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Lasting Legacy
Carroll Honors a Man for Others
Timothy J. Russert, Class of 1972

John Carroll’s Culture of Ethics │ Home for Nonprofits

String theory: Robert Haas, a member of the Class of 1970, performs at The Arts at Lunch! in March. Part of the eighth-annual A Celebration of Scholarship!, the event featured students and other members of the John Carroll community reading their poetry and performing music. Both days it was held, The Arts at Lunch! drew midday audiences to the D.J. Lombardo Student Center Schott Atrium and Saint Francis Chapel. For more on A Celebration of Scholarship!, go to page 6. Photograph by Robert Wetzler.

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John Carroll University President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. Vice President for university Advancement Doreen Riley Director of university Marketing and Communications Christine Somosi ’81 editor Ken Kesegich Alumni Journal Michele McFarland Campus Photography Coordinator Cheri Slattery Advisory Board George Bilgere John Carfagno Sherri Crahen Linda Eisenmann Kimyette Finley ’95 Jack Hearns ’61 Mary Lavin ’87 John Marcus ’72 (ex officio) Paul V. Murphy Doreen Riley Thomas Schubeck, S.J. Barbara Schubert ’62 Karen Schuele Christine Somosi ’81 Brian Williams
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the russert legacy
After the sudden passing of Tim Russert ’72 in June 2008, the University wanted to create a lasting tribute in his honor. Working with his family, classmates, and NBC colleagues, Carroll has done exactly that. By Ken Kesegich

a very Carroll Family
The University’s ranks are filled with “legacies,” men and women related to other members of the Carroll family. In the case of the Keresman family, the connection dates back to John Carroll’s beginnings. By Julie A. Evans ’87

a Matter of ethics
John Carroll students tackle ethical issues in classes across the curriculum. And they apply their learning everywhere from the streets of Cleveland to neighborhoods in New Orleans to villages around the world. By David Briggs

home for nonprofits
The nonprofit world, facing a retiring workforce, is hungry to train its next generation of leaders. Enter Carroll’s Nonprofit Administration Program. By Kristin Ohlson



3 President’s Message 4 On Campus 26 Images of Carroll 27 Alumni Journal / AlumNews 28 Class Notes 47 In Memoriam 48 My Turn Inside back cover: Carroll People

on the cover: The impact of Tim Russert ’72 at John Carroll will continue through the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, the Tim Russert Endowed Scholarship, and the NBC/ John Carroll University Meet the Press Fellowship. “The Russert Legacy” begins on page 10.
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John Carroll’s enrollment update and guide to the college admission process.

Contributors: David Briggs, David Budin, Janet Century, Susan Curphey, Julie A. Evans ’87, Hilary Flanagan, Andy Johnson ’10, Daniel Milner, Kristin Ohlson, John H. Reid III, Robert Wetzler Design: Villa Beach Communications, Inc. Printed by Lane Press
It is the mission of the magazine to provide an engaging and accurate reflection of the University and its extended community for its alumni and the other members of the John Carroll family.

PresiDent’s MESSAGE

Lasting Impact of a Man for Others
n May 2, John Carroll gave thanks to one of our own. It was my honor to participate in “A Tribute to Tim Russert ’72.” The University organized the campus event so Tim’s classmates could gather together and celebrate his life. We invited Tim’s class, 1972, and the two classes immediately before and after. The response was outstanding. Guests traveled from near and far, some 250 strong. Since Tim’s tragic passing in June 2008, we have been in touch with his family, his John Carroll classmates, and his colleagues at NBC. Our discussions have centered on creating a lasting tribute to Tim at John Carroll University. During the May event, I announced how our efforts to honor his name have been realized. As the story beginning on page 10 describes, our lasting tribute to Tim consists of three parts: implementing the Tim Russert Endowed Scholarship, changing the name of John Carroll’s communication and theatre arts department to the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, and creating the NBC/John Carroll University Meet the Press Fellowship. Tim often spoke of his John Carroll and Jesuit Catholic education. He wanted to help others have the best learning opportunities possible. The Meet the Press fellowship, a partnership with NBC that no other school can claim, offers a wonderful opportunity every year for our graduating seniors. Also, it’s fitting that Tim endowed a Carroll scholarship, to benefit incoming freshmen from his beloved hometown of Buffalo. This fall, we will welcome the first recipient,


Katherine Warner, whose commitment to Catholic faith and service to others already embodies what we hope our students learn at John Carroll. Renaming our Department of Communication and Theatre Arts in honor of Tim is equally fitting. One of the most respected journalists in the world, he was a man who personified the best that a Jesuit Catholic education offers. It is appropriate that we write about Tim’s lasting impact in the same issue with a feature story, “A Matter of Ethics” (page 16), exploring the culture of ethics at the University. That culture helps shape our students today just as it helped shape Tim. Other stories show members of the Carroll community giving back. Two of our graduating seniors, for example, will perform service internationally as the University’s latest recipients of prestigious Fulbright fellowships (page 9). Tim touched countless lives. At John Carroll, he was president of the Student Union and a respected campus figure during a tumultuous era characterized by Vietnam War protests. He won the Beaudry Award in his senior year. While he excelled in his career, he always remembered his roots and gave back to the University in numerous ways. We are honored to have Tim’s name forever associated with John Carroll University. As Tim said in his last promotional video for John Carroll, “The Jesuits have a simple philosophy that there really is a world beyond yourself… It is essential that we recall St. Luke’s Gospel: ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’ If there’s one message that I took from John Carroll, that is it.” Let each of us take away this message and commit ourselves to live lives of service and to be men and women for others. May God bless you,

Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.

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special senior: Peter niro receives the Beaudry award from Fr. niehoff.


rilliant sunshine was the order of the day for John Carroll’s 2009 Commencement, held May 17 on the Quad. Cheered by family and friends, degree candidates numbering 990 – 720 undergraduates and 270 graduate

students – crossed the stage in front of Rodman Hall, received their diplomas, and entered the next phase of their lives. Bestowing diplomas held special significance this year for Carroll’s president, Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. As he pointed out in his welcome, he and the graduating seniors joined the University community at the same time, in the summer of 2005. Robert Dickinson ’65, retired president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, addressed the

Friends and classmates: Millor orator samantha Cocco delivers her address.


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Day to remember: the Most reverend anthony M. Pilla ’61, ’67G, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Cleveland (left), and Board of Directors chair allyn adams ’64, with faculty member George Bilgere behind them.

life of significance: Bob Dickinson ’65 delivers the Commencement address.

Honoris causa: Fr. niehoff presents an honorary degree to John thomas Mullen.

graduates. He drew a distinction between living a life of success and living a life of significance. He also received an honorary degree, as did John Thomas Mullen and Catholic Charities Health and Human Services of the Diocese of Cleveland, which Mr. Mullen serves as president and CEO. This year’s Millor Orator address was presented by Samantha Cocco. Every year, the address is given by a graduating senior, who is chosen by a committee of students, faculty, and staff. Her fellow graduating senior Peter Niro received the Beaudry Award. He was chosen by his classmates for the honor, which recognizes outstanding service in Christian leadership, academic achievement, and contributions to the University community. An extraordinary story surrounded graduate Leonard Cartor. A World War II veteran, Mr. Cartor was a student at Carroll in the early 1950s who left the University just shy of earning his pre-med degree. This year, the University reexamined his case and determined that Mr. Cartor had earned enough credits to graduate with a degree in sociology. Mr. Cartor’s health prevented him from attending the ceremony. His son Rick, given a seat of honor on stage, accepted his father’s diploma.

The day also included the presentation of the Alumni Medal to this year’s five recipients: James Clark ’57, Anne Conway ’72, Stanley Glod ’58, Jerald Rachfal ’60, and Daniel Sussen ’51. They were also honored two days earlier at the Alumni Awards Dinner. (See AlumNews, page 27.) Other Commencement day honorees included Phyllis Braudy Harris, professor and chair in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, who received the Distinguished Faculty Award. Three days before Commencement, five

graduating seniors received the Outstanding Student Leader Award at the Senior Celebration: Samantha Cocco, the Millor Orator, was one, and she was joined by Douglas Gault, Jessica Landis, Patrick McDermott, and Matthew Wooters. They were honored for making significant contributions to the John Carroll campus culture. For video of the event and a transcript of Bob Dickinson’s speech, visit www.jcu.edu/events/graduates2009.htm

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To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous peer review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. To realize additional, specialized accounting accreditation, an institution must first earn or maintain AACSB International business accreditation, and then demonstrate satisfaction of an additional set of 15 standards that are specific to the discipline and profession of accounting. “AACSB International accreditation is the most prestigious accreditation a business school can attain,” says Karen Schuele, dean of the Boler School of Business. She adds, “This accreditation provides external validation of the Boler School’s commitment to graduate outstanding business students through high quality and relevant curricula taught by a faculty committed to advancing management knowledge through scholarship. The Boler School is proud to be counted among only 171 institutions worldwide who have achieved both business and accounting accreditation.”

Global Distinction
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The John M. and Mary Jo Boler School of Business at John Carroll University has maintained its business and accounting accreditation by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business schools. Today, there are 567 business schools in 33 countries that maintain AACSB accreditation, and 171 of these institutions also maintain an additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs, including John Carroll University.

Scholars All
The week of March 23 was a particularly busy one on the John Carroll campus. That’s when the eighth-annual A Celebration of Scholarship! took place. Running Monday through Thursday, Celebration comprised a plethora of events: speakers, panel presentations, and musical and spoken word performances. The campus-wide event welcomed students, faculty, staff, and the outside community. Highlights included the Mitsui Distinguished Lecture, “War and the Environment: The Case of Japan During World War II,” by William Tsutsui, professor of history at the University of Kansas; a reading by acclaimed fiction writer Richard Bausch; and poetry readings and musical performances at The Arts at Lunch! (see inside front cover).
Photograph by Andy Johnson ’10

discussions, a poster session highlighting student research, paper

roomful of discovery: The Celebration of Scholarship! poster session held in the Dolan science Center featured dozens of student research projects, from a statistical analysis of the highest-paid baseball players to a study showing the territoriality of red-backed salamanders.


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New Program for Healthcare Careers
John Carroll’s College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies division has rolled out a program for people interested in a healthcare career but whose undergraduate degree isn’t in biology or chemistry. The Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program is designed for students who want to fulfill the requirements for admission to medical school, dental school, and other professional healthcare schools. The program offers a way to fulfill undergraduate science prerequisites needed to apply to these schools and improve scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The program, which has the potential of being completed in one year, is one of only three in Ohio, according to Mark Storz, associate dean for graduate studies. It was approved by the faculty in the spring and will begin in the fall. He anticipates it being particularly popular with students who wish to change their career path to a health profession. Dr. Storz says application advice is also available for students who majored in biology or chemistry as an undergraduate. The program requires a minimum of 34 semester credit hours, with courses fulfilling the minimum requirements for admission to most medical schools in the United States. Students are strongly encouraged to take additional coursework that will enhance their educational background and preparation for the MCAT. What distinguishes Carroll’s program? “We have exceptional faculty who strive for excellence in teaching and research and who have experience in working with pre-medical students,” says Dr. Storz. He points also to personal attention for each student. “One-onone attention will be a program hallmark. Small class sizes are key. Faculty and staff will help students stay on track in class and as they apply to medical and professional schools.” For more information, visit www.jcu.edu/graduate.

Faculty honors
Phyllis “Penny” Braudy harris, professor and chair in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, was
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presented the 2009 Distinguished

Faculty Award at Commencement. This award is the University’s highest faculty honor. The 2009 winner of the Lucrezia Culicchia Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences is Maryclaire Moroney, associate professor in the Department of English. She will receive the award in September.

recognized for service
John Carroll University has once again been named to the President’s higher education Community service honor roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities. The honor roll is a select group of colleges and universities recognized with the president’s highest designation for involvement in community service. Learn and Service America, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, determines the group. Carroll was named to the honor roll in 2008 as well.

When the Earthquake Struck
Members of the John Carroll community were concerned for the safety of Santa Casciani after the earthquake that struck central Italy in early April. Prof. Casciani, associate professor of Italian, director of the Bishop Pilla Program in Italian American Studies, and director of the John Carroll University at Vatican City study-abroad program, was in her hometown of Castelnuovo when the quake devastated the area. Prof. Casciani had been living in Castelnuovo caring for her ill mother. They were sleeping in their home at the time of the earthquake. Both she and her mother emerged safely from the quake, which killed hundreds, injured thousands, and severely damaged the town, including their home. Prof. Casciani’s family members who have worked on Carroll’s Study Abroad Program are safe as well. As John Carroll magazine went to press, Prof. Casciani was making arrangements to return to the United States with her mother. She is planning to resume teaching at the University in the fall.

Winning Combination
In April, three Blue Streak wrestlers were named Academic All Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association: Ben adams, Matthew harmon, and Dan Mizener. All three students are members of the class of 2009. This prestigious honor is reserved for student athletes who have achieved success on the mat and in the classroom, earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above.

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From the Heart
Thanks to Matt Bury, a member of the Class of 2012, and his teammates on the Blue Streaks football team, young patients at University Hospitals of Cleveland’s Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital will have more books to enjoy. Matt, who took the lead, and fellow freshmen Rocco Miller, Devin Martin, and C.J. Seitzinger delivered 100 hardbound storybooks to the hospital in April as a donation from the 2009 Carroll football team. The books, More Than a Spoonful, were written, printed, and donated by David Rastoka, a 1999 John Carroll alumnus and former member of the football team. Marge Galla accepted the books on behalf of the hospital’s children’s library. Matt, Rocco, and Devin were involved in a similar project while attending Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School.
reaching out through reading: From left are C.J. seitzinger, Marge Galla, Devin Martin, Matt Bury, and rocco Miller.

Leadership Update
David Short, a member of the Class of 1981, became chair of the John Carroll University Board of Directors on June 1. A member of the board since 1999, Mr. Short recently retired as chairman of the board of American Funds, one of the nation’s largest mutual fund families, with more than $650 billion in investments. He lives in Pittsburgh. Mr. Short will continue the momentum built by Allyn Adams ’64, who led Carroll directors since 2007. Mr. Adams continues his service David short ’81 on the board, which he joined in 1997. A retired partner of the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, he received the University’s highest alumni honor, the Alumni Medal, in 1999. During Mr. Adams’ tenure as board chair, Carroll’s accomplishments included the launch of the Ohio Access Initiative and significant progress on the University Master Plan. Three members have completed their service: José Feliciano ’72, outgoing board vice chair and chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee; Kenneth Honecker Jr. ’04G; and Melanie Shakarian ’00. Another member, Jack Breen ’56, became director emeritus in December. Four new members have joined the board: Eric Jochum ’83, president of F. Eric Jochum Realty and president of the John Carroll Alumni Association; Richard Maroun ’77, general counsel and chief administrative officer of APP Pharmaceuticals; Samuel Miller, co-chairman of the board and treasurer of Forest City Enterprises; and Terence Sullivan ’77, president of Paragon Advisors, Inc. Linda Eisenmann, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of history and of education at John Carroll, is leaving the University this summer to become provost at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. Dr. Eisenmann arrived at John Carroll in 2004. During her tenure as dean, she worked with faculty to revise tenure and promotion guidelines and procedures, and has supported faculty in the creation of several new academic programs. She facilitated a reexamination of the First Year Seminar (FYS), which produced a new social-justice-centered course organized around faculty learning communities. Her commitment to FYS prompted her to teach in the “Second Life” FYS learning community last fall. She helped reorganize student services and academic advising in the College of Arts and Sciences, linda eisenmann and recently assumed responsibility for arts and sciences graduate programs. In Dr. Eisenmann’s role as dean, she contributed to many campus efforts, including the Administrative Leadership Team, the University Planning Group, and the Mission and Identity Committee. John Day, academic vice president, will appoint an interim dean.


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A Night of Thanks
On April 28, 2009, John Carroll welcomed about 100 guests to a special gathering: “An Evening of Appreciation,” a reception and program in which Carroll thanked its most generous supporters. Held in the Muldoon Atrium of the Dolan Science Center, the event was highlighted by students who greeted guests and talked with them about photographic displays that were arranged around the atrium. The displays showed Carroll students engaged in campus life and the community. The reception also featured the JCU Jazz Combo, a student group that performed throughout the evening. After the reception, guests moved to the Donahue Auditorium for a welcome from John Carroll President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., and a presentation by Vice President for Enrollment Brian Williams, who discussed the University’s admission efforts. In his welcome, Fr. Niehoff updated guests on the status of philanthropic giving to the University for the fiscal year, which ended on May 31, about a month after the event. He reported that John Carroll saw a rise in both the number of alumni donors (up 6 percent) and total number of gifts (up 16 percent) over last year at the same time. Carroll also saw a dramatic increase in online giving. He pointed out that while the cash gifts to the Carroll Fund – which goes directly to student financial aid each year – were down about 9 percent, the University’s overall cash and pledges were up 10 percent over last year. Fr. Niehoff said he was encouraged by the higher number of donors and gifts, which reflects enthusiasm about John Carroll’s future. In addition, he said, John Carroll was seeing the greatest increase in the number of younger donors (Carroll grads from the last two years) – up 18 percent. “I am energized by our students, grateful for our committed faculty and staff, and inspired by our graduates,” Fr. Niehoff said. “I end every day delighted in the knowledge that we are making a real difference in the lives of our students and in the world. I also end each day knowing that without you, much of this would not be possible. So thank you. Thank you for your faith and trust in us. Thank you for all of our students who have enjoyed the benefit of your investment and generosity. We are all the better for it.”
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Fulbright Honors
In the spring, two John Carroll University graduating seniors were awarded Fulbright fellowships. Dina Baky ’09 will spend nine months in the Bordeaux Region of France, teaching students ages 8 to 11. Ms. Baky will begin her Fulbright teaching assistantship in October. She studied in the Honors Program at John Carroll and graduated in May with a selfdesigned major in political psychology. She is from Canfield, Ohio.

head of the class: Joshua Marcin ’09 and Dina Baky ’09 are Carroll’s latest Fulbright scholars.

Joshua Marcin ’09 will pursue independent research in El Salvador for approximately one year. His Fulbright fellowship provides a grant to study the banking and financial education options for families in El Salvador who are receiving money from relatives working abroad (remittances). Mr. Marcin earned a double major, in political science and Spanish. The Akron, Ohio, native also graduated in May. In 2008, he received another prestigious federal award: the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by

special guests: From left, student Paulin Byusa ’11, Dick Barrett ’53, and Director of Multicultural affairs Janetta hammock were among the attendees at “an evening of appreciation.”


the U.S. State Department. For more than 60 years, the Fulbright program has given students with high academic achievements and leadership promise the chance to make connections between the people of America and the rest of the world. Ms. Baky and Mr. Marcin are the 13th and 14th John Carroll graduates to earn Fulbrights since 1995.

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By Ken Kesegich


After the sudden passing of Tim Russert ’72 in June 2008, the University wanted to create a lasting tribute in his honor. Working with his family, classmates, and NBC colleagues, Carroll has done exactly that.


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Personal touch: Joining Fr. niehoff are friends and classmates of tim’s who played important roles in the tribute event. From left are Dennis Quilty ’72, M. Colette Gibbons ’73, Bill Doyle ’72, Fr. niehoff, Mark Pacelli ’72, and tom ahern ’70.

t Tim Russert’s funeral last summer in Washington, D.C., NBC’s Tom Brokaw approached John Carroll President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. Let’s look at how the network and the University could work together, he suggested, to create a lasting tribute to Mr. Russert, a man who had a celebrated impact on both institutions. The ensuing conversation, which included Mr. Russert’s family and Carroll classmates, continued through the year and into 2009. In February, over dinner in Cleveland, Mr. Brokaw and Fr. Niehoff made the partnership official. Details began to be drafted for a fitting way to remember Timothy J. Russert, a favorite son of both the Class of 1972 and NBC. On May 2, at a memorial event on campus held for Tim’s classmates, Fr. Niehoff announced the results of the University’s partnership with NBC: the NBC/John Carroll University Meet the Press Fellowship. In the fellowship, a Carroll graduating senior will be chosen each year to work


“i am a Blue streak”: Caitlin huey-Burns ’09, inspired by tim russert to pursue a career in journalism, shares her remembrance.

on the show that bore Tim Russert’s stamp. Carroll is the only school in the world with this opportunity. The Russert fellowship was the last of three major announcements Fr. Niehoff made at the dinner program of the May event, called “A Tribute to Tim Russert ’72.” In addition to the NBC partnership, he unveiled two other ways Carroll will honor Tim’s memory: naming the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts for him, and announcing the first recipient of The Tim Russert Endowed Scholarship. The event was an opportunity for Tim’s friends and classmates – those from the Classes of 1970 to 1974 were invited – to celebrate his life and hear how the University planned to create a lasting tribute. It drew a capacity audience of about 250 guests, many traveling from out of state. The celebration started with a Mass in Saint Francis Chapel, in which Fr. Niehoff served as celebrant and six fellow Jesuits as concelebrants. Guests then proceeded to a reception and dinner in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center. All three components of Carroll’s tribute to Tim Russert – the endowed scholarship, department naming, and NBC postgraduate fellowship – come with the blessing of his widow, Maureen Orth, and his son, Luke Russert. They were unable to attend the event, but they contributed a video message that was shown at the dinner program. The program also included personal remembrances by Russert classmates Tom Ahern ’70, M. Colette Gibbons ’73, Bill Doyle ’72, and Dennis Quilty ’72. Video remembrances by Tom Brokaw, classmates Marty Bergerson ’72 and Mary Ann Ahern ’76, and U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and George Voinovich from Ohio were shown, as was a tribute video created by the University. At the
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living my faith in service of others.” The second tribute component, the naming of the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts for Tim Russert, honors the journalist’s numerous contributions to his profession. Before his death, he served In Tim’s Name simultaneously as the NBC News Washington Before his passing, Tim created The Tim bureau chief, moderator and managing editor of Russert Endowed Scholarship for an incoming Meet the Press, political analyst for Today and Nightly freshman student from his beloved Buffalo or News, and host of The Tim Russert Show on CNBC. Western New York who embodies the Jesuit “Tim Russert set the highest standards in spirit. The fund has now earned enough that his life and his profession,” it can be awarded for the says Karen Gygli, chair of the first time. The inaugural Tim Russert Department of recipient of the annual Russert Communication and Theatre Scholarship is Katherine Arts and associate professor Warner, from East Amherst, of theater. “He was very good New York. She graduated at his job and an admirable this spring from the Buffalo human being, too. We are Academy of the Sacred Heart, very proud to be named in his in Buffalo. honor. I think that having his Her long list of volunteer name grace our department activities demonstrates her will attract many students.” commitment to Jesuit ideals. Fr. Niehoff saved for She has served with efforts the first russert scholar: Katherine Warner last the announcement of ranging from St. Luke’s Carroll’s partnership with NBC, which grew Mission of Mercy to a Nicaraguan mission trip, out of his initial discussion with Tom Brokaw. which she made each of the last four summers. “This partnership links two of Tim’s beloved Ms. Warner invited Fr. Niehoff to share institutions,” Fr. Niehoff said of the NBC/John her thank you note to the Russert family. Carroll University Meet the Press Fellowship. “It He read an excerpt, including, “I was always will annually provide a John Carroll graduate inspired by how open [Mr. Russert] was about with a tremendous opportunity to work for his faith and his Catholic upbringing. He NBC’s number-one-rated Sunday morning always seemed to stay rooted in the values he public affairs program and the longest-running was raised with, which are values that are so television program in the world.” John Carroll important to our society today. I am proud to and NBC are working to have the first fellow be attending John Carroll University and will in place for 2009-10. do my best to honor Tim Russert’s memory by Betsy Fischer is the executive producer of Meet the Press. “Tim was a mentor and role model for so many young people here at NBC,” Mass, graduating senior Caitlin Huey-Burns shared a moving reflection on how Mr. Russert taught her what it means to be a Blue Streak when she interned at Meet the Press.
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she says. “He gave me my first job at Meet the Press when I was a 21-year-old intern, and he continued as my teacher, my colleague, and my friend for the next 18 years. It is in the spirit of Tim’s incredible impact on so many journalists and self-described political junkies that this fellowship is aptly named and dedicated in his honor. And the fact that it is in partnership with John Carroll, a place that inspired and taught him, makes it all the more fitting.”

Only the Beginning
After dinner, Thomas Schubeck, S.J., professor of religious studies, provided the benediction. Then Ryan Daly ’99, senior director of development and coordinator of the event, concluded the program by inviting guests to the O’Dea Room, where they continued the celebration of Tim Russert’s life. Mark Pacelli ’72 was one of Tim’s classmates and close friends. He was instrumental in bringing about the event, starting by e-mailing about 30 fellow Blue Streaks in January. The response, he says, was spectacular, and the list of 30 quickly shot to 200. “That’s an indicator of Tim’s overwhelming effect on everybody,” he says. “There was such a positive response from the alumni at the event,” says Mr. Pacelli, who traveled from Chicago. “All the ones that I knew – there must’ve been a hundred or so – said it was great. It was a fabulous experience. On the way home, 8 o’clock Sunday morning, I was getting e-mails from people talking about Saturday night, saying, ‘Wow, that was great. Let’s keep this going.’ It was a great tribute to a great guy.” For more information about the University’s tribute to Tim Russert, visit www.jcu.edu/ TimRussert. At this site, you can view the tribute video shown at the event, as well as the last promotional video Mr. Russert made for John Carroll. You can also read the reflection read by Caitlin Huey-Burns ’09 at the Mass. If you are interested in supporting the NBC/John Carroll University Meet the Press Fellowship, the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, or The Tim Russert Endowed Scholarship Fund, please contact the University at 800-736-2586, ext. 4516, or rdaly@jcu.edu. Ken Kesegich is editor of John Carroll magazine.


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A Very Carroll Family
the university’s alumni and student ranks are filled with “legacies,” men and women related to other members of the Carroll family. in the case of the Keresman family, the connection dates back to John Carroll’s beginnings.
By Julie A. Evans ’87

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team Carroll: From left are Keresman family members Katelyn ’09, Mike iii ’79, Miriam ’85, and, far right, Michelle ’81. second from right is Jim Burant ’73.
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with my daughter was the fulfillment of a dream.” Miriam had worked her way through John Carroll as a secretary and assistant to the chairperson in the Department of Psychology, while carrying 18 credit hours per year. The full-time position also helped defray tuition costs for the four children. Today, Miriam is “Dr. Keresman” to her clients. She holds a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy and works as a therapist in those areas. Her husband passed away in 1992.
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If the story stopped here, the Keresmans already would stand out as a remarkable “legacy family,” which the University defines as a family in which at least one relative of an alum attends. (See “Special Connection.”) But the Keresman-Carroll connection began much earlier. Michael Keresman Jr.’s grandfather Frederick Burant graduated from Saint Ignatius College, John Carroll’s predecessor
Chapter one: Frederick Burant on his wedding day in 1906.

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institution, at the turn of the last century. Another of Mr. Burant’s grandchildren, Jim Burant, graduated in 1973, and great-granddaughter Karen (Boester) Burrows earned her degree in 1995. And still the legacy continues. This past May, Katelyn Keresman, Mike III’s daughter and Frederick Burant’s great-great granddaughter, graduated from John Carroll University with a degree in religious studies. A younger sister, Jaclyn, has been accepted and may attend in the fall.

Keresman Jr., a charming engineering major from John Carroll University. Mike was three months away from completing his B.S. degree at the University of Detroit as part of a cooperative arrangement between the two Catholic universities. From day one, Mike and Miriam were inseparable. He urged her to run for Engineering Queen (she didn’t win) and to meet his parents back in Cleveland (she won them over). They married seven months later and had four children, all of whom would become Carroll alumni, like their dad: Michael III ’79, Michelle ’81, Matthew ’82, and Maureen ’85. Mike rose to become chief engineer for Parker-Hannifin in Cleveland. Miriam managed the busy household. “My parents had four kids in five years, so we were the classic ‘stair-step kids’ who never got too far away from each other,” says Mike Keresman III, the oldest of Mike and Miriam’s children. “Growing up, we all went to the same schools and played in the same summer league sports, so there wasn’t a lot of separation.” It made sense, he says, that the kids would stick together in their college years, as well. In 1985, Miriam herself graduated from John Carroll with a degree in psychology. She shared the spotlight on that special day with her youngest, Maureen, who earned her degree in communications. “We threw our hats up together to celebrate our victory,” says Miriam. “Graduating


iriam Vincler was a student majoring in education at the University of Detroit in 1956 when she met her future husband, Michael

Home Away from Home
“It’s cool to know that my parents and grandparents went to JCU,” says Katelyn. “My dad and I have a special bond that we share when we talk about school. We even had some of the same professors.” She cites Larry Cima, from economics and finance, and Bob Kolesar, from mathematics and computer science. Katelyn also shares stories with her aunts and uncle and sometimes makes surprising discoveries. Her freshman advisor, for example, was Aunt Michelle’s suitemate. That would be Peggy Finucane ’80, a communication and theatre arts faculty member and director of the Center for Service and Social Action. Mike says he was careful not to pressure Katelyn into choosing John Carroll. He almost discouraged her from a Carroll education by being overly objective in an attempt to play fair. “I wanted to make sure she wasn’t going to John Carroll for me. I wanted it to be her decision, not mine.” Mike is president, CEO, and chairman of CardinalCommerce Corporation, a company based in Mentor, Ohio, that specializes in technology to ensure

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the safety of e-commerce transactions. He looks back on his Carroll years with a mixture of fondness and disbelief that a scrappy young man from blue-collar Parma, Ohio, could fit in to John Carroll’s campus environment. He applied to other schools but chose Carroll under pressure from his father, which was somewhere between “coercion and insisting,” Mike recalls. “I hated it at first,” he says. “I used to go home every weekend. My buddies back home were a bunch of motor heads, and I didn’t fit into Carroll very well. I thought it was small and the people dressed funny. So it took me a while to adjust.” Mike not only survived his bumpy beginnings at Carroll, but he encouraged his siblings to enroll. He got excited by his studies and learned to love campus life. A finance major, he joined the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, which his younger brother, Matt, also joined. He made new friends while holding onto old ones. For parents, says Mike, there’s an undeniable comfort in knowing a few details about the place where your child may spend the next four years. With John Carroll, he continues, “You know it’s a safe environment. And with a Jesuit education, it’s a relief to know there are core moral values in place. With Carroll, you’re getting the sure thing.” Julie A. Evans, a writer in the Cleveland area, is a 1987 graduate of John Carroll.

Special Connection


t John Carroll, legacies constitute a significant portion of the student body, averaging about 30 percent of new enrollment over the past decade.

In 2008-09, 216 of the 792 freshmen shared a legacy connection, including 47 with alumni parents and 57 with siblings having a Carroll education. Legacy families claim a special relationship to their alma mater, and both University and alumni benefit, says Tom Fanning, the University’s director of admission and retention. Legacy students form a bridge from one generation to the next and keep alumni connected and involved in campus life. Incoming legacy students typically know what to expect when they choose Carroll over other schools. They’ve heard stories, skimmed yearbooks, visited the campus, and learned some of the traditions and history. A special connection often develops, Mr. Fanning says, as parent and child compare and contrast experiences and swap campus stories. Within the past few years, the admission office has been working more closely with the Office of Alumni Relations to boost legacy enrollment. Two new regional directors of advancement and enrollment, based in Greater Chicago and the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, were hired last year. They report jointly to the offices of admission and alumni relations. The arrangement is a first for the University and may expand to other cities, says Mr. Fanning. “If admissions and alumni aren’t working together, you’re missing a great opportunity.” Legacy connections should be forged early on, says Mary Lavin ’87, director of alumni relations. Newborns receive a Blue Streaks bib, and events for children are held on Reunion and Homecoming weekends. Students host events for younger siblings on campus. Legacy students get special recognition during the academic year, beginning with an official legacy group photo during orientation and ending with acknowledgment at graduation. J.A.E.
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Back in the day: the Keresmans celebrate the graduation of Miriam and Maureen in 1985. From left are Mike iii, Matthew, Maureen, Michelle, Miriam, and Michael Jr.

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A Matter of
John Carroll students tackle ethical issues in classes across the curriculum. And they apply their learning everywhere from the streets of Cleveland to neighborhoods in New Orleans to villages around the world.
By David Briggs

Bridge to learning: Part of the long Carroll tradition, lena Chapin ’10 applies her classroom learning in ethics to the world beyond campus, in her case by leading a student team that visits Cleveland’s homeless every week.

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Gone is the sun’s warmth that earlier on this spring day sent temperatures into the 50s and students onto landscaped campus greens to toss Frisbees. As nighttime approaches, a strong wind
lena Chapin ’10

brings a chill through a desolate stretch

of West 53rd Street in Cleveland. A solitary figure, John Carroll junior Lena Chapin, walks along the sidewalk over a bridge, broken glass crunching beneath her feet. She calls out names over a landscape of piled-high rocks and brick, where a rotting, burned-out car gives way to an abandoned factory
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littered with graffiti.


The John Carroll approach is “ethics from the bottom up.”
– Thomas schubeck, s.J., professor of religious studies

As Ms. Chapin searches in the opposite direction, four figures emerge – first their heads, then parts of their bodies can be seen silently rising from underneath the bridge and through a hole in the fence out into the street. The two men and two women, dressed in patched jeans and old sweatshirts, are of indeterminate age. Before Ms. Chapin can turn around, more than a dozen John Carroll students pour out of two University vans onto the sidewalk. What follows are handshakes and hugs. Some students distribute a warm meal, while others gather around to listen to stories about children and grandchildren whose memories spark flames of humanity into an uncertain night.

the effects of personal and corporate greed, John Carroll, like many top universities, is preparing students to confront ethical issues throughout its curriculum. From mandatory ethics classes for business students to intentional discussions about complex moral issues in courses on subjects from biology to political science to communications, John Carroll students are given the intellectual tools to discern the ethical dimensions of situations they face in their lives and work. Yet what distinguishes John Carroll from other public and private universities is something more, say members of the University community. It is the opportunity for students to apply what they learn in the classroom. They do so in programs that allow them to gather with the homeless in Cleveland, or live with the poor in Ecuador and Nicaragua, or build housing in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The emphasis on integrating ethics throughout campus life starts with the University vision statement to develop “individuals of intellect and character who lead and serve by engaging the world around them and around the globe.” Then it continues to the classroom and beyond where students have the opportunity to

immerse themselves in the wider community, to come to personally understand the human dimension of global ethical concerns. Thomas Schubeck, S.J., professor of religious studies, calls the John Carroll approach “ethics from the bottom up.” When it is successful, students live out the Jesuit ideal of being women and men for others, from the poorest of the poor to their future co-workers in corporate offices. For her part, Ms. Chapin says, John Carroll has shattered preconceived notions about the world and challenged her to develop her personal ethics. “Really, it’s just helped me to develop into a good human being, or what I like to think is a good human being,” she says. “It definitely makes you think about what is right, and what you should do with your life.”


hen students and faculty discuss an ethos of John Carroll University, it comes back to

Moral Questions, Real-Life Issues
Paul Lauritzen, a professor of religious studies, starts his class on moral decision making by asking students to talk about ethical issues in the news. In a recent class, the discussion ranged from stem cell research to the language used to describe people with physical challenges. One young woman shares her experience with her wheelchair-bound grandfather,

moments like these where young women and men, participants in the University’s Labre Project, sacrifice their Friday nights to feed the hungry and visit those in prisons of poverty and mental illness. In a time when the U.S. economy is facing one of its greatest challenges since the Depression, when everyone is being asked to do their part to rebuild a nation suffering


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how her initial impatience with his fierce independence and rejections of help evolved into an appreciation of his sense of personal dignity and caused her to rethink the appropriateness of the term disability. Moving on to the day’s subject of ethics at the end of life, Prof. Lauritzen exposes students to official Catholic teachings and detailed opinions of a varying group of medical ethicists. He even offers his own feelings by his mother’s side before her death. In those moments, he says, he knew there was a difference between allowing a patient to die and killing a patient, between not getting a court order to insert a feeding tube and administering a lethal injection. The idea of relating moral questions to real-life contemporary issues is prevalent throughout the academic disciplines at John Carroll. It is not enough just to inspire students to excel in learning. The John Carroll mission statement says that as a Jesuit Catholic university, the school also seeks to equip individuals for leadership and service in the region and the world. The emphasis on ethics begins right away for incoming freshmen. In the required First Year Seminar program, students may join learning communities dealing with subjects such as corporations and social justice or global climate change or human rights. A goal of the

seminar is to create “informed compassionate citizens who are committed to serving others.” Before they graduate, students will take classes in philosophy, international affairs, diversity, and religious studies. “Through the core curriculum requirements, I would have trouble understanding how someone gets through without having ethics,” says Earl Spurgin, professor of philosophy and director of the University Core Curriculum. In addition, several departments have their own ethics courses. Communications students take classes in media ethics, while all business students are required to take a class in business ethics. Students may also choose courses in medical ethics or in science, technology, and ethics.

donate my blood to a relative?” the professors pressed students on the subject until there was a lively discussion on the ethics of selling bone marrow or blood or even body parts. Participants weighed the value of the increased supply that economic incentives might bring against the unequal pressure to be donors that such incentives would place on the poor. A major source of support for integrating moral concerns in campus life is the Program in Applied Ethics, directed by Prof. Lauritzen. The program offers course development grants to help faculty develop classes in subjects such as research ethics for the sciences. James Lissemore, associate professor of biology, created a course on the biological consequences of poverty. The effort does not stop at the classroom. As part of the integrated approach of learning and service at John Carroll, the applied ethics program also assists students by sending them to seminars – such as a bioethics conference at Harvard – and by funding paid student internships for students working at social service agencies in Cleveland. “There is a pretty serious commitment to frame a lot of what is going on in the University, in coursework, in service projects, in terms of ethics,” Prof. Lauritzen says. And students are responding, he says. Pre-med students volunteer at a free clinic.

Team Teaching
One growing trend is team teaching across departments so ethical issues can be raised from different perspectives. For example, this fall, a political scientist and economist will join Prof. Schubeck in teaching a course on the search for social justice in El Salvador. In a course this spring, faculty member Andrew Welki of economics and finance joined Prof. Spurgin in leading a seminar on environmental ethics and the economy. Beginning one class with the question “Can I

“I feel like we’re constantly surrounded by something greater. Our actions, right here, right now, matter.”
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“I really learned to respect the dignity of all people. … I realize I was missing this whole part of the world. I was missing other people.”
– Natalie Terry ’10

Hundreds of students will spend Friday nights with the homeless over the course of the year. The Arrupe Scholars Program for Social Action, which is completing its second full year, combines academic classes with service and social justice projects. The program numbers 37 students, with another 20 expected in the fall, says Christopher Kerr ’00, program co-director. “I find it stunning how much they’re doing, and the kind of passion they bring to it,” Prof. Lauritzen says of John Carroll students. “It is a joy to work with them.”

leather maker named Gabriel: “The one thing I’ve come to learn is life is beautiful if you know how to live it.” She is not alone. Several hundred students spent more than 26,000 hours in community service in the 2007-08 academic year, says Margaret Finucane ’80, director of the Center for Service and Social Action. Even better, the numbers are going up. For example, in the 2005-06 academic year, 18 students joined international immersion experiences such as the one Ms. Cocco participated in. The number rose to 75 in the past academic year. And the success spreads across different academic majors. John Carroll’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team won a regional competition in March sponsored by the international organization. The team’s entry included a project donating 35 computers to an orphanage in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a presentation on handling ethical dilemmas in a free enterprise system. In her classes, in her work with Migration and Refugee Services for Cleveland Catholic Charities, even in homilies at campus services, Ms. Cocco observes almost a seamless garment of ethical reflection encouraging students to evaluate how their actions shape the rest of the community and the rest of the world.

“I feel like we’re constantly surrounded by something greater. Our actions, right here, right now, matter,” she says. Ms. Cocco says the ethics that permeates the University is not preaching. Instead, she says, Carroll offers “a positive message of how to love one another, how to be human to one another.” Ronald Brownrigg ’10 agrees. “To be one for another, I think that’s the overall message John Carroll portrays,” he says. “I see that on campus every day.” An education major who plans to become a teacher, Mr. Brownrigg has visited the homeless with the Labre Project and tutored students at Wiley Middle School in University Heights. What he will take from the University into later life, he says, is the idea that success involves working together with others. What John Carroll teaches, he says, is, “We’re all here for each other.”

Here for Each Other
The home was a shack made of crushed sugar cane, with the wall on one side collapsing inward. Inside, there was one mattress for six children to sleep on. The parents slept on the floor. And still in this home and others in Ecuador, people were always talking to thensophomore Samantha Cocco and other John Carroll students about the blessings of God and their faith. “I felt they had so much love to give and so much faith to share,” says Ms. Cocco, who graduated in May. “I felt they had more to share with us than we had with them.” Ms. Cocco returned to John Carroll with marks from bed bugs and about 200 mosquito bites, and with a new perspective from a

Guided on a Path
Natalie Terry ’10 chose John Carroll because serving others was an important part of her own morals and values. Her experiences have included a trip to Nicaragua, working with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, and serving as a mentor at the Arrupe Neighborhood Partnership at Saint Ignatius High School. She helped bring fair trade coffee to John Carroll and is working with


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student groups and the school to offer more fair trade products, from T-shirts to rice on campus. fair trade promotes ethical relationships between consumers and producers. “Since I entered the John Carroll community, I’ve been guided on a path of service and social action that has led me to be a woman for others,” says Ms. Terry, who begins her senior year in the fall. “I really learned to respect the dignity of all people. … I realize I was missing this whole part of the world. I was missing other people.” Not everyone is going to have Ms. Terry’s experience. There are no guarantees that a John Carroll education will make someone a more moral person. “If a person comes into this school, or any other, not caring about ethics … I don’t think there’s anything any educator can do to change that,” Prof. Spurgin says. Professors such as Spurgin and Lauritzen also know describing the ethos of a school, particularly a Jesuit Catholic university integrating academic freedom and transcendent ideals, is not easy. Students and faculty come from various religious traditions. One professor may make a point of presenting the perspective of Catholic social teaching, while another will stick to a secular model. But for those students who care about ethics, who care about right and wrong,

John Carroll is a special place, members of the Carroll community agree. Through opportunities for both practical service and intellectually challenging discussions of moral issues, says Prof. Spurgin, “The University gives students the tools to recognize ethical issues when they encounter them and to form reasoned responses.” For a growing number of students, that means volunteering for a year after graduation in programs such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and the Peace Corps. Eight students, or little more than one percent of the Class of 2000, became postgraduate volunteers. That number increased almost three-fold, to 23, in the Class of 2008. Among the new graduating class, Samantha Cocco has been accepted to Jesuit Volunteers International, part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She’ll spend the next two years on the island of Pohnpei, Micronesia, teaching English, theology, and music to high school-aged men and women. Ms. Terry does not know what she will do after graduation in 2010. She may do a volunteer year of service, or she may enter into a graduate school of theology or become a youth minister. She is sure of only one thing: “Being a woman for others and with others is what I’m going to be.”

Be the Change
Over at Carroll’s Green Road Annex on a spring Friday afternoon, Lena Chapin is cooking the meal to be distributed to the homeless that night. The thin track athlete struggles to break apart the frozen ham and apples from the Cleveland Food Bank to allow them to heat through thoroughly. The huge pot of mashed potatoes is unwieldy for someone her size. And this is only the beginning. The last containers and serving utensils may not be put away until 11 p.m. What she does not do is give up. The discussions on ethics in almost all her classes and the 15 hours a week she volunteers in the student-run program to befriend the homeless have helped equip her with the social and business skills and personal passion to run an effective organization. Whether she becomes an English professor or does public relations for IBM, Ms. Chapin will bring her gifts of drive, compassion, and the pursuit of excellence to the world. “Even if it is a corporate situation,” she says, “I want to go there and be the change.” A longtime journalist covering religion and ethics, David Briggs recently relocated from Cleveland to Nashville.

“The University gives students the tools to recognize ethical issues when they encounter them and to form reasoned responses.” – Earl spurgin, Director of the University Core Curriculum

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The nonprofit world, facing a retiring workforce, is hungry to train its next generation of leaders. Enter Carroll’s Nonprofit Administration Program.
By Kristin Ohlson

it’s interdisciplinary: the nonprofit administration Program, directed by elizabeth stiles (left), combines the heart of Carroll’s social sciences with the business acumen of the Boler school.

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Around the country, nonprofits quake at the approach of a demographic tsunami. The thousands of baby boomers who poured into the nonprofit sector around the 1960s and form the bulk of today’s nonprofit leadership are getting ready to retire. While a large number of younger people surged into the nonprofit sector in the wake of 9/11, many don’t have the administrative skills to replace their elders. In places like New York City and Cleveland – the two American cities with the highest concentration of nonprofit organizations – the skills gap could be devastating. This is why the introduction of John Carroll University’s Nonprofit Administration Program in 2006 was so timely and has been so successful. “When you get an MBA, you learn how to manage companies, but there haven’t been enough programs acknowledging that nonprofits are a different animal,” says Mary Paxton, a current student and associate development director at E CITY, an afterschool program that teaches entrepreneurial, business, and life skills to inner-city kids. “I’ve been in the nonprofit world for 10 years, I’ve had some management experience, and I wanted the formal education that will prepare me to be a nonprofit leader. That’s what this program does.” Penny Harris, chair of John Carroll’s sociology and criminology department, led the early legwork to establish the program after she learned that the Council of Graduate Studies had seed money from the Ford Foundation to establish new professional master’s programs in the social sciences. First, she secured a planning grant from the Council to do an extensive needs analysis. Working with a Carroll steering committee representing sociology, economics, political science, psychology, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Career Services, and the Boler School of Business, a team from sociology worked with area nonprofits to identify areas in which they need knowledge and skills. Carroll’s final proposal for a master of arts program based on these areas of need won an implementation grant from the council – one of only 30 nationwide.

the right preparation: student Mary Paxton, of e City, is on the path to nonprofit leadership.

Across the Disciplines
While other institutions offer graduate programs in nonprofit management, Carroll’s stands out for several reasons. First, it’s intensely interdisciplinary, with coursework in sociology, political science, economics, accounting, management, communications, and marketing. “This program takes the heart of the social sciences – looking at issues related to diversity, ethics, social policy, advocacy, and program evaluation – and combines it with the business acumen of the Boler School,” Prof. Harris says. The new program is also small, accepting a select group of about 20 students who proceed

immediate impact: the program, says the Gathering Place’s Ben light ’08G, made him a better employee right away.

as a cohort through the two-year program. Most are already working in nonprofits and have been out of school for 10 years or more, so they bring plenty of real-life experience into the classroom for discussion and study. Carroll recently added a certificate program in nonprofit management for people with MBAs, so some of the students are still working in the private sector but plan to transition into nonprofit work. “This is an intense program in which you really make tight connections with people,” says Elizabeth Stiles, a professor of political science and the Nonprofit Administration Program’s director. “Our first cohort graduated in August of 2008, and they’re very close. It’s a nice network – they’ll work with each other for years, maybe for the rest of their lives.” The Nonprofit Administration Program stands out for another reason as well: John Carroll offers a 40 percent tuition discount to its students. “Because John Carroll University is committed to the greater good,

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the Capstone Project
Each year, Nonprofit Administration Program students get the opportunity to work closely with a local nonprofit organization. The program sends out a Request for Proposal to some 80 area nonprofits, asking how students can help. After the proposals are evaluated, students work in teams to complete a project together.

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here is the next group of Capstone projects:
• The Ronald McDonald House: At this home-away-from-home for families with a child undergoing treatment at a local hospital, students will develop and
From nonprofit to classroom: todd Welki, an administrator at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, teaches in the nonprofit administration Program.

conduct a survey on client satisfaction with family waiting rooms. • Malachi House: For this hospice for people with limited or no financial resources, students will help increase name recognition among donors and referring agencies. • The Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center: Students will assess why some youths are sentenced to detention facilities and some are not, as well as survey current detainees to see if the services they’re receiving there are helpful and if other services are required. K.O.

we want to be sensitive to the needs of people in nonprofits,” adds Prof. Stiles. “They’re notoriously underpaid and often don’t have the money to get the skills that nonprofits need.” Given the challenge of the global economic crisis, nonprofits need a more sharply defined set of skills than ever. As endowments shrink, investments falter, and contributions dwindle, many nonprofits have an increasingly hard time managing their budgets and maintaining their current level of service – even as the needs of their constituents rise. The Nonprofit Administration Program provides training that can help nonprofit leaders nurture their staffs and prevent burnout in these difficult times, as well as bolster them with an array of business skills to help organizations thrive with fewer resources. “My class teaches them how to do a costbenefit analysis and make important business decisions,” says Walter Simmons, chair of the department of economics and finance. “For instance, when there are fewer resources, several nonprofits might decide to merge, because they don’t want to duplicate services. Whether you’re a nonprofit or a private company, there are ways of merging organizations that are more efficient and productive.” Even when not faced with huge decisions of that nature, students find that the program helps them do their jobs better – while they’re still in the middle of coursework.

“The first thing we did in the leadership and managerial skills class was to fill out personal assessments, which we used throughout class to build career plans,” says Benjamin Light ’08G, who was in the first graduating class and is now director of operations at The Gathering Place, a program for people whose lives have been touched by cancer. “Part of the assessment was a peer review, which I took back to work and asked both my supervisor and the people I supervised to fill out. I got immediate feedback about the strength of my work – it made me a better employee right away.” Prof. Stiles is thrilled by the range of students who come to the program. They arrive from all over the city, from diverse backgrounds, from nonprofits as various as the Cleveland Orchestra and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless. As they gather to study and swap experiences on everything from board composition to marketing, she believes they’re creating new approaches that will reshape the nonprofit world. She declares, “They’re inventing what’s going to be happening in the nonprofit sector for the next 30 to 40 years.” For more information on the Nonprofit Administration Program, visit www.jcu.edu/ graduate/programs/nonprofit/nonprofit-home.htm. Kristin Ohlson is a writer in the Cleveland area.


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John Carroll’s
Seventy percent of high school seniors think about working for or running their own smaller enterprise. yet, traditional businesseducation models don’t nurture those ideas as well as they could. John Carroll offers a unique resource to turn innovation into reality. The Entrepreneurs Association (EA) numbers 250 members, each of whom is the principal shareholder of a successful private company that has been in business at least five years with at least $1 million in revenue. They are driven, successful, and interested in passing that innovative spirit on and seeing John Carroll students succeed. During your four years, you will be given many opportunities to interact with EA members, including idea-generation contests, where you can try out your great

enrollment update and guide to the college admission process

Unleash the Entrepreneur in you
ideas; reality Bridge, a cool program that actually launches companies; and our minor in entrepreneurship, which lets you enhance any major offered at John Carroll. Innovative opportunities like Reality Bridge partner our top students with experienced business owners to identify realistic business opportunities and create operating enterprises for Northeast Ohio. With assistance from their business owner coaches, students develop a feasibility study for a business idea and present their results to a panel of judges responsible for providing a go/no-go assessment. Phase two involves launching the business. your journey at John Carroll may also include the entrepreneurs’ house. Located in Murphy Hall, this freshman housing option, with an access-only lounge and collaborative workspace, brings students who are interested in entrepreneurship together. Unleash the entrepreneur in you. Join students from across John Carroll’s Boler School of Business and College of Arts and Sciences. We invite you to bring your unique skills to our program.

Visit John Carroll this summer
John Carroll welcomes you through August 21, 2009.
Are you interested in visiting John Carroll University? We invite all students and their families to visit campus this summer and explore all that we have to offer. Choosing a college can be overwhelming, so let us help make your transition as smooth as possible.

Check out our summer visit opportunities:
Group information sessions If you are looking for an information session that is more than facts and figures, then this one is for you. Not only will you hear the story of John Carroll University, but you will also learn about our mission and our philosophy on education, what makes us unique, and how to join the community. The group presentation is offered Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Campus tours Sometimes a campus tour is all you need to know if John Carroll will be a place you can call home. you will have an opportunity to see the whole campus, including classrooms, residence halls, and dining facilities. Campus tours are available Monday through Friday every hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. exploring Cleveland For out-of-town visitors, you will find much to experience in and around our campus. Consider planning your visit to Cleveland around some of the other events happening in the region this summer. Go to www.positivelycleveland. com/ for regional events, and the John Carroll website for campus events. We look forward to seeing you this summer! To sign up for a campus visit, please visit our website at www.jcu.edu/visit or call 216-397-4294. Please keep in mind a few dates to avoid: July 3, July 24, July 31, and August 7.

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Distinguished Alumni
Friday, June 19 – sunday, June 21
Reunion Weekend 2009

thursday, July 23

Chicago Alumni Class of 2009: Welcome to the Alumni Association Hosted by the Class of 1999 Schuba’s Tavern

Wednesday, august 26
With honors: John Carroll’s 2009 alumni Medal recipients are, from left, Daniel sussen ’51, James Clark ’57, anne Conway ’72, Jerald rachfal ’60, and stanley Glod ’58.

This spring, five graduates received the Alumni Medal, the highest honor awarded by the John Carroll University Alumni Association. The medal recognizes professional accomplishments, exemplary family and personal life, community contributions, and dedicated service to John Carroll. The recipients are: Daniel C. Sussen ’51. A business leader committed to Cleveland for more than 40 years, the former air intelligence officer in the U.S. Marine Corps has served his alma mater in numerous ways, including as a member of the Board of Directors since 1992. James D. Clark ’57. Jim, a leader at Bridgestone/Firestone for decades, has amply demonstrated his commitment to John Carroll and Cleveland, from helping to found the JCU Parents Association in 1984 to providing leadership for nonprofits in Northeast Ohio. The Hon. Stanley J. Glod ’58. Stan is a former chairman and chief judge of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States. He has established a long record of leadership and service to his country, to industry, to the Catholic Church, and to John Carroll. Jerald J. Rachfal ’60. Jerry is active in his community and church, and he is deeply committed to John Carroll. As a sample of his Carroll involvement, Jerry attends every Reunion, assists in alumni outreach activities in Western New York, and is a member of the Magis Legacy Society. The Hon. Anne C. Conway ’72. Among the trailblazers in the first class of women admitted as full-time students at Carroll in 1968,

Anne is a United States district judge, serving as chief judge of the Middle District of Florida, one of the largest courts in the federal system. Three other Carroll graduates received awards. Fred A. Hartman Jr. ’68 was posthumously awarded the Campion Shield, which recognizes heroism and bravery Fred hartman Jr. on the part of a John Carroll community member. Fred Hartman, who enlisted in the marines while he was still a student at John Carroll, was killed in Vietnam. He was posthumously awarded two Purple Hearts and a Legion of Merit, a year after receiving his degree in political science from Carroll. The Alumni Volunteer Service Award, recognizing exceptional alumni service, was awarded to Peter Bernardo ’67, ’72G. Pete, who is director of planned giving Peter Bernardo at Carroll, was honored for activities ranging from assisting in the Camp Carroll kids’ camp at Reunion to his longtime service as a chain-gang member at Blue Streaks home football games. The 2009 Silver Quill, awarded annually to a John Carroll magazine class columnist for exceptional dedication to the role, went to Gerald O. Patno ’73. Gerry has been collecting Gerald Patno the news of his class and writing it up in his distinctive style since 1979.

Chicago Alumni JCU Alumni Night with the Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field

saturday, august 29

Mid-Atlantic Alumni Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles Camden Yards Register at www.jcu.edu/jcuconnect by June 29

saturday, september 12
Men’s Alumni Soccer Game

saturday, september 12

Ride for Miles 2009 Second annual commemorative bike ride in memory of biology professor Miles Coburn ’75G. Visit www.rideformiles.org

Friday, september 25 – sunday, september 27
Circle K Reunion

Friday, october 9 – sunday, october 11

Homecoming Weekend 2009

saturday, october 10

Women’s Alumnae Soccer Game the events listed above are subject to change. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.jcu.edu/jcuconnect or e-mail alumni@jcu.edu.
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Photographs on this page are by Robert Wetzler, except for the Fred Hartman Jr. photo, which is courtesy of William Ward ’69.



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later this year. ... James o’Connell Morgan sent me the print that appears here. I am offering a prize for the most appropriate name for it. Since I am offering the prize, I will be sole judge. Just send your entry, along with a $10 entry fee, to my home address. First prize will be an all-expensespaid trip to Fairport, OH, for one week! Secondplace prize will be an all-expenses trip to Fairport for two weeks! (fanfare) My name for Jim’s artwork is “Mixed Emotions,” the blending of colors, from red (anger?) to the cool colors of calm, suggest mixed emotions. Save your stamps. I have sent a book of Jim’s work to John Carroll. Maybe they will see fit to cover his art in an upcoming issue. ... Take care of each other, Carl

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Larry Kelley ’36 216-941-1795 journal@jcu.edu

The column is due today, Monday, April 6, and since Michele has told us to be very brief and on time, I will comply by limiting the column to one page – or less! For those older alumni that might read my column: Reunion Weekend 2009 is June 19-21, beginning Friday through Sunday. I recommend and urge you to attend every Reunion you can. It keeps you “forever young” and helps keep the mind functioning – at my age, I need both! I thank the members of the classes of the ’50s for inviting me to their monthly luncheon. I was the only one left from the classes of the ’30s! Keep praying, just Larry



Carl Giblin 727-518-7961 GIBBI612@aol.com

art Wincek We are very sorry to report that Art Wincek passed away on April 28, one day before his 88th birthday. We offer our condolences and prayers to his wife, Fran, his children, and his friends.

diploma. The fathers’ participation had to be a first for this University, hopefully not to be repeated. Interestingly, 1943 saw some grads receive their diploma without benefit of an academic ceremony. len Marous was required to take additional chemistry hours because of illness absence, which he performed as a student-teacher when the V-12 Navy students arrived on campus in mid ’43. Late in 1943, his diploma arrived in the mail. leo Corr, al Francesconi, leo Frantz, and Joe tulley, originally of the class of ’44, were also pursuing an accelerated schedule when they too completed their courses late in ’43. But no ceremony. It was only within recent years that these four asked to be designated as 1943 grads. ... It is sad to report a phone call interrupted this writing to tell of Leo Corr’s passing. Leo was active and talented on campus, academically, athletically, and socially. He was respected, admired, and will be remembered by all. Our deepest sympathy to his wife, April, to their seven children, 25 grandchildren, and their 25 great-grandchildren. ... Reunion Weekend this year is for the classes of 4s and 9s, June 19-21. Hopefully ’43 will be well represented at the Gray Streaks dinner Saturday, June 20. We are guests of the University for Mass at Gesu followed by cocktails, dinner, and dancing in the newly remodeled Schott Dining Hall. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet once again with former classmen and campus friends. If you haven’t signed up, do so by calling Sue Lender in the Alumni Office at 216-397-4336. Let’s have a ’43 table or two. Take care, Bruce


don Mcdonald 216-991-9140 journal@jcu.edu

Gleanings from John sweeney, veteran manager of the Northeast Ohio news bureau, are meager. The fact that most of us, who don’t lie about our age, are 90 and counting, might tend to reduce the size of the group. Pizzazz was the scene for the regular luncheon meeting, and John fired off some questions to me for answers – one in particular intrigued me. I quote John, “Of those who claim to be 1940 graduates, how many are still living?” I’ll have to get back to you on that, John. Available data indicates that 29 of the Class of 1940 still show signs of life. Class records report night classes, and I’ve spotted three who were not in our class. They were all female. ... I have submitted a copy of my autobiography From Here to Senility to Herr Peter Bernardo ’67 for his imprimatur. Anything possibly affecting JCU must be approved. There is a chapter covering life at John Carroll that mentions all of the lunch bunch plus a lot of others. I hope to have it published

Bruce e. Thompson 216-382-4408 journal@jcu.edu

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Remember that our 65th Reunion is June 19-21, 2009. If you have not registered, give me a call at 216-991-9140 or, better still, call the Alumni Office at 216-397-4336. The main event for most people in our class is the reception and dinner planned for Saturday evening, June 20. It would be great to have at least one table for dinner. At the rate members of our class are leaving us, we want to take advantage of the opportunities to be together. ... John Buckon ’50 was good enough to send me Joe Kolp’s write up about his lifetime accomplishments and dedication to the medical profession. Joe started early in his endeavors – Eagle Scout, Captain in the U.S. Army Air Force, and his M.D. from St. Louis University. He was president and chief of staff at Mercy Medical Center. He was really a man for others in all he did for the organization that he headed and helped. At the time of his sudden death, he was planning the next seminar, which he organized every year. Joe was married to Mary Catherine (Buckon) for 62 years. Mary is John Buckon’s sister. Remember him and his family in your prayers. ... Remember Leo Corr, who started in our class and accelerated to ’43. He passed away April 1, 2009. ... Bob Colopy, another dedicated doctor from our class, still lives in Painesville, OH. Bob has had some health problems in the past two years since his wife, Margaret Cannon, passed away. Remember him in your prayers. ... Let’s at least get one table of 10 for the Saturday, June 20, Reunion dinner. See you there, Don

A new work by artist James O’Connell Morgan ’40 28
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On this early April date, I was mulling over my notes for this piece harking back to a May 9 Sunday in 1943. Yes, 66 years ago when the following, 33 in number, the second “half” of the 1943 class were gathered for their commencement ceremony: Bachelor of Arts: Warren Corrigan, edward Kupcik, Mitchell shaker. Bachelor of Philosophy: robert Bambrick, John Carey, Pasquale Columbro, Maurice Denbo, Fred Fanelly, henrietta heintel, robert horan, Philip McGrath, robert McGraw, robert obringer, John sacuto, lillian schlund, Jerome sullivan, helen Weil, Sr. Mary Wypyszynski. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: neal Carroll, robert Cleary, robert Costello, edward heil, John Kearney, edward McCormick Jr., richard Moriarty. Bachelor of Science: Frank ausflug, Mary-terese Bernardic, Bernard Brysh, louis Cachat, robert Cliffel, aloysius Fanta, richard huelsman, edgar ryan. ... A memorable group indeed. (The 35 grads listed in the spring 2009 edition of John Carroll magazine were the accelerated/first half of the 1943 graduating class.) Getting back to the May 9 grads, their academic procession was unique indeed. As six or so of them (no actual record exists) had already been called to military duty. They were represented in the entire commencement ceremonial function by their fathers, right down to receiving their prized



ed Cunneen 216-561-1122 edcunneen@ameritech.net

Thank you, Frank o’reilly. You won my ’47 award for responding to my plea for class members to write or call to tell me how they’re doing. I haven’t selected a prize yet but I’ll buy you a “pop” at the Reunion. I really enjoyed our conversation recalling the better days. I’m glad that you are still “hanging in there.” Maybe since you set the example, a few others from our class of ’47 will give me a call or drop me a note about their lives today. Don’t forget the June 20 Reunion dinner. I’ll try to catch you all there. Ed

Cuyahoga Falls High School and then at John Carroll. He was in the army and served in the Pacific Theater. He returned to JCU and graduated with us in 1948. He is survived by his wife and three sons. ... I recently visited Bill Coyne, one of JCU’s finest. He broke his hip and femur. He is battling back but it’s a tough grind. Please remember him in your prayers. ... Julius sukys (I know him) was fortunate to spend the winter months in California – very fortunate to miss the brutal winter in Cleveland. Adios, and hopefully there will be news in the next issue. J.P.S.


Julius sukys 440-449-8768 journal@jcu.edu


Tom harrison 440-331-4343 taharrison2001@sbcglobal.net

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vic stewart, the long retired mayor of Elyria, OH, has firm plans to return from his winter home in Fort Myers, FL, in time to prepare for our 60th Reunion. Vic and wife Helen haven’t visited campus since attending the graduations of their sons and daughter. One grandson is now a Carroll freshman. Because Vic served several terms as mayor, I knew he could explain the origin of the city’s unusual name. He explained that in 1803, Mr. Ely, who was the leader of this small village, loved a beauty whose first name was Ria, and, at the wedding, the village of Elyria was officially established. In 1830, Elyria established itself as the western leader in higher education, when it established the first high school west of the Alleghenies. ... Bill varga has spent the winter at home, occasionally traveling to the Lorain County Regional Airport hangar to visit his personally rebuilt 1947 Stinson airplane. Because he replaced

Spring greetings! I recently receive news from Bill Brugeman regarding his grandsons, Joe and Matthew Brugeman. The brothers have been awarded commendations by the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. Joseph, a petty officer in the navy, served on a submarine, the USS Rhode Island, a ballistic missile nuclear submarine. He received his award in September. His brother, Matthew, received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained against the enemy in Iraq. He was hospitalized for a long period but now has returned to duty. Congratulations to both brothers. We are proud of them. ... Our classmate John K. Gallagher passed away on Feb. 11, 2009, at 84. He had worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He lived in Logan, OH, then moved to LaGrange, IL. He had a passion for basketball and played at

the original painted linen fabric with a special Dacron material, the plane is prettier, lighter, and a little faster. Bill recently completed his required bi-annual flight review, qualifying him for two more years of solo flight operation. ... Because Joe spaniol and I enjoyed our 55th Reunion visit, I called Joe in Maryland. Joe and wife Viola are enjoying regular visits from their five sons and three daughters, 18 grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. Joe continues to enjoy his retirement from service in the U.S. Supreme Court and looks forward to both the Ignatius and Carroll reunions. In forthright Spaniol style, Joe said, “At our age, every commitment is subject to change.” ... It was great to visit with Joe Kundrath, who regularly serves as an usher at the St. Raphael 4:30 p.m. Saturday Mass. Joe had an interesting career with General Electric. He retired in 1987 from the GE accounting department, whose offices had provided a great view of Lake Erie at 1000 Lakeside Avenue. Joe is spending time in recent months watching GE stock regain its pre-slump glamour. ... When we partied with George Wurm and wife Mary Jane at our 50th Reunion, they were 10-month-a-year residents of Florida. George tired of the balmy and occasionally steamy weather and moved to Marlboro, MA! George was sorry to report that both he and his wife are in declining health, and plan to spend the summer there, which is the best part of the year in Massachusetts. ... Dick Kappus was working in the yard when I called. Dick and wife Rita visited Carroll when their two daughters graduated, but haven’t yet seen the beautiful Dolan Science Center. With some promised help from Mary Lavin ’87, director of alumni relations, Dick plans to call some other pre-med classmates to encourage participation at the June 19-21

all alumni are invited to come and celebrate with this year’s reunion classes!
Friday, June 19 vegas Buffet and Casino night Join us for dinner and/or entertainment as the Big Tent transforms into the Carroll Casino. Go all in and try your luck at the Texas Hold ’Em Tournament, Blackjack, or dance to the live music of Pineapple Wine and The New Barleycorn.

Reunion Weekend 2009

sunday, June 21 Father’s Day Brunch Bring your family to celebrate Father’s Day on campus in the Big Tent. it’s not too late to come to reunion! Visit www.jcu.edu/alumni for more information.
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Reunion. Dick is a native of East Cleveland; after graduating from Carroll, he went on to St. Louis University med school and established his pediatric practice in Toledo, OH. ... News needed, send news, good news preferred. All reported with reasonable accuracy. Tom


donald a. Ungar 330-723-5234 donyal@aol.com


Jack reilly 216-291-5762 tatlerjack25@sbcglobal.net

I hope everyone enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day. My wife, Kathleen, and I went to downtown Cleveland and celebrated with daughter Teresa (who marched in the parade) and her family. It was a great day and over 400,000 of our closest friends were on hand to celebrate! We saw many current JCU students having a great time. Saw Fred Korey at a student recruitment phonathon and he told me that when he got out of the service he wanted to go to Notre Dame, but his father suggested he look at John Carroll (smart Dad!). Fred and I have done the phonathon for 30 years. Bob Knotek said he attended Carroll because it was close; he lived about a mile away. Bob also has been active in many alumni activities. Bob is a coast guard veteran. John Koval is recovering from two heart attacks. He sounded good when I spoke with him recently. John transferred from Xavier because of Carroll’s excellent business school. He claims to be the only one to graduate with a degree in secretarial science. After graduation, John accepted a secretarial position with American Steel and Wire Company. Prior to college, John spent time in the navy and was later recalled to serve in the Korean War. One of his Carroll memories is going to prom and having his car break down. Coming to his rescue was John Buckon. Thankfully they both made the prom, greasy hands and all. John Koval has a son who graduated from Carroll 28 years after us. After the army, hugh Gallagher said he wanted to go to Notre Dame or Holy Cross. He took a ride with Shamus Kilbane ’48 and ended up visiting Carroll. While there, he met Fr. Murphy, and being the salesman he was, he got Hugh to enroll that day. A decision Hugh says he never regretted. After graduation from John Carroll, Dr. George stead went to medical school and then fulfilled his air force obligation. He was stationed in South Carolina and in the State of Washington. He liked Washington so much he set up his radiology practice there. He retired from Swedish Hospital in Edmonds. Once a month he would go to Alaska and work in a hospital there. Now he goes occasionally just to fish. He has been married to Helen for 56 years, and they have four children. His favorite memory was car pooling to Carroll. ... Sorry to report the deaths of Paul schlund, ed Giese, and raymond Chay. Please remember them in your prayers along with other ill and deceased classmates. ... The mystery person in last issue’s photo was correctly identified as Hugh Gallagher by Charlie Byrne and len terry. ... Our 60th Reunion is coming up in June of 2010. Please plan on attending. ... Until next time, God bless and all the best! Jack

The February Gray Streaks luncheon was a real treat. Carol Dietz, associate VP for facilities, spoke about Carroll’s five-year plan for the University. Present from our class were Frank nugent, Dick Joliat, Bob revello, and Don Carroll. When we think about John Carroll in 1947-1951 and SEE what John Carroll is today, we know that the University is going forth to provide for future generations. ray smiley has served as a member of the Carroll board of regents and currently is working with the Boler School of Business Advisory Board. Ray also serves as an advisor to Our Lady of the Wayside. ... The March luncheon gave details about the planning for underprivileged and minority students at Carroll. Janetta Hammock, director of multicultural affairs, reminded us that as a Catholic university, we must have an outlook that provides for all. Time marches on for all: from St. Ignatius College on the West Side of Cleveland to University Heights in the 1930s, JCU is making its mark on the world. John Carroll University is thinking of the future. The deeds of our alumni contribute to the society that we live in. Our family life helps our world go forth. Then one day, will I say: “Lord you gave me these gifts to work with, Thank You.” ... As our class grows older, we realize that most of us are in our 80s. Joe stipkala celebrated his 80th birthday with a party that included his children, grandchildren, and friends. “Happy Birthday, Joe”! ... An e-mail from lee Cirillo says that his mail comes from below the Mason-Dixon Line. Lee says that his youngest daughter, Leslie, has a British husband and two sons that speak with a “posh London” accent. Cirillo sent a photo of his grandson learning to play baseball. Even though his grandson is a great second baseman, Cirillo worries that he may never be discovered since he lives in Britain. Lee’s daughter, Diane, lives in San Diego, CA, and is a beach person while son Chip is a sportswriter for The Tennessean. ... While watching TV, do you think you saw someone in a commercial that you thought was Bill switaj? You’re right! Bill and Lillian Switaj appear in a Catholic Charities commercial; Bill even says “doing something for somebody.” Bill and Lillian spend their Fridays helping out at the Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center. The Switajs have been helping with the food distribution for the past 17 years. They say this is what we do to help our fellow mankind. ... At the May Alumni Awards dinner, Dan sussen was awarded the Alumni Medal, the highest honor given annually by the Alumni Association. He is another of our class that is contributing to the world that we live in. ... Just what are you doing – how about a note or e-mail - donyal@aol.com. Spend a couple of minutes to tell us about your life. Don

eighth) from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera. This is the same route that the humpback whales take. While on a bus tour from Puerto Vallarta, they ran into a JCU student who recognized Bill’s class ring (the second, he lost the first in the Pacific in 1954). He then introduced his father, also a JCU grad, who retired from the Secret Service and now lives in St. Louis, MO. Bill has also connected with Larry Kelley ’36; reading his column, Bill learned of the late Jack Lavelle ’38, who is probably the first general officer from Carroll and who was commander of the 7th Air Force during the time Bill was in Vietnam. Gen. Lavelle was relieved of his command by President Nixon based on somewhat trumped-up charges of striking unauthorized targets. He was later pardoned by President Bush. He had been in line to succeed Curtis LeMay as Chief of Staff of the Air Force (Gen. LeMay spoke at graduation). A small world indeed but it shows that the Blue Streaks play a disproportionately strong role in the affairs of our nation. (Think Shula and Russert – world class in their fields, for example.) Bill also reports that son Kevin and daughter Teresa represented Carroll in the April Washington Cherry Blossom 10-mile run. Good for them. Thanks Bill and Betty. ... I also lost my ring several years ago while Jim and I were playing tennis on St. Thomas. Back in the day, they did not have rings for the women, so we wore men’s rings. ... I received some photos from Chuck Ferry of himself, son Mark, and two of Joe Weber’s sons, Joe and Jim. They got together for breakfast one Sunday so that Chuck could give the boys a copy of John Carroll magazine in which they are mentioned. ... Don’t forget Reunion, June 19 to 21. It should be a blast. For the first time since our 50th, I will not be in attendance. One of my grandsons is graduating in Ramona, CA, and I am going out to help (or not) and then up to Portland, OR, and on to Kennewick, WA. Can’t just visit one! ... I also heard from Dan Boland ’54 who would be celebrating his 55th Reunion if he hadn’t transferred to Notre Dame. I tried to tell him that was a mistake; young people never/rarely listen. Dan would love to hear from any former classmates, or anyone who worked on the Carroll News with him - bolandparke@sbcglobal.net. ... Until next time, stay safe and God bless. Dorothy


Jim Myers 440-358-0197 cealejim@gmail.com


dorothy Poland PolandMomdot@aol.com

I hope by the time you read this that all this silliness will be over. It is April 6 and I am looking out at SNOW. Not enough to cover the ground – just enough to be annoying. ... Betty and Bill Kenealy spent New Year’s on a cruise (their

Hello to all in the Class of ’53 and to your family and friends. I talked with Don huhn, who lives in Leo, IN. He had recently returned from visiting the three sons and their families who live in Jackson Hole, WY. He visits twice a year for six weeks each time. He also visits Hawaii for six weeks each year and also makes an annual trip to Disneyland. I remember in our accounting classes how Dr. Christiansen used to kid Don about Don’s having served his whole time in the navy without ever being on a ship. ... Dick Zoller still lives in Boynton Beach, FL. Dick says he plays golf five days a week at Lake Worth Golf Course and still finds some time for gardening. ... Former JCU roommates John Church and elmo Miller linked up for lunch last fall in Youngstown, OH. John and Lois were in from their home in West Hills, CA, to visit his mom in Ashtabula, OH, for her


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99 birthday. John and Elmo crammed in a lot of nostalgic conversation during their brief meeting about their days as the first residents of Pacelli Hall, and especially those late-night chess games, which, according to Elmo, John invariably won. They also enjoyed exchanging stories about their 12 children each with six - and their 24 grandchildren, John and Lois with 11 and Elmo and Pat with 13. Inevitably, their conversation turned to their army days and the time in 1955 when they met in Pusan at the Barge Hotel for a good old Carroll ROTC reunion. ... John “Max” Fabian sends his regards to all his classmates. Max and Charlotte had lived in Florida for about 12 years but moved back to the Chicago area about six years ago to be closer to four of their five children. About five years ago, Max had surgery for spinal stenosis and has difficulty getting around. He says he is in good shape from the waist up. Max says he talks with leo scully a few times each year. ... When I asked John Burke how long he has been retired, he asked, “Which time.” He has retired at least three times from the education field, the first of which was in 1985. He does continue to sing with the choir at St. Therese parish in Garfield Heights, OH. He and his wife, Irene, stay with their grandchildren (3 and 5) five days a week while the grandchildren’s parents work. The Burkes have a total of nine grandchildren. ... Send in your news for the next issue. God’s blessings to you all, jim

and I received it on the 22 . Well, the mailroom is a little slow at times. Oh, the new firm is C, F, D & F and O’Toole. ... Some time ago, Tom Harrison ’49 wrote to me about a letter sent to Cleveland’s Plain Dealer written by Dom loGalbo. In the letter, Dom explains how a new plan for the lakefront is a billion dollar rip off (Tom agrees). If you can, get a copy of the letter printed Jan. 25, 2009, or try the Internet. The letter is well written and gives facts behind the issue. Better watch out, Dom, this is how Thomas Paine got started. Almost every Friday, a classmate and I meet at a local coffee shop, we compare notes on what the medical profession is telling us, what the financial world is doing to us, what we thought about the homily last week, what movies or books we have been chasing – you might say we have a reunion, and that is what reunions are all about. The buildings at John Carroll are outstanding, but the people who were there with us – the class – are what really matter. I hope you can find the time for a visit at Reunion, June 19-20-21, with the Class of ’54. ... Prayers, please, for Joanne Groden, Fred Blodgett, Sandra Nilges, and Gail LaRiche. Keep the faith, Pete


ray rhode 216-381-1996 rrrhode@aol.com


Peter Mahoney 440-933-2503 peter007@centurytel.net

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..in the last issue, I mentioned a belated honeymoon trip taken by The Blakes and the Sutphins ... these guys always were a little slow. The Blakes married 40 years ago, the Sutphins 50. This escapade generated more comments than anything I have reported. Here are some of the e-mails, letters, and phone calls ... from Jack W. (Texas): I cannot believe these two – Jim sutphin would think Uzbekistan was somewhere near Toledo, and Jake Blake would think a Benedict was a drink you would have with a cheese sandwich ... Gene B. (Ohio): You said they played golf in Ireland with Padraig Harrington; those two would ask for his autograph on the third hole and it would be for sale on eBay by the time they got to number six ... Mike F. (New York): Those two haven’t changed in all these years. I’ll bet they took their wives to Uzbekistan to visit one of Sutphin’s Dutch relatives who raises poppies ... Jack h. (Minnesota): I cannot understand how two fine sweet women like Eileen and Louise would let those two old dogs (Jack used another word) out of the backyard; like some wines, they do not travel well ... There were other comments, but none would be up to the standards of this publication. ... If you read the local papers or are a visitor to Facebook or Twitter, you know that Charlie o’toole has changed law firms. Recently, he has been working with the U.S. Attorney relative to the Bernie Madoff investigation. One of Charlie’s specialties is the law relative to familyowned and closely held businesses. Charlie’s new firm sent out invitations to a party honoring Charlie as Irishman of the Year. The party was on Mar. 17. My invitation was mailed on Mar. 20

In the last column, I mentioned the passing of Jim riccardi. Not many of us knew Jim as he walked very quietly thru the halls of Carroll but he left a very large footprint in the world of videography. He was an Emmy Award winner and garnered dozens of other honors in his profession. And there is another John Carroll connection: larry Faulhaber’s foster child, Tony Kessler, married Jim’s daughter Mary. ... Fr. leo Cachat, SJ, was featured in the winter issue of the Jesuits’ Company magazine. He is currently a retreat director at the Manresa Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, MI. ... Marge and ed schwallie will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary this June; their granddaughter will get married on Mount Hood this October. ... Bob Dolgan became a grandfather for the first time when his daughter, Ann (Dolgan) Potter ’00, gave birth to a daughter named Katherine. ... John

(Buck) Byrne and his wife, Linda Sue, live by the motto “we are family.” John and his wife have raised nine children and now have 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. ... And I thought that the only St. Ignatius High School with a connection to John Carroll was in Cleveland. Well, in talking to Jim nowlan and Dick Waddick, I found out differently. In case you didn’t know, members of our class who attended St. Ignatius, the one in Chicago, include Nowlan and Waddick as well as Jim McDonough, Joe o’Connell, Paul raglow, Dick o’Grady, Jim trainor, John Morley (deceased), and several others who left early. ... Jim Nowlan left Carroll after three years to enter medical school. He graduated from Loyola University Medical School. He practiced internal medicine in Cook County for seven years and then on a cold wintry day, at the urging of his wife, Jo Ann, they went to visit California and never looked back. While at JCU, Jim ran track, which was then considered a minor sport. Dick and his wife have five children and five grandchildren, the oldest of which is 7 years old. ... Dick Waddick was an ROTC graduate and served his mandatory two years in the Transportation Corps in Korea and at an atomic test site in the U.S. After his military service, he worked for IBM for 32 years in White Plains, NY; Kansas City; Northern Wisconsin; and Tampa, FL. He keeps in touch with his St. Ignatius/John Carroll buddies and will be playing golf with Jim Trainor in Atlanta before you read this column. Dick has five children and three grandchildren. ... Thank goodness no deaths to report in this issue. But continue to pray for our classmates who are ill and suffering greatly. May God bless all of you. Ray


Leo duffy 630-355-2199 January-May: 941-505-8394 leoduffy57@hotmail.com

I have heard very little from you and I would sure appreciate hearing something! For this issue, let’s say that no news is good news. ... Some of your classmates got together in mid-March 2009. In Phoenix, Lauretta and Jack Broderick, Marie and John nowlan, and Gloria and Bob Pascente shared a pleasant lunch. Unfortunately, they did not

Class of ’56 members gather in Fort Myers. Seated, from left: Marykay Knechtges, Marie Miralia, Noreen Schlimm, Pat Schaefer, Mary Duffy, Lois Conti, Joan Daugherty, and Mary Jo Boler. Standing, from left: Mike Conti, Ben Miralia, Leo Slack, Tom O’Neill, Ed Daugherty, Jim Knechtges, Paul Schlimm, John Boler, Phil Schaefer, and Leo Duffy.
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send me a picture – maybe next year! The other group that got together in Fort Myers, FL, was Marykay and Jim Knechtges, Marie and Ben Miralia, Noreen and Paul schlimm, Pat and Phil schaefer, Mary and leo Duffy, Lois and Mike Conti, Joan and ed Daugherty, Mary Jo and John Boler, leo slack, and tom o’neil. We did get a picture at this lunch. Both groups say hello to our classmates and urge you to join us in March if you are traveling south. ... On February 24, John and Mary Jo Boler were honored at a lunch in Sanibel by the State of Florida for their philanthropy in Southwest Florida, particularly to BIG ARTS, MS, Sanibel Historical Society, SW Region of the Florida Arthritis Foundation, St. Isabel’s, and the American Cancer Society of Lee County, FL. Fr. Niehoff gave the benediction at the luncheon. ... My best to all of you, and God bless! Leo


John e. Clifford 210-497-4045 JohnEClifford@prodigy.net


salvatore r. Felice 440-842-1553 srfelice@cox.net

Bill Comiskey is now doing great after having vascular surgery on his leg in late January. ... On Feb. 3, tom Wilson died of a stroke. At Cathedral Latin High, Tom was active in all sports. As a “day hop” at Carroll, he played varsity football. After graduation, he was quite active in Carroll reunions – in the earlier years. He was the principal of Wilson & Associates Financial Group. Our condolences and prayers are with Edwina (Edie), Tom’s wife and high school sweetheart, and their four children. ... Jerry Cicero had abdominal surgery in early March and is doing well. He extends greetings to all. ... Laverne and Dick Murphy traveled to California in July 2008 to visit granddaughter Ava. In September, they renewed their marriage vows, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and have been partying ever since. ... Jim Gasper reports that Fr. Brian Paulson, son of Peter (deceased) and Jane, has announced that he will step down as president of St. Ignatius Prep (Chicago) to pursue other interests and challenges, sometime in the summer of 2010. Jim’s youngest son, Charles, has taken a new job with Datum, a chemical company in Houston, after being laid off with 49 others from a commercial real estate firm in December 2008. ... Congratulations to our own, Jim Clark, who was selected, along with four others, for the JCU Alumni Medal – the highest alumni award. Jim, very active at Carroll and the community for many years, is most deserving of this special honor. Honorees were recognized at the Alumni Awards Dinner and at the 2009 Commencement in May. ... On May 30, Rose Marie and this reporter celebrated our 50th anniversary. ... Barb and Matt skowronski send their best wishes to their friends, Monica and Chuck novak. The Skowronskis will celebrate their 50th on August 22. ... Reminder - plan to attend Reunion 2009, June 19-21 (Father’s Day weekend). This is a perfect opportunity to visit the beautiful campus, meet new and see old friends, and meet the young JCU administrative professional staff. For more information, contact Carla Gall ’05 at 216-397-1592 or 1-800-736-2586. Y’all come! God bless, Sal

I write this on April 6, 2009. In six weeks, stanley J. Glod will accept the highest honor given by the John Carroll Alumni Association – the Alumni Medal. (Because you are reading this after the award ceremony, May 15, he has already received the award.) I’m sure that you remember Stan. He played Fr. Murphic (aka our beloved Fr. Murphy, dean of men) in the Stunt Show our senior year. Even though he did that 50 years ago, he has now been judged to have “distinguished himself in his personal life and career, thereby reflecting credit upon John Carroll’s educational efforts, moral principles, and philosophical tenets.” Well, I guess we can all reform. Congratulations, Stan! You deserve it. ... Speaking of accomplishments, Chuck Jacobson will see his granddaughter married on June 27, and her brother (Chuck’s grandson) married on August 1. (My oldest grandson is in the 4th grade.) Sandwiched in between those will be Chuck and Margee’s 50th wedding anniversary on July 11. “Imagine,” writes Chuck, “7/11 and we’ve never had craps. Some downs but a whole lot more ups.” ... Speaking of anniversaries, Ann (Butler) and Don emmerich celebrated their 50th. They live in Naples, FL, but had Mass at St. Ann’s Church in Cleveland Heights, where they were married in 1958. “We had the same priest officiate that married us originally, Father David Baugh, who attended JCU. Our six children and their families attended (13 grandchildren), and we had a reception at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland.” ... And John e. Clifford (that’s me) and Nancy Clifford (that’s my wife) celebrate their (our) 50th on July 4, Independence Day. Have not been independent since July 3, 1959. ... I would love to mention other 50th wedding celebrations if you would let me know about them. ... Got to go. It’s time to listen to Powder River Kid on Frontier Gentlemen as broadcast on April 6, 1958, on CBS Radio. ... Peace, JEC


richard e. dodson 804-748-8432 dodson59@comcast.net

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As I pen these notes, we have 52 classmates who have committed to attend Reunion Weekend in June, which is three months hence. Clare and Jack Piatak “are still vertical” and were in Augusta, GA, helping their daughter who underwent knee surgery in February. She fell off a ladder putting a “Welcome Home” sign up for her husband, who returned from Iraq. The Piataks will be in Cleveland in June for their nephew’s wedding and the Reunion! ... John szuch provided his business card, which shows him standing before a picture of General Casimir Pulaski. As president, Polish Genealogical Society of Greater Cleveland, John is a speaker, collector, and author about “Anything Pulaski Wanted.” He will be on campus in June. An e-mail from Joseph Kung, who worked day and night in the comptroller’s office for his entire four years in

order to put himself through JCU, did not remember me nor I him. After a peek in the Carillon 1959, page 156, I remembered seeing him around the halls. Joseph is the president of the Cardinal Kung Foundation, which advocates for the underground Roman Catholic Church in China. Visit the foundation – www.cardinalkungfoundation.org. ... Bob twohey regrets that a standing reservation at Chautauqua Institution in New York State will preclude him from attending the Reunion. He will be thinking of the Reunion that weekend and remembering the wonderful years at JCU. ... Most of the interesting things in Mary and Dave ross’ lives center on kids and grandkids. Dave’s retired and Mary has her decorating business, which provides the funds for Dave’s golf fees. If you twist Dave’s arm at the Reunion, he’ll probably tell you all about the 78 he shot last summer. ... Barbara and Bob D’alessandro will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year. Bob used to arrange lunches for classmates ed Coyne, tom hoban, J. Peter Fegen, Dennis Fagan, and Dave Washtock when they wintered in Bonita Springs, FL. Ed, J. Peter, and Bob are planning on attending Reunion. ... Philip Cusick says hi. He is doing well and provided me his 144-word life history, which will be available on the ’59 website. ... Marty Dempsey called me to task on a photo attachment I sent to all classmates for whom I had an e-mail address. I captioned the photo: “1958 picture is summer camp at Fort Storey.” Marty reminded me that we were never at Fort Storey at summer camp in 1958 due to the Lebanon alert. The picture was taken in Virginia Beach. Marty then charged me to be a little more accurate when I submit the quarterly class notes. ... Dolores and tom Barrowman just returned from four weeks in Florida. Tom is still competing annually in the Armed Forces Skeet Competition, which will be held this year in Albuquerque, NM. He is looking forward to catching up with classmates at the Reunion. Sue and Joseph harrison are coming off their second three-month stay in the Tucson area since retirement in 2008, and they too are looking forward to the Reunion. Barbara and Don Gould will be attending the Reunion. Don is into cruising and recently spent some time in San Francisco and Bodega Bay, CA, on an overnight at the Inn of the Tides before sailing Carnival’s Splendor of the Seas for a two-night cruise to nowhere. ... Well, I think I’ve busted my 600-word limit, so I’ll sign off with a request (plea) for updates from all classmates. Go to the website for the longer version of these notes with more detailed information. Rick


Jerry schweickert 216-381-0357 bjschweick@sbcglobal.net

On 23 March, I received the news that our classmates Steve Chechak and Jim Powers passed away. Steve spent four years at Carroll with us, but eventually graduated from the University of Rochester. The following appeared in the Rockford Register Star newspaper one week prior to Jim’s death: “ROCKFORD – Honorary street designations are not supposed to be on main arterial streets or more than three blocks long. Michael Diventi was hoping City Council


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Jack T. hearns 216-291-2319 jhearns@sbcglobal.net

Carroll alumni got together in Fort Myers (top photo) and Palm Beach, Florida. Fort Myers, from left: Class of 1962 alumni Ron Reuss, Paul Napoli, John D. Smith, and Paul Dwyer. Palm Beach, from left: John Kovach ’64, Paul Kantz ’63, John Doyle ’62, Bud Meyers ’62, and Bob Andolsen ’62. would see fit to make an exception to the rule. The aldermen did. Monday, the nine-block stretch of Huffman Boulevard was given the honorary street name of Col. Ret. Jim Powers Parkway. City Council unanimously approved the honorary street designation. Mayor Larry Morrissey described Powers as a humble ‘citizen servant’ who has actively campaigned to make his community a better place to live. Morrissey credited Powers with authoring the city’s first graffiti abatement program. He was surprised and honored at what city leaders had done for him. ‘I never expected that,’ he said. The 25-year army veteran retired as a colonel. Upon his discharge from the army, he returned to Rockford and began a second career of serving, this time as city public works superintendent of property and equipment. In that role he became a driving force in the fight against street graffiti by taking pictures and documenting the vandalism and understanding the culture of hip-hop and gang graffiti. He also was a founding member and former two-term president of the North End Square Neighborhood Association. He also served one year on the Fire and Police Commission. Powers said his tireless desire to serve stems from an awakening of sorts. ‘I think that later in my life, a light bulb went on,’ he said. ‘A real joy in your life comes from focusing on and helping others. If you can get to the point where you can focus more on others, there’s real joy in that.’ Reciting his favorite Mother Teresa saying, Powers said, ‘We don’t have to do great things, but only small things with great love. For me, that’s what it’s all about. That’s what cops do. That’s what fire fighters do. Once you get in that groove, life is a great pleasure.’ Those who know Powers said the pleasure was all theirs in watching the strong-willed colonel making a difference in the community that he loves.” Many other compliments were contained in the article, but space limitations require me to wrap this up. Jim received another award in recognition for his service to the Rockford Airport Commission. It is significant to note that the only other recipients of this award are President Barack Obama and Illinois Senator Dick Durbin. May Steve and Jim rest in peace. Be well, Schweick

With only two years to go for our 50th reunion, the Class of ’61 will again hold a mini-reunion on October 10 when JCU plays Marietta (Homecoming 2009). Since our next class column will be after the mini-reunion, review Homecoming announcements from the alumni office and then contact tom Gerst, 330-867-2900, or tom theriot, 606-787-2405, for further details. In recent years, some of our classmates have come to the mini-reunion from as far away as California, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia. ... The Carroll faithful that migrate to Florida during the winter months have been holding an annual Mass and gala reception each March – attendance normally includes several John Carroll administrators who provide updates as to what is taking place back on campus. This year, len Judy sponsored a golf outing and dinner for several foursomes at the Estuary at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples, FL, the day prior to the JCU reception. Fellow classmate and avid golfer Gerry o’Connell challenged the course record at the Estuary. ... Dr. Paul Boyce, retired endocrinologist, is now serving as an independent witness in the field of internal medicine for hearings related to disability claims under the Social Security Act. Paul reviews records and files and then testifies as to the merits of claims based upon medical records only. He functions from an office in Indiana but is able to testify at cases held throughout the country via video monitoring. He and his wife, Joyce, have been married 48 years and have nine children and 19 grandchildren. Paul and Joyce recently spent five weeks in Italy. ... richard orr is in his 30th year of teaching mathematics at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches discreet mathematics. Dick received his M.A. in mathematics from Case Western Reserve University. In the past, he has taught calculus and real analysis. ... Dr. Charles van tilburg received his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and was a pediatrician for half of his medical career with Kaiser Permanente. He presently teaches in the clinical performance center at the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. Chuck served with the 199th Infantry Brigade in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star. He and his wife, Kathleen, live in Medina, OH, and have six children and eight grandchildren. ... Bill Buscher and his wife, Eleanor, are living in Sloatsburg, NY, and have three children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Bill retired from IBM, where he was an applications programmer and is better known as the inventor and manufacturer of “Buscher Blocks” – a set of wooden building blocks “That call forth the architect in every child, and the child in every architect.” Jack


Bob andolsen 440-327-1925 rrandolsen@aol.com

We hope that this finds you in good health. Many of your classmates were spending the winter in Florida. ... Michael leonard writes that he and
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Patty spent Christmas week through Jan. 4 at their Bonita Springs, FL, condo and had a chance to visit other JCU friends. They met Carolyn and Jim McDonald ’64 for lunch on Friday, Jan. 2, then had dinner that night with Barbara and Harry Steller ’61 and finished up on Jan. 3 for dinner with Fran and John smith. It was great to see all of them and catch up on old and new. Will definitely schedule visits with them the last week in April. ... Paul Dwyer related that larry senffner, who was his roommate at Carroll, and his wife, Ellen, visited in Fort Myers. He is an internist in California, and Ellen teaches nursing at a community college. They were in Fort Myers for an evening and stayed with Paul and Sharon, and that was fun, he’s sent two photos. Additionally, on Feb. 18, ron reuss, Paul napoli, John D. Smith, and Paul Dwyer met for lunch in Fort Myers. We all have much to be thankful for and John Carroll is certainly one of those. ... On the East Coast, meanwhile, four classmates, Bud Meyers, John Kovach ’64, John Doyle, Bob andolsen, and Paul Kantz ’63 got together at Rooney’s in Palm Bay for lunch. ... Unfortunately, there is some sad news to report. The Hon. William R. “Bill” Mooney, 68, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, TN, after a brief illness. Born in Cleveland, OH, he was the son of the late Frank J. Mooney Jr. and Gertrude Bossong Mooney. In 1955, his family moved to Bristol, TN. He was a graduate of St. Joseph Preparatory High School in Bardstown, KY, John Carroll University, and the University of Tennessee School of Law, Knoxville. He was a captain in the Judge Advocate Corps of the U.S. Air Force in Denver before returning to Bristol to enter the private practice of law with his father. He then served the state of Tennessee as a highly respected and effective assistant district attorney for 25 years, for the counties of Washington, Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, and Sullivan. He was appointed the city judge of Johnson City, a post he held for 14 years. ... Until next time, please stay in touch. Bob building, or architecture. Ron has served as president and CEO of Middough Inc., a top 100 U.S. architecture, engineering, and management company since 1978. He’s been an owner of the firm since 1974 and served in many other positions throughout the years. In addition, Ron taught mathematics for several years while earning his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State’s Fenn College of Engineering. He is active in many professional societies and was honored by the Project Management Institute, Northeast Ohio chapter, with the Kerzner Award for Project Management Excellence in 2004. Cleveland State honored him as an outstanding engineering alumnus in 2003 and a Distinguished Alumnus in 2004. He is a registered professional engineer and has patented several equipment designs. ... Some not so good news, too, unfortunately. richard Keith (Dick, Big Coach) McPhie passed away March 18, 2009. Dick completed studies at Carroll subsequent to 1963, but he was considered part of the social class of 1963. Our prayers go out to his family. ... Until next time. Have a great summer, and please let me hear from you. Pete Dolan Science Center. Followed in rapid succession by Rev. Robert L. Niehoff’s State of the University Address, the Reunion Mass, and class reception and dinner. All this leaves plenty of time to visit your personal relevant landmarks around the East Side and tour the remarkable campus that JCU has grown into. Sunday: features Father’s Day brunch and last-minute reminiscences, tall stories, and outright lies. Joanne and I are sure looking forward to seeing you all in University Heights. Travel safe and Godspeed. Frank


dick Conoboy riton@comcast.net


Frank Kelley 607-648-5947 fkelley@stny.rr.com

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Every summer since 1969, after our first reunion, I have literally counted off the years until the next one: Four to go ... now only three ... finally it’s here, our 45th, and another great opportunity to revisit our roots. I remember the farewell speaker in 1979 finishing with “see you back here in 1984, [dramatic pause] when we’ll all be over 40.” I’ll just let that thought sit there while you go stiffen your drink. By now, you will have received an exciting schedule of events and an attendance questionnaire from Reunion chairman tom leahy. Hopefully the great majority of you will have already returned those in the affirmative. For any fence-sitters still out there, here is a quick review of the major Class of ’64 activities to help convince you to get on board. Thursday evening: our popular Cleveland welcome soiree will be held at Pizzazz Restaurant at Fairmount Circle; $20 charge per person at the door and cash bar. Friday: our traditional downtown excursion will include bus transportation to the historic West Side Market area and lunch at the Bier Market Café, 2948 W. 25th St. We’ll return to campus via a tour of Cleveland on Lolly the Trolley; cost is $30 per person. Friday evening features VEGAS NIGHT on campus, a swinging affair to which all Cleveland alums are invited. Saturday: The class lunch will feature guest speaker Loung Ung, world renowned author, lecturer, and activist. Loung, Gordy Priemer’s daughter-in-law, has written two highly acclaimed, bestselling books, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers and Lucky Child. Loung has served as national spokesperson for the Campaign for a Landmine-Free World, and has lectured worldwide on this and other humanitarian topics. To learn more, visit her fascinating website at www. loungung.com. Later Saturday afternoon, the class photo will be taken at 4:15 p.m. in front of the


Pete Mykytyn 618-549-1946 mykytyn@cba.siu.edu

Hi, everyone. Hope that the first six months of 2009 have been good to you. It’s hard to believe, but by the time you read this column, it will be about one year since we last gathered at Carroll, for our 45th Reunion. A great time for sure! Let’s hope and pray that come 2013, we have the best 50th that Carroll has ever had! As for news items, my mailbox is practically empty. Again! Come on, everybody. I hate to keep begging like this. But many are retired, thinking of retiring (or perhaps delaying it for a while due to the financial issues of the day; one friend of mine told me the other day his 401k program is now a 201k!), still having grandchildren, traveling, etc, etc. So, drop me a note, or two, or three. As for notes this time: ronald r. ledin, P.E., president and CEO of Middough Inc., has been inducted into the Cleveland Engineering Society Design & Construction Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors individuals for their outstanding achievements in the fields of construction, 34
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My friend and our classmate Chuck Krajniak passed away on 11 March in Lincoln, CA, after a long bout with cancer. After several years in the army, including a combat tour in Vietnam, Chuck had a career as an FBI agent, retiring in 1995. A few years ago, I was able to spend a few days with Chuck in New Orleans, where we had a good time reminiscing about our days at John Carroll with the Pershing Rifles and about drinking 3.2 beer at the Crossroads Tavern at Cedar Center. In retirement, Chuck was very active. He was a member of The Elks Club in Roseville, CA; the Kiwanis in Lincoln, CA; and the Polish-American Club, also in Roseville. Chuck also volunteered at Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Kaiser Hospital. He loved playing his guitars and banjos, riding his motorcycle, and cruising on his boat. ... And we hear from Illinois that Dan Burns joined the staff of Tyler’s Justice Center for Children, Stockton, IL, as a forensic interviewer. He will also coordinate public relations and fundraising. Dan earned his J.D. degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he was a member of The Law Review. He also received a master’s degree from Carroll in 1966. Previously, Dan served as a development officer in the Office of University Development at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, as assistant dean of its School of Law, and as director of professional personnel at the law firm Baker & McKenzie in Chicago. ... I just returned from five weeks in Southeast Asia, during which time my wife and I visited Hanoi and Halong Bay in Vietnam; Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampot, Kep and Phnom Penh in Cambodia; and Bangkok, Thailand. In spite of much development, grinding poverty continues to be the norm, especially in Cambodia. Travel there is becoming much easier but there is no way to escape the heat. ... No class news is not good news. Send me your news. Regards, Dick


dave Griffin 727-944-5229 David.Griffin@MDIAchieve.com

Hello to all. Spring has arrived for most of us but still some snow in the North as I write. From the alumni office, I learned that Dan Burns ’65 joined the staff of Tyler’s Justice Center for Children in Stockton, IL. He is a forensic interviewer and coordinates public relations and fundraising. Dan has many credits in his career including his juris doctor from the Cleveland-Marshall College of

Law and has served as assistant dean of the Case Western Reserve law school. ... Dr. Mike traina e-mailed. He got his master’s with us and also was a prefect in Murphy Hall the first year it opened, in ’64. He is retired from teaching and training. He is looking for some old friends – ray Pana, Paul ladouceur, Joe Byrnes, John Young, and Harry Barnes – if you read this, contact Dr. Mike at 330.337.3572 - mtraina@neo.rr.com. ... Jack Wyar called me. After his early career in teaching, he got his master’s in electrical engineering from Cleveland State and now works for STERIS Corp. His wife, Bonnie, was a teacher in the Mentor schools. Jack told me that he has been in touch with andy tadie and Bob Wander. They both live in Washington state. He said that Chuck o’Brien is still hanging out around Medina, OH. On a sad note, he told me that Mike Perme died at the end of March. Like many of us, Mike was a Vietnam vet. He was also an attorney and a life-long resident of Euclid, OH. Our condolences go out to his family. ... Paul Klaus told me that he is alive and well in Westfield Center, OH. He continues to work in the commercial insurance field. He and Judy plan to move to the Orlando, FL, area when they retire in a couple of years. ... My wife, Jane, had knee replacement surgery in February. That made me Mr. Mom for a while. She has been religious about her therapy and exercises and is doing well. On a closing note, don’t forget Reunion Weekend. It is June 19-21 this year and Cleveland-area alumni are invited to attend Vegas Night on Friday and the Sunday Father’s Day brunch. For more info, contact Carla Gall ’05 – cgall@jcu.edu or 216.397.1592. If your name has not been in this column, I would sure love to include you in the next issue. Give me a shout or send an e-mail. Take care, everyone, Dave player at Carroll. The only active head football coach from our class is John Gibbons. Spoke to John recently and he feels very optimistic for the upcoming season at Bedford (OH) High School. ... Speaking of sports, how about the Blue Streaks basketball team! They again advanced to the OAC Tournament semifinals and hosted the OAC finals. They set a school record with 21 consecutive wins. I attended several games and they were very exciting. ... richard Keith (Dick, big coach) McPhie, who began his studies with the Class of ’63 but finished with us, passed away on March 18, 2009. Dick graduated from Borromeo Seminary High School. Dick had a long and successful career in teaching and coaching (football, basketball, and track). He worked at several area high schools and retired from teaching in 2007. He continued as football coach at Brunswick (OH) High School, where his team was the runner-up in the state finals in 1995. Dick will be missed. ... Don’t forget Reunion Weekend, June 19-21. Friday night is Vegas Night and all Cleveland area alumni are welcome. A group of us are planning to attend. It is a great time and hope to see you there. We can even start to plan our 45th Class Reunion! ... If you get a chance, let Ken Kesegich - kkesegich@jcu.edu - and Michele McFarland - mmcfarland@jcu.edu - know what a great job they do for John Carroll magazine. Yours truly recently sent out numerous e-mails and postcards to class members. So, keep the cards, e-mails, and news coming. We are all interested in you. Hope to see you around soon, Peter


Gerry Grim grimg@hoban.org

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Classmates, June 19, 20, and 21, 2009, is a great time to plan a little visit to the great city – Lake Erie, University Heights, Ohio, for your 40th anniversary of graduation from John Carroll. (I know University Heights is not on the lake and the lake hasn’t moved. It just sounds good.) From the last phone session the committee had, the number of those planning to attend is approaching a record for a 40th Reunion. For many years, we held the attendance record for a 10th Reunion (of course, your’s truly was working at Carroll at the time and made sure the record stayed in our class’s name). It would be nice to climb back up the record board again. Of course, the climb is not as high as it was in 1979. The committee tried very hard to get the current owner of the Crossroads location to change the name for the weekend but failed. We also fell short in our efforts on the current occupants of the Blue Streak Lounge, the Lemon Tree Lounge, and Pickle Bills to change their names. We recommend a visit to Coventry during the weekend, but the Pepper Pot will not be available to satisfy a Saturdayafternoon thirst. We can report Geraci’s still lives on and is excited to see your smiling faces sometime during the weekend. ... We hope to see thomas and linda sarnecki at the Reunion so we can get filled in on all Tom is doing for Canyon Acres, a charity that helps provide shelter for abused and neglected children in Southern California. Tom just joined the board of directors at Canyon Acres. Tom’s full-time work is general counsel, human resources for Amcor Sunclipse. Tom got his law degree at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. ... I would recommend you check into JCU Connect. It’s a great way to find a classmate you would like to catch up with or e-mail. It’s on the alumni page and easy to use. Also please support the class gift in honor of our 40th Reunion. It is a great way, especially in these tough times, to support JCU in their mission of providing the very best in Jesuit education. ... See you in June and bring news and pictures for our next column. Take care ... the 50th is coming soon. Grimmer


Jeff hawk 317-845-4199 jjhawk68@sbcglobal.net


Peter French 440-734-5553 peter2play@yahoo.com

Hello. I spent St. Pat’s Day in Chicago visiting my daughter, Jenny ’99. Their St. Pat’s parade is always on the Saturday before the 17th. Thought I might run into some of our classmates during the parade, but it was like trying to find my first class at JCU. I did find a great place – Celtic Crossings. If you are homesick for Ireland, this is the place to be. I also attend the Cleveland St. Pat’s parade. There were 400,000 people in downtown Cleveland that day as there was record high temperatures (take that, my retired friends in Florida). I actually did run into several Carroll alumni. ... Recently stopped by Carroll to visit with Pete Bernardo. We spoke of old times and the current events at John Carroll – certainly is a University on the move. We took a tour of the campus and then had lunch in the cafeteria. Sure was good, and a vast improvement over our years there – they even serve health foods. Of course, Pete and I skipped that food station! Don’t forget that Pete heads up the Magis Society. You can reach Pete at pbernardo@jcu.edu. ... Bob spicer recently retired from Gilmour Academy, near campus, where he has been head football coach. Congratulations, Bob! Bob was a great football

Onward, Forward, Upward with ’68 ... Peers bestow highest rating upon Donald e. Caravona – the founder of Caravona & Czack, P.L.L., was awarded the AV rating, which is the highest rating available, from Martindale-Hubbard. ... Dick Kassar is living in NYC with his wife, Janet. They have two grown children and have their first grandchild, Lucy. After serving in Vietnam and working in the Mideast, Dick worked primarily in consumer brands and is currently the CEO in a start up for refrigerated fresh dog food called Freshpet. Still playing bridge weekly with his roommate, steve McCann. ... Barbara Witkiewicz wrote that she spends her winters in Arizona and her summers in the Chicago area. Barbara is a retired teacher who received her bachelor’s degree at Marquette University and a master’s from Carroll. Since she lives so close to Marquette, she has been able to be active with their alumni group. Barbara still supports the Carroll Fund, but hasn’t been back to the Cleveland area for many years. She sends her best regards to all. ... Jim robinson was elected president of the Butler County (OH) Bar Association. The Bar consists of 405 lawyers and judges. His daughter, Tara R. Jones, is a member of the firm and practices law with her father. Jim is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Ohio, and Tara is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Kentucky. Thanks for writing, Jim, and congratulations. ... For You, JCU, and ’68, Jeff


Ted heutsche 517-669-4005 tedh@midwestairfil.com

The following news release was forwarded to me by the alumni office: “John Carroll University Grad Named Top Attorney: JCU alum Donald J. Brown Jr. has been named by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine among the top attorneys in Illinois for 2009 and is featured in the February issue of Chicago Magazine. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers. Donald J. Brown Jr. is a partner at the Chicago firm Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC and specializes in the defense of professional negligence and general liability cases. He is an experienced trial attorney in both federal and state courts and has tried a significant number of cases to verdict in 35 years of litigation practice. Well respected by his peers, Mr. Brown was selected
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as one of the top 20 Chicago tort defense lawyers by the Chicago Lawyer. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Society of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates.” ... John Compisi sent me a great note. He said that he and his wife, Linda (high school sweetheart), are enjoying life in their Sonoma County, CA, wine country home, which they designed and built in 2005-2006. John is the VP for Global Solutions Consulting for Savi Technology, based in Mountain View, CA. John’s duties keep him busy traveling to Alexandria, VA, on a monthly basis as well as periodic trips to London, Singapore, and Australia to check in on team members supporting sales activities. Savi - www.savi.com - is a provider of radio frequency identification device (RFID) solutions and principally supports the U.S. Army and international militaries including the UK MOD, NATO, and the Australian Defense Organization. John has been with Savi for nearly seven years. Prior to that and immediately after retiring from the U.S. Army as a colonel, Transportation Corps (28+ years), John worked for Metricom Inc., a technology leader in early wireless internet service. At Metricom, John was the VP of Network Logistics Services. John stays in fairly close touch with old singing duo-mate Bill Brown and old Glee Club associate Jim reilly, and (by the time you read this) he enjoyed a visit in Sonoma from Katie and Wes Catri. Linda works out of their home as a field nurse case manager for Workers Comp clients. They are the proud grandparents of Jimmy and Jake (mom Aimie and dad Jim Hanson), who currently reside in Hawaii. Life is good. John and Linda are always looking for a reason to go wine tasting so if you are going to be in the Napa/Sonoma/Mendocino wine country, give them a heads up - jcompisi@savi.com. Ted create movie magic. We had the opportunity to visit, not that long ago, and are pleased to report that the pizza at Geraci’s is still just as good as ever. We visited with Mrs. Geraci and she sends her regards. They still do not take credit cards. ... Dom iacuzio now has three daughters on the left coast and they are all working. He has managed to keep his son out East. This works unless your company, Roche, announces a major acquisition in California. Horace Greeley’s words may be ringing in his ears. ... rose Costello recently appeared as an Oompa Loompa, which might not be so remarkable except for the fact that all of the Oompa Loompas in the school’s performance of Willy Wonka looked just like their Holy Cross school principal, Mrs. Costello. ... Hope this column finds you happy and well. This week, why not take a little time to think and to laugh about your college days. Got News? - tcostello@cumtd. com ... Tom and Rosemary extra point ... and finally, Don and Patty Farrell were cited by their church/school as winners of the Mario Zanoni Honorees, for outstanding service. Patty did all the work. Don shared the credit. ... That’s it for now. Please write ... or text ... or Twitter. Take care, JM


Gerry o. Patno 216-228-4291 patno@att.net


John M. Marcus 202-296-0901 jmarcus887@aol.com


Tom and rosemary Costello 217-344-2076 tcostello@cumtd.com

Another NCAA tournament has concluded and a clap of the hands to our friends in Michigan. Our Jesuit friends at other schools did not do too badly, either. ... As you read this column, we will have attended a JCU memorial service for our friend Tim Russert ’72. Mark Pacelli ’72 has done a tremendous amount of work bringing together several classes that were part of Tim’s life. We are looking forward to the service to remember Tim and to see old friends. We will have a full report in our next column. ... Dave Price continues to hit the bagpipes and, if you would like to see pictures, check out his Facebook page. ... The Zenger Group, a Buffalo print and marketing communications provider, has named tom surwill vice president of business development. Tom has over 20 years of business development experience especially in graphic communications. ... John urban and wife Mary Rita tells us that their son, Michael, got married on May 2. In addition, Michael is establishing a chiropractic practice on the West Side of Cleveland. So for those of us feeling a bit creaky – and who isn’t? – we now have a connection. Ryan Urban, the younger son, after having graduated from Columbia College, is in Hollywood helping to 36
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On May 2, our class gathered to pay farewell to our own t.J. russert ... this column is written in advance, but I have seen the list of expected attendees and I’m sure it will be an Irish-wakekind-of sendoff old T.J. would have loved. Not sure if Frankie P. made it in from Jolly Ole England, but I did hear from tom Joyce, who is also living in Jolly Ole, in Reading. Says he and Sir Francis would meet up for a pint at (and I’m not making this up) “The Golden Hind” just off the Marleybone High Street. Why does “English” sound so good. Why can’t we speak it here? Anyway, Joyce has been working for the UN in Addis Ababa and Geneva, and for management consulting companies in Melbourne, Tokyo, and London. He is currently working with two companies, Pyromex ( a waste-to-energy company) and Swiss-Copter, which either makes helicopters or Swiss cheese – I forgot to ask. Tom reminds me that he is the Tom Joyce from Cleveland, not the tom Joyce from Pittsburgh. (With all the cities he’s lived in, I’m not sure how he can remember where he is from ... especially after a jaunt to the Golden Hind with Sir Frankie). ... Chris leicht writes in from Olympia, WA, where he has spent the last 30 years with Ecolab, in sales and management. He is a pol of sorts – like our own Pat hoak, the mayor of one of those little towns around Buffalo. Chris has been a board member in Olympia, and even president pro temp… Gianpetro writes to say he and tim Franzinger got together in Chicago recently. No laughter there, I’m sure. Especially since they were hitting hard on guys like Cavanagh, Farrell, Chico, Marty, Mike, smitty, Al Collinger ’71, Regis Albrecht ’71, and other ghosts. ... Heard from Bernie Gesenhues – here’s an AARP story. He is flying planes for Northwest, this I knew. But he didn’t start flying for them until he was 48. Motivates me to try the NHL ... and there’s good news for “Her Honor” anne Conway. Our own federal judge (in Florida) recently was awarded the JCU Alumni Medal. ... Rich Harkey ’70 writes from the left coast that he saw Jim Mchale recently. Jim has seven kids – six girls and a son for an

“Hi, Gerry, this is Bob Zola ’74. I have some bad news to tell everyone: Joe usher passed away suddenly on Feb. 12 from an embolism in his lung. He lived in Phoenix with his wife, Ana. His two daughters, Joanna and Barbara, are both recently out of college and Joe was looking forward to slowing down, buying some property up in Prescott, and enjoying the good life. It was weird, but I just saw him for the first time in seven years in January when I was in Phoenix on business. Fortunately, I stayed over a couple days and Joe was in town, so we had some time to catch up. He was one of the good guys and stayed that way till the end.” This note from Bob arrived in my e-mail a few days after Ana Usher had informed me of the sad news. It’s great that Bob was able to spend some quality time with Joe so recently. Unfortunately, this was only the first of three such items. ... Equally sad news comes out of Akron, where visionary airport leader extraordinaire Frederick Krum passed away after brain surgery. Fred had been the director of the Akron-Canton airport for the past 27 years, taking it from a sleepy little after-thought to one of the nation’s fastest growing airports and the envy of the aviation industry. Fred took over as director at age 29, youngest of any airport director in the country, overseeing $250 million in capital improvements and quadrupling passenger figures through creative, aggressive marketing campaigns. He is survived by his wife, Diane, and three grown children: Jim, Mike, and Lisa. ... And lastly, Dr. John M. Malone Jr. of Grosse Pointe Park, MI, former head of the Wayne State Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, died recently from a staph infection. John started as a history major at Carroll, but switched to pre-med and graduated from Wayne State’s medical school in 1977. John leaves behind his former wife of 26 years, Mary, and sons John III (23) and Austin (20). ... Bob larocca, long-time claims representative with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Comp, has dipped his toes into the entrepreneurial world of natural gas. With all those alternative gas-choice plans out there, how do you know which one is best? Rock’s Consumer Choice Marketing is designed to help people living in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. ... And finally, I am proud to announce that I, myself – your humble scribe – have received a major award. No, it’s not a cheesy, risqué leg lamp; it’s the long-sought, highly coveted Silver Quill Award for class columnists in John Carroll magazine. Thanks! I could not have earned this great honor without all the contributions from all of you. -- gop



dave robinson 248-642-9615 DRobby_18@Yahoo.com

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If you are interested in scuba diving, the next time you are in Fresno, CA, stop by Bob’s Dive Shop: Fresno’s oldest and most trusted name in SCUBA training, and check in with ed salamone. Ed and I recently connected just before he was leaving on a scuba trip with a group to Mexico. He has two children and two grandkids, with grandchild number three due in April. ... Ginny and steve noon’s son, Aaron, will graduate this spring from JCU with a Bachelor of Arts in French and English. He plans to attend graduate school and teach. Their daughter, Morgan, is a freshman at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. ... I was able to catch up with terry Dwyer for a brew at the Detroit metro airport on his way back to Indianapolis from a business trip in the Far East. Terry is the COO at AuthorHouse in Bloomington, IN. ... helen (Callahan) hirsch and her husband, David, moved from Ohio to Summerville, SC, where she is enjoying easy access to beaches and great restaurants in Charleston. She is currently teaching 10th grade English at a nearby high school. She hopes to attend the Reunion. ... Jim Dillon and his wife, Alice, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary this April. They have three children who are in various stages of college. Bruce just completed his 32nd year of federal service and is currently with the FDA as a program analyst. He acquired his Master in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1987. ... Molly ’75 and I were joined by fellow alumni Maureen ’91 and Chris ’90 Cosgrove and their three sons, and by Adam Waechter ’91 and his daughter to cheer on the John Carroll men’s club lacrosse team as they beat Oakland University 8-5 at a game played in Pontiac, MI, March 14. It was great to see the Blue Streaks knock off a D-1 ranked team. Hopefully it will become an annual event. ... Looking forward to seeing many of you at our 35th Reunion, June 19-21. As a reminder, Cleveland area alumni are invited to attend Vegas Night on Friday and also the Sunday Father’s Day brunch. For more information, contact Carla Gall ’05, reunion coordinator - cgall@jcu.edu or 216-3971595. ... Have a great summer and remember to send me your updates and news - drobby_18@ yahoo.com. Robby

and a wish for a happy Easter from Fr. neal Buckon. Not sure where in the world (literally) he is as of this writing, but the last I heard he was in Afghanistan serving the U.S. Army and his fellow troops. ... Received a nice e-mail from the alumni office sent by rita (henninger) Danks, who recently was on a trip to Chiapas, Mexico, with the Witness for Peace Delegation sponsored by the UCC Justice Jubilee Committee, Church of the Brethren, and Equal Exchange (a fair trade company). There were 18 delegates from all over the U.S. who met with many human rights and NGO Organizations during their stay. “While spending time with coffee farmers in their small village, we learned about the intense work involved in producing organic coffees for the U.S. and the very small amount of money these farmers make per year (about $600 U.S.). One of our most moving days was a visit to the small town of Acteal, where the government massacred 45 pacifists as they prayed in church in the late ’90s. To this day, the masterminds of the killing have not been brought to justice. We learned about the negative effects of NAFTA and other U.S. laws on the poorest of the poor in our neighboring country. The current human rights abuses in this area are overwhelming.” You can contact Rita in Kirtland, OH, at 440-256-0423 or danks12@msn.com if you would like more information. ... Since it is almost baseball season as of this writing, here is a baseball trivia question this time. During our years in Cleveland, the Indians had a player that sported such a big Afro hairstyle that it was very hard for him to wear his helmet while batting. Who was this player? The first classmate to e-mail me the correct answer will be recognized in my next column. While you are e-mailing the answer, how about some personal news? C U at JCU in 2010! Pray for peace, RR

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dennis J. Lane dlane@ryancom.com

Tim Freeman 708-579-9075 tim@jesuits-chi.org


diane Coolican Gaggin cools@twcny.rr.com


rick rea 314-769-9051 col.rickrea@charter.net

Hello, classmates! Well, Dave vtipil’s trivia question in my last column was so good that no one came up with even a guess as to the correct answer. Hmm, maybe his question will be a good topic of conversation at our 35th Reunion next June! Hope you are enjoying your summer and taking some time out from your career to spend time with friends and family. I just received an e-mail with some really funny religious cartoons

All hail summer! About time the warmth made an appearance. John ruddy popped a note over to tell us that David harrington hit double-nickels earlier this year and that while fully retired, Dave is consulting part time for the City of Chicago’s Mayor Daley. Gee, David, nice birthday present! As for our buddy Ruddy, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch is still where he hangs his hat as vice president portfolio manager of the PIA Portfolio. On the home front, his two sons, ages 12 and 16, are keeping him pretty busy. John is coaching one in baseball and plays driving instructor for the other. Thanks for the update, John! ... Bob tullio reports that Erie is still... well, Erie. Happy news as well in that his son, Brian, finance major, graduated from John Carroll in May and is on his way to law school. At the time of the report, Brian had received acceptances from several schools but had not yet made his decision. Congratulations to father and son! ... Have a wonderful summer! Cools

Here’s the latest ... John Martin made a career change in March, becoming the director of sales for the Ohio Lottery Commission. John has responsibility for the sales of all lottery products around the state: nine regional offices, over 100 sales reps, and a small staff (including Ralph Stilphen ’77). John’s wife, Colleen, kids (Dan and Kate), and stepkids (Ryan, Kelly, and Maura) are all well. Dan is an on-air video Judge Ken Callahan ’78 journalist in Youngstown for channels 27 and 33. Kate is a customer service manager for Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati and the step-children are all in college while living at home in North Olmsted, OH. ... larry Wyrobek made a career change from banking to owning a restaurant. Larry opened Pete Mitchell’s in Frankfort, IL, earlier this year. ... Judge Ken Callahan joined the law firm Buckley King as partner in March. Ken will be specializing in white collar criminal defense, business litigation, and mediation. Judge Callahan serves on the International Community Council Board, the Irish Archives Board of the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Executive Committee of the Manos Inn of Court, and the Metropolitan Bar Association’s Judicial Taskforce Committee. He is a former member of the Law Library Board, the Arrupe Board of St. Ignatius High School, the Common Pleas Court Civil and Criminal Rules Committee, the Cultural Board of the 2005 International Children’s Games, the Cleveland Bar Association ADR Committee, and the Ohio Common Pleas Court ADR and Judicial Advisory Boards. In 2004, Ken was awarded the Cardinal Bellarmine Award from St. Ignatius High School, and was named the Outstanding Alumnus of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2005. He was presented the Golden Gavel Award from the Ohio Common Pleas Judges in 2008. ... John Baran’s daughter, Audrey, was married in August 2007 and is now expecting identical twin boys in early June. Congrats on grandparent life, John! John is also organizing the next Circle K Alumni Reunion at Carroll the weekend of September 25-27. He’s looking forward to a tremendous turnout of Circle K brothers, especially those from ’78. Activities include: Friday night cocktail party; and Saturday golf in the morning, dinner dance in the evening. ... Over 75 IChis celebrated the 50th anniversary of the

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founding of the fraternity with a celebration in Las Vegas in March. Chairs Mike Schmidt ’81, Nick Iarussi ’81, and Tom Hartnett ’81 planned and executed an awesome weekend; special congratulations to Schmitter and his leadership in the IChis JCU Scholarship endowment, now over $600,000. Our class had a great showing – Marty lutz, Chris Parrilli, steve ryan, earl hamlin, Jack Blackburn, Dan Weitzel, Brian Farrell, and yours truly. The MGM Hotel was very accommodating – they even tried to help Weitz after he lost his shirt Friday night. ... Thanks for writing! Tim Please consider giving – no matter what size gift. We’d like to show the greatest percent of reunion class participation. I’d like to thank our reunion committee members for their time, commitment, dedication, and creativity. For complete details, pricing, and schedule of events for Reunion Weekend, please refer to www.jcu.edu. As an incentive for some, please note our luncheon on Saturday, June 20, will be catered by Geraci’s! (You will be coming now, John legutki, won’t you?) ... So far, I have not heard from anyone about taking over as class columnist. There is always ample information for the column from Reunion Weekend, and it seems to be the best time to make the transition. So, please consider becoming our class columnist for the next five years. Let me or the alumni office know if you are interested! It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the class columnist for all these years. It helped me to stay close to my classmates, make new friends, and stay involved in the John Carroll community. Carroll is one of the greatest opportunities I experienced in my life and thank all of you for keeping in touch over the years with your news. ... Looking forward to seeing you in June under the big tent, Nancy


Nancy agacinski 216-932-2824 nagacinski@yahoo.com

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Hello, everyone! Class news: Villanova University appointed James M. Danko dean of the College of Commerce and Finance, which has about 1,700 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students, most of whom are part time. Jim will officially become the dean August 1. After he graduated from Carroll, with a degree in religious studies, he ran Exercare Co. for 17 years (a medical supply and exercise equipment company). Then he received his MBA from the University of Michigan and served as the director of executive skills, multidisciplinary action projects program and lecturer of corporate strategy there. Subsequently, he served as director of the University of Washington’s (Seattle) MBA program; lecturer at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business-UNC at Chapel Hill; associate dean at the Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business in Wellesley, MA; and has also been an associate dean for strategy and operations at Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business in Hanover, NH, since 2000. He is also the president of the MBA Roundtable, an international business school consortium established in 1995. Wow! What an impressive résumé, Jim! And what do you do in your spare time? ... Chris Coburn, Cleveland Clinic Innovations executive director, recently received the 2008 Gold Electrode Award as the most valuable financial professional by editors of Neurotech Business Report. Chris is recognized as an authority on technology commercialization and has consulted and spoken on the subject throughout North America and in more than 20 countries! ... I hope everyone is making plans to attend our 30th Class Reunion, June 19-21, on campus. I have already heard from many classmates who are planning to attend! Let’s have a “snowball”-effect reunion – you know – someone decides to come and tells their friends and they decide to come and so on and so on. Michael allison called to say he is coming in from Florida and would like to see Gary tarquinio and his DAT brothers (OK, John Molchan, scott smiley, Mike Dicarro, al Giammaria, Mark Kobak, tony ianiro, and Greg Melega, that means you! We expect to see you there!). As usual, it will be a fun and festive occasion and we look forward to a record ’79 turnout! Gil Macali, Mary Davis riley, tamee tucker, and I are our Class Reunion committee members. Mary Davis Riley and norm riley are the Class Gift chairs.

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Thanks to all the readers who identified people on the spring 2009 issue’s Images of Carroll page. Mark Summers, Class of 1980, wrote to say he’s the young man reading a book in the top right photo. The book is John Dewey on Education, and the economics major was reading it for a philosophy course. He was the Millor Orator for his class. Thomas Cua, a fellow member of the Class of 1980, also wrote to identify Mr. Summers. For the photo of the Jesuit and students with the kite in front of Pacelli Hall, Ron Timpanaro, Class of 1964, recognized some of his classmates. To the right, holding the end of the flag, is Tom Ungashick ’64. In the middle, wearing sunglasses, is Frank Vincent ’63. Immediately behind the priest is Mike Mazzucca ’65, who is now deceased. The priest is Thomas Biecker, S.J., professor of physics and mathematics. He was identified by Nancy Greene Rountree ’84. While a student, Ms. Rountree served as a cook in Rodman Hall, when it was still the Jesuit residence. She remembered that Fr. Biecker, retired by then, continued to enjoy flying kites. Fr. Biecker died in 2000. Rosemary Costello, Class of 1971, wrote to identify the lead bicycle rider in the photo at the bottom left. The young woman in sunglasses is Z. Cecilia Neimanas Brubeck ’71, a classmate of Mrs. Costello’s at John Carroll and in high school.


Matt holtz 440-331-1759 mfh2885@sbcglobal.net

A warm summer hello to all! Here are a couple of items from the mailbag ... Bob Donelan has recently been hired by Resource Systems of New Concord as director of operations. Resource Systems is the developer of CareTracker, a software system that helps nursing homes and MR/DD facilities perform documentation electronically on wall-mounted touch screens. Prior to joining Resource Systems, Bob was with Owens Corning as controller for both their Newark Manufacturing and Granville R&D operations. ... Mentioned in the last column was the big IXY 50th bash in Las Vegas. Bob Beringer was supposed to be our reporter on the spot, but he never made it to Vegas. Instead, Bob partied on the Florida Intracoastal Waterway with Ken Rudzki ’75 and

From left, Bob Beringer ’80, Ken Rudzki ’75, and Tom Schoen ’77 boating on the Florida Intracoastal Waterway.


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Tom Schoen ’77. I guess the fishing was better in Florida than in Vegas. ... Garfield Heights, OH, native Gary szelagowski and spouse Jo celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary during the past year. All their kids are either in or on their way to college. Gary and Jo did celebrate New Year’s Eve at an outdoor party in Queen Victory Park overlooking Niagara Falls with entertainment featuring Roger Hodgson, former singer of Supertramp. ... Earlier in the year, Mario Fioritto Jr. broke bread with irma DiFranco and sam Bonsignore. Masina Frate santangelo was in Italy, so she missed out on the fun. Last year Mario participated in John Carroll’s Relay for Life as a team member for Wiley Middle School. ... Former Bernet Hall roommate Colonel Bob Kasper is doing another tour of duty as a U.S. Army doctor in Iraq. Bob’s duties vary from day to day depending on where he is needed. He is to be commended for his sacrifice and service he is providing to his country. ... Cleveland-area alumni are reminded that they can attend Reunion activities June 19 with Vegas Night and they are welcome to attend the Father’s Day brunch. Contact the alumni office - 216-397-1572 – for more details or check out www.jcu.edu. ... Send an e-mail anytime and high-five Lobo. MH Bowman works for the Hightower Report, a futures analysis and forecasting publication based in Chicago. He and his wife, Mary Beth, live in Barrington, IL, with their son. ... After doing his undergrad at camp John Carroll, Gary Wells spent 15 years bartending and booking rock shows. Gary is currently banquet chef at the Q with ARAMARK in Cleveland. ... Pete langenhorst has been with General Motors since he graduated from Carroll. He’s had a variety of assignments all over the world and just completed move number 10 in 28 years. His wife Beth ’82 has been instrumental in getting the kids processed in and out of all the schools throughout the years. ... Finally, I hope you are all healthy and happy and coping with this economic downturn. In the spirit of the Class of 1981, stay positive and keep focused on a brighter future. Until next time, Bob


Mark schroeder 216-210-2020 briome@auctionbrio.com


Paul hulseman 847-867-9322 (c) PJHulseman@aol.com


Bob hill 414-254-9880 Soar1@aol.com

It’s exciting to hear from so many of you. Great memories from 1977-1981 come back as I read your e-mails. We are only two years away from our 30th Reunion! I hope that many of you make plans to attend in 2011. Also, congratulations to you who are hitting the BIG 50 this year. ... Mary Carol o’Brien writes from Edison Park, IL, where she and Bill have two boys. Tim is a junior at Carroll and Billy is heading there next year. They keep in touch with Ray and Betsy (Peffenbach) Mendelsohn and Dawn and Dan Casey. ... Jim and ann (Gardner) russ live in Downers Grove, IL, and have four daughters and a son, Michael, who is a junior at Marquette. Ann keeps in touch with Diane lebryk Montgomery. She is in California wine country living on a vineyard, raising her two boys with husband Monty. ... lynne Fugate wrote from Rochester, MI, where she enjoys working at a public library. ... I heard from Marianne Breen, who moved to Chicago in 2007 after living in Michigan and St. Louis. Marianne is fundraising for two Chicago-area high schools. She caught up with lore (Feitl) Castrigano on a visit to Cleveland. Lore has three boys, two who graduated from Georgetown and one who is at St. Ignatius. ... Wo schiffman (Wende Whitcraft) sent a note from Los Altos Hills, CA. Wo and her husband, Barry, have two grown children, David and Katy. Wo built a 52-foot sailboat, Azul, and raced it in the Pacific Cup to Hawaii, where she took 2nd place! ... From Mount Washington, PA, Debbie Brown and her husband, David, are enjoying a lot of travel. Debbie hosted a mini reunion in October. She is currently heading up the audit department for Orphan’s Court in Alleghany County. ... emily (Kelsey) ingram writes that her daughter, Kelsey, is off to Denison this fall, where our class speaker, Dave short, also has a daughter attending college. Mark

Greetings from Chicago! Early April and no signs of spring in Chicago – except the Cubs are playing baseball. There is a second baseball team in Chicago, but I can’t remember their name. This year I am trying to “swim” to John Carroll. MapQuest has it at 373 miles from my home in Winnetka, IL, to 20700 N. Park Boulevard (I should probably add some more yards to end at the Johnson Natatorium?). So I am adding up my yards in the pool four mornings per week and converting them to miles. Last year I swam around 300 miles with a couple masters groups, so I need to pump up the yardage if I am going to make it all the way. Through March, I have water-logged just over 100 miles – probably close to South Bend, and we all know there’s no reason to stop or slow down there! ... Our classmates from the Iota Chi Upsilon fraternity assembled in Las Vegas in March to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their founding at JCU with 75 brothers. By all accounts, the boys were wellbehaved. Classmates included: Bill Bolton, Dave schmidt, Bobby Gentile, tony Parrilli, Bobby Parrilli, and Paul olexa. The IXYs are well on their way to raising $1,000,000 to endow JCU scholarships – I can’t think of a better way to support our alma mater. ... Speaking of Schmitter, Dave Schmidt and his band, the Blue Snouts, have lots of gigs planned for April and May around Chicago. Check out future dates on his website: www.myspace.com/daveschmidtandthesnouts. He also has a CD available at www.cdbaby.com/ daveschmidt. ... suzanne Carroll-McGovern recently served on the Chicago Club’s Scholarship Committee. She had just returned from a trip to Fiji and New Zealand with her sister. Suzanne is trying to find the Chicago city limits from her homestead in rural Naperville. ... Katie Grace Brandt saw steve nicorata (our class president) at a benefit in Chicago. Steve apparently has his oldest son at a Jesuit university in Milwaukee, but I can’t remember the name of the son or the school. My wife tells me we have a son there, too, but I can’t remember that, either. ... Sadly, Mark schell succumbed to pancreatic cancer in February. Our prayers are with his wife, Becky, and his daughters. Rest in Peace, Mark. ... Onward On! Paul

The annual migration to University Heights is underway as Reunion Weekend kicks off June 19. We had a great turnout last year and it would be fun to continue the party under the big tent this year. I reunited with suzanne (schlichtman) Greenberg conducting a festive Marti Gras benefit auction to successfully raise more money for the CAN Council of Saginaw, MI. Suzanne is the passionate president of the organization that aids and supports prevention of abused and neglected children. ... Facebook has become a great connector: 25 years without seeing Cathy Babcock and I got this, “Cathy is alive and happy and living in Indy.” She got to the point, quickly. ... Rancho Mirage, CA, is the home of andrea McGinty and daughter Dagny (4). Andrea founded “It’s Just Lunch.” The matchmaker sold it three years ago but is already on to another social based venture. The outdoors has Andrea hooked on hiking, skiing, and golf. ... After 17 years in Houston, terese (Buehrle) Booth and her husband, Richard, are back in Ohio. School changes were rough on their kids, but not as tough as acclimating to snow in Cincinnati. ... You may not know the famous ghosts of Millikin University in Decatur, IL, but I know Denise Green does. Denise is the electronic resources and technical services/references librarian at the Staley Library. Besides teaching honors program students for research, she walks Millikin’s beautiful campus, which reminds her of Carroll. Denise, leave three pieces of candy for the “Rail Girl” ghost in the theater. ... Congrats to Dr. Greg iaderosa: The Boardman, OH, dentist was named the president of the Corydon Palmer Dental Society. Greg is a leader in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. ... St. Pat’s day in Cleveland was awesome with warm temps and Deb solyan on my wing. We toasted Ireland’s patron saint with Beth Gill Oldford ’88. Beth is an insurance adjuster and lives in Shaker Heights, OH. ... First graders in Painesville, OH, receive special education from their teacher Beth Devney. After school, Beth teams with her twin brother, Ed, as talent managers. ed Devney, who lives in Manhattan and owns a talent management company, came home to head the volunteer talent escorts for inductees and presenters at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum inductions in April. Mary (Power) Patton’s public relations company, Patton PR, spearheaded the induction’s audience management. Ed did an amazing job coordinating all the inductees and presenters for Cleveland’s stellar gala and Beth was right there with him. He hooked me up as rapper Eminem’s talent escort – what a great experience. Up next for Ed is handling the snowboarders at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. ... Continued success for everyone and have a safe and fun-filled summer! Mark

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don d’amore 440-235-1323 jcuclassof84@yahoo.com

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If you think about it, this isn’t our 25th Reunion; it really is our 5th Reunion! How did I come up with this math? Well, we have attended reunions every five years since we graduated, and that makes this the 5th Reunion we have attended. Therefore, it is our 5th Reunion! Don’t you feel so much younger? This issue is scheduled to come out right before we attend our 25th Reunion. If you haven’t registered, there still might be time for you to sign up to join in the fun! ... anne lynch DiJulius, Esq., relocated to Sacramento in May 2008. First, she took over the operations of a 24-store chain of shoe and apparel stores; then, by June 2008, she took over the business development activities of a major shopping center developer from Los Angeles in the western and mountain states. By November 2008, she had earned a promotion to oversee marketing and business development and relocated again, to Bakersfield, CA, with three of her five children in tow. Anne earned her J.D. in 1991 and practiced law in Cleveland for ten years, operated The Successtores chain of stores, and published the motivational book, “The Edge.” Ann said she would love to hear from anyone from Carroll via edgebysuccess@aol.com. ... I was forwarded an e-mail from tim Cavanagh, who reports they had their second set of triplets (two girls and a boy: Kiley, Kate, and TJ) on July 22, 2008, after three boys (Ryan, Jack, and Charlie) on December 24, 2006! Tim has formed the Cavanagh Law Group, which prosecutes cases involving automobile liability, railroad liability, product liability, among other areas. Over the last 10 years, Tim personally obtained over $150 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. In 2007, Law Dragon Magazine named Tim one of the top 500 plaintiff’s lawyers in the United States. Among his other recognitions in his field, Leading Lawyers, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Company, has named Tim a Leading Lawyer every year since its inception in 2003 – an honor that is limited to the top 5 percent of lawyers in Illinois. ... I hope to put in some clips of info about those classmates who attended the 25th spread out in the following issues. Hopefully we will see you soon! Don

spend most of their time as taxi drivers with soccer, baseball, and football on weekends. He thinks his Outlook calendar has just as many kid activities as he does business meetings. I think many of us can relate to that. ... Gloria Merolla Garvey hosted a mini-third floor Millor reunion with Karen euritt shankman, suzanne Ziemianski Chartier, and Marie Koch Foe at her home near Naples, FL, for a fun weekend of laughs and walking down memory lane. Gloria is currently living in Westport, CT, with her husband of 21 years and four daughters, ages 16, 13, 11, and 7. Karen lives in Aurora, OH, with her husband and two daughters. Suzanne lives in Shelby Township, MI, with her husband and four kids – three girls and one boy. Marie and husband Kevin are in Oron, MI, with four children – three boys and one girl. Karen has a daughter in college, and the rest of us are in the thick of college visits, SATs, etc. The college process certainly was not this hard when we were younger! Suzanne and Marie both have a set of twins – must have been something in the Millor water! ... Our golf pro, tony Ciabattoni, wrote me with the most remarkable story. Tony has recently married and is now living in Colombia, South America. To read Tony’s story, I urge to check out his website, at www.agameforall. com.” ... The IXY reunion in Las Vegas this spring has been sealed and staying in “Vegas.” Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop me a line or two! We would love to hear from you for the next edition as there will only be two more editions before our big 25 Reunion. Let me know if you are coming! Be well and God bless you. Ciao for now - Diane

Jamaica October 11-17, and then more European travel when he visits Provence in April 2010. You can visit Bob at www.culinaryoccasions.com. ... Speaking of Europe, I was lucky enough to hear from Cara Williams. She is living in Mallorca, Spain, in a tiny village called Deia, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. Cara has a huge organic garden and grows enough to share with all her village neighbors. Surprisingly enough, she also has a baby donkey, three cats, a kitten, a sheepdog, roosters, hens, a peacock, and a hedgehog! She reports that she and her two daughters, Maximilla (11) and Emanuella (9), have learned to appreciate modern conveniences ... heat and water sometimes can’t be taken for granted in a mountain village! They have enjoyed and adapted to their new home and the trials and tribulations of Spanish life. Cara mentioned they do not have television in their lives, only books and a love of reading. ... It was so nice to hear from some new classmates this time around ... keep the information coming. We hope you are enjoying your summer! Gigi and Beth


sue Farinacci Grazia 440-256-0338 jsgrazia@adelphia.net


Gigi Togliatti-rice 419-529-5530 gigirice@neo.rr.com Beth (Bonanno) hausoul ehausoul@mac.com


diane (Nerem) Wendel 914-238-2227 DWendel@Optonline.net

Get out your calendars and start to plan now to attend our 25th Reunion next June! John Connolly, who left our class after sophomore year and later graduated from Boston College, lost his mother suddenly this past February. Please keep him and his family in Boston in your prayers. ... I am so excited to report that I have heard from some long-lost classmates! Dan skidmore wrote that he is well and living in Detroit, working for Universal Truckload Services as director of logistics. He is a proud father of three: sons Jordan (11) and Drew (5), who celebrated his birthday on St. Patrick’s Day; and daughter Taylor (10). Dan and his wife, Kari, 40
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I was able to meet up with Chris o’Brien Kramer, Paula Zerbi, Grace volpe, and Lisa Geraci ’85 for lunch in March. The girls are all doing well and it was great to spend time with them – more information will be provided in the next column. I heard from susan Menner, who found Paulette Duganier on Facebook. After Carroll, Paulette went to Wright State for an M.S. in counseling and then worked for Case Western Reserve doing psychological research/counseling. She married Mark, her high school sweetheart, in 1991 and currently lives in Houston with their three children, Joseph (15), Angela (13), and Anna (8). She asked about her suitemates – Mimi, Karen, and Denise. If anyone has information for Paulette, please let us know. ... We received an e-mail from Bob sferra. His 2½-year-old company, Bob Sferra Culinary Occasions, is doing well. He is catering events all over Cleveland and branching out a bit. In February, he was hired to cater a 50th birthday party in Evanston, IL. He said it was a great time but, unfortunately, he had no time to check in with any of the Chicago old-timers from Carroll. Bob asked if anyone knew if Peter Anthony ’88 was still in the Chicago area or if anyone knows where he can be found. Bob has also branched out to culinary travel. Last year he took a culinary journey to Umbria, Italy. The sojourn was 12 days of the beautiful country sides of Italy. His next trip is to

Hi, everyone. I want to first apologize for not having a column last edition. I had no new information to share and, before I knew it, the deadline for submission had passed. I was a little more proactive this time and sent a few e-mails to some of our long, lost alumni with the hopes of having some of them respond. To my pleasant surprise, I heard back from David Clifford. Dave is currently operating his own company, Advantegrity LLC, which is an executive search and management consulting firm in Cleveland, OH. I believe he has had this business for five years or more. Good for you, Dave. He also has two children: David (17) and Tracey (14). David is playing football at Holy Name High School. Tracey is a soccer player and also pitches for her fast-pitch softball team. Dave said both are looking at Carroll as a possibility for college. I’m sure Dave would love nothing more. Thanks for writing in, Dave. ... Dan o’Malley also updated me on two exciting events in his life. Dan was married last year to Annika, who is from Germany. He met her while on business there. They now live in Pittsburgh and have welcomed a little girl named Emma Grace. Great name, and congratulations! Dan and Annika are in the process of completing a nine-month rehab project on a 100-year-old home. They are planning on moving into the home in May. Dan is also working many hours as a managing director of Industrial Events Inc., an exhibit marketing company. They have offices in Pittsburgh, Frankfurt, and Shanghai. Thanks, Dan. ... I also heard from John rock and Lisa Moreschi ’88. They are currently living in Highland Heights, OH, with their three children: Michael (11), Jenna (9), and Catherine (7). He writes the girls are into soccer, softball, basketball, and dance while Michael is into skiing, golf, baseball, football, and basketball. John not only attends the events, but he coaches at least one team for each, which doesn’t leave much time for anything else. This is what John gets for treating each child fairly. John also wrote that he and Lisa hosted Mike humenik, rob eagleye, and John sullivan at their

home before one of Sully’s Cincinnati St. Xavier High School football games that was in town. John Sullivan is now the athletic director at St. Xavier. He also sees Joe norris and Dave nash a couple times a year when they attend a few Browns’ games together. I would love to hear from you guys, too. He also wrote that he saw Kerry and Dan shannon over Christmas. They are living in Pittsburgh where Dan is working for SherwinWilliams. Thanks, John and Lisa, for the update. ... Reminder, don’t forget about Reunion this year, June 19-21. Vegas Night is planned for Friday night and it should be a lot of fun. Hope to see you there, even if it isn’t our reunion year. ... God bless, Sue graduated cum laude from Carroll and received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve in 1992. In 2006 and 2007, Theresa was recognized as an Ohio Rising Star by Cincinnati magazine and serves on many associations. Her community involvement includes serving on the board of Dress for Success, which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and career development tools. Congrats on all your success, Theresa - tweinberg@weltman.com. ... That is all for this edition. Let’s all think warm weather and sunshine, and we hopefully can get together in June for a cold beer back on campus, David

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Jamie Jamison 330-702-1965 jjamison@zoominternet.net Kathy reali Matthews 440-871-7283 bk3matthews@yahoo.com


Melissa Wenzler 440-725-0753 WenzJCU90@aol.com

david Gassman 440-934-0366 dgassmktvp@aol.com

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Greetings, fellow Blue Streaks ... spring has sprung and the hard work for our 20th Class Reunion is in full swing. As most of you are aware, hopefully, Reunion Weekend is June 19-21 in lovely University Heights, and it’s not too late to register. Log on to www.jcu.edu for a complete list of scheduled events, including a Friday night reception and Vegas Night, a Saturday breakfast with the Jesuits, family fun lunch, State of the University Address followed by Mass, and cocktails and dinner. Sunday morning offers a Father’s Day brunch with live music entertainment by John deHaas ’87. Our Class Gift goal is $30,000 and as of March 24 we are at about $14,000. We are hoping to have at least 25% class participation attending reunion. Our class photo will be taken on Saturday, June 20, at 5:30. Again, we hope to see you all there. ... As for class news, I have a few things to report: amanda (Kiss) snowman writes from Allen, TX, and advises that she and husband John have opened the first Goddard School in North Texas. For those of you who don’t know, the Goddard School has been the #1 childcare franchise for nine years running, and Amanda and John are very excited about this facility and its clients, who range from infants to children 6 years old. tami (Mattern) laGattuta came down for the grand opening. Thanks for the news, Amanda, and good luck with the school. ... I was made aware that Brian rauch is Sargento Foods director of pricing and trade management and will manage the consumer products division trade budget. Before joining Sargento, Rich served as the director of trade marketing and customer service for American Dairy Brands in Kansas City, MO. Congrats, Rich! ... theresa Weinberg has been named partner-incharge of client relationship management for Weltman, Weinberg and Reis Co, L.P.A. Theresa has practiced in the area of consumer collection litigation for over 13 years and previously managed WWR’s legal action recovery department. Theresa

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are. ~Bertold Brecht. This quote could not be truer when remembering one of our class’ favorite stomping grounds – Café Rock. The north side of Cedar Center was recently razed to make way for a whole new development of new stores and shops. Gone is the physical structure of the plaza that housed one of our favorite watering holes, but our memories of that place will last a lifetime. ... While I do not have a lot of notes to share, what I do have is pretty awesome! I got some very exciting news from the alumni office about Bruce ianni! Bruce is the founder and CEO of Chemidex, located in Overland Park, KS. Chemidex’s vision is to transform the product formulation process for scientists within the global chemical industry. The company achieves this through state-of-the-art Internet, database, and search technologies. In January, Bruce was announced as the “Innovator of the Year for 2008” at KTEC Pipeline’s annual event. KTEC Pipeline is a statewide technology entrepreneur fellowship program. Congratulations, Bruce – a job well done! ... I re-connected with Chris Drajem via Facebook. Chris and his husband, Patrick, live in Seattle with their two children. Chris and Patrick were married in California in 2001. They adopted two children – daughter Isabella (5) and son Jordan (3). Chris is teaching 11th and 12th grade English in the Bellevue school district. He mentioned that Missy Vertes Butler ’91 popped in for a quick visit last summer. Thanks for the update, Draj! ... On a personal note, I graduated again from JCU ... this time with my master’s in nonprofit administration. So, if anyone within the Cleveland area nonprofit arena is looking for a fundraiser or grant writer, let me know! ... Here’s to a terrific summer, everyone! Let me know what you did over your summer vacation. Cheers, Melissa

Leslie Bross and Jeff Pawlowski (both ’91) were married at Saint Francis Chapel on Oct. 11, 2008. area, where they are raising their six kids; lisa (Constantini) Groewa and her two daughters from Sagamore Hills, OH; Mark Postak came up from Wadsworth, OH, where he is teaching; and Gregg eichenberg, who lives in Westlake, OH, showcased his karaoke talents at the rehearsal dinner. Jeff writes, “Celebrating our marriage where we met, and with our Carroll classmates, was truly unforgettable. Leslie and I will be living in Lyndhurst and look forward to many more memories.” ... Congratulations to J.B. schneider, who is a co-founder of a company called P’kolino (derived from an Italian word that means “little one”). Schneider and his partner were recently featured in Business Week. The company sells furniture for little ones; the style is hip and urban. The company is Florida based and recently created a low-priced line for Babies “R” Us. J.B. Schneider is the product development and marketing brain of the company while his partner handles the financial end. Good luck, J.B., we wish you the best! Check out the playful furniture at www.pkolino.com and you will be amazed. ... Congratulations to tim DeGeeter and his wife, Pam, on the first birthday of their son, Jack. They reside in Parma, OH. ... Happy 40th birthday to anyone turning the big 40 this year! Enjoy celebrating with family and friends as you begin another chapter of your lives. ... Try to make a stop on campus this summer, even if you are just passing through on a trip or short visit. ... Time sure goes quickly. My oldest son is off to high school next year. It seems like only yesterday that we were applying to high school and college. Savor the moments, count your blessings, and take time to simply enjoy the joys surrounding us each day. ... May God continue to bless our fellow alums. Molly


Molly Coughlin Fanta 440-716-1749 mfanta4714@wowway.com

leslie Bross and Jeff Pawlowski were married at Saint Francis Chapel on campus on October 11, 2008. They met on the first day of classes in 1987, and 21 years later had their wedding at Carroll. They were joined by Rob Taylor and wife Colette, who live in North Ridgeville; Dave somodi and wife Heather ’93, who drove up from the Columbus


Jim sislo 440-269-1245 James@Sislo.net

Hello, everybody: With all the bad news we have heard regarding the banking industry lately, I thought I’d share a positive story. First Federal of Lakewood has announced changes to its executive management team, which became effective Jan. 1, 2009. After achieving strong
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growth from its regional expansion and in its core markets in 2008, the 74-year-old financial institution has promoted tom Fraser to senior vice president of lending. “First Federal of Lakewood’s strong financial position has allowed us to expand our product offerings and geographic reach, particularly in the residential and commercial lending areas,” said Gary R. Fix, First Federal of Lakewood president, CEO, and managing officer. “This expansion has created employment opportunities within First Federal, and I am pleased that we had strong personnel on staff that could be promoted to senior management positions.” Fraser joined First Federal in 2007 with nearly 15 years of experience in financial services. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from John Carroll University. ... Ever wonder what that “crazy O’Maille boy” is doing? Well, I was happy to hear that Brian o’Maille and his wife just opened up “Cafénated,” a coffee shop in Historic Marietta, OH. As it turns out, Brian buys many of his products from Berardi’s in Cleveland – specifically, from fellow Carroll alumnus Brian Leneghan. Good luck on your new venture, Brian! ... Just a quick reminder that Reunion Weekend is June 19-21, 2009. Even though this isn’t our “official” reunion year, there hasn’t been a time that I’ve attended Reunion Weekend where I haven’t bumped into someone from our class. I hope to see you there! Jim alison Dillon Klika works in orthopaedic research at the Cleveland Clinic and is married to Kevin Klika ’92. They have a nine-year-old pug named Sting. Alison has some great “big hair” snapshots on her photo pages. ... liesl stalzer-Callahan received a master’s in education from Cleveland State in 2007 and is now employed at Ruffing Montessori. She is married to John Callahan ’93 and has a son. ... Brian Barrett has a really scary profile picture on his page. Fortunately, his wife is Jeanne romano; I’ll let you know what they are up to next time. ... adele Fini works for STERIS Corp. out of Mentor, OH, as a sales rep and has traveled to 122 cities in her lifetime. Incidentally, STERIS is the medical manufacturing company that actually makes the equipment seen on the show ER. Now some of the props from the show (which ended this spring) are moving on to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. ... Bill Morycz works for Lawson Software and lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Abigail, and two daughters. ... erin Guirlinger Gisel lives in Cleveland Heights and loves spending time with her family at the Botanical Gardens. Erin is the annual giving director at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights. ... Finally, Miles Dean recently returned from a trip to Mexico with his wife, Stacie. Miles owns AGA Gymnastics and Creative Learning Academy and has three children: Cameron, Karson, and Cooper. ... Cleveland’s Lola was the venue for a farewell dinner for Carole (Chandler) sullivan, who has moved to San Diego to join one of the San Diego Chargers coaches (husband Mike Sullivan). When I arrived, fifteen minutes late, Kathy apple Francis and nathalie lacouture were already sipping wine with Carole. After dinner, Nathalie said goodbye and Kathy, Carole, and I high-heeled it to the Cadillac Ranch where I came face to face with a mechanical bull. Fortunately for you and me, I kept it classy. We are not, after all, 21 anymore, and my name is not, well, you know who you are. Later, we were “approached” by a drunken star-struck fan. I say we, like it was me. I actually just laughed as Carole explained to her admirer that she is happily married and we are having a super private girly chat. It was a “Christmas Miracle” that he got the hint and walked away. ... See you at Reunion! Annie


Brian sparks 440-746-0309 bdsparks@meistermedia.com

A lot of us must have the winter blues, because the past couple of months have been very slow for receiving news. I did receive an update on Gregory halko, CPA CFE, who has joined the firm of Skoda Minotti as a senior manager in the accounting and auditing department. He previously worked at Ciuni & Panichi Inc., where he was a manager in accounting and auditing. He is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, as well as a board member for the Cuyahoga County Critical Incident Stress Management Team. ... In case you haven’t checked, the John Carroll University Class of 1997 group on Facebook has 66 members as I’m writing. Be sure to check it out, and sign up! ... I’d like to hear who has the most interesting job right now. If you think you have a job that’s gonna make everyone else say “Wow!” let me know, and I’ll include it in the next issue. Until then, take care! ... Brian

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Cherie skoczen 216-741-1823 cherieskoczen@ameritech.net

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Julie (roddy) reardon 440-877-0939 dereardon@roadrunner.com

Meg Galligan galliganm22@hotmail.com

Maureen “Moe” McGuinness moe@unt.edu

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Ten years since our graduation and our classmates have lots to report! Mike shields is currently practicing law for the Pittsburgh law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. His practice areas include corporate, real estate, and political law. Mike graduated from The Catholic University of America Law School in 2002. Following law school, Mike served as a legislative assistant for then-State Senator Allyson Schwartz and then joined the Rendell Administration at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Subsequently, he served as a judicial law clerk to a judge on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Mike’s looking forward to seeing his fellow classmates at Reunion this year. ... sarah (Matsik) Brenner is enjoying life in Seattle. Six and a half years ago, Sarah moved to Washington with fellow Carroll graduate Beth Petrus. Within a month of the cross-country move, Sarah met her husband, whom she married in August 2007. She is in graduate school for school counseling, doing her internship at a local middle school, and she graduates in June. ... Meg Wolchko and ryan Matthews announced their engagement earlier this year. The Blue Streak couple plans on getting married at Carroll in the summer of 2010. Meg lives in the Boston area and teaches sixth and eighth grades in Plymouth, MA. Ryan lives in Plymouth and is practicing law. ... andrea (Kifus) Bordonaro is currently in her 10th year of teaching

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Come one, come all to our 15th Reunion – can you believe it! We are planning a fun time and hope to see many of you this June 19-21 on campus. Come back and see the changes, catch up with classmates, and enjoy a relaxing fun-filled weekend at Carroll. Be sure to check out www.jcu.edu/jcuconnect for up-to-date information, a look-who’s-coming list, the schedule of events, and information on Camp Carroll for children ages 5-17. So join the Class of ’94 15-year Reunion to share memories and connect with classmates. Hope to see you there! Moe


amy spisich Kogovsek ASKamy@aol.com


annie (hummer) dePerro 330-966-8845 anniedeperro@sssnet.com

Reunion 2009 happens June 19-21 and ’94 is celebrating 15 years out. All alumni are invited to Vegas Night on Friday and the Sunday Father’s Day brunch. Next year will be “our year,” so here’s my pitch: Meet me in Cleveland for Reunion Weekend 2010! ... Facebook is the source of most of the class notes this time.

I hope this issue of John Carroll magazine finds you all healthy and well. I have some nuptial news for you all: Paul David Palumbo married Valerie Ann D’Eramo on October 11, 2008, at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church. Groomsmen included Christopher Migneault and alan Boose. The happy couple honeymooned in Italy. Paul is a director at Designing You Clinic in Boardman, OH. Congrats on your new beginning! ... We’d love to hear great news from more of our classmates, so if you have a minute or two, please send an e-mail and let us know what you’ve been up to. Remember, you can send pictures as well! Until then, the Lord bless you and keep you, Amy


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Lisa Foster 440-339-6572 lisafoster19@gmail.com Clare Taft claretaft@hotmail.com


Kristen (Muoio) Mcvean 585-259-3955 jcuclassof2002@gmail.com

Nada Montoni Ingram ’99 and her three girls, Alaina 5, Lidia 4, and Silvia 10 mos., celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

first grade at Edison Elementary School in the Willoughby-Eastlake (OH) City School District. She received her master’s in the art of teaching from Marygrove College in 2003. On July 19, 2008, Andrea married Thomas Bordonaro of Chesterland, OH. The couple currently lives in Willoughby. The wedding party included bridesmaid Michele shipley and groomsman, Ryan Kifus ’03, and Maura evans, another one of our classmates, was in attendance. ... erin Collins-stoddard passed on the great news that Julie Worthington married Larry Muennich in Sonoma, CA, on March 13, 2009. Several of our JCU classmates were in attendance for the lovely event. The couple now lives in Louisville, KY. ... Brandy M. Mlechick and seth C. staffen were married Sept. 13, 2008, at Duquesne University Chapel in Pittsburgh. Seth holds a master’s degree from Duquesne University. He is employed as a chemical specialist for VWR International. The couple currently resides in Hopewell Township, PA. After leaving the hallowed halls of John Carroll, nada Montoni ingram married her husband, Bret, originally from Southampton, NY, in 2001. Nada worked in the healthcare field in assisted living/retirement communities before having her three girls: Alaina (5), Lidia (4), and Silvia (10 mos.). The couple lives in the Cleveland area where Bret works for FirstEnergy. ... Jennifer French now resides in the Lakeview area in Chicago. She worked for a law firm in downtown Cleveland immediately following our graduation but shortly decided to relocate to Chicago. After working in advertising, Jennifer found her niche in retail sales and management. Since working at Ralph Lauren and Jake, she is now the general manager of the retail store Handle With Care located in the Old Town area of Chicago. Jennifer can be reached at 312-751-2929. She is looking forward to returning to Cleveland for her 10th Reunion in June. Speaking of Reunion – remember, it’s June 19-21! Cleveland-area alumni are invited to attend Vegas Night on Friday and also the Sunday Father’s Day brunch. You can contact Carla Gall ’05 for further information - cgall@jcu.edu – 216-397-1592. Meg

Sadly, we begin our column with news of the passing of one of our classmates. victor nolan passed away on March 13 after battling lymphoma and leukemia. Victor graduated from ClevelandMarshall College of Law and was a patent attorney practicing with Fay Sharpe LLP in Cleveland. Victor’s parents request that donations in his memory be made to a memorial scholarship fund at Carroll. Our sincere condolences go out to Victor’s family and friends and our thoughts and prayers are with them. ... Megan (schmidt) Pasquini welcomed her son, Decklan Russell, on Jan. 6, 7 lbs. 3 oz. He joins sister Ava Lily (4). ... scott and taryn (leas) Chmielowicz welcomed their second son, Grady Paul, on Feb. 3, 8 lbs. 3 oz. and 19.5 inches. Grady’s big brother, Brandon, turned 2 on May 10. ... Michael ’01 and Laura ’02 (Andrasak) Murphey welcomed their first child, Sean Ryan, on Dec. 20, 2008. Mike is completing his master’s degree at Carroll and is a guidance counselor and assistant football coach at Kenston High School. ... Katie (Farrell) and Brian Zielaskiewicz celebrated St. Patrick’s Day this year welcoming their son, Noah Joseph, into the world. Noah arrived the evening of March 17 at 6 lbs. 2 oz. and 19 inches. ... Michael and liz (Donnelly) Burke were married July 2008 in Chicago. Bridget (houlihan) Kennedy, Brian ’01 and Catherine ’01 (Cummings) Barton, Kelly Cummings ’01, and henry lee celebrated with Liz and Michael. ... Our 10-year Reunion will be here next summer, so start looking and planning ahead for a great weekend on campus. For the time being, Cleveland area alumni are invited to attend Vegas Night on Friday, June 19, during this year’s Reunion. Contact Carla Gall ’05 for more information - cgall@jcu.edu or 216.397.1592. ... Have fun and keep us informed, Clare and Lisa

“Summertime and the livin’s easy!” It’s a fabulous time of year, isn’t it? Lots of wedding news to share this time around, and other good news, too! Michael ’01 and laura (andrasak) Murphey welcomed their first baby, Sean Ryan, on Dec. 20, 2008. ... Jason and Charlene (sten) seibert were united in marriage on Oct. 11, 2008, at Immaculate Conception Church, Washington, DC. Charlene is a 2006 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is now an attorney in Pittsburgh. ... ryan scott is getting married to Melissa Hopper on June 27 in Huntsville, AL. ... Dan Guzzo was married May 16 at St. Christopher’s Church in Rocky River, OH, to Abbie Gnandt, who is an Ohio University grad. Dan has owned his home in the Cleveland area for nearly five years. He works as an acute care medical sales rep for The Encompass Group. ... Jeff Carlson and laura ley Carlson welcomed their first baby, Ethan Edward, in December 2008. ... nick Mehall and his wife, Kristen, are Ethan’s godparents. ... Kristy neelon is getting married in Cleveland in July to Michael Morelli. Jess (Frisina) schneider will be one of the bridesmaids in the wedding. Kristy is an intervention specialist in the South Euclid-Lyndhurst City School District. theresa litz was scheduled to be married to Jonathan Somich on June 13 in Cleveland. Laura Carlson and Joelle (lindner) Byers were bridesmaids. lauren Gambatese and I did readings at the ceremony. Kevin and alana Fleming Dunn were married in September 2007. They are now awaiting the arrival of their first baby, due in August. ... Thanks to all of you who have provided updates! If we haven’t heard from you lately, drop me a line! It’s been (gulp) seven years since graduation, so I know there is a lot of news to share! Kristen



Theresa (Jurak) Polachek jcu2003@hotmail.com

Maureen deMers Fariello jcualumni2001@yahoo.com

Hello, I hope everyone is having a great summer! Here’s the news for the Class of 2003. Jacqui

At Ethan Carlson’s baptism, standing from left are Jeff and Laura (Ley) Carlson (holding Ethan), and godparents Kristen and Nick Mehall (all ’02, except Kristen).
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heard in decades. “Jumpin’” Joe Madigan’s show, Retro Radio, comes to you over John Carroll’s radio station, WJCU-FM 88.7, which you can also listen to online, at www.wjcu.org. Retro Radio airs on Saturdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mr. Madigan, who graduated from John Carroll in 2007, has been hosting this show since January 2004. Every week, he features a countdown of songs from that same week in a chosen year from the ’60s. He draws from surveys of Cleveland’s AM rock radio stations of that era, including WIXY, KYW, and WHK. His show harkens back to the earliest days of WJCU, which went on the air for the first time 40 years ago, as WUJC, in 1969. The young alumnus, who says he’s always liked oldies music, listened to some online air checks from a ’60s DJ one day and said, “Wow! I’ve never heard this style before. This is really interesting! I wonder what Cleveland radio sounded like at that time.” He found old WIXY surveys online and then he discovered air checks from a WIXY and WKYC DJ, Jack Armstrong. “I loved the way he presented music on the radio,” Mr. Madigan says. “He talked 10,000 miles an hour. He had all this energy; he was so excited about the music. And when I hear a song that’s fantastic, I’m jumping up and down and yelling. You have to be excited about the music if you want the listeners to get excited about the music.” His listeners do get excited. They call in every week from around the country to make requests. And they donate money during WJCU’s annual fundraising radio-thon. Jumpin’ Joe’s show raises about 10 times more than any of the station’s other shows. Mark Krieger, WJCU general manager and adjunct assistant professor in communications, taught Mr. Madigan in three classes. “Even when he was doing this as a student,” says Mr. Krieger, “he really had a passion for it. He got mentally connected with that period in Cleveland and started finding the people who were part of it and are still around, and started making connections with them. A lot of doors opened up for him – people with reels of old radio station jingles and air checks. It’s a lot of hard work and a lot of hours he devoted to it. He’s built a faithful audience doing that.” Besides doing this show and working a couple of part-time jobs, Mr. Madigan also works as a studio engineer for the Cleveland Cavaliers radio network. He would like to start an online radio station. Jumpin’ Joe remembers listening to the radio one day when he was a kid. “It was a nice day and the guy on the radio said, ‘It’s a great day outside. I wish I could be out there, but I’m stuck in the studio.’ And I thought to myself: Wait a second – you’ve got the best job in the world; you’re on the radio and you get to play records. I want to do that!” David Budin

at the controls: Jumpin’ Joe Madigan ‘07 brings back the ’60s with his popular WJCu program Retro Radio.

What’s going on here? Outside your window, it’s 2009, but inside your radio, it’s 1966. A young DJ is loudly and happily extolling a song from this week’s listener survey – a Beatles tune – with rapid-fire delivery enhanced by a ton of echo. Then there’s the old WIXY-1260 jingle, followed by more cheerful chatter and a record you haven’t

Photograph by Jonathan Tramontana ‘07

Gianna Caprice Bona, daughter of Carmen and Jennifer (Farzetta) (both ’03).

lingler sent me an e-mail with several updates: She and Brieana rowles published their first article while working together for the Discovery and Wellness Center for Children, a nonprofit pediatric research group at University Hospitals Case Medical Center that specializes in psychiatry. The article, “A Pilot Pharmacotherapy Trial for Depressed Youths at High Genetic Risk for Bipolarity” can be found in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. Congratulations! Jacqui also wrote that Jenny Basa and Jay Nemec ’01 are engaged, and Kellie Caimi joined the 2009 Polar Bear Club in Chicago! ... tom ianni and his wife, Lisa, welcomed their first child, Matthew Thomas, into the world on Oct. 3, 2008. Tom is a store manager for Walgreens and currently taking classes toward his MBA. Congratulations, Tom and Lisa! ... Jen Gardner is starting a new job as an associate

attorney at Jester Gibson & Moore in downtown Denver. ... Carmen and Jennifer (Farzetta) Bona welcomed their first child, Gianna Caprice, on Nov. 17, 2008 ... As for me, I made it through my first year as a mom as my daughter turned one in April! Take care, Theresa


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sure to check it out and share some of your memories before we all get together. If you haven’t already registered, hurry up so you don’t miss out on all the good times! We have a lot of updates this issue, so here we go: J.P. Krainz and Katie McPhie were married on July 26, 2008. In great JCU fashion there were plenty of Carroll grads in the wedding: Colleen McPhie ’06 (maid of honor), Sarah (McGuire) McKay ’05, Megan (Harrington) Eadeh ’05, and Matt Warner. ... Deana Calcagni became engaged to Stephen Davis on New Year’s Eve and is planning the wedding for April 2011. ... Kevin ’03 and Meg (sweeny) harrison were married on July 19, 2008, in Cincinnati. Meg, who is teaching fifth and sixth grade at Urban Community School in Cleveland, sent a great picture of a lot of Carroll grads having a great time at the wedding. ... Dana Delsignore and John Garber are to be married May 30, 2009, in Saint Francis Chapel with a reception in The Dolan Science Center. Dana completed the accelerated nursing program at Cleveland State and received a bachelor’s in nursing. She is a pediatric registered nurse at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. John is a social studies teacher and soccer coach with Twinsburg City Schools. ... thomas Kerr is engaged to Diana Strauchon and plans to be married in July. Thomas also received a

John Carroll classmates celebrate at the wedding of Meg (Sweeny) Harrison ’04 and Kevin Harrison ’03. Front row, from left: Mimi Harrison ’06, the groom and bride, Kristin (Beardsley) Glisson ’04, Allison (Bower) Quaresma ’04, Kerry (Obyc) Smith ’04, and Erin (Gregory) Eiser ’04. Back row, from left: Bryan Fialkowski ’01, Maureen (Bachtel) Soeder ’02, Mike Mystic ’02, Nick Soeder ’02, Brendan Ward ’02, Jeff Lerner ’03, and Veronica Delorenzo ’02. Also at the wedding but not pictured were Martha Buckley ’04 and Julie (Kiser) Lerner ’05. variety of people in her community. She also gives back by remaining active with the YMCA’s Big Brother Big Sister program. ... Brendan Conway joined the law firm of Cavitch, Familo, Durkin & Frutkin in Cleveland. Brendan graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law earning a juris doctor. In law school, Brendan worked for the IRS and KeyBanc Capital Markets. Prior to law school he was an operations supervisor for MCR, Inc. Brendan’s walls are full of diplomas and certificates as he received a BSBA degree in accountancy from Carroll, is a Certified Public Accountant, and is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs. ... And finally, come late summer/early fall a few of our classmates will experience parenthood for the first time. In August, Paul ’03 and Katie Murphy as well as audra van Winkle and husband Brian are expecting their first baby. And a couple of months later, in October, Kristen (hudach) lydecker and her husband will become new parents as well. ... William Charles, son of Bill and theresa (Dwyer) Boston celebrated his first birthday in May. ... Until next time, Clapp the highlights of her trip was when she went to Morocco and visited Casablanca and Marrakesh. After returning to the States, she taught sixth grade at Our Lady of Perpetual Help school in Rocky Mount, NC. But her travels aren’t over yet – in the fall, she’ll attend City University of London’s Cultural Policy and Management program. ... I’ve also heard through the grapevine that elise Deramo married Adam Stredney on Sept. 20 of last year. Elise works as an expo coordinator in Chicago, and her husband is an assistant manager with Enterprise Rent-a-Car. These two burned their fair share of jet fuel, too – they honeymooned in Greece and Paris. ... Now that I’m good and jealous of all of your travels, what are the rest of you up to? P.S. – Don’t forget, even though it’s not our turn for a reunion YET, all JCU grads are invited to come to Reunion Weekend’s Vegas Night on Friday, June 19, and to the Sunday Father’s Day brunch. Hope to see some of you there! Jennifer

Bill and Theresa (Dwyer) ’04 Boston celebrated William Charles’ first birthday in May. Boler MBA in ’06 and recently passed the CPA exam. He works for KPMG in NYC, where the couple lives. ... elizabeth sessions and Evan Langfeldt were married Nov. 15. They enjoyed a trip to Placencia, Belize, and now live in Charlotte, VT. ... Jessie Kron recently moved to Buffalo, NY, and is a staffing manager for Accountemps. ... abby Fernandez graduated from ClevelandMarshall College of Law last May, passed the bar exam in July, and is practicing in Canton. ... Kathy henkels is at Ohio State earning her master’s in social work. ... Katie Crowther joined the WTVO (Rockford, IL) news team as an anchor in January 2008. Katie earned her master’s from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Before WTVO, Katie had interned at TV stations in Chicago; Cleveland; Detroit; Washington, DC; New York City; and Dublin, Ireland. She loves covering something different everyday, and getting to know a wide


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Thanks to all for sharing your news this time around – Catherine (ramella) Myers married P.J. Myers on July 6, 2007. JCU grads in their wedding party included: Shannon McConville ’04, Lauren (Myers) DeFazio ’02, Mike Myers ’00, Tom Arth ’03, and Peter Koch. The couple lives in Bay Village, OH. ... History major Cheryl Kelley shared her extensive travels with us – since graduation she’s gone from Cleveland to Cairo, to North Carolina, and will soon be on her way to London. After a year of service working in inner city Cleveland schools as part of the AmeriCorps program, Cheryl decided to jet off to Egypt to teach English and learn about the culture. One of

ashley Fink and Kenneth Henry Jr. were married Sept. 20, 2008. Ashley is working at Reimer, Lorber and Arnovitz Co. LPA in Twinsburg, OH. ... andrew Kollman and Amanda Brooke-Lynn Williams will be married June 20, 2009. Andrew received a Master in Business Administration from John Carroll in ’08 and is a consultant for the Kollman Clinic in Dover, OH. ... Jake Beiting has received a master’s in exercise physiology from the University of South Florida. He is now working at the Cleveland Indians’ new spring-training site in Goodyear, AZ, as the minor-league strength-andconditioning coordinator. ... shea Keats recently
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moved to Los Angeles and is working in advertising. ... annamae heiman and nick Kacsandi are engaged. Nick proposed at the Walt Disney World Resort, where Annamae is a cast member. The wedding is planned for July 10, 2010. After graduation, Annamae received a full graduate assistantship in history at Kent State University and graduated last May with an M.A. in history with a concentration in public history. ... Craig Cohen is engaged to Kimberly Gafric and they are planning to marry Memorial Day weekend. After receiving his MBA, Craig now works for KeyBank in corporate investigations. ... Kevin Johnstone can be seen at www.ireport. com/docs/DOC-207219, a CNN news clip reporting about the journey Americans and Mongolians took to watch the first live broadcast of this year’s Super Bowl in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Kevin can be seen at the 1:02 mark. It took him almost seven hours in two cars and a bus to get to the pub showing the game. Kevin is currently living in Selenge as a Peace Corps volunteer. ... renita simons won the Bronze Award for sales in 2008. ... Mike santangelo graduated from Hofstra University School of Law in May and will be sitting for the New York State bar exam in July. ... On April 20, Chris Zerucha finished his internship at St. Mary in Mentor for seminary formation. ... In January, lindsay sykes and Joseph Haller were engaged. They are planning a May 2010 wedding. Lindsay is in her second year working as an account executive at Stand Advertising LLC in Amherst, NY. ... skip Kawalek is serving in the U.S. Army. In November 2008, he returned from Kuwait and heads to Egypt in March for his next duty assignment. Roberta and Christine include Patrick Keller, Jeremy Kemp, Kevin elliott, John “Rudy” Rudell ’08, Mariana Samanez ’06, Derek norris, and Chris Wasik. You can check out the website they developed at www. mustachepgh.com. Great job, everyone! ... Jennifer scott will be entering her third year with AmeriCorps VISTA with Ohio Campus Compact, and she has been promoted to VISTA Leader for her third term. Her first year was at Mount Union and her second (and third) at Notre Dame College. ... We also have plenty of exciting engagement news! Christa arkebauer was recently engaged to Aaron Pumerantz, and they are planning a December 2010 wedding. Christa will graduate from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with a master’s in biomedical sciences, and Aaron will graduate from PCOM with his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, both in 2009. They plan to move to Washington, DC, after graduation. ... Brianna McKeown and Cole Clougherty were engaged in early November 2008 and will be married this July. More details to come after the wedding. ... Bob Blazunas ’92 let us know that his son Frank Blazunas became engaged to Nao Tsuzuki, Christmas 2007, and they are planning a wedding for the latter part of 2009. Frank spent his junior year studying in Japan at one of JCU’s sister universities, and this is where Nao and he met. Frank is working for Bank of America. Nao works as a childcare specialist in Japan, and they plan to reside in Northeast Ohio after the wedding. ... Krystina McGiffin was recently engaged to Christopher Thomas. The bride and groom plan to be married on July 11 at Holy Family Church. Krystina is the communications coordinator for Nationwide Better Health in Solon. Mr. Thomas is a social studies teacher and swim coach at Normandy High School of Parma City Schools. ... rhiannon lathy and alex Decker were engaged in May 2008 and will be getting married Aug. 8, 2009, in Traverse City, MI. Rhiannon will be graduating with an M.A. in English from JCU in August, and Alex is getting his master’s in education from Ursuline this May. ... Congratulations to everyone and best of luck! Don’t forget: Our class has been invited to the first-ever 2-year Reunion at Carroll from June 19-21, 2009! Not too late to attend – please contact Carla Gall ’05, reunion coordinator, at cgall@jcu.edu or 216-397-1592, to register. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there! Lisa and Brittany while Niki received hers in biology. Good luck, guys! ... Todd and tonya (James) Kline were united in marriage on June 21, 2008, at Stan Hywet Hall in Akron. The couple honeymooned in Antigua and resides in Green. Tonya earned a bachelor’s of business administration in accounting from Kent State University and a master’s degree in business administration from John Carroll. ... Master’s recipient helen M. Dumski was named program director for the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland (DAGC). Previous to this role, Helen held the titles of VP and COO. Ms. Dumski is a registered licensed dietitian and has been intricately involved with the diabetes community in Northeast Ohio for more than 25 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in medical dietetics from The Ohio State University and her master’s in non-profit administration from Carroll. ... As always, please submit any and all news to my contact info. Take care, MJ


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We have lots of exciting news this issue! It was great to hear from everyone ... keep the information coming. Jessica lubrano is working for a company in Westlake, OH, called Wellington Technologies, Inc. She is now the executive assistant to the president/CEO of the company and loves it! ... Jenny Dambrosio will be finishing her master’s in business with a concentration in marketing from Cleveland State this August, and she’ll walk in December. She is currently working with Michelle anderson and Kristin Barclay ’03 at American Greetings on the Walmart Merchant Card Team. They also sit together, which they think is fun! ... Dan Pollick will be moving to Baltimore to take a McCormick in-house position as an account executive for his company MatchPoint Marketing. Also, Dan and some of our fellow graduates just finished a month-long fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They raised over $3,500 for the foundation (enough to grant a wish) through local volunteer events in Pittsburgh. Those who helped raise the money

When we first walked onto campus four years ago for orientation, we were handed a highlighter and told to sign the T-shirts of people we were not familiar with. Now that the time has come to move on, we have been handed a diploma and asked to put our education to good use in a world we may not be fully familiar with. Clearly, our lives have developed into something much more complicated than a graffiti party. I think I speak for most of you when I say that it is hard to believe time has flown by so quickly. During my time at Carroll, the people I met and befriended were what made my four years so wonderful. That is why I am happy to have the opportunity to write this column. It allows me to stay in touch with all of you and share the triumphs of your lives with the rest of our class. I encourage you to please contact me with information about what you are doing with grad school, work, service, or travel. It would also be great if you could contribute news regarding engagements, weddings, and, maybe someday, children. Even if we personally never got the chance to know one another, I hope that you will not shy away from contributing to the efforts of this column. After all, you just can’t rely on your Facebook news feed to tell you everything... Lisa


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As the first year since our graduation comes to a close, a lot has happened in the world. A historic election and an unprecedented economic climate have been the news for the first part of the year in our country while our classmates continue to experience it. ... niki Foos and steve Gittinger are now engaged to be married and have set the date for July 3, 2010. The couple, who were high school sweethearts, made it official on Dec. 17. Steve received his bachelor’s in mathematics


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Joseph W. Kolp ’44
Joseph W. Kolp, M.D., ’44 died in Canton, Ohio, on Jan. 19, 2009, at the age of 86. Dr. Kolp was born in North Canton and he remained in that area his entire life. He graduated from John Carroll University and St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Kolp served as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Force. He operated a private medical practice in Canton for 40 years. In addition, he served as the president and chief of staff at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. After retirement, Dr. Kolp volunteered at the Canton Community Clinic. He was active at St. Michael’s Church and the Stark County Medical Society, among other involvements. He served on many boards, including Loyola of the Lakes Retreat Center and the John Carroll University Alumni Association. Among the many honors he received was the Knight of St. Gregory Award. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Catherine (Buckon); children Patricia and Peter; seven grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; and a brother. Dr. Kolp was preceded in death by sons Joseph and David, daughter Mary Jane, and a sister, Sr. Kathleen.

Anne Bernet O’Donnell ’73G
Anne Bernet O’Donnell ’73G, an esteemed educational and community leader in Greater Cleveland, died on March 9, 2009, at the age of 71. Born in Shaker Heights, she graduated from Manhattanville College, in New York, and John Carroll, where she earned an M.A. in educational administration. “Miss O’D,” as people knew her, worked at Saint Clare Catholic School, Saint Ignatius High School, University School, and Gilmour Academy teaching history, math, and English. She also held many administrative positions. She was the first female chairwoman of the Walsh Jesuit High School board and a founding trustee of Saint Martin de Porres High. Six years ago, she left the board of the Garfield Heights branch of Boys Hope Girls Hope to become executive director, a position she held until her death. During her tenure, she significantly grew the program, which aids promising teens from difficult backgrounds. She also started Hope Prep, which helps disadvantaged middle schoolers prepare for college. Ms. O’Donnell was the granddaughter of John J. Bernet, the Carroll benefactor for whom the University’s first residence hall was named. She is survived by several cousins.

Murlan (Jerry) Murphy Sr.
Murlan (Jerry) Murphy Sr. died in Cleveland on April 18, 2009, at the age of 90. As president and chairman of the family company that made Murphy Oil Soap, he elevated the vegetable-oil product from a locally sold brand to a national one. The soap had been developed in Cleveland by his grandfather Jeremiah in 1905. Born in Cleveland Heights, Mr. Murphy graduated from Saint Ignatius High School and what is now Case Western Reserve University. He and his wife, Margaret, were generous donors to many institutions, including Saint Ignatius and John Carroll, where a floor in the Dolan Science Center is dedicated in their honor. In recognition of their generosity to Catholic programs, Mr. and Mrs. Murphy were named Founders of the Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus in 2007. Mr. Murphy assisted the Jesuit mission internationally in East Africa, India, and Nepal. Three of his children run the Murphy family companies: JTM Products, which produces industrial soaps, and ChemMasters, which makes concrete curing compounds. Mr. Murphy was married to his wife for more than 60 years, and he is survived by her; their children, Murlan Jr., Raymond, Paul, Rita Murphy Carfagna, and Brian; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
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Many Interests, Many Paths
“How are you coping in this bad economy?” This is not a surprising question for any of us to be called upon to answer. But I have been fielding it for almost a year now in my role as director of the career center at John Carroll. “It must be really bad,” everyone says, as they wait for my “woe is us” response. But the response they receive is quite different. We have experienced a great year in employer attention to our students and alumni, having more appointments for on-campus interviews than students interested in interviewing. These are international, national, regional, and local employers with internships and full-time opportunities. We also have not seen a slowdown in job opportunities posted through Career Connection, our online system. That system is available to all Carroll students and alumni in search of parttime, summer, internship, and full-time entry-level as well as experienced positions. We still had more than 100 employers at our annual career fair, too. Employers continue to tell us how much they value our students. John Carroll has always been a qualityover-quantity school for their recruiting needs, and that serves our students well in any economy. While I can certainly attest to the effects of the economy on the workforce, when you work with students having diverse interests in their future career paths, the impact is not as great as it would be on a campus with a more single-minded focus. In addition to the premium education our students are gaining in the classroom, many of them are taking advantage of the Career Education courses the career center offers. These credit-bearing courses are designed to meet students at every step in their career development – such as exploring a choice in major and career, developing the skills necessary to secure an internship and other ways to try out a career path, and preparing Hilary Flanagan is the director of John Carroll’s Center for Career Services. If you have a postgraduation success story to share, call career services at 216-397-4237. for the successful transition to life after John Carroll. Students can also work with our office to receive academic credit for the internships they secure. Of course, students can always come in to work with the career center staff individually. Either way, they will receive guidance for a comprehensive approach to the questions integral to career development and tied to the mission of our institution: Who am I? What am I good at? Where is that needed in the world? How do I get there? The Class of 2007 First Destination Survey shows that 98 percent of the class work in full-time careers, 29 percent are in full-time graduate programs, 63 percent are employed full time, and 6 percent fulfilled a year of service. While the majority of our graduates remain in Ohio, we have alumni across the country, as well as overseas. By the time this is published, the Class of 2008 First Destination Survey information will be available. Access it on the career center’s website, www. jcu.edu/careercenter. Follow the Success Stories tab. Alumni, three months or 30 years out of Carroll, can take advantage of continuing their relationship with the career center. Whether they are in a careertransitioning role or wanting to help current students and other alumni by serving as a Carroll Contact (networking contacts to share experiences), the career center is happy to hear from them. We have such a supportive alumni community at John Carroll, another thing that really makes our University stand out. Access to career services for alumni is not something that every university offers, and we are proud to extend that to our graduates. Hilary Flanagan

Employers continue to tell us how much they value our students. John Carroll has always been a quality-overquantity school for their recruiting needs, and that serves our students well in any economy.


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All the Ways that God Would Lead Us
Pastor-in-Residence Valentino (Val) Lassiter brings a different viewpoint to campus. And yet, not so different. The Protestant teacher, minister, author, and lecturer puts it simply: “We celebrate the same God, have the same concerns, and experience the same joys and struggles in life.” The Rev. Dr. Lassiter, who recently celebrated his 30th anniversary as minister of the Eastview United Church of Christ in Shaker Heights, has been a member of the religious studies faculty at John Carroll since 1989. In 2002, he was appointed the University’s first pastor-in-residence. A leading scholar of African American religious traditions, he teaches several courses centering on the African American church, theology, ethics, and sacred music. In addition, he teaches a course on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., who was also the subject of his 2001 book, Martin Luther King in the African American Preaching Tradition (Pilgrim Press, Cleveland). His mission at John Carroll, he says, is to “assist people to be more tolerant of one another and appreciative of other faith communities. I hope to instill the importance of unity and understanding and the great rewards that come from that. And we’re beginning to see that happen. The ecumenical movement is strengthening on campus and elsewhere.” He sees a growth in a “nondenominational spirit” and “students coming together” through several campus activities, such as the John Carroll Gospel Choir and the student-led Praise and Worship services, which supplement the traditional Catholic liturgies. This year, the Rev. Dr. Lassiter developed a pilot program for Campus Ministry consisting of a series of five ecumenical church services at Saint Francis Chapel. John Scarano, director of Campus Ministry, says, “Val’s presence here not only allows us to reach out to the non-Catholic Christians, but as a faculty member, he influences the wider University. And he really understands the Jesuit tradition. He has a wonderful way of weaving our mission into his work.” Beyond teaching, the professor’s role as pastor-inresidence involves speaking at churches and organizations throughout the community, providing spiritual support to the University’s Protestant community, and organizing a series of lectures revolving around African American religion. “Our lectures entice local leaders and ministers, as well as minorities, to visit John Carroll,” he says. The University’s pastor-in-residence most enjoys interacting with students and faculty. It is evident he cares about his students. He is clearly committed to sharing his passion about his subject matter. During a recent class on African American sacred music, he spontaneously delivered, from memory, a verse from the spiritual “We Will Understand It Better By and By,” written by Charles Tindley in 1905: Trials dark on ev’ry hand And we cannot understand All the ways that God would lead us To that blessed promised land. But he guides us with His eye. And we’ll follow till we die For we’ll understand it better by and by. Better understanding – that’s exactly what Val Lassiter hopes to achieve at John Carroll as its pastor-in-residence. Through his work as an educator, scholar, and preacher, he strives to instill deeper insights in the Carroll community and greater appreciation of one another. Susan Curphey

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The Dance Ensemble, a Carroll student group, performs after the opening ceremonies of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of John Carroll University on April 25. In its third year of participation in the 18-hour fundraiser, Carroll, led by students, drew 856 participants and raised $63,069.89.

Photograph by John H. Reid III.

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