’re more quantitatively prepared.
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Department: Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences title: Assistant Professor specialty: International Relations Before coming to John Carroll: She was most recently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, finishing her Ph.D.
After her junior year at the University of Michigan, Jen Ziemke traveled around Africa. The experience made her want to learn more about that continent and stay in one place there. She joined the Peace Corps and lived in a small village in Namibia. When she returned and went to graduate school, she focused much of her attention on African politics and especially what happens in a civil war. What was it about your experiences in africa that got you so interested in civil war? When I was in the Peace Corps, I was living a mile or two from the border with Angola. Namibia was peaceful at the time, and kind of boring, but just a mile or two away was a devastating civil war. So I became curious about it – why don’t I know about this war that’s killed a million people and lasted 40 years? I would visit this border town and talk to truck drivers and people making the journey into Angola. They’d brag about having a 50-50 chance of survival, but that they’d make $10,000 if they could take this load up to the capital city. So I would ask, “Why hasn’t this war come to an end?” One guy finally said, “The reason is that we all want it to keep going.” They were making a lot of money from it; there was a lot of war profiteering. I understand how war is profitable, but when you see whole villages of kids slaughtered, it’s like: What does killing this person have to do with making money? I went to graduate school partly as a way to sort through what I heard and saw. What do you hope to accomplish in the classroom? I think that as teachers, we sometimes forget the most fundamental thing: If you can’t make it interesting, and if you can’t get people to listen, it doesn’t matter what you’re saying. It can be perfect, but if there’s no spark, you’ve lost. So it’s not just talking all the time; it’s showing films, and listening to the music of an area, or bringing in relevant audiovisuals or guest speakers to help cultivate interest. What is your goal in teaching? I want students to get interested in the subject matter, or not even that subject matter, but something about the world, and to get them to see their place in it and that it’s possible for them to achieve their dreams.
Tom short ’86
Department: Mathematics and Computer Science, College of Arts and Sciences title: Professor specialty: Statistics Before coming to John Carroll: He most recently served as a math professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was the department’s assistant chairperson.
Tom Short grew up just a few miles from John Carroll, where he earned his B.S. in math. He coincidentally decided to take this position at JCU shortly after his oldest child decided to attend school here, so they’ll both be at JCU this year. you worked on several articles about topics that seem to have nothing to do with the field of statistics. how do those things fit in with what you do? That’s what’s fun about my job as a statistician – I bring a certain set of tools to any research project. I think of myself as a parasite that just kind of swims through the world looking for projects to attach myself to. People study different things and approach me for help in analyzing their data. These days, with the technology we have, it’s easy for people to collect a lot of data, but they need to have a plan for how to analyze it in a way that’s sensible to an audience. Will you be teaching any of the classes that you took here? One of the classes I’m teaching is called mathematical statistics; it’s a math course, and that’s the course that got me. I didn’t even know that I wanted to be a math major. But I took this course from Jerry Moreno, and it changed my life. I enjoyed the material, and found out I was good at it. So now I get to teach it.
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Prof. Moreno just retired [as assistant professor of mathematics and computer science], and that’s how I got the job. It’s hard for universities to hire statisticians now because there aren’t that many of them coming out of graduate schools, and it’s too appealing to go into industry, where you can basically make double the salary. how did taking that course change your life? My statistical training at John Carroll was kind of theoretical, and I liked it a lot, but the thing that Jerry Moreno did for me was to help me get an internship at Lubrizol [a company based in Wickliffe, Ohio] for a couple of summers, and that’s where I learned the applied side. The combination of my classes and the internships got me going. That’s one thing I hope to bring to John Carroll now: to inspire individual students to go into statistics. There’s such a demand. is that a goal of yours – getting more students involved in that? It’s not so much getting more kids involved as it is getting the ones who are involved to pursue a particular career path. A lot of students like math but don’t know what to do with it. Students coming out of high school don’t always appreciate that there are careers in math and statistics beyond teaching.
Department: Education and Allied Studies, College of Arts and Sciences title: Assistant Professor specialty: Educational Foundations Before coming to John Carroll: In the 2007-08 academic year, Prof. Weems served as a visiting professor in education at John Carroll. She served as an adjunct professor in English at Carroll from 2004 to 2006.
Mary Weems, a Cleveland native, has written, edited, or contributed to books of poetry and has written chapters for several books on topics including education and culture. Since 1996, she has operated Bringing Words to Life, in which she brings language arts and cultural-based programs to schools and other venues. She has also worked as an education consultant, a motivational speaker, and a performance poet, and has served as the official poet laureate of Cleveland Heights since 2007. you were the victim of racial discrimination in one of your classes when you were working on your Ph.D. What effect did the incident have? That experience made me expand my focus, both as a scholar and as an African-American woman who wants to make a change around issues of race, class, and sexual orientation – age is now becoming important to me, also. So I broadened my interest to include a focus on the importance of history, and also honoring and celebrating difference. you’re a working artist – a writer and poet. how does that influence your teaching? The arts are at the heart of my work because I believe, unlike traditional scholarship – which is important, but it’s meant to be read by a particular peer group – that arts can go anywhere. Since I want to have an impact on the community, and the world community, I think that the arts have the power to reach more people. What is your goal in teaching? At the heart of my work is this notion that the imagination and intellect are inextricably linked, and instead of the right-brain/left-brain process for cognition, maybe it’s more like blood circulation, so that the heart represents new ideas, and the intellect – the arteries, veins, and capillaries – comprise everything you’ve ever learned since you were born and took your first cry. So following that, I argue that imagination and intellectual development should be the number-one goal of public schooling, taking into account elements such as [educator and author] Maxine Greene’s aesthetic appreciation, which says, among other things, that we should first teach children that art is created by flawed human beings, like themselves. Next is teaching them to engage in aesthetic expression – oral and written and other kinds – but since literacy is one of my focuses, I concentrate on reading and writing. Then there’s dramatic performance. Those are some of the elements. And then, when you have this pumped-up imagination and intellect, what should you be doing with it? You should be developing a social consciousness that will allow you to do something to make this world a better place.
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Department: Education and Allied Studies, College of Arts and Sciences title: Assistant Professor specialty: School Psychology Before coming to John Carroll: Prof. Allen most recently served as an assistant professor in Youngstown State University’s Department of Counseling and Special Needs.
Ryan Allen has served as the associate director and supervisor of a school psychology clinic, a school psychologist, a psychometrist (a person who administers psychological tests), a counselor in a school for emotionally disturbed adolescents, and a professor at two colleges. you’ve done a lot of different things within your field. so, what do you consider yourself? I’m a school psychologist. When this position opened up, I was glad to get back into a graduate program where you’re training school psychologists, which is a Top-20 U.S. News & World Report field, but one that most people are unfamiliar with. We’re not school counselors. In most cases, we’re employed by a district. We go around to the schools in the district, and whenever there’s a student that they think may have an educational disability, such as mental retardation, a learning disability, or an emotional disability, we complete an evaluation and then, with the team at the school, decide what to do. Why should students consider becoming school psychologists? It’s a wonderful field. The job market is phenomenal. Most people don’t really learn about school psychology until they get done with their bachelor’s degree in psychology and wonder what they’re going to do with it. When you look at the graduate programs, you see there’s clinical psychology, counseling psychology, and school psychology, and when you investigate the job prospects and the type of work, you realize that school psychology rises to the top, in terms of compensation and job security. Did you start college thinking you were going to be a psychologist? No, I was a business major. But my freshman year, I accepted a job in a residential center for children with emotional disabilities and found it completely fascinating. They were working with individuals who were the products of very bad environments and showing the types of extreme behavior that produces. I did that for three and a half years of my undergraduate program, and that got me interested in this field. What are your goals in teaching? Beyond the traditional curriculum, you’ve got to impart to students humility about the field. It’s still a young field – maybe 150 years – so we’ve got a lot to learn. In 20 years, the field will have changed, and probably a great deal. So they must keep up with the research; they must question their assessment and intervention practices on a daily basis.
Tracy Masterson ’97
Department: Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences title: Assistant Professor specialty: Clinical Child Psychology Before coming to John Carroll: Prof. Masterson most recently worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.
Tracy Masterson is a native of the Cleveland area and a graduate of JCU, where she majored in biology. She attended medical school for a year on the way to her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. What’s pediatric psychology? It’s a specialty within the field of clinical child psychology. I think of it as the intersection of psychology and medicine. I work primarily with children and adolescents with medical issues, focusing on the psychological aspects of illness – things like adherence to medications, anxiety about medical procedures, and the promotion of coping skills. you’ve been working in the field of psychology, but you’ve taught before, right? I taught at Kent State University. I was intimidated at first. I came from John Carroll, and my classes here were small. There, they were much larger. But I ended up really liking it. It’s energizing to teach students and get them excited about the field you’re energized about.
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Will it feel strange teaching where you went to school? I don’t think so. I think it will be a nice balance, because I wasn’t in the Department of Psychology. I think if I were going back to biology, where I knew the professors better, I’d have a harder time feeling like I was a faculty member. Plus it’s been a while since I was a student here. It feels great to be coming back to John Carroll, a place where I grew so much academically and personally. I have great friends from John Carroll, and it’s so amazing – they’re all wonderful people and are very successful in all different areas of life. I feel that my experiences at John Carroll have made me a better person and a better student, so it’s nice to get back to that. What are your goals in teaching? My overarching goal is to have students – whether or not they’re psychology majors – apply the knowledge that they learned from the class to enhance their lives. I want them to take something from the course that’s their own, and that they’re interested in. I want to facilitate their enthusiasm in any way I can and be approachable. I want to help students achieve their goals. I think that the teachers who genuinely enjoy their subject and enjoy their job are better and more interesting teachers, and that is what I strive to be as a professor.
Department: History, College of Arts and Sciences title: Assistant Professor specialty: Post-1945 U.S. Women Before coming to John Carroll: She most recently served as a lecturer in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Prof. McAndrew was born in Hawaii (“Malia” is the Hawaiian word for Mary) and lived there for her first three years, until her parents moved back to their native Bradford, Pennsylvania. She recently earned her Ph.D. with a dissertation titled “All-American Beauty: The Experiences of African American, European American, and Japanese American Women with Beauty Culture in the Mid-Twentieth Century United States.” you’ve done all this fascinating research. What about teaching attracts you? I love my research and, obviously, I’m really excited about it, but I think I always wanted to be a teacher. Going through my education, I’d get interested in the material and talk to people about it. And that’s my favorite part about teaching: I read a book, I assign the book to my students, and then I have someone to talk to about this stuff. and some day they’ll be reading your book, right? Definitely. I’ll be assigning it. What are your goals in teaching? A lot of people come out of high school thinking that history is about names and dates. What I try to show students is that history is not as much about facts from the past as it is arguments about the past. And often those arguments about the past reflect changes that are happening in our own society. For a long time, historians wrote about who they believed the important historical players were – presidents and senators and those types. And then, in the middle of the twentieth century, you have the civil rights movement going on, and that’s when many historians were drawn to writing about the history of slave culture and the power of ordinary people, so in many ways our present situation dictates how we interpret the past. What about your personal goals? One is to turn my dissertation into a book. But, also, when I was in grad school, I felt that the whole experience of getting my Ph.D. was very isolating and about myself – life centered on my personal development. I had to focus on my goals and my education. So one of the things that attracted me to John Carroll was the Jesuit mission of serving others. Now that I’m a professional historian, I’m in a capacity to do more, to find a community, to get involved and give back.
David Budin is a writer living in the Cleveland area.
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National student columnist of the year Jenna lo Castro ’09 has something to say – and her own way of saying it.
by Ken Kesegich
The World According
ast spring, when Jenna Lo Castro was named best student columnist nationally in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, she was shocked. “It took a while to sink in,” she says. A senior with a major in communications and minor in English, Ms. Lo Castro was honored for her weekly column, Lo Castro’s Lowdown, in the Carroll News, where she serves as editorial and op-ed editor. The Pittsburgh native, who plans to make her career in print journalism, has been writing the always astute, often satiric, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, and never boring column for a year and a half. Her columns can be serious, as when she scolded “Drunk Debbies,” young women who drink irresponsibly, and scalded the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. More often than not, however, she’s using her sarcastic wit to comment on – and poke fun at – the world around her. Responses to her column are largely positive, she says, but she welcomes the negative, too. “Regardless of whether it’s negative or positive feedback, it’s still feedback,” she says. “That’s another aspect of why I love journalism so much. You can get people riled up – get people thinking and talking.” Now that she’s taken home a big award, does she feel pressure? None at all. “I never sit down and think, ‘I’m going to write the best column ever. I’m going to impress people.’ It’s not like that for me. It’s an outlet, a way to express myself,” she says. “And to be awarded and recognized for that makes it 20 times better.”
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From “Friendly Fitness Findings”
Where can you find the most bizarrely hilarious co-inhabited area on campus? Mosey on down to the Corbo Cardio and Fitness Center at approximately 5 p.m. on any given weekday and you will surely find the epicenter of colliding college lifestyles.... First, you’ll notice the erroneous choice of apparel students wear into the room. Point-incase: Guys’ workout boots. I cannot tell you how many pairs of Tims I’ve seen on sweaty studs. Now guys, I think it’s great that you’re in there working out and feeling the burn, but whatever happened to good ol’ Nikes? Last time I checked, there are no roofs to be thatched or brick walls to be built, so why don’t you try wearing some sneakers the next time you’re in there?
From “Pledging allegiance to the lenten season”
Now if you haven’t given something up yet, shame on you. While feasting on chocolate bunnies and your mom’s ham, you’ve failed to be a true lamb of God. However, before you condemn yourself to some uncreative, imprisoning promise, I would encourage you to peruse alternative options. There’s always the good default of swearing off, well, swearing. Swearing is a positive and surefire way to bring in the holiday, and if you continue to have problems using profanity, you could also replace those coveted words with fun, festive phrases like, “Holy shalom!” and “God Damascus!” You’ll not only improve your knowledge of the holiday, but you’ll put everyone in the spirit (no pun intended). Other almsgivings could include giving up alcohol, or if you’re partial to UV rays, tanning! See, I like the idea of giving up tanning for two reasons. First, you’d obviously be saving yourself from potential skin cancer. Secondly, avoiding the fake bake could sort of be symbolic of you giving up the fiery heat of the Devil’s temptation. Granted you might get pasty, but nothing says purity like skin light enough to blind the Savior himself.
From “the reality Behind reality tv”
Although many would argue that much of reality TV and its characters are scripted, I’d have to make a conjecture that not every single word or idea is actually scripted. I believe that much of what is shown on TV is the actual undertaking of the person. So with that said, I think it’s safe to say that if American society continues to showcase brainless, uninformed and salacious citizens, our country will have far bigger problems than war, global warming and mullets.
From “the hazards of long Distance lovin’”
When we’re talking about LDD [long distance dating], this doesn’t include the kid who thinks he has one of these magical relationships because he has to walk across Belvoir to visit his girlfriend in Hamlin. In Lo Castro’s book of long distance lovin’, a relationship is only considered long distance if two people (or maybe three, depending on how freaky you like to get) are separated either by a state line or a distance of at least 130 miles where you pass at least one grouping of cows on the highway.
Jenna on Jenna
“My mom, hands down. She raised me. She has been one of the driving factors in why I’m doing what I’m doing, and why I want to keep pushing.”
John Carroll influences?
“Dick Hendrickson [associate professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts] has been my mentor. He’s like a sage. The thing I love about him is he’ll tell me straight to my face, ‘You need to rewrite this. What are you doing? Did you not wake up this morning?’”
“I love Nabokov – Lolita is my favorite book. I’m a classics reader. Salinger. Fitzgerald. Brontë. I love Wuthering Heights.”
how would you characterize your writing?
“I push the envelope a little bit. That’s my personality – real sarcastic. I think that people who don’t know me and read it can hear my voice in it, and they understand where my humor is coming from.”
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is there any topic you won’t write about?
“No. Nothing really scares me. If it riles some people up, then that’s what happens, you know? I’m not afraid.”
ThE JESUiT WAY
ather Casimir “Casey” Bukala, SJ, ’54, celebrates his 50th anniversary as a Jesuit this year. The beloved priest and philosophy professor, longtime athletics chaplain, 2002 Alumni Medal winner, namesake of “Casey’s Concourse” in JCU’s Don Shula Stadium, and guiding presence to countless members of the John Carroll community is back on his feet after heart surgery. Fr. Bukala shared his thoughts on what his half century as a Jesuit means to him. As we look back at our life, we stop, wonder, and are often filled with awe at what constitutes our life up to that particular point. The particular point for me is my Golden Anniversary as a Jesuit. Wow! I recall talking
to Fr. Charles Castellano, affectionately known as “Casty,” about the Jesuit vocation when I was an undergraduate. Well, it took me a long time to decide between the diocesan seminary and the Jesuit novitiate. I completed graduate school and, two weeks before I was to leave for Milford Novitiate, was inducted into the army for two years. Our Lord was blessing me in different ways. I entered the novitiate in 1958, was ordained in 1966, started teaching philosophy at John Carroll in 1970 after doctoral studies at Boston College, and continue to wonder at where I’ve been and where I continue to move. People, of course, are the most important thing in our lives. A simple “Hello!” strikes up a
Another member of the Jesuit community at John Carroll is celebrating an anniversary this year. Reverend Francis Lihvar, SJ, ’50, marks his 60th year in religious life. Fr. Lihvar served on the classics faculty from 1970 to 2002, teaching Latin and Greek. Since 2002, he has been a professor emeritus.
relationship that can continue for years, even all time. Being a Jesuit gives me great joy. Often, when someone asks me about my vocation, I get teary eyed with a joy born of being unworthy of something so wonderful. It is an awesome experience for any Jesuit to realize that his personal history is connected with that of Ignatius in the sixteenth century and every other Jesuit who joined him in what he called the least Society. A person once told me that he admired individuals who have a personal relationship with Jesus. I asked him, “Do you want one?” He answered, “Yes.” I responded, “You have it!” All we need to do is to realize that Jesus is there waiting for our “Hello!” which then is followed by a communication and communion that never ends. Having Jesus as a companion and consciously being His companion fills me with an unspeakable joy. I can never thank Our Lord for all the blessings I’ve received and continue to receive in my life. The people I’ve met at different times of my life have been Our Lord’s greatest blessings to me, for which I shall always be grateful. A Jubilee event in Fr. Bukala’s honor is being held September 21 at Church of the Gesu. For information, call the alumni office at 800-736-2586.
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The Many Faces of Philanthropy
“Most people want to be philanthropic. They just don’t know how,” says Robert A. Valente ’69. He guesses that when you’re called on to contribute, the first thing you think of is how much money you can spare right then. It may be a little, or it may be none at all. Mr. Valente, a member of the Magis Society’s Planned Giving Advisory Council and John Carroll University Alumni Board, suggests alternative sorts of giving. You may volunteer your time at an organization’s event. You may have a talent to share. Money is important, as well, but you needn’t consider merely your checking account balance. Instead, you could make the organization a beneficiary of your life insurance policy. You could designate a bank account, or a percentage of a bank account, that would go to the organization, or you could specify that it receives a portion of your IRA at your demise. Alternative giving is planned. “Philanthropy is learned behavior,” Mr. Valente explains. “Therefore, we need to educate people about it.” Mr. Valente has made educating people about money his career. After graduation, he took his English degree from John Carroll back to his hometown of Livonia, Michigan, and taught high school English. In 1972, he returned to Cleveland and began building a financial planning business. He is now president and CEO of RAV Financial Services, LLC, where he continues to put his degree to good use. “In my business, we do a lot of writing,” he says. “I use my education every day to communicate with my clients. A liberal arts degree gives you a great foundation.” Mr. Valente also did some educating at last summer’s Reunion, where he coordinated a class for attorneys to maintain their accreditation. He arranged for three speakers to come to the University and acted as emcee of the event. Over 70 attorneys attended and earned credits related to professionalism, ethics, and substance abuse. He also conducted a financial planning session for Reunion attendees. Why does he devote so much time and energy to John Carroll? Because it’s part of the Jesuit tradition. “I’m a product of eight years of Jesuit education,” he says. “They gave me a great education. I want to perpetuate the tradition. I want to be of service to my community.” When talking to individual alums, he asks, “What contribution have you made back to John Carroll?” Mr. Valente serves many other organizations as well. One of the most meaningful to him is the Gathering Place, a support center for those touched by cancer. After suffering a series of cancer deaths in his family, he wanted, he says, “to give back to those institutions that reflect my passions.” He also serves the Cleveland Museum of Art, the American Cancer Society, and the Cleveland Orchestra, among many others. “You take the money you earn to perpetuate what you believe in,” he says. “There’s a great deal of pleasure in giving back.” Kathy Ewing
Giving back: Bob valente ’69 serves John Carroll and many other organizations.
The Jesuits gave me a great education. I want to perpetuate the tradition. – Bob Valente ’69
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Head coach: Regis Scafe 2007 record: 6-4, 2007 OAC record and finish: 5-4, tied for 4th Key returning players: DE Ken Bevington ’09 (preseason All-American), QB Mark Petruziello ’09, RB Tyler Gingrich ’09, LB Michael Nettling ’09, DB Carlo Melaragno ’09 Key dates: 9/20 at Baldwin-Wallace; 9/27 vs. Heidelberg (Homecoming); 11/1 at Mount Union Keys to success: Winning the opening two games of the season on the road at Thomas More and BaldwinWallace, followed by a Homecoming win over Heidelberg, would go a long way to rebuilding positive momentum for the Blue Streaks. Quoting the coach: “We have a very experienced team coming back. It is rare that graduation doesn’t wipe out one side of the ball or one particular area of the team. This was a case where the losses were spread out, and, as a result, we return veteran talent in every position.”
Fall sports Previews
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
Head coach: Dara Ford 2007 OAC men’s finish: 7th, 2007 OAC women’s finish: 5th Key returning runners: Melissa Thorne ’11, Michelle Grossman ’11, Julie Myers ’09, Nick Habursky ’09 Key dates: 9/19 at National Catholic Invitational (South Bend, IN); 10/10 at AllOhio Championships (Delaware, OH); 11/1 at OAC Championships (Marietta, OH) Keys to success: The women’s team returns almost all of its runners. Early season results will indicate just how much of a force they could be by the time the OAC meet rolls around. A youthful men’s team may need time to gel, but if the potential of the newcomers pans out, the Blue Streaks could be a dark horse at the conference championship. Quoting the coach: “We have over 15 freshmen coming into the program this year, and a number of them could make an impact right away.”
Head coach: Tracy Blasius 2007 record: 6-10-3, 2007 OAC record and finish: 2-5-3, tied for 6th Key returning players: M Caitlyn Walton ’10, F Elizabeth Daigler ’10, GK Michelle Zrebiec ’09 Key dates: 10/3 vs. Capital, 10/21 at Otterbein; 10/28 vs. Baldwin-Wallace Keys to success: Health! Injuries have done as much damage to the Blue Streaks over the last several seasons as any opponent. A deeper and more experienced roster could prevent such an occurrence in 2008. If JCU is above .500 after its ten-match non-conference schedule, the Blue Streaks could be erika eberhardt ’10 an OAC title contender. Quoting the coach: “We have enough experience and talent that we should expect to be an improved team this year. We have a number of players who have essentially grown up together in the program. The longer we can keep our lineup and rotation healthy and intact, the more likely we will be successful.”
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Head coach: Hector Marinaro 2007 record: 13-8-1, 2007 OAC record and finish: 6-3, 3rd (won postseason tournament) Key returning players: D Mike Pinter ’09, F Louis Kastelic ’09, GK Matt DeMarchi ’10 Key dates: 9/20 vs. Ohio Wesleyan; 10/5 at Capital, 10/25 vs. Wilmington Keys to success: Replacing OAC Forward of the Year Alex Bernot ’08 will be a priority as JCU returns ten starters from last year’s NCAA playoff team. If the offense can find itself in the early going against the likes of powerhouses such as Denison, Case Western Reserve, and Ohio Wesleyan, that will bode well for the conference schedule. Quoting the coach: “We were definitely playing our best at the end of the year. It was a shame it came to an end when it did and how it did [penalty kicks in the second round of the NCAA playoff]. But we have a good recruiting class to add to a veteran roster. The key for us is to not let expectations get in the way of preparations. If we can keep our heads on straight and stay healthy, we can be a good team this year.”
louis Kastelic ’09
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Head Coach: Cally Plummer 2007 record: 12-17, 2007 OAC record and finish: 3-6, 7th Key returning players: OH Meagan Gambone ’09, DS Emily Jackson ’09, S Meredith McDiarmid ’11 Key dates: 9/10 vs. Notre Dame College (home opener), 10/3 vs. Ohio Northern, 10/14 vs. Capital Keys to success: A good record in the September in-season tournaments would be a confidence boost, but the Blue Streaks are seeking wins against conference powers. JCU will get that chance right out of the gate, hosting defending league champ Ohio Northern in its OAC opener 10/3. Quoting the coach: “We took a giant leap forward in that we were competitive in nearly every match we played last season, especially in conference. The next leap we must take is that when we step on the court, we not only believe we can win but we expect to win. We can no longer be satisfied with just being competitive or taking away a moral victory.”
Hall of Fame Athletes
John Carroll University will make history this year as it will induct a team for the first time along with six individuals as part of its 2008 Athletic Hall of Fame class. London Fletcher ’98 (football), Matt Lemieux ’98 (track & field), Carrie McVicker ’98 (softball), Chris Connelly ’94 (wrestling), Kim MacDougall Moore ’90 (swimming), and Doug Dickason ’88 (football and baseball) will be inducted into the JCU Athletic Hall of Fame this year. They will go in alongside the 1974-75 John Carroll wrestling squad, which captured the first – and what remains the only – team national championship in school history. On September 27, as part of Homecoming Weekend, the inductees will also be honored during halftime of the JCU football game against Heidelberg. In the next issue of John Carroll magazine, look for more information on the athletes and their accomplishments.
Athletics was written by Christopher Wenzler ’90
From left, Meredith McDiarmid ’11, Meagan Gambone ’09, laura isbell ’10, and Celia Mastrione ’10
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enrollment update and guide to the college admission process
Care for the
ne size does not fit all in the college selection process. The visit experience offered through the Office of Admission at John Carroll has changed to reflect the growing needs of today’s savvy visitors. The days of offering just a tour and presentation are long gone, and John Carroll has added more meaningful campus visits for students. A personalized visit to campus is one of the most effective ways for a senior in high school to get a feel for the John Carroll community.
It Takes a Campus
Whether a visitor would like to take a student-led tour, sit in on an information session or a class, sample the cuisine in our newly designed dining hall, or meet individually with members of the community, we can arrange it. In true John Carroll fashion, many people across the campus have helped augment the admission presence. Over 21 different academic departments and various student groups are ready to help. “Families continually become more sophisticated and expect a more comprehensive experience to help make a decision about investing in a college,” says Heidi Razavi, coordinator of personalized visits. “The college search is such a stressful experience for some families, and for a student to have met a number of faculty and students provides such a relief in the admission process. They have people they will recognize across campus a few short months later.” People make the John Carroll community distinctive, and our personalized visits allow students to imagine what the next four years might look like. Do I like the food? Are there enough things to do? Can I get involved in meaningful activities for me? As we listen to what each individual student hopes to see, we can tailor the visit to his or her needs (see sample itinerary, page 33). For some, a tour with a student and an information session will suffice. For others, there may be concerns about financial aid, and the parents can meet with a financial counselor while their child observes a freshman class. New for fall 2008, various student leaders across the campus, such as those in student government, will be available to meet with prospective students to discuss common interests and the roles they play on campus.
While some colleges have adapted their campus visits in similar ways, John Carroll continues to fine tune the process. This year, students on the admission
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Tips for a Great Personalized Visit
n Know yourself and what you want your experience to be; n Plan your visit around other good events on campus or in the city (if you want to play football, visit campus when there’s a game or practice you can observe). Check www.jcu.edu/visit to find a good time to visit; n Call 10 days in advance to be sure we can make it work.
mailing list will receive periodic e-mails detailing the events and activities of the campus that are open to them. Brian Williams, vice-president for enrollment, says, “Once students see the strength of our academic programs and the success of our graduates, they need to distinguish one school from another on other factors. For some, it means catching a home sporting event; for others it may be getting tickets for The Winter’s Tale when the Actors from the London Stage perform in September [see On Campus, page 7]. It is about allowing our visitors to catch a glimpse of our campus in action.” Cleveland also is becoming an exciting backdrop to the campus visit experience. For many visitors, a trip to John Carroll
may be their first visit to Cleveland. Out-of-town visitors will find good advice and an overview of the regional activities and attractions on the admission website. Discount rates on various area restaurants, hotels, and museums have been established through our Campus Visitor Partnerships in the community. So calling for a visit to campus can easily become a great visit to the region.
online and one of our visitor coordinators will contact you to create an individual itinerary. Two weeks’ advance notice for your desired date to visit is highly recommended. Please give us a call and we will be happy to advise you on the best time to come to campus to ensure a pleasant and memorable visit.
For those of you unable to visit campus this
scheduling Your Visit
Our personalized visits are open to high school seniors and are offered during fall and spring semester – however, they may be limited during school vacations, final exam weeks, or high-volume visit days. You can make your visit request
fall, we may be coming to a city near you. our full travel schedule listing school visits, college fairs, and hotel receptions will be online in early september. Be sure to check out www.jcu.edu/travel for our up-to-date admission recruiting trips.
sample Personal Visit Itinerary from 2007-2008
9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. Meeting with professor Admission presentation Campus tour Lunch with current student from hometown Class observation Meeting with Financial Aid Meeting with director of intramurals
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Letters of Recommendation
s you are reviewing applications for colleges, you have probably noticed that most of them require
necessarily reflected solely in a student’s GPA and test scores.” At John Carroll, we are focused on more than the objective information captured in your application. Just like your essay and writing samples, good recommendation letters give us insight into who you are – a glimpse of the person behind the statistics. In order to take full advantage of this facet of your application, the Office of Admission has developed the following tips for successfully submitting an effective recommendation letter.
who writes it. We would rather read a recommendation from a math teacher in whose class you struggled – which can tell us how hard you worked to seek help and extra credit opportunities – instead of a generic letter that could apply to many students. Consider a couple of different people who can attest to different facets of your personality – your leadership, service, extracurricular involvement, and success both in and out of the classroom. Remember, specific examples give us extra insight and help us determine if you
at least one letter of recommendation, and you may be wondering how important it actually is to your application. Here at John Carroll, we personally read and evaluate every single piece of your application. Most parts of the application are objective facts and figures – your grade point average, test scores, and your classes taken. A recommendation letter provides supporting evidence and examples that you will be a successful and contributing member of the John Carroll community. Tom Fanning, director of admission and retention, says, “We want to be assured that the student is going to succeed here, and that is not
select the Right People
Make sure that you ask people who know you well and can be specific. What is written is more important than
can contribute and be successful at JCU. There is also no magic number of recommendations to get. If various letters will show different sides of you, then include the letters. If five letters all say “You are a pleasure to have in class,” then that is too many. You are presenting yourself to the admission committee, so make sure the letters show us who you are.
Think about your overall application and select recommenders who can either highlight specific parts of your application,
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Passing the Torch
The University’s Enrollment Division is ready to hand off a diverse and dynamic class of 2012 to the campus community. At the time of printing, the class of 2012 will be the largest freshman class for John Carroll in five years. Class of 2012: By the numbers
(as of 8/25/2008) n 805 students (11.8% larger than class of 2011) n 51:49 male:female ratio n From 21 states, Puerto Rico, 4 foreign countries n 12.5% students of color n Religiously diverse n 27% have at least one JCU alum in their family n Average high school GPA: 3.34 n 19.6% in top 10% of high school n 59% in top 30% of high school
address deficiencies, or share information that speaks to something not mentioned in the application. Tom Fanning loves “recommendations that tie to the record” because they provide a more in-depth discussion about specific pieces of the application or fill in gaps for elements that may not have been addressed. When asking for a recommendation letter, make sure the recommender knows if there is something specific you want to be addressed, and provide factual information that will help the person offer examples.
letters, be sure to give them additional information, such as your résumé or a list of activities and achievements, a copy of your application essay, and the colleges and universities that will be receiving the letter and why you want to attend. This will allow recommenders to be as specific as possible. Finally, provide the recommender with an envelope that is stamped and pre-addressed to the appropriate school.
counselors take great pride in personally reading and evaluating each component of your application, and we especially enjoy the pieces that give us the opportunity to learn more about you, like your letter of recommendation. We believe that this approach makes our review process personal and holistic, allowing us to go beyond the objectivity of test scores and GPAs. Your recommendation letter helps us to know you through the eyes of others and to imagine what you can contribute to the John Carroll community.
Many students forget this very crucial step in securing recommendation letters – thanking the people who advocated for them! Recommenders put time and effort into helping you with your college application process; you should acknowledge and thank them for that commitment. It is also a nice gesture to let your recommenders know which school you decide to attend and thank them again for their part in helping you be admitted into the school of your choice. At John Carroll, our admission
Make It easy for the Writer
Make sure you give people plenty of notice when asking them to write a letter of recommendation; most admission counselors recommend asking at least a month in advance. Realize your favorite teacher may be asked to write many letters, and most colleges have the same deadline – you don’t want yours to be the last one written or to have that teacher need to say no. Once you have people who have agreed to write
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The Golden Years
Send your notes to: larry Kelley ’36 16213 Marquis Ave. Cleveland, OH 44111 216-941-1795
After Reunion is the most difficult time to gather news for the column, unless it’s your anniversary year. Then you can thank all who attended and fill pages on what they have been doing since they graduated – and criticize those who didn’t make the affair. I missed this year’s Saturday night affair for we graduates who have 50 years or more since we left JCU. This is the first one I missed since I retired from NASA in 1980. I had a prior engagement in Columbus and was too late getting back to Cleveland – rain and hail! Bill Muth called me earlier in the week to see if I was going to attend; later on he called me and had to cancel. He wasn’t feeling too well – his legs are giving him a little trouble. ... Honors are still coming to Charles “Chuck” Heaton ’38. In the Plain Dealer on July 19, 2008, at the end of Mike McIntyre’s column “Tipoff,” he stated that the Press Club of Cleveland had established an award in his name. “The award will be given in November to the print, radio, or television journalist who best exemplifies the sensitivity and humility which, along with his writing talents, were traits exhibited by Heaton.” This will be a tough job for the members of the Press Club. ... I don’t think I could close my column without mentioning Tim Russert ’72 and his untimely death. Not only is it a loss to John Carroll and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law but to anyone who had met him. My wife gave me a copy of his book Big Russ about three Fathers Days ago, and I finally finished it this past summer. He mentioned visiting Dachau and Southport, England, where his dad crashed in a B-24 on his way to a hotel that the Air Corps took over and used for R&R. His dad was pulled out of the burning plane. Frances, my wife, was in the Red Cross assigned to the hotel after she closed up the Aero Club in Ireland. On VE Day, May 8, 1945, we were married at St. Mary Catholic Church – our reception was held at the Aero Club. Maybe I’ll send the pictures to Luke, Tim’s son, who is a “big chip off the old block.” So ’til later – keep praying. Just Larry
to Ireland (O’Noetzel? McNoetzel?). He was in Galway, which, until five years ago, had a Giblin hotel. He also visited a popular shrine in Roscommon. I am guessing that he was accompanied by some of his o’family. ... Jim Carey volunteers two days a week at the West Side Catholic Center, where he helps people who did not graduate from high school try for their GED. He assists them with simple math. ... lou sulzer missed the lunch meeting at Pizzazz. He had to take Bea to the doctor for a check up. It was the first time that she could see a general practitioner, rather than a “baby” doctor. ... This is the time in Florida when you can take a shower by stepping out of doors. We all have our instructions to have several gallon jugs of fresh drinking water, fresh batteries for flash lights, and enough food (canned etc. that does not have to be frozen) to last one week. Our apartment building is stressed for a category 4 storm (about 150 mph wind gusts). I maintain a week’s supply of ice cubes, with a week’s supply of adult beverages. All this excitement comes at no additional cost, and lasts into November. ... I spend a lot of my waking hours gleaning stuff from the Internet, which is printed out. I have a mailing list of “shut-ins” (old folks) and hospital patients. I try to make a mailing twice a week, so they get mail with a stamp on it, not an ad or a request for donations. Keeps me off the street. Once again, I am indebted to John J. sweeney for managing the Cleveland news bureau. Carl Send your notes to: art Wincek 2015 Maciel Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062 831-475-1210 [email protected]
We’ve learned about Frank honn’s activities in prior articles: his directorships of German Chemical companies, trusteeship of Fairleigh Dickinson College, NJ, his support of the New Jersey Symphony, and many other activities. His family received a call prior to graduation from a former colleague of his dad’s at General Cable Corporation, Rome, NY, inviting him to come there to work. Three days later, Frank arrived there and was escorted to the lab where he was to work and met his new boss. He found lodging for $5
per week. General Cable was a fully integrated cable works that started with copper ingots and made everything from tiny magnet wires for winding motors to huge submarine cables. In 1942, the largest volume product was army field wire, which was strung all over Europe after D-Day. Frank cooperated in developing a new generation of magnet wire that operated at high temperatures, permitting more horsepower in smaller motors. He also worked on the new synthetic rubber and plastics, PVC and polyethylene. In 1943, lab operations were moved to Bayonne, NJ, where he worked until 1945 on war-related wire and cable projects. He earned an MS from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, where he met the famous Herman Mark, a German refugee who established the Polymer Institute. A new assistant at Bayonne introduced Frank to his cousin Alyce, whom he married August 25, 1943. After the war, he received a fellowship at Mellon Institute that was sponsored by Armstrong Cork. Here he became exposed to the development of new cement for joining compound lenses. He gave his dissertation on autoxidation of drying oils for his PhD. With his new degree, he joined M.W. Kellogg for pioneering in the new field of fluoroelastomers. Frank came to JCU via St. Ignatius High School and was the acknowledged “smartest member” of our class (although he had a lot of bright competitors). He might have been rivaled by the late Fr. Nick Novosel, who came with a 99.7% average from Cathedral Latin. Nick left for the seminary at the end of two years. He died while he was pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Mentor, OH. Frank was science and Fr. Nick was arts. ... Job description updates: tom Corrigan was in sales at Chase Brass; sales and regional manager at Okonite in Michigan, and regional sales manager for Okonite while in Chicago. ... Ken Fitzgerald became tenured professor at Syracuse University in 1973 in social work. In 1956, he was in NYC with the Council on Social Work and developing schools of social work for Central and South America. In ’57, he also worked with the American Foundation for the Blind. Ken can be found in several Who’s Who: Education, In the East, America, and The World. ... alfred i. Johns, formerly Iacobucci, was a backfield man on the JCU football team who came via Cleveland Heights High School. Al participated in the 1936 Charity Game in the 0-0 tie with Cathedral Latin
Send your notes to: Carl Giblin 1100 Ponce DeLeon Blvd., 401 N Clearwater, FL 33756 727-518-7961 [email protected]
Sunset in South Flordia is a watercolor by James o’Connell Morgan ‘40. (see also “Who are they?” on page 38.)
Jim schlecht’s 90th birthday was “party time” prepared by his three sons and the entire parish of St. Noel Church in Willoughby Hills. The entire parish honored Jim. He was a lector at his Euclid parish for 44 years. His brother-in-law, Jim Fleming, came out of the desert in Mesa, AZ, to get a free meal and some adult beverages. He had 98 friends at his big blast! (I don’t even know 98 people!) ... Bud noetzel just returned from a trip
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and also the mid-season game at Cleveland Heights field, which was a 6-6 tie. Within days of graduation, he reported to the U.S. Army and went to Camp Bowie, TX. He was with a Youngstown, OH, group and became a master sergeant, declining a commission. He then went to Louisiana for Pacific South Seas training, then New York, Northern Ireland, Scotland thru England, and eventually the Battle of the Bulge – so much for South Sea training. Again he was offered a commission and declined. He came out of the army in 1946 and went to work for Oliver Corp. tractor manufacturer and worked as an inventory clerk for 16 years until the company moved to Iowa. He spent the next 16 years at National Acme in inventory management. He recalled stories of tony Byrne, our late classmate who became a rancher in northern California. Art Send your notes to: Bruce e. Thompson 2207 South Belvoir Blvd. University Hts., OH 44118 216-382-4408 away a tear or burst out with a cheer. With a favorable timely break in the weather, the reunion congregation headed for their class pictures and dining locations accompanied by the skirling of bagpipes. We headed to a partially illuminated Dolan Science Center, a storm casualty, now functioning on an auxiliary generator. Even so, a staircase in the Muldoon Atrium provided a perfect setting for the 10 1943ers’ class photo. In case you were wondering: 18 were in our 2003 picture, 24 in 1998, and 29 in 1993 - our 50th Reunion. Next was cocktail hour, in the hospitality of nearby classes until power was totally restored. Dinner was then served. Fr. Niehoff and Doreen Riley, VP for University advancement, visited to meet and greet our senior gathering and to present “Greatest Generation” plaques (reproductions of the feature spreads in the summer ’08 issue of John Carroll magazine) to Leo Bedell, Tom Dunnigan, Mitch Shaker, and Bruce Thompson. Don Coburn’s sons accepted for him. Unfortunately, Pete Bernardo ’67, whom I consider the “fountain” of JCU information, was delayed at his previous commitments. By the time he reached us, our group had dispersed. Sad, sad, sad. ... And so we came to the end of our 65th Reunion. To those who couldn’t make it, we missed you, we really missed you. We thought about you, talked about you, and raised our glasses in toast to you. The 2009 Reunion is scheduled for June 19-21. That will be number 66 for us. Let’s try to get together then. We will sit with the Gray Streaks, those alums out 50 years or more, but not on their official 5-year reunion cycle. Incidentally, putting our attendance of 10 in a comparative context, the class of ’42 had four attend their 65th. The class of ’41 had one. ... Take care, Bruce
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Thanks to all the readers who helped identify people on the summer issue’s Images of Carroll page. In the large photo on the right half of the page, the man wearing suspenders is Vaughn Monroe, according to Paul Bohn ’49. His fellow performer, wearing the letterman sweater, says Mr. Bohn, is Bob Beaudry ’50, for whom the University’s Beaudry Award is named. Jack Reilly ’50, class notes columnist, also identified Mr. Beaudry. In the photo of the four men highkicking, the third man from the left is James O’Connell Morgan, class of 1940. In her note, his daughter-in-law Joy Morgan writes, “Jim Morgan says, ‘I could never really dance.’ He is still living in Keller, Texas, and is still married to his lovely wife, Mary.” Julie Sutton Hubach, describing the same photo, identified the man on the far left: “Al Sutton ’40 was my father, and it was great to see the photo of him during his great years at JCU.” She, too, pointed out Mr. Morgan. Ken Fitzgerald ’42 writes to say he’s in the group photo at the bottom right on the page. He’s in the first row, fourth from the right. By the beanies they are all wearing, Mr. Fitzgerald places the photo from the fall of 1938, when he and his classmates were freshmen. The orchestra photo, upper left, was taken at Notre Dame College around 1940, according to information sent by the college’s archivist, Patricia Harding. The photo shows NDC and JCU musicians under the direction of Notre Dame’s Louis Balogh.
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“Sons of Carroll gather near her” – Ten of the remaining 26 ’43 classmen did just that, returning to campus for our 65th Class Reunion Mass and dinner. Attending were leo Bedell with son John, Marge ’81G and Pete Diemer, tom Dunnigan, ed hurley and daughter Maureen ’83 celebrating her 25th, Norma and Jack Kerr, ed Kipfstuhl, Rita and Dick Moriarty, Mitch shaker and daughter Kathy and son-in-law James Earnhart, Jerry sullivan, Mary Ruth and Bruce thompson. ... JCU professor Miles Coburn ’75G and Howard ’76, sons of Elaine and Don Coburn, dined with us and accepted Don’s “Greatest Generation” plaque in his absence. [Editor’s note: Miles Coburn was tragically killed in an accident in August. See page 4.] sal Calandra and Milan Busta were on campus for a short luncheon visitation. Let’s backtrack for a moment to Friday. Festivities began at 6 p.m., the president’s State of the University address, reception, and dinner – Tom Dunnigan and yours truly were on hand. President Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, stressed the need for the addition and modification of campus facilities (that’s a difficult project considering our “land locked” situation), and returning enrollment to former levels. Fortunately, just over 800 are enrolled for September ’08, compared to 720 in September ’07, while maintaining GPA entering averages at previous high levels. Rain threatened throughout Saturday, but the drenching electrical storm held off ’til 800 or 900 people were sheltered in Gesu for the ceremonial reunion Mass. Accompanied by brass and string orchestra, and excellent choral music, the Mass was inspiring. The Moment of Remembrance ceremony, the reading of classmates’ names deceased since our last reunion, was a poignant recitation. Class of 1943 members deceased since 2003 are: syl Bobinski, Jack Bruch, John v. Corrigan, Warren Corrigan, Rev. Claude Gaebelein, Bob Gorman, Rev. Dick huelsman, SJ, ray lanigan, Jack leslie, Frank Mokris, tony nicolay, al Piccuta, Dick schmidle, arnold schmidt, Joe tulley, John Whelan, Bob Wilson, and Joe Wolff. The Mass-closing alma mater is always a moving moment, one to whisk
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Dottie and harry Badger were the only attendees at the ’08 Reunion from our class. They had fun sitting with other alumni whom they knew. Thanks for showing up – all the best to Harry and Dottie. ... Dr. Joe Kolp has gone through some serious heart surgery recently but he is feeling fine now. His trouble started with a very mild chest pain. At the hospital, they found a 95% blockage in the main artery to the heart. His advice: “At our ages, get any pain checked out immediately.” ... Talked to Dr. Bob Colopy, who is still on the mend. Remember him in your prayers. ... If anyone knows the whereabouts of tom Whalen, please send me a note or call the alumni office, 216-3974336. All news about class members will be welcomed. ... Till next time, all the best, Don Send your notes to: ed Cunneen 22020 Halburton Rd. Beachwood, OH 44122 216-561-1122 [email protected]
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During the summer, the Office of Alumni Relations made changes to continue strengthening itself as a resource for alumni. The office welcomed two regional directors of advancement and enrollment, newly created positions shared between the divisions of University advancement and enrollment. Erin Collins ’99 will concentrate her efforts in the Greater Chicago area, conducting alumni outreach and recruitment of future students. Paula Hermann erin Collins ’99 will do the same in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions (D.C. to New England). Ms. Collins was most recently the manager of philanthropy at Rush North Shore Medical Center in Paula hermann Skokie, Illinois. A Carroll alumna, she brings a strong commitment to the
because of his Carroll School of Business education, he was assigned to the administration of Borromeo Seminary, where he served for over 20 years, then served as pastor of fast-growing congregations in Orrville and Wadsworth, OH. He then retired from administrative duties. He moved to St. Charles parish in Parma, OH, to reside and perform priestly duties, where he made many new friends. Jim was conscientious, dedicated, talented, effective, and was happy in the performance of his various duties over the years. Jim was a good friend to many, all of whom are proud to have known him, and will miss his easy smile. ... Send news, good news preferred, all reported with reasonable accuracy. Tom Send your notes to: Jack reilly 1371 Dill Rd. South Euclid, OH 44121 216-291-5762 [email protected]
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University’s mission. Ms. Hermann, a graduate of Wright State University, most recently served as the assistant public relations director at Loyola College in Maryland. She is no stranger to John Carroll, as her husband, Michael, is a member of the class of 1982. Earlier in the summer, Theresa Spada ’04 was promoted from reunion coordinator to assistant director of alumni relations. Her expanded duties include management of JCU Connect and the online theresa spada ’04 alumni community. Ms. Spada will also supervise the new reunion coordinator, a position expected to be filled soon. Rounding out the changes in the alumni office, administrative assistant Christine Anderson recently moved to a support position in the annual giving office. The administrative assistant position in the alumni relations office, and a new position of young alumni/student engagement coordinator, are expected to be filled soon.
It is always difficult to write about a classmate who has passed away. Unfortunately, Bill sweeney left us on June 20, the date of the alumni Reunion Weekend. Bill achieved success in the business world, as a combat dogface soldier, and he received the Bronze Star for valor. He was a successful businessman, developing a large insurance firm. Over the years, one of his greatest interests was John Carroll. He loved the school and was always concerned with Carroll’s enrollment, finances, and curriculum. He was genuinely uplifted by the school’s achievements in football, basketball, etc. Bill was interred next to his wife, Mary Ann, and son John. ... Reunion is a wonderful event. For our class, it started on Friday, June 20, and the following day with a beautiful Mass and ceremony followed by cocktails, dinner, and dancing in the Dolan Science Center Muldoon Atrium. Sunday, a sendoff with a great breakfast. In attendance were Texas Joe Walker his wife, Nora, and daughter Mary. “Casey at the Bat” Bill Brugeman, Toledo Bill Claus with wife Marjorie. Also in attendance were Francis hogan and wife Rosemarie, Jack Quinlan and wife Catherine. Dr. Bill Duhigg and Julius sukys and friend. Bill Coyne and Charlie eder were unable to attend because of illnesses. ... I had an opportunity to visit Bill Kelly at beautiful Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, OH. ... Best wishes to all. Adios, J.P.S
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Paul Bohn recently brightened my day by sending a report of his activities, ailments, accidents, repairs, and resulting new pains. In the hope that his humor might exaggerate his problems, I called Paul, and am pleased to report that he is as healthy and happy as you or I, or any other 84-year-old gentleman. Paul recalls that in the ’60s, when he was with NASA, its concentration was on the development of new fuels, and then it was redirected to “space shots” as its mission. Now, he hopes that a review of the old records may provide some much-needed help. ... Jim Conry had undergone treatment for cancer, and to everyone’s dismay, died on July 15. Jim graduated from the business school at Carroll, and immediately became a salesman of business machines, a busy sector of the economy, where he was very successful. While on vacation, he participated in a retreat, at the conclusion of which Jim applied for admission to the seminary. After ordination,
The 2008 Reunion is over and our 1950 class is already thinking about our 60th in 2010. We hope you will start thinking about attending. Rita and John Buckon, KT and Jim Conway, Lois and len terry, and Fred Korey attended. Making his first visit since graduating was Gerry Fenton and wife Stephanie. He said the campus changes were greater and more impressive than what he had read about. I had a mini reunion that same weekend at my granddaughter’s wedding.
Besides myself were my grandson Steve Kowalski ’03 and Dave Galvin ’91. Dave is a deacon at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, WV. We saluted JCU in the appropriate manner. ... John Chambers had an 80th birthday party given by his wife, Helen. Attending were eugene lavelle and wife Monica and Helen Sennett. Gene and John grew up within walking distance of JCU. Gene said he just returned from Florida via the Auto Train and said it’s a great way to travel. Gene worked for the family mechanical contracting business and retired 13 years ago. The Lavelles had three children: two girls and a son who passed away a few years ago. Gene’s favorite saying is “I’m getting older every year.” ... Sorry to report that George Murphy, Lakewood, OH, and robert sheil, Ft. Myers, FL, passed away since our last issue. Our prayers and condolences go out to their families. ... robert Brihan, Windsor, CT, and wife Irene have five children and eight grandchildren. He spent 25 plus years with Wyeth Labs. Over the past few years, he has had a number of surgeries and considers himself close to being “bionic.” ... One of the other twins, ernest Centa, Euclid, OH, (brother Emil was in last issue) and his wife, Lillian, have three children and three grandchildren. Ernest and his wife still try to go to Europe every year, always through Slovenia. Still active part time in his law practice, Ernest finds time to play the stringed bass in both the Euclid and Lakeland Civic Orchestras. One of his daughters is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and taught music in China.
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... James leonard, Berea, OH, taught and was department chair of the Liberal Arts Department at Cuyahoga Community College’s west campus, in Parma, OH. He has been there for 42 years and still teaches philosophy part time. He also taught Latin, English, and religion. He and his wife, Kay, have five children and 16 grandchildren – one a Carroll grad. Originally from Akron St. Vincent’s, Jim joined the Jesuits after graduation from JCU and taught at St. Ignatius. ... Jerry Driscoll, Carlsbad, CA, spent 31 years in the United States Navy as a pilot, mostly on patrol type planes, attaining the rank of captain. After retiring from the navy, he spent the next 14 years with Logicon. He and wife Rose Marie have six children and 17 grandchildren. They spend their spare time traveling and visiting with the grandkids. ... Paul Morrison, Indianapolis, was ill when I called, so his wife, Joyce, and daughter Paula filled me in. Paul spent 30 plus years in sales with Broadhead Garrett Co., retiring in 1987. The Morrisons have three children: two boys and a girl. Paul spends his free time with his second greatest love, his grandchildren. Get well soon, Paul. ... Until the next column, God bless and all the best. Please remember in your prayers our deceased classmates. Jack
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As we go on in our lifetime, we have plans and ideas that help us to serve our family, our country, and most important, our God. We travel life’s path determined to make this world a better place for all. Our class was a different university class as we were a mixture of many ages. We were veterans from WWII, some married with children, and most were older than the usual freshman in college. There were those of us that just graduated from high school. Today, we have spent many years contributing to our society. Tell us about your life and family. Why not take a few minutes to renew your memories of years ago. We belong to the Gray Streaks – 50-year-plus alumni. Maybe the monthly Gray Streaks Luncheon would be a way to see old friends. ... Lillian and Bill switaj spent some time traveling to their granddaughters’ college graduations. First a trip to Dayton, OH, and then on to Chicago for a performing arts college graduation, something different but unique. Now Bill and Lillian are hosting a family reunion. ... As we age, we find that we need some help, and we call all of you to remember our dear 1951 Gray Streaks in prayer. This past week, Bill riski’s wife, Amy, called to say that he was recovering from a serious illness and needs our prayer for speedy recovery. Maybe a note or phone call would help Bill – 440-9436975. ... As for Ruth and Don, that’s me, we are awaiting the birth of our 4th great-grandson. ... Why not spend a couple of minutes to tell us about your life. E-mail me. Don
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Happy summer, everyone (at last)! Much has gone on since the last column. First there was the Alumni Awards Dinner, at which I was given the Silver Quill award for being a columnist. I never thought I would be given this honor, so I was delighted. I had some of my children and their spouses to help celebrate, which made it even more memorable for me. ... June 21 was the annual dinner on Reunion Weekend. I sat with Jim Previt, his wife Jo, and daughter Renee. I asked Jim why he never sent me any news, and he said larry Casey is in charge of that department. Well, Larry does send me news, but mainly funny e-mails. The food was good, even though there was a major power failure. The outage affected Bob tayek’s musicians since some of them were wired for sound. Joe valencic was sitting at the next table. So, all told there were three 1952 graduates at the dinner. I realize it was an off year, but it is still a nice time and I think more of us should attend. ... We lost another classmate recently, Judge timothy Cotner. ... I also hear from Don terrell. Don says his wife, Ann, has been having great results from taking Norwegian Cod Liver Oil after having surgery. As Don says, after fighting taking it as a child, it just may be worth it now. ... Now I get on my soap box. I think we should all vote to shorten the campaigning in election years to August, September, and October. There should be a cap on money spent for electioneering. I am up to here with both candidates, but don’t know if it is legal to vote for “none of the above”! This would also help the candidates who supposedly have “jobs” as senators to do what they are being paid for. ... Till next time, stay safe. Love and prayers, Dorothy Send your notes to: Jim Myers 315 Chesapeake Cove Painesville Twp., OH 44077 440-358-0197 [email protected]
Hello to all in the class of ’53 and to your family and friends. First, some observations concerning our 55th Reunion, which was held June 20-22. I believe a great time was had by all. Our thanks to Theresa Spada ’04 for her efforts in coordinating. Saturday evening, the rains came just after most of us had entered Gesu for Mass and stopped just before we were about to leave the church. At the liturgy, Jim DeChant read the names of the 26 classmates who passed during the five years since our last reunion. Unfortunately, our class had more names in this category than any of the other reunion classes. The class picture taken just before the dinner on Saturday evening includes 29 of us. The class of ’53 received the Joseph D. Sullivan ’53 Cup – given to the class with the highest class gift. Congratulations, classmates. ... We understand that Bob sullens, Carl Munn, Frank schilling, and Dick Barrett were among
those visiting with Pete Bernardo ’67 right up until “lights out” time Saturday evening. One of the highlights for ed Mundzak was the Saturday evening liturgy, especially the quality of the music. norm Perney says he enjoyed the Reunion in general and is already looking forward to the next one. Joe Fakult enjoyed the opportunity to renew acquaintance with several of the guys. He attended two of the days. ed Metzger remarked what a fine job the school had done in putting on the affair. roger sargent stayed on campus in Millor Hall. He says he is impressed with how the campus has grown and how beautiful it is. Bob harter and Bob Curry and their wives rode together from Avon Lake, OH. They say they enjoyed the evening very much. John Kall says he was amazed at how well everyone looked. I think George stanton was probably the person who traveled the farthest, coming from Fallbrook, CA. hal traverse especially enjoyed the Friday night activity, which he thought was more casual. He says it was easier to chat with the other people. leo longville found it very enjoyable and is looking forward to the 60th. Jim Porter says he enjoyed it. Incidentally Jim is still active as a judge. Even though he has formally retired, he is still called upon to hear cases as a visiting judge. John Beringer states that he and Nancy enjoyed the get together very much. He was happy to note that, while the packaging had changed somewhat, the content of our classmates has pretty much remained the same. That is good. John says the Reunion was particularly good because we could actually talk and be heard – and at our stage – hear! The band lost this one! John says that after the Reunion, he and Nancy departed for their annual Northern Canadian fishing trip with their son, John, and his two boys; youngest daughter Susie, her husband, and one of the grandsons. John caught a 45” Northern pike that was the largest fish he ever caught in 68 years of Canadian fishing. In younger years, these fishing trips included all 10 children: two sons and eight daughters. John says that he and Nancy spend seven months a year in Naples, FL, and return to Akron, OH, for a month at Christmas and the summer. Over the years, they have rendezvoused with Mariwin and Pat Cullinan, Helen and Jim Porter, and Ethel and Pat Moran for golf and dinner during the winter. Some of the other guys who made it to the Reunion who I did not get a chance to talk with before submitting this column were Gene Wetzel, tom vickers, Jack Ziegler, Bob henley, elmo Miller, Chuck o’Malley, tom Dugan, Bob rourke, and Fr. Francis Walsh. My apologies to anyone whom I omitted. ... Soon after the Reunion, your columnist, Jim Myers, wife Ceale, their four sons with their wives, and 12 of the grandchildren spent a week in the Pigeon Forge, TN, area. All 22 of us stayed in the same log cabin type house, and at the end of the week we were all still speaking to each other and getting along fine. Real family togetherness. ... Send in your news for the next issue. God’s blessings to you all. Jim
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...some in town and some out of town news ... after nearly 20 years of Monday morning/ mourning golf, Gene Burns has put the sticks away for the year. Gene, like Tiger Woods, has knee and hip problems. Gene says, “If Tiger can take the rest of the year off, so can I.” After rehab, which consists of alcohol rubs, yoga, and Swedish massage, he plans to return next spring with a smile and renewed vigor. ... Mike Faul denies that he ever was a candidate for attorney general in the state of New York. Mike is a retired judge in Phelps, NY, and has never been involved in a scandal ... well, sometimes you can’t find a scandal when you need one. ... Dave nilges is gearing up for the big roundup when the Democratic party comes to Denver. He plans on renting his barn in Centennial, CO, to political groupies and the media. ... lou lariche has pushed all the flood waters out of Findlay, OH (from the last couple of years). For a while there, he was afraid that he would have to build a barge for two Toyota - two Subaru - two Chevy - two Cadillac – but new state-of-the-art agencies are up and running ... now, his major program is working with the Vatican to change the engine and exhaust system for the Popemobile. It is common knowledge that the vehicle has a Chevy block and hemi heads, but Benedict wants to go green: use less gas, save the earth, and put a hybrid sticker on the rear window. Good luck, Lou. ... While on the subject of transportation, a few years ago I owned and rode a Honda Nighthawk, a sweet two-wheel bike that all the Harley owners called a “rice eater.” You could tool the back roads of Lorain County, enjoy the fresh air, and smell the agriculture. Met a guy by the name of Mike “Brooklyn” Brown. He rode a 1979 Harley low rider, shovel head. His advice to bikers was “keep it real, don’t be fake, and handle your business.” I’m sure the Bible has the same message. Don’t forget the prayers for Fred Blodgett, Sandra Nilges, and Gail LaRiche. Keep the faith, Pete Send your notes to: ray rhode 1543 Laclede Rd. South Euclid, OH 44121 216-381-1996 [email protected]
Are we getting old or what? The I-don’t-want-tohear-about-it department – Jerry Donatucci’s son recently retired from the air force. I thought it was just a few years ago that I left the military. ... Bob Dolgan, recently retired as sportswriter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, gave a talk on his experiences covering Cleveland sports teams. The talk was in the larry Faulhaber Auditorium at the Baron Center in Lakewood, OH. ... When art Dister retired in 1982 after 28 years in the army, he researched many franchise opportunities and settled on “Business Cards Tomorrow.” His last army assignment was deputy post commander at Ft. Eustis, so he and his family decided to stay in
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the Tidewater Virginia area. Art’s printing business grew to one of the biggest and most successful in the franchise company. After 25 years in the original location, Art and son designed and built a new 12,000-square-foot modern printing shop. His son is in charge of the day-to-day operations, and this gives Art and his wife, Barbara, time to enjoy their sailboat, which they cruise Florida in the winter and the Chesapeake Bay in spring, summer, and fall. ... It’s-a-small-world category! During the summer at my parish, we had a seminarian who spent the summer helping with parish activities. He was known to us only as John. After many conversations with “John,” I finally asked him what his full name was. He told me his name was John Mullee. He is the son of our classmate al Mullee and niece of ed’s wife Marge Mullee schwallie. ... In May, I attended a Cleveland Indians game with fellow JCU alumni and soon-to-graduate JCU seniors. Lots of students, too few alumni. C.C. Sabathia pitched a good game for Cleveland. ... Very sad happenings in University Heights this fall. The building that formerly housed the (in)famous Mayflower Lounge Bar will be torn down. The ghost of bartenders Charlie, Tommy, John and others will have to move on. They might just find a pair of John Braucher glasses and other memorabilia in the rubble. ... Heard from Joe andrasak. He lives in Concord, OH, and is retired after spending 45 years in sales in the packaging industries. ... Also heard from tom Carmody. Tom went through JCU ROTC and was assigned to Ft. Riley, KS. A graduate of JCU’s business school, he started out as a sales correspondent and worked his way up to chairman and CEO of American Business Products. He has been married for 52 years and has three sons and lives in Lawrence, KS. ... Also, Don Morse was drafted into the army after graduation from JCU and served in Germany. He was involved with a restaurant on Cannery Row in Monterey, CA, dabbled in real estate, and served as treasurer for the Western Reserve Historical Society for many years. He finally settled in Searcy, AR. He is married to Peggy, who is a successful Mary Kay Cosmetics representative, and together they raised two boys. ... Gordan laGanke does his best to keep connected to JCU. He meets regularly with Paul Schlimm ’56, Bill Deighan, and Jerry suskowicz to discuss old times. ... As always, remember to keep your classmates in your prayers. Some are in poor health and are suffering greatly – your prayers will be greatly appreciated. Ray
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The news of Fr. Joseph Schell’s passing connected two class members with memories of the past – Dick olivier (day hop) and tom Feely (dorm student). Dick remembers having Fr. Schell for logic and metaphysics, etc., while Tom recalls Fr. Schell as prefect at Pacelli Hall, where he resided. Tom’s daughter is a nun at the Notre Dame Mother House in Chardon, OH, home of NDCL (Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School), where Dick’s three daughters attended school and grandson is currently playing JV football. They shared memories of Mr. John Carpenter, Dr. Bender, and their family histories from high school to their grandkids. It’s great that two class members meet and share memories via the Internet some 51 years after graduation, thanks to Fr. Schell – God is good! ... Attending the Gray Streaks (JCU graduates of over 50 years) dinner on Saturday evening of Reunion 2008 were Vicki and al lucas, Pat and tom Kasper, Maureen and Dick huberty, and Rose Marie and sal Felice. As a National Alumni Board Member, Reunion 2008 gave me the opportunity to attend several mini-lectures I missed at our reunion. The mini-class lectures I attended were: “Army ROTC – Still Strong!”, “Embracing Cultural Differences,” and “JCU: Catholic and Jesuit for the 21st Century” by Dr. Paul V. Murphy, director of the Institute of Catholic Studies. I was impressed by the lectures, but particularly inspired in the update and emphasis of Jesuit Catholic ideals available for the total educational experience to the talents, needs, and personalities of the JCU students. I recommend you check this out for your grandkids planning for college. I was “re-energized” in our University and proud to be part of the JCU team. ... On a sad note, Joseph a. Felty passed away in mid-May. Joe had retired from Lake Catholic High School after nearly 50 years as a teacher and guidance counselor. In addition, the JCU magazine listed deaths for Glenn Drake (11/27/07) and James Dunn (2/07/08). Our condolences to their families and may they rest in peace! ... In early July, the Joe luby family (14 in all) returned from a 19-day adventure in Alaska. They experienced a wide assortment of wild animals via sea and land. Weather was great and the view of Mt. McKinley was outstanding! ... On Independence Day weekend, Georgia and Jim Gasper visited Sacred Heart church in Galveston, TX, where they had been married. This church was reconstructed by the Jesuits after the Great Galveston Storm of 1900 that killed over 600 people. The church bulletin contained an article on Archbishop John Carroll, a priest and patriot (and our University’s namesake), who in 1789 was given the task of organizing the Catholic Church in this country. The article also spoke of his brother, Charles Carroll, one of the wealthiest men to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Charles signed the document “Charles Carroll of Carrollton” in defiance of the British. Jim has been elected a political official of Palmer Mud District No. 2 of Fort Bend County, TX. ... Did You Know – In 1953,
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REUNION WEEKEND 2008
A John Carroll Tradition
It was a celebration John Carroll-style in June, as nearly 1,100 people returned to campus to catch up with old friends and visit with faculty, staff, and administrators. Calling the 4s and 9s and all other alumni: Next year’s Reunion is June 19-21, 2009, so mark your calendars.
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the class of 1958 celebrated their 50th reunion in June. or 1954, Dick Murphy had the privilege of being on stage with the Metropolitan Opera Company’s production of AIDA as a “spear holder.” ... Homecoming weekend 2008 is September 26-28. Come back to Carroll and check the progress your University is achieving and meet the new administrative staff – I guarantee you will be impressed! By the way, JCU is playing Heidelberg in football on Saturday, September 27 – I’ll see you there! God bless, Sal seeberg, sheehan, slaughter, smith, st. John, staniskis, stavole, stegmaier, Weaver, Wechter, young, Zuccaro. Some on the list had not stepped foot on campus in 50 years, and were amazed at the changes, many of which occurred during the tenure of John reali as VP for facilities. All were speechless when coming into the presence of The Saint John’s Bible, given to JCU in the name of John Pellegrene. A number of classmates’ children and grandchildren have attended JCU over the years. rick Graff’s son Gregg ’83 was there for his 25th. tom Code was “dancing up a storm” in the big tent, while Phil Grushetsky entertained folks with stories of old. There was reminiscing about nighttime excursions from Bernet, and how Fr. Millor would interrupt a few of those intended excursions. At the Saturday night dinner, Bob nix said he would speak for only a minute and immediately stated that he had never spoken for only a minute in his life. He proceeded to show pictures from the Senior Prom and Military Ball, commenting on each. On Saturday, many attended the “Nectar of the Gods” wine tasting provided by Swingos on the Lake, the “Great Lakes -- Great Brews” seminar provided by Great Lakes Brewing, the “Top Ten List to Know When Your Financial House is in Order” seminar, and “The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius” seminar. Rick Graff and tom Krukemeyer sent me this information, as I was unable to attend. Here’s a link explaining my absence: http://184.108.40.206/WhereWasHe.htm. Finally, according to Tom, the most enriching part of the weekend was the Mass Saturday night at Gesu. Thirteen classes were present. Classes were seated by year, front to back. Our class is now three rows from the front. Peace, JEC
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I knew it. You knew it. Now the rest of the world knows it. Knows what? Knows that the JCU class of 1958 is the greatest class ever to set foot on the campus off Fairmount Circle. Pay attention, now. Our class won the James M. Mackey Award given to the class with the highest percentage of attendance at a reunion. Approximately 35% of our class attended the 50th. That is a new record, topping the old record of 30%. Seventy-three made the class picture Saturday night. Our class won the Dolan Award for the highest percent of increase in contributions from one reunion to the next. Our percentage increase from the 45th Reunion to the 50th Reunion was 184%. Finally our class had a goal of $100,000 as a 50th Reunion Class Gift. We topped that, as 44% of our class participated in donating $136,791. Attending were abraham, anderson, Beyer, Bonadio, Briatta, Buchta, Buckis, Caine, Christie, Cingel, Code, Dietz, DiGiovanni, Dockery, emmerich, Fleischaker, Gaydosh, Geary, Ginley, Gioia, Glod, Glover, Graff, Grushetsky, halas, henkel, hogan, holtwick, Jacobson, Kandzer, Kavanaugh, Krukemeyer, lato, lepri, logue, Malloy, Maynard, McCluer, McDonald, McGreal, McGunigal, Mcnicholas, Mercer, Mingarelle, Mirtch, Mong, Moran, Murphy, narcisi, nix, Joe novak, oakar, ogonek, o’Grady, o’Meara, orosz, Phillips, Porter, reali, richards, rieger, robertson, santos,
As many of you know by now, JCU lost a treasure last spring when Fr. Joe Schell passed away. Our classmate John Magnotto was given the honor of being a pallbearer at the funeral. For the past year or so, a number of us had been planning to visit Fr. Schell, but never got there. Classmate Bill Matejka also passed away in the late spring. Once again I am reminded of the fact that among the saddest things in life are “words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” With that thought, I encourage you to get in touch with an old roommate or another JCU classmate and make plans to see each other and the rest of us at our 50-year reunion in 2010. ... I heard from Fred schaal recently. He wanted John Kimler’s e-mail address and phone number so he can encourage him to attend our 50th. The rest of you Chicagoans be forewarned – if you don’t respond once we start receiving info about the reunion, I shall unleash Fred Schaal upon you like “The Hound of Heaven” to assure your attendance. ... Heard from Don Kucera. He and wife Jane had recently returned from seven weeks in Australia and New Zealand. He still gives seminars two weeks per month, giving him a chance to teach, tour, and visit old friends and family. Seven of the Kucera’s eight children are married and have presented Don and Jane with 16 grandchildren. Don suggests we read the works of Matthew Kelly including his latest, The Dream Manager. He further suggests that we follow author Kelly’s suggestion to “Be the best version of yourself every day.” (Sounds like a great idea) ... John McDonough informs me that he retired on 30 June. He says he has more projects on which to work than he has time. First will be a new horse-racing system, then some stock market/forex market research. (Not sure of what part of the horse-racing system he means, but I hope there will be enough money left for the market venture.) Additionally, John plans to
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award-winning family: earlier this year, stanley ’58 and linda Glod were presented with the 2007-08 state Family of the year award by the virginia state Council of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. and Mrs. Glod were cited as role models for their sustained, selfless devotion and contribution to the Catholic Church, community, and the Knights of Columbus on the local, national, and international levels. they received the award at the state council’s annual convention in roanoke. 43 FALL 2008 John Carroll university
restore an old ‘73 220D Mercedes he purchased last year. Trips to California to visit a daughter who is working on her PhD as well as to France and Italy without worrying about getting back to work. A recent golf game convinced him to turn down the offer to join us in Santee, SC, next spring. John has committed to being at the reunion in 2010 and promises to twist larry Carver’s arm to make sure he gets there also. ... Finally, terry Pokuta informs me that he and Arlene have become great-grandparents, and they believe themselves to be the first in the class of ’60 to attain this status. (Anyone out there able to refute this claim?) ... I must be getting old! I forgot to report that my old roomie, Dave Marr, suffered a rather severe heart attack, but has recovered to the point of using a walker to get around. To all of you, take care of yourselves and be well. Schweick Specialist degree from Western Illinois University and then returned to JCU for an MA degree ’72. During his career as an educator and school superintendent, he received many honors, including being named one of the Outstanding Catholic Educators in the State of Illinois. Jack was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Holy Family Parish Church Council in Shorewood. He is survived by his wife, Diane, and two children – Tony and Nicole. Please keep Ed and Jack in your prayers. ... Jack campus since graduation in 1963, is not really sufficient. Each and every person I spoke with was glad he attended, and most indicated they would return for our 50th in 2013. How can anyone not think about coming back to Carroll for a 50th Reunion? A few moments to share the good times for those who were there and for those who could not make it. tony skwiers and his wife, Sharon, drove down from Warren, MI. Tony had not been back to Carroll since graduation, so seeing the place as it’s changed was quite a shock. During our conversations we got onto the subject of classical music and opera. I had to confess to Tony that I love classical music but won’t cross the street to see opera. It seems that Sharon “really likes” opera, so Tony obliges. John Dix drove up from Columbus, OH, but his wife, Polly, was unable to attend. Polly remained home to be with their new granddaughter. Joe vitale lives in Canton, OH, and is sort of semi-retired. He’s an attorney and continues to help out when he’s needed in terms of cases, hearings, etc. Mike Wolford remains in Rochester, NY, and is also continuing to practice law. Mike, his daughter, and son-in-law practice together. Mike, I hope I got it right in terms of daughter and son-in-law. Jerry Murray summers in New Hampshire and beats the cold and snow by living in Fort Myers, FL. Jon lynch winters in the Phoenix area, as do John and Polly Dix. I’m sorry, Jon, but I didn’t catch where you are the other time of the year. You’re just going to have to let me know. Frank Grace probably wins the award for traveling the furthest to get to Cleveland. Frank lives in London and, of course, watches over his vineyard, Il Molino Di Grace, in the heart of Tuscan wine country. Frank was kind enough to provide bottles of Classico Riserva from his vineyard for our class dinner. Thanks a bunch, Frank. sam anson flew up from his home in New Jersey, which fortunately is close enough to/distant enough from New York. Sam and I had the occasion to discuss residential property taxes a bit while passing some time in the big tent. ric erickson and Joe lazzari are both retired military. I believe each spent upwards of 25-plus years in the service; Joe began in the Transportation Corps and switched to aviation when it became a separate branch of the army. Ric was in artillery quite a bit and managed to spend time dealing with the heat of El Paso and Ft. Bliss. I believe each told me they had retired in about 1991 or so. Jim Mertes is still in Canton and says he is busier as a retiree from Timken than when he was with the company. Jim and his wife, Donna, have four daughters and 10 grandchildren, and all are together in Canton. Donna is a principal at a Catholic school in Canton. And on Reunion Sunday morning, Jim and Donna brought all children, all grandchildren, and a son-in-law to the huge buffet brunch; a couple of sons-in-law couldn’t make it. They took up two tables with the group and two cars to get everyone to campus. ... Will have more to report in the next column about our Reunion. I’m short on space, unfortunately. But if you were there and didn’t get a chance to talk with me, get back with me and let me know what’s going on in your life. Also, let me list the names of those who attended and/or registered: Sam Anson, albert Camma, John Dix, ric erickson, Jim Farrar, tom Ging,
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Save the date, September 27 – the class of ’61 is again going to have a mini-reunion! We will be attending the JCU vs. Heidelberg Homecoming football game – a dinner will follow. Those interested should contact tom Gerst - [email protected]
akron.com - or call 330-867-2900. This has become an annual event in recent years and attendance has continued to grow. ... Bill Barnard, retired executive of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and board president of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, was saluted recently at a benefit event for the musical organization with a parody on the song Bill from Jerome Kern’s Showboat. ... Dan Mclaughlin and his wife, Margaret Mary, live in Bay Village, OH – they are the parents of six children – all of whom graduated from college. Dan received an MA degree from the University of Toledo and retired from the Westlake (OH) Schools, where he was an elementary schoolteacher – the McLaughlins have seven grandchildren. ... It is with deep regret that I write of the passing of two of our classmates: One faithful member of our class that will be truly missed at the mini-reunion this year is ed ‘Clarkeee’ Clarke, who always caused a stir wearing his JCU beanie from the ’50s. Ed passed away in May after battling cancer. To the very end, Ed, an attorney, still handled cases, continued to catch bluegill and bass, and was a faithful caller each Sunday to the Irish Hour radio show on WHK. During his career, Ed worked as co-chairman of the Lawyers’ Committee to Aid Immigrants and as a pro-bono attorney for the Legal Aid Society. He founded the “Legal Eagles,” a group of St. Ed’s alumni who became lawyers and judges. For many years, Ed wrote this class column and co-chaired our 40th Reunion. While at his wake and funeral, I saw Jack Durkin, Tom Gerst, harry hanna, art Zetts, and Mike Caton, who came all the way from Florida. Ed leaves his wife, Kathleen, four daughters, and eight grandchildren. ... In June, we received information that Jack Kelly from Shorewood, IL, suffered a fatal heart attack. After our JCU graduation, Jack received an Education 44
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Classmate and Augusta, GA, attorney terry leiden has written a debut novel entitled Get Back in the Game, published by Savannah River Press. I have had the opportunity to read and enjoy this fictional story of five prostate cancer survivors who find strength on the softball field. Terry is a prostate cancer survivor himself as well as a softball player and coach. In a conversation with Terry, he relates that he will be in the Orlando/Ft. Myers area playing softball this fall, and is anxious to see all of his classmates at the next reunion in 2012. ... We would like to offer the condolences of our class to Bud Meyers on the loss of his father, Frederick F. Meyers, age 95, in Pittsburgh on July 5, 2008. ... Do you have an interesting story to tell, or news, or want to share something with our class? Write or e-mail me before the next class notes are due. Bob
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Our 45th Reunion is history. To say that it was a great time, that the 40 or so who attended were great to visit with, or to say that for, at least a few persons, this was their first reunion and visit to
Channels 30/62 news director Daniel Keenan ’63 (right) at the weekend Pahrump (nv) valley Chamber of Commerce boat race at terrible’s lakeside.
Send your notes to: Frank Kelley 20 County Knoll Dr. Binghamton, NY 13901-6109 607-648-5947 [email protected]
You heard it here first: Jim Joyce is busy writing a third book. Those of you who have read his first two, Pucker Factor 10 and Use Eagles If Necessary, know what a treat is in store for the discerning reader. Those who haven’t, you’ve got your assignment. Always busy on the entrepreneurial front, Jim has also developed an environmentally safe, liquid-applied, erosion-control product. Around the home, it’s perfect for sealing crushed rock applications in landscaping or garden pathways. Research it at Klingstone.com, where it receives a ringing endorsement from the superintendent of Arrowhead Country Club in Myrtle Beach, SC, where they are using it to restore all their sand traps. ... Congratulations to lou hlad, who has been installed as the Grand Knight of the 250-member Knights of Columbus Council #11402 in Dunwoody, GA. Lou has lived in Georgia since 1967, employed first with Lockheed, and then 26 years with Sprint. Currently working for AT&T, Lou and wife Martha have three children and one grandchild. Contact him at [email protected]
... Congrats as well to JCU board chair allyn adams, who recently received the Ohio Society of CPAs’ 2008 Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to the accounting profession. A retired partner of the Cleveland accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, Allyn served in various leadership roles during 31 years in the CPA organization, and is a past president of the Cleveland chapter. ... Additional update on Jerry Zel. He left Cleveland after graduation and was employed in a variety of great locations, including Boston, Toronto, and Jacksonville. He and wife Suzy moved to West Palm Beach in 1980 and remain there today. Their son, Cary, 43, lives in Miami with their three grandchildren. Jerry is an active bodybuilder and was Mr. West Palm Beach
sanctuary: Peter ’64, Kimberly, and evelyn Kiebort stand with a statue of saint Francis, which will grace assisi house.
Peter Kiebort ’64 and his wife, Evelyn, don’t care to talk about themselves. They’d rather talk about their daughter, Kimberly, 41, who has Down syndrome, and others like her who need housing, employment, and community support. They’d prefer to talk about aging parents caring for mentally challenged adult children. “There are lots of Kimberlys,” Mr. Kiebort says. “There are lots of people like us in our sixties, and even older. Something has to be done.” The Kieborts have taken action. In 2002, with their other two children (Kelly, now 42, and Todd, 35) married, they began planning for Kimberly’s future and discovered a long waiting list for group housing. They then conceived their own project: a family-style home for eight adults next to Church of the Ascension in Virginia Beach, where they have lived since 1997. The couple established a board, incorporated, and became a nonprofit under the Richmond Diocese. Virginia Beach’s city council has given the OK for the nondenominational home. The Kieborts hope to break ground in the fall of 2009. They are raising about $1.5 million for the home, to be called Assisi House, for Saint Francis of Assisi. When Kimberly was born in 1968 and diagnosed with Down syndrome, Mr. Kiebort
says, “You feel it’s the end of the world. You’re on the edge of a cliff.” Physicians advised institutionalization. “The places we looked at were unsuitable,” says Mr. Kiebort, so they raised Kimberly at home. Fortunately, their progressive Ridgewood, New Jersey, school district provided Kimberly with a great education. She now works at a company that employs mentally challenged workers. As Kimberly grew and developed, so did her parents. “We’ve gotten a whale of an education,” says Mr. Kiebort. But Kimberly is not their only concern. Mr. Kiebort cites national statistics: “Over 71 percent of mentally challenged people are classified mild to moderate. Care is provided for the severely disabled – about 29 percent – thank God, but now we have to take care of the others. The moderately challenged fall between the cracks.” In Virginia Beach alone, the waiting list for housing numbers about 270. “The first house is the most difficult because it will be setting the standard for the others to follow,” says Mrs. Kiebort. “We’ve only scratched the surface, hoping to achieve the answer for many aging parents where their young adults can live and work supportive of each other.” “It’s about the need in this country,” Mr. Kiebort says. “It’s not about us.” Kathy Ewing
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Photograph, by Barbara Hughes, courtesy of the Catholic Virginian
Frank Grace, robert hogue, Paul Kantz, tom Kilbane, Joe Lazzari, Ken Marchini, Frank McKeon, Jim Mertes, richard Morgan, Jerry Murray, Peter Mykytyn, Anthony Skwiers, John sullivan, Joe Vitale, Joseph Walters, tom Ward, Marjorie Freiburg Wiemels, Michael Wolford, and John Zvolensky. ... Also, one non-reunion note to pass on. Dan Keenan was appointed news director for Channels 30 and 62 in Pahrump, NV. We all remember Dan’s eloquent voice around campus, I’m sure. From Carroll, Dan went on to a wide range of communications experiences involving on-camera work to executive-level management in television, radio, film, and theater. Dan did graduate work at the University of South Carolina and also received a commission in the Signal Corps, serving in Germany, Vietnam, Japan, and in the U.S. involving broadcasting, radio and TV station management, writing, and producing. Dan retired as a lieutenant colonel. In the private sector, Dan was the first executive producer for world-renowned Recorded Books Inc. He produced and directed the first two dozen recordings, four of which he narrated. Pete
From the Ground Up
Over 50 in 1993. Pass along some motivational tips, JZ. ... Received a quick note from Dick Koenig. He’s still plugging away at the corporate life and figuring on four more years as publisher of Flying magazine. By my reckoning, that takes him to age 70. The Orange man, my old roomie, always did have work ethic galore, whether on the gridiron or off. “This fall marks the 45th football season since the class of ’64 team went undefeated, the last JCU gridiron group to do so. As team captain, Koenig exhibited unparalleled leadership throughout that memorable campaign.” ... A couple of items on the home front: Wife Joanne has opened a website - Apennybanked.com - with her lifelike gypsum cement piggy banks; they’re great for teaching grandkids, godchildren, etc., the value of saving. My son Shane, 30, received his MBA from Cornell after six years working with hazardous chemicals. He specialized in sustainable business practices and is joining General Electric in their Alternate Fuels Division. ... Lastly, a prayer for two departed JCU icons, Reverend Joseph Schell, SJ, and Tim Russert ’72. They carried the blue and gold banner with distinction. Onward On! God bless all Streaks. Frank his choice to retire, Roger said, “It was a very difficult decision, but the timing seems to be right. I have nine grandchildren who all live in the area. I am anxious to spend more time with them.” ... Speaking of fun, I just returned from four weeks in France with my wife, Cecile. After several weeks in Marseille, during which we visited with her family while contending with “la canicule” (heat wave) and no air-conditioning, we drove for several days west and north toward Paris through the Massif Central, eventually stopping for five days in Limoges. There, my wife, who is an associate professor at Western Washington University, presented a research paper at a conference hosted by Le Conseil International d’Études Francophones. We spent our last four days in Paris hitting some off-the-beaten-path sites to avoid the tourist hordes and the high prices occasioned by the dollar/euro imbalance. That $8-per-gallon gas can put a dent in your wallet very quickly! I took full advantage of my “over 60” status for free or reduced price entry into museums and such. This fall, I am headed with my brother to Ireland to visit the areas from which my grandparents came, Counties Galway and Mayo. Our last visit there was in 1972 when we took our father to see some of his mother’s relatives. Send your news! Dick Chamberlain was interesting. He said that he is still giving money away at Chase Bank. He golfed with John schwartz recently and said that he is still on the bench as an active judge. Steve and Judi also hosted a Derby party that John and ron Gillenkirk attended. Ron is retired after a long teaching career but Steve says he continues to listen to the Indians’ ball games. As for the party, he stated that the banker had the winning ticket. However, the judge picked the winner of the hat contest who happened to be Mrs. G. ... I know that we were all saddened to hear about Fr. Schell’s death. For us who lived in the dorms, he had many roles, but the most important was a smiling face and an ear to listen when needed. Thank you, Fr. Schell, for everything that you did for us and for JCU. ... I appreciate the thoughts and prayers that were sent my way after the last column was printed. I am doing well. My best to everyone. Take care, Dave Send your notes to: Peter French 27955 Forestwood Pkwy. North Olmsted, OH 44070 440-734-5553 [email protected]
Congratulations are in order for Bob Dickinson,who was recently appointed to the board of directors of YTB International, Inc., a provider of Internet-based travel booking services for travel agencies and home-based independent representatives in the United States, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Canada. Prior to joining the YTB board of directors, Bob served as president and chief executive officer of the Carnival Cruise Lines division of Carnival Corporation and served for ten years as president and chief operating officer of Carnival Cruise Lines. After graduating from JCU, Bob received his MBA from Duquesne University and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree from Johnson & Wales University in 1995. ... I have been urging Chuck Friedman to retire and join me on the dole, but he reports that he is working on a project to transfer 306 acres of contaminated federal property to a civic organization for a private venture called the “Brownfields” redevelopment. Chuck is at the final stages of document preparation for approval from the Ohio and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies. This was a large project that required clean up, residual risk evaluations, deed restrictions, indemnification, and lots of public participation. Chuck was involved in every phase of this project, which had its own unique twists and issues but, as Chuck claims, was very challenging and interesting. He says, “How can I retire when I’m having this much fun?” ... I have received word that roger abood retired on June 30 after 41 years as a science teacher, baseball coach, and then principal at St. Peter Chanel High School in Bedford, OH. After graduating from Cathedral Latin High School and JCU, he took a job as a science teacher at Chanel in 1967. He served as its principal for the last 21 years. As for 46
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Hello to all. I trust that everyone had a great summer. I think it was warmer than normal for most of the country. If anyone was cold this past summer, please write and tell me where you were. ... I had a great e-mail from Mike Delisio. He told me about several of the positions that he has held in his career, including work in missile test projects at Cape Canaveral and collaborating on the Apollo program. He returned to Florence, Italy, where he met his wife, Anna. Their two daughters live close by; one is an optometrist and the other will graduate with a degree in architecture. Mike has been involved in several education programs in Florence as a teacher and in administration. He plans to retire next year. ... Paul Klaus checked in with me by e-mail. He is still working with the Westfield Group in Ohio. I believe that they own a home in Florida but, as of this writing, I am waiting for more details on his retirement and future. ... larry henry says hi to everyone. His daughter finished her PhD at Purdue and will be doing research to find ways to make flight safer and more efficient. As for Larry, he finished his seven-year career teaching accounting and finance at Benedictine University. He said that he is semi-retired, spending his time helping folks manage retirement funds, playing tennis, and golfing. According to Larry, both have their ups and downs. ... John stagl called to say hello. He and his wife, Sharon, continue to live in the Chicago area. They are still, like many of us, in the work force. Stags enjoys the travel he does to conduct management seminars that his company sponsors. His seminars have been written up in several trade publications. ... A note from steve
Well, it is that time again – class notes. Hope all are well. With that, I want to thank all classmates who wrote me notes and cards to inquire about my recent event in February this year. I appreciate it! How is this for an incident: I had to go to the Westlake Library a few weeks ago for a meeting. During a break, I noticed a book on a shelf – it was blue. Upon closer inspection, the title of the book was A History of John Carroll University, by Donald Gavin, from 1985. It was a signed copy. Mr. Gavin actually signed the book to Bill Dugan “in appreciation for your years of service as a member of the Carroll Board of Trustees.” I signed it out; it was an interesting book. Before I returned it, I went to the alumni office and picked up several copies of the recent John Carroll magazine and returned the book and the magazines to the library. I returned in a couple of days and the Carroll magazines were gone – the book was still there. You never know! ... At our recent monthly meeting, fellow alumni were present: Chris rodeno, John Forhan, tom ashdown, John Gibbons, sam Colacarro, and yours truly. John Forhan was making his annual visit from Santa Barbara, CA, to visit family and friends. John had some great stories about living in California. He continues to work part time and watch his grandchildren. Reach John at [email protected]
... John Gibbons reported that his son, Tim, recently got married to Mary Sokolowski, whose parents own the University Inn in Cleveland. This is the restaurant that every politician who runs for higher office must stop at, including presidential candidates. The restaurant is a very popular spot for lunch. Given that, John stated that he will remain the head coach at Bedford High School – at least for the near future. John has been busy this summer as he participated in several football camps, including one at the Ohio State University. He just concluded one at Bedford High School that was attended by over 300 area football players. He also stated that he and his lovely wife, Pat, will soon have 18 grandchildren. John will soon be the
head coach of his own football team. ... Speaking of weddings – tom ashdown reports that two of his daughters will be married this summer. ... Recently heard from lou shainker, who recently returned to Cleveland from a trip with a hiking club Elderhostel to Yellowstone National Park. Lou reported that it was a fantastic adventure. His group did a lot of hiking and saw all kinds of wildlife. Lou can be reached at [email protected]
Lou also helps out on our class reunions. Speaking of reunions, I visited the JCU campus in June to attend Reunion ’08. I was scouting ideas for our 45th Reunion. I know, it is too far ahead, but we can still plan. ... In my current position as the community resource specialist for the Department of Justice, I get to travel to several area cities, such as Toledo, Youngstown, Canton, Warren, and Akron. ... Have a great summer and don’t forget the fall activities at Carroll. I predict this year JCU will defeat Mount Union! ... I am taking a trip to Chicago in the fall; if class alumni receive a call from yours truly, I will be requesting updates from you. Or, you can contact me at [email protected]
com. Nice talking to you. Hope to see you around. Keep the cards and notes coming. Peter send me more information on your project. ... From the fun and exciting city of Orlando, Donna Nelson is enjoying Disney and the beautiful weather. ... For those traveling near Findlay, OH, visit DeHaven Home & Garden Showplace. Tim DeHaven and his wife, JoAnn, have five children. His three oldest boys are owners in the business with his oldest son being president of DeHaven’s. His youngest son is completing his master’s so he can teach, and his daughter is a youth minister at St. Joseph Parish in Wapakoneta, OH. Tim oversees approximately 60 employees at their two store locations in Lima and Findlay. In 2008, DeHaven’s was recognized as the 79th largest garden center in the United States. Special thanks, Tim, for his driving from Findlay to JCU multiple times to help at reunion organization meetings. He spent a lot of time making the weekend special for all of us. Unfortunately, Jenny and I were unable to attend our Reunion, but are looking forward to the 45th. We’d love to hear from those who were there to enjoy the event! In addition, have we heard from you? Your stories make for interesting reading for your classmates. Keep us up-to-date on your lives and places we can visit in retirement. For you and JCU, Jeff two non-deserving unnamed attorneys, one from Pittsburgh and one from Chicago, but just wait until next time. ... I always enjoy writing this column, especially when I have lots of news from people reaching out to send me notes, but not so much when I need to pass on news about losing classmates. In February, we lost Dennis trietsch. Dennis and I were on the T-wing of Pacelli Hall my freshman year. Dennis, from Bowling Green, OH, was always a popular member of the class. Dennis was an attorney in Washington, DC, and he will be missed by all, but especially his friends from the T-wing. We all send our condolences to his wife, Veronica, and all his children. In May, we also lost Jay sopher after a long fight with MS. Jay, a member of the Pittsburgh contingent that helped make our class so special, was just a great guy. A longtime clinical psychologist, Jay was always helpful come reunion time to classmates and always tried to attend. Our deepest sympathies to Cynthia and all his children on the loss of this classmate. ... In closing, our 40th reunion is coming in June ’09, so please make your plans now. I know the famous Joseph DeBartolo is already planning a class favor for the weekend. To my Iota Chi classmates, next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of IXY. ... Send some news – it will make you feel good and, most important, make my job a lot easier. Grimmer
Onward, Upward, Forward with ’68 -- this reunion wrap up is from Dan MacDonald. A special “hurrah” to JCU and its staff and students for a great 40th Reunion in June. The class of 1968 still knows how to stay up late and party. Celebrating on campus were Phil Balmenti, ron Bircher, len Calabrese, tim Curran, rita DeCarlo, tim Dehaven, Gerry DiMarco, Bill edwards, Bob Fabien, Kevin Faubel, Pat reilley Forman, Dick Frishkorn, Dan Gauntner, Phil Giacinti, Mike hagerty, Mark hauserman, Phil Jacobs, Kevin Kane, larry Kennard, edward Kollin, Dan MacDonald, Chip Maloney, al Maragliano, Paul “Rocky” Mockenhaupt, Celia Persin Murnighan, tom oden, vince opaskar, Bill Pappas, Mike Quinn, tom riebe, Dave sinar, Frank straub, steve thompson, John toppel, Dan Zydowicz, and a plethora of spouses and guests. Special thanks to JCU’s Theresa Spada ’04, who orchestrated our weekend, and to the former Marti Geraci (who dated members of our class back in ’64 and ’65 and had the stories to prove it), our host at Geraci’s restaurant, Saturday’s lunch location and storytelling area until late into the afternoon. Our class won the Dolan Award for the largest donor participation increase with 116 classmates contributing to JCU’s financial coffer. Thank you to all who gave to earn us this honor, and please be aware that contributions are still being accepted. Place a hold on mid-June 2013 for our 45th. It really is a great time, and spouses and guests enjoy the time, too. That ends the reunion wrap up. Dan ... Flash, anyone, with information on Paul Dillon ’67 – please contact Fran Foley - [email protected]
... Mark Kadzielski is a successful attorney in California. ... From Michigan, Daniel T. Lis shared his experiences in Vietnam ’69-’70. Thank you Dan, and all veterans for protecting our rights and freedoms. ... From New York, Phillip Jacobs is doing an interesting information project on ’68. Phil, please
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Current and former Clevelanders, as you remember, summer time in Cleveland is never the same. This summer, to date, has been the summer of rain, lots and lots of rain, but everything is very green. Sorry I missed you all last issue, but I was in the process of moving back to the Northeast from Virginia. ... First order of business is congratulations to Michael hardy for becoming our first classmate to be awarded the Alumni Medal, the highest honor awarded by the Alumni Association. Michael has been helping out at JCU since being appointed a young alumni representative to the Alumni Association Board of Directors back in 1974. Mike and I were once co-chairs of a Young Alumni event at the Rusty Skupper (10 points if you remember the location). Please congratulate Mike the next time you see or talk to him. ... Starting in 1996 and every two years since, I have been lucky to be part of a group that goes to Kiawah Island to play golf and tell old tales about our younger days. This group includes our spouses, with group dinners cooked each night by some of the worst male chefs in the world, but it’s great fun. This past May saw the group include Mike Magulick, Jim Chenet, Pat herald, John Parsons, arthur Gleason, Bill Bradt, John Kennedy, James Brennan, George Mackey, Dick Cummins, and Kurt shellenberger. This year, some non-members of our class also made an appearance: Ray Bartz ’68, Michael Dunigan ’70, Richard Taylor ’70, James Mackey ’71 (can never have too many Mackeys), and Kerry Volkmann ’71. The only dark cloud (and I mean only dark cloud – over the seven visits encompassing 28 total days we have had only one day of rain) was my partner John Kennedy and my third straight loss in the Kiawah Cup on the 18th hole to
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The alumni office sent me the following press release: Dale Gabor, a 1966 graduate of St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, is stepping down July 1st as athletic director after 25 years as head of the Ignatius Wildcats athletic department. No other athletic director in the school’s history has held the post longer than Gabor. He will remain at Ignatius, where he will continue to teach Latin. A 1970 graduate of JCU, Gabor also received two master’s degrees from Carroll, one in classics in 1980 and the other in humanities in 2002. He has been a member of the St. Ignatius faculty for 33 years. He teaches Advanced Placement Latin and his wife, Linda, is a college counselor at the school. Gabor’s devotion to the coaches and athletes has been a driving force behind the Wildcats’ regional, state, and national acclaim in several sports. “Dale became the athletic director the same year (1983) I became head football coach,” said Chuck Kyle, a 1969 Ignatius graduate [’73 JCU]. “So we were these two rookies of authority that were kind of finding their way through this thing. When both of us took that step, there was a bond that certainly developed.” On Oct. 12, 2004, Gabor received the prestigious Ohio Athletic Administrator of the Year Award from the state’s Interscholastic Administrators Association. In 2005, Sports Illustrated rated St. Ignatius as the No. 1 all-around athletic program in Ohio and the 18th best program in the nation. A former cross country, track, and basketball coach at St. Ignatius, Gabor has been a track official for 29 years and presently serves as the Northeast state representative for the OHSAA Board of Control in Columbus. ... toby Maloney - [email protected]
- sent me the following note: “In case you’re short of copy – hope this is of some interest. Since I’ve never submitted a note since 1970, I thought it might be time. I have come to really appreciate the value of the great liberal arts education that I received at JCU. As an English major without a clue in terms of a career path, I’ve been well-served personally and professionally by such a solid, well-rounded undergraduate education. Most of my career was spent in corporate communications for SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline) in Philadelphia and London and with KeyCorp in Cleveland. My wife and I love living in suburban Cleveland and now have the joy of being angel investors and 24/7 employees of mental floss, a rapidly growing magazine and media company www.mentalfloss.com. In our spare time, we’re busy with a building project for my high school, outside of Pittsburgh. Thanks, John Carroll (and particularly the late Richard Clancy, English prof) for giving me such a great head start in terms of my college education.” ... See, after 38 years, Toby sent in an update on what he has been doing since graduation. It’s not hard. The rest of you should try it! Hoping to hear from more of you soon! Ted
Monsignor Al Hallin, a good friend and former pastor at Holy Cross Church in Champaign, has officiated at many funerals, and at each that we have attended he reminds the congregation that the best way of remembering someone is to tell and retell the stories. Folks in Champaign-Urbana have heard some very funny stories about Tim Russert ’72 and his college days. Telling these stories has given us an opportunity to reflect and remember some very special times in our lives. I continue to be surprised by the number of people who have made the John Carroll connection. Jack Costello ’06 represented the Costellos in DC at Tim’s visitation. I would recommend to you the John Marcus ’72 account of Tim’s memorial celebration in Washington, DC, available on the JCU website at www.jcu.edu/breakingnews/ russert/russertclassmate.htm. Mark Pacelli ’72 and Tim’s classmates certainly showed what it means to be John Carroll alums. In the midst of Tim’s passing, Cormac Delaney and Marty Mohler ’70, two well-known barristers and community leaders in Toledo, were interviewed on the NBC affiliate for their memories of Tim. ... Our hat’s off to Pete hamm on the marriage of his son, Geoff. I wonder if this means the lad starts paying for his own cell phone. Mike Jester came up from Tulane to join in the celebration and to take a break from dealing with FEMA. ... Received a terrific note from Kathy Forster - [email protected]
Kathy and I have, for years, shared a common bond each Fourth of July. We were both very active with the fireworks celebrations in our communities. Kathy has retired from fireworks but still has her design business. ron, meanwhile, is fully retired. I wonder what that means in Kathy’s house. It is hard to believe that the Forsters are grandparents. Daughter Barb and children live two blocks away, and an expecting daughter, Molly, lives in Denver. ... Dominic iacuzio, my JCU roommate, will be visiting Urbana in August. This gets me back to Kathy Forster’s letter. She mentions that after seeing the movie The Bucket List, she along with friends have drawn up their own. They soon will be heading to Russia with friends to see the art and architecture of the Romanovs. Something they always wanted to do. ... This has been a difficult column to write as I remember my college friend, my fraternity brother, and my oftentimes partner in student government. I want to urge you to cherish your friendships and to reconnect with your college friends. Don’t wait; don’t wish you had. As our friends at Nike would say, just do it. Stay healthy. If you have news, remember: [email protected]
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A small but spirited gathering of ’73ers showed up at our 35th anniversary reunion last June, led by five best friends who lived together both on and off campus during their Blue Streak years. Semi-retired Avon resident tom Berges, accompanied by his lovely bride, Mary DeVocht ’74, convinced Detroit white-collar-crime investigator/ marathoner/mountaineer/off-road racer Dave hammel to finally attend a reunion – though he had to leave the next morning to set up his band, VanHammel, to play at Comerica Park in Detroit. But that’s OK, because UPC-guru steve arens took his place and joined in with Florida restaurateur tom Crimmins, self-proclaimed-low-profile Chicago CPA Jim Murphy, and Cincinnati-based, former Nielson ratings expert turned kitchen designer with IKEA, Bill “Dynamite” Fiore, to form the core group in attendance. ... Joining in the fun was Mary ann (spinks) Miller. She lives in Lyndhurst with Loyola/Chicago-bound daughter Lilly, while teaching AP Spanish and French (Obama will love that) at Solon High School and staying in great shape by rowing crew with the Western Reserve Rowing Association. Her pal Margaret (Peggy) DiJulius filled me in on her diverse background, including scouting prospective major-league baseball players for agents (not for teams), and owning comedy clubs and schools that teach athletes and actors how to audition for the media. She’s currently setting up such a school in Cleveland. ... Bob Feldmeier, owner of Pittsburgh-based Federated Mattress Co., has been married 32 years to Martha Bellassai ’74. They have two adult children and a nice update on rich “Squirrel” tobin: After 20 years of living-in, rehabbing, and renting-out suites in a governmentprovided “free” property in a run-down section of Harlem, his sweat-equity investment, located just around the corner from a certain high-profile ex-president in a no-longer run-down section of Harlem, is said to exceed seven figures. ... Bob “Weekend” Walsh, a fellow 25-year resident of Lakewood, OH, has been married to Alanna for 30 years and government products manager for Lake Business Products for 14. His son, Terry, graduated JCU in ’07 with an English major and “All-OAC” recognition in men’s basketball. Terry’s continuing at JCU for his MBA in finance. Bob has some “quick-hit” updates on a few Chicago Streaks: Dennis Fleming is a high-profile attorney specializing in litigating for police and their families; Billy Griffin retired after 30 years with
the Chicago FBI office; Billy Burke has completed 30 years in advertising with ESPN and the Weather Channel; rick levin is completing 30 years in the insurance business in Wisconsin (close enough), and, also in the dairy state, George Pavin is part owner of a Mack Truck dealership near Milwaukee. ... Also, speaking of Chicago, Jim Malone blew in from the Windy City, kicking up a little dust of his own. Jim, who is currently involved in credit information sales, has a senior daughter at Bradley and a freshman daughter enrolled at Purdue. (Note to Jim: Sorry I could not put anything in here regarding your Mike nienstedt rant, but trust me, it was hysterical!). ... Dave luvison – at the opposite end of the reunion-attendance spectrum from Dave Hammel – has missed only one reunion. So, since I report on him at least once every five years, there’s really nothing new to say (except that he’s still living in northern VA and teaching grad school along with his financial/marketing consultant work; oh, and finishing up a Doctorate in Business Administration). ... Another fellow Lakewood guy (and gal) is/ are Cathy (Bissonnette ’74) and Mike Farrell. Mike’s still a lawyer with Grange Insurance Company. ... herb hamm came in from Rochester, NY, with wife Christine and three nieces in attendance at Camp Carroll. Herb is a retired probation officer and part-time security official. ... And it turns out that Dan Bowman and I have a major area of common ground: We both had open-heart surgery last year for mitral valve regurgitation. We’re both very pleased to report that both procedures were successful, his in Pittsburgh, mine in Cleveland. Dan is in sales for VLN Partners, has three adult children, and is the head track coach at Bishop Canevin High School, Pittsburgh. ... And the last guy I’m going to write about was the first guy I spoke with: Ken simko. Ken and his wife, Kathleen, live in Indiana, OH, and have three children of their own, but spent the ’80s fostering babies from the age of three months to one year. Ken spent 24 years with CEI as a “rate engineer” and budget analyst, and currently manages cost accounting for Empire Die Casting. ... Finally, a sad, sincere farewell to the late, great Tim Russert ’72. As the class that followed directly in his footsteps, our class knew him probably better than any other except his own. When asked by this class rep at his 25th Reunion what he thought of the class of ’73, he said without hesitation, “I loved them, because they most aspired to be like us.” Always professional, always fair, always firm, Tim will be sorely missed. Gop graduate program in real estate development and working on his MBA. Their daughter, Katie (26), is a graduate of Miami of Ohio. She spent three years on the Hill working for House, Ways and Means. She is now studying to be an attorney at the Vermont Law School while simultaneously earning her master’s in environmental law. After John Carroll, Dan began his professional career by running a fruit stand on Chicago’s South Side. At 25, he sold the stand and started working for a commercial real estate firm as a commissioned salesman until 1986. He left Chicago to manage real estate for a San Antonio savings and loan, and then moved to Pittsburgh in 1989 as executive vice-president of Golden Triangle Management. In 1992, Dan started Madison Realty, where he remained until he retired to his horse farm in Richmond, OH, in 1997. As it has been said, you “can’t keep them down on the farm.” Dan has un-retired and is now a partner with a Houstonbased firm where he is responsible for negotiating acquisitions and arranges for the capital. Although he spends considerable time in “planes, trains, and automobiles,” he states he is loving life in the Sunshine State. ... van Conway’s son, Matt, pitched his high school, Brother Rice, Bloomfield Hills, MI, to its third state baseball title this spring with a four hit, 8-0 victory over Saline. Matt, a lefthanded junior, went 11-1 this season with a 2.07 ERA. He is the first 2009 Michigan graduate to commit to a major D-1 baseball program. He will attend Wake Forest in the ACC. Van hosted his annual golf outing in northern Michigan in June. Attendees from the class of 1974 were me, roger hull, ron Deneweth, John Clayton, Jim Cannan, Dan Conrad, Marc haag, ed Kelly, Bob Mangan, Mike Bergerson, tom McCrystal, tim McMahon, and Chris schuba. From ’75 was Joe Samuelson; from ’72, Mark Pacelli, Marty Bergerson, Larry Ray, Pat Hogan, and Sean McNicholas. Van reports efforts to rewrite the JCU memories over the weekend were basically unsuccessful, but at least they tried. Van, one of the founders of Conway MacKenzie & Dunleavy, in Birmingham, MI, has been nationally recognized as an expert in turnaround financing and management consulting. As you may recall in the last column, leo Grim’s wife was training for the Boston Marathon. Well, she finished in 3:41:02. Leo, Joy, and daughter Jill were interviewed by Fox TV. Look for - http://www.myfoxboston.com/ myfox/MyFox/pages/sidebar_video.jsp?contentId= 6355183&version=1&locale=EN-US - “Joy from Texas is running her first Boston Marathon.” ... Gary and Mary lynn laughlin sent me an update on their two sons. Their younger, Mark, earned his master’s in public health at the Ohio State University this past March and will begin Ohio State’s School of Veterinary Medicine in September. Their older son, Michael, works in Cleveland for a computer IT firm. ... I would like to conclude this issue with a message to Tim Russert’s wife, Maureen, and son, Luke. On behalf of the entire class of 1974, our prayers and thoughts are with you. Tim had a positive impact on many of us as an “upperclassman” at John Carroll and as a friend and fellow alumni over the years. Tim will always be remembered. God bless. ... Dave Send your notes to: rick rea 7450 Grant Village Dr., Apt. A St. Louis, MO 63123 314-843-4703 [email protected]
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Dan (samardzich) summers and his wife, Jean, have been married for 32 years and now live in Florida after stops in Chicago, San Antonio, Pittsburgh, and Richmond, OH. Dan and Jean have two children: Matthew (27) is a decorated Green Beret who graduated from Bucknell University and now is enrolled in Clemson’s
Hello, classmates! This year’s flooding in the Midwest reminds us of the “500 year” flood we had in 1993. Not to worry, Melissa and I are “high and dry” here in South St. Louis County. Well, the easy answer to the trivia question in my last column turned out to be quite ironic (or timely). Which U-Club member was president of the Student Union our freshman year? Of course, Tim Russert ’72. Kathleen lynch was the first classmate to e-mail the correct answer. Along with her correct answer, she gave me the following update on herself. She’s lived outside of Washington, DC, in Falls Church, VA, for more than 25 years with her husband, John Blaney ’73. They have three grown children, Anne, Neil, and Cara. John is a senior vice-president at a consulting firm, ICF Inc., and has been working in his company’s London office for most of the past year. Kathleen is the executive director of the Folger Institute-Folger Shakespeare Library, and she says that 25 years, 35 years, they can go by awfully fast. So true, Kathleen! ... Melissa and I were in Las Vegas for a four-day vacation when the news of Tim Russert’s death was broadcast. For the record, I wrote my last column in early April with the trivia question about Tim. Bill McGah e-mailed me that he thought it ironic that there is a picture of Fr. Joe Schell with his arm around Tim’s shoulder on page 63 of the summer 2008 issue of John Carroll magazine. What I remember most about Tim on campus was that when he walked past you, he always said, “Hi.” And if you got a chance to speak with him, he would look you in the eye and listen to you as if you were the most important person in his life. Quite a gift. Tim’s national presence was a beacon for his Jesuit education at John Carroll, and though this beacon has been extinguished, his light will shine on. ... On the local front, I recently joined the Commemorative Air Force and its local Wing in St. Charles, MO. I am now referred to in Commemorative Air Force circles as Colonel Rick Rea. The Commemorative Air Force, based in Midland, TX, maintains and flies World War II era Warbirds. Our Wing currently flies and maintains three aircraft at Smartt Field in St. Charles. Anyone interested in getting involved with the Commemorative Air Force or a local Wing, see www.commemorativeairforce.org - for more information. ... OK, here’s the trivia question for this issue: During our Freshman Orientation Week at JCU, we were treated to a great concert at Blossom Music Center. What band was the headliner at that concert? The first classmate to e-mail me the correct answer will be recognized in my next column! ... Pray for peace. Hi, Sam! RR
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Hope summer is going famously for all of you! Plenty of hot days and nights going on about the country, so here is a wish for a lovely cool pool to dip into. Diving right into the news, elaine yeip has been a fountain of sightings and information through her never-ending Cleveland activities. She ran into rob Cummings, who is now vice-president of Ter Molen Watkins and Brandt, a fund-raising consulting firm. He and wife, Linn, are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year in Italy, thanks to a gift from their children! Congratulations, you two! Ms. Yeip volunteered at the Alumni Golf Classic and ran into some participants we know well: Jack Mulhall, ray o’neil, Bill russo, and Mike Jianetti. They were in fine form. Proceeds from the golf outing support the Fr. Michael J. Lavelle Scholarship. ... Heard from Steve Tracy, who has the production of Shout! running in Chicago this summer. He’s hoped for a trip to Cape Cod but thinks the gas crunch may keep him closer to his southern New Jersey home. ... With all the flooding the Midwest has seen, I felt compelled to check in with Joe Fox over in St. Louis. He replied, saying that he and Gail were high and dry and very thankful. Seems they’ve been busy enjoying life as empty-nesters. Daughter Abby has just completed her sophomore year at Marquette. ... Sad news to report, that being the January 2008 death of Michael satyshur. His fiancée, Susan Grey, wrote to say that after graduation, Michael went on to earn his PhD in physics from Catholic University, then spent 20 years as a senior research scientist with the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. After retiring from that, he moved to Connecticut, where he founded a personal investment firm. Michael is survived by his son, Matthew, an officer in the US Air Force; his daughter, Maria, a student at the University of Maryland; and by Susan. Our condolences to his family and friends. ... Also heard from tom snitzky in Cleveland. He wrote to remember George Kmiecik, who attended high school with him and then, when they both chose Carroll, decided for “convenience” sake to room together. As Tom said, “That convenience lasted three years.” He spoke of George as “one of the nicest and smartest guys” he has ever known. What a lovely tribute to a fallen classmate. Thanks, Tom. ... May the season be great for all of you. I expect to have some juicy tidbits sent over to me after you read this installment. Yes, you can lie about your golf scores! Cools
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Greetings! Our 30th Reunion was a memorable time to reflect on our days at JCU and our lives today. Thanks to Pete sheehan and the reunion committee for their efforts! At reunion, the stories shared of our lives had the complete spectrum – from the good (families raised, successful careers, etc.), to the challenges (poor health, divorce, etc.), to the amazing and inspiring (single parent getting four through college, etc.), to the fun JCU days memories (too many to mention). ... Bill Peruzzi was the first to check into campus, after his recent move back to Chicago from Houston. Dave Briggs, Cleveland attorney, provided airport shuttle service for Jack Blackburn and Chris Parrilli. Oz may also open a side business of providing logistical support to ’78 classmates’ kids attending JCU. Bob rees enjoyed seeing the library (he claims for the first time) and terry o’Brien; Bob is promoting bringing back his favorite bartenders for our 35th reunion, while George and Joanie snyder enjoyed helping this Reunion’s ’78 bartender. Kevin leonard was amazed touring the Dolan Science Center. Geraci’s restaurant was a lunchtime destination for laure rauch senatore, nancy Moran veselica, and Gloria Brinda schuster. Golf was part of the reunion agenda for Jim repicky, Jim McGrath, Joanie Snyder, Terry O’Brien, tom lanese, earl hamlin, Bob Burak, and others. rob herald, repeat winner for the furthest traveled each reunion, renewed his offer to welcome all ’78 classmates to visit him in Thailand. John sideras, recently appointed CFO at Case Western Reserve University, and John Bundra enjoyed the Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer tasting seminar. Mark ruth says it was his best work – “helping everyone in Dolan Hall pass their computer programming courses.” Today, Mark has his own information systems consulting practice (Secure IT Solutions), serving small- to medium-sized businesses with website design and development, small business networks, and custom application development. Mark is from Concord, OH, and caught up with Dana albert, Dan Jacobs, and Jim Carrabine. Mark’s second child, Samantha (17), aims to be playing soccer in college in 2009, maybe at JCU. Sons Cory (18) and Chad (13) also keep Mark busy with school and sports. For a hobby, Mark started a sports action photography business - www.sportssharpshooters.com. Saturday afternoon’s all-reunion Mass remembered Fr. Joe Schell, SJ, and Tim Russert ’72, as well as prayed for our departed classmates since 2003. Joanie Snyder read the ’78 list: thomas Buchanan, Dorothea Gaul, sue leopold, Jo anne ranallo, rick seiple, and rick Zielinski. Mark harrington drove in from Sandusky and continues to lead ’78 with the most
children to attend JCU, with another high school senior hopefully on its way. Phil simon and Jack Blackburn discussed their families’ plans for visiting England: JCU sophomores Kevin Simon ’11 and Dan Blackburn ’11 are studying in London next spring semester. Following the longtime tradition of the Simon and Ehrbar families (Phil and spouse Jane Ehrbar Simon’79), Kevin Simon is studying to be the 22nd JCU alum from his family. JCU faculty Fr. Bichl, SJ, and Frank Navratil visited with our class; we missed the presence of Casey Bukala ’54, SJ (recovering from surgery). John Martin, ara Bagdasarian, Mary egan, and John Baran caught up at the Saturday-night dinner. Chris Kelly, Bruce luecke, John Martin, and rich Kenney talked about life in Cleveland, Chicago, and Columbus. Fr. Dan Fickes shared the recent news of being appointed administrator of St. Therese Church in Garfield Heights, OH. After being ordained in 1991 and serving in the Cleveland diocese, Dan was granted a threemonth sabbatical in Rome (taking classes, a retreat in Assisi, and participating in papal Masses – once standing 20 feet behind the Pope!). For many classmates, hanging around the reunion tent was the place to catch up and renew, including classmates Kathy Buehrle hiney, Jim skerl, sandy anderson, Chuck Kerr, Mark McGinley, Cathy Monaco hogan, ray Dalessandro, Phil Devereaux, Pat Kunklier, Dee Christie, Will Fraser, Bruce swartz, linda sevcik, Phil rist, Ben Pintabona, Dennis Paul, tom Keir, and Br. Mike tripka. Jim Carrabine shared his news – he formed a new law firm in 2006 in Mentor, OH, known as Carrabine & Reardon Co., L.P.A., specializing in personal injury litigation. Jim and spouse Laura have three children: Christin (29) a licensed counse-lor in Akron, OH; Jaime (26), a first-grade teacher in Las Vegas; and Nick (23), a newspaper reporter for the News Herald in Willoughby, OH. Bob Kehoe relayed his passion as a board member for Holy Trinity High School. Dan Patalita, “the watermelon king” of Cleveland, talked about the experience of bringing several of his adult kids into the business. As Saturday’s tent was closing, Bob Kelsey and Paul Giba were gathering a group for the late-night IHOP run. Many more stories ... sorry for missing other classmates and their stories. Thanks for writing! Tim
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Autumn greetings! Ran up to Carroll in June for the Friday evening portion of Reunion Weekend. It’s hard to believe it will be our 20th anniversary of our 10th Reunion next summer! Start planning now to make it up to campus next June for our reunion. This will be the first of many more reminders to come. I ran into lots of folks from ’78: Terry O’Brien, Tim Freeman, Bob Rees (I’m proud of you, Bobo - you know why!), Bob Burak, Bruce Swartz; and other classes: Phil ’78 and Jane ehrbar simon, Bill Kern ’76, Tom Bodle ’74, and Kevin Kane ’75. ... Bruce Swartz ’78 was on WJCU Saturday a.m. that weekend serving as guest DJ, reminiscing the ’70s on campus with apropos
music. Bruce mentioned that he still sees many of the DAT guys: scott smiley, John Molchan, tony ianiro, Mike Decaro. It’s great that you guys all keep in touch. Looking forward to seeing all of you next summer! ... Both therese Ptak Buiel and Beth Maher rinz spent some time on separate occasions this summer with Paula Bruening in Washington, DC – Paula’s stamping grounds. Paula is an expert on cyber-privacy issues with Hunton & Williams law firm, where she is the deputy executive director of their Center for Information Policy Leadership. Beth Rinz’s son, Kevin, is interning for Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones in Washington, DC, this summer. ... Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Caizza-Cerni. Mary’s husband, Stephen Cerni, passed away in May. Prayers too for Tim Russert’s ’72 wife and son, Maureen and Luke. Even though Tim Russert was not at Carroll during our stay, it felt as though he were “one of us.” After all, he was the guy who brought Springsteen to campus. ... Heard from Denise Jacobs. She wrote that she is living in Lake in the Hills, IL, 50 miles west of Chicago, with her two girls and dog Cocoa. Her daughter, Jamie, is turning 16 and Jackie is 13, so she is “enjoying” the teen years with them!?! Denise said that she is teaching Jamie how to drive, so to please warn any Chicago-area alumni that “mini-Denise” will soon be on the streets! Denise works for Centegra Health System, which is the largest hospital system in her county, selling corporate health services like occupational medicine and worksite wellness. She was business development director for a local family-owned staffing service for five years prior to taking this position a year ago. Denise reports that her brothers Dan ’78 and Mike ’81 still live in Cleveland with their families, and her folks are doing great, too! Denise still keeps in contact with Maureen Fay. Denise and Maureen rounded up a few of our fellow classmates last year around Christmas time and had a great time catching up. The attendees – Maureen rose, John MacBride, John Burke, Denny Wirtz, Mary Clair Fanta, Dan (Flip) Filippi, and Paul lange – sat and talked and laughed just like we used to! For those few hours, they all felt that they were still 22 years old – at least mentally! Don’t we all? It was great to hear from you, Denise, and I hope others will follow your lead and send in some news ... Take care and don’t forget to write. Nancy Send your notes to: Matt holtz 22487 Laramie Dr. Rocky River, OH 44116 440-331-1759 [email protected]
attending pirate parties, he is a product specialist for Cisco Systems. ... Former Pacelli Hall resident, St. Ignatius High graduate, and Garfield Heights native Mike o’Connor sends his greetings from the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado. Mike has been out West for almost five years and lives east of Boulder in Louisville with spouse Jeanie, daughters Haley and Molly, and son Matthew. Mike works for Pearl Izumi, a maker of running and cycling gear. ... Those of you that attended St. Ignatius High School may recognize the familiar name of a 1980 master’s recipient in classical languages – Dale Gabor. After 25 years at the helm as Ignatius athletic director, Dale is stepping down. No other athletic director in the school’s history has held the post longer. He will continue to teach Latin. ... JCU notes – field hockey is the newest club sport at the school. For the 20072008 academic year, full-time tuition and room and board is almost $35,000. I remember our freshman year we were paying $68 a credit hour. ... Feel free to drop a note anytime, and happy birthday to all turning 50 this year! MFH
Kevin Whalen’s rendezvous with JCu grads in Florida to celebrate his 50th at a Jimmy Buffettthemed “a Pirate looks at 50” party: from left, sean Whalen ’86, suzanne McChesney Whalen ’87, shannon McChesney Fanshawe ’88, “the pirate,” Kevin ’80, Beth McChesney Wright ’80, and tom Cua ’80. Petrash Domke dropped me an e-mail – her son, Ryan, will be a freshman at JCU this fall. Ryan will follow the footsteps of his mother and grandfather, Donald Petrash ’54 and ’59G, around the quad. Karen’s trip to orientation in June brought back a lot of great memories – 18 years go by quickly when looking in the rear view window en route to college. ... Dr. rulx Ganthier dropped me an update – he’s been very busy. He and Dr. Darryl rini followed their favorite Cavs through the playoffs. Rulx took his family to Europe, including the eye-opening international city of Amsterdam. He does a good job of keeping contact with his IPT brothers, including Tim Tabar ’83 and Bob Rufo ’83. Finally, Rulx was named chairman of the Diabetes Advisory Council in Florida by the governor. ... My son, Michael, went to the first orientation session in June. He signed up for a French class with Dr. Sanko, met Clarissa from the cafeteria, Fr. Bichl on the quad, Donna Byrnes from housing, and had lunch with Dr. Gatto. Michael plans to room with Ellen Grace’s ’81 nephew, Joey – named after his father, Joe Grace ’81. Joey and Michael met at orientation. Let’s hope Joey is a Cubs’ fan – at least it’s a good bet that Joey won’t root for the White Sox as most Westsiders cheer on their beloved Indians! ... I spoke with Lisa ’81 and Jim Cowhey at the Loyola Academy reunion. Fr. Schell had just passed away, and Lisa and I recounted some great memories of a great Jesuit. Sr. Ellen must have been thinking about Fr. Schell when she concluded the Prayer of a John Carroll student, “May John Carroll be a better place because I am here.” ... Chris ebert and I teamed up in June to take some spare change off of a couple friends on the golf course. It’s not exactly college tuition money, but covered lunch at Poochies. ... A quick correction from the last column – Chris and Suzie ’81 Shoup did not make the party for the Queen of Michigan City with Jerry Kohl, Katie Grace, and me. But Tim Freeman ’78 definitely was not there. Mary Walsh Freeman ’87 wouldn’t miss it. Frank and Ellen ’81 Tighe flew in from Atlanta for it. Tim had other plans. ... I need scoops – please drop me a line! Onward On! Paul
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After seeing the opening for our class columnist, I couldn’t help but apply for the job and reconnect with many peers whom I haven’t seen or talked to in 27 years. I hope that you will write some great stories for me to share. ... After leaving Carroll, I moved back to Chicago and worked in the printing industry for 13 years. I was promoted to a position in Milwaukee, land of cheese, beer, the Packers, and the Brett Favre story. In 1996, I moved to a smaller printing company, Teuteberg, Inc., where I am currently senior vice-president and part owner. When I was Student Union president at John Carroll, I wanted to someday be the United States president, but I have settled for a less stressful career path. I hope to hear from you soon. ... Bob
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Greetings to all. Hope everyone has had a great summer in their travels or connecting with friends and family. Received a note from Kevin Whalen, who celebrated his 50th birthday with a surprise party that his spouse, Suzanne McChesney Whalen ’82, planned. It was a Jimmy Buffettthemed party called “A pirate looks at 50.” Attending the all-night bash were the following: Sean Whalen ’86, Shannon McChesney Fanshawe ’88, Beth McChesney Wright ’80, and Tom Cua ’80. I am sure there are some good stories to be told from this gathering. Look for information as details become available. When Kevin is not
Greetings from Chicago! Great news from Mike hermann in Maryland. His wife, Paula, has signed on to help John Carroll as a regional director for development, alumni relations, and admission in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Paula’s background should make her a real asset for our alma mater. As you may remember, Mike is athletic director at Towson State University. ... I finally heard from nancy Wagoner Freeman on her quest to contact Mary Kay Merk-Kusner. Nancy’s second oldest will be a freshman at the University of Minnesota. That makes two college kids and two middle school kids this year for the Freemans. Nancy was looking forward to some down time at their cabin in Canada. I guess the 10,000 lakes in Minnesota weren’t enough for Nancy – she had to go to Canada to find the right one. ... Karen
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banking. ... Bill urban once threw a no-hitter for JCU. I wonder if he could keep son Billy from reaching base. Billy is a star baseball and football player at Gilmour Academy. Wife Carolyn takes care of Billy, Megan, and Danny while dad racks up miles with business to China. Bill is the COO of Litzler Co. ... Gregg Graff, wife Lori (Ridgeway), and son Gregory should have moved to Columbus, OH, by now, their seventh relocation. Gregg is the SVP of field operations for Insight Communications in the cable TV biz. Gregg says Bob Forrest and Chris Petrie should have attended the Reunion but no reported sightings. ... I caught rick Cenar on Chicago TV prosecuting two Chicago Bears for bad behavior. Rick is assistant state’s attorney for Cook County in Chicago. He and wife Kara parent Samantha (17), Tom (16), and Ricky (11). Rick aspires to be a judge. Maybe an on-the-field work program for my bad boy Bears? ... I had a blast talking with Tim Shea at the reunion. After working for “the man,” he is now his own man, a managing partner with Construction Business Media LLC, the company he founded six years ago. They own three architectural magazines, a couple of websites, and conference businesses. Always fun, Tim has four “terrific, well-adjusted” kids: Maggie, Colin, Nora, and Annie. He lives in Evergreen Park, IL, with wife Colleen ’85, who is “the best.” ... Monica (Michalke) and Jim Garvey are Chicagoans, too. My money is safe with Jim as managing director of LaSalle Investment Management. With two teenagers, Monica is a special events coordinator for a Windy City charity. Do auctions? I know a guy. ... A quick prayer for Dr. Robert Yackshaw, who passed on July 7. Doc was our assistant baseball coach. No player will ever forget when it rained during a game, Doc would smoke his pipe turned upside-down in the first-base coach’s box. God bless ya, Doc! ... When was the last time an invitation was delivered from the government of China requesting your teaching skills? Debbie Wolter got one! She is a premiere dance teacher in the US. As chief executive dance teacher at Dance World Academy in Clifton, NJ, she has helped her students to starring roles on Broadway, in movies, and more. In 2006, they performed in Russia. This fall, a performance tour by invitation from the Chinese government. Bravo! ... Hey, let me hear from you! Mark Diane’s parents frequently see Mark Pophal, because he is their ophthalmologist! Fellow JCUer Dan Reim, SJ, is a Jesuit priest at Diane’s parish. Dan used to live in Dolan Hall during his JCU stay. ... Jerry ahmed is now managing director at the CIT Group (a company that provides business finance products and services). Jerry is living in Moreland Hills, OH, with his wife, Simone; sons Jerry Jr. (13), who is involved in lacrosse and soccer; Ben (10), who is involved in basketball, baseball, and lacrosse; and daughter Nicole (9), who is involved in soccer, basketball, and baseball. ... John Breen and his wife of 24 years, Cathy, stopped by for a visit to our home in July. They were in town as Cathy had been supporting and helping family care for her ailing brother Chris Telzerow until, sadly, he passed away at the young age of 45 on July 4. It was good to spend some time with John and Cathy before they returned home to Clearwater, FL, as we all appreciate those special moments in life when old friends can get together again, even if only briefly. Our prayers go out to the Telzerow family. ... Did you see the page dedicated to Rev. tim Kesicki, SJ, in the last issue of John Carroll magazine? Tim (who had been president of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland since 2000 and is a member of the JCU Board of Directors) was recently appointed leader of the Jesuits’ Detroit Province. The Detroit Province consists of approximately 160 Jesuits in Michigan and Ohio. Tim began his six-year term in August. Tim will work with other U.S. provincials in creating a consolidated province in the Midwest by 2021. This was also reported in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and on local TV news. I have frequently heard high praise for Tim’s work at St. Ignatius from the many people that I know with sons attending the school. I am sure we all wish him the best in his newest journey of service to the Jesuit Order. ... St. Theodore Guerin High School in Noblesville, IN, announced that Peg (Cooney) Dispenzieri will be their new assistant principal. Peg was the principal at Nativity Catholic School on the south side of Indianapolis for the past six years. She taught science in Catholic schools for several years before that. Guerin High School Principal Rick Wagner said of Peg: “She has an incredible work ethic and brings classroom and administrative experience to the table. We are lucky to have her.” Peg and husband Charlie have also been active in parish music ministry for over 20 years. ... Our class is up next for reunionville! Our 25th Reunion takes place this coming June! The clock’s arms are spinning by faster these days, so plan on a stop back in time for a bit of the year 1984 once again, during that one special weekend. Don Send your notes to: diane (nerem) Wendel 629 Quaker Rd., Rte. 120 Chappaqua, NY 10514-1507 914-238-2227 [email protected]
It wasn’t exactly like sneaking out of Murphy 25 years ago, but leaving Campion dorm at 4 a.m. Saturday morning and hearing the birds chirping seemed like old times. What a Reunion! Those who came to be seen – first the ladies, by familiar name: sheila Bigane, sandra ryan, Madelon Plunkett, Maureen Kelly, Deb solyan, Mary Power, Julie Pucher, steph sivak, Beth ann McCombs, susan horning, Jane Cunin, terese Buehrle, Megan raleigh, Marie lynch, amy thompson, nitsa Karas, Carolyn Cahill, Maureen Garvey, rosemary Gibbons, lisa Brunenmeister, sue hollis, susan stokes, and Aggie Nagy ’85. The guys: Chris Coughlin, rick Cenar, rich Glass, Phil rini, Jim Kisthardt, tom Fox, Mark tupa, Mike McGinty, tim shea, Matt Conway, Dave swanson, Kevin Cusack, Rob Morrow, Dennis Chevalier. I know there were many more. It was great to talk with many, and for those I missed or those unable to attend, likely your names were mentioned by friends who freely told hilarious stories regarding our years at JCU. Funny, no one mentioned classes or grades, just things they got away with on campus. Other than the last names of some of the ladies, have we really changed? Not from what I observed. Deb Solyan collected money to make beer runs for everyone to enjoy a great time on the 3rd floor of Campion Hall in the Hospitality Suite. For all to view, Deb brought her yellowed photos of dances, romances, vacations, and even the Carroll News photos and article of the New Dorm fire in nancy Zahara’s room. What a great memory for me. As everyone evacuated, my roommate Dave Saviski ’82 decided to hide in the closet while the fire raged in the room above ours! Ladies organized a golf outing on Thursday at beautiful Mayfield Country Club, while I watched guys talking, eating, and looking to give Deb more money for beer runs to Cedar Road. ... Many wrote me prior to the reunion and I owe them print. suzanne (schlichtman) Greenberg, the CEO of Child Abuse and Neglect Council (CAN Council) in Saginaw County, MI, shares her dynamic smile and personality as a national speaker for the CAN Council. The organization for child abuse has a goal to raise and exceed $120,000 this year. You can check out Suzanne’s efforts - [email protected]
... Congrats to money man Dan Frate, promoted to vice-chairman of National City Bank’s retail
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Diane Cibrik, M.D., M.S., is keeping pretty busy at the University of Michigan, where she is an associate professor of internal medicine and a medical director in transplantation. Diane is very interested in increasing donor awareness to spread the gift of life. She recently gave talks in Chicago and San Francisco. Her 11-year-old son also keeps her on her toes. Diane says her son is into: “hockey (can’t live in Michigan w/o playing hockey!), soccer, and trumpet lessons…” Diane occasionally meets up with Tom ’85 and Pam (Bartoroni) Win, since they live in nearby Toledo.
Our Sunday morning ritual of children’s Mass, breakfast at the Flying Pig diner, and coming home to watch beloved moderator Tim Russert ’72 of Meet the Press will never be the same as we mourn his passing this past summer. He was one of my heroes. I always smiled and with pride
added to friends that he was an alumnus of John Carroll. Like most alumni, I only knew him from my living room and through the lens of the national media. Nevertheless, I would like to pay my heartfelt respects. Russert’s success in journalism and politics was not the result of family connections or an Ivy League degree. Instead, it was the product of the work ethic, decency, and street smarts he developed while growing up in Buffalo, a community he never forgot. Russert was a true patriot and a diligent steward of our nation’s free press. He treated his role as moderator on Meet the Press as a public trust. He used thoughtful preparation and research to hold elected officials accountable, all conducted with trademark fairness and respect. Russert’s life, personal and professional, demonstrated that greatness can still be achieved the old-fashioned way. He was simply one of the good guys. We’ll miss you, Tim. Sunday mornings will never be the same. God bless you and your family always. ... Congratulations are in order for Corky o’sullivan! Corky has been named the 2008 “Legal Eagles” Man of the Year. The “Legal Eagles” are a group of lawyers who are graduates of St. Edward High School, or who have sons who are members of the St. Edward community. Their mission has been to promote professionalism, advance continuing legal education, and provide a social setting to allow for the free exchange of ideas among their members. The Legal Eagles also provide legal services to the “Lost Boys” of the Sudan on a pro bono basis. They work diligently to support the mission of St. Edward High School in many ways, including providing scholarships to worthy students. Corky is a trial attorney for CNA Insurance Company. He and his wife, Paula, and their four sons live in Lakewood, OH. ... Congratulations are in order for James “Miltese” Marsh ’86 as he has joined Piper Jaffray & Company as a senior analyst covering media and entertainment in New York City. He has spent the last three years covering media/communications at Hanover Square Capital Management LLC, and is now looking forward to re-joining the sell side. Miltese resides in New Canaan, CT, and is a busy devoted dad to his four children. ... A big cheery hello goes out to Tim ’83 and Colleen o’shea of Chicago. Thanks for dropping a quick note to let us know that you are doing well with your girls and enjoying family life. ... The best news of all is saved for last as all our prayers have been answered! After a long year of chemotherapy and countless uphill battles, Peggy Bertsch Currier has been given the news that her hepatitis virus is gone (thank goodness for experimental drugs)! Although her rheumatoid arthritis now is no longer in remission, she is on good meds curbing the daily pain. The 3rd floor girls of Sutowski are planning a celebration in NYC November 7 to 9, so if you are in the vicinity, let us know and we would love to meet up in the Big Apple to help us celebrate! Peggy, susan “Bubbles” Mcallister Cahill, and I all enjoyed our daughters’ (Grace, “Lizzie,” and Elizabeth) first Communion this past May. ... Be well and God bless, Diane Send your notes to: Gigi Togliatti-rice 931 Sheirer Rd. Mansfield, OH 44093 419-529-5530 [email protected]
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Hello, classmates. We hope you are all enjoying the warm summer days. We heard from several classmates this time around, so here we go. We begin this column with sad news. Classmate Joseph Downie, 44, of Strongsville and formerly of Lorain, died suddenly Sunday, May 18, 2008, at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. He was born February 23, 1964, in Fort Bragg, NC, and had resided in Strongsville for the past four years. He grew up in Lorain and had also lived in Carmel, IN. Joe was a 1982 graduate of Lorain Catholic High School, where he lettered in football. He also played football at Carroll. Joe worked for Covenant Transport as a regional sales manager in the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Western Pennsylvania. He is survived by his children, Fred, Maggie, Theresa, and Jack, all of Carmel, IN. We are sorry to hear of Joe’s sudden passing and send thoughts and prayers to his family. ... As I was watching television one day, I heard a voice whisper “Conrad’s” several times. I did not recognize the voice initially but when I saw the face I knew it was none other than classmate Bob Conrad, owner of Conrad’s Tire. His commercial is on quite frequently in Ohio, making him a local celebrity. Bob, when you have time off from your busy commercial production schedule, please send us a note. We would love to hear about you, your family, and your business. ... We received a blast from the past when robert Gordon sent an update. He is married to Dana (from Idaho) and they have three boys, Jake (12), Kevin (10), and Bradley (7). Bob moved to Seattle in 1989 and has been enjoying the area ever since. He would like to know if any of our other classmates live in the Pacific Northwest. Please send us an e-mail or contact Bob directly - [email protected]
Bob promises he will be back in Cleveland for a visit soon. Why don’t you try to make the next reunion? We would love to catch up with you. ... Michael r. anderson, M.D., has been appointed vice-president and associate chief medical officer for University Hospitals, in the Office of Patient Care, Nursing and Medical Outcomes. Dr. Anderson will provide physician leadership for quality, clinical risk management, utilization review, utilization management, case management, and in ensuring the highest quality patient care experience. He also will provide administrative oversight for credentialing, patient advocacy, and medical staff services. The position became effective July 1, 2008. Mike is also an associate professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University. In recognition of his commitment to bringing children’s hospitals to the forefront of disaster preparedness and response, Dr. Anderson was recently appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Commission on Children and Disasters. Way to go, Mike. Congratulations! ... Go Cubs go! Your friends, Gigi and Beth Send your notes to: sue Farinacci Grazia 10338 Loreto Ridge Dr. Willoughby, OH 44094-9547 440-256-0338 [email protected]
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One of the highlights of writing this column is being able to hear about the successes of our classmates. We heard from Mike thompson, who was recently named vice-president and treasurer of Cintas Corporation. Congratulations, Mike! ... Now, about Reunion ... WOW ... For those of you at Reunion, what a great weekend! For those of you who were unable to attend, you missed an outstanding weekend. It could not have been more fun. For those of you who think you can’t go back and be 21 years old again, plan to be at the 25th Reunion and you will see how easy it just might be. From the beautiful Mass at Gesu, to the “So You Think You Can Dance” dance moves, to the misplaced bottle opener, and the several late night food orders - life could not have been any better on the JCU campus on June 20! So many friends came back to campus from California, Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and yes, even Avon Lake. One of the best parts of the weekend was to see so many people reconnect after 20 years. It was also fun to see the different classes connect. Whether it was your 5th, 20th, or 50th year Reunion, there is nothing better than catching up with old friends! Although we were very impressed with the turnout this year, the MVP award has to go to the group of IBGs who made it back to campus – some for their first Reunion Weekend. The weekend would not have been the same without you guys! It would be too hard to mention all the people we saw during the weekend, but if you have a story you would like to share, please write us. There were so many great experiences that took place over the weekend. We hope to hear about some of them. We will be sure to update the column in the months ahead. In the meantime, we know how busy everyone is and hope all of you are enjoying the summer and spending quality time with your family and friends. We also send out our prayers to those of you fighting against illness or caring for a loved one. A further takeaway from Reunion Weekend was celebrating the friendships and connections we made 20 years ago – the very friendships that provide us with strength and support when it is most needed. And let’s face it, with as busy as life is, there is nothing better in the whole world than being 21 again, for just a night, and laughing every minute for 24 hours. Hope to hear from you soon. Best wishes, Jamie and Kathy
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Greetings fellow ’89ers, and I hope the summer is finding all of you happy and busy with fun activities. I have not heard much at all from anyone, so that might be a good sign of summer happenings. I did enjoy another wonderful family vacation with my parents, brothers and sisters, and nieces and nephews – totaling 28 of us at one point. Truly awesome to spend time with family and laugh. ... Received word that Mike Celebrezze, who received his MBA from JCU and his BS from Kent State, has been named chief financial officer of LCA Vision in Cincinnati. Since 2007, Mike has served on the management team as senior vice-president of finance and treasurer. Prior to joining LCA, Mike served five years as CFO at First Transit Incorporated. Congrats on your many levels of success, Mike! ... Dan soucie and Mike Bilardo have been spending quality time together as their sons play in travel hockey together and road trips are required most weekends. Lovely wives/moms Diane Soucie and Christine Bilardo also enjoy going on the trips to enjoy good family time; keep on skating. ... Several Blue Streaks were spotted at the 29th annual Fat Little Buddies party on Kelleys Island, including: Dr. Dan and Diane Soucie, the Honorable Mike Donnelly ’88, Mike ’88 and Joanna (Garry) ’90 Fanning, Joe O’Malley ’88, Dan Weaver and Julie Kahl Weaver ’92, David and Beth (Kromer) Gassman, Annie Kahl ’94, and Jim and Mary Kay (o’Malley) Kennedy. A good time had by all. ... Well, Streaks, that is all for now. I can only hope that the rest of the summer treats you well and everyone stays safe. Send me some updates for the next column. Peace, David Send your notes to: Melissa Wenzler 4021 Wandsworth Rd. South Euclid, OH 44121 216-691-3759 [email protected]
heard from in a while. Well, I am pleased to say that tim Foley responded to my call-out! Here is what Tim has been up to – after graduation, he went home to Pittsburgh and joined Federated Securities (Investment Management) as VP regional sales representative. He was sent to Charlotte, NC, for six years and spent 8-plus years in Dallas and Austin, TX. He is back in Charlotte and is VP regional sales director for Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Tim is married to Stacy and they have three children: Chase (8 ½), Ty (7), and Shaye (3). In addition, Tim serves as president of the Chuck Foley Memorial Foundation. The foundation was founded in honor of his brother, who passed away in 1997. Every year, the foundation sponsors a golf outing, which is in its 11th year, in Pittsburgh. The event is well attended by several JCU grads: Gary naim, Joe schmidt, lou Carcelli, nick Berente; from ’88, Jerry Auld, Mike Zecchino; and ’87, Sean Brosnahan. Because of their continued support, the foundation has been able to provide a hockey scholarship for a graduating senior at Chartiers Valley High School (Tim’s alma mater). ... Denise levenduski Mikin was recently promoted to senior manager of process improvement at KePRO, Cleveland office. Denise has been with KePRO since 2001 and been involved with various aspects of the business such as quality systems, product and process improvement, and strategy development. She received her undergraduate degree (chemistry) and her MBA ‘97 from JCU. Congratulations, Denise, on your well-deserved promotion! ... Here are a few classmates that I am calling out, because we’ve not heard from them in a while: sean nolan, Mary Mahoney, Chris and halle (sharapan) torockio, regan Carver, Bruce and steve lazar. Hope to hear from you all and any of our other classmates with news to share! ... Go Streaks, Melissa
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I hope this column finds all of you well. Congratulations to Betsy Benander traben on the birth of her new baby boy. ... Congratulations to Mary Beth Mcnally tirpak on her 40th birthday, celebrated near Lake Erie with family and friends. ... Also, best wishes to tara o’neill on becoming a mom to a beautiful baby girl, Deirdre. ... Please keep Fr. Schell in your prayers, as he passed away this spring. What a great role model for all of us. He was kind, giving, a man for others, and a brilliant priest. God bless you, Fr. Schell, for the difference you made in our lives on the campus of JCU. ... Try to hit the Homecoming game vs. Heidelberg on September 27. Go Blue Streaks! All my best, Molly
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This past June, JCU lost one of its most esteemed alumni, Tim Russert ’72. By the virtue of the way he lived life, I hope what we can take away from his untimely death is this – there is a world out there beyond our own and we must recognize the needs of others. ... I am proud to say that one of our classmates, Greg schenden, has done just that and has answered the higher call. Greg was ordained a Jesuit priest on June 14, 2008, at Fordham University Church in the Bronx. His first assignment as a priest will be at Holy Trinity Parish in Georgetown (Washington, DC), which just happens to be the same parish where Tim Russert was a member. I think I can speak for all of your classmates when I say congratulations, Rev. Schenden – we are proud of you! Please be sure to check out the following link - http://www. jesuitvocation.org/jesuits/biography_schenden_ gregory.htm. ... In one of my previous columns, I called out several classmates who have not been 54
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tim Foley (left) and Gary naim, both class of ’90, at a Pittsburgh Pirates game.
Hello, everyone! It is always nice to attend Reunion Weekend, even if it isn’t your year, as you just never know who you might bump into. This year, I had the pleasure of bumping into ron Becker, steve Fink, and Mark henderson. The group recalled their trip to Washington, DC, with Dr. Larry Schwab and Dr. Marianne Salcetti. Ron walked right past Vice President Dan Quayle’s office and decided to stop in and say, “I’m here to see Dan.” The vice-president’s assistant went on to say, “He’s not here” ...Ron insisted, “But his office lights are on and I even see his legs at the desk” ... Whereas the assistant replied, “He’s out of town and you need to go.” We all had a good laugh remembering that story! ... I wanted to let all of you know that I started a new job on May 21. I am working for Cleveland.com as a print and online supervisor. My role is to work with the print advertising account executives at the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Sun News. Basically they present print and I’ll present online advertising to help new and existing clients grow their business. As the saying goes, it’s a small world after all, because the person from the Plain Dealer that works with Monster Mini Golf set up a meeting with me and the owners Lori and edmund Gai. It sounds like their business is doing well, and I look forward to meeting with them later this month. ... I was very sad to learn of the passing of Jim Parker’s father Gerald Parker: Gerald E. Parker, PhD, SHRP, professor emeritus at St. Louis University, passed away July 16, 2008. Gerry was a proponent of education, a JCU fan, and a great man. Please keep Jim and his family in your prayers during this difficult time. ... I really want to hear from you! Please call or send an e-mail to update me about you or anyone else you still keep in touch with from our class. Jim
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richard Marquardt ’93 has been named an inaugural member of the ohio state university College of optometry dean’s advisory council. and is lucky enough to stay home with their four children, Zack (6), Ricky (4), and identical twins Kelsey and Maggie (2). ... Patrice (Capretta) adamonis has been having a very exciting summer with her family. Her husband, Scott, has assumed a new position this year and is now a regional account director for Adecco, which is a human resources services company providing staffing and career solutions. Patrice continues to work from home as a marketing coordinator for Polytech, Inc., which is a local engineering firm in Cleveland. This allows her to stay home with daughters Mackenzie Isabella (4) and Sydney Gabriella (2). They are expecting their third child, a boy, in November! ... Moira Cain-Mannix and her husband, Paul, have two girls, Maeryn (2) and Deirdre (5). As of 2006, Moira became a partner in her law firm, Marcus & Shapira LLP in Pittsburgh, handling business litigation matters. ... I received an e-mail from Manuela lue, which shows a testament of her strength and commitment (just like when she was at JCU). She spent many weeks in Columbus, OH, this spring getting physical therapy from a horrible car accident in Belize in February. She had two foot surgeries, was bedridden for several weeks, and is happy to be alive. She has been in Belize for a couple of years working as a missionary. Please continue to keep her and her recovery in your prayers. ... Well, that is it for now. Please consider sending me an e-mail about what is going on with you so I can fill everyone else in! Luck to you always, Moe Send your notes to: annie (hummer) dePerro 4161 Glenmoor Rd., NW Canton, OH 44718 330-966-8845 [email protected]
Hello, all! It was great to see so many faces at Reunion in June. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. Some asked me if I was going to be doing our column forever. I do love doing our column, but it is also something that I am willing to let others do, too. So if anyone out there would like to try it out for a time or be a guest columnist, let me know. Also, thanks for all the compliments – you guys really do make my job easy by sending in your updates. As I mentioned to some of you at reunion, please e-mail me with your updates as I can’t remember what everyone told me that night. ... One item does stick out, and I was disappointed not to know about it sooner: Chris Dashner and his family have been living in Germany for two years. Chris works for Parker Hannifin. He has accepted a promotion and will be relocating to Switzerland for a time. Best of luck, Dash. I hear it is so great there – you may not want to come home. ... Congratulations to tom Burns, who was unable to make it to reunion as he and his wife, Laura, were on their honeymoon. They were married on June 14 and have bought a house in Lincoln Park, IL. Tom is a partner at the law firm of O’Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns, where he is a tort trial lawyer. ... lori (souser) sprague, HRIS Analyst at JCU, and her husband, Tim, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Allison Marie, born on February 1, 2008. ... Julie evans moved back to Pittsburgh after graduation and completed a Master of Social Work in Community Organizing degree. She has been working as the program director of education services at Pittsburgh Action Against Rape for ten years. She is married to Greg Kiniry, and they have two boys, Connor (3) and Finn (2). ... tony romano is a self-employed marketing communications consultant in Columbus, OH. This means he spends lots of time writing copy/content, coordinating marketing activities, working with the media, and occasionally executing graphic design for printed materials. Tony is also a member of Northwest Presbyterian Church in Dublin and absolutely loves it! He’s even thought about attending seminary to become an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). ... richard Marquardt has been named an inaugural member of the Ohio State University College of Optometry dean’s advisory council. Richard is a private-practice optometrist at Ohio Eye Associates in Mansfield. ... Good luck to Dominic lavigne who, on May 1, 2008, launched his own consulting company, Dom LaVigne & Associates (“DLA”), which is a Singapore-based, international government relations advisory firm that will help American and other international companies wanting to set up or expand their business operations in Singapore and Asia. They will also assist Asian firms that want to enter into the US market. ... Last week, my son attended a soccer camp at Padua Franciscan High School in Parma, OH, where Kevin leigh is the athletic director. Kevin and his wife live in Strongsville with their three children, a son and two daughters. ...
Congrats and happy training to ed slovenkay, who I saw last Sunday at the finish line for the Huntington Sprint Triathlon he had just completed in Bay Village, OH. Ed is training to complete a Half Triathlon in August and hopes to be able to complete the Ironman sometime within the next couple of years, too. Ed works as a vice-president for a commercial door and window company and is living in Brecksville, OH. ... Thanks for your updates; I look forward to hearing from you. Take care, Julie
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Hello, classmates! I hope you are doing well. I know we are almost 15 years out of college, but we can keep up with the times (and technology age). I have an account on Facebook (online community), and a couple of our classmates are on there, too. It is a social networking site that is free and a great way to keep in touch. Consider joining and inviting me to be your “friend” ... I know, it’s a little weird for our age, but you can see what everyone is up to – pictures and events in their lives – and it is a great way to keep in touch. ... Wendy (starr) Blaszak wrote that last November nicole st. Marie from our class got married to Chris Yingling (University of Dayton ’90). Nicole was a stunning bride and, unbelievably enough, the weather was 85 degrees the first weekend of October for the big day. Nicole and Chris live in Avon Lake, OH, and are expecting their first child in November. Wendy said the wedding was a blast and allowed some friends to get back together again. Janet Watters came in from Michigan. She is married to Jim Rivard, and they have two children, James (4) and Lilly (18 mos.). Beth Chelf Civerolo flew in from DC for the weekend with her husband, Eric. They are busy parents of twin daughters Allie and Charlotte (18 mos.). renee Fowler Moell resides in Bay Village, OH, with husband Mike and two children, Lydia (6) and Jack (4). Some other local Clevelanders included Anne and Chris Banks as well as Chris’s sister Kelly Banks Stevovich ’96 with husband Nick. Chris and Anne have two children, Ty (3) and Nola (1); while Kelly has three girls, identical twins Alexandra and Cameron (5) and Anna (3). Some other guests, all from the class of ’95, included Jackie St. Marie Davis (Nicole’s matron of honor), Brian Davis, and Jill Patterson. Wendy lives in Pepper Pike with her hubby, Mike,
Many thanks go out to Dominic offredo, who sent me a note the week of my deadline. Without his news, I would have little to report. He and several JCU alumni went on their third-annual golf trip to West Virginia in June. This year, they visited Lakeview Resort in Morgantown. The group includes David Benisek, ron allender, Matt Krupa, todd Conrad, eric Jones, Brian Maher, and Jay Dobkowski, husband of Beth (DiDonato) Dobkowski; from the class of ’96, Greg Preisel and Tom Bertsch; and from ’98, Mike Swallow. This trip was most memorable as Tom Bertsch and Dominic each had a hole-in-one over the weekend. It was Dominic’s first hole-in-one but Tom’s third of his career and, more amazingly, the second within a week for him. Dominic also mentioned that his family will be vacationing in the Outer Banks, NC, this summer at the same time that Ron Allender and his family will be there. Good beach time and more golf for the guys, I’m sure. ... I hear through the grapevine that Monica Duflock Kwait and husband Joe ’94 are once again on diaper duty! Congratulations to the two of you on the birth of your third son. ... I also heard from Kelly (Miller) stukus that she and David ’92 are expecting a sibling for daughter Lilly sometime this fall. ... I recently read about tara Meyerrobson on her website - www.flowwithlife.com. She has written a self-help book called The Flow: 40 Days to Total Life Transformation and is conducting workshops in Amelia Island, FL. ... As I
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mentioned last time, I now have a Facebook page, and through it I heard from Michelle Cull lease, aimee tapajna Mcnamee, Heather Grady Auburn ’96, and Janene Hanley ’94. Thanks to all for contacting me and sharing your updates! Have a great fall! Annie Send your notes to: amy spisich Kogovsek [email protected]
McNeeley married on December 29, in the Cleveland area. Some JCU alumni were in the wedding party: Marino Nerici ’89 and Mary McIntyre (now Mary Setta). They are still living in Florida. … ernie Petti’s been hard at work with Disney Animation. Want proof? See for yourself! The trailer for Bolt, the movie he’s been working on for the last two years or so, is finally online (and playing in theaters in front of WALL-E). If you have a chance, check it out - http://movies.yahoo.com/ premieres/8545849/standardformat/. It’s also available in HD from the same link. ... I also received a note from someone who graduated a few years after us but has a sibling in our class. “My name is Kate Cooke, class of 2005 from JCU. I was just reading your column in the most recent JCU magazine and saw you didn’t have too many updates for your class ... we’ll I’ve got a brand new one for ya! My sister, Kelly Barry (formerly Kelly Cooke), class of 1997, is a new mom! She and her husband, Jon, recently welcomed their first child on June 12, 2008. His name is Sean Robert Barry, and he’s adorable. They are currently living right outside of Boston.” ... natalie sabo got engaged earlier this year and is planning to get married this December. She also had a visit from Kristi vadino in late June. Kristi has been teaching in Africa over the past year and was home for her sister’s wedding. ... Michael nemunaitis is living in Dallas with his wife, Cheryl; two daughters, Emily (4) and Natalie (2); and son, Eric (6 weeks). He is finishing up a fellowship in oncology and will be moving back to the Cleveland area in July 2009 to set up an oncology practice. Despite living away from Cleveland since graduation in 1997, he has remained an avid Browns, Indians, and Cavs fan and can’t wait to get back home. Mary-Michelle Coleman is godmother to his youngest daughter. She continues to live in Cleveland Heights and is a teacher at JCU. tim o’Brien is godfather to their youngest daughter. He lives in Munson, OH, with his wife, Melissa, and continues to run O’Brien Leasing in Lyndhurst. ... I heard from Peter Munson: “I just moved back from an assignment at the American Embassy in Muscat, Oman, where I traveled all over the Middle East and a few stops in Europe. After a short stop in Ohio, my family and I are moving to San Diego, where I’ll be stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar for the next two to three years, flying KC-130 aircraft.” ... Not much else for our class, but I will tell you that Annmarie and I headed down to Jacobs... er, Progressive Field for a JCU alumni-sponsored Tribe game. Despite the rain, it was a fun night, and hey, we actually won a game. I’d recommend getting out to an event such as this, whether it’s in Cleveland or your area. It’s a great way to catch up with JCU grads you might not otherwise know. ... If you have news about yourself or anyone else, please send it my way. Thanks! Brian Send your notes to: Cherie skoczen 216-741-1823 [email protected]
going to write about our classmates who attended Reunion in this column, my reply was that I usually don’t write about people I see out and about, without their permission. So to be in included in these notes, please send me a note! ... Thanks to Katie (Pusateri) Webster for sending along updates on some of the classmates she met up with at Reunion. “We had been planning for a few years now to all get back together,” Katie wrote. “It turned out to be a great weekend!” Katie lives in Columbus, OH, with her husband, Tony, and their dog, Sammi. Katie is the annual giving officer for a not-for-profit healthcare system and has been doing nonprofit development work since graduation. ... Beth (Potter) sloan and her husband, Kevin, relocated to Jupiter, FL, a month after their third baby girl, Bridget, was born. Big sisters Avery (4) and Molly (2) – as well as their mom – are loving the Florida sunshine! ... Gretchen (Miller) losey lives in Bay Village, OH, with her husband, Brian, and their nine-month-old daughter, Anna. Gretchen works part time as a nurse for the Cleveland Clinic. ... ann Davis resides in Old Brooklyn, a neighborhood in Cleveland. She is assistant director of fund development at University Circle Inc. ... Jennifer Janas has worked in marketing for the Austin Company, a design, engineering, and construction firm, for the past five years. Jennifer and her fiancé, Rick, are planning their 2009 wedding. They live in Twinsburg, OH. ... Katie (ruyan) heavilin and her husband, Bill, will welcome a baby girl to the family in October. They have a two-and-a-half-year-old son, Nicholas. Katie is a senior auditor for KeyCorp, where she has worked for the past seven years. The Heavilins live in Solon, OH. ... Dana (Weidaw) arnold lives in sunny Cave Creek, AZ, with her husband and their son, Frankie. By the time this column runs, they will have welcomed a second child to their family. Dana is a public relations executive at Olson Communications. ... Thanks to ryan lynch for writing. He and Lisa were married on October 27. Several JCU alumni made the trip to South Bend, IN, for the celebration. Classmates attending were Phil hartmann, Mike anderson, Matt Girty, Dan and nyla (abu-Jawdeh) lambert, Jeff Guyton, James seminaroti, todd hammond, Drew Coulter, Kathy (MacDonald) Beck, and Carrie randel. Other John Carroll alums at the wedding included Dan Lynch ’07, Pat Lynch ’02, Kelly Cummings ’01, Henry Lee ’00, Gregory Martin ’99, Ed Toth ’99, Aaron Marinelli ’00, Kirstin (Feast) Martin ’99, and Jenny (Franklin) Hammond ’99. Ryan and Lisa spent two weeks in Thailand after their wedding. They reside in Chicago, where Ryan works for JPMorgan Asset Management, and Lisa works at Navteq, Inc. ... Cathy (Mayle) smith e-mailed updates on a few classmates: Kristin toth moved to Boston last year and is currently a compensation director at Fidelity Investments. Caitlin (McKendry) schneid, husband Jim, and son Colin welcomed Lillian Mary to their family this summer. And as for Cathy, her son Griffin Thomas was born in early March. He and big sister Lucy (2 ½) keep things interesting for Cathy and her husband, Aaron, she said. They live in Memphis, TN. ... Glen and Dana (Colecchia) Getz are happy to announce the birth of their daughter Anna Otylia, who was born on March 31. Glen said she and sister Maia (2) are doing well. ... At the writing of this column, I know many of our friends are expecting babies in a couple of months. Moms-
I hope this column is finding you all healthy and well. On behalf of the class of ’96, I’d like to take a moment to extend our sympathies to the Russert family. Many people’s lives were forever changed for the better because they knew Tim. The JCU community will always feel his absence but remember his spirit. His life was a wonderful example of “magis,” doing more than the ordinary. ... And as we aspire to that ideal ourselves, we look inward to our classmates and find that James auricchio has been appointed assistant United States attorney in the Western District of New York. Our congratulations go out to James with best wishes for a successful career. ... I’d also like to take a minute to invite you all back to Carroll for Homecoming this September 27. Come cheer the Blue Streaks on to victory against Heidelberg at their first home game of the season on Saturday at 2 p.m. A comedian, alumni volunteer training workshop, pep rally, and street fair are just a few of the many events planned for this year’s celebration. ... And please take a minute to send in a note on what you are all up to. I know everyone is very busy, but your classmates enjoy hearing all of the wonderful things going on in your lives. Until then, the Lord bless you and keep you, Amy Send your notes to: Brian sparks 5011 Oakes Rd. Brecksville, OH 44141 440-746-0309 [email protected]
My last call for news didn’t turn up as much as I was hoping, but I did hear from a couple of classmates. angel Kornuc tells me that she and Michael
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Hard to believe that our 10-year Reunion has already come and gone. It was fun to see so many ’98ers at the Saturday night festivities. Everyone looks good! And while many people asked if I was
Blue and Gold at the U.S. Open
Golf experts will weigh in on where the 2008 United States Open Golf Championship ranks in the lore of the sport. It took 91 holes to decide this year’s champion, which came down to the legendary Tiger Woods outlasting Rocco Mediate for the title in an epic duel staged in June at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California. For Jeffrey Bors ’98, there is little doubt where the 2008 U.S. Open ranks in his life. “Amazing,” he says. “It was just like I imagined… just like I dreamed it would be.” Mr. Bors was not merely a spectator voicing his opinion – he was a part of the spectacle. The former two-time all-conference golfer for the Blue Streaks was one of 156 players who competed for the championship. A considerable long shot just to make the field, Mr. Bors posted rounds of 72 and 70 during the 36-hole sectional in Purchase, New York, on June 2 and 3 to become a wild-card qualifier. Though he finished in sole possession of 138th place and did not play past the second round, Mr. Bors had plenty of distinguished company on the “cut” list, as former major championship winners such as Ben Curtis, Lee Janzen, and Zach Johnson scored higher than seven over par. “I don’t think I played poorly, all things considered,” says Mr. Bors. “I was not tournament ready. My four competitive rounds during the past year had been to qualify for the Open, and to play in it. Plus, to have to compete in the Open, where the course is set up to the highest level – it was very draining both physically and mentally.” Mr. Bors will take away many cherished memories. The experience was made all the more
Dream of a lifetime: Jeff Bors ’98 plays the open.
special by sharing it with his parents, brother, wife, and baby daughter. The John Carroll graduate did his alma mater proud – perhaps with a little divine inspiration. “The week before I qualified for the Open,” he says, “Erin and I had our daughter, Jennifer, christened at John Carroll’s Saint Francis Chapel by Fr. Bukala.” Christopher Wenzler ’90
and dads-to-be – please e-mail me with your updates so that I can share your good news with our classmates! Enjoy the rest of the summer. Cherie
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Hi, all. It’s great to hear from so many of our classmates. Everyone’s looking forward to reunion next summer! Barbara (tober) Burkardt reports that she works as a certified nurse midwife in Plymouth, MI. On a more personal note, Barbara is married to Brian Burkardt and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Emma Grace, in March. ... Also in Michigan, Pete Gast has been happily married for four years now. He’s starting to train again for the Ironman after an injury forced him out for surgery and recovery. ... On the West Coast, Jaime richards lives in the San Francisco area and is working as one of the beauty editors for www.BellaSugar.com, part of an online community under the Sugar Publishing umbrella. It’s the perfect fit, combining his degree in communications and license in cosmetology. On the other side of the Pacific, Frank tulenko, also master’s in ’05, is the recipient of an East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) award. As part of his graduate studies at Wesleyan University, this award allowed Frank to spend his summer in Kobe, Japan, at the RIKEN Institute’s Center for Developmental Biology. Here he studied the lamprey, a primitive vertebrate similar to the first vertebrates in having no jaws or paired fins but continuing to thrive with its archaic cartilage jowls.
This investigation should provide insight into how simple systems develop, which could lead to understanding more about how birth defects occur in humans. Back in the Midwest, amy Miklos Giltz resides in Canton, OH, and for the last seven years has worked for AstraZeneca’s oncology division. In 2006, Amy married Harry Giltz, and the couple has a 16-month-old little girl, Ella! Jason eubanks finished his orthopaedic residency and is now moving on to his spine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Jason’s studies in English literature at John Carroll have not been wasted, though. He’s written a book of poetry, Rotations: A Medical Student’s Clinical Experience, available at BN.com and Amazon.com! This quarter’s updates seem to revolve around our classmates whose education led them to pursue careers in the sciences. So this update begs the question – what did all those business majors end up doing with their degree? And how about the liberal arts? Philosophy majors – fill us in! How are you enlightening the world today with your liberal arts background? I hope to hear from you soon! – Meg
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accomplishments in their lives. Here is the latest news from your fellow class of 2000 graduates. Gina DiDonato-Kubec graduated from the University of Toledo’s College of Health Sciences with a doctorate in occupational therapy and is currently interviewing with several hospitals in the Dayton area. ... Congrats to laura Catena, who graduated from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in June and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She is engaged to Greg Novotny, a 2001 Kent State graduate. The couple will reside in Pittsburgh, where she will be employed as a small animal veterinarian and Greg will be employed as a dentist. ... Benjamin Danisek graduated from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in May and has since moved to Fairfax, VA, to take the bar exam – good luck, Ben! ... Congratulations to shanna (stonebrook) and nathan Botos, who welcomed their second daughter, Genevieve Ellen, on January 15. She joins older sister Isabella (3). Shanna is a nurse practitioner working with the cardiology team at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. Nathan is a hospital sales manager with ZOLL Medical Corporation. ... Mickey Batyske was recently married to Rana McClendon. In June, the couple moved to New York City, where Mickey intends to continue his career as a deejay and entrepreneur. ... If we haven’t heard from you in a while, or at all since graduation, please send us an e-mail and update us on what you’ve been doing. We’d love to hear from you! Have fun and keep us informed ... Clare and Lisa
Thanks to everyone who has sent us information on their whereabouts over the past few months. We’re always excited to see what people are doing, where they’ve moved, and other proud
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I hope that you are all are well. Jillian valerius sent in the following update: “I have been living in Charlotte, NC, for close to five years and loving it. I am still working as a product manager for Newell Rubbermaid, and I finished my MBA from Wake Forest University in December 2006. I became engaged to Matt Shute in October 2007, and we will be getting married at Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati on August 16, 2008. traci sybelnik and Julie (Zone) andolina will both be bridesmaids. Marla Marino, nichole Giannios, and erica taylor will be doing readings.” Congratulations to Jillian and Matt! ... Melanie (rhodes) Johnson and her husband, Mark, welcomed their first child, Halle Juliana, on May 31, 2008. Melanie works for Bryant & Stratton College in Eastlake, OH, as a director of admissions. ... I gave birth to our first child, Francesca Eileen, on April 30, 2008. Nick and I cherish every moment that we share with our Bella. We are marvelously blessed! ... Please send an update on anything that is happening in your life. Recognize and relish all that is good in each day. Maureen
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I hope that everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable summer! It always goes by too fast! Here is the latest news for our class. amanda (Karpus) Mooney and husband Sean ’04 had their second baby, Claire Elizabeth, on March 4, 2008. ... erin Cullen got engaged to Nathan Adams and will be married in May 2009. Erin is working as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) at Sarah Reed Children’s Center in Erie, PA. Nathan works for a gas company and is pursuing a business degree at Gannon University. ... David and nicole (ross) rothstein welcomed their first child, Aleah Grace, on October 16, 2007. Aleah’s baptism was held at Gesu, with a party in the Alumni Lounge at JCU. The Rothstein family lives just blocks from Carroll in University Heights. ... Doug Clifton and emily Pillitteri were married October 20, 2007, in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Their wedding party included quite the crew from our class: nick Bachofsky, Dan ernstberger, trish skiba, Katie (Barnum) Brzesinski, and amy Dugas rose. Doug is working as an associate for McConnaughhay, Duffy, Coonrod, Pope & Weaver, P.A., and Emily is a logistics engineer for CEVA Logistics, both located in Jacksonville, FL. ... Things here in Rochester are great – I am lucky to be working part time, which allows me to keep a nice balance in my life. My son, Alex, is quickly approaching his first birthday, which is so hard to believe! ... It was kind of a slow news quarter, so let’s pick it up! I’m on Facebook now, so feel free to send me a message there if it’s easier for you! Take care! Kristen 58
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“A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” – Elbert Hubbard -- There were a lot of friends reuniting under the big tent in June for our 5-year class reunion! I hope everyone who attended had a great time, and thanks to the class of 2003 reunion committee. It was not, as I noted in our last column, our 10-year reunion! I’m blaming “momnesia,” as my husband and I welcomed our first child, Audrey, into this world on April 29. Here’s the news for this fall ... I received a nice long note about our friend, alison liscoe: “Alison is to marry Bill Nottingham of Bratenahl on August 23 at Hillbrook Club. The wedding party includes Julie McDonough and alison Piskula. After pursuing her master’s degree in cell biology, she is currently working as assistant to the chief of cardiology at Case Western Reserve. Bill graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2001 and works at his family’s company in Cleveland Heights. They have enjoyed traveling to Europe, Asia, and Australia several times this year on business. They are busy redecorating their Bratenahl home and enjoying the time with their pet pug, Miss Sydney.” ... Gabrielle Collins Dodson wrote that she married Michael Dodson on April 28, 2007, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville. Their wedding reception was held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and featured a five-course seated dinner. Included in the wedding party was Brook lynn Miller ’04. Gabrielle has her MBA and is the GM/regional sales manager in charge of all business operations for TenneseeJoblist. She also is a licensed realtor. Her husband has earned both a master’s degree and his CPA and works with a regional accounting firm in Nashville, KraftCPAs. ... I have a correction to report – I mistakenly included in our winter 2007 column that Katie skorski had earned her MBA. She was scheduled to finish her studies this August at CSU. Congratulations again, Katie! ... Jen Gardner wrote that she moved to Denver in April. She is working for the law firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh Jardine PC, in their commercial law division. She says that Denver is wonderful (and beautiful)! ... Monica Madden and her sister, Marissa ’05, live together in Ohio City. ... Jack Gutowitz e-mailed me as well: He has spent the past year working on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He’s working as an assistant to the show’s main director, Kenneth Fink, and is about to start working for the next season (season 9) of the show. He assists Ken and is also a
Francesca eileen, daughter of nick and Maureen ’01 Fariello.
alex, son of robert and Kristen Mcvean ’02.
aleah, daughter of David and nicole (ross) rothstein, both class of ’02.
halle Juliana, daughter of Mark and Melanie (rhodes) ’01 Johnson.
Cathy Mayle smith’s lucy 2 ½, and Griffin, born in early March. Cathy is class of ’98.
vincent, son of stephen ’02 and Jennifer (reali) Fiorilli.
From left are Melissa hoppert, Kathleen Moran, Megan Mitchell, and theresa Polachek, all class of ’03.
development executive for his feature work. On the side, Jack is working as a researcher/consultant for Aaron Sorkin’s latest film, Trial of the Chicago 7, which is being directed by Steven Spielberg, and developing and consulting on TV pilots with a couple of TV writers. He also has a screenplay in development – an adaptation of a play, Live at Eleven, by JCU’s own Bob Noll. Jack, we’ll be watching for your name in the credits – congrats! ... Kevin Gray and Angela (Bright) Gray were married October 21, 2007, in Louisville, KY. Dan Gichevski ’04 was a groomsman in the wedding. The couple is living in Louisville, where Kevin has been the executive director of the Kentuckiana Masonry Institute since February 2007. Congratulations, Kevin! ... annie hetman e-mailed an update on herself and tom and lauren arth; Annie is leaving the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and joining the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association as director of marketing and communications. She writes that Tom and Lauren had their second child, Thomas Arth III, in January 2008. The Arth family lives in Lakewood, OH. Lauren is the Midwest account manager for BabyZone.com, and Tom just finished a season with the Grand Rapids arena football team. ... stacey Picard ’03G has co-founded SDG Advisors LLC with Sister Ritamary Welsh, OSU. According to a press release on the firm, “The Cleveland Heights-based consulting firm will work with small to midsize
nonprofit organizations, primarily Catholic K-12 schools, to help them strengthen their infrastructure so they can better fulfill their mission.” Best of luck in your new endeavor, Stacey! Take care, Theresa From left are John Catalano, nicole accordino, tony Denoi, and Jenny Fiorenzo, all class of ’04.
Send your notes to: Paul Clapp 1918 Lakeside Dr. Madison, OH 44057 440-796-4947 [email protected]
John Carroll has been in the news a lot the last few months. And even though some of those times were because we lost Tim Russert ’72 and Fr. Schell, it reminded me how much of a close family we all are. I’m often reminded how proud I am of John Carroll and all our classmates. Our class has gone off and done some great and extraordinary things since graduation, and even though it is a little early to get excited, I cannot wait to see everyone at our reunion next summer! Like usual, our classmates have been busy. ... In early June, Megan Maier finished medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and graduated with an MD degree. She started her obstetrics and gynecology residency in June at Riverside Methodist Hospital near Columbus, OH. She also was married this May to her high school sweetheart, Tim Staub. Nothing like making all the major changes in your life at one time – huh? Now all she needs to do is buy a house ... I heard from Patrick Bittel the other day. He is getting married this August to Brittany Smith. They met during our senior year at the Murphy Hall Formal. ... Stephen ’02 and Jennifer (reali) Fiorilli had a baby boy. Vincent Alexander Fiorilli was born May 30. He checked in at 6 lbs. 15 oz. Jennifer and Stephen are still living in Tampa and doing well! They sent along a picture of Vincent for all to see. ... erin sullivan graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in May and took the Ohio Bar exam in July. ... Congrats to everyone on recent engagements, graduations, or births of new children. Again, start making plans: Reunion 2009 will be the weekend of June 19-21. If you would like to serve on our reunion class committee, please contact theresa spada, assistant director of alumni relations - [email protected]
or 216-397-3014. ... Paul
how they might be avoided. ... Matt Davenport is finishing up his third year at Manchester College, serving as hall director. This summer, he was the interim associate dean of student development and the director of residential life. He’s now about to move across the country to work at Washington State University as a resident education director, while getting his master’s in higher education administration. ... Pete and hallie (Divincenzo) Bernini were married on August 4, 2007. Pete is working in sales and studying for a master’s in business administration at Cleveland State University. Hallie is a first-grade teacher, having recently received her master’s in education from Ursuline College. The couple lives in Lyndhurst. ... emma (Ghannoum) Ferek recently completed her master’s in early childhood education from good old JCU. She also accepted a first-grade teaching position, at Hawken School in Lyndhurst. ... I know more of you have news, too, so let’s hear it! E-mail me, and in return you get the thrill of seeing your name in print! Jennifer
Send your notes to: Christine Bohn 440-668-8210 [email protected]
roberta Muoio 4216 N. Paulina Ave. Chicago, IL 60613 330-284-7722 [email protected]
The class of 2006 must have been busy with their new jobs, family, and friends, since we have not heard much. However, Brigid long and Jessica Zimmerer will both be starting the Ohio State University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program this fall; Jackie nowak will be entering her third year in OSU’s program. ... Please continue to send updates. We all love to hear how we are all doing. Peace, Christine and Roberta
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Hi, everyone. As always, the class of 2005 is on the move. Biology major Frank tulenko, also ’99, spent this past summer at the RIKEN Institute’s Centre for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan. As a recipient of the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students award, Frank is studying how primitive vertebrates develop. He has joined a research team tracking how cells move and develop in the aquatic lamprey’s early stages of life – the idea is to find out how birth defects occur in humans, and
Classmates turned out in force for the wedding of Pete and hallie (Divincenzo) Bernini, both class of ’05. top row, from left: randi Carletti ’05, scott Greenberg ’06, Dave Marquez ’05, Bryan Beigie ’04, nicole laGree ’07, Drew Crider ’05, tim Franzinger ’05, Kelci lanich ’05, Dan Wysmier ’06, Maghee Disch ’05, Matt McKinnon ’07, Josh luster ’06, Matt Bostick ’05, Jimmy ainscough ’05, Jeff lerner ’03, Kim liscoe ’05, and sean Ganley ’04. Middle row, from left: Dan Corall ’05, Becky story ’04, Gina Presta ’06, angela rapchak ’06, Matt lope ’05, Beth Kovach ’05, Pete and hallie, Julie Gravagna ’05, Julie (Kiser) lerner ’05, Kyle roggenburk ’06, and lindsay (Marsh) roggenburk. Bottom row, from left: Katie ryan ’06, tiffany Pottmeyer ’05, loraine tamulonis ’06, adam roggenburk ’05, and Christie Michalec ’05.
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legal team: Katie hagerty ’05 is shown with her father, Michael hagerty ’68, at the april dinner in which she received the honorable timothy C. evans law school student scholarship from the northwest suburban Bar association.
“I didn’t want to go to law school until I got this job,” says Kathleen “Katie” Hagerty ’05. In 2007, Ms. Hagerty entered the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, two years after she became one of about 50 victim witness specialists in that city’s Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Her duties include meeting with crime victims and escorting them through the justice system: explaining proceedings, providing transportation, holding hands, and, often, translating for Spanish-speaking clients. Ms. Hagerty honed these skills at John Carroll with a double major in communications and Spanish. Just as valuable were her two years as a resident advisor in Hamlin Hall. “That experience helped me immensely,” she says. “I dealt with every kind of crisis situation college students face. I became a good listener.” Now she lends her sympathetic ear to those who have become involved with the justice system through no fault of their own, such as survivors of rape and domestic violence, families of murder victims, and DUI victims and witnesses. Ms. Hagerty fills the void as a comforting, practical liaison between the justice system and crime victims. One of her most memorable, and horrific, cases stemmed from the 2001 murder of a two-year-old girl. Ms. Hagerty explains, “I provided support for the victim’s mother throughout the court proceedings and sentencing after the defendant pled guilty. I was also in charge of coordinating travel arrangements for several out-of-state witnesses who came to testify for the State during the defendant’s sentencing hearing.”
In addition, she assisted the mother in writing a victim impact statement. “A case like this puts your life in perspective,” she says. The great variety of cases keeps things interesting. “There’s a huge volume of cases in Chicago,” she says, “and the court process is difficult to navigate. Each day is a different crisis.” As a break, she cleans the ice, figure skates between periods at home games, and makes promotional appearances as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew. She has ice skated since childhood. Working two jobs and going to law school, where she maintains a 3.5 GPA, keeps Ms. Hagerty busy, but she enjoys it. “I really don’t have any free time, which means I can’t put anything off,” she says with a laugh. But the hard work has given her a direction, as she follows in the footsteps of her father, Michael Hagerty ’68, an attorney. Ms. Hagerty’s goal is clear: “I definitely want to be a prosecutor.” She intends to make a career out of helping victims by convicting the bad guys. Kathy Ewing
Jesus sanchez’s wedding in Puerto rico included classmates from JCu. Back row, from left: Jennifer Marshall ’07, Kenny Poleski ’07, Jesus sanchez ’07, and tom haren ’08. Front row, from left: susana Gonzalez sanchez, Katy DeGirolamo ’07, rosanna violi ’07, luz Betancourt ’07, and Jon sattelmeyer ’07.
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We hope everyone had a fun and safe summer! Here is what some of your classmates have been up to: Pete aubry received and accepted a graduate assistantship at the University of Akron and will begin classes there in the fall. ... Maria Kacik is currently the business reporter with the Gazette in Medina County, OH. However, starting in August, Maria will be taking a three-month break from her job to volunteer in Moshi, Tanzania, with the nonprofit group Cross Cultural Solutions. ... Brittany soeder accepted a position this past April as a news reporter for WCJB-TV20, an ABC affiliate in Gainesville, FL. You can read her staff biography and watch her reports live at wcjb.com, and she would love to hear from her JCU friends – [email protected]
com. ... Jesus sanchez and Susana Gonzalez were married in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. Jennifer Marshall, Kenny Poleski, Tom Haren ’08, Katy DeGirolamo, rosanna violi, luz Betancourt, and Jon sattelmeyer attended the wedding to celebrate Jesus’ special day. ... Competing for the annual Miss Ohio Scholarship Program is Jillian
Dansko, Miss Central Ohio. Her talent is tap dance to “Drums” and her platform is Artistic Involvement for the Disabled. ... Megan Morris and Brian Salem exchanged vows May 24, 2008, at First Christian Church, Bellefontaine, OH. Megan is a manager for Pile Dynamic Inc. of Cleveland. ... Brittany Bush participated in this year’s Alumni Golf Classic on June 2 along with over 140 JCU alumni and friends. The outing was held at Windmill Lakes Golf Club in Ravenna, OH. ... lisa iafelice, ashley Boone, Brittany Bush, Angela Tortelli ’08, Rosanna Violi, laura Pareso, Jeannine stiglitz, Jessica Kramer, and Jenny Dambrosio met up under the big tent at
this year’s Reunion for the All Cleveland Night, Hawaiian style. ... Keep us updated on all the exciting things happening in your lives so we can update your friends and classmates. Lisa and Brittany
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Gerald J. “Jerry” Breen ’68, ’75G
Gerald J. “Jerry” Breen, a member of the JCU Board of Directors, was an entrepreneur, tireless civic volunteer, and active JCU alumnus. He died July 24, 2008, at University Hospitals of Cleveland, at age 62. A member of the class of 1968, Mr. Breen also earned a master’s degree in English from John Carroll in 1975. In 1999, he was elected to the University’s Board of Directors, where he chaired the properties committee during the years the Dolan Center for Science and Technology was designed and built. He was president of the Alumni Association from 1997 to 1999 and, in 2007, received the Alumni Medal, the association’s highest award. In 1990, he founded and co-directed the University’s Private Sector Business Association, the predecessor to today’s Entrepreneurs Association. Mr. Breen was chief executive officer of the Cuyahoga Bolt and Screw Company from 1987 to 1998. In 1993, he purchased IER Industries in Macedonia, Ohio, which he sold in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; sons Patrick and Brendan; brother, Jack ’56, and his wife, Mary Jane ’91, ’94G; and two grandchildren. A third son, Brian, preceded Mr. Breen in death.
Gerald J. Breen ’68, ’75G
Edward T. “Clarkeee” Clarke ’61
Edward T. Clarke – “Clarkeee” to friends and his grandchildren – died May 28, 2008, at age 69. A member of the class of 1961, he remained active in University and alumni affairs, organizing class reunions, serving as a class columnist, and serving as a member of the President’s Advisory Council. Mr. Clarke was a native Clevelander and graduate of St. Edward High School. While at Carroll, he enlisted in Army ROTC and served in Germany during the Cuban missile crisis. He obtained a J.D. from ClevelandMarshall College of Law in 1967. In 1975, Mr. Clarke founded the law firm Butler, Clarke, Feighan, and Hyland, and later joined the firm Rego, Cullen & Hagan. He co-chaired the Lawyers’ Committee to Aid Immigrants, worked pro bono for the Legal Aid Society, and was a member of the American Legion. He was an avid fisherman throughout his life. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen; their four daughters; and eight grandchildren.
edward t. Clarke ’61
Jessica L. Kochis Fedeli ’99
Jessica L. Kochis Fedeli, a 1999 John Carroll graduate, died May 23, 2008, after a long battle with cancer. Ms. Fedeli was born in Euclid, Ohio, and graduated from Euclid High School. While at JCU, she was known for her extensive volunteer activities through Campus Ministry in Ecuador; El Salvador; and Big Ugly, West Virginia. In addition, she worked with migrant farm workers in Florida through the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. After receiving her degree in psychology, Ms. Fedeli spent a year as a volunteer counselor for teenage girls in New York. She then worked for the Children’s Rights Project at the Intercommunity Center for Peace and Justice, and taught religion at schools in Queens and Brooklyn. She and her husband, Sean Fedeli, joined other diocesan teachers on a mission trip to rebuild homes in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother; two grandmothers; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Jessica l. Kochis Fedeli ’99
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Marcel C. Jeffries
Sophomore Marcel Charvez Jeffries touched the lives of students, faculty, and staff throughout John Carroll, and he never let life’s obstacles slow him down. Mr. Jeffries, 19, died July 7, 2008, of complications from cancer. He was legally blind from a very early age as a result of retinoblastoma, or cancer of the eye. Mr. Jeffries graduated from Shaker Heights High School, where he received the Scholarship Key award as well as awards from Cleveland Scholarship Programs. He was a winner of the Cleveland Sight Center’s Young Adult Creative Writing award, and a member of Shaker Group on Race Relations, MAC Scholars, and the Boy Scouts. During summers, Mr. Jeffries worked as an assistant computer teacher at Cleveland Sight Center. His interests included computers, music, and reading. Jeremy Martin ’08 said of him, “Marcel had the gift of life, and he shared that gift with everyone he came in contact with. He got to know people for who they truly were, and not what they looked like.” Survivors are his parents, Miranda D. and André R. Jeffries; two sisters and a brother; as well as grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins.
Marcel C. Jeffries
William J. Matejka ’60
William J. Matejka, a member of the John Carroll University Athletic Hall of Fame, died May 15, 2008, at Hospice House in Cleveland. Mr. Matejka was born in Cleveland in 1937. He was a three-year starter for the Blue Streak football team and, in 1959, a Little All-American and an All-PAC first team honoree. He was a member of the 1957 and 1959 teams that won the PAC championship and was voted
William J. Matejka ’60
the team’s most valuable lineman following his senior year. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994. Mr. Matejka served in the U.S. Army during the Cuban missile crisis and early years of the Vietnam War. He later worked as an executive with savings and loans in Ohio, Georgia, and Missouri. He is survived by five children, 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a brother.
Donald J. O’Connor ’56
Donald J. O’Connor, a 1956 graduate of John Carroll, died July 13, 2008, in Cleveland at age 73. Mr. O’Connor was born in Cleveland and graduated from St. Ignatius High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1948. During the Korean War, he was part of the Inchon landing and fought in the battle of the Chosin Reservoir. After graduating from John Carroll, Mr. O’Connor was a patrolman in the Cleveland Police Department while attending Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Upon receiving his J.D. degree in 1960, he joined the FBI, serving as a special agent until 1966. He then returned to Cleveland, where he worked as a general practice lawyer. He was a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cuyahoga County Criminal Lawyers Association, and the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. Survivors are his wife, Jane M.; their six children and 12 grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters.
Donald J. o’Connor ’56
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Frank P. Peters ’61, ’78G
Frank P. Peters, a 1961 John Carroll graduate and longtime teacher in the Cleveland area, died July 8, 2008. Mr. Peters graduated from Cleveland’s Cathedral Latin School. He studied at Borromeo Seminary before obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Social Science degree, with a major in education, from John Carroll. He later earned a master’s degree in education from Carroll. He taught at Lakeland Community College, the Academy of Court Reporting, and Bryant & Stratton College, as well as several Cleveland-area high schools. Mr. Peters was an avid sports fan who coached in public schools, youth leagues, and the Catholic Youth Organization. He developed a system for rating baseball players, which he described in his self-published book REAL Major League Baseball. All six of Mr. Peters’ children graduated from John Carroll: Terri Webb ’84, Mary Figoli ’87, Frank Jr. ’88, John T. ’90, Jeanine Peters Wojciehowski ’93, and Karen M. ’96. Other survivors include his wife, Mary; a brother; two sisters; and four grandchildren.
Frank P. Peters ’61, ’78G
William F. Sweeney ’48
William F. (Bill) Sweeney, a 2003 recipient of the John Carroll University Alumni Medal, died June 20, 2008, in University Heights. He was 83. A graduate of Glenville High School, in Cleveland, Mr. Sweeney entered the U.S. Army in 1943. He was awarded a Bronze Star. After being discharged, he enrolled at John Carroll, graduating in 1948. He entered the insurance business, forming the Sweeney Insurance Agency in 1952, and obtained a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. In 1959, Mr. Sweeney was elected to Cleveland City Council. As chair of the Metropolitan Relations Committee, he advocated incorporating all of Cuyahoga County as one city. He later taught a class on metropolitan government at John Carroll. Mr. Sweeney was a sustaining member of the Cleveland Bar Association, the Marshall Law School Alumni Association, and the Insurance Board of Cleveland. He is survived by his three children and three grandchildren.
William F. sweeney ’48
Rev. George R. Follen, S.J. ’36 Bernard A. Ceraldi ’38 John F. O’Hair ’38 Francis J. Sullivan ’38 Robert A. Schenkelberg ’39 Lucian P. Przybysz ’40 Robert F. Dolezal ’41 Thomas J. Mazanec ’43 George W. Kotte ’45 William F. Sweeney ’48 John J. Callahan ’49 Rev. James A. Conry ’49, ’65G David W. Gibbons ’49 John A. Burke ’50 William O. Howland ’51 James A. Jansen ’51 Joseph Monroe ’51 Richard M. Spittler ’51 Michael Brendan Supple ’51 Timothy G. Cotner ’52 4/08/2008 3/23/2008 2/17/2008 9/1/2005 7/2/2006 5/14/2008 1/22/2008 6/23/2008 12/20/2007 6/20/2008 6/8/2008 7/15/2008 6/13/2008 5/8/2007 5/3/2008 7/15/2008 5/2/2008 6/21/2008 5/21/2008 4/13/2008 Michael A. Knechtges ’52 Carl S. Lorman ’52 William J. Joliet ’53 J. Thomas Duke ’54 William J. Schlaudecker ’54 Lawrence P. Brady ’55 John V. Hanrahan ’55 Donald J. O’Connor ’56 Richard T. Pfeifer ’56 Robert D. Brosey ’57 Joseph A. Felty ’57 Thomas J. Majhan ’59 William J. Matejka ’60 Edward T. Clarke ’61 John J. Kelly ’61, ’72G Francis Paul Peters ’61, ’78G Rose Mary Prosen ’62G Stanley C. Sykora ’63 Peter J. Sterk ’64 Lawrence Clifford Sather ’65G 7/23/2008 4/12/2008 5/8/2008 5/8/2008 5/20/2008 5/23/2008 5/5/2008 7/13/2008 6/1/2008 7/16/2007 5/17/2008 1/18/2004 5/15/2008 5/28/2008 6/3/2008 7/8/2008 7/17/2008 12/6/2007 11/25/2006 6/27/2008 Lawrence D. Glass ’66 7/21/2008 Gerald J. Breen ’68, ’75G, & JCU Board 7/24/2008 Miles M. Coburn ’75G & Faculty 8/16/2008 Patrick J. Mackin ’69 5/12/2008 Dinakar D. Balraj ’71G 2/19/2008 Timothy J. Russert ’72 6/13/2008 Louise M. Chenelle ’73G 6/18/2008 Mary Lynn Coffey Payne ’73 7/20/2008 Stephen J. Gorman ’73 5/21/2008 Bruce C. Urbanc ’74 5/25/2008 Michael P. Satyshur ’76 1/26/2008 Brian G. Ellis ’77 5/6/2008 Richard J. Zielinski ’78 4/30/2008 Kevin P. Kertis ’84 6/11/2008 Joseph William Downie ’86 5/18/2008 Jessica L. Kochis Fedeli ’99 5/23/2008 Teddy Grazko Staff 8/18/2008 Marcel Jeffries Student 7/7/2008
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Fact from Fiction in Catholic History
crusades, or a “bad” pope usually comes from sources uninterested in any honest regard for history. This isn’t to complain about “ill-prepared” students – in many ways, they’re better prepared than we were.
Photograph by Robert Wetzler
e faculty often comment on our students’ lack of knowledge of Catholic history. What they know of inquisitions,
A main premise of the workshop is to focus on honest straightforward history with no “liberal” or “conservative” leanings. To study the past is not to return there. To boldly discuss past follies is neither to condemn nor whitewash. Past events and personalities are studied within the contexts of the cultures and thoughts of their times. This underscores the historical continuity of Catholic traditions, the deeds (noble and less) of saints and sinners, and of a Church whose human missteps none need fear negate its divine foundations. The workshop is unique – it’s perhaps the only one on the teaching of Catholic history (most summer workshops are on topics of spirituality or pedagogy). We’re beginning to attract notice: At conferences in Atlanta and St. Louis, my “John Carroll University” tag led to questions about the workshop and John Carroll. And other key groups are learning about us – at the end of the 2006 workshop, a Milwaukee Jesuit assured us his high school seniors would hear about John Carroll University. To date, there have been four workshops, the last ending on July 11. Each has had a subtheme as “The Early Papacy to the Jesuits” with subtopics (the Crusades, Ignatius and Company) on different days. There are 2,000-plus years of new topics, and readers of this piece are welcome to send in ideas for future workshops. William Francis Ryan This summer, Prof. Ryan retired from full-time service at John Carroll, where his roles included serving as director of the Institute of Humanities and director of the Masters of Arts in Humanities Program. He will continue on a part-time basis coordinating the Catholic Past workshop as well as the institute’s fall and spring lecture series. Reach him at [email protected]
And there are reasons for the gaps in historical learning. The quantum leaps of information about a widening world and the long overdue attention to non“Euro American” lands have required triage of schools’ history courses, usually of medieval or “Christian Era” fields. And the current spate of “secret code” pop fiction masked as history – of an evil church bent on mind and thought control – may have had influence. If students don’t know otherwise, they’re likely to shove the realities behind the fictionalized myths into locked boxes as “embarrassments” or “irrelevancies.” It was this situation that has inspired the holding of workshops at John Carroll, starting in summer 2005, on “The Catholic Past,” where teachers (all levels) meet with college faculty to sort out fact from fiction on topics and controversies of Catholic history. For a week, some 20 teachers (locals and from as far as New York and Dallas) hear a morning presentation on “Monastic Life: Irish and Roman Monks” or “The Church in the Fascist Era” (or other) followed by afternoon sessions on the talk (and earlier sent readings) in which all – college and school teachers – share as colleagues with a common mission, i.e., to teach the Catholic past. Topics vary yearly and in 2008 included “Medieval Views of Jews and Muslims” and “Papists or Real Americans?” (on anti-Catholicism in early America). The workshop also includes a visit to St. Andrew’s Benedictine Abbey for the brief Vespers service and a discussion, with refreshments, on monastic life from the sixth century to today.
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A Teacher First
In many ways, Sally Wertheim’s 40-year career at John Carroll University has been a string of “firsts”: first woman to chair the education department, to serve as dean of the Graduate School (now Graduate Studies), as director of planning, and, on two separate occasions on an interim basis, as academic vice-president. To this list she can now add being the first dean emeritus of either gender in the University’s history, a title she acquired upon her retirement in May. Through it all, however, she has considered herself first and foremost a teacher. It is what first brought her to John Carroll in 1968, as a part-time instructor in the education department. “I love teaching and being with students,” she says. “In all the years I’ve been an administrator, I’ve always taught at least one class. I’ve always loved learning, and being in the classroom gives me the opportunity to keep learning new things.” In 1996, in recognition of her achievements, the University established the Sally H. Wertheim Educational Leadership Scholarship, given to graduate students who “demonstrate scholarship, character, and a commitment to others.” Though she is a Jewish woman in a Jesuit institution with a history of male leadership, Dean Wertheim has never felt like an outsider. “I always felt very accepted,” she says. “I could relate directly to the Jesuit mission, since it is much like what Judaism teaches.” Sally Wertheim has seen numerous significant changes in the University since she joined it. Enrollment has increased, and the campus has grown to accommodate it. In common with many other colleges, women students are now in the majority. The University also enjoys a higher profile in Greater Cleveland – a development she says began in the mid 1980s when Reverend Thomas P. O’Malley, SJ, became president. “He was a gregarious person who was very active in the community. He sort of put us on the map,” she says. For the future, she plans to travel with her husband, continue her extensive work with local nonprofit organizations, and indulge her hobbies of knitting, reading, and gardening. Asked what advice she has for women entering academia today, Dean Wertheim says, “Set goals. Find someone to coach you. Know where you need help and ask for it. Don’t try to just be like men, but be who you are.” Jeffrey Bendix
“If you have a good idea here, you can do it and the resources will follow.”
Among Dean Wertheim’s many accomplishments at Carroll, her proudest include working with colleagues to start a major in elementary education, establishing a program to enable liberal arts graduates to earn a teaching certificate and master’s degree in one year, and being one of the founders of the Institute for Educational Renewal. She is quick to emphasize that it’s all been done collaboratively. “Anything I’ve been able to do is because of support from other people. If you have a good idea here, you can do it and the resources will follow.”
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Love of learning: Sally Wertheim, the University’s first dean emeritus
Coming Home to Carroll
• First-ever ROTC Alumni Reunion, including dinner, on Saturday, September 27. Special keynote speaker: Carter F. Ham ’76, commanding general, United States Army, Europe and 7th Army • Volunteer leadership training, for Reunion 2009, City Clubs, Alumni-in-Admission, and Class Notes Columnists • Carrollfest Street Fair, complete with food, games, music, and more • Homecoming football game, against Heidelberg
For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 216-397-4336 or 800-736-2587, or visit www.jcu.edu/alumni.
Come back to John Carroll to see old friends and be part of events with the entire University community.
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