1987

Spring 2017

REUNION YEAR
Hello, class. There’s a lot of news to share this issue, the best being our 30th reunion, June 23-25. If you haven’t already, make your reservation ASAP via the JCU reunion section of the website. The committee has been working hard putting the events together, including a return to the best night to be at the Rat Bar with a Throwback Thursday event headlined by John Salamon, who played many a night in the Rat, as well as outdoor events on campus, senior week, etc. We’re bending the rules a bit. We’ll just pretend it’s Thursday night on Friday of reunion weekend. (If we can have a five-sided quad, we can relive Thursday nights in the Rat on Friday night). Similar detail also is available on our class Facebook page. Check it out, and like the page to stay connected for this reunion and all class news, photos, etc. Register for reunion now!

Come back to JCU as Dave Clifford, John FitzGerald, and their committee help host the World Union of Jesuit Alumni congress from June 28 to July 2.

Congratulations to our newest doctor in the class, Dr. Mary (Kesicki) McDermott, who received her doctor of education in leadership studies from Ashland University in March. Mary is a special education coordinator for the Maple Heights City Schools. Mary also holds a master’s in communicative disorders from the University of Buffalo. Way to go, Dr. McDermott!

Fellow columnist John Marcus ’72 shared news from the IXY reunion on campus during homecoming this past October. Returning from our class were Rick Benz, Jack Daniels, and Jim Olexa. Even though all the frats and sororities that were at JCU in our days have been replaced by national Greek organizations, the IXYs remain close and have raised $1.3 million for scholarships, with a goal of reaching $2 million.

Carrie and Leo Simoson celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at Smedley’s on Lorain Avenue in Cleveland with Pat Carney and Anne Fallon Carney ’85.

Joe and Janet (Bordonaro) Burrello and their family enjoyed Siesta Key, Florida, in March.

My wife, Denise, and I were fortunate to spend 12 days in Hawaii in March as part of my selection to Waste Management’s Circle of Excellence for 2016. April marked my 16th year with WM.

On a very sad note, condolences to Steve Imburgia and his family on the loss of his dad, Charles Imburgia, who was laid to rest in February.

On a final (for now) note, while we’re still a long way from marching with the Gold Streaks at commencement, our chances to gather as a class will get tougher as the years go on. We all know these are busy times with our kids’ graduations, college orientations, vacations, etc., but please make every effort to join us for our 30th in June. I read a relevant article about cherishing our time with family and close and lifelong friends. “… I will renew a promise to myself to never waste a chance to share a conversation or a campfire with my family and friends.” Save the dates. Book the trip. Spread the word. See everyone on campus in June. Onward, on!

Dennis

Dennis Casey
708-638-9923
dcasey87@comcast.net

Winter 2017

REUNION YEAR
Hello, ’87. The Blue Streaks football team advanced to the final four of the NCAA DIII Championship tournament, losing to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. I hope everyone had a chance to see the team in action in person or online via the webcasts, hopefully at an area alumni watch party near you. Head coach Tom Arth ’03 and his coaching staff have elevated the football program to among the elite in NCAA DIII. With the phenomenal upset win over then-No. 1 ranked Mount Union to end the regular season (nothing like being out with friends at a bar that night and looking up to see the JCU score on ESPN and CBS Sports), and then to do it again vs. then-No. 1 ranked University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, another multiple national champion team, a few weeks later in the playoffs, the pride for our Streaks is everywhere. While no one is likely holding signs around campus saying “We want Bama,” keep an eye out wherever you are for the Streaks in the future. They won’t disappoint.

I received a great note from John Rock, who shared great news. Karen and Rob Eagleye were married on Sept. 24. The ceremony and reception were at The Tudor Arms Hotel in Cleveland. Attendees included Katie (Porter) Raiff ’88 and husband Mark, Kerry and Dan Shannon, Kris and Dave Nash, Jeanne (Ross) ’88 and Neal Mowchan, Erin (Fitzgerald) ’88 and John Sullivan, Dawn and Mike Humenik, and John and his wife, Lisa Moreschi Rock ’88. A good time was had by all. Thanks, John. I ask all of you to keep this column in mind for these moments. They need not all be big events. Just share what you have going on with you, your family, and our classmates.

That’s the extent of the news I have, but I think we’re all holding on to our news until our 30th reunion in June. Once again, it will be here before you know it – June 23-25, 2017. Save the dates. Book the trip. Spread the word. Click here for details. Remember to visit our class Facebook page. Many of you have already, so join in for ’87 news and updates to stay connected and check out vintage pics. Keep the notes and emails coming. Onward on!

Dennis

Dennis Casey
708-638-9923
dcasey87@comcast.net

Fall 2016
Hello, class. I hope everyone had a great summer and fall is treating you well. A quick reminder that if you missed reading our summer column, which is online only, visit it, and click on the class notes drop-down menu at the top left-hand side of the page.

Many of you likely knew John DiCillo ’67G, a longtime JCU coach and Cleveland-area high school teacher and guidance counselor who passed away Aug. 23. If you played football or golf at Carroll, you likely were coached by John. Condolences to his daughter-in-law, Laurene (Cirino) DiCillo; niece Anita (Felice) Kazmierczak; wife Bonnie ’89G; and children Dave ’88, Dawn ’90, ’97G, and Dan ’92. The impact John and his family had on JCU is immeasurable.

Please keep next June 23-25 open for our 30-year reunion. With the support of the alumni office, we’ll form a reunion and class gift committee. But, we need everyone’s involvement to help plan the weekend and attend. Encourage classmates to attend. There’s now a dedicated Facebook page for our class. Visit it, or search on Facebook for JCU class of ’87 and join. Share with others in our class and friends who are connected to our class. Add photos or other items to share on the page.

Please send me updates and news about your family or classmates for the next column.

Dennis

Dennis Casey
708-638-9923
dcasey87@comcast.net

Summer 2016
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!

FBI Director James Comey and Tom Collins

FBI Director James Comey and Tom Collins

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!

Dennis

Dennis Casey
708-638-9923
dcasey87@comcast.net

Spring 2016
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.

Onward on!

Dennis

Dennis Casey
708-638-9923
dcasey87@comcast.net