Vol. 13, Issue 4 • WINTeR 2009
changing lives Around the World
Gina Pestak ’08
INcludes 2009 ANNuAl RepoRT
Getting a kick out of Homecoming: John Carroll’s 2009 Homecoming court consisted of, from left, Sarah DiPalma, Andrew Kolupski, Carolyn Pici, Andy Merchant, Janet Vlosky, Nick Toney, Maura McCool (queen), Jurell Sison (king), Sara Nunney, Joe Cody, and Shaylyn Mahoney. Kevens Dorsainvil was suited up for the football game and unavailable for the photo. All the students are seniors. For more photos of Homecoming Weekend 2009, go to www.jcu.edu/magazine.
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president Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. Vice president for university Advancement Doreen Knapp Riley Assistant Vice president of Integrated Marketing and communications John A. Carfagno editor Ken Kesegich Alumni Journal Michele McFarland campus photography coordinator Cheri Slattery Advisory Board John A. Carfagno Sherri Crahen Kimyette Finley ’95 Jack Hearns ’61 Mary Lavin ’87 John Marcus ’72 (ex officio) Paul V. Murphy Doreen Knapp Riley Thomas Schubeck, S.J. Barbara Schubert ’62 Karen Schuele Brian Williams
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Mission: As a Jesuit Catholic university, John Carroll inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world.
Window to the Past
Charles Wood and Laurene DiCillo stand at the gateway to the University’s rich history. They oversee the 4,800 linear feet of documents, correspondence, photographs, and other materials that make up the John Carroll University archives. Filling more than 3,000 boxes in all, the collection is housed in the basement of Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center. Mr. Wood ’67 has been at it for the better part of three decades. When he was hired as reference librarian in 1980, he was given the secondary task of organizing and developing the fledgling archives collection in anticipation of the upcoming centennial celebration in 1986. “When they told me I was going to be the archivist, they said it would be for three years, and after that it would be a selfmaintaining collection,” he says. “Then after I took the job, I never heard that timetable mentioned again.” The open-ended engagement is likely to carry him and Ms. DiCillo ’87 to the next milestone in Carroll history – the University’s 125th anniversary in 2011. Prior to Mr. Wood’s arrival, early material had been assembled by James Mackin, S.J., director of the library from 1946 to 1977. He collected what little the school had saved prior to the 1960s, including turn-of-the-century grade books, student rosters, and building fund materials from the 1920s and ’30s. In the 1970s, Carroll officially established the archives to support the centennial and assist faculty historian Donald Gavin in writing John Carroll University: A Century of Service, published in 1985. The collection has since grown into a carefully cataloged body of correspondence, course syllabi, faculty evaluations, commencement-related documents – in short, “anything whatsoever having to do with the University,” says Ms. DiCillo, associate archivist since 2006. Among the more intriguing items in the vaults: the original catalog of course offerings for Saint Ignatius College, published in 1886; the silver-plated shovel that broke ground at the University’s current site in 1931; and a cache of unmarked World War II combat photos whose origins the archivists simply can’t explain. All of the documents and photos have been cataloged in a comprehensive database for easy access, and the long-term plan is to digitally record as many of them as possible. “The ability to digitize information makes this job easier than would have been years ago, but it requires equipment and manpower that we don’t have here yet,” says Ms. DiCillo. “I have about 500 photos scanned into our system already, and we hope to eventually do the same with as many of the written documents as possible.” Despite the challenges, the archivists are eager to fill in the collection’s historical gaps. Donations of relevant paperwork, photos, and other artifacts are encouraged. What makes the final cut? “Archiving is very much an art and not a science,” says Mr. Wood. “There are so many subjective judgments involved in deciding what to keep and what not to keep.” He pauses for a moment to consider the primary constraints of his job. “Time and space,” he muses. “For some people, they’re very metaphysical concepts. To us, they’re very concrete issues.” Tracking John Carroll’s history reminds Ms. DiCillo of what originally drew her to the school more than 25 years ago: “I have developed an absolute allegiance to this University and all of its historical significance as a result of this job.” John C. Bruening ’86
Tenders of the trove: John Carroll archivists Charles Wood ’67 and Laurene DiCillo ’87.
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Taking their Jesuit education as a call to action, Carroll students and alumni are serving people around the world. By Kristin Ohlson
The Muldoon Center is where all things entrepreneurial come together at Carroll. Now in its 10th year, the center continues to launch innovations. By Susan Curphey
3 President’s Message 4 On Campus 22 Images of Carroll 29 Alumni Journal / AlumNews 30 Class Notes 47 In Memoriam 48 My Turn Inside back cover: Carroll People
John Carroll’s enrollment update and guide to the college admission process
2009 Annual Report: Quality, Value, Impact
2009 A NNUAL R EPO RT
Contributors: Stephanie Barbour, Jeffrey Bendix, John C. Bruening ’86, Susan Curphey, Jasmine Goldband, Matt Herbert, Andy Johnson ’10, Daniel Milner, Kristin Ohlson, John H. Reid III, Thomas Schubeck, S.J., Robert Wetzler Design: Villa Beach Communications, Inc.
Quality, Value, Impact
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Printed by Lane Press A “G” in the class year following an alum’s name indicates a Carroll graduate degree.
on the cover: Gina Pestak ’08 and 18-month-old Johnson
at the Sivananda Rehabilitation Home in Hyderabad, India. Gina and three fellow alumni who serve others internationally are featured in the cover story, “Global Reach,” which begins on page 10. Photograph courtesy of Gina Pestak.
It is the mission of the magazine to provide an engaging and accurate reflection of the University and its extended community for its alumni and the other members of the John Carroll family.
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To Serve Communities Near and Far
he John Carroll family is worldwide. I am reminded of our involvement in the world from so many perspectives. As this issue’s cover story describes, members of the Carroll community are engaging people in India, China, Colombia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and points in between. Our students can be found studying and serving outside the United States. International experiences await through study abroad, immersion programs, and academic exchanges. Many of these students will continue their experiences beyond our borders after they graduate – through jobs, businesses, service organizations such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and Fulbright fellowships, to name a few. Increasingly, our students want to invest themselves around the world. Last academic year, 75 students participated in international immersion experiences. That number is more than four times higher than the number who participated as recently as 2005-06. Let me share another impressive sign of our commitment to fully living in a global world: Last year, Carroll’s study abroad program sent 230 students across the globe. New destinations are being added, such as semester-long programs in Turkey, India, and South Africa. I am proud to report that our students are living the John Carroll mission – to excel in learning, leadership, and service in
Members of the Carroll community are engaging people in India, China, Colombia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and points in between.
Photograph courtesy of Fatih University
the region and in the world. As I look at our academic exchanges, I see them also playing a key role in our international efforts. Rich learning opportunities for both students and faculty emerge from these exchanges. For example, I had the opportunity to sign our most recent exchange agreement last May, with Fatih University, while in Istanbul, Turkey. The signing was part of a broader connectionbuilding trip to Turkey by a contingent of John Carroll leaders. I would like to thank Dr. Zeki Saritoprak, holder of the Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies in our Department of Religious Studies, for securing a grant to fund the trip. We met with a number of Turkish officials, including the minister of education and the head of international relations for the Ministry of Education. Among our other stops were sacred sites, such as the House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus and the Blue Mosque. The trip helped us to understand more deeply the historical role Turkey has played in the development of Christianity and Islam – both in the region and the world. The Carroll travelers brought this deepened understanding back to the campus and the classroom. A year earlier, we celebrated another academic partnership, this one between our Boler School of Business and the Zagreb School of Economics and Management in Croatia. The exchange of people and research is making both of our institutions stronger. This issue of the magazine also contains the 2009 John Carroll University annual report. The report highlights Carroll’s accomplishments this past year in the areas of quality, value, and impact. I thank you for your help in the University’s achievements. We are committed to building on our strengths over the next 12 months and beyond. Your continuing contributions of time, ideas, and resources will help us succeed. Please know how grateful I am to you, the Carroll family. We join as one this Christmas season in gratitude to God. I wish for you and your loved ones blessings and joyful time together. Let us celebrate Him and serve each other in building the Kingdom. God bless you,
in May, John Carroll formed an academic agreement with Fatih university in istanbul. Fr. niehoff (left) and Zeki saritoprak (right), the nursi Chair in islamic studies at John Carroll, were among a Carroll group that participated in the signing ceremony at Fatih university with President oguz Borat (second from left) and Director of international Programs Ferhat arslan.
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John Carroll athletics were celebrated at Homecoming Weekend 2009, as two major events drew hundreds of Carroll alumni, athletes, and supporters. First, Carroll staged the Athletic Hall of Fame induction and dinner, during which the hall welcomed eight new individual athletes and one team. Later in the weekend, the University dedicated the new David R. Meuse Wrestling Room. The Athletic Hall of Fame feted its inductees at an October 9th ceremony held on campus at the Dolan Science Center. The induction class of 2009 consists of Paul Voinovich ’94 and Ben Wilkins ’98 (men’s golf), David Pfundstein ’97 and Mark Heidorf ’99 (men’s basketball), Leslie Mahl ’94 (volleyball), Grant Mast ’98 (men’s soccer), Rich Eslich ’99 (wrestling), and Nick Caserio ’98 (football). The 1959 football team entered the hall as well. The dominating Blue Streaks, under first-year head coach John Ray, became the first undefeated football team in school history, posting a record of 7-0 and shutting out five opponents. All 42 members of the 1959 squad, plus the coaching staff, are considered part of the inducted team. A day after the Hall of Fame ceremony,
the tradition continues: Carroll’s new wrestling practice room becomes a reality.
more than 85 people converged on the University RecPlex. John Carroll alumni wrestlers, members of the 2009-10 Blue Streaks wrestling team, parents, friends, and staff gathered to dedicate the David R. Meuse Wrestling Room. The new wrestling practice facility is a renovated space formerly known as the gym annex. The room includes a loft platform for cardiovascular training. Seeing the room come to fruition is particularly special for the two longtime coaches who spearheaded the effort: Tony DeCarlo ’66G and Kerry Volkmann ’71, ’78G. David Meuse ’67, the room’s namesake and a lead benefactor, wrestled under coach DeCarlo, who founded Carroll’s wrestling program. The celebration concluded with a ribbon cutting by Ben Adams ’09, the wrestling team captain, and his fellow Blue Streaks grapplers.
Gridiron memories: Dan Fullerton ’61 was a member of the 1959 hall of Fame football squad.
new to the hall: individual inductees are (front, from left) nick Caserio ’98, David Pfundstein ’97, and Ben Wilkins ’98, and (back, from left) Grant Mast ’98, rich eslich ’99, and Mark heidorf ’99. not shown are leslie Mahl ’94 and Paul voinovich ’94. 4
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athletic alumni: Carroll men connect during the hall of Fame dinner.
Hall of Fame photographs by Robert Wetzler
Wrestling room photographs by John H. Reid III
New to the Faculty
in august, John Carroll welcomed its new full-time faculty for 2009-10. Back row, from left, are Wayne Mayer, management, marketing, and logistics, and biology; Mariah Webinger, accountancy; Cecile Brennan and annie Moses, education and allied studies; Peifang tian, physics; Michael eng, philosophy; Carrie Buchanan, communication and theatre arts; and yan Gao, management, marketing, and logistics. seated, from left, are simon Fitzpatrick, philosophy; yi shang, education and allied studies; rosanna Miguel, management, marketing, and logistics; and Medora Barnes, sociology and criminology. not shown are scott J. allen, management, marketing, and logistics; erin e. Johnson, biology; Bo liu, art history and humanities; George smiga, tuohy Chair of interreligious studies, in religious studies; and Kevin Wallace, military science.
Thank You to Our Donors
letter to the eDitor
all new gifts and commitments (including Your last edition stressed that the John Carroll mission was to prepare grads to excel matching gift credit) to the University during fiscal all over the world in all fields [“The Carroll Experience,” fall 2009]. A recent article in the year 2009, which started June 1, 2008, and Washington Post talked about NFL linebacker London Fletcher ’97, a Carroll grad and an ended May 31, 2009. Gifts made after that time under-appreciated Redskin. It made me think about another unsung grad. – including Reunion gifts made in June 2009 – The late John Lavelle ’38 and I were both assigned to Vietnam in 1971. A four-star general, will be recognized in the 2009-2010 honor roll. he was the commander of the 7th Air Force; I was in charge of all resources for the Allied Navies. I paid little attention to an ongoing drama involving the air force hitting “unauthorized” targets while the Paris Peace Talks were in session. Nixon solved the embarrassment by relieving Lavelle. The full story has previously been told by Larry Kelley ’36, Carroll magazine’s oldest class columnist, in the magazine’s Alumni Journal. Through Larry’s reporting, I discovered the details of how Lavelle’s career was sacrificed for political expediency. He died, at the time Carroll’s highest ranking military officer, not far from my home. The moral is: Carroll grads are trained to John Carroll magazine welcomes letters from readers. excel in all fields, be they football fields (go Letters, which may be edited for length and clarity, Broncos!) – or battlefields. reflect the views of the writer and not necessarily official positions of the University. E-mail journal@ Bill Kenealy ’52 jcu.edu; fax to 216-397-3085; or send via U.S. mail Captain, U.S. Navy, ret. to John Carroll Magazine, Integrated Marketing and Springfield, Virginia Communications, John Carroll University, 20700 North Park Boulevard, University Heights, OH 44118.
In All Fields
The 2008-2009 Honor Roll of Donors published in the last issue of John Carroll magazine listed
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Carroll Welcomes Ohio’s Governor
John Carroll welcomed Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to campus in September. The governor, visiting Carroll for the first time, was accompanied by State Rep. Barbara Boyd and Ohio Speaker of the House Armond Budish. President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., invited the governor to see the University, experience the campus, and meet students. During the visit, Fr. Niehoff talked with the governor about the University’s high four-year graduation rate, diverse student population, and details regarding John Carroll’s Ohio Access Initiative (OAI). OAI is a distinctive service-based program and generous financial-aid opportunity for Pell-eligible Ohio students (typically with family incomes of $40,000 or less). Following a brief campus tour with Fr. Niehoff, the guests met with University board members and senior administrators.
a Carroll treasure: During his visit to John Carroll, ohio Gov. ted strickland viewed the Prophets Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, the first Bible to be written and illustrated entirely by hand in over 500 years. the Bible, donated to Carroll last year by target in honor of John Pellegrene ’58, is on display in the Grasselli library and Breen learning Center. the governor, right, is shown with Fr. niehoff, left, and ohio speaker of the house armond Budish.
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in the name of Fair trade
The week for Streaks: Streak Week is a tradition
at John Carroll – in the days before fall classes begin, new students participate in a series of activities meant to further their introduction to the University. This year, as always, many students volunteered for a service project. And move-in day once again went smoothly, thanks to the help of a team of John Carroll students, faculty, and staff who lent a hand – and giant moving bins – to incoming students.
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Marketplace: People from throughout ohio attended the ohio Fair trade expo at John Carroll.
In September, John Carroll hosted the daylong Ohio Fair Trade Expo in the Dolan Science Center’s Muldoon Atrium. The day consisted of speakers and workshops for members of faith communities, high school and college students, fair trade advocates, people interested in social entrepreneurship, and all others who wanted to learn about the fair trade movement. The goal of the expo was to help build energy for a larger fair trade movement in the state. In addition to the speakers and workshops, participants also had the opportunity to shop in the Fair Trade Market, which brought together some 15 vendors from across Ohio offering a variety of fair trade gifts, clothing, and food and drink products. More than 225 people from upwards of 50 Ohio cities attended the expo. John Carroll cosponsored the event, and Carroll students were among the lead organizers.
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The World Came to Campus
Crisis mapping is an emerging field of study that is attracting increasing attention worldwide in academic, business, and government circles. Scholars and practitioners alike explore how advanced technologies and methodologies can be used in complex humanitarian emergencies – both to provide early warnings and coordinate effective and rapid responses. For three days in October, John Carroll was the center of the crisis-mapping universe. The first-annual International Conference on Crisis Mapping (ICCM 2009) brought to Carroll the
Photograph, by Matt Herbert, courtesy of ICCM 2009
Office to the Department of Homeland Security. Participants flew to Cleveland from as far afield as Sudan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Colombia. ICCM 2009
Two in a Row
The much-decorated Carroll News took home more honors in the 2009 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Award competition. For the second year in a row, the SPJ voted the student paper the best college non-daily newspaper in Ohio. In individual awards, Andrew Rafferty ’09 earned first place in the best college news writing category. Mr. Rafferty, who was editor in chief at the time, is now working in Washington, D.C., as the first NBC/ John Carroll University Meet the Press fellow.
Music to Our Ears
Ann Albert, a graduate student in the John Carroll Master’s Program in Nonprofit Administration, was one of 10 finalists last fall in the Subway restaurants national “Fit to Boom – Refresh Your Life” contest. The contest awarded $20,000 to help the winning contestant fulfill a life’s dream. Ms. Albert’s passion is promoting the arts, specifically by nurturing young talent
leaders in an emerging field: experts from more than 60 organizations worldwide came to Carroll in october for the first-annual international Conference on Crisis Mapping.
in Cleveland. Her goal
is to create a nonprofit organization that would help provide artistic resources – musical instruments, for instance – to schoolchildren who don’t have access to them. She appreciates the support the Carroll community provided throughout the contest. Though she didn’t win, the dream lives on for Ms. Albert.
most engaged crisis-mapping practitioners, scholars, and platform developers from around the world to showcase and advance the field. John Carroll’s Department of Political Science and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) co-hosted the event. ICCM co-founders Patrick Meier and Jen Ziemke, assistant professor of political science at Carroll, also launched the International Network of Crisis Mappers (CM*Net) during the conference. Both Mr. Meier and Prof. Ziemke are fellows at HHI. The Open Society Institute, Humanity United, and the U.S. Institute of Peace sponsored the event. As the event represents a joint initiative between Carroll and HHI, ICCM 2010 will be held at Harvard University next year. More than 60 organizations on the leading edge of the field participated, from the United Nations Secretary General’s
represented the first time that crisis mapping’s foremost experts directly engaged with each other as a community to work at formalizing the field and defining its future. The conference also included a Tech Fair, offering an opportunity to experience firsthand the technology and innovative new platforms that have helped to drive the field forward. “The international response and buzz surrounding this conference far exceeded even my wildest expectations,” says Prof. Ziemke. “ICCM offered this unique group of people a space and a place to talk. The idea of ‘crisis mapping’ created a conceptual framework around which to understand real problems and form new partnerships. We look forward to continuing the dialogue started here at Carroll.” To view conference videos, blogs, and photos, or to join the community discussion, visit www.crisismapping.net/.
The Big Day
In 2011, John Carroll plans to move two great events to the same spring weekend: Commencement and Reunion. The 2011 date will be announced. In 2010, the events will remain separate, with Commencement happening on Sunday, May 23, 2010, and Reunion Weekend rolling out Friday, June 11, through Sunday, June 13, 2010.
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A strong college financial aid program operates with two distinct goals: help families afford a quality education (need-based aid), and reward accomplished students who will enrich campus (merit scholarships). Finding the balance between these types of aid is essential to enroll a talented student body. This balance is a priority at John Carroll, where our $30-million aid budget helps our students reach their dreams. individual review is the hallmark of Carroll’s financial aid and scholarship process. While it may be simpler to use a grid or formula to award financial aid, we find the full detail of a student application (essays, transcript, activities, and strength of courses) is the best way to assess the accomplishments and the impact that
enrollment update and guide to the college admission process
Recognizing talent through financial support
student has had in high school. While reviewing applicants for admission, John Carroll simultaneously identifies those students who may be competitive in our flagship scholarship programs (see “Our 3 Flagship Scholarship Programs”). We also note the unique characteristics of the student for consideration of our donor and alumni scholarships. Carroll alumni and donors fund hundreds of awards that help enhance the overall financial aid award for our students. For more information about our merit programs and the financial aid process in general, visit our website at www.jcu.edu/aidjcu.
Myth and Fact
• “Why bother filing the FaFsa? We won’t qualify.” Many myths and misconceptions exist about financial aid. We’ve captured some of the more common ones and answered them for you online: www.jcu.edu/aidjcu/myths.htm. • Learn more: Watch our video about affordability and financial aid by our VP for Enrollment, Brian Williams. Visit www.johncarroll.tv/aid.
a Carroll welcome: as the Class of 2013 can attest, the individual care that John Carroll takes in the financial aid and scholarship process results in a talented, diverse student body. this class received nearly $11 million in aid. 8
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The Financial Process Timeline for High School Seniors
December 1, 2009 Priority deadline for admission. Applying by this date ensures your consideration
our 3 flagship merit scholarship programs
Partial merit scholarships from $5,000 up to half of tuition exist for many talented students who apply. Since our mission calls students to excel in learning, leadership, and service, it is fitting that our three primary scholarship programs mirror this same commitment. The three awards listed here help the most talented students in our freshman class receive merit funding from half tuition up to full tuition in some cases.
for all merit programs and allows us to notify you of deadlines or additional requirements that may exist for additional scholarship opportunities. January 1, 2010 Students can begin to file the FAFSA form, which is required for need-based financial aid from federal, state, and additional University resources. For workshops and help completing this form, visit our aid website. February 2010 (and ongoing) John Carroll’s comprehensive financial aid awards are mailed to students, detailing all 2010-2011 costs, as well as all the various opportunities for scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment. Note: Families in the admission process who want an early sense of the value and affordability of John Carroll can complete the JCu Financial aid estimator form on the Financial Aid website at www.jcu.edu/aidjcu.
leadership scholars made an impact in their high school community and have, we think, the greatest potential to make a powerful impact on the John Carroll community. Through academic and co-curricular activities, a group of 20-22 students commit to intellectual curiosity and continual development at the University. www.jcu.edu/lsp/
the arrupe scholars Program recognizes John Carroll students for their significant commitment to two interrelated values of John Carroll’s mission: intellectual inquiry that demands critical thinking, and engaging in social justice and community service that leads to social action. Semifinalists for admission will be invited to attend an interview weekend in February. Arrupe Scholars follow a curricular and service program during their four years at John Carroll. www.jcu.edu/arrupe/
the Presidential honors award is our most prestigious academic award, going to approximately the top 10 percent of our incoming freshman class. This award is extended to incoming students invited into the University Honors Program. www.jcu.edu/honors/
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Taking their Jesuit education as a call to action, Carroll students and alumni are serving people around the world.
by Kristin Ohlson
despite her premed studies and all that she had learned in her two weeks as a volunteer at the Sivananda Rehabilitation Home in Hyderabad, India – made the wrong diagnosis. While the other children watched 5-year-old Sunnat with only mild concern, Gina raced to the medical office to search Sunnat’s medications for an inhaler, sure that he was having an asthma attack. There was no inhaler. She ran back outside to find Sunnat still panting in the dust and shouted for the children to find the nurse. They looked at her, puzzled. “Akka [big sister], why?” one of them finally ventured.
n the middle of a fierce game of Goats and Tigers, the version of tag played in India, a tiny but enthusiastically growling “tiger” suddenly slowed, dropped to his knees, and struggled to catch his breath. Gina Pestak ’08 –
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life changing: Gina Pestak ’08, shown with 11-year-old Pavarthi from the sivananda rehabilitation home, spent four months in india.
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“the first time you find yourself in a different culture, you understand yourself in a new and different way.”
Then Gina heard Sunnat cough and realized her error. This was the deep, heavy cough of someone with tuberculosis, which Sunnat – as well as many of the center’s 30 other orphans who were infected by HIV/AIDS – had previously suffered as an opportunistic infection. He was so vigorous, such a splendid tiger, that she had momentarily forgotten how sick he was. She cried as she held Sunnat and later wrote in her travel blog, “The children knew all along. For them, this is how things are. Their friends collapse in fits of coughing, and no one flinches…But I don’t think for as long as I live, I will ever forget the sound of that cough – shattering my comfort, and breaking my heart.”
intended to be both mind expanding and soul expanding. Students aren’t touched by this commitment only through organized programs; they hear it in class after class, as Carroll professors link their curriculum to social-justice issues around the globe. In fact, Gina Pestak’s first inkling of what she might find in India came in biology professor Jim Lissemore’s class called The Biological Consequences of Poverty. “In our very first class, Prof. Lissemore read a famous speech by Fr. Kolvenbach about Jesuit education being a call to action,” says Gina, referring to the former superior general of The Society of Jesus. “I thought about that speech and that class the whole time I was in India.” In that speech given in 2000, Fr. Kolvenbach said, “Students, in the course of their formation, must let the gritty reality of this world into their lives, so they can learn to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering, and engage it constructively.” The four alumni profiled in this article have done just that, in different ways and at different points of their lives.
Students and Alums Amid “Gritty Reality”
Every year, dozens of John Carroll students leave their comfort zone in America and spend time in other countries – some for a week of social service, others for up to a year of study. The University actively encourages their journeys with a number of programs (see sidebar, “World View”), as well as pointing them toward post-graduate service around the world with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and other organizations. John Carroll encourages overseas experience, as it introduces students to the global economy and community and, in the process, helps them discover more about themselves. “The first time you find yourself in a different culture, you understand yourself in a new and different way,” says political science professor Andreas Sobisch, director of Carroll’s Center for Global Education. “When everyone is just like you, you don’t have much reason to question anything.” But Carroll’s commitment to “engaging the world” – the 2005 inauguration theme of President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. – is
Strengthening the Rule of Law in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Melissa Ruggiero ’99 works in Sarajevo, studying 60,000 pages that detail the ethnic strife in Bosnia and Herzegovina when the former Yugoslavia imploded in the early 1990s. Oddly enough, she took her first tentative step toward this work when she pushed herself to remember the activities she loved most as a child. In the middle of her sophomore year at Carroll, Melissa was
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steeped in history: Melissa ruggiero ’99 at the sarajevo bridge on which Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914, leading to World War i. Below, she is shown (bottom row, at right) at work at the Court of Bosnia and herzegovina.
in quandary about picking a major. Career services counseled her to think about what excited her as a child. “I used to love looking at maps and finding out about different cultures,” she recalls. “I decided that I wanted to major in history, even though I had no idea how I’d get a job when I graduated.” She made history her major, added a minor in political science with an emphasis on foreign affairs, and felt she was on the right track. One class in particular still stands out: Germany Since 1945, where she first heard about the Nuremberg trials in which war criminals from World War II were held accountable. She grounded her new insights into European history with a senior semester studying in Italy, something that bewildered her immigrant parents. “They kept telling me that they moved here to give me a better life,” she says. “They couldn’t figure out why I wanted to go back!”
But within a few years, Melissa was once again confused about her direction. She was finishing her law degree at Duquesne University, working at small firms specializing in civil litigation, and growing increasingly unhappy. She liked the nice paycheck, but knew a nice paycheck would never be enough for her. “I had to go back to what career services told me: Do what you love, follow your heart, even if it doesn’t seem to make sense,” she says. Melissa decided to go into international law with a focus on human rights. After a series of internships at human rights organizations and war-crimes research centers as well as a Master of Law in human rights and criminal justice, she’s now an international legal officer at the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the War Crimes Chamber. There, in one of Europe’s most blooddrenched regions, she works with an international judge who hears war-crimes cases and concentrates on transferring knowledge and skills to local judges. She finds the work fascinating, if heartbreaking. She can’t help comparing her own relatively easy life to that of her new Bosnian friends – for instance, the woman whose child was killed during the war. The desire to share some of her own blessings drives her to help create the basis for a peaceful society there. “We’re trying to establish a judiciary that is fair, efficient, independent, and competent – those are the international human rights standards,” Melissa says. “The goal is for people to trust their judiciary, so that when conflicts arise, they don’t take matters into their own hands.”
Photograph courtesy of Melissa Ruggiero
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Journey east: steven sorensen ’03 spent six years teaching, studying, and traveling in China.
Playing a Part in China’s Transition
Steven W. Sorensen ’03 wanted to teach after he graduated from Carroll with a major in English and minors in philosophy and creative writing. Three months later, he was at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, standing in front of classrooms of students eyeing him curiously. He took their photos, made a rotating screen saver on his laptop of their faces and names, and wowed them by learning their names – 240 in all – by the end of his second week. In the six years that he ultimately spent in China – two in Shanghai, four in Hong Kong, with stints in Chengdu, on Lamma Island, and in Taiwan – he was able to watch China and its people he says. As China rapidly modernized and Westernized, restaurants and malls sprouted up; by 2009, those malls were churning out commercial Christmas items like lights and plastic Santas. Even Steven’s students changed. When he arrived in 2003, his students were more frugal and few had left the country; by the time he left, students were going out to eat, making big investments in interview suits, and traveling to places like France, Thailand, and Japan.
Photographs courtesy of Steven Sorensen
Steven started a group called the Rhymers’ Club – named after a club founded by Yeats in 1890 – and gathered his best students twice weekly to discuss their poems and short stories. Often, their work expressed mixed feelings about China’s transformation and their own growing immersion in a more consumer culture. The club became an opportunity for a rich cultural interchange, not only between Steven and the students – they sometimes discussed his stories, too – but between students who came from very different parts of China. “Some of those meetings went on for hours!” says Steven, who spent half his monthly salary treating his students to dinner. “We not only discussed the language in the stories, but also became aware of the cultural assumptions that each
undergo rapid change. “It was a really exciting time to be there,”
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Opportunities for global learning abound at John Carroll. Below is a sampling: • The Center for Global Education offers for-credit opportunities for study abroad, including semester-long, yearlong, and shorter-term programs. Yearlong programs are offered in Japan and Germany. On the long list of semester-long programs are London, Rome, Madrid, and Costa Rica, among others, with new programs available in Turkey, India, and South Africa. Other programs include summer study in Ghana. • Campus Ministry and the Center for Service and Social Action jointly administer seven-to-ten-day “immersion” programs in Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Ecuador, and Jamaica. These not-for-credit experiences stress service, education, community, social justice, and spirituality. In the 2005-06 academic year, 18 students joined international immersion experiences. The number rose to 75 in the past academic year. The international immersion activities complement Carroll’s domestic immersion programs, which take place in locations such as New Orleans, Appalachia, and Cleveland. • Campus institutes, such as the Belfast Institute in Peace Building and Conflict Transformation, offer additional global study experiences. • Each fall, Carroll holds a campus fair in which dozens of service organizations present opportunities for post-graduate service years at both domestic and international locations. Five recent grads, for instance, are serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. • Carroll offers academic concentrations in Africana, East Asian, Italian, Latin American, and Modern European studies. • The Boler School of Business partners with the Zagreb school of economics and Management in Croatia: Students and professors from this recently established school (co-founded by Joseph Bombelles, professor emeritus of economics) visit Carroll, Carroll professors occasionally teach in Zagreb, and an exchange of economic and social research is forthcoming. • The Boler School also offers programs in london and in rouen, France. K.O. of us brings to a piece of literature. The whole experience gave me an awareness of how growing up in the Midwest shaped me.” Steve went on to earn a Master of Arts in English Studies, a Master of Philosophy in U.S.-China Studies, and a two-year Chinese Language Certificate at the University of Hong Kong, where he also worked for the China Affairs department. But his time in China wasn’t all spent in academia. He traveled around the country by train for 45 days, experiencing the friendliness and hospitality of ordinary Chinese people far from the intellectual and commercial urban centers. Villagers who offered him fruit as he walked by and children who skipped behind him to sing him songs.
Families beside the Great Wall who invited him to spend the night – one of which killed a chicken on his behalf and settled him down to watch a movie with them (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Back in the States now, Steven wants to be a bridge between the United States and the complex, internally diverse China he came to know. “China is certainly rising, but I don’t regard this fearfully,” Steven says. “China and the U.S. are the shapers of our age, and there are many opportunities for us to cooperate with each other.”
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Photograph, by Jasmine Goldband, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Other photos courtesy of Tony Ciabattoni.
didn’t sit right with me. In the States, just about any kid can go to a driving range or public golf course. I wanted the kids here to have that opportunity, too. It just seemed like the right thing to do, and that’s how I try to live my life.” He used his savings to buy a 12-acre orchard on the outside of the city, in a pretty little valley with mountains looming in the background. He cleared the land, bought grass seed, and nurtured it carefully, watering it from the little stream that ran around the property. He couldn’t afford the special grass seed used for putting
stay the course: tony Ciabattoni ’85 is bringing golf to the people of Colombia.
greens, so he created greens by cutting the grass much lower there. “When you watch the guys on television play, it looks like they’re putting on a carpet,” he says with a laugh. “Ours is not like that.” Finally, he finished creating six par-three holes plus a driving range. He opened his doors, the media picked up the story, and
Everyone’s Invited to Tee
Pittsburgh golf pro Tony Ciabattoni ’85 swapped North America for South America three years after he met Sandra Gonzalez, the love of his life and now his wife. But once they settled near her family in Bucaramanga, Colombia, in 2008, it was his first love – golf – that prompted him to craft a small gift for the million-plus people living in the area. Colombia has recently seen the emergence of some superstar golfers, including Camilo Villegas and Maria Jose Uribe. One weekend, Tony was watching Villegas on television. He wondered if the kids in the city were also watching Villegas and imagining that they could become great golfers someday, too. Then he realized that even if they had this dream, there was no way for them to fulfill it. Outside of two public courses in the capital city of Bogotá, there was no public golf in Colombia. “There are a couple of private clubs in Bucaramanga, but they don’t let in barefoot kids with ragged clothes,” Tony says. “That just
word spread. “It was a Field of Dreams moment,” Tony says. “People came and they just kept coming.” Before he moved to Colombia, Tony spent most of his time organizing golf outings for corporate clients. Some of the clients were eager to help him with his new golf course, so he set up a nonprofit foundation called El Derecho a Jugar (“The Right to Play”). Donations slowed as the financial crisis hit. Still, Tony hopes to raise enough to expand his golf course, as well as help local families send their children to school. Until then, his little golf course stays busy. Teenagers come on dates. Grandmothers push babies in strollers around the circumference of the course while the rest of the family plays. Kids arrive on bikes, bus, and foot. “When I see some kid walking behind his father and carrying his little putter, that’s when the hair raises on my arms,” says Tony. “Families couldn’t have that kind of interaction on a golf course before, unless they were rich.”
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Called to India
double major, was heavily engaged in social service activities as a Carroll student. She organized groups of fellow students to go to an inner city school to tutor and play basketball with the kids there, and she was awarded a Campion Service Award in her freshman year. She was also increasingly immersed in activities related to her major. The idea of foreign study appealed to her, but she never managed to work it into her busy schedule. After graduation, she had the opportunity to live and work at Sivananda Rehabilitation Home, an infectious disease facility dedicated to serving patients with leprosy and HIV in south central India. Her advisor, an infectious disease specialist at University Hospitals, enabled her to take a position there organizing clinical data and working with the orphaned children. And so, she went. She was frightened at first: A dizzying tumult of cars surged past the gates during the day; at night, wild dogs howled. She struggled to overcome language barriers. She learned firsthand the magnitude of hardships compounded by disease and poverty. But soon, the many delights at the home made her four-month stay joyful. The whoops of happy children, the many cups of sweet
Challenge and joy: Gina and friends.
Photographs courtesy of Gina Pestak
Gina Pestak, a biology and English
chai shared with colleagues, the peacocks dragging their amazing tails through the grounds. The women who worked in the kitchen teaching her to eat with her fingers, and the one special friend who brought her a sparkly stick-on bindi for her forehead every day. Gina was grateful for the opportunity to help the home community and felt herself grow and change in the process. “I found amazing friends in unexpected places,” she says. Gina feels that Carroll prepared her and other students well for this kind of experience – intellectually as well as spiritually – by insisting that they care about strangers on the other side of the globe. “My background at Carroll gave me the capacity to do this and do it well,” she says, then smiles. “I’d like to go back, but first I have to go to medical school.” Kristin Ohlson is a writer in the Cleveland area. To read Gina Pestak’s blog of her experiences in India, go to ginainindia.wordpress.com. For more information on the Sivananda Rehabilitation Home in India, go to www.sivanandarehab.org. Tony Ciabattoni’s website is at www.agameforall.com.
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The Muldoon Center is where all things entrepreneurial come together at Carroll. Now in its 10th year, the center continues to launch innovations.
Photographs by Robert Wetzler
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enterprising: students engage in the first class for the new entrepreneurship minor. the class is taught by Jackie schmidt (opposite page), a professor in the russert Department of Communication and theatre arts who was instrumental in shaping the minor. Joining Prof. schmidt in class is Mark hauserman ’68, director of the Muldoon Center for entrepreneurship.
by Susan Curphey
“We put the business and academic side of entrepreneurship together, because we want to provide opportunities for our students to come face to face with real entrepreneurs and simultaneously give entrepreneurs the opportunity to interface with the students – which they really enjoy – and to give back by sharing their experiences. And that works beautifully.”
– Jack Soper, Kahl Chair in Entrepreneurship, John Carroll Nearly 70 percent of all high school seniors want to either work for or run a smaller enterprise, says Karen Schuele, dean of the John M. and Mary Jo Boler School of Business at John Carroll. “Today’s students are looking for the unique. You really have to stand out with something that’s different than what they see at any other school. That’s what we’re going for with both the minor and Reality Bridge. You’re not going to find them at another school.” Dean Schuele is referring to two major initiatives that the Boler School’s Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship introduced this year. One is an interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship. The other is a unique program developed by the Entrepreneurs Association (EA) called Reality Bridge. Both, she says, set John Carroll apart from other collegiate entrepreneurship programs.
Carroll’s comprehensive, multifaceted entrepreneurship program has grown and strengthened since the Muldoon Center’s inception 10 years ago. Administrators, faculty, and the University community have worked diligently to create these new developments and build the entrepreneurship program. The goal? Move the program into the top 25 among the nation’s colleges and universities by 2011. Through the new minor and Reality Bridge, the University has responded to an increase in demand for classes in entrepreneurship and done it in such a way as to leverage the strengths of private business owners and professionals from the Entrepreneurship Association, Carroll’s 250-member business owners’ association (see “Entrepreneurship Central”). That’s what makes it stand out from other colleges and universities, says Dean Schuele. Students will also benefit from the marketability the two programs provide, adds Mark Hauserman ’68, director of the Muldoon Center. “Businesses are looking for young people to take a problem, solve it, and then take action with not a lot of supervision.”
Nearly 70 percent of all high school seniors want to either work for or run a smaller enterprise.
New and Distinctive
The Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship introduced two major initiatives this year: • Minor in entrepreneurship, open to students of all majors • Reality Bridge, in which students strive to create businesses with the mentoring help of successful entrepreneurs
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a Minor for all
Carroll’s first “university” minor is designed for all students, whether in the College of Arts and Sciences or the Boler School. Under the direction of Jack Soper, the Kahl Chair and a longtime economics professor at Carroll, the new minor was developed and is now administered by an interdisciplinary faculty committee. According to Prof. Soper, approximately 75 percent of entrepreneurs have a background in arts and sciences. “If 75 percent come from all kinds of diverse backgrounds, we asked ourselves, ‘How can we assist them in the process?’ A chemistry major may want to start his own business. Or a student majoring in art history will ask, ‘How am I going to make a living?’ They could work for a gallery or a museum, both of which are businesses. It’s important to understand how businesses are formed, how they develop, and how they progress.”
Approximately 75 percent of entrepreneurs have a background in arts and sciences.
Funded by an $80,000 grant from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the curriculum was developed over a two-year period. The process began with top educators from around the country working with Carroll’s faculty in preparation for teaching entrepreneurship and developing the syllabi. Of the 10 faculty selected to help develop the program, seven came from the College of Arts and Sciences. The curriculum also received input from members of the EA, which helped fine-tune the coursework. Mr. Hauserman says, “People in the teaching business know how to teach. Men and women who run companies know how to run companies. When you put them together, there’s magic.” The new minor offers two slightly different sequences, depending on the student’s major. All students take four introductory courses: Creativity/ Invention/Innovation, Idea Development, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, and Social Entrepreneurship. Then business majors branch off to core business courses in accounting, finance, and marketing; the arts and sciences students cover those subjects in
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Business partners: Jane Killian ’10, Chris romeo ’11 (standing), and Dany Diaz ’11 teamed up for a reality Bridge project. they are shown in the lounge of entrepreneurs’ house.
more general terms in two entrepreneurship classes. Students reconvene for the final course in Field Experience. More than 40 students enrolled in the classes offered this semester and that number is expected to increase.
Bridge ideas into reality
Reality Bridge serves to help students convert their business ideas into actual businesses by leveraging the entrepreneurial expertise of the EA members. Mr. Hauserman explains: “This gives the student an opportunity to work side by side with a successful entrepreneur. It’s not shadowing – it’s actually working on a
problem. It’s coaching in the sense of the old apprentice system. You learn how to build cabinets by ‘being an apprentice to the cabinet maker.’” He adds, “We know of only one other program like it.” Three students are teamed with two business owners from the EA who act as mentors to develop a “go” or “no-go” analysis of a concept. Each team presents its idea to a panel of judges and competes for cash prizes, which they are free to use as they wish. “The competition itself revolves around the quality of the analysis as to whether or not it’s a viable business,” explains EA Vice Chair Becky Morgan, who was instrumental in constructing Reality Bridge. She is president of
Mentoring magic: Carroll’s entrepreneurship community includes entrepreneurs association and alumni Board member robert valente ’69 (seated, above) and Kahl Chair Jack soper (second from left in photo at right).
Fulcrum ConsultingWorks. “The focus of the program is to take student ideas for businesses and help them look at the viability of it and what to do next to make it a reality. Our goal is for real economic activity to come out of this.”
Political science major Dany Diaz ’11 found his experience rewarding. His team worked on an idea to convert an empty house into an ice cream and coffee shop. “It was very empowering,” he says. “It gave me more confidence to think outside the box and use my creativity to solve real-life problems.” Mr. Diaz says when he and his teammates were given the challenge to create a business idea for the house, located in Peninsula, Ohio, they began by studying the community and its demographics. They discovered a large number of shoppers looking for antiques, as well as cyclists and joggers. But the team observed only a few dining options in the area. This triggered a brainstorming of ideas. They concluded that an ice cream and coffee shop would meet an untapped market. Another idea that has potential marketability is that of Carroll biology graduate student Ben Savasky ’07, who earned his bachelor’s degree in biology. Mr. Savasky and his teammate worked with EA members to further their idea of a formulated health supplement for dogs, Poochie Hooch, which is currently being test marketed. “With Reality Bridge, you have successful people helping you with connections,” Mr. Savasky says. “That’s a big factor in putting something on the market.” For their ice cream and coffee shop, Mr.
Diaz and his teammates each offered different skills to develop the concept, which the judges determined to be a viable business. Accounting and philosophy double major Jane Killian ’10 developed sales projections. Chris Romeo ’11, a management major with a minor in entrepreneurship, focused on marketing. Mr. Diaz concentrated on the presentation for the Reality Bridge competition. “It was great – people from different backgrounds working together for this project,” says Mr. Diaz. “It taught me how people can use creativity differently.” Susan Curphey is a writer in the Cleveland area. For more information on the Muldoon Center, visit www.jcu.edu/entrepreneurship.
The Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship is named for the late Edward Muldoon ’48, businessman and benefactor. Its principle mission? Bring the reality of entrepreneurship to the academic program and leverage the strengths of the University to assist the growth of private businesses. The center consists of many parts: Entrepreneurs Association (EA) is a business owners’ association with 250 members, 80 percent of whom are the principal shareholder of a private company, with the other 20 percent being professionals. No other such association in Ohio claims as many owners among its membership, says Mark Hauserman. The average revenue of EA companies exceeds $12 million. Membership requires entrepreneurs to have been in business for five years or more, with at least $1 million in revenues. Carroll alumni make up 45 percent of the membership. Professionals must have 15 years’ experience. Master Members pay a dues premium to support Carroll’s student programs and serve as judges and coaches in competitions. The objective is to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. Donor-funded Entrepreneurs’ House provides a residential option in Murphy Hall for freshmen interested in entrepreneurship. These students have access to an attractive lounge – equipped with computers and other tools – funded by the EA. Students participate in co-curricular activities with EA members. Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC) consists of a group of six other colleges and universities in Northeast Ohio (two more soon to join). It was founded in 2005 to promote entrepreneurial education and to unite students and their ideas. The EEC holds two idea competitions: EEC Idea Lab, where Carroll students compete against each other, with the winners then challenging teams from EEC schools; and Immersion Week, where a select team of five students from each EEC school gathers in a week-long workshop/competition during the summer. Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization honors five students each year for their achievement in entrepreneurship. The students are successful participants in the key entrepreneurship events of the year. Students in Free Enterprise, a global program founded by Sam Walton of Walmart fame, coaches students on how to develop community outreach programs that teach free enterprise. WINTER 2009 John Carroll university 21 S.C.
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Quality, Value, Impact
J OH N CA R RO L L U N I V E R S IT Y
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John Carroll University counted many achievements in the past year. We did so in the face of daunting economic realities. I’m grateful to everyone who helped the University
• 450-year Jesuit tradition: educate mind, body, and spirit • small classes (15:1 student/faculty ratio) led by teaching-centered professors • investments in faculty development, endowed chairs, and professorships • 90% of full-time faculty have published or received research grants in the last 2 years • undergrads participate in facultyguided research, including 100% of our physics students • 26,000+ service hours contributed by students each year. Named to the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll the last 2 years • 50%+ of accounting majors secure full-time internships each spring, and 15-18 College of Arts and Sciences students intern at the Cleveland Clinic each year • the tim russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts named for Tim Russert ’72, whose Carroll legacy includes the exclusive NBC/John Carroll University Meet the Press Fellowship
move forward through strategic investments in our future. For this year’s annual report, I want to talk about quality, value, and impact, characteristics that continue to be part of a Carroll education. I will spend a few moments reflecting on each, showing how they emerge from the good work of the John Carroll University community. Quality. Underlying the Carroll experience is our mission to inspire individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world. We draw on the more than 450-year Jesuit Catholic intellectual tradition as we educate the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. In the classroom, students learn from full-time professors who are experts in their fields, and our small class sizes personalize and enrich the student experience. Outside the classroom, Carroll students find increasing opportunities and encouragement for life-changing immersion trips, service learning, internships, mission- and faith-based experiences, and research activities – from nearby neighborhoods to the other side of the globe. As might be expected of our students, they are connecting with people near and far, as early as their freshman year. As a part of our tradition, John Carroll’s liberal arts core continues to require students to think critically about themselves and the world. Talking with alumni, I often hear the
President robert l. niehoff, s.J., left, and David short ’81, the new chair of the Board of Directors.
Photograph by Robert Wetzler
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same comment – Carroll, they say, prepared them not only for their first job, but their fourth as well. John Carroll provided the foundation for their life. They gained skills that allow them to learn, to think, to grow, to adapt, and to make choices – skills that are especially critical and relevant in today’s world. This key aspect of a Jesuit education continues! value. John Carroll is consistently recognized as one of the top schools in the Midwest for retention and graduation rates. Did you know that our graduation rates significantly exceed U.S. averages? Carroll places among the top seven Ohio schools for four-year graduation. Freshman students know they will receive not only an outstanding education, but the support needed to become a John Carroll graduate in four years. Dedication to Jesuit ideals – guiding everything from our campus culture to class sizes – helps us achieve our graduation goals. We ensure success in other ways, too. Over the years, we have bolstered support structures for students, such as advising, and financial planning and assistance for families. But graduating on time is only one aspect of the John Carroll story. The University strives to provide an engaging and transformative academic experience that prepares our students – intellectually and spiritually – for life. The character and success of our graduates is the recognition I truly celebrate. impact. Since 1886, John Carroll has been tied to the success of the region and state. The impact of the Carroll experience is immense. Our students graduate prepared and on time. They become leaders in their communities throughout the world. Wherever I go, I meet proud alums and supporters. The impact of our graduates starts at home, in Northeast Ohio, where our alumni own or operate more than 500 companies. It extends to Ohio, where more than half of John Carroll students choose to stay after graduation. And it encompasses the world, where members of the Carroll family engage people from Shanghai to Sarajevo. As we approach our 125th anniversary, in 2011, we remain committed to the future of Greater Cleveland and Ohio. With the beginning of the 2010 report year, David Short ’81 became chair of the John Carroll Board of Directors. I welcome him and thank Allyn Adams ’64 for his two years of distinguished service in that role. I also extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone for their contributions to John Carroll University. You make a difference in the lives of our students. In 2010, with God’s grace, may we continue to serve Him and each other as we work to fulfill the mission of John Carroll. God bless you,
• 65% 4-year graduation rate – among top 7 schools in Ohio • 90% retention rate from freshman to sophomore year • Commitment to financial aid and scholarship support • 4th among Midwest master’s universities in 2010 U.S. News & World Report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, and 7th for overall quality • 3rd (tie) in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Undergraduate Teaching” category • a Barron’s Best Buy, one of only 280 schools to earn this distinction • elite aaCsB accreditation for the Boler School of Business and its accountancy program • recognized by Forbes as one of America’s leading universities • 99% of graduates are employed full time or in grad school within 9 months of graduation
• 500 companies in northeast ohio are owned or operated by Carroll alumni • 58%+ of Carroll grads live and work in Ohio • $115-million contribution to the Greater Cleveland economy by John Carroll • at $900,000+, the largest annual income tax generator for the City of University Heights • 500+ full-time and nearly 200 part-time employees • 1 ,500 jobs created out of Carroll’s operations • $150 million invested in campus facilities since 1998
Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. President
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ConsoliDateD suMMary oF oPerations
YEAR ENDED MAY 31 (DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS)
revenues Tuition and fees Less scholarships and grants Net tuition and fee revenue Contributions and private grants Government grants and contracts Investment return designated for operations Interest income Auxiliary enterprises Other Total revenues eXPenses Instructional Sponsored programs Academic support Student services Institutional support Operation and maintenance of plant Auxiliary enterprises Depreciation and amortization Interest Total expenses Increase (Decrease) in operating net assets suMMary oF FinanCial Position* Total assets Total liabilities Total net assets * As of May 31 for years noted
2009 $93,014 40,829 52,185 4,247 5,085 7,945 272 13,268 3,471 86,473
2008 $85,783 33,914 51,869 3,546 5,773 8,930 456 12,115 3,273 85,962
% Change 8% 20% 1% 20% -12% -11% -40% 10% 6% 1%
$25,247 4,371 8,753 9,961 9,441 8,569 9,446 6,854 3,572 86,214 $259
$26,192 5,727 8,987 10,032 8,496 8,816 8,741 6,896 3,715 87,602 $(1,640)
-4% -24% -3% -1% 11% -3% 8% -1% -4% -2%
$360,324 95,264 265,060
$413,642 98,832 314,810
-13% -4% -16%
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60 40 20 0 FY2005 FY2006 FY2007 FY2008 FY2009
10 9 8 7
$9.9 $8.9 $8.2 $8.1 $8.0
Philanthropy plays an important role in supporting the University’s mission. In 2009, donors made gifts totaling $8 million in cash, providing valuable resources for students and faculty to enhance the learning experience. In 2009, the total number of donors increased 15 percent from the year before, from 6,871 to 7,886.
8,000 Number of Donors 6,000 4,000 2,000 0
6 5 4 3 2 1 0 FY2005 FY2006 FY2007 FY2008 FY2009
Number of Donors Percentage of Alumni Donors
SOURCE OF GIFTS
13 8,000 12 0
6,871 Alumni led the way in giving, with nearly half of all 12.1%
6,000 contributions coming from graduates. the percentage of 4,000 alumni who contributed to John Carroll rose from 12.1 FY2008 FY2009
Corporations Organizations 14% Alumni 49%
percent in 2008 2,000 to 14.1 percent in 2009. The University continues to receive 0 gifts from all sources. John Carroll appreciates the generous support of its many benefactors.
Percentage of Alumni Donors
Parents Friends Faculty & Staff 10%
15 14 13 12 0
120 100 80 60 40 20 0 FY2005 FY2006 FY2007 FY2008 FY2009
ENDOWMENT FuND MARKET VAluE **
Affected by global economic challenges, the University’s endowment fund market value declined in 2009. The value gained in the second half of the fiscal year, however, through stronger investment returns and ongoing donor generosity.
* Fiscal year 2009 began June 1, 2008, and ended May 31, 2009. Giving amounts shown do not include commitments for future gifts. ** Endowment market value is as of May 31 for years noted.
10 9 8
$9.9 $8.9 $8.2 $8.1 $8.0
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(as of october 2009) roBert l. niehoFF, s.J., Ph.D. President Jonathan sMith, Ph.D. Vice President and Executive Assistant to the President John t. Day, Ph.D. Academic Vice President riCharD F. Mausser, M.B.a., CPa Vice President for Finance MarK D. MCCarthy, Ph.D. Vice President for Student Affairs Doreen K. riley, M.s. Vice President for Advancement Brian WilliaMs, M.a. Vice President for Enrollment MarÍa G. alFaro-loPeZ, J.D., esQ. General Counsel JaMes h. KruKones, Ph.D. Associate Academic Vice President lauren BoWen, Ph.D. Associate Academic Vice President for Academic Programs and Faculty Diversity niCholas r. santilli, Ph.D. Associate Academic Vice President for Planning and Assessment Beth Martin, Ph.D. Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences Karen sChuele, Ph.D. Dean, Boler School of Business sherri Crahen, Ph.D. Dean of Students
Mr. alBert J. DeGulis ’56 Senior Vice President, Retired AllianceBernstein Cleveland, Ohio Mr. FreDeriCK D. Disanto CEO Ancora Advisors Beachwood, Ohio Mr. uMBerto FeDeli ’82 President and CEO The Fedeli Group Independence, Ohio Mr. Daniel J. Frate ’83 Executive Vice President Retail Banking, Products & Alternative Channels PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Cleveland, Ohio Mr. Carl D. GliCKMan President The Glickman Organization Cleveland, Ohio rev. hoWarD J. Gray, s.J. ’86h Assistant to the President for Special Projects Georgetown University Washington, D.C. Mr. roBert D. Gries President Gries Investments Cleveland, Ohio Dr. evelyn JenKins Gunn ’72G Carnegie Scholar and Fellow (NBCT) National Academy Tuscaloosa, Alabama Mr. roBert a. haGer ’84 Partner Brennan, Manna and Diamond LLC Akron, Ohio Ms. annette l. haile ’74 Vice President, Retired IBM Sarasota, Florida Mr. riCharD M. haMlin sr. ’49 Chairman The Reserve Group, Inc. Akron, Ohio Mr. hoWarD W. (hoDDy) hanna iii ’69 Chairman and CEO Howard Hanna Holdings, Inc. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mr. MiChael l. harDy ’69 Partner Thompson Hine LLP Cleveland, Ohio Mr. roBert e. heltZel Jr. ’70 President, Retired Kenilworth Steel Warren, Ohio Mr. F. eriC JoChuM ’83 Attorney Law Offices of F. Eric Jochum Cleveland, Ohio Mr. JaCK Kahl ’62 President and CEO Jack Kahl & Associates, LLC Westlake, Ohio
the very rev. tiMothy P. KesiCKi, s.J. ’84 Provincial The Chicago and Detroit Provinces of The Society of Jesus Detroit, Michigan Mr. JaMes F. KirsCh Chairman, President and CEO Ferro Corporation Cleveland, Ohio Mr. Charles J. KoCh Chairman and CEO, Retired Charter One Bank Cleveland, Ohio Mr. riCharD J. KraMer ’86 COO and President North America Tire The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Akron, Ohio the very rev. PatriCK J. lee, s.J. Provincial The Oregon Province of The Society of Jesus Portland, Oregon Mr. l. thoMas MarChlen Senior Tax Attorney Alcoa, Inc. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rev. MiChael J. MarCo, s.J. President Walsh Jesuit High School Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Mr. riCharD e. Maroun ’77 General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer APP Pharmaceuticals, LLC Los Angeles, California Mr. MiChael J. MerriMan ’78 Operating Advisor Resilience Capital Partners, LLC Beachwood, Ohio Mr. saMuel h. Miller ’99h Co-chairman of the Board and Treasurer Forest City Enterprises, Inc. Cleveland, Ohio rev. J-Glenn Murray, s.J. Parochial Vicar Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Washington, D.C. Mr. JaMes M. Myers ’80 CEO PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. San Diego, California rev. roBert l. niehoFF, s.J. President John Carroll University University Heights, Ohio Mr. GeralD F. o’Connell ’61 CEO O’SEA Investments, LLC, and Reveal Data Corp. New Canaan, Connecticut the Most rev. PatriCK C. PinDer Archbishop of Nassau The Bahamas Mrs. auDrey GilBert ratner Community Leader Cleveland, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois
Mr. Charles a. rini sr. Chairman and CEO Rini Realty Company Fairview Park, Ohio Ms. Patti rosenFelD ’87 Philanthropist and Community Leader Chevy Chase, Maryland Ms. BarBara s. sChuBert ’62, ’67G, ’80G Associate Director, Retired The Ohio Ballet Cleveland, Ohio Mr. John sherWin Jr. ’68 President Mid-Continent Ventures, Inc. Cleveland, Ohio rev. lorn snoW, s.J. ’90G Pastor Gesu Catholic Community University Heights, Ohio Mr. terenCe C. sullivan ’77 President Paragon Advisors, Inc. Shaker Heights, Ohio Mr. Daniel C. sussen ’51 Chairman, Retired Ohio Division, General Parts Inc. President Shaker Realty, LTD Waite Hill, Ohio Mr. John o’neill WinChester ’67 Executive Vice President, Treasurer, and Director The QUIKRETE Companies, Inc. Atlanta, Georgia
Mr. John M. Boler ’56, ’96h Chairman and Founder The Boler Company. Itasca, Illinois Mr. John G. Breen ’56, ’97h Chairman and CEO, Retired The Sherwin-Williams Company Cleveland, Ohio Mr. vinCent a. ChiaruCCi President and COO, Retired Figgie International, Inc. Cleveland, Ohio Mr. JaMes s. reiD Jr. ’92h CEO, Retired The Standard Products Company Cleveland, Ohio Mr. JosePh D. sullivan ’53 Partner, Retired Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP Cleveland, Ohio
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(as of october 2009) Mr. DaviD W. short ’81 (Chair) Chairman of the Board, Retired American Funds Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mr. allyn r. aDaMs ’64 Partner, Retired Deloitte & Touche LLP Cleveland, Ohio Mr. PatriCK v. auletta ’72 President Emeritus, Retired KeyBank, N.A. Cleveland, Ohio Ms. nanCy CunninGhaM BenaCCi ’77 Managing Director of Equity Research KeyBanc Capital Markets Cleveland, Ohio rev. MiChael P. Caruso, s.J. Department Chair of Educational Leadership Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, California Ms. Mary ann CorriGan-Davis ’75 President Saint Joseph Academy Cleveland, Ohio
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An IXY Celebration
Calendar of events
Thursday, January 28, 2010 Speed Networking Event Washington, D.C. Friday, January 29 Alumni Reception with Student Finance Association Chicago, IL Sunday, January 31 – Friday, February 5 Ignatian Heritage Week at John Carroll Thursday, February 11 JCU Night with the Cavs Cleveland, OH Tuesday, March 2 Alumni Golf Outing and Reception Phoenix, AZ
IXY power: IXYs and their family members gathered in the name of service on Homecoming Weekend.
Members of Iota Chi Upsilon returned to campus over Homecoming Weekend 2009 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fraternity’s founding. Alumni members carried on the IXY tradition of service by helping to clean up an urban lot that will become a community garden. That afternoon, at halftime of the Blue Streaks football game, the members were recognized for establishing the Iota Chi Upsilon Alumni Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship, which has a goal of $1 million, has raised more than $600,000 in cash and pledges.
Photograph courtesy of Dave Robinson ’74
Sunday, March 14 Alumni Mass and Brunch Naples, FL April Alumni Service Month Saturday, April 17 Cultivating Community Day Cleveland, OH Saturday, April 24 Alumni Day of Service So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.) Washington, D.C. Friday, May 21 Alumni Awards Dinner John Carroll Campus Friday, June 11 – Sunday, June 13 Reunion Weekend
The events listed above are subject to change. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.jcu.edu/jcuconnect or e-mail [email protected]
Future Blue streaks: We want to welcome the
newest addition to your family in style. Share your baby announcement with the Alumni Office and we’ll mail you a “Future Blue Streak” baby certificate and legacy bib! Free! To request a bib, e-mail [email protected]
or call 800-736-ALUM (2586), x4336. Include your baby’s name and date of birth, along with your name, degree and grad year, spouse’s name, and mailing address. By the way, the beautiful baby is Jordan Evelyn Sample, daughter of Alumni Board member George ’02 and Tanya Williams Sample.
Nominate a deserving alum today!
The John Carroll University Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2010 alumni Medal and 2010 Campion shield. Nominations are due by Friday, February 5, 2010.
The alumni Medal recognizes an individual’s accomplishments in his/her profession, exemplary family and personal life, contributions to his/her community, and dedicated service to John Carroll University. The Campion shield recognizes bravery on the part of a member of the John Carroll community. to nominate a deserving JCu alumnus/a, visit www.jcu.edu/alumni or call the office of alumni relations at 800-736-aluM (2586), x4336, to receive a nomination packet by mail.
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For further columnist contact information, please call us at 216-397-3050 or 800-736-ALUM (2586). Note that we publish additional class notes and archived columns online. Visit www.jcu.edu/alumni/publications/classnotes.htm to read unabridged copy as well as previous columns. After 20 years of service at John Carroll, including more than 10 years editing the class columns, Michele McFarland is retiring. We wish her all the best, and we thank her for making this a better magazine through her exceptional skill and dedication.
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larry Kelley ’36 216-941-1795 [email protected]
pajamas were lined with lard. He took it all with great good nature, at least by the time we saw him the next day. I am again indebted to John Sweeney, for running the Cleveland news bureau. Carl
two weeks. If any of you have legal real-estaterelated problems in Lake County, you will be best served by his advice. ... The first Gray Streaks Luncheon was Oct. 14; they are scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month. If you enjoy hearing about new developments at Carroll, and talking about the old times, don’t miss any of the luncheons. Call Sue Lender – 216.397.4336 – to make reservations and to get information about upcoming events. ... Keep Bob Colopy and Bob Mannion in your prayers, along with Mary Ruth and Bruce Thompson ’43, who are getting over the death of their daughter, Karen Singer. ... Michele McFarland is retiring. She has done a great job working with the columnists and will be missed. All the best to you, Michele, and thanks for all of your help. ... See you at the Gray Streaks Luncheon. Don
I am later than usual! I promised Michele I’d have a very short column by Friday, but Frances had a rough couple of days and, as her caretaker, I was busy! ... I don’t get any news from my classmates or any other “old timer.” The only other classmates I know who are still around are Ben Belkin, Hank Dombrowski, and Bill Muth. However, I heard from Bill Nardi’s ’35 daughter, Nadine Nardi Davidson, from Los Angeles. Bill played guard on the Blue Streaks football team back in the ’30s. When Bill was selected into the Blue Streaks Hall of Fame in ’94 for football and basketball, he and his family had a big reception at one of the hotels in downtown Cleveland. With his family, classmates, and fellow football friends, they had over a hundred guests. Bill passed on since then but Nadine wanted to come back to Cleveland to visit her cousins. On July 8, 2009, Nadine and her husband, Harold Davidson, invited all her cousins to the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Pete Bernardo ’67 and I were invited too. I have a picture of the affair, which I hope to have printed in a later column. ... Keep praying – just Larry
Bruce e. Thompson 216-382-4408 [email protected]
ed Cunneen 216-561-1122 [email protected]
Carl Giblin 727-518-7961 [email protected]
I am always pleased to read the new issue of this publication, which features ordinary students doing extraordinary things. I think they call them “ministries.” Fast forward 70 years. Jim Schlecht is doing volunteer teaching at the Shore Cultural Centre of Euclid for the Euclid Board of Education. He teaches English two days a week to foreign speaking people in Euclid. He has also taught math to adults who dropped out of high school. That is a challenge to the current classes at John Carroll. Will your ministry be as strong 70 years from now? ... Bud Noetzel and John Sweeney remind us of how fortunate we were; 70 years ago, most of the faculty were Jesuits! I had two, during the four years, that were not “Jebbies” -- Bungart in English, and “what’s his name” in freshman chemistry. His first lecture taught us how to make booze that would not make us drop dead on the spot. Fr. Tepley was in charge of the seismograph down in the basement. He tracked earthquakes and was a source of info for the Cleveland papers. He also ran the addressograph and printed the bulletins and school paper. Fr. Murphy should have drawn combat pay for the indignities he suffered as monitor of Bernet Residence Hall. One night he couldn’t get into bed because a barber chair had been moved into his room. Another night his 30
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There is no greater satisfaction and joy than to see a local media representative, a man of integrity who is acknowledged and recognized for his expertise, single out one of our ’43 alums for public meritorious recognition. Brent Larkin, recently retired as the Plain Dealer editorial page director, honored our classmate Salvatore Calandra. Larkin closed out his 30 years of covering Cleveland and Ohio politics. He has known thousands of prominent, powerful personalities during his career. When asked to name a few who have left the most lasting impressions, he replied, for one, “Salvatore Calandra, as decent and honorable a public servant as I’ve ever met. He served as a Cleveland Municipal judge for nearly a quarter of a century and, at age 87, remains a pillar of the church, St. Rocco, his family helped build on Cleveland’s near West Side.” Well done, Sal, you deserve Larkin’s accolade. ... Some of us have reached, or are about to, that page in life numbered ninety. I spell it out; it doesn’t seem as menacing as the numeral. To Wally Schwarz, who was recently partied for reaching that age, he says the important thing is reaching that birthday. I saw quite a few John Carroll Gray Streaks at his celebration. The Pete Diemers and Bruce Thompsons joined in the fun. ... Diemers were scheduled to entrain, mid-October, from Chicago to Northern California to visit family members. They were to continue south, still by rail, visiting additional family and friends over a 12-day excursion. I’m reminded of several WWII trips from Chicago to the West Coast on the Santa Fe Chief, and the Super Chief. ... It is said that the worse thing that can happen to parents is to have a son or daughter die before one of us. It is true. We experienced it early in September when one of our daughters, Karen, died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Your prayers will be appreciated. ... If publishing and out-dates materialize as scheduled, you will be reading this a week or two prior to Christmas. May God bless you in this Holy Season – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family. Bruce
Julius sukys 440-449-8768 [email protected]
It is difficult at times to eulogize people who have been close friends, who were classmates at John Carroll that have passed away. We have lost William H. Coyne, who was one of the most avid members of our class. He was interested in anything “Carroll.” He attended most of the athletic and social events. When called on, he gave of himself in making annual fund telephone calls. He truly was a son of Carroll. He was generous to his school in all ways. A true Irishman he was. Bill and Peg were married for 60 years and together had six children. He will truly be missed. ... Andrew (Andy) Foy passed away on Aug. 16 in Louisville, OH. He had been in several endeavors including the steel-related business. He moved to Hawaii for 15 years. He suffered with multiple sclerosis. He was wheelchair bound and died of complications from his long illness. He was married to Mary Merilyn Snyder in 1954. They had six children. She passed away in 1975. ... Please remember them in your prayers. Adios, Julius
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don Mcdonald 216-991-9140 [email protected]
Waiting to hear from Marty Franey’s daughter so that I can call him direct. We have missed seeing him at Gesu Mass all summer. ... Lou Turi has been trying to reach me for the last
Tom Martin, Frank Washko, Jack Powers, and Ray Fox were all impressively portrayed in the “Class of ’49 picture” taken at the June Reunion. It was framed in gold, and sent to each classmate who attended the Reunion. Needless to say, those pictured received compliments on their handsome appearance. The classmates who were otherwise occupied at photo time, including me, enjoyed every event at the Reunion; we now regret missing our opportunity to add to the quality of this picture. ... Tom Martin asked Frank Washko, who is now a Hudson, OH, resident, to join him in a historical review, “the Hudson Boys’ School,” which in 1903 provided supervision and family atmosphere for wayward boys, and employment for Tom’s grandparents. It was also a weekend home for his mother, who as a little girl rode the Pennsylvania Rail Road from and back to Cleveland each weekend to visit her off-duty parents. Your classmates were given a tour of the facility, which is still well maintained and soon to be purchased by the city of Hudson. ... John Giblin, long a
resident of Silver Spring, MD, regretfully passed on the Homecoming invitation; he says that tennis has become too demanding, his golf game is OK, and increased age considered. ... Jack Powers of Barrington, IL, was planning to come back to Cleveland again in September for a Cathedral Latin High School reunion; unfortunately, he was going to miss our October Homecoming. They’re committed to attending his wife’s reunion in California. From there they are going on to Hawaii for a few weeks. ... When I called Frank Washko, to compliment him on his handsome appearance in the class photo, he was recovering from a pool party at his son’s house, where he had too much sun and his 85th birthday. How time flies! We’re all almost as old, or older than Frank; we all can be pleased that he looked great and well preserved in that class picture! The Gray Streaks Luncheons scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month began October 14. Each event offers an opportunity to visit with friends, meet younger grads, enjoy a nice lunch, and then hear of developments at Carroll from department directors and officers of the University, while enjoying the beauty and atmosphere of the University. Call Sue Lender - 216.397.4336 - for a reservation. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the lunch and then look forward to the next one. ... The second Wednesday of November is the 11th – Veterans Day. The Gray Streaks Luncheon celebrated both events. ... Bill Varga and wife Kay were hoping to begin their trip to Rome in late October; if his travel preparations are complete, he’ll join the West Side ’49ers for the Gray Streaks Luncheons. ... Send news, good news preferred, all reported with reasonable accuracy. Tom death of Paul Dochety Sr., and of my good friend and Bernet Hall roommate Bill Reagan (6/11/09). ... KT and Jim Conway just returned from a European visit, which included eight days cruising the Elbe River. Their trip included visits to Paris, Rome, Prague, and Berlin. ... I would like to close with an excerpt from a Christmas letter Warren Cummings sent me last year. It read, “All in all we thank the good Lord for all the blessings he has bestowed on us. The sunsets, the trees, the flowers, the martinis, and those great people in our life ... you are one of them.” May the Christ Child shower you and yours with grace and love now and into the future. God bless and all the best. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hope to see you at the Reunion June 11-13, 2010. Jack Harbor and dodged low-flying Zeros on December 7. “We wanted the kids to know how she and her family waited for the Japanese troops to land,” Bill said. “Gas masks were issued and bomb shelters assigned as Hawaii was placed under martial law. We felt it was time for a history lesson after 68 years. In 1941, Pearl Harbor was a very busy place as the home of the Pacific Fleet. It still is busy, filled with WWII reminders like the USS Arizona, where the kids’ great uncle, Ensign Savage, lies interred. Except for the Mall in Washington, there is no other place so filled with war time memories, including the new Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on Ford Island next to the USS Missouri, the USS Bowfish guarding 52 stone monuments to lost submarines. Before we left Hawaii, we saw the USS Hawaii, a nuclear fast-attack submarine assigned to Pearl, the first submarine equipped to operate without a periscope. Our navy is ready now, if not before.” We had another “Day of Infamy” on 9/11/01. Remember both days! ... Don Terrell sent some lovely news. His ninth greatgrandchild, Hailey Terrell, was born in September, a first grandchild for her parents. Though there were problems at first, she is healthy. With prudent treatment and care, and prayers, her future looks bright. Don spent part of the summer helping one of his sons move from Santa Maria to Mission Viejo, CA (over 200 miles). Any of you who have driven in California can imagine how nerve wracking that must have been. Moving from a 4,000+ sq. ft. dwelling to 2,800 sq. ft. could not have been easy. Then you have to consider the four dogs, three cats, and a father-in-law whose health is not the best, to deal with a bit of stress. Plus plants, furniture, not to mention two daughters, an exchange student from Australia, and a college student. ... Now comes fall and the annual tasks of pruning, mulching, cleaning the fish pond, cutting firewood for four fireplaces, cleaning chimneys, starting seedlings for spring, and planting winter vegetables. I am exhausted! ... Now send me some news or you’ll hear all about my West Coast swing. God bless, Dorothy
donald a. Ungar 330-723-5234 [email protected]
Jack reilly 216-291-5762 [email protected]
Many good things are happening to our classmates these days. Dr. Ken Callahan (our Reunion MC) was named Case Western Reserve Dental School’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2009. He is one of the most widely respected oral and maxillofacial surgeons ever produced by the CWRU dental school. For more than 40 years, he used his talents to better the lives of others. Ken’s ability to not only talk to his patients, but also listen, prompted his friend Dr. Ronald Bell to say, “Ken could do more with his mouth than he could do surgically.” Dr. Callahan is past president of both the John Carroll Alumni Association and CWRU Dental School Alumni Association. He was a member of the John Carroll University Board of Directors and, for over 20 years, was a guest lecturer of military history at John Carroll. Ken is a man of many interests. He founded the Irish American Archives club and, in January 2010, will receive its “Walk of Life Award.” He is on the board of directors of the Western Reserve Historical Society and the Cleveland Shakespeare Club and is a rabid Indians fan. Ken’s sense of humor, which has brightened the day of many of his patients and his colleagues, remains as sharp as ever. Of his profession, he says, “Too bad I retired; I was just getting the hang of it!” ... Talked to Dr. Gene St. Marie, who sends his regards and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. ... Norma and John Tullio celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 31. Their daughters, Mary and Christine, hosted the party to honor the occasion. Over 50 family and friends attended the event. John is still active in his CPA business in Erie, PA. ... We were saddened to learn of the
Writing about our class is difficult because no class member has any thoughts to share. The years have passed and, though we still think about those Carroll days, we lost touch because our lives changed and we went in many directions. Most of us are in the 80-year age group and we have seen many things that helped us in our lifetime – the Depression, draft, and World War II, to name a few. With e-mail, you don’t even need a stamp. Love to hear from you. How’s your family? My family is well. When graduation day comes next May, I will be honored to say that my granddaughter received her degree. She will be my first grandchild to graduate from Carroll. Let me tell you about her – she spent many years singing in Cleveland’s Singing Angels and she was the singer of the National Anthem at the opening of the Don Shula Stadium at Wasmer Field at John Carroll. She participates in the Marinello Little Theatre performances at Carroll. She is looking forward to graduation and said to me, “Gramps, I’m going to continue on to get my M.A.” I wonder how many of our class members have grandchildren at John Carroll. Share a story with us. ... Going on about stories, Lee Cirillo is our Southern representative and is promising more stories about life in the South. ... I know that many of you eat at our classmate’s steak house. If you signed up to receive mail from Shula Steak House, you will note that Donald Shula traveled to the war zone to talk with the troops. Great, Don! Don, could you send us a note about your trip? ... The Gray Streaks Luncheons are back, and if you read about the changes coming next January, you will really want to attend and learn more about Carroll. I am looking forward to joining Don Carroll, Dick Joliat, Bob Revello, Frank Nugent, and Bill Switaj for the next luncheon. ... As I write this class note in September, I am waiting for a call from my doctor for a surgery date; please say a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for all that He has given each one of us. Spend a couple of minutes to tell us about your life, e-mail me - [email protected]
Jim Myers 440-358-0197 [email protected]
dorothy Poland [email protected]
Hi. There were 382 graduates in 1952. We have lost 116 to death and perhaps less than 50 who choose not to be found. I have been in touch over the years with less than 50 via e-mail. I have heard from three people. Bill Kenealy and Don Terrell sent news and Joe Lynch said he would respond. ... Bill and Betty took five grandkids to Betty’s home state of Hawaii this summer. Betty is one of the few survivors of the attack on Pearl
Hello to all and to your family and friends. When I recently talked with Norb Bunsey he said he is happy to be healthy and moving around. Norb retired from Dow about 17 years ago and now lives in North Ridgeville, OH. One of the things that keeps Norb busy is placing family pictures on his computer. He tells me he has over 15,000 of them, most all of them labeled. That is incredible! Norb is one of several guys who came to John Carroll after graduating from St. Ignatius High School. We are happy to claim him as a member of the class of ’53, although his graduation was delayed until 1956 because of serving in the military. ... Neil Raliegh is also a St. Ignatius grad who had his years at Carroll interrupted by military service. His actual graduation date was 1956. Neil says he is retired from the real estate business, but he still retains his license and does get involved. Neil lives in North Olmsted, OH. ... Jack Gallagher lives in Farmington, MO, and is a retired vascular surgeon. He says he retired about 20 years ago. Jack graduated from the University of California medical school. Each of his four children graduated from Creighton University. ... When I attended my 60th reunion at Canton Central Catholic High School, I was pleased to see both Jack Ziegler and Gene Stoll. Jack I see often but it was the first time I had seen Gene since our days at Carroll. ... Both Edward Reymann and
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Leo Longville say they have no news to report but send their greetings to all the good guys in our class. Both Edward and Leo live in Akron, OH. ... Pat Cullinan, who is retired from Hallmark, lives in Overland Park, KS. Pat and his spouse, Mariwin, have four children and 10 grandchildren. For about 10 years, Pat volunteered for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). He still gets out to play golf at least once a week. ... Don Rigot lives on a golf course in Milton, GA. He plays at least three times a week and shoots in the low 80s. The Rigots have six children: two in Georgia, two in Kansas City, one in Denver, and one in Fort Myers. They also have 15 grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. Don says they travel frequently to visit family. ... Send your news for the next issue. God’s blessings to you all, jim papal blessing. There will be two winter reunions for the ’56 class and their spouses in March 2010. 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. Bob Pascente is also in the Phoenix area, and you can reach him at 480.634.4244. In Florida, John Boler will host the reunion on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, in Fort Myers, probably at the Bistro 41 restaurant in Bell Tower Plaza. You can either contact John or me at our winter retreats. ... God Bless all of you and your families. I would sure appreciate receiving notes from you! After 33 years in Naperville, IL, Mary Therese and I have finally moved to a ranch home in a +55 community about 10 miles south of the old place. ... Leo
Peter Mahoney 440-933-2503 [email protected]
shown at the Gettysburg park entrance are, from left, Jack Kinney ’55, rita Kinney, nancy Donatucci, and Jerry Donatucci ’55. Potomac, MD. Dan has served as a partner in Sade and Company and at other brokerage firms. At one time, he had a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. He is presently on the board of the Georgetown University Center for Applied Research. For the past 18 years, he has lived in a 16,000-square-foot French Chateau on five acres of land in Maryland. His home was chosen for the Kennedy Center Decorators Showcase and, after extensive decorating, has been visited by over 18,000 visitors. ... Jack Kinney and his wife, Rita, and Nancy and Jerry Donatucci toured the Gettysburg National Military Park and the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto and the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Basilica. Tom Bridgman, Dick Hartman, and Jerry were in Jack’s wedding party way back in 1955. Fr. Millor (the Duke) also attended. ... Tom Skulina, George Thomey, and Tony Musca are going on a “Catholic” cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, to the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, and Belize in January 2010. The weather promises to be great that time of year. The travel agent is JMJ (Jesus, Mary & Joseph) Travel. They would love to have other classmates join them. Call Tony at 215.642.9500. Also, any classmates in South Florida this winter are invited to get together with Tony and Molly for a mini reunion in the Naples area. Their Florida number is 239.261.5850. ... Remember, classmates, we would like to have as many of our class attend this year’s 55th Reunion June 11-13, 2010. Our 50th was great – let’s do it again. For many of us, this may be the last time we can get together. And remember to pray for our classmates who are suffering and in great pain. See you all in June. Ray
salvatore r. Felice 440-842-1553 [email protected]
...sometimes you never know how famous some of our classmates are. Recently, Tom Corbett, our man in Vegas, mentioned a playground in Lakewood named after Tom McBride; the playground is in Niagara Park and was dedicated to Tom back in 2004. Tom had spent 16 years on Lakewood council (four as president). He was known as someone who worked hard to improve the quality of life for all of Lakewood’s residents. Well done, Tom – now can I get on the big swing? With “named in honor of” in mind, I checked my MapQuest for other classmate names used as a means of honor and recognition ... Gene Burns Blvd., Rocky River; Tony Sassano St., South Euclid; Herb Ramerman Rd., Pepper Pike; Gene Wiemels Way, University Heights; Jack Wensinger Way, Dallas (right near the new stadium); Bill Adler Ave., Cleveland; and Del Tepley Turnpike, Avon, CT. I am sure there many more, but you have to admit, the class of ’54 has its share of honors. ... John Spaniol, our retired optometrist, attended an honors program at Case Western Reserve University and met a friend from Jesuit city west, Tom Litzler. Tom received the President’s Award for his service to the university. Oh, those Jesuit grads ... men for others. ... Prayers, please, for Joanne Groden (doing much, much better), Fred Blodgett, Sandra Nilges, and Gail LaRiche. Keep the faith, Pete
ray rhode 216-381-1996 [email protected]
Dick Walker and John (Buck) Byrne were in Cleveland last June to visit with their football buddy Al Milstein. Al had promised to introduce them to a new method he developed to analyze market activity. Results are not in yet. ... Heard from Jim Kilway, who resides in Kalamazoo, MI. Jim left John Carroll in his junior year to enter St. Louis University Medical School. He received his medical degree in 1958 and served in the U.S. Air Force in Utah as a flight surgeon. After his air force duties, he received a surgical residency at The Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, fell in love with the area, and settled in Western Michigan. Once a year, he volunteers with the Helping Hands Medical Mission and visits the Philippines, where he uses his medical skills to help ease the pain of some of the less fortunate in the islands. He has six children and 10 grandchildren. ... Also talked to Dan Strishock at his home in 32
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leo duffy 630-355-2199 630-337-0788 (c) January-May: 941-505-8394 [email protected]
Lucie and Bob Abraham and Sheila and Jim Powers (Bob’s first cousin) have gone to dinner the second Saturday of every month for over 50 years, with the exception of illness and bad weather, when they attempt to reschedule. (What a great tribute to both couples to stay connected!) Bob and Lucie are blessed in other ways also – many years ago their daughter was born with a rare developmental condition, which has required 78 surgeries to date. The example of the Abraham family reflects the Lord’s goodness through their compassion, humility, and patience. ... Condolences and sympathy are extended to the William Ginley Jr. and Anthony “Tony” Romano families due to their loss. Bill Ginley, a St. Ignatius (Cleveland) graduate and very active there in support of his four sons’ football games, died in early September. Bill graduated from Carroll in January 1957, which makes him one of our class. Tony Romano, also a St. Ignatius graduate, was a U.S. Army veteran and spent the majority of his time as CEO of Cleveland Metal Products and became division manager of Arague Steel Corp. in Jamestown, NY. Tony passed away in Savannah, GA. ... Recently, daughter Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Anita Felice Kazmierczak ’87, U.S. Army Reserve, was selected for promotion to Colonel (COL). Anita and husband Jim (also a LTC) reside with their children, Tommy (10) and Alaina Rose (8), in Fort Stewart, GA. Jim commands the Second Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division and is expected to return to Iraq this fall – his fourth tour. Anita is a reservist with an excess of 23 years service, 14 of which are full time! ... My apologies for the “short column” – my “lengthy” August column appeared online at JCU Connect due to the fall 2009 magazine issue being dedicated to an Honor Roll of Donors. Because of space constraints, only 2009 Reunion classes had printed columns. I hope to see you at the Gray Streaks Luncheons on the second Wednesday of the month. Have a Blessed Christmas and Holiday Season! God bless, Sal
Congratulations are in order for John Boler and Jack Breen, both of whom were appointed Director Emeritus and honored at a Carroll dinner, along with others, for their long service and generosity to John Carroll. Thank you, John and Jack. ... Mike Benson, John Daley, Ed Daugherty, Fritz Eder, and John Nowlan all say hello to their fellow classmates. The Eders celebrated their 52nd anniversary in Rome at a
John e. Clifford 210-497-4045 [email protected]
I sit here on the weekend of Oct. 10, 2009, after going through the driest 18 months on record in San Antonio, not to mention the hottest summer on record. Oops, I mentioned it – 59 days of 100+ temps. ... Did I mention that Richard Christie received a major award? Well, he did. He received the St. Luke’s Award. Because of years of distinguished service and faithful commitment to
St. Luke’s Hospital, he was inaugurated into the Society of St. Luke. Congratulations, Dick. A little bird told me that the honor was well deserved, and a long time coming. ... Here’s a name from our past – Larry Salvatore. Larry did not stay at John Carroll the entire four years, but we can consider him a member of our class. Larry was a piano player (or pianist), as some of you will recall. He left to go into the music business and studied music for about seven years with an associate of Sy Oliver and Gordon Jenkins. In the ’60s, he spent 18 months touring the world, visiting every free nation as an ambassador for the U.S. State Department. After that, he played numerous venues with his jazz group. At present, Larry lives in Cleveland, owns a real estate business, and continues his music with his group, the Gigolos. I didn’t ask him why that name. ... I found Francis D. Kenny living in Alief, TX, with his daughter and son-in-law. Where’s Alief, you ask? In far west Houston, I reply. A widower for the past six years, Francis has had a full life for the past 50 years, having worked for General Telephone, and then 10 years with the FBI. His final job was as a route manager for a newspaper here in Southwest Texas. His four daughters and three sons (one of whom spent 22 years in the air force) have provided Francis with numerous grandchildren and even made him a great-grandfather. ... I close with some sad news. We lost John Bauer during the summer. He was living in Florida with his extended family when he had a heart attack on Memorial Day. John was a selfless person, well thought of by members of the community and everyone he touched through his generosity. As a long-time active member of SERTOMA, he volunteered to assist with speech and hearing patients. His beef barbecue to raise money held the Guinness record for the largest in the country. Although John had no children, he was by proxy a grandfather to many. According to his stepson-in-law, John “made a family of everyone he met.” A shining example of a John Carroll graduate! ... Peace, JEC let me thank them publically on behalf of the class. Thank you, Tom Brunn, Jerry Burke, Bob D’Alessandro, Marty Dempsey, Peter Fegen, Don Gould, John Grady, Fred Kramer, Kat McGann, Gerry McGivern, Paul Moon, Ed Paglione, Don Palmer, Joe Ruble, David Ross, Tom Tully, and Wes Toles. You made our Reunion an experience we’ll remember for years. ... Bob and Barbara D’Alessandro celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family (13 in all) on an Alaskan cruise. Since returning, he tries to play as much golf as possible, continues his involvement in Kiwanis, and is a problem-solving president of the homeowners association for the cluster home development where they live. ... John Szuch said his second son and son-in-law went to Chicago for a Saturday night Indians/Cubs game that the Tribe lost in 13 innings. Ah, some things never change. It’s tough being an Indians fan. ... Pete Fegen and his charming wife, Carol, said they enjoyed visiting with classmates at Reunion. Mary Jo and I were happy to be included in that group. ... Don Palmer, after a great Reunion, finds himself back at Heritage Hunt, a 55+ community in Northern Virginia 35 miles west of Washington. Don is one of three resident directors of their homeowners association. Don plays 18 holes of golf three times weekly. “Life is never a dull moment and my 34 years with RAND Corporation in both California and Washington are but a fading memory.” ... Dan Carney - dcarney@ thorpreed.com - said he missed the Reunion but will send a thumbnail sketch of his life and times. ... Marty Dempsey now has his own e-mail - [email protected]
. No one is happier than Davy, who said his e-mails were clogging her site. ... Paul Oswald, unable to make the Reunion, provided an interesting “50 years in a nutshell” highlight. Check the Carroll website: www.jcu.edu/ alumni/publications/classnotes.htm. Paul would love to hear from you – [email protected]
. ... Roger Risher is playing a mean saxophone every Friday night with his band in Kenosha, WI. His wife, Edie, is his groupie. Roger started to play when he was 60, something he always wanted to do, but thought age was against him. “It’s been the most wonderful thing I’ve ever done, in a really good life, filled with great things.” ... I’m off my memory-robbing heart medication and the prognosis for recall is good. But don’t take a chance, you with total recall, pen or e-mail your updates. I can remember where your missives are on my computer. I hope you all are well and smiling. Rick classmates through John Carroll magazine, why not come and spend a few days with them at Carroll. ... Speaking of keeping up with classmates, I heard from Dave Webster, who with his wife, Eileen (Dempsey), vacationed in Florida last March. Their favorite stop was on Mustang Island in the Lely Resort in Naples, where they spent a weekend with Ann (Butler) and Don Emmerich. Don graduated with our class, although he is listed with the class of ’58. You might remember Ann, as she worked in Fr. Murphy’s office from 1953-1959. The Websters live in Atlanta along with their four children and nine grandchildren. They made another stop at Highland Woods in Bonita Springs to visit (and play golf) with vacationing Donna and Tom Zell. Dave, how about you and Tom getting in touch and planning to be at our Reunion. ... I spoke with Ron Sekerak recently and he informs me that he gets together with Bruce Taggart, Stan Ulchaker, and onetime Plain Dealer sportswriter Dick Zunt ’55 at Thistledown horse-racing track from time to time. No doubt they are there to discuss epistemology or metaphysics. Stan has joined us for the Class of ’60 third Friday lunch at Muldoon’s at 185th and the Shoreway. We welcome any other classmates who would like to join us. Steve Schuda, who joined us from time to time, and his wife, Jan, moved from Pittsburgh to South Carolina after spending many years traveling far and wide in search of the perfect retirement site. ... Lest I forget, the 50-year Reunion attendees are guests of John Carroll for the weekend. Enjoy the holidays and be well, Schweick
Jack T. hearns 216-291-2319 [email protected]
richard e. dodson 804-748-8432 [email protected]
Thanks for your comments, life summaries, and updates on what is going on in your lives. We are a fascinating group. Gary Furin said: “If there is a 55th Class Reunion, I will be there – God willing. I enjoyed myself so much last month.” I’ve heard from so many, in addition to Gary, about what a wonderful job the reunion committee did. So
Jerry schweickert 216-381-0357 [email protected]
Fifty years ago today, we were getting ready for Christmas break during our senior year at John Carroll. Where did the time go? The time has arrived for us to return and celebrate the great times and greater friendships we had during the four (or more) years we spent together. Whether we realize it or not, all of us were changed in ways we never imagined by those with whom we associated while at Carroll. Our 50th Class Reunion will be held over the weekend of June 11-13, 2010. I would encourage everyone to take a few minutes to remember the great times we had together and give serious thought to contacting at least one person with whom you were close while at John Carroll, phone him, and plan to get together at the Reunion. If you cannot make the entire threeday event, come for part of it. It’s not about your relationship with the University; it’s about renewing old friendships. Rather than keeping up with your
roger risher ’59 plays a mean saxophone with his band every Friday night in Kenosha, Wi.
During Homecoming festivities this fall, the 1959 football team – the first undefeated football team in John Carroll history – was inducted into the Blue Streaks Hall of Fame. The dinner was held in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology the evening prior to the homecoming game. On the team in ’59 were classmates Bill Daberko, Dan Fullerton, Joe Gallagher, Eddie George, Tom Jacobson, Phil Pellegrino, and Ray Smith. Barb and Bill Daberko traveled from Estero, FL, and brought a cheering squad including two sons and Bill’s brother. ... Eddie George continues to operate the famous Tangier Restaurant in Akron – he and his wife, Cynthia, have six girls and one boy. Two of them attend John Carroll – one a senior and the other a graduate student. ... Ray Smith, retired educator and master of ceremonies extraordinaire, came from nearby Willoughby, OH. ... Tom Jacobson played at St. Ignatius in Cleveland and remained in the area for more than 40 years of service at the NASA Lewis Research Center (Glenn Research Center), where he specialized in microgravity space experiments. ... Dan Fullerton, a native Ohioan from Calvert High in Tiffin and now from Clinton, IA, brought his wife, Penny – they have five children and 11 grandchildren. Dan is a psychotherapist in Iowa. Also in attendance for the homecoming game were Joanne and Tom Gerst; Peg and Jack Durkin; Ellen and Jack Hearns; June and Ed McGervey from Savannah, GA; and Tom Theriot from Liberty, KY. ... Jim DeClerck and his wife, Uta, recently traveled to London and then took a self-guided two-week canal cruise with two British couples Jim knew from his Kodak days. The DeClercks also visited Scotland and Germany. When not at home in Huntington Beach, CA, they relax at their cabin in the Sierra, cutting wood, 4-wheeling, fishing, and swimming. ... Carolyn and Chuck Nieset have moved from Buffalo to Fort Myers, FL, and just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. ... Tom Theirot had
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two visitors to his home in Kentucky in recent months – Mike Caton was in the area attending a wedding in Cincinnati, and Warren Johnson was one of approximately 5,000 drivers from across the United States and Europe who brought their Corvettes to Bowling Green, KY. That is where the Corvette Hall of Fame is located and also the automobile factory. ... Dorothy and Jim Kemeny have been married for 47 years and now live in Long Beach, CA. They have recently traveled to Mexico and Hawaii. Jim retired as deputy director of the Department of Social Services in Long Beach after 34 years of service. They have five children and nine grandchildren. ... Keep us informed. Jack his son is a programmer at State Street Bank in Boston (ask me sometime about my interest in State Street, Don). Don is sort of semi-retired, he says, but he is still filling data communications material, parts, components, etc., requests from loyal customers. He and his wife, Pat, have vacationed on Anna Maria Island, FL, and plan on being in Naples, FL, during February and March. Don is also working with SCORE, counseling new business owners and gathering his rewards by seeing new owners succeed. Great hearing from you, Don. ... I received a nice story/news item from Rev. John Corrado. John earned his Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA, and spent more than 25 years in the Unitarian Church sanctuary across from City Hall in Grosse Point City (your note did not say for certain, but I’m hoping I’m right by saying Michigan?). During his 30 years of ministry work, John went to more than 30 states, served Unitarian Universalist congregations in West Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Albany before going to Grosse Pointe. In 1991, he was voted by his Unitarian colleagues as “the 25-year man.” He also received a gubernatorial citation from the governor of West Virginia when he had a congregation there for his human rights work and in coordinating efforts to get a Human Rights Law. John’s friends thought so much of him that they footed the bill for a trip to Paris for him and his wife, Barbara Moran Corrado. Thanks for the news, John, and keep in touch now that you seem to have a bit more time. ... I’m at my word limit, so please, please let me hear from you. Happy holidays! Pete in the U.S. Department of State until the late ’80s, when he left for think tanks Carnegie Endowment in D.C. and RAND Corporation in California. He returned East to chair the Department of National Security at the National War College and, since 2001, is self employed as a consultant in strategic planning and risk analysis. He travels extensively and his primary distractions remain theater, opera, and fine wine. I’m exhausted just summarizing. ... Dateline Tiffin, OH: Delightful phone call with Larry Felter, who’s retired from 30+ years of selfemployment in land development and construction, the company now run by his son, Troy, a Walsh University graduate. Son Trevor, after 3½ enlisted years in the Marine Corps, graduated Annapolis, and is now a U.S. Marine captain flying Harrier jets. Larry’s twin brother, Mike, is retired after 30 years in the asphalt business and splits his time between Tiffin and his lakefront condo in Port Clinton, OH. ... God bless all Streaks. Wishing you a healthy New Year, Frank
Bob andolsen 440-327-1925 [email protected]
For those of you who could not find our “class notes” in the last issue of John Carroll magazine, there were none. Instead, the class notes were published on the website for John Carroll, and can be accessed at www.jcu.edu; click on the John Carroll magazine link on the right to get to the class notes for 1962. ... Those notes indicated that several men from our class were inducted into the John Carroll Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, October 9, 2009. They were recognized for being members of John Carroll’s first undefeated football team under the leadership of Head Coach John Ray and Athletic Director Herb Eisele, when the 1959 team won the President’s Athletic Conference Championship, posting an impressive 7-0 record. The 1962 class members who made this significant contribution to the successful 1959 season were: Jack Antonius, Ray Bilka, Dick Bohan, John Crilly, Jerry Englehart, Mike Evans, Steve Kapelka, John Kneafsey, Terry Leiden, Bob Luzar, Charles McKeon, Gerry O’Malley, Mike Reitz, Ted Uritus, and Don Vaccariello. Sadly, three classmates who were on this winning team are no longer with us: Jim Fitzgerald, Jimmy Mullen, and Larry Wolf. ... When I tried to send an e-mail to our class informing them of the means to access our class notes, many of the e-mail addresses that I have were found to be out-of-date or inaccurate. If you would like to be included in notifications of this sort and did not receive my e-mail, please provide me with your current e-mail address and I will be glad to include you in such notifications. ... Until the next time, please keep me updated on what is happening. Bob
dick Conoboy [email protected]
I received word of the death of Tom Bettendorf after the last column had gone to press. Tom died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at his home in Columbus, OH. He worked at The Ohio State University Fawcett Center for over 25 years. Tom graduated from St. Charles Preparatory School in 1961 before receiving his B.A. at John Carroll. ... As for your class columnist, I spent three days last July with John Morris ’66 and his wife, Diane, at their Simi Valley, CA, home. We spent most of the time reminiscing about our lives as students and our adventures together as junior U.S. Army officers in Germany, but also found an afternoon to visit the Reagan Library, located just a few miles away. ... Looking for more news from the Class of 1965 members. See you at Reunion.Dick
Frank Kelley 607-648-5947 [email protected]
Pete Mykytyn 618-549-1946 [email protected]
Hello from Southern Illinois. Yes, Kathy and I are still here doing well. Except for about 12 days in June where the temps hit the mid 90s, we had a fairly nice summer. Now, if winter listens to all of us, we’ll be in great shape as long as it’s not a repeat of last winter, with two ice storms that forced the closing of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. And when the university closes, you know it’s bad news around here. I have just a couple of notes to pass on to you, even though the cupboard was bare in the last issue we received in mid September – did you notice there wasn’t a 1963 column in that issue? I need your help to do this, guys! ... Don Hannan – [email protected]
– was right in telling me it had been a while since he had written – right you are, Don. Don’s daughter, Michelle, is an animation professor at Sheridan College in Toronto, and 34
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Warm Christmas greetings to all. To business: Frank Glamser – [email protected]
– who retired as a sociology professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, recently received an award for logging over 200,000 miles on BMW motorcycles. Frank has toured extensively for over 40 years, beginning with his first roundtrip from Cleveland to Warren, OH, on a belt-driven Whizzer in 1957. He has written several interesting accounts of his travels, such as “Newfoundland and Back, Summer 2001” and the eventful “Western Trip 2007” to California and up Pacific Coast Route 1. Fellow riders can find these on Google as well as his thoroughly engaging report, “Older Motorcyclists: Continuity or Change.” ... Exactly five years ago, we congratulated Bernie Canepari for Cleveland SCENE magazine’s designation as the 2004 Best Actor, and he’s back in the news. Bill Kerner reports that Bernie has been named artistic director for the Ensemble Theatre at the Cleveland Play House – www. ensenble-theatre.com – in their 30th anniversary season. The news has ignited communications between Bernie and Jim Corsica, who was recently feted in Florida Weekly magazine as the founder, director, and frequent emcee of Naples City Improv!, which holds forth weekly in a local Naples restaurant. (See naplescityimprov.com.) The same article gave Jim rave reviews starring in Anything Goes as gangster Moonface Mullins, public enemy # 13. Suggestion: How about a home and home, with Bernie giving a guest performance in Naples in the winter and Corsica returning the favor in Cleveland come summertime. I’m always up for a road trip. Play suggestions, anyone? ... We caught up with Hugh De Santis: After achieving his master’s and Ph.D. in international relations from the U of Chicago, Hugh was a career officer
dave Griffin 727-944-5229 [email protected]
Hello to all. Going into fall as I write this, so I hope everyone enjoyed the cool change. I was not able to go to the Reunion this year. I hope that all our classmates who did attend had a great time. If anyone has some stories about their good time, please send me a note so I can share them. ... Dr. Mike Traina e-mailed with good news. In our last column, he was looking for some friends, and he found them. Mike says they have been talking and e-mailing ever since the summer issue arrived. ... In early June, Joe Frederick wrote that he and John Morris saw Tiger Woods win the Memorial Golf Tournament in Dublin, OH. This has been an annual event for them since our ’06 Reunion. John is the director of security for the event. Joe was able to share the good time with his sons, Mark and Joe, who enjoyed the dinner listening to John’s stories about his FBI exploits. Joe did note that he always pays for dinner but admits it has something to do with the free tickets! His book is coming along but is taking more time than he imagined. ... John Stagl is still haunting the highways and byways around Chicago. He continues to conduct seminars and presentations for his company. His wife, Sharon, has had some medical issues lately but, with treatments, they hope the worst is behind them. ... I received an e-mail, or should I say an epistle, from Dan Raleigh. He and his wife,
Nancy, live in Aberdeen, MD. She is an OR nurse at Christiana Hospital in Delaware. He mentioned their 1950s style Italian parish, St. Leo’s. He feels like Gulliver there as the pews are set for a 5’ to 5’4” body size; however, the collection plate always finds him. Dan described himself as a retired guy but still working as a consultant contractor due to the economy’s downturn. He recently found himself in the high desert of the Southwest at 2 a.m. The temperature was still 105 but he saw more stars than he had ever seen in the big cities. Dan asked a good question that many might like to know. How many of our classmates have, in fact, really retired? He said that means a 0% carry over to another job. I have reported that Jack McLain and Dale Masino have retired. Dale told me that it is the best job he ever had! But we don’t know about many others. Call or e-mail me so we can take a straw poll on this. ... Take care everyone! Dave alumni columns. She has been my guide and editor. She is retiring from John Carroll and will be missed. Peter Sarnecki. We raised three children; resided in the City of Angeles for 30 years; and – for a couple of blue-collar, brown bagger commuters (and first generation college grads from Cleveland’s West Side) – have been most blessed! John Carroll was a blur to Linda and me. We took two buses and the Rapid Transit every day to campus and then back home; held full-time jobs during semester breaks and summer; and looked for part-time work during the school year. My father was a steelworker; my father-in-law a bus driver. Put our kids through Rice, Notre Dame, and Columbia (one reason our retirement accounts remain a little light). Linda heads the math department at Servite High School, a Catholic, all-boys prep school in nearby Anaheim. I’ve been an employment attorney, general counsel and corporate officer since graduating from Cleveland-Marshall in ’73. I’m with the North American affiliate of a diversified Australian packaging corporation, Amcor Ltd. Thought we would spend our lives in Cleveland. After moves to Milwaukee, Dallas, and Chicago, the grace of God – and another career opportunity – transported the Sarneckis to lovely Los Angeles in 1979. Although Linda and I have no ties to John Carroll other than our degrees, we have tremendously benefitted from core values of the Jesuit experience. It was compelling in the 1960s and remains meaningful in this 21st century. I hope the University continues to save a few seats for students of working-class families – for commuters and brown baggers.”… I also have been lucky to reconnect with my old roommate David Brown over a couple of breakfasts. Dave is a VP at Key Bank, an avid fly fisherman, owner of six big dogs, and able to remember the names and birthdates of 16 grandchildren. I wish I had a little more to report but the well is dry. I have a Facebook page and I am LinkedIn so send me a note. ... Go Steelers – as always, Grimmer
Jeff hawk 317-845-4199 [email protected]
Peter French 440-734-5553 [email protected]
Hope you had a chance to review the last alumni notes online. The fall issue was primarily an Honor Roll of Donors and the 2009 Reunion class wrap up. Congratulations to our class as 20% participated in donating to John Carroll. ... Caught up with Sam Colacarro, who continues to be the athletic director at Lake Catholic High School. It does not seem that long ago that Sam was practicing his Spanish on us in the cafeteria. He now likes to say “win” in Spanish. He has a good football team this year and hopes to make the local playoffs. John Gibbons’ son is on the team and, like his father, he loves to play defense. ... John Forhan wants everyone to know that he survived another summer of forest fires around the Santa Barbara, CA, area. Some were pretty close to his residence. We keep trying to get John to return to weather-safe Cleveland, but he and his wife, Carol, want to stay close to their family. John does return to Cleveland every summer and we have our own mini reunion at Muldoon’s in Euclid, OH. We continue to meet on the last Friday of the month, so bring your memories to share with other Cathedral Latin and John Carroll alumni. You are guaranteed to leave with a couple of laughs. ... Several alumni have called recently to request contact information about members of our class. You need to contact the alumni office – alumni@ jcu.edu or call Sue Lender at 216.397.4663. ... In my last column, I spoke of Tim Davis. I wanted to add some additional information concerning Tim and his career as a teacher in Colorado. Tim was the chair of the Foreign Language Department at Pikes Peak Community College for several years, and he created and designed the Spanish travel/ studies program for the community college. He traveled to Spanish-speaking countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. In 1999, Tim was the McGraw Hill Foreign Language Teacher of the year in Colorado. ... Patrick Donnelly and his wife reside in Chicago. Patrick is retired and spends six months in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and the rest of the year up north in Chicago. Pat relates that in between Carroll and retirement, he was in Vietnam – in his words, “blowing up French bridges and replacing them with new American bridges.” His wife, Jackie, taught French for over 30 years. Both of their children went to Jesuit universities. ... Well, Class of ’67, that is it for this column. Really enjoy hearing from all the alumni. Look for my information-gathering postcards and send news to share. ... Before I close, I want to thank Michele McFarland for her valuable help in producing our
Onward, forward, upward with the Class of ’68 ... We congratulate Michele McFarland on her retirement, and we thank her for her many years of service and leadership. We will miss you. We welcome Cheri Slattery, who will be helping in the all-important class columns. Remember, stories about you, your family, promotions, and significant events all make great reading for your classmates. Please send me your news and notes. ... Unfortunately, I have to report on two losses in our class. Morris (Morrie) Kroos, who taught junior high students at Euclid Central School for 23 years, died August 12 in Columbus. He was 93. Mr. Kroos was a leader in introducing his female students to shop class and power tools. He made three long trips to Israel, where he taught shop to developmentally challenged students. Mr. Kroos, a 60 year member of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun (formerly Temple on the Heights), taught Sunday school for 18 years and served as a lay leader for secondary holiday services. He belonged to B’nai B’rith and was president of the Lyndhurst Lodge for two years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He received his master’s of education from John Carroll University in 1968. Mr. Kroos was predeceased by his wife, Marian. He is survived by his son Jerry, daughter Suzanne (Harvey) Robinson; former daughter-in-law Brenda Kroos Renner; four grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. ... Gerald (Jerry) Blankschaen, 64, of Mentor, OH, died June 15 at his residence. Mr. Blankschaen had worked as a business manager for University Hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic, and most recently, for MetroHealth. He graduated from John Carroll University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1968. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of St. Gabriel Church and devoted to his family. Survivors include his sons, Carl and Kurt Blankschaen, former spouse Sue Blankschaen, and other family members. ... Jenny and I celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary on August 29, with a special Mass by our pastor Father Pat Click, and an open house. Some 75 guests and family attended. Our biggest treat was the attendance by lifelong John Carroll friend and roommate Marty Susi; his lovely wife, Lynn; daughter, Stephanie; and her fiancé, Bruce Hyde. ... We’d appreciate hearing about you and special events in your lives, too. For you, John Carroll, Jeff
Ted heutsche 517-669-4005 [email protected]
It’s hard to believe that fall is upon us. I have been busy at work with our database server dying on us, so I have been recovering from that and have not been able to contact many classmates to try and get updates from them, and nothing has been forwarded to me by the alumni office (hint hint). One thing that I did receive from them was a mailing about our upcoming 40th Reunion the weekend of June 11-13, 2010. Reserve the date! I went online at www.jcu.edu/alumni to verify my personal profile. It is as simple as 1-2-3, and I encourage all of you to do that. The other thing that I did was to contact Carla Gall ’05, who is the reunion coordinator at John Carroll. I volunteered to serve on our reunion committee. I hope that a good number of you will do the same. Carla can be reached at [email protected]
or 216.397.1592. Please drop me an e-mail with any news about what’s going on in your lives. I look forwarding to seeing as many of you as possible next June. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 40+ years since we were walking the quad. Ted
Gerry Grim [email protected]
Hello, everyone. I am limited to 450 words – not much room – so we will focus on one nice note I received from our classmate Tom Sarnecki. If I was in charge of admissions at John Carroll, I would make sure Tom’s note was part of the admission material. It explains the value of a Jesuit education in wonderful terms. It also gives this dorm student an appreciation of what it really meant to be a day hop in the old days. He wrote: “Hi Gerry and greetings from SoCal. I was kind of shocked to read about my board work with Canyon Acres in John Carroll magazine’s ‘Class Notes’ section. Right after graduation, 40 years ago, I married one of JCU’s first coeds, Linda Cable
Tom and rosemary Costello 217-344-2076 [email protected]
As many of you know, John Carroll sponsored a special tribute for Tim Russert ’72 last May. It was a great weekend of memories and tributes. We are
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grateful for all those who helped, especially Fr. Niehoff and Ryan Daly ’99. ... Tom and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with so many of Tim’s and our college friends. The evening dinner at Nighttown allowed time to catch up on the last 35 plus years. At Saturday’s Mass in Saint Francis Chapel, we gathered not only to pray together but to hear the impact Tim had on a Carroll student he met through Meet the Press. Dinner was followed by several tributes given by Tim’s friends – Tom Ahern ’70, U Club big brother; Bill Doyle ’72, freshman roommate; Colette Gibbons ’73, law school classmate; and Dennis Quilty ’72, good friend and pallbearer. It was a weekend filled with memories and laughter – as Tim would have wanted. Several of us from 1971 attended – Cormac Delaney and Frank Chenette are both lawyers, Cormac in Toledo and Frank in Cleveland. Frank was a classmate of Tim’s at ClevelandMarshall College of Law. Dominick Iacuzio came in from New Jersey; he is in charge of Tamiflu for Roche Pharmaceuticals. He moved to San Francisco in October. Kerry Volkmann and Rick De Blasio also attended. Many of the returnees were from Tim’s class – Mark Pacelli ’72 and Joe McMahon were instrumental in getting this weekend put together. Mark retired from the corn commodities business, having sold his business last year. Joe retired from Chase Financial, where he traveled weekly to Singapore. Jim Murphy ’73 owns a CPA firm in downtown Chicago. Marty Bergerson ’72 and Pat Hogan ’72 could join us only on Friday. Their son and daughter were getting married the next day. Larry Ray ’72 is in the steel business with his brother Dick in Detroit. Don Fisher ’72 is a librarian in Fort Wayne, IN. Jack Bertges ’72 flew in from San Francisco, where he is a banker. Carmen Iacobucci ’72, a retired New York stock broker, is still composing and singing. Maureen Joyce Thornton ’72 is a special-education teacher in Broadview Heights, OH. She was one of the readers at the Saturday evening Mass. Becky Bode ’73 is retired from the public school system but continues in private practice as a psychologist and life coach. Paul Magnotto ’72 has worked for the state of Pennsylvania for the past 18 years and lives in Conneaut Lake, PA. Other U Clubbers who attended: Tim McMahon ’74, Ed Kelly ’74, Bobby Longo ’72, Frank Maggio ’72, Jim Hughes ’72, Ron Deneweth ’74, John Collins ’72, Marty Mohler ’70, John Compisi ’70, Pete Blake ’70, Tim Robson ’70, Dick Ray ’70, Matt Miller ’70, Dick Hall ’70, BJ Lechner ’69, Ron Sertz ’69, Paul Gandillot ’70, Dennis Fogarty ’70, Mike Scanlon ’69, Wes Catri ’70, Sam Casano ’70, Mike DiPetro, and Pete Storey. After such a great weekend, we wondered why we don’t get together more often. In the meantime, let’s keep in touch through this column! Send your comments to Tom at tcostello@cumtd. com. Rosemary and Tom referred to Marty as a “character in a book that has yet to be written.” Mike, of course, would be cast alongside Marty in that “to-be-written-book” ... a 1970s version of Studs Lonigan – a book where Marty and Mike would play each other’s shadow. They were partners in the “document printing” business, for those too young to join classmates at Pickles. Rugby players by day, schemers by night. Always a ploy. Always a surprise. A John Carroll version of Aykroyd and Belushi. Marty was remembered in a ceremony at Ascension Church in Oak Park, IL, presided over by Fr. Bob Ytsen, S.J. How fitting that someone so loved by our class as Fr. Bob would be there for Marty. Mark Pacelli wrote that Fr. Bob gave a “terrific homily” about the qualities of hope and joy that mattered greatly in Marty’s life, no matter how tough the times. Mark wrote that Mullen followed with a moving testimony about how Marty could walk into any “establishment” and know everybody ... and be loved by all. The church was full – with Carroll people, and with grammar and high school friends: Marty Bergerson, Don ’70 and Donna Brown, Tom Cavanagh, Julie and Dave Carden, Suzanne Doyle ’75 (in Billy’s absence), Don and Patty Farrell, Pat Hogan, Dan Murphy ’75, his old housemate David O’Brien (who flew in from Pittsburgh), Donna Massey, Frank Maggio, Larry Fox ’71, and many others. Jack Bertges wrote from San Francisco telling me of a memorial service held out there for Marty. He was eulogized: “Marty always had a fun story about someone, something ... or himself.” ... One last note – the Newseum – a magnificent new museum located on Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House, has set up an exhibit of Russert’s office, the way it was, on the day he died, June 13, 2008. The only other journalist so honored is Edward R. Murrow. The office is described as “homey, reflecting his wide array of interests including politics, religion, music, a work of art from 7-year-old Luke Russert, and pennants from his beloved Bills.” The museum director wrote that “visitors will be surprised by the non-political things that show Russert to be a normal person.” But we won’t be surprised. If you visit the exhibit (open through 2010), look if there is a Post-it on the wall from Bergy asking Russert for help getting BC/ Notre Dame football tickets ... So long, Marts. Look down on us and make us smile. Take care, JM every one here,/’Specially those who gave me this thrill,/To be here with all of my family and friends/ To receive the COVETED Silver Quill!/--gop
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Sean and Karen Cooper’s daughter Kelly graduated from Xavier and is now teaching in Phoenix. Their son, John, is a senior at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia majoring in food marketing. ... New resident to Arizona Marlana Pugh Hamer is learning to enjoy living in the “Grand Canyon State.” In fact, she will be featured in a tribute to the late and great Donny Hathaway. It is a Black Poet Ventures production entitled “Winners Have Yet to Be Announced.” In addition to her acting duties, Marlana is one of the tribute’s background singers. The performances took place in Phoenix in October. Marlana is on Facebook and friends with Annette Haile. She extends an invitation to other alumni to look her up and become a new friend or just come to check out her page. ... I received a LinkedIn update from Kathy (Kate) Crowley Kelly. She and Ken ’73 are living in Charlotte, NC, where they have an Internet marketing training and consulting firm. Two of their three kids are through college and live in Charlotte. ... Eddie Kramer and his wife, Loretta, live in Seattle, and have three children: Luke (8), Noah (11), and Lindsey (14). They are busy doing all the things kids do. Loretta is a schoolteacher and attending grad school at the University of Washington working on her degree in library science. Eddie is a lead architect for database applications at Serials Solutions, a ProQuest Company, the global leader in e-resource access and management services. ... As I write this column, I am looking forward to seeing several classmates at John Carroll’s Homecoming and participating in an IXY service project in downtown Cleveland prior to the football game. Look for details in the next issue of the Alumni Journal. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Give me call, send an e-mail, or post a message on my Facebook wall. Robby
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Hello, classmates! Hope you are making plans to spend quality time with family and friends over the holidays. Melissa and I send you our wishes for a blessed and healthy 2010 (our Reunion year). ... I received several correct answers to the trivia question (Oscar Gamble) in my last column with some personal updates. John Randall was the first to respond. He mentioned how much he enjoyed the summer issue of John Carroll magazine with the article on Tim Russert ’72 and that John sneaked Tim into the Springsteen concert in the fall of ’74. John was looking forward to the annual Naperville, IL, Exchange Club’s Ribfest and getting together with brother Mark ’77 and cousin Tom ’79, and also his “get-together” with Karen and Mike Messina and daughter Claire in Chicago that includes a friendly game or two on the tennis court. ... Jim Knuff writes that he has been married to Nancy (Reid) ’77 for 32 years. They have four children: Kristen Metz, a special education teacher for Elyria, OH, City Schools; Meghan Salomone, a personal banker for First Merit Bank; Bridget Ross, a registered nurse in
THRILL of the QUILL! Thanks so much!/It’s quite a thrill,/To be here tonight/For the Silver Quill!//It’s been a long journey,/Covering 30 years/Of my classmates’ lives –/All their joys and their tears.//My class was at Carroll/At the height of ‘Nam,/Some cared about college,/Many didn’t give a damn.//So apathy reigned for ’73,/Which continued as years went past./We try to catch up; to stay connected/With friendships we hope will last.//We’ve heard from many a ’mate through the years,/And from some, there’s just no way/That’s the job of the class columnist:/To help everyone have their say.//Want to or not, that’s up to them/(Remember, apathy reigns!)/But many of us are in there often,/With notes of successes and pains.//Especially during Reunion Years!/Ah, yes, it’s a feeding frenzy!/ Carroll puts on such a nice party,/It’s one time we get notes aplenty!/It really has been a labor of love,/This job that I do for the school./And I truly am pleased to receive this award,/To acknowledge that MY NOTES rule!//So thanks once again to
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I’m afraid, classmates, that this column is a tough one. Marty Lindstrom passed away August 7 in his adopted hometown of San Francisco. Marty was known by as many students on campus as our old pal TJ Russert. And he may have made as many visits to the top University administration officials as Russert (but for vastly different reasons). He was unforgettable. We called him “Marts” or “Nitro,” but most people knew him only as “Marty and Mike” – part of a dynamic duo – the “Mike” being his shadow, Mike Mullen. Marty and Mike were best friends ... since kindergarten. When Mullen called me about Marty’s death, Mike 36
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labor and delivery at Cleveland, OH, University Hospitals; and Jim Jr., a financial analyst for Gilbarco Co. in Greensboro, NC. Jim is currently a shareholder in the CPA firm of Ashworth Knuff Barrett in Cleveland, and Nancy has taught kindergarten and 2nd grade at St. Mary’s Parish for 23 years. Jim Eardly also answered correctly. ... Bill McNamara lives in Cleveland Heights, OH, and had just returned from a two-week trip to China selling tire-building capital equipment for trucks, aircraft, and large construction equipment for his company, McNeil & NRM div TMG-Itaco, Akron. While in China, he was impressed with the cleanliness of the country and the cost of hotels. Bill stayed at a Days Inn in Jiaozuo with five-star amenities for only $40 a night. Bill says “Hi” to old friends Jack Ricchiuto ’74, Frank Sapara ’74, and Dave Mele ’74, with whom he shared his “younger days.” ... Here’s my trivia question – During our years at Carroll, many students listened to local radio stations like WMMS and WUJC, but one popular radio station broadcast from Windsor, Ontario. What were the call letters for this station? ... Don’t forget our 35th Reunion June 11-13, 2010, on campus. Get involved by volunteering to be on the reunion committee. Also, don’t forget to send me some news! CU at JCU in June. Pray for peace. Hi, Sam! RR Bob Keir’s pending nuptials that sent me into a downward spiral. What’s that? You didn’t hear that the class perennial bachelor was finally tying the knot? Well, now you know. He met Sandy on one of our spring break boondoggles in Naples. The big day is set for April 10 in Pittsburgh. ... I also received a note from John Harsh. John actually hooked up with Bert while in Sarasota and met the future Mrs. Keir. John reports that he has been busy bringing peace to the Middle East, curing cancer, and writing the next great American novel. John is a real renaissance man. ... I also heard from Mark McMullen recently. Mark has been elected to a state office for the Georgia Knights of Columbus. In his own words, he expects to be elevated to “Grand Poobah” in six to eight years. Mark and his bride, Jan, are now tending an empty nest in Atlanta so he has time for a little extracurricular activity. ... If you have sent me news and I didn’t share it here, please accept my apologies. My organizational skills have not exactly improved over these years. Don’t be discouraged – send me stuff and I’ll try not to lose it. Dennis was awesome to see you both. ... I spent some time catching up with Stacey Sanner ’82 when visiting the Seattle area in August. Stacey lives in nearby Kirkland, WA, and said to say “hello” to her friends from ’79-’82. ... I rode in the second annual 15-mile Ride for Miles bike ride September 12. Ride for Miles is a nonprofit organization established by family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Miles Coburn ’75G to educate people about the environment and bicycle safety. Miles, Chris Coburn’s brother, was a Carroll biology professor who was tragically killed in a cycling accident in August 2008.The annual bicycle ride raises funds for John Carroll’s Department of Biology Miles Coburn Environmental Symposium. This project continues Miles’ work of educating students and the community about the urgency of environmental activism. Chris and Nancy Coburn, and Mary Haas McGraw and her husband, Brian, also participated. It was a lovely day with a great turnout. It would be great if more local alumni could participate in the future. Check - www. rideformiles.org/ - for details. ... Heard from John Molchan; he and his fellow DAT brothers do a great job keeping in touch with each other. For more than 30 years, he, Tony Ianiro, Scott Smiley, Mike Mahan, Mike DiCarro, Tom Robinson ’80, and Tom Bodle ’74 have gone camping twice a year. They also have their own reunion between Christmas and New Year’s, how awesome is that – sounds like fun! ... Had lunch with Camille Rosso Keys in September. We spent hours laughing and remembering all our glory days! Camille is married to Scott, has two sons – Zach (22) and Joe (9) – and teaches English at Solon High School, OH. ... I occasionally hear Paul Soucie, Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County Assistant District Attorney, comment on local crimes and cases on the radio news. Great to hear your voice, Paul! Let us know what is going on in your life. ... Ed Kelley is running for reelection this November. He has been the Cleveland Heights, OH, mayor since 1998 and was on city council since 1994. Best wishes, Ed! Congratulations, too, for getting the first tattoo parlor in the Coventry area. ... Oh, and by the way, no takers yet on our class columnist position. Since I don’t want to leave the position vacant, I’ll continue to be the ’79 columnist until someone else wants to take over. Wishing you all blessed holidays and don’t forget: “Every five while we’re alive!” Nancy
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First off, we thank Michele McFarland for shepherding us through these columns for so long. She is retiring from the job and will enjoy some well-deserved non-editing time! And we welcome Cheri Slattery, who will begin helping with the columns. ... Happy news as Gwen Benovich Dickerhoof became a grandmother in April; she is doting on Abigail Elizabeth as I type. Congratulations! ... Mary Jo Casserly Hogan is happily residing in Annapolis, MD, and still working for the Department of Labor as deputy director of the Emergency Management Center. Husband Pat has retired and the two of them have been enjoying plenty of boating time. ... Barb Eddy Farrior has been very busy with her new project, Pillows for Patriots, which sends pillows to the troops. She and a friend, both of whom have sons serving in the military (for which we deeply thank them) put together this program and it is a great success. If any of you are interested in participating, please get in touch with Barb – [email protected]
. Nice job! Barb also sent word that Carter Ham is now a four-star general and is in charge of all the forces in Europe. Best to Carter and wife Christi ’76 on the new command. ... Elaine Yeip chimed in with a Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld ’77 – [email protected]
– alert. Seems the elusive Harry, who last time I heard was in Alaska, has shuffled his way to Buffalo! He’s also got a blog that is well worth taking a look at: rabbihsrabbinicjourney.blogspot.com. Glad you were spotted, Harry! ... That’s it for this edition. May you all enjoy a wonder-filled holiday season! Cools
Here’s the latest ... Jim Skerl is a theology teacher at his alma mater, St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. Jim is also co-founder of Pallbearer Ministry, a group that brings dignity and honor to those who die alone or with few survivors to mourn their passing. This ministry is in its sixth year and has received recognition through the Cleveland Plain Dealer, St. Ignatius Alumni Magazine, Ohio Magazine, and National Public Radio. ... Laure Rauch Senatore’s four kids have finished college. Laure is thrilled that all four will soon be living in Pittsburgh. ... Congrats to Dr. Brian Farrell for being named Man of the Year and will be inducted into the Brother Rice High School Hall of Fame – well deserved! Brian, wife Sue, and daughters Marcy and Maura live in Orland Park, IL. ... The recent fall issue of John Carroll magazine printed only the Reunion year class columns. Our ’78 column for fall ’09 is featured on JCU’s website – www.jcu.edu/alumni/publications/ classnotes.htm - and includes updates from classmates Ed Gillen, Mary Egan, Jim Gentile, and Terry O’Brien…Tom Lawley and spouse Fran live in Westchester, IL, with their three kids. Tom has worked for Harris Bank for over 20 years. Tom and many others are active in supporting Terry O’Brien’s campaign for Cook County Board president. Terry’s biggest challenge is the February 2 Democratic primary against opponents including a U.S. Congressman, the incumbent, and a Chicago alderman. For 21 years, Terry has been an elected public official of Cook County as a commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), including the past 13 years as president of MWRD. Some JCU alums actively supporting Terry include: Mike Hendricks, Dave Kavanagh, Tom Caplice, Michael McCarthy ’77, Patrick Meehan ’77, Mike Schmidt ’81, and Mark O’Malley ’90. ... Thanks for writing. Tim
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Greetings, class! It is amazing how time flies, as the saying goes. The Class of 1980 will be celebrating its 30th Reunion June 11-13, 2010. Mark your calendars for that weekend to renew friendships; see the campus; and attend seminars presented by faculty, staff, and alumni. If you are interested in being part of the committee, please contact Carla Gall ’05, reunion coordinator - cgall@ jcu.edu. Joining the committee is open to all, whether you are in the local Cleveland area or not. There is a lot you can do from home that does not take a tremendous amount of time, such as using your computer or cell phone to contact classmates and make our Reunion a memorable one. I know Bob Beringer has indicated his willingness to join the committee. So raise your hand and join in! ... Here are some notes from e-mails or LinkedIn notices – Bob Donelan is the director of operations at Resource Systems. Bob is responsible for all operational activities
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Yeah, yeah I know. Each time the Carroll magazine arrives in the mail you open to the class notes pages only to find the Class of ’77 space blank. What’s up with that? Uh, I guess I screwed up. Does that work? Maybe it was the news of
Hello, all! First, I’d like to apologize for omitting Mike Breier’s and Bong Kauh’s names from the Reunion column. Mike and Bong were at the 30th Reunion and their names were inadvertently left out! I am so sorry – mea culpa, mea culpa! It
for this software firm, including finance, human resources, purchasing, and IT. Resource Systems is based in New Concord, OH, near Columbus. The firm specializes in data collection systems for the healthcare industry. ... Don McGuire is CEO and director at BlastWay Inc. in the greater New York City area. BlastWay is based on an in-venue personal navigation system that works with your handheld devices using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi nodes. ... Paul Lioon is enjoying life in the sunshine state, Florida. He is the vice president, trust administration at Charlotte State Bank in the Punta Gorda area. Money magazine recently mentioned this area as one of the best places to live. I will keep everyone posted as to when Paul has an open house, so all of us can visit! ... Gary Szelagowski has settled in as a senior vice president, HR Consulting Retail Banking at PNC Financial Services Group in Cleveland. ... John Ettorre is busy with his writing and editing business in the Northeast Ohio region. John currently serves on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been seen zipping around the Cleveland area in his cool ’99 Saturn wagon. ... Feel free to drop a line. MH Please stay in touch and write with updates. I look forward to hearing from you. Don’t forget to friend request your classmates on Facebook. Oh, and if you need a DJ for a wedding or party, call me. It’s one of my hobbies. Bob Cleveland but Columbus. Last I heard was that MR bought a house next door to her sister. ... Dr. Paul Colavincenzo recovered from open heart surgery and has offered to show off his scar at the next Reunion. He actually posted pictures on Facebook for the less squeamish. Don’t let your kids read this next sentence! Paul bought his daughter a horse. If this gets out, we are all doomed. ... Kevin Coyle dropped me an e-mail to say he is working for the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in Baltimore, MD. He is tutoring and mentoring grade school children. ... On a very somber note, Ann Geiger Healey’s son, Kevin, died in April after a long battle with cancer. Our prayers are with Ann and the Healey family. ... Onward On! Paul
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Hello to the Class of 1981 from Milwaukee, WI. As we close out the year 2009, we remain hopeful that the economy will rebound soon and that 2010 will be a great year of prosperity. Before you know it, we will be talking about our 30th Reunion! ... I heard from Rita Braun, who moved from Denver to Montana. Rita writes for businesses and loves to hike, ski, and mountain bike. ... Michelle Conners and her husband, Guy, have two kids at Ohio University and a 10-year-old daughter, Meg. ... From Westlake, OH, Anne Marquard Nicolay writes that she and her husband, Bob, have three kids, one each in college, high school, and eighth grade. ... I finally heard from Carl Winger after 30 years! The “Winger quads” are his four kids in college. Carl reports that August and December are now his two least-favorite months. Must be when tuition is due! ... Nancy Loyan Schuemann has been very busy as a Middle Eastern belly dance instructor and performer. She has taught in many places and performs at private parties and events. Maybe we can get Nancy on the program at the 30th Reunion. ... I heard from Peter Langenhorst, who is working for GM in Phoenix. He and his wife, Beth ’82, have three children: Julie at Arizona State, Jack at Michigan State, and Steven in high school. ... Representing the Carroll Class of 1981 and the United States, Tony Smith is traveling to Sydney in October for the World Masters Cycling Championship. He and wife Kathryn have six children. ... Hal Hawk and his wife, Diane, just visited Kevin ’80 and Suzie ’82 Whalen at their beach house in Florida, along with Tom ’80 and Angela Cua. The “captain” made several appearances throughout the weekend. The group celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Bloody Mary and, on the downside, Whalen has not changed a bit since college and still needs counseling. ... Mike Armagno and his wife, Sue, celebrating 25 years of marriage this year, had dinner with Dawn and Dan Casey, Bill and Mary Carol O’Brien, Ray and Betsy Mendelsohn, and Mike’s brother Tom ’80 with wife Lorie ’82 Armagno, and son Tommy, who attends Carroll. ... Finally, Colleen Kelley Vahcic wrote to me on Facebook, and I see that she is enjoying a vacation in the French Quarter. Colleen works at the Cleveland Clinic for a cardiac surgeon. ... 38
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Greetings from Chicago! My quest to swim to John Carroll progressed nicely. Through September, I have logged 340 miles. As I write this column, the Western suburbs of Cleveland are coming into view. I should make it to our alma mater by Halloween. ... Paul Olexa sent me a picture from Carroll’s orientation. His son, Paul, will be classmates with JP Bolton, son of Bill and Mariann ’83, and Ryann Kinney, daughter of Steve Kinney ’81. I am sure there are other legacies in the class of 2013 – drop me a note and let me know. ... Jim Cowhey has moved up from alderman to mayor of Lake Forest, IL. This is in addition to his responsibilities as president of Land and Lakes, an environmental services firm in Park Ridge. Jim and his wife, Lisa ’81, also have three children. ... Mike Hermann played host to the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship. My daughter, Molly, and I met up with Mike and his family during the quarterfinal games at Towson University, MD. Mike keeps up with Alice ’83 and Kregg Boreani. The Hermanns and Boreanis volunteered at the John Carroll service project in May where Mike and Kregg demonstrated their finely tuned managerial skills while the wives and kids provided the necessary manual labor. We saw the Hermann family and Katie Brandt in September when Towson came to Evanston to play Northwestern. ... Mike Minnaugh spent the summer in Chicago helping Corus Bank with their financial problems. The Minnaughs sent their oldest to college and moved to Shaker Heights this summer. ... Mike Robie, former JCU standout swimmer, and I met for lunch and later reunited in the pool for a Saturday morning swim. Robie and Minnaugh went to high school together at Cathedral Prep in Erie, PA. They reconnected this summer, too. ... Mary Rose Coburn Sullivan is moving back to Ohio – not
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I hope Thanksgiving was filling – now make room for Santa! Eileen McDonough, husband Trev, and 7-year-old daughter Dorothy live in Lisbon, Portugal. Eileen owns Mandamor, a greeting card company that will send your loved one a Christmas card in Portuguese. ... A standing ovation for Mike Samerdyke’s award-winning short stories. “Frankenstein’s Doll” took first place at the Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium; see it on their website. “His Queen of Darkness” was king at Chautauqua Creative Writing Contest in Wytheville, VA. Naturally, “Never Be Rid Of Me” aced the essay part of the Wytheville Chautauqua contest. Mike, wife Elizabeth, and children Olivia and Ethan make Big Stone Gap, VA, home. He’s the lay worship leader at Christ Lutheran Church in Wise, VA. ... Andrew Majeske went for a longer version and had his edited collection of “Justice, Women, and Power in English Renaissance Drama” published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. ... Sadly, I received news that Eric Dix died suddenly, March 31, of a heart attack. On behalf of the Dix family, Eric’s mother, Nancy ’80, wrote a letter to the University expressing her gratitude for John Carroll’s support: “To the entire John Carroll University family, to Eric’s many friends, and especially to his University Club brothers: We gratefully acknowledge and deeply appreciate your warm expressions of
shown at the Class of 1983 iBG golf outing in hilton head, sC, are (bottom from left) Jim Kisthardt, Brian Flannery, and Jim Brown, and (top from left) Billy Donnelly, Mark Biche, and tom Burke.
sympathy and affection for Eric. He will always be with us in spirit.” She also called me to thank the U-Club members who attended Eric’s wake and funeral, and who gave generously to a scholarship in his name at John Carroll. Good job, gentlemen. ... I reunited with Nick Conyngham ’82 – 27 years later. Visiting from Jersey, he brought wife Beth and son Terry to Tremont for laughs. Joining us was Dave Bassi ’81. ... Mary (Power) Patton continues to be the best in Cleveland. Patton Public Relations markets to some of the biggest corporations in town! ... Two swimmers are still making waves in Chicago. Congratulations to Jane (Broeren) Lambesis and Sheila (Began) Bauschelt who swam the 2.5K Chicago Big Shoulders Race off Ohio Street Beach. The ladies of the Toddlin’ Town: Sheila Nelson, Marie Lynch-Julius, Therese (O’Neil) Schmidt, Colleen (Hyland) Robertson, Sandra Ryan, Kristine Reynolds, and Sue Donnelly still make time to get together. Jack Carey, Danny Reynolds, and Eric and Patty Jochum have children attending Carroll. ... Oh, if the dorm walls could talk. Big college road trips for Jeanne (Mann) Gallo and husband John. Starting in Evanston visiting their junior daughter at Northwestern, then across I-80 to Notre Dame for their senior son, then hop a flight to Worcester, MA, to College of the Holy Cross to see their freshman son. Did I mention their sophomore son in high school? Jeanne works part time in development at Christ the King Jesuit Prep on Chicago’s West Side. Ryan and Sue (Stokes) Mullaney are West Siders in Hinsdale, IL. ... I was the talent and wrote the script for a 30-second commercial spot for SportsTime Ohio that won an Emmy Award and a Telly Award this year. Happy New Year! Mark new role will be vital to our continued growth.” ... Do you have a promotion, celebration, graduation, big anniversary, or other event in your life? Let us all in on the good news, and send me an e-mail soon! Enjoy the holidays! Don (Friday) Cusick, Marcy Farrell Kylander, Lisa (Cortes) Dawes ’86, Anne (Walker) Watterson ’86, and Jennifer (Tomko) Kehm. ... Ending on a celebratory note, Brian Boose recently got engaged to Sharon Smith (Ohio University) from Denver and plan on May nuptials. The newlyweds plan to be at our Reunion! Brian’s son Stephen is a junior at Ohio University; Tyler is a senior at Strongsville (OH) High; and daughter Alyssa is a freshman at Strongsville High. Brian also wrote, “Brad Cantwell was in town recently – we did some golfing, drinking, eating, drinking ... same old college stuff! I also spoke to Andy Saluan recently and he’s doing fine. Sharon and I stopped in to visit him during last Christmas holidays in Naples, FL, and he’s got a beautiful family and doing well.” ... May peace be with you. Diane
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I have a task for you to do. Take out your Blackberry or PDA and open your calendar icon. Enter, “busy June 11, 12, 13, all day activity” so no excuses can be made not to attend our 25th John Carroll Reunion! ... Our condolences are sent to classmate James P. Evangelista’s family, as he passed from a courageous battle with cancer on August 7, 2009. Jim was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Jim was employed in the Cleveland area as an attorney for many years and more recently was employed at the Allegheny Conference of Community Development. Contributions can still be made to The Pittsburgh Foundation in memory of James P. Evangelista. More sad news to report: I heard from Maya (Prpic) Chaille regarding her beloved father. Maya wrote, “I have some sad news to report. My father, Professor George J. Prpic, passed away on April 23 peacefully with myself, my brother, and my mom at his side. My dad taught history at Carroll from 1958-1989 and he received his master’s in history in 1956 there, and his Ph.D. from Georgetown in 1959. I’m thankful to all my dear Carroll friends that were there for me and my family during this difficult time. Sad as the whole thing is/was, it’s always nice to see Ellen (Titus) Cannon, Collette (Cardaman) Whims and Mary (Hrics) Andreano. My dad loved John Carroll and was always so proud to be a part of such a wonderful institution. One of my proudest memories was having my dad hand me my diploma when I graduated in 1985 as Father O’Malley stepped aside for him to do so.” ... Lastly, my beloved mother, Nancy Nerem, passed away on April 25, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The flowers, donation, and cards of your sympathies were greatly appreciated, especially those JCU pals who were able to attend the funeral – Martha
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I am sad to report that we recently lost a member of our class. This spring, Joe Sweet (who was in our class, but graduated from John Carroll in 1985) passed away April 30, 2009. He was only 47. Joe had an extended illness and had been hospitalized for a while earlier in the year. Joe was active with the IPTs, both during his time at Carroll and for many years after with the IPT alumni group. His funeral was held in Wickliffe, OH. We will always remember his fun and bright spirit. Our class prayers go out to his family. ... Dr. John Wolf received his designation as a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians during its annual Conclave of Fellows Award Ceremony on March 7, 2009, at the ACOFP 46th annual convention and exhibition in Washington, D.C. John served for three years as a captain and flight surgeon in the United States Air Force Medical Corps. He currently runs a private practice in Avon with the Superior Medical Care Group. ... A press release from Tremco Incorporated, Roofing and Building Maintenance Division announced the promotion of Kurt Sosinski, RRC, CDT to director of product management. Kurt will be responsible for the development and testing of all roofing systems. Kurt has been with Tremco since 1983, while he was working toward a B.S. in chemistry at JCU. Kurt is a registered roof consultant, serves as Technical Committee chairman for the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, and is an officer of the Cleveland chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute. Said Tremco President Deryl Kratzer: “Kurt Sosinski has been a major contributor to Tremco Roofing’s success. The experience and judgment he brings to this
I tracked down some long lost classmates on Facebook. Melissa Crockett Willis is living in Mentor, OH. She got married shortly after graduation and started working as a realtor. She is with Howard Hanna and appears to travel and really love what she is doing. She has three lovely teen daughters: Brittany Willis, Korrey Reilly Willis, and Brooke Willis. All seems to be going very well for you Missy. Congratulations. ... I also saw Filippo Biagiotti but haven’t gotten the scoop on him yet. He is living in Cleveland and has two darling kids, a boy and a girl. We need the scoop, Filippo. ... It was great to be tracked down by Sherry Guido Forner – guido baby. She is doing great. She has been married for 15 years and lives in Hermitage, PA. She has two beautiful teen girls: Sarah and Emma. Sherry is very involved with her daughters and is having a great time. Both of us agree that our kids are growing up too quickly. Good to hear from all of you. ... I saw that Susan Caraher was on Sherry’s Facebook page and sent her a note. Hope to have an update next time. ... Chris Kramer called to tell me that she and Rich were coming to Mansfield for their daughter Hannah’s soccer game. I met them at the muddy, cold, soccer field and we laughed on the sidelines. Ah, just like old times. ... Gigi and Beth
sue Farinacci Grazia 440-256-0338 [email protected]
Matthew ’85 and Jessica Koenig with their children, Charles and lucy.
I hope you are well and looking forward to the holidays. I am grateful to two alumni who took time to share what they have been up to since graduation. I was hoping to hear from more of you; unfortunately, I did not hear back from the few people I e-mailed, but hope to for the next column. I did hear from classmate John Malloy. John has been appointed Eliokem’s regional director for the United States. Malloy joined Eliokem in 2002 as director of finance and administration. Prior to joining Eliokem, he worked for Deloitte & Touche in accounting, auditing, and business consulting with manufacturing and industrial companies for 13 years. Malloy obtained a bachelor’s degree in business with dual majors in accounting and finance from Carroll and is a CPA. Congratulations, John! ... Mario Becerra e-mailed Tom Powers (my brother-in-law) that he is currently working in the Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute as a clinical research
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assistant. He is helping with heart-related research projects. He’s been with the Clinic for over two years. Mario has also been utilizing the Clinic’s awesome tuition reimbursement program and is currently enrolled in an anatomy and physiology I class at Cuyahoga Community College this semester. He’s not sure what he’s contemplating, but he enjoys the research area and may think of becoming a research RN. Just a thought, as nothing is etched in stone at this time. He also took biochemistry last semester and pulled an A. Not bad for a former English major, eh? He is still actively involved with the Playhouse Square Foundation’s Partners organization. But mostly, Mario spends his spare time studying. He did visit Houston to catch up with a good John Carroll friend, Nick Arguello ’88. ... Thank you so much for your contributions, gentlemen. I truly appreciate it. ... I want to share a little bit of what I have been doing these days – between soccer, volleyball, and basketball games (you get it!). I recently completed my website - www.alittlegrace.org to market my hobby of making rosaries. This is something I’ve been doing for about eight years for enjoyment and thought now may be a good time to take it to another level, since all my kids are finally in school. I currently work with Catholic schools, colleges, and shops. With the website, I hope I can reach more people. So, if you have a few minutes to spare, look me up and let me know what you think. ... As for the next column, Missy Gaffney DeGennaro, Katie Simmons, Brenda Kramer Neroni, Craig Broadbent, Dan Brogan, and Laura D’Amore Miklos, please e-mail me. I would love to hear from you. God bless, Sue and John Fox. ... Bundle up and stay warm and happy holidays, even though it is only October as I compose this note. Looking forward to the next column with updates on many! Peace, David
Jim sislo 440-269-1245 [email protected]
Melissa Wenzler 440-725-0753 [email protected]
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.~Edith Sitwell As we hunker down for winter, I hope you enjoy the news from your classmates. Ed Skoch sent an e-mail in September with some exciting news. He was promoted to executive vice president and chief underwriting officer at Mutual Marine Office, Inc. Ed is the son of Dr. Ed Skoch ’68, who taught biology at Carroll for 35 years! Congratulations on your promotion, Ed! ... Also in September, Chris Wenzler ran into Tracey (Ludwig) Holecek on campus. Tracey brought her three adorable girls to Cleveland to visit family and popped over to walk the pretty grounds of John Carroll. I hear they were heading to the bookstore – to outfit the girls with all things JCU, I’m sure! ... This past summer, Tim Forrestal and his wife, Michelle, had a party that included several alumni from various classes. Kris Koch ’89 was the DJ and spun all the great songs reminiscent of mixers in the cafeteria! Also there were Sue (Zurkovski) Swain; Mike Newman; and Brigid (Reilly) Weiller, who works for the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia. Brigid was back on holiday with her husband, Matt, and their three children. Other party-goers from Carroll included Colleen Moran O’Neil ’92, Meg Pedrini Ottiger ’91, Colleen DeJong Berliner ’91, Colleen Forrestal Mills ’98, Cheryl Brady Strom ’91, Gene ’91 and Marie (Pasquale) ’91 Pompili, and Dan Perella ’92. ... I had a chance to see Mary Beth (Wolfe) Lindner over Labor Day. She lives in Bainbridge, OH, with her husband, Dan, and their two children, Chad and Allison. Mary Beth is one of the founding members of Different Needz, a website that buys and sells gently used special- needs medical equipment. All the proceeds from the website go to the Different Needz Foundation. Please check out their website - www.differentneedz.com - or become a fan on Facebook. This is a cause well worth supporting even if you do not have a special-needs child. ... Kudos to Gary Ritter! In May, he was honored by the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions, where he holds the Twenty-First Century Chair in Education Policy in the college’s department of education reform. He was awarded the STAR (service, teaching, advising, and research), which is given to an outstanding all-around faculty member. Congratulations on a well-deserved honor. ... I know winter is just starting, but before you know it, summer will be here! Summer 2010 is a big year for us – our 20 th Class Reunion, June 11-13! Stayed tuned for more details at www.jcu.edu. If you are interested in getting involved with planning our Reunion, please contact either myself or Carla (Lauer) Gall ’05 – [email protected]
- the reunion coordinator. Hope to see lots of you there! Melissa
Jamie Jamison 330-702-1965 [email protected]
Kathy reali Matthews 440-871-7283 [email protected]
david Gassman 440-934-0366 [email protected]
Hello, Class of 1992! Here are some recent updates and accomplishments from our classmates. On April 27, the Lubrizol Corporation announced that Brian A. Valentine has been elected treasurer, reporting to Charles P. Cooley, senior vice president and chief financial officer. According to the company, “Valentine has global responsibility for Lubrizol’s treasury activities, including debt and equity capital markets, bank relationships, cash management, derivatives, and foreign exchange. He will continue as a member of Lubrizol’s Retirement and Savings Plans Investment Committee, which oversees the company’s pension and retirement plan assets.” In addition to his bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in business from John Carroll, Brian is a certified public accountant in the State of Ohio. Way to go, Brian! ... I’m happy to report that Luminus Devices, Inc., developer and manufacturer of PhlatLight LEDs, announced on May 26 the appointment of Keith T.S. Ward as its president, chief executive officer, and member of the board of directors. “Keith brings to Luminus an extensive background in general lighting as well as executive leadership experience,” said Dennis Costello, chairman of the board for Luminus Devices. “As a proven leader who is well-respected throughout the lighting industry, we are confident Keith’s distinguished career and accomplishments will be an invaluable asset to Luminus.” ... I heard that the JCU stork paid a visit to Isabel and A.J. Panahon. The proud parents had a boy, Alvin Jose Catibayan Panahon III, “aka Tripp,” who was born at 4:54 p.m. on September 22, 2009. He weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20 inches long. Congratulations to the entire Panahon family. ... Wedding bells rang for Janet Lynn Conroy and Terence Michael Quirk, who were married on October 3 at the University Church at Fordham University in Bronx, NY. The Rev. Joseph A. Currie, S.J., director of Fordham’s campus ministry, performed the ceremony. The happy couple works in Manhattan. Janet is a social worker at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, and Terence is a business analyst for an investment division of AIG. ... See you on campus, Jim
Greetings ’89ers from a now chilly Northeast Ohio. It is well into football season and the leaves are starting to change and, in some cases, are off the trees. We had a very short and strange summer here with very few days in the 90s and a late showing for spring. As far as I am concerned, it is way too early for long pants and sweaters. Anyway, very little to report in terms of classmate news. After the reunion, I thought I might get some people to drop me a line but I do realize how daily life takes up so much of our time. I started a Facebook page on Friday of last week and, as of Monday the following week, I already have spoken briefly to 15 John Carroll “Facebookers” and see this as a real way for me to get updates, as I can better search you out. Please look me up or watch for a note from me coming your way. As far as local news, I can add that the Browns and Indians are both pitiful and we long for the Cavs season to begin. Our Blue Steaks are having a good football season and I was hoping to get to Homecoming this weekend, but my children had too many games/practice/social events themselves for me to attend. A quick shout out to all the locals I have seen lately, including Julie (Kahl) ’92 and Dan Weaver, Diane and Dan Soucie, Joe ’88 and Cathy O’Malley, Anne Kahl ’94, and Jennifer 40
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Julie (roddy) reardon 440-877-0939 [email protected]
Maureen “Moe” McGuinness [email protected]
Molly Coughlin Fanta 440-716-1749 [email protected]
Happy winter, everyone. It’s odd having deadlines months before publication, and you have to hope that the seasons and weather line up! I hope this version of the class notes finds everyone doing well and staying healthy. Look out for the swine flu outbreak hitting most of the college campuses nowadays – we worried only about a random cold or strep. Keep yourself and your family members healthy! H1N1 is not a fun flu to have! ... Here is the latest with our classmates – more babies! Nicole Duffy Mastropietro had baby number two in August. Millie (2½) has a new brother, Westley Christopher Mastropietro. Nancy Moray Klein had her first son, Conner Christopher Klein, on July 14. Nancy reports he is growing too fast. Liz Sander Kennelly and Marnie Otterman Decicco attended her shower. Nancy says that Liz has two adorable little girls and Marnie has a lovely girl and a
wonderful son. Candace Gash Welter is expecting her first baby in November. Some of the Carroll alums at her shower included Charlene (Strauss) Brandt and Holly (Ranquist) Santoro ’95. ... John Carroll reports that he is still living in Chicago and is a prosecutor at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (10 years now). He is currently in the felony trial unit, after completing stints in the homicide/ sex unit, narcotics special prosecutions unit, and the felony review unit. In fact, his judge is a John Carroll grad, too: Hon. Judge Lawrence Fox ’71. Thank you both for what you do to keep things safe in Chicago! ... Tracy Allgeier left Texas four years ago to be the dean of discipline in Denver. He is at a new school, Bruce Randolph High School. Come back to Texas! ... That’s the update for now. Please e-mail me or shoot me a note on Facebook as to what you are up to. I hope all of you and your families are doing well. Luck to you always. Moe
amy spisich Kogovsek [email protected]
Anghilante ’96) has a new baby, Anthony John, born August 24, 2008. Lisa lives in Avon Lake, OH. Lisa and John just acquired a new business called “The Hearth Shop,” in Fairview Park, OH - www. facebook.com/l/;www.hearth-shop.com. ... Gary Love earned his master’s in strategic intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College (NDIC.edu) in July. In August, he went to South Korea for a one-year tour. Gary and his wife, Amy Joseph Love ’96, bought a new house in Northern Virginia. … Joy Malek Oldfield and her husband, Charlie, welcomed their second child, Alana Joy, on Sept. 2, 2009. She joins big sister Amelia (2). ... Amy (Fenske) Atallah and her husband, Ehab, had a baby May 13, Elizabeth Grace, who joins Nathan (2). They have been living in Milwaukee for the past two years. ... Ami (Hill) Armbruster lives in Cincinnati and has three daughters. ... Erin (McNabb) Howe lives in Tucson and is expecting her second child around the holidays. She has a daughter named Anna (2). ... Penny Roxas got married Sept. 6 to Mark LeAir. They live in Portland, OR. ... Denise Haynik is a pathologist in Phoenix. ... Jason Goldberg is a certified financial planner and branch manager for Wells Fargo Advisors in Blue Ash, OH. He and wife Julie Pate have three kids. ... Geoff Urbanowski and his wife had their first child, Sara Marija, back in March. Geoff is an ID consultant with Identiphoto and helps companies, organizations, and government agencies enhance security. ... After living in Naperville, IL, for the past eight years, Ryan Carter purchased a new home a bit farther west. Ryan is also engaged and will be getting married on Nov. 6. A few of Ryan’s groomsmen include Darren Perusek and Dean Lamirand. Ryan is a regional sales manager for Constellation Wines US, the largest wine supplier in the world. ... Finally, I’m proud to say that my wife, Annmarie Tirpak, passed a big test at her office (she works for the Department of Veterans Affairs). I knew you could do it! ... Thanks to everyone for sending in news! Brian
annie (hummer) dePerro 330-966-8845 [email protected]
Instead of logging on to Facebook and regurgitating facts I gathered from the popular social networking site, I took the advice of a fellow alum and asked some semi-serious questions to my FBFs (some of whom are also BFFs). Carole Chandler Sullivan responded to my “urgent e-mail request” in nanoseconds. As soon as she read “urgent” the reporter within her jumped into action and embraced my looming deadline as if it were her own. Either that or she was just avoiding the inevitable: a long run to prepare for the Nike Women half marathon of October 18 in San Francisco. Carole says, “To say ‘I’m training’ would be an insult to those who really do train. I’m taking a page from my college days in that I am trying to do the least amount of prep work before the race.” Although neither of us knew it about the other, we both planted gardens this summer: Carole’s in Southern California and mine in Canton, OH. Is this just something that 30-somethings do or were we secretly motivated by the Obamas? Carole says, “If the past is any indication of the future, my 30 bucks worth of soil and veggies will be dead in a week.” Remarkably, those years of pulling my mother’s driveway weeds as a child paid off for me; I just harvested eggplant, yellow squash, and even a couple of tomatoes. While Carole is worried that wild fires could destroy her crop at any moment, I am responding to climate change in a dissimilar way: early Ohio frost. ... I came upon Matt Clark via Facebook as well. Although he prefers “to modestly fly under the radar,” I cannot help but brag about his recent catch from a fly fishing expedition to Canada; seriously, it could have fed my entire extended family for a week (that and my garden veggies). I felt like I had a kindred VW spirit when I saw the navy blue Volkswagen bus on his Facebook “wall” and, upon further investigation, discovered that we both grew up in VW buses during our formative ’80s years when everyone else we knew was riding around in a Dodge Caravan. I forgot to ask him if his was rigged up with a propane heater. I also forgot to tell him that I signed him up to be on the Class of 1995 reunion committee. Matt is married and has a daughter. His family lives in the Cleveland area and he works for a material handling company. ... I could talk about Kerry Murphy-O’Donnell, Jill Patterson, and Matt Quinn, my newest FB friends, but everything I know about them, you could easily glean off of Facebook, too. If you’ve made it this far into my column and you’re bored because it was light on material, don’t bother e-mailing me ... just show up in June for our 15-year Class Reunion! You’ll be hearing from me. Annie
Greetings, all. The following information is taken from the KTUU website – “Megan Baldino is the co-anchor of KTUU Channel 2, 10 p.m. newscast, the Late Edition in Alaska. In 2005, Megan’s indepth investigative piece on the clergy sex abuse scandal in rural Alaska garnered her a regional Emmy nomination and a Best Series award from the Alaska Press Club. During her nine years of reporting, she has received dozens of awards from the Alaska Press Club and Alaska Broadcasters Association. Before broadcasting, she worked in advertising, public relations, and radio promotions in San Diego, CA. In the summer of 2001, she traveled 2,000 miles down the Yukon River in an 18-foot canoe. Her book, Two In a Red Canoe, was published in August 2005. In 2007, she covered the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. From the base of Mt. McKinley in the Alaska Range to her week-long summer travel series, “Destination Alaska,” Megan has gone “live” from some of the most remote locations in the country. Megan is very active in the community, mentoring several high school students in journalism; volunteering as a board member for the Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation, Alaska Chapter; serving as spokesperson for the American Lung Association; as well as emceeing several charity events each year. Drop Megan a line at [email protected]
.” Let us know what you have been up to lately! Until then, the Lord bless you and keep you, Amy
Brian sparks 440-746-0309 [email protected]
My recent call for news on the “John Carroll University Class of 1997” page on Facebook brought in quite a few updates. Here’s some of the news I received: John Alastra is working as an attorney and living in Columbus, OH. ... Pete Munson, a major in the U.S. Marine Corps, is still in San Diego. His first book, Iraq in Transition: The Legacies of Dictatorship and the Prospects for Democracy, came out in June. It is available for order through the publisher (Potomac Books) or any major book retailers. ... Lisa Anghilante (married to John
Cherie (skoczen) Kurlychek 216-741-1823 [email protected]
It was great to hear from Kristin (Nolan) Cassidy, who wrote, “I guess after 10+ years it’s about time to send in my update.” I agree, and I encourage others who haven’t appeared on these pages to
at Cherie (skoczen) Kurlychek’s wedding are (front row, from left) Carolyn (sprague) Kucharski ’98, Jason Kurlychek, Madeline McDaniel, Cherie (skoczen) Kurlychek ’98, and sandy lucas ’97, and (back row, from left) David Kucharski ’98, David howard ’60, ann hricko ’98, nick scolaro ’01, alison (Winters) scolaro ’98, Kristie (Kontak) Crane ’98, Francis Martines ’60, and adam Mordock ’98.
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e-mail me news for our next column. In 2005, Kristin earned an M.A. in Experimental Research Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontological Studies from Cleveland State University. She is a research operations manager in the Department of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. Kristin lives on the West Side of Cleveland with her husband, Matt, and their son, Arthur (1). ... Tim and Severina Mitra Antos (who is also ’01G) were blessed with a second child, Timothy John. TJ joined big sister Maria on June 23, 2009. ... Kevin and Beth (Potter) Sloan relocated to Jupiter, FL, two years ago. They have three beautiful girls: Avery (5), Molly (3), and Bridget (1). Beth loves being at home with the girls; Kevin runs the National City/PNC Retail Division for the State of Florida. Beth writes, “We were so fortunate to move down here knowing that Rita (Kingsbury) ’99 and Tim Burke had also relocated here.” The Burkes have three boys: Timmy (5), Jack (4), and Ben (1). Last spring, Tim became president and CEO of Central Ohio for First Merit Bank, so the Burkes moved back to Ohio. While visiting the Burkes in Ohio last spring, Beth said they also visited with several other John Carroll friends: Brian and Gretchen (Miller) Losey, along with their daughter Anna (1), hosted a barbecue at their new home in Avon Lake, OH. Tony Webster and Katie Pusateri drove up from Worthington, OH, and Bill and Katie (Ruyan) Heavilin brought their children, Nicholas and Natalie. Jennifer Janas and her fiancé, Rick, were there, too; they are planning a November wedding. ... Speaking of weddings, my husband, Jason, and I were married on May 16, surrounded by family and friends, including many JCU grads. Our bridal party included my cousin Sandy Lucas ’97, and my good friends Carolyn (Sprague) Kucharski and Ann Hricko. We were married by Father Joseph Previte ’86 at St. Columbkille Church in Parma, OH. Dave Kucharski and Kristie (Kontak) Crane read at the Mass. Other alums at our celebration included my uncle, David Howard ’60, ’63G; Francis Martines ’60,’65G; Adam Mordock; and Nick ’01 and Alison (Winters) Scolaro. A great disc jockey from TKO Entertainment, owned by Ted Kusek ’89, provided fun music at the reception, which took place at the 100th Bomb Group Restaurant at the airport. It was the best day of my life. ... Another “best day” was celebrated this year, too, for Carolyn and Dave Kucharski. Beautiful Grace Eleanore was born on Aug. 18; big brother Aiden is loving his little sister! ... Happy holidays to everyone and wishes for the best new year! Cherie included Clare and Jason Smith, Nevada’s sister Seneca (Smith) Wheelock ’01, Tom O’Konowitz ’99, Kelly McGlumphy, Brian Edelstein ’01, Jennifer (Capuano) Puffer ’01, Lisa Zone ’99, Aaron ’99 and Emily (Walton) ’02 Muttillo, and Michael Mendolera ’06. ... Jon Powers married Erin Murphy on Oct. 31. Jon and Erin live in Washington, D.C., and honeymooned in Thailand. Jon is working for the Truman National Security Project, a national security leadership institute, working on issues such as Iraq, Afghanistan, energy security, and climate change. Jon recently spoke at an event with the White House on Climate Change and National Security with Operation FREE. Also tying the knot this fall, Mike Hofherr and Erin Brant were married in October. Louis and Carrie Mack Cannon married in September. Carrie and Louis live in the Washington, D.C., area. ... In baby news, Jon and Tori (Rendano) Nook welcomed their first child, Colten Knight, on Sept. 9, 2009. Colten weighed 8 lbs. 15 oz. and was 21.5 inches long. Joanna (Lecznar) Schafer and her husband, Steve, welcomed daughter Cecilia Wanda Schafer on July 12. Cecilia
Class of ’99 moms Carlye (Gardner) Fallon (left) and her son, Conor, visited with Kathy (Wodzisz) antila and her son, Jake, in Chicago. road-trip this summer and met his new best friend, Conor, the son of Carlye (Gardner) Fallon and her husband, Bob. Conor James was born on Nov. 26, 2008. Carlye is a vice president at Edelman, a global public relations agency headquartered in Chicago. She and her family reside in north suburban Glenview, IL. ... Emily Berdell works as director of events at Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania, a trade association for heavy/highway contractors. She plans events like golf outings, Monte Carlo nights, and receptions. Her four years of experience are coming in handy as she plans her upcoming wedding to Ydilio Marotte on Nov. 7, 2009. He is originally from the Pittsburgh area, but his family is from Argentina. The wedding will be in Lower Burrell, PA, where Emily and Ydilio purchased a home last fall. Rochelle (Nowinski) Young and Tricia (Bestic) Niswander are both in the bridal party. ... Julie (Thorud) Adrianopoli and her husband, Carlin, have two boys, Caden (2) and Owen (1). Julie started her own consulting business about 18 months ago and has a contract with The Chicago Community Trust to work with a consortium of education funders and to manage a civic planning process focused on arts education. In addition, she’s teaching values-based leadership at DePaul University. Her husband is a managing director at FTI Consulting specializing in steel and auto bankruptcies. ... So I know we graduated with a class of about 50% men. Gentlemen, we’d love to hear what you’re up to these days! Please drop me a line. Meg
lisa Foster smith ’00 and William nevada smith were married at Meadow ridge Farm in Geauga County, oh. weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20 inches long. She joins her brother Benjamin, who turned 2 on August 6. ... Susan (Marcellus) Ross welcomed William Patrick on April 27, arriving at 8 lbs. 6 oz. and 19.5 inches long. William joins big sister Ella, who turned 2 in June. Jessica (Davis) and Steve Kerscher welcomed their first child, Keiran Rhyse, on May 15. Mandi (Schue) Lugar welcomed her second son, Cole, in January 2009, and Mike Metz and his wife, Paula, welcomed their second son, Alexander, in June 2009. ... Katherine Lavelle is a tenure track professor at the University of Northern Iowa; she hosted the William A. Brindley Invitational, a competitive high school speech and debate tournament in October. Katie will also be published in the February 2010 edition of the Howard Journal of Communications with an article about black masculinity in NBA commentary. ... Have fun and keep us informed. Clare and Lisa
Meg Galligan [email protected]
Well, everyone, it looks like the women have it this time. Our updates all come from our female classmates, beginning with Jennifer Giordano, who moved to Indiana after graduate school. She works for Anthem/BCBS doing inpatient psych and substance abuse reviews and recently got to start working from home (lucky girl!). She is enjoying being a homeowner, spoiling her nephew, Anthony, and keeping in touch with her John Carroll friends. At the time of this writing, she’s looking forward to a visit from our classmate Jen (Klein) Rosenbaum this fall. Kathy (Wodzisz) Antila and her husband, Randy, welcomed their baby boy, Jacob Eugene, “Jake,” on May 7, 2009. Kathy loves being a mom to her fun little boy. Kathy has been at Ernst & Young for five years now in marketing, communications, and training. Jake took his first 42
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lisa (Foster) smith 440-339-6572 [email protected]
Clare Taft [email protected]
With fall here, the planning for our 10-year Reunion, to be held June 11-13, 2010, is in full swing! Start looking ahead and save the date for a great weekend in Cleveland. Please contact Carla Gall ‘05 - [email protected]
or 216.397.1592 - for more information or to get involved with reunion planning. ... In wedding news, Lisa married William Nevada Smith on Sept. 19, 2009, in a lovely outdoor ceremony at Meadow Ridge Farm in Geauga County, Ohio. Fellow Carroll alums at the wedding
Maureen deMers Fariello [email protected]
Many congratulations to the following classmates: Peter Eberz married Lida Mychaskiw on Aug. 14, 2009, in their hometown of Buffalo, NY. Peter is currently teaching third grade at Starpoint Central School District and Lida works in commercial
... Kevin Dunn and Alana Fleming Dunn had a baby boy named Jack on Aug. 20, 2009. ... Dan Franjko is an information systems audit principal with The Timken Company. He lives in the Canton, OH, area. ... Andy Brahm changed jobs in February 2009 and works for Molson Coors Brewing Company as a tax manager in their corporate headquarters in Denver. He and Gretchen Schlichting (of Denver) are engaged and planning a December 2010 wedding. ... Ryan Carey is living in San Francisco, where he has been working in international sales for YouTube for three years. ... Doug and Kathleen (Newrones) Stillwagon were married in August 2008 in Cleveland. Classmates Tom Reed, Philip Ryan, Brian Ardell, and Ryan Anderson were in the wedding. Doug and Kathleen are living in Chicago. ... David and Jessica (Craig) Duke’s daughter Abigail Josephine was born on April 2, 2009. ... In August, Megan McCarthy graduated with honors from the University of Florida with her master’s in education, specializing in administration,
Class of 2001 alumni at Mike hill’s wedding are (bottom row, from left) Chris Pap, rita shaia, Michelle skrovan, and Carly (roberts) Klein, and (top row, from left) Kevin Klein, Mike hill, Chad Miller ’00, eric Badger, and lauren (hill) lesagonicz. real estate for CB Richard Ellis. Kate (Lillis) O’Brien married Keith O’Brien on Sept. 20, 2008, at St. Mary’s Church in Canandaigua, NY. In attendance from Carroll: Jennifer (Radivoj) Ristic, Beth Nelson, Stacy (Stevens) Talcott ’02, and her father, Rob Lillis, class of ’71. Kate and Keith live in Syracuse. Mike Hill married Francine Yakos on Nov. 8, 2008, in Newport Beach, CA. In attendance were Rita Shaia, Michelle Skrovan, Eric Badger, Chad Miller ’00, Chris Pap, Kevin and Carly (Roberts) Klein and cousin, Lauren (Hill) Lesagonicz. ... Lauren (Hill) Lesagonicz and her husband, Robert, welcomed daughter #2, Isabella Rose, on Feb. 9, 2009. Pope John Paul II said, “Children are the supreme gift of marriage”; Lindsay Christine showed this truth to her parents, Laura (Graham) Kish and Trevor Kish ’02, when she was born on their wedding anniversary, May 14, 2009. The Kish family is happy and healthy, living in Copley, OH. Shannon (Smith) Vukmir and her husband, Brian, just had a baby boy, Brady, Aug. 18, 2009. Mark ’00 and Tricia (Streck) Boleky are expecting their second little girl any day now. ... In the spring, Rami Ahmed received the top teaching award at Harvard Medical School, the Donald O’Hara Ph.D. Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching. An excerpt from Dr. Jules L. Dienstag’s letter announcing Rami’s award states: “The Prize is our school’s most visible validation of teaching accomplishments and reflects in a small but tangible way how much you are valued by your students... Our students are very fortunate that you have exercised your teaching gifts at the Gilbert Simulation Center, and, in doing so, you are helping them to become confident and well educated physicians.” Rami’s reaction, in his own words: “It so surprising because I have been there for such a short time.” Rami left Harvard Medical School at the end of June and returned to Ohio to begin work as the director of simulation at Akron City Hospital. He also accepted a position as core faculty in the department of emergency medicine. ... Please continue to send updates about you and your friends. May you enjoy the seasons’ changes. All the best, Maureen
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Who Are They?
Many readers identified people on the summer 2009 issue’s Images of Carroll page. The man in the upper left corner is Archbishop James P. Lyke, who is shown giving the benediction at John Carroll’s commencement on May 23, 1982. A Franciscan priest, he spent 11 years in Cleveland as a bishop before being installed as the archbishop of Atlanta in 1991. He died the next year, at age 53, after battling cancer. Joe Barmann ’76 and Bob Hudson ’91 wrote to identify him, as did Dee Christie ’78G. Katherine Cross ’81G, recalls him coming to St. Cecilia’s in Cleveland, where she was a congregant. Marilyn Kuczynski ’81 remembers him as “powerful looking – kind and gentle.” William Baylis II ’95 is shown celebrating his graduation in the bottom left corner. Jimmie Lake ’97 and Matthew Krupa ‘95 wrote after recognizing him. According to Jack Hearns ’61, the priest on the right side of the page, halfway up, is Father Thomas P. Conry. Father Conry taught history in the 1950s and ’60s, became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences during the 1962-63 academic year, and was named academic vice president in 1965. Professor Paul V. Murphy recognized the man and baby girl in the photo in the top right corner. So did Carroll staff member Jane Evans, who wrote, “The graduate holding the 10-month-old girl is my dear husband Todd Evans and our oldest daughter, Emily Evans. Todd completed his MBA at JCU in 1994 and carried her across the stage at Commencement as he received his diploma.”
regina (Galati) Colombi ’02 (left) and Meghan (ehrlich) Conley ’02 are pictured with their daughters, angelina and annelyse, at angelina’s baptism. curriculum, and technology. She was also named director of program operations at the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee in Immokalee, FL. ... Adam ’00 and Melanie (Yarcusko) Watts had their first baby, a son named Brayden Charles, on July 6. ... Chris Albright is living in Dallas and was named district sales manager for the mid-south for Meadow Burke Products a year ago, when he moved from Detroit to accept the position. ... Frank ’01 and Andrea (Ellis) Colella welcomed their first daughter, Madison, in April 2009. ... Philip Williams married Nicole Kuzma on Sept. 19 at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Ron Foster and Billy Barmann were in the wedding party and many other Carroll alumni were in attendance. ... Carl and Regina (Galati) Colombi welcomed their third child, Angelina Nicole, on Jan. 22, 2009. She weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. and is completely adored by her big brothers, Leo (4) and Vinny (2½). ... During the last week of August, Tina Marchiano drove cross country from her previous residence in Greensboro, NC, to her new place in San Diego. ... Laura (Graham) ’01 and Trevor Kish recently welcomed their first child. Lindsay Christine Kish was born on May 14, 2009, her parents’ wedding anniversary. All are happy and healthy and living in Copley, OH. ... I hope that you’re all enjoying the holiday season. May you have many blessings in 2010, and remember to keep the updates coming! Kristen
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Lots of exciting class news to share! After finishing an MBA at Cleveland State University, in January 2007 Bryon Thornburgh moved to Boulder, CO, where he is the IT director for an ultra-high-net-worth wealth-management firm.
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Jessica Dorin and Mark Neimeister were married on Aug. 1 at St. Raphael church in Bay Village, OH. Bridesmaids were Maureen Joyce, Katie Lentz, and Lauren (Smith) Setter. The happy couple partied the night away with friends and family at the 100th Bomb Group. ... Amanda Leonberg, currently in her last year of medical school at Creighton University, spent this past July in the Dominican Republic with the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC). She helped provide medical services for acute problems and management of chronic medical conditions in the rural village of Los Pilones. Highlights of her trip included assisting in surgery, sleeping under mosquito nets, and riding on a burro ... not necessarily in that order. ... Denise M. White received her doctorate in medicine from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine on May 24. She will begin a pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in June. During her time at the University of Cincinnati, she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, was awarded the Joseph Collins Humanities Scholarship, and served as an officer in the American Medical Association as well as the American Medical Women’s Association. She also received a grant for otolaryngology (the fancy word for ear, nose, and throat) research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2006. ... Susie Cicirelli was married on June 6 to Peter Giavara, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Kristina Lanza and Jacqui Jarosz were bridesmaids. Susie currently works in commercial banking at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in Cleveland. ... Lisa Novatny and Thomas Jenkins ’04 were engaged on May 30, 2009, as they visited their home away from home, Newport Beach, CA. The two are planning a 2010 wedding. Having first met in Dr. Tamba Nlandu’s Philosophy 101 class, they now have their whole lives to philosophize together. ... James and Martha (Lashomb) Makar were married on May 30 at St. Ann Church in Cleveland Heights, OH. Martha is working in marketing for Hillcrest Hospital. Jim is an accountant at Grant Thornton. There were lots of Carroll alums at the wedding, including the bridesmaids. ... Jennifer
Last issue, we were remembering great times at Reunion, and this issue we can enjoy stories from Homecoming. The alumni office has been doing great things to get all of us back into the Carroll spirit, including young alumni happy hours and other events. It’s always great to see our classmates and hear about exciting things in their lives. Keep an eye out for other events coming up soon so we can get together again. ... Speaking of exciting news, Sara Neville recently got engaged to John Latkowski, and their wedding is scheduled for July 10, 2010. ... Kim (Cahill) Knoch and her husband, Dan, welcomed their first son, Brayden Mathew Knoch, on Sept. 13, 2009. He was 8 lbs. 4.5 oz and was 20 inches long. ... It’s exciting to hear news from classmates for the first time in a long time, or since graduation. Gina Giles e-mailed saying that after two years working with CBS and Fox affiliate stations, she decided to make a career change and get into higher education. She is now working with DeVry, and in May was promoted to the Columbus admissions department. She currently trains new hires in addition to her recruitment activities. Gina will also earn her MBA in June. ... Michelle Kate Weber was awarded a Newhall Fellowship at the GTU in Berkeley, CA, to teach a course she co-designed called ecology and liturgy. She also was engaged on June 29 to Michael Allen of Oceanside, CA, at Inspiration Point in San Francisco. Other exciting news from Michelle is that she’s training for the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. ... Kori OrttGawrys was married in Buffalo to Ryan Gawrys. Lauren Stockhausen ’05 was a bridesmaid. Kori also graduated from the University at Buffalo in May 2009 with her Ph.D. in biochemistry and was awarded the Biochemistry Dissertation Research Recognition Award. In May, she accepted a position with the Erie County Central Police Services Forensic Laboratory where she is working as both the quality manager and DNA analyst. Until next time – Clapp
Since our last update, we have more weddings, engagements, and promotions. Anita Brahm married Patrick Mallott on July 18, 2009, in Pittsburgh. Anita is a senior associate in tax at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and Patrick is a senior associate in audit at KPMG, LLP. They recently bought a house and now live in Gibsonia, PA. ... Krista DeDad and Bob Liberatore were recently engaged and are planning a Sept. 4, 2010, wedding in Erie, PA. ... Sarah Denney and Corey Dolak were married on Aug. 1, 2009. In May, Sarah graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law with her Juris Doctor. Corey has received his MBA ’08 from Carroll and is now a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Corey will be working in the Zurich, Switzerland, office. They will be moving there in October. ... Gabriella Mileti graduated from Istituto Marangoni Fashion Styling in June 2009 and is now working in the fashion department at Glamour magazine in Milan, Italy. ... Roberta Muoio is now studying pastoral ministry at the University of Dayton. ... Please continue to share your accomplishments and news with your classmates! Christine and Roberta
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Congratulations to those who are recently engaged or married! Lisa Iafelice and Dave Catalano tied the knot on Sept. 25 with a beautiful ceremony at Saint Francis Chapel. Dave’s brother John Catalano ’04 served as best man; Brent McWhorter and Brittany Bush were members of the wedding party. The reception was held at Pine Ridge Country Club in Wickliffe, OH. Those who attended included Dan Greene ’08, Lance Zink, Mark Ross, Jon Dittrich, Nick Turner, Jimmy Stradiot, Ashley Pendice, Kari VanDenHaute ’10, Matt McKinnon, Chris Day, and Patrice Payne. Lisa and Dave spent the following week on a honeymoon in Aruba and will live in their
amanda leonberg ’05 and her mother, sue, spent July 2009 providing medical care in the Dominican republic. they are joined in the photo by children from los Pilones. 44
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Classmates celebrated the wedding of Martha (lashomb) Makar ’05. standing from left are alaina Makar, Jennifer (reali) Fiorilli ’04, the bride, samantha Giglio ’04, anne talabisco ’05, Kristin robbins, Maggie lashomb, and Christie Michalec ’05. Bottom from left are Margot Benjamin ’05 and Molly lashomb.
John Carroll classmates turned out in large numbers for the wedding of 2006 graduates anita (Brahm) Mallott and Patrick Mallott. First row, from left, are Janine solomon ’06, Bethany Glassbrenner ’06, the groom and bride, and angela yingling ’06. second row, from left, are Kristin stebick ’05, amy Gory ’05, and nicole (Conway) Mosback ’05. third row, from left, are samantha soltis ’06, Brooke (Gall) Belluardo ’06, Mary Cichanski ’06, angielique (lokaj) Moss ’06, Kaitlin o’Brien ’06, Brian Flynn ’03, adam Green ’07, ed Gleeson ’03, John Petras ’08, Garrett Mosback, and andrew Byrne ’07. recently purchased home in Lyndhurst, OH. Chris ’06 and Melissa (Eucker) Kulbago were married on Aug. 1. Tom Albani served as best man. Guests included Phil Muscarella ’06, Matt Hancak ’06, Mike Hancak ’05, Michelle Lapp ’06, Pat Feeley ’05, Beth (Barrett) Eucker ’04, Marie Semple ’09, Beth (Ray) Lynch ’05, Matt Lynch ’06, Jim Kaliszewski ’06, and Nate Szabo ’06. Melissa and Chris had a wonderful Hawaiian honeymoon and look forward to purchasing their first home in the near future. Michelle Anderson MA ‘09 and Mario Petitti MED ’08 are getting married Jan. 1, 2010. Michelle is still working at American Greetings as a marketing analyst; she works with Jenny Dambrosio, Kristin Barclay ’03, and Jenny Merriman ’09. Ryan Mekota is in his first year of a doctoral program for clinical psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and is engaged to be married next September to Diana Orabovic ’09. Several alumni met up to tailgate and catch a Pirates vs. Indians game for the Pittsburgh City Club’s JCU alumni night at PNC Park in June, including Kristi Hosko ’06, Dan O’Malley, Innocent Edache, Shawn Robinson ’05, Jake Oresick ’06, and Will O’Neill ’08. ... Lili Morales was promoted to assistant director of enrollment at John Carroll and says
alumni celebrated the wedding of 2006 graduates sarah (Denney) Dolak and Corey Dolak. First row, from left, are ally tanner ’06 and the bride and groom. second row, from left, are Meg lambert ’06, ryan Dolak ’09, Jess Wolff ’06, Jaclyn (smith) thaxton ’05, sara Wilson ’06, and Jessica Kerns ’06. third row, from left, are Dana (Delsignore) Garber ’04, Will Michael ’06, lori Delsignore ’06, Katie Chapman ’06, Billy edwards ’04, randa nemer ’06, Jenna saraniti ’06, and steve Mcintosh ’06. Fourth row, from left, are John Garber ’04, andy Kollman ’06, Fadi Boumitri ’06, Will lally ’06, eric endress ’06, Mary Cichanski ’06, and shannon Kelley ’06.
this year is quite an exciting time for Carroll and the Enrollment Division. ... Kelly Kookoothe is working in Loveland, OH, as a licensed funeral director/embalmer. ... Samantha Reefer is a product manager for the Consumer Division of Jenne Distributors and living in Westlake, OH. ... Nicole Garner has been very busy this year as she finished a master’s in philosophy at Cleveland State. She became an adjunct professor of philosophy at Notre Dame College and the historian for the Society for Women in Philosophy, Eastern Division. Nicole spoke at the National Popular Culture conference as well as at the Canadian and Eastern divisions of the Society for Women in Philosophy conference. She published an article titled “Breaking the Boundaries of Activism: (Un)Engaging Elitist Conceptions and (Re)Claiming Activist Histories of the Oppressed” in MP: A Feminist Online Journal. In addition, Nicole started a second master’s program in modern European studies back at Carroll. ... We love all the good news! Lisa and Brittany
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several alumni met up to tailgate and catch a Pirates vs. indians game for the Pittsburgh City Club’s Carroll alumni night at PnC Park in June. the alums included (from left) Kristi hosko ’06, Dan o’Malley ’07, innocent edache ’07, and shawn robinson ’05.
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lisa iafelice ’07 and Dave Catalano ’07 tied the knot on september 25, 2009, with a beautiful ceremony at saint Francis Chapel.
Hopefully everyone is comfortably settling into a post-grad lifestyle! Annie Schaeffing is currently teaching Head Start in Phoenix as a Teach for America Corps member. Cassie Larson is also living in Phoenix, which she says is absolutely nothing like Ohio. Cassie is doing a year of service through Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where she is teaching at an underprivileged parochial school. Her classroom of 18 second graders keeps her busy, considering that each student has his or her own dynamic personality. Outside of work, Cassie enjoys exploring the area around her and soaking up that triple digit Arizona weather. ... Amanda Jakubec
got engaged to Brock Malinowski ’10 while the two were visiting New York City this past summer. Both are currently employed at Bank of America in Beachwood. They are eagerly anticipating their wedding in September 2010. On May 18, Cori Besson married her longtime boyfriend, Evan Arbuckle, in a small ceremony. Evan extended his commitment with the U.S. Army and Cori will be stationed with him beginning in February. Until then, she is at home in Ashtabula, OH. They hope to throw a larger wedding celebration in the summer of 2010. ... Bill Edwards ’68 e-mailed me to say that his son, Brian Edwards, is now working for the Cleveland Cavaliers. So, if any John Carroll graduates are looking to purchase season tickets, Brian is your connection! ... Keep me posted on all your current happenings. I hope everyone has a very merry holiday season! Lisa
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Reverend Thomas P. O’Malley, S.J.
Rev. Thomas P. O’Malley, S.J., 20th president of John Carroll University (1980-1988), died November 4, at age 79. Most recently, Fr. O’Malley was a professor in the Boston College Honors Program. He previously served as president of Loyola Marymount University. “Fr. O’Malley was such a marvelous presence on campus,” recalls Rev. William M. Bichl, S.J., who knew him well. “He made a huge difference during his time at John Carroll. If I had to highlight one thing, he heightened the awareness of the local community about John Carroll – that we weren’t the seminary on the hill but a full-blown college and university. He was a great man.” Fr. O’Malley was born in Milton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Boston College High School, Boston College, and Fordham University. He entered The Society of Jesus in 1952 after completing a master’s degree in classical languages at Fordham. He was ordained to the priesthood in Brussels in August 1961. In 1967, he received a Doctor in Letters specializing in early Christian Latin and Greek literature from the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. That year, he returned to his alma mater, Boston College, where he served in a series of roles: chair of classical languages, chair of theology, and, for seven years starting in 1973, dean of arts and sciences. During his tenure at John Carroll, much of Fr. O’Malley’s work was focused on the University’s $16-million Centennial fundraising drive. The campaign yielded three major facilities: the recreation complex, a completely remodeled student center, and a new Saint Francis Chapel. The drive also elicited a $2.1-million commitment from the Edward J. and Louise E. Mellen Foundation for the Mellen Chair in Finance in the School of Business. In 1985-86, Fr. O’Malley presided over the University’s Centennial celebration, a yearlong series of campus and community activities, seminars, and cultural programs. In his Centennial Report, Fr. O’Malley said: “We want to be a school that continues to prize excellence in teaching, in which classes are small and the faculty is uncommonly good … a school at which bright students are challenged and awakened … a school that produces solid, valuable graduates … a school where religious values are evident.” Fr. O’Malley is survived by his brothers, Austin and John, and his sister, Mary. Two of his nieces are Carroll graduates: Ann E. Mannion ’80 and Patricia A. O’Malley ’87. The funeral Mass took place November 10 at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with interment at Campion Center in Weston, Massachusetts. Visit www.jcu.edu/omalley for more information and to share your remembrances in a guest book.
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Daniel J. Ryan Dr. Robert V. Gardner John V. Bower Jr. Sr. M. Clemintine Dakos Andrew K. Foy Karol S. Cooper Joseph P. Cassidy Patrick F. Monroe Dr. Kenneth J. Whelan James I. Daley William A. Drechsler William J. Dunigan Silvio R. Petti Robert E. Schwanek Richard A. Dierker Larry J. Monahan Thomas J. O’Connell Ronald E. LaFleche E. Stephen Smith Charles A. McMillan James L. Downes Anthony J. Lavalle Nick A. Christopher William J. Ginley Jr. Robert A. Grimesey F. Leo McDonough Donald F. Mack Anthony L. Romano Dorthea W. Brown Rev. Joseph W. McMahon Edmund W. Kinkelaar David R. Brown Allen W. Thomas Thomas F. Stupecki J. Packy Hyland Sr. Jeannette S. Cancillieri Morris J. Kroos Timothy J. O’Linn Dr. James L. Tasse Mervyn J. Berger Sr. Dolores Jean Nellis OSF John C. Hruska Robert F. Johnson Martin V. Lindstrom III Teresa A. Kinzer Mary Ellen Archacki James P. Evangelista Susan Holobinko Hersey Terry B. Goulder Joseph Cendol Dolly Ann Klingman Cody Gullette Frank S. Kinmonth Jr. Rev. Paul H. Besanceney, S.J. Carl A. Englert Sr. Mary Elizabeth Larimer ’41 ’44 ’48 ’48 ’48 ’49 ’50 ’50 ’50 ’51 ’51 ’51 ’51 ’51 ’52 ’52 ’52 ’53 ’53 ’54 ’55 ’55 ’56 ’56 ’56 ’56 ’57 ’57 ’59 ’59 ’60 ’61 ’62 ’63 ’64 ’66 ’68G ’69 ’69 ’70G ’70G ’71 ’71 ’72 ’75 ’78 ’85 ’87G ’88G ’90 ’92 current student current student former faculty retired staff retired staff 7/2/2009 8/1/2009 3/31/2009 9/19/2009 8/16/2009 12/18/2005 7/7/2007 7/28/2009 2/5/2009 9/8/2009 1/9/2009 7/1/2009 7/29/2009 8/3/2009 9/8/2009 3/17/2008 9/5/2008 6/22/2008 9/6/2009 10/2/2009 12/14/2008 5/26/2009 8/31/2008 9/1/2009 7/4/2009 12/14/2008 8/10/2009 8/13/2009 8/12/2009 9/6/2009 8/26/2009 7/25/2009 3/24/2009 2/12/2008 5/27/2009 9/4/2009 8/12/2009 7/6/2009 8/14/2009 9/8/2009 8/22/2009 8/23/2009 4/6/1998 8/6/2009 4/18/2008 8/2/2009 8/7/2009 7/11/2008 8/8/2009 3/31/2008 9/23/2009 10/25/2009 9/20/2009 10/28/2009 9/30/2009 9/28/2009
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Carl Anthony Englert, a former longtime staff member at John Carroll, died on September 30, 2009, at age 82. Mr. Englert was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Ohio with his family in 1940. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army in 1945 and 1946, and later graduated from Xavier University. He worked as an educator in Barberton, Ohio, before joining the Brothers of the Holy Cross, in which he served as a teacher and administrator. Mr. Englert returned to the life of a layperson in the early 1970s, earning a master’s degree in education from the University of Notre Dame. He began work as an administrator at John Carroll in 1972, where he remained until retiring as personnel director in 1996. He was a patron of the arts and a passionate fan of Notre Dame football. He also enjoyed walking, gardening, and working on the family’s house in Burton, Ohio. Survivors are his wife, Carol; children David, Martin ’00, and Rebecca ’99; sister Bernadine Walsh; and two granddaughters.
John Patrick hyland sr. ’64
John Patrick “Packy” Hyland Sr., 67, co-founder and former president of Hyland Software in Westlake, Ohio, died at his Westlake home on May 27, 2009. He graduated from Cathedral Latin High School in Cleveland, where he excelled in several sports. A member of John Carroll’s Class of 1964, Mr. Hyland enjoyed a successful career as a salesman in a variety of industries before starting up Hyland Software with his son, John Patrick “Packy” Jr., in 1991. Friends and employees often credited him with keeping the company afloat during its difficult early days through his ability to raise funds, as well as through his boundless optimism. He retired in 1999 but remained on the company’s board until 2007. Mr. Hyland also used his fundraising skills on behalf of Cleveland-area charities and to promote economic development. He was a board member of Say YES! to Cleveland, a nonprofit company that sought to encourage entrepreneurship. He is survived by his wife, Charlene Marie; sons John Patrick Jr., Christopher, and Anthony; daughters Kate Ashcraft and Micayla Martin; and 23 grandchildren.
Daniel J. ryan ’41
Daniel J. Ryan died on July 2, 2009, at the age of 90. He was a former sportswriter for the Catholic Universe Bulletin. A member of the Class of 1941, Mr. Ryan was known as an avid Carroll supporter and Reunion organizer, and helped organize the first 50-year group lunches (Gray Streaks Luncheon). He was born in Cleveland and attended Cleveland Heights and Saint Ignatius High Schools. He is survived by his brother, Timothy, a 1949 graduate of John Carroll.
This is the deceased list as we know it. We apologize for omissions and ask that you please report any to Joan Brosius at 216-397-4332.
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The Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador
Encouraged by colleagues and students, three John Carroll professors – economist Larry Cima, political scientist Dwight Hahn, and myself – decided to team teach a course in the fall 2009 semester called The Struggle for Justice in El Salvador. Why El Salvador? We wanted to honor the six Jesuits who, through their intellectual and social work as leaders of the well-respected University of Central America, challenged the authoritarian political system of El Salvador that supported the privileged oligarchy and repressed the impoverished majority. As a result, along with their housekeeper and her 15-year-old daughter, the Jesuits were brutally murdered by a unit of the Salvadoran army on November 16, 1989, as the civil war raged wildly in the capital. The course was part of a John Carroll effort to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their deaths. Readings for the course included accounts of Oscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, who was cut down by an assassin’s bullet as he celebrated Mass in the Carmelite chapel near the beginning of the civil war in March 1980. Why approach this course through three academic disciplines? We knew that the war (1980-1992) had a harrowing history that involved conquest and repression. So we began the course by examining the Spanish conquest and colonial rule, which were disastrous for the indigenous people of El Salvador. We addressed the conquerors’ racist attitudes toward the indigenous people, who lost huge tracts of farmland. Lacking sufficient arable land and political rights, they endured lifethreatening poverty, which pressured the majority to work for the wealthy oligarchy in slave-like conditions. Living conditions worsened at the end of the 19th century as a new land grab was inspired by the economic elite’s turn to coffee production. One-time communal farmers became landless rural workers. These workers often protested. When the economic and political conditions worsened, they revolted. During the harvest of 1931-32, employers slashed wages after firing many workers. The revolt was crushed with thousands being slaughtered by the military and local militias controlled by the landed elites. This massacre is remembered as “La Matanza.” The massacre and
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the fear that the uprising had instilled in the elites led to a series of military governments and to a systematic policy aimed at erasing the identity of the indigenous people. “Indian” was replaced by “Mestizo.” In the 1960s, additional agricultural development for the world market led to greater land shortages; to an underemployed population displaced from the countryside; and to peasants barely subsisting in shanty towns on the outskirts of urban centers. The escalating squalor for the majority alongside of luxurious living for the few deepened the country’s political tensions. With an implacable oligarchy resisting the majority’s cry for justice, a violent civil war became inevitable. Together with the students, we probed these issues that had theological and ethical repercussions: coffee trade, land distribution, wages, and the rise of the revolutionary group (FMLN). We then focused on the war and the 1992 Peace Accords, which ended the conflict and established the U.N. Truth Commission. The commission identified high-level officials who were responsible for serious abuses, crimes, and cover-ups. The government, however, controlled by the right, gave a blanket amnesty to these officials. Many issues remain unresolved: tension between the conservative ARENA and the progressive FMLN political parties; the absence of full disclosure of the army’s role in the 1989 assassinations. In our search for justice, we tried to impress upon our students a truth we must all pursue: In the real world, religious beliefs, political aspirations, and economic realities are inextricably intertwined. Rev. Thomas Schubeck, S.J. A Jesuit moral theologian, Fr. Schubeck is a professor of religious studies at John Carroll.
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In September, more than 400 riders participated in the second annual Ride for Miles, a memorial event honoring Carroll professor, cyclist, and environmentalist Miles Coburn ’75G. The 15-mile, noncompetitive bicycle ride raises funds for the John Carroll Biology Department’s Miles Coburn Environmental Symposium.
Photograph by Andy Johnson ’10