The man in the red suit
Breakfast with Santa, which has been a tradition for more than 10 years, allows alumni and their families to gather for breakfast and celebrate Christmas with fellow alumni and Santa. Luckily, Santa makes stops in Cleveland and Chicago. The alumni relations staff asked him (Pete Bernardo ’67 in Cleveland and Dick Murphy ’57 in Chicago) to share his thoughts about the event.
Why is it important to stop at John Carroll?
PB: The children of our alumni are so special; they deserve a visit from Santa.
DM: Santa loves everyone in Chicago, especially John Carroll graduates and their families.
What’s your fondest memory?
PB: The little girl in the purple outfit with the black belt and shiny shoes who brought Santa a present. And the little girl who asked for a real pony. I convinced her a stuffed one would be better. I pulled a pink one out of my bag, and she left happy.
DM: Being under the attack of the family of Paul Hulseman ’82.
What has changed throughout the years?
PB: Year after year, kids come with expectations and excitement, and some have fear. That hasn’t changed. What has changed is the lists keep getting longer.
DM: We used to have our breakfasts in churches or basements, and then, as ties with other Jesuit institutions became tighter, we were able to have a more consistent location at Loyola Louis Towers. The kids love to look out the window.
Any advice from Santa?
PB: Kids need to realize some of the things they asked for aren’t good for them at this time, so Santa won’t deliver something he doesn’t think is right for them. I also want the kids to realize my time with them is special. I always want to take my time and listen to them.
DM: Grandparents should bring their grandchildren to get them interested and having fun at a Carroll event, and maybe they’ll come to John Carroll.
The 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony, sponsored by the Blue Gold Club, took place Sept. 27 in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology. Inductees are:
• Tom Arth ’03 – Football
• Peggy Dempsey ’97 – Swimming
• Beth Grybowski Litten ’03 – Volleyball, track and field
• Craig Recko ’01 – Baseball
• Joe Runkel ’91 – Track and field
• Gerry Shay ’02 – Swimming
• Chad Stein ’01 – Track and field, basketball
• Eric Urdzik ’03 – Wrestling, football
• The 1962-63 football teams
For more information abut the inductees, click here.
Mark your calendar
So Others Might Eat (SOME) day of service
71 O Street, NW
Cleveland Christmas Reception
Dolan Center for Science and Technology
Detroit Alumni Chapter Christmas Party
The home of William’82 and Mariann (Krebs) Bolton ’83 Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.
Buffalo Alumni Chapter Alumni Mass and Social
St. Joseph Cathedral and
Brawler’s Back Alley Deli
Triangle, N.C. Alumni Chapter Mass and Social
St. Luke Evangelist Catholic Church and Tribeca Tavern
Breakfast with Santa
Lombardo Student center (on campus) and
Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower campus
New York City Mass and brunch
St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Pulse Restaurant in Rockefeller Center
Jan. 4, 2014
Cleveland Alumni Chapter Playhouse Square
Jan. 12, 2014
Los Angeles Presidential Reception
The home of Cindy and Richard Maroun ’77
Jan. 15, 2014
San Diego Presidential Reception
University Club – Atop Symphony Towers
Jan. 24, 2014
Cleveland Alumni Chapter Outing
March 2, 2014
Naples, Fla. Presidential Reception
Port Royal Club
March 8, 2014
Bahamas Presidential Reception
For a longer list of alumni events click here.