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Vol. 13, Issue 1 • sPRING 2009

The Boler School Launches a Pioneering Business Program

Carroll Goes Virtual | Cruise Captain

January 20, 2009: The John Carroll community shared in the moment of Inauguration Day. (Also see page 5.)
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John Carroll University President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. Vice President for university Advancement Doreen Riley Director of university Marketing and Communications Christine Somosi ’81 editor Ken Kesegich Alumni Journal Michele McFarland Campus Photography Coordinator Cheri Slattery Advisory Board George Bilgere Sherri Crahen Linda Eisenmann Kimyette Finley ’95 Jack Hearns ’61 Mary Lavin ’87 John Marcus ’72 (ex officio) Paul V. Murphy Doreen Riley Rev. Thomas Schubeck, S.J. Barbara Schubert ’62 Karen Schuele Christine Somosi ’81 Brian Williams

John Carroll Magazine is published quarterly by John Carroll University, 20700 North Park Blvd., University Heights, OH 44118 [email protected] / 216-397-4343 Periodicals postage paid at Cleveland, OH 44118, and additional mailing offices. ISSN 1542-0418 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: John Carroll Magazine University Marketing and Communications 20700 North Park Blvd. University Heights, OH 44118 It is the mission of the magazine to provide an e ngaging and accurate reflection of the University and its xtended community for its alumni and the e other members of the John Carroll family.
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Bold new MBa
Grounded in ethics, leadership, and innovation, the new MBA program at the Boler School is designed to create the next generation of business leaders. By Ron Rajecki


Much is expected
Bob Dickinson ’65 built Carnival Cruise Lines into the industry leader. Today, the retired executive puts his skills to use in another endeavor – lifting Miami’s homeless population. By Ken Kesegich

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John Carroll Gets a second life
Using Second Life, a real-time virtual world, First Year Seminar and other courses at Carroll are breaking new ground in the classroom. By David Budin

3 President’s Message 4 On Campus 25 Alumni Journal / AlumNews 26 Class Notes 47 In Memoriam 48 My Turn Inside back cover: Images of Carroll




John Carroll’s enrollment update and guide to the college admission process.

Contributors: David Budin, Kathy Ewing, Gina Fontana, Barry Gutierrez, Andy Johnson ’10, Daniel Milner, Ron Rajecki, Robert Wetzler

on the cover: John Carroll MBA students, from left, Brennan Day, Sherri Perry ’04, Kate Schultz, and Chlondra N. Hunter. “Bold New MBA” begins on page 10. Photograph by Robert Wetzler.

Design: Villa Beach Communications, Inc. Printed by Lane Press


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PresiDent’s MESSAGE

The Promise of a Carroll Education


n these times of profound change in our world and region, a liberal arts education grounded in the Jesuit Catholic tradition is one of the most powerful tools we can give our students – and the world’s future workforce – to combat an uncertain future. In a recent study, College Learning for the New Global Century, the need for adaptability and flexibility in the workforce is underscored. Let me share with you a sentence that seems to capture what we strive to do. “Virtually all occupational endeavors require a working appreciation of the historical, cultural, ethical, and global environments that surround the application of skilled work.” I strongly believe John Carroll’s core curriculum cultivates a global understanding that prepares our students for any career. While the effect of the economic downturn is concerning to all of us, our students and their families remain our top priority. This is why we have set our smallest tuition increase in Carroll history for the next academic year and why we are committed to increasing our ability to provide much-needed financial support for our students. The recently passed federal stimulus package will increase Pell Grant amounts to $5,350 by July 1, 2009, and $5,500 by July 1, 2010, which will help many more of our students. Philanthropic gifts to The Carroll Fund, which go directly to student financial aid, are more important than ever before. We are dedicated to helping prospective students and their families choose John Carroll, and, once they are here, complete

their degrees in four years and use their Carroll education to engage the world. The University’s academic programs – and the people who emerge from them – consistently demonstrate the promise of a Carroll education. This issue of the magazine is filled with examples. The Boler School of Business has a newly redesigned MBA program that exemplifies John Carroll’s mission: a cutting-edge curriculum built on ethics, service, and innovation, while being equally strong on fundamentals (see “Bold New MBA,” on page 10). Bob Dickinson, Class of 1965, applied his Carroll education to build the biggest cruise line in the world – and is now using his Jesuit foundation to serve Miami’s homeless population (see “Much Is Expected,” on page 15). Bob will serve as our May 2009 Commencement speaker. Through the use of Second Life, our faculty and students are learning in the virtual world and gaining unique insights into their reality in the process (see “John Carroll Gets a Second Life,” on page 18).

While the effect of the economic downturn is concerning to all of us, our students and their families remain our top priority.
We are blessed with an exceptional community of students, faculty, alumni, friends, and Carroll leadership. Through the strength of these resources, the University will continue to strive toward and celebrate the full promise of a John Carroll education. God bless,

Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.

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The Giving Impulse
What led you and Dr. emanuele to research giving patterns among religious people?
Walter Simmons, chair of the Department of Economics and Finance, conducts research on patterns of philanthropic giving. With co-researcher Rosemary Emanuele, a former John Carroll faculty member and now chair of mathematics at nearby Ursuline College, Prof. Simmons recently completed a study examining patterns of giving money and time to nonprofit, charitable organizations by those who attend religious services regularly (at least twice a month) and those who do not. Prof. Simmons answers questions about their research. We had done previous studies on patterns of giving and volunteering, motivated initially by George H.W. Bush’s concept of a “thousand points of light.” For example, we looked at differences in giving between men and women, and the effect that government spending has on individual giving. For our latest study, we decided to explore the question: Does the evidence confirm that religious affiliation is strongly and positively related to philanthropic giving, or is this simply an assumption that society has held for many years?

What patterns emerged?
On average, religious people donate more money and time than nonreligious people do. Our calculations controlled for variables such as income, home ownership, work experience, and the number of children living at home.

how do you explain these patterns?
Much of the average difference cannot be explained. Dr. Emanuele and I propose that these differences arise from a culture of giving that surrounds religious people. People who are religious are more likely to be exposed to a culture that encourages giving and volunteering – making them more likely to give and volunteer. We also believe that religious people are more likely to feel obligated to give money and time to their congregations – the concept of tithing – and therefore have less to donate to other groups.

What data did you use?
We examined data from the 2001 wave of the Independent Sector’s
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Giving and Volunteering in the United States. This data set is the American gold standard in the study of philanthropy.

What’s next for your research?
We will extend this research by trying to find giving patterns among groups such as Catholics and Protestants. Right now, everyone is grouped together. We also have completed about 70 percent of the work on another study, which we’re calling “Giving and Volunteering in a Time of Terrorism.” We’re examining giving patterns before 9/11 and after 9/11.

Finding the patterns: Walter simmons

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Inauguration Day
Gathered in Donahue Auditorium in the Dolan Science Center, members of the John Carroll community joined together to witness history on January 20, 2009. Sitting, standing, taking photos, they watched on the big screen as Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States. Earlier in the morning, the community gathered in Saint Francis Chapel for an interfaith service of prayer and song in support of our country. Among the prayers shared was this one written by Matt Hiznay ’10, Carroll’s newly elected Student Union president. LORD God, Our Father, Send down your Holy Spirit to guide all those in public service. Give them the inspiration to lead and teach like your son, Jesus Christ. Aid the work of these men and women in their efforts to uphold the ideals proclaimed in our Constitution. Protect our public servants from the hazards of their positions, especially those who have chosen the paths of military service or law enforcement. Help these people to feel the love and support that this great nation sends them when they feel alone and afraid. LORD, bless and protect these United States of America as we continue to face challenges in the 21st century, both at home and abroad in the world. Allow your Holy Spirit to remind every civilian of the privilege we share as citizens of these United States. Compel the American people to foster unity and community and continually work to make true the words, “All men are created equal.” In all of this, we ask for the guidance of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, just as our Founding Fathers did 233 years ago. Amen.

Top Bronco
The John Carroll community was abuzz in January, when Josh McDaniels, a member of the Class of 1999, entered the ranks of National Football League head coaches. The former wide receiver on the Carroll Blue Streaks was chosen to lead the Denver Broncos. He left the New England Patriots, where he earned three Super Bowl rings as a member of the coaching staff. Mr. McDaniels built his reputation at New England as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. When the NFL season starts next fall, he will be 33 years old, among the youngest-ever coaches to debut in the league. “He’s young looking, but it’s not the age that counts,” Tony DeCarlo ’66G, Mr. McDaniels’ coach at John Carroll, told the Rocky Mountain News. “It’s the knowledge, the expertise, and the fact that this guy is willing to prepare. He’s going to be successful at whatever he does.” Josh McDaniels becomes the second Carroll alum to guide an NFL team. He joins the legendary Don Shula ’51, retired coach of the Miami Dolphins and member of the NFL Hall of Fame.

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Call him coach: Josh McDaniels ’99, new head coach of the Denver Broncos.

the big moment: on inauguration Day, John Carroll watched history happen.

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Carroll in winter: the setting was scenic at John Carroll in January, as snowfall graced the campus for much of the month.

Winning Ways
On February 18, the Blue Streaks men’s basketball squad clinched a share of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) title with a thrilling 86-71 victory over Baldwin-Wallace College in the DeCarlo Varsity Center. The game was the 100th meeting between the two Cleveland-area schools. The Blue Streaks, whose record moved to 19-4 and 15-2 in the OAC, traveled to Wilmington College three days later for its final regular-season game. John Carroll beat Wilmington, 75-72, to win the OAC record with its 15th consecutive win. The team captured at least a share of the OAC title for the eighth time in program history. Earlier in the season, head coach Mike Moran reached a milestone of his own. In a 105-84 Blue Streaks road win over Heidelberg University, he rolled up his 300th coaching victory, making him just the eighth coach in OAC history to achieve that mark. This is coach Moran’s 17th season at the helm.
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crown outright. In its victory over B-W, John Carroll set a school

thrill of victory: senior alex Koltsov performs the ceremonial net cutting after the Blue streaks captured a share of the ohio athletic Conference crown on February 18.


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Ignatian Celebration
John Carroll introduced a new tradition in February: Ignatian Heritage Week, during which the Carroll community came together to discuss and reflect on the University’s Ignatian tradition. The new initiative is an expansion of the former Ignatian Day. The University welcomed the Very Reverend Timothy Kesicki, S.J., who was appointed Provincial Superior of the Detroit Province last year, as the Ignatian Heritage Week keynote speaker. Fr. Kesicki is a 1984 graduate of John Carroll and a member of the Board of Directors. He shared his thoughts on the 35th General Congregation and its pertinence to John Carroll and higher education. Other activities in the busy week ranged from a film series to a Jesuit music concert to a Eucharistic liturgy.
a tradition begins: the very reverend timothy Kesicki, s.J., ’84 presented the keynote address at the university’s first ignatian heritage Week, in February.
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CNN Adventure
A short documentary on the 2008 presidential election won John Carroll junior Franco Carapellotti the experience of a lifetime during the inauguration in January. Franco, from Steubenville, Ohio, makes and edits short films with his hometown friend Zach Hawrot. Usually, they post videos on their website for fans. But one of their short films, Electoral College: Obama and McCain College Roommates, put them in the national spotlight.
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Their documentary takes a humorous look at how President Obama and Senator McCain would have interacted had they been college roommates. Submitted to iReport, a film contest, only two days before the deadline, the video won the audience award, thus giving Franco and Zach an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration. “It was more than I could have imagined,” Franco says. While in Washington, the duo kept the nation up-to-date on their experiences through video blogs on their website. Ohio Congressman Charlie Wilson gave them two tickets to the inauguration, and they had press credentials along the parade route. They met Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer, among others, and appeared live in the CNN newsroom with Don Lemon. Along with many CNN reporters and staff, they stayed in the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. While Franco is studying business management at John Carroll, he wants to continue exploring film. He is filming an independent musician in the Cleveland area and is keeping his options open for further opportunities. “I’m just looking for the right opportunity to come along,” he says. “It might be in business or it might be in making commercials.” His website is Andy Johnson ’10
Journey to remember: Carroll junior Franco Carapellotti, seated front left next to his fellow filmmaker Zach hawrot, sits in with some familiar Cnn faces in Washington. the image above is a still from their award-winning film.

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Crowd Pleasers
Amid the melody of howling fans and screeching sneakers, one sound stands out at a John Carroll home basketball game: the Carroll pep band. The pep band plays at all home basketball and football games, exciting both players and fans. The band also shares the gifts of music and communal energy at pep rallies, Relay for Life, Race for the Cure, and Christmas Carroll Eve. Along with these hometown events, the band has also made a name for itself on the national level. In 2004, the musicians traveled with the John Carroll men’s basketball team to the Division III national championships in Salem, Virginia, where the team soared to a third-place finish. The pep band went home with an invitation to come back the next year. Thanks to their ability to perform well and energize the crowd, the students have been asked back every year since 2004. “We’re sort of like the house band,” says Marty Hoehler, who has been the coordinator of bands since he graduated from John Carroll in 1999. “It’s a neat way to promote the band and John Carroll.” “It’s very exciting to play in the national spotlight,” says Katie Saporito ’09, the band’s president. “All of the teams compete for our loyalty and the fans gravitate toward us. The atmosphere is electric.” The growing band numbers about 30, and Mr. Hoehler is optimistic about the large freshman class this year. A few alumni join in. The Carroll contingent once again is sure to provide plenty of joyful noise over the Division III championship weekend this March in Salem with crowd favorites like “You Can Call Me Al” and “Build Me Up Buttercup.” Andy Johnson ’10

Computer World
Through a partnership with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district,
Photograph courtesy of Gearity Professional Development School

John Carroll welcomed Natalie Wester’s third-grade class from Gearity Professional Development School to campus in the fall. Every other week through the semester, the third-graders came to Carroll’s computer lab, where they learned desktop publishing, thanks to John Carroll student teacher Erin McBride ’09. They also conducted research on computers. The children took their learning back to their elementary school and redesigned the class newsletter. Next step for the youngsters? Develop a plan for raising money to purchase a computer – and then shop for the machine. When the students were on campus, Ms. Wester reports, comments such as “Can I go to college here?” and “This is where I’m going to college” were common.
learning in action: third-graders from a local school visited Carroll through the fall and learned about computers.


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strike up the band: the John Carroll pep band raises its game.

In January, 42 members of the newly formed Magis Advisory Group gathered for an inaugural luncheon at the Union Club in downtown Cleveland. They met, dined, and listened to a presentation by Carroll’s president, Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., who offered an update on the University. Created in the fall of 2008, the group consists of accounting, legal, financial, insurance, real estate, and other professionals. Members assist the University Advancement staff, help propel planned giving efforts, and serve as John Carroll advocates with their clients and in the community at large. Chaired by Robert Valente ’69, the group numbers 84 men and women – predominantly Carroll graduates from a wide range of class years. The group’s membership is expected to grow. For information about the Magis Advisory Group and to inquire about joining, contact Patrick Ertle, senior director of major and planned gifts, at [email protected]

Invitation to a Celebration
Come to the eighth-annual A Celebration of Scholarship! taking place the week of March 23, 2009. The campus-wide Celebration for students, faculty, and other University community members features speakers, panel discussions, poster sessions, paper presentations, and artistic activities. For more information and a schedule of events, visit

Did You Know?
With 70 chemistry majors graduating between 2006 and 2008, the last three years have been a particularly energetic time for the Department of Chemistry, and more of the same is in store. In 2006, Carroll chemistry graduates numbered 29, more than any of the other 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the nation. While a slight dip followed in 2007 (20) and 2008 (21), the chemistry department
Photographs by Daniel Milner

forecasts 31 majors graduating in 2009 and in 2010, which will rank among all-time highs for the department.

Magis moments: John Carroll welcomed guests to the inaugural luncheon of the Magis advisory Group. top photo, from left, are staff facilitator Patrick ertle, Fr. niehoff, group member and Board of Directors chair allyn adams ’64, and group chair robert valente ’69. inset photo, from left, are Paula reape ’86; Mary eileen vitale ’83; and Megan Juby ’89, John Carroll’s associate director of annual giving.

Cleveland Clinic Partnership
John Carroll has announced a new partnership with the Cleveland Clinic to offer an innovative “health arts” curriculum for K-12 teachers. Beginning this year, certified teachers seeking credit for professional development or licensure, or both, can opt to participate in the Clinic’s “eXpressions™” classroom-based programs and receive graduate credit from John Carroll. The eXpressions™ program challenges Northeast Ohio high school students to produce creative interpretations of scientific and medical research conducted at the Clinic.


John Carroll magazine welcomes letters from readers. Letters may be edited for length and clarity. E-mail [email protected]; fax to 216-397-3085; or send via U.S. mail to John Carroll Magazine, University Marketing and Communications, John Carroll University, 20700 North Park Boulevard, University Heights, OH 44118. Read letters on the magazine’s website, at

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Bold new MBa
Grounded in ethics, leadership, and innovation, the new MBA program at the Boler School is designed to create the next generation of business leaders.
By Ron Rajecki

Photography by Robert Wetzler

Groundbreakers: among the students in the pilot phase of the new integrated Business Decision track curriculum are, from left, Brennan Day, Katie hedrick, sherri Perry ’04, Kate schultz, and Chlondra n. hunter.


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hen the time came to evaluate the MBA curriculum at the Boler School of Business, Karen Schuele and Jim Martin hit the streets. What they found led to the creation of a new MBA program that promises to enhance the careers of the next generation of businesspeople. Karen Schuele, the school’s dean, and Jim Martin, professor of marketing and associate dean and director of graduate business programs, began their appraisal of the MBA curriculum in 2006. Along with a committee of graduate faculty, they went “to the streets” by forming focus groups made up of alumni and members of the business community. Their goal? Assess how well John Carroll was preparing its graduates for the business world. What they heard was that the program did exceptionally well teaching the functional areas of business, such as finance, accountancy, marketing, and operations analysis. However, graduates were finding that they weren’t usually being asked to make functional decisions; rather, they were being asked to make business decisions that required them to integrate a number of the functional areas. “The commonality of the message we were hearing was amazing,” says Dean Schuele. “Although we were providing very good knowledge in all the disciplines, there was no integration of those disciplines. So we identified an opportunity in our program.” “We began to look at how we could help students integrate the functional areas around different topics,” says Prof. Martin. “We identified categories of decisions that managers must make on a regular basis and


built the program around those. We’re teaching material in a way that enables managers to immediately go out and use it, and also focusing on leadership, vision, ethics, and trust.” Thus was born the new Integrated Business Decision Track curriculum at the Boler School, in which 12 students are enrolled in the second semester of a pilot phase. The integrated track maintains the four “blocks” of the traditional MBA program, but the content of the blocks differs significantly (see sidebar, “Decidedly Nontraditional”). “By the end of the program, students in the integrated track will have had five hours of leadership courses and three hours of ethics and social responsibility, in addition to the business-decision courses themselves,” Prof. Martin says.

Real World Learning
Students involved in the pilot program are impressed with the integrated track’s potential. “I think it’s going to help me stand out not only as a person who can manage a business, but also as someone who can lead people to the next level,” says Sherri Perry ’04, a senior recruiter at the Lubrizol Corporation. Meanwhile, Dave Jarus, senior research and development manager at PolyOne Corporation, likes that what he’s learning is immediately applicable to his professional life (see sidebar, “The Next Level of Leadership”). In keeping with the program’s focus on applying classes to the business world, each course will include a project in conjunction with a leading business from the Cleveland business community. The challenge presented by the local business will be the

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focus of discussion throughout the semester, Prof. Martin says. “They’ll present a realworld issue to us, and the class will develop an innovation. We’re bringing the real business world right into the classroom.” Citing confidentiality issues, Dean Schuele demurs from identifying specific companies and projects. “I can tell you that the companies that are participating with us are very impressed by the concept of the program and are very excited about its possibilities. They’re looking forward to the solutions that our students can develop for them.” John Carroll and the Boler School had

the next level of leadership
Being “good enough” has never been good enough for Sherri Perry and Dave Jarus. Ms. Perry and Dr. Jarus are two of the 12 students who make up the pilot class of the Integrated Business Decision Track MBA program at the Boler School. Both are thrilled by what the integrated program offers. Ms. Perry is a senior recruiter in the Brecksville offices of the Lubrizol Corporation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Carroll in 2004 and worked at a local insurance company for 16 years before falling victim to a restructuring. She plans to make her human resources department a true resource, and what she is learning through John Carroll’s integrated MBA program will help her achieve that goal. “I think H.R. is often viewed as providing
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‘tactical assistance’ at a company. I want to make it into a strategic partnership with management,” Ms. Perry says. “I work with many high-level executives, and I’m building a rapport with them and helping them see the true value of H.R.” She is already applying the leadership elements of the integrated MBA to build the credibility of her department. “In my type of career, I’m going to work with many people. Just as all their different personalities come together to form a company, the integrated MBA course ties together all the different business philosophies into a real-world dynamic,” Ms. Perry says. Dave Jarus describes himself as a “lifelong learner.” As senior research and development manager at PolyOne

Corporation in Avon Lake, he already has master’s and doctoral degrees in science. That has given him a good analytical background, he says, but he wanted to pursue the MBA so that he could “walk on both sides of the street.” Although any MBA program conceivably could have provided Dr. Jarus with the business knowledge he was seeking, he says there was a reason he transferred out of the traditional MBA program and into the new integrated track. “The open-ended learning [of the integrated program] is very exciting and dynamic compared to being handed a textbook and told to review chapters one through 12,” says Dr. Jarus, who also is the husband of Dean Schuele. The two courses he has taken so far, ethics and analytical

no model on which to base this program. “Several universities have gone to an integrated approach, but our program is a little different than anything out there,” Dean Schuele says. “At Yale, for example, they have a program that integrates the various disciplines from the perspective of the stakeholders, such as customers, vendors, and stockholders. Ours integrates the disciplines with a focus on innovation.” Yale’s program is also full time, Prof. Martin adds. “Our program is for part-time students who are already working full time, so that made it very important for us to allocate our resources to deliver what the students were telling us they really need.” Students also benefit from the expertise of a career coach, Luigi Pecoraro ’83, who works with them throughout the program. One initial area of concern for Prof. Martin turned out to be the program’s core strength. “This program requires the faculty to teach very differently. We literally had to design it from the ground up. So I was a little

concerned about how the faculty would react. But they jumped on this right from the start.” The faculty was so enthusiastic that when Prof. Martin asked whether they would meet over the summer of 2007 to work on the curriculum, everyone did. “I can’t say enough about our professors, Bob Bloom, Simran Kahai, Gary Porter, and Charlie Watts. They knew this was something the students needed,” Prof. Martin says. “This enthusiasm was contagious. We now have 12 professors who meet regularly to discuss the program.”

The Business Community Responds
In a business world that has taken a few black eyes in recent years, it’s probably not surprising that a Jesuit university would create a program grounded in ethics and innovation. In fact, to Prof. Martin, it would

be surprising if John Carroll hadn’t been the birthplace of this program. “It just seemed like a natural thing for us to do,” he says. “Leadership and service are steeped into our culture.” The reaction of the business community has been overwhelmingly positive, he notes. Many local business leaders took part in the focus groups that served as its genesis, and they’re impressed by its potential. “Once we designed the program, I went back to the business community, and we described it to a number of people,” Prof. Martin says. “Some had participated in the focus groups, and others were hearing about it for the first time. Every one of them said this

monitoring, have proven to be immediately applicable: one in the context of a new employment agreement, the other in a product lifecycle management project at PolyOne’s business units. “Both courses,” he says, “have given me a new framework from which I’m working every day.” Dr. Jarus says that for him it “just logically clicks” that a Jesuit university such as John Carroll would offer a program that addresses not only the fundamentals of business but also the ethics. “I believe in being in service for others, and the idea that there’s a moral and ethical basis behind everything that happens really resonates with me.” R.R.
Program architects: Jim Martin and Karen schuele

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is an outstanding idea, and some said it made them wish they could go back and get another MBA. I don’t know if there’s a better way to capture the excitement this program generates.” Craig Melnick, manager of international risk and captive management at the Eaton Corporation, is one of those business leaders. The 1998 Carroll graduate, who earned his MBA from the Boler School in 2002, participated in the focus groups that helped Prof. Martin and Dean Schuele develop the integrated curriculum. “I work in insurance and risk management, but everything that I do impacts other parts of the organization, and I have to understand what that impact is,” Mr. Melnick says. If Mr. Melnick were pursuing his MBA now, he’d prefer the integrated program. “Ten years ago, I may not have fully understood the importance of an integrated program.” Jason Therrien ’01 also participated in the focus groups. He is president of an integrated marketing agency in Cleveland called thunder::tech. He says that having a traditional MBA has basically become the norm for managers, while one earned through the new curriculum will carry more weight with savvy business leaders. Although the success of his business has forced him to put his MBA studies on hold temporarily, he says he will seek to resume with the integrated program.

“The integrated program would very much appeal to me,” he says. “And it’s a natural extension of my undergraduate education at JCU. The University educates the whole person and helps you think critically. That ability is very critical to business success, especially at the pace things change.” Mr. Therrien adds that Carroll has a great reputation in the business community for turning out top-notch students who are well prepared to be business leaders. Thanks to innovative new curricula such as the integrated MBA program, that reputation is likely to remain the constant in the everchanging world of business. For more information about the new MBA program, visit About the Boler School: The John and Mary Jo Boler School of Business at John Carroll is internationally accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This accreditation is awarded to only 11 percent of business programs in the world. Also, in its percentage of accountancy students passing at least one part of the CPA exam, John Carroll has placed in the top three nationally twice within the last eight years. Ron Rajecki is a writer in the Cleveland area.

Decidedly nontraditional
The new Integrated Business Decision Track curriculum at the Boler School of Business builds off of the four class “blocks” of the traditional MBA program, which itself is undergoing a restructuring. Block I is foundation preparation, and consists of the same seven courses for the 12 students in the integrated program’s pilot class and the roughly 200 students in the Boler School’s traditional MBA program. The courses are: management information systems, fundamentals of economics, fundamentals of accountancy, business statistics, organizational behavior, principles of marketing, and fundamentals of finance. It is in Block II, business functions, where the integrated track’s curriculum differs significantly. Students take three classes – totaling four credits – together in the first semester. These are: leadership, ethical decision making, and analytical modeling. Six other classes unique to the integrated track follow: information, analytical tools, and innovation; innovation planning and forecasting; resource allocation decisions; implementation and key performance assessment; trust management; and organization and team leadership. Block III in both programs is composed of electives, and Block IV includes two more classes specific to the integrated track: ethics and social responsibility, and executive leadership. R.R.


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Much Is Expected
Bob Dickinson ’65 built Carnival Cruise lines into the industry leader. today, the retired executive puts his skills to use in another endeavor – lifting Miami’s homeless population. By Ken Kesegich


henever possible, Bob Dickinson ’65 steals away into the wine rooms

in his South Florida home. He dresses for the chill. The younger wines are kept at 55.7 degrees F., and the older ones, in adjacent rooms, at 52 and 53 F. He labels and organizes, working amid wine crates and high walls filled with bottles nesting in square slots. He designed the space himself. Each room has its own refrigeration. A backup generator waits in case a hurricane knocks out power. As the older wines get used up – he donates a lot of it – he moves younger vintages into their place. He keeps neither paper nor computer records. “It’s all up here,” he says, tapping finger to temple.
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With Camillus House in need, says Bob Dickinson, “That was my calling.”
Bob Dickinson brings this combination of brains, heart, and commitment to all of his activities. He brought them to Carnival Cruise Lines, where he spent more than three decades transforming the fledgling company into the industry’s leader. He retired in November 2007. He remains on the board of the cruise line’s parent company, Carnival Corporation, where he was a founding board member. Today, he brings his personal qualities to his role as board chair of Camillus House, a Catholic nonprofit organization serving poor and homeless people in the Miami area. He is leading an effort to build a new main shelter facility. Paul Ahr, president and CEO of Camillus House, marvels at Bob’s energy. “He’s tireless. I can attest to that, because I get calls and e-mails from him long before sunrise to long past sundown – weekdays and weekends alike,” he says. “Bob is always working for Camillus and the people we serve.” graduating from John Carroll in 1965 with a degree in business administration, and studying for an MBA at Duquesne University, he went to work in the finance office at Ford and then in corporate planning at RCA. But, he says, “My goal was to actually run something.” He got his wish when he joined the newly formed Carnival in 1972, running the operation under the title executive vice president and directing its sales and marketing efforts. He moved his young family from Boston to Miami and worked long hours, beginning an education that today sees him as one of the most highly respected figures in the travel industry, with three books about the business to his name. “It was a real shoestring operation in the beginning, to say the least,” he says. On its maiden voyage, the Mardi Gras, Carnival’s first liner, ran aground off the Port of Miami and was stuck for 24 hours. Carnival opened the ship’s bars and called the drink of the day “Mardi Gras on the Rocks.” Carnival rebounded and grew to industry dominance, in part on the strength of Bob’s most momentous marketing decision: to market the ship and not the destination. “We positioned it as the ‘Fun Ship’ and spent our advertising on what happens on the ship. At that time, the American public had no idea what was happening on the ship. The competition was talking about the ports of call.” He was promoted to president in 1993 and named CEO in 2003. “We helped grow this company from something that was the runt of the litter of the cruise industry,” he says, “to the largest, most profitable, most popular, most successful cruise line in the world, by any measure – passengers carried, return on invested capital, absolute level of profits.” Regardless of his title, he resisted being called “Mr. Dickinson.” Then, as now, he asked everyone to call him Bob. His approachability contributed to Carnival’s family atmosphere among employees. “We saw a minimum amount of turnover and very high loyalty,” he says. The former executive remains passionate about awakening the public to the joys of cruising. Only one percent of the public had been on a cruise in 1972. Today the number is 20 percent. Still, cruising captures only 3½ percent of the vacation market. Based on the product and value offered, Bob believes cruising should garner between 30 and 50 percent. “Once people try cruising, they like it and come back. The return rate is very high. The challenge is to get people to try it,” he says. “We’re still in our embryonic stages. We could be growing for many years – well past our lifetimes.”

Cruise Control
Born in Chicago, Bob was the youngest of four boys. The Dickinsons moved to Pittsburgh when he was 10. He was educated in Catholic schools and served as an altar boy. After

Photograph courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines

We Offer You Hope
In 2000, Bob Dickinson’s life took a turn during a United Way golf tournament in Miami. He was playing with then Dolphins head coach Dave Wannstedt, who talked up the Bob Buford book Halftime. Bob read the book, in which the author writes, “My passion is to inspire business and professional leaders to embrace God’s calling and move from success to significance.” The message resonated. A few years later, while serving as vice chair of the Camillus House board, he was thrust into the chair’s position after the previous chair left and an upheaval ensued. Until that time, Bob had been involved in many philanthropic activities, but he had not fully given himself over to any of them. With Camillus in need, he says, “That was my

shipshape: With the Carnival Liberty, Bob (second from right) is joined by Micky arison (left), chairman of Carnival Corporation; actress Mira sorvino, the ship’s godmother; and Captain Marco nogara.


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embrace healing: Bob visits Camillus house’s main shelter facility, in downtown Miami. the entrance includes a plaque that will move to the shelter’s new facility next year.

calling.” It took all of his executive skills to help right the organization. Camillus House was founded in 1960 by the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd. Today, Camillus offers a continuum of services – food, clothing, shelter, housing, rehabilitative treatment, and healthcare – aimed at helping its clients return to productive society. It operates from a main shelter in downtown Miami and 15 other facilities in Miami-Dade County. The organization’s goal is to make Miami the first major American city to end chronic homelessness. “That’s what drives everybody,” Bob says. The federal government categorizes persons as chronically homeless who have lived on the streets for at least one year or have had four instances of homelessness in a threeyear period, and have a disabling condition. He says chronically homeless people number about 800 in Miami. Camillus wants to create a model that can be adopted nationally. Camillus House is building a new,

expanded facility on a 3.1-acre campus in Miami. “Since 1984, we’ve been trying to move from the facility downtown, because it’s inadequate,” says Bob. Groundbreaking is scheduled for May 1, with completion slated for August 2010. Bob raises money for the $88-million project, about $40 million of which will come from private sources. By January 2009, Camillus had raised nearly 60 percent of that $40-million goal. “It’s a full-time job,” he says. “When you’re CEO, you have a bunch of people do a bunch of things, and you oversee them. Here, I’m much more hands-on. I don’t have that large staff. I can’t tell somebody, ‘Get those sponsorships.’ I tend to do it. It’s all good work.” He draws on his lessons from John Carroll. “I loved my time at Carroll,” he says. “It was a great school. Fr. [Joseph] Schell’s course in logic was transformational. It helped me learn how to think.” He also draws inspiration from his personal philosophy: To whom much is given, much is expected.

Bob lives with his wife of 20 years, Jodi, and their two golden retrievers. Of his four adult children, a daughter, Kristin Dickinson Hogue, is a Carroll graduate, Class of 1990. She’s married to fellow alum Michael Hogue ’88. Michael’s father, Robert, graduated from Carroll in 1963. Bob’s tenth grandchild arrived this past winter. Without Bob, says Paul Ahr, Camillus House would not be making its critical move. “The brothers take care of the spiritual and the corporal needs of the clients,” he says. “Hopefully, we on the management team take care of the professional side and the personal needs of the staff. Bob Dickinson is the guy taking care of the whole institution. When the time comes, there will be a shelter ready for him in heaven.” Bob Dickinson will be Carroll’s May 2009 Commencement speaker. For more information about Camillus House, visit Ken Kesegich is editor of John Carroll magazine.

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Photograph by Robert Wetzel. Second Life image courtesy of Paul Lauritzen.

life is good: leading the way into second life at John Carroll are, from left, linda eisenmann, Dan Palmer, Paul lauritzen, and sharon Kaye. 18
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Second Life
Using Second Life, a real-time virtual world, First Year Seminar and other courses at Carroll are breaking new ground in the classroom.
By David Budin

Last semester, on a day he was supposed to teach a class at John Carroll, computer science professor Dan Palmer had to go out of town. No class that day, right? Wrong. Class was held. But with a substitute? No. Prof. Palmer led the class as usual, but, well ... not exactly as usual. He held it in a different world. Actually, it was in a different life, or, more accurately, in Second Life. Second Life (SL) is a 3-D virtual world that is constantly being created by its own so-called “residents.” Though similar to a computer game, Second Life activities take place in real time, and there are no rules, boundaries, or other such elements of gaming. You sign up and create an “avatar” – or virtualworld representative – of yourself. Then you explore what other residents are doing. Created in 2003 in San Francisco, Second Life now is “home” to millions of residents. It’s free to join and participate, but it will cost you some real, not virtual, money if you want to purchase your own “land” there. “I gave the lecture from St. Louis,” Prof. Palmer says. In SL, you can communicate by speaking or texting. “We went over questions about the reading we had done. I had a little podium, and the students all had these little floating clouds to sit on. If they had a question, they could hit ‘page up’ and their avatar would raise its hand.”

Student Ideas Get Bigger
Second Life came to JCU by way of First Year Seminar (FYS) last semester. “Last year, [JCU mathematics and computer science professor] Paul Shick, who’s the coordinator of First Year Seminar, sent out a call for proposals,” recalls JCU philosophy professor Sharon Kaye. “I sent a proposal. My real interest is critical thinking. I wanted to be able to teach students some basic logical skills that would serve them through their entire career at John Carroll and beyond, in terms of reading, writing clearly, and making good arguments. But the idea didn’t really have a hook, so [JCU philosophy professor] Earl Spurgin said I needed to find something to make it interesting.” At that time, Prof. Kaye was working on a novel, Black Market Truth, book one of her Aristotle Quest trilogy. (The book was published in October.) Part of the action takes place in Second Life. “I had been doing research on Second Life anyway,” she says, “and I realized that this could be an excellent draw, to have these critical thinking skills taught and learned through an Internet interface.”

Image courtesy of Paul Lauritzen

another world: avatars of Carroll students and faculty gather in front of the JCu administration Building. From left are student and staff member Mary Jane Ponyik, professors sharon Kaye and Paul lauritzen, and students George Banaszak ’12 and Chris sarris ’12.
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Prof. Kaye continues, “The overall theme for First Year Seminar is social justice, and all of the sub-themes have to relate to that, so the sub-theme for our learning community would be critical thinking about social justice. Then we added in Second Life as the venue for this activity. And even though the students hadn’t really been aware of Second Life, just like any other educational tool that we might introduce to them, it can have an appeal once they learn how to use it. We’re bringing them to a foreign, new world.” As Amanda Hemann, a First Year Seminar student last semester puts it: “I’d never heard about Second Life until this year at school. It was new, and anything new is interesting.” Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Linda Eisenmann, who is also a professor of history and education, was one of the faculty members who used Second Life in her First Year Seminar class. “Second Life addresses ways that students like to go about things,” she says. “There are a lot of students who really enjoy gaming and being on the computer, and they’re already doing video games or things like Facebook. When you know about multiple intelligences, and understand that people come at subjects from different ways, this is a way of tapping into interests of students who might want to look at the issues with a different set of tools.” Second Life was used last semester as a project in First Year Seminar called “Second Life and Social Justice – Building a Utopia,” which grew out of Prof. Kaye’s idea. Groups from most of the First Year Seminar classes wrote proposals for ideas that demonstrated some aspect of social justice in Second Life, and then, in some cases, actually created them. “The assignment,” says Dean Eisenmann, “was to create a proposal for something that could enhance social justice in Second Life – an event, an activity, a building, a reading, a

Images courtesy of Paul Lauritzen

Big decisions: in a second life ethics simulation, Prof. lauritzen has created a dying patient and his family members, who must make decisions about their loved one’s care. Carroll students play the roles of the family.

“I’m interested in using Second Life because there’s so much out there. The possibilities are endless.”
– Freshman Andrea Brown

monument. Then there was a template students had to follow. For example, they had to research the issue, talk about why it was an important social justice issue, describe where in Second Life they would put it, and discuss what in Second Life already addresses this. Of the nine classes, six chose that option, and the others brought their classes in to see the final results.” On December 17, First Year Seminar students and interested visitors watched presentations by those six. Freshman Andrea Brown was in one of the classes that used Second Life, and though she hadn’t worked on one of those projects, she attended

the presentations. “Everything was really interesting,” she says. “Good ideas. But it was hard, because it was so new, to develop anything really concrete. Everyone was new with it, and there were technical difficulties. I’m interested in using it, though, because there’s so much out there. The possibilities are endless.” Dean Eisenmann says that by working on the projects together, the students’ ideas “got bigger and bigger and bigger. They started out with small, kind of predictable ideas. Then I or other people would ask questions, such as, ‘Where would you put this in Second Life?’ That would get them out there investigating Second Life.”


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Novel Approaches
In another Second Life experiment, religious studies professor Paul Lauritzen has conceived of and implemented an ethics simulation in which an avatar is in a hospital bed, suffering in the late stages of cancer. “We’ve created avatars that are the patient’s wife, the son, the family members, and the patient is lying there, obviously in pain,” says Prof. Lauritzen, director of JCU’s Program in Applied Ethics. “The students, in groups, need to make decisions about whether to give him more medication and so on.” Pulling the plug is one option. Dan Palmer, in mathematics and computer science, used Second Life in several ways. One was “as a medium for students who don’t have any programming or computer background,” he says. “In my First Year Seminar class, students created a PowerPoint presentation on how you could use Second Life to promote social justice or Utopian ideals. One group came up with an ‘Unjust Bus,’ where you would get on a bus and it would travel to different locations in Second Life that either extolled the virtues of a particular social justice approach or showed the dangers of some social injustice behavior. Then they wrote descriptions of their vision of how to build a learning component for their subject.” Prof. Palmer also used Second Life for programming classes. Students created an interactive station where they could demonstrate programming capabilities. “They could create a single hole for a miniature golf course,” he says, noting that in the one they created, the hole itself is moving. “Or they could do something that tied into a game board that your avatar can actually get on and move around, playing the game.” That one contains games within games; when you land on certain squares, you get teleported to yet another game. One of Prof. Palmer’s students last semester, junior Jason Dengler, used Second Life in his alternative programming course. “It was different,” he says, “because normally when you’re programming, you’re just writing a program for the computer, but with this you actually create an object in the Second Life world and you program it. For my final, I made a gun that shoots a portal out, and when you shoot two portals out, you can click on one and teleport between the two portals. There’s a game, Portal, where you can walk between two

“Second Life can have an appeal once students learn how to use it. We’re bringing them to a foreign, new world.” – Professor Sharon Kaye
portals – I was attempting to recreate that.” Second Life changes the dynamics of teaching. “I’d be at home with my laptop and go into Second Life and see a couple of students there working on their homework,” says Prof. Palmer. “At 10 o’clock at night, they’re asking me questions. I’d be helping one student and another student’s avatar would come running over, saying, ‘Look at this.’ And I’d say, ‘What?’ And he’d say, ‘I finished! Can I hand it in?’ So I’d go over and he’d show it to me, and I’d grade it right there at 10 o’clock at night. There was a level of excitement for the novelty of the venue that really got students involved and interested.” This semester, Prof. Palmer is finding more ways to use Second Life, including in a robotics class. The professors using Second Life cited the technical help they received from Sue Shick, a former member of Carroll’s information technology services department and also the wife of JCU professor and First Year Seminar coordinator Paul Shick. She is now at Case Western Reserve University. Sharon Kaye says that there has been talk of John Carroll’s military science department using it for their simulations, and the math department using it for mathematical simulations. “And foreign languages,” she says, “because in Second Life, you meet people from different countries and speak with them in their language. “It’s an experiment unfolding. We’re very excited about it and know that its applications and potential are multiplying.” To get a sense of John Carroll in Second Life, go to the magazine’s website at There, you can click on a short video showing the avatar for Carroll student Andrea Brown reading her “This I Believe” essay written for a class taught by Prof. Lauritzen last fall. David Budin is a Cleveland-area writer.

Class is in session: Dan Palmer holds one of his First year seminar classes in second life. his avatar is at the lectern while his students’ avatars, unbound by gravity, actively participate.
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Image courtesy of Dan Palmer

John Carroll’s

enrollment update and guide to the college admission process


Partnering on Affordability
Over the last two years, John Carroll has redefined the way our University views the admission process. We see the process as one continuous whole – how do we transform a high school senior into a John Carroll alum? An extension of this thinking has begun to impact how we consider our financial services. Historically, at many colleges, procedures such as financial aid and billing happen in separate offices. The procedures are not clearly defined, and they’re difficult for students to navigate. Financial aid has become more than just awarding and delivering federal, state, and institutional dollars. The process of paying for college is becoming increasingly detailed. Families must consider a range of circumstances, including other children planning to attend college in a few years, retirement planning, and the costs of taking care of an elderly parent. A new financial services team has been formed at John Carroll. It will coordinate previously separate functions to the benefit of our students and families. What follows are key ways the financial aid process continues to change at John Carroll. Our goal is to totally streamline the process of applying for financial aid. FAFSA filing. We encourage every family to file the FAFSA. We emphasize that families need assistance at any income level (see: Financial Aid Myths at The FAFSA is the gateway form that allows John Carroll to manage federal and state resources, as well as institutional resources. Carroll is a host site for College Goal Sunday – a national volunteer effort to help families file the FAFSA. One-on-one counseling. Our aid process is personalized to new levels. We offer appointments year-round for families at every stage in the admission process, even meeting with parents of juniors trying to plan their strategy. Last year, at freshman orientation, our counselors guided each family through the loan application process, work-study considerations, and billing policies specific to them, rather than presenting information in a large generic format. Online service. Our processing of need-based aid and use of technology continues to expand. By fall 2009, we will allow students to accept student loans online and be guided through the entrance interview process in a seamless way. Easy interfaces with payment plans and online payment options are being reviewed. Payment plans. A variety of new payment tools and online calculators will be in place this coming summer. They will provide families with flexibility in how they can budget and plan tuition payments. The services will help families plan their educational expenses on a monthly basis and budget accordingly.


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We listen. As we define a new financial services philosophy for John Carroll, what remains a constant for the University is the caring staff across campus. True to our mission and Jesuit philosophy, we are guided by how we care for students in this process. So as we continue to simplify and personalize the aid process to reflect the larger institutional culture, students will find it easier to focus on their studies and progress on their path toward graduation with fewer obstacles.

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look for updates
The emergence of new Student Financial Services, designed to help students through the financial process, will be chronicled more fully on the John Carroll University website throughout the spring semester. Head to to follow our changes in processes and policies, including: n Billing timeline and deadlines n Online account access for students and parents n New payment plan options and changes to payment methods n Opportunities for scholarships, loans, and campus work in an easier-to-follow web design

Photograph by Andy Johnson ’10

As with every class, the Class of 2013 starts with students applying to join John Carroll. From this pool of students, Carroll extends offers of admission to shape the next freshman class. Here’s a glimpse of the application numbers as of early February. n Carroll has extended nearly 70 percent of its goal of offers of admission to shape the Class of 2013 n The total number of applications exceeds 3,000 and is still climbing n Only 100 applications have been submitted via paper, meaning 98 percent have been filed online n 60 percent of the applicants are from Ohio n Applications have come from 41 states and 19 foreign countries n Among the applicants, 70 are valedictorians n 50 percent of the applicants rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class n 47 percent have a GPA above 3.5 n The average GPA of all applicants is 3.38

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Class of

2013 Celebration
John Carroll University Office of Admission invites all admitted seniors to attend the CLASS OF 2013 CELEBRATION

Saturday, April 4, 2009 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Program highlights will include:
• etailed tours of campus and • resentations from various D P freshman residence halls campus departments, including Financial • ohn Carroll neighborhood tours J Aid, Student Life, and • erspectives from current P Residence Life John Carroll students • pring indoor picnic S • cademic presentations A

John Carroll is now on Facebook
Join the 800-plus John Carroll alumni, friends of the University, and current and prospective students who have become “fans” of the University. Beyond the main Carroll website, Facebook becomes a more interactive platform to share your stories, ask questions, and get a more lighthearted glimpse of the campus and admission process. search “John Carroll university” to find our page and pass it along to your friends and family!

For more information, please call 216-397-4294 or 888-335-6800.

See you there.

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A New Facebook Connection
Want to connect with fellow John Carroll alumni in a new way? JCU Connect, the University’s alumni online community, now supports Facebook Connect. Carroll is one of the first schools to provide this new resource. If you are a registered user of JCU Connect, you can use your Facebook user name and password to log in to your account on JCU Connect. And when you register for a Carroll event, make a gift, or post a class note, you have the option to post it to your Facebook News Feed and connect to John Carroll. Connect today! Go to While you’re on JCU Connect, check out the new-and-improved “Update My Information” option. It’s easy and it’s real time.

Alumni Service Month
April is John Carroll Alumni Service Month. Following is a working list of service projects to take place in Cleveland; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; and Boston.

Sunday, April 19
JCU Service Day
To log into JCU Connect for the first time, use your nine-digit alumni ID found at the top of the mailing label on the back of this magazine. Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook, Incorporated.

(Baltimore) Our Daily Bread, 725 Fallsway 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 25

Cultivating Community Day

Alumni Association News
In January 2009, F. Eric Jochum ’83 became the new president of the Alumni Association, succeeding Ken Honecker ’04G. Ken’s service as president included helping lead the creation of Carroll’s alumni online community, JCU Connect. Eric has served on the Alumni Association Board since 2007, providing leadership to the enrollment initiative and helping to establish the Alumni Referral Program. He will continue to provide leadership to the enrollment and scholarship initiatives. Eric is an attorney in Mayfield Village, Ohio. His wife, Patty (Tainer) Jochum, is also a member of the Class of 1983. Eric and Patty have three daughters, including Maura, Class of 2011.

Saturday/Sunday, April 25-26
(John Carroll campus)

Relay for Life (see page 31)

Sunday, April 26

JCU Service Day (tentative)
(Washington, D.C.) The McKenna Center at St. Aloysius 19 Eye Street N.W.

Photograph by Robert Wetzler

Thursday, April 30
JCU Service Day
(Boston) National Braille Press 88 St. Stephen Street 5:30 – 9 p.m. The events listed above are subject to change.

Eric Jochum ’83

Calling All Alumni Authors
are you a John Carroll graduate who has published a book? your alma mater wants to know. Please send us an update: [email protected]

Save the Date!
alumni Golf Classic Monday, June 1, 2009 Fowlers Mill Golf Course Chesterland, ohio

Additional service projects may be added. For more information, visit or e-mail [email protected]

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to our readers
As a cost-saving measure, and a way to be more environmentally friendly, we have reduced John Carroll magazine’s page count. We sought to limit the impact on class notes through design changes. In one change, we have removed the mailing addresses from the contact information for your columnist. Alumni, we found, communicate with their columnists overwhelmingly by e-mail and phone. For additional columnist contact information, please call us at 216-397-4343 or 800-736-ALUM (2587). Note that we continue to publish additional class notes and archived columns online. Visit to read unabridged copy as well as previous columns.

trips to Europe. Ray keeps up with Bob Smith and Tony Yonto. They finally solved the mystery of Bill Driscoll; Smitty found that he was buried in Arlington. ... Bob Politi continues to reside in South Euclid, OH. Following graduation, he went to Air Force Bowman Field, Louisville, KY. From there, he was transferred to the UK. He was in the European Theater for four years, attached to a medical unit. During the war, he went to Milan for four to five weeks. Upon discharge, he returned to Cleveland and went to work for Simon and Schuster. He was the area district manager until retirement. Bob remains a bachelor. He, Jerard Mulvihill, Peter Mesner, and Frank Greicius were the Radio Club Founders. Father William F. Ryan was the moderator. ... Art

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Larry Kelley ’36 216-941-1795 [email protected]

I was just getting ready to send a note to Ken and Michele about the previous issue of John Carroll magazine, Vol. 12, Issue 4, to congratulate them on having one that had more articles that were of interest to the alumni and that I hoped the powers that be would not interfere. However before I got around to sending the note, I received a letter from Ken saying that in the interest of economy, the University was reducing the size of the magazine. So columnists are limited to 450 words and reunion years to 600 words. It won’t affect me, as most of my graduates from the ’30s are gone! Being old does have some good points. ... While on the Ignatius Alumni Retreat, I was reminded that I am old. While sitting in the dining hall, one of the younger alumni saw my name tag with the year I graduated -- ’32 -- and remarked that we had something in common. He was 32 years old! Looking at his nametag, I said we had something else in common. He graduated in ’93, which is my age! ... After the ’30 graduates’ lunch group disbanded, I was the only one. The alumni from the ’50s Wednesday lunch group invited me to join them. I enjoy lunches with the youngsters! ... So keep praying, just Larry

celebration, which is the day before New Year’s Eve at his residence community (go figure). That rascal, John, danced such a lively jitterbug number that the young lady who operates the community’s transportation (bus driver?) asked him to dance with her. I am going to quote John, to be sure he doesn’t sue me: “After dancing the first one and while waiting for the next dance, I asked her if she danced the ‘elevator step.’ She replied that she didn’t, and I asked if she would like to learn it. She said yes. I then started to instruct her by telling her it was a ‘cheek to cheek’ step. She said OK. We went ‘cheek to cheek,’ and after about ½ minute, she backed away and said, ‘Well?’ I immediately told her there were no steps in the elevator step. She got a big charge out of that.” I think someone spiked the prune juice for their New Year’s blast. ... I am an early-to-bed, early-to-rise guy. By 6 a.m., I have finished breakfast and read the morning paper. It is 11 hours until beverage break time; even when I go on Dublin time it is six hours. I read an article that presented a challenge. Write a book! My first two books, How to Build a Swamp and Sky Diving, Self Taught, disappeared from the bestseller list. So I am now writing an autobiography, From Here to Senility. It has several chapters on life at John Carroll from 1936 to 1940. So, if it ever makes it to print, your name will probably be in it. Take care of each other. Carl


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art Wincek 831-475-1210 [email protected]

John Sweeney, Cleveland bureau chief, is a veritable fount of information -- most of it involving the regular lunch bunch. Jim Carey had to cancel his usual two-month visit to California because of a herniated disc. If he can get his disc un-herniated, he will try to get out there for some skiing. Lou Sulzer went to his place in Naples, FL, and had a visit from his daughter. Lou indulged in a little deserved braggadocio – one of his grandsons, a Northwestern student, studied in Spain for a semester (bull fighting?). Another of his grandsons, with his doctor’s degree, was in Amsterdam to deliver a paper (his Plain Dealer route didn’t pay enough?). Jim Schlecht, who is not feeling very chipper these days, heard from his brother-in-law, Jim Fleming, that he has moved into an assisted living facility. John Sweeney told about the New Year’s Eve 26
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Sadly, Jerard Mulvihill passed away this winter after a long illness. ... Upon leaving Carroll, Jim Paskert went into the air force in Southern California. He was transferred later to Colorado, Boca Raton, and finally Hawaii. He had also been in the Philippines. He was discharged and then left the service in 1944. He returned to Cleveland, working in probation. He then worked for Cylinders & Valves, Inc., and several auto dealers as an accountant. He retired in 1982. He still resides in Cleveland, where he recently underwent hip surgery. His wife, Loretta, a registered nurse, is a big help to Jim. ... Richard (Dick) Cachat, both my high school and college classmate, is in good spirits as always. We joined up again at the Naval Operating Base in Norfolk, VA. More recently, we talked about Jack Miller’s tennis prowess on the courts at Lakewood. If you won, you played; he was on the court all day. ... Peg and Ray Casey have stopped their annual

This mid-January column date – Jan. 17 – should be particularly significant to some ’43ers, especially those in the accelerated program. Jan. 17, 1943, was the John Carroll commencement ceremony, 66 long years ago, for the 35 graduates listed: Bachelor of Arts: John Corrigan, Thomas Dunnigan, Edward Hyland, Edward Kipfstuhl, Theodore Saker, Louis Sacriste, John Whelan, and Joseph Wolff. Bachelor of Philosophy: Salvatore Calandra, Thomas Daly, William Ducsay, Daniel Lynch, Thomas Moore, Albert Piccuta, John Quinn, Leonard Reichelt, Richard Schmidle, Edward Shubeck, William Smith, Sr. Mary Evangeline Szymanski. Bachelor of Science: Alfred Balocca, Joseph Dempsey, Paul Fetick, Edward Kilrain, Raymond Hodous, Clayton Matowitz, Anthony Nicolay, Eugene Sees, and Joseph Sepkoski. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Robert Gorman, Thomas Mazanec, Frank Sullivan, Bruce Thompson, Richard Weisbarth, and Robert Wilson. Read the list slowly, allowing your mind’s eye to picture each one. What a delightful reminiscence. Wish I could say a few words about each, but our column is now limited to 450 words. What a great bunch of fellows. If you need a commencement program, write or call me. Those in the May 9, 1943, commencement ceremony will be listed in the next issue of John Carroll – closer proximity to your graduation date. ... Incidentally, Ms. Ann Saker, daughter of Ted, brought us up-to-date with a name too long absent from our pages. She writes, “Theodore R. Saker and Patricia A. Saker of Mason, OH, and Palm Beach, FL, reached their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 30, 2008. A Mass of celebration was said in Bellarmine Chapel at Xavier University. A party followed at the Cincinnati Country Club. Ted and Pat are parents of seven and grandparents of 18.” Congratulations, nice to hear about you, Ted. Let’s hear from you. ... Bob Obringer proudly tells of his son being appointed president of a company, the American subsidiary of a Japanese manufacturer of commercial landscaping equipment. He is the first American to hold this position. Reason to be proud, Bob and Jane. ... Thanks to those who sent Christmas greetings. Keep your notes coming throughout the year. Take care, Bruce



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Good news is very hard to find these days, as all of you well know. Spring can’t come soon enough. Keep in mind that Reunion Weekend is June 19-21. It would be great to have at least one table of 10 for the Saturday-night dinner following Mass. Marty Franey is planning on attending. I’ll be calling others to encourage their attendance. ... In the meantime, we have lost some more of our classmates. Eddy O’Connor died in Florida around Thanksgiving. He is remembered as the spark plug of our class, holding many offices including class president. Ed was a lot of fun and had a great career with Greyhound promoting travel by bus. He left an outstanding family. Jack Lavelle died Christmas Eve after several years of declining health. There are still two of his brothers with us, Jim and Gene ’50, both of whom reside in the Cleveland area. Jim’s son runs the family business, Gorman-Lavelle Corp. A family business making it into the third generation is a testament to great family values. Many of you must remember Tony Lavelle, the oldest brother, who ran the family business starting right after WWII. ... April and Leo ’43 Corr are still living on the West Side of Cleveland. April is currently recovering from a broken hip and Leo too has had some health problems. It is great to have them back in our area after spending many productive years in Michigan. ... I received a call from Bill Theiss, whose dad was Dr. Joe Kolp’s first patient, telling me that Joe suffered a massive brain hemorrhage on January 18. I spoke with Pete, Joe’s son, and he told me that unfortunately, Joe passed away Monday afternoon, January 19. Our sympathy to Mary and the family. ... June will be our 65th Reunion; hopefully we will have a special dinner. Until June, stay well and get in touch with us. All the best, Don

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ed Cunneen 216-561-1122 [email protected]

Happy New Year to you. I want to share my New Year’s wish ... I wish that anyone/someone from the Class of 1947 would call me or drop me a note just to prove that there really were graduates from John Carroll that year! Ed Julius sukys 440-449-8768 [email protected]

semi-painless walker ability, graduate to the use of a cane, and again become an active retiree. ... Jim Pojman is again leading his barbershop quartet, with which he was scheduled for weekly appearances at Kamm’s Corners shopping center through December. Jim stays in shape. I was surprised to learn that he almost beat Duane Stanley ’52 in a singles tennis match! ... Years ago, George Roberts wanted more than mild weather and the exciting life of auditing the financial records of large and small corporations, so he purchased a small orange grove and beautiful home which affords a “front seat” view of the rocket launches at Cape Canaveral. George’s Merritt Island location, just south of the Cape, provides the view without the resulting traffic and security difficulties. George hasn’t returned to campus for years and while he knows a visit would renew many happy memories at John Carroll, he’s comfortable, relaxed, and happy as a retiree at home. ... While attending the Gray Streaks lunch on Dec. 10, Pete Corrigan, Ray Fox, and I were surprised and impressed with Ed McKenna’s beautifully tailored suit, white shirt buttoned at the collar, coordinated tie, and newly shined shoes. He was accused of abandoning retirement, and either returning to the insurance business, or planning to run for mayor of South Euclid. Ed pled innocent, but we open shirt and sweater wearers are watching closely. ... In November, I called Tom Gibbons, who had recently returned to his home in Florida. Tom and I last visited while we participated, wearing cap and gown, in John Carroll’s 2007 graduation of our granddaughters. Tom’s granddaughter was the lady’s basketball star of the year and now is seriously working toward her master’s degree to begin a career as a basketball coach. ... The death of Dave Gibbons, Tom’s brother, was a sad event. The brothers, close in age, were classmates through college and graduated in the same class. Tom is looking forward to less golf this year, probably only twice a week. He has attended the annual alumni functions faithfully, and enjoyed visiting with Dick Hamlin at last year’s party. ... Our graduation day of 1949 was our first great moment of success. Each of us enthusiastically looked forward to developing business opportunities or going on to grad school. We’ve all enjoyed continued success with our families and careers; and now we have a golden opportunity to celebrate, renew old friendships, enjoy happy college memories, and attend Mass together to remember our deceased classmates and thank God for His help in our lives. Come to our 60th Reunion, June 19-21, 2009. Hope to see you there. ... Send news! Good news preferred. All reported with reasonable accuracy. Tom

Starting second from left are Jim Conway, Owen McDermott, and Ed Turk. Identify the man with the hat and glasses (far left) and receive a prize from the class of 1950. E-mail your guess to [email protected] 1949 Homecoming game at the old Cleveland Stadium where Carroll was beating BaldwinWallace at halftime. John’s date, Rita McGuigan, was crowned homecoming queen. She still remains John’s queen after 58 years of marriage! Len Terry (aka Curly) has some great memories of his time at Carroll. One of his friends, Bill Snider, recommended JCU to him. When Len visited, he said to himself, “This is too small to be a University; it’s like a country school!” But he enrolled anyway and says it’s one of the best moves he made. He met wife Lois at one of the socials with Notre Dame College. He still remembers Dean Graff and Fathers Schell, Castellano, and LaPlante. He says he also remembers the football games with Toledo, Bowling Green, and Canisius. He also wants to be remembered to all his friends he met while here. I, too, was referred by an alum, Tony Veteran ’42. Emil Johnson and I drove from Tarrytown, NY. When we saw the Quad and Grasselli Tower, we said to each other, “What did we do?” Grasselli Tower was almost as big as all of Tarrytown! We figured we would stay a semester. I’m glad I stayed the full four years -- lots of laughs, memories, and friends I’m still in contact with. Ed Turk was in Newfoundland when he decided to come to John Carroll. He was applying for officer’s training and was asked what University he wanted to attend. He said John Carroll in his hometown. Bad eyes kept him from becoming an officer, but he enrolled anyway. One of his college memories had to be Stunt Night 1949 where he is pictured above. He remembers Dr. Graff and accounting professor John Seliskar. Ed lives in Mentor and
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Jack reilly 216-291-5762 [email protected]

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Al Zippert has been an enthusiastic participant in alumni activities until he was grounded by a serious back ailment. Al is presently moving about the house in a wheelchair, is striving to develop

Christmas has come and gone -- hope everyone had a good and blessed one. Please think about attending our 60th Reunion in 2010. Prepare now for the event. ... John Buckon and I were talking at Muldoon’s a few weeks ago and he mentioned Dr. Joseph Kolp ’44, his future brother-in-law, who was instrumental in getting John to attend Carroll. John’s most memorable time at Carroll was the


says he has watched the University grow. ... Sorry to report Ed Hawkins passed away on Jan. 4. We extend our sympathy to his wife, Dorothy, and family. We will miss you, Ed! We also note the recent passing of Rev. Frank Lihvar, SJ, our classmate and a 60-year member of the Jesuits. He was always a celebrant at our Reunion Masses. Please remember them both in your prayers. ... Continue to pray for our sick and deceased classmates. Until next time, have a happy St. Patrick’s Day, God bless, and all the best. Jack and it was 35 degrees. ... In my last column, I said that I would bring you up-to-date on an e-mail from Bill Perusek: During summer 2007, the son of Chuck Ferry was having lunch at a restaurant in Phoenix and mentioned that his dad had attended John Carroll University. A man at the next table overheard this and said his dad had also attended JCU. That was Jim Weber, son of Joe Weber. Jim was only two when his dad died. He was thrilled when Chuck contacted former Bernet Hall dorm mates. Larry Snitzky, Paul Stitzel, Charlie Toepp, Bill Perusek, and Chuck Ferry all sent notes, letters, and photos to the remaining five children. The children were thrilled to learn of their father’s past at Carroll, and the men have kept in touch with the family. I think this speaks well of the connections established at our alma mater. ... Finally finishing the saga of Betty and Bill Kenealy’s trip around the British Isles and Normandy. Their son, who has dual citizenship, works for the Lord Mayor of the City of London and was a great asset during their trip. One of their missions was to search for family roots. Bill’s mother left Kilkenny in 1927 and sailed from Southampton. Same port from which Bill and Betty sailed to Wales, Dublin, Glasgow, Belfast, Edinburgh, and the Orkney Islands and Normandy before returning to Southampton. Betty’s name was Walker, which is an old English-Scots name. In Le Havre, they saw the remnants of D-Day and the magical light in that area, which drew the artists who started the impressionist style of painting. Bill also included a blurb about the 23rd running of the Army Ten-Miler held yearly in Washington. Their son and two daughters were part of the 26,000 runners on Oct. 7. They all finished in less than two hours, but the real winner was 6-year-old granddaughter Olivia, who streaked the course in 49 seconds. She ran the 100-meter course for her age group and received a medal and other precious memorabilia. I haven’t heard whether Bill and Betty took the cruise to the Mexican Riviera in December. ... Finally met Tom Fields ’71 during the Christmas holidays. Nice to finally put a face to the name and voice. Tom is still very involved in trying to get laws enacted against “elder abuse.” ... That’s it for now. Let’s hang on for the coming bumpy ride! Be safe and let me hear from you, please. Dorothy many years in Canfield, OH. It was a home dating back to 1822. Now they live in a condo only three blocks away. ... When I called Tony LaPerna recently, his wife, Jackie, announced he wasn’t home from work yet. I am surprised at how many of our classmates continue with their careers. I understand Tony still goes to the office for at least a few hours nearly each weekday. ... I did talk with Bob Sullivan, also known as “Emmet” during our school years, also known as “Mick” during his navy days. He is enjoying his days in Indiatlantic, FL, playing golf and continuing to be active in various activities at church. Bob and his wife, Marcia, have five children and, by the time you read this, will have 13 grandchildren. He says his brother Dick Sullivan has now permanently relocated to Florida also. Dick had continued to live in Toledo since we left school. He still returns there during the summer months. ... Bob Cummings’ wife, Ginette, recently went through hip replacement surgery, and we hope that by the time you read this she will be fully recovered. The Cummings continue to live in Anthem, AZ. ... When I talked with Harry Ohlrich in mid-January, his wife, Marlene, was in the hospital having just gone through replacement of both knees. We hope she is also recovering well. Harry and Marlene have been married for 56 years. He is a history buff and, in connection with that, had a hobby of collecting antique weapons. He recently disposed of that collection. His daughter, Karen, Carroll ’84, was also employed there for a number of years. ... Send in your news for the next issue. God’s blessings to you all, jim


donald a. Ungar 330-723-5234 [email protected]

Time marches on -- a new year. As we look back, can we remember the things that we did to help our fellow man so that we have a better world? Why not take a few minutes to renew your memories of years ago. We belong to the Gray Streaks – 50+ year alumni -- maybe the Gray Streak monthly luncheon would be a way to see old friends. ... Lillian and Bill Switaj spent Christmas in Chicago with their family. ... I received a note from Mario D’Alanno recalling our days at John Carroll. ... My wife, Ruth, and I had breakfast with Amy and Bill Riski before they made their annual winter move to their Florida home. They wish to thank all for the prayers that helped Bill recover from his illness. ... Times have changed and so has each of us. Just what are we doing in these senior years? How about a word or two regarding what’s going on in your life today? You all know me as the photo guy; well, yes, I still take pictures and produce movies. My latest movies are: Send Me a Postcard, a film about my travels around the world; and Pioneers in Broadcasting, a film that I use to tell about my days at WEWS-TV5. Many clubs and organizations enjoy hearing about my travels with Dorothy Fuldheim and the fashion shows in New York with Paige Palmer. Not to bore you too much, I had a picture playing my trombone in the Medina Gazette. I belong to a group of seniors called the Jolly Jammers. We play music from the ’30s and ’40s. Our concerts are at the Medina Senior Center on select Fridays, when the seniors come for lunch. The musicians are retired people like me; some were teachers, accountants, and musicians. Occasionally I’ll get up and lead the group in a song. Music plays a big part in my retirement as I play my trombone in The Historic Medina Symphony Orchestra, the Brunswick Community Band, and BW Gold Concert Band. It might be nice if someday we had a John Carroll alumni band or orchestra. ... Just what are you doing? How about a note or e-mail - [email protected] com? Spend a couple of minutes telling us about your life. Don


Peter Mahoney 440-933-2503 [email protected]

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Now that the snow is here, we can look back to last summer and recall the directions taken and the warmth enjoyed (no reference to the IRAs that went south in the fall). Two couples decided to celebrate wedding anniversaries and visit family and friends -- Jake Blake and wife Eileen (40 years) with Jim Sutphin and wife Louise (50 years) packed and headed out to celebrate the happiness and longevity of their marriages. First stop was Uzbekistan, then to Poland, and then on to Rome (private audience with Pope Benedict). Jake had done work with the Vatican Bank while he was on Wall Street. The ladies said that the high point of the trip was the lunch with Benedict; the lads agreed, but what happened in Ireland was a close second. Seems the boys had a tee time at Ballybunion and were all set to tee off when a young Irishman walked up and asked if he could join them. The young lad happened to be the winner of the British Open and PGA Championship, Padraig Harrington. Jake and Jim refuse to tell their scores but say Harrington did well. Check the picture of the two couples taken in the land of kings and poets. ... Dave Nilges, our agent in Colorado, is predicting a very interesting year in the West, especially for realtors. ... Tom Corbett is leaving CSI: Las Vegas; the TV show offered Tom a lead role, but after 15 years consulting for the show, he decided that too much of what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. ... Now that ’09


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I am looking out at all this white stuff and wondering why I am not visiting my children who live in warmer climates. Then I remember that I talked to my daughter in Houston this morning
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Hello to all class of ’53 and to your family and friends. At Reunion last June, I heard about Nancy and Dick Barrett’s trip to the Amazon. That is now old news, but it did sound like an exciting trip. They spent time in Quito, Ecuador, on the Amazon River, and a few nights in a bamboo hut. The trip included some jungle walks and night canoeing. The generator was shut down at ten o’clock each night, which would bring them closer to nature. I wonder as you read this how many are thinking, “Wow, I wish I could do that” and how many are thinking, “Gee, I’m glad it wasn’t me.” Dick and Nancy also gathered their family last summer at Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. With the kids and grandchildren, the group numbered 25. The Barretts have given up their home in which they ran a bed and breakfast for

Pokorski is reliving some of that through his oldest granddaughter (a junior at Ohio Northern), who has a lead role in Cabaret. ... Phil Schaefer is finally retiring after 41½ years of teaching. He and Pat also celebrated their 50th anniversary, in October ’08. Congratulations, Phil and Pat! ... Jim Schempp is in South Carolina and says he is finally going to give up his consulting work with the FBI, since the paperwork requirements are becoming a little too exacting. ... Danny O’Horo is still active in his construction company, which has not been hurt much by the downturn. ... Bob Greenley has put a black band around his arm due to the dismal showing of the Chicago Cubs at year’s end. He has courage to be a Cubs fan in St. Louis. ... The year 2008 was a big year in the Olympics for the U.S. Well, it was also a big year for the Class of ’56. Mike Conti led his bocce team to the National U.S. Championship. Unfortunately, they were eliminated in the first round of the internationals in Toronto. ... Leo Slack and yours truly are working on trying to get rid of some of those Christmas pounds through gym workouts. I’ve also been in touch with Ed Daugherty, John Nowlan, Tom O’Neil, Jack Broderick, Bob Pascente, and Fritz Eder, who all say hello. ... Pat Shannon is struggling to recover from his bout with cancer and could use your prayers. It is also my sad duty to report that Frank Moran died on Jan. 11, 2009. ... God bless all of you and your families, and please let me know of a little news about you. Leo

From left are Jim Sutphin ’54, Eileen Blake, Louise Sutphin, and Jake Blake ’54. is here, we have a chance to get together and enjoy, reconnect, laugh, and tell stories of how good those years were -- it is called REUNION. Get ready now to think young in June. You will be hearing more about it -- better than a trip to the spa. ... Prayers, please, for Joanne Groden, Fred Blodgett, Sandra Nilges, and Gail LaRiche. Keep the faith -- Reunion Reunion Reunion Reunion. Peter Gaels,” a very successful Irish band. For many years, the Irish Gaels drew over 6,000 Irish ladies and gents when they played on St. Patrick’s Day. The band is still together. Pat has worked at his day job teaching at Brother Rice High School, a school run by the Irish Christian Brothers, for 30 years. He often visits with classmates Frs. Leo Cachat, SJ, and Dick Twohig, SJ, who are both in the Detroit Province. Pat is married and has two children. ... I heard from Don Lynch, who lives in Raleigh, NC. Don worked part time at Merrill Lynch (remember them) while he attended the Business School at Carroll. He went full time with Merrill Lynch after graduation and continued for 35 years. He worked in Los Angeles; Canton, OH; Toledo, OH; and finally Raleigh, from where he retired. He has three children and 11 grandchildren. ... Tony Stavole recently received a card from Nancy and Jerry Donatucci congratulating him on his recent retirement. That report is greatly exaggerated; Tony is still practicing law. ... Please remember our classmate Jim Riccardi, who recently passed away, in your prayers. And also continue to pray for our classmates who are suffering from serious illnesses. May God bless you all, Ray


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Jerry Donatucci wishes to thank all who offered prayers for his wife, Nancy, during her very serious health problems. We are happy to learn that she is making a good recovery. Amen to the power of prayer. ... Dave Hauer sent me news of wonderful new neighbors Bob and Emma, who they play bridge with regularly. Who, you might ask, is this Bob and what relationship is he to us? Well, turns out that Bob is none other than Major Robert Owens, who was the S-2 at Carroll in charge of ROTC operations during our stay. Major Owens is remembered well and we wish him a long and healthy retirement. ... Heard from Stefan Schmidt in Niagara Falls, NY. After graduation, Mike spent two years in Germany courtesy of the U.S. Army. He returned to Niagara Falls where he married and taught high school for 32 years. He is retired and spends part of his time as a tour guide at Power Vista, a Niagara Mohawk electric power demonstration site. He has two sons and a daughter. ... Tony Musca led me to call Pat McDunn. Pat was a Jesuit for 23 years and was teaching at the University of Detroit High School for over 10 years when he left the order. He was impressed with the Detroit area and decided to stay. In 1971 he had a brainstorm to sing Irish songs. This lead to the formation of the “Irish


Leo duffy 630-355-2199 January-May: 941-505-8394 [email protected]

Tom O’Connell says hello to all of you. He is still in New Jersey, where he spends time with his 11 grandchildren. Due to a stroke a couple of years ago, his mobility is somewhat limited. ... Ted Druhot is in Hilton Head and married his lovely wife, Carol, a couple years after Shirley died. He is active in Red Cross disaster recovery programs and plays banjo in a Dixieland jazz group. ... Remember the musicals at Carroll? Conrad

Jackie and Pat Keenan were surprised to meet Gerry Anne and Tony Rocco at dinner at the Hyatt Hotel in Key West, FL, while on their 45th anniversary trip – a perfect example of “dorm student meets day hop after 51 years.” Pat, a four-year letterman in golf, sends greetings to his ’53-57 teammates -- three of those years, he was team captain. ... At a John Carroll alumni reception in the DC area Nov. 16, Robert Niehoff, S.J., presided at Mass and Bart Merella performed Deaconate duties at the home of Col. (Ret.) Stan Glod ’58. ... In December, I ran into Carol and Tom Tupa at the Cleveland airport. They were returning from the 50th anniversary celebration of Mary Lou and Jerry O’Callahan in New Jersey. ... Colette and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John Myers celebrated their 50th anniversary last May and were presented with grandchildren 12 and 13. John was quite excited to read the feature article on ROTC in the winter 2008 issue of the magazine – “I was beginning to think that the military was becoming unacceptable to the Jesuits.” Since many of us have, or will, celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary, send me a note indicating your “special date” for inclusion in our column. Your 50th is special and quite an achievement in this day and age. ... Frank Hovorka sends greetings from Joe Nieser in California. Frank reminds us that “Lobo,” on the seal, is the “head female wolf.” Frank is taking a cruise to Belize and Acapulco this year. He says that Jerry Cicero and John Scanlan are well and send greetings. ... Mary Helen Braunig, widow of George Biltz, deceased since Nov. 1979, recently
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spoke with me regarding our Class of 1957 Endowed Scholarship Fund. She stays in contact with Kay and George Bidinger and Germaine and Dave Zenk. ... John Gormley informs me that Tony Cuttone underwent an emergency tracheotomy in early December, per his wife Penny. He could use prayers and support -- 601 Woodlawn Dr., #6, Fairfield Bay, AZ 72088. ... Reunion is June 19-21, 2009 – a great time to visit campus, see old friends, and meet the many new John Carroll administrative staff – you will be impressed. Homecoming Weekend will be Sept. 25-27, 2009. Chuck Novak is talking-up a possible 57½-year class mini-reunion during Homecoming Weekend – what are your thoughts? The Gray Streaks Luncheon is an excellent way for 50+ year alumni to keep in touch, starting at noon with refreshments, lunch, and speaker, you can’t beat it for $12. Also, if you bring a first-time 50+ year grad, your meal is free. Pray for peace, our military, police and firefighters, and a stronger economy. God bless. Sal


richard e. dodson 804-748-8432 [email protected]

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I read in the winter 2008 issue of John Carroll magazine that the position of class columnist was open. For years I have enjoyed the writings of Jerry Burke, who has a wonderful rapport with classmates and a clear and expressive writing style, the sign of a good down-to-earth communicator. I spoke with Jerry and a health issue and “burn out” inspired him to take a break and focus in other areas. He still has the same quick wit and hearty laugh and is planning to attend our 50th Reunion this summer. I would like to personally thank Jerry for his years of volunteer service as our class columnist. I know that many of the regular contributors, the dorm students, are saying, “What does this day hop, who has been out of state for 47 years, know about us?” Well now is your opportunity to tell me about you. Drop me some news. ... It is our 50th Reunion year and the June 19-21 Reunion Weekend is fast approaching. You don’t want to miss this year’s big blast. Class of ’59 Reunion chair Tom Brunn has the ball rolling, and the reunion committee is composed of classmates: Jerry Burke, Bob D’Alessandro, Marty Dempsey, Rick Dodson, Peter Fegen, John Grady, Fred Kramer, Kat McGann, Jerry McGivern, Paul Moon, Ed Paglione, Don Palmer, Joe Ruble, David Ross, Tom Tully, and Wes Toles, who are calling, e-mailing and/or mailing letters to all classmates to get the word out. I have contacted everyone on my list, and John Szuch, fellow Horn Flying School buddy, said he can’t wait to tell us about his exploits as an armed helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. Jim Strainer in Big Falls, MT, is considering leaving the natural beauty of Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park for the more sedate climes of University Heights in June. Roy Streetz will be making the trip from Willoughby Hills, OH. John Toronski will commute from Brooklyn Heights, OH, as he has for all the five-year reunions. Geraldine Turk, one of our evening school classmates, will not be making the Reunion. I have received a response to my letter from Alan Tokunaga in Kihei, HI. Naga says he and Jimmy Hirotsu, Spokane, WA, have been talking about the 50th Reunion and trying to work out the travel portion. Unfortunately, John Stukbauer will be out of the country at Reunion time but future Saturday evening Reunion events are FREE for alumni of 50+ years, so maybe we’ll see John next year. Wesley Toles, Cleveland Heights, OH, will be at Reunion and will participate in the formal program. ... If you haven’t heard from one of the committee members, pick up the phone and call or e-mail me to reserve your spot. My reason for attending is straightforward: I want to renew some old friendships and establish some that are long overdue. Whatever your reason, please come and share in the fun and make someone’s day with your presence. Call one of the committee members that you know and tell them, “I’ll be there.” Remember, the first 10

callers have the option of sitting at my table, which should guarantee a few lines and maybe a photo in the fall 2009 issue of John Carroll magazine. I encourage each of you to send me an e-mail telling me where you are and how you are. I will not share e-mail addresses with anyone unless approved by you. Failing that, I will call every classmate before our 50th. Rick


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

I write this on the 12th of January - 12 days after New Year’s Eve. I have sufficiently recovered. I went to bed at 11:30 p.m. -- an hour later than my usual retirement – whoopee! Speaking of retirement, as of midnight on the 31st, I am among the ranks of the used-to-be-employed. I sold my business to some folks in New Jersey, so now I need to find something to do. Let’s see, I need to clean the garage, fix the irrigation system out back, take a nap, get more stones for the paths in the back, play catch with my grandson, take a nap, paint the baseboards, wash the second story windows (yikes!), take a nap, finish my 3-D puzzle, get started on the Clifford Family Movie album, take a nap, catch up on cataloguing my Old Time Radio programs (I have in excess of 10,000 now), take a nap. Well, maybe next month! February is a short month; good for resolving to get started on projects. ... I might use Larry Dietz as my model. He’s been retired since October 1985. He takes no naps – just travels, plays golf, flies his Beech Sierra, and scuba dives. He takes Stan Brock (of Wild Kingdom fame) on medical missionary trips to the Sioux in the Dakotas as well as trips to Mexico to help the Huichol Indians. I might try to do some of those things between my naps. He does all this from home base in Knoxville, TN. ... I sent out ten random e-mails asking classmates to share their most significant 2009 New Year’s resolution (anonymously). We can be proud of our class, again. Many spouses will be pleased to have a husband around more; churches (as well as other charitable organizations) will have more volunteers. Grandchildren will take more trips with their Carroll grandfather. And the roads will be crowded with ’58 travelers. Nobody mentioned naps. Hmmmm. ... Peace, JEC

I have heard from a few classmates since the last column: Bill Buescher informs me that he and his wife, Peg, traveled to Boise last summer and, in September, they went to Germany and visited Frankfurt, Munich, and Stuttgart, where he met up with a friend he was stationed with 43 years ago. According to Bill, they stumbled around town trying to find places, which were not where they left them 43 years ago. He also passed along a caution: “They force humongous quantities of beer on you if you aren’t careful.” He further informs me that Dave Marr is enjoying life holed up in Galesburg, IL. ... Joyce and Len Piotrowski are still in Viera, FL, and apparently don’t miss winter. ... Gail and Karl Rill bought a condo in Chagrin Falls, OH, and are in the process of trying to sell their place in Cincinnati. Joyce and Don Muno are still in Michigan, where, Bill says, Don keeps his fingers in business. ... Jim Patterson informs me that since retiring from Badger H.S. (Kinsman, OH) in 1997, he has kept busy painting houses and serving as an assistant baseball coach at Thiel College in Greenville, PA. After a knee replacement last September, he is hopeful he will be able to catch batting practice this season. He played competitively until 2003. Jim’s wife of 47 years, Onnalee, is a pastor of the Sheakleyville Presbyterian Church. He says he critiques her sermons. (Talk about playing with fire.) They have four grandchildren in college, one in high school, and six between preschool and grade seven. ... The following comes from Larry Beaudin: Considering the spiritual nature of the information and the Easter season, it seems to be very timely. It is a part of our Catholic faith about which I certainly did not know, but found interesting. The Rosary, as a means of teaching and mediating on the chief portions of Christ’s and Mary’s lives, has been around since the time of the Apostles in one form or another. Priests who could read had a devotion of reading/reciting the 150 Psalms. The illiterate masses of faithful, who could not read, recited from memory 150 Hail Marys while meditating on the lives of Christ and His Mother, Mary. At the time, the Hail Mary consisted of only the first part we say today. It was not until 1214 AD that the Church received and accepted it in its present form. It was at this time that the Blessed Virgin gave the Rosary to St. Dominic, founder of the Dominicans. ... I hope I’ll hear from more of you. Remember our 50th Reunion in 2010, Schweick


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

Victor Zitel from Falls Church, VA, was employed by the U.S. government for much of his career, in which he operated educational centers for the army - primarily in Germany, Italy, and Korea. Vic received an M.A. in counseling from the University of California in Sacramento and served in the U.S. Air Force for six years. He spent four three-month tours in Vietnam and retired as a Lt. Col. ... Bob Kreidler and his wife, Mary Helen, reside in Akron and have three children and ten grandchildren. He is the founder of The Ohio College of Clowning Arts and is also a noted actor and professional storyteller. Bob, a professional clown for over 20 years, attempts to teach the art of living through laughter so that his students are equally adept at performing for youngsters or major corporations. He is also a former U.S. Army officer who spent five years in Vietnam and Europe and was a professor of European history at the United States Military Academy at West Point. ... Jim Meehan, a CPA, was with the Internal Revenue Service for 29 years. He and his wife, Laverne, live in Highland Heights and have three children and four grandchildren. ... Attorney Algis Sirvaitis is the treasurer of the Lithuanian Bar Association. For over 20 years, Al was a deep sea diver - one of his most adventurous dives took place in the Red Sea off the shores of the Sudan. In addition to his legal

practice, Al is a trustee who disperses scholarships to students – who are interested in careers in medicine or engineering – at the two Jesuit high schools in Lithuania. He and his wife, Ringaile, live in Willoughby, OH, and are planning a trip to Lithuania for the 1,000th anniversary of the crowning of the first king of that country. ... After 30 years in software engineering with Goodyear Aerospace and Lockheed Martin in Akron, Frank Sigmund migrated to Phoenix in the late ’90s and led a software engineering process group at Honeywell International. Now fully retired, he and his wife, Judy, have three sons and a granddaughter and reside in Cave Creek, AZ. ... Dr. Thomas Quirk has taught marketing at Webster University in Webster Groves, MO, for the last 20 years. Tom received both his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. ... Jeremy Rakowsky has retired as professor of history and political science at Lorain County Community College after 40 years of service. Both he and his wife received their doctorates from Case Western Reserve University and have two children, both JCU graduates, and five grandchildren. Jack


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We have received an additional update from Terry Leahy with information about some classmates and also his health. He reports that Pete Ori has a

part-time job working as an Andy Frain usher at Wrigley Field for Cubs games. (Isn’t that about the best part-time job one of us retirees could dream of?) He only works night games when the Cubs play a day home game the next day. Pete stays overnight with his son who lives in Wrigleyville. Leahy and Barney Conway attended a seminar together last year put on by the National Weather Service. They are now “trained severe weather spotters.” So, if anyone hears that severe weather has been spotted by a “trained severe weather spotter” somewhere in south central Wisconsin, it could have been reported by one of them. Terry says that so many classmates and members of other JCU classes have contacted him since he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow, in December 2003.This is the continuation of his story from last issue: “In June 2007, I was admitted to the hospital for two weeks because I was so weak from being in the hospital, not exercising, etc. I was basically bed-ridden. I think its called neuropathy. That two-week stay got me started moving again. The more I exercised, the better I got. As of October 2008 I can get around pretty much like before and I can drive. I’m not planning on trying out for the track team any time soon, though. Every time I was getting wheeled down the hall for another procedure, I thought of the people who were supporting me. I also felt that ‘taking it one day at a time’ was too long a time period. I tried to take it one ‘procedure at a time.’ I can remember one day when I had eight procedures on the same day.

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Taking it one day at a time would have been too long of a timeframe for me. The net result of all this is that this spring my myeloma doctor told me I should be able to lead a normal life. That’s what prayer, friends, and relatives can accomplish. A positive attitude helps too. I hope and pray that all of my other classmates, and so many others, who are now fighting the battle against whatever, will achieve similar results.” We wish Terry well. Until next time, take care. Bob Red & Eddies. Later we had to prevent exuberant underclassmen from burning it in effigy. ... 1979 Heavey’s hair more luxurious; Cathy and Al Rutledge and Kathy and Bob Mirguet toilet paper Heavey’s dorm quarters the last night. He subsequently uses this “barricade” as his excuse for missing his Sunday afternoon plane. ... 1984 Late hour celebration in class tent on Saturday evening; two visitors from a younger class are cordially welcomed. Shortly, they attempt to exit with two bottles of spirits, but their intent is discovered by, oops, John Kovach and Ron Timpanaro. Relieved of their contraband, they were instructed to “go forth and ‘gin’ no more” by Tim de Bord. ... 1989 Sweet 25th. Dave Betz’s keynote speech is the highlight of all reunions. Among numerous one-liners that brought down the house: “The nuns said I’d go blind if I kept doing that, so I asked if I could just do it until I needed glasses.” For reasons known only to history, that year your author was traveling with a large cash stash in my car and no checkbook. Bill Smith asked for a class gift and so out to the parking lot. Thirty days later I receive a thank you note from John Carroll President Mike Lavelle, S.J., saying, “I understand your contribution not only came from the bottom of your heart but the bottom of your trunk.” Father Mike was the best. ... 1994 Great leadership by Bill Gibbons, Tom Leahy, Gordy Priemer, and Dick Koenig produced the Saturday sports and trivia challenge. My wife, Joanne, still treasures the “Team Teal” T-shirt we wore as we scored a narrow victory thanks to four straight football tosses through the hanging tire by Gus McPhie. Priemer and I invented the chest bump receiving the winner’s trophy. ... 1999 Ken Beres and other bleary-eyed classmates in the dorm lounge well after midnight watching the Stanley Cup championship game go into three sudden death overtime periods. Tension grew increasingly unbearable and, then, merciful comic relief as Smith and Heavey walked in cradling the severed parking lot control arm. ... 2004 Ginny and Russ Centanni break about 25 interstate commerce and individual state laws transporting a couple hundred bottles of Idaho wine to the Leahy household. Barristers John Baker, Dave McClenahan, and Al Rutledge advised we should destroy the evidence, and we complied in a professional manner. ... Saturday night, the runner-up best reunion highlight, Dick Koenig calls Jim Heavey to the podium, removes Jim’s demon rug, produces a gigantic set of shears, and reduces it to shreds. A standing ovation! ... Share some of your own memories on the class E-net - [email protected] - web master John Breen. ... Lastly, I received a beautiful Christmas message from Evelyn and Pete Kiebort thanking all the ’64 classmates who contacted them regarding their wonderfully creative work with Assisi House in Virginia Beach, reported in the fall issue. .... God bless all Streaks, Frank Paterson and one of the most powerful figures in the executive chamber at a time of unprecedented budget deficits. He will also play a critical role in the executive branch of New York state government, vetting potential bills, among other duties. The announcement also stated, “During the New York City fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s, Kiernan served as counsel to the deputy mayor for finance of the City of New York. [He]... authored ... the Shinn Committee Pension Reform legislation, which completely restructured New York City’s five actuarially funded pension systems. In 1978, Kiernan was appointed chief counsel to the New York State Senate Minority. Later, as a Littauer fellow ... at Harvard University, he wrote an analysis of the New York City fiscal crisis, which was published by Harvard. In 1984, Kiernan was retained by the administration of then-governor Mario Cuomo to coordinate the proposed Westway State Park Project. In 2003, he authored the Report of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York on the New York City Charter Revision Commission and its controversial proposal to eliminate partisan elections in New York City. Most recently he worked in the public-finance department of the law firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP.” Pete is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, received his law degree from Cornell University in 1968, and is currently a student at Cornell’s Johnson School, expecting to graduate with his MBA in 2009. Pete, does this mean no retirement in the near term? ... I also recently heard from Jim Murray, living in Erie, PA. He looks forward to retiring from his insurance firm in about three years. This year he is headed to the Orlando area from January through March, with a couple of flights back to Erie for business. Jim’s son, Bob, has been with Jim’s insurance business for 10 years and with his taking more responsibility, Jim is free to move around. Jim and his family recently took a trip to Thailand. Gearing up for retirement, no doubt? ... My brother, John, and I recently spent ten days in Ireland, mostly in County Galway, the birthplace of my father’s parents. We visited some relatives whom we had not seen in 35 years and found the ruins of the home in which my grandmother was raised. We were surprised to find, hanging on a wall in a pub in Leenane, a photo of our great-grandfather. We also managed to get caught in a rare snowstorm on the road between Galway and Dublin. Luck of the Irish. Dick


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Welcome to 2009! Of course, by the time you read this column, we will be well into the year. I hesitate to point out, however, that the ’63 well is pretty dry. I received but one item, a note from John Dix - [email protected] He continues to remain busy with the business he founded a number of years ago, Business Development Index Limited, in Columbus, OH. In December, John was awarded a Professional Directors Certificate by the Corporate Directors Group, Boston. John earned the certification through continuing educational programs accredited by RiskMetrics Group Institutional Shareholders Services. RiskMetrics Group’s Corporate Governance Quotient is the benchmark for ranking a corporate board’s governance performance for 5,400 U.S. and 2,000 foreign companies. Congratulations, John. ... As for yours truly, January 2009 provided a late Christmas for the Mykytyn family. Our oldest son, Trey, his wife, and two children returned from three years in Belgium; Trey is a Lt. Col. in the air force. His assignment there had been with NATO. Since it had been a year since Kathy and I had seen him and the family, we decided to have a late Christmas in Carbondale for the whole family. So, from about Jan. 13-20, the Mykytyns from Belgium, plus our daughter, Lee Ann, from Houston, and our other son, Greg, and our other granddaughter, Lauren, from Dallas, were all together in Carbondale. We even kept the Christmas tree up for the kids. It was a great time for all. ... As I close, please let me hear from you. I hate to keep saying it, but it’s soooooooo easy to send me an e-mail. Until next time, Pete


Frank Kelley 607-648-5947 [email protected]

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This is your official Class of ’64 Reunion reminder, University Heights, Ohio, June 18-21, including our traditional Thursday night event. Committee chair Tom Leahy began initial planning in January and promises a terrific weekend agenda. You can help by joining the committee; contact the reunion coordinator, Carla Gall ’05, at [email protected] or 216-397-1595. ... AND NOW -- A stroll down reunion memory lane: 1969 Jim Heavey arrives with suspiciously thick hair, more, in fact, than he had as a freshman. Hmmm. ... 1974 The Streaks whipped Allegheny and they left behind their 20’ stuffed mascot gator. Bill Smith, Bob Mirguet, and I lashed it to the top of my car and drove to 32
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I learned that New York Gov. David A. Paterson has appointed Peter Kiernan to serve as counsel to the governor. Pete will be a top adviser to

Hello. It is shortly after Christmas that I write, and I hope everyone had wonderful visits and time with family and friends -- they are so important in our lives. It truly is a wondrous time of the year. ... Mike DeLisio sent his best wishes to all. If anyone is traveling to Florence, Italy, I know Mike would love to hear from you. I bet he is a great tour guide. ... Dan Kush and Judy sent a Christmas card with all the happenings in their lives this past year. The highlight was the birth of not one ... but two grandchildren. Leah Morgan was born in July. Their daughter Kate and son-in-law, Jon, are very happy, as is Dan. Then, in

September, Brandon Matthew Kush appeared. Dan’s son, Brian, and his wife, Mary Beth, are the proud parents. Should we remember these names for future political races? Dan and Judy worked hard during the election campaign for Mr. Obama. They were very happy when he was elected and said this experience was priceless. A benefit was that while in Ohio, they were able to visit with Mark O’Connor and his wife, Martha. They stayed and had a nice visit with them at their home at Indian Lake. Dan and Judy stay busy with various work projects and volunteer efforts. ... Heard from Larry Henry but not sure I can print the joke he sent about the cannibal restaurant and the menu. ... I am still looking for Paul Klaus. I sent an e-mail to the new address he gave me but still have not heard from him. Paul, are you out there? ... As for Dave Griffin, I am doing fine. Jane and I were in Missouri spending the holidays with our children and grandkids. It was a tremendous time with some great memories. I am working my way through a writing course and want to begin writing short stories for children’s publications. This is no threat to Joe Frederick. Not to worry, Joe. I am not planning a book anytime soon. ... YOU, our classmates, are the main features of this column. If I have not heard from you, I cannot tell your Carroll friends what you have been doing. There are so many ways of communicating with me and with JCU. What do I have to do to help you take advantage of all those methods? YOU have old friends who want to know that you are well and happy. Tell me! ... My very best to everyone. Take care, Dave Disney, Sea World, Aquatica, and Bush Gardens. While there, Charlie contacted Tom Kretschmer, his roommate at Carroll. They spent time catching up on old stories, and both want to know what happened to George Jachimowski. ... When Bill Ryan and I last talked, he was in the midst of a major renovation project in New Orleans; converting a historic funeral home into a Borders Bookstore. It recently opened and has already become the leading Borders store in the country. Bill sent pictures and the bookstore looks fantastic. He also related that a recent John Carroll student immersion group was helping restore New Orleans, and he had them to his home for a Cajun dinner. Bill is currently the chairman of Federal City New Orleans, which will be the new home to all Marine Reserves. It is projected to be a $750-million project over 10 years. To complete the year, Bill and his wife have a new grandson, James Craik Ryan (named after George Washington’s surgeon general). ... Keep the cards, letters, and e-mails coming. Hope to see you all soon, Peter Recently, I had a great telephone conversation with Denny talking about careers, politics, the good old days, and many friendships at JCU, particularly in the Pershing Rifles. ... Tim D’Emilio sent the following about Thomas Cunilio to the Alumni Relations Office: Tom entered the Peace Corps after graduation, worked with farmers in Paraguay, returned to study agronomy, and devised a number of energy-related projects. One involves generating a third of Gainesville, FL’s, electrical power with scrap lumber that the city collects in its parks. You can see clips that show TV interviews about Tom’s work with a flowering peanut substitute for lawns (that requires no nitrogen that pollutes water sources) and leucena. Check out - watch?v=7VCe8PuWrng. Congratulations, Tom, you’ve done an outstanding research project that certainly has great application for our society. We wish you continued success, keep up the great work, and please send me more details. ... By the way, have any of you heard from: Gale McNeeley, Madeline Muller, Barbara Witkiewicz, Richard Woods, and William Karnes? I’d love to hear from them or news about them! ... Please send your news direct to me via snail mail: 8705 Appleby Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46256-1100. Phone: 317.845.4199. Or e-mail: [email protected] This is your column. I need your help to keep ’68 moving forward, onward, upward ... Remember to be as generous as you can to Carroll’s Annual Fund. For you and John Carroll, Jeff


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Peter French 440-734-5553 [email protected]

The Class of ’68 continues to make great progress ... forward, upward, and onward, thanks to all of you. Your news of promotions, children, and grandchildren, new homes, etc., makes great reading for your classmates, so send me your news. ... Spotlight on Dennis McGraw, who resides in Cleveland: Dennis has his own very successful computer equipment repair business.


Gerry Grim [email protected]

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Acting like a big baby turned out to be an excellent method to get news. Lots of nice notes after crying the blues in the last issue. First from one of our nicest classmates, Mike Benard. He also sent me a photo of some historical importance circa 1966, prior to the Blue Streaks playing Eastern Michigan. If you can identify the two gentlemen wrapped in white sheets, you can win two free tickets to Reunion Weekend – unless you’re the two gentlemen wrapped in the sheets. In that case, a nice donation to our 40th Reunion gift will keep your names out of print. So here is Mike: “Aw-right. I retired from Kodak in 2006 after serving more than a dozen years as VP of corporate communications and public affairs. Since then my wife, Chris (West Liberty State College ’69), and I have been speaking, consulting, and traveling. The current meltdown in the traditional news industry is very similar to the upheaval that impacted Kodak and the photo industry, thanks to digital. I have served as a discussion leader with the American Press Institute, speaker at the International Newsmedia Marketing Association, and spent time with media companies and newspaper management teams. Here’s a link to one of my websites - http://www. For aggravation, my wife and I are among a group of property owners in Pennsylvania who are fighting an eminent domain case in federal court (Johnstown, PA), brought by Houston-based Spectra Energy and backed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Eminent
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Although the weather is cold this time of the year, I enjoy a pleasant afternoon on campus watching the Blue Streaks play basketball. At this writing, they are 9-4 in the OAC. Great entertainment, and you never know who you might run into. ... In January, we had our annual gathering of Cathedral Latin, Ignatius, and John Carroll grads. We have spirited discussions about local and national affairs, but, more importantly, we discuss our fellow classmates. Bob Spicer ’66 and Tom Ashdown are the annual organizers. It is always on MLK Day, so mark your calendar. All are welcome. ... Speaking of Carroll, there is an active Center for Service and Social Action that I actually volunteered with at the Cleveland Hunger Center. As a community resource specialist with the Department of Justice, I recently encountered a group of Carroll students while at the Thea Bowman Center. I observed students tutoring young children and introduced myself only to find they were from Carroll. We had a long conversation about Carroll and public service. ... Ben Litra called to say that he and his son remain active in the new car and car lease business on the Bedford, OH, Auto Mile. ... Sam Colacarro continues to work as athletic director at Lake Catholic High School. He enjoys it and is working hard to bring home another state championship. ... Over the Christmas holiday, Charlie McCarthy surprised his 11-year-old and his 8-year-old (#7 & #8) with a trip to Orlando, FL. They enjoyed

Bill ’68 and Pam Ryan host JCU students at their home in New Orleans. Front from left: Alexzandria Wasco ’10, Lindsay Smetana ’11, Pam Ryan, and Leigh George ’12. Second row from left: Joseph Finucane ’09, Amanda Allman ’09, and Justine Evers ’11. Third row from left: Maria Ciccolini ’12, Kathyrn Heitkamp ’09, and Daniel Fitzmaurice ’11. Top row: Bill Ryan ’68 and Jill Sberna.


only if he can tee it up with Walter Luc. Walter, please e-mail me and I’ll get you in touch with Mr. Doyle, who spent Christmas in warm warm Florida getting his game in shape for a rematch in June instead of in cold Connecticut. ... Living full time in the warm weather is Lou LiPera -- in that great city of Miami – and working for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Lou was also looking for Bob Valente – Bob, e-mail me for Lou’s information. ... Allan Toomey checked in to second the notion of a Golf Classic at Reunion. Allan is having too good of a time for me to even report on all the good things he is doing: traveling, playing golf, taking a week-long golf class at Pinehurst, attending the Sausage Festival. Allan, see you on the first tee in June. ... I also heard from an individual I always thought highly of: Phil Anderson. Phil was nice enough to contact me about using Facebook to solve my no-news problem. I have taken Phil’s advice and established a Facebook page. Thanks, Phil, and I am looking for more information on you. ... On a personal note, just added grandchild number two. Daughter Gillian had Naomi Elaine Cox on Jan. 3. ... Please come to Reunion June 19-21 and also support our Reunion gift effort. Grimmer in a charter school. I still enjoy practicing civil litigation with a firm in Detroit. I see several of our classmates on a regular basis: Frank Brady recently retired from GM and is looking for something to do Monday through Friday. Joe Moran is a commercial lending officer with Comerica. Tim Robson runs a company that supplies McDonald’s with storage systems and other fixtures. Dr. Jim Kelley is retired from the VA where he practiced psychiatry. All of us in Detroit wished he would have stayed here to help us. Mike Kirchner lives in Winter Park, FL, but he returns here regularly to reign over his AGIS health insurance empire. Dick Ray is still in the steel business looking for an automobile company with money to buy steel. Bob Deneweth is in the home-building business looking for anyone with money who wants a custom-built home. Bob overcame a serious illness, but he is well and still hitting his jump shot and driving the ball down the middle of the fairway.” ... And Sandy Siegler wrote: “My wife, Sally (a guidance counselor with the West Geauga schools), and I have raised two children, a daughter Elisa, a kindergarten teacher with the Solon City Schools, and a son, Scott, an attorney in Greenwich, CT, who is married to Lindsey Carr. We will be grandparents for the first time in January of ’09. I owned and operated Eastgate Luggage and Shoe Repair for 37 years. After being ‘retired’ for four months, I ran into the father of a young lady that I coached as varsity softball coach at West Geauga High school, who asked me if I was interested in ‘real’ coaching. I am now a coach with Cuyahoga East Vocational Education Consortium (CEVEC) with 16 school districts that send us their students with either a physical, cognitive, or emotional disability. We find jobs for them and we coach them to success on the job site. It is very rewarding and CEVEC is a wonderful place to work and I feel truly blessed to be a part of it.” ... Jack O’Connell continues to travel in his retirement. Last September, he had the opportunity to visit Rome, where he met with Dr. Santa Casciani, director of the Bishop Pilla Program in Italian American Studies at John Carroll, and her students. Ted

Members of the Class of 1969 during Spirit Week prior to the Eastern Michigan game. domain is a big issue across the country because it has less to do with the ‘public good’ and everything to do with the financial good of publicly held corporations. Here’s the website link: Chris and I are parents of three beloved sons in whom we are well pleased: Mike, Steve, and Nick. Two Ph.D. professors and one product manager. Son Mike and wife Becca are parents to our grandson, Cormac, who will celebrate his first birthday in February 2009. As you can see from the photo from ‘Spirit Explosion’ in 1966, before the Eastern Michigan game, our class was encouraging everyone to ‘Get Psyched.’ I think ‘Get Psyched’ would be an excellent theme for our 40th Reunion in June.” ... I heard from Greg Doyle, who would be interested in playing golf Reunion Weekend but


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Pete Blake wrote: “After 38 years, I decided I finally have some news to share. Louise and I are grandparents of a healthy boy, William Francis Blake, son of Peter and Kim, who live in Columbus, OH. Our daughter, Katie, works for AON, and lives with her lawyer husband in Royal Oak, MI. Daughter Lisa lives in Chicago, where she teaches

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Jack O’Connell ’70 and Santa Casciani, director of JCU’s Bishop Pilla Program in Italian American Studies, stand at the belvedere on the property of the Pontificia Università Urbaniana in Vatican City. 34
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This is my version of Headline News. (Column cut to 450 words. New style ... no gerunds or participles.) Bob Longo is in SF and is travelling a lot with his company, ETech, a company out of Tasmania (really!) ... Slingin’ Sam Morocco still with Patriot Seating -- daughter graduated from JCU and another at Miami, OH ... Jim “Pickles” Peters -- son plays Legion baseball and also has a daughter at Miami ... Eileen Burger White – last year visited Peru and Ecuador and this winter is road-trippin’ to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil ... Dr. Marty Schreiber was named Ohio Kidney Foundation “Man of the Year,” heads the Department of Nephrology at Cleveland Clinic (didn’t know he also had a Harvard fellowship!),

and has a son who is studying to be a Jesuit deacon ... Tom Kaminski – distributor for Parker Hannifin, has five kids and sees David O’Brien occasionally in Pittsburgh ... Mark Blanchard – still works at Eaton and had the privilege to get “fixed up” by Schreiber’s staff at the Cleveland Clinic ... Tom Joyce visits Jack Bertges on the West Coast and has a daughter working for the Cleveland Clinic, and another in DC working for the BBC ... Chuck Tremp is in Orange County, CA, and has a CPA firm, four kids, and two grandkids -- and loves to fish and play golf (I combine both ... with a ball retriever) ... Dr. Peter Perhac was named CEO of the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs, CO ... José Feliciano was appointed chair of the advisory group for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio ... (275 words – 10 notes left) ... Jeff Narten – works for the University Council AFT in California representing lecturers and librarians, has three kids and five grands … The other Tom Joyce is living in London, frequents the “Golden Hind” pub (just off Marleybone High Street), sees Sir Francis on occasion (who is back in the investment business doing deals in the Middle East), and keeps in touch with Tom Ambrogio, Dave Dudash, Don Badjun, Jack O’Toole ’73, Rick Farr…. Bob Agnone writes that he, Jack Terrick, and Shawn McNamara ’74 took a road trip to Cleveland for a British sports car show … Bob Sidow retired from the FBI and is rehabbing old cars in the Frederick, MD, area ... Daniel Telzrow took on a position as treasurer for the West Branch School District near Alliance, OH ... Had dinner in DC over Christmas with Bertges and Craig Roach – they made us split the bill, so no news about them ... TILT – reached the word limit ... Take care ... JM


dave robinson 248-642-9615 [email protected]

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Several classmates e-mailed with news and have made plans to attend our 35th Reunion this June 19-21. Mary Beth (Hayes) Zatko has been teaching the Montessori Method with children aged 3-6 since 1974. She has been at Gilmour Academy, in Gates Mills, for the last 20 years. She is married to Frank Zatko, Ph.D., M.D., adjunct professor at Carroll in science and swim coach at Case Western Reserve University. She adores her work: “It has been more of a vocation than a job.” She has been jogging for 30 years and is an avid gardener and bird watcher. She’s written a children’s bird guide/coloring book. Mary Beth hopes to see Martha (Bellassai) Feldmeier, Linda Meglin, Mary (Doetsch) Bateman and Val Street at Reunion. ... Ken Sislak serves on the Ohio Department of Transportation Priorities Task Force, shaping the vision for a more multi-modal transportation system for the state. ... Hugh Morgan and wife Suzanne live in Auburn Township, OH, and just celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. Hugh has a combined CPA and legal practice in Independence. Their children, Eric (Boston College), Kelly (Miami University), and Katie (Denison) are sending their parents to Hawaii in April to celebrate. The Morgans have three granddaughters (including identical twins) with a fourth expected in June. ... Rosemary Amato is a director in the Enterprise Risk Services practice for Deloitte in The Netherlands. She splits her time between global knowledge management and client services. She also coaches MBA students at the Rotterdam School of Management. Marcia (Milano) Drew, a licensed social worker, is a sex offender-specific treatment therapist in central Pennsylvania. She believes she’ll never be out of work, “unless, of course, everyone gets on the treatment bandwagon and does a spectacular job.” Joan (Konewecke ’75) and Joe Ursic had a busy 2008. Their first grandchild, Charlotte Lenore Ursic, was born June 2, same birthday as Joan; and their youngest daughter, Kathryn, was married in May at St. Clare Parish in Lyndhurst where Joe grew up and lived while attending JCU. Joe is on the reunion committee. ... Jack Kleinhenz, CEO of Kleinhenz & Associates, was named a National Association for Business Economics Fellow for his contributions in the field of business economics. Jack joins a select group of 100 that includes Nobel Laureates Lawrence Klein, Milton Friedman, James Tobin, Federal Reserve Board Chairmen Paul Volcker, and Alan Greenspan. (Jack, have any ideas to fix the current economy?) ... Marlana Pugh Hamer, a ninth-grade English teacher in Cleveland, with an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University (Cleveland campus), won second place in the 2008 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest with her poem “Possessions, Part II.” Marlana was the only female winner and described the award as a “wonderful and life-affirming experience.” She was an active volunteer during Obama’s presidential campaign, registering new voters and canvassing in her Bedford Heights neighborhood. ... Larry Meathe predicts many AKY bros will

return to campus in June and that they are looking forward to the “dinner on the deck” at the Meathe household. Gary and Mary Lynn (Crowley) Laughlin plan to attend and believe Bob ’73 and Martha (Bellassai) Feldmeier will also be there. The Morgans, Ron Deneweth, Dan Conrad and Dianne Siefert-Conrad ’77, and Ed Kelly plan to be in University Heights this June. Possible shows include: Sean and Karen Cooper, Jim Rados, and Bob Dilgren. Molly ’75 and I hope to attend as well. If you would like to be on the class committee, contact Carla Gall ’05, reunion coordinator - [email protected] - or 216.397.1595. Check JCU Connect for Reunion updates. Keep the e-mails coming! Reminder: IXY 50th Reunion this October. Robby


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Gerry o. Patno 216-410-0129 [email protected]

Well, it is that time of the year, following up on a hectic holiday season with a change in national leadership, an imploding economy, an ice-cold Browns team, a red-hot Cavs team, and everybody’s too busy to send me information about themselves. But there’s usually at least one positive piece of class news to report. St. Ignatius head football coach Chuck “Chico” Kyle and his longtime assistant coach, Nick Restifo, have captured the Jesuit high school’s tenth Ohio Division I state football championship, defeating Cincinnati Elder last fall, 28–20. Congratulations to Chuck and Nick in continuing your record of excellence at the private Catholic school at W. 30th St. and Carroll Ave., which was founded in 1886 by Jesuit priests from Buffalo, NY, as St. Ignatius College. Of course, as we all know, the college half of the school moved out to the Eastern suburbs in 1935 and became John Carroll University, while the high school stayed put and prospered on the original campus. Interestingly, the Blue Streaks play in a sparkling new stadium named after its favorite son, Don Shula ’51, while the Wildcats practice on a sparkling new practice field, Kyle Field, named after one our own. Keep up the great work, guys, and “Go Wildcats!” – gop

The answer to the “brain teaser” in the previous column is Humble Pie. Dave Vtipil answered and tells us he’s lived in Pittsburgh since graduation; he has been working for Allegheny County for the past 20 years. He’s been married to Barb for 30 years, lives in North Hills, and they have no children. Dave has had a number of health issues from polycystic kidney disease, including kidney failure and a transplant in 2001, plus a mitral valve replacement in 2004. He’s recovered and enjoys fly fishing, fly tying, and hiking out West. He thanks his organ donor and asks all to sign an organ donor card. He’s active in St. Vincent de Paul Society at his parish and feels his years at Carroll led to this calling. Dave was one of the first male Murphy Hall residents and would like to hear from other “Murphy Hall men ’71” - [email protected] ... George Christoph also answered – He’s controller/CFO of Life Services Management, which manages over 20 companies and properties, including eight assisted living communities – one in Erie, PA, and three in suburban Cleveland. He has fond memories of Pacelli Hall, Business School, tennis team, and would love to hear from anyone in these groups - [email protected] Like many of us, he is busy, works many hours, and is thankful for his education. ... Tom Tassone also e-mailed the correct answer – alas, no news. ... The alumni office sent an interesting article on Ken O’Keefe. Ken is the offensive coordinator for the University of Iowa’s football team. “Keefer” had previous head coaching stints at a high school in Fort Worth, TX, Worcester (MA) Academy, Allegheny College, and Fordham. He still speaks fondly of Jerry Schweickert ’60, who taught him to “love his players.” Ken coached college all-star football players in exhibition games in Moscow, Russia, in the early ’90s. The mayor of Northern Moscow asked him to teach younger kids to play football, so he ran camps for two years. He later helped form an organization that brought amateur teams from Moscow to the U.S. He has been to Russia five times on football trips and “loved every minute of it.” Ken and wife Joanne have a daughter, Meghan, a junior soccer player at Carroll, and a son, Brendan, in Iowa City. ... This trivia question is requested by Dave Vtipil. “There was a great snowball battle, with about 200 participants,

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in front of Murphy winter ’71-72. A priest who lived on the first floor took pictures to bust us or to scare us. It worked and we scattered in a hurry. Name the priest.” E-mail your answer with news for the next column. ... I received news that Fr. Frank Lihvar, S.J., ’50 died from cancer. He was 81, a Jesuit for 60 years, and a member of the Carroll community for nearly 40 years. He taught Latin and Greek at John Carroll since fall ’70. Fr. Lihvar retired in 2000 as professor emeritus. ... Pray for peace. Hi, Sam! RR to St. Mary’s to pursue a nursing degree, Pat worked in nursing for a while in Rochester, then it was off to Boston for an MBA and work in the world of pharmaceuticals, private consulting, and Ph.D. in Human Development and Education. Then she taught management at a small Northeast Pennsylvania college. Whew! Now she’s to be found in Atlanta, where she started her own consulting firm specializing in executive development and coaching. Oh, and in her free time, ballroom dancing. Okay, I am exhausted just typing all that! Over the years, Pat has kept in touch with Debbie Utlak Cook periodically and would love to hear from all of us who “remember when...” I implied that we would oblige. Very glad you found us again Pat! ... There you have it. Drop a line when you are in the mood. See you in the spring. Cools


diane Coolican Gaggin [email protected]

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Thanks to our readers who helped identify people on the winter 2008 issue’s Images of Carroll page. You have sharp eyes. Dave Haas ’64 identified the man wearing the Army Green uniform under the second “r” in “Carroll” as Lt. Col. Charles A. “Rip” Wilson ’65, U.S. Army, retired. Commander Paul Snopel ’65, ’68G, United States Navy Reserve, retired, identified Lt. Col. Wilson as well. Commander Snopel wrote, “We were in Beta Tau Sigma – the Glee Club – together. He regaled us with his accent and storyteller’s sense of humor, particularly tales of the Brooklyn Dodgers - Philadelphia Phils baseball games of that era.” Commander Snopel remembers his classmate’s wedding: “He and his bride asked me to play piano at their wedding reception, which was a great time.” “The officer wearing the captain’s bars in the top right picture,” wrote Tom Czech ’72, “is Thomas Timmes ’74G. He was a member of the ROTC cadre in the very early ’70s.” He recalled the officer as being “laid back, soft spoken, and every inch the professional.” John Ennis ’67 wrote to say that the “mortar man” on one knee in the upper left photo is Paul Dillon ’67. In the photo at the bottom showing the ROTC cadets holding the large flag, the student farthest to the right facing the flag is Michael Pyle ’89, ’93G. The information was provided by Lt. Col. Thomas J. Rogers, MD, ’89, Medical Corp, U.S. Army.
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Hey Ho everyone! Deep winter encroaches daily. It’s great to hear from those who are living in warmer climates; I get to live vicariously. Congratulations to Rev. Mr. William Andrews on his new assignment to Church of the Ascension, 555 S. Main St., Johnstown, OH, for diaconal duties. William is retired from Licking Memorial Hospital, where he served as president. To catch you up on life after Carroll, as part of his formation for the diaconate and continuing education, he attended the Diaconal School of Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus. William and his wife, Margie, have six children. Our best wishes on your new assignment! ... Thanks to Gwen Benovich Dickerhoof for sending along an astronomical heads up on the holiday evening skies. Much appreciated. I’m presuming that Bob Tullio is once again over his head in lake effect. We’re waiting on the 2009 picture of him snow blowing his house and the rest of the neighborhood! ... Always the wry one, Meg McCarthy Waters decided the financial crisis was a fine time to put her company’s website online. For a peek at her productivity, visit www. Best of luck, Meg! ... From the mystery missive category, yet another former classmate chimes in with where they are now. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Pat Kubus - [email protected]! After transferring


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Thanks to all of you who sent me Christmas cards this year. I do want to ask one favor for next year, though. Next year, when you send me a card, send me some news! Just signing your name and saying Merry Christmas doesn’t give me enough to work with here. ... I did receive some news from Terry Bedell. He reported that once again Ralph Stilphen hosted his annual Christmas Eve breakfast in Rocky River. This year’s gathering paid a tribute to Brian Ellis, who passed away last year. Terry noted that Brian was always the first to arrive and the last to leave. He will be missed, but his presence will always be felt. The other attendees were Tom Wallenhorst, Jim Clancy ’78, John Corrigan, Marty Kelly, and John Duber. Terry also reports that Mike Powers, Ralph Stilphen, Bob Hennessy, Marty Kelly, Mary Anne Garvey, Maura (Shields) Powers, and Pat Cummings met up in Avon, OH, last July for the wedding of Marty’s daughter, Kaitlyn. Judging from the photo he sent along, a good time was had by all. ... By the time this magazine comes, I

From left are Class of 1977 members Mike Powers, Pat Cummings, Marty Kelly, Ralph Stilphen, Bob Hennessy, and Terry Bedell at the wedding of Marty’s daughter last July.

will have returned from our annual JCU spring training trip in Naples, FL. If I can remember anything, I’ll write about it in the next column. Keep those cards and letters coming or I’ll be forced to make some stuff up. Dennis


Nancy agacinski 216-932-2824 [email protected] Please think about it and respond to me or [email protected], and we can make the transition around Reunion. It has been my pleasure. ... On a personal note, thanks to all of you who offered your prayers and support when I lost my father, Richard, in October. You helped me through a very difficult time and I truly appreciate it. Looking forward to seeing you under the tent, Nancy

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Hope everyone is making plans to attend our 30th Reunion on campus, June 19-21, 2009. Yes, we want everyone to make it -- even those who live locally. It’s a great time and always better than you think it will be! If you haven’t given it much thought yet - please consider it. The more the merrier! Check out reunion09/ for details. If you’d like to be on the reunion committee, contact Carla Gall ’05, reunion coordinator - [email protected] - 216.397.1595. JCU Connect will be a great source for Reunion information as well as class-specific information. ... I ran into Dr. Vince Panichi ’57 recently. He’s doing well and looks exactly the same! It’s always great to run into our former profs. ... Fr. Casey Bukala ’54 celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a Jesuit, Sept. 21, 2008 -- beginning with a concelebrated Mass at Gesu and a reception in the Dolan Science Center. I ran into Brian Niec and family and Gil Macali at the festivities. Gil and I were the only class representatives Homecoming Weekend to begin plans for our 30th Reunion. It doesn’t take loads of time and would be great to get new faces involved. Out-of-towners could make phone calls or give suggestions to help draw more alumni and make it more enjoyable. Ideas, anyone? ... I heard from John Taormina, who lives in North Carolina and works for Duke University as the director of the Visual Resource Center in the Department of Art. John loves the milder weather and is looking forward to seeing everyone at Reunion in June. ... Denise LeGrand Landreth wrote to say that she had a busy year. Her youngest son got married; her oldest son got his Ph.D.; she married a wonderful man, Ron Landreth; and she became a grandmother last November (send the details when you have time!). Denise celebrated her 50th with flair on the beaches of Mexico and went zip lining over the jungle. ... Heard from George Yezbak - [email protected] - who reports that he “went crazy” last summer: sold his house, quit his job of 22 years, and moved to North Carolina. He and his wife moved to Advance, NC, where he took a job at Murray Supply, a multi branch wholesale supplier. He reports warmer weather, slower pace, lower cost of living, friendlier people, and a more challenging job. Wow, George, I really admire you! ... Joe DeRosa spoke at the Canton Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club in November ’08. Joe currently lives in N. Canton, OH, and has been an NBA official for 19 seasons. Interact with LeBron much, Joe? We just love him in these parts. Any stories you can share? ... Theresa Ptak Buiel is looking forward to catching up with everyone at Reunion. ... Hope everyone will make plans to visit the old stomping grounds in June. Let’s make it our best party ever! If you have questions or need info, drop me a line or give me a call. On another note -- time has come for me to “pass the pen” to the next ’79 class columnist. It’s time for a new voice, but I want to make sure there is someone ready to take over before I retire. Any volunteers?


Tim Freeman 708-579-9075 [email protected]

Greetings! Here’s the latest ... After a 30-year career at Lubrizol, Jeff Cash has been appointed corporate director, sales and marketing, for Premix Inc. Premix Inc., based in North Kingsville, OH, is a global leader in the development, design, and manufacture of thermoset composite materials and molded components. Premix services diverse global markets focusing on electrical, transportation, HVAC, construction, and healthcare. Jeff will be responsible for enhancing Premix’s presence in existing core markets and identifying and developing new opportunities to focus the Premix “Total System Approach’’ on material replacement. He has a B.S. in chemistry from John Carroll and an MBA from Cleveland State University. Jeff and his spouse, Cindy, live in Mentor, OH. ... Terri and George Lewandowski live in Columbus, OH. Terri is director of journal production and manufacturing services for the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society. George is a doctor specializing in gynecologic oncology. Steve Andrews ’81 recently joined George’s practice. Son Chris Lewandowski is a junior at Carroll majoring in economics. ... Cathy ’79 and Jim Weir live in Geneva, Switzerland. Cathy is CEO for Citibank Global Wealth Management, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Alex (16) and Dominic (12) attend College du Leman in Geneva and are avid snowboarders. Jim enjoys returning to Cleveland every summer to see family and friends. Jim and classmates John Jackson, Phil Devereaux, Jim Repicky, and Jim Hark attended the induction of the 1975 Division III National Champion wrestling team into the Carroll Athletic Hall of Fame Homecoming Weekend. ... Jim Gregorich, wife Shelly Benford, and children Christian (8th grade) and Vivi (7th grade) live in Boulder, CO. Jim stays involved in the kids’ sports -- basketball, soccer, baseball, and more. Jim practices homeopathy; recently Shelly and Jim have become students and teachers of Qigong. ... Mark and Laura Fasano live in Southport, CT. Mark is a principal in a commercial real estate company and is on the board at Fairfield Prep, where Mark’s BC High classmate Jack Hanwell, S.J., is president. According to Mark, Laura is “great at being a mom and is involved in community activities from helping the homeless to protecting endangered plant life.” The Fasanos look forward to being empty nesters and enjoy skiing in Vermont. They have four kids: Natalie (23) graduated from Boston University and lives and works in NYC as a writer and book reviewer for a food magazine; Mike (21) is at Arizona State University; Matthew (20), an accomplished bass guitar player, is at St. Michaels in Burlington, VT; and Julia (16) is a junior in high school. An annual highlight for Mark is the “big chill” reunion with Stan Mambort ’77, Ken Mulcrone ’76, Tim Cannon ’77, Denny Saunier ’76, Tom Welsh ’76, and Bill Rainsberger ’76…thanks for writing. Tim


Matt holtz 440-331-1759 [email protected]

Greetings, class. Since the last column, I have a few items to share ... My family and I made the trek out to Cary, NC, to visit Stacy and Kevin Tighe. Kevin was the chef and we enjoyed a nice North Carolina evening. While visiting, my kids schooled Kevin on how to play Wii baseball and bowling. It got even better when I took him on in baseball. It was like the Indians beating the Tigers again and again. When not trying to figure out how to play Wii, Kevin stays busy as a dean at Miller-Motte Technical College, which prepares students with career skills needed to secure initial employment. ... Many of us remember taking one of Fr. Casey Bukala’s ’54 philosophy classes. During the fourth quarter of 2008, he celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination. I remember enjoying the class but not the tests. ... Clevelandbased writer/editor/blogger and a gentle reader of this column, John Ettorre, forwarded an article from Mission magazine highlighting the works of Rita Dollard-O’Malley. Rita is currently the director of adult spirituality at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco. The article, “Blazing Ignatian Trails,” highlights her work in the field of theology with the Jesuits, students, and parents. ... Shirley Novak dropped an e-mail that she keeps in contact with Maureen McCarthy, Cheryl Kosak Wilson, Beth Hammer, Chris Bavola, and Deb Walsh ’81. All the ladies got together for one of their mini reunions. The next column will have some nuggets from that bash. ... Rick Chelko, president of the Chelko Consulting Group, attended the JCU Entrepreneurs Association party with Teresa ’81 and Scott Heran. A featured speaker at the gathering was class of 1980’s Jim Myers, who is CEO of PETCO. Jim shared the PETCO story and the number of lessons he has learned being at the helm of the company. ... Bob Beringer offers a hello to all from Jacksonville, FL, where he is a college administrator. Bob keeps in contact with Rob Lombardi, who owns a business in New Orleans near Jackson Square. Bob claims Lombardi still plays a wicked game of golf. Bob and Jim Reim attended the Masters and tailed Phil Mickelson to witness some truly wicked golf. Bob reports that Vicki McCauley is doing well in Washington, DC, as an attorney for the FCC. Most importantly, Bob notes that the brotherhood of IXY will be celebrating their 50-year reunion in Las Vegas this spring. Feel free to send an e-mail for information - [email protected] I hope to glean a few pearls of wisdom from the I-Chi anniversary Vegas bash for our next column. ... Send an e-mail anytime, and feel free to high-five Lobo, the new JCU mascot ... MH

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Bob hill 414-254-9880 [email protected]

Greetings to the Class of 1981. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and that you have a happy New Year. Make sure that you set some goals for 2009 and write them down. I am told that only five percent of adult Americans will do that this year. ... I am writing on what will be the coldest night in Wisconsin in 15 years. We will go to 18 below zero with 40-below wind chills. The schools are already closed for what will seem to be the North Pole in Milwaukee tomorrow. Warmer days are ahead! ... Please send me a note about what is happening in your life. I am excited about the opportunity to gather stories from the Class of 1981 and publish them in the Alumni Journal. Keep me posted, Bob


Paul hulseman 847-867-9322 (c) [email protected]

Greetings from Chicago! The 12 inches of snow this weekend followed by bitter cold helped to mask the tears as our college kids returned to their campuses (one picturesque in University Heights; the other one not so picturesque). Those were tears of joy, not sadness. If you have college kids, you know exactly what I mean. It’s great to have them home, but even better when they return! ... Our oldest son, Colin, finished his political science curriculum at Carroll in December. January saw him working on that next stage of his life – have degree, will work for food. We hope to have our two oldest in cap and gown this May on the quad. That would be fun! ... Judy Schoen Thomas is careening toward an empty nest. Her oldest, Jenny, graduated from UT a year ago and is working there today. The final two enter college this fall and next. So far, no Blue Streaks in the Thomas offspring, but I will keep my hopes up. As you know, all roads lead to Toledo ... I found out this holiday season that a friend of mine went to grade school and high school with Judy and Char Murawa Donelan (DCMII). Small world! ... Barb O’Brien Brown continues to give back to our alma mater. In addition to being the vice chair of the Entrepreneurs Association, Barb is helping out with another Board of Directors initiative. Check out Barb’s company - ... I need scoops – please drop me a line. Onward On! Paul

internal medicine practice in Columbus, OH. Married by Father Birkenhauer, Arlene and husband Niles reside in Columbus with beautiful daughters Kristen and Lauren. ... In Columbus, I connected with Myron Terlecky ’81, attorney at law. I know he’s a success, he told me. Actually, he’s awesome. He’s a coveted partner in Strip, Hoppers, Leithart, McGrath & Terlecky Co. LPA. Bestowed intelligence, wit, and unmatched charismatic personality, Myron is also a life saver, thanks! ... I was back in the TV booth for SportsTime Ohio calling play-by-play for JCU vs. Capital. JCU stunned the ninth ranked football team in the country with a 13-3 victory. Students work the TV production and they were great! ... Living on the Northside but hanging with the Southside girls is Jane (Broeren) Lambesis with 22 years at Federated Investors. Home is Mount Prospect, IL, with husband Peter and kids: Annie, Susie, and Peter James. I owe this to Jane Cunin, the world traveler, racking air miles to Macau and Hong Kong to visit her brother who lives there. Jane insists it wasn’t the casinos or resorts that made the trip. ... It took 27 years to reconnect with Nick Conyngham ’82. The hour call was a killer! Nick owns C Performance Group in Paramus, NJ. Nick and wife Beth have a son, Terry, graduating from Boston College. ... I tried to reach John Colombo ’84 through his cousin, Robert Cargnel ’84. Johnny’s 13-year-old son “looks just like him.” A great storyteller, its likely co-workers at Continental Airlines have endured Robert’s classic JCU baseball stories for 22 years. Robert and wife Diane live in Michigan. ... It was a little Northwestside Chicago at dinner in Saginaw, MI, with Alan and Suzanne (Schlichtman) Greenberg. Just talking about it, I miss SuperDawg. ... Look for the 1972 Dodge Challenger cruising Cleveland; its likely Steve Musser with wife, Elizabeth, and daughters, Veronica and Marie. Steve is a podiatrist in North Olmsted. ... World of the weird, I had never met my wife’s roommate from BGSU, but she got engaged and we had to meet them. Who knew that Dan Welly ’85, my football and baseball teammate, was the guy engaged to my wife’s roommate, Annette. Mark

David D’Onofrio ’85 and family. handled by our other verbose classmate, Bob Schufreider. It is a blast to see classmates caught on film a quarter century ago. For example, Jim (Spike) Kromer is interviewed in his three-piece suit on his way to one of his first job interviews, because he figured he would stop in the Rat to first “...get prepped for it.” Spike ends his interview with his trademarked pterodactyl yell. Dozens of classmates take their turn sitting in front of the camera reflecting back on their Carroll memories and making life predictions: Dan Schodowski, Amy (Nash) Golian, Bob (Reg) Lally, Denise (Petronzio) Geisler, Tim Friday, Beth (Heffernan) Broome, Tom Kreber, Scott Logue, Ann (Oaks) Kerstetter, and Jeff Metzgar are interviewed, among many others. Jack Bedell comments that being an RA is the greatest job he has ever had and he wishes he could major in it. Mike Carswell predicted he might be involved in producing record labels in the future. Bob Kovach speculated that in 10 years he would be working at 30 Rock in New York. Chris Yaw recalled a story about waking up to find a Christmas pine tree (from the quad) somehow mysteriously placed in his dorm room. I have converted the tape to DVD and hopefully we can have it playing at Reunion during the Saturday night dinner gathering. (If not, I will try to bring a portable DVD player, and at least we could see it on the small screen.) See you then. ... Don


don d’amore 440-235-1323 [email protected]

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The date for our 25th Reunion is set and is being held just a few short months from now -- June 19-21, 2009! If you are interested in helping out in any way, contact Carla Gall ’05, reunion coordinator, - [email protected] - 216.397.1595. Have you tried JCU Connect? It is an online community specifically for John Carroll alumni - http://jcu.imodules. com/. It should be a good source of info for Reunion and hopefully will also have specific info on our class’ activities. Speaking of Reunion, I have been the keeper of one of the rare copies of a videotaped “time capsule” of interviews that were filmed during our senior year. Senior class president John Breen and the other class officers of our final year arranged to have videotaped interviews during countdown to graduation events held in 1983-84. Jim Mahoney conducted most of the interviews, but the microphone was also



diane (Nerem) Wendel 914-238-2227 [email protected]

Mark schroeder 216-210-2020 [email protected]

I never believed it could happen, but the presidential election affected me personally. A client told me their decision to conduct an auction this year is between rehiring me or hiring Sarah Palin as speaker. If the governor accepts, I may be vetoed. I wonder if the VP candidate views me as her competitor. ... Dr. Arlene Fedorchak missed the reunion fireworks for front-row fireworks at the summer Olympics in Beijing. Medical school at Ohio State, internship in Philly, then opened her 38

“It’s about LOVING unconditionally, WORKING hard, PLAYING fair, CELEBRATING your family and friends, GIVING thanks for all your BLESSINGS, all year long.” It has been a quiet winter of news, and hopefully the renewal of spring will bring forth an awakened spirit of contact filled with good news. The third Sutowski girls rendezvous in the Big Apple happened last November and we truly had a grand time picking up exactly where we left off. Too numerous giggles and laughs -- I am bound to my commitment of “What happened in NY will stay in NY” (sorry, Vegas). Many thanks to Anne Walker Watterson ’86, Lisa Cortes Dawes ’86, Maura Rowley, Dolores Beiswenger Kimberly, Maureen Flaherty Menton, Susan

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“Bubbles” McAllister Cahill, and Mary Pat Bluemle Maretz for coming out to celebrate the health of Peggy Bertsch Currier. ... I can neither confirm nor deny but there is a rumor of a reunion percolating this spring in Vegas for the IXYs. ... I did receive a beautiful Christmas greeting from Tim Reid and his family. Tim and Mary are busy as ever with their four active children: Molly, Ellen, Andrew, and Lauren. Keep those cards coming! ... Also this fall, I went back into the work force full time as a computer teacher for our elementary school – and loved the change of venue from my former corporate field of real estate. ... Peter Bernardo ’67 is still accepting donations on behalf of the Karen J. Schipke Memorial Scholarship. Once the fund reaches $50,000, the earnings will go first to a direct descendant from the Class of 1985. Please consider a gift in Karen’s memory. We are hoping to reach our goal before our 25th Reunion June 2010. Specify that your gift is intended to go to the Karen J. Schipke Memorial Scholarship fund and send to JCU, Attn. Peter Bernardo, 20700 North Park Boulevard, University Heights, OH 44118. ... On a personal note, please keep my mother, Nancy Nerem, in your prayers for a full recovery from her lobectomy. She is my hero who is fighting a courageous battle every day. ... Enjoy the sunshine, take two, and send me an e-mail - [email protected] Diane about! ... Susan Menner Stojanovski ran into Patty Mancini, who is living in Avon Lake with her husband, Sean, and their three children. Patty reports that her only recent contact with JCU grads has been with Cathy Coyne Walsh, her children’s pediatrician. ... We also received some interesting news from Drue Carney. He has designed a product called The Bench Coach. It took over a year to get the product launched, with multiple stages necessary for the design, development, and prototypes to make sure it was done correctly. He is very excited and happy with the outcome. Drue said it couldn’t be any easier to use and functions great. All you baseball and softball fans, go online and check out this product - Good luck, Drue! ... I (Gigi) will be meeting Chris O’Brien Kramer, Paula Zerbi Reape, Grace Volpe, and Lisa Geraci Macauda for lunch this week. Hopefully they have a lot to report. ... Class of 1986 – send us your news! Gigi and Beth the year as 12+ inches dumped on us the weekend of Jan. 10. All is well -- I must say the buzz should be on our 20-year Reunion this summer. The official dates for Reunion are June 19-21, and more info about Reunion and specific class data can be found at JCU Connect - http:// Anyone interested in being on the class committee can contact Carla Gall ’05 - 216-397-1595 or [email protected] edu. I can assure you that I have talked to several ’89ers who plan to attend: Irma Santoro Bliss, Amy Caldwell, Rita Cole, Michelle Conkle, Jennie Femec, Christine Fennelly, John Fox, Andy Hoffman, Robert Horton, Richard Juby, Joseph Koshay, Jeffrey Rummel, Daniel Weaver, Brian Winovich – and the maybes: Thomas Adent, Laura Asseff, Joanne Belbas, Colette Donnelly Carr, Andrew Cossick, Mike Craddock, Tom Curtis, Kimberly Fiocco, Pearl Graham-Johnson, David Hall, Liz Crowley Harrington, Douglas Krause, Faith Manning, Tony Micheli, Justin Murphy, Carol Noall, Michael Petras, Catharine Barrett Roof, Steven Ryba, Anita Sheibley Wagner, Elizabeth Klomp Tenner, Theresa Weinberg, Tom Wienclaw. ... In class news, Geoff Klimas joined the Navy Reserves and is now a Navy Reserve logistics officer in charge of the fuels company located in Jacksonville, FL. His teams’ mission is to provide fuel services globally in combat environments dispensing a variety of petroleum distillates. Geoff has not yet had to deploy but is ready 24/7 in this volatile field of work. In his spare time, he and his wife both work as mortgage bankers for Chase Bank and shuttle their two boys to Little League games. Thanks for the info, Geoff, and thanks for offering your time and skills to the Reserves. ... I also heard from Gary Gavin this month. Gary has been named vice president and company officer of Container The Americas. Prior to this role, Gary held several general manager positions in International Paper’s wood and decorative products business unit, as well as several sales management roles. Gary has an MBA in finance from Carnegie Mellon University and a chemistry degree from JCU. Gary and his wife, Kathy, reside in Memphis, TN, along with their son, Patrick. Congrats, Gary. ... I will have one last column before Reunion next summer, so send me your updates now and I will try and release another list of planned attendees for the event. ... Cheers, David

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sue Farinacci Grazia 440-256-0338 [email protected]

Jamie Jamison 330-702-1965 [email protected] Kathy reali Matthews 440-871-7283 [email protected]


Gigi Togliatti-rice 419-529-5530 [email protected] Beth (Bonanno) hausoul [email protected]

Happy New Year (a bit late)! Hopefully by the time you are reading this, the cold weather has subsided and spring is just around the corner. Once again, we are low on information -- please call or e-mail any news you may have. Remember, we cannot create topics to write about, so send us your news ... someone has to have something worth writing

david Gassman 440-934-0366 [email protected]

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Happy winter, fellow Blue Streaks. We here in Cleveland were hit with our first major storm of


Melissa Wenzler 440-725-0753 [email protected]

From left are Tempany and Brian Donovan ’89 at their November 8, 2008, wedding in Hawaii; Mary Lavin ’87; and Randy Hamilton ’92.

“These are a few of my favorite things” ...sings Julie Andrews in the song, “My Favorite Things” from the The Sound of Music. ... Well, one of my favorite things lately is Facebook! At first, I thought I might be too “mature” for Facebook, but pretty quickly, I noticed more and more people in our age group were getting on board. Every day, it seemed, more and more Carroll classmates were signing up. As the class columnist, I love it because it allows me to keep connected in order to keep the column fresh and interesting. So, if you have not joined the Facebook revolution, give it a try! I am confident it will become one of your
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Molly Coughlin Fanta 440-716-1749 [email protected]


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Jeff and Kristin (Oberheu) ’90 Corn favorite things, too! ... Through Facebook, I heard from Kristin Marie Oberheu Corn. Kristin recently married Jeffrey Brian Corn on Sept. 13, 2008, on Kiawah Island, SC, where Kristin’s family owns a home. Kristin received her law degree from the University of Dayton. Today, she works in the legal department at Bank of America in the Corporate Securities/Mergers & Acquisitions/ Corporate Governance division. Following their wedding, Jeff and Kristin embarked on a “minimoon” to Savannah, GA, but took a longer honeymoon in Hawaii in January. The newlyweds reside in Charlotte, NC. ... News from Shawn Robertson is that he and his wife, Erin, welcomed their new daughter, Bridget, in August! Bridget joins big sister Molly (4). Congratulations, Shawn and Erin! ... Scott Jenney dropped me a note about a 40th birthday getaway to Lake Kipawa, Quebec, with several of the IXYs. Tom “That’s why they call it fishing and not catching” Roche, John “It’s freezing in here” Frendo, Jim “I’m hit” Noteman, and Kevin “I caught a fish and a buzz” Monahan joined Scott on a trip up north. According to Scott, a good time was had by all reminiscing about the good old JCU days. Unfortunately, Chris Cosgrove, Dan Curran, Chris Donnelly, and Eric Lochner were on board to go, but got “scared off” at the last minute. That is too bad, as it sounds like they missed a good time. ... We rang in the New Year with Tim Forrestal and his wife, Michelle. Tim is a trust/ estate attorney (so if you need a will or estate planning, he’s your guy!). They live in Hudson, OH, with their three children: Hannah, Grace, and Riley. Mike Newman and his family made the drive up the turnpike to join in the festivities. Mike and his wife, Lisa, live in Bethel Park, PA, with their two children: Madison and Owen. ... Stay well, friends, and keep the news and notes coming! Melissa 40
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Happy New Year! Here is the latest ... Congratulations to our very own John Flanagan, who was honored at an event presented by Crain’s Cleveland Business and insurance brokerage firm Marsh. They honored 10 Northeast Ohio chief financial officers for excellence in fiscal management at their companies. More than 50 nominations were received for the awards, which were selected by an independent panel of five judges representing the corporate community. John’s category: Small Private Company: John Flanagan, Howley Bread Group Inc. ... I was happy to hear that Greg Triplett has been promoted at Marlite to vice president – sales and marketing for the company’s designer wall systems. “Greg has proven himself to be a gifted manager with a demonstrated ability to understand our company and its markets,” said John Popa, owner of Marlite. Greg started his career at Marlite in 1994 as marketing analyst and later was promoted to product manager. After becoming director of marketing, he recently served as the managing director for the designer wall division. As vice president, he will be charged with growing sales of wall systems domestically and internationally as well as expanding Marlite’s distribution network. Greg, his wife, and their three children live in New Philadelphia, OH. ... Jenni Grimes O’Brien married Dan O’Brien ’93 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland, on June 7, 2008. They then celebrated with friends and family at a reception in August. Blue Streaks in attendance were Wendy Hasenkopf Maglio, Jennifer Kraut, Molly McTigue McNally, Wendy Weber Fiala, Krista Lannert, and Katie Boyle Manning ’93. (I was sad to learn of the passing of Jenni’s father, Hugh Gavin Grimes M.D., who died peacefully surrounded by his family on June 26, 2008) ... Paul Bayhurst recently won an award for a job he did in Chevy Chase, MD, from the Washington Building Congress for Choice Hotels International. He is currently one of four lead cabinetmakers for Casework. Paul is also having a brand new 2009 Indian motorcycle built. “Mine is the 200th bike off the line and I will pick it up in March. When I’m not chasing my two dogs ‘Roulette’ and ‘Norma Jean’ around the yard, I can be found riding my other cruiser through the DC metro area. I also work as an instructor at The Woodworkers Club in Rockville, MD, where I teach courses on cabinetmaking, furniture making, and how to work all the associated power tools.” Paul is happily married to Nicki Sack Bayhurst ’93. ... AJ Panahon has been living in Las Vegas for eight years working for Ford Credit for seven years. AJ has been married for five years and has a two-year old daughter named Autumn. ... See you on campus, Jim

Hello all, I hope you had wonderful holidays. Winter has hit here in Cleveland (it’s -12 outside). I’m just trying to keep warm and looking forward to spring time. ... Each year, I receive many Christmas cards, including a handful of John Carroll friends, and only one had an annual update this year: Monica Merella Steiner, Ted Steiner, and children Grace (5th grade) and Isaiah (2nd grade). Ted took a new job at Carroll, where he will be coordinating immersion trips and other service opportunities for students, faculty, and staff; he is also taking a freshman Spanish class. Monica is teaching Spanish to little ones at five different schools. ... Other cards were from Lisa and Andy Botzer and their three girls: Siena, Sophia, and Sabrina; Alysia (Ross) ’95 and Jeff Mitten and their two sons; Maureen and John Reichart’s card was a picture of their two girls, Brigid and Ciara, in Ireland last summer. Tom and Pam (Phelleps) Shields and their boys, Gavin and Benjamin; Katie and Joe Gumeny and their daughters, Lauren and Alexandria; Erin and Scott Webber and their children, Shane (5) and Bridget (2); Therese and Mike Schrage and their dog, Dakota; Jinny and Jim Cahill and their daughter, Elisabeth; Allen ’07G and Mary Ellen (Brenkus) Guisinger and their children, Natalie, Stephen, and Thomas; Sandra Crapis, and Jill Ledin ’97. ... I’m sorry to report that Jody R. Wolfe, a physical therapist at University Hospitals, died Dec. 21 at age 49. Jody received a master’s from Carroll. ... Newsflash, I am now on Facebook -- feel free to find me and add me. There is a group for Carroll Class of ’93 that was started for Reunion but lives on today. Doug Ennis started it, so find him and he’ll get you the link to join the group. It’s a fun way to keep in touch and see what some are up to on a daily basis instead of just once or twice a year. Here’s an update I got on Facebook: Christine Poleon is training to run her 2nd full marathon; she is running for The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, a lung disease that her father was diagnosed with in December 2006. There is more information on her Facebook page, and her training blog is available at cpoleon. ... That’s all the updates I have. Please send yours now! Take care, Julie


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Happy spring to everyone! I am sure you know by now this is our Reunion year! Our 15th Class Reunion (yes, everyone can say ... has it really been that long?) is set for June 19-21, 2009, on the John Carroll University campus! It is not too late to sign up, you can do so by contacting the Alumni Office or using JCU Connect. JCU Connect will give you the most up-to-date information that there is on Reunion. Hope to see everyone there! ... Here is the information that I have received from our classmates. Please do not hesitate to e-mail me - [email protected] We would

love to hear what you are up to! Patrice (Capretta) Adamonis had a baby boy, Blake Nicolas, on Nov. 20, 2008. He joins big sisters Mackenzie (4) and Sydney (2). Congratulations to the entire Adamonis family! ... Amy Caste Wheeler and I get to chat often on Facebook. After graduation, she worked in Michigan at Chrysler until 2002, then moved to Volkswagen of America, where she met her husband, Bill Wheeler. Amy relocated to Illinois to be closer to Bill, and they got married on St. Patty’s Day 2007. Bill and Amy are expecting their first baby, a boy, in April. Keep us posted, Amy! ... Leslie Pallotta was recently named Cranberry Public Library director in Cranberry Township, PA. Leslie received her master’s in library science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996, after graduating from Carroll. Congratulations, Leslie! ... Well, that is all I have to report. Please continue to contact me via e-mail or on Facebook and let me know what is going on in your life! We all love to read about one another here! See you at Reunion! Moe in the ultra-slow world of face-to-face communication, I met up with Carole (Chandler) Sullivan and Kathy Apple Francis at P.F. Chang’s in Beachwood in January. They filled me in on the fun details of the marriage of Claire Mooney to David DeHorn at Thanksgiving in Chicago. Annie (Dunn) Hughes did a reading at the wedding, which was celebrated at Northwestern University with Tim ’94 and Annie Bayne also guests. Congratulations, Claire! ... Until next time, find me on FB! Annie husband, Garett ’95, welcomed a new addition to their family. Their son Harrison John Brugger was born on Sept. 3, 2008. He joins twin siblings Graydon and Ellie (3). ... Erin McNabb Howe is living in Tucson, AZ. She and her husband Bill have a 2-year-old daughter. My “thanks” to Erin for letting me know that she’s not missing those Chicago winters (as I write this in the middle of a cold wave here in Cleveland). ... Grant Cleveland was recently highlighted in an issue of the Cleveland Plain Dealer by Marcia Pledger. Since it’s a short article, here’s the full item: “Looking back, Grant Cleveland admits that starting a business with just one product, a kit for growing cactus plants, didn’t seem like the most logical thing to do. Then again, what’s considered logical for a serial entrepreneur working on his fourth business? Six years ago, Cleveland launched DuneCraft Inc. with just the cactus kit, called the Odd Pod, and less than $100,000 he raised from suppliers and angel investors. A year later he had two products to sell and lukewarm interest from a few small retail chains, websites, and catalog companies. Today, DuneCraft has 25 employees and offers 250 educational novelty products through national retailers, including Toys ’R’ Us, Borders, and Kmart, and it has licensing agreements with Nickelodeon and others. Sales are expected to top $3.5 million this year and reach $5 million to $7 million next year, thanks to increased orders from big retailers.” ... If you’re on Facebook, I started a new group called “John Carroll University Class of 1997.” Be sure to sign up! ... Brian


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I’m not sure that I loved turning 36 this year, but I did love that at least 20 of my Facebook friends left me birthday messages on my wall, while only six of my actual friends did. FB reunited me with many Blue Streaks, including Dan Walsh ’94 who reminded me about the turquoise house on the corner of Lee and Superior. Yes, Dan, we are all grown up, and, no, I never ever want to go back to that dump! Dan lives in Denver with his cute wife and adorable daughter and might be found skiing this winter with Kris Lucic ’94, another of my FB friends. After his day job at Carlson Restaurants Worldwide as director of brand marketing, Matt Durbin went bowling tonight; I found that out on FB, too. It’s so up-to-the-minute; I love it. ... In the slow world of traditional e-mail, I heard from new mom Annie Laurie (Parker) Gallant. Before she and husband Brad welcomed a baby girl into their world, in October, Annie and several JCU friends spent a girls’ weekend in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Annie reports that Carina (Woodrich) Schnitter switched gears after 10 years of selling pediatric vaccines; she is now coaching her son’s soccer and t-ball teams among other full-time mom duties. ... Megan Farrell Fraser, her husband, and toddler recently moved back to Buffalo, NY, from Los Angeles. Megan is a psychologist in private practice. ... Melissa (Georgi) Edwards lives in Frederick, MD, with her spouse and two children. Melissa works for Westat, Inc, as the supervisor of retirement benefits. ... Middle schoolers in Pittsburgh are turning to counselor Janae (Moeslein) Batchelor for advice. She has a lot to offer as the mom of three kids under the age of six! ... Middle school math teacher Stephanie (Davies) Wyman e-mailed from Virginia Beach, where she lives with husband Rob and two young sons. She reports: Shannon (Vaughn) Rosenberry works at Chase Bank in Wilmington, DE, and is married to Chuck; Holly (Ranquist) Santoro lives in Ohio with her husband, Joseph ’94, and children; Mary Pat (Kearney) Burke and husband Tim live in Michigan with their two young children. ... Finally,

Happy 2009, everyone! I hope this column finds you all happy and healthy. I know that the Valentino Ellerbusch family must be elated, as they e-mailed the wonderful news of the addition of their second child. Dominik Paul Ellerbusch was born on Sept. 15, 2008, and joins big sister Marcella (21 mos.). Roslyn still works as a sales account manager with Ashland in the Environmental Services Division. She and her family reside in The Woodlands, TX. ... John Cranley has joined the Cincinnati law firm of Keating, Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK) as an attorney practicing in the bond and municipal finance area. John joins the firm after serving eight years on Cincinnati City Council, which is the maximum allowed by law. In addition to his work on city council, Cranley was the founder and co-director of the Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati College of Law (2002-2006), which, through the use of DNA-technology, has exonerated three innocent men. Cranley also served as an adjunct professor at the College of Law during that time. John and his wife, Dena, are expecting their first child in April. Congratulations! ... Well, with the New Year off and running, hopefully we will hear from many more of you. Until then, the Lord bless you and keep you, Amy


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Hello, everyone! Not too much news to report this time around. Jen (Sezon) Brugger and her

Matthew Girty was promoted from financial analyst to assistant vice president of quantitative analysis at Contemporary Healthcare Capital, LLC, located in Shrewsbury, NJ. Prior to joining Contemporary Healthcare Capital, Matt served as a portfolio manager at Victory Capital Management, Inc., in Cleveland, where he managed pension and profit sharing plans for institutional clients. Matt lives in Red Bank, NJ. ... Sandra (Lobritz) Gaston and her husband, Jay, welcomed their second baby, Emily, in June 2008. Big

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The Politics of Identity
Erin E. O’Brien ’97 hates the phrase “working poor,” even though she put it in the title of her new book. “Most poor people are working or have worked or want to work,” explains Dr. O’Brien, assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. “Working poor,” she says, may imply that some poor people are worthier of respect than others, a distinction she believes neither real nor politically helpful. Politics of Identity: Solidarity Building Among America’s Working Poor (SUNY Press, 2008) reflects this theme of her teaching and research – that presumed divisions among people should be called into question. It’s frequently assumed, for instance, that a Latino worker will identify primarily as Latino and will not see the connections between himself and, say, the African American working alongside him. “Identity politics usually gets a bad rap,” she says. “I wanted to change that conversation.” Identity politics centers on the concerns of groups defined by gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, as examples. It sometimes suggests that low-wage workers are hard to organize because they define themselves by their differences. Dr. O’Brien approached this issue directly: She worked at a low-wage job – hotel room service – for 11 months and interviewed her co-workers. Her fieldwork was a part of her Ph.D. dissertation, which evolved into her new book, and a doctorate from American University in 2003. She found that low-wage workers might actually identify with each other on many levels. Dr. O’Brien hopes that her book’s audience – which she sees as the “general public who care about poverty and inequality; advanced undergrad and grad students; social scientists; activists” – might apply its findings to public policy. She would like to see low-income people tell their own story, as they do in her book. She would like to see them get a place “at the table,” where decisions are made. And she would hope they might be able to organize appropriately for better working conditions and higher wages. Dr. O’Brien developed these interests as a sociology major at John Carroll, where her mentors emphasized a strong empirical grounding in one’s field and were powerful social-justice scholars. “The Jesuits are great on poverty politics,” she says. “My social justice concern is in keeping with my Carroll education. You have an obligation to help the poor. So, not only do you serve at the homeless shelter, you ask questions about why the homeless shelter has to exist – and work to change those conditions.” Kathy Ewing Telling the story: As part of the research for her book, Erin O’Brien ’97 worked at a low-wage job for 11 months.

brother John is now 2. Sandra stays at home with the children; they live in Flowery Branch, GA…Jim and Lynn Sabol had their second child in Aug. 2008. Emma Lynn was born in Oklahoma City, making Evan, who was 13 months at the time of her birth, a big brother. Jim is an aircraft maintenance officer in the air force. He’s a captain with 23 years of service and looking to retire in a few years. The Sabols are stationed at Tinker AFB. Lynn said, “We are enjoying our family, and I am certainly busy chasing a young toddler while caring for a newborn!” Lynn can be reached at [email protected] ... In December, Kate Curry-Conway and Steve Conway welcomed 42
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their first baby, Lauren Elizabeth. Kate is a purchasing manager for Lakeshore Cryotronics, a family owned business in Westerville, OH. About two years ago, Steve left NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway-owned private jet company, and he is now a director of finance at The Scotts MiracleGro Company. The Conways live in Powell, OH, which is along the outskirts of Columbus. ... Best wishes to everyone for a lovely spring and summer. Please send me an e-mail to let me, and ultimately the rest of our classmates, know what good things are happening in your life! Take care, Cherie


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Can you remember what you were doing 10 years ago? Perhaps you were studying for your finals, enjoying spring weather on the quad, or planning carpools for our senior trip to Myrtle Beach. Since then, time has flown, and in this update our classmates share news about the much more recent highlights in their lives. Vince Benander just renewed his religious vows as Brother Alan

Vincent of the Norbertine Order. This is his second three-year renewal of vows as a seminarian at St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County, CA. Prior to joining the abbey, Brother Alan worked as an Internet programmer. He studies theology in Rome at the Angelicum University and promises to keep the JCU community in his prayers - especially the class of 1999! ... Jim ’98 and Michelle (Zuccaro) Evans welcomed their third child, Payton McKenna, into their family on the same day that they celebrated their eighth anniversary – Aug. 6, 2008. Payton joins her big sister, Kaylee (5 ½), and big brother, Dylan (4 ½). ... Pat Carey has been in good ol’ Cincinnati for the past eight years. At the moment he works for Convergys. ... Sarah (Furey) Reichert married Matt Reichart on June 28, 2008, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Norwalk, OH. The couple resides in North Olmsted, where Sarah teaches English at Westlake High School, and Matt works as an electronics technician for Fisher Electronics in Norwalk. ... Sally Taylor is the newest director of financial planning at Arizona’s Keats, Connelly and Associates, LLC. The firm specializes in managing the complexities of accumulated wealth as well as U.S./Canadian cross-border planning. Since graduating from Carroll, Sally received her Master of Science in Financial Planning from the College for Financial Planning and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Financial Planning Association, and the Central Arizona Estate Planning Council. ... Paul Hospodar provided a quick update via the JCU Alumni website. He’s now in North Olmsted with this wife, Danielle, and their two children: Paul and Luke. Currently at Champion One in Beachwood, Paul works as the Optical Product Line manager. ... Christina Fisk works as a litigation paralegal for a publicly traded real-estate trust, Developers Diversified Realty Corp., in Beachwood. She’s also pursuing her license in special education from Notre Dame College and will be student teaching in the fall. Living in Willowick, Christina would love to hear from any of our classmates - [email protected] ... Last November, Erin (Collins) Soroosh walked down the aisle at JCU with many of our classmates in attendance, including Julie Worthington, Blythe (Fuller) Hronek and Jimmy Hronek ’01, Shaena (Welsh) Miller, Megan Cannell, Kerry Gallagher, Kristin (Oswick) Bergen and Zach Bergen ’97, Sheryl Strell, Annie Reape, Janey (Price) Ames. Erin now works for John Carroll as a regional director in Chicago on both alumni relations and admissions. ... April Dawn Protzik married Ernest Richard Hollenbeck on Sept. 20, 2008, at St. Ursula Church in Allison Park, PA. Since graduating from John Carroll, April earned her physician assistant degree as a graduate of Chatham University. Her husband is employed at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital in ER Trauma. The couple calls Allison Park home. ... Remember, our Reunion is June 19-21, 2009. If you’d like to be on the class committee, contact Carla Gall ’05, reunion coordinator - [email protected] - 216.397.1595. JCU Connect - aspx - is a great source for reunion information as well as class specific information. I hope to see many of you this summer on campus. Meanwhile, let me know what’s new to you! Meg

Sarah (Furey) Reichert’s wedding guests celebrate their JCU ties. From left are Rob and Michelle (Bjel) Velotta ’99, Bridget Perea ’99, Pat McGannon ’98, Matt and Sarah (Furey) Reichert ’99, Carrie Minardo ’99, Jim Wetzel ’01, Sara Neville ’04, Maria Podsiadlo ’99, and Christine (Weimer) Papesch ’99.


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Unbelievable as it may be, it has been nearly nine years since our graduation from Carroll, and our ten-year Reunion is in 2010. The past nine years have certainly been busy for the Class of 2000. ... Douglas and Eneida (Crespo) Dentler welcomed their second child, Anthony Philip, in February 2008. Tony joins big sister Anabella. Doug and Nei moved back to Ohio in February of this year after being out of state for five years. Also welcoming children are a number of first-time parents from our class: Jason and MaryAnn (Vizmeg) Dale welcomed Elena Noelle on Dec. 9, 2008. Elena weighed in at 7 lbs. 1 oz. and 20 inches. Ann (Dolgan) Potter and her husband welcomed Katherine Ann on July 29, 2008. And Brett and Jane (Howarth) Vogelsberger welcomed their first child as well, Mary Cathleen, on Dec. 15, 2008. Mary Cate weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. ... Congratulations to Meghan Downs, who married Chris Weber on Oct. 3, 2008, in Chicago. ... Emily (DeWitt) McManamon updated us on her life since graduation. Emily married Brian McManamon and lives in the West Park area of Cleveland. Emily and Brian have two children, Lucy (4) and Tommy (2). Emily teaches fifth and sixth grade at Archbishop Lyke School. ... Be sure to send us your updates if we haven’t heard from you in a while, and remember, you can send us both messages via e-mail and Facebook. Have fun and keep us informed ... Clare and Lisa

Happy spring! Jillian (Valerius) Shute and Matt Shute were married at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati on Aug. 16, 2008. ... Rami Ahmed has been selected as a Harvard Macy Scholar and completed the “Educators in the Health Professions” program in January 2009. Rami continues to complete his fellowship in medical simulation at Harvard Medical School, while simultaneously working as an attending physician in emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. In his “very little free time,” he is completing a Master of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Rami plans to return to Northeast Ohio in July 2009 to start the first medical simulation fellowship in the Midwest. ... This is an excerpt of an article submitted regarding Rev. Benson Okpara: When St. Benedict Catholic Church [in Canton, OH] was built in 1923, it was to serve the spiritual needs of the surrounding community’s mostly-Spanish population ... St. Benedict’s founding parishioners could not have envisioned the changes that would result in their parish being served by a priest from Nigeria. But the Rev. Benson Okpara’s presence is indicative of Catholicism’s commitment to missions in places such as Africa, an effort which now is reaping rewards for the American church, which is experiencing a severe shortage of priests. A native of Orlu-Imo State, Nigeria, the tall and easygoing Okpara has just completed his first year as a parish priest. He also serves St. Mary’s parish in Canton. Okpara came to the United States in 1999 to study at John Carroll University, where he earned a master’s degree in education. Once
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partner for IBM. They recently spent a week vacationing in London, and are enjoying skiing almost every weekend. ... Kate Gaul lives in Columbus, OH, and works for Microsoft as a strategic engagement manager. On weekends she travels to visit friends. ... In June, Krissy Gasbarre returned from a year in Italy with Carrie Linn. She is a freelance writer for national and digital publications. She auditioned in December to be a host on QVC! ... Brett and Jennifer (Ginnetti) Claxon have been living in Akron/ Canton for five years. Jennifer is a division director for Robert Half International in Akron. They welcomed their first son, Noah Michael, in April. He is a joy and keeps them very busy! ... Jamie Andrews is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. He and his wife, Erin, moved to Savannah, GA, and Jamie is starting physician assistant school at South University. They are expecting their first child in June. ... Megan (Macho) and Frank Percaciante were married Dec. 16, 2005, and just had their first little one, Mia. Frank is the divisional controller for Garland Industries. Megan finished her master’s and is an occupational therapist at Cleveland Clinic’s Euclid Hospital. ... Michael and Stephanie (Hahlen) Dailey married July 12. Stephanie is a kindergarten teacher in Austintown Schools. ... Take care, and send me your updates! Kristen

Members of the Class of 2001 gather at Jillian (Valerius) Shute’s wedding. Front, from left, are Marla Marino, Julie (Zone) Andolina, Jillian (Valerius) Shute, Traci Sybelnik, and Nichole Giannios. Back, from left, are Adam Andolina, Mike Case, Erica Taylor, and Ernie Zayicek. The groom, Matt Shute, is not in the photo.

here, Okpara was assigned to the Diocese of Youngstown “on loan” by his bishop in Nigeria...“The only difficulty people have is with my accent,” he said with a smile. Okpara clearly relishes his role as a priest of two parishes, albeit it a taxing one. “It’s a lot of work,” he said. “The best part is when people are in celebration or in sorrow, knowing that I’m there for them; it’s being another ‘Christ’ in the midst of God’s people, to minister to them and to pray for them. The hardest part is the demand. I’m doing now what used to be done by three, four, or five people.” “He’s a wonderful person, a wonderful priest, a wonderful human being,” said Marlene Chipko, parish council president. “He’s got a lot of spirit. It’s wonderful to see his enthusiasm for the parish. The kids love him, which is terrific, obviously, because they’re the church’s future.” ... Please continue to send updates about you and your friends. May you cherish the magnificence of every moment. Maureen

he worked for a plastics recycling company for six years. Las Vegas has become a second home to him. ... Nick Lytle is living in Denver and working for Guardian Life Insurance Company as a disability income specialist. He is thoroughly enjoying everything Colorado has to offer. ... Jessie Trimmer ’03 is also living in Denver, and is a community relationship manager at the American Cancer Society. She just purchased a house, and is getting married this June in New York. ... Kevin and Katie (Barnum) Brzezinski live in Rochester, NY, where Kevin is a real estate attorney with Dollinger Associates. Katie is an HR


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Thanks for all the news this time around! Here’s what’s new: Kristin (Cipriani) Bender sent a note about her wedding to Dan Bender, which was Sept. 27 at St. Patrick Church in Erie, PA. Fellow alumni in attendance were Matt Zajac ’05, Tiffany Brick ’05, Steve and Kristy (DePretis) Bowman, Kelsey Knarr, Aaron Carino, Colleen (Bender) Shelly ’96, John Bender, Colleen Cain ’04, Jarrod


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Jacquie Moncrief is living in Cleveland and celebrates her seventh anniversary at Clear Channel Radio in May. She is promotion director for WMJI Majic 105.7, WGAR 99.5, and WMVX Mix 106.5. ... Ryan and Jennifer (Schmidt) Wise married Oct. 18, 2008, in Newport Beach, CA, and live in Seal Beach. Jennifer is an assistant director at California State University, Long Beach, and Ryan is a chef at the Huntington Beach Hilton Waterfront Hotel. ... Becky Bash works in development for Cleveland Public Theatre. She lived in Salt Lake City for two years doing the same type of work for a nonprofit health care clinic for the homeless. ... Charles Chaney lives in Seven Hills, OH. He’s just started a job trading networking equipment for ISP Trader. Previously, 44
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Members of the Class of 2003 celebrate at Sarah (Navratil) Traven’s wedding. Front, from left, are Jeffrey Freeman, Amey O’Donnell, Stacey Perkins, Sarah (Navratil) Traven, and Laura (Wray) Bromwich. Back, from left, are Tony and Katie (Jackson) Hollis, Tracy Hobbs, Beth Grzybowski, Carrie Poleski, Brooke (Cuevas) Novak, Terri (May) Woodall.

West, Paul ’04 and Katie (Sullivan) Murphy ’04. ... Philip and Sarah Navratil Traven were married Labor Day weekend in Chicago. Sarah wrote that there were a lot of alums present: Tony and Katie (Jackson) Hollis, Tracy Hobbs, Beth Grzybowski, Carrie Poleski, Brooke (Cuevas) Novak, Terri (May) Woodall, Jeffrey Freeman, Amey O’Donnell, Stacey Perkins, and Laura (Wray) Bromwich. ... Kristin (Rasmussen) Barry wrote that she and her husband, Patrick ’04, welcomed baby girl Madelyn Grace on June 21, 2008. The family is living in Charlotte, NC, and both Patrick and Kristin work for Deloitte as senior auditors. ... Rhodora (Donley) Huffmyer welcomed her second child, Brynne Lee, on Aug. 27. Rhodora wrote that big brother adores her and both mom and dad love having two children. ... Scott ’01 and Audrey (Balbaugh) Embacher happily welcomed a baby boy, Fasika (1) who they greeted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 23. They are happy to begin their family through the miracle of adoption! ... Janine (Rendano) Novick married Todd Novick on June 7, 2008, in Youngstown, OH. Her matron of honor was her sister Tori Rendano Nook ’00. In attendance from our class were Katie Gannon, Gina Nardone, Valarie Vukelic, and Sarah Rodak. Janine works as a commercial real estate broker with CB Richard Ellis in Naples, FL. ... Jen Gardner wrote with exciting news – she’s engaged to Alan Skerl and is planning an October 2009 wedding. ... Keith and Gabrielle (Savitski) Allman were married Oct. 11, 2008, in Akron, OH. Gabrielle wrote it was a beautiful day and that they celebrated with a reception outside their home in Medina. She is currently managing an East Side Target store. ... Jaime (McKay) O’Connor wrote that she and Ryan ’01 welcomed their third child, Patrick Hugh O’Connor in October. ... Jerome Moschetta has accepted a position as assistant district attorney for Washington County, Washington, PA. He is the 10th member of his immediate family to join the legal profession, including his grandfather, father, uncles, and cousins. ... And last but not least, Melissa Hoppert is engaged! Congratulations to all! Take care, Theresa Christian Church in Whitestown, IN. Cheryl Tanko and Kevin Snell announced their engagement. Cheryl is employed as an accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cincinnati. Dana DelSignore and John Garber will be married May 30 at John Carroll, which should be a beautiful spring wedding on campus. ... Class comedian, Adam Duale, accepted a new position and moved to Seattle. ... Gina Edgehouse took a position teaching fourth grade at St. Mel in Cleveland while Stephanie Tomko graduated from Cleveland State University with her MBA. ... Melissa Smith accepted a ministry role and headed to Somalia fall 2008. ...... Since graduation, Brendan Verner has been very active within the Cleveland Indians organization. Recently he was announced as the strength and conditioning coach of the Columbus Clippers, an Indians affiliate. Verner spent the last two seasons assisting strength and conditioning coach Tim Maxey in Cleveland and also served in Akron for part of 2007. He previously served in a similar capacity for Mahoning Valley (2006) and Lake County (2005). This is his sixth season with the Indians organization. He earned a master’s degree in exercise science from Cleveland State University in 2007. ... Lou Grasso and his wife, Brooke, just celebrated the birth of first son Dominic Thomas Grasso on Nov. 13, 2008. Nick Kishmarton and wife Shannon are expecting their first child in June (right around Reunion). ... Sara Fox is teaching third grade at an inner city charter school and loves it. She has been there for four years and just this year was promoted to lead third grade teacher, where she is responsible for four teachers. ... And it has been a while since I’ve given an update about myself. I just started back at Carroll to earn my master’s in education. I’ve been coaching wrestling at Kirtland High School for two years and love it. ... Again a reminder -- our first ever Reunion is quickly approaching. Mark your calendars now for June 19-21, 2009, to catch up with old friends at the biggest party of the year. Friday night is Vegas night, which should be a lot of fun. Check out JCU Connect or our Facebook group for updates. Our goal is to have the best attendance for a five-year class. This is one Carroll tradition you don’t want to miss! Contact Theresa Spada - [email protected] - or Carla Gall ’05 - [email protected] edu - for more information or to get involved. Paul

Jim and Jen (Bakisae) Schalmo’s ’05 daughter, Lily. on the beach in Sandestin, FL, and then celebrated with an Ohio reception. Beth received her master’s in education and finished the educational specialist program at Kent State University and is now a school psychologist in Canton. They live in Broadview Heights. ... Mary Tonti ’06 finished her M.A. in math education at Carroll this summer and is teaching algebra at St. Leo Elementary School in Cleveland. She also tells me that Matt Gromek recently fled Cleveland to enjoy the sunshine and teach sixth grade in Phoenix. ... Elizabeth Scheurman is in her fourth year of teaching fifth grade in Euclid. She also got engaged on July 25 to Derek Mattson. They have known each other since childhood -- met as kids at a Soap Box Derby. Derek proposed to Elizabeth at the Soap Box Derby world championships. (I’d like to nominate these two for my unofficial cutest how-we-met and proposal stories.) The wedding will be July 9, 2010. ... Scott and Jessica (McCarty) Huff married September 20 and currently reside on the West Side. Jessica is an auditor and CPA with Progressive Insurance in Mayfield Village. ... Jessica Hackman and Tim Weidel were married June 28 in Chicago and enjoyed hosting many alums at their wedding. Jessica works at Metropolitan Family Services, providing therapy to adoptive families. Tim is at Loyola University and this spring is beginning work on his doctoral dissertation in philosophy, along with teaching a couple of classes. ... Joe ’06 and Ellen (Mathews) Divers were married August 16 in Pittsburgh. ... Carla Gall is the reunion coordinator in the Alumni Relations Office at Carroll. I’m sure we’ll all be hearing a lot more from her when it’s time for our Class Reunion in 2010 -- not as far away as you might think! ... So now how about the rest of you -- got any news or cute how-we-met stories? I enjoy reading both, so let’s hear it! Jennifer


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Hello, I hope everyone is getting ready for our Reunion this summer. If you want to get caught up on all the “moving and shaking” before we get together, check out all class columns dating back to graduation at My last column didn’t make it to print, so I apologize for any “dated” news in this issue. Jessica (Franck) and Erik McKay were married on Aug. 9, 2008. Their wedding party was filled with plenty of Carroll grads including: Theresa Spada, Emilie Alesnik Lucia, Natalie Alesnik, Jaime McKay O’Connor ’03, Nick Kishmarton, and Kevin Soucek ’05. Aimee Bragle and Andy Weidl of Pittsburgh became engaged in September and are hoping to plan a 2009 wedding. Jackie Eaton and Adam Lytle of Conneaut, OH, were engaged in October and will be getting married late fall 2009. Jeffrey Miller and Meghan Kelly were married May 10, 2008, at Traders Point


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Thanks to everyone who sent updates. I’ve enjoyed reading about all of you, and I hope everyone else will, too: It’s been a busy year for Jim and Jen (Bakisae) Schalmo. They were married in July 2007 at John Carroll University, welcomed their daughter, Lily, in mid-April, and bought a house in Stow. Jen is also working toward her statistics master’s at the University of Akron while working at FirstEnergy. Jim works as a lab tech at the Cleveland Clinic. ... Julie Guyer recently moved to Florida and landed a job teaching fifth grade in Ormond Beach. She gets to cross the intercoastal bridge over the ocean every morning on her way to work. Can’t beat that commute! ... Sean and Beth (Kovach) Kennedy were married on June 18, in an intimate ceremony


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We hope that everyone had a blessed start to the New Year. Our fellow classmates had some great achievements in 2008. Mary Cichanski wrote that she, along with fellow classmates Sarah Denney,
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Milko Cecez, Fadi Boumitri, Steve McIntosh, Grace Doberdruk, and Kevin Wood, are all graduating from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law on May 17, 2009, with a Juris Doctor. They will also sit for the July 2009 bar exam. Good luck! ... There are many engagements to announce: Sarah Denney and CJ Dolak were engaged in February and are planning their wedding for Aug. 1, 2009. Angi Lokaj is engaged to Nate Moss ’08 and is planning a May wedding. Anita Brahm and Patrick Mallott were engaged this summer and are planning a July wedding. Katie Steinacker is engaged to Neil Frohnapple, and they will be married in May. Kim Petro is engaged to Brian Knall, and they are planning a July wedding. Congratulations! ... Karen Harmeyer continues to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. She teaches English and is planning a workshop on air quality. She says hi to everyone from Carroll and hopes to hear news from others soon. Rory O’Neil is also doing service. He is currently working on the Cyprus island for an American charity called PeacePlayers International. The program uses the game of basketball to bring children from divided communities together. The basic idea is that if children can learn to play together, then they can learn to live together. He currently works with Turkish-Cypriot and GreekCypriot communities. ... Please remember to e-mail us with updates. We love to hear from you! Peace, Christine and Roberta wedding to Matthew Ursick at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Willowick, OH. ... Joe Rich is in his second year of law school at The University of Akron. In October, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland appointed Joe to The University of Akron Board of Trustees to serve as a student trustee. ... Adrienne Clark ’06 is working for Libra Industries as a program manager, managing customer products in Mentor, OH. Adrienne recently got engaged to Nick Greene, and they are planning a fall 2010 wedding. ... Betsy Rafferty is currently teaching in the Alliance for Catholic Education Program at the University of Notre Dame. In this two-year service program, Betsy teaches at an under-resourced Catholic High School in Montgomery, AL, while also earning a Master of Education from UND. ... Tricia Stege recently became engaged to Kevin Panek ’06. Tricia is a financial analyst at The Lubrizol Corporation and working toward her MBA at John Carroll. Kevin has earned his Master of Education from Carroll, specializing in school psychology. He is completing an internship for the program. ... Melissa Eucker recently became engaged to Chris Kulbago ’06, and their wedding is set for Aug. 1, 2009. Melissa obtained a position as a benefits coordinator with Jones Day in July 2008. ... Chrissy Pratt is currently working as a pharmaceutical sales rep in Silicon Valley and graduated with an M.A. in bioethics from Case Western Reserve last May. ... Another Carroll couple, Leanne D’Apolito and Tom Miller, were recently engaged. ... If you haven’t done so, join the JCU 2007 class column group on Facebook to send us updates for the column. Lisa and Brittany


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Are you looking for a way to get together with all your Carroll friends? JCU will be inviting our class to the first-ever 2-year Reunion June 19-21, 2009. Join the Facebook group JCU Class of 2007-2-year Reunion, share your ideas for the weekend and stay informed as to what will be planned for our class. If you are interested in taking part in the planning and want to be on a committee, please contact Carla Gall ’05, reunion coordinator - [email protected] - or 216.397.1592. ... Tim Slivka and Erin Kobrinski were recently engaged; their wedding will be at Carroll on July 10, 2010. They are living in New England and both working for pharmaceutical companies -- Tim is with Eli Lilly and Co. and Erin Abbott Laboratories. ... Megan Beatty ’06 is recently engaged and planning her March 2010

Tim Slivka and Erin Kobrinski, both Class of 2007.


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Frank P. Lihvar, S.J. ’50
Reverend Frank P. Lihvar, S.J. ’50, died on Jan. 8, 2009, at the age of 81. A native Clevelander, Fr. Lihvar attended Our Lady of Lourdes grade school and Benedictine High School. After his discharge from the U.S. Navy in World War II, Fr. Lihvar attended John Carroll, where he felt he received his vocation to the Jesuits and priesthood. He entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Milford, Ohio, in August 1948; between his Jesuit philosophical and theological studies at West Baden College in Indiana, he taught at University of Detroit High School. He was ordained a priest at West Baden College in June 1961, and, after graduate studies at the University of Chicago, he received a doctorate in classical languages. Fr. Lihvar taught Latin and Greek at John Carroll University from 1970 to 2000. Upon retirement, he became professor emeritus. As recently as fall 2008, he taught a special course in Greek literature for advanced classics majors. For many years, he served as a chaplain to the Sisters of Notre Dame at Regina High School. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed classical music, and was a companion to many. He is survived by his sister, Margaret Janos, of Perry, Ohio, as well as many nephews and nieces.

James Riccardi ’55
James Riccardi ’55, of Fairview Park, Ohio, died Jan. 2, 2009. A musician and renowned cinematographer, Mr. Riccardi was behind the camera for some 2,000 commercials, feature films, music videos, television programs, and other projects throughout his lifetime. Born in Lakewood, Ohio, Mr. Riccardi entered into St. Gregory Seminary in Cincinnati before transferring to John Carroll. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was placed in the 8th Division band. After his service in Europe, Mr. Riccardi returned to Cleveland and played piano and accordion on WEWS-TV’s The Apple Show. In 1972, Mr. Riccardi was hired at Cleveland’s public television station, WVIZ-TV, where he worked on the children’s program Inside/Out, for which he won a national Emmy. Other projects included work with HBO, The Daily Show, the Discovery Channel, and Seinfeld. He won recognition from Steven Spielberg and a global award for documenting the stories of Holocaust survivors. In 2000, he completed a pilgrimage to France to retrace the steps of Joan of Arc, for whom he had a faith-based and scholarly devotion. Jim Riccardi is survived by his wife, Martha; 10 children; five grandchildren; and a sister.

Edward F. Prendergast ’58
Reverend Edward F. Prendergast ’58 died on Dec. 14, 2008, after receiving the prayerful support and consolation of the Sacraments. Edward Francis Prendergast was born on July 18, 1926, in Lakewood, Ohio. He attended Saint Clement Elementary School, Saint Ignatius High School, Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, and Saint Mary Seminary in Cleveland. On April 28, 1951, Fr. Prendergast was ordained into the Diocese of Cleveland by Bishop Edward F. Hoban. After ordination, Fr. Prendergast served as an assistant at Saint Luke Parish from 1951 to 1956. He was then transferred to Saint Henry Parish in Cleveland. After a brief time, he was appointed a faculty member at Borromeo Seminary. In 1971, he was named vice rector of Borromeo Seminary High School. Two years later, he became pastor of Saint Christopher Parish in Rocky River, where he served until his retirement as pastor emeritus on July 1, 1997.
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Picture Perfect
issue, we feature senior Alyson Werner, who expresses her viewpoint in a different way – through a photograph. Ms. Werner took this photo, “Colori,” in Italy, while paricipating in the John Carroll study abroad program at Vatican City in December 2007. The photograph shows Vernazza, one of five towns in Cinque Terre, in northwestern Italy. Vernazza sits on the Ligurian Sea. A religious studies and sociology major from Hudson, Ohio, Ms. Werner entered her photo last semester in the Study Abroad Photo Contest, sponsored by the University’s Center for Global Education. “Colori” was one of a number of striking pieces chosen for display in the main lobby of Grasselli Library. About the photo, Ms. Werner says, “A few friends and I took a trip to Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre means ‘five


raditionally, the My Turn page in John Carroll magazine is a forum for first-person essays by members of the Carroll community. For this

lands’ in Italian and includes five beautiful towns. The towns are within miles of each other and are linked by a 12-mile hiking trail and a train. We arrived in the first town at 5 a.m. to learn that the trains were not running because of a strike – not uncommon in Italy. So we walked from town to town, up and down the mountain each time – a total of 12 miles. We took a lot of pictures in between.” Ms. Werner is among scores of Carroll students who study abroad every year through programs administered by the Center for Global Education. Last year, 111 students participated in semester programs around the world. Another 119 students traveled for short-term programs during academic breaks and over the summer. The former number has remained stable while the latter has been steadily rising. Among the most popular destinations are Rome, London, and Mexico. For more information about study abroad programs at John Carroll, visit


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