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Vol. 15, Issue 2 • suMMeR 2011

Surviving cancer
Three women in our community share their stories

A few of the 683 celebratory graduates from the class of 2011 who partook in commencement ceremonies May 22

Vol. 15, Issue 2

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

John Carroll University President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. Vice President for university Advancement Doreen Knapp Riley Assistant Vice President for Integrated Marketing and Communications John A. Carfagno university editor/Director of Publications John Walsh Alumni Journal and Campus Photography Coordinator Cheri Slattery editorial intern Tim Ertle ’11 Magazine Advisory Board Jeanne Colleran ’76 Sherri Crahen John Ettorre ’80 Steve Gleydura ’92, ’95G Jack Hearns ’61, ’64G Theresa Spada ’04 John Marcus ’72 (ex officio) Paul V. Murphy Thomas Schubeck, S.J. Barbara Schubert ’62, ’67G, ’80G Karen Schuele Brian Williams
John Carroll magazine is published quarterly by John Carroll University, 20700 North Park Blvd., University Heights, OH 44118 [email protected] / 216-397-3050 Periodicals postage paid at Cleveland, OH 44118, and additional mailing offices. ISSN 1542-0418 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: John Carroll magazine Integrated Marketing and Communications 20700 North Park Blvd. University Heights, OH 44118

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

Design: Villa Beach Communications Printing: Lane Press Contributors: John Ettorre ’80, Raven DeVoll Photography: Robert Wetzler, Roger Mastroianni, Janet Century, and FJ Gaylor Photography 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.


Surviving cancer
Three women in our community share their stories.

Remembering Dr. C John Czerapowicz, Ph.D., ’59 taught at the University in the political science department from 1966 to 2004. Czerapowicz, who left an impression on many throughout the years, passed away in November at age 73. Following his dreams After a brief stint in minor league baseball, Billy Donato ’86 worked tirelessly to earn his undergraduate degree in three years and see his name in lights as an entertainer on the Las Vegas Strip. Combining passions Young entrepreneur Jeanniece Jackson ’12 finds success with an electronic menu system while serving others and mentoring teenagers in Cleveland. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter


Addressing the price tag
How JCU helps families afford a private-school education


(special 125th anniversary section – the second of four)
We highlight what makes the University different than the vast majority of institutions of higher learning in the U.S. – the Jesuits – and particularly the lives of two: Fr. Thomas Schubeck, S.J. and Cyril Pinchak, S.J., ’06

Men for others
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Perpetuating our tradition of excellence
“Go forth and set the world on fire.” – Saint Ignatius of Loyola hese words from Saint Ignatius are especially meaningful for me this year as I reflect on our combined commencement and reunion that took place in May. The weekend – which teemed with enthusiasm, excitement, and promise – created a wonderful opportunity for alumni to reconnect with fellow Blue Streaks and congratulate the class of 2011. As I reflect on the many stories I heard from alumni, graduates, and parents, I feel a great sense of shared pride in the Carroll community. For 125 years, we have sent generations of talented people forth, and indeed, they have set the world on fire by making countless contributions to society. (Turn to page 6 to view some of the photos from Commencement & Reunion Weekend, one of the signature events of our 125th Anniversary year.) I’m particularly pleased our first cohort from the Ohio Access Initiative, now called the John Carroll Access Initiative, is included in the class of 2011. We are all aware of the financial barriers many families face related to education. This initiative is an excellent example of how we’re helping break down the barriers that prevent talented high school students from considering John Carroll. It also exemplifies our mission as a Jesuit school and our desire to be keenly aware of those who face significant challenges and take action. (Turn to page 14 to read more about the amazing success of the access initiative.) It also was my pleasure to present fellow Jesuits the Very Reverend Timothy Kesicki, S.J., ’84, provincial of the Chicago-Detroit province, and Rev. Charles Currie, S.J., president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, with honorary degrees. These distinguished leaders in Jesuit education and ministry articulately explain what it means to be men and women with and for others, and Fr. Kesicki’s words for our recent graduates are compelling and inspiring. (To listen to his address, visit Like my fellow Jesuits, I believe in celebrating the richness and fullness of life, to seek to find God in all things, and understand God is with us – especially in


times of need. The surviving cancer feature on page 8 highlights how three women in the Carroll community called on their faith and confidence in God and others to live their lives to the fullest in times of need. It is a powerful story about courage and perseverance. As we look ahead to the 125th anniversary events this fall, I encourage you to return to Carroll for homecoming Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, and, especially, to attend the John Carroll University Gala Dec. 2 at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Cleveland. I hope to see you at the gala, which will be a fundraiser for student scholarships. God has blessed us throughout these 125 years. Let the celebration continue. May you have a peaceful and restful summer. Blessings,

Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.

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The University partnered with St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland to serve the Ohio City neighborhood for the annual Cultivating Community Day, a 125th anniversary event. On April 30, more than 450 people from both communities participated, including city councilman Joe Cimperman ’92, who’s an alumnus of both schools. The University signed a memorandum of understanding with Ursuline College that guarantees two spots to JCU students in each of the cohorts of its accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Students would completed their B.S. or B.A. at Carroll and could apply for the Ursuline program during their junior year. Students would have to complete preclinical courses before beginning their Board of Registered Nursing program. Louise Barmann, secretary in the sociology and criminology department, is the recipient of the inaugural John Carroll University Staff & Administrator Service Award for 2011. The award recognizes an individual for outstanding service to the community in representing a faith that does justice. Thirteen cadets from the ROTC program represented the University at the Mountain Man Memorial March, which is comprised of civilian and military categories for the half marathon and full marathon in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. In the Military Heavy Half Marathon category (full uniform with boots and 35 pound pack), the team

of cadets Ryan McCullough, Mark Taylor, Brendan Sinchak, Ryan Lukanich, and Tyler Medved earned second place with a time of 3 hours, 16 minutes. In the Military Heavy Full Marathon category, the team of cadets Tom Krakowiak, Austin Ashwill, Kevin Comiskey, Pat Cotner, and Chris White earned second place with a time of 6 hours, 30 minutes.

Catholic Devotions group and was a student coordinator for the 2010 Ecuador immersion experience. He also served as a Christian Life Community and First Year Retreat leader.




Roberto Santosdiaz Jr. ’11, a double major in East Asian studies and economics, won a 2011-2012 Fulbright Award to teach English for a year in South Korea starting in July. The Carol Stream, Ill., native also received achievement awards in both his majors, including the Joseph and Nina Bombelles Award in economics (2010 and 2011), the Michael J. Lavelle, S.J., Scholarship in Economics (2010), and a Hispanic Scholarship Fund award through the MassMutual Program for future business leaders. Andrew Vogel ’11, a cell and molecular biology major with a Spanish minor, is the Beaudry Award winner. Vogel has been an active member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, serving as scholarship chairman and organizing the application process for the Men of Principle Scholarship, and serving as a risk manager helping the fraternity maintain the goals of being gentlemen, leaders, and scholars on campus. He served as the president for Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society on campus, and as president of Alpha Omega. Vogel has been involved with the Roman


The Carroll News was voted Best Non-Daily College Newspaper by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. The newspaper won 10 awards this year, including Overall Excellence in Print for a weekly or less frequently published paper. Individual winners are: • Katie Sheridan ’11 and Emily Gaffney ’12, second place in Front Page Design. Katie also won first place in Breaking/Hard News. • Dan Cooney ’13, first place in News Page. • Sean Webster ’11, first place in Feature Page and third place in Columns/ Commentary. • Jennifer Holton ’12, third place in Feature Page. • Nicole Green ’13, second place in News Stories. • Tim Ertle ’11, first place in Sports Columns. • Zach Mentz ’14, honorable mention in Sports Features. Additionally, Webster won first place for General Column Writing in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) 2010 Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards. He’s now in competition with other regional winners for The Best College General Column Writer in the Country, an award given at the national SPJ conference in late summer. At the 65th Annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference, Heidi Benson ’11 received a first place award for a research paper about physiology. Benson, a neuroscience student, was one of 300 participants from more than 20 colleges and universities at the conference.




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The Bohannon Center is being demolished this summer. Interior materials were removed and some were salvaged and sold for scrap, diverting much of the material from local landfills. Following the removal of the building, the Bohannon site, which will be transformed to include rain gardens and surface parking, will be designed to meet environmental and ecological standards to reduce storm-water runoff. Grading and sloping of the Hamlin Quad, improved drainage, and an irrigation system will allow the quad to support a natural-turf, regulation-size playing field for soccer and lacrosse.

Catholic intellectual life and enhances the mission and identity of the University as well as academic excellence. Hahnenberg, an author of three books and numerous articles in academic and pastoral journals, will continue to sustain connections with theological communities regionally and worldwide. He holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in theology from the University of Notre Dame.


Catherine Distelrath is one of 13 winners of The Charles J. Ping Student Community Service Award, which recognizes and honors undergraduate students’ outstanding leadership and contributions to community service. Ohio Campus Compact, a nonprofit membership organization of 47 Ohio colleges and universities, received funding from State Farm Insurance, which provided legacy grants of $500 for outstanding college student service leaders to award to their community partners. The John Carroll S.I.F.E. (Students in Free Enterprise) team gave its presentation in the Regional S.I.F.E. competition at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The presentation reviewed four of its 2010-2011 projects: African Children Ministries, Hope for Honduran Children Foundation, Elevate Your Future, and Sam’s Club Environmental Sustainability Challenge. The team competed in the nationals in May in Minneapolis.

keynote speaker was Kim Ainsworth, executive director of the Greater Boston Federal Executive Board on behalf of the Partnership for Public Service. There were workshops about the federal hiring process and information sessions with the Peace Corps, FBI, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and U.S. Secret Service.

Michael Nichols, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, is the 2011 recipient of the Lucrezia Culicchia Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences. Nichols helps realize the University’s deep commitment to student learning and teaching excellence. Karen Schuele, Ph.D., professor of accountancy, was appointed dean of the Boler School of Business. Previously, she served as interim dean of the Boler School. A published scholar with more than a dozen articles in professional journals and electronic publications, Schuele increasingly will be involved in strengthening ties between the Boler School and the regional business community, alumni relations, and fund-raising for the Boler School and the University. John McBratney, Ph.D., professor of English, is the 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award winner. The award is presented each year to a faculty member selected by a committee of faculty, students, administrators, and alumni for excellence in classroom teaching, scholarship, advisement, and leadership of students, together with participation in civic and community affairs.



The English department presented awardwinning poet Dave Lucas ’02, the recipient of a Henry Hoyns Fellowship from the University of Virginia and a Discovery/ The Nation Prize, May 2. His poems have appeared in many journals including Paris Review, Poetry, and Slate. Lucas is a Ph.D. candidate in English language and literature at the University of Michigan. The lecture was part of John Carroll’s Visiting Writer Series.




The University hosted the 4th Annual Government Career Day in March. Representatives from the federal, state, and local levels of government agencies attended. The event gives participants a chance to learn about the missions of different government agencies and how to become better job candidates. The

Edward Hahnenberg, Ph.D., former associate professor of theology at Xavier University, is the inaugural Jack ’56 and Mary Jane Breen ’91, ’94G Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. The establishment of the chair supports

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Commencement &Reunion
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As part of John Carroll’s 125th anniversary, the University – with an attendance of 1,200 – celebrated commencement and reunion together May 20-22. Highlights during the festive weekend included: • Baccalaureate and Reunion Mass. • Class dinners. • Parties under the big tent. • Alumni Awards Dinner. • Pancakes with the Professors. • Athletic hard hat party to celebrate the construction of the turf on the football field. • Fireworks display. • Commencement address by the Very Reverend Timothy Kesicki, S.J., ’84.

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Surviving cancer
Three women in our community share their stories
By John Walsh


ou know someone who has battled it, or even succumbed to it. You wear the bracelets and post the ribbons. You’re aware. And you pray. In its various forms, it affects millions of people. It’s cancer. The estimated number of men and women who died from cancer in 2010 is 569,490, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Lung cancer is the most common fatal cancer in men (29 percent), followed by prostate (11 percent) and colon and rectum (9 percent). In women, lung (26 percent), breast (15 percent), and colon and rectum (9 percent) are the leading areas of cancer death. The estimated number of new cancer cases in 2010 among men and women is more than 1.5 million, according

to the ACS. Cancers of the prostate and breast are the most frequently diagnosed cancers in men and women, respectively, followed by lung and colorectal cancers in men and in women. Events such as Relay For Life (see sidebar on page 13) and networks such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Specific to the John Carroll community, Susan Gregg, acquisitions associate in the Grasselli Library; Maryclaire Moroney, Ph.D., associate professor in the English department; and Katie (Matia) Gibbons ’00, a fourthgrade Title 1 reading teacher in Maple Heights (Ohio) City Schools, are examples of overcoming adversity when faced with the disease. For Moroney, it’s Hodgkin’s lymphoma; Gregg, breast cancer; and Gibbons, brain cancer.


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Finding out
After a routine mammogram, the doctor saw something he didn’t like, so he requested Gregg return for more images. After that, the doctor still didn’t like what he saw, so he ordered a biopsy. It was late morning Feb. 28, 2009, when Gregg got the call. “The day I was diagnosed, everyone in the tech services department knew because I couldn’t contain myself,” she says. Gregg’s doctor found a lump in her left breast the size of a pencil tip. It was the early stages of breast cancer. “I had just gotten a physical in late December 2008 and felt perfectly fine,” she says. In Moroney’s case, she discovered a lump just above her collarbone in October 2008. She also had a persistent, itchy rash. A month’s worth of antibiotics wasn’t effective, so Moroney’s general practitioner referred her to a head-andneck specialist. “I had all the cancer symptoms, such as extreme fatigue and night sweats,” she says. “By the end of November, I knew I had cancer.” One of Moroney’s colleagues accompanied her on a return trip to the doctor, who said the lump looked like Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The results, which came back New Year’s Eve, confirmed the doctor’s belief. “The nurse was great,” she says. “She wouldn’t leave until I was set up with an oncologist.” Moroney wanted to make sure the cancer, which was at stage three, was curable. Luckily, it hadn’t reached her bone marrow. She was scheduled to start chemotherapy the following week. Unlike Gregg and Moroney, Gibbons’ diagnosis took longer. In 2007, she was experiencing headaches and thought they were stress related. They started occurring right after she met her soon-to-be husband, Dan Gibbons. That summer, after having a drink, she’d have horrible headaches. She thought it was the alcohol, not a brain tumor. “I couldn’t get out of bed until 5:00 the next day,” she says. Gibbons was getting headaches, losing weight, and randomly becoming tired. She wanted to take a nap right before her 30th birthday party because she anticipated a headache later in the evening. She wasn’t too worried about these symptoms until spring 2008 when the headaches became more frequent and severe. The week after Easter, Gibbons saw her primary care physician who diagnosed the headaches as migraines because she had the symptoms. The doctor also put Gibbons on an antibiotic, thinking she could have a sinus infection. She returned to the doctor a week later feeling exactly the same. She was ordered to get a CAT scan Friday, April 18. “I didn’t think it would show anything and thought it was just a precaution,” she says. When Gibbons returned to her primary care physician after the scan, the doctor told her she detected an abnormality and instructed her to make an appointment with a neurosurgeon. After informing her parents about the results of the scan, Gibbons’ mom shared the news with the primary care physician for whom she works. He was able to schedule an MRI for her Monday morning. By looking at the CAT scan films, a doctor from Gibbons’ primary care physician’s office said it was large enough to cause a seizure, and there was debate about whether she should be admitted to the emergency room on Friday evening. She ended up staying at home and was put on antiseizure medication. “That Saturday, my family had tickets to Michael Bublé, who’s my favorite musician,” she says. “I had big plans but couldn’t go. It was a difficult weekend.” Gibbons had the MRI first thing Monday at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, and the neurosurgeon could tell by looking at her eyes there was a tumor pressing on her left one. “He said, ‘I don’t like the looks of this – can you come in Thursday and get a haircut so we can get that tumor out of there?’” Gibbons says. Gibbons’ father wanted a second opinion, so the neurologist immediately dragged in another doctor, who said, “Yeah, that has to come out.” The doctor prescribed her antisiezure medicine and steroids to reduce swelling. At this point, there was no talk about cancer – just moving on with life. Gibbons received a gift bag with scarves and hats from a close friend. “She was realistic, but I didn’t want to think about that,” she says. “My hair is important to me, and it was difficult knowing it was going to be cut off the next day.” The night before surgery, friends and family visited Gibbons’ home bearing gifts. A priest – a family friend who was battling throat cancer – also visited to talk about his experience and lead a prayer service.

Under the knife
After her diagnosis, Gregg had a lumpectomy March 5, 2009. The surgeon removed the tumor and performed a lymph-node biopsy. Before the outpatient procedure, the surgeon told Gregg she would need radiation, too. The final pathology report came back a week later. There

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wasn’t able to sleep. “It was frustrating knowing I needed to sleep to recover,” she says. “The steroids kept me up all night and made me hungry.” While recovering, Gibbons received many visitors who brought dinners, sweets, and flowers. “At this point, I still didn’t think it was cancer,” she says. “I wasn’t ready to know. Two weeks after I got home, though, I really wanted to know. The results were the first thing on my mind.” Meanwhile, the brain tumor board at the Cleveland Clinic was analyzing the tumor and determining appropriate treatment. It had to generate a protocol, which took several weeks. “By this time, I was going crazy,” Gibbons says. “I needed to know.” Finally, a month after surgery, Gibbons received the results – she had a grade-four glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), which is the most aggressive form of brain cancer. “Statistics show it’s not good,” she says. “I broke down. It was devastating hearing the results.”

Getting better
Gregg was good news and bad. The good – the cancer was caught early, and the bad – it’s an aggressive type (HER2 positive) that would require radiation, chemo, and the biological drug Herceptin. That’s when the surgeon told Gregg cancer is like a roller-coaster. Like Gregg’s, Moroney’s surgery was an outpatient procedure. The excision biopsy took place at University Hospitals Dec. 22, 2008. On April 24, 2008, during Gibbons’ six-hour surgery to remove the large tumor, all her mom’s family (there’s 13 siblings) were there in addition to her dad’s and boyfriend’s families. “They took up a whole area of the hospital,” she says. When Gibbons awoke from surgery, she was alert and able to eat and drink. She remained in the hospital for six days, a few of which were spent in bed. She had a black eye, looked battered and fatigued, and was on a high dose of steroids and pain medication. “I formed a closer relationship with God in that hospital bed,” she says. Gregg’s treatment plan for breast cancer was five-fold: • Surgery. • Chemotherapy. • Radiation. • Taking Herceptin for a year. • Hormone therapy for five years. “I said, ‘Gee, maybe I should just have a mastectomy instead,” she says. “But the oncologist drew me a diagram and said the results would be the same if I chose the five-step plan or mastectomy.” Gregg took drugs three days before the start of each chemo treatment to prepare her body. “They had me all jacked up,” she says. “I didn’t like the feeling.” Gregg underwent outpatient surgery for insertion of a port in early April, preparing for her first chemo treatment on the 14th. Carboplatin, Taxotere, and Herceptin were administered one after the other. The treatments, which were on three week cycles, lasted 18 weeks and finished in August. She continued going to Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, every three weeks for Herceptin, which is administered the same way as chemo, through March 2010. As the treatments progressed, Gregg became more fatigued. “The first and second treatments weren’t bad, but the last two were rough,” she says. “Still, I thought, ‘I can do this.’ Luckily, I only missed work the days I had treatment.” Gregg started the next phase of her treatment, radiation, right after Labor Day in September. Radiation – there were 35 treatments – was scheduled Monday through Friday before work. “I was amazed at how much math is involved in the radiation

In limbo
While Gibbons was in the hospital after surgery, she didn’t receive any information about the tumor, only that the neurosurgeon was able to remove it entirely. “I felt confident I was going to recover and get back to my life,” she says. When Gibbons went home, she went straight to bed but


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prep to make sure the beam is plotted out precisely,” she says. Gregg applied cream to her skin several times a day to help combat irritation, which is a side effect. She also drank a lot of water and walked daily. Moroney’s treatment started Jan. 17, 2009. To kill the cancer cells, she had to prepare her body with a one-week prechemo treatment. Doctors checked her pulmonary and heart function before administering chemo. “I passed out with the nuclear medicine test, so they did a noninvasive heart check,” she says. Moroney underwent a PET scan – more radioactive material is directed at the tumor cells – so doctors could see how many tumors existed. There were more than a dozen small ones in her spleen, neck, esophagus, and chest area. “The test was worth it to determine the cancer wasn’t in my bone marrow,” she says. The treatment included six months of chemotherapy, which ended in June. Radiation wasn’t an option because Moroney had dozens of tumors throughout her lungs and esophagus. “I was so focused on treatment and getting better I didn’t think about how I got the cancer,” she says. “I didn’t want to know much more.” Moroney’s treatment for Hodgkin’s consisted of four drugs: Adriamycin, vincristine, bleomycin, and dacarbazine. “The bleomycin is scary because it’s incredibly dangerous, and the nurse administers it in a hazmat suit, carefully dropping the drug into the port in my chest,” she says. “It can burn your veins.” Moroney took chemo every other Friday. But in the middle of the treatment, she had the flu, so she skipped a dose and rescheduled it. Although the chemo is finished, treatment isn’t complete. Moroney will continue seeing her doctor for a CAT scan every six months for three years until the five-year mark, which is in 2014. In Gibbons’ case, she was discouraged by her neurosurgeon from reading about GBMs because the information wasn’t hopeful. “My mom was the best advocate I had,” she says. “She had a wonderful way of getting the facts and what I needed to do, as well as communicating that to our family. She was the best caregiver anyone could ask for.” Treatment consisted of taking chemo (Temedar) orally daily and radiation Monday through Friday. Doctors took weekly blood tests to ensure Gibbons’ immune system was handling the treatment. She took chemo until March 2009. “Despite side effects from treatment, I was able to get through it because of Dan, my family, and friends,” she says. “Dan stepped up. If we had plans but I couldn’t handle it, we didn’t go. I couldn’t enjoy some things, but I tried to make the most of it.”

But there was good news for Gibbons. She became engaged to Dan after they returned from a boat trip in August 2008. Then the scan readings after radiation continued showing no signs of cancer. She was able to return to teaching that fall, and support from other teachers and the administration made the transition a smooth one. “Teaching while finishing chemo kept me going,” she says.

Dealing with the effects
During Gregg’s treatment, the chemo, which had a cumulative effect, changed how food tasted, but that didn’t last long. The other common side effect was hair loss. “It goes quickly, and it’s quite a shock,” she says. “I bought a wig but didn’t like wearing it every day, so I wore scarves and hats. Losing my hair was the hardest part.” Throughout the treatment, Gregg never felt sick; she just felt like something happened she had to take care of. Her routine didn’t change much. In Moroney’s case, her family and friends came from all over the country to stay with her a week at a time during her treatment. During this time, her teenage children, after having slowly absorbed what was going on with their mother, continued on with their lives as normal. Friends and family conducted research about Hodgkin’s. “I, the research scholar, didn’t want to know all that could go wrong,” she says. “But, for example, I read about the four drugs I was taking. The oncologists explained in a clear way why the chemo works so effectively for this cancer. Also, there

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developed close relationships with them.” Gregg’s coworkers also have been supportive. “If there was anything I couldn’t do, they picked up the slack,” she says. “They sent me cards, baked, had little celebrations along the way; they prayed. As I went from one stage to the next, we addressed the days or times I couldn’t work. They were accommodating and took care of things for me while I was out.” Like Gregg, Moroney’s colleagues were instrumental in her recovery. In fall of 2009, Moroney started teaching again. Even though she wanted a low profile when she returned, the English department threw her a little celebration. Gibbons is glad she’s part of a support group, which meets once a month. Some people in the group have gone through a lot worse. For example, there are survivors who have to depend on others for the rest of their lives. “It’s a blessing to have,” she says. “We don’t give advice, just support. I couldn’t have gotten through it without my family, but they aren’t cancer survivors. This group knows what I’m going through. Some people don’t have options. I got married. I have my hair. I give people who are just starting treatment hope.” Moroney

Looking back and reflecting
are many nurses in my family that knew about the treatment.” Moroney became weak and ill after chemo. She would gain energy back, then become sick again. “It was difficult to keep up with my children,” she says. “But I was able to reassure them I was going to be OK. They trusted me.” Gregg’s approach to dealing with breast cancer was a practical one based on advice from a Jesuit friend, who told her to be positive, confident, and prayerful. “That’s what I tried to do,” she says. “I didn’t want it to take over my life, yet I didn’t bury my head in the sand. I tried to strike a balance. Working helped because when I was at work, I didn’t think about cancer.” Gregg also received tremendous support from her sisterin-law, who had lymphoma two years previously. They could relate to each other even though they had different cancers. “Laura showed me courage and strength,” she says. “She set the tone.” While going through her treatment, Moroney believed it was a moment to slow down and prioritize her life. About 10 years ago, she felt a strong call to adopt her two children, who were ages six and eight at the time. “I have faith and confidence I wouldn’t have been given these two children if I couldn’t raise them,” she says. Even after Moroney’s treatment, she still feels her neck at times, and when she feels age-related pain, thinks the cancer is back. Gibbons’ doctors will keep a close eye on her for the rest of her life, yet she doesn’t want cancer to be the determining factor for every choice she makes. “I need to live life to the fullest,” she says.

Living with cancer
For Gregg, there’s a chance the breast cancer could come back. Doctors can’t tell her she’s 100-percent cured. The hormone therapy – a pill she takes once a day for five years (she has three years left) – is supposed to keep the disease in check. She continues with her yearly mammograms and additional follow-up doctor visits. Side effects of the medication, Anastrozole, are muscle and bone pain, hot flashes, night sweats, and bone loss. To combat that loss, Gregg is infused with Zometa, a drug that builds bone mass, twice a year. Gregg remains active with an exercise group on campus twice a week and added relaxation yoga to her routine. On the spiritual side, she’s part of a group that prays the rosary once a week in Rodman Chapel. Additionally, she belongs to a breast cancer support group at Gesu parish that prays, cooks, and socializes. She discovered the group toward the end of her chemo treatment. “They are wonderful group of women who I wouldn’t have met if not for this disease,” she says. “I’m blessed to have


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hose who participate in, and benefit from, John Carroll’s annual Relay For Life fundraiser can

and underclassmen, usually students who’ve been touched by cancer or have connections with someone who has.” The Relay For Life slogan “Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.” ties to the three ceremonies that take place during the benefit. The opening ceremony doubles as a time to celebrate cancer survivors, who are recognized as they take their first lap around the Hamlin Quad. All participants line the “track” and clap for them. “It’s very emotional,” Mullner says. After the ceremony, there’s a luncheon for the survivors and their a chair and advisor, a 13-student committee plans and manages the event, including all aspects of fundraising, logistics, recruitment, entertainment, and public relations. Additionally, the American Cancer Society provides training – it assigns a staffer to each relay – for the students because it wants to make sure the Relay For Life brand remains consistent. The official title for the event is the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of John Carroll University. Each year, the fundraiser adopts a theme. This year’s was a fifth birthday party. In the past, themes were about superheroes, the jungle, and Hollywood. “We encourage teams to embrace the theme because it adds to the fun of the event,” Mullner says. Each team, consisting of about 15 people, has a fundraiser that day. For example, one year, the hockey team set up a game to score on its goalie. Those who did won a prize. The atmosphere is festive with ongoing music and fun, random activities such as musical chairs and pogo-stick competitions. “The whole campus community is involved,” Mullner says. “Families come out, neighbors come. There’s a good mix of upper families. The night of the benefit students line the Hamlin Quad with luminaries, for which people donate $10 per luminary in memory of those who died or in honor of those who survived cancer. The luminaria ceremony, which serves as the cornerstone of the event, focuses on remembering those who’ve passed away. The ceremony also includes a few speakers, such as those in the Carroll community who lost parents or other relatives, or are survivors themselves. The names of those honored or remembered for their battle with cancer are part of a slideshow presented on a big screen. It takes about 20 minutes to show 1,000 to 1,200 names. The ceremony concludes with a silent lap around the luminaries to reflect and focus on those who’ve passed away. Lastly, during a formal ceremony at the end of the event, participants are thanked for their efforts fighting the disease, and the different teams involved are recognized for such things as the best game, who raised the most money, and the most creatively themed outfit. “We encourage and challenge participants to commit to fundraising all through the year,” Mullner says.

thank Joel Mullner ’07, ’09G, who worked with other students and staff to start the event in the spring of 2007. In its first four years on campus, the benefit has netted more than $200,000 for the American Cancer Society. In its first year, the event was even named the top rookie relay in the state and the top collegiate relay in the U.S. per capita for schools with a similar enrollment (a student body between 2,500 and 5,000). While the benefit has remained successful, it has had to weather turbulent economic times and decreases in the amount of donations. Nationally, all community Relay For Life events raised $388 million in 2010, according to the American Cancer Society. More specifically, 493 college campuses raised more than $22 million last year. This year in Ohio, Relay For Life teams are expected to raise $17.2 million. The event, which typically lasts 24 hours in many communities, adopted an 18-hour model common for collegiate relays, says Mullner, the assistant director of enrollment at Carroll. Because of safety concerns with the University and University Heights, part of the event was held outside and part was held inside during the first three years. Since then, the event has been approved to remain outside for its entirety. Each year, the benefit is held at the end of April. This year’s event got under way at 1 p.m. April 30 and concluded at 7 a.m. May 1. There were 47 participating teams consisting of 590 people who raised almost $40,000. Christopher Haering ’11 chaired the student-run benefit this year, and graduate assistant Angie Weimer advised. In addition to

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Addressing the price tag
How JCU helps families afford a private-school education


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he University has set out to break down financial barriers that prevent bright highschool students from considering John Carroll because of affordability. That goal flows from its mission

scholarship. That program evolved into the Ohio Access Initiative (OAI) in which 100 academically excellent students from lower-income families in Ohio received significant financial aid for tuition. Starting this fall, Carroll will expand the reach of its access initiative to all Pell Grant recipients admitted to the institution regardless of their home state. To reflect this, the OAI program was renamed the John Carroll Access Initiative. At the federal level, Pell Grants have been a focus of budget debates. Funding was retained in the continuing resolution that funds the federal government for the rest of this year at $5,550. Retaining Pell Grants in the fiscal year 2012 budget will be more difficult to defend. That debate is under way. The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and John Carroll are working to retain Pell Grants at current levels. In addition to providing financial aid, JCU’s enrollment division helps access initiative recipients acclimate to campus life – about 13 percent are first-generation college students this year. Through programmatic support, Carroll is reducing the number of Pell Grant recipients from lowerincome families who leave college because of financial concerns after their freshman and sophomore years. “In the past, we saw students leaving the University for financial reasons and wanted to address that,” Williams says. “We want to keep students here and see them graduate with a Carroll degree. We have a 90-percent retention rate among this group of students. It works because we’ve dramatically reduced their financial pressure.” The University’s access initiatives are designed to alleviate the financial strains students and their families may feel so they can focus on academics and social and community engagement, which allow them to grow closer to the University’s mission than they might otherwise be able to do. If students aren’t financially or socially engaged at the University, they’re usually not equipped to succeed academically. To that end, students will be encouraged to enroll in a one-credit course – led

as a Jesuit school and desire to be aware of those who face significant challenges. Financial barriers to attend college among lowerincome families are considerable. Costs impact the types of schools students will consider and create the need to work full-time during school, which generally impedes academic performances and lowers retention and graduation rates. At the federal government level, the focus on lowerincome student achievement and the appropriate use of dollars – through the Pell Grant, the largest funded grant program for higher education – is under increased scrutiny. Nationally, less than 15 percent of Pell recipients attend private colleges, and the graduation rates among those students lag behind their non-Pell recipient counterparts. This used to be true at John Carroll. However, during the past six years, the focus on affordability for all students has helped the University address the issue directly. Robust academic and merit scholarships and needbased aid (along with the Pell Grant) make Carroll more affordable than many lower-income families may realize. “We want to break down financial and social barriers for students so they can succeed,” says Brian Williams, vice president for enrollment. “We don’t want a student to say, ‘I can’t afford Carroll, so I’m not going to even apply for admission.’” There are federal, state, and institutional resources we try to bring together for every student who applies for admission to ensure cost isn’t the sole factor when choosing or ruling out the University.”

Program evolution
In 2006, JCU’s Cleveland Opportunity Scholarship allowed 30 academically excellent students from a Cleveland public high school or any Catholic high school in Cuyahoga County to enroll on a full-tuition

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by faculty, staff, and peers – that will anchor them as they transition to collegiate life and provide access to resources and information that should assist them in a successful undergraduate experience. “Invariably, when a student is struggling in the classroom, there’s something outside the classroom contributing to it,” Williams says. “Whether it’s normal concerns of homesickness, health, pressure, working too much, or something deeper, we know these pressures are magnified among students from lower-income backgrounds.” The first cohort from the access initiative graduated this year. Billy Clark, Alexandra Audi, and Nathalia Vega are extremely grateful for the opportunities afforded to them – and they’re making the most of it.

yourself when doing service.” As an upperclassman, Clark mentored other accessinitiative students, primarily freshmen and sophomores, and answered questions ranging from service projects to college life. “As a freshman, you have a lot of questions,” he says. “For example, I didn’t know how to handle certain situations while serving, such as when kids act up in a classroom or when nurses where I volunteered weren’t particularly helpful. If students didn’t like their service project, I told them how they could change their experience. I helped them get the most out of the projects. It’s good to help other students knowing you’ve been in similar situations.” After not knowing what to major in at first, Clark took core curriculum classes, attended social science conferences, and participated in the We the People program (teaching elementary school children in urban areas about the U.S. Constitution). He discovered he wanted to be a high school math teacher his sophomore year. “It just clicked,” says the math major. But before he earns a master’s degree, Clark intends to devote himself to at least one year of service at Saint Martin de Porres High School in Cleveland. That’s not surprising considering We the People and the access initiative are service oriented.

Finding his way
During his senior year at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio, Clark’s grandfather introduced him to the University. “I fell in love with Carroll,” he says. “I took the tour and walked around campus. It felt a bit like my high school.” Clark also considered two public universities, visiting those schools before JCU, which was his last stop. After JCU accepted Clark, his aunt called the enrollment division to figure out how he could afford the tuition. That’s when she found out about the access initiative. As part of the cohort, Clark attended meetings about service and charity throughout his freshman year. During his sophomore, junior, and senior years, he became involved in various service-oriented internships, which he reflected on through writings and group discussions. “The point is to better your perception of yourself and those you’re serving,” he says. “You learn a lot about

Galvanized to help others
When Audi, who hails from North Canton, Ohio, was attending St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville, Ohio, her teachers suggested she look at John Carroll; and when she did, like Clark, she fell in love with it. Audi applied to other universities but decided John Carroll was the best fit for her. “If a problem arose, my parents could be here


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Regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds, students are excelling at Carroll. Consider the following: • Before 2005, the freshman-to-sophomore retention rate and four-year student graduation rate among lower-income and first-generation students from Ohio was 74 percent and 58 percent, respectively. • As a result of the University’s access programs and support, the freshman-to-sophomore retention rate of the first cohort of Ohio Access Initiative students was 93 percent. • The difference between non-Pell Grant and Pell Grant graduates from JCU is only 2 percent. 70%

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quickly,” she says. “I liked the atmosphere of campus and being a bus ride from downtown Cleveland. I also knew I’d get to know the professors well and they’d prepare me to become a woman for others.” After a joyous moment after being accepted to Carroll, Audi thought about how to pay for the education. She developed a close relationship with the admissions department to understand loans and scholarships. She didn’t know about the access initiative until she received her financial aid package. “I received a lot of aid but didn’t know how or why,” she says. “I was excited. Once I came to campus, they explained the access initiative and the service component.” Like Clark, Audi became involved with the We the People program. She also tutored elementary school students and worked with youths in a disability program. Her interest in social justice stemmed from the service she was involved with in high school working at the Hartville (Ohio) Migrant Center. The double major – political science and philosophy – chose them because they complement each other and assist with enhancing her education and becoming a well-rounded individual. “Philosophy opened my mind to look at polysci and serve differently,” she says. “I liked how philosophy made me think and feel.” Like Clark, Audi mentored students, answering general questions from underclassmen about school and service projects. “You immerse yourself in the community to educate yourself and have the people in that community teach you,” she says. “They have as much to teach you as you do them. I enjoyed being able to share these experiences with the new students coming to Carroll.” Audi, who wants to be a lawyer, enrolled at

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Previously, she got a taste of the legal profession when she worked as a nonlegal intern at the Canton City Prosecutor’s Office conducting phone interviews for domestic violence cases and volunteered at a domestic violence shelter. “It was difficult to hear the stories, but I felt galvanized to make this my career,” she says. “I want to be a domestic violence prosecutor.”

Touching lives
While at John Marshall High School in Cleveland, Vega’s high school advisor suggested she look at John Carroll. Even though she was accepted to other universities, Vega liked Carroll more because it’s a liberal arts school with a service aspect offering many study-abroad opportunities. She also liked the communications department and the fact it was close to home. “When I was accepted to JCU, that’s when I knew I got the access initiative aid,” she says. “The Cleveland Scholarship also helped, but the access initiative finalized my decision.” During her sophomore year, Vega took more English classes than required and noted her professors said she was a good writer. As a result, she became an English major. And, like Audi, she’s a double major – English and communication. Her interests lie in the creative aspects of the communication and media fields. She’s not sure if she’ll attend graduate school and is leaning toward joining the Peace Corps. While at Carroll, Vega tutored elementary school children and worked with disabled kids to help them build self-confidence. “It’s been nice to build relationships with children,” she says. “It’s nice to know you’ve touched their lives in a positive way.”

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The second part of a four-part series
As the community continues celebrating the 125th anniversary of the University, it’s appropriate to highlight what makes it in the U.S. – the Jesuits. different from the vast majority of institutions of higher learning The Society of Jesus, founded in 1540, forms the largest religious order of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church. Jesuits serve in 112 nations on six continents, with the largest number in India and the U.S. The Society is divided into 91 provinces with 12 dependent regions: three in Africa, four in the Americas, and five in Asia and Oceania. Led by Superior General Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., its motto is Ad majorem Dei gloriam, which is Latin meaning to the greater glory of God. work, human rights, social justice, and higher education. It The Society is characterized by its ministries in missionary operates colleges and universities in various countries throughout the world and maintains more than 50 colleges, universities and high schools in the U.S. More specifically to John Carroll, all of the University’s 24 presidents, from Fr. John Neustich, S.J. (1886 - 1888) to Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. (2005 - present), have been Jesuits. In the late 1800s, Fr. Henry Behrens, S.J., the Superior of the Buffalo Mission of the Jesuits and rector of Canisius College, sent Fr. Neustich to Cleveland to help establish a Catholic college in Cleveland. Frs. Herman Kerckhoff, S.J., Joseph Gaechter, S.J., and John Devlin, S.J., along with Fr. Neustich, were the first faculty of St. Ignatius College. In the early 1960s, the Jesuit community established a Jesuit

Fellowship to enhance the Jesuit presence on campus. Presently, names such as Rodman, Schell, and O’Malley adorn buildings on campus in memory of popular Jesuits who’ve served the University. For generations, the presence of Jesuits on campus has been the living link to the 450-year-old traditions of spirituality and education that are the hallmark of the Society of Jesus. Jesuits serving as teachers, chaplains, hall moderators, and advisors communicated that tradition to students in a deeply personal way. Although the number of Jesuits on campus has declined recently, their presence still is vital to the University’s mission and identity. At commencement this year, the Very Reverend Timothy Kesicki, S.J., ’84 reminded the class of 2011 that, although Jesuit institutions are part of a distinguished brand, they’re not part of a franchise. “A Jesuit education isn’t something you have, rather, it’s reflected in the way you think and the choices you make in life,” he says. “We see Jesuit education in the way you live your life, leading you toward work and passions that contribute to a good greater than yourself. Let your Jesuit education help you find your purpose in life for which God created you.” Reflecting on the impact of the Jesuits at Carroll, we profile them in this and subsequent issues of the magazine. We start with two: Cyril Pinchak, S.J., ’06, who’s in the beginning stages of his journey, and Fr. Thomas Schubeck, S.J., who’s transitioning from decades of teaching to focusing more on writing. Their stories are vivid reminders of the Jesuit influence on the Carroll community.

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By Tim Ertle ’11 t’s been a lifetime of watching, learning, and applying for Fr. Thomas Schubeck, S.J., one of John Carroll’s beloved professors. He says what originally attracted him to the Jesuits was a sense of community and their belief in integrating theory and practice. Working and learning from parents, teachers, coaches, Jesuits, and students, he gained much guidance and knowledge that prepared him for diverse experiences and ministries. These experiences included teaching high school and college students, community organizing, spiritual direction, prison ministry, and scholarly writing. He puts the practices he learned years ago into play today. Now others can watch and learn from him.


Hard work
Fr. Schubeck lights up when he talks about his family. He recalls his parents, Joseph and Margaret, raising their 10 children – he falls seventh in line – in Saint Ignatius of Antioch Parish on Cleveland’s West Side and demonstrating their strong faith to their children. His father worked for a railroad company, and his mother stayed home with the kids, which was no easy chore. “I don’t know how she did it,” Fr. Schubeck says. When you talk to Fr. Schubeck and listen to all he has done – from advising students, teaching, chairing a department, working as a chaplain, and publishing books and essays – you can’t help but ask the same question: How does he do it all? Fr. Schubeck was born in Bellevue, Ohio – about 70 miles west of Cleveland – but the family moved to Cleveland after his father’s job, with the Nickel Plate Railroad, was transferred. He noticed how well his hard-working father managed money with so many kids and a modest income. While in third grade, the nineyear-old realized that if he wanted spending money, he’d have to find a job. This led him to take on a paper route, delivering The Cleveland News on West 88th Street. That was his first job, one that taught him about responsibility and hard work. He’d read

all he could about World War II knowing his older brother, Larry, was stationed on a ship in Southeast Asia. The importance of delivering newspapers pales in comparison to the work Fr. Schubeck has done since, helping young people better their lives in various ways. He’s been teaching since 1962, first at Loyola Academy in Chicago, then in Berkeley, Calif., and finally as a faculty member at John Carroll since 1989. He served as chairman of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies from 1995 to 1999 and continues to teach in the department, leading basic classes about moral decision making and Christian social justice during the 2010-11 academic year. Additionally, Fr. Schubeck serves as a faculty advisor, helping students navigate their way through their college years. Add that to writing and serving on committees, and you can tell he’s busy – and that’s only counting his work as a faculty member at John Carroll.

Pass it on
Fr. Schubeck has learned to be faithful and serve God and others, and now he passes on

that faith to those who want it. “As a little kid, I was aware of the strong faith my parents had,” he says. “With my brother serving in the military, we used to gather as a family almost every night to pray the rosary for my brother’s well-being.” As if having a son overseas wasn’t difficult enough, the Schubecks were raising their younger kids during a burdensome economic time. The family used to receive ration stamps for scarce goods such as gasoline and sugar. They received more stamps than the neighbors because the family was larger. “I remember my mother giving some away,” he says. “We always had what we needed, but she looked after people to make sure everyone else was OK. She was a selfless person.” Fr. Schubeck also was close with his parish priest, Fr. John Ciolek, someone he called a great counselor during his childhood. Realizing how fortunate he was to have role models in his life, Fr. Schubeck tries to reciprocate the favor by serving as a volunteer chaplain at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Northeast Pre-release Center on East 30th Street in


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Cleveland. He has done so since 2003. Working with the incarcerated is something he started doing in 1984 at San Quentin State Prison in California and continued to do part-time through 1986. Working with the Northeast Pre-release Center, however, is different because it’s an allfemale prison. Working with inmates is just one example of the diverse experiences that originally attracted Fr. Schubeck to join the Society of Jesus. During his junior year at John Carroll, he was convinced he was going to be a priest, but he’d never put much thought into becoming a Jesuit. Their advertisement of community was appealing, and he liked the idea of taking what he learned in the classroom out into the real world. “What impressed me most about him as a priest was his authenticity,” Fr. Howard Gray, S.J., says. “He’s a man for all seasons and has pastoral versatility. I’ve watched him deal with men and women, old and young, and he’s so good at dealing with people in different situations.”

The two have traveled together throughout the world, and Gray laughs when he recalls their vacations. “He plans so extensively in whatever he does, and he’s one of the most meticulous people I’ve ever met,” Fr. Gray says.

The value of education
After graduating from St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, in 1954 – just the second graduating class in the school’s history – Fr. Schubeck enrolled at St. Edward’s University, a Catholic liberal arts school in Austin, Texas, with the hope of becoming a doctor. After one year there, he decided to transfer closer to home and enrolled at John Carroll, where he spent the next two years. With one year of college left, Fr. Schubeck left for the seminary in 1957 in small-town Milford, Ohio. He took a few classes from Loyola University Chicago and Xavier University, and was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Loyola in 1961. With a degree in Latin, something he had little interest in, he earned a master’s degree in biology from the University of Detroit (now the University of Detroit Mercy). He earned a second master’s degree two years later in theology from Loyola. Fr. Schubeck earned a fourth degree in 1975, a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California School of Religion by focusing on social ethics. He stayed in California immediately after and taught Christian social ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif. He returned West for a second stint from 1984 to 1987. He took his passion for social ethics and developed it into a book, “Liberation Ethics: Sources, Models, and Norms,” which was published in 1993. A second book, “Love That Does Justice,” was published in 2007. “Fr. Schubeck is a terrific scholar,” Fr. Gray says. “When you look at his works, he does a terrific job of making social justice intelligible. Liberation theology is something he makes

available to people who need to be informed.” Fr. Schubeck has written dozens of articles and reviews that have been published in scholarly journals. He’s also received numerous research grants to work on ethics-related projects. His students, undoubtedly, reap the benefits of that hard work. “Fr. Schubeck is the most well-prepared teacher I’ve had at Carroll,” says Michael Babinski ’11. “He comes to class and you can tell he has done his homework. It’s easier as a student to do your work when you know the professor is putting in the time.”

Changing lives
It’s come full circle for Fr. Schubeck, from Northeast Ohio to California and foreign countries back to Cleveland. He’s encountered numerous people along the way who’ve helped shape him into the person he is today, but the legacy he has left with others will carry on much longer. He still plans to teach for another year at least, although he admits he’s anxious to write. He has the respect of colleagues and students, which was evident when he won the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2001. The award is given for excellence in classroom teaching, scholarship, advisement, and leadership. Looking at that criterion, it’s clear Fr. Schubeck embodies all a professor should be. That’s why his co-worker, Paul Lauritzen, Ph.D., nominated him. “I’ve nominated a number of people throughout the years,” Lauritzen says. “He embodies the ideal the award seeks to honor. He’s deeply committed to students, is a productive scholar, and serves the University community selflessly. I was surprised no one nominated him sooner.” “It was an honor to receive that award,” Fr. Schubeck says. “I love teaching and being here. I enjoy working with my colleagues and enjoy the excitement of my students and their willingness to learn. It keeps me going, and I’m grateful for that.”

Set the world aflame
In textbooks, Fr. Schubeck read Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s message to go out and set the world aflame. He took the world part to heart with a strong interest in Christian social ethics related to social, political, and economic issues. He’s interested in liberation ethics and theology in Latin America because of his time spent in foreign countries. He spent the summer of 1978 helping a parish in Jocotan, Guatemala, and has helped organized immersion trips for John Carroll students. That summer, Fr. Schubeck worked in a poor parish celebrating Mass and counseling others. Fr. Gray, special assistant to the president at Georgetown University, has worked with Fr. Schubeck as his provincial and at Carroll as his rector. Forgetting those titles, Fr. Gray says he’s most proud to call Fr. Schubeck a friend.

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yril Pinchak’s Carroll experience was unexpected. Yet it was that unplanned experience that helped lead him into the Society of Jesus. A Byzantine Catholic who grew up in Gesu parish and attended Gilmour Academy just east of Cleveland, Pinchak didn’t have John Carroll on his radar. And considering many Jesuits who hail from Cleveland attended St. Ignatius High School, Pinchak’s route was different. He chose Gilmour mainly because he wanted to join his twin sister to attend the school run by the Brothers of Holy Cross. During his senior year, Pinchak looked at several universities to attend. Then he received a call from JCU’s track and field and cross country coach, Richard Mann, who asked him to attend John Carroll and run on the track team. Pinchak initially said no because the school was too close to home. But when he visited the other schools, they didn’t seem to be a fit. “One of my teachers knew someone in the administration and told me to try JCU for a year,” he says. “I loved it.” John Carroll was a fit for Pinchak not just because of the track and cross country team, but also the caring teachers, professors, and general support staff. He made great friends on the track and cross country team and received a lot of support from coach Mann and the upperclassmen. “I learned a lot about myself and the world,” he says. Pinchak, who majored in English and minored in psychology, completed his undergraduate coursework in four years, graduating in ’06. While at JCU, Pinchak briefly thought about entering the seminary, but he didn’t let the possibility of entering the priesthood prevent him from enjoying college life. He dated, joined Rhapsody Blue (the allmale a cappella group), and became involved in campus ministry. “If someone came along, and I wanted to get married, I kept that option open,” he says. Pinchak didn’t keep the fact he was thinking about becoming a priest private. “My friends and teammates knew, but they didn’t treat me any differently,” he says.
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“The running team always made jokes about me thinking about becoming a priest, but they were always good-natured.”

Start of something bigger
At Carroll, Pinchak knew a fair number of Jesuits because of his involvement with campus ministry. The first Jesuit who had a big influence on him was Fr. Joseph Schell, S.J., a former president of the University who encouraged him to partake in an eight-day silent retreat. “He was helpful,” Pinchak says. “I recall a time during my freshman year when we were scheduled to meet at 9 in the morning, and I slept through it. I awoke to the sound of the phone ringing at 9:03 – it was Fr. Schell calling me to reschedule for the following morning at 9.” Pinchak came to know Fr. Howard Gray, S.J., who’s now the special assistant to the president at Georgetown University, well enough for Fr. Gray to become his spiritual director. While at JCU (2001 to 2007), Gray was the rector for the Jesuits and assistant to the president for mission and identity. He also taught theology and Ignatian spirituality. Fr. Gray met Pinchak when he made his eight-day retreat. Fr. Gray saw him every day for an hour during the retreat. Afterwards, Pinchak continued to meet with Fr. Gray. “I let him take the initiative,” Fr. Gray says. “He came to see me and stopped in to talk once a month for about an hour.” Those discussions were primarily about how Pinchak was growing spiritually, the quality of his prayer, and what running meant to him, which was more than exercise. It was a time to pray and reflect as well. They also discussed areas of Pinchak’s life in which his faith was growing and when he was experiencing skepticism and doubts. Pinchak was developing a sense of how God was calling him. For example, he questioned whether he wanted to marry and have children. If he chose to commit to a religious vocation, he wanted to be involved in the Byzantine Rite as well as the Roman Catholic one. “It was a dimension of his life to be

more reflective and deepen what it means to be a Christian,” Fr. Gray says. “He has a deep reverence for the Byzantine Rite and a devotion to his own Eastern Church tradition.” Yet Pinchak wasn’t afraid to tell Fr. Gray something wasn’t working in his prayer life. “Cyril wasn’t always trying to please me,” Gray says. “He was authentic and grew in an autonomy you want a young person to have. You don’t always have to be in agreement to be a spiritual advisor.” Pinchak’s relationship with Fr. Gray continues, and, although not as close as they were when at Carroll, they still meet for dinner when they’re in the same town and send each other notes and letters regularly. “I keep in good touch,” says Fr. Gray. “When Cyril took his vows, I gave the homily for his class. He’s one of those guys who, if you didn’t see for years and then saw him, it would be like you saw him a few days ago.”

Onward on
After graduating from JCU, Pinchak applied to the Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education, a two-year teaching/service, postgraduate program, which allows one to teach in an inner-city Catholic school and earn a master’s degree in two years. “I was all set to go to a school in Jacksonville, Fla., and then I met and talked to Br. Jim Boynton, S.J., who was vocation director for the Chicago-Detroit Province,” he says. “I wanted to teach English and realized


preparation is built into the formation of Jesuits, as well as travel, teaching, and forming community. I liked these.” Pinchak entered the novitiate, which is the first stage of Jesuit formation, in August 2006 in Berkley, Mich. The novitiate is dedicated to experiencing prayer and service while living in a Jesuit community. During this time, as well as at the end of formation, one makes a silent, 30-day retreat. “I learned the general tools of how to pray,” he says. “I learned about my weaknesses, what kind of prayer works better for me, and how to trust my spiritual director. Gradually, I got better at seeing hints of how God is working in my life.” Fr. Gray was delighted with Pinchak when he decided to enter the Society of Jesus. When one decides to go through formation, he has to talk to a group of Jesuits who probe to see if that person’s calling is authentic and not forced. “You’re applying for a life, not a friendship,” Fr. Gray says. Upon entering formation, a psychological evaluation is conducted to check for one’s aptitude to a healthy life as a Jesuit. “There were a lot of voices that supplemented mine to Cyril,” Fr. Gray says about Pinchak’s entering the Society. On the ministry side of formation, Pinchak worked as a chaplain in the Oakland County jail. In doing so, he learned about the depth of the mystery of evil in the world. “I learned how the inmates are both the

perpetrators and the victims of evil in the world,” he says. “I, too, share in that same reality. Bringing communion to a man on trial for murder, I realized that, no matter our history, people still long for God, and God still longs for us. “Sometime I want to fix the world, but it already has a savior,” he adds. “I need to come to grips with my own limitations through sharing others’ stories of limitations.” Pinchak also worked in a nursing home and Jesuit retirement home called Colombiere in Clarkston, Mich., where Fr. Schell was at the time. Fr. Schell passed away April 25, 2008. Pinchak could’ve applied to any province within the Jesuit community, but it made sense to join the Chicago-Detroit one because of its proximity to where he’s from originally. Many guys stay close to their home province, Pinchak says. During first studies, the second stage of formation, most Jesuits-to-be earn a master’s in philosophy and study one year of theology. Pinchak will earn his master’s in English, and his goal is to teach the subject at a Jesuit high school. Regency is the third stage of formation, during which Jesuit scholastics work in ministries, often teaching in high schools and universities while living in a community. The Very Reverend Timothy Kesicki, S.J., ’84, the superior of the Chicago-Detroit Province has the final say about where Pinchak will go. Fr. Ray Guiao, S.J., the formation assistant, helps Kesicki determine where to mission men. Most likely, Pinchak will be assigned in the Chicago-Detroit or Wisconsin provinces, which are in the process of merging together. It’s also a possibility to work and train overseas – East Africa, for example. Additionally, Pinchak has been enjoying his summers through travel. During his second year of formation, he traveled to Lima, Peru; two summers ago, he went to Cochabamba, Bolivia; and last summer, he went to Poland to teach English to Jesuits who speak it as a second language. This summer, Pinchak is taking a crash course to prepare for regency. Most recently, Pinchak has been assigned

to University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. He’ll be teaching English and assisting with the track and cross-country teams.

The bigger picture
At John Carroll, the availability of campus ministry, the opportunity for retreats and liturgy – the whole reflective life – leads people to where God is calling them. When students contemplate their reflective life, priests can suggest appropriately to those who come to them thinking about a religious vocation, Fr. Gray says. It’s not something they tell students to do. Fr. Gray asks students questions such as: What do you feel passionately about? What are you good at? What do people tell you you’re good at? “Many students think and come away with wanting to teach and be an active lay person in the church,” he says. “We talk about how they’re attracted to service and addressing social justice. “You have to be careful not to manipulate service to God out of guilt or power,” Fr. Gray adds. “I’m not telling students what to do. I’m allowing them to study about how to follow a vocation.” As a priest in the future – and even today as a Jesuit with vows of poverty, chastity, obedience – Pinchak says he can do anything other people do, as long as he avoids sin and lives within the vows he’s taken. “I don’t have to change as a person, but I’m growing in the identity of becoming a Jesuit,” he says. “I don’t have to quit being myself. God wants me as I am now, not some time in the future. If I have to wait until I’m perfect to give myself to God, it’ll never happen. “Jesuit formation is about learning how to grow in a freedom that allows me to give away what I’ve been given – talent, education, and love. I love being a Jesuit and can’t imagine growing, developing, and learning like I have. It fits me.” Fr. Gray believes Pinchak will do good work as a Jesuit. “I’m glad about the time I spent with Cyril,” he says. “I’m thrilled when people take responsibility for the future of the Society.”
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TryingMEMORIAM IN to change world


cott Embacher ’01 wants to change the world. The elementary school teacher at St. Francis in Cleveland is accomplishing that one student at a time. MY TURN “Teaching is where I can make the biggest difference because education may be the highest form of dignity, as well as the biggest economic equalizer, a person can have,” he says. St. Francis, which is located in one of the poorer and rougher parts of the city, appealed to Embacher. “I wanted to go where they don’t just want me, but they need me,” he says. “I only had to go to one Mass and see the clapping, African dancing, drumming, and up-and-down-theaisle preaching by Bishop Roger Gries to know this is a place full of life and inspiration.” The Suffield, Ohio, native sees he’s making a difference at St. Francis, where students are educated in a safe and faith-infused environment. “I remember when a student told me out of the blue, ‘Mr. Embacher, I love you,’” he says. “I was startled because it was completely unexpected.” Service is important to the education major, and he’s fortunate much of it is wrapped in his teaching. He coaches basketball, is the school’s athletic director, supervises the afterschool program, moderates the Social Justice Club, and runs a tutoring program. “Service isn’t part of my life, it is my life, and that’s what makes it so rewarding,” he says. Embacher, who earned his master’s degree at Boston College through the Urban Catholic Teachers Corps, started The Club of the Distinguished Gentlemen at St. Francis, where students strive to define what it means to be a man. He developed a program in which, once a week for 12 weeks, students dress in suits. (Embacher teaches them how to tie a tie.) They examine attitudes; build teamwork; define values; practice listening and conversation skills, as well as business-setting skills; examine food and fitness regiments; have

successful black male speakers; and study media about how black males are portrayed. “This has been a powerful program,” he says. “A few months ago, we were invited to a reception in our honor at the top of the PNC building to have dinner with executives who gave additional advice about being successful in the business world.” The South Euclid resident focuses on middle school because seventh and eighth grades are critical times during which youths are forming their identity and it’s easy to get caught up in street life. So Embacher helps them embrace the route of education and self-betterment. “It’s such a crossroad,” he says. “I’m trying to convince them the education route is the way to go, even if the payoff isn’t until years down the road.” Two more examples show how Embacher is making a difference. While teaching in Boston, he helped a student who lost her father to cancer and her home to gentrification within a few months. The student’s mother spoke no English, and her father was a prisoner of war during Vietnam. The U.S. government relocated him to the U.S. after he sustained debilitating torture while imprisoned. “I made connections and made sure she had housing and found generous donors to take care of her Catholic education,” he says. “After the donors couldn’t do it anymore, my wife (Audrey Balbaugh Embacher ’03) and I organized annual ‘celebrity’ softball games to make sure she finished at the school where she began.” Embacher, who originally wanted to practice law, stays in touch with this former student and counsels her through difficult times. She has visited Ohio twice, and Embacher went to her high school graduation.

She graduated from college this past spring. “She calls me her godfather and told me that when she gets married, she wants me to walk her down the aisle and give her away,” he says. The other example is when Embacher received a voice mail a few months ago from the father of a former student. When the second-grade teacher of the young boy said he would probably fail, Embacher agreed to tutor the child after school. “His dad thought the world of me because he offered me way too much money to tutor him, so I talked him down in price,” he says. “He never forgot this. The student passed second grade. The father said his son is now a 4.0 student taking summer classes at Harvard.” The Jesuit philosophy is a role model for Embacher. When he heard about living one’s life for others and other Jesuit principles, it made sense to him and felt right. “That philosophy, combined with friends who live it, is a potent combination that set my life in the right direction,” he says. “I have great people – starting with my wife – around me all the time who challenge me to be the best person I can be.” – John Walsh


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Following the call
hen Pete Bernardo ’67, ’72G speaks about Bishop Neal Buckon ’75, he talks about a man who has an uncompromising view of right and wrong. It’s an excellent belief system for the recentlynamed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services to hold. “This is a quiet way but a determined way,” Bernardo says. “He will quietly do what’s necessary and right.” That principle has been with Bishop Buckon for decades and is the reason he became involved with the ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) program and military. “Even before college, I knew I wanted to be in ROTC,” Bishop Buckon says. “It wasn’t something that was popular at the time with Vietnam, but my grandfather and other family members served. I felt every citizen ought to consider being of service.” After graduating from Cathedral Latin High School in Cleveland, Bishop Buckon, who grew up on South Belvoir in the home where his mother still lives and attended Gesu Catholic School, decided John Carroll was where he wanted to continue his education and participate in ROTC. “Having grown up in the neighborhood, John Carroll was like a second home to me,” he says. “I cut through campus every day when I walked to grade school. My dad (John ’50) went there, and my older sister, Elizabeth, who was a year ahead of me, was attending the University. I knew it was the right place.” While a student, Bishop Buckon pursued a bachelor’s degree in biology and was a member of ROTC. He was a student of Fr. Casey Bukala, S.J. ’54, ‘55G and knew Frs. William Bichl, S.J., Henry Birkenhauer, S.J., and Joseph Schell, S.J. “They were all great men but also great priests who inspired me,” he says. During his senior year at Carroll, Bishop Buckon started to hear a call to a vocation. But he was contracted for the military route and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army May 25, 1975. After a stint as


an infantry officer at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to Germany in February of 1976 as a line officer in the 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry of the 1st Armor Division. When he arrived in Germany, he was reunited with Bernardo, his ROTC instructor at Carroll. In Europe, Bernardo was reminded about Bishop Buckon’s character. “Keep in mind Neal completed Ranger School,” says Bernardo, an Army Ranger. “Neal made it through – and that’s not an easy school. You have to be tough.” How tough? Tough enough that Bernardo tasked Lt. Buckon to serve as the transportation officer for the Headquarters of the Allied Command Europe Mobile Force Land (AMFL). “AMFL was a multinational light infantry task force that deployed to Denmark, Norway, and England,” Bernardo says. “He deployed to Norway in February and slept in a tent 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle when it was 40 degrees below zero. That’s something that has stayed with him all through life.” The toughness and strong belief in good intertwine in another of Bernardo’s favorite Bishop Buckon stories. Bishop Buckon, who resigned from active duty in 1982, was ordained a priest in 1995 and named a chaplain in the Army a year later. During one of his visits to see the troops, he smuggled wine into Saudi Arabia so he could celebrate Mass with soldiers and almost was caught at a Saudi guard post. “Just his determination, toughness, and sense of duty – that right and wrong – on display,” Bernardo says. In 1998, Bishop Buckon was assigned to the Archdiocese for the Military Services as a military chaplain before retiring from the Army effective at the end of the 2010 calendar year. His retirement was short-lived, however, because Pope Benedict XVI named him Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services Jan. 3, 2011. He’s one of four auxiliary bishops under Archbishop Timothy Broglio, a Cleveland native.

The archdiocese is headquartered in Washington, but Bishop Buckon doesn’t expect to be home too often. “The bishop I’m replacing was home 104 days and spent 261 days traveling in 2010,” he says. There’s lots of traveling to be done. Bishop Buckon will visit Catholics in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines. He’ll oversee the Western region, which includes 18 states and requires overseas travel. Bernardo, who, along with Christi ’75 and Gen. Carter Ham ’76, traveled to Washington for Bishop Buckon’s ordination in mid-February (see photo on page 28), knows he’s going to excel in his new position. “Having served, he knows what these people are going through,” Bernardo says. “He’ll be great for the military because there isn’t always a Catholic Church nearby, and troops want and need that in their life. I’m proud of Neal and what he’s done. I’m proud he became a ranger, and I’m proud he became a priest, but I’m more proud to call him my friend.” – Tim Ertle ’11

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Enrollment quarterly a guide to the college admission process Admission checkpoint


t’s summertime, and those forwardthinking seniors, who just completed their junior year of high school, hopefully

As you conduct your search and visit colleges during the summer, ask yourself the following questions and reflect on the answers to help you through the process:
• What are my future goals? • What kind of person do I hope to be? • What’s important in my life? • Do I have a definite academic interest, or am I like most others and am undecided with a few possible interests? • What kind of educational environment do I want or need? • Does the size of the student body and classes have an impact on my ability to learn? • What type of relationship do I need and want with my professors? • How far away from home and my family do I want to be? How much impact on my happiness and success will this have? • Am I a city person who needs to be around or in the heart of a metropolitan city, or do I prefer a small-town environment? How much impact on my happiness and success will this have? • Would I rather be more of a spectator and passive participant in the campus life of a school, or am I one to jump in, become involved, and take on leadership roles? • Am I simply looking for job preparation and the fastest path to a diploma from my college experience, or am I looking for a complete education and experience that will help me grow, learn who I am, and set the foundation for me for a successful future? • Am I looking for the cheapest school, or am I trying to find the best value possible? • How do I define value? Is it worth possibly paying a little more? You may not be sure about the answers to some of these questions, but that’s fine. The questions are designed to encourage you to think about the types of schools on which you want to focus. Taking time to think about yourself and identifying your needs before your wants will give you a solid start to your college search. And there’s no substitute for visiting a college campus. We hope to see you at John Carroll soon.

are in the midst of their college search. For forward-thinking juniors, it’s not too early to start thinking about college. One of the easiest ways to start the college search is to look at external sources – websites, publications, and rankings – as well as at what schools offer, especially in terms of academic majors. While this is important, and many of these resources provide helpful information, the best place to start is by looking internally – at yourself. There are more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S., and they come in all different shapes, sizes, missions, and specialties. There’s no perfect college, but there are colleges that are perfect for you. Every student is unique, and ideally, students select a school that fits them best in terms of their goals, learning style, interests, and comfort. After all, the school you select will be your home for four years and the springboard to your future.

Letters to Lobo
Here’s an opportunity to contact John Carroll’s friendly and helpful mascot, Lobo, with questions about the University or the admission/financial aid process. Lobo will select one question and answer to feature in each upcoming issue. The reader whose question is selected will be listed in the magazine and receive a bag of JCU swag. Submit your question at


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the incoming class
student spotLight
As the class of 2011 left University Heights this May to put into action all it learned, it left a void on campus. Yet, the enrollment division is charged with bringing in the class of 2015 to take its place and continue moving the University forward. As plans for orientation are under way, we know the class of 2015 holds much promise for a bright JCU future. At press time, here’s what we know about members of the class: 1. What’s your favorite JCu memory? It’s almost impossible to choose a favorite one because I’ve loved every moment. One of the best ones was when my team won John Carroll GUTS (based on Nickelodeon “GUTS”) this year. After four hours of intense competition, we came from behind to win a piece of the Agro Crag, tickets to the Cavs/Knicks game, and intramural champion T-shirts. 2. What will you be doing next year? Attending the University of Toledo College of Medicine in the M.D. program. I hope to become an emergency physician, including flight physician and medical director for a fire department. 3. What opportunities did you have at JCu that will help prepare you for the future? I was involved in the campus EMS department all four years, which gave me hands-on experience in the medical field and allowed me to develop as a leader. I was trained as an EMT-Basic and was able to provide emergency medical care on campus to students, faculty,

Meghan Brown
class of 2011, Sylvania, Ohio Biochemistry and cell and Molecular Biology (double major)

They’re talented:
• Their average high school GPA is 3.39. • Their average SAT verbal and math scores are 545 and 547, respectively. staff, and administrators as well as work as a volunteer for fire departments in University Heights and Sylvania. I’ve done two years of research on campus with an organic chemistry professor and completed my senior honors thesis about my research, which will be published in a scientific journal. JCU helped me find a position as a research assistant in a cell biology lab where I researched cancer for two summers. I was provided the opportunity to work alongside a professor as a teaching assistant during the school year in chemistry laboratories, where I learned better through teaching. I’ve done a vast majority of my shadowing and volunteering at Cleveland Clinic hospitals. The leadership and service opportunities I’ve been given have sparked a desire to participate in Doctors Without Borders after becoming a licensed physician. • Their average ACT score is 25. • 21 percent comes from the top 10 percent of their high school (when rank is provided).

They’re diverse in many ways:
• They hail from 25 states and five countries. • 11.4 percent have diverse racial/ ethnic backgrounds. • 45 percent are female. • While about 80 percent are Catholic, many religions are represented, including the Islamic, Hindu, and Jewish faiths. • Even in difficult economic times, we’ve been able to maintain a commitment to affordability with 23 percent Pell Grant recipients in the class. • 12 percent are first in their family to pursue a college degree. • 28 percent are legacy, meaning a family member has attended JCU. They’re our future. We look forward to welcoming them to campus with open arms and can’t wait to see how they challenge us and grow during the next four years.
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Join us for a summer cookout on the quad.
Take a campus tour, interact with admission staff and faculty while discovering more about JCU. • Saturdays: June 25, July 16, July 23, Aug. 6, Aug. 13 • Thursday: Aug. 18 Visit to register and learn more about summer cookouts, as well as additional opportunities to visit campus during the week.



Award winners
During Commencement & Reunion Weekend in May, five graduates received the Alumni Medal, the highest honor awarded by the Alumni Association. Recipients are selected by former presidents of the association from nominations submitted by any alum. Charles Byrne ’50 served with the U.S. Marines in the Philippines and Guam during the latter part of World War II and pursued his college degree via the G.I. Bill. Byrne was a member of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education from 1977 to 1980 and a member of the Ohio Board of Education from 1996 to 2000. He served as John Carroll magazine class scribe for the class of 1950 for 18 years. James Mackey ’71 was instrumental in kicking off the spring reunion program, serving three years as chair of the initial planning committee. Mackey, who served as president of the alumni association from 1986 to 1988, also served on the presidential selection committee that resulted in the appointment of Rev. Michael J. Lavelle, S.J., in 1988. He served as a member of the executive committee of the JCU Entrepreneurs Association and as a board member of the local chapter of the National

back row from left: Michael henry, Ariel Johnson (Millor orator), paul hulseman, and Andrew Vogel (beaudry Award). Front row from left: Charles byrne, James Mackey, robert Valente, and John Magnotto.

Hemophilia Association and the Center for Mental Retardation. John Magnotto ’60 and his wife raised his 14-year-old sister after his parents died in 1970. During the ’80s, they opened their home to two Vietnamese boys who were brought to the U.S. by Lutheran Social Services. The Magnottos, who took in a young Peruvian burn

victim in the late ’80s, have provided spiritual and financial support to the Nativity School of San Jose, the Ursuline Nuns of Cleveland, and Padre Juan Davis, a missionary from Fargo. Magnotto helped establish the Fr. Schell Chair, which helps to bring a Jesuit to John Carroll to live in a residence hall and provide spiritual guidance to students. He also served as JCU

Robert L. Niehoff, S.j., (second from left) joins several alumni in celebrating the ordination of Bishop Neal Buckon ’75 (right of center) in washington. Buckon is the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Turn to page 25 to read a profile about the bishop.


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Alumni Association secretary in 1969 and 1970. Patti Rosenfeld ’87, worked for Christmas in April USA, an organization that provides assistance to low-income homeowners. She was a director of the Fulbright Association and vice president of the Foundation for The National Archives in 2006, serves on the board of Georgetown University Hospital and the Foundation for the National Archives. She was appointed to the JCU Board of Regents in 2006 and serves on the University’s Board of Directors. Rosenfeld, who funded the Communication Conference Room in the O’Malley Center, supports two scholarship initiatives at JCU. Robert Valente ’69 has been a member of The Gathering Place’s (TGP) board of trustees and several committees. TGP is an organization that provides free programs and services to support people affected by cancer. Valente, a member of the Magis Legacy Society, is the inaugural chair of the Magis Advisory Group, which invites business professionals to advocate for the University. Valente, a Master Member of the JCU Entrepreneurs Association, also served on the JCU National Alumni Association Board from 2007 to 2009. Additionally, two other graduates received the 2011 Campion Shield. In 1993,

as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, Col. Michael Campbell ’83, put himself in harm’s way serving the people of Somalia. During an attempt to calm rioting, Campbell approached a crowd that was blocking a main road and took several rifle shots to his upper body that were deflected by protective gear. The crowd began hurling rocks and other objects at him. Campbell, who suffered a broken jaw and damage to his upper vertebrae, was awarded the Purple Heart. Michael Henry ’00, who works for Cross International, a faith-based relief and development organization, oversees programs that provide for the needy in Haiti and Africa. Henry experienced an earthquake in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, in 2010 and stayed there for almost two weeks to assist with rescue efforts. Henry continues to oversee relief efforts that include the construction of housing and establishment of long-term care for orphaned children. The 2011 Silver Quill, awarded annually to a class columnist of the Alumni Journal in the magazine for dedication to the role, went to Paul Hulseman ’82, former president of the Alumni Association, who has been penning his well-written column since 2004. Visit for more information about the award winners.

Summer send-offs
welcome the class of 2015
With your help, the Offices of Admission and Alumni Relations plan to run send-off receptions in many of the major recruitment cities this summer. Cities on the list include Chicago, Detroit, Toledo, Columbus, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Rochester. The send-off events welcome incoming students and their families into the John Carroll community and offer advice for a great four years in University Heights. Alumni stories and experience could help incoming students understand career paths, know who the most challenging and inspirational faculty members are, and where to take their parents for dinner during Parent’s Weekend. At the least, students can arrange car pools during breaks. In a casual and fun setting, these send-offs are a great way to welcome the class of 2015. We’re looking for help to host events, and present the program. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Tom Fanning at [email protected] or call 216-397-4246, or visit

new director heads alumni relations
David Vitatoe ’01 is the new director of alumni relations for John Carroll University. His professional career spans more than a decade in higher education and business development. Most recently, he was the assistant director of alumni relations at Case Western Reserve University, overseeing all alumni activities and events nationally on behalf of its 100,000 alumni. A 1996 graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School, Vitatoe received his bachelor of arts from Carroll, a master of education from Xavier University, and will graduate from CWRU with his M.B.A. in August 2011. He also was an all-American kicker for the Blue Streaks.

upcoming events
Thursday, July 21, Chicago Alumni celebrate the class of 2011 Shuba’s Tavern Saturday, July 23 pittsburgh pirates game

Dates subject to change. Visit for latest information.

Tuesday, Sept. 6 Mass of the holy spirit – JCu’s 125th anniversary birthday party Sept. 30-Oct. 2 homecoming weekend Sept. 30-Oct. 1 Circle K/sigma delta Kappa reunion Thursday, Oct. 13 boston alumni reception Oct. 28-29 pershing rifles reunion

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To our readers
For additional columnist contact information, please call 216-397-3050 or 800-736-2586. Note: We publish additional class notes and archived columns online. Visit to read an unabridged copy and previous columns.

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Larry Kelley ’36
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The class of 1936 celebrated the Golden Jubilee of John Carroll University 75 years ago. Nothing spectacular happened. Everyone was glad it was over. We tried to find work. I went to work on Jan. 5, 1937, in Akron, Ohio, for 3M Co. Sam Bauman ’35, from Kelleys Island, Ohio, hired me. I was with 3M until April 1941, when I enlisted in the Army Air Corp as a flying cadet. Four years and 10 months later I was transferred to the Air Force Reserve. I didn’t go back to 3M because my replacement was the plant manager. So I came back to Cleveland, took business courses at Carroll in the evenings, went to law school at night, and graduated from ClevelandMarshall College of Law in June 1954. I passed the bar and was sworn in as a lawyer in August 1954. I went to work for NASA Lewis Research Center (now Glenn Research Center). ... Before I sign off, I thank Dr. Therese Trimarco Higgins ’82 for her letter on Jan. 14, 2011. My daughter, Ann Kelley, tried to call her, but no one answered. So she turned it over to her husband, Martin (computers are his business). He said I’d write her a note, but, until sometime later, this will have to do. ... It’s been a rough year. I was the caretaker for Frances since ’94. She went into the wheelchair in ’95. I hope to see you all at the reunion, which will be my 75th. Keep praying. Larry

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Carl Giblin
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celebrated their 65th anniversary May 31), and then worked for the Red Cross in Cincinnati. From 1953 to 1956, he worked for the Catholic Diocese in Atlanta. From 1956-1966, he worked for the diocese in the New York City area. In 1966, he joined the teaching staff at Syracuse University where Caroline has taught speech and theatre for 41 years. Wow! ... Tony Yonto still is active as CEO of Quality Castings, which employs 350 people. They’ve survived the transfer of manufacturing to China and other offshore sources. His wife, Helen, is a lovely lady. They are remarkable people. ... Marian and Tom Corrigan moved from Salt Lake City to Garden Villas Retirement Community in Town and Country, Mo., several miles west of St. Louis near one of their daughters. Not long ago, Tom fell and broke his hip, then Marian fell and broke hers. Tom, who had a stroke before the hip accident and uses a walker, likes the two-bedroom apartment. There’s enough space, and the computer setup in his bedroom overlooks a pond with a nice view. He still owns the home in Salt Lake City – he rents it but intends to sell it. Tom was a Navy man after 1942 (PC Boat, Pacific Islands) and then moved throughout the country working in various capacities, such as a regional manager for Okonite and a sales representative. Tom sounds happy with the move to St. Louis but misses the mountains of Salt Lake. ... Susan and I will travel to Miami for 3.5 weeks, staying in a one-bedroom apartment on the oceanfront. Our son, Don, is renting in the same complex temporarily before moving into a newly purchased home in Coral Gables. While in Florida, we’ll visit family in the Palm Beach area and Matlacha, which is near Fort Myers. Usually, we’ve tied a trip to Florida with a Fort Lauderdale Caribbean cruise but now enjoy warm weather and beach scenes. ... I’d like to hear from those of you who haven’t contacted me. Let me know about changes in your life and a brief sketch of your life after 1942. ... God be with you. Bob

(330-209-0830) still is living alone in his own place with three sons close at hand. leo Bedell (330-8679703) is as quiet and unflappable as ever. He lives in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with one of seven sons, who are all Carroll grads. Rosemary and Wally schwarz (440-331-0359) sold their condo of many years and moved into the popular Normandy facility in Rocky River, Ohio. If I was a West Sider, I would, too. ed Kipfstuhl (201-327-4483) is another one who lives alone. He volunteers as a hospital mail clerk, walking three miles on his rounds (wish I could walk like that). He also plants tomatoes and might visit Cleveland this summer. Jerry sullivan (330-562-9135) should have left his Naples condominium for Aurora, Ohio. He golfs almost daily and is almost shooting his age. Wow! ... Anne and Joe seibert (863-421-4335) are happy as ever in their home in Haines City, Fla., and, like all seniors, deal with aches and pains but still are driving to their gin and bridge gatherings. Rita and dick Moriarty (561-694-0083) live in Juno Beach, Fla. They celebrated their 67th anniversary April 17. I chatted with Mary Terese and ed hurley (216-4861652) at Pete diemer’s funeral. Jesuit loyalist he is, he influenced most of his 11 children to attend JCU, Xavier, Loyola, or Wheeling Jesuit. … Mary Ruth and I (216-382-4408) celebrated our 67th anniversary April 19. This summer we’ll put a realtor’s sign in the yard of our home of 58 years. … don Coburn’s (216-3719935) backyard neighbor is the new Jesuit residence. Don welcomes your call following Elaine’s recent passing. Joe sepkoski is behind a nonpublic phone (856-809-7351), which doesn’t answer. ... Sad to say here are the ’43 passings (I don’t recall the previously listing): alfred Balocca, leo Corr, Elaine Coburn (wife of Don), Pierre Diemer, edward heil, James F. Kilduff, John rozance, and Frank sullivan. May they rest in the hand of God. May memories of them take you back to the early ’40s, bring a smile to your face, and warm your heart. ... May God be with you. Bruce


Don McDonald
216-991-9140 [email protected]

Robert J. Trivison 760-944-6964 [email protected]


Bruce E. Thompson
216-382-4408 [email protected]

Bob Kraus was a U.S. Air Force meteorologist advising pilots about weather expectations for various missions for four years. After the war, he returned home to Akron, Ohio, joined his father’s architecture firm, learned to draw, and became an architect. In 1953, he met Margaret, and they were married six months later. They’ve had a wonderful life together and raised a lovely family. Margaret has passed away, and Bob misses her very much and dreams of joining her again in a better life. God bless! ... Happy birthday to Ken Fitzgerald (who turned 90 April 28) and wife Caroline (who turned 85 March 15). After 1942, Ken attended Catholic University for six months on a Knights of Columbus scholarship, then worked for the Navy for 3.5 years. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology, met Caroline (they

Greetings. Sorry I’ve been negligent the past two issues. ... Thank the Lord for Alexander Graham Bell. I’ll give you a short look-see into the life of some of our 15 (by my count) remaining ’43ers. As a group, walkers seems to be companions of most, but quite a few still drive. We spend too much time in doctors’ waiting rooms reading outdated magazines. Visitations to funeral parlors too often describe our social lives. Most of us have at least one child close by, but too many at a distance. You know what it’s like, you, too, have experienced it. ... Marie Theresa and Bob Calandra (216-476-0071), erstwhile travelers, now limit themselves to driving the neighborhood. Norma and Jack Kerr (440-364-6400) are heading to their place at Catawba Island. Mitch shaker

I talked to Dottie and harry Badger, who are hanging on to the good health they have left at our ages. They, like Grace and I, haven’t heard or seen any of the ’44 classmates recently. … Bob Colopy is still in Mentor, but I don’t have a current phone number for him. Hopefully, when he sees this column, he’ll give me a call at 216-991-9140. ... We have a nephew – Matt McDonald, who lives near us and who we see at family affairs – graduating this year. He’ll probably head out of Cleveland after graduation like so many young people. ... We see members of the ’43 class: Don Coburn, Bruce Thompson, and others. Our close friend Pete Diemer went to heaven shortly after his arrival in Florida. May God bless him. ... It would be great to hear from anyone with relative news about our class, which was small at its beginning and becoming more so. Stay well, and God bless. Don


Ed Cunneen
216-561-1122 [email protected]


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A class columnist is needed to succeed Julius Sukys, who passed away. We offer prayers to his family. If interested, call 216-397-3050.


Donald A. Ungar
330-723-5234 [email protected]

reUnIon Year
As we enjoy this summer, our thoughts go back to the life we’ve lived and our days at Carroll. We set our goals and made our way in the world 60 years ago after graduation day. This year, we’re celebrating 125 years of our University with a combined graduation and reunion. … Early words to my email from lee Cirillo: “Don, tell all my friends I’m sorry I can’t attend the reunion because I’ll be in London watching my grandchildren play British baseball.” ... donald FitzGerald called to say he was busy with a new building for his business. ... Lillian and Bill switaj still spend their Fridays helping at the food center. Your thoughts and words are welcome always. Tell us what’s going on in your life. Don

Tom Harrison
440-331-4343 [email protected]

When I hurriedly start the car and begin driving before I attach the seat belt, the alarm sounds, and I fasten the belt and think of our classmate, Joe Innes, and recall his participation in the improvement of highway safety. Joe entered the Ford Motor Safety Engineering Dept. in Detroit soon after graduation. In 1967, because of his work in the perfection of antilock brakes, he was invited to join the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington, where he participated in the development of improved seat belts and instantly inflatable collision cushions. Joe retired in 1986, the second year the auto-accident-fatality rate per mile traveled began to decline gradually. No doubt, his efforts contributed to the improved rate as safer vehicles replaced the old ones. Joe is enjoying being a permanent Naples, Fla., resident. I called him as he returned home from an exciting tennis match. I congratulated him and mentioned that, last year, I had felt inadequate playing doubles because my reaction seemed too slow. Joe said he concentrates on returning any shot he can reach to a spot on the court where the opponent can’t effectively return it. I was impressed, Joe was thinking positively. I’m inspired to adopt that same attitude and rescue my racket from retirement this spring. ... Charlie Mayer had been the New York Life Insurance representative in the west suburbs for years, and as expected, he dressed well and had his hair cut every three weeks. Now it’s different. A blood clot formed in his head, and his doctor insisted Charlie’s head be shaved before the removal operation could begin. The operation was successful. The scar is stitched neatly and healing well, but Charlie is bald. He wears a hat on cool days and hopes daily vitamins and natural minerals will encourage new hair growth quickly. If you know about a hair growth aid, please call Charlie at 440-777-5131. ... dick Kappus went on to medical school at St. Louis University after graduation, completed his residency in Detroit, married beautiful Rita, and established his practice in Toledo, Ohio. He worked until 1993 and maintained the health of his many patients. His pleasant memories of JCU caused his two daughters to earn Carroll degrees. His sons chose larger, more distant schools. Each winter, Dick and Rita travel to California and Oregon to visit their children and grandchildren and look forward to visits during the sunny Toledo summer. We had a pleasant conversation recalling the old days in East Cleveland and the Glenville area where we had mutual friends. ... Send news. Good news is preferred. All news is reported with reasonable accuracy. Tom


Dorothy Poland
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Hi. I don’t want you to think I’m being sarcastic when I thank you for all the news you didn’t send in reply to my email. I hear regularly from don Terrell, larry Casey, and Jim Previt, but this time, they didn’t send any news. … I heard from my best correspondents Bill Kenealy and Bill Myers, who’s a true loyal son of Carroll, but he has a hard time hanging on to his ring – he’s working on his third. I lost mine near a tennis court on St. Thomas years ago. Bill has seven daughters, one son, and 21 grandchildren, including twin grandsons, one named John Carroll Boone. After a successful career as an agency general manager in Akron, Ohio; Detroit; Washington; and Baltimore; Bill retired 22 years ago and credits his success to his Jesuit education. Several of his family members have attended Jesuit colleges, including sons-in-law, grandchildren, and nephews. One nephew went so far as to recruit several friends to attend JCU with him. Another graduated with honors. Thanks, Bill. ... Bill Kenealy and his wife, Betty, have much to celebrate. Their daughter, Kathleen, was just promoted to the deputy judge advocate of California; and their son, Kevin, was promoted to a high managerial position at the National Security Agency in Washington. Bill and Betty are planning to take six grandchildren to Hawaii, where Betty lived during Pearl Harbor. Bill and Betty were with Senator Inouye in Fort Myers, Fla., in early April when the senator crowned the Cherry Blossom princess nominee for the Hawaiian-Washington Club. On a sad note, Bill’s brother Jim ’58, a basketball star at JCU, passed away. His funeral was celebrated by an old high school classmate, Bishop Gries, at the Benedictine Abbey. We also lost Bob McCarthy since the first of the year. We send our condolences. ... Please send news and continue to think about joining the reunion weekend in 2012 for our 60th. Be safe, and God bless. Dorothy

the company for 37 years before retiring for the first time. About two years later, he started a span of 10 more years with Wyeth before retiring a second time in 2008. ... Jim deChant, who was vice president of the Carroll LTS, married the leading lady of Carroll’s 1953 LTS production, “The Glass Menagerie.” He and Alverda will celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary this year. ... Jim and Bill Malley coordinate a luncheon about three times a year for the St. Ignatius High School class of ’49 alumni. The April luncheon was held at the parish of Fr. Frank Walsh – St. Luke in Lakewood, Ohio. Tom dugan and Kevin Tobin often attend these luncheons. Kevin makes the trip from the Pittsburgh area. ... When I talked with John Church in April, he learned, only three weeks earlier, his 19year-old grandson had been killed in Afghanistan. A member of an Afghan security firm hired to guard our military base walked into a room and started shooting, killing two of our men. John’s grandson was supposed to return to the U.S. this summer. One of his goals was going to medical school to become a surgeon. John’s family has lived in the San Fernando Valley area of California for almost 40 years. John and his wife, Lois, were planning an April visit to Ashtabula, Ohio, to be with his mother for her 102nd birthday. ... After recovering from vascular surgery, Tom Krause and his wife, Delores, enjoyed their 21st cruise – this time in the Caribbean. ... Jim Mayer celebrated his 80th birthday in April. He retired from his dental practice 12 years ago. His family, including four children and eight grandchildren, often visit their cottage on the Little Manistee River in Michigan. Jim says the cottage is in a forest where they see deer, black bears, and bobcats, among other wildlife. ... While I haven’t had a chance to talk with either of them, I understand dick Bauhof and John Beringer were surprised to meet each other in Manila recently. They discovered they were traveling on the same cruise ship. ... Send your news for the next issue. God’s blessings to you all. Jim


Peter Mahoney
440-933-2503 [email protected]



Jim Myers
440-942-7831 [email protected]

A class columnist is needed to succeed Jack Reilly. If interested, call 216-397-3050.

June and John Kelley have lived in San Clemente, Calif., since 1976. John became employed with Stuart Pharmaceutical soon after graduation and worked for

After enjoying nature at its finest – fresh snow and sunshine at 8,000 feet, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing – it’s time to return to Denver and catch up with dave nilges, who’s in the office and ready to talk about commercial real estate or Cleveland and the future casino in the Higbee building. I ask about Sandra’s health, and Dave says, “She’s right here with me in the office.” Dave managed the Terminal Tower in the late ’60s and has many stories about The English Oak Room, the Greenbrier Suite, and the first gigantic Christmas tree in 1968. We discuss those good old days when Cleveland had a lot more smoke and many more people. Somehow, in the midst of our conversation, we discussed the meaning of a word. There was a pause, and then Dave reminds me he took classical Greek in high school. I mention the only people I knew who took Greek were going to open a restaurant or deli. Then he tells me what he’d do to me if I didn’t call him before coming West again – a promise for lunch. I put my wife, Nancy, on the phone to assure him we’d call. ... Prayers please for Gail LaRiche and Sandra Nilges. Keep the faith. Pete

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An inspirational journey
One of the first women graduates of the Evening College recalls her time at Carroll in the early ’50s


riven by the desire to learn and succeed, 1954 alumna Terry Olatta Rozga proved to the men of John Carroll University women belonged in the classroom just as much as they did. Rozga arrived on campus in 1949, not long after women were admitted to the University’s Evening College. At the time, most women took classes part time, but Rozga had other plans. “I knew I wouldn’t persist in a lengthy college career,” she says. “I intended to graduate in four years.” Not only was Rozga taking classes full time, but as the youngest child living with her widowed mother, she needed to finance her education and help her mother maintain their home. So she accepted a job at General Electric’s Nela Park in East Cleveland working in the lamp development lab during the day. Rozga was sent to see Fr. Richard Deters, S.J., the Evening College dean, to discuss her heavy course load and other responsibilities. “For women, the idea of graduating in four years was crazy at that time,” she says. Rozga had a long talk with Fr. Deters that sparked the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Throughout her years at Carroll, he ensured the courses required for her to graduate were available when she needed them but openly admitted she was an experiment. “Once the classroom produced issue-based conversations, professors realized I knew how to think,” she says. Rozga excelled outside the classroom, too. She was active with the Little Theatre Society and wrote for the literary magazine and The Carroll News while holding a student government officer position. She even worked at the radio station. “They were so delighted to finally have a woman’s voice,” she says. “There were certain scripts for commercials they couldn’t read because they needed a woman.” Rozga also was involved with the campus sodality group. She describes the seven-day silent retreat she took with the Christian-based

study group as one of the most memorable weeks of her life. “I realized I was so busy all the time, and I found great redemptive value in the retreat,” she said. “I was searching for who I was.” Though her college career was off to a great start, Rozga faced several incidents directly related to JCU being a male-oriented institution. Her first class began with the professor calling roll. After responding to her name, he looked up from his paper and said, “You’re a girl.” When asked why he hadn’t noticed before, he claimed he thought she was a visiting guest of one of the boys. Rozga was his first female student. Another situation arose when the usual Jesuit instructor for a required sociology course refused to teach at night because he was reluctant to allow females in his class. Deters asked if she would attempt to persuade him to teach the class, especially since she needed it to graduate. Making use of her outgoing personality, she befriended the professor, and they became acquaintances. Eventually, he relented and offered the course at night. One of the bigger issues Rozga experienced happened during her senior year in Medieval English Literature. When the grades were issued, 11 of the students received incompletes, and she was issued an “F.” When she asked why, the professor said she was the smartest person in the class and should have done better. Fr. Deters urged her to turn in her completed work to receive a better grade. Because the teacher never switched her grade to an incomplete like the rest of her classmates, she remained adamant and refused to turn in the work. She still has the “F” on her transcript. Because of the altercation, Rozga was one credit hour short of graduating on time. The speech department was willing to give her a credit for the extra work she had done for it throughout the years, but the dean of arts and sciences wouldn’t allow it. By that time, she obtained a graduate

assistantship to Marquette University. So in the summer of 1954, she was given a tutorial about the history of ancient Greek philosophy by Leone Marinello so she could leave for Milwaukee on time. Rozga received a bachelor’s degree in English, with minors in theatre and speech. She then earned a master’s degree in speech and theatre at Marquette. After declining a job offer from JCU right before graduation, she taught for three years in the Marquette School of Speech before leaving to take care of her family. She continued to teach at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Communication Arts Department where she stayed for 30 years. “The most memorable thing I’ve ever heard from a student is that I taught him how to think,” she says. “If only one student ever says that, then that’s enough.” Rozga retired 11 years ago, but she’s a docent at the Milwaukee Art Museum and teaches with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee. Living in Milwaukee with her husband, the couple has five children and six grandchildren. They enjoy traveling and have been to 20 European countries. Last spring she was able to stand in the theatre at Epidaurus. “I was able to savor the wonderful spirit of the Greeks that Leone Marinello rhapsodized over back in the fall of 1949,” she says. “It took more than 60 years, but I made it.” – Raven DeVoll


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Ray Rhode
216-381-1996 [email protected]

A few weeks ago, I received an inquiry concerning Joe Jeromos. The women apparently heard Joe and his band play in Michigan and wanted to get in touch with him. I called Joe, and, sure enough, he confirmed he had had a band for many years and played numerous venues in Ohio and surrounding states. Joe, a Hungarian, learned to play the accordion, violin, and drums while growing up in Cleveland. The group was called The Tokay Orchestra, named after world-famous grapes grown in Hungary. Joe, who still entertains, is a one-man band. His singing – which is accompanied by his accordion, violin, and drums – can be heard mostly at nursing homes and similar venues. Joe says hello to larry Faulhaber, Jim hoying, and his alphabet buddies from ROTC. He also asked about the whereabouts of Tom Jira. Joe, who served two years at Fort Eustis, was employed in the warehouse industry for many years before his retirement 15 years ago. ... I talked to Bob Wurm, who lives in Greenvale, Wis. Bob was in ROTC but opted for the Signal Corps rather than Transportation because he majored in physics. He spent most of his time at Fort Monmouth, N.J., home of the Communications-Electronics Command. After military service, Bob, who’s married and has five children, worked for Jack & Heintz and Lear Siegler for five years. Then he worked in acoustics, instrumentation, and noise measurement for Quest and LaBelle Industries, where he served as president and was a board member until the company was sold to 3M. ... I also talked with dick Wisniewski who lives in Silver Spring, Md. Dick, a physics major at JCU, worked for NASA and its predecessors for more than 40 years. When he was hired, the personnel department told him he wouldn’t last a year. He worked on many NASA projects, real and planned, including moon flights. In his last assignment for the government, he was able to save more than $4.5 billion. For this, he was awarded a Presidential Citation. He earned two of these awards during his career. Dick, who’s married and has six children and

20 grandchildren, is proud all his children earned advanced degrees. ... I’m saddened to report the death of my buddy, Jerry Futty, who passed away suddenly a few days before St. Patrick’s Day. Jerry had a great career as an advocate for children’s services in the Cleveland and Mansfield areas. He retired as executive director of Richland County Children Services, a position he held for many years. … Jane Feely, wife of Bud Feely, passed away early this year. Jane was a vivacious presence at many of our reunions and ROTC get-togethers and made everyone feel welcome. … Keep praying for our deceased classmates and those who are ill and suffering greatly. Ray

and leo slack, and JCU President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. Al DeGulis brought up the interesting idea of leaving a fountain on the campus as a gift from the class of ’56. ... In the Phoenix area, Gloria and Bob Pascente, Lauretta and Jack Broderick, and Marie and John nowlan gathered in mid-February. Again, if any of you are in these areas, please join us next year. ... My best to all of you, and God bless. Leo


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


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

In Fort Myers, Fla., Mary Jo and John Boler hosted a luncheon for 13 graduates and nine spouses. Those in attendance were: Jack Breen, Lois and Mike Conti, Joan and ed daugherty, Mary and leo duffy, Marykay and Jim Knechtges, al deGulis, Carmella and Ben Miralia, Tom o’neil, Bob Pascente, Pat and Phil schaefer, Noreen and Paul schlimm, Linda


bob ’56 and gloria pascente, Lauretta and Jack ’56 broderick, and Marie and John ’56 nowlan

I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful summer. We’ve earned it after a challenging winter. Nancy and John scanlan send best wishes from Williamsburg, Va., where they’re enjoying their granddaughter, Sara. ... Colette and Lt. Gen. John Myers inform me sadness struck their family in late 2010 when their son, Michael Anthony, died on the day before his 31st birthday. Michael donated the precious gift of life to his father by giving him one of his kidneys 10 years earlier on Dec. 13. Michael Anthony leaves behind a 1-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son. ... John C. Johns, M.D., and his wife, Stephanie, have been retired in Fountain Hills, Ariz., since 2000. JC retired following a successful medical practice and administrative career of 35 years as an internist in Akron, Ohio, and Rochester, N.Y. JC and Stephanie, a retired licensed and registered dietician, developed new careers by showing their golden retrievers in the confirmation ring of multiple dog shows. At one time, they had seven golden retrievers, but now have three show dogs taking up most of their time. John says Tom Biley ’59 and Kaspor Kaspor live in the area and see each other frequently. Tom graduated from night school, and Kaspor transferred to the University of Detroit, from which he graduated. John is getting along well except for a bad back and knee, which prevents him from attending Carroll reunions. They love the Arizona weather and say if any classmates are visiting in the Scottsdale/ Phoenix area, he’d welcome a call (480-826-8787) and visit. ... Jerry Cicero’s widow, Susan, was so delighted and grateful to see so many at Jerry’s wake. Because of a heavy snow and ice storm, the

Class of 1956 members, along with JCu president robert L. niehoff, s.J., (first row, second from right), enjoyed the annual luncheon hosted by John and Mary Jo boler in Fort Myers, Fla.
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funeral was rescheduled and celebrated on Jan. 19 at All Saints Catholic Church in Atlanta. As Susan put it, “... the hugs, stories, laughs, and, yes, even the tears, meant the world to me ... and far more than that, I know Jerry was loving every second.” ... Tom Feely, who lost his wife, Sally, after being married 47 wonderful and loving years, writes their five marvelous children were a tremendous support helping him cope with the deep loss. The children reside in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Washington, and Fort Wayne, Ind. He says the nine grandchildren were the apple of Sally’s eye.... Kay and George Bidinger were looking forward to the birth of their 13th grandchild in June. George still is teamteaching nuclear criticality safety every summer at the University of New Mexico and continues to serve on the Consensus Standard Committee of the American Nuclear Society Institute regarding nuclear criticality safety. After retiring from the Nuclear Regulating Commission in 1994, George continues to consult about nuclear safety. ... Rose Marie Cimaglia Felice, my bride of 52 years (May 30), is progressing nicely after a surgery that removed 95 percent of an acoustic neuroma (benign brain tumor) on St. Patrick’s Day at the Cleveland Clinic. It was her fourth brain surgery since December 2009. Prayers work. God is good. God bless. Sal per person.” I’m assuming this is an annual event, so those interested should be on the lookout next year in the spring issue. I’ll be happy to act as an intermediary and send advanced email notifications to those interested in next year’s event. Those interested in receiving early notification, send me an email, and I’ll pass Mike’s information to you as soon as I receive it. ... Marty dempsey provided a picture of himself and his wife, Davy, with fellow classmates and wives at the annual October gathering of friends at Kathy and F.X. Walton’s home in Chapin, S.C. Donna and John Breznai, Louise and Tom McGann, Bonnie and Jerry Burke, and Ann and Bill Marks also attended. The gathering includes competitive games and many laughs. As Marty says, “No friends like old friends.” ... In response to my request in the winter 2010 issue for bios of classmates, I received a few and feature Paul oswald’s, which can be read online at ... Well, there was a lot of excitement in Richmond, Va., as the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams competed in their first Final Four Championship, which was in Houston this year. My son, one of three children to attend VCU, acquired tickets to the event and attended with his son. My two daughters provided long-distance support. VCU’s surprising run through the regionals has brought notoriety to the school and city. At the annual Ukrops’ 10K race, about half the 41,000-plus entrants adorned back and gold VCU T-shirts, which symbolize their support and pride for what the team accomplished. ... Hope you’re doing well. Write me. God bless you. Rick in Palm Desert, Calif., when he visited campus. I understand the football coaches are excited about the possibility of having him on the team next season. Thanks for the help, Paul. Keep up the great work. ... Once again, I ask you to send me a note with information you think would be worth sharing with your classmates. Here’s food for thought: In August 2012, the JCU football team will open the season vs. St. Norbert in Dublin. It could be an elaborate minireunion opportunity for those who are interested. Visit ... Let me hear from you. Be well! Schweick


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

The first 25 registrants for our 50th reunion showed early indications those present from May 20-22 would reflect geographic diversity. The earliest registrants included: George arthur, from Stillwater, Minn., who served in the U.S. Navy for seven years and then worked for 3M for 33 years. George enjoys tennis, golf, and travel and has been involved with vintage sports cars and volunteer work. His wife of 44 years, Pam, passed away last year. ... dick Burke spent much of his career in Houston, where he ran a software company that served 16 states. He has relocated to Greenville, S.C., where he functioned as a security guard. Dick, who has five children and seven grandchildren, set a Guinness World Record in the category of most blood donated – plasmapheresis. For 30 years, he donated 1,411 units of blood during 1,193 visits. ... Dr. Paul Boyce, a retired endocrinologist, has been serving as an independent witness in the field of internal medicine for hearings related to disability claims under the Social Security Act. He and his wife, Joyce, have been married for 50 years and have nine children and 19 grandchildren. ... richard Baum from Illinois received his degree in physics from Carroll, an M.S. from the University of Rochester in optics, and an M.A. in pastoral theology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in West Terre Haute, Ind. He was ordained a deacon in 1981 for the Diocese of Syracuse and served as director of Diaconate Formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago. ... ed George continues to operate the well-known Tangier Restaurant in Akron, Ohio. He and his wife, Cynthia, have six daughters and one son – two are JCU graduates. Ed has stayed in contact with several of our classmates via golf courses in Florida and Ohio. ... John Cleary from Whitesboro, N.Y., spent 38 years with the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y. He and his wife, Irene, have traveled extensively, including four trips to Europe. They have three children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. ... Gerry o’Connell from New Canaan, Conn., and dick Murray from Asheville, N.C., put a great deal of time and effort into coordinating the class gift campaign for our reunion. Gerry, who received the JCU Alumni Medal a year ago, is a successful businessman, benefactor of his alma mater, and has served on Carroll’s Board of Directors for the past seven years. He and his wife, Judy, have six children and 16 grandchildren. Dick spent 41 years


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

When you read this, you’ll know if the NBA western division San Antonio Spurs became NBA champs. If they didn’t, don’t tell me. I won’t want to know. It’s probably warmer here than in Broadview Heights, Ohio, where Jim oakar still is practicing law. Five of Jim’s six children live in the Cleveland area. The lone holdout is into music for TV in NYC and works for a nonprofit company. Jim is in contact with a few of our Cleveland-area classmates – Pat Malloy, Jim o’Meara, and Mike Zuccaro. He even sent me valid email addresses for folks named rieger and McGinty. I’ll have to look them up. See the results of my attempt to contact those folks in the fall issue. ... I heard news from Bill anderson. He had a difficult year because his wife, Marilyn, passed away from a blood disease. Marilyn and Bill were married for 50 years. Bill is still in Florida but will be returning to Michigan soon. He’s enjoying retirement. ... No one else replied to my emails, so I close. Have a good summer. Earle Graser, the first radio Lone Ranger, died April 8, 1941, and Brace Beemer gave his first performance April 8, 1941. He’ll play the part forever. I need to listen now. … Please write. Peace. J.E.C.


Jerry Schweickert
216-381-0357 [email protected]


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

Mike Campo offers the following about a gathering in Naples of St. Ignatius High School of Chicago graduates, a number of whom attended JCU: “The gathering was held Sunday, March 20, 2011, at The Hilton Naples, with a suggested donation of $40

Congratulations to classmate Jim Gauntner, who has been inducted into the Benedictine High School Hall of Honors for his longtime service to the school and its alumni, and most significantly, for his participation in the development of a safety monitoring system for the main engine of the space shuttle. Jim’s career at NASA certainly bore fruit for the USA. Good work, Jim. ... steve schuda reports he and his bride traveled to Texas and had a great time with ron Klepetko and his wife. Ron has retired (as many of us have) from a career as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force. Those of us who enjoyed their company at the reunion last summer hope to see them again at our 55th. ... Speaking of travel, in early March, the schweickerts and Conboys, along with Bubba schayer, spent five days in Phoenix visiting the Malizias and Magnottos. We were able to take part in an alumni get-together as part of the visit. When I wrote this, Jim Mason, denny McGrath, Greg Fisher, Bob Fitzgerald, Frank dempsey, steve schuda, Marty regan, and I were preparing to head for Santee, S.C., for our annual golf trip. We were pleased Marty is the first to take up our offer to have other classmates join us. ... Recently, I’ve been exchanging emails with Paul Flask, who’s been playing an active part in directing students JCU’s way. Last year, he sent us a young man who’s making a contribution to the varsity baseball team. On March 25, I had the pleasure of meeting another young student athlete from St. Xavier High School


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in the advertising business – the past 13 years he was a principal with The Richards Group based in Dallas, where he handled accounts ranging from cellular phones to business jets. Dick, who has three children, worked on national campaigns for the American Cancer Society and Junior Achievement on a pro bono basis. He and his wife, Vinton, reside in Asheville, N.C. ... larry hipschen from Indian River, Mich., and his wife, Eileen, have four daughters, 11 grandchildren, and two greatgrandchildren. Larry was an elementary school teacher for 33 years in Livonia, Mich. In his spare time, he travels and enjoys fishing in the Pigeon River, which is close to his home in northern Michigan. He also has been active with the Knights of Columbus. ... The next several columns also will be devoted to those who attended our 50th reunion. Jack


Pete Mykytyn
618-549-1946 [email protected]


Bob Andolsen
440-327-1925 [email protected]

My sincere apologies for the lack of class notes in the last issue, and my sincere appreciation to those of you who responded to my plea for information to share in this issue. ... After many years of preparation, Jeffrey Michael Meyers, oldest son of Donna and Bud Meyers, received the Holy Order of Deacon Jan. 15, 2011, by Bishop Paul S. Lourde of Arlington, Va. Deacon Meyers is assigned to Saint Mary of Sorrows in Fairfax, Va. ... James V. Carnago still is practicing law. Of his four daughters, three are married, and he has two loving granddaughters. Two of his daughters are Carroll grads: Maria ’92 (now Book) and Catherine ’95 (now Badalamente). Laura (now Lewis) attended Carroll for a year and finished at Michigan State. Theresa Carnago, who graduated from Michigan State, is planning a wedding in 2012. James hopes to be at the 50th reunion. ... dan shaughnessy sent a note: “I finally bit the bullet and retired from full-time international development consulting. I’ll remain president and CEO of TCR Services, a company I founded in 1983, but I’m leaving most of the work and globe-trotting to my colleagues. After traveling to more than 70 countries in 48 years, I want to fish.” ... Judge William Chinnock (retired) is entering his third year of the four-year program with the Denver Catholic Biblical School. Bill says the study of the word of our Lord is most interesting and should be taught at Carroll for all students. Bill intends to enroll in the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius program. ... Mike sullivan sent a note from Columbus, Ohio: “You may recall I’m a late bloomer. My son, Mike, is a sophomore at Fordham, and my second son, Matt, will enter Carroll this fall and play football for the Blue Streaks. Three weeks ago, we went to NYC and were delighted to have lunch with Charlie Fitzgerald. ... Before leaving their winter home in St. Petersburg, Fla., for North Ridgeville, Ohio, Deborah and steve Kapelka enjoyed a seafood luncheon with Pete ’60 and Terri Pucher. Steve and Pete were teammates on the first unbeaten football team in JCU history in 1959. They’ve maintained their friendship since. Bob

Happy summer to all ’63ers. Just two notes to pass on. darryl o’sickey ([email protected]) updated us about the latest developments with his sailing adventure along the West Coast of Mexico aboard Luffin It. Darryl and his wife, Donna, arrived in Mazatlan to begin five months of traveling up and down the coast. On March 2, as they approached a small anchorage about 130 miles southeast of Puerto Vallarta, they encountered a humpback whale. They were under sail alone when they struck a whale that was surfacing. The whale’s tail was stuck between the boat’s keel and rudder, and, in an attempt to extricate itself, the whale threw their 37foot boat around like a toy. After about 20 seconds, the whale broke free and swam away. Unfortunately, they took on water, but their bilge pumps were able to keep ahead of the leaks. Several other cruising sailboats responded to their distress signal and assisted in assessing the damage. Their damaged prop shaft reduced motoring capability significantly, so they decided to motor sail to Puerto Vallarta, the closest marina, to have the boat hauled to determine the total damage. When they were about 40 miles from the haul-out marina in La Cruz, their propulsion ceased, and they had to be towed by an accompanying sailboat. After the boat was out of the water, a surveyor determined the cost of repairs would exceed the insured value of the boat. They returned home to Idaho March 12, six weeks sooner than planned. The good news is neither Donna nor Darryl sustained serious injuries other than a few bruises. Additionally, there didn’t appear to be any blood in the water from the whale, probably because their motor was off at the time. This wasn’t a whale attack, rather, they happened to be in the same place at the same time. For more information about their adventures, read their blog ( luffinit/). ... Jim Corrigan ([email protected]) provided thoughtful prose to many of us: Georges Clemenceau, who, while walking with a friend on his 80th birthday along the Champs-Élysées, made this comment when an attractive young woman passed by: “Oh, to be 70 again.” ... Take care, and don’t forget to write. Pete

ginny and russ ’64 Centanni discover the unique spelling for “Via Centanni” highway in sicily.
at Panzano in Chianti. They enjoyed the Grace’s world-renowned wine and world-class hospitality. (I recommend you enjoy a leisurely e-stroll through the winery – Grazie, Tony, un viaggio eccellente ... Down on Sanibel Island, Fla., the ’64 Society of West Coast snowbirds held their third annual luncheon. Upon receiving John Breen’s notice, I immediately offered to buy copious rounds of margaritas and offered stipends for reports of outrageous behavior – double for photos of Jim Corsica doing one of his famous improvisations atop a table. Let your imagination wander. Attendees included local islanders Breen, Tim logan, and Tom Moore, as well as ross Tisci and thespian Corsica, who began Neil Simon’s play “Rumors.” Here comes the shaky part. My follow-up report says the boys toasted the class of ’64 with diet soda, shared the obligatory personal medical reports, bantered the who’s seen who, and parted company demurely. I’m not buying it. I think Breen followed through on my surefire margarita formula, got the goods on everyone, and is holding the info for his own nefarious purposes. I’m threatening to attend next year’s session to investigate this apparent cover-up. ... The constantly charging Centannis, Ginny and Russ, scored twice in 2010. Spring found them in Greece and Turkey with their 14-year-old grandson. In autumn, they rented a villa in Catania, Sicily, and spent three weeks touring the island and visiting the mountaintop birth towns of Russ’ paternal and maternal grandparents. One intriguing discovery: a mountain road Via Centanni with a posted spelling of 100 Anni. ... Joanne and I returned to Hawaii, this time for a big island volcano exploration. We’re in awe of the geological phenomenon creating this most isolated island chain. Standing on recent lava flows of the east rift zone gazing south over the Pacific, it’s incredible another major island is building there, already named Loihi, just 3,000 feet below the surface. It will appear in 10,000 to 100,000 years. God bless all Streaks. Frank


Frank Kelley
607-648-5947 [email protected]

Nadine and Tony Compisi spent two weeks in Italy this past fall exploring (Tony states being forcemarched through) Roma, Firenze, Pisa, Cinque Terra, Siena, and Chianti. They attended an intimate gathering with Pope Benedict XVI, along with 3,000 other world travelers at St Peter’s Basilica, while marveling at the overwhelming collection of religious, artistic, historical, and architectural masterpieces by Raphael, Bernini, and Michelangelo. They enjoyed the daily Italian regimen of food and wine, and Tony relished competing in the daily frenetic road rally competition, jousting with the local drivers. Their highlight was visiting Il Molino di Grace vineyard and 10th Century villa of Judy and Frank Grace ’63

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Dick Conoboy
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Peter French
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In December, Governor David A. Paterson of New York announced the appointment of his counsel, Pete Kiernan, as the chair of the New York State Law Revision Commission, which examines and considers proposed changes in the law, recommending such changes in the law as it deems necessary and reporting its proceedings annually to the legislature with proposed bills to carry out any of its recommendations. Pete has been Gov. Paterson’s counsel since November 2008. ... William Kickel, who lived in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, passed away Oct. 23, 2010, in Pequot Lakes, Minn., after suffering from dementia for several years. He’s survived by his son, Graig, and daughter, Rebecca. ... Joe Whelan reported about recent events with his consulting firm Whelan International. Joe recently spoke in Scottsdale, Ariz., to the 28th Annual Effective Schools Conference. In the past year or so, Joe has provided training in differentiated instruction to schools and groups throughout Cleveland and in New Jersey, Illinois, Minnesota, and California. ... My wife and I spent 10 days in Marseille, France, in March visiting her family and exploring the less traveled areas of that city. Guidebooks rarely suggest visiting Marseille, but they’re missing the call on hidden treasures. I’ll be in Cleveland this month to attend my 50th reunion from Cleveland Heights High School. Can it have been that long already? Get prepared for our 50th at JCU in 2015. Let me hear news about your travels and activities in retirement. Dick


Dave Griffin
727-944-5229 [email protected]

I hope I saw you all at our reunion in May. Peter Kassay-Farkas and rob searson planned to be there. I’ll report on that in the next issue. ... I received several emails from Tim robertson. He retired from Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in June 2010 after 43 years. Son Jeff is a manufacturer’s rep in Columbus, Ohio. Son Tim owns Speed Strength Systems, athletic training facilities, in Cleveland. Son Kevin is married with two children. Daughter Melanie followed in dad’s footsteps and is teaching science and math at Beachwood Middle School. Tim had serious heart problems. Georganne had written that he went through a battery of tests before he passed away in April. Keep him in your prayers. ... steve Chamberlain wrote that his son, Scott, owns a restaurant, The Crow’s Nest Inn near the University at Buffalo campus in New York. Steve said Scott gave up corporate life and is doing well with his new venture. He also mentioned he was in touch with Paul Quigley ’67, who lives and works in Atlanta. ... Joe Frederick continues to work on his book. He sends me email gems from time to time. ... As for me, I planned to retire in June. I’ve been selling something or other for almost 50 years, so figure it’s time to turn it over to the youngsters with their BlackBerrys and the other toys they use these days. ... That’s about all I have. I’m still waiting patiently to hear from most of you. I’d love to let everyone know what you’re up to. Take care. Dave


Well, we made it. The winter of 2010-2011 is history. I received alumni calls from California, Florida, and Louisiana. It was nice to hear some of us remained warm throughout the season. I even received regular calls from my brother, Richard French ’69, from Florida, where he spent most of the winter. He even called on St. Patrick’s Day to say it was 83 and sunny. It was 70 here. ... Mark delong has a new grandchild, Molly French, born April 4. The proud parents are Halle and Michael French, who’s my nephew. Congratulations to Mark and his family. ... A shout out to Pete Bernardo, who keeps me up to date with events at Carroll. We recently spoke about our 45th class reunion in 2012. It’s not too early to begin thinking of the event. If class members have ideas, please contact one of us and other classmates to discuss and brainstorm. ... I received information from Carroll’s Center for Service and Social Action about Cultivating Community Day that was held April 30. I hope our local alumni checked it out. In the past, I’ve volunteered at the Cleveland Food Bank. ... The JCU football team will open their 2012 season in Dublin Aug. 31 against St. Norbert College. I’ve spoken to Bill ryan about what a great place it is for a minireunion. I’m sure more information will be available. ... John Forhan said big waves as a result of the tsunami hit Santa Barbara, Calif., but there was no significant damage. John and his wife, Carol, went to Spain and had a great time. He’s traveling to Cleveland during the last week in July. Our Latin/ JCU group always meets with him at Muldoon’s when he’s in town. I hope to see local alumni there. ... I’ll conclude with a story – I won’t provide names to protect the innocent (I’m in criminal justice, you know), but I’ll give a clue – about our classmates. Late one Saturday evening, events took their course until 1:30 a.m., when it was time for one more adult beverage. The Cedar/Taylor Road area was busy, and the atmosphere was great – a warm spring night in Cleveland Heights. A few people knocked on a popular “tea shop,” but there was no response. They made several attempts to draw attention from inside the shop to no avail. They put their faces up to the window to look for humans. They knocked on the door again. Suddenly, they heard voices and saw lights. They thought it was an alien space ship. Good thing they could speak. Both sides reached an agreement, and the ensuing ride back to campus was pleasant although a bit cramped. New friends were made that night. Peter

as president of the Southwest Council, vice president of all five area councils, and director of the Better Business Division. Richard had the honor of being selected Small Businessman of the Year. ... andy Jurchenko, my lifelong friend and National Honor Society of Pershing Rifles fraternity brother, recently retired from the U.S. Army. Andy and his lovely wife, Nancy, live in Atlanta. ... Jenny and I visited Joan Klahr and husband Mike in Florence, Ky. Jenny and Joan have been lifelong college friends for 47 years. Mike and Joan took us to Xavier University for a concert of Irish music and readings. Prof. Hagerty, a 1956 graduate of John Carroll University, entertained us with an excellent performance. ... Please send me news. Jeff


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

Onward, forward, upward with the class of ’68. ... Prudential Network Realty recently announced the addition of richard (Mac) Mcdevitt to the sales team at its St. Augustine, Fla., office. Originally from Chicago, he earned his degree from the Boler School of Business, majoring in management. Later he relocated to North Florida and purchased a retail sales franchise. Richard became a member of the Greater Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce where he served

We have a significant reason to be proud of our class because a second member has been awarded the Alumni Medal. Bob Valente received the award in May at commencement. Bob joins Mike hardy as our class award winners. Bob has long served as an advisor to the University’s planned giving program with much success as a donor and member of Alumni Association Board of Directors. Bob was honored at a dinner on campus May 20. Congratulations, Robert. ... Members of the classes of 1968 and 1969 have started a scholarship to honor Fred Hartman ’68. Fred, as many of you know, was killed in the line of duty in Vietnam in 1969. Fred was posthumously awarded the Campion Award for Courage by JCU in 2009. If you lived in Murphy anytime during your years at Carroll, you’ll remember Hawk and what a great individual and friend he was to everyone. If you have a few quarters to spare, please go online to and make a gift to the Hartman Scholarship or call the alumni office. ... Wonderful norm slemenda still is in the radio business as the general manager of Prettyman Broadcasting in Martinsburg, W.V. Norm, please consider picking up the Kelly and Company Show staring Tom Kelly and me as a great show on Sunday afternoons. ... Former JCU football star Jim Chenet is living in North Carolina and works as personnel coach to help achieve maximum sales performance. He also travels throughout the United States speaking for the Christian Business Men’s Connection. I’ve heard the talks are good. ... A significant change is happening on the JCU campus – the Bohannon Science Center is being torn down this summer. I’m sure all of us in the class of 1969 can remember what a big deal it was when the building opened our junior year. You know time has past when a building from our youth is being torn down, and it’s not even a sports stadium. ... After 18 years of fundraising for private education, I’ve switched to social services and will be raising money for Bethesda Lutheran Communities, which takes care of mentally disabled adults in group homes in 13 states. My fourth grandchild was born April 24, and my oldest son is getting married Oct. 1. ... Send news, any news. Also, listen to a great radio talk show on your computers on 1420AM from noon to 2 p.m. every Sunday. All the best to all my classmates. Grimmer


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Ted Heutsche
517-669-4005 [email protected]

Just a short column this time. Must have been that everyone was working on their tax returns. The only classmate I’ve heard from was Fran Ulrich. She sent me the following email: “Reunion last June was wonderful. I was able to see so many ‘old’ friends. I’m an associate professor at Notre Dame College teaching special education in the graduate and undergraduate division, so seeing Jeri hura, also a professor in adult education at the University at Buffalo, was terrific. We had a great time catching up. ... At the Christmas party at Shaker Heights Country Club this year, I saw Gerry Grim ’69, Laura ’73 and Jimmy Mackey, and my sister Christine Gibbons ’74 and her husband, Bill ’64. It would have been more fun to be on the golf course, but the hospitality was marvelous. Franny.” ... If you attended Commencement & Reunion Weekend, drop me an email to let me know how the celebration went. Even if you didn’t, I’d still like to hear from you. Ted

(the music room) Welchans’ youngest daughter, Alison, was married this past summer. He continues his artistic endeavors as he’s rehearsing for the musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” He has long been a community theater enthusiast. ... seery Chamberlain is retired but working a few days a week at a local winery. Who wouldn’t want that kind of retirement? Catch this. When he’s not working, he and wife of 21 years enjoy their new home overlooking Keuka Lake in upstate New York. Other than the winery, he works on his five acres of heaven, trying to not over feed the deer. What a life. ... rick de Blasio and Marlene also were planning to make the reunion. I visited Rick not long ago. He’s the senior VP of global operations and administration for Bissell Homecare in Grand Rapids, Mich. Rick, who was inducted into the Michigan High School Lacrosse Hall of Fame April 16, gave much of himself to the sport and young folks participating. Congratulations, that’s outstanding. ... We’ll have a recap of reunion – we attended with Jack Costello ’06 – in the next issue. Write and tell us who you saw. Tom and Rosemary

always marry up.) ... And finally, I heard from another accounting guy, Jerry albertini. Jerry has lived in central Massachusetts since ’79 with his wife of 32 years, Sue. And in that part of the world, only three things are certain: death, taxes (which Jerry will do for a fee), and long winters. But after putting his 20something sons through college, he’s thinking about pulling the plug on the old adding machine. He’d love to get in touch with GDIs – guys like Tommy hill, neil Conway, Tom larocca, Bob sidow, Kenny Wyneski – and reunite. Drop me a line, boys, and I’ll get you together. But think about the reunion – it’s in June of next year. Take care. JM


Bob Larocca
216-321-5547/216-233-7651 [email protected]


Tom and Rosemary Costello
217-344-2076 [email protected]


John M. Marcus
301-530-7285 [email protected]

Game on, class of 1971. Our 40th reunion was this past May. Yes, that’s correct – 40 years ago we left the academic rigor offered by the Blue Streak lounge, Rathskeller, Crossroads, and, of course, Spotty’s. I know it’s difficult to believe, but our opportunity to renew college friendships and catch up was great. I’ll provide a recap in the next issue. … Now for the news. Bob lillis, living in Canandaigua, N.Y., with his wife, Carole, attended the reunion along with his daughter, Kate ’01. Bob recently received the National Highway Safety Administration Public Service Award in recognition of his lifelong commitment to traffic safety research and prevention of impaired driving. Nice going, Bob. ... Gina Varga Cullinan writes from Grand Rapids, Mich., that, since leaving JCU, she has been a university instructor, mom, and is working on becoming an online retail maven. She specializes in beauty and health items. Check it out on Amazon. Daughter Colleen, a Loyola grad, is working on a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Gina and her husband, Dan, just celebrated 25 years of marriage. ... Mike Carroll, following a well-traveled road of grad school and career, now has his own insurance brokerage firm, Pearl Carroll and Associates, in New York. The best news is that, after being married for 40 years, he has four grown well-adjusted, nearly self-sufficient children, who are on both coasts and Albany. He has three granddaughters and another arriving soon. Mike says he owes a lot to JCU and Dawn Dempsey ’74, who gave him the employee discount at Manners at the Circle. ... Sue and Paul Cummings planned to attend reunion. Paul just retired from PAETEC Communications where he was the director of business development. Sue has taken care of him for 40 years. They have three children and nine grandchildren. Paul, who has been battling cancer, created a website ( carepages/PaulCummings) and has been spending his time working with other cancer patients. ... rick

When big Frank Gerbig talks, I listen. I haven’t seen the guy in 20 years or talked to him since. But, out of the blue, I received an email. It seems Frank and a whole host of Carroll people made it to the March Lincoln Day Dinner in Chicago honoring Tim russert. Cast of characters? You bet. How’d you like to be sitting with Laura and Mark Pacelli, Julie and dave Carden, Jace Caulfield, larry ray, don and Patty Farrell, Frank Maggio, Jim Grieco, Susan ’75 and Bill doyle, Bergy and Suellen, Ginny and Pat hogan, and dennis Quilty? JCU President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., also attended. But one night wasn’t enough. Frankie says the group had a “rehearsal dinner” the night before. (No word whether they paid the bill.) Tim’s son, Luke, and wife, Maureen, joined the group for both events. The festivities also drew other class of ’72 favorites: Joe McMahon, Chris ’74 and “Swanny” ’75 Schuba, Bonny and Jim Murphy ’73, Linda Meglin ’74, and Bill (Stony) Burke ’73. And older guys such as Pat and Tom Ahern ’70, Matt Miller ’70, Clarinda and Dick Ray ’70, and Rose ’71 and Tom (Lou) Costello ’71. Sounded like a lot of fun. ... There was another alum gettogether, but this one was in the warm climes of Hilton Head, S.C. Charlie Carroll writes that some AKPsi deadbeats met for golf and friendly wagering at Frank Palermo’s ’74 place. Jimmy Casserly (my old Cleveland Skating Club pal), John Palermo ’71, and ’74ers Mike McShane, Joe Virostek, and Larry Meathe competed for the cash. But Charlie and Casserly were the accountants, so guess who took the dough? (Jack Bertges would be shocked.) Charlie also writes he ran his family’s iron foundry for 20 years before selling it to a public company. He now reps the business in the U.S. and China. Charlie and Mary Beth (Chambers ’73) have been married 38 years. Mary Beth “broke the glass ceiling” by being named the first female VP at First Energy Corp. in Akron, Ohio. They have two girls, an orthopedic M.D. in Tampa and a lawyer in L.A. – Charlie says they got their smarts from their mom. (Carroll men

Facebook has been a great source. It provides me with wonderful information, letting me know Beth Grimes haley and her husband, Bill, went to Israel in early April to visit kids and grandkids. ... The next time you enjoy Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, Fetzer, Korbel, or other such beverages, give a tip of the hat to chief diversity officer, ralph deChabert, M.Ed., whose promotion will enable Brown-Forman to expand its marketing internationally. ... Mike nienstedt, Gerry Patno, and I joined other Alpha Kappa Psi alums in laying to rest our fraternity brother Fran Keim ’74 in Erie, Pa., in February. ... My inbox is always open, so please take advantage. No tidbit is too trivial. Rock on! Bob


Dave Robinson
248-642-9615 [email protected]

dan sansone, who was promoted to executive vice president and CFO at Vulcan Materials, has been on the board of St. Vincent’s Health System in Birmingham, Ala., for the past six years. Dan was the first lay person to be board chair at St. Vincent’s following more than 100 years of Daughters of Charity leading the ministry. The four hospitals in Birmingham are part of Ascension Health, the largest Catholic Health System in the U.S. His son, Michael, who completed his master’s degree at The University of London last fall, is interning in the climate change and sustainability consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Dan and his wife, Carol, are traveling to Italy this summer for two weeks. Dan usually sees Joe Tasse at Ascension’s annual meetings. Joe is the president of St. John’s Ambulatory Network in Detroit, after serving as CEO for nine years at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Under his leadership, the hospital earned a Top 50 ranking nationally in cardiovascular care and was profitable for nine years. ... nancy hiltibrand is a service coordinator for Panorama Senior Citizens Apartments in Covington, Ky. She helps older adults connect with services they can use to maintain their independence. Nancy also is training for her third half marathon. ... Kathy Kelly is teaching and coaching recent college graduates about how to navigate the job market and what they need to do to be hired. She’s having a lot of fun mentoring young people about skills they didn’t learn in college. Kathy and Ken

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’73 are living in beautiful downtown Chicago. ... Val street, who reports from San Francisco, returned from a trip to Hawaii. The islands remain paradise, and Val had great fun as always. ... That’s all for now folks. Molly and I spent St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Fairfield, Conn., celebrating our grandson’s first birthday. It was a minifamily reunion with all four of our children present for the festivities. ... Don’t be bashful. Send news and updates. I wish you a great summer. Robby and having pride in watching his accomplishments in service underscore the commentary I’ve received. Congratulations on your appointment, general. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Christi ’75. ... Joe Barmann has a new job as contract administration manager for New York Community Bank, the new owners of the Ohio Savings Bank in Cleveland. Wonderful news, Joe. ... We also congratulate nora Jacobs, who has joined Hennes Paynter Communications as a vice president. HPC’s specialty is crisis communications. ... Terry Fergus was appointed to the University board of trustees. He already is into the heavy-lifting phase of the new position. Best wishes, Mr. Fergus. ... I received a note from Mary Jo (Casserly) hogan stating that while her husband, Pat, has retired, she intends to grind it out for a few more years, and their youngest son is scheduled to marry in August. ... Sad news to report, via Mary ann Murphy, of the passing of anne Murnen Kasbek in March. Anne was retired from teaching at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Wickliffe, Ohio. Our condolences go out to her husband, George ’77, and four sons: Mike, Chris, Brian, and James. ... I received an email from Anne Rath Sullivan this winter. She researched her brother’s name – we new him as Grapes, but the rest of the world knew him as steve rath. At the time of this typing, Anne is between email addresses, but I’ll put the new one in the next column. She’d love to hear from those who knew him at JCU. ... That’s it kids. Cools president of the Cleveland Coach Federation and is on the board of the Northern Ohio HR Planning Society. Additionally, he’s an adjunct instructor at Baldwin-Wallace College in its graduate program in human resources. Check out his website, www. ... Last fall, ed Gillen was appointed director of academic assessment and research at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. Ed and his spouse, Sue, associate dean of the QU business school, still find time to race sailboats. Ed, who keeps in touch with Kurt Klausner ’80, had déjà vu marching with QU’s float in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, fondly remembering the IXY carnation parties and marching in Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. ... John sideras is joining Debbie and John Bundra visiting Ireland in 2012 to see the Blue Streaks football game in Dublin. John’s daughter, Rebecca, lives in Dublin and will be their tour guide. ... Congrats to Jim Carrabine on the birth of another grandchild, Rylan, born this past November. ... Congratulations to Bob Burak, who has joined Bober Markey Fedorovich (BMF), a regional accounting, tax, and business advisory firm as a partner and will lead BMF’s tax services group. Previously, Bob served as Cleveland tax practice leader and partner for Grant Thornton for 19 years. ... Thanks for writing. Tim


Rick Rea
314-769-9451 [email protected]

Hello, classmates. Honeybear is the answer to last issue’s trivia question: What nickname did the students give professor Henninger? ... I received sad news through the AKY grapevine. Fran Keim ’74 died at home in Erie, Pa., after courageous battles with a number of debilitating diseases. Fran’s obit was a tribute to a great man who lived his life in the Jesuit tradition of giving back. ... The Cuyahoga County Council approved the appointment of Tim Kollin and six others to sit on the newly constituted County Boards of Revision. Kollin is a former Cuyahoga County prosecutor. ... In February, Molly (spellman) Curl joined Grant Thornton LLP as a bank regulatory national advisory partner. Based out of the firm’s Dallas office, she works with the firm’s banking clients throughout the country to provide regulatory support. Molly brings 35 years of banking industry experience to Grant Thornton. ... Julianne (sheila) Wanner and her husband David Powers live in Newport News, Va. After working as an EMT-A at the busiest duty station in the city, Sheila signed up for the city fire department. During firefighter training, at age 40, she was able to be certified for advanced life support (CT and paramedic.) In keeping with the Jesuit tradition, she volunteers with the local all-volunteer fire and rescue company in her county. ... Jim Mcsherry emailed me asking to let him know when I will travel to Chicago. He said he would reciprocate. ... They’re making Schlitz again. Go to your favorite store, pick up a sixer, crack open a frosty one, and reminisce about your nights (sometimes days) quaffing beer at JCU. … Here’s a new trivia question: Before JCU became co-ed, economics professor Rev. Jerry Clifford, S.J., demanded strict attire for his classes. What did he demand? ... I hope you’re having a great summer. Email me news. Pray for peace in the world. Where are you “Toes” riley? RR


Nancy Agacinski
216-932-2824 [email protected]

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Dennis J. Lane
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Tim Freeman
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Diane Coolican Gaggin
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As I wrote this column, our 35th reunion was about a month away, and from the sound of it, plenty of classmates were looking forward to catching up and cutting up old times. Look for a complete festivity report in the next column. At this time, the world is experiencing trying times. I received a lot of communication from ’76ers about General Carter ham, who is commander of the U.S. Africa Command involved in Libya. Knowing Carter at JCU, praying for his safety and those under his command,

Greetings! Geraci’s Pizza has Mike english’s vote as the best pizza in the U.S. and Italy! Mike lives in Dallas with his spouse, Karen, and their three children: Rachel (24), Sarah (21), and Michael (18). Mike is controller of Zix Corp. and keeps in touch with JCU roommate dave hodges and Jim skerl. Mike and family recently visited JCU and said the campus looked great. ... Jim smith is the author of the book “Happiness at the Speed of Life: 13 Powerful Strategies for Finding Happiness at Home and on the Job,” which was published in 2009. Since his college days of swimming laps in the pool, Jim worked more than 20 years in the insurance, banking, and hospitality industries. He has coached executives and organizational leaders since 1992, coaching leaders from seven countries and four continents to achieve greater happiness, balance, and effective leadership. Jim has touched the lives of more than 10,000 people through his work with the enhancement of positive emotion. He has used the 13 principles of happiness to raise his own family and deal with work, life, love, and tragedy. Jim has an MBA in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University, holds certification as a senior professional in human resources, and is past president of the Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management. A mentor and professional certified coach, Jim is founder and current

Summer greetings everyone. Linda Goodman Robiner ’78G reports that now, years after she graduated from and taught at JCU, she lives just a block from campus. She enjoys coaching writers and those who want to try their hand at it. Her chapbook, “Reverse Fairy Tale,” was published by Pudding House. More than 250 of her short stories, articles, and poems have appeared in journals and anthologies. She has produced an instructional television program series about the arts at WVIZ and has taught at many local colleges and universities. ... I literally ran into Sheila Berry as I was going out a door and she was coming in. It’s so nice to run into classmates when you least expect it. Sheila is retired from her job with Cuyahoga County and is a realtor for Howard Hanna. Sheila keeps in touch with Mary (davis) reilly, lori roznik nisiobincki, Mary Kay Carey ’80, and Mary ann Meaker. ... I enjoyed catching up with ellen hobbs hirschman at her Christmas party. ... Mike sutila and his partner of 12 years, Mark Kershaw, were married in Provincetown, Mass., June 5, 2010, at Saint Mary of the Harbor, an Episcopal church. It was a destination wedding for the 50 guests. A welcome reception for all guests took place on Friday evening, the wedding and reception was on Saturday, and brunch for Mark’s 50th birthday was on Sunday. ... I saw Karen Rath Dolan ’80 and met her charming son, Jack (senior at Gilmour), at a reception and “Writer’s Center Stage” presentation for author Dave Eggers, hosted by the Cuyahoga County Library. Karen and her family live in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The Dolans are planning a South African adventure before Jack goes off to Middlebury College in Vermont. How exciting. I also ran into Mary haas McGraw and her husband, Brian, at the event. ... BTW, I highly recommend


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checking out Eggers’ works. One, “What is the What,” is the biography of Valentino Achak Deng, a Lost Boy of the Sudan. A compelling, moving, and emotional must read. I’ve been involved with the Lost Boys of the Sudan - Cleveland Chapter for a few years, and this book tells the story of millions of Sudanese through the eyes of one extraordinary man. Eggers is a motivating and inspirational writer and educator. It’s amazing what one person can do. ... Heard from Gary Tarquinio, who now lives in Port St. Lucie, Fla. … I had the pleasure of experiencing a wonderful pilgrimage to Rome with 92 people from Gesu parish and the JCU community Dec. 29-Jan. 6. It was my second visit and great to be back. It was a fabulous trip with great company, food, wine, shopping, and history. ... Let’s catch up soon, and don’t forget to write. Every five while we’re alive. Ciao. Nancy

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Hello, class. The mailbag contained a few items this time. Beth Wright dropped a line: “It was great to see and reconnect with classmates at reunion ’10. In October, I attended a family wedding in Columbus, Ohio, and was able to visit Mimi luecke and her husband, Bruce ’78. In late December, my father passed away, and our JCU friends were most supportive to me and sisters Suzy Whalen ’82 and Shannon Fanshawe ’88. Special trips were made by Angela and Tom Cua, Mary Alice (O’Brien) Mecke ’82, Mary (Power) Patton ’83, Jean (Nester) Turcu ’82, and Beth (Galle) deVente ’88. I was able to catch up with Steve Ryan ’78 and his wife, Linda (a childhood friend), Lucy and Mark hutchison, and Dave Short ’81. It was great to see all of them and reminisce about old times. Mark’s son, Michael, and Dave’s son, David, were freshman Carroll roommates – naturally they were in Pacelli Hall. I also took a trip to Sarasota, Fla., in February to visit Julie sheridan delaney. Mimi Schilling Luecke and Colette Gibbons Beringer were able to join us. Julie and Mimi are enjoying their new lives as empty nesters, and Colette enjoys her winters in Naples, Fla. We had a great time on the beach with our glass of wine, planning our next get together. I’ll have three in college this fall and a junior in high school, so we plan to splurge off the Whalens for free vacations at their condo in New Smyrna Beach. It’d be great to hear from Polly Tomczak, ann Mannion, and Terry dinan hansen just to name a few.” ... Paul and Wendy lioon live in Punta Gorda, Fla. Paul started his own fiduciary business, working as an individual trustee for clients in Southwest Florida. Paul started a trust department for a local bank and decided to offer customized individual services. Paul says the refrigerator is always stocked, so give a ring. ... The Pipeline Fund in New York City announced its inaugural class of Pipeline Fund Fellows, which included diane Kaslow, who’s president of Kaslow Fine Art. The Pipeline Fund Fellowship looks for women who are influencers in their fields and have a track record of charitable giving. ... rick Chelko, who’s CEO of The Chelko Consulting Group, met with Mark Wysocki and his wife, Marcy, in the South Beach area. The Chelkos enjoyed dinner with

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Mariann ’81 and John Moeschberger, Teresa and scott heran, Kathleen and Bruce lockhart, and Johnna and Mark Schroeder ’83. ... Pat divito is coordinating a JCU alumni football golf outing. I’m looking forward to hearing interesting stories. ... The 2012 JCU football season will kick off for the Blue Streaks when they line up against fellow Division III powerhouse St. Norbert College in Dublin. The game is part of the Global Ireland Football Tournament. Go Streaks! MFH only florist in University Heights, Flowerville serves all of Cuyahoga County on a daily basis and is a proud preferred vendor of JCU. Although he has traveled to the U.K., France, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Australia, Canada, and beautiful Columbus, Ohio, he’s happy to be rooted in Cleveland. Stop in the store at the corners of Warrensville Center and Silsby roads and say hello. ... I hope you have the best summer ever. Send your notes to, or tweet @robertwinthrop. Go Packers! Bob and Cheryl domasinsky eynon, but I’ve run out of space and will include these updates in the next column along with yours (a subtle hint to drop me a line). Onward on! Paul


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Hello to the 30th reunion class of 1981. By now, reunion is over, and I trust many of you were able to attend and reunite with old friends and make new ones. I received great emails from some of you in April. Mary Carol and Bill o’Brien were in Hawaii celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. Back home, their son, Tim, graduated from JCU last May, and Billy is a sophomore at Carroll playing football. Bill and Mary Carol still get together with Jim and ann (Gardner) russ and Ray and Betsy (Peffenbach) Mendolsohn. Betsy and Ray’s son, Brian, graduated from JCU this year. ... I heard from Jim schmitt, who’s a financial planner. He and his wife, Dawn ’93, have two children and live in University Heights. ... dennis Morgan said he was planning to attend the reunion with his father Hugh ’51, who’s celebrating his 60th reunion. ... Mike armagno told me his greatest JCU memory was playing the guitar with Joe Wallenhorst on the Quad, hiding beer in their guitar cases. ... I caught up with Jean anne Crawford, who shared fond memories. Jean Anne spent six years on active duty in the Army after college. She has been in Northern California for the past 11 years, where she’s a psychiatric and operating room nurse. Her greatest memory of Carroll is the spirit of service she learned from a Jesuit education. ... doug Greene wrote that he recently met his second seeing eye dog, Serge. Doug is the VP of the Galion Kiwanis Club in Morristown, N.J. ... I heard from Jan hauenstein, who recently created her own school where she trains and teaches yoga (www. ... dave short, chair of JCU’s Board of Directors, lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Beth, and four children. One of them is at Carroll and is roommates with the son of one of Dave’s old college roommates, Mark Hutchison. Someone asked, “Why would John Carroll make the same mistake twice?” Dave retired in 2008, spends a lot of time in Colorado, and rides his bike everywhere, including a trip from San Diego to Hilton Head! ... laura Fallon Fibbi and her husband, Terry ’80, have a daughter, Kathleen, who graduated from Carroll this year. Laura attended the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at JCU to improve her skills as a spiritual director. ... Bob Belanger still is a Circuit Court Judge in Fort Pierce, Fla. I was just in Fort Pierce visiting my parents but didn’t have time to visit Bob. ... hal hawk, who’s with Crown Battery, was chosen as 2010 Supplier Executive of the Year for Club Car, an Ingersoll Rand Co. Congratulations to you, Hal. ... Michael day, who’s living in Cleveland Heights, has owned and operated Flowerville since 1984. The

Greetings from Chicago. Bill Bolton sent me a picture of a gathering of IXY classmates. I’m not sure what they were celebrating, but the IXYs never needed a reason. (“Hey, is it Tuesday?”) Fifty brothers met in Naples, Fla., to play golf, drink beer, and reconnect. Heck, it had been longer than a year since they’d gone to Las Vegas for their 100 Man March on the casinos. Eighty-twoers enjoying the festivities with Bill included Tony Parrilli, dave schmidt, ed Fay, Bobby Parrilli, Bobby Gentile, Paul olexa, dave Byars, and Jim hartnett. Odds are there was adequate signage for all events. Once an IXYer ... linda Besl Peters friended me on Facebook – yes! She’s in San Diego with her husband, two sons, and one stepson. Linda always had a California mindset and is living it now. Last summer, she came back to the Midwest and met with debbi Casini Klein, Mary ann sekerak, Bill Thompson, and Cindy Caster ’80. Does anyone else notice Bill is frequently the only guy with a large group of beautiful women? That hasn’t changed since his JCU days. I always admired that quality in Bill. ... My favorite JCU activity is coordinating the Chicago Club Leadership Scholarship. The process includes having accepted high school seniors submit essays about their leadership in high school and how they hope to use these talents in college. We then meet with each candidate for a personal interview. It’s always a remarkable day. Once again, suzanne Carroll volunteered to work with me on this. Other JCU alumni, though not classmates, included Dick Murphy ’57, Bridget Fitzgerald ’10, and Eric Rapp ’95. Erin Collins Soroosh ’99 bailed at the last minute to give birth to her first son, Jacob. Former dormers will remember Erin’s dad, Jack Collins, who ran housing during our years in University Heights. Jacob is the spitting image of his grandfather. ... Doc (Kevin dougherty) is finishing development of a mixed-use retail/residential site near his childhood home in Pittsburgh. He saw Mac (Mark Mcdonnell) for their annual visit and soccer training. O’C (Tim o’Callahan) and Squeak (don MacMillan) didn’t make it this year. What’s with these soccer guys and their nicknames? Although, I knew exactly who he was referring to when he mentioned them! ... nick Conyngham is trying to organize a National Alumni Golf Championship consisting of teams from throughout the country. Maybe Nick could consider a class-year team, instead of a regional team? I’d play for the class of ’82 any day. ... I also heard from Jerry Kohl, Katie Grace Brandt (who I’ve promised never to mention again), Joyce Treboniak Jones,

About half the class should be partied out, having already turned 50. Birthday wishes to all. I’m hanging on to 49 for a few more months. ... suzanne (schlichtman) Greenberg connected me with John Carroll, a first-grade Seattle teacher whose family believes they’re related to Daniel Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence and brother of Bishop John Carroll. No Carroll has attended JCU. John, who attended Seattle University, doesn’t know the tradition of spray painting the lion, but the paparazzi caught deb solyan and Jane (Broeren) lambesis adding a wish and fresh coat. Deb, Mary (Power) Patton, sheila (Bigane) Bauschelt, and I toasted St. Patrick in Cleveland. Sheila’s son attends Michigan, and her daughter attends Marist High School in Chicago. ... Chuck and Maureen (Fallon) adler and Wendy and Tony Pallotta were big bidders at my benefit auction for St. Joseph Academy. ... My two favorite Lisas rule Cleveland’s East Side. Attorneys lisa (amato) reid and lisa (Gasbarre) Black are best friends. Lisa Black and her husband, David, have their hands full with 4-yearold David Jr., who goes to school with Lisa Reid’s daughter, Margot. The Lisas are members of the prestigious Italian American Women’s Network. ... ed devney is always on the run and in the spotlight. Ed squeezed in time for family in Painesville, Ohio, while working the NCAA Basketball Tournament for CBS. Back in New York, Ed was behind the scenes with The Celebrity Apprentice live finale in May. He also produced NBC Marriage Ref, which aired in June. ... rich and Carolyn (Cahill) Glass are college hunting with son, Jonathan. They teamed up with Katie Grace Brandt ’82 chauffeuring them through Chicago’s North Side to visit Loyola and DePaul. ... Jeanne (Mann) Gallo and Madelon (Plunkett) Queenan are sharing kid stories. Madelon and her husband, Mike, have a son at Indiana, a daughter in high school, and a daughter in fifth grade. Jeanne has a son out in the world, a daughter graduating from Northwestern, a son who’s a junior at Holy Cross, and a son at Fenwick High School. Jeanne gathered the girls together in Chicago with susie (stokes) Mullaney, susan horning-stickler, and rosemary (Gibbons) Fox. ... Big 50th party for shelia nelson with attendees: sandra ryan, Colleen hyland-robertson, Marie lynch-Julius, Therese o’neill-schmidt, Sue (Divane) Donnelly ’84. sandra ryan and Jack Carey also attended a 50th birthday party for dan reynolds. ... Michael Forbush is fascinating. While walking with his wife down a California street, they were struck from behind by a car. Thankfully, they weren’t badly injured. Michael excels in his California business at EDC Biosystems, a company that multiplies DNA samples, performs protein crystallography, and analyses mass spectrum and low-volume titration. ... Happy 50th everyone. Mark


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Are you wondering what’s new with Jerry ahmed? Well, after holding management positions, including senior vice president and managing director, for many years at institutions including Chase, The Royal Bank of Scotland, The CIT Group, and GAX Capital Group, Jerry is founder, president and CEO of Saint John Capital Group and BVI Energy Group, which are financial advisory, banking, and investment firms that target energy, technology, and other economic development opportunities. The business is in Beachwood, Ohio. ... According to the Plain Dealer, stephen anthony was named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Division in January. FBI director Robert Mueller III, who appointed Anthony to his new position, said Steve was most recently responsible for establishing an FBI-wide leadership development program. Steve is in his 23rd year with the FBI and had been working in Washington. He earned his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at CSU. Steve began working for the FBI as a special agent in Memphis, Tenn., in February 1988. He investigated violent crime and criminal enterprise matters, serving as a team leader for the special operations group. (Steve lived across the hall from me on the third floor of Dolan during our freshman year. It’s a good thing I was well behaved.) ... Tim Cavanagh, the founding partner of Cavanagh Law Group, was named one of the Irish Legal 100 this year. Tim was honored along with other 2011 Irish legal eagles at the Irish Ambassador’s home in Washington. The organization recognizes the most prominent lawyers of Irish descent throughout the U.S. in the Irish Voice newspaper and Irish America magazine. Tim’s grandparents Mike and Delia Tully were natives of County Mayo, and he’s a member of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago. Tim lives in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood with his wife Stacey and six children. ... Let me know about your latest achievements or summer travels. Don

spencer Cominos and his wife welcomed a baby girl, Dina Ann, March 22. The happy new family resides in suburban Pittsburgh. Congrats to Andy and Spencer! PJ had lunch with Dr. Michael anderson, who was in Chicago for a convention. Thanks PJ. ... Here’s information from last time that didn’t make it to print: We received word that Jane F. Guzauskas ruby has written her first novel, “The Azurite Encounter.” In her previous career, she wrote or coauthored articles for technical journals but developed an itch for action and adventure. The book is available online at Amazon, Borders, and Barnes & Noble. Congratulations, Jane. That’s quite an accomplishment. ... Thankfully, we receive regular updates from Belinda Glavic Grassi. What would we do without you, Belinda? She provided an update about her continuing successful efforts in fundraising for MS. She has personally raised $35,600 throughout the past four years. Way to go, Belinda. Her husband, Morris ’85, is doing well. He’s participating in a study of a new type of hip aid through the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis at the Cleveland Clinic. Good luck, Morris. ... Rev. Joe Previte was named pastor at Holy Rosary Church in Cleveland’s Little Italy last summer. Congratulations, Joe. ... You can read the class column online at www. Gigi and Beth

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Liz (Phillips) Hartranft
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Thanks to everyone who sent an update. The response has been unbelievable. There’s so much to share. ... State representative Tim deGeeter declared he’ll be running for mayor of Parma, Ohio. Currently, Tim is serving his third full term in the Ohio House. Good luck, Tim. ... Tom and Tawnya (santoiemmo) Zucker live in Twinsburg, Ohio, with their kids Colin (15), Mckenszie (13), and Gianna (11). They’re busy with the kids’ sports. ... debbie Bounds Briercheck has been married to Scott for 19 years. They reside in Pittsburgh with their three sons: Andrew (9), Alex (7), and Aaron (4). Debbie runs her own tutoring business for advanced math and science students. It’s a circus, but they have fun. ... Bill elwood ’91G and wife Linda ’97G are in private practice as clinical counselors. Their company, Family Behavioral Health Services, is in Mayfield Village, Ohio. They have several JCU alums on staff and support the University by allowing practicum and internships. Bill and Linda have seven grandchildren, and they love every minute. ... John reichard checked in from New Jersey, where he works at Fortress Investment Group. John and his wife, Eileen, have four children: Caroline (8), Tommy (6), Brendan (4), and Fintan (2). ... alex Benyo is co-owner of the Brilex Group of Companies. He’s been married 18 years and has four children: Alexis (15), Kyle (14), Blake (11), and Kara (8). ... lucia Wasserbauer srail lives in North Olmsted, Ohio, and has two kids, ages 13 and 11. She’s a cantor for St. Brendan’s parish and recently returned from a quick trip to the Bay Area to meet her new godson. ... Bob schaefer has global responsibility for account development for Cummins Engines. Bob and his wife, Tammy, have been married 15 years and have three sons: Tyler (12), Jack (9), and Kurt (7), who love winter sports. They reside in Minneapolis. Bob sends a shout-out to all alums in the area. Anyone wishing to connect with the Schaefers, please send me an email. ... Chuck Coletta checked in from the department of popular culture at Bowling Green State University. Chuck teaches the TV, film media, and contemporary popular lit classes. He also was a contributing writer to the recently published “Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels - 2010.” He wrote more than a dozen entries about topics such as Catwoman (meow!), Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Tarzan, The Shadow, and Dennis the Menace. Hmmm, is he referring to dennis Gatts? ... Just enough space for a quick update about me. I’m a Pisces and like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. Until next time, have a great day. Liz

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Sue Farinacci Grazia
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Christine Horwath Gawronski
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David Gassman
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Diane (Nerem) Wendel
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Gigi Togliatti-Rice
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Beth (Bonanno) Hausoul
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Hello, class of ’86. We have received only a few bits of information this time, so we’re assuming you didn’t contact us or send any information because you were too busy planning your trip to reunion to catch up in person. Our last column was too late for print, so we’ve included that information, too. But here’s the news. … Beth had a pleasant surprise when she ran into PJ Kissane in the elevator at work one morning. He provided the following updates from our class: In December, andy logan was married in a beautiful ceremony held at the Shoreby Club in Bratenahl, Ohio, that was officiated by Judge Michael Donnelly ’88.

Greetings ’89ers. Here in Cleveland, we had a long and brutally wet winter. On April 10, we finally had sunshine and hit 80 degrees. How nice! I’m still amazed by how the West Side of Cleveland has so many Blue Streaks running around. Whether I’m out to dinner, at a party, or attending a Holy Trinity function, I find myself surrounded by fellow JCU graduates. It’s a nice family to belong to. … A major shout-out of congratulations to Mike Petras, who was the president and CEO of GE Lighting in Cleveland. He has accepted a new position as CEO at HGI Holdings, a provider of specialty medical products to patients with chronic diseases. I’m sure GE will miss you, Mike, but also know HGI has acquired an excellent leader. Good luck in your new role. Mike is also a new member of the JCU Board of Directors... I participated in the Holy Trinity 5K run in Avon, Ohio, with my son, Paul, and daughter, Emma. We had a blast and were looking forward to our next 5K, which was in Olmsted Township, Ohio, for the Fat Little Buddies Alzheimer’s walk/run in late June. ... Unfortunately, that’s all the news I have for now because my emails and requests for additional information have gone unanswered. Please take a few moments to jot down updates about yourself and our classmates if you know about any. Enjoy the summer weather and be safe. Peace. David


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Hello. I hope you enjoyed my last update. There are only two reports this time, so please drop me a line via email, Facebook, snail mail, or phone. ... Kate Mastrian Kanne had been living in Southern California for the past 15 years with her husband, Kurt, and their boys; however, they decided it was time to move back East and give their kids a Midwestern upbringing. So in August last year, they moved back to Kate’s hometown, Erie, Pa. In February 2011, they welcomed their third son, Wesley James, to the family. He joins big brothers Joshua (7) and Spencer (4). Kurt and Kate kept their jobs in the move. Kate is the vice president of internal communications for UnitedHealthcare and loves it. Kate sends a special shout to eileen Casey Glasstetter, Jenn Pettit Mollison, Karen Cullen, and Bridget Donovan ’94, who all recently spent time in Erie celebrating another friend’s baby shower. ... John hogan and Gretchen heutsche welcomed their third child, a girl, Bridget Grace (8 lbs. 2 oz., 20 inches) Sept. 16, 2010. She joins big brothers Braeden and Declan. ... Brennan lafferty has been named publisher of Waste & Recycling News. Brennan became associate publisher in December. As publisher, he’s responsible for the overall management of the publication, reporting to group publisher KC Crain. “Brennan is the consummate idea guy who constantly strives to move the business forward. I look forward to watching the WRN brand flourish under Brennan’s leadership and collaborative style,” Crain said. ... Take care. Julie

named offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. Greg brings 13 years of NFL coaching experience with him to the Bay Area and was, most recently, on new 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford. ... I feel like I’m living my dream because I was named dean of students/assistant vice president of student affairs at the University of North Texas, which is the fourth largest school in the state, in January. I love every minute of it. This has always been my dream job. ... Please keep sending updates about your life and the lives of your classmates. You can always email me. Luck to you always. Moe

a business advisory and advocacy law firm. Based in Cleveland and Columbus, Matt serves as vice chair of the board of United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland, chair of the Board of School Choice Ohio, and is on the board of the YMCA of Greater Cleveland. ... Thanks, everyone, for sharing your news. Keep the emails coming. Annie

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Amy Spisich Kogovsek
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Brian Sparks
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Annie (Hummer) DePerro
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I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying the sunshine. If you haven’t connected with me on Facebook, please do. I’ve been able to connect with so many of you that way. Here’s what many of our friends have been up to: Candace Gash Welter has been living in Maryland since 2007 and working at Marriott International in Bethesda since 2008 as a senior manager for sales and intermediary analysis. Candace and her husband, Dan, welcomed their little one, Andrew Robert Welter, Nov. 6, 2009. Candace keeps in touch with nancy (Moray) Klein, who has a 20-month-old named Conner; Cathleen (danker) neibch, who has two boys – Ethan and Kyle; and Charlene (strauss) Brandt, who has three boys – Ryan, Eric, and Nicholas. Cathleen and Char are busy with their boys, who are involved in different sports and activities such as soccer, basketball, and baseball. You name it, they play it. Thanks Candace. Keep the updates coming. ... John Tumminelli and his wife, Christi, welcomed their son, John Michael Tumminelli III, Feb. 10, 2011. As far as we can tell, this is the happiest John has been in his life. Congratulations to both of you. ... Congrats are in order for apryl seide, who was appointed Safeguard’s general counsel. As a member of the executive team, Apryl directs Safeguard’s internal and external legal functions. ... In January, Greg roman was

I returned home one day, mildly depleted from my daughter’s track practice because motivating 60 third through sixth graders to run one lap around a not-so enormous school building is almost as difficult as the last mile of a marathon when you’re out of energy beans and you’ve passed the last water station. Right as I’m about to complain about my unfortunate afternoon, I open my inbox, and a note from Beth (szymanowicz) Pero tells me lauren (Colaizzi) henzler is training for her 10th Ironman competition and this time is raising money for Girls on the Run (GOTR) and has a TenTenTen Campaign (10 Ironmans, 10th anniversary of GOTR - Pittsburgh, $10k). Instantly, my perspective and attitude shift. GOTR is a national nonprofit whose mission is to empower girls to make healthy choices and gain self-respect through running. I can’t help from saying out loud, “Go Lauren, go Lauren!” ... dennis Percy, director of major gifts for the United Way of the Greater Dayton area, was named by The Dayton Business Journal to its 40 Under 40 2011 list of up-and-coming leaders. ... Mark s. abood was the highest producing individual among the Chartwell Group’s national offices and received its annual Chartwell Award for 2010. Mark, senior vice president, specializes in real-estate brokerage, advisory, receivership, and consulting services to national lenders, law firms, and private investors. Mark is married to loriann (Kolar), and they have three children. The family socializes with Colleen (Vereb) ’96 and ron alexander’s family. The Aboods are Brunswick neighbors of Jay and Beth (didonato) dobkowski. Mark recently ran into PJ Insana and nathalie lacouture at a CYO basketball game where their daughter was playing that day. Mark joined dominic offredo, david Benisek, ron allender, Todd Conrad, eric Jones, Brian Maher, and Jay Dobkowski (Beth DiDonato’s husband), Greg Preisel ’96, and Mike Swallow ’98 on their annual golf trip to West Virginia. Mark also represented the class of 1995 at our 15-year reunion last summer and spent time with his dad’s reunion class of 1965. ... Speaking of reunions, Beth (Szymanowicz) Pero spent a spring weekend with susie Marsick Martin, ashley Maurer Blevins, lauren Colaizzi henzler, and Chris azouri Cottier in Erie, Pa. In October, they were together for Ashley’s wedding, as was lisa Palmieri. Thanks, Beth, for keeping in touch. ... Finally, Matt Cox joined the Government Affairs Practice as Of Counsel at McDonald Hopkins,

andrew Perry recently moved to Rocky River, Ohio, with his wife, Jane, and their two sons, John (4) and Michael (3). He’s in his 11th year teaching at Mayfield High School and has been coaching football and the varsity boy’s tennis team. ... Mary-Michelle Coleman-Walsh married Kevin Walsh in June. Their wedding reception was in the Dolan Science Center. Dr. Michael nemunaitis’ wife, Cheryl, and two daughters, Emily and Natalie, were members of the wedding party. In January, Mary-Michelle accompanied JCU students on an immersion trip to Guatemala. She’s still teaching in communications at Carroll while pursuing her Ph.D. in communications at Kent State University. ... When he’s not teaching sixth-grade social studies at Revere Middle School, Pete Kramarczuk spends time as a volunteer pilot for Veterans Airlift Command (VAC). Through a network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots, VAC provides free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes. ... heidi strycula stark is the principal of Ingomar Middle School in Pittsburgh. For the past three years, she was principal of Leroy Elementary School in the Riverside Local School District in Painesville, Ohio. ... Joseph a. Bigler is vice president of business development at Cobra Wire & Cable. Before joining Cobra Wire & Cable, Joe worked with ADC as national account manager within its major account sales team. He lives in Cleveland with his wife and daughter. ... Bryan Painter was appointed vice president of sales for the Americas at OpTier. He’ll be responsible for managing the company’s sales efforts and customer relations in North and South America. Prior to OpTier, Bryan served in various sales roles at CA Technologies where he was responsible for managing the company’s service assurance business in the Eastern U.S. ... Joy Malek oldfield left her law firm in December to work as a magistrate and judicial attorney in the Summit County Common Pleas Court. She’s also running for judge of the Akron Municipal Court in November. Joy lives in Akron with her husband, Charlie, and two daughters, Amelia and Alana. ... Finally, sarah lundeen is getting married Aug. 6, 2011, to Greg Bonnette. Her sister, Mary Katherine (Lundeen ’04) Wainwright is the matron of honor. Read details about the wedding in the next issue. ... Take care, and keep sending me updates via email or Facebook. Brian


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husband welcomed a beautiful baby boy March 3, 2011. Jacob Rustem Soroosh arrived nine weeks early but is doing well. At the time of this writing, he was still in the hospital but continues to grow and develop. When he was born, he weighed 2 lbs. 7 oz. ... emily Berdell Marotte and husband, Ydillio, were expecting a baby around June 24. They’re excited to meet the new addition to the family and are waiting on the delivery to find out if it’s a boy or girl. ... We’re a little short on news this edition, so I’ll answer the question I frequently am asked by y’all – what am I up to? As you can tell from the ‘y’all’ I’m still in Texas and just celebrated my 10th anniversary at Mary Kay’s corporate headquarters. I lead the business operations team for their global creative division. When I’m not traveling or enrolled in a professional development class, I spend my spare time on the board of a young nonprofit, Recovery Inn, which provides housing and life skills programs for women in recovery from alcoholism and addiction. My seven nieces and nephews also keep me busy – truly the VIPs in my world. It’s a great life. ... We’d like to know what’s important in your life. Send me a note with your updates, and I’ll include them in the next issue. All the best. Meg

Mary-Michelle Coleman-Walsh ’97, a member of the Alumni Association board, married Kevin Walsh in June.


Cherie (Skoczen) Kurlychek
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I have many great accomplishments to share. Congratulations to debbie Quinlivan (rigov@ ) for being selected by the Boston Red Sox as the Rhode Island governor of Red Sox Nation. In this role, she’s the liaison between Red Sox fans and the front office. She hosts local watch parties and attends special events hosted by the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The team has governors in all 50 states. “As governor, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in the pregame festivities at Fenway Park and hold the 2004 World Series trophy,” Debbie said. “It’s a big thrill to walk on the same turf as the players.” When she’s not busy with that responsibility, Debbie is a senior product consultant for MetLife, her employer for the past 25 years. She also serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Insurance Women of Rhode Island as treasurer and legislative

chair. ... Mike swallow, along with classmates Tim Burke, alex schmitt, nathan lambert, and Mike Ziccardi, as well as Dominic Offredo ’95 and Eric Endress ’06, launched a nonprofit group called The Northeast Ohio Foundation of Patriotism (NEOPAT). Its mission is to promote and inspire patriotism by supporting military personnel and their families in Northeast Ohio. In March, more than 400 people, including 50 Carroll alums, attended the Red, White and Groove Gala, which raised more than $40,000 for charity. Classmates in attendance included dave and Carolyn (sprague) Kucharski, dan and Janeece (anderson) ansevin, dario and emily (hashier) savron, Bob Colacarro, doug Campbell, James sullivan, Kyle Kibler, Jack Marinelli, and Jaime (szymanski) swallow. Chris Tye emceed the event. You can learn more about NEOPAT at ... Speaking of Chris Tye, he was promoted to the anchor chair at WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland. He and long-time Cleveland personality Robin Swoboda host the 7 p.m. weekday newscast. Chris joined WKYC in 2004 and has interviewed the president, vice president, and first lady, among other dignitaries. According to Chris’ online profile at, his reports and live shots have aired on NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, CNN, and affiliates throughout the country. As a mentor for young journalists, Chris speaks with classes at John Carroll, Kent State University, and Cuyahoga Community College. His early days reporting for JCTV served him well. Congratulations, Chris. Cherie


Lisa (Foster) Smith
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Clare Taft
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We hope everyone enjoyed spring after our long winter and is looking forward to a great summer. As usual, the class of 2000 has news to share. sean Beck worked as associate producer of “25 Hill,” a movie filmed in Akron, Ohio, in 2010 about a Soap Box Derby. The film was written and directed by Corbin Bernsen, who also starred in the movie. Mike Cory and Maylon Hines ’10 also worked on the production staff. An Akron premiere is planned for this summer. ... Courtney Kaezyk graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs with a master’s in Public Policy and Management April 28. She’ll work at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, where she interned while in school, through the summer. She’ll focus on communications, public relations, and alumni-related issues while looking for a full-time job in her field. Good luck, Courtney. ... Tricia Barrett has a new job as VP of operations for Praxis Communications, a company specializing in patient recruitment for pharmaceutical clinical trials. Good luck in your new position. ... The JCU family keeps growing. Congratulations to Mary (Flachbart) Varone and her husband, Michael, on the birth of their first child, James Michael Varone, Aug. 14, 2010. ... Bridget (houlihan) Kennedy and her husband, Michael, welcomed their second son, Thomas Michael, in January. ... Chris and lisa (Vielhauer) Miklich welcomed Catherine Mary in December. Cece joins big sister Elizabeth Ruby. ... Keep us in mind when you have news to share with your classmates, and feel free to update us via Facebook. Have a fun summer and keep us informed. Clare and Lisa


Meg Galligan
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debbie Quinlivan ’98 is the rhode island governor of red sox nation.

Hello, everyone. I hope summer is treating you well. Just a few of our classmates have updates, but they’re all great. ... Josh Mcdaniels has been hired to oversee the St. Louis Rams offense and further the development of quarterback Sam Bradford. Previously, Josh was with the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. He and his wife, Laura, have two children. ... erin Collins soroosh and her

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Maureen DeMers Fariello
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Congratulations are extended to all classmates who have something to celebrate. On Aug. 6, 2010, Maria Percic and robert Patyk exchanged wedding vows. sarah (sellman) ewing, Megan Ivons, and Theresa (George) Patrick were in the wedding party. Other JCU friends in attendance were: Madelaine lumpp, Beth (Ziemnik) Monhemius, Valerie Gill, James May, and Jeremy and lindsey (leighton) sobeck. ... On Oct. 23, 2010, Bryan Fialkowski married Roberta Butto at Church of the Gesu in University Heights. Fr. Casey Bukala, S.J., ’54, ’55G was the assistant celebrant. Bryan’s buddies from Carroll shared in the celebration: Pat Beard, Josh schneider, TJ Parish, ryan Bringger, Tony Rospert ’00, Rob Misso ’02, adam Bruderly, Jason Therrien, Kevin Harrison ’03, Brad Piroli ’03, Todd Sardich ’02, scott Bryson, and scott herald. ... adam and Julie (Zone) andolina welcomed their second child, Gianna Grace, Feb. 12, 2011. She joins big brother Joey, who continues to be a ball of

energy and a never-ending source of laughter. ... Please update your information via the new alumni website and continue to send updates about you and your friends. May the sun shine warm on your face. Maureen


Kristen (Muoio) McVean
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as announced on Amy is a reading specialist for Willoughby-Eastlake schools. ... And last, but not least, amy (Koehler) lombardo and her husband, Joe, welcomed a daughter, Lillian Angela, into the world Dec. 16. Lily weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. Congratulations to the Lombardo family. ... That’s it for now, and I hope everyone has a wonderful summer. Take care. Theresa

roberta and bryan ’01 Fialkowski

Hi, everyone. I hope you’re having a wonderful summer. I have a lot of great news to share with you. First, we’ll start with the professional updates. Last fall, Krissy Gasbarre moved back to New York to prepare for the Aug. 16, 2011, release of her first book, “How to Love an American Man: A True Story” (HarperCollins Publishers). She’s planning to sign copies of her book in Cleveland and will be available to her John Carroll family for book club visits. You can find local and national publicity updates at Krissy thanks her friends and professors at JCU for their love, teaching, and support. ... david rothstein, an adjunct lecturer in the nonprofit master’s program at John Carroll, was awarded a research fellowship with the New America Foundation in its Asset Building Program, focusing on helping working families save and grow assets. He continues to be a senior researcher at Policy Matters Ohio, working on asset building, tax, and consumer protection issues. ... Jennifer Zador moved to Austin, Texas, for a new job as corporate counsel for SolarWinds, an IT company. ... Pat Mancuso, who’s living in Atlanta and working as a general manager for Cintas Corp., is getting married July 9 in Lake Martin, Ala. ... Jeff and laura (ley) Carlson, along with their children Ethan (2) and Leyton (1), moved to Mankato, Minn., because Jeff took a position as chief administrator at Waseca Medical CenterMayo Health Center. Laura is working part time in online media for Camp Broadway and enjoying her time with the kids. ... Now for the baby news: Zach and Jessica (Margocs) Zuik, and their son Taylor, welcomed another little boy, Palmer Nathan Zuik, into their family Feb. 4. Nicole and Philip Williams had a baby boy named Parker Christopher Nov. 10, 2010. George and Kelley (Gallagher) Vlosich had their third boy. Robert Joseph was born March 29 and joins his big brothers Georgie and Bryan. ... Keep the news coming. I send update reminders to everyone in a Facebook group called John Carroll Class of 2002, so feel free to join. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Kristen


Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
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Greetings, class of 2004. I’m thrilled to be taking over the class column. Feel free to forward updates to me. A lot has happened since Paul Clapp’s spring 2011 update, so without further ado, I’ll dive in with the details. ... deana Calcagni has been working as a social worker for Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services, and, on April 30, she’ll become the blushing bride of Stephen Ballard at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown, Ohio. … Speaking of weddings, quite a few of our classmates tied the knot recently. Matt and Kate (Ferguson) Vendemio were married Aug. 14, 2010, at St. Louise de Marillac Church in Upper St. Clair, Pa. There were a couple of other JCU alumni present for the nuptials, including: stephanie rospert, allison (sopp) Carlson, Matt Joyce, and the maid of honor, lindsay Marciniak. Kate and Matt honeymooned in Spain and Italy, where they sat a mere 30 yards away from Pope Benedict during the general audience and received a special blessing for newlyweds. Additionally, Blake and Megan deleon Miller married in October 2010. Megan also has been staying busy in Virginia Beach, Va., working at Navigational Behavioral Consulting, where she provides behavior analysis services to children diagnosed with autism. Finally, Carly Grey married Matthew Dean in a small ceremony in Cozumel, Mexico, in February. The newlyweds live in Washington. ... Congratulations to sara (neville)


Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
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Jim ’01 and samantha Martines’ youngest arrived nov. 13, 2010. Lily bella, at 7 lbs. even, was welcomed home by big sister hayley (20 mos.) and big brother Caleb (4).

I didn’t get too much from our class this time, but what I received is exciting. We graduated with many successful people. Here’s the news: In March, Tracy Francescone was named director of development for the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland. In this role, she’s responsible for creating and implementing the organization’s annual development plan, including the annual fund, grant writing, major gifts, and planned gifts. Congratulations, Tracy. ... amy Galon will marry Mark Mollohan this summer,

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as a dentist in the U.S. Army. He is enrolled in the 12-month advanced education in general dentistry residency at Fort Campbell, Ky., and will complete his training in August. The couple lives in Clarksville, Tenn., but will be moving to Fort Drum, N.Y. ... Jack Jamison married Kristy Ciccarelli Oct. 2 in Erie, Pa. Jack’s sister Grace ’03 served as best man (or as she put it, “the best, man”). Other JCU alums who attended were: Mikey Minnaugh, Brandon Kocher, Jason Patch, Christen (Kempton) ’06 and Marty ockers, Jeff Budrys, Connie (Balzano) Tartara, Maura (nagel) Jungjohann, and Jennifer Kahn ’06. Jack and Kristy honeymooned in Tulum, Mexico. ... What’s new with the rest of you? Let’s hear it, people. Jen Washington. ... Deacon Chris Zerucha was ordained a Roman Catholic priest May 21 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Cleveland. ... William James navarre III graduated from Loyola University Chicago - Stritch School of Medicine in June. This summer, he traveled to Barcelona, Spain; Istanbul; Venice, Italy; several Greek Islands, Vienna, and London. He returns to a medical internship at Loyola until July 2012 when he’ll begin his residency in anesthesiology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. ... Thanks to everyone who made it to our five-year reunion in May. We’re looking forward to the next one, but in the meantime, keep up the great responses to our call for news. Christine and Roberta

Matt and Kate (Ferguson) ’04 Vendemio stand in front of st. peter’s basilica, rome.
latkowski and her husband, John, who welcomed their first baby, Jack David Latkowski, Feb. 3. ... Unfortunately, I’m ending the column on a sad note. One of our classmates, Benjamin somerlot, passed away Feb. 20 after a two-year battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare and painful bone cancer. Nikki

Christine Bohn
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Lisa (Iafelice) Catalano
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Brittany Bush
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There’s plenty of wonderful news to share. Here’s the latest: Alena Neton ’06, Jenny sopkovich, and heather rainey have been matched into residency positions from The Ohio State University Medical School. Alena will complete a family medicine residency at the Lawrence (Mass.) Family Health Center. Jenny is pursuing dermatology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Heather will continue her training at Ohio State in physical medicine and rehabilitation. ... Molly McCracken, who’s engaged to Elliot Spaeder, is planning a wedding for Aug. 13, 2011, in Erie, Pa., with a reception to follow at the lodge at Peek’n Peak Resort and Spa. Molly received her M.B.A. from Gannon University in 2009 and works at the university. Elliot is a division manager with William T. Spaeder Company. ... Congratulations to Tom and leanne (d’apolito) Miller who welcomed a baby girl, Clara Rose, into the world March 14, 2011. ... diana abdalla, rosanna Violi, luz Betancourt, Jeannine stiglitz, Brittany Bush, and Christina Phillis recently gathered in Washington, Pa., to attend

Roberta Muoio
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We have more engagements, marriage announcements, and graduations to share with you this month. This past December, Melissa Witek and Brad neumeister became engaged in New York City. They’re planning a 2012 wedding. ... Lynn Cochrane ’05 will marry Jason Perez Sept. 17, 2011, in Maumee, Ohio. allison Mcdonnell Kaufman will be one of the bridesmaids. ... alyssa roberts is engaged to Fred Charles. They’re planning to marry in May. ... lauren Bonfich and Matt Henry were married Oct. 9, 2010, on a beautiful fall day in Charlotte, N.C., where they reside. ... In February, Meghan Betz started a new job as a conference coordinator at Goldman Sachs in New York City. ... Tracy Butler moved to Houston in August 2010 to start a Ph.D. program in Latin American History at the University of Houston. She used to work as a Spanish-English translator for the Social Security Administration near


Jennifer Tolhurst
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Hi, everyone. Two wedding announcements this time: Kevin Priest and Michelle Powers were married Nov. 6, 2010. The ceremony was at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg, W.Va. Carroll alums in the wedding party were drew Payto, adam schoen, and Matt Feeny. Kathy (omahen) Payto, Tim and Jessica (hackman) Weidel, scott orr, and Kunal sanghani also attended the wedding. Kevin graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in June 2010 and is working

Michelle powers and Kevin priest ’05 were married nov. 6, 2010.

Matt henry and Lauren bonfich ’06 were married oct. 9, 2010.

Cliff Moore and Katie Conlisk ’07 are planning a summer wedding.

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laura Pareso’s bridal shower and bachelorette party. I won’t divulge anything. Let’s just say what happens at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino stays at The Meadows. However, we’re all five-star chefs now – filet mignon with a béarnaise sauce and lobster bisque, no problem. Diana recently graduated from Drexel University with a doctorate in physical therapy and will be moving to Washington. Christina, an adviser for John Carroll’s Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter, works as a medical trade magazine associate editor and website manager. Read the next column for more updates after Laura’s wedding in May. ... Katie Conlisk married Cliff Moore Aug. 13, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. angelica Yezzi and Terry Conlisk ’05 are members of the wedding party. Cliff plans to graduate from The Ohio State University Dental School in June. The couple will be relocating to Wilmington, N.C., where Katie will attend graduate school for sports management and Cliff will practice dentistry with the Navy. ... Megan (Beatty) Ursick ’06 is graduating this June from The Ohio State College of Dentistry and will be returning to the Cleveland area to practice. ... Thanks for sharing. Brittany and Lisa and are engaged. Ryan is pursuing a doctorate in environmental biochemistry, and Katie is a mental health and substance abuse therapist. Greg lucsko is planning a wedding with his fiancée Megan Wetzel for June 2012. ... A special congratulations goes out to andrew reeves, who’s on active duty in Iraq with the Army, on his marriage to Karrisa Sears this past June. ... Keep sending me any exciting news you may have. Ozzy Franco Carapellotti dancing on Rodman Terrace, intramurals on the Quad, or enjoying one another’s company near the St. Ignatius statue. This summer, the University will make additional improvements to campus – a new surface parking lot where the Bohannon Center once stood and a new track at Shula Stadium. These projects continue to make our alma mater a great source of memories. ... Chelsea Getts, Kelly lucas, shaylyn Mahoney, and Maggie Matune made a trip back to campus in April to celebrate the engagement of Brittney Coder ’09. Chelsea completed her first year of law school at Duquesne University with classmate andrea Capasso. ... Brandon sheil will return to Carroll this fall to begin his Master of Arts in Nonprofit Administration. Brandon has been working with City Year, a nonprofit service organization in Cleveland, for the past year. He enjoyed assisting in the classroom and his most recent project of organizing a spring break camp for more than 500 students in the district, but he’s looking forward to getting back to campus. ... Courtney ryan, who has been teaching in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, is enrolled in a master of education program through the University of Dayton, which is where she will spend most of her summer. ... Melanie Fishleigh was accepted into the doctor of physical therapy program at Wheeling Jesuit University. PT school seems to be a common trend for our class. JJ Kuczynski and Joseph Micca have completed their first year of PT training. They partook in the momentous “White Coat” ceremony earlier this year. JJ is at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, and Joseph is attending SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y. ... Bridget Fitzgerald is employed as a project manager at Fieldwork Network, a market research firm in Chicago. Bridget didn’t hesitate to get involved with the Chicago Alumni Club. She serves on the board and is the most recent recipient of the Alumni Club Leadership Scholarship. Congrats, Bridget. ... Unfortunately, our column must end on a sad note. In February, the tragic death of andrea Teodosio shook many of us to the core. Andrea, who died in a skiing accident in West Virginia, will be remembered forever for her positive outlook and sunny disposition. Fr. Bernie McAniff, S.J., celebrated her memorial service on campus, saying “Andrea’s love for this institution was present in her involvement on campus and those who she inspired to come to JCU.” Fr. McAniff was struck deeply by the exorbitant amount of love and respect the Carroll community exhibited. May Andrea and her family remain in your thoughts and prayers. ... God bless. Kyle


Lisa (Ugran) Pacconi
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Chris Ostrander

Hey, everyone. It’s been a big year for engagements. In December, former Carroll News editor-inchief Katie Mahoney became engaged to Rob Lauderaugh in Pittsburgh. Tricia Graham ’06 will be Katie’s maid of honor for their wedding on June 16, 2012. Christie Bonvissuto and Brian Weber ’07 became engaged while vacationing in Naples, Fla. They’re planning a wedding in Saint Francis Chapel Aug. 4, 2012. A trio of swimmers will be getting married in 2011. Kristen Kovach and ehren eschmann will wed in August, and rachel rex will marry Christopher Lobesac in October. ryan Tappel and Katie Kasych live in Syracuse, N.Y.,

Congratulations to some of our classmates regarding professional accomplishments. Plan Adviser magazine recognized the Top 100 Advisers and Adviser Teams for 2010, and Max schindler was among those acknowledged. Max is one of six financial advisers who make up the Ellsworth Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Hudson, Ohio. Plan Adviser highlighted its standouts in terms of dollar value, number of plans, or percentage of practice focused on specialized markets. ... In her first year working toward a master’s in social work at the University of Georgia, Joanna Mitchell was awarded the inaugural Pauline M. Berger assistantship in the School of Social Work. The assistantship will allow her to conduct research and outreach while pursuing a certificate in marriage and family therapy. Joanna was selected based on her interest in working in child welfare, academic merit, and demonstrated leadership skills. ... Our class has quite a few engagement announcements, and, coincidentally, each one of these happy couples can trace the start of their romance back to their days at Carroll. Katie Charek and Jasen Gilge became engaged in December and are planning a wedding July 23. Jenny Friedman became engaged to Ben Carro Feb. 21. Michael nijoka informed me Tara Ford and Ben adams were among those recently engaged. They’re planning to exchange vows in October. ... Michael Glem was sworn in as a police officer for the city of Parma in January. ... ashley ortiz, who has been working as a publicist for a Beachwood firm, recently finished her last semester as a John Carroll graduate student, receiving a degree in communications management. ... Rachel Cope ’10 and lou Caracci were married Nov. 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fremont, Ohio. A reception at Fremont Country Club followed. They’ll be honeymooning in Germany this summer. Rachel is working as an assistant in the School of Pharmacy at Lecom in Erie, Pa., and Lou is an agent with Great Lakes Insurance, also in Erie. ... Thanks for all the submissions. Keep sending me your good news. Lisa

Chris ostrander ’08 stands in front of the olympic Cauldron, while working the duration of the winter games for nbC.


Kyle Sobh
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A class columnist is needed. If interested, call 216-397-3050. or email [email protected].

Class of 2010, it’s great to address you again. Hopefully, everyone’s summer is off to a good start. For those of you who haven’t been back to campus since last May, try to envision campus during the warmer months. We all have a memory that sticks out immediately – JJ Kuczynski and

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head of the class
Timothy William Robertson Sr. ’66 worked at one of his alma maters, Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, for 44 years and moonlighted at another, John Carroll University, for 27. The VASJ dean of students died in April at the Cleveland Clinic after several years of heart disease. He was 66. In addition to teaching advanced-placement calculus and chairing the math department, Robertson used related skills to run bingo, keep baseball scores, reconcile extracurricular schedules, and graph the number of interruptions at commencements from year to year. A member of the VASJ Hall of Fame, he photographed events, oversaw the yearbook, and directed publicity for the school. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Carroll, where he later taught calculus and statistics. He also was a eucharistic minister at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Euclid, Ohio.

Legal eagle
Tom Kilbane ’63, who chaired the worldwide litigation group for the law firm Squire Sanders, won a Bronze Star for combat in Vietnam and many legal awards. He fought for Sohio, BP, the Cleveland Clinic, American Greetings, Goodrich, Ferro, Eaton, Lubrizol, Forest City, and Mittal Steel. At age 70, Kilbane collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Raised in Cleveland, Kilbane graduated from St. Ignatius High School, won a scholarship to JCU, became its valedictorian, and served in the ROTC. He was chosen for the law review at Northwestern University, chaired the area chapter of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society, and served on the board of the local United Way. Ten days before his death, he won the Cardinal Bellarmine award for school service and legal excellence from St. Ignatius.

priestly work

MY TURN Fr. Eugene Moynihan ’48, a Josephite priest and veteran of World War II, died Feb. 17 at age 85 at St. Joseph Manor in Baltimore after and extended illness. Born in East Cleveland, Fr. Moynihan worked as pastor, associate pastor, teacher, hospital chaplain, and administrator in Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, and New York. He retired to St. Joseph Manor in 2001 battling various afflictions there until his death. Educated in the Cleveland Catholic schools and Glenville public high school, he earned a B.S. in Social Science from John Carroll and worked as a case worker for the Cuyahoga County Welfare Department. In 1950, he entered the Josephite Society, missionaries to black communities in the U.S. He was ordained in 1957 and in 1959 earned a master’s in history from Catholic University.

Henry E. Dombrowski Anthony B. Muni Hugh C. McCaffrey Rev. Lloyd Boymer William E. Balazs James F. Kilduff John E. Rozance Anthony J. Palermo Raymond B. Sasala Leonard I. Gunsch Eugene R. Moynihan, SSJ Julius Sukys James E. Broadbent Stephen J. Marinik Michael W. Boland Joseph J. Czernicki Wade T. Dougherty James P. McGoff Arthur J. Lauer John D. Rusk Robert J. McCarthy John Anthony O’Sullivan Charles J. Pasek Paul E. Jakubisin Robert P. Nolan Gerald F. Futty Doanld B. Kent Hans Baum Denis F. Hoynes, Jr Joseph C. Szabo Herbert T. Johnson John F. O’Connor Louis T. Popek William A. Millson Robert O. Steele Paul A. Kramer Marie S. Colombo Sylvester E. Davis Most Rev. Michael E. Kilarsky Thomas S. Kilbane

’36 ’36 ’37 ’40 ’41 ’43 ’43 ’44 ’46 ’48 ’48 ’48 ’49 ’49 ’50 ’50 ’50 ’50 ’51 ’51 ’52 ’52 ’52 ’53 ’54 ’55 ’55 ’56 ’56 ’57 ’58 ’58 ’60G ’61 ’61 ’62 ’62G ’62 ’63 ’63

5/13/2011 2/8/2011 11/26/2010 3/28/2011 4/17/2011 1/27/2009 2/28/2011 4/7/2011 2/8/2011 2/12/2011 2/17/2011 3/1/2011 5/20/2011 1/5/2011 4/4/2011 3/6/2011 5/4/2011 3/8/2011 2/26/2011 3/22/2011 2/2/2011 7/23/2010 3/17/2011 4/1/2011 2/17/2011 3/14/2011 2/10/2011 4/4/2011 5/9/2011 4/4/2011 3/28/2011 4/27/2011 2/19/2011 3/18/2008 1/1/1996 1/18/2011 10/20/2010 4/28/2011 8/29/2010 4/28/2011

Peter M. Ratajczak John S. Horne Christine F. Wojnar Raymond T. Saxen Jr. Michael T. Murray Timothy W. Robertson Marvel H. Enburg Armand W. Cosenza Jr. Phillip L. Michel Fred A. Stevens Shaun E.F. O’Neill Deborah Guerrero McMillan William B. Musulin Robert J. Turoczy William D. Chisholm Hubert A. Estabrook Frank A. Rambaldo John C. Ulas Sergio S. Sponza Francis H. Keim Jill Marie Brent Anne Marie Kasbek Theresa E. Vitantonio Janet H. Hannan Judith A. Cannato Steven J. Przywara Tim P. Allen Colleen H. Solomon Helen J. Coy Gail E. Harris Elsie Baker Thomas E. Ross Edward T. Carden Benjamin H. Somerlot Andrea R. Teodosio Darrell Horwath

’63 ’64 ’64 ’65 ’66 ’66 ’68G ’69 ’69 ’69 ’70 ’71 ’71 ’71G ’72 ’72 ’72 ’72 ’73 ’74 ’76 ’76 ’78G ’80 ’82G ’84G ’86 ’88 ’88G ’89 ’89G ’93G ’95G ’04 ’10 Retired FSA

3/6/2011 2/4/2010 4/18/2011 3/14/2011 3/16/2011 4/21/2011 2/3/2009 4/4/2011 4/27/2011 2/16/2011 2/3/2011 9/27/2010 5/25/2011 3/7/2011 2/18/2011 11/29/2010 2/13/2011 5/14/2011 2/5/2011 3/1/2011 5/10/2011 3/22/2011 12/31/2008 1/9/2011 5/9/2011 8/12/2007 7/4/2001 2/18/2011 1/6/2011 3/10/2002 4/10/2011 5/22/2005 5/13/2011 2/20/2011 2/12/2011 2/21/2011

this is the deceased list as of June 10. We apologize for any omissions and ask you notify Joan brosius at 216-397-4332.

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The bonds that knit us together
s my children approach their college graduations, I’ve begun reflecting on all the things I didn’t know when I graduated from John Carroll. Among these many omissions was the concept my lifelong connection to the place was only beginning then. And yet this bond eludes easy description. Sure, we love our school teams, but we don’t bond with them the way Duke or Ohio State grads do. There’s something else driving this lifelong affinity. Perhaps it has to do with the effectiveness with which Jesuit ideals (men and women for others) have been instilled, or possibly the coziness of the campus, the commitment of the faculty and staff, or the unique warmth of our reunions. It’s probably all of those and more. However it happens, we become knitted together – across generations and geography – like few other communities I’ve known or heard about. To be fair, I should stipulate I was luckier than most when it comes to being steeped in that bond. I’ve lived near campus for years. I also was fortunate to have worked at John Carroll through a formative five-year period some years ago, which is a unique vantage point from which to study what makes the place tick, what makes it so enduringly special. In that latter role, I was able to watch how people such as Paul Kantz ’63, Pete Bernardo ’67, ’72G and Gordy Priemer ’64, to name just a few, deftly helped knit the community together with years of selfless, behind-the-scenes acts of generosity that, to me, have become the living expression of what Jesuit education is all about. They taught these lessons the way great parents parent: not by preaching, but by acting, silently inviting others to follow their lead. What all these people, and others like them, shared was a focus on community-


building and gently nurturing relationships that last a lifetime. These lessons have new resonance for me, in this period some are calling the Great Recession. Millions of white-collar college graduates were hit with sudden job loss, generally through no fault of their own. Dozens of these dazed and wounded survivors eventually found their way into my email in-box through one avenue or another. Perhaps they heard I was a soft touch for meeting fellow JCU grads and pointing them in a direction I hoped might be helpful. I tried to open a door or make an introduction where I could. Sometimes all I could do was share an article about job-search strategies or send yet another upbeat note, encouraging them to keep their chin up. I figured it was my way of paying back all I learned from these role models, my John Carroll elders. My advice to these fellow Carroll grads was simple. Take the time to do what you’ve probably been too busy to do for years: reconnect with your roots. The best way to find a job isn’t by blanketing HR departments with resumes, but by connecting with someone you know who can help, someone with common emotional equity in your shared past. So reconnect with

all of your tribes, the groups with whom you’ve shared memories: your childhood friends, people with whom you used to work, people in your faith community – all the people you were once close to but have drifted away from. But as you reconnect, pay the closest attention to your JCU community, and not just those who attended school in your era. In 30 years, I’ve yet to meet a John Carroll graduate who isn’t happy to make time for a fellow grad. For many people, this will prove to be the closest tribe of all, the one whose members are most eager to help. I say this to the newest crop of graduates: You’re entering an extended community that will warmly embrace you for the rest of your life, if only you’ll let it. Don’t hesitate to harness that incredible power. But remember, too, any good community is like a bank, which by its nature, must attract deposits as well as offer withdrawals. Even as you receive help, advice, and support, remember to offer help of your own, however and whenever you can, no matter how small your gesture might be. I guarantee it will matter to someone. John Ettorre ’80 is an Emmy-winning writer, editor, and writing coach.


S U M M E R 2011

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