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Crisis mapping
Technology and the global community
improve humanitarian aid
A crafty brewer
Chesterton Room
A trip to Ireland
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4 Around the quad
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24 Alumni news
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The magazine’s mission is to provide an engaging
and accurate reflection of the University and its
extended community for alumni and other members
of the John Carroll community.
what’s inside ...
The humbling of the priesthood
Fr. Donald Cozzens, a priest of the
diocese of Cleveland and writer in
residence at Carroll, reflects on how
Catholics’ perception of the priesthood
and its role has changed.
Winning with a new approach
Hawaii’s Teacher of the Year Chad Miller ’00
uses philosophy to teach students.
A better home for children
Jeanne Schimeck ’82 uses her Jesuit
foundation to give back to Chicago’s
On air
How Josh Kolodny ’08 became a part of New
York’s Elvis Duran Group
Check us out on Facebook and Twitter
12 Behind the closed door
The G.K. Chesterton Room houses
the printed word’s rich history.
16 A crafty brewer
Dan Conway ’84 provides
insight about Great Lakes
Brewing Company’s
sustainable growth.
6 Crisis mapping
Academics, technology,
and a global network
born on campus improve
humanitarian aid.
20 A trip to the
Emerald Isle
The football team is preparing
to play St. Norbert’s College
in Dublin this coming Labor
Day weekend.
Global Ireland
Football Tournament
j c u . e d u / ma g a z i n e
n recent issues of this magazine, I highlighted
our 125th anniversary activities throughout 2011
as we celebrated our pride and reflected on our
rich history and traditions. We continue to build on
this momentum – to enhance all aspects of the John
Carroll experience for our current and future students,
faculty, staff, and alumni.
I’m pleased to share that the campus community
has seized this moment in our history to think deeply
about and chart the course for our next 125 years.
During the past few months, our university
planning group has been meeting with the campus
community seeking input about our emerging new
priorities and reinvigorating our mission to learn,
lead, and serve a global society in the Jesuit Catholic
tradition. Similarly, our academic planning task force
has been reviewing our course offerings and seeking
ways the University’s curriculum can be even more
interdisciplinary and impactful for every student.
The cover story about crisis mapping (page
6) underscores our ability to be a world leader in
humanitarian response. The work of Jen Ziemke,
Ph.D. – from co-founding a worldwide network of
crisis mappers to teaching students about the subject
– is helping people in Haiti, Libya, and Northeast
Ohio. This is just one of the ways we’re committed to
graduating students who understand responsible
global citizenship.
As you saw with the X-ray collaboration article
in the last issue, health and wellness is another one
of our strengths. We have many talented faculty in
the College of Arts and Sciences and Boler School
of Business who are engaged in innovative health-
and-wellness related initiatives. Our contributions to
society in these areas – from teaching, research, and
service perspectives – continues. For decades, we’ve
been a destination school for prehealth preparation
and science education, and we’re developing unique
premed tracks for those students interested in medical
school. Northeast Ohio is a health-care powerhouse,
and we must continue to build on the relationships
and strengths we have in this capacity to enhance the
student experience.
Lead and serve by engaging the world
More will continue to emerge from our
universitywide planning processes, and I’ll continue to
share updates with you. Currently, we’ve strengthened
and stabilized our budget and enrollment, we’re
maintaining high student-retention rates, and the
value of a Carroll degree is recognized widely. This is
exemplified by our No. 1 ranking in undergraduate
teaching and our No. 4 ranking as a value according
to this year’s U.S. News and World Report Midwest
I’m grateful for how our faculty, staff, students,
alumni, donors, and friends came together to celebrate
our 125th anniversary year. Your hard work, as well as
your continued dedication and support, has made us
who we are. Thank you.
May God bless you and our University as John
Carroll moves “onward on” into the future.
Yours in Christ,
Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.
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The Boler School of Business’ MBA
program ranked second among MBA
programs in Northeast Ohio and sixth
in the state according to U.S. News &
World Report’s 2012 Best Graduate School
Rankings. The undergraduate business
program was ranked 22nd in the nation in
academic quality, fourth in the state, and
74th in the nation according to Bloomberg
Businessweek’s 2012 Best Undergraduate
Business Schools. Additionally, the
undergraduate program received an
A for teaching quality by Bloomberg
The display of Jesuits from throughout
the world in the campus ministry hallway
was transferred to the Grasselli Library to
make room for “I Pray” campaign photos,
which promote a culture of prayer at
Carroll. Members of the JCU community
demonstrate how personal prayer animates
their lives and the University’s mission.
Grasselli Tower turned 80 years old Feb. 5.
The 150-foot tower has housed a
seismology lab, The Carroll News, radio
station, and phone center for fundraising.
Even ROTC cadets have rappelled down
the facade of the
campus landmark.
The tower’s
construction was
priced at $5,436
in 1931. The
larger bell in the
tower, which
rings on the hour, weighs 2,000 pounds;
and the smaller one, which used to ring on
the half hour, weighs 820 pounds. This
summer, a significant preservation project
will be undertaken. For more information
about the tower, watch a YouTube video at
As part of Ignatian Heritage Week (Jan. 29
- Feb. 3), the Celebration of Service Award
Ceremony was held Jan. 31 to recognize
individuals in the JCU community for their
commitment to service and social justice.
Maggie Hutchison ’14, McKenzae Bartels ’14,
and Julia Blanchard ’14 were presented with
the George B. Sweeney Endowed Campion
Award for Service; Gloria Vaquera was
presented with the Curtis W. Miles Award to
faculty for community service; and Tom Reilley
’99 was presented with the Staff
and Administrator Service Award.
Ignatian Heritage Week honored the University’s Jesuit heritage and
tradition while provoking dialogue and reflection about the mission
and identity of Carroll. Keynote speaker Edward P. Hahnenberg,
Ph.D., Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology in the theology and
religious studies department, spoke about Vatican II and the vocation
of the laity, specifically how the connotations of the laity by the church
have become more positive throughout the years.
Ignatian Heritage Week
Sean Harrington, a biology graduate
student, was awarded the 2011-12
Charles Stearns Memorial Grant-In-
Aid for Herpetological Research from
the California Academy of Sciences in
San Francisco. Harrington is the only
student in the nation to receive this year’s
grant, which defrayed his travel expenses
to conduct research at the academy this
spring. Harrington is studying skeletal data
from salamander specimens, part of the
academy’s world-class collection of reptiles
and amphibians. The research will expand
the number of species he can analyze for his
thesis exploring the skeletal development
and evolution of amphibians.
The University has been named to the
2012 U.S. President’s Higher Education
Community Service Honor Roll by the
Corporation for National and Community
Service. The honor roll recognizes higher
education institutions that reflect the
values of exemplary community service
and achieve meaningful outcomes in
their communities. The selection is a
recognition from the highest levels of the
federal government for JCU’s commitment
to service and civic engagement on campus
and in the nation.
From left: Maggie Hutchison ’14, McKenzae
Bartels ’14, Tom Reilley ’99, Julia Blanchard
’14, and Gloria Vaquera
The Jesuit Association of Student
Personnel Administrators awarded
the Ignatian Medal for Outstanding
Achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs
Work to Donna Byrnes, associate dean
of students. The award is conferred on
individuals who’ve made significant
contributions to students and student affairs
work through their leadership and service at
one or more Jesuit universities and colleges.
JCU will host the 2012 Ignatian Immersion
Experience Coordinator Summit June 19-
21. Coordinators working in ministry, service-
learning/academics, and student affairs
will participate in meaningful reflection
and discussion about their work to engage
students in the reality of the world. For more
information, visit
Brendan Gulick ’13 and Dale Armbruster
’14 are on the watch list for the 2012 Jim
Nantz Award. The sportscasting award is
given annually by Sportscasters Talent
Agency of America. JCU is the only
university with more than one finalist.
Gulick and Armbruster work for WJCU,
SportsTime Ohio, and webcast for the
University’s sports information department.
The 2012 Nantz Award winner will be
announced May 4.
JCU’s Annual Career Fair took place
Feb. 2. More than 100 organizations from
various industry fields attended to recruit for
internships, volunteer, part-time, full-time,
entry-level, and experienced positions.
Students of all majors, undergraduate and
graduate students, and alumni attended.
“Our Greatest Year,” a new play by English
department alumni Robert Attenweiler ’97
and Scott Henkle ’96, debuted in Cleveland
March 22, 23, and 24. The play, which is
about love, Cleveland sports, and coping
with both, premiered in New York City in
June 2011 and received a positive review
from The New York Times.
The Carroll News was recognized for
journalistic excellence by the Society of
Professional Journalists during the Mark
of Excellence Luncheon at the Region
4 Spring Conference March 23-24 in
Lansing, Mich. Managing editor Dan
Cooney ’13 was recognized as a finalist in
the category of Breaking News Reporting
– 4-Year College/University, and the
newspaper as a whole placed third in the
category of Best All-Around Non-Daily
Student Newspaper – 4-Year College/
Rich Mausser ’00G, vice president
for finance, had one of his crossword
puzzles published by the L.A. Times (and
consequently the Cleveland Plain Dealer)
for the second time. His latest puzzle was
published Thursday, Feb. 23.
Brenda Wirkus, Ph.D.,
professor of philosophy,
received the 2012
Distinguished Faculty
Award, which is
given annually to a
faculty member who
exemplifies a quality
classroom performance and a balanced
contribution to scholarship, community
service, and the spirit of Jesuit education.
English professor Phil Metres’ poem
“Home/Front” won the Anne Halley
Prize for best poem published in the
Massachusetts Review in 2011.
Political science professor Elizabeth Stiles
assumed the editorship of the Journal of
Economics and Politics, a publication of
the Ohio Association of Economists and
Political Scientists (OAEPS).
Ignatian Heritage Week
Charles M. Geschke, Ph.D., chairman
of the board and co-founder of Adobe
Systems, will be JCU’s commencement
speaker May 20. Geschke
holds a doctorate in
computer science from
University, as well
as a master’s degree
in mathematics and an
A.B. in classics from Xavier University. A
1956 graduate of St. Ignatius High School
in Cleveland, he taught in the JCU math
department from 1963 to 1968. He has
selflessly contributed to education, the arts,
and other nonprofit organizations.
About a dozen JCU students met with
government representatives at Ohio’s
Statehouse in Columbus March 21 to
discuss state financial-aid-related issues
affecting the student body. Students had
the opportunity to advocate on behalf
of higher education. The Ohio College
Opportunity Grant was cut 50 percent a
few years ago, and the state has been able
to maintain it in the current budget cycle.
The ability for legislators to hear the direct
impact of financial aid on students’ lives is
an important piece of effective advocacy.
The eleventh annual A Celebration of
Scholarship! took place the week of March
26. The campuswide event showcased
the scholarship, creative activity, and
intellectual achievement of the Carroll
community with
a particular
emphasis on
staff, and
presented papers, posters, and original art.
They also participated in panel discussions
to celebrate their work. For more
information, visit
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Crisis mapping
6 SPRI NG 2012
Crisis mapping
By John Walsh
n 2002, political science professor Jen Ziemke, Ph.D., was working for the Peace Corps
and living in Namibia, Southern Africa, a few miles away from a civil war in Angola
she knew little about. So she decided to educate herself about the conflict, initially
by talking to as many people on the ground as she could. Little did she know the research
would ultimately lead her to co-founding the International Network of Crisis Mappers.
“I collected as many stories as I could about the details surrounding the war in
Angola to understand why it was happening,” says Ziemke, who was living near the
Angola-Namibia border.
Ziemke, who earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Wisconsin-
Madison, collected information about the Angolan war from newspapers and archives
throughout a 40-year span. Because the data wasn’t available online, she culled through
numerous hard-copy archives, most of which were in Portuguese. Then she plotted the
data – battle and massacre dates, locations, and the number of civilians killed – on a map
because she wanted to know the rationale behind the violence and learn from its patterns.
She wanted to know why some areas of the country were safer than others.
In 2008, after completing her Ph.D., Ziemke came to John Carroll where colleagues
in the political science department encouraged her to add a conference to her curriculum
vitae as part of a path to tenure.
Academics, technology, and
a global network born on campus
improve humanitarian aid
8 SPRI NG 2012
She reached out to Patrick Meier, who was
working at Harvard University at the time in the
fledgling field of crisis mapping, to join her in
co-organizing the first International Conference
of Crisis Mapping (ICCM), which led to the
creation of the network. Meier is also the director
of crisis mapping and partnerships at Ushahidi, a
Kenyan nonprofit tech company that specializes
in developing free and open-source software
for information collection, visualization, and
interactive mapping. Ziemke and Meier sensed a
time had come when so many people throughout
the world were working on crisis mapping. They
identified a broad need to discuss the rapid
changes that were happening and the desire to
spark new ideas to advance the field.
What it is
Crisis mapping allows people to obtain
situational awareness about an area under
duress using up-to-the-minute information
about what’s happening on the ground.
People can text information about an event
happening in real time from cell phones.
For example: “Something just exploded. I
need food and water for my family. I was
illegally detained. Help!” That message then
can appear on a map, together with satellite
imagery, to help people make decisions and
take action immediately.
Crisis maps can be deployed in various
situations, including complex humanitarian
emergencies, natural disasters, and violent
conflicts. Maps also can be deployed to
monitor election fraud and human rights
violations. Crisis mapping involves scholars
and practitioners exploring advanced
technologies and methodologies to understand
complex humanitarian emergencies to help
improve responses. Technologies include:
º mobile anJ Web-baseJ applications;
º participatory maps;
º crowJsourceJ event Jata (relyin, on a crowJ
for information and stories that can be
placed on a map);
º aerial anJ satellite ima,ery;
º ,eospatial platforms;
º visual analytics; anJ
º computational anJ statistical moJels.
Jen Ziemke, Ph.D., co-founder of the
International Network of Crisis Mappers
Crisis mapping comprises four main
º Jata collection via ima,ery, street maps,
and crowdsourced event data;
º Jata visualization;
º analysis; anJ
º response.
Many individuals using these technologies
are members of the International Network of
Crisis Mappers, which claims to be the largest
and most active international community
engaged at the intersection between
humanitarian crises, technology, and crisis
mapping. It includes:
º experts;
º practitioners seasoneJ in
humanitarian response;
º policymakers;
º teclnolo,ists;
º journalists;
º sclolars;
º lackers; anJ
º skilleJ volunteers.
Getting together
The crisis mappers network was launched by
100 individuals at the first ICCM in 2009
at John Carroll. Since then, the website – – has been accessed from
191 different countries and is recognized as a
crisis mapping hub worldwide. The network
promotes communication and collaboration
among crisis mappers to advance the study and
application of crisis mapping.
The first conference included experts
from more than 60 organizations, including
the United Nations Secretary General’s office
and the Department of Homeland Security.
Putting together the conference at Carroll was
a daunting but invigorating task.
“Nobody knew what crisis mapping was
when we asked them to come to the first
meeting,” Ziemke says. “I asked Patrick about
a conference, and we estimated 15 people
might attend but ended up with 100. It was
supposed to be a one-time event, but people
wanted to keep in touch. So the network was
launched, and the conference became a highly
anticipated annual event.”
Subsequent conferences have been held
in Boston (2010) and Geneva (2011). The
fourth one, which will take place in October
in Washington, D.C., will be hosted by The
World Bank and Global Facility for Disaster
Reduction and Recovery. The conferences
include 20 rapid-fire ignite talks to inform
everyone about latest advances in the
field, self-organized sessions during which
participants can brainstorm in small groups
to discuss subtopics that interest them, a tech
and analysis fair, and a keynote address. The
website offers educational resources, videos,
course syllabi, and webinars to facilitate the
development of the crisis mapping field.
In action
Crisis mapping emerged from relative obscurity
during the response to the earthquake that
struck Haiti in 2010. Because there wasn’t a
911 system in place, people worked tirelessly
to create a new number (4636) to which
anyone in Haiti could text their needs for free.
Volunteers were on the incoming end of tens
of thousands of messages coming from the 4636
number, helping translate, process, and create
georeferenced reports from the information.
Volunteers, many of whom set up shop in a
room at Tufts University in Boston, used Google
Docs, shared spread sheets, Twitter, Open
Street Map, Ushahidi, and Skype chat rooms
to work. They used Skype chat rooms because
email was too slow for real-time collaboration.
They signed up for shifts and, among other
tasks, monitored hashtags on Twitter to find
additional information that could be mapped.
“The response to the earthquake was
Crisis mapping
by the numbers
3,478 members of The Crisis
Mappers Network
1,675 member organizations
or affiliations
153 country members’
working locations
194 countries where
members have worked
191 countries from where
the crisis mappers
website was accessed
38 average age of
15,350 members of Crisis
Mappers Google Group
5,073 email threads since
80+ public catalog of crisis
mapping deployments
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intense,” Ziemke says. “Volunteers stayed up all
night and worked around the clock. Sometimes
other aspects of their lives were ignored. It was
difficult to stop working and focus on other
tasks, or even sleep, because so much work
was constantly in the pipeline. We learned the
importance of balancing crisis-mapping work
and our lives outside it.”
After the response to the Haitian crisis,
seasoned humanitarian practitioners, having
learned about new data available on the Haiti
crisis map, wondered if volunteers would
respond to future crises in a similar fashion.
Was the response to the earthquake in Haiti
an exception or a trend? To respond to this
concern, a group of crisis mappers at the second
ICCM in 2010 launched the Standby Task
Force (, which trains
volunteers for live mapping. Tasks are divided
according to volunteers’ skills and interests,
including media monitoring, translation,
georeferencing, verification, analysis, and
technical tasks. Presently, the task force has
700 volunteers who can be deployed by any
community for a specific length of time.
In 2011, crisis mapping was used in
response to the violence that emerged in
Libya as significant sections of the country
fought to oust the country’s longtime ruler,
Muammar Gaddafi. The United Nations
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs activated the Standby Task Force
to create a live crisis map to help improve
its situational awareness and humanitarian
response. Where were the refugees heading?
Where were the food and water requests? They
used the map to help identify gaps in service
provision. Volunteers searched the Internet for
news and information that could help inform
humanitarian response.
Other uses for crisis mapping include
tracking tornado damage in the American
South and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as
well as human rights problems (detecting mass
graves) in the Sudan.
Crisis mapping has improved the United
Nations’ responses to crises as a result of using
real-time satellite images and detailed, up-to-
date road maps (by relying on the volunteer
OpenStreetMap community, a free and
open-source wiki world map) and aggregating
information into a geographic information
“The network is thriving because it
involves different people who normally don’t
get the chance to speak to one another,”
Ziemke says.
People who work for the Red Cross
and United Nations agencies, human rights
workers, local first responders, and scholars from
militaries and nongovernmental organizations
found they have something in common to
discuss. Despite institutional differences, the
crisis mappers network allows these individuals
to collaborate on the same challenges and work
together on future projects.
Crisis maps help obtain situational awareness about an area under duress
using up-to-the minute information about what’s happening on the ground.
“We never imagined the network would
grow this fast,” Ziemke says. “Crisis mapping
has grown because of its own demand. There
was a need for a cross-cutting horizontal
network that could mitigate some of the siloing
problems that exist during disasters. People
shared lots of data and imagery on the network
during the Haiti response.”
Now Ziemke is focusing on finding ways to
help foster the crisis mapping community and
conference series and thinking about ways the
field can and should evolve.
She teaches most of her classes in the
area of international relations and security,
although she added crisis mapping to her
courseload. Ziemke, who works on crisis
mapping in between classes, teaches the only
three-credit theoretical crisis mapping course
in the country. Similar courses include a
one-credit course at Tufts and an online crisis
mapping course offered by TechChange, an
institute for technology and social change.
Ziemke’s engaged students use a lot of
social media in class, about which they’ve
developed a new perspective.
“Crisis mapping uses the power of a lot of
people to accomplish many tasks,” says Kevin
Walsh ’12, an economics and political science
double major from Fair Haven, N.J. “It allows
people who aren’t at the forefront of technology
to help out for the power of good. Crisis
mapping, which helps make sense of a large
amount of information, allows you to develop
computer programs applicable to many different
theories and display abstract ideas.”
Top 10
Crisis mapping projects
of 2011 (a crowdsourced list)
1. Lord’s Resistance Army (Africa)
crisis tracker
2. Cell phone positioning for improving
efficiency of humanitarian relief
3. Crowdsourcing satellite imagery analysis
for UNHCR (the United Nations refugee
agency) – Somalia
4. Sinsai information crisis map of Japan
5. Libya crisis map
6. Monitoring the 2011 elections in Liberia
7. Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand
8. Satellite image analysis of military
presence/activity in three cities in Syria
9. Pakistan floods reporting and mapping
10. Launching the tasking server
Jacqueline Wyman ’12, a sociology major
and foreign affairs minor from Youngstown,
Ohio, was intrigued by the relationship
between technology and humanitarian work,
which usually don’t go hand in hand.
“There are so many dynamics to it, but it’s
all about empowerment,” she says.
Looking ahead, Ziemke says it might be
possible to have the ICCM at Carroll again,
pending funding and support. Financial
backers of this year’s conference include the
World Bank; Google; and ESRI, a geographic
information systems mapping software company.
One of Ziemke’s long-term goals is to have a
crisis mapping center at JCU involving various
interdisciplinary fields, such as communication,
computer science, political science, economics,
and the Center for Service and Social Action. As
part of such a center, there could be a dedicated
room and classes that feed into it. Students
and faculty could be mobilized easily during an
emergency, and JCU’s surge capacity could help
fill a critical need at an important time, directly
contributing to relief efforts. First responders are
turning to remote volunteers to outsource critical
but time-consuming tasks, which has great
potential to improve situations on the ground.
“It’s amazing what the power of knowledge
and community can do to help people in such
dire need throughout the world,” she says.
“Students want to do all they can to help. And
in the event a major disaster hits Cleveland, we
know volunteers from all over the world will be
pitching in to help us in our hour of need.”
For more information about crisis
mapping, visit
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Behind the closed door
t was a mystery for decades. The G.K.
Chesterton Room, located on the third
floor of the Grasselli Library and John G.
and Mary Jane Breen Learning Center, is a
place everyone in the John Carroll community
had heard of, but few had seen. Many students
who spent time in the library knew little
about the room or who Chesterton was. The
Chesterton Room is as old as the library, and
five decades after it was drawn into the original
design and construction of the library, it’s
finally open for business – for everybody.
“You’ll find the whole gamut, spanning
hundreds of years,” says Charles Zarobila,
Ph.D., ’72, curator of special collections.
“Books from the beginning of printing to
contemporary times. There’s the spectrum of
liberal arts – theology, literature, languages,
philosophy. Because we’re John Carroll and
have a theological history, there’s a strong
theological dimension to the collection.”
Home to 3,500 titles, the room is named
in honor of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, the
prolific British writer whose body of work is
as eclectic as it is massive. In a span of four
decades between the 1890s until his death in
1936, Chesterton’s writing career encompassed
journalism, poetry, fiction, philosophy,
playwriting, essays, literary and art criticism,
biography, and Christian apologetics.
A substantial collection of this
work made its way to JCU via a series of
convergent events more than a half century
ago. Chesterton had been a favorite writer of
Robert Yackshaw, Ph.D., an English professor
at Carroll during the 1950s through the mid-
1980s. Early in his career, Yackshaw became
aware of a large collection of Chesterton
first editions – about 1,200 in all – and other
Chesterton-related memorabilia that was part
of the estate of Robert John Bayer, a Chicago
newspaperman and Chesterton aficionado
who died a few years earlier.
“Chesterton had converted to Catholicism
later in life [in 1922, at age 48],” Zarobila says.
“In addition to writing stories and poetry,
he wrote a lot of theological essays about
Catholicism. That was probably why Yackshaw
thought the collection would be relevant to
The G.K. Chesterton Room
houses the printed word’s rich history
By John C. Bruening ’86
Behind the closed door
G.K. Chesterton wrote many theological essays
about Catholicism.
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a Catholic university. He was interested in
Chesterton as a writer, and then there was this
Catholic connection. So he convinced the
school the collection would be a nice addition
to the special books we had in our library.”
At the time of the acquisition in the
late 1950s, the library was located in the
Administration Building, but plans were under
way to build a free-standing library. During the
design phase of the new building – eventually
christened Grasselli Library – space was set
aside on the third floor for a room that would
house rare books and special collections,
including items from the library and some that
had been in storage at St. Ignatius College –
the precursor to John Carroll, now St. Ignatius
High School on Cleveland’s near West Side –
since its founding in 1886.
The ornate woodwork and furnishings
in the Chesterton Room were once a part of
the Longwood Mansion, an English Tudor
house on a 125-acre estate along Mayfield
Road in nearby Cleveland Heights. In the
early 1900s, the Longwood mansion belonged
to John L. Severance – industrialist, patron
of the arts, and scion of Cleveland’s wealthy
and influential Severance family – but
was demolished in 1960 to make way for
Severance Mall, a retail complex. Carroll
acquired some of the mansion’s woodwork
and furnishings and installed them in the
new library’s rare book room, which became
the repository for the Chesterton collection,
as well as old and rare books from the
aforementioned sources.
Old and sacred
Shortly after Grasselli Library opened in 1961,
the special collections room was christened the
G.K. Chesterton Room. From the beginning,
it was considered sacred territory. By the early
’70s, when Zarobila began working in the
library, things hadn’t changed much.
“Back then, you’d come into the room,
and it’d be this mysterious museum of a
place,” he says. “Only ‘important’ people
could be a part of this room. If you were a
student, maybe you could come here for a
meeting, or you might do your masters oral
exam here, but that would be it. There was
no one here who made it his mission to talk
about the books or know about the history
behind them.”
When Zarobila took the position of
curator of special collections in the late
’80s – a role that made him the overseer of
the Chesterton Room and its contents – he
became that person.
“The books should mean something to
people,” he says. “I wanted to be able to talk
to students about the books, or talk to visitors
from the community about them, to tell
them what the books are all about – and in so
doing, recreate history. The room should be
more accessible.”
One of the first tasks Zarobila took on
was gathering old and rare books – generally
speaking, anything published before 1801
– from the stacks of the main library for
inclusion in the Chesterton Room. The
initiative resulted in the expansion of the
room’s inventory by 200 volumes.
Since then, the room has become a
treasure trove of books that are fascinating
and valuable because of their age, rarity,
and significance to theological history
and traditions. The oldest volume is an
early printing of “Summa Theologica,” the
compendium of church teachings written in
the 13th century by St. Thomas Aquinas.
Printed in Latin and published in 1470, the
book was most likely part of the St. Ignatius
College collection.
“In the history of printing, a book like
this is considered incunabula, which is a Latin
phrase meaning in the cradle,” Zarobila says.
“It’s a metaphorical phrase describing books in
the cradle or the earliest books.”
A more recent text is Bishop John Carroll’s
“Address to the Roman Catholics of the
United States of America,” written in 1784
and printed the same year by Fredrick Green, a
Catholic printer from Annapolis, Md.
“Originally, we had later printings of books
John Carroll had written, but nothing that
had been printed in his lifetime,” Zarobila
says. “But I found the book in a catalog, and
we purchased it. This is something he wrote
to squelch heretical practices that had been
happening in the early colonies. The pope had
instructed him to write a letter to the people to
address the heresy.”
Charles Zarobila, Ph.D., ’72 oversees the Chesterton Room and its contents.
Not everything in special collections is old.
The Prophet’s Edition of the St. John’s Bible is
a gift to Carroll from St. John’s University in
Minnesota from the Target Corp. in honor of
the company’s retired executive vice president,
John Pellegrene ’58. The richly illuminated
21st-century Bible is handwritten in English
by a team of British artists and calligraphers
under the direction of Donald Jackson, senior
scribe to Her Majesty the Queen’s Crown
Office at the House of Lords. Jackson and
his colleagues assembled the seven-volume
text using materials traditionally associated
with enduring manuscripts: carefully prepared
calfskins, hand-cut quills, century-old inks,
and precious metals.
The library is in the process of acquiring
a 24-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln
published in the early 1900s, along with a sizable
collection of Lincoln papers, many of which
include Lincoln’s signature. The collection is a
gift from a JCU alumnus who prefers to remain
anonymous. (See sidebar at right.)
A newcomer to the G.K. Chesterton
Room and its treasures might expect to see
these and other volumes protected under
glass or sealed away to protect their pages and
bindery from harmful atmospheric effects.
Instead, the books are more likely to be found
on the large oak table in the room, waiting
for any visitor to peruse and explore them.
Zarobila wouldn’t have it any other way
because he wants as many opportunities that
allow people to experience what’s in the room.
“These are human artifacts – they’re
meant to be handled by humans,” he says.
“You don’t necessarily have to be wearing
cotton gloves every time you handle them.
Who knows what dungeon some of these
volumes were in before they made their way
here. They might have been in a dank cellar
during the Thirty Years War with cannon
smoke filling the room. It’s great for me to
see students come in and touch the books to
connect with them in some way.”
Lincoln’s in the Chesterton Room
f all the acquisitions in the Grasselli Library and John G. and Mary Jane Breen
Learning Center’s special collections, the most recent might be one of the
most prestigious. Early in 2011, a John Carroll alumnus, who wishes to remain
anonymous, began donating a 24-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln to the library,
where it will be housed in the G.K. Chesterton Room.
“Abraham Lincoln: A History,” originally a 10-volume opus written by John G.
Nicolay and John Hay and published in 1890, is one of the earliest and most definitive
chronicles of the life of the 16th president of the United States. Nicolay and Hay served
as secretaries to Lincoln during his presidency. The gift is a 1910 edition of the Nicolay-
Hay biography, enhanced with supplemental illustrations and expanded to 24 volumes.
“The publishers of this edition took all the same printing plates that had been used
in the previous mass-market edition and printed it on higher quality paper, bound it in
leather, and inserted many luxurious illustrations,” says Charles Zarobila, Ph.D., ’72,
curator of special collections at the library and the keeper of the Chesterton Room. “The
pictures in the original
edition were all black-
and-white engravings,
but someone took
watercolors and
painted them for this
1910 edition. Also,
the title pages of each
of these 24 volumes
weren’t printed; they
were handcrafted, so
each book is a mixture
of calligraphy and print
Nicolay and Hay’s
biographical narrative ends with the 23rd volume in the set, but it’s the 24th book that’s
possibly the most valuable piece in the set. It’s a scrapbook containing various papers
from Lincoln’s presidency – many related to the administrative logistics of the Civil War
from the Union perspective, some bearing his signature.
The Lincoln collection also includes a copy of what’s known as the Gettysburg
Portrait taken by Scottish photographer Alexander Gardner two weeks before Lincoln
delivered his Gettysburg Address in 1863.
For as historically rich and resonant as the biography, photos, and miscellaneous
Lincoln items in the Chesterton Room might seem, they’re merely the tip of the iceberg,
according to Jeanne Somers, director of the Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center.
“What we have is a relatively small percentage of the donor’s overall Lincoln
collection,” Somers says. “He has more books and documents and framed prints he’s
planning to give to the library.”
Then again, when dealing with artifacts from someone of the stature of Abraham
Lincoln, perhaps a little at a time is the best approach.
“It’s amazing to come into direct contact with original documents like these,”
Somers says. “I think everyone on staff had a powerful experience with these materials
when they first came into our possession, and that’s the experience we’d like our
students and everyone here at the University to have as well.”
16 SPRI NG 2012 16 SPRI NG 2012
A crafty brewer
Dan Conway ’84 provides insight
about Great Lakes Brewing Company’s
sustainable growth
By John Walsh
f you talk to small-business owners about their
companies’ performances the past few years, many
say they’ve been weakened by the sluggish economy.
But that’s not the case for Dan Conway ’84, the co-owner
(with his older brother, Pat) of Great Lakes Brewing Co.
(GLBC) in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.
Great Lakes is categorized in the craft segment of the
beer market that has performed well recently. Overall,
beer sales declined 2 percent in 2009 and 1 percent in
2010, but the craft segment increased 10 percent and
12 percent during those two years, according to the
Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association.
“We believe it may not be so much recession-proof as it is a
fundamental shift of how consumers are looking at beer,” Conway says.
“Craft hits on many points – full flavor, local, authentic, and often
sustainably oriented – the convergence of which will likely grow its
share of the beer industry from 7 percent to 20 percent in about 10 years.
However, there could be a trend in this economy in which folks say ‘drink
less, drink better.’ If this happens, the craft segment would benefit.”
GLBC is no stranger to troubling economic times. The Conway
brothers opened the brewery in September 1988 – after a casual
conversation about the Wisconsin-based Stevens Point beer Pat drank
while living in Chicago and how fun it would be to own their own brewery
– amid the savings-and-loan crisis. However, the company’s challenges
then were typical startup concerns – business plans, revenue projections,
and operational costs – not the general condition of the economy. (The
Conways’ father, John F. ’39, an attorney, helped them in the early days by
giving them sound advice.) They bought much of the company’s real estate
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in the early 1990s through the Resolution
Trust Corp., which was created to help
unwind many of the troubled savings-and-
loan assets from the crisis, including the
ones the Conways were renting.
“They joined the industry at the
right time,” says Tom Fox ’83, managing
partner of Troy, Mich.-based CM Profit
Group, a beverage industry consulting
company that has been providing GLBC
sales training since 2000. “Even though
they weren’t the first craft brewers, they’re
known as pioneers in the industry.”
Watch it rise
Despite the economy, Great Lakes’
business continues to improve. The
privately held company has grown
between 15 and 20 percent each of the
past few years and 25 percent in 2011.
The growth is in the areas of the brewery,
brewpub, and gift shop. The largest area
of growth is the brewery, which represents
about 85 percent of the company’s sales –
about $30 million in 2011.
“They’ve been in a wonderful sweet
spot,” says Fox, who has known Conway
since their days at Carroll.
GLBC is spending the last of $6
million it raised last year through
industrial revenue bonds, mostly for the
expansion of its brewery: an enhancement
to the brewhouse, a larger filter, a new
bottling machine, more fermentation
tanks, an improved dock, and new offices.
“With all this, we’re up to 160
employees – 26 added since 2008 – and
we’ll be adding more as we continue
to emphasize cross-training between
departments,” Conway says, adding the
company is focused on training employees
more than ever and implementing lean
manufacturing business practices.
Since its inception, the growth of
Great Lakes never has declined, yet it’s
been controlled. The company’s many
expansions – comprised of brewery tanks
and buildings, for example – were never so
big it couldn’t handle them physically or
financially. During the late 1990s, GLBC
borrowed $800,000 to expand. Now it’s
reaching a similar point.
The company’s growth is focused
on the Great Lakes region because of
its name and location. Growth outside
the state – there have been numerous
requests for beer samples – has been
helped with the recently added capacity.
“They’re well regarded nationally,
and yet they are unbelievably modest,”
Fox says about the Conway brothers.
“Their Irish Catholic roots have guided
them to take a more purposeful and
conservative route in the business.”
Conway and his management team,
including controller Kevin Cawneen
’88 MBA, are determining how they’ll
continue to expand once the company
has reached its brewing capacity, which
could be in two years. They want to
provide an additional 350,000 barrels –
from about 175,000 now – of capacity.
“There are a number of ways to do
it, so we’ll be distilling our thinking,”
Conway says.
“Dan is one of the most thoughtful
guys I know,” Fox says. “He’s always
thinking about the business. It’s great
talking to him because he’s always so
courteous and professional.”
Beyond the bricks and mortar, GLBC
is focused on its employees.
“We hope our emphasis on our
people will translate to an environment
in which new teams of employees are
working in new ways together to produce
results,” Conway says. “They help define
what success looks like and are part of
delivering it.”
In the spring of 2010, the company
had its own upsizing summit. It closed
for three days and worked with all its
employees, suppliers, and customers (such
as retailers, distributors, and individual
consumers). They thought collectively
about GLBC’s future.
“We had a couple of consultants guide
us through our work, which we did with
an appreciative inquiry (AI) approach,”
Conway says. “Since then, we’ve been
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John F. Conway ’39, an attorney,
advised his sons about their
business. Also, he was a regular at
the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma,
Ohio, under the direction of
Fr. Henry Birkenhauer, S.J.
planning strategically, again using AI and
its four Ds – discover, dream, design, and
deliver. We’re at the important design
step, where we’re attempting to put meat
on the strategic bones. The best part of
the process is the quality of the internal
dialogue has been elevated.”
Local food and drink
Beyond the brewery walls, the Market
District neighborhood (an area of Ohio
City) is transforming into a local food
area that will be highlighted when the
West Side Market, which is across the
street from the brewery, celebrates its
100th birthday this year.
“Walking through our part of Ohio
City today is very different compared
to what it was like in the mid-1980s,”
Conway says, referring to the police
officers he and Pat hired every day and
night for a while and the various unsavory
establishments near the brewery. “We’re
gratified to see what’s been done since we
started, and there are many things still on
the drawing board.”
Since Great Lakes settled in Ohio
City, the Flying Fig restaurant, Cleveland
Film Society, Dave’s Supermarket, Crop
Bar and Bistro, and Garden Market
Brewery have opened their doors nearby.
Conway, who’s wrapping up his six-year
term on the Jesuit Retreat House board,
welcomes the growth because it brings
more people to the neighborhood.
There are other improvements in
Northeast Ohio Conway would like to
see to help the local economy. He cites
a study that challenges Northeast Ohio
to have 25 percent (versus 1 percent
currently) of its food come from its own
backyard, which could improve many of
the 3,300 blighted acres in the city and
help form an infrastructure and supply
chain for local food. This would satisfy
sustainability’s triple bottom line of
creating jobs, improving the land, and
providing healthy food for people.
“We’ve provided robust community-
sponsored agriculture investments
for the Ohio City Farm and our Pint
Size Farm at Hale Farm just south of
Cleveland,” Conway says, adding that
35 to 40 percent of the food used in the
brewpub is local. “We’re not getting all
of our investment back in food, but there
are many beneficial intangibles. We’re
looking to see how the 6-acre Ohio City
Farm – the largest urban farm in the
country – could be extended to the 25
acres at Irishtown Bend – land no one
wants because of severe erosion problems
– by incorporating terrace farming.”
The hardships of the regional
economy are plenty and well
documented, but Conway is optimistic
about the future because of the many
developments happening on a grassroots
level. For example, the 25 acres on
Irishtown Bend could connect the Market
District to the soon-to-be-completed
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.
“That would be a wonderful
manifestation of a green city on a blue
lake,” he says.
Year founded: 1988
Location: Ohio City
neighborhood in Cleveland
Owners: Brothers Dan ’84 and
Pat Conway
Revenue: About $30 million
Number of barrels of beers
brewed in 2011: 175,000
Number of employees: 160
Largest craft brewery ranking
in the U.S.: 22
Number of beers brewed: 65
Web site:
Kevin Cawneen ’88 MBA, Great
Lakes Brewing’s controller, is helping
determine how the company will expand
once it reaches its brewing capacity.
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n collaboration with the NCAA, Global
Football, and Anthony Travel, the John
Carroll Blue Streaks football team will travel
to Dublin for its 2012 Division III season opener
vs. Saint Norbert’s College (De Pere, Wis.)
during Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 - Sept. 3.
This will be the sixth time John Carroll has
been to Europe since 1994 and the second
time visiting Ireland. The team traveled there
in May 2004 for an exhibition game against a
team from the Irish American Football league
in Wicklow. JCU also has visited Germany
(1994), Spain (1997), Italy (2000),
Switzerland (2007), and France (2010).
20 SPRI NG 2012
Event schedule
As part of the Global Ireland Football
Tournament (GIFT), the game between the
Blue Streaks and Green Knights is 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 31, 2012, at Donnybrook Stadium, home
of Leinster Rugby. It’s the first regular season
NCAA Division III football game played in
Europe since 1992. The Emerald Isle Classic
game between Notre Dame and Navy will take
place Sept. 1 at Aviva Stadium. That game is
sold out. Optional tourism aspects of the trip
º tours of castles, clurcles, anJ tle
city of Dublin;
º a literary pub crawl (Au,. 3O);
º a JCL football reunion (Au,. 31); anJ
º Mass anJ bruncl (Sept. 2).
Travel packages
Alumni, parents, and Blue Streak fans can take
advantage of various travel packages to the
Emerald Isle. Packages range from $895 (three
nights, land only for a child) to $3,579 (single,
five-nights). The packages are flexible to meet
the needs of all travelers, who also might wish
to create their own package with Anthony
Travel. All JCU packages include tickets to
the GIFT 2012 games Aug. 31 and Sept. 1,
including the Notre Dame-Navy game.
The Blue Streak football team is preparing
for the trip mentally and physically. In the
classroom, it’s learning about Irish history and
culture through a course lead by John Day,
Ph.D., provost and academic vice president,
and Paul Murphy, Ph.D., director of the
Institute of Catholic Studies and assistant
Global Ireland
Football Tournament
to the president for university mission and
identity. Outside the classroom, the team has
the opportunity to prepare physically for battle
on the field with help from certified strength-
training coach Tim Robertson.
Supporting the team
Initial support to enable the football team to
compete overseas has come from the leadership
of generous alumni. Ongoing sponsorship
and donations to team travel expenses are
welcomed and appreciated. All JCU confirmed
reservations secured through Anthony Travel
are one method of supporting the team’s needs.
Additionally, online contributions can be
received. To inquire about specific sponsorship
of an event planned in Dublin for the team or
JCU community, contact Jane Evans, assistant
athletic director, at [email protected] or
For more information, including game tickets, visit or
22 SPRI NG 2012
Admission checkpoint
Enrollment quarterly a guide to the college admission process
You should be hearing about admission
and financial aid awards from the schools
you’re considering. The months ahead are
about finalizing your decision. You have all
the information you need and can compare
schools evenly.
There are many tools to help you.
College Navigator (
collegenavigator/), a U.S. Department of
Education tool, will help you evaluate the
schools you’re considering based on various
criteria such as loan borrowing, retention and
graduation rates, diversity and age of students,
and campus safety and crime rates. Check out
the tool so you can be more informed about
your college selection. Don’t be afraid to ask
questions and gather the information you need
to make the best decision.
May 1 is the National Response Date –
the deadline to notify the school you plan
to attend in the fall. Those of you who’ve
selected John Carroll will receive information
about summer orientation sessions and
planning your transition to University
Heights. Sign up for orientation early so you
can factor it into your summer schedule.
Before graduation, work with your high
school counselor to be sure your final school
transcripts are forwarded to your chosen
college or university. Finalize your summer
job plans and think about how you’re going
to manage your income. Find an appropriate
balance between spending your earnings
and saving a portion for college expenses.
You can follow the progress and updates
for joining the class of 2016 online at
You’ve probably heard junior year is your
most difficult year of high school. Now it’s
almost over. You still should be focused on
achieving solid grades and doing your best on
standardized tests. Now’s the time to think
about laying the foundation for your summer
and next school year.
Spring break is an ideal time to narrow
your college search and visit campuses, if
you haven’t already. Look at different types
of schools, and visit various campuses to
see which ones you prefer. Of course, we’d
love for you to see John Carroll, so visit our
website,, to review programs
available for juniors.
Also, this April through June is a time you
can take the SAT and/or ACT, if necessary.
Think about what you want to accomplish
this summer. Juniors should focus on possible
internships, volunteer work, and looking into
career opportunities. It’s a time to explore
majors you’re considering by pursuing
meaningful work experience, not just a
paycheck. You’ll select senior year classes
soon, so be sure to check with your guidance
counselor to ensure your courses meet
necessary college entrance requirements.
Take the most demanding courses possible.
Whether you need to catch up or want
to get ahead, consider a course or two at a
community college during the summer. You
can supplement your high school transcript
with courses that interest you, you can’t take
at your school, or will set you apart in the
college admission process.
Develop a plan to become a leader in
your activities. Where can you lead and gain
worthwhile experience outside the classroom?
Whether on the field or off, it’s your year to
think about your legacy at your school and
take the next step. John Carroll and many
other schools have scholarships that are
awarded based on leadership.
Finally, it’s never too early to research
scholarship opportunities. Many schools set
application deadlines for merit scholarships
during December of your senior year, and it’s
much easier to complete applications during
the summer than the school year. Plan ahead,
and visit for more information
about scholarships at Carroll.
1. How do you maintain a balance between
your academics and athletics?
Being involved in athletics actually has
helped me maintain a balance. Because
I know my soccer schedule ahead of
time, I can set aside time for homework.
Structure is key for my success as a
student and athlete.
2. Why did you choose to major in education?
Originally, I was a biology major pursuing
nursing. I always enjoyed working with
kids. But after my ED 100 class, I realized
my true passion was teaching. Now I work
with kids every day.
3. Your older sister is a JCU grad. Did that
influence your decision to attend Carroll?
My older sister definitely influenced
my decision. I always looked forward
to weekend trips to watch her varsity
soccer games and spend time with her.
By the time I had to make my college
decision, I was so familiar with JCU and
felt comfortable here. I found myself
comparing every other school to Carroll.
Class of 2012, Grand Blanc, Mich.
Education major
4. What else are you involved with on
campus? What activities have defined
your experience at JCU?
I’m involved with women’s varsity soccer,
student teaching at Moreland Hills
Elementary (second grade), Admissions
Speakers Bureau, the immersion
experience to Ecuador (May 2009),
Student Athletic Advisory Committee,
Spring Concert Committee, the Manresa
Retreat, Christian Life Communities, and
the Leadership Playbook Program. Soccer
has defined my experience at Carroll the
most. I’ve made so many amazing friends.
The memories we share will last forever.
Cookouts on the quad will take place throughout
the summer. Designed for sophomores, juniors,
and seniors, these visit days allow you to take
a student-led campus tour, learn more about
admission and financial aid, and enjoy a
delicious barbeque lunch. Dates and registration
will be available soon at
Come visit us
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Chapter update
John Carroll is committed to engaging
alumni through an expanded chapter
program. Chapters will focus on core
components meant to mirror the mission
of the University: service, leadership/
professional development, educational/
cultural/spiritual development, relationship/
social programming, student recruitment/
advancement initiatives, and support. With
help from the alumni relations office, each
chapter will create programming incorporating
these components while developing identities
unique to each city or region.
Volunteer recruitment has been
successful. Surveys were sent to numerous
cities to solicit ideas for programming and
recruit volunteers for leadership committees.
The encouraging results include the
establishment of chapter volunteer committees
in Columbus, Ohio, and Greater Metropolitan
Washington. These two chapters join the
historically strong and revitalized Chicago and
Pittsburgh chapters that have implemented
a leadership structure and added members
to their committees. In the coming months,
volunteer recruitment will continue in cities
that have a concentration of alumni, such as
Cleveland, Akron/Canton, and Cincinnati.
For more information about the alumni
chapter program, or if you’d like to become
involved, contact Eric Eickhoff, assistant
director of alumni chapter programs, at
[email protected] or 216-397-3061.
More Carroll news
Onward is the new quarterly e-newsletter featuring updates about the
alumni association. It includes:
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Silver Quill
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Alumni award recipients named
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April 14
Chicago Alumni Chapter service project
Greater Chicago Food Depository
April 14
Pittsburgh Alumni Chapter service project
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
April 20
Labre Service – alumni night
Departs from JCU campus
April 27
Alumni gathering
The Village Grille at LaFayette
Raleigh, N.C.
April 28
Jesuit Day of Service - cultivating community
St. Thomas Aquinas/Hough neighborhood
May 18
Alumni Awards Dinner
Dolan Center for Science and Technology
JCU campus
May 20
JCU campus
May 24
Presidential alumni reception
Home of Jim ’82 and Diane Coyne
Westport, Conn.
June 5
Presidential alumni reception
Library of Congress
June 8
Alumni Golf Classic
Fowler’s Mill Golf Course
Chesterland, Ohio
June 15-17
Reunion Weekend
JCU campus
June 21
All Jesuit university alumni reception
Loyola University Chicago
Lakeshore Campus
July 24
Chicago Alumni Chapter summer social
Location TBD
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livin, in Hamlin Hall, or workin, out in
tle DeCarlo Center are future alumni. Òur
efforts to reach them should begin well before
graduation. Enter the student outreach series
Lackpacks to Lriefcases (Ll2LC).
Ll2LC offers seniors anJ juniors an
opportunity to create a more seamless transition
from colle,e to professional life. Tle fun anJ
interactive series is aimeJ to lelp all stuJents
Jevelop important life skills tlat mi,lt not
be learneJ in tle classroom. Lvents incluJeJ
a speeJ networkin, ni,lt witl alumni, a
workslop about basic nnancial tips, a cookin,
seminar, anJ an etiquette Jinner. CraJuates
featured throughout the series included:
º lyle leynolJs '99 anJ Mark Annicline '99,
wlo offereJ tleir nnancial expertise;
º Master of Ceremonies
losanna Violi 'O7, wlo
proviJin, levity for a
discussion about personal
º Lxecutive Clef Lob Sferra '86, wlo
clanneleJ lis inner Miclael Symon anJ
whipped up a delicious meal for students at
tle Vikin, Sclool classroom; anJ
º tle National Alumni LoarJ, wlicl JisplayeJ
its social graces at the student etiquette dinner.
¨l can speak nrstlanJ about low tlese
issues impact recent ,raJuates, so anytlin,
tle Lniversity can Jo to encoura,e stuJents
to tlink about tle next step in life is critical,"
Violi says.
Ll2LC is a joint collaboration amon, tle
Center for Career Services, Alumni lelations,
Òrientation anJ LeaJerslip, anJ StuJent
Activities. To learn more about Ll2LC, visit
Preparing for life after graduation
Step right up! Join fellow alumni for
the festivities on Friday, June 15
at 6 p.m. under the Big Top Tent.
You can:
· ride the Luolid Beaoh rooket ride,
· watoh the amazing 3t. lgnatius
· observe magioian Riok 3mith,
· try your hand at traditional
oarnival games, and
· enjoy oarnival fare.
For more information and to register,
visit or contact Carla Gall ’05
at [email protected] 216-397-1592
Get your ticket to the Carroll Carnival
26 SPRI NG 2012
Around the world with an Italian expat
tefano DeleiJi '87 las spent tle past
25 years workin, abroaJ in anJ witl
different cultures on four different
continents. He travels 52 times a year -
equatin, to about 18O Jays - tlrou,lout Asia-
lacinc. He's on lis ei,ltl passport anJ las
flown millions of miles circling the globe.
DeleiJi, mana,in, Jirector of LL-VL Asia
lacinc Hl, a manufacturer of leat exclan,ers,
is a self-tau,lt nnancial controller wlo speaks
nve lan,ua,es - ltalian, Ln,lisl, Cerman,
lrencl, anJ Spanisl - anJ unJerstanJs a sixtl,
¨Carole knew wlat kinJ of nut l was witl
all tle travelin, wlen l marrieJ ler in 2OO2,"
le says about lis lrencl wife, wlo le met in
2OOO. ¨Sle useJ to call me tle winJ because l
blew in anJ out of town all tle time."
DeleiJi, wlo earneJ a baclelor's Je,ree
in listory, las workeJ for sucl well-known
companies as Sony Corp., Wa,ner Croup, anJ
Carrier Corp. Lut wlen DeleiJi was a clilJ
in ltaly, anJ even wlen le attenJeJ JCL, le
never aspireJ to become a business executive.
He was focuseJ on tle L.S. military.
Since DeleiJi's clilJlooJ, le wanteJ to
become a professional soldier. In the summer
of 1979 wlen le was 18, le came to tle L.S.
for tle nrst time to take an Ln,lisl course in
MarylanJ. He was loJ,eJ witl a family tlat
incluJeJ a L.S. Army ofncer.
¨Tlat was wlen l JiscovereJ l coulJ
attenJ tle L.S. Army lÒTC pro,ram wlile a
citizen of a NATÒ-member country," le says.
So in 1981, DeleiJi enrolleJ in an Ln,lisl
lan,ua,e learnin, pro,ram at Case Western
leserve Lniversity in ClevelanJ to elevate lis
Ln,lisl to a university level. He selecteJ Case
because one of lis teaclers from ltaly moveJ
back to ClevelanJ anJ lis parents JeciJeJ tlat
if le was to travel to tle L.S. le sloulJ be
close to people tley knew anJ trusteJ.
After ,raJuatin, from tle pro,ram tlat
year, DeleiJi returneJ to ltaly to complete
manJatory military service. He was stationeJ
at Aviano Air Lase in tle Nortleastern area of
tle country not far from tle former Yu,oslavia,
wlere le serveJ as an antiterrorist team leaJer
anJ translator witl tle L.S. Air lorce.
Wlile DeleiJi was at Case, le wanteJ to
attenJ an American colle,e witl an lÒTC
pro,ram. He founJ Joln Carroll, wlicl le
believeJ was warm anJ frienJly anJ tle iJeal
American colle,e.
After DeleiJi's lonorable Jisclar,e from
tle ltalian Army, le returneJ to ClevelanJ
anJ starteJ lis acaJemic life at Carroll. ln lis
seconJ year at JCL, lete LernarJo '67, '72C
took over commanJ of tle Wolfpack Lattalion,
Carroll's lÒTC pro,ram. Witl LernarJo's
support, DeleiJi was ,ranteJ permission by tle
L.S. Department of Defense to attenJ tle full
Army lÒTC pro,ram anJ AJvanceJ Camp
at lort Lewis in Waslin,ton state in 1986. He
,raJuateJ nftl out of 35 caJets.
“I was in line to attend air assault and
airborne sclool but wasn't able to attenJ
because of insurance issues," le says. ¨Tle Army
was concerneJ about liability in case of injury."
DeleiJi was on lis way to bein,
commissioned as second lieutenant in combat
arms per tle recommenJation of lis evaluator
at lort Lewis, but le neeJeJ to lave a ,reen
carJ, wlicl le JiJn't. So DeleiJi wrote to
Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinber,er anJ
lresiJent lonalJ lea,an to see if le coulJ be
waiveJ from tle rule.
¨Lnfortunately, tle reJ tape stoppeJ me
in my tracks," le says. ¨Tle L.S. Army traineJ
me anJ wanteJ me, but tle lmmi,ration
anJ Nationality Act requireJ me to lave a
civilian job because tle Army JiJn't qualify
as my employer. So l returneJ to Lurope after
,raJuatin, from Carroll because nnJin, a
civilian job in tle L.S. back tlen wasn't easy."
After returnin, to ltaly, DeleiJi workeJ for
Sony in procurement for tlree years. Tlen le
spent a few years at Sony Cermany; Carrier;
Lrembo, an automotive brake manufacturer;
Sematic Croup Asia lacinc; anJ now LL-VL
Croup. His past tlree jobs lave been in Clina,
wlere le's workeJ for tle past 1O years.
AmiJ tle clan,es, tlree elements lave
lelpeJ DeleiJi Jurin, lis career:
º comin, from a family of businesspeople wlo
always supporteJ lis Jecision to take new
patls - lis ,ranJfatler, fatler, anJ brotler
are entrepreneurs;
º lis liberal arts eJucation, wlicl openeJ lis
minJ to life; anJ
º tle L.S. Army lÒTC leaJerslip
Jevelopment pro,ram, wlicl tau,lt lim
self-connJence, strate,ic plannin,, anJ a
Jrive to overcome clallen,es anJ be tle
best he could.
¨Lookin, back at all l've aclieveJ anJ tle
lives l've been able to in1uence, l coulJn't say
all this would be possible without a supporting
family anJ tle valuable lessons learneJ at Carroll
tlat slapeJ my attituJe about life," le says.
– John Walsh
Stefano Deleidi ’87 with his wife, Carole
Helping fulfill the lives of others
r. Clarlie larrell '59 sits next to lis
wife, Carol, at tleir kitclen table anJ
waits patiently for what she has to say.
A visitor is askin, ler about tle couple's life.
Carol's responses are soft anJ often JelayeJ.
lrequently, Clarlie las to lelp nnisl ler
sentences or correct her facts.
¨We spent our +1st anniversary,'' Carol
be,ins, tlen Jrifts off. SeconJs pass. Tlen sle
looks at ler lusbanJ anJ says, ¨Clarlie`"
¨Yeal, we took a bike tour of Nova
Scotia,'' le says.
Carol, 75, las Alzleimer's Jisease, a
serious form of Jementia for wlicl tlere's no
cure. Clarlie, also 75, is ler primary care,iver.
Tley've been marrieJ for 51 years anJ live
in Westlake, Òlio. He's a retireJ vascular
sur,eon, wlo majoreJ in plilosoply at Joln
Carroll. Sle's a retireJ meJical teclnician wlo
attenJeJ colle,e in Columbus. Tley met in a
mor,ue - yes, really - anJ raiseJ nve clilJren.
Tley lave ei,lt ,ranJclilJren.
Tlis sloulJ be tle time of tleir lives wlen
tley're Join, tlin,s tley enjoy most: travelin,,
eatin, out, socializin, witl olJ frienJs, anJ
spenJin, lots of time witl tleir ,ranJkiJs. Lut
life clan,eJ Jramatically for tlem about seven
years a,o wlen Carol noticeJ sle was lavin,
trouble rememberin, tlin,s. Durin, tle next
two to tlree years, ler symptoms worseneJ.
Carol's situation is complicateJ by tle fact
sle also las larkinson's Jisease, a conJition
tlat causes slakin,, wlicl makes it Jifncult to
maintain balance anJ walk.
¨Tle bi, tlin, ri,lt now witl larkinson's
is you Jon't fall,'' Carol says.
Clarlie is witl ler almost all tle time. Sle
can't ,et out of beJ by lerself in tle mornin,
anJ neeJs lelp makin, sure sle takes tle piles
of pills sle neeJs eacl Jay. A lome aiJe comes
a few times a week so Clarlie, an aviJ runner,
can run anJ lave breakfast witl frienJs.
¨l really can't stay alone,'' Carol says softly.
lt's been a bi, aJjustment for tlem botl.
¨Takin, on tle role of care,iver is a wlole
new enJeavor for me,'' Clarlie says. ¨As a
plysician, l always vieweJ myself as bein, a
care,iver, but in tlat role, you were expecteJ
to know wlat's wron, anJ nx it. Now, you
realize as mucl as you'J like to cure tlis, tlat's
not going to happen. Your real role is to be part
of a support community."
Stron,, consistent support las been
Jifncult to nnJ.
¨Òne of tle bi,,est problems we lave
is many people, incluJin, some frienJs, are
afraiJ of people witl Jementia,'' Clarlie says.
¨Most of tle people we were frienJly witl
lave faJeJ away."
Tlat's been lurtful anJ lonely for tlem.
Wlat Carol neeJs as mucl as ler pills is
people's presence anJ involvement in ler life.
Sle neeJs frienJs wlo lelp ler feel a part of
life, not on tle frin,es of it.
¨Wlen someone comes to visit, even for
an lour, it's nice,'' sle says.
Tlat's wly Clarlie las maJe it lis
mission to nnJ ways for lis wife anJ otlers
witl Alzleimer's to be social. He's starteJ
tle Carolyn L. larrell lounJation for Lrain
Healtl, wlicl starteJ free, weekly creative
storytelling meetings for people with
Alzleimer's. CalleJ TimeSlips, tle pro,ram
focuses on creativity anJ ima,ination, wlicl
research shows is the best way people with
Jementia can en,a,e, Clarlie says.
Tle founJation also starteJ an annual bike
ride to raise money for more support groups.
Clarlie anJ Carol useJ to riJe a tanJem bike
to,etler, but ler Jiseases lave pro,resseJ
to tle point wlere sle can't riJe anymore.
lnsteaJ, sle exercises witl a ,ooJ frienJ in tle
inJoor pool Clarlie built off tleir family room
about seven years a,o.
Wlile tle couple laments tle loss of
some olJ frienJs, tley clerisl tle new ones
tley've maJe tlrou,l Carol's support ,roups
anJ outsiJe care,ivers. Tley're also active
witl tleir Jau,lter latie's clurcl - ÒlmsteJ
Lnitarian Lniversalist Con,re,ation in Nortl
ÒlmsteJ, Òlio - anJ like lostin, family anJ
friends at home.
¨We, as a community, neeJ to know
tlese folks witl Alzleimer's are empty unless
someone nlls tleir lives,'' Clarlie says. ¨Tley
can't Jo tlat on tleir own."
– Sue Valerian
For more information about the Carolyn L. Farrell
Foundation, visit
Charlie ’59 and Carol Farrell
28 SPRI NG 2012
Larry Kelley ’36
Lp to1939 216-9+1-1795
[email protected]
I finally realized I’m not getting old – I am old! I
received an invitation to my St. Ignatius High School
reunion June 1- 2. I graduated in 1932. Add 80 years,
and you have 2012. Last year’s reunion at Carroll was
my 75th. It didn’t sound so bad, but 80 years ago has
a different sound. I better start looking for a rocker
and slippers instead of buying a new car to replace
the handicapped van I bought to transport cargo and
Frances before she died in June 2010. I won’t have
to get a new driver’s license until Feb. 23, 2015. (On
Feb. 18, 2011, I passed with no restrictions.) ... Al
Cliffel ’37 said my ophthalmologist, whose office
is in Lakewood, Ohio, has done a good job with my
eyes. ... Before I sign off, I want to pass along a
request from Maureen Dwyer, the daughter of Frank
Burns M.D. ’36, who lives in Erie, Pa. (Her daughter,
Megan, is class of ’99.) Maureen’s brother, Michael, is
traveling to the Cleveland area to make a roots trip to
gather information about Frank’s family. Anyone with
any information, such as class photos or interesting
stories about Frank Burns, contact Cheri Slattery at
216-397-3050. She’ll get the information to Maureen
Dwyer. Frank graduated from Cathedral Latin in ’32
and Carroll in ’36. Gil Lenke and Joe Powers ’37
lived in Painesville, Ohio, and rode the same train
and streetcars, along with the girls who attended
Ursuline, Notre Dame College, and Western Reserve.
All I remember is Gil and Joe encouraging the girls to
make a fuss with Frank, who was shy. Maybe the
girls have stories. I’ll leave a copy of the letter from
Maureen Burns Dwyer with Cheri. ... One of the few
priests from the 1930s died Nov. 15, 2011. Fr. Joseph
J. Cimperman was 94 years old and had been a priest
for 63 years. He was ordained by Bishop Hoban Dec.
18, 1948. His first assignment was at St. Clement
Catholic Church in Lakewood, Ohio. He retired from
Christ the King parish in Akron, Ohio, June 21, 1987.
... Keep praying. Larry
Carl Giblin
1940 727-58+-5O12
John Sweeney, who’s fed me material for 72 years,
earned his wings. Messrs. Morgan and Nekic joined
most of our class members for a heavenly reunion.
... Our class was distinctive in several ways: We
were the first class to go all four years on the new
campus; we were fortunate all our teachers were
Jesuits, except Mr. Bungart, who taught sophomore
English; and we were all male. The only females
were office workers. This may have contributed
two weeks of March. We visited our son Don and
celebrated Susan’s 75th birthday. ... I salute Tom
Corrigan, who might be making another local move
because of his wife’s health. … Finally, we’d love
to hear news from the Fitzgeralds, the Honns, Al
Musci, and the Smeraldis. … Happy 70th reunion.
Lord, make us all instruments of peace ... Bob
Bruce E. Thompson
1943 216-382-++O8
[email protected]
Hello, fellow classmates. Not much news this time.
I’m sorry to report Richard (Dick) Moriarty died
Dec. 16, 2011. Dick was living in Jupiter, Fla., and is
survived by his wife, Rita, of 67 years. After helping
her raise their first few children, Dick attended law
school at night and graduated in 1949. He practiced
law in Cleveland for more than 60 years. Dick was
an avid reader, loved the Cleveland Browns, and a
good party. He was a consummate gentleman and
a smooth dancer. Dick enjoyed tennis and golf for
more than 70 years and even partnered with yours
truly to form an outstanding tennis doubles team.
He’ll be missed. ... Send your news, and God bless
JCU and the remaining members of the grand ole
class of ’43. Fondly, Bruce.
Don McDonald
1944 216-991-91+O
[email protected]
Thanks to Fr. Robert Niehoff, S.J., there were more
than 50 alumni who were awarded a bachelor of
science in humane letters. The recipients were
recognized because their four-year college endeavors
were interrupted by military calls to service during
World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and other conflicts.
Harry Badger and yours truly were the only members
of the class of 1944. Pete Bernardo ’67 and Jean Hall
did a wonderful job putting together the diploma,
dinner arrangement, and all the details. We’re
extremely thankful to everyone who worked on the
Mass and awards. ... The winter 2011 edition of John
Carroll magazine was outstanding. I’m sorry for not
getting the ’44 column in the alumni journal. ... Please
remember Dick Moriarty ’43 who passed away Dec.
16 in Florida and Bruce Thompson ’43 who’s in poor
health. ... Remember the reunion is June 15-17. Don
Ed Cunneen
1947 216-561-1122
[email protected].net
Tom Harrison
1949 ++O-781-7898
Steve Marinik, a busy and successful student in
Arthur Noetzel’s ’38 accounting class, became a CPA.
Soon after graduation, he married beautiful Agnes,
gained stature in the Haskins and Sells organization,
and fathered the first of four children. As the family
grew and the market developed, Steve became the
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to our “relaxed” dress code. Even the dean, Fr.
Bracken, upbraided us for our sloppy appearance.
Additionally, the Administration Building was only
two-thirds complete; one wing of Grasselli Tower
wasn’t built yet; the campus was mostly weeds
because it hadn’t been seeded with grass yet; and
there was one men’s dorm, the Jesuit residence,
and the power plant. Trees were being planted
during this period. ... I hope all of you have had such
fond memories 72 years after you’ve graduated. Carl
Robert J. Trivison
1942 76O-9++-696+
In 2002, after the death of his wife, Ruth, Bob Smith
moved – with misgivings – into a senior citizen
center, but now he’s pleased with the lifestyle there.
He’s stopped traveling, gave his auto away, and can’t
read (eyesight deficiency), but watches TV. He sees
his daughter, who lives 10 minutes away, often. One
son, an author, is an hour away; and another son lives
in Colorado. Bob, who has a cancerous eye condition,
had double surgical operations Feb. 14 to remove
the cancer. Bob sounds terrific, has a great attitude,
and still plays golf, weather permitting. ... Fr. Francis
Smith, S.J., telephoned. Blind, he writes poetry. In
one year, he wrote six volumes. He sounds in high
spirits. ... Bob Kraus’ 18-year-old granddaughter, a
high-school grad, has moved in with him. “Do you
think it will work?” he asks. Yes, why not. His parish
has trouble paying bills, so he helps out with bingo
to raise money. The closing of St. Christine church
in Euclid, Ohio, St. Peter’s in Akron (Margaret and he
were the first couple to be married there in 1953),
and St. Hedwig in Akron depresses him. He doesn’t
know if he’ll make the reunion. ... Nick Barille emails
via his granddaughter – “I want to thank you for
keeping ’42 alive. So far, this has been a long ride.
When we graduated in ’42, most of us went into the
service, which was a real education. Sunday is still
pasta day with the family, making homemade pasta,
pizza, chicken cutlets, and spaghetti sauce. We meet
at my daughter’s house. I’m still having a problem
with my eyes. I can see but can’t read. The golf game
is shot, but I’ll work on it this winter.” It’d be nice to
join Nick for dinner. ... I salute Helen and Tony Yonto
for their $100,000-plus family endowed scholarship
fund to JCU. ... In a Christmas card, Jim Schlecht
’40 says he enjoys reading our ’42 news. He meets
weekly with two other ’40 grads. Jim, we also like to
read the up to 1939, 1940, and 1943 class columns.
... I spent Christmas and Thanksgiving in Newport
Beach and Murrieta in California at the homes of a
daughter and grandson. There were about 40 family
members at each – so much joy to witness the life
and career advancements of La Famiglia. Susan and
I were in Miami and took a five-day cruise the last
president of Seringer & Chaney accounting firm,
and in 1994, retired to take a leadership role in his
parish, the Amherst rotary, and two American-Slovak
organizations. Steve’s busy life ended Jan. 5, 2011.
His son, Ken ’71, also a CPA, carries on. ... I received
a phone call from a V12 sailor from the class of ’46
who let me know the sailors weren’t the hot shots
I’d said but students who were challenged with a
serious course of study on an accelerated schedule
in a new environment. Ollie admitted the uniforms
and discipline kept them close and somewhat
distant from the small group of civilian students.
It created a feeling of brotherhood among the 15
Tetra Phi members. The caller was Ollie Schneider
‘46, a retired attorney living in Ravenna, Ohio. Ollie
graduated from Western Reserve Law School with
Joe Spaniol, never realizing they’d attended JCU
together. From Carroll, Ollie became an ensign, was
assigned to a minesweeper – 97 feet of wooden hull
with a crew of 40 – clearing mines in the ship channels
of San Francisco Bay, then to a larger wooden ship
near Japan. Ollie was called back during Korea and
stationed on a steel-hull ship. He retired from the
Naval Reserves as a lieutenant commander. ... Vic
Stewart established a growing insurance business
soon after graduation; married Helen; and became the
president of an expanding insurance agency while he
and Helen raised a family of six beautiful daughters
and four sons, who carry on his handsome facial
features, interest in the insurance business, and the
memory of a loving father who passed away Oct.
29, 2011. ... More bad news: We’ve lost another
classmate – Jerold Jost, who retired to Fort Myers,
Fla., after turning over his tire dealership to his sons,
passed away Aug. 12. Jerry and his wife, Ruth, were
the parents of four sons and three daughters. ...
Good news is needed. All reported with reasonable
accuracy. Tom

Charles Byrne
1950 ++O-6+6-999O
Lois and Len Terry have been in the greater
Detroit area since 1973 when Mutual of New York
transferred him to Michigan from Ohio. One of
their three daughters and three of six grandchildren
remain in the Cleveland area. Two of the daughters
reside in Ojai, Calif., and Fort Wayne, Ind., with
three other grandchildren. Len and Lois reside in
the Fox Run retirement community in Novi, Mich.,
where they’re Eucharistic ministers who service the
residents and local nursing home. CAB
Donald A. Ungar
1951 33O-723-523+
[email protected]
Everyone has memories, and we tend to keep the
good ones. As the class committees worked on
various class celebrations and looked at my group of
pictures I saved, there was always a comment about
one photo – Ray Smiley and Larry Badar always
wondered about the girl in the picture. What happened
to her? Did she attend JCU? What’s she doing now? I
hope to tell you more next issue. ... Please remember
our classmates who earned their heavenly reward in
your prayers: Michael J. Catalano, Nov. 27, 2011;
Robert M. Curran, Jan. 4, 2012; Richard D. Ennen,
Jan. 18, 2012; Robert L. Kautz, Jan. 10, 2012; Jack
A. Minor Jan. 23, 2012; and Lee Cirillo, Feb. 16. ...
That’s it for now. I’ll be waiting for a call. Send me a
note, or a couple of words via phone or email, about
you and your family. Don
Dorothy Poland
1952 lolanJMomJot©
Hi. I hope this winter doesn’t presage a summer
we won’t enjoy. The big 60 will be celebrated
during reunion weekend June 15-17. God willing
and the creek don’t rise, I know at least three
people who plan to attend. I saw Marcia and Andy
Kaschalk earlier this year, and they’re planning to
attend. I hope to be there. ... There’s lots of news
for a change. Bill Perusek brought me up to date
about Charlie Toepp. He’s progressing nicely, and
his daughter and family have moved in with him
to make sure he continues to improve. Bill also
included a write-up of the Betrothal Bonanza story in
The Cleveland Press years ago about the ceremony
conducted by Fr. Castellano, S.J., for the 21 couples
who were engaged. The photo was in the 125th
anniversary video the president’s office sent. ... Joe
Valencic sent word that Lou Spreitzer’s funeral
was Nov. 11, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. ... Jeanne
and Larry Casey had a grand time on a cruise to
the Bahamas aboard Carnival’s Sensation. There
were too many attractions to take in on one trip,
so they’ll have to return. Larry also is requesting
prayers an Indiantown Kiwanis will be built. He
believes in miracles and would appreciate any help
you can provide, as far as prayers go. ... Betty and
Bill Kenealy didn’t get to Hawaii this summer, but
they traveled to Las Vegas. They won some, lost
some, and had a good time. They also went to New
York with daughters Teresa and Kathy and three
grandchildren. They enjoyed a jazz concert and saw
“Billy Elliott” on Broadway. Betty was on local TV
as a Pearl Harbor survivor. There was a club of PH
survivors, but it no longer exists because of a lack
of members. Daughter Kathy is the Deputy Judge
Advocate of California and lives in Pasadena. Bill
Jr. is the only American working directly for Queen
Elizabeth. I imagine he’ll be quite busy with the
Olympics this summer. Bill is probably the most
senior Navy rep at JCU, and that, coupled with
Betty being one of the few Pearl Harbor survivors,
certainly gives our class a special place in history.
... For me, two of my daughters, one husband, and
one grandson went to the Wizarding World of Harry
Potter in October. The day was perfect, and if you’ve
seen the commercial, we flew with Harry. I’ve never
spent eight hours in an amusement park in my life,
but I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Then, we sent
Matthew back to Columbus to school, picked up the
other husband and my sister-in-law for a week on
the high seas and sailed on the Allure of the Seas.
I love cruising, and it was great to be with people I
love. ... That is it until next time. In the meantime,
keep the dates in June open for our 60th reunion.
You never know how many more we’ll have. Be
safe, and God bless. Dorothy
Jim Myers
1953 ++O-9+2-7831
[email protected]
Hello to all of you and your family and friends.
... Mrs. Myers and I, together with other family
members, were among those fortunate enough to
attend JCU’s 125th anniversary gala Dec. 2 where
Fr. Robert Niehoff, S.J., announced the pledge of
$6 million by Helen and Frank Shilling. In 2004,
the Shillings pledged $10 million to create the
Schilling Endowed Scholars Program. With this
amount, the Shillings have pledged $16 million
to the endowment that will fund more than 20
scholarships each year. The scholarships are
renewable with continued academic achievement.
Thank you, Frank and Helen. Frank had a successful
career at General Electric, where he was responsible
for GE products from jet engines to CT scanners.
After retiring as vice president, he directed the
growth of other company businesses in the U.S.,
Singapore, Germany, and Korea. He also was the
founding president of a nuclear cardiology company
that made and sold heart scanning equipment. ...
Early last fall, I received a call from Pat Cullinan,
who still lives in Overland Park, Kan. He and Mariwin
have 10 grandchildren. Two of the granddaughters
were married recently. Is it possible we’ll soon be
reporting about great-grandchildren? Pat keeps in
touch with Jim Martin and Jim Porter. ... Last
October, Paul Cipar was one of more than 50
alumni who received the honorary degree bachelor
of science in humane letters from JCU. The degrees
were conferred on students whose schooling was
interrupted when they were called to military service
before graduation. Paul, who served in Korea, was
surprised when he received a letter from Carroll
notifying him about the event. The ceremony,
including a Mass, was held in Saint Francis Chapel.
Paul’s son, Paul Jr. ’78, and granddaughter, Michelle
’01, are Carroll grads. I remember Paul as a Bernet
Hall roommate of Jack Ziegler. ... Bill Homoly
reminisces about the Campus Capers days when
he, Bob Vidrick, and Joe Botsko were a musical
trio. Bill played with a polka group around Northeast
Ohio for many years and with the Bill Lawrence
trio, among others. He tells a story about receiving
a call from a young lady who requested he play at
her wedding because he had played at her parents’
and grandparents’ weddings. Unfortunately, he had
to decline because he was no longer performing
these activities. After a 36-year career as a teacher
at Collinwood High School in Cleveland, Bill retired
in 1987. He lives within walking distance of John
Carroll. ... Send your news for the next issue. God’s
blessings to you all. Jim
Peter Mahoney
1954 ++O-933-25O3
During the holidays, several news items appeared
... Gene Flynn and his happy band of tax experts
were sharpening their No. 2 pencils, checking
the new tax regulations and praying a flat tax is
never implemented during their lifetimes. ... Bud
McLeod received honors from the citizens of
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Rhode Island. He was featured on the cover of a
state publication. (It’s like being on the cover of Time
magazine as Man of the Year). Talk about being a
man for others, the article begins “this self-starter
brings people together for good causes.” His most
recent accomplishment is starting the first leukemia
and lymphoma sharing circle in the area. The
organization works to assist people learning about
the disease. When asked where the drive comes
from, he says, “I’m a starter.” He’s co-founder and
president of Responsible Action Council (a taxpayer
support group), started the first AARP boomers
group in the country for people aged 50 to 64 and
created the first fibromyalgia support group in the
area. When asked how he feels about being tabbed
as a community all-star, Bud says he doesn’t think
of himself that way. “I’m so glad to have so many
willing to work and support these programs,” he
says. … Dave Nilges reminded me about the great
snow of 1950. If you were in the Cleveland area at
Thanksgiving, you might remember the dump of
snow that shut down the town for a week. Dave
and his brother, Tom, loaded their father’s new
pickup truck with five barrels of nails, each weighing
85 pounds, and five bundles of shingles, each
weighing 95 pounds. They threw chains on the tires
and headed out to pull out cars stuck in large snow
drifts. They did this for three days. When it was
over, they paid their dad $50 for the use of the truck
and had $300 to split for their work. I don’t know if
Dave is still doing this in the Denver area, but it was
good training. ... Prayers for Sandra Nilges and Gail
LaRiche. Keep the faith. Pete

Ray Rhode
1955 216-381-1996
[email protected]
In November, Jerry Donatucci’s son, Steve, swore
his grandson, Marcus, into the Air Force. Marcus is
training to be a crew member of the V-22 Osprey
helicopter. You might remember Jerry also flew
helicopters back in the dark ages. ... Meanwhile,
Ed TePas and Dave Hauer believe the way to true
happiness during retirement is through work and
exercise. They encourage us to do likewise. Ed built a
trailer from a garden cart to haul his golf clubs behind
his 1986 Honda Elite scooter on his frequent trips to
the local course. He’s also building a pump house for
his daughter. Dave Hauer hoped for more snow in the
Sierras so he can ski. ... I heard from Ron Cory, who
lives in Worthington, Ohio, and is semiretired. He was
in ROTC with us and served his entire time at Fort
Eustis in Virginia. Ron, who has four children and six
grandchildren, worked in the industrial supply, tool,
and fabricating business and retired after 28 years
from the Ross Willoughby Co. Now he’s involved in
local real-estate development. ... I also heard from
Vince Simon. Before retiring in 2010, Vince worked in
public accounting for 20 years for various companies
and then became self-employed as an auditor. He’s
married, has two children and lives in Houston.
... John Mackin called to get phone numbers of
classmates. We talked about his days living in Bernet
Hall with Bill Doslak as his roommate and Tom
Bridgman and Jerry Donatucci living across the hall.
He remembers one late night when they returned to
the dorm after Fr. Millor had done his bed check. The
next morning Tom was campused – but not John. Fr.
Millor said he couldn’t believe John would be out after
curfew. After he graduated from Carroll, John worked
for an accounting firm for several years and earned his
CPA license. At the same time, he was attending law
school at night to earn a law degree. After he passed
the bar, he was in private practice until 1987 when he
was elected judge. He served as judge for 18 years
and retired when the law wouldn’t allow him to run
again. He claims to be the only judge in Ohio with a
law degree and CPA certificate. Please let me know if
you have any doubts about this claim, and we’ll have
a small wager. ... Tom Bridgman, who passed away
in December 2011, had a gracious obituary in The
Chicago Tribune. One quote, I must pass on to you. A
son-in-law said, “Tom Bridgman was equally at home
arguing a case in federal court as he was arguing a
point at Schaller’s Pump (a venerable local tavern).”
... Also, I’m sad to report the deaths of Jim Hoying
(February 2012), John Grdina (November 2011), and
John McHugh (April 2011). ... Please pray for other
classmates who are suffering and in great pain from
the many diseases attacking us. Ray

Leo Duffy
1956 815-729-3513
63O-337-O788 (c)
January-May: 9+1-5O5-839+
Tom Bonifas is in the midst of downsizing and
planning a move to a condo in Ohio later this year.
He’s mostly involved with the grandkids and church.
... John Augenstein retired from Marquette
University in 2005, after 13 years in the College of
Education, the past few as dean. He spent 26 years
in the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown teaching
K-12, retiring as superintendant of schools before
going to Marquette. ... Noreen and Paul Schlimm
moved to Estero, Fla., but still summer in Lake
Chautauqua, N.Y. ... Vince Punzo still is living in
St. Louis and keeps busy taking care of the old
house and working on his book. ... Ted Druhot,
who’s in Hilton Head, S.C., is playing the trumpet
in the Dixieland Jazz Concert of the Lowcountry
and heading up two ministries in the parish. ... Jim
Schempp has slowed down and is spending most
of the time at home. ... Phil Ripepi says hello to
everyone. Three of his children are Carroll alumni:
Tony ’85, Vince ’86, and Beth ’88. He’s still in the
Pittsburgh area recovering from a rotator cuff injury
he suffered on a hunting trip in the Yukon. His
son has joined him in his practice, so he has more
time to go on hunting trips. He’s planning another
one to Africa. ... Mike Conti is running the U.S.
Bocce Championships tournament this summer at
the Alpine Club in Round Lake, Ill. ... Bill Hagerty
suffered a serious stroke in late January. He has no
paralysis and is doing fine. He’s even back driving
and doing a little work at Xavier. ... Yours truly has
recovered from thyroid surgery in early January
and will be back on his bike next week. I’m looking
forward to long bike trips this summer with my
brother. ... My wish to all of you is a healthy and
busy year. I’d love to hear from you so I can write a
two-page column. God bless. Leo
Salvatore R. Felice
1957 ++O-8+2-1553
[email protected]
Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, was a special day for more
than 50 Carroll alumni. Because of the call of duty
– be it military, medical, dental, or other special
circumstance – these individuals were deprived
of receiving a formal degree at graduation from
JCU. At a homecoming Mass and honorary degree
ceremony, these alumni received a bachelor of
science in humane letters in Saint Francis Chapel.
Included in the honorees were our own Richard G.
Huberty and Dr. Edward L. Leslie. Also recognized
were: Donald McDonald ’44, Andrew C. Putka Esq.
’49, Donald A. Martens ’53, Dr. Richard E. Christie
’58, and Robert M. Beno ’58. ... Noted in the winter
issue, Jim Clark completed his three-year stint
on the JCU Alumni Association board and passed
the baton to Tom Moran for the new board term.
... On Oct. 20, Joseph F. Cunningham, a trial
attorney and founder of the Washington, D.C.-area
law firm Cunningham & Associates, received the
2011 John N. Wilder Award from Arts, Sciences,
and Engineering at the University of Rochester
in New York. The Wilder Award, which is named
for one of the University’s founders in the 1840s,
acknowledged Cunningham’s support of scholarship
in the field of modern European and American
history, including a professorship in his name at
the university. After receiving his bachelor’s degree
from Carroll in 1957 and law degree from Columbia
in 1960, Joe graduated from the University of
Rochester with a master’s degree in history seven
years later. He has offices in D.C., Virginia, and
Maryland and is active in numerous organizations.
The Cunninghams reside in Arlington, Va., and have
five children. ... Eileen and Bart Merella, along with
Laura and Vince Panichi, enjoyed themselves at
John Carroll’s 125th anniversary gala in December. ...
Carl (Bill) Klotz regretfully informed me his beautiful
wife, Elva Loretta, passed away in August just
missing their 42nd wedding anniversary. Carl stated,
“Loretta led a full, active life including working
as Rosie the Riveter at one time.” Our deepest
sympathy is extended to Carl (Bill) and his family for
their deep loss. ... Jim Gasper sent a news clip from
the Houston Chronicle in late December about Dan
Huberty (son of Maureen and Dick Huberty). “Dan
Huberty: Texas Monthly named the freshman state
legislator from Houston as its Rookie of the Year.
The magazine called the former president of the
Humble Independent School District ’self-assured,
diligent, and willing and able to tackle tough issues.
Huberty gives veteran members hope that someday
the era of Washington-style partisan gridlock in the
Texas House will come to an end.’” ... Our 55th class
reunion, June 15-17, is approaching quickly, and your
committee of 20 is working with Carla (Lauer) Gall
’05, reunion coordinator, for another memorable and
enjoyable experience. Don’t forget – this reunion is
free to our class. You’ll receive more information
about this great event. Your grandkids will love kids
camp. God bless. Sal

John E. Clifford
1958 21O-+1+-8899
It was a mild winter here in San Antonio. When it’s
cold, I stay inside and work on my Old Time Radio
collection. I have 8,349 shows catalogued. … In
frigid Minnesota, Chuck Jacobson achieved 74
years and 3 months Feb. 4. He and Margee have
been Minnesotans for 40 years. They have seven
children, ranging in age from 37 to 50; seven in-laws;
21 grandchildren (still counting); and two great-
grandchildren. “Margee and I are called often to take
part in creating films for the Mayo Clinic,” Chuck
says. Chuck still acts in community theatre – “Dearly
Departed” is his latest success. He’s looking forward
to May 2014, when the Jacobsons intend to move
from their home of the past 20 years to a place that
has living areas associated with assisted living. ...
Speaking of moving, Neil Hogan hasn’t moved. He
and Janet are still in Allentown, Pa. Neil retired from
teaching at East Stroudsburg University in January
2010. That doesn’t mean he’s inactive – far from it.
“I’m busy traveling, reading, doing WWII veterans’
oral histories, and working out.” He and Janet have
two children – a daughter in New York City and a son
in New Jersey. They’re the proud grandparents of Avi
(11), Lev (7), and Malachi (2). ... Jim Seeberg drove
from Chicago to John Reali’s retreat in Chautauqua,
N.Y. I’ll let him tell you about the trip: “I stopped
along the way to visit the ever-changing JCU campus.
Further east, I stopped at St. Bonaventure University,
then Marist College, Vassar College, and George
Washington University. My final two destinations
took me to West Point for a personal tour and the
Northwestern-Army football game. Finally, I visited
my oldest son and oldest grandchildren (18 and 16)
in Warwick, N.Y.” Mexico was an exciting diversion
this past year with all 20 Seeberg family members
spending Christmas week on the Yucatan Peninsula
near the Tulum Ruins. ... Have to go – it’s time for
“The Life of Riley.” Tonight in 1951: “Riley’s Dancing
Lessons.” Please write. JEC

Richard E. Dodson
1959 8O+-7+8-8+32
I received the following from John Chuchman:
“John Chuchman was ordained by the Catholic
Dioceses of One Spirit in July 2010 and has just
published his 14th book, ’I am because love is;
God as verb.’ John’s books are available from
him ([email protected]) or at
and Kindle. He continues to facilitate workshops,
seminars, in-service programs, and retreats about
loss in life, grief, church, spirituality, and nurturing.” ...
Paul Oswald is employed as a retirement specialist
at A.I.W. where Paul says he’s the boss. Thank God
we have Google, or so I thought, before it offered me
nine distinct options for A.I.W. I’ll explore American
Independent Writers, Art Institute of Washington,
and Absolute Intense Wrestling for starters and have
something definitive for the summer notes. ... Paul
Moon provided an update that reached me after my
submission date for the winter notes, but it’s better
late than never: “I just returned from Quito, Ecuador,
to visit my daughter, Laura, who works with The
To make your gift,
or call 216-397-4198.
Thank you for your
annual contribution.
I give because...
“It gives me the opportunity to pay back
the University for the many benefits my
education created for me. I’m pleased
to have the chance to pay forward for
current and future students. In addition
to my passion, which is the
Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Fund established by the class
of ’57, I recognize the
importance of contributing to
the Carroll Fund as part of my
charitable giving.”
Jim Clark ’57
Past board member of
the National Alumni
Association and
Carroll Fund donor
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World Bank. What a lovely little country, and they
use only U.S. currency, which makes it easy. I visited
the jungles, the high Andes and completed my own
Ignatian pilgrimage. A must see in Quito is La Iglesia
de la Compania de Jesus, the Jesuit Church built in
1609. I’m told it’s the most unique in the world. The
interior is all gold, more than 70 tons of gold leaf.
It’s the most amazing church I’ve ever seen. I think
the Jesuits had a corner on the Inca gold market.
On the way home, I stopped in San Diego to visit
my daughter, Elisabeth ’07, who’s employed by the
Episcopal Diocese of San Diego in the administration
of health- and nursing-care services. She received
her master’s from San Diego State last year. The girls
are so far away, but at least they’re both on the West
Coast.” I’ve since been informed Paul has been
named to the board of trustees of Mercy College in
Toledo, Ohio. Congratulations, Paul. The college is
fortunate to have your guidance. ... Gary Furin sent
a note from Shiloh National Military Park in Corinth,
Miss. Gary said Don Springer opined he looked like
a member of the Pershing Rifles. Well, not quite. The
uniform is a little boy’s uniform borrowed from the
visitors’ center in Shiloh. The Park Service hastened
us out the door as we were having fun. Gary looked
snappy in the uniform. ... Look at the picture above,
and see if you recognize who’s blowing hot. ... Hope
you’re well and making plans for our 55th reunion.
God bless you. Rick
Jerry Schweickert
1960 216-381-O357
After I submitted the winter column, I received a
request from Lou Burger for prayers for his son-in-
law, Jose Willy Santos, who’s been diagnosed with
lymphatic cancer. For those who are like me and
forget names easily, just pray for Lou’s son-in-law.
I’m sure the good Lord will know who you mean. ...
I heard from Rich Low reacting to news in the fall
issue about the death of Bill Harmon. He reminisced
about them being original members of the Thursday
Night Study Club and said: “Bob the Bartender
astutely appointed Bill America’s designated driver.”
(What had he been smoking that evening?) He
continued: “Bill’s duties were more ceremonial
rather than having any impact. I had a Mass said for
him and our class at our local parish in Lewiston, N.Y.
I’m the lector at the 7:45 a.m. Mass during the week.
This gives me enough time to tee off no later than
8:30 a.m. Anybody from our class who wants to join
me is welcome. We have three world-class courses
to choose from, and I’m usually welcome at all of
them. Lewiston is a gem on the Niagara River near
Lake Ontario. It’s worth a trip.” On the chance Rich
likes to wager a shekel or two on a golf match, he
might not mean that invitation for Mike Bernatovicz,
who finished second at Mid Pines in Southern Pines,
N.C., in the Carolina PGA Super Senior Division with
rounds of 73 and 76 last spring and summer. He
finished sixth in the World Super Senior Event at
Tanglewood Golf Club in Clemmons, N.C., with
rounds of 78, 74, and 76. And he finished first at
Rock Barn in Conover, N.C., in the Carolina Super
Senior Division with rounds of 73 and 74. Mike
carries a 2 handicap at the Country Club of Asheville.
... Those who enjoyed the pictorial in the winter
issue of the magazine should know our class was,
perhaps, the most well-represented group at the
University’s 125th anniversary gala. Jack Conomy,
Tom Lewis, John Magnotto, Jim Mason, Dave
Nichting, Jim Shannon, and I attended. We
weren’t presented as a group in the winter issue
because we were the best-looking class reps at the
affair by far. If our picture isn’t included with this
column, it’s because the rest of the University’s
alums are unable to accept the sheer magnificence
of how we look. I will leave it at that and send my
wishes for a happy Easter to all. ... Keep the notes
and emails coming. Be well. Schweick
Jack T. Hearns
1961 216-291-2319
[email protected]
Nickie and Len Judy are looking forward to their
son’s wedding in Costa Rica. Stephen Judy ’88
plans to marry Kimberly Hirst. Both live in Denver.
... Also heading to Costa Rica is George Arthur,
who’s going to visit Naples, Fla., first to connect with
Marlene and John Tien and Pat and Terry Berring.
... Irene and John Cleary, from Whitesboro, N.Y.,
just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
They have three children, six grandchildren, and
one great-granddaughter. ... Warren Johnson,
from Grand Forks, N.D., is looking forward to Carroll
playing football in Dublin next fall. His great-great-
grandfather, Sheriff Hendrick, headed the local police
force for more than 50 years. Three streets in and
around Dublin are named Hendrick in his honor. ...
Rosemarie and Joe Guta are looking forward to
their trips to Palm Springs, Calif., and Las Vegas this
spring and to Atlantic City this summer. Joe loves
to gamble and enjoys good food. The Gutas will be
celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in July
with a big celebration. ... Larry Mulvihill is retired
completely from his trial law practice and alternates
his time between Grand Haven, Mich., and Pompano
Beach, Fla., with his wife, Mary. The Mulvihills have
four children and nine grandchildren. Their oldest
son, Paul, and his wife, Mary Rose, are in the class
of ’84. Another daughter-in-law, Melissa, received her
master’s degree in ’96 from Carroll. The Mulvihills
have one son who’s 7 feet tall. Not surprisingly,
he played basketball like his dad. Another son was
an All-American swimmer at Kenyon College. ...
The Doolin family and friends celebrated Judy and
Shawn Doolin’s 50th wedding anniversary with
an open house party last September, but that was
only Act I. A month later, a limo pulled up to the
family home, and 18 people rode off to U.S. Cellular
Field, home of the Chicago White Sox. Dinner was
served at the Patio Restaurant, and their anniversary
was announced on the scoreboard. ... Uta and Jim
DeClerck will be heading to England for a boat cruise,
a visit to the Olympic venue, and a road trip through
Wales. After that, they’ll fly to Germany to visit Uta’s
family. ... Bill Newman, from Avon, Conn., continues
to be active with the Avon VFW Post, where he
has served as commander, trustee, membership
chairman, and newsletter editor. Carroll has a third-
generation Newman on campus – Kellie Newman is
a sophomore and seeks to follow her grandfather,
father, uncle, and aunt as a JCU grad. ... Question
for the class of ’61: Do we have any other three-
generation families? Jack
Bob Andolsen
1962 ++O-327-1925
[email protected]
The committee for our 50-year reunion has been
involved ardently in contacting everyone to confirm
attendance at reunion this summer, June 15-17.
Registration and attendance are free. I’ve enjoyed
conversations with many of you after such a long
time. For those of you who are undecided about
attending, we hope you’ll confirm to attend and
visit and talk with your friends and classmates. ...
Those classmates who have confirmed verbally as of
February are: Bob Andolsen, Jack Antonius, Ben
Barrett, William Bedortha, Ray Bilka, Jim Boland,
Art Brickel, Louis Bridenstine, Earl Brieger, James
Brunner, Marty Burke, Bob Carles, Jim Carnago,
Joe Ciabattoni, Joseph Collura, John Crilly,
Jim Devine, Bob Dodd, Hans Dollhausen, Dan
Donahue, Phil Doran, John Doyle, Paul Dwyer,
Mike Evans, John Fagan, Gus Fehrenbacher, Jerry
Finefrock, Robert Finnessy, Charles Fitzgerald,
Bob Fitzmaurice, Larry Frederick, Terry Gallagher,
Chuck Hillig, Lee Horvath, Ken Hovan, Denny
Hudson, Richard Jacobs, Jerry Johnson, Jack
Kahl, Allen Kallach, Frank Karlik, Norbert Kloc, Doc
Kopfinger, Terry Leiden, Michael Leonard, John
Members of the class of 1960 who attended the
125th gala included (from left) Jack Conomy,
Jim Shannon, Jim Mason, Dave Nichting, Jerry
Schweickert, Tom Lewis, and John Magnotto.
Do you know who’s blowing hot?
Lewis, Bob Luzar, Dick Martin, Jim McDonough,
Tom McDonough, Bill McGreal, Mike McHale,
Chuck McKeon, Gene McLaughlin, Bud Meyers,
Paul Napoli, Jerry O’Malley, Chalmers Omberg,
Ed Porubsky, Fred Previts, Nickolas Prospero,
Ron Reuss, Pete Rossi, Bill San Hamel, Lawrence
Senffner, Dan Shaughnessy, Mike Shean, John
Smith, Jerry Stanoch, Paul Stetz, Kevin Stroh,
Mike Sullivan, Pete Trentadue, Tom Vince, Don
Zawistowski, and Anthony Zeno. ... Terry Leiden,
attorney and author of “Get Back in the Game,”
has ventured into the world of entertainment and
parody by writing and producing two albums –
“Bankers Songs of the Great Recession” and
“Country Songs of the Great Recession” (lyrics by
Terry, performance by the Telfair Street Band and
the Pinch Gut Troubadours) – that are available from
Telfair Street Press in Augusta, Ga. Songs include:
“The Foreclosures are Marching Here Again,” “Over
Charge,” “Banker Doodle Dandy,” “We’re Owing
and Not Sorry,” “My Home is On the Auction Block,”
and “Oh Give Me a Home Where Foreclosures Don’t
Roam.” I’m sure Terry will be pleased to audition the
CDs this summer at reunion. ... On a sad note, we’ve
been notified about the death of John O’Brien of
Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Nov. 19, 2011. Bob
Pete Mykytyn
1963 618-5+9-19+6
I hope things have been going well for all of you. I
had a couple nice notes from Bob Simon ([email protected] last fall that were too late to make the
winter issue. He was amazed at all the changes
at Carroll since 1974, which was the last time he
visited campus. Bob was a night school student
and remembered the library was on the third floor
of the Administration Building, as were his classes.
Bob visited with Joseph Miller, Ph.D., who was one
of his speech teachers; the Vincent Kline Speech
Center; and the Dolan Science Center. Bob shed a
few tears as he walked around campus, which is
understandable. Bob, who lives in Warren, Ohio, is a
retired educator. He keeps busy with volunteer work
at Trumbull Memorial Hospital and is a district deputy
for Knights of Columbus councils in the area. ... Tom
Edwards ([email protected]) wrote after
Veterans Day last November. That time of the year
made him remember our classmates who made
the ultimate sacrifice during Vietnam. Tom wanted
to be sure we always remember them. We do,
Tom. Thanks. Tom spent his career with Caterpillar,
mostly in human resources in Los Angeles, and
retired in 2006. He and his wife, Monique, keep busy
around the house and travel. Tom, you mentioned a
river cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Kathy
and I travel in Europe as frequently as possible and
have thought about a Russian river cruise. We just
haven’t done it yet. ... Richard Kotarba was named
Pittsburgh 2012 Construction Law Lawyer of the
Year by Best Lawyers, a respected legal evaluation
publication. Richard received his J.D. from Boston
College and has been in the Pittsburgh area for many
years. He’s past chair of the Construction and Real
Estate Sections of the Allegheny Bar Association. He
served on the board of La Roche College in Pittsburgh
for more than 30 years, chairing the board for three
years. He’s also a past trustee and chair of the board
of trustees at Pontifical College Josephinum in
Columbus, Ohio. In 2010, he received the St. Thomas
More Award from the St. Thomas More Society of
the Allegheny County Bar Association. Only 50
attorneys and judges have received this award since
1962. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America
for 20 years and is listed in four categories of that
publication: construction law, construction litigation,
real estate law, and real estate litigation. ... On a sad
note, I received word from the alumni office John
Dobrogowski passed away Dec. 18, 2011. Our
thoughts and prayers go out to John’s family. Pete
Frank Kelley
1964 fkelley©
The leadoff report for 2012 wouldn’t be complete
without a comment about Ginny and Russ Centanni
abusing their passports in 2011. They visited five
Central American countries and many Mayan ruins
in March. A wonderful highlight occurred on their
24th wedding anniversary – a convergence of a full
moon, the beginning of spring, and the feast of Saint
Santiago in a village overlooking Lake Atitlan that
culminated in a blessing of their marriage by a Mayan
Shaman. A beautiful happening in a perfect setting.
They bookended 2011 with a trip to Croatia, Bosnia,
and Montenegro. The Centannis will not begin this
year with a road trip to Southeast U.S., culminating
in Western Florida, as planned because Russ is
having surgery. So, the Fort Myers/Bonita Springs
crowd – including John Breen, Tim Logan, Ross
Tisci, Jim Corsica, Tom Moore, and Lou Mastrian
– won’t receive a huge dose of “Cennthusiasm.” But
remember the 2004 reunion: Russ and Ginny take
their road trips towing a trailer of Idaho wine. ... Sadly,
we report the passing of Louis (Bill) Balancio in San
Diego. Bill was outgoing, enthusiastic, and wore a
permanent broad smile. He and I met in Washington,
D.C., Feb. 5, 1965, and the next day were bussed
to Fort Eustis to muster in as second lieutenants –
the same day North Vietnam was first bombed. See
page 81 of the 1964 Carillon for a great picture of
Bill at the Indiantown Gap Summer Camp mess hall
in 1963. He’s on the far left with future lieutenants
Tom Leahy, Ron Macy, Bill Kerner, Jim Joyce,
Tim de Bord, and Dave Haas. After two years in
Germany, Bill moved to California, where he quickly
formed Balancio Insurance, which is still operating
in Solana Beach. Bill devoted his life to coaching
youth in baseball and soccer, including a state soccer
championship with the San Dieguito Surf Club. ...
Lastly, a report about unlikely Kelley shenanigans in
New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes in early November:
Our son, Shane, wed Erin Bina, a Miami of Ohio
grad. They met while earning their MBAs at Cornell.
Mother Nature cooperated, the steep banks of
glacier-formed Keuka Lake held their autumn red/
gold colors proudly, a lovely outdoor ceremony took
place, and then the unexpected – the Blues Brothers
joined the reception. My brother, James Kelley ’70,
and I donned fedoras and shades, exhilarating the
crowd. It was reminiscent of my twist-contest victory
at our junior-year-end dance. Don’t remember that?
Just ask Bill Waldner. ... Until next time, God bless
all Streaks. Frank
Dick Conoboy
1965 [email protected]
Jo and Bill Otter were off to Buenos Aires and
Rosario, Argentina, in February to visit railroad
friends. They’re also going to Alaska with the
American Association of Railroad Superintendents
in May. Bill and Jo have five kids, six grandkids, and
four granddogs. Bill’s dad, also Bill Otter (Loyola
Academy ’35), is 94 years old and doing well. The
two went train riding together before Christmas and
had fun, which Bill defines as not getting derailed.
... John Mieyal, professor of pharmacology at
Case Western Reserve University, appeared on
National Public Radio in January. He also conducted
a science café at the Market Garden Brewery in
Ohio City. The café is a public event for lay people
to have a beer and ask questions about science
relevant to living in today’s world. ... Neil Evans’
last vacation was in 1986 because of health issues,
although he retired as a teacher in 1995. Neil is
interested in photography and was part of a three-
man photography show at St. Paul’s Episcopal
Church in Akron for two months. He has more than
2,000 photos on his Flickr site. Conduct a people
search and type in ncevans to see his pics. ... Dan
Peitzmeyer stopped working full time six years ago
while his wife, Judy Rollings, continues to enjoy
her work in theater. Her younger son, Matt, is a
musician and has toured the world extensively. Dan
and Judy became groupies and, in 2010, followed
the band in England and France. Luckily, they were
able to meet Tom McKay and his wife, Ruth, for
dinner in a London pub before a concert in Royal
Albert Hall. Tom and Ruth had just arrived from
Cleveland that day. Dan, on his own, also makes an
annual stag week trip to Colorado to ski at Keystone,
Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, etc. On the next
trip, he hopes to catch up with Marty Bunker ’67.
Marty, a retired USAF lieutenant colonel, and his
wife, Marilyn, have resided in Colorado Springs
for almost 30 years. Dan is a part-time hospital
chaplain, schedule permitting. He also works in
social justice ministries with the homeless, elderly,
migrants, and prisoners, while seeking to reform
criminal sentencing and abolish the death penalty.
Last year, he attended the annual conference of the
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty at
the Arizona/Mexico border, participating in Derechos
Humanos’ Migrant Trail, and at the School of the
Americas watch vigil at Fort Benning in Columbus,
Ga., where, among the thousands, he found JCU
students. ... In December, your columnist and his
wife, Cecile, returned from a fabulous three-week
trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe. It was the trip of
a lifetime. Dick
Dave Griffin
1966 727-9++-5229
Happy spring to all. I hope everyone had a wonderful
Christmas. It seemed our Northern alumni had a mild
winter. We were swimming in Florida in January.
Last fall, Steve Chamberlain and Judi hosted a
Halloween party. Steve was an OB/GYN doctor, and
Judi was a fairy. (I don’t think I have that reversed.)
He’s still giving away money at his bank. Judge
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John Schwartz and his lovely wife attended. John
dressed as a druid with a big mouth ... just as many
of us remember him. Ron Gillenkirk and Diane
were going to be there but were invited to visit their
grandkids for Halloween. ... An email from John
Gallagher said he met with Bob Jacobs, Ron G,
Larry Henry, Rob Searson, and Fran Nunney for
dinner last fall. All but Bob and Rob played golf the
next day. Larry walked off with the honors. They plan
to do it again next year with an expanded group. John
and Pat stay busy with four daughters, 11 grandkids,
and a little travel when they can. ... I received a
Christmas email from Mike DeLisio. He asked me to
say hello to all our classmates. He and Anna still live
in Italy near Florence. ... John Stagl was a featured
speaker at the annual World Conference on Disaster
Management. He was noted as the top speaker, and
his session was one of the most widely attended.
Congrats, John. We knew you always had a great
line. ... Some of you might remember Jim Small. I’m
sorry to report Jim died in July 2011. May he rest in
peace. ... Jane and I spent December in St. Louis with
our kids and grandkids. It was a great month topped
off with all of us together for Christmas. Retirement
is super. ... I haven’t heard from 80 percent of you
since I’ve been writing this column. I’d like to know
what you’re doing. Jane is on Facebook, but I’m not
there yet. I plan to join soon. I hope that will make it
easy for some of you to contact me. I pray you’re well
and happy. Take care. Dave
Peter French
1967 ++O-73+-5553
Hello, class. Your reunion committee – William
Ryan, Pete Bernardo, Mark DeLong, Charlie
McCarthy, Jack Winchester, and yours truly – has
been working hard. Thanks also to local ’67 class
members – John Gibbons, Sam Colacarro, and
Tom Ashdown – for calling Cleveland area alumni.
John advised me he and Pat traveled to New Orleans
to visit Bill Ryan. I went to several JCU football games
this fall and watched John’s son, Marty, play defense
for Carroll, as did John, who was regarded as a
defensive strategist and football coach. ... Timothy
Davis and Michael Connor mentioned they’d try to
attend. Michael published his first book, “Buffalo Rail
Work,” in 2011. Congratulations! ... John Forhan
returned to Cleveland to celebrate his mom’s 90th
birthday. Tom Ashdown visited with John, and John
mentioned he has not driven in snow for more than
35 years. He’s a California guy now. ... Mark DeLong
was talking about the fact that 45 years is a long
time and some of our classmates have passed. Mark
wanted to say a few words about Dean Kinley: “On
Sept. 10, 2008, we lost Dean Kinley. Dean was a day
hop who many might not remember because he
was always working. He was a business major, but
his real genius was in education. He had an innate
sense of how to deal with young people. He was
revered at Cleveland Central Catholic High School
where he was a teacher, coach, and administrator.
His memory will continue to inspire us.” Thank
you, Mark. ... During our last conference call, Jack
Winchester had a great idea: Because many of ’67
alumni were staying off campus, one of the hotels
could act as a center to meet before and after the
campus activities. The center of our activities will
be on JCU campus, including our class dinner. Pete
Bernardo is checking into hotels and in the process
of sending a letter about our class gift. ... Well, I’ve
covered all the basics for our 45th reunion. A closing
thought: In 1992, we had 50 alumni attend the
reunion festivities. The record for a 45th reunion at
Carroll is 72 classmates. The committee hopes to get
between 50 and 60 class members to attend. If you
can attend one night, great; but if you can attend for
two nights, fantastic! See you there. Take care. Peter
Jeff Hawk
1968 317-8+5-+199
Have I heard from you: James P. Breig, C. Andrew
Bodor, Leonard M. Calabrese, Thomas Clark,
John J. Gillick, and Fred Kuhar? ... We’ve lost
many of our classmates, so please remember them
and their families and friends in your prayers. I’m
close to all of them. As I wrote this column, I noted
three of my fraternity brothers who have left us:
Frank E. Canda (Mariam), Thomas B. Menozzi
(Carolyn), and V. Craig Yuskewich (Celest). ...
Remember, your news is of great interest to your
classmates. Send me a note, call, or email. Jeff
Gerry Grim
1969 [email protected]
Bill Badke was the huge winner in the Old Man’s
Super Bowl pool run by Ed Christy. I, much like
the Steelers, finished poorly; but nice job, Bill. ... I
received the following note from George Aufmuth:
“My JCU roommate, Mike Kolp, and I have stayed
in touch since college. For about 17 years, we lived
in North Canton, Ohio. Our wives also became good
friends. Mike and his wife visited my wife and I in
South Carolina. We spent a fun weekend together
and took the wives to see the Christmas decorations
at the Biltmore mansion in North Carolina. Mike took
over his father’s plumbing business years ago, and
his son works in the business, too. I’m still employed
with Michelin tires in retail marketing. This year
marks my 33rd year of being in the tire industry. We
enjoy living in South Carolina and plan to retire here.
We love company, so if any of the old T-wingers
are in the area, stop by.” ... Here’s something you
should be proud of: Three members of our class
are serving on the University’s board of directors.
Mr. Hanna and Mr. Hardy have been on the board,
but Stephen Todd joined them recently. Stephen,
one of our outstanding business school graduates,
had a long and successful career with Ernest and
Young. I worked at Carroll for 12 years, went to
school here for four years, and have volunteered for
about 15 years, so I know some JCU history. Not
many classes have achieved the lofty status of three
classmates serving on the board at the same time.
Great job, Howard, Mike, and Stephen. The school is
in good hands. ... Anyone who reads this column and
played intramurals, especial during our freshman and
sophomore years, or lived in Dolan, will be sadden by
this news: Bill Oldani passed away Oct. 6, 2011. Bill,
who was at JCU for only two years, was the most
enthusiastic referee/umpire for football, basketball,
and softball intramurals. Bill treated every game
as if he was working an NBA, NFL, or MBL game.
He was a true character and will be missed by his
JCU friends. ... Advice about Medicare is welcome
because I’m flooded with Plan B, C, and D material.
They must have known my GPA at Carroll. Take care,
and write. Grimmer
Ted Heutsche
1970 517-669-+OO5
Rich Harkey met with Jerry Mihalek. Rich and Jerry
were accounting classmates at Carroll, as well as
U.S. Army classmates as second lieutenants at the
U.S. Army Transportation School at Fort Eustis, Va.
There were five 1970 JCU grads in the same officer
course – Rich and Jerry along with Tommy Ahern,
Tom Downey, and (Fearless) Frank Brady. While
the latter three went to the officer’s club for cheap
beer, Rich and Jerry would go to the field house to
run laps, pump iron, and wrestle occasionally. Jerry
would toss Rich around the mats like an old rag doll,
so fortunately they didn’t wrestle too often. Jerry and
his wife of 41 years, Mary Lou, are empty nesters in
University Heights. Their three girls and three boys
are long gone from the home, but three still live in
the greater Cleveland area and have provided four
grandchildren. Jerry ([email protected]) runs
his own CPA firm in Garfield Heights where he
offers significant first-time pricing to JCU alumni and
their friends. Rich got in touch with Ron Moeller
after he read about Ron in my fall ’11 column. Ron
wrote about his career at Varian Medical Systems,
which coincidentally is Rich’s present employer
(small world). ... I owe Dick Starr an apology. He
emailed in April 2011 to let me know his company,
Enterprise Corp. of Twinsburg, Ohio, had been
selected as Commercial HVAC Contractor of the
Year by Contracting Business magazine in the March
2011 issue. It’s the largest trade publication in the
HVAC industry and has 100,000 subscribers and
countless others via cyberspace. The article can be
read at Dick wrote: “When
they selected our company as Commercial HVAC
Contractor of the Year, it was a humbling honor. The
Steve ’66 and Judi Chamberlain at their
Halloween party
process gathers comments from trade associations,
manufacturers, customers, competitors, vendors,
etc.” Congratulate Dick at [email protected]
... Jimmy McIntyre’s wife, Peggy, sent an email:
“Jimmy is fine and still working as a corrections
officer for the sheriff’s dept. On the feast of St.
Ignatius (July 31, 2011), our daughter, Tina, and
son-in-law, Todd, made us grandparents to Dallas
Nathanial Esson. I told her she was going to have him
on the feast of St. Ignatius because that’s Jimmy’s
middle name. He came out early because we were
at the Irish Festival. He was afraid of the bagpipes
or liked them and wanted to hear more.” ... Finally,
the alumni office informed me about the passing
of Kathryn Harrison (Dec. 18, 2011) and Joseph
Holub (March 17, 2011). May they rest in peace. Ted
Tom and Rosemary Costello
1971 217-3++-2O76
[email protected]
If you’ve been a faithful follower of this column,
you’ve read about encouraging our classmates and
friends to keep in contact with each other. Well,
once more, we say make that phone call or send that
email. Don’t wait. ... Sadly, we report the passing of
Ernie Sobieski and Paul Cummings, two great
classmates and outstanding individuals. Hopefully,
there’s a glee club and football team in heaven.
... Cleveland locals: New grandpa Vic Matteucci,
Mark Plush, and Jim McHale ’72 – along with
Pete Hamm, I hope – made a pilgrimage to West
Palm Beach. They held a small turf management
convention on the 19th hole. ... Mike Bobinski
talked about the Pershing Rifle reunion, which was
represented well by ’71 grads: George Batyko and
his wife, Mary ’72; Barb and Andy Gianelli (in from
Rhode Island); and Sheila ’73 and Denis Nowacki.
He says that even though Denny Perry was laid up
he attended in spirit. ... Al Tegel and his wife, Sue,
are enjoying the grandparent role times two. Al is in
his 18th year at PNC Bank ... Paul Pojman, one of
our more reliable reporters, is volunteering with the
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, as well as a host
of other places. All aboard! ... Frank Rose recently
received 2011 Citizen of the Year honors from
the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce.
Frank has a list of accomplishments and volunteer
activities of your typical successful JCU grad – all
that and a great bowler, too. ... Mike Crabill, who’s
semiretired, is the Rotary District Governor in
Northern Indiana with 55 clubs in his district. Sounds
like a lot of service above self. We hope his stomach
can handle all that rubber chicken. I hope this builds
goodwill. Need a makeup? ... Mike Lewis joined
the Hudson Community Foundation board. If you
live near Hudson and are working with a community
group, Mike’s on the grants committee. ... A little
late with this but, Ken Root, a practicing neurologist
in Gilbert, Ariz., and his wife, Lynda, an Arizona State
nursing instructor, joined Marie and Len Calabrese
for what sounds like a spectacular tour of Italy. With
all of food they ate, they needed a G-I doctor to join
the medical group. Ken offers a shout out to his AED
pals. ... Finally, a reminder to send us your email
address. Just say hi so we can update our list. Don’t
forget the Facebook page JCU ’71. Tom & Rosemary
John M. Marcus
1972 3O1-53O-7285
Our 40th reunion is June 15-17. Make it back because
we’re not getting any younger. I was reminded about
that when Sir Francis Palamara wrote from his library
at Overstrand Mansions (not to be confused with his
fishing getaway in the stylish English Lakes District).
Frankie tells the story of two 60-year-old guys sitting in a
pub. One guy pointed across the bar and said to his pal,
“That’s us in 10 years.” His drinking pal says, “That’s
a mirror, mate!” I got a note from Gregg Gianpetro,
who said he’d show. It’s good news because, after
bringing down the house with his monologue at our
25th reunion dinner (remember the bit about short
people in restrooms?), he’s missed the past two. I
know I’d like to see him again. I’m sure we can count
on the regulars: Farrell, Bergerson, Cavanagh, Doyle,
Maggio, Ray, Quilty, Rogo, Pearl, Caulfield, Hogan,
Connaughton, Meacham, the Conways, Ryan, the
Joyces, Hickey, the Collins, the Hills, the Hudecs,
Cianflocco, Bertgese, the Browns, Peters, Radie,
Sossi, Ropar, Quart, Webber, and Spook, Mouse,
and Chico. I remember what Don Fisher said to me
at the 25th – it was his first time back ... ever. He said
he had so much fun reconnecting with old pals and
being on the campus he regretted not having made
it back before. He hasn’t missed since. Highlights of
the weekend are Friday golf, the Friday night dinner
hosted by none other than class restaurateur Martin
Bergerson, and the Saturday night class dinner. In
between, the hospitality tent will be open with plenty
of refreshments. Frankie P. will, I’m sure, be passing
out Cubans. There will be lots of time to see all the
great new additions to the campus (and be haunted
by the ghosts of Carroll past). OK, so we’re 60, no
reason to shut down. Be like Judge Anne Conway,
who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro a year ago August.
Really! Before you come, read a great book for people
our age – “Younger Next Year,” a Craig Roach Book-
of-the-Month Club selection. ... Speaking of Judge
Conway, she wrote to tell me one of her daughters,
a lawyer, recently married a medical student while
her other daughter is a pediatrician in residency at St.
Christopher’s in Philly. ... I also received a note from
Paul McGurr, who’s taking a sabbatical in Sweden to
help a business school earn its AACSB accreditation,
much like what Paul’s dad, Dean McGurr, did years
back for the Carroll Business School. ... Also heard from
Tommy Hill, who tried to talk his way out of the report
filed by Lake Erie beat reporter Neil Conway. Tom and
former Streak QB Tim Andrassy ’70 were seen cross-
dressing in a theatrical performance. Hill said it was
a benefit show for a good cause and claims Conway
was only trying to smear his good name because Neil
couldn’t fit into one of the tutus. (Neil, you might want
to pick up “Younger Next Year.”) ... Sad news to report
from classes around ours – Paul Cummings ’71 and
Charlie Beringer ’75 passed away. Paul, a Buffalo guy
and standout football player, was one of the classiest
guys you could meet. Charlie was one of the most loyal
friends you could have. He had a dry and biting wit that
could set you back on your heels. Both will be missed.
... That’s it for now. I hope to see you all in June. Take
care. JM
Bob Larocca
1973 216-321-55+7/216-233-7651
I chased the winter blues with tidbits about our class
... Rick Kaplar was appointed chairman of the board of
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, Va. The
diocese borders Washington, D.C., and encompasses
21 counties and 2.8 million residents in Northeast
Virginia. Rick still lives in Herndon, Va., and has two
grown sons and two grandkids. ... Under the “be careful
what you ask for” banner, John Maksem supplied me
with a historical tome. Since leaving Des Moines, Iowa,
in 2005 as chief pathologist at Mercy Medical Hospital,
he became pathologist at Orlando Health hospitals, set
up several molecular labs, and is an adjunct professor
at Central Florida’s College of Medicine. His wife,
Mary Kay ’75, an expert horticulturalist, has a quilting
business. Living near Disney World in Celebration,
Fla., they’re active in horseback riding; parasailing;
paragliding; weight training; and are accomplished,
national-ballroom-dance-competition winners. They’ve
hiked, traveled, and cruised throughout Europe and
enjoy spending time with their grandchildren often.
They cordially invite any classmates to contact them
([email protected]) if they’re in the Orlando
area. That concludes Maksem volume 1, and we
eagerly await the next chapter of their lives. ... Keep
the faith. Rock on! Bob
Dave Robinson
1974 2+8-6+2-9615
Rosemary Amato ([email protected]) is program
director for Global Client Intelligence at Deloitte
Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. in Amsterdam. She has a virtual
team located throughout the world. She loves living
in Europe and extends an invitation to classmates to
come to Amsterdam. She says it’s a wonderful place
for a vacation. ... Chris and Phil Niedzielski-Eichner
celebrated their 37th year of marriage and have been
blessed with two daughters who are well along in
their lives and careers. Chris recently retired from
United Airlines and views life through a much different
lens. Phil remains with the Obama Administration
working on matters about national nuclear security
and counterterrorism. Contrary to popular political
cliché to bash public servants, Phil is honored for the
experience to work with those serving our nation in
the civilian ranks and is awed by what they do for our
country. ... Jeff Hokl attended the annual Christmas
dinner meeting hosted by Jim DiBenedetto ’76 in
Chicago. Also in attendance: Jim Feigh ’76, Ken
(Dooner) Mulcrone ’76, Jim Petruzzi ’75, Bob Zotti ’75,
Dan (His Honor) Kelly ’73, Jay Rigali ’76, Joe Duffy
’72, and Terry O’Brien ’78. Jeff said the stories and
recollections of the days at JCU brought back great
memories for all. Jeff also reports Bob Madden still
is playing organized league baseball in the summer
with his son and holds his own on the mound and
with the bat. ... Frank Palermo hosted his annual golf
outing at his seaside home in Hilton Head, S.C. John
Palermo ’71, Mike Nienstedt ’73, Mike McShane,
Larry Meathe, and Joe Virostek attended. The six
played golf for four days and found time to smoke
cigars and discuss their favorite stories from their
Carroll days. ... Marlana Pugh Hamer’s original poem,
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recently returned to Ohio from New York City to enter
politics with Josh Mandel’s U.S. Senate campaign.
You can’t mention one Nancy without the other –
Nancy Pierce – who owns Chicago-based internet- We hope to see her at reunion along
with the “Sues,” Bergquist and Scully. ... Nancy
Benacci is one of three classmates on JCU’s board
of directors. Others include Terry Sullivan, president
of Paragon Advisors in Cleveland, and Rick Maroun,
general counsel for APP Pharmaceuticals. Nancy
and Terry (and his daughter, a JCU senior) attended
Carroll’s 125th anniversary gala in December along
with Tim Cannon and his wife, Lisa; Urban Picard
and his wife, Christine ’93; Kathy and Bob Kenny;
Kathy Berry; and my wife, Lorrie, and I. Tim has been
an 11th District Ohio Court of Appeals judge since
2007. Tim and Lisa’s daughter, Sarah, is legislative
director for U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette in D.C.
Urban’s son, Urban Jr., is a U.S. Army captain, having
served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. I see Urban (Sr.)
frequently. He lives across the street from me – it’s
just like being down the hall at Redwood. ... Dave
Cullen is a grandfather again. His daughter, Erin ’02,
gave birth to a daughter, Alaina, last spring. ... Several
of us shared laughs at Wendy and Stan Mambort’s
home in Cincinnati several months ago. Joining us
were the Picards, Kennys, Beth and Mike Downing,
and Bob (Sha-Na-Na) Keir and wife, Sandy. Mike’s
son, Garrett, handles digital media for the Baltimore
Ravens. Check out
tag/garrett-downing/. ... In March, Brian Henke,
John (JR) Rutherford, and I trekked south for our
annual Florida trip – this year in Tampa at the home
of Al Hess ’79. Actually, Brian trekked north because
he spends most of the year at his home in Naples.
Brian’s son, Gordy, who joined dad in Naples, is in the
real-estate business. JR’s son, Dan, followed him into
the financial industry in NYC. Not to be outdanned,
Kevin Hinkel’s son, Dan, joined Kevin’s law firm
where Dave Weibel is a partner. ... Finally, if you
attend reunion, you can learn why I, a dyed-in-the-
(green)-wool U-Clubber, allowed an IXY to marry my
daughter. Don’t fret. It’s not what it seems, but you
have to be there to find out. See you in June. Gags
Tim Freeman
1978 7O8-579-9O75
[email protected]
Greetings! Our 35th reunion is set for June 14-16,
2013. Plan to attend. Better yet, get in touch with
10 classmates you want to see and get them to
commit. It’ll be a blast. ... A good representation of
classmates attended JCU’s 125th anniversary gala
dinner in Cleveland in December including Mike
Merriman, Rich Bongorno, Terri and George
Lewandowski, and Tom Keir. Congrats to Terri
for being appointed to serve on JCU’s alumni
board. Thanks for your leadership, Terri. ... I’ve
heard classmates Terry O’Brien, John Bundra,
and John Sideras are planning to be in Dublin this
Labor Day for JCU’s football game vs. St. Norbert.
Another dozen ’78ers are considering adding a
couple rounds of golf to maximize the experience
of Ireland. ... Two of Carroll’s ’78 graduate school
alums passed away recently. Condolences to the
families of Joycelyn Smarsh and Vernette Super.
... Though not members of ’78, it was sad to hear the
“This is a Man’s World,” is included in a new book that
was created in memory of the hardest-working man in
show business, James Brown. “Say It Loud! Poems
about James Brown,” an anthology, was launched
in mid-October at Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry
Road in Cleveland Heights. JCU faculty members
Mary E. Weems and Michael Oatman are the editors
and contributing poets. ... Just when Joanne and Ed
Staunton were getting used to being empty nesters,
both their children moved back home. Sara graduated
from the University of Mary Washington with a degree
in international studies in June and is studying to take
the Foreign Service exam. Christopher works in the
Port of Annapolis acquiring experience in the boating
industry and attending college at night. ... Kathleen
(Kate) Crowley Kelly, who launched a swim school
business last June, works out of the Aqua Building
in downtown Chicago teaching babies, kids, adults,
and triathletes. ... I conclude with a tribute to Charles
(Charlie) Beringer III ’75, who passed away Christmas
day while visiting his father in Akron. Charlie, who
loved John Carroll, contributed his time and talents
as a student and alumnus. His cerebral wit and
photography will be missed greatly. Molly and I saw
many of his classmates, who attended his wake and
memorial in Akron: Jim Mackey ’71, Gerry Grim ’69,
Ken Rudzki ’75, Frank Sossi, Terry Dwyer ’74, Linda
Meglin, Bob Quart ’72, Rocky Larocca ’73, and Gary
Laughlin. On behalf of the class of ’74 who knew
Charlie, our prayers and thoughts are with Dan ’81 and
Bob ’80 Beringer for their loss. Robby
Rick Rea
1975 31+-769-9+51
At the annual business meeting of the Fairmount Center
for the Arts Sept. 26, 2011, Jim Cowan, of Hudson,
Ohio, was approved unanimously as president of the
board of trustees. Before his appointment, Jim spent
29 years in the legal field, serving as the executive
director for several large law firms headquartered in
Cleveland. Jim was a teacher, assistant principal, and
assistant to the superintendent for 15 years at districts
including Chagrin Falls, Beachwood City Schools,
and Shaker Heights. He received his undergraduate
degree from Miami University and a master’s from
Carroll. ... A couple of days after Christmas, I received
an email from classmate Kevin Kane informing me
classmate Charles Beringer III died suddenly on
Christmas Day. Fellow class columnists Bob Larocca
’73 and Dave Robinson ’74 will, in all likelihood, be
paying tribute to Charlie in their columns, but Charlie
was ours. Unselfishly, he put his stamp on most of
the class reunions we’ve enjoyed since graduation.
Though living in University Heights, Charlie added to
the enjoyment and camaraderie at reunion by staying
in the dorms. I felt honored when Charlie invited me
to come to his installation dinner when he won the
alumni medal in 2003. Before the ceremony, we asked
Charlie about his acceptance speech, and he told us
not to worry because it’d be short and sweet. Upon
presentation of his medal, Charlie said, “Thanks to my
friends for being here, and thanks to the University
for this award.” Charlie was a gentle soul, an avid
photographer, amateur astronomer, gardener, and
trivial pursuit player. He founded the Richard Miles
Decker Scholarship Fund, which has sent many
deserving children to Camp Falcon in Leesville, Ohio.
... We lost another classmate, Ray Pawlowski, Oct.
31, 2011, after a heroic battle with cancer. I seldom
saw Ray without a smile. Kevin Kane said, of all of us,
Ray was the guy he thought would live to be 100. My
life is much richer for having known Charlie and Ray.
... Congratulations to Frs. Bichl and Bukala ’54 on two
nice articles in the magazine focusing on their lives
and life at Carroll. Both have made an impact on my
life through their friendship and example of a life for
others. ... Email me news, and pray for peace. RR
Diane Coolican Gaggin
1976 [email protected]
Spring’s sprung, and I hope everyone is enjoying the
transition. Erie can’t be too dreary if we get smoke
signals from Bob Tullio. He sends word JCU has yet
another legacy Blue Streak in the form of daughter,
Lauren, a sophomore transfer, who began her Jesuit
journey in January 2012. Her brother, Brian ’09 is
finishing up at Capital University Law School in
May. Then it’s back to school for an LLM in tax. Our
hearty congratulations to the Tullio clan. ... Thanks to
Elaine Yeip for sending word we lost our classmate,
Margaret (Peggy) Nemec-Groth last December.
The alumni office informed me Arunas Azelis died
last Christmas Eve. Our thoughts and prayers extend
to the families of our friends. ... Onward toward
summer now. Please send me news about the
happenings in your lives. People love reading it. ’Til
the next column, I remain your faithful scribe. Cools
Dennis J. Lane
1977 [email protected]
Bill Gagliano
[email protected]
Bill Gagliano here, subbing this issue for Dennis
Lane, who’s still battling writer’s cramp suffered
several issues ago. Seriously, Dennis, senior VP for
Ryan Commercial Real Estate in Columbia, Md., has
his hands full dealing with the real-estate market and
allowed me to assume the burden of this issue’s
column. After all, I got him into this in the first place.
... Save the date for our 35th reunion – June 15-17,
2012. The committee, comprising Kathy Berry,
Dave South, Virginia Ivec, and Mark McMullen,
is working to make this a wonderful time to share
memories. No excuses allowed – be there! Among
those on the missing class member list – and
hopefully located by reunion – are Patty (Stevenson)
Beres, Steve Darnell, OJ Dougherty, Leslie Koczur,
Cynthia Leonard, and Jeff Shadburn. Come on, this
sounds like easy pickings. Someone should know
where they are. ... Reunion will be a perfect chance
to catch up. Here’s an early start: Kathy Berry still is
in the funeral industry – now with Wilbert Funeral
Services – and promises to be the last one to let you
down. Not too soon, we hope. … Mark McMullen
was elected state treasurer for the Georgia State
Council of the Knights of Columbus. … Nancy
Cunningham Benacci is director of equity research
at KeyBanc Capital Markets, one of the nation’s
top equity research providers. Nancy’s son, Kevin,
passing of Ray Pawlowski ’75 and Charlie Beringer
’75. Both Ray and Charlie were a positive presence
on JCU’s campus during our freshman year. I
joined classmates Earl Hamlin, Kathy (Buehrle)
Hiney, and John Sideras at Charlie’s wake in late
December. After graduation, Charlie’s leadership and
passion for JCU – his class reunions, the IXYs, and
the Cleveland alumni club – was unique and inspiring.
The amazing mix of alumni joining his brothers, Bob
’80 and Dan ’81, at the wake was a tribute to Charlie’s
unique personality and rewarding friendship. ...
Congrats to classmates who’ve recently transitioned
to new jobs: Bob Rees (PNC Bank), Jack Blackburn
(CFO, XYMOGEN), and Jim Szakos (McCutcheon
Enterprises). ... Walter (Bruce) Brownridge has
an amazing job title and equally amazing location:
cathedral dean, pastor, chief executive, and canon
lawyer at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Honolulu. ... John
Martin moved to Baltimore to be assistant director of
the Maryland lottery. A newcomer in Baltimore, John
is willing to connect with classmates living in the
area. ... Ed Donnelly ’75 passed along word his sister
Julie (Donnelly) Hattrup and family are doing well in
Pennsylvania. … Thanks for writing. Tim
Nancy Agacinski
1979 na,acinski©

Hi, y’all. What’s new in your world? Here’s the news
I have: Brian and Mary Haas McGraw proudly
announced the exciting news that their daughter,
Marie, who attends MIT, was on College Jeopardy
Feb. 6. Mary, Brian, and Mary’s brother, Jim, flew to
California to watch the taping of the show. Marie did a
great job. She was so poised and was so fun to watch.
Congratulations to her for this great accomplishment!
Mary, we’ll have to hear some of those Alex Trebek
stories. ... I ran into Nick Iarussi ’81; his wife, Gia;
and their son, Anthony. Nick and Gia have two
other children, Marissa and Michael. Nick works in
the orthopedic/medical sales area. ... Vicky Vance,
an attorney for Tucker, Ellis and West (TEW), was
appointed the vice-chair of the Insurance Law Section
of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA).
The Insurance Law Section enables members to meet
others with similar professional interests. The section
oversees meetings, publications, and seminars to
educate and inform CMBA members. Vicky’s work at
TEW focuses on counseling and representing health-
care providers, insurers, reinsurers, and underwriters
in the evaluation, monitoring, management, and
resolution of claims, investigations, and other risks.
Since 2001, Vicky has been named a Northeast Ohio
Leading Lawyer by Inside Business magazine. ...
John Ehrman’s grandmother turned 100 last July.
She remembers many of John’s classmates visiting
her in her Cleveland Heights home and wanted to
say hello to Tom and Josephine (Ruitto) O’Grady.
John’s 19-year-old twins recently wrote a paper
about the Great Depression and turned to their great-
grandmother for a firsthand report instead of looking
up information on the Internet. ... On Jan. 3, for the
eighth time, Ed Kelley was re-elected mayor of
Cleveland Heights for another two-year term. ... Sarah
B. Heupler, a graduate student in our class, passed
away Jan. 21, 2012. May she rest in peace. ... Keep
in touch with your news. Until then, every five while
we’re alive. Nancy
Matt Holtz
1980 ++O-331-1759
A number of news items have made it into the
mailbag. Aileen Magnotto, who dropped a line
on her new business venture, launched an organic
multigrain vegetable pasta called MagNoodles.
She performs MagNoodles demos in the Ohio and
Pennsylvania markets at Heinen’s and Whole Foods
stores. The product is three whole grains blended
with semolina and infused with four vegetables.
All organic American grains are used in processing.
More information is at Aileen
also designed the Breast Cancer Pinky Ring, which
was available at Nordstroms. Proceeds go toward
the Komen For the Cure Cleveland chapter. ...
Congratulations to fellow political science major
Diana Thimmig, who was installed as president
of the Federal Bar Association, Northern District
of Ohio Chapter. Diana is of counsel with the
Roetzel and Andress law firm in Cleveland where
her practice focuses on complex business and
commercial litigation, bankruptcy cases, and
insolvency proceedings. Diana also was the 2009
recipient of the Federal Bar Association’s Elaine R.
“Boots” Fisher Award in recognition of exemplary
community, public, and charitable service. ... For
those looking to make a name for yourself at Carroll,
you can do so by purchasing a custom-engraved
brick paver for the new Saint Ignatius of Loyola Plaza,
which will be located outside Saint Francis Chapel
with the statue of St. Ignatius as its centerpiece. All
proceeds will support campus ministry. The artist’s
rendering of the plaza, which can be seen at
plaza, depicts a fountain with a small pool area. ...
Drop a line anytime. MFH
Bob Hill
1981 +1+-25+-988O
Greetings. I hope your year is off to a great start.
We’re blessed to live in such a great country, and I
hope when you read this, the economy is taking a
positive turn finally. ... I heard from Elizabeth (Beth
Martin) Stearns. She’s the assistant director for
the Waukegan (Ill.) Public Library in an impoverished
community where more than 70 percent of the
children in kindergarten have never touched a book.
Elizabeth is in charge of the development program
to increase resources. She’s also the grandmother
to three beautiful babies, the youngest of which has
cystic fibrosis. Raising money for a cure is her passion
outside work. ... Bob Hostoffer started rowing eight-
man boats with his crew again. His wife, Karen
’84, has walked in the breast cancer fund-raiser in
Cleveland and Tampa, Fla. They returned from a trip to
the Maldives and Dubai. ... Steve Andrews is a cancer
surgeon in Akron, Ohio. ... Tim Tanker was named
senior product manager for the riflescope category
at Bushnell Outdoor Products. Tim, who will manage
all aspects of riflescope product development, has
more than 20 years of industry experience including
two positions with companies in the firearms industry.
... Coletta Kilton is a realtor with Howard Hanna in
Macedonia, Ohio. She has been in real estate since
1987. ... Finally, I heard from Bob Belanger, a circuit
court judge in Florida, who has been accepted into
the master’s program in judicial studies at Duke Law
and will attend classes in 2012 and 2013. Bob is also a
shareholder in the Green Bay Packers (sorry end to the
season). Congratulations, Bob, on both achievements!
... Continue to write to me or become my Facebook
friend at I also have two
blogs – one called LinkedIn for College Students at and a fun blog for my hobby as a
DJ at God bless you and your
families. Bob
Paul Hulseman
1982 8+7-867-9322 (c)
Greetings from Chicago. These columns are
written well in advance of publication – it’s difficult
to imagine in February reunion will be here before
we know it. Joe Basar, Tony Coyne (cuz), and
Katie Grace Brandt are working on our behalf
in conjunction with the alumni office to pull this
one together. Reunions are awesome events
for graduates. JCU reunions are especially nice
because your entire family is welcome. The kids’
camp is spectacular. Hanging around the quad is
guaranteed to recharge your batteries (after you
recover from a few days of sleep deprivation).
Come back to reunion. I guarantee you’ll be glad
you did! ... Jeanne Pucher Schimeck continues
to be involved at the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
in Chicago. Along with a friend, Deb Hoffman,
Jeanne started the Hands On Network at Mercy
Home. This program brings volunteers together to
provide birthday and Christmas presents, Easter
baskets, bikes, school supplies, and more to kids
from difficult and life-threatening environments.
They strive to let children know they’re loved in
a way that’s much more personal than sending
a check (although funds are always welcome and
needed, too). Keep up the great work, Jeanne. You
make us proud. ... Mark Carpenter ([email protected] is still with Forest City Enterprises and
celebrated his 15th wedding anniversary with
Michelle. They’ve worked together for 25 years at
Forest City Enterprises. Mark Jr. ’08 married Lizzy
Eganhouse ’09, ’12G last summer. Mark keeps
in touch with Chris Ebert, Jim Cowhey, and Bill
Toomey. Drop Mark a note. ... Mike Minnaugh has
been undergoing chemo treatments. His Facebook
postings have been positive. He even posted a
picture of his hairless head for all to admire. Our
thoughts and prayers are with you, Mike, for a
speedy recovery. ... Mary Jo Nieset Cornell lives
in Buffalo and has three daughters. The oldest,
Lindsay, graduated from Xavier in ’09. If I remember
correctly, Lindsay played golf for the Musketeers.
She now lives in Jackson, Miss. Tara is a freshman
at the University of Dayton. Shelby is in the 10th
grade. Mary Jo started a security company, Linstar,
12 years ago, and it has offices in Buffalo, Rochester,
Syracuse, and Albany. There are plans to open three
more this year. ... Patrice and I hosted a Blue Streaks
for Dinner in January during Christmas break. The
alumni office invited seven local students, and I
asked five local alumni to join us for lasagna and
conversation. I thank Dick Murphy ’57, Bill Burke
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’73, Patrice McCauley Hulseman ’80, Suzie Whelan
Shoup ’81, Colin Hulseman ’08, Bridget Fitzgerald
’10, Michael Hulseman ’12, Alex Furth ’13, Alyssa
Singer ’14, Joe Cahill ’13, Billy O’Brien ’13, Matthew
Hoyt ’13, and Michael Hager ’14 for coming. It was
a great night of conversation and JCU camaraderie. I
can’t recommend this enough. More than 230 years
of JCU stories at one table. (The campus police were
part of several memorable ones.) Outstanding! ...
Onward on! Paul
Mark Schroeder
1983 216-21O-2O2O
[email protected]
You should have been there for the party of the
century and a quarter. The InterContinental Hotel in
Cleveland with 530 alums and a huge announcement
of a $16-million gift to the scholarship fund. I was
honored to conduct the inaugural live auction. By
doubling an all-expense-paid package to see the
football team play in Ireland in August, we raised
$66,000. It made my night to see classmates such
as beautiful Lidia Saluan Richani and husband
Naji. Mary Power Patton was stunning. I had fun
talking to her parents, whom I love. I caught up
with the great Mark Tupa and wife Sue Hollis
Tupa. We shared laughs with Billy Donnelly and
Sue Divane ’84 Donnelly. Sue and I grew up across
the street from each other. They came in from
Chicago. Nick Conyngham ’82 and his wife, Beth,
came in from New Jersey. I just see Nick and lose
it. He owns a business that provides corporate
travel arrangements. Longtime friends Scott ’80 and
Teresa ’81 Heran live in Westlake, Ohio, and have
two grandchildren. I thank Dave Short ’81 for all his
work to make the 125th anniversary gala a success.
... I was deeply saddened by the passing of former
football and baseball teammate, Dan Welly ’85, in
December. Dan battled cancer for more than a year.
Our friendship was reunited a few years ago because
our wives had been roommates at Bowling Green.
Always smiling and witty, he loved to talk sports.
Dan leaves a great wife, Annette, and his children,
Robert and Nick. Keep Dan and his family in your
prayers. ... Sadly, Ann Moore’s father passed away
in January. Keep Ann and her family in your prayers.
... Joe Keller is engaged to a wonderful lady named
Toni. Joe is a $55-million seller for Howard Hanna
Realty in North Royalton and Parma, Ohio. ... It’s
great to reconnect with Jack Walsh, who lives in
Glenview, Ill. Jack’s wife threw him a 50th birthday
party, and many classmates came to Chicago for
the bash. ... In January, my wife, Johnna, and I left
the snow in Cleveland and relocated to San Antonio.
I’m told it snows in SA once every 85 years, and it
snowed last year. We’re good with that. ... Be good
and safe, and most importantly, tell me something
good. Everyone wants to read about you. Mark
Don D’Amore
1984 ++O-235-1323
While watching one of her favorite shows, “House
Hunters” on HGTV, in early December 2011, my
wife, Michelle (Sciangula), shouted to me to
come quick and look because our classmate, Mark
Lastition, was the featured real-estate agent on
the program that night. Mark showed a person
from Lakewood, Ohio, homes in the Ohio City
neighborhood and city of Rocky River. Mark did a
great job, and the episode highlighted his clear
expertise in residential real estate. Mark, who has
been in real estate since 1995, works for Howard
Hanna in the Greater Cleveland area. ... Because the
recent redrawing of the new Congressional Districts
in Ohio, Tom Guarente decided not to run against
a fellow Republican at this time. “The experience
of running was incredible, and I was inspired by
the passion and commitment of so many people
who want to see less politics and more principle-
centered leadership,” he says. Tom enjoyed talking
to hundreds of people and working with many
committed individuals. There are a lot of exciting
things yet to come, Tom says. ... Tim Cavanagh
was named to the Irish Legal 100 by the Irish
Voice newspaper for the second straight year. Tim
and wife, Stacey, traveled to Washington, D.C., in
October 2011 for a reception at the Irish Embassy,
which recognized him as one of the top 100 Irish
attorneys in America. Tim also received a recent
award from Jury Verdict Magazine, honoring him
for trial lawyer excellence for his $55-million railroad
crossing verdict in Illinois. ... We received sad news
that classmate Jeff Barclay passed away Jan. 28,
2012, after a long battle with M.S. Jeff had worked
in advertising for the Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette. Our
prayers go out to his family and many friends. ... Don
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
1985 91+-238-2227
Is it possible we’ve reached middle age? Our
column has grown from joyful announcements
of engagement, births, and other celebrated
milestones to difficult announcements about aging
parents, their passing, and mortality. It’s with a
heavy heart I dedicate this column to Kathleen
Rose (Griffin) Hanuscin and Dan Welly. Maya
(Prpic) Chaille shared this: “One of our classmates,
Kathy Griffin Hanuscin, fought a brave 10-plus-year
battle with MS. She passed away in December,
and several people from our class and others
attended her funeral: John ’84 and Jeanne (Lang)
’84 Siefert, Sue (Feltes) Childs ’84, Jimmy ’83 and
Nancy (Walton) ’86 Hyland, Marie (O’Leary) Stark,
Lisa (Stevens) Kerka, Ann (Fox) Stefancin ’84,
Ellen Titus Cannon, and Karen Ohlrich Mullin ’84.
Margie (McCrank) McAuliffe (Griff’s roomy for all
four years) came from N.Y. with her husband. As
sad as the passing of Kathy is, it was wonderful to
see everyone and catch up. We promised to get
together in proper Griff fashion and toast our friend
at the Colony on Lee Road. We had a great turnout.
We shared laughs, pictures of our kids, stories of
the good old days, and at 10 p.m., packed up our
crew and left. (Quite different from our college days
when they were kicking us to the curb at 2 a.m.)
Griff leaves behind her husband, Gary; sons Timothy
and Matthew; her mom and dad, Don and Anita;
and siblings Pat, Michael, and Peggy. Griff will be
missed.”... Additionally, Dan Welly of Mentor, Ohio,
passed away Dec. 11, 2011, surrounded by his
loving family. He was a graduate of Lake Catholic
High School, class of 1981. Employed by Ernst and
Young before joining Lubrizol in 1989, he was an
outstanding athlete throughout his scholastic career
and remained passionate about sports his entire life.
He has touched many lives through his involvement
with Mentor youth baseball, football, and basketball.
A member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic
Church, he was a loving and devoted husband and
father who enjoyed golf, traveling, and spending
time with his family and friends. Dan is survived by
his wife, Annette, and children, Robert and Nick.
... Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz’s brother, Thomas
Bluemle ’91, passed away Dec. 26, 2011. ... May
these words from Kalil Gibran comfort us all: “When
you’re sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you
shall see in truth you’re weeping for that which has
been your delight.” God bless. Diane
Gathering to remember Kathy (Griffin) Hanuscin is: (front row, from left) Marie (O’Leary) Stark ’85,
Beth (Murray) Cross ’84 ; (middle row, from left) Sue (Feltes) Childs ’84, Lisa (Stevens) Kerka ’85,
Ellen (Titus) Cannon ’85, Maya (Prpic) Chaille ’85, Nancy (Walton) Hyland ’86; and (back row,
from left) John Siefert ’84, Jeanne (Lang) Siefert ’84, and Jimmy Hyland ’83.
Gigi Togliatti-Rice
1986 +19-529-553O
[email protected]

Beth (Bonanno) Hausoul
[email protected]
Hi, everyone. We’re still asking you to send notes
about how you’re doing and any updates you have.
... Bob Sferra says life is good in Cleveland Heights.
He plans to expand his business this spring and start
a new partnership with another chef. He also was
appointed to the JCU alumni board in December
and attended his first meeting in Rodman Hall. He
said it was a great experience to be back on campus
in that capacity. He catered a couples’ event at
Carroll in February and participated in the Backpacks
to Briefcases lecture series for JCU seniors. He’s
working on a reception for the upcoming 25th
reunion of the class of 1987. Bob always has been
one of our favorites. He’ll be a great addition to the
alumni board. ... Speaking of board members, Rich
Kramer is a member of the board of directors at
JCU. His wife, Chris (O’Brien) Kramer, chaired the
University’s 125th anniversary gala in December
that raised more than $500,000 for scholarships.
This was the first event of its kind for Carroll, and
it was successful. Congratulations, Christine. ...
Finally, we heard from Belinda, and as usual, she’s
incredibly busy. In addition to being on the local
school board (Riverside Local School District), she’s
running in the Republican primary election in Lake
County for treasurer. She’ll have to surpass another
Republican opponent to get onto the November
2012 general election ballot. The current treasurer
is retiring in 2013. Gigi and Beth
Dennis Casey
1987 7O8-638-9923
I hope you’re well and looking forward to our 25th
reunion this summer. Can you believe it? It seems like
only yesterday that on Thursday nights we’d make our
way down to the Rat Bar, to the loud music, dancing
(sometimes on the tables, but not me of course!), and
our shoes would stick to the carpet. When the Rat
closed, we’d truck across campus to Our Gang. Do
you remember: Otis Day & the Nights and the huge
toga party in the gym and the IBG house afterward;
Thanksgiving dinner by candlelight in the dining hall;
Christmas Carroll Eve and breakfast at midnight; the
2-a.m. fire drills and standing outside in two feet of
snow; ordering pizza at 11 p.m. and sitting in the TV
lounge eating and talking until all hours of the morning;
wondering why the scale read 10 lbs. more at the
end of the semester; the huge snowball fights on the
Quad after the first significant snow? What awesome
memories with awesome people. What better way
to relive those years than to reminisce about them
with classmates at reunion. I attended last year’s
25th reunion for the class of 1986 (John’s), and it
was a blast. So I look forward to seeing all of you this
summer (June 15-17) and rehashing all the old stories.
... After 10 years of writing for the class of ’87, this
will be my last column. It’s been an honor. I remember
the day Anne Redmond handed it off to me (after
being our columnist for 15 years) and now 10 years
have passed (sigh). Well, Dennis Casey was gracious
enough to take over the column from me for at least
the next 10 years. Thanks, Dennis, and have fun. ...
I have only one update. I saw Mark Trainor, who’s
doing great and living in Pittsburgh with his wife and
three children. He’s an elementary school teacher, and
his wife is a high school teacher. Mark hasn’t aged a
bit and looks great. It was fun catching up. ... I wish
you well. This has been challenging at times but fun.
Thanks for the memories. See you at reunion. Sue
Christine Horwath Gawronski
1988 61+-+25-7723
[email protected]
Greetings. I was excited to receive many updates
via Facebook. I’d like to thank Jamie (Megeath)
Jamison and Kathy (Reali) Matthews for their
work on our class column and the honor of
asking me to take the reins. ... A few years ago, I
discovered I’m neighbors with my Theta Kappa
sister, Luna (Dawaher) Alsharaiha. She became
the principal at St. Mary’s School in Columbus, Ohio.
Her two children attend the University of Cincinnati.
... I run into John Davidson around town, mostly
at intramural sporting events. John and his wife,
Anne, live in Columbus with their children. He
performs with the Shamrock Pipe & Drums. Come
see him at this year’s Dublin Irish Festival. ... Suzy
(King) Daniels is married to Jack Daniels ’87 and
has two boys, Matthew and David. They moved to
Switzerland this past August. Suzy posts many fun
things about how they’re settling in and that she’s
still trying to find reasonably priced pizza. ... Joe
Klema just entered his 23rd year as a resident of
Southern California. He works in the commercial
real-estate financing industry and is doing a lot of
volunteer service work. He says he’s blessed,
healthy, happy, and grateful. ... Charley Chmura’s
oldest son, Anthony, headed off to college this
fall at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Charley
says there are strong JCU connections at ND, and
they’re developing new friendships with other JCU
alums and parents. They also keep in touch with
Dave DiCillo and Paul Saluan, whose families are
doing well. ... Dan Obermiller took a new job with
SAS Institute and moved to Garner, N.C. with his
family. ... Greg Bigler has been in Jackson, Wyo.,
getting by skiing, mountain biking, and kayaking for
the past eight years. ... On a sadder note, I heard
from Melissa (Rettew) Wenzler ’90 that Colleen
(Harvey) Solomon passed away. Unfortunately, I
don’t have any details, so if anyone does, please let
us know. ... I’m living in Dublin, Ohio, and keeping
busy raising my two children, Tyler (12) and Megan
(10). We had a great visit this past summer with my
old roomie, Siobhan O’Leary Drlik ’89. She and her
husband, Gary, and their sweet little boy, Martin,
came down to visit for the Irish Festival, something
I hope becomes an annual tradition. ... The Carroll
community was a great source of comfort to me
this past year after my father, Darrell Horwath,
whom many of you had for class, passed away. ...
Please continue the updates. I’m available through
email and Facebook. Wishes and blessings for a
wonderful 2012. Christine
David Gassman
1989 ++O-93+-O366
Melissa Wenzler
1990 ++O-725-O753
Liz (Phillips) Hartranft
1991 216-956-59+3
Unfortunately, with the newness of spring, I have sad
news to share. Please keep the families of three of
our classmates in your thoughts and prayers. Tom
Bluemle passed away this past December after a
courageous battle with cancer. Tom is survived by his
wife, Jennifer, and sons Finnegan and Gabriel. Tom
also leaves behind his parents, Albert and Patricia,
and his siblings, Albert, Mary Pat ’85, and Jude. Tom
was a vice president at Niabraze Corp. He was an avid
golfer, sailor, outdoorsman, and youth soccer coach.
... Sharon Borer, who was a graduate student in
our class, leaves behind Joseph, her husband of 50
years, and children Steven, Tracy, and Robert. Sharon,
a child therapist in Lorain county Ohio, used to own
The Children’s Center in Avon Lake. Sharon also
volunteered at Genesis House, a domestic violence
center. ... Joy Ferst lost her husband, Scott Ferris, in
January after a brief fight with cancer. Joy and Scott
have two young sons, Quinn and Colin. Remember
to enjoy the blessings we have and not dwell on
what we don’t. The passing of these three individuals
shows life can change drastically within minutes and
end just as quickly. ... I have good news to share. Jim
Loeffler was selected to speak at the 2012 annual
conference of the Claims and Litigation Management
Alliance. A CPA, CFE, and certified Six Sigma Black
Belt, Jim is president and CEO of LegalEye, a software
and consulting company dedicated to helping law
and claims departments and law firms reduce costs,
manage expectations, and improve performance.
Congratulations, Jim! ... Note my new email address,
and send me your updates, big or small! Until next
time, it’s 5 p.m. somewhere. Liz
Jim Sislo
1992 ++O-269-12+5
Julie (Roddy) Reardon
1993 ++O-877-O939
[email protected]
I hope this finds you well. ... Chris and Michelle
(Cerino) Yarris had been living in Naperville, Ill., for
the past six years with their three children. Michelle
was involved in their elementary PTA, served as
president for two years, and was going to serve a
third term, but they moved to Boca Raton, Fla. Chris
accepted a position with Jarden Consumer Solutions
as vice president and controller. They’re excited to
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start a new adventure. Their door is open to visitors.
... John Callahan, Ph.D., graduated from Cleveland
State University with a doctorate in urban education
in December 2011. He continues to serve troubled
children as a teacher at the Positive Education Program
in Cleveland. John and his wife, Liesl Stalzer-Callahan
’95, have two children, Donovan and Violet. ... Last
fall, several classmates went on a trip to celebrate
their 40th birthdays. Traci Arnold Voss, Jennifer
Weitzel, Theresa (Neuhoff) Audia, Michelle
(Lyons) O’Leary, and Lynn Waltz (Fongheiser)
Iannizzi headed to Turks and Caicos last September
to celebrate their 40th birthdays island style. Traci is
married to Dave Voss ’94 and has four children that
keep her busy. They live in Louisville, Ky. Jennifer is a
senior account director at mcgarrybowen in Chicago.
Jennifer will be traveling to Prague and Cape Town
in February for commercial shoots – very exciting.
Theresa writes for the News-Herald, which serves
Northern Ohio, and is married to Dan. Michelle is
a project manager for World electronics and lives
in Alexandria, Va., with her husband, Brendan,
and son, Nolan. Lynn and Michelle see each other
frequently because Lynn lives in Leesburg, Va., with
her husband, Andrew, and two children. She’s an
event planner for her company, The Finer Points.
They coordinate weddings and special events. ... In
November, Dennis and I attended the wedding of Jill
Ledin ’97 to Joseph Znidarsic. Jill is the MIS manager
at Middough and her husband, Joe, is VP/general
counsel for the Cleveland Indians. They’re living
happily in Willoughby, Ohio. Mike Schrage and Scott
Webber also attended Jill’s wedding. Mike and his
wife, Therese, live in Gross Pointe, Mich., with their
dog, Dakota. Mike is a partner with the accounting
firm Plante & Moran, and Therese teaches elementary
school. Scott and his wife, Erin, live in Rocky River,
Ohio, with their children, Shane (8) and Bridget (5).
Scott is an insurance agent at Evarts Tremaine Flicker
Co., and Erin is an educational supervisor for Usborne
Books. ... Thanks for the news. Keep it coming. God
bless you. Julie

Mary Jude Pakiela
1994 mjpakiela©,
Hello, friends. As I write this column, I’m a bit
sentimental because it’ll be my last. Eighteen years
after graduation, I need to hang up my keyboard and
hand the reigns to Mary Jude (Detesco) Pakiela.
Life, the kids, and my job have taken over my life, and
although a column only comes around a few times
a year, I felt I needed to pass on the opportunity to
someone who could do a better job. ... Tami (Gray)
Wozniak-Smith is in her 17th year of teaching high
school English. She lives in Middleburg Heights,
Ohio, with her two kids, Joey (10) and Briana (7).
... Michael Cardamone and his wife, Rebecca, are
expecting their first child, a boy, in May. Mike, make
sure you update Mary Jude and send pictures. ...
Aileen (Sexton) Kopfinger has been working as vice
president of legal for Red Stone Equity, a syndicator
of low-income housing tax credits, for the past year.
... Anthony and Rebecca (Prisco) Cirino had their
fifth child in November. Salvatore Anthony joins the
Cirino brood of Giovanni (7), Angelo (6), Mario (4),
and Sophia (3). Looks like there’s more work to do
to get the girls caught up with the boys! ... John
Lorince had been a consultant at Pickwick & Frolic
Restaurant and Club for the past 10 years (since
it opened) but accepted the marketing manager
position with Leff Electric in Cleveland. Leff is a
90-year-old, third-generation, family-owned business
that distributes electrical supplies. John and his wife,
Wendy, had their first child, Brady Brielle, in July
2011. They live in Avon Lake, Ohio. ... Karen Seitz-
LaFianza, who has been the assistant softball coach
for Bishop Canevin High School, was appointed the
head coach. (This doesn’t surprise anyone because
she received All-Ohio Conference while at JCU.)
Good luck, Karen! ... Erin A. Sutton was elected
partner with Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP, a public
finance law firm in Columbus, Ohio. She’s also a
member of the first class of the Ohio Women’s Bar
Foundation - Leadership Institute, a program that
develops leadership skills of women in the legal
profession. Congratulations, Erin! ... Cheryl Botchick
joined Rogue Paper as vice president and general
manager of client services. Previously, Cheryl was
an account director and product manager for AT&T
Answer Tones for four years, where she oversaw the
Web and mobile e-commerce portal for AT&T. She
worked closely with content providers on marketing
campaigns that ranged from flyaway contests to viral
videos. Before working with AT&T, Cheryl was an
editor at AOL Music, developing content strategy.
Cheryl, congratulations! ... I’m grateful for being your
class columnist for the past 18 years and know Mary
Jude will continue to keep you informed in her own
style. Don’t forget to sign up for our JCU Class of
1994 Facebook page. Moe
Annie (Hummer) DePerro
1995 33O-966-88+5
Nothing says goal attained like working up a good
sweat by running. Whether it’s on the treadmill,
tennis court, or wherever your Asics carry you, our
class has the running bug ... Carole (Chandler)
Sullivan completed a Super Bowl Sunday race (5K)
in San Diego. Carole writes: “I’ve been in moderately
achy pain for about 11 months attempting to reach
my goal after three kids. It’s difficult but rewarding. I
imagine a lot of us are fighting the same thing.” I hear
ya, Carole. I wake up each day wondering if my sore
feet are a result of chasing down the drop shots or
because I’m almost 40? ... I caught up with Monica
Duflock Kwait recently and discovered we’re
leading parallel lives. When she’s not tracking fuzzy
yellow balls in Northern California, she’s volunteering
at her sons’ schools and running them to Tahoe for
ski team. She recently retired from a 20-year stint as
her high-school class columnist. She and Nathalie
Lacouture did a Midwest tour last summer that
included a U2 concert, but no road races. ... Gillian
(Geeding) Cooper is training for the Columbus
marathon in October. Gil and her husband own a
firework business, Chillicothe Fireworks. She says
it’s a blast. Very funny, Gil. Susie (Marsick) Martin
lives near Gil in Cincinnati, and they see each other
often. ... Cathy (Gallagher) Higbee completed the
Annapolis, Md., half marathon in November and tells
me Colleen Carroll and Dana (Murray) McCabe are
marathoners. Colleen did Chicago twice, Dana did
Cleveland this past year, and Cathy’s done NYC five
times, Chicago, and Cleveland since graduation. JCU
was represented well at Cathy’s recent marriage to
Travis Higbee. She writes: “Pete Chapman ’94 was in
the wedding, and Pete Duggan ’94, John Mangan ’94,
Colleen Carroll, Dana (Murray) McCabe, Amy Cavato,
Colleen (Hens) Friedman (bridesmaid), Aimee
Tapajna McNamee (bridesmaid), Bridget (Garvin)
Ambrisco ’96 (bridesmaid), and Jill Patterson were
there. I’ve been in medical device sales for the past
14 years, and my husband and I live in Baltimore.” ...
Ashley Maurer Blevins, while not running any races
anytime soon, is in the homestretch of pregnancy.
Her baby girl is due this month. Ashley’s annual girls’
weekend with Beth, Susie, Lauren, Aimee, Chrissy,
and a few others is approaching, and they’re meeting
in Cleveland at Susie’s parents’ house, who will be
in Florida. That sounds like old times – a house party
while the parents are out of town. I bet it’s tamer than
our college days when we were doing that sort of
thing. Ashley works as vice president at Catalyst Rx
with Don Palmieri ’94. ... Thanks for your updates.
Happy running! Annie
Many JCU friends attended Cathy Gallagher’s wedding. Front row from left: Aimee Tapajna McNamee
’95, Amy Cavato ’95, Bridget (Garvin) Ambrisco ’96, Cathy Gallagher ’95, Colleen (Hens) Friedman ’95,
Dana (Murray) McCabe ’95, Colleen Carroll ’95, and Jill Patterson ’95. Back row: Pete Chapman ’94,
Pete Duggan ’94, and John Mangan ’94.
Genesis Brown
1996 orionbrown222©,
Brian Sparks
1997 ++O-7+6-O3O9
Hi, everyone. I have a decent amount of news to
share. Elizabeth (Shephard) Richardson welcomed
her second child, Tyler John, Feb. 5, 2011. He joins his
big sister, Megan Elizabeth (2). Elizabeth is a seventh-
and eighth-grade teacher at Saint Columban School in
Loveland, Ohio. She received her master’s in special
education from Xavier University last year. She’s still
in constant contact with Beth (Weist) Allman, who
lives in Springfield, Ohio, and teaches at Springfield
Catholic Central School. Elizabeth also told me
Shannon O’Malley is married and living in Ireland
with her husband and beautiful daughters. Elizabeth
would love to keep in touch with more Carroll alumni.
You can contact her at [email protected]
... Lauren (Lozano) Ziol, a designer, owns Lauren
Lozano Ziol Interior Design in Chicago. Previously, she
was a designer at Leslie Jones & Associates and Scott
Himmel, Architect. She also was a contributing writer
for Design Times and Chicago Social magazines, an
antiques dealer at Rita Bucheit, LTD, and a fine and
decorative arts assistant with Wolf’s Auctioneer in
Cleveland and Oxford Antique & Design Center in
the U.K. ... Pittsburgh-based Buchanan Ingersoll &
Rooney PC named Kevin P. Kinross a senior adviser
in its state government relations group. He has more
than 10 years of political campaign management
experience and is a reelection campaign manager for
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. He also was chief
of staff for Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan
Onorato and served as a special assistant to Gov. Ed
Rendell. … Laurie Urraro graduated from The Ohio
State University in 2011 with a Ph.D. in peninsular
Spanish literature and culture and is teaching full
time as a Spanish professor at Penn State Behrend
(a branch campus of Penn State) in Erie, Pa., (where
she’s from). She’s in the process of writing her
first book and is having a lot of fun teaching and
researching. She’s also getting married this July and
plans to live in North East, Pa. ... Erin Beirne Estes,
a recruiter at the Cleveland Clinic, is responsible for
the hiring of non-nursing staff for the west and south
Family Health Centers. Erin and her husband, John,
welcomed a baby boy, Cayden Michael, their third
child, Oct. 22, 2011. ... Sarah Lundeen Bonnette,
who married earlier last year, had a baby girl, Kaitlynn
Leona, Jan. 2. ... Sheri (Kilarsky )Terens and her
husband, Rick, had their first child, Eva Noel, Dec. 28.
She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 inches
long. ... My wife, Annmarie Tirpak, who works for
the Department of Veterans Affairs, was promoted
to rating veteran service representative. It’s a big
step up, so while I miss her during her two months
of training away from home, I know she’s going to
do well. ... Our 15-year reunion is coming June 15-
17. Check the website,, for more
information. I hope to see you there. Keep sending
me updates. ... Brian
Cherie (Skoczen) Kurlychek
1998 216-7+1-1823
Congratulations to Brian ’97 and Mary Beth (Sullivan)
Graf who welcomed their sweet daughter, Mairin
Joyce, Nov. 1. Mary Beth said they, along with big
sister Lilly, are enjoying every minute with their
new little one. ... In other good news, my college
roommate, Kristie (Kontak) Crane, and her husband,
Aaron, welcomed their third child, Bennett Edwin,
Sept. 22. Big sisters Ava (6) and Lily (3) are excited
to have a little brother. The Cranes live in Columbus,
Ohio. ... Cheers to Michelle (Nigon) ’00 and Peter
Andolino who welcomed their third child, William
Thomas, July 18. Will joins sisters Gabriella (4) and
Siena Grace (2) in the family’s Philadelphia home. Peter
owns his own dental practice. ... Marc Thibeault,
head baseball coach at JCU, and his wife Bridget
opened Luna Bakery Café ( in the
Cedar/Fairmount area of Cleveland Heights last June.
The bakery has made wedding cakes for numerous
JCU grads. The Thibeaults have a son, Cavan, who
will turn 3 in October. ... Straight from the news desk
(aka John Carroll’s communications department),
Marcy Ann Yanus was named executive director
of the Farmington Valley YMCA, a branch of the
YMCA of Greater Hartford, Conn. Marcy previously
served as associate executive director and associate
development director of the YMCA of Greater Grand
Rapids, Mich. In her new role, Marcy will be able to
continue her international YMCA work through the
YMCA’s partnerships in South Africa, Dominican
Republic, and Russia. Marcy was a YMCA delegate
to the United Nations for the NGO conference in
2006. ... A big congrats to Mike Swallow and Tim
Burke, who were named to the Crain’s Cleveland
Business “Forty Under 40” class of 2011. Mike is a
senior vice president at CBIZ Retirement Plan Services
and co-founder and president of the Northeast Ohio
Foundation for Patriotism. Tim is a regional CEO at
First Merit where he oversees commercial banking
in an eight-county region in Northeast Ohio and
a Western Pennsylvania region. ... Chris Tye, of
NBC affiliate WKYC Cleveland, is up bright and
early these days as a co-anchor of Channel 3 News
Today, WKYC’s early morning newscast that begins
at 4:30 a.m. Chris interviewed Newt Gingrich when
the GOP presidential candidate was in Cleveland. ...
Alex Schmitt was elected to the board of directors
of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National
Park. Alex, a senior manager at Ernst & Young, is a
board member for Cleveland Bridge Builders. ... Nick
Caserio is director of player personnel for the New
England Patriots, the 2012 AFC champions. This year,
Nick brought back fellow Blue Streak teammate Josh
McDaniels ’99 to the team as the Patriot’s offensive
coordinator. Josh had been head coach of the Denver
Broncos since 2009. ... Unfortunately, we end with
sad news. Jim Tamborello passed away in February
after suffering from kidney disease. He had been
awaiting a transplant. The funeral was held in Trinity,
Fla. Classmate Jen (Serey) Weaver said, “We lost
Javier (Reveron) years ago, and now we’ve lost his
roommate and friend, Jim. Such a sad day for the JCU
community.” Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s
family and friends. May he rest in peace. Cherie
Meg Galligan
1999 ,alli,anm22©
There’s many great updates from our classmates.
Brian P. Leisgang is married to Jennifer, his wife of
eight years, and has a son, Johnny (2). They own BPL
Office Products, a printing and office supply business
Brian started in 2000. The company operates from
a 25,000-square-foot facility in West Chester, Ohio,
and provides everything from commercial printing
services to everyday office supplies and furniture to
local and national customers. Brian also has his real-
estate license with Coldwell Banker in Cincinnati. ...
Sarah (Furey) Reichert and her husband, Matt, had
twins, Katherine Alice and Alexander James, Sept.
27, 2011. Sarah is an English teacher at Westlake
(Ohio) High School and her husband works for Fisher
Electronics. ... Christopher Siders is back in the
U.S. after teaching in China and is teaching on the
campus of Case Western Reserve University with
ELS Language Centers. Additionally, he has written a
book, “From the Ground Up,” that recounts a person’s
struggle with traumatic brain injury. It’s based on his
own traumatic brain injury suffered in 2001. The book
is available at ... Mark Gentile plans
to marry Deborah Prinz May 26, 2012, in Cleveland.
Mark, a vice president of retail banking at JPMorgan
Chase, is in the process of starting his own investment
capital company. His fiancée is an OB/GYN doctor at
University Hospitals. ... Tiffany Evans is the dean
of developmental education and learning resources
at Salt Lake Community College. She has pursued
multiple degrees, including her Ph.D. in library and
information science from the University of Pittsburgh,
since graduating from Carroll. Evans has won awards
including the League of Innovation in the Community
Colleges Innovation of the Year Award, and the NISOD
Award from the University of Texas, and has been
recognized twice by Harvard University for establishing
and maintaining one of the nations leading community
learning center programs. ... Cara (Santoro) Rasnick;
her husband, Joe; and their son, Joseph; welcomed
their second baby boy, Vincent Samuel, April 5, 2011.
... An update from last summer’s column, Josh
McDaniels joined the New England Patriots as an
offensive assistant just before the playoffs began.
... In the fall 2011 issue, a picture cut off part of our
column, and I want to ensure everyone’s news is
shared. Deacon Alan Vincent Benander is in his ninth
Cara (Santoro) Rasnick ’99; her husband, Joe;
and her son, Joseph, welcomed the family’s
newest addition, Vincent Samuel Rasnick.
42 SPRI NG 2012
year of seminary and religious life as a member of the
Norbertine Fathers St. Michael’s Abbey of Orange,
Calif. ... Michele (Carney) Detore is the new assistant
principal for St. Hilary School in Fairlawn, Ohio. ...
Elizabeth (Petrus) Cano and her husband welcomed
their daughter, Alessandra Adel, Feb. 8, 2011. Meg
Lisa (Foster) Smith
2000 ++O-339-6572
Clare Taft
[email protected]
It’s difficult to imagine we graduated 12 years ago
– time flies. We’re so appreciative of everyone who
keeps us updated about where they are and what
they’re doing. It makes our jobs as class columnists
fun. On to the news: Congrats to Chrissy (Abadie)
Christallino and her husband, Dan, who had
their third child, Adam Joseph. AJ was welcomed
eagerly by his older twin sisters, Allison and Mia,
who turned 2 in December. The family lives near
Saxonburg, Pa. Chrissy was promoted to corporate
controller at Oberg Industries, which is a tool-and-
die manufacturer in Freeport, Pa. ... Congrats as
well to Annmarie (Klenk) Dirlam and her husband,
Mark, who had a baby girl named Harper Catherine
April 24, 2011. ... Nate and Shanna (Stonebrook)
Botos welcomed their third daughter, Aurelia Marie
on their eighth wedding anniversary, Oct. 4, 2011.
Aurelia joins big sisters Izzy and Evie. ... In more baby
news, Angela (Galati) Brown and husband, Robert,
welcomed their second child, Anthony Robert, Oct.
18. He joins big sister Gianna. Everyone is doing well.
... Mike and Kelley (Gaughan) Biscaro will welcome
their fourth child this summer. Mike and Kelley have
three sons, Dominic (5), Leo (4), and Gabriel (3). Mike
is a psychologist and director of the recovery resource
center at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical
Center. ... Anthony Rospert is a business litigator
in Cleveland. Anthony received his J.D., magna cum
laude, from Vermont Law School in 2003. ... Please
continue to share your good news and achievements
with us. We’re on Facebook and look forward to
hearing from you. Have a wonderful summer, and
remember to keep us informed. Clare and Lisa
Maureen DeMers Fariello
2001 jcualumni2OO1©
A promotion and birth bring newness into one’s life
– newness that’s exciting and challenging. Recently,
Trinity Consultants, an international environmental
consulting firm that specializes in industrial air quality,
opened an office in Pittsburgh to serve Western
Pennsylvania better. Thomas M. Muscenti, PE, an
environmental professional with almost a decade of
experience, will head the new office. Tom earned a
master’s degree in chemical engineering at Virginia
Tech after his studies at Carroll. According to Trinity’s
Eastern regional director Mike Remsberg, “Tom
Muscenti is one of Trinity’s rising stars who will serve
the local market there extremely well.” ... On Oct.
21, 2011, two couples welcomed daughters into
their families: Chris and Jenni (McGregor) Haag
welcomed daughter, Natalie Rose, and J.R. and Erin
(Allan) Price welcomed daughter, Clare Constance.
... On July 17, 2011, Jim and Michelle (Marquette)
Comerford welcomed a second son, John Joseph,
into their family. John joins big brother Jimmy, who
turned 3 years old in January. ... Please continue
to send updates about what’s happening with you
and your friends. Embrace the newness of spring.
Kristen (Muoio) McVean
2002 585-259-3955
Spring is in the air, and reunion is right around the
corner. I hope you’ve made your plans to attend.
Can you believe it’s been 10 years since graduation?
I heard from a number of our classmates this time
around. … Andy Halko and his company, Insivia,
were featured on the national NBC Nightly News as a
growing business in Cleveland. What an achievement!
... Ryan and Molly Barb Paisie married in June 2011.
... Nichole Gfroerer married Adam Gergen in Hawaii
in July 2011. She had a reception in August that
Annie (Sellers) Kindbom, Elizabeth (Funk) Traylor,
Jacquie Moncrief, and Molly (Barb) Paisie attended.
... Judy Schlather moved to Charlotte, N.C., in
December 2010 to join OneAmerica as a senior
sales representative. Her territory includes Charlotte
and upstate South Carolina. She loves the Southern
weather and hospitality. ... Shannon (Murray)
Lennox has worked for six years on a heart transplant
unit at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.
She was promoted to nurse leader of the same unit.
Shannon and her husband, Dan, are expecting a baby
girl this spring, and their sons, Brayden and Brody,
couldn’t be more excited. ... Mike ’00 and Meghan
(Ehrlich) Conley welcomed a son, Declan Michael,
Nov. 27, 2011. Meghan’s daughters, Mackenzie (4)
and Annelyse (2), are great big sisters. The Conley
family moved to Highland Heights, Ohio. Brian ’00
and Amanda (Jarosz) English and their kids, Joy and
Denny, also moved to the same neighborhood. Both
families are excited to be living close to each other. ...
Rich Davidson married Annie Krill in Milwaukee Aug.
20, 2011. Groomsmen included Nicholas Hosmer
’07G, Michael Salinsky ’03, and Sam DeGennaro
’08G. Other JCU guests included: Scott ’95 and Kelly
Rochford ’95 Daum, Joe Gambino ’00, Dan Brazier
’00, Ben Chapin ’01, Tony Hollis ’03, Diana Talpa ’03,
Katie Gallagher ’03, and Katie (Gilmore) DeGennaro
’03. Rich, who earned his MBA from The University of
Chicago in 2008, is a vice president for General Electric
Capital Corp. Rich and Annie reside in the Lakeview
neighborhood of Chicago. ... Paul and Pamela (Kumor)
Bugner welcomed their third child, Samuel Paul, Oct.
8, 2011. Big brother Aiden (4) and big sister Lucille (1)
love having a baby brother. ... Matt Branchik ’03 and
Carrie Linn ’08 married on July 2, 2011, in Steubenville,
Ohio. The couple lives in Chicago. Matt works for JP
Morgan Chase, and Carrie works in human resources
for the Gateway Foundation. ... I also have sad news
to share – Joel P. Kody passed away Aug. 24, 2011.
... On an administrative note, if you’re on Facebook,
please join the John Carroll Class of 2002 group. You
can send updates for this column through this page,
and it also could be a great way to reconnect and
communicate with classmates. If you were part of the
group in the past, you might have to rejoin because of
changes in the group page format. Take care, and keep
the news coming. Kristen
Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
2003 jcu2OO3©
I hope everyone has been well. Thanks to all who
sent news – keep it coming. Melissa (Hoppert)
Frakes sent a photo from her recent trip to
China, where she was rolling out and facilitating a
leadership training initiative for Sherwin-Williams.
While in Beijing, she fulfilled one of her bucket-
list items and walked on the Mutianyu section of
the Great Wall of China. Even though it was about
25 degrees outside, she says it was well worth
it. ... Stacey Heitkamp and Nikolas Joseph Neric
are engaged and plan to marry Oct. 15 in St. Sava
Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, Ohio. Stacey
works for Blue Point Capital Partners of Cleveland
and Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg
Heights. She earned a master’s in community
agency counseling and a master’s in psychology
from Cleveland State University. Nikolas works
for Cleveland State, where he earned a bachelor’s
degree in chemistry and is pursuing a doctorate in
bioanalytical chemistry. ... Amanda (Rose) Spicer
sent in a photo of her husband, Brett Spicer, from
the Cleveland Triathlon he completed Aug. 7, 2011.
Brett, Andrew Skinner, and Matthew Myszkowski
’05 competed in the Olympic Relay Triathlon and
placed third. Their team appropriately was named
Goin’ Steaking. ... Bethanne Peters married Steve
Daniel Viren Sept. 17 at St. Clement Church in
Chicago. Steve is a compliance analyst with Nuveen
Investments in Chicago. ... That’s all the news for
now. Take care. Theresa
Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
2004 nikki1ores.x©,
Our class has been busy during the past few
months. I have lots of great news to share. ...
Joseph Hoelzle earned his master’s in education
administration from Bowling Green State University
in 2009. A social studies teacher and wrestling
coach at Hopewell-Loudon High School, Joseph
plans to marry Chelsea Stephan March 12, 2012.
... Gina Dowell, who received her master’s in
Rachel Pasternak and Brett M. Wallen ’03 are
planning to marry in September.
education from Ohio University, is a consultant at
the Logistics Management Institute in McLean, Va.
Gina plans to marry Brad Palmer May 5, 2012, at the
De Yor Center in Youngstown, Ohio. ... There are
a number of classmates who welcomed a second
baby into their families. Adam and Erin (Gregory)
Eiser welcomed their second son, Jack Thomas,
June 10, 2011. Audra (Welch) Van Winkle and
her husband, Brian, welcomed a second daughter,
Milena, July 20, 2011. Mike and Kristen (Hudach)
Lydecker welcomed their second child, Levi
Michael, Feb. 6, 2012. Paul and Katie (Sullivan)
Murphy are expecting their second, a girl. Nikki
Jennifer Tolhurst
2005 jtollurstO+©jcu.eJu
Happy spring, classmates. Denise White wrote to
say she and Steve Warrick became engaged. They’re
planning a September wedding in Cincinnati, Ohio,
where Denise is in her last year of pediatric residency
at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Steve, a pediatrician,
too, is chief resident at Cincinnati Children’s. I’m
not sure when two doctors find the time to plan a
wedding, but the best of luck to both of them. ...
Chris and Ann (Skerkoski) Parks celebrated their
wedding Oct. 15, 2011, in Highland Heights, Ohio.
The two are living in San Francisco, where Ann is the
recreation and wellness coordinator at the Academy
of Art Institute. ... In future wedding news, Amanda
Baltzer and Adam Parker will tie the knot July 14.
Adam, who’s working at Springleaf Financial Services
in North Canton, Ohio, is working on his MBA at
Ashland University. Seriously, everyone. Where do
you find the time? ... I’ve saved the cutest for last.
The adorable first baby of Nick and Kelly (Wiltshire)
Dowling was born Dec. 28, 2011. Aidan Thomas
Dowling is destined to be a Blue Streak someday. ...
Thanks, everyone, for your updates. Jen
Christine Bohn
2006 ++O-668-821O
Roberta Muoio
We must begin this issue’s column with sad and
unfortunate news. One of our classmates, Cecilia
McGinty, passed away this year after a brave battle
with T-cell lymphoma. Our thoughts and prayers are
with her family and friends. ... But we also received our
first updates about classmates and their first babies.
Brice and Julie (Beran) Westhoven welcomed their
first child, Adam Brice, Oct. 21, 2011. ... Bernie
O’Keefe and his wife, Katie, are expecting their first
children, twins, May 1. Bernie, who’s working for
Westinghouse Electric Corp., completed his CPA and
received an MBA from Duquesne University. Katie is
an eighth-grade math teacher for Thomas Jefferson
Schools in Pittsburgh. ... Amy Allega and Joe Dasinger
’07G married July 2, 2011. Amy and Joe are teachers
for Perry Local Schools in Lake County, Ohio, and
reside in Mentor. ... Tracy Butler is engaged to Carlos
Prieto. ... Andrew Ciccolini graduated from The Ohio
State University College of Veterinary Medicine in
June 2011 and accepted a direct commission into
the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. He’s stationed at
Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. ... Kristi
Hosko was promoted to sales manager at ADP Small
Business Services in July 2011. Kristi, who leads a
team of seven sales representatives, earned the honor
of president’s club, which was held in Bermuda, this
past summer. Kristi became engaged to Kristopher
Senko, a 2006 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh,
this summer. The two will tie the knot Oct. 20, 2012, in
Pittsburgh. ... Stephanie Hovan started a new job as a
senior research technologist at the Cleveland Clinic in
the department of molecular genetics. She completed
her second marathon at Walt Disney World in January
and is training for her third and fourth marathons. She
was selected to run the New York City Half Marathon
March 18 and will be running the Cleveland Marathon
May 20. ... Alyssa Roberts married Fred Charles in
Buffalo, N.Y., May 28, 2011. Alyssa is in her sixth
year of teaching math at a private school in Buffalo,
and Fred is a year away from receiving his doctorate
of physical therapy from D’Youville College. ... Brian
Ross was promoted to vice president of transactional
leasing of DDR Corp. He began working for DDR
after graduation when he joined the company’s
management trainee program. … Sarah Kelley wed
Kyle Konkoski in New York City last September. The
two met during Sarah’s semester abroad in London
during her sophomore year at John Carroll, where Kyle
was the group’s leader. Christine and Roberta
Lisa (Iafelice) Catalano
2007 liafeliceO7©jcu.eJu

Brittany Bush
We have wonderful wedding and baby news, but
don’t forget to send us updates about grad school,
jobs, trips, or anything else about which you’re
proud. ... Jonathan Krol joined Reminger Co.,
LPA as an associate. Jonathan, who’s a member of
the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland
Metropolitan Bar Association, practices in the areas
of employment and labor law, professional liability,
and general liability. After leaving JCU, Jonathan
graduated summa cum laude from the Cleveland-
Marshall College of Law, served as a member of the
Cleveland State Law Review (publications editor),
and was nominated Outstanding Editor of the Year
in 2011. During his law school career, Jonathan
earned various distinctions and honors, including
the Sidney A. Levine Award for Best Paper in a Legal
Writing Course in 2010 and the Faculty Award for
Highest Academic Grade Average, Class of 2011. ...
The West Geauga School District received a grant
from the Ohio Department of Education and hired
Sarah Widman as the district’s bullying prevention
program coordinator. Sarah, who interned and
served as a long-term substitute guidance counselor
in the district the previous school year, will spend
time working with students to develop evidence-
based prevention and intervention strategies
for use by staff, parents, and the community. ...
Kelly (Kookoothe) Carroll married Pat Dec. 31,
2011, in Toledo, Ohio. Many JCU grads attended,
including: Cormac DeLaney ’71, Brian ’95 and Cari
(Demharter) ’95 Utrup, Cate (Utrup) Gunderson ’01,
Colleen (Kookoothe) Grady ’06, and Lauren DeGrave
’12. ... Chris ’06 and Melissa (Eucker) Kulbago
proudly welcomed their son, Matthew Thomas, into
the world Sept. 25, 2011. Matthew was 7 pounds, 2
ounces, and was 18.75 inches long. Mom, dad and
baby are doing well. ... Coleman Thomas Clougherty
was born Dec. 8, 2011. He weighed 7 pounds, 8
ounces and was 20 inches long. Coleman and
Brianna (McKeown) Clougherty said he’s a
healthy and happy baby and they’re just thrilled.
… Since graduating from Carroll, Meg Kolupski
received her master’s in marine science from the
University of San Diego, studying sedimentation
on coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands. ... Bryn
Yoshida graduated with his doctorate of physical
therapy from the University of St. Augustine in
California. In April 2011, Bryn proposed to Meg.
Their wedding will take place in New York this
coming June. Meg and Bryn moved to Washington
for jobs. ... Brandon ’06 and Lyndi (Startari) Oing
welcomed a baby girl, Veda Dorothy Oing Dec.
3, 2011. ... Rocco Valentine Abate was born to
Eric and Nicki (Garofoli) Abate Dec. 5, 2011. ...
Byron Durk married Michelle Munoz Aug. 6, 2011.
Elizabeth Smietana was one of the bridesmaids.
Nicole Karlak ’06 and Anthony Capezzuto ’06 also
attended the wedding. Byron received his master’s
in education from Baldwin-Wallace College in spring
of 2011. Byron and Michelle live in South Florida.
... As you hopefully have heard by now, our five-
year reunion is approaching quickly. It will be taking
place June 15-17 on campus. There are plenty of
fun events to attend, whether you’re able to come
for just one dinner or the entire weekend. Luckily,
there’s child care available for all babies. Contact us
directly or visit for more information
and to register. We’re looking forward to seeing
everyone there. Brittany and Lisa
Chris Ostrander
2008 costranJerO8©,
Hopefully, the mild winter I enjoyed in Buffalo
extended to the rest of my classmates. ... Scott
Lynch made history when he was elected to the
Euclid City Council in November, making him the
youngest elected councilman in the city’s history.
Scott and his wife celebrated the birth of their son,
Byron Durk ’07 married Michelle
Muñoz Aug. 6, 2011.
44 SPRI NG 2012
Arjun Scott David Lynch, Nov. 16. ... There are more
weddings and engagements to celebrate. Justin
Scales ’07 married Liliana Morales ’07 Oct. 29 in
Chicago. Dan Kelly and Bethany Crawford also
married Oct. 29 with many JCU alums in attendance.
Among the Blue Streaks celebrating with Dan and
Bethany were: Jeff Evans, Mel Haney ’09, Mike
George, Mike Krainz ’09, Greg Nachman ’09, Maulin
Shah, Lisa Shano, and Megan Wall ’09. After
attending the Kelly-Crawford wedding, Lisa Shano
celebrated her engagement to Mike Krainz Christmas
Day. The couple is planning to marry in June 2013.
... Lastly, there was a unique ’08 reunion held in Rio
de Janeiro at Christmastime. Steve Downie, Neil
Fotre, Matt McDiarmid, and Katie Szabo visited
Cristo Redentor, Sugarloaf Mountain, Ipanema
Beach, and other sites in Rio with friends. The group
was reunited from throughout the nation: Downie
completed his MBA from Clemson University; Forte
is serving as a First Lieutenant Cavalry Officer in the
Army and is stationed in Afghanistan; McDiarmid
is finishing medical school at Nova Southeastern
University; and Katie is working in Chicago after
finishing her MBA at JCU in 2009. ... If anyone else
has exciting travel stories, engagement, wedding, or
birth news, don’t hesitate to touch base. Chris
Lisa (Ugran) Pacconi
2009 lu,ranO9©jcu.eJu
Congratulations to Dan Mizener and Julie Marlowe ’10!
They married in Cancun, Mexico, Aug. 11, 2011. Shane
Gullette ’10, Ben and Tara (Ford) Adams, Matthew
Harmon, Elie Naoum, Jenny Eden, Laura Boselovic
’10, Lena Chapin ’10, Angela Vistocco ’10, and Jane
and Todd ’94G Evans made the trip to celebrate with
the happy couple. ... Zach Briers and Brett Whisler
married Aug. 20, 2011, at St. Ambrose in Brunswick,
Ohio. They honeymooned on safari in South Africa.
Zach is finishing his third year at New York University
School of Law. After he graduates this spring, the two
will relocate to Los Angeles, where Zach has accepted
a position with the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson. ...
Rachel Hoffman married Christopher Joyce Nov. 5,
2011, at St. Rocco in Cleveland. A reception at the Club
at Hillbrook in Hunting Valley followed. The newlyweds
live in Brecksville, Ohio. Rachel, who received her
master’s in education from Carroll, is a seventh-grade
science teacher at Bay Middle School in Bay Village. ...
In December, Ernie Rodriguez invited friends to gather
with him in Willoughby, Ohio, one last time before his
move across the country to Tacoma, Wash. Andy and
I attended and enjoyed catching up and reminiscing
with Emily Jackson, Ryan Feaver, Ashley Frakes,
Matt Bowers, Adam Miclot, and Aaron Syguda. We
wish Ernie the best. ... Tim Klug, who holds a master’s
in education from Carroll, is advocating healthy eating
and exercise. Tim is the founder and president of
Essentially Organic Vending, which offers students a
better alternative when snacking. His vending machines
are filled with organic milk, granola, nuts, protein bars,
and other organic snacks and drinks. He already has
partnered with several Cleveland-area high schools and
hopes to expand to hospitals, businesses, and airports.
... How about the rest of you? Is anyone graduating
this spring or planning a big trip for the summer? Keep
me posted. Lisa

Kyle Sobh
2010 216-397-6618
Maura Jochum
2011 ++O-666-81O8
[email protected]
Our class is full of updates as we approach the one-
year anniversary of our graduation. Liz Castellano
is completing a year of service in Duran, Ecuador,
with the Rostro de Cristo program. She’s working at
Damien House, a home and hospital for patients with
Hansen’s Disease, in the mornings. She spends her
afternoons running an after-school program to keep
the children safe, busy, and off the streets. ... Kate
McCormick is in the midst of her service commitment
to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago. Mercy
Home is a residential home for at-risk youth ages 11
to 21. It provides a safe, therapeutic environment
for neglected, abused, and poverty-stricken youth
to thrive. ... Audra Distefano is completing a year
of service through AmeriCorps in Baltimore. She’s
volunteering with Catholic Charities at My Sister’s
Place Women’s Center. She works daily with clients in
need of service and with the volunteers in the kitchen.
... Tom Weinandy stuck with the Jesuit network and
is spending a year doing service work at Wheeling
Jesuit University in West Virginia. His mission is to
increase service opportunities for the students at
the university. ... Katie Knox is a graduate student
at Carnegie Mellon University. She’s pursuing her
master’s in civil and environmental engineering with
a focus on global sustainable construction. ... Adam
Miller returned home to Florida and is working at his
alma mater, Coral Springs Charter. During the 2011
season, he served as the football team’s offensive
line coach and was named head football coach for
the 2012 season. ... Carmen Albino remained at
Carroll to complete the fifth-year MBA program and
will complete his course work at the end of June
2012. He’s working full time at Guido’s, his family’s
restaurant, and will stay in the business after finishing
his MBA. ... Paulin Byusa is in the Washington, D.C.,
area working for Management Sciences for Health,
a public health nonprofit organization. He’s enjoying
his time in D.C. but will be moving to Chicago to
pursue the MBA program at the Graduate School of
Business Loyola University. ... Ashley Bauer accepted
the position of special events coordinator at the
Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. ... Mike
Schmitt is serving at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a Military
Police officer with the 82nd Airborne Division. In
December, he became engaged to Allissa Moore. ...
Brendan Patrick McCreary was commissioned as an
officer in the U.S. Navy Jan. 20. ... Kindel Nelson has
joined Youth Villages as a residential therapist at the
Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus in Douglasville,
Ga. The organization provides residential treatment to
children with emotional, behavioral, and mental health
issues. ... With love for JCU, Maura.
Liliana Morales ’07 and Justin Scales ’07 were
married in Chicago.
For additional photos, visit
Attending the wedding of Dan Mizener ’09 ’12G and Julie Marlowe ’10 are: (first row, from left)
Shane Gullette ’10, Lena Chapin ’10, Marlowe, Mizener, Angela Vistocco ’10 ’11G, Elie Naoum ’09.
Second row (from left): Laura Boselovic ’10, Jenny Eden ’09, Tara (Ford) Adams ’09, Ben Adams ’09,
’10G, Jane Evans, Matthew Harmon ’09, and Todd Evans ’94G.
Man of the law
Tlomas l. LriJ,man '55 was tle lusbanJ of latsy anJ fatler of Tlomas, Molly, latlleen '83, Ann Harnett '86,
anJ Jane loJri,uez '87. He JieJ Dec. 19 in lis lome after a lon, illness. An aviJ ,olfer known for lis playful wit,
LriJ,man was tle former clairman anJ executive witl tle international law nrm Laker & Mclenzie. After
,raJuatin, from Carroll, le returneJ to Clica,o anJ enrolleJ in tle Loyola Lniversity Sclool of Law, from wlicl
le ,raJuateJ in 1958. Tlen le joineJ Laker & Mclenzie anJ became one of four ori,inal members of tle nrm's
liti,ation Jepartment. He serveJ as clairman of tle Jepartment anJ was electeJ to tle nrm's executive committee.
After lis retirement from law, LriJ,man became tle nrst clairman of tle boarJ of tle Little Company of Mary
Hospital lounJation. He also was presiJent of Leverly Country Club anJ a former Joln Carroll trustee.
Supporter of the Society
ln 2OO+, liclarJ D. Lnnen '51 was nameJ a founJer of tle former Detroit lrovince by latler Ceneral leter-
Hans lolvenbacl. His lar,ess to tle Society of Jesus was extraorJinary. Lnnen lelpeJ tle province's mission
substantially at Colombiere Center, Loyola Hi,l Sclool in Dar es Salaam (Africa), Loyola Hi,l Sclool
in Detroit, JCL, tle Jesuit Sclool of Tleolo,y at Lerkeley in California, anJ tle missions, as well as otler
campai,ns of tle Society. Lnnen, wlo JieJ Jan. 18, 2O12, was 8+.
Active alum
Clarles A. Lerin,er lll '75, wlo workeJ in exportin, most of lis career, was an aviJ ploto,rapler, amateur
astronomer, ,arJener, anJ Trivial lursuit player. A lifelon, resiJent of Nortleast Òlio, le founJeJ tle liclarJ
Decker Sclolarslip lunJ, wlicl las sent many Jeservin, clilJren to Camp lalcon in Leesville, Òlio. Wlile at
Carroll, le was senior class presiJent anJ member of lota Cli Lpsilon. He receiveJ tle Alumni Service AwarJ
anJ later tle Alumni MeJal in 2OO3. He remaineJ active witl tle Lniversity. Lerin,er, wlo passeJ away
Dec. 25, 2O11, was 58. He's surviveJ by lis fatler anJ brotlers, lobert '8O anJ Daniel '81.
Ralph J. Pelegrin ’37 3/7/12
James O’C Morgan ’40 12/1/11
Rev. Simon J. Nekic ’40 12/9/11
Richard J. Moriarty ’43 12/16/11
George C. Baron ’45 5/25/11
Rev. Glenn F. Williams, SJ. ’45 1/23/12
Robert J. Munley ’48 12/22/11
F. Jerome Turk ’48 12/19/11
Jerold F. Jost ’49 8/12/11
Edward J. McKenna ’49 3/19/12
Robert C. Heinz ’50 11/27/11
William K. Cuyler ’50 1/21/12
Philip A. Finn ’50 1/31/12
Raymond O. Augustine, Sr. ’50 3/11/12
James W. Jacoby ’50 3/20/12
Michael J. Catalano ’51 11/27/11
Richard D. Ennen ’51 1/18/12
Jack A. Minor ’51 1/23/12
Robert L. Kautz ’51 1/10/12
Robert M. Curran ’51 1/4/12
John G. Ginty ’51 2/17/12
Vincent J. Cherveny ’52 2/29/12
Thomas E. McCafferty ’52 3/11/12
Thomas L. Walters ’53 2/27/12
Eugene R. Mische ’53 12/3/10
John J. Finnerty ’54 4/29/11
Jerome J. Hokin ’54 2/17/12
Thomas E. Gilmore ’54 3/11/12
John J. Grdina ’55 11/19/11
Tom S. Bridgman ’55 12/20/11
John F. McHugh ’55 4/29/11
James R. Hoying ’55 2/8/12
Neil P. Rackliffe ’55 2/26/12
Thomas A. Slattery ’56 7/26/11
Charles T. Rini, Sr ’56 2/18/12
Michael A. Wedding ’57 2/16/10
William R. Ryan ’57 3/2/12
John J. Bachhuber ’58 2/14/12
Donald V. Huck ’58 2/1/12
Brian P. Sexton ’60 2/28/12
Ronald J. Sekerak ’60 3/19/12
David A. Zeitzheim ’61 12/31/11
John P. O’Brien ’62 11/19/11
John C. Dobrogowski ’63 12/18/11
Louis W. Balancio ’64 1/1/12
Michael E. Krebs ’64 1/17/12
James D. Small ’66 7/11/11
Raymond R. Bosler ’66 1/29/12
Thomas W. Kaufman ’66 3/8/12
Frederick J. Nagel ’67 11/30/11
David A. Penner ’67 6/27/11
Thaddeus J. Gajda ’67 12/7/11
Gary D. Ritchie ’68 2/20/12
Charles H. Fuller ’69 3/4/12
Kathryn A. Harrison ’70 12/18/10
Joseph E. Holub ’70 3/17/11
Paul F. Cummings ’71 1/17/12
Richard R. Rauschenbach ’72 2/2/01
Margaret W. Taylor ’73G 11/29/11
Charles A. Beringer III ’75 12/25/11
Susan J. Calihan ’75 3/3/12
Margaret M. Nemec-Groth ’76 12/8/11
Arunas E. Azelis ’76 12/24/11
Sandy L. Anderson-Polgar ’78 3/17/12
Joycelyn Smarsch ’78G 11/12/11
Vernette M. Super ’78 12/15/10
Sarah B. Heupler ’79G 1/21/12
Richard A. McIndoe ’82 10/19/11
Marie E. Childers ’83 3/10/12
Helen M. Bacha ’84G 3/16/12
Jeff C. Barclay ’84 1/28/12
Daniel R. Welly ’85 12/11/11
Kathleen R. Hanuscin ’85 12/7/11
Thomas M. Bluemle ’91 12/26/11
Sharon L. Borer ’91G 1/12/12
Kristen A. Schultz ’98 3/8/12
Brock F. Brzygot ’99 6/3/11
Joel P. Kody ’02 8/24/11
Clifford C. Whitlow ’05G 2/7/12
Cecilia M. McGinty ’06 1/17/12
This is the deceased list as of March 26, 12.
We apologize for any omissions and ask you notify
Joan Brosius at 216-397-4332.
46 SPRI NG 2012
Snow, blustery winJs, anJ fri,iJ temperatures
are claracteristic of Nortleast Òlio winters.
Lacl year, coacl Marc Tlibeault '98 must
prepare the baseball team for the coming
season in tlese conJitions. He be,ins
preparing for the upcoming season in mid-
May, once tle previous season enJs. Tle
coaclin, staff evaluates players' stren,tls anJ
weaknesses to work on Jurin, tle summer.
ler Division lll NCAA re,ulations, tle
team is alloweJ 19 weeks of participation,
which are split between the fall and spring
semesters. Tle team trains for four weeks Jurin,
tle fall, wlicl incluJes usin, tle wei,lt room
to builJ players' plysical stren,tl. Durin, tlis
time, coacles evaluate players' aJjustments
since tle previous season. Tle remainin, 15
weeks are Jurin, tle sprin, wlen players be,in
practicin, six Jays a week.
lart of tle team's preparation is Jeterminin,
a tleme for eacl season. Tlis season it's
controlling the preparation.
¨ln anytlin, you Jo, tle only tlin, you
can control is your preparation," Tlibeault
says. ¨You can't always control tle outcome,
but if you Jo a tlorou,l job anJ invest time,
lopefully, tle outcome will be favorable."
lreparation isn't always an easy task,
lowever. Tle team faces tle clallen,e of
workin, arounJ weatler conJitions anJ
scleJulin, con1icts. Tlibeault las to be able to
prepare tle team amiJ unpreJictable Nortleast
Òlio winters. Wletler it's because of snow,
rain, or 1ooJin, from rain or meltin, snow, tle
baseball nelJ often is unusable wlile tle team is
trainin,. lracticin, at all on tle nelJ before tle
season be,ins is unlikely.
¨l can remember bein, on tle nelJ one time
before tle sprin, trip - tlat was my senior year,"
Tlibeault says.
Lven tlou,l weatler las been a clallen,e,
the team has turned it into a strength.
¨Tle si,n of a ,reat team is low it
approacles anJ overcomes tlose clallen,es,"
says varsity baseball player Tom Hickey '12, a
nnance major from ÒrlanJ lark, lll.
Tle team must be prepareJ before tle
stuJents' sprin, break, Jurin, wlicl tle team
travels to lloriJa to participate in ,ames
a,ainst Division lll teams. Tley're often tle
team's nrst of tle season.
To prepare in tle miJst of unpreJictable
weatler, tle team practices in tle ,ym anJ
on tle football nelJ two Jays a week, weatler
permittin,, to simulate a more ,ame-like
Tlibeault also las to work arounJ
stuJents' acaJemic scleJules, wlicl superseJe
everytlin,. Ònce accommoJations are maJe
for classes, tle team works arounJ otler Carroll
teams tlat are usin, tle same facilities. So
Tlibeault JeciJeJ tle team neeJeJ to nnJ
anotler place to practice to alleviate tle
JemanJ of Carroll facilities. A few years a,o,
tle team useJ off-campus facilities at Spire
lnstitute in Ceneva, Òlio. However, Spire
was a couple lours from campus. Tlis year, tle
team moveJ practice to a lorce lnJoor Sports
facility, wlicl is closer to campus. Tle facility
las battin, ca,es anJ lar,er facilities tlat make
it easier to simulate game situations.
¨lt's not tle most iJeal situation," Tlibeault
says. ¨We'J certainly like to lave it on campus,
but it's a win-win because it accommoJates
baseball anJ tle otler stuJent-atlletes."
Tlis season, tle team is takin, aJvanta,e of
better-than-usual weather.
¨We've been blesseJ tlis year," Hickey says.
¨Havin, a milJ winter alloweJ us to practice
on tle football nelJ more, wlicl ,ave us an
eJ,e at tlat point in tle season. We were more
prepareJ tlan ever to start tle season stron,."
– Emily Gaffney ’12
Controlling the prep
Practice is no easy task for the baseball team
Marc Thibeault ’98 contends with unfavorable weather while preparing the baseball team for the season.
Witl a packeJ louse tlat incluJeJ many former
players anJ coacles, tle men's basketball team
reacleJ a listoric milestone Jan. 28, notclin,
tle pro,ram's 1,OOOtl win by Jefeatin, Òlio
Nortlern, 83-56. Tle olJest intercolle,iate
varsity sport at Joln Carroll - or St. l,natius
Colle,e as it was known at tle time - be,an
as a lastily arran,eJ pro,ram tlat playeJ 1+
,ames Jurin, tle 1919-192O sclool year. Tle
nrst contest was a 29-17 victory over tle lorest
City lni,lts of Columbus. lrom tlose lumble
be,innin,s, a Division lll re,ional power las
emerged that was able to celebrate a millenary
victory on its lome 1oor.
“I attribute this milestone to so many
players, aJministrators, anJ ,reat assistant
coacles," says Mike Moran, wlo las been
tle leaJ coacl in more tlan 36O
,ames. ¨lt's a re1ection of
tle players wlo lave
come before ... in
which one team
passes the baton to
tle next."
Dec. 2, 1972 – JCU wrestled Ohio State and
Bowling Green in a triangular meet, which
was the first time Carroll went head-to-head
with these big-time programs. The host
Blue Streaks beat the Buckeyes 23-14 and
Bowling Green 33-8.
Successful pro,rams breeJ
successful people, or so
Joln Carroll lopes after
tappin, Laura Jensen to
be tle sixtl leaJ coacl in
tle +2-year listory of its
volleyball pro,ram. Tlis
past November, Jensen was
the top assistant coach for
Wittenber, Lniversity,
wlicl won tle 2O11 NCAA
Division lll national title.
A native of Minnesota, Jensen ,raJuateJ
with a degree in health care administration
from lent State Lniversity. As a volleyball
player tlere, sle earneJ four varsity letters
from 2OO+-O7.
Durin, ler time at Wittenber,, sle lelpeJ
New volleyball coach
brings winning tradition
1992 – The volleyball team started the
season winning its first 17 matches on the
way to a 33-3 record and the program’s first
Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) title. The 33
wins and 17 consecutive wins still stand
as records.
1962 – The Blue Streaks football team
posted the second undefeated season
in school history. They shut out their final
five opponents: Allegheny (26-0), Western
Reserve (7-0), Case Tech (44-0), Thiel (12-0)
and Washington & Jefferson (13-0). The
starting defense gave up one touchdown
all year.
Feb. 20, 1962 – Ray Maria
’62 scored 45 points in a
108-57 victory over Allegheny,
which is the greatest scoring
performance in men’s
basketball history. Maria
achieved his record without the
benefit of a three-point line.
1977 - Thanks to titles by David Jones ’78 in
the long and triple jump and Jack Corrigan
in the pole vault, the men’s track and field
team captured its third Presidents’ Athletic
Conference title. The team didn’t win the
conference again until 2002 when it was in
the OAC.
Top performances
Millenary milestone
tle Ti,ers win tlree Nortl Coast
Atlletic Conference re,ular
season titles, tlree NCAC
Tournament clampionslips,
anJ tlree NCAA Division lll
Tournament appearances. ln ler
tlree seasons, tle Ti,ers amasseJ
a recorJ of 93-1+, incluJin, a
+5-1 mark in conference play.
¨l'm exciteJ to start builJin,
tle founJation for a volleyball
pro,ram tlat's successful not
only on tle court, but in tle classroom anJ
community as well," Jensen says. ¨Witl top-
notcl acaJemic offerin,s, beautiful facilities,
anJ support for atlletics, many key pieces
are in place to lelp Joln Carroll compete for
conference clampionslips."
Eddie Floyd ’73 (top) in 1972
48 SPRI NG 2012
've always been blesseJ witl ample opportunities to succeeJ, anJ
tle opportunities Joln Carroll las presenteJ me lave been more
tlan wlat l've lopeJ for. Wlen l arriveJ at JCL as a freslman, l
never expecteJ to Jo tle tlin,s l've Jone now as a junior: workin, in
a presti,ious internslip, eJitin, sections of Tle Carroll News, lavin,
a job in wlicl l was a stuJent supervisor, anJ interviewin, for anJ
earning other job opportunities.
Joln Carroll maintains ri,orous acaJemic stanJarJs tlat lave
forceJ me to work extremely larJ anJ remain motivateJ. However,
asiJe from acaJemic opportunities, it's tle interpersonal opportunities
outside the classroom that stand out.
lor as lon, as l can remember, l've been interesteJ in writin,. ln
li,l sclool at Cilmour AcaJemy in Cates Mills, Òlio, an Ln,lisl
teacler wlo reco,nizeJ my potential - even before l JiJ - inspireJ me
by clan,in, my outlook about writin, anJ literature. lf it weren't for
lim, l Jon't know if l'J be an Ln,lisl major now. l Jennitely woulJn't
be as connJent in my writin, ability.
Matriculatin, into Carroll, l laJ written only poetry
anJ prose, but wlen tle sprin, 2OO9 semester be,an,
l JeciJeJ to try writin, for Tle Carroll News. l
loveJ it from tle start. l enjoyeJ tle feelin,
of interviewin, people anJ composin,
stories. lt was a new style of writin,, a
new clallen,e. A montl later, l became
tle campus spotli,lt assistant eJitor,
tlen an eJitor. After tlat, l became
the op/ed and editorial section
editor and earned my own column.
l never tlou,lt l'J be interesteJ
in news writin,, but because of tle
opportunities presenteJ to me, l'm
heading down a career path with a
passion for writing.
Durin, my freslman year, l was
lireJ at tle lecreation Center as a front-
Jesk assistant. Tle followin, year l became
a recreation stuJent supervisor. l learneJ to
or,anize anJ plan events, as well as Jevelop marketin,,
interviewin,, anJ scleJulin, skills. Tle position las lelpeJ
me improve skills sucl as time mana,ement anJ interpersonal
communication, wlicl will lelp me tlrou,lout my years as a
student and in my professional career after school.
Òne of tle most profounJ opportunities l've taken
aJvanta,e of is meetin, anJ Jevelopin, relationslips witl Jifferent
people. Lveryone l've met at Carroll las in1uenceJ me in some way.
l've JevelopeJ close frienJslips anJ built relationslips witl faculty anJ
staff equally.
Last year l was fortunate to lave met one of tle most JeJicateJ
anJ frienJly people l've ever known. Al works for tle Lniversity anJ
cleans tle lecllex at ni,lt after lours. Wlen l was workin, at tle
Jesk until tle lecllex closeJ for tle evenin,, le frequently talkeJ to
my best frienJ anJ me. Al was interesteJ to know wlo we are, tlou,l
le JiJn't lave to pay any attention to us. l've learneJ a lot from lim:
low important it is to be completely JeJicateJ to wlat l'm involveJ in;
tle value of relationslips baseJ on wlat le's tau,lt me about love anJ
marria,e tlrou,l lis own experiences; anJ takin, tle time to ,et to know
someone because tlat person can make a Jifference in your life wlen you
least expect it. lf it weren't for JCL's welcomin, environment, my best
frienJ anJ l woulJn't lave laJ tle opportunity to ,et to know Al.
Carroll las professors anJ staff wlo are keenly interesteJ in
stuJents' success. l've been lucky enou,l to lave
taken classes witl professors wlo reco,nize
my potential and encourage my success.
lobert Noll, Jirector of Tle Carroll
News anJ journalism pro,ram, maJe
me realize my potential anJ love
of writin,. l've ,otten to know
professors wlo l laven't even
taken classes from, yet still are
interesteJ in my aclievements anJ
accomplislments. Òne is AnJrew
Welki, ll.D., associate professor
of economics. Anotler is llilip
Metres, ll.D., associate professor
of Ln,lisl. Tlis type of concern,
in1uence, anJ involvement is unique
to Carroll, wlicl presents stuJents
witl numerous opportunities to Jevelop
meaningful relationships.
I thoroughly appreciate these opportunities
anJ look forwarJ to tle many more tle Lniversity will
present. l plan to take aJvanta,e of anytlin, JCL tlrows my way
because tlese eJucational experiences lappen once in a lifetime.
Kaitlin Gill ’13 was the editorial intern for John Carroll magazine
during the fall 2011 semester.
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