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Vol. 10, Issue 1 WINTeR 2006

A Collaborative Path


Rev. Robert Niehoff, SJ
challenges and making choices takes time. The university is in the midst of five Town Hall meetings, which are putting all the information on the table so that we, as a community, can meet John Carroll’s challenges and make this a better and stronger institution. We are still in the information sharing stage, but we will begin to develop together ways of meeting our various challenges. We will, as a community, continue to talk carefully about finances, enrollment, diversity and many other issues. As I speak, I am traveling: to Boston to meet our alumni; then to New York to visit with alumni and attend a meeting with Moody’s financial rating agency; to Washington to meet other graduates; then, after a brief return to campus, to Oregon for meetings of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus. On JCU’s Web site, I read the remarks presented to the university on Ignatian Day by Dr. Paul Murphy, the director of our Institute of Catholic Studies. Paul touched on the “fourth vow” of the Jesuits, our “radical availability for mission.” He talked about how Xavier, on 48-hours notice, volunteered to go to Asia, and said goodbye forever to his beloved friend Ignatius. Traveling today is a little different than Xavier’s journey but he and I and all of you who generously offer to help the university are all serving mission, “getting it done.” The way Don Shula ’51 got it done. I met him the other night and told him that the only thing I didn’t like about the 30day silent retreat I experienced in the fall of 1972 was that it prevented me from watching a number of the Miami Dolphins games during their undefeated season. The way Tim Russert ’72 gets it done. We were with him in the Meet the Press studio the other day, and it was a great pleasure to get a backstage glimpse of another variety of excellence. The way women’s basketball players Shayla Bell ’06, Caitlin Hubach ’06, Jessica Gibbon ’07, Allison Kern ’07 and their mates got it done in their upset over Wilmington. They fell short at the buzzer against Baldwin-Wallace, but in both recent games I was moved by the women cagers’ competitive spirit and obviously fervent desire to do more, to get it done. They are also role models. Together, we will do more; we will, I have no doubt, summon our very best to get done what needs to be done.


ast week I walked down a concourse at the Philadelphia Airport. I looked in a shop window and saw hundreds of miniature bells. I said to myself, “Why do they have all those bells in the window?” It took… maybe a count of three, but finally the thought occurred; “This is Philadelphia! Those must be little Liberty Bells!” I realized then that I’ve been pretty preoccupied for the past six months, so busy that there have been a few moments when I did not fully grasp “whether I was coming or going,” as my mother might say. My encounter with the bells allowed me to have some comprehension of the preoccupying busyness of this wonderful job with which I have been blessed. John Carroll is not a huge university, but there are many meetings, phone calls, e-mails, snail-mail letters. There are so many interesting individuals, meetings, events with whom and on which I would like to spend a little more time, if only there were not other interesting individuals waiting in the wings. I love the job and truly would not want to be anywhere else, but there are some adjustment issues. I was touched recently by the earnestness with which a faculty member asked if there wasn’t something more she could do to help? That has been the strongest message I’ve heard: isn’t there more that I can do to help? I too am driven to do more. I devote so much of my days to thinking about how we can do all we want to do, and gauging our readiness to do more in particular ways. We shall, but there is also a need for patience and for accepting that meeting

John Carroll University President Robert Niehoff, 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 Howard Gray, SJ Barbara Schubert ‘62 John Marcus ‘72 Dr. George Bilgere Kimyette Finley ’95 It is the mission of the magazine to provide an engaging and accurate reflection of the university and its extended community for its alumni and the other members of the John Carroll family. John Carroll University magazine is published quarterly by John Carroll University, 20700 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) 397-1886 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. 10 Issue 1

Winter 2006



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A Collaborative Path

Raising Kids with Good Hearts

First hundred years of music at John Carroll

14 18 24 27 31 Collaborative Path Events That Engage The World Q&A with Dr. Linda Eisenmann Raising Kids with Good Hearts First 100 Years of Music

2 Letters 3 University News 10 Athletics 35 Alumni Journal 36 Class Notes 54 In Memoriam 55 The Late News 56 Our Turn Inside Back Cover Profile: Clarissa Kimbrough

John Carroll is a Catholic and Jesuit University dedicated to developing women and men with the knowledge and character to lead and to serve.

Contributing photographers: John Reid, Rob Wetzler

Designed by Villa Beach Communications, Inc. Printed by Lane Press. 1

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in the last issue of John Carroll university, vol. 9, issue 4, there was an excellent article on the late Fr. William J. Murphy, sJ. those of us who came to know him during the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s certainly appreciated the fact that in our day he was Fr. John Carroll. i recall Fr. Murphy with great delight. i had a number of one-on-one “meetings” with him in his office as president of little theater society and as editor of the Carroll Quarterly. his bark was louder than his bite. he was always fair, but when he made a decision that was it. he was one of the first in a long line of men and women that contributed to making JCu what it is today; unfortunately, many of the JCu legends of the past are about to be forever forgotten. if you would like to see more historical articles, please contact the editor. John Clifford ’58 ■ Jack hearns’ story on “the legendary ‘Murph’” brought back memories of those days of in loco parentis and especially of Dean William J. Murphy, sJ. i had almost forgotten that he was what used to be called prefect of discipline. that’s because i don’t remember even those on whom he lowered the boom ever getting mad at him. in particular, the mention of the st. Patrick’s Day Parade evoked a memory. in March 1954, the university suddenly announced that any student missing classes on st. Patrick’s Day would be charged with three cuts. that meant he would use up half of his six allowed absences for the semester and put himself in danger of having to retake the course. the reason, obviously, was that recent parades had produced an excess of students who were, as hearns delicately puts it, “in a condition to embarrass JCu.” it was Father Murphy who – reluctantly, we assumed – announced the policy and prepared to enforce it. the murmur of grumbling on campus must have been audible in nearby houses. the incident was memorialized by a song in the seniors’ stunt night skit.
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thank you for the article of the sellers family of Canton, ohio, in the fall edition. in our culture that is saturated with superficial image, sham, and materialism, it was uplifting to read of a family that has values of more substance. and congratulations to the personnel in the office of financial aid for their sensitivity and encouragement of the sellers students as they work their way through John Carroll. this focus on the human dimension is a tribute to the staff and the leadership that office has had. Carl A. Englert, JCU Retiree of 1996 ■ i always enjoy reading about the success of the fellow JCu graduates. i take great pride in the education i received, even though at the time, i did not understand the significance of or the use of the liberal arts classes. two of the letters to the editor in the fall 2005 publication were upsetting. those letters were in response to an article on tim Cavanaugh. since when is it against the law to be a trial lawyer? Please note, i am not an attorney, a doctor, or a friend of Mr. Cavanaugh. i understand that members of the medical profession are very upset with the rising cost of liability (medical malpractice) insurance and they blame the increasing cost on trial lawyers. as i see it, there are three components to rising costs for the medical profession. they are the medical profession, insurance companies and trial lawyers. all serve a purpose and are needed to protect the public. Pointing out the greed of one profession without addressing the greed of the other professions seems silly. i know many successful doctors and insurance executives who have second homes in warmer states and who can afford to play a lot of golf. as long as they have not done anything illegal, so what? John Volpi ’73 Letters have been edited for length.

“Father Murphy,” played by Gil Cave ’54 in an outfit borrowed from a Jesuit, sang: Oh, when the seventeenth of March comes ‘round again each year, Each Irish heart beats faster then, for Paddy’s Day is here. They march down Euclid Avenue, the likes you’ve never seen. But Carroll men get triple cuts for Wearin’ o’ the Green. The piper pipes, the fluter flutes, the drummer beats the drum, But Carroll ears are far away and Carroll lips are dumb. And marching there behind the band goes each lad and colleen. But Carroll men get triple cuts for Wearin’ o’ the Green. And as they march up every Irish spine there runs a thrill, For what made Ireland great in years go by is with her still. But there is no thrill at Carroll, by orders of the dean. For Carroll men get triple cuts for Wearin’ o’ the Green. i was delighted to learn that in 1961, as the hearse carrying Father Murphy’s body pulled away from Gesu Church, “the JCu band stood at attention and played The Wearin’ O’ the Green.” Fred McGunagle ’54

University News

Finding God in all things, an ignatian Day message
san Francisco to become director of the institute of Catholic studies. Dr. Murphy opened with As Kingfishers Catch Fire, a poem by Gerard Manly hopkins, the 19th century British Jesuit. the poem’s words became the theme of the morning: “For Christ plays in ten thousand places, lovely in limbs and lovely in eyes not his – To the Father through the features of men’s faces. the message was that ignatius believed that “we can find God in all things.” Murphy explored the teachings of st. ignatius and discussed how a Jesuit and Catholic university can maintain the Jesuit tradition as the number of Jesuit priests decreases. in his attempt to answer this question, Murphy echoed rev. robert niehoff’s inaugural message that in order to find God we must engage the world, as God is in all things. “ignatius encouraged the individual doing the Spiritual Exercises to engage the world in order to find God,” said the scholar. Murphy also reminded the crowd that ignatius believed that “God deals directly with each one of us.” the institute of Catholic studies’ new director set challenges before those gathered. “if God is more than we can imagine and if he is in the world, we must consider changing how we see and what we do in the world.” Dr. Murphy left the crowd with a question, “if hopkins was right that ‘Christ plays in 10,000 places,’ what would that mean to us?” the morning continued with small group sessions and a question and answer period. the crowd was invited to participate in an early morning Mass and the session-ending interfaith prayer service. ignatian Day was hosted and planned by the office for university Mission and identity. to hear excerpts
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Dr. Paul v. Murphy

Members of the John Carroll community gathered for ignatian Day, an annual occasion to collectively assess what it means to be a Catholic and Jesuit university. Keynoting the day was Dr. Paul v. Murphy, who came to John Carroll this past summer from the university of

Finucane, Kaye receive Miles award for faculty community service
In 1992, Curtis W. Miles endowed the Faculty Community Service Award to encourage and recognize faculty members who share their expertise with community groups and volunteer agencies. The $500 cash award is given to a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to the Greater Cleveland community consistent with the university’s mission and goals. On Ignatian Day, two Curtis Miles awards were presented. The winner of the 2004-2005 Miles Award was Dr. Sharon M. Kaye, associate professor of philosophy. This recognition honors her work with the CarrollCleveland Philosopher’s Program and her service as advisor to the university chapter of Amnesty International.
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Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Finucane ‘80 was the recipient of the 2005-2006 Miles Award. This award honors Finucane’s work on the community garden program through her course that focused on that project, her classroom incorporation of service learning, her organizing the “study friend” program for international students, and her service on the board of the Light of Hearts Villa retirement community.
Dr. Margaret Finucane Dr. sharon Kaye

The names of the recipients of this award are engraved on a plaque in the hallway next to the office of the university president.


Dr. Beth Martin is associate dean of arts and sciences
Dr. Beth Martin, who was the chair of the Department of Psychology, became the associate dean of the College of arts and sciences in January. Dr. Martin joined the faculty in 1986, received tenure in 1994, was named a full professor in 1999 and assumed the department chair in 2003. she holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Purdue university, with a specialty in industrial and organizational psychology. Dr. Martin succeeds Dr. Joe Miller ’58, who had been associate dean since 1985. During that long tenure, Dr. Miller also performed short-term roles in several other critical administrative positions. Miller has returned to teaching in the Department of Communication and theatre arts. he will also be the director of summer programs.



Dr. Steven Hayward, assistant professor of English, has won the Grinzane Cavour Prize 2006 for Emerging Novelists for his novel The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke. The Grinzane Cavour Prize was established in 1982 and is one of the most prestigious Italian prizes for fiction. “The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke is,” said one review, “a wonderful novel, funny and touching and full of more sheer invention that most novelists stretch over a career.” The Prize consists of 5000 euros ($6,100). The award ceremony will be held at the Grinzane Cavour Castle near Turin, Italy, in June. The Siena Heights University Alumni Association is honoring Mary Ann Flannery of the Sisters of Charity with the 2006 Sister Ann Joachim Award in recognition of her accomplishments “as an educator, a leader in your congregation and a socially concerned citizen of our world,” one whose career “reflects an unwavering concern for the needs of others.” Sr. Flannery chairs the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at John Carroll. She is a former member of the John Carroll magazine advisory board. She has been a member of the faculty since 1989.


lynn leaves Center for teaching and learning, Colleran interim
Dr. Marc Lynn, who has been an innovator in educational technology since he joined the Boler school faculty in 1987, has left his position as the director of the university’s Center for teaching and learning. lynn has returned to full-time teaching in the Department of Management, Marketing and logistics. under Dr. lynn’s leadership, the center has offered faculty members training in educational technology, but its process of engaging faculty in assessing and improving their own teaching has encompassed far more than technological solutions. Dr. Jeanne Colleran ’76 of the english department is serving as the interim director of the center. in expressing his gratitude for Colleran’s service, Dr. David la Guardia, the academic vice president, said, “her willingness to serve is appropriate since last year Dr. Colleran received the faculty Fellowship in leadership, and her project connected to the fellowship examined specifically the area of faculty development. her report provided many suggestions for future faculty development efforts.”

student affairs changes
A number of significant internal changes have taken place in the Office of Student Affairs. Mary Ann Hanicak, presently on maternity leave, has moved from being director of student activities to being the assistant to the vice president for student affairs. She joins Kathleen Lis Dean as an assistant to Dr. Patrick Rombalski, vice president for student affairs. Lisa Ramsey, who was assistant director of student activities, is now director of that office. Rebecca Hamrozik succeeds Ramsey as the assistant director.
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Philosophers’ program wins award, continues to make impact
the Carroll Cleveland Philosophers’ Program (CCPP) has been awarded the american Philosophical association/Philosophy Documentation Center Prize for “excellence and innovation in Philosophy Programs.” the award will be presented at an upcoming meeting of the american Philosophical association. CCPP was established in 2000 by its director, Dr. Jen Merritt, assistant professor of education. since that time, the program has undergone tremendous change and growth. two significant additions to the program are Drs. sharon Kaye and Paul thomson of the Department of Philosophy. Kaye, associate professor of philosophy, received the Curtis Miles award for Community service, in part for her work with the CCPP. she recently wrote about her work in the program in the Carroll News. she explained that CCPP will become part of John Carroll’s curriculum next fall. one section of Pl305, a philosophy of education course, will be offered as part of the CCPP program. John Carroll students who enroll in this section will become teaching assistants for the philosophers’ program. “Professors Merritt, thomson and i are so grateful to be working with JCu undergraduates. their dedication is an inspiration to everyone involved in the program,” said Kaye. one last development for CCPP; in June representatives of the program, led by thomson, will give a workshop presentation in Glasgow, scotland at the 2nd international Conference of Philosophical inquiry and lifelong learning, which focuses on philosophy with children. Members of CCPP have also presented in san Francisco and oxford in recent years.
Kaye (left), Merritt and teaching assistants.



the Graduate school sends out first math & science partners
The Graduate School and the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD) celebrated the graduation of the first class of teachers from the Mathematics-Science Partnership master’s program in August 2005. Twenty-eight CMSD teachers were among the first to complete the degree requirements for John Carroll’s new master’s degree in either middle school mathematics or middle school integrated science. “We’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to build a program under grant funding from the National Science Foundation and to work out the kinks. Now that we know that we have a viable program, all we have to do is promote it to area teachers,” said Michael Kimmel, science educator and co-director of the partnership at John Carroll. This spring, the partnership is adding a new dimension by creating a mentorship program. An outstanding graduate of the program is asked to come back as a mentor in the lab setting. The first mentor is Nancy Morris, a 7th and 8th grade science teacher in the Cleveland schools. In her role, Ms. Morris is assisting Dr. Nick Baumgartner as his lab/teaching assistant in physical science.

University Budget Committee update
the university Budget Committee, established by President niehoff to find revenue opportunities and reduce expenses through efficiencies issued a preliminary progress report. the update stated that the university effectively needs to remove $2.7 million from an operating budget that approximates $60 million. the report also noted that inasmuch as university spending had already been reduced: “…we find it particularly challenging to realize substantial savings through mere cuts to (divisional and departmental) operating budgets. We expect that some savings will be realized through normal attrition, retirement, and strategic but limited filling of vacant positions. Beyond this, however, we expect that further difficult decisions will be made in order to achieve a balanced budget.” the committee report also said that preliminary recommendations and questions have been directed to the president and vice presidents and that a series of budgetrelated meetings with those university officials is under way. the committee noted that its work is being informed by two central concepts: budget cuts should undermine neither mission nor the student experience, and student learning occurs within and beyond the classroom.

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studying in and savoring italia

last fall, 19 John Carroll students stood on the summit of the largest peak of the apennines and beheld the beauty of the italian countryside below. their ascent, overseen by a mountain guide and Dr. santa Casciani, could well serve as a metaphor for the university’s first study-abroad semester in italy. the fall program gave participating students an overview of the wonders of italy and its great culture, a view the students worked vigorously to achieve. Casciani and the students embarked for italy on september 12, but their romebased program did not begin until october 1. Casciani took them to her hometown, Castelnuovo, in the province of abruzzo, for a nearly two-week immersion experience exploring italian culture. they shopped and cooked together, learned about wine and generally got a healthy taste of moving in the world as italians do. after Castelnuovo, they climbed two mountains. Casciani said they appeared visibly daunted at the prospect of the first but rose to the occasion and the summit. at the conclusion of the second ascent, Casciani observed that they collectively, effectively, said, “is that all there is to climb?” she related that the group bonded during the climbing and that the excursion was excellent preparation for the rigors of living and studying in challenging rome. in the eternal City, they were housed in apartments just outside the vatican walls. they were schooled in philosophy, art history, religious studies, literature and italian by Casciani and professors of the Pontificia università urbaniana, one of the vatican’s centers of higher education. Casciani, whose scholarship embraces italian literature and art, taught the group of Michelangelo and, subsequently,
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the 19 JCU students who studied abroad in italy last semester.

escorted the students to the sites of the master’s great works in rome, Florence and Milan. they also went as a group to many other pilgrimage destinations of italian art and culture. Casciani said the students were a delight and caused her no distress, though she did keep track of them with a shepherdess’ new age tool: cell phones handed out at the beginning of the trip. the semester abroad in italy is expected to be a yearly fall semester option. the cost last fall was the price of a John Carroll semester with room and board, plus an administration fee of $1,000 and a program fee of $2,500 to cover airfare and other costs. Giuseppina Mileti, the logistical genius behind John Carroll’s annual spring break trips to italy, did not accompany Casciani and the students last fall, but she was a critical asset in helping with the planning for the semester-abroad, and she will be along when Casciani, Mary Beth Brooks, the program’s secretary, and a large number of students and other John Carroll extended community members embark for italia in March. Mileti, who emigrated from Calabria in 1978, organizes and co-leads the

university’s spring-break expeditions. last year, 86 members of the John Carroll community – 22 of them students – traveled to, studied in and played together throughout the italian heartland. actually, the students did a lot of their studying before they left, assembling every Monday for a two-and-a-half hour course in the relationship between Dante and the artistic representations that were crucial to Dante in the writing of his Comedy. after their return from Casciani and Mileti’s native land, they regrouped for additional class work. the academic format is similiar this year. one of many moving moments on last year’s springbreak tour was the group’s collective presence at easter Mass, the final one of John Paul ii. Mileti, whose office is down the hall from Casciani’s in the o’Malley Center, said, “these trips have given us a crescendo of excitement that continues to grow. We had to turn people away last year. the students get along wonderfully well with the older people and the other community members invariably commend the students’ courtesy and general behavior. it gives me joy to work for the program. i love to present my country to John Carroll.”


Dr. luis Calingo appointed dean of the Boler school
Dr. luís María r. Calingo has been appointed dean of the John M and Mary Jo Boler school of Business. Dr. Calingo is currently dean of the College of Business administration and professor of international business at California state university, long Beach (CsulB). “i am excited about this opportunity to steer the already excellent Boler school of Business to higher levels of excellence,” said Calingo. “i am particularly enthusiastic about being affiliated with John Carroll university, which is known for its best-in-class graduation rate, closeknit campus community and the Catholic and Jesuit commitment to social justice.” according to David la Guardia, “John Carroll is especially pleased to appoint Dr. Calingo as the new dean of the Boler school as he brings to us a wealth of experience and knowledge that will enhance the programs, the curriculum and the fine reputation of the Boler school. i look forward to his arrival.” Calingo has held senior administrative positions in higher education in asia and the united states. his distinctive administrative competencies are in strategic planning, assessment, external relations, fund-raising, development of interdisciplinary academic programs, and creation of institutional linkages. as business dean at Csu in Fresno, he actively contributed to the university’s efforts to secure the first school naming endowment ($10 million) in the California state university system. Dr. Calingo holds a Ph.D. and an MBs from the university of Pittsburgh, a master of urban and regional planning from the university of the Philippines and a B.s. from the College of engineering, university of the Philippines. Dr. Calingo’s professional interests are servant leadership, strategic planning, total quality management, and international business with a focus on southeast asia. he has made more than 80 intellectual contributions (including books, journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations) and served as a reviewer for various scholarly



Dr. luís María r. Calingo

journals and professional associations. he also wrote the first internationally distributed textbook on asian business strategy, Strategic Management in the Asian Context (John Wiley & sons, 1997). his expertise in strategic planning and total quality management has been recognized nationally through his appointment, since 1997, to the Board of examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige national Quality award, the highest honor for performance excellence achieved by u.s. organizations.

More than just numbers – accounting students find mentors
her first-year at John Carroll, Jaqui Jarosz ’05 was determined to choose a major that wasn’t accounting. as she puts it, there are only two professions in her familyteaching and accounting and she didn’t plan to do either. By sophomore year, her mind started to change. “i really liked what i was learning in my accounting classes; it just seemed to click with me.” Jacqui decided to sign up for the accountancy mentoring program her sophomore year. “My mentor was not in public accounting, so she gave me a different perspective. My dad (Bruce Jarosz ’72) and sister (amanda english ’02) are accountants. it was nice to have an impartial party giving me some advice,” she said. Jarosz, now working on the audit side for Grant thornton, says she is grateful for the support and guidance she received in the mentoring program. “the goal of the program is to provide students with first-hand knowledge of the accounting profession,” explained Dr. William Cenker, the program’s newest director. “We try to link sophomores with young practitioners. Perhaps the student might go to lunch or even shadow his or her mentor for a day at the office. it is meant to show the student what accountants really do.” Cenker is reviving a once successful accountancy mentoring program with the intention of “objectively portraying the accounting profession” to young accounting majors. some 25 sophomores are participating in the program this year. “What you do as an accountant is so much more than what you learn in class,” Cenker observed. “it’s not all about numbers. accounting is about people skills, professional judgment, ethics, and communication.” Jarosz agrees: “it’s a lot different from what you learn in school. i like it a lot. it’s busy season right now. the days fly by, but i love the people i work with. i like working in teams.” after tax season, Jarosz is on schedule to complete her MBa at the Boler school this summer. as for her family, that makes three accountants and two teachers – but who’s counting?
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admission applications up significantly
as of the beginning of February, 2,972 applications had been received for membership in next fall’s freshman class. this is a 6.5% increase over the number of applications at this time last year. last year’s application tally was the highest in the university’s history. in an effort to reach beyond John Carroll’s traditional recruitment territory, prospective students were identified in all cities with Jesuit high schools. two years ago, 73% of the applications were from ohio, and last year 66% of those applying were in-state. to this point, applications have been received from 34 states and there has been a significant increase in applications from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, nebraska, new york,texas and West virginia. ohio, illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri and Wisconsin have also produced more applications than last year. applications from international students this year number 52, up from 30 last year. admission officers said that while they are reaching out to students beyond John Carroll’s traditional market, they are continuing to be attentive to northeast ohio. they just announced 38 new scholarships for Catholic or public high schools in urban areas of Greater Cleveland (see below). tom Fanning, the interim dean of enrollment services, said, “our efforts, the increasing significance of our Web site, and our ability to communicate electronically have had a profound effect on recruitment. over 90% of the applications are now submitted on-line and they are coming from students all over the country and the world. We continue to enhance our technological capabilities and improve our marketing and communications plan.”

30 full scholarships for Cleveland’s students
on February 17, rev. robert l. niehoff, sJ, the university president, announced a new university scholarship program that will change the lives of up to 30 students who are currently high school seniors in either Cleveland public or parochial schools. named the Cleveland opportunity scholarship, the awards will be presented to academically excellent students with significant financial need. high achievers attending target Cleveland Catholic or public high schools, are eligible for the awards. in addition to academic achievement and financial need, students will be assessed on leadership skills, and community involvement. each student will be in the top five of his or her high school class at the end of junior year. “support for exceptional students, particularly those with financial need and a great drive to succeed, can have profoundly positive effects on society,” said Fr. niehoff. “scholarship recipients
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who enroll will bring their talents to our campus and enhance the quality of the educational experience for other John Carroll students. in instituting these scholarships, John Carroll also hopes to extend its commitment to the Greater Cleveland community by playing a part in keeping talented students from the area in the area.” these 30 full-tuition scholarships are available to eligible students applying for enrollment at John Carroll for the 2006-2007 academic year. the dollar amount of the actual scholarship will be amended to allow the inclusion of federal, state or other aid. thus, while the dollar

amount may vary, the scholarships will meet full tuition. that amount will increase to meet any tuition increases. each scholarship will be among the most generous offered by an institution of higher education in northeast ohio. When a student demonstrates that his or her need exceeds the tuition amount, funds able to be used for “educational expense” may be added to contribute to room and board charges. after a student’s freshman year, the full-tuition scholarship will be renewed for an additional three years (six semesters) if the student continues as a full-time student, making adequate progress towards a degree. there is no separate application for the Cleveland opportunity scholarship. the student must apply for admission to John Carroll and be enrolled by May 1. students will be considered from all Catholic high schools in Cuyahoga county and any public high schools in Cleveland.




scholarships make an enormous difference in students’ lives
this spring, are Monica Chukayne ’05 and Making a Difference has become one of Jonathan Mis. the most popular phrases in the language. in other scholarship news, the there are many ways of accomplishing that McCarthy scholarship, which honors difference, but awarding a scholarship to the late Dewey McCarthy ’81 has, this a student in need is surely one of the most academic year, been awarded to Michael effective. the Class of ’57 scholarship Zemaitis ’09, Alex Bernot ’08 and Moria is awarded to a senior whose family Torrington ’07. Dewey McCarthy was a has encountered a crisis with financial implications that might prevent the student memorable young man who migrated to JCu from Boston College high school. from graduating. he became a dear friend of so many JCu Patrick Range ’06 is a history and students at the turn into the 1980s, most theology major. like his brother Peter, who especially his teammates on the streak won the Beaudry award in ’04, Patrick has men’s soccer squad of that era. been a valuable contributor to the John Dave Pratt ’85, now a development Carroll community. health issues have officer at the university, played soccer with created a difficult financial situation for McCarthy. Pratt said: “Dewey was just one the range family. the answer for Patrick, of those great guys that everyone wanted the last of his six siblings to graduate from to be around. Following his death, we (his college, came in the form of the Class of friends and teammates) established the ’57 scholarship, which took care of a great scholarship as a memorial to honor the spirit portion of Patrick’s “unmet need” at the and life of this “regular guy” who valued his university. family and friends, and thoroughly enjoyed in thanking the members of the Class the Carroll experience.” of 1957, range wrote: “…i have learned that ignatius, when he was developing the cornerstones of his teaching, believed in three major aspects of what is now called ignatian spirituality. those three aspects are experience, discernment and helping others. …the term “helping others” has become a very important part of my life at Carroll, and i have spent most of my time getting involved on campus in activities, whether in the student union, Campus Ministry, and even my fraternity, with that idea in mind. it has also led to my decision to volunteer for a year of service after graduation. … i hope years from now after i graduate from this school, i am able to give back to it as you have done for me. … you have illustrated to me why it will be so hard to leave this school at the end of this term.” range is one of three recipients of the Class of ’57 scholarship this year. the other two seniors, both of whom expect to graduate Patrick range ’06
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Dialing for Dollars

Perhaps you have already spoken with one of them. If not, chances are you will sometime in the near future. John Carroll has once again turned to its talented students to help enhance our lines of connection with our alumni and solicit money for the Carroll Fund. The Student Calling Center began operating in the middle of January and the feedback has been positive. “Under the direction of Development’s Tricia Callahan, our callers have done a fantastic job raising money for John Carroll,” said Robert P. Kirschner, director of annual giving. “Students play three roles in making their calls: ambassador, researcher, and fundraiser,” These roles translate into increased donor participation and a better understanding of what is happening on campus for the alumni.” This semester the Calling Center has a monetary goal of $100,000. Next year the expectation is $250,000 raised over two semesters. These will involve four to six callers working one of six, threehour shifts each week, with 12 weeks scheduled each semester. Kirschner asks that the next time you receive a call from a John Carroll student, you take time to talk to them and learn what is happening on campus. Due to limited time this semester, they won’t reach everyone, but they hope to contact all alumni next year. “Of course,” laughed Kirschner, “alumni can always stay one step ahead of us by mailing in their Carroll Fund gift with the envelope provided in the magazine.”
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soccer legend hector Marinaro is JCu’s new coach
programs. he succeeds ali Kazemaini, who resigned in December after 14 seasons at John Carroll to accept the position of men’s soccer head coach at Cleveland state university. “hector Marinaro embodies the values for which the university and the athletic department stand,” said laurie Massa, director of athletics and recreation . “his passion for the game, his commitment to the Cleveland area, as well as his ties to its soccer community, and the principles which have dictated his personal and professional life made him ideal for our situation. the fact that he has experienced soccer at the highest of levels is a tremendous asset.” Marinaro is the all-time leading scorer in Major indoor soccer league (Misl) history, finishing with 1,223 goals and 701 assists over the course of a 21-year playing career – 16 of which were spent with the Cleveland franchise. on nine different

hector Marinaro, a perennial professional soccer all-star, has become the coach of the John Carroll’s men’s soccer team. Following a national search, Marinaro was chosen to take over the reigns of one of the university’s most successful varsity

occasions, he was the Misl scoring champion. the Canadian native is such a legend in the Misl that the league MvP trophy is known as the hector Marinaro MvP award. Marinaro will inherit a team that finished 13-7-1 last season, captured the ohio athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles, and qualified for the nCaa Division iii national championship tournament – reaching the round of 32. “i’ve been looking at coaching at a high level since i retired in 2004, but not at the price of having to move my family around,” said Marinaro. “this job gives me the opportunity to have the best of both worlds. ali Kazemaini put together a great program at John Carroli ... i know they’ve been pretty strong the past few years and i don’t like losing. i’d like to keep taking it to the next level for the ultimate achievement of a national championship.”

Women oaC swim champs, men second
the John Carroll women regained the ohio athletic Conference championship and the men’s team used a late flurry to take over second place at the 2006 ohio athletic Conference swimming & Diving Championships. the Blue streak women scored 159 points to win comfortably over runnerup Baldwin-Wallace (140). John Carroll won its 15th crown in the 17 years it has competed for the oaC Women’s swimming & Diving title. on the men’s side, ohio northern won its second league championship in a row with 158.50 points, followed by John Carroll (118), and Baldwin-Wallace (116). JCu used a strong performance in the three of the final four events to overtake Baldwin-Wallace. in the 200 Breast, 200 Fly and 3-meter diving, John Carroll
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outscored Baldwin-Wallace, 26-11, to erase a double-digit deficit. Freshman Patrick hulseman, who also won the one-meter diving event, was one of the heroes of the streak aquanauts’ late drive. hulseman was honored as the oaC Men’s Diver of the year. Jackie nowak was as dominant as hulseman in her mastery of both of the diving events. heather Gilmour was a three-event winner in leading the women to the oaC crown. John Carroll picked up four major conference awards at the end of the championships: oaC Women’s swimmer of the year – heather Gilmour; oaC Diving Coach of the year - lewis Fellinger; oaC Women’s Diver of the year – Jackie nowak; and oaC Men’s Diver of the year – Patrick hulseman. hulseman won two conference

championships as a freshman, as did his father, John Carroll alumni association President, Paul hulseman ’82.

oaC Men’s Diver of the year, Patrick hulseman.


JCu women cagers are warriors
Coach Kristie Maravalli’s John Carroll women’s basketball team is wrestling with .500, but its players continue to demonstrate uncommon heart. so much so that days after watching them upset Wilmington and fall just short in a tough match with #8th ranked Baldwin-Wallace, President niehoff was talking about how impressed he was by their competitive fire (see President’s Message, inside front cover). the streaks’ adventure with Wilmington College, national champs two seasons ago, was certainly a high point, but there have been others and at the time of this writing, the oaC tournament is still ahead – sixth-seed JCu faces third-seed otterbein at Westerville, ohio, on February 22. however, they demonstrated on Feb. 11 that they are certainly not daunted by otterbein. John Carroll senior shayla Bell broke a 70-70 tie with a three-pointer with 57 seconds left, then the host Blue streaks survived a potential game winning shot in the final moments to upset the #23 ranked Wilmington Quakers, 73-72, at the DeCarlo varsity Center in an ohio athletic Conference match-up on the afternoon of sunday, February 4. Bell had a lot of help, but she took control of that contest with the Quakers. she recorded a huge milestone on Feb. 11 when she recorded 33 points against otterbein in the 81-61 victory that snapped a 13-game losing streak against the Cardinals. Bell’s points took her ten beyond Cindy shumaker ’94’s previous school mark of 1535 points. in a demanding pre-tourney run, JCu fell just shy – 66-63 – of #8th ranked B-W on Jan. 25; escaped against Muskingum when freshman rachael Price, a grad of Maravalli’s Johnstown, Pa, high school, hit a three-point shot with 13 seconds left; got beat up a little by Mount union on February 1 and startled co-oaC regular season champ Wilmington in that game on the 4th. they lost to Capital by ten on February 8 before besting otterbein authoritatively. this may not be a season for the trophy room, but most of the time Maravalli’s women are playing with verve and fire. Bell is a hall of Fame shoe-in down the road, but fellow senior Caitlin hubach has distinguished herself and juniors allison Kern and Jessica Gibbons have played well, and several others like Price, have helped out a great deal.




■ At 12-10 overall and 8-7 in the OAC, Coach Mike Moran’s Blue Streak men’s cagers will not win the OAC regular season title, nor be a top seed in the playoffs. This is a team with a remarkable playoff tradition, though, so stay tuned. Moran’s son Pete has been stellar during this season and the coach notched his 250th win. He also lost both parents in the past few months. ■ Bright spots at the Case Invitational indoor track and field event included senior Cyril Pinchak, who won the 1-mile and the 3,000-meters; Greg Adams, who took the 800-meter run; Ellie Fernandez, a senior and the winner of the 1-mile and the 3,000-meter; and junior Gen Kahn, who had first-place in the long jump. ■ On the verge of the OAC championships, Kerry Volkman’s injury-ravaged grapplers were moving along at 5-5 overall and 3-3 in the OAC. Sophomore Adam Pizzurro, at 15-9 record just prior to the OAC tourney, and senior Dan Brown, with a pretournament mark of 20-9, were two of the Steaks’ surviving and reliable wrestlers.

shayla Bell

■ Senior gridders Doug Phillips, Adam Dunn, and John van der Oord and junior Matt Lemke were all elected to the OAC’s All-Academic team. Dunn and van der Oord were in the Honorable Mention category. ■ Cagers Caitlin Hubach, Shayla Bell and Pete Moran; runners Cyril Pinchak and Elie Fernandez; and diver Patrick Hulseman were all elected All-OAC athletes of the week in their various sports at different points of this winter’s competitive events. ■ Elie Fernandez was also named All-OAC Cross Country Runner of the Year.
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Maravalli said: “Coming into this season, our players made a commitment to turn this program into a successful one. the key in reaching the next level is consistently being competitive and winning games against the top teams in our conference, who ironically are also the top teams in the country. our seniors, shayla Bell and Caitlin hubach, have done a great job in just playing to their individual strengths, and our younger players have followed their lead. this current team is making hard work and aggressive play a standard for John Carroll women’s basketball.”

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JCu’s mission of service to new orleans
on December 17, 13 members of the JCu community – two graduate student leaders and 11 students – drove south to new orleans on a mission of assistance. after spending a night in nashville, they found their way to their base at a center for “at-risk” youth in a suburb of the Crescent City. then, for three days, they descended into the genuine horror of the Gentilly neighborhood, one of the hardest hit by Katrina. in Gentilly, also known as the seventh Ward, they experienced a world of “his whole life was in ruins,” said Joe adair ’00, a Center for Community service staffer who co-led the trip. “the students stopped working, so he could have quiet. they listened as he said, ‘america needs to see this.’ he was asking why God would do this? Why doesn’t the government help us? that was powerful for the students.” adair said they had a similar experience of putting a face on the catastrophe when they worked side-by-side with Patricia Johnson in the process of saw a slice of new orleans that wasn’t appalling. they enjoyed the Cajun hospitality of Bill ryan ’67 and his wife, Pamela, at their Garden District home. ryan, whose story was told in the last issue of the magazine, is an example of that affluent new orleans a world away from the now famous ninth Ward. adair said he thought it was good for the students to experience the contrasts. another day they participated in a Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel Conlon of steubenville, oh. Co-leader lauren Zaun, a grad assistant in student activities and, like adair, a campus minister, observed: “We made a tiny difference in the big scheme of things, yet in the lives of those we helped, we made a world of difference. i was inspired by our students. in the experience of devastation and through the hours of intense work, there was always an attitude of hope and love.” there is another trip planned for spring Break. this one will also be co-led by adair. his excitement at the prospect of being able to help again is evident: “there is a lot of work to be done and going through and gutting the houses is very important. We’re saving the residents thousands of dollars and demonstrating that we do care.” jp

“this whole pile is someone’s life,” said amy howley, 22, a senior at John Carroll University in Cleveland, ohio. “i just can’t imagine what it would be like if all my belongings were on the curb.”
mold and debris, and applied themselves to the sweaty, smelly, disgusting work of methodically gutting two homes to which they had been directed by the new orleans branch of Catholic Charities. these homes had been deemed salvageable, but before that could happen, the water-destroyed contents – from hot water heaters to wedding photo albums, everything down to and including the drywall – had to be methodically peeled away and taken out to the lawn. the students escorted Ferdinand Maestri, a World War ii veteran and the father of a priest, through the labyrinth of debris as he searched for personal treasure. gutting her home. “When you go down there,” adair continued, “you can quickly become overwhelmed by the devastation. it’s street after street of ruined homes and debris. Mr. Maestri said he saw a lot in WWii, but this is worse than anything he’s ever seen.” at night, they ate, rested, participated in a group reflection and occasionally

students and two chaperones used their holiday break gutting the home of new orleans native Patricia Johnson (center) on Paris avenue. the group served in new orleans as a part of a new volunteer program, Operation Helping Hands. the pull-quote above is from a new orleans times-Picayune story on Operation Helping Hands. 12
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PartnerinG For sUCCess, a grant proposal submitted by a coalition
of John Carroll’s Center for Mathematics and science, teaching and technology (CMsett), Cleveland state university and Case university has received almost half a million dollars from the ohio Department of education. CMsett’s share of the grant is approximately $165,000. the grant gives CMsett the resources to work with three cohorts of up to 60 elementary school teachers, 30 in mathematics and 30 in science in a partnership intended to improve the teachers’ effectiveness as mathematics and science teachers. the project will begin immediately and continue through 2009.
linda Gojak, CMsett’s director said:

“This grant supports the work of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education, Teaching and Technology (CMSETT) not only financially but also provides us the opportunity to continue to develop programs that support the work of mathematics and science teachers in Northeastern Ohio. We are very pleased to be working with members of the higher education and local school districts on this project.”

Grant awardees for Fiscal year June 1, 2005- May 31, 2006
Judith aungst, Center for Career services awarded $77,819 from the Cleveland Foundation for year three of the project “internship: research, tracking, and opportunities”; June 2005. Drs. Daniel Palmer and Marc Kirschenbaum, Mathematics & Computer science awarded $38,874.40 from the navel Postgraduate school for “emergent Behavior teaching tools”; september 2005. Dr. Catherine rosemary, education & allied studies awarded $1,291,539 from the ohio Department of education for the third year continuation of the reading First-ohio Center program; september 2005. awarded $47,000 from the ohio Department of education for the thirdyear supplement to the reading First-ohio Center program for an additional Field Faculty member; september 2005. awarded $2,382,063 from the ohio Department of education for the third year continuation of the literacy specialist Project; august 2005. Dr. William ryan, humanities awarded $4,000 from the McGinty Family Foundation in partial support of “topics on the Catholic Past”; June 2005. linda Gojak, CMsett awarded $2,000,000 (over five years) from the national science Foundation through the Cleveland Municipal school District for the continuation of the Mathematics and science Partnership Program; october 2005. awarded $50,000 from the Martha holden Jennings Foundation for the project P.o.W.e.r: Professional opportunities with electronic resources; January 2006. Dr. Miles Coburn, Biology awarded $2,460 from the ohio arts Council for an alaskan storyteller and native alaskan dancers as part of “educating ourselves about Global Change”; november 2005. Dr. susan long, east asian studies Program awarded $2,000 from Mitsui & Co., usa for the 13th annual Mitsui Distinguished lecture; november 2005. awarded $3,000 from Mitsui & Co., usa for partial funding of the 2006 Japan seminar; november 2005.

office of sponsored research & Faculty Development
Dr. Jennifer Cutler Merritt, education & allied studies awarded $30,100 from the Cleveland Municipal school District for Carroll Cleveland Philosophers’ Program from June 2007-november 2005. Dr. Gerald sgro, Biology awarded a two-year grant of $64,776 from the environmental Protection agency through the university of Minnesota for “assessing the Condition of Great rivers using Benthic and Planktonic algal indicators”; november 2005. Dr. Jeffrey Johansen, Biology Will administer a $4,000 research stipend awarded to graduate assistant nicole Piatrasiak from the California Desert research Fund to travel to the wilderness units of Joshua tree national Park, California; January 2006. ruth Connell, Grasselli library awarded $2,000 from the ohio humanities Council to supplement the exhibit “elizabeth i: ruler & legend”; January 2006.

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toWnhall MeetinG

a collaborative

his article is about rev. robert l. niehoff’s collaborative process. organizational process, the way things are done, doesn’t easily grab the attention. this is a story that will try to avoid running off the tracks into the wasteland of abstraction. the essential message, though, is: John Carroll has a new president who is very serious about listening and communicating – remarkably so. you ask him if “empowerment” is the watchword? he says it’s probably “respect,” but that respect entails empowerment. you talk a little more and it becomes clear that r-e-s-P-e-C-t has at least as much charge and complexity for Bob niehoff as it does for aretha Franklin, although they surely pack the word with (some) different connotations. it becomes clear that, for niehoff, respect means honoring the personhood, perspective, sensitivities and appropriate empowerment of everyone in the John Carroll community – students, faculty, staff, administrators, contract workers,

you ask him if “empowerment” is the watchword? he says it’s probably “respect,” but that respect entails empowerment.
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he has been candid that in the near future he intends to engage the entire university community in an extended “conversation” about John Carroll’s Catholic identity.

alumni, friends. it also becomes crystalline that respect, for Bob niehoff, has a distinct pastoral/spiritual dimension. he has been candid that in the near future he intends to engage the entire university community in an extended “conversation” about John Carroll’s Catholic identity, and that his own conception of that identify is one that requires a profound commitment to the integration of “transcendental values,” irrespective of denomination, into the life of the university. there is a lot of abstraction in the previous sentence. What that probably means is: a strong focus on core Catholic values. What that probably does not mean is any forms of parochialism that would work to exclude those who are not Catholic. that is a future conversation. What is happening at present is the continuation of the “getting to know you and it ” process, conversations both simple and complex about every aspect of the university, as well as ongoing dialogue that captures the hopes, fears and visions of the women and men invested in the thriving of John Carroll. the new president’s process requires listening to a range of voices before decisions are made. that commitment to listening does not imply governing by “consensus,” and it certainly does not mean that a careful hearing will necessarily lead to a course of action advocated by one who gains access to the president’s ear. Fr. niehoff is being revealed as a decisive person who has strong convictions and is given to his own rigorous analyses, which generally lead him to unambiguous decisions. however, to a notable degree he is

asking for collaborative help in analyzing the evidence, and is turning an attentive ear to the recommendations of a wide range of co-leaders. there is no question as to who is driving this bus, but what is striking is that many people have been invited on board to advise, consult and help the new president find the university’s way. the John Carroll university Board of Directors, chaired by Cleveland banker Charles “Bud” Koch, is the Jesuit president’s governing partner and the possessor of a critical role in the stewardship of the university. niehoff can frequently be heard saying things such as: “the board wonders if...the board is concerned about our efficiencies in that aspect of our operation.” Commenting on the president’s approach to partnership, Koch recently said: “What impresses me about Fr. niehoff’s style is that he is really trying to learn about every facet of the university and he is doing that by being very consultative and collaborative.” in addition to working in close concert with the board, Fr. niehoff has been busy creating structures of co-leaders to whom he is delegating important pieces of the management of the university: the administrative leadership team; the Budget Committee; revitalized existing bodies like the Board of regents and the Women’s advisory Committee; a still emerging coalition of staff and administrative employees charged to advocate for those employees. lisa Mencini is John Carroll’s director of human resources and a member of the new administrative leadership team. after working in a collaborative relationship with the new Jesuit president

for six months, Mencini said: “When he was still a candidate for president, i was impressed by how directly and naturally he spoke about delicate topics like trust, collaboration and transparency. he seemed to want the entire community to know how and why decisions would be made. this first impression has been substantiated in many ways.” it has become sharply evident that communication and community, intimately related words, have a particular importance within niehoff’s vision of the John Carroll’s future. Conversation is a charged word in any Jesuit context. it generally stands as a synonym for communication and collaboration. it is what the words on this page attempt to foster; as do e-mails sent to the entire campus and the alumni; the talks presented to alumni in cities across the country; as well as spontaneous one-on-one chats in the halls of the administration Building or on the Quadrangle. an important species of conversation on campus this year is the series of town hall Meetings that began in november and will conclude in May. on september 22, the then very new president sent an e-mail to the campus announcing he was initiating these events to discuss various aspects of the university. he said the five scheduled meetings would “review the information which is critical to the choices JCu has ahead of us…[and] set the stage for making future strategic choices.” the memo stipulated that the meetings would follow a format: context-setting introduction, presentation of the facts, challenges and opportunities; tentative recommendations (e.g. cut spending) and questions.
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an important species of conversation on campus this year is the series of town hall Meetings that began in november and will conclude in May.
and so, on november 10 in the Conference room of the lombardo Center, Jonathan ivec ’77, vice president of finance and administrative services, led the first presentation on the Status of the University’s Fiscal Performance. one of the surprises of that first meeting was how good it seemed to “feel” to informally surveyed participants. the feeling dimension is important because these efforts to insure that everyone possesses the same information are also instruments of President niehoff’s determination to build community. on november 10, ivec and niehoff worked hard to translate complex information into a body of graspable facts. While the information offered was impressively comprehensive, much of it had been published in recent annual reports. What was different was the manifest intention to seek thorough transparency together. the assumption – articulated by the president in a variety of formulations in recent months – is that if there is shared knowledge of available information, the university community, working together, will rise effectively to whatever challenges John Carroll faces. a similar forum to review student life occurred on December 6, led by Dr. Patrick rombalski, vice president for student affairs, and on valentine’s Day, Dr. David la Guardia, the academic vice president, led a presentation on Academic and Faculty Resources. the fourth town hall Meeting, March 16, will treat the Enrollment and Retention Environment, and the fifth, april 27, will take a careful look at Fund Raising and Facilities Resources. at the university Christmas party on December 14, niehoff emphatically reminded those in attendance that the purpose of the town hall Meetings is to get the pertinent information on the table, not to present solutions to problems. he affirmed there would soon be problemsolving proposals. la Guardia’s presentation was representative. utilizing a Power Point presentation, the academic vice president charted some of the many challenges affecting John Carroll and higher education in general. Given that in the past decade costs for universities have risen 50% while governmental support has only increased by 12%; that there are evident limits as to how much tuition can be raised; that the higher educational environment has become intensely competitive, and that the economy and demographics of ohio are not presently favorable for the university, la Guardia made a strong case that the time is at hand for all good universities in these parts to re-imagine the way they do what they do. it was a message complementary to those offered at the previous town halls. the picture that emerged is by no means dire. By most measures, the university continues to be stable, productive, sound. nonetheless, it is unarguable that there are longer-term and more daunting challenges than the task of cutting $2.7 million from the budget for the next fiscal year. niehoff has repeatedly stated his conviction that these challenges are entirely manageable. he has also been strong in asserting that meeting them will call for the energized effort of all the members of the university community.

From left, Dr. Mary Beadle, dean of the Graduate school; Dr. linda eisenmann, dean of the College of arts and sciences and Dr. Patrick rombalski, vice president for student affairs.


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the new president’s process requires listening to a range of voices before decisions are made.
there was an exchange in the question and answer part of the February 14 event that was illustrative of both niehoff’s call for a collaborative path of change and the possible negativity he will encounter as he leads the university in what he believes is the best direction. a woman faculty member lamented how much there is to be done and how daunting the prospect is for higher education in general and John Carroll in particular. the president responded: “We’re in a time of challenge and the purpose of these town halls is to clarify what the challenges are. i shared with the Faculty Forum what shared governance might mean in light of these challenges. it seems to me that the critical role of our faculty is to drive the curricular changes that need to happen. unless you lead it, it cannot happen at all. For all the negative things, the chance to help define educational reality at John Carroll is a huge piece. these are critical conversations and you need to lead them.” it was apparent that by “the chance to help define educational reality is a huge piece,” niehoff was saying that he believes the challenges of change presents a compelling opportunity, which, if embraced with diligence, will lead to new life and growth. the exchange was a small window on the still new conversation in process between the president and the faculty – through individuals and the faculty’s organizational association, the Faculty Forum. the relationship between a university president and his or her faculty is subject to the natural tensions of those who share power. John Carroll’s Faculty Forum has historically had periods when it did not enjoy an altogether harmonious relation with the university administration,. a degree of contentiousness was evident recently when members of the alumni and ask them to share in the work Faculty Forum reacted to a preliminary of building the university.” the Board of report of the Budget Committee’s regents’ meeting photographed on page recommended budget cuts. Members of the {which page} was another opportunity to forum argued that the committee’s process seek help through collaboration. was not sufficiently transparent. sociology’s Dr. ernest Dezolt, forum chair, observed later that ideas of what constitute transparency do vary. he also said, “i look in his eyes and i hear his voice and i know that this man is not playing a game. there is no doubt in my mind about that. there is no doubt in my mind that he can be a success.” at the meeting of the Board of regents on Febuary 20. vice chair of the faculty body, Dr. Paul lauritzen of religious studies, said: “our history is such that everything he (niehoff) does will be scrutinized, and it will be a short honeymoon.” he also echoed Dezolt’s perception that there is a clear collaborative intent on the part of Fr. niehoff that elicits widespread respect. niehoff’s vision involves a “big tent’ where everyone in the John Carroll community talks together in order to help President niehoff said not long him and his co-leaders arrive at the best ago: “We’re going to be better because decisions. those 20 receptions for alumni we’re going to look at all the parts of the around the country were opportunities for university and how they affect each other. the new Jesuit leader to introduce himself We are going to be better because we are and ask for help, advice, collaboration. all going to be able to hold each other rev. timothy t. shannon, sJ, the accountable. Communication is central. vice president for development and alumni after the town halls, it will be easier relations has been attending the alumni to have that conversation. it takes time, receptions with Fr. niehoff. shannon but i believe the conversation must be said: “the major part of what we’ve been informed. the town halls are just the doing is having Fr. niehoff reach out to beginning.”

We are going to be better because we are all going to be able to hold each other accountable. Communication is central.

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events that enGaGe the WorlD

CliMate ChanGe
symposium March 16-18 • Photo exhibit February 17 - april 30
By Dr. Miles Coburn, Professor of Biology americans are uneasy about the future and global climate change is contributing to that unease. it’s dawning on us that more powerful hurricanes, persistent drought, and coastal erosion due to rising sea levels may be manifestations of long-term climate change. respected scientific sources predict that, in the lifetimes of today’s students, rising sea levels will cause immense dislocations of populations in low-lying areas worldwide. Many of us believe that, because of climate change, we are facing the probability of greater poverty, more disease, and greater instability. Katrina may be a glimpse of that future. how are we to prepare students for a world so different than today’s? how do we get them to come to grips with the reality that an average american household produces 20 tons of Co2 annually and 20 lbs. of Co2 for every gallon of gas consumed, or that americans, 6% of the world’s population, account for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions? last spring a group of John Carroll faculty and scientific staff of the Cleveland Museum of natural history met to share our concerns about this issue. We agreed that we should be better preparing our students, our community and ourselves to understand climate change. From that dialogue emerged a three-day event, March 16-18, at John Carroll and the Museum: Educating Ourselves About Global Climate Change, a symposium on recent scientific research, signals of climate change in Northeast Ohio, and actions we can take. the science portion of the symposium includes talks at the museum by national and regional speakers on the effects, politics and economics of climate change;
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educating ourselves about

the evidence of climate change in bird migration patterns; and possible alternative energy strategies that would have a positive impact. a workshop at JCu for middle and high school teachers will provide hands-on labs and climate change materials for classroom use. Cultural and artistic components of the three-day event include a timely photography exhibit, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Seasons of Life and Land, by acclaimed photographer subhankar Banerjee and performances by native alaskan storytellers and dancers. the photography show has toured nationwide and is running from February 17-april 30 in the Dolan Center. Dean Birch of the Department of Political science developed a course last year on the politics of global climate change, and this spring i am offering a new course on the science of climate change. students in both courses have prepared posters that will be displayed during the symposium. My desk is piled high with recent articles from Science, Nature, Climatic Change, and other journals that convey bad news. this past year tied 1998 as the warmest year since instrumental record keeping began in the 1880s. two recent climate models have demonstrated, with scientific confidence levels assessed at greater than 95%, that recent warming is due to human causes. late summer arctic sea ice had reached the lowest level ever recorded and scientists predict the ice will be gone by mid-century, triggering a massive ecosystem collapse. Nature published a study which concluded that mountain glaciers and snow packs upon which one-sixth of the world’s population relies for water will be gone by mid-century.

in the same issue of Nature, the World health organization estimated that over 150,000 deaths already occur each year because of climate change effects on human and crop diseases. Katrina and rita had the effect of corroborating a study published in august showing hurricanes have become 70% more powerful over the past 30 years. Katrina and rita were not the only lessons provided by the 2005 hurricane season. Dennis, in early July, was the earliest category four hurricane recorded in the Gulf of Mexico; Wilma jumped from a tropical storm to the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the atlantic basin, and Zeta became a tropical storm, a month after the hurricane season “ended.” the greenhouse gases we produce today will remain in the earth’s atmosphere and oceans for thousands of years. each ton of coal or barrel of oil we leave in the ground will reduce, however slightly, the building effects of climate change. our only hope is to reduce our use of fossil fuels and hasten the change to alternative fuels. each of us in our own way, using our talents and skills, must, i believe, commit ourselves to that goal. it will be a mission that gives meaning. Please join us for a free public performance by the alaskan dancers and storyteller at the Dolan Center, 7:30 p.m. Mar. 16; a talk by Jeff Price of the national Bird Conservancy at the Cleveland Museum of natural history, 8 p.m. Mar. 17; or a workshop at the museum, saturday, Mar. 18, on a variety of climate issues and the steps we can take to respond to them.

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visits John Carroll
March 6 - april 20
By Dr. Jeanne somers, Director Grasselli library and Breen learning Center

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Dr. somers (left) with ruth Connell.

the court of elizabeth i of england was a center of culture and learning during a period of remarkable achievement in commerce, humanistic learning, literature, art, and music. elizabeth’s era was also marked by male domination and deadly controversies over religion and politics. For six weeks this spring, Grasselli library & Breen learning Center will host a traveling exhibit that encourages audiences to explore the life and reign of the virgin Queen and to become familiar with the historical and cultural forces that shaped her personality and her era. the exhibit, Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend, originally mounted in 2003 by the newberry library to commemorate the 400th anniversary of elizabeth’s death, features photo reproductions of more than 100 books, manuscripts, maps, letters, paintings, and artifacts. highlights include an imprint of elizabeth’s Great seal, a 40-foot drawing of elizabeth’s funeral procession, letters and speeches in elizabeth’s own hand, and a 1587 drawing of the execution of Mary Queen of scots. the exhibit also includes numerous portraits, dating from early in elizabeth’s reign to her last days on the throne. the library is planning a series of lectures intended to stimulate discussion of the central questions posed by the exhibit: Can a woman rule? What is the place of religion in the state? What is the price of peace, and what are the true causes of war? how does a political leader control her image? Presenters include Carole
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elizabeth/ or call 216-397-6688.

levin, Willa Cather Professor of history at the university of nebraska, lincoln, and senior historical consultant to the newberry library’s original elizabeth i exhibit. Professor levin will address the implications of gender on governance. vincent P. Carey, professor of european history at the state university of new york at stony Brook and author of a number of significant books and journal articles on the early modern history of ireland, will offer remarks on “elizabeth, the state, and religious Persecution.” John Carroll faculty members will also be involved in programming surrounding the exhibit. anne Kugler, chair of the Department of history, will speak on the spanish armada and Maryclaire Moroney, associate professor of english, on renaissance self-fashioning. howard Gray, sJ, rector of the Jesuit Community at John Carroll university and assistant to the president for mission and identity, will share insights on “Jesuits in the 16th century: the Mission Behind the Myth.” in addition to the lecture series, the library is collaborating with John Carroll’s Department of Communication and theater arts on a Great lakes theatre Festival performance of George Bernard shaw’s Dark Lady of the Sonnets. two concerts featuring period music are also planned. For details on all of the above programs see

Because the exhibit features images from the newberry library’s collection of

16th century manuscripts, maps, letters, paintings, clothing, furniture, and artifacts, John Carroll librarians believe it will provide a striking visual lesson for today’s Web-based students on the enduring importance of preserving and exploring primary source material. the exhibit also provides a unique means of fulfilling Grasselli library’s goal of working in partnership with the teaching faculty on initiatives that stimulate scholarly inquiry and the development of critical thinking skills Grasselli library is proud to be one of only 12 academic libraries nationwide selected to host Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend. this exhibition, organized by the newberry library’s Center for renaissance studies in collaboration with the american library association Public Programs office, is made possible by major grants from the national endowment for the humanities, with additional support from the vance Family Fund, the university of illinois at Chicago, and the ohio humanities Council. Project Director, ruth Connell has provided leadership in planning the array of surrounding programs which, i believe, will significantly enrich the teaching and learning environment. i welcome John Carroll alumni to join us in celebrating elizabeth’s legacy and look forward to greeting many of you on campus during Gloriana’s spring 2006 reign over Grasselli library!

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events that enGaGe the WorlD


iGnatian voCation
By Dr. Doris Donnelly

Paris June 11-15

of teaching
a eucharistic liturgy at the Church of st. Pierre at Montmartre, where the early followers of ignatius prayed before taking their vows down the hill at the Martyrium. Jesus escobar, an art historian from Fairfield university, will be our guide at the Church of st. louis and Paul in the Marais district – the first Jesuit church in Paris. our conference will take place at the Centre sèvres, the home of the Jesuit faculty in Paris, in the heart of the city. the speakers include Parker Palmer, whose work on vocation is well known. he will help us identify the call we felt to become teachers in the first place and the need many of us have to reconnect with our original inspiration. Jesuit historian John o’Malley, whose work on the early Jesuits has won international recognition, will explore the context for and the role of the teacher in early ignatian history. Jane Mcauliffe, islamic scholar at Georgetown, will address the crucial question of how to appropriate the ignatian tradition within the parameters of pluralism, and William McDonough, alumnus of holy Cross and Georgetown law and now special counsel to the president of Merrill lynch, will address leadership for justice. Michael himes, sJ, of Boston College will serve as our moderator and facilitator. the conference closes June 15th, the eve of the Feast of the Jesuit st. John Francis regis, with rev. robert l. niehoff, sJ, serving as presider and homilist at eucharistic liturgy.

all of us know that a good celebration has three ingredients: a reason to, a plan for, and an exceptional guest list. all of those ingredients are in place for the conference John Carroll university will host for Jesuit educators in Paris from June 11-15, 2006 in honor of the 450th anniversary of the death of st. ignatius loyola and the 500th year of the births of st. Francis Xavier and Blessed Peter Favre. For more than a year, university staff howard Gray, sJ, Paul lauritzen, edward Peck, Patrick rombalski, and Jerry sheehan focused on the pedagogical legacy of ignatius and the vocation of teachers in Jesuit colleges and universities. We soon saw the need to share our dialogue, and so we invited the presidents of Boston College, Fordham, Georgetown, Marquette and santa Clara to join us. their response was enthusiastic. they sent representatives to a planning meeting in Cleveland in early 2005. last october, fifteen more u.s. schools joined us as we fine-tuned plans for a conference on The Vocation of the Teacher in the Ignatian Tradition. together, after arduous soul searching, we decided to host the gathering in Paris since it was there that ignatius, Francis Xavier and Peter Favre did their advanced studies. ignatius so valued the methodology of the university of Paris – the modus parisiensis – that he incorporated it into the Ratio Studiorum, the initial blueprint for education in Jesuit schools. iñigo, as he was then known, arrived
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in Paris in 1528. he was 36 years-old and financially strapped after an acquaintance frittered away money entrusted for safe-keeping. in Paris iñigo dealt with inconvenient accommodations, suspicious people, and academic complications. But he found time to guide the much younger Francis Xavier, Peter Favre and several others through the Spiritual Exercises. they became a band of brothers with links stronger than steel. their basic sphere of activity was the latin Quarter on the left bank of the seine, with occasional trips to find funds to help continue their education. travels and studies behind him, six years after his arrival in Paris, on august 15, 1534, ignatius and six companions took their vows in a chapel presumed to be the location where saint Denis was martyred – hence, the “Martyrium” – and the companions promised to go to Jerusalem in service of Christ and to place themselves at the disposition of the vicar of Christ in rome. in 1535 and 1536, they renewed their vows with three new companions. some of the latin Quarter, as the early Jesuits knew it, has disappeared or been remodeled into fashionable residences and offices, but enough remains for us to trace the footsteps of history. under the guidance of Jesuit Father Bernard Gillibert, we will walk through, noting the Porte saint-Jacques where ignatius first disembarked, and see the sorbonne, the College of Montaigu, the College of ste Barbe, and the churches and chapels ignatius knew. We will open the conference with

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Q&a with Dr. linda eisenmann, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Linda Eisenmann, dean of John Carroll’s College of Arts and Sciences, is a distinguished historian of education. She is the editor of the historical Dictionary of Women’s education in the United States and her groundbreaking study, higher education for Women in Postwar america, 1945-65, will be published this month by Johns Hopkins University Press. The Cleveland native assumed the College of Arts and Science deanship a little more than a year ago. She came to John Carroll from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she was a professor of education and former director of the higher education doctoral program. Earlier, she served as the associate director of the Bunting Institute at Harvard-Radcliffe. The Bunting Institute was a pioneer in supporting women’s careers in higher education, and Eisenmann’s role there sparked the research that culminated in her new book. Eisenmann and her husband, Judge Stephen Ostrach, are the parents of Daniel, an ’03 graduate of Connecticut College, and Matthew, a junior at Connecticut. Judge Ostrach, a justice in the Massachusetts Trial Court, lives in Boston and the family celebrated the holidays there. While Eisenmann and Ostrach will continue to live in separate cities for the foreseeable future, they manage to spend a great deal of time together. The judge is an adjunct member of John Carroll’s faculty and in a pro bono capacity is again teaching the undergraduate course he developed for the Political Science department: Litigation in American Society. During the semester break, John Carroll visited with Eisenmann for a question and answer session.
tell us about Higher Education for Women in Postwar America, 1945-65? in the early-1990s, l worked at the Bunting institute at harvard-radcliffe, a center that was founded in 1960 for advanced studies for women. the only requirement for Bunting “fellows” is that they work on a research project and present it in a public forum. the institute endeavors to take women whose careers have stalled, usually because of family responsibilities, and bring them back into creative activity. i began to look at Bunting’s 35-year history, as well as at similar programs that had supported women. What i wound up doing was a study of higher education for women in postwar america. i became aware that during World War ii, more than 50% of college students were women, but that in postwar america the number of women dropped precipitously, to the 30% range. the book is an overview of women’s situation in higher education during and after the war, as well as an


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exploration of people and programs that sustained interest in women’s higher education in that era. it is really the first comprehensive historical study of postwar women’s higher education. the first two chapters take a “big picture” look at postwar women and their collegiate situation, including how the large federal investment in higher education research had the unanticipated effect of excluding women from the growth areas. i also explore specific programs and national organizations, such as the presidential commission on the status of women that John Kennedy created in 1961. one of the things that became apparent as i looked at these efforts is that there was much more going on for women in postwar america than most of us have understood. For example, one of the interesting issues for women was the way patriotic, cultural, psychological and economic ideologies interacted with the contemporary perspectives on women’s higher education. in the book, i look at the way those ideologies created certain expectations that were often very different than the way women actually behaved. there was an overall desire to serve women in higher education, but there was such ambiguity about women’s roles that sometimes educators just said, in effect, “let’s train women for everything because we really don’t know what they are going to do with their futures.” We can also see that there was activism for women in postwar america, but it looked very different than the type of activism during and after the 1960s’ Women’s Movement. this earlier activism was quieter. it was more a matter of allowing each woman to make decisions about her education and her life, without intending to create real structural changes. this was a different approach than the 60s, where the intent was to make a difference for all women. i see the book as a start on better understanding this time period, and i’m pleased to make this first effort to pull these ideas together.

how does the subject matter of the book relate to your work here? My work allows me to bring to John Carroll an understanding of how higher education functions across our society. i think it also helps me put the university’s history into perspective. When i was first chosen as dean, i received a letter from someone asking how i perceived the situation for women here. this person was concerned that there may be residual effects from the university having been a single-sex institution for so long. i wrote back that: from a historian’s point of view, 1969 to 2005 isn’t very long, and that it’s normal for an institution that was all male to have growing pains when it admits women. Being a historian of higher education helps me understand John Carroll’s evolution and the way it correlates with the recent history of higher education in general and Catholic higher educational institutions more specifically. similarly, i can bring a historian’s perspective on how teaching-oriented institutions like ours have been working toward a newer balance of teaching and research. What are your thoughts about your first year as dean? having now gone through two semesters, having seen how the tenure and promotion process and the faculty evaluation process work here, and having watched the students’ lives unfold over the course of a year, i feel i have a more informed sense of the culture. i’ve begun working on two important campus issues, creating “faculty study groups” to look at them. the first group is examining the First-year seminar, now 10 years old. this group is asking how the seminar is meeting its goals. it’s looking at what we’ve learned over time, and is asking whether there might be other helpful seminar models. the collective goal is to present a report saying, “this is what we’ve found about our program and about some other approaches.” By emphasizing the study group aspect, i’m inviting faculty input on this important issue. it isn’t the dean’s job to say, “this is what the seminar should look like.” i feel the dean’s role is to


foster the conversation. so, i’m pleased to have 20 volunteer faculty members from the two colleges and the library looking at the seminar. the second group is studying what we call “academic program review.” this is a systematic way for departments and programs to step back and say, “Where do we hope to be going in the next several years? What do we have in place that is helping us accomplish our goals or that is creating an obstacle?” it’s a way of allowing people involved in particular programs to reflect on where they are, but it also helps them argue for additional resources or new directions, and lets the dean know how to assess their needs and help them. What has surprised you about the culture here? one of the things that surprised me about the John Carroll culture is the extent to which it is “hands-on,” by which i mean people’s personal, detailed involvement in decisions and relationships. this makes for a terrific university culture where you see, for instance, faculty working so closely and caring so much about students. that type of mentoring is central to what we offer. on the other hand, the hands-on side of the culture can be negative if it always expects a quick, deeply-involved response to situations. For me, this can create problems if people expect me to do a lot of the hands-on work myself because then there are other, big-picture things i can’t get to. Maybe it’s a matter of being comfortable with delegating to others, or of pulling back a little on our expectations of how day-to-day interactions are handled. in recent years, the university has had some notable success with undergraduate scientific research. are you pleased with that aspect of the college? as i have been reading faculty members’ annual evaluations, i found it exciting to see the range of work faculty is doing. they are co-authoring journal articles with students, taking students to academic conferences, crafting research that draws students in as apprentices.
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with international possibilities, such as summer institutes and spring break trips. We have semester-abroad programs in london and italy, the northern ireland summer institute in peace-building, the summer institute in Ghana that Dr. Komla aggor is putting together, and there is new interest in taking programs to both Costa rica and Madrid. there are many long- and short-term opportunities for travel abroad under faculty guidance. My sons’ school, Connecticut College, has been very focused on study abroad for talk to us about fine arts at about the past 15 years, so much John Carroll? so that from the time you walk Fine arts is an ongoing in as a freshman, you’re hearing challenge and opportunity. about opportunities. Frequently We now have some fine arts at Connecticut a professor takes components for which we are Dr. eisenmann with her husband, Judge stephen ostrach. a group of students abroad for a trying to provide a higher profile. office are nine t-shirts from universities couple of weeks as part of a course. Dr. leslie Curtis of the Department of around the world, including Moscow We are working on more of that here. art history has created popular courses in state, the sorbonne, and humboldt one example is the Japanese pop culture painting, photography and graphic design. university. i collect them on my academic course that Drs. susan long, roger Purdy, Cynthia Caporella does fabulous work travels, whenever i attend a conference and yemi akande organize. the students with a wide range of music, from choruses or present a paper abroad. By displaying study Japanese culture here and choose to liturgy to theatre performances. i was a research project. First, they work with delighted to see that, at this year’s Christmas them, i’m trying to express my support for international education. professors here during the term, and then Concert, we had dance performances by a Many John Carroll students have not head to Japan in the summer. the itinerary new student group. had the opportunity to do much traveling. of the group is organized around the students’ in terms of writing, we have faculty i know their situation because i was like respective research projects. this is a great members like Drs. George Bilgere, that growing up in Cleveland. in fact, way to engage the world and bring knowledge steven hayward, and Phil Metres, who i didn’t travel outside north america and enthusiasm back to this campus. are superb practitioners and teachers until i was close to age 40. But now both of fiction and poetry. they bring an of my sons are east asian studies majors how have you adjusted to being here interest in expanding our creative writing who have traveled to various parts of the while your husband is in Boston? program, and i hope we can move in that world. i have seen what a difference it has i’m feeling more at home as i get direction, progressively integrating these made in them, and how travel encourages re-acquainted with Cleveland. since my opportunities into the curriculum. exactly students to think about the world globally husband teaches his course on litigation in how to do that in a moment of budgetary – a great way to respond to Fr. niehoff’s the spring term, he is on our campus every difficulty is the challenge Fr. niehoff has encouragement to “engage the world.” week. it’s nice that, when he and i walk put before us. not every student is able to do a across campus together, there are students semester abroad. When i was in college, who don’t know who i am, but will greet What other changes are you eager i wanted to do a semester overseas, but their teacher, Judge ostrach. By spending to help implement? couldn’t manage it because of scholarship time here, steve has discovered what i’ve i would like to see us expand requirements. i hope to see us create known for some time: that John Carroll is a international education. When i came study-abroad opportunities with as much terrific place with enormous energy and great as dean, two aspects i saw lacking in flexibility around financial aid as possible. dedication to its students. We are both really our programs were fine arts and global our faculty has already been creative happy to be a part of this community. education. Behind you on the wall of my the science faculty have done a particularly good job of integrating students’ work into their own research projects. this is what makes a teachingoriented institution excel: when we figure out how to bring students into high-level research projects. For instance, Dr. Jim lissemore of the Department of Biology runs a national group that helps faculty at institutions like ours think about sustaining one’s research, especially by integrating students into the research endeavor.

the John Carroll Community:

‘We raised our kids to have a good heart’
By Jerry Pockar


illiam langford opened the door and ushered the writer into the red brick house on ohio st. in central Detroit. the father of the family introduced the visitor to D’ante Conover, an upperclassman at Detroit’s Davenport university and William (Billy) langford, a junior at lewis Cass technical high school. JCu sophomore randy Conover, previously met, offered a warm greeting. effervescent sandra langford descended the stairs as coffee was being served. “randy didn’t really say a lot to us about what was going on,” began Mrs. langford in response to the visitor’s opening comments about recent racial episodes on campus. “then we came up on Parents Weekend and we read about the racial incidents in the Carroll News and we were in shock. i did my master’s on the lack of communication between races, and i believe we have to have more than tolerance. We cannot simply ‘tolerate’ people. We didn’t raise our children to be ‘tolerated.’ God has placed us here, and i think God expects us to do more than tolerate each other; i think we need to accept each other.” right off the bat... Given a new focus on race at John Carroll, a focus driven by a new president, a recognized lack of diversity and several unpleasant incidents, talking about

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when Martin luther King walked among us, race makes sense – it was a large part there is a wealth of evidence substantiating of why the writer drove to Detroit. that a colorblind society remains a distant nonetheless, filling up page space with goal. there is a similar weight of evidence talk of race is also a shame because a conversation with the langford-Conovers attesting that poverty generally has a devastating effect on someone’s chances of (our hyphen) illuminates that race is becoming educated and thriving. Finally, not central to their sense of themselves. notwithstanding success stories, the there was a strong intuitive message percentage of our african-american citizens that translated as: “sandra and William langford and their sons need to be seen as who are poor remains very high. sandra langford’s mother, who simply another family who belong to the became a teacher, graduated from John Carroll community.” langston university in oklahoma irrepressible sandra langford said on before her family migrated to Detroit in this night, “a guy asked me, ‘When you get up in the morning, is being black the first thing you think about?’ i said, ‘are you crazy?’” nonetheless, at this moment, race and its attendant anxieties and tensions are inescapable in our society and discussing how that plays out at John Carroll is consistent with that new president’s belief that it will be constructive for the members of our community to engage in honest talk about the complexity of who and where we are. randy Conover is the child of a middle school teacher and a supervisor of engineers and custodians for the Detroit schools. randy is the graduate of a Jesuit high school (loyola) that was founded a dozen years ago to nurture students “who face the challenges of an urban environment, and who are serious about their future.” randy’s graduation from loyola high school 2004. randy’s conversation about his experience at John Carroll reveals 1940. Mrs. langford’s mother was born that, while he is generally content and in the Cajun country of louisiana and intent on graduating, he knows that as an only spoke French until she went to african-american he faces a somewhat school. sandra l. is a product of Jesuit different set of challenges. he is also aware education, having earned a B.a. from that the university has a way to go before the Jesuits’ university of Detroit-Mercy, it achieves comfortable diversity. overall, randy and his family members are amused, as well as a master’s from Wayne state university. William doesn’t have a befuddled, philosophical, wearied and college degree, but he attended Wayne sometimes amazed by the complexities of state and has walked a rewarding career racial relations in this society. path as a union carpenter and, recently, Despite success stories and evidence a city and school district supervisor. any that almost all doors in america are open bruises and suspicions related to race the wider for people of color than they were
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langford-Conovers carry are even more unsettling to the observer because they are manifestly thoughtful, resourceful people who possess faith and strong values. their values and humanity were the most powerful impression the writer took away from a Friday night on ohio st. this family was so clearly pleased to have someone talk to them about their lives and serious matters – race, children, faith – that the writer found himself wishing that he had done this before. sandra langford was raised Baptist; William is a Methodist. at one point, sandra said: “When we were growing up, William and i each used to sing a song that goes, ‘the Baptists travel by water, the Methodists travel by land, but if we want to get to heaven, we have to do it hand in hand.’” she went on to say that while the family today sometimes worships at a Baptist church and on other occasions a Methodist, “We go up to st. Francis more than we go to our own church.” Detroit’s Catholic parish of st. Francis de sales recently merged with Precious Blood to form st. Peter Claver. the parish has been essentially an adjunct of loyola high school. the heart of the matter is that this family found community at loyola. in their minds, loyola stands for much that is good, and they were drawn to st. Francis because of the bond they felt with the loyola community. the matriarch said: “ loyola is a place where everyone fits in. i love to see ‘Fr. o’ (James o’reilly, s.J.) smile. i love to hear ‘Brother B.’ (Br. Michael Baranek) laugh. Fr. Dave (President Dave Mastrangelo, s.J.)? i love to see him serious. his eyebrows go up and you know you’re in trouble. We consider them our family; they consider us their family. every single day, randy would go to Fr. o’s office to talk with him. i think randy went out into the world thinking that everyone was

academic challenge Mastrangelo and the university’s director of financial going to be like the people at loyola.” some staff of the office of admission aid, scrambled for several days to create loyola, where the students, according and Financial aid at the university find a package to replace some of the lost to the Cristo rey Jesuit model, work at questionable for “brand-new freshmen.” assistance. Bill Bichl, sJ, the assistant outside jobs one day a week, worked for Pertinent university staff say they are dean of the College of arts and sciences, randy. twice on this night, this tall (6’4”), presently reviewing academic advising for obtained additional aid from the Jesuit shy and sleepy-seeming young man, who is freshmen. community and helped shepherd randy actually far less shy and more vibrant than Mastrangelo said he and his loyola and his parents through a registration he appears, articulated the Jesuit mantra: grads here (the loyola staff and their process made more complex by surprise “the motto of the school (loyola) is ‘Men grads stay in close touch) were jolted by for others.’ it didn’t matter where we came and uncertainty. the racial incidents last fall, and that “for sandra and William were disconcerted from. We all tried to help each other.” by the second semester registration process, some of our kids it was the first of that there is little question that the ideals of kind of thing that they had experienced.” and they also question randy’s academic Jesuit education are blossoming in randy he also said most of the current advising, which played a significant role in Conover. loyola graduates are happy at Carroll his being placed in a demanding biology he said that on a scale of 1-100 he and “feel pretty accepted.” would give loyola he observed that it is and its staff a grade a challenge for some of of “maybe 100%.” he the loyola students to related: “We were kind come from the experience of immature but as of loyola’s intimate the years progressed communal embrace to a we matured. We went different reality at John on retreats; we let Carroll, where they are each other know what very much a minority and was going on with inevitably receive less each other outside of individual looking after school. senior year than they do at the small we went on a Kairos (175 student), relatively retreat in Canada. homogeneous loyola. We opened up, shared Mastrangelo, a and built bonds. that Cleveland native, said really made us grow. he and his loyola staff We grew so close that From left, William langford, D’ante Conover, sandra langford, William langford will continue the task of we cared about each and randy Conover. matching every loyola others’ feelings.” senior with the school randy says he’s that is right for him. the Jesuit said he is lab course as a freshman, a course his happy at JCu, has many friends of all races and finds the faculty and staff, “really parents don’t believe he should have taken grateful JCu is an available destination, and grateful also that John Carroll is at that point. dedicated, but they want you to put forth generous in providing financial assistance “he should not have been in biology,” a little effort, utilize their office hours…” for loyola’s graduates. said sandra in Detroit. “he thought he he is doing okay, but the transition from at ohio st. on January 6, William had to take it, and i was telling him, ‘no, loyola has been challenging. randy had langford was saying, “you have to have a that’s not the way it goes.’” a heavy load as a freshman and his grades good heart. We raised our kids to have a randy’s grades were far better in wound up being marginal. good heart. People have to learn to accept the fall semester, which is what allowed his first year grades didn’t really catch diversity.” Prosser and Bichl to construct a new, up with his financial assistance package By all available evidence, the sons of workable financial package. until the end of the first semester of his this family are thoughtful young people Fr. Dave Mastrangelo, sJ, – he of the sophomore year. When it did, his aid with good hearts who want to make raised eyebrows – said that he has been package for the second semester was their way in and help create a better concerned that JCu freshman advisers compromised and his second semester world. D’ante has a music production have approved problematically heavy enrollment was, after the writer’s Detroit company, works at a rent-a-car operation course loads for some loyola grads, an visit, temporarily uncertain. Pat Prosser,

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the “baby/youngest” distinction, but it does is a communication problem between and nears the end of his Davenport appear to be a useful point, and everyone, university studies in criminal justice. he’s black and white students though. the including randy, seems to comprehend african-american students sit down a trainee in the Wayne County sheriff’s that his mother is commending her second once a month and talk about campus Department, and the decision he faces is youngest for his sweet nature. life. We talk so much that it is time to whether it will be music or law and order. sandra says, “i never thought of make things happen. the problem is he leans toward the latter. randy as shy, as some people suggest, he also declares, “america is a market. miscommunication on both sides.” because even as a small boy he would walk “i tell the freshmen from Detroit, if you’re a citizen, you’re a consumer. We randy declared, “you have to start talking up to any kid and say, ‘Want to play?’ don’t realize what we consume and how that’s some of how it went on ohio we’re influenced by the environment.” he’s to people and you have to get involved.” st. on Friday, January 6. there was much he’s involved in the latin american speaking of racial stereotypes and the way more: the magic of black we’re influenced by the family reunions; how it media. came about that sandra William is a welllangford’s louisiana spoken 17- year-old, grandmother spoke only who hopes to go to the French until she went university of Michigan to school; the paradox and become a professor of black people seeming of literature. his favorite “invisible,” as the great books are Lord of the novel Invisible Man has it, Flies and the novels of “yet you can’t ignore me s.e. hinton. he said, “i because of the color of my like to see books about skin”; sandra’s struggle intelligent black people to educate her middle doing something useful school students who with their lives.” “come to us with a lot of sandra picked up the social problems”; as well “raising children with as that, “We probably good hearts” thread: “We wouldn’t think about have a wonderful support being black if people system, and we have put didn’t remind us of it.” everything we have into the shrimp were these children. how do From left, back row, randy, D’ante, brother Gerald; front row, grandson nibbled and the coffee you think it would be not Dominyck, daughter Crystal, sandra and William. was drunk, but the writer to have them accepted?” did not do justice to the refreshments, nor students association, the africanshortly after, both sandra and does he now do justice to the exceptional american alliance, the Gospel Choir, William articulated that, while their quality of the hospitality. toward the and a heavy program of intramural sports. concerns are ongoing, they do believe end, family pictures were pulled out and he is on the varsity track team as a high randy is being accepted. “it’s the world,” jumper this spring. he did well in multiple William langford did a bit of stand-up said sandra in reference to the racial comedy on how he was captured by track events at loyola. incidents. “he rarely calls home, so sandra. you had to be there, but if you When it is observed on the Detroit something positive must be going on. were, it was good. it was the kind of visit that young William, who seems self We’ve been in his residence hall room on conversation that can melt the tip of contained and confident, is “the baby of a saturday night, so we know that at 11 the iceberg, but can also illuminate the the family,” sandra corrects the visitor, p.m. there are a lot of people who appear promise of cracking open and liquefying saying, “no, William is the youngest; in his room.” randy is the baby.” she goes on to explain the whole deal. “some students limit themselves We’ll give sandra the last words: that randy is a particularly sensitive, in relating to others,” randy offered. “i think it’s our duty to look out for each and open-hearted young man, one who they say black people like to sit in the other. We all have our gifts, and we would magnetically attracts little kids because of underground and segregate themselves. i all be better off if we would share those his playful, ingenuous nature. like to talk to my black friends, but i like things, because life goes by fast.” randy seems less than enchanted by to talk to all different kinds of kids. there
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a brief history of the

first hundred years
By Jack hearns ’61

of music at John Carroll

Jack t. hearns, JCU music man – 1931-72

the orchestra

in the early years, it was the orchestra that gained the most attention – performing at academic awards, holidays, visitations of the provincial, and concerts in the auditorium of st. Mary’s school across from the college. its first director in 1892 was Godfrey schulte, sJ, who became the school’s third president in 1897. Faculty members who performed in the orchestra included George Pickel, sJ on cornet – the only one ever named president of the college/university twice: 1906 and again in 1937. When schulte became president, he not surprisingly placed special emphasis on the music program and brought in local musicians and friends, Professor Johannes Wolfram and Dr. M. Francisci to further the orchestra’s progress. the ensemble was discontinued in

1915 but revived under the direction of victor Winter, sJ in 1916. he developed a magnificent musical organization over the next 13 years that eventually included 90 musicians. the group was in constant demand and virtually every Carroll News during the ’20s devoted an article to a review of a recent concert or a preview of an upcoming performance. in 1922, the Sunday News Leader noted the “st. ignatius orchestra has reached a degree of musicianship rarely attained by amateur organizations.” Known as the John Carroll university orchestra after 1923, the organization’s typical program included works by the likes of tchaikovsky, Weber, Mendelssohn, and sibelius. Most concerts

also included a guest artist and student soloists – for instance, in 1926, the Croatian violinist Zlako Balokovic and students Gilbert Gahan ’28 on piano and richard Diederich ’27 on violin. in 1927, the student soloist was James avellone ’28 on trumpet and guest artist Carlos salzedo – an internationally known harpist. Much to the dismay of the JCu community, Fr. Winter was reassigned to rockhurst College in Kansas in 1929 and the orchestra program collapsed. the Carroll News ran an editorial that november declaring, “the orchestra Must not Die.” two Jesuits, one a master violinist, were assigned to rescue the program over the next twelve months but the orchestra was seeing its last days.

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George Pickel, sJ.

the Band

in 1927, the well known Parmadale orphanage band was invited to represent John Carroll at athletic and academic events and they continued to do so for several years. they gained national prominence when John Phillip sousa came to Cleveland and invited the orphans’ band to join his 124-member concert band on stage for two marches at the dedication of Cleveland Music hall in november of 1928. sousa presented band director Jack hearns and the children the sousa Cup – given to only several bands in america. two years later, John Carroll appointed William Murphy, sJ as athletic director. Fr. Murphy, a musician, saw the need for a college band and in 1931 hired hearns to start the JCu band. Murphy took on the additional duties of band moderator until his death in 1959 – hearns remained at Carroll for 41 years, and the band has continued uninterrupted to the present time. the first band numbered 30 and appeared on the football field in new uniforms in the fall of ’31. in 1933, the band traveled with the football team to Dayton and toledo and was declared to be the best college band in Cleveland by the Plain Dealer sports department. By 1934, the band numbered 45 and began to perform in concerts at the little theater

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of the Public auditorium. in 1935, the Carroll musicians took part in the Eucharistic Congress as over 100,000 worshipers crowded Cleveland Men’s Glee Club 1920s Municipal stadium; captured first place in band competition at the st. Patrick’s Day parade; and played for 10,000 visitors who came to the new campus in university heights on JCu Day. it was also in the late ’30s that the band performed for hockey games as well as football and basketball contests – on one occasion they came out on the rink at the Cleveland arena, becoming america’s first college marching band to skate on ice. two of the leading soloists in the early days of the band were Mike Dwyer ’37 on trumpet and Paul vincent ’41 on trombone. During the v-12 days of World War ii, a band continued under the Murphy/ hearns leadership but it was composed entirely of navy men from all over the country. Concert programs included the playing of Onward, On, John Carroll and Anchors Aweigh. Drum major richard robertson led the band during saturday inspections on the drill field and the musical organization took part in civic activities like the Carroll bands of old. the late ’40s and early ’50s saw the band playing at football and basketball games and civic parades. new activities included concerts throughout ohio and spring pop concerts in the auditorium, (the floor was flat then) which was decked out like a garden setting with refreshments being served. in ’51, the band joined with the united states Marine Drum and Bugle Corps at the JCu-Quantico Marines

football game at Cleveland stadium and wore rotC uniforms with white accessories – gloves, leggings, pistol belt, and helmet liners. in the next several years, the JCu band was often seen wearing either the traditional blue and gold or the rotC uniforms at public performances. some of the leading soloists then were Bill Weaver ’53 (future JCu professor) who performed on piano with band accompaniment and the trumpet trio of Joe Botsko ’53, Joe Wasserbauer ’54, and Dick shalvoy ’54 – three of the best JCu trumpeters ever. a second trio of outstanding musicians, hailing from Butler, Pa., were the Chiprean brothers – Bob ’57 on piano and percussion; Jim ’56 on clarinet, saxophone and trumpet; and trombone and trumpet soloist Jack ’56. the social event of the year for the musicians was the Military Ball for the band members of JCu, Western reserve, Case tech, and Baldwin-Wallace. During the ’60s, the band performed with the glee club for two concerts on campus each year; twice marched in the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C.; took part in the st. Patrick’s Day Parades in both new york and Chicago, and gave a concert at the World’s Fair in new york City. in the spring of 1969, hearns retired as band director after 38 years, but he remained with the vocal program into the ’70s. Dr. harvey sisler directed the band

Fr. albert Fox

until 1974 – during his tenure majorettes were added to the marching band and a swing band was developed. in 1974, Francis hammond, retired band director from shaker heights high, came to JCu but passed away that December. he was succeeded by John Farinacci, the former music director at Cleveland heights high. sisler returned to the podium from 1976 to 1986 and continued the marching and concert bands as well as the swing band. under his direction, the concert band performed in toronto, Chicago, and orlando, Fl.

the Glee Club

the first records of a Glee Club date to the late 1910s, when the chorus numbered

Glee Club 1966 at severance hall

75-voices and produced three operettas. Fr. Winter also directed the Glee Club and combined them with his instrumental organization in the ’20s, performing parts of verdi’s Il Trovatore and an adaptation for voices of Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite. in 1929, Joseph Kiefer, sJ, composer of the school’s alma mater, became director and the following year he announced plans for enlarging the chorus for select performances in which they would combine with young women from notre

Dame, ursuline, and the school of nursing. the new group’s first appearance was at Public hall for the lecture of english journalist Gilbert K. Chesterton. in February of 1931, the glee club gave their first radio performance on station WtaM, singing the JCU Band 1934 four numbers and joining who was moderator. Within two years, the with the combined women’s chorus for a organization became the largest chorus in rendition of The Heavens Are Telling by school history. the 90-voice choir gained Beethoven. prominence in the Cleveland area and By the mid- 30s, the club began to gave many performances on radio and tv present its concerts in the very formal in addition to performing with the JCu setting of severance hall, home of the band for two campus concerts each year. Cleveland orchestra. in the spring of it was in 1955 that the club began 1938, Kiefer became moderator of the cutting records and going on tours. During Glee Club and turned over the director’s the ’50s and ’60s, the choristers visited baton to Dr. louis Balogh, who had been indiana, illinois, new york, Pennsylvania, music director at toronto university. and Wisconsin, as well as Washington, in 1940, the club honored Kiefer by D.C. Most of the trips included combined augmenting the chorus with members of concerts with women’s glee clubs. it was the alumni and performing Palestrina’s O also at this time that it became quite Bona Jesu. soloists included Frank Caine socially acceptable to be a member of the ’41, Bill Cavanaugh ’42, and Joe Klausner Glee Club – by the late ’50s, the musical ’47. student leadership for the December, organization was also known as Beta tau 1942 concert was provided by president sigma (Brotherhood through song) and Bruce thompson ’43 and business blazers with bright insignia were worn manager richard Moriarty ’43. Balogh with pride. continued as director when the v-12 in november of 1956, the club sang program arrived on campus during World on the Dave Garroway national radio War ii. Balogh conducted the singers show from new york. in 1959, the singers for the last time in april of 1951 when received a thunderous ovation at the they performed thackeray’s poem, Vantas Catholic university Choral Festival in Vanitatum, which their conductor set to Washington, D.C. where they stole the music and arranged. the Glee Club was show from eleven other eastern choirs. in supported by the notre Dame College both 1960 and 1963, JCu performed at Chorus and the Cleveland heights high the national Catholic Music educators school little symphony that evening Convention. in 1964, the Betas – a and featured Cleveland soprano Maureen small ensemble formed within the Glee Mcnalley. Club – made their debut and provided in september of 1951, hearns took an additional dimension to concert on the additional duties of Glee Club performances. director and was assisted by Fr. Murphy, During the twenty-one year hearns
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Fr. Joseph Kieter, sJ

era, the Glee Club was large, impeccably attired, and it performed a large range of music from memory. it was also during this time that the Glee Club was blessed to have some magnificent piano players as accompanists – they included: Jim riccardi ’55, Carmine Cimoroni ’57, Bob Chiprean ’57, Bob sterbank ’60, David Korn ’62, John Jarrett ’63, Charles Zumbiel ’63, Bill Daley ’68, tim Burns ’66, Bill lavezz ’71, and Carmen iacobucci 72. in 1968, the Women’s Glee Club was organized under the direction of hearns, who retired from JCu in 1972. he was succeeded by sisler and reynold ellis, the former coordinator of music for the shaker heights school system. the Men’s Glee Club was combined with the Women’s Glee Club for the December concert in 1977. During the ’80s Bro. Daniel Kane, C.s.C., an accomplished pianist, directed both the university Chorale, which performed classical works as well as a capella compositions and the university singers, which specialized in popular music.

the Band in the ‘50s

Murphy. the J.C.U. Motto – “loyal and strong, singing our song, sons of Carroll u, we hail the gold and blue.” takes twentyfour seconds to sing and was used by the Glee Club for over a quarter of a century as an introduction to musical programs. it was written by Kiefer and Balogh and has not been sung for the last 30 years, nor has it been modified to reflect that “sons and daughters of Carroll u” hail the gold and blue. Onward, On, John Carroll and Hail! John Carroll U. were both written by albert Fox, sJ, dean of the College of liberal arts at JCu from 1928 until his death in 1934. Before coming to Carroll,

the songs of John Carroll university

the university officially has six songs and a motto – the musical arrangements for each were published in the Songs of John Carroll University, copyrighted in 1946. Many other songs written by students and staff, particularly in the ’20s, have not survived but are mentioned in old issues of the school paper. the composer of the Carroll Fight Song is unknown, but it is the oldest of the six official compositions. its words can be found in the Carroll News in october of 1927. the Rally Song was introduced to the public on november 7, 1929 at the loew’s state theater. the music was written by William hope ’31 and
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st. ignatius College orchestra 1920s

Fr. Fox was president of Campion College and Marquette university. he was a poet and musician who also composed Our Alma Mater March – seldom if ever heard on campus, the full score remains in the JCu archives in the university library. Onward, On was premiered at Commencement in May of 1931. The Carroll News declared that “its catchy rhythm fires one with that spirit of college and football that one experiences while waiting for the teams to take the field

on a crisp autumn day. its words too, are peppy and rousing. it was well received at the premier and that is a good omen of its coming popularity.” seventy-five years later, it remains the most performed JCu musical composition. Hail John Carroll, the alma mater, was written by Kiefer. he additionally wrote Keep On Marching, a victory song that was first sung on nBC radio in December of 1933 but apparently never published. originally titled Sons of Carroll, the alma mater was first performed at a Glee Club concert in severance hall in March of 1937. the vaughn Monroe orchestra later recorded the song. the record was one of the most popular items sold in the JCu bookstore prior to World War ii. Possibly the only remaining copy of this record now resides in the school achives. the title of the alma mater was changed to Hail John Carroll in 1976 by henry Birkenhaurer, sJ president of the university at the time. it was he who substituted the words “sons and daughters of Carroll” where “sons of Carroll” had previously existed. as an indication of how difficult change can be, the student government adopted the new text acknowledging the existence of women at JCu by a 17 to 11 vote – the school had been coeducational for almost a decade. on May 30,1976, the “new” alma mater was sung for the first time at the school commencement.
Jack Hearns, who wrote the much appreciated piece on Father William Murphy in the last issue, is the son of the man who was music at John Carroll for so long. The ’61 graduate, the former superintendent of the Warrensville Schools, elicited more reader response with the Murphy piece than any article in the past decade.

Make your plans to attend


June 23 – 25, 2006
Information is on the Web site at 2006 You can also register on line.
Many of your classmates come from out of town and want to see you! You are invited to come for the entire weekend but you can come for any of the lunches or dinners. It is all a la carte! Come yourself or bring your family! Your friends want to see you! Any questions call Rosalie Massey at 216.397.3014 or email her at [email protected].
To me, the best part of Reunion Weekend is the nonscheduled downtime – sitting on the chapel steps on Saturday afternoon, watching the kids being escorted from one activity to the next, and catching up with some old friends and familiar faces. That’s my lasting image of Reunion Weekend. Hope to see you on the steps this June! – Paul Hulseman
President of the John Carroll National Alumni Association

Reunion Weekend is one of the year’s great parties. The Alumni Office and the class committees have been hard at work to make Reunion 2006 the best ever. We invite you to come back to campus to celebrate this great tradition. – Ryan Daly
Director of Alumni Relations

I’m so impressed by our reunion tradition. I hope the members of John Carroll classes ending in 1 and 6 will make a special effort to be part of Reunion Weekend from June 23-25. Please join us the biggest party of the summerI’m sure you’ll be delighted if you do. – Tim Shannon
Vice president for development and alumni relations
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The Golden Years


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

excellent article about Fr. Murphy. His sense of humor was often tested by the guys in the dorm – the ringleaders being Bill Kelly and John Spallino. One day he returned to his room to see the barber chair in it. Among other burdens he dealt with were “short sheeting” his bed and lining his PJs with cold cream. Cheers! Carl

REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
On January 5, Fr. James E. “Ned” Farrell, SJ, died. He had a stroke last July and fully recovered. He was driving, and had another stroke and died. The “JCU ’30s” bunch made him the honorary chaplain of our gang. Ned and I were the only two to meet at the last luncheon held at the Rockcliff on December 7, 2004. We ate at the bar! Ned’s funeral Mass was held at St. Ignatius High School’s St. Mary’s Chapel. I think every Jesuit at the Detroit Province was there. His brother, Fr. Walter, SJ, celebrated the Mass. Walt was two years behind Ned at St. Ignatius. Both entered the Society of Jesus from high school. Between the two of them they gave nearly 150 years to the Jesuit Order. Both were and Walt is still very active. Larry


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

Wellington, FL, home in early January. ... Marian and Tom Corrigan sent mail to me from their Salt Lake City home, to Ohio; no luck! ... Charlie McCarthy’s reply to the inquiry about his years at JCU - simply, “Wonderful.” Charlie also received a law degree at Cleveland-Marshall Law School. ... Dr. Ed O’Malley sends his thanks for news about our classmates. ... The final paragraph of Frank Honn’s December 29, 2004 letter follows: “So much for my activities. Our family continues to be a real joy. Alyce and I have four “children” – two girls, two boys – and two of them have their own families. All told, there are now five grandchildren. Art

This mid-January writing recalls to mind Sunday, January 17, 1943, the accelerated commencement exercise, necessitated by graduates’ commitment to the military services. There were 35 degrees conferred to 34 men and one nun. Acsend your notes to: cordingly – (*indicates deceased or no information Carl Giblin available) Bachelor of Arts: John V. Corrigan*, 1100 Ponce deleon Blvd., 401 N Thomas J. Dunnigan, Edward J. Hyland*, Clearwater, Fl 33756 Edward F. Kipfstuhl, Theodore R. Saker, Louis 727-518-7961 J. Sacriste*, John W. Whelan, and Joseph J. E-mail: [email protected] Wolff*. Bachelor of Philosophy: Salvatore R. Jim Carey will leave the snow and Calandra, Thomas B. Daly, Wilcold of Westlake to make his annual liam J. Ducsay*, Daniel R. Lynch, pilgrimage to California. He usually Jr.*, Thomas V. Moore*, Albert W. goes earlier but must first have cataPiccuta, John E. Quinn*, Leonard ract surgery. Jim spent his working A. Reichelt*, Richard P. Schmidle, years in California and goes back evEdward J. Shubeck*, William J. ery winter, indicating he is of sound Smith*, and Sr. Mary Evangeline mind. ... The Cleveland Chapter, Szymanski. Bachelor of Science in aka “Lunch Bunch,” convened in Business Administration: Robert Willoughby, accommodating John C. Gorman, Thomas J. Mazanec, Sweeney. John had major surgery Frank Sullivan, Bruce E. Thompson, and was unable to drive for three Richard F. Weisbarth*, and Robert B. months. He had some brain damage Wilson. Bachelor of Science: Alfred for a period of two months, and E. Balocca, Joseph H. Dempsey*, made a complete recovery. The fact Paul G. Fetick*, Edward W. Kilrain*, that he works so diligently collecting Raymond J. Hodous*, Clayton C. news for this column might indicate Matowitz*, Anthony A. Nicolay, some residual damage. The winter Eugene E. Sees*, and Joseph J. lunch turned out the usual charter Sepkoski. A Mass in honor of our demembers: Carey, Ray McGorray, ceased classmates was offered in Saint Sweeney, Bud Noetzel, and Lou Francis Chapel on January 17. If I recall Sulzer. Jim Schlecht, a regular, had correctly, all 34 of us were in uniform to report to his M.D. Jack Brennan by February 1, ten at the U.S. Navy is still dealing with health problems. Midshipman School in South Bend, Joe Britton has a part time job Indiana. The May 9, 1943 commencekeeping an eye on his grandson. ment ceremony will be highlighted in This is a volunteer job and carries no the next issue of John Carroll. Do any further remuneration than bragging of you have a copy of the May 9, 1943 rights. Fr. Lloyd Boymer is leading program? If so, may I borrow it to use the quiet life, and will join the lunch as a memorial mailing piece commembunch at their April meeting. John orating that commencement. Please Kenney sends greetings from reply immediately to my request at Williamsburg. ...You are all invited 216.382.4408. ... Fast forwarding to the to attend the spring lunch meeting, present: Tony and Jane Nicolay enjoyed so contact John at 440-975-1403 – a recent family gathering in Mesa, AZ, [email protected]. ... The with daughter Joy from Kansas City last edition of this magazine had an Jack Wasmer ’45 has written a memoir of his time in the Navy. That’s and sons Jeff and Jim from Honolulu. ... Over the Christmas holidays, Dick wife, Mary, in what looks like a ‘40s movie poster.


Christmas cards came from Al Musci, Marian and Tom Corrigan, Sue and Bob Trivison, Ruth and Bob Smith, Rev. Matt M. Herttna, Jean and Jack Miller and Charlie McCarthy. ... During our stay in the Encinitas area, Fran and I visited Jean and Jack Miller at their Lantana Dr. home in the Seacliff development in Carlsbad, CA, next town north. ... Nick Barille received a master’s in education at CWRU and continuing education at Maine University, Ohio University, and Cleveland State. Among his favorite activities are cooking and travel. The late professor graded on a curve and in a 10 question exam, five frequently was an A. Nick and his late wife, Lucille, raised six children, who blessed the couple with17 grandchildren. ... Fr. Matt Herttna continues as director of the National Shrine of St. Dymphna in Massillon, OH. ... Ruth and Bob Smith went to their


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


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and Rita Moriarty hosted 20 of their family at their home in Boynton Beach. ... The current St. Ignatius High year book has a feature on the school’s distant past – a very youthful John Whelan is prominently pictured therein. ... Joe Sepkoski’s new residence, The Fountains of Cedar Parke, provides an indoor golf facility tailored for chipping and putting. It sure beats facing Atco, NJ’s, blustery winters. ... For two years, Joe Seibert’s broken ankle has been a major mobility inconvenience. Hopefully a recent re-tightening of the medical screws remedies the problem. ... Don’t forget my plea for a May 9, 1943 commencement program. Take care, Bruce


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

This January’s alumni lunch was held Wednesday, January 11 in the Faculty Dining Room on campus. There were approximately 50 in attendance! Pete Bernardo ’67 would like to have this luncheon on campus more often but parking is a problem when school is in session. Jay Ansberry and I were the only ones representing our class. ... Jay and Coletta are planning a trip to Ireland in August – there will be 39 people in their family group. Their 21st grandchild was born recently to their daughter, Clare Smith. They have five great-grandchildren. ... Dr. Bob Colopy is still in the frozen North due to Margaret’s recent broken hip. Hopefully she will be successfully finished with rehab so they can make it south before spring. ... Save the dates! The next event will be the Golf Outing – same place as last year – Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Brecksville, on June 5. We should have at least one foursome at that event. Then the ’06 Reunion is scheduled for the weekend of June 23-25. Lets try to get at least one table of ’44s. ... As you probably already know, Carroll has lost some real good friends lately: Fran Calkins ’50, Gene Thoma ’52, and Frank X. Schaut. May they rest in peace. They had children and grandchildren attend John Carroll. ... Until next time, stay healthy and keep in touch. All the best, Don

sporting events, humor and the ridiculous. Amid clinking glasses, other diners’ chatter, and faulty hearing aids, the meeting begins. This has been going on for 25 years. Originally the group met on Friday at noon, but in retirement they now meet on Saturday at noon. Originally they were known as “The Mystic Knights of the Sea.” The astute membership now includes Jim Conway ’50, John Buckon ’50, Jack Reilly ’50, Jim Cullen ’50, Ed Hawkins ’50, Myron Wettrich ’45, Bill Coyne, Charlie Eder, Bill Sweeney, and Julius Sukys. Jim Mason ’60 requested a leave of absence and it was granted. On occasion Charlie Byrne ’50 and Jack McKenna ’49 are permitted to attend on a probationary basis. Of the original group, Jack Aylward ’49, Frank Roche ’51, “Skinny” Dugan, George Knoblauch ’48, Jim Sennett ’50, Bill Kiernan ’51 have passed into the blessedness of eternity. ... Here are interesting statistics furnished by the alumni office. Our original class numbered 173. There are 78 remaining. Of this number, there are 13 with no known address, 28 live outside of the state of Ohio, and 28 reside in Ohio. The ranks are dwindling. My advice – keep breathing! ... Adios ‘til next time. J.P.S.


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ates a chain of ice cream shops in that area. ... Bill Feuerstein played Pinehurst #2 on December 2, as guest of his son. They weren’t able to get a time for Saturday on the famous #2, so they played #8 instead, which Bill tells me is just as challenging. Bill arrived in town for the game on Friday, and with the host son and his two brothers played a warm up game on a public course where Bill got a hole in one! His timing might have been better: wouldn’t it be great to be able to boast that he had a hole in one at a course as well known as Pinehurst Course #2! ... Larry McGinley died in December. Larry joined Dun & Bradstreet soon after graduation, was promoted often and transferred occasionally and settled permanently in Omaha. He returned to JCU for a reunion a few years ago, where he was “kidded” about being the stealth advisor to Warren Buffett. ... Bob Logsdon and bride, Mary Jean, have decided that while the warm and sunny winters in Sarasota are delightful, the distance from home and extended family are too great to travel semi-annually so they have purchased a house in Louisville, KY. They are selling their Florida residence and hope to move north next month. The occasional trip to Cleveland from their new home will be easy. ... Send News! Good news preferred, all reported with reasonable accuracy, Tom

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In the posh surroundings of a famed eatery and saloon located in the Greater Cleveland area, between eight and 12 gentlemen, alumni of JCU for over 50 years, gather and discuss varied subjects running the range of politics, religion,

Jim Pojman brought back pleasant memories of our student days at Carroll. He led a barbershop quartet that performed and practiced between classes during our junior and senior years. Jim has a new quartet, “The Great Bunch of Guys.” On the weekends in December they harmonized nightly at the Kamm’s Corner Shopping Plaza in Cleveland, where their singing drew appreciative crowds and enthusiastic applause. Carol and I attended a reception for Fr. Niehoff held at St. Ignatius High School in mid November. We visited with many fellow alumni and partied later with Ray and Eileen Fox, Jack ’51 and Kitty Webster and Ed ’56 and Shirley Manning. ... All were impressed with the growth and character of the campus. ... I called Frank Lampe, who after retiring from the bus building business decided to remain in Columbus, OH. Frank is enjoying retirement with golf, the entertainment provided by Ohio State athletic teams, and the antics of the state legislators who generate local news. ... Frank Washko and wife, June, are planning to attend the Spoleto Festival, which is a month long musical event held in Charleston, SC. Frank continues to golf regularly with fellow retirees from Lear-Seigler and agrees that at our increasing age golf is more fun when we don’t keep score. ... After Greg Higgins retired from Ohio Rubber, he was able to devote more time to sail boats. He has built wooden scale models of historic sailing ships, which decorate his office, family room, and the mantels of many of his friends. Greg, with his brother, built his own sail boat, which he is now repairing and painting for next years’ sailing out of the Mentor Harbor. Greg and wife Nancy hope to spend some time in Orlando, FL, visiting son Greg ’82 who oper-


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On December 16, the Mystic Knights of the Sea met at a new spot for their Saturday lunch event, J. B. Milano’s at the Cuyahoga County Airport. The new owners, of only three months, opened especially for the group – not knowing just what they were in for of course! In the course of conversation, Jim Conway was prompted to elucidate on the great merits of planned giving for us as individuals as well as for JCU or a like charity we might choose. Pete Bernardo ’67 would have loved to hear him! Conway will represent John and Rita Buckon in Heidelberg, Germany, in April when Fr. Neal Buckon ’75 receives his latest promotion to Lt. Colonel. Conway likes that German beer! ... Jim Cullen and Julius Sukys ’48 attend Tai Chi class at the Gathering Place and find it most relaxing. ... I recently saw Ed Schaefer at the Green Road University Hospitals facility – where one can see countless Heights friends on any given day. He looks very well and as JCU’s former VP for business seems to be enjoying his retirement of ten years. Though not too many of their seven children are married, they do have nine grandchildren. ... We lost classmate Fran Calkins in recent weeks and his 12 children and 36 grandchildren helped fill Gesu Church! ... The “Knights” enjoyed a January 7 lunch with wives – eight of us brought the finer sex members – wives and/or gal friends among the many widowers among us. Bill Sweeney ’48 was alone, but Jim Conway ’48 and Katie, John Buckon and Rita, Julius Sukys ’48 and guest Marg Knoblauch, Charlie Eder ’48 and Laverne Powell, Myron Wettrich ’45 and Jane Keller,
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class pres. Jack Reilly and Stephanie, and my Jo and myself. We missed some regulars, Ed Hawkins, Bill Coyne ’48 and Jim Cullen – the latter I understand was ailing. We all had a jolly time and good food at J. B. Milano’s (forgot Jack McKenna ’49 and Babette Casey!) ... Jim Conway announced the death of J.V. Gallagher ’43 in San Diego! A great old friend, and Jim and Katie were leaving for San Diego. ... The golden alumni lunch bunch met at JCU midJanuary because parking was available! We had a fine presentation by John Scarano, director of Campus Ministry, who described his function in depth. It was a great event and we do hope we can do more of these golden alumni lunches at JCU. ... Fred Korey has had a dull winter so far – no trips to Hawaii. CAB


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hands, at least as far as the students at JCU are concerned. They are doing some very good things. The next luncheon will be at Massimo Da Milano, on W 25th. If you are free at the time of the luncheon, you should try to come. ... Saw Gene ’53 Wetzel at the luncheon and he said Sam is doing okay. ... As a member of the board of trustees for Reed Memorial Library, I invite you to come and take a look at our renovated library. We have expanded from just over 13,000 sq. ft. to over 34,000 sq. ft at a cost of over seven million dollars! So come one, come all – we opened to the public January 21. If any of you are in the vicinity of Ravenna, stop in. ... Now if some of you would be so kind as to drop me a note, or an e-mail, I would be most appreciative. Till next time, when I hope to have some news, take care and stay safe. Dorothy


REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
Our 55th Reunion – would you believe! Those who made our 50th remember well how great it was to renew old acquaintances and the opportunity to catch up on all the campus improvements in the past 50 years. Now is the time to set aside June 23-25, if not all dates put Saturday the 24th down for the evening activities. Coordinate this time to meet with some of your close class associates, and friends. Take out your yearbook and look for your group pictures. These would be the Carroll News, Sodality, Glee Club, Carroll Union, Band, Commerce Club, Athletic Teams, smoke stained Pinochle Players, and last but not least – members of the Mayflower Bar Drinking Society. And of course Bernet Hall, our on campus command group. To be certain there are close friends from one of these groups attending, pick a leader and communicate with each other – and do it! The class of 50 had over 50. The Class of 51, should at least, do them one better. The alumni office would be pleased to furnish info on how to make contact or contact this writer as noted above. Don

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of whom live in various parts of the West Coast. John wants to say hello to his old roommate Elmo Miller. ... The last issue of John Carroll had a very nice article about Fr. Murphy. I believe it was Fr. Murphy who was responsible for my attending JCU as well as several other members of our high school class from Canton Central Catholic. He did a recruiting visit to our school to explain the merits of attending a Jesuit university in the Cleveland area, John Carroll University, which was at that time virtually unknown to me. Among the other guys who came from that Canton school that year were: Jack Ziegler, Marion DeStefano, Kevin and Dermot Coleman, Jim Poss, and Don “Skip” Williams. Unfortunately only Jack and I survive from that group. ... A little contest for the next issue – Who of our class has the most grandchildren? Who has the most great-grandchildren? If you think you may be a winner let me know. Send in your news for the next issue! God’s blessing to you all. Jim


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Gentlemen, hope you all had a great Christmas and a safe New Year. No one has written me for this column, but I was able to glean some information from various sources. The reception I attended in Akron for Father Niehoff was elegant. I saw Tom Dannemiller there. ... I attended the January golden alumni luncheon on January 11. This time it was held at JCU. There was quite a nice crowd, but there were only three of us from ’52 – Bob Tayek, George Englehart and I made up the contingent from our class. The food was very good and the program by John Scarano, director of Campus Ministry, gives hope for the future of our faith. It appears to be in good 38
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Gene Wetzel and his wife, Catherine, moved to a condo in Twinsburg, OH. They decided it was time to give up their five bedroom home in Bedford where their seven children had been raised, and where many of the 19 grandchildren enjoyed visiting. The Wetzels visited Rome last Easter with a group from John Carroll and were at the Vatican to receive the papal blessing at the last public appearance of Pope John Paul. Soon after returning home from Italy, Gene and Catherine celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. ... I was sorry to learn that Larry Davis died on October 21. Larry was among the last WWII vets who attended JCU, and helped start the ROTC program. ... Many of you will remember Anthony Alexander, who we had as instructor in religion during our freshman year. I recently read that he died on October 6. I remember his threat to give “triple cuts” to any of us who missed his class on the Indians’ home opener in 1950. I was among those who decided to take the risk but no longer remember who won the game. ... Doug McCay is the only classmate on our roster with a Louisiana address. Doug and his spouse, Mary, live in New Orleans. Although they were not affected as badly as many people by Hurricane Katrina, the McCays did spend 10 weeks in Washington, DC, before returning to their home. Doug says hello to all his classmates, especially to Joe Sullivan. ... Louis Denny has lived in Lakeport, CA, for about twenty years. Lakeport is on Clear Lake about 120 miles north of San Francisco. Louis says Clear Lake is the oldest lake in California and possibly the oldest in North America. Three of the children moved to that area so Louis and his wife followed so as to be near the kids and what are now 10 grandchildren. ... When I talked to John Church, who now lives in West Hills, CA, he had just come in from his daily two mile walk. He has made the walk a part of his daily routine ever since open heart surgery nearly three years ago. It was because of that surgery that he missed our 50th Reunion. John has lived in California for 45 years and has been retired for 14 years. He and his wife, Lois, have six children, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren all


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Let me begin by explaining what happened to the photo of the Blakes, Schulers and Sutphins that we ran in the last issue ... we (the editor and I) had the caption for the photo set when a voice in the lounge said “last call” – immediately the Sutphins shifted from the center of the picture to the outside (closer to the bar) ... well that is one explanation ... Jake Blake was in town recently visiting friends and helping out at the St. Malachi Center, a center for the homeless on W 25th St. He returned to NY and sent clothing to the center for those who might need help. If you are in the W 25th St. area and see Brooks Brothers pin stripes and button downs, it is the good works of JB – who said Wall Street doesn’t have heart. ... Speaking of heart, Austie Groden is almost completely recovered from his quintuple by-pass. A rigorous rehab program at Lakewood Hospital has him in the best shape since basic training in the U.S. Army. With golf glory in mind, he has purchased a new driver with a head the size of a full grown watermelon – should be an interesting year on the links. ... Dave Nilges is starting his engines for continued ’06 real estate growth in the Denver region. He recalls the “unbridled optimism” of condo building on the Lakewood Gold Coast years ago – he’s been in the real estate business for nearly 50 years and has seen all the ups and downs. ... Bud McLeod is marching at “quick step.” Last year he resigned as president of the local Concerned Citizens, a group he founded, and accepted election to the board of the state’s largest (4000 member) taxpayer watch group. He founded a support group for the victims of fibromyalgia (if you don’t know what that is, look it up); he is one of 20 senior leaders for AARP and is active in putting together a Candidate’s Day, March 11, for those running for elected office in RI ... does this man ever rest? ... Recently I started a novena to St. Hilary (yes there is a St. Hilary) asking that my dear brothers and sisters of ’54 would send more material for this column – please don’t disappoint her or me. Keep the faith, Pete


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REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
After Katrina hit the New Orleans area, I thought I would try to contact classmates that we have living in the devastated area. Fortunately, there were none listed in the JCU Alumni Directory that I received from the Harris Company a few years ago. However I did hear from Dick O’Heren, who has a brother and sister who were both forced to evacuate New Orleans in August. His brother, Dan, should be getting back into his home in January, while his sister, Anne, and her husband fared better with only a couple of inches of water and dampness. For you statistics majors, Dick reports that in his 49 years as an optometrist he has performed over 81,300 eye examinations and has played over 1,510 musical engagements in his 55+ years in the music business. ... Bob Ensign and Larry Faulhaber have become regulars at the John Carroll Golden Alumni luncheons hosted by Pete Bernardo ’67. Another reason has been added for attending the John Carroll reunions – sometime during our 50th last year, Larry Faulhaber and Tony Musca found that they had some mutual business interests. They were able to put together some type of business venture, which is reported to be profitable for both. ... Ed Schwallie hopes to meet up with Tony somewhere in the Caribbean and/or Florida this winter. ... Jerry Donatucci stopped in to see John “Bennie” Barranco in Atlanta on his way to Florida. He hopes to meet up with Bud Feely, Doggie Ziegler, Phil Buchanan and Jack Kinney sometime later this winter. I hope you snowbirds take notes on whale sightings, good beach locations, great restaurants, etc. and report back to me. Our classmates would like to hear of your adventures and discoveries. ... Mike Caplice is busy in Williamsburg, VA, helping with the planning for the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown Colony. The Jamestown Colony is the oldest English settlement in the New World. He is most proud of his leadership role in the Christopher Wren Society at William and Mary College. This group has helped to enroll 1,579 senior citizens to take over 60 courses at the college. Mike is on the board of directors of the Wren Society. ... My son Christopher received a joint executive MBA from the London School of Business and Columbia University School of Business this January. We are very proud of him. He will take up residence in Moscow in February. Obviously location, location, location is not the mantra of today’s business schools. He says I spend too much time in Florida and get all hung up on warm weather. Maybe, but I’ll bet he’s not living in Moscow forty years from now. ... That’s it for now! Remember to pray for our many classmates who are suffering physical and mental ailments and can not share in the joys reported here. Ray With the Reunion less than four months away, it’s time for everyone to hold June 23-25 open for something great to add to our memory bank. The class of ’55 holds the record for a 50-year class attendance at 72. With 290 living classmates (37 address unknown) we would need a 25% turnout to take that title. For your information, we had 57 at our last reunion and, we are up to 94 deceased members of the class. On an early survey of those planning to attend our 50th Reunion, we had 27 yes and 20 maybe – this was out of 50 replies. Our committee, chaired by Ed Daugherty, has come up with a great package – including Jack and Mary Jane Breen again hosting our Saturday brunch. We are also inviting the widows of our Cleveland area classmates to attend some of the functions. As you probably know, the university picks up the cost of the entire weekend for the 50 year class. We will be asked for a class gift and before you write that check, I suggest that you grab your bible and look up Luke 12:48. ... In other matters, John Boler will host our Ft. Myers class luncheon sometime during the week of March 12. We will be contacting those that we know are in that area – and remember that any classmate and spouse are invited. Call John at 239.472.5071 for details. Congratulations are in order for John since he has taken on the chairmanship of the American Cancer Foundation. He will be going around the country raising funds for that cause. ... From the Christmas card notes came the news that Jack and Lauretta Broderick will be moving from Pittsburgh to Sun City, AZ, in April. It’s hard to picture Jack in one of those senior communities. ... Frank Moran reports that his throat cancer problems are behind him and he is looking forward to the reunion. He also reported that he got together with

Dave Kerwin while on a visit to Modesto, CA. Speaking from my own experience, Frank makes a very good tour guide, if you are in the Las Vegas area. ... Father Niehoff’s alumni reception came through Naples in January and in attendance were John Boler, Jack Breen, Al DeGulis, and myself. His message was of an optimistic and challenging time for the university. ... Our next issue of this column will have the names of those signed up for the Reunion so, get those reservations in now! ... Tom


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Dick and Maureen Huberty enjoy traveling to the Houston, TX, area to visit their son Danny’s family. In late October, the Hubertys also had the opportunity to dine with Georgia and Jim Gasper at a popular restaurant ... Jim informed me that Peter Paulson died at his home in Sayner, WI, on November 17, 2005 from a heart attack. Jim received the sad news from Fr. Brian Paulson, son of Pete and Jane. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the Paulson family. John Gormley and Pete were roommates at JCU. ... Frank Hovorka was treated to a surprise birthday party by his daughter, Kathy, in late September. Frank still works at least one day a week as an independent consultant in Albuquerque representing Texas Refinery Corp. products and supervises the supplying and application of materials to the New Mexico schools for re-roofing projects. Frank enjoys staying at his cabin in Red River, NM, among the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and gives a “standing invitation” for class members to give him a call when in the Albuquerque, NM, area. ... Word has it that Nancy and John Scanlan are selling their Williamsburg, VA, home to relocate closer to their new grandchild in the Maryland/ DC area. Nancy, who suffered some health challenges in 2005, is doing much better ... On May

Class of 1957 Scholarship crew: Seated (L to R) Richard Huberty, Diane Ward (JCU Bursar), Charles Novak. Standing (L to R) Peter Bernardo ‘67, James Clark, Salvatore Felice and William Comiskey.
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1, 2005, Fran and Bill Comiskey celebrated the birth of Ella Marie, born to their daughter, Megan, and son-in-law, Jay. Ella and her cousin, Annie (8), are the only girls surrounded by 11 lively boys ranging in age from two to 15. In September, Fran, who is a board member of Ursuline College, was honored by receiving the Crystal Award for dedication to the Alumnae Association. Daughter Ellen is expected to present their 14th grandchild in July. ... Susan and Jerry Cicero celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at Hilton Head in June. ... Germaine and Dave Zenk will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Reunion Weekend 2007 – they regret that it will be their first miss in the last five reunions. ... On October 7, 2005, James J. Michenfelder, age 44, passed away. He was the son of Margaret and Alvin Michenfelder (deceased 12-31-2003). No details were available. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Margaret and daughters, Therese Geiger and Mary McGrew, and their families. ... In January 2000, Jim Gasper suggested to this reporter that consideration be given to setting-up an endowed scholarship fund in the name of the late James Esther. A committee was formed and, after much discussion, it was decided to establish this fund in the name of all our deceased class members (98 to date). This fund was established to aide any JCU senior who, because of a family crisis or other emergency, is experiencing financial difficulty and is in danger of not graduating. Tuition at JCU has been increasing about 7% each year. To date, our Class of 1957 Endowed Scholarship Fund, with earnings, is in excess of $171,000. This means we can award $8,000/per year to seniors facing the above crisis. Our fund has already helped seven seniors. Your committee is looking to increase this most worthwhile fund to $350,000 by June 2007. Kindly, support our scholarship with your generous gift now, or by Reunion 2007. With your continued support we are certain to make our goal and have a lasting memorial to our class that will benefit students for years to come and will reflect our class spirit and values. By the way, our 50th Reunion is FREE. There will be more details in future issues. God bless, Sal

nor do he and Sally live in their condo on the Gulf in Clearwater. After six years there, they just recently moved to The Plantation in Leesburg, an “active retirement community” of 3,000 population north of Orlando. John defines “active” as having billiards, bridge, lawn bowling, darts, and pickleball. Pickleball?! That’s played with a wiffleball and a table tennis racquet. I kid you not. When he’s not working up a sweat on these activities, he watches Sally practice her watercolor artistry, at which she excels. The Phillips extended family includes three children and four grandchildren. ... Finally, a long distance move for Erik, son of John Hanson. He’s teaching English at an American school run by the Redemptorist Fathers in Bangkok, Thailand. John and Tarri are still in Oregon “getting older sooner than we expected” in his words. His good news is the ski shop continues to thrive. ... That’s it for now. The final Katrina relocation center closed here in San Antonio the end of December. Thousands of former Louisiana citizens are housed now in more stable, semipermanent homes and hotels here. I don’t know how or why they are so resilient! Remember them in your prayers, please. On this day in 1952 you probably heard “Two Boys and Their Dad” on The Lone Ranger Show, or later that night on NBC “Fatal Appointment” on Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator ... Peace, JEC

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areas of literature, linguistics, psychoanalysis, culinary history, and music. He also has a chef’s degree and taught in a culinary arts program for 20 years – specializing in wine and culinary history (we’ll have to get Carl together with Jim Gauntner’s son who is a world renowned authority on sake). ... Additional interests drew him to be program director for a fine-arts broadcasting station for five years, chief fundraiser and general factotum for a regional ballet company and later an opera company for about eight years. In 2004 Carl received his MA in counseling and is currently setting up a practice in psychotherapy and counseling in Los Angeles specializing in families and couples. Carlo has certainly gone a long way from Wooster, OH. Thanks Carl for sending the interesting sketch of your past 45 years. ... Frank Dempsey, Dave Nichting, Doc Kopfinger ’62 (my next door neighbor), Jerry Harrison (my ex-secretary’s husband), and I recently finished building a rather large addition on our home. I have no doubt that the Tower of Babel was built in much the same way – five chiefs, no Indians. The room is still standing after our initial party and Frank, Dave and I are establishing the “Three Stooges Construction Co.” Dry walling is our specialty. ... Jim and Melinda Mason and Bev and I are getting ready for our annual trip to Phoenix to visit Jerry Malizia and the Magnottos. We will be joined by Jim Shannon. Unfortunately, Denny and Judy McGrath are unable to join us this year. As you read this, we have already completed our trip. ... I’m sure there are many of you out there who could share some interesting information with us. Please send a note or e-mail so I can let our classmates know how you have been. Also, I need good material to write this column – I don’t particularly care to write in every column about what four or five of us in Cleveland are doing. I’m even more sure that you don’t want to continually read about the same people. You are interesting to your classmates so let’s hear from you. ... Till later, be well. Jerry


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I write this on January 16. We look forward tonight to a 60% chance of rain. That could be the first measurable rain since October. In addition to being dry, it’s been hot in December and January – 70s and 80s. We have escaped the brush fires – the closest one was a few miles north of us. The New Orleans Saints have packed up and moved back to Louisiana, so we will have no NFL games here next year, unless the San Diego Chargers leave San Diego for the Alamo City. That was the headline in last week’s newspaper. And speaking of San Diego and moving, David L. Orosz has moved to Columbia Street in San Diego. I’ll have to get some details for you in the next issue. Stay tuned. ... Speaking of moving, John Phillips no longer practices labor law nor lives in Des Moines; 40
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Again I’ll begin with an incongruent statement in the “winter” issue of the Journal. Happy Easter! Word is that the McGrath’s are unscathed by the grass fires that threatened Oklahoma City. Bubba Schayer (go Sox) reports that the great New Orleans Flood spared Jack Duffy. The waters stopped four blocks from his home. Field Retterer is wintering in Florida as he recuperates from hip replacement surgery. (Probably making adjustments in the golf swing also.) ... Got the following information about Carlo (aka Carl) Coppola. As Carlo says, “... he once was lost (per alumni records) but now is found...” and we are happy to have him back. Hope he will return to Ohio for our 50-year reunion in 2010. Carl was editor of the Carroll Quarterly while at JCU (I hope he isn’t too tough on this column) and has certainly pursued his interest in the written word. Carl and his wife, Carol, have four children and live in Los Angeles. He recently retired after 42 years of university teaching. His Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago and he lived in India for a year in order to complete his dissertation on India and Middle East languages and cultures. True to his JCU experience, he edited a literary journal for 39 years and has published three books in the


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REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
Dr. Paul Boyce retired as an endocrinologist specializing in diabetes and is now serving as an independent witness in the field of internal medicine for hearings related to disability claims under the Social Security Act. Paul reviews records and files and then testifies as to the merits of claims based upon medical records. He functions from an office in Indiana but is able to testify at cases held throughout the county via video monitoring. He and his wife, Joyce, have nine children and 16 grandchildren. ... Harry Steller retired as president of MAS – a distributorship for appliances and electronic equipment in Richfield, OH. He and his wife, Barbara, have three children and now live in Naples, FL, where Harry enjoys fishing, golfing, and playing cards on a daily basis. ... Dr. Bernard Suran has retired from the

faculty of the Northwestern University Medical School after 35 years as a clinical psychologist. After authoring three books and over 40 articles, he has moved to Reno, NV, where he enjoys the relaxing outdoor life of hiking the mountains and fishing the streams. ... John Dwyer has retired as human resource manager for Smurfit Stone Container, a paper products company located in New Philadelphia. He and his wife, Pressy, live in North Canton and have four children and five grandchildren. When the snow disappears, John will be out on the golf course. ... Deacon Richard Baum has recently retired from the position of director of Deaconate Formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Richard received his degree in physics from JCU, an MS degree from the University of Rochester in optics and an MA degree in pastoral theology from Saint Mary-ofthe Woods College. He was ordained a deacon in 1981 for the Diocese of Syracuse and in 1997 received the St. Philip’s Award from the Deaconate Community for his outstanding work in the field of evangelization. He and his wife, Geraldine, live in the Chicago area and have two children and one granddaughter. In retirement, Richard is a substitute teacher and golfer. ... Chuck Durbin and his wife, Madeline, are living in Denver, CO. He retired after working 30 years at Rocky Flats – the nuclear plant in Golden, CO, where for the last 10 years he was involved in the manufacture of small parts for the laser fusion program. The Durbins have 10 children and nine grandchildren. ... Gerry Burns is living in Cary, NC, with his wife, Nancy. They have four children and three granddaughters. ... The Reunion Committee now numbers 13 members – more volunteers are needed – primarily to make calls to classmates to encourage attendance at Reunion 2006. If interested, contact the Alumni Office at 1-800736-2586. Also contact Rosalie Massey at the same number if you know the whereabouts of the following members of the Class of ’61 – William Brown, Douglas Carson, Vincent Conroy, Michael Cuccaro, Jacob Froelich, Roydon Fernandez, Mary Fevrier, Charles Foerstner, Frank Gibson, Thomas Heffernan, Robert Jablonski, Robert Lucas, George Marcelo, Ronald Martin, Edward McDonnell, Dennis McMullen, James Medve, Robert Moran, Mary O’Donnell, Eleanor Roy, Lawrence Schneider, Robert Steele, and John Spisak. ... Hope to see all of you at our 45th reunion this summer, Jack

Fort Myers and have spent some of the winter there, but continue to maintain a Rochester, NY, residence. ... In our last class notes, we mentioned Chuck Hillig was retiring in February as a state licensed psychotherapist for the Navy. This March he begins a three month promotional tour in India to promote the English versions of his five books: Enlightenment for Beginners, The Way IT is, Seeds for the Soul, Looking for God (Seeing the Whole in One), and The Magic King, all of which are available on and have been published in English, Dutch, German, Hungarian, and Russian. Chuck will be conducting radio and TV interviews throughout his tour. ... Finally, we had received a health update from Terry Leahy, which was too late to be published in the fall 2005 class notes. Terry reports that it has been one year since his second bone marrow transplant, and results indicate that his cancer is in remission. Terry and his wife, Polly, were able to attend a wedding in September 2005, and later last year Terry traveled to Indiana and Kentucky on his own. Although recovery has been slow, Terry is finally getting his strength back after being on steroids for so long – he thanks everyone for their prayers and help. ... Please take the time to drop me a few lines when you read this column. Did you turn here first to read what was happening to your classmates. The only way anyone can see your name here and find out about what you are doing is for you to e-mail me – now. Won’t you please take the time? My e-mail address is at the top. If you do not have any news, just send me your e-mail address so that we can stay in touch. Take care, Bob

Sill, Ft. Benning, and now at Ft. Bragg. Annie is keeping busy at church and the hospice thrift. ... I also received a nice Christmas greeting from Al Thomas. ... And Jim Mertes sent a great picture of the entire family. Counting Jim and Donna, there appear to be 19 in all. The oldest grandson is as tall as Jim, and Donna continues as principal of their parish grade school. Jim said they made a nice trip to southern Italy last year. ... I keep thinking that I’ve misplaced a note or two from ’63ers, but I hope not. If I did, please let me hear from you and I’ll do my best to get them in the next issue. ... Kathy and I finished our new home just in time for all of our children, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren to come for the holidays. It was a fabulous time that went way to quickly. One son and family are in Dallas, so it’s pretty easy to get there. Ditto for our daughter, who lives and works in Houston. Our oldest son and family, the ones who were in Okinawa for 3+ years, are relocated to Belgium, with the Air Force and NATO. ... Mike Mudler – [email protected] – sent information about himself. He and his wife, Carine, live in New York City. He received an MBA from Case Western Reserve University in 1981. ... Until next time, have a great spring. Please let me hear from you. And don’t forget my new address which is at the top of the column. ... Pete


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We have heard from Steve Kapelka, who retired in June 2005, and with his new wife, Deborah, moved into a new home in North Ridgeville, OH. Steve and Deborah have also arranged to escape the Cleveland winters by traveling to their second new home in St. Petersburg. Steve indicates that he plans to look up Pete Pucher ’60 once they arrive in Florida. ... Also planning retiring as a manufacturer’s rep in March 2006 is Paul Dwyer. Paul and his wife, Sharon, purchased a condo in

John Dix – [email protected] – e-mailed me in December to say that his daughter, Megan, and her husband, Matt, had a daughter, Ella Frances, who was delivered on Thanksgiving Day. John and Polly are relaxing, this winter, in Fountain Hills, northeast of Phoenix a bit. ... John Zvolensky – [email protected] – contacted me in December. He was reading something by someone who was quoting Macbeth. John remembered that this was something that he, John, took in sophomore British Lit. John wanted to know the name of the prof who taught British Lit at that time. I told him I tried to forget British Lit right after the final in that class and could only remember Barnie Campbell and Mr. Cotter for English; John was looking for a Jesuit. Turns out John remembered a day or two later. He e-mailed me back and remembered it was Fr. Hughes. ... I received a very nice Christmas note from Annie Daleske, Bernie Daleske’s widow. Annie’s gift for poetry is great, and I really enjoyed reading it. She has a granddaughter, Kailyn, who is into books and talking, talking, talking. Annie said Kailyn keeps Noelle and Steve very busy. Son Chris finished Clemson in December 2004 with a double major and an empty checkbook for Annie. Chris is a 2nd lieutenant in Artillery, having been stationed at Ft.

In early December there was a great deal of e-mail traffic regarding a possible mini-reunion in 2006 during Homecoming Weekend, September 22-24. Those attending the annual Class of ’64 Cleveland Christmas lunch – Allyn Adams, Don Mihalko, John Baker, Pat Holland, Jim Williams, Jerry Grdina, Marty Parks, Gordy Priemer, and Tom Leahy – reviewed all the input and Tom reported the consensus: We’re a go! As of this writing there will be no formal functions; there will be a gathering at someone’s house on Friday night and perhaps a special section in the cafeteria for breakfast on Saturday. Carroll now closes South Belvoir before the football game; there will be refreshment stands, games, AND a beer garden. A general information mailing is planned for this spring. Watch your mailbox. ... If all this is news to you, you are not yet in the class e-mail network. To join, write John Breen – [email protected] ... Regarding the closing of South Belvoir, this first happened in 1990 to honor the induction of Dick Koenig into the Hall of Fame. It was at that fatal first beer tent that we observed Gordy Priemer’s name mispronounced five different ways in five minutes, (Primer, Premiere, etc). Gordy was a little down, but felt better at halftime when Dick was introduced to the crowd as Koo-nig. ... John Breen and Dave McClenahan traveled south to play some September golf with Jim Joyce in Waynesville, NC. There is some dispute as to why Mac was the big winner. Unbelievable luck has been charged, but Dave maintains that his game is simply so short that it’s impossible for him to get in trouble. ... In November, Joanne and I traveled to Atlanta, where we were hosted graciously by Tom
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and Ellen Ungashick. Their saltwater pool, which was featured in Better Homes and Gardens, is actually more spectacular in person. 2-D photos can’t do it justice. The Ungys had just returned from the Holy Land, where they celebrated their 40th anniversary visiting Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and a side trip to Amman, Jordan. At the five-star Amman Grand Hyatt, they joined a wedding celebration in the fabulous glass and marble lobby; the following day, as they were crossing back into Israel, the lobby was devastatingly bombed by Al Qaeda. Much too close for comfort. ... At Sea Island, GA, we met Al and Cathy Rutledge at a beautiful Thanksgiving week wedding. Meeting the Rutledge kids was a real highlight: Lucy is a grade school teacher in Chicago with an obviously excellent aptitude for the profession – she’s got some lucky pupils. Mike is a sailing instructor in San Francisco, who’s also training for the 2008 U.S. Olympic sailing team. More proof that the class of ’64 members have been darn good parents. ... Got a brief note from Charlie and Dierdre Englehart who enjoyed the Christmas holidays in Budapest. ... Lastly, Russ and Ginny Centanni flew 25,000 miles in 24 days on a journey to Africa. They visited South Africa including Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope. Russ reports South African penguins; I suspect a surfeit of smuggled Idaho wine. Next was Nairobi, Kenya, and a six day safari, then on to Egypt – tombs and pyramids. I can’t do justice to their zoological and sociological report of the trip. For the full report he made to his travel club, contact Russ – r_centan@ ... Make your plans now for the minireunion. Fr. Hughes would agree that “participation is cathartic.” Until next time, God bless all Streaks! Frank


sister, Janet, who as a child would watch John and me practice with the Pershing Rifles drill teams. Fugit irreparabile tempus ... My advice is travel now and avoid the rush! In the meantime, send your news for 2006, Dick

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REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
Jim Malatin writes that he was blessed with his first grandchild in December, “handsome, big eyed, Jake.” Jim lives in Cincinnati and is the CFO of Taylor’s Industrial Services in Mt. Gilead, OH. ... Gerald Staraitis reports that he and his wife, Nadine, reside in Naperville, IL. A former Alpha Kappa Psi member, Gerry is a Collateral Controls analyst for IBM Credit Corp. ... “The Senator,” Dan Kush and his wife, Judy, continue to be active and busy in the Washington, DC, area. Dan is in his 27th year with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he produces The Daily Report, an electronic summary and update of the U.S. Chamber’s congressional regulatory and legal reform issues, activities and events. As a member of the Corporate Communications Department, Dan also continues to work with the U.S. Chamber’s small business and mid-cap sales teams and U.S. Chamber members. Judy, aside from her work with Diplomats Washington, Inc., is a volunteer reading mentor to a Washington, D.C., public school child through the “Everyone Wins D.C.” program, and she also is a volunteer at Bread for the City in the Anacostia section of Washington, D.C. Dan, a life-long Republican and Judy, a liberal Democrat, have interesting and stimulating discussions during our current political climate. As Dan stated, “civil war has not broken out, but sparks do fly on occasion!” We are looking forward to seeing Dan and Judy at the Reunion! ... Chuck Bartels, who is working on the Reunion Committee, also enjoys a connection to the political scene. His wife, Teresa, is running for Congress in the Eighth District of Illinois. ... John Morris is recovering from hip replacement surgery and looking forward to getting back to work as a PGA security consultant. John is also working on the Reunion Committee and looking forward to seeing many of us there. ... Reunion Weekend is Friday, June 23-Sunday, June 25. Many are indicating that they will be attending; hopefully you will be there also. Until then, Fran

great job making the arrangements – a good time was had by all. Although JCU lost, it was a great opportunity to meet alums from other classes and discuss old times! ... During April and May, the Cleveland Indians offer a 50% discount on tickets in the bleacher section. This might be an opportunity for us to meet as a group. May is probably a better month due to weather in our spring season. Contact – [email protected]. ... Our classmate, John Gibbons recently received notice that he was to receive the Dr. Lee and Eloise Tressel Memorial Coach’s Award. The award was given in February by the Cleveland Touchdown Club at the IX Center. John, coach of St. Edward High School, had a great season with a school record for wins – 11-0, only to lose in the State semifinals. ... I recently had contact with William Ryan of New Orleans, about whom there was an article in the last issue of the magazine. This is what Bill had to say via e-mail: “It has been very difficult here in New Orleans. 60% of the city is still uninhabitable and will be so for years to come. The future will be very challenging but many very exciting and unique opportunities will present themselves. To be involved in a city that has lost 75% of its citizens will create unparalleled opportunities. My three children Neal (wife, Mimi), Meghan, Andrew and my wife, Pam, are all in New Orleans and committed to rebuilding New Orleans. Many of the stories about our stay during the storm are now history and our focus is the present and our future.” ... Well, time to sign off. Don’t forget to let me know about the baseball game. See you later, Peter


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A recent column sparked another response from Chuck Friedman, who is starting full time employment this year as the environmental and compliance officer for a small (600 employees) company. He says that one of these days he will just retire like the rest us. I encourage Chuck and others to continue to work so that there is enough money in Social Security to continue to pay those of us who have already retired. Thanks, Chuck! ... As for me and my wife, Cecile, we just returned from several weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia. I wanted to see the changes in Vietnam since I served there in the late sixties. Believe me, they were many and astounding. Cecile wanted to do research on a French author who was born and lived her early life in French Indochina. The highlight of the trip was Angkor Wat and the large array of other temples near the town of Siem Reap. Luxury hotels were sprouting everywhere we went. Two weeks after our jaunt to Southeast Asia, Cecile and I returned to Honolulu, where we were married in January 1995. Taking advantage of Cecile’s attendance at a conference, we spent a week on Oahu. We were able to attend the Sony Open golf tournament, where John Morris ’66 was providing security for the players. We had dinner with John and his 42
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JCU’s basketball team played Cleveland State for the first time in almost 20 years. Cleveland area alumni were e-mailed an invitation to meet downtown before the game. My brother, Richard ’69, and I attended. Tony DeCarlo ’66G did a

Heard from John Toppel – he’s engaged in his second career. After retiring from H-P, he took his international marketing and sales experience to the campus: John teaches at Santa Clara University and, in his free time, heads up the Russell Center at Menlo College. The center is a newly created operation, which seeks to create a learning atmosphere for American and Asian, especially Chinese, businessmen and women to exchange ideas, develop partnerships, and prepare to move into the richly emerging markets Asia has to offer. ... Heard from Phil Jacobs. He and his wife sold their Long Beach home and took on a new place. I’m sure it was hard for Phil to give up that ocean view. ... For those of you in Florida, I invite you to join me for an afternoon of golf at the Atlantis Golf Club. The event is being hosted by Don Shula ’51 and the proceeds support some very worthwhile charities. Come out on March 25th and enjoy a day of golf, refreshments, and dinner. If you want further details, please e-mail me at the above address or contact Vicki Rautbord – [email protected]. ... We still haven’t reached the 75 threshold to qualify for the trip to Florida. So drop me some notes. Ray


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Three standing ovations, numerous speeches, a Lemieux jersey, a Roethlisberger jersey, a Jason Brey jersey and a Steelers jersey with the number one on the back highlighted the retirement dinner for The Boss, Ed Christy. After 27 years of helping Western Pennsylvania teachers negotiate contracts and settle disputes, the big guy stepped down. During the course of the evening, I realized a whole new line of work was opening for this class columnist. I am willing, for travel expenses and a free meal, to attend any classmate’s retirement dinner to give a review and a few kind words about the honoree in this great column. Just e-mail me – [email protected] – for details. ... Allan Toomey’s note about his life after retirement was also alluring. Fulfilling a lifetime dream Allan went to Ireland to play golf at six great courses including Ballybunion, my favorite. He also played Carne, Belmullet; Enniscrone; Rosses Point, County Silgo; Doonbeg and Lahinch. He didn’t ask me to follow along to take notes. All retirees of the Class of 1969 please keep this service of mine in mind as I will never ever to be able to retire myself because of a misspent youth. Alan also attended something called the New Braunfels wurstfest in San Antonio with Bill Kirk, another semi-retired class member. ... Last column it was a classmate off to work for the president of the United States. This month Joseph Hannigan shows off our class’ intellectual powers. Joe is not only the director of executive education at the Northwestern School of Law; he is also the associate director of executive education for the Kellogg School of Management. Two of the best schools in their respected fields. Joe also teaches executives in the FBI and U.S. Intelligence Community. I don’t think Joe can retire – he is helping too many important things. Joe is married and has four wonderful children. Joe, thanks for the note and any chance you can get me in Northwestern’s Law School? ... My wonderful daughter is getting married in July to a wonderful young man but I am looking for suggestions. This wedding stuff is wearing me down: flowers, cake, music, programs, church music, slide shows, menu, photographers, wedding shows, dress for the wedding, dress for the receptions, etc. etc. If anyone reading this column has suggestions on how to survive all this craziness, please send me an e-mail. Please send information about weddings, grandchildren, etc. I will also attend weddings etc. for travel expenses. ... Take care. All my best to you and yours. Don’t forget to support the JCU Carroll Fund. Every gift is important. Grimmer

Rich Harkey – [email protected] – e-mailed me on a sure sign of aging, his golf handicap is no longer in single digits. Stating that his driving and fairway wood accuracy and distance are good in the high altitude Utah Rocky Mountains, the dreaded three putt has reared its ugly head. Rich also sent his review of the DAT reunion held at Flannery’s in downtown Cleveland in December. The event had the largest turnout ever. Among the attendees: Terry Wichmann, president of an advertising agency in Cleveland, received a platinum award for perfect attendance in all the years following graduation. Terry is busy in the grandfathering stage of his life, and proudly displayed pictures of Ben, Mary Kate, and Jake. Terry and wife, Mary, live in Westlake. Paul Antonin, retired English teacher and noted historian attended. Pat Murphy (a real estate magnate on Cleveland’s West Side) attended, also proudly displaying pictures of his four grandchildren. Rick Sabolik, retired Big 4 audit partner of Plano, TX, advised that he had every intention of attending, but scheduled hip surgery at the last minute. E-mail Rich Harkey if you need an invitation for the 2006 reunion. ... John O’Neil – [email protected] – e-mailed that after 30 years or so in public accounting, he’s retiring from the CPA firm of Plante & Moran. His retirement plans center around learning to think like a trout. He also sent some news about our Toledo classmates: Wayne Milewski is still doing his music gig, but after years of pushing 280 pounds, Wayne went on a massive shape-up program on his own. He is now just under 200, and looks very good but the resulting new wardrobe cut into his funding a bit. ... Marty Mohler continues as the successful lawyer. One of his partners is the father of Katie Holmes (not kidding), aka Tom Cruise’s fiancée. Marty indicates that, for a minor fee, he will pass along the “real” gossip. John “Moon” Mullin has surfaced in St. Louis after a three-year disappearance (from Toledo folks anyway). For anyone who knew Moon, he has not changed (John said you will understand). ... Dick Ray – [email protected] – e-mailed that since school days, ROTC, and a short active duty stint, he has been in the flat rolled steel business in the Grosse Pointe, MI, area for the past 35 years. Dick and his wife, Clarinda, have raised four kids – two graduated U Dayton and two still at DePaul in Chicago. ... Sue Eagan – [email protected] – e-mailed that she attended the alumni homecoming Mass and brunch at JCU on Sunday, October 2, and that on October 11 she was deeply honored to represent our class in the inaugural parade for the installation of Fr. Niehoff. ... News from the alumni office: Jack O’Connell – [email protected] – is enjoying his first year of retirement by spending the winter in Florida ... Marcos Ionescu – marcos. [email protected] – has his Ph.D. from CUNY ... James L. Fay – [email protected] – is living in Norfolk, MA, with his wife, Sherrie, and is president of James L. Fay Associates ... Vytautas K. Dailide – [email protected] – is living in Canton, MI, with his wife, Nancy, working for Norfolk Southern Transportation in Dearborn, MI. He and Nancy have

five children ... Gerri Hura – huragm@buffalostate. edu – is an asst. professor at Buffalo State University. ... Reunion Tidbit: Greg Ganslen – gganslen@ – and his wife, Sharon, celebrated Mass at ND and had lunch with the celebrant, Father Ed Mehok, who just happened to concelebrate their wedding Mass on June 26, 1971. At Reunion, Greg discovered that he was the only one that entered the military after graduation who stayed on active duty and retired after 20 years. ... Keep the news coming, Ted


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REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
The Reunion Committee has been working on plans for our Reunion, June 23-25. Committee members are Mimi Fitzpatrick Cavera – [email protected], Pete Hamm – [email protected], Mark Plush – mplush@, John Urban – [email protected], Gretchen Noetzel Walsh – walsh2@sbcglobal. net, Kerry Volkmann – [email protected], Rick De Blasio – [email protected], Cormac DeLaney, Sal Sirabella – [email protected], Jim Mackey – [email protected], Lou Dizenzo – [email protected], Patricia Masterson – [email protected], Bill McGregor, Tammy Rogers – [email protected], Rich Tracy – [email protected], and Tom Surwill – [email protected]. We are the committee chairs, and Pete Hamm and Mark Plush are the gift chairs. During the next few months, you will be receiving information about the reunion from all of us. We are excited about the plans for the weekend and look forward to seeing as many classmates as possible. We welcome any ideas that you may have for the weekend. Just e-mail Tom or anyone on the committee. We hope to see many of you there. ... Our embedded reporter in Colorado, Nick Moyer, tells us that he receives e-mails from Rafael Garcia-Punsoda – drraf49@ – who attended dental school with Nick at Case. Nick also reports that he was joined by John and Maureen ’73 Vela for a ski vacation in Colorado recently. John’s oldest daughter, Christina ’00, teaches Spanish at Regis High School in Denver. Nick’s oldest daughter graduates from Boston College in May. Another of his daughters has been accepted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ... It’s hard to believe that it’s been 35 years since we graduated from John Carroll. It would be great to celebrate together. Plan on attending. Tom and Rosemary


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I was thrown by this one. The letter begins: “You probably don’t remember me, but I’m the tall slender fellow that spoke at the 20th reunion.” I
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had to think whether we’ve HAD our twentieth reunion. “Yes ... wasn’t Gregg “get me the step stool ‘cause I have something to say” Gianpetro the MC that night? He’s been stationed in Minneapolis for, like, 20 years. Figure the cold’s getting to him, delusional, you know. Anyway, he complains that all I ever write is about people from Cleveland, Chicago, London, so he decided to write. Reported that Tim Franzinger and wife, Clare, came up to watch the Minnesota/OSU football game. Tim’s son plays fullback for OSU – 6’2” and 245 pounds – which is exactly like his father (with Gianpetro on his back) and runs the 40 in “about 3.2,” according to Peeps. Gregg writes that he’s been “...happily married for 31 years – 15 of the best years of his life” – and wonders if Ellen Wasmer ’73 still thinks about him. (Note: Gregg, find shelter from the cold!) ... Now, for the news from Cleveland, Chicago and London. First, Sir Francis Palamara Googled Marty Lindstrom and found that he helped save a life. Seems there was a car accident, and a witness called 911. After five minutes there was no response, so they called Marty, who runs a pub next to the rescue squad. Marty, the bartender from the Balboa, ran down the street and told us there was an accident and to hurry,” the rescue workers reported.”... Another Marty, our Hall of Fame soccer star Marty Schreiber, has been named chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Nephrology and Hypertension. He’s heading up a team of 70 that was ranked sixth in the world by U.S. News. In 2004 Marty was featured as one of the “Top Doctors in Ohio” by Cleveland magazine. ... Mike Mulkeen wrote me a 16 word e-mail mentioning Mike ’71 and Nancy ’73 Faems moving to Jackson Hole, WY. I’ve heard Mulkeen call out more words at the line of scrimmage, but brief is better than none at all. Well Mike, I heard the same news from Mike and Nancy. “As to Nancy and me,” wrote Mike, “we are out in Jackson Hole now. We’re establishing residency here, though we’ll keep a small place in Glenview for family and friend visits. My contract was up with my last agency in August of ’04 and I didn’t want 10 more years of advertising. I gave myself a year to figure out what to do next. When that was up, I gave myself another year. I have six months left. Until then, I’ll continue being the world’s oldest ski bum, and amateur race car driver. Nancy is doing great, and loves doting on our two granddaughters. Who’d a thunk we’d be grandparents? We see Don ’70 and Donna (Bowen) Brown, Howie Burgh ’70, and the Wackeys (Jim ’71 and Laura ’73 Mackey) a lot; Harky (Pat Herald ’69), Soph (Ken Sophie), Sandrick (Ed ’70), Spike (Mike Mulkeen) and Hags (John Hagerty ’71) fairly regularly; and (Bill) Sixsmith, (Rich) Cisek occasionally and Cavy (Tom Cavanagh) and Bergey (no real names needed) at Bergey’s annual poker tournament.” Thanks for the note, Mike and may it snow in the summer out there! That’s it for this time. Send gossip. Take care, JM


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Don Kuratko, has moved to Indiana University, and serves on its faculty as director of the Entrepreneurship Program in the Kelley School of Business fulfilling a personal goal to work at a Big Ten University. Prior to IU, Don created and led Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Program from scratch to #4 in the nation. Don has written 22 books and 150 journal articles on the subject, and one of his textbooks has become the leading book at universities across the globe on the topic. Don and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters, Christina (21) is in her 3rd year as a telecommunications major at Ball State University; and Kellie (17) is a junior at Bloomington South HS, where she stars in soccer and tennis. Don and Debbie celebrated their 26th anniversary in December. Don invited Terry Dwyer to speak to his MBA students at IU last fall, and reported TD was outstanding. Terry lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Gay, and their son, Michael (6). ... Phil and Chris Niedzielski-Eichner celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in 2005. Phil is the director of the energy, science, and technology consulting practice for Serco, Inc. an international consulting firm. He is also an elected official and serves as the chairman of the Fairfax County Virginia School Board, the 12th largest public school system in the nation that serves 165,000 students. ... On the newswire, Dr. Jack Kleinhenz was recognized by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in December for his forecast on the REAL GDP. Jack is the CEO of Kleinhenz & Associates, a business and economic consulting firm based in Cleveland. Jack is a member of the Governor of Ohio Council of Economic Advisors, board director of Notre Dame College and corporate director for Beverage Distributors, Inc. Jack is regularly called upon for his expertise by local and national media to offer insight on business and regional economic issues. He teaches economics as a faculty member of Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. ... James Vilt, MD, is the medical director for Harmony Healthcare, a multi-specialty outpatient mental health and addictions treatment clinic in Las Vegas. James and his wife, Claudia, have two children, James Jr. (34) and Damiano (14). ... E-mail is a wonderful and easy way to keep in touch. Send or call me with an update I can share. Robby

and her family are thriving in Richardson, TX. She also forwarded a picture with her husband and sons taken on a recent cruise. A good-looking bunch. No over boards reported. ... Rather than go overboard myself and, as I once did, invent some interesting news, I’m throwing the ball in your courts. It’s time to pass on this column. It’s a good way to keep in touch with your classmates and attempt to relive those JCU days (and nights). The rewards are out of this world and compensation is from “on high.” So if you are interested in becoming our class columnist, jump right in and either contact the [email protected] or me. ... Nancy


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REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
Not much longer to wait until the 30th Reunion of the class of ’76. Presumably you are all in the process of firming up reservations for the weekend of June 23-25! The committee has been busy since last September putting together just the kind of celebration we’re entitled to. If we don’t see your name on the “reserved” list, be prepared to hear from: Joe Barmann, Dave Harrington, Mary Duffy-Segerson, Terry Fergus, Pat Behmer Lonergan, Maribeth Strube Letz, Alex Russo, Joe Tarasco, Norb Trocki, Mark Wester, Elaine Yeip and, yours truly. And now to the news ... Joe Sullivan – [email protected] – sent word that he and wife, Julie, are raising Mike, Pat and Barrett in Wilmette, IL. Joe owns the Sullivan Agency in Northfield. Mark Wester says it’s “one down and one to go,” about son Matt’s cum laude graduation from the University of Dayton in December. Matt managed to do it with a double major in finance and information technology. He’s been working at Grant Thornton since January. ... Love it when I get word from overseas so you can imagine what a pleasure it is to get e-mail from Sandra Delroy in England. Sandra was a junior year transfer from CCC, a self-described “mature” student who majored in psychology. After completing undergrad she went on for an M.A. in Educational Psychology, finishing up with her doctorate in clinical psychology from ISPP (Argosy University) in Chicago. Since 1983, Sandra has been working as a clinical and counseling psychologist. Within the National Health Service she specializes in working with adults with physical disabilities as well as training health professionals in counseling skills and assertiveness. Her private practice is in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In 1996 she wrote, Just Beneath The Surface (The Processes of Counseling and Psychotherapy), a copy of which graces the shelves of Grasselli Library. Sandra thanks for getting in touch! I hope more of our classmates throughout the world will follow your lead. ... The new year brings a new partnership for Meg McCarthy Waters. After retiring her former partnership in 2005, she has formed a new company with Robert Magnuson – Magnuson & Waters – which she describes as a media relations, issues management and strategic consulting firm. ...



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No news is good news; if you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all; all is quiet on the Western (Eastern, Southern and Northern) front. Any way you slice it, I’m short on news, views and interesting to-dos from our class. ... Molly (Spellman) Curl did report in with word that she

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‘so much depends on the red wheelbarrow…’
dave schultz ’77, ’80G and his wife, Mary lawlor schultz ’79 live in an octagonal house in the woods where, like henry david Thoreau, they get intimate with nature and live a pretty simple life. In the case of the Creston, ohio, couple that life includes: electricity, a pump mechanism that brings rainwater in from a collecting cistern, an outhouse. yes, outhouse, but most amenities are present in the octagon: Tv, functional kitchen, electric piano, great jazz on Cd, warming wood stove and a $15 per month electric bill. The house, constructed of skinned, polyurethaned logs surrounding a handsome wood-planked floor, is a luminous beauty. In their octagon, a form feng shui and Frank lloyd Wright deem perfectly harmonious, there is the one big everything-except-the-bedroom space downstairs and the warm wood nest above, with a bed, bookcases and a giant skylight-eye above the bed. deer, wild turkeys and other creatures dance in eyeshot outdoors. It is the kind of place you would go to write a book, which is precisely what community college instructor dave has been doing for the past 20 years. he’s crafted five volumes in the nearly 20 years he and Mary have been hanging in the wood. They met in German class at JCu; hooked up; spent time in Florida and New Jersey, and migrated to their clearing between Medina and Wooster. For three years, they lived in a trailer on the land and dave’s mom, Irma, would say, “you’re not daniel Boone. ...” Not him, but like him they didn’t want to be crowded and wanted to explore nature and their own souls, and dave always yearned, as he puts it on the back of his “biggest” book, “to catch some striking manifestation of life’s eternal flame...” By 1990, with a lot of help from his late father, david Frank schultz, the octagon was ready and dave and Mary embarked on another stage of their journey. Trained as a chemist, Mary has a full-time job. dave teaches part-time at lorain Community College. hippies they’re not, but “living on the land” in a closer embrace with all that means... they do. Which is very cool, but dave says “there are a lot of chores to keep it going.” That partly explains the title of this piece. William Carlos Williams was a great american poet of the 20th century. one of his little but mighty poems reads in its entirety: “so much depends/ on the red that life is a big deal. dave will not, however, give you an argument if you conclude that he is driven to celebrate his wheelbarrow and all the other details of the life he and Mary share. some of the books are Gone with the Geese, Notes of a Dreamer, Little Ditties. They’re lovely and they capture beauty and life. lyrical, dave offers flights like: ‘How full of the hint of highest expectation you are,/my darling April/How fresh from the shower you come to me, dripping dandelions & daffodils/with tiny purple violets

Dave and Mary Schultz’s octagon in the woods.

wheel/barrow/glazed with rain/water/beside the white/ chickens.” scholars write many words explaining those words, but it would not be far off to say they are an engaging way of saying God is in the details. schultz poetically harrumphs “yes, but,” and testifies that it’s essential to stand the barrow on end so it does not get glazed with rain because the wheelbarrow is crucial to chores and you don’t want to get it rusted since, “...if his wheelbarrow is falling apart, his place is probably falling apart too.” Which is to say, sort of, that poetry is all well and good, but dave and Mary live the life dave writes about and keeping rust off

caught in your hair. ...” Rust-focused dave offers a treasure of poems, stories, anecdotes on the warm and cold facts of living in the woods. The books are worth a look. a scatter of excerpts are on the web site, but schultz offers a wealth of wonders (Geese, $20; Dreamer, $10; Ditties, $5 – full list on Web) obtainable by sending a check and return address to Fred Press/Box 333/Creston oh 44217. Meanwhile, dave sums: “I try to write books of joy; they are almost like meditations. ultimately, you do it out of love.”
More information is available, see Schultz at
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Thanks to Rick – [email protected] – and Kathy Baranski for keeping me up on the warmth of South Florida, especially in January when it was below zero here in NY! Save me a cabana. ... As press time arrived, I received news of the death of our classmate Nancy Olson. Nancy was a poli sci major at JCU, and then went on to get her JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1980. Our condolences go out to her husband, Paul Wiencek, her family and friends. ... Until next time when I expect to have a long list of names attending the Reunion, I remain, as always, Cools



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The first person I heard from after the last column was Mike Perry. Mike writes that he is living in Mentor, OH, with wife of 27 years, Lucille. They have four children, two of whom have already graduated college, one still in college and one in junior high school. Mike mentioned that he recently attended a Delta Alpha Theta reunion in Cleveland. No further details were provided on those festivities. ... Mike asked if I knew the whereabouts of Mike “Duke” McCarthy. The alumni office has him in Wilmette, IL, but not much else. I checked in with my back-up researcher on lost alums, John “JR” Rutherford to see if he could add any info. JR fired back an e-mail saying that he ran into him “in an Italian restaurant on 56th Street in New York City last year.” So there you go. I guess we need to hear from Mike McCarthy now. ... I also heard from Susan Bergquist. You may recall that I singled Sue out in last month’s column to see if I could generate a response from her. It worked. It seems that Susan is busy “turning teenagers onto the classics in literature: Shakespeare and Poe, Cervantes and Twain.” She writes that she is working with “multicultural, multiethnic, inner-city kids.” She thinks that next year she may end up in the principal’s office though. No surprise there. Sue invites all JCU friends to feel free to send her an e-mail at [email protected]. Susan asked if I could find out anything about Leslie Koczur. “She was always a blast, funny and wonderful. I haven’t seen her in forever and, with my erratic reading of our Class Notes, may have missed what she’s up to now.” Well Sue, you picked a tough one. My handy little excel spreadsheet with all the class information has absolutely zero, zip, nothing on Leslie. If anyone reading this has anything to share please do so. ... And speaking of zero, zip, nothing, I didn’t get any response from my rumor about Peter Gailey raising emus in Encinitas. Nothing yet from Peter Norton either. So the missing persons file now contains two Peters and a Leslie. Stay tuned. Dennis

John Ehrman wrote to say that he is getting married to Elizabeth Justen on April 15th in Houston. The children population in the Ehrmans’ home will be increasing from one to five! Wow! What a jump! Elizabeth’s four children: Angela (18), Audrey (14), Chris and Josh (12 year-old twin boys) will be joining John’s son. John’s son, John, has been accepted to the USMC Officer Corps training at Quantico for the summer. The Ehrmans plan to be in the Cleveland area for Homecoming this fall. We hope to see y’all then! ... Went to a reception for Father Niehoff at JCU last fall. It was great to meet him – he’s such a wonderful speaker. Ran into Jim Dolak there. Jim is an anesthesiologist with the Cleveland Clinic in obstetrics and gynecology. He loves his work and enjoys seeing all those wonderful little babies. ... Norm and Mary Riley and their clan have moved to Bay Village. ... Chris and Nancy Coburn’s daughter, Carolyn, will be attending Georgetown this coming fall. ... That’s all the news for now. Please call or write and let us know what you and yours have been up to. Happy days, Nancy

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Spring training is in full force and baseball is around the corner. Get ready to dust off your golf clubs. ... During the past holidays I had the opportunity to chat with Bruce Lockhart and his wife, Kathy. Our topics touched everything from former classmates, to the cost of education, to the great food that we had the opportunity to sample at Theresa Fortunato’s ’89 holiday gathering. ... I hear that Kevin Tighe has taken a position at a community college as an HR compliance manager in sunny North Carolina along with his normal duties as product tester for Golf Digest. ... Scott Heran reports that Rick Chelko surprised his wife with a gala 25th wedding celebration. Scott and his wife, Teresa Goodrich ’81, will also celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in July of this year. Others in attendance included John Moeschberger and his wife Mariann Nemeth Moeschberger ’81 along with Bruce and Kathy Lockhart. ... Thanks for the notes. Talk to you soon, MFH

are in attendance for our reunion, we will break the all time attendance record held by the class of 1977 at a 25th Reunion. We can do it! Just a few reminders about the weekend so you can begin planning – Reunion will be June 23-25, the weekend AFTER Father’s Day. Please bring your spouse, special friend or significant other. And don’t forget the kids. There are wonderful age-appropriate activities all weekend for them to enjoy. If you want to know more about Reunion, please check the web site at alumni/reunion/index06.htm. ... Without further delay, I heard from some classmates. John Capka and his wife, Christine ’83, live in North Royalton, OH. John is the CFO of Business Banking for KeyBank N.A. Get in touch with him – capka@yahoo. com – to make plans to meet at Reunion. ... And I was so happy to hear from Beth Paolella Alves. She works for Regency Hospital Company as the director of human resources. Beth – balves@ – lives in Cuyahoga Falls with her husband, Bruce, and daughter, Caitlin Rose. ... Oh, how I love reunion years because I get so many updates! I also heard from Peter and Amy Kocis Carroll. They live in Rocky River, OH, with their three children, Peter (13), Colleen (10) and Christopher (9). Amy works as a comptroller for Once Upon a Time and Peter is an account manager for Brush Wellman. If you’d like to know if they are bringing their children for the family luncheon during Reunion Weekend, you can write to them at [email protected]. ... Debbie Tighe Branic and her husband, Greg ’80, live in Strongsville, OH – [email protected]. They have three daughters, Katie (16), Molly (13) and Emily (11). ... And last, but not least, I heard from a classmate in Texas. Richard Corcoran, Jr., the endowment director for the Circle Ten Council, for the Boy Scouts of America – [email protected]. He is attempting to raise $70 million for an endowment initiative for his council in Plano. This has never been done before in the history of the BSA. Good Luck, Richard. ... Speaking about fundraising, let’s make this a record breaking class gift year, too. First and foremost, we want you to come back to John Carroll University, to see old friends, explore the changes on campus and to have fun. But to continue the traditions at JCU as we know and love them, the university counts on our class gift. So, please, dig deep and be generous! Hal Hawk – [email protected] – has agreed to be our gift chairperson. If you have any questions, please e-mail him. ... God Bless and best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year. Julie



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REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
Hello class of 1981! I’m going to repeat myself, but this a Reunion year. Not just any reunion but our 25th! We have 503 people in our class. If 113

Greetings from Chicago! One of the highlights of my Christmas season is looking at the beautiful Christmas cards – especially the ones with family pictures. This season did not disappoint, with tremendous shots of the growing Petnuch, Donelan and Kusner clans. Ron and Sue Petnuch’s card was from one of their daughter’s wedding last summer. Is it possible to be hitting

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that stage already for the class of 1982? ... Every year I am amazed at how much our Beaudry Award recipient’s three boys look like their dad – handsome! Mary Kay Merk-Kusner and her doctor hubby, Dave ’80, are also blessed with one beautiful daughter, Anna – you will never see a more contagious smile. Mary Kay always includes a holiday letter to update us on the happenings for the Kusner tribe in Iowa City. ... Speaking of holiday letters, Char Murawa Donelan’s note let us know that Char is in school again. While she says it’s a Mommy & Me class for her youngest, Michael, we all can read between the lines. Char and Bob ’80, live in Newark, OH, and are managing to survive three boys and one girl. Char did not mention anything in her Christmas letter about her ex-roommate, Katie Carpenter Rose’s, 45th birthday on December 13. Must have been an oversight. ... Matt Keresman, Nick Burlij and Jim Holler seem to be getting together frequently to keep those Alpha Kappa Psi dreams alive. The last reunion in the fall included a five-mile run through Philadelphia – I’ve been thinking about the movie, Rocky, ever since. ... Nancy Pryatel Klingshirn dropped me an e-mail in January (hint, hint). She is back at JCU teaching legal environment part time. Nancy got her law degree from OSU and has an LLM (Tax) from Case Western. She and her husband live in Hudson, OH, and they are raising three kids – Justin (17), Kevin (15), and Lauren (13). ... I was back on campus in December and the place was just beautiful. Cleveland had a lot of snow before Christmas and a quick walk around the quad one evening brought back wonderful memories of Christmas Carroll Evening. It was finals week when I was there and that brought back a completely different set of memories, too. Does anybody remember the big finals week snowball fight outside Murphy Hall? ... I need updates from classmates. Please take a minute and drop me a line. Onward on! Paul

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or phone number at the head of the column! They just give their e-mail address! I sound like the old grandpa reminiscing about back in the day, but back in the day when I started doing this column 22 years ago, why I had to write the column with a pen and paper and put it in an envelope with a stamp on it. Then in the early nineties I got into the high tech thing and put a column typed out as a text document and saved it on a floppy disk that I mailed in an envelope to the magazine staff. (And they even mailed me back the disk each time, because a floppy had actual value back then!) Now days I receive almost all my news from e-mail and I am grateful I can submit it via e-mail at the last possible moment. ... Sue (Divane) Donnelly is living in Inverness, IL, with husband Bill ’83 and four kids – Connaught (18), Kevin (15), Grace (12), and Libby (12). ... Orlo Coots dropped a note about some class visitors to the Sugar Hill Inn – – that he owns and runs with wife Judy Sarnosky-Coots in Sugar Hill, NH. IPT Fraternity brothers Tim Tabar, Dr. John Dudich, and Chris Rogers ’86 all came to the Inn for a weekend visit recently. They had a great time catching up on each others’ families, remembering good times at JCU and exploring the hiking trails and scenic drives of the Franconia Notch area. Tim is in Akron, Dr. John lives in Wheeling, WV, and Chris is in Long Island, NY. Orlo says: “It’s been much too long between visits. I will hopefully make it to Cleveland in January to visit some other friends from the class of ’84.” Some big news from Orlo: on January 14, 2006 he was featured on Boston’s NECN-TV “Cooking with Costa” program. I watched the segment on the web site and chef Orlo did a wonderful job preparing lamb with bread pudding. They also showed some shots of his Inn so if it is still available on the web you might check that out online video. ... Did you have a mini reunion or appear on TV lately like Orlo? You know we all want to hear about it! E it in. Don

Matt Koenig ‘85 and bride, Jessica Merry. Christmas, Channel 2 news in Chicago did a segment about the Gilleran twin phenomenon. It aired that night. Deb and John have gone Hollywood on us! ... Moving on, Aggie Nagy wed Tim Basler on August 27 at Notre Dame College Chapel. Aggie looked beautiful as the petite bride standing next to her new 6’ 7” husband! The reception was held at Mayfield Country Club and the sun decided to make an appearance just as the reception began. Some of the JCUers in attendance were: Kathy and Bill Battistone ’83, Kevin ’82 and Ann (Joyce) Durkin ’84, Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz, Carol “Buns” (Brennan) Joseph, Nancy (Grimes) Couto ’84, Liz (Nau) Montgomery ’84, Deb Solyan ’84 and yours truly. Honestly, it was so much fun! Liz had our table in stitches with some “retro” Liz stories and Deb Solyan’s laugh kept making me laugh harder. We danced all night to an incredible band and no one had more fun than the bride herself. Aggie definitely went out with a bang! ... As far as the Chicago crowd, I see Flash, Egan and Deb fairly regularly. I also see Jim Donahue in the neighborhood quite a bit. ... I had the pleasure of tipping a few back with “The Don,” Matt “The Cat” Collins ’86, and Sean “Men” McAndrews in Chicago a few months ago. Men entertained the “Irish Times” pub crowd with his infamous Men Dance. Cat planned the Chicago road trip to make up for missing Reunion. He knows better next time! I, Maureen McDonough Curley, am still happily residing in Western Springs, IL, with my hubbie, Dan, and three kids, Mary Kate (12), Jack (7) and Tim (5).” ... “Buddy” O’Brien reports that wife Barb and boys, Buddy III (4) and Harrison (1) are doing great in their new home in Wilmette, IL. He stays in touch with fellow IXYs John Wagner and John Joyce often. ... He recently spoke with Joe Cortina and life is treating him well in Colorado. ... Lastly, John Mullally is director of Sprint Nextel Corporation residing in Reston, VA, with his wife, Molly, and three children – Jack (9), Matt (8) and Will (4). John wrote, “I saw the great pics on line from Reunion; particularly those from my old roomies Jim Donahue, Vince Brennan, and ‘The Seans.’ Looked like a blast. Unfortunately, I could not make it this year due to a family wedding here in D.C. I am looking forward to the big two-five and seeing everyone again.” – xo Diane
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send your notes to: diane (nerem) Wendel 629 Quaker Road Rte 120 Chappaqua, Ny 10514-1507 914-238-2227 E-mail: [email protected]

Perhaps everyone had enough of the over 40 jokes, so a classmate e-mailed in this new line of humor: “You know you are living in the year 2006 when” ... you have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three ... you haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years ... you e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you ... you accidentally enter your password on the microwave ... your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don’t have e-mail addresses. (Now that last one is one that no classmate could use for not writing in to this column!) You know what I noticed myself? The more recent classes from the ’90s in this alumni magazine don’t even include their postal address

Maureen McDonough Curley sent in an update from Chi-Town reporting the following, “John and Debbie (Gilleran) Frain are the proud parents of newborn twins! Stella and Teagan Frain joined their three older siblings on November 16, 2005. The Frain twins will be right at home with their cousins, as they make the fourth set of twins in the Gilleran family! Patty Gilleran has two sets of twins, Meg (Peggy) (Gilleran) Rademaker ’88 has one and Deb’s new bundles complete the foursome. All of them are under the age of five, by the way. The Frains hosted a Christmas party three weeks after the twins were born and Kathy (Egan) Ecklund and I made the trek to the North side to meet the newest members of the Frain family. They are adorable! Kathy and I were put to work feeding and burping the twins while Deb and John worked the crowd. There must have been 100 kids at this party (not to mention the four sets of twins). Kathy and I were glad to go home with our potty-trained brood. Anyway, the day after



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you all about Jon Mezzopera, Frank Uhlir, Jim Grazko, Maureen (McCoy) Spooner, and Silvia Grava. Geez, I have to confer with them first before I tell you all their news! ... Until next time ... Caio! Belinda

REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
I’ll remind you all again ... REUNION ... next June 23-25. BE THERE. Just to get you ready for the summer weekend, a few facts and figures. Did you know we have 577 living class members? Out of those, only 35 have unknown addresses! Our reunion attendance was 108 in 1991, 106 in 1996, and a meager 62 in 2001. COME ON GUYS ... we can do WAY better than that for 2006! I think we should go for RECORD ATTENDANCE for a 20-year reunion ... that number would be 130! WE CAN DO IT! The number of reunion class donors has decreased from 271 to 114 from 1991-2001, but our total dollars of giving increased from $16,792 to $35,853. Let’s try to set record numbers of donors and dollars this year too while we’re at it! ... And now the news. We have a whole bunch of online submissions. First, we find Anne Batcheller Muller living in Milton, MA, with her husband, Paul Muller, and son, Daniel (2). Also, Jeffrey Malicki says he is now living in New Lenox, IL, with his wife, Barbara, and son Ryan (1). He is working for Mass Mutual Financial Group as an agency director. Julia Spiker e-mailed that she is now living in Tallmadge, OH. And the last online submission was from Laurie Hubman MacDonald, who is living in St. Pete Beach, FL, with her husband, Stewart, son Ian (3) and daughter Bridgette (2). ... I got word that Drue Carney is living in McKinney, TX, with his wife, Kelly, son A.J. (7) and daughter Megan (5). He recently left FC Dallas of Major League Soccer to join U.S. Marketing & Promotions as the director of account services. The company is a division of The Marketing Arm. ... As for Rich Gorman, he is living in Davie, FL, with his wife, Cuqui, daughters McKinzie (10) and Haley (8), and son Nicholas (5). Rich received his MBA from University of South Florida in 1996 and is president of Choice Generics. ... I received a lengthy e-mail (THANK YOU!) from Jim Dowdle who I must assume is working for The Food Network since his e-mail address was such. Now if only he could forward those Emeril tickets ... He indicated he was heading to two JCU introductory receptions in the Chicago area held in honor of Fr. Niehoff. Jim sent news regarding PJ Kissane, who apparently is still at U.S. News and World Report, is married, and living in Winnetka with one child. Also, Jim indicated that James Marsh is still in NY and has recently started his own hedge fund. He and his wife, Joanna ’88, live in Greenwich, CT, and have five children (crazy, crazy). Rick Collins was mentioned as having a regular day-job with an intellectual property firm, but has time to side-line as manager for the Umpires Clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field. I’m told he had a blast at the recent World Series! As for Jim’s news that Tim McGrath looks the same as he did in 1986 ... NOT FAIR! ... I have even more news, but I’ve run out of space! This has got to be a first! SO ... look for next issue, when I’ll tell 48
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send your notes to: sue Farinacci Grazia 10338 loreto Ridge dr. Willoughby, oh 44094-9547 440-256-0338 E-mail: [email protected]

Hi Class of ’87. I hope your new year is off to a great start! We had a wonderful Christmas with special friends and family and I am looking forward to more time spent with them. I did not receive many e-mails for this column, but will update you on who I heard from. ... Kathy Alcorn (Hromco) is living in Cleveland Hts., OH, with her husband, Justin, and their six children – Jared (12), Bradford (11), Brendan (9), Gavin (7), Graeme (5) and Marin (2). She writes that she is busy raising her six children, working as a therapist in psychiatry at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, volunteering for Heights Parent Center, and teaching PSR at St. Dominic’s. On top of all that, they are lovingly restoring their century home. ... Dennis Casey is now residing in Orland Park, IL, with his family. They made the move in October. ... I was so excited to see Tom Collins and wife, Catherine, (Meehan ’88) last week at a get-together at the Powers’ residence. They have five beautiful children and are living in Chagrin Falls, OH. Tommy is a doctor in the emergency room at MetroGeneral Hospital. ... Also, my brother-in-law, Tom Powers, who hosted the evening with his wife, Fran (Farinacci ’88), just joined V.O. Baker Co. in the area of sales and consulting. Tom and Fran continue to make Kirtland, OH, their home along with their four children Isabella (8), Grace (6.5), Tommy (5), and Liam (3). ... Please let me know how things are with you and your families. God Bless and Happy New Year, Sue

in packaging difficult to ship items) and opened a store in Eastlake, OH, on December 12. He and his wife will both work together and their business will service the entire Cleveland market. Best of luck and stop in and see Doug if you’re in the Eastlake area. ... Congrats to Mary (Baugh) Martin and her husband, Tim, who welcomed a new addition to their family, daughter Megan! ... We asked for an update from Erie and thank you Erin (Doolin) Fessler for filling us in. Erin and her husband, Don, live in Erie and have two girls Emily (9) and Julia (5). She keeps in contact with Brian Brugger. She reports that Brian and his wife, Beth, welcomed Ethan Leo into their family this year. We would love to hear from Brian as well as the reported family “expansion” news from Chris (Menke) Mingus, Sue (Najjar) Cadwallader and Dave Williams? As Erin pointed out, we are almost 40 and still building up more potential JCU alumni! ... Don Moracz is a law partner at Reminger & Reminger, Co. He and his wife, Molly (Spisak) Moracz ’90, live in Avon Lake and have two children, Brian (10) and Elizabeth (8). ... Cindy Sech also wrote about her adventures in Atlanta. Cindy’s career continues to soar and each new promotion takes her to different areas throughout the South. She recently got together with Michelle LoSchiavo and Peggy (Carlin) Sparrow for a girl’s weekend filled with laughs. Michelle renovated a home that Cindy reports should be in a magazine. Peggy and her husband, Vincent, live in Lake Bluff, IL, with their children. ... Thanks for the great updates and keep them coming! Kathy and Jamie


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Happy 2006! Many of us (some are already there) will hit the big 40 this year! A small milestone for some and a real turning point for others. Whether it’s completing a marathon, a change in your career, or a new addition, we would love to hear how you plan to embrace 40. One classmate who plans to embrace this year in a big way is Doug Dickason. Doug wrote that he and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 14 years, and they live in Lyndhurst with Steven (4). After 15 years with a Cleveland based industrial distributor, Doug got the bug to do something for himself. He recently acquired a Navis Pack & Ship franchise (specialists

Greetings Streaks and lets get right into the good stuff ... Kathleen Zuccaro Guzzi married her neighbor, David, in May of 2002 and now lives in Broadview Heights; Kathleen has a daughter, Makena, born April of ’04 and another on the way in March of this year. She is the director of the annual and special giving fund for Hawken School and completes her eighth year at Hawken and 17th in the fundraising arena – kguzz@hawken. edu. ... Laura Moreschi Asseff is living in Akron with her husband, Steve, and children Jonathan (8), Nicholas (5), Ben (3) and Patrick (6 mos.). She is a unit leader for Creative Memories working from home – [email protected]. ... Susan Swyt – [email protected] – checks in from Dublin, OH, where she lives with her husband, William Marek, and children Chris (8) and Timothy (2). ... Michelle Conkle is in Atlanta and has been there since 1998 where her job in sales continues to go well with major growth in her department that only seems to keep getting larger. Michelle had surgery on knee #1 after Thanksgiving and if all goes well will have #2 done in early 2006 – [email protected]. ... After months of me badgering, Brian Albenze has answered the bell. He’s been in Denver since February ’05 with his wife, Lisa, and children Olivia (8) and Rachel (4). Brian spent 13 years in the D.C. area and now goes by the shooter title of president,

Pinnacle Distribution – balbenze@beveargedistr. com. Brian regularly hears from Phil Pruner who lives in Atlanta and has three boys (your turn Phil). Brian gets together for a golf outing every year with Dave Tolchin ’88, Ted Arcand, Jeff King ’88, John Reali ’90, Tony DeCarlo ’88, Mike Hogue ’88, Mike Rozic ’92 and Bill Bishop ’92; now that is one golf outing I need to attend, only “goldchain” Sean Cain ’88 is missing from that group. Brian also reports that Pat Connors is back from Kuwait and newly married; thanks for the news Brian and great hearing from you. ... Brian Donovan has released his children’s DVD to the public. I own a copy and my two and four year olds dig the MIGHTYME storyline and video. You can obtain your copy at Check it out and nice work, Brian. ... I received a short voice mail from Brian Sheridan who is still with GE but has moved to the Chicago area. drop me some more details when you get a chance Brian. ... Last but not least, Chris Pelinsky and wife, Jodie, welcomed child #2, Alex, who joined Sean at home in New Jersey. The Pelinskys recently bought a second home in Utah for skiing and lounging; sweet. ... I can only hope the holidays were as good to everyone as they were to my family; best to all in 2006 and keep the NEWS coming! Peace, David


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own dental practice. They have two children – Jim (4) and Samantha (2). It turns out Jim is a pretty good golfer – Frank played with him in a few two man tournaments and Jim won a Florida Golf Association Mid-Amateur event last year! Ah, one of the many benefits of living in Florida – being able to hone your golf game! ... Mary Beth (Wolfe) Lindner mentioned that she runs into Barb (Muir) Radis occasionally. It turns out their children go to school together. Barb, drop me an e-mail – would love to hear from you. ... Tim and Lynn (Flaherty ’93) Kessel are living in Pittsburgh with their four children – Jackson (7), Nolan (6), Garrett (4) and Anna (1). Tim works several days a week in Cleveland for Therm-All and Lynn is a stay at home mom. They keep in touch with Joe Palmesano, who is living in Florida; John Graham and Sean Nolan, who are in Chicago; Mel and Mary Lenhardt; who are in Detroit and Glenn Smith in Pittsburgh. ... Brian Adams is a physician in the ER at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna and at Lakewood Hospital. He is also serving in the Air Force Reserves. He and his wife, Eileen, are residing in Middleburg Heights with their five children – Meghan (10), Joseph (9), Madeline (7), Brian (5), and Mary Margaret (3). ... Jay and Maria (LaPorte ’89) Weidner are living in Downer’s Grove, IL. They have two girls – Samantha (5) and Sara Jayne (2). ... Thanks everyone for the updates and until next time ... Cheers, Melissa


Hello class of 1990! Hope everyone had a wonderful and festive holiday season! Time to get ready for spring! Now that the doldrums of winter are melting ... don’t forget to take a minute to e-mail me with any news. Your classmates want to hear what you are up to! ... Ran into Jean (Hetzer) Harsar at the annual JCU Breakfast with Santa! Her boys, Matthew and Michael, were helping wrap lots of cool presents! They are very cute little guys! ... Molly (Spisak) and Don ’88 Moracz are living in Avon Lake. They have two children, Brian (10) and Elizabeth (8). ... Brigid (Reilly) Weiller is living in Zagreb, Croatia. She and her husband, Matthew, work for the U.S. Department of State. They have three children – Maureen (12), John (10), and Terence (7). ... Frank Boensch gave me some updates. He and his wife, MJ, are living in Princeton with Sophia (2). He works as a Global Account director for Cable and Wireless. He travels frequently to the UK and Asia. Frank met up with Sean Marrie and his wife, Tammy, last fall while in D.C. They have two children, Kayla (14) and Tanner (12). He also often gets together with Michael Guenin either in NYC, Chicago or Dayton (when back at home). Michael and his wife, Nicole, are living in South Bend (Michael got his MBA from Notre Dame and stuck around – he is running the South Bend branch of his family’s business). They have two boys, Jack (4) and Grant (2) and are expecting baby number three this spring (I hear they are pulling for pink)! Frank also mentioned that he sees quite a bit of Jim and Monica (Bliss ’89) Weick. They are living in Ft. Lauderdale – Jim started his own law practice and Monica has her

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REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
Dear class of 1991. Hopefully you are busy making plans to attend our Reunion June 23-25. Look for details in the mail and in the magazine. Check out the list of “missing” class members – http:// – if you find your name or see someone you know listed, send me the update to receive Reunion info. Come back and celebrate with friends! ... Michael Strauss is teaching English at St. Ignatius High School. ... My family and I traveled

to Florida at Thanksgiving to visit my brother-inlaw, Mark Fanta ’87. We had a great time and a wonderful visit. ... I ran into Mike and Bill Patterson at a game down at Iggy recently. ... Brett McNabb is residing in Medina. ... Michael Owen is in France, working for Magellan Ingenierie as the business development manager. ... D. Michael Heltzel is living in South Euclid with his wife, Barb, and two kids. He is the customer service manager for Plastic Safety Systems. ... Mark Rus is living in Mentor, OH, and is the asst. controller at UHHS-CSAHS Cuyahoga Inc. He has two children. ... Jeff Pawlowski is in Elgin, IL, in sales at Medtronic Sofamor Danek. ... Mary Thomas Leathley resides in Columbus, OH. She is the director of development at St. Stephen’s Community House. She is married to Scott. ... Mary Collins Szablowski resides in Virginia with husband, Paul ’90, and three children. ... Sharon Niermann Berezne lives in Twinsburg, OH, and works at Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. as a team member relations representative. She was married in 2005 with many JCU grads in attendance at the wedding. She says “Onward on John Carroll.” Congratulations Sharon! ... Theresa Kepferle Wagerson lives in Florida but is planning a move to Michigan with her husband, Kevin, and two children. She is a regional portfolio manager for General Motors Corporation. ... Rori Marchini Hintze lives in Illinois. She is married and has two children. ... Brad Zediker lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children. He is a database analyst for AT&T – as mentioned previously, check out his band called FUN MONEY in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland. ... Christopher J. Schaeffer lives in Avon, OH, with his wife, Heather Ann (Wilson). They have two children. Chris works for the Cleveland Clinic as a radiology resident. ... Peter Siconolfi resides in Pennsylvania and is the vice president for Federated Investors. Peter has two children. ... Stan Rhodes resides in Medina, OH. He works for Jacobson Mfg. as a sales manager. He is married to Micha and has three children. ... Rob and Cathy (Herman ’92) Powers are residing in Pittsburgh, PA, with their three children. They keep in touch with Bob Schaefer and his wife, Tammy. Bob is living in North Carolina and has three children. He works as a director of sales for Jacobsen Golf/Turf in Charlotte. If anyone from our class is living in the Charlotte area please contact me for his info.

GolF ouTING:
Cleveland area alumni join us for the 2006 Carroll Golf Classic
June 5, 2006, Sleepy Hollow Golf Course $125.00 Per Golfer • Price includes continental breakfast, lunch, beer at the turn, one hour happy hour, dinner. • there will be give-a-ways and prizes • Dinner only: $50.00 • For more information about the outing and information regarding hole sponsorships visit:
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... Thanks to all of you who write in. Keep talking up our Reunion and again, “Onward on John Carroll.” ... May God bless all of you with good health and much happiness in 2006. Fondly yours, Molly


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They have two kids Conor (6) and Gavin (20 mos) and are expecting a third in May. Pat works for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Rochester. Katie also told me that Jenn Frank Norris is home with Jack (3) and Joseph (1) and that Katie Fornes Drenik has Anthony (2) and is expecting in January. Katie works part time at Office Max Corporate Headquarters and is home part time. ... Mike Thomas and his wife, Sandy, welcomed another beautiful daughter, Audrey Katherine, born October 4. ... See you soon, Jim

I was fortunate to attend the inauguration of Father Robert Niehoff, SJ, in October. Our fellow classmate Joe Cimperman was one of a few distinguished speakers at the ceremony. Joe was also reelected to his seat on the Cleveland City Council in November. ... I was happy to hear that Chris McNulty and Jenna Soccorsi were married on September 17. Jenna graduated from Hillsdale in Michigan; she played soccer and ran track. She is a political fundraiser and works for the Ohio attorney general, Jim Petro. Jenna and Chris live in Columbus in German Village. Chris would also like to say hello to his old duplex mates: Dr. Brian McDermott, Dr. Pete Guzinski and of course Bill Stamp. Chris also wanted to say hello to Kess, Fitz, Gavin Geraci and Mike Thomas. We anxiously await their updates for the next class report! ... Ever wonder what our original class columnist is up to? Well wonder no more as I was delighted to hear that Megan Larkin Curry had a little girl, “Molly Larkin Curry,” on May 5. As Megan put it “We are blessed to now have the perfect combination of a boy, Ryan (2.5), and girl, Molly (8 mos).” The happy family still lives in Hudson and Megan is working for Eli Lilly in their Oncology Division. She has put her triathlons on hold for now ... however Megan often puts the children in the running stroller and manages to run some races from time to time. ... If you logged onto http:// a few months ago you would have discovered it was down. Well not to worry as Anton Zuiker, along with Tony DiMaria’s help, have secured and Please change your bookmarks, and help us update the site by adding your news. ... It was nice to receive an e-mail update from Mary Beth Fraser. Since graduating from our class she received a master’s in U.S. women’s history from Binghamton University (1994) and recently completed her Ph.D. in U.S. history from Catholic University of America (CUA). Mary Beth awaits the graduation ceremony in May 2006 where as she put it “I get to don the fancy Ph.D. robes.” Mary Beth got married in 2002 and goes by Mary Beth Fraser Connolly. She met husband, Michael, who is also a historian, at CUA. Since their wedding, they have lived in New Hampshire, where they taught at a local college. Now they live in Valparaiso, IN, and Michael is working full-time at Purdue University North Central. Mary Beth also teaches there as a lecturer. ... It seems that the JCU stork keeps delivering as Katie Clifford Kantz and her husband, Chris Kantz ’91 have two kids, Danny (4) and Molly (2). Katie sees Karen Staropoli Crowe a lot. Karen lives in Rochester and has three girls – Sarah (9), Grace (5), and Ellie (3). Karen stays in touch with Karen Donner Tehan, who also has three kids – Patrick (7), Maire (5), and Rachel (2). Katie said that Pat Palleschi ’91 and his wife, Katrina, moved five houses down. 50
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Jason Craggs, Ph.D. lives in Gainesville, FL, with his wife, Christina. Jason earned his doctorate from the U. of Georgia in 2005. Congratulations! ... Jennifer Dietrick became engaged on New Year’s Eve 2005 to Dr. Ernest Marrone, II of Greenwich, CT. She lives in New York and works as a management supervisor for OgilvyOne Worldwide. Jennifer, please keep us up to date on the wedding plans! ... David and Lisa (Chrysler) Kocab welcomed their fourth child in December. That makes four boys. One more boy and you have a first string basketball team! David also started his own law practice. Sounds like the Kocabs are busy. ... Sarah (Kocian) Alzamora and her husband, Mike, welcomed their son, Robert Miller Alzamora, on July 1, 2005. The Alzamora family lives in Evanston, IL. ... Colleen Ward and her husband, Marc, also welcomed their fourth child this past year. Grace joins the crew of Jimmy (6), Mary-Kate (4), and Christian (2). ... As you can see the column this time is a little slim. As you read about the great things happening to Jason, Jennifer, Dave, Lisa, Sarah, and Colleen, know that we want to hear about you too! ... Luck to you always, Moe


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bike, 26.2 mile run). Lauren finished fourth in her 30-34 age group with a time of 10 hours, 22 minutes. Cheering her on were Lauren’s husband Kurt, daughter Bella (2), sister, mom, dad, aunt and uncle. I think future historians will be replacing “pure, pious, passive and domestic” with “pure strength, agility and determination” when it comes to our generation. ... We can be sure that these same qualities led former football captain of the 1994 OAC champs, John Browne, to his position as president and CEO of American Oil and Gas Coalition Inc. Living in Delray Beach, FL, with his two dogs, John is on the cutting edge of American business. JB credits God as the source of his success. His company’s mission is to promote independence from foreign sources of oil and gas. JB says “this is achieved by developing land that is mineral rich in North America and the Western Hemisphere, or by investigating and developing alternative sources.” JB’s highly profitable company helps support world charity efforts as well. Ten percent of company profits are dedicated to sponsoring needy children throughout the world through Compassion International. JCU’s emphasis on community service motivated JB to make it a responsibility of his company to fight world injustices, in particular to defeat Joseph Kony and his guerrilla army in Southern Sudan and Northern Uganda that is responsible for slaughtering thousands of Christian men, women, and children. ... Someone else who is making the world her community is Victoria Insley, who lives in Hong Kong. As of this printing, I’m not sure what she is doing there, but I’m hoping she’ll tell us. ... Mary Beth Neel is living in Bay Village and working as the marketing director for Paran Management in Cleveland. ... Garett Brugger and his wife Jen (Sezon) ’97 had twins on September 16. Graydon and Ellie were born healthy at 5.5 pounds each. They live in Erie, PA, where Garett works at his family’s funeral business. ... Kelly Ann (Rochford) Daum and husband Scott Daum moved to Lake Forest, IL, with daughter Brielle (1.5). ... Ethan Lamb reports that he has two new loves in his life: fiancée, Sarah, and his dog, Catie, whom he describes as a black and tan coon hound. Speaking of black and tan, for those of you who remember this infamous concoction of light and dark beers, how does one separate the beer? Perhaps I should be asking Anthony Hill, who is the district sales manager for Glazer’s Wine & Spirits in Houston, TX, ... Or maybe I should just head to the bar after I put my two kids to bed and ask my local friendly neighborhood bartender. After all, I wouldn’t want to give the impression that I’m living a Victorian-era lifestyle ... maybe next time I’ll let you know what I’m really up to. Until then, Annie

I’ll never forget sitting through week after week of Dr. Morton’s Women in U.S. History class and her lectures on “the pure, pious, passive and domestic” Victorian women of yesteryear. The phrase echoes unpleasantly in my head and somehow does not mesh with today’s more enlightened – not to mention strong – women. Take Lauren (Colaizzi) Hebzler, for example. Her mom wrote in that the Pittsburgh native participated in the October 2005 Ironman World Triathlon Championship in Kona, Hawaii, (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile


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REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
Karen Thompson Pascoe is living in Denver, CO, with her husband, Gary, whom she married this past summer. She is currently finishing up her doctorate in psychology and working as a

Front row: Andy Titus and his wife, Tara; Gary Thompson and Karen Thompson Pascoe, Julie Kearney, Erik Chiprich and Jo Anna Maiorano Crago. In the back row are Dan Gindi ’95. and Brian Crago (Jo Anna’s husband). mental health and substance abuse therapist. The photo from Karen’s wedding shows front row: Andy Titus and his wife, Tara; Gary and Karen, Julia Kearney, Erik Chiprich and Jo Anna Maiorano Crago. In the back row are Dan Gindi ’95, and Brian Crago (Jo Anna’s husband). Karen writes that Julia Kearney, MD, is living in Manhattan and finishing her residency at Mt. Sinai. She recently took her pediatric boards and is now interviewing for jobs. She has a boyfriend she met while she was in Sri Lanka helping children recover from trauma after the tsunami. ... Erik Chiprich lives in Manhattan. He is working at Harris Nesbitt as a senior equity analyst. ... Andy Titus and his wife, Tara, live outside San Francisco. Andy is keeping himself busy working two jobs, one on the East Coast and one on the West. They are expecting their first child in June. ... Melissa Winberry Gleeson married Mat Gleeson in ’99 and they have two children, Henry (2) and Pheobe (5 mos). Melissa is a social worker and lives in Chagrin Falls. ... Tracy Potts Winterich married Danny Winterich in ’99 and they live in Toledo. Tracy is a physical therapist and Danny is a CSI. They are expecting their first child this spring. ... Jo Anna Maiorano Crago married Brian Crago in ’02 and they are living in Mt. Lebanon, PA. Jo Anna is the director of recruiting at Resources Global Professionals. ... John Bartels married Kristen Savage Bartels ’97 and they live in Cleveland Heights. They had their first child this past summer, Charles “Charlie” Christopher. John is expanding his business, Independent Advisors, Inc., into Naples, FL, and Kristen is enjoying being a mom and doing fitness training at home. ... Tara Clark Czamara is living in Amherst, NY, with her husband, Scott, and their two daughters – Kaitlin (3.5) and Molly (1.5). Tara is working as a special education teacher in Buffalo. ... Chrissy Miller Bushnell lives in Fairport, NY, with her husband, Rob, and their two sons – Andrew (3.5) and Jack (5 mos). Chrissy is a teacher. ... Stephanie May Potter and her husband, John, live in Chicago where both work for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Their son, Will, was born this past April. ... Debbie Roth Hawrylko and her husband, Greg, got married this past summer. They live in D.C., where Debbie works as an event planner at a private club. ... Bill Ridler is a sales manager with Castle Metals (a steel distributor he has been with for nine years). Earlier this year he and his wife, Melissa, relocated from Lyndhurst to the Cincinnati area. Together, they own a quaint dye-able shoe shop that specializes in bridal shoes and custom dyed footwear, check them out – www. ... Tiffany Madar-Connelly and her husband welcomed their second child, Patrick Michael (6 lbs. 3oz., 18.5 inches) on July 5, 2005. He joins big sister Taitum who will be two in February. ... David Kelly and his wife welcomed their second child, Liam David, on June 8. Big sister, Emilia, turned two in September. The Kelly family has moved back to the Chicago area, living in the Naperville/Aurora area. David works for BBDO on the Dodge account. ... I received a lot more news but couldn’t squeeze it all in, so look for more news next time! Amy

Hovorka and her husband recently had their first child, Logan, on August 13. She lives in Roswell, GA, and is doing a lot of volunteer work. ... Jen Sezon Brugger and her husband, Garett ’95, had twins, Graydon and Ellie, in September. They live in Erie, PA. ... Robin (Spilka) Neorr moved to Columbus in May 2004 and married Patrick Neorr on August 27, 2005. Patrick does marketing and promotions in Ohio for Jack Daniels (Robin, I think you and Patrick just made several new friends). Those in the wedding from ’97 were Jamie Barbour, Brian Eble, and Chad Fine, along with Christine (Krane) Balasko, ’96, and Nicole Bourrillion, ’94. Robin is fulfilling her dream of feeling like she’s in college radio forever. She’s an account manager/marketing coordinator for CD101, an independently owned alternative station on the Web –[email protected]. ... Our old pal Ernie Petti has been through some big changes since leaving JCU eight years ago. For one thing, he’s now a liberal, goateed mountain climber who lives in California and works for Disney. You can even find his name in the credits for movies such as Reign of Fire, which came out a couple of years ago. Now we find out he’s engaged to a girl named Aidess Domagas, who’s from Los Angeles. ... Jeff Scoby lives in Newport Beach, CA, and is a sales manager for Sherwin-Williams. ... Bridget (Maloney) Chamberas – [email protected] – and her husband, Anthony, welcomed their first child, Thomas Francis, over the summer. ... Keep the news coming, and don’t forget you can also send pictures if you’d like ... Brian


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Jeff Zukauckas is the promotions director for WTAM 1100, 96.5 Kiss FM, and 100.7 WWMS in Cleveland. He was recently nominated for a national Radio Music Award for Promotion/Marketing Director of the Year. If you live in Cleveland and listen to WTAM on the weekends, you can also hear Jeff on the air as one of the “Prize Guys,” along with fellow alum Pat Butler ’01, on the Contest Show. Jeff says he catches up with former WJCU vets on occasion. ... Jamie (Bateman) Putinski lives in Mentor with her husband, Steve. She is teaching third grade at Center Elementary in Mayfield and had a baby girl, Alexa, last June. ... Gary Love returned November 4 from his second tour in Iraq, this time as a company commander out of Fort Bragg. He was able to bring all his soldiers home alive, despite operating throughout northern Iraq. Next, Gary will be in Columbus, where he’ll spend about two years working in the recruiting battalion. ... Tricia

Michael Lipinski, who received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002 and then worked as a prosecuting attorney with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel in Washington, D.C., returned to Cleveland last summer and began working as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. On July 16, he married Carrie Goglin; they live in Mentor, OH. ... Last fall I attended two beautiful weddings for a couple of good JCU friends. Kelly and Adam Mordock were married in Streetsboro, OH, on October 8. Carolyn (Sprague) Kucharski and I read at the wedding, and Dave Kucharski was a groomsman. Other JCU guests included Doug Coster and Jen Scherschel. Adam and Kelly honeymooned in Hawaii. They live in Beachwood, OH. Adam works for a small information technology consulting firm in the Cleveland area, and Kelly is a registered nurse at the Cleveland Clinic. ... Three weeks after Adam and Kelly’s Ohio wedding, Jen Scherschel and Mark Polston were married in Cary, IL, just west of Chicago. Carolyn (Sprague) Kucharski and Claudia Mooney were part of the wedding party. Other JCU guests at the October 29 wedding were Dave Kucharski, Jennifer (Westenberg) Jazynka and Adam Mordock. Jen and Mark honeymooned in Ireland and now live in Crystal Lake, IL. Last May Jen received her master’s of library and information science degree from Dominican University, and she now works as a librarian
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in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs. Mark is a manager for Chicago Indoor Racing. ... Congratulations to Karen and Doug Coster, who welcomed baby Madison Noel on December 2, 2005. Doug says he and Karen love having Madison in their lives. The Costers live in Cincinnati, OH, where Doug runs the operations of his family business and Karen teaches fourth grade in the Oak Hills School District. ... In December 2005, Ryan Cavanaugh was promoted to associate at the law firm of Kelley & Ferraro in Cleveland, OH. Ryan began with Kelley & Ferraro in 2002 as a law clerk. He graduated from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2005. ... I look forward to hearing from more of you in 2006. Please e-mail me so that I can share the many fun events happening in your lives with our classmates. And until next time, take care, Cherie

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of Akin, Gump, Strauss. ... Susan (Marcellus) Ross and her husband, David, moved to Manhattan, KS, where Susan teaches reading in the Manhattan Public School District. Susan is working towards her M.Ed. in literacy and her husband is working towards his master’s degree at Kansas State University. ... Patrick Heublein lives in Chicago and is a director for Thilman Filippini. ... Congrats to Nate and Shanna (Stonebrook) Botos who celebrated the birth of their first child, Isabelle Grace Botos, on April 20, 2005. Shanna is a pediatric nurse practitioner in University Heights and Nate sells defibrillators for Zoll Medical. They live in University Heights. ... Rich Stoddard married Erin Collins ’99. Rich and Erin became the proud parents of Caitlin Erin in October. They live in Chicago. ... Erin (Fritz) Memo is due to have her first child in March of this year. Congratulations to all our classmates who are getting married, welcoming new children into the world or changing jobs! If you have photos, please e-mail them to us and we will do our best to get them in the next column. Take care and keep us informed ... Clare and Lisa

home and will be married in June. Laurie is an HR generalist for SS&G Financial Services, a CPA firm in Northeast Ohio. Laurie and Nick will miss the Reunion this summer because they will be celebrating their honeymoon. ... Speaking of the Reunion, if you haven’t marked your calendars yet, Reunion is June 23-25, 2006 – plan to attend. If you want to participate in the planning, please contact me and I will provide you with the necessary information, if you have contact information for our “lost” classmates, please let me know – Tamara Bivins, Deloris Davis, Oleg Kogan, Mary E. Maloney, Robert Matelski, Christopher G. Price, Andrew W. Rogers. You can update your mailing information on the alumni web site – ... All the best to you, Maureen


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REUNION 2006 JUNE 23-25
James Martines is living in Las Vegas with his wife, Samantha. James earned his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2004 and is working as a deputy city attorney in Henderson, NV. ... Ronald Frey also earned his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall in 2004. Ron is an associate with Ian N. Friedman & Associates in Cleveland and has served as trial counsel for the local bar association, which prosecutes alleged ethics violations. Outside of the office, Ron enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Sabrina Davis. ... Maren Aikey earned her J.D. from Capital University in 2004. ... Beth Nelson earned an M.S. in anatomy from Ohio State in 2003; she now works as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. ... Kevin Riley is an associate with Colliers Ostendorf-Morris and lives in Brecksville, OH, with his wife, Lisa (DeBerardinis ’02). ... Breinanne Knight will earn her master’s in education in 2006 and is teaching with St. Vincent DePaul in Cleveland. ... Shelby Spare is finishing up her master’s work in clinical community counseling at Johns Hopkins University. Her internship is with St. Vincent’s Center, a therapeutic group home for kids who have been abused or neglected. ... Jessica (Theis) Naik lives in Hong Kong with her husband, A.D., and is a treasury manager for Avery Dennison. ... Michael Kandarev is a realtor with Keller Williams in Chicago and celebrated his marriage to Deanna Derrig on September 17. ... The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club, in partnership with Inside Business magazine, presented its first Top 25 Under 35 Movers and Shakers Awards in November 2005. Holly Therrien and Jason Therrien were both honored for their work with thunder::tech. ... Laurie Lewton lives in Strongsville, OH, with her fiancé, Nick BeVier. Laurie and Nick recently bought their first

We have news about upcoming weddings, new babies and new jobs. Big congratulations are in order to Bridget Houlihan – she is engaged to Mike Kennedy, a 2000 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Bridget and Mike are planning an October wedding at West Point. ... Ross Munn married Jennifer Nonno on June 18, 2005 ... Lauren Genshock married TJ Pope on February 19, the couple will relocate to Germany, as TJ is in the Army ... Mary Flachbart married Mike Varone in July ... Chris Kerr and Jill DiPiero ’01 were married in July ... Lee Nejak and Karen Rizzuto also exchanged vows in July ... Laura Frankl and Mike Dolan became engaged in July ... Clarisse Creary and Kevin Norsen ’01 are engaged and planning a wedding for summer 2007. They live in Buffalo and the wedding will take place in Ohio ... Congratulations to Christina Bongiovanni, who will marry Craig Horner in Buffalo on August 26. Christina works as an admissions counselor for Villa Maria College in Buffalo and her fiancé is a chiropractor in West Seneca; they will settle in West Seneca after the wedding. ... Emily Shurilla finished her Master of Social Work in May and works at Applewood Centers, Inc. in Cleveland. She does intensive in-home therapy with adolescents and their families. ... Martina Takac recently started working with Lisa at the Cleveland Zoological Society as a development assistant. Martina lives in Lakewood. ... Kate Meacham graduated from Notre Dame Law School in May 2003. She purchased a home in Washington, D.C., in September 2004, and is an associate in the litigation section at the law firm 52
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Hello class of 2002! As always, I have much to report ... Alex Bonilla is working for KeyBank Mortgage in Brooklyn, OH. ... Emily Dodge is living in Bay Village, OH. ... Ross Donadio received his master’s in communication from Fordham. He is working in the Creative Department of Universal Music Publishing and pursuing acting opportunities. Ross lives in the Soho District of NYC. ... Siobhan Fink married Brian Santa Maria in September at her parish in Chesterfield, OH. They had a paradise honeymoon in Maui, and now live in Mayfield Hts., OH. ... Ian Hopkins has taken a new job as an account executive with

Making a difference
The fifth annual Making A Difference selection will be published in the spring 2006 issue of John Carroll magazine. If you know of an alumni (that includes yourself) who is making a difference in our lives, please submit the name of the nominee, class year, organization, and briefly tell us why your selection should be part of Making a difference 2006. you can e-mail this information to [email protected], or fill our the nomination form on the alumni page of the John Carroll Web site www.jcu. edu/alumni.

Marcus Thomas LLC. Ian is an associate board member of the Cleveland Advertising Association and he lives in Mayfield Hts., OH. ... Jimmy Kissee has been recently hired to the editorial staff at PR Newswire’s Chicago Bureau. ... Julie Maier is living in Murfreesboro, TN. ... Emily Pillitteri and Doug Clifton were engaged in August and are planning a fall 2007 wedding. Emily is a logistics coordinator for TNT Logistics in Jacksonville, FL. Doug is finishing his second year of law school at Florida Coastal School of Law, also in Jacksonville. ... Ben Stechschulte ’01 graduated from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, FL. He passed the Florida Bar exam and is employed as a FL state prosecutor/district attorney in Tampa. ... Joe Sweeney was promoted to senior accountant at Ciuni & Panichi, Inc. He has also earned his MBA from JCU. ... Shannon Tarr works as a research coordinator for Fairview Hospital in Cleveland. ... Sara Zezzo lives in Chicago and is a sales planner for Oxygen Media. ... and finally, a member of our class has contacted me to ask for prayers for one of our own. Laura Crawley was diagnosed with a brain tumor in early September and is undergoing intense chemo/ radiation. According to her web site,, Laura seems to be keeping her spirits high. Please keep our classmate in your thoughts. ... Thank you to everyone who shared their news. It is so great to share your journey since JCU. Keep me posted! Best wishes, Gina

... Jeremy Harrison was recently promoted to senior accountant, accounting & auditing department, at Ciuni & Panichi, Inc. Jeremy has worked with Ciuni & Panichi since interning in 2002 and during his tenure earned an MBA from JCU. ... Jeffrey DeChellis wrote to say that in May 2004 he started a real estate investment company with fellow alumni Brody Day and Pat Roach. He’s also been working with Colagiovanni & Greene, Inc. as an accountant since graduation, and for the past year, has coached high school basketball at NDCL in Chardon! ... That wraps it up for this issue of the magazine, and thanks to all of you who used our new e-mail address to send news. I look forward to hearing from more of you as 2006 unfolds. Take care, Theresa


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Chad Treboniak was featured as part of the Inside Business tribute to “Young Guns,” the next generation of Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs. Chad was featured as the owner of Steeltoe Sam’s restaurant in Lorain. The restaurant opened in June of last year and has received high marks from diners and The Morning Journal. If you’re in or near Lorain, go check it out! ... In the same issue of Inside Business, Patrick Manfroni was featured “One2Watch” as a member of the Cleveland community dedicated to fighting brain drain through (i)Cleveland. ... He’s also one of five young professionals featured in the Believe in CLEVELAND campaign, along with Hannah Fritzman. ... The One2Watch feature was written by Sara Lepro, deputy managing editor of Inside Business. ... Outside of Cleveland, Emily Belz wrote to say that she received her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, and is now working as an ear, nose and throat physician assistant at Mercy Hospital in Pitt. ... Amy (Teti) Sonnhalter is working as a logistic analyst at The Home Depot’s corporate office in Atlanta, GA. In August, she married Todd Sonnhalter (Ohio State ’01) and bought a house. ... Anne-Marie Hetman is working as an account executive at IMG/USA Expositions in Cleveland. ... RaeLynn Wargo is working towards her J.D. and living in Lyndhurst. She recently became engaged to Josh Mandel and is planning a January 2007 wedding in Florida. ... Alice (Demyanick) Buchanan is living in Cuyahoga Falls and got married this fall to David Buchanan.

This issue is a little light on updates, so PLEASE send me any info you have so I can keep this space full with your updates and less of my rambling! You can always e-mail – pclapp@yahoo. com – or call my cell phone, 440.812.3837. ... And now the updates: Nikki Spiezio is walking in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on June 24-25! If you would like to help reach her goal to raise $1800 you can e-mail her, nspiezio04@ ... Andrew Higl ’03 is a grad student and instructor at Loyola University in Chicago, while Teresa Delagrange is an account executive at Gibbs-Soell Public Relations in Chicago. ... And Samantha Crish is working as an event planner/administrative assistant at Tenable Event Services in Cleveland. ... I look forward to many more updates, Clapp


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School District. ... Carlene Simmons is working as a marketing specialist at Q-Panel Lab Products. She is involved in all aspects of the company’s marketing effort, including the design and content of advertising brochures and literature, along with managing its Internet marketing campaign. ... Fabiola Galarraga – [email protected] – is living in South Euclid, OH. ... Adam Fischer was recently promoted to sales consultant for the Indiana Pacers from his previous position as account executive. He has been with the organization for seven months. His responsibilities include assisting the owners and upper-level executives with getting the accurate attendance numbers and revenue for each game. He is living in Broad Ripple, a suburb of Indianapolis. But it’s not all business for Adam. He recently went as a VIP to Jermaine O’Neal’s club, Seven, on opening night and played a pickup game of basketball at Conseco Fieldhouse with former Pacer Reggie Miller. ... Any members of the class of 2005 who find themselves with a speeding ticket in Manassas, VA, may soon be able to throw some weight around. Steve Cieslinski recently started at the police academy for the Prince William County Police Department. He moved to Virginia in January and should be ready to join the force this summer. ... Some members of our class have gone even farther away from Cleveland to find their missions. Lauren Bost and Ellen Mathews are working in Immokalee, FL, for a year after graduation. They both teach in an after-school program at Pinecrest Elementary School. They also spend some mornings working on houses with Habitat for Humanity for those who lost their homes to Hurricane Wilma. Ellen also works at PACE, a school for middle school and high school girls who are unable to attend public school. Lauren teaches English in a program called School-on-Wheels, where she goes to homes of young mothers who have recently moved to this country. ... Finally, our longest-distance classmate is Tibor Bognár, who is working as an editor at Hír TV in Budapest, Hungary, where he lives with his wife, Szilvia Csanádi. ... Wherever you find yourself, keep sending me those updates, and best of luck! Jennifer

Thanks, class of 2005, for sending me info. It’s been really nice hearing from people, and great to hear all about the unique things you’re doing. I have my own update to add, as I recently switched jobs and am now working as an editor at Thomson West, a legal publishing company in Independence. ... Other members of our class are finding success around the Cleveland area – Chris Zeppenfeld is working as manager of client services for TeamWork Online LLC, an online sports job board/applicant tracking system that assists in recruiting and identifying the most appropriate candidate for an open sports position. Chris’ clients include teams hiring managers in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB. Chris manages much of the dayto-day activities on their recruiting systems as well as the TeamWork Online web site itself. He is also responsible for providing customer service to the applicants. ... Mike DeSapri is working toward his MBA at John Carroll. He is also working full-time at Ernst & Young in its audit practice. ... Justin Vorhies is teaching fifth and sixth grade physical education at Westfield Elementary School, in the Cloverleaf

Parade around JCU Street Fair Beer Garden JCU Football Seeing old classmates Alumni Mass & Breakfast

September 22-24, 2006


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leonard Janchar ’41, physician
dr. leonard J. Janchar ’41, a man of science who had a long, distinguished career in medicine, died at the age of 86 on January 25 at a retirement community in a suburb of akron, ohio. dr. Janchar was the father of leonard ’67, who followed his father into a life as a physician. he was the grandfather of Christine sinar ’99, the holder of a luce Fellowship for women in chemistry in her years at JCu. Christine has also become a physician. dr. Janchar gave his body to the Case Medical school. his family is donating the money saved on funeral expenses to the department of Chemistry at John Carroll. Those funds and additional donations from his family will be used to purchase several ultraviolet spectrographs for the use of the university’s chemistry students. dr. Janchar was born in Cleveland and graduated from st. Ignatius high school. he graduated from Western Reserve university school of Medicine in 1944. after his internship and residency, dr. Janchar served two years as a physician in the u.s. army. Following his discharge from the service and an internal medicine residency, he went into private practice in Barberton, oh. he was subsequently chief of staff at Barberton Citizens hospital. after retiring in 1984, dr. Janchar turned to cattle and crop farming. he enjoyed playing the piano, cooking and life with his family. he is survived by his wife of 61 years, Evelyn Rose; by sons, leonard and larry; by daughters, linda sinar, dolora vargo, vicki Jakovec and Mary; by 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Fr. victor Tomc ’40, Cleveland diocesan parish priest
Fr. victor Tomc, the pastor emeritus of saint Mary Parish in the Collinwood area of Cleveland, died at the age of 89 on January 21. Fr. Tomc was educated at Cathedral latin high school, John Carroll and saint Mary seminary. he was ordained in december of 1943. Fr. Tomc was first assigned to st. Mary. In 1946 he as transferred to saint vitus in Cleveland, where he served for nearly a decade. he came to saint Christine in Euclid in 1955, and in 1960 he was moved to holy Family Parish in Parma. he came back to saint Mary in 1965 and became pastor of that community in 1967. he served 20 years as the leader of the parish, retiring in 1987. Fr. Tomc took saint Mary through the changes brought about by vatican II and was particularly effective in raising the funds to pay for the construction of the new parish church. during all these years, he had additional roles at Borromeo seminary and Crile hospital. Fr. Tomc had a special dedication to his native slovenian ethnic community. he was an active supporter of the slovene home for the aged, and he was a leader in the effort to work for the cause for sainthood of Bishop Frederic Baraga, a slovenian missionary priest renowned for this work with the Native american people of northern Michigan. Fr. Tomc is survived by his sister, katie slaper, and by many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

In Memoriam
Ronald P. Rejent Victor N. Tomc Leonard J. Janchar William A. Jacoby John M. Sacuto L. Donald Barrett Thomas Lyons George Danchak Lawrence T. McGinley Thomas G. Stampfl Joseph P. Warren John D. Boutton John Vincent Gallagher Edward L. Moran Roy J. Kropac Robert C. Hansen

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Eugene A. Thoma ’52 Lawrence A. Davis ’53 James J. Tesar ’54 William E. Kelly ’55 Edward G. Lewis ’55 Robert J. Bea ’56 Peter J. Paulson ’57 William A. Norkett ’58 Natale F. Malizia ’59 Patricia M. Noble ’62 Michael A. DiSanto ’63 Peter J. Henry ’63 Richard T. Rohrer ’63 Kenneth N. Greenwald ’65 Robert B. Madden ’65G Richard M. Fournier ’67

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Kenneth A. Schneider ’70 12/18/05 Gregory J. Robida, Sr. ’71 10/30/05 William J. Fife ’72 12/4/05 Anthony J. Marjenin ’75 10/6/05 Daniel M. Olenick ’77 1/30/06 Jo Anne M. Ranallo ’78 12/9/05 Ronald B. D’Arcy ’82 1/08/05 Margaret Mary Mac Gillis’83G 1/3/06 Tracy Fedirko ’84 1/27/01 Paula Jean Kerecz-Savulak’87G 1/4/06 Cheryl L. Hammond ’97 1/04/04 Cindy Mulroy Kovacs ’01 11/27/05
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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Carrie Huszczo, ’04, one of the stalwarts in a university Mail Center that has a reputation for being a place where fun and great service happily co-exist, won enough power tools to keep a handywoman busy for a lifetime. seen here with her chain saw, Carrie and her husband were awarded the tools for their submission in a home improvement project contest. Carrie is the mother of John ’97 and antoinette ’98.

The English Department’s spring series, “Red, White & Read,” got underway on Feb, 9 with Ann-Marie MacDonald reading selections from her new novel, The Way the Crow Flies, following an introduction by Steven Hayward, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, who noted MacDonald’s accomplishments as playwright and actor as well as novelist.

Dr. George Bilgere, a member of the magazine’s advisory board, has received the May Swenson Award from Utah State Press for Haywire, his book of poetry to be published by the press this summer.

John Carroll registered the largest contingent of students (75) among Jesuit institutions for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, the event marking the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in America.

The Cleveland chapter of the American Jewish Congress honored Dr. Sally Wertheim with its Distinguished Leadership Award at an event held in Mayfield Hts., Ohio, on January 26. Dr. Wertheim, a longtime member of the university’s faculty and administration, has been active on many community boards.

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how many people do you meet who CHANGE your life?
By hal Becker ’76 let me start by revealing a simple truth! I am not one of the brightest people around. In fact, I finished third in my class in high school ... that is third from the bottom. I was the kind of kid who always looked for the short cut, the angle you know ... a simpler way to do things without a major amount of work ... oh my parents must have been so proud. I enrolled at the university of Cincinnati for my freshman year in 1972. The two major reasons I picked this school are that three of my best friends were going there and it was the only school that accepted me. Well, things changed and my friends returned to Cleveland, and being the insecure kid I was, I followed and got accepted to John Carroll (I can’t figure out how I got in!). I majored in sociology, since it involved the least amount of math. Most kids have no idea what they want to be when they grow up. Now this is the part that brings us to why you are reading this article. In 1975, my mother and I met JCu’s dr. Walter Nosal for the first time and he suggested that I take an aptitude test. The test was form T399 from Testscor Inc. It was titled Report Form for Strong Vocational Interest Blank-Men (I still have it ... obviously). Now remember, I am a kid who has no idea what I want to do with my life. I scored off the scale on the negative side in the categories of biologist, chemist, forest ranger, mathematician and carpenter. on the positive side, it said sales, sales management, business education teacher or chamber of commerce executive. as of this writing, I am 51-years old, and the president of my chamber of commerce; a best selling “business author”; and I made my career in sales or teaching sales people how to sell. I have
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to think that dr. Nosal had a pretty good idea which testing service he should use. around the end of my senior year, dr. Nosal offered to get me interviews at a few big companies like IBM, aT&T, Proctor and Gamble, etc. I could get a bit of discipline as he referred to it, and then go off to whatever company I desired, since I would be a little more marketable after some great training. only one little problem: none of those interviews worked out. Nobody wanted me. I could not find a job. disillusioned, I met a guy in my apartment building who worked for Xerox. he got me an interview and to my surprise they hired me. Now I said to myself, “What I am going to do is take Nosal’s advice and work hard, so I can get out of there in one year and go work for a company to which I would be better suited.” another problem cropped up: I did what John Carroll’s educational psychologist said, focused and worked hard, and in my second year I was the #1 salesperson in the country at Xerox, out of a national sales force of 11,000 people. Now I had to stay for a while. This brings us to May 25, 2000. I was telling a friend how this man changed my life with his common sense, insight and caring. he suggested I contact dr. Nosal. I called and someone said, “Would you like me to connect you.” as soon as I said, “dr. Nosal, I doubt you remember me,” this spunky voice replied, “hal, how are you? of course I remember you” Then he verbally went through my entire career like there was a biography in front of him. he knows my whole life since college! Was I his only student? Is he that way with everybody? Is he really from this planet? I nearly fell off my chair at his

Hal Becker, left, and Dr. Walter Nosal, John Carroll retired educational psychologist.

genuine caring about “his students.” We had breakfast in May of 2005, and I proceeded to ask a few questions. here is what he said to me, and it is the most valuable message I have ever heard... period! #1. When did you have fun and play ... Work to recreate that combination. #2. Energy equals life. Find that little boy or girl inside of you and do not let go. #3. have daily surprises with your wife and always compromise. he told me he has a date with his wife every saturday night – he was 82 when we met for breakfast. Walter Nosal, you are my hero! Thank you for putting me in the right direction as a youth and an adult! I gotta go now and have my saturday night date with my wife.
Hal Becker ’76 is a nationally known speaker on sales and customer service. He is the author of two bestselling books, Can I have 5 minutes of your time? and lip service. Hal’s newest book on negotiating is titled Get What you Want! He can be reached at







dispute that she does, and the sight is a marvel to behold. Clarissa was raised by the village of Lower Peachtree, Alabama, and she nods affirmatively when Hillary Clinton’s book, It Takes a Village, is cited. Kimbrough said: “My mom didn’t raise me. I was raised by my great aunt, but we all lived as far from my mother as … maybe the Schell House, but she didn’t raise me. Why didn’t she? You know she never said and I never asked. I could visit her anytime and I could see her from my house.” Whatever the complexities of her relationship with her own mother, Kimbough obviously learned love well in Lower Peachtree and in Pensacola, Florida, where her father lived. This was the Jim Crow South of the 1940s, where everything was separate, but Clarissa said she wasn’t scarred by racism and that “everyone got along.” She was the valedictorian of her all-black high school, and after graduating worked as a telephone operator in

It’s 1997; a woman student comes through the cashier’s line at the Inn- Between snack bar in the Lombardo Center. Caucasian student, although that information is surely not of importance to the 64-year-old African-American woman who for 30 years has been a university food service worker and the surrogate mother of any John Carroll student within range. On the occasion in question, a native of Lower Peachtree, Alabama, takes note of the girl’s demeanor and says, “What’s wrong, honey?” Girl says,” Nothing.” Clarissa Kimbrough rejoins, “Okay, one more time: What’s wrong?” Girl tears and spills: She doesn’t have many friends, no boyfriend. She’s thinking of suicide.” Clarissa says, “No, you’re not going to do that; you’re a beautiful person.” Girl turns to retreat. Clarissa grabs, spins her and pulls her onto a nearby chair and into Clarissa’s lap. Clarissa says, “Who do you want to talk to?” Girl mentions a Jesuit whose name now eludes Ms. Kimbrough. Clarissa grabs a phone within reach; summons Campus Security and asks them to fetch the priest. Minutes later the Jesuit comes upon the student being tenderly held in Clarissa’s lap. Days later, the girl returns, thanks Clarissa and says things are so much better. Atypically dramatic but indicative of what goes on between Clarissa Kimbrough and her “kids.” Check it out any day from around noon to 2 p.m. or so when school is in session: Students come through Clarissa’s line carrying cash or a plastic meal ticket. Clarissa greets them with “ sweetie,” “honey,” or a similar endearment. Some pay and go their way. A significant number confer, and, “I give them a hug, give them a little kiss.” “Where is my hug?” she will ask – the embrace is invariably forthcoming. It is a manifestly heartfelt performance of warm-blooded mothering, and to watch it is one of the treats of being at John Carroll. Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, talks of building community. If you want to witness the accomplished mission go no further than Clarissa’s proximity and pay attention. Ms. Kimbrough says, “I treat the students here like they are my own, like I would do my own at home.” No one who watches her in action would

This is Clarissa Kimbrough:

Pensacola. She came to these parts in 1963 to visit with and care for a cousin, Evelyn Dotson, who still lives not far from JCU. Clarissa then took a job as a housekeeper on Milton Rd. near the campus, and in 1968 moved into food service here. By that time she was married to Robert Battle and had given birth to her biological child, Rodney. Robert and Clarissa live in half of a double house in the Collinwood neighborhood; Rodney, his wife, Elaine, and their son, Alexis, live in the other half. Clarissa, a wiry and remarkably youthful looking person in the middle of her seventh decade, observed that she is the same model of mother love at home as she is at John Carroll. She said that at a recent gathering at her home, someone asked her, “Clarissa, don’t you have one child; how come all these young people are calling you Ma?” Ms. Kimbrough also said that if she should be out-of-sorts at home, she most definitely does not bring it to John Carroll: “If I get mad at my husband, I’m fine until I get home. You cannot bring you problems to your job.” Clarissa Kimbrough, who has not had a “racial moment” in 30 years at JCU, agrees that the cashiering is the least of what she does. She is, in truth, a relationship artist, one of great heart, who makes a powerful human impact on this university. j.p.


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