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Vol. 9, Issue 1 WINTeR 2005

Lauren’s great adventure:
Student teaching in the Cleveland Schools

commitment. Make the difference.
“I went on a service trip to Immokalee Florida, a small migrant farm worker town half-way between Naples and Ft. Myers. It was a faith-based immersion trip sponsored by the Center for Community Service and we served with the Sisters of the Humility of Mary there. We did a lot of volunteer work and we learned about the lives of the people. Doing service makes me grateful for what I have and makes me want to do more, to offer my service wherever I can.” Ellen Matthews ’05
Bethel Park, PA Early Childhood Education major

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Make your gift to the Annual Fund.

strong jesuit tradition. solid education. sound future.
Ellen is a wonderful example of how John Carroll students are living the mission of the university. Your gift at any level will make a difference to our students who are showing their commitment in the classroom and out in the community. For more information about giving to the John Carroll Annual Fund, contact Development and Alumni Relations at 1.800.736.ALUM or visit and make the difference.

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John Carroll University President Edward Glynn, SJ vice President for Development and alumni relations Timothy T. Shannon, SJ Director of Public affairs Jerry Sheehan editor Jerry Pockar alumni Journal Michele McFarland advisory Board Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, VSC Ed Walsh ’61 John Sheridan ’63 It is the mission of the magazine to provide an engaging and accurate reflection of the university and its extended community for its alumni/ ae and the other members of the John Carroll family. John Carroll University magazine is published quarterly by John Carroll University, 20070 North Park Blvd., University Heights, Ohio 44118. Periodical postage paid at Cleveland, Ohio, 44118 and additional mailing offices. ISSN 1542-0418 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: John Carroll University magazine Department of Public Affairs 20700 North Park Blvd. University Hts., OH 44118 (216) 397-1687 or 1-800-736-2586 fax: (216) 397-3085 E-mail: [email protected] Please send your letters to the editor at the above address.


Vol. 9 Issue 1

Winter 2005

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12 John Carroll’s Strategic Plan by David La Guardia 16 COVER STORY Lauren’s great adventure Student Teaching in the Cleveland Schools 20 FEATURE: Teachers Teaching Teachers 20 Literacy Specialist Project 21 TRIPOD - Closing the Minority Achievement Gap 23 Joe Whelan 24 MSETT: Improving K-12 Science and Math Eduction 25 Q&A with Dr. Kathleen Manning and Dr. Mark Storz 27 Cleveland Mathematics and Science Partnership
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2 3 President’s Message University News 3 Glynn Announces Resignation 4 Search Committees 5 Service/Campus Minisry 6 Student Affairs 8 Admission 9 Development 10 Athletics 30 Alumni Journal 31 Class Columns 53 In Memoriam 55 Late News 56 My Turn - Andy Fedynsky ’80 G Back inside cover: Profile: Casey Bukala, SJ


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Message from the President
By Rev. Edward Glynn, SJ


ndividuals and institutions who are shaped by the vision and values of the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola are summoned to live lives not simply of service but lives of greater service. Doing the greater good, whether as individuals or institutions, is possible when the greater needs of individuals and communities are identified and addressed. This issue of John Carroll magazine offers a collection of articles focusing on John Carroll’s Department of Education and Allied Studies. One of the major messages of the articles is that the faculty and students of the department reach out to the larger community to do the greater good by addressing what is today, and has been for half a century, one of our nation’s greatest needs: improving the quality of urban education. For generation after generation in city after city in the United States during the second half of the last century, the lives of hundreds of thousands of young boys and girls have been shattered, their potential has been wasted and their futures ruined. The richness of their talents remains hidden and their contributions to promoting the common good are permanently lost. Why? Because of our sustained national failure in city after city in decade after decade during the last half of the past century to improve the quality of urban education. Some have said that finding an institutionally replicable way to improve the quality of urban education would be an achievement greater than curing cancer. Their reasoning is this: When it comes to cancer, we believe that finding a cure is possible. Equally important, we are aware of the gravity of the problem and are committed to finding a cure. however, not all believe it is possible to discover an institutionally replicable way of improving the quality of urban education. Nor all are aware of the gravity and complexity of the problem. Also, not all are committed to solving the problem. If it is not possible to improve urban education, if indeed we are not committed to doing this, then we as a people are continuing to abandon and are institutionalizing our abandonment of succeeding generations of young boys and girls – of children three, four and five years old – to be victims of a world not of their creation. That is our legacy. I first became aware of the gravity and complexity of the problems related to urban education when I taught at Gonzaga

high school in Washington, D.C., during the early 1960s. Across the street from the Jesuit community were row houses, one of which was for prostitution, another for drugs. Children growing up in that neighborhood daily saw that drugs, alcohol, violence and sex were the values for which adults lived and died and literally killed. If my memory serves correctly, there was a murder a year on the street. Meanwhile, in the larger world outside the neighborhood people were lamenting the decline of the D. C. public schools. on December 15, 1998, shortly after arriving as president at John Carroll, I addressed a meeting of the Cleveland Board of Education, Cleveland Tomorrow and the Greater Cleveland Roundtable. I described experiences that have motivated me to work personally and professionally through the institutions with which I have been associated to address this great national need. I pointed out that the problems related to improving the quality of urban education are massive, complex and not easily addressed. Success is not and will not be instantaneous. Individuals and institutions working alone cannot adequately address the challenges nor achieve success over the long haul. We need partnerships committed to working together for the duration. We need to understand the gravity and complexity of the problem. We need to commit ourselves to work together to rescue our children from the failures we have created. We need to believe that it is possible. Giving our children a future is the greater, the more lasting and the more universal good. Let me conclude with an image that has haunted me for decades. It is a judgment scene. The question put to me is the question put to each of us: “Where were you and what were you doing at the end of the 20th Century and the beginning of the 21st Century when the lives, the potential and the futures of hundreds of thousands of young boys and girls, generation after generation, were wasted because of your sustained national failure to improve the quality of urban education? Where were you and what were you doing”? Pages 16-29 provide an answer to this question. it is inspirational. “We were at John Carroll. We worked together. We formed partnerships. We cared. We were involved in actively addressing this great need.”



University News

Rev. Edward Glynn, SJ, announces resignation as president
At the regularly scheduled December meeting of the John Carroll University Board of Directors, Rev. Ed Glynn, SJ, who came to the university as president in June 1998, announced his intention to resign “whenever in the next academic year my successor is able to be in place.” Charles J. “Bud” Koch, chairman of the board, has established a nine-member presidential search committee to be led by vincent Chiarucci, the former chairman. The Jesuit educator cited as his primary motivation for leaving office the fact that his advancing age would be an impediment to his being John Carroll’s leader throughout the time necessary to conduct a capital campaign. he was also moved by the realization that at present none of the Jesuit colleges and universities is conducting a presidential search. Fr. Glynn read to the board a statement which said in part: “During this past academic year, as we were approaching the successful conclusion of the $135-million Choosing the Greater Good campaign, I have had conversations with the chair of the board and the executive committee regarding the need to begin another major campaign. In these conversations I pointed out that in 2005, I will be celebrating my 70th birthday. A campaign comparable to the one we just successfully concluded will take at least five or six years, minimally, to bring to successful completion. I then would be turning 75 or 76 years old. “is that a good thing for the university? If I am not going to stay to the conclusion of the campaign, is it a good thing for the university that I have significant influence on shaping the priorities of the campaign and then leave it up to my successor to complete a campaign which had priorities that were shaped by a previous president? successor is able to be in place. …” Chairman Koch commented: “The seven years that Father Ed Glynn has been president have been a period of remarkable accomplishments for John Carroll. The university community has much to thank Ed for, not the least of which was the successful completion of its largest capital campaign, the new Shula Stadium, and, of course, the remarkable new Dolan Science Center building. … The new president will truly have large shoes to fill.” Koch noted that the agreement between the university and the local Jesuit community stipulates that there be a preference for a Jesuit president. Thus, the search committee will search first for a Jesuit. Rev. howard J. Gray, SJ, rector of the Jesuit Community, said: “since 1998 Father Edward Glynn has provided John Carroll University with exemplary leadership. … Foundational to his presidential oversight was the enduring Jesuit commitment to a faith that was expressed in works of justice, to a Catholic consciousness that gloried in its embrace of the world, and to a belief that only through cooperation with our lay colleagues would the Kingdom promised by Christ be accomplished. We will miss his honesty, his humor, and his humanity.” Father Glynn became president of John Carroll in June 1998, succeeding Rev. John Shea, SJ. Immediately before that he served as interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Among his other leadership positions, he was president of St. Peter’s College, president of Gonzaga University, and provincial of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus.

The question then is, of course, what, for John Carroll, is the best time for me to resign as president. Should it be sooner rather than later? “An additional very important fact is that at this time, during this academic year, there is no search being conducted for a president at any of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. This is a rare thing in recent years. … “The question that I asked the board chair and the executive committee is what is the greater good for John Carroll University. This is not about me. It is about the university. Thus I suggested to the chair and the executive committee that we should make use of the present window of opportunity and begin a search for my successor immediately. My resignation will become effective whenever in the next academic year my

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Search committees seek four university leaders
With the announcement that Rev. Edward Glynn, SJ, will resign when a new president is named, there are now four university search committees. In addition to the presidential search being chaired by vincent Chiarucci, the former chairman of the university board, there are committees seeking a new dean for the Boler School of Business and new directors for the Institute of Catholic Studies and the Center for Global Education. The Presidential Search Committee was created to reflect the university’s various constituencies. vincent Chiarucci Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ’75; Tim Kesicki, SJ ’84; and Michael Merriman ’78 are members of the board of directors. Rev. howard Gray, SJ, is a veteran Jesuit leader. Drs. James Swindal and James Lissemore represent the faculty, Nikki Bondi ’72 is a past president of the alumni association, and Dan o’Malley ’06 is the student union president. Chiarucci said he is seeking recommendations from every segment of the national Jesuit community. “I don’t look for a protracted search because we would like to have a new president on board for the next academic year,” Chiarucci observed. Accountancy’s Dr. Richard Fleischman is the chair of the search committee to find a replacement for Dr. Frank Navratil, who is returning to the classroom after 20 years as dean of the Boler School. Fleischman said he expects that the Boler search will be completed in March. Two external candidates have been invited, and four candidates, in all, will be evaluated, said Fleischman. Economics and Finance’s Dr. Thomas Zlatoper is the chair of the search to discover a new director for the Institute of Catholic Studies. That committee is seeking a long term replacement for the institute’s founder, Dr. Francesco Cesareo, who left at the end of the last academic year. Zlatoper said he hopes the committee will complete its task by semester’s end. Dr. Margaret Finucane is the chair of the search committee to find a replacement for Dr. Pamela Mason, who is returning to teaching after being the founding leader of the Center for Global Education.

Women’s advisory Committee established
a Women’s advisory Committee has been established “to determine the strengths, challenges and needs of the university as these relate to the complex roles of women on the John Carroll University campus.” Janetta hammock, secretary to the board and assistant to the president, will be the chair of the committee, which will also include Dr. Lauren Bowen of Political Science, Laurie Frantz of the Office of the Assistant to the President for Mission, Paula Fitzgerald of Campus Ministry, and student representative Amanda Maggiotto. The members Janetta hammock made two-year commitments. In announcing the committee’s establishment, Dr. David La Guardia, the academic vice president, said: “The decision to create the Women’s advisory Committee originates from a meeting last spring of the University Council at which representatives from a group of faculty, staff, administrators and students … presented to the University Council their vision, goals and recommendations. Included in these recommendations

was a proposal that the administration charge a committee to assess the climate for women on campus and identify gender issues of concern. This proposal fits well with a recommendation contained in the 2004 assessment report to John Carroll University from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools higher Learning Commission. In the report, the commission calls for study and evaluation of campus gender issues.” The committee is charged to sponsor community dialogue and implement a survey to assess the campus climate for women workers and students and to determine areas of concern related to gender issues. If deemed necessary, this initial exploration will be followed by in-depth examination. The committee’s findings will be detailed in a report to the vice presidents. hammock said: “the establishment of the Women’s Advisory Committee is the result of years of ‘behind the scenes’ work of numerous JCU women. I feel blessed to be involved in bringing the vision of so many to fruition. I am hopeful that the entire campus will embrace the work of the committee and participate in our work by providing the committee with honest and thoughtful reflections and constant feedback. This is not a women’s only project – this is about women and men. This is about the entire JCU community.”


Serving the poor of Immokalee, Florida over semester break

Campus Ministry’s scarano receives national ministry award
For the second time in a little more than a year, John Scarano, the university’s director of campus ministry, was selected for a national honor by the members of his profession. Scarano received the Catholic Campus Ministry Association’s most prestigious honor, the Reverend Charles Forsyth Award, in absentia in San Antonio, Texas, on January 8. Unfortunately, Scarano suffered a serious back injury shortly before he was scheduled to accept the award. He was flown back from San Antonio to Cleveland, where he subsequently underwent successful surgery on January 12. The Forsyth Award is bestowed upon a campus minister who has had a significant impact and demonstrated outstanding leadership at the local, regional and national levels. The honor is named after the CCMA’s founding chair, who was a national campus ministry leader for three post World War II decades. Scarano received the John Henry Newman Association Award in November of 2003. That distinction honors a diocesan director of campus ministry who has made an outstanding contribution to the field and embodies the ideals of campus ministry.



Building a home. From left, Mike scanlon, ruth tynen, Brighid Gordon, erin Grzegorzewski, Megan Weiss. Front: Catherine stull.

Over the Christmas break, 11 students and Dr. John Ropar, the university’s director of the counseling center, made the long, annual service trip trek to Immokalee, Florida. The trip, sponsored by the university’s Center for Community Service and the Sisters of the humility of Mary, has become a holiday ritual. Though it’s not far from affluent Naples, Immokalee is notorious for poverty and the abuse of the migrant workers who live there and are trucked into neighboring agricultural areas to pick crops such as tomatoes. A recent human rights center publication disclosed that Immokalee‘s farm workers receive, on a prorated annual basis, an income of $7,500 per year. They pick and haul approximately two tons of tomatoes to make $50 a day – the same piece rate since 1978. they work 12-14 hour days without overtime or sick leave and endure shocking living conditions, unsafe working conditions and supervisor abuse. A number of cases of literal slavery have been prosecuted. senior Megan Weiss, who has been to Immokalee before and was a leader on this trip, said, “One morning our entire group woke at 4 a.m. to watch the farm workers be loaded onto school buses, which took them to the fields. We were able to see how the workers are not treated as human beings. We found ourselves saying, ‘this should not be happening in the U.S. how can we stop this from happening.?’” In Immokalee, the JCU group worked

at the Guadelupe Family Center, helped habitat of humanity build homes and assisted in after-school programs at Pinecrest Elementary. Ropar, who has led a number of university service and immersion trips to destinations like Duran, Ecuador, said, “There is an irony in that ‘Immokalee’ in the language of Florida’s Seminole native Americans means ‘My home,’ and what these people live with as their home is abject poverty. It is such a valuable lesson for our kids to find out that you don’t have to travel to Ecuador or haiti to see the face of poverty. Once you’ve seen that you can never turn your back again.” In her journal, junior Molly McBride wrote: “I am lost in the eyes of the weekold baby in my arms. I hand this precious infant back to his mother, Maria, who stands in the center of her one-room home. A precariously hung bed sheet separates a rusty stove and a leaky sink from a mattress on the floor that serves as a bed for all five members of the family. her husband has been gone since 4 a.m., picking tomatoes…earning just enough to survive. Despite their hard work and social service aid, this poor family cannot escape this one-room nightmare of a home and their unfortunate lot in life as migrant farm workers. I cannot stop thinking about that baby. how soon will that spark in his eyes be extinguished by hunger, fear or the poverty that seems to inevitable here in immokalee”?

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Rape is the most common violent crime on American college campuses today, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Justice. In fact, the same study showed that 20-25 percent of women will be victims of rape or attempted rape during their college careers and 90 percent of those women will know the person who sexually assaulted them. however, fewer than five percent of college women who are survivors of rape or attempted rape report it to the police. “The attacker is usually a classmate, friend, boyfriend, ex-boyfriend, or other acquaintance. Most acquaintance rapes do not occur on dates; rather they occur when two people casually meet somewhere like a party or in a dorm room,” said Dr. John harshbarger, a psychologist and coordinator of developmental programming at John Carroll. When four incidents of alleged sexual assault were reported at John Carroll in the fall of 2004, the university addressed the issue directly. The campus community came together for two separate town hall meetings to discuss the incidents and actions that could be taken. In January 2005, Patrick Rombalski, vice president for student affairs, informed the campus community that two of the four women involved filed formal charges through the university’s disciplinary system. “The charges were filed against one male student and a hearing was held late in the semester. The hearing board found the student responsible and then expelled the student from the university. Therefore, the student is not eligible for readmission. There are no other pending cases in the university’s disciplinary system at this time,” said Rombalski. “The university continues to be vigilant in following through on any cases. We are also pursuing educational opportunities for staff members and for students. Last, we are beginning

Addressing sexual violence against women

John Carroll hearts open for tsunami victims
Students gathered for a prayer service in Saint Francis Chapel on January 26 to commemorate the one-month anniversary of the epic tsunami disaster that took the lives of over 150,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Somalia, Burma, Maldives, Malaysia, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Kenya, and the Seychelles. In the weeks that followed the disaster, students, faculty, staff and administrators came together not only for prayer, but also to raise monetary donations for the victims.

conversations with several constituents on campus to look more deeply into these incidents and what they indicate about our culture. It is our hope that strategies will be developed that will address our concerns,” he added. A letter from Catherine Bath, the executive director of Security on Campus, a non-profit grass-roots organization dedicated to safe campuses for college and university students, praised John Carroll for the way the university recently handled incidents of sexual assault. “From our perspective, John Carroll has set a never-before-seen precedent by proactively seeking out the victims and seeking justice for them. All too often the reaction is to ‘sweep it under the rug’ even in formally reported cases, and this is extremely damaging to victims. Sadly, this is how many of our universities handle reports of rape, and they allow known rapists to remain on their campuses where they are free to victimize others.” Educating women and men alike is essential in addressing issues of sexual assault on campuses. In an attempt to reach out to male students, harshbarger wrote an open letter that stressed the Jesuit teachings of the university: “As a member of the John Carroll community, you are expected to understand and uphold one of the foundational assumptions of Jesuit education, namely, that ethical maturity is founded on a respect for the dignity and freedom of other people. Of its very nature, sexual assault is a violent disregard of such respect… Nothing entitles a man to impose himself on another person.” For more information about Security on Campus, visit The U.S. Department of Justice statistics in this article come from “The sexual victimization of college women,” which was published in 2000 and can be found at www.

Campus Ministry Director John Scarano said: “I can probably count, on one hand, the number of world changing events that happened in my life. When an event such as the tsunami disaster occurs, the best in human nature inevitably surfaces. So many have come in to our Campus Ministry offices asking what they can do! Yes, we can pray. We can fast and collect money. And still our hearts are broken every time we see the pain and suffering of our fellow brothers and sisters across the globe. In all of our grappling to understand, all of our questioning and wondering, I think that there is always a blessing that emerges in the midst of a catastrophic disaster. I think that we are able see with different eyes - even if only for a little while. We have a glimpse of what it would be like to truly care about our neighbor. And this, I believe, is our highest moral calling - the call to care. If only we could master this without the disaster!”


Ignatian Day:

The importance of mentoring students
In speaking to the crowd gathered in the LSC Conference Room on January 14, hayes outlined the needs of the “millennial generation,” those 25 and under, including: the need for immediacy; the need to examine stories of meaning; the need for rituals that empower, and the need to “experience the real deal.” he also stressed the enormous importance of mentoring. hayes challenged staff and administrators to be more than available to our students, and he asked that those assembled try each and every day to have a conversation or interaction with a student. hayes explained that the one thing that 20-somethings tell him about their time at college is “how they were mentored.” Following the keynote address, faculty, staff and administrators broke into small groups to consider the questions posed by hayes. For more on this annual event, visit day05.htm.

Cleveland native, antwone Fisher speaks on campus



On February 23, John Carroll welcomed Cleveland native Antwone Quenton Fisher to campus. Fisher is the inspiration for the book, Finding Fish: A Memoir, as well as the film, Antwone Fisher. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and co-sponsored by the Student Union Programming Board and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Fisher shared his moving life story of homelessness to Hollywood with students in their classrooms and in a public lecture forum.

Communicating God’s word at a Jesuit university in 2005 requires getting in touch with the “millennial generation.” That’s according to this year’s Ignatian Day keynote speaker Mike hayes, founder of, an online magazine for Paulist young Adult Ministries. hayes spent a decade as a radio producer in New york before dedicating himself to Catholic young adult ministry. In his work, hayes helps 20-and 30-somethings wrestle with spiritual issues common to their age groups.

Antwone Fisher was born in 1959 in prison to 17-year-old Eva Mae Fisher and 23-year-old Eddie Elkins, who was shot and killed before Antwone was born. He has survived the cruelties of foster care and the brutality of homelessness to become a suc-

Dan O’Malley ’07 is Student Union president
Dan O’Malley, a sophomore from Cleveland’s suburb of Fairview Park, has been inaugurated as the new president of John Carroll’s Student Union. O’Malley, the 84th president of the union, was sworn in by former president, senior sarah Wagner. in his inaugural address, o’Malley praised Wagner as a “great leader,” and said she was responsible for bills that would leave a positive mark on the university. O’Malley promised to make his term a “defining year.” he said he would work to enhance the campus culture, better integrate the five branches of student government, and foster improved communications between the student body and the Student Union.

cessful Hollywood screenwriter and a devoted husband and father. Finding Fish: A Memoir (by William Morrow) is the inspiring story of Fisher’s remarkable life journey. The turning point in his life came at George Junior Republic School for Boys where Fisher met social worker Bill Ward, “a man God himself must have chosen” to deliver a special message to Fisher: “Don’t feel sorry for yourself. It doesn’t do any good.” To hear more of Fisher’s story, visit
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The university has been making a concerted effort to increase applications. At the end of January, the running tally indicated that the number of students applying to enroll in the class of 2009 is 10% ahead of last year’s near record total. Tom Fanning, director of admission, said: “Of particular note are substantial increases on applications from Chicago, which is up 28%; New york state, which is up 13%; and Pennsylvania, which is running 14% higher than last year. We’re also seeing an increase from California, Florida, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Boston, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Texas and Puerto Rico. The raw numbers from these territories are not huge, but the percentages are. Massachusetts, for example, went from five to 17, which is a 240% increase.” Noting that increases in applications don’t automatically translate into changes in geographic distribution of the enrollment, Fanning nonetheless said, “This is where you must start in a longer term strategy to increase our exposure in markets that do not know us well.” he also said that the increase was the consequence of planning and work: “With added resources from the board of

Freshman applications running well ahead of last year’s tally

Faculty “phonathon” to the Class of 2009
Dr. Jackie Schmidt of Communications was one of approximately 20 faculty members who participated in an Admission Phonathon on January 20. The professors met in Rodman Hall in late afternoon on that date, received a list of names of prospective students who had been identified as being candidates to major in their respective fields, repaired to their respective offices and called the students on their list.

directors, we built an admission web site that gives us the ability to communicate with large numbers of prospective students electronically. We added on-line application capability and a majority of applications have been received through the web site (72%). We also changed the look and content of our view book.” Fanning said Admission has purchased additional lists of names of potential recruits, expanded outreach to all of the nation’s Jesuit high schools, and hired two new Admission counselors to staff these outreach efforts. he cautioned, however, that it should be understood that the new recruitment tactics being employed may well take longer than one year to achieve fruition. The intensified recruiting efforts follow a smaller than expected freshman class. The assumption is that changes in the financial aid formula for last year played a significant role in determining those numbers. According to Fanning, “We’re offering more academic scholarships and need-based financial aid, and we’re starting our awarding processes much earlier this year. We’re also planning 15 ‘Accepted Student Receptions’ around the country this spring to help the enrollment process.”

Schmidt said, “It gives you a chance to really connect and find out what the students are looking for, and what their questions are. I think the prospective students appreciate it. I talked to a number of parents and later exchanged e-mails with both parents and students. We’re also demonstrating our philosophy and our culture, which is that we have a university where the faculty truly do care about their students.” Rebecca Dinnen ’93, associate director of admission, who organized the calling effort, said, “Prospective students and parents do appreciate the special attention of a phone call. These calls

From left: John Gladstone, associate vice president for enrollment services, Wildali lugo-santiago ’04, Carlos Flores, sr., theresa Flores, Carlos Flores, Jr. the photo was taken on a recruiting trip Gladstone and lugo-santiago made to Puerto rico in January.

are very effective demonstrations of the type of interaction that students can expect at JCU.”


Annual Fund honors Father Casey Bukala
It’s tough to think of an award at John Carroll that Rev. Casey Bukala, SJ, has not won. Over the years, he’s been recognized by students, faculty and alumni, but, recently, his long time friend, tony DeCarlo ’66 G, director of athletic development, recognized one honor missing: an induction into the university’s Athletic hall of Fame. “I nominated him based on how much he’s done for the university, and in particular our athletes,” said DeCarlo. DeCarlo talked with Peter Bernardo ’67, director of planned giving, about developing a tribute in the name of Fr. Bukala. “We felt that naming an area for him in the promenade of the new Don Shula stadium would be an appropriate, lasting tribute to a man who has touched the lives of so many people. Since he was chaplain of the football team for two decades and active in the wrestling program, it seemed fitting to associate his name with athletics,” explained DeCarlo. DeCarlo says Fr. Bukala was “absolutely flattered” with the naming honor. “We plan to hold a ceremony to honor him next fall,” DeCarlo noted, possibly during next year’s homecoming weekend. he added: “There’s no doubt in my mind that Fr. Casey will be inducted into the hall of Fame.” Anyone interested in



making a donation to the Annual Fund in honor of Fr. Bukala, should contact Robert P. Kirschner, annual fund director, at (800) 736-2586; send checks by mail (Development Office/2000 N. Park Blvd., John Carroll University/University hts./ Oh 44118); or make a gift on-line www.

with Robert P. Kirschner Director of the Annual Fund Q. how is the annual Fund going this year? A. The Annual Fund is having a great year, and we still have a few months to go. We have an ambitious goal of $1.7 million dollars and are two thirds of the way there. While leadership gifts are an important aspect of our success, gifts of any amount are vital. Whether a graduate is making a contribution to the Annual Fund in honor of someone like Fr. Casey Bukala, or simply expressing their gratitude for their time at Carroll, every gift counts. In other words, reaching the monetary goal is important, but so is alumni participation. Strong participation demonstrates a vibrant alumni base to foundations and grantawarding institutions and also bolsters our ranking in publications like US News & World Report. People can make their Annual Fund gift by using

the envelope provided in this issue of the magazine. Q. Besides making a gift, how can i help ensure the success of the annual Fund? A. There are many ways to help the university reach its Annual Fund goal. Every class celebrating a reunion this year has a reunion committee. The committee is responsible for planning class reunion activities and helping their class reach its Annual Fund goal. If someone is interested in getting involved with their reunion class, they can call the Alumni Office and we will be able to assist them. Another area where the Annual Fund office needs assistance is with the upcoming volunteer phonathons. On March 9 & 10 and April 18 & 20, we will be conducting a phonathon here on campus. Anyone living in the Cleveland area or visiting the Cleveland area is welcome to come and volunteer his or her time. Contrary to popular belief, the phonathons are actually a lot of fun and are a great excuse to get in touch with your friends, network with fellow alumni, and get back to campus. If you’re

interested in helping, please call the Annual Fund office at 1-800-736-2586. Prior experience soliciting donations is not required – just a positive attitude and a love for John Carroll. Q. how important is the annual Fund in the operation of the university? A. Very important. Annual Fund dollars are unrestricted. This means they are used in the day-to-day operation of the university. I like the analogy of running a household to demonstrate the importance of the Annual Fund. When we want to add an addition to the house, or renovate the kitchen, we need campaign contributions. The Dolan Center for Science and Technology and Don Shula Stadium at Wasmer Field are two recent examples. The Annual Fund, on the other hand, is used for every day expenses like buying groceries or paying bills. At John Carroll this means maintaining the campus, providing scholarship and financial aid, and supporting the general mission of the institution. Just because we’re building an addition doesn’t mean we can stop paying the bills!
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Men’s cagers victory train temporarily stalled
For the first two months of the basketball season, Mike Moran’s cagers looked as if they were men playing against boys. In amassing a head-turning 13-0 start, the Streaks beefed up their remarkable home court record. When they thrashed Marietta on January 8, the running count stood at 32 straight home victories. Alas, all good things must… Muskingum’s Muskies hit a buzzer beater on January 12 to spoil the Streak’s streak. “It looked as if Muskingum won the Super Bowl the way they reacted,” said Moran afterwards. Once it was demonstrated that Moran’s guys were vincible, JCU’s greatest rivals, Baldwin-Wallace and Mount Union, poured salt in the wound, administering two more home defeats. While Moran has been preaching about the OAC’s parity since before the season began, three straight home losses constitute hard times. The good news is that JCU is within striking distance for the regular season title, and Moran’s teams have a history of being at their best in the playoffs. The cage squad is suffering nagging injuries, to which insiders attribute this little fall from grace. They still have impressive Brandon Mimes, twice OAC player of the week, as well as two wellseasoned and cohesive fives. On February 4, the JCU women’s team stood at 9-10 overall and 6-7 in the oaC. Despite underwhelming numbers, the trend is positive, and it is not unlikely that Kristie Maravalli’s cagers could reach their pre-season goal of a top-four regular season finish before the playoffs on February 21. Junior Shayla Bell, on pace for the hall of Fame, recorded her 1000th point in a road victory at Mount Union on February 2. Senior Meagan heller has had a stellar year and sophomore Jessica Gibbons has emerged as a three-point and defensive force. “Gibbons was quoted in the Carroll News as saying: “The biggest strength of

Brandon Mimes dunking

our team this year is our chemistry. We all care about each other, and if we come to each game ready to play the way we know we can, we will be successful.”
• Tony DeCarlo ’64G, longtime JCU wrestling and football coach and athletics director, was inducted into the Varsity “K” Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Kent State University on February 5. DeCarlo, who is now JCU’s director of athletics development, was honored for his sterling re-


• While the JCU grapplers’ dual meet record was superficially so so heading into the final weeks of the season, four of their five losses came at the hands of top 25 squads. Staring down the road to the OAC championships, the Streaks are likely to again have seven wrestlers with 20 wins. As of February 4, the victory tallies of the seven were: Mark Hawald (20), Adam Pizzurro (19), Tim Lennox (18), Ryan Summers (17), Jim Stanek (15), Mike Keogh (15), Dan Brown (14). Derrick Ankney is at 13. • Both women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams have bowed in defeat this season more than accus10

the men’s swim team’s Matt Dorsch was oaC swimmer of the year. tomed to. On the championship eve, the women were at 5-5 overall and 3-1 in the OAC, and the men stood at 3-7, with an OAC mark of 3-1. The Johnson Natatorium warriors have been competing against tough teams, but the smart money says they will again be in the hunt at the OAC championships, which began February 10.

cord as a John Carroll coach and AD. The letter of notification stated, “Your success at John Carroll displays your personal commitment to excellence and achievement. It is a privilege to be able to induct you to our Varsity “K” Hall of Fame as a distinguished alumnus of Kent State University.


Cleveland’s most interesting people can be found in John Carroll’s Athletics Department
Dwight hollins, assistant athletics director, and Ali Kazemaini, men’s soccer coach, were named as two of 30 people in Cleveland Magazine’s January 2005 feature, “Our Most Interesting People of 2005.” John Carroll employed its Interest Meter and the read-out indicated the magazine was absolutely on target. Which also means that one out of every 15 of the region’s currently most interesting people can be found in Athletics at JCU. hollins was a basketball player at Cleveland heights high who initially bought the misinformation that he wasn’t qualified for college. A bystander admiring his early morning Cain Park workouts asked where hollins was going. “Nowhere.” The man said, “I’ll make a call.” A junior college scholarship followed; after which hollins matriculated at and starred for Xavier, where he later served as an admission counselor. After graduation, hollins did a short stint with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, played in europe and came back to coach East high School, where in eight years he graduated 97% of his players. hollins also became the director of the East-based Cleveland Academy of Finance, which under the aegis of the National Academy Foundation, helps high school students receive early preparation for careers in the financial services industry. he headed a campaign drive that raised $1.5 million for the foundation’s endowment. A sterling motivator, hollins also created an organization named True Believer Inc. that recently launched a nonprofit athletic and academic mentoring program, focusing on preparing student scholastic athletes for the ACT and the awareness of career possibilities. Finally, hollins, who joined the university’s Athletics Department last September, shepherded his Team Cleveland boys basketball squad to the bronze medal at last summer’s International Children’s Games. When he was hired, athletics Director Laurie Massa, who also has a Xavier credential, said: “Dwight hollins came to John Carroll with a wealth of experience in admissions work, fundraising and community relations. he has a Jesuit background, has been an athlete and a coach, and I feel he is a great fit for John Carroll.” Ali Kazemaini warmed hearts as the volunteer coach of the Afghani girls soccer team at the International Childrens Games last summer. The native of Iran also stunned the girls when he spoke to them in their native Farsi. The members of the JCU community have become accustomed to being surprised by the force who starred for the Cleveland Force of the Major Indoor Soccer League two decades ago. Now in his 13th season as the Streak soccer coach, Kazemaini has guided his John Carroll kickers to six Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) regular season championships, three OAC titles in 10 tournament appearances, three NCAA Division III championship round appearances and an overall record of 15263-12. his OAC regular season tally is an even more dominant 76-15-8, for an .842 winning percentage. In 2001 Kazemaini led the Streaks to a 15-3 mark and a perfect 9-0 regular season. among many coach of the year honors, the former Cleveland State All-American player won both the OAC and All-Ohio coach distinctions after the 2001 season. As a professional in his 11-year career, Kazemaini was both the Rookie of the year and an All-Star. he was also a member of the u.s. olympic team in 1984. in addition to his JCU coaching role, Kazemaini now runs the Willoughby-based Cleveland soccer Academy for all levels of ability. Cleveland Magazine said of Kazemaini: “his soccer knowledge is immense, but his heart is bigger.” The magazine went on to discuss his role with the Afghan team. The girls from the beleaguered nation



ali Kazemaini and Dwight hollins

were new to the game and not wellequipped to compete. In the wonderful spirit of the games, Kazemaini worked out a deal with opposing coaches in which team boundaries were broken: several of the coach’s charges joined, for example, Iceland’s team as several Icelanders played on the side of the Afghans. Per prior agreement, the far more experienced Iceland got the victory, but the Afghan girls experienced the joy of competition and won the hearts of the region. “This wasn’t really about soccer; it was about life,” Kazemaini said.
John Carroll university • Winter 2005


John Carroll University’s

Strategic Plan
by David La Guardia, Academic vice President


ncluded in the “President’s Message” for the Fall 2004 issue of John Carroll is this compelling comment: “Planning is as natural and instinctive to human persons as breathing. As human persons and communities, we are always standing in a particular present moment that is rapidly becoming the future under the influence of the past.” Instinctive planners, we humans naturally “commit ourselves to taking certain actions and avoiding others as we actively shape our tomorrow.” Fr. Glynn addresses here John Carroll’s “long and rich tradition of educational excellence,” specifically as that excellence issues from careful planning followed by successful implementation. hidden in Fr. Glynn’s words is another

“natural” assumption: planning is hard work. I should know. For several years now I have been working with a large group of excellent people as part of a committee called the University Planning Group (UPG) — students, faculty, staff, administrators. Extending our tentacles throughout the campus and beyond, we have wrestled valiantly with the future of John Carroll, tried to imagine it, touch it, put it on paper in the form of a strategic plan. Every excellent institution engages this task. Not all succeed at it as well as others do. Targets shift. Goals erode. Plans wither on shelves. There is some drudgery to the task. We have considered John Carroll’s future academically in terms of core requirements, vital programs, international opportunities, significant majors and concentrations. We have weighed the future pragmatically in terms of buildings, square footage, class size, professor-to-student ratios. We have dissected JCU’s future from student life and

residence hall perspectives, from communal and social perspectives, from spiritual and philosophical perspectives. We have fretted over the diminishing number of Jesuits and over the incredible pressure to increase revenue resources. We have worried about a host of other issues: rising tuition, admission standards, aggressive competition, satellite campuses, the “brain drain” from Northeastern Ohio, store-front universities, on-line degrees, decreasing federal financial aid. To better accomplish our task, we subdivided the university into compartments of people and significant activities across departments and divisions. Then we “sWot”-ed those parts — considered their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats, leavened them through vision, distilled them through mission. We sponsored a university conversation of disparate perspectives and seemingly contradictory preferences. We argued and whined, proposed and defended.


Along the way, something peculiar happened. The drudgery waned. Planning became more interesting. In moments of clarity and grace, we transcended our differences, discarded ideological biases in favor of a common vision, perceived the university as a complete entity. We merged ultimately into a group of individuals sharing a single purpose — not a simple achievement in a university — as we sculpted into a final format a plan for Carroll’s immediate and distant future. If strategic planning links the past of an institution to its present and tries to mold that richness into its tomorrows, my perspective on this arc of time is unique. I am an old soul here. I came to the university as a freshman in the fall of 1961 when Carroll was in many ways a parallel culture but a different place, when institutional “mission statements” were just beginning to be articulated and “vision statements” as such did not anywhere exist. the Carroll of 1961 had three “dormitories,” as we were permitted then to call them, accommodating 620 full-time students, compared today to eight “residence halls” accommodating nearly 2000 students. My parents and I somehow managed to afford tuition costs of $20 per credit hour, which shot up to $25 by my senior year. In the current semester, if students are not on flat-rate tuition, they pay $669 per credit hour. While Jesuit faculty were the norm back then, now they are rare indeed. The “old” Bohannon Science Building, now replaced by the Dolan Center for Science and Technology, did not yet exist. Neither did the chapel or the O’Malley Center or the swimming pool or several other buildings and scores of academic programs and campus facilities. The Business School occupied an infamous “pink barn.” obviously, in 1961 the opportunities

for planning a future for John Carroll were rich. At that phase of life, a “strategic plan” for my personal future was illshaped at best. I could not have guessed that I would become one day a professor and administrator on the campus where I was worrying then over passing the next exam in metaphysics. Especially from the perspective of being that freshman at JCU nearly forty-five years ago, it is striking for me to be working now with others cobbling together yet another “future” for the university I knew as a student in order to make it a better place for tomorrows’ students. Over the decades I have participated in John Carroll reconstituting itself again and again, sometimes in a single dramatic shift, as in the switch to coeducational living and learning in 1968, other times in barely perceptible additions or adjustments to academic and student life programs, to faculty and staff, to buildings and grounds. I have been a privileged insider to these processes. When one is on the outside observing change over a long period of time, one presumes a constant, ordered progress, an organized development that merely happens. I know differently. If it is to be relevant, strategic planning for those who engage in it becomes visceral, an exercise issuing from a confluence of emotional forces: institutional memory, spiritual conversations, cultural and ideological pressures, historical events, internal community vibrations. I appreciate more than ever now the impact of key events on the evolution of this university: the Kennedy assassination in ’63, as it punctured the optimism of an entire generation of younger people; the vietnam War, with its invasive impact on student life; the student-protest

movement, with its scalding influence on core curriculums; the Women’s Movement and the dramatic shift in family politics; the racial divide; the Nixon resignation; the technological revolution; the Clinton impeachment hearings; and, of course, September 11th, 2001. Events like these have been pivotal to John Carroll’s planning, resulting in the admission of women in 1968; in “open dormitory” discussions and confrontations about student life; in curricular changes in the early ‘70’s and again in the late ‘90’s; in a heightened emphasis for service learning, community involvement, peace and social justice movements, and international sophistication; in not one but two science buildings; in replenished and vibrant majors and academic concentrations; in a superb faculty of international reputation and excellent pedagogical skill. I appreciate better now the many hours talented people spent in conversation with one another, shuffling the building blocks that gave way to past strategic plans that produced the university that I value today. One never knows when the germ of an idea, properly nourished, will become the Dolan Center. Details of the Current Plan The preamble to the freshly minted John Carroll University Strategic Plan summarizes our process and our mission:

“proceeding from past strengths and present excellence, John Carroll University’s Strategic Plan projects a future of prominence rooted in its mission and identity as a Catholic and Jesuit university dedicated to developing women and men with the knowledge and character to lead and to serve.”
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The plan marries that mission to this ambitious vision: “by modeling excellence in all of our programs to become recognized as among the best Catholic universities.” “Best” may seem controversial. Does John Carroll aspire to be a Notre Dame, a Georgetown, a Boston College? our designation as a Masters I institution underscores our difference from Ph.D. granting, research-based institutions, yet we strive nevertheless to be “recognized” as being best even “among” them. The university pledges to extend its recognition as a first-rate institution beyond region, and to become better known and appreciated within an expanding geography. By continually improving upon our programs we strive to make them models of excellence. A university cannot move into such territories haphazardly. “It’s the personhood of the mission that must interest us.” These wise words from Fr. howard Gray, S.J., assistant to the president for mission and identity, set

a standard for the UPG group working on the strategic plan.“The excellence we talk about is not the multiplication of facilities,” Fr. Gray advises, “but the deepening of the mission.” Strategic plans that sidestep mission or deemphasize it ignore the soul of the institution. For Carroll, the soul of the institution resides in personhood, in such core values as: esteem for the individual as a unique person; openness to change; affirmation of the equal dignity of all persons; awareness of the interdependence of all humanity. While capital or endowment projects must have importance, Fr. Gray’s admonition is fundamental: “until we solidify our base of identity by doing what we can to protect the greatest asset of JCU, its community, we will be building on sand.” To insure against the possibility of building a plan “on sand,” the board of directors approved six strategic goals for the university that define the delicate structure that webs the plan together. The

goals are these: to ensure the Catholic and Jesuit nature of the university; to strengthen academic excellence; to enhance the university’s sense of community both internally and externally; to attract and support a more diverse university community; to increase the university’s revenues through philanthropy and similar means; and, to increase the university’s visibility and recognition.

In addition to these, the plan builds upon assumptions that the university will remain Catholic and Jesuit; that it will remain in its present location; that undergraduate enrollment will range between 3,200 and 3,400 full-time students; that the targeted size of firstyear classes will range between 820 and 840 students; that the university will continue to attract and retain students of high academic quality and high academic potential as well as to employ excellent faculty committed to teaching, active in research, and dedicated to service; that the university will remain a residential campus, that it will retain its “Masters I” designation and commitment to excellent graduate programs, and that its athletic competition will remain in Division III of the NCAA. With these fundamentals in place, the plan defines, on the one hand, capital and endowment projects that will become pivotal aspects of the next fund raising campaign; on the other hand, it details and prioritizes strategic initiatives that have emerged from our campus-wide dialogue on planning. Regarding the former, the plan establishes a “triple-one” priority to three endowment and capital projects of equal value to the health of the institution: a fine arts facility and a new student center; a new facility for the Boler School of Business; and specifically defined endowment projects that go to the heart of student life — scholarships, faculty development and academic excellence. Over recent years, an emerging concern has been the absence of prominence played by the fine arts in the university curriculum. The plan commits “faculty, resources and fully equipped space” to provide for students significant exposure to the richness of human experience located in the fine arts, which might include studio arts, graphic design, music history and theory. The specific direction that this initiative takes

will be carefully discussed by relevant constituencies. Perhaps as part of the same space created for the visual and creative arts, the strategic plan commits to a building that will improve the opportunity for dynamic campus living for its students. This new student center will provide for a campus commons, a place for students to meet and interact informally, and for much-needed space for student organizations; it will also provide co-curricular space important to student life. The second leg of the “triple-one” stool creates a new facility for the Boler School. Outgrowing its present environment, the Boler School will benefit from a state-ofthe-art facility that will help ensure its continued prominence and competitiveness among business schools. The space which the Boler School vacates will contribute toward relieving various space pressures typical to John Carroll’s compact campus. For the third leg of this part of the plan, endowment is the crucial piece. Any plan for John Carroll’s future assumes the challenge in the present economic environment to discover ways to relieve demands on the annual operating budget. It must do this while providing increased scholarship support and increased fellowship and research support for faculty. The strategic plan proposes to raise endowment monies that will support initiatives presently financed through operational budgets or create meaningful new endowment options. One example of new options are “named professorships.” If each department in the university had at least one of its professors holding a “named” position endowed by a donor, then the operational budget would be reduced by the equivalent salary and fringe benefits of a professor already on the faculty who holds that position. If we had twenty such professorships, the operational budget could decrease by over a million

and a half dollars. This example provides an opportunity for the Development Office to foster donors whose interest may extend beyond “bricks and mortar” to having their names attached perpetually to academic professorships or disciplines that are close to the donor’s personal interests.

The plan incorporates initiatives organized under six strategic areas: Academic Programs, Research Programs, Outreach Programs, Undergraduate Admissions, Student Culture, and Infrastructure. Amid the rich detail
of these areas are objectives like these: to foster dynamic interdisciplinary courses and programs; to investigate five-year programs for undergraduate/graduate degrees; to involve undergraduate students in significant research across all disciplines; to increase support for faculty research; to make John Carroll a global campus; to increase enrollment of students of color; to improve the quality of the residential experience; to construct an off-site retreat center; to foster an enlightened relationship with the city of University heights. Implied in so many of the initiatives within the plan is the desire to create a social and academic climate as diverse as the world into which our students graduate. A significant challenge for the university has ever been the difficulties involved in attracting faculty of color and students of color to our campus. The plan targets these needs, especially in the form of scholarship support for students of color. Also, it emphasizes fresh initiatives that will incorporate into our curriculum a focus that is global and interdisciplinary while fostering

ethnic and religious tolerance. Implementation has already begun in several areas. A liaison committee between the university and the city of University heights has been established. Delicate topics such as parking issues and the university’s purchase and use of neighborhood properties are being discussed with openness, tolerance and improved understanding of the concerns of both sides. A plan for the strategic marketing of John Carroll is being discussed by focus groups throughout the campus. Student Life and Academic Affairs are implementing ways to cooperate more crucially to improve the experiences of students on the campus. Individual departments in every division of the campus are gradually bringing to actuality the goals they have set for themselves. The strategic plan of the university carries heavy implications. What we do well with students while they are at John Carroll, in the ways we develop intellects, in the ways we nourish character, in the ways we support and foster values, becomes our imprint on what students do well in the world into which they graduate and then live their lives. I see this reflected annually in the eagerness of companies to come to John Carroll first in search of their employees. I hear it daily in the praise for the character, caliber and talent of alumni who have entered graduate schools or professional programs. The richness of our core curriculum helps to shape who our students are. years after graduation, alumni frequently relate the significance to their lives and persons of courses they took with dread or frustration while they were here. A truly worthy education continues shaping long after commencement. I happen to be a grateful beneficiary of such an education. We are planning for the best ways to continue in this tradition of excellence that measures who we are by our alumni in the world.
John Carroll university • Winter 2005


Lauren’s great adventure:
Student teaching in the Cleveland Schools
By Jerry Pockar


avid is at the board, leaning against it. he’s the only male not

wearing the oversize white tee that’s the uniform of the other African-American boys in this classroom at the Garrett Morgan Cleveland School of Science on Cleveland’s West side. David made the choice not to wear the uniform and he chooses to read – aloud, to the class – Nikki Giovanni’s poem, Choices, which goes: “if i can’t do/what i want to do/then my job is to not/do what i don’t want/to do/it’s not the same thing/but it’s the best i can/do.”



Not clear if the poem is a statement conveying David’s attitude toward school. It is clear that, like a number of kids in this 8th grade male and female band class (the other classes are single gender), David does not easily surrender to the educational mission of the morning. he started the period across the room, but his behavior drew Marilyn Dotson’s attention, and the veteran teacher called David over to sit next to her. Inches from authority, David still fusses; his foot taps at high speed, his fingers do arpeggios and his mouth convincingly simulates the sounds DJs get manipulating an LP on a turntable. David is a challenge. he’s not the only one. Be that as it may, when he reads Choices he takes and holds the attention of the kids, and when he’s finished they applaud. Miss Slawinski doesn’t tell David that his oral presentation was “perfect” as she will tell Marqueta, but she praises him, talks a little about body language (David’s speaks, but the teachers may not be delighted with what it says), “inflection,” and “articulation.” Big words, but these 8th graders register comprehension. They look bright and alive. They’ve passed tests to be admitted to this “science school.” They or their parents have made the choice to be here. Lauren Slawinski ’05, Buffalo-area native, daughter and sister of teachers, senior residence assistant (RA), has made the choice to become a teacher and the additional choice to do her student teaching at Garrett Morgan. This is her fourth day, although last semester, during her “prestudent teaching,” Lauren took control of the class one day a week. Lauren also looks bright and alive. In conversation Lauren is a shining model of determination and positive thinking. As is Evan Asberry, the other John Carroll student teacher at Garrett Morgan – it would have been difficult to choose between Lauren and Evan as the “poster person” of this piece, but we weren’t able to get in touch with Evan until shortly before press time. Lauren made her choice to become a teacher because she “want(s) to help,” wants “to make a difference,” and because “teaching is like innate in my family. We

always just want to help people.” She grew up in a family where education was the family culture. She visited her mother’s third grade Buffalo inner-city classroom when she was a chronological peer. She admires the way her parents set up a system where there was a set time to do homework at the kitchen table, and that was the priority – “Extracurriculars took a big back seat.” She went to Catholic elementary and middle schools, but attended an exclusive private high school because “my dad was always pushing us toward science.” Bill Nye the Science Guy, the history Channel, Nova, Jeopardy (game show but it involves information) and similar programs took a good deal of the Slawinski’s Tv time. Lauren knows that “where I came from is very different than where I will be this semester.” But she has a sense of mission driven by her heart: “My heart goes out to these kids (at Garrett Morgan) because

of students the “digital kids,” a breed used to multi-tasking in a high stimulus environment. Seeing the way the Garrett Morgan gang moves in the world, you realize that anyone who grew up prior to MTv is at a disadvantage trying to differentiate attention deficit disorder and plain old chaos from the hip hop kids’ way of processing life. Maybe so, but as Lauren tries to talk about voice management, what Cheryl is doing is unquestionably not good. She’s sitting sideways in her desk, which means there is no way Lauren can achieve the eye contact she’s coaching the kids to create. Cheryl resists the verbal instruction to turn and face. She throws a headband to a girl two rows over. She moisturizes herself, using a large plastic bottle. She chooses to give her own voice unfettered freedom. When i debrief lauren the next day, she is not fazed by the classroom management

lauren made her choice to become a teacher because she “want(s) to help,” wants “to make a difference,” and because “teaching is like innate in my family. We always just want to help people.”
I really wish they had the support I had growing up, and I can tell they don’t, and it’s very easy to see that they need to be motivated by their teacher. having them know that what they are doing is worthwhile is important. you have to find what motivates an individual student…” her mother “thinks I’m crazy” for choosing to take on the notoriously challenging middle-schoolers, but Lauren, who has visited ten schools for observational purposes, “likes how they have the enthusiasm to learn and aren’t so old that they’re too cool for school.” She also loved her own middle school experience. That’s the theory. The practice, where the chalk meets the blackboard, is a little more challenging. Lauren’s mother Gayle, who truthfully describes her daughter as a “sweetheart,” calls the new generations difficulties I witnessed. She knows it’s something on which she has to work. She says, “you have to pick your battles.” She thinks that kids do move and learn differently now. She also talks about how it’s not truly her classroom, so this is not a fair test of what will occur when she is running the show. Marilyn Dotson, called at home, said that Cheryl is an A student and David generally a B student. She said that while the Garrett Morgan kids are challenged by poverty, they travel from throughout Cleveland to this school because of the educational opportunity it provides. She also said that almost three quarters of the largely African-American student population will go on to college. Will lauren slawinski become a good teacher? “absolutely,” said Dotson, a middleJohn Carroll university • Winter 2005


in conversation lauren is a shining model of determination and positive thinking.
aged African-American woman who has been at Garrett Morgan for a decade: “She is very comfortable in a classroom. From what I’ve seen of her lessons, she’s knowledgeable of the methodology, and she comes from a family of teachers, so it’s in her blood.” Like Lauren, Dotson believes the student teacher’s classroom management will come with experience: “It comes with time and experience. Management is a huge issue, and it’s something Lauren is going to have to work on, but since she’s just getting in charge of things, she’s getting a feel for that also.” No doubt, but Lauren is aware of classroom management as probably the issue. She is not a shy young woman, and one is immediately aware that she will undoubtedly do her utmost to embrace her pupils and achieve the relationships that all of her teachers have said are crucial. She is well-schooled. her pedagogical areas are language arts and the sciences – an uncommon combination. She’s also a worker: she’s at Garrett Morgan for at least 30 stressful, high intensity hours a week; she’s the head RA at Dolan hall, an all-female freshman residence; she baby sits, and she works at the Oshkosh store in nearby Legacy village – the second semester of Lauren Slawinski’s senior year is not a walk in the park. Carroll has been a wonderful experience for Lauren. “Dr. (Mark) Storz has just been amazing – he’s the advisor for the middle school teachers. I’m in close contact with him, he’s just been wonderful all around. (Dr.) Greg DiLisi: I adore him, I worked on the National Science Foundation program with him last summer…she offers other praise – she likes the university and her department and she feels she has been well prepared. She knows that with the hormonally challenged 8th graders, pedagogical best

practices necessitate breaking up the period into chunks: a little group work, some lecturing, individual prep. Again, that’s the theory. In practice at the end of January, when the GM kids in the band class were told to individually practice their recitations, they gravitated into groups like iron filings to a magnet. Slawinski says that her big fear is “that they are not going to learn everything I want them to learn. I am scared of disciplining them. Executing my lesson plan is going to be difficult while maintaining discipline. I haven’t learned it in the classroom. you have to learn it by experience. “you have to be a personality in the room. you have to be a presence. I’ve tried yelling above them to get them to quiet down. you can’t do that. you have to stand there, maintain your presence, and talk in a normal tone, and they will come to you.” The student teacher is also well aware that a teacher who does not know how to have fun with her students is probably going to have a more difficult time succeeding: “you also have to know how to play because they are not grown up yet. Every time I planned a lesson for the one day a week I taught last semester, I had to come up with how I was going to make it enjoyable for them.”

lauren is one of 96 men and women doing student teaching this semester under the aegis of the Department of Education and Allied Studies. Some of them have already graduated; some are majoring in subjects like history and doing student teaching with the intention of becoming certified to be high school instructors. The apprentices are placed in a wide range of schools that live with dramatically differing demographics and educational tool bags. Beachwood, for example, provides laptop computers and utilizes “smart boards,” which are to the age-old blackboard what the jet plane is to the horse cart. Garrett Morgan, on the other hand, is technology poor, though it’s named after the African-American Clevelander who invented the traffic light and is an institution identified as a “science school.” In Marilyn Dotson’s classroom, only two of the five computers are presently working. Moreover, says Dotson, tech support has been unavailable for seven months. Still, no one would confuse Garrett Morgan with a school in Afghanistan. It looks old, but it’s clean, orderly and the hallways are peaceful. various voices caution that it’s important not to add to the enormous burden of negativity carried by anyone associated with the Cleveland schools. Who could question the wisdom of their injunction? if you have any doubt that it’s crucial that Cheryl , David, Marqueta and the other kids of Garrett Morgan be given the tools to function in 21st century America, read Fr. Glynn’s message on page 2. To whatever degree these children can be well-schooled and convinced that they are not “less than” their counterparts in

Beachwood – despite the manifest difference in their respective givens – there is no question but that the world will become an incrementally better place. Lauren Slawinski knows this and her idealism drives her to help make that difference. She received a laptop for Christmas and she wishes her pupils each had one, but she also believes teaching can be successful without the latest technology, that it still comes down to a relationship between teacher and student. Relationships and pedagogical technique. She liked the class last semester where she set up stations and the kids moved, in a more or less orderly fashion, around the room, stopping to look up the Guggenheim Museum on the computer, to execute drawings related to the lesson, to stop and discuss as a group who Sigmund Freud was or what thrombosis means. Most of the kids at Garrett Morgan are people of color, and Slawinski acknowledges that despite her youth, “The slang they use I don’t always catch.” But while a visit to her Garrett Morgan classroom makes it clear Lauren faces a challenge, there doesn’t appear to be significant racial dimensions to that challenge. Lauren says, “I have an openness to all cultures,” and everything else she says convinces one that her assertion is heartfelt. Lauren has many things tapping into her energy supply at the moment, but she already sees this teaching is not a snap: “I come home at the end of the day and i’m useless by 6 p.m., but I love it. They are just people, and it’s a matter of finding their level, figuring out what they need and giving it to them.” Sounds simple, but she knows it’s not, knows – because she is from a family of teachers – that the likes of Cheryl and David can flap all but the most unflappable; that busted computers are not cool; that these inner-city kids she’s pretty sure she wants to serve carry, in so many cases, daunting baggage; that it’s simply a hard job. But the bottom line here, the heart of the lesson plan that is Lauren Slawinski, is that she has an open heart, and a will to be a woman for others, and that she just plain loves teaching, and that she believes to her toes what she will be happy and successful in the teaching career she has chosen. (some names were changed)

Evan Asberry wants to teach in the Cleveland Schools
Evan Asberry grew up in the harvardLee neighborhood, went to Gracemount Elementary, John Marshall, and David Myers College before she landed at John Carroll. Evan is a single mother of Kamarri, a rambunctious four-year-old, and mother and daughter live with Evan’s parents. Evan says that Kamarri’s arrival drew her from accountancy into teaching: “I wanted to understand more about children.” Evan’s desire to teach in the Cleveland Schools does spring from a conscious desire “to give back.” Acknowledging the challenges of urban education, Asberry says, “What makes a difference to me is the product. I like a challenge, even when the odds are against me, even when everyone expects failure.” her cooperating teacher at Garrett Morgan has praised Asberry’s classroom management skills. “When a student yells out, I tell them, ‘No, let’s hold ourselves to a higher standard.’” The young teacher cites with pride the class last week when she perceived her group was restless. She had them stand, “and every time someone gave me a metaphor, they had the right to sit down again.” The subtext, revealed in her voice, is that she took control, it worked, and it was exhilarating. Asberry does believe that her understanding of the kids at Garrett Morgan is enhanced by the fact that she grew up in a similar version of the world. She says listening is critical: “They know that I respect what they have to say, and they return that to me. With middleschoolers, it’s important to remember that they know what they want, but they don’t get a voice.” As a demonstration of her principles, she mentions the recent situation in which two girls were determined adversaries. Asberry pulled them aside and said, “What can i do to help your group go smoothly?” the girls said they had personality difference and didn’t want to work together, so Asberry put the girls in different groups. Mrs. Skripko of Gracemount was Asberry’s toughest and best teacher, and Evan finds herself using some of the Gracemount teacher’s strategies at Garrett Morgan. At Carroll, “Dr. (Mark) Storz has been wonderful. he has been a blessing. he checks up on us and makes sure we have everything we need. he is accessible, professional and timely.” young Ms. Asberry has chosen this path because: “What really excites me is when I have those lightbulb moments… when a student gets it and can explain it back to me, it lights up their face – that’s what does it for me.”

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Teaching the teachers: the Literacy Specialist Project
by Michele Brown, senior Writer Along with Roskos and Rosemary, a small team then went to work developing 15 professional development sessions that would achieve the core curriculum goals. These three-hour sessions are taught by field faculty working with a cohort of literacy specialists who, in turn, work with teachers in their schools, teaching the teachers the core curriculum,” explained Rosemary. In 2000, the project was launched in 120 school districts statewide through funding by the Ohio Department of Education. The literacy specialist network was established and teachers in Ohio started to learn about the program. In 2003, John Carroll received, from the state, $10 million over four years to spread the core curriculum in literacy teaching beyond K-3 teachers to preschool educators and teachers of students in grades 4-12. learning like a run-away train “The K-3 core course showed me there was so much I didn’t know,” said veteran teacher Karen Work-heinsbergen. “i wanted to learn so much more. The core course really spurred me and created this love of wanting to know … I couldn’t stop…it was like a run-away train. It made me want to explore more, to go right to the source, and I was lucky that the source was right there at John Carroll.” For heinsbergen, her personal love of reading seemed to grow into a new career path. The run-away train that started with the K-3 core course led her back to John Carroll in fall 2002, where she would receive the certification level called a reading endorsement. “I completed that in the summer of 2003 and applied for the position of literature teacher at Wiley Middle School and was hired.” The opportunities didn’t stop there. In spring 2004, heinsbergen was invited

Karen Work-heinsbergen in the classroom

ell before the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was signed into law, Ohio was already putting “reading first” through a collaborative initiative involving a dozen state universities and colleges. “This is a concerted effort. It’s deliberate in bringing higher education faculty into an initiative by the state. The potential here for really making a change is incredible,” said Dr. Cathy Rosemary, director of the Literacy Specialist Project and associate professor of education. John Carroll serves as the hub for this dynamic project, which grew out of a conversation between the university’s Kathy Roskos, former department chair, the Ohio Department of Education, and other state leaders. The network of higher education institutions that came aboard shared a


vision: to find ways to widely disseminate fundamental principles, concepts, and skills for teachers of K-3 children. Rosemary explains the group set out “to create a ‘train the trainers’ model of professional development for teachers.” One of the first action steps for the Literacy Specialist Project was to develop a core curriculum that would articulate the essential knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for teaching K-3 reading and writing. Written by roskos in collaboration with a small team of faculty, Teaching Beginning Reading and Writing—A Core Curriculum for Educators is the centerpiece of the professional development initiative. In 1999, faculty from 10 higher education institutions across Ohio reviewed the core curriculum and reached consensus to go forward with its dissemination.

‘the numbers are astounding. Over the past five years, participants have included 22 field faculty, 322 literacy specialists, and 3,990 classroom teachers who have reached approximately 119,700 students through this project.’
to team-teach a graduate-level course on assessment and diagnosis with Roskos at JCU. That summer she led the reading clinic at John Carroll as an adjunct professor for undergrad and graduate students. heinsbergen knows these opportunities would not have existed without her initial work in the Literacy Specialist Program: “I really feel like I’ve done a lot in a short amount of time. It’s opened up a lot of doors that I wouldn’t have been able to pursue.” In January 2005, heinsbergen began serving as literacy specialist in the Ch-Uh school district. She is also serving on the Ohio’s Content Advisory Committee for the 7th Grade Writing achievement test. Karen Work-heinsbergen is one example of the thousands of lives being touched by the literacy initiative. In fact, the numbers are astounding. Over the past five years, participants have included 22 field faculty, 322 literacy specialists, and 3,990 classroom teachers who have reached approximately 119,700 students through this project. In 2004, the program successfully extended beyond K-3 teachers to encompass pre-K-12 literacy. “We have developed a pre-school core curriculum and an adolescent core curriculum…we’ve brought on new field faculty and many more literacy specialists,” said Rosemary. “With our research so far, we have found that the curriculum has been implemented with strong fidelity. In the sense that we had this goal of widely disseminating the

core curriculum, we are reaching it. We also have findings from studies of teacher learning, which have shown a connection between the teacher’s participation in the professional development and improved teaching. “One outcome that seems elusive to assessment is the impact on student achievement. however, Rosemary believes, “When you improve teaching, then you will improve student achievement.” With their eyes set on achievement, Rosemary and her colleagues across the state look forward to the introduction of another level of teacher training. The literacy project has led to the creation of a new endorsement for teachers in the state of Ohio called the literacy specialist endorsement. John Carroll will join a number of other universities around the state offering this endorsement. Requirements for those interested will include three years of teaching experience with a current teaching license; a reading endorsement; graduate level coursework, and an internship.

Closing the gaps
By John Ettorre ’80

Dr. Tom Kelly and harvard researcher work to close the minority achievement gap
ver since A Nation At Risk warned in 1983 that declining academic achievement threatened the country’s future, America’s schools have played host to waves of ambitious programs designed to cure what ails them. The reform movement gained momentum in 2001 when the No Child Left Behind Act put on record the federal government’s determination to address the achievement gap between races. The law dictates that states must publish school achievement results for racial and ethnic groups and work toward closing disparities. Which is where Dr. tom Kelly and the Tripod Project come into play. Kelly, an associate professor of education, is helping the Shaker heights school district get its arms around the problem of achievement gaps between white students and their African-American and hispanic counterparts. he’s working closely with one of the leading thinkers in the country on the mission. A large measure of Kelly’s research and consulting has focused on how to make schools and classrooms more effective and democratic. A decade ago, he was a consultant for the Cleveland school’s Alternative to Expulsion Program. Kelly was already working with the Shaker school system on the subject of classroom atmosphere and management when the Tripod Project began. Tripod grew out of the work of Ron Ferguson, a native Clevelander who grew up in the Lee-harvard neighborhood and is now at harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. An economist by training, Ferguson began looking closely at education in the 1980s, “in the mid-’90s, i was asked to write a couple of chapters for a book on test score gaps,” he recalls. he has since become chairman of harvard’s Achievement Gap Initiative project. By 1999 Ferguson had established lines of connection with the Minority Student Achievement Network, a coalition of school districts in inner-ring suburban areas. “The Tripod Project grew out of a summer workshop in which I
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participated in Shaker in 2001,” Kelly explains. “They asked me to be involved, and I proposed a framework that became the Tripod Project.” The project is built on a few simple assumptions. Chief among them is that the cornerstone of school instructional success is three-fold: educational content, pedagogy (the method by which the material is presented) and relationships, especially between teachers and students. If any one of these three legs is weak, the entire structure collapses. Kelly marvels over Ferguson’s technique: “he’s such a master. he’s as good as anyone I’ve ever seen at telling a narrative by bringing the numbers and data alive. he’s a wonderful pied piper.” Ferguson returns the praise. “Tom has been very much a partner in this. As I come to town, we’d sit in a room for a half hour, designing strategies and talking about what might work. he’s been a close collaborator in shaping the initiative. And he works with the schools in helping them be clear about what they’re trying to do.” Dr. yvonne Allen, a consultant for the

Shaker schools, who serves as the liaison on the Tripod Project, explains that “no teacher doesn’t care about kids. But getting them to take a look at themselves is the trick. Do we want to teach the way kids learn or the way we want to teach?” She says it helps that Kelly has himself taught at the secondary level. Tripod’s goal is to instill deeper social and intellectual student engagement in the classroom, through: • imparting students with a feeling of trust toward teachers and interest in what takes place in the classroom • establishing a balance between teacher control and student autonomy • Becoming goal-oriented in learning rather than ambivalent about school work • Working industriously in pursuing learning rather than becoming discouraged by difficulties and disengaged by boredom • encouraging teachers to help students consolidate their knowledge into a larger overall understanding, which they can use later in school and in life.

The project’s central thrust this semester is “teaching the hard stuff.” Says Ferguson, “For some reason, that just gets people’s attention.” Adds Kelly, “Ron has developed protocols that help teachers diagnose gaps in skills based on various work samples.” Later, he says, “we’ll be looking to perform a series of small action research projects. For example, does a particular spelling strategy impact how children learn? that way you’re testing different teaching strategies so that the results go beyond mere testimonials.” he hopes to continue to implement the Tripod findings, “so they become constructive routines in a classroom, building and district. you focus on those things that work in schools.” The Ferguson-Kelly team seems entirely on the same page about tactics and methodology, preferring to coax answers and insights from the professionals rather than preaching to them about what would work best. One of Ferguson’s favorite expressions is “the answer is in the building.” Tom Kelly agrees with that. “The people with the problem,” he says, “are often the people with the solution.”

the tripod team: from left, Dr. tom Kelly; Dr. Jim Paces, executive director of curriculum in the shaker heights school District; Dr. yvonne allen, district coordinator of tripod’s improving instructional Practices Project; Dr. ron Ferguson; sarah McCann, tripod project assistant; and Dr. Berenice stokes, executive director of elementary education in the shaker district.

he reagan once calledchildamerica’s best left no Joe Whelan behind ronald
principal, but for 14 years at JCU he’s trained his replacements
expectations one child (and teacher) at a time. Test scores began rising to levels rarely seen in poor, urban environments. his fame spread when then-Secretary of Education Bill Bennett began pointing to him as an example of what works in urban education, and President Reagan honored him in a White house rose Garden ceremony. in 1990, John Carroll added him to the faculty. his role: training the next generation of teachers for work in urban schools. True to his nature, he again reengineered how things were done. he told his college students the toughest grade in his class wasn’t an A, but a D or an F, “because I’ll be in your face every day,” challenging them to do their best. he meant it. When one student floundered, Whelan called his parents (alarmed, they quickly came in from Chicago to assess the situation). The student was aghast. This just wasn’t done in college. We’re adults. No matter. Today, the fellow is a high-achieving teacher in Chicago. But Joe Whelan always adapted to new information, and made appropriate course corrections. When another student pointed out that he didn’t call her parents when she made the Dean’s List, he took it to heart. “So now, ever since then I always send a postcard to every one of those kids’ homes,” just to start the semester off with a positive note from the teacher. Today, dozens of his former students are believed to follow the same practice now that they’re teachers themselves. Whelan’s prominence in educational circles has never waned. For years, he has traveled the country, speaking to educators in his impassioned manner, alternately demanding and imploring that we refuse to give up on a single kid, however poor or otherwise disadvantaged. I’ve listened to the tapes: his presentations are a unique blend of educational revival meeting and motivational coaching. Mostly, they’re hypnotic. Whelan’s ever-expanding nationwide network has been a golden opportunity to help connect his charges to their first teaching jobs. “he’s just so focused on helping these kids find jobs,” says Rosalyn Platt, an advisor in the JCU career center. Whelan is her point person in helping plan an annual career fair for education students. “he’s so devoted. he’s there the whole day, even though it’s not even in his job description.” When he travels on one of his regular speaking sojourns, she adds, matching his students with a job opening stays foremost in his mind. “he’ll come back and say, ‘Okay, anyone interested in north Carolina? i have a contact there.’ he’s got a tremendous amount of energy,” she says of a man who recently became a grandfather. “he just keeps going.” in January, Whelan sent a letter to Dr. David La Guardia, the academic vice president. it was Whelan’s notification that he would be stepping down from his duties at semester’s end to begin another phase of his career: being a senior consultant in a company that provides professional education to school superintendents, principals and teachers across the country. Whelan also plans to finish a book about his career. “I hope I have left some footsteps with my students and a ray of light with my John Carroll family,” he wrote in his resignation letter. Memo to Joe: you surely did that, and so much more. Ettorre, the former editor of the Carroll Alumni Journal, is working on Whelan’s book.
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By John Ettorre ’80

Forty some years ago, the head of the old Cleveland Transit System couldn’t have imagined the service he would perform for future students. All he had to do was arrange for a recent high school grad named Joe Whelan, a friend of the family, to spend a week working a jackhammer on a road crew. At the end of the week, the exhausted kid was ready to take his suggestion – to attend college. Whelan worked full-time at night as a bus mechanic while attending classes at John Carroll by day. he graduated in 1965, and followed up with a master’s in education. at the tender age of 26, he found himself as a still-wet-behind-theears principal at an all-black school in East Cleveland, Chambers Elementary. Over a 22-year career at Chambers, Joe became a celebrated urban educator. Because he refused to believe that poor children couldn’t learn, he re-engineered the school around excellence. he picked up a bullhorn and roamed the school perimeter to scare the drug dealers away, and invited local businesses to do their part for his kids and his building. Always, he walked the halls tirelessly, instilling hope and high

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The tip of the iceberg:
By Michele Brown, Senior Writer

improving K-12 science and math education
“One day I got home early from school and I turned on Oprah. I saw this woman crying. I wondered what she was crying about,” Linda Gojak recounted. “Then the woman said she remembered being in fifth grade and having to go to the board and do these division problems, but she couldn’t do them. it absolutely broke my heart. What we do to kids when we should be helping them learn!” Gojak, director of the Center for Mathematics & Science, Teaching & Technology (CMSETT) at John Carroll, hopes her program will help teachers take the fear out of mathematics for children. “We know better methods now. We know better ways to help kids understand.” Many educators are finding these new methods through CMSETT’s summer workshops and seminars for K-12 teachers. “We try to get the teachers to look at current research on how kids learn and implement it into their classrooms,” said Gojak. After one of these workshops, a teacher called Gojak “the oprah Winfrey of math.” It’s not because of her elaborate wardrobe or apparent star power, but because of her simple acts of generosity. “I like to give away books. At the end of every workshop, I try to raffle off something they can use. I have extra books left over from other grants, so I like to share them. Many of the teachers don’t even know that these resources exist,” she added. Jerry Moreno, assistant professor of mathematics, was one of the first at the university to identify the need for a program to reach out to K-12 mathematics and science educators. Moreno led the charge in the late 1990s that enabled the establishment of CMSETT at John Carroll in 1999. Gojak was hired to help carry out the mission of the center, which is to

advance the quality of K-12 mathematics and science education in northeastern Ohio. The center provides much-needed professional development opportunities for non-degree graduate credit and continuing education for classroom teachers and school administrators. Gojak, who spent 28 years teaching middle-school mathematics, and her associate director Norman Schmidt, who taught science for over 25 years in middle and high schools, are working as a small team and making a significant impact. “In our first year, we reached over 1,000 teachers through our summer workshops. Again last year, we served over 1,000 teachers. I like to think we’re the little guys making dings in the iceberg,” Gojak said. Over the past five years, Gojak and Schmidt have worked with, among others, the Cleveland Municipal, Cleveland Parochial, Cleveland heights-University heights, South Euclid Lyndhurst, Mentor and Ledgemont schools. In order to serve teachers from school districts around Northeast Ohio, the center has also collaborated with other universities through

initiatives such as the SMART Consortium. Providing professional development isn’t cheap. Gojak explained that a federal grant at the outset helped to establish CMSETT in the new Dolan Center, and it provided for a good portion of technology and equipment for the center. “Funding is an issue. We operate around grants. all that initial seed money is long gone. And our goals are two-fold: it’s not only to keep the center going, but also so that when we are doing things for teachers we don’t have to charge them so much. So we try to get grant money where we can.” She dreamed: “It would be great if we could become an endowed center.” One grant that CMSETT has secured is providing local schools with international opportunities for learning. Science Across the World is a Web-based educational program connecting schools across the nation and around the globe. “When teachers join they go online and can pull down one of the science units. Their kids then collect the data; and then they go back online and find other schools around the world that are working on the same project and then they exchange their data. For example, there might be a lesson on “What do you eat?” Kids collect the information and then exchange with a school say in South Africa or Japan. It’s just such a wonderful opportunity for the kids to do science and then exchange their information over the Internet, which is pretty remarkable.” Pretty remarkable is the work that CMSETT is doing to enhance teaching and learning in Northeast Ohio. But for Linda Gojak, the work that has begun in her little wing of the Dolan Science Center is only the tip of the iceberg. “I believe that all kids can learn mathematics; we just have to help them make sense out of it,” said Gojak.

with Dr. Kathleen Manning, chair, and Dr. Mark Storz, associate chair, of the Department of Education and Allied Studies (DOE/AS).
The educators’ answers have been blended in the edited text. What distinguishes the John Carroll University education and allied studies Programs from others in the area? The Department of Education and Allied Studies represents four academic divisions: Initial Licensure; Advanced Licensure; Physical Education/Exercise Science; and Community Counseling. The department focuses on the Jesuit ideal of an educator, which defines what a graduate from our programs aspires to be. Our mission is based on five characteristics of Jesuit education: formation of the total person; recognition that schools are communities of influence; integration of disciplines to prepare a wellrounded person; recognition that teaching is a vocation; and acceptance of the responsibility implicit in the profound influence of educators and allied health professionals. The center of our conceptual model is “the person,” translated to be the John Carroll student. We are committed to their formation as individuals and as professionals. We foster this commitment through our teaching, advising and modeling of professional behaviors. The faculty expects that the modeling our candidates receive will impact their professional behaviors and dispositions with students and clients in their field experiences and as professionals. What are the primary strengths of education and allied studies? We believe our strengths are the quality of our candidates, programs and faculty. We are widely recognized in this region for the quality of our graduates. Our candidates consistently exceed state and national averages on the licensure examinations. Survey results of our graduates, employers, principals and cooperating teachers attest to the quality of our candidates and rigorous nature of our programs. Candidates appreciate that their pre-service preparation impacts their future work with children and adults. When they speak about the conditions of schools, communities, and community agencies, they speak from the perspective of the students and the clients. They are struck by the necessity to meet the needs of all their students and clients and they accept the responsibility to do that. The quality of our programs is documented through the external accreditation process at the state and national level through which multiple programs have received national recognition. The academic unit has external national accreditations from CACREP (Council for Accreditation of

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Counseling and Related Educational Programs) and NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). In the recent recertification report on the university by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and in the NCATE final report our department was recognized for its comprehensive assessment system. The professional strength of our faculty is demonstrated through the success of our candidates and the external evaluations of our programs. The faculty believes that a good educator and allied health professional possesses depth of content knowledge, and professional and pedagogical skills. Our faculty have distinguished themselves as educators and as scholars as evidenced by the 105 publications and 281 professional presentations cited in the NCATE report. Many of our faculty model a strong commitment to urban education and diversity through their research, professional activities and service, such as the Carroll-Cleveland Philosophers Program, Reading First, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Partnership, Math/Science Initiative with Cleveland Municipal Schools and the Tripod Project. Please give us an understanding of the size and variety of thecontinued on page 26 department?
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We have 505 candidates in our initial licensure programs preparing to be Early Child, Middle Child, Adolescent/ Young Adult and Multi-Age teachers. The graduate programs in education, school counseling, educational administration, school psychology, reading and community counseling number about 250 people pursuing graduate degrees. We have 26 fulltime and 54 part-time faculty. how is the department associated with local communities and school systems? We appreciate the mutual benefits of collaboration between the university, local communities, community agencies, and school districts. We try to create conversations as equal partners in this process of education. We are involved with surrounding school districts and community agencies in a variety of ways through community service, field experiences, student teaching, practicums and internships as well as with faculty who serve as consultants. This year we have affiliation agreements with 43 school districts in seven counties. Last year a formal partnership was initiated with the Cleveland HeightsUniversity Heights District that will mutually benefit the district and university.The strength of preparing a person to become a professional “in service to others” is to allow opportunities to participate within that profession as a candidate. The school and community agency alliances that we have established allow our candidates to experience diverse learning environments, work with students and clients in one-on-one, small group and large group settings, and contribute to the rigor and professionalism of our programs.

Dr. sally Wertheim (left) with Michelle Gagne ’98, ’02G; last fall Gagne won the Milken National Educator Award, which has been dubbed the “Oscars of Teaching.” Gagne, who teaches at hilton Elementary School in the Brecksville-Broadview heights district of Greater Cleveland, was one of one hundred recipients nationwide and only two in Ohio. the kindergarten teacher won the Golden apple award and the sally h. Wertheim Educational Leadership Award while she was at John Carroll. Gagne said after receiving the Millken: “I had such a wonderful experience while at John Carroll and received the finest education. This education has allowed me to become the teacher that I am today.”

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The Cleveland Mathematics and Science Partnership:
Great enthusiasm over JCU’s role in creating stronger middle school science and mathematics teachers
It’s 5:15 p.m. in the Dolan Center and Dr. Nick Baumgartner, back in the classroom after a decade as Arts & sciences dean, is saying: “When looking at an object moving in a circular path, the acceleration depends upon the square of the velocity; it’s proportional to that, and it’s inversely proportional to the radius of the circle…We have a ball traveling at five meters per second along a circular path. We want to know what centripetal force it takes to cause that ball to travel in that circular path. We can calculate…” It’s not exactly rocket science, but it’s certainly not light years away from rocket science’s neighborhood. While a good high school student with fair exposure to the language of science wouldn’t blink at Baumgartner’s discourse, the eyes of many of us glaze over quickly when they hear a teacher climbing to a question like that. If you’re a middle school math or science teacher with an elementary certification, and it is possible you only had one college class in mathematics and one class in science during your teacher training, your eyes may not exactly glaze over at the above information, but there is a high probability you’ll be squinting. The Cleveland Mathematics and Science Partnership of which John Carroll is a part exists to further educate middle school math and science teachers so that – among other capabilities — they can confidently follow the flow of a mathematical or scientific argument, clearly see a problem like the one Baumgartner was in the process of posing, and – this is the crucial part – take new found confidence, clarity, and enhanced pedagogical savvy back into the classroom of a Cleveland middle school. The evidence is not yet definitive, but preliminary indicators strongly suggest the partnership is on the way to achieving its goals. About two years ago, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded John Carroll, Case Western reserve and Cleveland State a grant of $7.5 million to work with the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD) to improve the quality of mathematics and science teachers in Cleveland’s public schools. John Carroll’s share is $1.9 million over five years. The intended outcome for the partnership project at this university was the creation of two new master’s degree programs focused on both content and pedagogy for Cleveland middle school science and mathematics teachers. The further outcome was the recruitment and training of three “cohorts” of said teachers, who, after completing a two-year academic program, will be equipped with master’s degrees and the knowledge they represent. The partnership is aiming at a twopart process of discovery. The teachers studying in John Carroll classrooms are being exposed to the magic and skills of mathematics and science. The participants are also being rigorously

“It’s great to have JCU out there in the front line of teacher education in the Cleveland schools.”
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“The evidence is not yet definitive, but preliminary indicators strongly suggest the partnership is on the way to achieving its goals.”
are being richly educated by the middle school teachers. Dr.Todd Edwards, who has a joint appointment in mathematics and education, is experiencing the enrichment to which Manning refers: Describing himself as feeling in a recent class “like Bruce Springsteen,” Edwards affirmed: “It’s amazing. I work myself into quite a frenzy the end of the evening. It’s incredible what you can talk about in a three-hour period, and it’s a continual challenge to connect these classes back to what the teachers are doing in their classrooms. But these are highly motivated people. They’ve learned a lot of math and they’re teaching it. These courses have changed my life. They’ve made me actually want to be a college professor.” Michael Kimmel, who serves under the banner of the Graduate School and is the program director of the integrated science master’s project, is excited about this partnership and what it hopes to accomplish. Kimmel, a calm and fatherly presence, was a science teacher at Conneaut high School near the Pennsylvania boundary for 35 years. he likes this program precisely because it zeroes in on content: “I think it’s a valuable model. This is a master of arts rather than a master of education. The emphasis is placed on the content and the pedagogy is brought along with the content. In most similar models, the education is up front. Many of our teachers never had chemistry or physics. They never really thought about what science is and what it tries to do. They’ve told me they are now actually doing science rather than going through the motions, asking the questions at the end of the chapter. They’re doing labs, gathering data, doing analysis of data…”

From left, Micheal Kimmel, Brendon Foreman, todd edwards and Greg Dilisi

coached on how to best take that magic and those skills back into the classrooms so they can give them away to Cleveland’s children. The intention is a process of empowerment for both the Cleveland teachers and the Cleveland students. The process will only work, of course, if there is a strong and open line of connection between the classrooms at JCU and the middle school classrooms of the teachers participating in these master’s programs. The master’s programs were not created independent of state and national standards. The course description of the master of arts in integrated sciences states, for example: “The program is designed for those teachers who possess

a teaching license or certificate but who lack sufficient undergraduate preparation in the natural sciences to meet state standards. Current state requirements and the implementation of federal No Child Left Behind legislation make it imperative that teachers of science in the middle grades be adequately trained in a broad range of the natural sciences.” There are other goals being realized here. In addition to seeking increased empowerment in their Cleveland classrooms, the teachers are finding, say the program participants, a supportive educational community, one that consists of the members of their cohort and their mentors within the John Carroll faculty. An additional and by no means negligible benefit for the teachers involved is that in a school district that continues for budgetary necessity to lay off large numbers of its instructors, the ones who succeed at the master of arts program will advance to higher, job-protected status. Dr. Kathleen Manning, chair of the Department of Education and Allied Studies, alludes to still another positive aspect of the program in her articulation of the partnership’s mission: “These programs have a three-pronged purpose: the professional development of the middle school teachers, the academic achievement of the middle school students; and the professional development of the college faculty, who



It should be noted that the middle school teachers hired with elementary certifications by the Cleveland Schools are not likely to be less well versed in science and mathematics than middle school teachers hired with the same certifications by suburbs with celebrated school systems. That is, with its grant, the NSF was not attempting to fix a beleaguered system; it was simply putting its money behind the conviction that middle school teachers equipped with an improved science and math tool bag and empowered with enhanced confidence in their ability to use those tools will almost certainly do a better job. Evelyn Guyton, a middle school math teacher at Longfellow School in the inner-city, said the program is working for her: “It has truly given me more of an insight into mathematics and helped me

people, like Baumgartner, who have made important contributions to the partnership. The Graduate School’s Dr. Mary Beadle, and the Center for Math Science Teaching and Technology’s Linda Gojak and Norm Schmidt are playing significant roles. Especially heavy lifting is being done by Drs. Brendan Foreman and Edwards on the math side, and by Dr. DiLisi and Kimmel in the science territory of the partnership. Drs. elke White for life science and Dwight Olson for math have also been indispensable for their classroom service. Manning offered special praise for Foreman, Edwards, DiLisi and Kimmel: “These programs are a compliment to the quality of the professionals from math, science and education who created the master’s programs, specifically Todd Edwards and Brendan Foreman in mathematics and Michael Kimmel and Greg DiLisi in science. Many others have contributed, but these four have designed curriculum, taught courses and significantly impacted the attitudes, knowledge and teaching expertise of the CMSD middle school teachers in the program. Like Edwards, Foreman has a Dr. nick Baumgartner with his partnership class. joint education/ mathematics dig more deeply into it. It’s helping me see appointment. DiLisi is a member of the geometry from a different light and find Department of Education, but he has a new ways of teaching it. The John Carroll strong background in physics, so much professors have also made me aware of the so that he’s been involved in a NASA different ways students learn and taught project for several years. Similarly, me how to build on that knowledge in the Kimmel, whose base is the Graduate classroom. This has really enlightened me School, has a twin focus as both a veteran as a math teacher.” pedagogue and a man with long and In the JCU community, there are many wide experience in science. Since these four are well grounded in both pedagogy and content, they are particularly well “This program is just an unbelievable opportunity.” equipped to take the lead in an education master’s program in which content is of

paramount importance. Kimmel summarizes his delight with the partnership by recounting the moment when one of the science teacher students came to Kimmel and told him the teacher had just taught his “best ever” class, and now “could die happy.” Echoing that satisfied customer, Sheila hughes of Louisa May Alcott on Cleveland’s near West side said she was ecstatic with the graphing skills she learned in Kimmel’s How Do We Know What We Know – an exploration of the nature of science. “Michael Kimmel showed us how to do graphing – every step from the bottom up,” said hughes. “For the science fair, I had my sixth grade class do graphing on a simple genetics issue. They did not one but several graphs. My confidence in myself helped them to have confidence in themselves, and together were able to do something that I never thought I could ask a class to do. This program is just an unbelievable opportunity.” Partnership stalwarts DiLisi and Foreman are also high in their praise for the still evolving partnership project. “Without a program like this, teachers become slaves of the textbook,” DiLisi said. “One of our primary teaching concepts is ‘inquiry- based learning,’ which refers to a process of student involvement that leads to understanding. A teacher can’t help create that kind of involvement unless she or he comfortable with and knowledgeable about the subject matter.” “It’s great to have JCU out there in the front line of teacher education in the Cleveland schools,” said Foreman. “ The first two cohorts of this program all have a thirst for mathematical and pedagogical knowledge that, hopefully, we can fulfill. The dedication that these teachers have for their students, and the amount of work they voluntarily put into their teaching is quite astounding. I’ve been very excited to be a part of this.” Kimmel has the last words: “I really want this program to grow legs and be a permanent thing.”
By Jerry Pockar
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a message from rev. timothy t shannon, sJ, vice president for development and alumni relations


John Carroll stories

it is our pleasure to celebrate the many successes in education at John Carroll in thisH N C A of John Carroll J O special issue R R O L L magazine. the stories on these pages reflect the qualities of Jesuit higher education, including dedication to justice, human dignity, and the regard for the whole person. at an alumni gathering in December we were reminded how these characteristics have shaped the lives of John Carroll J O N C A R R O his alumni.Hstanley Glod ’58 andL L wife linda hosted an event at their home for alumni in the greater DC area to come together to celebrate Mass, renew old friendships and make new acquaintances. again and again, alumni spoke about John Carroll with genuine affection. it was a great pleasure to hear graduates telling their own “JCu story” and articulating how their education and experience here enhanced their lives and continue to influence the choices they make. the Carroll tales i heard revealed people



whose heads and hearts were moved by their time in university heights. as i continue to travel the country and meet John Carroll alumni, parents, and friends, i am encouraged by the level of loyalty and dedication evident

in this community. as was true of the people to whom i listened in the Glod’s home, the members of the JCu community featured in this issue personify all that is good in Jesuit education and John Carroll. to make our community even stronger, to enhance our academic excellence and our commitment to shaping lives dedicated to being men and women for others, we do count on your support. We ask that you share your gifts so that the university can continue to provide a quality educational experience for future graduates. specifically, i hope you will continue to support John Carroll by attending an alumni gathering in a city near you, remembering John Carroll in your charitable giving, and visiting campus soon. thank you for your generosity – it helps the community of John Carroll work together to develop women and men for others.

reunion 2005
eunion Weekend is June 17, 18, 19, 2005. Amidst the celebration, there will be: faculty classes, tours, chair massages, handwriting analyses, caricature drawing, gardening, beer and wine tastings, a casino room for poker, black jack and bridge. On Friday night, after the President’s Reception and a delectable dinner, old favorite New Barleycorn, Beatles cover-band Abbey Road, and a great DJ will entertain. On Saturday, after a long day of fun , the Moment of Remembrance and the class dinner, High Society’s big band sounds and the Revelation Band’s universal pop will light up the night.

For good friends, great times, and lasting memories

800.736.ALUM or for Reunion information
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The Golden Years


send your notes to: larry Kelley 16213 Marquis ave. Cleveland, oh 44111 216-941-1795


At the December ’04 luncheon we only had two show up. Myself and Fr. James “Ned” Farrell ’32. We didn’t need a table, we ate at the bar! I’m almost ready to call it off or find one of the younger graduates who wants to take over. We need a person whose family is “out of the house” and has time to “remind” others as to “date, time, and place”! I enjoyed it because it kept me involved with other JCU graduates and closer to the university. Writing the column for the past 25 years has been more rewarding. ... When I was still working at NASA and traveled, I always carried a copy of the “Alumni Directory” with me. I called quite a few JCU grads over the years. After I retired and continued to travel, I still called or made contact with men from JCU. One of the last touring trips Frances and I took was to a wedding in upstate New Jersey, and we ended up in Key West on our way home! That was the last time I saw Bob Asmann and Frank Farrell, Bob in Ormond Beach, FL, and Frank in Coral Gables, FL. We just missed seeing Hugh McCaffrey ’37 and his wife, Leatrice, by one day. They had just left for California to see a new grandchild. The first time I met Leatrice I was introduced to her by the name “Butch” — a name given to her by her mother and it was not appropriate for she was a beautiful black eyed and jet-black haired beauty! They lived in Fairhope, AL, (still on our way home!) ... As usual I heard from my remaining faithful classmates Francis Burns and Jim Darling. And Jim was not on a cruise ship but home! In San Antonio, TX, with all the rain they are having in the south and west, he can sit on the front porch and watch the water flow by. ... I just received the JCU Alumni Directory 2004 (soft cover — best for packing) and went to the listing for the “class of 1929.” This was the year they were seniors in college and I was a freshman at St. Ignatius High School. I knew a lot of them – the high school and college were in the same building at West 30th and Lorain until October 5, 1935 when our class moved out to University Heights. There are some listed as “address unknown.” I think for my next column I will furnish the names and, if possible, when we last heard from them from the old directories. The oldest directory I have is 1965 — which cost $2.00. ... My Christmas was better than I predicted. The Saturday before Christmas (the 18th) I brought Frances into the ER with very high potassium. After three days in ICU and two sessions on the dialysis machine she came back. I didn’t think I would be bringing her home but on Christmas Eve day, the doctor let me bring her home. Thanks for your prayers. ... So till next time keep praying. Just Larry

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office as a contributing editor. He has just finished “Cliff Noting” a book “The Sermon on the Mount” including a glossary. He strongly recommends it as a “must read.” ... Take care of each other, Carl


I learned only recently that our classmate, John Drain, passed away last September, although he told me earlier last year when I wrote about him in this column that he was in excellent health. I send my condolences to John’s family and wish him eternal rest. ... The foregoing reminds me that I better start getting my own personal affairs in order before it is too late, but I can’t seem to find the time to do that because I spend six or seven days a week in my office helping people from all walks of life solve a wide variety of problems, and my friend, Agnes Turk, and I average about three or four social and other events each week and at least one trip or a cruise each year. I am a saver and have file cabinets jammed with newspaper clippings, articles, memorabilia and files on many subjects, as well as files on each of at least 60 trips and cruises and thousands of photographs and 3-D slides. The walls of my office are lined with at least 30 diplomas, certificates, class photographs, awards, plaques and trophies. What should I do with all this stuff? ... Now, however, if I can get the tops off those capsules my pills come in and stay healthy, I am all set for a 7-day Caribbean cruise on Cunard’s new 150,000 ton Queen Mary 2 in mid-February. This means I shall have sailed on or been aboard all four of Cunard’s greatest super liners. Meanwhile, I hope to hear from the surviving members of the JCU Class of 1937 and wish all of them and their families the best of good health and happiness in the future. ... Respectfully submitted, Paul

send your notes to: art Wincek 3867 Floral Court santa Cruz, Ca 95062 831-475-1210 e-mail: [email protected]


send your notes to: Carl Giblin 1100 Ponce Deleon Blvd., 401 n Clearwater, Fl 33756 727-518-7961 e-mail: [email protected]

REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
Got a snapshot of James O’C and Mary Morgan taken on Christmas Eve. They were getting a sample of a white Christmas. He sent a long needle to us Florida residents who live in the path of hurricanes. We lucked out in Clearwater, and did not even lose electric power. ... Jim Carey got to California in time for the mudslides. He is spending three months in his old neighborhood. ... The lunch bunch of Bud Noetzel, Jim Schlecht, Lou Sulzer and John Sweeney met at Pizzazz, in the shadow of JCU. Bud and Frances Noetzel have had an active end of the year. In September they had an annual reunion of friends that served on the USS Hurst. Bud gathered their clan for a big Christmas party. There were 27 in attendance including the newest Noetzels – their great, great grandchildren. Jim Schlecht and Lou Sulzer contributed rapt attention, but had no breaking news. John Sweeney, who has made a career making sure he never has any spare moments (the devil’s workshop syndrome), continues to head our Ohio

On November 6, 2004, Al Musci was at home recovering from knee surgery. He had been in rehab five weeks and had no visitors — a bummer. He also had laser prostate surgery. I called him because of the e-mail I had from Captain Mascolo, USN, who advised that his family knew the Musci family in Akron. Al acknowledged knowing the Captain’s grandfather, Lou, an Akron practicing attorney. Al expects to be playing golf again in 2005. ... Captain Tom Mascolo who appeared in my article, summer ’04 issue, e-mailed me advising that he was deluged with copies of my article from various JCU people, including his sister, Kathryn Brunn ’83, whose husband, Charles, is ’84. ... On Nov. 21, Bob Trivison called to advise that he is now working out three times a week in three-hour sessions. God Bless those cardiologists! In early December, he called me from Fort Lauderdale from the afterdeck of one of those luxury liners, not far from his stateroom in the upper reaches. He and Susan were gone for several weeks to the Bahamas. ... Frank Honn and I spoke Dec. 27. He’s home in New Jersey and busy as ever with Alyce in the affairs of the New Jersey Symphony. Frank advises that it’s one of the top 25 Symphony Orchestras in the country (Cleveland, he says, is one of the top five). Its home is the Performing Arts Center in Newark which has excellent acoustics. For the past 8-10 years, he’s been vice chairman, involved with fund raising. In early ’03, they acquired 30 famous old string instruments — 1600 and 1700 vintage. Frank estimates the value of the instruments to be $25 million and says they are called the “Golden Strings.” Frank further advises that no other orchestra owns a similar collection. Just think, not so long ago, Frank was doing his orchestra work plus serving on a German chemical company board of directors and teaching and administering at the business school of Fairleigh Dickinson University. ... Ken Fitzgerald and I spoke. He’s retired from his professorship of Social Work, Syracuse University, since 1988. It will be remembered that his wife, Caroline, made crossword puzzles for the New York Times. She continues to teach at Le Moyne College where she’s been for 30 years. Will Shortz, editor of the Times crossword puzzle, was in Syracuse to address the Library Association and Caroline was asked to prepare a puzzle in his honor which she did after acquiring a lot of details about his life. She said it was a huge success. Ken and I are also classmates from Cathedral Latin ’38 and more than that we were in the first two-year Greek class. That was a special fraternity and about 1/2 to 2/3 of its members entered the priesthood; most of whom were our classmates at JCU for the first two years. Ken entered naval service as a Lt. because he finished a semester of his doctorate studies at Catholic University. He served as a
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communicator on Rear Adm. Conley’s staff which was involved in the occupation of Hokkaido after war’s end. I was on that island at Hakodate and he was at Sapporo which is where headquarters for northern Japan were located. Ken reminds me that he is approximately 24 hours older than I which I dutifully acknowledge. ... Art


send your notes to: Bruce e. Thompson 2207 south Belvoir Blvd. university hts., oh 44118 216-382-4408

The death of John V. Corrigan was one of the deep sorrows within the Carroll community. Jack was our friend, our companion, our classmate. He was a class officer, and our student union representative. Jack was also an active participant in various academic societies, and campus social events. His participation in university affairs continued and he was the eventual recipient of the Alumni Medal. Jack was everyone’s friend, respected by all. The class of ’43 expresses its sincerest sympathy to his family. ... 2004 was a year Sal and Marie Calandra will long remember. Early on Sal was hospitalized, several times, for cardiovascular procedures. He now has seven stints. He doubts that’s a record number, but he’s not interested in setting records in that particular category. Recuperation obviously went well, for later he and Marie took a 14-day riverboat cruise through Russia, and then a 26-day trip throughout Italy. Starting in St. Petersburg, ending in Moscow the views of the Russian lifestyle and countryside were up-close, personal, and at times spectacular. Getting accustomed to 10:30 p.m. sunsets was something else. The trip through Italy started in Rome, then on to Tuscany, Siena, Milan, Venice, Florence, Sorrento, Capri, and four glorious days in Sicily. Along the way there were many side trips and visits with numerous friends and relatives. Of special interest was a visit to Ramacca, Sal’s parents’ hometown where a cousin hosted a lunch for a dozen or so relatives, five of whom were named Salvatore Calandra, all having the same family trait, baldness! ... Frank Sullivan is in good health. He has his bags packed, his traveling shoes polished, and will be in Hawaii with his son, Tim, about the time you are reading this. April or May he visits friends in Tucson. Then possibly Toledo in June. If that Toledo trip materializes Frank, try to coincide it with Carroll’s Old Timers/ Gray Streaks dinner Saturday, June 18 on campus. Join the other ’43ers celebrating a mini 62nd reunion. ... Last December 2, Leo and April Corr, and some of their family made a pilgrimage as they have done for the past 12 years, to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico. Leo says it is the most moving religious experience he has ever participated in. He recommends it to all. Incidentally, of his 45 grandchildren, a grandson is now a sophomore at JCU. ... Congratulations to Bob and Jane Obringer upon their March 60th wedding anniversary. Having a sizable family group in the Detroit area, their celebration should be fun. Arthritis or not Bob, live it up! ... Joe Sepkoski has a new address: The Fountains at Cedar Park, 114 Hayes Mill Rd, Atco, New Jersey 08004, Phone 856-753-2000. ... One of 32
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life’s most tragic moments must be for a parent to endure the death of their child. Sadly, we offer our deepest sympathy to Joe and Anna Seibert upon the death, by heart attack, of their son, Joseph E. Seibert, Jr., and to Tom and Helen Mazanec we extend our heartfelt condolences upon the death of their grandson, Martin Mazanec (19), a student at Villanova. Remember them in your prayers. ... A date to be marked on your calendar: Saturday, June 18. That is the 62nd celebration/anniversary of our 1943 JCU commencement – 6 p.m. Mass at Gesu, 7 p.m. cocktails, and 8 p.m. dinner. Let’s make a concerted effort to have all you Cleveland area guys and gals, and as many out-of-towners as possible on campus for a delightful mini-reunion. ... Take care, be good to yourself. Bruce

e-mail or just send a postcard with your ideas and we’ll see what we can put together this summer at the Reunion. C’mon now! You’re only as old as you want to be so here’s a chance to let us know something about yourselves. Send news and ideas! ... See you at Reunion! Ed


send your notes to: Julius sukys 440-449-8768 e-mail: [email protected] Charley eder e-mail: [email protected]


send your notes to: don Mcdonald 3440 south Green rd. Beachwood, oh 44122 216-991-9140

Saw Dr. Joe Kolp and his wife at John ’50 and Rita Buckon’s daughter’s, Elizabeth O’Brien ’74, wake. They are both well and look great but like the rest of us attending to many wakes and funerals. ... Saw Marty Franey at Judge John V. Corrigan’s ’43 wake. John V. was one of the outstanding upper classmen when we came to Carroll in the fall of 1940. He and Eileen have been enthusiastic and helpful alumni for years. Our prayers and sympathy go out to the whole Corrigan family. All of us remember Clare’s presence in the alumni office as well as her sister Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis’s help at functions. ... Bob and Margaret Colopy are enjoying great weather in Vero Beach, FL. Margaret is coming along after several episodes of health problems. ... George Knoblauch ’48 died recently and was remembered by so many alumni for his warm friendship and great personality. ... On a happier note, our basketball team is 12-0 due to Mike Moran’s great leadership and some outstanding senior players – Andy Salata, Peter Koch, Pete Moran. The Plain Dealer doesn’t seem to know anything about this great year. ... Dr. Stanley Dobrowski ’45 passed away after a long illness. He studied premed at JCU and then went on to St. Louis University for medical school. ... Need some news from Eddie O’Connor, Harry Badger, Lou (telephone tag artist) Turi. ... I heard from Ed King in Sarasota, FL, where he has lived for fourteen years. ... Stay well and send in some news. Keep in mind the planned alumni Golf Outing, June 6 at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. ... Don

Once again a prominent member of the “Greatest Generation” has passed away. George Knoblauch died on January 9, three days short of his 81st birthday. George was deeply involved in John Carroll affairs. He chaired all of our reunions, making them memorable events. Early on, he became president of the alumni board. He was also chaplain of The Mystic Knights of the Sea. He will be sorely missed by all of us of that generation. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Maggie), and three children. In attendance at the funeral were Bill Duhigg, Bill Sweeney, Charlie Eder, Bill Coyne, Julius Sukys, Bill Claus of Toldeo, Bill Brugeman of North Carolina, Dan McDonnell and Larry McGinley ’49 of Omaha, NE. ... Ed Muldoon called from his home in California, his health is improving. ... Joe Walker called regarding George and he is doing very well and is involved with the Opus Dei program with his son. He would like to hear from some of our group with happy news. We have had enough bad news. ... We are still curious about classmates we have not heard from including Bob Munley, Ted Murphy, Ed Nolan, Joseph Osborne, Bill Otterman, Andy Piccuta, Bernard Rink, and Cas (Rutt) Rutkowski. We would like to hear from you with good news (or bad.) ... Until next time – adios Julius and Charley


send your notes to: Tom harrison 3980 West valley Dr. Fairview Park, oh 44126 440-331-4343 216-881-5832 (fax)


send your notes to: ed Cunneen 22020 halburton rd. Beachwood, oh 44122 216-561-1122 e-mail: [email protected]

Hi there! all you folks from ’47 — this year is the 58th anniversary of our graduation and we need to celebrate the occasion. ... How about joining the Gray Streaks at dinner Saturday night of Reunion, June 18 – it’s free. Send me an idea or two on how you would like to be recognized! Call me,

The Second Wednesday Lunch will soon be held at The Coast Guard Club on the east side of East Ninth Street at the edge of Lake Erie. All attending the January lunch at the Playhouse Club agreed this central location and easy parking availability would be ideal. The change will be effective in February or March. If you don’t receive the regular meeting notices, call Pete Bernardo ’67 to learn the February location and be added to the mailing list at 216 397 4217. ... GREAT NEWS!!! Our friend and classmate, Joe Spaniol received an unusual honor at a formal ceremony and reception, held in the East Conference Room of the United States Supreme Court Building, when, on January 11 his portrait was unveiled and hung. This is certainly a great tribute in recognition of his many accomplishments within the Federal Court System. Joe’s brother, John ’54 sent me a copy of his invitation. I obtained Joe’s address from the alumni office and sent him a card; his address is 5602 Ontario Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816. ... Fr. Jim Conry

Dr. James o’Malley ’45, an outstanding surgeon, is a member of the Cleveland Medical hall of Fame
in late 2003, Dr. James o’Malley was named to a very distinguished club, the Cleveland Medical hall of Fame. o’Malley joined the approximately 40 living and 60 deceased physicians who have been recognized as medical luminaries in what is indisputably one of the world’s health care centers. o’Malley was one of six children of a Cleveland Water Department worker. the doctor was raised on Cleveland’s West side and he graduated from st. ignatius before matriculating at John Carroll just before World War ii. he went on to earn a medical degree at st. louis university and then returned to his hometown to complete an internship and two separate residencies. o’Malley won the Bronze star in the Korean War and did long, difficult duty in the mobile army surgical hospitals later celebrated in the M*A*S*H movie and television series. one of the young surgeon’s cases required him to treat a soldier who had a large, unexploded munition in his chest, an episode later featured on M*A*S*H. When he returned to Cleveland, o’Malley became a leader of the local community of surgeons. he was appointed senior clinical instructor at what is now Case Western reserve university school of Medicine and became chief of surgery at lakewood hospital. he subsequently reprised that role at st. John West shore hospital and then returned in the same capacity to lakewood. “it seemed to me that surgery was a more active way of taking care of people, combating illness and setting things straight,” said o’Malley of his profession. “it’s a life of tremendous responsibility and an opportunity to place yourself squarely in the pathway of death, and to interrupt that cycle on occasion.” among other accomplishments, o’Malley is celebrated for “bringing into being departments of surgery within the West side hospitals and significantly raising the level of performance by insisting on surgical specialty certification.” the speaker is Dr. robert White ’79 h, another member of the hall of Fame and the physician who nominated Dr. o’Malley. White went on to say that o’Malley elevated surgical standards and accountability in an era when many surgeons were not board-certified. White observed: “…it was part of the evolution of american surgery. and Dr. o’Malley was in front of it.” a retired West side surgeon, Dr. James Magisano, remembers contacting o’Malley in the middle of the night after being called on to operate on an infant born with his intestines protruding through the abdominal wall. “he was the first person you would think to call in a situation like that,” Magisano says.” another hall of Fame member, Dr. ted Castele, regarded as the first television medical commentator, has observed that o’Malley’s remarkable willingness to serve others is rooted in the John Carroll

graduate’s strong faith commitment and his profound conviction that a patient’s wellbeing is the highest priority. o’Malley’s surgical career came to an abrupt end in 1986 when a retinal infection led to a severe vision loss within months. he remained very active in the local medical community, though, serving on the boards of the Cleveland sight Center and the Cuyahoga County Medical Foundation. he attributes, in no small measure, his ability to persevere to Jeanne o’Malley to whom the doctor has been married for almost 55 years.

retired from his pastoral duties, but remains very busy with priestly duties. His duty as chaplain of a Catholic Ladies Assn. keeps him from the Second Wednesday Lunch, and he must return from a short winter vacation in Florida before February 9, when Lent begins and local priestly duties increase in Cleveland. En route to or from Stewart, FL, Jim hopes to visit Tom Westropp ’50 and Charlie Cullinan. ... Bob McMahon sat next to me at St. Angela’s on the Sunday after Christmas; we had little opportunity to converse, he looks great and

we enjoyed our brief conversation. ... Al Zippert, Ed McKenna and I visited at the January lunch. Al enjoys his retirement from medical practice and plans to spend the winter in Cleveland. He has regularly attended some history classes at JCU on an audit basis, has found them interesting and continues to be impressed with the presentations of the instructors, and the serious participation of the students. Ed McKenna is working seriously to maintain his cheerful demeanor, while adjusting to the loss of his lovely wife, Lila. ... Tom


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REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
At our Cleveland Play House Club luncheon in November, Bob Kirschner, director of the Annual Fund, spoke of the university’s needs from a funding standpoint. He is new to JCU, recruited
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from CWRU in recent months. Though a native of the Pittsburgh area, he doesn’t have that unique “o” that defines those natives, having left at a young age. The percentage of alumni support is important in evaluation by those rating colleges, and tuition generally covers 75% of per student cost. Thus, any gift is helpful, and some 17-18% of those enrolled are offered full scholarships. Bob was quite informative! ... I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Sennett at where else but the Green Rd. University Hospitals facility – where one meets MANY friends! Jim looks great, having gained back much of some 50 pounds he had lost along with a few parts! He is his hearty self despite his “close shave.” The sainted Helen was instrumental in pulling him through, and the thousands of prayers sure helped! ... More on the health front, Ed and Dorothy Hawkins seem to be making progress after suffering setbacks, and Jim Cullen still must carry some oxygen with him, but is circulating! ... We extend our sorrow to Rita and John Buckon on the death of their oldest child, Elizabeth O’Brien ’74. ... Fred Korey continues to travel to see relatives; he was in Denver for Christmas with a niece. ... Hugh Gallagher is working on the JCU golf outing for June 6th at Sleepy Hollow. Fellow correspondent Tom Harrison ’49 is on the committee. Hugh has also received an award from Magnificat for his sterling devotion to them for 35 years. ... Tom Lynch’s wife, Margaret, was one of the five in the country to receive a Lifetime Membership in the Ancient Order of Hibernians this year! She has been quite active at the local and state office levels! ... 2005 represents our 55th graduation party time. You all may have been advised of the same, and a number of us are calling alums to see who among you will be attending. These are ALWAYS great times with former classmates. DO make an effort to attend! ... Sadly, I recently learned that Phillip Tripi passed away on January 14. ... FINIS, Chas

237-5397. I know he would enjoy hearing from any of you. ... I did receive two e-mails — one from Joe Lynch, president of the class of ’52 and one from Lou Colussi. I will give more info next time. My left arm is growing weary, since it is not used to working this hard. ... Saw Mike and Marge Gavin at calling hours for Judge John V. Corrigan ’43 on January 2nd, also Don ’44 and Grace McDonald. John V. and wife, Eileen, were two very nice people. My family and his family were friends since I was a small child — a long time. ... Charles Dolan ’52, if you read this, either you or Helen, please call me at 330-296-4259. Thanks. ... Hope all of you had a great holiday season and 2005 will be a wonderful year. The offer to take over writing the column still stands — take care, Dorothy


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through. When the third storm came they decided to “tough it out.” Dick has lived in Boynton Beach since retiring from IBM in 1987. He says he has played golf nearly five days a week ever since. The Zollers have four different types of citrus trees and two vegetable patches. Dick is proud of the 2 1/2 pound tomato he grew. ... Bob Sullivan in Indialantic was by far the hardest hit. Indialantic is on the barrier island near Melbourne and their area was under mandatory evacuation. One of these evacuations was for four days and the next was for five. Bob says that their house is intact with some damage but the pool enclosure and patio were demolished. He says many of the homes and buildings in the area are still covered by blue tarpaulin roofs. More pleasantly, the Sullivan’s are expecting grandchild number ten in April. ... Ben Mancine in Tampa says the hurricane had little effect on his family. Ben has lived in Florida since his retirement several years ago. He and his spouse are very active at their church. ... That’s Florida; how about the rest of you? God’s blessing to you all, Jim


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Another Journal issue and nothing to report this time. I was advised as the deadline approached that the class of ’51 was about to distinguish itself as the only class without a report. Congratulations. ... I’ve tried, I have gone to Carroll football and basketball games without a recent sighting of a class member. Where did everyone go? ... This writer is heading south for a few weeks — chances are I’ll spot a few of you snowbirds. ... Don


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Hi guys. Since I had rotator cuff surgery on January 3rd, of course on my right shoulder, this will be short and sweet. Darn it and I finally have news! First of all, Sam’s new address: 12799 Doula Lane, #115, North Royalton 44133, 1-440John Carroll university • Winter 2005

I thought for this column I would call some of our guys who live in Florida to see what the effect of the hurricanes had on them. Ray McGinley, in Largo, says they experienced high winds but no major damage. Ray has been retired since 1990 and has three grandchildren. He has three children including twin sons Pat and Mike (sounds Irish to me.) At the time we talked, Patrick was serving in Iraq which obviously is a concern to Ray. ... Fred Topi, in Lighthouse Point, also reported no major damage at his place. He did say they were without power for over a week. The house was shuttered for nearly a month as the storms passed through. He felt really penned in. Fred is retired from Barnett Bank. After a year of playing tennis nearly every day he felt it was time to go back to work so he went into business for himself, starting a personal financial services company. Now his tennis is limited to four or five days a week. Fred has lived in Florida for 37 years. ... Joe Johnson, in Jacksonville, had 22 bags of debris to remove but also no major damage and not even a power outage. Joe reports that they are in the process of putting their Florida home up for sale with the intention of moving back to the Lodi, OH, area in order to be back with the family. Joe was ordained a deacon in 1988 and served at a parish in West Salem, OH, for several years. The Johnson’s have five children and twelve grandchildren. ... Jim McDonald of Jacksonville, says their home had very little damage. Jim has lived in the Jacksonville area since 1995 and plans to remain there. After graduation Jim went to naval flight school at Pensacola and remained in Florida after his tour of duty. He has no intention of moving north. Jim has been in the financial advisor field for 45 years and is only partially retired. ... Bob Kaminski in Fort Myers says his place also received minimal damage. Bob works part-time at the Hyatt Hotel in his area and enjoys it. He talked about an exciting vacation not long ago when he made a whitewater rafting trip through the Grand Canyon with members of his family. They covered 180 miles over a six-day period. ... Dick Zoller of Boynton Beach reports minimal damage. However, the Zollers left the area when two of the storms came


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Jim Sweeney has a good question, “Why don’t more members of our 50 year group take advantage of the university’s gift, attending classes (when there is room) for no fee. Those who graduated fifty or more years ago may attend classes free. Jim is completing a class on Irish Writers and says that it has been educational and entertaining ... he now knows of many pubs in Dublin and Liverpool visited by Joyce and a whole host of those who wrote with a brogue. ... Congrats go to Lou LaRiche. You may have missed it, but in a recent address to the world John Paul II, while endorsing Christian/capitalism, discussed expansion of the Vatican Museum and its 64 associated gift shops and announced the first and only Chevy-Cadillac-Toyota-Subaru dealer in Rome ... and now a hybrid Lexus for ... the next congrats for Bud McLeod, living in a blue state, Bud has formed a Political Action Committee to add some red to the mix. Bud is still active with AARP but the biggest and best news for Bud and Louise was the adoption of a one-year old they are calling “Roo.” Bud continues to work support groups with the help of the Arthritis Foundation and South County Hospital ... next congrats to John Spaniol. John’s brother Joe, was The Clerk of Court, the Supreme Court of the United States 1985-1990. Brother Joe’s portrait was unveiled in the East Conference Room of the Court in January ... While on the subject of John S., several have questioned how John dates such attractive women. Well, if you missed the one at the reunion, she is on the cover of the September issue of ELLE magazine ... maybe it has something to do with John being an optometrist ... the December 27 issue of Fortune Magazine comments on Jake Blake and his stock picks for ’05. Jake is still high on wine futures ... Dave Nilges is up to his tush in Colorado snow and refuses to wax his skis in fear that he may go too fast. Dave recalls

some of the famous streetcar rides to Jesuit City West ... Gene Burns is glad the Homeland Security job is filled; he was scheduled for an interview in February ... Dan Boland is still in the land of grapes and sunshine – CA. He recently changed zip codes and now lives in Encinitas. ... keep the faith Pete


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Federation and the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities. He said he didn’t want to toot his horn too much ... anyone wanting his or her horn tooted, please get in touch with me. I need you to fill this column. ... Many of us will remember Jim Lawless and his beautiful date Mary Lou as the king and queen of our senior prom. Jim and Mary Lou were married on the Saturday after our graduation and now have 26 grandchildren. ... Ray Boyert was married two weeks after our graduation and now has 29 grandchildren. ... Please keep in your prayers our many, many classmates who are suffering in poor health and may God bless you all. See you June! Ray

REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
50 – 50 –50 Hey guys, it’s our 50th reunion year. June 17, 18 & 19, 2005 - see you all around the quad! ... Heard from James Nowlan who attended JCU from September ’51 to June ’54 when he left to attend medical school. He did not graduate from JCU but considers himself a member of our illustrious class. He is a retired doctor and resides in Visalia, CA. He hopes to attend the 50th. ... John Barranco has finally retired from the home appliance business in Atlanta, GA. He attended the summer Olympics in Greece where he chauffeured athletes to and from the games. He was invited as a reward for the fine job he did during the summer games when they were held in Atlanta. He has six grandchildren. ... Jerry Donatucci reports that John Kinney and his wife, Rita, have a favorite vacation spot in Northern Michigan where they spend the spring and summer months. However he would not give a more detailed location. ... Another gem from “Tucci the barber” has it that Phil Buchanan volunteered to be an “election sign dimension enforcer” this past presidential election in the Detroit area. According to an ordinance, signs cannot be over a given length and width for reasons of fairness. He was dismissed after the first day on the job because he lost the measuring tape he was issued. ... Before Jack Downie left for his Florida winter retreat he had a visit from Chuck Mathias, who lives in New Jersey. Chuck and his wife were visiting their son who lives in Northern Ohio. ... Jim Hoying received honorable mention at the Medical Mutual Outstanding Volunteer Awards ceremony last year for his work at the Kingston Nursing Home in Vermilion, OH. He also volunteers at a nursing home in Naples, FL, when he and his wife, Kay, are at their winter home. ... Dick Norris has recovered enough from major health set backs over the last two years to return to his favorite winter hideaway in Sanibel Island, FL. ... Larry Faulhaber and his wife, Rosemary, will also be in Naples, FL, during February. Hey fellows, looks like a Class of ’55 mini reunion could be held in that area without much travel. ... Many of us will remember Dick Zunt as sports editor of the Carroll News and editor of the sports section of our yearbook. Dick went on to a fine career as a sportswriter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer from 1957 to 2001 when he retired. He was a member of the Sports Advisory Council for the Ohio Bicentennial Commission from 1999 to 2003. He was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist (SPJ). He is presently on the board of directors of the Cleveland Baseball


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The big paycheck for editing and assembling these class notes is hearing from classmates. Last issue it was Larry Kinskey reporting Phil Ripepi receiving Man of the Year recognition in Pittsburgh. This time it’s Jim Schindler e-mailing news about his recently completed book, Tiny Tales and Whatnot. He is sending a copy. Jim joins George Eppley who authored Life Comes To The Archbishop (available at http://www.csnmail. net/~eppley/) who followed John Boler, who authored Leap of Faith. Now that’s a good bit of published writing for one class and I’ll bet there is more out there if you’d just let us know. ... Mary Lou and I had dinner with Jim and Marykay Knechtges recently before they departed for their winter digs in Port Saint Lucie, FL. We see Al DeGulis on a regular basis for dinner and a movie. ... Don’t be shy about sending in news about awards received or published works. Gippo

ing with their daughter in Arizona and plan to visit their son and family in Alaska in 2005. ... Jack Szabo recently inquired about Mark Schlund, Jim Schlund and John Mizenko of whom he has lost track. To the best of my knowledge, Jim Schlund operated the Briarhill Landscaping Service in Pinehurst, NC, and John Mizenko is a physician/ surgeon in Arizona. ... Sunday, November 21st was the annual alumni liturgy at JCU with the theme – “Celebrate the Spirit.” Rev. Timothy T. Shannon, SJ, vice president for Development and Alumni Relations concelebrated with ten other Jesuits. Our class was represented by Monica and Chuck Novak, Charles E. Rokicky, Rose Marie and me. ... Thanks to John Gormley, plus Rosalie Massey and Peter Bernardo ’67 (both JCU staff), some old Campion High (Chicago) medals and a 1928 Campion High yearbook have been enshrined in Campion Hall at JCU. ... Recently, Ruth and John Cicotta returned from visiting his mom’s birthplace in Caltinessetta, Sicily. They also visited Palermo, Agrigento, Taormina, Randazzo, Siracusa and Catania. “It was a great trip and I learned a lot about my heritage,” John said. Their son Tom’s wife is expecting twins in March, which will give them a total of 11 grandkids. ... Major James Kazmierczak, our son-in-law, was re-deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division in mid-January. Jim is the husband of Major Anita Felice Kazmierczak, USAR ’87, currently inactive service at Ft. Stewart. Please keep all the brave people serving our country in your prayers for safekeeping and early return. ... Enjoy the “long awaited” spring and HAPPY EASTER! God bless, Sal



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Richard Ottes, COL USAR (Retired) after 36 years service, informed me that COL Pierre LeFevre, who died May 22 last year, was USMC, not USA as reported. Dick served six years in grade as a colonel. He served six years on the Army staff in DCSLOG at the Pentagon plus two years in another general staff position at AMC in Alexandria, VA. Dick and Virginia live in St. Louis with hopes of spending some time at The Villages, FL, this winter. ... Jack Lynch, a member of the Ignatian Lay Volunteer Corps, was honored in mid-July with a Resolution from the Cook County Board of Commissioners for his assistance to over 500 patients of Evanston/Rogers Park, IL, Family Health Center. Over the past year, Jack has helped patients obtain more than $500,000 worth of life extending medications which they otherwise could not have afforded. (Note: this is truly Catholic Action – Congratulations Jack!). ... Pat Flynn could not be at our October mini-reunion since he and Shirley were just returning from Italy. ... Joan and Morris “Pat” Patarini spent Thanksgiv-

Richard L. Graff still lives in South Carolina. His new e-mail address is [email protected] in case you would like to contact him. ... Joe Rill is no longer missing, if he ever was. He is retired from the military and alive and well in Virginia. E-mail him at [email protected]. ... Gary Wechter used to be retired. No longer. He’s teaching political science part-time at Mount Union College. So, what do you think he did during the week of the Mount Union-JCU football game? Wore a JCU t-shirt to class, that’s what he did! He and wife Rita are at [email protected]. ... John Hanson had a rough 2004, but is looking at the bright lights of 2005 with new life. Wife Tarri broke her back, and John had a heart attack. All the children are doing well, as is the ski shop. ... We had some sad news here in San Antonio. One of our outstanding citizens, David D. Madorsky passed away on November 23, a week after his 68th birthday. David was known as “Doc the Clown,” a member of the local Alzafar Shrine Temple clown brigade. David spent a lifetime as a physician treating infectious diseases and brightening the lives of many unfortunates. His many accomplishments — from being a lay leader for Jewish soldiers in the U.S. Army, to over 35 years as a member of the Masonic Brotherhood, to a board member of the ShriJohn Carroll university • Winter 2005


ners Hospitals for Children in Houston, to active membership on the board of Jewish Family and Children Service of San Antonio, were in keeping with the JCU tradition of service. San Antonio will miss our classmate. He leaves a son and daughter and relatives in Cleveland. The last time I spoke with him on the phone I said, “We need to get together for lunch sometime, David.” We never did. I always thought there’ll be a tomorrow. Didn’t realize that all we have is today. ... Peace, JEC


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from Michigan, Bill and Ann Marks from Indiana, Roger and Edy Risher, Bob and Wendy McFaul, Marty and Davy Dempsey, Paul and Dolores Brust, Jim and June Hill, Tom Tully, for a fun-filled evening. ... No e-mail news for this issue. Hope you had a good winter and are thawed out enough to drop us a line and let us know what is going on in your world. Peace ... JB

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REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
Our reunion committee has been formulated and has begun calling to remind all about our 45year reunion in June 2005. Dave Nichting, Frank Dempsey, Jerry Rachfal, Jim Mason and I met at Homecoming and appointed Jim as chair. Since then, Larry Beaudin, Bill Buescher, Bob Fitzgerald, Jim Forrestal, Jim Gauntner, Tom O’Malley, and Joe Rini have stepped up and volunteered to help. ... I am happy to say that Jim Powers, Jack Lyons, Greg Fisher and Steve Schuda are the first to respond to Jim Forrestal’s suggestion about the class e-mail list. They have also confirmed their attendance at reunion. Bill Buescher says Joe Morrissey and Len Piotrowski are definitely coming. “The Falls” reports that Jim Reilly, Fred Schaal (without slides), Field Retterer, Jack Duffy, Jim Patterson and Dave Wenzler have committed to attend. He further informs me that Ken Roznowski has retired after 27 years as a special education teacher in Chicago. He goes on to say, “Be aware, Paul Pellegrino, that Jack Duffy will be very upset if you are not at the reunion.” I know that Jerry Malizia (another “Wicker”) is coming. Don’t get these two upset with you “Pudge.” ... “The Falls” also reports that Dick Vogel, now a retired Marine Colonel and town councilman in Brighton, NY, a suburb of Rochester, is the Rochester area chair for the New York Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. In his position he runs a trip to the Washington, DC, area every year to showcase the military. He convinced Jerry to attend the 2004 junket last August. The trip was wonderful, flying in a Marine C-130 and capped off by reserved seats at the Marine Barracks Evening Parade. “Vogs,” who, like “The Falls,” recently retired from Xerox commanded the Marine Reserve 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division. Jerry says he is enjoying retirement and further reports that although we knew “Vogs” as Dick when at Carroll he is now known as Jim in Rochester. I shall always remember him as my “conscience” in the basement of Dolan Hall. ... Dave Callahan is the first of our classmates to show up at Muldoon’s for our Third Friday Lunch meeting. Some of the guys hadn’t seen him in 45 years. ... Bob Banci has been keeping me entertained with e-mails, as has Denny McGrath. Too bad about the OSU/OU bowl game, Denny (Go Bucks! Bummer Sooner!). ... Bob Fitzharris surprised his wife upon the occasion of her qualification for Medicare (Happy Birthday, Pat and welcome to the group) with a trip to England. Upon returning, they hooked up with Ed and Margo Melotti to tour DC and the Fort

Eustis/Yorktown areas. Bob reports that they had a marvelous trip thanks in large part to the Melottis’ incredible hospitality. ... Thanks to all who sent material for this column. Also, thanks to all the English majors who ignored the grammatical error in the last column (my wife didn’t). I am teaching a “writing intensive” course at JCU this semester (part of the new core requirements), perhaps I can learn to proof my own work as thoroughly as I do my students’. CLEVELAND/AKRON AREA RESIDENTS! – GIVE SOME THOUGHT TO THE ALUMNI GOLF OUTING AT SLEEPY HOLLOW ON 6 JUNE 2005. IT COULD BE A GOOD TIME FOR OUR CLASS TO WARM UP FOR THE REUNION. Info on the outing will be forthcoming from the Alumni Office. I hope to see you at the reunion. Be well! Jerry

It took 35 years, but on October 22, Bill Marks was finally inducted into the JCU Athletic Hall of Fame for his efforts on behalf of the JCU football program. It was an honor that was long overdue. Bill averaged 5.7 yards per carry during his career, which is the third best in JCU history. His single season average per carry of 6.3 yards in 1959 also ranked fourth all-time at JCU. Like his teammates F.X. Walton and Leon Matthews, Bill played a major role on JCU’s first undefeated season in 1959 before being drafted by the New York Titans. ... Thanks to the generosity of Bill Beahan, Jerry Burke, John Breznai, Tom Brunn, Paul Brust, Marty Dempsey, Tom Dwyer, Mike Geraci, Nat Malizia, Leon Matthews, Tom McGann, Jerry McGivern, Ed Paglione, Gerry Porter ’58, Roger Risher, Joe Ruble, Tom Tully, and F.X. Walton, we were able to take out a full page ad for Bill in the Hall of Fame dinner program. We also placed an ad in the weekly football program and still had money left over to make a generous donation to the Blue Gold Club on behalf of Bill. Bill and Ann Marks were joined by Jack Hyland, Jack Toronski, Mattie Mathews, F.X. Walton, Chuck Schmitzer, John Breznai, Tom Dwyer, Ed Paglione, Mike and M.T. Geraci, Tom Brunn, Tom and Louise McGann, Jerry and Mary Beth McGivern, Paul and Dolores Brust, Bonnie and myself for this special evening. The following day the Brusts threw their own farewell party prior to their move to Arizona. Everyone enjoyed a brunch and wished them well in their new home. An added attraction for Bill was that he got to see his grandson, Noah, a freshman at JCU, play in the Homecoming football game. The weekend was capped off by a party at the home of Gerry and Miriam ’62G Porter after Saturday’s football game. We were joined by fellow columnist Jerry Schweickert ’60, who explained how bad he felt that his wife had to file suit against John Breznai after being launched from John’s moving golf cart at the Breznai summer golf tournament. John has never been a good loser. (By the way, welcome aboard, Jerry.) Special thanks to the Porters, who went above and beyond by throwing this party two weeks after Gerry underwent hip replacement surgery. Special thanks also to Tom McGann for getting us a special rate at the local Holiday Inn. It was truly a memorable weekend. ... One month later we had what felt like another JCU homecoming at the wedding reception of our daughter, Barbara. We were joined by Bill and Barbara Beahan from Florida, F. X. and Cathy Walton from South Carolina, Ed and Mary Paglione from New Jersey, Mattie Mathews from New York, Tom and Louise McGann 36
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Warm regards from India: Thanks to the Internet, we were able to contact Kailash Bagaria in Kolkata (known as Calcutta prior to 2001). Kailash, a father and grandfather, has been a highly successful businessman in India since the days he left JCU after being president of the Carroll Union. Starting in the early 1960s, he managed Steelsworth Group in Assam which is the world’s largest tea machinery manufacturer and exporter. He has also been chairman of Buildwell Group, past general secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, and has served on numerous boards of companies, schools, and hospitals. He is the president and managing trustee of Bagaria Charitable Trust. Unlike most of our classmates that seem to have gravitated to golf, Kailash is a member of the Calcutta Club, the Bengal Rowing Club, and the National Cricket Club. ... Our class was represented at the most recent Alumni Mass and Breakfast by Peg and Jack Durkin, Joanne and Tom Gerst, Ellen and Jack Hearns, JoAnn and Gene Kramer, and Joanne and Dan Shaughnessy. The Rev. Thomas P. O’Malley, president of JCU from 1980 to 1988 honored us with his presence at our class table during the breakfast. ... Richard Burke from Simpsonville, SC, has been informed that he has been successful in setting a new Guinness World Record in the category of “Most blood donated - plasmapheresis.” Since 1975, he has donated 1,411 units of blood (the equivalent of 634.95 liters) during 1,193 blood donation visits. ... Not too long ago, we referenced the retirement of Dick Murray from Dallas, TX. He and his wife, Vinton, have resurfaced in Asheville, NC, on the very street where his wife was raised. While most know the city for being the home of the Biltmore House as well as a center for arts, crafts, and music, Dick describes it as having “a wonderful and funky kind of charm in the middle of a great climate.” No doubt it also has a few championship golf courses since Dick is an avid golfer. ... Larry Mulvihill retired from the law firm of Smith, Haugher, Rice & Rogers in Grand Rapids, MI, after spending over 40 years as a trial attorney. He has opened his own office in

Grand Haven, MI, a resort city on Lake Michigan, and lives in Ferrysburg where he serves on the City Council and is chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals. He and his wife, Mary, have four children and eight grandchildren - a son and two daughters-in-law have degrees from JCU. ... Jack Durkin and his son, Sean, recently spent 11 days on a 45-ft. sloop sailing the Caribbean Sea around the U.S., British, and Spanish Virgin Islands. Jack, a four-year veteran of the U.S. Navy reports the crew of five encountered severe storms and rough seas for most of the trip. ... Jim DeClerck retired from Kodak after 39 years of service. Just before retiring, he was manager of the logistics division for Kodak (China) in Xiamen where his company built a film and paper manufacturing plant. Today, 50% of the film produced by the plant is sold in China and the remaining 50% is purchased throughout the rest of Asia. Jim and his wife, Uta, reside in Huntington Beach, CA - they have two daughters and three grandchildren. ... Keep us informed - Jack

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We hope that these notes find you in good health, and that your holidays were joyous and safe. ... I heard from Barbara Schubert, who with her husband, John, left for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 5, where they will spend the next 3 1/2 months tutoring the youngest students at Loyola High School. This is a co-ed school run by the Jesuits that is now nearly ten years old. The students enter the school with varying degrees of skill in the English language, in which all classes are taught. Barbara and her husband, who were both English teachers and have been retired for more than ten years, state they have never done anything like this before, and with this experience are likely to learn more from their students than the students will learn from them. ... I have received a number of updates regarding Terry Leahy’s health since the last publication of the Alumni Journal. In November, Terry received a second transplant of stem cells from his sister, Mary Jo. He is recovering and was able to return home at Christmas for a few days. Terry was required to stay within 45 minutes of the hospital for 60 days after the stem cell transplant in case any side effects popped up. For those of you wishing to communicate with Terry, his new e-mail address is [email protected]. Overall, Terry’s son, Mark, states that things seem to be going well for his dad. ... As a follow-up to Paul Kantz’s article in the last issue of John Carroll, which detailed his experience with the Florida hurricanes, our personal experience as well as that of a number of classmates was unfortunately different. Tree damage within the immediate area of our development in Palm Bay, which is just south of Melbourne, has resulted in a $40,000 bill for tree removal, and house damage to Bud Meyers’ home in Satellite Beach was considerable. Areas south of Palm Bay along the Indian River Lagoon encountered much more severe dam-

Carlos Genie ’63 came to Carroll from Managua, nicaragua at the end of the 1950s. he returned home after graduation to work in the family business, a pharmaceutical and cosmetics distributorship. he married Maria elena in 1965 and they were blessed with a daughter, Johanna; and a son, Carlos Fernando. he and his family lived through the devastating Managua earthquake of 1972 in which the business was burned and the family home destroyed. they rebuilt, but in 1979, even though they were not involved in politics, they were sorely affected by the consequences of the sandinista takeover of the nicaraguan government. though his mother and sisters stayed in nicaragua, Carlos and his family moved to neighboring honduras, where he established a distributorship of medical supplies and pharmaceutical products in the capital of tegulcigalpa. he divested himself of that business in 1992, but soon created another similar venture, and then in 2001 the company began manufacturing its own pharmaceutical products. in addition to domestic consumption, they are exporting to nicaragua and soon expect to be in el salvador and Guatemala. Carlos and Maria elena are the grandparents of nine and Carlos said they are enjoying their life in honduras. looking back on his John Carroll years, Carlos observed: “My appreciation of what i learned at JCu was more in the formation of character and values because those codes have served me the most to become what i am. in those difficult moments when you feel the need to give up on your values to obtain instant gratification, instant acceptance, instant political benefits, there is something that comes from the bottom of your character not to negotiate on ethics, or on moral and other values.”

aged and were seen with trees snapped in half, pleasure boats up on the roads, sidewalks and streets washed out, and homes built before passage of current building codes totally destroyed. Australian pines, which grow to 150 feet, and dominate this area, suffered tremendously. These trees brought to Florida in the 1800s to provide shade and windbreak and those which were planted in the 1950s along the Melbourne Causeway from US1 to A1A in Indialantic are now being removed by Florida Department of Transportation as hazards in strong winds and storms. ... Finally, this is the year in which many of us will turn 65, and become eligible for all those wonderful programs entitling us to Medicare or other retirement programs. To all of you who become 65 this year, good health and prosperity. Now is indeed the time for you to share with the rest of us what you are doing in the golden years. ... The response that I received in my last request for e-mail addresses was limited. Please help keep us all up to date on what is going on in your life. Just drop me a note, or e-mail at the above address. ... Until the next time, take care. Bob


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Joe Noga sent me a nice update last August. He remarried in 1992 to Terry Laurie, a Kent State undergrad and a Claremont MBA. They adopted three babies at different times from the LA County system. They are bilingual and are now in the 6th, 3rd, and 2nd grades in a French-American school in Los Angeles. Joe has curtailed his flying, sailing, and does not see as many friends as in the past. But the tremendous return he and Terry Laurie are getting watching the little ones grow is priceless. Joe’s older boys, 36 and 28, fly in Alaska and jump from helicopters in air/ sea USCG rescue. Joe does some consulting assignments now after spending 23 years in executive capacities and after buying and then selling a business. ... Tom Ryan is still in Chicago,
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semi retired, working Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Tom and his wife celebrated their son’s wedding last June and are now empty nesters. Perhaps they have bought that condo near Lake Michigan on Chicago’s near north side that he told me about. They also have 6 grandkids now, the last one born September 7. His name is Jack Ryan. That’s a fairly well known name in Illinois, Tom, as I’m sure you know. ... John Dix was selected for the magazine’s Making a Difference. John continues with his business in Columbus, Business Development Index, Ltd, and serves as co-director of The Center of Excellence in Manufacturing Management at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business. John also serves on the Advisory Board for the Boler School. ... I received a nice Christmas card from Bernie Daleske’s widow, Annie. Annie also sent a very nice picture of her family. Annie became a grandmother with the birth of Kailyn Marie. Their son, Chris, completed his studies at Clemson in Dec. and after spending Christmas at home was off to Europe to visit historical sites. Chris reported to Ft. Sill, OK in Feb. as a 1st Lt. ... I also received an e-mail from John Zvolensky, who wanted me to know that his daughter arranged to send John some wine from Frank Grace’s vineyards in Italy. It seems that the wine is available in Alexandria, VA, where John’s daughter lives. John also wanted me to pass on that his good friend, Steve Pachasa ’67, passed away May 23, 2004. Steve and John were on the JCU golf team in ’63. John also told me that his youngest son, John, and his band Old Union had an opportunity last summer to tour with Bonnie Bramlett, one-half of the group Delaney and Bonnie in the late ’60s. John enjoyed the Paul Kantz article in the last edition. Paul visited Rachael and John when they were living in New Jersey a dozen years ago, and they saw one of the best football games of their lives, William and Mary vs. Princeton. Now if only the Blue Streaks could ever get by Mount Union! ... Carlos Genie sent me an update too. Carlos is originally from Nicaragua but has lived in Honduras since 1979. (See previous page) ... Well, as I said at the beginning, not much news to pass on this time. After at least 35-40 years writing this column I still have to beg once in a while to let me hear from you. So, yeah, I’m begging. E-mail’s great, so use it. ... Until next time, Pete

send your notes to: Frank Kelley 20 County Knoll Dr. Binghampton, ny 13901-6109 607-648-5947 e-mail: [email protected]

Well, its March 2005, how’s everyone doing on their New Year’s resolutions? Meet me at South Beach, Dr Atkins ... Congratulations to Bob Klepac on two recent awards: his psychology internship program at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, was named “Outstanding Training Program” by the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy; then the Association of Psychological Postdoctoral and Intern Programs presented him with a special recognition for Distinction in Psychology Internship Training. Can part of Bob’s success be attributed to our many JCU classmates who provided an early 38
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and stimulating curiosity about their behavior? ... Denny Marini wrote from Ormond Beach, FL. Hit by three hurricanes, he and wife Kathy suffered no major damage, but massive cleanup. Denny, retired and is consulting in Leadership Development and Business Excellence Assessments, reports eight grandkids throughout the southeast, thereby topping my last report of seven grandkids each for Tom and Ellen Ungashick and Russ and Ginny Centanni. It seems Centanni and Ungashick have added aqua landscaping to the competitive mix: Last time we reported on the Ungashick’s saltwater pool; now comes Centanni reporting his construction of a koi pond, and 50-foot stream with waterfalls. I’m not sure where the Centanni’s found time to spend 15 days in Sicily in November, and as you receive this they will be visiting Rome and Florence with the JCU Bishop Pilla Program in Italian American Studies culminating with Easter Mass at the Vatican. Buon viaggio ... and Aloha! Mike and Beverly Naylon and Gene and Colleen Clendenning along with other friends spent Christmas and celebrated New Year’s Eve on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, HI. Sunsets, rainbows galore, and old friends. Good choice, guys. ... Two tsunami “close calls” were reported. The Naylon’s daughter, Colleen, cancelled a vacation stop on the beach at Sri Lanka for the week of December 26. Likewise, Jim and Barbara Joyce were relieved to hear that all is well from Barbara’s sister and her husband who were in Phuket, Thailand, area as part of their circumnavigation of the globe on their 40-foot sailboat. It’s a small world and Mother Nature can be a harsh mistress. ... Gordie and Lynn ’87G Priemer celebrate the college graduation of last daughter, Anne, who is going into the Peace Corps for two years. Gordie says it’s to get far away from dad, but I suspect higher motives. ... Bernie Canepari reports that his next acting project is a part in the movie “The O in Ohio.” Asked to summarize the part, Bernie deprecatingly responded “Don’t blink.” ... A final report from John Breen on the Jim Joyce Autumn Golf Open in Waynesville, NC: Joyce took all the money, Bill Smith told the most retirement stories, and not surprisingly, Jim Heavey eschewed the golf to meet the citizens of Waynesville in local watering holes. It’s rumored that he may be on the ballot for Alderman next fall. Breen, who missed the ’04 event due to cataclysmic motorcycle tendencies, says he’ll be at the autumn ’05 event no matter what — just in time to go doorto-door for the Heavey campaign. ... Allyn Adams successfully chaired the search for a new executive director for the JCU Entrepreneurs Association. The JCUEA Web site is one of many great ways to stay connected to the alma mater. Also try, and you can tweak Google to feed your daily or weekly updates about all JCU news. ... And lastly, back-to-back good fortune for the Kelleys: Joanne and I had the blessing of a third grandchild, Justin Joshua Hujack, in Philadelphia on December 1 — and to celebrate, on a blustery 39 degree December 2, your writer rifled a perfect 8-iron into the wind 125 yards for his first hole-in-one. Ho hum ... Until next time, best wishes to all. Frank


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REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
Welcome to our 40th reunion year. I am looking forward to seeing some of you from 17-19 June – Reunion Weekend. ... I recently got Christmas greetings from Jack Kenesey and Peter Kiernan. Jack and his wife, Mary Ann, are doing well in Chicago and enjoying their grandchildren. Jack is looking forward to retirement this coming year. Peter is still an attorney with Ohrenstein & Brown, LLP in New York City. ... My wife and I recently returned from a trip to South America where we visited Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Iguazu Falls (on both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides); Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Colonia, Uruguay. The Jesuits set up missions among the Guaíra Indians in the region of the falls in the early 17th Century. I was half expecting a Jesuit to step out of the bushes and comment on the JCU t-shirt I was wearing during the visit! ... Jim Flanagan wrote after seeing Charlie Hymers’ name in a recent column. Jim had been one of Charlie’s roommates and was with him not long before he was killed in Vietnam. Jim’s son, Kevin (7th grade), was in Washington, DC, last November where he visited the Vietnam War Memorial and found Charlie’s name. Jim recently retired as finance director of Delphi Corporation after 36 years. He and his wife, Diane, hope to attend our 40th class reunion. ... With 40 years separating us from graduation, you must have some news to report. Send me an e-mail with the latest. ... Regards from the Pacific Northwest, Dick


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Dan Kush checked in with a Christmas card and note. In October Dan and his family celebrated the marriage of his son Brian to Mary Beth Young in Hot Springs, VA. Dan’s youngest daughter, Katie, received her master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and is working for Capitol One in Richmond, VA. Dan’s daughter Wendy continues to live in Santa Monica, CA, where she works for a screenwriter and director. Dan’s wife, Judy, continues her work with Diplomat’s Washington, helping to put on seminars for newly arrived wives of ambassadors and diplomatic staff members. Judy reports that Dan turned 60 in December, joining the rest of us who continue to get better, not older! He will appreciate that his Young Republican Club is still very active on the JCU campus. Dan says that he is already looking forward to our 40th Reunion in 2006. ... Bob Spicer’s Gilmour Academy football team set a school record by winning 11 games, this past season, and earning their first ever playoff victory in the process. ... Until the next time, Fran

arch Gleason to be the leader of the World lottery association
sports federations and international organizations such as the north american association of state and Provincial lotteries. Gleason served the latter body as president from 2001-2002. the global Wla provides continuing education and other member services and works to support international standards for lottery management, security and social responsibility. the Wla also seeks to improve the public’s understanding of responsible gaming and the role of lotteries in society. “i am truly grateful for the support of members from around the world who have presented me with this wonderful opportunity and challenge,” Gleason said. “it’s an honor to be elected to a position on the Wla executive Committee while also being chosen to serve as its senior vice president. While much has been accomplished in the last five years by the Wla’s past and continuing leaders, i look forward to working with the new executive committee members in building on prior accomplishments, making constructive changes and setting a course for the future.” “it’s good to see the rest of the world realize what a tremendous leader we have right here in Kentucky,” said KlC’s board chairman George Demaree. “arch has brought a tremendous amount of skill, expertise and integrity to the Kentucky lottery, and i have no doubt his influence is about to be felt all across the world.”
player of the year ... Peter R. Bernardo is the director of Planned Giving at John Carroll. If any alumni desire to become a member of the Magis Society, it is very easy: anyone who leaves a gift to JCU in their estate becomes a member. Pete can be reached at [email protected]. ... Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I went to Chicago to visit my daughter, Jennifer ’99. Jennifer works at Ralph Lauren on Michigan Avenue. I took several copies of John Carroll magazine and placed them in the reception area of the store. Of course there are a “few” JCU alumni in the Chicago area. Jennifer advised me that there were numerous comments about the magazine. ... I recently hired a JCU grad, Raven Lugo ’92 to work at Oriana House, Inc. I believe in hiring JCU alums as they are very well prepared for the

workforce. ... Well that’s it — oh you can reach me at [email protected] (I have entered the techno age!) or at the numbers listed. ... Hope to hear from all soon and to see you at the John Carroll basketball games. Peter


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arthur “arch” Gleason of the Class of 1969 is about to become the leader of the trade association that represents more than 144 government-controlled lotteries from over 77 countries – lotteries whose combined sales are in excess of $120 billion. Gleason, the president and Ceo of the Kentucky lottery Corporation, has been elected senior vice president of the World lottery association (Wla). the current Wla president has announced he will step down next november, and under Wla by-laws Gleason will ascend to the organization’s presidency. the Wla works with regional lottery associations to represent the collective interests of its members and to foster constructive relationships with worldwide

A happy new year to one and all. My wife and I spent the last month at our home in Vermont and got to enjoy a traditional, old-fashioned New England Christmas. After living in Florida for so many years it was a big change indeed. ... While I was in Vermont I received some very welcome e-mails from ’68 grads. ... Bill Trost wrote to bring us up on his life since graduation. Bill has been with the Shaker School District since graduation where he served as a teacher and administrator. Bill and his wife enjoy traveling and are beginning to plan for retirement. Good to hear from him and I hope to see Bill and his wife at Reunion 2005. ... Bob Pietlock ’71 also dropped me a line or two. After graduation Bob served in the Army for two years and returned to Cleveland to claim the lovely Judy as his wife. Bob and Judy settled in Colorado where they pursued their love of art and photography. Today they own and operate a first class fine art store, with plans to open several more. Both enjoy traveling and make Europe their destination of choice. ... Walt Lyons and his wife, Connie, live in Cleveland. Walt spent over 25 years as a special agent with the Criminal Investigation Division of IRS, retiring in 1999. Today he enjoys spending time with his grandchild and taking life easy. ... Larry and Mary Kennard recently welcomed their first grandchild to the family. ... Tim DeHaven lives in Ohio and operates the family garden centers. Tim also hosts a radio show which focuses on gardening. And, by the way, he hasn’t changed a bit. It must be all that fresh air. ... So we begin to see the circle develop. In the next several weeks I hope to hear from more ’68 grads with their stories. Especially high on the list are Ed Smolik, Gale McNeeley, Dave Dodge ’69, and any others from the Pacelli Hall crowd of 1964. Ray


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Hello class. By the time you read this I hope the worst part of the winter season has left us. I know other parts of the ’67 alumni landscape have experienced adverse weather conditions but the Cleveland area seems to have reached its limit. ... John Gibbons recently completed his football season at St. Edward’s. Several of the young men that he coached received post-season honors; one was named Cuyahoga County

I love being able to write this column just because of the following note. Dan Minnis, one of our classmates who stared on the wrestling team and as a history major sent this columnist the following bet. Dan believes he is the only Tribal Court Judge among all JCU alumni, not of just the Class of 1969 but of all 25,000 alumni of JCU. Dan serves as a part time judge with the Blackfeet Nation Tribal Court in Browning, Montana. Dan sits in on cases where the jurisdiction lies on the Blackfeet Indian Nation. After making a few phone calls (as good columnist should do) I hear Dan is well respected and appreciated by the Blackfeet
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John Marcus ’72: the man behind the ad that may have made Bush president
true story witnessed and overheard: late in January, in the context of his second inaugural, President Bush was receiving some of those who worked on his reelection. he greeted the principal of a Washington political ad agency. ascertained what the man did in the campaign. Called over to Karl rove and said, “Karl, this is the guy who won it for us.” the man in question was not John Marcus. however, John Marcus ’72, a superb class columnist who also has a day job, was the creative force who wrote the ad, Ashley’s Story, to which Mr. Bush attributed his victory. Bush is not alone in his claim. the headline of syndicated columnist Clarence Page’s December 9 piece read: “the president’s victory sprung from a hug.” the hug in question was the one George Bush gave ashley Faulkner in Ashley’s Story. Marcus and his firm, McCarthy Marcus hemming, ltd, did the ad for the conservative “527” political committee Progress for america (PFa). the tv spot featured Mason, ohio, teenager ashley Faulkner whose mother Wendy was killed in the World trade Center on september 11. the heart of the ad’s spoken message was ashley saying, “he’s the most powerful man in the world, and all he wants to do is make sure i’m safe, that i’m oK.” the visual center of the commercial was a photo of Bush hugging ashley with an expression on his face that even his most furious opponents would acknowledge is an unmistakable image of compassion. the photo depicting the moment was taken by ashley’s father lynn at a rally in lebanon, ohio, on May 5. Marcus and company put it all together. Progress For america spent $17 million to
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run the commercial in closely contested states, which most definitely included ohio. in addition to the assessments of Bush and Page, the trade journal, Advertising Age, wrote: “We said, ‘it might come down to one commercial,’ and it may well have.” the kinds of assertions involved here are not easy to prove conclusively, but the available statistical evidence is persuasive: in ohio, those who remembered seeing the ad backed Bush by seven points, while those who did not remember seeing it supported Kerry by 15 points. While it may be true that if you are leaning toward Bush, you are more likely to remember Ashley’s Story and vice versa, a national survey that compared the PFa ad with a praised piece by Moveon. pac found that twice as many people recalled the PFa ad.

indisputably, by any measure, Marcus’ ad was a home run. liberalleaning Salon called the ad the most widely seen and effective campaign commercial: “in a campaign known for its negative tone…the commercial, with its heartfelt 9/11 connection, turned out to be an exception: a memorable, motivating, feel-good ad.” the american association of Political Consultants (aaPC) thought so too, and on January 24 they awarded McCarthy Marcus hemmings, ltd., a Gold Pollie, the highest honor for political advertisements. it may not be an oscar, but in the world of political advertising this is a huge deal. Marcus said the ad has “opened many doors.” he also said he is gratified because this is one more demonstration that, “Positive ads work; that’s what we try to do with all of our candidates.” When he was with another firm, Marcus won a Gold Pollie for the extended political commercial biography he did for senator John McCain and a runner-up award for a piece he did for senator robert Dole. the Detroit native – son of John Marcus, sr. ’39 and nephew of sam Marcus ’40, both members of John Carroll’s hall of Fame – is the husband of Monique and the father of J. Michael, Julie and Caroline. the family has a nice time in suburban Bethesda. as regards celebrations of Marcus’ quality, John Carroll was there first, having given the writer the silver Quill as class columnist of the year well before the Pollies took note. Marcus understands that while he may have changed an election and the course of history, he is not entitled to a waiver on his 600-word limit or to a column submission extension longer than his customary week.

Nation. Thanks Dan for bringing pride to JCU and the Class of 1969. Dan and lovely wife Lori live in Cut Bank, MT, with their three children Kate, William and Mya. ... Second on this columns agenda is a request for feedback from all members of the class who spent freshman year on the second floor Pacelli T-wing in having a little mini-reunion. Just e-mail this columnist your thoughts and I will send the information onto the inquiring individual. ... Third, since out of over 600 classmates the only true news I got was from Dan I thought I would use a little space to promote two of our classmates. These little promotions are being done without their knowledge but this columnist has experienced first hand their professional expertise. First is Rich Tonelli, owner of the Raintree Restaurant in Chagrin Falls, OH, (just on the east side of Cleveland). In an age where restaurants come and go faster than women’s fashion, Rich has been a main stay in Chagrin Falls for over 30 years. The food is outstanding; the service is even better but most importantly Raintree is a very comfortable and friendly location. So if you live in Cleveland and are looking to celebrate something special or visiting from out of town and want to impress the boss or customers try the Raintree owned by our classmate Mr. Tonelli. Second, I would like to promote Howard Hanna and his growing real estate company. Howard has grown the family business from just being a local Pittsburgh firm to having offices in Erie, Youngstown and Cleveland — plus still growing. But again from first hand experience this is a special company. When my father’s house in Pittsburgh had to sell because he was going into a nursing home and all his family was out of town, Howard referred one of his agents to me and my whole family was impressed by the agent’s attention to our needs in a tough situation. Also by checking, I found this to be true all up and down the company. So if looking to buy or sell in Howard’s growing area, please consider his company and supported a fellow classmate. Also Howard is supported by fellow classmate David ‘Doc” Lloyd who serves as the CFO, another one of our accountants. ... In closing I know classmates are having grandchildren, retiring, own their own businesses. Let me share the good word, Grimmer


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we could really get the reunion attendance effort rolling. We need help! If you are interested in joining to plan the weekend, you can contact any of the committee members, or contact Rosalie Massey in the alumni office directly, at 216-3973014 or e-mail her at [email protected]. Rosalie has a great breakdown of our class by activity and by present contact info. You do not need to live in the greater Cleveland area to participate, and Rosalie has the means to keep all volunteers “in the loop” with reservation responses, etc. Please join us. ... In other news, Ron Moeller updated his alumni profile online at Ron and his wife, Virginia, are living in Fremont, CA, where they are “enjoying being in California and the wonderful weather,” and are “doting grandparents of two grandchildren, five and three years old.” Speaking of grandchildren, by the time you receive this, my wife Karen and I should be grandparents for the first time, compliments of our daughter, Gretchen, and her husband, John Hogan – both JCU ’93. Ron and Virginia have 2 children, Robert and Susan, and Ron is employed as senior staff for Novellus Systems in San Jose. ... Rich Harkey sent an e-mail saying that he made it to the annual DAT holiday reunion event at Flannery’s downtown, after spending a few unplanned days in Chicago trying to get a flight out after the snowstorm. The reunion was comprised of about 60 alums, primarily from the JCU classes of 1964 through 1980. Our class was represented by Rich, Paul Antonin, and Terry Wichmann. There is talk of a summer event for the group. ... In some sad news, we were informed of the passing of classmate Neil Edward Rasmussen by his wife, Mary. Neil passed away from cancer on December 16. Neil had been a manager of internal audit for Goodrich Corp. in Charlotte, NC. In addition to Mary, Neil is survived by his daughter, Kristen Rasmussen Barry, master’s of accountancy ’94 and her husband, Patrick Phillip Barry ’94, and his son, Jeffrey. Mary also wrote “Neil will be missed by all. He was looking forward to the reunion in June of 2005.” Condolences can by sent to the family at 2215 Beaucatcher Ln., Charlotte, NC 28270. ... Wishing all of you a happy and healthy year in 2005, the reunion committee hopes to hear from you soon, and to see you at Reunion 2005. Keep the news coming to either me directly, or to the Alumni Office. Ted

Atlanta Braves spring training. Barb continues her performing career in a new MGM Studio attraction called Lights Motors Action! Extreme Stunt Show. Son Patrick works in guest relations at the Animal Kingdom. Next time you see the mouse mention John’s name it might get you an autographed picture. ... It was great to hear from Dick Leehr, who moved from Michigan to Hampton Falls, NH, (about an hour north of Boston). He continues his career as president of a gas pipeline system. He mentions having spent time with Tom and Jamie Goslin in Pittsburgh and Mike and Leigh Sullivan in Bloomfield Hills, MI. I knew nothing much had changed when I saw a picture of Dick and his racecar, which he races in the Midwest during the summer. ... Mike Bobinski tells me that I was right about the value of a visit to the JCU campus. I was delighted to hear from Len Muni. He is living in the heart of Eastern Europe called Seven Hills, OH. Len has spent 31 years educating kids in the Berea School District. He teaches science at Midpark High School. He also runs the programs at their planetarium. ... Jody Russelburg, another retired (2000) Army officer, following his leaving the JAG Corps, has settled in with wife, Mary Jane, in Frederick, MD. He works in Arlington, VA, for the DEA. He and Mary Jane are parents four times and grandparents of three daughters. So now you know that you can find him backed up on the Beltway Monday through Friday. ... I heard from Tom Keenan and Joan in Oldsmar, FL, (Tampa Bay near Clearwater). Tom and I spent eight years of glorious Jesuit education together. He is one of about 11 in our class that came from Ignatius Chicago. I think at Ignatius we often met in JUG (that is detention for those who have never been there) and that is where we decided that JCU was the place for us. Tom is a semi retired real estate tycoon and a recent grandpa. ... Rosemary Costello was voted in a recent newspaper poll the best principal in Champaign-Urbana. Now if I could only get a home cooked meal once in a while. ... Stay healthy till next time, Tom & Rosemary Editor’s note: We regret to inform you that Andy Nowacki, son of Denis Nowacki and Sheila Perry ’73 Nowacki, was killed February 26 while serving his second tour as a U.S. Marine in Iraq. Our prayers are with the Nowacki family.


REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
Mark the dates! The JCU class of 1970 35th reunion is scheduled for June 17-19. We still need volunteers for the reunion committee. Those who have already committed are: Tom Ahern, Don Brown, Sue Eagan, Bob Faught, Tom Freyvogel, Jim Hogue, Frank Piunno and myself. However, we need more help! Tom Ahern communicated a great idea. If we could get 2-3 regional “directors” in the major metropolitan areas (Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cincinnati/Dayton, Toledo/ Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Buffalo/Rochester, NY/NJ), and 1-2 “organization directors” (Band, Carroll News, football, rugby, AED, DAT, Sailing Club, AKPsi, Beta Tau, U-Club, IBG, I-Chi, etc.),

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“Bring the whole family.” Well maybe not but Al and Sue Tegel live in Avon where he is the National City Bank community president for the four county Firelands area. This includes Sandusky, home of Cedar Point. I mentioned daughter Tracie’s wedding before but did I tell you that wedding pictures were taken at the JCU pool. This is where the romance between a Mt. Union grad and a B-W grad began. Ah the reach of John Carroll. ... John and Barb Vercek ’72 Byers have survived the hurricanes. John spends a couple of days a week of his Navy retirement protecting Mickey and other Goofy folks at Disney World. He has had the opportunity to work some really nifty events including

Granny and Grandpa Brown. Know them? Granny, better known to many as Donna Bowen Brown, and Gramps, better known as Don “BMOC QB and football captain” Brown ’70 (who, I was told recently by an old teammate, had a fabulous arm but ran like a grandfather even back then) hit the “Daily Double.” Twin boys Michael Donald and James Daniel trotted onto the field of life on November 20 – sons of Megan and Don Mazucca. Remember that great TV ad where a 40ish couple is examining a piece of mail and the wife says, “Mom and dad have missed their payment on their electric bill.” Smash cut to a fun-loving 70ish couple riding top-down in a convertible whooping
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and hollering as they made their way across the country? That’s Don and Donna – they sold their house of 20 years in Ashland, IL, and bought a “town” house in N. Evanston — PARTY at the Browns! So daughter Maura hears the news and moves jobs (from Accenture to Crate and Barrel) and moves from Roscoe Village to Lincoln Park. And the new Mazucca family moves from Scottsdale to Chandler, AZ, to accomodate the new brood. Finally, Maura announces her engagement. Other than that — nothing going on with the Browns. ... Heard from Jack Bertges – he was in DC and did not call. But he wanted to let me know he visited Erie, Pittsburgh and Richmond too. (Jack knows how to pick travel spots, huh?). He saw B.J. Lechner ’69 and saw Tom Joyce in Pittsburgh. Jack reports that Tom’s daughter is a junior pre-med at JCU and that Tom is at Mellon Bank. ... Charlie Carroll and his wife, Mary Beth ’73, were out to SF to visit Charlie’s daughter, who is with a “prestigious” SF law firm. Gonna remember that. Charlie’s other daughter is a doctor. Wonder if the girls will buy mom and dad a swinging “townhouse” next to the Browns in Illinois? ... Also heard from Barb Byers. She’s still trying to get over the 1200 trees her neighborhood lost from last year’s hurricanes. The Byers are living off the Disney largess — Barb is working at Animal Kingdom and son John Patrick works at Splash Mountain. ... Finally, I heard from J. Ward Pallotta. He writes that after 15 years in the ad business he jumped over to do church work (Faems, Albrecht and Howe, take note. There is still time.) Ward has been the director of development for the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries for the last 18 years (and claims his education sequence would make sense to any Jesuit educated reader.) Ward recently came back to campus and visited the new Dolan Center, which Ward remembers sits exactly on the spot where he “Connors, Muller, Zenisek, and Deering drank beer.” Ward: newsflash. We had a rathskeller. Anyway, Ward looked up Bill Petrovic on the internet – a Petrovic living in King City, CA. He called the number and left a birthday song on the answering machine. He hopes he had the right Bill Petrovic. Ward got to thinking about how he and Bill shared the bus to St. Ignatius and to Carroll and remembers how, when kids, they “prowled the forest” near Richmond and Green and started a campfire that soon got out of control. Ward ran for water but when he returned Petrovic had beaten the fire with his jacket. So they escaped trouble from the police, but I can hear Petrovic going home and his mom, smelling the jacket, asking if he’d been “smoking.” Uh, no — I was putting out a fire. Grounded. ... That’s it, and I apologize. This column has more stretch than a Lincoln limo. Please – send news. Take care, JM


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Please note my new e-mail address, which undoubtedly accounts for my lack of news last issue. To get the ball rolling on this New Year, I received a nice assist from Larry Meathe ’74 brother-in-law/brother of our own Tim and ChrisJohn Carroll university • Winter 2005

sie (Meathe) Mertz of Overland Park, KS, where Tim is vp/taxes for H&R Block. Larry and wife Marie (DePalma, sister-in-law to Jim Casserley ’72), hosted a lovely Christmas-time gathering of JCU frat brothers from the former AKPsi. Interestingly, Larry’s eldest daughter, Libby, a senior graphic-arts major/business minor at Ohio University, is the first documentable offspring brother (sister?) of Carroll AKPsi guys that I know, as she is a member of OU’s AKPsi chapter. Her younger sister Jackie is a senior at Solon High. ... Jim and Kathy (DePalma) Casserley, who spent a semester as a fellow ’73er at JCU before finishing her degree at the University of Dayton, were in town celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary after having relocated from Painesville to Rogers, AR, where Jim’s company is a vendor to Mal-Mart. ... Bob “The Rock of Carroll” and Debbie ’81G Larocca were there on the heels of their 18th wedding anniversary. ... Rich Bedell ’74, CFO with Akron-based American Group (insurance), showed up with his wife, Kathy, who’s daughter, Maria Sabistina is an ’03 Carroll grad. ... Chuck ’74 and Mary Schultz, also in attendance, live in Medina with their three girls, 11, 17 and 20. Chuck is global vp/sales and marketing for Alcoa. ... Tom “Killer” Corbo ’74 and wife Patti were talking about their recent safari to Africa, where Tom (vp/marketing at Polychem) bagged four of the “Big Five; a lion, leopard, cape buffalo and hippo to go along with a kudu (a type of antelope). The one Tom did NOT get, which Tom says is the most dangerous of all, is the elephant. By the way, Tom got his nickname while at Carroll from his all-American instincts on the wrestling mat (not from looking through the scope of a high-powered rifle!) ... In other news, belated congratulations to Colette Gibbons featured in the last issue of John Carroll, on being named to Northern Ohio Live’s “Rainmakers,” recognizing her role in leadership, community involvement, mentoring and success in business development. Colette played an instrumental role in launching the law firm of Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn. ... Ed Bugner, who still lives in Medina with his wife of 29 years, Diane (’73 Notre Dame College), writes that his son Paul is a 2002 grad of JCU; that his son, John, was the 2004 valedictorian of Akron’s St. Vincent-St. Mary-St. James (oops, forget that third saint) and is currently a freshman cross country runner at JCU; and that his son Mark, a 2000 graduate of Xavier, presented Ed and Diane with their first grandchild, Zachery, last year. ... And speaking of grandparents, Nancy (Mrowczynski) Faems, along with hubby Mike ’71, is a two-time granny. ... And finally, Bob Terlizzi writes from Willoughby, where he lives with his “wonderful second marriage partner,” Patricia, that his oldest, Robert Jr., is a senior sales tech with a Silicon Valley firm; his youngest, Anthony, is a computer animator near San Jose, CA, and got married last year; Pat’s eldest, Matt, who works in stage lighting in New York, blessed them with a grandson in 2003, and her younger son, Jason, works in Chicago with “Blue Man Group.” ... Now look, if you’ve never sent me anything — or even if you have, but it’s been a while — make it a point to do so this year. It’s so easy with e-mail! — gop


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Congratulations to Marlana Pugh Hamer who is featured in the recently published Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Since 1980, she has been an English and reading instructor for the Cleveland Schools. Marlana teaches 9th grade English at James Ford Rhodes, She also tutors after school in both reading and math. Marlana involves her students in the district’s annual Young Authors Program. Last year she was one of the winners of the Cuyahoga Valley Poetry Contest. Her winning lyric poem is entitled, “Channeling Thoreau.” She considers her former teachers, Mr. Cotter, Dr. Trace, and Dr. Magner to be some of her literary icons and muses. Some friends she’d like to hear about are: Matthew Dunn, Valerie Street, Annette Haile, Tyrone McBee ’77, Carl Scruggs ’72, Roberta Baranowski, Darlene Watts ’76, Charla Brooks ’75, and Lil Hyvnar. She asked “What ever happened to Mr. Cornelius Brown? He was like a father to so many of the black students there at the time.” ... Van Conway and his wife, Sue, received the Distinguished Volunteer award from the Detroit chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Pat Rosen, executive director, said “Sue and Van Conway are dynamic and generous. They are passionate leaders and tireless in their support of the little ones and their families who cross the threshold here at CARE House. ... Jim Weitzel and his wife, Sheila, have their first teenager, Erin, who turned 13 in August. She runs tracks and plays volleyball and will be awarded the Silver Award in Girl Scouts. Son Drew plays basketball, baseball, swims, is a yellow belt in karate, a Webelo cub scout and an honor roll student. Not bad for a 10 year old. Jimbo still has a passion for his MG which is close to being completely refurbished. Jim has been with MCI’s Service Division for over a year now concentrating in the Houston business enterprise market place. Jim and Sheila spent most of 2004 successfully renovating their house. ... It is great to hear about alumni giving back to their community as volunteers, teachers and parents. Would love to hear about similar activities, personal news and family updates from the rest of you fellow alumni. Don’t be bashful, drop me a note. ... In the meantime, as I sit here at minus 1 degree in beautiful Detroit, MI, composing this article, I think of spring, baseball (Tigers host the All Star Game this year) warmer weather and anticipate hearing from you. ... Happy 2005! Robby


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REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
Hard to believe it’s been almost 34 years since some of us snuck up to the Murphy Hall roof to catch some rays, listened to Kate Crowley Kelly ’74 blast “Goodbye Joe” from her window or headed out to the JCU sign for some laughter and libations.

rob herald ’78 is a guidance counselor in egypt’s american College
that’s rob herald ’78 standing before one of the seven Wonders of the ancient World. herald is a guidance counselor at Cairo (egypt) american College. he’s approaching the end of his second year but says he’s likely to re-up for another academic year. herald wrote: “i have tried to stay true to the Jesuit ideal of service and have been involved with a few projects, the most notable being a prison visit program. last year a wonderful stroke of luck (or divine providence) helped me locate some funds that helped relocate a somalian prisoner after he had served 20 years and six months of a 20-year sentence. if the money wasn’t forthcoming, he would probably still be there. Justice is not reliable in the third World. i have since gotten a few of our students involved and now several do visits on their own. We did an art exhibit for one of the prisoner’s works at my school and made him a little money.”

Florida. Rick says the weather is perfect and he and Kathy would love to hear from classmates headed their way. ... Hard to believe that we are 18 months from our 30th reunion. I have a feeling I’ll be hearing something soon from the intrepid reunion committee members. Keep watching this space for information. After you read this season’s column go to your computer or grab a pen and paper and send me a note about what’s going on in your life. ... Obviously we love to read about what everyone is up to but in order to have that happen I need to hear from all of you. Don’t be a stranger or you run the risk of me making good on my promise to make stuff up! Onward to spring! Cools


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If that doesn’t take you back, how about Saga food fights, the purple lounge, open dorm discussions with Dean DeCrane and nightly animal calls from the windows of Dolan Hall? You can relive all this and then some when you head to our 30th Reunion in June. Rick Rea is our official Reunion chairman and Mike Messina is webmaster. Gift chairman is Jack Metzger. Jack is a commercial realtor with Coldwell Banker in Columbus and reports that he has four kids and two Xs. His oldest son is 25 and working in Scottsdale and the youngest is 5 years old. Sounds familiar. ... Anyways, Jack, Rick and Mike are working hard at making this year’s reunion one you’ll be talking about for the next 30 years. No excuses for bailing out. The “I have a new baby” doesn’t work at our age nor does, “I’ll come if so and so comes.” Be brave come on your own! Come and find out about Lorraine Summers Wagner’s wedding last November. Not only was this her first wedding but also it was a mini-JCU reunion in itself. Ed Donnelly and Mary Kay DeGrandis-Donnelly were there, along with, Sue Navish, Ken and Kathy Laino and Jollie Bennett (bridesmaid). Of course other alumni were there, but full details will only be available at the reunion. No word as to whether Lorraine is bringing pictures. ... I had dinner with Mary Lou O’Brien Murphy in Chicago in the fall and she reports all is status quo with the Hillbrook gang. ... My oldest son Mike ’01 is getting married in July to Meredith Lewis ’02. Another JCU two-some, wonder if there’s any research on how many alumnae are married to alumni? ... Last but not least, condolences go out to Mary Kay Hutchinson Malone on the death of her father. ... Nancy


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By the time you read this we will be well into the New Year. I hope 2005 brings you good health, happiness and continued success. It’s hard to believe most of us will be turning the big “50” this year and some of us will be getting ready to retire in a few years. ... Unfortunately, I have no news for the second straight issue. I have been writing this column since the early ’90s and it has become increasingly difficult for me to keep the class of ’77 informed. Therefore, I feel it is time to move on and allow a fellow alum to try his/her hand at reporting. So if you are interested in the class columnist position, please contact Michele McFarland at [email protected]. ... Until we meet again at our 30th class reunion, take care, Kim We thank Kim for her long and devoted years of service.

Happy New Year everyone! After what seemed to be a delightfully protracted autumn the cold fingers of winter have now arrived. Perhaps it’s the north wind that makes it penetrate so deeply. Living here in New York there is a certain delicious irony to getting my weather via Cleveland! ... Deborah Beck Candow LSW [email protected]. gov got in touch just after the fall issue went to press. She’s living in Columbus, OH, now with 15 year-old daughter, Leighanne, and works as the abstinence program coordinator for the Ohio Department of Health. ... Another county heard from is Don Rey [email protected] who is ensconced in Crestwood, IL. Don got his MBA at Keller Graduate School in 1992 and is an instructor at Robert Morris College in Orland Park, IL. ... Mary Jo Casserly Hogan [email protected] sends word that she and the family have moved to Annapolis, MD, and love it! MJ is doing support work for the Department of Homeland Security in their emergency preparedness programs. Apparently, she had a bit of time to buzz over to Cleveland for lunch with old friend Elaine Yeip. We can just imagine the “scoops” that went back and forth at that meal. ... Rick and Kathy Baranski [email protected] are in the high time (is there ever a low time) of beach and golf course season with their real estate business in southwest


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Greetings! Here’s the latest: James “Jim” Blase of St. Louis, MO, invested about two years to re-create the 1904 World’s Fair on DVD. The fair placed a spotlight on modern marvels of the Industrial Age and celebrated the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. More than 20 million people from around the world attended the fair. Jim, a history buff, researched, created and produced “The 1904 World’s Fair Reconstructed,” a virtual tour of the World’s Fair in a then-and-now perspective. Jim began the research with his son Tommy (10). Blase plans to produce Volumes 3 and 4. Those DVDs will chronicle the Washington University and St. Louis Zoo areas of the fair. Volumes 1 and 2 of “The 1904 World’s Fair Reconstructed” are available for purchase. The set is being sold at Border’s, Barnes and Noble, and Left Bank Books. ... Mari Gonzalez lived in her hometown in Puerto Rico for the last 21 years, working in the consulting industry. Mari recently moved to Orlando, FL, and keeps in touch with Beth Scriven, who lives in Ft. Lauderdale. Mari is general manager in a certifiJohn Carroll university • Winter 2005



cation development company and competes in Masters Swimming. She has 2 daughters, Teresa (21) and Maria (16). ... George and Terri Lewandowski live in Columbus, OH. George is practicing at Mt. Carmel Hospital and Terri manages a department for the American Chemical Society that publishes the ACS peer review journals. The Lewandowskis have two sons: Mike, a sophomore at Kenyon College - studying math and playing baseball and Chris, a junior at St. Charles Preparatory School in Columbus - also playing baseball. ... Thanks for writing! Tim

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Heard from Mary McNeeley Baran. She sends her wishes to everyone and reports she is living in Westlake, OH, has four children — Audrey (24), John Patrick (22), Brigit (17), and Sara (15). Mary went to La Roche University in Pittsburgh after John Carroll and received a degree in psychology. She is a disabilities supervisor for Catholic Charities Services in Head Start. Mary can be reached at: [email protected]. ... Michael Allison is doing well. He was recently promoted to executive vice president of Human Resources for Victoria’s Secret Direct. ... Received a lovely Christmas letter from Fr. Joseph Callahan. Joe was transferred to a new parish in El Salvador in May. Joe had been in Chirilagua, and that parish now has two Salvadoran priests serving there. He is now in a parish at El Carmen, La Union and is challenged by the new work in front of him. Due to the 2001 earthquakes, the rectory at El Carmen, was damaged; however a very generous family is lending Joe a house near the church to live in. Joe certainly keeps busy between his parish, administrating the Diocesan Pastoral Center “El Castano,” (where the priority for this year is to finish the chapel) and his work as treasurer of the diocese! ... Just a short and sweet column this time. Wishing you all a healthy and happy coming year, Nancy

class members attended. For any class attending their 25th reunion, the record was set at Reunion 2002 by the class of 1977 when 110 members attended, which was 22.4% of their class. It would be great to surpass that record and set our own. ... Based on early exit polling and call reports, here is a sampling of who you might see the weekend of June 17-19th: Rick Chelko, Paul Goodworth, Michael Gordon, Scott Heran, Bryan Kennedy, Sean Meaney, Ron Zajaczkowski, Dave Daigler, John Ettorre, Margaret O’Hearn Finucane, Tom Finucane, Matt Holtz, Don McGuire, Rosanne Scanlan, Patrice McCauley Hulseman and Maureen McCarthy ... don’t be left out! Plan on attending and add your name to the list. ... During the Christmas holidays, Rich Chelko and family ventured down to Tampa, FL, for Rick’s son’s soccer tournament. While in Florida, Rick met up with former roommate Mark Wysocki and his family who drove from Naples to spend the day with them. Living in the Cleveland area has allowed Rick to cross paths with Walt Geary, Scott Heran, Bruce Lockhart, and John Moeschberger. ... Tim Glaab’s and Colleen Buckley Glaab’s ’81 son, Jonathon, is a freshman at JCU. Jonathon has the distinction of being accepted into the dual admission program between JCU and the University of Cincinnati Medical School. ... Congratulations are also extended to my oldest, Rosemary, who wrote an essay in the 2005 Martin Luther King Jr. Art/Essay Contest and was awarded first place in the Primary K-2 division. This was a citywide contest sponsored by the Association of Rocky River Clergy. A budding columnist in the making. ... Maureen McCarthy is working in clinical social work at Yale. Her work is challenging, never dull and keeps her drinking the Diet Pepsis. She has stayed in touch with Tim Cook, who is a professor at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. It appears Tim will be traveling and not be in attendance at the reunion. Mo mentions she would enjoy seeing Cheryl Kosak Wilson, Chris Clauson Rosinski, Chris Bavola, Shirley Novak, Mary Philiou Powers, Mary Jo Naples Miller and Beth Hammer to name a few. ... MFH


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Greetings from Chicago! I heard from Francine Gagliano last year. She is living in Solon, OH, and working for State National Companies as a gap product manager. Francine is on the road quite a bit between the company’s HQ in Fort Worth, TX and her home in Ohio. Her oldest son, Matt, is a senior at Walsh Jesuit High School and should be looking at JCU by now! ... Marianne Kirk Merren dropped me an e-mail from Oregon, OH. When I heard from her, she was expecting her 5th child. No news on the final details, but the early predictions were all blue! That would make 4 boys and one girl in the Merren house. Her e-mail address seems very appropriate – Mamabear543@aol. com. Drop Marianne a line, if you get a chance. ... One of my old swimming teammates, Michelle Franko Haag, is on the move again. She and her husband, Bob, are moving from Painesville, OH, to work at an international school in Ankara, Turkey. Her husband will be head of the lower school while Michelle will teach science and do teacher training. Michelle is looking for any JCU connections while in Turkey. Sounds like a great adventure for Michelle, Bob and their two daughters, Kira (11) and Mattie (7). ... Speaking of world travelers, John Mullen wrote that he and his

Bob Belanger ’81 named to Florida court
Florida’s governor, Jeb Bush, recently appointed robert e. Belanger to the 19th Judicial Circuit Court. Belanger, a resident of Palm City, Florida, is an assistant state attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit. Prior to that he was law firm associate. he served in the Marine Corps from 1986-1990. Belanger is a graduate of ClevelandMarshall College of law as well as John Carroll. he lives in Palm City with his wife, Gale, and his children, sean (15) and Katie (13).


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REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
Welcome Reunion Class! Our 25th class reunion is fast approaching. Plan on attending the weekend of June 17-19. Information is always available at or via phone at 1-800-736-alum. The committee is busy planning the weekend and would enjoy your input. All class members who send in reservations before June 1 will be eligible to win a FREE weekend. As in past years, the weekend is designed around the entire family with planned activities for all. ... Here are some attendance figures for our past reunions: in 1990, for our 10th reunion, 93 attended; for our 15th reunion, 55 attended, and in 2000, for our 20th reunion, 63 44
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Hi everyone! I’m happy to say that I’ve heard from a couple of our classmates. ... Ed Sekerak retired from the Army at the end of 2001 as a lieutenant colonel after 25 years of service. Ed and his wife, Adele, and their three daughters lived in many cities in the U.S. as well as Germany and the Marshall Islands. They are currently living in Huntsville, AL. Ed is employed by BAE Systems. ... Beth Paolella Alves recently moved from Peninsula to Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Best wishes to you, Bruce, and Caitlin on your new home! I’ll be waiting for the house warming invitation. ... That’s all there is for this edition. I’m sure most of you have noticed that I have so little news to write about — help me out. Please write and let’s get the news out about us, the class of 1981! God Bless, Julie

wife, Filitsa, were joining the faculty of the American University in Bulgaria in Blagoevgrad. For the last eight years, they have been teaching at the American College in Thessaloniki, Greece. They plan to commute between Bulgaria and their home in Greece. Their new school was founded in 1991 and is housed in an old Communist Party headquarters on the main public square in Blagoevgrad. John would also like to hear from JCUers at [email protected]. ... The Class of 1982’s Most Likely to Succeed, Kevin Dougherty, is living up to that early billing. He is in the real estate business developing shopping centers and medical buildings. Last summer, Kevin and Hope moved to Smithville, NC, outside of Raleigh, after living in Doc’s hometown of Pittsburgh for 14 years - to be closer to Hope’s family roots. They have four children – Anna (13), Hattie (11), Lane and Quinn (9). When you think of Doc, think Green Acres! Also, if you’re heading down I-95, stop by and see him, y’all. ... I ran into Kathy Lambert Whitely last summer at a surprise 40th for my younger sister, Jean ’86. Kathy is always on the move still working hard and raising her own tribe. Just to keep things up in the air, Kathy’s three high school children attend three different Catholic high schools around Cleveland while her husband teaches at Shaker Heights High School! That has to be some kind of record. Kathy keeps in touch with Mary Kay Merk-Kusner. ... I had a great phone call from Suzanne Fortunato. She lives in Cleveland Heights and just switched jobs to work for Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Much of the work entails project work on marketing programs for in-patient and outside audiences. Her dog, Shelby, takes her on walks past my sister’s home. Suzanne told me that Terry Fellin Schoenberger and her husband welcomed a bouncing baby boy, Luke Anthony, to their family last summer. Congrats to Terri and family! ... Onward on! Paul

in from Lima, OH, where he is married to the former Elizabeth Brown and is a project manager for Frontier Systems Integrators. ... Jeff Savarise ’82, checked in from Louisville, KY, where he is an attorney. His two hobbies are cooking and golf. I imagine the refrigerator is full since the temperature is headed into the single digits at night! ... That’s all the news now. Keep counting your carbs and doing your sit-ups. Please send me an update on what’s new with you and yes, I’m still looking for Chris Petrie! Tony


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says it felt like she was living through a very wet Cleveland summer! Cindy and her husband, Doug, have one girl, Natalie, almost 4. Cindy says she is lucky enough to stay home with her daughter and Doug works as an environmental engineer there in town. Cindy says: “Santa Barbara is a great place to live, although expensive, but very nice most of the time, in between downpours! I think I’m a bit more prepared for this weather than most native Southern Californians because after about three days without sun they don’t know what to do!” ... Here’s hoping another classmate that has not written in over 20 years will follow Cindy’s lead! Don



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As I write in early January, everyone’s New Year’s resolutions are probably still intact. That’s good. Make sure one of them is to check in with your class rep in 2005. ... Caught up with fellow Phi Beta Phi alumn Mike Anderson over the holidays. Mike returned home to St. Mary’s, OH, after graduation, where he is an attorney. Being single, Mike’s able to spend chunks of time on his boat in the summer and sneak down to the Keys for long weekends in the winter. ... The pride of East Liverpool, OH, Ralph Mitchell ’81, reported from Huntsville, AL. The ROTC grad is planning to retire from the Army in May after going back and forth to Iraq and Kuwait. Ralph’s married to Virginia and has a stepson, Ryan (16). ... Another who serves his country in uniform is LTC Kenneth Gantt. Ken works at the Pentagon, the Army’s home office. He also sports an MA degree from prestigious Princeton University. ... David Wiemels also works in Washington, DC. David is a career development officer for the Department of State. ... John Dowd checked

Important correction: I inaccurately reported the ages of Ann (Evans) and Steve ’86 Sords’ boys in the last issue. Ann and Steve absolutely do not have a two year old! They have the same three wonderful, healthy and happy boys they have always had: one age 8 and 2 twins now 15! Their three boys all play hockey at University School, with the twins playing varsity as freshmen this year. The Sords live on a small farm in Hunting Valley and have a herd of 14 sheep! Steve is a business owner, running RSI Company, an HVAC manufacturer, and Paulin Products, a company Steve and Ann bought that makes propane lighting and heating products for the outdoor and hardware markets. In addition to the family and farm responsibilities, Ann is doing some marketing and sales coordination as well as keeping up a bit in the real estate field. (This sounds like one great, exciting, busy family!) Ann has a nephew and a niece at JCU now (Mark and Jillian Neimeister). ... I ran into Tom Guarente. As a co-director of a Catholic organization in Northeastern Ohio, he was selected to greet President Bush as he came off Air Force One for his final key campaign visit to Cleveland in October. Ohio Senators Voinovich and DeWine were also there. Tom rode in the presidential motorcade that took them all to a large campaign rally in Westlake. Tom said he was in awe of seeing the huge crowds of presidential supporters. I asked Tom if he still had political aspirations. (I recalled our Millor Orator indicated during his graduation speech that he hoped to someday run for political office.) Though Tom admits he still has the aspiration, his current obligations preclude him from doing much about it right now. Business spirit seems plentiful in the Guarente family. Tom’s wife, Bridget, started a small growing candy business. The Guarentes have three kids. Their 14-year-old son is attending St. Ignatius High School. Tom shares season tickets to Browns games with Mike May. Mike works for Forest City Enterprises and is married and has a young boy and girl. Tom recently went to Florida to chill out with his ol’ buddy Mike Znidarsic ’85. Mike lives in Kansas City, (though he insists he is not a Chief’s fan). To keep things interesting, Tom is also in the process of writing a book. (I will update you when there is a book signing). ... Cindy (Phillips) Billings corresponded for the first time since graduation. She now lives in Santa Barbara, CA, where they had heavy rains for days and then weeks this winter. Cindy

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REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
It won’t be long until many of us are face to face squinting to read each other’s nametags at Reunion! Check out that JCU yearbook before you come. That’s what a group of us did when we got together at JCU in November for a Reunion Committee gathering to write notes on Christmas cards (Brian Schultz’s great idea.) We all had a good laugh at our own expense – what was with our hair and clothes in the ’80s? Leave that retro look behind and come and enjoy a great weekend on campus June 17-19. Joining Brian and me at the meeting in November, were Dolores Beiswenger Kimberly, Shirley Schlemmer Reynolds and Dave Pratt. ... Was anyone wondering about Wally “Kato” Belleza? He broke his decade of silence! He writes: “Robert Dinardo married Allison Cryor last May and is living in Alexandria, VA. Rob is an intelligence analyst for the government while Allison is a lawyer, entrepreneur and founder of Carroll Wireless. The wedding party included myself, Tony Nader and Tom Healy. Tony is the president of National Electronics Warranty. He lives in Clifton, VA, with his wife, Annette ’86, and their three children. Tom is a lawyer and lives in Kansas City with his wife, Carolyn. ... Carl Fillichio lives in Washington and is the VP for the Council of Excellence in government. Prior to this, Carl served in the Department of Labor for eight years and recently was a consultant for the Kerry-Edwards campaign. ... Tony Ripepi is a surgeon in Pittsburgh, where he lives with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters. ... Andy Ondo is a dermatologist in New Mexico. ... George Stepanic is an orthopedic surgeon in Fremont, OH, with his wife, Gloria, and their three children. ... Jeff and Letitia Linker live in Cleveland with their two children. Jeff is a real estate developer who spends his spare time collecting yachts (seriously). ... John Erste is an engineer for Delphi and lives in Spartanburg, SC, with his wife, Theresa ’88, and their two children. ... Mike McNarney is a financial advisor in Grander, IN, with his wife, Patti, and their three children. ... Ferdinand Apolonio ’86 recently finished medical school after working several years as a pharmaceutical rep. ... This fall I visited Tim Miller and his wife, Kerri, who were married last year in Santa Cruz, CA. At Tim’s wedding, I saw John Lavin, his wife, Tracy, and their son Drew who are living in Boston. Tim is a prosthodontist in Mountainview, CA. ...
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Tim and I are still actively participating in Masters Swimming and triathlons. I have done well enough to have qualified for the National Triathlon Championships for the past four years, and I’m training now to compete with Tim in the Maui Channel open ocean swim. At several races, I have run into Juan Galvan ’83, and Mark Pophal ’84. I live in Columbia, MD, with my wife, Dionisia “Donnie,” and our two daughters, Catherine (8) and Isabelle (6). I am an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the U. of Maryland in Baltimore. The majority of folks I have mentioned are committing themselves to show up for the reunion. Kato” ... Although I now feel like a serious underachiever after reading Kato’s letter, I’m still looking forward to reunion. Seems like those Beltway folks are a hard-working bunch! I’m also looking forward to “passing the torch” as alumni correspondent. I met my goal of turning in a column for every issue and I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about your fellow alums. Diane Nerem Wendel, sho is now based in Cappaqua, NY, is our new columnist. Thanks, Diane. Have fun with it. Missy Thank you, Missy, for five years of devoted service to your classmates. Welcome aboard, Diane.


send your notes to: Belinda Glavic Grassi 6815 edinboro Pl. Concord township, oh 44077 440-352-2231 440-352-2232 (fax) e-mail: [email protected]

he might think he can run, but he can never hide! He is doing very well these days. He is currently on an accounting partnership track at Plante & Moran and is probably awaiting word on his acceptance as we read this. Good Luck!!! He and his wife, Marci, are living in Galena, OH, outside of Columbus. They were married in October 2002 in Tuscany — specifically Siena, Italy. About 20 people made the trip to Italy to attend their wedding. They then honeymooned in Como, Bellagio, Venice, and Santa Margerita. They just welcomed a daughter named Siena in July 2004. I got to see Christmas pictures and she is very adorable! Now, be sure to let us all know about that partnership! And you never did send that information on John Veres. ... Well, that’s it. If anyone has anything interesting to share, please contact me. If you opt for e-mail, make sure your subject line specifically indicates JCU alumni news so I don’t delete your message as spam! And if anyone wants to hear from someone or is wondering what someone is up to, send me a note. I’ll pass along your inquiries in print and perhaps we will all get a response! ... I was kind of wondering about Nancy DeJovine-Hetki, Pam Malone Mitchell, Jon Fimiani, Maureen McCoy Spooner, Greg Morse, Diane Mekker, Gigi Togliatti-Rice, Dave Eichenlaub, Dave Zarlenga, and Paula Zerbi Reape. I wonder if I ask you to respond ... maybe that’s a good way to get 2005 rolling off to a good start! Caio, Belinda

Another tax season begins. By the time you read this, it will almost be over (thank goodness)! My mailbag is extremely light this time. Maybe with the holidays just being over, you all forgot to send me a note – go figure. ... I received an update on Mary Bailey Frank. She is living in Eagle Point, OR, with her husband, Jerome, and son Jimmy (15). She actually received her MBA from JCU in 1986. Yes, our first thoughts are those undergraduate classmates. But we DID have an MBA graduating class as well, let’s not forget! ... And I finally heard from the ever-elusive Jordan Pace. I was finally able to track him down and inform him that


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I received an e-mail from Mary Kesicki McDermott. She is living in Cleveland Heights with her husband, Stephen, and their children Andrew (10) and Elizabeth (5). They recently relocated from New Hampshire. ... Paul Rossman sent me a little note saying he and his wife, Susan, and their children Andrew (10), Sarah (7), and Brian (4) are residing in North Royalton, OH. Paul is the manager of financial reporting for Applied Industrial Technologies. ... I was so excited to

hear from Colleen Barrett Larkey. Colleen and I lived on the same floor of Millor many years ago (oh the memories), so it was great to hear that she is still living in Chicago and was married in July of 2002 to Ken Larkey (from Berea, OH). Colleen has her own interior design business but will have more work her way in April when she is expecting twins. ... Mario Becerra sent me a note that he is a member of the Playhouse Square Partners, a volunteer organization for the Playhouse Foundation. He is co-chairing along side another alumni, Sheri Kilarsky ’97 on their yearly black tie fundraiser called the Jump Back Ball. It’s a blast, he says. They are hoping to raise 112k at the event, and at this time all is moving along well. They are scheduled to be on Q104 to answer questions about this event, and on Channel 3 as well. ... And finally, last but not least, I heard from the Burrello family. Thank you, Joe and Janet, you were the only two, of the five I asked to hear from who actually e-mailed me. Joe and Janet (Bordonaro) Burrello live in Glen Allen, IL, with their three beautiful children (I saw their Christmas picture): Nicholas (12), Katie (10) and Grace (8). Joe and Janet are busy with soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, crosscountry and volleyball — either as spectators or coaching (that sounds familiar). Janet fills her days taking care of the family and helping out at the children’s school. She works out on a regular basis and has run a 1/2 marathon and a few triathlons. Joe has spent 10 years with William Blair and Co. as a partner and head of their trading desk, but now has moved on to a firm called Iron Bridge Capital Management, where he says he is doing some very interesting work. He also has run three marathons and a triathlon in the past four years, and says once all his toenails grow back (?), he will hit the road again. ... For the next column, I would like to hear from Scotty Labuda, Dave Clifford, Missy Gaffney (again), and Margaret Cornillie. God Bless, Sue


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Margy Judd ’87 owns Executive Arrangements
Margaret “Margy” russell Judd, a member of the class of 1987, has assumed ownership of executive arrangements, inc., and will serve as its president. executive arrangements assists companies with the recruitment and relocation of executives by providing personalized introductions to Greater Cleveland for recruits and their families. the company also offers special event, convention and meeting planning services, and is supported by a staff of 40 guides and event planners. Judd joined the 25-year-old company in 1991 and was named president in 2001. she is a member of the university’s entrepreneurs association. ”Margy Judd and executive arrangements understand the importance of recruiting top-notch professionals to Greater Cleveland,” said toby Cosgrove, M.D., Ceo of the Cleveland Clinic. “With her 13 years of experience in the business, Margy will continue to be an asset to the region’s economic development.”
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Happy New Year! The first lesson I, Kathy, learned this year is to be very suspicious when a fellow classmate calls you, leaves several messages, but does not share with you the reason for the call. After returning several calls from Jamie, we finally connected and much to my surprise, she talked about this great opportunity to connect with many classmates from JCU ... it turns out it was a chance to co-write for our class column. At first I was slightly overwhelmed and as I quickly thought about it, I realized what a great opportunity this would be to re-connect with many friends and at the same time, meet some new friends. If nothing else, I’ll finally get Jeanine McGratty-Lee and Colleen Connery Coyne to call me. ... It’s hard to believe we left

live in Westlake, OH. That’s all for now. We are waiting anxiously at our mailboxes and computers for news! ... Jamie and Kathy


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Sue Bayhurst Hansen ’89, and her groom, Paul Hansen ’86 JCU over fifteen years ago. Much has happened to everyone during this time and we would love to update everyone and keep our classmates connected. We hope many of you will e-mail, write or call either of us with news and events in your lives. ... Congratulations to Megan Leahy Tilles and her husband, Steve, on the arrival of a daughter. Melanie joins a sister and two brothers. ... Colleen Connery Coyne, husband, Brian, and two sons also welcomed a daughter earlier this year. ... Lori Morielli Goddard, husband Tony, and 11-year-old son welcomed Emily this summer. ... Shannon McChesney Fanshawe and her husband, Frank, welcomed Victoria, who joined big sister Olivia and brother John. ... Julia Welsh Lundy and her husband, John, welcomed Kate who joins big brother Will. If there are others we missed, please write. Gretchen Gibbons Nock, along with family and friends, recently formed a new, nonprofit organization. OROC (OutRun Ovarian Cancer) works to raise ovarian cancer awareness. Through several fundraisers and a 5k walk/run, OROC raised over $100,000 which will go toward research for the development of an early-detection test for ovarian cancer. Gretchen has built such great momentum that a new OROC chapter is being formed in Chicago with plans underway to open chapters in Cincinnati, Detroit, Atlanta and Pittsburgh. If you want to learn more, you can visit the Web site at oroc. org. ... We also congratulate Mike Donnelly on recently being elected Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. ... Paul Gogniat reports that all is well in Pittsburgh. He is teaching math at a community college. Paul keeps in touch with Frank Meszaros, who is a physician in Lancaster, OH. He and his wife, Brittany, have two children Christopher and Frankie. ... Doug Stumpfl lives in California with his wife, Maggie ’93, and their two children Kylie and Leo. ... Ron Karpuszka, his wife, Beth ’89, and children Melissa and Ryan

Christine (Mahoney McDonald) Fennelly was married in September of 2004 to her now husband, Larry. Several JCUers were in attendance, including bridesmaid Rita (Mladek) Cole, guests Tami (Mattern) LaGattuta and her husband, Jack ’90, Beth Senay, Amanda (Kiss) Snowman and her husband John, Pam (Koehnle) Lah and her husband, Andrej ’86. Apparently the wedding interfered with our 15-year reunion but Christine promises to see everyone at the 20th. Christine and Larry live in Boston, MA, where she is the senior director of media relations and communications for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. ... Pamela Rocco is living in Oak Park, IL, and is a vice president/group manager for Ketchum. ... I heard from Suzi (DeHaas) Tschetter that she will be attending Pam’s wedding reception in Pittsburgh in February. Apparently Pam was married in Hawaii and will have the reception close to home. Suzi

tells me that she has received the Reeves Silver Merit Award from the National Healthcare Financial Management Association. Suzi has been with the Cleveland Clinic for 13 years now and the last 6+ in Patient Financial Services Department. She also mentioned that her 2 1/2 year-old daughter Antigone keeps her quite busy. ... Word has it Mike “Crash” Craddock and his wife will soon be welcoming child #3 in the spring. ... Brad Gosser and his wife, Joan, welcomed their first child, Jake, to their Manhattan Beach home in the fall of 2004. Dad, mom and baby are doing great. ... Mary Kay (O’Malley) Kennedy and her husband, Jim, will welcome child #2 in February. Mary is still employed with Pepsi and doing quite well. ... Brian Donovan has landed the voice of Jetix on the Disney and ABC Family channels and in February will be hosting TV Guides “Big Movie Guide.” Way to go, Brian, we will keep our eyes and ears peeled for your work. ... Sheila (Geary) Miklos has started FoxCraft Consulting and is marketing an Internet based software package that allows companies to screen and pre-qualify possible candidates for job openings. The software apparently has reduced turnover and the costs associated with the hiring process. ... Word has it that Sue Bayhurst was married to Paul Hansen ’86 in September of 2004. (see photo). Sue, please send us some details so I can include them in the next article. ... John Fox has signed a Volkswagen and Toyota dealership agree-

eric lochner ’90 is executive vP of Golin harris
Pittsburgh native eric lochner, who graduated from John Carroll with a communications major in 1990, has been named executive vice president and director of operations for the southeastern region of Golin harris, the multinational public relations firm. lochner will be based in Washington as he leads key client relationships and oversees office operations for Golin harris in the southeastern sector of the u.s. “eric has great management and business development experience, which is key to this new position,” said lane Bailey, regional managing director. “in addition to his commitment in partnering with the leadership team to improve key operational functions, eric will be instrumental in building existing client relationships and fostering new business opportunities for the region.” Founded in 1956, Golin harris is a full-service public relations firm, providing professional counsel and strategic communications programs to clients through 26 offices around the world. Golin harris clients include McDonald’s, toyota, and nintendo. Golin harris is headquartered in Chicago and is part of the interpublic Group of Companies. Prior to joining Golin harris, lochner was vice president at, where he developed and executed corporate business to business strategies for the webbased career planning service. his earlier experience included serving as a consultant at Kuczmarksi & associates and a manager at intercall, inc.

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Mike Knemeyer ’91 and The Harvard Business Review
no, it’s not just any business magazine and the fact that Mike Knemeyer and co-author, Douglas lambert, placed an article in The Harvard Business Review (hBr) is news of the order of: “he had a piece in The New Yorker.” Knemeyer, a logistics whiz, received his Ph.D. from Maryland and was a young professor at JCu before we lost him to the Fisher College of Business at ohio state. Knemeyer’s HBR appearance is, we think, a first for a JCu grad or faculty member. Drs. Knemeyer and lambert authored We’re In This Together, which was part of the hBr 21st Century Supply Chain collection. Knemeyer and lambert’s article focused on the partnership of Wendy’s international and tyson Foods. the synopsis reads: “there were those in the Wendy’s camp who remembered past disagreements with tyson and those on the tyson side who were wary of Wendy’s. But the companies had a tool, called the “partnership model,” to help get things started on the right foot. Drawing on the experiences of member companies of the Global supply Chain Forum at ohio state university, the model offers a process for aligning expectations and determining the most productive level of partnering. it rapidly establishes the mutual understanding and commitment required for success and provides a structure for measuring outcomes. this article puts the tool in the reader’s hands…”

into Joe Tumney at the Ironwood. Joe and his wife reside in Lakewood, where he is a stay-at-home dad to son Ryan. ... I also received info from John Reichard, my homecoming king partner. John is vice president of Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. He and his wife, Eileen Scanlon, have two children, Caroline and Thomas. John lives in Chatham, NJ. ... Annemarie E. Domizio wrote in that she resides in California. ... Please keep the info coming guys. Write in about yourself or a friend. May the luck of the Irish be with all of you. Go Blue Streaks! ... Please e-mail soon. Molly


send your notes to: Jim sislo 203 Marilyn ln. eastlake, oh 44095-1561 440-269-1245 e-mail: [email protected]

ment in Michigan so now the types of auto offerings from Mr. Fox are almost limitless; give Johnny a call for your new 2005 automobile. ... As I say at the end of each and every article, please send me updates on you and your classmates; it is nice to know what everyone is doing and where they are doing it. C’mon spring ! David


send your notes to: Melissa Wenzler 4021 Wandsworth road south euclid, oh 44121 216-691-3759 e-mail: [email protected]

REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
Now that we’ve survived another season of holidays and are thawing out, it’s time to start serious planning for Reunion Weekend 2005! Mark your calendars for June 17-19 and come back to celebrate all those great JCU memories with good friends! ... Ann Marie Fraser-Barry dropped me a note. She is the director of program development for a 500-bed nursing home in Rochester, NY. Her job is half-financial analysis and half computer programming. She has been there 11 years and loves her job. In March 2004, Ann Marie and her husband, Pete, welcomed their daughter Sarah to the family. In addition to their new addition, they continue to work on decorating the house they built two years ago. Last year they took a trip to Napa Valley where they toured several wineries. Ann Marie keeps in touch with Leslie Nagley McCarthy, who lives in Cleveland with her husband and two children. ... Colleen Carollo Oxsalida and her husband, Matt, are living in Bay Village. 48
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Colleen wrote that they welcomed twin girls, Leah and Eve, in August. The girls join big brother Eric, who turned 2 in August. Colleen mentioned that she has been involved in her city’s Early Childhood PTA and is loving it! ... Colleen Krupitzer Corrado, who is in Virginia, e-mailed me with news of her growing family! She and husband, Rick, welcomed Lianna Caroline in June. She joins big sisters, Johanna and Elaana, and big brother Biaggio. Lianna has already taken her first road trip to Disney and spends lots of time in her car seat going to her older siblings’ activities. Colleen mentioned that she is home schooling the children and teaches religious education at her church part time. In one of their recent trips back to Ohio, Colleen stopped to visit Angela Thiel Sullivan. Angie and her husband, Brian, welcomed baby #3! Matthew joins big sister Maggie and big brother, Patrick. ... Thanks to everyone who wrote me with news! Don’t forget to come back to JCU this June! Reunion is always lots of fun and it’s made more fun by those who attend! ... Happy spring, Melissa


send your notes to: Molly Coughlin Fanta 25107 Wildwood Dr. Westlake, oh 44145 440-716-1749 e-mail: [email protected]

Happy New Year, I hope that 2005 finds you well! I suggest you start the New Year off right by visiting the newly redesigned ... What is on Actually quite a bit! For example: Earlier in 2004 Paul Bayhurst asked the http://jcu92. net message board the whereabouts of Tom Allison (Gator). Well I’m happy to report that Tom himself replied! Test your JCU knowledge by naming any or all six guys in the picture posted by Anton Zuiker on 1/9/05? Please log on to read recent posts from Marcy Mertes, Thomas Rademaker, Michael Cronin, Dave Garton, Peter Mancuso and others! ... Last time I reported on Lee Horvath’s wedding. Additionally I learned that Lee works for Ashland Specialty Chemical as a product manager. His territory is in Europe and amazingly enough he is able to work out of his office in Cleveland. Traveling to Europe can be tough, especially since Lee is finishing up his MBA from John Carroll. On the flip side, experiencing all that Europe has to offer after work hours has its pluses! Lee keeps in touch with Edmund Gai. Edmund and his family live in Strongsville, OH, and works for Henkel Consumer Adhesives (formerly Manco) in sales. Edmund and his wife, Lori, are the proud parents of a brand new baby. Karlo Godé was born on July 6th. Edmund still keeps in touch with several of the guys from our class — like Dan Perella, Brian Zeck, Mike Clinger, Dave Hydock, Joe Metz, Jason Recard, Dave Garton, Dave Tyler and Pete Mancuso. ... Finally the JCU ’92 stork is at it again, this time stopping by the Hardy household. Brian Hardy and his wife, Gina, are expecting their first child in March! They are excited to find out if it is a boy or a girl. Brian is still working at Loyola University Medical Center as a manager of pharmacy services. The family plans to move from Oak Park, IL, to River Forest, IL, in February. ... Jim


I was honored to hear from Denise Haver, who wrote telling me of her upcoming wedding. Denise resides in Pittsburgh and is the aunt of nieces and nephews whom she adores. She is a psychotherapist at a rape crisis center. I received the nicest e-mail from her and want to give all our best wishes to her and her fiancé, Matthew Ferry. Let us know how the wedding goes. ... Also, I ran

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I must explain that my computer recently went down and I have not been able to access my saved e-mail. I know I had messages from several of our classmates, including Maggie Andros, Anne-Marie Wolanin and Jill (Wagner) Amolsch. The above e-mail address is still good so if you don’t mind forwarding me your update

a second time I’d appreciate it; so sorry. ... I received Christmas greetings from several of our classmates. Monica Merella Steiner and Ted Steiner live in Cleveland Hts., where Monica began teaching Spanish to over 80 preschoolers last year. She also has day care two days a week and does recordings for her “Little Star Studio.” Ted continues his ministry at St. Dominic, hosting and planning many fundraisers for mission trips to Mexico and Guatemala this summer. Their daughter Grace (6) is in first grade and was recently diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Their son Isaiah (3) started preschool and loves being a “big boy.” ... Mary Ellen (Brenkus) Guisinger and her husband, Allen, are living in Newburgh Hts., OH, with their three children: Natalie (4), Stephen (2) and Thomas, who was born last August. Mary Ellen is doing some writing, has taken up scrap booking and otherwise is just trying to keep up with three kids. ... Sandra Crapis continues to be a high school English teacher and is loving it. ... Carrie (Kramer) and Brennan Lafferty also welcomed their third child in November of last year, Patrick Charles joins Grace (5) and Andrew (2) to round out their bunch. They are living in Kent and Brennan continues to work for Crain’s in Akron. ... Mike Kelly and his wife, Molly, live in Chicago with their two children: Seamus (1) and Liam (5 mos). Mike is first deputy general counsel for the Chicago Park District. ... Michele (Cornely) Brearley and husband, Warren, are in Aurora, OH, where Michele works for Hyland Software Inc. They have two children: Nicole (2) and Caroline (10 mos.). ... As for Dennis and I, we are expecting our third child in March. Our son Jack will be 5 in May and his sister Kate is 3. I’ve been content doing the stay-at-home-mom thing and Dennis is still consulting at Dominion East Ohio Gas for Comsys. ... Hope you are all doing well. Please send me your news. Peace, Julie

This July they will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. ... In the last class column, I reported that Danielle Sirianni got married but I lacked any details. So Danielle wrote me with some important info: Danielle continued on at JCU after she graduated and received her master’s from JCU in 1997. She worked in a variety of industries until August — now she is helping her husband start up a new business. She married Eric DeWeerd, alumni of Albion College in Michigan, on Sept. 10, 2004 and moved from Cleveland to Austin, TX. They are opening an “All My Sons Moving and Storage” division on Hilton Head Island, SC. They will move to the Hilton Head/Bluffton area permanently. ... Genevieve Ann Ross was born on 12/30, 7 lbs. 8 1/2 oz. and is 20 inches long to mom, Teri and dad, Curt Ross. She joins big brother, Andrew. I know we have many other little bundles of joy arriving soon. Please write when they arrive. ... We look forward to hearing from you. Luck to you always, Moe


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Klika ’92 had another little girl in September, Laney Elizabeth. Monica also mentioned that Shanon Tringhese-Kneidel and husband, Alan, live in Avon Lake and just had their fourth child, a son, Goliath. Karen Rugai and her husband, Mike Moran, who live in Chicago, had a baby girl, Mary Rita, in May. At press time, Lisa (Thomas) Cohen and husband, Brady, were expecting baby number two to join daughter, Dana (2 1/2). Lisa also reports that Kara (Stoughton) Cobey is living in Florida with her husband, Bruce, and children Bryce and Kiera, born in August ’04. Kara is taking some time off from being a pharmaceutical rep for Merck to be a mom. Gina (Hoover) Reichard works for KeyCorp in Cleveland and lives in University Heights, OH, with her husband, Adam ’94, and Nathan (2 1/2). ... I received a note that Jennifer Conahan is the assistant principal of Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Winfield, IL. ... Amy (Kogut) O’Neill is vice president for MBNA and lives in Maine with husband, Ryan, and daughter Abigail. ... And Shannon (Vaughn) Rosenberry lives in Delaware with husband, Charles, and son Chase. ... If the thrill of walking around the Quad and a night out at the Tavern Company are not enough to lure you back to Carroll this June, perhaps knowing that University Heights is home to both a Target and a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shop within walking distance to campus will entice you! Until next time, have a great spring! Annie

REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
At a recent party I attended, a handwriting analyst examined my penmanship and concluded that I needed to be writing more. Good thing I took over this column from Michelle Cull Lease because apparently helping my three-year-old daughter practice the letter “H” doesn’t count. Isn’t it funny that a handwriting analyst would suggest that someone needs to write more? I mean, come on, in the glimpse of three sentences she determined correctly that my husband was a leader, focused, with a single-minded determination to get a job done successfully and for me she came up with “needs to write more.” Was it the way I crossed my Ts or the way I sometimes mesh cursive and print? In any case, thank you Michelle for passing the pen to me and for your years of service writing our class column. ... I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am dying to see all the changes in University Heights since we were students 10 years ago. And yes, it has been ten years since we called Lee Road, I mean John Carroll, home. I missed my chance for a sneak peak of the Heights when my two sick kids and the threat of a blizzard kept me away from Carole Chandler’s Christmas party in early December. Speaking of Carole, congratulations are in order to our friend who was engaged to Mike Sullivan just before Christmas. Best wishes also go out to Kristin Curtin, who married John Nestor in Pittsburgh on August 14, 2004. Gina Hoover Reichard, Kris Haney Miller and Beth Borosh ’01 were her bridesmaids and her brother, Vince Curtin ’98 was a groomsman. Other JCU alums at the wedding included Adam Reichard ’94 and Bronson Meola ’97. ... I hope everyone is planning on bringing their kids to Reunion Weekend, June 17-19, 2005. I have many recent births to report: Annie (Shane) Bayne and Tim ’94 welcomed son, Connor, on December 1. Monica Duflock Kwait (mom to ’04 Valentines Day baby Carter) reports that Alison Dillon and husband Kevin


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Brad Raitz ’93 has begun a new business adventure in Copell, TX. Brad, his wife and golden retriever, Dodger, are keeping each other busy. ... Dan Wiggenhorn wanted to let everyone know his wife, Alison, had twins on August 5 — Claire and Colin. They live in Olmsted Falls, OH. ... Bart Leonardi is a second year law student at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor (after having done many things such as being a securities analyst, insurance sales, and a Roman Catholic seminarian). He wanted to announce he is engaged to be married to Dr. Kristy Brown, a pediatric surgery fellow at the University of Michigan Children’s Hospital. The wedding will be Thanksgiving weekend 2005 in Cleveland. ... Dina Neuman is going for her national board certification in teaching chemistry at the high school level. Her portfolio is due by the end of March and exams are done by the end of June. She won’t know if she is nationally board certified until December 2005. Her daughter Megan will be 5 in April, and Abby turned 2 in August. The girls keep Dina and her husband on their toes.

Denise Bartlett e-mailed with news of completing her J.D. degree in 2003 at CSU. She took the February 2004 Bar Examination and passed on the first try. Since then, she has been practicing with Rauser & Associates doing personal bankruptcy. ... Emma Yates is living in Rocky River and working as a therapist at Children’s Aid Society. ... David LoVerdi is living in NYC with his new bride, J’Aimee Cronin. David and J’Aimee were married on October 23 at the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Manhattan. Fr. Frederick Betti, SJ presided. Also present at the celebration were Matthew Fico, Drs. Tim and Allie Abbamonte, Megan Turon-Spencer, Martin Campbell, and Christopher Migneault. ... Jozsi Jalics completed a Ph.D. at OSU in June of 2002 and is working at Boston University. Jozsi and wife Julie are living in Newton, MA. ... Megan Gill Kopp completed an MA degree at CSU in 2000 and together with her husband, Franz, is living in San Diego, CA. ... Amy


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A few of us had our own gathering just after Christmas, at the California Pizza Kitchen in Legacy Village, a unique new shopping plaza on Cedar, just down the road from JCU. In attendance were myself, Annmarie Tirpak, John Shea, Ernie Petti, Andy Tulenko, Matt Ericsson, Brian
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Trepka, and Shannon (Kuhlenschmidt) Trepka. ... Sherry (Lucchetti) Watts sent me a message: Sherry and her husband, Matt Watts, welcomed a baby girl, Ashley Morgan, into their family in August (Sherry and Matt also have a two-year old son, Andrew). Matt is teaching middle school at Fort Middle School in Berea, OH, and Sherry handles the marketing and communications for Impullitti Landscaping in Chagrin Falls and the retail garden center in Burton. They get together often with Kelly (Dick) Close and Andy Close. ... Jill (Muldoon) Rendek lives in West Melbourne, FL, and she and her husband, Louis ’95, are expecting their first baby in May. ... Daria DrebotyCerimele recently moved back to the Cleveland area after completing her residency in Indianapolis. She lives in Chardon and loves being closer to home (Youngstown). Daria and her husband, Michael, have a one-year-old daughter, Isabella. Daria is a physician with University Primary Care Physicians. She would love to hear from any former classmates; her e-mail is dmdcmd@ ... Something new to the Alumni Journal section of the magazine: if you have any pictures of recent gatherings you’ve had with fellow 1997 grads, send them to me, and I’ll see if we can get them into the issue. I can’t make any promises, but we’ll do our best. Take care everyone! Brian


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Last year Michael Coughlin, his wife Julie Nash and their two-and-a-half year old son Nicholas welcomed baby girl Alexandra to their family. The Coughlins live outside Columbus, OH, where Mike works for the Ohio Department of Education as an Oracle ERP system administrator. ... In May 2004, David and Amy (Kerner) Vazquez were married at the Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh, PA. They honeymooned in Costa Rica in November and now live in Berkley, MI. Amy is in her second year of OB/GYN residency at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, MI. ... Shelly Oberst and Stuart Parker were married in Kent, England, on June 20, 2004, and then held a celebration for family and friends in Pittsburgh, PA, on July 31. The couple lives in Brussels, Belgium, where Shelly is a social worker for the U.S. Military/ NATO Operations. She works with pre-natal women and new parents, helping them with parenting issues. Her husband is a journalist and writes about international policy in the European Union. Since graduating from JCU, Shelly also has lived and worked in Germany and the Netherlands. ... Drew Pollick and Caroline Kondrat ’01 were married on August 21 at Gesu Church. Four days later they moved to Boston, MA, where Caroline started graduate school at Boston College. ... Dawn (Harvey) Klinefelter and her husband, Dan, welcomed their first child, Kaitlyn Patricia, to their family on September 13. Katie weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was 19” long. The family lives in Pittsburgh, PA. ... Mary Katherine Lynch received her MBA from Ohio State in 2002. Recently, she moved to New York City where she works in 50
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investment banking at Deutsche Bank on Wall St. ... After living in Milwaukee for a few years, Sara Buss moved to Minneapolis, MN, and works in media relations at the U. of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center. After years as a newspaper reporter, Sara said she is enjoying the career shift to media relations. ... Mary Jo (Marcellus) Wyse is a published author! Her essay, “Mary Anne Sadlier and the Catholic Woman’s Role: Politics and Paradox in Nineteenth Century IrishAmerican Society” was published in the book, Reconciling Catholicism and Feminism? (University of Notre Dame Press, 2003). Also, her short story, “Pickle Street,” was published in the book, Mota 4 (Triple Tree Press, August 2004). Both books are available on Mary Jo and her husband, Tim, reside in Ann Arbor, MI, where Tim is in law school at the University of Michigan. ... Congratulations to Kristen Schneidler on her recent engagement. She and Jeff Schultz went to high school together, though they never knew each other until a couple of years ago. After working in television as the PR manager at WOIO/WUAB-TV in Cleveland for six years, Kristen decided to make use of the law degree she earned at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She is now working at the law firm of Roetzel & Andress. Kristen lives in Westlake, but she and Jeff plan to live in Bay Village after they’re married. ... In other news, any of you living in the Cleveland area probably recognize the familiar face and voice of Channel 3 WKYC’s Chris Tye. He is a reporter for the 6 p.m. news! After working for the last four years in TV news in smaller markets, Chris returned last fall. He is living in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood and can be reached at [email protected]. ... Thanks once again to everyone who submitted news for this class column. ‘Til next time - Cherie

at the University of Michigan. We also send well wishes to Patty and her husband, Jason Richards, who celebrated their first anniversary in September. ... In 2004, Kathy Wodzisz completed the triple crown of life-altering events. In July, Kathy married Randy Antila and then the couple purchased a house in Avon. Kathy recently joined Ernest & Young as a member of their marketing/ communications department. ... Resolution #3: Learn to let go of disastrous column segment ... after final attempt: We had such high hopes for the “Where Have You Gone” segment. We envisioned connecting with classmates who’ve lost touch to share new memories but we couldn’t have been more wrong. To those missing classmates who we didn’t hear from, we can only quote one of the timeless Spin Doctors songs and say, “Hope you’re doing fine!” Against better judgment, we’ve decided to bring back the segment for one more edition. As part of its spirited return, we ask, “Where Have You Gone ... Michelle Bjel?” Marty


send your notes to: lisa Foster 1808 Coventry rd., #6 Cleveland heights, oh 44118 440-339-6572 e-mail: [email protected] Clare Taft 1808 Coventry rd., #2 Cleveland heights, oh 44118 216-346-2209 e-mail: [email protected]

REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
Our five-year Reunion is June 17-19, 2005, remember to mark your calendars! The Reunion Committee includes Meggan Babcock, Martisse Best-Dettmer, Mary (Howarth) Bibbee, Christina Bongiovanni, Fina Cannon, Taryn (Leas) Chmielowicz, Moira Conway, Nicole (Ferrara) Hazen, Sarah Hedman, Bridget Houlihan, Jane Howarth, Courtney Kaezyk, Bridget Lynch, Ann Marie Murphy, Carrie North, Christie (Kuhr) Paris, Jon Powers, Kelly Richards, Melanie Shakarian, MaryAnn (Vizmeg) Dale, Jill Vuketich, Dave Youngers, and Lisa and Clare. We hope to see all of you there! If you have any questions concerning Reunion Weekend, e-mail us at [email protected]. We’ve heard that Pete Rodenhauser, Rico Pietro, Anthony Rospert, John Ricketts, Dierdre Pim, Brendan Flaherty, Angela Susnjara, Elizabeth (Kulow) Wilson, Sarah (Gannon) and Christian Garofalo, Jason Smith, Scott Chmielowicz, Valerie (Capiccioni) Gerbus, Maya (Boumitri) Merheb, Kathryn (Yanus) and Jon Wilson and Lauren Genshock are attending the reunion. ... Bridget Houlihan started her own theater company called Common Theater Company in Chicago, focusing on improv comedy — www. Bridget also performs at Improv Olympic in Chicago and was recently promoted at her day job, Blair Television, to team supervisor. ... Gina (DiDonato) Kubec and U.S. Air Force officer Robert Kubec, Jr. were married February 14, 2004 in Akron. John Carroll was well represented in the wedding party. Beth (DiDonato) Dobkowski ’95, Jessica McCullough, Missy Mittiga, Deirdra Burdge, Courteney Malon, Bridget Lynch and Moira Conway were bridal attendants.


send your notes to: Martin Fox 216-397-3352 e-mail: [email protected]

Since we are into a New Year, it’s resolution time again. Resolution #1: Throw “caution to the wind” when it comes to using quotations: Joe Carino and Sarah Thomas are happy to “cap-off” their “dream season” with a much-anticipated May wedding. Led by “promising rookie” Aaron Carino ’03, they are headed to the big dance with the help of “savvy vets” Mike Thomas ’92 and Lisa (Thomas) Cohen ’95. To complete their “story book run,” they will dish to “sharpshooters” Katie Wilson, Bob Carcelli, Mike Maloney, Jamie Boyle and your own “serial name-dropper” himself. ... Resolution #2: Reward those who write-in with multiple mentions: Katie Wilson is also heading down this aisle with John Stillerman in June. ... Belated congrats to James Wurtz who married Sarah Jacobs in September at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. After doing several years of research in Ireland, James recently spoke at the 100th anniversary of “Bloomsday” in Dublin, commemorating the events of James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses. ... After graduating from the Medical College of Ohio, Patty Raimer is in her 2nd year of a pediatrics residency program

Burrows bounding across the line.
if you happen to be in northeast ohio, you can look outside and rightly conclude that this picture of James Burrows ’01 bounding across the finish line at the rite aid Cleveland Marathon was taken a few months back. no matter; time will not diminish Burrows’ triumph. Burrows is a JCu mail center staff member. until not long ago, he was a stranger to running. his supervisor, tom reilley ’99, said to Burrows, “you could do a marathon.” eavesdropping skeptics Dr. andy Welki of economics and Mike roeder ’93 of facilities asserted that the goal was as improbable as John Carroll beating Mount union in football. a wager ensued. to understand all this, it would help enormously if one spent enough time on campus to understand the widespread affection Burrows enjoys here. to cut to the chase, Burrows crossed the line with, as you can see, something left in his tank. Doubters Welki and roeder were vanquished; Burrows and his mentor reilley basked in the afterglow, and Coach regis scafe lay awake plotting how he would soon do to the Purple raiders what Burrows did to his marathon challenge.


send your notes to: Maureen deMers 5 east lakeshore Dr., apt. # 3 Cincinnati, oh 45237 e-mail: [email protected]

Gina’s brother, Mark DiDonato ’98 was a groomsman. ... Maya (Boumitri) Merheb is finishing medical school and will welcome a baby in late February or early March. ... Scott Beran works for National City Bank in corporate banking and is planning a summer wedding to Debbie Leonard. ... Karen Klaege received her M.D. from Ohio State and is a family practice resident at Toledo Hospital. ... Carla Flask teaches language arts in Strongsville. ... Kathryn (Yanus) and Jon Wilson were married October 16. Kathryn is a product manager for Ernst & Young. ... Melissa Monaco is a knowledge deployment consultant for Ernest & Young in Sydney, Australia. ... Sean Beck lives in New York City and works for NBC. ... Christie (Kuhr) and Mike Paris live in Toledo where Christie teaches first grade at St. Hyacinth School. ... Doug and Eneida (Crespo) Dentler live in Michigan. Doug works for Eaton and Nei works for Barnes and Noble as a community relations specialist. ... Lee Nejak and Karen Rizzuto are engaged to be married July 23. ... Meghan (Brown) Svatora lives in Newark, NJ, with her husband, Mike, and Megan is an underwriter for State Farm Insurance. ... Angela (Zingale) and Pete Rodenhauser were married August 21, 2004 in Saint Francis Chapel. Angela is a senior account executive at Dix & Eaton. ... Kelley (Gaughan) and Mike Biscaro live in Berea. Kelley is a vocational evaluator for Catholic Charities Services Corporation. Mike works at the Cleveland VA and will receive his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Xavier in May. ... Megan Vecchio lives in Maryland and teaches third

grade. Megan and Bryan Newsome are planning a June 2006 wedding. ... Laura Fruscella teaches Spanish and heads the language department at North Royalton High School. ... Sue (Sadowski) Pyle is a CPA living with her husband, Matt, in Ames, IA. Sue and Matt will welcome their first child in June. ... Margaret (Payne) Welfelt teaches at St. Rita School in Webster, NY, Margaret married Todd Welfelt July 16. Margaret is pursuing her master’s in administration at U. of Rochester. ... Melissa Atkian works for MBNA ... Erin (Fritz) Memo and Dan Memo ’99 celebrated their third anniversary. Erin teaches English at Beaver South High School near Youngstown and is pursuing her master’s degree in education. ... Suzanne (Paulson) Albano married Tony Albano in September. Suzanne is finishing her master’s degree in counseling at Carroll. ... Lauren Genshock received her J.D. from OSU and clerks for a judge in Columbus. ... Courtney Kaezyk lives in Washington, D.C., and works for Sprint in the government affairs office. ... Valerie (Capiccioni) Gerbus has a new job as a social worker in Cincinnati. Valerie would like to reconnect with Adrienne Berlin and Kate Richards. Drop her a line at [email protected]! ... ’00s gathered in Nov. at a Chicago alumni event, including, Fina Cannon, Bridget Lynch, Moira Conway, Bob Guillen, Bridget Houlihan, Courteney Malon, Mike Tirpak and Joe Gambino. ... Don’t forget to visit the JCU Web site for more Reunion information — we can’t wait to see everyone June 17-19! ... Clare and Lisa

Scott Shantery was hired as the head hockey coach at John Carroll. He earned his M.S. in sports psychology from Miami University. Scott, a goaltender, was the first hockey All-American in JCU’s history. Scott is VP of SMS Sports Limited. ... Caroline Kondrat married Drew Pollick ’98 in Gesu Church, August 21. Immediately following the wedding, they moved to Boston so Caroline could begin her graduate studies at Boston College. ... James Slivanya is working as an auditor with Crowe Chizek and Company LLC in Columbus, OH. James also writes that he married Melissa Anderson on November 20, 2004. ... Cheryl (Smith) Dave was also recently married and moved to Wickliffe. ... Lauren Smartschan is preparing for her November wedding, as well as working in the Moon Area School District and completing work on her master’s at Duquesne. ... Kristen Stack is planning a fall 2005 wedding, marrying Jim Kickel. ... T.J. Wichmann and Ana (Garabis) Wichmann are excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Mary Kate, born on November 8. ... Michael Bogdan earned his M.A. /J.D. degrees from Ohio State in 2004. Michael is an attorney with Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths, and Dougherty in Canton, OH. ... Danielle Foley is teaching juvenile delinquents at an alternative school in Miami, FL. ... Kelly Patten accepted a new position as a program coordinator for Junior Achievement in Greater Cleveland. Kelly recruits volunteers from the business community to teach classes in Cleveland area schools. Anyone interested should contact Kelly at kellyepatten@ ... Always my pleasure to share your news, Maureen


send your notes to: Gina Ferrara 3744 West Pine Blvd. st. louis, Mo 63108 314-977-1573 e-mail: [email protected]

Greetings, class of 2002! I hope that you all had a very happy holiday, and for those of you up north, I hope you’re surviving the snow and ice! As always, our classmates are keeping busy, and have many accomplishments and blessings to share ... Kate (Magaletta) Cingel lives in Nyack, NY. ... Adam Dunn ’01 lives in Cecil, PA, and works for Otto Bock in customer service and inside sales. ... Maria Haller is working on her law degree at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and lives in Lakewood, OH. ... Amanda (Detki) Nemeth lives in Chesterland, OH, and works in Cleveland as a senior accountant for Ernst & Young. ... Judy Schlather lives in Cincinnati, OH. ... Jennifer Sturm is in her third year at Michigan State University. She’s working as a graduate assistant and loves teaching classes. She also works in Student-Athlete Support Services. ... Bryon Thornburgh lives in Mentor, OH, and works for Dix & Eaton, a public relations firm in Cleveland, as a technology support analyst. He is also
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in Cleveland State’s MBA program. ... Jessica Urbancic married her JCU sweetheart, Bryan McFarland, on August 21st in Saint Francis Chapel. Bryan is a portfolio manager in commercial real estate for Huntington Bank in Cleveland. Jessica is a pharmaceutical sales rep for Novavax. ... I hope 2005 brings you all much health and happiness ... let me know how it goes! Keep those updates coming! Best wishes, Gina


send your notes to: Theresa Jurak 20835 Chagrin Blvd., #8 shaker heights, oh 44122 e-mail: [email protected]

Happy spring to everyone – by the time this hits your mailbox, I hope winter is on its way out! Best wishes to everyone as we head towards sunnier weather. ... Thanks to Katie Skorski, who sent an e-mail to say that since September 2003, she’s been living and working in sunny and very friendly Charleston, SC. Katie is an admissions representative at Miller-Motte Technical College in Charleston and is working towards her master’s degree in higher education administration. ... Maura Habig is living down in Liberty Township, OH. ... Congratulations to Lauren (Frey) Arth, who married Tom Arth on July 10. Lauren and Tom are living in Indianapolis, where Lauren is a sales associate for Penton Media. Best wishes to both of you! ... Derrick English is working for KeyCorp as an Oracle database engineer and living in Cleveland Heights. ... Brooks McDowell is also still living on the East Side of Cleveland, in Mayfield Heights, and is a financial analyst for SIRVA. ... Nicholas Canalos ’04 has traveled a bit farther – he’s currently living in Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, Japan! ... Christine (Hogg) Walters ’04 is living with her husband, Scott, in Twinsburg and works as a senior internal auditor at Forest City Enterprises. ... Jessica Cornuet is planning an April wedding to her college sweetheart, Rob DePascale, and working at the Western School of Health and Business as an admissions representative in Monroeville, PA. Congratulations and best wishes on your special day! ... All the best to everyone of the class of 2003, and I hope the next few months bring great excitement and joy. Take care, Theresa

Molly Byrnes’02 was a Jesuit Volunteer Corps, International volunteer for two years in Tacna, Peru. Molly taught English at Miguel Pro School in Tacna. She is seen here with fellow volunteer J.P. Brophy and Peruvian teacher Anna Maria Rodriguez. Molly has returned home and is looking forward to her wedding this spring to Ryan Daly’99, the university’s alumni relations director. in Fairport, NY. ... Rosella Torcaso moved to North Royalton, OH, where she is a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley. ... Sean Mooney is the performance-training director for Performance Training, Inc in Cleveland. ... Jessie Kron is working for American Express Financial Advisors as a financial advisor in Independence. ... Theresa Spada is a project manager for Conferon Inc. in Beachwood. ... Steve Stefanko is living and working in Solon for Napoli Consultants, Inc. as an actuarial associate. ... Linette (Caraballo) Pacheco is a development associate at The Women’s Center of Greater Cleveland. ... Mark Spilker is working for Ernst & Young and working on finishing his MBA this summer. ... Darice Kopcak is working at National City as a regional marketing & sales coordinator for the Private Client Group. ... After finishing three months of training in Rome, Meghan Kelly left for Kove, Togo, Africa on September 7th. She was to be working in a newly built clinic in Kove; however, the clinic is still under construction. She is now teaching at a school for women ages 15 to 30, which is located in the village and operated by the Cannossian Daughters of Charity. Her mother asks interested classmates to send letters to: Meghan Kelly, c/o Soeurs Canossiennes, BP 10238, AgoèNyivé, Lomé, TOGO, Afrique Occidentale or e-mail [email protected]. Put “Attention Meghan Kelly” on the subject line. ... Jessica Lazor is working at Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond in Cleveland. ... Jess Fonow is in law school at Duquesne. ... Brian Cain is attending grad school there as well. ... Many congratulations are in order for our classmates who have gotten engaged and married in the past few months. Cara Mazzocca and Matt Sulzer got engaged as well as Sarah Sroka and Ron Kubacki. ... Sarah (Keating) Albanese married Jay Albanese on August 21. They are living in Buffalo, NY, where Sarah is working for Autistic Services, Inc. and attending a master’s program in library science. ... Angela Smith-Puertas marred Daniel Puertas ’03G on August 14th and is now a marketing/PR coordinator for ZO Brands in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. ... Joshua M. Falbo — newly commissioned officer in the Navy — and Sara Bryan are engaged to be married sometime in the next year pending Josh’s deployment and training schedules. Both moved to Virginia Beach, VA, in January as Josh continues his military training as an Intelligence Officer. ... That’s it for now. Thank you to everyone who sent information. Please keep it coming! Clapp People become house builders through building houses, harp players through playing the harp. We grow to be just by doing things which are just. — Aristotle

John Carroll’s annual alumni Golf Classic
(formerly Duffer’s Day Classic)


send your notes to: Paul s. Clapp P.o. Box 40575 tucson, aZ 85717 520-390-0506 (c) 1-800-228-7326 (w) e-mail: [email protected]

will be held on June 6 at sleepy hollow 9445 Brecksville rd. Brecksville, oh 44141 For more information, contact the alumni office: 800.736.2586
For Information about the Carroll Women’s Connection, contact the Alumni Office at 216.397.4322

Hello to everyone. It’s been great hearing from you. I was afraid I wasn’t going to have much information to share in this issue, but thankfully many people e-mailed me just before the column was due. Everyone is enjoying their new jobs or continuing their education while living somewhere beyond the parents’ house. Speaking of parents, thanks to all of the parents who have given me updates for your kids. ... Hedwig Murphy moved to Philadelphia. ... Jerold Ahn is teaching at Borman Middle school in Glendale (outside Phoenix) AZ. ... Timothy Seeberg is a marketing assistant 52
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John v. Corrigan ’43, judge, alumni Medal
possessed all the qualities the public has a right to expect in a judge. he was wise, firm and fair….all the respect that fell to him, he both earned and deserved.” the paper quoted another retired judge who said of Judge Corrigan: “his integrity was impeccable. he was an example for all the judges and lawyers in this community.” after graduating from Carroll in 1943, Judge Corrigan served for 25 months in europe in WW ii, and was awarded five battle stars. after the conflict, he earned a law degree at Western reserve university and was elected to the ohio house of representatives at the age of 30 in 1950. John v. Corrigan’s judicial career began with his appointment to the Cleveland Municipal Court in 1953; he was elected to a seat several weeks later. he won election to the Common Pleas Court in 1956. in the early 1970s, he was the chief Justice of the Common Pleas Court. in 1973, he began the first of his three terms on the ohio Court of appeals, where he served until 1995. the judge was a very active participant on judicial committees and associations and was honored many times by judicial and educational bodies. he earned John Carroll’s alumni Medal in 1982 and the Cleveland Catholic Diocese’s thomas More award in 2002. the program for his funeral Mass was titled, A Man for Others, and there can be no dispute that Judge Corrigan was that. in addition to his commitments to a myriad of civic and church organizations, he was on the national board of Catholic Charities and served two six-year terms as national secretary of the society of st. vincent de Paul. Judge Corrigan is survived by eileen, his wife of 54 years; by daughters Mary ann ’75, eileen, Clare and Kate; by sons tom, Jack, and Dan; and by ten grandchildren.

John v. Corrigan was for 42 years a jurist who inspired respect and affection. after the 84-year-old judge died on December 31, the Plain Dealer wrote: “John v. Corrigan

austin Freeley, professor and debate coach
native was a John Carroll communications professor and debate coach in 1959 when he formed the Committee on Presidential Campaign Debate and called for the candidates to meet. the next year nixon and Kennedy held the first debates broadcast to the nation. More importantly from the university’s point of view, Dr. Freeley was a gifted professor and forensic coach from 1957 to 1985 and he had a profound impact on generations of JCu students. Dr. Freeley died at the age of 82 on January 11. he graduated from Boston university and earned a Ph.D. from northwestern. Dr. Freeley joined John Carroll’s faculty in 1957 and assumed control of the university’s quality debate legacy. he became a prominent figure in national debate association circles and held many professional offices. During the ‘70s and ‘80s he coached particularly strong squads which went to the national championships three years running. after Dr. Freeley’s death, salvatore Falletta ’64 wrote:” he and Father schell provided the most vivid lessons of critical thinking, which continue to serve me to this day. he introduced me to forensic speaking and mentored many of us on the debate team. he challenged us to think clearly, prepare well and speak with confidence.” Dr. Freeley wrote Argumentation and Debate, the best selling college debate text. now in its 11th printing, it has been translated into Japanese and Chinese. Dr. Freeley is survived by his wife of 56 years, trudy; by his daughter anne Panniello; by three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Dr. austin Freeley is credited with playing a significant role in the establishment of televised presidential debates. the Boston

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George Knoblauch ’48, alumni association president
George Knoblauch was a Cleveland insurance executive who became a pillar of the John Carroll university alumni association. Mr. Knoblauch was the secretary of the association, became vice president, and then president in the early 1960s. he was also active in fundraising efforts. For his service, he received the alumni achievement award, now known as the alumni Medal. Mr. Knoblauch died on January 8, two days before his 81st birthday. at his death, Mr. Knoblauch remained secretary of the agency one insurance Group. his classmate Julius sukys said of Mr. Knoblauch’s social skills: “he was a very personable guy. if there were 50 people in the room and he was the toastmaster, he would remember each of the 50 by name. he was a gourmet cook, an effective businessman, and a gentle and utterly charming individual.” Mr. Knoblauch was the president of the Cavaliers, the precursor of the Blue and Gold Club. he also served on the board of the rosemary Center. Mr. Knoblauch is survived by Margaret, his wife of 56 years; by children ann Paulus ’74, Michael ’82, and Mary Kay howard and by six grandchildren and a brother.

robert sly, psychiatrist, alumni Medal
after graduation from John Carroll, robert sly went to medical school at Marquette. he served with the u.s. occupation force in Japan and returned to his hometown of Dearborn, Michigan, where he established the city’s first private psychiatric practice. young Dr. sly fought vigorously to ensure that a psychiatric facility would be included in the community’s new hospital. When that outcome was in jeopardy, he took his passionate advocacy to Washington and gained the federal funds that enabled oakwood hospital to open its doors with a progressive psychiatric unit. Dr. sly died on october 24 at the age of 84. Dr. sly practiced psychiatry from 1952 until his retirement last year. he held many leadership roles at sacred heart Church and he was a supporter of the arts and of his two Jesuit universities. Dr. sly received John Carroll’s alumni Medal in 2002. after his death, son Carl ’75 said that his father’s pattern of being a man for others was evident in Japan, where, under orders not to serve the local population, he nursed a Japanese physician to health so he could perform that service. he said in Dr. sly’s last years he cared for a young blind man. Carl sly noted that in the nearly six decades between those episodes, Dr. sly’s life was consistently one of care and service. Dr. sly is survived by his former spouse, Mary ellen ; by his children: Mary Jane Chisholm, roberta Bell, regina Bradley, robert and Carl; by 13 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and his sister rosemary.

in Memoriam
William E. Kelly Regis E. McGann, Sr. Robert F. Sly John V. Corrigan William B. Buckingham Stanley L. Dobrowski Eugene C. Von Riestenberg George M. Knoblauch Robert D. Garry Ted K. Hueffed, Sr. William A. Sullivan Phillip G. Tripi, Sr. Anthony F. Lekan Ray A. Koscianski Francis R. Murray ’40 ’40 ’42 ’43 ’45 ’45 ’46 ’48 ’50 ’50 ’50 ’50 ’52 ’53 ’54 11/13/2004 11/29/2004 10/24/2004 12/31/2004 9/9/2004 1/16/2005 1/10/2005 1/8/2005 1/20/2005 5/23/2004 11/17/2004 1/14/2005 11/27/2004 11/17/2004 11/16/2004 Maurice E. Prendergast Edward P. Palkovic John E. Kennedy, Sr. F. Patrick Campbell David D. Madorsky Joseph S. Nicklos William P. Yarmesch Edward A. Zak Donald V. North Robert R. Dodge Warren Peter Mostek Marvin F. Mikolajczyk David W. Hallal Neil E. Rasmussen Richard J. Rubischko ’54 ’55 ’56 ’58 ’58 ’59 ’63 ’63 ’64 ’65 ’66 ’69 ’70 ’70 ’71 2/12/2004 7/13/2004 1/1/2005 1/17/2005 11/23/2004 1/25/2005 8/7/2003 11/13/2004 1/23/2005 10/22/2001 11/24/2004 1/10/2005 11/7/2004 12/16/2004 10/18/2004 Marchell D. Cheeseman ’74 3/13/2004 Elizabeth M. O’Brien ’74 1/3/2005 Carol C. Bartlett ’76G 1/6/2005 Stephen J. Botos ’88 12/30/2004 David Hardin ’97 11/9/2004 John J. Dwyer Former Hon. Trustee 1/21/2005 Austin J. Freeley Retired Faculty 1/11/2005 Clement A. Miller Retired Faculty 1/15/2005 William R. Motiska Retired Faculty 1/23/2005

This is the deceased list as we know it. We apologize for any omission and ask that you please notify Joan Brosius at 216.397.4332. Thank you.


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Former poet laureate Robert Pinsky, left, thrilled a standing room only audience at John Carroll on February 10th. Pinsky is seen here with Dr. George Bilgere, director of the Francis smith Poetry endowment.

Rev. Timothy T. Shannon, SJ, vice president for development and alumni relations, and Ryan Daly ’99, director of alumni relations, flank Joe Spaniol ’49 on the occasion of the unveiling of Spaniol’s portrait in the U.S. Supreme Court. Spaniol was a longtime administrator for the nation’s highest judicial body.

Bill McGregor ’71, who is establishing a legend at DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland in the Washington area, was named as the High School Football Coach of the Year. McGregor was honored at the Super Bowl. He is seen here with Paul Tagliabue, left, the Commissioner of the National Football League, as the commissioner presents the coaching award.

alUMnI Medal noMInaTIons
The Alumni Office is seeking nominations for the Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Alumni Medal. the award is given on the basis of distinguished service to a profession, exemplary family and personal life, contributions to community, and leadership service to the university and the association. Please send the name, title, organization and class year of the nominee, as well as a brief career summary to: Junior Kristy Calaway had a sweet moment with a child in the El Salto Coffeee Cooperative in Ahuachapan, the westernmost part of El Salvador. Calaway was part of a political, cultural and economic immersion trip to El Salvador taken by three faculty members, a grad student, a recent graduate and five undergraduates over the Christmas break. ryan Daly Director of alumni relations John Carroll university 20700 north Park Boulevard university heights, oh 44118
Please send nominations to ryan Daly ’99 at the above address or via e-mail to rdaly@ by March 31, 2005. nominations forms can be found at nominations_forms.asp

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JCu profs saw ukraine’s “orange revolution” on the way
By Andy Fedynsky ’80G

it’ll soon be 25 years since i got my Master’s Degree in history from John Carroll. that was during the Cold War when the world was a whole lot different. today, we barely remember how much that conflict defined us: how grade school kids practiced ducking under desks to prepare for nuclear war, how air raid sirens cut through the quiet of surrounding neighborhoods, magazines advertised for fallout shelters, and political debates focused on neutron bombs, Mirved missiles and salt ii — important then; forgotten now. one of the country’s intellectual centers during the Cold War was John Carroll’s institute for soviet and east european studies, located on the third floor of the administration Building. that’s where i worked on my master’s thesis on the history of ukraine, or as they called it then, “the ukraine,” a subject hardly anyone studied back in 1980. it wasn’t considered “serious.” instead, “sovietologists” pondered the order in which Politburo members lined up on the Kremlin Wall for May Day parades and counted ball bearing factories to try to figure out where the soviet union was headed. When the ussr collapsed in 1991, the Cia was dumbfounded. how could anyone have foreseen soviet “satellites” and constituent republics breaking away, they wondered? Well, Dr. Michael Pap, director of the soviet institute for one; also Dr. George Prpic, Dr. Wallace Kosinski and others. they never made it to the top ranks of sovietologists, but they had a knack of focusing on what proved to be relevant and enduring, while understanding that political structures have always been transient. “this too shall pass,” was one of Dr. Pap’s favorite lines. like his Croatian colleague, George Prpic, ukrainian Mike Pap was an immigrant. Both George and Mike, like a lot of the visiting scholars and guest lecturers at the soviet institute, had first-hand experience with communism and
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as a result, hated it with all their hearts. and so, many mainstream experts dismissed their scholarship as biased and tainted. as it turned out, these immigrant scholars had insights that a prep school graduate could never have. and they shared those insights with thousands of students and teachers over the course of thirty years, helping to shape attitudes that kept our country on course until the peoples of the soviet union and the “satellite nations” were able to weigh in and topple an evil empire. For me, going to John Carroll was like being retired: reading, concerts, movies, museums and dozens of lectures, often followed with discussions over cold beers at the pub down the street. and like everything else, those two years also passed. soon after, i got a job on Capitol hill with Cleveland Congresswoman Mary rose oakar,. Many Clevelanders, of course, traced their origins to Central and eastern europe and were deeply concerned about the old World countries, what they called the “Captive nations.” they didn’t care how the Politburo members lined up on the Kremlin wall — they were all thugs anyway. instead, the congresswoman’s constituents were interested in lithuania, ukraine, Poland, Croatia, serbia, armenia, Czechoslovakia, romania, etc: all of which had been the subject of intense interest at the soviet institute. in 1962, for example,

the institute held a conference, titled “Colonialism – soviet russian style,” something Baltic, slavic and hungarian constituents could relate to. the Cia and Washington think tanks relegated the issue to the backburner, if it was considered at all. When the 600 year-old battle of Kosovo emerged, not as history but news, Dr. Prpic’s lectures about Balkan history were a godsend for me, the congresswoman’s “foreign policy expert.” Wally Kosinski’s insights about Poland’s solidarity and the impact of a young, vigorous Pope from Krakow, John Paul ii, were equally helpful. and, of course, Mike Pap — a blunt-speaking, kind-hearted, generous man who touched the lives of countless policy-makers, scholars, teachers, students, citizens... his wisdom was invaluable. When the Berlin Wall fell, when yugoslavia cleaved along its historic fault lines and the soviet union collapsed, thirty-plus years of scholarship at the institute for soviet and east european studies were vindicated. the institute has now itself become history; the scholars who made it their home have retired and departed. still, i note with some satisfaction that history’s undercurrents continue to shape events along the course scores of scholars outlined at the soviet institute a generation and more past. at the close of 2004, masses of demonstrators, armed with cell phones, digital cameras and watching giant television monitors, gathered in the shadows of thousand year-old cathedrals in ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, to clear up some unfinished Cold War business, tapping into a dormant collective unconscious that had been simmering for centuries. Watching “the orange revolution” live on the internet, i smiled and thought, “this is just how they used to teach it at John Carroll.” In addition to working as a government relations consultant, Andy is director of the Ukrainian Museum-Archives in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood

will be in the priest’s face and in the One day in 1937, Casey Bukala’s face of the person with whom he’s mother walked him to first grade at speaking. St. Hyacinths in Cleveland. The In interview, Bukala said, “This next day Mary Bukala died. She was is what the world needs: people buried on the morning her daughter looking into each other’s eyes… Stella planned to be married. Stella to get to know each other. People did wed, became a mother to Casey, don’t know each other. There is no moved upstairs with her young future without forgiveness.” husband and raised her own family. Keith Cockrell ’99 said in these Walter Bukala, who, like Mary, pages the month he graduated: had been a teenage immigrant from “Fr. Bukala has been a beacon Poland, never remarried, devoting with academic advice and spiritual the remainder of his days to his five advice.” That’s a whole lot of children and the grandchildren who Casey’s last 35 years: being a Polisharrived with the passing years. American-Jesuit beacon, shining Being torn so young from his his ample wattage on any question mother did not set the tone of or darkness falling upon one of the joyous life of Casimir “Casey” the multitude with whom he is in Bukala, SJ,, now beyond his 73rd relation. birthday. More indicative was his At the heart of that beacon is early appetite for prayer. As a boy, the generous light of the teacher. Casey had an altar in his room: a Chip Coakley ’69 recalled recently statue of Mary, flowers, a vigil light – how at a moment when Coakley “I loved to pray; if I wasn’t a people was particularly looking for person, I could be a contemplative.” illumination and summer credits, That’s an enormous if, though ‘Do you realize how many lives have touched me?’ Bukala volunteered to create an to say that is not to cast doubt on independent study in which they the philosophy professor’s passion spent the summer talking about for prayer — two or three rosaries a existentialism, some of the most day. That’s an enormous if because illuminating conversation Coakley said he’s ever had. anyone who receives 50 Christmas cards in one day, anyone so Bukala is fond of drawing a stick figure from which spirals an in love with the power and possibility of human speech would need to wrestle with the constraints of a contemplative’s silence. arrow shooting into the future. “This,” the teacher says, “is my trademark: who I am is related to who I am yet to become. You One of the ironies of this Jesuit’s life is that as a boy he have to live your life. You are the artist; You are the clay; what yearned to be a priest but feared he’d couldn’t because he you are making is yourself.” doubted he would discover words to hold his listeners. Tell that What Bukala has made of himself - with grace and guidance to the thousands whom the philosopher/priest has touched with - is a priest. He startled people at Manresa, Spain, the site of words over 35 years at this university. Early inhibition has been overcome– in spades. Telling tales Ignatius’ conversion. Giving a homily to the football team and their entourage, he said, in part: “When a child is born the on himself, Casey says that the late Joe Zombor, SJ, — his best Jesuit friend — refused to teach Bukala racquet ball, saying, “All parents wonder what that child will be. When the child grows, the child wonders what he or she will do in life.” The Jesuit you would do is talk.” The talker recounts that when he and paused, welled with tears and declared, “I love my vocation!” Fr. Zombor attended social events and someone came to speak Bukala concluded, “It’s wonderful!” He and the assemblage to Bukala, Zombor would smile beatifically and exit, knowing shared joyous tears of joy. the conversation would have legs. Casey said that one day after he had been ordained he was Balance is created by Bukala listening as intensely as he sitting at the kitchen table talking to Stella, who was ironing. talks. Casey Bukala’s life is conversations and the relationships Walter Bukala walked in from outdoors, shook his head and said, they create, not monologues. The campus community has been “Who would have thought we would have a priest?” diminished by Fr. Schell leaving our neighborhood, but his They do; we do; and we are all richer. Alumni Medalist, student Bukala embodies Joe Schell’s open-hearted care for the Distinguished Faculty Award winner, Casey Bukala, SJ, is, above person. Just watch Casey Bukala, SJ, talk to a current student or all, a priest. a visiting alumnus: what you see in the photo above these words

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