Vol. 12, Issue 4 • WINTeR 2008
The learning Place
Diane Roberto ’68G engages the World from Her school
RoTC: To lead and serve
Carroll at the Conventions
Coming through: Ryan Fawks ’11 of the John Carroll men’s hockey team moves the puck in this October game against Mercyhurst College. Hockey is a Carroll club sport. The team, whose home rink is at nearby Gilmour Academy, plays a 30-game season as a member of the Division I American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). John Carroll and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission are hosting the 2009 ACHA Division I National Championship tournament March 14-18 at Gilmour. For more information about the team, visit www.jcuhockey.com, and for more on the tournament, go to www.achacleveland.com.
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John Carroll University President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. Vice President for University Advancement Doreen Riley Director of University Marketing and Communications Christine Somosi ’81 Editor Ken Kesegich Alumni Journal Michele McFarland Campus Photography Coordinator Cheri Slattery Advisory Board George Bilgere Sherri Crahen Linda Eisenmann Kimyette Finley ’95 Jack Hearns ’61 Mary Lavin ’87 John Marcus ’72 (ex officio) Paul V. Murphy Doreen Riley Rev. Thomas Schubeck, S.J. Barbara Schubert ’62 Karen Schuele Christine Somosi ’81 Brian Williams
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A Journalist’s Journalist
Associate Professor Richard Hendrickson can thank a navy ship’s library for his career in journalism. As a sailor on board the U.S.S. Galveston in the Caribbean, Prof. Hendrickson discovered the library was one of the few air-conditioned places open to enlisted men. “One day I noticed a couple of guys in there hunched over a typewriter, and I asked what they were doing,” he recalls. “They said they were putting out the ship’s newspaper and asked if I wanted to help.” He agreed, and that marked the beginning of a 40year career in journalism that took Prof. Hendrickson from reporting positions in his native upstate New York to The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio, where he held titles ranging from reporter to Sunday editor to editorial page editor. Along the way, he has garnered numerous awards, including, most recently, the Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Professional Member Award for his work as past president of the Cleveland chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He received the award in September during the national society’s annual meeting in Atlanta. The award is, in some ways, recognition of a professional life devoted to teaching and mentoring. As a bureau chief for The Morning Journal, he recruited and trained part-time reporters – or “stringers” – to attend meetings of elected bodies and phone in stories. “I found I liked doing that. I developed resources for them, and kind of became the newsroom training guy,” he says. “I was always the one younger reporters came to when they wanted help with something. When you’re able to help someone with a problem and they walk away feeling good, you feel good, too.” Even Cleveland SPJ members who have not known Dick Hendrickson personally have benefited from his efforts, thanks to the years he spent editing the chapter’s newsletter, Writer’s Week. He continues to edit newsletters for his department, for the Ohio Communication Association, and for a section of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Though newspapering was Prof. Hendrickson’s first love, a passion for learning was never far behind. While at The Morning Journal, he earned a B.S. in journalism, an M.A. in political science, and a Ph.D. in communication studies from Bowling Green State University. A heart attack and the workloads brought on by personnel reductions convinced him it was time Mentor extraordinaire: Associate Professor Dick Hendrickson to switch careers, so in 2001 he joined the faculty of John Carroll’s Department of Communication and Theatre Arts. Despite journalism’s current difficulties, Prof. Hendrickson is convinced there will always be a need for reporters. “Readers want credibility, and they will continue to look for it from professional newsgathering organizations,” he says. “I tell my students they need to learn how to gather information, but at the same time learn all the different ways of presenting it, in print and on the Web. The key is to learn how to adapt.” Jeffrey Bendix
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the learning Place
Meet Diane Roberto ’68G, whose gift for connecting with children makes her school a haven for families from around the world. By Kathy Ewing
John Carroll’s Army ROTC program is built on a rich heritage, high expectations, and the University’s Jesuit tradition. By Ron Rajecki
once a Blue streak…
…always a Blue Streak. The Office of Alumni Relations is striving to help you stay connected to Carroll, from an Alumni Board with a new charge to regional outreach that’s bringing the University to your backyard. By Ken Kesegich
Carroll at the Conventions
For members of the John Carroll community who participated in the national political conventions last summer, the action was nonstop and the experience invaluable. By David Budin
3 President’s Message 4 On Campus 28 Jesuit Way 29 Giving: Investing in John Carroll’s Future 30 Athletics 36 Images of Carroll 37 Alumni Journal / AlumNews 38 Class Notes 63 In Memoriam 64 My Turn Inside back cover: Carroll People
on the cover: Diane Roberto ’68G and some of her students. “The Learning Place” begins on page 10. Photograph by Janet Century
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John Carroll’s enrollment update and guide to the college admission process
Contributors: Marcia Aghajanian, Jeffrey Bendix, David Budin, Janet Century, Staci (Blagovich) Dunbar ’88, Kathy Ewing, Andy Johnson ’10, David La Guardia ’65, ’67G, Daniel Milner, John H. Reid III, Christopher Wenzler ’90, Robert Wetzler Design: Villa Beach Communications, Inc. Printed by Lane Press
Who We Are
elebrating the rich Jesuit Catholic intellectual tradition of John Carroll University is essential for us to successfully realize our mission. With inspired individuals who excel in learning, leadership, and service, we will leave our mark on the region and in the world. Recently at Carroll, we have had many rich conversations about our mission and identity, and for good reason. Exploring and furthering the Jesuit Catholic tradition of our institution is critical to our work: It is our tradition that defines us as an institution. For those already a part of the Carroll community and for those new to it, we must communicate and nurture the compelling values and beliefs that guide us. I am pleased to share with you three important initiatives that help to deepen our commitment to mission and identity as a Jesuit Catholic university. Our recent Catholicity statement, The Jesuit Catholic Identity of John Carroll University, describes the University’s Jesuit Catholic character as being a single reality based on the integration of faith and culture – a goal of Pope John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Adopted by the John Carroll University Board of Directors after an inclusive 24month dialogue on campus with people of all faiths, this statement is our commitment to a belief in the role for faith in our lives within the world, serving the human search for truth and value for justice and solidarity. I urge you to go online and experience this expression of our understanding of God’s call to John Carroll today (www.jcu.edu/ CatholicityStatement). Another important recent step in strengthening our
understanding of the Catholic intellectual tradition is the creation of the Jack and Mary Jane Breen Endowed Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology, generously funded by a member of the John Carroll University Board of Directors, John G. Breen ’56, ’97H, and his wife, Mary Jane Breen ’91, ’94G, ’97H. We look forward to welcoming a Catholic systematic scholar with a strong record of scholarly publication, commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and support for the Jesuit and Catholic tradition of the University. Since 2006, the Mission Coordinating Committee has developed programming and coordinated many of our mission activities. Led by Dr. Paul V. Murphy, director of JCU’s Institute of Catholic Studies, and Reverend James Prehn, S.J., dean of student development, the committee will launch a new program next semester: “Ignatian Heritage Week,” from Sunday, February 15, through Friday, February 20, 2009. Highlights will include two major presentations, small group opportunities, and a film series. The week also will feature a day of reflection at the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, a Eucharistic liturgy, and an interfaith prayer service. Ignatian Heritage Week takes the place of “Ignatian Day,” held annually for the last 13 years. The expanded program will help Carroll gain a better understanding of our shared mission. I invite those who are in the area to join us for the week’s events. These initiatives represent the careful thought and dedication of many people. I am grateful to them and all the members of the John Carroll University community who support and further our Jesuit Catholic mission and identity. Christmas season always brings us together to praise God, celebrate our faith, and affirm the opportunity to serve others building the Kingdom. May you and your loved ones come together and experience God’s many blessings. Gratefully yours,
Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.
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“Celebrate the Spirit” is an inclusive event for people of all faiths in the John Carroll community. The Carroll community gathers in a tradition that began in 1886, the year of the University’s founding as Saint Ignatius College (now the site of Saint Ignatius High School) on Cleveland’s West Side. This year, more than 750 students, faculty, staff, and administrators attended the Mass on September 11, at Church of the Gesu. A procession of student groups and representatives from the University followed a call to prayer by John Carroll’s Pastor-in-Residence, Reverend Valentino Lassiter. The Most Reverend Lawrence A. Burke, S.J., from the Archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica, served as homilist. Archbishop Burke spoke eloquently about the need for social action rooted in faith, stating that “the poor do not want charity – they want justice.” Concelebrating the Mass were Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., president of John Carroll University, and members of the Jesuit community. In addition to spirit-centered prayers, members of the Carroll community from a variety of faith traditions offered prayers in remembrance of those who died in the events of September 11, 2001; for world peace; and for losses in the John Carroll community in recent months. Fr. Niehoff also offered a blessing to those who began their employment with John Carroll since last year’s Spirit Day. Following Mass, the University’s dining services provided lunch for more than 2,500 students, faculty, staff, and administrators in the newly designed Schott Dining Hall.
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Showered with Love
For the second year in a row, John Carroll has teamed up with Huron Hospital to help disadvantaged young mothers in Cleveland. Students involved in Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-professional healthcare honors fraternity at John Carroll, take a class taught by Rose Bentivegna, who recently retired from the University’s Student Health Center after 37 years, including almost 15 as director. In the class, they are trained in basic newborn care. In turn, the students teach newborn care to young expectant mothers at Huron Hospital. The new mothers, or families, receive points throughout the program, which they can use to “purchase” items at the Stork’s Nest – a collection of donated baby items from John Carroll.
Nearly $2 Million Received in Grants
awardees: Jeffrey Johansen, sherri Crahen, and Catherine rosemary
help for mothers: the Carroll community, including heidi razavi (left) and rose Bentivegna, came out in force for the stork’s nest.
mong research and program grants awarded to John Carroll recently are four awards totaling close to $2 million. Jeffrey Johansen, chair of the biology department and an internationally regarded algae researcher, received a $400,000 award from the National Science Foundation. The funding, part of a new multiyear grant, is for study of the biodiversity of the terrestrial cyanobacteria in Chile’s Atacama Desert. The project, which includes two co-investigators, continues Prof. Johansen’s international collaborations and provides funding for John Carroll student researchers. Sherri Crahen, dean of students, received a $298,996 award from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. The multiyear grant will allow John Carroll to develop policies, support services, and educational programs around issues of violence against women. Dean Crahen will work in collaboration with local agencies. The University Heights Police Department, for example, will receive funds for equipment through the grant. Catherine Rosemary, a faculty member in the education and allied studies department, received two renewal awards that fund projects in progress. The first, totaling $926,708.56, is for the sixth year of Reading First Ohio, a statewide program to improve teacher quality in high-need districts. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the Ohio Department of Education. The second grant, for $235,781, funds the second year of the Literacy Educator Training Consortium, with an emphasis on literacy programs in highneed schools and districts in the state. It is funded by the Ohio Department of Education. Both projects are part of collaborations with other universities in Ohio.
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On August 13, John Carroll hosted a baby shower in support of the Stork’s Nest. Close to 50 Carroll faculty, staff, and administrators collected over $130 in cash and donated items including nine car seats, a stroller, and more than 50 outfits. The program is cosponsored by the University’s Center for Service and Social Action and the Staff and Administrator Council (STAD).
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In September, John Carroll introduced its new mascot, a wolf named Lobo, during the Thursday-night pep rally that kicked off Homecoming Weekend. The wolf ties to John Carroll University’s coat of arms, which dates to 1890 and is taken from the family crest of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order. The Carroll coat of arms, like the Loyola family’s before it, features two gray wolves. Lobo is one busy wolf, spreading cheer at Blue Streak sporting events and other gatherings around campus. The new mascot paused in October to spend a moment with John Carroll magazine.
you come from a proud line of John Carroll mascots. Great mascots have come before me, including other wolves and Rex the dog. I’m honored to be in their company. there were even real wolves. And just what are you insinuating? What do you like best about being the John Carroll mascot? Rooting for the Blue Streaks! Hanging with the students! I also love meeting alumni and everybody else at John Carroll. how did you get your name? From a naming contest on campus. “Lobo” means wolf. It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? has anyone ever said you’re cute and cuddly? Look, we have a comedian. any closing thoughts? Get out there and support John Carroll! Go Streaks!
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John Carroll’s Class of 2012 – at nearly 800 strong the largest freshman class in five years – gathered in Kulas Auditorium on August 29 for a student convocation launching the new academic year. The gathering was the first of its kind at John Carroll, which would like to make the convocation an annual tradition. The event was marked by ceremony, including a procession by faculty in academic regalia and the formal presentation of the class to Carroll’s president, Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., by Brian Williams, vice president for enrollment. Mr. Williams shared statistics about the class, such as 27 percent of the freshmen are legacy students and 25 percent are the first in their families to pursue a college degree. The keynote address was delivered by Academic Vice President John Day, who, like the students, is in his first year at the University. “We have great expectations for you,” he told them. “We expect that you will grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and physically during your time at John Carroll.” Linda Eisenmann, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, provided the welcome. Two seniors, Joshua Marcin ’09 and Student Union President Molly Delaney ’09, spoke about academic and student life at Carroll. Karen Schuele, dean of the Boler School of Business, offered the benediction, which was followed by the singing of the John Carroll University alma mater. After the convocation, the students followed the faculty out to the quad, where their formal introduction to the academic community at John Carroll occurred as they shared lunch with their academic advisors.
John Carroll held a talent show competition in October, and a big, enthusiastic crowd was treated to a night of singing, dancing, and other performances. More than 300 members of the University community turned out to Kulas Auditorium on the fall Friday night for Carroll’s Got Talent, which featured 10 acts by students, faculty, and staff. The show was hosted by Beta Theta Pi fraternity and raised more than $700 for the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. The Clinic’s Emily Monteleone ’08 served as one of the judges. TKU, a hip-hop dance trio consisting of Laniece Hurd ’11, Jevon Page ’12, and Joe Bossard ’12, took home top honors. The group was awarded a small dragon statue. The night wrapped up with a special performance by Rick Valente, who recently retired from John Carroll’s information technology services department, and his Beatles Tribute Band. Beta Theta Pi hopes to make Carroll’s Got Talent an annual event.
you can find it here: Freshman Justin southward plays “hotel California” on his bass guitar during Carroll’s Got talent. he was joined by fellow freshman rob short on acoustic guitar.
Photograph by Andy Johnson ’10
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Welcome, Class of 2012
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ON CAMPUS ON CAMPUS
Think and Respect
In January, the Student Diversity Initiatives Work Group (SDIWG) was formed within the Division of Student Affairs. The group was asked to explore opportunities for student leaders to grapple with the issues of diversity, work toward inclusion and respect of all students, and help provide for a welcoming campus environment. SDIWG worked closely on training over 125 student leaders on campus, and also played a major role in Streak Week – the program of activities for incoming students in the days before fall classes begin – this year by working on diversity activities with the Class of 2012. To get more of the greater University community involved, SDIWG began the “I Think, I Respect” campaign in March. As part of the campaign, which is based on a program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, students received a button, and posters were visible in various locations around campus. The goal of the I Think, I Respect campaign, as well as the SDIWG group as a whole, is to support John Carroll’s core value of fostering “an inclusive community where differing points of view and experience are valued as opportunities for mutual learning,” as well as reinforce the University’s strategic initiative to “recruit, enroll, retain, and graduate a talented, diverse student body.”
John Carroll helped prepare a winning team. Linda Seiter, a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, devoted months to helping a group of area high school students get ready for a national programming competition in August. The five-student team placed seventh. Every Saturday from February to August, the students worked with Prof. Seiter at John Carroll under the auspices of the Cleveland chapter of the global organization BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates). John Carroll is a corporate sponsor of an initiative operated by BDPA: Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship (SITES) and High School Computer
Carroll Gets Out the Vote
With “Carroll Counts 2008,” which took place over the fall semester, John Carroll presented a program of activities designed to inform students about the November election and encourage them to vote. The activities included the “Chew on This” Discussion Series, in which students were invited to learn about the issues and, if so moved, to speak out on them. The Brown Bag Lunch Series presented the Catholic perspective on critical topics such as healthcare, the environment, abortion and end-of-life issues, immigration, the economy, and solidarity. The Student Union Programming Board sponsored a “Rock the Vote” voter-registration event. Author Paul Loeb and former Ohio U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes, among others, came to campus to make presentations. And the University created the Carroll Counts 2008 website, filling it with material on and links to the presidential candidates and issues, how to vote, and absentee ballot information.
Competition (HSCC). The SITES program introduces students of color in grades K through 12 to information technology. John Carroll received a Community Leadership Award from BDPA’s Cleveland chapter in September at an event recognizing SITES/ HSCC participants. In the photo, Prof. Seiter is shown with Norman Mays (left) and Ken Wilson, founder and president, respectively, of the Cleveland chapter.
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For the 20th consecutive year, John Carroll ranks among the top 10 universities in the Midwest that grant master’s degrees, according to the 2009 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” published by U.S. News & World Report. The University earned the number seven ranking. Carroll was also named a 2009 Best College in the Midwestern Region by The Princeton Review. The Boler School of Business earned an accolade as well, as it was featured in the 2009 edition of The Princeton Review’s “Best 296 Business Schools,” published in October by Random House/Princeton Review.
José C. Feliciano ’72, vice chair of John Carroll’s Board of Directors, has been appointed chair of the Advisory Group for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He is a litigation partner in Baker Hostetler’s Cleveland office. The Advisory Group, numbering more than 40 attorneys, brings matters of interest to José C. Feliciano ’72 the bar and the community to the attention of the court and helps implement courtadopted programs. Mr. Feliciano has been a member of the group since 2005.
Photograph courtesy of Baker Hostetler
Best in Class
This fall, The Carroll News, John Carroll’s student newspaper, was named Best Weekly College Newspaper in Ohio by the Society of Professional Journalists. The paper, edited last year by Katie Mahoney ’08 and this year by Andrew Rafferty ’09, finished ahead of runner-up Xavier Newswire (Xavier University) and third-place winner Tan & Cardinal (Otterbein College).
n August, the University announced the promotion of Jonathan Smith to vice president and executive assistant to the
president. He had joined the president’s office in June 2007 as executive assistant. With his expanded leadership role, Dr. Smith’s responsibilities have grown to include oversight of human resources and facilities. Dr. Smith has been a member of the John Carroll University faculty for more than 20 years. He is a professor of management and former chair of the management, marketing and logistics department. Michael Bestul will join John Carroll as the University’s first chief information officer December 1. Mr. Bestul arrives from Fairmont State University in West Virginia, where he served as vice president and chief information officer.
Annual Report Online
John Carroll’s 2008 annual report, published in November, is also available on the University’s website. It’s presented in an easy-to-view 3-D format that allows readers to turn the publication’s pages on screen just like the print version. (John Carroll magazine also offers this format.) While the annual report was created in both print and Web-based versions, John Carroll is moving more of its internal and external communication materials strictly to the Web. The University is doing so to increase the availability of the materials, be better environmental stewards by using less paper and ink, and realize cost savings.
Michael Bestul photo courtesy of Fairmont State University
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Meet Diane roberto ’68G, whose gift for connecting with children makes her school a haven for families from around the world.
By Kathy ewing
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Circle of influence: Diane roberto has been shaping young lives for 35 years at her school.
About 25 children, 3 to 6 years old, sit cross-legged in a big circle on a weekday morning. They look intently toward their teacher, Diane Roberto ’68G, who is holding a large, black plastic spider. “What is it?” she asks. Is it an insect? How many legs does an insect have? How many legs does a spider have? They count the legs carefully to determine that the spider is not an insect, but an arachnid. By attending only to the most attentive students, Ms. Roberto helps the few squirmy ones settle down. The group closes the morning get-together with spirited renditions of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “The Farmer in the Dell.” Then the children scatter to work in Ms. Roberto’s orderly Montessori school environment, filled with hands-on materials, and a quiet hum of activity takes over. The John Carroll alumna designed this place 35 years ago: Horizon Montessori School, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. There’s the “practical life” area, with an ironing board and shelves and dishes, all at a child’s level. This flows into areas for math, science, and language, all equipped with neat and sturdy wooden materials and books. The diverse group of children – Asian, African American, Indian, and Caucasian – move purposefully
about, talking quietly, reading, drawing, building, and learning. Outdoors, behind the unprepossessing building with tasteful brown siding, lies a lovely wooded space with two small playgrounds and room for nature study. Horizon, with nine staff members, has had two additions after its founding and now educates 80 students at a time. The children, ages 18 months to 6 years, come from all around the world. “We’ve been seeing an influx of international students,” says Ms. Roberto, who credits the universities and hospitals in the area as one reason. “When new people come to town, they look for compatriots. Some have Montessori in their home countries, some don’t. We have families from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Spain – every continent except Australia.”
Even after all these years, Ms. Roberto seems a little surprised by her long Montessori career. At Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, she studied English literature, hoping to pursue a bigcity career in advertising and writing. Then, one evening, everything changed. “The girl across the hall dragged me to a lecture about Montessori,” Ms. Roberto says, feigning
a yawn. But the talk by philosopher and educator John McDermott, she says, “just turned my world upside down. It hit me right between the eyes. It was such a natural way to approach learning with young children. I’d never heard anything like it.” Despite this epiphany, Ms. Roberto had some nagging doubts about her vocation. While teaching at the Lillian Ratner Montessori School in Park Synagogue in Cleveland Heights, she sometimes missed the academic life and the study of literature. So, in 1966, she says, “I enrolled at John Carroll for two reasons: to figure out what choice to make and to just keep learning. The best thing for me was that I could balance the work that I love with another part of me that finds literature so fascinating. Obviously, I chose Montessori, but it was a great opportunity, and I’m grateful for it.” Professor Joe Cotter served as a mentor, with whom she studied 17th- and 18th-century British literature on her way to earning her master’s degree in English from Carroll in 1968. After seven years at Ratner, at age 30, Ms. Roberto didn’t want to work for someone else anymore. She purchased the site of a former gas station. “In 1973, gas stations were closing left and right. I found this wonderful
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spot. Arco took away the tanks, and they paved everything over for us. Then we started redoing it. It was just perfect.”
almost a Miracle
Today, if they could, hundreds of children, parents, and grandparents would thank both Dr. McDermott and that girl across the hall. Monjula Datta, for example, a retired pathologist at St. Vincent Charity Hospital, brought her daughter Mimi to Ms. Roberto in 1970. Mimi suffered separation anxiety and cried every day. One morning, Ms. Roberto took Mimi into her lap, whereupon Mimi promptly threw up. Ms. Roberto smiled and told the mortified Dr. Datta to go on to work. “In seven days, she had Mimi calmed down. She’s so calm herself,” says Dr. Datta. Ms. Roberto also taught a second daughter, Lily, and now Lily’s 4-year-old son is in Ms. Roberto’s capable hands. Fran Belkin’s children, Steve and Jamie, and some of her grandchildren have also benefited from Ms. Roberto’s serene influence. “I was afraid Steve was incorrigible,” she says. “I cried every time I talked to the pediatrician.” When her pediatrician recommended a Montessori classroom for her son’s hyperactivity, what happened next was, in Ms. Belkin’s words, “almost a miracle.” Soon after meeting Ms. Roberto, Steve settled down, did his work, and learned to read before first grade. “Diane became my hero. It was definitely Diane,” says Ms. Belkin. “She’s like nobody else. I have sent her a lot of my friends’ grandchildren.” What makes Ms. Roberto so special? Ro Eugene, a Montessori colleague for over 40 years, explains, “She’s very natural with children. Some ride on her wheelchair. She’s in the present moment with them. That’s rare in any person – let alone someone in authority over children.” David La Guardia ’65, ’67G, who studied English at John Carroll with Ms. Roberto and later enrolled his two children in her classroom, lauds Ms. Roberto’s wry sense of humor and positive outlook, which she conveys to her students. “Her friends learn similar qualities from her,” he says. Likewise, Cleveland author Michael Ruhlman sent both his children to Horizon. “After Addison graduated,” he says,
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“she loved to return to see Diane.” Like Addison, many Horizon alums not only remember Ms. Roberto but invite her to their first communions, confirmations, bat and bar mitzvahs, and weddings. Ms. Roberto still socializes with former students, including the Belkin children, now in their 40s. Ms. Roberto modestly ascribes her many long friendships to the Montessori philosophy. She says, “It’s unusual to have such close personal friendships with preschool students, but I think it’s a tribute to Dr. Maria Montessori. It’s not only about academics. There’s the intimacy of personal
MetroHealth Medical Center], and then I went to Elyria for rehabilitation. That would have been my sixth-grade year,” she explains. Returning to school posed at least one challenge for the young girl now using a wheelchair: The seventh-grade class at St. Angela Merici School was on the second floor. Since the eighth grade was on the first floor, Ms. Roberto entered eighth grade a year early. Then she attended St. Joseph Academy, which had an elevator. “My entire education was in Catholic schools!” says Ms. Roberto. “My parents were extremely strong supporters of Catholic
and social development that she emphasizes. The Montessori experience is sort of a personal ad for friendship. You meet bright, creative, forward-thinking people with a great sense of humor.” Which is, when you think about it, pretty much the way everyone describes Diane Roberto.
Along with thousands of other American children, Diane Roberto contracted polio in the early 1950s. The oldest child of seven, growing up in the Cleveland suburb of Rocky River, she was diagnosed in 1954, at the age of 11. “I spent a week in City Hospital [now
education for all seven of us. Actually, we were steeped in Catholicism: My dad was the physician for the bishops of the diocese for 40 years, so we thought it was just normal to have priests and bishops at our home for dinner, and the rituals – first communions, confirmations, and so on – were very important in our young lives.” This background helped her choose a Catholic college. Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, as it was then known, had at least two other selling points: a reputable English department and proximity to New York City, where Ms. Roberto was determined to live. After completing her Montessori training at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New
Jersey, she and some friends planned to start their own Montessori school. But when that project fell through, Ms. Roberto followed the advice of Dr. McDermott, offered years earlier after his lecture. “He told me, ‘Don’t discount Cleveland. Those parents form study groups. They read Montessori. It’s not a fad. There’s a depth of understanding there.’” She came back to Cleveland and hasn’t regretted it. She nurtures her love affair with the Big Apple with frequent trips back to visit friends, museums,
and favorite haunts. For Diane Roberto, everyone agrees, there are no obstacles. As the morning proceeds, Ms. Roberto glides silently around the tidy rooms, weaving between white throw rugs on the floor, where little students are building towers and working puzzles. She pauses to ask one boy to return his math activity to the shelves. She reminds another little guy to use two hands to roll up his white rug. Helping one child with his alphabet, she absentmindedly holds hands with two others leaning on either side
of her wheelchair. When a little girl earnestly reports on a fight across the room, Ms. Roberto glances in that direction. Then she looks at the little informer – eye to eye from her wheelchair – and replies evenly, “They seem quite peaceful now.” Fran Belkin has found Horizon Montessori School to be a magical place: “You see every race there. When kids see that diversity from the time they’re born, they’re colorblind. Diane bought this crummy little place and turned it into a paradise.” Kathy Ewing is a Cleveland-area writer.
“She’s very natural with children. Some ride on her wheelchair. She’s in the present moment with them. That’s rare in any person – let alone someone in authority over children.”
– Ro Eugene, a fellow Montessori educator
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John Carroll’s Army ROTC program is built on a rich heritage, high expectations, and the University’s Jesuit tradition.
by Ron Rajecki
The first thing you notice is the eyes. When John Carroll University Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) cadets speak to you, they look right into your eyes, directly and steadily. Their speech is clear, spare, and focused. Their posture is upright yet relaxed, and they convey a sense of respecting both you and themselves. Along with the confidence and leadership suggested by their demeanor, these men and women are also college students filled with humanity, compassion, and humor. And, despite the nature of the military, it is those qualities that ultimately may serve them best as officers of the United States Army.
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“In my mind, the call to service is the call to service, whether you choose to be a missionary, a volunteer, clergy, or a servant of the nation in uniform. It means you’re willing to sacrifice your own needs for a greater good.”
– Lt. Col. Eric Patterson
Front line: Wolfpack leader lieutenant Colonel eric Patterson (center) is flanked by cadre members, from left, Major David Junior, Master sergeant David Bannerman, lieutenant Colonel J. Joseph McCluskey, and sergeant First Class Jeffery smith.
Dan Warner ’10 is a political science major and MS3 (in his third year of military science studies). He came to John Carroll from Lancaster, New York, outside of Buffalo. Like many of the other cadets in the program, he was answering a call to military service that seemed almost innate. “I’ve known since my sophomore year in high school that I wanted to be a military officer,” Cadet Warner says. “I considered military academies but chose John Carroll because I liked the Jesuit tradition and also because of the tremendous opportunities it offered. As a relatively small school, John Carroll offers students a chance to do more and shine more than one might get at a larger school.” As evidence, Cadet Warner, who is command sergeant major for the battalion based at Carroll, spent three weeks in the summer of 2008 with the U.S. Army in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. He was one of only 15 ROTC cadets in the nation selected. Another MS3, Andrew Ware ’10 grew up
in Milwaukee. He didn’t know much about ROTC but immediately took an interest during his freshman year. Now, he is the company commander of the Pershing Rifles, a precision team that presents the U.S. colors at events throughout Greater Cleveland. Cadet Ware says what he is learning in ROTC goes hand-in-hand with the Jesuit teaching tradition at John Carroll. “The expectations are higher when you come to a Jesuit school,” he says. “They simply expect more from you, both in terms of grades and character. It’s the same with ROTC. They want you to be a leader. Their expectations are high. But there’s nothing wrong with high expectations. I welcome them.” It’s not surprising that the cadets feel a connection between their studies at Carroll and their training in ROTC, as the army’s seven core values – loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage – overlap with the University’s mission of inspiring individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world.
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Leader of the Wolfpack
On October 3 and 4, 1993, First Lieutenant Eric Patterson was part of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. That unit was called on to fight its way through militia forces in Mogadishu, Somalia, to rescue 32 U.S. Army Rangers who were trapped when two UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopters were shot down. The incident was documented in Mark Bowden’s 1999 book Black Hawk Down and then again in the 2001 film of the same name. Today, the lieutenant colonel is a professor of military science at John Carroll and commanding officer of the ROTC “Wolfpack Battalion” in Cleveland. The Wolfpack encompasses students from Carroll, where the battalion is headquartered, as well as BaldwinWallace College, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Notre Dame College, and Ursuline College. Lt. Col. Patterson arrived at the University in the summer of 2007 and set about the task of growing and promoting ROTC. He has been
successful. The program had 38 cadets enrolled from the region when he arrived, and now has 66 – of those, 27 are from JCU. Another of his missions is to increase diversity in the ranks. In 2007, the battalion included only two women. The number is now 11. Wolfpack cadets from minority groups have increased from three to 14. His short-term goal is to double the size of the program and, in the process, bring at least one million in scholarship dollars per year to JCU – twice the current amount. He notes that ROTC has very few equivalent programs when it comes to the scholarship offered: At John Carroll, contracted cadets have all of their tuition paid, the University waives room and board fees, and every cadet receives an annual book stipend of $1,200 plus spending money of between $300 and $500 per month. In exchange, contracted cadets serve a fouryear active-duty obligation, followed by four years of reserve status. Cadets follow strict schedules, including an hour of physical training (PT) starting at 6:30 a.m., two days a week. “Like the army,” says Lt.
Col. Patterson, “days start early, but they are also designed not to intrude on the normal academic day. They are students first, cadets second.” ROTC isn’t for everyone. High school students can compete for a four-year merit scholarship. Once on campus, students may apply for four-year, three-year, or two-year awards. For scholarship consideration, applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5, an ACT score of at least 19 or SAT score of 920, must be medically qualified, must pass height and weight standards, and must pass a physical fitness test that includes push-ups, sit-ups, and a two-mile run. Participation in athletics, volunteer service, scouting, student government, church activities, academic and service clubs, prior military service, and employment is also favorably considered. “ROTC represents an excellent opportunity for someone who feels a patriotic call to service,” Lt. Col. Patterson says. “In my mind, the call to service is the call to service, whether you choose to be a missionary, a volunteer, clergy, or a servant of the nation in uniform. It means you’re willing to sacrifice your own needs for a greater good.” According to Lt. Col. Patterson, leadership potential is the quality most sought after in cadets. In army talk, the best recruit is a “SAL”: a scholar, athlete, and leader. A well-rounded person who is all three has the most promise to be a successful cadet and, eventually, a successful officer. His ultimate goal is to have 75 to 100 contracted cadets in the battalion, and the additional teaching cadre and facilities to train those cadets. He feels strongly that any investments made in ROTC are important to both the University and the country. “There is much more to the program than training the next generation of military leaders,” Lt. Col. Patterson says. “Graduates of the program continue to be leaders in their chosen fields and in the nation and world, taking with them the lessons they learned in ROTC and army long after their military service has ended.” The military and the nation, he says, need leaders such as those who can be produced by a Jesuit Catholic, liberal arts institution such as John Carroll. “We talk a lot about ethical decision making in the military and how important it
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sworn to serve: at last May’s rotC commissioning ceremony in saint Francis Chapel, eight cadets from the Wolfpack Battalion – four of them John Carroll students – were commissioned as second lieutenants in the u.s. army. From left are Jeremy Burkhart ’08, William Katanik, Jay Park, vanessa Penner, andrew reeves ’08, Peter st. John, Michael thielmann ’08, and Kevin Weaver ’08.
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is, especially in this modern era – to be able to think quickly and clearly and act decisively and ethically in times of conflict,” Lt. Col. Patterson says. “That can be difficult when you’re put in an arena where your opponent is not playing by the rules, or using your own rules against you. We try to show the cadets how to navigate the murky gray zone between throwing the rulebook away or overzealously applying the rules. That ability among its junior leaders is one of the things that makes the U.S. military so respected throughout the world.” Major David A. Junior, a senior member of Lt. Col. Patterson’s cadre and assistant professor of military science at JCU, agrees. The days of a line on a map dividing “enemy” from “friend” are over, he says, and at any time one of the leaders produced through JCU’s ROTC program could find himself or herself in command of a platoon that’s dealing with a very dangerous and dynamic situation. Maj. Junior retired from active duty in 2005 after 22 years of service. He says working with the students in the Wolfpack Battalion gives him tremendous assurance about the next generation of leaders. “I want all of our
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graduates and alumni to be confident that this next generation of young leaders is a pretty darn good one,” he says, “and that our rights, privileges, freedoms, and way of life will be protected for their sons, daughters, grandsons, and granddaughters.”
Reserve commissions, and more than 150 have received Regular Army commissions. Colonel (Retired) Salvatore Felice is a familiar face on the Carroll and ROTC scenes. A member of the Carroll Class of 1957, Col. Felice serves on the University’s Alumni Board as well as the board of the United Services Organization (USO) of Northern Ohio. He helped bring together the first-ever ROTC Alumni Reunion dinner, held on campus in September 2008. The dinner attracted more than 130 attendees, including 15 current cadets, and featured a keynote speech by ROTC alum and four-star General Carter Ham ’76 (see “Commanding Presence”). According to Col. Felice, the skills he learned during his ROTC training served him well then and continue to do so to this day. “You learned how to organize, how to lead, how to delegate, how to follow up,” he says. “The military has been very important to me, and that all stems back to ROTC at JCU. ROTC made me proud and confident.” His daughter, Anita, graduated from JCU’s ROTC program in 1987, and Col. Felice had the honor of commissioning her. She is
“Their expectations are high. But there’s nothing wrong with high expectations. I welcome them.”
– Cadet Andrew Ware ’10
now Anita Kazmierczak, a lieutenant colonel stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Peter Bernardo, John Carroll Class of 1967, and commander of the JCU battalion from 1984 to 1988, is the director of planned giving at the University. Lt. Col. Bernardo earned the Distinguished Service Cross – the nation’s second highest military commendation – for his actions as part of the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1969. As an experienced combat veteran, Lt. Col.
A Long and Rich Tradition
John Carroll established a Transportation Corps unit of ROTC in 1950. The Military Science Building was constructed on the campus with University funds, and the first classes were held there in September 1950. The Military Science Building gave way to the RecPlex Building, which houses the current ROTC facilities, in 1985. From its founding in 1950 until 1969, the basic two-year ROTC course was mandatory at Carroll. In September 1969, students were given a choice between two years of physical education or the basic ROTC course. In 1973, the physical education provision was dropped and enrollment in ROTC became voluntary. Since the first cadet was sworn in as a second lieutenant in June 1951, more than 1,900 John Carroll cadets have received Army
First, he found he liked being a soldier. The cadre at that time, which included Lt. Col. Peter Bernardo ’67, “made me want to be like them,” Gen. Ham says. “So one of the first things I found at JCU was the calling to the profession of being an officer.” Second was his wife of 32 years, Christi Ignaut Ham ’75. “We were married in Rodman Chapel,” he says. “We paid a visit to the chapel while we were here, and we were both choking up a bit. This really is coming home.” Third, Gen. Ham found his faith, courtesy of Reverend Peter Fennessy, S.J., of Campus Ministry. Though Gen. Ham was not raised Catholic, he says it became clear to him at Carroll that the Catholic faith was right for him. “I hope the cadets who are at JCU today also find the things that are important to them,” Gen. Ham says. “This is indeed a very special place. It’s made special by those who started the legacy in the early days of
Coming home: Gen. Carter ham ’76 gave the keynote address at the rotC alumni reunion dinner in september.
ROTC, and by those of us who carry it on by still being fortunate enough to serve. But it’s exemplified by all the current cadets who have chosen to serve our nation. They and their families are making a powerful and humbling statement.” R. R.
How far can John Carroll University ROTC take a cadet? To answer that question, look no further than a Class of 1976 graduate, General Carter F. Ham. A four-star general, he was appointed in August 2008 as commanding general of the U.S. Army in Europe and the U.S. 7th Army. Gen. Ham, a South Euclid, Ohio, native, traveled from his current station of Heidelberg, Germany, to be in Cleveland in September 2008 and deliver the keynote address at the first ROTC Alumni Reunion dinner in the University’s history. The general filled his schedule on behalf of John Carroll during his visit over Homecoming Weekend. In addition to the ROTC event, his activities included the coin toss before the Homecoming football game and participation in a special pregame ceremony honoring Carroll’s ROTC and other military alumni. Gen. Ham, who no doubt thrilled the Carroll cadre and cadets by taking physical training with them the morning before he
departed back to Germany, says he never envisioned himself as a four-star general when he was a student at JCU and going through the ROTC program. “Certainly not,” he says with a laugh. “You don’t even think about things like that at the time. You’re basically consumed with the immediacy of getting through school and completing the ROTC program.” According to Gen. Ham, this is a very exciting time to be an army leader. “The army needs bright, agile, adaptable leaders to deal with the uncertain, complex future that is before us,” he says. “We need the types of leaders who come to us from the ROTC program at JCU. Our young leaders are making very good decisions in very difficult situations, and the American people should be very proud of their army.” Looking back, Gen. Ham says he found at John Carroll what means the most to him in his life.
Carroll couple: Gen. ham and his wife, Christi ignaut ham ’75.
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Bernardo has high praise for his ROTC training at Carroll and his subsequent U.S. Army Ranger training. He is pleased that a Ranger company was established at the University in 1986. He also has great respect for the cadets of today. In an era of what might be called “360 degree warfare,” he says, young military leaders are being asked to think in ways their predecessors were not, and they are being held to very high standards of not only leadership but morality. “The world is a more confused place, and a more dangerous place, than it has ever been,” Lt. Col. Bernardo says. “With the technology that we have, small unit leaders can do a lot more than they were ever able to. This means that they must be a cut above. They have to be good thinkers, moral people, and understand their responsibility and the ramifications of what they are doing. We are asking more of these small unit leaders than we have ever asked before.” Lt. Col. Bernardo adds that he recently received a visit from two cadets who asked him if what they were doing with ROTC was the right thing ethically. “I truly believe something like that would happen only at a Jesuit university. Our cadets have a different
point of view than those at West Point or Officer Candidate School. They learn skills here that kids at those military schools don’t, such as logic, philosophy, and moral thinking. The army needs sound, ethical thinkers. It needs people who understand that life is important,” he says. Eric Patterson says he is fortunate to be at John Carroll, with its rich ROTC heritage and resources such as Sal Felice and Pete Bernardo. He and his cadre stay in touch with retired and active military alumni who can share their lessons and observations with current cadets. And he has been impressed by the interest shown by alumni who are ROTC graduates to establish deeper connections to the University and their fellow alumni. “I think there’s an analogous call to service that an army officer has to the Jesuit community’s call to service,” Lt. Col. Patterson says. “The alumni feel the need to stay connected, and they’re reaching back and finding ways to fit in even more.”
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discipline, and commitment, to name a few. But its first teaching is leadership. As Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Doug Ely, commander of the JCU battalion from 1981 to 1984, says, “You can talk all you want about wiz-bang military technology, but the army is still made up of people. ROTC teaches leadership, and there’s a huge difference between management and leadership. You manage things; you lead people.” Lt. Col. Ely’s words ring true with today’s John Carroll cadets. Heather Gilmour ’09 is the executive officer of the Wolfpack Battalion. An MS4 and criminology major who has the ability to do 70 push-ups, Cadet Gilmour is a standout swimmer at Carroll. The Warren, Ohio, native was named Ohio Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year in 2006 and 2008. As the battalion’s XO, Cadet Gilmour is responsible for coordinating all the diverse day-to-day elements of military operations, such as personnel, operations, and logistics. She is also in command in the absence of the battalion commander. Cadet Gilmour says ROTC has taught her how to be more outgoing and deal with a wide variety of people, skills that will undoubtedly help her in her ultimate career of police work. She acknowledges that some people object to having ROTC on campus. She, however, thinks ROTC helps embody the University’s mission. “ROTC brings a lot to John Carroll,” she says. “It brings a lot of quality people and a lot of good leaders to campus, and ROTC’s goals, as far as academics and developing a well-rounded person, are intertwined with the University’s goals. ROTC has done great things in my life, and I know it has in other kids’ lives.” Mike Baker ’11, from Mentor, Ohio, is a history major and MS2 who has always had a strong commitment to serving his country. He can see how ROTC is going to help him in his chosen civilian field of teaching. ”When I graduate, I’ll be a second lieutenant responsible for my platoon, and when I get my teaching certification, I’ll be a teacher responsible for my students. ROTC is a great opportunity to learn that kind of leadership,” Cadet Baker says.
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Cadet Ware, commander of the Pershing Rifles, is aware of the challenge he will face when he takes command of his platoon of 40 men and women, many of whom already will have been in active military service for several years. “I’m going to have to learn how to connect with them and how they can connect with me and respect me as a leader. I’m hoping that thanks to the skills I’m learning here with the JCU ROTC, I’ll be able to teach them and make them a better platoon, while at the same time learning from them,” he says. A recent graduate of John Carroll, Second Lieutenant Kevin Weaver ’08 is preparing to assume command in the fall of 2009 of a platoon in the 173rd Airborne brigade in Vicenza, Italy. He came to John Carroll in 2004 from Erie, Pennsylvania. “All the responsibilities, physical training, additional course study, and labs require a very mature student,” says the serious, soft-spoken
cadet. “ROTC also brings a sense of patriotism to a campus that might not be as strong at other schools.” He is aware of the heritage of ROTC at John Carroll and the responsibility that brings. It is a responsibility, like so many others, that he takes up unflinchingly. “We all know that we’re following in the footsteps of some great generations, including one that has been called ‘the greatest,’” says Lt. Weaver. “I’d like them to know that we’re ready to take up the torch and carry on the good name of the John Carroll University ROTC.” Ron Rajecki is a writer in the Cleveland area. Please visit the University’s ROTC website, at www.jcu.edu/rotc/. Also, we invite alumni in the active military – or your family members – to send us information on your whereabouts. Please send to [email protected]
“It brings a lot of quality people and a lot of good leaders to campus, and ROTC’s goals, as far as academics and developing a wellrounded person, are intertwined with the University’s goals. ROTC has done great things in my life, and I know it has in other kids’ lives.”
– Cadet Heather Gilmour ’09
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Once a Blue Streak…
...always a Blue Streak. The Office of Alumni Relations is striving to help you stay connected to Carroll, from an Alumni Board with a new charge to regional outreach that’s bringing the University to your backyard.
by Ken Kesegich You are John Carroll alumni. You add up to more than 38,000 people, nearly enough to pack Cleveland’s Progressive Field. Your class years stretch back to the 1930s. The largest number of you graduated in the 1980s, ’90s, and 2000s. For every ten of you, six are men, a vestige of Carroll’s all-male past that is diminishing in our era of gender balance. More than half of you live in Ohio. And you, all of you, are in the thoughts and plans of your alma mater. “If I had to pick one word to characterize our alumni effort, it’s ‘engagement,’” says Mary Lavin ’87, director of alumni relations. “We want to engage our alumni in every way. Once a Blue Streak, always a Blue Streak. We want to make sure John Carroll graduates stay connected with one another and with the institution as a whole.” Ms. Lavin, a 1987 Carroll graduate, has headed up the alumni office since October 2007. She cites the goals that guide the office. “We want to continue a lifelong relationship with alumni, facilitate communication with them, leverage the alumni body’s powerful collective voice, and maintain the University’s history and traditions,” she says. To do that, she has led the rebuilding and repositioning of the office. Every decision, she emphasizes, is meant to line up with the mission, vision, and core values of the University. Over Homecoming Weekend, she told a gathering of alumni volunteers, “The University’s leadership has made a commitment to alumni relations, to engagement – to all of you and your fellow alumni.” That commitment is highlighted by a revitalized John Carroll University Alumni Association Board of Directors and a resurgent regional outreach program. new Beginnings Changes have been made to the Alumni Board – in direction and membership – to help these volunteers better serve their fellow alumni. (For the board’s roster, see “Follow the Leaders.”) The new incarnation of the board, which acts in an advisory role, gathered for its inaugural meeting this past October. Members discussed overarching goals and major initiatives. The goals are grounded in sharing – help alumni stay connected through the sharing of friendship, resources, and spirituality. The initiatives, seven in all, grow from those goals: build engagement in Reunion, development, admission and scholarship, career networking, spirituality, City Clubs, and service. Two board members, Sal Felice ’57 and George Sample ’02, are leading the initiative on Reunion. Mr. Felice is focusing on older classes and Mr. Sample on the younger. Mr. Sample’s work dovetails with the goal to more actively engage young alumni – those graduates from the last 10 classes. New for Reunion 2009 will be the first-ever two-year Reunion with the Class of 2007. At the same time, the office wants to engage all alumni and potential alumni in
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the John Carroll family, including current students (Carroll refers to them as “alumni-inresidence”) and possible students (through the longstanding Alumni-in-Admissions program). City Clubs, alumni outposts across the country, are among other connection points. Eight have been established thus far, in Washington, D.C.; Tampa; Pittsburgh; Cleveland; Columbus; Chicago; Detroit; and Los Angeles. “People are so excited, thanks to the happy hours, socials, and service projects we did this year, and the career networking events we have planned,” says Ms. Lavin. “The energy is palpable. Alumni are very eager to have the City Clubs up and running again.” Thriving City Clubs are central to Carroll’s regional outreach, as are two staff members recruited to serve in a unique new role, as regional directors of advancement and enrollment. Earlier this year, Erin Collins ’99
took up her place in the Chicago area, and Paula Hermann began working the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions (D.C. to New England). Both split their time between advancement and enrollment. “Not only are they working with alumni and helping to reenergize the City Clubs,” says Ms. Lavin, “but they are also reaching out and recruiting tomorrow’s alumni – our future students.” The close-knit alumni staff is complete for now. In the summer, Theresa Spada ’04 was promoted from alumni and special events coordinator to assistant director of alumni relations. Carla Gall ’05 joined as reunion coordinator in the fall, as did administrative assistant Sue Lender. Ms. Lender replaced Christine Anderson, who moved to a support role in annual giving. Growing from four to six staff will help the office take alumni engagement to the next level, Ms. Lavin believes.
“We’re here to help our alumni connect with old and new friends, network, socialize, celebrate their spirituality, maintain their relationship with the University and its mission, and continue the Jesuit tradition of service to others,” she says. “This is an exciting time to be at John Carroll.” Ken Kesegich is editor of John Carroll magazine.
Follow the leaders
The Alumni Board consists of nine members: Ken Honecker ’04G, president Sal Felice ’57 Bob Valente ’69 Chris Schuba ’74 Mary McDermott ’87 Eric Jochum ’83 Cathy Powers ’92 George Sample ’02 Bryan Mauk ’08
at your service: helping alumni to stay engaged are, seated from left, reverend William Bichl, s.J., campus minister; and alumni Board members Cathy Powers ’92, Ken honecker ’04G, and Mary McDermott ’87. standing from left are board member sal Felice ’57; Mary lavin ’87, director of alumni relations; and board members eric Jochum ’83, Chris schuba ’74, George sample ’02, and Bob valente ’69. not shown is board member Bryan Mauk ’08.
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For members of the John Carroll community who participated in the national political conventions last summer, the action was nonstop and the experience invaluable.
by David Budin While most of us watched this past summer’s political conventions on TV, John Carroll alumni and students participated in them. Among the alumni who experienced the conventions firsthand were Melanie Shakarian ’00, who attended the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver in midAugust, and Lisa Stickan ’98, who went to the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Minneapolis in late August. Two senior political science majors at John Carroll also got a one-of-a-kind learning experience: Julie Bastianini attended the DNC and James Osinsky the RNC. Melanie, an attorney and director of development with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland who is also a John Carroll Board of Directors member, and Lisa, a Cuyahoga County, Ohio, prosecutor, served as official delegates for their parties. Julie and Jim were chosen by John Carroll to participate in a program called the Washington Center, a national nonpartisan organization that sponsors academic internships and seminars. Carroll had one student at each convention. Both were selected by the professors in the political science department to represent the University. They were among 300 students chosen from 47 states, and the only ones from the Cleveland area. We talked to all four to compare their experiences.
Party faithful: from left, DnC attendees Julie Bastianini ’09 and Melanie shakarian ’00, and rnC participants lisa stickan ’98 and Jim osinsky ’09.
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Julie bastianini: I spent two weeks there as part of the Washington Center group. For the first week, we heard speakers, such as Howard Dean and the producer of the convention, and we toured the convention facilities. Then, the week of the convention, we got volunteer jobs in areas like media and security. Melanie Shakarian: Since I was a delegate, I went all day and listened to all the speeches. The convention starts each day at 3 o’clock. In between the speeches, there’s time for networking and other things. It was my first convention. It was a good first convention to go to, given its history. Julie: It was exciting to see the whole political process playing out. On college campuses, people aren’t always enthused about this. But I’m a political science major, so it was great to be in that atmosphere, where everybody is so excited and wants to talk about it all the time.
Melanie: We had our mandatory breakfast every morning at the hotel with the Ohio delegation, and then there were the official caucuses that were held at the convention center, which were fascinating. And I participated in the Armenian-American caucuses and the women’s caucuses, which were very popular, and they had a whole host of special interest events like that. Julie: You never had a minute to sit down, which was perfect. Melanie: I had been a Hillary delegate, so I wore my Hillary button all week, but I also had an Obama button on, so I had a few reporters come up to me, noticing that I had both. And the amount of foreign press presence was incredible, coming and asking questions about the process and our democracy. I was interviewed on PBS’s News Hour. But I learned a lot about the media, too, like how, when you’re at an event and then you go home and watch the news and you say, “Were they at the same activity I was just at?” Julie: It was interesting to see the protestors, and the media, and the police presence, and to experience that whole atmosphere. We got to meet with the CEO and the producers of the DNC, so we got to see the people who put it together. I had no idea that the convention committee had been living in Denver for a year. You kind of think that the party just comes to town and shows up. But these people have been there and working; I was really impressed at the level of commitment. Melanie: Watching conventions, I was always intrigued by the roll call vote and all the ceremony that went with it. But in some ways it was kind of disappointing to see that the roll
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call vote actually happens privately with your delegation at the hotel in the morning, and all the pomp and circumstance that you see on TV is just that. Julie: It has opened up a lot of doors for me – all these people in the Ohio Democratic Party – they were wonderful to me and took me to all these events and I got to meet a lot of wonderful people. It was kind of a dream come true. Melanie: During Obama’s speech, I missed a lot of it because it was so loud, with people cheering. But I had a great seat: I was only 10 rows back from the podium. Julie: I want to be a delegate next time. I want to keep being a part of it. And it has really energized me to bring it all back to campus and do things at John Carroll. Running for office is an option someday. I met some wonderful role models that I could learn from if that’s the route I want to take.
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Jim Osinsky: I spent 12 days in Minnesota. We heard speakers; we learned about the Republican Party history. In the second week, we got placed in different programs, like Fox News and CNN. I worked with the New York Daily News. I had to go interview the protestors one day – it was a little strenuous, I must say – and I got a byline in the paper Lisa Stickan: In the Republican Party, we commit early for delegates. I was committed to be a delegate for Rudy Giuliani, but I’m also the state chair for the Ohio Young Republicans, and as such I was an honorary delegate, so I went with the Ohio delegation. Jim: I got to go to the media party and I met a lot of people. I went to the Ohio delegation’s breakfast. Lisa: I helped to staff one of the working suites for Rick Davis, head of the [McCain] campaign. That was a cool volunteer gig; you definitely see the behind-the-scenes activity and get to talk to them about the campaign. Aside from that work, I mostly spent time with the Ohio delegation. And I got to see some of my Young Republican friends from around the country at social activities. Jim: I learned a lot there. I had never been a supporter of John McCain. I was going to vote for him anyway, because he was our party’s nominee, but I had never seen eye-to-eye on a lot of issues. But when he picked Sarah Palin, it kind of reinforced the conservatism. Lisa: John McCain was, in some ways, an unlikely contender for the nomination. I
remember when he was almost ruled out. I learned a lot about McCain at the convention. One thing I like is that you get to bond with your state [party]; you get to interact with some of the officials within your state delegation, and you get to go to these events together. Jim: I thought the whole convention seemed a little outdated. It’s not like what I thought it would be, starting out. I get it that it’s the way to introduce yourself to the country, but it seems like maybe we can shorten the conventions. Lisa: The convention is a good way to get to learn about the candidates. This was my second convention – I went to the one in New York City in ’04 and it was a whole different experience. I think a lot of it has to do with the campaigns and different messaging. Jim: One thing I did learn: I don’t want to say it turned me off from politics, but there’s definitely a bias in the media. I got to spend a day with the McCain campaign, in the strategic room, and that’s where I became aware of this. Fox News is a little more conservative, but a lot of the print media turn me off because they go out to hit home [negative] points about the Republican candidates. Lisa: I don’t know that I’d ever want to put myself through what candidates have to go through, so I don’t think I would ever run for office. But in terms of being politically aware, I try to advocate that, especially with younger people. When I find candidates I believe in, I try to support them and use my free time to help them. I like grassroots campaigning; I think it’s the basis of all politics. Jim: I did find a real appreciation for politics there. It gave me newfound respect for politicians and what they go through, and what their families go through.
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Lisa: And being from Ohio has become a good thing at the conventions; Ohio has become an important state for both parties. The Ohio delegation got very good seats in the hall. Jim: For Sen. McCain’s acceptance speech, I was up in the nosebleed seats. But when Gov. Palin spoke, I was four rows from the front. They hand out these passes and they say something like, “seat 220 to 240,” and it’s first come, first served. I think I sprained my ankle getting to the seat. David Budin is a writer in the Cleveland area.
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What Is Real
hen Jayme Stayer, S.J., finally achieved everything he’d ever wanted, he did what most of us would not do: He gave it all up.
Prof. Stayer, new to John Carroll this year as a visiting professor
in the Department of English, joined the Society of Jesus in 2003. He is a Jesuit scholar on the path to the priesthood. Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in English and music and then earned his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Toledo. A board member of the T.S. Eliot Society, he joined the faculty of Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2000. Also a classically trained singer, he has sung with several top orchestra choruses and other professional choruses and has performed solo recitals. “When I was in a tenure track job at Texas A&M,” he explains, “I finally realized all of the goals that I thought I had always wanted: a Ph.D., a big house that I could throw parties in, a grand piano, a tenure track job where I could teach graduate students and do research, and a basset hound. But literally as soon as I had them, the moment I had all of those in place, I realized that I no longer wanted any of them. There was this bigger longing inside me that made me realize that most of my goals were selfish goals, things I wanted for me. “So I started thinking,” he continues, “about what my life would look like if, instead of living it for my own goals, I were to hitch myself to some larger noble goal. It was in that context that I started thinking about when I am most happy, and that is when serving others. I realized that I had a vocation to the priesthood.” Prof. Stayer is a T.S. Eliot scholar. “Eliot grew up in a very lukewarm Unitarian environment,” he says, “where Unitarianism had more to do with duty and social obligation than with salvation. He complained, later in life, that he was taught what was done or not done, not what was good or evil. As a consequence of his spiritual searching, he eventually converted to orthodox Christianity. It’s fascinating to me to see why someone of his stature, a Nobel Prize winner, would move from kind of a lukewarm agnosticism confidently into Christian faith.”
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When Prof. Stayer teaches poetry, he says, he is trying to get students to look at reality. “I think that ‘our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves’ – which is a direct quote from Eliot. And what good poetry does is make us look behind the neuroses and the fears at reality. “So when I think of myself as a teacher of literature, I’m primarily inviting students to take a dive into the full human experience, to explore what their fears are, what their deepest desires are – how, for instance, consumerism or atheism or whatever confuses and vexes us can get in the way of finding what is real. And ultimately, for a Jesuit, what is real – the most real thing in the world – is God.” David Budin
Jesuit, scholar, teacher, musician: Jayme stayer, s.J.
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GIVING: INVESTING IN JOHN CARROLL’S FUTURE
Wall of Fame
dedication program. Mr. DeCarlo is director of athletic development at the University, where he has spent more than 40 years as a leader in the sports program. “Your support for the Campaign for Athletics enabled us to build the premier Division III facility in the nation,” he told attendees. A donor recognition wall has also been installed in the DeCarlo Varsity Center. Today, approximately 75 percent of Carroll’s students participate in more than two dozen intramural sports, club teams, and recreational activities every year. The University’s facilities are home to some 500 male and female student athletes competing in 21 varsity sports for the Blue and Gold. Board of Directors member Dave Short ’81, one of the driving forces behind the Campaign for Athletics, also addressed the attendees, as did Athletic Director Laurie Massa. John Carroll President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., thanked contributors to the campaign: “Your support goes a long way toward ensuring that John Carroll University is able
Among the events taking place over Homecoming Weekend was a special gathering at Don Shula Stadium at Wasmer Field to unveil and dedicate the donor recognition wall celebrating alumni and friends who generously supported John Carroll’s “Campaign for Athletics.” Supporters of the first-ever Campaign for Athletics made possible the upgrade of the indoor athletic complex – including a new gym floor, bleachers, backboards, locker rooms, and other renovations – followed by the construction of Shula Stadium. Tony DeCarlo ’66G, for whom the indoor complex, the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center, is named, served as master of ceremonies for the
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home of the streaks: During homecoming Weekend, Fr. niehoff and Board of Directors member Dave short ’81 helped dedicate the donor recognition wall at shula stadium, marking the completion of the Campaign for athletics.
to maintain its distinguished reputation for providing the best athletics and educational facilities for students.”
$1.25 Million in New Scholarship Support
Two members of the John Carroll community recently made planned gifts for John Carroll University that will benefit students for generations to come. James Boland ’62 made a $1 million beneficiary designation through the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Charitable Award Program. The designation will support business students and be divided between two existing endowed scholarships: the Patricia Relyea Boland Scholarship/Ernst & Young Scholarship for Women in Business and the Boland Fifth-Year Accounting Scholarship Fund. Alan Stephenson, a professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, also made a planned gift to the University, for the creation of an endowed scholarship in communications and a senior award in communications. The Alan R. Stephenson Scholarship in Communications will provide annual support for senior students majoring in communications with a special interest in television, radio, or mass media. The Joan L. Cunniff Award in Communications will provide an annual award to a graduating senior communications major. Prof. Stephenson has taught TV production, film, photojournalism, and broadcast management at Carroll since 1985. Before coming to the University, he enjoyed a successful career in television, winning Emmys on the regional and national levels.
IRA Rollover Provision Extended
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, signed into law in October, included an extension of the Charitable IRA Rollover provision, allowing taxpayers over 70.5 years of age to make tax-free contributions of up to $100,000 per year from their IRA to qualified charitable organizations. The newly signed act extends the provision through 2009 and is retroactive for gifts made after December 31, 2007. For more information, visit http://jcu.giftlegacy.com.
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Called to the Hall
Star power: The inductee class also included London Fletcher ’98, Washington Redskins linebacker, who was unable to attend the ceremony.
Welcome to the Hall: 2008 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are, from left, Chris Connelly ’94, Carrie McVicker ’98, Doug Dickason ’88, Kim MacDougall Moore ’90, and Matt Lemieux ’98.
his year, John Carroll inducted six individual members and, for the first time, a team into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The 2008 class was formally inducted at a dinner ceremony held Homecoming Weekend, in September. London Fletcher ’98 (football): London Fletcher is the most renowned member of this year’s induction class, thanks to a 10-year – and counting – career in the NFL. The former All-American linebacker is a member of the Washington Redskins, and his pro career includes a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV with the St. Louis Rams. He was a three-year letter winner for the Blue Streaks between 1995 and 1997. Mr. Fletcher was a first team All-American in both 1996 and 1997. In 1997, he set a single-season school record for tackles with 202. Matt Lemieux ’98 (track and field): The 1998 NCAA Division III outdoor national champion in the pole vault, Matt Lemeiux was a three-time All-American and four-time national qualifier in his career. He was an eight-time All-OAC track and field performer and a three-time OAC champion, and he held the school and OAC records in the pole vault at the time of his graduation. Mr. Lemieux was
the 1998 All-Ohio champion, and was twice an Academic All-OAC selection. Carrie McVicker ’98 (softball): Only the second full-time softball player to earn election into the hall, Carrie McVicker was the home run champion of Division III as a senior, launching 14. In 1998, she was named
the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Catcher of the Year. Named to the NFCA all-region first team twice, Ms. McVicker was a three-time first team All-OAC selection (1996, 1997, and 1998). A four-year letter winner and starter, she was a 1998 Academic All-American.
Dream team: Among the members of the John Carroll 1974-75 national champion wrestling team are, seated from left, Al Baldarelli ’77, Bill Russo ’76, Al Evangelista ’77, Mark Hawald ’77, Maribeth Strube Letz ’76 (team manager), John Jackson ’78, Jack Mulhall ’76, Mike Jiannetti ’76, and Al Hess ’79. Standing from left are Dan Weir ’73 (assistant coach), Jim Weir ’78, Jack Metzger ’75, Joe Bertolone ’75, coach Tony DeCarlo ’66G, Ken Meditz ’77, Joe Duffy ’75, Phil Devereaux ’78, Jim Hark ’78, Jim Repicky ’78, Tom Mauerer ’77, Joe Constantino ’79, and Chuck Angello ’82G (assistant coach).
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Chris Connelly ’94 (wrestling): Chris Connelly was a three-time national qualifier over the course of his wrestling career (19911994). He would earn All-American status in both 1993 and 1994, with his highest finish a third-place showing at 158 pounds at the 1994 NCAA Division III championships. The OAC champion in both 1992 and 1994 at 158 pounds, Mr. Connelly was a three-year letter winner who compiled a record of 89-33-1 in his career. He helped the Blue Streaks capture OAC titles in all three years as a starter. Kim MacDougall Moore ’90 (swimming): Kim MacDougall Moore was instrumental in helping the swimming and diving program cross over successfully from the Presidents’ Athletic Conference to the Ohio Athletic Conference. She was part of three PAC championship teams (1987-1989) and one OAC title winner (1990). She won nine individual conference titles and nine relay conference titles. She was the Most Valuable Swimmer in the PAC in both 1987 and 1988, and the team Most Valuable Swimmer in 1987, 1988, and 1989. Doug Dickason ’88 (football and baseball): Doug Dickason was a twosport standout. In football, the punter and placekicker earned honorable mention AllAmerica honors as a senior. He was a threetime all-conference punter, leading the PAC in punting average in both 1985 and 1987. As a baseball pitcher, Mr. Dickason was firstteam All-PAC in 1988 and was selected as the conference Most Valuable Pitcher. In all, he was a seven-time letter winner (four in baseball, three in football). The 1974-75 Wrestling Team: The 1974-75 wrestling squad captured the first – and what remains the only – team national championship in school history. At the 1975 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships, hosted by John Carroll, the Blue Streaks captured the title thanks to four national champions: Mark Hawald ’77, Charles Becks ’75, Brad Bowman ’78, and Joe Bertolone ’75. The Blue Streaks, 12-2 in dual meets that season, were coached by JCU wrestling program founder Tony DeCarlo ’66G.
Winter Sports Preview
With only a few veteran names returning to this year’s squad, youth will be served heading into the 2008-09 campaign, Mike Moran’s 16th year as head coach. Rudy Kirbus ’10 (13.1 ppg) and Maurice Haynes ’11 (9.8 ppg) will be counted on to carry the scoring load while the rest of the team takes shape. John Carroll opens its home schedule on December 10 vs. Muskingum. pointing to February 12-14, when the Ohio Athletic Conference championships will take place at the University of Akron.
Head coach Kerry Volkmann ’71, ’78G encountered good news and bad news as his Blue Streak wrestling squad prepared for the 2008-09 season. The good news is that he welcomed back three conference finalists to the team. Of that group, senior Ben Adams ’09 won an OAC title and came within one match victory of earning All-American honors at the 2008 NCAA Division III Championship. The bad news? A senior class with nearly 300 career victories among them graduated off a team that finished as the OAC runner-up last season. The team began league action on December 2 at Mount Union. The OAC championships are February 21 in New Concord, Ohio.
Of all the winter teams, the women’s basketball team will look the most familier. Seven of the top eight scorers from a year ago return, including Ohio Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Lee Jennings ’11 (15.9 ppg) and all-conference guard Rachael Price ’09 (11.9 ppg). Head coach Kristi Maravalli’s team received an additional veteran boost when graduate student Caitlin Hubach ’06 decided to use her final year of eligibility after last playing in 2005-06. Carroll kicked off its league schedule at home against Otterbein on December 6.
Indoor Track and Field
Veteran track coach Elmore Banton and assistant coach Dara Ford take over the John Carroll program this season with the hopes of improving on last year’s lower division finishes in the OAC. A strong recruiting class should help. The newcomers will be joining the likes of Michelle Grossman ’11, who won the OAC title in the women’s 1000-meter run as a freshman, and the long/high jumping tandem of R.K. Glover ’11 and David Hickey ’11, both of whom were conference finalists as freshmen. The OAC championships this year are March 6-7 in Bexley, Ohio. Athletics was written by Christopher Wenzler ’90
Swimming and Diving
An infusion of youth on both the men’s and women’s teams have swimming head coach Matt Lenhart very optimistic about challenging for titles on both sides of the gender ledger. The women’s team is the defending OAC champion, led by two-time OAC Swimmer of the Year Heather Gilmour ’09. Nick Grady ’11 leads a much-improved men’s squad. John Carroll hosted several dual meets in October and November – all
For winter sports schedules and results, visit www.jcusports.com.
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enrollment update and guide to the college admission process
sPot liGh t: sPot liGh t:
the arrupe scholars Program
for Social Action
– locally, nationally, and throughout the world. Recognizing the need to help students achieve this goal, a group of Carroll faculty and administrators discussed ways to deepen students’ learning through engagement in the community. From this “think tank” developed a four-year program that facilitates integration of curricular and co-curricular learning: the Arrupe Scholars Program for Social Action.
s a Jesuit Catholic University, John Carroll strives for our students to draw on their knowledge and talents to work for positive change in the community
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The program is named after Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., former superior general of the Society of Jesus, who famously called for Jesuit institutions to educate “men and women for others” and to have “a commitment to promote justice and to enter into solidarity with the voiceless and the powerless.” These quotes are a guiding force behind the Arrupe Scholars Program vision: intellectual inquiry that demands critical thinking and engaging in social justice and community service that leads to social action. “Arrupe ignited my passion for learning about poverty issues in Cleveland,” says sophomore Arrupe Scholar Amy Gunderman. She continues, “There are so many problems right in our backyard that we can try to help solve.” Amy’s concerns led her to participate in the Poverty and Solidarity Initiative summer internship. With the ultimate goal of becoming a physician, Amy chose the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center for her assignment. She participated in research for HYPE (a hypertension management project for inner-city patients) and the Mother-Daughter Cancer Research Project (a cancer detection program for women in South Africa). Amy credits her participation in the Arrupe Scholars Program with helping her better understand justice issues. “The Arrupe Scholars has helped me develop a concrete and functional understanding of social justice.” To be considered for the Arrupe Scholars Program for Social Action, an incoming student should have demonstrated a significant commitment to service and social justice issues. These activities should be addressed in the admission essay or well documented as part of an extracurricular résumé. Top students will be interviewed by faculty and administrators for admission into the program and the associated merit scholarship.
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The Best Investment
ncreasingly, the ability to pay for a college education is a driving factor in the college selection process.
ethical, and global environments that surround the application of skilled work” (Roberts T. Jones, president, Education & Workforce Policy, LLC). That is the promise of a John Carroll degree: n A core curriculum that cultivates understanding; a global perspective grounded in our Jesuit philosophy and faith that helps students to be ready for any career, not just a career. n A personalized approach where all classes taught have fewer than 50 students. This is not a school of lecture-hall classes and mass-produced education. n A focus on undergraduate students and research, which allows students to link with our faculty earlier on and find their path through John Carroll. n An ability to extend classroom learning into real-world applications with many loyal alumni in Northeast Ohio and our ready access to Cleveland – 61 percent of John Carroll seniors report having done internships.
n Full-time work and/or graduate school enrollment – within nine months of graduation, 98 percent of our Class of 2007 was either working full time or in graduate school in over 24 states and three countries.
Unfortunately, this factor is impacting college choices of students earlier and earlier in the college process – more students rule out applying to colleges that may best fit their personal needs due to cost. The current economy makes it seem more difficult for families to consider a private education. From our perspective, however, there is no better time to consider investing in a John Carroll education.
What we achieve as an institution translates into success for our students as well. The quality and personalized approach to education is the hallmark of the John Carroll experience. Our students succeed at each step of their education. n Nearly 90 percent of the Class of 2011 returned for their sophomore year this fall. n John Carroll stands as one of only 20 schools in Ohio to graduate more than half its students in four years.
Preparation for a Changing World
In times of profound change, a liberal arts (broad-based) education is the most powerful tool to combat uncertainty in the workforce. The need for adaptability and flexibility is underscored in a recent study, College Learning for the New Global Century, which asserts that “virtually all occupational endeavors require a working appreciation of the historical, cultural,
In earlier issues of John Carroll magazine, we have talked about common myths in the financial aid process (www. jcu.edu/aidjcu/myths.htm). And we have made the case that students should apply to colleges regardless of price and allow the financial aid process to work for each family, allocating institutional aid and not just federal and state funds. From programs like College Goal Sunday and a one-on-one approach to families in the financial aid process, we are here to help each family see the value and possibilities available to them. These key factors of preparation, success, and affordability present themselves uniquely for John Carroll. Choosing to enroll is an investment of time, energy, and money, but it is one that will provide benefits over a career and a lifetime.
The Four-Year Advantage
A comparison of graduation rates among Ohio public and private institutions
73.0% 65.0% 64.0% 56.0% 74.0%
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Signs of Change
John Carroll is part of a small group of colleges and universities nationwide that make a significant commitment to those most in need. Now into its second year, the Ohio Access Initiative (OAI) is expanding the opportunities for success among its participants. Historically, students from lowerincome families were not able to return for their sophomore year solely for financial reasons. Among our first group of OAI students, the freshman-to-sophomore retention rate has significantly improved – from 74 percent in prior years to 95 percent of students returning this fall. “Students from disadvantaged backgrounds need an equal chance to succeed and not to have their college experience consumed by fiscal distractions,” says Brian Williams, John Carroll’s vice president for enrollment. “Part of our financial aid approach is to structure programs that allow students to just be students.” “Being a part of the OAI program has helped me in more ways than I can say,” says Alix Audi ’11, from North Canton, Ohio. “It has allowed me to focus all of my attention to my studies and learning about myself. The aid I have received through the program has helped me thus far in reaching my goals and will continue to help me grow over the next three years.” In one year, these students have performed over 3,600 hours of community service in our region. With two class years with us, their outreach to the community will continue to grow. Under the leadership of a new coordinator of access and retention, our strategic investment continues to reflect our commitment to the region and to all students admitted to John Carroll. It is not just enough to enroll students from various economic backgrounds. We need to ensure we meet the calling of our mission and help all students graduate within four years (see “The Best Investment” page 34).
About the Ohio Access Initiative
Introduced in February 2007, the Ohio Access Initiative at John Carroll is open to a cohort of nearly 100 qualifying Ohio families, whose annual income is under $40,000, and whose students have achieved academic excellence and are committed to community service and social action. For more information regarding the program, please e-mail Michele Scott Taylor, coordinator of access and retention ([email protected]
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Dewey McCarthy Alumni Soccer Game
JCu Comes to you
The University is hosting events around the country for alumni and friends. Following are highlights. For more information and a complete schedule, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 216-397-4336, 800-7362586, or [email protected]
, or visit www.jcu.edu/jcuconnect. All events are subject to change.
Photographs courtesy of the Office of Alumni Relations
thursday, January 15, 2009
Chicago alumni Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers United Center, 7 p.m.
thursday, January 22, 2009
Washington, D.C., alumni happy hour at Capitol City Brewing Company 6:30 – 8 p.m. Two dozen alumni soccer athletes, including a large contingent from the 2004 to 2008 graduating classes, returned to campus on October 18 to participate in the 26th Annual Alumni Soccer Game. The game is played in honor of fellow soccer player Andrew “Dewey” McCarthy ’81, who died tragically in an automobile accident in 1983. In addition to being a soccer player, the Boston native also was a member of Iota Beta Gamma service fraternity. Established in Dewey’s name, the Andrew “Dewey” McCarthy Scholarship is presented each year to an incoming freshman based on the student’s demonstration of leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities. This year’s recipient is T.J. Berninger ’12. Andrew McCarthy’s brother Patrick and sister Theresa McCarthy Cornell traveled from Boston to attend the game and meet Mr. Berninger.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
alumni Breakfast (san Diego) Lo Jolla Beach and Tennis Club Sponsored by Jim Myers ’80 and Rudy Rehm ’67 Featuring John Carroll President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
alumni Mass and Cocktail reception (vero Beach, Florida) John’s Island Club Sponsored by Dr. Ken Callahan ’50 and Peggy Callinan 5:30 p.m. Mass 6 – 8 p.m. Reception Featuring Fr. Niehoff as celebrant
sunday, March 22, 2009
alumni Mass and Brunch (naples, Florida) Royal Poinciana Golf Club Sponsored by Richard Hamlin ’49
tribute: Dewey McCarthy’s brother Patrick (left) and sister theresa join scholarship recipient t.J. Berninger ’12.
10 a.m. Mass 11 a.m. Brunch Featuring Fr. Niehoff as celebrant
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The GoldeN Years
Send your notes to: larry Kelley ’36 16213 Marquis Ave. Cleveland, OH 44111 216-941-1795
This is the latest I have ever been in turning in my column. I am late on everything except taking care of Frances – I need more sleep! ... Went to Ann Gallagher’s wake this afternoon. She’s Hugh Gallagher’s ’50 wife. ... The lunch group from the ’50s invite me to join them since I am the only one “walking” from the ’30s alumni group. This group calls themselves the “Gray Streaks”; our group went by the “’30 Blue Streaks” because the group was started by Tony Arth ’34, Tommy Powers ’34, and Oscar Hippley ’34 – all football stars. In the beginning, only those who earned their “C” were part of the group – later on, we opened it up to those who graduated in the ’30s and prior years. At the December 2005 meeting, Fr. Jim “Ned” Farrell, S.J., and I ate at the bar – which was the end. ... Chuck Heaton ’38, who died this year, is still getting awards. The Press Club of Cleveland established an award in his name. The first Chuck Heaton Award was given in November to the one whose writing talent best exhibits Heaton’s. ... It’s nearly 1 a.m. on October 15, and I am making too many errors, so until the next time, keep praying. Just Larry Send your notes to: Carl Giblin 1100 Ponce DeLeon Blvd., 401 N Clearwater, FL 33756 727-518-7961 [email protected]
pavement at the same time. Lou got the ticket. (Never tangle with a “little old lady.”) Then Lou and Bea went to Chicago to visit their daughter. They were to meet at the Drake Hotel, which is on a corner. You guessed it, they were each waiting at a different entrance. Lou avoided a ticket for loitering by renting a suite. .... Bud noetzel finally read his 1940 yearbook, and, being a CPA, reports there were 39 Jesuits on the staff in 1940. That may be more than the entire Detroit Province now. ... John Sweeney has proclaimed that the lunch bunch will dine together at Pizzazz in University Heights on the third Thursday of each month. (They offer free salt for your fries every Thursday.) Thanks, John, and take care of each other! Carl Send your notes to: art Wincek 2015 Maciel Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062 831-475-1210 [email protected]
studied Japanese at Yale University for two semesters after which he was transferred to Camp Livingston, LA. At this time his soon-to-be wife, Jeanne, came down and they were married. After several other camp stops, he was assigned to The Presidio near San Francisco. Jeanne got a job there and he was discharged from that facility. They returned to Akron in 1946 and he engaged in the food business – poultry, eggs, etc., as his father before him – until 1971, when he formed a partnership known as Melch Foods, whose salads still are sold in supermarkets, delicatessens, and restaurants. He worked there until retirement in 1985. They moved to Fort Myers, FL, where Al lived until his recent return to Fairlawn, OH, following Jeanne’s death several years earlier. He now resides in assisted living at St. Edward Home. When I talked to him he sounded great. Art Send your notes to: Bruce e. Thompson 2207 South Belvoir Blvd. University Hts., OH 44118 216-382-4408
I was going through some old photo albums and I came across a picture of myself in white tie (I assume I had the rest of the tails outfit). It was the costume “du jour” for our prom, high atop the Cleveland Hotel in 1939. Ray McGorray was class president. Jack van de Motter had a busy evening. There was a new Packard on display in the first floor lobby, with the keys in the ignition. Jack started it and had the front wheels over the top of the stairs leading to a lower lobby when they got to him. The hotel, in the spirit of the evening, gave him a pass. Mistake! He took each elevator to the top floor, and left it there, turned off. A fitting celebration for a guy who used to flavor the soup in the school’s cafeteria with garter snakes, gleaned from the fields just outside. He would then call Mr. Wolfe, the contractor running the cafeteria, and complain about the snakes in the soup. Russ Morgan, with his band of about 25 men, played for the prom, and his theme “Does Your Heart Beat for Me?” was at the top of the charts. ... Our Ohio bureau chief, John sweeney, reports that Jim Carey and Jim schlecht were lectors at a Mass for Jane Schlecht to honor the countless hours she had devoted to the Catholic Club, who named a room in her honor. ... lou sulzer has been taxing his profanity vocabulary, or praying a lot invoking God’s name. He and a “little old lady” tied trying to occupy the same piece of 38
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John W. Miller, Jack to most of us, reported to Midshipman’s School at Columbia University, New York, in October ’42 following graduation. He became an ensign c. 3/1/42 when he reported to Sub Chaser Training Center, in Miami. After eight weeks, he was assigned to a new type navy vessel, USS Doherty, a destroyer escort, second in its class at Tiburon, CA. He spent three years on Doherty. Originally, he was supply and ship’s officer, then assistant gunnery officer, gunnery officer, and, finally, executive officer at decommissioning in Long Beach, CA. He returned to Cleveland with his new bride, Lt. J.G. Jean Miller, c. 12/25/45. He went to work for Dobeckmun Co., where he first worked in the lab and then went into outside sales. He was transferred to Atlanta as Southern assistant sales manager until the company was bought by Dow Chemical. Since he did not want to go to Midland, MI, he went to work for Olin Corp. as a technical sales rep. He was transferred by Olin to Philadelphia as district manager and in the following year became regional manager. He was there 14 years and then transferred to St. Louis as senior account manager for eight years and retired in 1985. He and I met in the Aleutians about 1944 where I served on a destroyer that was part of a task force that bombarded the Kurile Islands. When I talked with Jack this past October, he had just been released from the hospital. He went in for a procedure that was to have kept him there two days, but he ended up staying an additional 10 or 12 days due to a punctured lung. He sounded really great when we talked. Jack is now 90 and Jean 87. They are considering giving up their corner condo in Carlsbad, CA, with all its beautiful plantings and moving into a less demanding facility. ... alfred P. Musci did not graduate with us. He spent his last year at Western Reserve University and graduated from there in October ’42. He reported to Patterson Field, Dayton, OH, for orientation and then back to Cleveland as manager of the warehouse depot at E. 40th and Payne. He was a PFC but part of the time in Cleveland he was a warrant officer. He was transferred to Ft. Benning in Indianapolis, then to Camp Rucker, in Alabama, and then to Foreign Language School. He
Pleasant memories of this, our 65th commencement anniversary year, have been marred by our recent loss of three respected friends, each with close ’43 ties: tom Mazanec, Ray Knapp, and Miles Coburn ’75G. Tom Mazanec was a gentleman, a scholar, a nice guy, a loyal JCU man. He earned a BSBA, was commissioned a U.S. Navy officer, married Helen Rambousek, and was the father of six sons. On campus, he was a joiner and a participant, most notably as a member of the championship ZAZULA ZAZAs intramural basketball team. Ray Knapp, a friendly, likeable fellow, is fondly remembered by all; he left school halfway through to become a U.S. Army pilot. Following his departure, there was a void on campus, particularly on the varsity basketball team. And Miles Coburn, son of Elaine and Dr. Don Coburn, was involved in a tragic accident while bicycling. He was the husband of Peggy, father of two, JCU professor of biology, one of the seven Coburn children, and admired and respected by all. Earlier in the summer, he had attended our Reunion dinner as his father’s proxy. Approximately 1,000 friends paid their respects to the Coburn family at the Dolan Science Center. Gesu Church was filled for the funeral Mass. Subsequently, more than 600 bicyclists assembled and rode in the Ride for Miles in his respect. [Editor’s note: See page 64.] Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are offered for these families. The Class of ’43 will have a memorial Mass offered for Tom, Ray, and Miles. ... Brian Hurley ’76, son of Mary Terese and ed hurley, was chosen by the Legal Life Defense Foundation as the National Lawyer of the Year. The foundation presents the award annually to honor an attorney whose efforts best provided protection for children and young women. Brian’s wife, Monica, is the daughter of Justin “Bud” Noetzel ’40 and the niece of professor Art Noetzel ’38. ... Our new editor is so sad that we have not heard from so many of you for so long a time. So, how about sharing several sentences or more regarding your thoughts, activities, plans, and etc. within your life? If you don’t respond, my editor may say “so long” to
me. ... Editor Ken Kesegich approves this message. Take care, Bruce relaxed lifestyle, joined a country club, and bought a new set of clubs. The last 20 years have passed in a flash, it’s been delightful, thanks be to God. He now looks forward to a winter trip to the South; Warren, OH, golf in the spring; and our 60th Class Reunion. ... Bob Geis joined the faithfully departed sector of our Class of ’49 on September 3. He will, no doubt, bring to our other deceased classmates the same bright smile he displayed to my wife, when he introduced himself as “Mr. Wonderful”; Carol responded, “I’m thrilled to be sitting between you and ‘Prince Charming.’” Bob and wife Jean were the only ’49 Toledo, OH, residents at the Reunion that year and made a great lasting impression on the locals. Bob served as principal of Woodward High School in Toledo for the last eight years of his teaching career and was honored as Toledo Man of the Year. Rather than retiring to relaxation and golf, Bob chose relaxation, golf, and real estate; he found the latter more exciting and rewarding. Bob was a bright and charming man and will be sorely missed by his loving wife, seven children, and growing group of grandchildren. ... tim ryan, the pioneer organizer of the Second Wednesday Lunch operation, had to pass off his duties when his health deteriorated. He is doing better now and was planning to attend the Gray Streaks Luncheon scheduled October 8 with the help of Bob Lyons ’50 providing auto transportation to campus. ... Bill Monroe looks fit and trim, the result of a regular exercise program. After exercise, Bill handles some west suburban real estate investments, then visits his downtown Cleveland law office and performs what duties are required there. Bill and wife Pat are enjoying frequent visits with their new grandchild. No wonder he feels so young; we have great-grands in school! ... I found Frank Washko working busily in his yard in scenic Hudson, OH, and asked him about the planned sale by the city of Cleveland of the Hudson Boys Farm located nearby. He responded that all of Hudson awaited the sale, but the newly developing banking and market crash makes any transaction a distant event. Frank and wife June took a trip last summer to visit three of their six children. One in Virginia Beach; another near Baltimore; the third, a daughter, in Binghamton, NY, who, with a partner, operates a food catering business in New York City serving high-style groups demanding better food and service than that provided by the hotels. She described to her parents the “grand entrances” of Martha Stewart and Donald Trump, and their elaborate demands. ... Send news! Good news preferred. All reported with reasonable accuracy. Tom Send your notes to: Jack reilly 1371 Dill Rd. South Euclid, OH 44121 216-291-5762 [email protected]
Calabrese and his wife, Dorothy, have been married for 62 years. The family includes seven children, 15 grandchildren, and seven great-grandkids. After closing his grocery store, Sal worked for and retired from Euclid Off Road Equipment Co. in Euclid, OH. Sal is a Eucharistic minister at St. William and is also very active in the parish. Sal is an active golfer and won the league championship last year. An avid gardener, he plants many tomato plants from which he supplies his friends and neighbors. ... Charles ely, from Willoughby, OH, retired about 20 years ago from TRW. Charles worked for TRW while attending JCU; his shift depended upon his school schedule. He was a human relations and group benefits specialist. Chuck’s wife, Mary Kay, passed away three years ago. They had four children. “What do you do to pass the time?” I asked. His response was, “as little as possible.” With 11 grandchildren, he is kept busy, I’m sure. ... Prior to enrolling at JCU, Fred Korey spent three years in the army as a radar operator. After graduation, he spent 31 years at West Tech High School as an English teacher. Oddly enough, West Tech closed after he left. Fred is a eucharistic minister and lecturer at St. Brendan’s in North Olmsted, OH. He also has been active at Carroll making telephone calls for the Alumni-in-Admissions program and also for our Class Reunions. Prior to his recent illness, Fred volunteered at the Cleveland Play House. Thanks, Fred, for all your help. ... John Waldron spent from 1951 to 1954 in the navy aboard the USS Sicily, with two tours of duty in the Korean waters. He then spent 36 years with the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, retiring in 1990. His greatest claim to fame is that he served as plant manager for the Perry Nuclear Power Plant and never produced one kilowatt of energy. (The plant was still under construction.) John and his wife, Irene, have been married for 54 years and have three children living in Cleveland and also two grandchildren. John says he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and also his annual two rounds of golf with his daughter, Marianne. He also fishes and jogs as time permits. ... Sorry to report the deaths of former classmates robert Dowd and Bob roper, a star basketball player. Also we send our condolences to hugh Gallagher, whose wife, Ann, passed away. ... George Frantz became an attorney after graduation, specializing in personal injury cases. George and wife Carmella have been married for 57 years. They have four children and two great-grandchildren. One child graduated from JCU in 1975 and one of the grandchildren is presently enrolled. After retirement from his practice, George volunteered at Meals on Wheels, the Cleveland Heights Food Bank, and at St. Gregory the Great Church. Although not at 100%, George spends time with his grandchildren. ... Dr. Joseph Mullen now lives in Concord, MA. Joe has retired from his child psychology practice. His fondest memories include car hopping from the West Side with Bob Walters ’48 and the Regan brothers. He sends his regards to all who remember him. ... Please remember in your prayers our sick (too numerous to mention and for fear of omitting one) and our deceased classmates. Until the next time, God bless and all the best. Jack
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John Buckon ’50 called to tell me that tom Whalen passed away about two years ago. Tom started out in the Class of ’44, then transferred to Case for his last two years of engineering. With his service in WWII, we could not find his graduating year from Case. Bob Mannion, who was close to Tom, could probably tell us. Two other classmates have left us, Ken Wise and Ray Woodward ’45. ... Marty Franey is doing well in retirement. We see him at Gesu 4:30 Mass on Saturday. ... Bob Colopy is still in Painesville, OH, and fully retired from his medical practice. Joe Kolp, also retired, is still in Canton, OH. ... Remember the Gray Streaks Luncheon on the second Wednesday of every month. To make a reservation, call the alumni office, 216-397-4336. Until next time, stay well and have a wonderful Christmas. Don
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Hopefully, someday I will receive good news, but, unfortunately, there is more sad news to report. I received a call from “Dolly” Codol to inform me that Chuck Codol passed away on September 2. He was living near Anaheim, CA, having moved there from San Antonio, TX, not too long ago. I hadn’t seen him since the 50th Reunion. Apparently, he was plagued with illness for at least the last five years. Naturally, we will miss him as he joins his ’48ers who have gone before him. ... That is the news for this issue. Julius
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Jim Broadbent is celebrating his 20th year of retirement. Jim and his wife, Shirley, are the proud parents of two sons and five daughters and grandparents of 16, and are now expectant great-grandparents. Jim sold his long-established tire sales business to his sons, established a new
By the time you get this, Christmas will be upon us, we will have a newly elected but not sworn-in president, and 2009 will almost be upon us. I don’t know what 2009 will bring us, but I do know 2010 is our 60th Reunion, so mark it down. I do want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. salvatore
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Well, what do you know! The e-mail I sent out requesting news worked! Of course, there are some slackers who haven’t answered yet. You know who you are. First, you may know that math was never my strong suit, so I was delighted with an e-mail I received from a friend with a novel idea. (Some of you may have read this, too.) The idea was not to bail out Wall Street and instead use that money for the adult population (over 18) of the United States. I believe the amount would have been around $485,000 each. Of course, then Don terrell had to burst my bubble and tell me the math is all wrong and it would be a mere pittance. Oh well! Don, who lives in Santa Barbara, CA, has been enjoying retirement since 1994, but it sounds like he is busier than ever. Between meetings, reading, and doing chores on their property, he is enjoying spending time with his six children, nine grandchildren, and five (soon to be seven) great-grandchildren. He is also renewing his studies in philosophy, economics, political science, and health-related subjects. Whew, I’m tired and I was just reading about all he is doing. ... larry Casey has undergone surgery for the relocation of the ulnar nerve and carpal tunnel on his left arm. The surgery was a success and Larry has now had some pain-free sleep. Since this was so successful, he is planning on having the ulnar nerve on the right side taken care of, maybe in late November. Several of Larry’s children sent him loving messages, which I also received. Good luck, Larry. Be safe. ... I received an e-mail from Jim Bauer, a ’76 psychology major, telling of the death of his father, russell r. Bauer, marketing major, on September 15. He is survived by his wife, Joan (Slowey), and children: Jim ’76, Patricia ’77, Mary, Philip ’80, Charles, Eric, Robert, and 27 grandchildren. After serving in the army, he worked at Babcock and Wilcox in Barberton, OH. He also worked for the U.S. Treasury Department (ATF) and the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Kentucky. He retired from both of these jobs. He was the author of two books: Bear Tracks (1996) and a privately published sequel, about his experiences in the ATF. He also published Poppa’s Road Sign Tales (1995), a compilation of stories told to his children during long pre-interstate drives from Middlesboro, KY, to visit family in Northern Ohio during the 1960s. A guest book is available at www.BlackburnandWard.com. ... I had a note from Jim Previt saying he was rear ended on Labor Day, and his car was totaled. His guardian angel was with him and he is fine. ... This is getting too long, so I will have to stop and save the news from Bill Kenealy – fascinating – and Bill Perusek – equally fascinating! Love to all, Dorothy 40
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Hello, Class of ’53 and to your family and friends. We missed Jim Dillhoefer at our 55th Class Reunion in June. He was a committee member, had attended meetings leading up to the Reunion, and had signed up to attend but became ill that week. Jim has been elected president of the Cleveland Council of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. He started with the society at St. Ann parish in 1962. Then he was the founding president at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Gates Mills, and has been active ever since. I remembered Jim as a pipe smoker. When I mentioned that to him, he said that he continues to be a pipe smoker. ... Bob harter attended Reunion both Friday and Saturday. At the Friday evening session, he accompanied son Christopher ’84 and daughter Mary Beth ’95. Bob was telling me stories of the dog, Rex, which was the JCU mascot. Rex used to be on the sidelines at the games in the early 1950s. Bob was a cheerleader in those years and used to tend to Rex during the games. He remembers riding the train with Rex in the baggage car on a team trip to Buffalo to play Canisius College. ... Paul Cipar retired about eight years ago. He had been in sales for an electrical equipment firm. Paul and his spouse, Elaine, have six children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. One of Paul’s sons is a JCU graduate. That son’s daughter is also a JCU graduate. That daughter is the mother of Paul’s great-grandchildren! Paul says he and Jack Ziegler were roommates in Bernet Hall. Theirs was a ground floor room near the arch. Paul was reminiscing about how they would leave their window unlocked so that twins Kevin and Dermot Coleman would have an entrance available if their arrival was too late to be legal. ... Dick Bauhof lives in West Bloomfield, MI, and is semi-retired from his career in the insurance business. Dick’s spouse, Margaret, passed away six years ago. One of Dick’s favorite hobbies is travel. His travels have included 75 countries and the continent of Antarctica, and he has plans to continue traveling. On one of his recent visits to Cleveland, he met tom Dugan and Jim DeChant for lunch. Also, over the New Year holiday, he visited roger sargent at his condo. It seems each visitor to that condo is enthralled with the spectacular view over the inland waterway. ... leo scully says he is spending most of his time just hanging around the same house in which he has lived for the past 40 years. He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren. Seven of his nine grandchildren live right in Lake County, OH, and the other two are in Washington, DC. ... Bob Peck has a very interesting story. He retired from teaching 21 years ago. He taught at several schools in the Greater Cleveland area and retired after teaching at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center. During his teaching career, he found time to obtain a master’s degree at John Carroll in 1957, to attend the University of Vienna during summer breaks, to run a stamp collector store in the main concourse of the Terminal Tower, and to run his
family’s landscape business. After retirement, he opened a travel agency. He and his spouse, Dolores, have been married 58 years as of October 14. They have four children, all of whom live in the area. They also have ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild with more on the way. ... We were very surprised and saddened to hear of the September 25 death of George stanton. George had flown in from Fallbrook, CA, to attend Reunion this past June. ... Send in your news for the next issue. God’s blessing to you all, jim
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...much celebration...on September 21, Fr. Casey Bukala, S.J., celebrated his 50th Jubilee as a Jesuit. And, as the Irish would say, “’twas a grand party.” The Mass was an expression of Casey’s spirituality, and, though the homily was interrupted by a call on Casey’s cell phone (a call from 1-800-Heaven), this man walks the walk and talks the talk – his love for Jesus Christ. At the party after Mass, several members of our class were munching, sipping, and enjoying the company of old friends. Bill Bloomstine brought his boat down from Erie, PA, and docked behind Cleveland Browns Stadium, where Gene Burns picked him up and drove to Jesuit City East. No doubt these two considered this a business meeting: Bloomstine is on the National Committee for the Preservation of the Great Lakes and Burns is associated with Homeland Security for the North Shore of Lake Erie. tony sposato was admiring the architecture of Jesuit City East and mentioned that when gambling casinos come to Ohio, his first casino will have a tower like JCU’s. Joe Wasserbauer mentioned that Fr. Casey should be a chaplain at NASA. Joe said that many of the things he engineered required a great deal of spirituality before being sent into outer space. ... Still on the celebration circuit – many thanks to Ellie Festa. Seems that in February, alumni and friends in Naples, FL, held a party for JCU alums who play or work in professional football. Don Shula ’51 was the featured special guest, and coach Bob Niehoff, S.J., suggested prayers for the defeat of Mount Union. Ellie and Dom Festa celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. Dom has served as president of his local club, Countryside Golf – bet his handicap is less than 10. ... Another celebration of sorts ...Dave nilges’ wife, Sandra, is doing much better. Her chemo treatment is finished, and now exercise and medication are in play. Dave remembers his first car, a ’54 Chevy Bel Air, white over flame red with white sidewall tires and a dealer sticker on the trunk that said lariche. ... Prayers for Fred Blodgett, Sandra Nilges, and Gail LaRiche. ... Keep the faith, Pete
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Byrne was inducted into the Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC) Athletic Hall of Fame and was unable to attend our ROTC Alumni Reunion. ... Please remember in your prayers Jimmy Barrett, Ken Mclaughlin, and Bill Deighan, who have recently passed way. Also pray for Nancy Donatucci (wife of Jerry), who is recovering from a serious bout with cancer. Ray (councilman, Parma, OH) and Scott’s wife, Joann, were guests of Cleveland-native comedian and host of TV’s The Price Is Right, Drew Carey, as he narrated a performance of Mendelssohn’s music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Cleveland Orchestra. Bob’s friendship with Carey began in the 1970s when he became Carey’s “Big Brother” through the Big Brother/Big Sister Program of Greater Cleveland. ... Lt. Gen. John Myers was featured in the Cleveland St. Ignatius High School newsletter earlier this year. The article details John’s career path beginning as a physics major and ROTC cadet at Carroll through his military retirement as a three-star general settling in Tucson. Throughout his career, the Myers family traveled the world, moving 25 times in 35 years. John and Colette celebrated 50 years of marriage in the spring. They have five children and 13 grandkids. ... In August, I learned from Dick Murphy and Jerry Cicero that Jerry’s best friend, Mike o’riley, died last January 21 in Newport, CA. Mike was originally from Lake Forest, IL. ... Laverne and Dick Murphy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 27. ... Frank hovorka informed me that John scanlan had two surgeries this year – one minor surgery and one major, non-invasive surgery. John is doing well. ... The JCU alumni office informed me that John a. Kenny, M.D., died June 17. John, born in Youngstown, OH, was a member of the AOA Honorary Medical Society. He had maintained a private practice at the Dermatology Clinic in Green Bay for 38 years. ... The fall issue of the JCU magazine listed the death of classmate robert D. Brosey (7/16/2007), along with Joseph a. Felty (5/17/2008). Our condolences are extended to the O’Riley, Kenny, Brosey, and Felty families in their deep loss. (Also, in your prayers, remember all our class members ill and in distress). ... The Brooklyn Law School Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law recently published a seminal article on insurance law entitled: “Attorneys’ Fees Disputes in Cases Involving Covered and Uncovered Claims: Who Pays?” The article was authored by Joe Cunningham, principal of Cunningham & Associates, PLC, with offices in Arlington, VA; Washington, DC; and Silver Springs, MD. Joe has written a variety of articles for legal journals on topics of contention in the courts in the past and is a coauthor of the Virginia State Bar CLE monograph on insurance law. He and Andrea were in Russia during our 50th Class Reunion. ... On September 21, vince Panichi did a reading at the 50th Jubilee Mass of Fr. Casey Bukala, S.J., ’54 at Gesu Church. A reception was held immediately following the liturgy. Also present were Laura Panichi, Joan and Jim Clark, and sal Felice. ... Bart Merella and his brother, Peter, attended the Termini Imerese, Sicily (Italy) Reunion at the Cleveland Little Italy Alta House on the Saturday of JCU’s Homecoming weekend. Later that evening, at the JCU ROTC Alumni Reunion dinner at the Dolan Science Center, I was pleased to see Mary and Don toth. The honored dinner speaker was General (four-star) Carter Ham ’76, JCU military hall of famer. ... Rosie and I recently took a bus tour to the North Carolina Mountains and Biltmore Estate only to discover Dorothy and Don szymanski on the same trip. I was amused to learn that he and Don Toth earned part of their college tuition with concentration on pinochle,
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Bob ensign, hal Feldman, larry Faulhaber, ed synek and I attended a recent ROTC Alumni Reunion dinner on campus honoring General Carter F. Ham ’76. It was really a great affair. With ROTC cadets seated at each table, we were able to learn a lot about the modern ROTC program and how different our experiences were. I had a chance to catch up with Ed Synek. Ed went through ROTC and was stationed at Ft. Mason in San Francisco serving time as Officer Club officer and on the General Staff there. After returning to Cleveland, he entered the insurance business and made it his life’s work. He is married to Marianne and has five children. His granddaughter graduated from JCU in ’07. ... I heard from Chuck Mathias, who is living in New Jersey. Chuck went to law school in Detroit with Jack Downie and graduated from Western Reserve University Law School in Cleveland in the class with tony Musca. He practiced corporate liability law as defense advocate. He sings in a Barbershop Quartet and in a Bell Choir with his wife, Mary Jo. They have one daughter and a great-granddaughter who lives in the Cleveland area. Recently he visited Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands of South Dakota. . He reports awesome scenery. ... Also, talked with al Milstein. Al, who played on some very good JCU football teams, now refers to football as a “pagan sport.” Al graduated from John Carroll “in absentia” while he was serving in the U.S. Army. He went through ROTC at JCU and served two years at Ft. Knox and Ft. Meade. After the army, he became a distributor for high-density commercial brushes (think brushes for very large street cleaners). After retirement, he became interested in the stock market and art. He told me that at one time, he bought a “penny” stock for .0002 cents and sold it for .001 and .009 cents. You do the math! As an artist, he works with gem stones, mounting them on picture frames to form “4th Dimensional Interactive Art.” This is not a commercial enterprise. Al is married to Dorothy; they have a son and a daughter, several grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. ... Joanne and Frank Geraci, Pat and tom Moloney, Alice and Bob FitzGerald, Sue and Jimmy Barrett, and Bob Micco spent some time together in Florida. Frank, Bob, and Bob were my classmates at Gesu School while Jimmy and Tom were at St. Ann’s. Frank was happy that Gesu once again outnumbered the St. Ann’s bunch. Frank thought my story about John Braucher and the Mayflower was great but reminded me that he and Jack Dunn drank at my father’s bar, the Crossroads Tavern, when they were only 15. One of my father’s bartenders was nearly blind, so I have heard many similar stories. ... Got an e-mail from Dan ranke ’84, John Braucher’s nephew, who also enjoyed the Mayflower note. ... ed tePas reports an experience that many of us have had. Somehow he came upon his old grades from his days at JCU and showed them to this daughter. Her comment was “Daddy, if I got grades like that at Santa Clara, you would have killed me.” ... John (Buck)
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My apologies to you all for not writing any notes in the last issue, but my wife was in the hospital getting a new knee at the time of the writing. She is doing fine! Congratulations to Jack nowlan on completing 14 years of volunteer service with the Red Cross Disaster team. John’s most difficult assignment was the two weeks he spent in Mississippi during and after Hurricane Katrina. This year, he spent a week in Iowa. He has spent time in Texas, Florida, Ohio, and Indiana. Good work, John! ... Both Dottie and allen Caine and Ruth Ann and Fritz eder (in Houston) made it through Hurricane Ike with no damage. ... Of the more than 130 attendees at the ROTC Alumni Reunion dinner held Homecoming Weekend, al oberst was the only ’56 representative. Al was one of the original members of the Wolfpack, which is still active at Carroll, as you can see from the feature story in this issue. Al fondly remembers his time in Germany with ralph Gorny (RIP), Bill Mcnulty, and Dave santoro. ... Bob Pascente is still actively engaged in his second career teaching history at St. Agnes middle school in Phoenix, which he says keeps him young and active. ... There will be two winter reunions for ’56 class members and their spouses in March. Jack Broderick has said he will serve as the focal point for the Phoenix luncheon, so please contact him at 23006 Giovota Dr., Sun City West, AZ 85375, 623-792-5689. In Florida, John Boler will host the reunion on Thursday, March 12, 2009, in Fort Myers, probably at the Bistro 41 restaurant in Bell Tower Plaza. You can either contact John or me at our winter retreats. My contact details are listed above. ... In closing, please remember Marshall Downs, who died on July 19, 2008. Marshall attended many of our reunions. ... God bless all of you and your families, and I would sure appreciate receiving notes from someone. I’m a lonely class writer! Leo Send your notes to: salvatore r. Felice 3141 W. Pleasant Valley Rd. Parma, OH 44134 440-842-1553 [email protected]
“Peace on earth and goodwill toward men” – what a good motto to begin the New Year! In late July, Bob “Tiger” tuma, along with son Scott
blackjack, hearts, etc., in the cardiology lab located in the lower level of the JCU Admin building. Both received their commission as second lieutenants in the Army Transportation Corps at graduation and went on to greater challenges. ... Have a healthy and fulfilling year. God bless, Sal Send your notes to: John e. Clifford 922 Hedgestone Dr. San Antonio, TX 78258-2335 210-497-3427 (w) 1-888-248-3679 [email protected]
Pershing Rifles). May they be embraced after their time here with us by Jesus. ... Peace, JEC suburb of Brighton as a longtime elected councilman, is the Rochester Area Chairman of the ESGR. Its charter is to support employers and employees of called-up Reserves and National Guard personnel, affirming the value of their military service and ensuring that their civilian jobs are available to them upon their return from active duty. Dick was able to take Dave, Jim, and “Falls” along on the trip. During the trip, it became obvious that Dick is known as “Jim” in Rochester, so the JCU guys just referred to him by his Carroll tag, “Vogs.” According to “Falls,” highlights of the visit to Camp Lejeune included a tour of the rifle range with its computer simulated targets; piloting the Marine Corps Osprey Rotorcraft Simulator; and a tour of a reproduction of an Iraqi village complete with 150 American Iraqis taking part in war games. (No matter one’s politics, I find that term to be a huge oxymoron.) Bottom line of the visit: “Marine Training is very real and our kudos to the Corps and their Esprit.” Dick Vogel went through the Marine PLC Program while at JCU; flew the F5 Phantom; and commanded the Marine Reserve 8th Tank Battalion, Fourth Marine Division, based in Rochester, NY, during the 30 years he spent with the Corps. According to Jim and Dave, when they arrived late in the evening the night before the trip and went to the motel “Falls” had arranged for them, they found that at that late hour rooms were being rented by the hour. (Sounds like “Falls” is still operating as a member of the “Tri-Ads.”) ... Having heard from no one else and with our 50-year Reunion in the not too distant future (also desperate for filler), I dug out The Carroll News from Friday, December 11, 1959. See if you can remember any of the items described by the following captions. Front page news: “University Officials Block Cheerleaders – ND College students: Pat Foley, Nancy Biros, Kathy Hoffman and Marge Wirscham selected to cheerlead at JCU basketball games were told NO by JCU officials.” According to the News, “Rev. Joseph A. Muenzer, S.J., Dean of Men indicated that the decision was a matter of policy for this all male university. Jack lyons, chairman of the Student Union project, could not be reached for comment at presstime (sic) last night.” (Way to duck the press, Jack!) Other front page stories: “Hal Holbrook Brings ‘Mark Twain Tonite!’” “IXY Accepts Record Number,” and “Dorm Reps Push Campus Laundry.” I must have missed the last item 49 years ago. As charter members of the Athletic Dept. Laundry Workers Union, I am sure that Mason, Nichting, Slosar, and I would have risen in protest that we weren’t given a chance to bid on the job. Speaking of the Athletic Dept. Laundry, remember what a great job we did laundering the linens for all of you who lived on campus. Just like having your own room at home. ... Finally, I am sorry to report that classmate Dan Cronin passed away on September 13. May he rest in peace. ... Get ready for our 50th Reunion and “be well,” Schweick
In August of 1958, I had the distinct privilege and high honor to be a member of the wedding party as John K. hanson and Tarri Sabol tied the knot. Fifty years later, John and Tarri Hanson celebrated that event. Thanks to number one son, Mark (my godson), I made a surprise phone call to John and Tarri on their 50th anniversary celebration in Oregon. Who ever would have thought that those two events, separated by half a century, could have been possible? Congratulations again, John and Tarri! Keep that knot tied! (When I asked Tarri if she’d do it again, she said, “I guess so.”) ... One of our classmates has the following listed on the back of his business card: Rumson Country Club, Fiddlesticks Country Club, United States Senior Golf Ass’n, USGA-Senior Amateur Committee, American Senior Golf Ass’n, New Jersey Seniors Golf, and Three Score & Ten. Send me the name of this classmate and win a DVD of selected 1958 radio/TV programs. ... As we say farewell to 2008, we also bid a fond last goodbye to Joseph Grady, James M. stevenson, and egidijus J. Zilionis (you knew him as E.J. when he was in the
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It’s the 50th Reunion for the Class of 1959! Join your fellow classmates on the John Carroll University campus next June 19-21, 2009. We’d love to see as many of our classmates attend as possible – let’s reconnect – let’s see how campus has changed – let’s relive those John Carroll years! ... Contact Carla Gall ’05 - [email protected]
reunion coordinator, to be part of your reunion committee. Send your notes to: Jerry schweickert 14285 Washington Blvd. University Hts., OH 44118 216-381-0357 [email protected]
Merry Christmas! (Didn’t I just wish you a Happy Easter?) All of you must have had busy summers, because I heard from no one until Homecoming on September 27, when Jerry rachfal presented me with what follows as well as a photo. ... Dave nichting, Jim Mason, and Jerry Rachfal visited Camp Lejeune as guests of retired Marine Col. J.R. Dick vogel on an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) “Boss Lift.” Dick, a retired Xerox exec, who is active in the Rochester, NY,
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From left are Patricia and John horvath ’61 and Gen. Carter ham ’76 at the first rotC alumni reunion dinner. lt. Col. horvath is a former professor of military science and rotC battalion commander at John Carroll. Send your notes to: Jack T. hearns 4186 Silsby Rd. University Heights, OH 44118 216-291-2319 216-291-1560 (fax) [email protected]
running hedge funds and being an investment strategist and senior portfolio manager at banks, an insurance company, three Wall Street firms, and TRW in Cleveland. He and his wife, Janet, have three sons (two are JCU grads) and 13 grandchildren. ... John Horvath retired from the U.S. Army in 1988 as a lieutenant colonel. He was professor of military science at JCU from 1975 to 1980. John and his wife, Patricia, have been married for 45 years and have two daughters, including Mary, who graduated from JCU in ’88 – she just retired from the army as a major and recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan. John volunteers with the United Services Organization at the Atlanta airport, where the USO greets, provides directions for, and feeds 500 troops per day. ... Warren Johnson, from North Dakota, is now retired from all three of his “major” careers (Air Force aviator, criminal prosecutor, and an overlapping stint as a graduate school professor). He still officiates high school football games and teaches basic and advanced motorcycle courses for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. He also is active in BMW motorcycle clubs and Corvette clubs and attends national rallies at several locations each year. ... Joe radican recently returned from a trip to Spain and Portugal and now better understands why the Spanish have siestas – particularly in central Spain, where it was more that just a little hot. Fatima was his favorite destination – “It is awesome to walk in the same place that the Blessed Mother walked.” ... And speaking of vacations, the Durkins flew to Paris and also visited the Normandy beaches prior to taking the Chunnel to London. They boarded a cruise ship at Hardwick, England, and were joined by the Gersts to see Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Russia, and the Netherlands. ... Keep us informed, Jack
The class of ’61 had a mini-reunion during Homecoming 2008. Class members met for the Street Fair on Belvoir prior to the JCU vs. Heidelberg football game and then held a class dinner at the Claddagh Irish Pub in Legacy Village. Present on campus during the weekend were Pressy and John Dwyer, Joanne and tom Gerst, Peg and Jack Durkin, Ellen and Jack hearns, and June and ed McGervey from Savannah, GA. tom theriot from Liberty, KY, was recovering from recent surgery and was unable to attend but did call his classmates while they were at the Street Fair. Later that evening, I met Bill newman from Avon, CT, and Patricia and John horvath from Atlanta at the ROTC Alumni Reunion dinner, which was held at the Dolan Science Center. Both served in Vietnam after graduation, where their paths crossed again. Having dinner with Bill allowed me to catch up on his work with the VFW Post 3272 in Avon, where he is commander. The post, which has 150 vets from WWII to Iraq, has been busy supporting military units in Iraq and Afghanistan; providing a Color Guard; hosting the Memorial Day and Veterans Day activities; and providing Honor Guards for funerals. Bill has published a monthly post newsletter for the last eight years and is also developing Military Service Histories, which are two-page summaries of each veteran’s service history, including dates, units, duties, campaigns, and decorations. As you might recall, Bill retired from the investment management business back in 2005 after 38 years of
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Thanks to all of you who have responded and provided updates on our class. The status of our class is well and prospering. We heard recently from terry leahy, who we last wrote about in October 2006. At that time, Terry indicated that he “has undergone another kyphoplasty procedure to try to straighten out compressed vertebrae, help his posture, and give additional space for his lungs to improve breathing and prevent pneumonia.” He now reports that his health is very good. Terry updates, “In 2004, I had two bone marrow transplants. The first one was in June 2004 and we used my own cells. The second one was in November 2004 (election night) and we used my sister’s cells. My sister and I were a perfect match. Consequently, I now have her immune system. Believe it or not, I am now getting my baby shots all over again. It’s very interesting trying to schedule those pediatrician appointments with the receptionists. ‘Is this appointment for your child or grandchild?’ In fall 2007, I had cataract surgery on both eyes. I am still having vision problems. Thus, the latest graft versus host disease problem is causing ‘droopy eyelids.’ Also, I have a light film over my eyes. I plan on having both of those problems taken care of this month, October 2008.” Terry recently attended his 50-year reunion at his high school, Loyola Academy in Chicago. At the reunion, an article about our deceased classmate tom yule, who died on January 10, 2008, was distributed. Tom had earned a degree in physics and minor in philosophy at JCU. The article by Eileen O. Daday, Daily Herald correspondent, provided much detail and substance about Tom Yule’s career as an experimental physicist in cutting-edge technologies. Tom had started his work in nuclear reactor physics at the Argonne National Laboratory, later moving to his work with the Strategic Defense Initiative, or Star Wars Project, in its accelerator program, which worked to develop a particle beam that could detect an attack by nuclear ballistic missiles. Tom spent the last part of his 34-year career in administration, including managing its decontamination and decommissioning program for nuclear materials. ... Dan Donahue reports his retirement from the bench as judge in Clark County, IN, across the Ohio River from Louisville. Dan had spent 12 years as prosecuting attorney before spending 22 ½ years on the bench. Dan and Barbara celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in August and have two children, a son who lives locally and a daughter living in Vancouver, BC, with two grandkids. Dan and Barbara will be moving to Anacortes (Fidalgo Island), WA, shortly. Our best wishes on your retirement. ... Paul napoli writes that he and Maureen have been married for 44 years and live in Brentwood, TN, and spend the winters in the condo in Naples, FL. They have four kids and seven grandchildren. Paul recently attended his 50th reunion at St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, where he met other JCU grads: Frank
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never been tested.” An avid softball player, he got hit in the groin with a ball, and a doctor’s visit led to the cancer diagnosis. Mr. Leiden started treatments. “They treat or operate or do procedures on patients seven or eight at a time, one day a week, and you go back every four months,” he says. “The next time I went back, I noticed that the same guys were in the waiting room that had been there the first time. The doctor was about three or four hours late. The waiting room was getting more and more filled up. You’re all there in a prostate cancer clinic, so it’s not like you don’t know what’s the matter with the guy next to you. But nobody was talking.” He continues, “I turned to the guy next to me and said, ‘How did you find out you had cancer? Where were you? What problems did it cause?’ I just started asking him questions. And he started talking and I started taking notes on this little folder I had in my pocket. Then another guy came over and said, ‘I heard you talking. Let me tell you about this.’ The next thing you know, I’m over at the appointment desk asking for sheets of paper.” Eventually, he says, about 15 people told him their stories. When he went back the next time, the same people, now having undergone treatment, added to their stories. About a year later, he got the idea to write a
Sharon are now grandparents, blessed with two grandsons this summer, and another due in November. Paul and Sharon traveled to Alaska this summer, and plan to return to Fort Myers in early December. ... Keep up the good work, Bob Send your notes to: Pete Mykytyn 3015 Alveria Dr. Carbondale, IL 62901 618-549-1946 618-453-7885 (w) [email protected]
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Terry Leiden ’62 started chatting with the guy sitting next to him in a doctor’s waiting room, and, 12 years later, that chat evolved into a published novel, Get Back in the Game. After Mr. Leiden earned his degree from John Carroll, he pursued graduate studies in sociology at Northwestern University until interrupted by army orders. The former Carroll ROTC graduate entered the army and served as a paratrooper in Korea, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam, the last country from 1965 to 1966, where he was exposed to the defoliating chemical Agent Orange. He returned to his native Cleveland area and earned a law degree in 1970 from Case Western Reserve University, leaving soon after for Augusta, Georgia, where he established a successful law practice. He was diagnosed in 1996 with prostate cancer, which he believes can be traced to his exposure to Agent Orange. “Like most people,” he says, “I had
Cirino, Ed Pishkula ’71, John sheridan, Jay Sweet ’64, ray turk, tom vince, tom Wirsing, Paul Broadbent ’67, Joe Geiger ’66, and Gary Mishaga. After the St. Joe’s reunion, Paul attended his 54th grade school reunion of St. Margaret Mary held at JCU. ... Retirement is finally in the future for John t. Fagan, who is retiring in December after 32 years with Raymond James Financial Services, the last 20 as manager. ... James Wagner lives in the middle of Manhattan, where he has been writing his popular blog, jameswagner.com. James describes himself as a graduate school dropout, leaving history studies and Brown after six years in three universities. Following 20 terrific years in Rhode Island, he fulfilled his dream by moving to New York. He began a period of intense political activism and civil disobedience as a member of ACT UP, Queer Nation, and WHAM. He describes himself as an American dissident and indicates he is ecstatically happy with his early retirement. ... steve Kapelka indicates he leaves for his home in St. Petersburg at the end of October and will certainly visit with Pete Pucher ’60 and his wife, who live 20 minutes away. Steve really enjoyed his 50th reunion at St. Ignatius. ... Finally, Paul Dwyer shares that he and 44
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book, making each of its five main characters composites of real people. He met with much resistance from publishers and literary agents, who didn’t think anyone would want to read about people with cancer. “One guy said, ‘Call back in five years. We hate to publish a book and find out the author died on us.’” Mr. Leiden, who has been cancer free since 1997, thinks Get Back in the Game – published in September by Harbor House and available at bookstores and on Amazon.com – should have an audience. In the next five years, he says, the number of diagnosed prostate cancer cases will nearly double, increasing to between 330,000 to 400,000 a year, because the Baby Boomers are reaching the age at which incidence rises. “When I first got diagnosed, I went to bookstores to read up on it,” Mr. Leiden says. “But all the books were written by doctors, and they were very clinical. Doctors tell patients, ‘You’re probably cured. You’ll never have any more problems.’ And they walk out the door. Well, my book, basically, starts when the patient walks out the door – what happens to these people. You can lose your job. One guy’s fiancée broke off their engagement. As far as I can tell, this is the first book that looks at the problem in this way, as a story.” David Budin
retirement and keeping busy. I have received several e-mails from tony skwiers since Reunion. Keep them coming, Tony. Our best to you and Sharon. Paul Kantz – [email protected]
– e-mailed me some notes that he put together at the Reunion as well. Quoting from Paul’s notes: “Enjoyed seeing everyone at Reunion and had a great time despite a bad case of laryngitis which slowed me to a whisper. Mary Kay and I especially enjoyed sitting at dinner with first-time reunion attendees Tony and Sharon Skwiers and ed Kazlauskas. Tony is retired from the Warren, MI, schools. He and Sharon are active in volunteering. After leaving JCU, Ed earned his Ph.D. and became a dean at Southern Cal in charge of computer-based distance learning. He was one of the pioneers in that field. You’ll remember Ed as a lanky and studious fellow who was very proud of his Lithuanian heritage. At the Saturday dinner, tom Ging offered a nice remembrance of our late classmate Mike Disanto. At Mass, all of our deceased classmates of the past five years were prayed for in a roll call of names read by John Dix.” Paul also made note that our class contributed nearly $130,000 for our 45th Class Gift; this represents 34% participation from 101 persons.
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Hi again, everyone. As I write this column in late September with an office-imposed deadline facing me, I am still remembering our 45th Reunion this past summer. What a great time it was. Hopefully, our 50th in 2013 will be the biggest and best 50th Reunion Carroll alums have ever attended. As far as notes are concerned, I don’t have too much to pass on. I took some photos at Reunion and e-mailed them to sam anson – [email protected]
technosphere.com – and Jim Mertes. Sam lives in Bergenfield, NJ, and was appreciative of the photos. Jim is still in Canton, OH, enjoying
Very nice gift indeed. The irrepressible John l. sullivan laid claim to the title of class poet laureate with a spirited declamation of a poem about our class. Rumor has it that John is preparing an ode – or perhaps a sonnet – for our 50th! John’s poem, “Hail to the John Carroll Class of 1963,” follows – “Oh! You all look so very young to me./ We attended Carroll for such a very small sum;/Today, I don’t think I could afford to come./But to come back I do get a yen; it would be great to do this all over again./Yes, I wish once again to wear that ROTC uniform,/Especially on those days so very warm/To once again go to the parking lot to drill;/Gee, I wanted to go over the hill./The MS classes took us from boys to men,/ Especially the language of Sgt. Cronen./In the rifle range we shot at candy;/In Vietnam that came in handy./Yes, that ROTC experience was unique/ Something never again did I ever seek./Just one more skit at Stunt Night;/Maybe this time we might get it right./Where oh where is our Madelyn Guftofson,/Still with Father Munser having fun./I long to feel that ultra scary wrath/Of our favorite WWII refugee, Fr. Horvath./On my term paper I feared a low double D,/And he said girls were evil as could be./Well, our college days have long been done,/It is great to remember all that fun./I can’t remember where I put my keys,/But I can remember you guys with the greatest of ease.” ... Until next time, have a happy and holy holiday season. Please let me hear from you. Pete had a surprise guest when Mike Blandford showed up, he of Stunt Night scripting fame. There was probably enough material that weekend for another entire show. ... Mary Helen and John Breen report a tripling of grandkids from three to six – Eloise Edith and twin boys Tait and Luke. Stay in shape, Reddog, those twins are tough to track when they bolt in opposite directions. ... REUNION ALERT! With our 45th Reunion coming this summer, remember that John is our web master – [email protected]
net. Please keep him posted of e-mail address changes. In addition, there has been a spate of street address changes, Florida being especially popular; please make sure that either John or I get those changes for reunion planning. ... Mike naylon got an early reunion preview, attending the ROTC Alumni Reunion dinner during Homecoming weekend. He reports excitement at how the JCU area looks “so different and so familiar at the same time.” That 45-year time warp can get tricky, Mike. He also expressed his extreme disappointment that the Crossroads is GONE, replaced by a Whole Foods store, asking the rhetorical question, “Where is Annette? What happened to old Andy?” Recall the 4-year Stream of Consciousness Class History in the ’64 yearbook, which mentions only 3 bars: the Roads, the Mayflower, and Nagles. This is highly recommended reading prior to the Reunion; I further recommend reconvening the committee that wrote it to decipher it. Some of the opaque clues have left me bewildered, not an easy admission. ... Houstonians Pat and ron timpanaro survived two weeks without power as a result of Hurricane Ike. Undaunted, Pat achieved excellent success in table tennis at the Lone Star State Senior Olympics Championships. “Dools” (maiden name Dooley) took the Bronze Medal for 65s, qualifying her for the nationals in San Francisco next year. Congratulations, Pat, onward on to the championship by the Bay. ... Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year; God bless all Streaks! Frank on sabbatical this year from Western Washington University, we have plans to revisit Southeast Asia in early 2009. This time we will head for northern Vietnam (Hanoi and the Halong Bay), Cambodia (a return to Ankor Wat and Phnom Penh), and Thailand (Bangkok – where I was stationed in 1975 along with John Marcy ’63). ... Would like to hear about your travel plans. Regards from the Pacific Northwest, Dick Send your notes to: dave Griffin 1347 Solitaire Pl. Holiday, FL 34690-6454 727-944-5229 [email protected]
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Warm Christmas greetings to all. A nice message from Bob runtz praising the heroics of Pete Kiebort and wife Evelyn, which was reported in John Carroll magazine’s fall 2008 issue in a sidebar next to this column. Motivated by their 41-year-old daughter, Kimberly, who has Down’s syndrome, and the reality of facing her long-term care, the Kieborts worked diligently for over five years to establish Assisi House in Virginia Beach, VA. They formed a nonprofit corporation to construct a privately funded home for mentally challenged adults, built on land donated by the Catholic Diocese. Assisi House is the first privately funded home to be established in the city and comes at a time when there is a backlog of some 270 residents in need of such housing. My daughter, Kristy, did social service casework for three years, supervising 25 lives in the Rochester area; I can report firsthand the tremendous sense of accomplishment achieved in assisting the developmentally disabled to achieve a reasonably independent, totally fulfilling life. I’m sure the Kieborts Christmas glow this year can be felt for miles around. Breaking ground in the fall of 2009, the Kieborts are in the process of raising $1.5 million. Further from Runtz, he and wife Toni have traveled recently with Cathy and ed Berleman to both Ireland and Alaska. Additionally, those four, along with Nora and Jack Barrett and Rita and Jim McGreal, have visited the Runtz’s lake home in Wisconsin for 25 straight years. Last year, they
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We recently lost classmate Carmen vitantonio, who passed away on March 23 in a hospital near his home in Wickliffe, OH, where he had been a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and the Italian and American Club. He served in the U.S. Army in the mid to late 1950s before receiving his bachelor’s degree in history from JCU. Carmen worked as a general inspector at Lincoln Electric Company in Euclid, retiring in 2003. He was buried in All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Township. ... As for the remainder of the Class of ’65, there is scant news, although Jack Kenesey tells me he was recently back at JCU for a visit. ... I received a note from the alumni office saying that they’ve been sent a 1965 JCU ring with the initials J.M.S. engraved inside. It was reportedly found in the lobby of a First Federal Bank of North Florida in Crescent City, FL. If you’ve lost your 1965 Carroll class ring in Florida, contact [email protected]
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Hello to all. I am sure that everyone enjoyed the beautiful fall weather with its color changes and all the grandeur that comes with the season. For you folks up north, you know what is sure to follow in the months after fall ... and I am not talking about the holidays. ... Fran nunney wrote that all is fine in his world. His daughter has begun her third year at JCU. He told me that Dr. Yackshaw passed away recently. Some may remember his English classes when his pipe preceded him into the classroom. Fran also included a page from the Villa Angela-St. Joseph alumni magazine. It featured an article on tim robertson. He is in their hall of fame and was recognized for his 40 years of service to Catholic education. Congratulations on both honors, Tim. ... Dale Masino let me know that those storms in the Atlantic went whistling past the Carolinas, so he and family are fine. He was trying to connect with Dan ruminski. I hope that has happened so they can talk about old basketball games. ... Still searching for Paul Klaus. He said that my e-mails were getting caught up in his spam blocker. He gave me an alternate but I have not heard back from him as yet. ... Joe Frederick wrote that, for the second year, he and John Morris got together at the PGA Tournament in Columbus, OH. John is a retired FBI agent who lives in Simi Valley, CA, with his wife, Diane. He was the chief of security for the event. Joe said that John does this for 10 such PGA events. John, I would like to know if being that close to all those pros has helped your game any. As for Joe, he and his wife, Kathy, live in Pemberville, OH. He reports that his book is 50% complete and expects to have it in print in 2009. Current title is Thanks for the People in My Life. Yes, there is a chapter about JCU times, including the “flying bun” that ushered in the now infamous food fight. Joe welcomes any info that you feel might be suitable for this chapter. You can send it to [email protected]
... John stagl sent me an article about an alternative to the AIG bailout. It is very funny, stating reasons why the money should not go to AIG but to Americans as a “We Deserve It Dividend.” I agree but don’t think it will happen. Let John or me know if you want a copy. ... I was not able to go to the Reunion this year. I would love to hear from those who did, so we can share the happenings with everyone. That is it for this issue. As a famous person once said, keep those cards and letters and now e-mails coming. There are a lot of classmates out there who want to know where you are and what you have been up to all these years. My best to everyone. Take care, Dave
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As I prepared these class notes, my brother, Richard French ’69 (we keep it in the family), called me from Italy where he has been wandering around for a month (he complained that the call cost $18.88). It was his birthday – so Happy Birthday, Rich. ... Nice talking to you and hope to see you around. Go Blue Streaks! Peter times weekly). ... If you’re still up at 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, listen to classmate thomas Kelly’s talk show on Cleveland’s WHK-AM1420 or online at www.whkradio. townhall.com. Tom does a great job of interviewing and keeping a good discussion going. It’s certainly worth a listen. ... Bill Kirk, one of the guys who at least tries to keep my fingers typing, was recently elected president of the Texas Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Thanks, Bill, for keeping in touch. ... In an effort to keep this column going, I am going to give you a preview of my next column. Thanks to help from a nice person in our class, the column will be presenting a little update on all the classmates who entered school in 1965 from one very special city. It’s not Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, or Cleveland. ... June 2009 will mark the 40th anniversary of our graduation from JCU. I hope you will start making plans now to attend our Reunion. Please e-mail me if you think we should try to set up a class golf tournament on Friday afternoon. I encourage you all to make your plans now to attend the weekend. ... I would also encourage you all to attend the reunion so we can vote me out as the class columnist and get a real news hound in the job. Please take care and know things will be better in 2009 for everyone. Grimmer Send your notes to: Ted heutsche 2137 East Howe Rd. Dewitt, MI 48820 517-669-4005 [email protected]
Hello, Class of ’67, it’s that time again – class notes. Went to the 2008 Homecoming. The weather cooperated and it was a wonderful fall day. I attended an Alumni Volunteer Workshop prior to the football game where I had the opportunity to meet other class columnists for John Carroll magazine. I spoke to Bruce Thompson ’43 and Sal Felice ’57. They have great columns and they both have won the Silver Quill Award from JCU. Take a look at their columns – all of the magazine columns represent a micro history of JCU. ... The game between Carroll and Heidelberg was exciting, and Carroll prevailed with a 17-15 victory. Numerous alumni enjoyed the Hospitality Tent and the Street Fair. The ROTC Alumni Reunion dinner was also a huge success. We all remember our ROTC days on campus – classmate Peter Bernardo was in charge of ROTC back when. Pete is still very active at JCU and is director of planned giving. ... In my last column, I predicted that Carroll would defeat Mount Union this season. As of this writing, Mount Union is undefeated in the OAC (this division is very competitive), but there is still hope. We are, after all, a Jesuit institution. ... Recently attended a retirement at the U.S. Probation Office, where I worked for 28 years. I ran into several JCU graduates, one being Carl Glotz. Carl and I worked in the U.S. Probation Office at the same time. We both observed how time has evaporated for us over the years. Carl continues to teach at the University of Akron on a part-time basis; I also teach part time at a local college. Our careers have taken the same path. Great to see Carl again. ... On a recent trip to Chicago to visit my daughter, Jennifer French ’99, I called hoping to catch up with Charlie McCarthy. Charlie is an attorney in Chicago. Talk about stories – Charlie can talk all day about our JCU days. ... On a sad note, Dean l. Kinley passed on September 10, 2008. There was a wonderful celebration on September 26 at a local Cleveland restaurant to celebrate Dean’s life. Dean left a wonderful family and hundreds of friends. He was a school teacher, a high school coach, and a great friend to many. He will be missed. During our Reunion, we had a tree planting ceremony in memory of our deceased classmates. When on campus, visit our site behind the Dolan Science Center near Carroll Blvd. Great place to reflect. Every time I attend a function on campus, I observe something new. ... I have another prediction – I see in the future, our 45th Reunion. I know, I know, 2012 is a long way away, but at least we can think about it. There are approximately 38,000 JCU alumni, and I believe that we can attract 50-60 of our class to attend the reunion – I set the standard high! I am going to be in contact with Bill ryan, as he always has innovative ideas. Bill continues to reside in New Orleans, where he has not sustained much damage in the recent hurricane season. ... We have a lot of stories to be told by our class. Put on your thinking caps and send your stories/ideas/ comments to your columnist – [email protected]
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Onward forward with the Class of ’68 -- News of note: I received a great letter from terrence J. thomas, Ph.D. Terry writes that he fits the ROTC Commissioned Officers Program. Terry is a veteran and administered the commissioning oath to his son, Ned. Terry reports that Ned chose the full cadet program at Norwich University (the Vermont Military Academy). Ned finished several weeks at Fort Benning, GA, and is off to ordnance training in Maryland. His future will probably include a tour in Iraq, so now Terry has an inkling of his parents’ thoughts during the Vietnam era. Terry closes with a warm greeting to all in the Class of ’68. Congratulations, Ned and Terry. You can contact Terry Thomas at 613-995-3173. ... I received a reunited Class of ’68 photograph from the John Carroll Alumni Office. Congratulations to all ’68ers in the picture – all of you look great! Jenny and I could not attend the events as we had planned, due to a family emergency. ... Phil Balmenti writes to say Reunion was wonderful. “Seeing larry Kennard, tim Dehaven, Gerry DiMarco, and all of our other classmates was not only fun, but, at times, emotional. We have all aged, but our personalities have not changed since 1965. My four years at JCU still remain four of the best years of my life. My son, Phillip A. ’92 got married in August 2007 and is now expecting to be a father in May 2009. My first grandchild. I am more enthused than at any time I can remember. I am still practicing podiatry and will probably continue until the market rebounds! My best to the Class of 1968. Hope to see all of you in five years. Maybe Bruce Massau, my roommate for four years, will come. ... Spotlight – Have I heard from you? What is new with: Kevin Faubel, Gerard DiMarco, Patricia reilley Forman, C. richard Frishkorn Jr.? I need news and information on you and yours. Tell me about promotions, marriages, trips, families, grandchildren, etc. ... Take care and please be generous to the Carroll Fund. For you, JCU, ’68 ... Jeff
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To the Class of 1969: I must be the worst class columnist ever, as I never receive any news, and this column is too hard to write without news (it’s especially hard for someone who Dr. Magner made rewrite his weekly essays as many as six
As I was “digging and scratching” for items for my column, I remembered how my predecessor for our class, Pat hutchinson evans, always had the same complaint: Despite the pleading and cajoling, it is always difficult to get classmates to send “contributions” to our columns. So, “putting the shoe on the other foot,” I e-mailed Pat for an update. This is what Pat had to say about what she and her husband, Frank, have been up to: “I sure do remember how HARD it was to collect any shreds of news for the JCU magazine! Like pulling teeth! Here’s the best I can offer: Our daughter, Katie, was married September 22, 2008, here in Cincinnati. We had 290 guests representing 10 states and 4 countries ... had the Westin Hotel and the Vernon Manor totally occupied with our out-of-town guests. Katie, a physical therapist, and her husband, Jeff, an emergency room doctor, have recently moved to the state of Maine, where both are affiliated with the Maine Medical Center. Katie and Jeff are expecting their first child in early 2009. Frank and I are going to be grandparents! Yahoo! Son Michael and his fiancée, Christy Geis, are going to be married in April 2009 in Cincinnati. Son Mark lives in Orlando. He is a land development analyst in Florida and recently completed an MBA. Frank and I are traveling and make the circuit on a regular basis to visit family and friends. Wish I could have a more exciting news entry but that’s all the news for now!” ... My wife, Karen, and I indirectly attended the JCU Reunion in June. By that I mean that our oldest daughter, Dr. Gretchen Heutsche and her husband, John Hogan, both ’93, were attending their 15th Reunion, and
degree from The Ohio State University. Broda is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. ... On July 24, 2008, several members of the class of 1971 attended the swearing-in of robert J. Callahan, Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Nicaragua, at the Harry Truman Building of the Department of State in Washington, DC. He was sworn in by John Negroponte, the deputy secretary of state. Cal was a member of our class, but graduated from Loyola of Chicago, where he received his master’s degree. He has been a member of the Foreign Service since 1979. Those in attendance included Paul (Chaulsy) armstrong, Bonnie and John (Joco) Cronin and Laura ’07, Cormac (Corky) Delaney, Craig (Vulcan) Dolan, Jayne and tim Donahue, Ramona and larry Fox, Brenda and Bill (Bearsy) McGregor, Kathy and terrence (Lumpy) rice, and Kevin o’Mara Walsh. Also in attendance was Bridget Herald (J. Patrick ’69). Armstrong has returned to his taxi roots. ... Recently, Tim Donahue retired as the CEO of Sprint-Nextel. The Donahue Auditorium is located in the Dolan Science Center on campus. ... Larry Fox is a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, and Bill McGregor is the football coach of De Matha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD. His record, over 25 years, is 249-34-3: 87.06 winning percentage. Joe Gibbs of the Washington Redskins described him as the best high school coach in the country. ... Paul Armstrong retired as a forensic accountant for the Social Security Administration. ... Hope you all enjoy the holidays and remember your friends. Please update your e-mail address with me – [email protected]
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From left are John and Gretchen hogan both ’93, Declan edward (Class of 2030), and Karen and ted heutsche ’70. Karen and I were recruited to baby sit our two grandsons, Braeden (3 ½ ), and our newest, Declan Edward (after his maternal grandfather!), who was born March 3, 2008. While Karen and I did not get to attend any of the festivities themselves, we made a couple trips to campus. I had the opportunity to visit with Bruce Thompson ’43, who knew my dad, Robert Sr. ’38, from all their class columnist and class agent meetings. Bruce and his classmates were celebrating their 65th Reunion! ... Brian Sparks ’97 from Meister Media notified the Alumni Office that, among other JCU grads who are working for his company, roger hercl is their new vice president/CFO. Congratulations, Roger! ... I also received a note from the Alumni Office that they were notified belatedly that two of our classmates had passed away in 2007 – ronald B. stevens on October 25, 2007, and Claudia P. Werth on July 22, 2007. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. ... My understanding is that, by the time you receive this issue of the magazine, Thanksgiving 2008 will be past and Christmas and New Year’s Day will be quickly approaching. Let me take this opportunity to wish you and yours a holy and blessed holiday season. ... Thanks to all of you who send me updates. Just don’t make me “hunt you down” for your news, like I had to with Pat Evans. Make it easy on yourself (and me) and drop me a note or an e-mail. With warmest regards, Ted Send your notes to: Tom and rosemary Costello 716 West Vermont Ave. Urbana, IL 61801-4827 217-344-2076 [email protected]
know you are thinking about them. Rose and I attended Homecoming, and even 30+ years later, we feel like we belong. I think perhaps we should have a mini reunion each year at Homecoming. Nothing formal – just a chance to see each other and brag about our kids or laugh about our college days. Speaking of children, I neglected to mention that Joe Costello, BC ’04, graduated from Catholic U Law School in Washington, DC, in May. ... Charlie algier – [email protected]
– has finally realized that he isn’t 21 any more. This revelation came as he has refereed dozens of high school football games, including the Ohio state tournament. Charlie tells us that spending time with kids and grandkids has become very special. He continues working in the trucking business. He had an opportunity to attend the Russert memorial Mass and, like many of us, indicates that many feel the loss. ... Received a note from Mike Gauntner, who joined us as a freshman in ’70. He reminded me of freshman duffers as well as his succession to my world-famous show-tunes lunch-time radio show on WJCU-FM88.7. Mike is the news producer at WFMJ-TV21 in Youngstown, OH. It must have been the duffers we made the freshmen wear that gave him his drive. ... Correspondent Pete hamm tells us son Geoff was married in July and a good time was had by all. Pete also tells us that Mike imperi, a Cleveland guy who has taught internationally, is the principal of the Alexander Dawson School in Las Vegas. ... Don oswick of the Oswick twins is dealing with some tough times but continues to work on his Ph.D. in urban studies at the highly regarded Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. ... Dr. larry Broda has been selected as medical director by Disability RMS, Westbrook, ME, an Assurant Health Unit. Larry, who has practiced internal medicine for more than 20 years, has a bachelor’s degree in biology from John Carroll and a medical
As we approach the holidays, I remind you to contact a fellow Blue Streak and let him or her
I have gotten so many e-mails – well over a hundred – after the passing of our TJ. The impact of this guy! Two of our classmates wrote me to tell me of their own close brushes with death. One was given a 10% chance to LIVE. But he was operated on by a John Carroll grad – and he pulled through. Another – cancer. He, too, beat it and credits care from two JCU classmates that helped him stay positive and focused at his bedside and through rehab. Now, he is cancer free. Both recount the man TJ was and how much his life, and his passing, meant to them. What’s the lesson? The unique nature of our class and how we care for each other. Forty years later and we are still in each others’ thoughts and memories. tim russert knew and appreciated this – he never missed a JCU reunion – save for the last one. We will have another in four years. TJ would be there. He would want you there. Anyway, some recollections ... Jack Bertges wrote that Bob longo, Marty lindstrom, and he toasted TJ on the night of the funeral at Perry’s Restaurant in SF (where Marty once managed, and where there’s a picture of TJ on the wall). Longo added that there were as many Bergy stories as there were Russert stories. Bobby says he will never forget the recessional playing “Somewhere Over the
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It was a Carroll family affair at Homecoming Weekend 2008, which had campus bustling for more than three days. Alumni returned to connect with friends and classmates, students brought high energy, and children joined in the celebration. The weekend kicked off with a pep rally and bonfire on Thursday evening. Other Homecoming highlights included the first-ever ROTC Alumni Reunion, with special guests General Carter F. Ham ’76 and his wife, Christi Ignaut Ham ’75; the Carrollfest Street Fair, complete with food, games, and music; a 17-15 football victory over Heidelberg; and the introduction of Lobo, the new mascot of the Blue Streaks. Everyone is already looking forward to next year’s Homecoming, on October 9-11, 2009.
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Rainbow” from Tim’s iPod as the double rainbow splashed over the Lincoln Memorial. tom Kaminski said TJ was the first freshman he met when he arrived to campus in August ’68. He remembers Tim’s down-to-earth “follow me” way, and adds, “He continues to inspire me.” ... Bobby agnone said he and Dan Carroll were the only members of our class to run a campaign against Russert. Bob and Danny ran Chris leicht campaign for freshman class president. Chris was Jack scheid’s roommate. Bob remembers that Tim won the election with the strength of the freshman debate. Bob wrote that until the day Tim died, every time he saw TJ on TV, he remembered back to that 18-year-old kid from Buffalo who debated with passion and conviction in the fall of ’68. ... Jimmy Peters remembers the day he and I returned to Murphy Hall at our 30th Reunion and heard an unbelievable roar coming from Russert’s room ... Bergy, tJ, Bill Doyle, Don Farrell, Mike Mullen, “sir Francis,” Doug Webber, tommie ryan, Dennis Quilty, tom Cavanagh, Lindstrom, Gregg Gianpetro, and it seemed like tons more – were crammed in TJ’s room and sharing stories and laughing like college kids – which, for the moment, they once again were. “Pickles” called Tim “God’s gift to us all.” ... alan nadel wrote and said, though he was a commuter from South Euclid and didn’t personally know Tim, that he was touched by him “like so many others, in a way that few have ever done.” Alan e-mailed the article that I wrote on Tim’s memorial service to friends, and received over 300 e-mails from people all around the country. Most of them got the e-mail forwarded to THEM but all responded back to Alan of the “feelings of having lost a close friend.” Alan said, “Tim is the reminder of the kind of person we all aspire to be and (paraphrasing Kipling) was a rare person who walked with kings yet never lost the common touch.” ... Finally, Davey o’Brien talked about how he and Colleen joined Hoddy Hanna ’69 at a fundraiser at which Tim was speaking. Dave said, “Tim came and sat and spent plenty of time with us.” Dave wrote, “At that time you never think this is the last time you will see someone, but you never know. After Tim’s passing I reached out to several Carroll friends I had not talked to in years, shame on me. Now that most of us have grown children, it’s so important to reach out to good friends.” ... Well said, David! And expanding on Davey’s theme, I think of talking recently with Gerry Grim ’69 about that very thing – keeping in touch – and how 30 members of the class of ’69 (and specially invited guests from ’70 and ’71) meet every year in Kiawah Island, SC, to play golf and share remembrances. Davey’s got it right. These guys from ’69 got it right. And Timmy always got it right. Call an old pal - get back in touch. Take care ... JM Send your notes to: Gerry o. Patno 13421 Merl Ave. Lakewood, OH 44107-2707 216-410-0129 [email protected]
sales with Xerox, then started a family, namely Joseph, Tess, and Michael. At that time, she volunteered extensively at Jesuit High School, where her children would later attend, while at the same time doing accounting and human resources services for Fred’s business. Mary Lynn brightened earlier class reunions with her attendance, and will be missed. May she rest in peace, along with two other classmates I did not know, as reported in the last issue: stephen J. Gorman, and graduate student louise M. Chenelle.... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! Gop
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A contingent of John Carroll magazine class columnists participated in the Alumni Leadership Volunteer Training Workshops during Homecoming Weekend. They enjoyed fellowship and shared ideas on how best to gather and write the news for their classes. Among them, they represented many decades of dedicated service on behalf of their classmates. Their group included eight past winners of the Silver Quill award, bestowed annually on a columnist for dedication to the role: Larry Kelley ’36, Bruce Thompson ’43, Tom Harrison ’49, Dorothy Poland ’52, Sal Felice ’57, Jack Hearns ’61, and Tom ’71 and Rosemary Costello ’71.
Just missing the deadline from last issue’s big reunion recap was the sad news of the passing of our beloved classmate Mary lynn Coffey Payne. One of the original “Murphy girls” who started with us in the fall of 1969, Mary Lynn would go on to have a lifelong involvement with Jesuit education. After marrying Fred Payne in Cleveland, she worked for three years at St. Thomas Moore College as a recruiter, before the couple moved to and settled in Portland, OR. There, she started a 12-year career in
Well, one of our classmates is no longer on the lost alumni list. tony Walocko replied to the JCU alumni appeal in search of missing alumni and provided the following update. Tony lives in Clifton Heights, PA, just outside of Philadelphia (home of the 2008 National Baseball League champions) with his wife, Patricia. They have been married for 29 years and have two children: Sabrina (29) and Michael (24). Tony has traveled extensively across the U.S. and Europe. He works for Toyota Motor Company. ... Sheila and Jim Weitzel, and their children, Erin and Drew, survived Hurricane Ike as it blew its way through Houston. Fortunately, they suffered only some minor wind damage. Jim switched jobs over the summer and is now a global business development executive with CapRock Communications. Sheila’s best friend from college
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the write stuff: back row, from left, are Bruce thompson ’43, Bud noetzel ’40 (attending for Carl Giblin ’40), tom harrison ’49, Jack hearns ’61, ray rhode ’55, Peter French ’67, Jim Myers ’53, larry Kelley ’36, tom Costello ’71, and rosemary Costello ’71. Middle row, from left, are sal Felice ’57, Bob andolsen ’62, Jen tolhurst ’05, Cherie skoczen ’98, Dorothy Poland ’52, annie DePerro ’95, and Melissa Wenzler ’90. seated in front, from left, are lisa iafelice and Brittany Bush, both ’07.
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is Alice Schroeder, author of The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, which was published this past September. Sheila and Alice were roommates at the University of Texas. ... Mark your calendars now for our 35th Reunion next June 19-21. If you would like to serve on our reunion class committee, contact Carla Gall ’05, at [email protected]
or 216-397-1592. And for those ICHIs in our class, the fraternity will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the JCU Homecoming Weekend, October 9-11, 2009. Although the fraternity is no longer an active organization on campus, its legacy continues through the Iota Chi Upsilon Scholarship. As of September 1, 2008, five students attending the University are receiving four-year scholarships. ... Keep the e-mails and phone calls coming. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, a Blessed 2009, and look forward seeing many of you in June. Robby Send your notes to: rick rea 6854 Ardale Dr. St. Louis, MO 63123 314-769-9051 [email protected]
Hello, classmates! OK, here’s the answer to the trivia question from my last column. During our freshman orientation week at JCU, we were treated to a great concert at Blossom Music Center. What band was the headliner at that concert? The Fifth Dimension! The first classmate
to e-mail me the correct answer was Gary Knuth, who remembered listening to that great concert with us under the stars. Gary told me he would like to hear more about all the delinquents who lived in “Bizarre Manor” and “Reet Zeet.” If any of you know what Gary is talking about, how about e-mailing me some info about yourself with a translation. Gary has been working in the field of rehabilitation since graduation. He received an M.Ed. from Kent State and he is currently the executive director of United Disability Services in Akron, OH. Gary and his wife, Laurie, live in the smallest village in Ohio, Sugar Bush Knolls, and have five children (all grown). Gary still has close ties in Pittsburgh and is a big Steelers fan! ... ed Jindra e-mailed me the correct answer with some personal news. Ed and his wife just celebrated their 35th anniversary. They have three grown children, two of whom are Ohio State grads who are still suffering from the West Coast drubbing at the hands of USC! Ed is in his 36th year of retail management and is currently with Gabriel Brothers out of Morgantown, WV. Ed asked for a shout to Bill Charske from the old Kline Studio in the Ad Building and something about “Chef’s World.” Another translation is necessary, please. ... Melissa and I just finished moving from our apartment to our house, so our lives have been quite hectic. We did take a weekend off from unpacking and rearranging to catch a Blues game and see Jim Gaffigan at the Fox Theater. If Gaffigan comes to your town, don’t miss him; laughing is great medicine! My granddaughter, Isabell, will soon be a year old and looking forward
to her first holidays. Since this column will, hopefully, be in your hands around Christmas, Melissa and I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season; Ed Jindra says hello to all the rest of his 1975 mates and have a great holiday season as well and peace as always. When you have some free time over the holidays, how about sending me some news for my next column? ... Here’s the next trivia question. During their first tour of America, this British band sold out most of their concerts. Upon being sold out at Cleveland’s Public Hall, they scheduled an evening concert at John Carroll that sold out so quickly they scheduled an afternoon concert that same day to a sellout crowd as well. What was this famous British band? Hint: Their hit single that they played during this tour as an encore made a reference to the fact that a physician isn’t necessary. The first classmate to e-mail me the correct answer will be recognized in my next column! ... Pray for peace. Hi, Sam! RR
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Hail all in the Class of ’76! Yet another installment of all things fit to print. We are running a bit light this issue, so please take a moment to send some scraps of your lives my way. elaine yeip got off a
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note after attending the celebration of Class of 1954 Casey Bukala’s 50th anniversary as a Jesuit. Congratulations, Casey! She said there were many alums in attendance, including tom Fox, in from St. Louis. Hard to believe that Casey had only been teaching philosophy for two years at Carroll before we arrived. It just seemed as though he had been there forever. ... Condolences from the class go out to Jim Bauer, who sent word of the passing of his father, Russell R. Bauer ’52. ... Until we meet again in the next issue, may you and yours be healthy and happy! Cools today. Mary lives in Glenview, IL, and has four kids: Joseph, Alice, Megan, and Katherine. Mary had planned to attend our Reunion, but then couldn’t attend. She sends greetings to classmates: Bruce luecke, Chris Kelly, Kathy Monaco, Jack schufreider, rob herald, David Briggs, and Joanie snyder…ara Bagdasarian was moved reunion weekend by JCU’s tribute to fellow Beaudry winner Tim Russert ’72. In the Beaudry presentation in 1978, Ara shared the program with George Bush, our commencement speaker and yet-to-be 41st president of the United States. Twenty-eight years later, Ara shared the dais again with George Bush at a business conference. Ara, senior vice president, shop marketing, for Travel Centers of America, and spouse Leslie are involved as leaders in Fraxa, the Fragile X Research Foundation. Their children Julie (16) and Alex (14) were diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome, the most common known cause of autism, in 1995. The Bagdasarians started the Fragile X Alliance of Ohio support group in 1997 and are thrilled to witness great support and progress toward a cure. See www.fraxa.org for more info. ... Pat Kunklier also enjoyed our 30th Reunion. Pat lives in Akron and is a leader in the right-to-life movement. He was elected to the board of Ohio Right to Life in 2007. See – www. ohiolife.org or www.nurturingnetwork.org – for more information. ... Mike Merriman was recently elected to the Nordson Corporation Board of Directors. Nordson is located in Westlake, OH. Mike is operating advisor at Resilience Capital Partners LLC, a private equity firm based in Cleveland. Prior to joining Resilience Capital Partners earlier this year, Mike served as president and CEO of Lamson & Sessions. His career also includes positions as CFO at American Greetings Corporation, nine years as CEO of Royal Appliance Mfg. Co./Dirt Devil Inc. until its sale in 2003, and partner at Arthur Andersen & Co. Mike serves on the boards of John Carroll University, American Greetings Corporation, OMNOVA Solutions Inc., RC2 Corporation, Boys Hope Girls Hope, and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). ... Frances Babic, JCU master’s degree in history, was awarded the 2007 Community Leadership Award by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Folk Arts Network for her 50 years of work with various ethnic groups in the Greater Cleveland area. Frances was recognized for helping each ethnic group to find pride in its folk culture and to build bridges between ethnic groups through awareness of shared universal values. ... Jeannine and Pete ruffing live in Columbus, OH, and recently visited with Gerry reilly in Madison, IN. The Ruffings have four sons: The oldest graduated from OSU in engineering and is in the Naval Air School learning to fly for the U.S. Marines; second oldest is in the army, still training for his job; the younger two are at The Ohio State University. ... erica Kosinski is in her eighth year as communications manager at the Lake County Council on Aging. Her duties include being editor of the agency’s newspaper, Bridge, which has received national awards in the 55+ market. Erica keeps busy with her son, Chris, an eighth grader. ... Jeff Cash and spouse Cindy live in Mentor, OH, and are experiencing empty nest syndrome. Daughter Erin works in Atlanta in market research, daughter Julie is in graduate school to become a child psychologist, and son Brian is attending Miami University (OH), studying art. Jeff is an independent consultant, and is also looking for a next career opportunity. ... Thanks for writing! Tim
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Come one, come all to Reunion 2009! Come celebrate our 30th Reunion on John Carroll’s beautiful campus next June 19-21. Contact Carla Gall ’05, reunion coordinator, at [email protected]
to assist in the planning. Send your notes to: Matt holtz 22487 Laramie Dr. Rocky River, OH 44116 440-331-1759 [email protected]
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When I receive my copy of John Carroll magazine and I know that there is no column for our class in the issue, I don’t even open it. It is not because of a lack of interest; rather it is from an overwhelming sense of guilt I have for not getting a column in. To my fellow classmates, I offer my apologies. In an effort at redemption for this quarter, I was determined to write something...anything, in fact, to avoid having our class show up as a blank space. Let me get to the sad news first. I received news that fellow class member lois (rabb) snider passed away back in April. I don’t recall Lois, but my thoughts and prayers go out to her family. I hate the fact that death announcements are now more frequent than marriage announcements. Now to the good news...I was surprised by a visit from Peter Gailey last week. He was in Columbia for business, and we were able to get together for dinner. Over dinner and a glass or two of wine, we recalled memories of our college years when we both lived in Bernet Hall. Peter told me he still stays in touch with his senior year roommates, robert (Tigger) reigert and robert Dwyer. Tigger is still in New Orleans and Rob lives in LA. ... robert (Sha) Keir was recently passing through town, too. He gave me a call as he was driving to Annapolis on a beautiful fall Saturday. Sha was in town with his new girlfriend, Sandy. Some things never change. ... My former U-Club brothers may want to check out a new group for all U-Club alumni on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com. You can access the group at www.linkedin.com/e/gis/867987. ... That’s about all I have for now. It would be nice to hear from more members of our class besides death notices. Drop me an e-mail and let me know if you’ve shared a laugh or a glass of wine with a former classmate lately. I’d much rather write about that stuff. Dennis
Greeting to the Class of 1981. By the time you receive this, Christmas will be right around the corner, we will have elected a new president, and we will be nearing the end of another year in the NFL. If anyone has extra Super Bowl tickets for the big game in Tampa, please e-mail me. I want to encourage you to send me the highlights of your life and what news you have for your classmates. ... I am excited to report some great stories from our great class. I did hear from Bill Burns, who achieved his doctorate in audiology from the University of Florida. Bill is a captain in the Army Reserve and has been mobilized to active duty as the hearing conservation officer at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington State. Great job, Bill! ... Also, I heard from nancy schuemann, a neighbor of JCU’s and an alumni author. Nancy’s latest book, Cleveland, Ohio: A Photographic Portrait, with photographer Carl Stimac, is a photography coffee table book on the city of Cleveland. She conducted all of the historical research and penned all of the text. The book is having great success! ... I look forward to hearing from you for our next issue. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Bob
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Greetings! Here’s the latest ... Mary amato nimrod’s daughter, Megan, is a freshman at JCU. Mary is amazed at how great the campus looks 52
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Greetings from Chicago! I hope you read the beautiful tribute to Miles Coburn ’75G in the last issue of this magazine. Miles leaves behind a remarkable legacy. The significance of his work at and around John Carroll cannot be overstated. Our
prayers go out to his family, including his sister, Mary rose Coburn sullivan. ... I took five children to see their three JCU brothers over Homecoming Weekend – so we had a quorum as a family...nobody was voted out of the family, thankfully. It’s been years since I’ve been to Homecoming – it was fun! The Street Fair was ideal for my 7 to 12 year olds. JCU held off Heidelberg to clinch the victory. Mass in the chapel followed by brunch in the cafeteria brought back great memories. One of the Homecoming highlights was the chance to catch up with former swimming coach Ron Zwierlein and JCU’s All-American substitute, Frank Cicco. It was Jill Cicco’s wish to celebrate her birthday watching the Blue Streaks on the gridiron and then play nursemaid to my ailing 7-year old. Coach Z has not changed one bit. Neither has Frankie! You will have to decide if that’s a good thing or not. ... Kevin Coyle dropped me a nice note – he’s living in Philadelphia, but is no longer working. He remembers the people I mentioned in the last column – yep, they are all still there. Drop Kevin a note, if you get a chance. It’s easy to do on JCU Connect. ... Katie Carpenter rose had a busy summer. Her baby went off to college – not JCU, so I won’t mention it by name. That makes Jim and Katie empty-nesters for the first time. (Good luck, Jim.) Katie ran her first marathon in May. She also ran into Jim redford in Washington, DC, where they were cheering on their kids in the “We, the People” national competition. Lots of running for Katie! ... On a personal note, if you look at the class columnists for 1980 and 1981, you might remember that Matt Holtz, Bob Hill, and I were all roommates in Bernet Hall for one year when Matt was a studly senior, Bob was president of the Student Union, and I was a lowly underclassman. I had no idea we were all budding authors, but it’s nice to have the roomies back together, even if it’s only in print. ... I need scoops – please drop me a line! Onward On! Paul Send your notes to: Mark schroeder 3451 Granton Ave. Cleveland, OH 44111 216-210-2020 [email protected]
intern of mine at WJW-TV8. Not only is she blonde and beautiful, but it was brains that took her out of TV. Marcy is operations manager for Global Professional Services at Diebold in Canton, OH. ... One of my favorite class members is ann Moore. Upbeat, vibrant, and one of the best smiles ever, Ann is a pillar of strength. She is living in Willowick, OH, where Deb solyan joined us for an October afternoon of laughs. Deb has moved to AFLAC! ... What I love most about JCU are the friendships that endure with everyone who attended school throughout our years on campus. After 27 years, I found Dave Bassi ’81. The Count is in human resources at NASA Glenn Research in Cleveland. On the side, he is undercover security for major sporting events: Super Bowls, NCAA Final 4, U.S. Open, Masters, etc. ... I got a call from Chuck Longo ’82. Chuck is a great attorney and is successfully conducting business in Beachwood. ... As a teammate, Brian Clarke ’85 saved baseball games at JCU; now he’s saving people money as a CPA and partner for H&J Certified Public Accountants in Willoughby. ... I ran into steve Musser at a gas pump on the West Side. Steve is a physician and surgeon of the foot in North Olmsted. Thanks to a stress test in the spring, Steve averted trouble and settled for corrective open heart surgery. He is looking good and regaining strength. ... Two years ago, the stork flew into Cleveland Heights with a boy named David Dominic delivered to lisa Gasbarre-Black and husband David. When relieved of diaper duty, Lisa is an attorney serving as general counsel for Catholic Charities Health and Human Services for the Cleveland Diocese. David is a real estate agent for Keller Williams. ... Tommy Bruno ’95 remains one of my closest friends and JCU contacts. A creative producer for me in TV, Tommy has elevated his talents as general manager of WAPS-FM91.3 “The Summit” in Akron. ... When my cell rings daily at 5 p.m., it’ll be John Moeschberger ’80 from Lincoln Electric. We mostly scrutinize sports. Two of my favorite and generous friends, John and Mariann ’81 live in Solon with two great kids. Possessing a fastball that rides into lefties, son Johnny is attracting college scouts as a pitcher, while daughter Julie is incredibly gifted in the arts. Mariann is principal of Solon’s Arthur Road Elementary. ... Great job, everyone, for generously giving to the class reunion gift! So, my fellow classmates, “Ask not what this column can do for you, ask what you can do for your columnist.” Write him! Mark
luke edward, son of Pam and ted ’84 Mohler. city in which I live, when there is a headline article in the local Sun Newspaper, September 25 issue, regarding her work, my journalistic responsibility calls for me to put that in the column! Chris is the North Olmsted police department’s youth services administrator, and the city is instituting an innovative program to curb teen drinking by having the underage residents with these issues meet with Chris and participate in an intervention diversion plan rather than face the standard legal penalties and fines, which may not address solving the problem. ... Heard that Cynthia helfert is out in Milpitas, CA. Cynthia is a CPA. ... Bob Mcintyre became the workforce development director and varsity head football coach for Keokuk High School this past summer, according to an article in the Iowa newspaper Daily Gate City on September 22. As Bob says in the article, he believes he has come to the right place at the right time. Bob decided to return to his childhood dream of coaching after two decades in the business world when he had a coaching job at his alma mater, Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School. “When I decided to walk away from the corporate world to coach football, I knew I wanted to eventually be a head coach and have a winning program,” Bob says in the article. “My mom probably thinks I’m crazy. I remember my father telling me to follow my dreams, to pursue my passion. I started coaching full time in 2003.” After building up several years of experience, Bob looked for that head coaching job. Bob’s wife, Andrea, whom he met while working at a bank on the East Coast, is a native of the area. Their daughter, Morgan, has gone to stay with her grandparents every summer. Bob’s career has allowed him to travel over the years while he has worked for companies like Nabisco and PNC Bank. Most recently he was senior vice president of a small company, but he took that job with the understanding that he could leave the office during football season so he could coach football. Bob says: “I was offered a partnership in the company. By then I knew football was my passion. I walked away from the business and
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In September, my wife, Johnna, and I had the pleasure of attending Class of ’54 Fr. Casey Bukala’s 50th anniversary celebration as a Jesuit. He has meant a lot to JCU alums throughout the decades. He is not only a special man and priest, but he is a special companion of my family. He married me, buried my father, and for 21 years has been a tremendous support for my mother. All the best, Father – they don’t ordain them like you anymore! By the way, I was married in front of family on June 7. Johnna didn’t attend JCU, but she hasn’t missed a reunion gathering since we met. She is the best! I received face time on Cleveland TV as SportsTime Ohio selected me to write and be the talent for a commercial congratulating Cleveland Indians pitcher Cliff Lee on his 20th win of the season. ... Fate connected me with Donna and Jim ’63 Mertes, who sent daughters Dr. Lori Mertes ’89 (married to Matthew Hiestand), Christine McHugh ’86, and Monica McGervey to JCU. Daughter Marcy ’92 was an
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Did you notice the fancy new roof we have on this class column now? That is because our class has our 25th Reunion in just about six months! Anyone who is interested in helping on the reunion committee is invited to join the fun! Please contact Carla Gall ’05, the reunion coordinator for JCU, at 216.397.1592 or [email protected]
and she will let you know how you can help! ... Chris allegra has to accept that since she works for the
In October 2007, Staci (Blagovich) Dunbar ’88 and her husband, Morgan Dunbar, moved from New York to Tokyo for his job. They plan to stay three years. Staci, who left her career in the entertainment industry, is pursuing new endeavors, among them freelance writing and photography. After a year in Japan, Staci reflects on her experiences in the following essay. What have I learned during my time here in Japan? I’ve learned that living in isolation, with virtually no support system, forces you to rely on the only two things that are certain: yourself and each other. I’ve learned that even when I fit into my “skinny jeans,” I will still be the largest woman on the Metro. I’ve learned that the Japanese language is complex – and infuriating. I know hundreds of adverbs, adjectives, and nouns. I know how to conjugate countless verbs, to tell time, to count. I can make dinner reservations and hair salon appointments over the phone. Yet I still can’t carry on a conversation. I’ve learned to appreciate Tokyo. Its beauty emanates from a history textured by devastating natural disasters, war, and a cultural heritage that began with the Shoguns in the 16th century and continues today with a modern aristocracy. I’ve learned that while the Japanese are not a religious people, it is with great conviction that they embrace their Shinto and Buddhist belief systems and rigorous cultural mores. Some of my most cherished memories will forever be of the many temples and shrines we’ve been blessed to have entered as well as the festivals and traditions we’ve experienced. I’ve learned that the cost of living is absurdly expensive. But I’ve acclimated. I no longer flinch at the $3 apple or fret over the $18 laundry detergent. (I still draw the line at the $20 butternut squash, though.) I have become quite the savvy “Japanese” housewife who is able to navigate the far-lessexpensive local grocery stores and farmer’s market planet; pickled daikon; yuzu; mikans. Not to mention sake and shochu. I’ve learned that bowing repeatedly while muttering your deepest apologies in Japanese will garner you absolution from even the most appalling cultural gaffes. I’ve learned that earthquakes are a part of daily existence, as is the summer’s oppressive humidity and the early fall’s horrendous typhoons. But the glorious weather from October to April more than makes up for those imperfections. I’ve learned that I will never become accustomed to the mass of humanity that exists in this city. How does the sheer volume of bodies on the Metro platform fit into the arriving car? Consider the image of Hachiko crossing in Shibuya, the famous intersection where roughly 16 lanes converge and pedestrians crisscross every which way. I’ve learned that to truly experience Japan, you must venture out of the safety net offered by metropolitan life and explore the countryside. I’ve learned that the pain of missing those that you hold dear doesn’t lessen with the passing of time. I’ve learned that although I have much more to learn, I already know that I will return home changed forever. Are you a John Carroll graduate who has a way with words and an experience to share? Send essays or ideas to us at [email protected]
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Changed forever: staci ’88 and Morgan Dunbar moved to tokyo for Morgan’s job.
for staples, relying on the international markets only for the must-have slices of Americana the likes of peanut butter and Kellogg’s bran cereal. I’ve learned that I will never appreciate the local delicacies our fellow countrymen savor. Snacking on dried silverfish. Eating the bones and cartilage of a whole fish. Eating every part of every animal. Spleen, anyone? Or fish eyeballs to round out your sushi lunch? I have, however, grown to love the basic ingredients at the core of Japanese cuisine: tofu; sweetened nori; roasted and sweetened golden sesame seeds; ginger; mushrooms (you can’t imagine the varieties!); the freshest, most mouth-watering tuna on the
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corporate world to pursue my passion fulltime.” Bob still operates his own consulting business. ... ted Mohler is looking forward to our upcoming reunion. Ted married his wife, Pam, in September 2004, and they had happy, healthy Luke Edward in August 2007. Ted says, “...fortunately he has my wife’s good looks.” Ted is an attorney for Nationwide Insurance. Ted was glad to read about fellow attorney Joe hoffer and his family a few issues ago. ... On a final note: With our Reunion looming in the near future, I was tempted to start jogging and working out to get in shape. But then I assessed the change 25 years after college life has taken on the human body, and I realized it might take me until the 50th Reunion before I could really get in shape. So I will try to start after the Christmas cookies are all finished off, and maybe I will be in shape in 2034. Of course, by then, we will all wish we looked like we do right now! Don Send your notes to: diane (Nerem) Wendel 629 Quaker Rd., Rte. 120 Chappaqua, NY 10514-1507 914-238-2227 [email protected]
internship at Fairview Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Eldridge completed his residency in family practice at MetroHealth Medical Center and is board certified in family medicine...” Congratulations, Craig! ... Peter Bernardo ’67, JCU director of planned giving, is still accepting donations on behalf of the Karen J. schipke Memorial scholarship. End of May, funds raised totaled $10,582. Once the fund reaches $50,000, the earnings will go first to a direct descendant from the Class of 1985. Please consider a gift in Karen’s memory. Please be sure to specify that your gift is intended to go to the Karen J. Schipke Memorial Scholarship fund and send to JCU Attn. Peter Bernardo, 20700 North Park Blvd., University Heights, OH 44118. Our goal is to have the scholarship fully funded by our next reunion, which is, believe it or not, only three years away. ... It was a pleasure meeting up with some old friends visiting NYC this past November. Carl Fillichio, Carol Brennan Joseph, Maureen McDonough Curley, Mary Pat (Bluemle) Maretz, Ann Durkin ’84, aggie nagy, and I had a great time taking in Altar Boyz on Broadway and a late night dinner at Ruby Foos when we were booted from the restaurant at 11 p.m. for a private party for Olympic medalist Michael Phelps. Perhaps we should have stayed longer in the bathroom! ... Waiting to hear from some of our STARS like Jill (arnold) Monk, suzanne (Carlin) Mahoney, Patricia (Burnett) Kulmoski, David Corrigan, Kevin Coyne, Dan Fitzpatrick, Mary (Gabel) hurt, ellen Greenan-landis, Margaret hammele ruehle, James imbrogno, susan Muer, and Jay rachfal. ... Wishing you all a Merry Christmas! Diane traveling to Rome, Florence, and a few small coastal towns. Should be a lot of fun, and I can’t wait. ... See, if you don’t send any news to me, the only news I have to share is my own! I hope to talk to some of you soon. Enjoy the holidays and God bless. Sue Send your notes to: Jamie Jamison 7072 Kildeer Rd. Canfield, OH 44406 330-702-1965 [email protected]
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Happy holidays! We were so grateful to hear from sue najjar Bell. Sue was kind enough to share her challenges and joys during the last ten years. After the illness and death of her first husband in 2001, Sue has since remarried and has two beautiful children, Tommy (2 ½) and Elizabeth (1). As if keeping track of two toddlers isn’t enough, she teaches children between the ages of 3 and 6 who have disabilities. On top of that, she and her husband own The Flying Monkey Pub in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. Personally speaking, I highly recommend stopping in at the Pub. I’ve been there several times myself and have never been disappointed in the service and atmosphere! Sue tells us she keeps in touch with Maggie heller shero, Carole saade sutherland, and Dan rutar. They are all happy and doing great. Maggie has four children and Carole has one. Thank you, Sue, for writing us! ... We send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Mary elizabeth Barkey, who passed away in August. ... We’re sure others have stories and accomplishments to share; we look forward to hearing from you soon! Best wishes, Kathy and Jamie
“Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there!” ~ Anonymous. With that being said, I know you are out there shining oh so brightly, so send me your news or just say hello and “shine” here in our next column for spring! ... Michael and Marie (Mozzi) Baumuller have moved to Charleston and Michael is working for the resort at Kiawah Island. Marie is busy with her own Spa and Fitness Consulting company, where she is still teaching clients on “making the most of life – a guide to a lifetime of wellness.” Marie states, “It is inspiring and my clients and colleagues are the ones who keep me motivated. My ‘baby’ Kate is one of five freshmen who were the recipients of the Xavier Fellow Scholarship, so that was a gift from God. She deserved it...great girl and lots to offer. I know Fr. Schell is smiling as he was an alumnus!” ... Classmate and novelist elizabeth Becka lansky (new pen name is Lisa Black) has another new forensic thriller set in Cleveland called Takeover. Her main character, Theresa MacLean, is a forensic scientist investigating an early morning crime with her homicide detective fiancé, when her fiancé is taken hostage in a robbery at the Federal Reserve Bank. Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestseller author: “Pick up this book, and prepare to invest an entire evening. It’s that good.” ... Fellow classmate Dr. Craig eldridge was mentioned in the paper. The article read: “Lagrange – For the first time in years, there’s a doctor practicing in LaGrange. Community Health Partners opened the new Community Physicians LaGrange office August 2 and celebrated Saturday at 105 Opportunity Way with a ribbon cutting, face painting, blood pressure checks and bone density screenings. ‘I heard this town didn’t have a doctor. How can a town this size not have a doc?’ said Dr. Craig Eldridge, who is moving from CHP’s Wellington Physicians to run the show in LaGrange. Eldridge is a longtime Lorain County resident and received his undergraduate degree from JCU. He is a graduate of both OSU College of Law and College of Medicine. After an
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Hi, Class of ’87 – I want to apologize for the lack of a column in the last issue and the lack of substance in this column. I have not been receiving personal updates from any classmates, which I need in order to write a column, so I need to use other means. A suggestion was made to me that I contact you rather than you contact me! What a great idea! So, don’t be surprised when you receive an e-mail or phone call for our next column! Be ready. ... It’s now October, my favorite month, and I’m excited to share that John and I will be leaving Saturday for Italy for our 20th anniversary. We will be traveling with Molly and Marty ’86 Barr. This is our first time to Italy without little ones, and I think the Barrs’ first time period. WOW! We will be there for a week,
Happy fall, ’89ers – as the time of football and cooler weather is upon us ... When I signed on to do this wonderful task of class columnist, it was my hope to be able to keep everyone informed of the “goings-on” of our classmates and friends as we proceed through this maze called life. It is truly a joy to hear from all of you, and what better way to stay informed than to come to our 20th Reunion – June 19-21, 2009. Yes, believe it or not, it has been 20 years since we walked from Dolan, Bernet, Millor, Pacelli, or Sutowski to the RecPlex, library, or class; even the Rat Bar in the early days. As we get closer to the date, I will hopefully be contacting as many of you as I can about this great event. Keep an eye on the website for further details. ... As for classmate news, I did hear from Jerry Driscoll, who spent 10 years in Chicago before making the move in 2004 to
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Detroit along with wife Erica, son Owen (5), and dog. In 2005, Jerry and Erica welcomed daughter Elizabeth, and Jerry wrapped up a 15-year career in automotive media planning/buying to become a stay-at-home dad. Jerry is currently pursuing his master’s in accounting at Walsh College in Troy and hopes to finish in 2011. Jerry does report that alum John schwartz lives in St. Charles, IL, with wife Carolyn and their three boys. John received his MBA in finance from DePaul and is currently working in the banking industry with LaSalle Bank. Last Jerry heard, neil herald was working in Chicago for The Pension Company and selling annuities and financial services. Jerry mentioned that he always enjoys the comments he gets when he or his children wear John Carroll sweatshirts or hats; either someone says they went to Carroll or they know someone who went to Carroll. It truly is amazing how JCU continues to touch our lives even after graduation. Not a day goes by that I don’t see or talk to a fellow alum, whether it be my wife, Beth; my father, Dean; my sister, Kathy; my sister-in-law, Sara; my nephew, Chris; Father John at Holy Trinity in Avon; very good friends both here and out of town; and customers at several accounts in Cleveland and beyond. ... Keep up the good work, Blue Streaks, and see you in 2009! David Send your notes to: Melissa Wenzler 4021 Wandsworth Rd. South Euclid, OH 44121 216-691-3759 [email protected]
their school and church. With all the moving around, Peggy mentioned it’s been tough to keep in touch with classmates, but she does hear from amy (D’amico) rondinelli. Amy and her husband, George, reside in Canfield, OH. They are parents to two boys, Sam (8) and Louis (5). ... I am happy to say that my “call-outs” seem to be working! I was so happy to hear from Chris torockio. Chris and halle (sharapan) are living in Connecticut. They have one son, Giovanni (7). Chris is a professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he teaches fiction writing. His second and third books were just published. Floating Holidays is a novel and The Truth at Daybreak is a collection of short stories. Both are available on Amazon (just in time for holiday gift giving!). Halle is a second grade teacher and, more importantly, she is a breast cancer survivor! Chris reports that Halle is in fine health now. Chris also mentioned that they spent the summer in Italy just “bopping around.” What a wonderful way to spend the summer. Thanks for the update, Chris. ... Hope everyone has a blessed and happy holiday season – do keep the news and notes coming. I love to hear from you and so do your fellow alums! Peace, Melissa Send your notes to: Molly Coughlin Fanta 25107 Wildwood Dr. Westlake, OH 44145 440-716-1749 [email protected]
holiday season. This new year will bring the celebration of many 40th birthdays. So, happy 40th to those of you celebrating this year. ... In news, I have a congratulations to heidi lanesky (past RA of Millor Hall). She and her husband just celebrated the birth of Tristan Maximus. Heidi works at Norchi, Barrett, & Forbes LLC in Beachwood, OH. She is a paralegal and truly enjoys her job. Good to hear from you, Heidi. ... Jennifer lynn tokasz recently married Dr. Fitzpatrick in Ravello, Italy. They are residing in Buffalo. Congratulations, Jennifer! Jennifer is the divisional vice president and general manager of the Lord and Taylor store in Maryland. ... Brian Sparks ’97 wrote in to tell us that nick Mlachak is the production director at Meister Media Worldwide. ... Colleen DeJong Berliner is residing in Cincinnati with her husband, Jay, and two sons. Her oldest is in kindergarten. Colleen, congratulations to you! ... lisa lagana is living in Chicago working at Deloitte. She is married to Trevor and they have a little girl named Emily. Thanks for the update, Colleen. ... Please write in some news about yourself or a friend for the column. We love to hear from you. Molly
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Season greetings, Class of 1991. I would like to wish you and your loved ones a very special
Hi, all, I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful colors of autumn. Are you ready for the holidays? I know this time of year gets busy, but please don’t forget to take a minute and drop me an e-mail. I am happy to report that I have heard from several classmates with some wonderful updates. ... Joanna (Garry) Fanning sent me an e-mail. She and her husband, Mike ’88, live in Westlake with their sons, Riley (11) and Liam (9), and their daughter, Deirdre (4). In addition to being a busy mom, Joanna has been working in the pharmaceutical industry for over 17 years. She works for GSK in their HIV division as a sales representative. According to Joanna, the best thing about her job is working with the wonderful people in the community. Joanna passed along some news about fellow classmates lynn (Mikel) lally and eileen (stroh) herbert, MD. Lynn and Sean (her husband) live in Rocky River with their three children (two boys and a girl). Eileen and Joe live just a few blocks away from Joanna in Westlake. Eileen and Joe are proud parents of two boys and their new daughter, Mary Maureen, who was born in June. I hear she is a beautiful baby! Congratulations, Eileen and Joe. By the way, anyone notice a trend here – all three families have the same number of children in the same order. How fun it will be to watch those children grow up together. Who knows – maybe they will end up at JCU someday! ... Peggy (Blatt) Koscho checked in after seeing my call out to regan Carver (hey Regan, drop me a line… Peggy would love to hear from you, too)! Peggy and her husband, Mike, have recently relocated to Wichita Falls, TX. They have been on the move, having lived in Indiana, Georgia, Michigan, and Ohio (twice). Peggy wrote that she is a busy stay-at-home mom with her two boys, Michael (7) and Jack (4), and volunteers at 56
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nicholas, son of Colleen DeJong Berliner ’91.
Hello, all! Hope you are enjoying the fall weather and getting geared up for the holidays. Dennis and I would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ... After many years in Chicago, Jenifer Williams has moved to Portland, OR, to be with her fiancé, Aaron Cole, and begin a career as AVP of Learning and Development for Wilshire Credit Corporation, a Merrill Lynch Company based in Beaverton, OR. ... Patrick and Susan Jurisevic ’94 Krejci are currently living with their two daughters, Lauren (1) and Grace (5), in Cary, NC. He is a registered nurse and has recently completed his master’s degree in nursing leadership from East Carolina University. He is employed with Duke Healthcare within the Orthopedic Surgery Service Line. ... Dennis reardon recently took a new job and is now a director with BE Consulting. ... That’s all the updates I have for now; please send yours now! Take care, Julie
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heidi lanesky’s ’91 baby, tristan Maximus.
Hello, friends! I hope all is well with your family and friends. First and foremost – don’t forget our 15th Reunion is coming up June 19-21, 2009, so please
keep an eye out for any correspondence about our Reunion! We would love to see as many people there as possible. Even Mike reichart from Chicago has committed this time! Many of you have let me know you are on facebook.com (I still encourage all of you to get on and create a profile and to connect with our classmates and many other alumni and current JCU students). Here is a listing of who I have connected with (in case you want to connect): laura Bell affer, renee albarano, sarah Kocian alzamora, Michael ancona, Kathy McCullough Bozimski, stacey schmidt Brazie, Janene hanley Clark, steve Delchin, tim Fitzgibbons, Dee hanley Bauer, steve hilbert, David Kocab, lisa Chrysler Kocab, Melissa lohman Manner, lisa lombardi Mendenhall, elizabeth szychowski Pruchnicki, Michael Reichart, Carolyn sennett, Michelle Gallagher, lara vidmar slatniske, Pete thewes, Curt ross, and Pete Wilson (as of deadline). If you create a profile, please make sure you connect with me. ... laura Caserta has a oneyear-old son, Charlie Koppitch. Charlie joins 4-yearold big sister Annie. ... Beth (Szychowski) Pruchnicki and randy Pruchnicki live in Erie, PA. They have been married for 13 years. They have two children, Owen (8) and Lilly (4). Beth works part time as a consultant for the Erie School District and works with a program called TEENSCREEN, which evaluates high school students for depression and mental illness. Randy works for the Erie School District as the director of finance, and both of them are busy with cheering on their kids in baseball, basketball, and soccer. Beth also reported on Kathy (McCullough) Bozimski, who is working in Baltimore. Her husband, Don, is an attorney, and they have two kids: Kaitlyn (5) and Trip (2). renee (Billmaier) timbrook and husband Rob live in Toledo with their daughters, Anna and Katie. Thanks for the update, Beth! ... Don thompson and his wife, Angela, reside in Cape Coral, FL, with their two boys, Matthew (11) and David (8). Don was recently named the regional vice president in Florida for PrePaid Legal Services, Inc. He works in the employee benefit field with companies in the area of legal plans and identity theft protection. Don is also a Little League coach for both of his boys, and stays in contact with John Carroll roommate Joe santoro. Joe, let us know what you are up to! ... Jennifer Dietrick and husband Ernest Marrone II welcomed a daughter, Caroline Dietrick Marrone, on September 7, 2008, 6:01 p.m., 5 lbs. 5 oz. and 18 ¾ inches long. Congratulations! ... As for me, I have recently been promoted to assistant vice president for student development at the University of North Texas. Those days being an RA and orientation leader and being involved in the Student Union are starting to pay off! I hope everyone is doing well. Please continue to send me an e-mail about what is going on with you and your friends! I will keep you posted on Reunion info! Luck to you always, Moe Send your notes to: annie (hummer) dePerro 4161 Glenmoor Rd., NW Canton, OH 44718 330-966-8845 [email protected]
during Homecoming Weekend this fall. Assuming I’d be parking on campus, I confidently announce to the gatekeeper, “I’m here for a workshop and have been told to park in the Belvoir lot.” Wrong choice of words, I realize: The word “workshop” means “class,” which, on a college campus, implies that I am a student. Maybe I don’t look 35 after all. “Oh, honey,” he says to me, “that lot is closed. It’s full.” Hold the phone, I think to myself. I’ve been waiting to park in the Belvoir lot since 1991. Besides, I have evidence, a letter signed by the editor of John Carroll magazine specifying where I should park. “I’m here for this class,” I repeat. “It’s part of the Alumni Leadership Volunteer Training Workshops. My name should be on a list,” I read after I finally find the letter buried in my tote. Am I really arguing with the gatekeeper? Memories surface of the 20-year-old me pleading my case to this very gatekeeper and he speaks again. “Oh, why didn’t you say so, annie DePerro? Your name is right here. Drive all the way back; plenty of spots in the Belvoir lot.” I put the green permit he hands me on the dash as the gate lifts and I pull through. Never mind that 30 seconds ago the lot is supposedly full. I’m in. I enter the RecPlex (aka the D.J. Lombardo Student Center) from the nearly empty lot and I am struck by its sameness, despite some cosmetic changes. Conference rooms are updated; the cafeteria serves sushi, the bookstore remains housed next to mailboxes that now are rarely used. Then up the steps walk our former classmates steve vitatoe and Katie Powers! Only now she is Katie vitatoe and the two little people trailing them look like their clones: Joey and Annie, ages 6 and 4. I notice apparently new signs that identify our dorms: Murphy, Sutowski, Dolan, and Pacelli. I wonder if the rooms have grown like us or just aged. I recognize another person approaching with a stroller. It’s Katie (Michael) stoltman, her husband, Kevin, and their three kids: Nate, Sidney, and baby Matilda. I discover that JCU is the place to bring children of all ages during Homecoming or Reunion weekends; they are heading to the Street Fair on Belvoir to partake in the thrilling bouncy house. I think, Gigi and Ryan will have a blast here and make a mental note to definitely bring them next year. My inner reporter immediately quizzes Katie on 1995 grads and she informs me of annie Parker’s recent move to Michigan for a job; Carina (Woodrich) schnitter lives in Twinsburg, OH, with her spouse and children; sue Graham teaches history in Boston; and Dr. eric Boose, of Cleveland Heights, became the father of baby Xander. Returning to Carroll puts me in a nostalgic mood. I meander through campus admiring the new Dolan Science Center and think I’ve spotted an old friend on its balcony. It is English professor George Bilgere, and he recalls seeing me last at the former Arabica Coffee Shop pushing a stroller of my own. 2010 is our “official” reunion year. However, I hope you will join me in crashing the reunion party of our 1994 friends. You might not be able to get that primo parking spot in the Belvoir lot, but wherever you park, it will be well worth the effort! See you there! Annie
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For whatever reason, in my last column, I neglected to mention the passing of Tim Russert ’72. As many of you remember, Tim was our commencement speaker, and after sitting through several graduation ceremonies in the years since then, I believe that no one can top Tim Russert. I vividly remember the most important lesson he shared: Our most important mission in life after graduating is not to go out and make as much money as we can, but to do everything you can to make the world around you a better place. Since then, I’ve read both of Tim’s books and rarely missed an episode of Meet the Press. You can be sure that during this year’s campaign season, he would have made sure that no question would have been left unanswered. We miss you, Tim, and even as a Browns fan, I will be proud to say this: “Go Bills!” ... Pete Munson just moved back from an assignment at the American Embassy in Muscat, Oman, where he traveled all over the Middle East and had a few stops in Europe. After a short stop in Ohio, Pete and his family are moving to San Diego, where he’ll be stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar for the next two to three years, flying KC-130 aircraft. ... Michael nemunaitis is living in Dallas, with his wife, Cheryl, two daughters, Emily (4) and Natalie (2), and son, Eric (6 weeks). He is finishing up a fellowship in oncology and will be moving back to the Cleveland area in July 2009 to set up an oncology practice. Despite living away from Cleveland since graduation in 1997, he has remained an avid Browns, Indians, and Cavs fan
Volunteering to write our class notes for this magazine is the only way to get past the gatekeepers of the Carroll parking lot, I discover
Molly (o’shea) Davis ’97 and her daughter, Murphy.
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and can’t wait to get back home. Mary-Michelle Coleman is godmother to their youngest daughter. She continues to live in Cleveland Heights and is a teacher at Carroll. tim o’Brien is godfather to their youngest daughter. He lives in Munson, OH, with his wife, Melissa, and continues to run O’Brien Leasing in Lyndhurst. ... Mary (Deucher) Greulich and her husband, Heath, have been married for seven years this past August. They have two young children: Michael (3) and Fiona (1). They currently reside in Strongsville, OH, with their kids and yellow lab, Augustus. Mary’s accounting career recently brought her to MTD Products, Inc., located in Valley City, within the Financial Planning and Analysis department. She also squeezed in some time the past few years to obtain her MBA. At MTD, she has run into class of ’97 alums Dan Ziegler and natalie sabo. ... Molly (o’shea) Davis is living in Cincinnati, had a baby girl in June, and just finished her master’s in marketing. She recently joined the JCU community on Facebook and it helped her catch up with some other classmates: Julie (Jackimiec) netzky teaches high school English in Chicago. amy Brown is an international flight attendant and recently moved back to Pittsburgh, where classmate tracey McConnell now lives and works in marketing. annmarie tirpak and I also recently caught up with Julie in Chicago and enjoyed sharing stories over Starbucks. ... Thanks to everyone who sent news for this column. Keep the updates coming! Brian
From left are Kristie (Kontak) Crane ’98 and her newborn daughter, lily; and alison (Winters) ’98 and nick scolaro ’01 and their newborn son, samuel. Samuel is the son of Nick ’01 and alison (Winters) scolaro, and he was born this September. “He is a happy and healthy bundle of joy,” Alison said. This fall, when the Scolaros drove to visit Alison’s family in Columbus, OH, they stopped to see Kristie (Kontak) Crane and her growing family. Kristie and her husband, Aaron, welcomed Lillian Christine in July; big sister Ava is 3. Kristie teaches elementary school in Upper Arlington, OH, but she took this school year off to be at home with her girls. Aaron works in sales for Astute Solutions. ... Kelly and adam Mordock’s son Owen became a big brother this summer. Weston Reid was born in August. The Mordocks live in Twinsburg, OH. ... In addition to all this good news, I have a happy story to share myself. Last year when I was flying to New York for work, Continental Airlines assigned me a seat next to a gentleman named Jason. We struck up a conversation, and, as they say, the rest is history. We’re now planning our wedding for next May! ... If you’re getting married, having a child, moving to a new city, changing jobs, graduating with an advanced degree, earning an award, traveling, or have anything else to share with our classmates, please send me an e-mail. It takes just a few moments to write, and your JCU friends will enjoy seeing your name in our next column. Thank you in advance. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2009. Cherie Oakmont, PA. Casey works as an AP English teacher and Kyle is with PNC Bank. They welcomed their first son, Jack, in June. ... Jennifer (Klein) rosenbaum and her husband of six years, Adam, currently reside in Naperville, IL. Their second child, Bruce Edward, arrived in November 2007. Jen stays busy as a full-time mom raising Bruce and his big sister, Elise McKenna (3 ½). Bruce was recently baptized and his godmother is our fellow graduate Jennifer Giordano. ... In other news, Jason vonhaz recently announced his engagement to Michelle Dana Spangler. Jason is employed with a surety company in Atlanta. The bride-elect is a special education teacher in the Forsyth County School District in Atlanta. ... Kelly (Zobel) and Joe Chernowski welcomed their new baby girl, Esther Grace, on September 25 at 10:36 p.m. She joined her four big sisters weighing in at 8 lbs. 2 oz., and 20.5 inches. This exciting news means the Chernowskis have a future girls’ basketball team all set to go! ... Gigi awad and her husband also celebrated the arrival of their new son, Asa Akil Awad Cokley. He graced the world with his presence on September 23, 9lbs. 2 oz., and 21.5
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Seasons greetings, Class of ’98. Hope you are well and looking forward to spending the holidays with family and friends. And growing families at that; as you’ll read, many babies were born this year. Jay and lynn (roessner) Monaco, who were married in Key West, FL, in 2005, welcomed their first child, Caitlin Theresia, this August. Lynn teaches English at Chardon High School, where she works with several JCU alumni, mostly from the Class of ’95. The Monacos live in Mentor, OH. Lynn’s twin sister Pam roessner is an attorney and works for the city of Lakewood, OH. ... About two years ago, John and Jane (rich) Wieland relocated to Walton, KY, just outside of Cincinnati, where Jane is a manager for Grainger Industrial Supply. She finished her MBA at Ohio Dominican University in May 2005. The Wielands have two children: Jacob (4) and Jackson (born last April). Jane said natalie (Barrington) hackney also has a new addition to her family – son Aaron was born earlier this year; big sister Alexa turned 3 in November. Natalie is a school psychologist. ... Angela and scott scherler married in 2001, and they have two children: Joshua (5) and Anna (2). Scott works for Datavantage, a software company in Cleveland, where he is the director of sales for the eastern United States and Canada. ... Brian ’97 and Mary Beth (sullivan) Graf welcomed their daughter Lillian Caroline in April 2007. “She is the light of our lives and is looking forward to playing with her new friend, Samuel,” Mary Beth said. 58
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This edition’s column brings great news from our classmates throughout the U.S. Kyle reynolds and Casey sullivan are married and living in
Jennifer (Klein) rosenbaum’s ’99 children, Bruce and elise.
inches. ... Just outside Detroit, Dan Boyle and his wife, Amy, have been married for more than three years. Their son, Bennett Michael, was born in early February. Dan currently works in medical sales with Johnson & Johnson in the same division as our classmate Joe DiPasquale. Small world! ... I’d also like to include a note in this column about Jessica Kochis, since the news of her passing reached me after the deadline for the last issue. Although Jessica is no longer with us, her soft-spoken voice combined with her quick wit left an indelible imprint on my memory. I’m sure many of you have wonderful college memories that include Jessica. I know we will always miss her and hold her memory close in our heart. ... I look forward to hearing from you in the next few months. All the best, Meg
scott embacher ’01 and audrey Balbaugh embacher ’03 welcomed a baby boy, Fasika. send an update and/or photos on anything that is happening in your life; you can share updates on friends, too. Remember to live your life for the greater glory of God. Maureen
Send your notes to: Paul Clapp 1918 Lakeside Dr. Madison, OH 44057 440-796-4947 [email protected]
Our first-ever John Carroll Reunion is quickly approaching. Mark your calendars now for June 19-21, 2009, to catch up with old friends at the biggest party of the year. Our goal is to have the best attendance for a 5-year class – this will be one Carroll tradition you won’t want to miss! Contact theresa spada - [email protected]
for more information or to get involved, or contact Carla Gall ’05 - [email protected]
- reunion coordinator. Send your notes to: Jennifer Tolhurst [email protected]
Send your notes to: lisa Foster 3795 Lowell Rd. Cleveland Heights, OH 44121 440-339-6572 [email protected]
Clare Taft 2171 Middlefield Rd. Cleveland Heights, OH 44106 [email protected]
As winter is upon us, we are excited to report on our fellow Class of 2000 graduates. First, some baby news. Clay and Mary (howarth) Bibbee welcomed Charles Clayton Bibbee III on October 6. Charlie joins big sister Caroline. Brett and Beth (Kulow) Wilson welcomed Corinne Zoe Alice on September 20. Corinne weighed in at 6 lbs. 10 oz. and measured 19.5 inches. Corinne joins her big brother, Thomas. Becky and Billy Meade welcomed Liam Henry in July. ... In nuptial news, angela susnjara and Phillip Hoover were married August 30 in Cleveland. Angela and Phil live in San Francisco. Debbie Pagano and Pat Sichko are engaged and planning a May 23, 2009, wedding at Saint Francis Chapel and a reception at the Dolan Science Center. ... If you have any news that you would like to share, please keep us in mind. We can be reached at our e-mail addresses above, and we both have pages on Facebook, so you can always find us there! We love hearing about your children, weddings, promotions, relocations, new homes, new jobs, graduations, and any other events of note in your lives. Have fun and keep us informed, Clare and Lisa
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Embrace and enjoy the change of the seasons and the daily changes in life ... scott embacher and Audrey Balbaugh Embacher ’03 happily welcomed a baby boy, Fasika (1), whom they greeted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 23, 2008. They are happy to begin their family through the miracle of adoption! steve and elssy (lawrence) Klug welcomed their third child, Molly Anne Klug, on April 7, 2008. They are living in University Hts., OH. Congratulations to both families! ... Please
Winter always seems to sneak up on me, and it has done so again this year! I hope this issue finds you well and that you are enjoying the holiday season so far. Here are the latest updates for our class. Dhaliah safy is currently an adult nurse practitioner working as a hospitalist in Buffalo and at three nursing homes in western New York. This past July, she became engaged to Mark Wolbert. They will be married on October 3, 2009. The couple currently lives in Grand Island, NY, with their two dogs. ... Brendon J. tripodo has been named senior vice president, private banking manager for Fifth Third Bank in South Florida. He previously served as the bank’s city president in Collier County. Along with his MBA from John Carroll, he has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from The Ohio State University. ... That’s all for now! Take care and have a very Merry Christmas! Oh, and don’t forget, let your classmates know how you’re doing – send me an update! Kristen
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Hi guys, happy holidays! I hope all of you are enjoying the season and settling in to hibernate for the long Cleveland winter. Just don’t get so comfy you forget to keep sending updates. I’ve made it easier to do that now, with a new Facebook group: JCU Class of ’05. You can either search for it and join, or become my “friend” and I’ll “invite” you. ... Our classmates are busy this time around: Jaclyn smith recently got engaged to Chris Thaxton, and they’re busy planning their wedding for June 13, 2009, at St. Angela’s in Fairview Park, OH. When she’s not wedding planning, Jaclyn also works as an outside sales representative at ABF Freight System. She’s been there for three years and has worked her way up after starting as a management trainee in Cincinnati. She’s also a serious weekend warrior, finding time for home improvement on her house in Fairview Park. Just writing all that makes me tired! ... lauren stockhausen is starting her third year teaching English in Japan, in Fukui Prefecture. This year, she’s been made president of Fukui’s English teachers, and she’ll have the added responsibility of training other teachers. Lauren says she’s traveled all over Japan, as well as Guam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and South Korea. She welcomes visitors from JCU, so hit her up if you’re ever in the neighborhood. ... Ryan ’04 and Keira (Doheny) Pack celebrated their one-year anniversary in July of this year. They’re escaping the Cleveland winter in their new home, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. ... Also enjoying the lovely Florida weather – in Fort Myers – are Kate (Cooke) herman and her husband, Scott. They were married on August 30 of this year and had a great honeymoon in Napa Valley and San Francisco. ... steve and ali (smouse) Cieslinski had a beautiful wedding on August 16 in Westfield Center, OH. They’re still living down South, in Manassas, VA, but their friends are hoping they move back to the Buckeye State sometime soon. ... J.t. sturm and Lyndsay (Winkler) Sturm were married on July 12. They live in Medina, OH, where J.T. teaches pre-calculus and coaches the boys’ basketball team. He’s also working on his master’s degree in educational administration at the University of Akron. ...
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to give back. And giving back translates differently to different people.” To Ms. Jarosz, it means helping to alleviate poverty in Uganda. Ms. Jarosz, who received her B.S.B.A. and M.B.A. from John Carroll in 2005 and 2007, is currently working on her Master of International Development at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Her father, Bruce Jarosz, graduated from Carroll in 1972. Her sister, Amanda Jarosz English, who earned degrees from the University in 2002 and 2003, is a visiting instructor at her alma mater in accountancy. (And Amanda is married to a John Carroll alumnus, Brian English, ’00, ’01G.) Jacqui Jarosz started traveling to Uganda after her graduation in 2005 with her mother, Debbie, as part of a Habitat for Humanity group, and she also worked in a small primary school there. She and her mother have gone back every summer since. “When I started traveling,” Ms. Jarosz says, “and saw the different situations that poverty can cause, I wanted to get a better understanding of the different elements of poverty, of the repercussions of it and how, globally, we have responsibilities to alleviate the poverty. That’s what led me to the master’s degree that I’m now pursuing in international development. “I hope to incorporate my business background with my international development background,” she continues. “In the world of nonprofits, business experience is becoming more valuable. I hope to work for a large national NGO [non-governmental organization] that promotes some business initiatives on small scales to help alleviate poverty.” Ms. Jarosz recently started a nonprofit organization called GuluHelp. One of her partners in this venture is a native Ugandan Catholic priest who’s currently studying at Kent State University, but will go back when he graduates. “The northern area of Uganda has been torn apart by civil war for 20-plus years,” Ms. Jarosz says, “but in recent years has experienced some stability, as the rebel movement has subsided. So there are efforts to rebuild the community. And the Catholic Diocese of Gulu, an area in northern Uganda, has played a very important role in doing that. It’s been kind of a rock to people. So what we want to do with GuluHelp is empower the archdiocese to continue reaching out to these people. We’ve created this partnership through funding and with people here in the U.S. who are interested in understanding the situation and the Catholic Church’s role in rehabilitating that community.” If you’d like to get involved in or learn more about Jacqui Jarosz’s project, you can contact her at [email protected]
– David Budin
Global responsibility: Jacqui Jarosz ’05, ’07G, shown with her father, Bruce ’72, is working to alleviate poverty in uganda.
“The way I see it,” says Jacqui Jarosz ’05, ’07G, “a lot of people – and especially people who are more religious – feel this responsibility
Photograph courtesy of Jacqui Jarosz
Danielle Paulin completed her master’s in medical ethics from Case Western Reserve, and is now in her third year of medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She’s doing rotations in the Cleveland area and hopes eventually to go into pediatric emergency medicine. ... Kaytee russell got engaged to William Miller in the spring, while the two were visiting New York City. Kaytee is working at the University of Buffalo, doing research on addiction. She and William just bought a home in a Buffalo suburb and are planning to tie the knot in September of next year. nicole Zuzolo will serve as maid of honor. ... How about the rest of you? Jen
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We have lots of good news to share this time. Our classmates have received promotions, married, become engaged, and many have recently received or are in the process of earning a higher degree. sara altieri and ryan Bianco were married on October 25. ... Blair Campomizzi and Marilea Woda were recently married. Blair has been working as a senior associate for Margolin and Associates, bought a house in University
Heights (down the street from JCU), and has been pursuing his MBA at John Carroll. ... laura Carlson and Mason hall are engaged and planning a summer 2009 wedding in Chicago ... Lynn Cochrane ’05 is working with Progressive Insurance as a claims representative in Perrysburg, OH. ... latoya eff is working as the assistant director of housing and residence life at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA. ... Karen harmeyer is serving with the Peace Corps working as a municipal services volunteer in Paraguay and learning what it means to serve in an international context long term. Serving there until 2010, she will be working within a local city government to increase civic participation and government transparency. ... Melanie (hoppert) Kish married Nathan Kish on June 14 at Saint Francis Chapel. They have moved from Fort Bragg, NC, to Fort Sill, OK. ... shea Keats graduated from Case Western Reserve University
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this May with a master’s in management and has moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in public relations. ... Cliff liguori has recently moved to Arizona, where he’s purchased a house and lives near his family in Buckeye, AZ. Cliff has been working, for going on three years, at Total Quality Logistics as a logistics broker and is now working from home and maintaining his own Book of Business. ... Megan (Mamolen) smolko married Mike Smolko ’02 on September 20 at Gesu. ... allison McDonnell is engaged to Eric Kaufman, and they are planning a July 4, 2009, wedding in Raleigh, NC. She has also received a promotion to process improvement specialist at Genworth Financial (formerly GE Capital) after graduating from their 2-year rotational Leadership Development Program and completing management rotations in San Francisco; Richmond, VA; and Raleigh, NC. ... Bill navarre is a second-year student at Loyola University Chicago - Stritch School of Medicine. He will be sitting for step 1 of the boards this summer. ... renita simons and Christian yeasted were engaged on August 1. They are planning a wedding for October 2009. Christian is currently studying at Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia, and Renita is working in Utica, NY, as a primary-care sales representative for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. ... Marybeth valek graduated with her BSN on August 21 from the accelerated option in nursing program at Cleveland State University. ... Kevin yanik is an associate editor with Greenhouse Grower magazine. He has been there since February working as a beat writer for the Houston Astros and most recently as a sports reporter for the News-Messenger in Fremont, OH. ... Thanks to everyone who responded and shared their news with us. Christine and Roberta”
the Carroll contingent at the wedding of natalie (alesnik) McCarthy ’04 and Chris McCarthy included, from left in the front row, erik McKay ’04, Jessica (Franck) McKay ’04, Jessie Kron ’04, emilie (alesnik) lucia ’04, the bride and groom, samantha Crish ’04, holly yandek ’05, susan spina ’03, and theresa spada ’04. in the back row, from left, are Mark lucia ’04, erin sullivan ’04, Jonathan rosati ’06, tim Cherney ’04, Chip stone ’03, andrew higl ’04, teresa (Delagrange) higl ’04, and Katie Battistone ’04.
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It is with deep sadness that we share the news that erin thomas recently died in a car accident at the age of 23. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. ... noreen Grealis is currently living in Las Vegas and working for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as a crime scene investigator. She says she’s convinced it’s the best job in the world, but, no... it’s nothing like the show! Noreen is also working on her MS in forensic science with a concentration in DNA/Serology. ... Megan Beatty ’06 is doing well in her second year of dental school at OSU and will be finished by the summer of 2011. ... Kevin elliott will finish his MBA, with a concentration in logistics, at Cleveland State University in May 2009. If you are looking for Kevin, you can find him living in a van down by the river. ... Kelly Kookoothe recently graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and is now working in Loveland, OH, (a suburb of Cincinnati) at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home as an apprentice. ... ashley Boone has recently moved to Pence Springs, WV, to serve for
Bride and groom Melanie (hoppert) ’06 and nathan Kish celebrate with their wedding party. Bridesmaids are, from left, Gina Puppo ’06, Melissa hoppert ’03, Michelle Denton ’06 (behind), Karen Cantrell ’06, adriane Kish slagel. Groomsmen are, from left, Matt slagel, noah straus (behind), Josh straus, Brian Zeit (behind), and Jason turner.
leah (austin) and Dan steele, both Class of 2007.
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a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) at Bethlehem Farm, a Catholic community in Appalachia that transforms lives through service with the local community and the teaching of sustainable practices. You can learn more about Bethlehem Farm at - www. bethlehemfarm.net. ... We have also learned that Arcara and Borczynski, certified public accountants in Buffalo, recently named Jim Cosgriff staff accountant. ... Jessica lubrano loves working for a branding/marketing/web development company called Idea Engine Inc., located in Rocky River, OH, and is soon to be promoted to project manager! ... lance Zink has been working at Penske Logistics in Beachwood, OH, as a load planner since March 2008, and also graduated with his MBA from John Carroll in May 2008. Recently, he has also been working various sporting events doing television telecasts for teams such as the Cavs, Indians, Browns, Monsters, and Gladiators as well as various NCAA contests, and working part time as a corrections officer in Valley View, OH. ... Also putting his JCU degree to good use at Penske Logistics is andre Campbell. ... A common event that seems to be happening to our classmates is becoming engaged! laura Disch and andy Zellers were recently engaged and are planning a wedding for 2010. Andy is currently in law school and Laura is working at Crowe Horwath, LLC, in Cleveland. sara hipp and Adam Bodell ’06 are engaged and will have the wedding in June 2009. Sara is also working for Crowe Horwath. Another couple from ’07 and recently engaged is lisa iafelice and Dave Catalano. tarah Koberna has recently also become engaged, to Kevin King. ... Already past the engagement period are Dan and leah (austin) steele, who were married on August 2. Leah’s maid of honor was fellow classmate Melissa anderson, and Dave Calabria ’08 was one of Dan’s groomsmen. Other classmates in attendance were Meredith lea, Krista Corabi, Ashley Marsteller ’09, Dan Matusicky, and Missy Gorski. Also recently married, on June 21, was Katie Plavecski-Purdy to Dan Purdy. Chrissy Pratt was in the wedding party, and the event was attended by fellow JCU alums Allison Dusenbury ’08, Julie Marks, liz selan, erin stumper, Gen licate, Jenn Gore, tom o’Flaherty, adam Green, and Ryan Higgins ’06. Congratulations to them all! Brittany and Lisa
From left are stephanie hovan, lisa stempak, Christine Bohn, Megan (Mamolen) smolko, and Maggie abounader, all Class of 2006.
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As the fall Homecoming made known, the Class of 2008 has now become known as “Alumni.” A full day of activities at Don Shula Stadium and the Cleveland night scene has shown that we’re all doing well. Ask almost anyone from our class what they have found themselves doing and you will find everything from community service projects to graduate school to the work world. ... As that is my segue – I would like to introduce myself, a member of the Class of 2008 and recent witness to the network that John Carroll provides across the country. I hope you have found that, 62
lauren stockhausen ’05 with her students in Japan. despite its small size, JCU is both a well known and well respected school. I always seem to come across someone who has gone to John Carroll, had an experience with it, or heard of the great things John Carroll students have done. Whether it is the life and times of the late Tim Russert ’72, the accomplishments of Don Shula ’51, or the interactions they had with lesser known, but not less important, graduates who have come out of the University since 1886 – it’s all good news. So as the new columnist for our class, I encourage you to keep in contact with me and your classmates in whatever way you can, because you’ll never know who you’ll meet. ... Class of 2008 in full stride, MJ
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Kenneth Wise Raymond B. Woodward Charles A. Codol Robert W. Geis Vincent P. Mancuso Lawrence B. Ogrinc Richard J. Daugherty Robert T. Dowd James J. Gill Robert P. Roper Richard A. Cermak Raymond F. Champa Harold F. Misuraca Ralph R. Podway Russell R. Bauer David M. Leahy John C. Liwosz George A. Stanton Joseph C. Burns Michael A. Lanese Thomas P. Sullivan James M. Barrett William P. Deighan (retired faculty) Kenneth C. McLaughlin Marshall C. Downs John A. Kenny Joseph F. Grady James M. Stevenson E. J. Zilionis John J. Curry Franklin August Kehn Marilyn Studer Daniel P. Cronin Joseph Oberheuser Michael D. Mitchell Carmen J. Vitantonio Dean L. Kinley Ronald B. Stevens Claudia P. Werth Lois R. Snider Douglas L. Cook Mary Elizabeth Barkey Claudette Brown Erin R. Thomas ’44 ’45 ’48 ’49 ’49 ’49 ’50 ’50 ’50 ’50 ’51 ’51 ’51 ’51 ’52 ’52 ’52 ’53 ’54 ’54 ’54 ’55 ’55, ’64 G ’55 ’56 ’57 ’58 ’58 ’58 ’59 ’59 ’59 G ’60 ’63 ’64 G ’65 ’67 ’70 ’70 ’77 ’84 ’88 G ’00 G ’07 8/25/2008 10/09/1994 9/2/2008 9/3/2008 8/12/2008 4/01/2008 10/12/2008 7/20/2008 10/15/2008 9/13/2008 10/06/2008 8/04/2008 9/30/2008 9/29/2008 9/15/2008 5/25/2005 9/22/2008 9/25/2008 9/9/2008 9/24/2008 5/11/2008 9/8/2008 9/29/2008 8/18/2008 7/19/2008 6/17/2008 8/26/2008 9/30/2008 9/18/2008 8/14/2007 9/26/2008 4/05/2008 9/13/2008 10/11/2005 9/22/2008 3/23/2008 9/10/2008 10/25/2007 7/22/2007 4/16/2008 9/15/2008 8/06/2008 10/06/2008 9/18/2008
William P. Deighan ’55, ’64G
William P. Deighan of Broadview Heights, Ohio, died on September 29, 2008. A devoted professor at John Carroll, Prof. Deighan shared his love for education with countless people in his lifetime. He was 75. From 1988 to 1998, Prof. Deighan served as associate professor and coordinator of the graduate program in educational administration and supervision at John Carroll. In 1955, he graduated from Carroll with a bachelor’s degree in English. He taught English and social studies in the Willoughby-Eastlake (Ohio) schools and, in 1964, earned his master’s degree in English at John Carroll. Among his administrative posts, he served as superintendent of the Nordonia Hills and Forest Hills schools in Ohio and the West Chester schools in Pennsylvania. Prof. Deighan earned his doctorate in educational psychology and administration from Case Western Reserve University in 1970. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. Prof. Deighan is survived by his wife, Geraldine; two daughters; eight sons, including 1981 Carroll graduates Timothy and Thomas; 17 grandchildren; and four sisters.
Theodora A. “Teddy” Grazko
Teddy Grazko, a staff member at John Carroll, died August 16, 2008, at the age of 54. In 2001, Teddy was hired at John Carroll and worked in many departments across campus, including the Center for Career Services. In 2006, she joined the registrar’s office as an academic records and scheduling specialist. Before coming to the University, Ms. Grazko worked for JCPenney in Cleveland as manager of fine jewelry until 1992. Her many friends around campus say they will miss her quick wit and sense of humor, which remained even through her battle with cancer. She loved animals, horseback riding, bicycling, and travel. Ms. Grazko is survived by her husband, Donald ’62, John Carroll’s director of administrative computing who retired in 2006 after 38 years at the University; her parents; two children and four stepchildren; 12 grandchildren; and a brother.
Erin Renee Thomas ’07
Erin Thomas, a member of the Class of 2007, died in a car accident in Greater Cleveland on September 18, 2008. The resident of Parma, Ohio, was 23. A political science major at John Carroll, Ms. Thomas was considering attending graduate school. As a student, she was a member of the Little Theatre Society, intramurals, Irish Club, College Republicans, Right to Life, and the University Concert Choir. According to family and friends, Ms. Thomas enjoyed a passion for doing her own projects and research, which included tracing her family’s genealogy back several generations. She participated in the European Union Simulation, held in Washington, D.C., three times with political science faculty member Andreas Sobisch. Mindy Peden, another professor in the department, says that Ms. Thomas was known for her courage to speak up and was internally driven. She is survived by her parents, Timothy and Mary; sister Melissa, twin brothers and John Carroll sophomores Craig and Christopher, and brother Jeffrey ’04; cherished friend Anthony Berardi ’07, ’08G; and loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.
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two-wheeled tribute: Members of the Carroll community, more than 600 strong, rode in honor of the late Miles Coburn ’75G.
To Honor a Friend
On August 16, 2008, beloved biology professor Miles Coburn ’75G did not survive after he was struck on his bicycle by an SUV. His sudden and shocking departure from the John Carroll community, from classrooms, labs, and hallways where his distinctive presence and leadership were so familiar, has caused many at John Carroll to ensure the spirit of his presence by rediscovering Miles in contexts and places where each of us knew him best. Consistent to this communal need to preserve Miles’ presence among us, his brother, Chris ’79, along with Miles’ wife, Peggy, and other members of the family, recognized how appropriate it would be to sponsor a ride in celebration of the life of one who rode thousands of miles a year on a bicyle he built himself. And so, on a sunny September 20, 2008, approximately a month after his death and three days before what would have been his 59th birthday, the “Ride for Miles” took place. It began as a simple project, a small memorial ride over a route Miles frequently traveled. With immediate family and friends, and word-of-mouth invitations, the hope was that a group of 50 riders might participate. Then I heard the number registered had reached 100, then 200. I was moved to chills when I arrived at the Dolan Science Center that Saturday morning. Bicycles and riders were everywhere, over 600 of them. An amazing tribute. The Carroll community, of course, was there in force, as riders and volunteers. But so was the Cleveland community – friends and neighbors, cyclists who “just had to participate,” contributors of music, food, drinks. Scores wore the “Ride for Miles” T-shirts and jerseys, specially designed for Miles’ commitment to saving the environment. Promptly at 10:30, riders of every shape and age departed the campus in groups for a 15-mile tour through University and Shaker Heights, Beachwood, and Pepper Pike, escorted by police from each community. Regular cyclists may recognize this familiar pattern. You are riding in a car over a route you have frequently traveled by bicycle. Almost without realizing it, your mind separates from the car’s easy cruise and takes on the perspective of a cyclist traveling the same route: steep hills, sudden turns, rough or graveled surfaces, high curbs, complicated intersections. Legs and lungs live each part of the ride according to the cyclist’s strains and pains, upshift and downshift, an imprint that does not readily erase. On September 20, 2008, in a “Ride for Miles” created to help us to preserve and celebrate, I experienced along with hundreds of others a parallel imprinting, this time on the mind and heart. Along with Miles and Bob Kolesar, from the math faculty, I had ridden this same route over a hundred times before. Each landmark was laden with tender memory, remembered conversations, witty exchanges. As I rode the miles with hundreds of others who also loved this colleague and friend, my sense of the John Carroll community, enriched for over 40 years now, deepened once again. David La Guardia ’65, ’67G Prof. La Guardia recently stepped down after seven years as academic vice president at John Carroll. He is taking a year’s sabbatical before returning to the Department of English faculty. To visit the website established in memory of Miles Coburn, including the eulogy Prof. La Guardia shared during the funeral, go to www.jcu.edu/mcoburn.
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Photograph by Andy Johnson ’10
Save the Date for
John Carroll’s new mascot, wants to welcome the classes ending in 4 and 9 back to campus for Reunion 2009.
June 19-21, 2009
A celebration awaits for the 5-year Reunion classes of 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004 – and, new this year, for the 2-year Reunion class of 2007!
See you at Reunion 2009!
For more information, visit www.jcu.edu/alumni or contact Carla Gall ’05, reunion coordinator, at [email protected]
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