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Vol. 15, Issue 4 • WINTeR 2011

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Students, faculty, and alumni partner with radiologists at the Cleveland Clinic

Up for air
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

Vol. 15, Issue 4

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Mission: As a Jesuit Catholic university, John Carroll inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world.

John Carroll University President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. Vice President for University Advancement Doreen Knapp Riley Assistant Vice President for Integrated Marketing and Communications John A. Carfagno University Editor/Director of Publications John Walsh Alumni Journal and Campus Photography Coordinator Cheri Slattery Editorial Intern Kaitlin Gill ’13 Magazine Advisory Board Jeanne Colleran ’76 Sherri Crahen John Ettorre ’80 Steve Gleydura ’92, ’95G Jack Hearns ’61, ’64G John Marcus ’72 (ex officio) Paul V. Murphy Thomas Schubeck, S.J. Barbara Schubert ’62, ’67G, ’80G Karen Schuele David Vitatoe ’00 Brian Williams
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Mutual learning
The We the People service program benefits JCU students and the children they tutor.

3 4 24 26 28 30 47 48 President’s message Around the quad Carroll people Enrollment quarterly Alumni news Alumni journal In memoriam My turn


X-ray collaboration
Students, faculty, and alumni partner with radiologists at the Cleveland Clinic.

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



Celebrating 50 years
Grasselli Library became a half century old this past fall.

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 furniture.

Special 125th anniversary section (the fourth of four) 18
A photo gallery of the John Carroll University Gala, which benefits JCU students through scholarships

A great night for Carroll

Come together Faculty collaborate, advance curriculum through learning communities. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter

22 Blessings abound
Grateful for the opportunity to impact many lives, Fr. Bukala focuses on forgiveness.

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Building momentum


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

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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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. John Day, Ph.D., has been promoted to provost and academic vice president. During his threeyear tenure, six new academic programs have been developed and approved by the faculty. 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 20122013 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 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.


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. JCU’s Army ROTC program is ranked No. 1: • in the state of Ohio; • among private schools in the 7th Brigade footprint (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Michigan except the Upper Peninsula); • among all religious schools in the 7th Brigade; and • in the 7th Brigade for receiving the highest percentage of the highest scores at the Leader Development and Accessions Course at Fort Lewis in Washington state. 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.


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. 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 wideranging studies in political science, economics, philosophy, and theology. For more information, visit 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.








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UniverSiTy noTeS
Footprints for Fatima
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 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.


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. The Ride for Miles event that benefits the Miles Coburn Environmental 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 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.


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 recreation.

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:



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.

• 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 Business.

• Stephen Todd ’69, a former managing
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Mutual learning
Service program benefits JCU students and the children they tutor
By John Walsh


here are many meaningful service learning opportunities for John Carroll students, but one is luring students to return semester after semester.

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

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

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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 materials. 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.”

to involve JCU students in the program. About 15 students participated during the first year. The program has expanded from fifthand 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.

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

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 highstakes 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 –

“... more elementary school students are talking about law, government, and going to college as a result of participating in this program. ...

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 interaction.


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“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 JCU; and the program prods 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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

Making a difference
Political science majors John Jackson ’13 from North Canton, Ohio; Megan Everett ’12 from Minneapolis, Minn.; and Lauren Halladay ’12 from Lakewood, Ohio; helped educate and 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

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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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Students, faculty, and alumni partner with radiologists at the Cleveland Clinic

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

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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 (HIPAA). One trend in information technology in general is crowdsourcing – the act of sourcing tasks traditionally performed by individuals to

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 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 informatics. “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

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

Guiding students
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 Lee 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.
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“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

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.

A web-based image viewer for X-rays allows multiple doctors to communicate more easily.

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 school. 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.

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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 tech support; Anthony Lanese ’11, now a graduate student at John Carroll; Tom Drescher ’11, now working for Rosetta, an interactive marketing agency; and Orlando 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.

“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.”

one had expertise with different technologies: Drescher’s was JavaScript, Lanese’s was SVGedit, 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; and when you build and 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 computer. “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.”

Building it
A core component of the project is opensource 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

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-mapDan 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.


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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.
Dr. David Piraino was the catalyst for the development of a web-based image viewer for X-rays.

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 process. 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.”

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

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Grasselli Library
Celebrating 50 Years


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, fiveo’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, leather-covered furniture; dark, oak tables; and ginger-breaded bookcases. – Paul Kantz ’63


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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.

1961 - Library opens
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.

1970-80 – Reclassification project

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.

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– 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


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.

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 exhibition.

2001-06 – Library holdings included
– 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.


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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. To view more pictures, visit
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Grateful for the opportunity to impact many lives, Fr. Bukala focuses on forgiveness
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


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.”


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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.”

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

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

“Who i am is related to who i am yet to become.”
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Making it better IN MEMORIAM


r. Paul Saluan ’88 is humble about his professional accomplishments. He: • performed the first thoracoscopic scoliosis MY TURN surgery at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron in 2000; • won the 2009 Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America/Orthopaedic Research & Education Foundation research award for evaluating pediatric and adolescent bone and joint injuries; • won the Scholarship in Teaching Award from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2009 for impacting medical education and the careers of residents through arthroscopy curriculum development; • was recognized as the Teacher of the Year for 2010 by the Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic Surgery Program; and • is working to patent a surgical and 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
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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 externally. “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 group; we’re part of a big ecosystem we all have to care for.” – Jennifer Holton ’12

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Enrollment quarterly a guide to the college admission process Admission checkpoint
upon us, it’s time to think about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the only form you need to complete to be considered for all need-based financial aid at John Carroll. The FAFSA is used by our financial aid staff to award federal and state grants, loans, and work-study programs. More importantly, the FAFSA is used by Carroll to award our institutional need-based aid. The FAFSA can’t be filed before Jan. 1, 2012, but you don’t need to complete your taxes to file the FAFSA. We encourage


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early completion of the FAFSA in January by estimating your 2011 income and tax information. The most convenient way to file it is by using the online version at www. To complete the form, you’ll need to acquire a personal identification number (PIN) for you and at least one of your parents. Apply for a PIN at To assist families through the financial 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 fill out the FAFSA.

Our financial aid staff is accessible throughout the entire admission process. We encourage you to stop by our office with questions during any campus visit. Our enrollment staff is always available to discuss your unique financial situation. We’re here to help. If you plan to apply for any of our additional scholarship programs – including the Arrupe Scholars Program, Leadership Scholars Program, and Honors Program – know the deadline is Jan. 25, 2012. Applications for each of the programs can be found at

Letters to Lobo
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.

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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: • Detailed tours of campus and freshman residence halls. • Neighborhood tours. • Perspectives from students. • Academic presentations. • Presentations from various campus departments, including Financial Aid, Student Life, and Residence Life. • A spring indoor picnic.


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Edward “Ned” Barnes
class of 2015, Syracuse, N.Y. Intended communications major and entrepreneurship minor 1. Why did you choose JCU? I chose JCU for various reasons. The first time I walked on campus I noticed students and faculty were so welcoming and friendly. I was impressed that students I didn’t know approached me and told me how worthwhile John Carroll University is. JCU is also the perfect size for me. I didn’t want to be one out of 400 students in a classroom. JCU offered a personalized education 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 school. A bunch of my friends and I went into Cleveland to explore what the area had to offer a college student. We went to Tower City, Quicken Loans Arena, Progressive Field, and Little Italy. The best part about the experience was it took us 25 minutes to get to Tower City from John Carroll, costing us just $5 to get there and back. It was an inexpensive and worthwhile experience. 3. What organizations are you involved with on campus? I’m part of the Arrupe Scholars Program, and I recently joined Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. I’m involved with intramural soccer and football. I’m also a member of Rhapsody Blue, the all-male a capella group, as well as the Schola Cantorum vocal ensemble. 4. What advice do you have for high-school seniors going through the college-search process? My advice to high-school seniors is to simply go with what feels right and don’t stress about it. If you begin to stress about selecting a college, the process becomes lengthy and daunting. Take your time, and make the best decision for your future.

isit us
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: • Discussing an academic interest with a faculty member. • Talking with a coach. • Eating with students in our dining hall. • Taking a specialized tour. • Meeting with an enrollment manager to address your admission, scholarship, and financial aid questions.

sophomores and juniors
discover days Join us Feb. 26 or April 15, 2012, for Discover Days at JCU. Let us help calm your nerves and set you off on the right foot. Learn about the college search process while discovering more about the University through various sessions including: • College search tips and time lines. • Writing an outstanding college essay. • Enhancing your educational experience with DIII athletics. • The unique academic experience at JCU. • Student-led campus tours. • Admission and financial aid 101.

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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: • Tom Moran ’57 • Bob Sferra ’86 • Kyle Reynolds ’99 • Susan (Nadzam) Roubic ’00 • Nicholas Reif ’07 • Katherine Raderstorf ’13


Changing of the guard

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

new service aids college decision process
The college decision process can 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 much as $12,000. Beginning January 2012, Tom Fanning, director of admission and advancement, will offer various college advising services for children of alumni who face a difficult college decision process. In a career spanning 25 years in college admission, Fanning is recognized as an expert in the field nationally. For more information about this service, visit, or contact Fanning at 216-397-4246.

New inductees

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


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Jan. 27 boler school of business reception The Metropolitan Club Chicago Feb. 18 Chicago Alumni Chapter night with the Chicago Wolves Allstate Arena Rosemont, Ill. Feb. 21 sAA presents “backpacks to briefcases” speed networking Cleveland Feb. 28 Columbus Alumni reception Ohio Statehouse March 4 Alumni reception featuring dean Jeanne Colleran ’76 Long Island, N.Y. – Hosted by Drs. Joseph ’87 and Mary Bonafede March 2012 Alumni reception Naples (Fla.) Feb. 10 First Annual Couples Night Out Are you married or engaged to a JCU graduate? Enjoy an evening back on campus in the Dolan Science Center at the First Annual JCU Alumni Couples Night Out. The event, which lasts from 6:00 to 8:00, includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, and fun surprises. The cost is $20 per couple. Complimentary day care will be provided by JCU students for children six years old and up. For more information, call 800-736-2586 or visit


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. JCU: 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].

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Bruce E. Thompson
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Larry Kelley ’36
216-941-1795 [email protected]


Robert J. Trivison 760-944-6964 [email protected]

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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 horseshoeshaped 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

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

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

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Don McDonald
216-991-9140 [email protected]

Ed Cunneen
216-561-1122 [email protected]

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Tom Harrison
440-781-7898 [email protected]


Carl Giblin
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

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


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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 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


Ray Rhode
216-381-1996 [email protected]

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Dorothy Poland
[email protected]

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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

Donald A. Ungar
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


Jim Myers
440-942-7831 [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

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


Leo Duffy
815-729-3513 630-337-0788 (c) January-May: 941-505-8394 [email protected]

Lee Cirillo ’51 (right) enjoyed time with Manuel Cardoza, the father of his grandsons’ baseball teammate, on the green fields of London.


Peter Mahoney
440-933-2503 [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. ...

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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


John E. Clifford
210-414-8899 [email protected]


Salvatore R. Felice
440-842-1553 [email protected]

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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

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

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 Schweickert
216-381-0357 [email protected]


Richard E. Dodson
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

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

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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 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 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


Bob Andolsen
440-327-1925 [email protected]

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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 ([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


Jack T. Hearns
216-291-2319 [email protected]


Frank Kelley
607-648-5947 [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


Pete Mykytyn
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

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, sevenday 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

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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 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 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.


Dick Conoboy
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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.


Peter French
440-734-5553 [email protected]

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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,


Jeff Hawk
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Dave Griffin
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 disasterprevention 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

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

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Gerry Grim
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Ted Heutsche
517-669-4005 [email protected]

Tom and Rosemary Costello
217-344-2076 [email protected]

John M. Marcus
301-530-7285 [email protected]

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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.


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Saluting a soldier
Writer/editor recognizes a World War II veteran


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

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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 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

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Dave Robinson
248-642-9615 [email protected]

Rick Rea
314-769-9451 [email protected]

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.
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

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


Diane Coolican Gaggin
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Bob Larocca
216-321-5547/216-233-7651 [email protected] 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

There’s not a huge influx of news. However, celebrating JCU’s 125th anniversary on campus along with your humble correspondent was luci

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,


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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

deacon bill Andrews ’76 baptized his daughters’ children (left to right): ben held by Katie, hanna held by Maryann, and nya held by beth.
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.

Class of 1980 members Jim and susan Antall and Ann Mannion on Cape Cod.
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


Nancy Agacinski
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Dennis J. Lane
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Tim Freeman
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

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 Holtz
440-331-1759 [email protected]


Bob Hill
414-254-9880 [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

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

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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 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 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


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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


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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

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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 197778 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 highschool 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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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 RitzCarlton 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

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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

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

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


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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

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

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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. 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 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


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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. tennant ... 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

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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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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

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, Khalil


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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

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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

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We hope everyone had a terrific fall. Lisa started a new job as the director of marketing and communications with The Music Settlement, a community arts organization that offers arts instruction, early childhood education, and music therapy programming 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 (Cannon) riddle, dave Youngers, and anthony hart. Bridget and John honeymooned in Hawaii and reside 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: Christine (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 Maryellen (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 married to Jim Boyle in October 2012. Liz, who lives in Pittsburgh, works at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. ... Michelle (nigon) andolino and her husband Peter ’98 welcomed their third child, William Thomas, July 18. Will joins his sisters, Gabriella (4) and Siena Grace (2). ... Have a wonderful holiday, and remember to keep us informed. Clare and Lisa

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


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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 Weir 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

Vanessa strickley ’02 married patrick phelan on April 16, 2011.
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


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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 11-1111. 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 10day 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. 42
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rhodora (donley) ’03 huffmyer, scott (4) holding gabriella rhodora, tyler (2), and scott huffmyer holding brynne (3)

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


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Roberta Muoio
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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

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.
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 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


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We’re looking forward to our five-year reunion June 15-17, 2012. Several of our classmates have volunteered 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 beautiful wedding ceremony at St. Anthony of Padua in their hometown of Parma, Ohio. They live in Canton, Ohio. Maria teaches fifth grade in the Jackson

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


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Captain James Law, U.s. Air Force, married elana (gazella) Law ’03 June 10, 2011.

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

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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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
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 Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastián, and Vitoria. But the centerpiece of the trip was visiting Pamplona 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 Pamplona. 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 attended a NASCAR race. ... lily Fong is working in admissions at Carroll as assistant director of international recruiting, a new initiative. She covers the South East region of Asia. Check out the international 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 Krystina 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 nation. Henderson was inducted into the Norwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the Tusculum

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
College Sports Hall of Fame. ... Thanks for sharing. Brittany and Lisa


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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


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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. 44

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

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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. 14, 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

Kelly d’Amato ’08 and tristan tripodi ’07, who are seated in the middle, celebrated their wedding with 33 John Carroll alumni.

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.

Kyle Sobh
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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).

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

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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 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

Maria perossa ’11 (left) and the lead actor from the film Fun size, Victoria Justice
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.


Maura Jochum
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

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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.







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Rev. Victor J. Cimperman ’39 Justin R. Noetzel ’40 Alfonsas E. Markus ’41 Charles A. Masek ’41 Salvatore R. Calandra ’43 Thomas B. Daly ’43 John J. Wetzel ’46 Frank C. Sexton ’47 Frank D. Burke ’48 Victor F. Stewart Jr. ’49 Thomas H. Wilson ’49 Keith C. Knapp ’50 John E. Sullivan ’50 Donald L. Vondriska Sr. ’50 Gerald P. Malarkey ’51 Louis A. Colussi ’52 James M. Marsh ’52 Louis J. Spreitzer ’52 Paul Prcela ’53 John J. Carson Jr. ’54 Donald E. Massaro ’54 Richard B. O’Grady ’55 Harold E. Sliney ’55G Robert E. Hall ’56 George F. Mihelic ’57 Stephen J. Jambor ’58 Carl A. Roth ’59 James R. Horn ’60 Mary C. Frank OSF ’61G James C. Mullin ’62 Joseph D. Takitch ’64 Anthony P. Zubek ’64 Daniel A. Miller ’67 James L. Bourke Jr. ’68 Leland E. Campbell ’68 Larry M. Bell ’69G Michael J. Arendt ’70 Marilyn L. Bachman ’70G Ernest F. Sobieski ’71 Joseph J. Armul ’72 Becky L. Bunosky ’72G Lazzio B. Torzsok ’73 Joseph J. Zakelj ’74 Raymond K. Pawlowski ’75 Bryan D. Russell ’79 David R. Leonard ’83 Muriel B. Emerling ’85G Joseph C. Sanda ’86 Michael J. Leslie ’90 Timothy M. Tulley ’95G Joan M. Miller ’98G Virginia Thirlkel FSA Retired

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MY TURN 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.

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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.

This is the deceased list as of November 29, 2011. We apologize for any omissions and ask you notify Joan Brosius at 216-397-4332.

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Remembering Steve Jobs


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 opportunity 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 prescription 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 oncologist 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.


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The Cleveland Orchestra
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 first 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 affordable 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.

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Celebrating its five-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.

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