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a code of
Facing dilemmas and
making the right choices
A spiritual beginning ...
On Sept. 13, the community celebrated Mass of the Holy Spirit at Gesu Church
to mark the opening of the academic year. The Mass, a tradition that dates back
to the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily in 1548, celebrates John Carroll’s
Catholic mission and identity.
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As a Jesuit Catholic university,
John Carroll inspires individuals to excel
in learning, leadership, and service in
the region and in the world.
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
Editorial Intern
Molly Bealin ’14
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
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2 FALL 2012
3 President’s Message
4 Around the Quad
6 Athletics
26 Carroll People
28 Alumni News
30 Alumni Journal
47 In Memoriam
48 My Turn
what’s inside ...
8 Unforgeable
Reflections about the football
team’s memorable trip to Ireland
12 On the campaign trail
Alumni cover the
political scene.
16 Winning ways
After almost half a century,
Tony DeCarlo ’66G retires
from the University.
20 A code of ethics
Facing dilemmas and making
the right choices
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.
Design: Villa Beach Communications
Printing: The Watkins Printing Co.
Contributors: Molly Bealin ’14, Daniel Debick ’13, Sue Valerian
Photography: Wetzler Studios, KR Cope, Derek Knight
Glory days
Alums recall when Bruce Springsteen played
on campus before he became famous.
Memories for a lifetime
Bill ’52 and Betty Kenealy explain how the
military helped shape their lives.
A budding relationship
Roseann Spitznagel ’95 and Jim Wetzel ’01
help start an internship in health-care IT at
the Cleveland Clinic.
A design star
Meg Caswell ’99 builds a career with HGTV.
Growing grapes
Bernie Rink ’48 started a vineyard in
Northern Michigan more than 40 years ago.
Neuroscience pioneer
Helen Murphy, Ph.D., ’67G, a neuroscience
pioneer, recalls her career of firsts.
Called to teach
Adjunct professor George Vourlojianis ’70,
’76G establishes an endowed book fund.
Exalting education
John Senderak ’76, ’08G has been
educating himself for almost half a century.
In the trees
Tom Mugridge ’82 makes significant
contributions to arboriculture.
Digital versions
This year’s Donor Honor Roll and Annual
Report will be available online only.
Visit in January to check them out.
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’m often asked about the value of Jesuit Catholic
education and what makes it unique from the student
experience at other institutions of higher education.
In short, we inspire minds and transform lives in long-
lasting and deeply meaningful ways, and we teach our
students this must be done ethically and with integrity.
Jesuit education has been transforming the world for
464 years. It has significantly impacted society through
the millions of men and women who’ve enrolled at
the approximately 160 institutions of higher education
governed by the Society of Jesus throughout the
world. These institutions, and specifically John Carroll
University, integrate social responsibility with rigorous
academic standards. Fundamental to that responsibility
is a genuine concern for the implications of ethical
decision making in the fields in which our alumni work
– business, education, social work, law, public service,
advocacy, medicine, and the arts.
Business ethics in a Jesuit university, for example,
is highly compatible with Ignatian spirituality, which
works to develop the moral and spiritual character of
individuals and is incorporated and integrated into
the traditional themes of leadership, management,
and disciplinary skills. To continue developing
conscientious leaders, we continue to teach the
evaluation of values with the help of business
communities worldwide.
Considering our increasingly complex,
contemporary society, issues involving business ethics,
social ethics, and bioethics are vital to our evolving
curriculum. Every generation wrestles with profound
ethical issues of its time, and this one is no different.
(Read the article about business ethics on page 20.)
Carroll graduates, who are held to a high standard, are
prepared to deal with these issues. They’re expected to
integrate critical reasoning with an ethical perspective
that leads to serving others and a commitment to help
cultivate a more just and humane world.
As our alumni pursue their personal and
professional goals for the common good, many of them
understand some ends don’t justify the means and
Ethics in education
unjust means shouldn’t be used to pursue a just end.
When alumni evaluate these types of circumstances,
we expect them to employ their ethical training. So
as we continue to make a difference in the world,
we must steep ourselves in longstanding, Ignatian-
based principles and virtues that have been positively
influencing people for hundreds of years.
In an increasingly secular world, sometimes the
line between ethical and unethical choices is blurred
and crossed even when we take the time to reflect
on the ethical nature of our choices. Our strong
commitment to ethics, academic excellence, and a
faith focused on justice produces competent leaders of
intellect, conscience, and character. Our alumni are
the best proof of that.
Yours in Christ,
Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.
4 FALL 2012
From the tower
In U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition
of Best Colleges rankings, JCU placed
seventh among universities in the Midwest
offering master’s programs. This marks the
24th consecutive year the University has
been named as one of the top 10 regional
institutions. Carroll is ranked sixth in the
“Great Schools, Great Prices” category,
and third in the “Strong Commitment to
Undergraduate Teaching” category. Rankings
are available at
The University’s entrepreneurship program
was recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek
as the 18th best program in the nation and
the best undergraduate entrepreneurship
program in Ohio. This marks the second
consecutive year JCU has made the list.
JCU’s Muldoon Center for
Entrepreneurship celebrated its annual
Muldoon Awards Nov. 1. Edward F.
Crawford, chairman and CEO of Park-Ohio
Holdings Corp., was honored with the John
J. Kahl Award for Creative Leadership.
The Ronald G. and Nancy Harrington
Family, entrepreneurs and philanthropists,
was honored with the Edward M. Muldoon
Award for Civic Entrepreneurship. The
Muldoon Awards have been held annually
at John Carroll since 2005. For more
information, visit
The John Huntington Fund for Education
gave $1 million in support of JCU’s
scholarship program. The gift will directly
support the University’s efforts to expand
scholarships to Cuyahoga County (Ohio)
students with a focus on scientific and
technical studies.
JCU partnered with Cleveland Heights-
University Heights City School District
creating the R.E.A.L. Early College High
School, which welcomed more than 30
freshmen to the first early college class
this fall. Students will have the potential
to complete all of their high school core
requirements by the end of their sophomore
or beginning of their junior year, with the
added potential of earning as much as two
years of college credit at Carroll.
A Jesuit Wall of Fame is displayed in the
lobby of Grasselli Library. The Society of
Jesus has played a significant role in the
development of cultures worldwide. The
wall of fame displays 24 of the religious
order’s most impressive members.
Robert Clines, an ’07 history major, received
a Fulbright Fellowship to complete research
on his doctoral dissertation at Syracuse
University. He will be researching Jesuit
missions to the Ottoman Empire, at the
Jesuit archive in Rome. Additionally Jack
Morton, a 2011 physical education and
exercise science major, was awarded a
Fulbright to teach English at Ukrainian
universities. Morton studied abroad in
Russia and England as an undergraduate.
Student spotlight
The JCU Entrepreneurship Immersion
Week team earned the bronze medal at
the 2012 Entrepreneurship Education
Consortium Immersion Week, which took
place in August at Case Western Reserve
University. EIW team members were Kyle
Cassidy ’15, a management major with an
entrepreneurship minor; John Escano ’14,
a biochemistry major; Jaclyn Mace ’13, a
communications major and an intern in
the Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship;
Lisa Perry ’14, a communications major
with a minor in entrepreneurship and a
concentration in information technology;
and Alyse Viggiano ’13, a marketing major
with minors in entrepreneurship and
philosophy. The team’s idea involved the
use of a gel with embedded metal fragments
to wrap an injury and a magnet to harden a
splint. The product will be used to stabilize
an injured area for transport to appropriate
medical treatment facilities.
Five students from biology professor
Rebecca Drenovsky’s lab attended the
Botanical Society of America meeting this
summer. They were presenters or coauthors
on posters presented at the meeting.
Two of the students won awards. Albina
Khasanova won the Best Poster Award
from the physiological section (she has won
this award two years in a row), and Jennifer
Murphy ’10 won the Best Graduate Student
Poster Award from the Ecological section.
Bricks and mortar
Renovation to modernize and transform
Murphy Hall is expected to start this
summer. A newly renovated Murphy Hall,
which helps the University compete more
effectively for talented students, will provide
suite-style amenities, dedicated study areas,
improved accessibility, and modern gathering
spaces. Improving the living conditions helps
JCU continue to provide an outstanding
overall college experience. The renovation
will preserve the Gothic architecture that’s
part of the University’s identity. The hall is
expected to be the University’s first LEED-
certified building and be back online for the
fall 2014 semester. For more information,
Rev. Bernard McAniff, S.J., was appointed
assistant dean of students reporting to
Sherri Crahen, Ph.D.,
dean of students. Fr.
McAniff will focus on
student development and
support for undergraduate
students experiencing a
wide range of personal and academic issues
affecting their performance and success.
Mary Beth Javorek, Ph.D., ’85, ’92G was
appointed director of the University
Counseling Center.
Javorek, who joined
the counseling center
in 2000 as a therapist,
added responsibilities as
the training coordinator
in 2003 and was promoted to associate
director in 2010. She also worked in
residence life for five years and served as
the interim coordinator for Services for
Students with Disabilities.
Leone Marinello (1920-2012), professor of
communications and director of theatre
(1949-1986) passed away in September. In
his memory, The Tim Russert Department
of Communication and Theatre Arts will
dedicate its fall season to honor him and the
inspiration he gave to so many. The Fall
Marinello One Act Series played in the
Marinello Little Theatre Oct. 18-21, and
the fall Kulas Production of “The Musical
Comedy Murders of 1940” played Nov. 2, 3,
9, 10, and 11. Also in his memory, Gale
McNeeley ’68 brought his one-man comedy
show, Archie and Mehabital, to Marinello
Little Theatre Nov. 10. Contributions to
the Leon J. Marinello Theatre Fund can be
made by contacting Pete Bernardo ’67 in
the alumni office at 216-397-4217 or
[email protected].
For more University news,
Research realm
Richard Hansler, Ph.D., and Ed Carome,
Ph.D., ’51 of the University’s Lighting
Innovations Institute were featured on
CBS affiliate WOIO (Channel 19) for their
research about the potentially damaging
effects of artificial light from late-night
texting, emailing, or TV. Working with
JCU colleague Vilnis Kubulins ’89G, the
researchers developed special light bulbs
and eyeglasses that remove the blue rays
that can disrupt sleep and possibly cause
other health problems. They’re available
online at
Peifang Tian, Ph.D., assistant professor in
the physics department, has been awarded a
single-investigator grant
of $35,000 from the
Cottrell College Science
Award from the Research
Corporation for the
project “Modeling the
Light Propagation in Brain Tissues Using
Monte Carlo Simulation with a Dynamic
and Heterogeneous Tissue Model.”
Gary Porter, Ph.D., associate professor of
finance in the Boler School of Business,
conducted research that
finds random luck might
be the secret to people’s
success when it comes
to investing in mutual
funds. He and Bryant University finance
professor Jack Trifts, Ph.D., discovered
that even the most successful mutual fund
managers had their greatest performance
during the first three years of their careers.
Their winning trends declined with more
experience. Their findings, based on
80 years of data, appear in the Journal of
Applied Finance in a paper titled “The Best
Mutual Fund Managers: Testing the Impact
of Experience Using a Survivorship-bias
Free Dataset,” which can be accessed at
Men’s and women’s lacrosse will debut as
varsity sports, with competition beginning
during the 2013-14 academic year. The
lacrosse teams will be built on the existing
talent of the University’s club teams. This
is the first addition of a varsity sport at
Carroll since the 1999-2000 academic
year when women’s golf began competing.
The addition of the teams will bring the
number of athletic teams at Carroll to 23
(12 men and 11 women). The University,
an NCAA Division III institution, is a
member of the Ohio Athletic Conference.
For more information, visit
Faculty and Sta
The poetry of George Bilgere, Ph.D.,
associate professor of English, was featured
on The Writer’s
Almanac with Garrison
Keillor July 1. Keillor
recited “Tamed,” from
“The Good Kiss,” a
collection of poems by
Bilgere that won the 2002 Akron Poetry
Prize. Bilgere also is the author of The
White Museum (2010) and Haywire
(2006). Public radio stations throughout
the country, as well as XM satellite radio,
broadcast The Writer’s Almanac.
Carome and Hansler
6 FALL 2012
The 1962 football team was significant because
it went undefeated (7-0), shut out its last five
opponents, and several members of the team are
in the JCU Athletic Hall of Fame. John Carroll
magazine discussed the memorable season
with a few of the players – Gordon Priemer
’64 (halfback), John Kovach ’64 (defensive
end), Gus McPhie ’64 (quarterback), and Dick
Koenig ’64 (tight end), as well as Frank Kelley
’64 (friend and fan).
JCM: Set the stage for that season.
GM: Our group came in as a freshman class
and had an outstanding year. We formed the
nucleus of the ’62 team. We were coming off a
couple of what, in John Ray’s terms, would’ve
been mediocre years. In fact, our freshman year,
the varsity had a losing season. Then we were
5-2 when we were sophomores. We had many
returning guys from the ’61 team.
JCM: What are your impressions of Coach Ray?
DK: He was a positive figure for us. He was
enthusiastic and comforting. He was tough
because he needed to be, but he was more
concerned about your personal welfare. His
philosophy was that if he takes care of all players,
they’re going to form themselves into the
team he wanted them to be.
He was approachable. When
we’d get in trouble, we
could see him, or
he’d come and
see you. We’d have an adult conversation. He
was a great educator and terrific teacher. I learned
a lot about football and an awful lot about life.
GM: He was a father-figure, literally, because
my father passed away our freshman year. He
secured additional financial aid for me, and
was very much like a second father. That’s
something I’ll always cherish.
JK: He was my mentor. There wasn’t enough I
could do for the guy. I loved it when he grabbed
my helmet and shook my head and said, “Don’t
you understand anything, Kovach.” He brought
me to reality. That relationship remained until
his death. He never really realized what he could
do. Our potential was tremendous based on his
guidance. I can’t say enough about the guy.
GP: He got every last ounce of you every game.
JK: Without a doubt. There was never a time
you could let up. He had his expectations and
professed them to you. There was no way you
were going to let him down.
GP: Ray made sure that if you needed help you
received financial aid. He also found jobs for
you on campus.
DK: I painted the racquetball courts a couple of
times for 50 bucks. He was there to help you get
through your daily life.
JCM: What kind of support did you have
from your classmates?
GP: We had a close-knit class, and even though
a number of us played football, basketball, tennis,
or ran track, everybody acted as a class. People
came to our games and got as much pleasure out
of a win as we did. It was a class event.
GM: We formed a lifelong bond among all
our classmates. Throughout the years, we’ve
been recognized for giving money to the
school, attending reunions, and those kinds of
things. There are many theories about the role
successful football plays with those follow-up
events. Having a team like we did contributed
significantly to that lifelong attachment to
JCM: Did the football program have a certain
reputation at the time?
GP: There wasn’t a lot of prominence. There
probably was more prominence in the ’50s
because of Don Shula ’51 and Carl Taseff ’51.
Coach Herb Eisele had a good record and was
well known. He became the athletic director,
but there wasn’t any national or regional
JK: Not until our undefeated season when
many people noticed our NCAA records.
Some guys on the squad started to be
recognized for their personal contributions.
But it was John’s plan to build a winning
team. He wanted to put together a
winning program to take him to his
next spot, which was Notre Dame.
JCM: How did the season start?
GP: There were high expectations
heading into our sophomore year. I
felt pressure like we had something
to fulfill.
DK: There was pressure because we
were second-year guys, and many of us were
playing varsity. I was intimidated by the
seniors, but after the first couple wins, we
gained or earned a sense of capability that we
might be inexperienced, but we could play
the game. John gave us the feeling we could
win. Even though we were young, we had the
talent, energy, and passion.
’62 was a very good year
Hall-of-fame members of the football team reminisce
GM: Coach Ray had a way to motivate us to
do bigger things than we might have thought
was possible. When that sort of a positive,
forceful motivational approach paid off, we
scored big time in the first two games – more
than 100 points. The big one being at Wayne
State when we won 67-14. If that doesn’t build
confidence …
GP: I don’t think we thought about losing
once we started the season. We had enough
confidence in our offense to score and enough
confidence in our defense that they could hold
anybody. We had about five people who had try-
outs for the pros.
JCM: Was there a big game in which you
weren’t expected to win?
GM: I wouldn’t characterize any of the games
as us being the underdog because of the way
we started the season and continued. The
only close one was the Western Reserve game,
which we won 7-0.
JK: We couldn’t lose because of Coach Ray and
what he expected us to do. We weren’t cocky;
we were confident. We worked as a team.
JCM: Did support from the fans swell during the
season, and was it different than in years past?
DK: They got on the bandwagon early on.
We had a vocal class, so it was difficult to hear
signals sometimes in the huddle. Our fans were
noisy, and hundreds of them brought their
enthusiasm to support the team before, during,
and after the game.
GM: Our classmates followed us. Some of
those guys are as noisy now as they were our
junior year. They were good guys who loved
to party and have a good time. They were
supportive on the field and in the dorms. They
always asked how you were doing.
JCM: Was there a game that was more
memorable or exciting than others?
GM: The Theil game, which was the second
to last game of the year. It rained all week. We
didn’t even go outdoors Wednesday, Thursday,
or Friday. We stayed in the gym and practiced.
The field at Cleveland Heights High School
was muddy. Midway through the first quarter
you couldn’t tell one team from the other
except that we had white helmets and they
had yellow. We were drenched in mud. After
the game, we returned to school and went
directly to the showers with our uniforms on to
get the mud off first.
FK: The Western Reserve game was the most
dramatic. It was homecoming, and they had
a lot of fans. You could feel the tension in the
stands, but our defense rose to the occasion.
JCM: Anything else about the season?
JK: I’ll always remember the sign hanging over
the locker room: “When the going gets tough,
the tough get going.” That stuck with me all
through my life. Coach Ray would approach
you and say, “You’re my boy.” He’d do that
with each one of us because that’s who we
were. He was our idol.
JCM: Have you kept a special bond
throughout the years?
GM: There’s no question about it. We’ve had
good returns for reunions. You can take up just
where you left off without pretenses. There’s
no, “this is what I’ve accomplished” stuff. It was
always just, “How are you doing; how’s your
family; hope things get better if you’ve had
something go wrong.” The bond starts when you
spend so much time together on the football
field, traveling, and the good things that come
with that. These are lifelong friends. There’s
nothing like it in my experience. I’ve had
friends in the business world but nothing like
the kind of warmth I feel for these guys.
JK: The scariest part about this is it’s been 50
years. It feels like it, yet it doesn’t.
Mark your calendars
Dec. 20-21 Women’s basketball
Christmas Shootout in
Wisconsin Dells
Jan. 5 John Stavole ’58 alumni day
Jan. 19 Community Day featuring
the JCU Cheer Clinic
Jan. 25 Men and women’s swimming
and diving alumni night
Jan. 26 Woman’s basketball
alumnae game
March 15 Pot O’Blue & Gold
party at JCU
Visit or for more details.
8 FALL 2012
Reections about the football team’s memorable trip to Ireland
By Daniel Debick ’13
radition, excellence, and honor. These words
filled my mind as I was handed my boarding pass
at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to catch a
flight to Dublin in late August. Two years in the making,
it seemed like this day would never come. As part of our
preparation for the trip, our team and coaches took a
class about the history and culture of Ireland taught by
John Day, Ph.D., provost and academic vice president,
and Paul Murphy, Ph.D., vice president for university
mission and identity. Thinking back to when we first
received the news we’d be playing our season opener
across the Atlantic Ocean, I remember reflecting on
what a privilege it has been for me to play football the
past three years for such a historic program.
Traveling to Ireland was amusing, to say the least.
Try to envision about 80 football players hauling
equipment and luggage through the airport check-in and
security, incorporating players who had never been out
of the country and some who had never flown before.
Already I could tell we were in for an interesting journey.
Moving quickly through the airport, we reached our gate
and waited to board and depart Cleveland.
10 FALL 2012
Ready to go, we began boarding a
little plane that didn’t look sturdy enough
to carry the likes of our offensive and
defensive linemen. The tiny aircraft
didn’t even have enough room to hold the
majority of our carry-on bags. Jam-packed
into the plane and the doors shut, we took
off for our destination. You could instantly
identify the players who had never flown
before because their eyes were glued to the
window nearest them.
Landing at John F. Kennedy
International airport was a relief. We
immediately unloaded ourselves from the
plane and headed to our gate to await our
departure to Dublin. As our layover time
passed, we became more anxious to get
going. After a couple long hours in the
airport, we were boarding for our second
time but in a much larger plane. You could
see the enthusiasm and joy in everyone’s
faces. We were ready to embark on a
journey we’d never forget.
Arriving in Dublin undoubtedly
was one of the most spectacular scenes
I’ve ever seen in my life. Surveying the
landscape and the terrain flying into
Dublin Airport was astonishing. Stepping
foot off of the plane, I remember saying to
myself “We finally made it.” A trip that
took so long to plan, a trip so many people
helped make happen, it was finally right
in front of us. Throughout the travel
process, I could tell our team, alumni,
faculty, and staff grew a bit closer.
Upon arrival, the team was able to
experience just how picturesque Ireland
is. Embarking on several tours within the
first few days, we experienced spectacular
sites such as the Malahide Castle, Saint
Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Ardgillan
Castle – all historic landmarks in Irish
culture. Aside from the scenic castles
and countryside, the people of Ireland
were extremely gracious. I noticed this
immediately when we participated in
the GIFT (Global Ireland Football
Tournament) Parade. The streets of
Dublin were filled with thousands of
spectators supporting all the American
teams partaking in the week’s events. The
Irish were tremendous, and their support
and love will be remembered forever.
The next day was game day. I first
remember hearing the roars of the crowd
as I stepped off our team bus onto the back
lot of Donnybrook Stadium in the heart
of Dublin. I couldn’t help but grab my
gear and race to take a peak at the game
playing before us. I distinctively remember
entering the stadium gates and heading
toward the visitor-side stands to warm
up on the field right next to the stadium.
Seeing the thousands of fans jam-packed
into the stands,
it finally dawned
on me we were the
main event Friday,
Aug. 31. The looks on
my teammates’ faces were
priceless. Each one of us was
smiling from ear to ear as we
walked through the stadium.
Reaching the vacant field on
the opposite end of the stadium,
I knew we were ready. I noticed
our opponent, St. Norbert College,
which is located in De Pere, Wis.,
arrived at Donnybrook Stadium as
well. As they walked through the
gates, I knew we were in for a battle.
After relaxing for a bit and
watching some of the previous
game, I knew it was time to prepare.
After I put on my shoulder pads, I
Carroll community in Ireland gathered
for a special Mass at the Newman
University Church and a reception held
at The National Concert Hall, which was
sponsored by Frank ’63 and Judy Grace. The
spirit of the Carroll community was vibrant.
Even though we were fellow travelers at the
beginning of this adventure, the experience
bonded us as a JCU family.
John Carroll is a special place. From
the students, faculty, staff, administrators,
alumni, and all those who are affiliated
and involved with the University, they all
played a special role that week. Whether
in Dublin or not, the Carroll community
was with us in spirit.
Special thanks are extended to all who
made this trip possible. Without them,
none of this would’ve happened. The
team thanks Fr. Niehoff, the University’s
board of directors, coaching staff, athletic
department, donors, and supporters from
the bottom of our hearts. The many
donations, fundraising, and effort put
toward this trip signify Carroll is an
extraordinary place. Our gratitude and
thanks can’t be demonstrated enough.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.
To see more photos and a video
about the trip, visit
took a deep breath. “Specialists
– five minutes,” shouted
Coach Tom Zagorski. It was
time. All of our team’s hard
work, the alumni’s support
and contributions, the
University’s ability and
dedication to plan this
unbelievable trip, it all
came down to those last
few minutes before taking
the field.
Dan Rooney, the U.S.
Ambassador to Ireland and
chairman emeritus of the
Pittsburgh Steelers football
team, greeted us. Listening
to him speak to our team, I
couldn’t help but realize the
significance of the game we
were about to play. Ambassador
Rooney’s subtle but significant
remarks reminded us this game
is much more than which team
is victorious. It reminded us
of the loyalty and friendship
America has with Ireland.
Later, I learned the visit by
Ambassador Rooney was
arranged by Hoddy Hanna ’69
and that Ambassador Rooney is
the father of Joan Rooney Clancy ’91.
After Ambassador Rooney’s remarks,
JCU’s president, the Rev. Robert L. Niehoff,
S.J., approached us. Gathering around
him, we began to pray, like we do in every
pregame. Just like the University’s Jesuit
mission, we were uniquely integrated
through faith and culture.
Taking the field, the lights were
as bright as could be. More fans began
nestling into their seats to see two
competitive, collegiate, American football
teams battle head to head. Foreign to
American football, most Irish fans had no
idea what was going on. However, I don’t
believe they minded because it seemed as
though they were perfectly content with
the Guinness they drank so naturally.
In my three years playing for the Blue
Streaks, I don’t believe we’ve ever played
a better game offensively and defensively.
Walking away victorious in one of the
biggest games in the University’s recent
history was one of the best feelings I’ve
ever had. Our preparation, dedication, and
hard work were well worth it. It was an
experience none of us will forget, holding
it close to our hearts forever. Distinctly
representing all who came before us
wearing the gold helmet, it was an honor
to continue the tradition.
Following our victorious day, the
12 FALL 2012
hey can’t get enough politics, especially during
an election year. And it’s not a hobby; it’s their
job. Caitlin Huey-Burns ’09, Andrew Rafferty ’09,
and Joe Toohey ’10 know the political scene, contentious
as it might be, all too well because they’re journalists. As
such, they have an intimate, behind-the-scenes view of the
serious, yet often farcical, lives of politicians.
“You always have to step back and realize that while the
politicians we cover are important people, they’re humans,”
says Huey-Burns, a Washington-based reporter for Real
Clear Politics, a Chicago-based online political news site and
polling data aggregator. “When they’re talking to voters, we
recognize they’re regular people who lead public lives.”
Toohey, a researcher for NBC’s “Meet the Press,”
felt energy building in the nation’s capital – the hub of
all things political – during the months preceding the
presidential election.
“Everyone was working a little later, everything was
heightened, and everyone was busier,” he says. “In August,
Congress is in recess, and it can be boring, but this year, it’s
been exciting.”
Ear to the ground
Huey-Burns, who’s from the D.C. area and earned a master’s
degree in journalism from Georgetown University, always
has been interested in political races and strategies, as well
as how people think and govern. As part of her job covering
congressional campaigns, Huey-Burns, who previously
wrote for the politics and policy channel of U.S. News &
World Report, builds credibility with sources and develops
an expertise within her beat.
“Everyone in the political world knows Real Clear,”
says Huey-Burns, who spends most of her time in D.C. but
travels a few times a month for a few days at a time based
on candidates’ schedules. “The content is balanced without
an editorial slant. When I interview voters, some aren’t
familiar with our website, but others read it daily.”
The three alumni get to know candidates well – Huey-
Burns and Rafferty, a campaign-embedded reporter for NBC
News since July 2011, more in person than Toohey. They
acquaint themselves with campaign staffs before meeting
the candidates. Staffs familiarize themselves with reporters
to feel more comfortable with them. As campaigns progress,
some reporters might have less access. Nonetheless, it’s
important for reporters to acquaint themselves with the
campaigns. Candidates always have press secretaries with
them, usually recording all interviews so they know how
candidates respond to questions.
“The news cycle never stops, so some days you work a
lot, but I like it,” says Huey-Burns, who pitches story ideas
to Real Clear’s Washington-based editor every morning and
then fleshes them out. “I like thinking about story ideas and
developing them.”
Rafferty has covered several candidates this busy
election year.
“They called me the Black Widow because each
Republican candidate dropped out of the race shortly after I
was assigned to him,” he says. “I started with Tim Pawlenty
(former Republican governor of Minnesota), then moved
on to Herman Cain (former chairman of the Federal
Reserve Bank of Kansas City), and then Rick Santorum
(former Republican senator representing Pennsylvania). I
also covered Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) because he was a
potential vice presidential candidate.”
NBC had eight embedded reporters following various
campaigns. This past summer they were down to five. Part
of their job is to follow candidates (or potential candidates)
wherever they go.
On the campaign trail
Alumni cover the political scene
By John Walsh
14 FALL 2012
“We’re with these people more than
anybody else,” Rafferty says. “We get
perspectives few others have.”
The race is on
Some of the congressional races Huey-Burns
covered included the Senate races in Ohio
between Sherrod Brown (D) and Josh Mandel
(R), Massachusetts between Scott Brown
(R) and Elizabeth Warren (D), and Virginia
between Timothy Kaine (D) and George
Allen (R). In Massachusetts, she followed
Warren as the candidate knocked on voters’
doors and followed Brown to a Little League
game and a small rally. She was able to acquire
an accurate sense of how the candidates
react to voters when there’s not a lot of press
around. For example, she witnessed Scott
Brown holding and petting a puppy while
talking intently to voters.
In June, Huey-Burns covered the recall
election in Wisconsin involving governor
Scott Walker (R) and Milwaukee mayor
Tom Barrett (D), which transcended from a
local story to a national one heading into the
presidential race.
“When a lot of people left one of the press
conferences, I pulled Gov. Walker aside to ask
him what he thought the race was like,” she
says. “It was such a highly charged election, I
always think about what these people would
do if they lose. Elections are fascinating in
many ways but also because they’re about
people’s jobs, including the candidates.’”
While covering Tom Smith (R), a senate
candidate who lives in rural Pennsylvania who
challenged Sen. Bob Casey (D), Huey-Burns
was able to learn more about the coal mines he
owns and the people who operate them.
On the road again
NBC, being the news entity it is, helps
open doors for Rafferty, but the biggest key
to access to candidates and reporting with
more insights is because he’s with them 24/7.
Reporters who cover a candidate daily have
a running joke that’s not really a joke: After
a week, they can recite a candidate’s stump
speech for him. Rafferty covered Santorum
through six town halls a day for weeks as he
was fielding questions from various people. So
what he and other politicians say differently
from their scripted speeches is news.
“Politicians are well scripted and hard to
get off message,” Huey-Burns says.
However, Cain and Santorum were less
scripted than other politicians, which made
covering them more exciting and difficult
because Rafferty didn’t know what they were
going to say.
A significant part of Rafferty’s job is
interviewing and writing stories about the
people who work for politicians running for
elected office. He talks to campaign staffers
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When Santorum dropped out of the
Republican presidential candidate race, Rafferty
moved on to cover several potential Republican
vice presidential nominees including Portman.
After Portman, he floated around in the
Republican field and covered President Obama
in New Hampshire, as well as the Republican
and Democrat National Conventions in Tampa,
Fla., and Charlotte, N.C.
Within the realm of politics, Rafferty
has covered quirky but related stories, too.
For example, after conducting research about
Portman, Rafferty discovered Portman and his
brother and sister own a supposedly haunted
hotel in Lebanon, Ohio, called the Golden
Lamb Inn, which is the longest consistently run
business in Ohio. It opened as a lodge in 1803.
Rafferty had few constants in his life this
past year – the one being he always was told
to board a plane and fly somewhere to report
about a politician.
“It’s rare I woke up and got to sleep in the
same place,” he says. “I should never have to
pay for another hotel room for the rest of my
life because of all the loyalty reward points
I’ve earned. Since July 11, 2011, I stayed in
a hotel almost every night and flown at least
twice a week. There’s some uncertainty about
the next destination because the candidates
are always just figuring out where and what
they’re going to go and do next. I’ve lived out
of a suitcase. It’s a nomadic lifestyle. There’s
no place I call home.”
But that’s likely to change now that the
presidential election is over.
“This is a job with an expiration date,”
Rafferty says. “I’ll move on some time after
the election. The million-dollar question
is what will I do after this, but I’m not too
worried about that at this point.”
Unlike Rafferty, and to a lesser degree Huey-
Burns, Toohey rarely travels. In addition to
researching guests, he runs a Facebook page
for “Meet the Press,” as well as writes social
media updates and show summaries online.
By Thursday or Friday afternoon at the
latest each week, guests are booked on the
show. (When the show features presidential
candidates, they’re booked further in advance
so the research team can perform its due
diligence.) Then Chris Donovan, the show’s
producer; Betsy Fischer-Martin, the show’s
executive producer; and David Gregory, the
show’s host, determine that Sunday’s theme
and master outline. Then Toohey meets with
Donovan and is dispatched to find everything
about what a guest, most likely a senator or
congressman, said about a particular topic,
dating back 20 years in some cases. To find
memorable quotes from the guests, Toohey
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“We use everything,” he says. “Small,
local papers are great because politicians say
things to them that aren’t always picked up by
the national media.”
“Meet the Press” is always looking to host
newsworthy politicians. President Obama last
appeared on the show Sept. 20, 2009. Romney
appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” but
hadn’t done “Meet the Press” to date. Sen.
Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was on this past summer.
“Our goal is to learn everything about
our guest and play devil’s advocate,” Toohey
says. “We try to find inconsistencies in what
they’ve said or how they’ve voted. We do our
best to ask difficult questions, but everyone
gets a fair shake.”
Sometimes a debate about a topic that
one thinks will elicit verbal fireworks turns
out to be a dud.
“I thought the tax reform debate we had in
August was going to be explosive, but it ended
up like watching paint dry,” Toohey says.
Covering the conventions
Huey-Burns says the conventions were
partisan events and each party felt they could
win the election. Both sides agreed the race
came down to a few battleground states such
as Ohio, Virginia, and Florida. The energy
at the Republican convention was geared
around anti-Obama sentiment, not necessarily
pro-Romney sentiment. At the Democrat
convention, the energy was behind supporting
President Obama.
The rhetoric and speeches at each
convention were the same as what had been
happening leading up to the conventions, so
there wasn’t much news and weren’t many
policy specifics from either side.
While at the conventions, Huey-
Burns – while developing sources, getting
her name out there and building credibility
– interviewed delegates about how the
campaigns were progressing in their states.
At the Republican convention, there was a
concerted effort to combat the Democrats
claims of a so-called war on women. She
talked to delegates about how Paul Ryan helps
the ticket and Romney. On the Democrat
side, she covered many speeches and what the
delegates thought about them.
“This is when most voters first start
paying attention to the campaigns, and we,
as journalists, have seen this for almost two
years,” she says.
“It was surreal at times because the entire
year I spent covering the campaign was focused
on making it to convention,” Rafferty adds.
Covering the conventions was an
experience Rafferty hopes he can do again.
Much of his time was spent covering the events
happening before the primetime speeches that
were broadcast to the nation. Each delegation
met for breakfast in the morning, and many
of them had noteworthy speakers, such as
former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and
Newark (N.J.) Mayor Cory Booker.
“It was exciting to have everyone in
politics focused on one specific event, which
doesn’t happen often,” he says. “There’s a
lot of work that goes on, but there’s also a
lot of fun stuff. As long as you don’t mind
working on just a few hours of sleep, it can be
a memorable experience.”
A journalist’s perspective
Many viewers are intrigued by the politicians
and journalists they see on TV inside the
beltway, but Toohey says there are many
regular people doing their jobs just like
anywhere else.
“For example, I bump into Chris
Matthews in the lunch room, and he’s excited
about taco salad day, too.”
Even though journalists’ focus is on
candidates, it’s the constituents who cast the
ballots and decide candidates’ futures.
“Polling is helpful, but we get a real sense
of the issues by talking to voters – what they
want and don’t want and how they perceive
the message from the candidates,” Huey-Burns
says. “Even those voters who say they’re not
dialed into politics daily realize how it affects
them, in terms of jobs and taxes, for example.”
Being on the road for so long and doing
the same thing other reporters do – going to
the same places, staying at the same hotels,
and having drinks at the same bars at the end
of the night – allows Rafferty to form a strong
bond with other reporters.
“You’re competing with the other news
organizations you travel with, but it makes life
easier if you get along well with the reporters
you spend so much time around,” he says.
“When someone else reports something you
don’t have, you scramble to confirm it,” he
says. “News is cyclical – you have something
someone else doesn’t, then they have
something you don’t. No one has a monopoly
on information.”
Meeting so many different people and
having compelling conversations with them
allows journalists to tell an interesting story
and be informative.
“You’re informing people who are casting
ballots, which is an important part of our
democracy,” Huey-Burns says.
16 FALL 2012
hen you hear the name Tony
DeCarlo ’66G, you immediately
think John Carroll athletics.
They’re synonymous.
DeCarlo served the University faithfully for
almost 50 years. He retired from his position as
director of athletic development June 30, but his
impact on the University and his legacy carry on
in the scores of alumni and friends whose lives
have improved as a result of knowing him.
“I was returning from a business trip and
paying for parking at the airport in Cleveland,
and the lot attendant, an older gentleman,
read my name on my credit card and asked me
if I was related to the celebrity Tony DeCarlo
from John Carroll,” says Tony DeCarlo Jr. ’88,
president and CEO of Ideastream Consumer
Products. “I laughed because I never heard
my dad referred to as a celebrity. I smiled and
replied, ‘Well, he’s a celebrity in our house!’”
In 2003, the campus’ varsity gymnasium
was renamed the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center
to honor his long years of service.
“Our family is always proud to walk on to
campus, considering how important Carroll
has been to us and how much dad cared about
and gave to JCU,” says DeCarlo Jr., an All-
American wrestler in 1986. “The naming of the
gym was a proud day for us. Dad was humbled
by the gesture and could only reference the
opportunity provided to him by John Carroll and
the opportunity to work with so many kids with
incredible backgrounds and great work ethics.”
On the mat
A graduate of Painesville (Ohio) Harvey High
School and Kent State University (where he
lettered in football and wrestling), DeCarlo
first joined Carroll in 1964 – when there
were seven men’s varsity sports – as the head
wrestling (a program he started that same
year), assistant football, and tennis coach after
coaching wrestling and football for two years at
St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio.
“I was a young guy – 24 at the time – and
had a great opportunity,” he says. “I was grateful
for the mere fact someone had confidence in
me to start a program and coach another sport.
John Ray was instrumental in getting me here,
but I never worked for him because he left to
work for Ara Parseghian at Notre Dame.”
Starting the wrestling program was
challenging. During his first few years, DeCarlo
was pulling students – mostly former high school
wrestlers – out of the hallways and onto the mat.
The program improved each year, and by his
third, the team was 9-1. Recruiting became easier
because of the winning record and there weren’t
many Division III schools that had a wrestling
program at the time.
“I was in a hot bed for high school
wrestling,” he says. “There were so many
outstanding high school programs in Ohio and
Western Pennsylvania.”
In 24 seasons of coaching wrestling,
DeCarlo’s teams won 21 straight Presidents
Athletic Conference titles and one NCAA
title (’75). Named National Catholic Coach
of the Year four times (’73, ’74, ’79, and
’87), he coached 14 national wrestling
champions, 62 All-Americans, and 120
PAC champions. His overall wrestling
record from 1964-1987 is 213-65-1.
“Tony demonstrated a unique ability to
give a wrestler what he needed individually
and develop a team atmosphere in a sport
dominated by powerful personalities,” says Mark
Hawald ’77, the first state champion DeCarlo
recruited, a two-time national champion, and
first and only four-time All-American. “We
wanted to win for ourselves and coach. Tony
created a fun-loving, hard-working, tight-knit
team – ingredients that created a Division III
national championship team in 1975.”
Hawald is a retirement planning counselor
and investment advisor representative for
Securus Financial Strategies, as well as a
consultant for Allstar Business Services.
“In the Presidents Athletic Conference,
Tony’s program was far superior – and then the
program got a lot better after we graduated,”
says Mike Kelly ’70, vice president of Dawson
Cos., an insurance company.
“People wanted to be part of a winner,”
DeCarlo says. “But as we continued to win, we
still had to explain to students why we wanted
Once recruits saw the campus firsthand
and learned about Jesuit education with their
parents, it became a win-win situation for the
school and students.
“We had all the right ingredients right
here,” DeCarlo says.
Another key to DeCarlo’s success was
the fact he surrounded himself with the best
assistant coaches he could find.
“I was a fanatic about surrounding myself
with top-notch people,” he says. “My assistants
were outstanding. We all worked hard to build
a strong program.”
During the 1970s, DeCarlo took his teams
to Florida to wrestle matches against many
Division I teams. Carroll was one of about 10
schools in the Midwest that were the first to
travel south to wrestle, he says.
“Tony would use his car and have one of
his friends drive to some of our away matches,”
Winning ways
After almost half a century,
Tony DeCarlo ’66G retires from the University
By John Walsh
18 FALL 2012
Kelly says. “What road trips we’d have! We
even took a plane one time – wow!”
After beating heavyweights such as Kent
State, Ohio State, and Notre Dame (all without
scholarships compared to the big-time opponents
who had as many as 10 on a team), DeCarlo’s
program gained considerable attention. In 1978,
the University of Michigan, specifically athletic
director Don Canham, came calling.
“I thought the assistant coaches were
pulling my leg when they told me Canham was
on the phone,” he says.
DeCarlo traveled to Michigan three times
during the interview process but eventually
turned down the job to be the head wrestling
coach there because he didn’t want to coach
wrestling his entire career.
“My kids wanted to make the move, but
I knew I made the right decision to remain at
Carroll,” he says. “Wrestling is a grueling sport
to coach. There are phenomenal ups and downs.
It’s an emotional roller coaster ride.”
In 1977, DeCarlo was inducted into the
JCU Hall of Fame.
“I’m proud of what I accomplished and always
felt I was privileged to be working here,” he says.
DeCarlo was inducted into the Ohio
Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1980 and the
NCAA Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame
in 1991. He was awarded a JCU Centennial
Medal in 1986.
On the gridiron
In 1986, when there were 17 men’s and women’s
varsity sports at JCU, he became the athletic
director, succeeding Jerry Schweickert ’60.
“Fr. [Michael] Lavelle, S.J. [21st president of
JCU and a vice president at the time] thought
I could elevate all the teams to the success
levels of the wrestling and football programs,”
DeCarlo says. “One of the rules I established
was that every coach had to do his fair share of
recruiting. Say a coach felt he needed 10 players
for the coming year. I’d tell him to recruit 20
because in Division III, you never know who
will be a great athlete and respond.”
DeCarlo’s success in wrestling was the
reason why Fr. Lavelle and Fr. Thomas
O’Malley, S.J. (JCU’s president at the time)
asked him to take over as head football coach.
In 1987, he moved from wrestling to become
the 14th head football coach, succeeding Frank
Amato ’73. DeCarlo was unsure about taking
the job because he had been out of football for
10 years. He tried to convince Fr. O’Malley to
hire former Cleveland Browns head football
coach Sam Rutigliano, but when Rutigliano
declined, Fr. O’Malley turned back to DeCarlo.
DeCarlo led the Blue Streaks to 12
consecutive winning seasons (90-27-4, the
most coaching wins in school history; and
Ohio Athletic Conference Championships in
’89 and ’94) on the gridiron and was named
the OAC Coach of the Year twice (’94, ’97).
“Coach DeCarlo made us believe in
ourselves and in the team concept,” says
David Rastoka ’90, president of HeartFelt
Stories and DeCarlo’s first football captain and
All-American. “He was a terrific motivator and
taught us valuable life skills I still use today in
my business. A positive mental attitude was
his message to all of us – nothing is impossible
with a positive mental attitude. He helped
create so many wonderful memories for all of
us that will last us a lifetime.”
DeCarlo finished coaching in 1998.
“I’m someone who has to give 100 percent
to everything, and I wasn’t able to do that,” he
said in 1998. “It’s the toughest decision I’ve had
to make in my coaching career. I’m losing my
direct link to the kids, and that’s what I’ll miss.”
Staying connected
After coaching, DeCarlo remained athletic
director for a few more years. It was during that
time he began working with former athletes,
other alumni, and benefactors helping raise
money for the University. He was interested
in building a new stadium and developed new
sports programs such as women’s soccer and golf.
“The development position gave me
the opportunity to reconnect with many of
my former athletes,” he says. “I wasn’t keen
on asking people for money, but once I was
exposed to fundraising, I liked it.”
DeCarlo led an athletic fundraising
campaign raising more than $4.6 million to
improve athletic facilities, including Shula
Stadium at Wasmer Field and the DeCarlo
Varsity Center, during the “Choosing the
Greater Good” campaign.
Since 2003, DeCarlo served as director of
athletic development, engaging alumni and
benefactors to support Carroll. He has led
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“All the students deserve recreation,
and I helped them by devoting more time to
renovate the facilities,” he says.
“His career has solidified a continued
connection between JCU and thousands of
graduates who’ve benefited from his exemplary
motivation,” says Dan Weir ’73, who was a
three-year wrestling team captain and is a
member of the JCU Athletic Hall of Fame and
a retired bank executive.
Family matters
DeCarlo’s contributions to Carroll wouldn’t
have been possible without the support and
understanding of his family – wife, Rita ’68G,
a retired school psychologist, who he’s been
married to for 50 years; their three children –
Debbie ’86, Tony, and Patti ’90; their spouses;
nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
“We did it as a family,” he says about his
successful career. “I spent a lot of time here.
My kids were excited to be a ball boy, timers,
and water girls during scrimmages. And I got
to spend time with them.”
“I remember going to Sunday afternoon
wrestling practices with dad and getting tossed
around the mat by guys I thought were larger
than life,” DeCarlo Jr. says. “Guys that today
are great friends of our family and incredibly
successful people – doctors, lawyers, salesmen,
coaches, and business leaders.
DeCarlo taught his children the same
values he taught his players – hard work and
organization, among others.
“He made us feel 10 feet taller than we
were and helped us accomplish things we
never thought we could,” DeCarlo Jr. says.
“He helped us raise our own bar, which is
something you take with you throughout life.
Hard work, humility, financial responsibility,
and respect for others was a requirement in our
home, classroom, wrestling room, and on the
football field. There was only one way to do
things – the right way.”
The second (of three) child of Sicilian
immigrant parents, Sebastian and Rosa (and
stepmother Adele), DeCarlo’s mother passed
away when he was seven years old, so his older
sister, Emma, helped raise him.
“What success I’ve had goes back to my
parents,” he says. “They, along with my sisters,
Emma and Rosemary, have been great role
models. I remember vividly how close we
were as a family. My father, a crane operator
for Diamond Shamrock, was thrilled to death
because I was the first in the family to go to
college. He always told me to work hard, stay
after things, and save money.”
DeCarlo Jr. can’t think of a man who’s
had a more rewarding career and such a
tremendous impact on so many people.
“Throughout the years, my path has
crossed with many JCU alums and former
athletes,” he says. “So many people credit their
success later on in life to the lessons dad taught
and the leadership he provided during their
JCU days. I’ve heard story after story about
how dad’s influence as a coach and leader
changed peoples lives forever.”
“When I think about John Carroll, I always think about Coach DeCarlo. His love of the
school and enthusiasm for John Carroll are always evident. Coach is a great motivator.
Under his leadership, we were successful and still had fun.”
– Jack Mulhall ’76, All-American wrestler, JCU Hall of Fame ’86
“Coach DeCarlo challenged his athletes to develop their body and mind to achieve a
synergy that competes with the best. He did this by focusing on the basics, obtaining a
commitment to working hard and smart, and caring for the development of his student
athletes in facing life.”
– Dan Weir ’73, three-time National Catholic
Invitational wrestling champion, JCU Hall Of Fame ’88
“He is, and always will be, fully committed to the school and the players as evidenced by
the 48 years of service he has given to the University. I’m grateful for the opportunity he
presented to me coming out of high school. He’ll always be considered a friend and a
mentor, and I’m proud to have been associated with him through the years.”
– Nick Caserio ’98, JCU Hall of Fame ’09, football
“While winning was always at the forefront of our endeavor, it was everything else that
Coach DeCarlo did for me I appreciate today, 21 years later. He’s one of only a handful
of men who helped shape me as a person. I’m forever grateful to him for instilling in
me the qualities of leadership, character, integrity, and compassion. He has had a
tremendous impact on my life, and I’m extremely thankful to be able to still call him
Coach but more importantly know he’s my friend.”
– P.J. Insana ’95, JCU Hall of Fame ’09, football
“Tony DeCarlo was an inspiration for me to enter the coaching profession. He changed
my life when he took over the John Carroll football program. He inspired me and other
players to excel in the weight room, at practice, on game day, and in the classroom.
It was a great feeling to be a part of a program that went from a losing record my
freshman year to winning the OAC Championship my senior year. I feel privileged to have
had the opportunity to play for a legendary coach and gentleman.”
– Brian Cochran ’90, All-American football player, JCU Hall of Fame ’11
“Whether it was in the wrestling room, at practice, or when he coached from the corner of
the mat, Coach DeCarlo gave his full and complete energy and effort to you whether you
were one of his returning national champions or third string. He routinely took a better-
than-average-to-good high school wrestler and turned him into an All-American. His real
accomplishment was causing wrestlers to reveal their own talents to themselves. Coach
believed in us before we believed in ourselves. He taught us to leave it all on the mat.
Many have taken that mantra out of the stale and smelly wrestling room and carried
it with us through our careers, marriages, challenges, and successes in life. He left us
better than he found us.”
– Kevin Hinkel ’77, All-American wrestler, JCU Hall of Fame ’85
“Tony DeCarlo was a great coach and ambassador for John Carroll University. He’s given the
majority of his life to serving the university. I owe a great deal of the success I had while at
Carroll to him. There will never be another Coach DeCarlo. He bleeds blue and Gold!”
– London Fletcher, All-American linebacker, JCU Hall of Fame ’08
Mulhall is an agent with State Farm Insurance; Weir is a retired bank executive; Caserio
is director of player personnel for the New England Patriots; Insana is a partner with the
insurance firm Britton-Gallagher; Cochran is an assistant coach for the John Carroll football
team; Hinkel is a partner with the law firm Kadish, Hinkel & Weibel; and Fletcher is a
professional football player with the Washington Redskins.
What former athletes say
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a code of
Facing dilemmas and
making the right choices
By John Walsh
Do what’s right. No excuses.
That’s easier said than done, especially in the business world, whether it’s in the private sector or
at various levels of government.
Ethics has been at the core of Jesuit education since the inception of the Society of Jesus almost
500 years ago. It’s what helps distinguish Jesuit organizations in the realm of higher learning. Yet
the concept of business ethics can conjure examples of scandal. Organizational examples include
accounting fraud at Enron, Fannie Mae, and Arthur Andersen. More recent examples are Rupert
Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper and Wal-Mart’s alleged bribery practices in Mexico.
Individual examples are Dov Charney, CEO of American Apparel (behavior in the workplace), and
Charles Phillips, former president of Oracle (behavior in one’s personal life). Examples abound.
“Everyone sees things through a different lens,” says Scott Allen, Ph.D., assistant professor of
management, marketing, and logistics who teaches a business ethics course for MBA students in the
Boler School of Business. “Some employees put up with a leader’s foibles if the company is successful.
Steve Jobs’ alleged treatment of some Apple employees is one example. This is where the idea that
there are several ethical values that might be equally correct and fundamental, but conflict with each
other, can come into play. Does the fact he achieved phenomenal results and provided income for
many poeple justify his harsh treatment of some employees? Some say yes, others say no.”
Sometimes executives find themselves in situations where they have to make decisions in
which there are no-win scenarios. The president of the United States is an example. Regardless of
the decisions they make, the ethical point is whether they honestly weigh all scenarios and make
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decisions based on what they value.
In academia, business ethics started
as a discipline within philosophy
that involved theoretical questions,
but it has evolved to include more
nonphilosophers conducting empirical
work, says Earl Spurgin, Ph.D.,
professor in the philosophy department
and director of the Program in Applied
Ethics. In the business realm, Ethisphere – a research-based
institute dedicated to the creation, advancement, and
sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social
responsibility, anticorruption, and sustainability – does such
empirical work. It ranks the world’s most ethical companies
( One of the 145 companies in the 2012
list is Petco, led by president and CEO Jim Myers ’80.
Creating an ethical culture
Myers, who is a member of JCU’s board of directors, fosters
a values-driven culture in which integrity, teamwork,
learning, fun, continuous improvement, recognition,
and results are hallmarks of how the company operates.
Engaging employees with a noble goal makes everyday
work more rewarding and supports a commitment to
values. Doing the right thing in every situation is the
foundation for its actions and decisions.
“A culture of integrity in company actions and
decisions are paramount to accomplish the company’s
goals,” he says.
Myers, who’s also on the board of directors at Jack in
the Box and Qdoba Grill, is incorporating the fast-food
companies’ associate-friendly code of ethics into Petco’s
corporate culture. The new code is more relevant to Petco
“The old code was a list of dos and don’ts,” Myers
says. “The new code, which stresses animals-come-first
values, is more of a document describing and outlining the
company’s ethical culture. We’re taking business ethics
away from a list of rules and making it more engaging with
a better description of a desired ethical culture, full of real-
life examples associates can personally relate to.”
Sometimes it’s difficult for employees to decide the
right thing to do, so Petco’s code of ethics guides them
with a list of questions they should ask when deciding if
they made the right choice:
º Will my actions comply witl tle law anJ company
policies and procedures?
º Will otlers view my actions as fair
and honest?
º Will l feel ,ooJ about my Jecisions
º WoulJ my mana,er, otler
associates, customers, family, and
the general public approve my
º WoulJ l feel comfortable reaJin, about it in tle
Petco’s management team plays an important part of
enforcing the code of ethics. Most importantly, it must act
as role models. Managers are encouraged to:
º Maintain tle li,lest level of lonesty anJ personal
integrity in their daily responsibilities.
º Set a positive example.
º Make etlical employment Jecisions sucl as lirin,,
placement, promotion, layoff, transfer, demotion,
separation, training, pay, recruitment advertising, and
other forms of compensation.
º Lnsure associates are aware of anJ acknowleJ,e tle
code of ethics.
º leco,nize si,ns of unetlical conJuct anJ take
appropriate steps responding to violations.
Petco offers training about the importance of
commitment to its vision and values for all associates.
When employees have ethics or compliance concerns,
they’re encouraged to seek assistance from their normal
chain of command first, which means managers are
responsible for responding to such concerns in a complete
and timely manner. A confidential hotline also is available
for employees to call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to
report concerns or seek additional assistance.
The Petco code of ethics, which provides guidance
for many ethical issues employees might face daily, was
created to inform everyone about the ethical and legal
obligations to the animals in the company’s care, company
employees, customers, vendors, and the communities the
company serves.
“It’s critical all associates understand and comply with
the code because compliance is a condition of employment
for associates at all levels, and the company is dedicated to
enforcing it strictly,” Myers says.
Petco’s passion for continuously fulfilling its vision can
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Ethics is at the core of what John Carroll
teaches. The Boler School of Business
requires students to take business ethics
taught in the philosophy department
in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Sometimes, professors from the two
colleges teach classes together. For
example, Earl Spurgin, Ph.D., professor in
the philosophy department and director
of the Program in Applied Ethics, and
Andrew Welki, Ph.D., associate professor
of economics, teach a course about
environmental ethics and the economy.
“The Boler School of Business
integrates ethics into many of the
courses it offers, which is vitally
important,” says Spurgin, who has been
published numerous times in business
ethics journals and is tied for 24th in a
worldwide ranking for published work in
those journals during a 10-year period
(1999 to 2008). “We don’t want students
to just check off a box saying they filled a
requirement to take ethics. It’s an integral
part of other courses.”
Spurgin uses numerous case-study
examples to encourage students to think
about ethical decision-making. One
example of a conflict of interest is the so-
called Dead Peasant insurance, in which
employers take out life insurance policies
on rank-and-file employees; and when
they die, the companies benefit.
Another example of ethics that hits
closer to home with many students –
because they wear the company’s clothes
– is the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog that
featured young, nude models in the late
1990s and early 2000s. The company
demonstrated a lewd attitude of sex. The
underpinning issue, though, was education.
“It was the wrong way to educate
young people about sex,” Spurgin says.
“Society needs to educate young people
about sex more appropriately; and if
that’s done, there will be no need to
take a pornographic approach the way
Abercrombie & Fitch did.”
Yet another example of ethics students
can relate to easily is sweatshop labor at
large clothing manufacturing plants.
“Students feel threatened when
the company that makes the clothes
they wear is questioned for unethical
behavior,” Spurgin says. “Labor is a big
issue in business ethics. Is it exploitative
or beneficial to the societies in which the
workers live? One argument is they’re
not being paid enough; the other is they
wouldn’t be making anything if it wasn’t
for the job.
“These types of cases bring out
compelling discussions,” he adds.
Spurgin highlights the question of
social responsibility and what model
businesses should follow. On one end
is the Milton Friedman model in which
a business’ sole priority is to increase
Ethics in the classroom
profits for its shareholders. On the
other end is the stakeholder model in
which a company takes into account the
interests of those who are affected by
its operations when it makes decisions.
As such, there can be uncertainty when
making ethical decisions.
“No one has the 10 commandments
of business ethics,” Spurgin says. “I
help students think critically about
what they would do in the business
world. I encourage them to think about
considerations that make a decision more
ethical. I try to get them to recognize those
situations more acutely.”
When discussing specific examples,
Spurgin isn’t as interested in the
students’ outcomes as the process they
use to reach their decisions. He’s more
concerned about how well students
recognize and evaluate the ethical
dilemmas they’re called to confront.
“It’s more about building skills, which
is how I look at a liberal arts education as
a whole,” he says.
When the economy is struggling,
students tend to be more interested in
employee rights – privacy, for example –
than when the economy is robust.
“I have less difficulty motivating
students when the economy is bad,”
Spurgin says. “But at the same time, in
a post-Enron world, I have less difficulty
motivating them in general.”
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be achieved only through the honest
and ethical behavior of its employees,
Myers says.
“Whether it’s caring for animals,
assisting our customers, leading others,
distributing inventory to stores, or
assisting the field at our support centers,
our daily decisions make all the difference in upholding
the company’s high ethical standards,” he says. “With a
personal commitment from each of us, we will do the right
thing for Petco and the many stakeholders we serve.”
Clear choices
In the financial trading world, ethical dilemmas are
omnipresent because there’s constant interaction with money.
“There’s a lot of money going around, and it can get
lost,” says Kevin Ferry ’83, co-founder and chief market
strategist of Cronus Futures Management, a commodity
trading adviser that focuses on fixed income, foreign
exchange, and equity futures trading in the electronic world.
“Money is involved in what we do, and you’re always making
ethical decisions when you’re asked to perform a task.
Sometimes an ethical decision goes against the culture.”
Young graduates emerging from business schools look
to assimilate into that financial culture, which emphasizes
pedigree – the schools they attended and the firms for
which they’ve worked.
“It’s all about name – where you came from and where
you’re going,” says Ferry, who has 24 years of experience in
futures trading. “That stagnates a culture.”
Within the financial markets culture, two significant
changes have occurred, says Ferry, who’s a regular
commentator on CNBC’s Squawk Box and has appeared
numerous times on Bloomberg Television and Radio and Fox
Business News. The first one is that recent graduates need to
have more than just prestigious names on their resumes.
“It’s the equivalent of having a brain and a heart, and
Carroll teaches you that,” Ferry says. “There has been too
much of a focus on pedigree.”
The second cultural change is a movement away from
human contact because of technology.
“It’s very easy to make a financial decision with the
click of a mouse without interacting with anybody,” Ferry
says, citing fat-finger error – when a trader enters an order
to sell more shares than he’s supposed to – as an example.
“It’s much more difficult to make
the same decision face to face with
someone present.
“Most of the time, it comes down
to choice, and right and wrong will be
obvious, so a person will choose between
being part of the culture or taking the
heat for making an ethical decision,” he
adds. “Once you’re in the game, you’re faced with it.”
As an ethical example, Ferry cites a former employee
who worked at MF Global, a financial derivatives broker.
She was directed to transfer money when Jon Corzine was
CEO and wouldn’t do it. She rode down the elevator in the
building where she worked and never came back.
“Unfortunately, those stories don’t get told as often or
as loudly as they should,” he says.
As an unethical example, Ferry cites English derivatives
broker Nick Leeson who worked at Barings Bank, which
was the oldest merchant bank in London. Leeson took the
bank down because of fraudulent, unauthorized speculative
trading. In 1995, he lost more than $1 billion, primarily in
futures contracts, at the bank’s Singapore office.
“It started out as a small problem, and the slightest bit of
moral fortitude would have saved the bank,” he says.
Everyone working in the financial markets can point to
some compliance measures or ethics training early in their
careers because it’s considered part of orientation, Ferry says.
“However, it’s unlike the culture at Carroll, where ethics
is closely tied to the process,” he says. “My educational
experience was intertwined with ethical choices. Ethics has
to be part of these financial institutions as a whole.”
Lead the way
People in leadership positions can be under stress for years,
so they use reactive strategies – a quick fix with alcohol,
drugs, food, or sex – to relieve stress instead of healthy
options such as meditation, prayer, exercise, and diet. With
a mentality of entitlement or stupidity, that quick fix might
become a bigger problem to manage.
“It’s a human condition, and people sometimes make
completely irrational decisions,” Allen says, adding that
even great leaders often have flaws.
Professor and author Barbara Kellerman, Ph.D., wrote
a book titled “Bad Leadership” highlighting seven types
of bad leadership, which often can result in unethical
decisions. They are: incompetent, rigid, intemperate,
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callous, corrupt, insular, and evil. People who work for
leaders with these attributes sometimes cover up bad
situations they create or enable them.
“There’s fear in so many workplaces,” Allen says.
“People are scared to be whistleblowers.”
On the flip side, effective leaders stimulate employees
intellectually, inspire and motivate them professionally,
influence them ideally, and consider their ideas individually.
In addition to positive and negative attributes,
executives can lead using six different styles – democratic,
affiliative, coercive, pace-setting, coaching, and
authoritative. Leaders might choose a certain leadership
Ray Smiley ’51 knows firsthand the value of
a Jesuit Catholic education. He personified
it during his successful career as a financial
executive. Smiley knows John Carroll University
is committed to educating ethically and morally
responsible leaders. This commitment is
materially significant given the myriad of serious
dilemmas business leaders face throughout
their careers. Consequently, Smiley and his
wife, Eleanor, have agreed to fund a $2.5-million endowed chair in
business ethics in the John and Mary Jo Boler School of Business.
The Ray and Eleanor Smiley Endowed Chair in Business
Ethics will enable the University to hire an achieved academic
scholar and create collaborative programming. Its goal will bring
students, business professionals, and faculty together to analyze
and address ethical, moral, and social justice problems within
the context of a global society.
“Eleanor and I hope our gift will enable the University to
further attract and retain the highest quality faculty and scholars
and remind the academic world what an esteemed global,
ethical business program predicated on 460 years of Jesuit
educational excellence should resemble,” says Smiley, a member
of the University’s board of directors.
Smiley, who was awarded the John Carroll Alumni Medal in
1998, held executive positions at McDowell-Wellman Engineering
Co. and Gilford Instrument Laboratories. He concluded his business
career at Bearings, Inc. as CFO. As a CPA, he also was employed
by Price Waterhouse and Deloitte & Touche. During his career,
Smiley joined Financial Executives International, an association
of senior-level financial executives, and became a member of its
style based on a situation, but they’re aware when they’re in
an ethical dilemma and aware of the consequences of their
decisions. Their choice is intentional.
“It comes down to values,” Allen says. “You’re better off
if you’re intentional and have consciously thought through
the ramifications of your decisions.”
The ethics of an executive’s personal life matters,
too, because unethical behavior in one’s personal life can
diminish his credibility with people who think it matters.
“A bad personal life is an indicator of how that person
operates,” Allen says. “Effective leaders need to have their
shops in order. Of course, this is difficult work in and of itself.”
national board and ethics committee. When he
retired in 1992, the association requested he
remain on its editorial board to help direct the
content of the association’s magazine, which
addressed current financial events and ethical
and moral issues. More recently, Smiley cites
the near collapse of the U.S. financial system
as a result of unethical behavior and dishonest
politicians, investment and commercial
bankers, rating agencies, CPAs, and mortgage brokers.
“Unethical behavior is an epidemic,” says Smiley, who has
eight children, three of whom are John Carroll graduates. “The
end does not justify the means.”
Karen Schuele, Ph.D., the dean of the
Boler School, is thrilled the Smileys are
generously funding the endowed chair.
“Not only will this gift enhance the
prestige and visibility of the University,
it will ensure students have a stronger
foundation in ethics and give them tools to
confront and navigate ethical challenges
they’ll face throughout their careers.”
The endowed chair will generate enough annual income to
support hiring a new faculty member with significant expertise
in generating innovative ideas in business ethics and morality,
as well as support an annual ethics conference for business
leaders, faculty, and students.
“We’re grateful to Ray and Eleanor for their leadership and
investment in our future by making this transformational gift,”
Schuele says.
Smileys fund chair in business ethics
Ray and Eleanor Smiley
26 FALL 2012
hen the Rev. Maurice Emelu
’12G stood to deliver a homily at
what he thought was just another
Mass, he had no idea he was auditioning for a
host position on an EWTN (Global Catholic
Television Network) show.
“I was preaching, and afterward, someone
approached me to see if I’d like to be on
EWTN,” Fr. Emelu says. “I came down for
what I thought was just a visit, but they were
auditioning me for an internship. This led me
to saying live Masses on EWTN. At the time, I
was studying at JCU, and I received a call from
management proposing the show to me.”
Fr. Emelu, who proudly completed his
program in The Tim Russert Department of
Communication and Theatre Arts, conducted
a qualitative and quantitative (he analyzed 355
survey respondents) study of social media use
in Nigeria. The project is recommended for
publication at OhioLink, the Ohio Library and
Information Network.
More recently, Fr. Emelu completed a
13-episode series with EWTN titled “The
Faith with Fr. Maurice.” The focus of the
show is to teach the truth about Christianity
and Catholicism to a broad audience through
a series of unique topics. The show – which
will be shown in Africa, Europe, and America
– was filmed at EWTN’s headquarters in
Irondale, Ala. Fr. Emelu, who’s from Nigeria,
is the first African to host a show in EWTN’s
22-year history.
“It’s something the network hasn’t had the
opportunity to do,” says Mark Kaczperski, the
show’s producer.
“It’s a humbling experience,” Fr. Emelu says.
“It’s challenging to be sure, but it convinces
me of God’s will to use different instruments
to preach the Gospel. I’m a humble servant
who God has asked to do this task. I’m open to
do what God wants me to do at any time. I’m
proud to be a part of this pioneering
Fr. Emelu, who comes from
the town of Umuchima in
Eastern Nigeria, studied at the
Seat of Wisdom Seminary in
Owerri, Imo State, before
coming to Carroll. A priest
in the Catholic Diocese of
Orlu in Nigeria, he’s earned
degrees in philosophy,
theology, and journalism. Fr.
Emelu was introduced to JCU
through the bishop of the
diocese of Orlu in Nigeria,
the Most Rev. Augustine
Ukwuoma, Ph.D., who lived
in Cleveland and thought
highly of Carroll. Two priests
in the diocese completed graduate programs
in education at JCU, and Bishop Ukwuoma
recommended the school to Fr. Emelu for his
studies in communication. Fr. Emelu met with
president Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., who offered
him a scholarship.
Fr. Emelu’s decision to become a priest was
made at a young age, due in large part because
of his mother’s influence.
“My mother laid down the foundation
for the priesthood for me,” he says. “As I was
growing up, I felt like God was calling me to
give people knowledge of God and know the
truth of God’s word. Being available for God’s
service is something that gives me great joy.”
Fr. Emelu’s passion and speaking ability are
why he was chosen for the job. His unique ability
to attract listeners and keep them attentive made
him stand out to the EWTN staff.
“He’s a knowledgeable speaker and
passionate about spreading the church’s
teaching,” Kaczperski says. “He’s fun to work
with because he has a lot of energy. It was a
joy to listen to him. He’s an interesting person,
and you learn quite a bit by listening to him
talk. He has a way of grabbing your attention,
and I know audiences will respond favorably
when they hear him speak.”
Some topics that will be discussed in the
series are the journey of faith, the examples of
Abraham and Mary, faith and doubt, and the
triumph of faith over superstition. Each week, Fr.
Emelu hopes to discuss relevant and debatable
topics and weave his own perspective into them.
He also hopes to make the perspective of his
home country known to viewers.
“This is the first EWTN weekly series with
an African perspective about the Catholic
faith,” he says. “I’m proud to be a part of it
and bring that perspective, but I’m just an
instrument of God’s will.”
– Molly Bealin ’14
Teaching the faith
aura Cronin’s cell phone rings, and she
answers hurriedly.
“I’m just finishing an experiment,”
she tells the caller, a writer from Cleveland.
“It will take me two more minutes. Can I call
you back?”
Cronin ’07, who earned a bachelor’s degree
in biology and a minor in philosophy, is a
graduate student at Yale University pursuing
a joint master’s degree in public health in
microbial epidemiology and physician assistant
and expects to receive her degree in the spring
of 2013. She has spent a lot of time engrossed in
lab experiments before and after a research trip
to Uganda in early 2012 financially supported
by Yale’s Downs and Lindsay Fellowships.
In Uganda, a poor, East African country
of about 35 million people, Cronin spent 10
weeks working with the National Livestock
Resource Research Institute collecting blood
samples from livestock – cows, pigs, goats,
and sheep – to diagnose and treat those with
parasitic infections caused by bites from Tsetse
flies. These bites are how the deadly disease
African Sleeping Sickness is contracted.
In cattle, the disease is characterized by
malnourishment, which reduces their lifespan,
the calving rate, and milk production.
Collected samples are analyzed in a lab.
The goal of Cronin’s project is to use
knowledge gained in the lab to better
understand livestock in Uganda. Researchers
want to see if livestock reservoirs of African
Sleeping Sickness have naturally circulating
antibodies against a certain surface protein.
Knowing this could help when assessing disease
risk and determining treatment. Cronin is
evaluating the presence of an immune response
in the collected samples. Her preliminary lab
work is reassuring.
“With limited money for disease control,
it’s important to target the most significant
sources of disease,” says Amy Savage, Ph.D.,
Guiding experiences
Cronin’s advisor at Yale. “We hope Laura’s data
will give us insight about the importance of
small farm animals as reservoirs of the disease.”
Ugandans need healthy animals to survive
and thrive, so livestock is a principal way of life.
They depend on it for food, fuel, and income.
Cronin’s intelligence and hard work are
just part of what allows her to complete her
research successfully.
“Laura is relentlessly optimistic, which is
the significant key to her success in Africa,”
Savage says. “She handles roadblocks and
unexpected challenges with poise and good
humor. This aspect of her good nature helped
open doors that might otherwise remain closed
to someone else.”
Cronin’s trip to Uganda, a country that
neighbors Kenya and Sudan, was her first to
Africa. The cultural and personal experience
was as rewarding as her research.
“Uganda is a beautiful country,” says the
Chicago native. “The most profound thing I
experienced was their sense of community and
commitment to it. They take time to enjoy life.”
Cronin and the research institute’s staff
visited 12 sites to test animals. Much of that
time was spent in small villages where life was
simple but demanding.
“There’s a sense of hard, manual labor that
I can’t even begin to fathom,” she says. “Yet it’s
a beautiful life, a meaningful one.”
Cronin’s experience reminded her of the
simple but significant gestures in life.
“If someone greets you, no matter what
you’re doing, you greet them and give them
your time,” she says.
Ugandans also taught her to take pride in
cooking meals.
“You’d start cooking at 6 o’clock at night
and eat at 10,” she says. “It was a huge event.”
Cronin also discovered doing everyday
chores, such as washing clothes and bathing,
was time consuming and challenging at times.
“For three or four weeks, I had no running
water to my house,” she says. “I had to walk
to a spot about 50 feet from my house to get
it. The last week I was there, I had to drive
a mile to get water. I learned the value of
Cronin, who followed her father, John ’71,
to Carroll, always has been interested in
ecology and biology. After Yale, she’d like to
return to the Midwest and, perhaps, find a rural
community to work as a physician’s assistant.
“I don’t have too many plans,” she says. “I
always let my experiences guide me.”
– Sue Valerian
Cronin with a Ugandan girl
28 FALL 2012
Oh, the places we’ll go
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an alumni travel program. A first trip would
take place as early as spring 2014. We hope
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New York Times
bestselling author Regina
Brett ’96G stopped by
campus to talk about her
book, “Be the Miracle.”
Taking John Carroll with you ...
Kevin ‘02 and Kelly
(Patten) Hatgas ‘01,
with little Samson,
travel to the Olympic
Mountains in Port
Angeles, Wash.
Jim Mason ‘60 and Jerry Schweickert
‘60 share laughs at the 2012 JCU
Alumni Golf Classic.
Kevin Whalen ‘80, Suzanne Whalen ‘82,
Beth (McChesney) Wright ‘80, and their friend,
Lesli, before JCU defeated St. Norbert on the
gridiron at Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin.
Need another copy of John
Carroll? Email [email protected],
and we’ll send you one.
Dec. 12
Christmas Ale & Cookies
Panini’s Mayfield Heights and
Westlake, Ohio
Jan. 29, 2013
JCU evening at the Cleveland
Cavaliers game
Quicken Loans Arena
Feb. 9, 2013
Alumni Couples Reception
On campus in the
Dolan Science Center
Mark your calendar
Dec. 1
New York
Alumni Mass and Brunch
The Cathedral of
St. Patrick, Lady Chapel
Dec. 1
Tampa, Fla.
Children’s Cancer Center
Service Project
Dec. 2
Breakfast with Santa
Loyola University Chicago
Water Tower Campus
Dec. 9
Mass at St. Francis Chapel
Breakfast with Santa
in Schott Dining Hall
Dec. 6
Alumni Christmas Reception
On campus in the Dolan
Science Center
Chapter contact
Buffalo, N.Y.
Tricia Barrett ’00, chapter president
[email protected]
Paul Hulseman ’82, chapter president
[email protected]
Larry Oskowski ’93, chapter president
[email protected]
Columbus, Ohio
John Davidson ’88, chapter president
[email protected]
Leadership committee forming
[email protected]
Greater New York City
Nick Conyngham ’82, chapter president
[email protected]
Jake Oresick ’06, chapter president
[email protected]
Greater Metro Washington
Chris Rankin ’98, chapter president
[email protected]
To view a complete listing of our
events, visit
30 FALL 2012
Larry Kelley ’36
Up to1939 216-941-1795
[email protected]
After writing this column for the class of 1936, I was
figuring how to say so long. Then I realized I have to
say so long to all the classes before 1940 because
the column was changed to “The Golden Years.”
My first column was in 1981, and this is the last one
for me. I want to thank Cheri Slattery, the Alumni
Journal coordinator, for putting up with me because
I was always late – even to the very end – and to
everyone else who ever contacted me. Thank you,
all. Keep praying! Just Larry
Carl Giblin
1940 727-584-5012
[email protected]
Jim Schlecht, who was promoted to Cleveland
correspondent for the 1940 class, retired from
his duties as a lector after 47 years. His sons and
grandchildren had a big party for him at Salt Fork
State Park in Ohio. Friends were asked to bring
their own marshmallows. … John Sweeney
resigned without notice to enter the heavenly flight
school. ... Lou Sulzer has recovered after falling
and gashing his left arm and shoulder. He claims
he was semisober. ... I continue to do the senior
shuffle walking program to avoid a walker or cane.
Old age ain’t for sissies! ... Best wishes to former
classmates and old friends. Carl
Robert J. Trivison
1942 760-944-6964
[email protected]
Never forget 9/11. ... Tom Corrigan died April 18.
When I talked to him in February, he was planning a
move to a more secure facility because of his wife’s
(Marian) worsening illness. God rest his soul. ... I
spoke with Ken Fitzgerald and his spouse, Caroline,
who retired last year after teaching theatre, acting,
and speech for 42 years at Le Moyne College. Ken
has back problems (slipped discs) but managed to
drive 1,100 miles to his second home on Cape Cod.
Ken would like to live to 100. Wow! ... After a brief
introduction, Bob Kraus says, “Bob, that’s all I do –
read newspapers on the web and get all shook up.”
Who at JCU cares about Kraus getting all shook up?
Kraus visited his daughter, Teresa, in Schaumburg,
Ill. He said, “I had a good time, but it was strenuous
and wore me out. Chicago is a live-wire town with
Don McDonald
1944 216-991-9140
[email protected]
Cheri Slattery is sending me an updated list of living
members of the class of ’44. Any member of our
class reading this column, please send me your
address and phone number. It would be helpful until
I receive the new list. ... I’m still in contact with Dr.
Bob Colopy and Harry Badger. ... I had a call from
Jack, who’s an undergraduate at Carroll, thanking me
for my donation to the Carroll Fund. He has received
help in paying his tuition from the fund. That help
has made his attendance at Carroll possible. ... If at
all possible, get to the Gold Streaks luncheons on
Wednesdays at noon in the Dolan Science Center.
You’ll be kept informed about what’s going on at your
alma mater. The last luncheon was scheduled for
Nov. 7. If you’re not receiving the schedule by mail,
give the alumni office a call (216-397-4336), and it will
send you the notices. ... Stay well and God bless. Don
Ed Cunneen
1947 216-561-1122
[email protected]
Tom Harrison
1949 440-781-7898
[email protected]
Charles Byrne
1950 440-646-9990
I had a conversation with Nestor Burkhart, who
spends four months of the year in the Longboat
Key area of Florida where he leases a condo. Four
of his seven grandchildren are in college. ... Paul
Kleinhenz isn’t well and would appreciate prayers
from his classmates. ... An alumnus called me with
news about Rabbi Leonard Kravitz, whose mother
once told Fr. O’Malley he made Leonard a Rabbi.
I believe the collection of religious and philosophy
courses were responsible for his rabbinical studies.
He’s been an army chaplain and was pastor for 42
years. He and his wife might leave New York and
move near one of their two married daughters.
He speaks very well of JCU. ... Pete Bernardo ’67
arranged to have the JCU football game played in
Ireland shown in Rodman Hall for a number of us
he was able to reach. It was a great game, and JCU
was victorious. … By now, you should’ve received a
letter asking you to support a new veteran’s program
John Carroll is undertaking. Your name is needed
to help leverage JCU’s request for support from
the federal and state governments. If you haven’t
returned the slip enclosed with the letter, please
do so if you support the program. The more names
presented, the better the chances the University
has of receiving grants. John Carroll will be the only
university in the nation to have this program. CAB
Donald A. Ungar
1951 330-723-5234
[email protected]
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many good places to eat.” Bob, I don’t believe any
of us can travel easily anymore. Kraus continues:
“I have 18 grandchildren, and much of my time
is spent watching them in their activities. They’re
athletes, musicians, scholars, teachers, and helpers.
I have an intense rivalry playing Rummy with some
of them. Anna Marie Kraus still calls my house
home but was at Cedar Point and is enrolled at
Akron U.” ... Susan and I hosted a July 4th party
(on July 7) with about 50 family members and dear
friends. After much food, drinks, beach sports,
talking, etc., the music started at 8 p.m. We danced
until midnight. I skipped the beach sports but made
a stab at dancing, especially with the teenage great-
grandchildren. ... I talk with Bob Smith on the
telephone periodically. Bob is still on his feet. When
the weather is good and his daughter, who lives
near him in Kingston, N.Y., has time, he plays golf.
Bob’s eyesight is poor – he’s almost unable to read
a newspaper. He’s an avid sports fan, rooting for the
Yankees, Jets, Mets, and Tiger Woods. He spends
a lot of time watching sports on TV. ... Frank Honn
ended the presidency of his residency association
in June; but to keep productive, busy, and preserve
youth at age 90, he’s active in the Organization of
Residents Association of New Jersey. All 25 certified
CCRCs (Continuing Care Retirement Communities)
in New Jersey belong. The primary mission is
sharing information about all aspects of CCRC living,
from residency contracts to food service. CCRC has
political clout in Trenton. A pending bill before the
legislature spells out a Bill of Rights. More news
from Frank next issue. ... Larry Kelly ’36 just retired
from writing about all the classes up to 1939. Larry
must be about 98 years old. Is anyone older than
Larry? We salute you, Larry. ... One thing that hasn’t
changed for the better is Washington, D.C., where
the politicians and intelligentsia increasingly believe
they can outthink and outdo millions of people by
acting in their own self interest to bring about the
D.C. vision of heaven on earth in which a win/lose
world replaces a win/win world. Thank God Cardinal
Dolan has drawn a line in the sand. Otherwise, the
consequences are impending fiscal, moral, and
cultural bankruptcy. God watch over you. Bob
Bruce E. Thompson
1943 216-382-4408
[email protected]
The 10 remaining members of our class offer
their sincerest sympathy to the Shaker family on
the passing of our friend and classmate, Mitchell
Shaker. He’ll be long remembered for his dignity
as a gentleman and magna cum laude scholar
graduate. Bruce
The Gold Streaks luncheons are back. Take a few
minutes, and join other alumni for an interesting
afternoon. ... I received calls from class members.
Bill Switaj’s sons took their dad on a fishing vacation
in Canada. They were looking for fun with him just
like they had many years ago when he took them
fishing. ... Joseph Isabella called to tell me about
meeting friends. He said St. Ignatius and Carroll
alumni families are everywhere. One meeting was
with Carl Taseff’s daughter. We all remember Carl –
the football man who went on to assist Don Shula.
Phone calls and emails will keep us in touch. What
are you doing? Call or email me. Don
Dorothy Poland
1952 [email protected]
Well, you did it. You blew off our 60th reunion. Shame
on you. I realize some live too far and others aren’t well
enough to travel, but to have only seven of us attend
is just a shame! ... I fell in May and spent a week in
the hospital and 2.5 weeks in rehab (physical therapy),
which meant I had to depend on someone to drive
me everywhere. I was fortunate my daughter came
up from Columbus, Ohio, to take me to our reunion.
Mass was beautiful, as usual, with Jim Previt walking
the Rose of Remembrance to the altar. Dinner was
very good. We sat with Betty and Bill Kenealy; Lois
and Joe Sigmund ’51; and Jo, Renee, and Jim Previt.
Tom Dannemiller, John Wetzel, Kathleen and Bernie
Niehaus, and Marcia and Andy Kaschalk also were
present. ... I received an email from Don Terrell with
a new address. He’s in Naperville, Ill., but his email
address is the same ([email protected]). If anyone would
like his new home address, email him or call me, and
I’ll be happy to share. ... This isn’t a long column, but
I’ll print what you send me, so send me something! ...
That’s all for now, but I bet Bill and Betty’s son has tales
to tell about the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee of
Queen Elizabeth II. ... Until next time, stay safe, and
let’s keep each other in our prayers. Dorothy
Jim Myers
1953 440-942-7831
[email protected]
Hello to the class of ’53 and your family and friends.
... Elmo Miller reports his beloved wife, Patricia,
passed away April 27 after a 10-year battle with
Alzheimer’s disease. She was surrounded by her
six sons and 13 grandchildren. Elmo and Patricia
would’ve been married 50 years in November.
... The day I called Jack Ziegler, Sept. 12, just
happened to be their 59th wedding anniversary.
It also was the 50th anniversary of the day they
moved into their home. Jack and Mary Ann lost a
daughter who was killed in an ATV accident June 30.
She lived in Atlanta. ... Paul Granzier, who’s inactive
in his practice of law, made a point of saying he’s
still licensed to do so. Paul told interesting stories
about when, early in his career, he was a criminal
defense attorney and why he moved to a different
segment of the profession. Paul and Margaret have
seven sons and 16 grandchildren. Six sons still
live in the general area. ... Max Fabian still lives in
Elburn, Ill. He says the only classmate he’s regularly
in touch with is Leo Scully. The Fabians have five
children. On the occasions when I talk with Max,
he’s one of the most upbeat and cheerful people
I encounter, even though he has health problems.
Keep it going Max! ... When I first called John
Crnkovich, he wasn’t home. I learned later that was
because he was at school. John takes advantage of
the opportunity for seniors to, free of charge, take
part in those classes that have an opening. He’s
taking three courses at Kent State University and
has enrolled in the program for the past 20 years.
This keeps John’s brain from turning to cement. ...
Some of my observations after 20 years of writing
this column: a) because most of us have retired, it’s
easier to find someone home when I call; b) much
of our social life is which doctor we’re going to see;
c) when our copy of John Carroll magazine arrives,
the first section we turn to is “In Memoriam,” d)
almost all of us are proud to be JCU alumni. ... Next
year will be our 60th reunion, and I hope to see you.
Send your news for next issue. God’s blessings to
you all. Jim
Peter Mahoney
1954 440-933-2503
[email protected]
Ray Rhode
1955 216-381-1996
[email protected]
When Tony Musca heard Pat McDunn was
planning a birthday visit to Cleveland after a 55-
year hiatus, he immediately began planning a gala
reunion with some of our classmates. In late June
2012, a large group of Pat’s friends gathered at
Westwood Country Club in Rocky River, Ohio, for
a casual summer cookout to celebrate his birthday
and renew our friendship. Entertainment was
provided by our guest of honor, who regaled us with
many Irish ballads. Pat formed a band 40 years ago
and has been singing ballads in the many pubs in
the Detroit area ever since. He still has a fine voice
and stopped singing only as darkness fell and we
were about to be tossed out of the club. Some of
his classmates are pictured on this page; others not
in the picture are John Keshock, Bob Micco, Jerry
Geiss, and John Norton. Thanks, Tony, for a great
minireunion. It might be the largest gathering of our
class in the years to come. ... Leo Cachat and Dick
Twohig left Carroll during their junior year to enter
the Jesuit seminary and never officially graduated
from JCU. That was corrected this summer when
the Rev. Leo Cachat, S.J., was awarded his degree
at Carroll’s graduation in June, and the Rev. Richard
Twohig, S.J., was presented his degree Aug. 25 at
his Jubilee Mass. ... Ray Tapajna is making new art
he calls living art, featuring Healing in Blue, Flowers
for You, etc. If you need to refresh yourself, give this
a try; but there’s no guarantee at this end. Ray says
you can view the calming waters flowing toward
you. See Ray’s site at
ray-tapajna for more information about his work.
... A while back, I talked with Earl Thomas, who
was from Youngstown, Ohio, and lived off campus
while at Carroll, often going home on weekends.
Those who attended reunion from the class of ‘52 are (from right): Bernie Niehaus, Jim Previt,
Andy Kaschalk, Dorothy Poland, John Wetzel, Bill Kenealy, and Tom Dannemiller.
Members of the class of ’55 welcomed Pat McDunn on a visit to Cleveland. From left: Gary Murray,
Tony Stavole, George Thomey, Larry Faulhaber, Tom Skulina, Tony Musca, Dick Norris, Ray Rhode,
Quentin Spittler, Ed Synek, Bob Ensign, Pat McDunn, Jim Kilcoyne, and Jim Lawless.
32 FALL 2012
After graduation, he went to work in sales at
Westinghouse in its electrical supply division. After
a few years, he entered the container business in
Rochester, N.Y., and continued in that line of work
for 54 years – a sales manager for the past 30 years.
Earl, who still works as an independent broker in
the container industry, has lived in The Villages,
Fla., (home to many JCU grads) for eight years.
He’s had body parts replaced and received two
new knees, the latest in March. Earl is married and
has five children, 13 grandchildren, and three great-
grandchildren. ... Tom Moloney sends his regards
to Dick Norris and all his other JCU and St. Ignatius
friends. Tom, who spent his entire career (38 years)
in the can- and glass-packaging industry and proudly
retired at the age of 60, is married and has five
children and nine grandchildren (all boys). ... In your
prayers, please remember Patrick McMuldren,
who passed away in April, and all other classmates
who are suffering from cancer and other diseases
attacking us. Ray

Leo Duffy
1956 815-729-3513
630-337-0788 (c)
January-May: 941-505-8394
[email protected]
On March 13, 2013, in Fort Myers, Fla., we’ll have
a minireunion for the class of ’56 and their spouses.
Mary Jo and John Boler will graciously host the
luncheon. You can contact me at my Florida or cell
numbers if you’re in this area. ... Jack Broderick
(672-792-5689) and Bob Pascente (480-634-4244)
will put together a lunch in Phoenix in late February
for those of you who winter in the Southwest.
Contact them for time and place. Gloria and Bob
are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary
in November. Congratulations to you both. ... Ted
Druhot, who lives in Hilton Head, S.C., and Conrad
Pokorski were able to get together on the Isle of
Palms, S.C., while Conrad was vacationing with
his children and grandchildren. Conrad isn’t very
mobile, so he’s having difficulty moving around.
Pat Shannon is in a similar situation. Keep them in
your prayers. ... Mike Cleary retired after 46 years
with the association of athletic directors and was
invited to the Navy/Notre Dame game in Dublin.
... Bill Hagerty suffered a stroke in March but
recovered quickly and returned to teaching at Xavier.
He hopes to continue teaching for one more year,
then retire. ... Tom Tremper is living in Sun City,
Calif., after retiring from the Air Force as a civilian.
After retiring, he grew avocados and did all right at
it but decided it was too much. ... After 20 years
in hospital administration and another 20 with the
postal service, Paul Jarchow is retired in Muscle
Shoals, Calif. (between Ventura and Santa Barbara).
He spends his spare time with his three kids and
grandkids, all who live in California. ... Mike Conti
played in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas
in June. Out of 8,000 participants, Mike placed No.
700. He played three days straight for 13 hours a
day. ... Jim Knechtges has moved permanently
from Ohio to Florida, so he’s no longer a snowbird.
... Fritz Eder is still in Houston and continues to
serve as a Eucharistic minister for the homebound.
... John Daley, Bill Devine, John Nowlan, and Ed
Daugherty say hello. ... Yours truly had the good
fortune of being able to do the 300 miles of Western
Michigan shoreline ride in the first week of August.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to do many more of these.
Again, my plea to all of you is to send me news,
good or bad. Your classmates would love to hear
from you. God bless you all. Leo
Salvatore R. Felice
1957 440-842-1553
[email protected]
Reunion weekend was enjoyable for the 40 class
members plus the wives who participated. Kudos
to those who took full advantage of the weekend,
namely Ermina and Joe Polce, Frank (Crash)
Hovorka, John Scanlan, Frank Singel, Carol and
Tom Moran, Carol and George Billings, Christine
and Leo Wells, Nancy and John Gormley, Dick
Murphy, Georgia and Jim Gasper, Maureen and
Dick Huberty, Barbara and Dr. Al Musca, Pat
and Frank Humenik, Pat and Tom Kasper, Mike
Kenney, Jim Holler, Ruth and John Cicotta,
Betty Ann and Sam Frontino, Eileen and Deacon
Bart Merella and Jim Clark. At the dinner on
Saturday, two checks were presented to Rev.
Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. – $122,322.89 was pledged
for the class gift (from June 1, 2011, through June
30, 2012) representing 100 class members, or
48 percent of us. The second check of $508,320
represents the increased amount in the class of
1957 Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund for
seniors. Also at the dinner, Bill Mooney received
a Bachelor of Humane Letters from Dean Jeanne
Colleran ’76, inasmuch as he missed graduation
in 1957 because of military service in the Marine
Corps. Bill competed in the 2012 North Coast
Senior Games in June and won the gold medal in
the 75-79-year-old class in the basketball free-throw
contest. Bill is married with five grown children and
11 grandchildren. ... JCU magazine columnist, David
Gassman ’89, son of Gloria and Dean Gassman,
was presented with the Silver Quill Award by John
Walsh, JCU’s editor/director of publications at
the annual Alumni Awards dinner in May. Richard
Murphy and I also attended the dinner that honored
Jose Feliciano ’72 and Paul Hulseman ’82, two of
the four receiving the University’s highest alumni
award – The Alumni Medal. ... Bill Comiskey,
Tom Moran, Dick Huberty, and I marched in the
2012 commencement procession. ... As reported
in the previous column, Desmond (Duke) Paden
suffered a serious fall in April resulting in seizures
and bleeding in the brain. Sadly, Des died from a
stroke in early June. We extended our prayers
and condolences to his wife, Sue, and the Paden
family. Other deaths I sadly report are: James D.
Huber (June 21, 2011), Lawrence S. Lau (May 18,
2012), Joseph M. Gaul (June 21, 2012) and Edgar
L. Ostendorf (August 21, 2012). Joe Gaul, former
Mayor of Fairview Park, Ohio, served from 1976-
79 and again from 1984-91. Joe’s wife Joan, who
predeceased him, also was involved and active in
numerous community events. Joe served in the
Air Force and was stationed in Panama during the
Korean conflict. He’s survived by eight children and
22 grandchildren. Edgar Ostendorf was a real-estate
agent, pewter designer, civic leader, and fundraiser.
He was state president of the Real Estate Securities
and Syndication Institute, a trustee and professional
standards chairman of the Cleveland Area Board
of Realtors, co-founder and board member of the
Council of Smaller Enterprises, and an advisory board
member of the St. Joseph Christian Life Center. Ed
is survived by his wife, Joan, their daughter, and four
grandchildren. Our condolences to all the families of
the deceased. ... Carol and Joe Smaltz celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary May 5, 2012. Joe
is a former employee and franchisee of Arby’s and
played professional football for the New York Giants
and Pittsburgh Steelers. He served in the U.S.
Army and was honorably discharged as a captain.
Carol was employed at General Motors Packard
Electric as an administrative assistant to the director
of engineering laboratories of the engineering
department. Carol, a homemaker, received her
real-estate license and is a trustee of the McKinley
Memorial Library. The couple has five children
(three boys and two girls) and three grandsons. ...
Frank Petro spent several days at Lutheran General
Hospital in early September. Keep him and all other
class members and their families that are ill and/or in
distress. Enjoy the beautiful leaves. God bless. Sal

John E. Clifford
1958 210-414-8899
[email protected]
We had rain Sept. 17, the first time since July 11.
Speaking of July 11, I had surgery for two hernias that
day. A couple hours later I came out of anesthesia and
was informed there were eight hernias (and counting).
Can anyone top that? If not, I hold the record for the
most hernia repairs in one surgical procedure at age
76 in the class of 1958. They were spread out from
top to bottom, right to left. Speaking of being spread
out, John Carroll tells me all of his children are spread
out – none live in Lima, Ohio. So the Carrolls probably
will be selling their home in Lima to become full-
time Floridians. That way they can avoid cold Ohio,
embrace warm Fort Myers, and spend summers
visiting family. Sounds like an award-winning plan to
me, John. ... Speaking of awards, this year’s Greater
Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association (GCBCA)
boys’ game dedication was awarded to coach John
Stavole, a member of the JCU Hall of Fame. The
Parma Athletic Federation also recognized John for
his many accomplishments and years of service to
many a young student athlete within the neighboring
communities. John was the varsity boys’ basketball
coach at Valley Forge High School taking his teams to
five regional appearances that included an elite eight
finish in 1997 and a final four finish in 1988. His Patriot
teams won three Lake Erie League championships
that led him to earn the Cuyahoga County and GCBCA
Coach of the Year Award in 1992. John is proud of the
fact that two of his former players, Pat Teresi and Dean
Rahas, are coaches at Padua Franciscan High School
and Revere High School, respectively. John is in his
ninth season as assistant coach at JCU. ... Finally,
Carol and Pat Mingarelle get together with Larry
Dietz once in a while when he visits in Cleveland.
Pat says, “Carol and I and Larry and his date, Patty
Westrup, met in Cleveland in July and saw Arnie
Lanza ’57 perform at Nighttown, a popular jazz club
in Cleveland Heights. Arnie, an accomplished jazz
pianist, now lives in Chicago and does his share of
road tours.” Pat, a fellow OTR fan, still teaches labor
employment relations and conflict management at
PSU, Erie Behrend campus. ... Have to go. Time for
“Thoroughbreds” on Gunsmoke today in 1955. Please
write. Peace. JEC

Richard E. Dodson
1959 804-748-8432
[email protected]
As I sit here composing the class notes for the fall
quarterly, the sun is shining, birds are singing, and
the humidity is falling. Things are a wee bit frantic
as Mary Jo and I prepare for a French river cruise in
six days. Mitigating that anxiety are the melodious
strains of classmate Roger Risher and friends
playing a lil’ blues, a lil’ bossa, a lil’ love. The music
is good for the soul and relaxing. Thanks, Roger.
I’ve just extracted John Carroll from the spring
issue of the magazine, and he’ll be accompanying
us on the cruise. Look for pictures in the winter
issue with us at notable French landmarks. ... John
Lloyd has become more active in Carroll’s alumni
association and is serving as a board member of
the reconstituted Cleveland chapter. John joined
fellow alums in April at the Cleveland Food Bank
for an evening of sorting canned/packaged foods
for distribution to the hungry. He joined fellow
Gold Streaks processing at graduation in May and
attended the chapter’s inaugural reception held
reunion weekend in June. In July, he attended an
exhibit about Pope John Paul II and the Jewish
people titled “A Blessing to One Another” at the
Maltz Museum of Jewish History in Beachwood,
Ohio. In August, John attended the watch party
on campus with other Gold Streaks and saw the
Blue Streaks beat St. Norbert College in Dublin. Be
still my heart! John, thanks for your activity in the
association. It appears you’ve jumped in with both
feet. ... Mike Campo and I are staying connected
so we can identify whether the JCU-hosted cocktail
party at the Naples Yacht Club is, or will become, an
annual event. President Niehoff presented a Carroll
state-of-the-University address, and all had fun. As
soon as we can nail the date down for the spring
’13 event, I’ll get word to you. I might have to use
email for alerts. If you’re interested in the party at
the yacht club, send me your email address, and I’ll
make sure you’re notified. I’m making plans to visit
relatives in Florida in March and attend the party.
... Let me know how you’re doing so news can
be shared with your classmates. Life is too short
to withhold the wonder of your life experiences
from your interested classmates. For fun and a
flash back to the good old days of $35-a-credit-
hour tuition at JCU, visit
TakeMeBackToTheFifties.htm. Start thinking about
our 55th reunion in 2014 because it will be here
before you know it. If there’s anyone you’ve lost
track of and would like to see at our 55th, let me
know his name, and I’ll run a “those you’d like
to see at our 55th reunion” section in each class
column. God bless you. Rick
P.S., the picture of the classmate blowing hot in the
spring issue is Roger Risher.
Jerry Schweickert
1960 216-381-0357
[email protected]
I hope this finds all of you in good health and enjoying
life. Summer was filled with plenty of opportunities
to get together with classmates. Jim Patterson
joined me for a day of successful fishing, and we and
our wives, along with the Masons and the Nichtings,
ate our catch. (Jim and Dave don’t fish; they just
eat). More importantly, Jim Patterson introduced
me to Straub Beer for which I shall be eternally in
his debt. Unfortunately, the draught brought our
fishing to an end. We shall return in 2013. ... Steve
Schuda drove up from South Carolina to play in
the JCU Alumni Golf Outing. Our wives spent the
day shopping while we were unable to protect our
interests. (I will discourage his attendance next year
unless he agrees to leave Jan at home). ... Marty
Regan came in from Toledo to join Frank Dempsey,
Jim Mason, and me in a different outing. He left his
wife at home, so it was less expensive for all of us.
... The Masons and Schweickerts visited Denny
McGrath and his wife, Judy, at their family ranch in
Fairplay, Colo. (Rafting, horseback riding, hot tubbing,
etc. I focused solely on hot tubbing). While there, the
USA Pro Challenge Bike Race passed the ranch on its
way from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs. We kept
looking for Fred Schaal, our class’ premier cyclist,
but I guess he decided against giving up his amateur
status. We were joined by John Reali ’58 and his wife,
Marie. (It’s always reassuring to have an older person
to look out for us.) It was thrilling to drive through
the Rockies. ... Just as I was beginning to write this,
I received a phone call from Terry Pokuta. While
he never endured the four years with us, he usually
attends the reunions. His grandson is the QB and
punter on a successful high school team in Indiana.
Terry remains in touch with Joe Morrissey. ... Dave
Nichting and his wife accompanied the JCU football
team to Ireland for their season-opening game
against St. Norbert (Wisconsin). Many other alumni
joined the team for this rare opportunity. (Almost as
exciting as playing in Bethany, W.Va. in the late ’50s.)
... Bill Buescher and Dave Marr traveled to New
Orleans to see Jack Duffy. He’s feeling the need for
a trip to Corky & Lenny’s, so those of us in Cleveland
are looking forward to seeing him soon. Hopefully,
Dave will make the trip with him. ... Keep sending
info for me to include. Be well. Schweick
Jack T. Hearns
1961 216-291-2319
[email protected]
Barb and Bill Daberko celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary by taking their children and grandchildren
(20 in all) to the mountains of North Carolina for a week
of celebration this past summer. The elder Daberkos
remained another three weeks and enjoyed golfing
and avoiding the heat in Estero, Fla. ... Carole and Paul
Gilleran, from Gross Point, Mich., traveled across
the state to visit Mary and Larry Mulvihill in Spring
Lake. The Mulvihills spend the winter in Pompano
Beach, Fla. ... Gerri and Ed Parks from Birmingham,
Mich., have six children and 12 grandchildren. Ed
is of counsel for Plante & Moran, where he was
managing partner for more than 12 years. He spends
considerable time serving as president of the board of
a large charter school system with 3,000 students in
Detroit. For relaxation, he’s captain of a 28-foot boat.
... The National Archives on Pennsylvania Ave. display
the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of
Independence. A giant photograph of our classmate,
Michael Pupa, was featured on a banner outside
the landmark. The archives featured an exhibit about
immigration and displayed documents about the
Orange Village resident’s childhood. He’s the only
one of the 31 featured in the exhibit who’s still alive.
During World War II, his mother and baby sister were
murdered in the Holocaust when the family was sent
to a Jewish ghetto. Michael, his father, and uncle
escaped into woods. Soon after the war, his father was
murdered, and Michael, along with relatives, spent
several years shuttling through a series of refugee
camps in Germany. In 1951, he arrived in Cleveland
as a refugee from Poland. Now retired, Michael was
a mortgage broker and title insurer. ... Peg and Jack
Durkin have moved to a quieter and more restful life
in North Royalton, Ohio. ... Norman Chonacky, Ph.D.,
from The University of Wisconsin, has an appointment
in the Department of Applied Physics at Yale University
where he’s studying how methods of computational
modeling and numerical simulation can be integrated
into all physics department courses. He also reviews
post-doctoral research applications for the National
Research Council, is president of his neighborhood
association, and sits on the Democratic 9th Ward
Committee in New Haven. ... Two of our classmates
passed away recently: Helen Rita Ankenbrandt,
from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., who also received an M.S.
from JCU in ’63, and James Davidson, from Schertz,
Texas, who retired with the rank of major from the
U.S. Air Force and was a teacher, counselor, and
school board member. He and his wife, Lucille, had
five children and eight grandchildren. May they rest in
peace. Jack
Bob Andolsen
1962 440-327-1925
[email protected]
Let’s look back at the more memorial moments
78 of our classmates experienced during our 50th
reunion this summer. Friendliness, fellowship,
companionship, and conviviality filled the tents, halls
and meeting places. It seemed as if the only change
had been why everyone looked so much older. Hand-
shaking, hugs, kisses, and pats on the back occurred
throughout the weekend. It was good to see so
many after many years, know we survived, were
generally healthy, could still tell a good story, and
were appreciative of the education and training we
received. It was good to see and talk to all, including:
Cindy and LeRoy Horvath, who, unfortunately, were
only able to stay for the Friday activities; Donna and
Bud Meyers, who threatened to include his friends
in his next novel; Judy and John Doyle, meeting and
sharing with the old basketball team; Maureen and
Kevin Stroh, still reminiscing with their card-playing
buddies; Mari and Chalmers Omberg, sharing the
story of moving to Texas after working in the World
Trade Center before 9/11; Marty Burke still looking
young and available; Sharon and Paul Dwyer; Gus
Fehrenbacher; Jack Kahl; Jack Kappus; Frank
34 FALL 2012
Karlik; John Kirkhope; Pete Trentadue; Ron
Reuss; Paul Napoli; Nick Prospero; Dan Donahue;
Michael Leonard; Ted Unitus; John Lewis and Doc,
who worked so hard to make this event a meaningful
experience; Fitz Fitzmaurice, who was so helpful;
Joe McGreal after so many years; and many others
I had the distinct honor and privilege of talking with
and meeting, as well as those who I saw but wasn’t
able to talk to. ... It’s important you hear what your
other classmates had to say: “Reunion 2012 was
a spectacular event! It was nice to see so many
cherished friends and acquaintances who’ve been
remembered fondly throughout the years. It was nice
to spend such a meaningful and relaxing weekend
with many wonderful people. Many of you chose
wonderful mates – you must have taken that special
course, Marriage and the Family. It was a joy to meet
and chat with them, as well. This is only my second
time back for reunion. The first one was great, but this
one was the bomb! We’re lucky to have spent those
formative years together in a special place. God’s
continued blessings to all. Grand and hearty cheers
to the reunion committee.” – Gus Fehrenbacher of
Pasadena, Calif. ... “I left the weekend with warmth
in my heart after seeing many of you. In some cases,
it was nothing more than a handshake and greeting,
and with others, it was a chance to reminisce with
stories about our time at JCU and catch up on our
lives since our last time together. Thanks all for
making the weekend so memorable and especially
those of you who made great sacrifices to travel
back to our beloved alma mater. Take care until we
meet up again in five years.” – Jim (JB) Brunner.
... “Laura and I had a wonderful time renewing and
enjoying friendships grown during my Carroll days
and added during a bunch of reunions throughout 50
years. We’re a great group. Thanks to the committee
for all its work. It was nice seeing so many of us in
good health. A few have fought off, or are fighting,
serious challenges. I thought I’d add Norb Kloc’s
email address – [email protected]. Norb
summoned enough energy to visit during the Friday
activities. I’m sure he’d enjoy hearing from any of
us.” – Dick Jacobs. ... “I’d just like to congratulate
you and the rest of the committee for an outstanding
job on planning and executing our 50th reunion. It
was by far the best I’ve attended. I had a great time,
and everyone else I talked to felt the same way.” –
Bob Fitzmaurice. ... After the reunion, we were sad
to discover Denny Hudson passed in January 2012
in California, Paul Armbruster in Cleveland, and Neil
Bossard in Chicago Aug. 11, 2012. Bob
Pete Mykytyn
1963 618-549-1946
[email protected]
Hi, all. I hope fall 2012 is progressing well and the
remnants of one of the hottest and driest summers
are a bad memory. Here in Southern Illinois, the
weather didn’t play well with the corn farmers,
many of whom lost much of their crop for this year.
Hopefully, it’s not a sign of bad things for this winter.
As usual, my mailbox is just about empty. In fact,
John Zvolensky is the only one of you ’63ers to
drop me a line. John read the September issue of
Wine Spectator and said Frank Grace’s 2006 Il
Molino di Grace Riserva, Chianti Classico was highly
recommended at a 93 rating. John said he reads
the periodical but this was the first time he’d seen
Frank’s wines listed. Way to go, Frank. John also said
he and his wife, Rachael, had a great time touring
Portugal and Spain. They took a Tauck tour, which
John said was their fifth tour with that company.
Also, their youngest son was married in June by his
brother, who’s in the ministry on Long Island. John
said they had many goose bumps. John also said
he’s been in contact with Mike Mudler, who was
on his way to the Masters at Augusta National, and
Jim Linney ’73. Keeping with the tradition for many
decades, John continues to play about 150 rounds
of golf a year with a 6.0 index. I had to ask John
to clarify the term index because I’m used to the
term handicap. John said they’re about the same
thing - index being a rating that helps standardize
scores when one plays on different courses relative
to course difficulty. ... I’ll end this time with another
plea to keep me informed. Don’t forget next June is
our 50th reunion. Can you believe it? 50 years! Start
planning. ... Until next time ... Pete
Frank Kelley
1964 [email protected]
Congratulations to Lou Hlad who’s been promoted
once again by the Knights of Columbus. Completing
his two-year term as Grand Knight of the All Saints
Knights of Columbus Council 11402 in Dunwoody,
Ga., he’s been elected as Faithful Navigator to the
KC Fourth Degree Fr. Charles Watters Assembly
2688. An assembly is a super council of Sir Knights
from regional local councils. Lou strongly urges
Carroll men to consider KC, rightly termed the
strong right arm of the Church. Consider their
remarkable charitable contributions to Church and
local communities for the past 10 years - $1.4 billion
and 653 million man-hours. Lou and his wife, Marty,
retired in Dunwoody, have three grown kids and two
grandchildren. ... Al Rutledge and his wife, Cathy,
are downsizing houses. The purchasing family’s
children got the ball rolling with no prior warning,
knocking on the door and informing them their
parents wanted to purchase a larger house. Mo
fondly recounts they’re the same age his kids were
when the Rutledges moved in. Time marches on.
Reporting on the moving progress, Al states that
trying to cram 10 rooms into six isn’t easy. “We don’t
really think of it as a house,” he says. “It’s more like
a giant scrapbook.” ... We salute John Letherman’s
commendable record of fiscal responsibility and
government productivity as a member of the Elkhart
(Ind.) County Council since 1989. He’s been elected
president of the council by fellow council members
since 2001. Additionally, John has spent 24 years
on the Michiana Area Council of Government,
several as chair; was a founding member of the
Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County;
founding member of the 2025 Coalition in Elkhart
City championing urban revitalization; and appointed
by Governor Mitch Daniels to the Indiana Toll Road
Oversight Board (2008). In the business world, John
is a partner at FM Stone Commercial, specializing in
real-estate development and commercial brokerage.
John and Dianne have six grown children and 15
grandchildren. ... Participating in a pick-up poetry
contest, Bob Mirguet spun a brilliant haiku that
deserves full exposure. Contest rules mandated
a JCU theme and a reference to turning 70 this
year. Thus: “70 years/ A million beers/ I’m glad
we’re alive/ Never thought I’d survive/ Club 2085.”
A tight spiral indeed from the former quarterback,
incidentally, the only math major who entered
among nine English majors. ... Finally, Joanne and
I stopped to see the fabled “Ungarosa,” Ellen
and Tom Ungashick’s latest home in Atlanta. It’s
another brilliant testament to Ellen’s spectacular
landscaping and exquisite interior decorating skills.
Nobody else could continue to find such perfect
places for Jack, the concrete gargoyle. ... Counting
down to reunion 2014, God bless all Streaks. Frank
Dick Conoboy
1965 [email protected]
In retirement, Hugh Largey jumped at an
opportunity to create his own AM radio talk show
named “The Life is Worth Loving Hour with your
Host Hugh Largey” on Catholic Radio of San Diego.
The one-year experience was a great ride for Hugh
and afforded him an opportunity to interview guests
such as Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., about his proofs
for the existence of God without using religion,
and Fr. Frank Pavone, founder of Priests for Life.
After the program ended because the station was
sold, Hugh turned to another volunteer job as
president of the San Diego Knights of Columbus
Chapter Charities and then to new duties as Knights
of Columbus California State Chairman for the
Culture of Life - Saving Lives and Changing Lives.
During Hugh’s full-time volunteer employment this
year, his most enjoyable moment was giving a
speech to a crowd of 2,000 at the downtown San
Diego Religious Freedom Rally. ... Don Novotny
continues his practice of dentistry in Huron, Ohio.
After graduating JCU with a Bachelor of Science
in physics, he earned his dental degree from Case
Western Reserve University. Don, a member of
the American Dental Association, is part of one
percent of dental professionals providing the most
recent FDA cleared procedure for gum disease and
periodontal treatment called LANAP laser treatment,
an alternative to traditional treatments that doesn’t
require cutting or sutures. We all can like those types
of dental treatments. ... Since retiring, Ray Karcher
has been trying to improve his golf game, without
much success. Last tax season, he volunteered
with the AARP tax assistance program and plans
to continue to do so. Other than that, Ray travels a
bit and works to keep the house in good shape. ...
As for me, I spent June and part of July in Greece
and Southern France with my wife, Cecile. The
heat wave hit us hard, especially in Greece where
we “enjoyed” the 107 degree heat of Athens. It
was nice to finally get to Southern France where
we experienced a cold snap – in the 90s. My wife
and I plan to travel to India, principally Rajasthan, in
December and don’t expect to be greeted by cool
weather. ... Don’t be shy about sending news. Keep
June 2015 open for our 50th reunion. Dick
Dave Griffin
1966 727-944-5229
[email protected]
Hello, all. I trust everyone had a good summer, even
though it might have been hotter than some of you
wanted. I received a note from Steve Chamberlain.
He’s still adjusting to his retirement lifestyle.
However, he took time to golf with the Honorable
John Schwartz. Steve said Judi is a tough boss
and he had it easier at the bank. He added he just
emerged from their pool before emailing. They plan
to come to Florida in the winter, so we hope to
get together when they’re here. ... Pete Kassay-
Farkas and I exchanged emails. He was checking
on information about the alumni soccer match Sept.
29. Unfortunately, neither of our schedules could
accommodate the date, but we’re thinking about
going next year. Pete and his family might be in
Florida around New Years, so we could get together
then. ... Dan Ruminski wrote that his Promoting
Cleveland History project is going extremely well.
He’s doing about 90 presentations a year throughout
the Cleveland area. Dan also is writing a book about
the city’s history that was supposed to be finished
around Thanksgiving. If any of you are interested in
what he’s been up to with his project, you can get
a flavor of it at ... I’m
saddened to report two of our alumni have died since
I last wrote. Mike Starr died in March, and in June,
Rob Searson told me John Gallagher died from
cancer. He had been diagnosed in early March with
cancer in numerous areas of his body. May they rest
in peace. ... Jane and I were in Cleveland in October
for a family wedding. Our kids and grandkids flew
in, too, so we were happy to spend time with them,
family, and friends to celebrate. ... I’d like to include
your name and what you’ve been up to lately in our
column. There are classmates who are wondering
where you are. Call or email me, so I can tell them
all about you. I pray you’re all well and happy. Dave
Peter French
1967 440-734-5553
[email protected]
Hello, class of ’67. Our long-awaited 45th reunion is
over. A big thanks to the committee for all its hard
work – it paid off. We communicated over the wire,
and I mean the wire. See below for the story. What a
weekend it was. We had perfect weather during the
entire event. The president’s reception Friday night
was excellent. Mark DeLong and I arrived at the same
time. We had the opportunity to catch up with events
in our lives, as well as alumni from other classes. At
one point during the evening, yours truly, Mark Delong,
and Lou Shainker toured Grasselli Library to see the
religious icon. A huge thank you goes out to Carla Gall
’05, the reunion coordinator, and Pete Bernardo, our
safety net, as he lent his expertise to the event. As
we talked about the weekend, we agreed the event
was fantastic. What could be better than to sit in a
tent, having a few beers with Mark Delong, Michael
Grady, Charlie McCarthy, and Michael Kowalski
discussing who threw the bowling ball that hit the
door of a Jesuit priest. Boy, was he upset when he
screamed down the hallway, “I know who did it.” ...
We had a ball as we listened to Charlie McCarthy (from
Chicago) who had us in stitches when he told us about
his minister license he had while he worked out of his
boat. Yes, he actually married people. We wondered if
they were still married. ... Tim David, who had great
stories about his home in Denver, is retired and enjoys
the wonders of his great city. Tim, who invited us out
to visit him, was such a good talker we unassumingly
voted him to be on our 50th reunion committee in
2017. ... David Smayda, who attended with his wife,
told us about his days at Carroll and being a local. ...
During one of our planning meetings over the wire,
Jack Winchester joined us – are you ready – from the
Vatican. Yes, the one in Italy! He was on an extended
trip and didn’t want to miss a meeting. He just had a
group session with the Pope, stating he was a nice
guy. He brought back a blessing for us, albeit over the
wire. A story about Jack: During the dinner portion of
the reunion, he had to call the taxi he took because
he thought he lost his wallet in the cab. Sure enough,
about an hour later, a member of the JCU staff came
to the dinner with his wallet. The taxi driver brought
the wallet to Jack. Talk about personal delivery. He
had to tip twice that night. That’s what happens when
you have an audience with the pope. ... Our alumni
came from Atlanta; Chicago; Denver; North Carolina;
and Mentor, Ohio. John Gibbons and his wife, Pat,
attended the reunion. I told John I’d mention his name.
His school, Lake Catholic, is looking for recruits. Inside
the tent, John told great stories with that wonderful
sense of Irish humor. Several of the alumni who
attended went to grade school, high school, and John
Carroll together: Tom Ashdown, John Gibbons, Ben
Litra, and yours truly. Robert Boharic and Leonard
Janchar spoke about their lives after graduation.
Richard Davis, who told us about his career with
the railroad, wrote a book about his experiences. ...
During dinner, President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., visited
all the reunion classes to say hello and gave a small
talk about his appreciation for our continued support.
Each class had the opportunity to presented their
check. Of course, the check was huge. All the reunion
committee members took the check and presented
it. As we picked up the check, Mr. JCU, Michael
Kowalski, ran from his table and grabbed a part of
the check as it was being given to the president.
He said it was his opportunity to give something to
the president. Our class gift was $623,098. ... Since
reunion, I’ve attended and seen alumni at a Blue
Streaks football watch party and Carroll happy hour. ...
I hope you have a great fall season. Remember, any
event, contact me. Think 50. Peter
Jeff Hawk
1968 317-845-4199
[email protected]
Onward, forward, and upward with the class of
’68. I received a wonderful write-up from Rick
Pflaum. Rick’s story is a huge success because
he’s a huge success. Rick served in Vietnam as the
adjutant of the 58th Transportation Battalion. Rick
left at Christmastime of ’71 from Da Nang. In ’73,
he received an MBA from Notre Dame and then
worked for Bank of America in San Francisco. Rick’s
significant contribution to banking was giving outdoor
product company The North Face its first loan. Now,
Rick says he can hardly afford to buy its stuff. Rick
switched to IT and became a member of the now
legendary Homebrew Computer Club. In ’76, the
bank pioneered email, and Rick met Kathy, the love
of his life, in the company’s London office. They
married in ’79 and left the bank. In ’81, Kathy’s father
became ill, and they moved to Henley-on-Thames,
England, to be near her family. Their beautiful family
started with Julia (30), then Dominic (27), and then
Thea (22). Rick continued climbing the corporate
ladders with Exxon and the French telecom giant
Alcatel where he engineered software. By ’83, the
family moved from Henley to outer London. Rick
worked at home but traveled to Alcatel sites in
Antwerp, Belgium; Stuttgart, Germany; Milan, Italy;
and Lisbon, Portugal. Kathy is an artist; Julia is in her
first year of occupational therapy at Trinity College
Dublin; Dominic is a musician (he was a drummer in
the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics)
and is engaged to a wonderful girl from Argentina
who he’ll marry next summer; and Thea is in Bath,
England, and worked in retail as assistant manager
for Banana Republic. She’ll start an elementary
education program in the fall at a local university. Rick
is a miler in the Olympic Club, plays golf, rows, and
stays young with his lovely wife. ... Please send me
your notes for the column. I’ve been writing about
you and yours since 1972. That also was the year
Jenny and I had the pleasure of having Fr. Henry
Birkenhauer, S.J., at our home for a Mass. That
year was also the start of the JCU Alumni Chapter
Indianapolis, which ran from June 1972 to June 1982.
For you and John Carroll, Jeff
Gerry Grim
1969 [email protected]
Hello, class of 1969. Sorry I missed the last issue,
but I need help. My bucket list includes winning the
Silver Quill Award for excellence by a class columnist,
but missing columns gets you a black mark on the
Silver Quill ledger. I’m happy to report I have news
this issue. First is the nice note from the class’s best
politician and Washington insider Michael Scanlon.
In December 2009, Phillip Giacinti ’68 and a group
of alumni started the Lt. Fred A. Hartman Jr.
USMC Memorial Endowed Scholarship in honor
of Fred Hartman ’68, who was killed in Vietnam.
The scholarship is given to a Military Science
freshman or marine. The fund will be awarded
for the first time this year because it has reached
the endowed amount of $50,000. A picture of Lt.
Hartman and his military decorations were hung in
the reception area of the Military Science Building
on Sept. 10, 2012. Gianciti and LTC Donald
Hazelwood presided over the event.
36 FALL 2012
As a golfer, I’m jealous of Mike’s accomplishment.
“Gerry, this August I had the opportunity to speak
at the national convention of the Australia-Asia Self
Storage Association in Sydney. (Mike is the head of
the association in the U.S.) Paula and I met a local
resident along the way. I’ve now played golf on every
continent but Antarctica, and I don’t know how I’m
going to get that round in. The photo is of Mike and
Paula with one of Australia’s best exports, the Koala
bear. As to Mike’s quest to play in Antarctica, my
research shows at least one disc golf course there.
Mike, if you play that course, I think everyone will
agree that would count. ... The next news I received
was about something bad that happened to a good
person but also is good news and reaffirms the special
bond and friendships that developed during our four
special years together on 60 acres in University
Heights. Bob Geiss, to all who know Bob in our
class, was a special person. Bob had a terrible fall
from a roof, which, if you saw the pictures, you’d be
amazed he’s still with us. Here’s Bob’s note: “Hello,
Gerry. This is coming from my computer at school
where I’m a psychologist. I’ve wanted to write for
some time. I’m going to send documents and photos
from the past 10 months that I have on my home
computer. I just wanted to get something to you
while I was thinking about it. You might have heard
I fell off a roof and was out of commission for three
months. The JCU connection is linked to my faith but
also to the fact I heard from Rich Guinta, Bill Badke,
Tom Bednarczyk, Tom Martin, Mike Graczyk, Pete
Adams, Ed Christy, Jim Wieser, and Tim Rogers.
Rich and Bill drove many hours to see me in the
hospital at U of Wisconsin (Madison), where I spent
the first two weeks getting this modern-day Humpty
Dumpty back together. Seven titanium plates were
put in my face to start the healing. The documents
I’ll send will clarify what happened, and the picture
will portray the healing power of God. I’ll get those
to you over the weekend.” Rich, Bill, and all who
helped Bob get through this ordeal, you’ve shown
your Blue Streak spirit and friendship. ... I know many
classmates qualified for Mensa but not me. We lost
a classmate, Charles (Chas) Fuller, who was one of
those geniuses. We extend our sympathies to his
family and all his friends in our class. I played a lot
of golf with Chas and enjoyed every round. But my
favorite memory was when he invited me and several
other classmates to hear Dr. Al Hamilton of the JCU
history department speak at the local Mensa Club in
Cleveland back in the ’70s. It was a great experience
to be around so many interesting and exceptional
individuals. Thanks, Chas. ... Two of our classmates
were awarded honors by the legal profession.
First, former rugby superstar Bill Pietragallo was
named one of the top 50 lawyers in Pittsburgh.
Congratulations, Bill. Also, history department
superstar Chris Schraff was honored by Chambers
USA as one of the top Environmental Lawyers in
Ohio. Congratulations, Chris. ... In closing, I was just
kidding about the Silver Quill Award, but it’s easier
to write when I have news. My golf partner, John
Kennedy, and I won the Kiawah Cup at our biannual
grudge match over Herald and Magulick. Thanks,
John, for a great putt on 18. Dorothy and I had a great
time at the wedding of Pat Herald’s oldest son in
early August. Many JCUers attended. ... Don’t forget
to give to the John Carroll Annual Fund; and for you
IXYers in the audience, don’t forget to give to the IXY
scholarship. Send news, and I’ll write. Grimmer
Ted Heutsche
1970 517-669-4005
Ed Sandrick and Bill Ryan ’67 hooked up at the
Veteran Small Business Conference in New Orleans
in August 2011. Bill and Ed played football together
at Carroll, were IXYs, and served in the U.S. Marine
Corps. They’ve teamed up again to help other
veterans and their families. Ed served the Corps on
active duty from 1970 to 1979, and retired a colonel
in the Marine Corps Reserve in 2000. Ed received his
Master of Science in health systems management
from Rush University in Chicago and began his
health-care career at the Rush System for Health. He
has been with Humana since 2001 and is the national
practice leader for the Humana Veterans Initiative.
Ed helped establish the Humana Veterans Initiative,
assisting veterans and their families obtain access
to affordable health care, as well as helping veterans
and their spouses through employment and business
development opportunities. Ed introduced Humana
to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with
Disabilities (EBV), founded at Syracuse University.
With Syracuse as the hub, the EBV program has
expanded to include programs at Cornell, UConn,
Purdue, Florida State, LSU, Texas A&M, and UCLA.
EBV has graduated more than 500 veterans and
family members of veterans, 60 percent of whom
are running their own businesses. In 2011, Humana
became a corporate sponsor of the EBV program.
In April of this year, Humana sponsored the New
Orleans Navy Week celebration and in collaboration
with the EBV program, Bill and Ed teamed up and
coordinated the production of a Symposium for
Veteran Entrepreneurship. Wounded warriors were
flown from throughout the country by New Orleans
businessmen and women. They attended and
participated in the symposium where they heard
graduates from the EBV program speak about their
military experiences and their assimilation into the
business world as successful entrepreneurs. Bill and
Ed are joining together to ensure our veterans are first
in line for jobs, business opportunities, and medical
benefits. It’s one of their goals to have John Carroll
and Cleveland host a Wounded Warrior Weekend for
Veterans with the EBV and their families. ... George
N. Vourlojianis, Ph.D., ’76G was promoted to the
rank of full professor of history at Lorain County
Community College in Elyria, Ohio, and received
the 2011-2112 Distinguished Faculty Award. Some
of you might have noted that George was featured
in one of JCU’s recent mailings about the Magis
planned giving program. I’ve enjoyed getting to know
George better at the past couple class reunions.
... Pat Condon retired from Deloitte & Touche but
remains a consultant. He’s on the board of directors
of Roundy’s, a grocer in the Midwest, and Cloud Peak
Energy. ... Keep sending news. Ted
Tom and Rosemary Costello
1971 217-344-2076
[email protected]
John M. Marcus
1972 301-530-7285
[email protected]
“It might have been one of the best reunions”
– I heard that from many of our classmates – but
I also heard how much everyone missed those
who weren’t present. There was a gathering at
Nighttown on Thursday night; golf at Acacia Country
Club, Maggio’s lunch in Little Italy, and Bergy’s
dinner at Moxie’s on Friday; and a tour of the West
Side Market on Saturday. During the class dinner,
Gregg Gianpetro performed one of his hilarious
stand-up routines, and Don and Patty (Simoson)
Farrell told a two-part story about who wears the
pants in the family. There were tons of laughs and
many memories. But let me have the players tell
you what stood out. Gregg Gianpetro: “What a great
time visiting and sharing the journeys we’re all on.
These paths of life are most interesting, and isn’t it
absolutely fascinating how little has changed? Like
a well-scripted Seinfeld episode, the characters in
this comedy are brilliant: Maggio, Mulkeen, Zinger,
Smith, Cianflocco, Bergerson, Hudec, Gerbig,
Magnotto, Quilty, Roach et. al. What a group.
Doctors, lawyers, teachers, and plain common folk
come for personal reasons – each making their
unique contribution. This group is a good time.
They make me laugh. Like Pacino said, ‘They keep
pulling me back.’ Being on campus takes me back
to a wonderful time in my life. Bravo to the Don and
Patty Farrell show. It couldn’t have been better. I
wish Lindstrom and Russert had been there.” ...
John Hudec: “What stood out was Friday morning
before golf. Most of us hadn’t seen each other for
years, so, as we all arrived, we got reacquainted in
the parking lot. But as we moved to the golf course,
I was reminded of the quote from the book the
‘A Separate Peace’: ‘The more things change, the
more they remain the same.’ In other words, time
might have weathered us; but as we sat around and
the stories were told, nothing seemed different.
The laughter was there, the friendships renewed,
and for a weekend, we were all kids again.” ... Jeff
Rogo: “I enjoyed walking past Bernet and through
the AD Building with my senior-year roommate,
George Beckmann, on our way to the president’s
reception. The new Dolan Science Center really
changes the look of the campus.” ... Mark Pacelli:
“Fellow Blue Streaks, I didn’t realize it takes an
entire week to restore brain cells. Last weekend’s
reunion was definitely a sensory overload. What a
blast! As others have said, ‘It was so great to see
everyone.’ Terrific memories were rehashed and
embellished, and new ones were established, such
as Greg Gianpetro being the warm-up act for the
Don and Patty Farrell comedy show. And Bergy, too!
There were times I remembered – things I haven’t
thought of in 40 years. We’re lucky. We need to
make more excuses to get together. Every five
years seems too long. There’s been chatter about
starting a golf outing for the TJ Russert scholarship;
but we need ideas about get-togethers, especially
after it seems that everyone had such a good time
at reunion. We’re a unique class, and we should
keep it that way. So, like my medieval philosophy
class, I’m out of here. Ciao, and thanks for being
who you are and picking me up along the way.”
... Two reunion first-timers were Jimmy Hughes
and football great Mickey Kane. Great to see them
both. ... There were many more stories, but there’s
not enough room in this column to recount them.
Try to make it to the next one. Nonreunion news will
appear in the next column. Take care. JM
Bob Larocca
1973 216-321-5547/216-233-7651
[email protected]
Fellow classmates, we’re kicking off the rally for our
40th reunion next June. It’s time to rekindle those
old embers of years past by contacting classmates
we’re in touch with regularly and, hopefully, those
we haven’t heard from in years. The alumni office
can provide needed information, unless they’re in
the witness protection program. ... Our esteemed
past columnist, Gerry Patno, hitched his wagon to
Cathy Fink in September. ... Mike Nienstedt’s son,
Brian, will marry in November in Pittsburgh, where
there will be a gathering of Carrollers. ... Send any
news via phone, email, carrier pigeon, or billboard no
matter how trivial or bona fide. Enjoy the fall colors,
and I hope to hear from you soon. Rock on! Bob
Dave Robinson
1974 248-642-9615
[email protected]
Dear classmates, here’s news from your fellow
classmates. Rosemary Amato, had a great summer.
She was joined by her sister, Pat, and two of Pat’s
six children on a summer vacation visiting Normandy,
France. They toured the American Veterans
Cemetery, each of the D-day beaches, Mont St.
Michel, and Lisieux, which is the home of St. Therese.
They concluded the trip in Paris with the “American-
wants-to-see-everything-in-two-days” tour. ... It was
a traveling summer for Suzanne and Hugh Morgan
as well. First, Suzanne traveled to Dallas with her
youngest daughter, Katie. They started their trip
in Sedona, then traveled to the Grand Canyon and
walked on the Plexiglas bridge over the Canyon. That
was followed by zip-lining in downtown Las Vegas.
London and the Summer Olympics were next. They
saw the women’s gold medal soccer victory over
Japan at the venerable Wembley Stadium before
they took a train ride to Edinburgh, Scotland, and
spent six days there. They took in the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and
Edinburgh International Festival where they saw the
Cleveland Orchestra. A September cruise to Alaska
was scheduled with stops at Ketchikan, Skagway,
Juneau, Denali National Park, and Anchorage. ...
Jim (Chigo) Rados is retiring to Aiken, S.C., after
35 years of practicing law in Chicago. His wife,
Sandy, retired from nursing in December, and they’re
looking forward to a lot of golf. Their son, Chris, is
a lawyer in Chicago, and their daughter, Stephanie,
took the Missouri Bar after graduating from St.
Louis University School of Law and is awaiting
results. Their youngest daughter, Nicole, graduated
magna cum laude from Boston College in May and
is working for a social media company in Boston.
... Ed Staunton writes that his daughter, Sarah,
graduated from the University of Mary Washington in
Virginia. She’s working in downtown Washington for
Clutch Group, a legal outsourcing company. Ed’s son,
Christopher, joined SolarCity and is learning about
renewable energy and how the business works. Last
May, Ed joined San Mateo, Calif.-based IntelePeer
as vice president of carrier sales. ... Congratulations
to Van Conway. In August, he flew 25 people on a
private charter to the St. Thomas Ritz-Carlton Hotel
to witness his marriage to Lori Resnick. She has two
beautiful daughters who attend Cranbrook Schools
in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Van’s daughter Molly ’10G
MBA had a baby girl named Madeline and started law
school at CWRU. ... Ginny and Steve Noon’s son,
Aaron ’09, also received his Master of Education from
JCU last May. He’s working part time as a freelance
writer with the local newspapers and plans to earn
his teaching license in French. ... Our daughter,
Kate ’98, had her third child, Brian Patrick, in June.
Our son, Keenan, was a member of the U.S. Swim
Team’s athlete training staff at the London Olympics.
... Happy holidays. Send me your personal updates
for the next column. Robby
Rick Rea
1975 314-769-9451
[email protected]
Hello, classmates. Those of you who like to watch
HBO and the Miami Dolphins might have watched
“Hard Knocks: Miami Dolphins,” a weekly program
showcasing an internal view of the Miami Dolphins’
training camp and preseason games. If you did, you’d
have seen classmate Ken O’Keefe working with the
team’s offense as receivers coach. Congratulations,
Ken, on keeping JCU’s relationship with the Dolphins
strong. ... I received my annual invitation to Jim
McSherry’s 29th Annual McSherry Open Golf Classic
benefiting local charities. Jim makes his tournament
special by hosting the awards dinner at his home.
Congratulations, Jim, on 29 years of helping others.
I’ll definitely participate in this event down the road.
... Melissa and I spent an extended vacation in Italy
last June. We started in Rome and visited the ruins
and the Vatican, traveled to Florence to visit The
Duomo and The Gallery of the Accademia di Belle
Arti for a view of Michelangelo’s David. We also
traveled to Venice to do some research for Melissa’s
book “Conjuring Casanova,” which is soon to be
published. We also made a train trip to Milan to have
lunch with a business associate I used to work with.
I’d say the highlight of our trip to Venice was staying
for two days at the San Clemente Palace Hotel on
San Clemente Island. Dee Snider (of Twisted Sister
fame) and his family, as well as Quentin Tarantino,
were there during our stay. ... I’m sure you liked
reading about Ken and Jim’s news (as well as my
vacation), so how about your news? Surely, some of
you have traveled, retired, launched a new business
enterprise, earned a degree, broken ground on a
retirement home, welcomed a grandchild, burned a
mortgage, lost 20 pounds, been fitted for a hairpiece,
or had major surgery during the past 12 months.
If so, or if you know of a classmate who has done
something newsworthy, email it to me now for my
next column. Pray for peace. RR
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and client focused, and the guide is read by industry-
leading companies and organizations throughout the
U.S. and worldwide.” Gags is chair of the real-estate
practice at Ulmer & Berne, LLP in Cleveland. And
speaking of Gags, during the class dinner, he helped
organize the coup to remove me as class columnist
for nonperformance of duty. I humbly acquiesced
and, in turn, assisted him in hoodwinking Demaris
(Levitt) LeBlanc into assuming the throne. I hope
she’ll do a better job than me. Give her a hand, and
send her your news. Dennis
Tim Freeman
1978 708-579-9075
[email protected]
Greetings! Our 35th reunion is June 14-16, 2013, so
please call a couple classmates and plan to attend.
Interested in helping with reunion committee work?
Contact Carla Gall ’05 in the alumni office (cgall@ Here’s the latest: Chuck Kretschmer
lives in St. Louis and keeps in touch with Mike
McDonough and Mike Horning ’79. Chuck, who
has a son and daughter in high school, serves on the
board at De La Salle Middle School. He enjoys golf,
horseracing (owns a couple thoroughbreds), the
2011 world champion Cardinals, NFL football, and a
good bottle of pinot noir. ... Christine (Schomisch)
Moravec, Ph.D., is the director of basic research
for the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure at the
Cleveland Clinic. In addition to running a research
program focusing on human heart failure and
whether the condition can be reversed with various
therapies, Chris also runs the CCF-JCU summer
undergraduate student program, and serves on
the board of the Northeastern Ohio Science and
Engineering Fair as immediate past president and
judging chair. Chris holds a faculty appointment
at the Clinic’s medical school and adjunct faculty
appointments at Cleveland State University and
Case Western Reserve. Chris and her husband, Carl
Moravec, Ph.D., live in Shaker Heights. ... In 2006,
Bruce Luecke started Nationwide Bank, which
has grown to almost $5 billion in assets. Bruce’s
community service includes serving as board chair
of Homeport, Columbus’s largest affordable housing
nonprofit. His spouse, Mimi (Schilling) ’80, enjoyed
a vacation with Beth (McChesney) Wright ’80, and
Julie (Sheridan) Delaney ’80. The Luecke kids are all
out of school: Tom works for Deloitte in Chicago;
Charlie works for Fort Washington Investment
Advisors in Cincinnati; and Annie is a special-needs
teacher in Dublin, Ohio. Bruce planned to connect
with Schuf (Jack Schufreider) in Chicago in late
October. ... Bob Marczynski continues to bore
his kids with stories of RAs in Pacelli Hall. After 12
years as director of administration and stewardship
at St. Ann Catholic Church in Memphis, Tenn.,
Marz returns to the University of Memphis as the
assistant director of interdisciplinary studies in the
College of Arts and Sciences. Bob began working at
the university 31 years ago. Marz helps coordinate
four interdisciplinary academic majors, seven
academic minors, and five research centers and
institutes. Bob and his spouse Beth’s kids are at
UT-Chattanooga: Charlie is a freshman; Sarah is in
grad school (nonprofit/fine arts administration); and
Diane Coolican Gaggin
1976 [email protected]
Guy get-togethers are popular this year. I have two
to report. First, Joe Dzurilla sent word that TENREB
Inc., the unofficial fraternity of third-floor Bernet,
was hosted in mid-January by Dr. Glenn Meden.
A terrific time was had by all, including Joe, Glen,
Fred Bauters, Frank Novak, Roman L., and Chuck
Erb ’73. These guys have been catching up annually
for more than 30 years. Joe also has a request to
anyone with access to free pedometers for his
traumatic brain injury survivor group, so contact him
at [email protected]. ... Mike McGuigan’s wife,
Debbie, sent word Mike, Mike Behm, Joe Sullivan,
Tom Kelly, Mike Skerl, Mark Danisewicz ’77, and,
John Hurley (who attended JCU the first two years)
get together each year for boys weekend, which
she says is almost a week long, to reminisce about
the glory days at JCU. Chicago was the site for this
year’s festivities, the boys and spouses attended
John Hurley’s daughter’s wedding. ... Dan Hughes
([email protected]) had been teaching sales and
service fundamentals at the Cuyahoga Valley Career
Center since 2001. Before that, he spent 31 years
with Heinen’s supermarkets in the Cleveland area.
He attended the 40th Ignatius reunion and saw
Marty Carney, Ken Ward, Ken Hennessey, and
Dennis Doverspike. Dan and his wife, Mary, live in
Solon and have three sons. ... The Lisagor Lifetime
Achievement Award has been bestowed on Mary
Ann (Bergerson) Ahern by the Chicago Headline
Club, which is the largest chapter of the Society
of Professional Journalists. Bergy is lead political
reporter at NBC-5 in Chicago. Congratulations from
all of us! ... Condolences to Mary Jo (Casserly)
Hogan whose mother passed away this summer. MJ
said she appreciated Elaine Yeip, Gwen (Benovich)
Dickerhoof, and Darlene (Yeray) Mullen stopping
by to pay their respects. The ever-elusive Darlene
Yeray Mullen ([email protected]) has
been living in Willoughby, Ohio, and has worked for
FirstEnergy for 35 years. ... Thanks to Norb Trocki
for telling me about the unexpected death of Don
Maciejewski, friend and frequent contributor to this
column. Based in Jacksonville, Fla., Don was one
of 33 board-certified aviation law attorneys in the
state. Our condolences to Don’s wife, Judy, his son,
Davey, and the entire family. ... To all of you, I send
blessings of the season for a Merry Christmas and a
happy, peaceful New Year. Cools
Demaris (Levitt) LeBlanc
1977 [email protected]
It was great to see so many of our class at the
35th reunion this past June. We might be older, but
we still held our own among the younger classes.
Everyone I spoke with was glad they made the trip
back to campus. I got a kick out of the wine tasting
event in Rodman Hall. During my four years as a
student, the closest I came to Rodman was walking
past it on the quad. The most poignant event for
me, however, was the reunion Mass. The names of
class members who’ve passed away since the last
reunion were read aloud and a rose is placed at the
altar in their honor. From our class Brian Ellis, Dan
LoPresti, Barbara Molnar, John O’Hare, Elsie
(Russ) Pollock, Michael Rodgers, Jon Salerno,
Lois (Rabb) Snider, and Jane (Kvacek) Zusman
were honored. I was struck by the thought that,
even if you’ve never been back to the campus, John
Carroll doesn’t forget you. We lost another classmate
after the reunion. Rev. Richard Matty passed away
July 16 in Chicago while visiting friends. Rick had
been the rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in El Paso,
Texas, since 1997. Officials of the Diocese of El
Paso released the following statement to the news
media about the loss: “The Diocese and community
of St. Patrick Cathedral are deeply saddened by this
great loss, and we ask everyone to keep Fr. Rick
and his family in their prayers.” ... OK, enough of
the sad news. On the good-news front, I learned
my fellow U-Clubber, Bill (Gags) Gagliano was
honored by Chambers USA as a leading real-estate
lawyer in Ohio. “Chambers USA ranks the leading
firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice
Class of ’76 boys weekend 2012 (from left): Joe Sullivan, Tom Kelly, Mike Skerl, Mark
Danisewicz ’77, John Hurley, Mike McGuigan, and Mike Behm
Kate is a senior (nursing school). Bob thoroughly
enjoys the empty nest except when he misses the
free-labor lawn service. Marz sends his regards to
Rob Herald and keeps in touch with John Deitrick
and John Kostyo. Rob Herald continues to work
in Hong Kong and aims to remain there for another
couple years. Rob’s 2012 summer visit included golf
in Chicago and Pirate baseball with John Baran. ...
Thanks for writing. Tim
Nancy Agacinski
1979 [email protected]

Hi, everyone. There’s not much personal class news
this time, so write me when you have time because
it’s always great to read about what everyone has been
up to. ... I went to the school Friday night of reunion
weekend in June and saw Sheila Berry and Norm
and Mary (Davis) Riley. I also caught up with Bill ’76
and Annie Kern, Wendy and Stan Mambort ’77, Dave
Urbanek ’75, Mike and Kathy (Nimrod) McDonald,
Tom ’80 and Peggy (O’Hearn) ’80 Finucane, Mary
Power Patton ’83, Paul ’82 and Patrice (McCauley)
’80 Hulseman, and Paul Colavincenzo ’82. ... John
Ehrman wrote to say his daughter will be on a TV
show produced by Eva Longoria, airing January 2013.
... I went to Carroll Saturday, Sept. 15, for the evening
football game against Baldwin Wallace. It was great
to hang out with Terry O’Brien ’78; Bob ’78 and Barb
Burak; Tom Hartnett ’81 and his wife, Mary, and their
son, Harry; Nick DiFino; Jeff Glover ’81; and Bryan
(Harpo) ’80 and Megan (O’Byrne) ’83 Kennedy. It
was a great fall day and fun to watch football, even
though the Streaks couldn’t pull off a win and lost
32-28. For those of you in the area, check out a JCU
sports event, it’s a great way to catch up with alums
and support our school. … There was a nice article in
the last magazine about the Farrell brothers. Please
come back to visit us some time guys. Rick, our next
reunion is June 2014, so mark your calendar. ... That’s
all I have. Every five while we’re alive. Fondly, Nancy
Matt Holtz
1980 440-331-1759
[email protected]
Greetings to all as we
approach the winter
season. Here’s what’s
happening ... Rick
Chelko, president of
The Chelko Consulting
Group has been
elected co-president
of the National
Worldwide Employee
Benefits Network
(WEB). Previously, he
served as president of WEB’s Cleveland chapter
and has held several leadership positions within the
organization. WEB is an educational and networking
association of employee benefits professionals. ...
Former U-Club leader, Don Rose, has been busy
working the annual Toyota Sellathons for more
than 30 years at Classic Toyota. Don received a
visit from John Palumbo, who’s an account rep
for Maple Leaf Farms, a distributor of duck to
supermarkets and fine restaurants. Don and John
rehashed the old U-Club days and talked about the
next reunion coming up in 2015. They’re looking to
see a strong U-Club presence at the next reunion
and are putting the call out to Dan Liska, Steve
Nini, Denny Weyhe ’82, and all other U-Clubbers,
so mark your calendar for the reunion. ... Former
fellow political science major and commuter, Guy
Sanitate, sends greetings from Washington, D.C.,
where he’s running a business unit for Scitor Corp.,
which focuses on surveillance and reconnaissance
programs. Guy’s son is in his first year of law school
at the University of Richmond, and his spouse,
Pat, stays busy working at a charitable foundation.
... Thanks for the notes and feel free to drop a line
anytime. MFH
Bob Hill
1981 414-254-9880
[email protected]
Paul Hulseman
1982 847-867-9322 (c)
[email protected]
Greetings from Chicago. Actually, it’s Thomaston,
Ga., because I’d been missioned to central
Georgia for four weeks to work. This summer was
perfectly book-ended by JCU activities. Starting
with graduation and the alumni awards dinner in
May to the mighty Blue Streaks taking down St.
Norbert College in Dublin before Labor Day. It was a
Blue and Gold summer for sure! The highlight was
reunion weekend. The campus sparkled as we were
welcomed back for full days and fuller nights. The
class of ’82 called Pacelli home for the weekend,
which brought back many great memories because
that was my dorm freshman year. Thankfully,
there were no nuclear tests this time around,
even though Kevin (Whalehead) Whalen ’80 was
there. Go online ( to view pictures from
the weekend. ... The University is resurrecting city
chapters. Several major cities are up and running,
with Chicago leading the way. Chicago kicked off a
new leadership team in June, and Suzanne Carroll-
McGovern has jumped in with both feet, leading
the service, social, and professional development
committees. We’re fortunate this Buffalo native
calls the Windy City home. The chapter’s first
event was watching the JCU/St. Norbert football
game from an Irish bar downtown. More than 100
alumni toasted the rout with a Guinness or two. I
won’t mention Katie Grace Brandt was there,
even though I care. (Take that, JAWC!) ... Author,
author! Stacey Sanner published her first book of
photography and interviews called “Keeping a Blue
Light On: A Citizen’s Tribute to the Seattle Police
Department.” Stacey writes: “It’s a coffee-table
sized book with personal stories of what it’s like to
be a police officer. The stories are told in their words
through the interviews I conducted and are all
accompanied by a photographic portrait I took.” The
book pays tribute to five Seattle police officers who
were gunned down in less than a month in 2009.
Check it out at Amazon or
Stacey and her husband, Reggie Fils-Aime, just
celebrated their second wedding anniversary and
live in Seattle. ... Mary Rose (Coburn) Sullivan is
back in the Buckeye State, just a couple hours south
of her University Heights roots. MR was at many
reunion activities between popping over to Conover
Road to check up on her 90-year-old dad. You might
remember Dr. Donald Coburn ’43 was awarded
the JCU Alumni Medal a few years back. Dr. C and
his children have been tremendous assets to our
alma mater. The annual Ride for Miles (in memory
of professor Miles Coburn, Ph.D., ’75G) was this
past September. Mary Rose and Mark have three
growing boys – the oldest is on the precipice of high
school. Mary Rose has battled significant health
problems this year, but if you saw her at reunion,
you’d have been amazed because she doesn’t age!
... Mary Kay Merk-Kusner – what’s the phrase, if
the mountain won’t come to Muhammad? I had
lunch with Dave ’80 and Mary Kay in Iowa City in
late August. I dropped off my college freshman in St.
Louis and drove to Iowa City to bring back a recent
college graduate who completed an internship. The
Kusners are great. Dave is working at the University
Hospitals and MK works in ministry there. Their
oldest son graduated from college, and they have
two in right now – one in St. Louis and the other in
Chicago. Their youngest, Anna, started junior high.
Mary Kay was ordained a priest and confirmed two
young adults before Labor Day. I hope Mary Kay
starts work on her second book soon. It was a treat
to catch up with Dave and Mary Kay. I hope to see
them in Chicago when they visit their son at Loyola
University. ... Onward on! Paul
Mark Schroeder
1983 216-210-2020
[email protected]
Every class member should have the chance to go
to dinner with Tom Wancho and his wife, Tracy.
It’s been 29 years since I last saw Tom, and we
had never met Tracy. Decades have only polished
his incredible humor. In July, we met for dinner in
San Antonio for a night filled with tear-streaming
laughter and reminiscing. Tom is the exhibit planner
for The Story of Texas History Museum in Austin,
and Tracy teaches special-needs children. We had
a tremendous time and are looking forward to
seeing them in Austin. ... Another funny classmate,
Charles Wagner, has connected on Facebook.
Charles lives in Chicago and owns American
Graphics, a fleet and vehicle graphics company. ...
Mike Samerdyke does it again. His essay “Fathers,
Sons, and Superheroes” won second place in the
Wytheville Chautauqua Creative Writing contest.
His son, Ethan, topped him by taking first place in
the Appalachian Heritage Writers contest. Great
job. Photos of this one would’ve been nice. ...
Jeanne (Mann) Gallo, Mary (Power) Patton, Jane
Cunin, and Madelon (Plunkett) Queenan were on
a girlie weekend in Michigan this summer. Jeanne
promised scoops, but what happens in Michigan
... There was another girls’ weekend in Milwaukee
that included Cathy Babcock, Kitty (Bridgman)
Sturgeon, Susan (Daly) Grover, and Jane Cunin.
Again, no stories or photos. ... Sadly, Jim Brown’s
father passed this summer. Please remember Jim;
his wife, Paula; and their family in your prayers. ...
40 FALL 2012
Maureen (Kelly) West sent an inspirational photo of
her, Deb Solyan, Steph Sivak, Maureen (Fallon)
Adler with Donna Byrnes in Chagrin Falls. Deb and
Mo Adler drove from the west side of Cleveland,
Mo West drove in from Chicago, and Steph flew
in from Flagstaff, Ariz., to take Donna to dinner
and celebrate her fantastic news: She’s all clear of
cancer! In support of Donna’s fight, Sheila (Bigane)
Bauschelt; Jane (Broeren) Lambesis and her
husband, Pete; Sheila Nelson; Jack Carey; Tim
Shea; Dan Reynolds and his wife, Kristine; and
Matt Kramer ’86 cycled through Michigan – 67 miles
to Long Beach and 81 miles to Lakeside. Then Tim
and Dan biked another 100 miles to Stevensville.
You guys rock! ... One of my favorite connections on
Facebook is Mike Carswell ’84. Cars and wife Diane
met at 88.7FM WUJC. Now they live in Painesville,
Ohio, with six beautiful children. Mike is the strategic
development manager at Manuvis Corp. ... Cathy
Babcock and her husband, Jeff Bates, are apiarists
at home in Indianapolis extracting 40+ pounds
of honey. Cathy works for Angie’s List. Cathy’s
roommate, Terese Buehrle, is on the road, running
marathons in Cincinnati. When she takes a breather,
the roomies get together once a year. ... Congrats
to J.C. Welch and his wife, Heather, who won re-
election as Marion County Superior Court Judge
in Indianapolis. J.C. is a business development
consultant for CourtCall, a company that provides
audio and video conferencing solutions to the
judiciary. ... Classmates, I want to hear from you, so
connect with me. Mark
Don D’Amore
1984 440-235-1323
[email protected]
Fr ank Roddy was
appointed to the newly
created posi ti on of
e x e c u t i v e v i c e
president, finance and
admi ni st r at i on f or
Swagelok Co. in Solon,
Ohio. The company’s
president/CEO said the
posi ti on recogni zes
Frank for his wonderful
a c h i e v e me n t s a t
Swagelok and will help bring synergies to the
company’s finance, customer service, supply chain,
and information technology functions.” Frank joined
Swagelok in 1993 as director of taxes. In 1999, he
was named treasurer. In 2000, he was appointed vice
president and CFO. In 2007, he was recognized as
CFO of the year by Crain’s Cleveland Business. He’s
a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs, the Northeast
Ohio Alumni Advisory Council for Ernst & Young, and
the Cleveland Advisory Board of FM Global. He also
serves on the board of Cleveland Central Catholic
High School. Swagelok is a developer and provider
of fluid systems. Frank and his family live in Mayfield
Heights, Ohio. ... It wasn’t our reunion year, but that
didn’t stop eight of our lady classmates from getting
together for a long overdue Murphy Hall reunion at
the 100th Bomb Group in Cleveland. Those who
attended are: Michelle (Cupicha) Jech, Katie
(McHugh) Thomas, Rhonda (O’Neal) Melnik, Karen
(Weakland) Hostoffer, Christine Dolenc, Kyle Cielec,
Jeannie (Lang) Siefert, and Linda (Kramer) Jacobs.
A photo of the ladies has been floating around the
Internet. I understand Jeanne got the ball rolling with
less than a week’s notice. They had so much fun they
might do it again next year. ... I’ve been writing this
column since we were still attending Camp Carroll
more than 28 years ago. In the old days, I used to
hand-write the column on a legal pad, put the pages
into a stamped envelope, and mail them. Next came
early word processors that allowed me to print out
the column on a dot-matrix printer, which was a more
legible copy to mail once again. Then the big techie
trend during the mid ’90s was for me to save the
column document to a 3.5-inch floppy disk, put it into
an envelope, and (you guessed it) mail it via the USPS.
Finally, email came along, and the column has been
digital for a decade now. The Journal archives them
online so you can take a trip through the class’
adventures during the past 10 years (back when we
were in our 30s) at Start filling in the news
for the new decade of our 50s. Send me your news.
Floppy disks welcome. Don
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
1985 914-238-2227
[email protected]
Dan Dreiling
1986 [email protected]

Karen (Pontoriero) Simpson
[email protected]
As the new messengers of alumni news for our
class, we’d like to start by thanking past columnists -
John Reilly, Belinda (Glavic) Grassi, Gigi Togliat-
ti-Rice, and Beth (Bonanno) Hausoul – who in-
spired us in their own way to take the ball and run
with it. Thanks to all of you for getting us this far.
The continued success of this column depends on
how well we understand you. Why do you read
John Carroll magazine? Do you keep in touch with
any of your fellow classmates? If so, who? And
how? Our goals for the column are twofold. First,
we’d like it to be fun, not just for alumni, but for our
spouses and children who might not be directly con-
nected to the centennial class but might enjoy read-
ing about its members. Tell us what you’re doing,
whether it be in your career, your interests and ac-
tivities when you’re not on the clock, or the time you
spend with your family and friends. … Remember
1986, when the world was still wide open to us? We
might see a few extra lines and gray hairs in the mir-
ror these days, but we’re confident some of that
sense of fun and optimism is still alive in us. Sec-
ond, how can we help each other? How can we help
our children? We are, after all, a community – some-
thing more than just a specific geographical place
but a group of people from many places and many
perspectives who share a history and set of com-
mon values. Somewhere in this mix of commonali-
ty, there are connections waiting to be made. If you
tell us what you and your children are passionate
about, there must be ways the families of the class
of ’86 can help one another. We’ll be getting a little
help pulling these ideas and connections together
every quarter. ... John Bruening got in touch with
us just as we were taking the reins of the column.
He was the only member of the class of ’86 to
check in this time. John is living in South Euclid with
his wife, Mariah, and their two children Jessica (11)
and Jack (9), both of whom are students at Gesu.
Following his passion for writing, John works in cor-
porate communications for Ferro Corp. and main-
tains a writing, editing, and consulting business
called WriteHere Communications. You might have
noticed John has written several articles for this
magazine during the past couple years. Remember
him from his days at WJCU, which, he’s quick to
point out, was known as WUJC back in the day. It
was great to hear from John, and we appreciate his
willingness to lend a hand, but he’s just one mem-
ber of our class. The rest of you can help, too, by
getting in touch. As always, the success of this col-
umn – no matter who the columnist – depends on
you as much as us. We’re excited and honored to be
here. We looking forward to making connections,
which is our passion. Dan and Karen
Dennis Casey
1987 708-638-9923
[email protected]
Yes, we’re old enough to have had our 25th reunion.
It seems like many of us were just undergrads
working 25-year reunions during reunion weekend
in the ’80s. I trust another great time was had. We
missed it for the first time because of our niece’s
wedding here on Saturday the 16th. (Check out the
pics to this and other events at I’m
sorry I missed those who were there, especially
Tom Ruddy, who hadn’t been able to make the
recent reunions. Tom and his family are in the
Portland, Ore., area where they own Pacific Medical
Supply. Keep in touch, Tom. ... Bill Lock also made
it to campus. Bill is still living in the Chicago area
and was looking to connect with Mark Trainor, who
teaches in the Pittsburgh area. ... Taking in reunion
and the Chicago Chapter-sponsored viewing event
of the JCU football opener in Dublin (where the
Streaks trounced St. Norbert) on Aug. 31 were
Mary Walsh Freeman and her husband, Tim ’78.
... Additional updates: Bill Bergen is president and
CEO of MicroGroup near Boston. Bob Mayer and
his wife, Laura, call Orlando, Fla., home. We were
able to visit during our family trek to Disney last year.
From left: Maureen (Kelly) West ’83, Deb Solyan
’83, Donna Byrnes, Maureen (Fallon) Adler ’83,
and Stephanie Sivak ’83
... Fellow WUJC talent Mario Becerra started the
RN program at Tri-C. He’s at the Cleveland Clinic
by day in their heart and vascular research unit. ...
Kelly and Pat Langan are in Charlottesville, Va.,
after a second stint in Europe vis a vis Pat’s position
with the U.S. Department of Defense. ... Ann and
John Morrissey are in River Forest, Ill., with their
son and two daughters. John heads up marketing
for Chicago Rivet & Machine. ... Robin (Szoradi)
Baum of Shaker Heights, Ohio, was honored this
past spring with the JCU Alumni Medal, placing
her in a select group of the most committed and
supportive alumni leaders. ... It only seems fair I
share some of my story because I need your stories
for each column. My wife, Denise, and I and our
sons Colin (17), Kevin (15), Sean (13), and Ryan (9)
call Orland Park, Ill., home. I was recruited back to
Waste Management as a strategic account manager
in our heavy industrial group in 2010 after having
been in various sales and marketing roles here
from 1991-99. The boys’ high school baseball and
soccer, caddying, travel soccer, and football drive
our schedules, as they likely do for many of you.
We’re on the college hunt with Colin, and JCU will
be on our visit list. I keep involved with Carroll as
part of the Chicago Alumni Club leadership team.
... Now we need to hear from you. Please send me
a note or give me a call soon. Go Streaks! Dennis
Christine Horwath Gawronski
1988 614-425-7723
[email protected]
Hello, classmates. I hope everyone had a great
summer and good back-to-school for the kids. I
received great updates from my fellow Columbusite,
John Davidson. Tim and Patti (Svetlak) Mahota
are still in Santa Barbara, Calif., with their two
kids, Grace and Max, and probably will be forever.
(Patti’s mom moved out there several years ago,
and Tim’s mom moved to Maryland, so, other than
JCU reunions, they have little motivation to come to
Ohio). Patti is a school counselor, and Tim is general
council for Integral Development in Sunnyvale, Calif.
He spends several days a month commuting from
Santa Barbara. ... Bruce Celek is still with PNC selling
foreign exchange but moved to Charlotte to develop
a relatively new market for them. He and his wife,
Alissa, had their second child, Braxton Asher Celek,
who joins big sister Brinsley. If that wasn’t enough,
they bought a house they plan to remodel during the
next year. ... As for John, he started KylesHill Financial
Planning six years ago. In addition to raising three
kids – Brian (16), Archer (13), and Katie (11) – his wife,
Anne, lets him spend time playing in the Shamrock
Club Pipe and Drums (which I have mentioned in a
previous column), coaching fourth-grade football
(where he occasionally runs into Joe Norris ’87, who
helps coach seventh- and eighth-graders at another
school in the league), taking the occasional cross-
country motorcycle trip, and helping organize the
JCU Alumni Columbus Chapter. ... I received the flyer
for our 25th reunion. It doesn’t seem possible. Save
the dates – June 14 -16, 2013. ... A happy and safe fall
and winter to everyone. Keep the updates coming.
David Gassman
1989 440-934-0366
[email protected]
Greetings, fellow members of the class of 1989.
First, let me say thanks to the staff of John Carroll
magazine for the honor of the Silver Quill Award.
I enjoy writing the column and certainly don’t
consider my efforts worthy of such recognition,
but it’s appreciated. Secondly, let me apologize to
Siobhan O’Leary and Adam Stuart, who sent
updates for the previous issue. Because Siobhan
sent me so many updates, my column was too long
for print in the magazine and is posted online (jcu.
edu/magazine). I was traveling internationally and
submitted it just before I left but couldn’t make
the necessary changes. I pride myself on having
something for each class column and promise it
was there, just not in print. There are a lot of folks
mentioned thanks to Siobhan, as well as nice words
from Adam Stuart. ... Here are updates for this issue:
Mary Kay (O’Malley) Kennedy has left Pepsi after
more than 20 years and started as a regional sales
manager for O.N.E. Coconut Water. Review the
product at Like them on Facebook,
and $1 will be contributed to the Healthy Child
Healthy World fund. Good luck Mary Kay, and see
you soon. ... Carey Williams Vieira was promoted
to community director at Parkside Senior Living
in North East, Pa. Carey, a graduate of Villa Maria
Academy in Immaculata, Pa., has served as the
marketing director for the Regency at South Shore,
Parkside at Westminster, and Parkside in North
East for the past three years. She’s also certified in
Pennsylvania as a personal care home administrator.
Congrats, Carey. Keep up the good work. ... That’s
all for now, my friends, but keep sending updates. I
hope to see some of you around campus. As a side
note, my father, Dean Gassman ’57, attended his
55th class reunion this past June. Congratulations,
Dad. You and Mom (Gloria) enjoy. Thank you for the
love and support. ... Peace. David
Melissa Wenzler
1990 440-725-0753
[email protected]
I’m amazed by how you live within a few miles of
people you know but never run into them. One
day this summer, Chris and I were heading into
Giant Eagle, and who came out of the store? None
other than Pete Smayda. I haven’t seen Pete
since graduation, but he’s been living in University
Heights this whole time. With the amount of time
I spend at the grocery store or hanging out in UH,
I can’t believe it took me this long to run into him.
We didn’t have too much time to chat, but he told
me he’s working at Progressive. Great seeing you,
Pete. I hope we run into each other again soon. ...
Beth (Warfield) Hansen lives in Solon, Ohio, with
her husband and their three children. Her oldest,
Eric, a senior at Solon High School, is a stand out
cross-country runner. I heard JCU reached out to
him. How fun would it be to keep the JCU tradition
in the family. Her son, Luke, is in the eighth grade,
and her daughter, Emily, is in the fifth grade. Beth is
back teaching part time at the elementary level in
the Solon schools. Lastly (this was cool), Beth was
chosen to decorate the White House for Christmas
in 2010. She has applied for an encore performance
and should’ve heard back in October. So, hopefully,
I’ll have good news to report in the next column. ...
Patricia Cracchiolo dropped a note via Facebook.
During the past year and a half, she relocated from
Buffalo, N.Y., to Raleigh, N.C. Her recent sales and
marketing position with Eaton ended, so she’s
looking for a new venture in information technology
focused on sales and marketing. In the meantime,
Patricia is enjoying spending time with her dog,
Poppy, and cat, Mac. She also started the Raleigh
Alumni Chapter. Its first social gathering was this
past spring. There was a phenomenal turnout. ... On
a personal note, I started running in April 2012. I ran
two 5K races this summer and my first 10K at the
end of September. I love it and find great personal
accomplishment when finishing a race and pushing
myself to see how far I can go. I’m sure there are
others in our class who are runners. … I’d love to
hear your stories so I can share them in the next
column. Of course, I love to receive news about
jobs, families, vacations, and minireunions with JCU
friends. Don’t be shy! Cheers. Melissa
Liz (Phillips) Hartranft
1991 216-956-5943
[email protected]
I hope this note finds everyone well and enjoying
the fall season. I heard from Gina (Walick) Marek,
who graduated with her MBA from Bowling Green
this past spring. After graduation, she accepted a
job as VP of internal audit for Macy’s in Cincinnati.
Gina and her husband, Ed, and their two sons,
Jacob (11) and Andrew (9), will be relocating from
Toledo, where she was with Owens Corning for
the past seven years. Good luck, Gina, and keep
us posted on your move. ... In other news, Jim
McPolin ’92 was named a new team member for
The Rainmaker Group where he’ll serve as director
of customer strategies. Before joining Rainmaker,
Jim was senior vice president, client management
for American Utility Management. ... Kerry (Spicer)
Bebie was inducted into Magnificat (Rocky River,
Ohio) High School’s 2012 athletic hall of fame for
basketball, volleyball, and track. Kerry was the high
jump and long jump school record holder from 1984-
1989. Now, Kerry is an assistant professor in the
division of health and physical education at Baldwin
Wallace University, where she’s also the HPET
program coordinator. Kerry and her husband, Tony,
along with their five children, reside in Rocky River.
Congratulations, Kerry – an honor well deserved.
... Joe Runkel and Kimberly Joyce were married
this past June at Canyon Gate Country Club in Las
Vegas. Joe is employed as the director of financial
analysis at Austal USA in Mobile, Ala. Best wishes to
Joe and Kimberly. ... Please send me updates about
what’s happening in your lives. We’re interested in
the good, bad, and ugly. Remember this line from
William Shakespeare: “Love sought is good, but
given unsought is better.” I knew my English degree
would come in handy one day. Until next time ... Liz
42 FALL 2012
Jim Sislo
1992 440-269-1245
[email protected]
Hello, everybody. I was happy to hear from Matt
Ennis, who, after graduation, worked with Ernst &
Young in Erie, Pa., for several years. When legalized
gambling became permissible in Pennsylvania,
Matt was hired by MTR Gaming Group in Chester,
W.Va., and has been the acting financial controller
of Presque Isle Downs Casino and Racetrack in
Erie since. Matt is father of three wonderful boys:
Peyton (13), Avery (11), and Gavin (8). Thanks for the
update Matt. ... Look for my reunion 2012 highlights
in our next issue. Until then, I hope to see you on
campus soon. Jim
Julie (Roddy) Reardon
1993 440-877-0939
[email protected]
Mary Jude Pakiela
1994 [email protected]
Greetings, all, and
many thanks to our
classmates who’ve
been in touch with
news. I’m honored to
report we have a new
clergy member among
our accomplished
graduates. Fr. Kevin
Fazio was ordained
this summer at St.
Paul Cathedral in
Pittsburgh. Following graduation from JCU, Kevin
earned an MBA at the University of Pittsburgh,
working in marketing and sales for the steel
industry. A call to the clergy led to the priestly
formation program at Duquesne University/St.
Paul Seminary in 2006, followed by St. Vincent
Seminary. Fr. Kevin serves three parishes in Butler,
Pa: St. Paul, St. Michael, and St. Peter. Best
wishes to you, Fr. Kevin. ... In other sacramental
news, John Carroll and his bride, Suzanne Styrna,
were married in Chicago this past July. Celebrating
with the happy couple were fellow Carroll alums:
JP Bania ’93, Glen Toczydlowski ’95, Colleen
Carroll ’95, Amy Cavato ’95, Ben Jackson ’95,
Gerry Thomas ’95, and Hillary (Garard) Jackson
’97. The couple resides in Chicago, where John
works for the Cook County State Attorney’s office.
Congratulations, John and Suzanne! ... The good
news continues with word from Candace (Gash)
Welter. She and her husband, Dan, welcomed
their daughter, Caitlyn Ann, April 30, 2012. Caitlyn
joins big brother, Drew (2), as the family moves
into a new home in Urbana, Md. Candace returned
to work at Marriott International. ... Reports from
the business world include impressive news
for Mike Covey, who was elected second vice
president of the Union League Club of Chicago, an
organization of men and women with active roles
in Chicago’s public, civic, cultural, and philanthropic
affairs. Mike is a senior vice president in UBS
Financial Services’ private wealth management
group. He and his wife, Jennifer (Mitsos) Covey,
reside in Arlington Heights with their children,
Alexis and Frank IV. ... Excelling in the nonprofit
world, Michael Robb, executive director of
Center for Community Resources, Alliance for
Nonprofit Resources and Nonprofit Development
Corporation, has been recognized as a 2012
Pittsburgh Pacesetter, honoring innovative leaders
in the region. Mike, who’s the first person to win
the Pacesetter Award three years in a row, also
received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The
Year 2012 Award, Nonprofit Category, in Western
Pennsylvania and West Virginia. ... And from the
world of international travel, a minireunion was held
in Dublin in September with Sara (Tabis) ’95 and
Kelly Crowe, Mary (Grant) ’95 and Brian Marita,
and Michelle (Keresztezy) ’95 and Brian Murphy
attending. I’m sure they did a fine job catching up
and reliving their JCU glory days. ... That’s all for
now. Keep the news coming. Mary Jude
Annie (Hummer) DePerro
1995 330-966-8845
[email protected]
Genesis Brown
1996 [email protected]
Hello, all. Well I wish I could say my inbox was full
of notes from everyone about what’s going on in
their lives. I’m sure everyone was thinking about the
right things to say or busy getting the kids ready to
go back to school. Don’t worry, just a few sentences
about what’s going on would be great. ... I heard
from Jason McMinn, who’s doing well. After
graduation, he spent time with the Jesuit Volunteer
Corp in Phoenix, being a man for others. He returned
to Cleveland, earned a master’s in social work, and is
working at MetroHealth Medical Center as a social
worker. He’s living it up in the cool neighborhood
of Tremont, which makes the commute to work
quick. ... I had a follow-up email from Mike Homer.
Thank you, Mike. He and Carrie have been married
since October 2003 and have three children: Kellan
(6), Kaycie (5), and Keira (3). Baby No. 4 was due
in September. His family enjoys hiking and nature,
playing in the backyard, and taking advantage of all
Florida offers. Carrie and Mike have participated in
a few 5K races, and Mike is training for the Tough
Mudder race later this year. Having spent almost
14 years in the health-care sales industry, he’s a
senior district sales manager with Pfizer and leads
a surgical team selling operating-room products. ...
As for me, I’m living in Cleveland and have two kids.
I work for Hyland Software and enjoy volunteering
whenever I can find time. I started this article
back when the Browns had their preseason game
against the Bears, which got me thinking about
our classmates from Chicago. I’d love to hear from
“yous” guys (including the gals, too). I’d also love
to hear from friends in Pittsburgh; Buffalo and
Rochester, N.Y.; Cincinnati; and Cleveland. Be well,
and enjoy the holidays. Genesis
Brian Sparks
1997 440-746-0309
[email protected]
A small number of you were able to make it back to
Carroll for this summer’s 15th reunion festivities. If
you missed it, check out highlights at the reunion
2012 page on the JCU website. Annmarie Tirpak
and I dropped in Friday and were able to spend time
with our friend John Shea, who’s been traveling
throughout the world the past few years in his
journey to become a Jesuit. ... Sheri (Kilarsky)
Terens and her husband, Rick, welcomed their
first child, Eva Noel Terens, Dec. 28, 2011. She
weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19 inches
long. ... After two seasons at Stanford University,
where the Cardinal went 23-3 and appeared in two
BCS bowl games, Brian Polian accepted a position
at Texas A&M University as the special teams
coordinator/tight ends coach. ... John Alastra was
engaged to marry Nora McCaslin, and their wedding
was scheduled to take place Oct. 20. John, send
wedding pictures if you can. ... John Moore
(MBA) was named director of corporate marketing
at Millwood, a unit load and packaging systems,
materials, and services company. Moore will
oversee and coordinate the company’s marketing
and communications initiatives throughout its
business units, product lines, and national account
development. … Pittsburgh Magazine named Brian
Pekarcik, executive chef of Spoon and BRGR Bar,
as its Chef of the Year this past June. “Having
returned from California about five years ago,
Pekarcik is proud to be cooking in Pittsburgh at a
time when so many young chefs are opening their
own restaurants.” ... If you have any personal news
– new family members, jobs, life adventures, etc. –
be sure to pass it along to me. ... Brian
From left: Mary (Grant) Marita ‘95, Brian Marita
‘94, Sara (Tabis) Crowe ‘95, and Kelly Crowe ‘94
in Ireland
Michael Robb ’94 received the Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award,
Nonprofit Category, in Western Pennsylvania
and West Virginia.
Cherie (Skoczen) Kurlychek
1998 216-741-1823
[email protected]
A big congratulations to Dan and Ann (Hricko)
Steiner, who were married in a beautiful ceremony at
St. Barnabas Parish in Northfield, Ohio, June 9, 2012.
Their fun reception took place at Zwisler Hall at St.
Sebastian Parish in Akron. Christine Castro and I were
in the wedding party. Other alumni who celebrated
the special day include Ann’s dad, Dennis Hricko ’71,
Amy (Cachat) Koester, and Jenny Miller ’02. Ann and
Dan, who honeymooned in Nassau, Bahamas, live
in Columbus, Ohio, where Ann is a vice president at
PNC Bank in the technology department and focuses
on project management for enterprisewide initiatives.
Dan was a chef for 10 years and now sells meat and
seafood to top restaurants and country clubs in the
Columbus market. ... Gregg Muresan was admitted
as a tax partner in PwC’s private company services
practice. Gregg, who is a certified public accountant
and has more than 12 years of public accounting
experience, received his master’s degree from the
University of Denver. ... I appreciate Michelle Catena
emailing updates about our classmates: Mark and
Penny (Roxas) ’97 LeAir welcomed their first son, Kyle
Austin, March 7, 2012. The family lives in Portland,
Ore., where Penny is a nurse. ... Tiffany and Joe
Kilbane welcomed their first child, Jacob Christian,
May 9, 2012. They were married May 29, 2011,
during a beautiful ceremony in Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
Aaron Berger ’99 was the best man, and groomsmen
included Mike Buck and Tom Artale. Lisa (Knall)
Buck, Ben and Mary (Birmingham) Kuhlman,
and Michele Catena also attended. ... Additionally,
Michelle is engaged to Timothy Balas from Sugar
Notch, Pa. They plan to marry in Pittsburgh but haven’t
yet set a date. Michelle also mentioned she met up
with Karen Salerno at Lucky’s Cafe in Tremont last
spring. “We had a wonderful visit, and I hope to spend
more time with Karen in the near future,” she says. ...
Congratulations to several master’s degree recipients.
Andrett Calloway ’97 was named principal of
Fairfax Elementary School in the Cleveland Heights-
University Heights district. She has served as a high
school program specialist, night-school principal, and
kindergarten-through-eighth-grade assistant principal.
She began her career as a sixth-grade math and
language arts teacher. Andrett, who has an education
specialist degree from Cleveland State University, is
pursuing her doctorate of education. ... Kimberly
Martin was named principal of Aspen High School
in Colorado, where she moved with her husband
and 12-year-old son. Kimberly served as a principal of
Thomas W. Harvey High School in Painesville, Ohio,
for the past seven years. She began her career as a
high school English and history teacher and has given
presentations at national education conferences. She’s
working on her doctorate. ... Until next time ... Cherie
Meg Galligan
1999 [email protected]
During the past few months, I’ve received so much
good news to share. Steve and Colleen (Devine)
Chimenti welcomed their first born, Lena Christine,
July 12. Congratulations on the beautiful new
addition to the family! ... Ed Klein began his new role
as Beachwood High School principal. Previously, he
was assistant principal at Euclid High School, where
he worked for 12 years. Klein, who was named
Assistant Principal of the Year for 2011-12 by the Ohio
Association of Secondary School Administrators,
is a doctoral candidate at Kent State University. ...
Michael McCahill joined the Fowler White Burnett
law firm as an associate in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,
office. He’s the latest attorney to join the growing
insurance litigation practice group. Previously, he
worked at other firms gaining broad experience in
insurance defense, including mass tort and class
action matters involving Chinese drywall and Federal
multidistrict litigation panel. Michael completed his
postgraduate studies, earning his Juris Doctor from
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law
Center. ... Louie and Gina (Rennpage) Gabel moved
to Bangladesh, where Louie is a diplomat in the U.S.
Embassy. His mission is to increase Bangladesh’s
capacity to prosecute complex terrorism, money
laundering, and corruption cases within the country’s
legal system. The 14-month position within the
Department of Justice to the State Department
will involve encouraging government officials to
implement new laws and regulations and training
prosecutors and judges. We wish them well on
this incredible venture. ... Joe and Kelly (Zobel)
Chernowski moved to Atlanta with their five
children. Joe is the Eastern regional director for Life
Teen International, a Catholic Youth Organization that
supports parishes throughout the world. He’ll travel
to speak, train, support, and help parishes feel part
of the Life Teen family. Joe has worked in Catholic
Youth Ministry in various capacities since graduation,
so this new role is a perfect fit for his experience and
passion. ... I’m sure more of you have news to share.
Drop me a line, and I’ll include the news in the next
edition. Meg
Lisa (Foster) Smith
2000 440-339-6572
[email protected]
Clare Taft
[email protected]
Our fellow alums are still moving up in their careers.
Dave Westerfield joined Chemsultants International
as sales and marketing director. He’ll be responsible
for leading the sales and new business, designing
and executing the company’s marketing strategy,
and communicating the company’s brand in the
marketplace. ... In baby news, Dave Wojnowski and
Lauren Roberts Wojnowski ’01 welcomed daughter
Amelia Grace Sept. 14. Amelia – who was 7 pounds,
5 ounces, and 20 inches long – joins big brother,
Nicholas (2). Also expanding their family, Mike ’99
and Laura (Frankl) Dolan welcomed a daughter,
Erin Louise, March 9. Erin joins big brother Evan (2).
Eli ’99G and Maya (Boumitri) Merheb welcomed
their third child, Gabriella Maria, March 9, too.
Gabriella joins big brothers Alex (7) and Jacob (5).
Maya completed her gastroenterology fellowship
and joined a private practice gastroenterology
group, Digestive Consultants, serving the medical
community of Brunswick, Medina, and Parma.
Congratulations to Elizabeth (Grega) Raleigh and
her husband, Ron, as they welcomed their first
child, baby boy Jackson Alexander, Sept. 10. Tony
and Mary (Lembach) Morrone welcomed their
second son, Connor Xavier, Aug. 30. Connor – who
was 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and 20 inches long – joins
his big brother, Marco (5), and sister Ava (2). ... Have
a wonderful holiday season everyone. Have fun and
keep us informed. Clare and Lisa
Maureen DeMers Fariello
2001 [email protected]
You never know where you’ll find mention of
John Carroll. On a recent flight, Dennis Casey
’87 read about JCU in the editorial section of the
August 2012 issue of Spirit, Southwest Airlines’
magazine, courtesy of a submission from Marisa
(Pocci) Carney. Marisa mentioned her pride being
from Cleveland, as well as fellow Blue Streak and
councilman Joe Cimperman ’92. Thanks to Dennis
and Marisa for proudly sharing your care for and pride
in Carroll with others. ... Further evidence of love for
Carroll was exhibited by Beth (Ziemnik) Monhemius
when she organized a picnic for JCU friends in
August. Beth, Katherine (Glatzhofer) Zucca, Steve
Dugach, James Burrows, and their families enjoyed
a splendid day together. ... Nicole (Moritz) Ralston
and her husband, Bryan, welcomed Olivia Paige into
their family May 4, 2012. In addition to her mama
work, Nicole is a school psychologist for Lorain
(Ohio) City Schools. ... Mike Kobylka lives in Racine,
Wis., with his wife, Kerri, and their two sons, Mikey
(7) and Joey (2). They chose St. Rita’s for Mikey’s
schooling while Joey is home with mommy. Mike is
the president and CEO of Racine Area Manufacturers
and Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce for
Dan Steiner married Ann Hricko ’98 June 9, 2012.
Class of 2001 members (clockwise from top left)
James Burrows, Steve Dugach, Beth (Ziemnik)
Monhemius, and Katherine (Glatzhofer) Zucca at
a picnic in August
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Racine County. Mike wants to connect with Carroll
alumni in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas. Mike
(like so many others) reads these columns each
issue and finally decided to submit his own update;
so to the rest of you, consider yourselves invited and
encouraged to do the same. Maureen
Kristen (Muoio) McVean
2002 585-259-3955
[email protected]
Hi, everyone. I hope that you had a fun, relaxing
summer. Mine included a trip to Cleveland in July
for our classmate Lauren Gambatese’s wedding
to Carmen Petrello. The beautiful ceremony was
at St. Clare Catholic Church in Lyndhurst and was
followed by a fabulous reception at Shaker Heights
Country Club. I had a great time celebrating the
joyous occasion and visiting with classmates Joelle
(Lindner) Byers, Theresa (Litz) Somich, Angie
(Sabatini) Milks, Kari Nelson, and Molly Vaughan
’03. During my trip, my youngest daughter, Isla, and
I were able to meet and spend quality time with
Angie’s sweet baby daughter, Lidia. Maybe Isla
and Lidia will be roommates at Carroll someday. I
also enjoyed catching up with Kristie (Raynovich)
Zwiener. I enjoyed seeing everyone. … In more
wedding news, Ryan Ogrodnik married Sara
Miller in June. Ryan is employed as an admissions
counselor at Robert Morris University, and Sara is
an intervention specialist at the Columbiana County
Education Service Center. ... Now for baby news.
Nick Ravella and his wife, Veronica, had their second
child, Penelope, April 30. She joins her big brother,
Nicholas, who was born in April last year. The family
is doing great and is still living in Pittsburgh. Steve
and Natalie (Nicholas) Talpas welcomed their son,
Nicholas, Aug. 19. They’re living in Oakmont, Pa.,
and doing well. Gabriella Rose was born July 17
to Mike and Kristy (Neelon) Morelli. She joins big
sister Samantha (1). Bob and Colleen (McNamara)
Solymos had their first child, a baby girl named
Avery Grace April 10. She weighed 6 pounds, 19
ounces and is as cute as can be. Erik and Sarah
(Klein) Warren were thrilled to welcome a baby girl,
Mary Elizabeth, born Aug. 28. She joins big brothers
Brett (3) and Colin (2). Brad ’03 and Jenny (Kelley)
Piroli have been busy. They moved to Pittsburgh
and welcomed a new baby, Paige Jean, born June
18. Paige is little sister to Tyler (2). Diane (Flavin)
Novosel and her husband, Ryan, welcomed their
second child, Noah Jay, March 11. They have a
daughter, Olivia (2), and live in Pittsburgh. Diane
works at an advertising agency. ... That’s all for now.
Please join the John Carroll Class of 2002 group on
Facebook, and keep the news coming. Kristen
Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
2003 [email protected]
I received a note about our reunion next year and
can’t believe it’s been 10 years. I hope to see
many of you next year under the big tent June 14-
16. I went with Steve ’02 this year for his, and the
reunion planners went all out for a great night. ...
Thanks to all who shared updates from their lives
for this issue’s column. Kristin (Rasmussen) Barry
is a mom again. Her son, Benjamin Edward Barry,
was born March 27, 2012, at 8:58 a.m. He weighed
9 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 22.75 inches long.
Dad, Patrick ’04, and Benjamin’s big sister, Madelyn,
are thrilled. The Barrys live in Charlotte, N.C., where
they enjoy the Southern weather. Congratulations,
Kristin and Patrick! ... Jessica (Dillon) Brown
married John Brown in April 2012 in Las Vegas.
The happy couple bought a house in the Brookline
section of Pittsburgh. ... Jeff Kraynak has racked up
frequent flyer miles since graduation: “After a two-
year layover in Chicago, I moved to New York City,
where I’m the lab manager of a stem-cell research
lab at New York University School of Medicine.
All the while, I’ve been pursuing my passion of
screenwriting. I had one script take the Grand Jury
Award for Best Screenplay in a festival in Richmond,
Va., earlier this year and have another script accepted
into a festival in Mexico. A couple other projects are
in the works, too. I’ll also be publishing a book with
my brother later this year called ‘Animal Crackers.’ It
will exhibit in various art galleries. Look up our page
on Facebook. Aside from that, I’ve been traveling
the world and hit Japan, China, and Taiwan last
year and Mexico, Ireland, and Scotland this year.”
... From newspaper reports: Theresa (Stephens)
Wright was appointed executive director for The
Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence. ...
Congratulations to all our accomplished alumni. I
hope to see you next summer. Take care. Theresa
Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
2004 nikkifl[email protected]
Thanks to all who sent me their updates. I love
hearing about everyone’s exciting news. Take
Michelle (Weber) Allen for one. She established
her own website ( in January
2012 in addition to training to be an interfaith spiritual
director, specializing in Christian and Jewish faiths.
And if that weren’t enough, she’s publishing her first
book called “Life. Love. Liturgy” this fall. ... Next
up is Gina (Dowell) Palmer, who wed Brad Palmer
May 5, 2012, at the De Yor Center in Youngstown,
Ohio. The couple, who honeymooned in Playa
Mujeres, Mexico, lives in Falls Church, Va., where
Gina is a consultant with LMI, and her husband is the
chief operating officer with B3 Group. ... Speaking of
wedding bells, Erika Thomas married Christopher
Losnegard in an afternoon wedding ceremony
July 27, 2012, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in
Fullerton, Calif. ... And let’s not forget about Mary
Ellen (Buling) Buell, who sent me a lovely update
letting me know she married Derek Anthony Buell
’09 Nov. 4, 2011. The couple had a bridal party full
of JCU alumni, including John Savage, Samantha
(Buzzacco) Manning, Lisa (Frank) Steinebach ’03,
and Anne (Ainscough) Banas ’03. Mary Ellen works
for the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs in
Cleveland as a rating veteran service representative.
Additionally, the couple welcomed their son, Mack
Adrian Buell, who was born Dec. 8, 2010. ... Teresa
(Delagrange) Higl and her husband, Andrew ’03,
are doing well. Teresa sent an adorable picture of
their son, Benjamin, enjoying his first trip to Italy. The
couple welcomed Benjamin Robert Dec. 22, 2011.
... Finally, Jacki (Szymanski) Fink wrote me saying
she and her husband, Kevin, welcomed their first
child, a son named Cameron Joseph, who was born
July 15, 2012. ... I changed jobs and am the online
marketing project manager and content writer for
World Synergy in Solon, Ohio. My husband, Haki,
and I are certified foster parents through Bellefaire
JCB and are close to adopting a 2-year-old big sister
to join our bio-daughter, Nevreah. Nikki
Jennifer Tolhurst
2005 [email protected]
Hi, all. Thanks to everyone who wrote. Sarah
(DeMarte) Winterlin married Dan Winterlin Aug.
20, 2011, in St. Paul, Minn. Her maid of honor was
her twin sister, Lauren DeMarte. Doug Norris
and Carolyn Jeske ’06 also attended. ... Fabiola
Galarraga Tamayo ’08G is engaged to Matthew
Cole, and they’re planning a wedding in Naples,
Fla., April 20. Fabiola is a Spanish teacher at Cardinal
Pacelli School in Cincinnati, and Matthew is a financial
planner at Fifth Third Bank. ... Taryn (Wadsworth)
Tomaszewski, who’s living in Chicago, is a senior
media planner at an ad agency. She and her
husband, Max, had their first child, Camden Lowell,
April 30. ... Jaclyn (Smith) Thaxton, who graduated
from nursing school in February, is working at the
Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital in the newborn
intensive care unit at Fairview Hospital. She loves
working as an advocate for the tiniest of patients.
... Tiffany (Negin) Meekel ’04 welcomed a baby boy,
Hunter Joseph, June 20. ... Caitlin Kollar moved
to New York City in June after working at WKYC-TV
in Cleveland for more than five years. She started
in NYC as a freelance writer for Fox News and
now writes for its morning show, Fox and Friends.
She’s also started graduate school at Fordham
University to earn an MBA with a concentration in
communications and media management. ... Kyle
and Michelle (Scabilloni) Hazen had their first
child, Brooklyn Juliana, April 24. ... Congrats to all!
What’s going on with everyone else? Send me your
news. Jennifer
Jeff Kraynak visited the Far East.
Christine Bohn
2006 440-668-8210
[email protected]
Roberta Muoio
[email protected]
Greetings. We’re happy to share that Melanie
(Hoppert) Kish and her husband, Nathan,
welcomed a beautiful daughter (and hopeful future
Blue Streak), Quinn Marie, July 16. Congratulations,
Melanie and Nathan! ... Also, there were several
weddings. Molly McBride married Ryan Hickey
July 14 in Rochester, N.Y. The maid of honor was
Molly’s sister, Erin McBride ’09. The newlyweds,
who enjoyed a honeymoon in Ireland and Paris,
reside in Rochester where Molly teaches fifth
grade. Megan Warren married Eric Moore Jr. in
a ceremony in Cleveland July 7. In June, Peter
Mihalek and Sara Barnett were married in Shaker
Heights by Mayor Earl Leiken. The couple lives
in Chicago. Classmate Doug Phillips and Kristin
Seymour were married in a beautiful ceremony on
New Years’ Eve in Cleveland. The couple lives in
Cleveland Heights. Doug, who returned to JCU to
earn a master’s degree, teaches social studies and
coaches football at Orange High School in Pepper
Pike. ... Rob Kall left Sherwin-Williams to work
full time with his entertainment company, Raise
the Roof Entertainment and Photobooth Cleveland
and Photobooth Rental Columbus. Classmate
Doug Foster manages Photobooth Pittsburgh and
Youngstown PhotoBooth. Rob is always happy to
hook up a Carroll alum, too. ... Finally, one of your
columnists, Christine Bohn, is engaged to Chris
Dettmar. Christine and Chris are Ph.D. candidates in
the department of chemistry at Purdue University.
... We love to hear your updates, so keep sending
them. Roberta and Christine
Lisa (Iafelice) Catalano
2007 [email protected]

Brittany Bush
[email protected]
It was wonderful to catch up with everyone at our
five-year reunion. From lunch at Jake’s to the formal
dinner and dancing under the big tent, it was a fun
weekend. For those who weren’t able to attend, we
hope you check out the alumni website (
alumni) for your upcoming local chapter events. ... At
reunion many of us were happy to meet the daughter
of Kevin ’06 and Liz (Mahoney) Barmann. The
couple welcomed Nora Elizabeth to the world Oct.
22, 2011. The family is happy and healthy. ... After four
years of volunteering and working in West Virginia,
Ashley Boone has moved to the Pine Ridge Indian
Reservation in South Dakota to teach 11th-grade
English (British literature, speech, and journalism) at
the Red Cloud Indian School, a Jesuit-Lakota private
school. ... Nick Kuhar has been busy writing and
recording with his band, The Commonwealth, which
released its first full-length album, Emerald City Blues,
which is No. 40 on the Ohio chart for
and No. 13 for Cleveland. ... Phil Terpolilli let us
know Dan Lynch became engaged to Karen Ruppel.
The couple is planning a wedding for next June. ...
Bryn and Meg (Kolupski) Yoshida were married
June 10 at St. Joseph’s Church in Penfield, N.Y. The
reception was held at Ravenwood Golf Club. Many
fellow JCU grads were part of the wedding, including
the bride’s brother, Andrew Kolupski ’10, and Tim
Warner, who were members of the wedding party.
Also participating in their big day were Jonathan
Tramontana, who was the photographer, and Paul
Purdy, who was a reader. Nate and Katie (Obloy)
Smith and Jeff Bradish ’10 also attended. The
couple, who honeymooned on Kauai and Hawaii,
lives near Seattle. … Andre Campbell – who tied
the knot with Roneisha Kinney at Grace Church in
Middleburg Heights, Ohio, this past June – works at
Penske Logistics in Beachwood. Roneisha teaches at
The Intergenerational School in Cleveland. … Many
Carroll alumni attended the marriage of Andy Marin
and Melissa Work Sept. 15 at Church of the Gesu,
including: Bill Fishleigh, Meredith Pretz-Anderson,
Alexandra Grubbs, Mallory Blewitt, Gina Benisek,
Andy Marin, Tony DeNoi ’04, David Pogachar,
Jason Miller, Christopher Kempf, Brian Bremer,
Dana DeNoi, and Rosanna Violi. ... Congratulations,
and best wishes to everyone with exciting changes in
their lives. Brittany and Lisa
Chris Ostrander
2008 [email protected]
Hopefully, fall is treating everyone well, especially Bills
fans. Late summer was hectic and filled with news.
I proposed to my girlfriend, Michelle McNamara,
and we’ve set a wedding date for fall 2013. ...
Congratulations to all newlyweds, including Mallory
(Wiltshire) Olson, who married July 21 in Cleveland
and celebrated with a number of classmates. Mallory
and her husband, Danny, live in Minneapolis. By the
time this issue prints, Amy Briggs and Josh Rodgers
will be newlyweds after their September wedding.
The couple resides in the greater Washington, D.C.,
area. Amy was fresh off serving as a bridesmaid in
Megan (DeLane) Cross’s wedding June 1. Megan
and Daniel, who were wed in Akron, reside in
Pittsburgh. Brian Nichols and Nicole Martinez were
married in Boardman, Ohio, Sept. 15. And lastly,
congratulations to Brittany Colucci and Robert
Jonath, as well as David Kaszar and Elizabeth Tyrrell,
on their engagements. ... A number of classmates
have celebrated impressive achievements. Nathan
Moss received his Doctor of Medicine from the
University of Toledo and will serve his residency at
the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Nathan is on active duty with the Navy. He and
wife Angielique (Lokaj) ’06, ’08G welcomed their
son, Nathan Adam Jr., to the world in January. ...
Jonathan Glaab is set to begin his residency at
Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland
after graduating from the University of Cincinnati
College of Medicine. ... David Rhodes is beginning
his general practice residency at St. Elizabeth Health
Center after completing time at The Ohio State
University’s College of Dentistry. ... Michael George
finished his postgraduate work at the University of
Akron School of Law. ... Congratulations to all. Don’t
hesitate to share exciting news or announcements
you have. I’m always happy to share information with
our classmates. Chris
Lisa (Ugran) Pacconi
2009 [email protected]
There’s plenty of good news to report because many
of our classmates are finding happiness in love and
family while achieving success in higher education and
their careers. The past year and a half has provided
Chester and Maria (Roberts) Banaszak with many
blessings. Since marrying in 2011, the couple moved
to Atlanta where Chester is employed as an operations
Sarah DeMarte ’05 married Dan Winterlin
Aug. 20, 2011.
Carroll friends who attended the McBride-
Hickey wedding are (from left): Josh and Cary
Ellen (Stevens) ’06 Brown, Phil Moeller ’06,
Rima Asfour ’06, Molly (McBride) ’06 Hickey,
Maggie Abounader ’06, Brittany Brasseur ’06,
and Julie Englehart ’06.
Class of ’07 alums who attended the wedding
of Bryn and Meg Yoshida are (from top left):
Jonathan Tramontana, Katie (Obloy) Smith, Paul
Purdy, Nate Smith, Bryn Yoshida, Meg (Kolupski)
Yoshida, and Tim Warner.
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engineer for CNN and Maria teaches Latin to middle-
and high-school students at a Catholic school. On April
25, Chester John Banaszak IV (CJ) was born, weighing
8 pounds, 10 ounces. Maria says he’s a happy, healthy
baby. Nick ’11 and Katie (Saporito) Orlando ’11G
have been on cloud nine since the birth of their first
child, Abigail Patricia, June 11. ... Beth Rini is engaged
to Tom Clyde, and they’re planning a wedding in
July 2013. Brandon Keller and Kelsey Schaefer
became engaged following a sunrise proposal on the
Virginia Beach shoreline. They plan to marry in May
2013. Brandon, who graduated this past spring from
Duquesne University School of Law, is working as a
criminal defense attorney in Pittsburgh. Kelsey will
graduate next spring from The Ohio State University
with a Ph.D. in biophysics. ... Tara Beziat ’09G
graduated from Kent State with a Ph.D. in educational
psychology. She and her husband, Brady, relocated to
Aiken, S.C., where Tara accepted a teaching position at
the University of South Carolina Aiken. ... If you were
one of the many people glued to your TV watching this
past summer’s Olympics, consider picking up fellow
alum Dominique Moceanu-Canales’s new memoir
“Off Balance.” The book details her life story, including
her experience as an Olympic gold medalist on the
U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team at the 1996 Atlanta
Games. ... After graduating with a master’s degree in
sports management from Cleveland State, Michael
Rossetti became the athletic director at Bishop Ready
High School in Columbus, Ohio. ... Continue to provide
updates so we can share in the joyous moments of
your lives. Lisa
Kyle Sobh
2010 216-397-6618
[email protected]
Greetings, class of ’10. I hope you’ve been well. I
heard from Chris Lewandowski, who graduated
with an M.A. in higher education administration from
the University of Mississippi in May. While at Ole
Miss, he worked as a graduate assistant in residence
life, supervising a building of 540 freshmen and
13 RAs, or as he put it, “like Pacelli and Sutowski
was for our class, except on steroids.” Chris works
at the University of South Carolina as a residence
life coordinator, managing the daily functions of
Columbia Hall, which houses 486 freshman and three
living-learning communities. He reflects on his time
at JCU constantly and incorporates his residence
life experience on our campus with the core value
of service learning to bring some Carroll flavor to the
University of South Carolina. “I appreciate continuing
to work with college-age students and hope to bring
all the skills I acquire back to JCU one day,” he says. ...
Kelly (White) McCullough ’09 and Ryan McCullough
’11 welcomed their daughter, Molly Clare, into the
world July 8, 2012. She was 7 pounds, 13 ounces,
and 20.5 inches long. Ryan just completed his Armor
Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Benning, Ga.,
and they’re looking forward to their upcoming move
to Germany this fall. ... Jeff Bartolozzi and Ms. Joy
Johnson also welcomed their daughter, Molly, to the
world on June 27, 2012. Aside from spending time
with Molly, Jeff has been applying to law schools,
unfortunately, none in Cleveland. ... After years of
hard work and countless hours of preparation, Kurt
Hauber and Sarah (Dip) DiPalma were accepted
into medical school. Kurt is studying at Penn State
College of Medicine, and Sarah has gone south to
Ross University Medical School of the Caribbean on
the island of Dominica. ... Emily Ferron is back in
the U.S. after spending two years with the Jesuit
Volunteer Corps in Micronesia, where she taught
high school, coached sports, and was a campus
minister. She works with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps
as one of the national recruiters and will spend this
fall recruiting on college campuses. She’s looking
forward to sharing her experience and love of service
with young, ambitious college students. “Working
with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps was one of the best
experiences of my life,” she says. “Though our days
as teachers were long, the two years flew by. I was
also blessed enough to have a fantastic and loving
host family who took me in on the weekends and
shared with me a better glimpse into Chuukese
culture and family life. The best part of my two years
was my truly incredible students who continue to
inspire and motivate me in all that I do. Words cannot
describe the impact left on my heart those young
men and women have given me.” ... Eric Doremus
accepted a position in a career development program
with Medical Mutual in Cleveland. The program is
a two-year rotation working closely with the vice
presidents. Following the rotational period, he’ll be
assessing the quality and cost of health care of the
providers that Medical Mutual has contracted. ...
Matt Despoth is the head of the Twinsburg branch
of Liberty Bank. Previously, he served with the bank’s
branch in Solon. He brings expertise in new business
development as well as mortgage, commercial, and
small business development to his post, as well as
a well-rounded JCU education. Set to tie the knot
are classmates Anna McGuire and John Blakeslee
’09, ’11G; Sarah Downing and Scott Zimmerman
’08; Harriet Meris and Zoran Miling; Jeff Priskey
and Ashley Hines; Bridget Dolan and Jurell Sison;
Ally Stojkoska and Matt Hiznay; Chelsea Getts
and Brian Bosiljevac ’09; Maura McCool and Brett
Cheatham; Caitlin Giorgi and Bernie Iacampo; and
Case Allin and Caroline McGraw. ... Thanks for
the updates, and keep the good news coming. Best
wishes, and God bless. Kyle
Maura Jochum
2011 440-666-8108
[email protected]
This fall, I returned to our beloved alma mater as a
student and graduate assistant. As I walk around the
Quad early in the morning while students head to 8
a.m. classes or pass through the atrium during the
lunchtime rush, I’m continuously reminded of the
blessings we shared as a class during our four years
on campus. The past several months have bestowed
additional blessings on many members of our class.
Nicholas and his wife, Katie (Saporito) Orlando
’09, ’11G, welcomed their daughter Abbie (estimated
JCU class of 2034) into the world June 11. ... After
completing her “Meet the Press” Fellowship, Kristen
Jantonio accepted a job at NBC’s Today show and
moved to the Big Apple. ... Kristina Spoto began a job
at the Cleveland Clinic and interned with Organizing
for America, President Obama’s re-election campaign.
... Katie Mathews, who began her master’s studies
in pastoral ministry at the University of Dayton, is
serving as a graduate assistant in the campus ministry
department in liturgy. Katie sends warm wishes to
everyone. ... Tom Weinandy began an MBA program
at Wheeling Jesuit University and will continue
working in the WJU Service for Social Action Center,
now as a graduate assistant. ... Tina O’Keefe spent
the year after graduation working for the Humility of
Mary Volunteer Service in Cleveland at Saint Martin
de Porres High School and Villa Montessori Preschool.
She taught, substituted, tutored, and conducted
research. In July, she started in the school psychology
program at John Carroll and plans to graduate in 2015.
... Duchess Adjei, who continued the momentum of
schooling after Carroll, graduated from Northwestern
University in Evanston, Ill., where she received her
Master of Science in Communication this past July.
Duchess, who works for a college in Indianapolis as the
assistant director of communications and marketing,
endeavors to pursue her own personal business
venture in social marketing. ... Dan Fitzmaurice
’10 graduated from Cleveland State University’s
accelerated nursing program with his BSN in May.
This past July, he accepted a position at the Cleveland
Clinic’s main campus to work as a nurse in the
cardiovascular surgical ICU. ... Cos Polino, a scout for
the Buffalo Junior Sabres, works closely with Sabres’
legends Michael Peca and Larry Playfair. He’s also
working toward his master’s in sports administration
at Canisius College. ... Sarah Buranich is a licensed
pharmacy intern for the state of New York. ... Continue
to set the world on fire! With love for JCU, Maura
Emily Herfel
2012 [email protected]
Congratulations, class of 2012 on becoming JCU
alumni. I hope everyone had a relaxing and adventurous
summer and your transitions to new jobs, graduate
schools, and volunteering are off to a good start. I
intend to keep our class united even though we’re
scattered throughout the world. Please send me your
updates – weddings, success stories, new jobs, etc. –
so we can celebrate as a community. Don’t hesitate to
contact me. I look forward to hearing wonderful things
and being your class columnist. Emily
For additional photos, visit
Engaged couple Brandon Keller ’09 and Kelsey
Schafer ’08 are planning a wedding in May 2013.
Allyn Adams ’64, a past chairman of the
University’s board of directors (2007-2009),
passed away Sept. 30 in his home from a heart
attack. He was 69. JCU President Robert
Niehoff, S.J., celebrated his funeral mass.
A partner for Deloitte & Touche who
managed the Growth Company Services
practice in Cleveland, Adams advised clients
about succession and mergers and acquisitions.
He edited a newsletter and wrote articles in
professional journals. He retired in May 2005
when he served as a senior audit partner.
Adams was primarily responsible for the firm’s
campus recruiting activities at John Carroll
and coordinated the Deloitte & Touche
Coletta Normile ’40, 8-18-12
Mitchell F. Shaker ’43, 8-24-12
James F. Herlihy ’44, 7-25-12
William J. Schmidt ’45, 7-20-12
Charles A. Miller ’47, 9-25-12
Frank J. Reilly ’47, 7-1-12
Thomas R. Wetzel ’47, 8-31-12
Thomas Clark Jr. ’49, 4-27-12
James H. Petersen ’50, 7-7-12
Lawrence J. Badar ’51, 9-7-12
Lee J. Cirillo ’51, 2-16-12
Donald F. Corlett ’51, 8-30-12
Thomas F. Gardner ’51, 8-27-12
Edward F. Poss Jr. ’51, 7-1-12
Norman Conti ’51, 4-5-12
Richard J. Humrick ’52, 7-21-12
Frederick O. Bauer ’53, 8-17-12
Brian F. Miller ’53, 7-9-12
Dean C. Bryant ’54, 7-2-10
James B. Kilway ’55, 7-22-12
James J. Szakovits ’55, 9-11-12
William A. Mullee ’57, 6-30-12
Edgar L. Ostendorf Jr. ’57, 8-26-12
Jerome J. Rastatter ’57, 12-18-11
Frederick J. Dannies ’58, 7-25-12
Daniel Duncan Grapentien ’58, 8-24- 12
William J. Henkel ’58, 7-25- 12
Robert B. Seiler ’58, 8-2- 12
Carl P. Kasunic ’61, 5-26-11
John L. Urbancic ’62, 7-13- 12
Allyn R. Adams ’64, 9-30- 12
William F. Kurtzner ’64, 2-22- 12
David J. Reuter ’64, 8-29- 12
Roger T. Schinness ’64, 8-6- 12
Robert Dvorak ’64, 6-20-12
Raymond R. Chervenak ’66G, 9-3-12
John A. Santoro ’66, 6-12-12
Rita Channas ’67, 7-12-12
Thomas P. Enright ’68, 1-29-09
Theodore W. Rudin ’68G, 6-12-12
Richard P. DiScipio ’69G, 6-7-12
Andrew G. Kopas ’69, 8-6-12
Bernard B. Roth ’69G, 9-26-12
Christine E. Capasso ’70, 4-5-12
Brian C. Lenni ’71, 3-3-12
William H. Quandt ’71, 11-12-11
Endowment Fund that provides scholarships to
Carroll students.
Adams was chair of Ohio CPA/PAC – he won
the society’s 2008 Gold Medal for service to the
profession. His civic involvement included being:
a director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library
Foundation, a trustee of Educational Community
Foundation, a civil service commissioner for
the city of Berea, treasurer of the Berea City
Club, vice chairman of the Council of Smaller
Enterprises, civil service chairman in Berea,
treasurer of the Berea Rotary, and chair of the
school district’s Education Foundation. He also
was a member of the Metro Catholic School
Advisory Board, MetroParks Audit Committee,
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
Development Advisory Committee, and Harvard
Business School Club and Rotary.
A member of Delta Alpha Theta, Alpha
Kappa Psi, Phi Delta Epsilon, and Alpha
Sigma Nu, Adams was appointed editor-in-
chief of The Carroll News his sophomore
year and held that position through his senior
year. A class agent and member of his class
reunion committee, Adams assisted with the
National Alumni-in-Admission Program
and administering the scholarship program
endowed by his class for descendants of the
class of ’64. From 1988 to 1993, he was vice
present and then president of the National
Alumni Board (’91-’93) and instituted the
memorial-tree-planting ceremony for deceased
alumni during reunion weekend. For the
next two years, he chaired the President’s
Forum and developed the Lavelle Society. He
was a member of the board of trustees of the
University, and the steering committee of the
Private Sector Business Association. For his
service to the University, Adams was awarded
the Alumni Medal in 1999.
Adams, who graduated from St. Ignatius
High School in Cleveland, earned a master’s
in business at the University of Wisconsin
and graduated from the owner/president
management program at Harvard University.
He became a captain in the Army Finance
Corps and advised South Vietnam’s defense
ministry during the war there.
Adams traveled extensively and boated
at Atwood Lake south of Canton, Ohio.
Survivors include his wife, Susan; two
children including Katherine Kelly ’98; and
six grandchildren. His mother, Edythe, passed
away about a month after he did.
A life of loyalty, integrity, and service
Michael J. Barry ’74, 2-29-12
James M. Lally ’74, 8-10-12
Kevin W. McCarthy ’74, 9-8-12
Thomas W. Tifft ’74, 7-9-12
Donald M. Maciejewski ’76, 7-17-12
Richard A. Matty ’77, 7-16-12
David N. Degenova ’79, 9-21-12
Patricia Ann Withers ’79, 9-16-12
Barbara J. Lukacs ’81G, 7-27-12
Ronald R. Cartwright ’84G, 7-7-12
Scott M. Donelli ’84, 5-25-12
Vera B. Brenner ’85G, 9-7-12
Barbara Ann Ehrmantraut ’85G, 9-23-10
Kenneth E. Mendelson ’93G, 7-23-12
Michael Radenkov ’97G, 8-10-12
This is a list of recently deceased members of the
John Carroll Community as of Oct. 1, 2012. To
inform the University about the death of a member
of the Carroll family please contact Joan Brosius at
216-397-4332 or [email protected]. We apologize
for any omissions.
48 FALL 2012
don’t own a Kindle Fire, Nook tablet, or any other e-book reader
and don’t intend to. I like newspapers, magazines, and books –
printed ones. I enjoy the tactile aspect of them no matter where
I am – at home, in the yard, or on an airplane. But that’s not to say I
don’t relish late-night reading on my iPhone, which omits a need for
the lamp on the nightstand, making me less bothersome to my wife. I’m
sure there are hundreds of thousands of fellow readers like me – enough
to say print won’t die in the digital age.
During the past 10 years, or maybe even longer, I’ve read and been
asked countless times if this – meaning era – is the beginning of the end for
print or if print is dying. I don’t know why people
– especially those in the publishing business –
continue to ask that question when
the answer is clearly no.
Comparatively, many people
cite the radio, which didn’t become
obsolete with the advent of the
television. However, some cite the
VCR, eight-track, Zip disks, and
cassette tapes and think print – in
some forms – will be laid to rest with
them in the media graveyard.
Last year was the worst on record
for the U.S. newspaper industry.
Total advertising revenue (print
and online) declined 16.6 percent
to $37.85 billion, according to the
Newspaper Association of America. That’s
$7.5 billion less than in 2007. Print advertising
decreased 17.7 percent, and classifieds declined 29.7 percent.
Many big-city newspapers are considering converting to online-only
formats. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is an example of a former print
newspaper that’s now solely online.
Magazines have shuttered print versions, too. PC Magazine, Playgirl,
Teen, and Blender are examples. Circulation for U.S. magazines has
declined an average of 1.5 percent each of the past four years, according
to the Pew Research Center. Yet, paid circulation increased 0.4 percent
from 2010 to 2011. Newsstand circulation has declined an average of
9.4 percent each of the past four years. Sixteen of the nation’s 25 largest
magazines experienced a decline in circulation. Ladies’ Home Journal
took the biggest plunge at 15.8 percent; but Game Informer Magazine,
the third largest, bucked the trend, increasing its circulation 48 percent
from 2010 to 2011. For the 213 magazines tracked by the Publishers
Information Bureau, ad pages declined 3.1 percent from 169,552 in 2010
to 164,225 in 2011. Of those magazines, 136 reported declines of the
number of ad pages sold. Yet circulation was stable for Time, Newsweek,
The Week, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The Economist.
The U.S. book market (commercial, entertainment, educational,
professional, and scholarly sectors) declined 2.5 percent from
$27.9 billion in 2010 to $27.2 billion in 2011, yet overall units
increased 3.4 percent, from 2.68 billion in 2010 to 2.77 billion in 2011,
according to the Book Industry Study Group. For the first time, e-books
ranked No. 1 in the individual format for adult fiction, but
brick-and-mortar stores (bye bye Borders) remain the
biggest sales channel.
Based on the aforementioned statistics, it’s
clear print is ill but far from death. Print will
continue to change because of technology.
The web – via laptops, high-tech tablets,
and smartphones – is forcing it to.
More daily newspapers, which are
experiencing the biggest change, might
become weeklies or transition to online-
only formats; and weekly magazines might be
published fortnightly, monthly, or quarterly. And,
of course, all have a significant online presence.
They’ll still disseminate news and information, just
in different formats and frequencies. Audiences,
then, will continue to digest information through
print and digital formats.
The public’s desire for information is more intense and
immediate than ever, and there are a plethora of outlets to
absorb whatever people are penning. Niche markets form and evolve
all the time. Ultimately, it’s the talent, reliability, accuracy, investment,
and readability that will determine whether publishers are successful.
It’s comforting to know there’s a multitude of ink-stained fans who
like the feeling of paper and feed the need to touch, feel, and savor.
Print media’s power and allure is its tactility, versatility, and mobility.
And as they say in publishing circles, it’s the bedrooms, bathrooms, and
beaches that will save print journalism.
It may be an electronically dominated world, but print won’t die, and
you won’t see an e-book reader in my hands until I’m cold and dead.
Well, except for my iPhone.
Walsh is the editor of John Carroll magazine and director of publications
for the University.
Print – sick but not dying
By John Walsh
The Oce of Alumni Relations is requesting nominations
for the Alumni Medal, Campion Shield, and new Young
Alumni Award. The Alumni Medal recognizes
professional accomplishments, exemplary family and
personal life, community contributions, and dedicated
service to the University. The Campion Shield
acknowledges heroism and bravery. The Young
Alumni Award recognizes the outstanding
leadership and service to JCU of a graduate 40 or
younger. The awards will be presented at the
annual alumni awards dinner May 17, 2013. The
deadline for nominations is Dec. 15, 2012.
For more information,
visit, or call
the Oce of Alumni Relations
at 800-736-2586, ext. 4336.
1 John Carroll Boulevard
University Heights, Ohio 44118-4520
1 John Carroll Boulevard
University Heights, Ohio 44118-4520
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