Hello, class. Welcome back to the annual online-only version of our column. As your columnist, the summer issue is always liberating because there’s no word limit. The downsides are many miss this edition because it’s online only and it’s difficult to take advantage of no-word limit when there aren’t many updates from all of you. That’s OK, more on that later.
It has been a great year for many in our class who are fans of their hometown sports teams. With an amazing comeback, the Cavs brought Cleveland and all its fans the city’s first major championship since 1964 and the Pens brought the Stanley Cup back to Pittsburgh for their fourth NHL championship and first since 2009. Whether one is a fan of these teams or not, these major championships are great for the cities and civic pride. Plus, any win for Cleveland is a win for JCU and its ability to draw future students to the Cleveland area. There are so many wonderful aspects of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio that help draw students, but strong sports teams help, too. As of this writing, the Indians and the Cubs are in first place in their MLB divisions, so if all holds, the championships for big JCU alumni cities could very well continue in 2016 – and I write that as a diehard White Sox fan!
Congratulations to our Millor Orator, Tom Collins, who was honored in April by the FBI to receive the Director’s Community Leadership Award from Director James B. Comey at a ceremony at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. Here’s what the FBI had to say about Tom: “On Friday, April 15, 2016, The MetroHealth System’s associate chief medical officer, Dr. Tom Collins, received the prestigious FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. Dr. Collins has provided invaluable contributions to the community through numerous endeavors. Some of his accomplishments include overseeing the emergency department on the MetroHealth main campus; supervising Metro Life Flight; collaborating with Cleveland law enforcement for years to improve the preparation and training for potential terrorist related weapons of mass destruction attacks, playing a key role in the integration of trauma center level emergency medicine and tactical law enforcement operations in the Cleveland area; assisting in the creation of the Tactical Emergency Medical System wherein law enforcement is trained in medical procedures to operate on the ground in high risk tactical operations; and sharing his knowledge and experiences through teaching and mentoring others. Dr. Collins has proven to be a valuable and loyal friend to the Cleveland community, Cleveland Division of the FBI, and numerous law enforcement agencies in Northern Ohio.” As we know, especially those who live in or near Northeast Ohio, Tom has been at the forefront of emergency medicine for large urban areas. He’s well known as one of the nation’s premier emergency department physicians and has helped lead the Level One trauma unit at MetroHealth for several years now. Tom and his wife, Katherine (Meehan) ’88, and their family reside in Chagrin Falls.
Congrats also to Chuck Bartsche, who’s controller at Exacta Land Surveying in Cleveland.
By the time this hits your inboxes, many of you will have quieter houses with sons and daughters off to college. As noted in previous columns, several of us have sons or daughters at Carroll, and others have them at many of the Jesuit colleges and universities throughout the country. All the best to those returning or heading off to college for the first time. Our oldest son, Colin, heads back to St. Ambrose in Iowa for his fourth (and final!) year. Our next oldest, Kevin, heads to the University of Alabama for his first year. This time next year, we’ll be quiet because our next oldest, Sean, will be off to college as well, leaving Denise, our youngest Ryan, the dog, and I to hold the fort for nine months. We’re getting there!
Our 30th reunion is coming up next summer. I’ll highlight reunion in each column. I also want to create a 30-year reunion Facebook page and Twitter and Instagram accounts. Look for more detail on those soon. We need everyone to block out reunion weekend in June. The alumni office will begin working with members of our class to form a committee to ensure we have a great reunion. We need folks to get on board with the committee. It’s not a lot of work, and you don’t have to live in Cleveland to be on the committee. We need leaders. We need to come back, even if it’s just for one day. I missed the last one because our niece’s wedding was on the Saturday of reunion weekend in 2012, and my sister wouldn’t have been too pleased if I had missed it. But I know while those who attended had a great time, the numbers were down from previous years. Let’s all make it in June.
Finally, I need your help. Send me updates, any updates, about you or your classmates to include in the column. I can’t keep these columns interesting if I don’t have news. We all have news, so don’t be shy. Please commit to sending me one update for the next column. Let’s get plenty of new names in here.
Have a great rest of the summer, and Onward on!
Hello, ’87. I was pretty certain my recent listing of classmates with sons and daughters at JCU wasn’t complete, and I was correct. I received a great note from Jeanette (Kroyer) McQuinn, whose daughter, Brooke, is also at Carroll. Jeanette said her only dorm guidance to Brooke was “as long as you’re not in Pacelli!” Well, not only is Brooke in Pacelli, but she’s in the basement. Brooke is following Jeanette’s footsteps in the same major and even has a class with Dr. Sanko, who also taught Jeanette. Jeanette works at Sherwin-Williams with many other JCU alums and lives in Strongsville, Ohio, with her husband and their three other children, Miles (21) and 16-year-old twins Brennan and Macy. Thanks for the update, Jeanette.
It still seems incomprehensible that girls now live in Pacelli. We were in the basement our sophomore year, and those were some of the best rooms. Not only did each room have two entrances and exits, the rooms were generally larger. This was the time when dorm space was at a premium; even overflow to the former Somerset Hotel and former Chanel High School in Bedford weren’t enough. Most rec rooms and study lounges were converted to living space. These rooms in the basement of Pacelli and Dolan were enormous. The one at the end of our hall hosted the infamous party following the Otis Day and the Knights concert. Local DJ and host for the evening Dancin’ Danny Wright, even made an appearance until our head RA decided he had had enough and ceremoniously broke up the party.
Sadly, we mourn the passing of three Jesuits from Carroll: Fr. Bill Bichl, S.J., on Dec. 19; Fr. Kevin O’Connell, S.J., on Jan. 21; and former JCU president Fr. Edward Glynn, S.J., on Jan. 23. Fr. Bichl was known to almost every student and alum from his 40-year career at JCU. Fr. O’Connell chaired the religious studies department during our years before he was named president of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. While Fr. Glynn arrived at JCU about 10 years after we had moved on, he came at a challenging point for the University. His calm and gracious leadership style served JCU well until Fr. Niehoff joined us as president in 2005. Under Fr. Glynn’s leadership, there were many achievements, not the least of which were successful campaigns that brought the new Dolan Center for Science and Technology and Don Shula Stadium. May they rest in peace.
Please take a moment to send a quick update about yourself, a classmate, your kids, etc. These updates make the column so much better for all of us.