Alumni news

Award winners
During Commencement & Reunion Weekend in May, five graduates received the Alumni Medal, the highest honor awarded by the Alumni Association. Recipients are selected by former presidents of the association from nominations submitted by any alum.

Charles Byrne ’50 served with the U.S. Marines in the Philippines and Guam during the latter part of World War II and pursued his college degree via the G.I. Bill. Byrne was a member of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education from 1977 to 1980 and a member of the Ohio Board of Education from 1996 to 2000. He served as John Carroll magazine class scribe for the class of 1950 for 18 years.

James Mackey ’71 was instrumental in kicking off the spring reunion program, serving three years as chair of the initial planning committee. Mackey, who served as president of the alumni association from 1986 to 1988, also served on the presidential selection committee that resulted in the appointment of Rev. Michael J. Lavelle, S.J., in 1988. He served as a member of the executive committee of the JCU Entrepreneurs Association and as a board member of the local chapter of the National Hemophilia Association and the Center for Mental Retardation.

Back row from left: Michael Henry, Ariel Johnson (Millor Orator), Paul Hulseman, and Andrew Vogel (Beaudry Award). Front row from left: Charles Byrne, James Mackey, Robert Valente, and John Magnotto.

John Magnotto ’60 and his wife raised his 14-year-old sister after his parents died in 1970. During the ’80s, they opened their home to two Vietnamese boys who were brought to the U.S. by Lutheran Social Services. The Magnottos, who took in a young Peruvian burn victim in the late ’80s, have provided spiritual and financial support to the Nativity School of San Jose, the Ursuline Nuns of Cleveland, and Padre Juan Davis, a missionary from Fargo. Magnotto helped establish the Fr. Schell Chair, which helps bring a Jesuit to John Carroll to live in a residence hall and provide spiritual guidance to students. He also served as JCU Alumni Association secretary in 1969 and 1970.

Patti Rosenfeld ’87, worked for Christmas in April USA, an organization that provides assistance to low-income homeowners. She was a director of the Fulbright Association and vice president of the Foundation for The National Archives in 2006, serves on the board of Georgetown University Hospital and the Foundation for the National Archives. She was appointed to the JCU Board of Regents in 2006 and serves on the University’s Board of Directors. Rosenfeld, who funded the Communication Conference Room in the O’Malley Center, supports two scholarship initiatives at JCU.

Robert Valente ’69 has been a member of The Gathering Place’s (TGP) board of trustees and several committees. TGP is an organization that provides free programs and services to support, educate, and empower people affected by cancer. Valente, a member of the Magis Legacy Society, is the inaugural chair of the Magis Advisory Group, which invites business professionals to advocate for the University and help advance its planned- giving efforts, visibility, and reputation. Valente, a Master Member of the JCU Entrepreneurs Association, also served on the JCU National Alumni Association Board from 2007 to 2009.

Additionally, two other graduates received the 2011 Campion Shield. In 1993, as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, Col. Michael Campbell ’83, put himself in harm’s way serving the people of Somalia. During an attempt to calm rioting, Campbell approached a crowd that was blocking a main road and took several rifle shots to his upper body that were deflected by protective gear. The crowd began hurling rocks and other objects at him. Campbell, who suffered a broken jaw and damage to his upper vertebrae, was awarded the Purple Heart.

Michael Henry ’00, who works for Cross International, a faith-based relief and development organization, oversees programs that provide for the needy in Haiti and Africa. Henry experienced an earthquake in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince in 2010, and stayed there for almost two weeks to assist with rescue efforts. Henry continues to oversee relief efforts that include the construction of housing and establishment of long-term care for orphaned children.

The 2011 Silver Quill, awarded annually to a class columnist of the Alumni Journal in the magazine for dedication to the role, went to Paul Hulseman ’82, former president of the Alumni Association who has been penning his well-written column since 2004.

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New director heads alumni relations
David Vitatoe ’01 is the new director of alumni relations for John Carroll University. His professional career spans more than a decade in higher education and business development. Most recently, he was the assistant director of alumni relations at Case Western Reserve University, overseeing all alumni activities and events nationally on behalf of its 100,000 alumni. A 1996 graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School, Vitatoe received his bachelor of arts from Carroll, a master of education from Xavier University, and will graduate from CWRU with his M.B.A. in August 2011. He also was an all-American kicker for the Blue Streaks.

Summer send-offs welcome the class of 2015
With your help, the Offices of Admission and Alumni Relations plan to run send-off receptions in many of the major recruitment cities later this summer. Cities on the list include Chicago, Detroit, Toledo, Columbus, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Rochester. The send-off events welcome incoming students and their families into the John Carroll community and offer advice for a great four years in University Heights. Alumni stories and experience could help incoming students understand career paths, know who the most challenging and inspirational faculty members are, and where to take their parents for dinner during Parent’s Weekend. At the least, students can arrange car pools during breaks. In a casual and fun setting, these send-offs are a great way to welcome the class of 2015.

We’re looking for help to identify locations, host these events, and present the program. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Tom Fanning at or 216-397-4246, or visit

Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., (second from left) joins several alumni to celebrate the ordination of Bishop Neal Buckon ’75 (right of center) in Washington. Buckon is the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

Upcoming events
Dates subject to change. Visit for latest information.

Thursday, July 21
Chicago alumni celebrate the class of 2011
Celebrate the class of 2011
Schuba’s Tavern

Saturday, July 23
Pittsburgh Pirates game

Tuesday, Sept. 6
Mass of the Holy SpiritJCU’s 125th anniversary birthday party

Sept. 30-Oct. 2
Homecoming Weekend

Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Circle K/Sigma Delta Kappa reunion

Thursday, Oct. 13
Boston alumni reception

Oct. 28-29
Pershing Rifles reunion

Friday, Dec. 2
125th anniversary gala

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