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Vol. 15, Issue 3 • Fall 2011

e iv y c t oP Pe t c os en Pr tud s

Reflections Alumnus shares his
“Meet the Press” experience at NBC p. 8

• College application tips p. 26 • A better sense of tuition cost p. 27 • Campus visit opportunities p. 27

JCU in the fall

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Serving others
Alumni apply principles taught at Carroll in the U.S. military
Ignatian pilgrimage “Meet the Press” fellowship Did you know?

On Sept. 6, the John Carroll community celebrated the arrival of the university’s first students 125 years ago.

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Mission: As a Jesuit Catholic university, John Carroll inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world.

John Carroll University President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. Vice President for university Advancement Doreen Knapp Riley Assistant Vice President for Integrated Marketing and Communications John A. Carfagno University Editor/Director of Publications John Walsh Alumni Journal and Campus Photography Coordinator Cheri Slattery Magazine Advisory Board Jeanne Colleran ’76 Sherri Crahen John Ettorre ’80 Steve Gleydura ’92, ’95G Jack Hearns ’61, ’64G John Marcus ’72 (ex officio) Paul V. Murphy Thomas Schubeck, S.J. Barbara Schubert ’62, ’67G, ’80G Karen Schuele David Vitatoe ’00 Brian Williams

John Carroll magazine is published quarterly by John Carroll University, 20700 North Park Blvd., University Heights, OH 44118 [email protected] / 216-397-3050 Periodicals postage paid at Cleveland, OH 44118, and additional mailing offices. ISSN 1542-0418 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: John Carroll magazine Integrated Marketing and Communications 20700 North Park Blvd. University Heights, OH 44118

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ignatian pilgrimage
Fr. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., and Paul V. Murphy, Ph.D., led a group of board members on an Ignatian pilgramage to enhance their awareness of St. Ignatius’ vocation and mission.

3 4 24 26 28 30 47 48 President’s message Around the quad Carroll people Enrollment quarterly Alumni news Alumni journal In memoriam My turn


Joe Toohey ’10 shares his “Meet the Press” experience at NBC.

Design: Villa Beach Communications Printing: Lane Press Contributors: Scott J. Allen, Ph.D.; John C. Bruening ’86; Paul V. Murphy, Ph.D.; Joseph Toohey ’10; Sue Valerian; Tim Ertle ’11 Photography: John Carroll archives, Paul Fetters, Roger Mastroianni, NBC, John H. Reid III, Rob Wetzler The magazine’s mission is to provide an engaging and accurate reflection of the University and its extended community for alumni and other members of the John Carroll community.


Serving others the world over
Alumni apply principles taught at Carroll in the U.S. military.

2011 class gift makes a splash Student participation sets a new record. A presence in Florida Alumni who meet for lunch regularly at Lee Roy Selmon’s, a restaurant in Tampa, Fla., convinced owner, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Lee Roy Selmon, to display a Don Shula-autographed, JCU football helmet in the restaurant. Put yourself on the map! Check out the interactive map on the 125th anniversary website ( Click “Online Guestbook,” and share your story about how Carroll has impacted your life. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter


Time enjoyed
Native Chicagoan Fr. William Bichl, S.J., spends his Jesuit career at Carroll.

Special 125th anniversary section
(the third of four)

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Under the arches
Carroll stories you’ve shared with us online

Did you know?
Interesting historical facts about the University


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Service, transformation, and celebration


ervice. It’s at the heart of what we do; it’s central to the Jesuit mission; it’s an essential part of our learning experiences; and it’s ingrained in the fabric of the John Carroll community. Whether it’s the Cleveland Neighborhood Project, an immersion experience in Central America, or any one of the many other Center for Service and Social Action programs, members of the JCU community are engaged locally and abroad. One form of service, highlighted in this issue, is the U.S. military. From humanitarian efforts in Haiti, to missions in Afghanistan, to operations that help deter terrorism, the men and women serving our country sacrifice much. Gen. Carter Ham ’76, Col. Kurt Klausner ’80, Maj. Gen. Robert Stall ’77, and countless others are outstanding examples of alumni who’ve combined leadership, service and decisive decision-making to lead extraordinary military careers. To this day, their John Carroll education has helped them serve others well throughout the world. (Turn to page 12 to read more about these three men.) Service isn’t the only thing creating excitement in the Carroll community. The campus is always changing, but this summer I saw firsthand how having more than $8 million in infrastructure improvements created excitement with our prospective students, parents, and alumni. As you might know, the Bohannon Center was razed to create more surface parking with rain gardens and a bioretention basin, all designed to meet environmental and ecological standards. As part of the project, the Hamlin Quad is being regraded and improved to allow the space to support a natural-grass playing field for student recreational use. Additionally, we replaced the Zajac Track and Wasmer Field turf at Shula Stadium, which is a significant asset for athletics, recreation, and personal fitness. All of these investments will improve the student experience at Carroll and be a source of pride for alumni. I would also like to congratulate our dean, Jeanne Colleran, Ph.D., and the College of Arts &

Sciences for receiving a $236,000 award from the McGregor Fund for the project “Engaging the Word: Educating for Contemporary Global Citizenship,” which will develop a contemporary, integrated, and interdisciplinary curriculum about globalization. In all, this has been an event-filled 125th anniversary year. Our most recent event, the Mass of the Holy Spirit and 125th anniversary of the first day of classes Sept. 6, was a historical start to the academic year. It was great to see our campus community come together to enjoy the festivities. (Turn to page 1 to see the human 125 photo.) It’s been wonderful celebrating 125 years of our distinguished history. As we reflect on all we have to celebrate, let us be thankful for God’s many blessings. Yours in Christ,

Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.

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U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of Best Colleges ranked John Carroll University No. 7 among universities in the Midwest offering master’s programs. This marks the 23rd consecutive year Carroll has been named as one of the top 10 regional institutions. JCU is ranked No. 4 in the Great Schools, Great Prices category and is ranked No. 1 in the Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching category. For more information, visit John Carroll is one COLLEGE of 153 colleges ST IN T BE 2 The Princeton Review chose for its Best in the Midwest section of M N its website ID W ESTER feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” From hundreds of institutions it reviewed in each region, it selected the colleges and universities primarily for their excellent academic programs. It also took into account what students attending the schools reported about their campus experiences. For more information, visit
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social justice issues, mobilizing a national network to address these issues, and encouraging a lifelong commitment to the service of faith and the promotion of justice. ISN’s operations moved to Carroll from the University of San Francisco. For more information, visit



For the fourth consecutive year, JCU has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement. The majority of John Carroll students, more than 2,000, perform more than 36,000 hours of community service annually. The Center for Service and Social Action is dedicated to meeting community needs through outreach efforts and has developed or guided many successful projects. Among the JCU programs recognized by the honor roll this year are the Hough Neighborhood Partnership, JCU Homeless Initiative, and We the People.

The Center for Service and Social Action created a civic engagement position, the coordinator for school-based programs, who will be responsible for the successful implementation and growth of servicelearning and service programs: We the People, Carroll Reads, OGT Tutoring, Cultivating Community, and the Cleveland Neighborhood Project. The coordinator, Elizabeth Deegan, also will provide support to faculty implementing service learning in their courses, supervise work-study students, and maintain relationships with the school-based sites.





The University is hosting the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN), and Chris Kerr ’00, former coordinator of social justice and immersion experience programs in campus ministry, is its executive director. The ISN promotes leadership and advocacy among students, alumni, and other emerging leaders from Jesuit schools, parishes, and ministries by educating its members about


After a rigorous, year-long application and selection process, 57 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows were named. The fellows, 20 of whom are doing their master’s work at Carroll, will be ready to teach students in fall 2012. The fellows are highquality math and science teacher candidates for high-need Ohio schools. To view profiles of the fellows in the 2011 class, visit www. In collaboration with the Center for Service and Social Action, Campus Ministry accepted the largest number of applications for immersion experiences on record for the January time period. Seventy students applied for two international and two domestic experiences.

On Sept. 6, the JCU community commemorated the arrival of the University’s first students 125 years ago as it welcomed incoming freshmen to Carroll and upperclassmen back to campus for the fall semester. As part of a long-standing Jesuit tradition, the University held its annual Mass of the Holy Spirit in Gesu Church. Following Mass, the campus community and alumni had the opportunity to be a part of a human 125 photo on the quad (see page 1) and enjoy dinner, birthday cake, refreshments, and entertainment, including a photo booth sponsored by the Student Alumni Association. In celebration of the University’s 125th anniversary, John Carroll recognized alumni who’ve never officially graduated from Carroll but who’ve earned a professional degree in medicine or law and continued on to a distinguished career, or who never had a chance to finish their degree because of being drafted or enlisting in military service during World War II or the Korean War. Long connected to classmates and friends, they are valued members of the JCU community. The University conferred the honorary degree at a special event




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Eight people joined the University’s Board of Directors recently. They are: Oct. 2 during homecoming weekend. A bachelor of science in humane letters was awarded to 51 alumni in recognition of their professional achievements and status as Gold Streaks of 50 or more years. The degree is a recognition and thank you for their service. The awarding of the degree comes with strong support and approval from the University’s Board of Directors.

presidency in April 2012 for a two-year term. Gojak and four new board members fill out the 14-member board that serves as the chief policymaking body for the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Rev. Gerald cavanagh, S.J., the Charles T. Fisher III chair of business ethics and professor of management at the College of Business Administration of the University of Detroit Mercy; Rev. martin Schreiber iii, S.J., who’s completing a doctorate degree of education in administration and supervision at Loyola University Chicago, and is the son of Dr. Martin Schreiber II ’72; William Donnelly ’83, CFO of Mettler-Toldeo International, a provider of precision instruments and services for professional use; Joan crockett ’72, retired senior VP of human resources for Allstate Insurance Co.;

On Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Donahue Auditorium in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology, the 11th Margaret F. Grace Lecture series will present author and lecturer Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., and his talk “Where do I find hope?” Fr. Radcliffe is a Dominican priest who has taught scripture at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University. The event, which is free and open to all, is sponsored by the Cardinal Suenens Center. JCU hosted an exhibition, which ran through Aug. 15, of the top projects from the 2011 eXpressions Math program created by regional high school students who participated in the Cleveland Clinic program. eXpressions Math uses projectbased, peer-to-peer learning to engage high school students in an interdisciplinary exploration of mathematics, science, art, and literature.

Lisa Brown was named director of residence life this past June. Most recently, Brown served as associate director of residence life at Xavier University. Danielle Carter was named director of the center for student diversity and inclusion. She’s working with historically underrepresented students, including minorities and firstgeneration students.





Linda M. Gojak, director of the Center of Mathematics and Science Education, Teaching, and Technology, began her term as president-elect of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics at the conclusion of the council’s annual meeting April 16. She’s working alongside president J. Michael Shaughnessy until assuming the

Beth Hallisy ’11G, a partner at Marcus Thomas and adjunct professor of public relations, is one of nine public relations executives elected this year into the Public Relations Society of America College of Fellows. The 2011 fellows candidates will be inducted Oct. 15 at a ceremony at the PRSA 2011 International Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Thomas lewis, Ph.D., ’60, retired president and CEO of Chiral Technologies, which provides technical support, services, and chromatography products for the analysis and separation of racemic compounds; Harold Hawk Jr. ’81, president and CEO of Crown Battery, a manufacturing company;

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michael Petras Jr. ’89, CEO of HGI Global Holdings, a provider of specialty medical products to patients with chronic diseases; and Terrence Fergus, principal at FSM Capital Management, a financial services firm.
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A pilgrimage in the footsteps of


By Paul V. Murphy, Ph.D.

widely in his lifetime – to the Holy Land, Paris, and Rome – but he also undertook a journey that allowed him to be transformed inwardly from an egocentric courtier drunk with the vanities of late medieval chivalry to one who left that behind to open himself to the mysterious and loving God who called him to serve others in any way possible. In late May, Fr. Robert Niehoff, S.J., Fr. Howard Gray, S.J., and I, led a group of board members, vice presidents, and their families on an Ignatian pilgrimage to sites associated with the life of Ignatius in Spain and Rome. The trip’s purpose was to allow board members to enhance their awareness of Ignatius’ own sense of vocation and mission, especially as it pertains to the mission of John Carroll University. Our journey through the hills of Spain’s Basque country and the streets of Rome deepened our sense of what it means at Carroll to continue the path Ignatius began more than 450 years ago. We began our travels in the Basque region of Spain, the birthplace of Ignatius. The Castle of Loyola, near the town of Azpeitia, left a significant impression on us. It was there Ignatius recovered from the wounds he suffered at the Battle of Pamplona
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t. Ignatius of Loyola frequently referred to himself as a pilgrim, one on a journey to discover God’s will in his life and the life of the newly founded Society of Jesus. His pilgrimage was geographical and spiritual. Ignatius traveled


“I understand so much more about the breadth and depth of the Jesuit experience, and I’m hoping that will translate to more confidence and energy as we look for ways to make John Carroll a better place. This trip inspired me. But what this trip revealed to me is that if we follow the example of St. Ignatius and the Jesuit way, our thoughts, words, habits, character, and destiny will be well cared for, and more importantly, we’ll be great examples to others as we live our lives.”
– Dave Short ’81, chairman, John Carroll University Board of Directors

in 1521 and began the process of conversion. Fr. Gray celebrated a moving liturgy of the Eucharist there. Across the Basque region, we traveled to Javier, the birthplace of St. Francis Xavier, and then on to Montserrat and Manresa. Montserrat is the site of an ancient Benedictine monastery on a rugged mountainside not far from Barcelona. It was there Ignatius left aside his earlier life as a courtier and knight by ritually hanging his sword and dagger before the statue of the Black Madonna of Montserrat, La Moreneta. Nearby is the cave at Manresa where Ignatius spent many months discerning his call. He later wrote: “At this time, God was dealing with him in the same way a school teacher deals with a child, teaching him.” This suggests Ignatius’ conversion was not unlike many of our own – not a sudden lightbulb moment but a gradual process of growth and learning. Central to this was his sense of being loved by a God who called him to service. For us, the experience of Spain was one of

encountering the humble, rather quixotic origins of the Ignatian tradition of service and learning. In following Ignatius’ life story to Rome, we came to know the work Ignatius carried out at the heart of Catholic Christianity and the role played by the Society Jesus when it became a significant factor in temporal and ecclesiastical politics. At first glance, the monuments of Baroque Rome – the Jesuits’ mother church of the Gesu and the church of Sant’Ignazio among them – seem quite different from the cave at Manresa; yet they express, in a manner consistent with their times, the Ignatian desire to inflame the hearts of men and women with the love of God made manifest in the rich variety of human experience. While in Rome, we had a special opportunity to learn more about the work of the Society of Jesus today. Rev. Robert Geisinger, S.J., a Cleveland native who serves as the Procurator General of the Society – essentially the Society’s chief canon lawyer – received us at the Jesuit curia, or headquarters,

and introduced us to the life and work of the Jesuit’s central administration. Here, Jesuits from throughout the world coordinate the many activities of the Jesuits worldwide. The visit to the curia included the opportunity to take in the splendid rooftop view of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. A fitting conclusion to this pilgrimage took place during a visit to the rooms of St. Ignatius at the Collegio Internazionale del Gesu. Ignatius lived in that apartment for most of the 16 years he served as Superior General of the Jesuits. It was there he edited the Spiritual Exercises, wrote the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, penned thousands of letters, and died in 1556. Fr. Niehoff celebrated a final Eucharist for us in the Church of the Gesu, giving thanks for a profound experience of companionship in mission. Paul V. Murphy, Ph.D., is the assistant to the president for mission and identity, professor of history, and the director of JCU’s Institute of Catholic Studies.
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Alumnus shares his “Meet the Press” experience at NBC
By Joseph Toohey ’10


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’92 Democratic National Convention or his most recent NBC identification, he always had the same rosy cheeks and big smile. An old University Club paddle with T-I-M engraved on it greeted us as we walked in. I stood there in awe, looking around his home office that his wife, Maureen Orth, was gracious enough to let me see at her annual Christmas party. Tim interspersed Buffalo Bills memorabilia with pictures of him and former presidents, politicians, the pope, and his family. It was one of those “what the heck am I doing here?” moments. I can’t tell you how many times after someone at NBC found


im Russert’s ’72 career hung on the wall. One press pass after another chronicled Tim’s media life. They all hung in his home office, and whether it was the

out of fear it’d somehow be used in the fellowship application process. I later found this was false. I thought I almost lost the job offer when Betsy Fischer, the show’s executive producer, called and asked me to join the staff. I screamed, “Oh my gosh!” Then I stumbled and said, “Wow … OK … um … whoa … really? Wow, thank you! Um, yes! Yes!” Thankfully, she looked past my awkward, albeit excited, acceptance speech and gave me the job anyway. Three months later I showed up to work and remembered a feeling of relief when I learned my first “Meet the Press” episode would be produced in New York. It allowed me to ease into the position. By the time the next Sunday rolled around, the show was back home in Washington, and I was ready. My Sunday duties evolved throughout the span of my fellowship. They began with escorting guests and monitoring the green room and expanded into a slew of other responsibilities, including a position called Dr. Downstairs. It involved communicating between the control room and the show’s producers to make sure all the video elements we used look how they’re supposed to. I also had a hand in the show’s online presence through social media and the new Press Pass blog (, where I was able to post writings and videos, some of which have been viewed more than 25,000 times. It’s not something I would’ve expected doing a year and a half ago.

My professors would be proud
Often in journalism classes at JCU, we’d learn how cutbacks and the pressure to report something first has led to the decline of fact-checking and authenticity in the media. That’s not the case at “Meet the Press.” A significant part of my job during the week
Left to right: Joe Toohey, David Gregory, and Andrew Rafferty

consists of research. This could be anything from reviewing Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) Twitter account to reading the new Newt Gingrich book. Whatever the assignment, the focus is accuracy. I had to ease my way into more responsibility during my fellowship – earn my keep, so to speak. At first, I’d help with small research assignments, looking for specific issues. Then I was able to suggest topics and draft preliminary outlines about guests to give to David Gregory, the show’s moderator. Nine months later, it was still exciting when a quote or an article I found was used on the show. Chris Donovan, one of the show’s producers, as well as Betsy and David, always use the most accurate and up-to-date information possible. They focus on not taking quotes out of

out my official title, (NBC/JCU Tim Russert Fellow) they told me, “This is exactly what Tim would’ve wanted. He always wanted to help people.” Tim’s impact on his co-workers is clear. It seems like everyone in the bureau had a story they wanted to share about him. Because of John Carroll University, I’ll have this attachment to Tim Russert forever.

How did I get here?
When John Carroll first announced the fellowship toward the end of my junior year, I knew I wanted it. I probably spent my entire senior year overanalyzing every assignment I handed in,


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context and often won’t use information if it doesn’t come from a reliable source. Wikipedia is a dirty word around the office.

The Press,” and it wouldn’t have happened unless I attended John Carroll. Five years ago, I was another freshman from Pittsburgh with a general interest in politics and media; but because of Tim Russert and this fellowship, I’ve been able to work for, and contribute to, the most storied news program in the world. As we were saying our thanks and goodbyes from what had been the best Christmas party I’d ever attended, I approached Luke Russert. “Hang on,” he said as he disappeared out to the back porch. A few more goodbyes to the likes of Judy Woodruff and Tim Shriver, and Luke came back. “Dad would want you to have this,” he said. He handed me a 12 pack of Rolling Rock.

Working with David
One of the more rewarding aspects of the fellowship was working directly with David. As the program’s host, there are many things that come his way, but he’s been more than willing to listen to my suggestions and answer any questions I have. I even helped him fill out his NCAA bracket this year. (No comment about whether he won his pool. The point is I helped.) Open to new ideas, David allowed me to develop my research, writing, and digital journalism skills. Working on honing my skills with the moderator of “Meet the Press” is something that still blows my mind almost daily. This past March, I went with him to Nationals Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals, to shoot video for his blog. He was there to moderate a panel discussion with players and coaches. When we arrived at the box set up for us, we enjoyed ballpark food, and he joked we should have our staff meetings at Nats games. I hoped he was serious.

The educational cushion
Being a fellow is fantastic. I perform work that affects the show, yet I still have an educational cushion, which allows me to pick people’s brains, attend different meetings, and occasionally travel. The Lincoln Leadership Prize dinner in Chicago is an example of one of those trips. Held at the swanky Four Seasons, the event was filled with NBC and media heavy hitters – all out to pay tribute to their former colleague and friend, Tim Russert. I was lucky enough to be invited as a guest of JCU and sat in amazement listening to stories about Tim from the likes of his old college buddies, Tom Brokaw, and even video messages from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Vice President Joe Biden. My favorite line was from McCain who said, “To this day, I couldn’t tell you if Tim Russert was a Democrat, Republican, or vegetarian” – to which Maureen Orth responded later, “To answer Senator McCain’s question, Tim Russert was not a vegetarian.” Joe Toohey ’10 followed Andrew Rafferty ’09 in the NBC/John Carroll University Meet the Press Fellowship in honor of Tim Russert ’72 as the second fellow of the program. Visit to read Toohey’s blog about his experience. Kristen Jantonio ’11 followed Toohey in the fellowship. JCU established an exclusive fellowship in partnership with NBC offering a nine-month, postgraduate opportunity with “Meet the Press” every year for one of the University’s graduating seniors. For more information about how to become the next fellow, visit
Toohey on the set

A storied news program
The worst part of the fellowship was that it ended. It was an unbelievable opportunity, and I’m so humbled and thankful to have had the experience. Now, a few months removed from the fellowship, I’m working full time as a researcher for “Meet

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Serving others the world over

Alumni apply principles taught at carroll in the U.S. military

By john c. Bruening ’86


n the hours before D-Day June 1944 – one of the most precarious moments of the 20th century – Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called

on tens of thousands of American and Allied soldiers to summon the courage and mental fortitude to serve a greater good. Service, the act of surrendering to a cause that outweighs the needs of self, is central to the John Carroll University experience. While service comes in many forms, many JCU alumni have taken that principle to war rooms and battlefields, and in doing so, have led meaningful and exemplary careers in the U.S. military.


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Training future leaders


n the year and a half since Lt. Col. Donald Hazelwood became a professor in John Carroll’s Department of Military Science, he quickly recognized – and reinforced – the natural connection

between the mission of the ROTC program and mission of the University – inspiring individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and world. It’s the same connection that helped shape Army leaders such as Gen. Carter Ham ’76 and Maj. Gen. Robert Stall ’77, and Air Force Col. Kurt Klausner ’80 – each of whom spent a portion of their Carroll years in the ROTC program. “One of the Army values is selfless service,” says Hazelwood, a graduate of West Point Military Academy who served in four deployments in Afghanistan between 2006 and 2009. “The others are duty and integrity. All those go hand in hand with the values John Carroll teaches. We teach our cadets to embrace those values, and they do.” Carroll is the host school for ROTC throughout Northeast Ohio, with seven other four-year schools under its jurisdiction. Cleveland State

Perhaps the most well known is Gen. Carter Ham ’76, head of the U.S. Africa Command who stepped into an international spotlight earlier this year when he was appointed to oversee U.S. military operations in Libya. It was just the latest chapter in a 38-year career that includes previous command positions in Europe and Northern Iraq. One of only 11 four-star generals in the U.S. Army (and the only Carroll alum to hold the rank), Ham also oversaw the investigation of the Fort Hood shooting in November 2009 and, more recently, was appointed by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to investigate the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for gays and lesbians serving in the military. Maj. Gen. Robert Stall ’77, commanding general of the 108th Training Command, is responsible for initial military training for active and reserve soldiers for the U.S. Army. He was a battalion commander deployed as part of NATO forces who served as peace enforcers between the Albanians and Serbs during the Kosovo conflict during the late ’90s. Following 9/11, Stall led the 358th Civil Affairs Brigade – first in Pennsylvania and later in Kuwait on the eve of the Iraq War that began in March 2003. His civilian role is as assistant to the president

of the Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and president of the 118-bed Medina Hospital, the newest of the nine regional hospitals in the Cleveland Clinic system. Col. Kurt Klausner ’80 was a career Air Force man who retired from active duty in January 2011. For three decades, Klausner served in a range of communications- and electronics-related disciplines, including positions in engineering installation, combat communications, airborne command post operations, and computer systems operations. The later years of his career – from 2005 until his retirement – included special operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. For Klausner, retirement has proven to be a misnomer. Less than six months after his departure from military service in the spring of 2011, he accepted a senior executive position at the Defense Intelligence Agency, which is within the U.S. Department of Defense. Ask anyone to guess where leaders of this caliber would’ve spent some of their formative years, and a Jesuit liberal arts university in the Midwest might not be their first answer. But all three maintain the wide range of curricular and extracurricular activity at Carroll was –

and is – what shapes a well-rounded soldier with a comprehensive world view.

Training and perspective
In 1973, Ham enlisted in the Army and was granted a two-year ROTC scholarship from active duty in 1974. By the time he graduated in 1976 with a degree in political science, he’d been commissioned as a second lieutenant. This accelerated program early in his military career – still new in the mid-’70s, but one that’s evolved into the Army’s Green to Gold program – makes Ham part of a rare breed of generals who started as an enlisted soldier. “I was a marginal student, frankly,” Ham says. “I chose political science not because I had a burning desire to work for the government, but because I knew I was going to be an officer. I thought that might be a useful degree.” Years after graduation, Ham found himself in circumstances in which the principles he learned in coursework at Carroll were applicable, particularly when he served with the United Nations in the Balkans. “Having knowledge of international law and the principles of international relations was helpful,” he says.


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University is the partnership school, along with six other affiliate schools: Case Western Reserve University, Notre Dame College, Ursuline College, Baldwin-Wallace College, Hiram College, and Oberlin College. At the end of the 2011 spring semester, there were 82 cadets in the John Carroll program, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2010. (Visit to read an article about the anniversary.) Of the 82 cadets, 45 were contracted to Army service. Through a curriculum

being regular college students to future leaders in the U.S. Army. He admits a West Point pedigree like his needn’t be a prerequisite for such an outcome. “The potential for leadership is more about the caliber of students who come to Carroll,” he says. “Not everyone who applies here is accepted. So, already, you have a higher caliber of student. What we do ties directly to the mission of the University. It’s an easy step from the idea of service for others to service for the nation.” Is there a Gen. Ham somewhere among the current crop of cadets? Hazelwood thinks so. “I have awesome cadets, and if any of them were commissioned right now, I’d want them as my junior officers,” he says. “They’re smart, resilient, adaptive, and they meet every challenge head-on. If I give them a task, I don’t have to worry about them because I know they’re going to accomplish the task. Do I have future leaders here? It’s early to say, but these kids have great potential.”

that includes physical and leadership training and small-unit tactics, Hazelwood and his staff of five full-time instructors teach cadets how to face challenges in any context. “It’s not just the military life you can apply those skills toward,” he says. “Whether you enter the military for four years and then enter the active reserves to fulfill the rest of your commitment, or stay on for 20 years, you still apply the lessons you learned to the rubric of the rest of the world.” Hazelwood’s primary job is to help ROTC cadets transition from

Likewise, Ham’s studies of various world religions helped him understand the fundamental cultural differences he’s encountered. He has served in positions in which the military was operating inside another culture, often a non-Christian one, and a broader understanding of world religions has been helpful, says Ham, who was introduced to Catholicism while attending Carroll and eventually entered the faith by the time he graduated. His wife, Christi ’75, also is a Carroll graduate. Stall, who graduated with a BSBA in marketing, remembers the same core curriculum courses in comparative religions. In his career, Stall has seen many different sides of numerous cultures, and the array of conflicts that can emerge when those cultures clash. For example, he had the chance to understand the confrontation in Bosnia and Kosovo that led to the ethnic cleansing. A few years after Bosnia, in May of 2003, Stall watched a team of Marines dig up a mass grave in Hallah Iraq where Saddam Hussein’s regime had buried more than 1,400 bodies. “The hands on each one of the bodies were tied with piano wire, and the heads each

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For information about John Carroll’s Veterans Program, including the JCU Patriot Award, contact Lt. Col. (retired) Eric Patterson, director of veterans affairs, at 216-397-4947 or [email protected], or visit

had a small hole in the back of them,” he says. “Somehow, horrible as it is when you see it, you’re able to have perspective about it because the Jesuits provided you with an academic view of different religions and how they can be twisted to justify certain behaviors. They gave you a foundation to help you understand.” For Klausner, a Chicago native who majored in business administration (BSBA in marketing), the early lessons in cross-cultural understanding had less to do with the study of comparative religions or longstanding ethnic

conflicts and more getting to know the student who was seated next to him or living at the other end of the residence hall. “There’s a mix of backgrounds, experiences, and views,” says Klausner about Carroll students. “This tends to open your mind, and you become more aware of what other people are thinking. Eventually, you’re able to look at the world with a broader perspective.”

Difficult assignments, decisions
A broader perspective is a critical ingredient when making difficult decisions in training, strategic planning, or on the battlefield. As a second lieutenant stationed in Germany in the late ’70s, Stall dealt with enlistees with various drug habits and behavioral problems. Many were coming directly out of the court system in the States, where judges had given them the choice of entering the military or going to jail. “I had derelicts,” Stall says. “I tried to mold those folks into a platoon of six tanks that were going to fight the East Germans and Czechs who were planning to come across the border. In a situation like that, you learn how to stick to your values because you had to try to inculcate those same values into those kids. And we’re still doing that to this day.” In his current role, Stall oversees the training of 2,400 drill sergeants, slightly less than half of all the drill sergeants serving in the Army. Drill sergeants provide the reception and initial entry training for all the incoming 18-, 19-, or 20-year-olds as they step off the bus. “It’s a lot of responsibility, but that’s the


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point where we start building their values,” he says. “In my mind, it’s obvious the values that were instilled in me at John Carroll have followed me all the way through my career – on the military and civilian sides.” Perhaps the most challenging mission – and the one with most visibility and highest level of scrutiny – was the one assigned to Ham in March 2011, when President Obama and then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates put him in charge of U.S. military operations in Libya, a country that continues to be one of the more challenging flashpoints in the wave of civilian unrest that has swept throughout the Middle East the past year. “There’s been a lot of controversy about this mission, but I felt comfortable with it,” Ham says. “The mission that was assigned by the president and the defense secretary to me and to our command was to protect civilians. It was readily apparent that, had we and others who allied with us not taken military action, the Libyan regime would’ve gotten into Benghazi – a city of 700,000 people – and who knows how many they would’ve killed. But they would’ve killed thousands. There’s no doubt about that in my mind. They said that was exactly what they were going to do.” Ham recalls Michael Walzer’s 1977 book, “Just and Unjust Wars,” from a course he took at Carroll. “That’s a useful guide,” he says. “When you’re a commander and give the order to begin a mission, you know people are going to be killed. It’s very sobering. You fall back on the values that were part of your upbringing and are still part of who you are. You ask yourself, ‘Is this the right thing to do? Is this justified?’ The education – academic and ethical – I received at John Carroll helped prepare me for those kinds of decisions.” Ham was asked to oversee the Pentagon’s study about how the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will affect the troops. It was a completely different challenge. But like his mission in Libya, it forced him to weigh variables and find a workable middle ground. There will be those at one end of the spectrum who are strong advocates of gay rights and those at the other end who will be very much opposed to the change in the law and the policy. “Those are small populations, but neither

Read about how the Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism supports local military personnel and their families online at Mike Swallow ’98, along with the help of four other classmates, founded NEOPAT in 2010.

end of that spectrum will be satisfied,” Ham says. “But overwhelmingly, the U.S. military will handle this change effectively and be able to do what we always do. The bond of trust with the nation that we can’t break is that we’ll deliver the military power the nation requires, when and where needed. We’ll be able to do that, even with this law and policy change.” For Klausner, the most important missions of his Air Force career were the ones he wasn’t at liberty to talk about – and still isn’t. During the last five or six years before his retirement from active duty, his involvement in special operations included communications and IT work in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was assigned to a unit that included our nation’s best warriors. “A lot of the things we do are attributed to other folks, and we like it that way,” he says. “It’s a world in which humility is part of the deal.” But Klausner is convinced there’s still much to be done on domestic soil to keep America safe and improve national security. In his new position within the Defense Intelligence Agency, he applies his specialized IT skills and other technical expertise to help develop battlefield strategies for military operations in the Middle East.

The road less traveled
Klausner, who once planned on nothing more than a four-year commitment to the military, admits his career track has been a surprise, but a fulfilling one, nonetheless. “If you have a direction in mind, there are paths to that goal that are straighter than others,” he says. “For a kid like me, who didn’t know what he wanted to do, an education from John Carroll opens your mind to what’s possible. By not going into a heavy science,

engineering, or technical discipline, you’re going into this broad education where you get exposed to philosophy, business, music, military science – all these different things are available and can help you establish a path.” Ham looks to Carroll as the place where he found his faith, professional calling, and wife of more than 30 years (Christi is a 1975 graduate) – all of which are much more than he could’ve ever hoped to receive at West Point or any other prestigious military training school. “Your background, circumstances, where you were educated, how much money you or your family have – none of that’s relevant,” he says. “What’s relevant are your capabilities, sense of commitment and dedication, and potential. So a kid coming out of a Jesuit college in Cleveland has just as much chance of achieving a high-level position as someone from a large state university or military academy. We’re not going to judge you on where you came from. We’re going to judge you on what you’re able to do once you’re here.” And what about the young faces Ham sees when he returns to campus and addresses a room full of ROTC cadets? What does he leave them with, and what does he take away? He talks to them about the special profession they’re choosing, which includes significant responsibilities. They’ll be charged with leading young American men and women in difficult circumstances. “They have to do all they can – at John Carroll and throughout their training – to make sure they’re as well prepared as they can be for that leadership role,” he says. “But it’s comforting to see how good they are, and I’m convinced the future of our Army and nation is in good hands.”

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125th anniversary section

Under the
In this third (of four) installment of the magazine’s special 125th anniversary section, we publish some Carroll stories you’ve shared with us online. These are just a few of the countless examples of how the University has transformed the lives of thousands of Jesuit-educated men and women. Additionally, on the following pages, we publicize some lesser-known facts about the University. If you have other interesting tidbits about Carroll, or want to share your story, visit
the years. I’m proud two of my sons and a daughter-in-law are JCU grads. Deciding to go to Carroll turned out to be the best decision I ever made. – Paul Kantz Jr. ’63

The best decision
As a senior at a Marianist high school on Long Island in New York in 1959, I was puzzled about a college to attend. In those days, it wasn’t common to visit a host of schools like students do now. I knew my choices were limited by cost and distance. I’d heard about the Jesuits and investigated Fordham, but I didn’t want to endure the daily train and subway commute. At about the time I decided I’d consider schools within a one-hour plane ride, I received a mailer from JCU, which had the Jesuit cachet, a nice-looking campus, and a reasonable cost. So, sight unseen, I enrolled. On my first day, I ran into fellow freshman Peter Hoffman ’63, whom I hadn’t seen since the first grade in Rockville Centre, N.Y. That day, I also met my first Jesuit, Fr. Nick Predovich, S.J., a wonderful man who was the head prefect in Dolan Hall. Fr. Nick asked me what extracurriculars with which I’d become involved. I told him I’d work on the newspaper and join the sodality. I had great experiences with both. I also became sports information director, traveling with the varsity teams to help publicize them. Friends are incredulous when I tell them my favorite college courses were Latin and Greek, along with English literature. The professors I had for those subjects were superb and included Joe Schork, Ph.D., Dick Spath ’44, Ph.D., and Don Poduska, Ph.D., for Latin; Fr. Charles Castellano, S.J., for Greek; and Joe Cotter and Art Trace, Ph.D., for literature. While at Carroll, I met my future wife, Mary Kay, an Ursuline girl. We’re celebrating 47 years of marriage this year. I liked JCU so much I returned to work there as director of public relations in 1969 and stayed 30 years – the final 18 as vice president for development. I met many truly wonderful students, Jesuits, administrators, faculty, staff, and alumni throughout

A winding path
In the fall of 1999, I entered my freshman year at Carroll. I was optimistic as I turned a new page in my young life. Like many, I welcomed the change, despite fear of the unknown. The product of an inner-city school system, I looked forward to a departure from the norm. The thought of immersing myself in a sea of diversity and culture helped fuel my desire and abate the guilt of leaving home. My younger brother, who, six years my junior, was extremely impressionable at the time and tugged at my heart. In retrospect, I realize the decision I made epitomized what it meant to lead by example and provide a blueprint for my brother to follow. Yet, I’d soon find the person at the helm of this journey was terribly misguided. I’d always done well in school, therefore, it was expected I attend college. Though it was a natural progression for me, I made the mistake of going about my plan under the guise of other people’s expectations. I chose to attend Carroll for several reasons that were my own, yet, overwhelmingly because it fit the mold of other people’s ideal image of me. Whereas most students are proactive in their college search, my experience was comparably less vested. Instead, my enthusiasm came from the reactions of those who learned I was attending such a prestigious university. It was this type of blind euphoria that drove me down a path I’d soon regret. Barely a week into the fall semester, hardened by feeling misplaced and uninspired, I dropped out. Gone was the green 17 year old who yearned for exploration. I re-enrolled soon after,


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yet my focus was elsewhere, and I dropped out twice more in 2000 and again in 2001. I returned to campus in the spring of 2003 during what would’ve been my last semester before graduation. Though bittersweet, it motivated me to stay the course. I knew what I wanted this time around, which allowed me to flourish. With a schedule that peaked at 41 credit hours during my senior year, I had a single goal in sight. The routine brought out the best in me, as well as dean’s list honors. Then, on May 22, 2005, six years after first arriving on Carroll’s campus, I left a graduate that afternoon. In the spring of 2011, I celebrated a professional accomplishment – my first novel, “The Broken Road” was published. Though my path wasn’t ideal, it has prepared me in ways no other could have. As for my younger brother, whose well-being was a significant factor during my growing pains, he’s also a college graduate and professional football player in the NFL.

My story is a testament to the way in which life happens, and the importance of people who cultivate our experience. I’m grateful to have found this while attending John Carroll. – Rafeale Gibson ’05

A positive role
I thank the teachers, administration, military science department, my parents and fellow classmates for changing my life. John Carroll wasn’t just four years of schooling. It’s a university that welcomed me into a new family and allowed me to forge lifelong friendships, which have given me a better perception about life and made me a better person. In 1997, I graduated from Mount Carmel High School in Chicago. I didn’t want to move away from Chicago and was planning to attend Moraine Valley Community College or UCLA as we called it (University Closest to LaGrange Avenue). I wanted to attend Moraine until I figured out what I wanted to do with my life. My parents pushed me daily to attend Carroll because they

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knew about Jesuit education and the quality of people at JCU would have a positive impression on my life. It wasn’t until August 1997, about a week before school started, I decided to attend Carroll. After a long summer in Chicago, I agreed with my parents it probably would be in my best interest to do so. During my time at Carroll, I gained a new appreciation for academics and life. I received a scholarship through the ROTC program and met some of the most genuine and amazing people in my life. Most importantly, I was fortunate to meet my wife, Brandy Banks ’03, while at Carroll. To JCU teachers, administration, and fellow alumni, I thank you for having a positive role in my life and helping me get to where I am today. – Brendan Hotchkiss ’01

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A focus on service
I just finished serving a two-year stint in Punta Gorda, Belize, with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. My decision to commit to two years of international service is a direct correlation to the Jesuit education I received at Carroll. The combination of my time on retreats with the campus ministry team, service-learning experiences while an undergrad, and the justicebased political science classes I took made moving abroad to accompany the marginalized a logical next step. I also had the honor of being JCU’s first mascot, Lobo. You better believe that’s still on my resume. – Matt Wooters ’09

A positive experience
In 1992, at the age of 54, I finally earned my B.A. The entire experience of being a nontraditional student and faculty wife (husband Wilhelm Bartsch was an instructor of German) was positive. I met many brilliant people, including Fr. Thomas O’Malley, S.J., who called my husband his colleague and taught one or two of his classes for fun. Fr. O’Malley and my husband have passed, but I can’t help thinking they’re trading stories in heaven. Both of them were truly men for others. – Nancy Bartsch ’92
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Time enjoyed
Native chicagoan spends jesuit career at carroll
By John Walsh

his age. Fr. Bichl, who learned to swim from a young Jesuit while studying at Saint Louis University in 1957, has been swimming since. During the past 30 years, he has swum 5,000 miles in the William H. Johnson Natatorium. A familiar face on campus, Fr. Bichl has been teaching and advising at Carroll continuously since 1970. After growing up in Chicago in the 1930s and ’40s, Fr. Bichl entered the Society of Jesus in 1954. The first time he came to Carroll was in August of 1963 as a Jesuit scholastic assigned to teach logic and gain teaching experience (he’d never taught before). He had a choice to gain that experience at the University of Detroit (now the University of Detroit Mercy) or John Carroll. Because he had a brother, Ken, and sister-in-law, Betty, in Cleveland, he told the provincial of the Detroit Province he preferred Carroll, so that’s where the provincial sent him. Driving from Chicago, Fr. Bichl dropped off a fellow Jesuit in downtown Cleveland and continued on to Carroll. Without much direction, he eventually found campus and wandered onto the quad. He ran into a Jesuit scholastic who showed him Rodman Hall, the Jesuit residence at the time. His bedroom was right above the arch facing the quad. After teaching logic for a year, Fr. Bichl moved on to the Bellarmine School of Theology, a seminary formerly in North Aurora, Ill., 15 miles from where he grew up. After being ordained at the Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich., he went back to Bellarmine for a fourth year of theology study. Then he returned to St. Louis University for three semesters to try and earn a doctorate in philosophy. It was then – January 1970 – that Fr. Walter Farrell, S.J., the provincial of the Detroit Province at the time, reassigned Fr. Bichl to JCU partly because he taught at Carroll before. “I know the Lord would rather have a sane, dumb Jesuit than a crazy, smart one,” Fr. Bichl says in jest, acknowledging he didn’t finish his doctoral studies but earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy and two master’s degrees, one in philosophy and one in theology. Fr. Bichl, who had studied Latin for 11 years, taught philosophy, Greek philosophy, and contemporary moral problems from 1970 to 1981. One of his students, James Bauer ’76, is now the assistant VP of enrollment management and executive director of the office of financial assistance services


ven at 80 years old, he still swims a minimum of 2,200 yards – that’s 88 lengths of the pool – a week. Fr. William Bichl, S.J., is more fit than most people


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at the University of Miami in Florida. “He was very approachable,” says Bauer, who visited Fr. Bichl the last time he was in Cleveland two years ago. “It was like having a member of your family in the community. He was always available. You could go into the ground floor of Rodman Hall and call him, and he would come down and talk or go for a walk. He was always ready for conversation. He made me think about how I treat people.” In 1982, Fr. Bichl became acting assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences focusing on freshmen. After a year of being an acting dean, the “acting” was dropped from his title, and he retained that position until 2006 when he was 75. “I spent a lot of time talking to and getting to know the students throughout the years,” he says. “I liked them a lot and developed a nice rapport with them. I tried my best to treat everyone the same. My dad, who was a jeweler in downtown Chicago, taught me to always treat people equitably.” In working with freshmen throughout the years, Fr. Bichl wrote letters of dismissal to students because of poor academic performance, yet he wrote readmission contracts for some of them. “I encouraged those students to go to Tri-C (Cuyahoga Community College) and learn what they didn’t in high school and come back to Carroll,” he says. “Some did this. Some students are worth the risk. If you give kids responsibility, they’re pleased an adult trusts them. I’ve received letters from college graduates, some of whom came back to Carroll to earn their degrees, thanking me for waking them up.”

followed Fr. O’Malley as president. Fr. Lavelle was a native Clevelander, a graduate of St. Ignatius High School, and an all-state football star there. Woody Hayes, the legendary football coach at The Ohio State University, recruited Lavelle for his team. Lavelle thanked him for the offer but told Hayes he was joining the Jesuits that summer. Hayes responded: “You’re joining the better team.” As for student memories, Fr. Bichl recalls Paul Kissane ’86, who’s presently a Midwest director at Bloomberg in Chicago. Fr. Bichl was advising Kissane, who was president of the centennial class. At the beginning of Kissane’s senior year, he needed to take 43 credit hours to graduate on time. He persuaded Fr. Bichl to let him take 22 hours the first semester and 21 hours the second, even though he was earning a 2.3 grade point average. “But during his senior year, when he took that heavy load, he got the best grades while he was here,” Fr. Bichl says. Kissane, a Chicagoan like Fr. Bichl, says the Jesuit always took the Chicago contingency at Carroll under his wing and was keenly interested in them. “He has an incredible memory and knew many students by their first names,” Kissane says. “He knew who was in trouble academically and those who weren’t. He was always there for support.”

wonderful moments
Throughout the past 40 years, Fr. Bichl has enjoyed wonderful moments when he sees students realize they needed to get their act in gear and study hard to graduate. “We care about these kids, and it shows,” he says. “When alums come back, they’re so delighted to see the faculty, staff, and administrators who’ve meant a lot to them. Generally, our grads are helping people by donating their time, so we’re doing something right.” Looking back at his career at Carroll, Fr. Bichl never thought he’d be here this long. “I always thought that if I liked this place and the people, I’d stay here,” he says. “Now, as long as I’m healthy, I’d like to stay at Carroll. I’ve enjoyed my time here.” “Fr. Bichl embodies what JCU is all about because he treated everybody as a person with a background, not just a social security number,” Kissane adds. “He had a genuine interest in people and where they were going. He was proud of students’ accomplishments. He is one of the people who make JCU unique and special.”

carroll memories
One vivid memory for Fr. Bichl was when Fr. Joseph Schell, S.J., was president of the University (1967 to 1970). Students came to him after the Kent State shootings (in early May 1970) concerned about what happened, and Fr. Schell decided to make finals optional. “If you were satisfied with your grade, you were allowed to go home,” Fr. Bichl says. “I spent 3.5 hours in the Kulas Auditorium listening to students voice their various opinions about the Kent State shootings and the affect it had on them.” Fr. Bichl has fond memories of former president Fr. Thomas O’Malley, S.J. (1980 to 1988), a Boston native who came to Carroll from Boston College. “He was a breath of fresh air,” Fr. Bichl says. “His time here was a whirlwind. He visited staff and administrators in their offices and got to know them. People loved him.” He also remembers well Fr. Michael Lavelle, S.J., who

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GoingMEMORIAM IN the distance
here are people who sit around and talk about accomplishing goals, and there are people who pursue them vigorously. Tom Reilley ’99, manager of MY TURN purchasing and auxiliary services, falls into the latter group. Case in point: Reilley woke up on his 36th birthday and didn’t feel like he was in good shape. He was far removed from his days of playing baseball, football, and hockey as a young man at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, and Cleveland State


University. On that morning in 1993, he decided he was going to run three miles to get back in shape. After one mile, he couldn’t run any farther, so he walked the last two. Reilley reached the point where three miles was doable, but he wasn’t satisfied. Eventually, running five to six miles became a daily routine, but that still wasn’t enough. With the encouragement of friends, he signed up to run the Cleveland Marathon in 1999. After completing the 26.2-mile race, the feeling of satisfaction became addicting. That’s why Reilley has run 58 marathons, including three 31-mile races and the JFK

50-mile race in Hagerstown, Md., twice. He’s completed marathons at Disney World and even traveled to Dublin with friends in 2005 to run. “When I finished the first one, I couldn’t believe I was able to do it,” he says. “I like setting a goal and pushing myself to meet it. That feeling never gets old.” Despite suffering from plantar fasciitis in 2000 and a strained tendon last year, Reilley continues to run during his lunch break when he can. He competed in another Cleveland Marathon this past May. Reilley uses Carroll’s indoor facilities when weather prevents him from running outside. Regardless of the conditions, he likes to run with others. Reilley joins co-workers Mike Roeder ’93 (manager of facilities services), Garry Homany (manager of regulatory affairs and risk management), and Tracy Blasius (head women’s soccer coach) for five- to six-mile runs throughout University Heights. Friends and co-workers from the University have become a large part of Reilley’s life, but they might never have been introduced had he not been in the right place at the right time. While a student at Cleveland State, Reilley started a landscaping business that serviced only the West Side of Cleveland. During the winters, he tended bar at the Tam O’Shanter in Lakewood for additional income. Tom Gannon, then serving as John Carroll’s director of physical planning, came in to the bar one afternoon upset the landscaping crew the University was contracting didn’t show. Gannon was impressed with Reilley and, remembering he owned a landscaping company, told him to arrive with his crew at 8 a.m. the next morning.

Once they began working on campus, that same approach of seeing jobs through and performing them well earned Reilley and his company the opportunity to work on the property from 1985 to 1990. Because of the size of campus, Reilley was required to bring his entire crew – which included Chris Kane and Ken Majewski ’01, both of whom still work in the University’s facilities department – to work on campus for a week or two at a time. So impressed with the work Reilley was doing, the University offered him a full-time job in 1990. He managed the grounds crew from 1990 until June of 1993 before switching to the mail center, marking the first time he worked indoors full time. Reilley still has responsibilities in the mail center but has an office in Rodman Hall where he works in the purchasing department, too. Aside from holding various positions during his two decades at Carroll, Reilley became involved with the Center for Service and Social Action. His friend Ted Steiner ’93, program coordinator, encouraged him to participate in an immersion trip. As a result of the trip, Reilley and his wife, Barb, have led two groups of students to New Orleans to help with the city’s revival after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Reilley has been on trips in 2009, 2010, and 2011. “That’s a part of my life that has been a moving experience,” he says. “Ted Steiner came in my office and encouraged me to get involved. It’s been rewarding on many levels.” Graduating from college – which Reilley did in 1999 after taking classes part time while working – also was rewarding. Aside from raising his daughter, Carolyn, who’s working toward her master’s degree at DePaul University, it’s the achievement of which he’s most proud. It took him 24 years to earn his degree, but one should’ve known he was going to finish because Tom Reilley isn’t a person who talks about accomplishing things. He does them. – Tim Ertle ’11


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A warm welcome


burst of color – including a plush, red leather couch and two bright, orange upholstered chairs – greets visitors in the waiting room of Dr. John Conomy’s office in Woodmere, Ohio. Personal photographs from throughout the world – Chile, India, Italy, and France – adorn the walls, and thick scrapbooks from a recent trip to China sit on an ornate table in the hallway leading to a corner kitchen. Tucked in the back – almost unnoticeable in the warm, homey office – is an exam room. Conomy ’60 explains why there are four chairs, including a leather recliner, and a dancing teddy bear that sings “That’s Amore.” “I don’t like doctors’ offices, and I don’t particularly like doctors,” says Conomy, an internationally renowned neurologist. “Their offices are cold, noisy, impersonal, intimidating, and not private or comforting.” The chairs are a way to invite family and friends into the exam room with Conomy’s patients, half of whom are unable to walk. “If people want to bring the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus with them, that’s OK with me,” he says. “I want them to feel at home.” Conomy, the former head of the Cleveland Clinic’s neurology department, believes strongly in a warm bedside manner and listening to patients. His particular passion is those afflicted with multiple sclerosis. He helped found and run the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, a professional group aimed at improving research and care for MS patients, 25 years ago. Presently, there more than 200 member centers worldwide. Conomy’s interest in MS took root more than 40 years ago when the first patient he saw had the disease. She was a 33-year-old mother of three who was paralyzed from the waist down. Her husband left her, and she had a pile of mounting bills. “All I could do was treat her for a bladder

infection,” he says. “I remember how helpless I felt. After that, MS became a passion for me.” Decades later, at 73, Conomy still is passionate about his patients, who come from throughout the world and range in age from 3 to 103. They suffer from some type of brain injury or disease, including strokes, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and brain trauma. But Conomy isn’t only a doctor. He’s also an attorney who advocates for the sick in the complicated world of health law. Recently, he worked on a case arguing whether an Alzheimer’s patient should be able to initiate a divorce. Conomy declined to say what he advocated. It’s rare for a doctor to be a lawyer, too, but Conomy says it’s a natural fit. “It’s not enough to have your health if you can’t use it to exert control over your rights and property,’’ he says. The son of a machinist and telephone operator, Conomy grew up in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood and attended St. Joseph High School where he discovered his love of medicine. His girlfriend’s father worked at the Cleveland Clinic and helped him land a job as a clerk in the records room. Later, as a student at John Carroll, he became an assistant to a neurosurgeon. The doctor liked him, and soon, the teenager was wearing a white lab coat and making rounds with the residents. “I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t become a doctor,” he says. “That’s all I wanted to be.” A pre-med major minoring in philosophy, Conomy cherishes his experience at Carroll. “I owe them everything,” he says. That’s why Conomy recently offered to mentor students in James Lissemore’s biology classes. Conomy bumped into Lissemore, chair of the biology department, when he was roaming around the department during alumni weekend. “He was warm and interested in John Carroll,” Lissemore says. “He wanted to share

some of his experiences with students.” So the two talked and arranged for Lissemore’s class to visit Conomy in his office. Megan Muhar, a senior biology major from Pittsburgh, was amazed at how welcoming his office felt. “It didn’t feel like a doctor’s office at all – it was a lot more comfortable,” she says. The visit helped Muhar realize she wanted to be a lab researcher in a medical setting. “I can’t see myself being as comfortable as Dr. Conomy is with patients,” she says, adding she learned how important it is to listen when someone’s talking to you and hear what they’re telling you. “That applies to everything.” – Sue Valerian

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Enrollment quarterly a guide to the college admission process Admission checkpoint
two million applications were submitted via the Common App Online. The Common Application allows students to complete one Finally, please be aware of Dec. 1, 2011, which is our Early Action I and priority scholarship deadline. Our first round of admission decisions will be mailed the third week of December to all students who have completed applications on file by Dec. 1. In addition, to guarantee your full review and consideration for all merit scholarship programs, including our Arrupe Scholars, Leadership Scholars, and Presidential Honors Award, which all require separate applications, it’s important to apply for admission by Dec. 1. If you have any questions as you go through the application process, please let us know. Our admission staff is here to help. You might even see one of us out on the road in the next couple of months as we travel throughout the country for high school visits and college fairs. To see where we’re traveling, visit Also, if you haven’t visited campus, fall is a great time to come and learn more about JCU. Join us for a campus tour and admission presentation, a Blue Streak Preview Day, or for a personalized visit. We hope to see you soon.


application and submit it to multiple schools. Although a paper version of The Common Application is available, almost all of our applications during the past few years have been received online. Visit to register for a free account, search for the colleges you’re considering, add them to your “My Colleges” list, and begin your application. It’s that easy. The John Carroll supplement to The Common Application also can be completed online through In addition to your application and supplement, you’ll need to have your supporting documents sent from your high school, which include your transcript and The Common Application School Report form, which will be completed by your guidance counselor. Last but not least, don’t forget to send us your ACT (our school code is 3282) or SAT (1342) test results. This will complete your application for admission.

elcome back to school. Hopefully by now, all you seniors are well on your way in your college search,

having compiled your list of schools and, maybe, visited some of them. So what’s next? Well, fall of senior year means it’s college application time. At John Carroll, we’ve tried to make the application process as straightforward as possible. To start, applying to JCU is free. Secondly, the entire process can be completed online. We are an exclusive user of The Common Application, meaning this is the only application for freshman admission that we accept. The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization, which was founded in 1975. Presently, there are more than 400 members, and membership is open to colleges and universities that promote access by evaluating students using a holistic selection process. Last year, almost

Letters to Lobo
I’m taking classes at a local community college during my senior year. Will JCU accept those credits?
- Alyssa from Detroit As long as you attain a passing grade (C- or better) from an accredited institution, we’ll accept those credits. After you submit your deposit, we’ll perform a degree evaluation so it’s clear which JCU requirements might have been fulfilled by the coursework you completed. At a minimum, credits will be accepted as electives. Alyssa will be receiving a free bag of JCU swag. Do you have a question about John Carroll or the admission/financial aid process? Write a letter to Lobo at You may also receive a bag of swag, and your question might be featured in the next issue.


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A better sense of the cost
stUdent spotLIght

Jevon Page
class of 2012 Bedford, Ohio Major: Psychology

John Carroll embraces the recent change to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, which will help students and families plan financially for education. The act requires colleges to develop a net price calculator to provide families with an estimated out-of-pocket cost for their school. Similar online tools have been in place in other industries, such as real estate, car, and travel. With this new tool, parents will be able to develop, 3. how do you think you’ve inspired others to succeed? By just being there for my students during any time of need – whether it’s a concern about academics, social-life issues, or if they just want to hang out – and pushing them to be better people for themselves and their community, I feel I’ve inspired them and they’ve inspired me. Helping them find ways to become involved on campus forces them to manage their time, which is a skill everyone needs to practice. When students become involved with certain groups, they form their identity. 4. how do you want to be remembered after you graduate? I’d like to be remembered as the founder and co-founder of two influential and positive organizations – iDance and M.I.O.S. I hope after I graduate these organizations will continue to move forward successfully because they’re needed and can help make a difference in a student’s college experience. more precisely, a realistic list of schools to consider much earlier in the search process, saving time and energy when visiting and applying to schools. We hope this tool ensures fewer surprises or disappointments later in the process. Providing estimates of the true cost compared with the sticker price earlier in the admission process has the potential to have a profound impact on the college search process. It will allow more time to plan financial resources and have more realistic expectations of the costs of the various schools being considered. to access our calculator, visit to learn more about the value and worth of a JCU degree, visit

1. how are you involved on campus? This year, I’m a resident assistant in Murphy Hall, president of iDance, and chairman of M.I.O.S. (Men Inspiring Others to Succeed). 2. how did your love of dance inspire you to create idance? I started dancing my senior year in high school, and I fell in love with it. When I came to John Carroll, it was difficult for me to adjust to campus life at times. I was quiet and didn’t know many people, so dance became my escape from reality. I danced every day for hours. My girlfriend and I realized how dance impacted our self-esteem and dramatically increased our confidence and patience. We decided it was time to give back to others. We wanted to teach students how to dance so maybe they would use it as a stressrelieving tool. After establishing this organization, I was proud because I felt like I had the freedom to create something within John Carroll. If I didn’t dance, I don’t think I’d be where I am today.

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Take a campus tour, learn more about the academic experience, hear from current students, and discover everything you need to know about the admission and financial aid process.

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Get involved with the Alumni Association
lumni involvement at Carroll is an essential part of helping support the mission and advancement of the University. Here are a few of the many ways you can give back to your alma mater and become more involved: 1. Recruit future alumni. The Alumniin-Admissions Program promotes alumni engagement with prospective students on various levels. Volunteers can refer a prospective student, contact students via phone or email, represent JCU at a college fair in their area, or host a Carroll reception at their home. 2. Mentor and career networking. Students and alumni always are looking for opportunities to connect with fellow Blue Streaks. Whether it’s joining the Carroll Contacts LinkedIn group, attending a regional speed networking event, meeting with the Muldoon partners, participating in a mentoring program like the Chicago Mentoring Program, attending the annual Career Fair, or taking advantage of Career Center services, now’s the time to get involved, mentor, and network with fellow alumni and students. 3. Alumni chapter programs. Alumni chapters connect Blue Streaks near and far to their alma mater. In June of 2011, we relaunched the Chicago and Pittsburgh alumni chapters. We’re also planning to expand the chapter network to other cities. Do you want to become involved? We want to hear from you. 4. National alumni board. The alumni board is composed of nine to 12 alumni volunteers who represent John Carroll alumni worldwide. As an advisory board, it provides support with key initiatives, programs, planning, and focuses the efforts of the Alumni Association through committee work and outreach.


5. Student outreach. The Student Alumni Association (SAA), established in 2008, strengthens the bond between students and alumni through social, networking, spiritual, and philanthropic events. The SAA works closely with the alumni relations staff to facilitate the transition from students to alumni, while building a lifelong bond with the University. We’re looking for alumni who want to be involved by hosting a “Dinner with 12 Blue Streaks,” inviting students to your place of employment for a hands-on experience, or taking part in service projects or immersion trips with students. 6. Attend an event. See the list of upcoming events on the opposite page. Contact Theresa Spada at 216-397-3014 to sponsor one in your area. To learn more about the exciting new developments and view the menu of opportunities to engage with the Alumni Association, visit

become an Alumni-in-Admissions volunteer
Alumni volunteers are vital to recruiting and enrolling new students at Carroll. Your stories and success are excellent measures of the quality of a John Carroll education. With your help, the University will continue to enroll talented students who will carry on the traditions that played such a significant part in your life. There are many important ways, with varying degrees of time commitment, you can help. They include: • Refer prospective students to the admission office. • Represent John Carroll at a college fair in your city. • Contact prospective students by phone, letter, or email. • Host or attend recruitment receptions in your city. For more information or to become a volunteer, contact Tom Fanning at 216-397-4246 or [email protected], or visit


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New president heads Blue Gold Club


n May 2011, Rebecca Misencik ’01, ’08G assumed the role of Blue Gold Club president. Since 1982, the club’s mission

JCU: You have the option of choosing many volunteer organizations. Why did you choose the club? rM: It’s important to give back to the community, and the JCU community always has been good to me. Each person I’ve worked with at JCU – from academics to administration to athletics – has supported me in all my endeavors. I can’t think of a better place to dedicate my extra time and energy. JCU: What are your plans as the new president? rM: Athletics is such an important part of campus life at Carroll. I want to help enrich the experience for athletes, parents, students, and alumni. I hope to raise awareness of the club, increase our percentage of alumni donors, and grow our fund balance so we’re able to continue our work supporting Blue Streak teams. JCU: Why should alumni, parents, or fans donate to the club? rM: Many people appreciate knowing how their donation or gift will be used. Because Carroll has such a rich tradition of athletics, a gift or membership to the club directly supports our teams. Our coaches have finite budgets for their basic operating expenses, and funds from the club supplement their needs. Because I’m involved in the process, I know how well the funds are managed and distributed for specific enhancement requests. I also know how much the support means to our student athletes and coaches. To learn more about the Blue Gold Club or submit online membership, visit Wednesday, Nov. 2 pittsburgh presidential Alumni reception The Duquesne Club Friday, Dec. 2 John Carroll University 125th Anniversary gala The InterContinental Hotel (Cleveland) Sunday, Dec. 11 breakfast with santa (Cleveland) John Carroll University and (Chicago) Loyola University Chicago
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has been to promote, recognize, and support varsity athletics at the University. Misencik, who received a BSBA in finance, was a soccer Blue Streak student athlete. She also earned an M.B.A. with a concentration in international business from Carroll. Misencik, who received JCU’s Northern Ohio Live Rainmaker of Tomorrow Award in 2006, is an account executive officer of commercial surety for Travelers Insurance. We sat down with Rebecca to ask her why she decided to become more involved. JCU: how did you become involved with the blue gold club? rM: During my M.B.A. program, I spent weekends at JCU working on group projects. When I’d take breaks from coursework, I’d watch various sporting events on campus. Admission was free for me because I was a member of the Blue Gold Club. I’d often see the athletic director, Laurie Massa, and she encouraged me to participate in the Blue Gold Club in greater ways.

Q& A
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Upcoming events

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Larry Kelley ’36
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Things have been difficult for the past year. I can’t seem to get tasks that need to be accomplished started, yet alone finished. It must be old age. On May 13, 2011, I attended the funeral of henry “hank” dombrowski. We were freshmen at St. Ignatius High School in 1928 and attended John Carroll in the same building on West 30th and Lorain in 1932 for three more years. Our last year started Oct. 5, 1932. The carpenters were still working in the classroom. It was the only time Fr. Leonard Otting, S.J., who taught ethics, called off class. The carpenters won. I bet it was the only class he never finished. ... I’ve been trying to call Hugh McCaffrey ’37 since before Christmas. I knew he was in an assisted living facility, but somebody should’ve answered the phone. He had a good reason for not answering the phone because he died Nov. 26, 2010. ... Tom Harrison ’49 and Hugh Gallagher ’50 picked me up to attend the memorial Mass at Saint Francis Chapel June 22 for Art Noetzel ’38. Art was one of the most popular teachers at Carroll. He never overlooked or forgot any of his students. It was good to see Justin Noetzel ’40 before he passed away. He might have been in a wheelchair, but that Noetzel mind still was sharp as a tack. He knew and called everyone by name. ... Keep praying. Just Larry


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Carl Giblin
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As usual, I’m indebted to John sweeney for most of the news in these notes. John has about as many doctors as he has relatives and has been keeping them busy. He’s regaining his strength after his most recent surgery. I hope John used his law training to receive a volume discount. He has spent many days riding a gurney. John writes that in your 94th year, or beyond, it’s not easy to avoid serious health problems, but lou sulzer has managed to do that, and his mind is good, too. I’m glad to learn about the improvement of Lou’s mind. … Jim schlecht has recovered from cataract surgery and needs glasses only to drink. … James o’C Morgan, who lost his wife, Mary, after a long illness, moved from Texas to Tampa, Fla. Jim sends me a card with his own artwork now and then. … The lunch bunch – Lou Sulzer, Bud noetzel, Jim Schlecht, and John Sweeney – can eat at a card table now. They still meet monthly and dine at the Breckenridge Village retirement community. The food isn’t much, but there’s no tipping. … I occupy a onebedroom apartment in Clearwater, Fla., and retain a driver’s license that allows me to shop for needed

Bob Kraus lives on two acres in Akron, Ohio. He got his grandson, a recent Lehigh University grad, to cut the grass, a task he can no longer do. Guess he may be thinking about a move to a retirement home. Of the 12 classmates I know to be living, six live in a retirement home. … Dr. ed o’Malley’s daughter, Annette, reported his death; God rest his soul. … Bob smith is in a retirement community and is adjusting quickly to his new lifestyle. As of July 1, he’s president of the retirement community. His wife, Alyce, a dementia sufferer, finds it difficult to adjust. Their social life is restricted to several close friends. … Francis honn is in good health enabling him to take care of Alyce and the apartment. Francis embraced various interests, including 25 years as a trustee of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He raised funds and formed relationships with prominent people including the governor. Francis’ older daughter’s son (Duke U.) is studying in China this summer. His Chinese language skills enable him to travel on his own. Her older son will marry a lovely, smart college classmate next month. … My wife, Susan, and I took a trip in March to Florida. We had a Keane family reunion in Matlacha at the water-way home of Susan’s cousin, Alice and Gene Leary. It included a celebration of life ceremony for Alice’s son, Bill. Then we returned to Miami Beach where son Don’s partner died and for another celebration of life ceremony. Susan had a medical problem and ended up in Mt. Sinai Hospital for several days, and after a two-week extension in Florida, we returned home. We celebrated July 4th with 40 family members in a beach-party atmosphere – surfing, swimming, music, dancing, etc. We’ll do a repeat next year, God willing. I also played 18 holes of golf with my son, Billy, recently. It was the first game in more than a year. I shot a 94, which included seven three-putts. Yikes! I’m an avid reader of history, economics, philosophy, politics, etc., and just finished “Washington: A-Life” by Ron Chernow, “On China” by Henry Kissinger, “Demonic” by Ann Coulter, and “The Great American Awakening” by Jim DeMint. I highly recommend all four. … I talked briefly with Tony Yonto, and all is well. I can’t believe he’s still active CEO of his family’s foundry, but he says he has a great team and it’s a good business. … I’m hoping to hear from several of you whom I’ve called or written. If you make contact, I’ll write about it in the next issue. We have a lifetime of history to write about. God be with you. Bob

Jim Broadbent married beautiful Shirley soon after graduation and entered the tire-sales business in Warren, Ohio. Jim applied himself, as he had as a Carroll student, and grew the business to five locations in the region. Simultaneously, his family grew to five sons and two daughters. Several sons had Jim’s love of the tire business, happily taking over the operation to provide Jim more time to golf. I’m sad to say Jim’s productive, successful, and happy life ended May 20, 2011, after a short illness. … Less than a month later, the Gold Streaks luncheon group lost a regular, enthusiastic participant, who also was a key member of the senior Westsiders. ray Fox answered God’s call to eternity June 15, 2011, after a short hospitalization. Ray and his wife, Eileen, are parents of two sons and two daughters and grandparents of nine. Ray was the treasurer of Monarch Aluminum Co., a manufacturer of cookware and special aluminum stampings. Ray continued his work as the company changed to Standex International Corp. Ray tried retirement but found summers in his retreat in Vermillion, Ohio, to be repetitious. He discovered excitement in a new challenge by joining Earnest Machine Products Co. and enjoyed that until he finally tired of working and joined our group of lazy elder gentlemen. … I called Tim ryan, who you’ll recall was the spark plug of the alumni lunch organization, hoping he gained mobility. It’s our mutual hope that when the first fall Gold Streak luncheon is scheduled, we can plan his transportation. Tim sounds sharp as ever. His only limitation is mobility. … anthony adamcik, a Baltimore, Md., resident for many years, is enjoying retirement. He hasn’t seen a classmate or heard Carroll news except from this quarterly Alumni Journal. … Bill Varga had fabulous news that brightened my outlook and will encourage his classmates. Bill recently earned, and was awarded, his renewed pilot’s license, which is effective until March 3, 2013. Because of arcane age regulations, Bill was required to undergo continuous 24-hour testing in Oklahoma City this June, then spend three months passing various tests before his license was renewed. After all the testing, he expected full, two years of pleasant licensed flying, but the effective date shown is March 2, the day the tests began. Bill earned only 21 months of licensed flying. No doubt,


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he’ll request 27 months on his next license. Bill’s success gives new and strong assurance to ’49ers who aren’t as old as we sometimes feel. … Send news, preferably good. All news is reported with reasonable accuracy. Tom robert dailey, William Eline, Joseph Isabella, raymond Masek, hugh Morgan, Raymond Smiley, Joseph Stipkala, Rev. Jack White, S.J., and me. Take a look at the photo. Do you think we had a fun time? We sure did. Join us next year. … Send a note via email or even U.S. mail, please. Don Chuck o’Malley, and don Martens. … Joe Mersol is an active member of St. Jude parish in Columbiana, Ohio. In addition to many activities directly associated with the parish, he’s a member of the board of trustees for Catholic Charities, a reader for the Mass for shut-ins on local TV, and has been named as the Knights of Columbus volunteer of the year for the Ohio. … Tony laPerna is getting along well. When we spoke, he said his family had recently met for vacation in the Carolinas. … Bob Cummings continues to battle several health problems and walks with a cane. He continues to plug along and was fortunate to be visiting his son in San Diego in July when a dust storm hit Phoenix. The cars in his garage were covered in dust when he and Ginette returned home. They also had to backwash their pool several times to rid the dust. Their suburban home in Anthem wasn’t hit as severely as downtown Phoenix. … Bob Harter’s grandson, John Jaicjs, will be entering John Carroll as a freshman this year and hopes to be playing on the varsity golf team. He played high school golf in Westerville, Ohio. … Gene Wetzel recently attended the 80th birthday party for John Kall. Among those who attended are Dugan, deChant and Tobin. Those guys are together at many events. … Bob rourke still lives in the Chattanooga area of Tennessee where he has been for 27 years. He worked as an environmentalist for the state. … When I talked with Joe Fakult, he was enjoying his family visiting from Arkansas and North Dakota. Joe grows a lot of tomatoes in his yard in Willowick, Ohio. This year’s crop is well behind schedule because of the spring rains. … Send your news for the next issue. God’s blessings to you all. Jim


Charles A. Byrne

Having been honored by the University with an Alumni Medal – thanks to the late Ken Callahan’s nomination – I felt obliged to return to my old role as class correspondent. In particular, I wanted to mention the deaths of two prominent class members, Jim Conway and Ken Callahan. They were active in alumni affairs, accepting leadership roles in their contributions and moral support. … As a professional fundraiser for local Catholic high schools and colleges, Jim Conway’s last assignment was with CWRU. He established new records from that alumni to the university’s great pleasure. His wife, KT, would travel with him on some calls. Sadly, she followed his death by six months. Bishop Emeritus Anthony M. Pilla spoke eloquently about Jim at his funeral Mass. Jim and the bishop worked together on many campaigns. The Conways leave four girls and two sons, having lost a daughter who was a young child. … Dr. Ken Callahan was a popular speaker at his dental society events and volunteered to be our class master of ceremonies at every class event. He was most entertaining and possessed great wit. As many of you know, Ken also was quite a civil war historian. He leaves five children and was the beloved husband of the late Joan (nee Reilly) and the late Jeremy (nee Brayton). … Jim and Ken filled unique roles for our class that will have to be replaced. We may have to scout among those of us remaining. Sincerely, CAB.


Dorothy Poland
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I talked to Mike Gavin a bit ago, and everyone is doing well. He and family divide their time between Cleveland and Florida. ... larry Casey celebrated his 81st birthday July 7. His son, Larry Mike, gave him a 2006 Hummer H3. Even his wife, Jeanne, has a leather, six-way power seat on the passenger side. The dashboard TV screen displays a GPS map, and when the transmission is shifted into reverse, the screen shows a large area behind the vehicle to prevent him from backing into anything, such as trash cans and children. Larry’s philosophy is he has had so much fun and he only has 19 years to reach 100. ... Betty and Bill Kenealy had to forgo their planned trip to Hawaii with eight grandchildren. Try to explain to young people that because grandpa broke his hip in May, the trip wasn’t going to happen. Bill was able to take his granddaughter, Olivia, to her Girl Scout dance before his unfortunate fall. Get well soon, Bill. They also sent a photo of their son, Cmdr. William Kenealy, U.S. Navy (retired), who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and England, dressed as a Guide at Buckingham Palace. Bill Jr., speaks four languages and is a rare guide because most are young Brits. ... Don’t forget, next June will be our 60th reunion, so let’s try to have a good crowd attend reunion weekend. Don’t leave Jo and Jim Previtt and I the only ones who show up. Be safe. God bless. Dorothy


Peter Mahoney
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Donald A. Ungar
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reUnIon Year
The 125th anniversary celebration was a reunion we’ll always remember. Our 60-year committee hoped to see many 1951 grads attend. Attending celebrations has become difficult for many of us. A display board of class pictures and a video of some of our class reunions were made and left with the alumni office as memorabilia. At the Mass on Saturday, Bill switaj and ray smiley carried the rose in remembrance of those members who’ve entered eternal life. A class picture was taken, not one but two, reason being was not everyone got together at the same time. The photographer will fix the photo so we’re all together. After the class picture was taken, Lillian and Bill Switaj, Jeanette and James abood, Janet and Joe stipkala, and Bill eline rode the elevator to the ground level. While they were in the elevator, power was lost. Yes, they were between floors in a dark elevator longer than a half hour. Lillian’s words: “How scary.” Candlelight was provided so we could eat dinner. Power failures don’t happen often, but this one changed our evening. We were able to celebrate graduation day with the 2011 graduates. The 1951 class members who attended are: James Abood, James Coviello,

Cmdr. William Kenealy Jr. Usn (retired), as a guide at buckingham palace, son of betty and bill ’52 Kenealy


Jim Myers
440-942-7831 [email protected]

In my last column, I mentioned several St. Ignatius High School class of ’49 alumni. Among the 25 to 30 who attended the April luncheon are: Bob harter, Kevin Tobin, Tom dugan, neil raleigh,

It’s that time of year when men for others form little groups called foursomes, and this is where the story begins. Three from our year, don Buynack, herb ramerman, and Jim sutphin, with Jim Lewis ’71, conquered all. Their scramble score of 30 + 30 = 60 at the Alumni Golf Outing caused a riot by all who attended. Sutphin explained he knew this would happen because the Dutch invented golf. It seems that, for years, Dutchmen (Sutphin is one) in Holland would pick up sticks and chip/pitch tulip bulbs from dike to dike (the first water hazard) and once in a while hit one into Belgium. Later, a Dutch merchant traveling in Scotland demonstrated the process hoping to sell many tulip bulbs, but the Scotch, ever conscious of expense and the balance of trade, decided to take feathers, wrap them in cloth, and use them instead of the tulips. The first Titleist Pro V1 golf ball was invented, and the Scotch took credit for golf. As a result of winning the tournament, Jim was sent four Waterford beer mugs and four blue and gold Cutter & Buck golf shirts. … While on the subject of Scotland Mike Faul and his wife, Peggy, spent a share of this summer traveling in an RV while Mike biked on side trips. Peggy put it all on video, which demonstrates how Mike survived as a judge in the state of New York – balance and being able to move quickly. … lou lariche made headlines in Road

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and Track magazine. He and a group of engineers from Bentley and the Cadillac division of GM were asked to convert the engine in the popemobile from gasoline to alternative fuels. The final decision was between a thick, red pasta sauce or olive oil. The olive oil won because it’s better for the economy. … Our classmate and senior golf tour member austie Groden has been in hand-to-hand combat with the big “C” – chemo and all. Please pray for him. Also, pray for Sandra Nilges and Gail LaRiche. Keep the faith. Pete


Leo Duffy
815-7293513 630-337-0788 (c) January-May: 941-505-8394 [email protected]

This is a note about our 55th during the reunion/ commencement weekend, May 20-22. It was hot and wet at times. I’d like to express thanks to Mary Jane ’91 and Jack Breen for the wonderful lunch they had for us at their home Saturday afternoon. It began Friday evening with a social gathering under the tent. Mary Kay and Mike Benson, Joan and ed daugherty, Mary and I, Ruth Ann and Fritz eder, Julie and Bill hagerty, Jeannine and larry Kinskey, Gloria and Bob Pascente, Noreen and Paul schlimm, Linda and leo slack, and Tom o’neil attended. It was a warm, muggy night. Fortunately, there were fans for those who were staying in Bernet. Needless to say, we went to bed much earlier than the younger attendees. … Enjoying a lazy morning, we strolled around campus and visited the bookstore for the requisite souvenirs. Then we were ferried over to the Breen’s in University vans for lunch. In addition to the aforementioned and those in the picture, we were joined at lunch by Fr. Niehoff, Mary Jo Boler, JoAnne Caterino, Betty Conley, Betty Kost, Jan Paulovich, Marty Pfeiffer, Clare Schuele, Mary Kay and George Vaul, Mary Zammikiel, and danny o’horo. Lunch lasted until after 3 p.m., with much time for socializing and renewing old acquaintances. We had to rush a little to get back to campus and prepare for Mass, which was followed by dinner. … The baccalaureate/reunion Mass remembered all our deceased classmates and paid tribute to the upcoming graduates. … Please remember our classmate, denis F. hoynes, who died in early May 2011, in your prayers. … A photo of class members was taken after the reunion Mass. With the help of many, we tried to identify those in the picture. After gathering for dinner in one of the small meeting rooms, the power went out. The cocktail hour and dinner were held by candle light, which was a first. Fortunately, dinner already had been prepared, and there was still power in the kitchens, so it went off with only a few minor concerns. al deGulis discussed the ’56 class gift of a fountain near the Beaudry Shrine and said it had the approval of the University. After dinner, we proceeded to the big tent for entertainment and dancing. Most of us lasted until about 10 p.m. and then headed off for the evening. Those of us staying in Bernet had no power, so we headed to bed by flashlight and slept without fans. The threat of rain cancelled the outdoor commencement, so attendance at breakfast was a little sparse, and most of us headed home by noon. Paul Schlimm attended commencement as the representative of the class of ’56. We missed those of you who couldn’t attend and hope this note finds you well. … My best to all of you, and God bless. Leo


Ray Rhode 216-381-1996 [email protected]

Jim doran wrote concerning the death of Arthur Noetzel, Ph.D., ’38. Jim said Dr. Noetzel played a significant role in his life at Carroll and selecting a career path after graduation. Dr. Noetzel secured a position for him in the controller’s office at JCU during a time when he was struggling to pay tuition and room and board. He says it was a lifesaver. … We mourn the loss of Mike Caplice’s wife, Pat, who had set a goal of celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary together. She passed away 10 days after the celebration surrounded by Mike and their family. Mike also informs us the Transportation Corp. is on the move, being relocated to Ft. Lee. Ft. Monroe is closing down, and its activities are being relocated to Ft. Eustis. … dan Curley retired, but his son, Tom, is carrying on the operation of the Curley Funeral Home in Chicago. I was unable to talk to Dan because of health reasons. … I talked with Bill Thalman a while back. Bill left JCU in ’54 and was drafted into the Army and served in Korea. He returned home and took over the family electric motor repair business, which he ran until ’98 when he retired. His son now runs the business. Bill has been married for 55 years and has four children. He says hello to Phil Buchanan, Jack Kinney, and hal Ziegler, who were his roommates and good buddies while at Carroll. That might have something to do with his leaving Carroll early! … I talked with Joe Tetlak, whose heart still bleeds maize and blue even though he’s lived in Cleveland many years. His career took many twists and turns, but he ended up top dog at Willow Hill Industries in Willoughby, Ohio. He sold the company in 2000 and is enjoying life in his adopted city with occasional visits north. … Tony stavole and his daughter, grandson, and granddaughter spent several weeks touring Italy. They visited Rome, Assisi, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Pompeii, Sorrento, The Isle of Capri, The Amalfi Coast, and Positano. Tony thought it was an exceptional tour because it allowed him and his offspring to learn more about their heritage. … david hauer’s granddaughter won the bronze medal in the national Tae Kwon Do tournament in Austin, Texas. I need to ask him if it’s anything like golf. David received an award for giving 25 gallons of blood at the local blood bank. … Remember to pray for our classmates who are suffering and in great pain from the many diseases that attack us. Ray


Salvatore R. Felice
440-842-1553 [email protected]

With our 55th class reunion less than one year away, Jim Gasper is already in jump-start phase

rallying the troops to attend. He attempted to get Rev. Brian Paulson, S.J., (son of Peter Paulson, deceased) to represent his dad, but because of the demands of his new position as rector of the Loyola University Jesuit community, he declined. Fr. Brian’s mom, Jane Paulson, is well and keeps busy playing bridge, golf, and visiting her six kids and 11 grandchildren regularly. … Our class endowed memorial scholarship is growing nicely. As of May 31, we have $417,072 in total cash and pledges (183 donors and 568 gifts). The official audited reports weren’t available until September. … Carole and Tom Moran have been residents of Bonita Springs, Fla., for four to five months a year since 2009. The remaining time is spent in Bay Village, Ohio; North and South Carolina; and traveling. “With four wonderful daughters and sons-in-law, plus 16 grandchildren, life is great,” Tom says. The summer was hectic for the Morans with the weddings of two granddaughters and the unfortunate passing of Carole’s mom. … Phillip Koran, retired executive of Lakewood (Ohio) Hospital, and his Rio-born wife, Sheila, traveled to Pasadena, Calif., in August to visit daughters Maureen and Margaret, while son Kevin “house sat” in Lakewood. Phil and Sheila met at a World Sodality Convention in 1959 at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Subsequently, Phil was instrumental in assisting Sheila to emigrate here in 1962, and, in 1963, they married. Daughter Margaret and husband Fran, a marine pilot with several overseas tours (including Iraq), have two sons – Christopher and Colin. After visiting relatives in San Diego and attending a grandnephew’s wedding, they planned to return home via Amtrak. … Mary Lou and Jerry o’Callahan have a new address – 1540 Harvest Lane, Manasquan, N.J. 08736. … In June, Eileen and Deacon Bart Merella were on a two-week river cruise up the Danube, visiting historic sites in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, and Hungry. They also toured Bucharest, Belgrade, and Budapest, home of Bart’s uncle. “Truly, Budapest is the Paris of Eastern Europe,” Bart says. … Maureen and dick huberty celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at LockKeepers restaurant with family and friends Sunday, July 10. They were surprised to receive a beautifully framed, special congratulatory House resolution adopted by the Texas House of Representatives signed by the Hon. Speaker of the House, Joseph Straus and the Hon. Dan Huberty, their son. Dan also introduced Mr. Straus. They also were presented with a framed letter of congratulations signed by Governor Rick Perry. … Msgr. homer C. deWalt, 92, a diocesan priest ordained in 1950, received his master’s at JCU in 1957 and his doctorate in 1965 from the University of Minnesota. He served as superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Erie, Pa., from 1962 to 1982. Msgr. DeWalt resides at the House of Loreto in Canton, Ohio, operated by the Sisters of the Divine Spirit. His hobbies include working on his family genealogy, stamp collecting, and activities at the home. … Unfortunately, we have deaths to report: Patrick G. edwards, Nov. 13, 2010, husband of the late Lucille; richard P. ryan, Dec. 18, 2010, husband of Joan for 54 years; and John “Jack” roddy, June 8, 2011, loving husband of


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Carol. Condolences are extended to all the families. Kindly remember classmates and their spouses who are lonely, sick, and in distress in your prayers. … Please note my new email address – srfelice@ God bless. Sal in my air-conditioned cave. On July 3, I spent time with Dick Krebs ’61, senior co-captain of the 1959 Blue Steaks basketball team who averaged 17.2 points a game. Dick is doing well and asked to be remembered by fellow classmates. Mary Jo and I were in Cleveland to help celebrate his wife’s 70th surprise birthday party. Rita was Mary Jo’s maid of honor and lifetime friend. … In the midst of cleaning my cave and simplifying life, I came across our junior dance program, which is amazing because I have three left feet, no rhythm, and my name and dance were never used in the same sentence. With failing memory, I see The Commanders provided the music and Hotel Cleveland the dance floor. A belated thanks to dance committee members: George lutjan, Bob Bracken, ed Coyne, Tim Crotty ’60, Phil Cusick, Marty dempsey, Bob dietrich, Gary Furin, Gerry Grant, don hagerty, John lloyd, Bob Martin, Bob McFaul, and Gerry McGivern. It seems the same names keep surfacing as class contributors and movers and shakers. It would be interesting to hear from the committee members with their reflections about the dance. … John szuch and Gary silverberg and their wives hooked up for the Gold Streaks dinner and Sunday commencement walk during Commencement & Reunion Weekend. Thanks for representing our class as part of the 125th anniversary celebration by joining fellow alumni from the classes of 1936 through 2010 as we led the class of 2011 for graduation. … I also came across a 1964 comic strip that featured John Szuch, a helicopter pilot who made a guest appearance in the Tarzan syndicated comic strip. ( DB/S_names/Szuch_JF/JFS&TarzanStrip_a.JPG). … I spent a week in Florida this past March with Barbara and don Gould. We hooked up with Dolores and Tom Barrowman for a few days of shopping, dining, and catching up. In May, I was back to Florida where my son Kevin and I played golf with Don and his son, Donnie, at Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra. We also attended The Players golf tournament to see how the game was supposed to be played. … I hope ya’ll are well. Send me your short bios, news you’d like to share with classmates, and/or a simple hello via email. God bless you. Rick reported Paul Flask sent an outstanding football prospect our way. I’m pleased to report he has sent us another, who’s a good student from the same high school. This type of contribution to the University is priceless. … Speaking of athletics, the Shula Stadium turf and all-weather track are being renovated. For the first time in several years, the track team will be able to host meets. Also, the opening football game of the 2012 football season in Dublin is generating a lot of interest. Information about the game and trip is available on the JCU website. … In early June, I was surfing with the TV remote and came across superstation WGN in Chicago just as it was doing the wrap-up of a Chicago White Sox game. There sat Bubba schayer looking quite forlorn (Sox lost). Bubba invited Jim Mason and I to join him and 47 of his friends at their annual Cubs/Sox game and tailgate June 21. We were unable to make it because of our participation in a couple of golf outings, but we sure appreciated the invitation. … I trust everyone enjoyed the summer and is enjoying retirement, if that’s your situation. Send me information for my next article, particularly if it concerns interaction with classmates. If you stop by Carroll, call me. I’d love to see you. (I live right across the street.) I look forward to hearing from you and will try to use anything sent. Be well. Schweick


John E. Clifford
210-497-4045 [email protected]

I was incapacitated March through May with a nerve problem that caused great pain in my left hip and leg, so I stayed on the couch reading. Finally, I was prescribed a medicine that reduces the pain. The ultimate solution is surgery. Gene McGinty had a problem with back surgery in 2003 and recommends avoiding it. Gene retired in 1998 after 38 years as region manager with Citgo Petroleum. After 53 years of marriage and moving nine times, Gene and Helen settled in Tulsa, Okla., and have been blessed with three daughters and six grandchildren, ranging in age from 16 to 25 years old. Gene talked with Bill hinds after tornadoes hit St. Louis. Fortunately, he and his wife, Donna, weren’t affected. … Bob nix also has had a similar nerve problem. His medicine is working, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains helps. He traveled to Naples, Fla., last winter and enjoyed a great JCU alumni party with Gerry Porter, who’s still practicing law in Cleveland. Bob had a chance to visit with Ted Meyer’s widow, Marilu, who has a place on Sanibel Island. … Bob Maynard had news about his wife, Aggie ’90G. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2010, but after a yearlong treatment regimen, she’s had a positive outcome. Bob and Aggie are extremely grateful for the overwhelming prayer support received from hundreds of friends and ask for continuing prayers for Aggie for the years ahead. … Jack Mcnicholas, who’s still in Gilbert, Ariz., planned to move back East with the rest of the family, but finds himself in a market problem: They have a great place to live but no mechanism to sell and retrieve the cash they paid for the home. Jack worked as a full-time staff member at the Apollo Group in academic affairs for the past few years, coaching faculty members about how to facilitate online classes for the University Of Phoenix. He still teaches online math and statistics for the school of business. … Finally, I heard from Bill Moran, who was a social studies major. After JCU, he became a teacher, then Catholic schools administrator, in Detroit, Flint, and Ann Arbor, Mich. Along the way, he earned an M.A. and did doctoral course work at the University of Michigan. Upon retirement, he spent nine years supervising student teachers for U of M. Bill married Joslen Letscher, a Ph.D. from U of M who teaches at the University of Detroit. … Got to go – time for The Screen Guild Theatre. Tonight in 1943 it’s “Once Upon A Honeymoon” with Mickey Rooney and Frank Morgan. Please write. Peace. J.E.C.


Jack T. Hearns
216-291-2319 [email protected]



Jerry Schweickert
216-381-0357 [email protected]


Richard E. Dodson 804-748-8432 [email protected]

Greetings from Chester, Va. As I prepared this edition of class notes, the temperature outside exceeded 100 degrees. Undaunted, I pressed on

Sadly, I report classmates dick Turk and Bill “reed” harmon passed away. Dick was a Cleveland resident, and Bill was a long-time Los Angeles resident. … On a brighter note, classmate John Magnotto received the JCU Alumni Medal, the highest award given to an alumnus, during graduation/reunion weekend May 20-22. Jerry rachfal, our class’ most recent past recipient of the award, came from Rochester, N.Y., to honor John. A large contingent of family, friends, and classmates attended the award ceremony. John and his wife, Lynne, hosted a wonderful luncheon at Legacy Village on Saturday. … Bev and I headed to Orlando for our grandson’s graduation (BFA) and freeloaded off Jan and steve schuda in Bluffton, S.C., on the way down. … Jim Gauntner and his bride, Marilyn, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary August 7. I suspect many of us have recently or will be doing so soon. … In my previous column, I

John Cleary provided classmates who attended the 50th reunion with a numbering overlay of our class photo along with the identification of each individual. He has done this for past reunions, and our classmates are immensely grateful for his time and effort. … Congratulations to dick Murray and Gerry o’Connell for leading the highly successful campaign for the class gift. More than 50 percent of our class contributed to the program, which provides much needed scholarship and financialaid assistance. … Conversations overheard at the reunion included: John Blake from Middletown, Ohio, has retired from banking. He and his wife, Mary Kay, have been married for 32 years and have a daughter, Megan, who graduated from Xavier University. John is involved with antique cars and owns a ’52 Packard, remains active at his parish, and enjoys visits to Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C. … Gerry Ziegler came all the way from Hollister, Calif., where his home looks out over a golf course. He and his wife, Sally, who supervises graduate students at Santa Clara University, have three children and nine grandchildren. Gerry has retired from the Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co., where he handled public relations. … Paul Gilleran from Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., received his law degree from the University of Detroit. He and his wife have three sons – who live in Columbus, Ohio; Washington; and Chicago – and one grandson. … The Honorable harry hanna was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland. He’s had a successful career as an attorney and judge. Harry and his wife, Dotty, have seven children and 17 grandchildren. … John Tien and his wife, Marlene, live in Twinsburg, Ohio,

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and spend several months each year in North Naples, Fla. John was an accountant before his retirement. The Tiens have four children and three grandchildren. … Gerri and ed Parks from Birmingham, Mich., have six children and 12 grandchildren. Ed is of counsel for Plante & Moran, a regional accounting and consulting firm where he was managing partner for more than 12 years. Ed’s special interest is the Thompson Educational Foundation, which has made a $100-million investment in school buildings in the city of Detroit. In his spare time, he’s captain of his 28-foot boat. … June and ed McGervey arrived from Savannah, Ga., where they enjoy golf, walking, and bike riding. The McGerveys have three children and seven grandchildren. … Deepest sympathy to the relatives of Joseph a. radican. We received word about his passing right after our reunion. Joe was a prominent educator in the Cleveland area who served as principal of St. Joseph and Lake Catholic High Schools. May he rest in peace. … Jack


Pete Mykytyn
618-549-1946 [email protected]


Bob Andolsen
440-327-1925 [email protected]

We received an email announcing the impending publication of Frederick (Bud) Meyers Jr.’s, third novel, “The Lazarus Connection,” by Brighton Publishing in early 2012. This terrorism thriller novel, which is the third in a series starting with the “Jericho Gambit” and then “Cry Judas,” features knockout action by Bud’s hero, Matt Gannon, who bears slight resemblance to Bud. Bud’s 30 years of military experience has taken him throughout the world – from Vietnam to Egypt to the Middle East – and from these experiences he has drawn much of his inspiration for his novels. ... I had the pleasant opportunity to have lunch with the charismatic Jack Kahl, retired founder, president, and CEO of Manco, the Duck Tape Company in Avon, Ohio. Our discussion centered on the effects that so many people have had on our life before, during, and after our years at Carroll. Jack, who retired in 2000, began his adventure in 1971 when he purchased a small Cleveland company, and renamed it Manco. By the time he retired, his company was selling consumer products throughout the world and achieved revenues of more than $300 million. Jack explains his parents, teachers at JCU, and Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, played a tremendous role helping him be a servant leader, which he described and defined in his book, “Leading from the Heart,” published in 2004. The book gives a unique look at the lessons learned from Jack’s parents, especially his mother, and all the ways she taught him by her example, as well as his close relationship with Sam Walton. All of this carried over to his successful leadership, strong character, and being an endless seeker of knowledge, while still making time in his life and career to care for others. Jack has served faithfully and tirelessly on the John Carroll Board of Directors for the past 19 years. Jack, now president and CEO of Jack Kahl & Associates, plans to retire from the board at the end of 2011. ... Next year is our 50th. Everyone is looking forward to this reunion and the significant opportunity to get together again. Make your commitment to attend now. Bob

Hello, 1963ers. I hope you survived the swelter of 2011. When I wrote this, most of the nation couldn’t have waited for fall. … I received a couple of notes this time. Mike Naylon ’64 ([email protected]. net) sent me a note as I was beginning to write this column. Mike was a year behind me at McQuaid and a year behind us at Carroll, but he mentioned several names from ’63, so I wanted to insert his thoughts. He was TOBC 4-65, thinking he was a class behind Gary Previts. Mike spent 30 years in the Army, 15 active and 15 reserves. He and his wife, Beverly, live in Reston, Va. Mike says he occasionally visits his family in Rochester, N.Y.. His funniest line in his email to me: “Imagine that, from 90 cents a day junior and senior years to still getting a check from Uncle Sam. Wow.” Mike was talking about the $27 a month we received from being in advanced ROTC to his current retirement. Wow is right. Mike also mentioned he was a freshman in 1960 in Dolan Hall and was required by Tom Ging to shine Tom’s shoes simply because he, Mike, was a freshman. But Mike says he liked Tom since. Mike has been retired for about 4.5 years. … John dix (dix.3@ remains active with BDI, his strategic planning and management consulting company in Columbus, Ohio. He was appointed to the board of directors of One Call Now in Troy, Ohio. One Call Now offers messaging services for different types of organizations throughout the U.S. … Lastly, because I have a few words left with no one else’s notes to add, Kathy and I spent about 32 days in Europe in May and June. We were in Dresden for the Music Festival and attended concerts by the Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. The concert by the Dresden orchestra was held in the main Frauenkirche, originally begun in the 11th century and eventually restored after complete destruction by bombing in 1945. Dresden is a beautiful city. We also spent some time in Berlin, our favorite European city (we honeymooned there in 1965); Eisenach (Bach’s birthplace); and Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Places we visited that we had never been to before included: Ljubljana, Slovenia; Opatija, Korcula, and Zagreb in Croatia; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Brno, Cesky Krumlov, and Pilsen in the Czech Republic. The Eurail Pass is great. … Until next time, let me hear from you. Pete

kids. … Ladder sequel: dick Koenig was involved in a similar incident several years ago, falling from a ladder while working with a chainsaw. What?! A chainsaw? This prompted a salty response from Jim Joyce wondering if Orange hadn’t taken one gridiron hit too many back in the leather-helmet era. Charlie englehart added he never climbs on his roof any more except when he has the occasional third martini, which does have that effect. … Speaking of Jim Joyce (author! author!), Jim’s Vietnam helicopter classic “Pucker Factor 10” was featured No. 1 for summer reading by McFarland military books. The website highlighted a spine-tingling excerpt of coordinated chopper attack and rescue that puts you in the cockpit with butterflies in your stomach. … Linda and dave Betz spent six idyllic weeks on Maui celebrating Linda’s return to health after a lengthy bout with pancreatic cancer and chemo. All four of their kids with families joined the fun for two weeks. I’m imagining Betz-mania aloha style. The Road to Hana was never so perilous. Dave remains an avid fisherman threatening sail fish in Central America, trout in New Zealand, and fly fishing at their house in central Oregon. Dave promises to attend our 50th reunion in 2014. I’m looking forward to one of his famous “keynote” speeches. … ’64G teaching assistants linda Vansteenhuyse Mcdevitt and Constance stefani Perkins continued their frequent adventures with a 14-day visit to Hawaii. They arrived at Carroll in 1962 and roomed in a huge apartment above Murray Hill with two other TAs, Bonnie Kunz and Maureen sullivan, each teaching undergrad classes and working toward their master’s. Connie welcomes any thoughts ([email protected]) about a 50th reunion of their fortuitous meeting in 1962. … Lastly, the fearless foursome of Bob runtz, ed Berleman, Jack Barrett, and Jim McGreal are punishing Windy City golf venues again, reportedly torturing the rules of golf on whims. Double the rangers and lock up the cart girls. … God bless all Streaks. Frank


Dick Conoboy
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Frank Kelley
607-648-5947 [email protected]

Working on ladders can be bad for your health. al rutledge was on the roof of his family room cleaning skylights when he became inspired – why not haul out the ladder and examine the gutters of the next level? Calamity came calling. He stumbled off the ladder, fell backward into a skylight, and was left dangling 10 feet above the family room floor. A fall was inevitable. Al’s only thought was “boy, this is gonna hurt.” Fortunately, there’s a happy ending: Our hero serendipitously emerged mostly unscathed, incurring only bruises and stitches in his finger. Moe, leave this stuff for your

dennis Mcseveney writes he retired a couple of years ago after a long and productive career at the University of New Orleans. Upon his retirement, the LSU system awarded him the titles professor emeritus of sociology, dean emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts, and associate provost emeritus. Dennis served as a member of the Council of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society, as its representative to the Association of College Honor Societies for many years. In February, he was elected president of the Association of College Honor Societies. Dennis also was elected treasurer of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and assumed that position in July. He’s also a member of the board of directors of the ACE Mentor Program in New Orleans. More importantly, he married Nance Harding, a psychotherapist with a private practice who works in the corporate sector, two years ago. … larry Guzy was nominated and elected a fellow in the Aerospace Human Factors Association, a branch of the Aerospace Medical


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Association. … And this from Marilyn hormann ’65G: “John Tarpey and Mark hanket are looking forward to our 50th Carroll reunion already and wonder how many of you might be interested in doing something extra. They’re thinking of a cruise or trip to somewhere exotic, departing from Cleveland the Sunday or Monday following reunion. John and Mark would like an indication of interest. If you’re so inclined, reply to Mark ([email protected]). Mark’s 50th high school reunion is in Columbus this year in mid-August. All of us probably have the honor of celebrating that milestone this year. Tempus fugit. … My 50th reunion from Cleveland Heights High School was at the end of July. In December, my wife and I will travel to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Before that, in late October, I plan to attend the 60year anniversary celebration of the Pershing Rifles at JCU. I’m looking forward to seeing some of you there. Dick


Peter French
440-734-5553 [email protected]


Dave Griffin
727-944-5229 [email protected]

If you missed the 45th reunion, you missed a great, fun time. We enjoyed being together. How JCU has changed. The class picture and dinner were the highlight of the events. I agree with a couple of you who said there didn’t seem to be enough time to talk and reminisce. The folks who attended are: Charlie Bartels, Pete Kassay-Farkas, Vince Basile, James Kennedy, Bill Buckley, dan Kush, John Byrnes, Bob Monnaville, richard Chervenak, Tom Cozzens, Fran nunney, Tony deCarlo, James o’Keefe, Bill drummond, Bill Patterson, John Fox, dan raleigh, rob searson, Gabe Varkonyi, larry henry, Jim adair, ron Gillenkirk, Tom Madden, Joe Frederick, John Morris and myself. The time between our picture and class dinner was a good time. We had a chance to talk with each other and catch up on our time since leaving JCU. The dinner was fine, so I don’t think they still have Saga Foods cook. Many of us learned Mike Murray died in March, so we had a moment of silence for him, Tim robertson, and other classmates who are deceased. Then, each man stood and talked about themselves, career, kids, grandkids, and what they’ve been doing since 1966. Many also touched on how JCU had affected their lives. It was good to hear all the successes our classmates have had. At night’s end, we said our goodbyes, and many were talking about the 50th. … I heard from Joe Frederick. He and John Morris were together again in June for the annual Memorial Golf Tournament. John has supplied the security for this event for the past several years. He and Joe make a time of it. I’m sad to report dick leopold died unexpectedly in April. Many of you know Dick was a county court judge in Ohio for 25 years until appointed as a federal administrative law judge in 1994. The spring of 2011 hasn’t been kind to our class. However, the 50th reunion in 2016 is coming. I hope to make another reunion before then, but I’m counting on being at the 50th. It’d be great to see everyone there. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and your families. Dave

I’m sure you’ve enjoyed what turned out to be a great summer. No complaints from this observer. … Remember, 2012 is our 45th reunion year. It’s difficult to believe, but it’s approaching fast. I want to see who in our class would like to set up a reunion committee to work on the event at Carroll. Our 45th should result in a large attendance. As a committee, we could discuss issues such as events on or off campus (a tour) and a class gift. Randomly, I’ve selected names of classmates who might be interested: Pete Bernardo, Bill ryan, Mark delong, Mike Mullin, Bob McFarland, John Winchester, sam Calacarro, Chris rodeno, and louis shainker. If interested, please contact me, and we can make initial plans. ... John Forhan made his yearly trip to Cleveland. Several alumni met with John at Muldoon’s for a catch-up session and report all is well with John. He mentioned he was honored by Antioch University Santa Barbara at the 2011 commencement ceremony. John was the first recipient of the Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching. John’s skills as an educator were acknowledged, as well as his deep caring of and commitment to every one of his students. Congratulations, John! … Speaking about education, yours truly was written about in Today @ Remington College in an article, “Criminal Justice Degree Instructor Shares 35 Years of Experience with Students.” One paragraph mentioned I’m involved in John Carroll’s alumni functions and I write a column for the alumni magazine. It’s good national publicity for JCU. … Some thing to look forward to: Pete Bernardo mentioned Carroll will celebrate the arrival of its first students 125 years after 1886 Sept. 6, 2011. There will be a Mass of the Holy Spirit at 4 p.m. at Gesu Church. We all can participate. … I sent a card from our class in memory of the recent deaths of Arthur Noetzel ’38 and Joseph Bombelles, long-time Carroll professors. … Look for the save-the-date information to arrive to all alumni announcing the JCU football game in Ireland in August 2012. I’ve already been asked for details by ’67 alumni who’d like to attend the event. … Have a great fall season and enjoy Blue Streak football. Keep the cards and notes coming. Peter

manager of its government business and before that was CA’s and United Technologies’ chief ethics and compliance officer. In February of 2011, Pat was the Verizon visiting professor at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. Pat and Anne live in McLean, Va., near their daughter, Beth, but Pat and Anne spend as much time as possible in their other home on Cape Cod near Meg. … I heard from friend, Joseph G. Brehl, who lives with his wife, Gretchen, in Washington, Pa. Joe told me about two more friends, Chris B. rich and his wife, Maureen, who live in Franklin, Mich., and Joe austin, who lived in Middleburg, Fla. Sadly, Joe passed away May 11, 2011. May Joe rest in peace. … Thaddeus F. Weselak, a former Buffalo Public Schools assistant principal, died in his home in Grand Island, N.Y. Thaddeus received a bachelor’s degree in English from John Carroll and a master’s in education administration from Buffalo State College. Thaddeus last worked at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and retired in 2000. Thaddeus enjoyed traveling with his family and was active in St. Stephen Catholic Church. He’s survived by his wife, the former Rosalyn Perry; and four sons: Timothy, Todd, Vincent, and Andrew. May Thaddeus rest in eternal peace. Jeff


Gerry Grim
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Jeff Hawk
317-845-4199 [email protected]

Onward, forward, upward with the class of ’68. … After his retirement in August of 2010 from CA Technologies, Patrick Gnazzo started a consulting business called Better Business Practices. Pat is a lifelong friend and National Society of Scabbard and Blade fraternity brother. I enjoyed serving as a Student Union senator with Pat, also a Student Union senator. Pat’s wife of 40 years, Anne, is an attorney and retired as the commissioner administrative services for the state of Connecticut. Pat and Anne have two daughters, Beth and Meg. Beth is an attorney for the Department of the Navy, where Pat started his legal career. Meg is an architect working for Talbots. During his last three years at CA, Pat was the general

Will you still love me when I’m 64? Well, here I am, 64 for 15 days, and I’m not feeling any love, except from a member of the class of 1968, Phil Giacinti, who sent me a special note of thanks for supporting the Fred Hartman ’68 scholarship. Thanks, Phil. I have nothing from fellow classmates, many of whom have reached 64. … I wasn’t feeling any love when I lost to Jim Brennan and John Kennedy on the 18th hole at a beautiful course in Detroit. david letscher, my golf partner, and I put in a good fight but lost to superior sandbaggers. (They played well, but defeat is hard two years in a row.) It was a great way to celebrate my 64th birthday. … Through Facebook, I found BJ lechner is still running Erie, Pa., and serves as the executive director of NWRC, a management consulting firm. BJ, please send me news about the crew in Erie. … Also through Facebook, one of the truly nice members of our class, denis delaney, is an owner of DSA, a professional training and coaching firm. Denis, I could’ve used coaching as I choked my way down the 18th fairway. … I could use a few prayers for a good friend of mine and classmate, Michael Magulick, as he battles a rare form of cancer. After the first seven weeks of treatment, all signs are good, but prayers will continue to help. … I’d love about 64 news items. Wishing you all great 64th birthdays. Grimmer


Ted Heutsche
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rich leusch was my roommate freshman year. Fr. Castellano, S.J., who knew my dad, Bob ’38, and Rich’s dad, Dick ’37, was instrumental in us rooming together. After graduation, Rich stayed in the Cleveland area and remained close friends with my brother, John Heutsche ’68. Fly fishing is a mutual activity they enjoy. Last fall, Rich, John and a group of friends,

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including John’s grandson, August Horstman, went on a fishing trip to Elk Creek in Pennsylvania. Because of swift currents, the group decided to abandon fishing that day and began wading across the 50-degree creek. Rich slipped, and his waders began taking on cold water. He hit his head on a boulder and was in danger of drowning as he was swept downstream by a swift current. August exited the creek, ran ahead of Rich, and was able to pull him ashore with a staff. August used his Boy Scout training and proceeded to treat Rich for hypothermia and shock with John’s assistance. This spring, August was recognized for his heroism by being awarded the Boy Scout of America Honor Medal upon recommendation of the National Court of Honor of the Boy Scouts of America. Naturally, his grandfather John, an Eagle Scout, was particularly proud of August’s achievement. … I received an email from ron Moeller: “Because I attended the night school, most people might not recognize me. The night school students graduated at different times, so there wasn’t much cohesion. My most memorable professor was Fr. Frank Gutowski, S.J., who taught physics. While he was greatly feared, I miraculously earned a “B” in physical mechanics. I credit the study group that met nightly. One of my cousins, Fr. Don Cozzens, is on staff at JCU. I received a good education there and am proud to have attended. I graduated in 1970 with a B.S. in physics. In 1986 I joined Varian Medical Systems in Palo Alto, Calif. I was the manager of advanced development and created the team that developed the multileaf collimator for the Clinac. The MLC was quite a feat of engineering (mechanical and electrical). We figured how to pack everything into a small volume while making the electronics immune from radiation. When I started at Varian, my managers used to laugh that my efforts wouldn’t bear fruit for 20 years because that was how long new technology took to be proven in cancer therapy. Little did they realize it’d be immensely successful for entirely different reasons and would only take a few years to attain almost 90-percent installation on Clinacs. I’m retired after 12 years of working in the semiconductor equipment business at AMAT, LAM, and Novellus.” Ted working with students with learning disabilities. … roger sowinski attended with his wife and two daughters. One daughter is a freshman at Ohio Northern, and the other is a freshman at Kent State. Roger merged his business with Asterion, which is based in Indianapolis. … Mark Plush, who’s on the board of University Hospitals, teaches a class at Carroll that’s part of the Boler School of Business and deals with controllership. … Mike Frederick and his wife are enjoying retirement. Mike retired from a teaching career in the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools. … Charlie algier, who’s attended every reunion since we graduated, is the operations manager for Mo Vaughn Transport in Solon, Ohio. … dave Price and his wife, Marcie, traveled from Michigan. They enjoy sponsoring Japanese students attending Michigan State University. Dave is the director of a group working with organizations dealing with those with disabilities. He and Marcie enjoy playing bagpipes and participating in community events with their bagpiping group. … Mary Jane strauss riddlebaugh medical codes and indexes children’s books. She attended with her husband, who’s retired. … Paul Pojman retired from Saint Mary School in Bedford, Ohio, after being the school librarian for 31 years. Though retired, Paul works as the museum librarian at the Bedford Historical Society. … rick Welchans, who lives within 40 miles of us in central Illinois, retired from the state of Illinois where he worked at Kickapoo State Park. He has taken a retirement job at the Lowes in Danville, Ill. His wife, Marj, works at Provena Hospital, also in Danville. … Next column, we’ll report on the rest of our classmates who attended reunion. lou dizenzo assures us he’ll be sending interesting stuff about all of them. Tom and Rosemary classmate of Shelly’s, also sent a note expressing her sorrow and fond memories. And donna Bowen Brown said watching them dance was like being on the set of American Bandstand. Longo summed it up best: “I’ll tell you, Johnny, as the years blow by and we meet more and more folks, we realize God sent a big chunk of the good guys and gals to one place – JCU.” … There’s been a sighting of Tom hill and Carroll running back Tim Andrassy ’70. They were caught dressed in drag – sunglasses, gowns, and tutus. It was part of the Western Reserve Junior Service League Variety show. neil Conway reported the sighting. I said, “Sick. Hill wore a gown in public.” And Neil told me it wasn’t that bad except Hill was wearing last year’s shade of chartreuse in chiffon.” … Tom ryan called. His youngest just graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law; his fifth (of six) daughter was married this summer; and his nephew, Kenny Ryan, is playing in the Pittsburgh Penguins system. … Charlie Carroll has been traveling to China (more than 40 trips) as a manufacturers rep in the foundry business. He and Mary Beth Chambers Carroll ’73 have been married for 38 years and have two grown daughters, a doctor whose a Notre Dame grad and a lawyer who’s a Stanford grad. (Got the brains from Mom, eh? Remember what I’ve been saying for 20 years: Carroll guys marry up.) … And Jerry albertini thanked me for putting him in touch with old GDI guy, and then he gave me a couple corrections from my last column. This right after Bertges wrote and mentioned he had a correction about who paid the bill the last time we met for lunch in D.C. Folks, the rules: no corrections, no facts; just rumor, innuendo, and good dirt. If you gotta problem wit’ dat, take it up with my agent Paul (Mouse) Magnotto at the reunion in June. See you there. JM


John M. Marcus
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Bob Larocca
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Tom and Rosemary Costello
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We had a great time celebrating our 40th reunion in conjunction with graduation weekend in May. We enjoyed two nights of music in the big tent on the Hamlin Quad, fireworks, and a power outage. Luckily, the power in the big tent wasn’t affected. More than 25 classmates joined us for the weekend. We’ll use this column and the next to update the class about news from those who attended. … Jim Mackey received the Alumni Medal on Friday evening at the Alumni Awards dinner. Jim’s many achievements and his commitment to Carroll were highlighted. Jim’s remarks especially were entertaining. Jim recalled asking his wife, Laura ’73, if she, in her wildest dreams, ever thought he would win this award. Laura responded that he was never in her wildest dreams. … Gretchen noetzel Walsh, who attended the reunion with her husband, is the director of the academic support center at Notre Dame College

So why come back in June for our 40th? Here’s a good reason: shelly (Morad) rambaldo sent me a note announcing the passing of her husband, Chuck, the day before his 61st birthday in February. Then I found out Hon. anne Conway lost her husband, Joseph Robinson, in May. Our prayers go out to Anne, Shelly, and their families. Around campus, Shelley and Chuck were not two people, they were like one. They were always together, especially shaking down the dance floor at mixers. They were just meant to be. Shelly said Chuck lost to cancer after never having been sick for 59 years. She asked me to pass on that Chuck wrote a book about his life, “A Man of His Word,” which is available on Upon hearing the news of Chuck’s passing, Bobby longo wrote, “losing TJ (russert), Marts (lindstrom), and Chucky all in a row is tough – all special characters who will be missed greatly.” Jack Bertges spent time with Chuck and Shelly at Russert’s Carroll Memorial Service, had a blast with them, and looked forward to seeing them at our 40th. doug Webber said something, but I couldn’t understand him, so he wrote it for me: “Chucky was a terrific guy, and it’s hard to think of him without thinking of Shelly. They were mesmerizing to watch on the dance floor.” (Chuck would have appreciated the Webber dig.) Marie d’amico Caratozzolo, a high school

Pete Fowler, senior counsel for enforcement at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, was appointed the regional intellectual property attaché for Southeast Asia. He transferred to his new position in the U.S. Commercial Service (foreign) in July 2011. He’s based at the Embassy of the U.S. in Bangkok, Thailand. He invites any JCU alum in the region to contact him. … Tom Malone continues to dominate as the hot topic while he continues his ‘pipe dream,’ playing with the Irish American Club Eastside Pipe Band in Indians Culture Day at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Earlier, his group took top honors at the Ohio Scottish Games. … Mike Boylan and his wife, Sue, live in Jacksonville, Fla. He’s the president/ CEO of WJCT-TV Public Broadcasting. … Keep the information coming, and don’t worry about my writer’s cramp. Rock on! Bob


Dave Robinson
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second semester. What was the initial in Dr. Alford’s first name? And, as part of our Fortran training in Dr. Alford’s class, we had to work a program on a machine in the top floor of the AD Building that transmitted the program electronically to the Science Center and back. What was the five-letter acronym for that machine? … I’ve given you my news, so how about some of yours? Pray for peace. Hi, Sam. RR

Molly ’75 and dave ’74 robinson hosted their annual John Carroll incoming freshman picnic at their home in bloomfield hills, Mich., July 30. Joined by tom Fanning and Jennifer easley from admissions, eight incoming freshmen and their parents were treated to a picnic and pleasant conversation welcoming them to John Carroll. From left: Joe henrichs, Kirstyn Miller, Joe sullivan, peter glaab, Jim heidt, Lauren Kelley, nicholas Lemanski, and Liam switalski.
Marlana: helping pitch a tent, sleeping in the upper berth of an RV, fishing using worm bait, riding in a canoe, and helping paddle one. Marlana described the trip as awesome. … Gary and Mary lynn (Crowley) laughlin’s oldest son’s wedding was Aug. 6. Fr. Bichl officiated. Mike and his wife, Robin, plan to live in the Cleveland area. Their younger son, Mark, is engaged to be married in July 2012. Mark is in his last year of veterinarian school at Ohio State. His fiancée, Danielle, graduated from vet school last year and is completing her residency program at OSU. Mary Lynn is planning to retire from her portfolio management career in October. … ed Kelly ran the Badwater Ultramarathon July 11-12 (toughest footrace on the planet) 135 miles through Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, Calif. Temps reached 122 degrees. He came in 25th out of 99. Ed will be competing in a few more 100-mile races this October and December. … Mike Bergerson and Chris schuba upheld the honor of the class of ’74 in an annual golf match against the class of ’72, featuring Bergy’s brother Marty ’72 and Pat Hogan ’72. No scores were shared for this column, but Bergy described the losing team’s performance as embarrassing. … ron deneweth is managing partner of Deneweth, Dugan & Parfitt, P.C., which specializes in construction, surety, and real-estate law. Ron, the new chairman of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, is especially proud of the YMCA’s Detroit Leadership Academy charter school in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods that opens its doors this fall to more than 200 kids. Ron shouts out kudos to his U-Club pals who donated significant funds to help with the Y’s playground and physical education programs. Ron also enjoys being an adjunct professor of construction law at Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing. Ron regularly meets up at Chris Schuba’s Lincoln Hall or Schuba’s in Chicago with his two children Ben and Tina who now live and work in the Windy City. … Van Conway’s son, Matt, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week the first week of March. Matt is a sophomore first baseman at Wake Forest. This summer, Matt was a member of the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Van’s company, Conway MacKenzie – a consulting firm in turnaround and crisis management, transaction advisory, litigation support, and valuation and forensic analysis services – was recognized by M&A Advisor as Turnaround Firm of the Year at the 2011 Turnaround Awards this past spring. Congratulations, Van! … In reply to a request for best memories at JCU: “Roses Farm” – Gary Laughlin; “being a part of two football conference championship teams” – Jeff hokl; and “exorcizing the devil out of Rodman Hall, can’t remember why, but we did” – Val street. Updates or best memories or stories are welcome always. Email me or send a message on Facebook by Sept. 30 for the winter issue. Robby

Diane Coolican Gaggin
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What a terrific 35th! It was wonderful to see all of you who attended and hear about your lives and share stories from yesteryear. We missed all of you who couldn’t be with us greatly. Thanks to norb Trocki and elaine Yeip, reunion co-chairs, who kept our committee – which included Jim Feigh, denny saunier, John Cunningham, Joy rogers, ray o’neill, Pat Behmer lonergan, don Maciejewski, Mike skerl, and Jay dzurilla – on track. We ended up with more than 55 alums plus spouses and significant others. Amazing turnout. The University was pleased with the size of our class gift, which totaled about $44,000. Way to go class of ’76! Everyone was enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and the food as they connected and reconnected with classmates. Several attendees mentioned how nice it was to be able to spend time and get to know people who they hadn’t been acquainted with when we were in school. One of the highlights of the weekend was our class dinner, which was had by candlelight because of an unexpected blackout on part of the campus. On this evening, Mary Jo Casserly hogan was inducted into the John Carroll ROTC Hall of Fame, an honor well-earned from her continuing service to our country. She was surprised by a note of congratulations from another classmate who was unable to attend the reunion because of work commitments as the commander of the U.S. Africa Command, General Carter ham. He reminisced about ROTC at Carroll and lauded Mary Jo for her unceasing dedication to duty. The gathered crowd was moved by his tribute. Congratulations, Mary Jo, and thank you for your service! … Heard from don Maciejewski, who has been honored yet again for his work in legal circles. This time, he has been inducted as a fellow into the Litigation Counsel of America. Wonderful work, Don. … Meg McCarthy Waters got in touch to say orientation would keep her from reunion this time because she would be at orientation with her daughter, who will attend Seattle University, another lovely Jesuit institution. She also sent word Judi Gorski will become commodore of the Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Harbor next year. She’ll be the first woman to hold the post since the club’s founding in 1922. … Bob Tullio just finished reading “The Unexpected Awakening” by our former classmate Pattie Wagoner, who left after our sophomore year. He recommends it. … Word has been received about the death of Jill Marie Brent. Our condolences to her friends and family. … Until next issue … Cools


Rick Rea
314-769-9451 [email protected]

The answer to my trivia question last time: Before John Carroll became co-ed, what did Fr. Jerry Clifford, S.J., require his finance students to wear? The answer: a coat and tie. I thought for sure eddie donnelly would’ve known that. Alas, there was no correct answer from the 1975ers or news. I received an email from Carolin Duncan ’73 thanking me for mentioning Fr. “Honeybear” Henninger in my last column. Carolin was a sociology department secretary from 1970 to 1973 and remembers Fr. Henninger fondly. … Congrats to Bishop neal Buckon on his recent appointment to serve God and our military. … After a lot of thought and prayer, I started my own business in April. I reacquired a Missouri producer’s license for life, accident, and health insurance and am working as an insurance broker. My company is called Talented Ethical Dedicated Services (T.E.D.S.). After more thought and prayer, my wife, Melissa, decided to return to solo dental practice by purchasing the assets of a retiring dentist. We closed on the practice and building in mid-July. My insurance office is in the lower level. We’re excited about our ventures. … I received an email from JCU that mentioned the deaths of Art Noetzel, Ph.D., ’38 and Joe Bombelles, Ph.D. Art was a skilled professor, and I’ll never forget the case studies we worked on in his business policies class. He made us focus on conducting business morally and ethically, a high standard that few companies practice today. … OK, put your thinking caps on tight, I have a two-part trivia question this time. Dr. Alford taught a dataprocessing class that freshmen who contemplated applying to the Boler School of Business had to take


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Tim Freeman
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Here’s the latest … Bill Peruzzi added a new title at the University of Miami Hospital – vice chief medical officer and executive medical director, critical care services. Congrats, Bill. ... John Martin departed the Ohio Lottery Commission as deputy director, office of sales management to start his own business, Martin Sales Consultants. John is helping small businesses improve by increasing new business opportunities and managing the sales process more effectively. ... Laura and Jack Blackburn and Jane ’79 and Phil simon were interested spectators at JCU’s commencement, witnessing the graduation of Kevin Simon ’11 and Dan Blackburn ’11. Congratulations! Did I miss any other graduating sons or daughters of our classmates? Let me know. ... Jeff shibley’s son, David, is a freshman at Cleveland St. Ignatius High School this fall. ... Thanks to the awesome Carroll ’81 leadership of Mike Schmidt, Tom Hartnett, and Nick Iarussi, the IChis celebrated a combined 52 year IXY reunion, a return to Roses, and JCU’s 125th anniversary. More than 50 participated, including classmates Jack Blackburn, Brian Farrell, Jim Gentile, earl hamlin, Kevin McCarthy, Chris Parrilli, steve ryan, larry Wyrobek, and me. Some of the attendees hadn’t visited JCU for more than 30 years and enjoyed a walk around the beautiful campus. With activities including an IXY tent (strategically located near the Belvoir security guard shack), a big check for the IChi Scholarship Fund and trips to Roses and other landmarks, it was an unforgettable weekend. dave Briggs and many others on campus visited. ... Mike Merriman, who’s operating advisor at Resilience Capital Partners, is involved in many community projects. In 2008, Mike founded True Hero, a growing showcase for student community service projects on the Internet. Since going live in early 2009, more than 65,000 people have voted for one of the 115 student community service projects posted on the website, and more than 15,000 have viewed a service project video linked to YouTube. Prizes totaling $20,000 will be awarded for the 2011-2012 school year. Classmate rich Bongorno also is a trustee of this impressive program. … Thanks for writing. Tim

the first time in 25 years to celebrate Carroll’s 125th anniversary. Danita lives in Bedford Heights, and Jim is an internal medicine physician with University Hospitals in Mentor, Ohio. No class of ’79 members was sighted at the Friday tent celebration. Maybe next year? … John ehrman’s daughter, Angela, competed as Ms. Spring in the Miss Texas pageant Sept. 4. … Michael allison was promoted to executive vice president, human resources for Office Depot. Michael joined the company in 2007 as vice president. … James danko was named the new (21st) president of Butler University in Indianapolis. For the past five years, Jim has been dean of the Villanova School of Business. Jim’s experience with community involvement at Carroll was an important factor in his decision to work at Butler where students actively participate in community projects. That, and basketball! “Like so many people in this country, my awareness of Butler was sharpened in 2010 with the success of the basketball team,” Jim said. “I was especially impressed by the stories I heard about the academic attributes of the student athletes.” Congratulations to Michael and Jim! … Bruce and Cathy (dinkel) newell’s daughter, Betsy, was married at their home in Kendall, N.Y., during Memorial Day weekend. After a rainy and cool spring in the Northeast, Mother Nature finally cooperated. The skies cleared for a beautiful day and a fabulous celebration. … So what’s your news? We’d love to hear from you. Drop me a line ... Every five while we’re alive. Ciao. Nancy


Bob Hill
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It’s been 30 years since our graduation, and I’m told the next 30 will go faster. Most of us will be in our 80s by then. I received great notes from you this past month. … Fritz linsenmeyer is in Youngstown, Ohio, in charge of the 910th Airlift Wing at the Air Reserve Station. The 910th is a C-130 Wing assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command. Fritz and his wife, Judi, have been married 27 years, and they have two children. ... I also heard from sophia Kus ’81G, who was surprised by a celebration at Dino’s in Solon, Ohio, in recognition of her 30 years as a career administrator in higher education, 23 of them at JCU. The party was hosted by Carol Kerrett ’81G. Many JCU retirees attended. Among them are Lisa Heckman, Marilyn DeBaltzo, Elaine Goss, Marge Mauk, Ethel Epstein, Betty Zienkowski, and Barb Mahoney. ... From Arizona, Pete langenhorst is with Chevrolet as a sales director. Pete’s wife, Beth, opened a music store in Anthem, Ariz. They have three children: Julie, Jack, and Steven. ... I received a note from dan Colleran, who works as a project coordinator for Medical Mutual in Cleveland. His wife, Rosemary, is a nurse at Lakewood Hospital. Their daughter, Joan, a seventh grader, qualified as an Ohio representative for the National History Day Competition by compiling a website presentation about the Cuyahoga River fire. ... Joy (hotchkiss) daudlin was sorry she missed the reunion. Joy and her husband, Dan ’79, have three children, Billy, a junior at Carroll; Caroline, a sophomore at Carroll; and Tommy, the 9-year-old athlete who tries to keep everyone in the family remaining young. ... I hope you have a great fall and remember to stay in touch. By the time you read this, my Packers will be on their way to another Super Bowl victory. You can find me at www. or tweet @robertwinthrop. Bob


Matt Holtz
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I ran into Mary Martinez Gierth at Gesu in April. She was in town visiting her daughter. Mary and her husband live in San Antonio and enjoy the warmer weather but miss their families in the North. … I was thrilled to run into linda Ganzhorn Kupiec at a party in the spring. She continues to make progress after a serious accident, when she was hit by a car while walking her dog. Keep up the good work, Linda. You’re doing fabulous. … It was an honor and a privilege to represent our class, along with danita Thomas and Jim senft, in the parade of alumni at commencement this past May. It was a wonderful celebration, and it was great to be a part of it. Reunion and commencement were held together for

I hope most of you have enjoyed your summer with vacations and family activities. I happened to manage my twins’ little league baseball team as I have for the past couple of summers in Rocky River, Ohio. It’s always been rewarding to see kids develop, learn new skills, and make new friends. This summer was all that and a little more as the team won the championship. My two sons, Adam and Patrick, were on The Urgent Care team in Rocky River Little League Major Division capping off a successful season with a World Series win. ... LinkedIn provided new info about a few of our classmates. Bob donelan is the chief financial officer and director of operations at Resource Systems, which is located in New Concord, Ohio, near Columbus. Resource Systems provides software to long-term care facilities to document care and condition of residents. ... don McGuire, who’s a managing partner at DMM Advisors in the New York City area, works with shareholders, company boards, and management teams to develop companies in achieving performance objectives. ... Tina romanoallen is a self-employed senior human resources professional. Tina markets her human resources and consulting skills with companies and individuals. She’s also a cultural transition representative for International Professional Relations, providing personal and cultural orientation services to international employees and expatriates. ... Joe hubach is a senior vice president, secretary, and general counsel at Texas Instruments. Joe joined the company in 1984. ... Feel free to drop me a line anytime. MFH


Paul Hulseman
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Mark Basso’s Autobahn Country Club of Joliet (Ill.) was featured in the Chicago Tribune in early July. It’s the perfect spot to get your motor running. Mark opened the club in 2004 on 360 acres of farmland and forest in rural Joliet. The club features two road courses: one of 1.5 miles on the north portion of the club and one of 2.2 miles on the south portion. Then there are the garage mahals as he likes to call them. Members can buy a lot and build a garage at their cost for their cars – 62 lots have been bought for that purpose, but there also are shops on-site where members can store their cars and have them worked on if they don’t have their own garage. … Author! Author! ann Zerovnik Wachter recently published “Catharsis,” a story about a girl who has struggled through significant family issues while trying to lead a normal life. Ann’s goal is to show how self-understanding can help people come to terms with their past and find encouragement to face their own struggles. You can find “Catharsis” at ... Thanks to Katie Grace Brandt, I was in Cleveland in May for the Alumni Awards dinner. The campus was buzzing with activities as JCU celebrated reunion weekend for the 1s and 6s combined with


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graduation and a communitywide celebration of the University’s 125th anniversary. The IXYs also celebrated in typical IXY fashion. They chartered a bus for the weekend and visited some favorite hangouts from our college days. Bill Bolton, dave schmidt, Bob Parrilli, and Paul olexa led the charge for the class of ’82. No spouses invited – draw your own conclusions. … Tim o’Callahan has changed hat racks. He’s now the senior director for National Development at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. I guess he was tired of the 20-minute commute to St. Ignatius High School and decided to cut that in half from his University Heights homestead. … Cheryl domasinsky eynon has become an eternal networker as she looks for that next employment opportunity after Novelis closed their Cleveland offices. In addition to her M.B.A. from Ursuline, Cheryl completed hospice volunteer training and has started seeing patients. If you’re looking for an experienced HR professional, HD is the person you need. … Back to the Alumni Awards dinner. I was honored to be honored for writing this column. As I mentioned that night in an extremely concise acceptance speech, I’m woefully unable to repay John Carroll for the many blessings I’ve received from our alma mater. This column is another blessing for me. Onward on. Paul prayers to rosemary (Gibbons) Fox on the passing of her father this spring. Don sent three girls to JCU. Rosemary and Tom Fox’s son, Rory, is in Chicago at Northern Trust Bank. Son Sean will be a junior at the University of Michigan, and daughter Elizabeth is a junior at Academy of the Sacred Heart in Detroit. More tuition for Tom, who’s a partner at CM Profit Group. Rosemary is a college counselor. … Maureen (Fallon) adler teed-up at 5:15 a.m. on the longest day of the year and played in the Summer Solstice Golf Challenge at Bob-O-Link Golf Course in Avon, Ohio. Mo played golf for 16 straight hours without surrendering a swing until sundown. She hit them straight for 34 holes until losing that first Titleist. Maureen was featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer June 26. Google it to read about her experience. … Friend me on Facebook, and tell me something good. Mark investment in Arizona. You might have spotted Barry when he was interviewed last summer on CNN about the economic impact of Arizona’s immigration law. … It’s time for the next turn in our lives (our third since graduation). During the next year, most of us will be turning 50. How are you marking your decade? Don


Diane (Nerem) Wendel
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Mark Schroeder
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It was a fun summer watching classmates receive happy 50th birthday wishes. I’m holding out until mid-September. … I was unable to attend the 125th anniversary of JCU at reunion but heard it was an impressive celebration. … We have classmates to celebrate: Although unable to attend, Col. Michael F. Campbell was presented the Campion Shield at the Alumni Awards dinner in May. Congrats Michael, and thank you for your service. … Michael samerdyke needs Ty Pennington to build an addition for the second place awards for his original poetry, “The Monsters Were Due On Maple Street” and “Moya Sestra.” … John russell, The Indianapolis Star investigative reporter, was named Indiana Journalist of the Year and took first place in investigative reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. John saved taxpayers after being on the hook for cost overruns of the construction of a $3-billion power plant. John started as a Carroll News reporter and news editor. … ernest dempsey was promoted to VP of New Millennium Capital Corp. in Montreal. … Surprise for me: While auctioning for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation’s gala in April, I looked at a man I know but couldn’t place. Finally, it clicked. It was Todd Teter, the president of the JDRF board. Todd is vice president and general manager of U.S. Wholesale at Moen in North Olmsted, Ohio. It was great seeing Todd and meeting his wife. … It took 31 years to get baseball teammates Dave Bassi ’81, Mike Borrelli ’80, and me together for three comical hours of crying laughter with the Count and Speedo. … sheila (Bigane) Bauschelt is a proud mom. Her son, Andrew, was in CBS’s “One Shining Moment” wrap-up production of the NCAA Tournament in March. Sheila wrote: “That was my highlight. I could care less who won.” … Sadly, our parents are getting older, too. Condolences and

Remember the speech Tom Guarente gave at our graduation? He mentioned his future desire to run for public office. That someday arrived this summer when he announced his intention to run as a Republican for the U.S. Congress in Ohio’s 10th Congressional District. Check out his candidacy’s website at www. “It’s time to engage and energize the resources of this great region by building bridges to tomorrow,” says Tom, an experienced businessman who’s worked for Silicon Valley-based technology companies for more than 25 years. Currently, he’s a sales leader at Cisco Systems and president of the board of directors for LifeWorks Ohio. He serves on various committees at his parish, St. Angela Merici in Fairview Park, Ohio, the city where he and his wife of 24 years, Bridget, and their three children reside. Their son Michael is starting his senior year at Xavier University. He’s pursuing music and film and creating the first running sitcom for Xavier TV. Michael had a summer production assistant internship in New York City. Daughter Sarah continues to sing publicly at venues such as The Q (God Bless America and the National Anthem) and is attending Carroll this fall after graduating from Cleveland’s Saint Joseph Academy. (This reminds me of her father’s famous recreation of Michael Jackson videos at our basketball halftimes.) The youngest child, Jimmy, plays lacrosse and hockey. Bridget volunteers as a group leader for the Spiritual Exercises program of St. Ignatius at St. Ignatius High School and recently chaired the Saint Joseph Academy annual fundraiser. … San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. announced Barry Broome was selected from a national search to become the company’s new president and CEO. However, The Arizona Republic reported Barry decided to remain in Phoenix where he and wife, Beth (heffernan), live with their three children, aged 13 to 18. He has been at the helm of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council for more than six years. During his tenure, Barry led to the attraction of more than 160 companies, creating more than 30,000 jobs and $6.5 billion in capital investment in Greater Phoenix. Among his accomplishments: He orchestrated the passage of one of the largest incentive offerings in the U.S., a $350-million tax credit to stimulate renewable energy

Fall reminds me of new beginnings with the start of a school year. Congratulations to david r. styka. Family Dollar named him vice president of finance. Quoted in Business Wire: “Dave has made significant contributions to our finance organization, and the promotion reflects our continued commitment to the needs of the business and our ongoing initiatives. Mr. Styka joined Family Dollar in 2008 as divisional vice president - tax. Before joining Family Dollar, he spent 15 years at Wellman. Mr. Styka earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from John Carroll University and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University.” … Tony Negrelli ’83 has been named president of Clinton Aluminum & Stainless Steel. Negrelli joins Clinton from Alcoa’s Global Extrusions division. Previously, he was with Copper and Brass Sales, a division of ThyssenKrupp North America. During his 23-year career with Copper and Brass Sales, Negrelli helped grow the organization’s sales and develop new product lines to increase business. … On a sad note, Peggy Bertsch Currier’s mother passed away in June after a long illness. May Patricia Ann née Masline rest in peace. Peggy is living as an expatriate in Shanghai with her husband, Joe, and daughter, Grace. Peggy wrote: “Shanghai is a lot of fun. It’s an enormous city and makes New York seem small. I’d compare it to Los Angeles because of the Western styles and the haute couture dress. There are amazing restaurants and lots of nightlife for the young and single. Buildings are going up everywhere constantly. Everything is brand new and beautiful or like third world with shacks and poverty. There’s not a lot of Chinese history or culture on display here unless you visit a museum. They’re in the tear-itdown-and-build-a-skyscraper phase. The air is scary smoggy. That and the fear of all the food are what stress me out. Grace doesn’t have snow days at school, but they have smog days where they have to have recess inside. She had 10 smog days in a row, and we live outside the city where the air is supposed to be cleaner. Summer came at the beginning of May, and it’s been hot ever since. It’s supposed to be the rainy season, but we’re having a drought this year.” … As a former KDKA-TV employee, Meg Flaherty huwar is in business for herself in public relations. Check out her website, … Mike ’83 and Teri (Johnson) long’s daughter, Chelsie, finished her freshman year at JCU and loved it. Daughter Anna is a sophomore in high school and playing volleyball, and Mitchell is 13 and entered 8th grade this fall. … My computer crashed without a back-up this spring, and I lost a few pieces of information for which I apologize. Please send that information again. … Continue to keep Mary Pat Bluemle Maretz’s family in your prayers so her brother Tom ’91 may recover completely. I’ll close with this thought of the day by Dr. Seuss: “Be who

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you are, and say what you think, because those who care, don’t matter, and those who matter, don’t care.” Hugs and friendship to all. Diane

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“Staying connected to John Carroll enables the next generation of alumni to have the same extraordinary experiences my father and I enjoyed. My gift to the Carroll Fund is a great opportunity to enhance the John Carroll family now and in the future.”
Jamie Megeath Jamison ’88 Board member, John Carroll University National Alumni Association and Carroll Fund donor


Gigi Togliatti-Rice
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Beth (Bonanno) Hausoul
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It was great to see and catch up with everyone at our 25th reunion. For those of you who missed the event, we hope to see you at the next one. They’re always so fun. We caught up with John and debbie (o’donnell) scanlon, who are busy with kids in high school and going off to college. They looked like they were enjoying the time off and their friends, including Mike and eileen (Weaver) nieset. Just like one big happy family, Jenny (laBuda) Prangle, Karen Judy, luann (Mayle) Gable, Karen (delserone) Gust, Maria (amelio) Magee, ann sutphin nock, Mary (hoenig) Ward, Cathy (Coyne) Walsh, and eileen Gerity attended. rita (schafer) Carroll, Cynthia (Valena) Bellian, deedee deGidio, reuben Chen, Peggy (rydzel) Grzywacz, Gabby orlando, and ann (daley) smrekar also enjoyed the festivities. It was great Paula (Zerbi) reape and susan (Menner) stojanovski were able to come. We caught up and shared many laughs with Paul Volpe and Carol rowand-Volpe and suzanne Conroy. sherry (Guido) Forner, who’s always fun, was with Maureen (Turney) Guise and a few friends, who looked like they were having a great time. It’s always nice to see howie Collins, luke Baum, Brian donnelly, Charles riley, John Weaver, and Bob Conrad. It was wonderful to catch up with Bob sferra, who looked great. I’m still using the cookbook he made us for the 20-year reunion. ... It was great to receive a couple of emails this time around. The first was from Paulette duganier Pidala, who married her high school sweetheart and will be celebrating 20 years of marriage in October. They have three kids: Joseph (18), Angela (16), and Anna (10). “I can’t believe I have a son going off to college,” Paulette says. “It makes me think about all of our fun times at JCU.” ... The second email was from Chris (o’Brien) Kramer, who’s working along with her husband, Rich, and several other JCU grads to increase awareness of John Carroll. They went to Chicago with Fr. Niehoff to Joanie and Jim Dowdle’s beautiful home for cocktails and a fabulous dinner. Jim and Joanie are looking for schools for their second oldest, Charlie. Attendees Mary Margaret and H. Collins are busy with their son’s summer baseball and their puppy. Jim Donahue ’85 and his wife, Mary, are still living in LaGrange and busy with teenagers. Sue ’84 and Bill Donnelly ’83 are also looking at schools with their twin daughters, Libby and Grace. Bill just became a JCU board of trustee member. Mike O’Grady ’84 and his wife, Kelly, and Bennett Weiss ’84. The conversation of the evening involved asking grads to help JCU re-engage it’s alumni to get the city clubs active again and to help excite local kids about coming to Carroll. ... If anyone was missed, we apologize, but that means you have to send something for the next edition. Gigi and Beth

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Sue Farinacci Grazia
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I hope everyone had a great summer. I sure did. I attended reunion with John’s ’86 class. That’s the great thing about marrying someone from a different Carroll class – I get to attend two reunions, back-to-back, and know everyone. We had a great time. The ’86 reunion committee did an awesome job. I can’t wait for our 25th next year and hope to see you there. By the way, I plan to hand off the column to someone new at reunion 2012. anne redmond handed off the column responsibility to me at our 15-year reunion. Now I’ll do it at our 25th. Any takers? ... What a better way to start this column than with an update about one of the best of our class – scotty labuda. I know Scotty is well known and loved and always a pleasure to speak with. Congratulations to Scotty, who just published his first book, “The Color of People,” in May. It’s a simple story with the message that we were all born with the perfect skin color. What’s great is it’s a kids’ book for adults. Kids love the illustrations, and adults are excited to read the book with their kids because of the message. It can be purchased online at or and at The Learned Owl in Hudson, Ohio, and Mac’s BacksBooks on Coventry in Cleveland Heights. If you’re at the Southpark Mall in Strongsville, Ohio, stop in to pick up a copy at Cali Juice and say hi to Scotty. Not only is Scotty an entrepreneur (with his brothers) operating a smoothie bistro in Strongsville, he’s a published author. We wish you much success Scotty. ... I also heard from Colleen Barrett larkey, who’s living in Chicago with her husband, Ken, and three daughters: Megan (6), Shannon (6), and Grace (5). Colleen started a business, called Sugar Creek Bedding, a few years back for children’s custom bedding and room décor. She has a line of handmade girl’s clothing, Sugar Creek Kids. Visit Colleen’s clothing shop at Colleen met JCU girls for a weekend at Kelleys Island in July. Along for the fun were Margaret Cornillie Kealy, Lisa Cappello Abood ’86, Missy Gaffney deGennaro, and Marie Koch Foe ’85. Tons of fun was had by all. ... Finally, an update about Carolyn (Peters) haas from her husband Peter ’89. The Haas family moved from Temple, Texas, (Peter was stationed at Ft. Hood) to Manassas, Va. The couple has four children: Stephanie (17), who will be attending JCU this fall; David (15); Anthony (12); and Charlie (2). Carolyn, who’s a speech pathologist, is a stay-at-home mom again since the birth of Charlie. ... I hope to hear from some of you soon. Missy Gaffney, I emailed you, and I’m still waiting. Keep the news coming. Sue

As August approaches, I look back on what a quick summer we had. The rainy spring made the summer go way too fast. Soon it will be CYO sports time, and all us parents can relive the nightmare that’s multiple practices in multiple locations and games every weekend at different fields. Ah, the joys of fall. That said, I’ve had a busy summer with lots of travel, so I didn’t have much time to contact you. I received correspondence from those I reached out to. … Brad Gosser and his wife, Joan, moved into their new digs earlier this year in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Congrats, Gossers. ... John Fox is building a state-of-the-art Chevrolet showroom in Rochester, Mich., and I hoped to have seen when we made our annual trip to the Fox’s for some R&R. ... I wish I had more to report, but that’s it for this column. I promise to reach out to several of you for the next column. Drop me a line anytime. God bless. David


Melissa Wenzler
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Fr. Brian Hurley ’90 (left) celebrates Mass at the cathedral in thailand.
their fourth child into the world June 13, 2011. Ella Anne joins her two big sisters and one big brother. Congratulations, and I hope you’re all getting much needed sleep. ... dean lucente was named chief revenue officer of Net Element, a media technology company in Miami. In his new role, he oversees all sales, marketing, and communications for the digital destinations publisher and Internet services provider. Congratulations on your promotion. ... eric lochner works for Kenexa, a global provider of business solutions for human resources. In March, he was named to the newly created position of president, global talent management. Sounds like a great opportunity. Congratulations, Eric. ... Keep the news and notes coming. Email, text, or send a message on Facebook. Cheers. Melissa

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Christine Horwath Gawronski
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David Gassman
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“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson ... Several members of our class were on the move this spring and summer. Chris and I and our children spent Easter weekend in Washington with the Wenzler family (Martin ’64). One of the highlights was going to Easter Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Cathedral. Presiding over our Mass was classmate, Fr. Greg schenden, S.J. Holy Trinity, which is a gorgeous cathedral run by the Jesuits in Georgetown, is where Tim Russert’s ’72 funeral took place. It was an honor and a privilege to worship with Fr. Schenden. ... Pittsburgh and U2 seem to be a good combination for reuniting JCU friends. Chris and I went to the U2 concert in July at Heinz Field. We met larry and Jane (Wagner) nicolette at the Jerome Bettis Grille before the show. While there, we ran into Chris Jamison, sitting two tables over from us. Also in the crowd were Tom ’91 and Amy (Jowett) ’93 Larkin. ... Gary ritter dropped me a note on Facebook about his travels. In 2010, he visited Oslo, Norway, on an academic trip. In June, Gary and his wife, Hannah, visited Ireland while Gary presented a paper at a European political science conference, which was held at the Guinness Storehouse brewery in Dublin. I want a job like that! Other stops on the trip included kissing the Blarney Stone, visiting Killarney, and biking around the Gap of Dunloe. ... Chris and halle (sharapan) Torockio, along with their son, Giovanni, spent the month of July in Ireland. Chris, a professor, runs a creative writing study abroad program. Home base for the Torockios during the month was Dublin, but they did quite a bit of traveling around the Emerald Isle. Like Gary, all three visited the Blarney Stone and kissed it for luck. Other sites they visited included Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s house. ... Fr. Brian hurley paid a visit to Mike schilling in Bangkok, Thailand, in July. He spent almost 10 days in Thailand. Some of the highlights of his trip included celebrating Mass at the cathedral where Mike and his, wife, Whan, were married, visiting the palace in Bangkok, and taking a trip to the beaches of the Hua Hin region. ... Mary ’91 (Collins) and Paul szablowski welcomed


Liz (Phillips) Hartranft
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Wow! What an amazing 20th reunion. The alumni office did an outstanding job of organizing the class reunions while the University was in the middle of graduation weekend. I was skeptical about how they were going to manage, but they did. An enjoyable evening was had by all, except when the University lost power around 6 p.m. Those staying in the dorms had to improvise, which meant ditching the hair dryer and heading to happy hour. Girls (Teresa, Cheryl, Shannon, and Molly), you looked fabulous. The class of ’91 had a great turn out. I overheard someone say we looked pretty good after 20 years, and I agree. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to talk to everyone, so please drop me a line and let me – then ultimately the class – know what you’ve been up to. … First up are the Quinns. aJ and Judy (Beringer) live in Akron with their four kids ages 4 to 15. … Mark Postak has been teaching upper-level math in Wadsworth, Ohio, since we graduated and is the girls’ basketball coach. … I heard through the grapevine Mary (Collins) szablowski couldn’t attend reunion because she was having baby No. 4. Congratulations! … Terry McCabe lives in Park Ridge, Ill., with his wife and 6-year-old daughter. … As always, it’s fun to run into
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Heather and Tim Connor. Although we both live in Avon, Ohio, it usually takes a JCU event to catch up. Tim and Heather have four girls ages 10, 8, 4, and 2. … Next up, Mike and Colleen (Kearney) sommerfeld. Colleen works in admissions at Hathaway Brown in Shaker Heights, Ohio. They have four kids – Kalie (11), Nate (9), Meghan (7), and Maeve (5). … sara (howley) Callari is chief communications officer for Broward Health in Florida. … Carmina (Cunanan) Minder lives in University Heights and has two girls and a boy ages 12, 6, and 5. … lisa (Costantini) Groewa lives in Sagamore Hills, Ohio, and has two daughters. Lisa is controller for Lake Business Products and has worked for the company for 18 years. … Tara (o’neill) lavelle lives in Avon (another neighbor) and has two kids. … Jim smith, who works for Nationwide Insurance, lives in Pittsburgh and is married with three kids. … And finally, Patrick o’leary lives in Birmingham, Mich., and doesn’t like insurance, which is a little awkward because I’ve been an insurance broker for the past 20 years. Liz senior vice president. With 16 years of experience in commercial real estate sales and leasing, Rob will continue to oversee the sales and leasing component for the company along with his new responsibilities. ... I hope to see you on campus soon. Jim along with Cleveland Heights. Before that, he was an assistant coach at Euclid for two years. He has head coaching experience with Cuyahoga Heights, Hawken School, and Berkshire. ... Only those few reports this time around so please drop me a line via email, Facebook, snail mail, or even a phone call would be great. Take care. Julie


Julie (Roddy) Reardon
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Jim Sislo
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I hope this update finds you well. It seems there was a drought of news from our class and then, like all the rain we had in Cleveland in April and May, it’s been a downpour. It’s great to hear from all of you. Here’s the latest. … I received a note from scott Tennant, who started as vice president of marketing and communications at OneCommunity, a Cleveland nonprofit that works to accelerate the use of information technology in Northeast Ohio to drive economic development and improve health, education, and government services. This is a great opportunity for Scott after 4.5 years in the public affairs department at the Cleveland Foundation. Scott runs across JCU alums all the time. On the home front, Scott and his wife, Terry, live in Wickliffe. “We’ve both lived there our entire lives with our five children: Elissa (16), Chloe (14), Jared (12), Melanie (10), and Jack (5),” Scott says. “Elissa is a junior at Wickliffe High School and knee deep in her college search. John Carroll is on her list.” It’s great to hear that Scott is managing his home and work life so well. ... I was happy to hear Mathew and Megan Marie argie Cox were married at St. Paul Shrine in Cleveland. Megan is a speech and language pathologist at the Millridge Center for the Hearing Impaired in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, and Mathew is an account director for CA Technologies, a maker management software. The story of how they met is amazing, but because of limited space, I can’t give you all the details. If you’d like to read about it, please visit Congratulations to Megan and Mat! ... anton Zuiker, who started a new job at Duke University as director of communications for the department of medicine, marked 10 years as a blogger and organized ScienceOnline2011 (fifth annual international meeting about science and the Web). Anton and his wife, Erin Shaughnessy Zuiker ’95, a health-care attorney, welcomed Oliver Anton Zuiker to the world (joining Anna and Malia). I don’t know how he fits it all in, but always Anton has been a success. ... I learned robert Mcdonnell of the Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. was promoted to

I hope you this finds you well. For those of you who read my winter update about Mary Kay (hirsch) hendershot, I bring you an update from her: “I’m a preschool special education teacher in Cleveland and received my master’s in that. My kids are 5 (Jack) and 3 (Ava). I’m returning to work in the fall for Cleveland and have been in remission for almost a year. Let people know they can help by becoming a bone marrow donor or encouraging their pregnant friends to donate their umbilical cords for free after delivery. I received a cord blood transplant, and the match was almost perfect. It’s not an ethical matter because most cords are just thrown away after delivery. Different ethnicities have a difficult time receiving a match.” Thank you for your response Mary Kay, I’m glad that you are doing better. ... Ken and laura (Willig) Miller welcomed their third child on Halloween in 2010. Andrew Joseph (AJ) was 7 lbs. 10 oz. at birth. Ken and Laura also have twins who turned three in this past July. Julia and Ian are looking forward to preschool in the fall. Laura retired after 14 years working at a consulting firm and is enjoying her time as a full-time mom. ... Lastly, from Meltwater News, andy suttell acknowledged he’ll be the next boy’s varsity basketball coach at Cleveland Heights High and will leave the Euclid team, which he has led for the past three years. “An opportunity presented itself,” Suttell said. “Ultimately, it’s a good move for me and my family.” Suttell will be a teacher in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights system, but an exact position hasn’t been specified yet. He taught sixth-grade math in Euclid. “I’m excited,” he said. “Any time you step into a program rich in talent and tradition is exciting. It’s a unique and exciting opportunity.” Suttell had a record of 38-27 with Euclid, which plays in the Lake Erie League

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Maureen “Moe” McGuinness
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Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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Like many of you, I spent part of my summer preparing for and attending my 20-year high school reunion. At least six of my old high school buddies attended Carroll, and knowing I had my JCU column deadline looming, I was hoping to run into Michael lembach, Jennifer (lembach) auld, Tara Meyerrobson, sara (Mitchell) ohlin, Katie (Powers) Vitatoe, and Kelly (Miller) stukus. Out of this bunch, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Katie and her husband, Steve Vitatoe, who looks exactly the same. Kelly Miller Stukus was vacationing with her family in the Outer Banks and couldn’t attend, but she was nice enough to send an email. She continues to work for Cleveland Heights/University Heights City School District as the coordinator for elementary literacy. David ’92 works for TravelCenters of America. Their children, Lilly and Henry, are 5 and 2. ... I continue to be inspired by Tara Meyer-Robson, who’s a motivational speaker, author, creator, and CEO of The Flow Method. She and her husband live in Florida. ... I’d love to hear from Jennifer, Sara, and Michael, so if you read this column, email me an update, and I’ll be sure to include your news. ... Just one more thing to report: It’s possible to make a career out of your favorite pastime. Matt durbin is living proof. He’s a 15-year marketing veteran and, effective June 13, has been named vice president of marketing for Brunswick Bowling - Retail. Matt has been in the hospitality industry for years. Before Brunswick, he was the vice president of marketing for Fox and Hound Restaurant Group, where he led the marketing efforts of 145 Fox and Hound, Bailey’s, and Champps Americana restaurants. Matt, who has a unique perspective for this job, is an avid league bowler. He used to edit Bowling Center Management magazine. He’s also the son of Hall of Fame bowler, Mike Durbin, ranked by the Professional Bowlers Association as the 22nd greatest bowler in PBA history. Congratulations, Matt. ... That’s all I have this time. Keep emailing. Annie


Amy Spisich Kogovsek
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Laura (Willig) Miller ’93 with her children – Ian, AJ, and Julia – on Super Bowl Sunday

Chris Green completed his 19th year as men’s basketball PA announcer at JCU. He and his wife live on the West Side of Cleveland with their five children: Lily (3), Brendan (4), Grace (9), Emily (14), and John (15). Chris keeps in touch with J.J. Richardson ’97, getting together for concerts and


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may be doing a book signings in the area. Stay tuned. ... I’m sending this column in just before sarah lundeen’s wedding, so I should have more details next issue. Brian

Mike ’96 and Maryann Sekerak welcomed baby No. 9, Allison Rose, into the family Dec. 7, 2010.
hockey games. ... Gregory Gleine married Cara Cherrison Oct. 23, 2010, at the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus in Cleveland. He holds a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and is employed as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in Cleveland. ... dan Winterich, who’s a senior special agent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, is assigned to the crime scene unit where he provides investigative assistance throughout the state. He holds a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. He’s a member of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, a graduate of the 236th Session of the FBI National Academy, and a part-time lecturer at Carroll. ... Maryann and Mike sekerak welcomed baby No. 9, Allison Rose, into the family Dec. 7, 2010. ... nate schoen was named to Professional Builder magazine’s top 40 under 40 Home Building Professionals in the U.S. He’s the founder and president of Bridgewater Consulting. He and his wife, Sarah, relocated to Beaufort, S.C., in 2009 with their two sons, Will (2) and Hall (1). ... Brian Unk battled it out with fellow golfer Mike Emery in the 88th Ohio Open at Weymouth Country Club in Medina, Ohio. Brian held the lead until he bogeyed the 18th hole and Emery sank a 19-foot birdie putt to claim the tournament. Brian, who lives in Lewis Center, Ohio, walked away with a second place finish receiving $5,000. ... Amy

Cherie (Skoczen) Kurlychek
216-741-1823 [email protected]

A short and sweet column this time. ... Congratulations to Nick ’00 and alison (Winters) scolaro on the birth of their son, Paul, who was born March 21. Brian ’96 and Mary Beth (sullivan) Graf are Paul’s godparents. “We are having a great summer with the boys,” Alison wrote. “Paul is attending library classes along with (big brother) Samuel.” They family was looking forward to their summer vacation in Charlotte. ... I hope everyone had a great summer, and you’re enjoying fall. Please send me an email so I can include you in our next class column. Until then, take care. Cherie

Alessandra Adela Cano with parents Elizabeth (Petrus) ’99 and Orlando Cano
permanently. He plans to be a deacon for one or two years before being ordained to the priesthood. He sends prayers and requests we send prayers his way. ... Michele detore is the new assistant principal for St. Hilary School in Fairlawn, Ohio. For the past five years, she has been assistant principal at Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights and before that was assistant principal at Sts. John and Paul High School in Ashtabula, Ohio. Michele has a master’s degree in educational administration from Ursuline College. ... elizabeth (Petrus) Cano and her husband announced the arrival of their first baby, Alessandra Adela Cano, Feb. 8, 2011. ... Joel desocio and Mollie Marie Christoff planned to wed at St. Dominic Church in Youngstown, Ohio, this past August. Following his Carroll days, Joel graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and now is a title examiner attorney for First American Title Insurance Co. in Cleveland. ... Thanks to all for sharing such exciting news. I look forward to sharing more in future columns. All the best. Meg


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Brian Sparks
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I’ve finally cracked the code for getting information from you. Clearly, you sense my desperation when I resort to writing about myself, or you’re bored by stories about my life. Either way, it worked. We have many updates from our classmates. Tom dirmyer was stricken with guilt by my desperate pleas for updates in the last column and wrote to let you know he resides in Houston with his wife, Debby. He’s a chemical/commodity trader for CLP Chemicals. ... Jennifer Giordano is pregnant and acting as a surrogate for her cousin and her husband. The baby girl is due in late October. ... One of our classmates has a new title: Deacon alan Vincent Benander is about to begin his ninth year of seminary and religious life as a member of the St. Michael’s Abbey of the Norbertine Fathers in Orange, Calif. On Aug. 28, 2010, he made his perpetual religious vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and became a permanent member of the community. Then, on June 25, 2011, he was ordained a deacon at one of the mission basilicas in southern California. After spending the past three years studying theology in Rome, he’ll be living in California, serving as a deacon for the liturgies and teaching in the high school, applying his math background. After this year, he’ll return to Rome for a couple more years to complete his studies before returning to California


Lisa (Foster) Smith
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Clare Taft
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We hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. Remember to look for us on Facebook so we can remain up to date on all the exciting things happening in your lives. Here are your fellow

Not much news this time around. Kelly (Cooke) Barry and her husband, Jon, welcomed their second child into the world. Eve Melody Barry was born Friday, April 8, weighing a healthy 10 lbs. 4 oz., and measuring 20.5 inches. Everyone is doing great, and big brother Sean (3) is excited about his little sister. ... Michelle (Cheraso) Qualls married May 10, 2011 in Key West to Curtis Qualls, and they live in Broadview Heights, Ohio, with their two dogs, Jovi and Gino. Michelle has been with Fox Sports Ohio for five years as a senior account executive selling TV media sponsorships for the Cavaliers, Blue Jackets, and Reds. ... M. Michelle (Bolocan) dwyer published a fiction novel, “Love And Do What You Will.” Search to order a copy. Michelle lives in Connecticut but travels to Cleveland frequently and

Friends attending Jon and Jessica (hlucky) ’00 Fretthold’s wedding
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classmates’ updates. … Congratulations to Jon and Jessica (hlucky) Fretthold who married June 18 in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. The wedding party included bridesmaids Melissa (samblanet) stull, Katie (Farrell) Zielaskiewicz, angie (sarris) aivazis, Brandie (Barczak) DeMario ’05, and Johnna Baran, as well as Michelle (Marquette) Comerford ’01. … aaron Baker, who opened his own law office in Willoughby, Ohio, is specializing in criminal defense and accepting cases throughout Northeast Ohio. … Jason and Maryann (Vizmeg) dale welcomed their second daughter, Evelyn Rose, July 27. Evie was 8 lbs. 2 oz. and joins big sister Elena. … Brett and Jane (howarth) Vogelsberger welcomed their second child, son Timothy James, June 6. Timmy, who was 8 lbs. 12 oz., and 19.5 inches, joins big sister Mary Cate. … Jim and Crystal Glover deignan were married in July 2009 and are expecting their first child in October. … Kimberly riposo-Conley, who received her master’s of educational administration degree from Carroll, has been hired as the new principal at Hilliard Elementary School in Westlake, Ohio. … Many of us fondly remember Michael Mansmann, a member of our class, who passed away tragically in a house fire in Cleveland Heights May 19, 2001. dan schmidt passed along the following information about a new scholarship fund to honor Michael: The family and friends of Michael Mansmann, in tandem with the Development Office at John Carroll, have established the Michael R. Mansmann Scholarship Fund, which honors the legacy and spirit of Michael Mansmann. Because Michael’s dream was to pursue a career in journalism, the scholarship will benefit a deserving communications major who wants to embark on a career in journalism. For the scholarship to become completely endowed (and hence benefit worthy students indefinitely), we need to raise $100,000. With your help, we can make this dream a reality. To learn more about the efforts of the scholarship, email [email protected]. Lisa and Clare Cheraso and Jason Feiler married July 3, 2010, at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Bridesmaids included Lisa’s sisters, Michelle Kennedy ’97 and Renee Doyle ’99. Kimberly ahlegian, Michelle (Bompiedi) McFarland, and Jennifer (danicki) ray attended. … Jaime (Kearns) hirschfeld accepted a job as a health center growth and development specialist with the National Association of Community Health Centers. Jaime and her family, including second son, Andrew, relocated to Washington. … In June 2011, Bob and Maria (Percic) Patyk welcomed Jacob Vincent into the family. Congratulations to all. … I’d like to thank the gentlemen from the class of 1961 who made reunion weekend so enjoyable for me. It was also a proud moment to celebrate a former student of mine, Nick Huml ’11, as he graduated from our alma mater. … Any occasion worth celebrating is worth sharing, so please send updates about your life’s happenings. … Be as good to yourself as you are to others. Maureen

natalie (nicholas) ’02 and steve talpas wed May 27.


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Today’s a new day; are you making the most of it? It was great to kick off summer celebrating our reunion – stories were shared, camera clicks, there was much laughter, and it was filled with fun. … lisa

Lisa Cheraso ’01 and Jason Feiler married July 3, 2010. bridesmaids included Michelle Kennedy ’97 and Renee Doyle ’99.

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer, and you have many fun fall plans to enjoy. There’s lots of baby news to share: Jason and Kimberly (Kleisley) Codispoti had their first child, Arianna Ellen, Jan. 24. Kimberly is a project manager with National Interstate insurance, and Jason is a manager of financial planning and analysis at ShurTech Brands. … nick ravella and his wife, Veronica, had their first child, Nicholas Francis Ravella Jr., April 18. Everyone is healthy and happy. Veronica is on maternity leave from her position as North American account executive at Steel Business Briefing, and Nick, who earned his MBA from Duquesne University in 2005, is a financial advisor in the global wealth management group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. The family lives in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., south of Pittsburgh. … doug and emily (Pillitteri) Clifton welcomed their first son, Joseph, May 12. … Samantha Grace Morelli was born to Mike and Kristy (neelon) Morelli in April. … Nathan and erin (Cullen) adams had their first baby girl, Alaina, April 18 in Erie. … nick and Maureen (Bachtel) soeder also welcomed a baby girl, Margaret Ann, July 7. Maggie, mom, and dad are all doing well. … natalie nicholas married Steve Talpas May 27 in Pittsburgh. Maureen (Bachtel) Soeder, diane (Flavin) novosel, and angie (sabatini) Milks were bridesmaids. There were many other JCU grads who attended, including: Jess (Frisina) schneider, Mandy (Jarosz) english, Meghan (ehrlich) Conley, amy (dugas) rose, and Nick Soeder. … stephanie Turner married Bob Benson May 21. Stephanie, who graduated from Western Kentucky University with her master’s in social work in 2009, works as a social service director at the Greenwood Nursing Home in Bowling Green, Ky. Bob, who’s employed as the head diving coach at Western Kentucky University, is co-owner of a catering business, Your Taste Catering. Stephanie and Bob traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands for their honeymoon. … nicholas Cappuzzello, who’s a financial analyst for Interactive Data Corp., became engaged to Jessica Felice. The wedding will take place Dec. 31 at Holy Family Church in Columbus, Ohio. … That’s all for now. Keep the news coming. Kristen

I received great notes from our classmates this summer, so here’s the news: Jeannie Kidera wrote to say she’s still teaching at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, and was named the J. Frederick Waring Chair this year. It’s a three-year honorary position given for excellence in teaching and for upholding the school’s motto of excellence, integrity, and compassion. She also received the William Moos Faculty Sabbatical Travel Endowment to spend most of the summer in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, where she’s doing research for her final M.A. essay. This fall Jeannie will enter her final year of Carroll’s M.A. in English program. While in Ireland, she met with Tiffany Cole ’04 and Rory O’Neil ’06 and climbed Croagh Patrick. Tiffany is living in Chicago and works in human resources, and Rory is in Belfast working for Peace Players International. … Jennifer Gardner became engaged to Matthew Rome. The couple is planning a June 2012 wedding. … Janine novick is working in real estate in Naples, Fla. … Kristen Hoegler and Martin Wingate, both of Broadview Heights, Ohio, were united in marriage

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ellen (Mathews) divers and Christine (lewton) layer. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii. ... Kathleen hagerty was awarded the 2011 Lucy Sprague Public Service Scholarship. The award, presented by Alexander Sprague, is given by the family of Lucy Sprague, who was a second-year law student at John Marshall when she was murdered in her apartment in December 1996. The $25,000 award will assist Kathleen pay off her law-school loans. Kathleen received her law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 2011 and since graduating from Carroll has been working as a victim witness specialist for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, acting as a liaison between the crime victims and the assistant state’s attorneys who are prosecuting the cases. ... nick and Kelly (Wiltshire) dowling are expecting their first child in January. They don’t know if it’s a boy or girl yet and are looking forward to the surprise. ... Last but not least, natalie scala received her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She’s on her way to D.C. for a position with the federal government. Best of luck and congrats to all. Jennifer

Jeannie Kidera ’03, Rory O’Neil ’06, and Tiffany Cole ’04 are halfway up Croagh patrick in Ireland.
June 19, 2010. eric Bryda was the best man. Kristen is a teacher at Cleveland Heights High School, and Marty works for the Plain Dealer in advertising sales. … Joe aulisio is engaged to Teresa Weakley. The couple is planning a fall wedding in Michigan. Teresa is an evening anchor at WKBN 27 First News, where Joe is a sports anchor. … annie hetman was promoted to associate director of alumni relations and development at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Annie’s been with Case since October 2009. … Christina (Vignale) Hunt ’06 wrote to say she’s a new aunt to Julie Marie Vignale, daughter of Matthew and Kate (schultz) Vignale. Julie was born in Denver April 22, 2011. … I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. We spent ours running around after our two rug rats and watching as much Tribe baseball as possible. Take care. Theresa

greg and Jessie (Kron) ’04 root married July 2010.


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Our class has been staying busy since the last column. For starters, Tim seeberg made a career change. He completed an 18-month culinary school program in October 2010 and is a private chef at Le Cordon Bleu in Cambridge, Mass. … Speaking of career moves, Corey Tersigni joined KeyBank as a relationship manager. He and his wife, Lisa (Miano) Tersigni ’06, were expecting their first child, a boy, in September. … Corey’s not the only one with baby news to share. natalie (alesnik) McCarthy and her husband, Chris, welcomed their first daughter, Nadia Rose, Jan. 25. amanda (Kresak) Calabro and her husband, Joe, welcomed their first child, Josephine Isabella, April 4. Last but not least, my husband, Haki, and I welcomed our first child, Nevreah Rosalina, May 2. … Additionally, two of our classmates are celebrating their one-year wedding anniversaries. Congratulations to Jessie (Kron) root, who married her husband, Greg, in July 2010. The couple bought a home in Buffalo, N.Y. Congrats to dan ritzenthaler and his wife, Holli Camelio, who celebrated their first wedding anniversary Sept. 18, 2011. … One last thing – Dr. lisa leone married Thaddeus Poweski ’03 Sept. 3, 2011, at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown, Ohio. Lisa, who’s enrolled in the endodontic residency program at OSU, is working toward a master’s degree, while Thaddeus works for Automatic Data Processing as a district manager in its major accounts division. Nikki

There are quite a few updates this time. Thanks to all for writing. I love hearing your news. … Matt davenport, who’s graduating from Washington State University with an M.A. in higher education administration, is looking forward to his new job at New Mexico State University as associate director of residential life. ... ashley Wojtowicz, who graduated with a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Charleston in May 2010, is working as a pharmacist at the Cleveland Clinic. This past December, she married her high school sweetheart, George Voss, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Valley City, Ohio. JCU alumni who attended were Joe ’06 and

Kristin Kay Chaffee is engaged to David German, and they’re planning a summer wedding. … Blair Campomizzi just started a new job with the McKinsey & Company in Cleveland. … dana Frank and Phillip schneeberger married the first of October. … In June, Kevin Kita graduated from the University of Akron School of Law with his Juris Doctorate. … Karen harmeyer finished her Master of Education in Foreign and Second Language Education at the Ohio State University. … Christina Vignale and Matthew Hunt ’05 married in June. … Congratulations on the marriages, new jobs, and advanced degrees. Keep the updates coming, and if you’re on Facebook, join the new and updated group, JCU class of 2006. Christine and Roberta



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It’s difficult to believe it’s been four years since we graduated, but we’re excited to update everyone about what our classmates have been doing. Brain and erin (Grzegorzewski) ’09G Pender married in Cleveland and celebrated with friends and family, including many JCU alumni. Brian and Erin live in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. Brian works as a business analyst for GE Healthcare Financial Services, and Erin teaches fourth grade in a Chicago public school on the city’s South Side. … Another class couple that tied the knot this summer is Jessica Gibbons and david sypert. After graduation, Jessica earned her master’s

Kathleen hagerty ’05 (left), who received the Lucy sprague public service scholarship, is congratulated by Alexander sprague (center) and dean John Corkery (right) at the John Marshall Law school commencement May 22, 2011, in Chicago.

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who received recognition for her achievements in gymnastics, is one of eight individuals who were inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame Sept. 22. Dominique, who coaches gymnastics in Broadview Heights, won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics as a member of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team. … Michael Gross opened his own sales and marketing company in Westlake, Ohio. The company, Accsell, specializes in client acquisition and retention. Michael hopes to expand to three locations within the next 12 months. … That’s all there is to share for now. I enjoy receiving your emails and Facebook messages, so continue sending updates about you and your friends. Lisa

Megan McLaughlin ’08 celebrated her marriage with three JCU classmates: Amanda dinunzio (second from left), dana McClain (third from left), and Loren Antolino (far right).
and psychology specialist degree from Cleveland State University. She’s a school psychologist with the West Branch Local School District. David spent one year at Cleveland Clinic doing medical research before starting medical school at Ohio University. He’s completing a two-year rotation at Saint Joseph Health Center in Warren, Ohio. … Patrice Payne married Rob Ayling. The ceremony was held at St. Pascal Baylon in Highland Heights, Ohio. Patrice’s bridesmaids included classmates abigail hnath and laura Violante. Patrice and Rob live in Richmond Heights, Ohio. Patrice is employed by Park Place Technologies as an account manager. … laura Pareso married Bobby Houston in Washington, Pa., during Memorial Day weekend. Genna andrews, Brittany Bush, rosanna Violi, Kenny Poleski, Jeannine stiglitz, Jessica Kramer, luz e. Betancourt, Jonathan sattelmeyer, Christina Phillis, and Chris Hooton ’08 attended the wedding. Laura graduated in May from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and has begun her residency at University Health System in San Antonio. … Chris Eyring ’05 and Jillian dansko are engaged and excited to be planning their wedding, which will take place in the fall of 2012. … nick Kuhar passed along exciting news about his band, The Commonwealth, which released its debut album, “Souvenir.” The band has received a great response from Cleveland radio, including its lead single, “Elephant,” which has been featured on WKRK 92.3. You can find more information about the band, including clips from the album, at http:// … andrea Ball graduated cum laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. While at Case, Andrea was named to the dean’s list each semester and was an executive articles editor for the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law. She was selected as the first-place winner in the Hofstra University School of Law 2011 Family Law Writing Competition. Andrea has accepted a job offer with Thompson Hine LLP in Cleveland. … Thanks to everyone who shared their news. Keep it coming. Brittany and Lisa

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Hopefully, everyone had a good summer. There’s been plenty of news since the spring. Megan Mclaughlin married Anthony Ramos May 14. They have sarah hummer to thank for her matchmaking. Megan’s bridesmaids included three classmates: loren antolino, amanda dinunzio, and dana McClain. … Another handful of our classmates are celebrating engagements: Katie repko will marry John Sabo Oct. 8 in Destin, Fla. elizabeth lohr and Chris ainscough became engaged July 22 and are planning their wedding for the fall of 2012. erica Miller and nicholas Yacobozzi were engaged this spring and will tie the knot this October. Michael Pecchia and Tiffany McMillan were married July 16. … Congratulations to Jessica dickson on the birth of her first child, Abigail Ellen, April 4. … Jeremy Burkhart graduated from the University of Akron Law School May 15. … Lastly, Jenna Pathadan, Jamie rhodes, and Tom rudnicki each received their white coats and stethoscopes as first-year osteopathic medical students at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. … Continue to send me your news and announcements of engagements, weddings, promotions, or anything else newsworthy that may happen in the coming months. I look forward to hearing from everyone. Chris


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Hopefully, everyone had a great summer. For most of our class, this was our first summer of the real world. Many of our classmates were able to reunite and catch up with each other during the past few months. andrew Kolupski, Jeff Bradish, J.J. Kuczynski, Brandon sheil, Jurell sison, Bridget dolan, and I were invited to celebrate the wedding of Nicholas Orlando and Katie Saporito ’09 in late June. This is just the beginning of John Carroll weddings, which are a great time. It’s fun to reconnect. ... Kurt hauber and I will be completing our master’s programs at John Carroll in May 2012. Kurt has been working on his M.S. in biology while working as a teaching assistant for the biology department. I’ll complete the nonprofit program this fall while continuing to work as the graduate assistant through May for the president’s office. ... lauren Baldarelli also has been working as a research assistant for the biology department while earning her master’s in biology. Lauren’s sister, Elise, is beginning her sophomore year at Carroll, also in the biology program. Lauren loves seeing Elise every day and is often jealous she still has three years ahead of her. ... Jamie ott, who completed his master’s in medical ethics at Case Western Reserve University, is hoping to enter medical school this semester. ... Michelle Taylor will be moving closer to the Cleveland area for the next two years. She’s beginning a graduate program in biology at the University of Akron. ... riannon Ziegler has been working hard at Cleveland-Marshall, beginning her second year of law school. ... This year, homecoming weekend will be Sept. 30 through Oct. 1. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet alums from all years. We’ll be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Greek life on campus, so check your emails and look for your brothers and sisters during the festivities. ... Please keep the news coming. Thanks to all who have sent updates. God bless. Kyle

lizzy eganhouse and Mark Carpenter Jr. ’08 married June 11 in a beautiful ceremony at Our Lady of Angels Church in Cleveland. The reception was held at the Holiday Inn in Strongsville. Several Carroll alums were in the wedding party, including maid of honor, Kate McCall, bridesmaid Eileen Mole ’11G, and groomsman Andy Gibel ’08. Jennifer Murphy, Melissa Walton ’08, James Sidney ’08, Catherine Belzile ’08, and Mark Carpenter ’82 also attended the wedding. … dominique Moceanu-Canalas,


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the Croatian connection
Joseph T. Bombelles, Ph.D., who chaired the University’s economics department, led Cleveland’s Croatian community and helped Croatia build a free market. He helped form the first private college in independent Croatia – the Zagreb School of Economics and Management – and became its chairman. Spending more than 35 years at Carroll, he retired from the University in 1998 and became chairman of the new school in Zagreb. His many honors include a Fulbright scholarship and John Carroll’s Distinguished Faculty Award. He died at his recent home in Norfolk, Va., at age 81.

history buff
Kenneth R. Callahan led the Northeast Ohio Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. President of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable, Callahan studied wars in the U.S. and Europe and lectured about history at JCU. He hosted a history show on a TV station in Florida, where he lived during the winters, and published articles in American Heritage magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Callahan, who was president of the University’s Alumni Association, was alumnus of the year at Carroll and Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. He also received the Alumni Medal at JCU. Additionally, he won a Walk of Life Award from the local Irish American Archives Society. He passed away after a short struggle with cancer and pneumonia at age 82.

This is the deceased list as of Aug. 31. We apologize for any omissions and ask you notify Joan Brosius at 216-397-4332. In the fall 2010 issue, Mary Kay Fratoe ’80 was mistakenly listed as deceased. We’re sincerely apologetic for the error.

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Developing leadership capacity
his institution’s mission resonates with me: As a Jesuit Catholic university, John Carroll inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world. Becoming informed individuals who affect positive change for others is a noble aspiration. Recently, faculty and administration discussed how to develop the leadership capacity of our students intentionally – not just those in elected positions, but all students, hoping to make a difference in their peer group, family, school, and community. Leadership is exemplified in many forms and often from individuals without formal authority who impact the world. Think about the heritage of our Jesuit institution. So how does the University develop leaders better? Can leadership be taught? Are leaders born or made? The common understanding among leadership scholars is they’re born. Another answer to the born/ made question is yes. Some people have natural attributes that serve society well. Perhaps you connect easily with others or always have had a knack for influencing others to see your view. Each is an attribute of effective leaders. However, each of us brings a unique combination of traits, skills, knowledge, and abilities that serve us well in different contexts. Each of us has areas we need to grow and develop. Some may assume leadership is only for


business majors who plan to work in industry. Perhaps what intrigues me most about leadership is the multitude of lenses through which one can examine the topic: philosophy, education, communication, history, sociology, psychology, biology, political science, social justice, and religion. The list goes on. The topic permeates our existence, which makes for wonderful dialogue depending on your vantage point. Whether it’s a minister leading a congregation, a teacher leading a classroom, or a scientist leading his team in the lab, leadership is (or isn’t) present. Thus, formal courses, student organizations, athletics, and immersion trips serve as wonderful opportunities for undergraduates to practice leadership. The collegiate environment is a fantastic practice field for students to explore their strengths, weaknesses, aspirations, and purpose. There are several professors who’ve teamed up to investigate some of the aforementioned assertions. For example, I’ve partnered with Beth Martin, Ph.D., (psychology and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences) and Rosanna Miguel, Ph.D., (management) to assess and evaluate the University’s new leadership minor. Additionally, Nathan Hartman, Ph.D., (management) and I were featured in an edited volume about leadership development for our work about sources of learning in leadership development. Along with research, Martin, Kathleen Dean, Ph.D., (student affairs), and I have been working with a dozen faculty, staff, and administrators from the Boler School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the student affairs department to coordinate our efforts better, identify opportunities to connect with high school students, and provide cutting-edge educational opportunities for emerging leaders in the business world. The University’s approach to developing leaders isn’t that different from developing other skills and abilities. Leading scholars (see the work of K. Anders Ericsson, Ph.D.) suggest

it takes about 10 years or 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to develop mastery. Most of what you’re good at likely is a result of years of deliberate practice. Others may be better than you or have natural talent that’s difficult for you to compete with, but each of us can grow and develop wherever we focus our energy. One innovation is a model called know, see, plan, do. Think about a world-class surgeon. It’s likely he’s spent years studying his trade (know) and based on his knowledge can diagnose (see) the majority of cases that come across his desk quickly. Once a level of expertise is attained, he can identify options for treatment (plan) quickly. It’s likely he can perform the intervention and provide treatment (do). I’d argue other experts (e.g., world-class chefs, politicians, athletes, and auto mechanics) go through a similar process. This is an oversimplification, but people overcomplicate what’s not an overly complicated process. Developing leaders is a similar one. The aforementioned process – which is linked to solid coaching/mentoring, deliberate practice, feedback opportunities, and reflection – yields development and growth. Think about a budding athlete, musician, or artist. Similar ingredients are needed likely. Developing leaders is a core component of the University’s mission. Imagine the year is 2031 and returning young alumni are speaking about JCU as the experience that set the stage for their development and growth as a leader in their chosen arena: family, nonprofit, the lab, the classroom, business. Carroll has provided them with four years of deliberate practice and played a critical role helping them identify their passions and purpose. This is happening already, but imagine if it happened for many more students because we changed our approach to developing men and women for others. That sounds like we’d be living our mission on a grand scale, and that’s exciting. Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is assistant professor of management in the Boler School of Business.


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The Office of Alumni Relations is requesting nominations for the Alumni Medal and Campion Shield. The Alumni Medal, which is the highest honor for alums, recognizes professional accomplishments, exemplary family and personal life, community contributions, and dedicated service to the University. The Campion Shield recognizes heroism and bravery. The awards will be presented at the annual Alumni Awards Dinner May 18, 2012. The deadline for nominations is January 20, 2012, so submit your nominations soon!

For more information, visit, or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-736-2586, Ext. 4336.

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