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Michael Ian Goggins, a freshman from Detroit Jesuit High
School, is one of the swimming team’s new recruits this
year. He’s a breaststroke and individual medley specialist.
For more information about the men’s and women’s
swimming and diving teams, visit
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University Editor/Director of Publications
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Alumni Journal and Campus
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Kaitlin Gill ’13
Magazine Advisory Board
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John Ettorre ’80
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Karen Schuele
David Vitatoe ’00
Brian Williams

As a Jesuit Catholic university,
John Carroll inspires individuals to excel
in learning, leadership, and service in
the region and in the world.
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3 President’s message
4 Around the quad
24 Carroll people
26 Enrollment quarterly
28 Alumni news
30 Alumni journal
47 In memoriam
48 My turn
Design: Villa Beach Communications
Printing: Lane Press
Contributors: Bob Longo ’72, Paul Kantz ’63,
Kaitlin Gill ’13, Jennifer Holton ’12
Photography: Rob Wetzler, Don Gerda,
Roger Mastroianni, John H. Reid III, Frank Lanza.
The magazine’s mission is to provide an engaging
and accurate reflection of the University and its
extended community for alumni and other members
of the John Carroll community.
On the cover: Nick Orlando ’11 and
Boban Josipovic ’11
what’s inside ...
j c u . e d u / ma g a z i n e
Searching for success
Robert Attenweiler ’97 tries to make
it as a playwright in New York City.
A second life
Restaurateur finds new home for Bohannon
Come together
Faculty collaborate, advance curriculum
through learning communities.
Check us out on Facebook and Twitter
10 X-ray collaboration
Students, faculty, and
alumni partner with
radiologists at the
Cleveland Clinic.
16 Celebrating 50 years
Grasselli Library became a
half century old this past fall.
Special 125th anniversary section (the fourth of four)
18 A great night for Carroll
A photo gallery of the John Carroll University Gala, which
benefits JCU students through scholarships
22 Blessings abound
Grateful for the opportunity to
impact many lives, Fr. Bukala
focuses on forgiveness.
6 Mutual learning
The We the People service
program benefits JCU students
and the children they tutor.
n 2011, we celebrated 125 years of Jesuit
educational excellence at John Carroll University
through a yearlong series of events. During this
special time, we reflected on our history and traditions
and connected with friends in the John Carroll family.
Now it is time to build on the momentum of our 125th
anniversary year and think about the future.
As we move forward, I know there are two
constants that will not change – dedication to our
students and our Jesuit Catholic character. These are
the defining aspects of who we are as an institution,
and they were the focus of our John Carroll University
Gala on Dec. 2, 2011.
The gala was a great night for Carroll, especially
for our students. The event raised more than $500,000
for student scholarships, and we announced that Frank
’53 and Helen Schilling increased their pledge to the
University to $16 million for the Schilling Endowed
Scholars Program. This will be transformational for
us and our ability to attract the best students. The
standing ovation for the Schilling’s tremendous
dedication and generosity was heartwarming. You can
read more about the gala and see photos on page 18.
I also would like to highlight how the John Carroll
experience – with academic excellence at its core –
provides compelling opportunities for students through
collaboration with faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as
our key partners in Northeast Ohio and beyond. For
example, talented Carroll people connected to the
mathematics and computer science department used
their knowledge of IT, medical processes, and social
networking to improve the efficiency and effectiveness
of radiologists in the Cleveland medical community.
You can read more about this on page 10.
It’s these types of relationships – grounded in rigorous
academics – that help us develop leaders with the vision,
talent, ethics, and creativity it takes to unravel complex
problems. The world needs this kind of leadership. The
Building momentum
world needs more John Carroll graduates.
Thanks to you and your support, the University is
strong, and I am excited by the potential of our next
125 years. I’m grateful for God’s blessings throughout
the University’s past and for the prayerful support you
have given us. Blessings to you in the new year.
Yours in Christ,
Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.
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Q John Carroll University was ranked among
Kiplinger’s Top 100 Best Values in Private
Colleges for 2011-12. One of only six Ohio
schools in the private school category, JCU
ranks No. 81 in the nation. Kiplinger
determines its rankings based on several
criteria, including cost and financial aid,
competitiveness, academic support, graduation
rates, and student debt at graduation.
Q John Day, Ph.D., has been promoted to
provost and academic
vice president.
During his three-
year tenure, six new
academic programs
have been developed
and approved by the
Q In the spring of 2012, the Barry M.
Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence
in Education Foundation will provide
scholarships to U.S. students – who will be
college juniors or seniors during the 2012-
2013 academic year – with excellent academic
records who’ve demonstrated interest in,
and potential for, careers in mathematics,
the natural sciences, and engineering. To be
considered, students must be nominated by
their institution. The scholarship covers as
much as $7,500 per year for expenses. For
more information, visit
Q John Carroll has a special version of the
beautiful Saint John’s Bible (
– the Prophet’s Edition – located in Grasselli
Library. Only 12 copies will be produced. The
University received the first volume (Book of
Wisdom) in April 2008. Since then,
JCU has received Prophets in
October ’09, Psalms in May
’10, and Pentateuch in
March ’11. It’s expecting
the Historical Books,
Gospel and Acts, and
Letters and Revelation.
Q The University is engaged in the U.S.
President’s Interfaith and Community
Service Campus Challenge, a White
House initiative in which institutions
of higher education commit to a year of
interfaith dialogue and community service
programs on campus. A group of faculty,
staff, administrators, and students are
working on a plan to increase the number
of service activities. The John Carroll team
chose to work with refugees to emphasize
the importance of advocacy and action to
promote social justice. Peggy Finucane ’80,
Ph.D., director of the Center for Service
and Social Action, will lead the project
along with six students. The group hopes
to expand the work begun by Rev. Pedro
Arrupe’s Jesuit Refugee Services through
work with US Together, an affiliate of the
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.
Q JCU’s Army
ROTC program is
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Q The University’s accountancy program
placed third nationally out of the nine
finalists that advanced to the 2011 Deloitte
FanTAXtic National Competition, which
was held Nov. 18-20 at Deloitte University
in Westlake, Texas. The competition
provides students a glimpse of what they’re
going to be working on as tax professionals.
Q The Honorable William O’Brien ’81 spoke
at the Constitution Day celebration Sept.
19. Constitution Day recognizes the signing
of the U.S. Constitution Sept. 17, 1787,
by the Founding Fathers of this nation.
O’Brien, a Circuit Court Judge for Cook
County in Illinois, spoke about the rights
accorded by several amendments in the
context of a case he prosecuted, “The Girl
X.” O’Brien is the winner of an American
Legion Award of Excellence and a Crane
Gargoyle Award for Unique Achievement
in Disability Advocacy.
Q The Institute of Catholic Studies-Breen
Family Lecture Series presented “Current
Issues in Catholic Social Thought” with
Rev. Thomas J. Massaro, S.J., professor of
moral theology, Boston College of Theology
and Ministry, Sept. 22. Fr. Massaro taught
for 11 years at Weston Jesuit School of
Theology in Cambridge before going to
Boston College in 2008. His work in
Christian social ethics draws upon wide-
ranging studies in political science,
economics, philosophy, and theology. For
more information, visit
Q Rev. Francis Smith, S.J., formerly a
member of the JCU English department,
read his poetry Sept. 29. Fr. Smith is a
well-published poet who has been writing
poetry, teaching Shakespeare and Chaucer,
and traveling the world for much of his 90
years. While at Carroll, he was in charge
of bringing arts and entertainment to the
school. Among the acts he booked were
Louis Armstrong and Simon and Garfunkel.
Q John E. Thiel, professor of religious
studies at Fairfield University, spoke about
“Imagining Ourselves in Heaven” Oct. 20.
The lecture was the inaugural event for the
Dolores L. Christie Lecture Series. Thiel’s
talk focused on what resurrected life in
heaven is like. The talk considered how two
theologians of the past – Thomas Aquinas
and Jonathan Edwards – have imagined
heavenly life, and concluded by considering
a particular activity of the blessed dead
theologians have never considered.
Q The Ride for Miles
event that benefits
the Miles Coburn
Symposium took place
Sept. 18. The event
consisted of a 15-mile
bike ride, music bands,
food, a $1 Chinese
auction, and t-shirts for all riders. For more
information, visit
Q JCU held a Remembrance Day National
Roll Call Nov. 11 on the steps outside
Saint Francis Chapel. This year marks the
10th year of post 9/11 combat. More than
6,240 U.S. service members have died
in two major theaters of operation – Iraq
and Afghanistan. The event consisted of
a synchronized reading of all the names
of the Operation Enduring Freedom and
Operation Iraqi Freedom casualties. All
participating schools observed a pause at 11
a.m. PST to observe a simultaneous minute
of silence. One hundred sixty-nine schools
pledged to participate.
Q The Carroll Lot, the new parking lot on
the former site of the Bohannon Center,
opened Oct. 26 and added about 200
parking spaces. As a
part of the project’s
second phase,
sod was laid on
Hamlin Quad
to support
athletics and
Q The University unveiled a Ohio Historical
Marker along the walkway in front of
Grasselli Library Oct. 28. The Ohio
Historical Society selected JCU to receive
the marker in recognition of its 125th
anniversary year.
Michael Nichols, Ph.D.,
associate professor of
chemistry, earned the
Lucrezia Culicchia Award
for Teaching Excellence,
which is given to a member
of the faculty in the College
of Arts and Sciences who has made a distinct
difference in the teaching climate of the
college in such areas as model classroom
teaching, campus leadership about teaching
issues, pioneering teaching methodology, and
creative course development.
Edward Hahnenberg, Ph.D., the newly
appointed Breen Chair in Catholic
Systematic Theology, received the Spirit
of the Conference Award from the
National Association for Lay Ministry for his
contributions on behalf of ministry in the
Catholic Church of the United States. He also
was named an official delegate to the U.S.
Lutheran-Catholic Ecumenical Dialogue.
Jeanne Colleran ’76, Ph.D.,
was named to Irish Voice
newspaper’s 2011 Irish
Education 100. The list
highlights leading figures
in education throughout
the U.S.
The University added four new members to
its Board of Directors. They are:
· Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., the recently
appointed president of Regis University
who will take office June 1, 2012. Most
recently, Fr. Fitzgibbons served as
associate provost for faculty development
at Marquette University.
· Robert W. Hostoffer, D.O., ’81, a clinical
assistant professor in pediatrics at Case
Western Reserve University and fellow of
the American Academy of Immunology and
the Clinical Immunology Society.
· Ray Smiley ’51, former vice president of
Gilford Instrument Laboratories and CFO of
Applied Industrial Technologies, from which
he retired in 1992. A CPA, he serves on the
Advisory Committee to the Boler School of
· Stephen Todd ’69, a former managing
partner with Ernst & Young who served as
a coordinating partner of Eaton Corp., Lake
Erie Region and E&Y global director and
vice chair - London.
The 9th annual Footprints for Fatima 5K
Run and 1 Mile Walk took place Oct. 1
during homecoming weekend. All proceeds
benefitted JCU’s Fatima Food drive to supply
more than 100 families with food during
Christmastime. For more information, visit
Footprints for Fatima
6 FALL 2011
By John Walsh
here are many meaningful service learning
opportunities for John Carroll students, but one is
luring students to return semester after semester.
We the People is a signature program, as well as one of
the largest, of JCU’s Center for Service and Social Action
(CSSA). Last year, 140 students participated in it. Word about
the program spreads in political science classes, and most of the
students who participate return for multiple semesters.
We the People, which aims to improve society by
developing citizens empowered with an understanding of the
country’s democratic system, is supplemental social studies
instruction for fifth, eighth, and 10th graders in urban schools.
JCU students serve as tutors – who educate elementary
school children once a week about the U.S. constitution and
citizenship while encouraging them to apply their learning
to current events. They are supported by teachers’ editions of
textbooks, professional development, and teaching resources
from Carroll and the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education
(OCLRE). JCU students have the opportunity to receive credit
through a weekly class that encourages reflection and discussion
about urban education and service.
“Students understand the world and urban education
firsthand, often better than by reading an article,” says Peggy
Finucane ’80, Ph.D., the director of the CSSA. “Their weekly
presence provides stability for kids. They help build the kind of
confidence in children they can’t get out of a book.
“This program has led some students to become teachers,”
Finucane adds. “It’s caused other students to change majors. It’s
been powerful. We understand from the superintendent of East
Cleveland Schools that more elementary school students are
talking about law, government, and going to college as a result of
participating in this program. The ability to be in a classroom is
significant because it’s impacting people’s lives.”
Licensed teachers, who remain present in the classroom, help
with the lesson plans. Some are more hands off, but all let JCU
students develop closer relationships with the children. Every
classroom participating in the program has three or four JCU tutors,
which allows for one-on-one time and small group discussions.
“To the best of our knowledge, it’s the only place in the
country where college students deliver content of this particular
program,” says Lauren Bowen, Ph.D., associate academic vice
president for academic programs and faculty diversity.
The program is open to all students, regardless of major, and
they can participate for one semester or as many semesters as they
choose. However, students need to know the subject matter.
We the People culminates with a mock congressional
hearing held at Carroll. All participants are invited to attend,
and the winning classroom earns an opportunity to compete at a
Mutual learning
Service program benefits JCU students
and the children they tutor
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“... more elementary
school students are talking
about law, government,
and going to college as a
result of participating in
this program. ...
statewide hearing in Columbus.
The teachers’ manuals for the program
are funded by the CSSA and OCLRE, which
have written grants for the program’s funding.
Classroom teachers, who choose to participate
in the program, are eligible to receive a free
classroom set of We the People textbooks,
which are limited in number and available per
congressional district. There’s no cost to the
elementary schools.
“We’ve collected textbooks and
redistributed them this fall so we don’t have to
buy them again,” Finucane says. “The only cost
for the school is for transportation to Carroll
for the mock congressional hearing in May.”
Since the inception of the We the People
initiative in 1987, more than 28 million
students and 90,000 educators nationwide
have participated, according to the Center for
Civic Education, which develops the curricular
At Carroll, Miriam McGinn, the program’s
graduate assistant, works to pair veteran tutors
with younger or first-year tutors. She created
student coordinator positions as the program
expanded. There’s one for each grade – fifth,
eighth, and 10th. The student coordinators
allow for more communication between
student tutors and teachers.
JCU is writing a grant to the Ohio State
Bar Association Foundation for $10,000 to
fund next year’s hearings. Then the University
will reapply to fund the program as a whole.
Finucane’s biggest fear is there won’t be
enough JCU students to meet the community’s
demand for the program.
“We’re nearing capacity with current
resources,” Bowen says. “We’ve had preliminary
conversations about working in collaboration
with Baldwin-Wallace College to implement
the program on the West Side of Cleveland. In
a perfect world, we would form a consortium,
but we don’t want to grow it irresponsibly.”
The program’s origins
In 2006, Shirley Seaton, Ed.D., a former
principal and teacher in the Cleveland
Metropolitan School District and liaison for
community affairs at JCU, thought of an idea
about We the People that stemmed from a
conversation she had with an elementary school
teacher and principal who loved having college
students in the classroom. As a result, she
approached Finucane and Bowen. They agreed
to involve JCU students in the program. About
15 students participated during the first year.
The program has expanded from fifth-
and eighth-grade classrooms in elementary
schools in East Cleveland and Cleveland
to high schools in those cities, as well as
elementary schools in suburban Maple
Heights and Lutheran High School East in
Cleveland Heights.
A principal’s perspective
Vernillis Chambers, a Title 1 reading teacher
and administrator who recently retired from
the East Cleveland City School system after 35
years, discovered the program through Seaton.
“I love that woman,” she says. “She has
such love and interest in children.”
Chambers, who was the principal at
Caledonia Elementary School, says the school’s
curriculum focuses on reading and math. Time
is a concern, and there’s an emphasis on high-
stakes testing.
“We need to make sure kids pass social
studies tests because, in some elementary
schools, social studies takes a back seat to
reading and math,” she says. “We have to
emphasize social studies at a young age because
kids need to have the building blocks to carry
on and know the legal aspects of how the
country is run and the connection to everyday
life as it relates to government at each level –
municipal, state, and federal.”
Chambers, too, liked the idea of having
college students come into the fifth-grade
classrooms because it allows for so much
“The draw for me was my link to JCU,”
she says. “I took continuing education classes
at Carroll, so I have an affinity for the school. I
wanted my students to have that exposure.”
Chambers saw the connection between
what children learn from We the People in
elementary school and how that can lead to
success in high school. She also liked the real
life applications in which students could express
dissent that didn’t get them into trouble.
Elementary school students also have
questions about JCL; anJ tle pro,ram proJs
them to think about their life beyond high
school and attend college.
“The program allows kids a different way to
learn – cooperatively,” Chambers says. “It gives
them a chance to experience JCU students who
work with them and don’t just talk at them.
“As a principal it’s a good feeling to know
people such as JCU students care about your
kids,” she adds. “The kids get parents excited,
and if the parents are excited, they support you.”
Making a difference
Political science majors John Jackson ’13 from
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Minneapolis, Minn.; anJ lauren HallaJay '12
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empower urban elementary school children.
Jackson worked at three elementary
schools in East Cleveland and enjoyed seeing
the students all the way through each semester.
“It’s great to see kids grow in knowledge and
confidence,” he says. “Not only is the program
about the material, it’s about having a consistent
role model. At the mock trial at the end of the
year, the kids say things like, ‘I want to come
to John Carroll,’ and are creating goals for
themselves. They’re believing in themselves.”
Jackson connected with fifth graders
because he remembers young teachers making
a difference during his elementary school years.
As a college student, he values the program.
“It enables you to learn about the U.S.
government while being able to teach and
interact with kids that need the information
and want to learn,” he says. “The kids light up
every week when we walk in, which makes you
feel good. I’ll take this experience with me for
the rest of my life.”
Everett enjoyed teaching children how to be
civically engaged and explained they have the
power to change society. She taught them how
to read newspapers, look up facts, and analyze
issues. She explained how this information
applies to their lives and affects them.
“They have so much interest,” she says.
“It’s more comprehensive than only learning
about the constitution.”
The program teaches JCU students to be
leaders and engage the local community.
“It also helped me select a career path –
nonprofit management working with school
districts,” Everett says. “It’s given me an issue
to connect with.”
Halladay was intimidated when she first
started because the kids thought she knew
everything, but she was hooked after the
first semester. Through veteran tutors, she
improved her teaching methods.
“I found myself scheduling my classes around
when I was doing service,” she says. “I owed it to
the kids to finish the year with them.”
Teaching the constitution has been
beneficial to Halladay’s studies partly because
the teaching clarified the subject matter for
her. Entering a constitutional law class was
easier for her after teaching the constitution.
She even used her experiences to write a paper.
“It’s rewarding to work closely with students
and watch them learn,” she says. “Sometimes it’s
not until the mock trial when you see all your
effort pay off. These tutors go above and beyond
a typical service project. It’s a bigger time
commitment, but the pay off is immense.”
For more information about the We the
People program, visit
wethepeople or
“As a principal, it’s a good
feeling to know people
such as JCU students care
about your kids. The kids
get parents excited, and
if the parents are excited,
they support you.”
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By John Walsh
Many good ideas start with brainstorming,
and this one is no different.
Brainstorming led to John Carroll students
making it easier for multiple doctors to achieve
consensus about a difficult diagnosis more
quickly by analyzing the same X-ray remotely. The
software tool, which is a result of a project called
Radiollaboration, is in the midst of a yearlong
testing period – after which the product could be
commercialized – at the Cleveland Clinic.
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Clinical needs
A couple years ago, Dr. David Piraino, head
of the section of computers in radiology of
the department of diagnostic radiology and
staff member in the department of orthopedic
surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, was thinking
about advanced computer technology that could
be implemented in a short period of time. He
shared that general concept with Dan Palmer,
Ph.D., professor of mathematics and computer
science at John Carroll, and they, in turn,
discussed it with Palmer’s students. The result
– after four months of work – is a Web-based
image viewer for X-rays – Radiollaboration.
Piraino suggested using digital and social
media concepts because doctors want a tool
that can function like Facebook to view X-rays
and collect data.
“It’s nothing new in terms of creating digital
images, but it’s a new way of coordinating and
collecting data,” Palmer says.
Radiologists can use the software tool to
mark the location of a problem on an X-ray,
write comments, and submit them. Then other
doctors can do the same and eventually look at
all diagnoses made on the X-ray. Without the
tool, radiologists have to look at each other’s
diagnoses on separate X-rays. For example, one
X-ray would be sent to five doctors for each to
analyze, a linear process that takes awhile.
“Dr. Piraino wanted a way in which all
doctors wouldn’t have to read an image if it
wasn’t necessary,” says Nick Orlando ’11, one
of the four students who worked on the project
who now works for TMW Systems, a software
Students, faculty, and alumni partner with
radiologists at the Cleveland Clinic
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manufacturer for the transportation and
logistics industry in Beachwood, Ohio. “As an
example, if the first three doctors’ diagnoses
were all the same, the last two wouldn’t have
to see it.”
Of note: The testing of the tool is being
done with de-identified data or anonymized
images so no one is violating the Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
One trend in information technology in
general is crowdsourcing – the act of sourcing
tasks traditionally performed by individuals to
the clinic, as well as James Spitznagel ’93,
senior network infrastructure engineer at
JCU, and Carl Spitznagel, Ph.D., professor of
mathematics and computer science. Roseann
Spitznagel is the manager of software
development and RIS systems, imaging
“When the clinic wanted to do
collaborative work, John Carroll had its
cheering section,” Palmer says.
A few years ago, Thomas Masaryk, M.D.,
chairman of the department of diagnostic
radiology at the Cleveland Clinic, discussed
Kathy Lee, Ph.D., is helping students – specifically ones
interested in health care – find their way.
Lee, the director of prehealth professions, helps about 350
students – freshmen through seniors – navigate academic
waters in preparation for medical or other health professional
schools. Many students enter college thinking medical school
is in their future without realizing the plethora
of health-care opportunities available.
“There are so many students interested in
health-care professions,” she says.
The fall 2011 semester was Lee’s first
in the new role she started Aug. 22. Lee,
who has been at Carroll for six years as an
instructor and visiting biology professor,
continues to teach biology. Previously, Gwen
Kinebrew, Ph.D., retired associate professor
of biology, managed the prehealth profession
responsibilities Lee assumed.
“I love interacting with students and helping them
accomplish their goals,” Lee says.
Most students Lee mentors are biology or chemistry
majors, but she also counsels economics majors, physics
majors, and others. Any student who’s thinking about
attending medical school or considering a profession such as
dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, research, pharmacy, or
any of the allied health professions, can ask Lee for guidance.
Some students are interested in the health-care field but aren’t
sure which direction to take.
“We talk about options and what they want to do,” she
says, adding that sometimes students take a test in JCU’s
Career Center for additional guidance.
If students want to pursue medical school, Lee discusses
their class schedule, the Medical College Admission Test
(MCAT), shadowing professionals, volunteering, medical school
applications, and how medical school might be
a good fit for them. She also guides students
through the HPAC (Health Professions Advisory
Committee) process, in which students
complete an extensive application followed by
an interview with Lee and two faculty members
who counsel them to help prepare for medical
school interviews. Lee writes a committee letter
for the students to send to the schools to which
they’re applying. She also coordinates visits by
medical school representatives.
Lee teaches a health-care professions
class in which professionals from various areas, such
as radiology technicians, physician assistants, and
anesthesiologist assistants, guest lecture.
“It’s a good way for students to see the opportunities in
the health-care field,” she says.
Generally, freshmen don’t completely understand how the
medical school admissions process works.
“Sometimes I need to explain to them they don’t get to
choose the med school they want to go to,” Lee says, adding
that most students apply to about 15 medical schools with the
Guiding students
a group of people through an open call. The
theory is a group of people can provide better
answers than one person.
“It’s an interesting concept to apply to
medical imaging,” Piraino says.
The tie that binds
The relationship between the Cleveland
Clinic and John Carroll has been
strengthened by three alumni – Roseann
Spitznagel ’95, Jim Wetzel ’01, and John Hurt
’06 – who were computer science majors and
worked or are working in IT departments at
ways to link health care and information
technology with Roseann Spitznagel, and she
suggested working with John Carroll. Spitznagel,
in turn, worked with Palmer to develop a
health-care computer science track, including
the types of classes the University should offer.
As part of that track, physicians and alumni in
IT in the health-care field visit campus to teach
students about their professions. The track is
likely to evolve into a major.
“If you’re going to be in computer
science, health care is the place to be in
Cleveland,” she says.
hopes of getting a couple of interviews.
Sophomores tend to ask more general questions, such as
“What do I need to do this year to prepare for medical school?”
Again, Lee suggests shadowing and volunteering, but also
taking courses required by medical schools, such as biology,
chemistry, calculus, and physics.
In addition to grade-point average, extracurricular
activities, the MCAT, research, letters of recommendation, and
personal statements all factor into the admissions process.
For example, Lee has been working with a physics major
who wants to attend medical school. He thought about
becoming a physics professor but changed his mind.
“He’s a bright kid who’s playing catch up,” she says,
adding that students can major in any subject they want
and still get into medical school as long as they have taken
the class requirements and satisfy the other criteria to be a
competitive applicant.
If students aren’t accepted to medical school, they have
other options: graduate school for a biology-related master’s
degree or a post-baccalaureate program that doesn’t result in
a master’s but helps when reapplying to medical school, for
example. Physician assistant and nurse practitioner programs
are two other areas students can enter in addition to medical
Additionally, the University has partnered with
neighboring Ursuline College to have select admission into
its accelerated B.S.N. program. Students also may choose
to enter a cooperative program with Case Western Reserve
University that leads to a Doctor of Nursing degree. Carroll’s
new interdisciplinary minor in Population and Public Health
complements these programs.
Eventually, Lee will harness the data she’s been tracking
to determine trends: How many students want to go to medical
school; how many apply; how many get in; where do they go;
and if they don’t go to medical school, what they do instead.
“We want to track these students even after they graduate
so they can serve as a resource for JCU and the community,”
she says.
A web-based image viewer for
X-rays allows multiple doctors to
communicate more easily.
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In the classroom
At Carroll, Palmer teaches a software
engineering course for computer science
majors that provides experience about what
it’s like to program in the real world. In the
class, students choose what projects and
teams they want to work on. Boban Josipovic
’11, now working for Parker Hannifin in
e-commerce tecl support; /ntlony lanese
'11, now a ,raJuate stuJent at Joln Carroll;
Tom Drescher ’11, now working for Rosetta,
an interactive marketin, a,ency; anJ ÒrlanJo
worked on the Radiollaboration project in the
fall of 2010.
“Dr. Palmer gave us four choices, and I
liked health care, so I worked on this project,”
Josipovic says.
“I was drawn to the project because it
allowed us to be creative about how the
application should work,” Orlando says.
one had expertise with different technologies:
Drescher’s was JavaScript, Lanese’s was SVG-
edit, Josipovic’s was database configuration,
and Orlando’s was PHP and HTML.
“I was extremely lucky to be paired with
this group because our individual talents were
a good fit for the project,” Orlando says.
During the project, Piraino
communicated with the students about once a
week to suggest usability changes, such as how
to display images, what to do about doctors’
overlapping marks, and whether everyone’s
marks were weighted the same.
“In software development, there are
times when what you said isn’t exactly what
you meant; anJ wlen you builJ anJ test
something and it doesn’t make sense for the
users, we make changes,” Piraino says.
“During the project, Dr. Piraino liked
where we were going,” Orlando says.
“Although, he did specify that not every user
should have the same level of authority, so we
adjusted that.”
Toward the end of the project, the team
– which worked 10 hours a week, two in the
classroom and eight outside it – used pair
programming, an agile software development
technique in which two people use one
computer, allowing more work to be done
compared to each person working on his own
“We needed to demonstrate the product
could be used in a hospital,” Orlando says.
“If decision makers at the clinic like
the concept, they can develop it into a
functioning application.”
How it works
Using the tool is easy. Doctors load an image
on a computer screen and mark it using a
mouse. Highlighting the same area on the
screen multiple times creates a heat-map-
“The team gelled very well and made
progress quickly,” Palmer says. “It was one of best
projects we’ve had, and the team did a nice job.”
Building it
A core component of the project is open-
source software called SVG-edit, a tool that
creates and edits scalable vector graphic
images to allow users to draw shapes and
modify images. The team stripped out most
of the features, left the highlighting (with
different shapes) feature, and developed
new text and image-saving capabilities.
Other program features remained but were
nonfunctional. The team wrote code for the
social media component to allow doctors to
write on X-rays and communicate their notes,
allowing for collaboration.
Collaboration on the design among the
four teammates worked well because each
Dan Palmer, Ph.D. (pictured), discussed advanced computer technology that could be implemented
in a short period of time with Dr. David Piraino, a radiologist at the Cleveland Clinic.
like detection, adding the feedback that
eventually reaches a threshold at which a
consensus is reached. Radiologists then can
email the image to other doctors or notify
others the image is ready for their input. They
don’t have to talk face to face because they
can communicate through a Web browser.
The tool, which can be applied to analyzing
CT scans and MRIs, wouldn’t be used routinely,
only in difficult cases in which one doctor needs
to ask several colleagues for input, Piraino
says. A nonmedical example is the Where’s
Waldo game in which it’s easier for several
people to find him. A medical example is where
something is wrong with a patient, and it’s
easier for multiple doctors to pinpoint it.
“It improves diagnosis on more
complicated radiology images,” he says.
“This software leverages social media by
supporting remote, asynchronous interaction
to simplify the task of coming to a consensus
diagnosis,” Palmer says.
Here it is
When the team finished, it presented the
project to Palmer and Piraino, who liked it.
After the presentation, a few more changes,
such as creating another image with the final
diagnosis, were made.
“Dr. Piraino was thrilled we produced
exactly what he wanted,” Josipovic says.
After the project, Josipovic added email
functionality to the software tool.
“I was very impressed,” Piranio says.
“Many of the software functions are the same
as the ones the University of Pennsylvania
used for CT dose tracking. Similar software is
being used in the research community.”
Josipovic liked working in a real-life
situation and enjoyed the freedom to develop
a tool that met Piraino’s needs.
“I liked the teamwork,” he says. “I was
excited the tool is something Dr. Piraino
would actually use. The project was great
exposure for seniors working with real life
customers or clients.”
The team knew there was no possibility of
owning the tool because it used open-source
software and because of HIPAA requirements,
which requires an involved certification
A look ahead
Doctors at the clinic still are testing the
software tool and will continue doing so
for about another five months to aggregate
comprehensive results.
“I’m blinded to the results right now,”
Piraino says, adding that testing for one year is
the norm for multiple physicians to evaluate a
computer program and determine a truth. “It’s
taken us longer to evaluate the program than
it did for the students to do the coding.”
Most likely more changes will be made
to the software tool as a result of additional
testing. For example, all JPEG images will
have to be converted to the DICOM (Digital
Imaging and Communications in Medicine)
format, which is standard for all medical
images. Additional security measures also
would have to be implemented.
The next step – marketing and selling the
product – is a big one.
“I’m unaware of any similar products,”
says Piraino. “It’s a big jump to go from a
research project to commercializing a product.
We would involve other companies. It’s
another whole level of processes.”
Dr. David Piraino was the catalyst for the development of a web-based image viewer for X-rays.
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n 1961, Grasselli Library was a significant
improvement compared to the old library
on the third floor of the Administration
Building, which was an uncomfortable,
stifling place with no open shelves except
for a few reference books. If you wanted a book, you
needed to request it at the library desk, and then a
clerk was sent on a mission to find it, climbing steel
stairs and across a catwalk to access the requested
volume. Seating in the old library also was limited,
so if you borrowed a book, you took it back to
the dorm or home if you lived off campus. If you
happened to find a place in the library reading
room, you were treated to a chorus of hissing and
clanging radiators and temperatures that were
anything but temperate. Ah, the good old days!
Rev. Jim Mackin, S.J., the first director of
Grasselli Library, was soft-spoken and fit the
stereotype of the serious library director. Fr. Jim,
who always looked unshaven to me (although I
think he was just a victim of a fast-growing, five-
o’clock shadow), established rules he bent for no
one. One rule was no eating or drinking in the
building. Not even University-sponsored receptions
would be allowed under his regime. While he could
be quite pleasant at times, I think I saw him smile
only once. Well, maybe.
Another rule: The G.K. Chesterton Room on
the upper floor was sacred territory. It was locked
99 percent of the time, housing priceless first
editions and other memorabilia associated with the
rotund English author. The only time I recall being
admitted to its inner sanctum was for an Alpha
Sigma Nu (an honor society of Jesuit institutions of
higher education) meeting. It was quite a priviledge
for our ASN group to hold court amid the hefty,
leatler-covereJ furniture; Jark, oak tables; anJ
ginger-breaded bookcases.
– Paul Kantz ’63


Grasselli Library
1961 - Library opens
1970-80 – Reclassification project
changed Dewey Decimal System to Library of
Congress Classification. Participated in the
Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System.
Library holdings included 269,755 books and
1,177 print periodicals. Students borrowed
39,143 books.
1991-94 – Circulation of books
increased 40 percent, following the installation
of an automated system. Library holdings
included 518,252 books and 1,579 print
periodicals. Liaison system implemented.
Internet station set up at the reference desk.
75 online searches were conducted by library
professionals via dial-up service. Less than
5 percent of collections budget was spent
on electronic resources, namely CD-ROMs.
Library LAN initiated, increasing access for
multiple users to six CD-ROM indexes.
1995-2000 – Dedicated John
G. and Mary Jane Breen Learning Center,
an addition that doubled its size. Offered
Internet access in public areas for the first
time. Developed Electronic Classroom.
Migrated electronic databases from LAN
to Web environment. Developed first
library Web page. Received $50,000 from
Gund Foundation to facilitate OhioLink
implementation. Networked Compustat in
LoPresti Center for Business and Financial
Information. Became a member of OhioLink.
Implemented Electronic Journal Center.
Dedicated Slovak Room.
2001-06 – Library holdings included
661,162 books, 1,765 print periodicals, 3,000
electronic journals, and 471 computer-based
sources. Implemented ILLiad, improving
Interlibrary Loan services. Opened Computer
Commons. Inauguration of E-Reference and
Chat Reference. Collaborated with Cleveland
Heights-University Heights Public Library
to provide a leisure-reading collection.
Implemented ILL electronic document
delivery. Hosted the traveling ALA Elizabeth I
2007-11 – Received Saint John’s
Bible (Prophet’s Edition), the first
handwritten, illuminated Bible in 500 years.
Opened Center for Digital Media.
Implemented Text-a-Librarian service.
Established Writing Center after-hours drop-in
location. Opened Java City.
The University celebrated the 50th anniversary of Grasselli
Library this fall. John Carroll magazine presents a reflection and
time line to honor an integral building of the campus.
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125th anniversary section
A great night for Carroll
On Dec. 2 at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland,
President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., and the Board of
Directors hosted the John Carroll University Gala, which
was a scholarship fundraiser for JCU students and the
closing event of Carroll’s 125th anniversary year. The gala
raised more than $500,000 for scholarships. Sponsors
who generously supported the event included: JCU’s Board
of Directors, the Jesuits of the Chicago-Detroit Province,
Quikrete, KeyBanc Capital Markets, The Reserve Group,
John ’56, ’96H and Mary Jo ’96H Boler, Richard ’49 and
Yvonne Hamlin, Samuel H. and Maria Miller Foundation.
Event chairs were Patrick V. Auletta ’72, Howard W. Hanna
III ’69, and Christine M. Kramer ’86.
The generosity of all gala supporters will enable
academically qualified students in need of financial
support to attend John Carroll, providing the opportunity
to study, gain confidence, and graduate as individuals of
intellect and character who can engage the world.
At the event, $66,000 was raised during an auction for
the Global Ireland Football Tournament in which JCU
will play St. Norbert College in Dublin to kick off the
Blue Streaks 2012 season. To purchase tickets and travel
packages, visit
The gala was capped with the announcement that Frank ’53
and Helen Schilling increased their pledge to
$16 million to endow scholarships for undergraduate
students. The Schillings previously agreed to give
$10 million to create the Schilling Endowed Scholars
Program in 2004.
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By John Walsh
ev. Casimir “Casey” Bukala, S.J., ’54, has
had a profound influence on the Carroll
community for the past 42 years.
“He changed my life,” says Matthew
Mooney ’90, a life insurance professional living
in Strongsville, Ohio, who met Fr. Bukala his
freshman year at Carroll. “He introduced me
to the concept of Jesus as your friend and the
possibility of having the same relationship
with Him that you do with a human person.
When I was a young man, I had aspirations
of becoming a priest, and he helped me work
Blessings abound
Grateful for the opportunity to impact many lives,
Fr. Bukala focuses on forgiveness
through that. He helped me mature a lot faster
and guide me spiritually.”
In 1999, when Fr. Bukala, a native
Clevelander, won the Distinguished Service
Award, this is what was said about him: “Casey
has always gone beyond the call of duty. He is
everyone’s friend, a cherished confidant, and a
remarkable teacher. He is beloved by all.”
Besides teaching philosophy, Fr. Bukala,
who spent two years serving in the Army
from 1956 to 1958 before entering the Jesuit
novitiate, was a longtime wrestling and football
chaplain who was inducted into the Blue
Streak Hall of Fame in 2005. That same year
the University dedicated the concourse at Don
Shula Stadium, Casey’s Concourse, in honor of
his many contributions to Carroll. In 2008, he
celebrated his 50th anniversary as a Jesuit.
“My connection to JCU is because of
him,” says Mooney, who meets with Fr. Bukala
regularly. “I will always have a commitment
to Carroll because of him. His passion for the
school is unwavering.”
Exchanging knowledge
Fr. Bukala started teaching philosophy –
specializing in existentialism and phenomenology
– at JCU in the fall of 1970 after doctoral studies
at Boston College. He’s always tried to make the
subject matter as personal and challenging as
possible to all students, emphasizing they should
always strive to understand what philosophers
had to say and be able to develop their own
responses to their thoughts.
Throughout the years, Fr. Bukala
has developed many of his own ideas and
interpretations. Alumni might recall his stick
figure, which he still uses to explain and illustrate
the existentialist perspective. It suggests a
person always is moving from one situation in
life to another. Two phrases associated with the
illustration are “Who I am is related to who I am
yet to become” and “I am the artist. I am the clay.
What am I making of myself?”
Fr. Bukala has taught generations of
students. He goes out of his way to befriend
students, remember them, and invest in their
success at Carroll.
“At the end of the first class of the semester,
many students will walk up to me and say,
‘Father, you taught my dad, or mom, or brother,
or sister,’” he says. “Am I boasting? You’re darn
right I’m boasting! I’m boasting about all the
blessings our Lord has bestowed on me.”
Teaching has enabled Fr. Bukala, the son
of Polish immigrants, to share numerous ideas
with students and have them share their ideas
with him.
“I don’t know it all,” he says. “I learn a lot
from students and help them learn more about
themselves because there’s so much to know
about the human person. There’s a lot they can
learn from each other by sharing experiences.
An important question in life is asking what it
means to be human to each other.”
A man of God
Fr. Bukala, whose mother died unexpectedly the
day after she registered him for the first grade,
says he’d fall short in any attempts to describe
the happiness he feels as a priest.
“Often, when someone asks me about my
vocation, I get teary eyed with a joy born of
being unworthy of something so wonderful,” he
says. “It’s an awesome experience for any Jesuit
to realize his personal history is connected
with that of St. Ignatius of Loyola in the 16th
century and every Jesuit who joined him in
what constitutes the Society of Jesus.”
Fr. Bukala, who was ordained in 1966,
wants his students to have God in their lives
according to their own religious beliefs.
“God is all about love, and love is all
about God,” he says. “In my favorite Broadway
musical, ‘Les Miserables,’ Jean Valjean says,
‘And do not forget the truth that to love
another person is to see the face of God.’ For
me, to see the face of God means we always
strive to be good to each other, never hurting
each other and trying to understand and
express to others what love is all about.”
Fr. Bukala, 80, has been a priest for
numerous alumni at weddings, baptisms, and
memorial services.
“The most important blessings are the
people we’ve met and gotten to know and
love,” he says. “I’ve been blessed with a
wonderful family, Jesuit community, and
colleagues, as well as many friends. I keep in
contact with many alumni and have a great
affection for them. They are special to me.
They know who they are.”
Focus on forgiveness
A principal interest Fr. Bukala developed
during the past 15 years is the topic of
forgiveness, which has been something
humans have needed from the beginning of
time and continue to need now. He created
a course titled, “The Ethics of Forgiveness.”
Fr. Bukala’s focus on the topic stems from the
book “Sunflower” by Simon Wiesenthal, a
story about a Nazi prison guard who, on his
deathbed, asks a Jew for forgiveness and dies
before the Jew could respond.
“Jesus encouraged us to forgive each other,
for we all need and want to be forgiven,” he says.
“Hannah Arendt, who lived during the Nazi era,
coming to the U.S. after escaping the atrocities
that were to come, wrote that forgiveness in the
social realm begins with Jesus of Nazareth. She
and Bishop Desmond Tutu, the well-known
South African Anglican bishop, have proclaimed
there’s no future without forgiveness.”
Among all the books, lectures, and
discussions about forgiveness, there remains
a serious need to keep reminding each other
forgiveness is for the forgiver, Fr. Bukala says.
“It’s a gift we give first to ourselves, and
then to the other,” he says. “We’ll all be in
need of forgiveness at some time in our lives.”
Fr. Bukala has suggested alumni begin
and foster a forgiveness fellowship in which
individuals would come together to share their
experiences and be supported by others.
“We make mistakes and need to do
something about them,” he says. “There’s
a need to let go of being hurt by someone,
or hurting someone else, as well as a need
to forgive ourselves for our own fallibility.
Hopefully, everyone will find comfort and relief
from the negative baggage they carry in life by
sharing their stories. A part of us dies when we
hurt someone or are hurt by someone, as well
as when we don’t forgive ourselves. There is no
future without forgiveness.”
Editor’s note: Fr. Bukala is the recipient of
the Distinguished Faculty Award, Alumni
Service Award, Alumni Medal, the Centennial
Medal, and a Grauel Fellowship. He also was
moderator of the IXYs and Rugby Club, as well
as a member of Campus Ministry, and various
University committees. Additionally, there are two
scholarships and one endowment in his name.
To read more, visit
“Who I am is related to who I am yet to become.”
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Making it better
r. Paul Saluan ’88 is humble about his
professional accomplishments. He:
º performeJ tle nrst tloracoscopic scoliosis
surgery at Children’s Hospital Medical
Center of /kron in 2OOO;
º won tle 2OO9 leJiatric ÒrtlopaeJic Society
of North America/Orthopaedic Research &
Education Foundation research award for
evaluating pediatric and adolescent bone
anJ joint injuries;
º won tle Sclolarslip in Teaclin, /warJ from
Case Western Reserve University School
of Medicine in 2009 for impacting medical
education and the careers of residents through
artlroscopy curriculum Jevelopment;
º was reco,nizeJ as tle Teacler of tle Year for
2010 by the Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic
Sur,ery lro,ram; anJ
º is workin, to patent a sur,ical anJ
postsurgical patient insulation cap.
His modesty is revealed through his
unassuming, relaxed personality. Saluan, who’s
the youngest of seven children of Lebanese
parents, says he’s a regular guy who likes to
have fun. His attitude and behavior stem from
his hard-working father, Maron, who came to
the U.S. in the ’50s.
“My father had nothing when he came
to the States,” says Saluan, who was born in
University Heights, Ohio. “He came to America
for a better life for his siblings and himself.”
When it came time for Saluan to think
about where he’d attend college, he looked at
many schools.
“When it comes down to it, it’s what you
put in to your schooling that gets you into
medical school,” he says. “I could have gone to
an Ivy League school, but I went to a liberal arts
school to receive a well-rounded education, play
intercollegiate sports, and enjoy myself. And I
knew the Carroll community partly because I
had a brother, Andrew ’85, and a sister, Lidia
’83, who went there.”
After Carroll, the biology major continued
his education at Case Western Reserve
University School of Medicine. While
finishing medical school, his father became ill
and died during his first year of residency.
“Life hit me at full speed,” he says. “With
the love and support of my wife, family, and
friends, I made it through that difficult time.”
When determining what area of medicine
to practice, the orthopaedic field was natural to
Saluan because he’d be taking care of athletes
and active people.
“It’s a concrete approach to medicine,” he
says. “When someone has a musculoskeletal
problem, there’s usually a mechanical and/or
biological way to address the issue. There’s not
a lot of uncertainty.”
During Saluan’s fourth year in medical
school, he gained interest in the Cleveland
Clinic because it had many resources and harbors
a great learning atmosphere. When he applied to
residency programs, the clinic was a match.
“They were top on my list, and I was top
on theirs,” he says, acknowledging there were
400 applicants.
Around the same time, in 1992, Saluan
married his girlfriend of three years, Deborah
Westfall, who he met at Notre Dame
College in South Euclid, Ohio. The business
management major used to manage a women’s
health medical practice at St. Luke’s while
moonlighting as a personal trainer. They had
their first child, Noelle, in 1995.
“She was as understanding as you can be
when Noelle was born,” he says. “At that point
in my training, I was on call in the hospital
every third night for a year.”
While in residency, Saluan applied for a
fellowship in Denver for specific training in
scoliosis surgery, sports injuries, and fractures
in children and studied under Dr. Robert
Eilert, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.
During Saluan’s chief year of residency
in 1998, Debbie was pregnant with their
son, Quinn. The family sold their house in
Lyndhurst, Ohio, Paul moved to Denver for
the fellowship, and Debbie stayed in Cleveland
with Noelle and moved in with one of Paul’s
sisters in Lyndhurst. Paul was able to fly back
to Cleveland within an hour of Quinn’s birth.
“Then all of us, including the dog, went
out to Denver,” he says.
The Saluans returned to Cleveland to
be closer to family. Once back in Ohio, Paul
practiced at Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic
Center in Akron. Then in 2005, they were
blessed with their third child, Maria, whom
they adopted from Guatemala.
“I wanted a practice of my own and to be
near family,” he says. “You have family for only
a certain amount of time, and I want to make
the most of that time.”
The orthopaedic surgeon has been back
at the Cleveland Clinic for four years. It
recruited him as one of its pediatric and
adolescent sports medicine specialists. He’s
involved in studying the biomechanics of ACL
(anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction
and developing an outcome instrument for kids
ages 11 to 18 who self report their symptoms to
reinforce doctors are making an injury better.
– John Walsh
Scratching that entrepreneurial itch
or many young career men and women,
starting a business that expands to include
international clientele signifies they’ve
made it. But for Andy Halko ’02 – the CEO of
Insivia, a Cleveland-based strategic marketing
agency that works with companies to increase
their sales and exposure – it was just a start.
Halko, one of Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Forty
Under 40, has grown the company to reach
clients that not only span the nation’s map but
also extend to Israel and Ireland.
It’s impressive for someone whose plans for
such a company began during his senior year in
college. He created the name Insivia because
he wanted to be original and, after graduation,
sat down with others to analyze the business
and clients.
For Halko, the drive to enter the business
field was sparked while he was in high school
when he worked as the first employee of
SPC Networks, a Monroeville, Pa.-based
communication services company. Halko’s
work began mainly with computers, but when
he started at John Carroll, the company
wanted him to continue working and moved
him into the area of Web design and electronic
marketing for its clients.
“A guy just started his own company, and
I was one of the key people who had been
with him while he was getting started,” Halko
says about John Sloane, who he met through
his father. “I was with him day in and day
out while he was building the company, so I
watched him become successful during the six
years I worked for him.”
Once at Carroll, the management and
information sciences student also spent time
working for the University’s Information
Technology Services department and
performed work on the University’s website.
He delved into computer science but realized
he wanted to focus on business.
“I had the itch to go into the
entrepreneurial side of business,” he says.
That itch soon became Insivia.
While it was co-founded by Halko and
Brad Freeman ’02, a friend from Carroll, they
decided to part ways in 2006. Halko stayed
with Insivia, citing his passion for expanding
the business. Now the company increases
exposure for its clients and helps them with
branding through Web design, video, and
animation. Most of what Insivia does for its
clients involves a digital twist through the use
of animation, 3D modeling, statistical tracking,
or QR codes. Eighty percent of Insivia’s business
is in Cleveland. It works with well-known
organizations such as the Cleveland Clinic,
University Hospitals, and Positively Cleveland.
Freddie Coffey, the Web manager of
Positively Cleveland, worked with Insivia in
2010 to redesign its website, which showcases
Cleveland’s restaurants, hotels, events, and
attractions for tourists visiting Cleveland.
“Andy and the design team were able to
take all of our suggestions and ideas for what
an industry-leading convention and visitors
bureau’s website can and should be and came
back to us with a beautiful, unique layout
that represented our marketing vision and the
region we promote,” Coffey says, adding how
fantastic it was to work with Insivia from the
brainstorming phase through the moment the
Positively Cleveland website relaunched.
Halko’s drive to expand his company stems
from the value he puts on hard work. He describes
his college-self as one of the many focused
students who looked to the future and knew he
had to work hard to accomplish his goals.
“That’s something my [14] employees and
I remain focused on,” he says. “It’s definitely
about hard work. You have to put in the effort.”
Besides the value of hard work, Halko says
honesty is vital to the company’s work ethic,
labeling it as the key to success internally and
“You have to be honest with co-workers
and clients,” he says. “We pride ourselves on
making sure we tell them what we think and
that we provide the best recommendation
possible. Even if that recommendation is
something they don’t like, it’s important to let
them know we’re experts.”
Halko’s devotion to his clients is one reason
for the company’s success. And there’s room
to grow. Ten years from now, Halko would like
to see his agency be the one everyone wants
to work with. It’s an overreaching vision that
defines what he wants for the company.
“We’re here to improve the lives of
others,” he says. “Even though it’s just
marketing, it’s about improving lives and
helping others day in and day out. We’re not
just one ,roup; we're part of a bi, ecosystem we
all have to care for.”
– Jennifer Holton ’12
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Admission checkpoint
Enrollment quarterly a guide to the college admission process
I’m interested in playing varsity sports at
JCU. How should I contact the coach?
- Jake from Erie, Pa.
Students who are interested in continuing athletically at the
varsity level should complete our online athletic recruit form
at first. By answering demographic, athletic,
and academic questions about yourself, our coaches will
have a better sense of who you are and can reach out to you.
Go Blue Streaks!
Jake will be receiving a free bag of JCU swag items. Do
you have a question about John Carroll or the admission/
financial aid process? If so, write a letter to Lobo at
admission/lobo. You also could receive a bag of swag, and
your question might be featured in the next issue.
Class of 2016 Celebration – March 31, 2012
Celebration is a fun, informative day for high
school seniors admitted to the incoming
freshman class. For some, it’s a day to learn
more; for others, it’s a day to confirm their
decision. Highlights include:
· Uetailed tours of oampus and freshman
residence halls.
· Neighborhood tours.
· Perspeotives from students.
· Aoademio presentations.
· Presentations from various oampus
departments, inoluding linanoial Aid,
Student Life, and Residence Life.
· A spring indoor pionio.
ow that the winter months are
upon us, it’s time to think about
oompleting the lree Applioation for
lederal 3tudent Aid (lAl3A). 1his is the only
form you need to complete to be considered
for all need-based financial aid at John Carroll.
1he lAl3A is used by our tnanoial aid staff
to award federal and state grants, loans,
and work-study programs. More importantly,
the lAl3A is used by Carroll to award our
institutional need-based aid.
1he lAl3A oan`t be tled before 1an.
1, 2012, but you don’t need to complete
your taxes to tle the lAl3A. we enoourage
early oompletion of the lAl3A in 1anuary
by estimating your 2011 income and tax
information. 1he most oonvenient way to
file it is by using the online version at www. 1o oomplete the form, you`ll need
to acquire a personal identification number
(PlN) for you and at least one of your parents.
Apply for a PlN at
1o assist families through the tnanoial
aid process, John Carroll will be a 2012
site for College Goal Sunday Feb. 12, 2012.
Financial aid professionals will meet with you
one-on-one to answer questions and help you
tll out the lAl3A.
Our financial aid staff is accessible
throughout the entire admission process.
we enoourage you to stop by our oftoe
with questions during any campus visit.
Our enrollment staff is always available
to discuss your unique financial situation.
we`re here to help.
lf you plan to apply for any of our
additional scholarship programs – including
the Arrupe 3oholars Program, Leadership
3oholars Program, and ¬onors Program
– know the deadline is Jan. 25, 2012.
Applioations for eaoh of the programs oan be
found at
Come visit us
1. Why did you choose JCU?
l ohose 1Cu for various reasons. 1he
trst time l walked on oampus l notioed
students and faculty were so welcoming
and friendly. l was impressed that
students l didn`t know approaohed me
and told me how worthwhile John Carroll
university is. 1Cu is also the perfeot size
for me. l didn`t want to be one out of 400
students in a olassroom. 1Cu offered a
personalized eduoation that appealed to
me in my college selection process.
2. What’s your favorite thing about JCU?
My favorite memory thus far is the second
weekend at sohool. A bunoh of my friends
and l went into Cleveland to explore what
the area had to offer a college student.
we went to 1ower City, Çuioken Loans
Arena, Progressive lield, and Little ltaly.
1he best part about the experienoe was
it took us 25 minutes to get to 1ower City
from John Carroll, costing us just $5 to get
there and baok. lt was an inexpensive and
worthwhile experience.
3. What organizations are you involved
with on campus?
l`m part of the Arrupe 3oholars Program,
and l reoently joined Beta 1heta Pi
¯Ned" Barnes
Class of 2015, Syracuse, N.Y.
Intended communications major and entrepreneurship minor
lraternity. l`m involved with intramural
soooer and football. l`m also a member
of Rhapsody Blue, the allmale a oapella
group, as well as the Schola Cantorum
vocal ensemble.
4. What advice do you have for high-school
seniors going through the college-search
My advice to high-school seniors is to
simply go with what feels right and don’t
stress about it. lf you begin to stress about
selecting a college, the process becomes
lengthy and daunting. 1ake your time, and
make the best decision for your future.
Personalized visits
Personalized visits help students and their
families explore academic, athletic, and
personal interests. Coordinators will assess
your needs and design a distinctive and
exciting visit to campus, which could involve:
·Uisoussing an aoademio interest with a
faculty member.
·1alking with a ooaoh.
·Lating with students in our dining hall.
·1aking a speoialized tour.
·Meeting with an enrollment manager to
address your admission, scholarship,
and financial aid questions.
Sophomores and juniors
Discover Days
1oin us leb. 26 or April 15, 2012, for
Uisoover Uays at 1Cu. Let us help oalm your
nerves and set you off on the right foot.
Learn about the college search process
while disoovering more about the university
through various sessions including:
·College searoh tips and time lines.
·writing an outstanding oollege essay.
·Lnhanoing your eduoational experienoe
with Ulll athletios.
·1he unique aoademio experienoe at 1Cu.
·3tudentled oampus tours.
·Admission and tnanoial aid 101.
Come visit us
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New induotees
The inductees for the 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame are, first row from left: John
O’Rourke ’99 (baseball), Julie Scaffidi-Ratchuk ’01 (soccer), Carrie Scherger-Brady
’01 (swimming and diving), Brian Sobolewski ’01 (track and field), and, second row
from left, Jim Ayers ’99 (wrestling), Tom Rini ’00 (football), and Brian Cochran ’90
(football). The ceremony took place Sept. 30 in the Dolan Center for Science and
Technology. For more information about other inductees, visit
t the Alumni Association Board meeting Sept. 20, 2011, George
Sample ’02 became the new president replacing past president Eric
Jochum ’83, who lead the board for the past three years. Jim Clark ’57
and Anne Conway ’72 also completed their terms of service.
New members are:
º Tom Moran '57 º Susan (NaJzam) Roubic '00
º Bob Sferra '86 º NicboÌas Reif '07
º KyÌe ReynoÌJs '99 º Katberine RaJerstorf '13
Raderstorf, a junior from Columbus, Ohio, was selected to serve on the board
as an ex-officio member representing the student body. This group joins talented
volunteers including Sample, Terri (Kluesener) Lewandowski ’78, Jamie
(Megeath) Jamison ’88, Kathleen (Reichart) Laffey ’90, and Mary Michelle
Coleman-Walsh ’97.
To learn more about the board, visit
Changing of the guard
New service aids
college decision process
1he oollege deoision prooess oan be an arduous and
overwhelming experience for many students and
families. So much so, they’re hiring private college
counseling services or specialists with expertise
beyond a typical high-school guidance counselor
for advice about choosing the right college, essay
preparation, and financial aid. Some services cost
as muoh as $12,000. Beginning 1anuary 2012, 1om
Fanning, director of admission and advancement, will
offer various college advising services for children of
alumni who face a difficult college decision process.
ln a oareer spanning 25 years in oollege admission,
lanning is reoognized as an expert in the teld
nationally. For more information about this service, visit, or oontaot lanning at 2163974246.
New induotees
CU welcomes Eric Eickhoff as the new
director of alumni chapter programs.
Eickhoff comes from The College of
William & Mary where he managed and
supported 24 regional alumni chapters, serving
more than 54,000 alumni, since 2007. He
implemented an alumni chapter expansion
plan and helped re-establish several dormant
chapters. This expertise will be invaluable as
alumni relations expands the chapter network.
Eickhoff, a native of Pepper Pike, Ohio, has
several ties to JCU. His father, Ric, is the
advisor for the John Carroll Chapter of the
Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Eickhoff received a
bachelor of arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan
University in 2000 and a master of education
in higher education administration from
William & Mary in 2007.
JCU: What are your plans for the alumni
chapter program?
EE: To develop an interesting program that
engages alumni. While the program will be
based on five core components – service,
leadership/professional development, learning/
educational development, social events, and
alumni in admission – each chapter will have
its own identity. Each chapter presents new and
different opportunities to engage alumni.
JCU: Why should alumni become
involved with chapters?
EE: Once you become a member of the
Carroll community, you’re a member for life.
Becoming involved with your local chapter
offers numerous opportunities for personal and
professional development. It can allow you to
rekindle old friendships and develop new ones.
It can put you in touch with people who can
mentor you professionally or open doors for you.
JCU: What did you learn in your most recent
position at William & Mary that will benefit
you at JCU?
EE: W&M and JCU are similar. They’re
wonderful institutions of higher education that
provide solid liberal arts education for their
students, developing them into well-rounded
individuals. Campus memories and community
relationships are important, and if we can tap
into feelings related to those, people are likely
to participate more.
JCL: What about Carroll made this
position intriguing?
EE: The purpose, people, and location of JCU.
Growing up in Pepper Pike, Ohio, I always
knew Carroll was an institution that prides
itself on core values and beliefs, living its
mission daily. As a result of this commitment,
JCU has been able to attract outstanding
people to attend as students and work as
faculty and staff. This opportunity has allowed
me and my family to move back home.
To become more involved in your area,
contact Eickhoff at [email protected].
Changing of the guard
Upcoming events
Visit for updates.
Jan. 27
Boler School of Business Reception
1he Metropolitan Club
Feb. 18
Chicago Alumni Chapter Night
with the Chicago Wolves
Allstate Arena
Rosemont, lll.
Feb. 21
SAA presents “Backpacks to
Briefcases” Speed Networking
Feb. 28
Columbus Alumni Reception
Ohio Statehouse
Maroh 4
Alumni Reception featuring
Dean Jeanne Colleran ’76
Long lsland, N.¥. - ¬osted by
Urs. 1oseph `87 and Mary Bonafede
March 2012
Alumni Reception
Naples (lla.)
Feb. 10
First Annual Couples Night Out
Are you married or engaged to a 1Cu
graduate? Enjoy an evening back on
oampus in the Uolan 3oienoe Center at
the lirst Annual 1Cu Alumni Couples
Night 0ut. 1he event, whioh lasts from
6:00 to 8:00, includes cocktails, hors
d`oeuvres, musio, and fun surprises. 1he
cost is $20 per couple. Complimentary
day oare will be provided by 1Cu students
for children six years old and up.
For more information, call 800-736-2586
or visit
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A L u M N l 1 0 u R N A L
Larry KeÌÌey '36
Up to1939 216-941-1795
[email protected]
As I thought about who or what to write about, I
was reminded my classmates are small in number.
I can count them on one hand and not use all my
fingers! We buried Henry Dombrowski ’36, who
went to St. Ignatius High School with me, then on
to Carroll. With his passing, I’m the oldest living
alumnus of St. Ignatius. I guess the good Lord kept
me around so I could take care of Frances during
her illness. For this, I’m thankful. ... I want to bring
the Gavin book to the attention of anyone who reads
this column, attended Carroll, or had someone who
went or wants to go to JCU. Dr. Donald P. Gavin
’33 compiled and published a history of the first
hundred years of the University. The title is “John
Carroll University: A Century of Service.” It’s not a
book you’ll read over the weekend. I planned to read
it when I retired, and I’m still planning to read it. Few
copies are available for purchase ( and, but the Grasselli Library has copies
for circulation. ... Keep praying. Larry
CarÌ CibÌin
1940 727-584-5012
[email protected]
Now it can be told! When Lou Sulzer came to
John Carroll, he registered under that name. I was
working in the mailroom, and when mail came in
addressed to “Alka” Sulzer, I understood why
he changed his name to Lou. Miles Laboratories
threatened him with a lawsuit. ... I’m trying to avoid
the senior staggers, which requires a walker. I set a
timer, get out of my chair, and do five or six minutes
of walking in the hall. My goal is to be able to take
a 30-minute walk without hitchhiking. I just had my
annual physical, and the doctor said my weight was
perfect, but I’m a foot shorter. ... John Sweeney
continues to make a recovery from his scary
encounter with physical maladies. He sticks to a
rigid rehab program and reports great success. John
must have had a hormone injection while he was
in the hospital. He engaged in an impromptu dance
with a lady in the checkout line at Heinen’s. He
engaged in a cheek-to-cheek encounter and didn’t
make a move. Store security had to be summoned.
... Bud Noetzel became St. Bud Sept. 2, 2011. The
class of 1940 can all sit down to dinner at one table.
They are: Jim Morgan, John Kenney, Jim Carey,
Lou Sulzer, John Sweeney, Jim Schlecht, Jim
Fleming, and me. Carl
Bruce E. Tbompson
1943 216-382-4408
[email protected]
Word of the death of Sal Calandra saddens our
class. Sal was a prominent student, participating in
all aspects of campus life. His 30-year public career
was highlighted by his outstanding directorship
as a Cleveland municipal court probate judge. ...
After some confusion, it’s been confirmed Joe
Sepkoski died in May 2010. Joe always will remain
our favorite cheerleader. ... Small world stuff – my
daughter Martha Thompson Callahan had a busy
tennis season with her partner Mary Hodous Martin
(Ray Hodous’ daughter). ... May God hold you in the
palm of his hand. Take care. Bruce
Don McDonaÌJ
1944 216-991-9140
[email protected]
EJ Cunneen
1947 216-561-1122
[email protected]
Tom Harrison
1949 440-781-7898
[email protected]
Joe Innes has been forced to stop playing tennis
while his doctor considers a surgical solution for
his spinal-disc problem. During this activity lull, Joe
has taken interest in (the old man’s game) golf. He
discovered golf requires practice and occasionally
causes pain, too, so he’s looking forward to a quick
surgical solution and recovery so he can return to
the court. ... Vic Rozance is enjoying the 92-degree
sunshine in Palm Harbor, Fla. Vic spent many years
in the banking business, first with NCB, then many
years with Mellon. Now that money management
is a thing of the past, Vic has developed a busy
golf schedule. He knows and believes the old
axiom “practice makes perfect,” but practice is
such a drag, so he’ll continue to play and suffer an
occasional error. ... Bill Varga returned from the
nationally famous Oshkosh Air Show, so I called him
to listen to his thoughts about the new sport planes
designed for flight by semiskilled pilots. Bill learned
they’re easy to fly, limited in range and destinations,
but priced at $120,000 – out of the range of casually
interested people. Bill flew his personally rebuilt
biplane to the show, and as usual, it drew a crowd.
... I had a great phone conversation with Joe
Spaniol. Joe and I were members of a small group
of boys who were 4-F, or hadn’t yet been drafted
and wanted to make the best of the time available,
and entered an accelerated program run by JCU for
the U.S. Navy. Classes began July 5, 1943. Sailors
in uniform filled the campus with constant activity
and established a considerable presence among the
15 civilian students who united the Tetra Phi. Our
linguist, Joe Hanley ’46, developed the translation
from 4-F to the more impressive Greek name. We
were determined to apply ourselves seriously to
To our reaJers . . .
For additional columnist contact information, please call 216-397-3050 or 800-736-2586.
Note: We publish additional class notes and archived columns online. Visit to read an unabridged version and previous columns.
Robert J. Trivison
1942 760-944-6964
[email protected]
Editor’s note – The following was published
incorrectly last issue: Bob Smith, who lives in a
retirement community, had a bad fall but didn’t
break any bones. He has healed well and is back
to golfing. ... Francis Honn has been living in a
retirement community for almost a year and has
adjusted quickly to the new lifestyle. He’s president
of the retirement community. Francis is in good
health, which allows him to care for his wife, Alyce,
who’s a dementia sufferer. She’s having difficulty
adjusting, so they restrict their social life to several
close friends living there.
Next year will be the 70th anniversary of our
graduation. Francis Honn says he’ll attend the
reunion in spirit partly because he quit flying. Others
who live in distant places from JCU share Honn’s
aversion to travel. Art Wincek, Bob Kraus, Richard
Cachat, and I attended our 65th, which was
worthwhile because of Fr. Niehoff’s social gathering,
our conversation with him, and the Dolan Science
Center tour. The surviving 1942 alumni who live not
too far from Carroll – Barille, Cachat, Kraus, Musci,
Politi, and Yonto – may want to attend if they’re in
physical condition to do so. Contact me if I can help
you communicate with each other. I’ve contacted all
of you who are still living, except Bob Politi. If you
read this Bob, contact me. ... Bob Kraus emailed:
“I’m still trying to be useful in my life, but it ain’t
easy. My wife died May 22, 2010, so I’m lonesome.
I live alone in the house Margaret and I built for us
in 1956 when children began to arrive. I browse the
Web, read newspapers online, become upset by
what’s going on in the world, go to bed, get up in the
morning, and start the same thing all over again.”
Make more telephone calls to each other, talk
family, politics, books, sports, health, investments,
whatever. ... My niece, Patti Klein, daughter of
my sister, Yolanda, and Al Piccuta ’43, sent me a
book titled “The Cuyahoga” by W.D. Ellis. It’s a
fascinating story about the river, which is central role
in the growth of Cleveland, Akron, and surrounding
towns and counties, Indian life, and Connecticut
ownership and influence. Cuyahoga is a horseshoe-
shaped river, 100 miles long flowing south from
the Chardon area to Akron, then reversing to flow
north into Lake Erie. The book covers the time from
1770 to 1975; Jesuit involvement in the Western
boundary of the U.S.A.; famous people such as
Rockefeller, Mather, Goodrich, Kelley, Peck, Bradley,
Schumacher, Severance, and many more captains
of industry. Those of you who enjoy reading might
find it a most interesting read. ... May God bless and
watch over you. Bob
A L u M N l 1 0 u R N A L
compete with the Navy hotshots. Pat (Anthony)
Blepp brought T-shirts with the Greek letters from
his father’s sports store, and each member of the
new club studied harder, not to be outdone by the
sailors. Joe and I worked to recall the names of our
fellow members from this 70-year organization: Paul
Cull ’50, Charlie Cullinan, Bob Nook ’50, Al Feritto,
John Curran ’47, Joe Hanley ’46, Pat Blepp, Joe
Spaniol, and I. The Tetra Phi shrank as draft notices
arrived. Cull, Cullinan, and Blepp left during the
first semester, and Joe and I were drafted around
Christmas. Now Joe is occupied as commander of
the American Legion Post in Bethesda, Md., and is
active in the regional Serra Club, which promotes
Catholic religious vocations. ... Send news – good
news preferred. All is reported with reasonable
accuracy. Tom

CbarÌes Byrne
1950 440-684-9776
DonaÌJ A. Lngar
1951 330-723-5234
[email protected]
Years ago, we saw “The March Of Time” at the
movies. Indeed, time marches on and waits for no
one. I received a couple of lines from the morning
Internet newspaper and from JCU’s Alumni Office –
Mass was celebrated for Gerald Patrick Malarkey,
who returned to our heavenly Father. I took his
picture many times for The Carroll News sports
column written by Bill Switaj. Pat Malarkey, who
played basketball for Carroll, was a teacher, athletic
director, and basketball coach. He was proud of his
seven children and their families. Pat attended many
of his children’s games. Last August, he gathered his
family, including his grandchildren, to enjoy a vacation
at Virginia Beach, Va. His son, Jerry, said “Pat
Malarkey had the personality to get along with many
people and could relate to the kids. Dad also loved
to serve Mass every day.” ... Words from Bill Switaj
about his summer fishing trip to Northern Canada
with his two sons: “Great, the biggest fish yet.” ... Bill
Riski is in the South for the winter. ... Don FitzGerald
is proud his company, Falcon Industries, has been
listed as one of the fastest-growing companies in
Northeast Ohio. His son, Brian, is president. Don’s
other children – John, Tim, and Megan – work with
him. ... Lee Cirillo says his trip to London to see his
two grandsons, Evan and Theo, play baseball on the
green fields of London was the best. English baseball
has a connection with America’s fabled game,
which started in England as the playground sport,
rounders. While watching his British grandsons play
American baseball, Lee enjoyed a break with Manuel
Cardoza, father of teammate Lucas and volunteer
first-base coach. ... Spend a few minutes and tell
us what’s going on in your life. As for me, I’m still
taking pictures, playing my trombone in two bands,
teaching safe-driving classes, and talking about TV5
pioneers in broadcasting. I’m still hoping you’ll send
me a note – a couple of words via phone or email –
about your family. Don
Dorotby PoÌanJ
1952 [email protected]
Our 60th reunion is approaching – June 15-17, 2012.
Registration packets will be mailed in April. I know it’s
difficult for some of us to even think about attending,
but I hope some try. There should be more than Jim
Previt, his wife, and yours truly to celebrate 60 years.
Please think about it and try to come. It will be fun,
and who knows how many more we’ll be able to
attend. ... I receive emails from Jim, Larry Casey,
Bill Kenealy, and Don Terrell. An especially poignant
one came from Jim. Some of you might have read
it, which was about a school bus trip to Washington,
D.C., to visit the Iwo Jima Memorial. The statue
depicts six young men who raised the flag on Iwo
Jima, but there are 13 hands on the statue. The artist,
when questioned about the extra hand, said the 13th
hand was the hand of God, without whom none of
these young men would’ve been able to raise the
flag. ... Charlie Toepp is finally home (1124 Tidewood
Dr., Bethel Park, Pa., 15102-1063; 412-883-3964)
after a year rehabbing from his fifth and sixth knee
surgeries. He’s supported by his daughter’s family
and friends, Paul Stitzel and Betty, Anne and Bill
Perusek, and Chuck Ferry. His spirits improve when
the Steelers win. ... I know our time is drawing to a
close, so I hope many will be able to join us for what
could be our final reunion. Please let me hear from
you with any news, or just to chat. Take care, and
God bless. Dorothy
Jim Myers
1953 440-942-7831
[email protected]
Hello to you and your family and friends. Sorry I
have no news to report for this issue. I knew well
in advance the deadline for submitting the column
was approaching. I kept thinking I better make calls
to find input for the column. Have any of you ever
procrastinated? I did. Then I thought, well I’m just
going to procrastinate right into the next issue. Send
your news. God’s blessings to you all. Jim
Peter Maboney
1954 440-933-2503
[email protected]

Ray RboJe
1955 216-381-1996
[email protected]
Jerry Donatucci and his wife, Nancy, visited Jack
Kinney and his wife, Rita, in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Jack, Jerry, and spouses then traveled to Chicago to
visit Tom Bridgman. Tom, Dick Hartman, and Jerry
Donatucci were in the Kinney’s wedding party 56 years
ago. ... Tony Stavole, his daughter, and grandson
toured Italy this past summer. They were joined in
Rome by Tony’s granddaughter, who’s working in an
orphanage in Uganda. They also met with an Italian
exchange student who stayed with them in the ’60s.
After she returned to her home in Italy, she served as
an interpreter for former Cleveland Mayor Ralph Perk,
who was in Rome for the U.S. mayors’ convention. He
said it was a thrill to catch up with her and her family
(she’s now a grandmother) and still calls Tony “dad.”
... Harold (Dog) Ziegler’s longtime friend, Rosemary
Scallon, is a presidential candidate in Ireland. If elected,
she promises to work to bring Ireland back to its
Catholic roots. Dog Ziegler has supported numerous
Catholic causes for many years. ... I received an update
from Don Marshall, who left JCU in ’54 to join the
Marines. He was hurt in a training exercise and needs
a wheelchair/scooter to get around; but get around he
does. During his short time in the Marines, he picked
up its gung-ho spirit. He has served as an executive
with a savings-and-loan bank, owned several self-serve
gas stations, auto parts stores, and a swimming pool
accessory store. He says he’s been retired for 20
years, but I doubt he’s very much retired. While at
JCU, he managed the Cedar Lee Theatre. Don, who
lives in Tucson, Ariz., has been married for 57 years
and has four children and 10 grandchildren. ... I also
talked to Fred Kovar. You might remember Fred as
the editor-in-chief of the Carillon (our yearbook). Fred,
who received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Washington
University in St. Louis, taught for three years at
St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y. He then
worked for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
for 30 years. From 1984-86, he was an advisor to the
assistant secretary of defense at the Pentagon. His
proudest moments came when sitting in the House
and/or Senate chambers advising senior Pentagon
officials who were testifying about nuclear programs.
Fred was married (his wife passed away in February)
and has four children and four grandchildren. He
lives in sunny California just east of San Francisco.
He corresponds with Tom Jira, a friend from grade
school and JCU classmate. ... Remember to pray for
our classmates who are suffering and in great pain
from the many diseases attacking us. Ray

Leo Duffy
1956 815-729-3513
630-337-0788 (c)
January-May: 941-505-8394
[email protected]
Most of us have been empty nesters for quite a few
years, but Gloria and Bob Pascente are volunteering
to be respite foster parents in Phoenix. They’ll watch
over the foster child or children for a couple weeks
while the regular foster parents take a vacation or
take a break. I hope it goes well for you both. ...
Lee Cirillo ’51 (right) enjoyed time with Manuel
Cardoza, the father of his grandsons’ baseball
teammate, on the green fields of London.
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A L u M N l 1 0 u R N A L
In Fort Myers, Fla., we’ll again have a minireunion
for the class of ’56 and their spouses. Mary Jo and
John Boler graciously will host the luncheon March
14. You can contact me at my Florida home or cell
numbers if you’re in the area. ... Jack Broderick
(672-792-5689) and Bob Pascente (480-634-4244)
will put together a lunch in February in Phoenix for
those of you who winter in the Southwest. Contact
them for time and place. ... My apologies for the lack
of news, but I ran out of time to contact you. I’ll do
better for the next issue. Please email me updates
periodically. God bless you all. Leo
SaÌvatore R. FeÌice
1957 440-842-1553
[email protected]
On Sept. 20, Bart Merella celebrated the 25th
anniversary of his ordination to the Office of Deacon.
He was ordained by the Archbishop of Washington,
D.C., Cardinal James Hickey (formerly of Cleveland)
at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. While living in Bowie,
Md., Bart served his ministry in three Washington
parishes: Holy Redeemer in College Park, Md.,
(1986-1998); St. Joseph’s On Capitol Hill (1998-2006);
and St. Matthew’s Cathedral (2006-present). ... Dick
Murphy will be spending two weeks in Thailand in
January. ... After more than 18 years, it was a pleasant
surprise to run into a close friend, Ted Iannetta ’59,
in a local restaurant. ... Frank (Crash) Hovorka, who
celebrated his birthday Sept. 26, stays busy working
and again preparing for the Albuquerque International
Balloon Festival. ... Ruth and John Cicotta have a
new email address – [email protected]. ...
As you’re probably aware, our 55th class reunion will
be celebrated June 15-17. As your chairman for this
exciting event, a reunion committee has jump-started
the planning process with Carla (Lauer) Gall ’05, JCU’s
reunion coordinator. Committee members are: George
Billings, Jim Clark, Bill Comiskey, Sal Felice, Jim
Finnegan, Tony Gambatese, Jim Gasper, Dennis
Grapo, Tom Halloran, Frank Hovorka, Dick Huberty,
Frank Humenik, Tom Kasper, Joe Luby, Bart Merella,
Bill Mooney, Tom Moran, Dick Murphy, Jim Toomey,
and Jerry Trombo. Rumor has it Phil Gordon and
John Gormley also might want to join this illustrious
group of free spirits. ... In late September, I received a
call from Dick Murphy informing me he’d just attended
the funeral of George Mihelic in Lake Forest, Ill.
George had Parkinson’s disease for more than 33
years. Dick also was pleased to see Jack Lynch at
the funeral. Our sincere sympathy and prayers are
extended to George’s wife, Emily, and family for their
deep loss. ... In early August my wife, Rose Marie,
underwent her fifth brain surgery. Gamma Knife
surgery was performed to bombard the remaining 5
percent of the acoustic neuroma (benign) brain tumor
– 95 percent of the tumor was removed St. Patrick’s
Day, but continued to grow. Rosie is now a walking
miracle because of the power of prayer and the skill
of the Dr. Gene Barnett team at the Cleveland Clinic.
Two days following Rosie’s procedure I had surgery on
two toes of my right foot. All is well and happy again
in Feliceville. ... Please pray for all surviving spouses of
our class family, especially those not well or in distress.
I want to hear from you! God bless. Sal

Jobn E. CÌifforJ
1958 210-414-8899
[email protected]
We broke the string of 100-plus temperatures in San
Antonio but still needed rain. We needed a foot and a
half to catch up to where we should have been this
past fall. ... Carol and Pat Mingarelle, Jim Seeberg,
and Phil Grushetsky spent the weekend of Sept.
9-10 at the summer home of Marie and John Reali
in Lake Chautauqua, N.Y. I’m told they had a great
visit recalling treasured memories of Carroll in the
’50s. Although Pat is retired as a mediator of the
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, he still
teaches courses about labor employment relations
and conflict management at the Penn State Erie (Pa.),
The Behrend College. … I usually teach a speech
communication course at one of the local colleges
in San Antonio; however, the Texas budget was
balanced by deleting some money for education,
so there’s no money in the budget for that evening
course. (Actually, it was our governor who had the
legislature cut the money, but I don’t want to be
accused of inserting myself into the Republican
primary race.) ... I heard from John Briatta, who
said he has no news yet, except that he’s better
looking than Pat Mingarelle. I’m not going there. ...
I have to go because it’s time for “The Case of the
St. Louis Jewel Robbery” on Gangbusters, which
originally aired Oct. 3, 1943. ... Please write or phone.
Peace. JEC

RicbarJ E. DoJson
1959 804-748-8432
[email protected]
Roger Risher says: “I never thought I’d do this,
or even admit to it, but in addition to my regular
weekly gig with the great American song book, I’m
playing with a rock-and-roll group called Good Call.
At the first gig, I played the first seven tunes never
having heard or knowing the names of what I was
playing. We play The Stones, Cocker, Cash, Buffett,
Mellencamp, Springsteen, Harrison, and Tower of
Power (they’re good). Ever hear Dead Flowers?
I hadn’t either, but I’ve played it twice. The music
is fun.” ... This will be short because my news
sources have – dare I use the words – dried up. With
renewed enthusiasm, I’ve vowed to take a more
proactive approach to news gathering by going to
the sources. Therefore, in the future, I may drop in
on fellow classmates when my travels take me near
your neighborhoods. I’d announce where and when
I’d be in certain parts of the country, but the time lag
between class notes submissions, JCU’s publication,
and receipt of your news is normally at least three
months. My plea is that you be as proactive as
possible and provide me with updates, as Roger did,
about your lives, loves, accomplishments, dreams,
flashbacks, and/or fantasy football standings. ...
On the home front, Mary Jo and I participated in
a unique fundraising event for a local charity, the
Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond, Va., with
our oldest daughter, Katie. We attended a White
House state dinner experience with special guest
Chef Roland Mesnier, who served as the White
House executive pastry chef for 26 years. He had
interesting stories about the Carter, Reagan, Clinton,
and both Bush presidencies. His dessert course
was to die for. The income from the ticket sales,
donations, and auctions – silent and live – guarantee
adequate funding for the HHH, which provides
safe, affordable, comfortable lodging for families
in medical crises. Because it was a formal event, I
found myself in a tux for the first time since my last
child’s wedding. ... I look forward to hearing about
your adventures. Hope you’re doing well. Write me.
God bless you. Rick
Jerry Scbweickert
1960 216-381-0357
[email protected]
Jack Lyons reconnected with high-school and
JCU classmate Bill Wagner. Bill, an astrophysicist
at NASA, is retired and living in the Washington,
D.C., area. Jack resides in Florida and continues to
minister to the incarcerated as a deacon. ... I heard
from Mike Bernatovicz that he reconnected with
Ted Valvoda. Mike sends his congratulations to
Marilyn and Jim Gauntner on celebrating 50 years
of marriage. Mike, who recalls his days of carpooling
with Jim to get to classes at Carroll, resides in
Asheville, N.C. Ted lives in Loudon, Tenn. ... Don
Kucera contacted me looking for Jerry Rachfal.
Don was speaking in Rochester, N.Y., and wanted
to be sure to see “Falls” while there. ... Bev and I,
along with our daughter, Ann, visited Jan and Steve
Schuda in Sun City at Hilton Head, S.C., on our way
to our grandson’s college graduation in August. We
were wined and dined royally and had a wonderful
laugh-filled stay. The Schudas love their retirement
home and keep active with Steve serving as the
elected leader of their neighborhood organization.
... Dave Nichting, Jim Mason, and I were guests
of my daughter in her company’s suite at the Notre
Dame/Michigan football game in September. It was
without a doubt one of the most exciting games we
ever attended. We bumped into Jerry Porter ’58 and
his wife in the parking lot before the game and later
saw Kevin Hinkel ’77, former JCU wrestler, in the
same lot. I’d bet the ranch we weren’t the only JCU
grads at the game. ... On Oct. 2, Bev and I were
honored for our volunteer work with an organization
On Oct. 2, Bev and Jerry ’60 Schweickert were
honored for their years of volunteer work for
A L u M N l 1 0 u R N A L
called Womankind (Beverly does the majority of the
work, while I take the “tough” jobs like chairing the
annual golf outing), which provides free maternal
and prenatal care to women in need. It was edifying
that JCU and Jim Mason were two of the sponsors
of the 2011 Hearts and Hands Award Bruncheon.
Bev has spent 18 years as a volunteer counselor
for the organization, and I was able to recruit Dave
Nichting, Frank Dempsey, Jim Mason, and Jim
Gauntner along with many JCU students to help
with a considerable painting job of the organization’s
facilities following severe water damage to the
industrial-size building. (We have turned down a
subsequent request to redo the Sistine Chapel).
If you have any home repair or decorating needs,
don’t call us. ... I wish you a Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year. Be well. Schweick
Jack T. Hearns
1961 216-291-2319
[email protected]
Homecoming 2011 included JCU presenting
51 members of the alumni with undergraduate
degrees. These alums never officially graduated
from the University but earned a professional degree
in medicine or law, or enlisted in military service
during World War II or the Korean War. Some of our
classmates applied to medical school after their third
year and never received a degree from Carroll. One
such individual honored at homecoming was Dr. Paul
Boyce, a retired endocrinologist who graduated from
the Indiana University School of Medicine. He and
his wife, Joyce, have been married for 50 years and
have nine children and 20 grandchildren. ... Before
our recent reunion, Jim DeClerck and his wife, Uta,
from Huntington Beach, Calif., visited Pittsburgh and
Ithaca, N.Y., with their two daughters and families. Jim
was elected rear commodore at the American Legion
Yacht Club in Newport Beach. He also enjoys stream
and lake fishing for trout in the California’s High Sierra
where he has a cabin on his 6,500-foot-high, 1,050-acre
7C Ranch near Truckee, Calif. For pure fun, he cuts up
and splits wood for his cabin and explores challenging
forest trails on his new ATV. ... Chuck Fye and his wife,
Hedy, reside in Avon Lake, Ohio, and celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary. They have three daughters
and five grandchildren. Chuck was dean of Social
Science for 25 years at Lorain Community College
and then had the same title until he retired this past
year from Lakeland Community College. The Fyes
have traveled extensively throughout Europe, and
Chuck has worked ski patrol in Western New York
for more than 20 years. ... Warren Johnson, from
North Dakota, is retired from all three of his “major”
careers (Air Force aviator, criminal prosecutor, and an
overlapping stint as a graduate-school professor). He
still officiates high-school football games and teaches
basic and advanced motorcycle courses for the
Motorcycle Safety Foundation. He’s active in BMW
motorcycle and Corvette clubs and attends national
rallies at several locations each year. ... Peg and Jack
Durkin returned from a cruise to Nova Scotia with
stops in Halifax, New Brunswick; Bar Harbor, Maine;
and Boston. ... Deepest sympathies to the relatives
of William Derus and John Dwyer, who recently
passed away. William, from Mentor, Ohio, worked in
sales for Kerr Lakeside for more than 30 years. He was
a U.S. Army Veteran of Vietnam, where he served as
a helicopter pilot. John, who was from North Canton,
Ohio, deployed to command the 48th Transportation
Company in Korea and worked as a personnel director.
He retired from Smurfit-Stone in 2005. Jack
Bob AnJoÌsen
1962 440-327-1925
[email protected]
The reunion committee is working hard to prepare
for our 50th class reunion this coming summer.
Now’s the time to note June 15-17, 2012, on
your calendar and express interest in one of the
committee members who will be contacting you
during the next few months. We’ve reached the gold
standard, so reunion registration is free for 50-plus
years. Registration packets will be mailed in April.
We’re all looking forward to your attendance for this
significant event. Please contact one of the reunion
committee members to let them know if you’re
attending: Mike Evans ([email protected]), John
Lewis (johnfl[email protected]), Jim McDonough
([email protected]), Jerry O’Malley (omalleymayo@, Doc Kopfinger (gakopfinger@gmail.
com), Mike Sullivan ([email protected]), Marty
Burke ([email protected]), Mike Shean
(216-905-7155), and me. And while you’re at it, call
your roommate or high-school friend who attended
Carroll with you, as well as someone you want to
see, and invite them to attend with you. Do you
have any suggestions or ideas that would make
this reunion more memorable? You can make
a difference by contacting one of the reunion
committee members or becoming a member of
the reunion committee by contacting Carla Gall ’05
([email protected]) and volunteering. Those classmates
who have committed to attending are: Mike Evans,
John Lewis, Jim McDonough, Jerry O’Malley, Doc
Kopfinger, Mike Shean, Kevin Stroh, Marty Burke,
and me. Now’s the time to contact one of the
reunion committee members to add your name to
this list. ... I’m sad to report the death of another
classmate, Jim Mullin of Ponte Vedra, Fla., on Sept.
18, 2011. ... There are 25 lost alumni in our class
whose whereabouts are unknown. Jim represents
the 71st member of our class who’s no longer with
us. There are 292 living members of the class of
1962, which makes seeing each other in June a
bucket-list necessity. Bob
Pete Mykytyn
1963 618-549-1946
[email protected]
Happy holidays to everyone. I hope 2011 was good
for you, and 2012 will be even better. As for class
notes, you guys drive me crazy because I’m always
having to scrounge for something. ... I received an
email from a man who was a sword bearer in my and
Kathy’s wedding at the Post Chapel in Hanau,
Germany, in 1965. His name is Frank Kelley ’64, a
class columnist who turns out to be a close friend of
Chris Gentile, whom I haven’t heard from since
graduation. Frank tells me Chris entered the
advertising field and spent 38 years with Young &
Rubicam in Detroit in various management positions.
He then went back to school for digital photography
and design. He lives in Grosse Pointe, Mich., near his
two children and three grandkids. Chris reports life
is good. Frank also wanted to pass on trivia I’m certain
would be of interest to some of the ’63 guys who
spent time in Germany in the mid ’60s. Frank
remembered Bernie Daleske (one of the other sword
bearers at my wedding) and indicated Bernie – a great
guy that many of us remember well – was a great
mentor to him when he, Frank, arrived at the 38th
Transportation Battalion in May 1965. Frank, thanks
for the kind words about yours truly. I appreciate
them. Pete
Frank KeÌÌey
1964 607-648-5947
[email protected]
Breaking news: Jim Woodward earned a JCU
alumni award, which, until now, has gone largely
unrecognized. I came upon Jim’s class column,
reporting the antics of our 20th reunion and settled in
to enjoy Woody’s free-flowing style, which contains
plenty of humor. And there, lost in the dim mists
of quad history, was the fact Jim won the 1984
Silver Quill Award, announced in our tent by Morgan
Lavin ’56 during the summer festivities. The Carroll
website,, has an award section
listing SQ winners that’s comprehensive from 1994
onward, when the SQ became included with all
Alumni Awards and announced formally in John
Carroll magazine. It’s spotty before that and didn’t
include Jim. He’s now listed there for posterity.
Woody served in the U.S. Navy after graduation,
spending time on both coasts, the Mediterranean,
and finished with 13 months on river patrol boats
in South Vietnam. Subsequently, he ran the family
Yellow Pages advertising company for 30 years
before retiring. These days he splits time between
Evanston, Ill., and Palm Desert, Calif., voluntarily
teaches English to Spanish-speaking school kids,
golfs, and travels. He’s a definite yes for the 50th
reunion. ... Dave Betz is hereby designated class
iron man. No cake and ice cream for his birthday
party. His wife, Linda, sent him on a 75-mile, seven-
day trek summiting Mount Whitney in California. At
14,505 feet, Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the
contiguous 48 states, has its west slope in Sequoia
National Park, and its summit is the south end of
the 212-mile John Muir Trail. Dave did it all lugging a
48-pound pack and lost 2.5 inches around the middle.
Impressive! ... Amid all the 9/11 10th anniversary
media buzz, the best and most heart-warming story
was that of Beverly and Col. Mike Naylon and
the birth of their grandson, William Faber, at 9:15
a.m. during the attacks, fortuitously pulling Mike
from his scheduled duty spot at the Pentagon.
See the complete video at
Faber. ... I received a short email from Tad Walters
saying yes for 2014. Thirtieth reunion flashback:
Tad and I were enjoying a brew on the Lake Erie
excursion boat when a waiter came up and asked
if we wanted a refill. We declined because we
were close to docking. The waiter said, “It’s on Mr.
John Baker.” We replied in unison, “Make that a
six pack.” ... Lastly, we sadly note the passing of
34 WI NTER 2011
A L u M N l 1 0 u R N A L
John (Jack) Rooney, former president and CEO
of U.S. Cellular. Hailed as a visionary pioneer in the
wireless industry, Jack earned an M.B.A. in finance
from Loyola University Chicago and was a member
of Loyola’s board of trustees. ... Until next time, God
bless all Streaks. Frank
Dick Conoboy
1965 [email protected]
Larry Guzy has nothing to report, which is a report in
itself. Other than that, the class of ’65 is oddly silent.
... I discovered through Facebook that Ron Nemeth
and his wife, Mary, recently celebrated their 45th
wedding anniversary. Earlier in the year, Ron and
Mary traveled to Prague and Vienna, not to mention
a few trips within the U.S. It’s difficult to keep up
with them. ... Your columnist spent several weeks in
Europe at the end of summer. My wife, Cecile, and
I traveled to Strasbourg, France, where we took the
opportunity to visit the many sights in the Alsace area.
We also spent one day in Baden-Baden, Germany,
where we enjoyed currywurst for lunch. Our last
week was spent in Paris, fending off the last of the
September vacationers, most of whom seemed
to be from Eastern Europe. On Sept. 7, my wife
treated me to a great birthday dinner, Parisian style.
... And this from Marilyn Hormann ‘65G, which was
accidentally omitted from my last column: “Enjoyed
a vacation in Reno. Nev., with friends in July. God’s
people and creation are amazing.”... Remember, no
news is no news, so consider sending me some for
the next column. Regards, Dick.
Dave Crifhn
1966 727-944-5229
[email protected]
I hope everyone enjoyed the summer and fall. I
imagine our friends in the North are getting ready
for winter about now. I’ve had several emails from
John Stagl. He and Sharon are still in the Chicago
area. John continues his work for Belfor, a disaster-
prevention and recovery company. He couldn’t come
to the reunion because of back-to-back conferences
where he was a keynote speaker. ... Jack McLain
emails with information about a couple health issues I
have. It’s good to know he’s keeping an eye on me. He
and Penny live in Dallas, and she continues to fly with
Delta as a senior flight attendant. Jack plans to return
to Oil City, Pa., next summer for his 50th high-school
reunion. ... It’s taking a little longer than expected, but
Joe Frederick continues to work on his book. I’ll be
sure to let everyone know when he finishes because
part of the book will be about his years at Carroll. ...
Paul Klaus is working and will probably do so for a few
more years. He and Judy have sold their homes and
will be relocating permanently from Ohio to central
Florida. They purchased a home in Maitland and
moved in October. ... Bill McCoy emailed that they
have no complaints about the Florida summer. He
says it was hot but not much different than Cincinnati.
And the winters have it all over the North! He and
Jean have made a couple trips home to visit kids and
grandkids. He was going to Cape Cod to meet their
son for an annual fishing trip. Jean will be staying at
home. She doesn’t like the “threat” of being the cook
and housekeeper for the trip. ... I retired June 30, so
Jane and I have been enjoying more time together. We
have more beach days and have seen more sunsets
lately, too. Our kids and grandkids came to Tampa in
October, and we took everyone on a Caribbean cruise.
It was great to be together. ... I know Jack isn’t the
only one with a high-school reunion coming up. Let me
know about your plans if you’re going to attend yours.
Take care. Dave
Peter Frencb
1967 440-734-5553
[email protected]
Greetings from the Midwest. It’s been an exciting
time on the Carroll campus since last we met via
class notes. On Sept. 6, I attended a Mass at Gesu,
reception, and campus event in celebration of the
125th anniversary of the first class to attend JCU. It
was an exciting event, and the beautiful campus was
packed with alumni. It brought back memories of my
time on campus. The Blue Streaks football team had
a good year and won the homecoming game. ... JCU
was recognized with a volunteer spirit award and
received the president’s Higher Education Community
Service Award for the fourth consecutive year. What
an honor! This is the highest federal recognition a
university or college can receive for volunteering in
the community. Carroll students perform more than
36,000 hours of community service annually. ... Our
45th class reunion will be held June 15-17, 2012,
which is difficult to believe. I know, we just had our
40th. You’ll receive information about the reunion from
the JCU alumni office with details about the general
activities. ... Our class has 371 living alumni, 57
deceased classmates, and 62 members (not included
in the 371) who are lost. Our reunion attendance in
2007 was 30 classmates, and 50 members attended
in 1992. We’ll be working toward having attendance
of 75 at reunion 2012. ... On Sept. 21, 2011, Pete
Bernardo and I attended the initial reunion information
night at Carroll, representing the class of ’67. To date,
the co-chair members of the reunion committee have
been determined: Pete Bernardo, Mark DeLong,
Charlie McCarthy, Bill Ryan, Jack Winchester, and
me. We have contacted several other members of
the class: Tom Hoy, Kevin Stone, Rich Davis, and
Mike Conner. When you receive this issue of John
Carroll magazine, please contact me or Carla Gall
’05 ([email protected]), the reunion coordinator, to join
the committee. This is a large undertaking, and we’ll
need your help, suggestions, observations, and ideas
to make it a fun weekend. Pete and I have generated
ideas about where help is needed to have a successful
reunion: class gift, reunion planning, participation, and
reunion events committees. We thought of a pub tour
in Cleveland, community tour, an Indians game, and
class dinner menu. We want as many ’67ers to attend.
To help make this happen, there will be several call
nights at the JCU call center. If you can come to Carroll
and call class members, great. You can even call from
your home. Just let me or Carla know you’re willing to
make phone calls and encourage your classmates to
attend our 45th reunion. We’re looking forward to a
great event. I’m anxious to hear from everyone. Take
care. Yours truly, Peter.
Jeff Hawk
1968 317-845-4199
[email protected]
I received a call from a lifelong friend and National
Honor Society of Pershing Rifles fraternity brother, Tim
Rogers ’69, who lives in Chicago. Tim invited Jenny
and me to the 60th anniversary celebration of the
PRs. We hoped to make it, along with other fraternity
brothers and friends such as Pete Bernardo ’67. We
had the pleasure of donating to the Pershing Rifle
Company M1 Endowment Fund and hope other PR
brothers can give. ... I heard from Pat Gnazzo, another
friend and fraternity brother of the National Society of
Scabbard and Blade. Pat and his lovely wife, Anne, are
attorneys. They’re eagerly awaiting the birth of their
first grandchild. ... Several of you might have sent your
children to John Carroll, and they might be following
your career paths. This would make great reading for
your classmates. Send a note with your news. Jeff
Cerry Crim
1969 [email protected]
TeJ Heutscbe
1970 517-669-4005
Tom anJ Rosemary CosteÌÌo
1971 217-344-2076
[email protected]
Jobn M. Marcus
1972 301-530-7285
[email protected]
Forty! Has it been that long since Fr. Mitzel took
midnight walks on the quad in that cape, Fr. Schario
stalked Murphy, Fr. Simon’s stopwatch at curfew,
and The Duke being The Duke? Has it been that long
since Pickles, The Crossroads and the Blue Streak
Lounge, and the long dash to campus at 10:57 p.m.
Jim Gulley ’67 was at the Prince George’s County
Courthouse on business and noticed this sign.
A L u M N l 1 0 u R N A L
or the past three years, Jim Breig ’68, ’71G has been working on
his book, “Searching for Sgt. Bailey: Saluting an Ordinary Soldier
of World War II,” but he’s no stranger to the writing world.
Religion, media, and history were among his specialties. Breig worked
in Albany, N.Y., with a diocesan newspaper for 37 years as a reporter,
assistant editor, and editor. Throughout his years with the newspaper, he
worked for various magazines as a freelance writer and wrote a weekly
syndicated TV column that reached more than one million readers.
In addition to these aspects of his career, Breig contributed a script to
“Hawaii Five-O.”
The idea for Breig’s book sparked when
he and his wife, Mary, were driving to
Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. On the
way, they stopped at Marketplace Antiques
in Gloucester County to take a break from
driving. As Breig looked around the store,
he came across a stack of small pages,
which were Sgt. James Boisseau Bailey’s
World War II V-mails – letters he wrote
from overseas that were reduced to
microfilm and enlarged when delivered
in the U.S. These letters, which Bailey
wrote to his mother, became the
foundation for his book.
“I accidentally found the letters and
thought they might make an article,”
he says. “I was looking for something
different but became more interested
and fascinated with who this man
was, what his town was like, and
what his experiences were.”
Breig began researching Bailey
in January 2009. The following
six months included detective
work as Breig traveled to Bailey’s
hometown, Prince George
Courthouse, Va., to meet people who knew him
and conduct interviews.
The book’s theme is that, while the heroes of Iwo Jima and D-Day
have been rightly honored, average soldiers have been neglected; yet
they served faithfully and returned to their lives, rarely speaking about
their experiences. The book traces Bailey from life in his hometown
to New Guinea, explaining what it was like as a soldier who marched
away from home in the 1940s. Bailey’s story is an example of the
stories of millions of people who served in World War II, many of
whom returned to little commendation.
“I want to present him as an ordinary soldier,” Breig says. “I wanted to
tell the story of his life, family, and what he experienced in New Guinea.”
Breig conducted additional research about Bailey and realized he
had enough information to write a book. He wrote the first draft in
six months. During the winter of 2010, he thought he had enough of
a finished product to present to a publisher. Breig presented his book
to Naval Institute Press, which responded within 24 hours letting him
know it was interested. After Breig sent a manuscript, the publisher
encouraged him to continue to work on it.
Naval Institute Press told Breig it
had never seen anyone do what he
was doing – trying to understand
a person on a deeper level by
analyzing letters he wrote.
However, Breig’s publication
process took a complicated turn
when, one year later, Naval Institute
Press decided not to continue to
work with his book and was no
longer interested in publishing
it. After a year of progress, Breig
had to start at the beginning of the
publication process again and needed
to find another publisher.
Christopher Gunty, a friend
in religious publishing who works
for Park Chase Press in Baltimore,
formerly named Cathedral Foundation
of Baltimore, called him expressing
interest in the book. It wasn’t particularly
religious; however, Gunty wanted Bailey’s
story to expand and sell to a broader
audience. Breig’s book, which can be
purchased at, will be one
of the first – if not the first – titles of Park
Chase’s expanded offerings.
“The feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction is greatly fulfilling,”
Breig says. “Writers work in isolation with their thoughts and research,
occasionally communicating through interviews with sources or experts
for information. From that isolation, I sent the book into the world
with high hopes.”
– Kaitlin Gill ’13
Saluting a soldier
writer/editor reoognizes a world war ll veteran
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on weekdays? Has it been that long since Marty
and Mike’s “printing” enterprise, Russert as Doctor
Ripple at Stunt Night, and midnight streaking at
homecoming week? Yep. There’s much we want to
forget, but more we hope to remember. So come on
back to Carroll this June for our 40th because Bergy
will host his Friday night dinner, Sir Francis will be
sharing his Cuban cigars, and ... well, your kids are
grown, and at your age, someone else paints your
house, and what the hell else will you be doing next
June? Make plans to return. ... Now for the news.
Dr. A.J. Cianflocco has been named the director of
primary sports medicine at the Cleveland Clinic for
Sports Health. A.J. has been at the Cleveland Clinic
since 1987 and has been a team doctor at times for
the Cleveland Browns (working on Earnest Byner’s
hands), the Cleveland Cavaliers (helped LeBron
develop his hook), and the U.S. Figure Skating
Championships. But seriously, A.J. is another
example of the class and character shown by our
fellow ’72ers. He has unselfishly donated his time to
JCU athletics and, at one point, hadn’t missed being
on the sidelines for a Carroll football team for many
years, except once for a relative’s wedding. We
are proud of A.J. ... Alan Nadel has been chosen
to BNA’s compensation advisory board, a group of
esteemed professionals from major corporations,
universities, and government entities. This couldn’t
have come at a better time because Al will be at
reunion wearing his compensation advisory board
hat. Al will be handing out raises to everyone who
comes back in June. (He’ll be the guy sitting at one
of those little tables in the Airport Lounge when
you register and where they give you the T-shirt,
umbrella, and one of Pacelli’s hats.) Actually, it’s
a big honor, and the guy has a monster resume –
math major at Carroll, master’s at CCNY, a master’s
in actuarial science from NYU, author of three
books, and managing director at Strategic Apex
Group in New York. Congrats, Al. ... Patti Simoson
Farrell wrote that Don tried to take up hunting
this fall in the woods of Illinois. He had to cancel
his trip because when he went into a store to buy
camouflage pants he couldn’t find any. ... And Sir
Francis wrote that he went on safari to Africa and
met up with real headhunters. Supposedly they
were eating a clown, and one of the headhunters
asked Frankie, “Does this taste funny to you?” ...
Remember the guy that did the “invisible” picture
for his senior picture in the yearbook. He married an
invisible woman, and his kids were nothing to look
at either. Yeah, I know. What’s with the bad jokes?
I have no other material – two stories about A.J.
and Al, both sent by the alumni office. No phone
calls, no emails, no Jack Bertges or Craig Roach
buying me lunch, so you get bad jokes. Here’s the
deal: Send me an email, and tell me you’re coming
to reunion, and I won’t tell any more jokes, such as
the one about the dyslexic Carroll guy that walked
into a bra. See you in June. JM
Bob Larocca
1973 216-321-5547/216-233-7651
[email protected]
There’s not a huge influx of news. However,
celebrating JCU’s 125th anniversary on campus
along with your humble correspondent was Luci
Kopcak. We’re in the infamous quad photo – look
carefully near the flagpole in the top of the numeral
two. Also, our esteemed former correspondent
Gerry Patno has a proud papa note – both his kids
have started in new careers. Christine relocated
from Buffalo, N.Y., to Houston, where she’s now
a headhunter in the oil and gas industry; and
Kevin, having recently completed his master’s of
accountancy at Cleveland State University, is an
accountant with a CPA firm in Westlake, Ohio. ...
Keep me posted about any of your or your family’s
lifetime journeys. Rock on! Bob
Dave Robinson
1974 248-642-9615
[email protected]
Rick Rea
1975 314-769-9451
[email protected]
Hello, classmates. I’m going to have to break all your
hearts and put my column trivia question on hiatus.
By the time you answer my trivia question from the
column you’re reading, I already will have written
my next column. The last two trivia answers are
“V” and COBOL. ... Melissa and I had a nice time
in July back at the “home 20” in Hermitage, Pa.,
visiting my mom and attending Sam Mastrian’s ’76
daughter Samantha’s wedding. We caught up with
Louis Mastrian Sr. ’64 and the entire Mastrian clan.
... Gov. John Kasich announced the appointment
of Tim Grendell, of Chesterland, to serve as a
probate/juvenile court judge of the Geauga County
Court of Common Pleas, filling the seat vacated by
the death of Judge Charles “Chip” Henry. Grendell
was a member of the Ohio Senate, chairing the
Judiciary-Criminal Justice Committee. Tim served
as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate
General’s Corps. He received his juris doctor from
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
and his LLM from the University of Virginia School
of Law. Tim’s wife, Diane, sits on the 11th District
Ohio Court of Appeals, based in Warren, which
covers cases from Geauga County. ... Gov. Kasich
announced that Virginia M. Lindseth of Hunting
Valley has been appointed to serve as a member of
the Ohio Board of Regents. Her five-year term will
run to September 2016. The board’s responsibilities
include developing an independent annual report
about the condition of higher education in Ohio,
issuing an annual performance review of chancellor
Jim Petro, and advising the chancellor about issues
of statewide importance affecting higher education.
Dr. Lindseth is a life member of the board of
trustees of University School, a member of the
president’s visiting committee at Case Western
Reserve University, an emeritus member of the
advisory council at Cornell University College of
Arts and Sciences, and member of the board of
trustees of the Musical Arts Association of the
Cleveland Orchestra. Her professional experience at
Carroll includes serving as founder, chair, consultant,
and advisory board member for the Institute for
Educational Renewal (1991 - 1996) and as an adjunct
professor in child development and curriculum
(1984 - 1996). Looks like Jim Petro has a couple of
outstanding JCU alums in his organization. ... Hope
you all have blessed holidays. Email me news, and
pray for peace in 2012. Hi, Kathleen. RR
Diane CooÌican Caggin
1976 [email protected]
First and foremost, kudos to reunion committee
members Mary Cay McConnell, Alex Russo, and
Joe Tarasco, whom, with no malice aforethought,
were missing from the last column. Thank you all for
adding to the planning that made reunion so great
for us. ... Joe Barmann got in touch after reading an
article on the Drudge Report about Chicago’s new
mayor snapping at a reporter who asked where his
kids were going to school now that he’s head of the
city schools. And the intrepid reporter was ... Mary
Ann (Bergerson) Ahern. Congrats, Bergy! And now
we have a reporter on the reporter. Thanks, Joe. ...
Marybob (Hogenkamp) Straub (marybob_2000@ said she and Patti Brosnan were seeking
Mary Ann Murphy (Mmurphy65393@roadrunner.
com), and now they’re all in touch. ... We remembered
performing with Gail Zombor and Mary Anne
Moloney as the Pointer Sisters singing “Steam
Heat.” Perhaps if we try hard, we’ll think of all the
names of the 21 Guzzling Girlies. ... Just so you know,
Bishop Neal J. Buckon ’75 was in Rome in
September for a convention of new bishops --
117 bishops from 33 countries attended. During
the convention, Bishop Buckon had a brief
exchange with Pope Benedict XVI.
A meeting of some Carroll varsity debaters
(from left): Rita Fritz, Bryan Fritz ’75 (assistant
prosecutor, Cleveland), Alie Rufo (Stark County
family court magistrate), Greg Rufo ’76 (attorney
in private practice in Canton), Ken Laino ’75
(attorney in Cleveland) and Kathy Laino ’75
A L u M N l 1 0 u R N A L
when email addresses are included next to names it
means they’re happy to be contacted directly. If you
want to catch up with classmates, contact me, and I’ll
check to see if they want to be found. And speaking
of wanting to be found, Anne Sullivan, sister of Steve
Rath ’75, now has a functioning email address –
[email protected]. She wants to hear from
all who knew her brother. ... May the new year bring
you blessings and bring me news from all of you I can
print. Until next time, I remain ... Cools.
Dennis J. Lane
1977 [email protected]
Tim Freeman
1978 708-579-9075
[email protected]
Greetings! Here’s the latest: Greg Skoda’s firm,
Skoda, Minotti & Co., again was named as One of
the Top Workplaces by Crain’s and NorthCoast 99
and one of the top 200 firms in the country in Inside
Public Accounting. Greg is always looking to hire
new and past JCU grads in any of his businesses.
Greg was named to the University Hospitals Case
Medical Center Board of Directors. All of Greg’s kids
are college graduates: Greg Jr. ’07 works at the firm
and along with his wife, Courtney (JCU MBA), have a
1-year-old daughter, Stella; Brent (TCU) was last year’s
Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year awarded
through the Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards
and The Kaufman Foundation; Brittany (Georgetown)
an investment banker for Goldman Sachs; and Bobby
(Fordham), who’s starting a business about college
travel in New York. Greg keeps in touch with Ben
Pintabona and sends a hello to Mary Jane (Stibich)
Shannon. ... Terry O’Brien will retire as president of
the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater
Chicago in December 2012. Terry will have served 24
years as a commissioner, including 16 years as the
agency’s president. He’s proud to depart the district
with three AAA bond ratings. Terry’s son, Kevin,
graduated in May of 2011 from Marquette University
and is a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual
Insurance. Terry’s daughter, Therese, is a senior at
Indiana University. His son, Patrick, is a junior at Loyola
Academy. Terry and Patrick are looking forward to the
trip to Dublin Labor Day weekend 2012 when Loyola
Academy will play Jesuit High School from Dallas and
JCU will play St. Norbert’s. Terry keeps in touch with
Dave Kavanagh, Tom Ruddy, Tom Caplice, Tom
Lawley, Bob Rooney, Bill Dunlap, Bob Rees, Bob
Burak, Mark Fasano, Jim McGrath, Jim Repicky,
Tom Lanese, Mike McCarthy, Mike Hendricks,
Rick Kapryan, Mike Soeder, Mike Tarasco, and Tom
Corall. ... John Baran enjoyed catching up with Rob
Herald in August. They played a round of golf and
attended the JCU Pittsburgh Alumni Association’s
“Night with the Pirates.” John was unable to attend
and disappointed to miss Carroll’s homecoming and
Circle K reunion, but Bruce Luecke and Dan Fickes
planned to attend. John and his wife, Kathy, helped
host Fr. Niehoff for JCU’s 125th year anniversary at
Duquesne Club in November. John is part of a group
re-energizing the Pitt JCU alumni. He keeps in touch
with Bob Rees, Mark McGinley, Tom Keir, Lou
Cieri, and Earl Hamlin. ... Congrats to Steve Ryan
on his appointment as vice president of marketing,
sales, and customer service with Badger Mining Corp.
Steve plans to move to Wisconsin by the end of the
year. ... Thanks for writing. Tim
Nancy Agacinski
1979 [email protected]

Winter greetings. I hope this finds you all getting into
the holiday spirit. I read a great article in the winter
2011 issue of the (Cleveland) Saint Ignatius High
School magazine about Tim Rowell and his son,
John, a 2011 Ignatius graduate, about how students
reshape the world through service and the impact of
Ignatian spirituality. Tim recalled his service project as
a St. Ignatius student: “It predisposes you to serve
and think outside yourself. It teaches you to be a man
for others.” The service projects provided lasting
impacts on Tim and his son. What a great concept
– to do for others and give of self – nothing like the
Ignatian ideals. ... No other class news at this time.
Please send your news and write when you can. ...
Every five while we’re alive. Cheers. Nancy
Matt HoÌtz
1980 440-331-1759
[email protected]
Greetings. The mailbag had a few items of interest.
Jim and Susan Antall made a trek to the East
Coast this summer. While enjoying the sites and
sounds of Cape Cod, they ventured out to enjoy
time with Ann Mannion. ... Paul and Wendy
Lioon send their greetings to all from sunny Punta
Gorda, Fla. Paul started his own fiduciary business
working as an individual trustee for clients in
Southwest Florida. He started a trust department
for a local bank and after eight years decided to
offer customized services individually. Punta
Gorda is the spring training home for the Tampa
Bay Rays baseball team, so if you’re in the area,
ring the Lioons. Paul says he’ll leave the light on.
... I chatted with Ron Zajaczkowski. Ron and his
wife, Donna, a former Rocky River High bando,
along with my wife, Mary, were attending a family
celebration at St. Christopher Parish in Rocky
River, Ohio. Ron has kept in touch with Dave
Kusner, who’s a doctor in Iowa, as well as Brian
and Barry Jereb. ... I remember many a day when
you needed to turn in a bunch of punch cards for
a computer project, and you had to take a hike to
the Bohannon Science Center to visit the computer
center. There were some nights when things were
a little loud in Bernet Hall, and I needed a quiet
place to study. I always found a nice classroom to
use in the Bohannon Science Center. I recall being
a naïve freshman entering one of the huge lecture
halls and taking a seat to study one late evening.
Unknown to me was the fact a female and male
student were studying seriously at the front desk.
The girl asked why I was there, and I innocently
told her I needed a place to read. Fast forward
to 2011, and the Bohannon project has turned
that large, brick structure into a parking area with
rain gardens and a bioretention basin. I have fond
memories of walking up those steps and entering
that building. One of my first classes as a freshman
was in Bohannon, along with the commuter lounge
where I’d meet commuter friends. It wasn’t an
attractive building, but I’ll always chuckle thinking
about it. Drop a line anytime. MFH
Bob HiÌÌ
1981 414-254-9880
[email protected]
I hope you’re full of joy and anticipation for the best
Christmas ever. May your thoughts be full of great
memories and special times with family and friends.
This may also be a stressful time with unemployment,
a down economy, and the loss of a loved one. One
thing we always can do this time of year is reach out
to someone in need and focus on serving others. ... I
heard from Jim Koenig. He and his wife, Sandi, had
a great time seeing old friends and making new ones
at the 30th class reunion in May. Jim is a tax partner
with Thompson Hine in Cleveland. ... Hal Hawk says
the Fremont Ross swim team hosted its first college
meet at the Hawk-Bucci Natatorium Oct. 22. The
meet was coordinated by Ron Zwierlein, former JCU
coach and athletic director. Kevin ’80 and Suzie ’82
Whalen, along with Tom ’80 and Angela Cua were
expected in the crowd. Congratulations to Hal, who
was appointed to Carroll’s board of directors in May. ...
I heard from Nancy Loyan Schuemann, who wrote
her first novel, “Paradise Found.” ... Gery Nietupski
Deacon Bill Andrews ’76 baptized his daughters’
children (left to right): Ben held by Katie, Hanna
held by Maryann, and Nya held by Beth.
Class of 1980 members Jim and Susan Antall
and Ann Mannion on Cape Cod.
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continues to practice law and enjoys teaching in the
graduate school of business at Gannon University. He
also certifies scuba divers all throughout the world
and competed in his first 31.2-mile endurance run.
... In the fall, my home team Milwaukee Brewers
advanced to the National League playoffs for the first
time in 30 years. By now, you know it didn’t win the
2011 World Series. Nonetheless, Milwaukee had a
great year. Continue to send your notes to soar1@aol.
com or Bob
PauÌ HuÌseman
1982 847-867-9322 (c)
[email protected]
Francine Gagliano is hoping to leave the Texas heat
and return to her beloved Northeast Ohio. While
there’s no doubt Cleveland is better in the summer
than almost anywhere else, Francine might regret
her decision to move north between November
and February. OK, maybe October through May. ...
Birdies, pars, and bogeys (the course record was
never in jeopardy) brought me together with Mike
Minnaugh, Joe Kovach, and Mike Robie in August.
Minnaugh was a little distracted thinking about his
upcoming September golf trip to the Emerald Isle
with his brothers and spouses. In our family, we
refer to them as “spice” (i.e., Joe Kovach). Robie
and I swam in the 2011 Big Shoulders 5K in Lake
Michigan Sept. 10 and committed to do it again in
2012. It’s funny, but 32 years after swimming in the
Johnson Natatorium together as Blue Streaks, I can
still pick out Mike’s smooth stroke among 998 other
swimmers in the lake. ... Katie Carpenter Rose
hosted a party at her house in September, and ’70s
sitcom idol, Peter Brady (aka Christopher Knight),
showed up. I have nothing else to add to this other
than I wasn’t invited. Must’ve lost my address.
Wouldn’t have gone, anyway. Too busy. Really. Was
Jan there? ... Sadly, one of my favorite moms of our
classmates passed away in August. Katie Grace
Brandt’s mom, Marylu “Tap,” died after a battle with
cancer. I saw Mrs. Grace in May, and she looked great
and sounded even better. The Grace family gathered
for a Mass in celebration of her wonderful life, and
I was fortunate to have experienced it firsthand.
Katie read a beautiful story, “A Mother: A Fairy Tale
for Adults,” which concludes with this: “We cannot
see her, but she is with us still. A mother like ours is
more than a memory. She is a living presence.” Grab
a scoop of butter pecan ice cream – that’s how Tap
would want you to remember her. Onward on. Paul
Mark ScbroeJer
1983 216-210-2020
[email protected]
I’ve been presented with the honor of being the
professional auctioneer of choice to auction a trip
to Ireland for next year’s John Carroll football game
against St. Norbert’s College in Dublin. Do I hear
$20,000? I’ll let you know how it goes in our first
magazine issue of 2012. ... I heard about many parties
to celebrate our 50th birthdays. I hear some of the
big bashes were in Chicago with Charles Wagner
and Jane (Broeren) Lambesis. Jane received a nice
surprise from her husband, Peter – a gathering of
classmates from throughout the country while Peter’s
band played for the party. ... Deb Solyan should’ve
been surprised until someone asked her about her
party. Deb, along with my wife, Johnna, and I, got to
have our own small celebration. Congrats to all, and
onto the next 50! ... I’d like all the football players
to contact me. Bill O’Brien ’81, Pat Divito ’80, and
a few others are trying to bring the alumni football
players together. ... I ran into Joe Delguyd ’82 at one
of my Cleveland benefit auctions. The sharp dressed
attorney also is a fight promoter and was getting
prepped for a bout with one of his fighters in Miami.
He told me he ran into Walt Reynoso ’82 in Florida.
... Class of ’83, congratulations on the first 50, and
make the next 50 years memorable. My apologies
for a short column. Write me, friend me on Facebook,
and tell me something good. Mark
Don D'Amore
1984 440-235-1323
[email protected]
Dave Brown was featured in an article that appeared
in The Post in Strongsville, Ohio, about his induction
into the Strongsville High School Hall of Fame. Turns
out Dave is the career scoring leader in basketball
for the school, where he graduated from in 1979. He
was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame
in a ceremony on Sept. 15, 2011. Dave was named
conference most valuable player for the 1978-79
season. He also co-captained and led his team in
scoring on conference championship teams in 1977-
78 and 1978-79. He even led the team in scoring
his sophomore season. In addition to his basketball
exploits, Dave was a three-year starter for the high-
school baseball team. Dave is still good friends
with his teammate and longtime friend who set a
record in a game with him back in high school. “Our
competitive natures drove us to be better players,”
Dave says. ... John Breen was inspired to write after
reading a previous column. He and wife, Cathy, are
doing well, and they have entered the empty nest
phase of life. Their daughter, Amanda, graduated
from University of Central Florida and is working as
an AT&T retail store manager. She’ll be in training
for six months in Atlanta. Their son, Jay, is working
at Progress Energy as an IT consultant. He owns a
home he shares with a roommate in Safety Harbor,
Fla. John continues his career as an assistant vice
president with AT&T but has international teams
under him, which makes for a few nice business
trips. The time zone issue can be a problem though,
he says. Cathy is coaching gymnastics but is starting
to scale back a bit so she can help support her
82-year-old dad. John and Cathy have been traveling
whenever they can and are enjoying weekends on
their boat. The Breens figure they have five years
before they have to spend weekends babysitting
grandkids. They’re also involved with several
philanthropic activities and charities in the Tampa
area. ... I’m still waiting to hear from classmates
about how they’ll be celebrating the half-century
mark. It’ll be upon almost all of us soon enough. Don
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back in touch with Suzanne (Hoffman) Sullivan.
Suzanne and her husband, Joe, live in Westlake,
Ohio, with their two children, Shannon, in sixth
grade, and RJ, in third grade. RJ was diagnosed
with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was
in kindergarten. Duchenne primarily affects boys,
and there’s no cure, but research doctors are doing
good things. Because of this, Suzanne is involved
with Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a nonprofit
organization with a mission to raise awareness and
money for research for Duchenne. Parent Project
Muscular Dystrophy ( has
paired up with college football teams to create
Coach to Cure MD ( College
teams throughout the country wore armbands and
promoted the cause Sept. 24. The Carroll football
team was on the road that day but still wanted to
get involved, so on Oct. 15, the team and coaches
donned the armbands to support RJ and all boys
with Duchenne MD. I strongly encourage you to
check out the PPMD website to learn more and
offer support. ... Tracee Murphy Bomberger
was featured in an article in the Herald-Tribune in
Lakewood Ranch, Fla. (http://shstage.ny.atl.publicus.
com/article/20110916/archives/109161002). Tracee,
who earned her degree from JCU in psychology,
was designing rooms for family and friends, so
she decided to earn a degree in interior design
from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. The mother of
three children, she owns a design firm, Trade Mark
Interiors (, which she
started in 2000 in Pittsburgh. Tracee, who moved to
Sarasota in 2006, says she always knew she’d have
a business named Trade Mark because growing up
she always saw the TM on her toys and thought
they were engraved with her initials. ... Keep the
news coming. Melissa
Liz (PbiÌÌips) Hartranft
1991 216-956-5943
[email protected]
Where did the year go? Not to mention the 20
since we graduated. I’m excited to share news.
Dave (Peanut) McClafferty sent a message that he
and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed a baby girl June
16, 2011. Dave said she looks just like a peanut.
Congratulations to the McClaffertys! ... I also heard
from my long, lost friend Ray Lowe. Ray and Angie
(Huff) Lowe live in North Ridgeville, Ohio, with their
six kids. Ray has been teaching in Avon Lake for
the past 14 years – this year it’s fifth grade. Angie
has gone back to teaching after taking time off to
raise Nathan, Jacob, Sarah, Emma, Anna, and Noah.
Angie will be teaching kindergarten at Open Door
Christian Schools in Elyria, where Ray has accepted
the challenge of starting a football program. I can
only imagine the time commitment and dedication
to start this program. Open Door couldn’t have
found a better candidate. ... Julie Bjorkman and
her husband Rajesh David welcomed their first
child, Mia Simone, Sept. 10, 2010. Congratulations,
Julie and Rajesh! ... The Meadows Health Care
Center won an award for facility leadership because
of the hard work of Gretchen Schindel Aichele,
the facility administrator. This annual award
recognizes administrators of nursing homes who’ve
met superior health-care standards. Keep up the
Diane (Nerem) WenJeÌ
1985 914-238-2227
[email protected]
I have the perfect suggestion for that Christmas
stocking this year – “Defensive Wounds,” the
fourth book in the Theresa MacLean series by
Lisa Black ’83. The novel begins with a murder at
a defense-attorney convention in the beautiful Ritz-
Carlton in Cleveland’s most recognizable landmark
– the Terminal Tower, with its 700-foot observation
deck. Visit Lisa’s website ( to
see her other novels. ... Continue to keep Mary
Pat Bluemle Maretz’s family in your prayers so her
brother Tom ’91 may make a complete recovery. ...
I’m on Facebook now, so send a message or email
with an update. I wish you all the spirit of Christmas,
which is peace; the gladness of Christmas, which
is hope; the heart of Christmas, which is love every
day of the year written on your heart. Diane
Cigi TogÌiatti-Rice
1986 419-529-5530
[email protected]

Betb (Bonanno) HausouÌ
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Sue Farinacci Crazia
1987 440-256-0338
[email protected]
I hope you’re enjoying winter. During these cold
winter months, I hope you’ll update me about life
25 years after JCU. I can’t believe this summer will
be our 25th reunion. I can’t wait to see all of you, so
I hope you plan to attend. ... I heard from Marie Cox
’86 who not only attended with us but went on to
earn her M.A. in ’89 from Carroll. She’s enjoying her
position as associate professor of English at Stark
State College in North Canton, Ohio, and being an
author. She has published two works – one poem
and one short story, in an anthology titled “Turning
Leaves.” The anthology is available on Amazon.
She also has a Kindle book, also on Amazon, titled
“Murder by Deed.” Sounds like a thriller. ... I also
received an email from Stefano Deleidi, who
sends his regards from Hong Kong. He and his wife,
Carole, and their three daughters have relocated
to Hong Kong after eight years in mainland China.
This is a happy move for them. Stefano is the
Asia Pacific general and is starting, once again,
a new company for a western corporation with
manufacturing in China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Sounds like a lot of work, however exciting. His
daughters are ages 6, 3, and 18 months. Only Anna
is in school, attending the Delia School of Canada
in Hong Kong. Sounds like a great opportunity
Stefano. Congratulations! ... Sue
Cbristine Horwatb Cawronski
1988 614-425-7723
[email protected]
DaviJ Cassman
1989 440-934-0366
[email protected]
Welcome to another boring edition of our alumni
news. It’s boring because no one returns my phone
calls or emails with news. As much as I’d like to
make things up or tell stories I remember, I have
to rely on people I see all the time. I made it to
campus for homecoming and hoped to see some
folks, but the weather was less than cooperative – it
was rainy and cold, and the turnout was small. The
street fair had to be moved into the gym, and by the
time we got there, it was all but wrapped up. That
said, campus looked quite nice, and all the facilities
are up to par. We hit the bookstore, and $160 later
I was scratching my head trying to figure out what
happened. Too bad I can’t call my parents and tell
them I bought books. ... The summer has come
and gone, and now we’re about to shovel snow
in Cleveland. August and September held some
great times for some Blue Streaks. The Soucies,
Weavers, and Gassmans made their annual trek to
Rochester, Mich., and invaded the home of Jennifer
and John Fox for at least the fourth consecutive
year. Great times were had by all. The Foxs returned
the favor by coming to Kelley’s Island and sharing
the Weaver household with the same group of
folks in addition to Mary Kay O’Malley and Jimmy
Kennedy and Mike ’88 and Joanna (Garry) ’90
Fanning. What a Labor Day weekend we had. Wow,
stop having kids already. ... James Dimitrijevs ’90
has joined McDonald Hopkins as a member of the
firm’s intellectual property group in the Cleveland
office. James specializes in assisting clients with
protecting trademarks and resolving conflicts, as
well as litigating copyright and false advertising
disputes. “Jim is a highly experienced trademark
attorney who further strengthens our intellectual
property team,” said David B. Cupar, co-chair of the
McDonald Hopkins Intellectual Property Practice.
“We are pleased he has chosen to return to our
firm.” Congrats, James, and I’ll look you up once
I finally patent something and make my millions. ...
If you want to share information about you or your
fellow JCU alums, drop me a line and let me know
what’s happening. I wish you all the best in the
coming months and a painless winter – impossible!
Peace. David
MeÌissa WenzÌer
1990 440-725-0753
[email protected]
I hope everyone enjoyed the changing of the season
as we bid adieu to fall and welcome winter. It was
an exciting start to the season for our classmate,
Brian Cochran, who was inducted into the JCU
Athletic Hall of Fame Sept. 30 at the annual hall of
fame dinner. Fellow classmates and teammates
Tom Mylott ’91, Pat Dickson, Pat Murphy, and Joe
Behm were there to support Brian, whose coaching
career has led him back to JCU where he’s the
defensive coordinator for the Blue Streaks football
team. The festivities ended on an exciting note as
the Blue Steaks beat Otterbein in a double overtime
game 47-41. Congratulations, Brian, your induction
is a well-deserved honor. ... Football brought me
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excellent work. ... Another dear friend I haven’t seen
in a while is Meaghen Scullin Gramley. Meaghen’s
oldest was playing in a golf tournament (almost in
my backyard), and we were able to meet for dinner.
Meaghen and Kurt also have six kids. Brendan,
Shannon, and Sean (my godson) attend Shady Side
Academy in Pittsburgh. Devin, Erin, and Colin are
in grade school in the Sharon, Pa., area where the
Gramleys reside. ... All the best, Liz.
Jim SisÌo
1992 440-269-1245
[email protected]
Hello, everyone. I can’t
believe I’m saying this,
but our 20-year reunion
is this summer. Please
mark June 15-17 on
your calendars and
plan to attend reunion
weekend. It’ll be a great
opportunity to visit our
campus and catch up
with fellow classmates.
... I was happy to hear
from Cristal Doherty,
who gave birth to Camilla Ann Doherty April 28, 2011.
Camilla Ann weighed in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was
19.5 inches long. The proud parents had many visitors
from our John Carroll friends: Lisa Love Plantner ’94,
Muriel Martin-Gold, Roseanne Nowinski Deucher,
Margaret Kelly Tower, and Mary Thomas Leathley
’91. Camilla was baptized at Gesu July 9, 2011, and
her godparents are JCU alums Kathy Benander-Kadlub
’96 and Jeff Kadlub ’96. Congratulations, Cristal! ...
Scott Tennant joined OneCommunity, a Cleveland
nonprofit specializing in broadband internet service,
as vice president of development and external affairs.
... I hope to see all of you on campus this summer for
our 20th reunion. Jim
JuÌie (RoJJy) RearJon
1993 440-877-0939
[email protected]

Maureen "Moe" McCuinness
1994 [email protected]
If you haven’t heard and are on Facebook, I’ve
created a group, “John Carroll Class of 1994,” for
all of us to join and interact. It’s been great to see
so many of our friends connect. Feel free to post
to the walls and invite all our classmates to join. ...
Eric Wulff wrote that Aurum Wealth Management
Group is an investment advisory firm he co-founded
with Greg Skoda ’78 that keeps growing, and they
keep hiring JCU grads. Their most recent hires are
Michael McKeown ’05 and Jake Adamczyk ’11. ...
I heard from Lisa Chrysler Kocab and her hubby,
David Kocab. They were beaming with pride to
announce the birth of their fifth son, Patrick James,
in April 2011. Dave reports all four older brothers
fight over holding him and playing with him. Lisa
and Dave, you have the beginnings of your own
basketball team. Congrats! ... I’m reconnected
with Sachiko Burns through Facebook. She’s
living in Columbus, Ohio. ... I’ve also reconnected
with Cricket Scheurer, who owns a preschool
and daycare in North Canton, Ohio, and absolutely
loves it. Cricket has a 10-year-old son and is
planning to return to Carroll this fall for a football
game. ... Beth Campbell Killeen has her hands
full. She and husband, Kevin ’93, have four girls
and live in Hudson, Ohio, where, for the past four
years, they’ve owned a Mexican restaurant called
Marcelita’s. Daughters Molly (13), Grace (12), Hanna
(8), and Sara (4) keep them busy. Beth, it was great
to hear from you. Keep the updates coming. …
Congratulations to Apryl Ference Seide, who was
named general counsel of Safeguard Properties.
As a member of the executive team, Seide directs
Safeguard’s internal and external legal functions.
Way to go, Apryl! ... Please continue to email or post
your updates and those of any of our classmates
we need to hear about online. Hope you all have a
wonderful holiday season. Moe
Annie (Hummer) DePerro
1995 330-966-8845
[email protected]
Those of you who know me well will be shocked
to learn I’ve taken on a new job this year – Sunday
school teacher. Yes, you read that correctly. I’m
teaching the Ten Commandments to fourth graders.
My parish priest jokingly told me my first job was to
learn them, and unbeknownst to him, he was right.
In any case, I’ve embraced my new responsibility
with an open heart and mind, and I hope I’m giving
my students one-tenth of what they’re giving me in
terms of purpose, opportunity, and connection. My
life seems to be more balanced these days (tennis
is up there, but it’s no longer my first priority), and
miracle of miracles, there’s much less bickering
between my children. For that, I’m blessed. ... On to
our classmates’ news: Brendan and Heather (Stang)
McKillip celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary
this summer. Brendan works in Chicago at Equity
Residential, and Heather cares for their three children
and occasionally substitute teaches. They visited
with Aimee Lockner and her husband, Tom Krizek, in
Cleveland this summer. The four of them had dinner
with Casey (Shepard) Ptasznik and her husband,
Dave ’97. Casey teaches at Chardon High School, and
Dave works for KeyBank. They have two boys. ... Mike
’94 and Dr. Alison (Perod) DuBois also celebrated
their 16th wedding anniversary this summer. They’re
parents to Michael (12) and Matt (10). Ali loves her
job as assistant professor at Westminster College
in the education department. She sits on several
boards of trustees for local nonprofits. She and
Mike travel extensively
for their younger son’s
travel baseball team and
their older son’s national
scholar program. Ali
says Brenda Boglitsch
Marwaha lives in
Lancaster, Pa., with her
husband, Ajay (who’s in
private practice) and their
three children. Brenda,
I’d love to hear more,
so email me. ... Summa Western Reserve Hospital
Ear, Nose and Throat program, led by our former
classmate Dr. Phillip Khalil and Dr. Matthew Lutz,
has been recognized by U.S. News Media & World
Report in their 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings. The
hospital’s ENT program was singled out as one of the
best in the Akron region. Dr. Robert Kent, president
and CEO of Summa Western Reserve Hospital,
said, “It’s affirmation of our dedication to providing
exceptional care and the best patient experience,
and it’s rewarding to see data that supports our hard
work.” ... Thanks everyone for writing, and I look
forward to hearing from more of you next time. Annie
Amy Spisicb Kogovsek
1996 [email protected]
Brian Sparks
1997 440-746-0309
[email protected]
Hi, everyone. I received an extensive update from
Susan (Okuley) Paz: Karen Thompson-Shaheen
is the chief program and operations officer at
NewBridge, a program in Cleveland that provides
after-school arts programming for high-school
students and vocational training for adults. She
has found her new position to be quite a learning
experience but is enjoying it. ... Nikki (Nicholas)
Custy is busy with her three boys and still finds
time to work part time as a technical writer and
teach Irish fiddle lessons. Nikki will be competing
in an international music competition with her
band, the Burning River Ceili Band, in Ireland this
summer. ... Meghan Sweeney is an associate
professor of English at the University of North
Carolina Wilmington, where she’s been teaching
since 2003. Meghan and her partner, Nick, went
on their annual south Texas trip this summer
and saw Monica Dragoman in New York City.
Monica is the division director of Family Planning
in the Department of Ob/Gyn at Einstein College
of Medicine in the Bronx. When she’s not busy
delivering babies and teaching medical students
about women’s health, she stays centered doing
Bikram yoga. ... Erika Bauer lives in Bethesda,
Md., and works at the National Zoo in Washington
with endangered Asian carnivores. Erika has been
interviewed by NPR several times for her work with
the zoo and is one of the few in the world who
has shipped a live, giant panda to China. ... Lynn
Rutledge works for the Franklin County Board of
Developmental Disabilities in Columbus, Ohio,
as an occupational therapist, working with adults
and overseeing therapy services for four shelter
workshops. Lynn also welcomed an adorable baby
boy into her life in March. Lynn and her family
are enjoying time with baby Elliot and traveled to
Maine for a relaxing vacation this summer. ... Susan
(Okuley) Paz is enjoying life with two young boys.
She and her family live in Indianapolis. ... Other
news: Joy Malek Oldfield has filed petitions to run
in the November general election for a seat on the
Akron Municipal Court. Joy is running for the seat
held by Judge Thomas McCarty, who’s running for
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To make your gift,
or call 216-397-4198.
Thank you for your
annual contribution.
re-election. Joy is a magistrate and judicial attorney
who handles civil and criminal pending court
proceedings for Summit County Common Pleas
Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer. ... Don’t forget our
15-year reunion is this coming June 15-17 (as little
groaning as possible, please). Visit
alumni for more details. Brian
Cberie (Skoczen) KurÌycbek
1998 216-741-1823
[email protected]
Meg CaÌÌigan
1999 [email protected]
Hello, everyone. There’s lots of news to share from
our classmates in this edition. Congratulations
to Matt Toth, who’s been selected as the 2011
Southern League Trainer of the Year and is being
considered for Minor League Athletic Trainer of the
Year. Subsequent to his graduation from Carroll,
Matt received his master’s in health and human
performance from Oregon State University in 2001.
Now he’s working for the Jackson Generals, part
of the Seattle Mariners organization. Previously,
Matt served as a trainer for organizations including
the Oregon State football and baseball teams the
Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs. Matt
resides in Albany, Ore., with wife Annie and son,
Alex. ... Many of you probably saw congratulations
are in order for Meg Caswell, who won HGTV’s
Design Star program in 2011. Look for Meg on TV.
... I received an update that Dr. Shawn Ebaugh
serves as clinic director of Chiro One Wellness
Center of Homer Glen near Chicagoland. After
graduating from JCU, Shawn received his Doctor
of Chiropractic at National University of Health
Sciences. He hosted a workshop designed to
educate people about common threads that
influence health. In addition to this work, Shawn is
a certified golf fitness instructor. ... Kevin Filiatraut
has been married for four years to Kim and has
two children: Luke (2) and Claire, who was born
June 8. Kevin has been an assistant prosecuting
attorney at the Cuyahoga county prosecutor’s office
for eight years and is in the major trial unit in the
office. ... There were many other arrivals in June
this year. Robb Giambrone and his wife, Helen,
welcomed their daughter, Sophia, June 8. Sophia’s
older brother, Dominic (3), is a loving big brother.
... Casey (Sullivan) and Kyle Reynolds welcomed
new baby, Dylan Francis, June 12. He joins older
brother Jack (3). ... Emily Berdell Marotte and her
husband, Ydillio, welcomed a baby boy, Samuel,
June 20. Samuel was 10 pounds, 12 ounces, and
23 inches long when he was born. Mom is happy
that he has beautiful blue eyes and is a happy baby.
... Christine (Weimer) Papesch and husband, Erich,
welcomed their daughter, Gabrielle Genevieve,
Sept. 9. Gabrielle joins big sister Elizabeth (4) and
brother Nicholas (2). Congratulations to all proud
parents. ... I look forward to hearing from more of
you in the coming months. Meg
We give because...
“It’s our small way of paying
forward the gifts we’ve
received from John Carroll
– a solid education, a strong
faith, and loving family
and friends. The values we
learned there continue to
guide us in our everyday
lives. We hope our gift
enables others to share a
similar experience.”

Michele ’85 and
Jim ’83 Kisthardt, Parents ’13
Parents Fund Co-Chairs
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Lisa (Foster) Smitb
2000 440-339-6572
[email protected]
CÌare Taft
[email protected]
We hope everyone had a terrific fall. Lisa started a
new job as the director of marketing and commu-
nications with The Music Settlement, a community
arts organization that offers arts instruction, early
childhood education, and music therapy program-
ming in the University Circle area of Cleveland.
… Many of our classmates are on the go, and we
appreciate you sending us your updates as they
happen. Congratulations to Bridget Lynch, who
married John Kraft in July at St. Ignatius Church in
Chicago. Among those who attended are: Bridget
(Houlihan) Kennedy, Jack DiCello, Bob Guillen,
Moira (Conway) Benton, Gina DiDonato-Kubec,
Courteney Malon, Jessie McCullough, Fina (Can-
non) Riddle, Dave Youngers, and Anthony Hart.
Bridget and John honeymooned in Hawaii and re-
side in Chicago. … Sean Beck also tied the knot
this summer. He and Melissa Maruna of Stow, Ohio,
married Aug. 27 at St. Sebastian Church in Akron,
Ohio. Mike Cory and his wife, Mary ’02, were in the
wedding party. JCU grads who attended are: Chris-
tine (Zeller) Papa, Eric Purcell, Jon and Kathryn
(Yanus) Wilson, and Kate (Thornton) ’01 and Dave
Westerfield, and Connor McCluskey ’03. Former
JCU dean of student development, Fr. Jim Prehn,
S.J., was the main celebrant of the ceremony. ... In
baby news, congratulations to Andrew and Maryel-
len (Walsh) Moline, who welcomed twins, Bennett
Bunker and Owen Walsh, Sept. 13. Bennett was 6.8
pounds and 18 inches, and Owen was 6.1 pounds
and 18.5 inches. Bennett and Owen join big brother
Nicholas. ... Elizabeth Criss is engaged to be mar-
ried to Jim Boyle in October 2012. Liz, who lives in
Pittsburgh, works at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
... Michelle (Nigon) Andolino and her husband Pe-
ter ’98 welcomed their third child, William Thomas,
July 18. Will joins his sisters, Gabriella (4) and Siena
Grace (2). ... Have a wonderful holiday, and remem-
ber to keep us informed. Clare and Lisa
Maureen DeMers FarieÌÌo
2001 [email protected]
The John Carroll family continues to grow.
Congratulations to Chris ’00 and Michelle (Bompiedi)
McFarland, who welcomed their first child, Thomas
Christopher, Jan. 31, 2011! ... Please send updates
about how life continues to change for you and your
friends. Blessings to all of you. Maureen
Kristen (Muoio) McVean
2002 585-259-3955
[email protected]
It’s almost been 10
years since graduation.
You know what that
means – reunion time!
Reunion 2012 will be
June 15-17, so save the
date. Here’s the latest
news for our class …
Kelly (Patten) ’01 and
Kevin Hatgas ’10G
welcomed their first
child, Samson James, to the world in September.
Samson was born on Sept. 8 and weighed 8
pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long. Mom
and baby are perfect. After seven years of working
in the JCU enrollment division, Kevin made the
move to the University’s integrated marketing
and communications department as the new web
coordinator. ... Michael ’01 and Laura (Andrasak)
Murphey announced the birth of their second son,
Matthew Vincent Murphey, born Sept. 1, 2011. ...
Vanessa Strickley married Patrick Phelan April 16,
2011, in Cincinnati. Jennifer Basa ’03, Matthew
Guzzo ’01, Suzanne Guzzo ’04, and Jason Nemec
’01 attended. The Phelans reside in Newport, Ky.
Vanessa works at the University of Cincinnati as
the assistant director for student affairs in the
College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.
... Aaron J. Weir joined Chester, Willcox & Saxbe
law firm in Columbus, Ohio, as an associate. He’ll
concentrate his practice in health care, corporate
and transactional law, and related litigation. ...
Nathan Raja Shaker, an attorney in Akron, married
Dorothy Magdalene Kostrzewski Sept. 3, 2011, at
St. Rose Church in Perrysburg, Ohio. A reception in
Toledo followed. ... Harley ’98 and Aaron Magden
started Window Nation in 2006, and the company
now is operating in Maryland; Washington, D.C.;
North Carolina; South Carolina; Virginia; and Ohio.
Last year, Window Nation generated more than $20
million in revenue. It ranks 37th on Replacement
Contractor’s list of the 100 largest companies in the
home improvement industry and 28th on Qualified
Remodeler’s list of the nation’s top 500 remodelers
ranked by revenue. ... Susie (Sauer) Skowronski,
Melissa (Ludwig) Galbraith ’01, Kristie (Raynovich)
Zwiener, and Tara (Brucato) Tatman had a
miniroommate reunion in August. They enjoyed
spending time together with all of their kids. ...
That’s it this time. Kristen
Tberesa (Jurak) PoÌacbek
2003 [email protected]
Hello, class of 2003. There’s a lot of great news
this time. Katie Skorski became engaged last
July to James Scott and married him on 11-11-
11. The ceremony took place at their parish, The
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, in downtown
Charleston, S.C. The two lovebirds set sail on a 10-
day Mediterranean cruise out of Rome for their
Carroll friends and spouses who attended Bridget (Lynch) ’00 and John Kraft’s wedding are: Jack ’00 and
Melissa DiCello, Anthony Hart ’10, Dave Youngers ’00, Gina DiDonato-Kubec ’00, Margaret Hearne, Bob
Guillen ’00, Fina (Cannon) Riddle ’00, Courteney Malon ’00, Jessie McCullough ’00, Bridget (Houlihan)
Kennedy ’00, and Mike Kennedy.
Vanessa Strickley ’02 married Patrick Phelan
on April 16, 2011.
Rhodora (Donley) ’03 Huffmyer, Scott (4)
holding Gabriella Rhodora, Tyler (2), and Scott
Huffmyer holding Brynne (3)
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honeymoon. Congratulations, Katie and James! Katie
is working for SAIC on a contract between SPAWAR
(the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command)
Atlantic (The Navy) and the U.S. Dept. of Veteran’s
Affairs. She handles the on-boarding of personnel for
more than 70 contract companies and 800 employees.
In January, Katie will take the Professional of Human
Resources (PHR) certification exam. ... MedCentral
Health System announced Michael Swiatek returned
to Richland County to practice at Schwein Foot &
Ankle Clinic in Mansfield, Ohio. Dr. Swiatek earned
his doctor of podiatric medicine degree from the Ohio
College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland in 2008. He
completed his residency in June at The Ohio State
University Medical Center Podiatric Surgery Program,
where he was chief resident. He’s been involved in
various research projects and has presented lectures
From left: Susie (Sauer) Skowronski ’02 with son Will, Melissa (Ludwig) Galbraith ’01 with daughter
Alexa and son Jackson, Kristie Raynovich Zwiener ’02 with sons Logan and Landon, and Tara Brucato
Tatman ’02 with daughter Caitlyn and sons Noah and JJ.
about foot and ankle disorders. Dr. Swiatek and his
wife, Tami, have two children and live in Bellville, Ohio.
... Rhodora (Donley) Huffmyer sent along happy
news, too. She and her husband, Scott, welcomed
their fourth child, Gabriella Rhodora July 22. Brothers
Scott (4) and Tyler (2) and sister Brynne (3) adore her. ...
Elana (Gazella) Law married Capt. James Law, U.S.
Air Force, June 10, 2011. The wedding reception was
at the Pine Ridge Country Club in Wickliffe, Ohio, and
they honeymooned on the California coast. Elana is a
second grade teacher at Gilmour Academy in Gates
Mills, Ohio. ... That’s it this time. Keep the news
coming. Take care. Theresa
Nikki (Spiezio) FÌores
2004 nikkifl[email protected]
It may be cold outside, but the class of 2004’s recent
accomplishments are sizzling hot. For starters,
Tiffany Cole earned her Master of Science in Human
Resources (M.S.H.R.) this past May from Loyola
University Chicago. Todd Belinky was promoted
to Army Captain July 18 while serving in the Virginia
National Guard. Todd’s new rank insignia was pinned
on his uniform by a World War II veteran of the 29th
Infantry Division. In August, Christopher Smith,
a personal injury attorney, was named partner in
the Southwest Florida law firm Goldstein, Buckley,
Cechman, Rice & Purtz, P.A. ... Until next time … Nikki
Jennifer ToÌburst
2005 [email protected]
Hi, everyone. I have just a few updates this time.
Adam Anderson has been promoted to technical
sales representative, Northeast Ohio, at Columbia
Chemical Corp. Adam has worked at Columbia
Chemical for four years, most recently as a technical
service representative. Congratulations, Adam! ...
In wedding news, Amanda Leonberg and Ku Yoo
were married during a lovely ceremony Aug. 13 in
Boston, where the couple lives. They honeymooned
in Bar Harbor, Maine. Katie Lentz Conway was in
the wedding party. Amanda is a medical resident at
Tufts Medical Center, and Ku is a partner in a private
law practice. They’ll be traveling to South Korea to
have a traditional ceremony in May. ... What about
the rest of you? What’s new? Jen
Cbristine Bobn
2006 440-668-8210
[email protected]
Roberta Muoio
[email protected]
Among all the moving, new jobs, and advanced
degrees, some of our classmates have added the
joy of a new baby. We’re glad to share the news of
two new future Blue Streaks. Christine (Vicini) Hall
and husband, Stephen, welcomed baby Gabrielle
Hall Aug. 22. Stacey (Papp) Braun and her husband,
Jon, who were married in 2008, welcomed baby
Maryrose Braun in May. ... Kristen Meng, who
relocated from Connecticut to Charlotte, N.C.,
was able to reconnect with fellow JCU alum Amy
Howley, who’s also living in the area. ... Janine
Solomon, who received her certification as a public
accountant, was promoted to audit manager at
KPMG in Cleveland. ... Please keep the news coming
by sending an email or joining our Facebook group,
“JCU Class of 2006.” ... Christine and Roberta
Lisa (IafeÌice) CataÌano
2007 [email protected]

Brittany Busb
[email protected]
We’re looking forward to our five-year reunion June
15-17, 2012. Several of our classmates have volun-
teered to help make the reunion a memorable event
by joining the reunion committee. Stay updated
on Facebook by joining the “JCU Class of 2007”
group and on Twitter by using the #JCU07 hash tag.
... In July, Samantha Reefer became engaged to
Michael Kapko, a 2006 graduate of the University
of Akron. They’re planning to wed in fall 2012. ...
On July 9, Maria DePiero married Ryan Scavinski,
an Ohio University graduate. They had a beauti-
ful wedding ceremony at St. Anthony of Padua in
their hometown of Parma, Ohio. They live in Can-
ton, Ohio. Maria teaches fifth grade in the Jackson
Captain James Law, U.S. Air Force, married
Elana (Gazella) Law ’03 June 10, 2011.
Dan Pollick ’07 (left) and friends took a 13-day
trip to Spain and visited Madrid, Barcelona,
Bilbao, San Sebastián, and Vitoria.
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Local Schools, and Ryan is a bioanalytical chemist
in Ashland. Maria also shared exciting news that
Amber Repp became engaged to Justin Barnhart,
an Ohio Northern graduate, this summer. They’re
planning to wed in late 2012. Amber graduated with
her master’s in library and information science from
Kent State this year and is working at the Akron Law
Library as a reference librarian. ... This summer, Dan
Pollick took a 13-day trip to Spain and visited Ma-
drid, Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastián, and Vitoria.
But the centerpiece of the trip was visiting Pam-
plona during the Sanfermines festival. On July 6, he
took part in the century-old tradition of the half-mile
Running of the Bulls through the streets of Pamplo-
na. He said the trip was an experience of a lifetime.
... Aubrey Hess ’06 and James Hofmann married
Oct. 15 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in
Westerville, Ohio. Aubrey is a senior instructional
designer for Omnipath in Dublin, Ohio. ... Congrats
to Eric and Nicki (Garofoli) Abate, who expected
their first child – a boy – around Thanksgiving, and
to Brandon ’06 and Lyndi (Startari) Oing, who are
expecting their first child this month. ... Paul Purdy,
Laura Shoemaker, Jenn Gore, and Alan Leber
visited Carolyn Minnock in North Carolina and at-
tended a NASCAR race. ... Lily Fong is working in
admissions at Carroll as assistant director of inter-
national recruiting, a new initiative. She covers the
South East region of Asia. Check out the interna-
tional admission page for more information – http:// ... Congrats to Jeannine
Stiglitz, who married Mark Marong Sept. 24 in Erie,
Pa. Members of the wedding party included Krysti-
na McGiffin Thomas, Christina Phillis, and Lauren
Epprecht ’08. Rosanna Violi, Laura Pareso, and
Chris Hooton ’08 also attended. ... Brittany Storad
accepted a job promotion at Integra Spine as a field
inventory specialist and will be relocating to Vista,
Calif. ... Tara Henderson, who earned her master’s
of education in 2007 from John Carroll, has been
serving on the faculty at St. Ignatius High School in
Cleveland for the past five years. She’s a member
of the boys’ soccer coaching staff, which is one of
the most successful programs in Ohio and the na-
tion. Henderson was inducted into the Norwood
High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the Tusculum
College Sports Hall of Fame. ... Thanks for sharing.
Brittany and Lisa
Cbris OstranJer
2008 [email protected]
A big congratulation goes out to Kelly D’Amato
and Tristan Tripodi ’07 as they tied the knot at the
end of the summer in front of their family, friends,
and numerous JCU classmates. ... For alumni
in Wisconsin, keep an eye out for Rob Duns as
he begins his tenure as the weekend weather
forecaster and reporter for Newsline 9 in Wausau.
Rob will have typical in-studio duties in addition to
covering a special called Wandering Wisconsin. ...
Sarah Stroney, who began an internship in East
McKeesport, Pa., has earned high praise from
her co-workers for her work itemizing and sorting
properties in the Pittsburgh suburb. Stroney is
working toward a Master of Science in Public Policy
and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
... Lastly, congratulations are in order for Carla
Provenzano upon her recent engagement to Tom
Haren. ... Again, if you have news you wish to send,
don’t hesitate. Whether it’s a wedding, engagement,
promotion, new job, or even something completely
random, please send it to me. I look forward to
hearing from you all soon. Chris
Lisa (Lgran) Pacconi
2009 [email protected]
On July 23, I was lucky enough to be a guest at the
wedding uniting Katie Charek and Jasen Gilge.
The ceremony took place in the picturesque gardens
outside of Akron’s Stan Hywet Hall. Following the
ceremony, a reception was held at The Tangier, also
in Akron. Katie and Jasen honeymooned in Jamaica
and are living in Indiana. In the midst of celebrating
the new Mr. and Mrs. Gilge, I had the pleasure
of catching up with Sarah Levicky, who became
engaged to Steve Peshak last April after 6.5 years of
dating. They’re planning to wed this coming summer.
... Katie Saporito had a lot of excitement in her life
this past summer. She graduated from John Carroll
Front row (from left): David Somrack ’09, Kellie Szczerbacki ’10, Brian Filisky ’95, Tracey Prosinski
’07, Jessica (Gibbons) Sypert ’07, Dave Sypert ’07, Mary Gilloon ’07, John Rudell ’07. Second row (from
left): Andy Dunn ’06, Krista Corabi ’07, Kaiti Sekerak ’09, Cara Sharbaugh ’07, Brittany Danilov ’12,
Mike Sypert ’12. Third row (from left): Matt Marks, Steve Spence ’08, Tom Miller, Allison Price, Larry
Sammartino ’07, and Brian Schell ’12
From left: Laura (Pareso) Houston ’07, Rosanna
Violi ’07, Jeannine (Stiglitz) Marong ’07, Christina
Phillis ’07, Chris Hooton ’08, Krystina McGiffin
’07, and Lauren Epprecht ’08
Married in Saint Francis Chapel, Jenny Dambrosio-Cooper ’07 celebrated her one-year anniversary
with husband J.J. on July 31. JCU bridesmaids included Meredith Pretz-Anderson ’07, Nina Dambrosio
’06, Gina Benisek ’07, and Kelly Cooper Irwin ’09.
A L u M N l 1 0 u R N A L
At the wedding of Gretchen Rausch ’09 and Steven Swartz are (from left): Haley Bishop ’09, Keiko
Sano ’08, Gretchen, Lauren Slovenec ’09, Elyse Sikorski ’09, Katie Szabo ’08, Shawna Lemerise ’09,
Trang (Le) ’10 Nyguen, Sinh Nyguen ’08, Casey Epps ’09, and Amy Marchlen ’10.
in May with a master’s of education in psychology.
Then, on June 24, she married Nick Orlando at St.
Francis of Assisi Church in Gates Mills, Ohio. About
25 Carroll alumni and students attended to share in
their big day. ... In July, Christine Minges became
engaged to Alex Brookbank, who’s an Ohio State
University alum. Their wedding is set for fall 2012. ...
Gretchen Rausch and Steven Swartz, a graduate of
The Ohio State University, married July 30 during a
wonderful ceremony at New Hope Church in Powell,
Ohio. The reception was held at Scioto Reserve
Country Club. Several Carroll alumni attended,
including bridesmaid Elyse Sikorski, greeter Kelsey
Hutchings, Haley Bishop, Keiko Sano ’08, Katie
Szabo ’08, Lauren Slovenec, Shawnna Lemerise,
Trang (Le) Nguyen ’10, Sinh Nguyen ’08, Casey Epps,
and Amy Marchlen ’10. The couple honeymooned on
St. Lucia. Gretchen is in her final year of law school at
Ohio Northern University. The couple looks forward
to moving back to Columbus so Gretchen can pursue
her career in law and Steve can pursue his career in
nursing. ... Alyson Werner and Phil Zuzolo became
engaged in December 2010 and plan to marry Jan.

2012. Phil is in medical school at The University of
Toledo, and Alyson, who finished two years of service
with Operation Teach in Baltimore, is teaching at a
Catholic school in Toledo. Congratulations and best
wishes to all the happy couples! ... Because of the
revised Facebook settings, the time has come to
say goodbye to our old alumni group and start fresh
with a new one. Please add yourself to “John Carroll
Class of 2009 Alumni News.” Not only is it the best
way to receive reminders for column submission
deadlines, but it’s arguably the only way. I hope to
hear from you. Lisa

KyÌe Sobb
2010 216-397-6618
[email protected]
It’s difficult to believe we’re already in the thick of
the holiday season. It seems like we were just on
campus celebrating homecoming. I enjoyed seeing
Rachel DeAngelis, Brandon Sheil, Courtney Ryan,
Mike Palange, Maura McCool, and Sara Nunney at
the young alumni happy hour at the Market Garden
Brewery. Mike Palange is still living in the Jesuit
tradition, working at (Cleveland) St. Ignatius High
School as a development associate. He loves his job
and enjoys putting the skills he learned at Carroll to
use, contributing to the greater good. Sam Knezevic
’11, Kevin Huyghe ’11, Kevin Stoltz, Gillian Kazura,
Michelle Taylor, and Amy Marchlen attended the
10-year Greek mixer at Jakes during homecoming.
Amy is living in Philadelphia and working on her law
degree at Robert Morris University. She’s enjoying
law school and is anxious to spend more time in the
area when she returns this month. ... Crystal Uvalle
is back home in Pittsburgh working at the University
of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as a researcher.
She’s doing research in the pulmonary care unit,
focusing specifically in the asthma institute. Crystal
lives near Liz Vesio, who’s a marketing coordinator
at SAE International. They enjoy taking trips to
Chicago to reunite with their college roommates,
Stefanie Aulicino and Katie Bell, who both
moved to Chicago to become roommates and work
together at Guaranteed Rate Mortgage Co. They’re
Kelly D’Amato ’08 and Tristan Tripodi ’07, who are seated in the middle, celebrated their
wedding with 33 John Carroll alumni.
Attending the wedding of Jeremy and Courtney (Mooney) ’10 Velliquette on July 9, 2011, are (from
left): Maura McCool ’10, Katie Ours ’10, Meghan Latzy ’10, Amanda Paul ’10, Jeremy and Courtney,
Emily Misconish ’10, Meghan Brown ’11, and Kyle Basista (JCU’s cross country/track coach).
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A L u M N l 1 0 u R N A L
recruiters for the company and are enjoying living in
the city. Stefanie, Katie, and Anna McGuire were
among the members of our class who came back
to campus for homecoming. ... Adam Jenkins
informed me of his two-week trip to Africa in early
October. He’s doing his doctoral work about malaria
at Boston College and will be doing his field work
in Bamako and Selingué, Mali. I’m curious to find
out if he ran into Jeff Bartolozzi along the way. ...
Nikita Stange is performing a year of service with
AmeriCorps Vista in Chicago at Roosevelt University
through the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice
and Transformation, whose programming focuses
on redirecting minority children from a path to prison
onto a path to college. She’s in charge of community
outreach and special events. ... Finally, after dating
for eight years, Trang Le and Sinh Nguyen ’08 tied
the knot Sept. 3, 2011. The ceremony was held at St.
Boniface Church in Cleveland followed by a reception
at Li Wah restaurant. The wedding included more than
300 guests, many of whom were Carroll students.
The couple took a weeklong Caribbean cruise to
celebrate. “It was a lot of fun, and I couldn’t ask
for a better wedding,” Trang said. Congratulations,
Trang and Sinh! ... Many of you have been sending
updates, so please continue. Best wishes for a happy
and healthy holiday season. God bless. Kyle
Maura Jocbum
2011 440-666-8108
[email protected]
As I write, our first homecoming weekend as alumni
has come to an end. It amazes me how quickly the
months have passed since our commencement
ceremony. Yet as friends and classmates came
together on campus, it was as though we were never
apart. No doubt, however, our classmates have
wasted no time embarking on life’s next adventure.
Kristen Jantonio was selected for the NBC/John
Carroll University Meet the Press Fellowship created
in honor of the late Tim Russert ’72. Kristen is a part
of the various aspects of research and production
for the weekly political talk show. ... Maria Perossa
is the director of marketing at Brightwood Animal
Hospital, where her duties include maintaining
the practice’s social media accounts, designing
brochures, writing press releases, and making
sure the practice has a presence at community
events. She’s also discovered her passion in the
film industry after being cast in “Fun Size,” a
Paramount Picture starring Victoria Justice due out
next October; “The Avengers,” based on the Marvel
Comic series due out this May; and “I, Alex Cross,”
based on a James Patterson best seller – all filmed
in Cleveland this summer. ... Holly Kleese began
her career. She was hired as an assistant account
executive at AKHIA, a public relations and marketing
communications company in Hudson, Ohio. ... Life
for Christine Jaqueth is busier than ever because
she’s a campus minister and theology teacher at
Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin high school in Chardon,
Ohio. She’s also a dorm proctor at Gilmour Academy
in Gates Mills, Ohio. Her jobs are going well, and she
loves living close enough to visit Carroll once in a
while. ... Following graduation, Taylor Nagy headed
to Denver, where she’s volunteering full time as
the program assistant for Metro CareRing, a food
pantry. The hours are long, but she’s happy knowing
the work she does is critical to those in need. Taylor
lives in a simple-living community in solidarity with
the poor and 18 other full-time volunteers from
various organizations. ... Sarah Buranich, who’s
attending D’Youville College School of Pharmacy
in Buffalo, N.Y., received her white coat during a
ceremony on Oct. 1, 2011. She spent two weeks
working her first rotation and shadowing at a Rite
Aid. ... Ali Karolczak is pursuing her master’s in
communications management at Carroll while
working as the public relations intern at the
American Holistic Medical Association. Ali was cast
in the JCU One-Acts in November 2011. ... Continue
to represent our alma mater proudly as you lead and
serve. With love for JCU, Maura.
Maria Perossa ’11 (left) and the lead actor from
the film Fun Size, Victoria Justice
Kids corner
2 3 4
1. Sophia, born June 8, and Dominic, who will be 3 years old
Dec. 31, are the children of Robb Giambrone ’99. 2. Samuel,
son of Emily Berdell Marotte ’99, at 3 mos. 3. Nicholas
holds twin brothers Bennet and Owen. They are the children
of Andrew and Maryellen (Walsh) ’00 Moline. 4. Thomas
Christopher McFarland was born Jan. 31, 2011, to Chris ’00
and Michelle (Bompiedi) ’01 McFarland. 5. Julie Bjorkman
’91, Ph.D., and her husband, Rajesh David, welcomed their
first child, Mia Simone David, Sept. 10, 2010. Mia was
baptized on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011.
For additional photos, visit
MY TURN Rev. Victor J. Cimperman ’39 11/16/2011
1ustin R. Noetzel `40 9/2/2011
Alfonsas L. Markus `41 10/20/2011
Charles A. Masek `41 1/24/2011
3alvatore R. Calandra `43 8/4/2011
1homas B. Ualy `43 10/16/2011
1ohn 1. wetzel `46 10/23/2011
lrank C. 3exton `47 8/24/2011
lrank U. Burke `48 11/11/2011
viotor l. 3tewart 1r. `49 10/29/2011
1homas ¬. wilson `49 5/29/2011
Keith C. Knapp `50 7/4/2009
John E. Sullivan ’50 8/31/2011
Uonald L. vondriska 3r. `50 10/1/2011
0erald P. Malarkey `51 9/8/2011
Louis A. Colussi `52 9/4/2010
James M. Marsh ’52 9/10/2011
Louis 1. 3preitzer `52 11/4/2011
Paul Proela `53 8/29/2011
1ohn 1. Carson 1r. `54 10/17/2011
Uonald L. Massaro `54 11/7/2010
Riohard B. 0`0rady `55 9/8/2011
Harold E. Sliney ’55G 8/22/2011
Robert E. Hall ’56 10/1/2011
George F. Mihelic ’57 9/23/2011
Stephen J. Jambor ’58 8/8/2011
Carl A. Roth `59 9/18/2011
1ames R. ¬orn `60 11/4/2011
Mary C. Frank OSF ’61G 10/30/2011
James C. Mullin ’62 9/18/2011
1oseph U. 1akitoh `64 10/25/2011
Anthony P. Lubek `64 10/31/2011
Uaniel A. Miller `67 9/5/2011
1ames L. Bourke 1r. `68 9/24/2011
Leland E. Campbell ’68 7/30/2008
Larry M. Bell `690 9/18/2011
Miohael 1. Arendt `70 10/17/2011
Marilyn L. Baohman `700 9/5/2011
Ernest F. Sobieski ’71 11/17/2011
1oseph 1. Armul `72 9/22/2011
Beoky L. Bunosky `720 9/14/2011
Lazzio B. 1orzsok `73 9/20/2011
1oseph 1. Lakelj `74 10/2/2011
Raymond K. Pawlowski `75 10/31/2011
Bryan U. Russell `79 12/3/2007
Uavid R. Leonard `83 9/15/2011
Muriel B. Lmerling `850 4/1/2011
Joseph C. Sanda ’86 9/28/2011
Michael J. Leslie ’90 10/20/2011
1imothy M. 1ulley `950 8/31/2011
Joan M. Miller ’98G 10/5/2011
virginia 1hirlkel l3A Retired 9/22/2011
1his is the deoeased list as of November 29, 2011.
we apologize for any omissions and ask you notify
1oan Brosius at 2163974332.
A numbers man
Justin R. “Bud” Noetzel ’40, the brother
of Arthur Noetzel, Ph.D., ’38, passed
away Sept. 2. Noetzel, an Alumni Medal
recipient, was a member of Alpha Sigma
Nu. A CPA, he worked for The Philpott
Rubber Co. and Buckeye Rubber &
Packing Co. A graduate of Cathedral Latin
High School, he was a retired partner of
Peat Marwick Main & Co. in Cleveland.
Noetzel, a loyal supporter of JCU, was active on several boards, including
ones for the Center for Human Services, Marymount Health Care Systems,
Philpott Rubber, Interior Steel Equipment, Van Dorn, and Buckeye Rubber
& Packing. He also was on the finance committee of Gesu Church and a
member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
A fighter for social justice
Rev. Dean Brackley, S.J., who started his
career as an educator and community
organizer in New York, passed away in El
Salvador Oct. 16 in the company of his
friends and Jesuit brothers. He struggled
with cancer, and after chemotherapy
treatments proved ineffective, he decided
to return to his home in El Salvador.
When six Jesuits were martyred at the
University of Central America in November 1989, their Superior General
was inundated with letters from Jesuits throughout the world offering to go
to El Salvador in their stead. Fr. Brackley was one of the few sent to help.
A visiting professor at John Carroll during spring semester of 2002, he
lectured extensively in the U.S. and Europe and did much to continue the
martyrs of El Salvador’s struggle for social justice.
Honored literature professor
Robert Hall ’56, a literature professor
at the University of South Florida St.
Petersburg, died of lung cancer Oct. 1. He
was 78. Hall, who was a member of Alpha
Sigma Nu, was fluent in British literature,
world literature, and literary criticism.
His seminars explored Latin American
and Russian literature, James Joyce, and
religious and existential literature. Born
in Lisbon, Ohio, he thought about the priesthood but decided to study
literature instead. He did graduate work and taught at The Ohio State
University. Before joining what’s now USF St. Petersburg in 1970, he
taught at the University of Tampa. By his retirement in 2005, USF St.
Petersburg honored him as its most outstanding professor several times. In
2006, he was named a fellow in the school’s Florida studies program.
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orty years ago, I took a course at JCU about advanced public
speaking. One assignment was to make a tribute speech. I did mine
on Albert Einstein. The always-blunt Professor Joe Miller, Ph.D.,
insulted me with a “C” and said I lacked passion about my subject. It also
was the only time Joe gave me a mulligan. My second time merited an
“A” after a heartfelt reminiscence about my cherished grandfather.
Recently, I’ve had my fill of memorials with the loss of three beloved
’72 classmates: “Disco Dancing” Chucky Rambaldo, “Rathskeller Rascal”
Marty Lindstrom, and “Mr. Blue Streak” T.J. Russert.
Now I have the unfortunate honor
to pay tribute to my former boss and
friend, Steve Jobs. I had the rare op-
portunity to work for Steve three times
throughout a 13-year span. Trust me,
not many three-peaters are still alive
to make this claim. I first met Steve
in 1981 after Apple recruited me into
management. Our last get-together was
a private dinner hosted by a mutual
friend in Menlo Park, Calif. Steve sat
on the restaurant floor in between
my son, Ben, and me and probed Ben
about his job at the tech Weblog,
Gizmodo. Ben was over the moon.
While I could share similar stories
about this renowned clairvoyant, my
tribute is more personal. Steve and I
traveled together many times, visiting
universities, government labs, and the
offices of governors and Fortune 500 CEOs. As his East Coast sherpa, I
learned a good deal about this sensitive man, who was more of an artist
than a businessman. He had an uncanny sense of exactly where art
and science intersected to benefit us mere mortals. And he was a gifted
provocateur. He cared deeply about family, especially his adoptive parents
and his biological sister, Mona, who he discovered when we worked
together the second time at NeXT. He cherished his immediate family
and guarded their privacy ferociously.
Steve was incredibly kind to my family. On at least three occasions,
he intervened in our lives. Yes, this busy, amazing man interrupted his life
and made our life a priority. At 14, my oldest son was overdosed by an
incompetent doctor with six times more than the adult dosage of a pre-
scription medication. Steve and I were together when my wife, Suzanne,
who also attended JCU, called. We immediately received calls from the
head of the National Institutes of Health and heads of pharmacology at
UCLA and Stanford, who all said Steve asked them to call.
After Steve’s death, we learned from our son, Britton, that Steve
called to reassure him he’d get better from this frightening episode.
Several years ago, Suzanne had an unexpected heart attack. While I
was waiting in the intensive care unit, my cell phone rang. It was the
famous cardiologist Dr. Dean Ornish calling from an air phone saying he
heard about Suzanne’s heart attack from Steve and asking me to put her
attending doctor on the phone.
And finally, after my last role turning around a distressed Apple
acquisition, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. This surfaced after
Steve’s own bad news. He immediately
made an appointment with his oncolo-
gist and radiologist at Stanford. I began
my treatment, and this Christmas was
the fifth anniversary of my successful
surgery. I was reading an email stream
from Steve after he asked how I was
doing after surgery. I told him they
blasted out my tumor with effective
chemo and radiation treatments. He
sent a one-word response – “fantastic” –
accentuated with 20 exclamation points.
I listened to him after his breakup
from a long relationship, ate a flower
salad at his vegan dinner table, and
heard about his first meeting with his
future wife, Laurene. I rode with him
on a private jet – which he charged to
my cost-center! – and lived through
memorable restaurant scenes while he
meticulously described his food preparations. I also had my run-ins with
him but learned how to pick my battles and gird my loins.
On my last day working at NeXT, Steve popped into my office
and asked if I had time for one of his famous walks. In the workplace,
compliments were scarce from him because he was always in search of,
not excellence, but perfection. This period followed a challenging time
after he decided to flush our beautiful hardware and become a software
company. To Steve, the hardware was a work of art, so it was a painful
decision. On our walk, he told me he just wanted to thank me for my
help. Then he said, “I don’t think I could have made it through the past
few months without you.”
I didn’t need an airplane ticket to get back to Pittsburgh that night,
I simply could’ve floated.
Bob Longo ’72 is the president of SchoolOne, a Cleveland-based, education
software and services company. He resides in Palo Alto, Calif., and Cleveland.
Remembering Steve Jobs
Homecoming 2011
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University Heights, Ohio 44118-4520
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June 15-17
The Cleveland
The Cleveland Orchestra has long been
known as one of the world’s premier
performing ensembles and one of
Cleveland’s cultural treasures. Patrons
can hear the melodic sounds of the
orchestra at concerts almost every
weekend from October through May.
Franz Welser-Möst, the orchestra’s musical
director for the past 10 years, has helped the
group earn unprecedented residencies in the U.S.
and Europe, including one in Vienna that’s the rst of
its kind by an American orchestra. Welser-Möst and The
Cleveland Orchestra have conducted 10 international tours.
Since its founding in 1918, education has been a central
component of the orchestra’s mission. The ensemble
performs in Cleveland public high schools, and individual
musicians work with teachers in K-5 academic classrooms.
A discounted ticket program makes the concerts and work
of the orchestra more aordable and accessible.
Severance Hall – the crown jewel of nearby University
Circle and home of the orchestra for concerts, rehearsals,
and administration – opened in 1931 and is widely
regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful concert
halls. During the summer months, the orchestra presents
a series of open-air concerts at Blossom Music Center, an
inviting outdoor venue among rolling hills north of Akron.
Beyond the Bell Tower
A quarterly look at the happenings, attractions,
and treasures throughout Northeast Ohio
Hot in Cleveland
Indians Snow Days
Nov. 25 - Jan. 16
Progressive Field
Disney on Ice presents
“Dare to Dream”
Jan. 6-16
Quicken Loans Arena
The Great Big Home
& Garden Expo
Feb. 4-12
Exposition (I-X) Center
Downtown Cleveland
Restaurant Week
Feb. 20-26
Downtown Cleveland
Goose Bumps!
The Science of Fear
Through April 29, 2012
Great Lakes Science Center
Celebrating its ve-year
anniversary in 2011, A
Christmas Story House
and Museum is located
in the historic Tremont
neighborhood and is open
year-round. This is the house
from the famous movie,
complete with the leg lamp
in the front window.
20700 North Park Boulevard
University Heights, Ohio 44118-4520
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