John Carroll University Magazine Spring 2011 | Internship | Public Relations

special 125th anniversary section

Vol. 15, Issue 1 • sPRING 2011

The genesis of JCU
A retrospective of the University’s namesake and the settling in the Heights

Accomplished alums The benefits of debate
Archbishop John Carroll,
the first Roman Catholic bishop in the U.S.

A greener campus

Blue Streaks in Ireland
The football team will kick off its 2012 season by traveling to Dublin to compete in the Global Ireland Football Tournament, which will showcase talent from U.S. Catholic universities, colleges, and high schools during a weekend that will feature the U.S. Naval Academy vs. the University of Notre Dame Sept. 1. John Carroll will play St. Norbert College (De Pere, Wis.) Aug. 31. Players’ families, as well as alumni and their families, will have the opportunity to travel with the team and attend the Notre Dame game. More information is available at

Vol. 15, Issue 1

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

John Carroll University President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J. Vice President for university Advancement Doreen Knapp Riley Assistant Vice President of Integrated Marketing and Communications John A. Carfagno university editor/Director of Publications John Walsh Alumni Journal and Campus Photography Coordinator Cheri Slattery editorial intern Tim Ertle Magazine Advisory Board Jeanne Colleran ’76 Sherri Crahen Kimyette Finley ’95 Jack Hearns ’61, ’64G Theresa Spada ’04 John Marcus ’72 (ex officio) Paul V. Murphy Thomas Schubeck, S.J. Barbara Schubert ’62, ’67G, ’80G Karen Schuele Brian Williams

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what’s inside ...
Special 125th anniversary section (the first of four)

3 4 24 26 27 29 47 48 President’s message Around the quad Enrollment quarterly Carroll people Alum news Alumni journal In memoriam My turn

14 Paving the way
Archbishop John Carroll, the first bishop in the U.S., blends Catholicism with American culture.

16 How it began
The transition from St. Ignatius College to John Carroll University

Design: Villa Beach Communications Printing: Lane Press Contributors: John Bruening ’86, Ron Rajecki, Susan Curphey, Christopher Siders ’99 Photography: Robert Wetzler, Mark Beane, Roger Mastroianni, Megan Cox, Crystal Martin, FJ Gaylor Photography The magazine’s mission is to provide an engaging and accurate reflection of the University and its extended community for alumni and other members of the John Carroll community.


Accomplished alums
No matter what careers Carroll grads choose, their liberal arts education is a solid foundation for success. Brian Sinchak ’01, ’03G in education, Renita Griskel ’90 in media, Molly Lynch ’01 (pictured) in communications, Ernie Petti ’97 in entertainment, and Jessica (Fonow) Dawso ’04 in nonprofit are five examples.

Head for the hills Dylan Mulick’s ’04 career in Hollywood traces back to English classes at Carroll. Eyeing the east Alex Millar ’10 blazes a trail for students to live and study in Japan. Some things never change Mary Jo (Casserly) Hogan’s ’76 commitment to service remains steadfast, even after 30 years of military service. Making a case A group in St. Louis is pushing for the beatification and canonization of Fr. John Hardon, S.J., ’36, who passed away in 2000. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter

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Making a point
Carroll debaters introduce the power of persuasion to local high schools.

A greener campus
The University improves and expands its sustainability efforts.
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celebrating who we are


’m excited John Carroll University’s 125th anniversary is finally here. For some time now, we’ve been planning a series of anniversary events and activities for this year. Seeing the 125th anniversary banners installed throughout campus and the first events become reality has been personally rewarding. We kicked off our 125th year with Ignatian Heritage Week (Jan. 30 - Feb. 5) to reflect on our Jesuit mission and the great history of our institution. Bishop George Murry, S.J., a Jesuit historian from Youngstown, Ohio, addressed the campus about our institution’s namesake, Archbishop John Carroll. During a fascinating period in early American history, Archbishop Carroll founded Georgetown University. His leadership helped build the foundation for not only Jesuit Catholic institutions like ours, but American higher education in general. (Turn to page 14 to read an excerpt from Bishop Murry’s speech.) There is much more to come in 2011. Visit the 125th anniversary website ( for details about upcoming events throughout the year. Please save the date and plan to attend our combined Commencement & Reunion Weekend May 20 - 22, as well as our black-tie, student scholarship fundraising benefit at the InterContinental hotel in downtown Cleveland on Dec. 2. I look forward to seeing you at

these and our other celebratory events. Reflecting on who we are this eventful year, we remember a Carroll education provides students with the knowledge and skills that transcend any job or career. Our graduates can think on their feet and be creative, innovative, and ethical leaders in the workplace and their communities, which is especially relevant and meaningful in today’s economic context. The profiles that start on page six show how a few of our younger alumni credit their Carroll education on their respective paths of success. During the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting with alumni throughout the country in New York, Los Angeles, Florida, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. I’m always curious to hear what a John Carroll education means to them and the various ways they remain engaged in the Carroll community. I especially enjoy hearing how alumni help recruit, mentor, or hire our students. If you know someone who is interested in attending the University, you can direct them to visit two valuable web resources, and, and encourage them to visit campus in person. My favorite, recent comment came from a parent of one of our 2010 graduates. He quoted his son, who said he “wouldn’t change a single thing about his Carroll experience.” That is a wonderful endorsement of how our entire campus community of faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and friends come together to nurture our students and make John Carroll a first-rate institution. I feel blessed to be a part of it and sincerely appreciate all the hard work and dedication that goes into making us a strong, values-driven university. May God’s grace be with you during this Lenten season as we look forward to the renewing hope of Easter. Blessings,

Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.

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The University is among 115 U.S. colleges and universities selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its 2010 Community Engagement Classification. To be selected, colleges and universities have to provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices. A listing of the institutions can be found on the Carnegie website, The Clare Boothe Luce Program, which is part of the prestigious Henry Luce Foundation, awarded the University $160,880 to support two scholarships for two years for six women undergraduates majoring in the sciences. The program is a significant source of private support for women in science, mathematics, and engineering.



During November, 872 titles were added to the Grasselli collections, including 696 e-books and e-journals. The list has links to call number classifications and new reference material, audio-visual items, and curriculum collection material, as well as online resources. Visit to browse the selection. Additionally, the library is launching a new service in which users will be able to text questions to the reference desk from their mobile phones, and the librarian at the desk will be able to text back an answer.
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administers as much as $500 in additional funds to each Campion Award recipient for an approved, campus-based service project proposal. To read more about Distelrath, Dunn, and Hatgas, visit

From left, margaret Finucane ’80, Ph.D., Robert l. niehoff, S.J., Jeffrey Hatgas, Jillian Dunn, Catherine Distelroth, and lobo.


In January, Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda, hosted eight political science students and four faculty members from JCU. The Rwanda Immersion Experience was part of a political science class designed to challenge students to reflect on the values of human dignity and social justice. The group focused mainly on cultural and social activities to make their interactions with Rwandans more effective and meaningful.

teach the first-ever courses about crisis mapping, live mapping focused on powering effective early warnings for rapid response to crises. Two simultaneous courses, Crisis Mapping, Politics and New Media at JCU, and another at Tufts University, focus on this new field. The course is taught by Jen Ziemke, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science. Ziemke is a co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers and the co-organizer of the International Conference on Crisis Mapping series.


The “Peace in Sudan” panel discussion and candlelight processional about the political crisis between the North and South took place Dec. 5 in the Donahue Auditorium. The panel served as an educational information session for the community and a brainstorming session to generate action steps and ideas for promoting peace in Sudan. For more information about the Sudan crisis, visit The Arrupe Scholars Program led a donation drive of baked goods for its Publicity Blitz Day Dec. 1, which kicked off World AIDS Awareness Week. Participants of the program passed out baked goods and hot chocolate, along with AIDS Awareness Ribbons and information sheets, to students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Additionally, 150 members of the JCU community created a living red ribbon on the basketball court during half-time of the men’s basketball game Dec. 8.



Students Catherine Distelrath, Jillian Dunn, and Jeffrey Hatgas were honored with the George B. Sweeney Endowed Campion Award for Service. The award recognizes students who are committed to becoming leaders in social action through the lens of faith. The winners were honored at halftime of the men’s basketball game Feb 3. The award includes a one-year, $1,000 gift to educate promising student leaders in social policy analysis in a faith perspective. The Center for Service and Social Action also


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Commencment & Reunion 2011
As part of the University’s 125th anniversary celebration and special Commencement & Reunion Weekend, the Very Reverend Timothy Kesicki, S.J., ’84 will be this year’s commencement speaker. As both an alumnus and Jesuit, Fr. Kesicki is uniquely qualified to address this year’s graduates. Additionally, Fr. Charles Currie, S.J., president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, will received an honorary degree.

Kathleen lis Dean, Ph.D., assistant vice president for student development and assessment, was presented with the Donald A. Gatzke Dissertation award for her work – “At the Base of the Bridge: A Case Study of Boundary Spanning by Members of a Presidential Leadership Team” (2008) – which was completed at the University of Maryland. The awards committee was impressed by the depth of Dean’s qualitative study of a president and the team around him. The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education presented Shirley Seaton, Ph.D., liaison for community affairs, with its highest honor, the Founders’ Award. Seaton’s commitment to law-related education began three decades ago when she served as principal at a Cleveland elementary school. She was alarmed by students who had a poor image of law enforcement and believed police officers intended only to harm them. She wanted to change attitudes and behavior. The Society of Professional Journalists honored University professor Richard Hendrickson, Ph.D., with the Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award. After almost 40 years as a reporter and editor, Hendrickson became an associate professor and journalism instructor in the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts. Hendrickson was recognized Oct. 4, 2010, during a luncheon at the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas. The Faculty Notes newsletter is now online. Visit to learn more about faculty teaching, research, and service.
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On Dec. 2 in the Grasselli Library, John Ropar ’72, director of university counseling services, facilitated a discussion about leadership and spiritual development based on excerpts from books by author and educator Parker J. Palmer. The Vocation Coordinating Committee hosted the event. The readings are available at The Pre-Law Society hosted Tom Mester ’66, a senior partner at Nurenburg Paris, a Cleveland-based law firm, Nov. 30 in Dolan Center for Science and Technology. Mester, who’s specialty is litigation, is one of the leading attorneys in catastrophic injury and medical malpractice.




Jan. 8 marked the 276th birthday of Archbishop John Carroll, namesake of the University. In preparation for the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University, the Office of Mission and Identity hosted a birthday celebration Jan. 10 in the Kulas Atrium of the Administration Building.


The Cardinal Suenens Center in theology and church life hosted journalist John Allen, Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, Oct. 2 to discuss his latest book, “The Future Church.” Allen reviewed and analyzed 10 trends he has identified in the Roman Catholic Church.


Accomplished alums

Brian Sinchak President John F. Kennedy Catholic School Warren, Ohio


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No matter what careers Carroll grads choose, their liberal arts education is a foundation for success. Following are five examples.
Stories by John Walsh, Ron Rajecki, and Susan Curphey


e has a passion for education that was ignited at John Carroll. He’s using that passion to help mold the next generation of leaders. He’s quickly risen from high school theology teacher to president of a high school, junior high, and elementary school. He’s Brian Sinchak ’01, ’03G, and he’s highly thought of by influential people. “When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was looking for a new chancellor of the New York City Schools several months ago, the first person I thought of was Brian Sinchak,” says Doris Donnelly, Ph.D., director of the Cardinal Suenens Center at John Carroll. “He could do the job.” “He sees that education lifts people up,” says Patrick Rombalski, vice president of student affairs at Boston College and former dean of students and vice president of student affairs at John Carroll. “He’s extremely intelligent at the core. He has the skill to sit down with whatever audience he’s in front of and understand them.” “Brian has unfailing good judgment and discretion,” Donnelly says. “He has a way of fitting in with all kinds of people, from little old ladies to cardinals. He has an extraordinary personality and a consummate respect for all people.” As president of John F. Kennedy Catholic School (PK-12), including a lower campus (PK-6) and an upper campus (7-12) in Warren, Ohio, Sinchak focuses on fundraising and development, and teaching classes, which range from freshman English to introduction to philosophy and ethics, and mentors 10 students. He’s a hands-on, involved, approachable president who doesn’t spend much time behind his desk. On any given day, one can see him interacting with students, checking up on them, and encouraging them to participate in various school activities. His enthusiasm is infectious. There’s proof. The school, founded in 1964, already has surpassed its 2010-2011 fundraising goal by more than 250 percent. “We’re doing remarkably well with our fundraising objectives,” he says. “We’re in great fiscal shape.” Sinchak’s main challenge since arriving as principal of the high school a few years ago has been declining enrollment because of the economic shift in Warren, an old steel town that’s experiencing difficulties. Enrollment at the upper campus is 350; and there are 50 faculty and staff. At its peak in the ’80s, enrollment was 870. “The school hadn’t right-sized and wasn’t looking at its next steps,” he says. “Instead of bemoaning the demographic shifts in population and student enrollment, I challenged our school community to embrace our new reality. Now we’re smaller and can provide a better educational experience and more personal mentorship. There was a need for reform financially and educationally. We changed every aspect of school management in two years, and it feels like a new school.” One simple change implemented to improve school identity was uniforms.
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Students used to be allowed to wear any color polo shirt to school, but that’s been changed to wearing just the school colors: red, white, and blue. Another more significant change happened in the classroom. Sinchak purchased Smart Boards with donor and state funds and installed them in every classroom. When he first arrived, the school had none. Also, the campus is wireless, allowing for Internet access to various school resources including netbooks and iPads. School management (students and parent information, for example) can be accessed online, and students can take quizzes on their smartphones. “The more we tell students how we respect the power and potential of technology, the more they’re likely to use it properly,” Sinchak says. “We can’t be afraid of technology. We have to bravely accept it and fearlessly promote it.” Sinchak’s biggest challenge of leading school reform at Kennedy has been accomplished, and his next challenge is to create a vision for the school, which has never had a five-year strategic plan, which will be published early this summer. “We’re in a position of strength,” he says. “We’re one of 12 Catholic schools nationally recognized for our innovation in curriculum and instruction. Among Ohio graduation test results, we’re 53rd in the state among all schools, which is the top 5 percent. We’re the only school in this region of the state that was recognized.” Donnelly foresees Sinchak continuing to advance quickly. “He’ll take over education in the Youngstown diocese,” she says. Sinchak grew up without organized religion in Boardman, Ohio, and attended Boardman High School. (His dad’s side of the family was Catholic, and mom’s side was Presbyterian. They divorced when he and his sister were young.) “I’ve always been in love with school,” says Sinchak, who was voted most likely to be president of the United States in high school. Reviewing colleges, he applied to Georgetown, Notre Dame, and John Carroll because of their academic reputations, but financial aid was the determining factor in his college choice. “Merit-based scholarships were critical in my decision making,” he says. While at Carroll, Sinchak started majoring in political science. He took theology courses, which he was fascinated with, as part of the core curriculum and changed his major to religious studies. His interest in Catholicism became so deep, he went through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process in 2000. Sinchak also was active in service projects while at Carroll. He participated in Rostro de Cristo, a volunteer and retreat program of the Catholic Church based in Durán, Ecuador, and traveled to that country to work with the poor and those afflicted with leprosy.

“Brian was part of one of the first trips to Ecuador,” says Rombalski, who was the executive director of Rostro de Cristo. “The trip was life changing for the 10 students who went.” Rombalski first met Sinchak in the student activities office, which Sinchak was in and out of often. Rombalski recognized Sinchak’s maturity and organizational skills and gave him some responsibility. “Back then, there was no programming board [for student entertainment] on campus,” he says. “Brian was the perfect person to kick off the programming board. He took the ball and ran with it.” “I didn’t have a perfectly clear plan of what I was going to do when I graduated from Carroll,” Sinchak says. “I just knew I had a passion for theological study and Catholic education.” Sinchak worked in the Cardinal Suenens Center for Donnelly while earning his master’s degree in education. His three years there were extremely influential. “I was working late one Sunday night, and Brian saw the light on in my office, knocked on the door, and asked if he could help, and I said, ‘Well, yes you can,’” she says. “He took over the office for me. He was that good. He answered the phone for me and helped cardinals all over the world. I relied on him 100 percent. The Grace family [who funds the Suenens Center] loved him.” As a result, Sinchak traveled throughout the world interacting with the world’s best, most thoughtful theologians. “As Dr. Donnelly’s only assistant, I was involved in all aspects of the work of the center,” he says. That included setting up and running conferences, which allowed him incredible opportunities to meet authors of books he studied while an undergraduate: Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, Fr. Richard Rohr, Sr. Helen Prejean, and Cardinal Walter Kasper, to name a few. “Part of the success of all our international and national conferences was because of the enthusiasm Brian brought to the Suenens Center,” Donnelly says. After working in the Cardinal Suenens Center, Sinchak took a position at St. Peter

Chanel High School in Bedford, Ohio, teaching theology to sophomores and juniors. “I had many offers, but I felt Chanel needed me the most and I could make the biggest difference there,” he says. But, in typical Sinchak fashion, he did much more than teach theology. He started a speech and debate team, which, in its third year, ranked ninth in the state. He coached two state champions and multiple national competitors. One of the students he coached is now touring as an actor in the off-Broadway musical comedy “Altar Boyz.” He also directed the theatre program, which produced four shows a year. After three years at Chanel, Sinchak became the youngest vice principal in the diocese (he was 26 years old) when he moved on to Benedictine High School in Cleveland and was in charge of academics and discipline. After two years at Benedictine, he – along with his wife, Mandy Carbon ’01, ’03G and son, Nathan – moved to Poland, Ohio, for the job at Kennedy and to be closer to family. “Influential people, such as Sal Miroglotta ’80, ’85G, the former principal of Benedictine and current president of Lake Catholic High School, have recommended these jobs,” he says. “I’ve been so blessed and lucky. I have wonderful mentors in my life.” Sinchak is proud of his profession but feels it lacks some respect with the American public because they don’t associate it with high pay. “When I ask the brightest students in my class why they don’t want to be teachers, they say it’s because of the pay,” he says. “Furthermore, a teacher’s pay isn’t based on the quality of work, and that needs to change. In this country, we equate success with wealth, and teaching doesn’t get you wealth. There are too many bright people who choose not to go into secondary education and especially Catholic secondary education.” Looking ahead, Sinchak would like to work on a Ph.D. in educational leadership and develop a consulting firm for school reform and Catholic school management. “That might be the next phase for me, but I made a commitment to the bishop [Most Reverend George Murry, S.J.] to be here for the next three years,” he says. “We need more people to promote a new vision of Catholic education in this day and age. Ultimately, my dream is to found a new, innovative Catholic school that reimages what education ought to be about.” Looking back, Sinchak is grateful for Carroll’s tight-knit atmosphere and the opportunities it gives students. “If you want something, you can get it,” he says. “Carroll offered me a world of opportunity – literally. I wouldn’t be who I am if it weren’t for Carroll. It’s not just that I wouldn’t have this job, it’s that I wouldn’t be who I am. I wouldn’t have the heart.” – JW


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Jessica (Fonow) Dawso ’04, Director of advocacy The Arc of Greater Cleveland


he can be heard loud and clear. She’s a voice of those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD), serving as their advocate. “I’m the voice for someone who isn’t heard or for those who are often ignored,” says Jessica (Fonow) Dawso ’04, the director of advocacy for The Arc of Greater Cleveland, a nonprofit support and self-advocacy group that advances the personal and professional lives of people with IDD. “Advocacy is essential to improve the quality of life for all people with IDD.” Dawso’s advocacy for individuals with disabilities stems from her childhood in Steubenville, Ohio. Her father, James Fonow, was close to his aunt Rita, who had Down syndrome. “That shaped my dad and how he was going to raise us.” she says “Growing up, we were exposed to people with disabilities and were taught to treat everyone equally. For five summers, I worked with adults with disabilities in Jefferson County. It was life changing for me.” When it came time to attend college, Dawso fell in love with John Carroll because it was the perfect size and had a beautiful campus. She also knew several upper classmen who attended the same high school she did – Steubenville Catholic Central. Although she had a passion for working with adults with disabilities, Dawso knew she didn’t want to work in special education. She was a passionate writer and speaker who was interested in public policy and social justice. So, she decided to major in communications with a concentration in public relations. Margaret Finucane ’80, Ph.D., the director of the Center

of Service and Social Action, was her advisor. When Dawso was looking for an internship, Finucane suggested The Arc of Greater Cleveland, an organization with which she was familiar. “Jessie was unsure about the internship at first because she didn’t want to go into special education,” Finucane says. “But I told her the purpose of the internship was to learn skill sets needed in the areas where she wanted to work. She developed her writing skills and the advocacy piece at The Arc.” “I wanted to work with an organization that could benefit from positive public relations efforts and the fact their focus is on serving individuals with disabilities made The Arc a perfect match,” Dawso says. The communications major, who was on the varsity swim team and a member of the Chi Omega sorority, also met her husband, Jim Dawso ’04, at Carroll. Jim graduated from the Boler School of Business (logistics) and now works for Swagelok in Solon, Ohio, as a forecast analyst. “It was wonderful academic experience but so much more – it was a life experience,” Jessica says. “It shaped me. I feel blessed I found my way to Carroll. It has such a great support network among coaches and professors, many of whom are my colleagues today.” Jessica always thought about law school because she saw huge need for justice in the public policies that pertain to individuals with disabilities. “Jessie was a strong student who knew she wanted to go to law school after her internship at

The Arc,” Finucane says. “She began to see what her options were and was making important decisions. She’s very focused.” After graduating from Duquesne University School of Law in 2007, Jessica followed Jim from Pittsburgh back to Ohio. She then took and passed the Ohio bar. “While in law school, I was looking for ways to find justice for people who couldn’t speak for themselves,” she says. “I focused on constitutional law because it was foundational to my long-term goals.” Jessica began her law career working in family law and immigration and dealt with many divorce and child custody cases. “That wasn’t where I ultimately wanted to be, but I needed to gain practical, legal experience,” she says. Three years later, she connected with Cynthia Norwood, executive director of The Arc of Greater Cleveland, who Jessica learned from while she was an intern there. Jessica’s personal and professional relationship with Norwood paid off in 2010 when Norwood hired Jessica as the director of advocacy. Jessica’s work entails assisting adults with IDD with legal issues, such as those that would arise after someone was taken advantage of financially. “They need to know their legal rights if a crime was committed against them,” she says. “I’m their advocate and can recommend legal remedies. Many would be surprised to find how many people are taken advantage of in our own communities. Oftentimes referrals come from concerned family
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Ernie Petti ’97 Lighting supervisor Disney Animation Studios Burbank, Calif.

members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers who witness an injustice and help people get connected with The Arc.” Jessica also is involved in Partners in Policymaking, a statewide leadership training program facilitated by The Arc that’s designated for parents with young children with disabilities and for adults with disabilities. The program includes a five-month training program held in Columbus, Ohio, to teach leadership skills and positive relationships with those who shape public policy. Additionally, The Arc champions inclusive communities, which help every person to recognize their value as a contributing member of society. “My role is to fight for equal rights and access to services for people with IDD on a daily basis,” she says. Where Jessica is at in her life is directly related to her Carroll experience. “I’m so grateful to Dr. Finucane because she directly linked me to The Arc,” she says. “She helped me infuse the skills I learned in the JCU classroom with my passion to improve the lives of people with disabilities. “I’m living the Jesuit education every day,” she adds. “Carroll prepared me to obtain a law degree, which, in turn, prepared me to work here. It’s come full circle.” – JW


ome may say Ernie Petti is living a fairy tale life in sunny Southern California with his wife and newborn son. But it’s no exaggeration to say the 1997 John Carroll University graduate helps fairy tales come to life. Petti parlayed his degree in engineering physics and computer science into an important role at the Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif. As lighting supervisor, Petti ensures the digitally generated world of films such as “Chicken Little,” “Bolt,” and “Tangled” look right, whether the scene is played out on the sunniest of days or darkest of nights. “There’s no lighting in a computer-generated world,” Petti says. “You don’t have daylight or nighttime to work with, and you don’t have physical lights you can place on a stage. So we use computer-based lights that are like stage lighting. You have to know where to place the lights and what colors they bring to the scene. The goal, just as it is in live action cinematography, is to set the sense of time of day and mood. Lighting is essential to telling a story and conveying the story’s emotions.” The path that took Petti from the West Side of Cleveland to the West Coast was a bit convoluted. After graduating from Carroll, he moved to Iowa and worked as a software engineer for the aerospace company Rockwell Collins. Then he returned to school and earned a master’s degree in computer science with a concentration in computer graphics from the University of Iowa.

“I wanted to do something related to computer graphics, although I was envisioning going into live action visual effects,” Petti says. Entering the visual effects field meant moving to where those jobs are. Petti began sending resumes to companies in the nation’s entertainment capital, Southern California. Only a handful of companies called him for an interview, but one of those was Disney; and in 2000, he headed to Hollywood. Petti joined Disney as a software engineer in its technology group, working on the lighting and fur tool (a necessity in a studio with many animated animals). Eventually, he worked his way over to the artistic side of the business. Now he’s happy to be playing an important role making entertaining movies. When he arrived alone in Southern California as a 24-year-old, Petti made an effort to meet people. He joined hiking and volunteer groups and developed a circle of friends. In one volunteer group, he met Aidess Domagas, who became his wife in 2006. The couple welcomed their first child, son Imre Petti, into the world in December 2009. Petti admits he misses the friendly, Midwestern feel of Cleveland sometimes, but the Los Angeles area has much to offer. “There’s a lot of great hiking, and the ocean beaches are fantastic,” he says. “There are many different cultures and a lot of good food. Although the traffic is bad, the weather is good:


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It’s 78 degrees and sunny every day. In fact, the weather can get a little boring, although people in Cleveland might think I’m crazy for saying that.” Not one to be corrupted by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Petti always learns after the fact when he has just walked past a famous person. “I’m just not that much into the Hollywood scene, but it’s pretty cool to be on the way to the cafeteria to eat lunch and walk right past a ship they’re building for a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie or one of the airplanes from the film ‘Pearl Harbor,’” he says. Looking back through the twists and turns his life has taken, Petti wouldn’t change a thing – least of all his Carroll experience. “It was outstanding,” he says. “Although I majored in physics and computer science, my education helped me gain experience and confidence with problem-solving abilities that are applicable anywhere. That’s the main thing Carroll gave me: a broad skill set of problemsolving skills that allow me to tackle just about anything.” Petti has taken those skills with him, but he also has given – and continues to give – back to the University. Dan Palmer, a professor in the mathematics and computer science department, says Petti’s input was invaluable when helping him develop and introduce a software engineering course, in which students take on a software development project for a client. During his final semester at Carroll and immediately following graduation, Petti helped Palmer select materials to include in the course, providing his input into what was most relevant and how students would react to it. “We planned to start the course the year after Ernie graduated, and he was disappointed he wouldn’t be here to take it,” Palmer says. “I offered him the opportunity to participate in its creation, and it turned out to be a great experience for both of us.” Petti also participated in a recent Meet Your Major night at the University. Via video conferencing, Petti was able to sit as his desk at Disney while showing a group of computer science majors in Cleveland what he does and how he does it. “The students thought it was very cool,” Palmer says. “Ernie explained to them how the foundations he learned here apply to what he’s doing at Disney. He left a legacy to other students through the software engineering class and paid it forward to current students by showing them what he’s done with his education and giving them an example of the type of work that might be available to them.” In addition to computer-generated lights on the big screen, Petti is shining literal lights to help illuminate the way for future generations of John Carroll students. – RR


ike her days on the John Carroll track and cross country teams, Molly Lynch ’01, has been on the fast track. While working for some of the most prestigious agencies in the world, the young public relations professional was promoted at every turn. Then she ventured out and launched her own company – all before the age of 30. The communications major says she got a head start in her accomplished career because of the varied experiences she gained during her four internships in media and public relations while at Carroll. “During one semester, I was pitching media trying to get stories placed from the basement of my college home,” Lynch says. “I remember thinking, ‘If these media people only knew where I was calling from!’” Lynch worked on the popular “Got Milk” campaign as an intern and freelancer for Weber Shandwick, an international public relations firm. She landed internships through her own initiative and spent time with the American Cancer Society, Cleveland’s WMJI-FM radio, and WEWS-TV. After graduation, the energetic Lynch returned to her hometown of Chicago to work for the large public relations firm, Manning Selvage & Lee (MS&L) where she was promoted within her first month on the job. During her five-plus years with the firm, she was assigned greater supervisory and account responsibilities, overseeing strategic planning, media relations, event planning, and project management. “I was fortunate with my first job at MS&L, even though the hours were incredibly long,” says Lynch, who was honored with the company’s “People’s Choice Award” for her commitment to teamwork and leadership. “I had great clients, a great boss, and great colleagues.” Much of her time at MS&L was spent on public relations and public affairs for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention account, in particular, the VERB campaign, which was created to decrease child obesity and increase physical activity among youths. Lynch and her team received several industry awards for their work on the campaign. From MS&L, Lynch joined Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and later Weber Shandwick as an account director, serving high-profile clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Sam’s Club, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Tropicana. In 2007, at age 28, with almost nine years of experience at top agencies handling large accounts, Lynch launched her own company, Lynch Communications Group. “It was a great decision for me personally and professionally,” she says. “By going out on my own, I could find clients who I enjoy working with and truly believe in their product. “Working for myself also allows me to have

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more control of my schedule,” adds Lynch, who continues to run three to five miles several times a week. “I probably work the same long hours, but I can say no to a project, which is a wonderful position to be in. On the flip side, if you don’t have the personality to work hard and be dedicated, you’re not going to be a good small business owner.” “It didn’t surprise me when Molly started her own business,” says her former colleague at MS&L, John Branham, who manages consumer public relations for TransUnion. “She’s always been the leader, so it only makes sense that she would do that for herself.” Lynch and her four associates – including fellow JCU alumna Elizabeth Spirk ’07 – serve several Chicago clients including Young Rembrandts, Rainbows for All Children, HomeMade Pizza Co., Hotel Felix Chicago, and The Abbey Resort and Spa in Wisconsin. Lynch also frequently consults for Ogilvy and MS&L. Her firm – which has grown 70 percent since its inception – specializes in public relations and social media marketing. “I’m proud of the work we do in social media,” she says. “Many people have learned about our clients on Twitter. Social media is an ever-changing, new channel of reaching consumers. Communications professionals need to be involved in some way, and surprisingly, not everybody is.” Branham attributes much of Lynch’s success to her understanding of social media marketing and her experience with the media. “I’d call Molly an innovator,” he says. “I’ve never seen anyone in this industry as on top of trends. She’s one step ahead of the game. Plus, she knows what the media is looking for.” Lynch, who teaches as a guest lecturer for an advertising/communications course at DePaul University, says the bread and butter of public relations is writing and pitching media, and anyone considering the field should enjoy both. “I can’t hire someone who’s not a strong writer,” she says. Lynch’s clients, such as Allen Anderson, marketing director for the Abbey Resort, recognize and rely on her writing skills. “She has great command of the English language,” Anderson says. “Her style isn’t trite, nor does she use meaningless hyperbole, and she refuses to send out irrelevant information. Molly has earned the respect of media people. She understands their editorial schedule, what they’re looking for and when. A PR agency needs a strong relationship with people on the media side to get placements. “I’m drawing on more than 35 years in marketing and public relations, representing major firms and resorts,” he adds. “I can tell you Molly’s as good as anyone out there.” – SC
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ne Saturday afternoon about 20 years ago, Renita Griskel ’90 had an epiphany that changed her life. At the time, Griskel was majoring in computer science because she liked math. She was working on a homework assignment in the computer lab. “I started about 8:30 a.m., then I looked up after a while, and it was 4 p.m.,” she says. “The assignment was involved and complex. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t enjoy not interacting with people. I thought this was a snapshot of that field.” That’s when Griskel switched her major to communications. “I hated speech class and knew I was going to have to get past public speaking, so I took a public speaking class to get over it,” she says. “I enjoyed the production aspect of communications because the spotlight wasn’t on me.” That enjoyment led to an internship at WEWS NewsChannel 5 in Cleveland followed by several producer roles at the station and now director of emerging media content for Scripps Networks in Knoxville, Tenn. Griskel grew up in East Cleveland and attended Catholic school because her parents felt she would get a better education than if she continued in the public schools. (She attended St. Joseph’s Collinwood School and matriculated to Villa Angela, which since has merged with the former St. Joseph High School to form Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School.) “My parents wanted the best education for me,” she says. “All my friends were going to the public school, but I just got past that. I saw them after school and on weekends. It was one of the best decisions my parents could make for me. I enjoyed Catholic school but didn’t think I would. I made lifelong friends.” When planning to attend college, Griskel knew she didn’t want to apply to many schools. John Carroll, local and personal, appealed to her. “Something was very inviting when I went there,” she says. “It felt right.” Griskel’s parents let her figure out her college choice by herself, but she had to explain her decision to them. “I needed to show them I was going to a school for the right reasons, not just because buildings were big or cool. I wasn’t interested in traveling far from home. Life was fine, and I had no urge to break free.” The summer before Griskel’s last semester at Carroll she interned at WEWS on the floor crew. By the end of the internship, she learned how to operate cameras and set up the studio. Then she interviewed for a full-time position that was going to be vacated in several months. She was hired. “I ended up staying at Channel 5 until four years ago,” Griskel says. “The internship was a life-changing experience. It stuck out as something I wanted because I wanted to see what I was learning in school in action.”


While on the floor crew, Griskel operated teleprompters, queued talent, and set up and tore down TV show sets. After a year on the floor crew, she wanted to learn more about the newsroom operation. So during her downtime, she helped answer phones at the assignment desk and developed relationships with coworkers. Another job opened up, she applied and got it. “It’s important for students to know how valuable internships can be,” she says. “For me, it was a life-changing opportunity and a blessing that I was hired at the end of my internship. Getting hired isn’t always the outcome, but there are other invaluable benefits to being an intern. The process allows you to get real-life work experience and helps you understand what working in your field of choice might be like. The impression an intern makes during that eight-week span can help his or her career years down the road.” Working at the assignment desk at WEWS, Griskel helped reporters and photographers by calling police departments, gathering news, and making sure nothing was missed. Then she started writing for producers so they could critique her. Griskel learned how to create a news story and write for a newscast. “I did that on my own time,” she says. “When an associate producer position opened, I applied and was hired.” Griskel worked as a producer with a consumer reporter to help solve consumer issues and bring scams to light. “We helped many people get refunds who wouldn’t have otherwise,” she says. Then Griskel went back to the newsroom as a producer for the morning show. That job was followed by producing the noon newscast, the weekend news, and then back to the morning show as executive producer. After that, she was promoted to executive producer of the 11 p.m. news and then executive producer for the consumer unit. “Expectations were higher this time around,” she says. “The companies we took on were a lot bigger.” Never one to continue doing the same thing, Griskel expanded her experience to live weather specials and field producing for a one-hour auto show preview. “I enjoyed being on location and putting clips together,” she says. “That was inspiration for wanting to get out of news, which can be draining. It can desensitize you. I reached a point where I needed to make a change. I left news when I felt good about it as opposed to staying because it was all I knew how to do. I could write in other forms – long form, creative.” Griskel knew she wanted to stay in TV, but when she applied for non-news jobs, she received the same response: “Yeah, but you’ve been in news for so long.” “There were a lot of magazine shows at the

Renita Griskel ’90 Director of emerging media content Scripps Networks Knoxville, Tenn.

time, but they weren’t interested in someone with a news background,” she says. “They thought I couldn’t write long form. Sometimes people are in their own world and need to open up to what others bring to the table.” Griskel received another TV station offer (in Philadelphia) but didn’t want to take another news job solely for more money. So she waited for the right job, which was at Scripps Networks. Griskel is part of a team of people in charge of repurposing TV show content for the Web. Her group – which works with content from the Food Network, Cooking Channel, HGTV, and DIY Network – will receive a request, say, for a black bean soup recipe from the Paula Dean show. The group condenses the TV segment into a 3.5-minute clip so it can be posted online. Leaving Cleveland for a new job wasn’t difficult for Griskel because she knew her family and friends would be supportive. The Channel 5 people were supportive, too. “I had no second thoughts or worries,” she says. “It felt right. It was like coming to Carroll. It was time. I started on my birthday, July 17, 2006. It was a great birthday present for me.” Looking back on her time at WEWS, Griskel acknowledges the crazy hours she worked, including holidays and overnight. “There are times when you want to go home but can’t because there’s breaking news,” she says. “News of the day dictates your day and life.” Another aspect of working in the news business is the exposure to the ills of society. “You have to turn your sensitivity way down because you’re exposed to the worst of the worst every day,” she says. “You need to put that aside

to write the news.” Griskel loved being able to write a story and get it out to the public, working with talented people, and having access to people to ask them questions. But changes in the news business have been significant during the past 20 years. “When I started out, people had fun doing their jobs,” she says. “Nothing suffered when people had fun doing what they loved. But competition, with the Internet and cable channels, changed that. People aren’t enjoying it as much. Competition for local news has increased tremendously. And the economic impact is huge. There are one or two people on a project now. They’re just doing it to get it done. In the past, we had more people on a project, which allowed for more creativity.” Griskel is happy she’s not in the news business anymore. “I’m glad I left at the right time,” she says. “I like learning new things, and my job now is different from news; but what I learned doing news is critical to what I’m doing now. Yet it’s lighter and more creative than news.” Griskel believes she’s at this point in her life because of God’s blessings. “He set things in motion for me with my acceptance into John Carroll (the only school I applied to): having professors who encouraged and supported me, the internship at Channel 5, being hired there during my last semester at JCU, my career at WEWS and now at Scripps Networks. “It’s all because of God’s blessings. I’m truly grateful.” – JW
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Many people know John Carroll – the man – was the first Roman Catholic bishop in the United States. And many people know he founded Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic university in the U.S. But for most, their knowledge of Archbishop John Carroll (1735-1815) ends there. This past winter, as part of the 125th Anniversary of JCU, and more specifically, Ignatian Heritage Week (Jan. 30 – Feb. 5), the University hosted Bishop George Murry, S.J., head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, to speak about John Carroll. The following is an excerpt from Bishop Murry’s speech, which sheds light on John Carroll’s impact on education in the U.S. – John Walsh, university editor “ he man who became the first Roman Catholic bishop and archbishop in the United States was born in Upper Marlboro, Md., Jan. 8, 1735. … John Carroll spent an early childhood at home, and at age 12, began studying at the Jesuit elementary school in Cecil County, Md. Many of the personality traits that characterize him throughout his life were evident at this early age, as demonstrated by one teacher’s description of Carroll as assiduous in study, pious, and amiable. After one year in Cecil County, he traveled to French Flanders, to St. Omer’s College, where he spent six years studying the classics, literature, history, science, and languages. “In 1753, at age 18, Carroll entered the Society of Jesus, commonly known as the Jesuits. After completing a program of study in philosophy and theology at Liege, he was ordained a priest 14 years later in 1769. There followed four years of teaching a St. Omer and Liege, as well as extensive travel throughout Europe, where he served as preceptor for the son of an English Lord and chaplain to another.

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“ … On Aug. 16, 1773, Pope Clement XIV issued a document titled Dominus Redemptor Noster, which suppressed the Society of Jesus throughout the world. … After authoring a defense of the Society of Jesus, Carroll returned to Maryland and continued his ministry as a diocesan priest, under the authority of the Vicar Apostolic of London. … Carroll worked as a missionary, ministering to one small Catholic community after another, celebrating Mass and offering the sacraments … “At the end of the Revolutionary War, on June 27, 1783, Carroll and five other priests, all former Jesuits, met in Whitemarsh, Md., to determine how they might best continue their missionary work in the U.S. … The priests of Maryland adopted a resolution and sent it to Rome. … Then they nominated Carroll as the aforementioned superior of the mission. This was approved by the Pope in June 1784. Five years later, Pope Pius VI decided the time was right for a bishop in the U.S. He then erected the Diocese of Baltimore and, on the recommendation of the clergy of Maryland, named Carroll its first bishop. … “One of Carroll’s first tasks as bishop and archbishop was to enable the Catholic Church to become a respected participant in the life of the pluralistic U.S. So Carroll had to make an assessment of where Catholics stood in the American cultural imagination of the early 19th century. … How could Catholics become a legitimate and recognized force in the ideas, politics, and culture of the new republic? … A key component of his approach was to advocate the value of education for Catholics and nonCatholics. As a consequence of his experience

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with the Jesuits, Carroll saw education at its best as world affirming (a key component in Ignatian spirituality is finding God in all of creation), comprehensive (open to the study of all things human), and prescriptive of freedom from ignorance, prejudice, and distorted values (authentic education seeks the truth). For Carroll, education led to a tolerance of various ideas from which the truth of the Catholic faith could emerge. “What, then, can we learn from John Carroll that is applicable to a Jesuit University today? Obviously, there are many lessons. But if we focus on Carroll’s comment about combining the best of Catholic and American culture, two ways of proceeding present themselves for consideration. The first is the importance of Ignatian spirituality in Jesuit schools, and the second is the need for an ongoing conversation with the world. “First, Ignatian spirituality is the foundation on which every Jesuit university is built and should be the engine that makes a Jesuit university run. The purpose of Jesuit higher education is to form men and women for others, leaders in service to humanity. That commitment should permeate everything that happens here at John Carroll including teaching, learning, counseling, administration, service projects, development, and alumni relations. Ignatian spirituality should be at the heart of every Jesuit university in word and deed. … a Jesuit university must pursue those goals with courage and perseverance, always aware that Ignatius teaches us to seek God in all things. “Second, just as John Carroll desired his college be in conversation with America, in
Bishop George murry, S.J., spoke about Archbishop John Carroll during ignatian Heritage Week.

this global age, Jesuit universities must be in conversation with the world. A commitment to be in conversation with the world is one of the best characteristics of American culture. As a Jesuit university, John Carroll should approach that conversation not from the shifting sands of relativism but from the vantage point of faith seeking understanding. The hard questions must be asked; authentic answers must be sought, for this is a university. But as a Jesuit university, John Carroll should start and travel and come to rest in the one God who is both the heart of love and the essence of truth beyond all we can imagine. “Archbishop John Carroll began that authentically Jesuit quest in the U.S. That is why we honor him. For 125 years, John Carroll University has continued his mission. That is why this is a strong university. I pray you always will remain true to John Carroll’s original vision and strive to combine the best of Catholic and American culture for the good of humanity and the glory of God.”

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How it began
The move from St. Ignatius college on w. 30th Street to john carroll university on the east Side was a hard-nosed battle, and Fr. Thomas jefferson Smith, S.j., was instrumental in making it happen
By John Walsh

“When I came in 1890, it wasn’t clear if St. Ignatius College would survive. The Jesuits were German-speaking missionaries to a land that remained a mission country until 1908. They had a hard time teaching English and recruiting the Irish lads expected to make up much of our ranks. I was born in Liverpool and went to school with Arthur Conan Doyle at Stonyhurst. I studied in Germany and joined the Society in 1872, just in time to be expelled with all the Jesuits in that land. When I came here, it was a homecoming. In September 1891, our enrollment was 120. I began recruiting and quickly brought in 38 new students – 23 of them from my Cathedral parish. I helped make St. Ignatius a school that served the East Side as well as the West Side.” Fr. James Rockliff, S.J.

uring the late 1800s, the Jesuits had two schools in Cleveland – St. Ignatius on the West Side and Loyola on the East Side. St. Ignatius consisted of a residence and a one-story brick building for a classroom, but there was no room for a playing field or any expansion. Loyola was located in a run-down neighborhood. Still, the upscale part of town was on the East Side, and, for years, the Jesuits wanted to build a school – consisting of a high school and college – there. At the time, the third Bishop of Cleveland, the Most Reverend Ignatius

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1935 – AD Building, Bernet, and Rodman Halls; first class at new campus in October 1945 – School of Business established

1950 – ROTC on campus 1952 – Pacelli Hall 1955 – Dolan Hall 1957 – Gymnasium, now known as the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center

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Horstmann, wrote a letter granting the Jesuits permission to build on the East Side. However, Bishop Horstmann’s successor (Horstmann died in 1908), Bishop John Farrelly, called Fr. William Sommerhauser, S.J., rector of the Jesuits at the time, and told him to close Loyola and leave the East Side. Yet Bishop Farrelly allowed Fr. Sommerhauser to do whatever he wanted on the West Side. The reason for the bishop’s position couldn’t be established. The Loyola property was leased, so Fr. Sommerhauser bought it and kept Loyola open. However, Bishop Farrelly insisted the Jesuits leave the East Side and said the letter from Bishop Horstmann was never registered in Rome. So Fr. Sommerhauser took the letter to the Apostolic Delegate in Washington, D.C., and told Archbishop Giovanni Bonzano the story. Archbishop Bonzano, who didn’t want to become involved in the situation, told Fr. Sommerhauser he should see his secretary, Monsignor Chiroti, and he would tell him what to do. Msgr. Chiroti and Fr.

Sommerhauser composed a letter stating the case and sent it to the congregation. Fr. Sommerhauser received a letter from the congregation telling him he could open a school and the bishop was to help him acquire the property. An unsealed letter, which was addressed to Bishop Farrelly and told him the same thing, also was enclosed. Fr. Sommerhauser then sent the letter to the bishop. A day later, Fr. Sommerhauser was pulled out of Cleveland by his provincial, Fr. Francis McMenamy, S.J., and sent to St. Charles in Missouri. Fr. Thomas Jefferson Smith, S.J., then was made rector in Cleveland. In 1921, Bishop Farrelly died, and around the same time, Fr. Smith received orders from his provincial to close Loyola on the East Side. Bishop Joseph Schrembs, who succeeded Bishop Farrelly, came to St. Ignatius one day for the Mass of the Holy Spirit. After the Mass, he told Fr. Smith he understood the Jesuits would like a place on the East Side, and Fr. Smith concurred. The bishop told him to find a location, and when he did, would give him a

parish in the area. Fr. Smith contacted a real-estate agent to locate a parcel of land right away. The agent said he had 29 acres, so Fr. Smith and his consultants went to see the location, which was on a steep slope. All agreed it was the right place. The realestate agent thought it would be possible to buy an additional 10 acres that adjoined the property. The next day Fr. Smith had second thoughts about the matter and, as soon as he could, called the real-estate agent and told him to cancel the deal. He looked at other properties, but they were unavailable or unsuitable. Fr. Smith finally contacted the Van Sweringen brothers, O.P. and M.J., wealthy real-estate men who were developing Shaker Heights. Fr. Smith told them what he wanted, and the Van Sweringens agreed to sell him 26 acres at $8,000 an acre. Fr. Smith said he’d have to receive approval from Rome, so the Van Sweringens agreed to hold the property. Fr. Smith received approval from Rome, but when he read the contract from the Van Sweringens, he learned there were numerous

1959 – D.J. Lombardo Student Center 1961 – Grasselli Library 1964 – Murphy Hall 1966 – Bohannon Science Center and Wasmer Field

1968 – College of Arts and Sciences becomes coeducational 1969 – University governance reorganized under new board with three-fourths lay and one-fourth Jesuit

1975 – Johnson Natatorium 1978 – Sutowski Hall 1981 – Millor Hall

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restrictions, such as the Van Sweringens had the right to approve the plans and the buildings must be 100 feet from the road. Fr. Smith said he couldn’t accept the property with these restrictions. But the Van Sweringens said there would be no deal without the restrictions, and if Fr. Smith didn’t accept the proposition, they’d see to it he’d never develop on the East Side. One day the original real-estate agent Fr. Smith dealt with said he thought he had just the site, which was next to the Van Sweringens’ property. The owners, members of a real-estate

company, wanted to sell the 80-acre tract but not to the Van Sweringens. Fr. Smith bought 45 acres at $5,000 an acre. As promised – an elderly member of the company saw to it the promise was fulfilled – the real-estate company also bought Loyola for $50,000. This was the first payment on the new property. The Van Sweringens then approached Fr. Smith with a proposal to trade him 19 acres of their property for 19 acres of his, and they’d put in a 70-foot-wide road through their property that would provide the Jesuits access to the cross roads. Fr. Smith was agreeable but insisted there be no restrictions on the property he received from the Van Sweringens. The Van Sweringens claimed there were none, but Fr. Smith insisted it had to be in writing. He checked with a lawyer who he met through the original real estate agent, and the lawyer told him to insist on seeing an abstract. About a year later, Fr. Smith received a call from the lawyer of St. Ignatius telling him the


Van Sweringens were ashamed to face him, but the property was free of restrictions after the brothers paid $25,000 to have the restrictions removed. The trade was made, and the Society of Jesus had the fine property on which John Carroll University stands today. Fr. Benedict Rodman, S.J., started the building of the University in 1931. The first classes were held on the new campus in 1935.

1986 – Recreation Center Complex 1987 – Fritzsche Religious Center – Saint Francis Chapel 1988 – Hamlin Hall

1989 – Bruening Hall added to School of Business 1990 – Campion Hall 1994 – O’Malley Center for Communications and Language Arts 1995 – John G. and Mary Jane Breen Learning Center

2003 – Dolan Center for Science and Technology; Don Shula Stadium 2008 – Green Road Annex 2010 – Hamlin Quad


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carroll debaters introduce the power of persuasion to local high schools
By John C. Bruening ’86


rent Brossmann, Ph.D., wants to start an argument with teenagers all over the city.

As associate professor of communication and director of debate, Brossmann has been teaching argumentation and debate, rhetorical criticism, professional speaking, and related subjects at John Carroll for more than a decade. In all, he has devoted 35 years of his life to the art and science of debate because he’s convinced debate changes lives. With the help of student volunteers from the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts – including members of his debate team – Brossmann is putting those convictions on the line this spring as he launches a Cleveland Urban Debate League. For the uninitiated, an Urban Debate League (UDL) is a group of policy debate teams consisting of students from urban high schools throughout the United States. UDLs work primarily with minority students and are active in 17 cities besides Cleveland, including Detroit, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and the District of Columbia. Like any skilled debater, Brossmann has statistics to justify his program. “The high school graduation rate in inner-city schools hovers around 53 percent,” he says. “College matriculation for students who’ve been on high school debate teams in those 17 other

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cities is between 71 and 95 percent, depending on the city. Wouldn’t it be great to see more high school kids in Cleveland going to college as opposed to dropping out of high school? I can’t think of a better reason to do what we’re doing.” The program started in the fall of 2010, when Brossmann and his team began meeting with teachers from nine high schools and junior high schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District every month. The meetings, held on the JCU campus and the city schools, were designed to train teachers in the art and mechanics of organized debate, so they could coach their students – a total of 75 from all nine schools. All training and preparation sets the stage for a series of four monthly tournaments at the University that began in February and will run through the end of the spring semester. Beginning in the fall of 2011, Carroll will host eight monthly tournaments throughout the academic year. The learning curve within the program – especially in this first year, when students, coaches, and Brossmann are just feeling their way – is two pronged and steep. In addition to understanding the mechanics of the debate process, students are required to do the necessary research to become fluent in the debate topic: continued military presence in Afghanistan or Iraq. Throughout the series of tournaments, all teams are required to argue the affirmative and negative positions. “What we’re trying to do is get students to see both sides – or multiple sides – of an issue,” Brossmann says. “We want them to be able to defend what they believe; question what they believe; and be better thinkers, advocates, and citizens.” Debra Quarles, library media specialist at John F. Kennedy High School, is among the debate coaches at the high school level. Her involvement in the program started when students began looking to her for direction in developing a debate program at the school. She approached Brossmann a little later in the progression of the program compared to other high schools, but he was impressed with her students’ enthusiasm enough to bring them onboard. Researching and debating topics of global significance can help expand students’ horizons in ways no other curriculum can, Quarles says. “One of the challenges we, as educators, face is finding ways to make our kids’ world bigger,” she says. “I see no better way to do that than delve into something they could very well ignore if we didn’t put it in front of them. We need to challenge them to argue about issues that are more important than just the school dress code or which night we’re holding a dance. We need to challenge them to think about things that are relevant, not only to them and this program, but the broader scope of what’s happening in the world.”

Introducing high school students to the power of reason and the ways to harness it has been especially satisfying for Emily Stolfer, a JCU freshman from Ashtabula, Ohio, and one of Brossmann’s volunteer coaches. “When they make an effective argument or handle a cross-examination well, they’re controlling the entire situation,” Stolfer says. “They start to feel confident about themselves, and you can see they’re using the knowledge they’ve acquired through debate and applying it to the process. Not only can they use that knowledge in this program, they can use it when they’re participating in a classroom discussion or writing papers. They know how to make sound arguments and support them in any context.” Brossmann’s efforts to develop the UDL and similar initiatives around the greater Cleveland community (see sidebar on opposite page) haven’t gone unnoticed. In early February, JCU honored him with the 2011 Curtis W. Miles Faculty Award for Community Service. While he appreciates the award, he admits he wasn’t aware of it when he started thinking about developing a local UDL about 10 years ago. “I do it because I believe in the transformational power of debate,” he says. “We live in a country where less than 1 percent of citizens study and engage in debates, but 40 percent of our past 20 presidents did, and 44 percent of our current Supreme Court justices do. I don’t think these kids will ever do anything that will have as significant an impact on their ability to control their own future, understand the world, make better decisions, think more critically, and advocate more persuasively – in essence, to empower themselves more fully – than what they’ll do in the process of becoming effective debaters.”


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Argument for corrections

Psychology major Steven Palmieri is a Carroll freshman from Fairlawn, Ohio. Throughout the fall 2010 semester, he made weekly trips with Brossmann to Cuyahoga Hills and witnessed firsthand what Brossmann calls the transformational power that comes with learning debate skills and putting them to use – in a tournament setting and daily life. “At our first meeting, we were talking about who the best pro basketball player is, and it devolved into a shouting match,” Palmieri says. “But by the end of the semester, everybody was standing up straight, looking poised and giving articulate presentations for and against the need for a skills and developing more confidence. We’re encouraging kids to stand up and present their claims and reasons for them. We’re teaching them how to defend their arguments in a rational, organized manner.” While the Cuyahoga Hills facility includes an accredited junior high school and high school, the weekly JCU debate program enhances the residents’ educational experience in ways that extend beyond the classroom, says Clifford Smith, administrator at the Office of Community Partnerships at the Columbus-based Ohio Department of Youth Services. “It teaches research skills, it enhances their communication skills, and it helps them in every aspect of their daily lives,” Smith says. “There are so many situations in which they can learn the skills they use in the program. When they apply and interview for jobs, when they get a job, when they’re on the job and trying to research issues or gather information to enable them to do the work that needs to be done – all of these skills are valuable to them.” statewide smoking ban in public buildings. It was incredible to see the change that took place in a semester.” Brossmann is in discussions with the administration at The Ohio State University, which is developing a similar program at the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility in Delaware, Ohio. The plan is to hold tournaments between debate teams at each facility. Long-term, Brossmann and Smith envision similar programs at all seven of the juvenile correctional facilities throughout the state. Brossmann draws inspiration for the program from one of the most controversial figures in 20th century American rhetoric. “Malcolm X learned how to debate in the Norfolk Prison Colony,” he says. “But he was given the opportunity to debate against Ivy League programs and win debates against Ivy League students. Prison debate leagues have existed before, and I knew it was something that was possible here. It wasn’t something I considered doing before, but I’m glad we did it. It’s been a positive experience.”


n addition to developing an Urban Debate League among high school and junior

high students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Brent Brossmann, Ph.D., is bringing debate into Northeast Ohio’s juvenile corrections system. Every semester since the fall of 2009, the associate professor of communication and director of debate and a few of his student volunteers have been making weekly trips to the Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility in Highlands Hills, Ohio, a few miles from the JCU campus. They’ve been teaching argumentation techniques and strategies to residents there – most of whom are between the ages of 15 and 20 – and organizing tournaments to debate a broad range of topics, anything from the smoking policy within the facility to the legality of gay marriage nationwide. Brossmann admits the program came together on the fly. He initially raised the idea to Stanley Miller, executive director of the Cleveland NAACP, during an informal lunch meeting less than two years ago. He was making a pitch about the high school program when Miller suggested they also do it at the correctional facility. “We’re working on conflict resolution,” says Brossmann, who notes the procedural rules for debate tournaments at the facility are more flexible than the standard rules of debate followed in more formal settings. “We’re working on improving speaking

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A greener campus
The university improves, expands its sustainability efforts
By John Walsh


arroll cares about the environment, and it’s starting to show. The University is improving and increasing its sustainability efforts significantly, and, although a lot of progress has been made, there’s still much more to do. The University is supporting sustainable activity; setting an example for the community; and serving as a leader in the region through education, action, and policy development. It’s committed to protecting and preserving the earth and ensuring the quality of life for future generations in a manner consistent with its Jesuit mission. JCU’s vision is to have an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable campus and community with employees and

students who incorporate sustainability in their education, work, and daily lives. Three overarching strategic initiatives are: • Conserve natural resources and reduce waste, energy usage, and its carbon footprint. • Identify, promote, and implement sustainable practices in all operational areas. • Support a culture of continuous improvement and enhance the Catholic character and commitment to the environment. Recently, Carroll, which is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), earned a B- on the 2011 Sustainability Report Card released by the Sustainable Endowments Institute. The grade represents significant improvement the past three years since the University initially completed the assessment. JCU’s most notable achievements are in the Climate Change & Energy and Food & Recycling categories. The University reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 22.3 percent from 2005 to 2008 and is developing a formal plan for emissions reduction. Half of campus buildings have been retrofitted with an energy management system to optimize efficiency. Additionally, dining services spends 17 percent of its annual food budget on local items, purchases sustainably harvested seafood, and serves fair trade coffee exclusively. The dining hall is trayless, and a food waste audit was completed. JCU composts preconsumer and postconsumer food scraps and landscaping waste. It also recycles used cooking oil for biodiesel production.

Green initiatives
In 2010, a sustainability committee was formed to inspire a sustainability culture and improve the education and communication of green initiatives on campus and in the larger community. The committee developed goals and metrics in the following nine areas to gauge sustainability efforts better and measure Carroll’s progress toward achieving carbon neutrality. Energy and water use. The University invested more than $560,000 from 2004 to 2009 in energy conservation projects, such as lighting-fixture upgrades with more efficient T-8 lamps with electronic ballasts; motion sensors that turn off lights in unoccupied spaces; automatic flow faucets; and auto-flush toilets. “We hope to have energy dashboards in several campus buildings to show how much energy is being used,” says Carol Dietz, associate vice president of facilities. “At some point, we’ll have a competition between, say, Campion and Hamlin Halls to see which one uses less energy.”

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Office practices and iT. Office practice initiatives include: paperless time cards, paychecks, and purchasing; and battery, printer, and cell phone recycling. Information technology initiatives include: replacing cathode ray tube computer screens with energy-saving liquid crystal display screens; networking printers and switching to higher-efficiency printers; and making many University documents available online only. Waste reduction. JCU entered into an agreement with Landmark Disposal for the removal of solid waste and recyclables. Landmark uses a processing center in Medina County where the trash and recyclables are separated. Food services. The Schott Dining Hall has been trayless (reducing food waste and minimizing water and energy needs for cleaning) since 2008. A reusable take-out program is in place, along with the use of biodegradable containers that divert about 60,000 foam containers from landfills. The University began composting pre and postconsumer food waste with Rosby Resource Recycling last spring. Design and construction. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) best practices are employed in all renovation and construction projects; new energy efficient windows have been added to the Schott Dining Hall and RecPlex; and material and furniture selections are sought from green suppliers and manufacturers. Procurement. JCU specifies rubber flooring, vinyl tile, and carpet with recycled content; energy efficient and Energy Star products are specified when available; personal-computer purchases are Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) and Energy Star certified; and janitorial services use green cleaning products where appropriate. Transportation. Bike racks have been added throughout campus and total 14; a student bike co-op began this past fall; and carpool priority parking spaces have been designated for faculty, staff, and administrators. landscaping/grounds. Eco-friendly fertilizers and deicing products are used for snow melting; more native plants, grasses, and wildflowers are used; and the use of herbicides and pesticides have been reduced.

Student life. The community garden supports a local food pantry; during Residence Hall move-out in the spring of 2010, 570 pounds of food was donated to the Cleveland Food Bank and 22 boxes of clothes, toiletries, supplies, and appliances were donated to Habitat for Humanity and Planet Aid. The committee should make suggestions by May 11 to the president, Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., about what needs to happen next. “Defining goals is the next step,” Dietz says. “There will be policies in place. Right now, there are just suggestions. We’ll keep sustainability in mind as we build or renovate buildings.” Carroll plans to incorporate sustainability in academic programs and student experiences. “Sustainability should be considered in all decisions we make, and it makes financial sense,” Dietz says.

“If we did that, it could generate $15,000, which could fund one project or several smaller projects,” Dietz says. “However, the University is reluctant to increase student fees. If students propose it and want it, OK, but the administration doesn’t want to dictate something like that.” Some universities have taken money out of their endowment to reduce utility usage by investing in renewable energy – solar panels and wind – which is expensive. Carroll hopes to install solar panels on the roof of the Grasselli Library and is exploring funding opportunities for the project. “Solar panels wouldn’t take the library off the grid, but it would help reduce daily electricity use,” Dietz says.

Why it matters
The importance of sustainability has been acknowledged in government, business, student, and religious circles. Looking ahead, federal and state governments will implement more carbonemission regulations, and electric-use reduction regulations are on the books already. “We have to comply,” Dietz says. Some high-school students use the aforementioned sustainability report card to evaluate schools when applying to universities, so it can be a criterion and is a factor in attracting students. Furthermore, the Catholic Bishops and Jesuits believe global climate change is real and it’s the responsibility of this generation to help solve the problem. “We need to be good stewards of the earth,” Dietz says. For more information about JCU’s sustainability efforts, visit
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Financial support
Funding is the biggest challenge when implementing many green ideas. “The committee has a mission and vision, but we need policies and funding,” Dietz says. “We’ve had money the past few years for energy reduction but not for the broader vision.” Students have come to Dietz with green projects, and so far, funding has come from various areas. For example, making gardens on campus came from the facilities budget. “We need to find a way to fund more green projects,” Dietz says. “We’re applying for grants as they come up. The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change is an example. There are also state and federal grants, but the competition is stiff.” One way to generate funds is to increase student fees. Some universities have instituted a sustainability fee – $5 a year or semester per student, for example.




jOHN cARROLL’S guide to the college admission process



Admission checkpoint
As you progress through the college search, you will reach various checkpoints in the decision-making process. The JCU admission team has more than 50 years of admission experience, so we hope our checkpoints will help you pause briefly during the enrollment process and help you prepare for each step.


MY TURN Seniors
You should be hearing about offers of admission and financial aid awards from all the schools you have considered to date. The months ahead are about finalizing your decision. You now have all the information you need and can finally compare schools side by side. There are many tools to help you. College Navigator, a new U.S. Department of Education tool, will help you evaluate the schools you are considering based on various criteria such as loan borrowing, retention and graduation rates, diversity and age of students, campus safety and crime rates, and much more. Check out this tool at http:// so you can be more informed about your college selection.

May 1 is the National Response Date – the deadline to notify the school you plan to attend in the fall. Those of you who have selected John Carroll will receive information about summer orientation sessions and planning your successful transition to University Heights. Finalize your summer job plans and think about how you are going to manage your income. Find an appropriate balance between spending money this summer and saving a portion of your earnings for your college expenses. Sign up for orientation early so you can factor it in to your summer job and vacation plans. Before graduation, work with your high school counselor to be sure your final school transcripts are forwarded to your chosen college or university. You can follow the progress and updates for joining the class of 2015 online at http://

You’ve probably heard all year long that junior year is your most difficult year of high school. Now it’s almost over! You still should be focused on achieving good grades and high test scores. But now is the time start thinking about laying the foundation for your summer and next school year. Spring break is a great time to narrow your college search and visit campuses, if you have not already. Look at a number of different types of schools and visit the various campus environments to see which ones your prefer. Of course, we’d love for you see John Carroll as well, so visit our website ( to review the programs available for juniors. This April through June is a time you can take the SAT and/or ACT, if necessary. Think about what you want to accomplish this summer. Juniors should focus some effort in the summer on possible internships, volunteer work, and looking into career

April 2, 2011 – Class of 2015 Celebration at John Carroll university
See details on the opposite page for this fun and informative day for high school seniors admitted to the incoming freshman class at John Carroll. For some, it’s a day to learn more; for others, it’s a day to confirm their decision.

Ret. lt. Col. Eric Patterson, who was formerly in
charge of the ROTC program at the University, has joined the enrollment division as director of veterans affairs and international services. Patterson’s primary responsibilities will be leading veterans affairs recruitment and retention efforts and supporting veteran students on campus, as well as supporting and bringing together resources to support international students in their transition to campus and ongoing success. Patterson spent this past fall in Africa on a final mission with the Army for his required service before retiring from active duty in February.


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John Carroll University
Office of Admission invites all admitted seniors to join us for our

Class of 2015 Celebration
Saturday, April 2, 2011 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

opportunities. It’s a time to explore majors you are considering by pursuing meaningful work experience, not just a paycheck. You will select your senior year classes soon so be sure to check with your guidance counselor to ensure your courses meet necessary college entrance requirements. Try to take the most demanding courses you can. Whether you need to catch up or want to get ahead, you also should consider a course or two at a community college over the summer. You can supplement your high school transcript with courses that interest you, or that you can’t take at your school, or that will otherwise set you apart in the college admission process. Develop a plan to become a leader in some of your activities. You will be a senior next year. Where can you lead and gain worthwhile experience outside the classroom next year? Whether on the field or off, it is your year to think about your legacy at your school and take that next step. John Carroll and many other schools have scholarships that are awarded based on student leadership. Finally, it’s never too early to research scholarship opportunities. Many schools set application deadlines for merit scholarships during December of your senior year, and it’s much easier to complete applications during the summer than during the school year. Plan ahead and visit scholarships for more information about scholarships at John Carroll.

Program highlights include:
• Detailed tours of campus and freshman residence halls • John Carroll neighborhood tours • Perspectives from current John Carroll students • Academic presentations • Presentations from various campus departments including Financial Aid, Student Life, and Residence Life • Spring indoor picnic

For more information, please call 216-397-4294 or 888-335-6800



IN down memory lane A trip MEMORIAM


ronically, when Martina (Casa) Fronczek was a senior in high school, she had no idea she would be going to college for 38 years. She wanted to take the summer after graduation off and have fun, then get aMY TURN job and start working in the fall, which would afford her the ability to travel. Fronczek, who was hired at Carroll at age 17 as a receptionist in the business office, has spent almost 40 years working for the University. “When I interviewed, I wore my ninth grade Easter outfit,” she says. “Then when I was hired, some people thought I was too young for the job because it involved handling complaints.” An administrative assistant for the facilities department, Fronczek has heard it all throughout the years. The most memorable complaint came from a neighbor who called several times because the snow piled up in front of campus was dirty. “People bring us their problems, and it’s our job to solve them,” she says. “We’re all about customer service.” After Fronczek started working, she took classes for a while and achieved sophomore status. She had the time of her life being in plays in the Marinello Little Theatre and a long-gone fun event called “Stunt Night,” dancing at mixers, attending concerts, football games, and traveling to Sicily on an alumni trip with her friends. She also had the honor of being one of a handful of females inducted as an honorary member of the Iota Chi Upsilon fraternity. “I was always so proud of being an IXY,” she says. “I look forward to seeing my old buddies return for Alumni Weekend every year.” As the friends Fronczek made started graduating, she thought of leaving Carroll and even went so far as interviewing with a few law offices and corporations in downtown Cleveland but found them to be too boring and not nearly as much fun as working on a college campus. To this day, she follows the philosophy of John Reali ’58, her former boss and vice president for services: Get your job done but have a good time doing it. Fronczek worked for Reali for 25 years and still jokes she has been with him longer than her husband. Fronczek, who was one of two staff members presented with a Centennial Medal by former president Fr. Thomas O’Malley in 1986, remembers other fun: “We’d always play April Fool’s Day jokes on one another. One of my co-workers, Gina Butler ’77, even had my big ’77 firethorn metallic Monte Carlo moved onto the front lawn of the School of Business.” One of Fronczek’s business-office duties was delivering paychecks to the various departments on campus. Around Halloween, she’d put the checks in a trick-or-treat bag and collected treats along the way while handing out the paychecks. Once the University switched to direct deposit, the trips ended, except for on Halloween when she recruited friends to trick-or-treat. “We’ve had such great costumes over the years – the Village People; our version of the Spice Girls: Basil, Oregano, Garlic, and Parsley; and

office goddesses Stressa, Faxus, Caffeina, Computa, and Phonia,” she says. “Trick-or-treating brightened up everyone’s day and became a tradition.” Martina met her husband, Andrew, at Carroll in 1987. Andrew is director of purchasing and auxiliary services for the University. He’s also a nationally certified flooring inspector and avid soccer player. In 1987, he was working at Carroll as a flooring contractor. Jerry Custer, director of physical plant at that time, told Martina there was a guy on campus who wanted to meet her. But it wasn’t true. Then he told Andrew his secretary wanted to meet him. That wasn’t true either. Andrew walked into her office – and life – the first week of the fall semester, when things are most hectic. They started dating in September, and Andrew proposed during Martina’s lunch hour in the president’s office conference room the following January with her friends – Audrey Bloom, Ida Frate, and Diane Ward – by her side. Celebrities have breezed on and off campus throughout the years. Martina was thrilled to work for commencement in ’76 when Bob Hope was the commencement speaker. She also was humbled to meet Mother Teresa during her visit in ’78. Another great memory was shaking the hand of former President Bill Clinton, who was visiting Carroll because City Year, a youth service group he was involved with, was on campus for a convention. Martina, who doesn’t believe in retirement, wants to continue working at John Carroll for the foreseeable future. She calls Ethel Epstein, a secretary who retired from the University at age 85, her little idol, and cites her father, who was still working until recently, at age 86. “I’m blessed to have spent so many memorable years at JCU,” she says. “The community always has been so caring and supportive. This is still a wonderful place to be. If I didn’t work at Carroll, I’d love to open up a charm school to teach people proper etiquette and manners. Either that or work at a doggie day care, another dream job of mine.” – John Walsh You can read a longer version of this profile online at


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Alumni award recipients named
Congratulations to the following alumni who will be honored at the 2011 Alumni Awards Dinner Friday, May 20, 2011.
2011 Alumni Medalists • Charles A. Byrne ’50 • James M. Mackey ’71 • John W. Magnotto ’60 • Patti Rosenfeld ’87 • Robert A. Valente ’69 2011 Silver Quill Award • Paul J. Hulseman ’82 2011 Campion Shield • Col. Michael F. Campbell ’83 • Michael A. Henry ’00

Upcoming events
Thursday, March 31 Columbus Alumni Reception (in conjunction with Independent College Day at the Statehouse) Capital Club Saturday, April 2 Class of 2015 Celebration – Legacy Breakfast JCU campus Wednesday, April 13 Gold Streaks Luncheon O’Connell Reading Room JCU campus Saturday, April 30 Cultivating Community Day St. Ignatius High School Cleveland Saturday, April 30 Chicago Day of Service Our Lady of Tepeyac Elementary and High School Tuesday, May 17 Senior Week Casino Night Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations JCU Campus Friday, May 20 Alumni Awards Dinner Dolan Center for Science and Technology JCU campus May 20-22 Commencement & Reunion Weekend JCU campus

New alumni website launched
The new and improved alumni website was launched in December 2010. The site is one of the first created within the University’s new content management system, WordPress. Check out the new site at to register for upcoming alumni events, update your information, and stay connected to your alma mater.

Parade of classes

Save the date

Be a part of the 125th anniversary celebration and join fellow alumni in leading the class of 2011 to Rodman terrace for graduation. The Office of Alumni Relations is seeking an alumni volunteer from each class (1936 to 2010) to represent their class in the Parade of Classes as part of this year’s commencement ceremony Sunday, May 22, 2011. If you’d like to serve as your class representative, visit and complete the interest form or call Carla Gall ’05 at 216-397-1592.

Saturday, Sept. 16 Homecoming 2011 (Sept. 30-Oct.2) Plan to join us for Homecoming 2011 as part of the 125th anniversary. In addition to our annual street fair and Carroll Clambake, this year’s festivities will include the 10-year anniversary of the National Greek system at JCU. To become involved with the National Greek Alumni Reunion, contact Carla Gall ’05 at 216-397-1592 or

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Out and about

The Office of Alumni Relations, along with JCU’s president, Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., hosted several receptions the past few months in Cleveland, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Miami. Here’s a look.

Bill ’64 and Kim Cook

Steve Yonto ’07, Janet Kramer ’05, and Brian Wren ’06

Aaron Carino ’03, Joe Tarasco ’76, Kristen (Cipriani) Bender ’03, and Dan Bender ’03

Mary Meathe, J.B. Meathe, James Meathe ’79, Meghan McMullen, and Mark McMullen ’77

Tom Doyle ’92, Dan Hewitt ’91, and Stan Rhodes ’91

Larry Mulvihill ’61 and Jack O’Connell Jr. ’70

Alumni Golf Classic
Monday, June 20, 2011 Fowler’s Mill Golf Course Chesterland, Ohio

Alumni immersion trip postponed
Since the printing of the winter edition of John Carroll magazine, we’ve learned our partner organization in Haiti is unable to host us this spring because of the health and political concerns in the country. We’re exploring other sites for an alumni immersion trip this fall. If you’re interested in participating in an alumni immersion experience, contact Theresa Spada ’04 at or 216-397-3014.

Mark your calendar to join us for a great day on the links in support of the Fr. Lavelle Cleveland Club Scholarship. Visit for more information and to register.
For sponsorship opportunities, call Michelle Feinberg ’08G at 216-397-4663.


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For additional columnist contact information, please call 216-397-3050 or 800-736-2586. Note: We publish additional class notes and archived columns online. Visit to read an unabridged copy and previous columns. The magazine staff thanks Paul Clapp ’04 and MJ LaPerch ’08 for their contributions to the magazine as class columnists the past several years.

To our readers

Friday, May 20. That will be a busy weekend. ... I hope everyone had a great Christmas and is having a great 2011. Don

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Larry Kelley ’36

When I saw the picture of Jack lavelle ’38 on page 30 of the winter 2010 issue of John Carroll magazine, I breathed freely. I thought something would happen to postpone the article. My thanks to the new editor, John Walsh, and Cheri Slattery, the alumni journal coordinator. ... Three widows of famous football players from the late ’20s and early ’30s died recently: Kathleen “Kay” Gaul, wife of Francis “speed” Gaul ’29; Catherine “Kay” Bush, wife of ralph “Bud” Bush ’31; and Leona Cooney, wife of edward Cooney Jr. ’35. Leona died Aug. 15, 2010, Kay Gaul on Nov. 23, 2010, and Kay Bush on Jan. 5, 2011. ... I called Bill Muth ’36 last week – he had eye cataract surgery that left him blind. He’s going to a specialist at MetroHealth Medical Center to try to restore some of his sight. Our 75th reunion is coming up in May. I hope he will be able to make it. We were the only ones able to make it for our 70th reunion. The only other two of our classmates still living are Benjamin Belkin ’36 and henry dombrowski ’36. If you’re able to attend and need help, just ask. I’m sure the committee can help. ... So, until later, keep praying. Larry

Helen don’t travel much now, but they’ve enjoyed trips to Italy, where they feel at home. ... al Musci lives in the Village at St. Edward in Fairlawn, Ohio, which is a well-cared-for, independent or assisted living campus neighborhood with abundant amenities, including a chapel with daily Mass and just about every conceivable need, service, and entertainment. ... My wife, Susan, had major heart surgery in June, but with excellent care and self discipline, she’s recovered nicely. I had urological flow problems recently – three emergency room visits, catheters, large blood clots, etc. – caused by excess vitamin K (too many vegetables and salad greens) in my diet. Fortunately, because of Susan’s experience with Coumadin and dieting, I figured blood clotting was caused by excess vitamin K, so I changed my diet and, presto, problem solved. I also have problems related to prostate cancer radiation treatment affecting the bladder. ... In a prior letter, nick Barille reports two connections to California: daughter Anne Valone in Lake Forest and nephew Fr. Nicholas Barille at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Riverside. Nick says Fr. Nick is a saint. What else? ... Also, Frank honn’s most notable trip was part of a chemical industry group that traveled to China in 1983 not long after the country emerged from cultural revolutions. Since 1983, China’s progress has been remarkable. Robert

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Bruce E. Thompson

Last year I decided to spend Christmas in Austin, Texas, where my son, Michael, resides. While there, I decided to call Joe Walker in Plano, which isn’t too far away, to visit him. I arrived in Texas Dec. 18 and called Joe to see if we could get together. My call was a little late because Joe died on the 18th, the day I arrived. Joe was one beautiful guy. His love for John Carroll was deep – always in contact and attending every important reunion. He was known as the guy that cheered loudly, always ringing the school bell. At our 50th reunion, he presented the bell to the school. That voice and bell now are stilled, RIP. ... On the third of this month, Charley eder celebrated his 90th birthday. He’s in robust health, enjoying his life. ... Bill (T. Wm.) Kelly is no longer living in Laurel Lake in Hudson, Ohio. I hear he lives in Cincinnati near his son. Bill, 93, is working on 94 and seems to be doing fine. ... I heard from Bill Brugeman, who offered his condolence to me about the death of my son, John. The gesture was appreciated deeply. ... Congratulations to Neal Buckon ’75, who was named Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. ... This is it. Adios from my new digs in Breckenridge Village in Willoughby, Ohio. I hope all is well. Julius editor’s note: Sadly, Julius passed away right before this issue was sent to the printer.

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Tom Harrison

We attended Jack Miller’s Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s in Carlsbad, Calif. He died Nov. 15. An ex-Navy officer/shipmate eulogized Jack describing his naval experiences. His widow, Jean, and their five children greeted a large group after Mass. ... In November, ed o’Malley’s daughter, Annette, e-mailed saying Ed and his wife, Therese, were living in a senior retirement home in Ohio. ... Fr. Francis smith, S.J., who’s blind, telephoned and expressed his hope of publishing two more poetry books titled “Somehow a Lilac Afternoon” and “Unpredictable Gifts.” … robert Kraus’s life revolves around 17 children and grandchildren. In November, he visited Bob smith (also a widower) in Kingston, N.Y., and attended a Mass for Margaret, Bob Kraus’s deceased spouse. They also visited the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. ... At 90 years of age, Tony Yonto is still CEO of his family’s foundry. The foundry business is good. His wife, Helen, is fine. Tony, who overcame back problems with rehab exercises, and

I talked to Dr. Bob Colopy just before the holidays. He moved to Mentor, Ohio, to live with his daughter, Mary Ann. Bob was a resident of Painesville, Ohio, for many years with his wife, Margaret (Lannon), who passed away years ago. Bob helped bring many children into this world as a practicing obstetrician. He seems to be in good health, so, hopefully, we’ll see him at reunion in May. ... Got an answering machine at Dottie and harry Badger’s house. Hopefully, they’re in a warmer place during the cold weather that’s here in Cleveland. Harry and Dottie headed the list of JCU ’44 donors in ’09 and ’10. Bill dwyer, Gerry Franklin, Joe stolla, and yours truly also made the list. ... I try to attend the Gold Streaks Luncheon scheduled for the second Wednesday in February, March, and April. Carla Gall ’05 is our contact for reservations for the lunch as well as the 125th Anniversary dinner scheduled for Saturday, May 21. The annual reunion begins Friday, May 20. Call me or Carla (216-397-1592) for more information. The Alumni Awards dinner will be held

larry Clifford traveled from his home in Bluebell, Pa., to the Annapolis Yacht Club to participate in an enjoyable afternoon party of Philadelphia-area JCU alumni. Classmate John Giblin added to Larry’s enjoyment when he provided news about other classmates he had seen recently. Larry had planned to attend an alumni party scheduled for this past January that was cancelled because of a heavy snowstorm. He’s watching the mail, awaiting another invitation. ... don hutter, who has been waiting for his investment in Motorola to revive, was pleased to watch the reorganization of the company, which is introducing the newest and sleekest cell phone. ... Bill Feuerstein, who has been retired from General Electric for a while, is the proud great-grandfather of five children. His three sons have earned master’s degrees in engineering, and two of his three daughters have attained master’s degrees, to which he gives credit to his beloved wife, Marguerite. Bill discovered the new entrants of the parish senior golf league are younger, play better golf, and win all the matches. Oh, to be 65, or even 70, again. ... Send news. Good news preferred. All news is reported with reasonable accuracy. Tom

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Treasured memories
Larry Kelley ’36, one of John Carroll’s oldest, most loyal alumni, shares some of his life experiences, beginning with his college days. Many readers have come to know Kelley during the 30 years he has served as class columnist for graduates from the 1930s. The jovial Irishman, 95, fondly recalls his younger days. I wanted to go to East Tech because I wanted to fly airplanes, but my family decided I should follow my brother, Norman ’32, and go to St. Ignatius. As a freshman in high school, I already knew kids from Carroll because we were all together at the other campus at W. 30th and Lorain in Cleveland. We didn’t arrive at the new campus in University Heights until Oct. 5, 1935. We got a late start that year because the buildings were still being built. I parked on the drive in front of the Administration Building. All five of us – Don Birmingham ’36, Jack Lavelle ’38, Albert Weiler ’38, Rocco Marotta ’36, and me – would ride together in my Ford convertible. Whoever got there first sat in the front; the last two sat in the rumble seat. I never drank, so I was the designated driver before it had a name. When I grew up, we had home-brew at our house. My father said, “I’m not saying you can’t drink, but nobody who drinks drives my car.” Well, driving was more important to me. Back in those days, there was college night at the Bamboo Gardens at Euclid Ave. at 100th St., where Kay Kyser and his band got their start. And we went to the Lotus Gardens on Fridays where you could buy a chicken sandwich for 50 cents. That was when a buck used to buy what you wanted. When I started at Carroll in ’32, there were 125 freshmen. Only about 70 graduated because so many had to drop out because of the depression. I majored in history because I liked it. All the seniors were required to take ethics from Fr. Leonard Otting, who was an excellent teacher. As a side note, Youngstown State University was having trouble accrediting its philosophy class, so they asked Fr. Otting to come down and teach it. He was just as strict there as he was with us. If you weren’t at class on time, he marked you absent. After graduation and before the war, I worked in quality control for 3M in Copley, Ohio, because my friend Sam Bauman ’35 suggested I join him. When I applied, they asked me if I could use a slide rule. I said, ‘Well, yes,’ even though I had never had a slide rule in my hands. So I quickly learned how to use it that night from Sam. In ’40, I applied to the Army Air Corps Flying Cadets but was denied because I was too short. So I went to the YMCA and did all kinds of stretching exercises. Don’t tell me you can’t get taller because I did. I almost hit the two inches I needed, but I still measured a quarter of an inch shy of 5 foot 4 inches. The Army Cadet Board was meeting in Cleveland, so I spoke to the sergeant. He called for the captain, who came out to see me. Ha! He was a little short guy – not much taller than me. He saw my sad story, took me over to the scale, measured me, and hollered, “He’s 5 foot 4!” I was the armament man for the 60th Interceptor Squadron at Bolling Field in Washington, D.C. We were on interceptor patrol to protect the D.C. area. We could get four pilots in four planes and armed and up in formation in 15 minutes from the time we received the alert. On 9/11, it took more than 60 minutes before the first guy got off the airstrip. I was stationed at Cluntoe Airfield in Ireland when I met Frances. A few buddies and I were going to Belfast – that was the only place to go, besides church. I didn’t know her, but Frances was director of the American Red Cross Club for the enlisted men. She came up to me and asked, “Is this the bus going to Belfast?” So I always say I picked her up at a bus stop. She was transferred to England, and I stayed to close the base at Cluntoe. It took me five weeks of travel to finally get to England because of grounded aircraft. I arrived May 7. We married on V-Day, May 8, 1945, at St. Mary’s By the Sea in Southport, near Liverpool. We met in Ireland, married in England, and honeymooned in Scotland. Frances died June 5, 2010. We were married for 65 years, 28 days, and one hour. I sure loved her. After the war, Kelley received his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He worked for NASA Lewis Research Center for 33 years as a lawyer and contract negotiator, eventually serving as assistant deputy of procurement. In 1994, he was awarded the John Carroll Alumni Medal, the highest honor given to alumni for his service to the University. Kelley lives in the same house on the West Side of Cleveland where he and Frances raised their seven children. – Susan Curphey

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Donald A. Ungar

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We’re getting closer to a great celebration – the 125th anniversary of our University. I hope you’re making plans to attend this special anniversary and our 60th reunion. Our committee for the last reunion, in 2006, included: James abood, larry Badar, donald Carroll, donald FitzGerald, richard Joliat, edward Poss, Bob revello, ray smiley, Joseph stipkala, William switaj, myself, and Fr. Jack White, S.J. Please remember your days at Carroll and plan to attend the celebration planned for May 20-22, 2011. If you have any favorite pictures of your days at Carroll, send them to me via e-mail. I’ll make a poster board display. ... Your thoughts and words are always welcome. Tell us what’s going on in your life. Donald

The reunion of the class of ’51 in 2006 ... will you be in the 2011 photograph?
and returned to the horse business. Gene was involved as a rider, groomer, trainer, judge, owner, farm manager, businessman, and spectator. But it’s as producer and promoter of some of the nation’s premier hunter/jumper shows he’s best known in the sport. A 2001 inductee into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, he was chairman emeritus of the National Horse Show Association of America and president of Stadium Jumping. For years, he was a partner in Imperial Farms in Palmetto, Fla. This information about Gene, who died in Cleveland Dec. 3, was taken from his newspaper obituary. ... Dr. robert sullens, who died in December, also was an accounting major at JCU. He then earned an MBA at Case Western Reserve and a doctorate in business administration at Kent State University. After time in public accounting and the private industry, he began his lengthy career at Carroll. He was professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Accountancy. He received Carroll’s highest award to an alumnus, the Alumni Medal, in 2001. He also received the University’s Centennial Medal in 1986. A graduate of Cathedral Latin High School, Bob was a five-year veteran of the U. S. Army before entering Carroll. We knew Bob as a classmate and accounting professor to several of our children (including two of mine). I knew Bob best as one of our monthly luncheon group at Muldoon’s Saloon in Cleveland. It was only in the winter 2010 issue of this magazine we reported the death of Bob’s wife, Margaret, who died in August after 63 years of marriage. ... This year, many in our class will have celebrated an 80th birthday. Mine was Jan. 7. While my spouse, Ceale, and I were visiting our son and his family in San Diego during the holidays, they invited other family members for a surprise dinner at a downtown restaurant. Then, upon our return to Ohio, I was surprised again by more than 25 family members at another son’s house in Mentor. Wow! Jan. 7 also was Jack Ziegler’s 80th. He and I were born the same day in the same hospital in Canton, Ohio. Feb. 9 was Norm Perney’s 80th. ... This is a repeat request to Fred Borga, Tom lally, and dean May: Send us information about yourselves. Send your news for the next issue. Jim


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Dorothy Poland

Hi. I hope you survived the holidays. My youngest daughter and her husband were here for a fun-filled 10 days. They’re hoping to open a winery in the area, so we’re looking at property. ... Heard from Lee Cirillo ’51, the Old Codger, larry Casey, Jim Previt, and don Terrell. ... Larry and his wife, Jeanne, are active in their church as Eucharistic Ministers, readers, and greeters. Larry also ushers at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Indiantown, Fla. They’re also anticipating a wedding of Larry Mike, their son who lives next door to them with his two children. Larry, who walks two miles three days a week, is probably hoping to find people to join the Kiwanis group, which he has been working on setting up for some time. ... Don Terrell had the bad luck of falling off a ladder while cleaning the gutters on his house. Fortunately, he landed on the ladder and not on the brick patio. He banged himself up, but with the help of good emergency care and lots of physical therapy, he’s improving slowly. Don’s children are after him to research the family genealogy. Some of the wild tales from his youth imply Attila the Hun and Jon Hus (the 14th century heretic) may be on the family tree. ... Please send news. We’d like to know what the rest of you are doing. Take care, drive safely, and stay warm. God bless until next time. Dorothy


Jim Myers

You may recall in the military the first order of business after the count of nose and toes in the morning (head count) was sick call. I have a sick-call item about Gene Burns and wife, Therese. It seems the Burns were practicing their skating routine at an indoor rink in Lakewood, Ohio, when Therese, while performing a triple axel, fell and injured her knee, which required replacement. So much for their program at the World Senior Skating Program in Toronto. Ever positive, Gene believes missing Toronto may be a blessing because he’s still recovering from his pacemaker surgery. ... Gene Flynn and his staff of CPAs were prepared for tax year 2010. Gene says the extension of the tax cuts threw everything into a real twizzie, but the dust settled and refunds are pounding on the door. He smiles as he discusses the possibility of many changes in the tax laws. The sign behind his desk says “Change is Good.” ... Mike Faul assures everyone he and Peggy enjoy Florida living. He doesn’t miss the crisp, cool air, 16 inches of snow, putting on nine layers of clothing, and snowshoeing to work. The Fauls enrolled in a language class, so they can understand twists and twangs in the language spoken by their neighbors from Eastern N.Y. better ... dave nilges sent a wonderful Christmas note recalling what happened to him during a Christmas trip from Fort Belvoir, Va., to Cleveland. As the lyrics in the song “Those Were the Days” go “those were the days my friend, we thought they would never end.” ... Please keep Gail LaRiche and Sandra Nilges in your prayers. Keep the faith. Pete

Hello to all in the class of ’53 and your family and friends. ... While Gene Mische was an accounting major at JCU, he managed the Cleveland Riding Academy. He became interested in horses at age 12 after his family moved near the academy. After college, he worked about two months as an accountant before he decided it wasn’t for him


Ray Rhode

The JCU class of ’55 has lost one of its bright stars. Frank stringer passed away Dec. 8 after a three-year battle with a rare degenerative muscular disease. In its headline obituary, the St. Petersburg Times called Frank a tireless visionary for Pasco County (Fla.). ...

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dave hauer takes great pride in being able to ski with three generations of his family. He says he can still keep up with some as young as 10 years old. No offense Dave, but we’re getting older. ... I caught ray Colavincenzo at home for lunch. He continues to practice dentistry in Clyde, Ohio, and takes time off to ski in Michigan. He came to JCU from his home in Ellwood, Pa., to live in Bernet and Pacelli Halls where he roomed with Paul Pacer (deceased). Ray graduated from Case Western Reserve Dental School in 1959 and then entered the Navy to see the world. He was able to see California, Taiwan, and Georgia. ... I talked with Jim Mcdonough, who was enjoying a vacation from his home base in Chicago. Jim still is hard at work as chairman of McDonough Associates, an engineering and architectural firm he founded in Chicago. He lived in Bernet Hall at Carroll with John Morley (deceased) as his roommate. He was commissioned in the Army after graduation and served in Korea. After military service, he worked for Mayor John Daley of Chicago as commissioner of streets and sanitation and with the Chicago Transit Authority before opening his own operation. At one time, Jim served on the John Carroll Board of Directors. ... I had a long conversation with Jim stephens. His life has taken some amazing turns – some good, some not so good – but he always has landed on his feet. Jim came to JCU via Northern California and Idaho and credits Frs. LaMay and Rodman for helping him graduate. He was in ROTC and served in Fort Eustis (Va.) and Camp Polk (La.) after graduation. After military service, he worked for Republic Steel, Motor Express, and General Tire, usually in sales. He lived in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Georgia during that time. Finally, in the early ’70s, he was asked to relocate to Erie, Pa., and said no. He wanted to stay in Georgia. So he bought a cleaning company and became a janitor. At one time, his company was responsible for cleaning 22 buildings. If anything, Jim is a Jack of all trades. Currently, he does contract work for the Norfolk Southern Corp. and helps a friend run an auto repair and body shop in the Atlanta area. ... Remember to pray for our classmates who are suffering and in great pain. Remember Mike Caplice’s wife, Pat, who’s at home with hospice care. Ray provide a thorough report to you. To the rest of you, I look forward to seeing you. ... Yours truly and my bride, Mary Therese, took an Elderhostel trip to the Grand Canyon in October and used the opportunity to spend time before and after the trip with Lauretta and Jack Broderick and Gloria and Bob Pascente. We had a great time catching up with things that have happened during the past couple years. ... Mary Jo and John Boler are the proud grandparents of a 12th grandchild, Regina Marie. ... Bart Caterino still is practicing law every day but promises to take time off to attend the reunion. ... Jack Berg finally retired the tennis racket last year and says hello to everyone. He won’t be able to attend the reunion because of his grandchildrens’ graduations. ... John nowlan had a heart attack and has recovered with a stent. He’ll attend the reunion, as well as travel to Arizona in February and March. ... George Waldeck still is working but has a respiratory illness that limits his travel. ... Paul schlimm attended a basketball reunion at the DeCarlo Varsity Center but didn’t play. ... Paul Prasse traveled to Russia and hopes to attend the luncheon in Arizona. He says he’ll make the reunion, too. ... leo diValentino moved from El Paso, Texas, to Spokane, Wash., where he and his wife, Mary Kay, have retired. Leo spent 22 years in the military. After retiring from the service, he set up a business teaching English to various organizations. His wife is recovering from hip surgery. He won’t be able to attend the reunion but says hello to everyone. ... Some of our possible long distance travelers to reunion are Bob Pascente and Jack Broderick from Arizona, Fritz eder from Texas, and Tom o’neil and leo slack from Florida. ... John daley, ed daugherty, Fritz Eder, and Pat shannon say hello. ... As of now, the reunion committee consists of me, Ed Daugherty, and Tom O’Neil, but we’re looking for more help. I look forward to seeing all of you at John Carroll in May. When we have more details, we’ll contact you. ... Finally, I was informed of the deaths of larry howse (April 14, 2009), and Jane, wife of don Buckley, in December. ... God bless. Leo ... Tony rocco informed me Tom Feely lost his wife, Sally, (Oct. 3, 2010) as a result of a blood clot (aortic aneurysm). Tony and Gerry Anne ran into Pat and Jacqueline Keenan at a restaurant in Key West, Fla., in early October – “dorm student meets dayhop,” as Tony stated. ... Joan and Bob “Tiger” Tuma celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 27. ... Lt. Gen. (Ret) John Myers and wife Colette are blessed with 14 grandchildren scattered all throughout the U.S. This summer, John taught a course about leadership for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Tucson, Ariz., a most challenging and rewarding experience. He’s also involved with several charitable organizations along with the Knights of Columbus. ... According to John Gormley, Penny says husband Tony Cuttone is doing much better healthwise and is looking forward to golf this spring. ... Joe luby was elected chairman of the board of directors for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago for a two-year term. ... In early January, Maureen and dick huberty dined with Georgia and Jim Gasper in Houston, where the Hubertys attended their son’s inauguration and governor’s ball. In November, Dan Huberty won the state representative seat (Houston) by a 76% landslide over his opponent. ... Besides Sally Feeley’s death, I sadly report the following deaths: Jim Finnegan’s wife, Ann Cusick Finnegan (Dec. 04, 2010); Bob abraham (Dec. 18, 2010), husband of Lucie (also, cousin of Jim Powers); and Jerry “don Cheech” Cicero (Jan. 05, 2011), husband of Susan. Bob, who had pneumonia, died in his sleep. Jerry succumbed after a long and courageous battle for more than two years with heart disease and, ultimately, cancer. ... Tom Moran accepted the invitation to be on the class of 1957 Endowed Scholarship committee replacing Chuck novak who died May 29. ... On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010, this reporter was honored to receive the “Veteran Honoree – 2010 In Service To Veterans and Community Award” from the Joint Veterans Commission of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. The award was presented at Cleveland City Hall by Mayor Frank Jackson. ... Kindly keep the families and loved ones of our deceased in your prayers. God bless. Sal


Salvatore R. Felice


Leo Duffy
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We’re only weeks away from celebrating our 55th class reunion, May 21 and 22. We could use help, so if you’re available, call me or the alumni office. Also, let’s remember to invite the widows of our classmates. We had a great get-together at our 50th, and it would be wonderful to share the memories of our days at Carroll again, as well as spend time rekindling our friendships. Some of you won’t be able to make the reunion because of physical limitations, but if you’d like to extend a message to the class, e-mail it to me. After the reunion, I’ll

In September 2008, don holicky suffered a horrific hemorrhagic stroke, leaving the left side of his body useless. After much therapy, rehabilitation, and special nutritional supplements taken faithfully for a year, plus prayers and medical expertise, he is a living miracle. Don and Joan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Hawaii in early September. ... In August 2010 at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Pat Keenan received the prestigious Ike Grainger Award in recognition of his 25 years of volunteer service to the USGA regional affairs committee. ... Sue and des Paden send greetings from Key West, Fla. ... Rev. Mr. Bart Merella had the pleasure and honor of baptizing Lauren Teresa, his ninth grandchild and third child of daughter Monica ’93 and Ted Steiner ’93. (See photo on page 46.) Also, in late November, a group of 85 students and adults from St. Charles church in Parma, Ohio, joined him for a Mass at the Cathedral in Washington, D.C. ... Marilyn, wife of Jim sturmi, notified me that Jim had a complete knee replacement in late August and is doing well.


John E. Clifford

Although this column is for the spring issue, the temperature outside was 47 degrees Jan. 13 in San Antonio, home of the league-leading Spurs (33-6 at the time). I’ve only seen two games this year, although if the Dow Jones goes up 500 points, I may be able to afford to attend several more. … Speaking of basketball, John stavole is in his seventh year as the assistant men’s basketball coach at JCU, having retired from Valley Forge High School in Parma Heights, Ohio, where he was the head basketball coach for 21 years. He also retired from teaching as a vocational coordinator. The Blue Streaks have won back-to-back conference championships. John had to endure the unfortunate death of one of the Blue Streaks players, Matt Crozier, Jan. 6. Please remember that fine young man in your prayers. ... Another of our classmates, Bob Straub ’59, who was a basketball Blue Streak, works in the athletic office with John as the operational coach for the basketball


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team. … Speaking of working, John reports Jim oakar still is working in his law practice. Not many of us retire, I guess. … Speaking of law, lawyer Gerald Porter and wife Miriam sold their house in Shaker Heights in the shadow of JCU’s tower and moved “lock stock and barrel” to a condominium in Sandusky, adjacent to Cedar Point and Lake Erie. They’re empty nesters – oldest daughter, Mimi, is a lawyer in Sacramento, Calif., with four children; Christy has two boys and is a Ph.D. in neuroscience teaching at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Va.; and the youngest, Gerry, is a rock drummer in Los Angeles following his dream. Gerald and Miriam are fortunate to be able to visit all of them, even though he still practices law and Miriam still teaches at Cuyahoga Community College. ... Pat Mingarelle, who remembers my sister, Donna, (why, I don’t know) went with his wife, Carol, and John reali and his wife, Marie, for a weekend in Chicago and had a great get-together with the John Briattas, the Jack smiths, Marilu Meyer (Ted Meyer), Jim seeberg, Carol Cenar (dick Cenar), and Joe Fleischaker. Wish I were there. ... Time for “The Todd Matter” on Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Jan. 13, 1956, CBS Radio. Please write. ... Peace. JEC

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Richard E. Dodson

Happy new year! Now from John szuch – big news. “I became a great-grandpa Oct. 28. My granddaughter Ashley (Jim’s daughter) had a baby boy, Ashdin Paul. Now that’ll make a guy feel old.” John also wants us to know the monument honoring General Casimir Pulaski has dodged another cannonball. Read about the “Polish Rifle,” and its return at: ssf/2011/01/memorial_to_polish_hero_of_ame.html. ... Bob d’alessandro reports four grandchildren received their degrees this past year – one received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Toledo; two others received Ph.D.s from The Ohio State University, one in chemistry and one chemical engineering; and a fourth received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Akron. Does it sound like we’re proud grandparents? On the macho side, Bob is recovering from a spill into a bunker on Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club (a real goat course) in Clermont, Fla. His three-rotation spill, culminating in a landing on the right shoulder, broke it in three places and tore the right rotator cuff. Bob’s summation: “I got screwed, that is, I now have a large plate with eight screws in the shoulder.” ... From Mike Campo: A paraprosdokian is a Greek figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. Thanks, Mike. One of my favorites is: Why do Americans choose from just two people for president and 50 for Miss America? ... It’s with sadness I report the passing of John V. Czerapowicz, Ph.D. (Nov. 22, 2010) and John P. (Jack) hyland (Dec. 11, 2010). We have our special memories of these two fine classmates and friends. God bless them, and may they rest in peace. ... Please send me your updates. God bless you. Rick

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Jerry Schweickert

I’m saddened to report my predecessor as class scribe, dick Blase, passed away earlier this fall. Keep him in your prayers. ... Gene Zuckerman recently underwent prostate surgery. (I hope you’re completely recovered by now, Gene). ... I heard from Jack Murray, who informed me about the correct spelling of Colombia, his resident country. (I guess we’re never too old to learn). He also informed me it’s the beginning of summer there. I appreciated that because after I read his message I went out to shovel the snow off the driveway for the third time in eight hours. (Good old lake effect snow, which is heavier in the Heights.) He described a recent earthquake (there) and a cross-country trip (here) with dave Marr and Bill Buescher. (I’m left wondering which experience was most harrowing.) Included in the message was an ancient picture of Jim Philip and him looking very collegiate. ... Greg Fisher and his wife were in Cleveland visiting their daughter. The Masons, dempseys and schweickerts had planned to see them over coffee. ... Bev and I are heading to Phoenix in early March to see the Magnottos and Malizias. We’re hoping the Conboys meet us there. ... Jerry rachfal was in town just before Christmas, and dave nichting, Jim Mason, and I were able to join him for lunch. Unfortunately, Frank Dempsey had a senior moment and went to the wrong restaurant. (It’s so adventurous growing old.) ... I visited briefly with Joe rini at a JCU alumni event in early December. He’s doing well and looks young like the rest of us. ... Jim Mason, Frank Dempsey, Greg Fisher, denny McGrath, steve schuda, and I anxiously look forward to our annual golf trip to South Carolina in early April. This year we’re being joined by Marty regan. As an added bonus, dick Fromholtz will be joining us, one day, for 18 holes. (This will be the day, Sunday, we freeload dinner off Dick and his wife.) ... As you can read, this column is all over the place. Please send me information so I can write about you rather than the same people every time. And rather than trying to drag this out any more, I’ll end your pain by wishing you a Happy Easter (probably belated) and urging you to send me something for the next column. Be well. Schweick


Jack T. Hearns

you’re in for a huge surprise. Last week, I strolled through campus with our ’61 yearbook – you might remember it had an aerial view of the campus on the inside cover. My purpose was to determine what buildings have been constructed and what has been added to campus since our commencement. They include: five dorms, the beautiful Saint Francis Chapel, extensions to the Administration Building and Student Center, the O’Malley Center, Recreation Center Complex, football stadium and baseball fields, natatorium, Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center, Center for Career Services, the University Counseling Center, and the magnificent Dolan Center for Science and Technology. A committee of your classmates has been working since September to ensure the class of ’61 reunion will be the best ever. That committee includes: Paul Boyce, dick Burke, Gerry Burns, Bill daberko, Bob dittrich, Jack doerr, Jack durkin, Tom Gerst, Paul Gilleran, harry hanna, Jack hearns, larry hipschen, len Judy, Gene Kramer, ed McGervey, dick Moroscak, larry Mulvihill, dick Murray, Bill newman, Gerry o’Connell, ed Parks, dan shaughnessy, Tom Theriot, and Bill Tighe. All class members are invited to become involved in the planning process for reunion. Those interested who haven’t signed up should contact Carla Gall ’05 (800-736-2586 or ... The reunion will begin Friday and offer several receptions, a themed dinner, and dancing under the Big Tent, which will be located on the Hamlin Quad – recently dedicated and reclaiming the lawn between the Administration Building and the Dolan Center. Saturday will allow several opportunities for classmates to replay memories. Additionally, campus tours, a 5-K race/ walk, class offerings, a class photo, Mass with graduates, a class dinner, and a dance are some of the activities that’ll be offered. Sunday morning features an outstanding brunch and class members are invited to take part in the commencement exercises later in the day. ... With the passage of time, several of our classmates have moved, and the University is unaware of their current address. So we can keep them informed of the reunion plans, please help locate them. Call Carla Gall if you know the whereabouts of: Bill Brown, Vince Conroy, Mike Cuccaro, roydon Fernandez, Mary Fevrier, Charles Foerstner, Jacob Froelich, Frank Gibson, Tom heffernan, Bob Jablonski, Bob lucas, George Marcelo, ron Martin, ed Mcdonnell, dennis McMullen, Jim Medve, Bob Moran, Mary o’donnell, eleanor roy, John spisak, and Bob steele. Jack

Our 50th reunion is May 20-22, 2011. Do yourself, and all of us, a favor by joining the celebration. Mark your calendar as the University combines commencement and reunion weekend in celebration of its 125th anniversary. The weekend will offer wonderful opportunities for renewing friendships with classmates; seeing the campus; attending seminars presented by current faculty, staff, and alumni; and taking part in numerous events and activities. Remember, the University provides all of these activities free of charge to those celebrating their golden anniversary. ... For those who haven’t seen the campus since our graduation day,

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Happy 2011. Bob simon taught for more than 34 years, including 10 years in parochial schools and the remainder in public schools. Bob, who married in 1991 and retired in June 1997, is active in the

Knights of Columbus and volunteers at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, Ohio. Bob finds the K of C rewarding and encourages you to volunteer. ... darryl o’sickey and his fiancée, Donna, purchased a 37-foot sailboat in Mazatlan, Mexico, in July 2009. They cruised the West Coast of Mexico and the Sea of Cortez, putting more than 3,100 nautical miles on the boat in two different trips. They’re back in Mexico for another five months. Follow their adventures at luffinit/. ... John Zvolensky retired in September 2009 after a 43-year career and selling Kuhlman Electric to ABB. He and Rachael live in Reynolds Plantation, about 70 miles from Atlanta and Augusta – golf country. During the winter, they have a condo in Phoenix. More golf! They have three children and four grandchildren with No. 5 expected in August. In fall 2009, they went on a “Footsteps of Paul” cruise from Istanbul, Turkey, to Athens, Greece, and are planning on a trip to Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany, in June followed by Ireland in August and Southern France in October. Also, he and Rachael went to the Aquarium in Atlanta for a reception for Fr. Niehoff. While there, John ran into Mike Mudler and Joe lazzari. John and Mike hadn’t seen each other since 1963. John says Mike still is working, spending time between Atlanta and Europe. He also said Joe looked so good, he (John) vowed to hit the fitness center the next day but didn’t. ... Paul Kantz sent a nice Christmas note reflecting on his thoughts about Carroll and working there for 30 years. Paul felt strongly about Carroll and was immensely proud of its accomplishments and to have been an integral part of them. Paul also indicated had it not been for his time at JCU, he wouldn’t have met Mary Kay, his wife of 46 years; produced four young men, all graduates of a Jesuit high school and college; and been influenced by great professors. ... On an unfortunate sad note, dan Keenan told me he learned, only recently, of the passing of a dear friend of his, anthony J. “Tony” Melle, Jr., who passed away in March 2007. Tony was a Little Theatre Society actor and photographer for the Carroll News and Carillon. Dan was the best man at Tony’s and Marcia’s wedding. They were married for 47 years. Dan and his wife, Helen, have lived in Pahrump, Nev., for four years, longer than any other place they’ve lived in 27 years. He has been helping a dear friend of his, Sue Thompson, write her autobiography. Our group is old enough to remember some of Sue’s songs, including “Norman,” and “Sad Movies” (Make Me Cry). Dan said Sue was named to the new Las Vegas Rock Reunion Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and Western Swing Hall of Fame. ... I received an e-mail from richard Flasck, who celebrated his 44th year with Merrill Lynch in Toledo, Ohio, and passed the business to his son-in-law. He and Dolly are spending their fifth winter in Indian Wells, Calif. – better in the winter than July and August for sure. Dick has been part of a Jesuit-led program in Honduras where he built a medical clinic to serve a poor community on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula. The missions there have been sobering but gratifying. For more than 20 years, Dick has done a lot of bird watching throughout the world. He and Dolly have three children and six grandchildren. … Until next time … Pete


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I received a note from Tony Compisi bewailing another golf season gone and no hole-in-one to his credit. He had one close call with a shot off the pin that caromed 13 feet away. To his credit, he sank the birdie putt – something to build on, Tony, as spring arrives, bringing renewed hope to all duffers. ... I had an engaging conversation with The Honorable Michael Weigand, who traveled to JCU from nearby Barberton and resides there still, presiding as City of Barberton judge for 22 years after practicing law for 19 years. He and wife Caroline, married 42 years, have two daughters and four grandkids. Before he attended the University of Akron School of Law, Mike served as an army officer in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1964 to 1967 and unequivocally calls his ROTC decision and army service among the most career defining experiences of his life. Many of our classmates second that sentiment. Gridiron aficionados will remember Mike starting three years defensively and offensively on the interior line, gaining All Catholic and All American honors senior year. ... The Luck o’ the Irish award goes to Bill Kerner because of one of the best boy-meetsgirl stories ever told, previously obscured in the dim mists of quad legend. As he arrived at JCU from Long Island, little did Kerns know the girl of his dreams, Jan Scoggin, was moving to attend St. Mary of the Woods in Indiana’s far-off Wabash Valley. Incredibly, fate intervened, serendipitously scheduling a joint JCU/St. Mary Glee Club presentation. Kerner, who’s no fool, took one look at Jan’s picture in the advance materials and manufactured an introduction. The rest is, well, history. See the senior yearbook pictures of Jan’s coronation as Military Ball Queen escorted proudly by our hero. They married right after graduation. Bill then graduated St. John’s University School of Law, served two years as an army officer, including a summer at West Point and a year directing the Port of Inchon in Korea. They settled in her hometown, Avon Lake, Ohio, in 1970. Bill is director of law for the city of Avon Lake and recently received an EMBA from Case Western Reserve. They have four children (three Carroll grads) and nine grandkids. ... Lastly, Bob heutsche reports backcourt magician lou Mastrian’s induction into the Farrell (Pa.) High Hall of Fame. Lou led the 1959 and 1960 Farrell basketball teams to Pennsylvania state championships. After JCU, he served Farrell as English teacher and basketball coach for 29 years. He earned a master’s in library science (’69) and education administration (’80). He also earned an Ed.D. (’84). Lou closed with eight years as superintendent of the Hermitage School District before retiring on Florida’s West Coast. He and wife, Elaine, have four children and eight grandkids. ... Until next time, God bless all Streaks. Frank

their two children, and three grandchildren. Frank was a valued member of the Pershing Rifles (PRs) where I met him in 1961. I recall him as a good-natured fellow, always ready to find humor in any situation. You can remember Frank by sending contributions to the Animal Refuge Center, P.O. Box 6642, Ft. Myers, FL 33911. Frank’s passing created a flurry of e-mails that reconnected me with former PRs Doug Kaputa ’66, ron nemeth, Tom Etowski ’64, John Morris ’66, Ellis Keefer ’64, John Marcy ’63, Steve Christian ’63, Bob Schulz ’63, Dick Foster ’64, Mike O’Halloran ’63, and Andy Zwarun. ... In New York City, Kip Zegers is in his 27th year of teaching at Hunter College High School with no thoughts of retiring – so far. His seventh book, “Reading Whitman in Manhattan,” was published recently by Foothills Publishing/Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies and Education (available at Kip’s daughter, Annie, is a freshman at Muhlenberg College and his wife, Jill Crandall, is clinical professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. ... Jack Mesker, who has a vacation lake house at Lake Greenwood, S.C., is looking forward to fishing trips and family gettogethers. Jack and his wife, Sharon, also took a 12day trip to Italy that fulfilled her life-long dream. Sharon fell just before the trip, so she needed a wheelchair. Jack says he lost weight pushing the wheelchair on cobblestones. The wheelchair allowed them to sit in the front row to see the pope, which was the highlight of their trip. Another moving experience for them was a visit to the veterans’ cemeteries in Anzio. Jack wants to travel to Alaska but, in the meantime, visitors are welcomed at his place. .... Ken esper has been communicating with Gary Franko and Denny Danalchak ’66, who are doing well, although a few pounds heavier than their playing weights. Ken still is trying to find his JCU roommate, Dave Owen ’66. Contact Ken at if you know Dave’s location. The three musketeers: Jay Brungo, duane Kexel, and Tom McGrath are planning a trip to Eastern Europe with their wives in October. Tom says it should be fun. I’ll warn Interpol. ... Your columnist continued his peripatetic lifestyle this past December by travelling to French Polynesia, including Tahiti, the islands of Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa in the Marquises, and Moorea. Nothing like heat and humidity to make one forget the rain and cold of the Pacific Northwest in winter. Dick

updates from New York. He’s working at a bank to keep Judi in the lifestyle she deserves, but I think he likes being around all that money. He mentioned Judge John schwartz continues to work part time on the bench, and ron Gillenkirk still bartends a few nights a month. Ron also continues to see and listen to too many of the Indians and Browns games. Steve heard from Bill McCoy. He relayed an address for the long lost Jim hartings, who lives in Cincinnati. Bill had lived there, too, but recently left the Queen City for a warmer climate. He and his bride moved to Ft. Myers, Fla. I’ve been in touch with him, and we hope to get together. … Jim adair checked in, and he continues to work with his Catholic Tour Company. He asked for contact info for Pete KassayFarkas. They were friends at JCU, and Pete was in Jim’s wedding. Jim said that before Pete and Joan were married, they used to double date. … I have a sales meeting in Dallas in February, so I hope to get together with Jack Mclain and Penny. Jack had back surgery last year and has had problems during his recovery, so I hope to check up on him during my visit. ... Forty-five years – can you believe it? Reunion weekend is coming. Jane and I are planning to attend, and we’d love to see all of you there. I haven’t seen or heard from most of you in all these years. Now would be a great time. Call or e-mail me about you, a classmate, your kids, your grandkids, or your first million dollars. Inquiring minds want to know what you’re up to these days. Take care, everyone. Dave


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Dave Griffin

Hello, all. It’s NFL playoff time as I write, so I know everyone’s favorite team didn’t win. I hope the winter up North hasn’t been too nasty for y’all. I received an e-mail from Mike delisio. After working in the U.S. and numerous places throughout the world, Mike and his wife, a doctor, met and settled in Florence, Italy, where he was a teacher and school administrator. He also founded a school named the American Academy of Florence. For the past 20 years, he worked for the U.S. Army managing a learning resource center and in resource management at a battalion level. Mike, who retired last April, is proud of their daughters – one is an optometrist, the other is an architect. … I received a note from steve Chamberlain with


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With sadness, I report Frank Vermes, D.O., passed away in November in Fort Myers, Fla. Frank had a private medical practice in Columbus, Ohio, from which he retired in 1998. He leaves his wife, Trish,

Hello, and a happy New Year to the class ’67. I’m calling this my thank you column. Thanks to all alumni who contributed to our column and passed along news we can enjoy. But first, alumni updates. Rev. Terrence dempsey, a graduate of Thomas W. Harvey H.S. in Painesville, Ohio, has been recognized nationally for his contributions to the field of religious art. He’s the director of the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at St. Louis University, which is the first of its kind with the aim of creating an interreligious dialog through works of contemporary art. There’s hope the museum will restore a centuries-old relationship between religion and art. Congratulations, Fr. Dempsey from the class of ’67. ... Congrats to Tom Murphy, the former mayor of Pittsburgh who served in that capacity from 1994 to 2005. Quite an accomplishment. Tom is a senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute. ... After a 45-year career, Michael Connor retired as VP of operations and maintenance of the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad. Michael, a principal railroad consultant for Excelsior Transportation Management, finished coauthoring an Arcadia Press book titled “Railroads of Buffalo.” It was scheduled for release in February. Congrats, Michael from your classmates. ... OK, OK, thank you to the following: our friend at Carroll, Pete Bernardo, who keeps me informed about pertinent events. He’s always ready to assist a classmate. Pete sent the recent greetings to alumni for Veterans Day. Great job! ... to Tom ashdown for making the monthly arrangements for the JCU-Cathedral Latin alumni gathering at Muldoon’s in Cleveland. ... to John Forhan, who always sends greetings from

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Santa Barbara, Calif. He continues to work as a law instructor. John returns to Cleveland every June to meet with friends and alumni from JCU and Cathedral Latin H.S. ... to Michael Mullin, who continues to work at the North Coast Behavioral Healthcare Center associated with MetroHealth Medical Center. Mike always is interested in what the alumni are doing. ... to sam Colacarro, who continues as the athletic director at Lake Catholic H.S. Sam always is upbeat and continues to enjoy his job. Thanks, Sam, for all your news items, too. ... to Mark delong, who keeps in contact as he continues to develop his artistic talents in his second career as an artist. Don’t forget he has volunteered to develop a logo for our 45th reunion. ... to classmate louis shainker for those kind remarks for our classmates and alumni. ... to Bill ryan from New Orleans who had a great year, receiving the Campion Shield Award. Bill continues to do great things for Marine veterans. In November, he organized a trip for wounded vets to travel from San Antonio to New Orleans for a weekend visit. Bill also hosted a lunch where vets were provided a chance to talk about careers after their military duty. ... to Cheri Slattery from JCU whose assistance helps me prepare this column. ... Cleveland firsts – the first city to coin the term rock and roll in 1951. ... Have a great year, and keep the notes coming. Peter


Tom and Rosemary Costello

Hey! It’s time for our 40th reunion in May. We’re planning many fun events for reunion weekend. We’re determined to make it a weekend we will all enjoy. Pete hamm and Mimi Fitzpatrick Cavera are on the committee again this time. We need your help to attend the reunion and encourage others to attend. We welcome your suggestions for the reunion. Just send us an e-mail. ... We were happy to meet up with Coletta ’73 and Jim o’Brien this past fall. Their son, Patrick, is a sophomore at the University of Illinois, and they were down from Naperville to attend a football game. Over drinks and dinner, we learned their other son, Michael, attends Northern Illinois, and their daughter, Shannon, is a teacher in the Chicago area. They’re also proud grandparents. ... We’re pretty light on news this column, but we hope with a great turnout for reunion we’ll have plenty to write about next time. Plan on coming back to Carroll the weekend of May 20-22 to celebrate Carroll’s 125th Anniversary and reconnect with many friends. We look forward to seeing you in May. Tom and Rosemary

Class of ’70 members Rich Harkey and Terry Wichmann attended the DAT Christmas reunion.
rich harkey ( faithfully sends me a recap of the DAT reunion held annually at Christmastime. He did so in the early part of 2010. However, because of my oversight, I didn’t pass along the report until my last column. I didn’t want to drop the ball this year, so I sent Rich an e-mail asking if the group had convened as usual. I also expressed my hope Rich was enjoying better weather than we were having in the Midwest. Imagine my surprise when, five minutes later, Rich replied they had their reunion, he was in Paris, and it was 55 degrees and windy. Who would have thought when we were at JCU in the late ’60s that someday we’d be communicating between Lansing, Mich., and Paris via a handheld device. Rich reported the DAT guys had a great turnout for this year’s reunion on Dec. 27 in beautiful downtown Cleveland. Representing our class was Terry Wichmann (only one from our group who has had perfect attendance the past 40 years). Terry, a retired U.S. Army captain, was invited to give the oath of office to a recently commissioned second lieutenant nephew who’s attending the University of Dayton. Of all branches, the U.S. Army assigned his nephew to the Transportation Corps. Can you imagine the feeling being introduced to the audience as Captain Wichmann? Terry received the first-hand salute and the customary silver dollar from his nephew. Terry proudly served as an officer with the 717th Rail Battalion for many years and currently is a consultant to the automotive industry. He and wife, Mary, live in Westlake, Ohio, and are the grandparents of nine grandchildren. Let’s see if anyone else in the class of 1970 can beat that. ... The highlight of the evening was a disc Paul antonin – noted historian and cinematographer – made from films he’d taken at the 1967 homecoming. Featured are the floats and the coronation ceremony during halftime festivities of Penny and rick sabolik as the queen and king of homecoming. Somehow Paul captured those busy scenes of that crisp, October Saturday morning with films of the floats and traffic on Belvoir Blvd. featuring those incredibly old cars from the early ’60s. The winning float was BC, which contained Stone Age cartoon characters and stood for Beat Case, which the Blue Streaks were able to do that afternoon. Special thanks to Vic Matteucci ’71 who tirelessly organizes the annual event. ... Lastly, because of bad e-mail addresses, if anyone didn’t receive the photographs of this year’s DAT reunion, contact Rich Harkey at the e-mail address listed above. Ted


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John M. Marcus

Onward, forward, upward with the class of ’68 ... donna M. (Wiecek) nelson is enjoying the Florida sunshine in Orlando. ... dennis F. McGraw has his own computer repair service in Cleveland. ... Marty susi, another long-time Carroll friend and my former roommate, is in the consumer shopping markets in Cleveland. ... William (Bill) M. Karnes was the best treasurer I had in the National Society of Scabbard and Blade. Bill, please send me a note I can share in the column. If you know the whereabouts of my favorite vice president of Scabbard and Blade, Frank Weiss ’69, ask him to contact me or the alumni office (216397-4336). ... I need your notes and letters to keep this column going, so please send them along. I’ve got so many special, lifelong friends from the class of ’68, I’d like everyone to send me a note. I’m listing several of you who I’ve thought of recently: richard angelo, don andrews, Michael Barone, Thomas Cunningham, Patrick Gnazzo, C. richard Frishkorn, and Thomas Quinn. ... On a personal note, my father, Donald L. Hawk, a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II in the Pacific Theater, died Nov. 22, 2010. Dad had a full military funeral with honors. I miss him. My mother died six years ago. Mom and Dad were great friends and supporters of John Carroll and all of you. ... See you in the news. For you and John Carroll, Jeff.

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Ted Heutsche

Jack Bertges made it to D.C. for his annual family Christmas visit and lunch with Craig roach and I. (Jack wants everyone to know he picked up the check.) Jack has hosted several friends on the Left Coast this past fall: donna Brown, Judge anne Conway, Mark Pacelli, Bill Petrovic, and Marty schreiber, among others. Bobby longo will meet up with them frequently, especially if Jack is buying. Roach still is running Boston Pacific, an energy consulting firm, and it still looks like he could clean up anyone half his age in racquetball. ... Patty (simoson) Farrell wrote to let us know donald (the guy who spent all his time in the library) turned 60 in January and still is working at Segerdahl Graphics. Patty said he’s playing a lot of golf and recently shot his age. Then he played the back nine and shot it again. The Farrell’s daughter, Michaela, is a frosh at Boston College, so Don and Patty crashed at the Quiltys for BC’s Parents Weekend. ... Old pal neil Conway and wife, Maureen, brought me up to date on the international hockey scene. Seems their son, Neil (Bubby), was named MVP in Canada’s national collegiate hockey championship for his role as goalie in St. Mary’s University’s 3-2 OT win for all the beans. Meanwhile, their daughter, Seanna, is captain and goaltender for Ireland’s national women’s (ice) hockey team. Seanna will lead the Ireland team in the World Championships. ... In another part of Canada, Tom ryan’s kid brother Casey’s kid, Kenny, is starring for the Windsor Spitfires and is part of the Toronto Maple Leafs system. ... lucy selvaggio stickan wrote to let me know she and Chris (married 35 years) have produced two more JCU English majors – Lisa ’98 and Christina ’09. Chris is a federal prosecutor, Lucy has been working for Ohio Senator George Voinovich, Lisa is a county prosecutor,

and Christina is working on a nursing degree and has been named 2011 Miss Italia of Ohio. (Thank goodness she resembles her mother! See photo on page 46.) ... Connie (Carpenter) and Bob Quart spent Christmas with their sons and new grandson, Quinn. There’s no truth to the rumor Quinn got a “Surfboards Hawaii – Buffalo Chapter” jacket, complete with tassel on the right sleeve. ... Mark Pacelli is trying to put together a table for an event honoring Tim russert in Chicago. I hope to hear how that went from Mark for the next issue. ... Finally, Bill “Bearsy” McGregor ’71, my old hallmate in Murphy, has been named one of the 2010 Washingtonians of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine for his work developing fine scholar/athletes as football coach at prep football powerhouse DeMatha High School. ... That’s it for this time. Take care. JM daughter passed the Florida Bar but moved to Alaska to practice law. Dan and his son started a new Internet business, and Dan and Jean became first-time grandparents with the birth of Augustus Walker Summers. ... rosemary amato still lives in Amsterdam. She spent Christmas in Paris and New Year’s in Singapore. She’s the global knowledge manager within Deloitte. Planning a trip to Europe? You can reach her at ... ed Kelly ran two ultramarathons (100 miles) in 2010. His son, Eamon ’03, will be getting married this May to Rebekah Jay of Cleveland. ... ed staunton left Verizon last year and started a telecommunications consulting practice for government, wholesale, and wireless markets in metro D.C. His daughter, Sarah, will graduate from University of Mary Washington in June with a degree in international relations. ... Van Conway’s firm, Conway MacKenzie, opened its eighth office in L.A. and was recognized for the 10th time as a top-12 turnaround advisory firm by Turnarounds & Workouts magazine. Van’s son, Kevin, will be attending Wake Forest University in the fall to play baseball with his older brother Matt. ... Sandy and Jim “Chigo” rados celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary. Their son, Chris, is an attorney at Donohue, Brown, & Smyth in Chicago; daughter Stephanie is a second-year law student at St. Louis University; and youngest, Nicole, is a junior at Boston College. ... Larry and Marie Meathe celebrated the wedding of their oldest daughter, Libby, last September. Daughter Jackie is earning her Ph.D. as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Marie continues to substitute teach, while Larry travels a great deal for his job with Brush Engineered Materials. ... Jeff hokl shared an evening of laughs over dinner with Terry dwyer in Indianapolis last fall, while Jeff was in town from Chicago visiting his son. If you recall your ears burning just before Christmas, you can blame these two as they reminisced at the expense of many JCU acquaintances. ... Finally, all is well in the Windy City again as Ken ’73 and Kathy (Crowley) Kelly returned to Chicago. They live near Wrigleyville and are reconnecting with friends and family. ... Fran Keim had been experiencing health problems and, sadly, passed away in March. Robby book “Tim Russert, We Heartily Knew Ye.” I highly recommend it for inspiration and a virtual return to campus. ... I received an e-mail of condolence from Mike Messina wanting to stay in touch and asking if I had any news from our mutual friends in Shenango Valley, Pa. ... Terry Burns ’76 and I are still networking and meeting in person occasionally. ... I received a wonderful e-mail from Fr. neal Buckon: “His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI asked me to become a successor of the apostles and serve as an Auxiliary Bishop to Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. I answered, ‘Yes.’ Please pray for me as I prepare for my ordination Feb. 22, 2011, at the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. Peace and prayers, Bishopelect Neal J. Buckon.” Congratulations Neal, and thanks for your service to God and country. Pray for Neal, pray for peace. Here’s a new trivia question: One of the professors in the sociology department was Fr. Henninger. What nickname did the students give Fr. Henninger? The first classmate to e-mail me the correct answer will be recognized in my next column. E-mail me news, OK? Hi, Sam. RR


Bob Larocca

Congrats to Gerry Patno, former class of ’73 columnist, who approached your humble correspondent at the annual JCU Christmas gathering at Shaker Heights County Club and excitedly announced his engagement to Cathy Fink, a long-time friend who’s now the love of his life. (Stay tuned for upcoming embarrassing moments.) ... lucy Giuffrida Kopcak also was having a great time at the fest, taking a break from teaching at St. Clare School in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Others who made the scene include Tom Malone and his wife, Mary Kay “Hutch” ’75. Tom has been elevated to the status of a member of the Kilters of the East Side Irish-American Club for his eloquence in playing the bagpipes. ... elizabeth Grimes haley and her loving husband, Bill, are proud grandparents in Terre Haute, Ind., where she’s still working in the area of special education, consulting with and training teachers and students about assistive technology in four school corporations. She reminisced that several years ago she and Kathleen sharkey delpha, linda riczo, Mary Beth Campbell, and Conchy Fajardo-hopkins went to the Florida Keys together to catch up on time passed. I understand Conchy is a lecturer at JCU in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures. I need additional documentation for Kathy, linda, and Mary Beth about their occupational status, please send me any info you have ... just scratchin’ the surface. Rock on. Bob


Diane Coolican Gaggin

Happy spring! Not so long from now, we’ll be meeting on the Quad to catch up on the past five years. I’ll provide details later in the column. First, though, congratulations to norb Trocki (norbert. for his creation of Bluefin Consulting, which provides IT and business advisory services to private and public companies. At the moment, the focus is on the Great Lakes area, but he expects to expand nationwide. May it be the beginning of a very successful company. ... Sadly, I have to report the death of Joe Michael’s father, Dr. John Michael, professor emeritus of management in the Boler School of Business. He passed away Dec. 30, 2010. Our condolences to Joe, Kathy ’77, and the rest of the family. ... As promised, here’s the scoop about reunion I have at press time. Reunion weekend is running concurrently with commencement for the 125th anniversary of John Carroll, so there will be plenty of excitement and celebration. Packages including on- and off-campus accommodations are available. Advance registration is required, so call the alumni office at 800-736-2586 to make your arrangements. There’s an early bird savings if you make your reservations by April 1, 2011. To stay up to date, keep checking www.jcu. edu/reunion. The committee is hoping to have at least 76 of us return to campus for the festivities. As is customary for reunion years, the class of 1976 will be giving a monetary gift to the University, which includes the sum of all gifts and pledges made to the Carroll Fund and other designations at the University through May 31, 2011. We’re hoping to be generous for the 125th Anniversary. ... Here’s looking at you kids. Get busy making those reservations so we can get together and remember what the Rat Bar used to look like. Have a safe trip in. Cools


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Dave Robinson

Frank Palermo hosted a four-day golf outing that was held last October at Palmetto Hall Golf Course near Hilton Head Island, S.C. Attending were: Joe Virostek, larry Meathe, Mike Mcshane, Charlie Carroll ’72, Jim Casserly ’72, and John Palermo ’71. Numerous rounds of golf were played with mandatory cigar smoking and beer consumption on and off the golf course. The highlight was Frank recording his first hole-in-one. ... dan (samardzich) summers sends greetings from Florida. His

Hello, classmates. I hope you had wonderful holidays. The Russian is the answer to the trivia question in my last column: What nickname did the residents of Pacelli Hall give the head RA our freshman year? Congratulations to anne (Pipik) Wisniewski, the first classmate to e-mail me the correct answer via husband Mike, who also e-mailed an update. Mike and Anne have been living in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, since graduation. Anne has retired from teaching high school English in the Willoughby School District. Mike is using his Ph.D. in psychology in private practice, teaching in the graduate psychology department at Cleveland State University, and consulting and coaching executives. Anne and Mike are enjoying their empty nest, although Anne spends many of her days with their 2-year-old granddaughter. The couple celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in Hawaii this past January. ... I’m reading Rich Wolfe’s


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Greetings! Gerald reilly lives in Madison, Ind., and is Eastern regional manager for State Historic Sites in Indiana and manager for the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. Gerry manages programs, events, and restoration projects on the historic buildings. He serves on boards of the local Civil War Roundtable and the Madison Main Street organization. Gerry stays in contact with classmates: Pete ruffing, dan Fickes, Carol rotterdam ebdon, ro Piening, Kathy o’Brien Caplice, and Tom Czernicki. Travelling to Ireland with family members, Gerry spent part of his 53rd birthday at the Guinness Brewery. Slainte! ... Karen (satko) edwards celebrated 31 years with NASA Glenn Research Center and 30 years of marriage to husband, Daryl, whom she met at NASA. Son Ryan graduated in December from the University of Toledo. The Shannon Edwards Memorial Fund dedicated to the memory of daughter, Shannon, helps support special education students in the North Ridgeville (Ohio) City School District. ... Mark Zaksheske moved back to Erie, Pa., last year. Zak is VP of finance and CFO for the Economic Development Corp. of Erie County. He has a daughter who graduated from Rockford College; a son who’s a sophomore at Marquette; and youngest daughter who’s a senior at Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, Ill. Zak reconnected with Mark ruth at a high school event in Erie last summer. ... Thomas o’Grady’s previous careers included service as a U.S. Army Officer and elected official. Thomas is principal at Max Hayes High School in Cleveland, where he joins Kim Petrovich ’77 and other JCU alums in helping transform the school system into a premier school system in the U.S. ... Jim Carrabine is a lawyer practicing in the field of personal injury litigation. Carrabine & Reardon Co., LPA, is located in Mentor, Ohio, where he lives. Jim and Laura celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary with a trip to Savannah, Ga., and Hilton Head, S.C. Jim’s daughter, Christin, works as a licensed counselor in Cuyahoga Falls and has given him the amazing gift of a grandson, Riley. His daughter, Jaime, teaches first grade in Las Vegas; and his son, Nick, is a reporter for the News Herald in Willoughby, Ohio. Jim keeps in contact with classmates ara Bagdasarian, Mark ruth, John Tepfenhart, and Chuck Cerankosky ’79. ... In March 2010, Phil rist and his wife, Michele, became grandparents. Daughter Melanie presented the world with a handsome baby boy, Camden Nicholas Kleinhenz. Phil says he’s really cool. ... Walter Brownridge is an Episcopal priest, seminary associate dean, and faculty member at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. Walter still plays tennis. He says he has the same stroke production but isn’t running as much. Tina and Walter have been married for 28 years with sons Alec, a junior at Brown, and Martin, a 10th grader. ... Thanks for writing. Tim

Beth Rinz, Paula Bruening, Nancy Agacinski, and Cathy Newell visiting the Tim Russert exhibit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Happy spring, everyone. Looks like the class of ’79 has a lot of representation on the frontiers of medicine: loretta Cipkus dubray, owner of Global Clinical Connections – a drug development, consulting, and project management company – convened her first advisory board meeting at the Cleveland Clinic Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center in August. The company helps commercialize biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies by helping manufacture, package, label, and distribute drug supplies for phase I-IV clinical studies. For more information, visit www. In October, I was looking at the Cleveland Clinic home page news flash section, which recognized medical innovators at an annual Innovator Awards dinner, and saw familiar smiling faces – Mary McCafferty Kander and Chris Coburn. It’s always nice to see classmates turning up in interesting places. ... I attended JCU’s Christmas party for alums, family, friends, and faculty Dec. 2

at the Shaker Heights Country Club. It was a lovely event and great to see so many familiar faces. dan hanson; Pete hughes and his wife, Bonnie; and Mike Pappas were present from our class. I also ran into John Ettorre ’80; Nancy Cunningham Benacci ’77; Bill Kern ’76 and his wife, Anna; Fr. Bukala; and Pat Murray ’77. … Congratulations to Mary Kay ruvolo, who has entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph as a candidate for religious life. She begins two years of serving in ministry and living in community with Sisters of St. Joseph, a first step in the process of becoming a member of the congregation. Mary Kay, who retired from a 31-year career teaching physical education, primarily in K-8, with the Strongsville (Ohio) City Schools, is teaching at St. Richard’s Catholic School in North Olmsted, Ohio. ... In November, I met with Cathy dinkel newell, Beth Maher rinz, and Meg Noonan Hart to visit Paula Bruening for a long weekend in Washington, D.C. Paula gave us a fabulous tour of the city, which included a visit to the Newseum, an interactive museum dedicated to educating the public about the value of a free press in a free society. We saw the Tim Russert ’72 exhibit, a recreation of his NBC office. I particularly liked a favorite adage of Tim’s that was prominently posted in his office: “No whining!” ... Happy 2011. Don’t forget, every five while we’re alive. Nancy

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Matt Holtz

Bob Hill

Hello, class of 1981. In just a few weeks, it’ll be 30 years since many of us walked across the graduation platform and received our undergraduate diplomas. How the world has changed in 30 years. There are many stories we could tell and memories we could share about our four years at Carroll. There isn’t a better place to do that than reunion this year. In the spirit of our 30th, I’m holding off on your e-mail updates and providing you with 30 reasons to attend our reunion. So if you’re on the fence, here you go. 1. Good reason to visit Cleveland, especially if you haven’t been back in 30 years. 2. You know every person’s age. 3. If you’re a first-timer, you have the ability to embellish any and all aspects of your life. 4. Weekend getaway to eat and drink abundantly. 5. Compare amount of hair left on heads of male attendees. 6. Compare hair color on the heads of female attendees. 7. Wonder aloud: “How is it possible that 30 years have gone by.” 8. Humor the reunion committee and JCU alumni employees. 9. Find out how many classmates are grandparents. 10. Compare the present cost of college to our tuition and weep with classmates about the cost of sending kids to college. 11. Celebrate the Jesuits. 12. Spend the weekend in gratitude for the opportunity to attend JCU. 13. Find an undergraduate who knows what a slide rule or HP 35 is. 14. Luff program by walking around the quad two times. 15. Show off

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Mary Kay Ruvolo ’79 (center) was welcomed as a candidate into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph at the Congregation’s Cleveland center.

to your family and friends how much you know about the campus – not everything has changed. 16. Campus food – not only has it improved, but we can eat half as much and still gain weight. 17. See old professors? 18. Visit Our Gang restaurant, or is it not there anymore? 19. Try and find your old post office boxes and dorm rooms. 20. Have a beer at the Rat Bar. 21. Walk down memory lane with old friends. 22. Tour the campus to see major changes. 23. Look at old photos of perms, mullets, and big hair. 24. Feel good about ourselves, realizing what we did as undergraduates and how much we have accomplished since 1981. 25. Studies show those who were initially hesitant about attending their reunions discover it was an event they wouldn’t have missed. 26. Let first-time attendees feel appreciated for finally showing up. 27. See if the Facebook picture is really you. 28. See if you can have your GPA changed at the registrar’s office by making a personal visit. 29. Claim things you left at Carroll at the lost-and-found depot. 30. Because it wouldn’t be the same without you. ... Hope you seriously consider being at the reunion May 20-22. ... Please continue to e-mail your notes to me or visit facebook. com/bob.hill. Have a great year. Bob and suzanne McChesney Whalen, who lost their fathers around Christmastime. I knew Joe’s dad well and will never forget his terrific advice about warm beer and women’s shoes. The priest who presided at Mr. Kovach’s funeral at St. Francis of Assisi in Gates Mills, Ohio, was great. He said, “You can never repay your parents for all they have done for you. You can only pass it along.” RIP, Mr. Kovach and Mr. McChesney. ... Onward on. Paul online magazine. George, a CPA, has been with the company for almost 25 years, most recently serving as senior vice president finance and administration. A grad of CWRU, he received his MBA from Carroll. ... Want to see more class of ’84 news? You can make that happen. Take advantage of that e-mail feature on your smart phone and send me an “E” soon. Don

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Mark Schroeder


Diane (Nerem) Wendel

Don D’Amore


Paul Hulseman
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Greetings from Chicago. Raise the John Carroll flag in Chicago these days, and you’ll likely run into suzanne Carroll and her new best friend, Dick Murphy ’57. Another Murphy, Paul V. Murphy, Ph.D., was in town in January with Tom Fanning from admissions to spread the good news about our alma mater and recruit alumni to help with recruiting. There’s no better way to give back to Carroll. Dr. Murphy heads up the University’s mission as an assistant to Fr. Niehoff. He also runs the Institute of Catholic Studies. Paul is a dynamic speaker and I recommend you make plans to hear him sometime. ... Katie Grace Brandt spent a weekend in New York last October looking at colleges with her oldest son, Joe, who turned 18 the day after Katie’s glorious 50th celebration. The highlight of their weekend in New York, however, was seeing her JCU roommate, Barb nagel rosene, perform at Birdland. Barbara (must be a stage name) held court every Sunday in October with a jazz repertoire, which was just amazing, according to Katie. Word on the street is Barb will be back in Chicago this spring. Also, Katie was caught teaching my kids how to play beer pong over the holidays. Those are two talented roommates. ... I ran into Kathy lambert Whitely in Cleveland after Christmas. Kathy had lunch with Mary Kay Merk-Kusner the previous week as MK made her annual trek from Iowa City to Cleveland to Lancaster, Ohio, and back. I also ran into dave holtz the same evening. One of Dave’s many daughters is a freshman at Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island studying baking. Sounds delicious. My sister, Jean Hulseman Kloos ’86 made the mistake of calling Dave “Matt.” She got the last name right but mistook my former roommate for my former teammate. Holtzie is still a fireman in Lyndhurst, Ohio, and looks like he could still tear up the pool. ... Condolences to two of our classmates, Joe Kovach

It’d be cool if John Carroll magazine had an app for the iPhone to link classmates and allow them to send class news. Because there’s no app for that yet, you’ll just have to keep using the old-school method of e-mail to send your life story snap shots. ... Speaking of snap shots, ed Cooper and his son, James (17), had their photo taken shaking hands with former President George W. Bush in November. The Coops and the former president were looking pretty good. ... Baron Capital Group announced James Barrett joined the firm as head of institutional sales this past

Ed Cooper ’84 (right) and his son, James, met former President George W. Bush during his visit to Chicago Nov. 11, 2010.
September. James, who’s responsible for sales for institutional distribution channels, has more than 25 years of experience in financial services and more than 19 years in asset management, marketing, and sales. Most recently, he was a managing director and head of global distribution at Citadel Investment Group. Before that, he served as senior managing director and head of global business development for Bear Stearns Asset Management and was responsible for global sales and marketing to institutional and retail markets. After his years at JCU, James received his Master of Management in Economics and Finance from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. ... George sogor was named executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Great Lakes Towing Co., according to the Maritime Reporter and Marine News

I welcome spring after a long, snowy winter. It’s difficult to believe another year has passed, and just last June, we gathered on the Quad to celebrate 25 years since graduating from Carroll. I’d love to hear from all of you, so drop me a line or two. Here’s the latest: Congratulations to our classmate Lt. Jon Bokovitz, who has been tapped to become Bainbridge Township (Ohio) Police Chief. “This is a goal I’ve always wanted to achieve since I was a young patrolman coming up in the ranks,” Bokovitz said in an article on “The trustees’ confidence means a lot to me.” The new chief is a native of Ironton, Ohio, who lives in Sagamore Hills with his wife of 24 years, leah, and their children: Alex (22), a recent Ohio University graduate; Lauren (19), a student at Case Western Reserve University; and Brett (15), a student at St. Peter Chanel High School. Bokovitz, who has a degree in sociology from Carroll, has wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement since he was a young boy. “My grandfather was a policeman during World War II,” he said. “He had a military deferment because of his age. He was a teacher by day and policeman at night. I started reading police novels at a young age, and liked the idea of law enforcement because it’s a job with no redundancy.” When he was hired 25 years ago, Bainbridge was in the forefront of a new idea in law enforcement – community policing. Under Police Chief James Jimison’s leadership, the department has done much more than arrest people. It often serves as a first-responder social service agency that refers people to available family services. Bokovitz doesn’t plan any significant changes once he takes office. “Maybe just a few tweaks here and there,” he said. “The department’s in very good shape, thanks to Jim’s foresight in recruiting good policemen.” ... Feel free to contact me via e-mail at DWendel@ or on Facebook, even if it’s just to poke me or say hi. ... On a sad note, please keep the Bluemle family in your thoughts and prayers, specifically Tom Bluemle ’91, brother of classmate Mary Pat Bluemle Maretz, for a complete recovery. God bless all of you, my friends. XO. Diane

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Beth (Bonanno) Hausoul

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Hi, class of ‘87. I hope you’re doing well and recovered completely from the holidays. I want to thank all of you who took time to send me a note about what’s been happening in your life almost 25 years after graduation. Can you believe it’s been 25 years. I ran into dave Clifford this morning at JCU. What a nice surprise. He’s doing well, has a beard (yeah), and is looking professor-like. That may be because he’s teaching an entrepreneurship course Monday and Wednesday mornings. As you know, Dave has a successful business (Advantegrity) in Cleveland, so what better person to share and teach from his experience. Best of luck, Dave. Also, Dave’s son David is a freshman at JCU. I believe Dave is the first from our class to have a child attend John Carroll. (Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am.) Hopefully, his experience at JCU will mirror his dad’s. ... Dave updated me about Mike Johnson, who’s living in San Diego with wife, Mehrnaz, and son, Alec. Mike is in sales management for a telecommunications company (what a surprise, Mike in sales) and is doing well. Mike, I haven’t seen you since Technicomp and would love to catch up. Alec and friends from school started an outreach program in San Diego making and serving meals to the homeless on Sunday mornings. What a great way to give back when blessed with so much. Excellent parenting, Mike. ... I was happy to hear from Mara altier dale, who’s living in Germantown, Tenn., with her husband, Tom ’89, and son, Matthew (13). She spends most of her time being team mom for whatever sport Matthew is involved in and volunteering at school and in the community. They all enjoy running 5Ks, often with their two black labs. Presently, she’s training to run the Germantown Half Marathon with Matthew. ... I received an e-mail from Tom Paulson while he was sitting in an airport waiting for his wife to fly in from Boston. He left Morgan Stanley after 21 years to go to Merrill Lynch. He hasn’t seen much of his Beta friends but hooked up with Joe shevory in Boston this spring and managed to offend many people around town. He said the Betas would be proud. Tom, you haven’t changed a bit. Tom’s oldest child, Emily, just started at Kansas State. He also has a son, Ben (16), and another daughter, Abby (14). He planned to play golf with Frank Murino last month. ... Hope to hear from you all soon. Sue 19 years, Marni. They have three children: Derek (14), Donovan (10), and Olivia (7). Matt has been an electrician for more than 20 years and is enjoying life. He plays in a pickup band and enjoys sailing and music fests in the summer time. Believe it or not, his 22-year-old cat, who was with him at JCU finally passed. Rest in peace, Rikki. Matt purchased a 39-year-old Jeep and is learning everything from engine to body work to keep his investment going. Great to hear from you, Matt. It seems like only yesterday I met you in the basement of Dolan Hall, and we hit it off immediately. ... I met another Erie Prep graduate that day as well – Chris Pelinsky, who lives in Berkeley Heights, N.J., with his lovely wife, Jodie, and their two boys, Sean (8) and Alex (5). Chris is a managing director for Jennison Associates and works in Manhattan with the big boys of the financial world. Chris, Jodie, and the boys enjoy trips to their place in the Canyons in Park City, Utah. I hear Chris is quite the snow boarder, and the family enjoys the slopes and the outdoor swimming pool. Continued success my friend, and I hope to see you in Cleveland this spring/summer. Thanks for the updates Jodie. See you on Facebook. ... I shouted out to a few other class of ’89ers (you know who you are) on Facebook but didn’t get a reply for feedback about their exciting lives. ... To everyone reading this article, drop me a line with your latest updates so all can see. As always, be safe and live life to the fullest. Peace. David belongs to assisting with administrative duties related to its capital campaign. We had fun working the room and discussing how awesome the Outer Banks is as a vacation spot. ... I had the pleasure of breaking bread with Fr. Brian hurley in January at the Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cathy (Barrett) Roof ’89 was there with her husband, Doug. We had a great time catching up and remembering the good old days at JCU. Fr. Brian is leading his flock at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Temperance, Mich. ... Keep the news coming. You can e-mail it to, Facebook it, or text it to 440-725-0753. Melissa


Liz (Phillips) Hartranft

Happy spring, class of 1991. I’m excited to be your new class scribe. Thank you for this opportunity to keep everyone in touch. ... This is a big year for us because it’s our 20th class reunion, so start making your plans because May 20-22, 2011, will be here before we know it. ... Thank you to those who provided updates for my first column, especially John Meinke who was the first to respond to my e-mail request and had much to share. John and his wife, Deana, reside in Mentor, Ohio, with their three children: Sean (8), Emma (7), and Brooke (3). Deana was expecting their fourth child in January. May 2011 will mark John’s 20th anniversary with American College Marketing in Willoughby, Ohio, where he’s the VP of marketing operations. ... Citizens Bank announced that Jamie lynch ’91 has been named district president for Ohio. ... onofrio (Nuch) Palazzolo, his wife, and their son, Nicholas, live in Macedonia, Ohio. Onofrio recently was promoted to VP of sales, marketing, and Lynch purchasing for United Initiators, a global manufacturer of chemicals for the plastics industry. ... david McClafferty checked in to report him and his new bride, Jennifer, and stepdaughter, Alaina, live in Medina, Ohio, where Troy McClowry lives. ... Jim Tyminski provided a quick update. He is an attorney with Gallagher Sharp in Cleveland and resides in Chardon with his wife, Christy, and three kids: Elliott (7), Gray (5), and Trip (2). Jim also had wonderful news to share regarding fellow classmate rick nowak. Rick and his wife, Stephanie, are new parents to twins Emma and Luke, who were born in November. Rick is a guidance counselor at Solon (Ohio) High School. I’m sure he’s guiding the kids to the nearest tip drill. Oh, those were the days. ... Michele Beauregard ’92 and J.B. schneider live in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with their four kids. J.B. completed his MBA at Babson College and a few years ago started a company called P’Kolino, which designs and markets children’s products. Check out the website – www. ... Mary Pusateri and her family live


Melissa Wenzler

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Christine Horwath Gawronski

David Gassman

Greeting ’89ers from snowy Cleveland. It’s early January, and by the time this article is viewed by all of you, I’ll be in a much better mood because we’ll be closer to spring. I’m counting the days. I hope everyone had safe and happy holidays. I did. They were spent the way they should be, with a lot of family and friends. ... I was fortunate to hear from two of my old buddies from Erie, Pa. – Matt loesel and Chris Pelinsky. Matt moved back to Erie after graduation and married his lovely wife of

Once a Blue Streak, always a Blue Streak. Please remember Matt Crozier and his family in your prayers. Matt was a junior at JCU and a member of the men’s basketball team. Matt passed away in January from an accidental fall. He was one of our best and brightest and will always be part of the Blue Streak family. ... Here’s a small-world story: In July, I was in Fairview Park, Ohio, watching one of my co-worker’s children perform in a community theater program, and after the show, while hanging out in the lobby, who should I run into but Dr. eileen (stroh) herbert. What fun we had catching up. ... Congratulations to Mary ann (Montagne) o’leary. This past October, she was inducted into the JCU Athletic Hall of Fame for her prowess on the volleyball court. Her cheering section included her husband, Pat O’Leary ’91, and their three adorable sons. They live in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich. Also there to cheer for her were Joanie (Maurizi) Colon, Jessica (McKendry) Cook, and Bob and Jill (dinicolantonio) Brdar. Way to go, Mary Ann! ... Fast forward to December – I attended the JCU Alumni Holiday reception at Shaker Heights Country Club. (By the way, where were you East Side class of 1990? You missed a great event.) The first person I saw was Kathleen (reichart) laffey. Kathleen, who’s on the JCU Alumni Board, was in town for the event. We were able to say more than “hi” and “bye” to one another unlike at reunion. Kathleen resides in Chicago with her husband, Brian, and their two daughters. She has what she calls the best gig in town. She works part time for the parish she


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in Louisville, Ohio, where Mary is a choir director at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Mary’s daughter, Julia, is a senior and her other daughter, Molly, is a freshman. Mary is head coach of the boys cross country program. Her son is a sophomore at Miami University. The family will be traveling west to run in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon. ... Also checking in was nick Zolikoff. He and his wife, Kate ’92, live in South Euclid, Ohio, with their kids Michael (16), Mara (13), Nicholas (10), and Justina (7). Nick is a buyer for Northern Haserot Food Service, and Kate keeps the house of six running smoothly. I’d have to imagine a pretty difficult task with all the activities Nick shared – Irish dance, tennis, football, rugby, Girl Scouts, baseball, church, and finding time to spend as a family. ... I was lucky enough to spend a weekend this past summer with Casey (Mcevoy) lazar, who lives with her family near Houston in The Woodlands, Texas. Casey and Steve ’90 have three beautiful daughters: Rachel (15), Sarah (13), and Ellie (9). Casey works part time as a marketing coordinator for a counseling center and a travel program manager for an incentive travel company. ... Again, thanks to everyone who provided an update. There’s so much to share, but only so much space. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at our 20th reunion. Take care. Liz

Many JCU grads attended the wedding of Sarah Swingle ’93 and Frank Kuhar ’94.
positions were open, but “Irsay didn’t want to lose him, so he promoted Polian, extended his and his father’s contracts through the 2012 season and beyond and shut the door.” (Phil Richards, Indystar. com). ... Mary Kay (hirsch) hendershot, who has a master’s in education, taught learning-disabled children in Chicago and Cleveland. She and her husband, Michael Hendershot, reside in North Olmsted, Ohio, with their two children – Jack (4) and Ava (2). Mary Kay, who was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) June 26, 2009, had a marrow transplant in July 2010. Mary Kay, please send an update. We’ll keep you in our prayers. ... Park View Federal Savings Bank appointed Maryann stropkay to senior vice president and chief credit officer. MaryAnn, who has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, serves on the board of directors of the Museum of Contemporary Art and St. Clair Superior Development Corp. in Cleveland. ... larissa Kosmos is still in New York City with her husband, Jim, 7 year-old daughter, and 4-year-old son. The full-time mother also is a freelance writer. Her work has appeared online in Motherlode, which is the parenting column of The New York Times Magazine, and on the parenting site Larissa would like to know what the other 799 people in our graduating class are up to and encourages everybody to drop a line. ... Brennan lafferty, who was promoted to associate publisher of Waste & Recycling News, is working on a master’s degree in media management at Kent State University. He’s a member of the Akron Press Club and the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Cleveland. ... sarah swingle and Frank Kuhar ’94 married Sept. 18, 2010, in Cleveland. elizabeth (Gallagher) higgins, lori (souser) sprague, donna (lucente) Frank, maid of honor Katie stroh, Jeff Walker ’95, Ron Balcerek ’94, and Jon Petrus ’94 were in the wedding party. Other alums in attendance: Chris Frank ’98G, Ron ’92 and liz (Kidder) Becker, Mark ’92 and Julie (lull) henderson, diann (dellafiora) Jenne, Kelly (holmes) nolan, Aileen (Sexton) Kopfinger ’94, Catherine (O’Malley) Kearney ’94, Jeannine Spinola ’94, Renee Albarano ’94, Dana (Hickey) Bizic ’94, Jonathon Hofley ’95, Bethany Reed ’94, Amilia Pickerill ’94, Kelli (Dorony) Sawyer ’91, and Mary Jo (Garred) Marjak ’90. Sarah and Frank live in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Frank runs his own company, Revived Housing Developers, and Sarah works at Progressive as an HR manager. Elizabeth is in Chicago working for Accenture and has two girls. Lori is working at Carroll and has a little girl. Donna, her husband, Chris, and three kids moved to Greenville, S.C., a few years ago. Katie Stroh works in marketing for University Hospitals in Cleveland. Jeff Walker is working in HR for a company in Cleveland. Ron Balcerek is an operations manager at Clear Channel in D.C. And Jon Petrus is working at Progressive, living in Westlake and has three kids. ... Take care. Julie


Jim Sislo

Hello, everybody. It was great to hear Jenni Grimes o’Brien and her husband, Dan ’93, had their second child, Hugh Thomas, in September. He joins his older sister, Annabelle, in their expanding family. ... In this day and age of Facebook, it seems many of our classmates are connected and keep up with one another. However, please e-mail or phone me to let me know what you’ve been up to because many alumni read this magazine to keep up with their former classmates. See you on campus. Jim


Maureen “Moe” McGuinness


Julie (Roddy) Reardon

I apologize for being missing in action. I have several reports that are old news by now. Drop me another e-mail if anything has changed. Elizabeth and shawn Mitchell live in Wickliffe, Ohio, and have two children – Lauren Elizabeth (7) and Jeffrey Aaron (11). Shawn has been with Roll-Kraft in Mentor, Ohio, as an account manager since 1994, and Elizabeth is a volunteer office aide at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. ... Susan (Jurisevic ’94) and Patrick Krejci had their third child, Nicholas Patrick Krejci, Dec. 3, 2009. He joined Grace (7) and Lauren (3). ... Vinnie Close is the network administrator at TPC Wire and Cable in Independence, Ohio. ... Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. appointed Matt rudolph vice president of operations/chief customer advocate. Matt is married with two children. ... The Indianapolis Colts promoted Chris Polian to general manager and announced that when club president Bill Polian retires, Chris will succeed his father. Chris was pursued by other teams when their GM

Sarah Swingle ’93 and Frank Kuhar married Sept. 18, 2010, and many JCU grads were in the wedding and attended. Frank and Sarah were married at St. Joan of Arc Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The reception was held at The Bertram Inn in Aurora. The weather was perfect. Alums from both years were in the wedding party: Elizabeth (Gallagher) Higgins ’93, Lori (Souser) Sprague ’93, Donna (Lucente) Frank ’93, and maid of honor, Katie Stroh ’93, as well as Jeff Walker ’95, ron Balcerek, and Jon Petrus. Other alums who attended were Chris Frank ’98G, Ron ’92 and Liz (Kidder) Becker ’93, Mark ’92 and Julie (Lull) ‘93 Henderson, Diann (Dellafiora) Jenne ’93, Kelly (Holmes) Nolan ’93, aileen (sexton) Kopfinger, Catherine Robb (o’Malley) Kearney, Jeannine spinola, renee albarano, dana (hickey) Bizic, Jonathon Hofley ’95, Bethany reed, amilia Pickerill, Kelli (Dorony) Sawyer ’91, and Mary Jo (Garred) Marjak ’90. The Kuhars live in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Frank runs his own company, Revived Housing Developers, and Sarah works at Progressive

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as an HR manager. It was like a minireunion weekend with people travelling from Chicago, D.C., and as far away as Texas for the big event. ... Tracy allgeier and wife, Michelle, had their first child April 29, 2010, Kolt Nickolas Allgeier. He loves to laugh, play peek-aboo, and eat. Tracy plans to take Kolt to visit Carroll this summer. ... Michael P. robb, executive director of Center for Community Resources, Alliance for Nonprofit Resources, and Nonprofit Development Corp. was recognized as a 2010 Pacesetter. The Pacesetter Awards, initiated by Smart Business Pittsburgh, recognizes outstanding business and community leaders who’ve made a significant impact on the region and its future. During the past decade, Smart Business has recognized corporate executives, as well as nonprofit, educational, and civic leaders who’ve had the foresight to set the pace for the greater Pittsburgh community. Mike was one of only 13 individuals who received this award in 2010. Congratulations, Mike. ... I hope this column finds all of you doing well. Moe


Annie (Hummer) DePerro

Many JCU grads celebrated the wedding of Michael and Erin Clark ’99 Delisanti. Back row (from left): Brad Neumeister ’06, Megan Sweeney Insera ’99, Cara Santoro Rasnick ’99, Renee Cheraso Doyle ’99, Brian Doyle ’99, Michael Delisanti, Erin Herlihy Hartnett ’99, Kevin Linder ’99, Meghan Danahy ’08, Michael Rossetti ’09. Front row (from left): Melissa Witek ’06, Erin Clark Delisanti ’99, Ryan Neumeister ’04, Tara Clark Czamara ’96, Maura Neumeister ’09, and Ellen Neumeister ’10.
at The Fedeli Group, Nathalie Lacouture is in a unique position to promote the visibility of minority members of the business community and minorityowned businesses in Cleveland. She was given the award of the “Cuarenta/Cuarenta class of 2010” from Kaleidoscope Magazine, which is essentially a 40-under-40 group of minorities in the city who have had a positive impact on Cleveland. She serves on the boards of Latina, The Hitchcock Center for Women, West Side Ecumenical Ministry/El Barrio, and is VP of membership for the National Society of Hispanic Master’s of Business Administration. Nathalie resides in Brecksville, Ohio, with her three children. ... That’s all for now. Send your news. Annie Jennifer and damien Kopkas on the birth of their first child, Kason Thomas Kopkas, last August. (See photo on page 46.) “Everyone is sleep deprived, but healthy and happy!” Damien said. ... That wraps up our shortbut-sweet column. If you have news to share with our fellow classmates, don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail or connect on Facebook through our new JCU class of 1998 group. Health and happiness to you and your families in 2011. Cherie

As I write this, I’m in the center of a downsizing from the Christmas explosion that happens to my house every year in the form of lights, decorations, and toys. I’m taking a cue from Peter Walsh of the new OWN network, and, as a result, I’ve made six trips to the Salvation Army to deliver donations and 37 trips to the recycling center to deliver cardboard boxes. I’m not scaling back in the friend department, however, as I continue to reconnect with classmates of long ago via the Internet. Phil Kangas’ name recently appeared in my inbox. He has done quite a lot in 15 years: “After undergrad, I worked for the government for two years at the local, state, and national levels before returning to school for a Master of Public Administration degree at Syracuse University. For the past nine years, I’ve been with Grant Thornton LLP’s federal consulting practice, providing organizational and performance improvement advice to clients at the Departments of Homeland Security, Navy, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, and others.” Phil and his wife of 10 years, Melissa, have twins, who will be 3 years old in July. By the time this goes to print, the Kangas’ third child will have been born. Congratulations, Phil. ... I found laurie neider Coy on Facebook, and from our e-mail exchange, gather she’s married to Bob Coy and lives in Seven Hills, Ohio, with their three young children. She remains friends with darlene sheehan neitzel and sue Zidanic. Darlene is married to Kevin Neitzel ’94. They have four daughters and live in Rocky River, Ohio. Sue lives in Milwaukee and works at the Wisconsin Athletic Club. ... From Julie Pavolino Kolcum, I hear some JCU gals gathered for an annual Christmas get-together in early December: Kathy (Frickman) McPhillips and stacey (Mullally) Bainbridge were among those who met up at Coach Schweickert’s ’60 (Bev ’76) house right near JCU. Beth (Priestap) Frabotta usually joins the group but couldn’t make it that night. ... Finally, I have this to share about nathalie lacouture. As a senior account executive for Group Benefits


Meg Galligan

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Brian Sparks

Cherie (Skoczen) Kurlychek

Happy new year, class of ’98. Congratulations to Jane (rich) Wieland, who was promoted by her employer, Grainger, and relocated with her husband, John, and sons, Jacob (6) and Jackson (2), back to Pittsburgh from Cincinnati in January. Grainger also selected Jane to participate in an executive mentor program for the next year through the Menttium Corp. ... sally (Misch) Colpi lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband, Jim, and their two boys. Max is 2 years old, and Ryan was just born in November. After teaching for 10 years, Sally is a stay-at-home mom and says she loves every minute of it. ... Congratulations to

Hello, everyone. I hope spring is treating you well. I have several fun updates to share from our classmates. erin Clark married Michael Delisanti May 1, 2010, in their hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. Several JCU grads were in attendance. (See photo above.) Monica russell joined the law firm of McFadden & Freeburg Co. in Cleveland. Her practice focuses on litigation, real-estate law, and title claims work. She and her husband, James, have two children: Madeleine and Tre. They live in Medina. ... aaron Frazee and his wife, Jennifer, had their first child, daughter Lyla Grace July 27, 2010. Aaron is in his 11th year of teaching high school social studies and coaching high school football. He’s in his fifth year at Upper Sandusky (Ohio) High School. ... Of all the alumni sharing this month, Christopher siders is living the furthest from our alma mater – in China. He’s an English as a foreign language instructor at Shenyang University of Engineering in Shenyang. (Please read his My Turn column on page 48.) ... Pete Gast has several updates. First, he and his wife, Becky, welcomed their first child Dec. 28. Reagan Elizabeth Gast joined the world at 8 lbs. 10 oz. and now has her own Facebook page in case you want to follow her exciting life. According to Pete, several of the BETA fraternity brothers have become accomplished endurance athletes. Pete completed Ironman Canada in 2010. He knows the late Mike Gressman (also a BETA) was looking out for him as Pete wore the Michael J. Gressman Brain Tumor


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Research Fund jersey during the race. Mike, who died of GBM brain cancer, also was an avid triathlete. Pete reports Corey Paquette completed Ironman Arizona a couple of years ago, and eddie novak recently ran the Chicago Marathon. Kudos to these guys for taking on these incredible challenges. ... I look forward to hearing from more of you with updates about the excitement in your lives. All the best. Meg Collin (3). ... One small correction from an earlier column: Katie lavelle teaches at the University of Northern Iowa, not the University of Iowa. ... Have a great spring everyone, and remember to keep us informed. Clare and Lisa


Maureen DeMers Fariello


Lisa (Foster) Smith

Congratulations to two growing Blue Streak families. Brian hunley and his wife, Lisa, welcomed their first daughter, Ella Marie, who weighed in at 7 lbs. 3 oz. Oct. 6, 2010. ... Jeffrey ’02 and stephanie rosplock stenger welcomed their third child, Thomas George Stenger, at the end of 2010. Thomas joins 18-month-old twin siblings, Bella and Brady. ... Please visit the alumni website (http:// to update your information and plan to attend reunion weekend, May 20-22, 2011. ... Enjoy the adventure each day offers. Maureen

Clare Taft
We hope you all had a great Christmas season and happy New Year. We’re excited to bring you the first updates for 2011. As the year progresses, don’t forget to send us your updates regularly. We’ve never written about some of you, so let us know how you’re doing. ... Rev. Katie (Farrell) norris was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in the fall of 2010. Her husband, Jeff norris, is a lead consultant and assistant to the CTO of ThoughtWorks, based in Chicago. They live in Ohio with their 6-year-old son, Jeffrey. ... Congratulations to Jennifer Gates who was promoted to assistant vice president for specialty banking at Huntington Bank in Columbus, Ohio. Jennifer provides sales strategy and support to the large corporate, notfor-profit, government, health-care, and international banking groups. Before joining Gates the bank in July 2009, she worked for Citibank and Fifth Third Bank as a student-loan relationship manager for more than 100 colleges in various markets in Ohio. ... In matrimonial news, Ron and elizabeth (Grega) raleigh married Nov. 13 in Painesville, Ohio. Becky (Kumor) Meade was in the wedding. ... dan schmidt married Julia Moran Oct. 30 in Chicago. Chris McFarland and Justin hill were in the wedding party, and Steve Casker performed a reading. Dan received his MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 2008 and works in a regional sales capacity for PGI (a conferencing and collaboration company based in Atlanta). Dan and Julia reside in Chicago. ... Kelly (richards) and nick Mize relocated to Atlanta from Cleveland. Kelly works for Invacare, based in Elyria, Ohio, and Nick relocated for his job as a global commodity risk manager. ... In baby news, liz (donnelly) Burke and her husband welcomed daughter Barrett Ellen Oct. 17. ... laura (Pyzik) and her husband, Courtney Cheney, welcomed Claire Marie Nov. 18, 2010. Laura and family live in Arlington, Va., where she works for a defense contractor involved with congressional and public affairs for the Navy. ... Mike and Chrystie (Kuhr) Paris get double congratulations for the arrival of their twins, Hunter and Holden, Oct. 14. The twins join sister Samantha (4) and brother

Reema ’02 (Shah) and husband Adam Holowczak
investigations manager at BBP Partners. ... erik and sarah (Klein) Warren welcomed Colin Adrian Oct. 9. He joins big brother Brett, who’s 2 years old. ... andy Brahm married Gretchen Schlichting Dec. 11 in Denver. JCU alumni in attendance were: Paul Franz III, Brian Flynn ’03, Ed Gleeson ’03, Maggie Johnson ’03, Anita (Brahm) Mallott ’06, and Patrick Mallott ’06. Gretchen, who’s from Denver, is a secondgrade teacher in the Brighton School District. Andy, who changed jobs this past September, is working as a tax manager at a financial services company in Greenwood Village, Colo. ... Brendan Kavanaugh, who’s back in his hometown of Chicago, has been living downtown for the past seven years. He’s helping run the family business with his sister, two brothers, and father. They’re proud to say they’re one of the largest copper distributors in the country. He says: “Chicago is great, as always, and I have a lot of friends from JCU here.” ... Brad Komenda married Andrea Schmelzer July 10. They enjoyed a honeymoon in Negril, Jamaica. Classmates Josh hose, scott Parker, and Josh Trapuzzano were groomsmen in the wedding. ... Jackie and ryan anderson welcomed their first child, Isla Christine Anderson, into the world this past December. ... Judy schlather moved to Charlotte, N.C., to start a new job as a senior sales representative with AUL, a OneAmerica company. She’s excited and loving it. ... Please keep the news coming. Kristen


Kristen (Muoio) McVean

Hi, everyone. Here’s the latest news from our class. Jerry ’01 and Gretchen (Grubb) sabin enjoyed a busy 2010, adding baby Zachary Gerald to their brood. (See photo on page 46.) Zach joined his brothers Feb. 17, 2010. Josh and Will are delighted to have him. Jerry has been working for RNET Technologies for four years and continues to win grants for his research. Gretchen is enjoying staying at home with the boys. ... Adam and reema shah holowczak were married Oct. 24, 2009. The couple met through a mutual friend. ... nate and Meghan (Keaveney) Cevasco welcomed their first child, Ryan Alexander Cevasco, Dec. 28, 2010. Nate is a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic and has a private practice in Broadview Heights, Ohio. Meghan is the senior manager of financial reporting at Cliffs Natural Resources, an international mining company headquartered in Cleveland. ... lee Pavetti married Stacy Firman Nov. 6, 2010, at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Cleveland. Lee is employed as audit manager at Ernst & Young in Cleveland, and Stacy is a dispute analysis and forensic financial


Theresa (Jurak) Polachek

Anita (Brahm) Mallott ’06, Maggie Johnson ’03, Patrick Mallott ’06, Jim Brahm, Brian Flynn ’03, Ed Gleeson ’03, and Paul Franz III ’02 attended the wedding of Gretchen and Andy ’02 Brahm.

Happy new year, class of 2003 graduates. I hope you had a great holiday and are enjoying 2011. Here’s what I’ve heard since our last update: Kenny rosplock e-mailed that rakesh Bagai, M.D., was married this past June and will be entering a hematology/ oncology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in July. ... ryan and alyssa (Peterson) nayden were married in ’05 and welcomed a baby boy, Landon, March 21, 2010. ... The JCU alumni office sent me a note saying ryan (Mickey) Mclean was named Cosmopolitan’s Bachelor of the Year. He works at the Flying Fig in Ohio City and Umami Asian Kitchen in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Congratulations, Ryan. ... Justin hess was promoted to assistant controller

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had 37 alumni ranging from 1974 to 2007. ... Thanks again for allowing me to serve our class though this column. Moving forward, please send any updates to Nikki at Clapp Elementary in the Boardman Local School District in Youngstown, Ohio. ... In December, Kristin Platz received her doctorate in physical therapy from Cleveland State University. ... On Aug. 18, 2010, ana slocum had a baby boy, Nikola Luke Slocum, who was 19.25 inches long and weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and was delivered at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. ... On Oct. 23, 2010, Deacon Chris Zerucha and his five classmates were ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacon. Deacon Chris plans to petition Bishop Lennon to call him to the ministerial priesthood. If called by Bishop Lennon, the six will probably be ordained at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist May 21 at 10 a.m. ... Congratulations, everyone; and keep the news coming. Roberta and Christine


Jennifer Tolhurst

Ryan and Alyssa (Peterson) Nayden, both class of ’03, were married in 2005. They welcomed a baby boy, Landon, March 21, 2010.
at PolyOne this past December. ... On our end, we welcomed our second child, Noah, Oct. 26. ... That’s it for our class, keep the news coming. Theresa


Paul Clapp

Hi, all. You must be busy winning Nobel prizes and touring the globe because I only heard from a couple of you this time around. Let’s keep that news coming, people. ... dave Tschantz graduated from the University of Akron School of Law in May and passed the Ohio bar. He’s now living in Akron and working for Scott H. Ruport Company L.P.A. as an associate attorney, practicing in real estate and construction litigation. As if that weren’t enough, he’s also marrying Malia Milec this July. ... rafeale Gibson has had a lot going on lately. He’s been completing his first novel, “The Broken Road,” which is scheduled to be published in April. He also launched a website, The Dialogue Box (http://, in September. Rafeale describes it as an online destination for like-minded individuals who, hopefully, will be inspired to create a dialogue prompted by my views about various topics. ... I can’t wait to hear more from Dave and Rafeale, as well as news from the rest of you. Jennifer


Lisa (Iafelice) Catalano

Brittany Bush
We hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Before you read this issue’s news, check out the new online version of the magazine at (http://, where you can find previous class columns and additional photos that didn’t fit in the print version. ... Margo (Kern) andrews married Jon Andrews Sept. 4, 2010, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Alex Kern ’06 was the maid of honor, and liz selan was a bridesmaid. Beth Wall ’08 contributed her beautiful singing talent to the ceremony. There were 14 JCU alumni who attended the reception, so they decided to get together and take a picture to show their Carroll pride. ... Krista Corabi, who passed the Pennsylvania bar exam in October 2010, is working as an associate attorney at Summers, McDonnell, Hudock, Guthrie, and Skeel, P.C. in Pittsburgh. ... Michelle Manzoian, who graduated from Notre Dame Law School in May 2010, is employed as an attorney with Baker Hostetler in Cleveland. Michelle is engaged to Joe Huigens, who graduated from Purdue in 2004. The couple is busy planning an August wedding. ... Kelly Kookoothe became engaged to Pete Carroll and is excited to be planning their New Year’s Eve wedding. ... Colleen schwab

Hello, class of 2004. Thanks to everyone for sending me updates since graduation almost seven years ago. I’ve enjoyed passing along your updates – marriages, graduate degrees, and birth announcements. That said, this will be my last update. I’m thankful to my good friend nikki (spiezio) Flores for accepting the role of class columnist so graciously. I appreciate Nikki taking on this role while she and her husband Haki are expecting a baby girl. ... Speaking of babies, Tracy (Pruchnicki) and Patrick Ianni had a little girl, Addison Marie, born Sept. 1, 2010. (See photo on page 46.) ... Theresa (dwyer) Boston also sent a photo of her second son, John “Jack” Henry, who was born May 15, 2010. (See photo on page 46.) Billy is the name of their first son. ... This past wedding season was one of the busiest since graduation. We had quite a few classmates get married, including sarah Chessar, who married Michael Tirpak Sept. 4, 2010, at the Country Club of Hudson. sarah is finishing a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Akron and working as a child therapist in Ravenna. Michael is a graduate of the University of Akron and the owner of Martini Skate + Snow (Northfield and Cleveland Hts., Ohio). JCU alums who attended are bridesmaid Megan Curry ’06 and Sarah’s great uncle, Milan Busta ’43. ... eileen Barber married Kevin O’Hare in Erie, Pa., July 17 at St. Peter Cathedral. Eileen is living and working in downtown Chicago. Formerly a branch manager for PNC Bank in Cleveland, she has taken a similar position for J.P. Morgan Chase. Her younger brother Patrick Barber ’13 is a sophomore majoring in economics at John Carroll. ... I believe we have a new record for the most JCU alumni in one wedding picture – Jocelyn dietz sent a picture from her wedding. (Visit www.jcu. edu/magazine.) Jocelyn and Patrick Roach ’03 were married in August at Gesu. A reception at The Club at KeyCenter in downtown Cleveland followed. They


Christine Bohn

Roberta Muoio

We hope everyone is having a great new year and is looking forward to our reunion in May. In June, Julie Poling and Vince Bonacci became engaged in Key West and are planning a June 2011 wedding. Julie received her M.Ed. from JCU in August in curriculum and instruction, and Vince received his master’s from Ursuline College in December in educational administration. ... Jessica Meli ’06G just started working as a second-grade teacher at Stadium Drive

Attending the wedding of Margo (Kern) Andrews and Jon Andrews are, front row from left: Blair Slocum ’07, Alex Kern ’06, Liz Selan ’07, Jenn Gore ’07, Margo (Kern) Andrews ’07, and Julie Scarpo ’07. Back row from left: Ryan Summers ’07, Brigid Long ’06, Mary Herout ’06, Erica Patti ’07, Alan Leber ’07, Lynn Kern ’68, John O’Gara ’68, and Paul Purdy ’07.


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Rosanna Violi ’07 with Vice President Joe Biden
Bender married Thomas Bender from Buffalo, N.Y., on Oct. 9, 2010, in Buffalo. Betsy Measer, leanne (d’apolito) Miller, and stacey resavage served as bridesmaids. nicki (Garofoli) abate, eric abate, nicole Jurich, Brianna (McKeown) Clougherty, and Cole Clougherty attended, too. ... rhiannon lathy decker let us know dan and Missy (Gorski) Matusicky were married in Saint Francis Chapel on JCU’s campus Dec. 18, with many other JCU alumni attending. ... angelica Yezzi has relocated to Columbia, S.C., where she’s employed as a guidance counselor, lead interventionist, and cheerleading coach in the Lexington One School District. She’s engaged to Ray Greiner (he proposed July 16, 2010). Their wedding date is set for July 3, 2011, in Cleveland. ... Jenny sopkovich will graduate from The Ohio State University College of Medicine June 12, 2011. Her official match day is March 17, when she’ll find out where she’ll be doing her dermatology residency. ... rosanna Violi recently met Vice President Joe Biden at an event she attended as the Neighbor Team Leader for her community during the Ted Strickland campaign this fall. She says they had a good conversation about Jesuit education and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Biden’s son was a JV in the same city she was. Rosanna, who’s the assistant administrator for Perrysburg Township, says her job is so multifaceted it’s difficult to describe; but essentially she assists with supervising the daily operations of the township, including budget, public relations, and labor relations. ... Best wishes for 2011, and keep sending us news. Brittany and Lisa

Jonathan Briggs ’08 and Meghan Galinas ’07 were married May 1, 2010.
15, 2011. Also engaged are Annie DePaul ’07 and G.I. Zaratsian. Annie and G.I. will marry July 9, 2011, in Cleveland, where Annie is attending grad school and G.I. holds a job with Speedeon Data. ... Michael rowe married his high school sweetheart, Angela, Aug. 8, 2009. They own their first home in Dublin, Ohio. He’s also enjoying success at Cardinal Health, where he has been for two years, earning a promotion as a senior sales analyst. ... Jaclyn schneeberger and nicholas Bjelac married July 10, 2010, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Concord, Ohio. A reception followed at La Malfa Center in Mentor. The bride is the daughter of John ’83 and Aileen Schneeberger of Mentor, Ohio. Parents of the groom are Marc and Deborah Bjelac of Newton Falls, Ohio. Fellow class members who were part of the wedding party are: bridesmaid Colleen Ferron and groomsmen Brandon Kurtz, edward subel, stephen Beiting, and William Kohn. The new Mrs. Bjelac is a third-year medical student at Wright State University. Nicholas received his master’s of engineering management from Duke University in 2009 and is employed at L-3 Communications in Cincinnati as an engineer. The couple honeymooned in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and reside in Dayton, Ohio. ... Another happy John Carroll couple, John and Jessica (Klingshirn) hagerty married Nov. 28, 2009, at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland. ... Jonathan Briggs and

John and Jessica (Klingshirn) Hagerty, both class of ’08
Meghan Galinas ’07 married May 1, 2010, at Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Royalton, Ohio. Recently, they bought a home in Brecksville, Ohio, where they’ve lived since their wedding in May. Jon works at Medical Mutual of Ohio in Cleveland, and Meghan works at Antares Management Solutions in Strongsville. ... This is my last class column, so please send your news and information to Chris Ostrander at, or call him at 716-713-8085. Thanks. MJ


Lisa (Ugran) Pacconi

Hello, everyone. This time around, I have great news to share. andy Pacconi and I married Dec. 18 at St. Christine Church in Youngstown, Ohio. The heavy snowfall in the beginning of the month didn’t affect us because our wedding fell on a beautiful winter day. Within our family and circle of friends present, there was no shortage of John Carroll representation. We were honored to have Katie Keresman and Katie nowak as bridesmaids and Bill Patton, harrison McCall, and Josh Merkle ’08 as groomsmen. Andy and I live in North Canton, Ohio. Andy is a special education teacher at Barr Elementary in Canton, and I’m finishing my second year at The University of


MJ LaPerch

The life of a mid-20s JCU alum brings similar sensations felt the first day of class. We find ourselves at new junctions almost daily and are in a perpetual state of change. Our lives transition from our first serious relationships to engagements, our first on-campus jobs to our first promotions, and our first moves from home turn into establishing our own lives – in the place where we grew up or elsewhere. I became engaged to Jenny Grassi in August and will marry in Raleigh, N.C., where we’ve lived for the past 2.5 years, Oct.

At the wedding of Angela and Michael ’08 Rowe were, front row from left: Caitlin Soucek ’08, Libby Bost ’08, Katy Funk ’10, Angela Rowe, Katie Stevenson ’10. Back row: Carlos Miranda ’08, Doug Walton ’09, Mike Dietz ’08, Michael Rowe ’08, Adam Wagner ’08, and Andy White ’08.
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Tully ’59 families. Andy says Chicago has an active alumni network, which is great news for all other alums in the area. ... It was nice to hear from my freshman-year roommate, Caitlin Crissey, who has become quite the traveler since our days in Murphy 451. Following graduation, Caitlin moved from her hometown of Chicago to Buffalo, N.Y., where she spent a year as a Catholic Charities Service Corps volunteer. Her position involved acting as a case manager for refugees that had come to the U.S. Currently, Caitlin is in south China teaching English to students at Wuyi University. ... samantha Cocco still is living in the Federated States of Micronesia, where she’s a teacher through Jesuit Volunteers International. She’ll be coming home to the U.S. in June. ... Christina stickan was named Miss Italia of Ohio 2010-2011. Congratulations to her for winning that title. ... It’s been nice to hear from so many of you lately. I can’t wait to hear what’s going on with the rest of you. Lisa for the task at hand, which is what makes this such a unique opportunity,” he says. Although Jurell is enjoying his time in Detroit, he’s looking forward to his familywide excursion to the Philippines in 2012. ... ryan Tipping and Jeff Bartolozzi are engaging the world with the Peace Corps in Africa. Ryan is living in Madagascar, and Jeff is in Mali. Jeff says he’s excited about the opportunity to serve and explore. He has been in contact with Ryan to exchange advice about trip necessities. ... Bridget dolan was accepted into the Physician Assistant Program at Seton Hill University in Pittsburgh. She’s eager to start class but comforted knowing there are many JCU alums in the area. ... Carolyn Pici is adjusting well to city life in Chicago. She was hired by Coyote Logistics and loves her job. She also enjoys the frequent visits of friends from Carroll. Carolyn, sara nunney, and Tyler Kirsch attended the JCU speed networking event in Chicago this past November. They’re grateful to know they still can rely on Carroll for support. ... elise Wygant and Brad Bartelme will exchange wedding vows in June 2012. Elise studied biology and served as president of Kappa Kappa Gamma while at JCU. Now she’s studying and researching plants at the University of Georgia. Brad can be found in one of the biology labs on campus where he’s working on his master’s and teaching undergraduates. Congratulations, Elise and Brad. ... Please continue to work toward greatness and send in any updates. The class of 2010 is well on its way to becoming the next greatest generation. Kyle

Christina Stickan ’09, Miss Italia of Ohio 2010-2011
Akron School of Law. ... Brittany Fako and Stephen Epple were married Aug. 21, 2010. Stephen is a 2008 graduate of Mount Union. The couple is enjoying the start of their life together as they make their home in Cleveland Heights. ... Kendall horwatt is engaged to Vic Vaitkus and planning to marry May 7. ... andy Flynn wrote to me about a great alumni networking event that occurred in Chicago October 7. Andy and Matt harmon represented our class as they joined Fr. Niehoff and about a hundred other alumni for a cocktail reception at the University Club of Chicago. The event was hosted by the William ’83 and Susan ’84 Donnelly, Michael Schmidt ’81, and Thomas


Kyle Sobh
216-397-6618 ksobh10@jcu.wdu

Believe it or not, it’s been almost a year since we’ve completed our undergraduate careers at JCU. Wow, I guess they’re right when they say time flies as you grow older. At commencement, Tom Brokaw dubbed us as the “next greatest generation” and urged us to take action in the world. … emily Ferron is in the Federated States of Micronesia with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) working as a teacher and having a great time immersing in the local culture. ... Jurell sison, also with JVC, is working as a part-time teacher and food program coordinator at the Detroit Cristo Rey High School. “Every day is a new learning experience, and there’s not a manual

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Welcome to the world
1. Will, Zach, and Josh, sons of Jerry ’01 and Gretchen (Grubb) Sabin ’02. 2. Addison Marie Ianni, born Sept. 1, 2010, is the daughter of Tracy (Pruchnicki) and Patrick Ianni, both ’04. 3. Theresa Dwyer Boston’s ’04 sons: John (Jack) Henry, born May 15, 2010, and Billy. 4. Rev. Mr. Bartholomew Merella ’57 baptizing his ninth grandchild, Lauren Teresa, at St. Dominic’s. Included are her parents, Ted and Monica (Merella) Steiner, both class of ’93. 5. JCU class of 2032 – Owen Thomas Sturm, born March 22, 2010, to Jason ’05 and Lyndsay Sturm. 6. Kason Thomas Kopkas, son of Jennifer and Damien Kopkas ’98, was born in August.




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A strong supporter
Pierre (everybody called him Pete) R. Diemer ’43, who was born March 11, 1921, attended St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland and graduated from Carroll with a BSBA in accounting from what was to become the Boler School of Business. After World War II, he married Margaret Diemer, a former airline stewardess, and had eight children. He worked for Shearson Lehman Hutton before it became Smith Barney and was promoted to senior vice president. Diemer was a member of the Alumni Board, President’s Forum, Magis Society, and all reunion committees since 1983. A consecutive year donor since the University started keeping record in 1986, he was awarded the Alumni Medal in 1992, the Magis Medallion in 1993 and Top 50 School of Business Graduates in 1995.

A viticulturist
Born Dec. 14, 1920, William F. Hauck was an enologist who helped finance his college education through a part-time job with a vintner. Hauck graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, then earned a B.S. degree in natural sciences from Carroll 10 years later in 1949. Of German-Dutch descent, he was the president of American Vineyards Co. and the Ohio Wholesale Wine Dealers Assoc., as well as a member of the American Society of Enologists. Hauck enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served on escort duty in the Mediterranean and South Pacific as a radar operator on an assault personnel destroyer.

Hear that voice again

MY TURN Jerry Cicero had a pleasing voice he used to serve the visually impaired. Cicero heard a radio advertisement from the nonprofit Georgia Radio Reading Service asking for volunteers to read to the community, and he signed up. Once a week for 10 years, he read The Atlanta Journal-Constitution live on the air with a partner. When he was 50, Cicero underwent heart surgery, and in 2009 was diagnosed with cancer. Born in 1936, Cicero grew up in Chicago, graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from John Carroll, served in the Army, and made a career in finance.

Michael J. Hitchko John R. McGinness John W. Miller Pierre R. Diemer Anthony F. McDevitt Joseph D. Walker Louis S. Beliczky William F. Hauck Donald J. Joyce George E. Wurm George J. Frantz Thomas W. Mahoney Joseph J. Smoltz James D. Fitzgerald James F. Hennessy Conrad Marquard Franklin R. Melena Angelo Milano Louis F. Navarre Edward A. Occhionero Robert J. Ranft Ralph E. Shattuck John J. Stanard Eugene Mische Robert T. Sullens Robert P. Edwards Frank J. Stringer Lawrence R. Howse Edward B. Manning Robert J. Abraham Gerald A. Cicero Patrick G. Edwards Richard P. Ryan John M. Zuscik

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James R. Chura John V. Czerapowicz John M. Deagan John P. Hyland Francis D. Ryan Richard G. Blasé Richard M. Krill Lawrence J. Felter Richard A. Ovacek William F. Kickel Frank J. Vermes David L. Kinzel Dorothy A. Van de Motter Robert J. Curie E. Fred Ritty Marguerite Sherwin Lawrence R. McBride Thomas R. Revann Daniel J. LoPresti Jon A. Salerno Jean M. Armon C. Michael McAdams Kevin F. Payne Ina W. Rothman Gregory A. Houdek Gregory J. Lenz Marianne J. Novak Sherri Lynne Poore Harvey Sisler John F. Michael Matthew D. Crozier

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This is the deceased list as of Jan. 31. We apologize for any omissions and ask you notify Joan Brosius at 216-397-4332.

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Take note of the Chinese

Carroll (class of ’99) not with hopes of my students standing on chairs like “Dead Poets Society” but acting more mature and having their parents back me up in difficult situations. However, this wasn’t the case. Luckily, I’d planned for this possibility. The struggle for, and lack of, professionalism throughout the teaching community I hadn’t planned for, which is why I’m an educator at a university in China. Yes, it’s college level, and the students are more mature, but the respect for teachers in this society is obvious. It’s odd I received minimal respect as an educator in the states. The U.S. has the numbers to prove its dominance in education in the world arena – we’re the big boys on the block. According to the U.S. Department of Education, $560 billion is spent on education (although too small a percentage finds its way into teachers’ wallets), and more than 30 percent of the best universities in the world are in our country. The U.S. believes it’s No. 1 because of its teachers, right? Why, then, are we consistently being outperformed in education by other countries? This is especially true of Asian students, especially in math and science. With my first interaction in the Asian classroom, I started thinking it’s not the Chinese education system that’s better necessarily, but the Chinese students who outwork their American counterpart by leaps and bounds. I had one class writing their paper until the end of class and then begging, “I must finish this.” I, like many, misperceived that students from foreign countries learned by rote memorization and were waterboarded if they didn’t perform to the standards set by their parents or government. On the contrary, although my students are highly motivated, they consistently show higher-level thinking skills. They don’t just repeat information. They question it. With these higher-level skills, my students perform well. I set the standards and, thereby, receive a professional status. The Chinese are willing to grant professional status to those occupations that require education and skills. Often in the U.S., our society grants jobs as being professional based on income. A professional athlete is an example. While educators struggle to be thought of as professionals, NBA players are deemed professional because they put a ball through a hoop. America has become a country that views professionals as those who garner the most respect and status. No wonder no one wants to be a teacher anymore. Now, I know what you’re thinking: I’m another bitter teacher who knew what he was getting into, so why don’t I work in the private sector? Well, because I enjoy teaching. As masochistic as it sounds, I enjoy it. But the key word is teaching, not being an emotional sounding board, prison guard, or burnt-out educator trying to explain the sociological concepts of status and role. Teacher professionalism in the U.S. relies on the theory that if you have higher standards and highly educated teachers, professionalization will come soon after.


oing my time teaching in American high schools isn’t meant to sound like prison. I graduated from John

(Welcome, year-round school.) The Chinese believe that if having better benefits to draw people to the career, professionalism will follow soon. I still know what you’re thinking: If you like it so much in China, why don’t you stay there? Well, aside from not having access to unhealthy hot dogs or NFL games on Sundays, being an expat isn’t only showing me what’s wrong with the American education system; it’s also showing me how American students and their parents place blame on everyone but themselves. I don’t have enough room to opine about the No Child Left Behind Act. I also hope the mysterious stigma of being an educator will lift and society will see there’s a difference between status issues of a profession and role issues associated with performance – how a job is viewed versus what we, as educators, actually do. Public perception shouldn’t determine the respectability of a profession, even in China. America tends to manipulate the facts and place blame wherever the trend lies. Life’s challenges drive me. That’s part of what draws me to teaching. I’ll continue to perform under pressure. I love the U.S. (it’s my home) but see no reason not to point out and try to fix its flaws. The occupation of teacher in the U.S. doesn’t rank as high in status compared to other countries, but it should. Parents need to stop looking at teachers as their go-to scapegoat. Everyone is to blame. While we’re bickering about reform efforts instead of teaching, our Chinese competitors have been on the weight bench waiting to step on the field. Christopher Siders ’99 is an English as a foreign language instructor at the Shenyang University of Engineering in Shenyang, China.


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