Greetings, class. Time keeps moving along. We can think it has been 36 years since we walked the Quad, but folks, it’s only a number. My oldest, a Pitt Panther, is enjoying Pittsburgh. So far, there’s no Steeler gear. The twins – not sure yet, so stay tune for that one. On the Pittsburgh front, I probably should place a call to Shirley Novak next time I’m in the Steel City to see what’s up. I know she has minireunions from time to time.
The mailbag has a few items in it. I ran into Gary Szelagowski when I was downtown for the Cavs championship parade. I was camped out in one of the trees in front of the Cleveland Federal Reserve building with my wife, Mary (Knurek) Holtz ’89, and bumped into Gary, who works at the Fed. He’s enjoying it and bumps into Jim Nemeth. I believe Jim has been at the Fed for a good number of years. For a summer vacation, Gary and his family traveled to Denver, and then Gary and his wife, Jo, ventured on to Sonoma. Gary and Jo will be celebrating their 33rd wedding anniversary this fall. Congrats!
Lorie ’82 and Tom Armagno also celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. After teaching for many years, Lorie started her own business as an intervention specialist. Tom is in his 36th year in the health-care administration field and keeps in touch with JCU through a mentor program and Dr. Scott Allen’s executive MBA program. Tom has been impressed with the caliber of students JCU is preparing for the real world. Two of Tom’s sons are JCU grads – Tommy ’12 is an area manager overseeing the operations of 10 restaurants, and Rob ’11 is doing compliance and trading work for a financial investment company. Dan, who attended Kent State, works at a local architectural firm, and Joe is in culinary school at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
While I’m following the Browns, Cavs, and Indians, Kevin O’Neill follows the Bears, White Sox, and Blackhawks in Chicago. Kevin is president of his family business, Fabsco Corp., which manufactures steel anchor bolts and rods for the outdoor lighting industry. Kevin and his wife will be looking for that pay raise once his two kids graduate from college, whereas I have two more heading to college two years from now. I’m not sure how many jobs I’ll have, but needless to say, I’ll have more than one. Kevin has run into fellow JCU grads Jim Weir ’78 and Chad Gross ’81 while in Chicago.
Drop me a line anytime. Onward, on!
Hi. Welcome to our class notes. Mary Jo (Naples) Miller joined the law firm Ball Janik LLP in Portland, Oregon, as a partner in the finance, corporate, and real-estate practices. Her practice focuses on finance, merger and acquisition, securities, and general corporate matters with a strong focus on renewable energy-related projects and companies. Mary Jo is an author of the State Q&A Topic on Oregon Corporation Law for Practical Law Company. A member of the board of directors of the Multnomah Bar Foundation, Mary Jo stays busy with her community activities, which include the race committee of Komen Oregon, the West Point Parents Club of Oregon and Southwest Washington, and the Jesuit high school community.
If you’re in Rocky River, Ohio, peek in at the Italian restaurant Stino da Napoli. You just might find John Ettorre enjoying dinner. John stays busy with his numerous clients and their communication needs.
I had the opportunity to high five fellow Pitt Panther parent Dave Beleny enjoying dinner with his son before the start of spring break at the Perch in Sutherland Hall on the Pitt campus.Jeanne Ann (Wall) Cannon, a licensed clinical social worker, was named executive director of Dunebrook, a family resource and child advocacy center. Based in Michigan City, Indiana, Dunebrook’s multifaceted programs educate and facilitate parenting roles by teaching healthy, realistic parenting skills; tools for everyday family management; and coping techniques. Jeanne is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with adults in her private practice and children in local schools for more than 20 years.
Drop a line anytime.
Greetings, class. The times and places you run into or meet classmates are amazing, even 35 years later. My oldest, Rosemary, is a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh. When I helped her move in, I pulled in front of the dorm and ran into none other than former JCU football player and Pacelli Hall resident Dave Beleny ’81. Dave and his wife were dropping off their sons – David, a junior biology premed major, and Alexander, a freshman microbiology premed major. Dave’s sons and my daughter are members of the Pitt Marching Band. We commented that, as Browns fans, it’s hard to watch Pitt Panther games at Heinz Field, where the Steelers play. Dave still has family in Parma, Ohio, and he and his wife live in Tiffin, Ohio.
I received a note from Mary Jo (Naples) Miller, who’s practicing law at Stoel Rives, an environmental law practice group, in its Portland, Oregon, office. Mary Jo practices corporate finance and renewable energy law and tries to travel whenever possible. Mary Jo’s son, Nick, will be at West Point playing football for Army. Her daughter, Miranda, is a high school sophomore who will be going through the college search process shortly.
My twins, Adam and Patrick, are high school sophomores and will be searching for colleges, too, soon enough. In a couple years, I’ll have three kids in college at the same time, and I’ll probably have three jobs to pay the bills.
I ran into John Ettorre at a gathering at StartMart at Tower City in Cleveland. StartMart is the largest business and tech incubator in Cleveland that offers offices and support to startups. John ventured to Pittsburgh for a weekend to visit classmates. Look for a report in a future column.
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Hi, class. I received an email from John Carroll announcing that Fr. Casey Bukala, S.J., ’54, ’55G retired and is no longer teaching on campus after 45 years. It’s amazing a person can provide dedicated service to the University for such a long time. Fr. Bukala, who enjoyed working with students, had a passion, zeal, energy, and desire to teach. I had the opportunity to take one of Fr. Bukala’s classes, as I’m sure a number of you did, too. I found it rewarding yet challenging (I dreaded his tests). I imagine that’s why I only took one of his classes. Father attended our Saturday night dinner during Reunion Weekend, and I’m sure many memories were shared. All the best to you, Fr. Bukala, in retirement. You can send a message to Fr. Bukala via the Alumni & Friends page of the Carroll website.
I received a LinkedIn note from former roomie Dr. Bob Kasper, who’s a family medicine doctor in the Premier Medical Group in the U.S. Army National Guard. He lives with his family in Clarksville, Tenn. Bob did a couple tours of duty in Iraq. Thank you for your service, Bob. He received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. I wasn’t aware he went on to Ohio State. It appears one of his hobbies is fishing from his backyard pond.
Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio, welcomed Beth (VandeVelde) Grohe as gift shop manager. After earning her bachelor of science degree, Beth has gained more than 20 years of experience in sales and retail management. She lives on Catawba Island and in Cleveland with her husband, Jere ’76, and their daughter, Mary Elizabeth.
I’m getting to know the Pittsburgh area better because my oldest is a freshman at Pitt. There’s a lot of one-way streets and hills. I’ll need to check with a Pittsburgh native like Shirley Novak for recommendations on good places to eat.
Send in your notes. Onward, Carroll.
Greetings, class. I’m fresh off attending our 35th year reunion. The campus is ever-changing, but there are some very familiar buildings and memories. Take Murphy Hall, for example. It has been updated and refurbished, but it still keeps its charm, so to speak. My wife, Mary Knurek ’89 Holtz, and I had the opportunity to walk through the revered hallways with John Ettorre and his wife, Julie. You need smart cards to gain entry. There’s a smart board to find folks on campus, along with the entire building certified as green with its modern amenities. John Ettorre knew Murphy very well from 35 years ago. Me? Well, I worked in Grasselli Library.
Friday night was the on-the-Quad BBQ dinner when I had a nice chat about cars with former JCU baseball player and UClubber Don Rose and his spouse, Christina. We chatted more Toyota because Don manages the used car inventory for Classic Toyota. While enjoying roasted corn on the cob, I talked sports with former JCU linebacker, Lance Whitson, who works at Pitney Bowes and lives in Berea, Ohio.
Chris Bavola, from Warren, Ohio, took time from her dental practice to visit JCU and catch up with what’s happening with Shirley Novak, who’s an attorney in Pittsburgh. Shirley was starting to prep me about the ins and outs of Pittsburgh because my daughter Rosemary will be attending the University of Pittsburgh this fall.
Elizabeth Graham is a communications teacher at the University of Akron and has been there about five years. Previously, she taught at Ohio University. Fellow political science major, Ann Mannion, flew in from Lynn, Mass., where she has been working in the banking industry. I told Ann I recall talking to her five years ago, and she corrected me and said it was 20 years ago at our 15-year reunion. Wow! Time does fly.
One person I did talk to five years ago was Jamie Donnelly, who lives across or very close to Carroll – as in walking distance. I think Jamie can visit every reunion and tailgate party to catch a cold one whenever she wants to.
Former Ignatius classmate and wrestler Sean Meaney visited for a bit on Saturday. Living in Rocky River, Ohio, I could trade stories with Sean, who lives in Bay Village, a neighboring city. Also in attendance at the Saturday night dinner were faculty members, Fr. Casey Bukala, S.J., ’54, ’55G and Frank Navratil, Ph.D. Fr. Bukala had some of the toughest philosophy tests around, and Dr. Navratil was chairman of the economics department.
I dined with Deb and Rick Chelko, Joann and Gary Szelagowski, and Marianne Nemeth Moeschberger ’81 and John Moeschberger. Rick is chairman of the Chelko Consulting Group and enjoys the view of Lake Erie every morning living in Bay Village. Gary, a former Garfield Heights resident, like me, works at the Federal Reserve. John lives in Solon, and throughout his career, has been involved in supply chain process as a manager or in the capacity of a purchasing manager.
I chatted with Don McGuire, who has been CEO or on the board of directors for numerous companies throughout his career. The latest, I believe, is KDM Advisors, which helps emerging companies grow and develop. Don has spent countless hours on behalf of JCU fundraising for our class gift and numerous alumni activities. Recently, he was awarded the Alumni Medal along with my former roommate, Paul Hulseman ’82, spouse of Patrice (McCauley) Hulseman.
I exchanged greetings with Beth (McChesney) Wright, who came in from Charlotte, N.C. Beth was catching up on news with Kelley (Ellis) Knight and Mary Ann (Schilling) Luecke. I think I’ve talked to Beth at every reunion so far – that means seven reunions. Mary Ann Luecke was our class representative in the rose ceremony at Mass where we remember our deceased classmates. The family of Goffredo Ianiro contacted me, informing me of his passing in May 2015. His name is in the roster of our deceased classmates.
After reunion, Mary Ann Luecke will be going into wedding-planning mode because her daughter, who lives in Chicago, will be getting married next year.
Kelley (Ellis) Knight lives in Lakewood, Ohio, I’ve bumped into her at a local Giant Eagle. Interestingly enough, her daughter is in the dietetics field, which is what my daughter Rosemary is going to study, so my wife was able to bend her ear a bit.
Kevin O’Neill came in from Chicago, made a few business calls in Northeast Ohio, and then spent time at Carroll. A diehard Blackhawks fan, we talked a bit about the Stanley Cup. I enjoy hockey, can’t skate at all, look pathetic on the ice, and own a Red Wings shirt – not because I’m a fan, but because it looks cool.
I always enjoy meeting up with Tom Cua and Kevin Whalen, both of whom have been supportive in the past planning reunions by sharing ideas and contacting classmates. Tom – who’s busy running his construction business in Columbus, Ohio –found Fr. Mark Summers at a local parish. Kevin keeps busy in Florida, working at Cisco. I forgot to ask Kevin if he’s still a Tampa Bay Bucs fan.
Rosanne Dwyer filled me in on numerous connections she has to our class and who’s related to who. It’s best I contact her to get it straight.
Dan Hockensmith came in from Mechanicsville, Va., and filled me in on the elevator industry, which was pertinent to me because I served on condo boards, and we have had to replace elevators.
I talked to Maureen Gaffney Katanic, who lives in Akron, Ohio, and believe works at the University of Akron.
Kate FitzGerald couldn’t make the reunion, and I’ll have to catch up with Paul Schlegel.
For our local folks, I received a note that Mike McCarthy is in assisted living at Arden Courts in Westlake, Ohio. His family asks for your support and prayers.
Feel free to send me information, corrections, or news.
Hello, class. 2015 marks our 35th year since graduation. It’s amazing when you think about that number. For some, it’s a lifetime; for others, it just seems like yesterday we roamed the halls of the AD Building.
This is our reunion year, so mark your calendars for Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21. You should’ve received a package inviting you to the weekend and, potentially, a call from a committee member. It’s not too late to decide to attend. You can rekindle friendships, talk to old friends, and make new friends. The alumni office can be reached at 800-736-2586, or, if you have a specific question, you can talk directly to Carla (Lauer) Gall ’05, assistant director alumni reunions, at 216-397-1592. If you’re wondering who’s coming or have a question about a classmate, you can email me. Come and enjoy the JCU experience.
I received a great letter from Tom Cua about one of our classmates. Tom is president of Cua Builders in Worthington, Ohio, just outside Columbus. He and his wife, Angela, have three children. While attending Mass at St. Michael’s, Tom was reunited with Mark Summers, who, at the time, was just named associate pastor at St. Michael’s. Many of you might recall Mark spoke at our 1980 graduation. If memory serves me right, Mark was the Millor Orator for our class. He went on to Notre Dame, earned a law degree, became a CFO of a company, and then decided to join the seminary. His first assignment was at St. Brigid of Kildare in Dublin, Ohio. Then he moved to St. Michael’s and now is pastor at St. Peter Catholic Church in Powell, Ohio. That story represents Fr. Mark Summers’ journey of 35 years. I’ve been involved in every reunion committee, and I know Mark’s name has surfaced in the past, but we lost touch with him during his journey. If anyone is traveling through Powell, Ohio, stop in at St. Peter’s and say hi to Fr. Mark.
I also received a note from George Elum informing me about the passing of Tom Sassler, who was a psychology major, Pacelli Hall resident, and captain of the track team. Tom and his family have lived in Atlanta for the past 30 years. He married his high school sweetheart, Izzy, and they had four children: Elizabeth, Erin, Sarah, and Jackson. Tom was national salesman for a medical device company. Our prayers and best wishes are with the Sassler family. George is in Massillon, Ohio – home of the Tigers – running Elum Music Co.
I also received a note from Tina Romano–Allen, who recently took a post as director of human resources for General Aluminum, a division of Park Ohio. She travels to five plants in Ohio and Indiana, which keeps her busy. Tina is visiting colleges with her son, who’s a junior in high school, which brings back the memories of Murphy Hall and its suites. I’ve made college visits with my oldest, Rosemary, and visiting the dorms on various campuses brings back vivid memories being in Bernet Hall. The one thing I can say about Bernet was that it sort of ran itself and I enjoyed living there. It was the best hall on campus at that time. For the record, Rosemary decided to study dietetics/nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh this coming fall, so hail Pitt! (Sorry, JCU.) However, I still have twins who will be 10th-graders in the fall, so Carroll could be in their future. See you at the reunion.
Greetings, class of 1980, as we enter our reunion year. This coming June, we’ll be celebrating 35 years since we walked the JCU campus. The reunion committee is always looking for interested parties to help plan. You don’t need to be local because much of it is done via conference call. Drop a line, or contact the alumni office – all are welcome. I understand Jeanne (Wall) Cannon has unearthed a keepsake chest from the RA years. I’m sure there’s a memorable story behind every vintage item in that box.
John Ettorre informed me that Jim Antall’s daughter, Laureen, is on the coaching staff at Hathaway Brown.
I hear Kate FitzGerald is replacing her rigors at school with that of traveling with her husband, and, perhaps, she may find her way to reunion weekend.
Colleen (Kelley) Vahcic ’81 is the education coordinator for Rheumatic & Immunological Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic.
I’ve been told former WUJC radio personality and Garfield Heights native Gary Szelagowski, formerly of PNC Bank, works at the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland.
Kate Oatis is the CEO of Oatis Communications, which handles social media marketing opportunities.
On a sad note, Madeline Sivak passed away. Madeline was the founder and executive director of Michael’s House for Grieving Children in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. We extend our thoughts and prayers to her friends and family.
As mentioned earlier, its reunion year. And who do you want to see? Maybe senior class president Kevin Tighe, perhaps Mimi (Schilling) Luecke, Greg Branic, Ann Mannion, Tina Romano-Allen, Mary Jo (Naples) Miller, Ron Popek, or Shirley Novak just to name a few. Send names of classmates you’ve lost touch with, and I’ll post them. Send your news or notes, and plan on the reunion.
Greetings, class. It’s amazing how fast 2014 has flown by. I helped manage a Pony baseball team this past summer in which my son, Patrick, played, along with Michael Finnegan, who’s the godson and nephew to Joe Hubach. It’s a small world knowing Joe was a classmate of mine at St. Ignatius and Carroll. We were the Indians, so the kids had the opportunity to wear hometown gear. They took home some hardware, winning the regular season best record and championship.
Pat DiVito ’79 is doing well. He attends John Carroll football games when he gets a chance and recently welcomed his second grandchild, McKenna Grace, into the world. His first grandchild, Tyler, will probably follow in grandpa’s footsteps and become a Blue Streak.
I chatted with former Bernet RA Dave Kaman ’77, who’s a partner in the law firm Kaman and Cusimano, which specializes in condo association law. Dave says the members of our class were his favorites and sends a hearty hello to all. I lived in Bernet three out of my four years, and the hall just sort of ran itself. All in all, it was a great place to live.
John Ettorre joined the 1400 Investment Club and probably will rival Warren Buffet. Local folks should give him a call and chat investments with him. In fact, he and Don McGuire could form a partnership because Don became the managing director of investment banking for the SDDCO Brokerage Advisors. Don has had numerous positions with other firms such as NewOak Capital, Beenz.com Inc., and Metastatin Pharmaceuticals.
Keep the news coming, and drop a line anytime. Thanks.
Hello, class. Here’s the latest news. Fellow political science major and German club member Diana (Stull) Thimmig was named a 2014 Ohio Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine. Diana is a partner at Roetzel & Andress in Cleveland. Diana and I were a few of the political science majors who went on a trip to Washington, D.C., senior year with Professor Larry Schwab.
Longtime Dolan Hall resident James Myers and his spouse, Josie, donated $1 million to John Carroll to support the Forever Carroll campaign. Jim is the CEO of Petco. If you have a pet, I’m sure you’ve stopped in a store before. The Holtz family – with two cats, one dog, and one leopard gecko – proudly supports Petco. Jim’s dad ’53 and brother ’83 also attended JCU. He cites the strong foundation in Jesuit education that made an impact on his life.
Shirley Novak dropped a note indicating she’s practicing law in Pittsburgh. She’s involved with several nonprofits and is active in her parish. During the summer, you can find her vacationing on Hilton Head Island. Shirley stays in contact with a group of fellow classmates, who have an annual minireunion in Pittsburgh. The group includes Cheryl (Kosak) Wilson, who works in Detroit and is managing her two sons, who are fresh out of college. Maureen McCarthy has been working for 10 years at Yale University at a mental health clinic. Mo is a runner and has completed several marathons. Mary Jo (Naples) Miller, who’s practicing law in Seattle, spent time in London and has a son and daughter. Shirley also says Beth Hammer is teaching in Louisville, Ky. She went on a Holy Land pilgrimage led by her brother, Fr. Bill. Beth is an award-winning horticulturist, earning several first-place ribbons for her roses-and-rose designs. Chris (Clauson) Rosinski visited. She has a son studying for the CPA exam and a daughter studying in college. Chris Bavola, a practicing dentist in Warren, Ohio, teaches knitting at a local school. In the past, she participated in a church relief mission to South America that provided dental care to locals. Deb Walsh Brown ’81 also visited with the group and keeps busy working as a department head in the local court system when not traveling. Shirley keeps in touch with Aileen (Helbling) Magnotto, who became a grandmother this spring. Aileen has developed an organic pasta, MagNoodles, which is available at Whole Foods, Giant Eagle, and Heinen’s. She has been on TV in Pittsburgh and Cleveland promoting her product. Shirley is looking to hear from Tim Cook and John Ettorre.
We were saddened to hear the passing of Jeanne Ann (Wall) Cannon’s mom. John Ettorre attended the tribute and sent this note: “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house at Notre Dame church in Michigan City, Ind., in mid-February as Jeanne Ann Wall Cannon and her three siblings lovingly eulogized their beloved mom, Muggs. Jeanne Ann recalled how her mom’s father used to encourage her to straighten up her shoulders and face the world. Did she ever. When she pressed her mom for advice that would last a lifetime, Jeanne Ann recalled her mom told her simply ‘be right with God, and live your life with dignity.’” Almost a dozen of Jeanne Ann’s closest JCU friends showed up to celebrate Muggs’ inspiring life. They included: Susan (Maney) Antall; Meg (Towey) Rabal; John Ettorre; Tim ’78 and Mary (Walsh) ’87 Freeman; Suzie (Whelan) Shoup’81; Ellen (McMullen) Tighe ’81 and her spouse, Frank; Paul Hulseman ’82; and Katie Grace Brandt ’82.
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Hello, class. Here’s the latest from the mailbag. I’m sorry to say we lost two classmates – Rob Lombardi in August and Terry Henegha
n in October. You might have seen the obit for Rob in the last Alumni Journal. To read more about Rob, view this website – http://lakelawn.tributes.com/o
ur_obituaries/Robert-J.-Lombardi-96330120. Bob Beringer visited Rob before he died and said he still had that great smile. Beringer hiked the north half of the Appalachian Trail and dedicated it to Rob’s memory. Former rugby player and Student Union president in 1979, Terry Heneghan died from complications from cardiomyopathy. Terry was married to Melanie and had three children: Shawn (23), Colin (21), and Emily (19).
On a happier note, Jo and Gary Szelagowski celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Because Diana, Sara, and Jim are on their own,
the empty nesters are on the committee for the Cleveland Alumni Chapter’s Kentucky Derby party in the spring. Plan to go. Gary is keeping himself busy with his second tour of duty at PNC.
Rick Chelko has been busy with the launch of a national medical destination of excellence program, Edison Health. Rick’s son left Aon Hewitt to join in the launch of Edison Health. Rick enjoyed a round of golf with Scott Heran, Bruce Lockhart, John Moeschberger, and Walt Geary.
Feel free to drop a line with news.
Hi, class of 1980. We have a few news items. Pamela (Abood) Buzalka ’87G, who has been appointed pastor of Boardman United Methodist Church, is a fully ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and is training in the area of rethinking church and building collaborative models of ministry with the community.
On a sad note, Rob Lombardi passed away Aug. 23 at his home in Mandeville, La. Rob, who was passionate about golf, enjoyed being with his family, friends, and pets. Rob was a member of Iota Chi Upsilon and the JCU golf team. To view his obituary, visit lakelawnmetairie.com.
Former Bernet Hall roomie Bob Kasper is at Camp Buehring in Kuwait, serving as the flight surgeon attached to the 1-189th GSAB (General Support Aviation Battalion) from the Montana National Guard. Bob says the weather is hot, sunny, and windy, with average temperatures around 108. Those hot temperatures will sound nice when some of us along the North Coast are shoveling snow during the coming months.
I had a nice chat with Debbie (Tighe) Branic ’81, who works at the City of Strongsville senior center. She’s keeping husband Greg in line and busy planning their daughter’s upcoming wedding. Meanwhile, Greg is busy and staying out of the way, working at Lakewood Hospital.
I see Dave Hildebrandt joined the law firm Mansour, Gavin, Gerlack & Manos Co. L.P.A. in Cleveland. Dave joined the firm’s business services practice group.
I’ll give a quick shout to former WUJC disc jockey and Garfield Heights native Gary Szelagowski, who told me life is good. Gary has been busy working with the Cleveland JCU Alumni Chapter, most recently on the committee for the Kentucky Derby Party that was held in Valley View at LockKeepers.
Tom and Anita (Kilburn) Garvey will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this year. Anita informed me Tom’s parents had been married 30 years the year they were married. So, in keeping with that tradition, their oldest daughter, Elise, married this August.
Some of you might remember, from your JCU days, the notion Cleveland was an East Side/West Side city. One of the first East Side people I met at JCU was John Ettorre, who’s working with his client base managing their communication/marketing needs in Northeast Ohio. After all these years, I’m finally seeing John venture West and stopping at establishments such as Herb’s and Stino Da Napoli in Rocky River. I think he might even know where Great Northern Mall is in North Olmsted.
Keep sending the notes.
Hope you all have had a great holiday season and are ready to make things happen in the New Year. Great news comes from former Pacelli Hall resident, Mike O’Connor, who was promoted to divisional president at Pearl Izumi effective April 2013. Previously, Mike was vice president of consumer service, retail, and distribution at Pearl Izumi, which is a manufacturer of running and cycling apparel. Before joining Pearl Izumi, where he has been for nine years, O’Connor worked as a consultant with Deloitte & Touche and KPMG/BearingPoint. After JCU, Mike earned his MBA from Case Western Reserve University. During his spare time, Mike managed to write a Kindle eBook called “Tackling the College Search – A Student Athlete’s Search to Find the ‘Right’ School,” which describes his son Matthew’s search for a college. Other children include Haley, who will graduate from Holy Cross this spring, and Molly, who’s a sophomore in high school. Mike credits his spouse, Jeanie, who keeps everyone organized and on track.
Always feel free to drop a line.
Greetings to all as we approach the winter season. Here’s what’s happening … Rick Chelko, president of The Chelko Consulting Group has been elected co-president of the National Worldwide Employee Benefits Network (WEB). Previously, he served as president of WEB’s Cleveland chapter and has held several leadership positions within the organization. WEB is an educational and networking association of employee benefits professionals.
Former U-Club leader, Don Rose, has been busy working the annual Toyota Sellathons for more than 30 years at Classic Toyota. Don received a visit from John Palumbo, who’s an account rep for Maple Leaf Farms, a distributor of duck to supermarkets and fine restaurants. Don and John rehashed the old U-Club days and talked about the next reunion coming up in 2015. They’re looking to see a strong U-Club presence at the next reunion and are putting the call out to Dan Liska, Steve Nini, Denny Weyhe ’82, and all other U-Clubbers, so mark your calendar for the reunion.
Former fellow political science major and commuter, Guy Sanitate, sends greetings from Washington, D.C., where he’s running a business unit for Scitor Corp., which focuses on surveillance and reconnaissance programs. Guy’s son is in his first year of law school at the University of Richmond, and his spouse, Pat, stays busy working at a charitable foundation.
Thanks for the notes and feel free to drop a line anytime.
Hello, class. I hope you’re doing well.
Tim Glaab dropped a line from Youngstown, Ohio. Colleen and Tim will be celebrating 30 years of marriage this year. There are many JCU connections in their family: spouse Colleen (Buckley) ’81; son Jonathan ’08 graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine this past May; Erin Colleen Glaab ’10 teaches in Mercer County, Pa.; and Tim’s nephew, Peter Glaab IV, is a member of the class of 2015. Kelly Glaab is a junior at Otterbein University in equine studies. Tim keeps in touch with Rob Lombardi.
Congratulations are in order for Don McGuire and former Bernet Hall roommate Paul Hulseman ’82, spouse of Patrice (McCauley) Hulseman, who received the 2012 Alumni Medal, which is the highest honor awarded annually by the alumni association. The award recognizes individuals for their accomplishments in their profession, contributions to their community, and dedication to Carroll. Don and Paul always are active with their class reunions and have served the University well.
Former WUJC radio voice and Garfield Hts., Ohio, native, Gary Szelagowski, attended JCU’s commencement when his youngest, Diana, graduated summa cum laude and received her degree in education. She also earned the Golden Apple, an award given to only six graduating education majors. When not at JCU for a function, Gary keeps busy consulting about human resources.
Thanks for the notes, and drop a line anytime.
A number of news items have made it into the mailbag. Aileen Magnotto, who dropped a line on her new business venture, launched an organic multigrain vegetable pasta called MagNoodles. She performs MagNoodles demos in the Ohio and Pennsylvania markets at Heinen’s and Whole Foods stores. The product is three whole grains blended with semolina and infused with four vegetables. All organic American grains are used in processing. More information is at magnoodles.com. Aileen also designed the Breast Cancer Pinky Ring, which was available at Nordstroms. Proceeds go toward the Komen For the Cure Cleveland chapter.
Congratulations to fellow political science major Diana Thimmig, who was installed as president of the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter. Diana is of counsel with the Roetzel and Andress law firm in Cleveland where her practice focuses on complex business and commercial litigation, bankruptcy cases, and insolvency proceedings. Diana also was the 2009 recipient of the Federal Bar Association’s Elaine R. “Boots” Fisher Award in recognition of exemplary community, public, and charitable service.
For those looking to make a name for yourself at Carroll, you can do so by purchasing a custom-engraved brick paver for the new Saint Ignatius of Loyola Plaza, which will be located outside Saint Francis Chapel with the statue of St. Ignatius as its centerpiece. All proceeds will support campus ministry. The artist’s rendering of the plaza, which can be seen at jcu.edu/plaza, depicts a fountain with a small pool area.
Drop a line anytime.
Greetings. The mailbag had a few items of interest. Jim and Susan Antall made a trek to the East Coast this summer. While enjoying the sites and sounds of Cape Cod, they ventured out to enjoy time with Ann Mannion.
Paul and Wendy Lioon send their greetings to all from sunny Punta Gorda, Fla. Paul started his own fiduciary business working as an individual trustee for clients in Southwest Florida. He started a trust department for a local bank and after eight years decided to offer customized services individually. Punta Gorda is the spring training home for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team, so if you’re in the area, ring the Lioons. Paul says he’ll leave the light on.
I chatted with Ron Zajaczkowski. Ron and his wife, Donna, a former Rocky River High bando, along with my wife, Mary, were attending a family celebration at St. Christopher Parish in Rocky River, Ohio. Ron has kept in touch with Dave Kusner, who’s a doctor in Iowa, as well as Brian and Barry Jereb.
I remember many a day when you needed to turn in a bunch of punch cards for a computer project, and you had to take a hike to the Bohannon Science Center to visit the computer center. There were some nights when things were a little loud in Bernet Hall, and I needed a quiet place to study. I always found a nice classroom to use in the Bohannon Science Center. I recall being a naïve freshman entering one of the huge lecture halls and taking a seat to study one late evening. Unknown to me was the fact a female and male student were studying seriously at the front desk. The girl asked why I was there, and I innocently told her I needed a place to read. Fast forward to 2011, and the Bohannon project has turned that large, brick structure into a parking area with rain gardens and a bioretention basin. I have fond memories of walking up those steps and entering that building. One of my first classes as a freshman was in Bohannon, along with the commuter lounge where I’d meet commuter friends. It wasn’t an attractive building, but I’ll always chuckle thinking about it. Drop a line anytime.
I hope most of you have enjoyed your summer with vacations and family activities. I happened to manage my twins’ little league baseball team as I have for the past couple of summers in Rocky River, Ohio. It’s always been rewarding to see kids develop, learn new skills, and make new friends. This summer was all that and a little more as the team won the championship. My two sons, Adam and Patrick, were on The Urgent Care team in Rocky River Little League Major Division capping off a successful season with a World Series win.
LinkedIn provided new info about a few of our classmates. Bob Donelan is the chief financial officer and director of operations at Resource Systems, which is located in New Concord, Ohio, near Columbus. Resource Systems provides software to long-term care facilities to document care and condition of residents.
Don McGuire, who’s a managing partner at DMM Advisors in the New York City area, works with shareholders, company boards, and management teams to develop companies in achieving performance objectives.
Tina Romano-Allen is a self-employed senior human resources professional. Tina markets her human resources and consulting skills with companies and individuals. She’s also a cultural transition representative for International Professional Relations, providing personal and cultural orientation services to international employees and expatriates.
Joe Hubach is a senior vice president, secretary, and general counsel at Texas Instruments. Joe joined the company in 1984.
Feel free to drop me a line anytime.
Hello, class. The mailbag contained a few items this time. Beth Wright dropped a line: “It was great to see and reconnect with classmates at reunion ’10. In October, I attended a family wedding in Columbus, Ohio, and was able to visit Mimi Luecke and her husband, Bruce ’78. In late December, my father passed away, and our JCU friends were most supportive to me and sisters Suzy Whalen ’82 and Shannon Fanshawe ’88. Special trips were made by Angela and Tom Cua, Mary Alice (O’Brien) Mecke ’82, Mary (Power) Patton ’83, Jean (Nester) Turcu ’82, and Beth (Galle) deVente ’88. I was able to catch up with Steve Ryan ’78 and his wife, Linda (a childhood friend), Lucy and Mark Hutchison, and Dave Short ’81. It was great to see all of them and reminisce about old times. Mark’s son, Michael, and Dave’s son, David, were freshman Carroll roommates – naturally they were in Pacelli Hall. I also took a trip to Sarasota, Fla., in February to visit Julie Sheridan Delaney. Mimi Schilling Luecke and Colette Gibbons Beringer were able to join us. Julie and Mimi are enjoying their new lives as empty nesters, and Colette enjoys her winters in Naples, Fla. We had a great time on the beach with our glass of wine, planning our next get together. I’ll have three in college this fall and a junior in high school, so we plan to splurge off the Whalens for free vacations at their condo in New Smyrna Beach. It’d be great to hear from Polly Tomczak, Ann Mannion, and Terry Dinan Hansen just to name a few.”
Paul and Wendy Lioon live in Punta Gorda, Fla. Paul started his own fiduciary business, working as an individual trustee for clients in Southwest Florida. Paul started a trust department for a local bank and decided to offer customized individual services. Paul says the refrigerator is always stocked, so give a ring.
The Pipeline Fund in New York City announced its inaugural class of Pipeline Fund Fellows, which included Diane Kaslow, who’s president of Kaslow Fine Art. The Pipeline Fund Fellowship looks for women who are influencers in their fields and have a track record of charitable giving.
Rick Chelko, who’s CEO of The Chelko Consulting Group, met with Mark Wysocki and his wife, Marcy, in the South Beach area. The Chelkos enjoyed dinner with Mariann ’81 and John Moeschberger, Teresa and Scott Heran, Kathleen and Bruce Lockhart, and Johnna and Mark Schroeder ’83.
Pat Divito is coordinating a JCU alumni football golf outing. I’m looking forward to hearing interesting stories.
The 2012 JCU football season will kick off for the Blue Streaks when they line up against fellow Division III powerhouse St. Norbert College in Dublin. The game is part of the Global Ireland Football Tournament. Go Streaks!
Greetings, class. In my journeys, I happened to run across former political science major, Ron McLaughlin, who’s an attorney. His legal practice, which includes a variety of probate work, keeps him busy. Being a former poli sci major, I’m sure Ron will be active in a number of political campaigns during the next election cycles.
Another political science major, Guy Sanitate, sends his greetings from Burke, Va. Guy, who’s a retired Air Force Lt. Col. and has been working with Scitor Corp. for 10 years, is married and has a son attending the University of Virginia. In the past, Guy has been keeping tabs on Uwe Botzki and Bob Smriga.
On the local scene, Greg Branic is enjoying the amenities beautiful Strongsville, Ohio, provides. Greg has worked in finance at MetroHealth Medical Center for the past two years, while spouse Debbie Tighe Branic ’81 keeps active directing senior programs at the city’s Senior Center.
I recently had the opportunity to break bread with John Ettorre, who brought me up to date about what’s happening on the local political scene. John’s a loyal Honda man and self-employed communications/writing visionary who’s constantly engaged with his clients regarding their communication/marketing/web/editing needs. John also speaks at many local seminars about writing and other communication topics.
Seize the day, and drop a note anytime.
Hello, class. Our 30th Reunion offered many of us the opportunity to reconnect with friends and classmates. A hearty thanks goes out to Kevin Whalen for driving the reunion committee and chairing the meetings. Kevin is down in Longwood, Fla., working for Cisco in the service provider group. Perhaps Kevin will catch a glimpse of the king in South Beach.
A special thanks goes out to Don McGuire and Kevin O’Neill for their work in presenting the class gift to John Carroll. The amount of the gift was more than $90,000 with more than 30 percent of the class contributing. Both figures are high for classes celebrating their 30th Reunion.
Visiting with WUJC radio personality Gary Szelagowski brought out numerous radio station stories. The topic of commencement addresses came up, with Gary favoring 1997 address by Tim Russert ’72 more than the recent address by Tom Brokaw. Kelley Ellis Knight stopped in Friday night. Kelley has two girls in college and lives in Lakewood, Ohio.
Former Ignatius QB and current Rocky River resident Jim Martin checked out the Friday entertainment. Jim has been busy the past 13 years at Third Federal Savings.
Kevin O’Neill also caught up with John Moeschberger and Scott Heran. Kevin also says Tom Cua and Steve Batanian brought back good stories or exaggerations. Tom has been busy in the Columbus area construction industry for about 20 years, and Steve came up from Florida to take in the reunion festivities, as did Julie Sheridan Delaney. Reports indicate Julie, Beth McChesney Wright, and Mimi Schilling Luecke won the late night or early morning socializing prize for both nights.
I chatted with Jeanne Wall Cannon, who I would’ve thought would’ve added her two cents to the latenight socializing. I wasn’t able to confirm if Jim Antall was able to walk the halls of Bernet. At the Saturday Mass, I had the honor of sitting next to Sam Bonsignore, who’s currently doing consulting work. I last saw Sam about 10 years ago at the Chagrin Falls Blossom run.
John Ettorre worked the Friday night crowd and the Saturday night dinner. While chatting with Meg Towey Rabal, I almost didn’t recognize Ettorre with his grizzly bear beard.
Genie McGuire Mulhern came in from the Chicago area. Genie has worked in the insurance industry for about 20 years. She’s a cousin to Rosanne Dwyer Scanlan. Rosanne, Kim Laidley Janaes, Julia Sullivan Ahern ’81, and Rosie LaBuda met up at reunion and celebrated the entire weekend.
Vicky McCauley, a political science major, enjoyed her time back on campus. Vicky is in Washington, D.C., working at the FTC as an attorney.
Former roomie Col. Bob Kasper, M.D., traded old stories and relayed his experiences with his two tours of duty as a medical doctor in Iraq. Bob and spouse, Beth ’81, live in Clarksville, Tenn. 2015 will mark our 35th Reunion.
Kevin Whalen is looking to see attendance from Tom Madoni, Kevin Harte, Tom Burland, and Rob Lombardi. Kevin Harte couldn’t make this reunion because he’s doing consulting work in Florida. Kevin mentioned classmates Marty Roberts, Bob Brockman, and Anne Spodnik Cloonan as ones he’d like to hear from.
Chris Bavola sends greetings while taking a vacation in the Mediterranean Sea during Reunion Weekend. Chris keeps in touch with Shirley Novak, Cheryl Wilson, Maureen McCarthy, and occasionally crosses paths with John Ettorre.
Mark Summers couldn’t make the reunion because he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, in May of this year. Mark will be assigned to the parish of St. Brigid of Kildare in Dublin, Ohio. Fr. Mark thinks Rick Jeric is a member of that parish.
Please send updates, corrections, and additions for the next column.
Hello Class. A special thanks goes out to Kevin Whalen for his work on the reunion committee, along with all the committee members who volunteered their time. Additional recognition goes out to Don McGuire and Kevin O’Neill as class gift co- chairs who spearheaded the effort in collecting the Class Gift. The target amount was $111,000, which would be a record for a 30th Reunion. All the details of our Reunion will be in the fall issue of John Carroll magazine.
Tina Romano-Allen is self employed as a human resources and career management consultant. In Tina’s spare time she is an independent Silpada Designs representative.
Rob Knieriem sends greetings to all from Atlanta, GA, where he has been working as the Southeast regional sales manager for Specialty Foods Group which manufactures national brands such as Mickelberry’s hams, Kentucky Legend ham and turkeys, and Nathan’s hot dogs. Rob is in charge of all the retail/grocery stores in Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas. Rob and his wife will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this May and have a son who is a junior at Florida State University.
Look for an expanded Reunion column in the next issue. Feel free to drop a line anytime! MFH
June 11-13, 2010, marks our 30-year Reunion. Time flies. It does not seem that long, but the calendar does not lie. Mark your calendar and plan on attending. Communications detailing all the events will be mailed to you. You can contact email@example.com for information or call 1-800-736-2586.
Tom Armagno writes that he is looking forward to the Reunion and has been in the health care industry since graduating from Carroll. He is a president of a health care company that owns and operates several skilled nursing facilities along with a home health agency. Tom’s spouse, Lorie Coviello Armagno ’82, teaches at a local Montessori school. Tom has two boys at John Carroll; Tommy is in his last semester as an English major and Rob is a junior accounting major. Third son, Danny, is a senior at Gilmour Academy and looking to be an architect. The youngest son, Joey, is in 8th grade at Gilmour Middle School.
Pat Divito sends greetings to all! Pat has started his 30th year with Reynolds American Inc. In addition, he and his wife will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary this year. Their oldest child, Tim, was married in September and their daughter, Leah Divito ’07, is in her third year of dental school at The Ohio State University. Their youngest will be a senior at Greensboro College, NC.
Kate FitzGerald throws out a wild and wonderful hello from West Virginia! Kate has been working at Charleston Catholic High School for the last 10 years. She will not be able to attend Reunion since her son will be graduating from Carleton College that weekend.
Watch your mailbox for Reunion information and feel free to drop a line anytime. MFH
Greetings, class! It is amazing how time flies, as the saying goes. The Class of 1980 will be celebrating its 30th Reunion June 11-13, 2010. Mark your calendars for that weekend to renew friendships; see the campus; and attend seminars presented by faculty, staff, and alumni. If you are interested in being part of the committee, please contact Carla Gall ’05, reunion coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org. Joining the committee is open to all, whether you are in the local Cleveland area or not. There is a lot you can do from home that does not take a tremendous amount of time, such as using your computer or cell phone to contact classmates and make our Reunion a memorable one. I know Bob Beringer has indicated his willingness to join the committee. So raise your hand and join in!
Here are some notes from e-mails or LinkedIn notices – Bob Donelan is the director of operations at Resource Systems. Bob is responsible for all operational activities for this software firm, including finance, human resources, purchasing, and IT. Resource Systems is based in New Concord, OH, near Columbus. The firm specializes in data collection systems for the healthcare industry.
Don McGuire is CEO and director at BlastWay Inc. in the greater New York City area. BlastWay is based on an in-venue personal navigation system that works with your handheld devices using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi nodes.
Paul Lioon is enjoying life in the sunshine state, Florida. He is the vice president, trust administration at Charlotte State Bank in the Punta Gorda area. Money magazine recently mentioned this area as one of the best places to live. I will keep everyone posted as to when Paul has an open house, so all of us can visit!
Gary Szelagowski has settled in as a senior vice president, HR Consulting Retail Banking at PNC Financial Services Group in Cleveland.
John Ettorre is busy with his writing and editing business in the Northeast Ohio region. John currently serves on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been seen zipping around the Cleveland area in his cool ’99 Saturn wagon.
Feel free to drop a line. MH
A warm summer hello to all! Here are a couple of items from the mailbag
Bob Donelan has recently been hired by Resource Systems of New Concord as director of operations. Resource Systems is the developer of CareTracker, a software system that helps nursing homes and MR/DD facilities perform documentation electronically on wall-mounted touch screens. Prior to joining Resource Systems, Bob was with Owens Corning as controller for both their Newark Manufacturing and Granville R&D operations.
Mentioned in the last column was the big IXY 50th bash in Las Vegas. Bob Beringer was supposed to be our reporter on the spot, but he never made it to Vegas. Instead, Bob partied on the Florida Intracoastal Waterway with Ken Rudzki ’75 and Tom Schoen ’77. I guess the fishing was better in Florida than in Vegas.
Garfield Heights, OH, native Gary Szelagowski and spouse Jo celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary during the past year. All their kids are either in or on their way to college. Gary and Jo did celebrate New Year’s Eve at an outdoor party in Queen Victory Park overlooking Niagara Falls with entertainment featuring Roger Hodgson, former singer of Supertramp.
Earlier in the year, Mario Fioritto Jr. broke bread with Irma DiFranco and Sam Bonsignore. Masina Frate Santangelo was in Italy, so she missed out on the fun. Last year Mario participated in John Carroll’s Relay for Life as a team member for Wiley Middle School.
Former Bernet Hall roommate Colonel Bob Kasper is doing another tour of duty as a U.S. Army doctor in Iraq. Bob’s duties vary from day to day depending on where he is needed. He is to be commended for his sacrifice and service he is providing to his country.
Cleveland-area alumni are reminded that they can attend Reunion activities June 19 with the Vegas Night and they are welcome to attend the Father’s Day brunch. Contact the alumni office – 216-397-1572 – for more details or check out www.jcu.edu.
Send an e-mail anytime and high-five Lobo. MH
Greetings class, since the last column I have a few items to share.
My family and I made the trek out to Cary, NC, to visit Stacy and Kevin Tighe. Kevin was the chef and we enjoyed a nice North Carolina evening. While visiting, my kids schooled Kevin on how to play Wii baseball and bowling. It got even better when I took him on in baseball. It was like the Indians beating the Tigers again and again. When not trying to figure out how to play Wii, Kevin stays busy as a dean at Miller-Motte Technical College which prepares students with career skills needed to secure initial employment.
Many of us remember taking one of Fr. Casey Bukala’s ’54 philosophy classes. During the fourth quarter of 2008, he celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination. I remember enjoying the class but not the tests.
Cleveland based writer/editor/blogger and a gentle reader of this column, John Ettorre, forwarded an article from Mission magazine highlighting the works of Rita Dollard-O’Malley. Rita is currently the director of adult spirituality at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco. The article titled, Blazing Ignatian Trails, highlights her work in the field of theology with the Jesuits, students, and parents.
Shirley Novak dropped an e-mail that she keeps in contact with Maureen McCarthy, Cheryl Kosak Wilson, Beth Hammer, Chris Bavola and Deb Walsh ’81. All the ladies got together for one of their mini reunions. The next column will have some nuggets from that bash.
Rick Chelko, president of the Chelko Consulting Group, attended the JCU Entrepreneurs Association party with Teresa ’81 and Scott Heran. A featured speaker at the gathering was class of ’80s Jim Myers who is CEO of PETCO. Jim shared the PETCO story and the number of lessons he has learned being at the helm of the company.
Bob Beringer offers a hello to all from Jacksonville, FL, where he is a college administrator. Bob keeps in contact with Rob Lombardi who owns a business in New Orleans near Jackson Square. Bob claims Lombardi still plays a wicked game of golf. Bob and Jim Reim attended the Masters and tailed Phil Mickelson to witness some truly wicked golf. Bob reports that Vicki McCauley is doing well in Washington, DC, as an attorney for the FCC. Most importantly, Bob notes that the brotherhood of IXY will be celebrating their 50-year reunion in Las Vegas this spring. Feel free to send an e-mail for information – email@example.com. I hope to gleam a few pearls of wisdom from the I-Chi anniversary Vegas bash for our next column.
Send an e-mail anytime and feel free to high-five Lobo, the new JCU mascot. MH
Greetings to all. Hope everyone has had a great summer in their travels or connecting with friends and family. Received a note from Kevin Whalen who celebrated his 50th birthday with a surprise party that his spouse, Suzanne McChesney Whalen ’82, planned. It was a Jimmy Buffett themed party called “A pirate looks at 50.” Attending the all-night bash were the following: Sean Whalen ’86, Shannon McChesney Fanshawe ’88, Beth McChesney Wright ’80 and Tom Cua ’80. I am sure there are some good stories to be told from this gathering. Look for information as details become available. When Kevin is not attending pirate parties, he is a product specialist for Cisco Systems.
Former Pacelli Hall resident, St. Ignatius High graduate, and Garfield Heights native, Mike O’Connor sends his greetings from the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado. Mike has been out West for almost five years and lives east of Boulder in Louisville with spouse Jeanie, daughters Haley and Molly, and son Matthew. Mike works for Pearl Izumi, a maker of running and cycling gear.
Those of you that attended St. Ignatius High School may recognize a familiar name of 1980 master’s recipient in classical languages — Dale Gabor. After 25 years at the helm as Ignatius athletic director, Dale is stepping down. No other athletic director in the school’s history has held the post longer. He will continue to teach Latin.
JCU notes — field hockey is the newest club sport at the school. For the 2007-2008 academic year, full-time tuition and room and board is almost $35,000. I remember our freshman year we were paying $68.00 a credit hour.
Feel free to drop a note anytime and happy birthday to all turning 50 this year! MFH
Summer greetings to all. Reunion weekend will be hitting the campus June 20-22 and vacation season is in full swing. The Holtz family will be trekking out to Myrtle Beach at the end of July in the new Saturn Outlook. Great vehicle. Gas mileage is not much better than the 10 year old Venture that it replaced. Go figure. I would have thought that Detroit would have tried to improve the fuel economy without sacrificing safety and quality after 10 model years. I will do a Keith Olbermann if I see any GM execs complaining about market share.
Summer time is also the opportunity for friends and family to gather for picnics or maybe catch a son or daughter participating in America’s grand old game, namely baseball.
Good luck to Ron Zajaczkowski’s Westlake baseball team in which his son is a player. I saw the team taking in some spring drills then off to a local establishment, Loco Leprechaun, to enjoy some R&R.
Pat Divito celebrated the big 5-0 birthday with his wife Gisele and kids Tim (25), Leah (22) and Erika (19). Pat’s two oldest have completed their undergraduate degrees from Heidelberg and John Carroll ’07. Erika attends school at Greensboro College in Greensboro, N.C. Pat and his family live outside of Youngstown, Ohio. Pat has been working at Reynolds American for almost 28 years.
Tom Burland sends greetings to all from – www.linkedin.com. This site offers you the opportunity to network among associates and get acquainted with folks in your profession. I have not spent much time on the site but there are a number of JCU classmates registered.
The Office of Alumni Relations sent out a survey via e-mail exploring the interest in establishing a mascot for John Carroll whose “identity and visibility may strengthen and enhance school spirit and tradition.” As of this writing I am not aware of any results being published. Perhaps with the next column I will have some news to share.
Rick Chelko is keeping busy with his consulting business, The Chelko Consulting Group. He recently ran into Ted Grabowski who is working at Key Bank. Rick is chairing the JCU Entrepreneur’s Association this year. Rick’s son was a member of the 2007 NCAA Division I Championship soccer team – the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest University. Rich and spouse, Debbie (Toth), happily reside in a Western suburb of Cleveland. I think they have moved since I occasionally ran by their house doing the Bay Day 5K Run.
Feel free to drop a line anytime, MFH
Hey folks … guess what?? John Carroll’s gymnasium in the DeCarlo Varsity Center celebrated its 50th anniversary since being dedicated on December 4, 1957. The JCU basketball team opened up against the Xavier Musketeers, a team that would eventually win the National Invitational Tournament that year. The number 50 is significant to me and for probably many of you this year or in the near future because this is birthday year 50 for many of you … 50 is just a number, but it is a milestone in any event. My wife, Mary Knurek Holtz ’89, coordinated a surprise party disguised as a holiday bash. Many friends attended including some distinguished JCU alumni; namely Steve ’90 and Mary ’91 Tirpak, Alan and Theresa ’89 Weinberg, Debbie ’81 and Greg Branic plus coming in all the way from Cary, N.C., were Staci and Kevin Tighe. I need to venture up to the Cary area some day to check out the golf courses and see how “Arnie” Tighe is playing. Rumor has it he may need some serious game improvement irons. Greg and Kevin send their greetings to all knowing full well that whatever they say could make it in print. Numerous gifts were left like a cane, bottle of whiskey, grapefruits, long hair gray hippie wig, numerous bottles of wine, etc.
The recent holiday parties also let me cross paths with Bruce Lockhart at Theresa ’89 Weinberg’s gathering. I usually see Bruce on an annual basis and he was looking as strong as ever getting ready for a great 2008.
Those of you active in alumni events will note that Pete Bernardo ’67 has been elected to University Heights City Council. That may be historical in nature since I am unaware of anyone affiliated with the university serving in University Heights City government.
The university also unveiled a new logo featuring a Bottony Cross thus connecting to its strong Jesuit Catholic identity. The January 2008 issue of e-News features Dr. Peggy O’Hearn Finucane in the Spotlight column. Peggy has worked at JCU since 1998 as an associate professor in Communications and Theatre Arts and recently as the interim director of the Center for Service and Social Action.
Gary Szelagowski dropped me another line recently and is still working hard for the shareholders at National City Bank.
For those of you that may be in the local area, Reunion Weekend will be held June 20-22 at JCU. You may remember the likes of Tim Freeman, Bruce Luecke, Rob Herald, and other members of the Class of ’78 who will be celebrating!
Drop a line with any news, MFH
I am sure folks are starting to get ready for the holidays in addition to all the fall sports. The Indians postseason run has resulted in a short column and other broken items around the house — more news next time.
Scott Heran posted a message on JCU Connect looking for a better representation from the Class of 1980 at next year’s Alumni Golf Outing. That sounds like a good idea — Fore!
Garfield Heights native Gary Szelagowski reports that he is a SVP of Human Resources at National City Bank. He volunteers helping with the Alumni-in-Admission Program at JCU. He and his wife are very active as co-coordinators of the Catholic Engaged Encounter of Cleveland and the Trinity High Parents Club. Their daughter Diana is a senior at Trinity; their other daughter is starting her second year at the University of Akron and son Jim graduated magna cum laude with majors in English and graphic design from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe this past May. They happened to hear the president give the commencement speech which Gary mentioned was very impressive to witness. I believe Saint Vincent is where the Steelers have training camp and Latrobe is famous for its Rolling Rock beer.
Beth Hammer dropped a note that she will be in Cleveland meeting up with some of the old gang, namely Shirley Novak, Maureen McCarthy, Cheryl Wilson and Chris Bavola. I will need to follow up and print some updates next column.
Cheryl Wilson sent a note that she and her family are doing well in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Son Stephen is in college at Western Michigan University and younger son Matthew is a junior at Brother Rice High.
Lance Whitson dropped a note from Newark, OH, which I need to follow up. More news next time! Keep the notes coming, MFH
you may want to check out JCU Connect which is the new online web site for John Carroll alumni at www.jcu.edu/jcuconnect. This site will allow you to check the Alumni Directory to locate contact information of classmates, post photos, chat online, get the latest JCU news, do career networking and much more. It is worth taking a look.
Cheryl Kosak Wilson sends greetings from Bloomfield Hills, MI, with spouse Bob and sons, Stephen and Matthew. Cheryl is planning a mini-reunion with Shirley Novak, Debbie Brown ’81, Maureen McCarthy and Chris Bavola. She is hoping Chris Clauson, Mary Jo Naples and Kathy Joyce ’81 will join the group for some old time Murphy Hall fun. Cheryl reports that Maureen McCarthy lives in New Haven, CT, employed as a social worker.
George Elum dropped a line from Massillon, OH, where he is the president/CEO of the family business, Elum Music Company. George has been keeping busy as the past president of the Rotary Club of Massillon and has been active on the boards of the Massillon Area Chamber of Commerce and Massillon YMCA. George met up with classmates, Dan Dodds, Tom Sassler, Dan Liska this past February in Scottsdale, AZ. Dan Dodds lives in Lancaster, OH, operating the family business, Dodds Modern Living Center. He has opened a new business, The Pool People, building residential pools and spas. Tom Sassler lives in Atlanta, GA, with wife Izzy and three children. Tom is an executive salesperson in the medical industry selling to doctors and hospitals. Dan Liska lives in Riverside, IL, and is an executive salesperson for North American Paper. George also keeps in contact with Carl Brunello who resides in Broadview Heights, OH, with spouse Ann and sons, Carl Jr. ’07 and Ross a shortstop on Walsh Jesuit High school’s team.
Lee Ann Biegacki sends a note that her son, Dave, is attending JCU and a member of Class of 2010. Her other son, Matt, graduated from St. Louis University in May 2007.
Drop a line anytime. Go Tribe! MFH
Hello from the North Coast.
It is summer vacation time. My gang, Adam, Patrick, Rosemary and spouse Mary are planning a get away to Myrtle Beach. We have never been there so it should be fun and the pictures look nice. I laugh to myself knowing that pictures can make Edgewater Beach on Lake Erie a hot vacation spot also. My other hot spot will be the Visa bill hitting my checking account.
Let me share with you what I found in my e-mail bin. Wendy and Paul Lioon are celebrating their 10th year living in Southwest Florida where they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. I will never forget visiting the Indians at Chain O’Lakes Park in Winter Haven with about 5,000 other fans and hearing someone yell my name and seeing it was none other that Paul and Wendy. Clare Lioon is a junior at the University of Florida majoring in journalism, middle daughter, Virginia is a freshman at Florida State University majoring in mass communications and youngest, Geoff is a junior in high school playing football. Wendy is teaching first grade and Paul is working at Charlotte State Bank where he started a Trust Department five years ago. The Lioons spent Easter break with Herb Kramer and his family. Herb has two daughters — Annalise a senior in high school and Julia a freshman in high school. Herb is a partner in the law firm of Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich Co., L.P.A.
Rich Chelko keeps in touch reliving those Pacelli Hall memories with Scott Heran, Bruce Lockhart and John Moeschberger. Rich stays connected with happenings on the East coast via Don McGuire and has the latest news from the Columbus area coming to him from Tom Cua who is president of Cua Builders. Rick’s oldest daughter is out of college and his son is a soccer player at Wake Forest. Rick is also active in the JCU Entrepreneurs Association.
Ken Perusek sends word that he is the director of operations for Great Lakes Management in Golden Valley, MN. His company develops and manages real estate — apartments, condominiums, retail and office space throughout the state of Minnesota. Ken also manages his own portfolio of apartments, including student housing apartments on the University of Minnesota’s main campus — home of the Golden Gophers. Ken and spouse, Joan, live in Inver Grove Heights which is located about nine miles south of St. Paul. Ken has two daughters, Katie and Jenny, living out of town.
Kevin Whalen dropped me a note from sunny Florida. I am not sure if he sent it from his primary home, beach condo or while walking the dog using one of those high tech gizmos. Kevin has been with Cisco for the past seven years and prior to that he spent 13 years with Storage Tek. Suzanne and Kevin have two children. Their son, also a swimmer, will be graduating from Notre Dame and their daughter enrolling in Notre Dame. Kevin received a note from former Dolan Hall resident and Blue Streak swim team captain, Tom Burland. Tom is now a realtor for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Madison, CT. Tom and spouse, Helen, have five kids. Tom is the oldest graduating from University of Delaware, Catherine is in her second year at University of Connecticut, John is junior in high school and Elizabeth and Helen are still in grade school. Tom also recently started on his MBA so that will keep his busy.
June 22 to 24 is Reunion Weekend at JCU. The 30th class reunion is three years away. Keep the notes coming. Go Tribe ! MFH
Since the last column the winter blues are over and Spring is here. Time to shine the clubs and get ready for Indians baseball. The holiday season was pleasant in Rocky River, Oh, — I can really say that I did not miss the snow that much. I am not a skier so who cares. I will say that as I am composing this column we are looking at potentially 6-12 inches of incoming snow. Santa was good to the Holtz family as he dropped off the Nintendo Wii game. This is my first foray into gaming so right now I am clueless as to what to do. Rest assured that this is the kids’ present not mine, although the Tony Hawk game is pretty cool. John Ettorre asked who is Tony Hawk. I told him to “Google” it.
As my wife and I were driving past a church with a Nativity scene during Christmas time, one of my twins, Adam or Patrick, noticed that Joseph moved, then Mary and then we saw real animals. We decided to stop at the Church of the Redeemer to enjoy their live Nativity scene. The church had a program in which we talked to King Herrod, the Wise Men and others. We also shared Christmas greetings with Donna and Ron Zajaczkowski’s family who were also in attendance.
Congratulations are in order to Carol and Don McGuire on the birth of their second son, Daniel on December 1. Daniel joins big brother Kieran who is now 2 ½. The McGuire family is doing fine in Greenwich, CT.
Cathy Melfi – firstname.lastname@example.org – sends greetings from Indianapolis where she and her husband have lived for the past 17 years. Cathy has a daughter Sarah (15) and is employed at Eli Lilly. Cathy also holds an adjunct faculty position at Indiana University. Cathy would enjoy hearing from her JCU classmates, especially from her old roommate, Beth Koenig Kasper ’81, who just happens to be married to my old freshman year roommate, Bob Kasper.
John Ettorre was in receipt of a photo from Tom Cua of the OSU marching band spelling out a variation of script Ohio which was a precursor to a disaster on January 8 against the University of Florida. At least for Kevin Tighe’s sake Michigan was smashed by Southern Cal. John also passed on a few other tidbits
He visited Jeanne Ann Wall Cannon on a recent Chicago visit. He hung out on Jeanne Ann’s front porch like some rogue reporter till the Wall family returned from a family bike ride. Sam Bonsignore has been in the recruiting business for 25 years focusing on sales/management professionals – email@example.com. John bumped into Tony O’Malley at a local theater. Tony is the managing partner at the Cleveland office for the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. His trial practice focuses on business and health care litigation.
Meg Towey Rabal’s husband, Brad, finished a tour of duty in Iraq. He is a dentist and in the Reserves. The Rabal’s son, also Brad, is a sophomore at St. Ignatius and plays basketball.
Chris Clauson Rosinki’s son, Matt, also plays basketball at St. Ignatius. Just as a side note — I attended St. Ignatius did not play basketball (to the surprise of many) but was a tanker on the swim team. In the JCU e-news I noticed the passing of two notable faculty members this November. Father Paul Woelfl, SJ, who founded the Department of Political Science and Dr. William (Bill) F. O’Hearn, the father of Dr. Margaret (Peggy) O. Finucane of the Department of Communications and Theatre Arts. Dr. O’Hearn worked and taught at JCU from 1956 to 1996. He served as assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from and as director of Information Services. A scholarship has been established in his memory and donations can be sent to JCU in care of the Dr. William F. O’Hearn Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Keep in touch. MFH
Greetings. I recently returned from a vacation with the family up in Canada. We visited the falls and also spent some time at Great Wolf Lodge. I will offer a few more tidbits since many of you comment that I rarely tell you what I am doing … well when I look at the calendar I see that I have been employed with Medical Mutual of Ohio for over 20 years. I never imagined staying at a company for that long when I think back the times that I would scan the bulletin board by Fr. Duffy’s co-op office. I sometimes think what if
I imagine we all wonder if I would have done this or that where would I be today. I have three wonderful children — twin boys, first graders, Adam and Patrick who are finishing up their soccer season on the Avalanche team and a daughter, Rosemary, entering the fourth grade that will be playing basketball this fall. My wife, Mary ’89, is a stay at home mom, drives a van and qualifies as a soccer mom since she coaches the boys’ soccer team. She will also be an assistant coach on Rosemary’s basketball team. I coached the boys’ baseball team and will be looking to field a team in summer ’07. Family duties keep me busy and have started to add the gray hairs.
Former political science major like myself, Kate FitzGerald dropped a line form West Virginia that she finished her 5th year as assistant principal at Charleston Catholic High School. One of her duties is handling of the discipline duties. I can imagine the smile on Kate’s face when she says “sir, you have just been suspended for three days and if you think I am kidding, we’ll add two more.” Her oldest graduated from high school and will be attending Carleton College in Minnesota. Daughter, Nora, will be a junior. Kate also coaches track. I would think the track team is in great shape since back in our JCU days I never could keep up with Kate when we went running along the grass median on Belvoir. Kate also enjoys gardening and playing ultimate Frisbee. She and her spouse, Paul Sheridan, have been participating in school housing rehab service projects during their summers. I understand that Kate could give Bob Vila a lesson or two on how to use a hammer or power tools. I could have used Kate’s assistance when installing an in ground basketball hoop. It took me, three neighbors and two ladders to get the job done. This was not an America’s Funniest Home Video moment; just the hoop was much heavier than it looked … go figure.
I received an inspiring note from cancer survivor, Aileen Helbling Magnotto. She attended the 25th Reunion and enjoyed seeing many of her friends. She learned to deal with her cancer and conquer it. She now speaks about nutrition and her overall experience. Her main message is be diligent in health care and cancer, if caught early, is curable. Aileen also informed me that congratulations are in order to Shirley Novak in Pittsburgh on receiving the St. Thomas Moore Award. This is a very prestigious award given to attorneys. In the JCU sports world I see the men’s basketball team ventured into Chicago to take on the Loyola University Ramblers. Go Streaks!
Thanks for the info and keep in touch, MFH
Hello class of 1980.
Thomas “Joe” Mockler dropped a note that he and his wife, Sheryl, welcomed their second son, Sean Patrick, on December 31, 2005. The Mocklers have another son Joey (5). Joe, a Wakeman, OH, native lives with his family in Easton, PA, and is working for UnitedHealth Group in Philadelphia.
We have a little JCU sports history to report in that Patrick Hulseman ’09 was honorable mention All- American in diving. Patrick is the son of Patrice and Paul ’82 Hulseman. Paul and Patrick form the second father-son All-American duo in Blue Streak history. Paul, my roommate in Bernet Hall, was an All- American swimmer.
I received an e-mail from Jeanne Wall Cannon or actually Jeanne Ann Martha. She wanted to share some info about herself with her classmates which is very sweet on her part. She likes Chinese food, gets hot flashes when it gets warm outside and enjoys a really good Bloody Mary. Calls Chris Somosi ’81 her crazy friend and last movie she saw was Disney’s High School Musical. My oldest, Rosemary, would have loved to watch it with her. I did buy Rosie the CD soundtrack. Jeanne has been at her current job for 200 years, enjoys the Today Show, convertibles and thinking about her favorite toy — Chatty Cathy.
Readers of the Christian Science Monitor will note that two recent editions contained book reviews by John Ettorre. John offered a primer on March Madness with a review on John Feinstein’s Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four. Feinstein is a commentator on NPR and contributor to the Washington Post. Ettorre gives a must read account of a book that would surely interest all readers. John’s other review was a book written by Newsweek managing editor, Jon Meacham titled, American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers and the Making of a Nation. Ettorre using his JCU history major background offers an insightful view on a book written by a well known author.
Keep the notes coming, MFH
Spring training is full force and baseball is around the corner. Get ready to dust off your golf clubs.
During the past holidays I had the opportunity to chat with Bruce Lockhart and his wife Kathy. Our topics touched everything from former classmates, to the cost of education, to the great food that we had the opportunity to sample at Theresa Fortunato’s ’89 holiday gathering.
I hear that Kevin Tighe has taken a position at a community college as an HR Compliance Manager in sunny North Carolina along with his normal duties as product tester for Golf Digest.
Scott Heran reports that Rick Chelko surprised his wife with a gala 25th wedding celebration. Scott and his wife, Teresa Goodrich’81, will also celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in July of this year. Others in attendance included John Moeschberger and his wife Mariann Nemeth Moeschberger ’81 along with Bruce and Kathy Lockhart.
Thanks for the notes. Talk to you soon, MFH
Greetings to the class of ’80. I had the opportunity to represent the class at the inauguration of Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., Ph.D., as the 24th president of John Carroll University. The main theme of the celebration centered on “Engaging the World” and how John Carroll can provide the opportunity for a global education to its students and the community it represents. Prior to coming to John Carroll, Fr. Niehoff was associate provost and vice president for planning and budget at the University of San Francisco. He has worked in higher education, non-profit organizations, and church and Jesuit community administration.
I received an e-mail from Beth Wright who spoke with Mimi Luecke regarding Rob Lombardi. Rob and his family are making the best of a challenging situation brought on by the recent hurricane Katrina. Rob’s business is in the French Quarter in New Orleans called Vincent Art. As of this writing, he had not had time to assess all his options. He can be reached at the following address: 3005 White Oak Lane, Mandeville, LA 70448, home phone 985-674-9630, cell phone 504-458-9473.
Congratulations are in order to Bob Kasper upon his return from a tour of duty in Iraq. Bob, a family practice physician in the Army Medical Corp, provided medical assistance to U.S. soldiers in addition to making regular visits to Iraqi villages.
Received a note from Clement Hren who is doing well and living in Mentor, OH.
Keep the notes coming in, mfh
The weekend of June 17-19 marked the celebration of our 25 year class reunion. We had 49 members venture back in time to their old stomping ground. The weather, as in past reunions, was not sultry, humid and hot, but rather pleasant which boded well for those that camped out in the 1968 built Murphy Hall where basically time has stood still.
Notes from the reunion:
Johnny Palumbo trekked in from Hinsdale, IL, located near Chicago and enjoyed talking to rugby teammates Mark Hutchison and Sean Meaney. John played golf with Denny Weyhe ’82, Mark Hutchison, and Dave McKibben ’82. John enjoyed meeting up with some of the “Columbus Boys” — Paul Kunzen, Tom Cua and Rob Lombardi. John was hoping to see Don Rose, Steve Nini and Dan Liska. John enjoyed his visit and wished it was mandatory for everyone to attend their 25 year reunion.
Former wrestler Tom Cua is enjoying Ohio’s tropical city, Columbus, working in his business as building contractor.
Winona Flynn Lawrence had the opportunity to spend the weekend in her old room #361 in Murphy Hall with her roommate Judy Kostyo Alemagno. Apparently, there was a fair amount of noise in the dorm which they felt was coming from the direction of Steve Batanian. Plus, from what I heard, it did not sound like too many amenities were added to Murphy Hall.
The new Dolan Science Center served as the setting for the class dinner which was enjoyed by many including Jim and Susan Antall.
Faculty members mingling on Saturday evening included Fr. Casey Bukala, SJ and Dean Navratil.
A way to go is in order to Garfield Hts native ( my hometown) and former WUJC radio personality, Gary Szelagowski, for bringing a bottle of champagne from the five year reunion. It tasted somewhat like moonshine, but hey, it was 20 years old. Gary is keeping busy as a senior VP at National City.
Some of you may have remembered Maureen Gaffney Katanic working at the Boy Scouts of America in the past, but now Mo is busy working in the development office at the University of Akron. UA is the home of Browns rookie QB Charlie Frye.
Speaking of the Browns, Steeltown native Shirley Novak is an attorney in Pittsburgh and has been active in politics.
Flying in from San Diego for his first time at a reunion was former Blue Oyster Cult fan, now CEO of PETCO, James Myers. He still has some family in the local Cleveland area, but for obvious reasons — everyone wants to visit San Diego. James’ company purchased the naming rights to the PETCO Field where the San Diego Padres play baseball.
Special thanks go out to the class gift chairs – Phil Lopez, John Mastrantoni and Kevin O’Neill for their help in raising over $53,000 as the 1980 class gift which actually more than doubles the class gift from our 20 year reunion.
Mike Borrelli aka Speedo was taking in the reunion weekend. I still owe him a phone call. I should get him in time for our 30th reunion.
John Ettorre served as our toastmaster at the dinner in Dolan Science Center. John is a Cleveland based writer and editor keeping busy writing about topics from LeBron James to “penning” a local column in the Cleveland/Akron Family magazine called “dad about town” which is both mildly amusing and reflective.
Former Theta Kappa member Maureen McCarthy is on the Clinical Faculty in the Yale Medical School, Department of Psychiatry.
Rosemarie Hari came up from Palm Harbor, FL. I know at the 20 year we talked about having Grouper dinner in Florida. Mimi Luecke attended the reunion and was spied on the dance floor under the Big Tent strutting to that famous song Electric Slide.
Traded some Tampa Bay stories with Kevin Whalen who I reminded I still have, somewhere in my sophisticated home based filing system, a few of the orange Tampa Bay Buccanneer stickers.
Mario Fioritto and Sam Bonsignore were reliving some old campus memories.
Fellow St.Ignatius High classmate, Lew Zahara hoisted a few cold ones in honor of our 25 year bash.
Karen Zemba was catching up with some of her former Political Science colleagues.
Beth Wright provided Kodak moments as the official Saturday night photographer with her digital camera. Perhaps Beth may have some shots of Don McGuire and his wife dancing under the Big Tent.
Special thanks go out to Rosalie Massey and her staff for the help with planning and details.
Not all were able to attend the reunion … former IXY Robert Beringer sends his greetings from Jacksonville, FL.
Kathleen FitzGerald has been keeping busy with school and family in Charleston, WV. Kate spent the week of the reunion with high school juniors and seniors in a home repair program.
Ken Perusek is the director of Operations for Great Lakes Management in Golden Valley, MN.
Our thoughts and best wishes are with Bob Kasper who as of this writing is serving in Iraq. Bob is a doctor in the Tennesse Army National Guard. He is stationed at Camp Cobra which 75 miles northeast of Baghdad. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can use Robert.email@example.com to contact him.
Thanks for the notes and please excuse any omissions. Feel free to provide additional pdates at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are coming down to the homestretch in getting ready for the 25th Reunion which will be held the weekend of June 17-19. Activities range from a wine tasting, exploring Legacy Village, visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to hearing a presentation on the “DaVinci Code” by Religious Studies professor, Joseph Kelly. You can enjoy a Rat Bar replay during Saturday lunch then take a dip in the pool before getting ready for the Saturday night dinner. Nightly entertainment will be ongoing in the Big Tent. Reacquaint yourself with the campus. Check out what is new along and reminisce about the past. Be part of the fun and join your classmates for the best reunion ever. Information is always available at www.jcu.edu/alumni or via phone at 1-800-736-2586.
Bob Knieriem is living in Cooper City, FL, with his family. Bob is the Southeast region manager for Specialty Foods Group. Bob ran a baseball program for 1500 kids in Cooper City. He also sits on the city Recreational Advisory Board. Bob’s wife started her own business called “Breakfast in Bed, Inc” that delivers a gourmet champagne basket by a white gloved, tuxedoed valet in the South Florida market. You can find info at www.breakfastinbed.com.
George Elum is busy running Elum Music Company in Massillon, OH. However, he found time to have his own mini reunion at Naples Lakes Country Club in Naples, FL, with Tom Sassler, Dan Dodds and Dan Liska.
Uwe Botzki is buying everything from soup to nuts as a purchasing agent for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He has been with CCF for 11 years. Uwe keeps in touch with Jim Nemeth and Bob Smriga.
Bob Donelan is back in the Central Ohio area working as the controller for Owens-Corning.
Guy Sanitate recently left the U.S. Air Force as a Lt. Colonel and is working with a defense-contracting firm in the Washington, D.C., area.
Hope to see you at the reunion! Mfh
Welcome Reunion Class! Our 25th class reunion is fast approaching. Plan on attending the weekend of June 17-19. Information is always available at www.jcu.edu/alumni or via phone at 1-800-736-alum. The committee is busy planning the weekend and would enjoy your input. All class members who send in reservations before June 1 will be eligible to win a FREE weekend. As in past years, the weekend is designed around the entire family with planned activities for all.
Here are some attendance figures for our past reunions — in 1990 for our 10th reunion we had 93 attend, for our 15th reunion we had 55 attend and in 2000 for our 20th reunion we had 63 class members attend. For any class attending their 25th reunion the record was set at Reunion 2002 by the class of 1977 when 110 members attended which was 22.4% of their class. It would be great to surpass that record and set our own.
Based on early exit polling and call reports, here is a sampling of who you might see the weekend of June 17-19th: Rick Chelko, Paul Goodworth, Michael Gordon, Scott Heran, Bryan Kennedy, Sean Meaney, Ron Zajaczkowski, Dave Daigler, John Ettorre, Margaret O’Hearn Finucane, Tom Finucane, Matt Holtz, Don McGuire, Rosanne Scanlan, Patrice McCauley Hulseman and Maureen McCarthy … don’t be left out! Plan on attending and add your name to the list.
During the Christmas holidays, Rich Chelko and family ventured down to Tampa, FL, for a soccer tournament that Rick’s son participated in. While in Florida, Rick met up with former roommate, Mark Wysocki and his family who drove from Naples to spend the day with them. Living in the Cleveland area has allowed Rick to cross paths with Walt Geary, Scott Heran, Bruce Lockhart, and John Moeschberger.
Tim Glaab and Colleen Buckley Glaab ’81 son, Jonathon, is a freshman at JCU. Jonathon has the distinction of being accepted into the dual admission program between JCU and the University of Cincinnati Medical School.
Congratulations are also extended to my oldest, Rosemary, who wrote an essay in the 2005 Martin Luther King Jr. Art/Essay Contest and was awarded first place in the Primary K-2 division. This was a citywide contest sponsored by the Association of Rocky River Clergy. A budding columnist in the making.
Maureen McCarthy is working in clinical social work at Yale. Her work is challenging, never dull and keeps her drinking the Diet Pepsis. She has stayed in touch with Tim Cook who is a professor at Creighton University in Omaha, NE. It appears Tim will be traveling and not be in attendance at the reunion. Mo mentions she would enjoy seeing Cheryl Kosak Wilson, Chris Clauson Rosinski, Chris Bavola, Shirley Novak, Mary Philiou Powers, Mary Jo Naples Miller and Beth Hammer to name a few.
Dear quarter-century classmates.
that’s right, next summer will be our 25th reunion. Please mark the dates — June 17-19, 2005 — on your calendar and plan to be with us. Those of you wishing to be on the reunion committee contact Rosalie Massey at 216-397-3014 or if e-mail works better try Matt Holtz at email@example.com or John Ettorre at firstname.lastname@example.org. And for those of you guys who rarely or never got invited to Murphy Hall, here’s one more inducement to come back: our class will be headquartered there Reunion Weekend. It’s your chance to make up for lost visits
In preparation for reunion, we’ve been taking a hard look at the current ’80 class list. The vast majority of our classmates, it would seem, now live in either Ohio or Illinois, with a not insignificant number (15) in Florida. There’s a sprinkling of more exotic locales, too. Dave Kusner lives in Iowa City, Carol Raleigh in San Jose, CA; and Bonnie Repar Farley in Littleton, CO. And of course some classmates returned to their signature hometowns: where would Steeltown be without its homegrown Perry Mason, Shirley Novak, or Louisville, KY without the lovely Beth Hammer? There’d be no Mo Motown without Cheryl Kosak Wilson, and Beantown just wouldn’t be the same without Ann Mannion. Finally, everybody’s favorite Ragin’ Cajun, Rob Lombardi, still lives in Louisiana. Here are a couple of fervent wishes: that the ebullient Katie FitzGerald will take a quick timeout from her life in West Virginia next summer to come back to see us at reunion, and that Californian songbird Rita Dollard-O’Malley will do likewise.
For those of us who have stayed in Cleveland, there have been several classmate sightings recently. Dr. Peggy O’Hearn Finucane, who follows in the illustrious footsteps of her dad, the former dean of Arts & Sciences, now teaches communications at John Carroll. Not long after earning her doctorate, she added a faculty award to her wall. Congratulations, Peg.
Meanwhile, we were listening to a recent public radio fund raising marathon and heard mention of Chelko Consulting, founded by former JCU footballer Rick Chelko. His former teammate, offensive lineman Pat Divito was also spotted at Homecoming ’03, and his name remains up on the wall at JCU, in recognition of his generous support of the sparkling rehab of the gym complex.
As summer wound down, we happened to breeze past Cleveland’s largest building, Key Tower, only to find Masina Frate catching a few lunchtime rays. A gifted graphic designer, she’s now working for the bank.
Elsewhere, it seems classmate Mike Bacon has been making a name for himself. With his partner, wife Debbie, his Classic Teleproductions has quietly racked up more than 70 Emmy awards for TV excellence. The November issue of Northern Ohio Live covers his upcoming documentary on Cleveland Browns legendary running back Jim Brown. The article was written by yet another classmate: John Ettorre. Finally, the tale of the double Marios: We attended a funeral recently, for the mother of JCU graduate Frank Piunno ’70. While in line, we noticed some gleaming choppers belonging to Mario Alemagno (he’s a dentist). And it all took place in a funeral home owned and operated by America’s cheeriest funeral director, Mario Fioritto, who made an appearance as well.
I also had the chance to catch up with Greg Branic once I found him for round of golf at the beautiful Royal Crest golf club outside of Strongsville, OH. Greg is going strong at Southwest General Hospital keeping their budgets and finances on track. That’s all for now. A special “Hardy Boys” thanks goes out to John Ettorre for his research, design and contributions to this column. Have a great holiday season, everyone, and see you next summer. Matt
Greetings to the class of 1980. Looking at the calendar tells me that next year we will be celebrating our 25th year reunion. I know it is only a number, but it is pretty amazing. Here is what is in the current mailbag
Colette Gibbons Beringer is president of Beringer & Associates in Chicago. Colette is in the consulting business focusing on business development strategies for lawyers. She works with large multi-national law firms in Chicago and Cleveland teaching attorneys how to expand relationships with existing clients and targeting new clients/industries for new business. She also works with firm management in developing business development techniques for women and minorities.
Former IXY Dave Daigler is the chief financial officer for the Maine Community College System. Dave with his spouse, Karen, and Meegan and TJ live in Gorham, Maine.
Diana Thimmig, a partner with Roetzel & Andress LPA in Cleveland, received the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation’s 2004 Presidential Award for Pro Bono Legal Services. Diana received this award for her leadership in creating the Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project. This project provides free services to indigent debtors and creditors in bankruptcy cases. The award is presented annually to law firms, organizations or individuals who have made outstanding efforts in improving access to justice through pro bono or volunteer service in Ohio.
Debra Zizelman Holy is president of Cynergies Consulting which specializes in providing IT consulting, support, recruitment and placement of technology professionals. Cynergies was named to the 2003 Weatherhead 100 list of fastest growing companies in northeastern Ohio by the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western University. Debra also received National Association of Women Business Owners Top 10 Award which recognizes women who exemplify success in business ownership and community leadership.
Take care and drop a note anytime … MFH
Here are the notes to start 2004
Rick Jeric was recently named director of development for the Diocese of Columbus, OH. Rick’s duties include overseeing the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, giving campaigns, and capital fund drives for parishes and schools. Previously, Rick was the director for Institutional Advancement for Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, OH.
Scott Heran is a vice-president at ACE Equipment. He keeps in touch with fellow Pacelli Hall basement dwellers — John Moeschberger, Rick Chelko, and Bruce Lockhart. They trade stories from the good old days of blocked drains and the like.
I received holiday greetings from former roomie Paul Hulseman ’82 and his spouse, Patrice McCauley Hulseman. They have 10 boys and 3 girls: Colin, Patrick, Conor, Michael, Sean, Molly, Brendan, Brian, Kathleen, Devitt, Delia, Emmett, and Aidan.
John Ettorre’s son, Michael, is a freshman at St. Ignatius High in Cleveland and is making his presence felt on the Frosh basketball squad.
Tony O’Malley’s son is also a freshman at St. Ignatius. Tony is an attorney living with his family in Chagrin Falls.
Mario Alemagno was selected as Solon’s annual Italian Man of the Year.
The Class of ’80 had its first member inducted into the JCU Athletic Hall of Fame last year — Marco Iglesias. He came to JCU from Costa Rica, now living in California, was a four-year starter as a defender and middle fielder on the soccer team and chosen All-PAC in ’77 and ’79.
Paul Lioon and family are enjoying the Florida sunshine. Paul joined Charlotte State Bank and was given the task of starting a Personal Trust Department. In addition to working at the bank, Paul is president of Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity, serves as treasurer for Charlotte County Symphony Orchestra and is president of St. Charles Borromeo School Endowment Fund. As if Paul doesn’t have enough time with meetings, he is also an assistant coach for his son’s Pop Warner football team. Wendy Lioon is teaching first grade at St. Charles Borromeo school. The Lioons have three children, Clare who will be attending University of Florida in the fall, Ginny is a star soccer play for Charlotte High School as a sophomore and Geoff is in eighth grade at St. Charles where he plays basketball. Geoff also plays as an offensive lineman on the Charlotte Warrior Midget football team plus plays first base on the Port Charlotte Junior baseball team. I wonder if he is will follow in his dad’s footsteps as a star wrestler as Paul was at Cleveland St. Ignatius.
Thanks for the info and drop a line anytime. MFH
Here’s the recent info from the mailbag
Thomas Lavelle is living in Fairview Park, Ohio with his wife and children, Thomas and Julie. Tom is an Industrial Sales Manager at Tremco.
I recently had the opportunity to catch up over lunch with Don McGuire. Don resides in Greenwich, CT; however he has been in Cleveland doing some consulting work. He switched form investment banking to the world of venture capital and start-up companies. He was recently president of Beenz.com that was sold in December. Don is tracking various JCU athletic teams while in town and comparing notes with Rich Chelko ’80, Charles Wagner ’83, Alex Alavanja ’81 and Gerry Grim ’69.
Another Tighe is walking the halls of Murphy. Kevin Tighe’s youngest daughter, Meghan, is currently a freshman at JCU. They say time flies, but I remember the golf class Kevin and I took and the times we would throw grass clippings in the air to judge the wind direction. The famous grapefruit walk will always be one to remember. My oldest, Rosemary, just started kindergarten so I have a few years before she hits the college scene.
John Ettorre was “dry” this time around with class info. He does tell me that his youngest son, Patrick, is making his mark on the defensive line for St Gregory the Great Jaguars. His oldest, Michael, is making his moves on the basketball court for the Gesu Bulldogs. Spouse Julie has been elected president of the Western Reserve Investment Club.
Thanks for the notes and drop a line anytime. MFH
All classes are welcome to visit the campus during the upcoming Reunion Weekend, June 14-16. Class years ending in a 2 or 7 will be holding their reunions. You may contact the alumni office for more info.
Dan Hockensmith has relocated from Lewisville, TX, to Dallas. Dan has been promoted as a service/modernization manager for KONE, Inc.
Christine Luff ’79, a former Lambda Chi Rho sorority member, is an accounting assistant for the Whitmore Group in Rockwall, TX. Chris missed the Dallas alumni reception due to a snow storm. Ohio sent all the snow down south.
New car enthusiast, Greg Branic, is keeping busy at Southwest General Hospital crunching numbers and keeping everyone on budget.
On my home front, Rosemary turned 5 already and begins kindergarten this fall. Twins, Adam and Patrick, are 2 and looking forward to spring weather.
Drop a line anytime. MFH